The NRA Ensures Hillary’s Success

From Wayne LaPierre’s 20 minutes of propaganda at the National Rifle Assassin meeting:

I vow on this day the NRA will stand shoulder to shoulder with you and good, honest decent Americans and we will stand and fight with everything we’ve got. And in 2016, by God, we will elect the next great president of the United States of America and it will not be Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Oh, LaPierre. You must be deeply disappointed that years of your fear-mongering didn’t result in the assassination of President Obama. The President didn’t take away your guns, he didn’t take away your bullets. You knew it was bullshit from the start. But you did the bidding of arms manufacturers who made massive profits off of skyrocketing demand thanks to your wild-eyed, doomsday propaganda.hillaryforamerica

I do owe you a debt of gratitude for motivating the Democratic base. You got Obama elected, twice. And if you’re against Hillary, that nearly guarantees another Democratic victory. Thanks, dude.

RNC Follows Time Magazine Format In New Anti-Clinton Ad

time hillary march 2015 coverI wrote this week about Time magazine’s strange, ominous cover of Hillary Clinton. Its a black silhouette of Mrs Clinton with her back to the viewer. The RNC has now released an anti-Hillary ad through the Republican Party’s media arm (providing over $150k in free advertising) and its clear they think the Time format is a winner. I would not be surprised if a focus group of RWNJs told the GOP their “be afraid of black people in the White House” messaging is still effective, so they chose dark silhouettes of Mrs Clinton as subliminal messaging for the racist, rednecks in the party (the bottom 90%).

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Friday Feminism – Good Cop/Bad Cop, LGBTQ, War On The Poor

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The ASPCA's (and the country's) first horse ambulance, 1895.  Via Ephemeral New York

The ASPCA’s (and the country’s) first horse ambulance, 1895. Via Ephemeral New York

 April 10, 1866: The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Is Founded – The Nation reminds us of a proud anniversary today.

Abortion & Reproductive Rights

 Rand Paul And The Nasty Campaign To Turn Pro-Choice Women Into Monsters – The usual dirty tactics from the right.

 KANSAS BECOMES FIRST STATE TO BAN THE SAFEST SECOND-TRIMESTER ABORTION PROCEDURE

Huh, how very curious that the law doesn’t use medical terminology to describe what, exactly, it’s banning, instead opting to make up a term called “dismemberment abortion.” We’ve seen this exact strategy before the last time the anti-choice movement successfully got an abortion technique outlawed: so-called “partial-birth abortion.” Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life, claims, “This law has the power to transform the landscape of abortion policy in the United States.” But it’s pretty clear that one of the main goals is to transform the language — by using the most gruesome, emotionally charged terminology possible.

 Texas Bill Would Name Judges Who Give Minors Permission to Have Abortions – In alignment with the Texas policy of government by intimidation.

Animals & the Environment (NEW Section Title!!)

 Black flamingo spotted in Cyprus is a rare sighting

 Watch This Guy’s Brilliant Anti-fraking Demo

 Report: Silence and denial surround Oklahoma’s “frackquake” problem

 Florida Tea Party Hires Actors To ‘Play’ Protesters Opposing Everglade Restoration (VIDEO) – Maybe this is why they consider themselves job creators.

 First Florida, Now Another State Bans Discussion Of Climate Change – The GOP, destroying the environment one state at a time.

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Blast from 1985, A Retrospect to Rand Paul’s Aqua Buddah

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Yes, I’m old, (but still fine) I remember 1985 America, get over it! Regardless, let’s take a stroll backwards; A certain little man from Kentucky declared his candidacy for the Presidency this past week. Central to his strategy, he intends to move backwards, … Continue reading

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Time Magazine: Conservative, Sexist, Typical

In March, Time magazine proved just how typically conservative and sexist big business can be. Here’s the March 16th, 2015 cover of Jeb and the Bushies – youthful, carefree, a sweet picture of a younger father and his boys. For a second, I almost forgot about the fact that the Bushies are the worst family of criminals this nation, and the world, has ever seen, personally responsible for the deaths of thousands Americans and the torture and deaths of 100s of thousands of foreigners.

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One week later, Time runs this cover on Hillary Clinton and Bill. They don’t use a similarly gentle, family pic of Hillary with her daughter and granddaughter. Instead, Time shows Hillary as a dark silhouette, her back turned to the viewer as if she’s cold and uncaring, making sure to get a wide enough angle to show that dreaded pant suit RWNJs love to mock, with the caption “They write their own rules.” How ominous. Its silly how a strong woman threatens you RWNJs.

