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If it's a center-right country, why cheat?

If it's a center-right country, why cheat?

by David Atkins

Mitch McConnell on President Obama's second inaugural address:
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/23/us/politics/obama-speech-leaves-gop-stark-choices.html?_r=0

Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican minority leader, called the address “basically a liberal agenda directed at an America that we still believe is center-right.”


Sure. Here's what Republicans are actually to reinforce this belief:
http://www.slate.com/blogs/weigel/2013/01/22/virginia_republicans_ram_through_redistricting_plan_while_black_civil_rights.html

Virginia Republicans Ram Through Redistricting Plan While Black Civil Rights Veteran Senator is Out of Town


And this:
http://www.thenation.com/blog/172191/rncs-priebus-proposes-rig-electoral-college-so-losing-republicans-can-win#

Specifically, Priebus is urging Republican governors and legislators to take up what was once a fringe scheme to change the rule for distribution of Electoral College votes. Under the Priebus plan, electoral votes from battleground states such as Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin and other states that now regularly back Democrats for president would be allocated not to the statewide winner but to the winners of individual congressional districts.

Because of gerrymandering by Republican governors and legislators, and the concentration of Democratic votes in urban areas and college towns, divvying up Electoral College votes based on congressional district wins would yield significantly better results for the GOP. In Wisconsin, where Democrat Barack Obama won in 2012 by a wider margin than he did nationally, the president would only have gotten half the electoral votes. In Pennsylvania, where Obama won easily, he would not have gotten the twenty electoral votes that he did; instead, under the Priebus plan, it would have been eight for Republican Mitt Romney, twelve for Barack Obama.


Not even Republicans believe that this is a center-right country anymore (if it ever was.) They know better. That's why they have to cheat to stand a chance.


http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2013/01/if-its-center-right-country-why-cheat_23.html

More Reason For Joy: We now have a Lieberman-free Congress.

There's room for more joy

1. Lest we forget, Joe Lieberman is outta there! When, sometime in December, he gave his farewell speech in the Senate, only one fellow senator remained to listen.

For years Joe Lieberman had been a sinister drone in the sky of liberals who never liked his militarism and his unlimited support of close ties to Israel. In probably the most blatant show of ego of his lifetime of ego trips, he refused to accept his loss to a fellow Democrat for his senate seat. He quickly organized a bogus third party and went after winner, Ned Lamont, with everything he had -- and won. I don't think anyone liked him after that. It's rumored that Mrs. Lieberman is among those for whom that vicious last race for his Senate seat was simply unacceptable.

We now have a Lieberman-free Congress. This could only be improved on, in my book, by the dispatch of Mitch McConnell by Ashley Judd.

2. Lest we forget, one of the great triumphs of Obama 1 was the combination of the auto industry bailout with (and we do tend to forget this) their eventual economic triumph. But what needs to be emphasized that the bailout and the growing success of the industry also allowed for the administration's imposition of more stringent fuel standards. Twofer. Really nice.




http://prairieweather.typepad.com/big_blue_stem/2013/01/theres-room-for-more-joy.html

GIVE THEM HELL HILLARY

and she just did!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
7:25 a.m. pst 1/23/13 anybody else watching?

peace, and Hillary ROCKS!
kp




MCCAIN: 7:45 a.m. (after rambling on and on and on...........about "going to the American People, bla, bla, lie, lie, bla", bla, bla, bla)


Clinton to McCain: I understand your very strong feelings
..............we have a disagreement

with respect to helping the Libyans -

since March 20/11 Aide To Libya has BEEN PLACED ON HOLD
BY THE HOUSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




"With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans," Clinton responded, raising her voice at Johnson, who continued to interrupt her. "Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk last night who decided to kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, Senator."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/23/hillary-clinton-ron-johnson_n_2533819.html





Hillary Clinton Erupts At GOP Senator Over Benghazi Attack

Last edited Wed Jan 23, 2013, 12:06 PM USA/ET - Edit history (1)

Source: Talking Points Memo

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday fired back at Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) over accusations that the Obama Administration misled the public by claiming the Benghazi attack was the result of a spontaneous protest. Johnson pressed Clinton on why the State Department didn't talk to the U.S. diplomatic staff evacuated after the attack, to get clear information about what happened.

"Senator, when you're in these positions, the last thing you want to do is interfere with any other process going on," Clinton said, adding that the State Department was waiting for the FBI to finish conducting interviews.

"I realize that's a good excuse," Johnson responded.

"Well, no, it's the fact," Clinton said. "Even today, there are questions being raised. We have no doubt they were terrorists, they were militants, they attacked us, they killed our people. But what was going on, and why they were doing what they were doing, is still, is still unknown."

Clinton forcefully insisted neither UN Ambassador Susan Rice nor the Obama Administration misled the public. "With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans," she said. "Was it because of a protest, or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they'd go kill some Americans? What difference, at this point, does it make? It our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, senator. Now, honestly, I will do my best to answer your questions about this. The fact is that people were trying, in real time, to get to the best information."


Read more: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/hillary-clinton-fires-back-at-gop-senator-at




Oh, it's not just the Obama administration they want to harm, they'd also love to put a dent in Hillary for 2016.

Never let a good disaster go to waste!



Lance's New Fixie

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James Taylor: Rove/GOP Reopening wounds of Civil War for political base & to hide political agenda

In an interview with Charlie Rose, musician James Taylor issued a harsh rebuke to many aspects of the United States political system — and Karl Rove, in particular.



