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RandySF's Journal
RandySF's Journal
November 19, 2013

*DICK* Cheney throws daughter Mary under the bus.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney took Liz Cheney’s side Monday in a public spat with her lesbian sister over same-sex marriage, saying the Wyoming Senate hopeful has always supported traditional marriage while treating her sibling “with love and respect.”

“This is an issue we have dealt with privately for many years, and we are pained to see it become public,” Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne, said in a statement. “Since it has, one thing should be clear. Liz has always believed in the traditional definition of marriage.

The statement followed a weekend clash between their daughters Liz and Mary. Liz Cheney, who is challenging Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) in the state’s GOP primary, has said she opposes same-sex marriage, most recently on Fox News Sunday. Hours later, Mary and her wife took the candidate to task in Facebook posts.

But the elder Cheneys praised Liz’s behavior toward Mary, and warned against a distortion of her views.


November 18, 2013

Louisiana parish votes to save library fund after commissioner’s rant about Mexicans

John Chrastka’s brigade of pissed-off librarians came into the game late in the Louisiana parish ballot referendum defunding libraries for jail money.

But the social media blitz appears to have paid dividends, both for library funding in Lafourche parish (Louisiana’s term for a county) and for the profile of his political action committee, EveryLibrary. Voters on Saturday rejected by about a five to four margin a ballot initiative to cut library funding to finance the construction of a new jail, a move that would have quickly sent the libraries into deficit.

“It really woke us up when we realized that the library would be defunded to build a jail,” Chrastka, the executive director of EveryLibrary, told Raw Story. The referendum came across their radar after news reports surfaced of inflammatory comments by Lafourche Parish council chairman Lindel Toups.

“They’re teaching Mexicans how to speak English,” Toups told the local Tri-Parish Times, referring to a Spanish-language segment of one library branch. “Let that son of a bitch go back to Mexico. There’s just so many things they’re doing that I don’t agree with. … Them junkies and hippies and food stamps (recipients) and all, they use the library to look at drugs and food stamps (on the Internet). I see them do it.”


November 18, 2013

Fox News marks 50th anniversary of JFK’s death by painting him as ‘quite conservative’

Fox News host Chris Wallace marked the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s murder by first suggesting to members of the Kennedy family that he was “quite conservative” and then by following up with a second segment to drive home the point.

“There is a growing body of thought that, in fact, President Kennedy was quite conservative in some of his policies,” Wallace insisted to Kathleen Townsend Kennedy, the former president’s niece. “He was a fierce Cold Warrior, he believed that tax cuts spur the economy.”

Townsend Kennedy pointed out that at the time President Kennedy advocated cutting taxes, the top marginal rates were at 90 percent.

“So he lowered it to 70 percent,” she explained. “One could say, 90 percent to 70 percent is not down to 22 percent, where we are now. So, I think he was a smart guy, and balanced.”


November 18, 2013

Boehner hosts mtg. on Russian `best practices` for raping gays, force-feeding watermelon to blacks

Republican US House Speaker John Boehner’s office hosted a meeting today in the US House of Representatives to learn Russia’s and Uganda’s “best practices” for terrorizing their gay and, more generally, minority populations.

The meeting by the World Congress of Families was originally set to take place in the US Senate, until Republican Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois intervened last night and canceled the Senate-provided meeting space.

Speaker Boehner then, this morning, offered the anti-gay anti-gay groups meeting space in the US House under his auspices, so that Americans can hopefully someday import the Russian and Ugandan way of dealing with, as the group’s spokesman put it, “the policies of decline, death and disease promoted by the Sexual Radicals.”....

And while it’s great that Republican Senator Mark Kirk is really the hero of this story, Mark Kirk doesn’t run the Republican party. Hateful, intolerant, bigots like John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, and Ted Cruz run the Republican party. And there’s no indication of that changing anytime soon.


November 18, 2013

Liz Cheney-- Rotten To The Core

She isn't polling well and the latest survey shows her being crushed and ground into the dirt by Enzi. The little support she had when she first announced has since dissipated and if the primary were held today, Enzi would beat her 69-17%. Enzi's numbers have grown since August and Cheney's have fallen since he led her 61-21%, her high water mark. So she's out to get attention and today that meant going on Fox TV to attack… her sister. What a monster!

Yes, she's worse than her father… on this and pretty much everything. She's like a mad dog, the privileged daughter of a war criminal father and porno writer mother who gratuitously bashes anyone she disagrees with if it promotes her (usually very extremist) position.


