Wednesday Reads: He’s very fierce…

Ted Cruz is anxious to move on to New Hampshire.

Although I doubt Teddy Boy would be so “eager” to follow.

Yeah, we all are aware of the results of this week’s Iowa Republican caucuses. Don’t you wonder what will happen next?
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Sunday Reads: Dinosaurs are Ruining my Life!

Watch out!

They’re out to fuck with your lives too.

Yes, the dinosaurs are out in droves…particularly in the last 48 hours you will find them hunting the bare stark cornfields of Iowa.

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Trump rips ‘dishonest’ and ‘deceptive’ Cruz mailer

Right before heading to church, Donald Trump ripped Ted Cruz’s campaign on Sunday morning for sending mailers to Iowa voters designed to look like official documents that accuse them of a “VOTING VIOLATION” for failure to turn out in past elections.

“The Cruz campaign issued a dishonest and deceptive get out the vote ad calling voters ‘in violation,'” Trump tweeted. “They are now under investigation. Bad!”

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Trump’s comments come after Iowa’s top elections official condemned the mailers on Saturday, though he did not announce any investigation.

Republican Secretary of State Paul Pate said in a statement that Cruz’s mailers, which has the words “official public record” printed in red at the top, “misrepresents the role of my office, and worse, misrepresents Iowa election law.”

“There is no such thing as an election violation related to frequency of voting,” said Paul, who was elected statewide as a Republican in 2014. “Any insinuation or statement to the contrary is wrong and I believe it is not in keeping in the spirit of the Iowa Caucuses.”

The controversial Cruz mailers show the name of the person receiving the mail at the top and then give them a grade on an A to F scale. Below, it shows their neighbors and their voting scores. It then urges them to caucus next week and warns, “A follow-up notice may be issued following Monday’s caucuses.”

Ted Cruz Defends Mailer Dubbed “Misleading” By Iowa’s Secretary of State | Mother Jones

Ted Cruz on Saturday evening defended a mailer sent out by his campaign that has been criticized by Iowa’s secretary of state as “misleading” and a violation of “the spirit of the Iowa caucuses.”

“I will apologize to no one for using every tool we can to encourage Iowa voters to come out and vote,” Cruz said, speaking to reporters before a rally in Sioux City, Iowa.

Earlier Saturday, the Cruz campaign came under fire for sending out a mailer, with the look of an official state document, that warns of a “voting violation.” It informs voters they are receiving the notice “because of low expected voter turnout in your area” and says a “follow-up notice” may arrive after the Iowa caucuses.

 

The mailer looks like it is building on social science research showing that guilt is a powerful way to mobilize voters to turnout.

Cruz claimed that there was nothing wrong with the mailer—and that in fact mailers like this are routine. “Matt Schultz, who is a former secretary of state, is the chairman of our campaign, put out a public statement saying these mailers are routine,” he said. “The Iowa Republican Party has done so in the past—in past elections.”

Yes, deception is used frequently by Republicans in Iowa.

imageDonald Trump faces his Iowa test – The Washington Post

Day Before Iowa Caucus, Donald Trump Surprised by His Own Lead – ABC News

Bush Hits Rubio on the air, Trump on the Ground in Iowa Runup – NBC News

Why Iowa matters: A Donald Trump victory in Monday’s caucus would make him virtually unstoppable – Salon.com

Ted Cruz Supporters Feel God’s Calling | Mother Jones

Trump promises to ‘work something out’ on healthcare | TheHill

And you know, there is another link if you care:

Donald Trump’s Twitter Insults: The Complete List (So Far) – The New York Times

The Twitter Feed Of Donald Trump Reeks Of Racism And Misogyny | News Corpse

 

There is one dinosaur who is really out on the kill. He is not one of those who viciously attacks his prey, his death dance is one of lethal environmental racism and contamination…while email messages clearly show he protected those of his fellow Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species .

Michigan Gave State Employees Purified Water as It Denied Crisis, Emails Show – The New York Times

Throughout most of 2015, the administration of Gov. Rick Snyder told the residents of Flint, Mich., that their tap water was safe to drink. But emails released on Thursday suggest the state was concerned about its own employees’ exposure to the city’s water as early as January of last year, even arranging for purified water to be provided at a state office building there.

imageThe emails depict an exchange that month between employees of two state departments that expresses concern about the water’s safety within the Michigan government long before Mr. Snyder acknowledged to residents in the fall that there was a problem.

The correspondence — between employees of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget — was obtained by a liberal advocacy group, Progress Michigan. The news was reported on Thursday by The Detroit Free Press.

Lonnie Scott, the executive director of Progress Michigan, accused the state government of valuing the well-being of its employees more than that of Flint’s residents.

Michigan Governor Says Race Had No Role in Flint Water Response – The New York Times

This quote from Rick Snyder’s emails says everything you need to know about Flint’s water crisis

…attorneys have subpoenaed all emails and communications between Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) over the ongoing Flint water crisis, a few details have been released showing what can only be described as depraved indifference on the part of state workers to the plight of Flint citizens.

The Republican governor released some staff emails on Jan. 20, showing that he was well aware that Flint citizens were slowly being poisoned following a decision by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to force them to live with lead-tainted water.

imageThose emails, however, were heavily redacted, including one dated over two years ago — on January 3, 2014 — that was completely blacked out by the governor’s advisers over both pages.

Out of over 270 pages of communications released, one comment was stunning in its admission of how shabbily complaints over the water were treated by state workers.

According to the NY Times, Snyder was informed in one email that a state nurse told one young mother to not worry about the damage being done to her child when her son’s blood showed an elevated lead level.

