Liz Cheney Disagrees with Her Sister’s Way of Life

The daughters of former Vice President Dick Cheney seem to be at odds with each other over the very polarizing issue of gay marriage. Liz Cheney said last week that she is not “pro-gay marriage” and it should be left “up to the states”, but her sister Mary (who is gay herself) told the press today that her sister is “dead wrong” on the issue. This is not the first time that a prominent Republican has spoken out against gay rights when someone in their immediate family was gay themselves, but to his credit he eventually did change his mind. In the press release, Mary also had this to say:

“Freedom means freedom for everyone,” she continued. “That means that all families — regardless of how they look or how they are made — all families are entitled to the same rights, privileges and protections as every other.”

Liz Cheney will be running for the Republican seat in Wyoming next year against Mike Enzo, and this issue with her and her sister could prove quite complicated for her campaign. It seems as if neither sister consulted with the other before making these public statements, and it is my belief that Liz isn’t happy about her sister going public with her remarks. I think that all in all this looks bad for Liz, and that is a good thing. She may end up evolving on this issue like Portman did, and I would definitely commend her if she was brave enough to do so, but honestly I don’t see it happening any time soon.

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BRILLIANT, POTUS. Absolutely BRILLIANT.

If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit.” ― W.C. Fields

Two days ago the Conservative Treehouse had this to say:

Having watched a media cycle it’s obvious.   President Obama is going to strike Syria;  Alone. Imagine if George W Bush refused to consult congress, garner congressional (ie. the peoples’) support, proceeded without U.N. mandate, defied the U.N. Security Council, ignored the entire international community and also failed to secure any allied backing prior to attacking another nation.

Yesterday, POTUS made this statement:

“Over the last several days, we have heard from members of Congress who want their voices to be heard, ….I absolutely agree. We should have this debate, because the issues are too big for business as usual.”

POTUS’ statement and deference to Congress on the matter is a strategic move to exorcise the War Demon from the soul of the administration and return it to its home within the Republican party.

Forward Progressives nailed it:

While Republicans harped on about the “tyrant” President Obama who would circumvent Congress to wage war, he laughed right in their face and endorsed military action — but only with Congressional approval.

Now what can Republicans say?  If they don’t support military involvement, then don’t approve it and that’ll be the end of it.  If they do, then he will.

But wait, endorsing our involvement in Syria would mean Republicans would have to support something President Obama has endorsed.  Which is something they just don’t do.

However, if they choose not to endorse action in Syria, how can they continue to claim to be the party that’s “hard on terror?”  Isn’t this the party that voted for Bush, McCain and Romney — all men who governed and campaigned on preventative war?

But the real news story did not lie within the BREAKING NEWS of the moment, or in POTUS’ decision to follow protocol, the BREAKING NEWS akin to the crackling ice sound of HELL FREEZING OVER:  Uber Conservative TED “Sleezy Car Salesman” CRUZ actually issued a press statement commending POTUS on this decision:

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) today released the following statement regarding President Obama’s remarks on Syria:

I commend President Obama for listening to bi-partisan calls for him to seek congressional authority before any possible use of force against Syria.

Of course the compliment was cloaked under the premise that because POTUS didn’t call special session, the Syrian conflict was not an emergency.

Given that the President did not request an emergency session of Congress, that must mean that he agrees there is no imminent threat requiring the Commander in Chief to act without consulting the representatives of the American people.

Liberals shouldn’t get too worked up-yet.  Seriously, do we really think that a Republican Congress is going to support the President?

But I don’t think for even a second he believes he’ll get approval from Congress, because Republicans have had the political strategy the last few years of, “Whatever Obama does, just do the opposite.”  I always use the joke that if Obama came out in support of oxygen, Republicans would suffocate.

So while liberals can get up in arms over Obama publicly endorsing military involvement in Syria, they always tend to forget that he’s a brilliant chess player.

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I’m An Obamacare Poll Truther, And Here Are The Reasons Why.

Poll truther was the derisive term used to describe those on the right who willfully disregarded (or reinterpreted to fit a hoped for result) the polls as the 2012 presidential election drew near. It really was fun for us lefties to heckle and jeer as the truthers on the right twisted themselves into pretzels trying to find justifications for how Obama was going to lose and Romney was on his way to a landslide victory despite what the polls were showing. I contended that poll trutherism was simply the latest iteration of the tendency of conservatives to disregard the facts and figures they did not agree with, while wholly creating their own, wrongheaded, reality.

