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.
Via Break Originals.
Open Thread below...
Thanksgiving weekend seems like a weird time to bring up something morbid, but maybe there's no better time of the year to memorialize all the Americans who can't say thanks this year because of guns. Especially after today's shootings in Colorado.
Today's shootings started at a Planned Parenthood center, and, even though there were armed cops, it went on for 5 hours. The 5 hours is crucial. That means that tomorrow, Republicans won't be able to say that the shooter would have been stopped immediately if everyone in Colorado had a gun. The armed cops obviously had guns. And it still took them a while.
Their backup argument might be that it wouldn't have happened if Planned Parenthood didn't exist. And they might even say that Planned Parenthood caused the whole thing because there are women in the world with reproductive organs. Or that Eve ate an apple a few thousand years ago when the universe happened, so there.
But it's more grave than that. Regardless of when the universe happened, and Planned Parenthood aside, we have a lot of gun victims in this country who didn't have a way to say thanks this Thanksgiving.
There's about about 12,000 people who didn't say thanks in 2015 because they died at the end of a gun. About 1,200 of them died from police bullets.
I worked in retail for years. Most of it in Mom & Pop stores.There were those handful of years I worked in a large corporate mall setting though. My idealism of providing a service and good to people who really wanted something went out the window then. It was all about moving "product" and hustling useless and needless junk that people don't really need or want but they've been convinced that they have to HAVE it.
My thoughts are with those working in the Black Friday retail trenches today.
What are listening to tonight?
So, how does CNN handle an active shooter situation in Colorado Springs this Friday? Why, bring in an anti-Planned Parenthood GOP Representative to attack the organization, question whether it was too early for their spokesperson to say the organization was under attack or not and demand that they apologize if they weren't. And to add insult to injury, toss in some lies about the discredited and highly edited videos that the right wing has been using to smear them.
Shame on CNN, the producers of The Situation Room, host Brianna Keilar and on Rep. Adam Kinzinger for subjecting their viewers to the travesty in the video above.
I'll just leave you with a few tweets from Joan Walsh which sums this up perfectly.
I'm sorry @cnn what the hell are you doing putting this anti-Planned Parenthood moron on TV as people are being shot?
— Joan Walsh (@joanwalsh) November 27, 2015
They need to stop giving free coverage to America's Favorite Fascist, but they're just not willing to lose the clicks to teach him a lesson:
Donald Trump’s campaign is requiring journalists at rallies to have bathroom escorts, according to an NBC News reporter.
“Trump campaign now requiring media to have bathroom escorts at his rallies when leaving 'the pen,' " NBC News reporter Katy Tur tweeted late Tuesday alongside the hashtag "#watchthemedia."
“Media told they aren’t allowed to leave 'the pen' while Trump is in the room,” she continued. "It’s now official policy that the secret service is enforcing.
“Let’s be clear — this is even happening after the event,” Tur added.
Trump's campaign has regularly clashed with the press, but the latest report comes amid growing tension between the media and the GOP front-runner.
The five leading U.S. television networks are banding together in the hopes of changing the Trump campaign’s press guidelines, according to reports.
Senior managers from ABC News, CBS News, CNN, Fox News and NBC
News spoke with Trump aides last Monday to address their grievances.
Journalists are increasingly frustrated by Trump staffers dictating how they cover his events.
Trump’s campaign has required that reporters remain in a specified press area, preventing opportunities for covering protests and interacting with his supporters.
Donald Trump and Ben Carson have both falsely claimed to have seen American Muslims cheering the September 11 attacks. These outrageous lies are but the latest spittle to fly from the unchecked xenophobia overtaking the American right wing. Combined with gun lobby propaganda and increasingly threatening militia groups, the American right wing is fomenting racial and ethnic violence and insurrectionism that threatens the core values of our country. Consider a few examples just from November:
Sen. Mike Lee gives lip service and lots of feigned concern for Americans living in poverty during the GOP's weekly address this Thanksgiving. Sadly none of their policies reflect one iota of the priorities he pretends that he and his fellow Republicans have here.
In GOP upside-down land, it's those "big government" and our social safety nets which are keeping people from starving that are the real problem, and if only we'd unleash the "free market," prosperity would trickle-down for all and all of those hard working 'Murkins out there will live happily ever after.
