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Best moment of the Sunday Shows---It Happens SO Rarely

by digby

It happens so rarely ...

Liberal radio host Stephanie Miller on Sunday explained to former Republican U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina that her study of medieval history would “come in handy” after the Supreme Court ruled that corporations like Hobby Lobby could deny birth control coverage to women for religious reasons.

“A lot women including me are sick of the ‘war on women’, and we saw it in spades on Monday after the Hobby Lobby case,” Fiorina told a CNN panel. “Somehow this is the long arm of business and the Republican Party reaching into the body of women. It’s ridiculous.”

“The war on women is shameless, baseless propaganda, there’s no fact to it, and it’s worked because it’s scared women to death,” she insisted. “Enough. Enough.”

“I respect you very much as a woman for your accomplishments,” Miller snarked in response. “I even read that you studied medieval history, which I think will come in handy with trying to defend the Republican war on women.”

Miller noted that every woman she knew was “furious about he Hobby Lobby decision.”

“This is not just a war against women, this is a war against science, Carly,” the radio host explained.

“Oh, for heaven sakes,” Fiorina gasped.


Gallup: POTUS Job Approval Leaps 5 Points in 6 Days

Gallup: POTUS Job Approval Leaps 5 Points in 6 Days
by ericlewis0
From Gallup:

Gallup Daily: Obama Job Approval
Each result is based on a three-day rolling average
07/2-5/2014 45% 51%
07/1-3/2014 43% 52%
06/30-07/2/2014 41%. 53%
06/29-07/1/2014 40% 54%


Gitmo detainees' lawyers invoke Hobby Lobby decision in court filing

Source: Al Jazeera

Gitmo detainees' lawyers invoke Hobby Lobby decision in court filing

The detainees' lawyers said courts have previously concluded that Guantanamo detainees do not have "religious free exercise rights" because they are not “persons within the scope of the RFRA.”

But the detainees’ lawyers say the Hobby Lobby decision changes that.

"Hobby Lobby makes clear that all persons – human and corporate, citizen and foreigner, resident and alien – enjoy the special religious free exercise protections of the RFRA," the lawyers argued in court papers.

Read more: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/7/5/hobby-lobby-guantanamo.html

Dear Hobby Lobby: "It's Not Nice To Mess With Women-You've Made A Big HUGE Mistake"


Congress can't establish a religion. But these guys will certainly try.


This is what "patriotism" looks like in wingnutland:

A Fourth of July parade float that depicted a figure standing outside an outhouse labeled the “Obama Presidential Library” has created a stir on social media and is also receiving criticism in Norfolk, Nebraska.

The float, in Norfolk’s annual Independence Day parade, was on a flatbed trailer being pulled by a blue pickup truck. The figure was dressed in overalls and standing next to a walker outside of the outhouse. The hands and head of the figure were greenish and appeared to be zombielike; the hands were pressed against the sides of the figure’s head. Miniature American flags were atop the float and on the truck.

Neither the float nor the pickup identified a sponsor; a sign in the windshield said it was entry No. 29.

Liz Guthrie of Pierce, Nebraska, took a photo of the float that has been widely circulated on social media and shared about 1,000 times on Facebook.
From where she watched the parade, Guthrie said she could hear the crowd laughing and clapping as the float passed by.


David Gregory Reminds Rep. Labrador It's Bush-Era Law Preventing Deportations Of Central Americans

David Gregory Reminds Rep. Labrador It's Bush-Era Law Preventing Deportations Of Central Americans
By Heather July 6, 2014 8:40 am -

When Rep. Raul Labrador attempted to lay all of the blame on the current crisis with minors flooding in from Central America, he was reminded that it was a Bush-era law that is allowing them to stay here.

The thing that the administration needs to do is immediately deport these families, these children. I know it sounds harsh. I know it sounds difficult, but they're creating a crisis at this time that is actually going to harm these children. […]

GREGORY: But for those who are hearing you and saying but you do sound harsh, that as a practical matter deporting these individuals, many of them children to get back to Central America may not be realistic, nor is it in keeping with what it means to be America and for a lot of American families who think if they're fleeing something so awful, we've got to find a way to deal with this in a morehumanitarian way, just as we have 11 million or so immigrants who are here now who have to be dealt with in a way other than just deporting them.

LABRADOR: You know, Americans are great people. I think they're willing to deal with the 11 million people if we feel that there's going to be border security. But right now the frustration you see at Murrieta and other, the frustration you see all throughout the United States is that they feel this administration is doing nothing about border security. […]

GREGORY: First of all, the frustration is not just with the administration, right? It is Congress, it is House Republicans who blocked immigration reform, that came over from the Senate, that you opposed.

But it is also the issue of the law that is the law of the land, that was passed under the previous president, that makes it illegal to treat those illegal migrants coming from Central America as opposed to Mexico.

They have to be brought in and detained and put through these proceedings. That is the law that Congress passed.

LABRADOR: That's a good point. In 2008 that law was passed, and I think we need to change that law. We shouldn't be treating the children from Central America any different than we treat the children from Mexico and Canada. And I think that is something that I will join the administration in doing. I don't think we should be doing that.


If you think that Snowden ought to have gone through channels, consider this.

Today, Greg Miller of the Washington Post tells us the story of Jeffrey Scudder, who worked in the CIA’s Historical Collections Division. This is a division explicitly set up to look for old documents that can be safely released to the public. Scudder discovered thousands of documents he thought should be released, and he worked diligently through channels to make this happen. When that ran into repeated roadblocks, he eventually decided to try to force the CIA's hand—legally, openly—by filing requests under the Freedom of Information Act:

Scudder’s FOIA submissions fell into two categories: one seeking new digital copies of articles already designated for release and another aimed at articles yet to be cleared. He made spreadsheets that listed the titles of all 1,987 articles he wanted, he said, then had them scanned for classified content and got permission to take them home so he could assemble his FOIA request on personal time.

....Six months after submitting his request, Scudder was summoned to a meeting with Counterintelligence Center investigators and asked to surrender his personal computer. He was placed on administrative leave, instructed not to travel overseas and questioned by the FBI.

....On Nov. 27, 2012, a stream of black cars pulled up in front of Scudder’s home in Ashburn, Va., at 6 a.m. FBI agents seized every computer in the house, including a laptop his daughter had brought home from college for Thanksgiving. They took cellphones, storage devices, DVDs, a Nintendo Game Boy and a journal kept by his wife, a physical therapist in the Loudoun County Schools.

The search lasted nearly four hours, Scudder said. FBI agents followed his wife and daughters into their bedrooms as they got dressed, asking probing questions. “It was classic elicitation,” Scudder said. “How has Jeff been? Have you noticed any unexplained income? Cash? Mood changes?”

....Last summer, the board recommended that Scudder be fired. Around the same time, he was shown a spreadsheet outlining his possible pension packages with two figures — one large and one small — underlined. He agreed to retire.


The NSA Said Edward Snowden Had No Access to Surveillance Intercepts. They Lied.

How Bad Is It For The Republicans You Ask?

pretty bad:


In 10 years there have been 7 wiretap requests turned down, out of over 20,000+ requests.

link to a PDF for stats from USCourts.gov

In 10 years there have been 7 wiretap requests turned down, out of over 20,000+ requests.
Average costs of intercepts for which costs reported: $41,119 in 2013. If I’m reading the table correctly.

HERE: http://www.uscourts.gov/uscourts/Statistics/WiretapReports/2013/Table7.pdf
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