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Republican Governor of Texas Rick Perry just committed a twitter-tastrophe of stellar dimensions. A tweet issued from Perry’s account accused Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg of being the “most drunken democrat in Texas”. Somebody hit the panic button and deleted the tweet, but only after it had already been shared more than 600 times. The Perry camp could have used Lehmberg’s DUI arrest to speak seriously on the offense and drinking-related issues – but they chose to poke fun of the DA instead.
As the LA Times reports:
"...Perry’s account tweeted an image featuring the logo of the conservative Patriot Post. The image depicted Lehmberg seated at a table with beer bottles. Text accompanying the image read, “I don’t always drive drunk at 3x the legal blood alcohol limit … but when I do, I indict Gov. Perry for calling me out about it. I am the most drunk Democrat in Texas...”
After the deletion came the awkward – hey, it was “unauthorized” – retractions, but bottom line Rick: Twitter never forgets. The horse has bolted. Lehmberg’s drink-driving charge could have been a gift to Perry, who was recently indicted by her office for two felony counts of abusing his power by eliminating funds for the state’s public integrity unit. But, instead of taking the chance to appear the statesman, and sharpen his Presidential look ahead of 2016 – he came off like a playground bully.
Posted by Segami | Mon Sep 1, 2014, 10:29 AM (8 replies)
"...Over the past six years after every election, a relatively common question is why do so many Americans dependably vote against their own self-interests. Despite poor white people in southern red states barely surviving on slave wages, welfare, food stamps, and no adequate healthcare, they routinely vote for Republicans openly campaigning on driving their constituents deeper into poverty..."
Last year in Kansas a judge ruled that Governor Sam Brownback’s Draconian cuts to public education were unconstitutional; particularly because the lack of funding was due to using taxpayer dollars to fund unsustainable tax cuts for the rich. Brownback, like all Republicans, desperately needs an ignorant and uneducated citizenry who regularly fall for the insane notion that taking money from the people to enrich corporations and the wealthy is key to an economic Utopia. It is noteworthy that the storied “trickle down” theory has existed for about a generation, and the people that were denied a decent education then ignorantly support Brownback’s economic lunacy that has the state suffering three recent credit downgrades and flirting with bankruptcy in the very near future. It is even likely that people suffering the drastic social program cuts enacted by Republicans will vote for Brownback because they are too stupid to understand they are voting against their own survival. Another Republican state, Louisiana, is fighting federal and state court lawsuits due to Governor Bobby Jindal’s unconstitutional scheme of stealing from public schools to fund private religious institutions. Jindal, like all Republicans, depends on uneducated voters to support policies against their own self-interests such as rejecting free Medicaid expansion funding, giving free rein to dirty energy industry to foul Louisiana’s air and water, and cut social programs ignorant and uneducated citizens require to survive.
The common theme in keeping their citizens ignorant and uninformed is pandering to voters’ irrational fears. It is why Republicans’ claim Democrats are subverting their religious freedom, taking god out of schools, coming for their guns, and imposing Marxism, Socialism, or communism on the people. If any American does not believe how ignorance borne of an uneducated populace drives opposition to policies that help Americans, take heed of the number of times Republican and teabagger voters bemoan President Obama’s Marxist or socialist policies revealing they have no idea what Marxist or socialist policies entail. If one wants to end a debate, or conversation with a conservative parroting Republican talking points, ask them when the government came for their guns, what Marxism or socialism is, how their religious liberty, was subverted, or how President Obama is shredding the Constitution; a document they have never read, much less understand at even a rudimentary level.
It is beyond refute that if the citizens of this country were informed and educated, Republicans would be hard-pressed to get elected as dog-catchers, much less legislators. The assault on public education goes beyond Republican-controlled states as evidenced by congressional Republicans regularly cutting education funding. They, Republicans, know that if the public were educated, they could not demean science as the work of the devil, or claim contraception is abortion, or push the Christian bible as true science. There is a reason so many morons in the conservative movement are certain that god created America, wrote the Constitution, established America’s borders, and installed Christianity as the state religion, and it is simply due to their inability to pick up a history book or the founding document to check Republican claims for veracity.
