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Kobach's Last Ploy To Thwart Dems In Kansas Senate Race Dealt Big Setback


Kobach's Last Ploy To Thwart Dems In Kansas Senate Race Dealt Big Setback

In what is likely a big win for Kansas Democrats, the Kansas Supreme Court declined Tuesday to hear the lawsuit being brought by a Democratic voter suing to force the state Democratic Party to name a new candidate in the Senate race. Instead, the state's high court referred the case to a lower court for a fuller hearing.

David Orel, a registered Democratic voter in Kansas City, Kan., who is refusing to speak to the press, filed the lawsuit after the state Supreme Court ruled that former Democratic nominee Chad Taylor should be taken off the ballot. In it, he argues that the Democratic Party is required by state law to replace Taylor.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has asserted the same position. But election law expert and University of California-Irvine law professor Rick Hasen said that the state supreme court's new order would likely help Democrats in their effort to leave the Democratic spot open and drive voters to independent candidate Greg Orman in his bid to unseat incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS).



Gingrich: Oops! C-Span Made Me DO IT: Obama Didn't Say The Thing I Freaked Out About

Yes, Gingrich was dumbfounded, and for good reason. After all, what's courteous about an aerial assault?

"Dropping bombs is not courteous it is combat," he tweeted a moment later. "Someone should ask the white house what President meant using the word courtesy this morning"

Problem was, Obama didn't actually say that — a realization Gingrich eventually came to about twenty minutes after he unleashed his initial criticism. Gingrich's explanation? Blame it on CSPAN.

"Correction, cspan transcribed President inaccurately and i used their version," he tweeted. "He said our pilots had courage not courtesy and that is true"


The "WAR ON DRUGS": New Hampshire grandma shot by cops after reaching for infant during DEA raid

Her son told the New Hampshire Union Leader his 10-year-old sister opened the door to Alonzo’s home and federal agents burst into the apartment.

“She went to pick up the baby,” said Daniel Nunez. “They thought she was reaching for something, and they shot her.”

The bullet ripped through her arm and entered her torso, the newspaper reported.

No drugs, weapons, or large amounts of cash were found at Alonzo’s home, Daniel Nunez said.


Take The A-Team, add a dash of MacGyver, and a splash of an O'Reilly wet dream & you get...


O'Reilly's guest, U.S. Naval War College Professor Tom Nichols, Ph.D., a national security expert, also refuted the host's plan, calling it a "terrible," "immoral" idea. Nichols explained that "it is a morally corrosive idea to try to outsource our national security"

UPDATE: O'Reilly doubled down on his proposal on the September 23 edition of CBS News' CBS This Morning, claiming such a mercenary force would "take the politics out of it." He predicted, "It's going to happen. This anti-terror army is going to happen."



One for the "'murica" file. Sex, Guns and Jesus: Inside America’s Manliest Church

Pastor Heath Mooneyham brandishes a Black Rain AR-15 outside his home in Missouri's rural Ozarks. Many see Mooneyham and his ministry as the second coming of Mark Driscoll, embattled patriarch of the Mars Hill mega-church.


“We’re just a bunch of dudes with beards and beer guts and hot wives. We love our God. We love our country. We love our trucks. And we love our guns.

As the red-blooded spiritual leader of Ignite’s rapidly growing 800-strong congregation, Heath Mooneyham has grand ambitions to get his message out, and he doesn’t care who he alienates in the process. Earlier this summer, the husband and father of four earned Ignite some national exposure when he raffled off a pair of assault rifles for Father’s Day services, hoping to lure a few more lost male souls through his doors. To promote the giveaway, Pastor Heath cut a YouTube video in which he proclaimed that the day’s grand prize, a Black Rain AR-15, would allow one “lucky dude” to “double-tap a zombie in style.” Then he goaded his target audience into showing up to church on time.

“You’re a big boy. You got big balls between your legs. You’re a dad, right? Get up, set your alarm, don’t be a wuss.”


