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New, disastrous Kansas job loss exposes pure folly of Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax cuts

Eat this you libertarian trolls.

Gov. Sam Brownback’s income tax-cut plan to spur job growth in Kansas has become a full-time disaster.

On Friday, the state announced it had lost 3,000 total jobs in August. That’s on top of the 5,100 jobs lost in July.

Here’s even more dire news: The Sunflower State in the past 12 months gained a total of a puny 1,000 new jobs.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's promise to create new private sector jobs is going very, very badly.

Only West Virginia, North Dakota and Alaska are worse, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Other states, meanwhile, that didn’t slash taxes and give up hundreds of millions of dollars in public revenues are enjoying robust job additions.

Just look at Missouri: It has gained 30,800 jobs in the last 12 months — almost 31 times more than Kansas has.

more: http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article35684450.html

Ex-hedge funder buys rights to AIDS drug and raises price from $13.50 to $750 per pill

I just thought I'd post this here because surely there's some conservative douche troll that supports this asshole 110%

A former hedge fund manager turned pharmaceutical businessman has purchased the rights to a 62-year-old drug used for treating life-threatening parasitic infections and raised the price overnight from $13.50 per tablet to $750.

WATCH: Ex-hedge funder who hiked AIDS pill cost by 5,500 percent says drug ‘still underpriced’

According to the New York Times, Martin Shkreli, 32, the founder and chief executive of Turing Pharmaceuticals, purchased the rights to Daraprim for $55 million on the same day that Turing announced it had raised $90 million from Shkreli and other investors in its first round of financing.

Daraprim is used for treating toxoplasmosis — an opportunistic parasitic infection that can cause serious or even life-threatening problems in babies and for people with compromised immune systems like AIDS patients and certain cancer patients — that sold for slightly over $1 a tablet several years ago. Prices have increased as the rights to the drug have been passed from one pharmaceutical company to the next, but nothing like the almost 5,500 percent increase since Shkreli acquired it.

Worrying that the cost of treatment could devastate some patients, Dr. Judith Aberg, the chief of the division of infectious diseases at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai asked, “What is it that they are doing differently that has led to this dramatic increase?”

According to Shkreli, Turing will use the money it earns to develop better treatments for toxoplasmosis, with fewer side effects.

“This isn’t the greedy drug company trying to gouge patients, it is us trying to stay in business,” Shkreli explained, saying that many patients use the drug for far less than a year and that the new price is similar to other drugs used for rare diseases.

Shrkeli also defended his small pharmaceutical company saying, “It really doesn’t make sense to get any criticism for this.”

This is not the first time the fledgling pharmaceutical executive has come under scrutiny.

He started the hedge fund MSMB Capital while in his 20’s and was accused of urging the FDA to not approve certain drugs made by companies whose stock he was shorting.

more: http://www.rawstory.com/2015/09/ex-hedge-funder-buys-rights-aids-drug-and-raises-price-from-13-50-to-750-per-pill/

What's the point of having a block feature when the person you block can still...

see and respond to your posts?

I thought the point of "blocking" was to have a stress free experience here. Yet it doesn't.

So why have it to begin with?

Woman shot dead by neighbor for mowing her lawn too late at night

SHERIFF: Huron County woman shot dead by neighbor for mowing her lawn too late at night

WILLIARD, Ohio - A Williard woman is dead after a neighbor shot her for mowing her lawn too late at night, the Huron County Sheriff's Office said.

Linda Ciotto, 62, was found outside her Kirkwood Drive home just after 11 p.m. with a gunshot wound to the head. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Deputies tried to make contact with 50-year-old James Blair, who was next door, but he had barricaded himself in his home.

Blair refused to come out of his home for five hours, deputies said. After negotiations failed, deputies report that they deployed tear gas and Blair was arrested.

more: http://www.newsnet5.com/news/local-news/oh-huron/sheriff-huron-county-woman-shot-dead-by-neighbor-for-mowing-her-lawn-too-late-at-night

Walt Palmer (poacher) is proof that wealth does not trickle down and that the rich are undertaxed.