“It is just a few IQ points. … It is not the end of the world,” the nurse reportedly told the worried mom.

According to whistle-blower Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, “If you were going to put something in a population to keep them down for generations to come — it would be lead.”

The state of Michigan and Flint have already come under attack for using a poster –  created by the state’s Department of Health and Human Services — informing parents that it was safe to bathe their children in the contaminated water.

While the poster was pulled, an advisory remained on the state website informing residents that the water is “safe to use for washing because ‘lead in bath water will not soak into your skin fast or at high levels.’ ”

Gov. Snyder’s administration has until Feb. 9 to turn over all communications regarding Flint, dating back to 2011.

Other area’s in the country feel a similar death dance, from different dinosaurs…

imageNavajo water contamination more horrific than Flint Michigan’s | the narcosphere

South Dakota has 272 Abandoned Uranium Mines (AUMs) which are contaminating waterways such as the Cheyenne River, and desecrating sacred and ceremonial sites. An estimated 169 AUMs are located within 50 miles of Mt. Rushmore where millions of tourists risk exposure to radioactive pollution each year.
The delegation is warning of the toxic legacy caused by more than 15,000 AUMs nationwide, extreme water contamination, surface strip coal mining and power plants burning coal-laced with radioactive particles, radioactive waste from oil well drilling in the Bakken Oil Range, mill tailings, waste storage, and renewed mining threats to sacred places such as Mt. Taylor in New Mexico and Red Butte in Arizona.
Indigenous communities have been disproportionately impacted as approximately 75 percent of AUMs are located on federal and Tribal lands.
image“In 2015 the Gold King Mine spill was a wake-up call to address dangers of abandoned mines, but there are currently more than 15,000 toxic uranium mines that remain abandoned throughout the US”, said Ms. White Face. “For more than 50 years, many of these hazardous sites have been contaminating the land, air, water, and national monuments such as Mt. Rushmore and the Grand Canyon. Each one of these thousands of abandoned uranium mines is a potential Gold King mine disaster with the greater added threat of radioactive pollution. For the sake of our health, air, land, and water, we can’t let that happen.”
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UPDATE: The Navajo Nation’s non-Indian water rights attorney is once again giving away Navajo water rights. Navajos are urging the Navajo President to veto a water rights settlement for Utah Navajo water rights, ramrodded through the Navajo Nation Council on Tuesday.
Read more:
http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2016/01/navajo-nations-non-indian-attorney.html
The water contamination on the Navajo Nation is more horrific than in Flint, Michigan. However, the contamination continues because of the racism in the United States which disregards the contamination in Indian country. The collapsed media in Indian country, and the biased mainstream media, fail to expose it.
Today, an Indigenous delegation begins a series of protests and events in Washington D.C.  to expose the radioactive pollution in Indian country.
The Navajo Nation’s water has been poisoned since the 1950s by uranium mining, then by coal mining, and dirty coal-fired power plants.
Navajo water has long been contaminated by Peabody Coal mining on Black Mesa, uranium spills, strewn radioactive tailing from the Cold War uranium mining, and recently the EPA’s poisoning of the Animas and San Juan Rivers.
Further, the US government knew when it relocated Navajos to the Sanders, Arizona, area that radiation from the Church Rock, N.M., uranium spill would poison their water by way of the Rio Puerco wash. In the Four Corners region, three coal fired power plants poison the water in runoffs.
Dine’ (Navajo) Louise Benally, resisting relocation at Big Mountain for 40 years, said, “Our water has been impacted since the 1950’s on to today.” Read more at:
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2016/01/navajo-water-contamination-more.html
Meanwhile, in south central Arizona, Apaches continue their fight against the copper mine which Arizona Sen. John McCain sneaked into the defense bill. imageMcCain’s land giveaway to Resolution Copper would desecrate the Apache ceremonial grounds at Oak Flat. The copper mine would result in an environmental disaster, which includes poisoning the water. McCain has long been a member of the US Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, which reveals the true nature of this committee and its role in the theft of Indian lands, and the poisoning of Indian country by corporate polluters. Apaches welcome all to their march at the end of February.

http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2016/01/apache-march-to-freedom-oak-flat-feb-26.html

imageThe Dinosaurs have made it impossible for women to act on their own right of choice….

The Ohio Senate Just Passed an Extreme Antiabortion Bill?Governor John Kasich Is Likely to Sign It: Glamour.com

Ted Cruz Announces a Terrifying New Supporter | The Nation

With the Iowa caucuses only days away, Senator Ted Cruz has announced the formation of a “Pro-Lifers for Cruz” coalition that aims to “champion every child, born and unborn.”

Among the national co-chairs of that coalition is Troy Newman, one of the more malevolent figures in the anti-choice movement. He is the president of the radical anti-abortion group Operation Rescue, and a board member at the Center for Medical Progress, which just saw two employees indicted in Houston for deceptions conducted while creating the now-infamous “baby parts” videos that targeted Planned Parenthood.

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Newman has often suggested that the murder of abortion doctors is legally permissible, and his group has been connected to several notorious anti-choice acts of violence over the past 20 years.

It would be virtually impossible not to be aware of this fact—it defines Newman’s career—yet Cruz said in a statement Wednesday that “Every single national co-chair in this coalition has led the charge for the pro-life cause and is a true inspiration.” Newman formally endorsed Cruz back in November, which created a small stir-up in the press, and Cruz is now doubling down on his connection with Newman.

