Be My Yoko Ono
Is any one really shocked?
‘Today was the last day of CPAC, and the honor of being the final speaker for the convention was given to former half-term half-wit governor, Sarah Palin’.
‘Her speech was characterized by the usual touting of “conservative principles”, and mangling of the English language, but there was definitely one noteworthy portion that I thought was amusing. The twittering twit of the tundra decided to invoke the Dr. Seuss classic, Green Eggs and Ham to attack Obama, the Democrats, and pretty much anyone that Palin didn’t like’:
“I do not like this, Uncle Sam”.
“I do not like this healthcare scam”.
“I do not like these dirty crooks”
“Or how they lie and cook the books”
“I do not like when Congress steals”
“I do not like their crony deals”
“I do not like ‘oh yes, we can'”
“I do not like this spending spree”
“We’re smart, we know nothing’s free”
“I do not like reporters’ smug replies”
“When I complain about their lies”
“I do not like this kind of hope”
“And we won’t take it”
“Nope, nope, nope”!
‘Many have already pointed out the fact that Dr. Seuss probably wouldn’t be too pleased with the idea of his work being used by an ultraconservative nitwit like Palin’.
‘But there’s another reason I decided to highlight this’.
‘It turns out that as “clever” as this little limerick was, it wasn’t even original’!
‘This was in fact, from a chain e-mail (which Palin modified around the edges) that’s been floating around since as far back as 2010’:
“I do not like this Uncle Sam, I do not like his health care scam”.
“I do not like these dirty crooks, or how they lie and cook the books”.
“I do not like when Congress steals”,
“I do not like their secret deals”.
“I do not like this speaker, Nan “,
“I do not like this ‘YES WE CAN’”.
“I do not like this spending spree”,
“I’m smart, I know that nothing’s free”,
“I do not like your smug replies, when I complain about your lies”.
“I do not like this kind of hope”.
“I do not like it. nope, nope, nope”!
‘Posted by Xenos at 9:39 PM’
From : http://www.readingisforsnobs.com/2014/03/shocking-sarah-palins-green-eggs-and.html
Politico: “House Republican leaders are planning to bring up three changes to Obamacare next week — but unlike dozens of prior bills, these are more minor measures that are not expected to be controversial’.
‘All three bills essentially fix drafting errors, perceived oversights or unintended consequences in the president’s Affordable Care Act’.
‘They have bipartisan support and are scheduled to be considered under a suspension of the rules, which limits debate and requires support from two-thirds of House members — a signal that leaders of both parties do not expect any heated debate.”
And of course by saving her over $1000, she doesn’t like the new plan.
According to Julie….”It’s Obama’s fault.”
Washington— ‘A Dexter cancer patient featured in a conservative group’s TV ad campaign denouncing her new health care coverage as “unaffordable” will save more than $1,000 this year’.
‘Julie Boonstra, 49, starred last month in an emotional television ad sponsored by Americans for Prosperity that implied Democratic U.S. Rep. Gary Peters’ vote for the Affordable Care Act made her medication so “unaffordable” she could die. Peters of Bloomfield Township is running for an open U.S. Senate seat against Republican Terri Lynn Land’.
‘The Detroit News and fact checkers last month cast doubt on the accuracy of the TV ad. On Monday, Boonstra acknowledged which health plan she chose, offering the first evidence of cost savings’.
‘It means the new plan will save her at least $1,200 compared with her former insurance plan she preferred that was ended under Obamacare’s coverage requirements’.
From : http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140310/LIFESTYLE03/303100100
‘Watching what looks like a cosmonaut slipping away from the International Space Station in an uncontrolled spin is utterly horrifying’.
‘Seeing the camera track the motionless suit as it orbits nearby in a slowly deteriorating orbit for months on end until- finally!- burning up in the Earth’s atmosphere on re-entry is worse and, somehow, seems almost merciful’.
‘Even after you know the truth, that this was part of an ISS experiment and the empty suit was really rigged up as a student satellite named “SuitSat 1?, it’s still über creepy’.
‘The whole thing seems like a low-budget version of Alfonso Cuarón’s overly intense 2013 movie, Gravity. Only somehow darkly, sickeningly worse’.
‘Over at Sploid, NASA intern Sam Wilkinson described the concept behind SuitSat 1 as “quite simple, put some simple electronics (radio communications system, telemetry) into a Russian Orlan spacesuit, then throw it out of the airlock.”
“According to Frank Bauer of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, “SuitSat is a Russian brainstorm, some of our Russian partners in the ISS program … had an idea: Maybe we can turn old spacesuits into useful satellites.” Aside from broadcasting voice messages from students around the world, and some telemetry data, SuitSat-1 also looked really eerie”.
From : http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/03/10/watch-in-horror-as-gravity-plays-out-in-real-life-with-suitsat-1/
‘One in 3 women are living in or on the verge of poverty — nationwide, that’s 42 million women and 28 million children who depend on them’.
‘So it seems pretty obvious that women would be paying attention when Republicans (aided in many cases by Democrats) slash food assistance programs at a time of record need’.
‘Congress voted in February to cut $9 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program over the next ten years, just two months after $11 billion had already been slashed from the program when a 2009 benefits increase expired. These reductions have cost families an average of $90 each month, a heavy hit for those already struggling to keep food on the table’.
‘Republican indifference to the millions of women facing food insecurity becomes that much more striking when you consider that the $9 billion in cuts in the final bill was a dramatic reduction from the outrageous $40 billion House Republicans originally demanded’.