Americans are not unintelligent, but a fair proportion of them are dirt stupid; it is the only reason a Republican ever gets elected. What Republicans are doing in the states to education is to maintain an ignorant, superstitious, and uninformed voting bloc as well as prepare the next generation to regularly vote against their own best interests. They will continue using any means to destroy public education because they know, as Founding Father Thomas Jefferson said, the only “true corrective of abuses of power is to see to it that a suitable education be provided for all its citizens.” It is a corrective that Republicans are waging a fierce battle against because their electoral survival depends on keeping their supporters uneducated, uninformed, and frankly, stupid from religion.
Posted by Segami | Sat Aug 30, 2014, 10:56 AM (21 replies)
The audio tape release of Mitch McConnell cozying up to the Kochs is raising some eyebrows back home in Kentucky. Particularly that part where he tells the billionaires gathered at the Koch retreat that the "the worst day of my political life" was when the campaign spending limits in McCain-Feingold passed. So the Courier-Journal decided to take a look at the financial relationship between McConnell and the Kochs.
My research finds $40,800 in contributions from the Koch family and PAC to McConnell's re-election campaign. But the PAC of Koch Industries has also given $25,000 this election cycle to McConnell's own PAC, Bluegrass Committee.
All the immediate family members of the Kochs have donated the maximum limits to McConnell, along with the PAC contributions, which the McConnell PAC can use for some travel and consultants and staff. As of yet, the Kochs and their Americans for Prosperity haven't directed any of their millions into television ads in Kentucky. But the Koch/McConnell connection in the state runs deep. The state director for the Koch's AFP is one Julie Crigler, who just happens to be married to Chase Crigler, Northern Kentucky field representative for McConnell. It's all just one big happy family.
Remember when Republicans said that the Koch brothers were just too obscure for the people back home to care about, and how it was a losing political issue for Harry Reid and the Democrats? Seems like the local media in Kentucky, at least, disagrees.
Posted by Segami | Fri Aug 29, 2014, 12:52 PM (8 replies)
From the Twin Cities Daily Planet:
The video, shot by the man’s cellphone, shows his interaction with officers as he attempts to pick up his children from New Horizon Academy in downtown St. Paul. As the officers force the man to put his hands behind his back, he drops his phone and the video goes black, but the audio continues and we hear the man crying for help and proclaiming that his kids are watching. Both officers in the video are white.
“Why do I have to let you know who I am?” the man tells the first female officer at the beginning of the video. “I don’t have to let you know who I am if I haven’t broken any laws.”
More transcription from the video and the Twin Cities Daily Planet:
From the following dialogue, it appears the police were called by a store clerk, who was upset over the man sitting in front of his store. The man in the video tells the officer he was sitting in front of the store for 10 minutes as he waited for his kids to get out of school, and that the area is public and he had a right to sit there.
“The problem was —” the female officer begins.
“The problem is I’m black,” the man fires back. “It really is, because I’m not sitting there with a group of people. I’m sitting there by myself. By myself, not causing a problem.”
Eventually a second male officer approaches the man in the video and attempts to restrain him.
“I’ve got to go get my kids,” the man tells the second officer, pulling his arm away. “Please don’t touch me.”
“You’re going to go to jail then,” the second officer says.
“I’m not doing anything wrong,” the man replies.
The outrageous incident actually happened in January, but police kept the confiscated phone for six months. All charges against Chris Lollie, the man in the video, were eventually dropped:
The police report says the man was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct and obstructing the legal process. Here's the St. Paul PD's official version of events:
Squad 524, M. Johnson/ 526, B. Schmidt were called to the First National Bank Building (332 Minnesota) on a report of uncooperative male refusing to leave. Officers later made contact with this male... who refused to cooperate and would not give his name. He was later arrested for Trespassing, Disorderly Conduct, and Obstructing Legal Process (Citation #620900211109).
