Rand Paul, Terrible Father, Dares To Criticize Black Fathers

Here’s Rand Paul speaking about what I would call a totally justified reaction in Baltimore to yet another black man being killed by a murderous, racist cop that racist conservatives are, naturally, defending. He blames it on black families and black fathers. This Tweet explains the irony of Randy’s statement:

Its official: Rand Paul is a racist, Republican prick. I know – redundant.

In Defense Of The Clinton Foundation … by Newsmax???

I nearly fell out of my chair when I read this article by Christopher Rudy, the CEO and Editor of Newsmax Media. Newsmax is Conservative with a capital “C”.  But even Newsmax is unable to accept right-wing vultures going after the Clinton Foundation in an attempt to smear Hillary Clinton early in her campaign. Seriously, Rudy actually used the word “smear”. And there’s not a chance a right-winger can claim that I’m just some lefty twisting Rudy’s words. Check out these extended excerpts from the article and be amazed at this eloquent defense of the Clintons and the CGI by a conservative who resisted the urge to attack the Clintons for the pure joy of it. My emphasis and comments are added.

So, it is not every day that I defend Bill and Hillary Clinton, or the Clinton Foundation.

In fact, it may come as a surprise to some. In the 1990s I was described by both James Carville and George Stephanopoulos as the Clinton White House’s No. 1 press enemy. But after Bill Clinton left the White House, I came to admire him and his post-presidential work. 

I was drawn to him largely for the very same reason he and his wife are being criticized today: the Clinton Foundation. Over time, I was impressed enough with its work that I even became a donor.

This may be difficult for many of the Clinton critics to stomach, considering the miasma of allegations now being made about them, largely due to a new book entitled “Clinton Cash” (HarperCollins) by Peter Schweizer.

A Fox News special that aired this past Friday detailed many of the allegations from the still-unreleased book. Fox said the book showed the “tangled” and “blurred” relationships between the Clinton Foundation and the Clintons’ private or political activities.

After watching the Fox program, it became clear to me the only thing “tangled” and “blurred” are the numerous unsubstantiated, unconnected, and baseless allegations being made about them.

John Cassidy, a columnist with The New Yorker, fair-minded and balanced, got it right when he wrote that “Clinton Cash” appears to contain “largely unsubstantiated allegations.” 

He notes that Schweizer admits he cannot prove the allegations, and that “with [Fox News’ Sean] Hannity and other conservative media figures piling on, the Clinton campaign will be able to portray questions about the Clinton Foundation and the family’s finances as a political witch-hunt rather than a legitimate exercise in vetting presidential candidates.”

[Rudy goes on to say how impressed he was at the completely non-partisan nature of the CGI, so impressed that he’s been a member for the past 7 years.]

I recall attending my first Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) event and meeting Jack Kemp there. As you may remember, Kemp had run against Bill Clinton in the 1996 presidential race as the vice presidential candidate. At that meeting, Kemp had nothing but praise for what Bill Clinton was doing.

So what was the former president doing?

Rather than simply “cashing in,” the young former president wanted to devote a substantial amount of his time and energy to making the world a better place, improving the lives of poor people and, at the same time, demonstrating in a real way that Americans cared. 

Remember also the context of the time. America was globally criticized during its war on terror, especially after the invasion of Iraq. Few nations joined the “coalition of the willing.” Our nation was losing its stature as leader of the free world.

It was Bill Clinton, using the platform of his foundation, who became the de facto goodwill ambassador of the United States. 

[Rudy goes on to explain how the CGI actually works, seeking commitments from donors to fund other charities, not taking the money, themselves. Over $100 billion donated to date.

Rudy continues, debunking the allegations of a quid pro quo with CGI donors, followed by this …]

Well, if there’s smoke — there’s fire? Perhaps it’s better to say, Where there’s smear, there’s not always fact. 

I think the imperative for journalists is more appropriate: Follow the money. So let’s do that.

The sister companies of News Corp and 21st Century Fox own HarperCollins, which published Peter Schweizer’s book; they own The Wall Street Journal, which first raised the issue of the foreign donations; they own the New York Post, which broke the details about the Schweizer book; and they own Fox News, which gave the story oxygen and legs. 

