Joe Biden’s Interview with Stephen Colbert

Missing from my post of the week’s videos was VP Biden’s interview with Stephen Colbert. The interview may not have left Biden supporters with a lot of optimism about a Presidential run, but you have to admire the man for his honesty and compassion.

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Video Clips of the Week

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The President’s Weekly Address: A New College Scorecard

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Nationalism Resides in Eye of Beholder

Shameful characterization describing the boorish manner a nation relates to other countries, distinct peoples and opposing ideas. Contemptible perceptions buffeted upon unconscionable stereotypes ….. i.e. conservatives hating everyone different from them selves pursuant to oppressing and decimating their human rights.
This universal etiquette of the right-wing is central to rallying support for their agenda, without exception to country, race, ethnicity, sexuality, issue or religion.

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Friday Feminism – Abortion & Reproductive Rights, Education and Good Cop/Bad Cop


Note: I won’t be doing Friday Feminism next Friday, 9/18,  due to our participation in a charitable event for Northern Virginia Sheltie Rescue. FF will return on 9/25. See you then.

Abortion & Reproductive Rights


♀ Planned Parenthood Clinic Blaze Ruled Arson As Legislative Attacks Continue

♀ Louisiana: Women Don’t Need Planned Parenthood. They Have Dentists. – This concerns Louisiana’s hare-brained scheme to defund Planned Parenthood, without denying family planning services to the poor. The solution? Have health care professionals from other fields pick up the slack. They may not have training, knowledge or experience for pap smears or breast cancer exams, but hey, a doctor’s a doctor, amirite? The state back-pedaled when a federal judge pointed out how stupid that sounded, and instead came back with a list of only 29 alternate health care providers. 29 for the entire state!

♀ The War on Women Is Over—and Women Lost

If “pro-lifers” wanted to end abortion — rather than control sex — their tactics would be radically different

♀ Missouri’s Archaic Abortion Laws May Come Unraveled–Thanks To Satan & Religious Freedom

Regardless of how the state feels about the Satanic Temple and its beliefs, they are required by law to respect them. In a perfect case of “what’s good for the goose is good for the gander,” Missouri’s leadership could be put into the precarious position of having to explain why one religion’s beliefs are more important than another’s in the eyes of the law.

♀ Office Depot Refuses To Copy Anti-Planned Parenthood Propaganda

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GOP Candidate Update: Perry Is Out, Bashing Women Is In

Its been another, bizarre week for the GOP’s collection of presidential wannabes.

Rick Perry dropped out of the race today, getting in a surprising dig against his party leader, The Donald..

We cannot indulge nativist appeals that divide the nation further. Demeaning people of Hispanic heritage is not just ignorant, it betrays the example of Christ.

“Surprising” in that Trump’s anti-Hispanic remarks have catapulted him to the top of the pack and kept him there with a strong 32% in the latest poll, putting Perry at odds with the heart and soul of the Republican Party. Its interesting that Perry didn’t say anything about Trump’s disgusting attack on Fiorina’s looks, as revealed this week by Rolling Stone:

Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?! I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not s’posedta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?

Trump later denied saying it, claiming he was actually talking about her persona. So, Trump wants you to believe there IS a line even he won’t cross. Blaming tough questions on a woman’s menstrual cycle is Ok. Mocking a woman’s looks is over the line. Got it.

Eager to make a name for himself in the Republican War On Women, Jeb Bush continued his attacks against Planned Parenthood (even though the Bush family was instrumental in its creation) claiming that it shouldn’t receive federal funding because “they’re not actually doing women’s health issues”. called that “simply false” and listed the services they provided to women (and men) in 2013:

  • 4.5 million tests and treatment for sexually transmitted infections
  • 3.6 million contraception related services
  • 935,573 cancer screenings including breast exams and Pap tests
  • 1.1 million pregnancy tests and prenatal services

When you’re rich as God, you lose touch with the rest of America and their health care needs. Nearly a million cancer screenings is meaningless to the party that wants you to, in the words of future U.S. Senator Alan Grayson, “Die, quickly”.

Now that Perry is out, the other campaigns that are bleeding cash and cutting (or not paying) salaries of their workers have permission to close up shop. Does anyone even remember the names of the rest of the Republican candidates? Without looking it up online? Here’s a hint:


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Reflecting On National Suicide Prevention Week

We all know that gun violence is rampant in America. Often forgotten in the gun control discussion are those who die by suicide: Guns are the method used in over 50% of all completed suicides. How many of these individuals might have lived, had a gun not been so easily available? In honor of National Suicide Prevention Week, we need to think about this.


Today is a day to reflect on the need for mental health care to be included in all health insurance. No one should suffer in silence or alone because mental health care is not affordable. No person should feel embarrassed or ashamed of struggling to cope with uncomfortable, sometimes unbearable, feelings.