The man was charged with trespassing, disorderly conduct, and obstructing the legal process, but those charges were later dropped.
Posted by Segami | Thu Aug 28, 2014, 09:12 PM (1 replies)
Video of McConnell dodging and fleeing questions:
RUUUUUUUUUNNNN MITCH RUUUUUUUUUUNNN!....................
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has been caught on video literally running away from reporters after audio of a secret speech that he gave to the Koch brothers was leaked.
In the leaked audio, McConnell admitted that the Kochs run the Republican Party, and that he will be carrying out their agenda if Republicans win the majority in the Senate. The leak of the secret speech combined with McConnell’s promise to shut down the government if Obama doesn’t do what he wants has led to McConnell literally running away from the media. In an interview eight days ago, McConnell threatened government shutdowns. The backlash caused by his annoucement of his strategy caused him to change his tune during an interview with CNN, “I’m the guy that’s gotten us out of the shutdowns that some of our members have pushed us into in the past. That does not mean that you should send the president a total blank check with no restrictions at all on how the money is spent.”
If McConnell won’t shut down the government, he has no leverage. For this reason alone, it is likely that McConnell was lying to CNN in order to save his own hide. The leak of the audio from the secret Koch summit poses a gigantic problem for a thirty-year incumbent who is already viewed as being too close to Washington. Sen. McConnell is running away from reporters because he was caught red-handed. He can claim that the things he said on the tape are nothing new, but to hear him expressing his need for the Koch brothers in a way that he hasn’t done for Kentucky voters is a damning indictment of McConnell’s priorities.
Posted by Segami | Thu Aug 28, 2014, 01:52 PM (92 replies)
Lawmakers investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closings are employing a new tactic in an apparent challenge to the aide's earlier sworn testimony.
TICK, TOCK, TICK, TOCK, TICK, TOCK......................
HACKENSACK, N.J.—Lawmakers investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closings are going after the telephone records of a top aide of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, employing a new tactic in an apparent challenge to the aide's earlier sworn testimony. Dozens of subpoenas issued by the state legislative panel thus far have been directed at current or former government employees or offices, ordering them to go through their own files and produce documents related to the scandal. But the latest demand for records, issued on Monday, was sent to the telecommunications company AT&T, requesting a month of phone data — including text messages — sent or received by a Christie staffer who previously testified that she had erased a communication sent to the governor at a crucial time during the unfolding scandal.
AT&T's response to the subpoena is likely to test the legislative panel's legal authority to obtain otherwise private text messages from a third-party telecommunications company. Such information, when sought by law enforcement, sometimes requires a search warrant. AT&T representatives did not respond to a message left at their National Subpoena Compliance Center in Florida asking if they would comply with the demand for a month of text messages sent by Regina Egea, chief of Christie's authorities unit. Asked about any potential legal concerns, Assemblyman John Wisniewski, the panel's Democratic co-chairman, said, "We have been guided by our counsel who advised us this was an appropriate way to seek information."
The subpoena requests all Egea's incoming and outgoing calls and text messages for December 2013. On Dec. 9, Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye and two agency employees who manage the bridge testified that a Christie loyalist at the agency had ordered the lane closings. Egea told lawmakers during her hearing in July that she recalled sending Christie a text while watching the December testimony and commenting on how "professional" the Port Authority employees seemed, but she said she believed it had been erased. The governor has said he doesn't recall the text message.
Posted by Segami | Thu Aug 28, 2014, 01:26 PM (0 replies)
"..It is no secret that McConnell is a faithful servant of the economic elites that fund his campaigns—that's one of the primary reason why he faces a tough reelection race this year—but he has historically tried to cloak the extent of his deference to the men who write all those checks to fund all those campaigns for McConnell and his preferred contenders..."
McConnell serves the Koch's agenda well.............Kentuckians are on their own!......
