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.
The anti-choice right wing is having a fit of the vapors over the University of Utah's sponsorship of Sex Week, a series of events that aims to" reduce stigmas" and "raise awareness" of issues related to sex. Naturally, Outnumbered is "worked up." Seriously...
To uproarious laughter, Lisa "Kennedy" Montgomery mocked the "taxpayer funded" event which is even worse because the school is partnering, OMG, with the reviled Planned Parenthood. After she described the purpose of the event, "to deconstruct reproductive oppression," she sardonically added, "that's great." Lots of tittering accompanied her listing of the sex week prizes which, OMG, are free contraceptives and a vasectomy.
Carrier announced the decision yesterday.
The video above has been viewed on Facebook nearly 700,000 times since. As one worker is heard saying, “How long will it take before people start tearing shit up?"
Carrier Air Conditioning announced this week that the company will be moving manufacturing operations from an Indianapolis plant to Monterrey, Mexico, a move that will cost 1,400 people their jobs over the course of the next three years. On Wednesday, employees were told about this decision, as seen in a video that surfaced on Facebook shortly after.
Suffice to say, the news was not well received. The decision likely will not help with mounting tensions many Americans are feeling towards Mexico (thanks in part to Donald Trump), as one person immediately shouts out, “That’s why you brought all those [expletives] here!” The executive announcing the news likewise doesn’t help by continuously and insultingly referring to the layoffs as “a transition,” telling the disconcerted employees, “I want to be clear, this is strictly a business decision.”
MSNBC's Tamron Hall was discussing Rep. John Lewis and the CBC PAC's endorsement of Hillary Clinton. She then brought up that icons like Harry Belafonte was endorsing Bernie Sanders, and as she was explaining the meeting of the establishment and the black churches, she threw it over to the former head of the RNC, Michael Steele, a black conservative to give his thoughts on the subject.
He immediately went into a rambling monologue, (speaking only as a black man, mind you, and not as a conservative) why there isn't a real competition for the black vote in America?
He's upset that the black community turns to the Democratic party for support because they have never received any from the Republicans. I think Steele forgets that the competition has been going on for decades and Republicans have continually not been on the side of the angels.
This is good news, indeed, if it can be carried out! The United States and Russia have come to an agreement for a cease-fire in Syria and plans to get humanitarian aid in to those people who are desperately in need.
Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Sergey V. Lavrov, announced that they had agreed on the delivery over the next few days of desperately needed aid to besieged Syrian cities, to be followed by a “cessation of hostilities” within a week on the way to a more formal cease-fire.
“We have agreed to implement a nationwide cessation of hostilities in one week’s time,” Mr. Kerry said early Friday morning, after all-day meetings. “That is ambitious.”
“The real test is whether all the parties honor those commitments,” he said, sitting next to Mr. Lavrov, the two men doing their best to appear cooperative after weeks of trading accusations over the accelerated Russian air campaign that has given new support to the government of Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad.
Oh, Ted. What have you done now? First you approved an attack ad against Donald Trump that creepily used children chanting "eminent domain" and for an encore, you've done, what?
Ted Cruz’s campaign has pulled its most recent ad, “Conservatives Anonymous,” after learning one of the actors in the spot is also a softcore porn star.
The ad, which was set at a group therapy session of conservative voters who feel betrayed by Marco Rubio on immigration, featured actor Amy Lindsay, who played a woman telling another group member, “Maybe you should vote for more than just a pretty face next time.”
Lindsay has appeared in several softcore porn films, including Erotic Confessions, Carnal Wishes, Secrets of a Chambermaid, and Insatiable Desires.
BuzzFeed News, after learning of Lindsay’s prior filmography, requested comment from the Cruz campaign. Cruz spokesman Rick Tyler told BuzzFeed News in a statement that the campaign is taking the ad down and replacing it with a different one.
You knew this was gonna happen. They have a funeral for the Oregon militia guy killed by law enforcement, and I’ll be damned, there’s a gun involved.
Two days after a funeral for Robert “LaVoy” Finicum attracted men bearing the symbols of well-known militias, a maid working Sunday morning at Kanab’s Holiday Inn Express discovered a shattered mirror where a bullet had been fired through a wall.The shot was not heard by nearby guests or staff and lodged in a headboard, Kanab Police Chief Tom Cram said.
Now here’s the miracle part.