Now I find myself an admitted poll truther. When it comes to the chronically low numbers of approval for the ACA, I flat out do not believe the polls. Ok… go ahead. Point and laugh while I twist myself into a pretzel trying to demonstrate why the approval of Obamacare is a huge media conspiracy against truth, justice and the American way of life!

First: The only reason Republicans hate Obamacare is because it is Obamacare. If it were Bushcare or Reagancare they would love it. The fundamental mechanism of Obamacare, the individual mandate, was proposed by conservatives in response to the Clinton health care reform drive in the early 90′s. Obamacare was invented by the Heritage foundation as the free market health care solution.

The individual mandate in particular positively reeks of conservatism. It mandates personal responsibility to allow for a private market solution to the nation’s health care needs. Conservatives decrying the individual mandate as some sort of attack on freedom and government takeover of healthcare should have found that religion when the Heritage foundation and party leaders like McCain, Dole, Gingrich and Romney were pushing the idea.

 It seems you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a Republican presidential nominee who supported Obamacare before it was Obamacare. In 1993 Bob Dole co-sponsored Obamacare (then known as Health Equity and Access Reform Today Act of 1993, or HEART ) and went on to be the Republican presidential nominee in 1996. John McCain touted the Republican plan in opposition to the Clinton plan in the early 90′s. The first time the head of the Florida Hospital and Health Care Association heard of the concept of the individual mandate was from John McCain in a speech he gave in Miami at the time. Obamacare was first passed into law by the 2012 Republican nominee, Mitt Romney.

Republicans are fundamentally unable to approve of anything President Obama does, even when it is their own idea. Nearly all of the opposition to Obamacare from the right is simply blind opposition to Obama by the same people who proposed the idea in the first place.

Next: The numbers showing opposition to Obamacare include a significant amount of people who oppose the law for not going far enough.  For example consider CNN’s recent poll finding that 54% of the nation oppose Obamacare while 43% approve.  16% of those opposed felt the law was not liberal enough. Only 35% of respondents opposed Obamacare because they thought the law was too liberal. 65% of respondents approve of the law, are undecided, or think Obamacare does not go far enough.

The 16% who express dissatisfaction because the law is not strong enough are counted by pollsters as though they support the rhetoric and positions of the 35% who just reflexively dislike anything the president stands for. That is the opposite of the truth. The 35% would really detest the solution supported by the 16%, not just out of reflexive hatred for a personality, but because the liberal solution really would be one of the most objectionable things conservatives supposedly hate about Obamacare:  A big government takeover of the health care system.

Truth be told, I would probably be in the 16% if I were polled under the influence of truth serum. The individual mandate is a conservative solution, and conservative ideas are not in the best interests of the nation as a rule. The truly liberal solution is a single payer system. That would constitute an actual government takeover of the health care system, just like the government controls the police departments and fire departments. Bare bones necessities such as the defense of the nation and our basic health and welfare needs are the proper function of government.

Under the single payer system folks who wanted to go out of network to pay for their own healthcare would not be prohibited from doing so. Just like you may hire a private security firm to guard your property but you still pay taxes for the local police department.

So I don’t believe the polls reflecting widespread opposition to Obamacare. Most of that opposition is not against the policy but against the president, and a significant part of the opposition is because the law does not go far enough. BUT… I do count my lucky stars that I’m not discounting the polls a few weeks before a general election to settle the issue!

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Texas: One Gay Hatin’ Redneck Spoils the Whole Bunch

dont_mess_with_gay_texas_tshirt-p235614318856484142enstl_400Greg Abbott and his traveling circus of evangelical, redneck lovin’, gay haters stopped in San Antonio recently to speak out against a LGBT discrimination measure.

Attorney General Greg Abbott is the latest in a slew of Texas politicians to weigh in on a proposed San Antonio ordinance that would include lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the city’s nondiscrimination code. (Texas Tribune)

imagesThe circus includes three clowns vying to become Texas’ next attorney general.  The consensus according to the clown posse is that  a proposed San Antonio anti-discrimination measure discriminates against “people of faith” by suppressing their views about gay people.

The candidates — state Sen. Ken Paxton of McKinney, state Rep. Dan Branch of Dallas, and Railroad Commissioner Barry Smitherman — have expressed opposition in recent weeks to the proposed updates to a San Antonio ordinance through letters to city officials, online petitions and media interviews.

