Saturday, February 6, 2016

Ted Cruz Wants to Allow Selling of National Parks, Strip Government of Federal Lands

Ted Cruz Wants to Allow Selling of National Parks, Strip Government of Federal Lands

States where the federal government currently owns over 50 percent of the land are Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Oregon and Alaska. If this amendment passed, the burden of maintaining these lands would then fall to the state’s taxpayers or be sold off to private interests. You know, for things like fracking, drilling, mining and logging. And that’s really what this is all about. It’s not about “giving the land back to the states.” It’s about trying to sell much of this land to private corporations so millions (or even billions) can be made by ruining some of the most pristine land in this country.

  

Virginia Republicans Want To Verify Kids’ Genitals Before They Use School Bathrooms

Virginia Republicans Want To Verify Kids’ Genitals Before They Use School Bathrooms

Conservative Christian lawmakers in Virginia have gotten extremely pervy and filed a transphobic bill this week that would force schools to verify a child’s genitals to ensure that they’re using the restroom that agrees with their “correct anatomical sex.”

Sponsored by Republican Del. Mark Cole, House Bill 663 (otherwise known as “Use of restroom facilities; penalty)” would prevent transgender students from using the bathroom that matches their gender, defining “anatomical sex” as “the physical condition of being male or female, which is determined by a person’s anatomy.” The bill states:

  Those who do not trust a government to put breakfast in the bellies of hungry children have no business trusting a government to "put God" in their classrooms, or genitalia monitors in their restrooms.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Cliven Bundy’s son sent to prison on burglary, gun charges | Las Vegas Review-Journal

Cliven Bundy’s son sent to prison on burglary, gun charges | Las Vegas Review-Journal

A son of Bunkerville cattle rancher Cliven Bundy was sent to prison Wednesday, less than two weeks after being dropped from a specialty court program.

Cliven Lance Bundy, 35, was ordered to serve between two and eight years in prison on felony burglary and firearms charges, which he pleaded guilty to in February 2013.

For about two years, Bundy participated in the drug court program, under house arrest and receiving treatment in an inpatient facility and a sober living house, according to Clark County court records. He was in the third stage of the program and nearing graduation when he missed multiple court appearances.

Last month, federal agents arrested Bundy in the Jean Dry Lake bed after spotting a group of all-terrain vehicles riding outside their permitted area on public lands, according to the Bureau of Land Management. Agents stopped the vehicles, and Bundy was driving one for a tour group.

His father made headlines last year when efforts by federal agents to remove his cattle from public land devolved into an armed standoff with a militia consisting of Bundy’s supporters.

  

Right-Wing Extremists Are a Bigger Threat to America Than ISIS

Right-Wing Extremists Are a Bigger Threat to America Than ISIS

They and untold thousands like them are the extremists who hide among us, the right-wing militants who, since 2002, have killed more people in the United States than jihadis have. In that time, according to New America, a Washington think tank, Islamists launched nine attacks that murdered 45, while the right-wing extremists struck 18 times, leaving 48 dead. These Americans thrive on hate and conspiracy theories, many fed to them by politicians and commentators who blithely blather about government concentration camps and impending martial law and plans to seize guns and other dystopian gibberish, apparently unaware there are people listening who don’t know it’s all lies. These extremists turn to violence—against minorities, non-Christians, abortion providers, government officials—in what they believe is a fight to save America. And that potential for violence is escalating every day.

  

The more things change ...


Thursday, February 4, 2016

If This Is Christianity, Count Me Out | The Boeskool

If This Is Christianity, Count Me Out | The Boeskool

You know, one of the craziest things about this whole situation is that most of America doesn’t even WANT a Christian president… At least not one who acts like Jesus. Imagine the scandal if an American president used his Executive Orders to end the death penalty… Or if she declared some sort of “Year of Jubilee” and forgave everyone’s debts… Or if he said that no more federal money would be spent on weapons of war… Or if she stopped the practice of lending money at interest based on the Bible’s cover-to-cover prohibition of usury. Acting like Jesus is about as UnAmerican as things get. Any presidential attempts to deal with issues of social justice would be shouted down (most likely by “Evangelicals”) as “Socialism,” and people would be talking about impeachment. Ironically, the presidential contender who comes closest to Jesus’ social justice ethic is the one candidate who does not claim to be a Christian (Though I guess it’s not TOO ironic… They’re both Jews, and both didn’t have a very high opinion of money-changers taking advantage of people. #FeelTheBern).

  

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Study Finds Republican Voter Suppression Is Even More Effective Than You Think | ThinkProgress

Study Finds Republican Voter Suppression Is Even More Effective Than You Think | ThinkProgress

In a new paper entitled “Voter Identification Laws and the Suppression of Minority Votes”, researchers at the University of California, San Diego — Zoltan Hajnal, Nazita Lajevardi — and Bucknell University — Lindsay Nielson — used data from the annual Cooperative Congressional Election Study to compare states with strict voter ID laws to those that allow voters without photo ID to cast a ballot. They found a clear and significant dampening effect on minority turnout in strict voter ID states.

 

Veterans not allowed to use Veterans ID at the polls

Veterans not allowed to use Veterans ID at the polls

EAU CLAIRE, WI. (WEAU)-- Hundreds of thousands of service men and women were honored this Veterans Day. But there's one thing those vets are asking for… the right to vote with their form of identification.

Right now in Wisconsin, a military ID issued by the U.S. Uniformed Service is valid. But an ID issued by the Veterans Administration is not valid at the polls.

“Some veterans are so disabled they can't drive, but they do have a veterans card so it would expedite everything a whole lot better being able to use it,” says veteran Steve Coach.

Tom Yetter, volunteer representative with the Guard and Reserve says it can become difficult for veterans to get proper forms of identification to vote.

  And that's the way Republicans show their gratitude to veterans.

Liberty University students faced $10 fine if they skipped Ted Cruz presidential speech | PunditFact

Liberty University students faced $10 fine if they skipped Ted Cruz presidential speech | PunditFact

Every politician likes a packed house, and when Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, announced that he was officially running for president this week, he got one. About 11,000 students at Liberty University in Virginia were on hand when Cruz came to their campus. But as Jess McIntosh, the spokeswoman for the abortion rights group Emily’s List noted, they weren’t there necessarily by choice.

  

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Some Perspective


Get it yet? It's not the single mom on SNAP who holds sway with your elected representative. Wall Street pays the ghouls...

Posted by Robert Munro on Tuesday, February 2, 2016