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Happy thanksgiving and peace out for a while from your buddy Jason330. Blogging is 50% commenting, so we wouldn’t be here without you guys. Even though I’ve been pretty pissed off this year, you all are keeping the spark of liberalism alive in your own way. When we are at our best, our comments and posts are poignant, thought provoking and well argued. When we are at our worst, we are basically full of it.
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I teach my organizational behavior students that, in their relationships, there is a difference between power and authority. Power is the ability to influence behavior, while authority is the right to influence behavior. Authority is derived from some level of mutual agreement within the relationship. In America we give police departments the authority to pull […]
There have been more deaths caused by police shootings than by gang members, drug dealers or from child abuse in the past five years in Utah, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.
This year alone, the Tribune reported, police shootings have claimed more lives than violence between spouses or partners, for a total of 13 deaths. A toll, which includes 22-year-old Darrien Hunt who was fatally shot by police in September.
It was a very eventful week. The House is suing President Obamain order to look tough to the Heritage Foundation which is basically running the GOP now. The lawsuit is nominally over Obamacare, but really because the President has yet to honor the GOP’s request that he quit being President.
In a brazen show of not quitting, President Obama announced this week that due to the fact that the Keystone XL pipeline is jamming up everything in Congress, he is going to stop deporting so many browns. That made the Heritage Foundation (and by extension the GOP) even angrier than they already were, and made Tom Carper lament the fact that the Keystone XL Pipeline is the root cause of all gridlock in DC.
“Given Congress’ inability to act (on the Keystone XL Pipeline) it is understandable for the President to examine ways the Administration can legally address the current needs of our country and the realities of the estimated 11 million undocumented people living in the shadows.”
Carper added that while he supports the President, his first choice is to have a permanent, (bipartisan passage of the Keystone XL pipeline, which will allow for) solution to the immigration system.
While some conservatives are still in the grip of impeachment fever (see below), for the most part Jeff Sessions of Alambama, a man nobody can call a RINO, appears to be speaking on behalf of the GOP in general when he categorically rules out impeachment as a remedy for conservative’s hurt feelings over immigration.
“No, we are not going to impeach or have a move to impeach. The president has certain powers. We truly believe, and I think it’s accurate to say he abused those powers,” Sessions said.
It is noteworthy that Sessions was speaking at the Heritage Foundation which has been at the forefront of pushing GOP politicos into unalterably insane positions on immigration.
[An Aside: It is also worth noting that TOM CARPER was dead wrong. As you may recall, Carper supported the GOP's protest over the looming immigration executive order and wanted the announcement delayed. Basing his position on the delusional notion that a show of comity would be reciprocated by a grateful GOP, Carper continued to show he is bipartisan to the point of lunacy.]
I love how conservatives blame immigrants for America’s immigration “problems” and rail against President Obama as he attempts to nudge the country toward taking advantage of the desperation of immigrants in a slightly more transparent way. Conservatives hysterically claim that our porous southern border is the problem. It isn’t. The problem is the greedy farmer. The problem is the unethical food processing company that doesn’t want to pay a living wage or be bound by even the most minimal standards of workplace safety. That’s what they found out in Alabama when they really cracked down on the people who employ illegal immigrant labor.
Yesterday Tom Carper heaped praise on his GOP buddy Tom Coburm of Oklahoma. After praising Coburn, he handed over the gavel of an Ebola hearing to the nutbag:
“I don’t want to chair this hearing today. I want Tom Coburn to chair it,” Mr. Carper said from the dais on Wednesday. “So I’m going to pass tho gavel over to him and put him in charge, and I’m going to try to be a good wingman. All right, Thomas, it’s all yours.”
What did the grand gesture of bipartisanship get Carper? Well, LATER THE SAME DAY Coburn predicted “anarchy” and “violence” will be the result of any executive order on immigration.
In an attempt to justify his execrable vote in favor of the environmental catastrophe known as the Keystone XL pipeline, Tom Carper’s office released a statement which blames the Keystone pipeline for Congressional gridlock. That’s right. It is the Keystone Pipeline, and not the whack-ass GOP that is fucking up everything in DC, according to Carper.
I know it seems like I’m harping on Tom Carper’s unholy sucki-tude, but when Democratic economic polices LOSE OUT to Republican policies that have done nothing but fail for the past twenty years, you have to realize that Democratic turncoats and traitors to the middle class like Tom Carper are having a pretty big impact.
I should never be surprised. I should just assume that Carper agrees with the Republicans on any given issue. And yet, he continues to surprise me.
(Tom Carper), said Obama should wait until next year.
This from Reuters:
Senate staffers pressured Democrats including Chris Coons of Delaware to reverse their opposition to the pipeline. But Coons had used a similar line to King’s in saying Congress should not issue permits when he said last week he would vote no. “He’s still a no,” a Coons aide said Tuesday afternoon.
Because his prior pretext (that this show of bipartisanship will usher in a golden age of bipartisan peace and prosperity) was patently ludicrous and every bit of it was a cynical lie, Carper has updated his reason for voting in favor of the environment catastrophe known as the Keystone pipeline.
Now he says he is voting for this flaming peice of toxic shit because Mary Landreiu begged him to.
“Senator Landrieu has been cajoling, pleading with her colleagues—mostly Democrats—to provide an up or down vote on this,” Carper said in a recent interview with Bloomberg Politics. “I think the time has come.”
That’s some fucking bullshit.
