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There’s also our sister site, Jobs4Dems.com.

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RNC 2016 Hate Fest: Funniest Lines

RNC ConventionTrust me, no one would confuse the speakers at the Republican convention in Cleveland with members of Mensa. To be fair, when someone like Donald Trump is your nominee, you take what you can get. But one thing you can say about each and every one of them is, they tow the Donald line. The pure nonsense that was spewed from beginning to end of that convention was just Republican propaganda on steroids.

I prefer to read transcripts (can’t suffer through watching them), but if you have the stomach or the patience to sit through them, most of the RNC speeches can be found at Washington’s Top News. You’ve heard the Right Wing’s BS so often, you could have given a speech for them: “lead from behind”, “Hillary lies”, “Obama’s a failure” “Ronald Reagan”… etc., etc. That’s not to say the speeches lacked humor, albeit unintentional. Here are some of the RNC’s “big thinkers” more memorable lines, along with some commentary:

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Ben Carson: When we elect a president, we need to use that power of reasoning to look at their history, their character, what kind of people they really are.

I mean yeah, I once tried to stab somebody, and there are those lies I told about my West Point scholarship and a ton of other stuff, but trust me. I know character when I see it!

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Newt Gingrich: If our enemies had their way, not a single woman in this room could define her future.

… not a single Jew or Christian in this room would be alive unless they agreed to submit.

… gays, lesbians and transgender citizens would be put to death as they are today in the Islamic State and Iran.

… every person on earth would be subject to conversion by the sword and to a cruel and violent system of laws.

There would be no individual liberty. There would be no equality.

There would be no freedom…

If you doubt that this threat is as real as I say…

Wait a minute… OOPS, I’m so sorry… I was reading you the party platform… where’d my speech go?

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Sheriff David (Yosemite Sam) Clarke: Sadly for a growing number of communities the sense of safety that many of us once took for granted has been shattered. Americans don’t always feel safe no matter if they are working in a big city, living in a suburb, or rural areas all around this great country.

Nope, he’s not going where you hope he’s going with this.

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I often tell residents of Milwaukee and cities and towns I visit that safety is a shared endeavor. It starts with the willing acceptance of people to play by society’s rules, a code if you will where we collectively agree upon that ensures stability, fairness and respect.

It is built on a foundation of trust in each other and in the people who administer and enforce society’s rules, which at is foundation is the rule of law.

Wait for it….

Blue Lives Matter in this country.

He belongs to the party of White Nationalists, and he’s convinced himself he’s really white; what did you think he’d say?

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Donald Trump Jr.: As a recent college graduate, many of my accomplishments are still to come…

Yeah, Dad made me a VP right away; I’m talking about when he kicks and I inherit the rest of my “accomplishments”.

I know my father…

When people told him it was impossible for a boy from Queens to go to Manhattan and take on developers in the big city, rather than give up he changed the skyline of New York.

Of course, a position in Grandpa’s company and a million bucks probably helped.

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Rudy Giuliani: The vast majority of Americans today do not feel safe. They fear for their children. They fear for themselves.

Wait, does he support the Black Lives Matter Movem…

They fear for our police officers who are being targeted with a target on their back.

Nevermind.

… And we say thank you to every police officer and law enforcement agent who’s out tonight protecting us, black, white, Latino, of every race, of every color, every creed, every sexual orientation, when they come to save your life, they don’t ask if you are black or white. They just come to save you.

That might be because Rudy lives in this house in Water Mill, New York (at least when he’s not at his Palm Beach home). Water Mill’s Black population is 1%; I’m pretty sure their police force can guess what color you are when you call:

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You deserve to know this about your next President. He’s been a great father, father-in-law, grandfather and friend to me, my wife Judith and my family for now almost 30 years.

Notice he didn’t say great husband; and after 30 years, I assume Trump’s friends with all of Rudy’s wives.

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Chris Christie:“I am here tonight not only as the Governor of New Jersey, but also as Donald Trump’s friend for the last fourteen years.

Yeah, he’s humiliated me time and time again, and I’ve insulted him numerous times; but I wanna be Attorney General, please, please, please?

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Kevin McCarthy: Republicans believe that families who work hard should get ahead.

Republicans believe in an America that isn’t divided by race — religion — or gender.

Republicans believe that America only works if we put your interests above the special interests.

He forgot the up is down and black is white part.

Con Man Willie Robertson explained how only 20% of us are “real Americans“, and the REAL real Americans have “hot wives“.

Z-grade Actor Scott Baio pleaded to “make America America again“, whatever the hell that means.

Tom Cotton talked about he and his father and grandfather being veterans, seemingly unaware he was endorsing a draft dodger.

According to Right Wing pundits, Laura Ingraham was the star of the show. The crowd applauded when she told them she was a single mother of 3, even though that means her kids will become drug dealers and crack whores. She insulted Republicans with enough backbone to not endorse Trump, calling them “Boys with hurt feelings and bruised egos”. The rest was just canned Republican fill, which they ate up. She ended her speech with a shout out to, I’m guessing here, David Duke?

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Anyway, the Republican Convention is finally over. Next week the ADULTS roll into Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention. There will be funny lines there as well, but they’ll be intentional.

