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  • "... I rarely if ever answer their fantasy rantings."

    Unless one wants to become delusional, like "yes we can", doesn't, didn't and shouldn't mean I can fix anything, planned to fix anything, hoped to fix anything....but means "we" can fix everything...I have a headache, and I am constipated....hehehehehehehehehehe

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    Throw Obama in Jail

    by sosuaman Jun 22, 2015 10:22 AM

    The idiot would welcome the change form living in his mother's basement and he would be able to get better drugs in jail.

  • and this moron elk too.....

  • "Topic hidden because you ignored this user Show Post"

    Which means the idiot and his apprentice are burning up the keyboard.

    The idiot and his apprentice refuse to give direct answers to direct questions and refuse to address real facts so why post to them or read their posts? I must admit. I read some of their posts but I rarely if ever answer their fantasy rantings.

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    What Should We Expect to See Next from ACTC?

    by armasalbero Jun 9, 2015 4:05 PM

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  • MATTHEW BOYLE / The Hill / 20 Jun 2015

    Boehner rips Republicans for 'nonsense'

    It’s time for conservatives to take out House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) and all of his comrades in primaries, nationally syndicated radio host, New York Times bestselling author, and conservative movement thought leader Mark Levin argues in an exclusive comment to Breitbart News.

    Levin’s comments come after Boehner’s retaliation against conservatives hit a new low this weekend, with a report from Politico about how House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT)80%
    —playing along with Boehner’s scheme to attack Republicans for voting their conscience—removed Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) as the chairman of a subcommittee on his full committee. Levin even compared Boehner to 20th century Communist Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin and how he cleansed his government of all dissent.

    “Speaker Boehner’s and Congressman Chaffetz’s removal of Meadows is the latest in a series of ideologically-driven attacks on conservatives. Boehner seems to think he’s Stalin cleaning out all opposition in the Kremlin,” Levin said. “No Republican Speaker in recent times has behaved with less integrity in his wielding of power.”

    Levin said that Boehner, House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)45%
    , and Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA)74%
    —and more—each need to be removed by Republicans across the country in primaries in 2016. He says this is because the leadership has failed to learn the proper lessons from the astronomical defeat of now former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in 2014 in a primary against now Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA), the first time in U.S. history a sitting House Majority Leader was defeated in a primary. The position of majority leader was created in the late 1800s, so that means this never happened for more than a century—and Levin is calling out GOP leadership for failing to learn from the unprecedented event.

    “Obviously, the lessons of Eric Cantor’s humiliating loss have not resonated with Boehner, McCarthy, and Scalise,” Levin said. “The only solution is for Conservatives to husband their resources and target these three in the coming Republican primaries. Conservatives need to find serious candidates and raise funds nationwide to defeat them. Let them fight for their political careers as our response to their disgusting and pathetic behavior.”

    For primaries, Boehner already has an opponent declared—J.D. Winteregg. Winteregg ran against Boehner last cycle and didn’t win, but he is getting even more aggressive this time around.

    With regard to Scalise, living inside his district is conservative 2014 U.S. Senate candidate retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness—who got 202,000 votes statewide when he ran for Senate, but that wasn’t enough to beat then Rep. Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) to get into a runoff with then Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA). Cassidy defeated Landrieu with Maness’s help in the runoff. Maness is currently vying for Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) to appoint him into his Senate seat when, as it is presumed he will, Vitter wins the governor’s mansion in an election later this year. If Vitter doesn’t put Maness in the seat—at this time Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) is also vying for the seat—then Maness may run against Scalise in a primary.

    As for McCarthy, it’s unclear who in a liberal California district might step up to run against him. But his district is considered heavily Republican even in California and is rated R+16 by the Cook Partisan Voting Index, which means there’s probably a good chance conservatives could find a viable alternative to him there.

    Even those inside the beltway in Washington, like their favorite publication Politico, recognize how abnormal it is for Boehner and his comrades to engage in these kinds of extreme tactics against his own members, while helping Democrats.

    Politico’s Jake Sherman and Lauren French called this attack against Meadows—the latest in what they call a “House Republican crackdown” by Boehner and his allies—a “new level of severity.”

    “Losing a subcommittee chairmanship midway through a congressional session is among the most serious punishments thus far in Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) majority,” French and Sherman wrote. “Boehner and his leadership team have grown frustrated with Republicans who vote against the procedural ‘rule’ motion. Those votes — which allow the Republican leadership to bring a bill up for debate and a vote — typically fall along party lines. But a group of conservatives has voted against the measures, mostly in protest of Boehner’s leadership.”

    Meadows is getting targeted like this because he was one of 34 courageous conservatives who voted against a rule that leadership used to try to bring Obamatrade to the floor of the House last week. After their effort nearly succeeded, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)9% and her Democrats joined in on the final bill to kill Obamatrade—only to have it brought back to life by Boehner’s team later—when the House voted on the bill.

