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Nikki Haley sure knows how to pick 'em

Meet Sen. Tim Scott: The Tea Party Lawmaker Who Wanted To Impeach President Obama And Kick Kids Off Food Stamps

Tim Scott is America’s newest senator today after getting tapped by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) to fill the vacancy left by former Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC). DeMint announced this month that he was leaving the Senate to head up the Heritage Foundation, an arch-conservative think tank in Washington DC.

Though DeMint left big, controversial shoes to fill for Republicans, few conservatives will be disappointed with Scott’s record. Elected to Congress just two years ago in the Tea Party wave, Scott has already garnered headlines for his plan to impeach President Obama, his legislation to cut off union members’ children from food stamps, and his defense of Big Oil.
Here’s a quick look at Scott’s record:

Floated impeaching Obama over the debt ceiling. As the debt ceiling debate raged in the summer of 2011 because of the intransigence of Tea Party freshmen like Scott, the nation inched perilously close to defaulting on its obligations. One option discussed by some officials to avoid that scenario was for the president to assert that the debt ceiling itself was an unconstitutional infringement on the 14th Amendment. However, Tim Scott told a South Carolina Tea Party group that if Obama were to go this route, it would be an “impeachable act.”

Proposed a bill to cut off food stamps for entire families if one member went on strike. One of the most anti-union members of Congress, Scott proposed a bill two months after entering Congress in 2011 to kick families off food stamps if one adult were participating in a strike. Scott’s legislation made no exception for children or other dependents.

Wanted to spend an unlimited amount of money to display Ten Commandments outside county building. When Scott was on the Charleston County Council, one of his primary issues was displaying the Ten Commandments outside the Council building. According to the Augusta Chronicle, Scott said the display “would remind council members and speakers the moral absolutes they should follow.” When he was sued for violating the Constitution and a Circuit Judge’s orders, Scott was nonplussed: “Whatever it costs in the pursuit of this goal (of displaying the Commandments) is worth it.”

Defended fairness of giving billions in subsidies to Big Oil. Scott and his Republican allies in Congress voted repeatedly last year to protect more than $50 billion in taxpayer subsidies for Big Oil corporations. When ThinkProgress asked Scott whether it was fair to do that, especially at a time when oil companies are earning tens of billions in profit every quarter, the Tea Party freshman defended the industry: “fair is a relative word,” said Scott.

Helped slash South Carolina’s HIV/AIDS budget. As a state representative, Scott backed a proposal to cut the state’s entire HIV/AIDS budget, despite the fact that South Carolina ranks in the top-third of reported AIDS cases. The cuts were ultimately included in the state’s budget, impacting more than 2,000 HIV-positive South Carolinians who needed help paying for their medication.


It's more dangerous to be a pre-schooler in America than it is to be a cop on duty

ALMOST TWICE AS MANY PRESCHOOLERS ARE KILLED BY GUNS AS ARE COPS | According to the Children’s Defense Fund, nearly twice as many preschoolers were killed by guns in 2008-2009 as there were law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty:


Stevie Wonder - Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing (Live)

Earth Wind & Fire - Reasons

The Brothers Johnson - I'll Be Good To You

Eddie Kendricks - Girl You Need A Change Of Mind

Because Humanity Needs The Assistance, It's Time For Another Edition Of ASK MRSCORPIO

Your worrisome problems, solved. Your most bothersome questions, answered. Your deepest fears, sliced by my sharp wit and keen wisdom, like a parry from Frodo's Sting.

Avail yourself freely, my friends. I am here to help.

Metaphysical Secret Santa Time

Christmas being ten days away, I thought we'd exchange virtual presents with each other.

The rules are simple; Pick another DUer and on Christmas day, present him or her with a virtual present. No cost limits, since the gifts ARE virtual only. You can even gift El Capitan to a mountain climbing buddy, if you'd like.

We'll meet back here on Christmas morning and post the gifts to each other.

All I ask is that you make the gift giving polite and think about what you'd rather get. So, no gag gifts, if you please.

See you back here in ten.

There are no guns in the Lounge, check them at the door

The same goes for your troubles

Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66 - Ye-Me-Le

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