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    Democratic no bash part 2

    Started by cats meow at 2009/01/29 02:32PM
    Latest post: 2013/08/19 05:32PM, Views: 563977, Replies: 6846
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    #6771   2013/01/09 08:08PM
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    Quote OspreyGirl: On his show Monday night, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart lashed out at Republicans who opposed funding for Hurricane Sandy relief.

    House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) brought rebuke from within his own party after failing to hold a vote on Sandy relief before the 112th Congress ended. Though the House of Representatives later passed the non-controversial legislation, 67 Republicans voted against it, including Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI).

    “This is just a simple down the middle, black and white, cut and dry, warm cup of what would Jesus or any other human being that is not an a@@hole do, and you blew it,” Stewart remarked.

    Ryan said he opposed the disaster relief funds because the legislation contained “pork-barrel spending.”

    “It’s one f@cking page,” Stewart said, aghast. “It’s two paragraphs that add 9.7 billion to the national flood insurance program and nothing else. There is as much pork in here as in the mini-fridge in the break-room at PETA. There is no pork in this thing!”


    Here's the video:


    www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-january-7-2013/c--k-block-you-on-the-hurricane



    WOW! Give them hell, Jon....LOVE IT!


    A$$holes pure and simple.

    #6772   2013/01/10 08:16PM
    Re: Democratic no bash part 2
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    Quote simplyirresistible:
    Quote OspreyGirl: On his show Monday night, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart lashed out at Republicans who opposed funding for Hurricane Sandy relief.

    House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) brought rebuke from within his own party after failing to hold a vote on Sandy relief before the 112th Congress ended. Though the House of Representatives later passed the non-controversial legislation, 67 Republicans voted against it, including Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI).

    “This is just a simple down the middle, black and white, cut and dry, warm cup of what would Jesus or any other human being that is not an a@@hole do, and you blew it,” Stewart remarked.

    Ryan said he opposed the disaster relief funds because the legislation contained “pork-barrel spending.”

    “It’s one f@cking page,” Stewart said, aghast. “It’s two paragraphs that add 9.7 billion to the national flood insurance program and nothing else. There is as much pork in here as in the mini-fridge in the break-room at PETA. There is no pork in this thing!”


    Here's the video:


    www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-january-7-2013/c--k-block-you-on-the-hurricane



    WOW! Give them hell, Jon....LOVE IT!


    A$$holes pure and simple.



    Just a tin foil hat mafia, aren't they?

    #6773   2013/01/10 08:22PM
    Re: Democratic no bash part 2
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    This story is just disgusting. There ought to be criminal charges against this contractor for doing this, instead of them trying to dump their liabilities onto the taxpayers: KBR, Guilty In Iraq Negligence, Wants Taxpayers To Foot The Bill:

    "Sodium dichromate is an orange-yellowish substance containing hexavalent chromium, an anti-corrosion chemical. To Lt. Col. James Gentry of the Indiana National Guard, who was stationed at the Qarmat Ali water treatment center in Iraq just after the 2003 U.S. invasion, it was “just different-colored sand.” In their first few months at the base, soldiers were told by KBR contractors running the facility the substance was no worse than a mild irritant.

    Gentry was one of approximately 830 service members, including active-duty soldiers and members of the National Guard and reserve units from Indiana, South Carolina, West Virginia and Oregon, assigned to secure the water treatment plant, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

    Sodium dichromate is not a mild irritant. It is an extreme carcinogen. In November 2009, at age 52, Gentry died of cancer. The VA affirmed two months later that his death was service-related.

    In November, a jury found KBR, the military's largest contractor, guilty of negligence in the poisoning of a dozen soldiers, and ordered the company to pay $85 million in damages. Jurors found KBR knew both of the presence and toxicity of the chemical. Other lawsuits against KBR are pending.

    KBR, however, says taxpayers should be on the hook for the verdict, as well as more than $15 million the company has spent in its failed legal defense, according to court documents and attorneys involved with the case.