Reach out to someone you know who may be struggling with depression, in honor of National Suicide Prevention Week.

If you need to talk, help is available! The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK/8255) accepts calls about a range of issues relating to suicide.

Know a teen who needs to talk? He or she can send a text to Crisis Text Line (text 741741) – at any time, 24/7 – and will be able to have a conversation with a trained crisis counselor – anonymously and confidentially – through text.

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Cruz, Huckabee Embarrass Themselves

Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz were hoping to ride Kim Davis’ religious coattails to better polling results, and what a disgusting spectacle they made of it. As TPM reports:

… in the race to see which GOP candidate could make the most of the legal battle over a Kentucky clerk’s refusal to grant same-sex marriage licenses, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee emerged a winner Tuesday, thanks to the efforts of an aide to block 2016 rival Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) from joining Huckabee at Davis’ side.

Both presidential candidates were present at the rally at the jail holding Kim Davis, the Rowan County Clerk. But according to a New York Times report of the day’s events, a Huckabee aide physically stood in Cruz’s path to Davis’ side as she and Huckabee appeared in front of the media after her release from jail…

Two grown men fighting for publicity like children.

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They’re both scraping the bottom of the polling barrell, so it’s not surprising things got a little testy; Huckabee’s grandstanding however, was off the charts:

“If somebody needs to go to jail, I am willing to go in her place, and I mean that.”


Sure you do, Mike. This guy’s not an idiot; he knows he would never be legally allowed to serve her time. Huckabee’s looking for some martyr status without the inconvenience.

He and Cruz will get what mileage they can out of four-time-“sanctity”-of-marriage Kim Davis’ press coverage, until a better opportunity comes along. By this time next year, they probably won’t even remember her name.

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We Need A Sustained, Anti-Bigotry Campaign Targeting Trump

Cindy Rose’s post on the absurdly bigoted campaign of “The Donald” left me feeling there should be an equally absurd campaign against his brand of bigotry. Sure, there was the initial outrage over Trump’s anti-immigrant remarks when NBC fired him from The Apprentice and other organizations cut business ties with the madman. But since then, everyone is just watching his Palinesque act, waiting for the next meltdown and wondering how long his supporters will stick around (my guess is forever). His latest nonsense is rallying Muslim-haters against the President’s Iran deal. I’d love to see something like the Fighting-Bigotry-With-Delightful-Posters campaign that was created in response to the anti-Muslim posters that littered the walls of the New York City subway system last year. Actually, they’re doing a pretty good job of mocking Trump’s xenophobia on their Facebook page, The Muslims Are Coming!

Are there any graphic designers out there willing to take on Trump? We’re ready to promote your work!


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There’s No Limit To Trump’s Self-Promotion

Draft-dodging chicken-hawk Donald Trump is already equally as qualified on military matters as every neocon from the Bush/Cheney administration. But according to a new book, Trump has the nerve to claim he has more military experience than those who have actually served (with my emphasis).

Donald J. Trump, who received draft deferments through much of the Vietnam War, told the author of a coming biography that he nevertheless “always felt that I was in the military”’because of his education at a military-themed boarding school.

Mr. Trump said his experience at the New York Military Academy, an expensive prep school where his parents had sent him to correct poor behavior, gave him “more training militarily than a lot of the guys that go into the military.”

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Like all students at the campus in Cornwall-on-Hudson, N.Y., he wore a uniform, participated in marching drills and was expected to conform to a hierarchy imposed by instructors. Despite sitting out the Vietnam War because of deferments followed by a high draft lottery number of 356 out of 366, Mr. Trump said he endured the rigors of military life.

“My number was so incredible, and it was a very high draft number. Anyway, so I never had to do that, but I felt that I was in the military in the true sense because I dealt with those people” …

Can’t wait to watch Trump’s supporters defend these remarks against those who actually served. Trump should consider Scott Walker as a V.P. pick. Walker thinks dealing with union protesters prepares him to be the Commander in Chief.

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Corporations Honoring US Workers

koch brothers holding labor hostage

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37 Senate Democrats for Peace, Support Iran Deal…… 3 NOT

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Summer is over. Labor Day is here and despite the impending cool fall weather, the political climate is heating up around the Iran Deal.  37 democratic Senators stand with President in preventing Iranian government from procuring nuclear weapons. The President is four supporters away from a filibuster to avert a final vote in the Senate. Beyond the adolescent political wrangling lie several experts and parties advocating for peace.

  • 29 prominent US scientists drafted a public letter congratulating the Obama Administration and Secretary Kerry on their “innovative” and “stringent” details encompassed within the terms of the deal. Among the authors were noted Nobel Laureates, professionals who have held the highest national security clearance, many former Congressional advisers.
  • The most salient points in the letter blatantly refute and arrest disinformation, fear stoking innuendo, proliferated by conservative proponents for more war:

– praises the technical features of the Iran accord 

– tacit rebuttals to recent criticisms on such issues as verification and provisions

-hails the 24-day cap on Iranian delays to site investigations as “unprecedented,”

-allows for effective challenge inspection for the suspected activities of greatest concern.”

