Wednesday, December 5, 2012

December 5

Link Obama is weighing military options to secure Syria's chemical and biological weapons,
after U.S. intelligence reports show the Syrian regime may be readying those weapons
and may be desperate enough to use them, U.S. officials said Monday.

Obama pointedly warned Syrian President Bashar Assad not to use his arsenal.
I guess WMDs, nukes and drones are only okay if WE use them.
There's post-election changes afoot at Fox News, apparently. Nothing big, just a quiet, temporary purge of all that embarrassing, fake, humiliatingly self-serving and spectacularly wrong prognosticating that they had built their entire election coverage around. We're just going to pretend that all those humiliating moments never happened, all right?
According to multiple Fox sources, Ailes has issued a new directive to his staff: He wants the faces associated with the election off the air — for now. For Karl Rove and Dick Morris — a pair of pundits perhaps most closely aligned with Fox's anti-Obama campaign — Ailes's orders mean new rules. Ailes's deputy, Fox News programming chief Bill Shine, has sent out orders mandating that producers must get permission before booking Rove or Morris.
… thus finally answering the question: What does it take to embarrass Fox News?
Source: Public Policy Polling
According to the YouGov BrandIndex, Papa John's saw its reputation drop significantly in November after CEO John Schnatter tried to scare workers and customers alike about how workers' hours would be cut to keep them from qualifying for health coverage under Obamacare. A class action suit against the pizza chain for sending spam text messages probably didn't help, either:
Papa John's, Applebee's, and Denny's were measured with YouGov BrandIndex's Buzz score, which asks respondents, "If you've heard anything about the brand in the last two weeks, through advertising, news or word of mouth, was it positive or negative?" Results were filtered adults 18+ who have eaten at casual dining restaurants in the past month.

Papa John's Buzz score high point for the month came on Election Day—November 6th—with a score of 32. Eight days later, the score had dropped 10 points down to 22, when the spam text lawsuit was unveiled. A few days later, Papa John's dropped below Pizza Hut's score and is presently at 4.

Applebee's and Denny's also suffered in the reputation score after major franchisees of those chains said they would be penalizing workers and customers as a result of Obamacare, but Denny's rebounded somewhat after its CEO rebuked John Metz, the franchisee who said he'd add a surcharge and cut workers' hours. No word on any changes to reputation for Darden Restaurants. No company executive or franchisee there made inflammatory statements; rather, the company just quietly started planning to cut workers' hours below the 30 per week that would qualify them for employer-provided health coverage.

According to Papa John's, a different BrandIndex measure shows the chain doing just fine. Sure.


Even China and Russia have done what 38 Senate Republicans, led by Mitch McConnell, refuse to do: ratify a UN treaty on the rights of the disabled. Treaty ratification requires a two-thirds majority vote, this one failed 61-38.

The vote took place in an unusually solemn atmosphere, with senators sitting at their desks rather than milling around the podium. Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, looking frail and in a wheelchair, was in the chamber to support the treaty.

The treaty, already signed by 155 nations and ratified by 126 countries, including Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia, states that nations should strive to assure that the disabled enjoy the same rights and fundamental freedoms as their fellow citizens. Republicans objected to taking up a treaty during the lame-duck session of the Congress and warned that the treaty could pose a threat to U.S. national sovereignty.

"I do not support the cumbersome regulations and potentially overzealous international organizations with anti-American biases that infringe upon American society," said Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla.

Sen. Mike Lee "argued that the treaty by its very nature threatened U.S. sovereignty," and that because it includes language about providing equal access to reproductive health care to disabled people, it would lead to abortion. Because everything the UN does involves either black helicopters or abortion in the fevered brains of the tea party Republicans who now rule their party. Here's the roll call of the vote.

And the international embarrassment that is the U.S. Republican Party continues.

12:55 PM PT: Sen. Harry Reid responds to the vote: "It is a sad day when we cannot pass a treaty that simply brings the world up to the American standard for protecting people with disabilities because the Republican party is in thrall to extremists and ideologues. The United States is seen as a leader around the world. Today, we had a chance to lead, and we failed because a small group of Republican senators fear the Tea Party more than they care about equality for people with disabilities.

"Today's vote wasn't about Republicans or Democrats. It was about standing up for our heroes – men and women who risked their lives on the battlefield for the United States of America. This treaty was about 57 million Americans who live with a disability. Republicans such as former President George H.W. Bush, Senator McCain and former Senator Bob Dole called on their Republican colleagues to support these Americans. I am saddened those Senators did not listen. Their arguments against the treaty had no basis in fact – the treaty does not change United States law. That is why I plan to bring this treaty up for a vote again in the next Congress. Our wounded veterans and millions more around the world deserve better."

