Friday, May 13, 2011

Headlines - Friday May 13

Steve Benen at the Washington Monthly is very excited to report the "Ensign scandal [has been] referred to Justice Dept for prosecution

Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee killed an amendment by Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) that would have closed the so-called "terror gap" — preventing firearm sales to suspected terrorists. GOP members want to protect the right of people on the FBI's terrorist watch list to purchase firearms, arguing that preventing sales would "steal the Second Amendment rights of those placed on the list by mistake."


In testimony before a U.S. Senate committee, the head of Exxon Mobil said that, based on supply and demand, oil should actually be currently priced at between $60 to $70 a barrel. "When we look at it, it's going to be somewhere in the $60 to $70 range if you said: 'If I had access to the next marketable barrel, what would it cost," said Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson.

Get rid of the speculators.


GOP bill shifts oil drilling cases to court dominated by judges with oil investments.



As state faces deep cuts, Texas commits $250 million of taxpayer money to auto racing.


Michelle Obama and Harry Reid: dangerous women.

AFA: christian women are heathen for doing yoga

Sure, yoga may seem like a calming form of exercise to you, but you must have forgotten that everything in the world that was not created by Christians is inherently evil. According to American Family Association writer Marsha West, many American Christian women see nothing wrong with going to a yoga studio instead of laying on the couch watching teevee and eating potato chips intravenously (to avoid the exercise of chewing), as God intended. But these women have been corrupted by the Devil and his hellish stretches and can no longer be called Christian at all, for they are now officially members of EASTERN RELIGIONS, which will destroy America after they've infiltrated us with the yoga. "Sadly, Christians have become worldly." How awful. READ MORE »


WASHINGTON – Sen. Orrin Hatch isn't wasting words on what he thinks of harsh criticism that oil company CEOs are taking on Capitol Hill. He's letting a portrait of a dog sitting on a pony tell part of the story.

At a hearing on gas prices, the Utah Republican said that Senate Democrats are conducting a dramatic hearing to "make some political hay at the expense of our witnesses today."

The committee called the heads of the five largest oil companies to testify Thursday about proposals to repeal tax breaks for the five companies. The companies are ExxonMobil, Chevron, BP, Royal Dutch Shell and ConocoPhillips.

Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus told the executives the generous tax breaks they enjoy have not lowered gas prices or promoted energy independence.


There is an incredible statistic out this month showing that in February 14.3% of the population relies on food stamps.
Continue reading 'One in Seven Americans on Food Stamps'


Bob Cesca: The GOP is totally against wasteful spending 

Except when they aren't.

As you may recall, members of congress were pushing an extra engine for the F-35 Lightning fighter jet back in February which the Department of Defense doesn't need or want. An engine which is entirely unnecessary. An engine which Secretary of Defense Robert Gates advised President Obama to veto.

Gates has opposed the extra engine for years, saying it is unnecessary and a waste of money. But Congress has argued that funding a second engine model for the F-35 would keep defense contractors on their toes by forcing them to compete.

Gates has repeatedly threatened to advise President Obama to veto the entire defense bill if Congress pursues the second engine.

The original proposal was voted down, but congressional demand for another colossal serving of pork was resuscitated last night by the Republican-controlled Armed Services Committee.

Despite rhetoric about the imminent need to cut federal spending, the Republican-controlled House Armed Services Committee late last night approved a $700 billion military funding allocation for next year — the Pentagon's largest budget ever — including a "lifeline" to the presumed-dead extra engine for F-35 fighter jet. [...]

Last night's vote was a big "helping hand to Rolls-Royce and GE," the lead contractors on the project — and they've earned it. The companies dispatched a small army of lobbyists from 13 different firms to the Capitol and have donated heavily to key lawmakers. GE gave $223,000 to members of the Armed Services Committee in the 2010 election cycle alone, including $8,500 to Chairman Buck McKeon (R-CA).

See how serious the House Republicans are about reducing wasteful spending? They may even shut the government down if we don't begin starving the beast!

via ThinkProgress


Misogynistic zealots would have us believe that abortion is thoughtlessly abused as a means of birth control by loose sluts -- filthy baby killers. That's the subtext of the propaganda pedaled by the likes of Rick Santorum and, well, the entire Republican Party. It's nothing more than a way for repressed conservatives to control women. They merely disguise it as concern for the lives of fetuses -- lives which Republicans discard as soon as the fetus passes out of the birth canal. From that point on, babies are doomed in a would-be Republican America where healthcare is a for-profit Mafia-style racket and budgets for programs to provide healthy food for new mothers (WIC) are slashed.

The demographic reality of this difficult choice:


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