-explicit banning of research on nuclear weapons not just their manufacture,” as in the 1968 Non-Proliferation Treaty, 

-deal includes important long-term verification procedures that last until 2040, and others that last indefinitely.”

  • 60 national security leaders across party lines praised a Joint Plan Of Action regarding the diminution of Iran’s nuclear program deal in a signed statement. I bet GOP leaders choked on the most delectable morsel enclosed by the signatories: a hearty congratulations to the Obama Administration in the cessation of Iran’s weapons’ proliferation.
  • 53 Christian leaders from diverse denominations urge the Congress to support the deal. The blind opposition to diplomacy mounted by Christian right legislatures epitomize their war addiction over the strongest tenets of true faith = peace.
  • 26 senior American Jewish leaders including Thomas Dine,  AIPAC’s executive director from 1980-1993 who is credited with building the organization into today’s lobbying powerhouse.  Traditionally US Jewish align politically with democratic values are now confronted by tag-team fear mongering from Israel’s Netanyahu and the GOP. Both conservative factions vigorously exploit international resurgence of antisemitism, generational Holocaust trauma, not to mention evangelical Holy Land hysteria.

Nevertheless, At the heart of the mission to destroy this plan for peace is the GOP’s obsessive hatred for anything, everything Obama trumping their love for America. Boehner, McConnell repeat the same dogma: Iranian government is not to be trusted, continual subjugation of American interests secondary to Israel’s survival, broken previous agreements and therefore, diplomacy is useless. However, through the endless bluster, the US consistently assumes a deadly international offensive of “whack a mole”. Instead, calmer leadership of our foreign policy resonates with “keeping our friends close but keep our enemies closer” and this Iran deal does just that in highlighted details:

  • Iran will reduce number of centrifuges from 19,000 to 6,104
  • It will cut down its stockpile of enriched uranium from 10 tonnes to 300kg
  • No enrichment will take place at Fordow facility for 15 years
  • Iran to redesign its nearly built reactor at Arak
  • US and EU sanctions will be suspended if Iran sticks to its commitments
  • US sanctions on Iran related to security and human rights abuses remain

Note, history consistently bears out the 100% WRONG predictions, utter failed policies and tired rhetoric screeched by Republicans, like McConnell, Boehner, Graham and theeir ilk. Iran isn’t the first country, incompetent Bush administration lackeys shoved diplomacy aside fueling an enemy nation’s arsenal. Their incompetent negotiating skills  nourished and nurtured Korea’s nuclear program after 20 years of compromise and diplomacy staved off weapon development. The same willful puerile attitude that alienated Korea, paved the path for Iran ascending from  200 to 19,000 centrifuges. Alarmingly foreboding are all 2016 GOP Presidential candidates baneful supplications to ruinous Cheyney / Bush foreign politic. Other embarrassingly, ignorant unmentionables excreted alongside mounds high of elephant dung, dribble from the party’s donkey-ass are New Jersey’s tainted Menendez (again, shifty politicians from the Garden state), New York’s rotten Schumer & Maryland’s noxious Cardin.

Five nations: Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia, the sane/rational segment of the US government, Pope and the world, want diplomacy and peace. #47Traitors, and military profiteers salivate at the prospect of billion-dollar contracts BILLED on death and misery. However, the craven whispered desire uniting faux religious hucksters, xenophobic fears, battle architects is permanently decimating the Muslim world. Belying this muted genocidal goal, are Netanyahu’s revealing conversations in 2010, 2011 & 2012 bold subterfuge to drag the US into a nuclear conflict with Iran .  Despite foreboding discovery,  US conservatives wantonly traipse behind their Holy Land partner as hulking dolts, Lenny slavishly follows George, in a twisted ‘Of Mice & Men production. Petulant and anxious, Israel recognizes few nations will challenge US military might or their allies, directly. A fact, to our allies’ credit, they work shamelessly. Few greater examples exist of cult fanatics’ perverse politics twisting American society into a monstrous theocracy, ironically resembling a Christian Iran.

And FINALLY, Iran does NOT have the right to self inspect as an adherence to upholding the agreement criteria, that is a conservative LIE. The IAEA, International Atomic Energy Agency, is the first and last authority on determining inspection verifiability and acceptance.

Thank goodness 37 literate adults possessing the intelligence to read and understand the agreement prior to forming an opinion. This time, these Senators deservedly worked to earn our respect. No coincidence all of them are ‘LEFTIES’ while imbecilic Republicans joyously wallow in spreading erroneous propaganda. So to each of these Democrats for Peace, thank you for upholding your oath over partisan theater….Happy Labor Day.

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