ProgressVirginia reported Tuesday afternoon that the Virginia Senate’s Privileges and Elections Committee killed Sen. Charles “Bill” Carrico Sr.’s electoral college-rigging bill, despite an offer by Carrico to amend the bill to award electors in proportion to the state’s popular vote. The vote was 11-4 against the bill, although it will not be official until the close of the committee meeting.
Well my goodness, it’s uptight Republican sex week.
In Minnesota, two Republican lawmakers were caught making out in the public park. Well, making out isn’t exactly right.
They were at second base when a policeman found them.
It says, “Was making out with female in car. When I approached the car the female’s pants were unzipped and pulled down.”
State representatives Tim Kelly and Tara Mack deny they were doing the nasty.
Kelly said he met with Mack on his way through town to pick up some documents regarding an Owatonna-based health plan.
However, the sheriff is standing by his deputy.
Leslie said the deputy was simply enforcing the county ordinance in a well-trafficked park.“We have families and children running around, so we just want to have some decorum there,” he said Tuesday afternoon.
A program designed to help ex-felons who served time for drug offenses went into effect September 1st in Texas.
Texas soon will allow tens of thousands of residents convicted of drug crimes to receive food assistance from the federal government, joining almost every other state in ending a ban that once covered the entire nation.
Legislation approved during this year's legislative session will make Texas the 44th state to opt out of the ban, which former U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm, R-Texas, inserted into President Bill Clinton's 1996 welfare reform package.
The change could help many of the 56,860 Texas residents currently on Community Supervision for drug offenses, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, and many more who already have cycled out of parole.
Morning fearmongerer, Brian Kilmeade presented the story with the intro,
'Hey, thousands of felons are receiving food stamps ON YOUR DIME.'
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's top Republican is conceding that his party will have to await the next president before it can cut off federal funds that go to Planned Parenthood.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., says Republicans lack the votes to halt the payments. He also says that standing in the GOP's way is President Barack Obama, who doesn't leave office until January 2017.
"The way you make a law in this country, the Congress has to pass it, the president has to sign it," McConnell said in an interview with Kentucky TV station WYMT recorded Monday.
"The president's made it very clear he's not going to sign any bill that includes defunding of Planned Parenthood," McConnell said. "So that's another issue that awaits a new president, hopefully with a different point of view about Planned Parenthood."
In the above video, the gentle reader will see part of Scott Walker's interview with Chuck Todd on Meet the Press this past Sunday, in which Walker said that building a wall along the Canadian-US border was a "legitimate issue."
The gentle reader will also see Walker's appearance on Fox's "American Newsroom" on Tuesday, in which he denies ever talking about a fence along the border, calling it a "joke."
Here is the dialogue from Sunday:
“Do you want to build a wall north of here too?” Todd asked, noting that Walker has talked about building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to deter terrorism in addition to illegal immigration.
“Some people have asked us about that in New Hampshire,” Walker replied. “They raised some very legitimate concerns, including some law enforcement folks that brought that up to me at one of our town hall meetings about a week and a half ago. So that is a legitimate issue for us to look at.”
In fact, Walker doubled down on his Canadian wall after the show had aired:
Televangelist Pat Robertson warned "ungodly" LGBT celebrities on Wednesday that they were on "slippery slope" that could end in suicide.
During The 700 Club's "Bring It On" segment, a viewer asked the TV preacher why God let Christians suffer while Hollywood celebrities enjoyed so much wealth.
"God's put them on a slippery slope and they're going straight to hell," Robertson assured the viewer. "The Hollywood celebrities are living this gay lifestyle, they're going to be on a slippery slope all the way down to a hideous end."
"And on the way, by the way, look at how many people commit suicide," he continued. "Some of the well-known famous people, they shoot themselves or they overdose on drugs or they have multiple marriages. And they're not happy because they don't know the Lord."
Huzzah? Carly Fiorina will likely make it into the top tier of the CNN debate on September 16 after they amended their rules.
"CNN reevaluated its criteria and decided to add a provision that better reflects the state of the race since the first Republican presidential debate in August," the network announced. "Now, any candidate who ranks in the top 10 in polling between August 6 and September 10 will be included."
The CNN move is being greeted as a positive development, and not only for the most obvious reason, which is that a woman will be in the mix, in contrast to the 10-man tableau that a huge national television audience saw at the first debate on Aug. 6 in Cleveland.
