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pilodialcyst 602 posts  |  Last Activity: 3 hours ago Member since: Apr 7, 2004
  • " I’m embarrassed for them. For them to address a letter to the ayatollah, who they claim is our mortal enemy, and their basic argument to them is "don’t deal with our president 'cause you can’t trust him to follow through on an agreement."
    That's close to unprecedented, and far closer to sedition and treason.

    In short, "Wow, guys. I think you made yourselves look bad enough, so I'm just going to leave it there."

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • pilodialcyst pilodialcyst Mar 13, 2015 2:18 PM Flag

    Describe the traitorous actions of Democrats.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • It's sometimes argued that right-wingers prefer to blame outside forces for the bad acts of people they like (white males in particular), but consider individuals they don't like to be fully responsible for their own misdeeds. Yell a racist chant in a fraternity gathering? It can't be your fault -- you're white, and society poisoned your mind with rap music! And so on.

    But right-wingers sometimes blame society when people they hate commit bad acts. Righties do this when the bad acts can be blamed on someone they hate even more.

    We're seeing this on Fox in reference to the Ferguson police shooting:

    Fox News Liars' "Outnumbered" co-host Andrea Tantaros said on Thursday that Eric Holder is "an attorney general for the criminal" while arguing that the Obama administration is at least partially to blame for the shooting of two police officers in Ferguson, Mo., early Thursday.

    "Eric Holder has proven, time again, he is an attorney general for the criminal, by the criminal, and of the criminals in the United States of America," Tantaros said.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • The Republican tactic of attempting to torpedo the ongoing negotiations between President Obama and the Iranian Government has backfired in a spectacular way. As a result of the letter, over 200,000 Americans are now calling for charges of treason to be filed against the 47 Republican senators who masterminded the letter.

    A petition filed with on Monday has more than 200,000 signatures as of mid-Thursday afternoon. Just to be clear; various right-wing rallies planned days in advance could only dream of this sort of turn out.

    The White House must respond to any petition that gets 100,000 signatures in 30 days. This one netted more than twice that in four.

    The petition calls for the rogue senators to be charged under the Logan Act, which dates from 1799 and forbids unauthorized citizens, including senators, from negotiating with foreign governments. Now, the law is out-of-date and probably wouldn't be applicable in court, but the sheer volume of signatures means the White House will have to add its own response.

    The word "traitor" doesn't appear anywhere on the official petition; it stems from a Twitter hashtag that was trending when the petition went viral - "#47Traitors."

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • Reply to

    A letter from Iran to 47 Republican Traitors

    by pilodialcyst Mar 13, 2015 12:11 PM
    pilodialcyst pilodialcyst Mar 13, 2015 2:08 PM Flag

    It was hilarious !!!!

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • Reply to

    Another Second Amendment Patriot

    by al.gore26 Mar 13, 2015 12:50 PM
    pilodialcyst pilodialcyst Mar 13, 2015 12:59 PM Flag


    Comedy GOLD!!!!

    A mere high school graduate
    Socially isolated

    The fool fit the profile for an ammosexual.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • Reply to

    A letter from Iran to 47 Republican Traitors

    by pilodialcyst Mar 13, 2015 12:11 PM
    pilodialcyst pilodialcyst Mar 13, 2015 12:15 PM Flag

    We also very much admire the principal author of your letter, Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas. Sen. Cotton, like many of our young militiamen, served in combat in Iraq and believes that he is an instrument of God. Some may consider him too young to assert dominion over your country’s foreign policy, at 37 years of age and with only two years of political experience. But we in Iran appreciate his vigor. He reminds us of the young men who seized your embassy here in 1979, two years after he was born. Those brave young revolutionaries did not wait for guidance from their elders.

    In Iran, all educational institutions are governed by our Cultural Revolution Council, which safeguards the faith of the people. We have been unable to locate such a council in your federal government. However, we recently learned that the state board of education in Sen. Cruz’s state, Texas, controls through its purchasing power the content of textbooks throughout your country. The board has used this power to limit the teaching of evolution and promote the celebration of your country as a Christian nation. Our cultural council protects Islam in the same way.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • Reply to

    A letter from Iran to 47 Republican Traitors

    by pilodialcyst Mar 13, 2015 12:11 PM
    pilodialcyst pilodialcyst Mar 13, 2015 12:12 PM Flag

    Your letter explains that our discussions with your president have been in vain because “anything not approved by Congress is a mere executive agreement,” which can easily be cast aside by a future president or Congress. Under your Constitution, as you point out, “the president may serve only two 4-year terms, whereas senators may serve an unlimited number of 6-year terms.” Therefore, the ultimate authority to make and interpret your country’s policies resides with you, not with your president. As you note, “President Obama will leave office in January 2017, while most of us will remain in office well beyond then—perhaps decades.”

    Your Republican Congress is much like our revolutionary Islamic councils.
    We were delighted to read this sentence. What you have described—a circle of overseers who work in perpetuity to restrain the president—is very familiar to us. Our president, like yours, is limited to two consecutive four-year terms. His powers are also severely circumscribed. He has a national security council, but he and his council do not establish our nation’s policies.

    In our system, true power lies with the chamber that oversees the president. For you, this chamber is the Senate, controlled by your Republican caucus. For us, it is the Council of Guardians. Members of our council, like members of your Senate, serve six-year terms. The council may veto any legislation, which, in its judgment, violates our republic’s guiding body of law. For us, that body of law is Sharia.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • Dear senators:

    Thank you for your letter of March 9 explaining your system of government. We were unfamiliar with the complexity of your laws. For three years we have been negotiating a nuclear energy agreement with your president. We now realize our mistake. As your letter makes clear, the authority to establish such agreements on behalf of your country rests with your Congress.

    We are in your debt for this clarification. Moreover, your letter has prompted us to undertake a broader study of the American political system. What we have learned has opened our eyes. For 35 years, we have treated you as an adversary. Our intelligence agencies told us that your culture and your political system were radically different from ours. We now understand that we were misled. Your country is much like ours. Indeed, your Republican Congress is much like our revolutionary Islamic councils. We are brothers.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • Toronto Ted ventured outside the Fox News Liars bubble of make-believe and addressed sane, educated, not elderly adults. Oooops. THAT was a mistake.No one had anything good to say about Cruz. "I had to take a shower after listening to that," said Washington state IAFF leader Ricky Walsh.

    And that's after all Toronto Teds problem, or more accurately the CPAC problem writ large. The kind of apocalyptic rhetoric necessary in order to get a rise out of the hard-right base in the hard-right Fox News Liars bubble Ted Cruz and other candidates usually confine themselves to sounds (rightly) like the ravings of a lunatic to other, less conservative audiences.

    It used to be a bit easier for Republican politicians to finesse the differences, but as any watcher of the Republican House can attest those days are long past. The current crop of conservative stars was picked because they have no interest in that finesse, but instead were elected based on precisely how far-right they were willing to position themselves.
    So we get spectacles like this, with actual elected officials like Ted Cruz telling audiences of moderates that he wants to abolish the IRS and move IRS agents to the border to guard against tha immigrants, and the audience (rightly) looking at him like he's a strange carnival exhibit.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • Since 2012, more than 20 states have rejected Obamacare funds to expand Medicaid because of Republican opposition, and the administration has had little recourse beyond rhetoric and a willingness to accommodate alternative programs more palatable to conservatives to change their minds. The states have held all the cards.

    Until now.

    The feds find themselves with some leverage, intentionally or not, and state lawmakers in one of the biggest holdouts—Florida—are feeling the pressure.

    Florida has more than $1 billion in federal Medicaid funding that will expire this summer, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has already said that that funding, which helps compensate health care providers that serve a lot of uninsured and low-income Floridians, won't be renewed as is. Legislators are now rushing to take up Medicaid expansion this month.

    For some who watch this stuff closely, the administration does seem to be making a play.

    The Health and Human Services Department "appears to be using its leverage to try to convince recalcitrant states to do the expansion," said Matt Salo, executive director of the National Association of Medicaid Directors.

    Florida might actually be the start of a new round of Medicaid-expansion debates. Texas, the biggest get left for the Obama administration with its nearly 1 million people in the expansion gap, also has some Medicaid funding that helps cover uncompensated care that will run out in 2016.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • And that is good news indeed. The first big item is that solar physicist Wei-Hock “Willie” Soon appears to be firmly in the pocket of fossil fuel interests. He is not a climate scientist, but he’s published papers linking changes in the Sun’s output to Earth’s temperature, claiming that it’s the Sun heating us up, not human-generated carbon dioxide.

    His claims about the science have been pretty thoroughly torn apart by climate scientists dating back as far as 2003 and have also been refuted on the Skeptical Science site as well. Despite the claims, the Sun’s output has marginally decreased in recent years, while temperatures on Earth go up.

    Greenpeace obtained FOIA documents showing Soon received more than $1 million of funding from Big Oil over the past few years. A funding source isn’t necessarily damning, except for two things. One is that Soon neglected to mention his funding in nearly a dozen papers he’s published, and that is a huge, huge, no-no in science. If you have a potential conflict of interest, you report it.

    The other is that given that his science has been refuted, coupled with his funding, his repeated claims that human CO2 pollution isn’t causing global warming are pretty suspicious. When you find out his funding has come from Exxon, the American Petroleum Institute, and the Koch brothers, well, yikes.

