Sunday, February 26, 2012

Newt Gingrich Defends The Catholic Church... And Is Swallowed By A Snake - The Daily Show

In the 2008 Presidential Race, Republicans prophesied many, er, creative "Be Afraid... Be Very Afraid." potential outcomes in their "If-Obama-becomes-President"-dystopian tirades.
None, of course, came to fruition.

Now, in 2012, how will those same Republican wrong-nosticators top themselves?

Here's one GOP candidate's recent declaration:

"He will wage war on the Catholic Church the morning after he's re-elected." - so said Newt Gingrich.

Newt Gingrich is worried about the Catholic Church?  Newt Gingrich?

The very same, self-serving, Pillsbury P.O.S. who not only cheated on his first but, later, his second wife after each had became seriously ill and who, shortly thereafter, divorced Wife Number One and later divorced Wife Number Two and is now on Wife Number Three wants American Catholics to believe that he's concerned for and looking out for Catholicism and for the Catholic Church?

Uh, yeah... Riiiiiiiiiight.

D'ya like to hear more improbable prognostications from GOP leadership?
Then enjoy this brief clip from The Daily Show With Jon Stewart:

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

GOP-Led States/House Give Up On Gays To Go After Women's Va-Jay Jays!

With Hellfire-fueled hubris propelling them out of the starting gate (Discourse be Damned)... Observed teetering - only slightly - due to the freakish expansion of their craniums (yet tragically, not the brains within) and in the wake of widespread GOP majority wins in several states and in the House of Representatives... The countless oaths sworn that they would - if elected -  focus on "Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!" were unceremoniously dumped (like fleetingly-revered Christmas Trees abandoned/forgotten on sidewalks) once they were elected.

Still, times had been a' changing. Perspectives, too. The GOP was forced to accept some hard Truths. Fact: Policies discriminating against gays and lesbians were being repealed. Fact: Nationwide, Americans were more supportive of Gay Rights and Same Sex marriage. Fact: No matter how hard they prayed, gays and lesbians weren't going away. So, what's a political juggernaut composed primarily of intolerant, blindingly-white, Viagra/Cialis -popping, 99%er old men to do?

The same thing they've always done: Demonize someone who isn't them. In this case, they chose a long-time favorite target: Women.  Target chosen, they moved on to legislation: Bill after bill after bill (... after bill) began appearing in both state legislatures and in the House that made no mention of "Jobs", but were disturbingly detailed and specific about demonizing and de-funding life-saving providers of women's health-care and family-planning for the middle-class and poor (often shamelessly utilizing Iraq War-worthy fabricated "factoids"). "Person-hood" initiatives?. And now... Some GOP-laden state legislatures are trying to Force women who want an abortion to undergo State-Mandated, Invasive, Medically-Unnecessary, AMA, ultrasound, first!

Hey... Can I get that in an 8x10 Glossy?

*Shame On You Virgina! *Shame on You Pennsylvania!

All of which leads me to bring you this important announcement:

As of Today, February 21st, 2012, all across our Great Nation, I hereby declare that the GOP's standard Call To Arms: "God, Guns and Gays!" is for now and for the foreseeable future (or until after the 2012 Elections) updated so that it more accurately reflects the GOP's current "Most Wanted".

Drum roll, please...
The new version is as follows:

"God, Guns, Gays and Va-Jay Jays".

Can I get an "Amen!"?

Please enjoy this brief clip from The Rachel Maddow Show (guest:: Dahlia Lithwick Senior Editor Slate Magazine.)

Saturday, February 18, 2012

NJ Legislature Approves Same Sex Marriage. Gov. Christie Vetos: "Rights Be Damned. Let's Put Civil Rights To A Popular Vote""

Both houses of the New Jersey legislature have approved the bill that would allow same-sex couples to marry and sent it on to GOP Gov. Chris Christie's desk, where it should've been signed into law.

Sadly, the not-such-a-good-fella Governor - having already declared that he would Veto any such bill - did just that.

Christie also declared that this Civil Rights Issue should, instead, be put to a popular vote.

(I cannot believe that - in this, the 21st Century - I actually have to say this, but...)

Dear (? Ugh.) Governor Christie:
No One's "Civil Rights" Should Ever Be Put To A "Popular Vote".
Civil Rights are - according to our Founding Documents - "Inalienable", sir.
And, unfortunately, it is both sad and true that, if we - as a country - were in the habit of putting any/all Civil Rights up for Popular Votes...

