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Uterus police - by Matt Bors

Bite Me

The Big Deficit Lie: Every GOP Debt Plan Leaves Us With More Debt

The Big Deficit Lie: Every GOP Debt Plan Leaves Us With More Debt - These plans don’t accidentally raise the deficit. They just don’t care about the deficit. Deficit reduction isn’t hard to do, arithmetically. You raise taxes over time. You control discretionary spending. You clear the way for health care cost innovation while introducing policies that will limit health care in the future. It’s not rocket science, it’s math. The hard stuff is getting Congress to agree to your math. But how is that supposed to happen if pols refuse to do even the basic addition and subtraction when it’s just them and a blank sheet of paper? What does it say about a party that believes “deficit reduction” is a worthy phrase, but not a worthy goal? And what does it say about our political system, and the GOP candidates in particular, that we’re normalized to the idea that politicians offer debt-reduction plans that can’t even live up to their name?


Romney camp's game plan: Make Ford Field look crowded

How to Make a Stadium Look Full

The Detroit Free Press has and interesting piece on how difficult it will be to make it look like Mitt Romney isn't speaking to a nearly empty stadium when he gives his economic speech later today.

"The Romney campaign and the Economic Club think they've solved the problem. The guests will be seated at one end of the playing surface, roughly between the end zone and the 30-yard line, while Romney will speak from a stage in front of them. About 100 news media representatives and 50 or so TV cameras will set up behind the guests, so that it will be clear Romney is speaking to a crowd."


Small Payment Could Be Big Problem For Babeu And His Immigrant Ex-Boyfriend

The entry appears on Babeu’s June 30, 2010 campaign finance report with the Pinal County Elections Department in Arizona.

It says that on April 8, 2010, the sheriff paid himself $95.81 out of his own campaign fund. The reason for the transaction, according to the filing, was “refund for website maint payment.”

The language would suggest Babeu paid someone out of his own pocket for maintenance of his website and then got the campaign to reimburse him for it.

The filing doesn’t say who Babeu paid for the service or why it initially came out of his own pocket. However, it’s typical for candidates to sometimes purchase campaign items on their own and then receive a reimbursement. Babeu even lists two other “refunds” that appear to be reimbursements in the filing, one for for $500 for “MFBQ autodialer” and the other for $270 for “campaign promotional ‘hats.’


Jeb Bush: "I used to be a conservative..."

"I used to be a conservative and I watch these debates and I'm wondering, I don't think I've changed, but it's a little troubling sometimes when people are appealing to people's fears and emotion rather than trying to get them to look over the horizon for a broader perspective and that's kind of where we are."

-- Jeb Bush, quoted by Fox News, on the rhetoric of the Republican presidential candidates

Gay Dallas judge won’t conduct marriages because they ‘can’t be performed for me’

Gay Dallas judge won’t conduct marriages because they ‘can’t be performed for me’

Out lesbian Dallas County Judge Tonya Parker touted her refusal to conduct marriage ceremonies in her courtroom on Tuesday night.

“I have the power, of course, to perform marriage ceremonies,” Parker said. “I don’t.”


Using the example of turning young couples away who want the court to marry them quickly because they are often pregnant and desperate, Parker said she refers them to other judges because of the state’s marriage inequality, informing them that that is why she will not marry them.

“I use it as my opportunity to give them a lesson about marriage inequality in this state because I feel like I have to tell them why I’m turning them away,” Parker said. “So I usually will offer them something along the lines of ‘I’m sorry. I don’t perform marriage ceremonies because we are in a state that does not have marriage equality, and until it does, I am not going to partially apply the law to one group of people that doesn’t apply to another group of people.’ And it’s kind of oxymoronic for me to perform ceremonies that can’t be performed for me, so I’m not going to do it.”


W VA Coal Mine-mid-level managers charged & are COOPERATING with the feds to go after HIGHER-UPS

The federal government has continued the investigation and has filed criminal charges. Not only that, but those charged are not low-level underlings chosen to take the fall but mid-level managers and they are cooperating with the feds to go after higher-ups.


The superintendent of the West Virginia coal mine where an explosion killed 29 men was charged Wednesday with conspiracy to defraud the federal government, becoming the highest-ranking Massey Energy employee to face criminal prosecution so far over the deadly blast.

Former Upper Big Branch mine boss Gary May, 43, of Bloomingrose, W.Va., is named in a federal information, a document that signals a defendant is cooperating with prosecutors. He is the second Massey employee to face prosecution in the case. ...

The information filed in U.S. District Court in Beckley accuses May of conspiring with others to conceal many dangers in the mine through an elaborate scheme that included code words to alert miners underground when inspectors were on the property, the deliberate alteration of approved ventilation plans and the deliberate disabling of a methane gas monitor on the continuous mining machine.

May allegedly ordered the wiring to be altered in February 2010 so the automatic shut-off mechanism was disabled, allowing the machine to function for several hours without a methane monitor. ...

The information says Massey subsidiary Performance Coal Co. and its managers routinely violated a host of federal mine safety laws for fear that violations would cut into production time.


another link:
Mine Superintendent Charged in 2010 Disaster

Matt Taibbi: Arizona Debate/Republican Disaster: "This is the last stage in any paranoid illness"


This is justice. What we have here are chickens coming home to roost. It's as if all of the American public's bad habits and perverse obsessions are all coming back to haunt Republican voters in this race: The lack of attention span, the constant demand for instant gratification, the abject hunger for negativity, the utter lack of backbone or constancy (we change our loyalties at the drop of a hat, all it takes is a clever TV ad): these things are all major factors in the spiraling Republican disaster.


This is the last stage in any paranoid illness. You start by suspecting that somebody out there is out to get you; in the end, you’re sure that even the people who love you the most under your own roof, your own doctors, your parents, your wife and your children, they’re in on the plot. To quote Matt Damon in the almost-underrated spy film The Good Shepherd, they became convinced that there’s "a stranger in the house."

This is where the Republican Party is now. They’ve run out of foreign enemies to point fingers at. They’ve already maxed out the rhetoric against us orgiastic, anarchy-loving pansexual liberal terrorists. The only possible remaining explanation for their troubles is that their own leaders have failed them. There is a stranger in the house!

This current race for the presidential nomination has therefore devolved into a kind of Freudian Agatha Christie story, in which the disturbed and highly paranoid voter base by turns tests the orthodoxy of each candidate, trying to figure out which one is the spy, which one is really Barack Obama bin Laden-Marx under the candidate mask!


Allen West is upset about gas prices because “it took $70 to fill the tank of my 2008 H3 Hummer"

GOP Rep. Allen West is upset about gas prices because “it took 70 dollars to fill the tank of my 2008 H3 Hummer.”
Allen West's Hummer
By Steve Benen - Thu Feb 23, 2012 4:06 PM EST

Associated Press
President Obama was in South Florida this afternoon, discussing energy policy and increased oil production at the University of Miami. With rising gas prices, the president is, not surprisingly, eager to discuss his ideas about reducing energy costs.

And then there's Rep. Allen West (R) of Florida, who shared his own concerns about the same issue on his Facebook page today.

"This 'tax policy' is an example as well as today's speech on his 'energy policy' shall be. Here is the bottom line, last night it took 70 dollars to fill the tank of my 2008 H3 Hummer, what is it costing you? What does it cost the president to fill his gas tank?"

It's hard not to enjoy the realization that West doesn't see the humor in this.

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