Police Chief Tom Cram investigated. The two men who checked in those rooms were both openly carrying firearms. Hold your breath now …
“It was kind of suspicious to us in the fact that everybody claims to not be in the room when it happened,” Cram said.
Well, if Jesus can turn water into wine, surely he can cause an accidental discharge.
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Open Thread below...
"Oh you like that weirdo music, huh?"
Many a time I heard that as a teenager and even still now as my forties are coming to a close. Always proudly saying yes, it got me in a lot of situations. Some interesting. Some threatening. The best ones though were when someone says "Well, I've got something for you to hear."
That's how I laid ears on the Silver Apples first album from a people who lived in apartment above mine. They insisted I borrow their copy and listening to it for a weekend straight.
Released in 1968, it was close to twenty years old when I first heard it. It was perplexing. Sounding like something ancient yet also futuristic. It's closing in on being fifty years and that impression still stands.
No, I've never listened to it for a weekend straight as prescribed. It still does make it to my record player a couple a year though.
What are you listening to tonight?
Please tell us who you thought won tonight's PBS NewsHour Democratic Presidential Debate?
You can also vote for the fact that we heard a lot of policy and substance and were happy for that too.
Did Judy Woodruff get her questions from Glenn Beck tonight?
"Secretary Clinton, your campaign has recently ramped up criticisms of Senator Sanders for attending fundraisers from which he benefitted. But, your financial sector donations appear to come from just two wealthy financiers -- George Soros and Donald Sussman for a total of about 10 million dollars. You have said there's no quid pro quo involved," she said.
Woodruff then got to the question. "But is that also true of the donations that wealthy Republicans give to Republican candidates, contributors including the Koch brothers."
Say what you will about the original set of facts regarding Soros and Sussman. That's not my point in writing this.
How in the living hell do you compare 10 million dollars in donations to a SuperPAC to the billions spent by the Kochs and the Koch network to that, Judy?
What the hell kind of question was that, if not one lifted straight from Glenn Beck's script?
I'm betting both candidates think Barack Obama knows what he's doing, without saying it three times, Rubio-style.
Tonight's debate airs at 9 Eastern / 6 Pacific, and will be simulcast on CNN and NPR and streamed live on NPR.org. It will be moderated by Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff.
Let us know what you're hearing and thinking. Debate Open Thread below...
It is time to demand that the NRA open their books and come clean about how much of this so-called "patriot movement" they are supporting. Take, for example, Gavin Seim, the broadcaster who kept the live stream of the remaining four Bundy militia members' surrender going, while bringing in Michele Fiore and Franklin Graham, of all people.
To quote the "patriots'" favorite book, by their fruits, shall ye know them. In this case, Seim's "fruits" appear to be in line with the same goals as the NRA.
Gavin Seim is the online broadcaster who kept the live stream of the last four Bundy militia patriots going after Peter Santilli went off to jail. You heard him here this morning, making outlandish claims while trying to talk militant David Fry off his ledge at the Malheur Preserve.
David Neiwert pinpointed Seim awhile ago, and has been reporting on him since 2014.
Accordingly, many of them referenced violent action in defense of their gun rights as the ultimate response to what they see as tyranny.
“Make no mistake: If we do not stand up, America, our children and our grandchildren will take back liberty at the price of blood!” intoned Gavin Seim, the Ephrata, Wa.-based “liberty speaker” and chief organizer of the event.
Senator Ted Cruz really has a hard time with the concept of humor and in his newest attack ad against Donald Trump, I guess, he must think this is funny. Really though, it's a disturbing attempt to paint Trump as a phony Republican, and using children to do his dirty work in this ad is pretty creepy.
I do believe Greg Gutfeld must have written the copy for this ad.
A new ad from Ted Cruz's campaign appeared on YouTube yesterday featuring a group of boys playing with a Donald Trump action figure.
“What’s he do?" a young boy asks in the ad.
His friend responds: “He pretends to be a Republican!”
Eerie fun ensues as three kids play with Trump, having the toy act out a handful of the repeated criticisms of the GOP's presidential frontrunner:
“I like bailouts for the banks!"
“I gave money to Pelosi, Reid and Anthony Weiner.”
“Hey Hillary, I’ll give you money to be my friend!"
Campaigns speaking through children can feel icky, and this ad gets a bit weird when a kid name-drops "Anthony Weiner."
The kids' play gets chaotic when the toy Trump sees a large doll house.
“I’m going to take your house with eminent domain and park my limos there!" the kid says as Trump. It's a reference to the development mogul’s use of eminent domain that’s come under fire from his opponents.