    “Republican leadership sees the move as unacceptable —akin to ceding power to Democrats,” Sherman and French wrote about efforts to organize votes against rules. They went on:

    On June 11, 34 Republicans voted against the rule that allowed for consideration of President Barack Obama’s request for fast-track authority to negotiate the largest trade deal in history. Conservatives said Boehner and GOP leaders were working too closely with Democrats, and ignoring Republicans. Boehner said he has worked closely with conservatives. In a closed meeting this week, the speaker told rank-and-file Republicans that he was angry that conservatives were voting against the motions. The GOP leadership has told lawmakers that there will be ramifications for voting against such resolutions.

    Leadership previously attacked several other House members, removing Reps. Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ)88%
    Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY)78%
    and Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM)71%

    from their positions on the Whip Team. Word on the street is, too, that Boehner and his allies aren’t done yet: sources familiar with the House Republican leadership whip effort tell Breitbart News that in the run-up to the Obamatrade vote, leadership was offering wavering members subcommittee chairmanships–specifically ones currently occupied by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX)94%

    and House Freedom Caucus chairman Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH)92%

    . If leadership continues their tirade against members who vote their conscience, it’s likely this situation will only get uglier.

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    CONGRESS'S PLAN AFTER CHARLESTON MASSACRE: DO NOTHING

    by elk_1l Jun 21, 2015 12:24 PM

    DYLANN ROOF MAY HAVE BEEN RADICALIZED BY THE WEBSITE OF A GROUP ASSOCIATED WITH SOUTHERN GOP POLITICIANS

    The website is a hodgepodge of re-written media stories designed to give the reader the impression there's a barrage of black-on-white crime.

    By Bethania Palma Markus / Raw Story / June 20, 2015

    e man who attacked historically black Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church in Charleston may have been initiated into the white supremacist movement by an organization that has for years been associated with Southern politicians, mostly Republican, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

    Dylann Roof, 21, allegedly opened fire on a Bible study Wednesday night at the culturally significant church, assassinating state senator, civil rights leader and pastor Clementa Pinckney and eight others.

    In a rambling manifesto uncovered by Twitter users @HenryKrinkle and @EMQuangel, the author, who is allegedly Roof, discusses his hatred of groups including Jewish and Latino people. But his deepest hatred is reserved for African-Americans.

    After noting his animosity over the Trayvon Martin protests, Roof writes:

    But more importantly this prompted me to type in the words “black on White crime” into Google, and I have never been the same since that day. The first website I came to was the Council of Conservative Citizens. There were pages upon pages of these brutal black on White murders.

    As of Saturday, the Council of Conservative Citizens’ (CCC) website had either been taken down or was experiencing technical problems and couldn’t be accessed. But internet archive site Wayback has a copy of it online.

    The website is a hodgepodge of re-written media stories with facts either twisted or fabricated to give the viewer an impression that there is a constant barrage of black-on-white crime.

    “Fifteen new black on white murders: Where is the outrage from the mainstream media?” a May 15 headline screams.

    “Racial spree shooting in Texas, 1 killed, 2 injured:
    Beautiful 19 year old woman slaughtered in racial hate crime attack,” reads another from May 6.

    The concentration of stories that cause the false perception whites are under attack by blacks is significant, because Roof told his victims, “I have to do it. You rape our women and you’re taking over our country. And you have to go.”

    The SPLC procured a list of 38 politicians, most of whom are from Mississippi and all but three of whom are Republican, who had been involved with the CCC between 2000 and 2004. Some, like Republicans John Moore and Dean Kirby of Mississippi, are still in office.

    According to the SPLC:

    The CCC is the modern reincarnation of the old White Citizens Councils, which were formed in the 1950s and 1960s to battle school desegregation in the South. Today, the CCC dedicates itself to educating whites on what it sees as an epidemic of black on white crime in the United States. The CCC website has been a touchstone for the radical right to get “educated” on this issue – and it appears this was the first stop for Roof on his dive down the white nationalist rabbit hole.

  • Reply to

    CONGRESS'S PLAN AFTER CHARLESTON MASSACRE: DO NOTHING

    by elk_1l Jun 21, 2015 12:24 PM

    how is it possible that you are WRONG 99% of the time on any given subject? Controlling access to guns via background checks and limit what can be bought ADDRESSES that issue. And don't come with tired statistics of counties or states that have tough laws and high crime. WE ALL know they import those guns from the easy to buy counties and states. Try using that thing over your shoulder before you respond.

