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I hate it when people compare Dick Cheney to Darth Vader.

Vader never avoided military service in wars he supported.


Republican sends Confederate Christmas card to colleagues

Outrage as Republican sends Confederate Christmas card to colleagues tells them to ask for 'forgiveness' for their 'betrayal'

South Carolina Rep. Chris Corley has been an ardent supporter of bringing back the Confederate flag to the Statehouse

The Confederate flag was removed from Capitol grounds in response to the fatal shooting of nine black parishioners in a Charleston church

Corley said the card was meant as a 'joke' to his fellow Republicans

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3345193/Republican-sends-Confederate-Christmas-card-colleagues.html#ixzz3tMTQN4GA
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Eugene Robinson hit's nail on head: "The tragic choice we make about guns."

The common denominator in mass shootings is the use of firearms.
Variables such as political ideology, religious fervor and mental illness are motivating factors,
but death comes from the gun.

Until our society recognizes that simple truth,
the list of place names to which Colorado Springs and San Bernardino were recently added will have
no end.

What we ought to do is stick to the facts,
and the facts of these mass shootings are the guns.

As long as there are as many guns in this country as there are people, as long as we don’t meaningfully restrict firearm purchases or keep track of weapons, we will have mass shootings and individual killings and gun suicides. Tragically, this is the choice we make.


Someone, explain to me again why these guns are legal. Hunting?


Missouri State Rep Files Bill to Put Gun Sales Under Exact Same Restrictions as Abortions


Michelle Obama Reads 'The Night Before Christmas' With Miss Piggy



This is what journalists are supposed to do. Kudos to Chris Matthews.

Chris Matthews then continued as he dissected Trump's continued birtherism.

"Well, this is Trump's trump card. It is his ethnic taunt to the worst of the Obama haters. It is his willingness to argue that the President isn't really one of us. That he is on the contrary a mysterious interloper who snuck into our country, assumed an identity that wasn't his, and smuggled himself all the way to the American presidency never once being the person he claims to be. Well this is the original Trump sin back again. This is the trumped up libel that our front running candidate is willing to sell whenever he finds an audience as he did today willing to swallow it only because they hate Obama personally, hate his progressive politics, hate most of all his open tolerant world view. I have from the beginning seen Trump as a mixed bag. But this birtherism which he exhumed today is the bad he carries with him, refuses to dump, and is so willing to sell."

Matthews then went after Trumps' supporters.

"For those who applauded him today, cheered at his insinuation that the President hides himself as a defender of Islamist terrorism, I can only say this," Chris Matthews said. "You should be ashamed. None of us should applaud this 21st century McCarthyism, this cheap insinuation against a fellow American backed up by nothing but hate."


Senator Elizabeth Warren: We will not allow the GOP to turn the clock back on women's rights

Mr. President, A few months ago I asked my Republican colleagues if they had fallen down, hit their heads, and thought they woke up in the 1950s, and today I am back to check on my Republican colleagues, because it appears that they are suffering from a serious case of memory loss. Now before I call the doctors at Mass General, I just want to say, this really isn't a joke. I truly honestly cannot come up with a better reason why my Republican colleagues have forced us back to the Senate floor once again to talk about another reckless scheme to defund Planned Parenthood. What's with you guys?

Remember this summer, Republicans launched a deliberate orchestrated plan to defund women's health care centers? Let me just clarify—this was not a plan to defund abortions, because for nearly 40 years the federal government has prohibited federal funding for abortions. Nope, the plan was to defund Planned Parenthood health care centers, that nearly 2.7 million people use every year. Health care centers that one in five women across America have used for cancer screenings, pregnancy and STD tests, birth control, and other basic medical care.

To a lot of women, and to a lot of men, the effort to defund Planned Parenthood health care centers was an overt attack on women's access to needed and legal health care. And when the Republicans forced the Senate to vote on a bill to defund Planned Parenthood, it failed—and rightly so. That should have been the end of it, but Republican extremists just won't quit. In fact they're doubling down. Today, Senate Republicans will use a special maneuver to hold another vote to defund Planned Parenthood, this time needing only 50 votes to pass, instead of the usual 60.

Now even if they pass this reconciliation bill, President Obama has said he will veto. But some Republican extremists vow to press on, using the most extreme tactic possible—taking the government hostage. They want to attach a rider to the government funding bill and threaten to shut down the government ten days from now, unless the Democrats agree to defund Planned Parenthood. Does this sound familiar? Well, that's because it is the very same tactic used in 2013 when Republicans shut down the government over the Affordable Care Act and flushed $24 billion dollars down the drain. The very same tactic that former Speaker John Boehner admitted was a quote, ‘predictable disaster.’

Republicans may like playing politics with Planned Parenthood, but this isn't a game for the millions of women who depend on Planned Parenthood for basic medical care every year, and who have nowhere else to go. And threatening to shut down the government is certainly not a game—not a game for cancer patients who could be turned away from clinical trials at NIH. It's not a game for small businesses that depend on our national parks being open for tourists visits. It's not a game for seniors who need their medicare paperwork processed or for the veterans whose benefits could be at risk. And it is not a game for the hundreds of thousands of federal employees across this country from Park Rangers to scientists to cafeteria workers and janitors at government buildings, who could be sent home two weeks before Christmas with no paycheck coming in.

Mr. President this radical assault on women's health care in reproductive rights has gone far enough. So in case my Republican colleagues are suffering from short-term memory loss, let me spell this out again loud and clear. We will not allow you to turn back the clock on women's health and women's rights. If you try to sneak provisions into the government funding bill to defund Planned Parenthood, we fight you every step of the way and we will win. That is not a threat. That is a promise.



Birds of a feather.....

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