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Name: Steven Leser
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Hometown: New York, NY
Home country: USA
Current location: NYC
Member since: Tue Jan 4, 2005, 05:36 PM
Number of posts: 31,158

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From KOs: Dems Voting for Stupak amendment predicted no longer being in the House


95 percent of anti-abortion Democratic House votes disappeared in just five years


Last week, we noticed that of the 64 House Democrats who voted for the anti-abortion Stupak Amendment, only 12 remain. And of those 12, only three (Cuellar, Lipinski, and Peterson) voted for a similar anti-abortion measure last month (both measures effectively excluded abortion coverage from ACA insurance plans). That's a 95 percent reduction in anti-abortion votes from House Democrats in five years.

What happened? Take a look at the chart above. Fully half of the Democrats who voted for the Stupak Amendment lost a subsequent election. In the typical case, where they lost to a Republican, their conservative votes in the House were insufficent to protect them in their conservative districts. A handful lost to a Democrat, in either the primary or general election. Eighteen more Democrats retired (some to run for higher office), one resigned, and one died in office.

So the major reason why there's been such a rapid reduction in the number of anti-abortion votes from House Democrats is they've been replaced by Republicans.

But even if we just look at the twelve Democrats who were there in both 2009 and 2015, 75 percent of them changed how they voted. These nine Democrats are shown in blue above, and deserve some credit for their votes last month. All of them are from districts that President Obama won with more than 55 percent of the vote in 2012.
(More at above link)

Tonight's Making Sense with Steve Leser and the Rude Pundit - GOP Anti-Vax? And More

First, is the Republican party going anti vax? Statements from some prominent Republicans might lead one to think so. Then, the President takes on companies sheltering trillions of dollars overseas. We will talk about what he is doing about it, then some really ugly death penalty executions happened in the last week. You won’t believe the circumstances.

All that plus special statements by me and the Rude one and also should restaurants be required to have their staff wash their hands after using the restroom? You would be surprised to hear who doesnt think so.

listen in on KCAA 1050am in the Los Angeles basin or at http://tunein.com/radio/KCAA-1050-s31934/

And also CALL IN between 9:45pm and 10pm eastern time, 6:45pm and 7:00pm Pacific time at 888-909-1050 to talk to Lee and I about any topic!

Thank you, EarlG for serving this anti-vax troll his pizza!


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Colleges Need to Stop Protecting Sexual Predators


We need to reexamine the culture on campus—especially among student athletes

Imagine a neighborhood where dozens of women were violently assaulted on a continuing basis. And that the local police chose not to bother investigating 40 percent of assault victims’ complaints. Would you continue to live in that neighborhood? Probably not. Especially if you had children.

That dangerous neighborhood actually exists in the United States. It’s called college.

This year American parents will be sending about 12 million of their 18- to 24-year-old daughters to attend colleges and universities. Instead of the ivy-covered walls, Homecoming bonfires, administrative support, and lifelong friendships we’d hoped for them, we’ll be sending many of them toward groping hands, drug-laced drinks, administrative indifference, and lifelong trauma. Witness the conviction this week of two former football players at Vanderbilt University for perpetrating and videotaping the rape of a fellow student.

(more at above link)


Personhood tutorial for new Republicans...

... sorry, had to share this.

xPost from V&M: Me on FBN show Kennedy defending teachers and public schools re: School Choice

Me on the new FBN show Kennedy defending teachers and public schools re: School Choice

Manspreading 2: The Revenge!

If you haven't heard, they have a campaign here in NYC against "Manspreading" where guys open their legs and take too much room on subway seats. I agree it's a problem and it has cost me a seat many a time on a long ride.

Still... I love this cartoon making fun of it all...

A storm tracks 50 miles more to the east than expected and some folks get angry at the warnings and

the shut down of travel and mass transit.

Would they have preferred risking this or something worse:


Rescue efforts are under way Wednesday after thousands of schoolchildren and hundreds of drivers in the Deep South spent the night stranded at schools and along ice-covered highways following a rare winter storm that brought freezing rain, snow and bitter cold to the region.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says "a lot of people" are still stranded in their cars on the highways nearly 24 hours the storm slammed the city, but he is not sure of exactly how many people.

Breaking: Obama will not meet with Netanyahu during trip to Washington.

No link, email alert from Huffington Post.

Update: Link - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/22/obama-netanyahu_n_6524824.html?ir=Politics&utm_campaign=012215&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Alert-politics&utm_content=FullStory&ncid=newsltushpmg00000003
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