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    CONGRESS'S PLAN AFTER CHARLESTON MASSACRE: DO NOTHING

    by elk_1l Jun 21, 2015 12:24 PM

    VIOLENCE CAUSED BY FAR-RIGHT EXTREMISTS HAS SURPASSED THAT CAUSED BY DOMESTIC JIHADISTS, STUDY SAYS

    Alice Speri | March 2, 2015 | VICE NEWS

    Since the September 11 attacks, the notion of terrorism has looked somewhat one-dimensional in United States public discourse, with the majority of Americans coming to think of political violence as the acts of organized, foreign groups — from al Qaeda in the early 2000s to Islamic State (IS) today.

    This frequently one-dimensional understanding of terrorism in the US has led both the public and law enforcement to overlook a very different kind of homegrown threat — one posed by antigovernment radicals, white supremacists, and other domestic and far-right ideologues.

    In both cases — radical Islamism and far right extremism — a majority of terrorist attacks on US soil have been at the hands of individual "lone wolves" acting outside established groups. But VIOLENCE CAUSED BY FAR RIGHT EXTREMISM HAS SURPASSED THAT CAUSED BY DOMESTIC "JIHADIS," ACCORDING TO A STUDY PUBLISHED LAST MONTH BY THE SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER (SPLC).

    Still, much of the public's attention — and law enforcement's efforts — focus on the latter, the civil rights group said ahead of last month's White House summit on countering violent extremism.

    "We felt that the report demonstrated pretty clearly that some attention should be paid to the domestic radical right," Ryan Lenz, a writer at the SPLC's Intelligence Project, told VICE News. "The domestic radical right has killed more people than radical Islam since 9/11 in the United States, without a doubt."

    The report — titled "The Age of the Wolf," in reference to the lone nature of most attacks — surveyed violence carried out between April 1, 2009, and February 1, 2015, for a total of 63 victims of terrorism — ranging from migrants, to abortion providers, to FBI agents, to the victims of the Fort Hood shooting.

    Almost half of the attacks during that time were apparently motivated by antigovernment sentiment, mostly carried out by people subscribing to the so-called "patriot" movement, while the other half came from ideologies of hate — ranging from white supremacy, to misogyny and anti-abortion ideologies, to radical Islamism.

    That diversity of motives and ideology is hardly reflected in current conversations about homegrown violent extremism, the study suggests.
    "It probably has a lot to do with national myopia: because of the severity of 9/11 there are blinders on regarding everything else," Lenz said. "Some people think that it's easier to focus on Muslims than it is on white Christians… I think it has a lot to do with the fact that in an effort to address the threat of radical Islam, people have forgotten that there are terrorists here at home too."

    Still, defining and addressing "terrorism" remains an inexact science, the study claims. For instance, researchers had to determine whether in some cases ideology overrode mental illness, or the other way around.
    "There are people that argue that antigovernment ideologies or other ideologies are in essence mental illnesses," Lenz noted.

    While a majority of violent crimes are committed by young offenders — disproportionately within the 15 to 24 age group — ideological violence tends to be the work of a slighter older group, suggesting that "that perpetrators spend many years on the radical right, absorbing extremist ideology, before finally acting out violently," according to the study.

    Researchers also found that the assailants — overwhelmingly male — used firearms in 59 percent of the cases, and explosives, arson, and other weapons in the remaining cases. That marks a shift from previous years, likely because procuring the material necessary to build explosives has become increasingly difficult, Lenz notes, while procuring guns is not.

    Unifying attackers across the political spectrum was the propensity to act alone, after having cultivated one's radical ideology mostly online, rather than in physical meetings.

    Seventy-four percent of the attacks surveyed were carried out by individuals acting alone — and 90 percent of them were carried out by two or less individuals — a growing challenge for law enforcement attempting to monitor and predict such attacks.

    Instead, traditional hate group like the #$%$, for instance, have struggled to stay relevant.

    "The Klan is still a shadow of what it was, it's very much trying to reassert itself as a legitimate hate group and a legitimate presence in a field that is ever expanding," Lenz said. "What we are seeing is that the Klan will come into a situation that's already racially tense and they'll paper the community with fliers. But that's all their doing, they're just trying to enhance their national image by capitalizing on these situations."

    But if the nature of lone wolf attacks has been a challenge for authorities, officials have also neglected domestic terrorism, the report alleges.
    According to the report, the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) team devoted to non-Islamic domestic terrorism all but fell apart in the aftermath of a 2009 report in which it highlighted the resurgence of the radical right in the aftermath of Obama's 2008 election.

    That report was ferociously attacked by conservatives, forcing Janet Napolitano — DHS secretary at the time — to apologize for it, and resulting in the "virtual disbandment" of the department's work on non-Islamic domestic terrorism. The DHS did not immediately respond to VICE News' request for comment.

