Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Headlines - Tuesday August 14

"He has however voted to repeal Obamacare 34 times and voted on Contraception, Abortion, Marriage, Against Fair Pay, Against tougher domestic violence laws, for another tax break for millionaires, voted to give public lands to oil companies with free drilling rights, increase in military spending, and let Cantor put a loophole in the insider trading bill that exempts family members." - Harold Mansfield
One Millions Moms is offering middle school students a free comic book version of the bible which includes extra hate for those unimpressed by the original.
During this vital project, in a very effective and unique evangelism outreach, a "Truth For Youth" Bible (TFY), will be given to all teenagers who commit to give the Bibles to their unsaved friends in school. The TFY consists of the New Testament in the God's Word translation, along with 100 pages of powerful full color comic stories that are packed with "absolute truth" regarding issues young people are faced with, such as: Sexual Purity, Homosexuality, Abortion, Pornography, Evolution, Drugs, Drunkenness, Peer Pressure, School Violence, Sorcery, Witchcraft and Secular Rock Music. God's wonderful plan of salvation is incorporated into each of the stories. Student's Legal Rights on Public School Campuses are displayed on the back cover of the TFY [image on left] to inform school administrators and young people that they have the right to give Bibles away on campus during non-instructional time.
Students are encouraged to request multiple copies for their heathen unsaved classmates.

This is so stupid I keep telling myself it can't possibly be real.

On its website and in an email Monday, House Speaker John Boehner's office said President Obama needs to take personal responsibility for the drought ravaging the Midwest.

Obama, "continues to blame anyone and everyone for the drought but himself," reads a release from Boehner's office posted online and distributed to reporters Monday. The quote was attributed to Boehner himself in a Financial Times story.

But.. what!?

I thought only god has the power to change the earth. That's a belief held by many of your congresscritters, Speaker Boehner. Are you telling me President Obama has more power than god? Maybe he is god! Eureka!

I'm certain the president would sign a bill to deal with climate change in a serious manner if you sent one to his desk to sign. And you may want to stop voting to defund the EPA while you're at it.

The president has approved federal aid for drought-stricken areas, by the way.


November 2012 And The Choice We Face


Because it wouldn't be America without some mindless gun violence at a place frequented by young people.

Three people were killed Monday after a gunman exchanged fire with police near Texas A&M University's College Station campus. The dead included: the shooter, a police constable and a civilian.

Local police said that a handful of others had been taken to the hospital for treatment, including at least one other law enforcement official.

Time for another Romney fundraiser with NRA chief Wayne LaPierre.


Is Paul Ryan palling around with (former) terrorists?

He will be in just one month when he attends the hate-group founded Value Voters Summit. See, here's Ryan right next to the (former) terrorist Kamal Saleem (the asterisk means their attendance is confirmed):
Mitt Romney is in the same row as the (former) terrorist, but Paul Ryan is smack dab right next to him.

Now, you might ask yourself why a "former" terrorist isn't spending some time in Gitmo instead of heading to a religious right hate summit. (
Because he might be a fraud - but hey Paul Ryan agreed to speak at the conference of a known hate group, so he gets to explain, not us). But that's not really important. What's important is that Paul Ryan is on a Web site next to a guy who allegedly came to the US to kill us all.

So, first we find out that
Paul Ryan's biggest inspiration in life isn't God, but instead a woman who devoted her life to killing God. Now he's apparently palling around with (former) terrorists. This guy might turn out to be more fun than Sarah Palin!
Mitt Romney is holding a campaign event at a Miami restaurant owned by a convicted cocaine trafficker.

Romney appeared Monday evening at El Palacio de los Jugos, a restaurant owned by Reinaldo Bermudez. Court records show that Mr. Bermudez pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine in 1999 and served three years in federal prison.

Sure, you say, but the prisons are full of petty drug offenders, and he has served his time, and what is so bad about a little Colombian Nose Candy now and then?

Media reports in November, 1997, said that Mr. Bermudez was one of 12 people accused in a Colombian drug smuggling operation. Agents seized about 1,292.75 kilograms of cocaine at Florida ports.

Oh. That's entirely different. Never mind.

(The Globe and Mail


Rep. Joe Walsh owes the entire Muslim-American community an apology. The deranged and hysterical Illinois congressman and deadbead dad clutched his pearls and fell on the fainting couch last week, telling an audicence that radical Muslims are in the U-S-of-A and they are plotting and scheming and trying every day to kill us all --and they're probably twirling their moustaches, too, just for the villain effect. He made his intemperate remarks after a Mosque in Joplin Missouri was burned to the ground, and a few days before a 51-year-old man was arrested for firing two shots from a pellet gun at a Mosque in his district. I don't think I need to point out to the people who read this blog that you never hear about Muslim radicals shooting up Christian congregations or burning down Baptist churches.

Nor are Muslims targeting Christian schools with IEDs. That happened Sunday night in a Chicago suburb, too. I'm not blaming Joe Walsh, but I am blaming the hatred that he and his ilk have whipped up among the ignorant masses, and I am saying that every last one of them has blood on his or her hands.