Smitherman stated: “It attempts to stop my freedom of speech by suppressing my point of view,”  “You may disagree with my point of view, you may think I’m an idiot or a redneck for that point of view, but it’s not speech that incites riot and it’s not speech that is intended to cause harm.”

Perhaps Smitherman would be on board if we included idiots and rednecks under the anti-discrimination measure.

  Juanita Jean from the World’s Most Dangerous Beauty Salon had this to say about using faith to stymie the equal protection measure:

Sweet Jesus is the major endorser for any public office in Texas and since he tends to phone it in, it’s up to voters to believe which candidate is telling the truth about Jesus’ endorsement.

Being nice to all God’s children has already become the law in five of the Texas’ largest cities.  The Republicans argue that being a “person of faith” gives you the right to discriminate and torment people that you don’t like even if they are also persons of faith.  It seems to me there’s not much faith involved here.

gAY TEXAS

“Justice is equality, but only for equals; and justice is inequality, but only for those who are unequal.” ARISTOTLE, from Politics

 

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Today’s Stupid Conservative Quotes

In today’s edition of stupid conservative quotes the radical right uses the 50th anniversary of MLK’s dream speech to go beyond hypocrisy into a bizzaro-world where up is down and black is white.

Rush Limbaugh Rush Limbaugh 2claims a viewer compares him to the most famous black leader in American history:

I had a friend of mine send me some excerpts of Martin Luther King’s speech fifty years ago, and there are four of them there. He says, you know, Rush, when I read what King said, I’m reminded more of things you say than things Obama says.

Limbaugh has a long history of making racist statements. Comparing himself to MLK is a joke. Seems to me that he, and Glenn Beck, invoke the name of MLK as a tactic to, in their minds, neutralize the left’s focus on their outrageous, racist statements. The joke is that they believe it works.

joe walsh dead beat dadFormer congressman Joe Walsh has his own “dream” speech:

I have a dream that young black men won’t become fathers until after they’re married and they have a job. I have a dream that young unmarried black women will say “no” to young black men who want to have sex. I have a dream that today’s black leadership will quit blaming racism and “the system” for what ails black America.

Joe Walsh is probably the most infamous deadbeat dad the world has ever known, having been sued by his ex-wife in 2011 for being behind over $100,000 in child support. For him to call-out young black men on the responsibility of being a father, is ludicrous.

A group called the National Black Republican Association had the nerve to put up this completely false and misleading bulletin board:

mklbillboard

As Media Matters reminds us, King himself stated this in 1958:

I don’t think the Republican party is a party full of the almighty God nor is the Democratic party. They both have weaknesses … And I’m not inextricably bound to either party.

And in his autobiography, King had this to say about the 1964 Republican National Convention and the Republican nominee for president:

The Republican Party geared its appeal and program to racism, reaction, and extremism.

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I had no alternative but to urge every Negro and white person of goodwill to vote against Mr. Goldwater and to withdraw support from any Republican candidate that did not publicly disassociate himself from Senator Goldwater and his philosophy.

Yup, sounds like he was a Republican. No doubt.

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Illinois Congressional Candidates – Part Two

Bobby RushBobby Rush is a Representative from Illinois’ 1st district who is serving his 11th term. He co-founded the Illinois’ division of the Black Panthers in 1968, and served in the US military for 5 years. In the House of Reps he serves on the Committee for Energy and Commerce, is a member of the Congessional Black Caucus, and is the Assistant Democratic Whip. Throughout his tenure in Congress, he has brought in over $1 Billion to his district, and also initiated the Chicago Partnership for Earned Income Tax Credit. He actively protests for Human Rights Causes, supports legislation to help low income citizens, and is a big opponent of racial profiling. He is known for being the only person to beat Barack Obama in an election with his 2000 Democratic Primary victory for his district, and also for wearing a hoodie while addressing the House in honor of Trayvon Martin.

Robin KellyRobin Kelly is a Representative from Illinois’ 2nd district who is serving her first term after winning a special election this year with 71% of the vote. She is a member of the Committee on Housing and Urban Development, International Trade and Commerce, Oversight and Government Reform, Space and Technology, and more. Her previous accomplishments were directing a crisis nursery, being an associate director of a youth center, serving as Illinois Secretary of State, and serving as a member of the Illinois House of Reps for 4 years. She strongly supports small businesses and believes they are the backbones to communities, believes improving transportation will strengthen our economy especially in larger cities, and wants to prohibit conceal and carry laws.