My fellow Americans, I'm Sen. Mike Lee from Utah. On this day of Thanksgiving I'd like to take a moment to celebrate and give thanks for this great nation of ours and for all of the people who make it so, for I believe that America is exceptional, not because of who we are, but because of what we do,
I'm thankful for our men and women in uniform who protect our national security and the American way of life, especially those of you serving overseas this holiday. You and your families are in our prayers. I'm thankful for the untold millions of Americans who serve their communities, whether in their jobs or just in their spare time and for those who will spend a portion of their holiday caring for those less fortunate, in food banks, senior centers and homeless shelters.
UPDATE: One police officer, two civilians dead.UPDATE: Suspect has surrendered, is now in custody. Police are sweeping the building for bombs.
— ed sanders (@e_d_sanders) November 28, 2015
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) November 27, 2015
Did Donald Trump’s nose start growing during his interview on the Hannity show Wednesday night? It should have been.
Trump said about rival John Kasich, “He’s so far down in the polls, he’s embarrassed. …I think he’ll probably have to get out of the race.” Trump called Karl Rove “a loser” who “still thinks Mitt Romney won the election” and “doesn’t know what he’s doing.”
Sean Hannity was too worried that Trump might run as a third party candidate – and help ensure a Democratic win – to care about attacks on Republicans or anyone else.
“The establishment’s gonna spend millions and millions now” trying to defeat Trump, Hannity said. He asked, “Are you considering going third party?”
Trump certainly was up for making thinly-veiled threats. “It wasn’t the deal that I made. I made a deal, I made a pledge and they’re not treating me right. …We’ll see what happens but right now I’m very happy where I am,” Trump said.
Peter Douchey, son of Steve the Dooce and Anna Kooiman were looking for a feel-good story for their viewers who have been inundated with quite a bit of fear-mongering lately. Dontcha' know that ignorant bubble-dwellers, bombarded with terror alerts, sometimes need a break too? Let's head down to Harris County, with a population that is 79.3% White. By golly, there's plenty of fine, god-fearing Christians to be found in a 'virtuous' Red State like Georgia. I reckon this will be the much-needed pick me up after a day of gluttony and perhaps too much of the drink for the Fox faithful.
Ron Johnson, in his last year of being a US Senator, says that income inequality is the American Way and that if you want better income equality, go to North Korea:
U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson said at a forum this week that people should look at North Korea if they want to improve the gap between the rich and poor, adding that he doesn’t want to see Americans be “equally poor.”
“First of all, you want really good income equality, go to North Korea,” the Republican senator said at a town hall-style meeting Tuesday at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. “I’m serious. Probably the nation on earth where you’ve got the most income equality is probably North Korea, so I don’t want to see people equally poor.”
In other words, what RoJo is saying is "Don't ask what your country can do for you but ask what you can do for your country's corporate overlords."
RoJo's arrogance and indifference to the common folk stems from the fact that he knows the secret to getting and staying rich - all you have to do is marry into wealth and have your father-in-law create a company just of you.
This is where I'm supposed to tell you all the things I'm grateful for, but it just doesn't feel like that kind of year. For instance, here's the guy who's supposedly the sane, rational, moderate alternative to the crazies dominating the Republican presidential race:
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) says religious believers are called to “ignore” laws that violate their faith.
“In essence, if we are ever ordered by a government authority to personally violate and sin -- violate God’s law and sin -- if we’re ordered to stop preaching the Gospel, if we’re ordered to perform a same-sex marriage as someone presiding over it, we are called to ignore that,” Rubio said in an interview with CBN on Tuesday.
“So when those two come into conflict, God’s rules always win,” he added.
Do you see what Rubio did there? He's asked about tolerating legal same-sex marriage and he responds by imagining an America in which Christians are "ordered to stop preaching the Gospel" and "ordered to perform a same-sex marriage as someone presiding over it." Who's ordering Christians to stop preaching Christianity? Who is even trying to force religious denominations to perform same-sex marriages, any more than we force Catholics to offer church weddings to divorced people?
(This Thanksgiving, President Obama urges generosity to Syrian refugees.)
Expect more grandstanding over this to proceed immediately from the right: Obama warns states they can’t refuse Syrian refugees:
The Obama administration is warning states that they cannot refuse to accept refugees fleeing war-torn Syria, saying that noncompliant states may be subject to penalties.
The federal Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) said in a letter to state agencies on Wednesday that they cannot withhold services to refugees based on their country of origin or religion.