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Thanks Time magazine. This will be a great motivator for the Democratic base in 2016. No wonder your magazine has gone to shit – the conservative base and your readership are shrinking.

Tell Me Again, Who’s a Dictator?

After spending 6 years calling President Obama a dictator, tyrant, the “Imperial President, and a myriad of other silly things, it seems it’s actually Right Wing politicians that would be dictators. Think Progress reports:

king cruzIn the likely event that the Supreme Court brings marriage equality to all 50 states this summer, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) wants to strip the entire federal judiciary of its power to hear cases brought by same-sex couples seeking the right to marry, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Understand what he’s saying: Ted Cruz believes he can simply take away federal courts’ jurisdiction on any issue he and his Dominionist pals disagree with.

For all of his party’s screaming about “Dictator” Obama, they will probably think Cruz’s plan to burn the constitution is okay, because they are sheep.

The rest of America knows this is an unhinged, dangerous guy.

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Will Republicans Sabotage the Deal With Iran?

UntitledIn addition to being unapologetic warmongers, Republicans are literally incapable of giving President Obama credit for anything, and the proposed deal with Iran regarding their nuclear program is no different. After 47 Republicans tried to tank the deal by what many regard as a traitorous act, it seems the President has succeeded anyway; not with support from Congressional Republicans, but in spite of them. Though many details still remain to be hammered out, the reactions from the Right Wing thus far are predictable. Bob Corker is claiming they set the stage for the deal:

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“We know we have already played a positive role. I think everyone would say that congressionally mandated sanctions helped in a strong way get Iran to the table. The fact that they knew Congress was going to weigh in helped them get us a deal that isn’t worse.”

Um, yeah. Lindsey Graham insists almost anybody could have gotten a better deal :

lindsay-graham-proud“The best deal I think comes with the new president. Hillary Clinton would do better. I think everybody on our side, except maybe Rand Paul, can do better. That is one way of looking at this program: keeping the interim deal in place, it’s been fairly successful have a new crack at it with a new president that doesn’t have the baggage of Obama.”

How about that Rand Paul jab, sounds like a catty little schoolgirl. We all know: The only “baggage” President Obama has, the “baggage” he’s had throughout his entire presidency, is the do-nothing, un-American, to hell with the country Republicans. Let’s be clear: Non-Proliferation experts, people who know what they’re talking about, are hailing the President’s success.

Even so, Traitor Tom Cotton , Benjamin Netanyahu’s adopted son, has already declared:

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“I’m going to do everything I can to stop these terms from becoming a final deal.”

Of course he is, it doesn’t matter that he doesn’t even know what the terms are yet. If only Conservatives would stop electing guys still wet behind the ears.

mccain-grimace-crop1Then there’s poor John McCain, practically stroking out over losing a chance to go to war. So much so, he’s egging Netanyahu on to start one, as The Center for Research on Globalization reports:

He urges Israel to “go rogue.” He supports bombing Iran – preemptively attacking a nonbelligerent country threatening no one.

Endangering millions of Iranians. Maybe incinerating them with Israeli nuclear weapons.

“The Israelis need to chart their own path of resistance,” McCain blustered.

This is one problem Americans will always face with Republicans: They don’t know how to do anything but war, and they’re not even good at that, as the debacles in Iraq and Afghanistan have shown. They do however love tough talk, and carrying out pretend war scenarios in their heads.

Steve Chapman at the Chicago Tribune writes in his piece, “No Iran Deal Could Convert Republicans“:

Amid all the criticism of President Barack Obama‘s proposed agreement with Iran on its nuclear facilities, it’s worth keeping in mind that some people just can’t stomach the idea of arms control.

They do not hope for good agreements. They hope for no agreements.

When …[Reagan] signed the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty in 1987… William F. Buckley’s National Review called the accord “catastrophic.”

There is one big difference between Reagan’s arms agreements and this one. The Soviets were allowed to have thousands of nuclear weapons. The Iranians are allowed to have zero.

Conservatives though, are hell-bent on doing anything and everything to deny President Obama his legacy, even if it means destroying this country’s standing in the world. For them, the U.S. reneging on a deal would be no big thing.

Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La. questions whether the deal is good enough:

bill-cassidy“Congress needs to review and approve the deal to ensure it is in the best interest of Americans. Until Congress can confirm these negotiations meet our standards, and those of our allies, I will reserve judgment.”

Yes, he actually claimed Republicans have standards.

Ted CruzOver in the conservative fantasy land known as “I could be President”, Scott Walker and Ted Cruz have both said they would cancel the deal with Iran on day one if elected. There’s a mature stance.

rick-perryFormer Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who probably hasn’t even had anyone explain the agreement to him yet, claims it’s “…riddled with concessions…” (He just can’t remember any of them).

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is “…very concerned with the framework of this deal.” (He thinks the militant gay Iranian community has something to do with it).

rubioFlorida Sen. Marco Rubio declared it a “colossal mistake”, in between huge gulps of bottled water.

Jeb_BushJeb Bush says “I cannot stand behind such a flawed agreement.” (Doubt he’ll be standing at all come 2016)

Ben_CarsonBen Carson, (Yeah I know, but Conservatives still believe he’s a contender) called the Iranians  the “…superior negotiators”. Geez, successfully separate a couple of brains and suddenly he’s a foreign policy expert.

Johnathan Chait at New York Magazine writes:

“…the conservative case against the Iran deal is hard to take seriously because the right has made the same case against every major negotiation with an American adversary since World War II.”

Op-Ed for the Los Angeles Times explains:

…the GOP’s approach to foreign affairs has become so uniform that any dissent from within is almost immediately slapped down…

… as the 2016 campaign heats up, the Republican presidential candidates are likely to adopt ever more bellicose positions as they attempt to surpass one another in brandishing their national security credentials.

Yes, he said the candidates’ national security credentials…

Huckadoodle’s Sour Grapes

Mike Huckabee, one of the poor, picked-on bigots of the religious right, had this to say about the victory against bigotry in Indiana and Arkansas (my emphasis):

The reason that those corporations put the pressure on Indiana and Arkansas was because the militant gay community put the pressure on them. I found it a little hypocritical when you have companies – even, and I love Walmart, big company in my home state – but they do business in China for gosh sake. I mean, I don’t think the Chinese are exactly the paragon of human rights. You’ve got Apple Computer – they’re selling Apple computers in Saudi Arabia. Is Tim Cook going to pull out of there? I don’t think so. He doesn’t mind making millions, if not billions of dollars, in cultures and countries where human rights are really an issue. And I think these corporations really oughta either be consistent – quit making money from these countries that are really oppressing human rights, and quit bowing to the pressure – and just sell their stuff. That’s what they’re in business for.

There’s no “militant gay community”, but there certainly are millions of Americans of every sexual orientation or gender identity who militantly oppose bigotry. And we were ecstatic to hear big business speak out so forcefully against discriminatory legislation. Now, if Huckabee and the religious right want to admit that its wrong to ship American manufacturing jobs overseas to countries with human rights issues where goods are produced by workers that are paid next to nothing, that’s a conversation worth having.

Another RWNJ’s Hitler Comparison Fails

All of these right wing clowns comparing Obama to Hitler at every turn or claiming the President is “appeasing” Iran as others appeased Hitler (or appeased Syria, or whichever country is in the news at any given moment) need to go back to school and brush up on American and world history. It was U.S. conservatives like Henry Ford who supported and appeased Hitler and fought against the U.S. intervening into WWII while a Democratic President actually beat Hitler and won WWII. And that was after saving the U.S. from conservative greed that caused the Great Depression. Interesting how President Obama also saved us from conservative greed that nearly caused the second Great Depression, and pulled us out of an illegal war that should have landed the Bush Administration in prison, and restored our reputation in the world that was so badly damaged by Bush & Cheney’s “cowboy diplomacy”, torture, and killing 100’s of thousands of innocent Iraqis.

The only reason conservatives make those ridiculous comparisons to Hitler is because of their extreme guilt over being continually on the wrong side of history. George Bush’s grandfather, Prescott Bush, was directly involved with funding Hitler and his Nazis. His company’s assets were actually seized in 1942 under the Trading with the Enemy Act. Republicans funded Hitler’s rise to power.

Matthews had it right – its fucking disgusting when they compare our President in any way to Hitler or Nazis. Because the fact is, the Republican party was very supportive of Hitler and the Nazi party back then, and they’re the closest thing we have to the Nazi party in America, today.