John Kasich spent a lot of time in New Hampshire, promoting himself as the reasonable, compassionate conservative of the bunch. In this wacky field, second to Trump is a win for Kasich. His strategy was effective and he had his best showing of his whole campaign.
The day after his 'victory,' Kasich elaborated:
In an ABC interview Wednesday morning, Kasich again struck a tone that is a stark contrast to Trump's tough-talking style.
"And when we (grow the economy), we make sure we leave no one behind: the mentally ill, the drug addicted, working poor, everybody has a right to rise in America and to restore the spirit of this country," Kasich said.
He appeared more human in contrast to the Biblical and Apocolyptic style of Ted Cruz or the foul-mouthed verbal diarrhea of Donald Trump. But don't be fooled by this man, he is a hard-right Republican, through and through.
Mr. Bundy will be in jail for at least another week. He also had the nerve to ask for a public defender, which the judge will not approve without seeing his financial statements first.
The indictment of Cliven Bundy is a masterful document, describing a conspiracy to defraud and harm the government for selfish reasons.
There's nothing in it we don't know, but it does give a glimpse into how far the investigation has delved, and the reach of the charges they intend to bring.
For all of Michele Fiore's gabble today about how they're "fighting the battle on new ground," all I can say is that they've conceded most of that ground by recording everything they do so there's no question about the laws they've broken.
Bundy is charged with Conspiracy to Commit An Offense Against the United States; Assault on a Federal Law Enforcement Officer; Use and Carry of a Firearm In Relation to a Crime of Violence; Obstruction of the Administration of Justice; Interference with Commerce by Extortion; and, Aiding and Abetting.
There's a reason Jimmy Fallon became NBC's The Tonight Show host. He's a very talented performer and he proved that with a spot-on Bernie Sanders impression of His New Hampshire victory speech after the primary was called last night.
“I’m speaking tonight to claim victory in the New Hampshire primary over She Who Must Not Be Named,” Fallon-as-Sanders began. “New Hampshirites showed the world that you are good, decent people, even though you live in towns that sound like 18th-century porn stars.”
Sanders, “a candidate who looks like a Scooby-Doo villain before his mask is removed,” repeatedly tells the roaring crowd that they’re being too loud before declaring that he feels like “a million bucks, which of course means I will now evenly distribute myself among the middle class.”
Marco Rubio may never bounce back from last Saturday's debate, but there are still folks in the media who are just aching for a miraculous recovery. Here's Jennifer Rubin at The Washington Post:
Rubio remains the best, and perhaps only, candidate who can unite all segments of the party around a smart, compelling and forward-looking message. He dug himself a hole, but in shoveling his way out he may demonstrate the sort of grit and authenticity voters are seeking.
And here's Michael Graham from The Weekly Standard:
Marco's Moment Is Now
No, not Saturday night’s debate: This is Marco's moment.
Getting knocked-down in New Hampshire does not have to be the end of Rubio's run for the GOP nomination. It could be the real beginning. It's all up to the junior senator from Florida....
The fact is, Marco Rubio probably needed something like this....
If Rubio can fight his way through this defeat and find a way to win, he could emerge as a stronger candidate than if he hadn't blown a key debate on the eve of the New Hampshire primary.
And hope springs eternal, as a CNN reporter tweets this:
Senator Ted Cruz has long been the favorite conservative amongst the AM hate talk radio shows like Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin. But they have been doing their best high wire acts, to balance the flow of Donald Trump fans from the fever swamps of the right.
Yesterday, Rush all but ended his neutral stance.
RUSH LIMBAUGH (HOST): Now about Cruz and his being self sufficient, there is no question about that. Here, let me just say something right off the bat, and I've said this before, I opened the program with it yesterday. When I saw what Jeb and Kasich were doing in New Hampshire, at the last minute in order to get votes, they were going left as fast as Dion Sanders can backpedal. They were moving left faster than anybody I've ever seen anyone go left.
And I opened the program yesterday saying you will never, ever have to worry about that with Ted Cruz. And then I expanded on it, and let me say one -- if conservatism is your bag, if conservatism is the dominating factor in how you vote, there is no other choice for you in this campaign than Ted Cruz. Because you are exactly -- this is the closest in our lifetime we have ever been to Ronald Reagan, in terms of doctrinaire, understandable, articulated, implementable conservatism. There is nobody closer.