Cruz unveiled his new “pro-life coalition” at a Wednesday night rally in Des Moines where he argued that he is the candidate with the most credible opposition to abortion. “The question we ought to ask is, don’t tell me that you’re pro-life. Show me. When have you stood up and fought to defend the right to life?” he said.

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Ted Cruz Promotes Anti-Choice Activist Who Wants Abortion Doctors Executed | Right Wing Watch

Why Latin American Women Can’t Follow the Zika Advice to Avoid Pregnancy | TIME

FL anti-abortion hearing turns racist: ‘White culture’ dies if women are ‘outside the home not having babies’

 

Ohio senator questions if mom of 2 should run for the legislature | The Columbus Dispatch

Some articles that will give you a breather in all this massive pile of dinosaur shit…

10 Things Men Find Unattractive About Women

Voting with Your Head and Your Heart

That one above is by Mary Steenburgen.

Millions Of People Have Seen This Painting, But It Took 125 Years For Someone To Notice THIS…

Fired Wal-Mart worker who claimed discrimination wins $31M – Story | WFLD

An Open Letter to ^Straw Feminists – Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money

Are New York City Immigrants About To Lose Their Newspaper? | ThinkProgress

How 37 Banks Became 4 In Just 2 Decades, All In One Astonishing Chart. – Imgur

No One Wants to Talk to Ted Cruz

No One Wants to Talk to Ted Cruz

At the end of tonight’s Trump-less GOP debate, the candidates played the customary “wander around the stage and pretend you actually like each other” game. But apparently, even when they’re just pretending, the candidates stillcan’t bring themselves to stomach Ted Cruz.

Video of the full “ignore the asshole Ted” at the link.

And now a look at how the Dinosaurs look from outside the USA:

Madness! Der Spiegel Unveils Fiery Trump Cover | Mediaite

 

imageGermany’s top magazine calls Trump run ‘madness’ | TheHill

In connection with this…

As a Holocaust Survivor, I Know This Small Action Is the True Antidote to Hate

On this Holocaust Remembrance Day, I am very concerned when I see presidential candidates fanning the flames of animosity. In the ’30s in Germany, Jews were the target, but the dangerous rhetoric of today is focused on Muslims and particularly Syrian refugees. Like the anti-Semitic tirades of decades ago, many of the same ingredients are present in the speeches of candidates who hold surprisingly high levels of support from the American people.

imageIt is an all too familiar recipe: Strip away individuality and wrap everyone in the group into an amorphous and frightening entity. Speak about what they will take from us and add in a strong nationalist sentiment that allows people to justify their hatred as patriotic allegiance. It was this lethal combination that sent my family to Auschwitz, my father to the gas chamber, and me, a boy of 16, to a slave labor camp where I was forced to build railroads on starvation rations. The SS guards were able to do this to us because they lost sight of our humanity and of our individuality.

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Unfortunately, there will always be leaders who will attempt to garner power through the vilification of others. McCarthy in the ’50s, and George Wallace a little later, come easily to mind. History is never on the side of these leaders. Instead, it reveres the people who opposed them. And so it will be with our fear mongering candidates and the citizens who refuse to support them.

imageLeaders can be persuasive, and rhetoric can be powerful, but we always have the option to think more deeply than these politicians and to resist being swayed by words meant to denigrate others. We have some powerful tools in the arsenal of our own minds. Scientists have found that we can resist prejudice by focusing on the commonalities between others and ourselves, by recognizing the joys and pains experienced by the individual and how these are so very similar to our own experiences.

When I see Syrian refugees on television struggling to make their way to safety, I see the similarity between their plight and my own struggles to come to America after I was liberated from the camps. I can remember what it was like to flee danger in search of a safe place to begin my life anew, the fear as we bribed Soviet border guards to let us pass, the arduous journey, day and night, carrying all of our belongings on our backs, the grief and worry for family who had stayed behind.

 

image“The Guy Scares Me”: Holocaust Survivors Warn About The Danger Of Trump’s Right-Wing Media Approved Rhetoric | Research | Media Matters for America

Civil Rights Hero Nearly Killed By KKK Has A Warning About Donald Trump

 

And a last round up of various links:

Georgia lawmaker under fire for Klan comments | The Watchdog blog

State Rep. Tommy Benton is an unapologetic supporter of Georgia’s Confederate heritage.

He flatly asserts the Civil War wasn’t fought over slavery, compares Confederate leaders to the Founding Fathers and is profoundly irritated with what he deems a “cultural cleansing” of Southern history. He also said the Ku Klux Klan, while he didn’t agree with all of their methods, “made a lot of people straighten up.” (Read the AJC’s latest coverage here.)

imageState Rep. Praises KKK, Wants New Holiday To Honor Confederacy | ThinkProgress

The Ku Klux Klan has gotten a bad rap, according to one Georgia lawmaker. He says the terror group “was not so much a racist thing but a vigilante thing to keep law and order” that “made a lot of people straighten up.”

That leader is now hellbent on stopping the “cultural cleansing” of the South’s heritage. So far this year, State Rep. Tommy Benton (R) has co-sponsored two bills to preserve the Confederate’s legacy.

Following the massacre at the historic Emanuel AME Church last year, activists and lawmakershave pushed to removeConfederatesymbols in the South. According to Benton, those efforts constitute “cultural terrorism,” akin to what ISIS is doing.

“That’s no better than what ISIS is doing, destroying museums and monuments,” he told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC). “I feel very strongly about this. I think it has gone far enough. There is some idea out there that certain parts of history out there don’t matter anymore and that’s a bunch of bunk.”

imageSo on Wednesday, Benton introduced House Resolution 1179, which would amend the state constitution to prevent the tarnishing of monuments at Stone Mountain. Referencing Robert E. Lee and Confederate President Jefferson Davis, the bill says “heroes of the Confederate States of America … shall never been altered, removed, concealed or obscured in any fashion and shall be preserved and protected for all time as a tribute to the bravery and heroism of the citizens of this state who suffered and died in their cause.”

Benton also introduced House Bill 855 to make Confederate Memorial Day and Lee’s birthday “public and legal holidays.” During his interview with AJC, Benton echoed the longstanding argument that the Civil War was not about slavery.

imageBenton may be concerned with preserving the South’s history, but white supremacist groups are not relics of the past.

The KKK, for example, is currently devising new ways to recruit new members and “save [their] race.” The hate group has ramped up its inflammatory rhetoric, calling for the murder ofimmigrants and gay people. It’s creating neighborhood watch groups to snuff out criminal activity. And now it’s organizing around Donald Trump’s Islamophobia.

How impossible is it for Democrats to win back the House? This impossible. – The Washington Post

imageNew York homeless vets group asked Donald Trump for a donation — he sent them a bumper sticker

Uncomfortable Question for Ted Cruz on Obamacare Silences the Room – First Draft. Political News, Now. – The New York Times

How Donald Trump Could Become President, In 10 Words | Mother Jones

Bernie Sanders Calls Hillary Clinton’s Emails ‘A Very Serious Issue’

imageHardline Racist Rhetoric Takes Centerstage in GOP Debate — Even Without Trump | Alternet

With The Antichrist Coming To America, Glenn Beck Is Fleeing To Israel | News Corpse

And finally, the end all of all dinosaurs coming to get you….if you live in Kentucky…you can rely on two things. Death and your Taxes going towards the Jesus rides a Dinosaur Museum.

Kentucky Ordered to Subsidize the Dinosaur Jesus Park | The Bob and Chez Show | News and Politics Podcast and Blog

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Kentucky taxpayers may end up subsidizing this embarrassing project after all.

This is an open thread….


Saturday Lite: Cartoon Post…Trump-A-Dump Carnival of Horrors

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Good Morning…

It is a Saturday Morning Cartoon Post.

So sit back and enjoy some funnies!

01/29/2016 Cartoon by John Cole

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I think that first cartoon pretty much sums everything from the Trump-a-Dump campaign up…don’t you?

 

01/27/2016 Cartoon by John Cole

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01/27/2016 Cartoon by Chan Lowe

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Bruce Plante Cartoon: Mt. Trump: 01/27/2016 Cartoon by Bruce Plante

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01/27/2016 Cartoon by MStreeter

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Cruz likability problem: 01/27/2016 Cartoon by Adam Zyglis

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01/27/2016 Cartoon by David Horsey

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I never put this next cartoonist in a post, because he is so fucking right wing, it is disturbing the stuff he puts out. This was his cartoon on Ted Cruz….

01/27/2016 Cartoon by Chip Bok

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01/26/2016 Cartoon by David Horsey

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01/28/2016 Cartoon by David Horsey

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01/27/2016 Cartoon by Matt Wuerker

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01/28/2016 Cartoon by Paul Berge

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01/28/2016 Cartoon by John Cole

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01/28/2016 Cartoon by Phil Hands

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Cartoonist Gary Varvel: Trump’s empty debate chair: 01/28/2016 Cartoon by Gary Varvel

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Anti-Abortion Backfire: 01/28/2016 Cartoon by Rob Rogers

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01/28/2016 Cartoon by Joe Heller

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Clay Bennett editorial cartoon: 01/27/2016 Cartoon by Clay Bennett

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01/28/2016 Cartoon by Jimmy Margulies

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01/28/2016 Cartoon by Lisa Benson

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01/26/2016 Cartoon by Lisa Benson

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01/28/2016 Cartoon by Charlie Daniel

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BUNDY STANDOFF: 01/28/2016 Cartoon by Deb Milbrath

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BARBIE MAKEOVER: 01/29/2016 Cartoon by Deb Milbrath

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01/28/2016 Cartoon by Chan Lowe

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Trump gives Megyn Kelly a spanking: 01/28/2016 Cartoon by J.D. Crowe

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01/29/2016 Cartoon by Bob Gorrell

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01/29/2016 Cartoon by Scott Stantis

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01/29/2016 Cartoon by Anibal Santos

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01/29/2016 Cartoon by MStreeter

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Not Abe: 01/29/2016 Cartoon by Ed Hall

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01/29/2016 Cartoon by John Auchter

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01/29/2016 Cartoon by Jimmy Margulies

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01/26 Mike Luckovich: Bipartisanship | Mike Luckovich

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01/28 Mike Luckovich: Poll Position | Mike Luckovich

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Clay Bennett editorial cartoon: 01/28/2016 Cartoon by Clay Bennett

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New Barbie: 01/29/2016 Cartoon by Rob Rogers

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That’s All Folks!!!!!

This is an open thread.


Wednesday: Banjoville, Georgia. A microcosm of Trump Nation.

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This little section of delight in the North Georgia Mountains…I’ve spoken before of the cross-section of folks who live and breed in the town of Banjoville. Simple kinds of folk, why the sign welcoming people to our county states as much:

 

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I’ll give them the “Scenic Beauty” but as far as the “Friendly People” …that is open for debate.

I’ve noticed the Trump situation has made the bold hateful comments more mainstream. it is acceptable and standard and now common place to find this shit among the facebook pages of the typical Banjoville resident.

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(One of those comments is written by a superintendent of schools…more on that later in the post.)

But there is something more to it than all this hate, which is deep seated in the back mountain town mentality that populates so much of the nation. The Trump Nation. It is a nation that would never support a Cruz or Rubio, because when it comes down to it…they have Latino blood.

There was a tweet I saw yesterday that sums the whole thing up perfectly.

 

Yes, when it all comes down to it, White always wins.

And this is what I see everywhere I go in Banjoville.

A White Right Wing Christian Hate that is prejudice against any and all who is not “one of them.” Living in a town like that is hell. My family has experienced the discrimination first hand many times. To this point I bring you the reason for this post. The Trump Nation embodied in Banjoville, what does this mean for society.

We live in a town where the Sheriff’s Office is so blatant about their total embrace of the practice of Separation of Church and State. This is the painted image that greats you as you walk into the Sheriff’s Office:

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It is a picture by an artist, Beth Sweigard, known for painting fetuses and a sad Jesus…

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….or Jesus at the Jewish Peoples’ Wall…

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When I first saw that Patriotic Jesus poster in the sheriff’s department, I immediately thought about that other spectacular artist…Jon McNaughton.

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Yeah, he is the artist who immortalized Clive Bundy above as some kind of western hero for the nation….

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You want a real laugh, take a look at the gallery of patriotic work here jonmcnaughton. com /patriotic/

I’ve seemed to have gotten carried away there, I need to get back to the Banjoville Sheriff Dept.

Everywhere you look there is proof that the Sheriff is a holy man, even a plaque that states he has been to church more times than any other man alive on the planet. ( I kid you not.)

Tell me that a person who is not a “real” Christian will have a equal chance at justice in that building. (The color of their skin goes without saying…back before the State of Georgia forcibly frightened all the immigrants out of town, the officers made most of their arrest by stalking the Spanish Sunday Mass up at the Catholic Church…and pulling over any car leaving the church.)

How about the fine Doctors in the area? Who proudly display their affiliation in The Oathkeepers…Oh yeah, we even have one who is a leading authority member of the affiliation. How does this affect his service to the public…the entire public. (Well, I guess since he is in private practice that is not a legitimate question, but if he is the only doctor your insurance plan accepts what then?)

Then you have the teachers and administrators at the schools, counselors who are partial to the local Banjoville White Christian. Coaches who are prejudice against players… teachers who will penalize a student if they are the wrong” color or even the wrong Christian faith. (Y’all remember Catholics are a no go as well.) This is not something made up…this really happens and it effects the future lives of students.

This is the view of a Trump Nation from my little Banjoville. The hate and bitterness is nothing new, it is just becoming bolder in its execution.

Now he’s hooked the Christian conservatives: Accept it, Donald Trump’s not fading — even more on the right are buying his snake oil – Salon.com

Donald Trump might actually be able to pull it off. A new, nationwide poll from CNN/ORC shows that Trump’s lead in the Republican polls has grown even stronger going into the Iowa caucus, which kicks off the primary season. He’s reached 41 percent support amongst Republican voters, which is more than double what his closest contender, the even more ridiculous Ted Cruz, has. Even more startlingly, Trump’s supporters seem more assured of their votes than the supporters of any other candidate. It seems Trump might do what seemed to be impossible: Overcome the resistance of party leaders to grab the nomination.

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…things are looking a lot better for Trump than anyone could have predicted. Part of the issue is that his closest contender, Ted Cruz, hasn’t made the progress he clearly thought he would at this late stage.

Mea culpa time. I’ve long thought that Ted Cruzhad a strong chance of knockingTrump out of the race, and that Cruz would either win the nomination or at least winnow it down so that Rubio could sneak up and grab it. In my own defense, the theory was pretty sound. I argued that Christian right voters would move away from go-nowhere candidates like Mike Huckabee and Ben Carson and coalesce behind a single candidate. It seemed that Cruz, who is an even nastier bully than Trump but speaks fluent evangelical-ese in a way that Trump can’t master, was well-positioned to suction up those Christian right voters.

The evangelicals did abandon the smaller candidates but, in a somewhat surprising twist, they flocked to Trump. Cruz’s once robust support amongst evangelicals is plummeting. He now has only 20 percent of the evangelical vote, whereas Trump has 37 percent of their support.

And now Jerry Falwell Jr. is endorsing Trump. This is doubly huge because Cruz used Liberty University, which Falwell is the president of, as the stage to announce his run for presidency. But such is the Trump-momentum that Cruz is getting left behind even by those whose support he thought he could count on.

Trump’s ability to win over evangelical voters is the surest sign yet that his campaign will not collapse as quickly as every predictive model imaginable suggested it should. Prying Christians off Trump should have been easy! He’s been married three times and literally cheated on his first wife in a church. His attempts to pretend he cares about religion have been limp and unconvincing, and yet, his base of support with evangelicals is only getting stronger.

The best explanation for why comes from Adam Lee of Daylight Atheism, who points out that “evangelicalism isn’t especially concerned with beliefs, nor has it ever has been.”

“Whether it’s Prohibition and communism, dancing and divorce, or abortion and gay marriage, evangelicals’ pet causes have changed radically over the decades,” he adds. “The issues themselves have only ever been important as a boundary marker, a way to delineate Us from Them.”

Trump fails comically to convince anyone he’s ever even cracked a Bible, he is the master at the “us vs. them” narrative. It turns out this is actually all the majority of Christian conservatives needed. All that stuff about Jesus and family values was merely window dressing. All that really matters is being told that people like them are better and more worthy than other people, and whoever can do that the most effectively — turns out that’s Donald Trump – will beat out the competition.