    The report also noted that in recent years the FBI has published a number of reports on domestic terrorism, and that the Department of Justice has pledged to resurface its Domestic Terrorism Executive Committee, which has been dormant for the last decade. But so far, little has moved.

    "On a federal level there is no agency that is working specifically on [non-Islamic] domestic terrorist threats, almost all of them are looking at foreign-oriented threat," Lenz said. "There is a need for that to come back."
    Related: #$%$ Missouri chapter threatens Ferguson protesters with 'lethal force'

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    CONGRESS'S PLAN AFTER CHARLESTON MASSACRE: DO NOTHING

    by elk_1l Jun 21, 2015 12:24 PM

    Doc, when the loons come up with a plan to get guns out of the hands of gangs and thugs, I might listen to them. Their plan is to confiscate the guns of law abiding citizens because we are easy targets. Thugs on the other hand are impossible targets and the loony left losers know it.

    Gangs and thugs are responsible for over 90% of gun crime in this country but do the losers ever address that? NO! The idiot and his apprentice will never address it either.

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    What Should We Expect to See Next from ACTC?

    by armasalbero Jun 9, 2015 4:05 PM

    Great reports all the time, these guys have really done a terrific job finding quality plays.

  • Reply to

    CONGRESS'S PLAN AFTER CHARLESTON MASSACRE: DO NOTHING

    by elk_1l Jun 21, 2015 12:24 PM

    Re: “Guns don't kill people, people do and until you nit wit libs learn that then you are boarder line brain dysfunctional,, C”

    That is precisely why people’s access to guns needs to be controlled.

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    CONGRESS'S PLAN AFTER CHARLESTON MASSACRE: DO NOTHING

    by elk_1l Jun 21, 2015 12:24 PM

    Guns don't kill people, people do and until you nit wit libs learn that then you are boarder line brain dysfunctional,,
    C

  • Stations are dropping the conservative firebrand with amazing frequency.

    By Eric Boehlert / Media Matters / June 20, 2015

    The good news for Rush Limbaugh: One month after being notified he was getting dumped by his Boston talk radio host station, the talker has a new AM home in the city.

    The bad news: The station currently boasts a 0.6 rating, trails four non-commercial stations in the market, and becomes yet another big-city, cellar-dwelling outpost that Limbaugh is forced to call home.

    The station, WKOX, is the type of “bottom-rung” affiliate that Limbaugh was rarely associated with during his halcyon days as the king of talk radio. But those days seem to be dwindling as the Boston fall from grace has previously played out for Limbaugh in places like Los Angeles and Indianapolis. In each instance, Limbaugh exited a prosperous, longtime radio home and was forced to settle for an also-ran outlet with miniscule ratings.

    Limbaugh’s ongoing major market woes can be traced to his 2012 on-air meltdown over Sandra Fluke, where he castigated and insulted the graduate student for three days on his program, calling her a #$%$” and suggesting she post videos of herself having sex on the Internet. (Fluke’s sin in the eyes of Limbaugh was testifying before Congress in favor of contraception mandates for health care insurance.)

    The astonishing Limbaugh monologues sparked an unprecedented advertiser exodus, which means selling his show has become a major lift for the affiliate stations that pay a hefty fee for the right to carry his program. The reported on the millions of dollars in advertising revenue that Limbaugh’s host stations lose because of the talker’s stigma on Madison Avenue.

    The still-unfolding repercussions? Some key stations want out of their Limbaugh deals. And when those deals are up, nobody else is stepping forward to ink new contracts with Rush.

    Here’s what happened in Boston, and it’s becoming a trend. In May, WRKO announced it wasn’t renewing Limbaugh’s program, which meant the host would have to find a new home on the dial. No problem, right? Hopping around to another affiliate isn’t that unusual in the world of syndicated radio. What was unusual, at least for Limbaugh, was that not one other Boston station moved to pick up his show. Years ago, general managers lined up for the chance to broadcast Limbaugh’s ratings heavyweight show and jumped whenever it became available in the market.

    But no more. With ratings issues in recent years and selling the show to advertisers becoming increasingly difficult, stations seem reluctant to pay a steep price for Limbaugh’s program. (But yes, Limbaugh’s syndicator, Premiere Radio Networks, still pays the talker $50 million a year.)

    In Boston, Limbaugh had to once again be bailed out by his corporate bosses. Formerly known as Clear Channel, iHeartMedia owns the syndication company that produces and sells Limbaugh’s radio show. iHeartMedia also owns hundreds of radio stations.

    So with no takers in Boston, iHeartMedia turned to its lowly WKOX station, scrubbed its Spanish language format, and will flip it to “Talk 1430” on June 29, where listeners will hear a hodgepodge of far-right talk mixed Fox Sports Radio programming. “With the lack of options for gaining syndication revenue from another broadcaster, dumping the extraneous 1430 format becomes the only clear option for the company,” notedRadioInsight.

