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Who wants to watch a good old-fashioned ass kicking?

"The Hobby Lobby decision should have been 5-1, since the women should've recused themselves ..."

Top Conservative Cat is just too funny ...


The Hobby Lobby decision should have been 5-1, since the women should've recused themselves from any decision affecting women.


Darrell Issa: "I'm holding hearings on whether unemployment went down because Obamacare Death Panels are killing off unemployed."


Chris Christie won't accept any plan to reduce gun violence unless it prevents EVERY gun death. What high standards!


Tim Howard was great, but I still say Mitch McConnell should have been our goaltender. He can block anything.



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Teabillies very worried about African American voters (X-post from GD)

The McHenry County (Illinois) Republican Party has been taken over by the teabaggers, and last week the head bagger in the County sent out an email to her fellow Republicans that copied the article I've linked to below. They're really worried that Democrats are going to GOTV, "in particular, Democrat-leaning African Americans" ... "by playing to African Americans fears that a (Tea Party) victory in the state would risk stepping 'back to the bad old days'".

Oh noes, those awful African American voters are on to the Tea Party! And RINO's are helping them!

And they think this is bad news for Republicans because only teabillies are true conservatives. Or something. They seem to lack any sense of self-reflection, ignoring their racist rants and awful policies. These are the people who sent Joe Walsh to Congress, for crying out loud!

This part is funny. The Tea Party thinks "there is no major Democratic campaign that does not employ the latest voter identification technology along with dozens, if not hundreds of experienced and professional field staff tasked with organizing assigned communities."

Oh, how I wish this were true. I certainly saw no evidence of it working in two different Wisconsin County Democratic Party offices in 2010 and 2012.


Anyway, here's the article in question.

http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/politics/210867-why-thad-cochrans-victory-should-worry-republicans

Since 2008, Democratic campaigns across the country have placed a premium on field and GOTV operations. Pioneered by the first Obama campaign, Democratic operatives across the country have honed their skills in field work and developed the technology to go along with it. Nowadays, there is no major Democratic campaign that does not employ the latest voter identification technology along with dozens, if not hundreds of experienced and professional field staff tasked with organizing assigned communities. The objective of a field program is simple: to build an organization that can effectively identify likely supporters and make sure they turn out to the polls on Election Day. Although the Democrats have become experts at turning out their base, Republicans have always lagged far behind in their technology and organizing strategy. It is rare that we see Republican campaigns with truly effective field programs, and their overall strategy focuses much less on turnout than their Democratic competitors. That is, until Thad Cochran.

...

The Cochran campaign, headed by Republican National Committeeman Henry Barbour, did something of genius between June 3rd and June 25th. They took a page out of the Democratic playbook and pumped their resources into creating an effective GOTV operation.

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The strategy worked. In Mississippi's 24 counties with a majority black population, turnout increased an average of 40 percent over the June 3rd primary. In some counties, the increase was close to 100%! (In the other 58 counties with majority white populations, the increase was only 16 percent.) This resulted in thousands of additional votesfor Cochran, most of which were African American. Cochran’s margin of victory was 6,693 votes, and it is safe to say at least 5,000 of those are from African Americans who did not vote in the initial primary.

This election proves that field programs work, especially in African American communities. And when African American communities vote, Democrats overwhelmingly win. Across the country, state Democratic parties have had field staff on the ground prepping for 2014 elections for months. Democratic campaigns are dumping huge amounts of money into organizing and creating robust GOTV plans. The staffers on the ground in battleground states such as Iowa, Ohio, New Hampshire, and Kentucky are experienced and professional products of the Obama generation of campaign operative. If it is possible for Cochran, a 76-year-old establishment Republican to turn out African American Democrat voters in droves during an off-season runoff primary, it is possible for any Democratic candidate to make sure the same communities turn out in November by using the resources and expertise Republican operatives simply do not have. GOP, you have been warned.

Teabillies very worried about African American voters

The McHenry County (Illinois) Republican Party has been taken over by the teabaggers, and last week the head bagger in the County sent out an email to her fellow Republicans that copied the article I've linked to below. They're really worried that Democrats are going to GOTV, "in particular, Democrat-leaning African Americans" ... "by playing to African Americans fears that a (Tea Party) victory in the state would risk stepping 'back to the bad old days'".

Oh noes, those awful African American voters are on to the Tea Party! And RINO's are helping them!

And they think this is bad news for Republicans because only teabillies are true conservatives. Or something. They seem to lack any sense of self-reflection, ignoring their racist rants and awful policies. These are the people who sent Joe Walsh to Congress, for crying out loud!

This part is funny. The Tea Party thinks "there is no major Democratic campaign that does not employ the latest voter identification technology along with dozens, if not hundreds of experienced and professional field staff tasked with organizing assigned communities."

Oh, how I wish this were true. I certainly saw no evidence of it working in two different Wisconsin County Democratic Party offices in 2010 and 2012.


Anyway, here's the article in question.

http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/politics/210867-why-thad-cochrans-victory-should-worry-republicans

Since 2008, Democratic campaigns across the country have placed a premium on field and GOTV operations. Pioneered by the first Obama campaign, Democratic operatives across the country have honed their skills in field work and developed the technology to go along with it. Nowadays, there is no major Democratic campaign that does not employ the latest voter identification technology along with dozens, if not hundreds of experienced and professional field staff tasked with organizing assigned communities. The objective of a field program is simple: to build an organization that can effectively identify likely supporters and make sure they turn out to the polls on Election Day. Although the Democrats have become experts at turning out their base, Republicans have always lagged far behind in their technology and organizing strategy. It is rare that we see Republican campaigns with truly effective field programs, and their overall strategy focuses much less on turnout than their Democratic competitors. That is, until Thad Cochran.

...

The Cochran campaign, headed by Republican National Committeeman Henry Barbour, did something of genius between June 3rd and June 25th. They took a page out of the Democratic playbook and pumped their resources into creating an effective GOTV operation.

...

The strategy worked. In Mississippi's 24 counties with a majority black population, turnout increased an average of 40 percent over the June 3rd primary. In some counties, the increase was close to 100%! (In the other 58 counties with majority white populations, the increase was only 16 percent.) This resulted in thousands of additional votesfor Cochran, most of which were African American. Cochran’s margin of victory was 6,693 votes, and it is safe to say at least 5,000 of those are from African Americans who did not vote in the initial primary.

This election proves that field programs work, especially in African American communities. And when African American communities vote, Democrats overwhelmingly win. Across the country, state Democratic parties have had field staff on the ground prepping for 2014 elections for months. Democratic campaigns are dumping huge amounts of money into organizing and creating robust GOTV plans. The staffers on the ground in battleground states such as Iowa, Ohio, New Hampshire, and Kentucky are experienced and professional products of the Obama generation of campaign operative. If it is possible for Cochran, a 76-year-old establishment Republican to turn out African American Democrat voters in droves during an off-season runoff primary, it is possible for any Democratic candidate to make sure the same communities turn out in November by using the resources and expertise Republican operatives simply do not have. GOP, you have been warned.

Wisconsin: Mary Burke works hard to shore up her conservative credentials

http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/mary-burke-campaign-clarifies-iron-mine-stance-b99303955z1-265620411.html


When the news report said that Burke "wants to put on the brakes" on the mine, Zepecki said he asked Burke, "Did you intend to say that you will stop the mine?"

"And she said, 'No, if it's going to go forward, we have to do a better job of protecting the quality of the air and water.'"

Burke was not available to clarify her comments on Wednesday afternoon, Zepecki said.

Zepecki said that Burke, who is heading to the region for a three-day campaign swing beginning Thursday, isn't opposed to iron mining in northern Wisconsin if a mine was reviewed under the state's former iron mining laws.



I'm sure Mary's stance on this will help motivate the Democratic Party base in Wisconsin. Not. Everything this woman says leads me to believe she's throwing the election to Scott Walker.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10849306 (Burke's top political advisor in bed with Scott Walker)

http://www.democraticunderground.com/108411604 (Burke: I'm a "fiscal conservative"

http://www.democraticunderground.com/108411563 (Burke praises Scott Walker's Act 10 budget)

"He took his 11-year-old daughter to the neighborhood pool, gave her a loaded .22 for protection..."

http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2014/07/daniel-zimmerman/irresponsible-gun-owner-day-john-ruiz/#more-327325

Every parent runs into the problem: what to do with your wee bairn if you have to run out unexpectedly. So when John Ruiz of Albuquerque needed an emergency tattoo, he did what he had to do. He took his 11-year-old daughter to the neighborhood pool, gave her a loaded .22 for protection and left her there. A neighborhood mom noticed the girl with the gat and called the local 5-0 . . .

Apparently it was just a momentary lapse on Ruiz’s part, though. As he told a reporter, “You guys don’t know about harassment or anything else. We’re good people, I don’t know what to tell you. I made a mistake, that’s it.” He’s been charged with child endangerment and is currently out on bail.

Maybe next time he feels the need for ink, he’ll let her play by the side of an interstate with his shiny new IGOTD trophy. That should entertain her for a while.



IGOTD = Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day.

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Science Reveals How the Brains of Social Justice Activists Are Different From Everyone Else's

http://mic.com/articles/92253/science-reveals-how-the-brains-of-social-justice-activists-are-different-from-everyone-else-s

The news: People who are more sensitive to the ideas of fairness and equity are driven by reason, not just passion, according to a recent University of Chicago study published in the Journal of Neuroscience. For decades, social science researchers have focused on the role of emotion in activist movements. A 1996 study of the 1960s civil rights movement, for example, examined how Freedom Riders used songs and speeches to express anger, sadness and frustration and to encourage others to become involved in the movement on an emotional basis. Similarly, New York University sociologist Jeff Goodwin wrote in his 2001 book on the subject that animal rights supporters "describe their journey into activism in terms of their emotional attachment to animals."

As it turns out, when people who are more responsive to injustice see things happen that they find morally wrong, such as abuse or race-based inequality, their minds respond by accessing the sections of the brain responsible for logic and reasoning. When they view examples of people acting morally just, such as giving equal rights to a marginalized group or protecting animals from harm, their brains respond in the same way.

The details: A team of researchers led by University of Chicago neuroscientist Jean Decety monitored participants' brain activity using an fMRI while they watched videos of people exhibiting morally good or bad behavior. One of the clips showed someone putting money in a beggar's cup, for example, while another showed someone violently kicking the cup away. Those who said they felt more emotionally triggered by the action on the screen also exhibited more action in the areas of their brain associated with planning, organizing and logical thinking.

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Why it matters: The research suggests that human rights and environmentalist organizations could get more public support by appealing to people's sense of logic and reason rather than to their emotions. Efforts to combat global warming, for example, saw a surge in public support after scientists and statisticians began publishing data about how much sea levels and temperatures would rise instead of sad polar bears on a floating iceberg.



I disagree that we could win more people over by appealing to logic and reason rather than to emotions. I believe it has to be both. Drew Weston's "The Political Brain" is an excellent resource for understanding this. I recommend it for anyone who wants to learn how to win elections - and why Democratic candidates have lost past elections when failing to make such appeals.

http://www.thepoliticalbrain.com/videos.php

The Political Brain is a ground-breaking investigation into the role of emotion in determining the political life of the nation by Drew Westen, professor of psychology and psychiatry at Emory University. Westen shows how politicians can capture the hearts and minds of the electorate through examples of what candidates have said—or could have said—in debates, speeches, and ads.

The Political Brain shows how a different view of the mind and brain leads to a different way of talking with voters about issues that have tied the tongues of Democrats for much of forty years—such as abortion, guns, taxes, and race. You can’t change the structure of the brain. But you can change the way you appeal to it.

“Drew Westen is a must read and must hear for any Democrat… In 2008 we will win the presidency if our candidate reads and acts on this book.”
—Howard Dean, Chairman, Democratic Party

The difference between DU and Discussionist is obvious this week.

No one on DU is arguing that the Hobby Lobby decision is good for women.

No one on DU has used this issue to call Sandra Fluke a man-hater.










I've yet to encounter any blog that allows conservatives to participate that isn't awash in raw sewage.
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