The us vs them….no that is not the right way…it is more like I said above, Trump pulls this “he is one of US” or “they are not one of us”… is more like the wording to me. One of Us being the key phrase. Us being only White Caucasians, accepting Jesus as your Savior kind of Christian, Us.

 

Anyway, that is my observations of Trump supporters, for another look, take a gander at this: The Return of the Middle American Radical An intellectual history of Trump supporters.

Trump not only got Jerry Falwell yesterday… Evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Jr. endorses Trump – The Washington Post . He also got: Sheriff Joe Arpaio to Endorse Donald Trump in Iowa – First Draft. Political News, Now. – The New York Times and today: Donald Trump wins John Rocker’s endorsement | www.ajc.com

A long read here: How Trump Happened – WSJ.com

However, I think the reason Trump happened is because of the media’s lack of calling Trump out for his racism, sexism, and every other thing the bigoted asshole has done.  Of course the Media isn’t only to blame. I think the corporate powers are a YUUUUGGGEE part of the problem too.

Watch this interview from The Young Turks that touches on the media and corporate sponsors.

Oh, the other points of the interview are very well taken, but y’all get the message here.

Just take a look at the headline from The Washington Examiner: Why can’t Donald Trump handle Megyn Kelly? | Washington Examiner

WTF is that?

Maybe I am being sensitive?

Although the article is not as bad as the headline makes it…

This feud has gotten ridiculous. Republican front-runner and businessman Donald Trump is now threatening to boycott the upcoming GOP debate if host Fox News doesn’t remove Megyn Kelly as a moderator.

I don’t usually like the argument that takes the form of, “if candidate can’t stand up to X, how can they stand up to the Islamic State?” But I do wonder how Trump will be able to handle anyone as president if he can’t take the sort of pointed questions about his weaknesses that originally soured him on Kelly.

It all started last August at the first GOP debate, when Kelly asked Trump about the New York businessman’s comments toward women in the past. The question was one of the most memorable of the debate, and prompted Trump to later claim: “you could see there was blood coming out of her eyes … Blood coming out of her wherever.”

Kelly has recently poked fun at former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s endorsement of Trump, and hosted National Review editor Rich Lowry, whose magazine has come out against the Republican front-runner.

And here we are. This insignificant back and forth has caused Trump, for the fourth time this cycle, to threaten to boycott a debate. Trump said he would boycott two CNN debates if CNN President Jeff Zucker didn’t donate money to charity. He also threatened to pull out of the CNBC debate if the format wasn’t changed (rival Ben Carson made a similar threat as well).

This makes Fox News spokesperson Irena Briganti’s statement all the more relevant: “Donald Trump is just trying to build up the audience for Thursday’s debate, for which we thank him.”

Trump is unlikely to actually boycott the debate and host his own town hall for rival networks, as he has claimed he would do. But if he has no plans to actually do this, his ongoing comments and actions toward Kelly are troubling.

How will Trump handle a hostile press if he is president? We know the press will be more harsh toward a Republican president, and that the press is especially hostile toward Trump, so will he just shut them out? And does Megyn Kelly, on a right-leaning network, really need to be public enemy number one to the Trump campaign?

I realize that this, like everything Trump does, is for attention, but it ultimately brings into question his ability to handle adversity and criticism.

That and imagine his fat sweaty fingers on the button of our nuclear arsenal.

Trump: ‘Obviously’ I Was Joking About Shooting People And Not Losing Votes

“It Was Like a Fascist Rally”: Sikh Protester Ejected From Trump Event Speaks Out

On Cruz and Rubio, Jesus thumping there way to Iowa:

Ted Cruz’s Evangelical Gamble – The New York Times

Rubio presses ‘Judeo-Christian values’ in Iowa | TheHill

Cruz’s Constant References to Jesus Drive Millions to Atheism – The New Yorker

Other links…

Trump Said He Bought Windows From China Because America’s Were Too Expensive – The Daily Beast

The Progressive Policy Donald Trump Just Embraced | ThinkProgress

Donald Trump endorses an idea liberals love: letting Medicare negotiate drug prices – Vox

Noam Chomsky Says GOP Is ‘Literally A Serious Danger To Human Survival’

As Donald Trump and Ted Cruz Soar, G.O.P. Leaders’ Exasperation Grows – The New York Times

Well what do you expect when you have GOP politicians like these:

Maine Gov. LePage: Bring back the guillotine

Racist, bigoted Facebook posts from top schools official can’t be tolerated

Leaked Documents Undermine Official Story Of Flint Water Crisis | ThinkProgress

 

In other news:

Denmark approves controversial refugee bill allowing police to seize asylum seekers’ cash and valuables | Europe | News | The Independent

Is the Oregon Standoff Over Yet?

Ammon And Ryan Bundy Arrested In Oregon; One Militant Dies In Shootout With Law Enforcement | ThinkProgress

After Bundy Arrest, Remaining Militia Says They Will Continue Occupation And Are Prepared To Die | ThinkProgress

Eyewitnesses Give Conflicting Accounts Of How Rancher Was Killed In Standoff

Christie ‘Glad’ That ‘Thin-Skinned’ Trump Skipping Fox News Debate

 

That is all, more updates and links in the comment section below.

This is an open thread y’all….


Sunday Lite Is Alright 

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Ack!!!

Damn if you could only hear what I’ve got drumming into my brain at this moment.