    And don’t expect Limbaugh to turn things around for WKOX. His show struggled on WRKO, which boasts a 50,000-watt signal. In contrast, WKOX broadcasts from a tiny 5,000-watt signal, which doesn’t even cover the entire Boston metropolitan area.

    Does this demotion sound familiar? The same Limbaugh farewell just played out in the red state of Indiana where the talker was dumped by his AM home of 22 years, WIBC in Indianapolis. After WIBC announced the programming divorce (the station was reportedly having trouble finding advertisers for Rush’s show), no other stations in the market stepped forward to buy Limbaugh’s program, which meant he had to be bailed out by iHeartMedia. The radio giant shoehorned Limbaugh onto its lowly rated all-sports channel in the market. (Current rating: 0.5.)

    So why the obsession with finding Limbaugh even a low-rent home in places like Boston and Indianapolis? The answer revolves around clearance. “Rush Limbaugh is heard in every measured radio market in America, and that will continue to be the case in Boston,” Premiere’s Rachel Nelson told the

    “It looks like Premiere parent iHeart will end up doing the same thing in Boston it’s doing in Indianapolis as a last resort: bringing Rush back in house on a marginal signal just to maintain the clearance,” noted NorthEast Radio Watch this week.

    That, obviously, is not a blueprint for long-term success.

    In terms of trying to sell the show to national advertisers as well as maintaining the Rush reputation as the most powerful talker on the dial, Limbaugh and Premiere simply cannot have Rush’s show off the air in places like Boston and Indianapolis. So Premiere’s parent company is willing do whatever it takes to make room for Limbaugh, even if it means sticking him on a ratings doormat at the far, far end of the radio dial and surrounding him with sports talk shows.

    The question now is how many more cracks in the dam is iHeartMedia going to have to plug as more markets decide they’re not interested in Limbaugh’s program?

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    CONGRESS'S PLAN AFTER CHARLESTON MASSACRE: DO NOTHING

    by elk_1l Jun 21, 2015 12:24 PM

    FOX NEWS' STAGGERING DENIAL OF CHARLESTON REALITY TOPS THE LIST

    We're at a loss to explain this network-wide brain dysfunction.

    By Janet Allon / AlterNet / June 20, 2015

    1. FOX GETS CHARLESTON SHOOTINGS WRONG IN A WILDLY IMPROBABLE WAY.

    Fox Newsians might be given points for creativity if their views were not downright despicable. Their ability to deny the reality that is plainly in front of every sentient being in the universe continues to stagger. The poisonous mix of racism and guns that killed nine peaceful souls in a Charleston church is the elephant in the room that these toxicity and vapidity spewers are ever more at pains not to see.

    This one comes to you from the Fox program, "America’s Newsroom," hosted by Martha MacCallum. She was joined by guests Marjorie Clifton, former Obama campaign consultant, and journalist Mary Katherine Ham, who discussed whether the mass shooting might have to do with poor access to mental health, or maybe gun control laws. Easy access to guns? Naahh. D’yah think?

    But MacCallum preferred a different explanation. Much as she had to grudgingly admit President Obama was right, that these horrors do happen more often here than in other countries, she parts company with him in explaining why.

    “THAT MAY BE BECAUSE OF THE KIND OF SOCIETY WE ARE. WE HAVE A LOT OF DIFFERENT CULTURES LIVING HERE TOGETHER,” SHE SAID. “WE’RE A VERY UNIQUE SOCIETY AND THAT’S A VERY WONDERFUL THING, IN LARGE PART. BUT THAT MAY BE A CONTRIBUTING FACTOR HERE.”

    YES, MORE RACISM IS DEFINITELY WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW.

    The sound of her guests’ jaws dropping and angels crying was audible.

    2. Steve Doocy places himself solidly in contention for craziest, most atrocious Fox Newsian.

    This is a very competitive category—it’s hard, very hard to go up against perennial favorites like Hannity and O’Reilly, but Steve Doocy and Elisabeth Hasselbeck are serious contenders. Hasselbeck opened their Thursday morning segment by casting the Charleston shooting as an attack on faith—it was at a church, after all—with no mention of race. “If we’re not safe in our churches, then where are we safe?” she breathlessly wondered. With that absurd spin, she and her co-hosts invited nutcase pastor E.W. Jackson to make the case that arming pastors is a good idea, because of the “rising hostility toward Christians in this country.”

    Doocy’s turn to spew nonsense: “EXTRAORDINARILY, THEY CALLED IT A HATE CRIME,” HE SAID. “BECAUSE IT WAS APPARENTLY A WHITE GUY IN A BLACK CHURCH.” HE WAS DUMBFOUNDED. WHERE WOULD PEOPLE GET THAT IT WAS RACIALLY MOTIVATED? HE DID MANAGE TO CALM HIMSELF DOWN BY SUGGESTING THAT THE “HATE CRIME” ASPECT OF IT MUST HAVE BEEN BECAUSE IT WAS A CHURCH.

