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Charles P. Pierce Says It Loud & Clear: YOU HAVE NO EXCUSE FOR NOT VOTING. NOT ANYMORE.

We get the government we deserve, and we are on track for one that is heedless of concern for women's health, and poised to eliminate unions.


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So there really isn't any excuse any more.

Quite simply, if the Republican party gains control of the United States Senate, and if it maintains that majority in 2016, neither Barack Obama, nor Hillary Clinton, if she were to succeed him in office, will be allowed to appoint a Supreme Court justice. It will not happen. There will be nobody whose views and judicial philosophy will be satisfactory to the majority Republicans unless whoever the president is happens to nominate Antonin (Short Time) Scalia's left nut. Yesterday, the bare 5-4 majority of Federalist Society Papists demonstrated that it is heedless of concern for women's health, and poised to eliminate the ability of public employees -- and, later, any employees -- from organizing themselves.

So there really isn’t any excuse any more.

I occasionally get chaffed by folks for giving out civics lessons but, seriously, we get the government we deserve. The Founders, and those brave people who came later, a group that certainly includes the three Mississippi martyrs and thousands more whose names we don’t know, made sacrifices that leave us no alibis. If you live in a state that has restricted the franchise, and that has erected hoops through which you have to jump, then learn how to jump through the hoops and break down those barriers by flooding the polls. If you don’t live in a state where it has been made more difficult to vote, then get off your sorry ass.



The Rest:
http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/No_Excuses

Retired Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson Rips Dick Cheney: He Isn't Immoral, He's Amoral

Wilkerson said that to many Americans, including those "interested in the progress of this country, the progress of international criminal justice, human rights, human dignity and so forth," Cheney is considered immoral. But Wilkerson has a different take.

"I think amoral is a better and more precise, descriptive term. With Dick Cheney, it's all about power. Yes, it's about wealth coming from that power, too -- he's worth $70 million or $80 million now, so one can hardly say that's not the case -- but I think the power aspect of it ... is more important to him than the amassing of wealth," Wilkerson said.

He added that an amoral person makes for "a more dangerous individual" than an immoral one.

"Immorality is something that can be ferreted out, checked and balanced. Amorality is an altogether different affair, especially when you're exploiting the politics of fear in order to carry out state purposes, which is what Dick Cheney's forte is," he said.


MORE:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/01/lawrence-wilkerson-dick-cheney_n_5548352.html?utm_hp_ref=politics


a·mor·al
adjective
lacking a moral sense; unconcerned with the rightness or wrongness of something.
"an amoral attitude to sex"
synonyms: unprincipled, without standards, without morals, without scruples, unscrupulous, Machiavellian, unethical More

Hobby Lobby only has 2 ‘religious’ issues…the control of women that they consider property & profits

Supreme Hypocrisy Court in America: I Will NOT ‘Tone It Down’ To Comfort Your Ignorance
by Kathryn Brusco

Yesterday, I was told to "tone it down" by a libertarian male after I posted the fury of my views on the Supreme Court of American Idiocy’s decision in favor of Hobby Lobby. Once again, because some people are effing stupid and willfully ignorant, women will be denied aspects of healthcare. Way to go, worst SCOTUS in history!

This individual went on to say that he disagreed with me and he was being “logical and reasonable”. I was PISSED! First, don't tell me what to do or how to feel. I am upset by a bullshit ruling and I can express it any way I please. Second, don't tell me to "tone it down" when a basic right of women's reproductive health is in jeopardy. It is condescending and misogynistic. How dare anyone say ‘tone it down’ to a woman expressing fury and emotion over a hypocritical, biased Supreme Court decision while stating that they are just being a ‘logical and reasonable man’. F#%k YOU!

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We as a nation should all know by now that the majority of the products sold by Hobby Lobby are made in China, an abortion friendly country. China actually encourages abortions. Hobby Lobby also invests in their 401(k) plans to the tune of $73 million in contraceptive companies. Their claim of religious exemption is pure bull$hit that the Bought and Paid Supreme Court of Hypocrisy thinks is just fine. It isn't okay in any sense of the word.

This is about men controlling women’s bodies and lives. The number of people who supported the SCOTUS5 decision who tried to engage me in conversation on Twitter last night was astounding. I can’t be bothered with such out-of-touch idiocy wrapped in a pseudo-religious agenda. Their profiles are usually all-telling…such patriots with their devotion to god and family. I posted a quote from a ‘godly’ preacher that summarizes the mentality, "No woman wants to be submissive to a man who isn't 100% submissive to God". I think that sums it up.

So to the one who told me to ‘tone it down’, I WILL NOT! To quote Jon Stewart, "I'm not going to censor myself to comfort your ignorance."

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http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/01/1311027/-Supreme-Hypocrisy-Court-in-America-I-Will-NOT-Tone-It-Down-To-Comfort-Your-Ignorance

Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with your freedom to choose what you do with your life?



http://www.gallup.com/poll/172019/americans-less-satisfied-freedom.aspx

bummer

We Have Done It Folks - The Democratic Underground ("The Leftest Army") Has Rush Limbaugh Worried

Don't Worry, Rush. The Reaction is Just a Fluke



BREAK TRANSCRIPT

RUSH: I started doing show prep. And it's classic but predictable, and it's also common. The decision is announced, the media misreports what happened, and the leftist army -- and I'm gonna tell you something about this. I don't know this for sure, but, you know, all these comments that you read, I don't care where, the Democrat Underground. Hell, these poor slobs even started infecting the SCOTUS blog. The SCOTUS blog is a blog that simply reports the news happening at the Supreme Court. It is not a partisan blog. It is not an opinion blog. It's simply a blog that reports the news.

Well, these little leftist commentators polluted that place thinking that it was a way to insult the justices. They thought it was their blog and it's not. But I actually think in all of this -- I don't care whether it's comments on an issue here or other things, I bet there's a handful of people that are making themselves look like there are tens and thousands and maybe hundred thousands of them. The idea that there is this much conformity and stupidity on the Democrat side, I know there's a lot of, but to think it's this widespread, it's a tough sell for me. I think these people are out there making themselves look far larger than they really are. And anyway, that's another matter.

The point is they were there. However many of them there were, they were just running crazy and making the most asinine, stupid comments about this. And they were joined by such great minds as Elizabeth Warren and Harry Reid, who were also, "Well, this is the end of life as we know it for women in America. Women have been taken back to the Stone Age, barefoot, pregnant, and being clubbed by Fred Flintstone in the kitchen." I mean, that pretty much sums up what every comment said.

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awfully nice of him to mention us, lol:
http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2014/07/01/obama_could_easily_solve_the_hobby_lobby_ruling_but_his_party_chooses_to_lie_and_fundraise_off_of_it_instead




RUSH: I bet there's a handful of people that are making themselves look like there are tens and thousands and maybe hundred thousands of them.

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Bill Ayers Blows Megyn Kelly's Pretty Little Mind

The conversation turned topical when Ayers praised war deserters, prompting Kelly to bring up a recent cause célèbre on her program.



"You think Bowe Bergdahl's a war hero, too," she said.

"I think Bowe Bergdahl, if he deserted, that was a heroic thing to do," Ayers said. "Nobody knows if he did or he didn't. But I did blog about that because I think throughout history we should build monuments to the unknown deserters, the people who look at the craziness they're asked to participate in and say, 'I'm not a part of this.'"

Indeed, Ayers is a fairly prolific blogger and he's been interviewed by other news organizations in recent years, so his conversation didn't exactly amount to him "breaking his silence," as "Fox & Friends First" billed the interview Tuesday morning.



way more, including what a bomb this Hyped Interview was:
http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/fox-news-bill-ayers-interview-megyn-kelly
and the video:
http://www.politico.com/story/2014/07/megyn-kelly-bill-ayers-interview-fox-108472.html

Obama to call for infrastructure funding (by closing unfair tax loopholes)

Source: The Hill

Obama to call for infrastructure funding

By Justin Sink - 07/01/14 06:12 AM EDT
President Obama will urge Congress to fund the rapidly depleting Highway Trust Fund by eliminating corporate tax breaks during a speech Tuesday in Georgetown.

The president will argue “that by closing unfair tax loopholes for companies that ship profits overseas, we can invest in rebuilding our infrastructure,” according to a White House official.

The trust fund, which pays for state and federal highway projects, is running out of money thanks to declining revenues from gasoline taxes. Congress has not increased the 18.4 cent per gallon tax in some two decades, while fuel efficiency has been on the rise. Experts predict that the Transportation Department could run out of money for road projects by August, putting at risk hundreds of thousands of jobs and critical transportation projects.

The president could advocate a plan similar to that offered by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), who has proposed an $8 billion package that would keep the trust fund operating throughout the end of the year. Wyden’s plan is funded primarily through tougher




Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/transportation/211026-obama-to-call-for-infrastructure-funding

Hobby Lobby-Religious Freedom? Only if you don't get swallowed.

Congress Quietly Deletes a Key Disclosure of Free Trips Lawmakers Take

Source: National Journal

Congress Quietly Deletes a Key Disclosure of Free Trips Lawmakers Take
House Ethics reverses decades of precedent as lobbyist-sponsored lawmaker travel expands.


It's going to be a little more difficult to ferret out which members of Congress are lavished with all-expenses-paid trips around the world after the House has quietly stripped away the requirement that such privately sponsored travel be included on lawmakers' annual financial-disclosure forms.

The move, made behind closed doors and without a public announcement by the House Ethics Committee, reverses more than three decades of precedent. Gifts of free travel to lawmakers have appeared on the yearly financial form dating back its creation in the late 1970s, after the Watergate scandal. National Journal uncovered the deleted disclosure requirement when analyzing the most recent batch of yearly filings.

"This is such an obvious effort to avoid accountability," said Melanie Sloan, executive director of the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. "There's no legitimate reason. There's no good reason for it."

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"The more you can hide, the less accountable you can be," Sloan said of lawmakers. "It's clear these forms are useful for reporters and watchdogs, and obviously a little too useful."

Read more: http://www.nationaljournal.com/congress/congress-quietly-deletes-a-key-disclosure-of-free-trips-lawmakers-take-20140630
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