Well then, women would likely still be unable to vote and African Americans (and other minorities) would have no legal protection from racial discrimination.

Duh! (What a freaking dumb a**...)

Enjoy this brief clip on this story from The Rachel Maddow Show:

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Ted Olson and David Boyce v. CA's Proposition 8: 9th Circuit Court Ruling a Victory For Same-Sex Marriage

Forget what makes "odd-bedfellows"...

One of the most curious alliances ever to occur in the world of litigation has just scored an enormous victory:

In the U.S. 9th Circuit Court Of Appeals: David Boyce and Ted Olson - lead counsel for Al Gore and G.W. Bush, respectively, in Bush v Gore - have won the latest battle in their fight to overturn California's 2008 ballot measure known as "Proposition 8".

The Court has officially and correctly ruled the Un-Constitutional ban against same-sex marriage as being exactly what it is: Un-Constitutional.

Oh Happy Day! Another Win for Enlightenment!
Here's Mr. Ted Olson from The Rachel Maddow Show:

Pete Hoekstra: House Racist/Hypocrite vs The Truth About America's Chinese Debt


For those of you whom have - like myself - long been lead to believe (often by Republicans who are frantically crying: Wolf!" or, perhaps, in this particular case: "Panda!") that China holds the greatest percentage of America's Debt...

Here's A Little Priceless Nugget O' TRUTH:

The nation of China holds only (Drum roll, please)...: 8% of America's Debt.

That's E-I-G-H-T Percent, people. 8. Period.

Feel Better, Now? (I do.)

And, if you don't believe me - no worries - just, please, check it out for yourself...
From The Rachel Maddow Show:

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Eric Schneiderman: NY's Heroic AG Is Holding Wall Street (BofA, Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase) Accountable... Hurray!!

Eric Schneiderman, Heroic Attorney General of The Great State Of New York has just filed a huge lawsuit against Bank Of America, Wells Fargo, JPMorgan/Chase - accusing them of fraud, deceptive and illegal practices (including false documents) for what they did to American homeowners and to the American economy.

It's all about Accountability.

Wall Street Must Be Held Accountable for what they did as well as be forever prevented from ever doing it again.

("Get a rope...")
Enjoy this brief clip from The Rachel Maddow Show - featuring Jared Bernstein from the Center On Budget and Policy Priorities - that reveals something not only genuinely newsworthy, but extraordinary - which your local news may have neglected to report...

GOP May Claim Its War On Unions Is "All About Economy/Jobs"... No. It. Isn't.

Wisconsin was the 1st state in which a Republican-led legislature and GOP Governor focused all their efforts into destroying union rights/collective bargaining - claiming that, "It's all about the economy.".

And - Surprise! Surprise! - It wasn't.

Since then, several other states sadly stuck with Republican-led state legislatures and/or Republican Governors have followed in (soon to be voted out of office) WI Governor Scott Walker's footsteps.

Ohioans recently forced a repeal of their Governor's anti-union legislation.

Now, Arizona's Republican legislators are, apparently, overflowing with inspiration and motivation following a visit from WI's shameless Governor Scott Walker - who lectured them about making "... fundamental and permanent changes...".

Arizona's Republican-led government is blasting their own uniquely extreme version of union-destroying legislation through it's halls... And, it's already reached their Governor's desk.

And, as you probably guessed... They, too, are claiming: "It's about jobs.".

(*Sigh)... Once more, with feeling: No. It. Isn't.

Enjoy this brief clip from The Rachel Maddow Show that sums up the whole nationwide, organized, GOP-led plan to permanently damage the fundraising abilities of the Democratic Party by destroying union rights/collective bargaining.

Thursday, February 02, 2012

The World Has Suffered An Enormous Loss In Recent Days... Susan Poff, San Francisco Bay-Area Nurse Practitioner.

This is a photo of my late Friend, Susan Poff, with another Friend, Mary Howe.

The World suffered an enormous loss, in recent days, of both Susan and her husband, Robert Kamin.

Their sudden and untimely deaths were (and are) an unbelievable shock and an utterly inexplicable tragedy...

One which has left a vast, painful and empty chasm - not only in my Heart - but, also, in Our World.

Good-Bye, Dear Susan and Thank You.

You are Forever Loved.  And will be Forever Missed.