Tom Cotton Bigger Idiot Than We Thought

cottonIt seems Senator Tom Cotton (R) – AR is an even bigger idiot than we thought. As if he and his dopey pals contacting Iranian leaders and talking to them like they’re fools wasn’t enough, his explanation of why Iran must be stopped takes the cake. As Alan Colmes reports at Liberaland:

During an interview on CBS, the host of Face of the Nation, Bob Schieffer, discussed the fallout from the letter authored by Cotton/the Israel Lobby and signed by 46 other Republican Senators. In particular, Schieffer focused on whether they undermined Obama’s ability to get a nuclear deal with Iran.

Schieffer asked Cotton “Let’s say the deal falls through, then what?”

Cotton responded by quoting Bibi Netanyahu, insisting that “The alternative to a bad deal is a better deal” and that “The Iranians frequently bluff to walk away from the table. If they bluff this week, call their bluff. Congress stands ready to impose much more severe sanctions.”

He added that it was important to stand up to Iran’s “drive for regional dominance.” And just to press how serious the matter is, Cotton said that “They already control Tehran…”

tom cotton idiotNow consider this: Cotton is on the Intelligence Committee, and the Armed Services Committee, and doesn’t know Tehran is the capitol of Iran. I wonder if he cc’d our embassy in Iran like Michele Bachmann would have done.

In addition, Cotton thought it necessary to send translated copies of his traitorous letter to Iranian officials; including Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif, who earned his college degrees at San Francisco State University and the University of Denver.

Are Conservatives even capable of embarrassment? The Tea Party is calling his stupidity a “triumph“, Arkansas Republicans are already talking about changing the law so he can run for President and Senator at the same time, and Idiot Supreme Bobby Jindal thinks Vice President Biden owes Cotton an apology.

How much humiliation will Americans put up with before they finally send the hillbillies packing? Tom Cotton as President… I’m still laughing.

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John Kerry Lashes Out At Tom Cotton: ‘I’m Not Going To Apologize’

I’m not going to apologize for the unconstitutional, un-thought-out action by somebody who’s been in the United States Senate for 60-something days.

That’s Secretary of State John Kerry on #TehranTom’s mutinous letter to his Iranian pen pal.

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‘Your world is on fire’: Ted Cruz scares the hell out of a terrified little girl in New Hampshire

Ted Cruz makes children cry. That will be the first campaign ad against Cruz, from Bush.

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San Francisco Police Department investigates officers over racist, homophobic texts

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Best E-Zine For Democrats

Since I founded All Things Democrat back in 2006, I’ve always recommended DIRECT, the best weekly e-zine for Democrats. Written by Bob Jellison, a member of the San Diego County Democratic Party, DIRECT is the best way to catch up on the week’s political news and opinion. Here’s what you’ll find in the latest issue of DIRECT:

IN THIS ISSUE

FYI
1. FLASHBACK: When Millions Of Lost Bush White House Emails (From Private Accounts) Triggered A Media Shrug
2. The DAILY GRILL
3. Florida Officials Told Not to Use Term ‘Climate Change’
4. The Error in the Senators’ Letter to the Leaders of Iran
5 . From MEDIA MATTERS (They watch Fox News so you don’t have to)
6. MarkFiore: Greater Republica
7. Late Night Jokes for Dems
8. GOP’s War Against Workers (Cont.): Scott Walker Makes It Official: Signs Right-To-Work Bill
9. Ferguson judge behind aggressive fines policy owes $170,000 in unpaid taxes
10. GOP Hopefuls Silent on Clinton Email Controversy
11. Transcript of Obama’s speech in Selma
12. Jon Stewart: Revolutionary Road & Skyfail
13. Andy Borowitz: Iran Offers to Mediate Talks Between Republicans and Obama
14. The GOP’s War on Women (Cont.): West Virginia bans abortions after 20 weeks over governor’s veto

OPINION
1. Joe Conason: Is This a Scandal — Or a ‘Scandal’?
2. E.J. Dionne: The Wound Netanyahu Left
3. David Brock: There’s no scandal in Hillary Clinton’s emails
4. Economist Editorial: Don’t kill Obamacare
5. Congressman John Conyers: 50 Years Later: I’m Still Standing with Selma
6. Bill Moyers and Michael Winship: Netanyahu Speaks, Money Talks
7. Leslie H. Gelb: GOP Hates Obama More Than a Nuclear Iran
8. Ben Collins: The Campaign Cash That Can Kill the Open Internet
9. Juan Williams: How conservatives capsized school reform
10. Paul Waldman: Republicans are beginning to act as though Barack Obama isn’t even the president
11. Steve Almond: The vast right-wing conspiracy is still real. Also, the media is really stupid
12. Amy Davidson: Congress’s Poison-Pen Letter to Iran

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Clinton’s Scandalous Emails

You would think that with everything Hillary Clinton went through with the Benghazi scandal, that the GOP investigators would have uncovered the “misuse” of her email then, not now.  Who slipped not issuing a subpoena during the committee’s investigation?  Isn’t that Law 101?  Get the emails, stupid!