    KBR's contract with the U.S. to rebuild Iraq’s oil infrastructure after the 2003 invasion includes an indemnity agreement protecting the company from legal liability, KBR claims in court filings. That agreement, KBR insists, means the federal government must pay the company's legal expenses plus the verdict won by 12 members of the Oregon National Guard who were exposed to the toxin at the Qarmat Ali water treatment plant.

    The military disagrees. A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contracting officer told KBR in November 2011 that litigation costs "are not covered by the indemnity agreement."

    The public doesn’t know what the indemnity agreement actually says because the military considers it classified. Until recently, the veterans exposed to the toxin couldn’t know either, nor could attorneys at the Department of Justice, who were left battling the contract in the dark, according to a source there.

    Michael Doyle, a Houston-based lawyer who helped the successful suit against KBR, told The Huffington Post the military declassified the indemnification agreement on Dec. 21 and gave it to him under a protective order that banned him from sharing the language to parties not involved in the case. John A. Elolf, a spokesman for KBR, confirmed the declassification of the agreement and said the contractor also was prevented from providing a copy. HuffPost has requested the document under the Freedom of Information Act from the Corps of Engineers. "

    #6774   2013/01/11 05:15AM
    Re: Democratic no bash part 2
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    The CEO of a Tennessee company that specializes weapons and tactical training is threatening to “start killing people” if President Barack Obama moves forward with gun control measures.

    In a video posted to YouTube and Facebook on Wednesday, Tactical Response CEO James Yeager went ballistic over reports that the President could take executive action with minor gun control measures after the mass shooting of 20 school children in Connecticut last month.

    After the Drudge Report likened Obama to Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin on Wednesday, pro-gun conservatives expressed outrage over the idea that the White House could act without Congress.

    “Vice President [Joe] Biden is asking the President to bypass Congress and use executive privilege, executive order to ban assault rifles and to impose stricter gun control,” Yeager explained in his video message. “F@ck that.”

    “I’m telling you that if that happens, it’s going to spark a civil war, and I’ll be glad to fire the first shot. I’m not putting up with it. You shouldn’t put up with it. And I need all you patriots to start thinking about what you’re going to do, load your damn mags, make sure your rifle’s clean, pack a backpack with some food in it and get ready to fight.”

    The CEO concluded: “I’m not f@cking putting up with this. I’m not letting my country be ruled by a dictator. I’m not letting anybody take my guns! If it goes one inch further, I’m going to start killing people.”

    As The Atlantic noted on Wednesday, gun advocates can stop “freaking out” because Obama cannot ban assault weapons or close the gun show loophole without Congress.

    The President, however, can take small steps like modernizing the background check system and limiting importation of assault rifles.

    By Thursday morning, the video promising violence in response to gun control measures had been removed from Yeager’s YouTube page, but the link had not been removed from Facebook.

    Calls to Yeager and Tactical Response were not returned by the time of publication.

    Watch these videos, uploaded to YouTube on Jan. 9, 2013:


    www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/01/10/unhinged-tactical-response-ceo-threatens-to-start... />

    Hello Homeland Security...use the terms of the Patriot Act and get this nut off the streets!

    #6775   2013/01/11 10:36AM
    Re: Democratic no bash part 2
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    :-)



    Jon Stewart On Al Gore Selling Current To Al Jazeera: First Fox News 'Boner Alert' Of 2013 (VIDEO)

    If you work at Fox News, any headline that has both "Al Gore" and "Al Jazeera" in it has to be a good one. So when the former Vice President decided to sell his struggling news network, Current TV, to Al Jazeera, it had to have been like Christmas all over again in the Fox & Friends studio.

    Jon Stewart picked apart the conservative network's reaction to the news, giving them credit where limited credit was due, but also turning the tables on their "un-American" conspiracy theories and revealing Rupert Murdoch's ties to another problematic Middle East news outlet. Watch the clip above.

    www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/11/jon-stewart-al-gore-al-jazeera-fox-boner-alert...

