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The Darren Wilson Interview

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I’ve watched the interview with Darren Wilson and George Stephanopoulos and all I got out of it was anger.  During the interview all I kept thinking was… Liar.  And while I get why he lied (Hello?  Ongoing Federal Investigation), what I don’t understand is why he gave the interview so soon.  Why not wait?  Did […]

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I’m Thankful for You F*ckers

Filed in National by on November 26, 2014 11 Comments

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.

And yet, it is always heartfelt, so thank you (in no particular order) Andy, puck, SussexAnon, All you Anonymous SOBs, LeBay, Unintended Consequences, Tom Hawk,bamboozer, teddy, ben, Another Mike, Geezer, Dorian Gray, Bane, Pine View Farm, rustydils, Aint’s Taking it Any More, AQC, Nuttingham, Walt, John Manifold, Plexing, Russ, Dave, Tom Kline. Republican David, stan merriman, fightingbluehen, Joanne Christian, Steve Newton auntiedem, Kavips, and MikeM2784.

Also, all you regular lurkers who read everyday, but don’t jump in. We see you in the stats and it is meaningful to us that you stop by. Thank you. Have a great Holiday. Fight with your crazy racist father-in-law and GO EAGLES!

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The DNC Needs A Dean Redux

Filed in National by on November 25, 2014 10 Comments
The DNC Needs A Dean Redux

A couple of commentaries appeared in the media this week from two divergent factions in the party, both in agreement.

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Power vs. Authority

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Power vs. Authority

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 […]

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If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns, and those outlaws will be cops

Filed in National by on November 24, 2014 12 Comments

Statistically speaking, the biggest murders in Utah are cops.

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.

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Governor Markell’s Weekly Message

Filed in National by on November 23, 2014 4 Comments
Governor Markell’s Weekly Message

The Governor was a little late in posting his video to YouTube yesterday, so he missed out on the Weekly Addresses column. But hey, that’s smart. Now he gets the spotlight to himself and he doesn’t have to share it with that glory hog Obama. LOL.

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Sunday Open Thread [11.23.14]

Filed in Delaware, National by on November 23, 2014 6 Comments
Sunday Open Thread [11.23.14]

Bill Maher, at the top of his New Rules segment on his HBO show Friday night, accurately described the current political situation. Maher said: “Now that they’ve wrestled his approval rating down to the basement, and grabbed control of both houses of Congress, Republicans must explain why this guy (Obama) keeps kicking your ass. It’s like one of those action movies where you tie the hero up, chain him to a chair, then he headbutts you unconscious, gets up, and leaves a note signed Django.” Come inside for the video…

I love that President Obama is now the sole Democratic agenda setter in Washington. The bipartisanship-seeking cowards that call themselves Democrats, namely Tom Carper, can learn from Obama’s example. Let’s have more of it. If the Republicans even attempt to touch Obamacare, Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid, the President vetos and every Democrat …. every Democrat…. shuts the fuck up and supports the President. I am looking directly at you, Tom.

As a side note, does Tom Carper retire in 2018? I suspect not, but there is a backlog of Democrats piling up waiting for him to move on (Biden, Markell, Carney).

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The Weekly Addresses

Filed in Delaware, National by on November 22, 2014 0 Comments
The Weekly Addresses

President Obama speaks about his Immigration Accountability Action. Governor Markell has not posted his weekly message yet. We will post it once we receive it. The West Wing Week follows the President through the week from his trip to Asia and Australia up until his Immigration speech on Thursday. It also features an entire summit audience singing Happy Birthday to our Vice President Uncle Joe Biden. And a new feature video from the White House, a behind the scenes talk with the President before his address on Thursday. Come inside for the videos.

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Saturday News Round Up – Keystone XL Holding Congress Hostage Week 2

Filed in National by on November 22, 2014 13 Comments
Saturday News Round Up – Keystone XL Holding Congress Hostage Week 2

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.

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GOP Impeachment Fever Breaks Hours After Obama’s Clear Message on Immigration

Filed in National by on November 21, 2014 9 Comments
GOP Impeachment Fever Breaks Hours After Obama’s Clear Message on Immigration

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.]

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Friday Open Thread [11.21.14]

Filed in National by on November 21, 2014 3 Comments
Friday Open Thread [11.21.14]

With the President’s action last night, he was able to simultaneously implement his party’s policy goals while dividing the opposition. That’s why Democrats have the advantage in this fight. Republicans will now go mad, from the conservative media to the conservative legislator. From Ted Cruz talking about Roman Dictators to Bill O’Rielly screaming at an undocumented journalist that he does not belong here to the actual bonafide racist Republicans in the House and Senate screaming about brown people and impeachment.

It was a brilliant moment in his Presidency. And the President delayed it from September because nervous fuck-wit coward congressional Democrats were a-scared of facing the voters with this policy. They are so fucking stupid they deserved to lose. This immigration makes Republicans forget to hide their bigotry and radicalness. It drives them absolutely insane, and they let the people see it.