Think about it for a minute and ask yourself these questions:

  1.  Is she hiding anything?
  2. Do you trust her?
  3. Can your average 65 year old (then) handle technology?
  4. Do you really think she’s stupid?

My answers to these questions are 1-NO 2-YES 3-NOT ALL 4-NO  If your answers are the same then you are a Democrat.

If you answered 1-ABSOLOOTLY 2-NEVA 3-WHA TECHNOLOOGY 4-YES SUR-EE, then you are a RWNJ.

Hillary Clinton has been a First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State and knows more classified information than any of her competitors, foes, or incumbent Tom Cotton (R-AR) for that matter.  She has served all of us with no ill will or malicious agenda.  It’s not like she needs to avenge a daddy like George H.W. or a brother like George W.   She has more DC street cred than anyone on the other side of the aisle.

Hillary’s “convenience” argument isn’t what sold me on her innocence.  It’s when she said that all the emails to .gov email holders were already recorded once.  There’s no reason to use the memory on State servers, but it would have been nice to not kill trees printing up over 55,000 pages.  Also, the Secret Service protecting the server gives credence.

I for one would have not deleted the personal emails.  She could have used those for her historic presidential archives.  More than likely the emails are boring.  Hillary wouldn’t send classified info through her email.  There are secure and encrypted forms of communication to her disposal.

The GOP is trying their level best to knock out a ringer for the 2016 Presidential election.  They dig and dig and dig.  You would think they would have struck oil by now.  So far they have bupkis.

I for one trust her.

Source: Los Angeles Times

Source: Los Angeles Times

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Friday Feminism – Good Cop/Bad Cop, LGBTQ, Racism

Lead Story

Sen. Lindsey Graham, or, as he may soon be known, El Dictador.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, or, as he may soon be known, El Dictador.

 Lindsey Graham: as president I would deploy the military against Congress – Graham is proposing that his first act as president would be to use the military to force the legislative branch to pass his agenda.  In the real world that’s known as a ‘coup d’etat’.  Do Republicans seriously have no brain-to-mouth barrier?

 

Abortion & Reproductive Rights

 GOP Quietly Inserts Anti-Abortion Provision In Human Trafficking Bill

 Texas Pro-Life Republicans Just Hahahaha No Seriously For Real This Story Just Read It =

Feminism

 The ‘Five Horsemen’ Of Wikipedia Paid The Price For Getting Between Trolls And Their Victims – The Five Horsemen were editors dedicated to removing any edits that didn’t mesh with Wikipedia’s policies and didn’t come from reputable sources, according to Wikipedia editor and writer Mark Bernstein who first blogged about the problem in January. The editors, he said, were part of targeted attack from Gamergate supporters.

Fucktards

Arkansas State Representative Justin Harris

Arkansas State Representative Justin Harris, center.

 Arkansas Rocked By Rape Case Involving Adopted Daughter Of State Lawmaker – The full story of Harris’ adoption of the three sisters and exactly what occurred inside the family’s home remains murky.

Good Cop (☺)/Bad Cop (☠) (NEW Section Title!!)
(Most cops aren’t bad. Its just my job to point out the ones that are.)

 (☠) The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden ‘black site’ – This goes way beyond corruption or the militarization of the police.  It’s a wholesale negation of basic civil rights!

 (☠) DC police admit botching 11-year-old girl’s rape case, arresting her instead of her attackers – Well, at least they admitted it.

 (☠) NYPD Caught Editing Eric Garner Wikipedia Pages, Along With Other Police Brutality Victims (IMAGES) – Maybe if you can’t hide your mistakes, you can at least clean up the details?

Good News For A Change (NEW Section!!)

 First giant tortoise hatchlings born in the wild in over 100 years found by conservationists in the Galapagos Islands

Gun Violence

 Family Told No ‘Right to Bear Arms’ While Raising Foster Children – A couple in Nevada is seeking a change to state law after being denied a license to raise foster children due to a regulation that bars foster parents from carrying loaded firearms.  Because nothing could possibly go wrong with providing already traumatized children and teens with access to loaded guns.

