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Archive for the day “March 14, 2013”

Some for me but none for thee – ’14 GOP Congressmen Who Think Government Shouldn’t Borrow Have Big Debts Of Their Own’

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•’House Budget Committee Member Tom Rice (R-SC)’
‘Reported five mortgages totaling over $4 million’.

•’House Budget Committee Member Diane Black (R-TN)’
‘Reported four mortgages on three properties, totaling more
than $3 million’.

•’House Budget Committee Member Roger Williams (R-TX)’

‘Reported more than $2.5 million in business debts’.

•’House Budget Committee Member Scott Rigell (R-VA)’
‘Reported $1.5 million in lines of credit, a $500,000-plus
mortgage, and over $10,000 in credit card debt’.

•’House Budget Committee Member Bill Flores (R-TX)’
‘Reported two mortgages on residences totaling over $1.5
million’.

•’House Republican Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA)’
”Reported three mortgages totaling at least $1 million’.

•’House Budget Committee Member Vicky Hartzler (R-MO)’
‘Reported five real estate mortgages totaling more than
$900,000′.

•’House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris-Rodgers
(R-WA)’
‘Reported three mortgages totalling more than $600,000 and a
student loan of at least $10,000′.

•’House Budget Committee Member Reid Ribble (R-WI)’
‘Reported several mortgages on properties and a home equity
line of credit, totaling several hundred thousand dollars’.

•’House Budget Committee Member Rob Woodall (R-GA)’
‘Reported two mortgages totaling more than $150,000′.

•’House Budget Committee Member Alan Nunnelee (R-MS)’
‘ Reported four mortgages on two properties, totaling more
than $145,000′.

•’House Budget Committee Member James Lankford (R-OK)’
‘Reported that he “is a slave” to Bank of America, with whom
he has a mortgage of more than $100,000′.

•’House Republican Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)’
‘Reported a mortgage of over $100,000′.

•’House Budget Committee Member Sean Duffy (R-WI)’
‘Reported two mortgages totaling more than $150,000, a line
of credit, and a student loan of more than $50,000’.
From :
http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/03/14/1717901/14-gop-co
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Blog Running – ‘Just 90 Days Since Sandy Hook, 2,680 People Have Died Due To Firearms In The US’

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‘It has been exactly ninety days since the Massacre of Sandy Hook. Ninety days for the country to look at solutions to stop, or at least slow down gun violence’.

‘On the federal level, over 40 bills have been introduced, though none have made it out of committee’.

‘The ninety day marker gives us time to pause to see what has happened, what is happening now and what we can expect to happen as the subject of gun violence is on the table’.

‘Since the Sandy Hook tragedy, over 2680 Americans have been killed by gun violence’.

‘At least 181 of them were under 20 years old…

’46 of them under 12 years old’.

‘There have been over 2050 deaths in 2013 alone insuring that, yet again we will have over 10,000 Americans killed by gun violence’.

‘And that does not include the near 20,000 that will die by suicide with firearms’.

‘But there is another comparison that is not as favorable. The US Congress, post 9/11 acted within six weeks to implement the Patriot Act’.

‘In 1955 photographs of Emmett Till’s shot, mutilated, barbed wire tied body were shown to the world by a mother that wanted everyone to see what bigotry and hatred did to her 14 year old boy. From that event the Civil Rights movement began’.

‘In 1965 we saw photographs of African-American men in Selma, Alabama being brutally beaten, hosed and sprayed with tear gas for marching across a bridge. Five months later the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed and signed by a very pissed off Lyndon Johnson’.

‘In 1968 and 1969 the world saw photographs of three severe acts of terror, 500 civilians at My Lai in Vietnam who were killed by US soldiers, a prisoner shot in the head by a South Vietnamese general and in June 1968, Robert Kennedy lay dead from an assassin’s bullet’.

‘The first two events turned the tide of support for the Vietnam war’.

‘The third, Senator Kennedy’s death brought, just four months later the passage and signing of the Gun Control Act of 1968, a bill that had been languishing in Congress prior to the deaths of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr’.
From : http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/03/14/just-90-days-since-sandy-hook-2680-people-have-died-due-to-firearms-in-the-us/

 

Why America Is Failing – ‘Cable News Obsessively Covers Cuts To White House Tours, Virtually Ignores Cuts To Programs For The Poor’

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‘The media has also latched on to preserve the White House
tours, while largely ignoring other much more devastating
sequester cuts’.

‘As Ari Melber of The Nation pointed out on Wednesday, there
are 12,000 news stories concerning White House tours and less
than 1,000 about the sequester’s impact on housing assistance
programs, which disproportionately affect low-income
Americans’.
From : http://thinkprogress.org/media/2013/03/14/1714281/cable-news-obsessesively-covers-cuts-to-white-house-tours-virtually-ignores-cuts-to-programs-for-the-poor/

 

‘Bushwack Boogie’ – ‘Bush School Students Surprise President Bush with Flash Mob at Texas A&M’

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While I was never a huge fan of his politics, President George H. W. Bush is someone who did serve his Country and serve very well.

This was a great tribute via a flash mob for him.

Stories From The Fringe – ‘Family Research Council: ‘Unmarried People Should Be Denied Birth Control And Punished For Having Sex’

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The religious right.

