Sunday, March 24, 2013

March 24

**** Today Congress succeeded in passing Section 735, aka the Monsanto Protection Act, in the Continuing Resolution spending bill. Once again, Monsanto and the biotech industry have used their lobbying power to undermine your basic rights.

We need you to call President Obama and tell him to veto HR 933 and the Monsanto Protection Act. Then contact Congress and tell them you are outraged. With the Senate passage of the Monsanto Protection Act, biotech lobbyists are one step closer to making sure that their new GMO crops can evade any serious scientific or regulatory review.



Get the popcorn!

But it get's better:

Anyway, short-fingered vulgarian Donal Trump and anchor-baby Michelle Malkkkin seem to be having some sort of slap-fight, so my day is already made. 


Daily Caller accused of bribing Menendez prostitutes 

Did Daily Caller pay to frame Menendez?

The shit is really hitting the fan for Tucker Carlson's wingnutDaily Caller and its months-long campaign to bring down Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ).  The Daily Caller writer who launched the story and followed up with daily outragedupdates is Matthew Boyle, who recently jumped ship forBreitbart.   Boyle and I have occasionally exchanged tweets on various subjects, but after the Menendez story began to fall apart a few weeks ago, he stopped responding to my questions about it.  Since then Boyle, usually a many-times-per-day tweeter, has gone almost silent.  Hit any of the above headlines for the stories.



Here's a Great Idea

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus says his choice as a model for the GOP on marriage and abortion would be He of Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Fame, Mike Huckabee.

Priebus cited former governor Mike Huckabee of Arkansas as an example of someone who could be "a model for a lot of people in our party" in terms of discussing issues like marriage and abortion. "I always tell people: Listen to Governor Mike Huckabee," he said. "I don't know anyone that talks about them any better."

Reince Priebus doesn't 'know anyone who talks about The Gays or The Womens better than Mike Huckabee' and, evidently, isn't aware that behind the veneer of aw-shucks smirking and good ole boy hucksterism is a pit of fire and brimstone.

Huckabee has said that homosexuality is a public health risk, that changing the definition of marriage may lead to polygamy, and he even drew a direct line between gay families and a culture of godlessness to the Newtown school shooting. He also backs passing a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage and believes allowing homosexuals to serve openly in the boy scouts will lead to pedophilia.

And that's not all. He also believes AIDS was god's punishment for homosexuality, wants to reinstate Don't Ask Don't Tell, and has compared same-sex marriage to bestiality and alcoholism.

On the subject of abortion, Huckabee threw his support behind Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin, believes we should ban all abortions even in cases of rape and incest, and has compared it to slavery. He also said "tax-funded abortion pills" may have also had a role in the Newtown school shooting.

And that's just the tip of the cuckoo's nest.

By all means — promote Mike Huckabee, a man who is more or less a less-creepy Pat Robertson, as your "model" for the party and listen to him.

Reince Priebus stays losing.


Senate Republicans Unanimously Support Repeal of Student Loan Reform Law

Fox: Americans Need Assault Weapons To Protect Themselves From An Iranian Invasion, Al Qaeda

New Hampshire House Votes To Prohibit Private Prisons

This news is not new-it's based on a survey done more than year ago -- but it's news worth repeating anyway. Here are Larry Bartels and Benjamin Page in the LA Times today on the political priorities of the very rich:

Our research found that the biggest concern of this top 1% of wealth-holders was curbing budget deficits and government spending. When surveyed, they ranked those things as priorities three times as often as they did unemployment - and far more often than any other issue.

....They were also much less likely to favor raising taxes on high-income people, instead advocating that entitlement programs like Social Security and healthcare be cut to balance the budget.

....While the wealthy favored more government spending on infrastructure, scientific research and aid to education, they leaned toward cutting nearly everything else. Even with education, they opposed things that most Americans favor.

....The wealthy opposed - while most Americans favor - instituting a system of national health insurance, raising the minimum wage to above poverty levels, increasing the Earned Income Tax Credit and providing a "decent standard of living" for the unemployed. They were also against the federal government helping with or providing jobs for those who cannot find private employment.

....Unlike most Americans, wealthy respondents opposed increased regulation of large corporations and raising the "cap" that exempts income above $113,700 from the FICA payroll tax. And unlike most Americans, they oppose relying heavily on corporate taxes to raise revenue and oppose taxing the rich to redistribute wealth. 

A large body of research, from Bartels and others, demonstrates that lawmakers respond to the desires of the upper middle class and the wealthy, but not much to anyone else. So if you're wondering why official Washington is all atwitter over budget deficits, but doesn't seem to care much about unemployment, this is why. It's because that's what rich people care about. 

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