 This new ‘Funny or Die’ spoof video hopes to revitalize the push for gun control

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Harassment

 This Democratic Congresswoman Wants the FBI to Take on Gamergate – Rep. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.), backed by the National Organization for Women and the Human Rights Campaign, asked her House colleagues to join her in demanding tighter enforcement of cyber-stalking and online harassment laws.

In Memory

Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett

 Terry Pratchett, Discworld series author, dies aged 66

LGBTQ

 Landmark Violations Could Force Atlah Worldwide Church to Take Down Sign

 Oklahoma Rep. proposes pointed amendment to anti-gay bill

 Christian university shuts down bake sale benefiting homeless LGBT youth -The university would be happy to raise money for homeless youth, just so long as they’re straight or being served by an organization that is trying to turn them straight.

Racism

 How racist frat boys get away with it: Big money and the real Sigma Alpha Epsilon scandal

 Georgia middle school teaches Civil War in way designed ‘not to offend whites’: parents – Because, you know, southern heritage, or something.

 Anti-Islamic, Right-Wing Group Wins Right To Plaster Hate Ads On Philly’s Buses

War On The Poor (NEW Section!!)

 Homeless Portland Man And Woman Charged With Theft For Charging Their Cell Phones  – In this case, the theft was first reported by Portland Patrol Inc., and two Portland police officers followed up to issue the woman and her co-defendant, a homeless man who was also charging his cellphone at the “privately owned” planter box outlet, citations to appear in court for third-degree theft of services- a theft amounting to a fraction of a penny!

Women In History

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 YOUNG, BLACK AND VICTORIAN: WONDERFUL PHOTOGRAPHS OF VICTORIAN WOMEN OF COLOR – Unfortunately, a lot of these photographs have no names attached to the women posed in the photographs.  I’d love to know the stories behind each photo. What each woman’s life was like. Sadly, we’ll probably never know.

 Mapping history’s ‘invisible’ women – “These women have been edited from history not because they didn’t make meaningful contributions to society but because someone deemed their stories not worthy of being told.”

Women In Politics

 AP Sues State Department For Access To Hillary Clinton’s Records – Whatever.  Just because we had two Bushes, must we really have to have two Clintons?  I know a true Progressive is too much to ask, but I’m not happy with a ‘Pocket Progressive’ (you know, in the pocket of big money).

 Elizabeth Warren challenges Obama (and Clinton) on trade – You go, girl!

Donna Edwards

Donna Edwards

 Bold Progressive Donna Edwards Enters Key Senate Race – It is not often that a serious contender for a US Senate seat announces her candidacy with talk of grassroots environmental activism, fighting for union jobs and “protecting women’s reproductive rights from Tea Party attacks,” or with a pledge to answer proposals to “compromise away Social Security and Medicare” with absolute opposition—“no ‘ifs,’ ‘ands,’ ‘buts’ or ‘willing to considers.’”

Women’s Health & Image

 Why Republicans Will Never, Ever Have a Real Health-Care Plan, in 7 Charts –  As always, ideology, not money, is the root of all evil.

World News

 ♀ Irish Minister Leo Varadkar delivers heartfelt plea for equal marriage

 This Courageous One-Woman Protest Challenged Gender-Based Violence in Afghanistan

 Actress Emma Thompson and her husband refuse to pay ‘a penny more’ in taxes until HSBC tax evaders go to jail – ‘I want to stop paying tax, until everyone pays tax,’ Wise told the Evening Standard. ‘I have actively loved paying tax, because I am a profound fucking socialist and I believe we are all in it together. But I am disgusted with HMRC. I am disgusted with HSBC. And I’m not paying a penny more until those evil bastards go to prison.'”

Violence Against Women

 This billboard takes on domestic violence in a way you really have to see to believe.

On A Lighter Note

 How To Suppress the Republican vote

Read the Friday Feminism Series

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Either McCain Is Senile or Thinks We’re that Stupid?

McCain: BIG BAD SNOW made me sign!

Punch drunk from the blow back 47 treasonous Senators sending a letter to the leaders of Iran, thereby undermining US policy, damaging presidential authority and violating the Logan Act of 1799, the GOP is scrambling.