If he has the means to clip the earth's most endangered species, he can pay higher taxes without suffering much.

If there's one thing to come out of all of this, hopefully it will shine a spotlight on that. Though, I doubt the topic will be brought up outside of here.

Thank you for listening.

Service Record: Trump, McCain, And Republican Contempt For Veterans

As soon as Donald Trump brayed that John McCain is “not a war hero” and went on to mock his suffering in North Vietnamese captivity, the righteous reaction of Republicans was entirely predictable. Nearly every would-be presidential candidate in the GOP, humiliated and worried by Trump’s sudden rise in the polls, immediately sought to wrap the loud-mouthed celebrity’s gaffe around his neck. No doubt some of them, like Senator Lindsey Graham, a close friend of his Arizona colleague, were truly incensed by Trump’s slur. But either way, the incident presented an irresistible opportunity to stoke public indignation against an opponent whose taunting has become unbearable, even as his rise appears inexorable.

Whether this episode will cost Trump the admiration of the Tea Party horde remains uncertain. Many of them already dislike McCain and may hear Trump’s insults as brutal candor. But in denigrating a war hero to advance himself, the casino mogul did nothing more or less than what other “conservatives” have done for political expediency in elections past. Nobody should be shocked to hear a right-wing chicken-hawk disparaging a worthy veteran at this late date. In the Republican Party, it is standard operating procedure — and for any Republican to pretend otherwise now is risibly hypocritical.

Need we recall every example of this profoundly distasteful and unpatriotic conduct? One of the most poisonous occurred in 2002, when a Georgia Republican named Saxby Chambliss ran ads suggesting that Senator Max Cleland, a Vietnam War hero who had lost both legs and one arm in an accidental grenade explosion, lacked the guts to face down Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein. Cleland, a Democrat who had served in the Veterans Administration under President Carter, had cast a vote protecting the rights of civil service workers in the new Department of Homeland Security, thus earning him a smear at the hands of Chambliss — one of those smooth favorite sons who had nimbly avoided the Vietnam draft.

When Cleland spoke up against President George W. Bush two years later, Ann Coulter sniped at him with an even nastier shot:

“Max Cleland should stop allowing Democrats to portray him as a war hero who lost his limbs taking enemy fire on the battlefields of Vietnam,” she wrote, describing his misfortune as “an accident during a routine non-combat mission where he was about to drink beer with friends. He saw a grenade on the ground and picked it up. He could have done that at Fort Dix. In fact, Cleland could have dropped a grenade on his foot as a National Guardsman …. Luckily for Cleland’s political career and current pomposity about Bush, he happened to do it while in Vietnam.” Ugly and appalling, even from her reliably foul mouth — and replete with lying insinuation. Although he lost his limbs in an accident — when a young infantryman dropped a live grenade that Cleland picked up — he is an authentic war hero who won a Silver Star for “exceptionally valorous action” at the Battle of Khe Sanh.

more: http://www.nationalmemo.com/service-record-trump-mccain-and-republican-contempt-for-veterans/

Pro-Keystone douche Jim Webb: Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are ‘way far’ left — ...

Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are ‘way far’ left — ‘not my Democratic Party’

Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb (D) slammed the liberal wing of the Democratic Party on Fox News Sunday this week and said that liberals who are against the Confederate Flag sound just as divisive and wrong-headed as Donald Trump’s remarks about Latino immigrants being “criminals” and “racists.”

Webb announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016 earlier this summer. After a discussion of national security issues with Fox News Sunday host Brett Baier, Webb asked if he might address the controversial nature of Trump’s statements.

“This kind of divisive, inflammatory rhetoric by people who want to be commander-in-chief is not helpful, and we have seen from the liberal side as well this kind of rhetoric as it goes to Southern white cultures,” he said.