As late as yesterday, we was still trying to slide by on the cynical lie that Republicans would “reciprocate” and a golden age of bipartisan work on climate change would commence.
Contrary to gun-nut dogma, “right-to-carry” laws don’t reduce crime. They increase it.
“The totality of the evidence based on educated judgments about the best statistical models suggests that right-to-carry laws are associated with substantially higher rates” of aggravated assault, robbery, rape and murder, Donohue said in an interview with the Stanford Report. The evidence suggests that right-to-carry laws are associated with an 8 percent increase in the incidence of aggravated assault, according to Donohue. He says this number is likely a floor, and that some statistical methods show an increase of 33 percent in aggravated assaults involving a firearm after the passage of right-to-carry laws.
Makes sense. Guns make the weak feel strong.
If you want to “debate” the “question” of man made climate change, this is not the web site you are looking for
Program Note: There is no serious “debate” about that facts of man made climate change. If you want to discuss that “question” you are either getting paid to do so, or are an idiot. Bottom line – Take it elsewhere.
Carper’s perplexing support for the Keystone Pipeline (because it will “clear the decks” and usher in an era of bipartisan peace and prosperity) is helping people understand what a D-bag Tom Carper is. Bill McKibben writing for Salon is the latest to call our Carper for his self-satisfied and vacuous praise of the climate agreement with China, and his outright assholery for saying that the climate deal with China is so awesome that it will “outweigh” the ecological catastrophe that is the Keystone pipeline.
I don’t have any great hope that the Democrats will be able to replace Carper, but his astonishingly tone-deaf and horrible representation of Delaware in the Senate is leading me to the belief that a non-Teabag Republican would be an upgrade. A non-Teabag Republican siding with the GOP on this would only be hurting the country. Tom Carper hurts the country by supporting the equivalent of 400 new coal burning power stations. But he is also doing long term and permanent damage to the Democratic Party.
It is the second Saturday after the country voted for baby Jesus, and lower taxes and so Republicans are already planning to flex their mandate and shut down the government. They say the shut down will be over the President’s claim that he is going to stop deporting so many browns. That’s the plan.
If the President trips them up by continuing to deport browns at the current rate, they’ll figure something out. Of course shutting down the government isn’t the first choice for the few remaining Republicans who still have a loose grip on reality. They’d prefer a lawsuit because threatening a lawsuit is pretty manly business that always gets results.
Tom Carper said that he’d vote with those same Republicans to overturn a Presidential veto because overriding a Presidential veto will usher in a golden age of peace and prosperity. It will also show the GOP once and for all that when Tom Carper says bipartisanship – BY GOD he means BIPARTI-FUCKING-SHIP.
Poor Chris Flood trying to make sense out of Schwartzkopf post election analysis.
“He said because of the race for county sheriff, the turnout in Sussex County was somewhat different than in Kent and New Castle counties.
Republicans pushed hard to get out the vote because they didn’t want to see Jeff Christopher re-elected, said Schwartzkopf, and as a result some people who wouldn’t have voted otherwise ended up voting straight down party lines.
Schwartzkopf said he doesn’t necessarily think the outcome of the races would have been any different, but the percentages would have been closer.
Republicans had a good day, he said. It’s like a sports competition, he added, and the GOP had a better outcome.”
Yep. Just like a sports competition. The kind of competitions where one team has motivated players, strategies, coaching and leadership and the other doesn’t. It was just like that.
Kansas, You need to just keep cutting services and lowering taxes for your wealthiest corporations and job creators. Things will get better. And if they don’t it only means that you haven’t waited long enough or prayed to Supply-Side Jesus hard enough.
Carper Supports Keystone Pipeline Veto Override Vote to Help Idiotic Landrieu Ploy – also BIPARTISANSHIP! Naturally
This is just the stupidest thing ever, and it is a great example of two things: 1) The Democrat Party is just horrible and 2) Tom Carper is absolutely an out and out fucker. Seriously, wait to you read his statement. It is a goddam doozy.
We screwed up. But here is the good news – starting today we aren’t taking any money from banks or finical services industries. None. Nothing. We now realize that working to protect the profits of banks doesn’t serve the interest of the working class Americans who have always been the backbone of the party. So from now on, the DNC will turn away all money from banks so that we can get back to being the party that looks out for the little guy.
That will put us in a fundraising bind, so we will need to depend on people like you to help get the message out. You are the Democratic Party’s biggest asset. Thanks for considering a donation to help return the Democratic Party to its core values.
More under the fold.
This is depressing:
I’ve been through a lot of elections, Jason330, and it’s a simple fact that you’re not going to win them all. No matter how hard you work, sometimes things don’t turn out the way you want them to.
But I hope you won’t listen to any of the people who are saying that what happened on one Tuesday night in November changed everything — because they are wrong.
Nothing changed the fact that there are millions of Americans counting on us to create good middle-class jobs, and build better schools for our children. It didn’t change that we still have a lot of work to do together, and two full years to do it.
So I want you to stay committed, keep your head up, and invest in the future of our party. If you’ve saved your payment information, your donation will go through immediately.
Thank you, Jason330 — I mean it. Folks like you have always been the Democratic Party’s biggest asset, and there’s nothing that’s going to change that either.
I know Democrats want to think that the Presidential elections are ours, but I wouldn’t be so sure. Of course we hope they’ll nominate a complete loser, but they may not. Then where will we be? The fact is, the GOP is building some huge advantages that are going unmatched by the Democrats. Five that come directly to mind are: