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VA Senate Committee Kills Vote Rigging Plan

crooksandliars - Mon, 01/18/2038 - 22:14


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.

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Ted Nugent Has The Nerve To Attack Kathy Griffin As ‘Unacceptable’

crooksandliars - Sat, 06/03/2017 - 16:00

Ted Nugent told Fox News viewers that his not-so-thinly-veiled threats to murder Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were justified while Kathy Griffin’s stunt of holding up a fake, bloodied head of Donald Trump was “reprehensible and unacceptable.”

Unlike Nugent, Griffin has profusely apologized for her tasteless stunt. Nor did she threaten anyone’s life.

But Nugent pretended that she had and that he had not. In case you’ve forgotten, here are some of the vile things Nugent has said:

During the 2008 presidential campaign, Nugent called candidate Barack Obama “a piece of shit” who should “suck on my machine gun” and Hillary Clinton, a “worthless bitch” who should “ride into the sunset” on his machine gun.

In 2012, Nugent said, “If Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year.”

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Holy Crap: Kentucky Prayer Crime Fighters

crooksandliars - Sat, 06/03/2017 - 12:30

The Republican Governor of Kentucky, Matt Bevin, has a solution to crime in his capital city: “Volunteer patrols that will not report or stop criminal activity, but pray it away.”

He appears to be serious.

Bevin suggested at a community meeting that volunteer groups of between three and 10 people would adopt specific blocks and walk around them while praying, according to WHAS, the Louisville ABC station.

You know, you walk to a corner, pray for the people, talk to people along the way,” Bevin said, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal. “No songs, no singing, no bullhorn, no T-shirts, no chanting. Be pleasant, talk to the people, that’s it.”

That’s it, y’all.

We will meet at the south gate of the White House and pray like the dickens that God shoves Donald Trump out so we can change the locks. Apparently, that’s all there is to it.

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Turnout Heavy For March For Truth. Trump Side? Not So Much!

crooksandliars - Sat, 06/03/2017 - 10:39

Today we #MarchForTruth in 150+ communities! Join us:

— #MarchForTruth (@MarchForTruth17) June 3, 2017

Thousands across the country are showing up to #MarchForTruth. We won't grow tired of standing up for what is right.

— Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) June 3, 2017

Protesters descend on NYC to demand ‘truth’ from Trump

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Question Of The Day: Is Jared Kushner Just Stupid -- Or Corrupt?

crooksandliars - Sat, 06/03/2017 - 10:07

Joy Reid's panel this morning looked at the many angles of the story about Jared Kushner's meeting with Russian banker and alleged spy Sergey Gorkov.

"If there's an innocent explanation for all of this, one wonders why the stories keep shifting," Joy Reid said.

"So you now have -- the Tribune had a piece, there's discrepancy between what the Russians say was going on and the White House. The Russian side, VEB side said it was a business meeting. They were meeting with Jared Kushner as head of the company.

"This is after the election. The White House is saying, no, he's on a diplomatic mission. How do we square that?"

"We can't," journalist Kurt Eichenwald said. He said there was no innocent explanation.

"Every answer they have is bad. You're left with, is Jared Kushner a fool -- or is he corrupt?

"Let's assume it was a business meeting. You want to borrow money. Do you know of many bankers who come flying from another country to you to talk to you about giving you money? This is not making any sense, that's number one. Number two, Jared Kushner knew what his role was. Jared Kushner knew his father-in-law was about to become president of the United States. and he feels like it's appropriate to be going to banks connected to the Kremlin and say, hey, I want some money. That's the business operation idea.

"Number two, you have a meeting between Jared Kushner and the bank in terms of dealing with national security issues supposedly, or getting into issues of diplomacy.

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Jeffrey Sachs Calls Out Trump Shill Stephen Moore For His Ties To The Koch Brothers

crooksandliars - Sat, 06/03/2017 - 10:00

This is the way every one of these right wing liars ought to be treated when they're allowed on the air: ‘This is corruption!’: Economist goes on full attack of Trumpster Stephen Moore’s ties to the Koch Brothers:

Economist Jeff Sachs was furious with President Donald Trump and the White House’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement. In a panel discussion on CNN Friday, Sachs went off on everyone, including Trump’s economic advisor Steve Moore and the conservative funders Charles and David Koch.