At one point in the interview, Webb said he feels that the Democratic Party has “moved way far to the left.”

“In a party that seems to thrill to Bernie Sanders and maybe long for Elizabeth Warren, who are the Jim Webb Democrats?” asked Baier.

“I believe we can bring a different tone to the Democratic Party. You’re right,” Webb agreed. “The party has moved way far to the left, and that’s not my Democratic Party.”

more: http://www.rawstory.com/2015/07/sen-jim-webb-bernie-sanders-and-elizabeth-warren-are-way-far-left-not-my-democratic-party/

Jim Webb Equates Trump's Racist Remarks With Liberal Rhetoric On 'Southern White Culture'

2016 Democratic presidential candidate and former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb ran to Fox "news" this Sunday to trash liberals and conflate the push to remove the Confederate flag from government property with Trump's racist remarks about Mexicans. If Webb wants to assure he never gets above that two percent mark where he's polling right now, keep this up.

Jim Webb Stands Up For 'Southern White Cultures':

Democratic presidential candidate Jim Webb on Sunday suggested that recent efforts to remove Confederate symbols from public places were as "divisive" as Donald Trump's disparaging comments about Mexican immigrants.

Without prompting from "Fox News Sunday" host Bret Baier, who had been asking questions about national security, Webb asked if he could please talk about Trump, the billionaire GOP candidate who has called Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals. Webb criticized Trump before pivoting.

"This kind of divisive, inflammatory rhetoric by people who want to be commander-in-chief is not helpful, and we have seen from the liberal side as well this kind of rhetoric as it goes to Southern white cultures," the former Virginia senator said, apparently referring to recent debates over the Confederate flag.

"We need to be inclusive and recognize that we have problems and that we can come together to solve them," Webb said. "But don't be throwing these bombs to our cultural groups."

Webb has seemed eager to distinguish himself as the only Democratic candidate with a really nuanced take on the flag, in an apparent effort to win over white working-class voters who increasingly vote Republican. On Sunday, Baier asked Webb whether he thought efforts to remove Confederate symbols from public places were racial healing or political grandstanding. In response, Webb again compared the Confederate debate to Trump trashing Mexican immigrants.

more: http://crooksandliars.com/2015/07/jim-webb-equates-trumps-racist-remarks

Conservatives: There isn't a disgusting stance under the sun that they won't take.

If I'm wrong on that, feel free to correct me.

You heard me - fucking trolls.

Militia goons mock combat vets who display ‘f*ggoty ass yard signs’ asking for fireworks courtesy

Militia goons mock combat vets who display ‘f*ggoty ass yard signs’ asking for fireworks courtesy

A Facebook group operated by right-wing military veterans mocked combat veterans who asked neighbors to be courteous when celebrating the Fourth of July holiday with fireworks.

The OAF Nation account posted an image Wednesday evening that showed a bearded veteran wearing a T-shirt reading “comfortable with violence” standing beside a placard distributed by a mental health advocacy group.

“Combat veteran lives here: Please be courteous with your fireworks,” read the signs, which were shipped for free to veterans by the group Military With PTSD.

OAF Nation and a related account, Operator as f*ck, each posted identical homophobic posts mocking veterans who display the signs.

“Well which one is it, sister?!” the posts read. “Are you ‘comfortable with violence’ or do you want people to cater to your fragility because you volunteered to be around sh*t that blows the f*ck up? Thank f*ck the Taliban and AQ don’t have roman candles and firecrackers.”

“What do you guys think about these f*ggoty ass yard signs?” the account administrator asks group members, listing several hashtags intended to underscore the posts’ subtext.
Screen capture of post on OAF Nation Facebook account

more: http://www.rawstory.com/2015/07/militia-goons-mock-combat-veterans-who-display-fggoty-ass-yard-signs-asking-for-fireworks-courtesy/

the facebook page were the post originated: https://www.facebook.com/Operatorasphuk/timeline?ref=page_internal
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