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More Cops Should Deal With Fighting Kids Like This Officer

Obama praises DC cop for 'Nae Nae' dance-off

Diffusing conflict is the way to go.


On Monday afternoon, D.C. police officers broke up two groups of fighting teenagers. A few minutes later, a female officer approached the lingering crowd and told the teens to disperse.

That’s when Aaliyah Taylor, a 17-year-old senior at Ballou High School, walked up to the officer and started playing “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” on her phone. Then she did the Nae Nae dance.

The officer, according to Taylor, laughed and said she had far better dance moves than that.

What happened from there on the 200 block of K Street SW was a rather impressive dance-off between the police officer and the teen, and an example of positive community policing at a time when national attention is focused on discriminatory and abusive police tactics. The onlooking teens caught the dance battle on their cell phones while a song by rapper Dlow played in the background.


"I'm Sorry You Widdle Tummy Hurts....."

Carly Fiorina Will NEVER Be President.

But I think one candidate stood out in stupidity during the debate, and in doing so probably ended any slim chance she might have had to become this nation's president. That candidate is Carly Fiorina. She did that by attacking two of the most popular things the federal government has ever done -- Social Security and the minimum wage. And she showed her complete lack of understanding about our Constitution by claiming that both were actually unconstitutional. She said:

“There is no Constitutional role for the federal government in setting up retirement plans. There is no Constitutional role for the federal government to be setting minimum wages.”

She doesn't seem to care that the Supreme Court has ruled both Social Security and the minimum wage to be constitutional -- ignoring the fact that the Constitution gives the federal government the right "to lay and collect taxes" and to "provide for the. . .general welfare of the United States". Surely, allowing workers to invest in a government program that will insure they don't have to live in abject poverty when they retire, and insuring that those who are willing to work a full-time job don't have to live in poverty, are programs that insure the general welfare of this country.

She also ignores the fact that both of these government efforts have been largely successful. Before Social Security was enacted, over 50% of the nation's senior lived in poverty. Now that figure has been reduced to about 10% (and with an expansion of benefits could be even lower). The minimum wage gave workers a livable level of income. That has been eroded by government inaction and needs to be raised now, but Fiorina is in that group of far-right Republicans who would not only not raise the minimum wage, but would eliminate it altogether -- a move that would insure millions of working Americans must live in poverty (and put a downward pressure on the wages of all American workers).

She shows us that she simply doesn't care for Americans that are not rich. But that is not an attitude that the general public in this country will tolerate. A hefty majority of Americans support both Social Security and the minimum wage. Poll after poll has shown that the public wants Social Security protected (and oppose any cuts to the program). And those polls also show that the public wants the minimum wage raised. The debate is not over whether the minimum wage should exist, but over how much it should be raised (and a significant majority would like it raised to at least $10 and hour).


Jaysus Harold Christ, what a bunch of saggy-diapered, puling toddlers these people are.

So, the whiny-ass crybaby GOP candidates are having a meeting Sunday — to which RNC Chair Rinses Repeatus is pointedly not invited — because the debates are unfair and mean, you guys!

.......does Rubio honestly expect anyone to believe he doesn’t thank sweet babby Jeebus for the question that gave him a chance to stick a shiv in Jeb? Please.

Perhaps they’ll issue a list of demands to ensure their continued participation, such as yoooodge and classy greenrooms and the right to submit campaign infomercials in lieu of appearing on stage for questions.

Jaysus Harold Christ, what a bunch of saggy-diapered, puling toddlers these people are. I doubt Hillary Clinton wanted to spend 11 hours being grilled by a committee of snarling partisan jackals, but she hitched up her pantyhose and went to Capitol Hill. Because that’s what grownup politicians do.

If these whiny-ass Republican crybabies can’t withstand the ferocious inquisition of CNBC’s Becky Quick, I’m pretty sure they’d go fetal and whimper into their binkies at the mere sight of Putin. What a bunch of craven, candy-ass, sniveling milksops.


Without Obamacare 'I'd have lost the farm,' says Alabama farmer

Hank Adcock of Nectar lost half his right hand in a farming accident in June – but he'll tell anybody who will listen that he would have lost a lot more if it weren't for Obamacare.

"I'd a lost the farm, I guess," said Adcock.