Here's more on the exchange via CNN:

CABRERA: I want to bring in Stephen Moore. He's our senior economic analyst for CNN, also a Trump supporter. You also were an adviser of the president during the campaign. Stephen Moore, why can't his administration answer the question - the fundamental question about whether or not this president believes climate change is real?

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Why Does Lou Dobbs Have To Hate America?

crooksandliars - Sat, 06/03/2017 - 08:30

Fox Business host Lou Dobbs promoted Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement by suggesting that viewers should love it merely because “Dimms, Globalists & the Enviro-left” hate it.

In his online poll, Dobbs suggested his viewers should admire the climate decision by “pretty close to perfect” Trump because it upset the climate-agreement supporters:

#LDTPoll Does your week seem all the better because the Dimms, Globalists & the Enviro-left are having a lousy week?

— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) June 1, 2017

As Mediaite noted, Dobbs has frequently employed this tactic because some Trump supporters “seem to care less about the substance of the decision” because they are “too busy reveling in the idea that it disappoints his opponents.”

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Mike's Blog Round Up

crooksandliars - Sat, 06/03/2017 - 07:00

Echidne of the Snakes: The gifts of the Trump administration to the ladies.

Empywheel: Impressions on Ibram X. Kendi’s Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.

Shakesville: My (imaginary) dinner with Mike Pence.

Earth-Bound Misfit: Trump versus Muslims – diplomatic amateur hour continues.

This installment by Batocchio. E-mail tips to mbru AT crooksandliars DOT com.

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Open Thread - New Kid On The Block?

crooksandliars - Fri, 06/02/2017 - 22:30

Open Thread below....

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C&L's Late Nite Music Club With Girlpool

crooksandliars - Fri, 06/02/2017 - 22:00

I was riding around town with my oldest son in his car the other day and he put the new Girlpool CD in the player. I had heard of them but hadn't heard them yet.

"This is kinda cool" I told him. "It's like some pollination of laid back 1970's California Rock and the Cocteau Twins."

My son, being a guitar player, also mentioned that they had a thing for Rickenbacker 360's. Being a 360 owner myself (a 1984 with the Jet Glo finish if you need to know) I think he may have been making a subtle hint that I could lend him that guitar for a spell. He often does that. It still hasn't worked on me.

What are you listening to tonight?

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Arnold Schwarzeneger Has A Message For Trump On Climate

crooksandliars - Fri, 06/02/2017 - 21:00

Arnold Schwarzenegger has another message for Donald Trump, post the so-called president's idiocy on the Paris Climate Accord. Newsweek:

In his latest video message against Trump, Schwarzenegger reminded Trump about the catastrophic health consequences that ignoring pollution will have and also dismissed the idea that protecting the environment hurts the economy, pointing to the state of California as an example to the contrary.

Finally, Schwarzenegger warned the president that people, local and state governments will rise up and “fill the void you are creating” through grassroot movements. “We need to do it ourselves,” he said “Share if you think it’s time to start a grassroots revolution to save our planet.”

More from the video:

One man cannot destroy our progress. One man can’t stop our clean energy revolution. And one man can’t go back in time.

Only I can do that.

...As a public servant, and especially as a president, the first and most important responsibility is to protect the people. ...Some of us know what a clean energy future looks like, and it isn’t scary. We know that the dirty energy future with asthma, emphysema and cancer is scary.

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Where Trump's Climate 'Facts' Came From

crooksandliars - Fri, 06/02/2017 - 18:00

Here's an excerpt from President Trump's speech on the Paris climate accords:

Compliance with the terms of the Paris accord and the onerous energy restrictions it has placed on the United States could cost America as much as 2.7 million lost jobs by 2025, according to the National Economic Research Associates.

This includes 440,000 fewer manufacturing jobs -- not what we need. Believe me, this is not what we need -- including automobile jobs and the further decimation of vital American industries on which countless communities rely -- they rely for so much, and we would be giving them so little.

