Ben Carson: “Ted Cruz Used Dirty Tricks to Win Iowa”

February 2nd, 2016
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Ben Carson has alleged that Ted Cruz’s campaign informed voters that Ben Carson was dropping out of the race, thus encouraging those voters to instead vote for Texas senator Ted Cruz. The voters were informed via multiple ways, including social media and physical mail. While Carson refused at first to name Cruz specifically, his campaign issued the following statement:

“For months, my campaign has survived the lies and dirty tricks from opponents who profess to detest the games of the political class, but in reality are masters at it. Even tonight, my opponents resorted to political tricks by tweeting, texting and telling precinct captains to announce that I had suspended my campaign — in some cases asking caucus goers to change their votes.”

Later, while speaking on Fox News, Carson decided to formally accuse the Cruz campaign of intentionally misleading Carson’s supporters in an attempt to secure the Iowa caucus victory for Cruz. He pointed to a tweet from Iowan Republican Steve King – a devout Cruz supporter – as evidence of foul play.

“Carson looks like he is out. Iowans need to know before they vote. Most will go to Cruz, I hope.” – Steve King

Caron’s wife witnessed firsthand the subterfuge of Cruz supporters when she overheard them telling caucusgoers that Carson was dropping out from the race. With these details in hand, the retired neurosurgeon indicated that Cruz’s tactics affected his performance. Carson finished fourth with 9.3% of the vote while Cruz finished first with 27.7% of the vote.

Carson has called upon Ted Cruz to address the issue and to “get rid of” the people responsible for spreading the false rumors that Carson had left the race. Carson also addressed his followers, reassuring them that he is not throwing in the towel and will be heading to New Hampshire to continue the battle there.

Noam Chomsky: The GOP is a Threat to Human Survival

January 29th, 2016

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Noted MIT professor and world renowned scholar Noam Chomsky has declared that the GOP and all of its far-right presidential candidates are “a serious danger to human survival.” Chomsky, who has been a frequent critic of both parties in the past, based his harsh conclusion of the Republican Party partially on the 2013 article by Mann and Ornstein which analyzed the polarization of both parties. The authors of that article came to the conclusion that the GOP has become “ideologically extreme, scornful of facts and compromise, and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition” which Chomsky agreed with.

Given that prominent Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has said that he is “not a believe” in global warming, despite 97% of all climate scientists being in agreement that global warming is not only real but human actions are largely to blame, it isn’t hard to see why Chomsky has declared the GOP a threat to humanity.  It’s not just The Donald or the other Republican presidential hopefuls that are fueling Chomsky’s well-founded fears: A full half of Republicans in Congress deny that mankind has anything to do with global warming. Republicans are “dooming our grandchildren,” Chomsky said.

“What they are saying is, let’s destroy the world. Is that worth voting against? Yeah,” Chomsky relayed to Mehdi Hasan in a recent interview. “The likely Republican candidates are, in my opinion, extremely dangerous, at least if they mean anything like what they are saying. I think it makes good sense to keep them far away from levers of power.” Chomsky said. Chomsky went on to advise that all 2016 voters – especially those in swing states – to take his words to heart and consider casting their ballots strategically to ensure the future of humanity on this planet.

While Chomsky didn’t outright endorse Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, he did say that he would vote for her if he lived in a swing state. Ideally, Chomsky would likely vote for Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders whom Chomsky has called “honest and committed” and who has “the best policies”.

Republican Lawmaker Greets Group of Teens by Questioning Their Virginity

January 21st, 2016
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“That’s what I love about these high school girls. I get older, they stay the same age.”

During a visit to the Washington State capitol, a group of pro-choice eastern Washington high school teens met with Republican Mary Dye, hoping to discuss proposed legislation designed to expand insurance coverage for contraception. Rather than discuss the potential life-saving legislation, Dye instead decided to question the teenagers about their virginity.

Not satisfied with her already ridiculous line of questioning involving the teenagers sex lives (or lack thereof), Dye upped the ante and went on to accuse one of the teenagers of not being a virgin. The teens understandably recoiled from Dye’s bizarre questioning and looked to their chaperon Rachel Todd for guidance.

“After she made the statement about virginity, all of my teens looked at me,” Rachel Todd said. “You don’t have to answer that. You don’t have to answer that.” She told them.

While Dye’s office eventually released a statement in which she gave a halfhearted apology for asking such inappropriate and disrespectful questions, one has to wonder why Republicans are so obsessed with the sexuality of children in the first place.

“Following a conversation they initiated on birth control for teenagers, I talked about the empowerment of women and making good choices—opinions shaped by my mother and being a mother of three daughters,” she continued. “In hindsight, a few of the thoughts I shared, while well-intended, may have come across as more motherly than what they would expect from their state representative. If anything I said offended them or made them feel uncomfortable, I apologize.”

Erik Houser, a spokesman for Planned Parenthood, spoke out against Dye’s repulsive questions. “This was not a normal experience.” Houser said. Houser continued and made it known that it was not okay for their elected representative to act in such a manner. He went on to say that despite releasing her apology, Dye had not directly contacted anyone involved in the incident – neither the teens nor their chaperon were directly contacted or apologized to after the terrible experience.

Apparent Time Traveling Republican Blasts Obama’s State of the Union Speech Two Hours Before it was Given

January 13th, 2016

Representative Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania belittled President Barack Obama and blasted his State of the Union Speech on Tuesday night, coming as a shock to no one. What does come as a shock, however, is that Tim Murphy posted his critique a full two hours before the President actually gave his speech. This means one of two things: Either Tim Murphy has joined the ranks of The Doctor and gained the ability to travel through time or he simply made up something on the spot to fit his agenda.

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“Another year, another State of the Union address by the President, but tonight stands out in stark contrast to years past,” Murphy said.

“The President’s foreign policy of appeasement first, then ‘strategic patience,’ followed promptly by ‘leading from behind’ has been an utter failure,” said Murphy. “We must demonstrate strength and take strong action when necessary to fully stop terrorism.”

“This is nothing more than a political gimmick,” Murphy said. “The empty chair represents the tragedy. What about treatment before tragedy? We can save lives with the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act and I restate my full faith and expectation that Speaker Ryan will uphold his commitment to bring the bill to the floor for a vote in the House after we move it out of the Energy & Commerce Committee.”

Murphy’s press shop issued the above statement at 7 P.M., a full two hours before the President’s speech was scheduled to begin. I truly wish I could say that this incredulous amount of disrespect was shocking but as previously stated this has been the norm for the entirety of Obama’s presidency. Unwilling to withhold posting his hateful critique until after President Obama had finished giving his speech, Republicans like Tim Murphy have done away with any semblance of respect or decency. Shameful, Mr. Murphy. Shameful.

Maine Governor Paul LePage: “Black Drug Dealers are Impregnating our White Women”

January 7th, 2016

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Maine Governor Paul LePage, a well-known supporter of Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie, was caught making the following racially charged claims during a town hall meeting in Bridgton, Maine:

“Now the traffickers … These are guys with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty, these types of guys. They come from Connecticut and New York, they come up here, they sell their heroin, and they go back home,” LePage said. “Incidentally, half the time they impregnate a young, white girl before they leave, which is a real sad thing because then we have another issue that we’ve got to deal with down the road. We’re going to make them very severe penalties.”

Rather than support the decriminalizing of drugs and the funding of drug addiction clinics, Mr. LePage would rather blame “these types of guys” for the rise of heroin use in his state and support the continued funding of the DEA and other law enforcement to continue the failed “war on drugs”. In his anti-treatment furor, LePage has even discussed calling in the National Guard to “combat” the state’s drug epidemic. Sadly and unsurprisingly, Gov. LePage’s views are having a detrimental effect on drug treatment in his state. In August of 2015, a drug addiction clinic in Sandford, Maine shuttered its doors, citing LePage’s policies.

“In Maine, Governor LePage is discussing calling in the National Guard to combat the state’s drug epidemic while leaving multi-million dollar grant opportunities for funding treatment on the table,” Charles Faris, the president of Spectrum Health Systems, said.

Gov. LePage is certainly no stranger to controversy: in 2013, he was accused of saying that President Barack Obama hated white people. More recently, he suggested that women can’t be trusted with money and even joked about shooting a newspaper cartoonist.

Maine Democrats plan to move forward in the coming weeks with an impeachment motion against LePage due to allegations of abuses of power, misuses of public assets and potential violations of state law.

Republican Lawmaker Andy Holt Bashes Homosexuals While Supporting Right-wing Extremists

January 5th, 2016

When Ammon Bundy – son of the Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy who led the 2014 standoff against federal officials regarding supposed grazing rights – and a group of heavily armed right-wing extremists recently seized control of a federal wildlife area in Oregon, he likely would have never guessed he would find an ally in Tennessee Republican lawmaker Andy Holt.

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When Chattanooga City Councilman Chris Anderson learned of Holt’s apparent support of Bundy’s treasonous self-proclaimed militia group, he appealed to Holt, invoking both the US and Tennessee constitutions.

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Instead of responding to Chris Anderson a civil manner, Andy Holt decided to attack Anderson’s sexuality and religious beliefs instead.

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While Adam Holt deleted his initial tweet in which he offered aide to the Bundy-led terrorists, he cannot delete it from the Internet. His willingness to support right-wing extremism paints a grim picture of the current state of the Republican party. What more can be said for the party when members like Adam Holt are openly supporting right-wing extremism?

Female Legislator Harassed by GOP Colleagues for Voicing Concerns over Sexist Bill

January 3rd, 2016

The confrontation arose when New Hampshire State Representative Amanda Bouldin voiced concerns regarding bill HB 1525-FN. The bill, which was sponsored exclusively by Republican men, would make it illegal for a woman to “expose her areola or nipple in the presence of another person”. While the bill makes clear exceptions for breastfeeding, the bill doesn’t apply the same areola or nipple exposure rules to males, which Bouldin found to be sexist.

