“Batshit Crazy” is the New Black

Joni Ernst castrates pigs

There is simply no way in hell Joni Ernst is ready to debate ANYTHING in the US Senate, outside of whether or not to market hogs before they develop boar taint (five to six months, typically, or when the reach market weight of 260-300 lbs).

Rachel Maddow has the video of this Koch Brothers-funded nincompoop telling people she believes that WMD were in Iraq — because her husband was stationed in Saudi Arabia … or something. READ THIS

Washington Football Gets Another Black Eye

Redskins = Racists

I’m just going to leave this here. Yes, this is a local artist. No, we’ve never met (nor do I have a financial interest in this project). Yes, I’ll be wearing one of these around town.*

From her website: “All profits will go to Kwe.Strong Indigenous Women’s Wellness, a program founded in Minneapolis that helps Indigenous Women set and achieve their fitness goals.” FYI: buttons are only four bucks. ijs

*Orders will take 3-4 weeks.

If It’s Sunday, It’s Meet The GOP

If it’s Sunday, it’s Meet the Press — and another opportunity for the GOP to distract the American people from six years of policies which have accomplished absolutely nothing (while thumbing their noses at women, veterans and the poor). That, and standing in the way of any efforts to help America out of our Great Recession (while protecting Wall Street, big banks, and corporate donors who continue to dream up new ways to keep profits out of circulation here at home). Mad yet? You should be.


RNC carnival barker Reince Priebus did his best Groucho Marx for NBC’s Chuck Todd: “Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?” Why would you think actual Republican policies might be part of their discussion? Silly voter — facts are for Democrats. Any race polling within the margin of error (many just two or three points apart) is a ‘clear win’ on Meet the Press — ” … the question for us is, you know, are we gonna win with six, seven or eight seats.” See? Easy peasy.

Reince also spent time patiently explaining how all of the various factions within the GOP/TEA caucus are now — amazingly (and just “coincidentally” that we’re one month out from the election) — “a unified party.” Really? Pay no attention to the gridlock and infighting we’ve watched since 2010. That’s all in the past, now that the right is rolling out a new and improved PR campaign: “Principles for American Renewal.” We’re for growing the economy! (insert sfx cheering crowd) We’re for healthcare reform! (insert sfx cheering crowd) Look at our Congressional record (insert sfx crickets chirping)

Republicans won’t tell you these platitudes mask plans to continue protecting corporate tax loopholes, offshore American jobs, or move American companies elsewhere (while continuing to enjoy all the benefits of an American workforce, infrastructure and resources, without having to contribute to our tax base).

People made a lot of noise when news that Burger King was looking to merge with a Canadian company (and move their tax burdens away from our U.S. Treasury) got out. Here’s a question: why didn’t we hear the same level of protest when Halliburton moved their HQ to Dubai (and kept all of those cozy no-bid contracts from the U.S. Department of Defense)?

Look — Reince is a water-boy; it’s his job to claim that “it’s gonna be a pretty bad year for Democrats.” Perhaps — but that constant harangue trumpeted by media is unfair, it’s bad reporting, and it’s disillusioning for people living in competitive districts. None of these political contests are decided — despite what national media might have you believe. YOU and I determine the winners in these races at the ballot box. Sadly, most news outlets are serving up a heaping helping of “why bother” at the moment. Well here’s your steaming cup of STFU, Chuck Todd.

Where’s the Sunday morning report highlighting that competitive race in Iowa, between Representative Bruce Braley and Tea Party newcomer, Joni Ernst? Since national news programs broadcast gloom and doom for Democrats, you’d never know Congressman Braley delivered what might be the best line of the election season so far — a coup de grâce during a televised debate he clearly won. “I’m not going to owe President Obama anything on Election Day. You’re (Ms. Ernst) going to owe the Koch brothers everything.” Booyah!

In Wisconsin, where Scott Walker’s numbers look encouraging (don’t ask me — people can be stupid at times), the push-back is focused on blunting the GOP’s war on women. The National Republican Senatorial Committee recommended, and Governor Walker (actually a group coordinating with his campaign, without *actually* donating to “the campaign” [wink wink]) is airing commercials which detail a violent, graphic story of domestic abuse — with a tagline directly from the battered spouse: “today I am fighting for Scott Walker.”