November 18, 2013

Volcano under Antarctic ice may erupt, accelerate melting

A newly discovered volcano rumbling beneath nearly a mile of ice in Antarctica will almost certainly erupt at some point in the future, according to a new study. Such an event could accelerate the flow of ice into the sea and push up the already rising global sea levels.

When the volcano will blow is unknown, "but it is quite likely" to happen, Amanda Lough, a graduate student in seismology at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., told NBC News.

"At some point, it is going to erupt," she said. "Is it going to erupt in any of our lifetimes? That is not something that we can pinpoint."

And when it does erupt, she added, "there would be an increase in melting around the area. … You would add water to the system beneath the ice sheet … and that could cause that ice stream to speed up."


November 16, 2013

SF Supervisor "clarifies" Batkid criticism.

UPDATE: Noting that the words he tweeted were "not meant to diminish how special today was," Supervisor Eric Mar sent SFist the following statement clarifying his minor Batkid social media snafu. He says:

"It is truly remarkable to see the City coming together around BatKid to support such a lovable and brave little boy and in doing so creating an indelible moment in our history.
I am proud of San Francisco and the thousands of volunteers and donors for rallying around Miles, and I salute the Make a Wish Foundation for the incredible and inspiring work they do bringing joy to the lives of so many other brave children.

The words that I tweeted today regarding this event are not meant to diminish how special today was. I simply wanted to urge that we, as a City, find similar amounts of love, compassion and empathy for children living every day in dire circumstances who, in the vast majority of cases, will not be supported or even recognized by our society.

I salute and send much love to Miles the BatKid and his family and call on those who supported him to also think about taking the Snap Challenge with me as a way of gaining a greater understanding of how it feels to go hungry in one of the richest cities in the world. If even a fraction of those who took action on behalf of the BatKid today take concrete steps to eradicating hunger in San Francisco, that will also be something we can all be proud of.

Supervisor Eric Mar"


November 16, 2013

SF Supervisor Tries To Ruin Batkid Merriment For Everyone

Sheesh. District 1 Supervisor Eric Mar tried to ka-pow today's Batkid joyousness in San Francisco, saying, "Waiting for Miles the BatKid & Wondering how many 1000s of SF kids living off SNAP/FoodStamps could have been fed from the $$..."

Like, we get it, Eric. But come on, man. Such a buzzkill.

Anyway, if you're also concerned about feeding hungry kids—as you very well should be — join Supervisor Wet Blanket on 11/21 for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Challenge & Food Security Task Force hearings.


November 16, 2013

DOJ Congratulates Batkid

Five-year-old Miles Scott, a survivor of acute lymphoblastic leukemia, was granted his ultimate wish on Friday when San Francisco was transformed into Batman’s Gotham City, which he saved from The Riddler and Penguin while dressed as a tiny version of the Caped Crusader. Thousands of onlookers watched as Scott saved a damsel in distress, stopped The Riddler from robbing a bank, rescued Giants mascot Lou Seal from The Penguin, and got the key to the city. The daylong event was organized by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. President Obama sent Miles a congratulatory Vine and the Department of Justice issued an indictment for the dastardly villains. “They will have the ability to appeal any verdict, but good luck with that,” read the indictment. “Because even if you get out of jail someday, you will never succeed in your criminal actions as long as Miles, aka ‘Batman,’ aka ‘Batkid,’ is looking out for the citizens of Gotham.”


November 16, 2013

Palin: 'It Was Not My Intention' To Criticize Pope Francis

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) said Thursday that she didn't mean to bash Pope Francis when she said that some of the pontiff's statements on abortion and gay marriage "sounded kind of liberal."

The former vice presidential nominee told CNN's Jake Tapper earlier this week that, while the statements alarmed her, she wouldn't necessarily trust media reports until she did her "own homework" on the matter.

"Just to clarify my comment to Jake Tapper about Pope Francis, it was not my intention to be critical of Pope Francis," she wrote on her Facebook page. "I was reminding viewers that we need to do our own homework on news subjects, and I hadn't done mine yet on the Pope's recent comments as reported by the media."

Palin said that her faith in the pope's beliefs was assured after checking in with a few Catholic writers.

"Knowing full well how often the media mischaracterizes a person’s comments (especially a religious leader’s), I don’t trust them to get it right when it comes to reporting on the Vatican," she added. "I do, however, trust my many Catholic friends and family, including some excellent Catholic writers, who have since assured me that Pope Francis is as sincere and faithful a shepherd of his church as his two predecessors whom I admired. I apologize for not being clearer in my response, thus opening the door to critical media that does what it does best in ginning up controversy."


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