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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Republican caught lying again: Fiorina's video deception, and Chaffetz's Planned Parenthood Fiasco!

Now that the whole Planned Parenthood abortion video story is out there, it's time to look back. I've compiled the bizarre antics to this point. Imagine a Republican administration running the country from the alternative reality they've created just around this one issue.  

The latest news should make every sucker who fell for Fiorina's big debate moment, question their party's deceptive tactics:
Ring of Fire: The video was released by anti-abortion activist (from) the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform, Gregg Cunningham.  Fellow activists, David Daleiden, had taken the raw footage, then used a voice-over from an entirely different procedure in which fetal tissue was being harvested for medical research. That voice-over had nothing to do with the events in the video clip, which by now, is known to be of a miscarriage – not an abortion.

Daleiden admitted that it was a miscarriage – but told CNN that it “didn’t matter” – as long as it proves his point. Egregiously, Daleiden did not have the distraught mother’s permission to film the event or use it. “We used it to illustrate exactly the kind of late-second trimester baby…fetus that we’re talking about in these cases of organ harvesting.”

In other words, Daleiden, Cunningham and the rest are perfectly willing to present blatant fabrications in order to advance their agenda. Furthermore, Fiorina knew that the video was misleading and depicted a miscarriage rather than an abortion. 
In an amazing example of projection - pot calling the kettle black - Fiorina flipped GOP tactics upside down, blaming Democrats and the media for attacking her:
Fiorina accused the women's health organization of pushing "propaganda" against her while being "aided and abetted by the media."
Ah, shame on the media for covering the story, a story that made Fiorina a top Republican candidate for president? Wouldn't you know it, Fiorina is now poking at the media with an ad that keeps this story front and center:
Fiorina's campaign released an online ad that again includes the image, with the claim that "Carly Fiorina won the debate. Now come the false attacks." This, despite the fact that the baby was miscarried, not aborted, and that the image comes from a hospital procedure unconnected with Planned Parenthood. Pew Research Center found in a Sept. 22-27 poll that 60 percent of adults in the U.S. wanted a budget deal to maintain funding for Planned Parenthood. But among Republicans, 66 percent said any budget deal must eliminate the money — 78 percent among those who identify as "conservative Republicans."
The House Embarrassment Hearing: In one clarifying moment, Americans saw up close how Republicans can work the bullshit, as described by the Washington Post's Dana Milbank, and shown in a compilation of clips that will never be forgotten:


At this point Republicans may wish to consider aborting to protect the health of the party. Chairman Jason Chaffetz (Utah) made the startling confession that “without the videos, we can’t have a good discussion about them.” But we can shut down the federal government over them?

Chaffetz flashed a chart showing that since 2010, the number of abortions at Planned Parenthood has surpassed the number of its “cancer screenings and prevention services.” But no such shift occurred. The fine print on the chart showed that the number of abortions (327,000 in 2013) never came close to reaching the number of cancer screenings (935,573 in 2013) at any point.

Richards said the chart “absolutely does not reflect what’s happening.”

“I pulled those numbers directly out of your corporate reports,” the chairman said.

In fact, the chart said the source was the antiabortion group Americans United for Life — which Richards pointed out to Chaffetz.

“Then we will get to the bottom of the truth of that,” the chairman said. 
Chaffetz is following the radicalized GOP tactic of doubling down on the lie, despite good questions by CNN's Wolf Blitzer:


Friday, October 2, 2015

Walker gets Media Cover again for Civil Service Lie.

Wisconsin media is at it again!!! Here's State Sen. Jon Erpenbach, who like me, must have fallen hook-line-and-sinker for another Scott Walker word salad lie:

Thank you PolitiFact Wisconsin for giving Scott Walker cover for something he all but etched into stone about our untouchable civil service law, which he is now going back on. When Walker "led some to believe" he wouldn't change civil service, that was actually his intention and lie:
On "Fox News Sunday," Walker said: "There is no state that has a better civil service system in terms of protections. That does not change in this. Worker rights will be maintained even after our bill passes."

