Monday, August 03, 2015

GOP Voting Again To Destroy Planned Parenthood By Defunding It, Using OUR MONEY.

Here we go again, Republicans against logic and common sense, voting today to defame (and possibly destroy) some of our rights because they don't comply with their fairytale delusions of what an old guy in the sky (who spies on their thinking and movements, every minute of every day) tells them to do, until he decrees (yup, HE is always male) “You’re Fired!”… Oops, wait a minute… that’s Donald Trump, what old guy in the sky, says is “Your Number’s Up!”… We should all refuse to live in this theocracy, the non-thinking GOP wish to impose upon us. thinkingblue
http://rhrealitycheck.org/article/2015/07/30/senate-will-vote-monday-defunding-planned-parenthood/
NEWS & POLITICS
5 Most Absurd Conspiracy Theories Peddled By Anti-Choice Christians
Why is the anti-choice movement even taken seriously as a political movement by the media?
For the past few years, conservatives have been diligently trying to put a kinder, gentler face on the anti-choice movement. They try to hide that they’re a bunch of ghouls stuck in a titillation-disgust obsession with female sexuality and reproductive function. Instead, they claim to be a bunch of well-meaning church ladies just trying to help those poor young ladies realize that their true calling is motherhood.
But a few weeks ago, the mask got ripped off when a radical anti-choice group going by the name Center for Medical Progress released a bunch of misleadingly edited videos accusing Planned Parenthood of selling fetal body parts in some kind of black market profiteering scheme. The accusations got a momentary blip of incredulous media coverage before the debunking started. To summarize: the people in the videos are actually talking about donating fetal tissue to research (something even Republicans have supported in the past). The people behind the stunt are the same kind of loony right-wing nuts who love trading in bizarre conspiracy theories.
The real question here is why the anti-choice movement is taken seriously at all as a political movement by the media. The movement has a long history of pushing breathless and implausible urban legends that are more at home on some conspiracy theory website than in grown-up politics. Reproductive health care sits at an intersection of human sexuality and medicine, and anti-choicers really love wallowing in the ghastly and the sensational, even if neither has any relationship to reality.
Here are some of the more ridiculous and gross examples.
CLICK HERE: http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/5-most-absurd-
conspiracy-theories-peddled-anti-choice-christians

Monday, July 27, 2015

Over The Top Huckabee, Attempts To Derail Nuclear Deal With Iran By Comparing It To The Holocaust

Nazi Ovens
EXCERPT: Mike Huckabee said he believes the Iran nuclear deal would be bad for Israel. Not just bad – Holocaust-level bad.
In an interview with conservative news outlet Breitbart on Saturday, the GOP presidential hopeful and former governor of Arkansas said the deal will “take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.” After facing criticism for the comparison, Mr. Huckabee stood by his remark and posted anti-Israel comments from Iranian officials on Twitter.
“This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history,” Huckabee told Breitbart. “It is so naive that he would trust the Iranians. By doing so, he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven. This is the most idiotic thing, this Iran deal.”
Campaign spokeswoman Alice Stewart, when asked to elaborate on the Holocaust reference, told CNN “the comment speaks for itself.”
In an interview with conservative news outlet Breitbart on Saturday, the GOP presidential hopeful and former governor of Arkansas said the deal will “take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.” After facing criticism for the comparison, Mr. Huckabee stood by his remark and posted anti-Israel comments from Iranian officials on Twitter.“This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history,” Huckabee told Breitbart. “It is so naive that he would trust the Iranians. By doing so, he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven. This is the most idiotic thing, this Iran deal.”Campaign spokeswoman Alice Stewart, when asked to elaborate on the Holocaust reference, told CNN “the comment speaks for itself.”MORE HERE:
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Watch Mika Brzezinski’s amazing emotional takedown of Mike Huckabee over his Nazi ‘oven’ comment


Over The Top Adverb
(from World War One) Over the parapet of a trench, especially at the start of a futile attack.
The men were sent over the top to their certain death.
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Over The Top Adjective
(idiomatic) Bold; beyond normal, expected, or reasonable limits; excessive; outrageous.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

GOP Swiftboating AGAIN!

This is so disgusting... BUT WHEN IT COMES TO LIES AND DECEIT THE GOP WILL ALWAYS BE CHAMPION!!! thinkingblue


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Lazy Poor Myth

I am so tired of the Republican-Reagan era propaganda that demonized poor people by calling those who need to feed their children, Welfare Queens. Isn't it about time that the truth be known and fingers point in the direction of the real Welfare Royalty who game the system and live a well-off life. A miniscule article tucked away in a thinking type magazine (The Week) is a start but it will never reach the GOP base that relish, for some unknown reason,  perpetuating this false Republican notion that poor people are lazy...
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This is what government fraud looks like

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Southern Influence


Why Does the USA Seem So Backwards Compared to Other Progressive States?
Here is a good explanation on why the USA is not very progressive, therefore remaining a bit backwards just like the Nation’s South.
EXCERPT: All English-speaking democracies share certain characteristics in common. Compared to continental European and East Asian democracies, the Anglophone nations tend to be more market-oriented and less statist, with somewhat lower levels of social spending and weaker bureaucracies. We might even speak of “Anglosphere exceptionalism.”
But even by the standards of the English-speaking world, the U.S. appears as an extreme outlier, in areas ranging from religiosity to violence to anti-government attitudes. As we learned after the slaughter last month in Charleston, S.C., some deluded Southerners still pine for secession from the Union. Yet no doubt there are also more than a few liberal Northerners who would be happy to see them go.
Minus the South, the rest of the U.S. probably would be more like Canada or Australia or Britain or New Zealand—more secular, more socially liberal, more moderate in the tone of its politics and somewhat more generous in social policy. And it would not be as centralized as France or as social democratic as Sweden.
As a fifth-generation Texan, and a descendant of Southerners back to the 1600s, I don’t want to encourage lurid stereotypes of a monolithic South. The states of the former Confederacy include ethnic minorities like Louisiana Cajuns and Texas Germans, along with African Americans. And the dominant conservatives in the South have always been challenged from within the ranks of the white community by populists, liberals and radicals.
But the South really is different from the rest of the country. Here are some examples of how the South skews American statistics.


