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Bill Moyers blisters Obama for abandoning his net neutrality promises

Bill Moyers criticized President Barack Obama on Friday for his decision to seemingly leave the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the hands of the anti-net neutrality forces he opposed as a candidate.

“They believed he would keep his word, would see to it that when private interests set upon the Internet like sharks to blood in the water, its fate would be in the hands of honest brokers who would listen politely to the pleas of the greedy, and then show them the door,” Moyers said of the supporters Obama won when he promised to keep the internet free from corporate influence. “Unfortunately, it turned out to be the infamous revolving door.”

Moyers explained that Obama’s choice to head the commission, Tom Wheeler, not only “bundled” more than $500,000 for Obama’s successful re-election campaign, but also a “top gun” for the cable and telecommunications industries. What’s more, Wheeler has staffed the FCC’s legal team with a coterie of former telecom attorneys, some of whom had actually lobbied against net neutrality before joining its ranks.

“However we might try to imagine that [Wheeler] could quickly abandon old habits of service to his employers, that’s simply not how Washington works,” Moyers said. “Business and government are so intertwined there that public officials and corporate retainers are interchangeable parts of what Chief Justice John Roberts might call the ‘gratitude machine.’ Round and round they go, and where they stop. Actually they never stop.”


Jon Stewart tells Bill O’Reilly: Beyoncé’s limo sex music video is really ‘a conservative utopia’

Bill O’Reilly’s worrying about Beyoncé’s video for the song “Drunk In Love,” Daily Show host Jon Stewart said on Thursday, is misguided. In fact, he said, O’Reilly should be pleased by it.

“That song is about two married, incredibly successful entrepreneurs with a child in a stable relationship enjoying one of the sacraments of marriage in the back of a luxurious automobile,” Stewart explained. “If that’s not a conservative utopia, I don’t know what is.”

O’Reilly has targeted the singer and that particular track as part of a series of commentaries against what he describes as rampant teen pregnancy in the U.S., but Stewart said “a cynic” might ask if the Fox News host is also showing footage from the video in an effort to titillate his viewers by giving them “disapproval boners.”

“There is very little in this world that I like better than an upset Bill O’Reilly,” Stewart confessed. “Because the tone is Levittown covered in a souson of Harvard, served on a delicious bed of nostalgic judgmentalism.”

video & more:

btw: O’Reilly frequently fails to mention that teen pregnancies in the country have actually declined since Beyoncé became a pop star in 1997.

The Terrorism Surge After Benghazi! That Didn’t Happen

May 01, 2014 5:53 PM
The Terrorism Surge After Benghazi! That Didn’t Happen

While digging through the latest “smoking gun” claims of Republicans about an email from White House advisor Ben Rhodes suggesting the Benghazi protests were based on protests over the “Innocence of Muslims” video rather than al Qaeda activity, Slate’s Dave Weigel gets to a question that, unbelievably, has been rarely asked:

The entire argument is about Rhodes mentioning, hours after the CIA had suggested the Benghazi attack grew out of demonstrations in several countries, that the immediate inspiration for the demonstrations was a video. That’s the scandal—that by giving the video all this credit, the administration was distracting people from the real story that terrorism was surging again. Even though the subsequent 19 months have seen no more attacks on embassies. Even though reporting at the time said the excuse for the protests was said video.


Republicans seem to have forgotten why Benghazi! was supposed to be a big deal in the first place: it showed a feckless, America-hating, Muslim-loving administration so soft on jihadist terrorism that they couldn’t admit it had just happened.

So where did the global conflagration Benghazi! truly signaled go?

The perpetrators of this madness don’t even seem to care.


...and the game goes on...


TPM buried the lede: Patriot Leader Who Threatened To Rip Reid's Balls-Lives off Gov Disabilty Check

Militia Leader Threatens To Rip Reid’s Balls Off Over Bundy ‘Civil War’


I can't believe TPM buried the lede. The Patriot Leader Mike Vanderboegh is on Social Security disability. He was the idiot that encouraged Tea partiers to throws rocks at Congressional offices. He travels around the county on his SS disability checks protecting the border in Arizona, rallying for gun rights in Virginia and now in Nevada with fellow welfare grazing owner Cliven Bundy.

The minute I saw his name in the story I remember this guy and his disability story from the Post:

Vanderboegh said he once worked as a warehouse manager but now lives on government disability checks. He said he receives $1,300 a month because of his congestive heart failure, diabetes and hypertension. He has private health insurance through his wife, who works for a company that sells forklift products.



OBAMACARE News: It is time to drink the tears of your Republican neighbors & They Taste SO Sweet!

Your Tears Taste So Sweet!
by BooMan
Thu May 1st, 2014 at 02:47:02 PM EST


The Department of Health & Human Services has just issued it's report on ObamaCare enrollments. It is time to drink the tears of your Republican neighbors. Not only did ObamaCare exceed enrollment expectations, but 85% of the enrollees are receiving some degree of subsidy. And nearly 70% of enrollees are white, proving that freeloading is a multiracial American tradition.