Irony! Elisabeth Hasselbeck Demands Voters Pass 'Citizenship Test' To Make Sure They're Not Stupid

Elisabeth Hasselbeck has a brilliant idea: every one of voting age should have to pass a Citizenship Test, since she apparently wants to curtail the number of teabagger voters.

..... she advocated for the idea that all Americans of a voting age should have to pass a citizenship test before they're eligible to vote. She seems to think that when you're able to identify at least one branch of government and how many senators we have instead of, you know, the major issues, voting becomes "more meaningful."

Maybe if your definition of "meaningful" is "utterly devoid of contextual utility," but she doesn't stop to think about the harm to her own movement this would cause. After all, the fullest extent of Teabagger knowledge about the Constitution begins and ends with "I'm pretty sure it exists, and it was written by Jesus."


TEST: What are the three branches of government?
TEA PARTIER: the Republican Party, the Tea Party, and guns

TEST: What freedoms are guaranteed by the First Amendment?
TEA PARTIER: All the guns I want!

TEST: What is important about the Thirteenth Amendment?
TEA PARTIER: All the guns I want, so I can overthrow the government!

TEST: What are the constitutional requirements for the office of presidency?
TEA PARTIER: White, male, conservative, and approved by right-thinking real Americans like me.


If history is any sort of teacher, the idea of "literacy tests" at the polls was employed in the South from the 1880s to the 1960s in an effort to disenfranchise Black voters.

Here's a 1964 Louisiana literacy test given blacks that Hasselbeck couldn't pass today!:








Seattle Prosecutor To Drop All Seattle Marijuana Tickets

Prosecutor To Drop All Seattle Marijuana Tickets

Seattle will drop all marijuana tickets issued through the first seven months of 2014, says the city's prosecutor. They were almost all issued by one officer who disagrees with legalization.

In a briefing to the City Council on Monday, City Attorney Pete Holmes says he is moving to dismiss approximately 100 tickets issued by the Seattle Police Department between Jan. 1 and July 31. His office also said it would be seeking a refund for 22 people who have already paid their $27 ticket.

Through the first six months of the year, a single officer wrote about 80 percent of the tickets, writing on one that he considered the pot law "silly." The officer was temporarily reassigned, and the department's Office of Professional Accountability is investigating.


Right wing whining about the polarization they've created

Right wing whining about the polarization they've created

by digby

Justice Roberts says:

It’s not like it’s always been that way,” Roberts said. “Justice (Antonin) Scalia, I think, was confirmed unanimously. I think Justice (Ruth Bader) Ginsburg was confirmed unanimously. Neither one of them would have a chance today. And that doesn’t make any sense. That’s bad for the judiciary.”
It would be if it weren't patently obvious that only Ginsburg would not be confirmed. Scalia would make it through. How do we know this? Because Samuel Alito did. And he's even more of a partisan wingnut than Scalia (although not quite as dyspeptic --- but give him time.)

I think it's very nice that Roberts is concerned about polarization and partisanship. But he's been around since the 1980s when the Reagan revolutionaries started their Shermanesque March through American politics, lighting fire to every norm, tradition, rule and common understanding that previously existed. He's been part of it throughout his entire career. So one must be pardoned for thinking that what he really means is that liberals need to admit they've been defeated and stop fighting because the conservatives aren't getting everything they want. That's what they usually mean when they start whining about partisanship.


Charles Pierce: "THE FACE OF DISGRACE" - on the media's history of ignoring mass protests

The Face Of Disgrace
By Charles P. Pierce 9/23/2014 AT 9:40 AM

On February 15, 2003, millions of people all over the world protested the looming invasion of Iraq by the United States.

The major media, deafening themselves with their own tub-thumping, ignored them, or minimized them.

So they weren't there. So it didn't happen. But the Iraq war did.

On September 22, 2014, hundreds of thousands of people marched through the streets of New York to demand that the country do something -- anything -- to cope with the existential threat of global climate change.

The major media, with another kind of war over which to thump the tubs and deeply concerned about a presidential election two years away, ignored them.

So they weren't there. So it didn't happen. But climate change did, and does, and will continue to happen.


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