Cecile Richards: Kaine Has 100% Voting Record On Reproductive Rights

Richards:

Strongest reproductive rights ticket we’ve ever had.

Kaine Supports Hillary Like Biden Supports Obama

Hillary Picks Kaine!

Someone Built Trump’s Wall

Best thing I’ve seen all week – someone built a wall around Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star. They even included the barbed wire.

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The Myth of Trump’s Business Success

Trump business “success” was the result of screwing hundreds of small businesses and contractors out of the money they were owed to build his company.

RNC 2016 Hate Fest: Recap 1

RNC ConventionThe Republicans are holding their 2016 Hate Fest at Quicken Loans Arena in Ohio this week, under the guise of nominating a candidate for President. So far, they’ve spent their time attacking the Democratic nominee, in order to avoid praising their own nominee, Donald Trump. The hate fest started off with less than a sold out crowd, and I’m not sure things will improve:

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Even more chairs emptied when the Colorado Delegates walked out in protest on day one, as the Denver Post reported:

Colorado delegates led an insurrection against Donald Trump on the opening day of the Republican National Convention, seeking to block his nomination in a last-ditch move that led to chaos in Cleveland.

The “Never Trump” coalition, predominantly social conservatives and Ted Cruz allies, demanded a roll call of the states to challenge the convention rules that bind delegates to the winner of their state’s primary or caucus.

Republican leaders moved quickly to silence the effort — eager to present an image of unity despite a fractured party — and approved the rules on a debatable voice-vote that sparked a shouting match on the floor.

“Roll call vote, roll call vote,” members of the Colorado delegation chanted from their seats, far from the stage at the Quicken Loans Arena.

“Trump! Trump! Trump!” the New York billionaire’s supporters shouted in return.

Most of the Colorado delegation, as well as other sympathizers, staged a walkout to object to what it considered a power grab.

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The anti-Trump forces filed a petition signed by a majority of nine state delegations to force a vote on the rules, more than the seven required. But the convention officials ruled it insufficient after three states backed down amid arm-twisting from the Trump camp.

Very similar to the RNC’s thwarting of Ron Paul delegates in 2012.

Many Republican heavy hitters have declined to participate or even attend this convention (Senator Jeff Flake explained, “I’ve got to mow my lawn.”). They have been replaced with reality TV stars, raving lunatics, and the nominee’s own inheritance dependent family. Some of the convention’s more luminary speakers include:

  • Willie Robertson, star of Duck Dynasty
  • Scott Baio, Actor
  • Antonio Sabato, Jr., Actor
  • Natalie Gulbis, Golfer
  • Kimberlin Brown, Actress

Bob DoleSeriously, is there a term for lower than the bottom of the barrel?

None of the Bush family will be attending, nor will 2012’s Golden Boy, Mitt Romney. They did manage to snag Bob Dole, although it looked more like they kidnapped him from his nursing home. I’m not convinced the poor man even knows where he is.

tshirtBetween the GOP’s White Nationalists, anti-immigrant folks, racists and bigots, and the protestors outside, there is a fear that violence could take place at this convention. Leave it to some sick Republican to capitalize on the possibility.

This image of the scene outside the convention center was put up on Twitter:

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Then there’s Ohio’s version of a militia:

militia-group-rncBut Democracy is alive in Cleveland, and protesters are not intimidated:

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stop trumpNow, I just have to share the highlight of Monday, day one. Donald Trump’s wife Melania gave her speech that night, and in a Starbucks in LA, a laid off journalist said, “Hey, wait a minute…” He’d heard part of that speech before… in 2008… from none other than the woman Republicans love to hate: Michelle Obama. A gentleman named Mike Hearn, of NY Public Radio, was kind enough to create this video; the text follows:

2 speeches side by sideOf all the passages to steal, she talks about working for your dreams; Mrs. Trump modeled, did soft porn, and married a rich guy. While her RNC bio claims she graduated college with a degree in “design and architecture”, she actually dropped out after a year. Seems nobody tells the truth in that party.

In the next post, I’ll give you the speech highlights as of mid-week in the convention. Trust me when I tell you: These people are nuts.

Formerly Classified 911 Commission Docs Detail Saudi Connections

These are the 28, formerly classified pages from the 911 Commission that detail connections between Saudi officials and Saudi royals and the 911 hijackers. Even with the redactions made on several pages, its clear the Saudis played a role in the attacks. Question is; will anything be done about it?

Trump-Pence Banners of Hate

Sometimes, hyperbole is as accurate a it gets (via Twitter).

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Virginia and Alabama: Right to Work on the Ballot

This November, Virginia and Alabama will have so-called “Right to Work” amendments on the ballot. In Arizona, we have a Right to Work law. Every job application begins with a declaration that you must initial that says you understand that AZ is a Right to Work state and you “can be fired for any reason or no reason at all”. For those of you in Virginia or Alabama, try to imagine that; you can be fired for no reason at all. Your employer finds out you’re not a Republican – fired. Your employer doesn’t like your nose ring – fired. Any reason at all.

More reasons why Right to Work is wrong, from the AFL-CIO

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Netroots Conference Video: 2016 Obama Calls 2008 Plouffe