    AT FOX, THE WAR ON REASON AND REALITY RAGES EVER ON.

    3. RICK PERRY IS VERY, VERY CONFUSED ABOUT THINGS.

    Rick Perry has never distinguished himself as a terribly intelligent man. He has often seemed befuddled and confused, along with wrong about just about everything. But he performed some real mental gymnastics in the wake of the horrific mass murder in Charleston by a white supremacist terrorist. PERRY DUMBFOUNDED US ALL WHEN HE CALLED THE SHOOTING AN “ACCIDENT.” Yeah, he did. An accident caused by drugs.

    Seriously, #$%$.

    His primary aim in spewing this utter nonsense was to go after President Obama for his strong anti-gun reaction, which shouldn’t seem like a politically brave stance to take, but perversely, is. Perry to Steve Malzberg on Newsmax TV: “This is the [modus operandi] of this administration, any time there is an accident like this,” Perry said. “The president is clear, he doesn’t like for Americans to have guns and so he uses every opportunity, this being another one, to basically go parrot that message.”

    Did someone say “parrot"?

    Was it an act of terrorism, his host asked?

    I’ll tell you what was terrorism, Perry replied, that Charlie Hebdo attack.

    Huh?

    Shifting topics again as his mind pinged from one nonsensical thought to the next, Perry concluded that prescription drugs were the culprit.

    “It seems to me, again without having all the details about this, that these individuals have been medicated and there may be a real issue in this country from the standpoint of these drugs and how they’re used,” Perry said.

    The absurdometer just broke.

    4. FOX NEWS PERSONALITY GREG GUTFELD ACCUSES POPE FRANCIS OF BEING “THE MOST DANGEROUS PERSON ON THE PLANET.”

    While some Fox Newsians were declaring that the Charleston shooting was evidence of the country’s war on Christianity, the Five’s Greg Gutfeld declared a vendetta against the leader of the Catholic Church.

    Weird, right?

    But there it is again, that missing hypocrisy-sensing brain function.

    The current Pope has been making the right-wingers of the world apoplectic ever since he declared we should love atheists. Then he had the audacity to care about the poor, and lament rampant inequality. Now, he cares about the Earth. Man! What gives?

    The Pontiff’s groundbreaking encyclical on the environment warns of “unprecedented destruction of the ecosystem” unless human beings make drastic changes. It seems that the religious leader has done what right-wing pols have always suggested, left science to the scientists, who have long been telling us we’re screwed if we don’t do something fast.

    Gutfeld isn’t taking that lying down. He had a few choice words for his Holiness. “HE DOESN’T WANT TO BE YOUR GRANDFATHER’S POPE. HE WANTS TO BE A MODERN POPE. ALL HE NEEDS IS DREADLOCKS AND A DOG WITH A BANDANA AND HE COULD BE ON OCCUPY WALL STREET,” he ranted.

    He went on insanely about the Pope being Malthusian, actually being “in bed with Malthus,” which is weird, because Malthus is dead. “He believes that the Earth is overpopulated,“ Gutfeld sputtered, “and remember he said Catholics have to stop breeding like rabbits? Do you remember where that came from? That’s a Malthusian belief. And Malthusians believe that the Earth is overpopulated and it would be nice if there were a few billion people less. How does that happen? Global warming.”

    It was pretty unhinged. JUAN WILLIAMS, A VOICE OF REASON WHO SOMEHOW FOUND HIS WAY ONTO FOX, TOLD GUTFELD THAT MAYBE BEING BETTER STEWARDS OF THE EARTH WAS NOT REALLY POLITICAL. “I THINK THE PROBLEM FOR YOU IS THAT YOU PUT IT IN A BOX OF PURE POLITICS, LEFT AND RIGHT,” HE SAID. “WHAT ABOUT IF THE POPE IS SIMPLY SAYING… WE SHOULD DO ALL WE CAN TO SUPPORT GOD’S GREEN EARTH. IS THAT SO RADICAL?”

    GUTFELD’S RESPONSE: “UM, HE HAS A MARXIST BACKGROUND.”

    Deeply unhinged stuff.

    5. JEB BUSH PERFECTLY DEMONSTRATES THE CONSERVATIVE BRAIN'S INABILITY TO RECOGNIZE IRONY AND HYPOCRISY.

    Jeb! Bush announced his candidacy for the presidency this week, stunning millions of Americans. Really? Who could have possibly predicted this turn of events?