We need to do things their way because their Bible says so.

‘The right-wing Family Research Council is now going a step further, suggesting the young Americans who have premarital sex should be punished because they don’t deserve the right to engage in sexual intercourse’.

Senior FRC fellow Pat Fagan :

FAGAN: “The court decided that single people have the right to contraceptives”.

“What’s that got to do with marriage”?

“Everything, because what the Supreme Court essentially said is single people have the right to engage in sexual intercourse. Well, societies have always forbidden that, there were laws against it”.

“It’s not the contraception, everybody thinks it’s about contraception, but what this court case said was young people have the right to engage in sex outside of marriage”.

“Society never gave young people that right, functioning societies don’t do that”.

“They stop it”.

“They punish it”.

“They corral people”.

“They shame people”.
From : http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/03/13/1714551/frc-premarital-sex-punish/

 

Stories From The fringe – teabagger Alert! – ‘These People Sound Like Nuts’

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In Texas, teabaggers go wild ’cause “Liberals is teaching stuff we ain’t approved.”

“The schools have declared war on our children in the form of C-SCOPE curriculum — COMMUNIST, MARXIST, PROGRESSIVE, LEFTIST DOGMA, PROPAGANDA, AND INDOCTRINATION at the expense of taxpayers!”

‘The ad (sent to us by a TFN supporter) promoted a February 28 Tea Party event in the Hill Country town of Marble Falls west of Austin’.

‘The presenter is one of at least two who have been carrying their anti-CSCOPE circus act to Tea Party and local Republican Party events around Texas’.

‘To recap, CSCOPE is a curriculum management tool developed through a collaboration of regional Education Service Centers set up by the state in the 1960s. The purpose of the service centers is to provide support to public school districts. CSCOPE guides districts in how to cover the state’s curriculum standards and includes sample lessons teachers can use’.
From : http://tfninsider.org/2013/03/12/these-people-sound-nuts/

 

Why it’s called the ‘Stupid Party’ – GOP Congressman Says Supreme Court Doesn’t Actually Get To Decide Whether Laws Are Constitutional’

Jim Bridenstine

Actually they do……..Or at least in the copy of the Constitution I have……

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/03/13/1712431/jim-bridenstine-supreme-court/#ooid=U4dXcwYTotjkcDzYtGWr_r1F8_nMouoQ

‘Still smarting over last year’s ruling upholding Obamacare, freshman Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) dismissed the idea that the Supreme Court decides whether or not laws are constitutional’.

BRIDENSTINE: “Just because the Supreme Court rules on something doesn’t necessarily mean that that’s constitutional”.

“So what we have to do as a body of Congress is say, “look, just because the courts” – and I hear this all the time from Republicans – they say that the court is the arbitrator and after the arbitration is done, that’s the rules we have to live under and we can go forth and make legislation given those rules. That’s not the case. A perfect example if Obamacare. Obamacare is not constitutional”.
From : http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/03/13/1712431/jim-bridenstine-supreme-court/

What Congress Does – ‘Congress’ socialist retirement plan exempted from budget cuts’

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‘So Congress finally took a stab at cutting back their luxurious socialist paid-for-by-you-and-me pension plan that’s nearly double the best pension plan in the private sector’.

‘But there’s a catch. They exempted current and past members of Congress from the cuts – it only applies to the new guys’.

‘Funny, but I don’t recall the sequester, or the proposed cuts to Medicare and Social Security, only applying to people not born yet’.
From : http://americablog.com/2013/03/congress-socialist-retirement-plan-exempt-cuts.html

 

What Congress Does – ‘Pro-Gun Measures Snuck into New Government Funding Bill’

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I’d hoped that at the very, very least we’d get complete background checks excluding family.

Now it looks like, on the federal level, there will be no ‘gun control’ legislation passing.

And where is the public out cry?

20 children murdered?

And what ‘demands’ our attention?

A Pope that few will listen to and the ‘freedom’ to drink all the sugary soft drinks we want!!!

American priorities.

‘The spending bill the Senate is debating is designed to keep the government from shutting down later this month. It would finance federal agencies through September’.

WASHINGTON (AP) — ‘A bipartisan Senate bill preventing a federal shutdown would make four long-standing gun protections permanent, including one preventing the Justice Department from requiring firearms dealers to conduct inventories to make sure weapons haven’t been stolen, congressional aides from both parties said’.

‘Another provision made permanent would prevent the government from changing the definition of antique guns, which can sometimes be easier to obtain than modern weapons’.

‘Two others would block the department from denying a license to firearms dealers who report no business activity, and require the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to include language in firearms data stating that the information can’t be used to make conclusions about gun crimes’.

‘Aides said that since at least 2004, the annual spending bill financing the Justice Department has carried six pro-gun provisions that Congress has enacted for a year at a time’.

‘They say that for this year’s bill, the Republican-led House wanted to make all six of them permanent’.

‘In a deal, four were made permanent in exchange for the House dropping a seventh provision — opposed by Democrats — barring the government from requiring gun dealers to report some sales of two or more rifles and shotguns said to be popular with Mexican drug cartels’.
From : http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/pro-gun-measures-snuck-into-new-government-funding-bill.php

 

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