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Congress to cut SNAP?

According to the Associated Press (AP), the Republican Tea Party (GOTP) controlled House Agriculture Committee’s beginning to throw together a farm bill cutting $2.5 billion in food aid, because feeding the poor has become “too expensive”.

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The proposed legislation would cut roughly 3 percent from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), achieving the cuts by eliminating “broad-based categorical eligibility,” or automatic food stamp benefits when people sign up for other programs, which more than 47 million people used last year, or about 1 in 7 Americans; because of the additional numbers needing help the cost has more than doubled since 2008 due in a large part to the economic downturn caused by the disastrous economic policies of the Bush/Cheney presidency.

God fearing Christian Conservative members of Congress have repeatedly attacked the President for daring to care for the poor by expanding SNAP, and many of those same white bread House members are refusing to consider a farm bill without cuts to food stamps. Clearly they don’t read the parts of the Bible where Christ said things like, “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

“For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:

“I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.

“Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?

“Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.”

Funny how conservatives repeatedly thump their Bibles when opposing same-sex marriage, which by-the-way isn’t mentioned anywhere in all of scripture, but then conveniently forget about their Bibles when making cuts to programs helping the poor.


Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Budget Cuts


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The McCaine Mutiny …

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Posted by on February 19, 2013 in Benghazi, Humor


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2008 GOTP 2008 Presidential footnote claiming there’s a ‘massive cover-up’ on Benghazi?

There comes a time when some individuals should, as Douglas MacArthur once famously said, “fade away”. Clearly, it’s past time for the 2008 GOTP Presidential footnote, Senator John McCain. This past weekend, while a guest on Meet the Press, discussing his party’s ongoing misuse of the filibuster and how contentious the confirmation hearings for defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel had become, McCain became belligerent and it seems, began to speak without his brain being fully engaged; his stinging defeat to President Obama clearly shaping his need for revenge at all cost.

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When asked about the contentious hearings McCain began to lambast the host seeming to say the Senate hearings had become so bad due to the lack of information from the White House surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks in Benghazi as a “massive cover-up.”

“There are so many answers we don’t know,” McCain claimed. “We’ve had two movies about getting bin Laden and we don’t even know who the people were who were evacuated from the consulate the day after the [Benghazi] attack. So there are many, many questions. So we’ve had a massive cover-up on the part of the administration.”

Host David Gregory tried unsuccessfully to get McCain to clarify what he meant by “a massive cover-up.”

To which McCain then started almost shouting, “I’m asking you, do you care whether four Americans died? And shouldn’t people be held accountable for the fact that four Americans died?”

“Well, what you said was the cover-up–a cover-up of what?” Gregory asked.

“Of the information concerning the deaths of four brave Americans,” McCain replied. “The information has not been forthcoming. You obviously believe that it has. I know that it hasn’t. And I’ll be glad to send you a list of the questions that have not been answered, including ‘What did the president do and who did he talk to the night of the attack on Benghazi?'”

McCain continued: “Why did the president for two weeks, for two weeks during the heat of the campaign continue to say he didn’t know whether it was a terrorist attack or not? Is it because it interfered with the line ‘Al Qaeda has [been] decimated’? And ‘everything’s fine in that in that part of the world’? Maybe. We don’t know. But we need the answers. Then we’ll reach conclusions. But we have not received the answers. And that’s a fact.”

McCain never answered any of the questions put to him, he seemed to be the grandfather at Thanksgiving dinner rambling from one topic to the next, unable to ever coherently clarify what he’s talking about, just speaking louder and angrier the more you try to comprehend where he’s going.

There is no cover up on Benghazi, there have been countless hearings and reportedly more than 10,000 pages of testimony given; plainly, as stated earlier, it’s past time for the Senator to begin fading away before he begins screaming, “Ahh, but the strawberries that’s… that’s where I had them. They laughed at me and made jokes but I proved beyond the shadow of a doubt and with… geometric logic… that a duplicate key to the wardroom icebox DID exist, and I’d have produced that key if they hadn’t of pulled the Caine out of action. I, I, I know now they were only trying to protect some fellow officers…”

It’s one thing to serve the people; it’s another to continue appearing as a petulant loser who’s coming unglued, incapable of moving on.

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Posted by on February 19, 2013 in Benghazi


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Posted by on October 26, 2012 in Religion


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Robertson pushes man to become Muslim so he can beat his wife?

Right wing lunatic televangelist Pat Robertson’s at it again, proving he’s quite a few words short of a Bible verse; this time, Pat’s focused his indignation on wives who fail to “properly obey” their husbands.

Earlier this week, during a broadcast of Robertson’s television show “The 700 Club,” he answered a question from a viewer named Michael about how to repair his marriage to a woman who “has no respect for me as the head of the house.”

Rev Pat’s response?

“Well, you could become a Muslim and you could beat her,” he declared while co-host Terry Meeuwsen giggled.

But wait, there’s more.