All the signatories of the letter currently hold political office and demonstrated rueful ignorance of Senate power and functions vested by the constitution. Almost all are slinking away, retracting into a myriad of cowardly excuses. All parlaying their treachery into feeble, meaningless excuses betraying meteoric incompetence of the constitution, the Senate and government….. most iconic and foolish utterance from Arizona’s McCain:

I sign lots of letters.” Which begs the questions, is the voice of ‘stupid McCain’ or senile-sun spotted McCain? Has centuries, I mean decades, rotting in the Senate made him incapable of grasping the ramifications of a one-page letter addressed to a less than friendly foreign government? On the other hand, McCain perceives the public’s intelligence subverts his own and more gullible to accept his explanation. Wait, the reflective apathy worsens overnight; McCain brain stormed a lamer excuse, wintry weather…” Everybody was looking forward to getting out of town because of the snowstorm” the poor little saps were in a hurry escaping snowy DC to notice their crime.

Kentucky’s pretentious liar, Rand Paul’s pathetic excuse is a bit more creative; he claims his intention was to ‘strengthen the President’s hand’ and indicated the letter was directed at the administration….wtf? Ophthalmological surgeon, Paul blindly signed under the opening statement, “An Open Letter to the Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran“……  Plagiarist, practicing not board certified surgeon, bigot and confirmed prevaricator, needs an eye doctor himself in addition to acquainting himself with the functions of his current job.

Worst, Arkansas newest little fraud and Harvard law graduate, Tom Cotton, revealed himself as woefully undeserving of a J.D. with the epic failed, conflating ignorance of the role and laws imbued by holding a Senate seat. Either this teabag buffoon is a legacy, cheated his path to graduation as evidenced by an unfamiliarity with basic civics that could have more aptly acquired on a episode of School House Rock. He is a proven waste of space, occupying a slot in a Harvard law track, Senate and distinguished himself as a domestic enemy of the United States government.

Again, the GOP reiterates their priorities, politics = ObamaHate, personal leisure and convenience trump national security. Here’s a tip from the American folks, conservatives stay home, living in DC is a waste of time since you REFUSE to work,  your absence, certainly won’t be missed. Leave running the country to the adults and patriots. Now, if we could get the CBO, Congressional Budget Office, to terminate GOP benefits and then the American people would be set on a path of saving themselves.

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Stop Ripping on Republicans?

Got a message today (via our Contact form) addressed to “Democratic Party Headquarters” in which the writer claimed to be a Democrat and asked the party to stop ripping on Republicans. She used phrases like “stop emphasizing the behaviors of the other party”, “stop belaboring the negative behavior of the other party”, and “stop spending so much time pointing out the human foibles of the Republicans”. She was either a dangerously naive fool or a right-wing liar posing as someone she’s not. Most likely, she’s the second one.

First of all, this is a private site that supports Democrats. We are not affiliated with the Democratic Party, nor any Democratic candidate or campaign, although the FEC informed us that we are free to write anything in support of Democrats or against opponents to influence elections and any Democrat, candidate or otherwise, is free to post in our blog on their own or in coordination with All Things Democrat (as long as its “uncompensated Internet activity” – we are not a for-profit site and will never be compensated by anyone except Google Adsense).

As far as ripping on Republicans goes, that will never end because the Teapublican party has moved from a rich boys club to racist, sexist, homophobic pricks and their cheerleaders. This must be exposed on a daily basis. Why? Because they lie. They make despicable, bigoted statements every day, typically defending their bigotry by hiding behind a warped interpretation of God as being only destructive and malevolent and cherry-picking Bible passages. They pass legislation designed to chip away at the rights of anyone on the left. They’re vulture capitalists who put profit before people. They’re bloodthirsty war mongers and war profiteers. They do these things and then they lie about it. Without the left documenting their daily crimes, Teapublicans would rewrite history and fool generations. If they had souls, one could reason with them. But they’re constantly competing to see who can move to the right of Palin, Nugent, Limbaugh, Beck, and the rest of their clown car of hate. Their behavior will continue to get worse as they are just now realizing that changing demographics in America will soon make them a permanent, minority party. That’s why they work so hard to keep Democratic-voting Mexican immigrants out and welcome only Republican-voting Cuban immigrants. That’s why they work to block-the-vote of Democratic-voting African Americans. That hatred for anyone who votes against Republicans is why they don’t care when unarmed black men are harassed, beaten, and killed. Like the Afrikaner Party of South Africa’s Apartheid era, Teapublicans are terrified because progressives of all races will soon be the majority. Like the Afrikaner Party, they’re desperately trying to hold onto their last years of power, greed, and abuse of their fellow citizens.

Stop ripping on Republicans? I’ve only just begun.