‘Women care about voting rights because women vote. More than men, actually’.
‘Low-income women may struggle to obtain the necessary ID because accessing birth records and other documentation can be costly and out of reach for many’.
‘Women over the age of 65 — who outnumber men over the age of 65 — are also less likely to have a form of identification required by these new laws’.
‘Women are also more likely than men to be enrolled in college, and students who attend out of state universities are disproportionately impacted by voter ID laws’.
‘These laws threaten the votes of married women who may have changed or hyphenated their names’.
‘They jeopardize the rights of trans women, who can face several obstacles while trying to obtain an ID that reflects their name and gender’.
‘Voter ID laws are, generally speaking, bad for women’.
‘Two out of every 3 minimum wage workers is a woman, and many of those women are also mothers or the primary caregivers in their households’.
‘Despite widespread support across gender and party lines, Republican lawmakers almost uniformly oppose a modest raise to the minimum wage, making the party’s appeals to women’s “pocketbooks” particularly laughable’.
‘Raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to a meager $10.10 an hour would boost earnings for 28 million workers, and would help lift millions of women out of poverty’.
‘More than 25 percent of low-wage and low-income workers are single mothers, but at the current minimum wage, a woman who works full-time can expect to make an average of $14,500 each year’.
‘That’s $4,000 dollars less than the poverty level for a mother of two children’.
‘This time last year, Gayle Trotter, a senior fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum, became something of a conservative celebrity when she testified at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence that “guns make women safer.” Trotter celebrated what she called the power of “scary-looking guns” to help women defend themselves against “hardened violent criminals.”
‘As I argued at the time, Trotter’s views on women and guns are not based in reality’.
‘According to recent data, more than 60 percent of women killed by a firearm in 2010 were murdered by a current or former intimate partner’.
‘And far from protecting women, the presence of a firearm during a domestic violence incident increases the likelihood of a homicide by a staggering 500 percent’.
‘The recent Republican fight in Arizona and elsewhere in the country to let private companies discriminate against LGBTQ people puts them out of step with even moderates in the GOP, but it puts them even further out of step with LGBTQ women voters and their allies’.
‘But it’s not just about Arizona’.
‘Despite widespread support for the Employer Non-Discrimination Act, House Speaker John Boehner has said that he sees “no basis or need” for the legislation to protect workers from discrimination based on sexual or gender identity’.
‘The measure passed in the Senate, but has yet to come to a vote in the House because of Republican opposition to the measure’.
From : http://www.salon.com/2014/03/10/the_rights_other_war_on_women_5_ways_the_assault_is_about_way_more_than_abortion
First this guy wants to pass legislation that allows pharmacies NOT to stock or sell Plan B and now he wants it to be ‘women’s fault’, yes he actually said that, ‘women’s fault’ if they DON’T take Plan B and get pregnant.
‘Despite the known electoral dangers awaiting male Republicans who think they know better than rape victims about how rape victims should act and feel, the allure of rape philosophizing lives on’.
‘The latest entrant is Missouri state legislator David Sater, who is sponsoring a bill that would extend the waiting period for an abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours’.
‘Naturally, there’s no rape exception, and naturally, Sater’s got some strong words about the irresponsibility of rape victims to justify not including one’.
“If the woman found out she was pregnant three or four weeks down the line, they had made the decision not to do some preventative things like Plan B.”
‘Sater may believe that women need to be swift in their Plan B procurement, but he also apparently thinks that it should be very difficult for women to procure Plan B’.
‘So, rape victims: You’re expected to get it together so quickly post-rape that you don’t forget to take emergency contraception, even though you’re not allowed to expect any pharmacies to actually stock the stuff’.
‘Also, despite his focus on emergency contraception, it appears Sater has no idea that it has a 5-11 percent failure rate, which means that some of those rape victims that he blames for not taking Plan B fast enough did, in fact, do so’.
So………when Congress does not pass legislation to fund the Government it’s no longer a ‘shutdown’ according to former Governor and now Congressman Mark Sanford.
“The government didn’t shut down,” Sanford said. “I mean everyone likes to describes it as such … the president in some cases shut down parts of government that were most visible to people. People were still getting their Social Security checks. They’re still enacting … enrolled in Medicare. I mean, I could go through a lot of different functions of government. You know, we had planes that were flying on a nightly basis … you know, using pieces of sort of our national infrastructure grid. So a lot of things were happening.”
‘An estimated 800,000 of the more than 2 million workers that are employed by the federal government were “nonessential” and furloughed when the shutdown began on Oct. 1, 2013. Some, such as civilian workers at the Department of Defense, returned to work as the shutdown dragged on.
From : http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/republican-congressman-says-the-government-didnt-shut-down-d
‘Still reeling from the demise of Arizona’s “right-to-discriminate” bill, Michele Bachmann said last week that she is tired of gay people “bullying” her and the American people’.
‘The Minnesota congresswoman told talk show host Lars Larson in an interview at CPAC that the gay community distorted the Arizona bill by making it about gay rights — even though the bill’s sponsor himself said it was about same-sex marriage’.
“There’s nothing about gays in there, but the gay community decided to make this their measure,” Bachmann said. “And the thing that I think is getting a little tiresome is the gay community have so bullied the American people and they have so intimidated politicians that politicians fear them and they think they get to dictate the agenda everywhere. Well, not with the Constitution you don’t.”
From : http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/michele-bachmann-laments-gay-community-have-so-bullied-american-people