...his "fireside chat," the governor said: "It’s important to remember that many of the rights we’re talking about don’t come directly from collective bargaining. They come from the civil service system here in Wisconsin. That law was passed in 1905, long before collective bargaining, and it will continue long after our plan is approved."  

Walker repeatedly cited the strength of employee protections in Wisconsin’s civil service system, and said his 2011 law wouldn’t change the protections. That led some to believe Walker wouldn’t try to change the civil service system. But we found no evidence that Walker made such a pledge, and there have been indications in the past year that he might seek changes.
PolitiFact even disproved their own point when they wrote the following, which also contained statements by the Walker administration there would be no changes:
In June 2014, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that in recent months, Walker administration officials had said multiple times they weren't looking to change the civil service system ... And a spokeswoman for Walker's Department of Administration said at the time that Walker had no interest in changing civil servants’ protections.

Republican are saying America can't stop the Mass Shootings!!!

It's unsettling to know the truth now about the Republican Party's disinterest in trying to stop the gun carnage sweeping the U.S.. The community college in Roseburg, Oregon is just the latest.

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Their outrageously ridiculous, but widely accepted solution - getting tough on mental illness - never materialized. Now, they're not even bothering to offer any hope at all.

In the WPR Joy Cardin radio interview below, John Prestegard, conservative editor of the Platteville Journal, said outright there is nothing we can do to stop these mass shootings, so why try. This echoes Carly Fiorina's throw-in-the-towel attitude about climate change. Majority Republicans no longer have to struggle for excuses, or even feign concerned anymore.

That's American exceptionalism? That's that can-do attitude from the worlds superpower?

John Nichols counters Prestegard's shocking surrender with hope and determination that something can be done. Nothing exemplifies Republican politics today like the sharp contrasting discussion below:



UPDATE: This is now a national Republican trend. The days of pretending to help the public are over. Let's start with my favorite "solution" from Scott Walker:


Huffington Post: According to Everytown for Gun Safety, a group pushing for reforms to reduce gun violence, (said) it was the 45th shooting at a school in 2015. Everytown was formed in the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary ... There have been 142 shootings at schools since December 14, 2012, the date of that incident.

Republicans are not only content to let the gun carnage continue, but they are already letting people die by taking away their health care: 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Suddenly, Republicans don't like those greatly expanded Bush "free speech zones" when it effects them.

The idea that Republicans have principles is laughable. This newer, more radicalized party's one goal now, is to win their politically motivated game. Nothing else. Forget public policy. Principles, what principles?

Which brings me to those old George W. Bush "free speech zones" they loved so much. And it makes sense too, because conservatives have hated the right to protest for years. It's an ongoing battle to finally "win" the 60's anti-war/civil rights protests.
Many universities created on-campus free speech zones during the 1960s and 1970s, during which protests on-campus (especially against the Vietnam War) were common

It was during Bush's presidency that their scope was greatly expanded. The Bush administration has been criticized by columnist James Bovard of The American Conservative for requiring protesters to stay within a designated area, while allowing supporters access to more areas.

The American Civil Liberties Union has asked a federal court in Washington D.C. to prevent the Secret Service from keeping anti-Bush protesters distant from presidential appearances while allowing supporters to display their messages up close, where they are likely to be seen by the news media. 
Now that "free speech zones" appear to be blowing back on libertarian/conservative protesters, the right wing outrage has begun...like this from radio bullshit artist Vicki McKenna, in her "you've got to be kidding me" Facebook moment:
Right wing propagandist, The Blaze, abandoning principles?

Daily Show in Madison for "Are all cops Racist?"

Loved this bit on the Daily Show, especially the idea of a "black Twitter."
In a segment "Are All Cops Racist," Madison Police Chief Mike Koval is interviewed on Comedy Central. The portion with Koval begins at about the 4:40 mark.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Leon Varjian will be missed....

