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pilodialcyst 309 posts  |  Last Activity: 18 hours ago Member since: Apr 7, 2004
  • SlugSister may even get this. Lets goggle at the slow-motion death of American exceptionalism.
    The issue at hand, as ever, is the ruling class of billionaires who fund our presidential campaign dumb-show.

    More specifically, it's the Brothers Koch, who have an assignment for former Florida governor and presidential hopeful Jeb Bush:
    In another surprise, a top Koch aide revealed to POLITICO that Jeb Bush will be given a chance to audition for the brothers’ support, despite initial skepticism about him at the top of the Kochs’ growing political behemoth.

    Mr. Bush will be expected to perform a two-minute classical monologue about tax cuts, a two-minute comic monologue about tax cuts, and 32 bars of a contemporary Broadway musical ballad about union-busting.

    This is good news for Jeb. The last time the Kochs cooked up an audition, it was at their "winter seminar" in January, and according to those present, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was the clear standout at that confab.

    But Bush will be getting "a second look" at the brothers' summer conference, because "so many Koch supporters think he looks like a winner."

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • pilodialcyst pilodialcyst Apr 21, 2015 3:55 PM Flag

    Explain exactly what I missed, and help me "reason it out".

    AND don't run away. Explain yourself.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • Loretta Lynch will be confirmed this week. But the Republican Party has been playing to "the base" during this entire sad episode of racism. This behavior clearly represents what many in the civil rights community have been saying all along -- the GOP plays to its base. Lynch's confirmation delay is nothing more than bells, whistles and red meat for the right-wing. It's yet another message that Blacks, women and quote "others" are expendable, and the least priority at best; they are in fact targeted by this crowd.

    In the time that the U.S. Senate held Lynch hostage, they have confirmed several judges and even a new Secretary of Defense. Not only is Lynch supremely qualified (one need only look at her stellar track record), but as the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, she has already been confirmed by the Senate twice. This makes it all the more poignant that some on the right want us to know that an over-qualified woman and "uppity Blacks" will be put in their place. Even in 2015, someone like Lynch can be used as a rallying cry for the base of a Party that will have to come to terms with the changing demographics of this nation.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • Reply to

    Is Hillary bigger than Christie?

    by jensen_ra Apr 19, 2015 9:52 PM
    pilodialcyst pilodialcyst Apr 21, 2015 1:06 PM Flag

    Can you explain why that is an issue for you?

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • And their favorite fearful demographic is dying out. And their reason to fear is dropping. Unfortunately for the NRA, the problem with using crime as a rationale for owning guns is that violent crime in the United States keeps going down. For that matter, so does the percentage of older, white men, who just happen to be the demographic that buys and owns most of the guns. So sooner or later, if these trends continue, the NRA is going to have to craft a new message and find a new reason for all those guys and gals walking around armed.

    The NRA is colliding with the grim reaper.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • pilodialcyst pilodialcyst Apr 21, 2015 11:23 AM Flag

    I'm far more curious in how you conflated a visit to Oregon with the federal estate tax. Explain how they are related.

    But more importantly, the estate tax was implemented to prevent a hierarchy of a few families attaining royalty status.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • pilodialcyst pilodialcyst Apr 21, 2015 11:21 AM Flag

    What is myopic garbage that seems to cause you such distress.
    Let's see what it is that irritates you so.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • Last week the House Republicans took an amazing vote. They literally voted to take food from the mouths of hungry children in order to give a huge tax break to children who were born with a silver spoon in theirs -- the sons and daughters of multi-millionaires.

    I am not exaggerating. The GOP voted to eliminate the estate tax. But the estate tax only applies to estates larger than $5.4 million for an individual and $10.9 million for couples. Eliminating the estate tax would benefit only 5,500 families in America (.02 percent of the population). And 75 percent of the benefits would flow to children who inherit estates of $20 million or more.

    And some of those are huge fortunes. Eight Americans earned $10 billion in income in 2013 alone. That's enough income to pay 200,000 average American workers.

    Forbes Magazine estimates the total net worth of the world's billionaires at $7.05 trillion dollars -- an average of $3.56 billion. Fifty-seven of them are from the United States.

    Two of those, Charles and David Koch -- who inherited their initial fortunes -- are worth a combined total over $80 billion. You can see why they want to eliminate the estate tax.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • pilodialcyst pilodialcyst Apr 21, 2015 9:26 AM Flag

    You ran away from what I posted. You always do. Can't seem to bring a cogent thought to the board?
    Why is that?

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • The party of austerity has a problem—their defense hawks need money for war. So even as GOP congressional leaders labor to complete a "budget blueprint" that cuts spending to the bone, other Republicans want to scrap it.
    Some rank-and-file Republicans are already expressing interest in a much bigger deal that would adjust those caps, sweep away the still-developing blueprint and ease the budgetary pressure on the Pentagon — and, grudgingly, domestic programs if necessary.