According to the same study, by 2040, compliance with the commitments put into place by the previous administration would cut production for the following sectors: paper, down 12 percent; cement, down 23 percent; iron and steel, down 38 percent; coal, and I happen to love the coal miners, down 86 percent; natural gas, down 31 percent.

The cost to the economy at this time would be close to $3 trillion in lost GDP and 6.5 million industrial jobs, while households would have 7,000 less income, and in many cases, much worse than that.

All these figures co me from the National Economic Research Associates? What is this group?

Amber Phillips of The Washington Post writes this in her annotation of the speech:

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Mike Pence Puzzled Why Climate So Important To 'The Left'

crooksandliars - Fri, 06/02/2017 - 17:00

Future generations (and even the present one) will gape at the profound ignorance. Is Pence trying to prove that "In the land of the stupid, the half-smart man is king"? Sorry, Mike, that's Bannon's job. (h/t Kathy)

Pence during 2000 campaign for US House seat: no causal link medically identifying smoking as causing lung cancer

— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) June 2, 2017

Memo to Pence: the CEOs of GE, Goldman Sachs, and Uber are not generally viewed as "the left."

— Warren Leight (@warrenleightTV) June 2, 2017

Looks like Pence believes everyone in the world is on the left except the GOP.

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Russian Banker Runs Away From Questions About Kushner

crooksandliars - Fri, 06/02/2017 - 15:00

Sergey Gorkov, a Russian banker tied to Putin, refused to answer questions about a December meeting with Jared Kushner and made a bee-line for the x-ray machine when an NBC reporter pressured him to comment.

NBC's Keir Simmons shook hands with Gorka at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum and asked, "You're a subject of intense scrutiny because of your meeting with Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner"

Gorka replied, "I will not have any comments about that."

Simmons said, "There is confusion about what exactly happened..."

"Sorry," as Gorka pushed his way past.

Simmons pushed on, "Were you talking about business or were you talking about politics?

"No comment, please."

"Have you been contacted by the FBI? Would you be prepared to talk to them? Mr. Gorkov?"

Simmons chased after him, "It's just a question of understanding what happened in the meeting."

He pushed on, "Was it a political meeting or was it an economic meeting?"

Simmons continued his questions....

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CNN Reporter Scolds EPA Chief: 'You're Putting Your Head In The Sand!

crooksandliars - Fri, 06/02/2017 - 13:28

CNN's Jim Acosta confronted EPA's Scott Pruitt on his climate change wishy-washy denying during today's press briefing and finally called him out, "I think you're putting your head in the sand on this?"

Pruitt was sent out today to support Trump's decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris accords.

Pruitt, a noted climate denier was badgered with questions on if he believes in global warming and if Trump does as a well, but he constantly deflected those away.

He admitted global warming is occurring at some level and made the argument that there are too many "climate exaggerates" out there trying to control what happens.

"Human activity contributes to it in some manner," Pruitt said.

"Measuring with precision, from my perspective, the degree of human contribution is very challenging, but it still begs the question, what do we do about it?"

He continued, "People have called me a climate skeptic or a climate denier. I don't know what it means to deny the climate. I would say they're climate exaggerators."

Pruitt then used a Bret Stephens article in the NY Times, which Slate says, "It doesn’t outright reject the facts—which makes it all the more insidious," to defend his positions on climate change.

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Geraldo To Fox And Friends: 'You Want Your Kid To Live In A Gas Mask?'

crooksandliars - Fri, 06/02/2017 - 12:16

Geraldo Rivera, argued with the three climate change denier co-hosts of Fox and Friends, asking them if they want their kids "to live in a gas mask" or "swim when I go to the deli."

As you'd expect, Fox and Friends was all in on Trump's decision to ditch the Paris agreement. because, "Amerika First, Beatches!

Geraldo, who actually loves Mike Pence and Donald Trump, didn't understand what America and the so-called president gain from yesterday's action, especially since almost the entire world has signed on and "dirty coal" is not what it once was.

When Geraldo asked what this deal is for, co-host Pete Hegseth said, "American sovereignty."

Geraldo, "At what cost, Pete?'

Pete, "Our country!"

Geraldo, "You want your kid to live in a gas mask?"