A Madison legend, and one of the funniest and innovative guys around, Leon Varjian died of a heart attack. WSJ's George Hesselberg:
Leon Varjian, a jester with a rubber face and keen insight into what tickles Madison’s funny bone, was found dead of a suspected heart attack Tuesday at his residence in Wood-Ridge, New Jersey. He was 64. Varjian was a longtime mathematics teacher at Midland Park High School in New Jersey, where he was once named math teacher of the year.

Whether it was the placement of 1,008 pink plastic flamingos on Bascom Hill, an amazingly realistic copy of the Statue of Liberty (head, arm and torch) on Lake Mendota, or hosting a Halloween toga party for 10,000 people, the enduring quality was a willingness to go overboard. He adopted the Madison Muskies baseball team as a cheerleader, and with Mallon introduced, in falsetto, the talking mice of the “Vern and Evelyn Show.”
 Here's a clip from that their show:




Walker, Republican no tax pledge sinks existing road work for a total of 5 years.

Like I’ve always said, spending cuts will never be a substitute for budgeting. And now we’re about to pay dearly, wiping out any savings. Brilliant.

You see that road work up ahead, well it might be there for the next 6 years, along with the traffic tie ups and detours. I can’t imagine what they’re going to do with the snow at some of those sites.

Scott Walker wanted to borrow big time for transportation, which was bad enough, but “no tax” pledge Republican legislators ran out of money thanks to past and present tax cuts. Now many of the existing road construction sites will be delayed till 2021, believe it or not. jsonline:
The state Department of Transportation is delaying five major road projects because it doesn't have the money for the work under the state budget crafted by Gov. Scott Walker and his fellow Republicans in the Legislature.

The delays — including on some stretches that already have orange barrels on the road — could end up being longer because legislators for years have been unable to come up with ways to find new revenue for highways … will likely have a cascading effect that will push off work on future projects.
Tightwad Republicans will now run up the costs for taxpayers who though they could freeload for awhile.
The delays will cause the cost of the projects to rise because of inflation. Estimates of the added costs are expected in February. Work on the projects won't stop, but it will slow down.
The guy pushing a bill attacking civil service protections for Walker isn't to happy:
The delays surprised Sen. Roger Roth (R-Appleton), who told WHBY-AM this month he did not expect any delays on Highway 10/441 in the Fox Valley. The highway is being expanded and reconstructed between Highway 41 and Highway 47.

But the $482 million project is one of those the DOT is pushing back, putting off its completion until 2021. Construction began last year, so drivers will have to put up with road work on that stretch for at least seven years under the revised schedule.

62% don't want Walker back as governor, 37% disapprove!!!

Perhaps it was the national media who exposed the real Scott Walker to Wisconsinites. Maybe voters found out how irresponsible news outlets statewide were for giving Walker a pass on almost every important misstep.

Or maybe voters were stunned by the yard sale of publically supported investments Walker needed to unload to pander to conservative voters in Iowa. jsonline:
Gov. Scott Walker's job approval rating dropped to 37%, even after he left the presidential race, according to the Marquette University Law School Poll. Walker's disapproval rating was 59%. The overwhelming majority of those polled — 62% — would not support a 3rd Walker term, while 35% would support the move.

Among Democrats, Hillary Clinton leads with 44%. Between Republican Sen. Ron Johnson and Democrat Russ Feingold … Feingold is leading Johnson 50% to 36%. The phone poll was conducted Sept. 24 to 28 with 803 registered voters.
 Graphics from the Huffington Post and Journal Sentinel:


Duffy to defund Planned Parenthood by passing Federal law based on fiction.

Republicans were so successful expanding government regulations based on voting myths, they're firmly convince the same tactic will work against Planned Parenthood. It kinda takes the pressure off solving real problems.

The now radicalized Republican Party: Let's take a look at one glaring example.

Former naked MTV star Rep. Sean Duffy decided to exploit the discredited Planned Parenthood videos created by the anti-abortion front group with the nonsensical name "Center for Medical Progress."