Indiana And Arkansas Pass “Fix” To Discriminatory Laws

Today the Governors of Arkansas and Indiana signed “fixes” to their discrimination based on religion laws. The Republican Governor of Arkansas claims the AR law now “mirrors the Federal law” but the Indiana fix still has issues. From the LA Times:

The [Indiana] amendment offers some protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, the first time an Indiana law has addressed the issue. But the amendment stops short of being a separate anti-discrimination law, which some critics of the law had sought. Indiana has anti-discrimination laws, but they do not cover cases involving sexual orientation.

The Human Rights Campaign, a national advocacy group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, said more battles would come.

“Though this legislation is certainly a step back from the cliff, this fight is not over until every person in Indiana is fully equal under the law,” said Chad Griffin, the group’s president. “At the federal level and in all 50 states, the time has come in this country for comprehensive legal nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people that cannot be undermined.”

Bigots never recollect who’s sensibilities they offend…they’re lives depend upon it

nurse statementBigots rely upon other people’s decency to NOT treat them with the same horrific behavior and pain they inflict upon others. Conservatives, Tea-bags, Libertarians and of course Nazis, forget their lives frequently may depend upon the good character, they indisputably are deficient.

Walmart Says “No” Arkansas Obeys: Religious Bill Rejected

ark hutc vs walmart over lgbt policyLike the old saying goes, “money talks and b*((%$!t walks”. Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) – AR (above right), received an informal directive from retail giant Walmart, to rescind, renounce… oh hell, ‘don’t sign that bill’. It didn’t hurt that Hutchinson’s fellow Gov-thug to the north, Mike Pence (R) – Ind is catching 360 hell for signing his version of the Religious Freedom Act; a transparently veiled legislation meant to undermine LGBT civil rights’ protections. Walmart, headquartered in Bentonville, AR issued an official statement referring to the impending policy that “threatens to undermine” the state’s inclusive spirit and does not reflect the company’s values.

Consider the power of one corporation wielded over one state. A very public display of the crushing fall out upon society from the passage of Citizen’s United, & McCutcheon. Imagine if corporations put aside their fervent indulgence in greed and profit, but turned their influence toward altruistic initiatives:

  • Instead of Newport News Industrial Corp permitting a hostile work environment or denying black workers promotions, imagine ensuring they received a fair shake without a federal mandate or litigation.
  • American women wouldn’t have to wait until 2058 to earn equal pay with their male counterparts.
  • Businesses would value people’s contributions in lieu of exploiting the desperation of immigrants with sub-par wages, regardless of education and skill set. Pitting employment prospects against native-born workers.
  • Koch industry would divest from fossil fuel and go green to protect the climate….(ok, even I can’t keep a straight face on this one)

Yes, a fleeting moment in Oz that gave a pause to the glass half full. Haven’t seen a national populace, bold revolt in a long while, refreshing and unsettled.

bigotry disguised as hatredBoth Hutchinson and Pence refuse to cede the policy is discriminatory and dangerous to unraveling the fabric of individual civil rights. Scratch that. Instead, both governors are playing the political game of returning this spiteful legislation to each state law makers for revision. The only revision I can perceive for conservative aspirations is complete abandonment for public accommodation for not only the LGBT community but tosses in the whole ‘shebang’…the rights of minorities and immigrants. An entire restoration of Jim Crow and then some for good measure….

The Arkansas religious act does exactly that!

The state places the burden of proving a discriminatory act, behavior, issue, policy isn’t a devout belief is placed upon the government or plaintiff: “there is not a higher protection offered by the state than the protection of a person’s right to religious freedom.”

Arkansas legislation ensured NO local statute can forbid discrimination in employment, housing, or public accommodation—can ever be “essential” enough to override a claim for religious exemption.

A devious legal manipulation of a sharpened,  jagged-edge lying within the foundation of the Constitution. No one can restate the right’s obsession to repeal diversity and equality for historically oppressed marginalized segments of the American society. Inescapable, yet welcomed measures by conservative to “take back America” with bigotry. Unlike the 1960’s, today’s broader, more inclusive coalition of LGBT, women, people of color, folks of good conscience, immigrants (both sides of the legal persuasion), environmentalist, are ALL prepared to stand in their way. Time for progressives to besiege their state houses with liberal, nascent legislation and policy…. by replacing reactive with proactive strategies.