On into my right ear…my mom is listening to the BB King Blues channel on Sirius. Which I usually enjoy with abandon. In fact I have been able to pick out some wonderful tunes here and there. (I say this because…going into my left ear is whatever shitty show that man is watching upstairs.) I have no idea what he is watching because when I asked him what the hell that crap was he has blasting on the TV, he responded that it was a show called…”Shut yo mouth.”

Let me pop another Prozac and call it a day.

So with all this noise going on, I present the best I can do, a cartoon post. Which is probably the only thing many of us can actually comprehend today…with all the latest poll mush and establishment news. Not to mention the snow and wet and cold hitting most of the nation, East of the Mississippi.

Let’s get this shit on the road, cartoons start now:

Flint: 01/19/2016 Cartoon by Ed Hall

Cartoon by Ed Hall - Flint

01/19/2016 Cartoon by Randy Bish

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Biggest Loser: 01/20/2016 Cartoon by Paul Combs

Cartoon by Paul Combs - Biggest Loser

Cruz on New York: 01/20/2016 Cartoon by Mike Keefe

Cartoon by Mike Keefe - Cruz on New York

Flint Water: 01/20/2016 Cartoon by Rob Rogers

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Flint Water

01/20/2016 Cartoon by Nate Beeler

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01/20/2016 Cartoon by MStreeter

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Bruce Plante Cartoon: Donald Trump and Sarah Palin: 01/20/2016 Cartoon by Bruce Plante

Cartoon by Bruce Plante - Bruce Plante Cartoon: Donald Trump and Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin;s HUUUGE Trump endorsement: 01/20/2016 Cartoon by J.D. Crowe

Cartoon by J.D. Crowe - Sarah Palin;s HUUUGE Trump endorsement

01/20/2016 Cartoon by Matt Wuerker

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PALIN ENDORSEMENT: 01/20/2016 Cartoon by Deb Milbrath

Cartoon by Deb Milbrath - PALIN ENDORSEMENT

01/21/2016 Cartoon by Bob Englehart

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Lucky Ted Cruz: 01/21/2016 Cartoon by J.D. Crowe

Cartoon by J.D. Crowe - Lucky Ted Cruz

 

01/21/2016 Cartoon by Phil Hands

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Dump Trump: 01/21/2016 Cartoon by Paul Fell

Cartoon by Paul Fell - Dump Trump

01/21/2016 Cartoon by Kevin Siers

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Palin Endorsement: 01/21/2016 Cartoon by Rob Rogers

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01/21/2016 Cartoon by Nate Beeler

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01/21/2016 Cartoon by John Branch

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01/21/2016 Cartoon by Nick Anderson

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FLINT MICHIGAN: 01/21/2016 Cartoon by Deb Milbrath

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Uh…for those of you who caught the Maddow…and her “Disestablishmentarians” thingy:

01/21/2016 Cartoon by David Horsey

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01/22/2016 Cartoon by John Cole

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Medicaid Expansion: 01/22/2016 Cartoon by Paul Fell

Cartoon by Paul Fell - Medicaid Expansion

01/22/2016 Cartoon by Joe Heller

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Clay Bennett editorial cartoon: 01/22/2016 Cartoon by Clay Bennett

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01/22/2016 Cartoon by Jimmy Margulies

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Bruce Plante Cartoon: Care package from Ethiopia: 01/22/2016 Cartoon by Bruce Plante

Cartoon by Bruce Plante - Bruce Plante Cartoon: Care package from Ethiopia

Cartoonist Gary Varvel: Pied piper Donald Trump: 01/22/2016 Cartoon by Gary Varvel

Cartoon by Gary Varvel - Cartoonist Gary Varvel: Pied piper Donald Trump

01/22/2016 Cartoon by Nick Anderson

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01/22/2016 Cartoon by Signe Wilkinson

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01/22/2016 Cartoon by Sage Stossel

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01/22/2016 Cartoon by John Branch

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OBAMA MARKET: 01/22/2016 Cartoon by Deb Milbrath

Cartoon by Deb Milbrath - OBAMA MARKET

Palin Endorses Trump: 01/22/2016 Cartoon by Adam Zyglis

Cartoon by Adam Zyglis - Palin Endorses Trump

Flint water crisis: 01/22/2016 Cartoon by J.D. Crowe

Cartoon by J.D. Crowe - Flint water crisis

01/23/2016 Cartoon by Joe Heller

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Painter girl: 01/23/2016 Cartoon by Elena Steier

Cartoon by Elena Steier - Painter girl

Clay Bennett editorial cartoon: 01/23/2016 Cartoon by Clay Bennett

Cartoon by Clay Bennett - Clay Bennett editorial cartoon

 

This next cartoon is a local Troy NY cartoon, but it has a great premise.

0124 Boyertoon: 01/24/2016 Cartoon by Jeffrey Boyer

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The white carpet: 01/23/2016 Cartoon by Adam Zyglis

Cartoon by Adam Zyglis - The white carpet

01/24/2016 Cartoon by MStreeter

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I guess you can say I am making up for the last two Friday Nite Lites….

01/24 Mike Luckovich: Georgia Jesus | Mike Luckovich

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01/22 Mike Luckovich: lesser of two.., | Mike Luckovich

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01/21 Mike Luckovich: A place in my cabinet… | Mike Luckovich

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01/20 Mike Luckovich: The Trumpstar goes to… | Mike Luckovich

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This is an open thread….