The farm has been in his family for three generations, and Adcock has been working it for most of his 62 years. In June, both hands got caught in a hay baler while Adcock worked alone on Straight Mountain.

The machine yanked off his right ring and pinkie fingers, along with most of the muscle and bones connecting them to his wrist. He pulled the right hand out with his left, which then got caught, crushed and cut in the machine.

Adcock estimates that it took nearly 10 minutes to free himself from the machine. Then he wrapped up his mangled right hand and drove his truck – a stick shift – to the nearest house.

"Us country folk are tough," he said.


KRUGMAN: Springtime For Grifters

The Opinion Pages | OP-ED COLUMNIST
Paul Krugman
Springtime for Grifters
OCT. 30, 2015

.........Ben Carson was asked about his involvement with Mannatech, a nutritional supplements company that makes outlandish claims about its products and has been forced to pay $7 million to settle a deceptive-practices lawsuit. The audience booed, and Mr. Carson denied being involved with the company. Both reactions tell you a lot about the driving forces behind modern American politics.

As it happens, Mr. Carson lied. He has indeed been deeply involved with Mannatech, and has done a lot to help promote its merchandise. PolitiFact quickly rated his claim false, without qualification. But the Republican base doesn’t want to hear about it, and the candidate apparently believes, probably correctly, that he can simply brazen it out. These days, in his party, being an obvious grifter isn’t a liability, and may even be an asset.


Consider Mr. Rubio, who has emerged as the leading conventional candidate thanks to Jeb Bush’s utter haplessness. There was a time when Mr. Rubio’s insistence that $6 trillion in tax cuts would somehow pay for themselves would have marked him as deeply unserious, especially given the way his party has been harping on the evils of budget deficits. Even George W. Bush, during the 2000 campaign, at least pretended to be engaged in conventional budgeting, handing back part of a projected budget surplus.

But the Republican base doesn’t care what the mainstream media says. Indeed, after Wednesday’s debate the Internet was full of claims that John Harwood, one of the moderators, lied about Mr. Rubio’s tax plan. (He didn’t.) And in any case, Mr. Rubio sounds sensible compared to the likes of Mr. Carson and Mr. Trump. So there’s no penalty for his fiscal fantasies.

The point is that we shouldn’t ask whether the G.O.P. will eventually nominate someone in the habit of saying things that are demonstrably untrue, and counting on political loyalists not to notice. The only question is what kind of scam it will be.

the whole is a good read:

Limbaugh: GOP Leaders Would Be ‘Happier’ with Hillary as President Than with Cruz

Limbaugh: GOP Leaders Would Be ‘Happier’ with Hillary as President Than with Cruz
by Josh Feldman | 5:19 pm, October 28th, 2015 AUDIO

Rush Limbaugh really went off on GOP leaders today for agreeing to a bipartisan budget deal. The House is voting on the deal today, and Limbaugh and plenty of other conservatives aren’t happy about Republicans coming together with President Obama on this.

Limbaugh said the real bipartisan deal going on here is the one “to destroy conservatism.”

He declared, “I have the idea they would be happier with Hillary Clinton as president than Ted Cruz, and that’s not a feeling. I know that almost for a fact.”


Here's Huckabee in 2002 wooing Raytheon, the maker of the blimp he just decried as government excess


The GOP debate audience booed CNBC for confronting Ben Carson about a controversial association

which he denied:


For ten years, he interacted with a medical-supplement maker accused of false advertising. In March of last year, Dr. Ben Carson, the conservative star considered a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, appeared in a video for Mannatech, Inc., a Texas-based medical supplement maker. Smiling into the camera, he extolled the benefits of the company’s “glyconutrient” products:

The wonderful thing about a company like Mannatech is that they recognize that when God made us, He gave us the right fuel. And that fuel was the right kind of healthy food. You know we live in a society that is very sophisticated, and sometimes we’re not able to achieve the original diet. And we have to alter our diet to fit our lifestyle. Many of the natural things are not included in our diet. Basically what the company is doing is trying to find a way to restore natural diet as a medicine or as a mechanism for maintaining health

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/396193/ben-carsons-troubling-connection-jim-geraghty

REMINDER: Big gov't didn't steal your Social Security, that was Ronald Reagan and GOP in Congress.

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