Joe The Plumber at a fundraiser with people like Sheriff Joe Arpaio :

"For years I've said, you know, put a damn fence on the border going to Mexico and start shooting. I'm running for Congress and that should be a bad thing to say. But you know what, it's how I feel…I want my borders protected, I'm very very adamant about that."

Lest anyone think that Wurzelbacher somehow misspoke, he repeated the outrageous comment the following morning at another campaign event for Klein, an outdoor "Patriot rally" in Prescott:

"I'm running for Congress. How many congressmen or people running for Congress have you heard, put a fence up and start shooting? None? Well you heard it here first. Put troops on the border and start shooting, I bet that solves our immigration problem real quick."


Under Paul Ryan's plan, Mitt would pay virtually no taxes.

The tax plan proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.), the newly minted GOP vice presidential candidate, would have slashed Mitt Romney's effective tax rate to about 1 percent in 2010, based on Romney's tax return that year, according to a Roll Call analysis.

The Ryan tax cut, which would shave about 90 percent off of Romney's tax bill, would result from the Wisconsin Republican's "Roadmap for America's Future" proposal to eliminate taxes on capital gains, dividends and interest. Since about 95 percent of Romney's $21.6 million income came from those sources in 2010, he would pay no taxes on the vast majority of his earnings. It's not certain exactly how low Romney's tax bill would go, but his income from other sources amounts to about $1 million, and Ryan's plan would set a new top rate of 25 percent. Romney's total tax bill would have dropped from the $3 million that he paid to a few hundred thousand dollars if Ryan's plan had been in effect.

Ryan also proposes eliminating the estate tax, which would benefit Romney's heirs by tens of millions of dollars.

If Mitt's effective tax rate without taxes on capital gains was 1 percent, does this mean his effective tax rate for the 10 years prior to 2010 would have also been 1 percent or less? It's entirely possible.

When Roll Call says his effective tax rate would be "about 1 percent," what they mean is between 0.8 and 0.9 percent. They rounded up.

As you may recall, nearly every Republican candidate proposed "zeroing-out" the capital gains tax during the Republican primary.

The motivation for doing this is simple — capital gains taxes are the only taxes many of the Super Rich pay. And if we simply zero it out, they will no longer be burdened by that whole paying taxes thing. Paying taxes is so 20th century. It's something only you people should have to do.


The Rude Pundit:

Paul Ryan's Family Is Rich Because of the Federal Government
The Rude Pundit was going to write a snarky, expletive-filled little rant about Rep. Paul Ryan today until he was listening to NPR talk about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's selection for his running mate. The report mentioned how Ryan's family has deep roots in southern Wisconsin, and that his family made its fortune with a construction business, Ryan Incorporated, which was once "Ryan Brothers." And that it "built roads."

"Huh," the Rude Pundit thought. "Roads aren't generally built by private funding." So he did a little bit of googling, and what do you know?

The Ryan Incorporated Central webpage on the company's
history says, "By the 1940's the Company had become a full-service grading contractor serving both private industrial and public transportation customers, including some of the original work at what would become O'Hare Airport."

But on the website for Ryan Incorporated Southern, headquartered in Florida (there are various
divisions of Ryan and, yes, still from the company founded by his great-grandfather that's run by Ryan's cousins), it's a bit more explicit: "The Ryan workload from 1910 until the rural interstate Highway System was completed 60 years later, was mostly Highway construction."

And whose money built the interstate highway system? That'd be ours.

In other words, you know how Barack Obama talked about how your business didn't build the roads that allow you to do business? Well, if you are in the Midwest, chances are that Paul Ryan's family did build some of the roads. And they got to be amazingly successful because the federal government gave them six decades of contracts and millions upon millions of dollars to build them.

Are we clear here? We're talking about Paul Ryan, who, with his wife, is
worth as much as $7.7 million and "much of the Ryans' wealth is in the form of trusts and inheritances." For Rep. Ryan, those trusts and inheritances are a result of money that the federal government spent on infrastructure.

You wanna go further? Here's a
list of defense contracts from the 1990s that went to Ryan Incorporated in its various forms. One of them, from 1996, is worth $5.6 million and went to Ryan Incorporated Central.

So, just to get this right, Paul Ryan and his family are beneficiaries of expanded government spending to improve infrastructure. They continue to benefit from government contracts, including state and local ones. That's Paul Ryan, whose
budget would inevitably gut most infrastructure spending and who, with Mitt Romney, wants to shrink federal spending to the point where, if the federal government had felt that way throughout a good chunk of the 20th century, his family would not have made a dime and, well, then we would have never heard about Paul Ryan.

That's the depth of hypocrisy in play here.

Of course, now, Ryan Incorporated builds a lot of
golf courses. So who needs improved roads when you've got that?

Update: As
others have pointed out, like many conservatives who got where they are thanks to government programs, Ryan is all about biting the hands that fed him.

And sharp-eyed rude reader David C. points out that, if his family was involved in building O'Hare airport, wouldn't the Ryans have been involved in evil Chicago politics?

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