With so much media mojo from one company, there is no doubt they will be doing some pretty good “cashing in” from the many millions of dollars their new best-seller will generate. 

An article like this almost makes me believe that there are conservatives out there who would be willing to stop the hyperbolic, personal attacks and work with Democrats to do good things for this nation and for the world. Almost.

Sadly, the comments for the article at Newsmax were closed at zero comments. No doubt, they expected enraged RWNJs and cries of “traitor!”.

Republicans: Working Hard to Screw America

republican mottoThey run every campaign, everywhere, every time, on “jobs and the economy”, but as Republicans’ proposed bills show, they’re really working hard to screw America. This is how folks who don’t know how to govern, govern.

As the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports:

A change to the minimum wage that would lead to a pay cut for thousands of tip workers passed the Republican-led Minnesota House… by a vote of 73-56. In addition, the bill:

  • would prevent cities or other governing entities from outpacing the state minimum wage
  • put a ceiling on the minimum wage statewide

In Iowa, State Representative Chip Baltimore, chairman of the Iowa House’s Judiciary Committee, thinks a bill to deny parental right to rapists (yes, you read that right*) is “unnecessary”, according to the Globe Gazette:

Chip BaltimoreBaltimore said he worries about writing a new law that casts a wide net to catch a small number of incidents. He said that could create unintended consequences, such as a young man being convicted of statutory rape then losing parental rights even though the couple remain together.
“It’s a feel-good piece of legislation that quite honestly is dissociated with reality in the real world with the way the criminal justice system and the judicial system work,” Baltimore said.

*Iowa is one of seventeen states that do not have laws denying parental rights to convicted rapists; probably because they care more about some hypothetical statutory rapist than women who have been raped. This is how the Conservative mind works. In an ironic side note, the Washington City Paper reports:

Fred W. Pagan, a staffer for U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) … imported drugs from China in a plan to exchange them for sexual favors, according to new documents filed in U.S. District Court.

Couldn't find a picture of Pagan, so here's a reasonable facsimile.

Couldn’t find a picture of Pagan, so here’s a reasonable facsimile.

Pagan first came on law enforcement’s radar on April 9, when customs agents found a Chinese package addressed to him in Ohio that held more than a kilo of GBL, a controlled drug akin to “date rape drug” GHB. After the search, Pagan allegedly told investigators that he had received three other GBL packages. According to the court filing, Pagan said that he handed out the GBL and meth “in exchange for sexual favors.”

Aiding and abetting rapists … just ask yourself, is it possible no one in the party knew this was going on?

Let’s move on to Conservatives’ favorite pastime: poor shaming; Wisconsin state Rep. Jesse Kremer (R-Kewaskum), has a new idea:

I will propose a committee to study setting up state owned food pantries operated by private companies.  The plan would call for state auditors to provide oversight and report to legislative committees.

FoodShare Quest cards could only be used at the pantries where life-sustaining foods were available.  Non-essential items would not be stocked at the pantries, thus saving taxpayers millions and slashing fraud and abuse.

Kremer“Yes, it may be humbling to go into the pantry to purchase ‘needed items,’ but as I mentioned earlier, most people understand that this is meant to be a crutch and not a lifestyle. I would also love to see photo lD’s (sic) on all Quest cards and will continue to work this angle.”

Yet another Conservative fool who doesn’t know the first thing about SNAP users, as CBPP reports:

Among SNAP households with at least one working-age, non-disabled adult, more than half work while receiving SNAP — and more than 80 percent work in the year before or after receiving SNAP. The rates are even higher for families with children. (About two-thirds of SNAP recipients are not expected to work, primarily because they are children, elderly, or disabled.)

Maybe if he and his idiot Governor ever create some well paying jobs, his state’s residents won’t need assistance. According to Madison.com:

Wisconsin ranks worst among the 50 states in terms of a shrinking middle class, with real median household incomes here falling 14.7 percent since 2000, according to a new report.

The Pew Charitable Trust report showed Wisconsin with the largest decline in the percentage of families considered “middle class,” or those earning between 67 and 200 percent of their state’s median income.

By the way, that Governor would be Scott Walker, who wants to be President. Finally, what would the purpose of state authorized discrimination be if you couldn’t extend it to transportation… that’s right, transportation. Oklahoma State Sen. Jason Smalley (R-Stroud) has gone about as low as one could go, according to Red Dirt Report:

While the “Oklahoma Transportation Network Company Services Act” is setting up a regulatory framework for ridesharing in the state, the Republican Senate author rewrote the bill so companies can discriminate against gay and transgender passengers…

As noted by the Associated Press, “The version of the bill that passed the Republican-controlled Senate on a 35-11 vote defines such companies (like Uber and Lyft) as those that use a digital network or software application to connect passengers and drivers.”

… the House-passed version of the bill included language that prohibited companies like Uber and Lyft from “discriminating against customers based on sexual orientation or gender identity.” …

SmalleyHowever, …Smalley “rewrote the bill” to eliminate the non-discrimination language so “private businesses” operating in the state could “establish their own policies regarding discrimination.”

Vermin, every last one of them.

Rand Paul Stands With Israel … When He’s Running For Office

rand paul jews will burn in hell cause they're not christiansI find it ridiculously ironic that any citizen of Israel, “conservative” or otherwise, would align themselves with the American religious right, a group that believes Jews will will burn in Hell for all eternity simply because they’re not Christian. That includes you, Netan-yahoo. And Libertarian/Republican Rand Paul loves pandering to the religious right.

Today, Rand’s campaign site states (his emphasis):

It’s time we took a stand for Israel by standing up to the enemies of Israel, the enemies that murder Israeli citizens.

That’s why I proposed a bill called the “Stand with Israel Act” to cut off the flow of U.S. taxpayer dollars to the Palestinian Authority.

As long as the Palestinian Authority is allied with Hamas not one more tax dollar should flow to them.

But in 2011, after Rand was sworn in as Senator, his “not one more tax dollar” proposal meant cutting off all U.S. aid to Israel (my emphasis):

I’m not singling out Israel. I support Israel. I want to be known as a friend of Israel, but not with money you don’t have. I think they’re an important ally, but I also think that their per capita income is greater than probably three-fourths of the rest of the world. Should we be giving free money or welfare to a wealthy nation? I don’t think so.

Its true, Rand Paul thinks Israelis are rich people getting welfare who will burn in Hell because they’re Jews. With friends like Rand …

Best Jokes Of The White House Correspondents’ Dinner

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Firearms Legal Defense Org Tells Members To Remove Threatening Signs

wedontcall911Texas Law Shield, a legal defense fund for gun owners’ who may find themselves in trouble over their use of firearms, posted this video by an attorney with the organization. In the video she strongly advises against “cute” but threatening signs and bumper stickers that might make a Texan look “trigger happy” and may lead to the shooter’s conviction. But if you’re a bad cop who’s trigger happy, the chances you’ll ever go to trial are nearly non-existent.

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Friday Feminism – Abortion & Reproductive Rights, Animals & the Environment and LGBTQ

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♀ Wealth Inequality Is Now As Bad As It Was During The 1920s

Abortion & Reproductive Rights

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Abortion Rights at Risk: The GOP Opens a New Front in the War on Women

 Petition: President Obama: #HelmsHurts

UNINTENDED PREGNANCIES COST FEDERAL AND STATE GOVERNMENTS $21 BILLION IN 2010

I had an abortion because of extreme morning sickness. Spare others that pain –

We need to take hyperemesis gravidarum seriously. When you tell people about it they make it clear they think you are just being overdramatic. GPs need to stop making comments like “it will pass” or, even worse, “it’s the sign of a healthy pregnancy”. It shouldn’t be a lottery whether your doctor’s surgery empathises or not; there should be universal procedures for the condition.

Fifth Circuit Court Refuses to Reconsider Ruling Blocking Mississippi TRAP Law

Senate ‘Resolves’ Fight over Abortion Provision in Sex Trafficking Bill –

The “compromise,” as the New York Times reports, splits that funding money in two: half of it goes to a general fund and won’t be subject to abortion restrictions. But it also can’t be used for healthcare services of any kind for trafficking victims, only for things like legal aid, shelter, and counseling. The other half of the money can be used for healthcare and medical services, but it’s subject to the Hyde Amendment.