Pete replied, "I don't want an international bureaucrat in Brussels telling me what regulations I have in Pennsylvania."

Geraldo replied, "I don't want to have to swim when I go to the deli. I want the world to be as, at least as clean as it is now for my children..."

An agreement to curb life-threatening emissions for the entire planet somehow destroys U.S. sovereignty. Have you felt less sovereign lately?

This agreement was negotiated so it's not Brussels telling America how to live, Pete. The agreement is non-binding and furthermore, the US gets to set its own standards for emissions.


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Real NYC Billionaire Flips Climate Leadership In One Day

crooksandliars - Fri, 06/02/2017 - 12:00

One afternoon.

Michael Bloomberg organized "more than 100 businesses, nearly three dozen mayors, more than 80 university presidents and three Democratic governors." In one afternoon. It's called "The Art of the Deal" Donald and they dealt you OUT.

That liberal hippie envrio-Left rag The Wall Street Journal reports:

A group of U.S. governors, mayors, business leaders and academic institutions plan to submit an independent pledge to the United Nations promising to help meet the U.S.’s emissions reduction targets under the Paris climate accord, in a response to President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the country out of the 195-nation agreement.

The group is being organized and largely funded by former New York City mayor and billionaire philanthropist Michael Bloomberg, who also serves as a U.N. envoy on climate issues, according to a person familiar with the effort.

The group is negotiating with the U.N. to have its own National Determined Contribution or “NDC”—the individually agreed-upon emissions reduction for each participating nation under the 2015 Paris accord—accepted alongside those of the other countries, the person said.

And unlike Donald Trump, Bloomberg didn't write a check his charitable foundation won't cash. Bloomberg's Foundation is making up for the US government contribution to the Paris agreement to the tune of $15 Million.

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Dan Rather On The Most 'Psychologically Troubled President' Since Nixon

crooksandliars - Fri, 06/02/2017 - 11:00

"History is going to punish Donald Trump for this decision," Dan Rather told Lawrence O'Donnell last night about Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.

Rather, who has observed presidents for decades now, didn't mince words. He said Trump is "enraged, scared, the Russian narrative is closing in on him," and said his decision wasn't grounded in anything other than his need to cultivate his base.

He called it "a very ominous moment."

"Depending how far President Trump can go and how effective he may be the rest of the way, this can make the United States second tier in terms of world leadership, at least on this subject," he said.

He said the only winners in this decision are Russia, Saudi Arabia, China -- and Steve Bannon.

"But I do think, Lawrence, it's something else at work here with President Trump. And William Marshall wrote some of this on the internet today. And that is from the outside looking in, it seems clear that he is mad.

"He has some rage. He is scared. What did he do with Russia narrative is closing in on him? Still, the investigation is about his tax returns are closing in on him. He just came back from this European trip, and he was angry with the leader of Germany, Ms. Merkel, and the new leader of France.

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Mike's Blog Round Up

crooksandliars - Fri, 06/02/2017 - 10:44

First Draft: Profanity is equal to… state-sanctioned violence against minorities?

The Debate Link: Some of us do take free speech seriously.

Slacktivist: Mollifying white evangelical parents over educating students.

PressThink: Getting granular with the claim that Trump is some media wizard.

This installment by Batocchio. E-mail tips to mbru AT crooksandliars DOT com.

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David Brooks Writes Fiction And Calls It His NY Times Column

crooksandliars - Fri, 06/02/2017 - 10:31

In yet another hilarious addition to the swiftly burgeoning genre of "Trump is not a Republican" fiction, Mr. David Brooks of The New York Times goes so far as to separate "Trump" (who is bad) from "People" (who are good).

No, I am not kidding.

So as an exercise for the class, let us examine the how easily the fictions Mr. David Brooks spun in The New York Times today could have been transformed into facts if Mr. David Brooks weren't, y'know, congenitally dishonest (for the record, all contrasts are intended as political and ideological observations on the unbridgeable divide between the Left and the Right in the United States and not as commentary on human nature generally or the 7.5B people with whom we share this planet.)

Here is the fiction Mr. David Brooks wrote today:

Donald Trump Poisons the World

Here is the fact:

The Republican Party Poisons the World


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