Fiorina also had fairness on her side, say supporters. The original rules would have made the cut according to an average of polls conducted between July 16 and Sept. 10. That arithmetic minimized the significant rise in Fiorina's numbers since she gave what was widely reviewed as the single best performance of the evening in Cleveland, despite being relegated to the earlier, non-prime-time "undercard" debate of longshot contenders.
Charles C.W. Cooke (you've probably seen Bill Maher fawning over him on Real Time) is that creature most beloved by Real Conservatives: an honest-to-God Mid Atlantic Man who validates the fever dreams of the ideological elite with a British accent! (Well, someone had to take Sully's place in the opening left in the conservative firmament.) He graduated from Oxford (take that, Bill Clinton!) and he's a "classical liberal" libertarian author who just loves his guns.
Today I had absolutely the yummiest expensive-account lunch with Mr. Lowry ("please call me Rich") and he mentioned how much slimmer I was looking. !!!! (Down two stone, but who's counting?) I blushed a bit, discreetly pushed his hand off the knee of my screamingly expensive new Italian trousers, then changed the subject to the perfidy of those who would use this latest shooting tragedy to push their gun control agenda. I'm afraid I had a bit too much wine, dear diary, and when he told me the AEI was looking for a new senior fellow, I squealed. Yes, like a pot-bellied pig. But he didn't seem to mind. And Oakley, our darling Lab, has to eat, yes?
It looks like Fox’s favorite black-hating African American sheriff, David Clarke, meant it literally when he called for the “eradication” of #BlackLivesMatter
Clarke has been all over Fox News for blaming #BlackLivesMatter for the murder of a white deputy sheriff by a black man in Texas. Even though the motive is still unknown. On Saturday night, Clarke said #BlackLivesMatter is “black slime” that “needs to be eradicated from American society.”
Even so, I was surprised to find this tweet in his Twitter feed. It's a retweet from someone saying, "I say shoot first then ask questions!!" in reference to #BlackLivesMatter.
More than five years later, it looks like Shirley Sherrod may get some satisfaction from her tormentors at Breitbart News. Politico is reporting that the parties are nearing a settlement in Sherrod's libel suit against Breitbart News for their deceptively edited video which ultimately cost Sherrod her job.
The former Agriculture Department official fired from her job by the Obama administration in 2010 after conservative writer Andrew Breitbart's website accused her of racism has agreed "in principle" to settle her libel claim against Breitbart's estate and one of his business partners, according to a court filing.
Shirley Sherrod sued Breitbart and partner Larry O'Connor in 2011, claiming that they defamed her by publishing an edited version of a speech she gave to an NAACP chapter. Sherrod, who is African-American, said the clips made her sound like she was advocating denying services to white farmers when in fact she was making the opposite point.
As the video clips spread through conservative media outlets, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack quickly fired Sherrod. However, in an awkward reversal, he apologized and offered to rehire her a day later after the full extent of Sherrod's remarks began to circulate. Sherrod declined the offer.
Scott Walker thinks that the American people are dumb. Really dumb.
Walker, who has been in politics his entire adult life, is now claiming that he is not a career politician.
Gov. Scott Walker denies he’s a career politician — even though he has been in elected office since he was 25 years old and first ran for office when he was 22.
The 47-year-old Republican presidential contender said in an interview with CNBC, released Tuesday, that he is “just a normal guy” and rejects the career politician label despite being in politics for most of his adult life.
“A career politician, in my mind, is somebody who’s been in Congress for 25 years,” Walker said.
Walker ran for the state Assembly representing Milwaukee in 1990 when he was 22 and lost. He then moved to a more conservative suburb and ran again in 1993 and won. He hasn’t lost an election since.
Walker served nine years in the Assembly, eight years as Milwaukee County executive and is now in his fifth year as governor.
Another sad tale in the ongoing saga of responsible gun owners everywhere. I mean that -- it is sad, particularly since the gun and the ego interacted for a tragic result.
A man posing with a gun and taking selfies was killed when the gun went off and struck him in southwest Houston, police said.
Family members said the victim is 19-year-old Deleon Alonso Smith.
Investigators said Smith was taking selfies with a gun at an apartment in the 9800 block of Forum Park Drive and Bissonnet around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday when the gun accidentally went off, shooting the 19-year-old in the throat and killing him.
What a damn waste.
Fox's resident quack, "doctor" Keith Ablow seems to be having just a little bit of trouble telling the difference between wanting to see some transparency, accountability, fairness and justice when it comes to our officers of the law doing their jobs, and someone inciting violence against the police, or anyone else for that matter.
