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"GOP’s Benghazi hangup is baffling-It is rude & crude. It is disrespectful & it is downright nuts"

The GOP’s Benghazi hangup is baffling
By Richard Cohen

But this is the way the president’s opponents talk. It is rude. It is crude. It is disrespectful and it is downright nuts — but it is not limited to radio talkers. It is the lingua franca of the Republican Party.

I feel about the GOP as I do about the religion of others: I don’t get it. I know feelings can be strong and reason plays little part in it — faith is faith, after all — and this is the way I see the GOP snits about the Internal Revenue Service and, more pertinent, Benghazi. What are these people talking about?

So what is Benghazi? Beats me, I am tempted to say. But I recognize it as a transparent Republican attempt to provide the party’s base with grist for its fantasy mill. Is it possible the Obama administration fudged the nature of the attack, refusing to apply the term “terrorist”? Yes, of course. Did the White House spinmeisters put their hands all over it? Could be. But is any of this so momentous that it has required 13 public hearings and now a select House committee that will delve and delve feverishly — for what?


How to Talk to Your Kids About Michael Sam

The cartoon hillbilly - by Tom Tomorrow


I would suggest George Will shove his incandescent light bulbs where the sun don't shine.

Is there anyone on the planet who is a bigger ass in a wig than George Will?
by Steveningen

George Will:
It's an exercise in self-esteem. I do not know how adults stand there, facing a camera and say, ‘Bring back our girls' Are these barbarians in the wilds of Nigeria supposed to check their Twitter accounts and say, 'Oh, Michelle Obama's very cross with us, we better change our behavior?'

Power is the ability to achieve intended effects. This is not intended to have any effect on the real world. It's a little bit like environmentalism has become. The incandescent light bulb becomes the enemy. Has no effect whatsoever on the planet, but it makes people feel better about themselves.

This noisome little arrogant man, who has been spoon fed events throughout his long life while sitting in the comfort of his chair, is going to lecture the world because they learned about these kidnappings through Twitter?

I'm in no mood to let that slide.

If I were to stand before this weasel tonight, I would suggest he shove his incandescent light bulbs where the sun don't shine.

MORE plus video:

JOSH MARSHALL – This is my mother, Sandra. She died 33 years ago.

My Mother
JOSH MARSHALL – MAY 11, 2014, 4:35 PM EDT
This is my mother, Sandra. She died 33 years ago. This is what she looked like.

When I see these pictures now I see a beautiful woman. But when I was a child I didn't. It didn't matter because she was the center of my life and the root of my existence. But I was vaguely embarrassed by her looks because she didn't look anything like the white bread women - the mothers of my friends - I grew up around after we moved to Southern California when I was six years old.

We were hippies dropped down into an alien world on the fringes of the lapping suburban sprawl of 1970s Los Angeles.

She never wore make up. She didn't shave her legs or her under arms or do any of the other things that signified femininity and undergirded beauty in the world of my early childhood.

Throughout her life she was uncomfortable with her nose. And she had a running dialog with herself about whether she should have it "fixed", which actually would have been totally out of character for her and is probably why she never did. But in a savage irony, when she died, in addition to her fatal injuries, she broke her nose. So it had to be reset for her, fixed, in death.


many more pics:

Warren warns against Republican takeover of Senate---Would Operate Like GOP-Controlled House of Reps

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., warned that a Republican takeover of the Senate in the fall midterm elections would result in a chamber that operates like the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.


"What are they on now, is this their fiftieth vote to repeal Obamacare? That's not how you run a country. We have real issues we need to deal with: minimum wage, student loan debt, equal pay for equal work, a little accountability for the big financial institutions," Warren said in an interview on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday. ...

"This is a crisis that now is not just affecting families that get hurt by it, it's affecting the whole economy," she said. "I don't think the U.S. government should be making tens of billions of dollars in profits off the backs of our students, which is what the current student loan system is doing. And I think most Americans agree with me on that."


Teddy Bridgwater-Just drafted by Vikings-Bought Mom a Pink Escalade like he promised when he was 9

Teddy Bridgwater, just drafter in the first round by the Vikings, bought his mom a Pink Escalade like he promised when he was 9.

Obama Congratulates Michael Sam, WH Says ("You should be judged by what you do and not who you are”)

Source: ABC News

WASHINGTON — President Obama congratulated Michael Sam today, after he made history as the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL when he was picked by the St. Louis Rams, the White House said.

“The President congratulates Michael Sam, the Rams and the NFL for taking an important step forward today in our Nation’s journey. From the playing field to the corporate boardroom, LGBT Americans prove everyday that you should be judged by what you do and not who you are,” a White House official emailed to ABC News.

Sam, who led the Southeast Conference in sacks with 11.5 in the 2013 season and was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year came out as gay after the season, drawing national media attention to his all-but-certain path to join an NFL roster.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/05/obama-congratulates-michael-sam-white-house-says/

Mother’s Day Proclamation, 1870 --- "Arise, then, women of this day!"

Mother’s Day Proclamation, 1870

By Julia Ward Howe

Arise, then, women of this day!

Arise, all women who have hearts, Whether our baptism be of water or of tears!

Say firmly: “We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies, Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience. We, the women of one country, will be too tender of those of another country To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.”

From the bosom of the devastated Earth a voice goes up with our own. It says: “Disarm! Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance of justice.” Blood does not wipe out dishonor, nor violence indicate possession. As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil at the summons of war, Let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of counsel.

Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead. Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means Whereby the great human family can live in peace, Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar, But of God.

In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask That a general congress of women without limit of nationality May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient And at the earliest period consistent with its objects, To promote the alliance of the different nationalities, The amicable settlement of international questions,

The great and general interests of peace.


if there was a heaven...

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