...Rand Paul knows that walking out of interviews with the "liberal" media - that'll show 'em! - excites the wingnuts?
Even the dimmest Republican knows this and Rand sure isn't among the smartest.
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This country is nuts:
Eight[h] grader Domanik Green was arrested on felony charges in Holiday, Fla. Wednesday after breaking into his teacher’s computer to change the background picture to two men kissing.
A felony? No fucking way. Plus the stupid school district apparently set all the passwords to the last names of the teachers so hello, mr. obvious!
Yet Dubya and Darth Vader have yet to be charged with any crimes, to say nothing of our bankster betters.
What a country.
On Palm Sunday (April 9), 1865, Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House, Virginia signaled the end of the Southern States attempt to create a separate nation. It set the stage for the emergence of an expanded and more powerful Federal government. In a sense the struggle over how much power the central government would hold had finally been settled.
Can't offend anyone, don't'cha know.
Presumably the aftermath would involve flowers and sweets being offered to Americans by grateful Iranians.
Cotton is said to be one the smartest Republicans around these days, a claim that is all too believable.
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Yeah, I know it's April, but just go along, OK? I see where Mitt Romney's NCAA basketball bracket isn't busted and he correctly chose Wisconsin (Go, Badgers!) vs. Duke in the final. Obama, on the other hand, got it ALL wrong.
Ipso fatso* I rest my case that Obama should never have been re-elected if he can't even predict a college basketball final.
*Apologies to Archie Bunker
An app in the Google Play Store called “Gunfree Geo Marker” listed the first and last names, social media handles, work phone numbers or addresses, home addresses or name of living complex, as well as location coordinates for activists or people who promoted gun safety regulations, first reported by Fast Company last week.
After a story about the app spread, Google removed it from its store but it reappeared under a different name and was then, again, removed by Google.
Anyway, this is just another example of Freedom™-loving Constitutionalists™.
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TOPEKA -- Kansans soon can carry concealed weapons without permits or training under a bill signed by Gov. Sam Brownback on Thursday.
“Training is an ongoing, personal responsibility. It’s not something the government can mandate,” he [Rep. Travis Couture-Lovelady] said.
If requiring gun safety training isn't something government can mandate, then why do we need to prove we can drive a car before being issued a license?
Some sort of deal has been worked out with Iran.
That Bill O'Reilly approves gives me pause, to be honest, but still:
“You don’t want a war with Iran,” he explained. “You don’t want to bomb that country because the unintended consequences will set the world aflame. So if you can get something that’s decent, you give it a shot. I think that’s a legitimate point,” O’Reilly said to a surprised Gretchen Carlson, host of the network’s daytime show, The Real Story.
O’Reilly also warned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu against immediately rejecting the compromise, counseling the long-time opponent of talks to wait and see “specifically what the Iranians are going to agree to.”
Whether Sen. John McCain suffers a fatal brain aneurism or not remains to be seen.
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Social media is often a cruel and unforgiving playground, something the "Christian" owners of Memories Pizza in Indiana is finding out. They were the first Indiana business to openly claim they wouldn't service a gay wedding. That alone is laughable, but I digress.
They have since closed their doors (that was swift!) because of the mean things people are saying about their bigotry.
... all is not lost. Someone has set up a GoFundMe site and they've already raised over $135K! That's alot of pizza.
UPDATE: Looks like the fundies have raised $200K plus for these welfare wingers.
Penpal of Iranian mullahs Sen. Tom Cotton has something to say:
Appearing yesterday on CNN, Senator Tom Cotton (R) urged critics of Indiana’s “religious freedom” law to get “perspective,” suggesting the treatment of LGBT people in Indiana compared favorably to countries where gay people are executed.
“I think it’s important we have a sense of perspective,” Cotton said. “In Iran they hang you for the crime of being gay.”
We might declare you subhumans not deserving of rights. We might even beat you up, tie you to a fence post, and leave you to die. But we don't hang you. In the name of Judy Garland, stop being such drama queens and get some perspective!
I'm no fan of Matt Yglesias but nonetheless something he wrote back in 2008 bears repeating:
There are very few members of congress with whom I’ve ever had the opportunity to discuss a substantive matter of public policy. But as it happens, one of them — the one with whom I’ve had the second-longest exchange — is Mike Pence (R-IN) who I’ve seen on television today repeatedly discussing the Republican Study Group’s “plan” for the financial crisis. And I can tell you this about Mike Pence: he has no idea what he’s talking about. The man is a fool, who deserves to be laughed at. He’s almost stupid enough to work in cable television.
The details of the encounter are even more brutal.
Mr Pence is expected to board the Republican Presidential Clown Car before too long. yay.
The National Rifle Association has decided that since men are going to rape women (it's only natural, after all) it's the fault of women if they let it happen.
Remind me again why the NRA isn't considered a terrorist organization.
I've read that people (as opposed to persons) are merely dumb, panicky herd animals. This does nothing to refute that:
Americans fear pilots purposely crashing an airliner as much as they are afraid of a hijacking, and over a quarter are more scared of flying than they were before a copilot crashed a jet in France last week, killing 150 people, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found.
"I just got a little scared," said Bi-Kemba J. Wright, a 42-year-old workers compensation claims adjuster from Pasadena, California, who was about to buy a ticket to visit relatives in Alabama but changed his mind after what happened in France.