Rather than explaining why the sponsored bill wasn’t sexist by not applying the proposed breast exposure law equally, Republican Josh Moore – one of Bouldin’s colleagues – responded to Bouldin with a chilling tale of sexual assault, saying that it was a mans “inclination to stare and grab it [an exposed breast]”. He went one step further by calling such an act of sexual assault “natural”.

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Another of Bouldin’s colleagues, Republican Rep. Al Baldasaro, quickly joined his fellow GOP colleague in the attack and claimed that she (Bouldin) wanted to turn family beaches into “pervert shows” while citing that old republican mantra of “family values”.

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Well there you go folks. To Republicans like Josh Moore and Al Baldasaro, an exposed male nipple is perfectly acceptable while an exposed female nipple is “perverted”. I had hoped that 2016 would see some positive changes in the Republican party but it appears that the only thing they are interested in is getting an head start on their War on Women this year.

US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords Shot

January 8th, 2011

US Representative Gabrielle Giffords and 19 others were shot today at a Democratic constituent meeting in Arizona. The shooting rampage has left 6 dead, including a 9-year-old girl, and 14 others wounded. Congresswoman Giffords is undergoing surgery after suffering a shot to the head. Police have arrested a 22-year old male suspect, Jared Lee Loughner, and are looking for a second person-of-interest. Police believe the shooting was an assassination attempt directed at Congresswoman Giffords.

US District Judge John Roll was killed in the attack. Judge Roll, appointed by President George H.W. Bush in 1991, famously presided over a civil rights lawsuit filed by illegal immigrants in 2009. After he certified the case, saying it could go through, he began receiving death threats and he and his family went under protection for a month. US Marshal David Gonzales said after talk-radio hosts cranked up the controversy, it spurred audiences into making threats. The judge received hundreds of death threats throughout the Arizona illegal immigration controversy.

President Obama spoke of the shooting, calling it an “unspeakable tragedy.” He also said that “such a senseless and terrible act of violence has no place in a free society.”

Congresswoman Giffords was one of several candidates featured in a Sarah Palin attack ad featuring gun scope crosshairs over their districts.

No one should seek political gain out of a tragedy such as this. If this attacker had targeted a Republican politician, I would be just as outraged. But, we must stop the build-up of aggression in our political system. Many politicians and political spectators, such as Sarah Palin, Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, and many “Tea Party” leaders have begun using increasingly violent imagery in their political messages. Followers have been told to “lock and load”, seen political opponents under gun scope crosshairs, and been urged to stop them “by any means necessary”.

I implore everyone to reject violent, angry, and fear-mongering political messages. Many will try to manipulate you in to forgetting we live in a democratic society. We have rights. Yes, we have our disagreements, but we must solve them through the democratic process, through rational debate.

I urge the Republican Party to reject the voices that spew messages of hate and fear. Republicans and Democrats must stand together against violence. While I repeat that no one should seek political gain from a tragedy such as this, we should not forget the warnings that came with every one of these incendiary political ads. Many in the media, bloggers, and politicians spoke out against this dangerous escalation of our political discord.

Here is a passionate plea from MSNBC host Keith Olbermann to reject calls to violence, and violent imagery from our politics.

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Republicans Biggest Consumers of Porn

August 23rd, 2010

A nationwide study looked at anonymous credit card receipts from a major online adult entertainment provider. The study looked at two years of data, ranging from 2006 to 2008, found that conservative states consume the most porn. Utah was the largest consumer of online porn, according the the study, and Montana was found to be the smallest consumer.

Eight of the top 10 porn consumers voted for John McCain in 2008, while 6 of the lowest 10 voted for Barack Obama.

The study also found that states with higher church attendance had drops in porn subscriptions on Sundays, but normal amounts every other day of the week.

The study highlights the fact that the groups that oppose pornography are the biggest consumers of it, while those supporting freedom to produce and buy pornography consume less of it.

1 in 4 Americans thinks Obama is a Muslim

August 19th, 2010

President Obama, a life-long Christian, has been plagued by rising polls showing a great number of the American people believe he is a Muslim. A TIME poll conducted this week shows 24 percent say they think Obama is a Muslim, 47 percent think he is a Christian, and 24 percent didn’t know or didn’t respond. These numbers have been on the rise even before the New York City Mosque “Controversy”. A similar survey by PEW showed 60 percent of people who believe Obama is a Muslim say they heard it from the media.

Some have pointed to Fox “News” as being the creator of the “Obama is a Muslim” propaganda in a fear campaign waged against him in the presidential campaign. While Fox commentators don’t call President Obama a Muslim, they continuously ask the question and point to so called “suspicious” activities, fueling the spread of the belief in their Conservative base. Radio hosts, such as Rush Limbaugh, go much further than Fox, likely spawning even more fanatically followers to the false claims.

White House faith advisor, Joshua DuBois, told The Washington Post the numbers are a result of “misinformation campaign”. "While the president has been diligent and personally committed to his own Christian faith, there’s certainly folks who are intent on spreading falsehoods about the president and his values and beliefs," DuBois said.