“To me, the Founding Fathers are the dream and the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln are where the rubber hits the road. That’s where this country sort of manifests it and that’s where the division manifested. And we still suffer from those divisions of the Civil War. We are still fighting the Civil War, I think. And there are people who, to their discredit, there are people who mine and encourage us to refight the Civil War. They find political strength from doing that. I’m talking about Karl Rove here. Reopening those wounds of the Civil War for political base and to hide their political agenda, which is elitist, which you can’t sell to a whole bunch of people because it doesn’t benefit them.”


Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/01/karl-rove-off-key-for-james-taylor-86610.html#ixzz2IoPZJTEN

Obama Stopped, Turned To Marvel At The Crowd: "They were the ones he, and we, were waiting for"

The Obama Majority
By Harold Meyerson

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“I want to take a look one more time. I’m not going to see this again.”




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Obama’s legions have proven that they can win elections, and this matters a great deal more, the president has learned, than whatever trace elements of goodwill he may win by deferring to Congress.

The Obama Majority — its existence and mobilization — is what enabled the president to deliver so ideological an address. No such inaugural speech has been delivered since Ronald Reagan took office in 1981, demanding the curtailment of government programs and secure in the knowledge that much of the white working class had shifted its allegiance away from the Democrats and supported his attack on the public sector and minority rights. On Monday, Obama, secure in the knowledge that the nation’s minorities had joined with other liberal constituencies to form a new governing coalition, voiced their demands to ensure equality and to preserve and expand the government’s efforts to meet the nation’s challenges. As he left the stage, he stopped and turned to marvel at the crowd, at the new American majority they represented. They were the ones he, and we, were waiting for.

MORE:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/harold-meyerson-obama-forges-a-new-majority/2013/01/22/c66489a6-64a7-11e2-9e1b-07db1d2ccd5b_story.html

Obama - "Out Of The Closet"



and a bonus toon:

Obama's Inaugural Speech Was About Ordinary American Families-Not About Republican Politicians In DC

Obama's Inaugural Speech Was About Ordinary American Families, Not About Republican Politicians In DC


Far right congressmen like Steve King (R-IA) found President Obama off-putting

The GOP just doesn't get it. The President fired up the country with an inspiring Inaugural speech filled with hope and promise-- what South Dakota Republican lunkhead John Thune disapprovingly referred to as "30,000-foot stuff." Thune will never understand the kind of speech President Obama gave; that's why he's a Republican. This was a speech for the American people, not for grubby Republican politicians who immediately went into victim mode, whining that Obama didn't offer them any reconciliation. What clowns!

The President-- as guilty as any politician of almost always pandering to the middle class-- offered hope to the millions of American families living in poverty today, if not to multimillionaire right-wing Members of Congress like John McCain (R-AZ- $10.35 million), Michael McCaul (R-TX- $294.21 million), Darrell Issa (R-CA- $220.40 million), Vern Buchanan (R-FL- $44.21 million), Bob Corker (R-TN- $21.18 million) and Mike Kelly (R-PA- $11.90 million). And President Obama became the first president in history to use the Inaugural address to fold millions of gay and lesbian citizens into the Great American Family. I'm surprised none of them had heart attacks when the President said, "We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths-- that all of us are created equal-- is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall." Paying homage to a bunch of Feminazis and runaway slaves is bad enough if you're a Republican but to refer to a mob of transvestites in New York City beating up policemen who had been abusing and exploiting them and thereby getting the whole gay-liberation war rolling... how that must have inflamed cowardly obdurate closet queens like Lindsay Graham (R-SC), Trent Franks (R-AZ), Miss McConnell (R-KY), Patrick McHenry (R-NC), Aaron Schock (R-IL), Dave Camp (R-MI) and the rest. "Our journey," he continued, "is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law." To a fearful Republican like any of the above, these are scary partisan words, red flags and danger signals.

..........

more:
http://downwithtyranny.blogspot.com/2013/01/obamas-inaugural-speech-was-about.html

NV - Report Shows Details of Possible Attempt to Kill Speaker

Report Shows Details of Possible Attempt to Kill Speaker

The pre-booking Declaration of Arrest for Nevada Assemblyman Steven Brooks (D), obtained by Jon Ralston, is truly extraordinary.

Here's the document:





Brrooks arrest report by

http://www.ralstonreports.com/blog/details-emerge-brooks-arrest-involvement-atkinson-barlow#.UP87kR1bapB

http://politicalwire.com/archives/2013/01/22/report_shows_details_of_possible_attempt_to_kill_speaker.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PoliticalWire+%28Political+Wire%29

Medical marijuana legalization likely headed to Supreme Court

Source: Raw Story

An appeals court refused on Tuesday to even consider reviewing evidence to reclassify marijuana due to its medical usefulness, leaving the nation’s largest medical marijuana advocacy group vowing to ask the Supreme Court for a review.

In their ruling (PDF), three judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. explained that they did not take up the question of medical efficacy because the suit was otherwise disqualified by a technicality. Attorneys for Americans for Safe Access argued that a petition denied by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in 2011 was denied on “arbitrary and capricious” grounds, which the court took exception to.

That petition, which the DEA sat on for nearly a decade without any action, asked the agency to examine the latest scientific evidence for marijuana’s medical uses and consider changing the drug’s status in the federal register of controlled substances. The DEA considers marijuana to be Schedule I, a classification reserved for drugs like LSD, Peyote and Ecstasy that are considered to have no medical value.


The court noted that the Controlled Substances Act requires a “currently accepted medical use” before the DEA will consider rescheduling any drug. Added, a prior case from 1994 saw the D.C. Court of Appeals approve the DEA’s definition of what is and is not “currently accepted medical use,” stipulating that “adequate and well-controlled studies proving efficacy” must first exist.




Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/01/22/medical-marijuana-legalization-likely-headed-to-supreme-court/
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