    #6776   2013/01/12 05:01AM
    Re: Democratic no bash part 2
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    [quote]Quote simplyirresistible:



    Jon Stewart On Al Gore Selling Current To Al Jazeera: First Fox News 'Boner Alert' Of 2013 (VIDEO)

    If you work at Fox News, any headline that has both "Al Gore" and "Al Jazeera" in it has to be a good one. So when the former Vice President decided to sell his struggling news network, Current TV, to Al Jazeera, it had to have been like Christmas all over again in the Fox & Friends studio.

    Jon Stewart picked apart the conservative network's reaction to the news, giving them credit where limited credit was due, but also turning the tables on their "un-American" conspiracy theories and revealing Rupert Murdoch's ties to another problematic Middle East news outlet. Watch the clip above.

    www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/11/jon-stewart-al-gore-al-jazeera-fox-boner-alert... />

    ROTFLMAO....

    #6777   2013/01/12 09:32PM
    Re: Democratic no bash part 2
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    White House answers petitions demanding secession from union: ‘No’




    The United States are set to remain united for the foreseeable future, after the White House issued a polite “no” in answer to calls for secession from parts of the South.

    Petitions had been submitted to the We the People website, which is run by the White House, from discontented individuals in eight states – South Carolina, Alabama, North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Texas and Louisiana. Each called for their state to be allowed to withdraw from the union. Each petition having attracted more than 25,000 names, the White House was obliged to respond.

    The task of responding to the petitions for secession – which has not been tried since the end of the American Civil War in 1865 seemed to have settled the question – fell to Jon Carson, director of the office of public engagement. In thanking the petitioners, Carson noted in a statement posted on Friday that democracy can be “noisy and controversial”.

    “Free and open debate is what makes this country work, and many people around the world risk their lives every day for the liberties we often take for granted,” he said. “But as much as we value a healthy debate, we don’t let that debate tear us apart.”

    Carson went on to explain that the founding fathers established the constitution of the United States “in order to form a more perfect union”. They enshrined in law the right to change the national government through the ballot, Carson said, “but they did not provide a right to walk away from it.”

    Since being launched, the We the People has seen the White House obliged respond to a number of petitions, from a call to deport the CNN host Piers Morgan, thanks to his views on gun control, to demands that the US should build a Star Wars-esque Death Star, for the purposes of the nation’s defense.


    ROTFLMAO....




    Why didn't Jon Carson just tell the idiots the truth. Secession means you lose ALL federal funds, you would have no more National Guard, Police, Teachers, repairs to highways, Medicare, Medicaid, Libraries, Airports, etc unless the citizens of the states that left our union ponied up the money for it ALL.


    That's what those idiots need to be hit with. Go ahead and secede, then get a Passport because you wouldn't be part of the United States anymore, so movement between you and the states that didn't have stupid oozing in their borders would not be open and free any longer. Oh yeah, you wouldn't have a Constitution anymore or the SCOTUS to turn to.

    Knock off the flowery bullsh!t, just tell them what they obviously don't understand, which appears to be one hell of a lot!

    #6778   2013/01/13 05:17PM
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    WOW...so shocked, but as it seems, even Colin Powell agrees that the right wing nuttery foaming at the mouth racist ways is present....hmmm, so much for those 'Liburulls' using a 'race card' all the time...


    Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who is a Republican, is lashing out at a “dark vein of intolerance” in his own party, which he says is being created by people like former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu who use racial code words and “slave terms” to attack President Barack Obama.

    During a Sunday interview, NBC’s David Gregory asked Powell why he continued to consider himself a Republican after supporting Obama and taking moderate policy positions.

    “I think the Republican Party right now is having an identity problem, and I am still a Republican,” Powell explained. “In recent years, there has been a significant shift to the right and we have seen what that shift has produced: two losing presidential campaigns.”