In other words, then, none of the money can legally be used for abortion care. That really doesn’t look like a compromise.

Alabama GOP’s new plan to shut down abortion clinics: Treat them like sex offenders

NC GOPer compares women’s bodies to real estate as House passes longest abortion wait in country

Tennessee Anti-Choice Politician Can’t Decide if Women Are Stupid or Cunning

State Rep. Sheila Butt, not only an unfeeling git, but also an Islamaphobic racist.

State Rep. Sheila Butt, not only an unfeeling git, but also an Islamophobic racist.

Tennessee Republican: Rape is often ‘not verifiable,’ so no exemption on anti-abortion bill

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Cruz and Paul Sign Deal With The Devil

Randie Paul and Teddie Cruz signed away their decision making ability today by pledging their devotion to Grover Norquist, norquist devilthe guy with a 19th century name and 19th century ideas. That’s actually good news, but not for them. It locks them into a contract they can never get out of for fear of being tossed out of office by teabaggers. Even Jeb Bush, whose big brother Dubya never saw a tax cut he didn’t love, refused to sign the Norquist pledge.

Now we can sit back and watch the fireworks as the far right crowd and the moderates in the GOP trash each other to the point where none of them looks electable. How long will it be before one of them connects Jeb’s refusal to sign the pledge with Papa Bush’s broken “read my lips, no new taxes” pledge? At least some Republicans are joining Jeb in expressing their opposition to Norquist and his self-appointed position as king maker. Remember this post last month in which a Louisiana Republican blasted Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal for his pact with Norquist? Here a little of what he had to say about his little “reform” club (with my emphasis):

… 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.

[…]

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.

I have to wonder if Glenn Beck choked hard when he heard about the Cruz pact with Norquist today. Just last month Beck praised Cruz, called his presidential campaign announcement “electric” and “inspiring”, and asked his disciples to pray for Cruz. But Beck and his allies have waged an all-out war against Norquist, alleging ties to terrorism. Now Cruz signs the Norquist pledge?

Watch the first minute of this program by Beck “exposing” Norquist which aired just last month and imagine how angry the Beckerhead must be with Cruz right now.

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What Are Democrats All About?

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A Wide Round Table of GOP Governors – All Failing

What do GOP Governors have in common? They failed their states, voters with their onslaught of blaming the poor for the freebies lavished on the wealthy. Most of them spend their time either attacking President Obama, ceremoniously signing useless legislation solving non-existent problems. Ostensibly avoiding the fact, they don’t work, serving the voters is irrelevant, begging primarily for scraps from wealthy donors. But hey, if incompetence, state statistics consistently under perform compared with national averages and permanently stagnate overall state recovery, you got a shot….just keep ignoring reality, data, revel in the praise of your sycophants, wallow in the praise from Fox and you got a shot….

Salon did a nice job of exposing the situation and commonality between states subjected feckless to GOP Governors. All of them cut taxes for corporations, slashed the burdens for the wealthy by transferring them onto the middle class and poor in exchange for mounting budget deficits.
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Christie on celebrating a record NJ’s NINE-TH CREDIT DOWNGRADE during his two terms, burst from the trough in Trenton wandering to New Hampshire with the delusion of resurrecting decaying 2016 presidential aspirations. Once touted as a 2012 contender, threats of federal indictments hover over his head, scandal meanders through the administration and “pay to play” accusations for accepting lavish plague this loud mouth.

 

Gov. Walker - WI

 

Koch B*tch, Scott Walker has rampaged through Wisconsin bludgeoning protections and resources for the middle class and reducing the social programs to a trickle. His job-creation record hovers at 4.85 compared to the 8.21 national average. Like Christie, Walker prances onward, beleaguered by scandals with the menace of shadowy indictments except Walker purged himself of sacrificial lambs. Some veal is fenced away by indictments, impending trials or convicted.