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How the South Skews America

We’d be less violent, more mobile and in general more normal if not for Dixie.
July 03, 2015

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Vietnam/Iraq 101

Vietnam/Iraq 101
Rachel Maddow’s Show of July 14, 2015 should go down in history as one of the best information shows of all time. She touches on why we have Obama as president and that, WHO BECOMES PRESIDENT REALLY DOES MATTER IN WAR AND PEACE.
thinkingblue

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Clarence Thomas's Antebellum South, Where Slaves Had Dignity

"The corollary of that principle is that human dignity cannot be taken away by the government. Slaves did not lose their dignity (any more than they lost their humanity) because the government allowed them to be enslaved. Those held in internment camps did not lose their dignity because the government confined them. And those denied governmental benefits certainly do not lose their dignity because the government denies them those benefits. The government cannot bestow dignity, and it cannot take it away."
~Clarence Thomas~
especially when you think of Justice Thomas's quote about Slaves having dignity... (below)
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EXCERPT FROM "Whining White Southerns" By Robert Parry
Whenever there’s a suggestion that the Confederate battle flag should be retired to museums or that the name of Confederate President Jefferson Davis should be removed from major highways, there comes the predictable accusation that such moves amount to “rewriting our history” – but nothing could be further from the truth. It’s a case of recognizing the real history.

What America needs – perhaps now more than ever – is a serious reexamination of its true history, not the pleasant palliatives offered in textbooks approved by Southern-dominated boards appointed by right-wing politicians. Under such benighted tutelage, popular U.S. history as taught in public schools has become primarily a brainwashing exercise, an ideological foundation for “American exceptionalism,” the jumping-off point for today’s endless wars.

Plus, given America’s continuing racial tensions, it’s particularly important to throw away the rose-colored glasses used to view the issues of slavery and the antebellum South, happy scenes of elegantly dressed white people lounging on the veranda of a stately plantation house, sipping mint juleps while being cooled by fans waved by contented and placid Negroes, a white supremacist’s happiest dream.

A June 24 column by Harold Meyerson cited a recent book — The Half Has Never Been Told by Cornell University history professor Edward Baptist —that explodes the enduring white Southern myth of the kindly and beneficent plantation. Baptist argues that even the word “plantation” should be tossed into the trash bin of historical euphemisms, replaced by the more accurate phrase “slave labor camp,” albeit one with a large, pretty house in the center.

“Torture” is also a word that should apply, Baptist argues, with African-American slaves routinely whipped for falling short of their production quotas. This behavior was not just common among the most ignorant of Southern slaveholders but was a practice employed even by Thomas Jefferson.

According to documents at Monticello, Jefferson had slave boys as young as 10 whipped. In another important book that strips away the excuses employed to ameliorate the evils of slavery, Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves by historian Henry Wiencek disclosed a plantation report to Jefferson explaining that his nail factory was doing well because “the small ones” – ages 10, 11 and 12 – were being whipped by overseer, Gabriel Lilly, “for truancy.”

Jefferson and other slaveholders in the older slave states like Virginia, where the soil had become over-farmed and depleted, also found financial salvation in breeding slaves for the newer (and even more brutal) slave states of Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi.

Jefferson even calculated that a fertile female had a higher financial value than a strapping male in the fields, all the better to help him pay for his extravagant lifestyle and cover his mounting debts. (According to Wiencek’s book and many other accounts, Jefferson also personally contributed to the breeding process by imposing himself sexually on his female property.) ...
- See more at: 
http://www.historynewsnetwork.org/article/159907
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EXCERPT FROM: Clarence Thomas Cites Slavery In His Dissent Against Marriage Equality, For Some Reason
Updated: 06/26/2015 2:59 pm EDT


WASHINGTON -- Justice Clarence Thomas has lost his damn mind.

In Thomas' dissent in Obergefell v. Hodges, the case that officially made marriage equality the law of the land on Friday, the Supreme Court justice claimed that enslaved Africans weren’t deprived of their “dignity” simply because they were enslaved. Therefore, Thomas argued, same-sex couples weren't actually being deprived of anything -- at least not anything, you know, important -- when they couldn't get married.

Seriously. That's what he said. Don't take our word for it -- see for yourself:

Human dignity has long been understood in this country to be innate. When the Framers proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence that “all men are created equal” and “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,” they referred to a vision of mankind in which all humans are created in the image of God and therefore of inherent worth. That vision is the foundation upon which this Nation was built.

The corollary of that principle is that human dignity cannot be taken away by the government. Slaves did not lose their dignity (any more than they lost their humanity) because the government allowed them to be enslaved. Those held in internment camps did not lose their dignity because the government confined them. And those denied governmental benefits certainly do not lose their dignity because the government denies them those benefits. The government cannot bestow dignity, and it cannot take it away.

Just... what? We'd like to suggest an alternative argument, which is that slavery did eliminate the dignity of the slaves because it was a brutal and racist system of state-sanctioned bondage. Thomas is really reaching here. Yes, human dignity is innate, but of course it can be undermined by discriminatory government policies. Just because the government didn't bestow something doesn't mean it can't take it away.
READ MORE HERE: 
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/26/clarence-
thomas-marriage-equality_n_7672440.html