“I don’t think we condone wife-beating these days but something has got to be done to make her learn to submit to authority,” Pat said.

So, let me get this straight, “we don’t condone wife-beating these days” means in Robertson’s world it used to be condoned?

But, since Christian scripture doesn’t allow for divorce, Rev Robertson urged the man to “move to Saudi Arabia,” where, ostensibly, beating the woman would be permissible.

Even with all his past out bursts Robertson remains someone Republican Tea Party (GOTP) Willard Mitt Romney likes to appear with him at campaign events, and so far there’s been no word from the Romney campaign to distance himself from the minister of wacko; why? Well, Willard needs the right-wing evangelical vote to even remain competitive, but he’s selling his political soul for votes he’s likely to already get anyway.

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Posted by on September 14, 2012 in Religion, Right Wing Crazies


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Romney opens mouth inserts foot over early US response to attacks?

According to the Associated Press (AP), Republican Tea Party (GOTP) presidential wannabe Willard Mitt Romney criticized President Obama following attacks on U.S. diplomatic missions in Egypt and Libya, and as per his standard operating procedures he didn’t bother to check his facts, branding as “disgraceful” an early response to the assault in Cairo and saying it sympathized with the attackers.

The attacks were allegedly spurred by a video posted on the Internet, which protesters say attacks Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.

Protesters scaled the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo to replace the American flag with an Islamic banner, while in the Libyan city of Benghazi, four Americans were shot to death as protesters burned and looted the U.S. consulate.

Romney rushed to release his statement without having all the facts, saying he was outraged by the attacks and the death of the American consulate worker, mewing, “It’s disgraceful that the Obama administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.”

Of course while Willard was busy throwing gasoline on the fire, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, was condemning the attack in Libya “in the strongest terms.”

“Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet,” Secretary Clinton said. “The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. But let me be clear: There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind.”

In response to Romney, Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt said in an email early Wednesday, “We are shocked that, at a time when the United States of America is confronting the tragic death of one of our diplomatic officers in Libya, Gov. Romney would choose to launch a political attack.”

While the campaign may be “shocked” it is of course no surprise, indeed it’s straight out of Romney’s playbook, lie and lie often and loudly; don’t wait for facts, or just plain ignore them. Once again Romney’s proven he’s not ready for the prime time.

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Posted by on September 12, 2012 in 2012 Election


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Romney claims releasing his tax returns would violate his religious privacy?

Republican Tea Party (GOTP) presidential wannabe Willard Mitt Romney’s come up with yet another excuse for not releasing his tax records to do so he claims would violate his religious privacy.

“Our church doesn’t publish how much people have given,” Romney recently told Parade magazine. “This is done entirely privately. One of the downsides of releasing one’s financial information is that this is now all public, but we had never intended our contributions to be known. It’s a very personal thing between ourselves and our commitment to our God and to our church.”

Yeah, well that’s all very nice, except it’s a load of garbage. For one thing, everyone already knows how much he’s donated to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, well at least for one year, because he’s already released one of his returns – well at least part of one, so his whole, “It’s a very personal thing between ourselves and our commitment to our God and to our church,” doesn’t exactly fit this running for president scenario.

Of course if Romney’s claim had any religious validity to it, then why did his father release twelve years worth of tax records when he ran for the Republican nomination in 1968, which by-the-way detailed how much he’d given to the Church during those years?

Then there’s also the point another politically prominent member of the Church, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s called on Romney to release his tax records, as has Jon Huntsman Sr., who reportedly publicly told Willard he needs to release his returns so he can be “square with the American people.”

It’s indeed time for Romney to “be square with the American people”, and to man up and release his returns, that is if he wants the whole mess to go away and if he has any serious – or at least rational – thoughts of becoming president. The American people have grown weary of secrets, especially from conservative elitists who think we can’t handle the truth and to trust them because they know what’s best. Paging “Brother” Romney, the transparency bus is outside honking its horn, get on, or get out of the way for serious candidates who aren’t afraid of letting the voters see their tax records.

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Posted by on September 7, 2012 in 2012 Election


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Pope Ricky declares ObamaCare “A Sin in the Catholic Church”

It appears Republican Tea Party (GOTP) presidential runner-up John Rick Santorum has declared himself Pope, and according to the Huffington Post has declared to Catholics that supporting ObamaCare is an abomination in the eyes of the Catholic Church.

“We have a president who, for the first time in American history, is directly assaulting the First Amendment and freedom of religion,” Pope Ricky declared, presumably referring to the provision in the President’s Health Care Act requiring most employers to offer insurance covering contraception. “He is going to tell you what to do in the practice of your faith. He is forcing business people right now to do things that are against their conscience that they will have to — if you’re a Catholic — you’ll have to go to confession … to confess that you are complying with a government program that is a sin in the Catholic Church.”

Of course this worn out argument claiming President Barack Obama’s forcing Catholics to violate their faith by paying for birth control, is the commonest GOTP talking point, almost as common as is Pope Ricky.