When the political mercenaries of American oligarchy jet off to consort with their electoral paymasters, they never imagine that the interactions will have consequences with constituents. The meetings are conducted in secret, the commitments that are made are never supposed to be revealed. But, as Mitt Romney learned during the 2012 campaign, this is a new political era – when the old backroom banter about abandoning “the 47 percent” can go public and become the rallying cry for an opponent. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was learning that Wednesday, as revelations about the top Republican's pledges to serve the agenda of the billionaire Koch Brothers came back to haunt him on the campaign trail in Kentucky. Within hours after the revelation of McConnell promising a room full of millionaires and billionaires that he would block minimum-wage increases, the extension of unemployment benefits and student-loan debt relief, his Democratic challenger was signaling that the senator would be held to account at home. The campaign of Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, whose populist run has made McConnell’s reelection race a polling “toss up,” declared that:
"...Mitch McConnell revealed his true quest for power. In the secretive closed-door meeting with wealthy special interest backers, he outlined how he plans to hurt Kentucky families and pander to millionaires and billionaires. On issues like raising the minimum wage, extending unemployment insurance and helping Kentuckians with college affordability, McConnell promised his party’s rich backers that he stands with them, no matter the cost to Kentuckians and this nation..."
The political fallout came amid widespread circulation of a tape of promises McConnell made to a California gathering of wealthy donors organized by Charles and David Koch. The audio tape, which was obtained by The Nation and The Undercurrent, has been big news in Kentucky, where radio and television stations have aired the tape and newspapers featured headlines that included:
“McConnell 'secret' recording causes ruckus.”
“McConnell vows to block minimum wage hike."
“Democrats pounce on recording of Mitch McConnell speaking at Koch brothers retreat.”
The tape features McConnell announcing that: “in the House and Senate, we own the budget. So what does that mean? That means that we can pass the spending bill. And I assure you that in the spending bill, we will be pushing back against this bureaucracy by doing what’s called placing riders in the bill. No money can be spent to do this or to do that. We’re going to go after them on healthcare, on financial services, on the Environmental Protection Agency, across the board... All across the federal government, we’re going to go after it.” In his remarks, McConnell griped about limits on campaign spending, hailed the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling and encouraged his audience of millionaires and billionaires “to give to Americans for Prosperity” – the Koch-fueled political operation that has become a primary vehicle for aiding McConnell in his quest to become Senate Majority Leader.
Posted by Segami | Thu Aug 28, 2014, 11:42 AM (2 replies)
The heavily Koch gifted Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is pretty desperate to win the Senate for Republicans. He’s got a lot on the agenda. A lot he can’t tell you about. Republicans have to keep their real agendas secret, or no one would vote for them. So it is that Mitch McConnell found himself prostrate before his masters, the Koch Brothers, promising anything to get that ring during a secret strategy meeting on June 15th, full of right-wing big money types. The Republican Senate Minority leader will give them anything if they will just keep giving him money. He will give them your jobs. Your minimum wage. Your consumer protections (what few Democrats have managed to carve out for you, that is). He will give them your healthcare. He will give them your access to affordable college loans.
Tape exclusively released by The Nation and The Undercurrent:
Transcript via The Undercurrent:
MALE SPEAKER: Uh, (inaudible) family from Arkansas. Following up on that, going on the offense. Uh, could you just name the top, uh, three to five key areas that you believe will be the significant advantage (inaudible)?
MITCH MCCONNELL: Good question. Remember, he’s still in the White House, and the (inaudible) game is still important. But at the least we can do the following things (inaudible). Number one, how do you set the agenda and (inaudible) Harry Reid? The principal advantage of the majority is to establish a caucus.
Number two, if we have a House and Senate that agree, we can have the votes. That can be done with 51 votes.
MITCH MCCONNELL: Most things in the Senate require 60, but not the votes, and the President doesn’t sign the votes. So in the House and Senate, we own the budget. So what does that mean? That means that we can pass the spending bill. And I assure you that in the spending bill, we will be pushing back against this bureaucracy by doing what’s called placing riders in the bill. No money can be spent to do this or to do that. We’re going to go after them on healthcare, on financial services, on the Environmental Protection Agency, across the board (inaudible). All across the Federal government, we’re going to go after it.