    What I find funny is that groups like the Heartland Institute—remember them, when they likened climate scientists to ruthless dictators and serial killers?—are defending Soon, when they were screaming bloody murder over the ridiculous “Climategate” nontroversy. For denial groups like them it’s all about sowing doubt.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • Goodness Droolers, as every day brings out more clear evidence of global warming, Alaska is reeling from the warm weather. Earlier this winter, Monica Zappa packed up her crew of Alaskan sled dogs and headed south, in search of snow. “We haven’t been able to train where we live for two months,” she said.

    Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, which Zappa calls home, has been practically tropical this winter. Rick Thoman, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Alaska, has been dumbfounded. “Homer, Alaska, keeps setting record after record, and I keep looking at the data like, Has the temperature sensor gone out or something?“

    Something does seem to be going on in Alaska. Last fall, a skipjack tuna, which is more likely to be found in the Galápagos than near a glacier, was caught about 150 miles southeast of Anchorage, not far from the Kenai. This past weekend, race organizers had to truck in snow to the ceremonial Iditarod start line in Anchorage. Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska tweeted a photo of one of the piles of snow with the hashtag #wemakeitwork.

    This is actually extremely bad news for the earth, and our grandchildren.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • pilodialcyst pilodialcyst Mar 11, 2015 3:54 PM Flag

    Get out your home school science book......

    Ooops. That was the problem.

    How might snow pack NOT affect Utah water supply?

    Next, can you provide evidence that the findings about the relationship between snow pack loss and water loss were falsified?

    What other possibilities may explain the water loss?

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • Ok droolers. I have a toughie. So tough, that I have included the answer. But try anyway.

    Which GOP presidential hopeful delivered the following words?

    “We have seen tax-and-tax, spend-and-spend reach a fantastic total greater than in all the previous … years of our Republic. … Beyond this plush curtain of tax and spend, three sinister spooks or ghosts are mixing poison for the American people. They are the shades of Mussolini, with his bureaucratic fascism; of Karl Marx, and his socialism; and of Lord Keynes, with his perpetual government spending, deficits, and inflation. And we added a new ideology of our own. That is government give-away programs.”

    Hint: It wasn’t Ted Cruz, Scott Walker, Rand Paul, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, or Jeb Bush.

    It was Herbert Hoover. Note that Hoover didn’t have a sterling record on the economy. When president, he presided over the Great Crash of 1929 and ushered in the Great Depression.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • pilodialcyst pilodialcyst Mar 11, 2015 3:43 PM Flag

    Um,..... back to reality. How does water loss in Utah conflate with a PAC?

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • pilodialcyst pilodialcyst Mar 11, 2015 3:40 PM Flag

    Remember home schooler, when one compares the Reagan years to years in prison, his is the most corrupt an felonious in US history.

    Now for a bit of evidence of felony acts by Tip O'Neil, Ted Kennedy, or Harry Reid?

    Or did your home school curriculum blind you to the fact that they never committed any of the felonies committed by Reagans henchmen?

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • pilodialcyst pilodialcyst Mar 11, 2015 1:48 PM Flag

    How do you conflate water availability loss with a PAC?

    What thought processes caused this to occur?

    Was this part of your home school curriculum?

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • As the Northeast starts to emerge from its winter whites, other areas in the country are questioning whether it actually snowed enough this year.
    Threats to Utah’s snowpack levels are the biggest climate change challenge facing Salt Lake City, according to Mayor Ralph Becker, a member of the President’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience and this year’s National League of Cities president.
    “The way we provide all of our water for well over a century now is changing,” he told ThinkProgress after Monday’s general session at the National League of Cities Conference in Washington, D.C., which focused on how climate change is affecting infrastructure across the nation.
    Utah is the second-most arid state in the nation, and its water supply comes largely from the snowpack left in the surrounding mountains at the end of winter.
    “We have built all our infrastructure for water around the snowpack,” Becker said.
    And as of this month, Salt Lake City’s snowpack is at 69 percent of the 30-year average, according to the National Resources Conservation Center.
    In January, a hydrologist told a local news station that northern Utah’s temperatures had averaged five degrees higher than normal over the second half of 2014. That’s “incredibly significant when you talk about snowpack,” the National Weather Service’s Brian McInerney told the Fox affiliate. Warmer weather, McInerney said, has helped cause more precipitation to fall as rain instead of snow, which has contributed to Salt Lake City’s low snowpack.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • With release of the offensive and racist e-mails sent from the offices of Ferguson Missouri, Rachel Maddow played back clips of the Fox News Liars Megyn Kelly stating Tuesday night that "there are very few companies in America," where, if you searched their email database, you would not find racist or offensive messages.

    "I don't get emails from my colleagues like that!" Maddow burst out. "Maybe those kinds of emails happen where you work."

    She went on to mock the Fox News Liars in typical Maddow fashion:

    "This sort of thing is normal for the American workplace. Very few companies in America are not sending around work emails about lazy, unemployed black people and the black president being a monkey. That's normal! That's American business!"

    "Fox News Channel says that's normal," the host concluded.

    True. HAAAAAAAAA!!!!!

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

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