    Hilariously, Jeb! uttered the following words during his speech. “The presidency should not be passed on from one liberal to the next.” Hmmm, “passed on,” interesting choice of words, Jeb! Similar to “passed down,” as in passed down from one family member to the next.

    Seriously, does he just want us to mock him? He does, doesn’t he.

    “In this country of ours, the most improbable things can happen as well,” he continued. “Take that from a guy who met his first president on the day he was born and his second on the day he was brought home from the hospital.”

    Oh yeah, so improbable. It is not as if family connections helped Bush get where he is. But as long as it’s not liberals handing things off to each other, we’re good.

    Note, this numbskull is the so-called plausible candidate, not a rider in the overstuffed clown car that got a little more crowded when a certain attention-addicted orange comb-over hired some actors to listen as he announced his presidency and just how very rich he is.

    6. S.E. CUPP: TRUMP WILL PULL OTHER CANDIDATES TOWARD REALITY.

    Oh. Hahahahahaha.

    Good one. Wait, she’s not kidding. Oh, must be she thinks Trump’s obvious egomaniacal delusionary state will shock everyone else back to some semblance of reality.

    Nope.

    While appearing on CNN’s New Day, S.E. Cupp had to admit, Trump’s speech announcing his candidacy was a hot rambling mess. But. “What’s sad is Trump is right,” she said. “He is qualified. He has qualifications that would make him an interesting person to run for president.”

    It is very difficult to identify what planet this woman lives on.

    It’s that irresistible straight-shooter quality of Trump’s she so admires, that willingness to call all Mexicans rapists and brag about selling an apartment to a Chinese person. It’s perfectly marvelous, just what the nation needs in a leader. That relatable hatemongering jackass quality.

    POLITICAL ANALYST JOHN AVLON HELPFULLY POINTED OUT THAT TRUMP IS ACTUALLY AN UTTERLY SHAMELESS CARICATURE OF A CARICATURE.

    YEAH, S.E. CONCEDED, HE LACKS “DISCIPLINE,” AND “FRIGHTENS” PEOPLE. THEN SHE ADDED THAT THIS IS WHAT MAKES HIM SO “FUN.”

  • Reply to

    CONGRESS'S PLAN AFTER CHARLESTON MASSACRE: DO NOTHING

    by elk_1l Jun 21, 2015 12:24 PM

    CHARLESTON MAYOR JOSEPH RILEY: LACK OF GUN CONTROL IS 'INSANE'

    The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | 06/21/2015

    Charleston, South Carolina Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. (D) said on Sunday that the lack of gun control in the United States was "insane."

    "IT IS INSANE: THE NUMBER OF GUNS, AND THE EASE OF GUNS IN AMERICA. IT JUST DOESN'T FIT WITH THE OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS OF THIS COUNTRY," RILEY TOLD CNN'S JAKE TAPPER. "IT'S A SMALL -- REALLY SMALL GROUP, WELL-FUNDED -- THAT KEEPS THIS ISSUE FROM BEING APPROPRIATELY ADDRESSED."

    Riley's comments came just days after Dylann Roof, 21, allegedly shot and killed nine people at Emanuel AME church in Charleston on Wednesday. Roof apparently bought the gun used in the shooting with money he received for his birthday in April. The church held its first services since the slaying on Sunday.

    Several officials, including President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination, have called for action on gun control following the massacre.

    But many lawmakers have expressed skepticism that tighter gun control is possible, citing Congress' failure to pass any kind of gun reform after 26 children and school officials were killed in a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012.

  • Gun Control Measures Dormant In Congress After Charleston Shooting

    AP | ALAN FRAM | 06/20/2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — This week's slaughter of nine people in a South Carolina church left prospects that Congress will curb guns right where they've been for years — remote for now, according to lawmakers and activists on both sides of the issue.

    Conceding that congressional action was unlikely soon, President Barack Obama said lawmakers will tighten federal firearms restrictions when they believe the public is demanding it.

    "I AM NOT RESIGNED," OBAMA TOLD THE U.S. CONFERENCE OF MAYORS IN SAN FRANCISCO ON FRIDAY. "I HAVE FAITH WE WILL EVENTUALLY DO THE RIGHT THING."

    OTHERS SAID THERE WAS LITTLE EVIDENCE THAT WEDNESDAY'S KILLING OF NINE BLACK PARISHIONERS BY THE WHITE ALLEGED GUNMAN, DYLANN STORM ROOF, WOULD MAKE CONGRESSIONAL ACTION MORE LIKELY, CONSIDERING RECENT HISTORY.

    "I'm skeptical it's going to change peoples' minds who weren't converted by Newtown," said Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn. Murphy was part of the Senate's failed efforts to strengthen background checks following the 2012 massacre of 26 children and educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

    If anything, the odds of congressional action seem slimmer with both the House and Senate dominated by Republicans, who traditionally have been less sympathetic to curbs on gun ownership. When the Senate rejected firearms constraints in 2013 prompted by Newtown, the chamber was led by Democrats.

