Friday, April 29, 2016

From Addicting Info


Paul Ryan mocks senior citizen who wants to keep his medicare. Says "I hope he's on his blood pressure medication as he's dragged out of the town hall. - CNN iReport

Paul Ryan mocks senior citizen who wants to keep his medicare. Says "I hope he's on his blood pressure medication as he's dragged out of the town hall. - CNN iReport

Paul Ryan mocks senior citizen who wants to keep his medicare. Says "I hope he's on his blood pressure medication as he's dragged out of the town hall.

  I understand the original story appeared in 2012.  I also don't believe his response would be any different today.

What has he accomplished?


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Foster Care in Texas: Horrifically Worse Than You Could Imagine

Foster Care in Texas: Horrifically Worse Than You Could Imagine

Children drugged into submission, tied up and put into dank basements, and sexually abused by adults and other children. These are not scenes from a gory television series, or tales we tell about other people in other countries to make ourselves feel smugly superior.

These are stories described on record in Stukenberg v. Abbott, a case brought by former foster care kids against the Governor and the cruelly, ironically-named Department of Family and Protective Services, decided in December in the Corpus Christi Division of the Southern District of the U.S. District Court.

Average Texans talking about politics disagree on policy issues like taxation and acceptable levels of state services, but our conversations tend to be philosophical. Periodically, someone in your Facebook feed or a blogger you read might bring up a personal anecdote of a disappointing or helpful interaction with state government, but the majority of us are fortunate to be able to have these conversations on a hypothetical level.

  In a state that pretends to protect children by denying transgendered taxpayers access to the public restrooms with which they identify.

Texas Democrats File FEC Complaint Against Cruz | The Texas Tribune

Texas Democrats File FEC Complaint Against Cruz | The Texas Tribune

Texas Democrats have filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission claiming the campaign of Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz violated federal election law.

Announced Monday, the complaint asks the FEC to investigate an incident in which a Cruz fundraiser reportedly suggested at a campaign-hosted event that supporters give unlimited donations to a super PAC. Under federal election law, campaigns and their agents cannot solicit contributions above the federal limit of $5,000.

  

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Army sharpshooter points ‘unloaded’ gun at wife and pulls the trigger — and now she’s dead

Army sharpshooter points ‘unloaded’ gun at wife and pulls the trigger — and now she’s dead

An Army veteran shot and killed his wife at their Kentucky home — but he says the shooting was accidental.
Damien Lacambra fatally shot his wife, 21-year-old Amelia Lacambra, on Sunday afternoon in the St. Regis Park neighborhood of Louisville, reported WLKY-TV.
Police said the 22-year-old Lacambra, who appears to be wearing an Army sharpshooter badge in a Facebook photo, pointed the gun at his wife and pulled the trigger — but he said he wasn’t aware the gun was loaded.
Amelia Lacambra was pronounced dead at the scene, and her husband was arraigned Monday on one count of murder and remains held on $1 million bond.
Police said a child was also in the home at the time of the shooting but was not injured.

The shooting remains under investigation.

  

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Tax cuts for the rich made Kansas broke — so now Republicans move to raise taxes on the poor

Tax cuts for the rich made Kansas broke — so now Republicans move to raise taxes on the poor

Let’s say you’re the Governor of Kansas. The tax cuts for the rich you pushed through a couple years ago mean you’re in a world of budgetary hurt, and you’re not sure how you’re going to pay for basic expenses like roads and schools this year. What do you do? Repeal tax cuts? Absolutely not. You’re Sam Brownback. You balance your books on the backs of the poor, and cite fiscal prudence as a moral justification.

The Washington Post reports that Republican officials in Kansas are pursuing increases in sales and excise taxes – which have the ultimate effect of making it more expensive to be poor. People who have less money can’t afford to invest money like rich people; poor people have to spend their paychecks just to make it through the week. Consequently, sales taxes – as a matter of policy – proportionally punish people at the lower end of income spectrum.

  One must wonder what the Democratic party is doing to educate the hourly wage worker making it from paycheck to paycheck that not voting, or voting for Republicans because of the crap they pull like protecting freedom of religion costs them real money.  The example that comes to mind is making second class citizens out of taxpayers who marry the "wrong person" Does anyone explain to these folks their unfounded fears are being played like a finely tuned Steinway in Carnegie Hall.

Bruner: Pre-K Programs Are Federal Plot to Make Children Gay - Texas Freedom Network

Bruner: Pre-K Programs Are Federal Plot to Make Children Gay - Texas Freedom Network

As with pretty much all of her other comments, she offers no evidence to back up any of her claims and we’re left to offer only wild guesses as to where in the world she got this one. Or where she got the one about President Obama working as a gay prostitute to finance a drug habit. Or the one about LBJ assassinating JFK. Or the one about baby dinosaurs starving themselves into extinction after they left Noah’s ark. Or that there are cobras sneaking into the country.