Data shows somewhere around 98 percent of Catholic women who have had sex and who could have children are using – or have used – some form of birth control, and we’re not talking the “rhythm method”, all against the teachings of the church.

And from a purely hypocritical standard, many Catholic universities, including Wheaton College, which are suing the Obama Administration over the new law, were already covering contraception before the law was announced. But now the big bad government will be forcing them to do something they were already doing so it’s against their rights?

Everyone with an ounce of intelligence already knows, and understands, Churches are exempt from the new health care law’s contraception rule and any entirely and faith-based organizations claiming moral opposition are offered an accommodation in which the third-party insurance company, not the organization itself, absorbs the cost of the contraceptive coverage.

But of course who ever accused Pope Ricky of having an ounce of intelligence or of being able to understand complex laws? If we were to take Santorum’s logic to its logical conclusion then clearly supporting vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s budget would also be a sin in the Catholic Church. Especially since his budget slashes assistance programs for the poor in order to financially offset tax cuts for the wealthy. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has already lambasted Ryan’s budget and a network of nuns has organized a bus tour to protest the budget, saying that it “doesn’t pass the moral test.”

“Catholic teaching is based on solidarity,” Sister Simone Campbell, leader of the bus tour, told the Daily Beast. “Ryan doesn’t understand that all decisions need to be made with the common good in mind.”

It would appear Pope Ricky also doesn’t understand Sister.

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Posted by on August 16, 2012 in 2012 Election


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Palin claims Chick-Fil-A boycott has ‘chilling effect’ on First Amendment?

According to news reports, former Republican Tea Party (GOTP) vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin said during another softball question interview on Fox News, that she fully supported Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy’s decision (of course Dan Cathy isn’t really the president of the company his father is – but when has Sarah ever worried about facts?) to publicly express his anti-gay marriage views and claimed the resulting backlash against the company was an affront to free speech.

“Well, that calling for the boycott is a real — has a chilling effect on our 1st Amendment rights,” Palin whined to Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren. “And the owner of the Chick-fil-A business had merely voiced his personal opinion about supporting traditional definition of marriage, one boy, one girl, falling in love, getting married. And having voiced support for kind of that cornerstone of all civilization and all religions since the beginning of time, he then basically [is] getting crucified.”

Isn’t it interesting how the “owner” has a right to express his views (under the First Amendment) but no one can object to them? Is a boycott not a legitimate form of political speech? If corporations are people, then can’t other people decide not to associate with that person if they so choose?

“I’m speaking up for him and his 1st Amendment rights and anybody else who would wish to express their not anti-gay people sentiment, but their support of traditional marriage, which President Obama and Joe Biden, they both supported the exact same thing until just a few months ago, when Obama had to flip-flop to shore up the homosexual voter base,” Palin bemoaned.

Ah yes, the old “Obama had to shore up his Gay voter base” because they might go flooding over to the GOTP? Once more, isn’t it funny how conservatives – like Romney – can have his ideas or beliefs evolve, rather than flip-flop, but Liberals can’t. The President by-the-way hasn’t said he supports federal intervention; rather he said it should be left up to the states to decide.

Of course every conservative talking face on FOX has rallied to the restaurant’s defense, with former GOTP presidential wannabe Mike Huckabee organizing a “Chick-fil-A Apprectiation Day“.

Wherever anyone stands on Gay Marriage, the idea boycotting a company, or protesting some wing-nut’s ideas is bad for the First Amendment is just plain stupid. Only someone as ignorant of what the Bill of Rights is really about like Palin would say that; just one more piece of evidence demonstrating just how blessed we are that she isn’t the Vice-President.

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Posted by on August 1, 2012 in Bill of Rights, Right Wing Crazies


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Some dare not call it racism

No other President has been treated with the amount of disrespect from his opponents – Congressman unprecedented interruption of State of the Union Address, and so-called “journalist” interrupting address in the Rose Garden – this one has; no other President has ever been asked for his birth certificate nor has any other President been called “boy”, or “man child” etc…

It’s got to be something, let’s look at what might attribute to this disrespect from opponents on the right?

He’s a Democrat!
Nope, that can’t be it we’ve had 16 Presidents who were Democrats and none were ever treated this badly

He’s a Lawyer!
Nope, we’ve had 21 lawyers, and while that certainly could be argued to be reason enough, no other Presidents who were lawyers have been treated like this

He went to Harvard!
Nope, had six of those

He was raised without a father!
Nope, had six of those

He’s a progressive!
Nope, we’ve had nine of those

He’s a man!
They’ve all been men so far – all 44

Well now, what does that leave us?

They hate him because he’s Hawaiian?
Somehow I doubt that’s the problem.

That leaves us with two things different from all the others, his name is Obama, or he’s Black?

Well, either of those things is certainly a first; he’s the first Black President and he’s the first one with a Muslim name – disliking him for either would be considered racism.

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Posted by on June 18, 2012 in 2012 Election


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