    “When we see that in one more generation that the minorities of America — African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Asian Americans — will be the majority of the country, you can’t go around saying, ‘We don’t want to have a solid immigration policy, we’re going to dismiss the 47 percent, we are going to make it hard for the minorities to vote,’ as they did in the last election.”


    “There is also a dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the party,” he continued. “They still sort of look down on minorities. How can I evidence that? When I see [Palin] saying that the president is ‘shucking and jiving,’ that’s a racial-era slave term. When I see [Sununu] after the president’s first debate, where he didn’t do very well, says that the president was ‘lazy’ — he didn’t say he was slow, he was tired, he didn’t do well — he said he was lazy. Now, it may not mean anything to most Americans, but to those of use who are African Americans, the second word is ‘shiftless’ and there’s a third word that goes along with it.”

    Powell went on to slam Republicans for “the whole birther movement.”

    “Why do senior Republican leaders tolerate this kind of discussion within the party?” he wondered. “I think the party has to take a look at itself. It has to take a look at it’s responsibilities for health care, it has to take a look at immigration, it has to take a look at those less fortunate than us.”

    #6779   2013/01/14 11:56AM
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    Fuming over a fiscal cliff deal devoid of big spending cuts, the Republican Party is cranking up the crazy talk by pledging anew to hold America hostage in the brewing fight over raising the nation's debt ceiling.

    Politico quotes GOP leaders in Congress as saying that "more than half" of Republicans in Congress are willing to let America default "unless Obama agrees to dramatic cuts he has repeatedly said he opposes." Still more Republicans are itching to shut down the federal government, a la Clinton and Gingrich in 1995-96, unless the president bows to their demands: Deep spending cuts to domestic programs, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, but none to military spending.

    What's most jarring about the GOP's willingness to default or grind the government to a halt is how brazenly political the party's reasons are for doing it, per Politico:

    "House Speaker John Boehner "may need a shutdown just to get it out of [House Republicans'] system," said a top GOP leadership adviser. "We might need to do that for member-management purposes—so they have an endgame and can show their constituents they’re fighting."

    A default—or even a down-to-the-wire debt ceiling drama (see: 2011) that ends with a deal—has real economic consequences for working Americans. It could jack up interest rates on student loans, car loans, home loans, and credit card debt. It would increase borrowing costs for the government itself. And Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has said that a default could torpedo the US economy's slow yet steady recovery.

    But in the minds of Congressional Republicans, those facts don't appear to outweigh the need to rebuke Obama. Nor does House Speaker John Boehner's desire to avoid a government default, according to Politico:

    "Boehner assumes he can ultimately talk members out of default, but he is so wounded and weakened from last month’s tax-hike battle that the speaker might very well be wrong. Obama assumes Republicans would never be so foolish as to put the economy at risk to win a spending fight. Conservatives say he’s definitely wrong on that score. They say he’s the foolish and reckless one for piling up $6 trillion in debt on his watch.

    The coming spending fights make the Christmastime tax increase battle seem like child’s play. While everyone knew the tax drama would end with the rich paying more taxes, no one can telegraph how the coming spending fights will unfold. And the economic stakes are more dire.

    "For too long, the pitch was, we'll deal with it next time," said Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah). He said GOP lawmakers are prepared to shut things down or even default if Obama doesn’t bend on spending. "No one wants to default, but we are not going to continue to give the president a limitless credit card."

    The administration, meanwhile, says it will not negotiate over raising the debt ceiling, and will not use gimmicks like a trillion-dollar coin to raise the debt ceiling and keep the government operating. So on one side Republicans stand ready to do real damage to the country to make a point and keep the voters back home happy; on the other side is the Obama White House, refusing to even negotiate a deal in exchange for raising the debt ceiling. Buckle up, folks: It's going to be a turbulent month or two here in Washington.


    Absolutely despicable!

    #6780   2013/01/14 09:03PM
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    Hundreds of women have been arrested, convicted, jailed, detained in mental institutions or forced to endure medical procedures as a result of the “criminalization of pregnancy” over the last four decades, a new report has found.

