Friday, July 25, 2014

Rep. Tom Cotton praises disaster relief program he voted against

Rep. Tom Cotton praises disaster relief program he voted against

As it turns out, Rep. Tom Cotton was against that. As the Pryor campaign pointed out, the program granting these recovery funds was part of the 2014 Farm Bill, and Rep. Tom Cotton was against the Farm Bill. He was the only member of the Arkansas Republican delegation to vote against it, and is proud of it.
  But, you know, as long as he hits the campaign trail with disparaging words about that Muslim Socialist in the White House and the need to repeal "Obamacare" he'll get reelected.  IMHO aside from bill Clinton folks from Arkansas are that ... no you fill in the blank.

BOR: Conservative Estimate: Gay Marriage Would Add $182 Million to Texas Economy

BOR: Conservative Estimate: Gay Marriage Would Add $182 Million to Texas Economy

The Williams Institute released a report that gay marriages in Texas would add $181.6 million dollars to the Texas economy. Up to 1,500 jobs would be created.
So I guess that's what they mean by the gay agenda!

If marriage equality was legalized, 23,000 Texas couples would marry, and spend an average of more than $6,000 per wedding.

Meanwhile, recent polling has found record levels of support for marriage equality. 48% of Texans support marriage equality, which breaks down along traditional party lines: 72% of Democrats and 57% of independents support it, while only 28% of Republicans agree with it.
   So I'm guessing the "Mega Churches and their allies on the right wing side of religious traditions in Texas will announce their plans to forfeit their tax exempt status because contributing 250 million a year to the state coffers is a small price to pay in support of "traditional" marriage.

Mark Cuban Threatens To Dump Companies That Move Offshore

Mark Cuban Threatens To Dump Companies That Move Offshore

The Mavericks owner is known for his loud and sometimes distasteful comments. His latest comments are pretty docile in comparison. His message: If I don't like the way you do business, I'm going to take my business elsewhere.

Cuban's rant came the day after President Obama voiced his own opposition to a tax-avoidance scheme called an inversion, in which a U.S. company establishes or merges with a foreign company and moves its headquarters overseas to avoid paying U.S. taxes. The Obama administration has put pressure on Congress to close this loophole, which according to CNBC could cost the government up to $20 billion in the next 10 years.
   OK, I admit I had no idea who Mark Cuban is until I read the article.

That FL CEO Who Said He'd FIRE Everyone if Obama Elected? Guess What Happened...

That FL CEO Who Said He'd FIRE Everyone if Obama Elected? Guess What Happened...

Instead of firing, Siegel has had to hire more people. Since his employees were finally able to get reasonably-priced health insurance, he was free to invest his money in all kinds of things. He bought the Orlando Predators. He also bought a massive casino in Las Vegas. Saints be praised, he was even able to finally start work again on his gaudy, 90,000 square foot house complete with a bowling alley, a 30-car garage, and a roller-skating rink.

Turns out that he never had any intention to flee to the Caribbean.

Turns out Obama has been great for him.

Turns out he was just another rich, entitled a$$hole.
  

Thursday, July 24, 2014

What The Today Show Totally Missed With Its Coverage of Michael Moore’s Wealth « Main Street

What The Today Show Totally Missed With Its Coverage of Michael Moore’s Wealth « Main Street

Let’s be absolutely clear: that question is ridiculous.

First of all, someone with a blue collar upbringing can most certainly attain great wealth over the course of their life and still maintain the composure, sensibility, and ideals they were raised with. That’s common sense. It’s called economic mobility, and it is something that Americans have felt great pride in throughout our history.

But let’s make something else abundantly clear: Michael Moore and other critics of our economic system do not oppose wealth.
  

Texas Dems look to get in front of voter ID issue - Houston Chronicle

Texas Dems look to get in front of voter ID issue - Houston Chronicle

Texas Democrats are renewing their opposition to the state's voter-identification law, rolling out a program to educate voters ahead of a decisive few months that could see the controversial statute become a top issue in the governor's race.

The law is considered one of the toughest of its kind in the country, requiring voters to show one of a few types of identification cards at the polls. Those whose actual names do not match the names on their IDs must sign an affidavit attesting to their identities.
  

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Right-Wing Militias Are Thriving — and the Media Won’t Talk About It | Alternet

Right-Wing Militias Are Thriving — and the Media Won’t Talk About It | Alternet

“The Bundy ranch standoff wasn’t a spontaneous response to Cliven Bundy’s predicament but rather a well-organized, military-type action that reflects the potential for violence from a much larger and more dangerous movement,” said Mark Potok, senior fellow in the SPLC’s Intelligence Project, and lead author of the report, in a statement accompanying the report. “This incident may have faded from public view, but if our government doesn’t pay attention, we will be caught off guard as much as the Bureau of Land Management was that day.”
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Texas border sheriffs slam Perry’s ‘political’ plan to deploy 1,000 troops as a waste of money

Texas border sheriffs slam Perry’s ‘political’ plan to deploy 1,000 troops as a waste of money

Border sheriffs, who were apparently not consulted about Perry’s plan, said that they would have rather he spent the money on additional personnel with the power to actively participate in border operations. In previous deployments to the border, National Guard troops have assisted in administrative duties, and intelligence gathering.


“At this time, a lot of people do things for political reasons,” Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio told the Dallas Morning News. “I don’t know that it helps.”

“I don’t know what good they can do,” he explained. “You just can’t come out here and be a police officer.”

Lucio said that border counties needed the state to fund more police, who would be able to directly work with the U.S. Border Patrol.
  

Virginia dad leaves twin baby girls in hot car, police find him having sex 30 feet away

Virginia dad leaves twin baby girls in hot car, police find him having sex 30 feet away

The neighbor who called police insisted to WTVR that he made the right decision because so many children had recently died from being left in hot cars. But the neighbor said that he did not feel safe interrupting the father’s tryst.

“I was afraid to get fussed at because I was interrupting something,” he said.

Munford was charged with two counts of child endangerment, and one count of indecent exposure. He was expected to spend the weekend in jail. The woman was charged with incident exposure, and released at the scene.
  

Refusing sanctuary to children in need | Dallas Morning News

Refusing sanctuary to children in need | Dallas Morning News

Exactly 75 years and one month ago the St. Louis, a German trans-Atlantic liner carrying 938 Jewish refugees, was turned away from the United States, forced to return to Europe. U.S. law didn’t allow them sanctuary.
Today we are preparing to send 45,000 children back to Central American countries controlled by drug cartels that routinely torture, rape and kill children who refuse to work for them. So routinely, so often are children menaced that their families sent them away, alone, across thousands of miles on just the slimmest of hopes that they might be safe.
U.S. law doesn’t allow them sanctuary.