Research by Jacob Immel.

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BREAKING NEWS

polls_birther_nut_job_3045_854505_answer_1_xlargeHarold Cook (Letters From Texas): If the birthers’ old, tired narrative had been accurate – that Obama was born in Kenya to a mother from Kansas – that would have put Obama’s eligibility to be President exactly where it currently stands with Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who was born in Canada to a mother from the U.S.

Because of the birther narrative, Tea Party members howled during the Presidential election that Obama wasn’t eligible to be President, but there’s no evidence that the Cruz situation is so much as raising their eyebrows.

But never fear: a Tea Party member has an explanation for why they’re not upset about the Cruz situation: “Canada is not really foreign soil.”

Cruz supporters don’t question eligibility.

The Texas Tribune:

“As far as I’m concerned, Canada is not really foreign soil,” Katok said she was more disturbed by Obama’s “strong ties to Kenya,” the African country where his father was born. She also said she didn’t like the fact that Obama did not release his long-form birth certificate during the 2008 race.

Cruz, who recently released his Canadian birth certificate, is at least “up front about it,” she said.

 Katok, who saw Cruz speak at a Tea Party rally here this week, is not alone. The vastly different perceptions of similar controversies were evident at rallies and events Cruz attended this week across Texas, where he is meeting with constituents and promoting his drive to strip federal funding for Obamacare.

Liberal critics say Republicans who questioned Obama’s presidential eligibility are being hypocritical now that one of their own is facing questions about his. Republican partisans say the controversies are different — and that Cruz has been more transparent about the circumstances of his birth.

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Porn. Why Didn’t I Think of That.

And, the ACA apologists WEPT for the newly discovered common ground.

A hush fell over the porn industry last week when one of the actresses tested positive for HIV.

Think Progress reports:

“There’s no health insurance, there’s no union; there really isn’t a safety net,” said Aurora Snow, a recently retired adult film actress. “… I feel really bad for her. It’s got to be really tough to get that kind of news.”

What better way to finally get conservatives on board the ACA train.

Porn and Conservatives in the USA

Conservatives Love Porn

Who Buys Online Porn: Redlight States

Conservatives, Porn, and Community Standards

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Women’s Equality: Battle Continues, War Rages On.

WOMAN VOTING“The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” -Amendment XIX

19th AmendmentThe observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality. At the behest of Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), in 1971 the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.”The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world’s first women’s rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York (NWHP)

Ninety-three years after the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, and women are still fighting for equality.   Examples of the recent attacks have been spotlighted in  ATD’s War on Women Series. Make no mistake about it, the WAR on WOMEN is REAL, despite the GOP’s claim that it is merely trumped up media hype.

In an interview with Bloomberg TV, RNC chairman Reince Priebus claimed the so-called “war on women” is a fiction created as the media is on par with claiming there is a “war on caterpillars.”

Liberty-Weeping-War-on-Women“Now if the Democrats said we had a war on caterpillars,” Priebus told Hunt, “then every mainstream media outlet talked about the fact that Republicans have a war on caterpillars, so then we’d have a problem with caterpillars. I mean, the fact of the matter is it’s a fiction.” (Mediaite)

MoveOn complied the Top 10 MOST SHOCKING attacks from the GOP’s War on Women:

1) Republicans not only want to reduce women’s access to abortion care, they’re actually trying to redefine rape. After a major backlash, they promised to stop. But they haven’t yet. Shocker.

2) A state legislator in Georgia wants to change the legal term for victims of rape, stalking, and domestic violence to “accuser.” But victims of other less gendered crimes, like burglary, would remain “victims.”

3) In South Dakota, Republicans proposed a bill that could make it legal to murder a doctor who provides abortion care. (Yep, for real.)

4) Republicans want to cut nearly a billion dollars of food and other aid to low-income pregnant women, mothers, babies, and kids.

5) In Congress, Republicans have a bill that would let hospitals allow a woman to die rather than perform an abortion necessary to save her life.

6) Maryland Republicans ended all county money for a low-income kids’ preschool program. Why? No need, they said. Women should really be home with the kids, not out working.