Key findings from today’s report include:

8,019,763 people selected Marketplace plans from October 1, 2013, through March 31, 2014, (including additional Special Enrollment Period activity through April 19th). Nearly 2.6 million signed up in the State Based Marketplaces and over 5.4 million in the Federally-facilitated Marketplace. About 3.8 million people, including nearly 1.2 million young adults (ages 18 – 34), enrolled in the Health Insurance Marketplace plans in the sixth and final reporting period, which began March 2 and concluded on April 19. Those 3.8 million individuals represent nearly 90 percent growth over February’s cumulative enrollment.

Of the more than 8 million:
54 percent are female and 46 percent are male;
34 percent are under age 35;
28 percent are between the ages of 18 and 34;
65 percent selected a Silver plan, while 20 percent selected a Bronze plan; and,
85 percent selected a plan with financial assistance.

Today’s report measures enrollment as those who selected a plan.

The federal Marketplace also reported, for the first time this month, the race/ethnicity of its enrollees. The application for coverage through the Federally-facilitated Marketplaces (FFM) contains questions on race and on ethnicity, both marked as optional. Thirty-one percent of enrollees did not report their race or ethnicity or chose “other.” However, of those enrollees who reported race and ethnicity:

62.9 percent of those reporting are white;
16.7 percent are African American;
10.7 percent are Latino;
7.9 percent are Asian;
1.3 percent are multiracial;
0.3 percent are American Indian/Alaska Native; and,
0.1 percent are Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander.


another nice tidbit:
In a conference call with reporters on Thursday, Secretary Sebelius confirmed that Health and Human Services has crunched the numbers on Obamacare enrollment and confirmed that more than 8 million people have indeed obtained private coverage on the exchanges. That includes 5.4 million on the federal exchanges and 2.6 million on the separate state exchanges. In addition to that, more than 3 million young adults have been added to their family plans, with 4.8 additional enrollments in Medicaid and CHIP programs. In this 8 million, 2.2 million—or 28 percent—are between the ages of 18 and 34.


PROOF: When it comes to income inequality, no other developed economy does it quite like the U.S.A.

The chart above, from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) using the World Top Incomes Database, shows how income gains between 1975 and 2007 were divvied up in 18 OECD countries for which the researchers had data. Nowhere did the rich benefit as much as in America.

As you can see, in some countries like Denmark the vast majority of income gains went to the bottom 90 percent -- SOCIALISTS! -- while nearly half of U.S. income gains went to the richest one percent because freedom, baby.

America’s top 1 percent of earners accounted for 47 percent of all pre-tax income growth over that time period. And that’s excluding capital gains, for God's sake. Throw in the rest of the top 10 percent, and you’re looking at a group that got four-fifths of all income growth between the Ford and George W. Bush administrations. The rest of us were left to scramble for the last one-fifth of extra income. If you add in capital gains, which typically accrue to the highest earners anyway, the picture is probably a lot worse.

That trend had a big impact on total income share: Between 1981 and 2012, the top 1 percent more than doubled their share of total pre-tax income. They now account for about 20 percent of the nation's earnings. That's more than any other OECD country for which we have data:



"Republicans originally thought that Fox worked for us, and now we are discovering we work for Fox."

This Is How Fox News "Saved" The GOP?
From Government Shutdown To The Bundy Debacle, Fox Keeps Damaging The GOP Brand

"As the network has become more extreme, it's become harder and harder to resonate -- it's become damaging to the Republican brand." That's how Roger Ailes biographer Gabriel Sherman recently described the dynamic to Media Matters.

Are Fox talkers that obtuse and out of touch with American politics? Not necessarily. The fact is they're just in a different business than the Republican Party and until the GOP recognizes that, Fox will continue to do damage to that party's brand. ("Republicans originally thought that Fox worked for us, and now we are discovering we work for Fox."

At Fox, boss Ailes is in the business of serving the channel's hardcore, far-right audience of approximately two million viewers who tune in throughout the day, every day, to be outraged about what awful plans Obama has allegedly hatched, and which liberties and freedoms are suddenly under fire. And as a business plan, phony outrage works just fine for Fox. But politically, it represents a possibly permanent dead end for White House aspirations.

Fox News long ago commandeered the GOP's communications apparatus and has been championing the type of paranoid rhetoric that loses national elections and turns off voters en mass. The relentless, paranoid crusade falls well outside the mainstream of American politics. But the GOP can't turn it off. In fact, most Republicans can't even work up enough courage to ask Fox News to turn down the volume. And that's how malignant characters like Cliven Bundy get elevated to hero status and why conservatives are now gnashing their teeth over the fiasco.


the rest:

The "Compassionate" Conservative


Ted Kennedy on Minimum Wage 7 Years Ago

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