Have I mentioned my love for Rachel Maddow yet?
in addition to Rachel pointing out about Nebraska and Pennsylvania trying to institutionally change the way their electoral votes go, I read something somewhere yesterday (i will search for it and follow up) about Texas redistricting and this is putting Latino voters at a disadvantage, whom overwhelmingly voted for Obama.
“Registering [the poor] to vote is like handing out burglary tools to criminals. It is profoundly antisocial and un-American to empower the nonproductive segments of the population to destroy the country — which is precisely why Barack Obama zealously supports registering welfare recipients to vote. […] Encouraging those who burden society to participate in elections isn’t about helping the poor. It’s about helping the poor to help themselves to others’ money.” -Conservative columnist Matthew Vadum
————John Stossel (Fox News): “Let’s stop saying everyone should vote.”Rush Limbaugh: “If people cannot even feed and clothe themselves, should they be allowed to vote?”Judson Phillips (Tea Party Nation): “If you’re not a property owner, I’m sorry, but property owners have a little bit more of a vested stake in the community than not property owners do.”
Source: News Corps
In the face of certain defeat during the 2012 presidential elections, the Republican National Committee has asked President Barack Obama to postpone serving his second term until 2016.
“Quite frankly, we think losing the 2012 election will cause a major headache for Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann…
“A federal judge temporarily blocked key provisions of a Texas abortion law on Tuesday that would require women seeking the procedure to view a sonogram and listen to the heartbeat of their fetus.
The law, which had been due to go into effect on Thursday, was a major part of Republican Governor and presidential candidate Rick Perry’s agenda in this year’s Texas legislative session.
But the judge, in a victory for abortion rights activists, ruled in a preliminary injunction that there was cause to believe such a requirement was an unconstitutional burden on doctors.
“The act compels physicians to advance an ideological agenda with which they may not agree, regardless of any medical necessity, and irrespective of whether the pregnant women wish to listen,” U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks said in the ruling.”
Jesus H. Christ, Texas.
In the summer of 2004, after Tropical Storm Gaston slammed into Richmond, (Republican Eric) Cantor was on the front lines of efforts to secure millions of dollars in federal assistance to clean the wreckage and repair damaged infrastructure. Although the funding was not offset, Cantor cheered its arrival.
“The magnitude of the damage suffered by the Richmond area is beyond what the Commonwealth can handle,” Cantor said in a news release at the time, “and that is why I asked the president to make federal funds available for the citizens affected by Gaston.”
That episode is raising eyebrows this week, after Cantor told Fox News that disaster aid in the wake of Hurricane Irene should not be funded with borrowed money. Instead, Cantor said Monday, all federal assistance should be offset by cuts elsewhere in the budget.
“Yes, we are going to find the money. We are just going to have to make sure there are savings elsewhere to continue to do so,” Cantor told Fox. “Just like any family would operate when it’s struck with disaster, it finds the money to take care of a sick loved one or what have you, and then goes without trying to buy a new car or [putting] an addition onto the house.”
Cantor is in an awkward position when it comes to disaster aid. Twice in the last week his district was struck by natural disasters — once by the hurricane and once by an earthquake — and his state’s Republican governor has said deficit concerns should not be a factor in the response to the disaster.
I think they meant “dicky.” As in “dickshit fucker.”
The total damages from Hurricane Irene have yet to be assessed, but already the White House and congressional Republicans are fighting over the bill.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor started the dialogue by insisting that federal disaster aid to affected states and communities be balanced with spending cuts elsewhere in the budget.
That’s the same stance Cantor earlier in the week when it came to aid for his own Virginia House district, which was the epicenter of the East Coast’s unlikely earthquake.
Asked Tuesday about offsetting hurricane aid, White House press secretary Jay Carney went out of his way to note that Republicans, Cantor included, didn’t object when the Bush administration spent money it didn’t have on tax cuts, wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and Medicare prescription drug coverage.
“I guess I can’t help but say that I wish that commitment to looking for offsets had been held by the House majority leader and others, say, during the previous administration when they ran up unprecedented bills … and never paid for them,” Carney said.
You’re telling me there’s no metaphorical hostage-taking here? Fuck that.
For shame, Republican party. This is a new low.