    Some staff on the Hill are already calling it Ryan-Murray 2.0. That’s a nod to the 2-year-old deal struck by then-Budget chairs Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) that temporarily loosened some of the fiscal restraints imposed under a 2011 budget law by funding key priorities like defense and offering modest increases for a handful of Democratic favorites.

    Egad—modest increases for "Democratic favorites"? What might they do? House the homeless, feed undernourished kids, maybe provide a little breathing room to a single mom or dad who's working multiple jobs? Terrible stuff.

    The pretzel logic of the Republican Party.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • This Tea-Drooling moron wants federal money.... just DON'T CALL IT OBAMACARE, whatever you do. A dramatic showdown over health care funding that’s been unfolding in Florida over the past several weeks reveals the lengths that Republican leaders are willing to go in their quest to remain publicly opposed to Obamacare.

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R), one of the staunchest opponents of the health care reform law, refuses to accept federal funds to implement Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, which would extend coverage to about 800,000 low-income people in the state. At the same time, however, Scott wants the Obama administration to give him federal funds to help implement a specific Medicaid pilot program. Ultimately, Scott is demanding money from the government that doesn’t appear to be linked to Obamacare — and he’s willing to go to great lengths to get it.
    Scott wants the government to give Florida about $1 billion in federal funds for a Medicaid pilot project — called the Low-Income Pool, or LIP — that helps support hospitals that serve low-income and uninsured patients. LIP is a program that was initiated under the Jeb Bush administration to address hospitals’ budget shortfalls from providing too much uncompensated care to uninsured people who can’t pay their bills.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • pilodialcyst pilodialcyst Apr 17, 2015 11:12 AM Flag

    Yes Stinky, you need to say more.

    You never explained how you failed home schooling.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • WASHINGTON -- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) has seen a significant drop in his approval rating since signing a widely criticized "religious freedom" law, with one longtime political observer in the state saying the fall is historic for a governor.

    "I've been covering Indiana politics for three decades, and I don't recall a sitting governor experiencing that kind of decline over this short period of time like we've seen here," said Brian Howey, publisher of the widely respected site Howey Politics Indiana.

    A new HPI poll by pollster Christine Matthews of Bellwether Research shows Pence's favorable rating at just 35 percent, and his unfavorable rating at 38 percent.

    In 2013, an HPI poll found Pence faring much better than he is now. Then, he was at a 52 percent favorable rating and a 20 percent unfavorable rating.

    Fifty-nine percent of respondents in the new poll said the "religious freedom" law was unnecessary, compared to just 30 percent who thought it was needed. Another 50 percent said the controversy surrounding the law will have a "negative impact on the economy" even after it "isn't front page news."

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • The GOP led House gave a tax break to the top .2% valued at 269 Billion. And it was simply added to the deficit. But there is no way to fix our infrastructure, pay for education or increase benefits to Medicare or SS.

    So droolers, how did you get so stupid?

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • pilodialcyst pilodialcyst Apr 17, 2015 8:31 AM Flag

    HappyDunce: The fresh water is pumped into the delta to keep the salt water of the Pacific OUT of the farmlands. Without the fresh water, salt water would kill off tens of thousands of acres of farmland. It really has NOTHING to do with a small fish.

    That is Fox News Liars propaganda.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • pilodialcyst pilodialcyst Apr 17, 2015 8:25 AM Flag

    What experts? Where did you get 97%?

    And what exactly is it that the experts are disagreeing with?

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • Life is getting much worse for the Deniers. A coal mining company, West Virginia, and 15 other states argued Thursday that a federal court should stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s proposed Clean Power Plan rule, but the three presiding judges did not seem convinced.

    If the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia finds in favor of the petitioners, it would be a first for the rule-making process. The court has never issued a writ against a rule that has not been finalized.

    “Do you know of any case when we have stopped rule-making? Why would we do that?” Judge Thomas Griffith asked Elbert Lin, an attorney for West Virginia, at the outset of the proceedings.

    The Clean Power Plan would require states to limit carbon emissions from the utility sector — currently the source of more than 30 percent of the U.S.’s carbon emissions.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • pilodialcyst pilodialcyst Apr 16, 2015 6:25 PM Flag

    Clear evidence that I Stumped the Chimp.
    The question that frightened you is pretty simple: Would you support an Constitutional amendment that overturns Citizens United?

    If not, why not?

    It is a central plank in Hillary's campaign. And thats why she wins !!!!

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • Reply to

    Flush Rush is KILLING Hate Radio

    by pilodialcyst Apr 14, 2015 1:31 PM
    pilodialcyst pilodialcyst Apr 16, 2015 6:22 PM Flag

    Idiot, of course I did. I showed where ANOTHER radio group has dropped the draft-dodging coward. The list is quite long, and he self supports his program because he cannot get sponsors. How much more do I need to show you?

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • pilodialcyst pilodialcyst Apr 16, 2015 6:19 PM Flag

    Yes, idiot. I fully trust NASA's measurements. Your evidence is non existent, and was never published. Only on Fox was the data "inaccurate".

    Or do you have ANYTHING to refute the data posted by NASA. If so, let's see it.

    Slow down.... you're running away.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

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