Wednesday Evening: Yup, Even Squirrel Topped Trump Finds A Nut 

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Evening

This is going to be quick and to the point. I am in a bad mood and probably should not be making any statements on these matters, because I’m not gonna be logical or even coherent…I’m just gonna be someone who is tired of all the shit.

I’m gonna pretty much tell Sanders and his league of misogynistic twats to fuck off.

(That includes Bernie’s women supporters too…cause if they still are gun ho…yeah, I said gun…after all the shit he has said the past 48 hours, they are in a true sense. The Ladies Auxiliary of Cunts in Sander’s League of Misogynistic Twats.)

Wait, I have to put this quote up…my very favorite of course:

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So by know you probably know what I am talking about.

 

 

Sanders dismisses major women’s group as ‘establishment’ | MSNBC

Asked by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Tuesday evening about the fact that Planned Parenthood, NARAL and the Human Rights Campaign endorsed Clinton, Sanders replied, “We’re taking on not only Wall Street and the economic establishment, we’re taking on the political establishment. So I have friends and supporters in the Human Rights Fund [sic], in Planned Parenthood. But you know what, Hillary Clinton has been around there for a very, very long time and some of these groups are part of the establishment.”

Hillary’s response:

 

 

Planned Parenthood’s president, Cecile Richards,tweeted, “disappointing to hear this.” The Planned Parenthood Action Fund tweeted, “We respect @SenSanders. Disappointed to be called “establishment” as we fight like hell to protect women’s health.” HRC echoed the remarks:

 

 

Jessica Morales Rocketto, the Clinton campaign’s digital organizing director, elaborated on her own Twitter account why the campaign took offense.

 

 

NARAL’s president, Ilyse Hogue, also weighed in on a call with reporters. She praised Clinton for “not just committing to expanding funding for Planned Parenthood, but also to take on the Hyde amendment, which is nothing more than discrimination against low income women trying to access vital health care and their constitutional rights …. Unfortunately, directly in opposition to Bernie’s unfortunate comments last night on Rachel Maddow, the anti-choice minority has become the establishment at state legislatures and is becoming the establishment at our federal level.”

In an interview with NBC News, Sen. Claire McCaskill, another Clinton surrogate, said, “I think that for Planned Parenthood, or NARAL, or the Human Rights Campaign to be considered the establishment, someone’s not paying close attention to the way American politics works.”

As far as the Sander’s campaign…this is what Bernie’s campaign had to say:

 

 

 

Earlier on Tuesday, Sanders campaign Michael Briggs responded to the Human Rights Campaign’s Clinton endorsement by saying, “It’s understandable and consistent with the establishment organizations voting for the establishment candidate, but it’s an endorsement that cannot possibly be based on the facts and the record.”

Asked by MSNBC if the Sanders campaign wanted to clarify his remarks on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” Briggs said, “He said it better than I could.”

 

Peter Daou had more to say:

 

 

 

 

 

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Other links:

Bernie Sanders attacks Planned Parenthood and Human Rights Campaign after they endorse Hillary —www.dailynewsbin.com/opinion/bernie-sanders-attacks-planned-parenthood-and-human-rights-campaign-after-they-fail-to-endorse-him/23614/

Now that they’ve both endorsed his opponent, Bernie Sanders is openly attacking two of the most widely respected groups fighting for the liberal causes he claims to believe in. Earlier this month leading women’s health group Planned Parenthood endorsed Hillary Clinton for President, and this week leading LGBT rights group the Human Rights Campaign did the same. In response, Sanders went on national television and accused both groups of being part of the “establishment” that his campaign is fighting against.

It’s an almost inexplicable turn of events for candidate who insisted all along that he didn’t engage in “personal attacks” and was only interested in focusing on the issues. But in the past week Bernie Sanders has referred to Bill Clinton as “deplorable” while comparing Hillary Clinton to Dick Cheney, thus abandoning the high road in favor of the lowest personal attacks he can think of. And now, he’s not merely attacking his opponent or his opponent’s spouse. He appears to have concluded that anyone who doesn’t endorse his campaign it the enemy and must be destroyed, issues be damned. What on earth happened?

With Bernie Sanders As Their Nominee, Democrats Can Kiss The Presidency Goodbye – Blue Nation Review

 

 

Bernie Sanders calls Planned Parenthood part of the “political establishment.” | New Republic

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Hillary Clinton hits Bernie Sanders over Planned Parenthood comments – CNNPolitics.com

 

I copied this from Dakinikat’s Facebook page. I thought it was excellent response:

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I really believe that the true Bernie Sanders is showing himself. I’ve felt all along the dude was off when it came to women’s issues. There was something about him, can’t specifically say what, but it rubbed me the wrong way.

He never has stood up to his asshole sexist supporters who lob those awful remarks Hillary’s way.

 

Ben Ferguson on Twitter I want BernieSanders to beat Hillary so bad it s almost unhealthy 😳

 

That is nothing…y’all have seen worse shit out there.

Oh, there are other examples that we have discussed here many times. Like I’ve said. I am in a bad mood and too pissy to go into details.

 

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To me that is the typical Bernie supporter. And I would bet money that is also how Sanders feels himself…to some extent.

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Just a couple thoughts there….

As for the idiot with the squirrel’s ass on top of his head:

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That says it all!


Wednesday Open Thread

 

Just posting this open thread, because I am running late today due to a leftover migraine.

Also, I have new articles to research on Sanders…that fucker.

And…I need to cook for everyone…they are starving, so it will take a bit longer…just to state all of the above. My Wednesday reads will be coming up shortly. (Well, not so shortly.)

The picture above it Bebe’s puppy Hugo, out in his first snow.