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Louisiana Republican Blasts Jindal For Pact With Norquist

This is the kind of thing I love; when RWNJs are called out for their insanity by more moderate conservatives. Check out these excerpts (with my emphasis) from Republican Tim Burns’ “The Balcony Blog” on Governor Jindal’s no taxes pact with Grover Norquist:

Louisiana is facing perhaps its worst fiscal crises in decades and this time no one is exaggerating for political rhetoric purposes. I spoke recently to the state’s chief economist, who put it quite bluntly; “We have a $1.6 billion deficit and this one is REAL. Listen to me! It’s REAL!” It’s not as if the other deficits were fake, but they always happened to be paired with some handy one time money to fill the gap. This time there’s no Katrina money or stimulus money or BP money or rainy day money or some other money pot or two tucked away somewhere convenient that’s going to magically appear to save the day.

To make matters even more interesting, a powerful national group, the Americans for Tax Reform has become involved in the budget battle and Louisiana’s governor, Bobby Jindal, appears to be actively seeking the Republican nomination for President. So our little state problem now has national implications.

[ … ]

While refunding money to the taxpayers in the form of repealing Stelly or excess itemized deductions certainly feels warm and fuzzy at the time, you better be damned sure that you don’t need the money because you can’t just ask for it back. An editorial in USA Today, http://usat.ly/196sZvm, highlighted the fiscal problems of two states which cut taxes, namely, Louisiana and Kansas.

[ … ]

SO WHAT DOES LOUISIANA DO? I don’t think we have any other choice but to bite the bullet and look for revenue options, as a $1.6 billion cut focused on two areas of the state budget, which have already been significantly cut over the past five years is going to be devastating. And this time, It’s REAL!

I’m a conservative Republican, but I don’t think that it’s necessarily COMMUNIST TO MAKE BUSINESSES PAY FOR THE PRIVILEGE OF DOING BUSINESS IN YOUR STATE, particularly one with abundant natural resources such as Louisiana. Average citizens pay for the privilege of using resources of the state so business should also.

[ … ]

At the Republican retreat last week, I made a comment about the voodoo junk science tax accounting used by the Americans for Tax Reform to Tim Barfield, who was presenting and heads the Louisiana Department of Revenue. Mr. Barfield responded that my comments were spoken like a true term limited legislator, which I am. Although I may be term limited, I’m certainly going out with a bang.

The blog’s About page on Burns explains why he sounds reasonable on matters of taxation:

Tim Burns (R-Mandeville) has served as a member of the Louisiana Legislature for 11 years, focusing on fiscal and transportation issues. He currently serves as Chairman of the House Committee on Governmental Affairs. He is a tax attorney and Certified Public Accountant with advanced degrees in law and business from Tulane University.

On Monday it was reported that State Rep. Jay Morris also criticized Jindal’s ties to Norquist in an email to constituents:

I’m no psychologist or psychiatrist but in my opinion what is going on as we approach session is insane. The insanity has its roots in the Governor’s pledge to the Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), the taxpayer advocacy group based in Washington, DC headed by its founder, Grover Norquist.

The Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR), in speaking to a group of legislators where I was present, plainly stated, in no uncertain terms, that the administration won’t agree with any proposal which doesn’t get the seal of approval from ATR and the Governor will veto any proposals that don’t have the ATR’s approval.

It will be interesting to see if this becomes more commonplace on the right – moderate Republicans, sick to death of teabaggers, deciding to openly challenge the power-hungry mouthpieces of the radical right.

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The Dumming-Down Of Arizona

Arizona’s RWNJ returds in elected office spent the weekend passing a budget forcing deep cuts in education that are sure to make businesses that are thinking about creating jobs in the state consider looking elsewhere. The cuts include nearly $100 million from state schools and community colleges and $123 million from K-12 education. Among the many criteria used by businesses considering relocating or building a new facility is the level of education of the workforce. Arizona’s right wing is sending a clear message to potential employers – pick another state.

The teabagger party of maroons also passed $20 million in cuts to the Department of Child Safety and a 3-5% cut to hospitals and other Medicare providers. The Koch brothers must be giddy.

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All Things Democrat Needs Additional Bloggers

Every year All Things Democrat is fortunate to find talented writers with a desire to share important information and opinion with other Democrats. Since we’re the only political party that celebrates diversity, the range of topics to write about is nearly limitless. And the teapublican party is getting crazier every day, providing a continuous source of story ideas.

Some writing experience in blogs, online magazines, or even college newspapers is preferred. But we can also work with passionate, dedicated individuals who are willing to learn.

Apply at our site Jobs4Dems.com for any of these jobs:

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