    "He couldn't get it going after Sandy Hook with Democratic control" of the Senate, Erich Pratt, spokesman for Gun Owners of America, a gun rights group, said about Obama. "He won't get it going with Republican control."

    Investigators were just starting to gather facts about Wednesday's shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina. Roof, 21, faced nine counts of murder, and the Justice Department said it was investigating whether to classify the attack as a hate crime or even domestic terrorism.

    "The question remains how we keep guns out of the hands of those who shouldn't have them without violating the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans," said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. "There's ample time to learn more about what happened and debate ways to prevent these kinds of senseless acts."

    Murphy and others blamed the potency of the National Rifle Association for Congress' unwillingness to restrict firearms.

    "Congress has failed to act because it's filled with too many lapdogs for the gun lobby," said Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

    NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam would not address whether the Charleston shootings would change lawmakers' attitudes, saying, "As the NRA has done for decades, we will not comment until all the facts are known."

    In 2013, the Senate's bipartisan attempt to require background checks of all firearms purchasers at gun shows and on the Internet failed by a 54-46 vote. That was six short of the 60 votes needed to break a Republican filibuster against the bill.

    A similar measure never reached the floor of the GOP-controlled House.

    "I'd like to say these shootings in Charleston will be a turning point, enough for Congress to fight back against the gun lobby and take some serious action about gun laws. But I don't want to be naive," said Chelsea Parsons, who oversees gun policy for the liberal Center for American Progress.

    Donald Stewart, spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said McConnell had spoken twice Thursday on the Senate floor about Charleston but mentioned no legislation. Kevin Smith, spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, did not immediately return phone and email messages seeking comment.

    A CHECK OF THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD SHOWS THAT WHILE SEVERAL LEGISLATORS TOOK TO THE HOUSE AND SENATE FLOORS THURSDAY TO EXPRESS THEIR SADNESS OVER THE NINE DEATHS IN SOUTH CAROLINA AND OFFER CONDOLENCES, NONE CALLED FOR FEDERAL LEGISLATION CURBING FIREARMS. THE WORD "GUN" WAS SPOKEN SEVEN TIMES WHILE "BACKGROUND CHECKS," ''GUN CONTROL" AND "FIREARMS" WERE NOT UTTERED AT ALL.

    Congress was not in session Friday.

  • From the Geto Boys:

    And now, a word from the President!
    Damn it feels good to be a gangsta
    Gettin voted into the White House
    Everything lookin good to the people of the world
    But the Mafia family is my boss
    So every now and then I owe a favor gettin' down
    like lettin' a big drug shipment through
    And send 'em to the poor community
    So we can bust you know who
    So voters of the world keep supportin' me
    And I promise to take you very far
    Other leaders better not upset me
    Or I'll send a million troops to die at war
    To all you Republicans, that helped me win
    I sincerely like to thank you
    Cuz now I got the world swingin' from my nuts
    And damn it feels good to be a gangsta

  • Reply to

    DYLANN ROOF IS AMERICA

    by elk_1l Jun 19, 2015 10:10 AM

    PERRY CALLS SHOOTINGS AN ‘ACCIDENT’

    June 20, 2015 / Taegan Goddard / Pol Wire

    Rick Perry (R) characterized the shooting in Charleston as an “accident” during an interview with Newsmax, while accusing President Obama of using the massacre to push a gun control agenda.

    Said Perry: “This is the MO of this administration anytime there is an accident like this.”

    Texas Tribune: “The one presidential candidate who cannot make a mistake did just that Friday.”

  • Tom Boggioni / Raw Story / 20 JUN 2015

    Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney joined a growing chorus of Americans calling for the state of South Carolina to take down the Confederate flag, calling it a symbol of hatred and divisiveness, only to have conservative followers of his turn on him.

    Attention has once again returned to the flag flown at the state capital of South Carolina, home of the birthplace of the confederacy, following the shooting of nine black churchgoers by Dylann Roof, who sported Confederate flags on his car.

    Friday night, South Carolina state Rep. Norman “Doug” Brannon (R) said he plans on introducing a bill to remove the Confederate flag near his state’s capitol building, adding, “I’m not a politician tonight. But I do have access, and I will introduce that bill in December,”

    Saturday morning on Twitter, Romney wrote, “Take down the #ConfederateFlag at the SC Capitol. To many, it is a symbol of racial hatred. Remove it now to honor #Charleston victims.”

    Romney’s position on the Confederate flag isn’t new — he criticized it during the 2008 presidential campaign and drew fire and attack ads over it then. …

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