Ablow was the "one lucky guy" on this Tuesday's Outnumbered, and during a discussion about the recent brutal execution style shooting of Texas Deputy Sheriff Darren Goforth, and President Obama's call to his widow expressing his condolences, Ablow decided to use the occasion to attack President Obama for supposedly not being sincere with his apology, and to wish that the widow would have given him this response to his phone call:
TANTAROS: I'm glad that the President issued a statement Dr. Ablow, but, the rhetoric we're hearing out of the White House is very different than we've heard in the past with other incidents and we have heard, especially with Ferguson, a more anti-cop tone. I mean, the President wagged his finger, as I remember at the police putting him on the same moral equivalency as the protesters in Ferguson.
So is this rhetoric too little too late?
Goblinbooks: Dick Cheney saved this man from a misguided life.
Horizons: Jeb Bush is falling victim to a warped right-wing conception of masculinity.
Ferri Tales: This Pennsylvania town's war memorial is faced with an insulting display nearby.
The Immoral Minority: Republicans are in a snit over Obama's renaming of Denali, but it's a winner in Alaska.
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American Renaissance leader Jared Taylor has once again popped up like a bad penny to explain why white supremacists love Donald Trump.
Speaking to Alan Colmes Monday, Taylor gave Trump big props for his views on anchor babies and immigration.
Monday on “The Alan Colmes Show,” Alan spoke with American Renaissance founder Jared Taylor, who has written numerous commentaries on why Donald Trump is the only candidate that would be “good for white people.”
Taylor told Alan why he thinks the “anchor baby” system is crazy, why assimilating so many different cultures into America is “difficult,” and why he thinks that most of white society in America just wants other races to leave them alone.
Jared Taylor is the go-to guy when white supremacists want to serve a heaping pile of bigotry with some sugar to make it taste better.
SPLC has a lovely collection of quotes from him. Here's one:
"Blacks and whites are different. When blacks are left entirely to their own devices, Western civilization — any kind of civilization — disappears."
— American Renaissance, 2005
All I can say is it's about time someone finally gave this hypocritical wingnut grifter the treatment she deserves on national television. I can't tell you how many shows I sat through or heard a portion of before The Last Word aired on MSNBC this Tuesday evening, where they "reported" on this clerk from Kentucky, who is still refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, and somehow couldn't bother to mention the fact that the woman is on her fourth husband.
Dan Savage was asked to weigh in on this disgusting debacle and not only did he lay into Kim Davis for her hypocrisy with being married four times while pretending to want to follow the teachings of Jesus in the Bible, he also hit her hard for the fact that all she is doing is gearing up to be the latest recipient of the right wing's wingnut welfare program, where they always make sure that one of their own is taken care of (a problem that we do not have, sadly on the left).
Very inconvenient for Fox News and the 27% of Republicans in Congress who are Catholic, that the head of the Catholic Church isn't in agreement with Saint Ronnie or Saint Rush about well, anything.
Open thread below...
"Cactus" is one of my favorite 70's rock bands that never really made it big, but God, could they rock! The Cactus Collection features their best material and I went this way because I couldn't pick just one.
All Music writes:
Just when we thought we were rid of him, look who's running to Fox "news" to make trouble for Democrats again. President Obama is within one vote of getting a victory on the Iranian nuclear deal, so the heat is on from the neocons and their friends in AIPAC to put as much pressure on the Democrats in the Senate as possible.
Even though she's already pledged to vote for the deal, Joe Lieberman is apparently helping to lead a rally this Tuesday in New York to try to persuade her to do otherwise. He stopped in for a visit on Cavuto's set, with guest host Charles Payne to talk about it and served up this heaping helping of hyperbole about anyone opposed to the deal:
James O'Keefe is a cockroach that just keeps coming back and back and back again. He held a press conference today to show off his new undercover videos exposing the Clinton campaign to corruption charges, but all he did was look like a major league jerkoff.
My question is when will the press finally stop slobbering over conservative con artists? They make themselves out to be fools as well.
Professional troll James O’Keefe has been teasing journalists for weeks about an undercover operation that could take down Hillary Clinton — I’ve received four “email blasts” from O’Keefe’s Project Veritas about these videos in the past 48 hours alone — so I was surprised to learn that the “trickle-down corruption” he’d come to expose amounted to a Project Veritas operative buying a few Hillary-themed t-shirts for a Canadian.
You read that right — O’Keefe’s own operative captured herself, on camera, illegally purchasing the shirts on behalf of a Canadian and this, O’Keefe claimed, demonstrates the criminal mendacity of the Clinton campaign.