Ron Klein:

“He’s daring Republicans to offer their sharpest reactions. Everything from government shutdowns to lawsuits to, yes, impeachment will be in the mix, with the driving consensus that the party needs to do something to register its extreme disapproval.”

“He’s daring them to offer and pass a different set of policies. The fact that the substance of the executive order won’t take effect for six months gives the new GOP majority in Congress another half year to do what Congress hasn’t been able to do over the decade immigration reform has been on the agenda.”

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Bienvenida A Casa !

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Bienvenida A Casa !

Welcome. Come out of the shadows now, thanks to a courageous President Obama. I’m sorry this has taken so long but there are a few nativists here who have made the process of legalizing your residency difficult. Let’s forgive and ignore them.

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It isn’t the border, it’s the sub-minimum wage seasonal jobs with no benefits

Filed in National by on November 21, 2014 21 Comments
It isn’t the border, it’s the sub-minimum wage seasonal jobs with no benefits

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.

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Thursday Open Thread [11.20.14]

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Thursday Open Thread [11.20.14]

“Rising Republican hostility toward President Obama’s impending immigration plan is as intense as has ever existed between the White House and the GOP,” the Los Angeles Times reports.

“But the strong reaction by Republican leaders has less to do with opposition to the nuts and bolts of the president’s immigration policy and more to do with fear and anger that the issue will derail the agenda of the new Republican majority before the next Congress even convenes. Republican leaders who had hoped to focus on corporate tax reform, fast-track trade pacts, repealing the president’s healthcare law and loosening environmental restrictions on coal are instead being dragged into an immigration skirmish that they’ve tried studiously to avoid for most of the last year.”

I imagine that was the plan. And Republicans are too bigoted and dumb enough to fall for it. Indeed, this whole fucking immigration mess is due to their unabashed racism on the part of the GOP. All they had to do is pass the Senate plan, which was a compromise with Senate Republicans that provide much increased (and wasteful) border security. And this issue would be over with and the GOP would be back to wooing the Latino vote. Instead, they are going to freak the fuck out and let the racist flag fly proudly, and they are going to lose Latinos for multiple centuries. For the President’s part, it is always golden when the right thing to do syncs up with the politically right thing to do.

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Tom Carper just heaped praise on this Republican – You will totally believe what happened next

Filed in Delaware, National by on November 20, 2014 16 Comments
Tom Carper just heaped praise on this Republican – You will totally believe what happened next

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.

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Keystone XL the root of all DC dysfunction according to Carper

Filed in National by on November 19, 2014 6 Comments
Keystone XL the root of all DC dysfunction according to Carper

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.

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Wednesday Open Thread [11.19.14]

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Wednesday Open Thread [11.19.14]

From Politico:

“Republican leaders have intensified their planning to prevent a government funding showdown, weighing legislative options that would redirect GOP anger at Barack Obama’s expected action on immigration and stave off a political disaster. Speaker John Boehner, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and their top aides and deputies are mulling several options that would give Capitol Hill Republicans the opportunity to vent their frustration with what they view as an unconstitutional power grab by the White House — without jeopardizing the government financing bill.”

These people sound like insane sociopaths. A need to vent? Really? Jonathan Chait: “That a shutdown gives Republicans any actual leverage, as opposed to imagined leverage, is another right-wing fantasy. It is now fairly well-established that the sole impact of a government shutdown is to make the public hate the party that controls Congress. The gun the conservatives are holding is pointed at their own head.”

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Americans now defer to Republicans over Democrats on the economy – Tom Carper is a total disaster

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Americans now defer to Republicans over Democrats on the economy – Tom Carper is a total disaster

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.

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Tom Carper Supports GOP Protest Over Executive Action on Immigration

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Tom Carper Supports GOP Protest Over Executive Action on Immigration

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.

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UPDATED: “Coons still a no”

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UPDATED: “Coons still a no”

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.

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Carper Changes His Reason For Voting in Favor of Keystone in the 11th Hour

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Carper Changes His Reason For Voting in Favor of Keystone in the 11th Hour

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.

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Should Atlantic City trust Chris Christie?

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“Chris Christie Atlantic City cartoon TornoeA funny thing happened while Chris Christie was galavanting around the country securing support for his inevitable Presidential run – Atlantic City imploded.

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Tuesday Open Thread [11.18.14]

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Tuesday Open Thread [11.18.14]

David Roberts, a writer for Grist, has succinctly encapsulates what has been and is wrong with our politics over the last thirty years. And to be clear, it is something that is wrong with our current brand of post-modern conservatives, and not something that is wrong with anyone else.

You must read them all….

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From the Department of Obvious Findings: More Guns = More Crime

Filed in National by on November 18, 2014 1 Comment
From the Department of Obvious Findings: More Guns = More Crime

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.

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State Of Emergency Declared – Ferguson Grand Jury Decision Coming Soon

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State Of Emergency Declared – Ferguson Grand Jury Decision Coming Soon

Via TPM: Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) declared a state of emergency Monday, preempting a grand jury decision in the Ferguson shooting of Michael Brown that is expected to be delivered any day. The order establishes that the St. Louis County police will be in charge of law enforcement in Ferguson in response to any […]

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