7) And at the federal level, Republicans want to cut that same program, Head Start, by $1 billion. That means over 200,000 kids could lose their spots in preschool.

8) Two-thirds of the elderly poor are women, and Republicans are taking aim at them too. A spending bill would cut funding for employment services, meals, and housing for senior citizens.

9) Congress just voted for a Republican amendment to cut all federal funding from Planned Parenthood health centers, one of the most trusted providers of basic health care and family planning in our country.

10) And if that wasn’t enough, Republicans are pushing to eliminate all funds for the only federal family planning program. (For humans. But Republican Dan Burton has a bill to provide contraception for wild horses. You can’t make this stuff up).

I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts. J.Locke

The battles continues as the war rages on.  The voices of WOMEN must be heard.

Speak out.

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Today’s Stupid Conservative Quotes

The radical right is busy pushing propaganda on the Affordable Care Act in an attempt to win public support for defunding the law, and cover their asses if they shut-down the government. Here’s the Tea Party’s favorite mouthpiece, Ted Cruz, in an interview with Candy Crowley at CNN:

Crowley: “But what about … you lost? This has been put into law. It’s already law. Why not just get on board and try it?”

tedcruzCruz: “Because it’s not working and it’s hurting Americans. And by the way, the people that it’s hurting the most are the most vulnerable among us are the more vulnerable among us. The people who are losing their jobs are young people, are Hispanics, are African-Americans, are single moms. I don’t think that’s fair, I don’t think that’s right.”

Cruz has no data to back up his claims, which is the very definition of propaganda. The “young people who are losing their jobs” claim is the same argument conservatives push to eliminate the minimum wage; if business is allowed to pay the lowest possible wage with no health insurance or benefits, they’ll be free to create more jobs (while they pocket the additional profits). These are threats made by the investor class against the working class. Even though they’re making record profits, if things don’t go their way, they’ll punish the working class. Working class conservatives can’t be falling for this bull (or can they?).

Limbaugh’s argument Rush Limbaugh 2against health care for all Americans is to tie it to tyranny in foreign lands:

Every despot in the world has had some version of nationalized health care.

I’m sure Canadians would be surprised to hear that they elected despots in order to receive national health care. And nearly every European nation has national health care, and democracy.

Here’s a tweet from one of the geniuses at Faux News:

marthamccallumtweetSorry Martha, but you should stop relying on Fox for your news because they only cover events that forward their radical agenda. The President has, in fact, taken the opportunity to speak to black men about responsible fatherhood.

Here’s the President speaking to young black men at Morehouse College, May 19, 2013, on the 50th anniversary of King’s march on Washington:

Keep setting an example for what it means to be a man. Be the best husband to your wife, or boyfriend to your partner, or father to your children that you can be. Because nothing is more important.

And here’s candidate Obama in a Father’s Day speech in Chicago on June 15, 2008:

If we are honest with ourselves, we’ll admit that what too many fathers also are is missing — missing from too many lives and too many homes. They have abandoned their responsibilities, acting like boys instead of men. And the foundations of our families are weaker because of it.

You and I know how true this is in the African-American community. We know that more than half of all black children live in single-parent households, a number that has doubled — doubled — since we were children. We know the statistics — that children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime; nine times more likely to drop out of schools and twenty times more likely to end up in prison. They are more likely to have behavioral problems, or run away from home, or become teenage parents themselves. And the foundations of our community are weaker because of it.

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A Reverberation In The Republican War On Public Restrooms

Readers may not recall the dark days of yore when Republicans waged an unsuccessful war upon public restrooms. This warfare was a battle of wills with Republicans seemingly intent upon ruining the already shaky faith of the American public in these stinky, germ ridden accommodations by conducting acts of extreme lewdness in front of God and everybody! There were several months during the heat of this war in which one could not swing a dead cat without hitting a headline (usually about Senator Larry Craig) about some Republican doing some pervy act in a public restroom.

At the time I wrote a post on my now defunct little blog entitled Republican Politicians Are RUINING Public Bathrooms. To quote:

Gonzo leaving is the big news of the day, so this must have seemed like a good time for the office of Senator Larry Craig (Reprobate, Id.) to release some bad news. Senator Craig, who is a noted “conservative” backer of George Bush and the “pro family” Republican agenda was busted in June for lewd conduct in a public restroom at a Minnesota airport. A spokesperson for the Senator said “this is a he said he said situation”. His wife must have been devastated when Senator Craig plead guilty to the charges.

With this news coming on the heels of McCain’s Florida campaign manager being arrested for lewd conduct in a public restroom, I have had an epiphany. The Republicans, being against big government spending, have decided to smear the already troubled public perception of these restrooms with the hopes of ending all funding for public commodes. How fiendishly clever of them!

I could use this post to defend the need and justify the expense for public restrooms. But rather, let me appeal to the scheming Republicans who are on this dastardly drive to give public restrooms an even worse public perception, to please cease and desist from this atrocious behavior. It is bad enough when some parent has to stand in line with their little child doing the cross legged “I really have to go” dance, anticipating the urine splattered, germ infested, feces smelling horror to come… but to have that parent then have to shield their child from the local “drown government in a bathtub” Republican who is trying to ruin public restrooms for the rest of us by acting like a degenerate perv is really beyond the pale!

When Republicans started being frogged marched in shame for their degenerate war on public accommodations they (apparently) surrendered, resulting in a dramatic decline in the number of right wingers being accused of lewd behavior in public restrooms. However one last reverberation of the battle has just come back to haunt San Diego Republican Carl DeMaio who is running for mayor of San Diego. That echo of the Republican war on public restrooms was brought to my attention courtesy of the following… disturbing… headline: San Diego Republican accused of openly masturbating in men’s restroom.

Rex Dalton of VoiceofOC.org wrote, “[T]here never has been a public accounting of how during 2009 DeMaio allegedly would leave the San Diego City Council dais during meetings to masturbate in a men’s room — events known by elected officials and suspected by members of the media.”

“In the months before last November’s mayoral election, Ben Hueso, the City Council’s president in 2009, acknowledged to this reporter that he witnessed DeMaio engaging in the practice twice. Hueso, now a Democratic state senator, and others suspected DeMaio’s alleged inappropriate activity was more frequent,” Dalton continued. “Describing the scene that spring when he walked in on DeMaio, who was in front of a urinal with his pants down, Hueso said: ‘DeMaio was masturbating. He jumped, caught by surprise. He jumped to the sink … saying “I’m sorry, I’m sorry” about six times. Then washed his hands, darted out.’”

A spokesperson for DeMaio called the report “absurd and ludicrous,” although, according to other city employees, DeMaio’s habit of self-gratifying in public was common knowledge.

When asked who on the City Council knew of the incidents, City Councilwoman Marti Emerald told Dalton, “Everyone.”

It was Emerald who first encountered Hueso in the hall that afternoon in 2009. “Ben was in a state of shock, face red, eyes bulging,” she recounted. ““I said: ‘You look like you just saw the devil?’ He said: ‘DeMaio is masturbating in the middle of the room.’ ”

The reason this is an echo of the Republican war on restrooms is because the activity in question happened in 2009, just as Republicans had given up the battle. Reminiscent of the Battle of New Orleans, which was fought after the treaty ending the war of 1812 was finalized but word had yet to reach the front, the conservative war on bathrooms was already over in 2009, but someone forgot to alert DeMaio. He was just doing his part in a war that was already lost, and now DeMaio is facing the consequences.

The Consequence of War
Rubens prophetic painting The Consequence of War, showing his vision of the coming Republican war on public restrooms. Rubens painted the marauding conservative, holding his “sword”, while a desperate mother struggles to maintain her decency, her naked children clinging to her in horror. The door to the restroom is open, allowing any who wish to witness the debacle free and open access. Efforts by the enlightened to stop the Republican are shoved aside. Innocents and the sciences, signified by a text book, are trampled underfoot. A local priestess implores the heavens to stop the madness while the Cherubim contemplate the horror beneath them.

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Governor of South Carolina Losing Ahead of Re-Election Announcement

Nikki Haley, the Republican Governor from South Carolina, will be announcing her campaign for re-election in 2014 tomorrow. During her two years in office she has been responsible for thousands of lost jobs, wasting time trying to find “voter fraud” in her state, and student tuition being at its highest rate in the country. She is endorsed by the likes of Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, Rick Perry, and Scott Walker. Luckily, there is a candidate for the Democrats already named Vincent Sheheen who is leading her 46-44, according to the latest poll taken of the potential race. We need to all be behind him to stop extremists like Haley from trying to bring us back to the 1950′s.

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