    In the first study of its kind, to be published on Tuesday, researchers from the National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) identified 413 criminal and civil cases across 44 states involving the arrests, detentions and equivalent deprivations of pregnant women’s liberty between 1973 and 2005. NAWP said that it is aware of a further 250 cases since 2005. Both figures are likely to be underestimates, it said.

    The report, which will appear in the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, found that women were denied a wide range of basic human rights, including the right to life, liberty, equal protection and due process of law “based solely on their pregnancy status”.

    It found a wide range of cases in which pregnant women were arrested and detained not only if they ended a pregnancy or expressed an intention to end a pregnancy, but also after suffering unintentional pregnancy loss.

    The cases of detention and forced medical intervention varied widely and included one in which a judge in Ohio kept a woman imprisoned to prevent her having an abortion.

    Another involved a woman in Oregon who refused a doctor’s recommendation for additional testing for gestational diabetes. She was held in a locked psychiatric ward. Another case involved a court in Washington DC, which ordered a critically ill woman to undergo caesarian section over her objections. Neither she nor the baby survived.

    Lynn Paltrow, executive director of NAPW and lead author of the study said: “Our analysis of the legal claims used to justify the arrests found they relied on post-Roe measures such a feticide laws and the same arguments made in support of so-called ‘personhood measures’ – namely that state actors would be empowered to treat fertilised eggs, embryos and fetuses as completely legally separate from the pregnant women.”

    She said: “It is not just the criminalisation of pregnant woman, that almost minimizes the scope of what we are talking about. They are using civil statues to keep women committed. Right we’re ordering the foetus to be committed and you have to come too.”

    The study found that police, prosecutors and judges relied directly and indirectly on feticide statues that create separate rights for the unborn, claiming to protecting pregnant women and the eggs, embryos and fetuses they carry from third-party violence, on state abortion laws that include language similar to personhood measures and to “misinterpretation of Roe v Wade as holding what personhood measures propose – that fetuses may be treated as separate legal persons”.

    Paltrow warned that if personhood measures pass, it would create a “Jane Crow system of law in which pregnant women have a second class status.”


    The study spanned a four decade period beginning in 1973, the year the US supreme court recognised a woman’s right to choose to have an abortion in the landmark Roe v Wade case. However, NAPW said the 413 cases represented a “substantial undercount” and that the denial of fundamental rights of pregnant women was ongoing.

    Earlier this month, Maria Guerra, of Memphis, Tenessee, was charged with child endangerment and driving under the influence after she was found to be four months pregnant, even though her blood alcohol level was under the legal limit. In Oklahoma, this month, Jamie Lynn Russell, 33, died in agony from a ruptured ectopic pregnancy in jail. Police, who were called to a hospital where Russell sought help for severe abdominal pain, charged her with drug possession after finding two prescription pills that did not belong to her.

    Last year, prosecutors in Indiana classified the failed suicide attempt of Chinese-born Bei Bei Shai, as the murder of her foetus. The case is ongoing.

    Jeanne Flavin, Fordham University professor of sociology and co-author of the report, said: “The public debate about personhood and other anti-abortion measures tends to focus narrowly on abortion. Our study makes clear that all pregnant woman are threatened by such measures.”

    The study, believed to be the most systematic account of its kind, relied mostly on public records such as police and court documents, although a small number of cases were taken newspaper accounts. The women were aged between 12 and 43, and two were minors.

    It found that low-income women and African American women were more likely to be deprived of their liberty. The largest percentage of cases of the 413 – 56% – came from the southern states, followed by 22% in the midwest.

    South Carolina had 93 cases, the highest number in any state, followed by Florida, which had 56 cases.

    The study concludes: “As personhood measures continue to be promoted in state legislatures and in Congress, and as we observe the 40th anniversary of Roe v Wade, this study broadens the conversation from just one abortion to one about health policy and the legal status of pregnant women.”

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