Did you get that? Women can just ignore Republican efforts to block legislation to guarantee equal pay; put closing women’s health clinics out of their mind for a month or so; and let’s pretend it wasn’t the Republicans who stopped reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. They’re the good guys — honest! And they have a standing invitation on Sunday morning to pretend their lies are true.

Conservative brains light up like a Christmas tree when presented with fear-based messages (science for the win). The pro-Walker ad will be effective because it tickles that part of their lizard brain which they can’t control, and gives them a hero figure in Scott Walker. Ignore everything you know about Republicans — Scott is the only thing standing between this young mother of two, and another violent attack. Yes, that’s how it works.

In Kentucky — a race Alison Lundergan Grimes really can win — the Senate minority leader’s ad says “Mitch McConnell co-sponsored the original Violence Against Women Act — he’s always supported its purpose.” Fine — but meanwhile all eight GOP senators on the Judiciary Committee voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. They did that because immigrants, homosexuals, and Native Americans want protection, too. No — I’m really not kidding — that’s why they blocked it.

So thanks for trotting out that shiny new GOP plan for Americans to be distracted by just in time to cast their votes, Reince. I look forward to the hundreds of millions of dollars spent on ad campaigns that’ll saturate TV screens across the country over the next thirty days.

Say — here’s a thought: do you suppose the media’s insistence on promoting this GOP claptrap (which is really just free advertising), while ignoring SIX YEARS of Republican obstructionism, might have something to do with the FACT that they’re about to cash in on “hundreds of millions of dollars spent on ad campaigns that’ll saturate TV screens across the country over the next thirty days?” Bingo! Winner, winner — chicken dinner!

You’re welcome.

Cui Bono? As a Benefit to Whom?


10649564_771483002891189_6752464835273614059_nPeople love lists. Forbes publishes a list of the wealthiest Americans each year — and I was staggered at how little the results surprised me. The worst kept secret in America today, is that the rich keep getting richer, while their Republican and TEA Party representatives in the House and Senate block everything from minimum wage increases, fair pay for women, student loan modification and small business tax relief (yes, it’s true).

They also stopped legislation that would give employers tax breaks for bringing overseas jobs BACK to America, federal grants that would help states rehire teachers, cops and firefighters, legislation to repeal subsidies for big oil companies and (because it worked so well the first time), they blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act (again).

Along the way, they’ve also blocked efforts to stop the flow of unlimited money pouring into our political process, AND bills designed to force “corporations, super PACs, labor unions, and other groups to disclose donors who give in excess of $10,000 for political contributions.” They killed the bill designed to repeal loopholes in the IRS code, too — so millionaires would pay a 30% minimum tax. So not only is it difficult to tell WHEN they’re lying to you — there’s a torrent of political ads flooding media — you don’t even get to know WHO it is that might benefit from swaying your vote.

The usual suspects made Forbes’ list: David and Charles Koch are now worth, collectively, $85.8 billion (which puts into perspective the estimated $250-300 million they’ll spend influencing the 2014 midterm elections). The Waltons, heirs to the Wal-Mart money are on the list, too. In a separate report, Forbes found “Walmart’s low-wage workers cost U.S. taxpayers an estimated $6.2 billion in public assistance including food stamps, Medicaid and subsidized housing.” Think about that the next time a conservative friend reminds you they’re “America’s largest employer.”

The combined net worth of the 400 most affluent families in America stands at TWO and ONE-QUARTER TRILLION DOLLARS; last year they only “made” an additional $270 billion to divvy up. It’s high time we disabuse our friends and relatives of the notion that “job creators” are ever going to allow anything to trickle-down, without us punching a hole in the bucket.

With dark money contributions to political campaigns shielded from public view, it’s sometimes difficult to know who is pulling which politician’s strings. The old ways are usually best; just ask yourself, “cui bono?” Who benefits? It sure isn’t you or me. VOTE.