"I'm pretty sure that, statistics-wise, there's probably only air crashes every hundreds of thousands of miles. But you could be on that one flight and become part of a tragedy."
Of those who changed their travel plans, 30 percent said they had canceled a flight and would not travel at all, while 18 percent said they would switch airlines.
Off the top of my head I can think of only one other situation similar to the Germanwings disaster: EgyptAir 990 back in 1999. Without doing any research at all, I'll still wager that stepping into the shower every morning has a significantly greater chance of a fatal outcome. And let's not even bring up getting into a car.
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The passport numbers of world leaders—including President Obama—who attended last year's G20 summit were reportedly revealed by Australia's immigration department by accident.
I'm so relieved to hear the release was accidental!
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You have to fill those jail beds somehow. In Pennsylvania, you can go to jail if your kid misses school a bit too often:
More than 1,600 parents—most of them mothers—have been jailed in Berks County since 2000 for failure to pay truancy fines. In Pennsylvania, truancy is defined as more than three days of unexcused absence from school.
I'm not an educational expert, but I think I'm safe in saying incarceration is not the way to get kids to come to school. And perhaps this is less about privatized prisons and more about No Child Left Behind.
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I'm cleaning out my bookmarks this morning and came across these:
And because it's Monday, here's a nudibranch --
and a Dilbert:
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This is what we have to look forward to should a Republican move into the White House and Republicans control both the House and Senate:
[The budget passed by the Senate today includes:] an end to the Affordable Care Act; a Medicare system transformed, with vouchers for older adults to purchase private insurance; Medicaid and food stamps cut back drastically and turned over to the states; and a simplified tax code with a far lower top income tax rate.
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A 71-year-old Wisconsin woman was seriously injured after she brawled with a younger woman over a handicapped parking spot and ended up getting chest bumped to the ground, police said.
“It’s not my fault the elderly woman bounced off my big t-----s,” Perkins allegedly told cops, according to a police report.
That 71-year-old woman required five hours of surgery and a hip replacement. That'll teach her to swoop in and steal those handicapped parking spaces.
The Duck Dynast is certainly a sick twist.
It's remarkable just how much time and energy Christianists and other modern conservatives expend fantasizing about the most vile things imaginable. It says a lot about them.
A high degree of difficulty:
Already, [Hillary Clinton] is being pulled in opposite directions on education. The pressure is from not only the teachers who supported her once and are widely expected to back her again, but also from a group of wealthy and influential Democratic financiers who staunchly support many of the same policies — charter schools and changes to teacher tenure and testing — that the teachers’ unions have resisted throughout President Obama’s two terms in office.
And the financiers say they want Mrs. Clinton to declare herself.
“This is an issue that’s important to a lot of Democratic donors,” said John Petry, a hedge fund manager who was a founder of the Harlem Success Academy, a New York charter school. “Donors want to hear where she stands.”
Then again, teachers know that Hillary would be better than any Republican alternative regardless. And Hillary knows that they know that.
Depressingly, Clinton could end up being better than Obama on the issue, and that's not meant as praise for Hillary.
Donating money through Tailgunner Ted's presidential campaign website is like leaving your credit card on a park bench with a note giving your Social Security number and mailing Zip Code. And then there's this:
For some reason, the SSL certificate for tedcruz.org lists nigerian-prince.com as another valid address for Cruz's website.
This little hiccup has allegedly been fixed now but still.
Li'l Ricky is lectured:
"Why is the Congress rolling over and letting this communist dictator destroy my country?" she asked Santorum. "You all know what he is, and I know what he is. I want him out of the White House. He's not a citizen. He could have been removed a long time ago."
She later mentioned that "Obama tried to blow up a nuke in Charleston a few months ago."
Whatever nutter started the rumor (likely spread by chain e-mail) that Obama tried to nuke Charleston is no doubt familiar with the 1983 television movie Special Bulletin in which anti-nuke activists get their mitts on a nuclear weapon and threaten to detonate it in Charleston Harbor to prove a point.
Charleston is indeed incinerated in the movie which, if my memory of more than thirty years ago is reasonably solid, wasn't very good.
Your Republican Base, friends.
Russian police are hunting an unusual vandal, who sprayed graffiti on a site in Kaliningrad where philosopher Immanuel Kant is thought to have lived.
The 18th-Century philosopher, whose work on ethics and metaphysics, heavily influenced Western thought, spent his life in what was then Koenigsberg.
Now the phrase "Kant's a sucker" has been sprayed on a ruined house in green paint, along with a heart and flower.
It is not the first time that Kant's philosophy has provoked hostility.
A man was reportedly shot and wounded in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-don two years ago, when a conversation in a shop about the philosopher turned to violence.
Next up: duels over Jeremy Bentham but only if participants figure out if it's worth it.
Following the cue of CEO Howard Schultz, [Starbucks] said it would do its part to encourage constructive dialogue following "racial unrest from Ferguson, Missouri to New York City to Oakland."
The company said employees all over the country would be asked to start writing the slogan "Race Together" on customers' cups.
The company also said it will begin encouraging employees to begin "conversations" with customers on the subject of race.
Wow. Just wow.
Underpaid workers in lousy jobs will now be forced to subject themselves to verbal (or worse) abuse from customers in an effort to make Schultz feel good about himself.
This is the sort of liberalism that gives liberalism a bad name.