So none of this matters...?
During yesterdays 5 hour "hearing" that took pot shots at Planned Parenthood's president Cecile Richards, Congress thought it best not to bother the so called "professionals" from the Center for Medical Progress. Surprised?

Despite the statewide investigations that turned up no wrong doing by Planned Parenthood, Duffy doubled down on the original lie as if that alone would make it true. Stephen Colbert called it truthiness.

Duffy's mind blowing Rube Goldberg attack on Planned Parenthood, the so called "Women’s Health and Safety Act," will amaze you. Duffy's word salad below allows states to block Medicaid funding to providers that perform abortions:
No outrage about the government cover-up?
"This is not a debate about abortion or even non-abortion, pro life or pro abortion. Those who are even pro abortion agree that these tactics are unacceptable. They have no place in our society, and that federal tax dollars should actually go to fund an institution that harvests baby body parts for sale is absolutely asinine."
Yes, if only it were true…Duffy continues with his “objective” analysis?
"Some states want to refuse this tainted money being used by an awful organization that profits from selling aborted children’s organs, but the Medicaid law and CMS is forcing them to fund abortion providers against the state legislature’s wishes. Health care doesn't mean Planned Parenthood, and Planned Parenthood doesn't mean women's health care. You talk about defunding women's health care? There is no less money. There is the same amount of money that goes to women's health care. That's a false argument."

Duffy says the bill makes abortion providers not fall under the “free choice of qualified provider” provision, so excluding abortion providers from Medicaid funding would not count as “limiting healthcare options”, which is not allowed under Medicaid.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

One Day!!!! Walker in Wisconsin just one day in July on official business.

Talk about putting all his eggs in one basket, Scott Walker really did abandon Wisconsin to run for president, especially in July.

It's so pathetic to hear pundits and GOP leaders nonchalantly admit, like it's no big deal, that Walker needs to "reacquaint himself with Wisconsinites?" Oh, that's all.
WPR: Walker's official calendar for July, released to The Associated Press under the state's open records law, shows Walker spent one day in July in Wisconsin on official business after launching his presidential run July 13. The visit was to attend a Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. board meeting and to sign a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Walker canceled campaign events to spend another day in Wisconsin to visit with the family of Carson Holmquist, a Marine killed at a Navy-Marine reserve center in Tennessee.

"Job Creating" Wisconsin House Republicans and Dumb Ron Johnson...Job Killers: GE moves Waukesha plant to Canada, wiping out 350 jobs.

Republicans are to blame for losing 350 jobs in Waukesha, and probably more when you consider suppliers. This isn't on the Democrats. Thank Wisconsin GOP House members for sending 350 jobs to Canada, where economic policy is more predictable.  Here's what Paul Ryan said:
Ryan has said he opposes the bank in principle, calling it a "strange collusion of big business and big government."
Sounds like someone doesn't know what they're talking about, again. We always said this guy was no economic policy wonk...believe us now?
Blaming Congress for its failure to reauthorize the U.S. Export-Import Bank, an institution that finances sales of U.S. industrial equipment to overseas customers, General Electric Co. says it will stop manufacturing engines in Waukesha and move that work to Canada. About 350 jobs will be lost at the Waukesha plant. 
Job creators? Think again. Opposition to the Export-Import Bank never did make any sense, and here's why:

...a limited but important role helping American companies, large and small, export their products in a global market distorted by the government credit activities of competitor nations. The bank’s overarching mission is to boost American-made exports and therein spur growth in jobs and income. 
Republicans have been exposed as "job creating" frauds. jsonline:
Critics have contended that Ex-Im exemplifies crony capitalism ... the data do not support the notion that Ex-Im’s activity is more politically driven than market oriented. While opponents of reauthorization have emphasized that only 25 percent of Ex-Im authorizations are for small businesses, that amount reflects the actual makeup of U.S. trade. Furthermore, large companies that seek Ex-Im financing often produce high-value goods such as airplanes or mining equipment, the export of which often benefits numerous small business suppliers involved in production and export.
Job Killing Republican legislative nonsense has real world consequences:
Republican members of the House blocked a reauthorization vote. 

GE says the Waukesha plant has more than 400 U.S. suppliers and, in Wisconsin alone, suppliers receive millions of dollars in revenue from the plant. "We believe in American manufacturing, but our customers in many cases require Export Credit Agencies financing for us to bid on projects. Without it, we cannot compete, and our customers may be forced to select other providers," GE Vice Chairman John Rice said in a statement.
And because conservative voters instinctively hate unions, the real impact on the community described below will be ignored:

International Association of Machinists union. spokesman Frank Larkin (said) "The Ex-Im Bank was one of those rare government programs that worked as intended: It protected American jobs and returned a profit to the U.S. Treasury. Killing the bank means thousands of U.S. jobs will be needlessly sacrificed for an extreme political agenda."
Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin's comments will also be ignored:
"The failure of the House to act is now costing Wisconsin jobs. When American businesses have a level playing field, they can compete against anyone. The Export-Import Bank is an important tool that helps us create that level playing field…”
One GOP Ex-Im Bank supporter, Rep. Reid Ribble not only echoed Baldwin, but accidentally told the truth about his party:
“It would be a withdrawal simply for ideological reasons. Conservatives have this ideology that government should leave it to the private sector, but there are types of exports where the private sector won't pick up the financing of that business," Ribble said. "Companies will be forced to leave the country and take jobs to countries where there is export-import bank financing if we don't offer it."
But Dumb Ron Johnson wants to use these continued job losses (disaster capitalism) to make his point about higher corporate taxes:
"...it is a wake-up call concerning our nation's increasingly uncompetitive tax and regulatory systems."
The LA Times wrote this today:
The decisions by GE, its second this month, and other large and small companies are paving a way to conduct business in a world without the Export-Import Bank — a world in which U.S. jobs are permanently lost. Barely two weeks ago, GE said it was shifting 500 jobs from four U.S. states to Europe and China to make the production of turbines and generators eligible for export aid from those countries.

Last month, Boeing Co., said it could lay off several hundred employees at its Southern California satellite division because a customer that needed Export-Import Bank financing canceled an order.

ProGauge Technologies Inc., a small Bakersfield manufacturer of oil industry equipment, is awaiting word on a bid for a multiyear project in the Middle East worth as much as $40 million. Chief Executive Don Nelson said that if the company wins, he will do most of the work in the unnamed nation because it would be too expensive to obtain the required delivery guarantee without the help of the Export-Import Bank.
Excuses Excuses: But conservative think tanks and ideologues are now saying businesses are always leaving the country for something, so what the heck if we lose more jobs:  
Companies move jobs out of the U.S. for many reasons, including lower taxes, said Dan Holler, a spokesman for Heritage Action for America, a conservative group that has helped lead the opposition to the bank. GE, for instance, already has 7,000 employees in Canada, a country with a much lower corporate tax rate than the U.S. has, he said.
But why listen to me, Democrats or even a few Republicans:
Milwaukee businessman Bill Maxon has no question where he stands on the issue. Maxon runs a small company that makes machines used in mixing and placing concrete. Exports account for a large percentage of his business, and he says the bank has played a part in making that happen. Maxon said he's at risk of losing a deal in Argentina because he can't get U.S. Export-Import Bank financing for the customer.

"Unfortunately our Chinese competitor is probably going to get the deal, and it's specifically related to the availability of financing," Maxon said.

"Job Creating" Wisconsin House Republicans and Dumb Ron Johnson...Job Killers: GE moves Waukesha plant to Canada, wiping out 350 jobs.

Republicans are to blame for losing 350 jobs in Waukesha, and probably more when you consider suppliers. This isn't on the Democrats. Thank Wisconsin GOP House members for sending 350 jobs to Canada, where economic policy is more predictable.  Here's what Paul Ryan said:
Ryan has said he opposes the bank in principle, calling it a "strange collusion of big business and big government."
Sounds like someone doesn't know what they're talking about, again. We always said this guy was no economic policy wonk...believe us now?
Blaming Congress for its failure to reauthorize the U.S. Export-Import Bank, an institution that finances sales of U.S. industrial equipment to overseas customers, General Electric Co. says it will stop manufacturing engines in Waukesha and move that work to Canada. About 350 jobs will be lost at the Waukesha plant. 
Job creators? Think again. Opposition to the Export-Import Bank never did make any sense, and here's why:

...a limited but important role helping American companies, large and small, export their products in a global market distorted by the government credit activities of competitor nations. The bank’s overarching mission is to boost American-made exports and therein spur growth in jobs and income. 
Republicans have been exposed as "job creating" frauds. jsonline:
Critics have contended that Ex-Im exemplifies crony capitalism ... the data do not support the notion that Ex-Im’s activity is more politically driven than market oriented. While opponents of reauthorization have emphasized that only 25 percent of Ex-Im authorizations are for small businesses, that amount reflects the actual makeup of U.S. trade. Furthermore, large companies that seek Ex-Im financing often produce high-value goods such as airplanes or mining equipment, the export of which often benefits numerous small business suppliers involved in production and export.
Job Killing Republican legislative nonsense has real world consequences:
Republican members of the House blocked a reauthorization vote. 

GE says the Waukesha plant has more than 400 U.S. suppliers and, in Wisconsin alone, suppliers receive millions of dollars in revenue from the plant. "We believe in American manufacturing, but our customers in many cases require Export Credit Agencies financing for us to bid on projects. Without it, we cannot compete, and our customers may be forced to select other providers," GE Vice Chairman John Rice said in a statement.
And because conservative voters instinctively hate unions, the real impact on the community described below will be ignored:

International Association of Machinists union. spokesman Frank Larkin (said) "The Ex-Im Bank was one of those rare government programs that worked as intended: It protected American jobs and returned a profit to the U.S. Treasury. Killing the bank means thousands of U.S. jobs will be needlessly sacrificed for an extreme political agenda."
Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin's comments will also be ignored:
"The failure of the House to act is now costing Wisconsin jobs. When American businesses have a level playing field, they can compete against anyone. The Export-Import Bank is an important tool that helps us create that level playing field…”
One GOP Ex-Im Bank supporter, Rep. Reid Ribble not only echoed Baldwin, but accidentally told the truth about his party:
“It would be a withdrawal simply for ideological reasons. Conservatives have this ideology that government should leave it to the private sector, but there are types of exports where the private sector won't pick up the financing of that business," Ribble said. "Companies will be forced to leave the country and take jobs to countries where there is export-import bank financing if we don't offer it."
But why listen to me, a supposed partisan lefty:
Milwaukee businessman Bill Maxon has no question where he stands on the issue. Maxon runs a small company that makes machines used in mixing and placing concrete. Exports account for a large percentage of his business, and he says the bank has played a part in making that happen. Maxon said he's at risk of losing a deal in Argentina because he can't get U.S. Export-Import Bank financing for the customer.

"Unfortunately our Chinese competitor is probably going to get the deal, and it's specifically related to the availability of financing," Maxon said.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Sorry Trolls, Kim David now realizes she was acting like a Republican all along!!!

The knee jerk reaction of Republican Facebook and Twitter trolls has always been fun to watch, but this time it's almost laughable: Switching to the Republican Party, supposed Democratic clerk Kim Davis sure acted like a conservative clown. So what's the surprise?
4 times married Davis protects marriage?

What did raise a few chuckles was her excuse for changing parties; The Democratic Party abandoned her? Really, it was their fault. Who knew Democrats had for years have supported gay marriage...certainly not Davis.

I wonder what other cliff the trolling crowd of misfits will jump off of next:


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