Found this over at Outside the Beltway :
Play magic fingers…Play
(Flash back to 1966…The Monkees and guitar master Michael Nesmith)
You’re gonna want to sit down for this one…..
‘Yeah, Sunny’s cute, and I’ve loved Bo from day one. But all is not well in winger land over the new puppy. Yes, the right wing media contingent has even found a way to “other” the Obamas’ dogs’!
‘Tucker Carlson’s Daily Caller spilled the beans’.
‘First, they inject a meaningless statistic into a mention of Sunny’s birthplace’:
“It’s a dog named “Sunny.” Apparently it’s a girl and it was born in 2012 in Michigan, where the unemployment rate was 8.8 percent last month. It is the Obamas’ second dog, after “Bo.”
‘Did the birth of a puppy in Michigan somehow contribute to the unemployment rate, the reader wonders’?
‘Or was it just a way for Tuckie’s cohorts to stick it to the President while reporting a cute puppy story’.
‘Either way, it’s not really the gist of the article. No, dear readers’.
‘HERE is the gist from the Daily Caller’:
“With the addition of Sunny, the Obamas now have two black Portuguese water dogs”.
“The Obamas do not have any white dogs”.
‘ZOMG, black people are racist dog owners because they don’t have any white dogs. Only black dogs’.
‘WE TOLD YOU ALL ALONG, you people’!
‘Seriously, you cannot make this stuff up. They only have black dogs. No white dogs. Except, well, there aren’t really any white Portuguese water dogs’.
‘Most PWDs, especially those shown in conformation shows, are entirely black, black and white, brown, or silver-tipped. However, in Portugal the breed standard does not allow more than 30% white markings’.
‘So the Portuguese are in on it too’.
‘It’s a CONSPIRACY’.
‘A plot to marginalize white dogs’.
From : http://crooksandliars.com/karoli/terrible-obama-black-dog-conspiracy
It seems it’s not just the Republican politicians that are stupid.
Rank and file Republicans are just as if not more stupid.
Now just where do you get your (cough) news from Republicans?
The Daily Caller?
‘A significant chunk of Louisiana Republicans evidently believe that President Barack Obama is to blame for the poor response to the hurricane that ravaged their state more than three years before he took office’.
‘The latest survey from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling, provided exclusively to TPM, showed an eye-popping divide among Republicans in the Bayou State when it comes to accountability for the government’s post-Katrina blunders’.
‘Twenty-eight percent said they think former President George W. Bush, who was in office at the time, was more responsible for the poor federal response while 29 percent said Obama, who was still a freshman U.S. Senator when the storm battered the Gulf Coast in 2005, was more responsible’.
‘Nearly half of Louisiana Republicans — 44 percent — said they aren’t sure who to blame’.
From : http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/poll-louisiana-gopers-unsure-if-katrina-response-was
‘Traditionally, food stamps have been less stigmatized than other welfare benefits’.
‘Two-thirds of beneficiaries from the the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are children, elderly, or people with disabilities’.
‘Benefits are modest, with the average recipient receiving about $133 per month’.
‘It’s hard to begrudge poor people, especially poor children, access to food’.
‘Yet that’s started to change in recent years. Because of the recession, caseloads have grown from 26 million in 2007 to 46 million four years later. SNAP expenditures have increased from $35 billion in 2007 to $80 billion in 2012’.
‘In response, House leaders are now proposing to cut $40 billion from SNAP over time. They also want to allow states to drug-test SNAP applicants’.
‘The drug testing of SNAP recipients is yet another ideological sideshow that disfigures substance-abuse policy. It falsely implies that substance use disorders are a widespread cause of welfare dependence. It also implies, again falsely, that these disorders are highly concentrated among recipients of public aid’.
‘Using 2011 data from the National Survey of Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), we looked at the behaviors and circumstances of adults ages 18-64 whose households received SNAP’.
‘The basic pattern is shown in Figure 1, which compares SNAP recipients ages 18-64 (the blue bars’)
‘With non-recipients (red bars’)
‘On various measures of substance use and actual use disorders. The green bars then show the additional risk associated with SNAP receipt’.
‘Sure enough, SNAP recipients are somewhat more likely than others to use or misuse illicit substances’.
‘About 24 percent of SNAP recipients and 16 percent of those who don’t get SNAP have used at least one illicit substance in the past year’.
‘This drops to 13.1 percent for SNAP recipients and 7.5 percent for non-recipients if one excludes marijuana’.
‘Note, however, that the actual prevalence of illicit substance use disorders remains quite low’.
‘Only about 5.3 percent among SNAP recipients who are only about 1.7 percentage-points more likely to have such disorders than comparable non-recipients’.
‘And if one excludes marijuana, then abuse or dependence of other illicit substances is rare within the SNAP population’.
‘By far the most common substance use disorders among SNAP recipients (and among the general population) arise from alcohol use—behaviors generally left undetected by drug-testing’.
From : http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/08/21/house-republicans-want-drug-tests-for-food-stamp-recipients-theres-no-good-reason-for-that/?wpisrc=nl_wnkpm
Now tell me again how Republican legislators aren’t ‘out of touch’ with people with the House Republicans voting 40 times to repeal it while not once putting forth a replacement and yet now more Republicans are signing up then even Democrats.
“Obamacare may have become a partisan issue, but more Republicans than Democrats have signed up for one of its most popular provisions,” NBC News reports’.
“One of the most popular provisions of the law lets people age 26 and younger stay on their parents’ health insurance… They found that by last March, 63 percent of young adults identifying as Republicans had enrolled in a parent’s health plan in the last 12 months, compared to 45 percent of those who considered themselves Democrats.”
From : http://wonkwire.rollcall.com/2013/08/21/more-young-republicans-use-key-obamacare-provision/
Profits above people….
This is what’s called a failure of imagination. Not being able to see or think past today. So rather then imagine possibilities…..we’ll just control the size of the population and that will make our oil supplies last longer.
We don’t need alternatives.
‘Oil billionaire Harold Hamm sat down for an interview a few days ago with the National Journal’s Amy Harder’.
‘Hamm’s company, Continental Resources, controls the most drilling rights in the Bakken and Three Forks oil fields in the Dakotas and Montana’.
‘Of course Hamm, who was an advisor to Mitt Romney and who was ranked by Forbes as the 90th richest person in the world, spent a lot of time during the interview defending big oil and the subsidies oil companies receive from the federal government (“I need them [subsidies] to refine our oil,” he says at one point.)’.
‘As one might expect, Hamm is not a fan of the Obama administration’s energy policies. When asked about them, he said ‘:
“I think there has just been a bias against fossil fuels…It would be very, very good if we didn’t have a government that was intent on putting us out of business. They don’t like oil and gas. They don’t like fossil fuels. They want to end us”.
‘A curious comment coming from someone like Harold Hamm, who certainly has to know that domestic oil production is up under President Obama’.
‘But the most interesting part of the interview came when Hamm was asked about renewable energy. After observing that he doesn’t “listen to [President Obama] a whole lot,” Hamm offered a rather unusual suggestion for reducing the need to develop renewable energy sources’:
“Overpopulation—that probably hurts the environment more than anything”.
“Are we going to provide rules to stop overpopulating areas in Africa? Middle Eastern countries? Probably should. China did. Stop overpopulating areas with people. Should we in the U.S.? Maybe we should think about that, if we’re truly concerned about that. Overpopulation is probably the biggest concern for the environment”.
“More people, more energy”.
‘So there you have it. A leading Republican donor and energy advisor advocates population control; not just in those dusty little third world countries, but here in the good ol’ U.S of A’.
From : http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/08/21/harold-hamm-population-control/