Pretty crude, but seems accurate.
The farming/slaughter industries would have us believe that cows and other farm animals live long and happy lives, until they die peacefully of old age. WRONG! It is all lies and the public are being brainwashed through clever and misleading advertising campaigns.     Many thanks to Sentient Beings and Little Bird for sharing with us. (m)    Photo: Sentient Beings

Warren doing what she knows best:

Nearly two years after Wall Street waged a successful campaign to keep consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren from running the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the incoming senator will be tapped to serve on the Banking Committee, according to four sources familiar with the situation. It's a victory for progressives who battled to win her a seat on the panel that oversees the implementation of Dodd-Frank and other banking regulations.

Warren knocked out Republican Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts in the most expensive Senate contest of 2012, with Wall Street spending heavily to beat Warren, a former Harvard law professor.

Sources also told HuffPost that Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will be named to the panel.

The banksters spent millions trying to defeat Warren and Obama, there was a huge lobbying effort to keep her off this committee, but she was appointed anyway. And maybe she can pull Manchin back to the left a little since he doesn't have to run again for six years.


The easiest way to stop this kind of nonsense would be to put a small tax on each transaction


A bill pre-filed today in the Missouri House:

HB 41 Requires proof of identity and status as a United States natural born citizen for the office of President and Vice President to be submitted with other required certification documents to the Secretary

Sponsor: Rowland, Lyle (155)
Proposed Effective Date: 8/28/2013
LR Number: 180L.01I
Last Action: 12/04/2012 - Prefiled (H)


Yes, we can expect another very productive session from the republican controlled Missouri General Assembly.


Creationist Lawmaker Wants Indiana Teachers To Prove Science Of Evolution


Lest anyone get the idea that the Daily Caller is just a teensy bit racist, they would like you to know that they actually care more about Factual History than certain Presidents of the United States do. For instance, did you know that the Daily Caller's Neil Munro is very protective of the legacy and reputation of Rosa Parks? It's true! Saturday was the 57th anniversary of Parks' refusal to give up her seat to a white bus passenger, and the Daily Caller's Neil Munro is quite indignant that the White House marked the anniversary by tweeting a photo of Barack Obama sitting in that very bus (from a visit to the Henry Ford Museum back in April).

Well, The Daily Caller's Neil Munro was not going to stand for such an insult to the memory of a revered Civil Rights leader (who is also conveniently dead now), although they also couldn't be bothered to actually subtract "1955″ from "2012," either:

The White House used a tweeted picture of President Barack Obama to mark the 55th anniversary of Rosa Parks' bus protest in Montgomery, Ala, on Saturday…

The White House did not send out a picture of Rosa Parks…



As the incessantly chattered-about fiscal cliff approaches, the GOP has begun purging its hard-right members from key congressional committees.

The decisions were made by the GOP Steering Committee at a Monday meeting, which reviewed a spreadsheet listing each GOP lawmaker and how often he or she had voted with leadership, three sources said. Reps. David Schweikert of Arizona and Walter Jones of North Carolina were booted from the Financial Services Committee. Reps. Justin Amash of Michigan and Tim Huelskamp of Kansas were removed from the Budget Committee. According to a source, Schweikert was told that he was ousted in part because his "votes were not in lockstep with leadership." Michael Steel, a spokesman for Boehner, said, "The Steering Committee makes decisions based on a range of factors." One GOP leadership aide said, "Changes are made for a variety of reasons, most often at the request of committee chairs."

The wailing on Tea Party-dominated sites such as Breitbart and Daily Caller has been a thing of beauty.


Wingnut Hero Ted Nugent: People On Welfare Shouldn't Be Allowed To Vote

"Let's stop the insanity by suspending the right to vote of any American who is on welfare. Once they get off welfare and are self-sustaining, they get their right to vote restored. No American on welfare should have the right to vote for tax increases on those Americans who are working and paying taxes to support them. That's insane. In addition to suspending a welfare recipient's right to vote, we also need to get our voting system straightened out and eliminate voter fraud. We need to ensure that only Americans vote by requiring polling places to validate the identification of each voter. It shouldn't take a Motown guitar slayer to come up with these common-sense bargaining chips before taxes are raised on the producers, which will further choke the economy. How about it, GOP?" - Faded rocker Ted Nugent, writing for the Moonie Times.


I don't know who made this, but I love it! (Todd)    P.S. If anyone knows who made this, we will gladly give them credit in this status, because that's how we roll here at THE BEER PARTY. Cheers!


A new poll conducted by Public Policy Polling found that 25 percent of Republican voters want their state to secede from the Union.



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