“Accordingly, states may not categorically deny ORR-funded benefits and services to Syrian refugees,” the letter said. “Any state with such a policy would not be in compliance with the State Plan requirements, applicable statutes, and their own assurances, and could be subject to enforcement action, including suspension and termination.”
The letter cited the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which bars discrimination on the basis of race or country or origin.
“Thus, it is not permissible to deny federally funded benefits such as Medicaid or TANF to refugees who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements."
When your source for paranoid conspiracy theories, which alleges that President Obama is complicit in the funding and training of the terror group Daesh (ISIS), is too paranoid for Fox News, I think we have hit DEFCON 1 for wingnuts. If you've never heard of World Net Daily's Erik Rush, here's an excerpt from his recent article entitled: The Left's Motive For Importing Terrorists.
It is widely known among those who do not get their news from the alphabet TV networks that Obama has been clandestinely importing Muslims from Syria, Iraq, Somalia and other destabilized Muslim nations for several years. Now, on the pretext of humanitarianism, he intends to prey upon Americans’ sympathy to import tens of thousands more.
Why do leftists advocate for a policy that will domestically destabilize America? As with so many harmful policies they’ve supported, they do so that they may later offer a statist, liberty-killing remedy. In this case, the cure will be a more well-developed surveillance and police state, which they surmise Americans will welcome when we’re being hacked to death on our streets by Muslims.
Cutting Through The Crap: The 'Fraidest Generation
Fablog: Does the Chicago D.A. really think a jury will convict a cop of Murder One -- or is the fix in?
Beach Peanuts: Let's Talk Turkey: This Is Your Brain On GOP
Lawyers Guns and Money: Underdeveloped Nations and the Left
Round up by Swimgirl (@miamiswimmer). Send tips to mbru (at) crooksandliars (dot) com.
Dana Milbank said about the best thing I’ve read about the Donald Trump takeover of the GOP.
Republican elites are panicky about the durable dominance of Trump (and to a lesser extent Ben Carson) in the presidential race. They are right to worry, but I don’t feel much sympathy. Trump is a problem of their own creation.
Trump gets ever more base in his bigotry — and yet, with few and intermittent exceptions, rival candidates, party leaders and GOP lawmakers decline to call him out. So he continues to rise, benefiting from tacit acceptance of his intolerance.
The GOP created him and now the things they used to say only behind closed doors of the board room or on the golf course are being yelled through a bullhorn.
To my ears it sounds like a teaspoon in the garbage disposal but Republicans think it’s a sweet melody.
Hope everyone had a happy day. Any stories?
Open thread below....
I was gonna tell the story about my old hippie uncle and how he always showed up at our house early every Thanksgiving, He said he was there to help with the cooking. He was really just there for the eating and drinking. I was going to tell you all around a little before noon each Thanksgiving he would ask where the radio was.
"They'll be playing "Alice's Restaurant: at noon. They only play it once a year, man."
My uncle passed away a few years ago. I can't recall the last time, save for a college, community or public station, I heard the song at noon or any other part of Thanksgiving Day on the radio since the early 90's.
It was all over my social media feeds this morning so it's instantaneous that people can get their Arlo fix. There an open thread here on Crooks and Liars about it. I am sure we all got to hear it today.
Instead, let's hear how Ernest Tubb is dealing with thankfulness.
What are you listening to tonight?
The New York Times newspaper seems to have screwed up all its courage and decided to call a spade a spade:
America has just lived through another presidential campaign week dominated by Donald Trump’s racist lies. Here’s a partial list of false statements: The United States is about to take in 250,000 Syrian refugees; African-Americans are responsible for most white homicides; and during the 9/11 attacks, “thousands and thousands” of people in an unnamed “Arab” community in New Jersey “were cheering as that building was coming down.”
In the Republican field, Mr. Trump has distinguished himself as fastest to dive to the bottom. If it’s a lie too vile to utter aloud, count on Mr. Trump to say it, often. It wins him airtime, and retweets through the roof.
This phenomenon is in fact nothing new. Politicians targeting minorities, foreigners or women have always existed in the culture. And every generation or so, at least one demagogue surfaces to fan those flames.
The Times editorial board then goes on to compare Trump quotes with those of Sen. Joseph McCarthy and George Wallace -- just in case you missed their point: