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Obama Derangement Syndrome In Full Bloom


Responding to President Obama’s decision last week to protect a stretch of California’s Coast near Point Arena as a new national monument, the House of Representatives is planning to vote next week to overturn a 108 year-old law that presidents of both parties have used to protect iconic American places, including the Grand Canyon, the Statue of Liberty, and Arches National Park.
The bill, H.R. 1459, aims to block presidents from using the Antiquities Act of 1906 to establish new national monuments by putting caps on how many times it can be used, requiring congressional review of proposed monuments, and forcing local communities to engage in an ironic exercise of reviewing the environmental impacts of protecting lands for future generations.
Until the passage of a bill to protect wilderness lands in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore last week, Congress had not protected a single new acre of public lands since 2009, the longest such drought since World War II. Adding injury to insult, Congress also forced a 16-day government shutdown last fall that cost national parks and local communities 8 million lost visitors and $414 million in lost visitor spending.

This bill has no chance of passing, but continues to indicate the extent to which the baggers would "destroy the village" in order to damage Obama.

Chuck Todd Squawks About Breaking News Abuse


Two days after taking a thinly-veiled shot at CNN’s aggressive use of “breaking news” headlines for not-so-breaking bits of information about the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370, MSNBC anchor Chuck Todd is back again with some scolding words for his rival network.

Hey Chuck Toad here is an item which is not breaking news: You are a useful idiot and shill for the rethugs who deliberately replaces thoughtful commentary with right-wing propaganda.

Putin on the Ritz


On the national level, the shift away from a focus on income inequality and reining in Wall Street stems both from the economy, which is slowly improving, and the dominant issue of the day, which is now the crisis in Ukraine.
The aggressive actions of Russian President Vladimir Putin have eased the anxieties of Wall Streeters sick of being portrayed as the enemy. “We obviously see other things driving the news cycle,” a top industry executive said. “Ukraine keeps the focus off the evil 1 percent, so I guess we have Putin to thank for that. The improving economy helps as well.”

These guys probably sit around waiting for another Tsunami or Chernobyl to further take the "heat" off themselves.

Faux News Explains Temblor in California

Like all things bad it's Obama's Fault.

Depressing How all the lies have worked

The other day I was having a passing discussion with someone in the medical field. They were complaining about the high cost of their private family health insurance. I asked if they had looked into options offered by the ACA. She said no that it sounded like too much trouble, and it would probably cost more. When I asked how much her premium payments were, fifteen hundred dollars a month for a family, I told her the ACA would most likely be cheaper and provide more options. She said she would look into it, but I am not hopeful she will. I am unlikely to see this person again so I won't know if she made it before the deadline.

The lies seem to have won out in many segments of the population.

They Were Against Him Before They "For" Him


The post-nuclear Senate is a strange place.

Forty-one Republican senators voted Wednesday to filibuster Pedro A. Delgado Hernandez of Puerto Rico, a nominee to be a U.S. district court judge.

Their attempt failed because under new rules established by Democrats, "cloture" on most presidential nominees requires a simple majority, rather than 60 votes. So the nominee moved forward, 57-41.

Then the Senate proceeded to a final vote on the nomination, which passed 98-0, capturing the Republican senators who had just attempted to filibuster Delgado.

The games Rethugs play. I despise them.

Trumped Up Wars


"You just don't in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pre-text," Kerry told the CBS program "Face the Nation."

Iraq was in the 21st century. Sen. John Kerry voted for it.
Nice moral authority you have there, John.

Nothing to add really.

Palin and Russia


As tensions between Russia and Ukraine continued to heighten, former vice presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) took to Facebook to remark how she saw this coming.

Back in October 2008, Palin criticized then-presidential-candidate Barack Obama at a Reno, Nev. campaign rally, for his reaction to Russia's invasion of Georgia.

In a later comment in 2008, Ms. Palin remarked she hoped the Russian invasion of Georgia could be stopped before reaching Atlanta.

Paralyzed GOP Representative Opposes Medicaid Expansion


More than a decade ago, Arkansas Rep. Josh Miller (R) was in a catastrophic car accident that broke his neck and left him paralyzed. Medicare and Medicaid paid the $1 million bill for his hospitalization and rehabilitation.

But this week, as the Arkansas legislature has debated continuing its privatized Medicaid expansion under Obamacare, Miller has remained steadfast in his opposition.

The Arkansas Times highlighted the contrast in a Thursday report. The alternative newspaper reported that Miller receives ongoing coverage through the government programs, including Medicaid-covered personal care assistance.

The Times asked Miller, 33, about this apparent contradiction: Shouldn't someone who has experienced the benefits of health insurance, including insurance paid for by the government, understand the importance of expanding those benefits to others?

The difference, he said, is that some of the 100,000 people who have gained coverage through Arkansas's Medicaid expansion don't work hard enough or just want access to the program so they can purchase and abuse prescription drugs.

"My problem is two things," Miller said. "One, we are giving it to able-bodied folks who can work ... and two, how do we pay for it?"

The accident that paralyzed Miller occurred about 11 years ago, the Times reported. He was driving with a friend, alcohol was involved, but Miller said he couldn't remember who was driving. When he arrived at the hospital with his life-changing injuries, he was uninsured.

Miller, who manages a rental property office, took office as a state legislator in 2013.

This guy sums up practically everything I despise about Rethugs. Pull up the ladder after he benefits from a government program and accuses others of irresponsible behavior without evidence, irresponsible conduct that got him injured to start with. This S.O.B. is beyond reprehensible.

Real Benghazi Scandal


There's so much wrong with that it's hard to even argue against it: It's just mountains of bull piled on mountains of bull. It's the kind of story you'd expect from the lawyer of a guy trying to get out of a pinch for auto-theft. But if there's one thing we know about Darrell Issa, it's that he thinks he's the kind of guy who get away with exactly that.

Issa will continue to flog this dead horse, not that it will get the Rethugs anywhere.
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