Now look, I don’t want to over promise here, but even still we (inaudible). But this is a battle, and we (inaudible). We are going to push back against this regulatory overreach. It’s the reason why this is so important (inaudible).
So I think that’s the single most important thing we can do that doesn’t require getting to 60 votes in the Senate (inaudible). But that we can do for sure, and we will. And we’re not going to be debating all these gosh darn proposals. That’s all we do in the Senate is vote on things like raising the minimum wage (inaudible) — cost the country 500,000 new jobs; extending unemployment — that’s a great message for retirees; uh, the student loan package the other day, that’s just going to make things worse, uh. These people believe in all the wrong things.
I’ll close with this (inaudible). If we want to get the country going again, we need to quit doing what we’ve been doing. Was it Einstein that said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result? You know, quit the borrowing, the spending, the taxing, and the over regulation. If we would all develop an entrepreneurial approach, we’d be able to lift this country up and send us in a new direction, just like all of you have done.
Mitch promised the room full of greedy and clueless Richie Rich activists that he won’t be raising that minimum wage because it kills jobs, but of course, that is not accurate. That has been shown to be untrue. He won’t be raising the minimum wage because it would cut into their profits and might empower the people to be able to afford food, and when people can afford food and shelter, they have time to focus on things like what Mitch McConnell is really doing in the Senate. Chaos and starvation keep the people down, where the GOP need them in order to serve the Kochs. It is a great talking point and excuse for the Republican failure to act for the people, though.
Posted by Segami | Thu Aug 28, 2014, 02:04 AM (14 replies)
The only one who thinks Mitt Romney isn't running in 2016 is Mitt Romney.
We all know Mitt Romney is running for the 2016 nomination. The only one who doesn't is Mitt, I suppose. Except this time he's not going to act like he wants to. Those damned Republicans are going to have to beg and beg and beg before he tosses his hat in the ring. Mittens is making the rounds of right-wing radio and television shows to let everyone know he's totally NOT running. Except maybe he'll consider it. If they beg hard enough. Mittens appeared on Hugh Hewitt's radio show Tuesday to tell everyone he's still not running, ok, maybe he might, if some mysterious circumstance changes. Like God coming down from the heavens with mighty tablets telling him he should not ever consider another run for the presidency. He also spent a few minutes outlining his 2016 strategy, disguised as "things we did wrong in 2012."
HH: Now I know, Governor, that you have told everyone who’s asked that it’s very unlikely you would make a third run for the presidency. But if those unusual circumstances were to come about where you did, what would you do differently this time around?
MR: (laughing) Well, I’m not going to be running, but I can give a lot of advice to the many folks that are going to be running. And you know, there are a number of things I’d tell them. First, I think we have to work very early on, on Hispanic media, to make sure that our message is heard loud and clear by Hispanic voters. I think we underinvested in Spanish media, and I don’t think we monitored what the Obama people were saying and countered it. There were a lot of things they said which were, you know, in the nature of politics, things I wouldn’t think were fair. But you know, that’s how politics works, but we should have answered those things, shut them down, told people what we believed, and I think we would have done better with Hispanic voters. I think we have to do that particularly in states like Texas and Florida as well as Nevada and Arizona where Hispanic voters make up a large share of the voting population.
Would the message he's looking to make sure they get out be "Diseased children from Central America, go home and die?" Marco Rubio's latest "message" is full of Republican awesome, too. Flip-flopping yet again because he's terrified of what will happen if the President unleashes an executive order halting deportations on immigrants who are here but haven't broken any laws -- DACA on steroids -- Rubio is begging Republicans to pass immigration reform after he voted against his own bill! Out of the other side of his mouth, Rubio is threatening another government shutdown over a possible executive order. Man, that guy is sweating bullets, isn't he? Another government shutdown a month before midterms would be just awesome. Please proceed, Senator.
Posted by Segami | Thu Aug 28, 2014, 12:49 AM (2 replies)