 

 

boby jindalFinally, Bobby Jindal hailing from the BP oil ravaged state of Louisiana continues his social war against intelligence/reason. Although, his employment numbers aren’t as dismal compared to his northern competitors, this deep red ‘taker state’ is buoyed  low-wage jobs subsidized by federal programs. Folks can’t exist on the minimum wage. Therefore, Reagan-ist state budget cuts, 1% giveaways and corporate welfare can only exist at the expense of national shared pain.

 

failed_experiment_by_josearias-d6wbftn. 2jpgI’ll only mention Kansas’ Brownback for bravely implementing Grover Norquist’s tax policies. Well, those tax policies were as successful as this guy taking a shower in toxic waste run off sooth body acne. Yeah, the state’s budgetary crisis state is so dire, the public school term will conclude early this year.

 

ruby slippers & witches handsiHell, Europe could have told the conservative and the Wizard of Oz  – refugees austerity doesn’t work. It only creates tornadoes of deficits and failures that even hard-clicking ruby slippers can’t transport y’a back to the pre-crash surpluses of the Clinton presidency.

Corporate Media Attacks Against Hillary Are Just Beginning

Its about to get petty. And we know how the radical right loves to compare petty to their crimes that often include murder (talkin’ bout you, Dubya and Cheney). They love the false equivalence.

Bloomberg, about as conservative as it gets, posted the scandalous article “Tracking Hillary Clinton’s Use of Every American Accent East of the Mississippi“. You’ll find asinine quotes in the article like:

Remember that time Clinton spoke with a Southern drawl?

What a crime that Hillary lived in Arkansas as the Governor’s wife and quickly picked up on the local accent. That only happens to me ALL THE TIME. I was in Florida for Spring Break and by the end of the week I picked up their accent. Take a trip to the midwest and see how long it takes you to develop a folksy accent. By the end of the first day you’ll be using words like “youbethcha”. Don’t even get me started on Mississippi.

Many people pick up accents easily. On the other hand, some fools live in the U.S. for decades and I still can’t understand a fracking word they’re saying (talkin’ bout you, Swartzenhager).

I give this RWNJ attempt an epic fail. Time to go back to Benghazi – that tragedy where Democrats were killed because Republicans gutted Embassy security around the world. Democrats working at our embassy who HATED Republicans, by the way, and would hate the radical right using their deaths as political strategy. Try as you might, RWNJs, your tabloid journalism will do nothing to win votes and, in fact, will energize our base.

Free Public College?

Kathleen posted this week on Scott Walker’s education cuts and skyrocketing college debt in the face of conservative tax cuts. The Nation explains a new, progressive push toward a debt-free college education that may be a central issue in the 2016 Presidential election, at least on the Democratic side (with my emphasis).

In the House and Senate, legislators will simultaneously introduce two resolutions calling for “all students [to] have access to debt-free higher education.” In the Senate, Brian Schatz, Chuck Schumer, and Elizabeth Warren will attach their names to the resolution. Representatives Keith Ellison and Raul Grijalva, co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, are leading the House effort along with several members, including Representatives Chris Van Hollen, Steve Israel, Donna Edwards, Katherine Clark, and Alan Grayson.

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee is helping to organize the push, and released a short paper along with the think tank Demos about how to make public higher education achievable without debt. It briefly outlines how increased federal aid to states for higher education, along with expanded Pell Grants that would be permitted to cover non-tuition costs, and increased regulation might eliminate the debt burden at public institutions.

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The PCCC will immediately organize rallies at ten college campuses this week, including four in the early-primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire. The students at these rallies will explicitly call on presidential candidates to embrace the debt-free college plan. Hillary Clinton and her advisers are no doubt the primary intended audience here, since she leads Democratic polls by such a wide margin. “Students, families, and progressive leaders are working together to make a national goal of debt-free college central to the 2016 debate,” said PCCC co-founder Adam Green.

Germany is leading the way in Europe with their own tuition-free universities, even for foreigners. Their goal is an educated workforce that will attract even more business investment from around the world. That kind of populist message, investing in our people, investing in America, is just what we need to hear from our candidates. Get ready for cries of “Socialism” from the radical right.