Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Behind the Recall: The Rise and Fall of Scott Walker (VIDEO)

I wonder how much shit I'd catch if I called on the government to kill bigoted pastors

In an era where the only batshit crazy preacher that gets any press coverage is Jeremiah Wright, guys like this have no problem flying under the mainstream media's radar.

David Edwards - The Raw Story

The pastor of New Hope Baptist Church in Seneca, Kansas says President Barack Obama has gone too far in supporting same sex marriage and it’s time for the U.S. government to begin killing gay men and lesbians.

“Terrorists are dangerous, the economy is a real and present danger,” Pastor Curtis Knapp told his congregation on Sunday. “But there is simply nothing other than the holocaust of the unborn which imperils the safety of our country or places our people in jeopardy as does the leader of the Western world publicly raising his fist at the heavens and declaring that the bedrock institution of society, ordained of God and meant to be protected by the state, is little more than a convention of convenience with the children of Sodom to transform the meaning of something, which is precious to Jesus Christ, and a living picture of his love for the church into a legally protected justification for perversion and a vehicle of hatred aimed directly at that love.”

Knapp went on to read from Leviticus 20: “If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death.”

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Former Mormon Explains Why Mitt Romney Should Never Be President

Sarah Wood - Addicting Info

Written by: James Martin (former LDS and strongly against Romney for reasons as listed below)

(EDITOR’S NOTE: We’re sharing this opinion of Mitt Romney, written by a former member of the LDS Church, unedited and uncensored. Addicting Info is not endorsing this article, or attacking the LDS Church, but we would like to give James Martin a forum to share his unique perspective.)

Romney:

The first thing you need to know about Mitt Romney is that he is a Mormon, aka a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. They call themselves Christians, but they have so thoroughly brainwashed their members that anything the church says…goes. No matter how much Mitt Romney says he would keep his church separate from Government, and how he would never let the church come in and run Government, commands of the church come first and foremost in Mormon minds.

If the church wanted Mitt to let them come in (AND THEY WOULD) and help or direct the Government, that is how it would be. Why? Because the church leaders would supposedly have a “vision” that it is God’s will. The church is all about trying to prop up the image of its founder, Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith had a supposed vision (prophecy) that one day a Mormon would become President of the United States, FOR THE EXPRESS PURPOSE, of letting the Mormon Church take over the U.S. Government. You can take it to the bank, that if Romney were President, the church leaders would have another “vision,” that a church takeover must happen. By the way, that prophecy was simple revenge for perceived wrongs done to Joseph Smith by the government. Nevertheless they treat all his prophecies seriously, no matter how ridiculous they are.

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US has second-highest child poverty level in the world

UPI

A UNICEF study of 35 developed countries found the United States had the second-highest rate of child poverty after Romania.

The study - -titled Report Card 10 -- found the child poverty rate in Romania was 26.5 percent. The U.S. rate was 23.1 percent, followed by Latvia and Bulgaria at 18.8 percent, Spain at 17.1 percent and Greece at 16 percent.

Iceland had the lowest child poverty rate, 4.7 percent, followed by Finland at 5.3 percent, Cyprus and the Netherlands at 6.1 percent and Norway at 6.3 percent.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Things Pro-Gun Activists Say: Pro-Gun Activist on Trayvon Shooting Range Targets: "GOOD! MAYBE MORE PEOPLE WON'T MISS!"

Coalition to End Gun Violence

Ever since Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by concealed handgun permit holder George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) has been deluged with emails from pro-gun activists celebrating the teen's death. We have previously posted these comments here, here, here, here and here. Here's the latest batch...

When CSGV posted an article at our Facebook page about Trayvon Martin shooting range targets being sold online, pro-gun activist Jeff Robinson commented, "LOL.. GOOD! MAYBE MORE PEOPLE WON'T MISS!"

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Limbaugh On "Persecution Of Blacks In America": "What Persecution Would That Be?"

Todd Gregory - Media Matters

Rush Limbaugh is dismissing the notion that racial minorities face persecution.

Limbaugh was discussing a campaign stop Mitt Romney made on May 24 at a West Philadelphia charter school. A Washington Post blog entry reported that during the event, Romney "received something of a history lecture about the persecution of blacks in America and the struggles of African American children to meet the academic achievements of their white counterparts."

Limbaugh read from the post on his radio show and talked extensively about the meaning of the episode. After reading the line about the "persecution of blacks in America," Limbaugh said, "What persecution would that be? Persecution of blacks in America. What are we talking -- affirmative action? What is this persecution that's going on?"



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Trump's Birtherism Fueled By Breitbart Reporting

Simon Maloy - Media Matters

Donald Trump went on CNN this afternoon to do what has become his specialty of late: make a complete fool of himself. His appearance was precipitated by every sensible person on both sides of the aisle wondering why, exactly, Mitt Romney voluntarily chooses to associate with Trump, given the real estate mogul's vocal obsession with birtherism and his many years as the cartoonish avatar of repellant avarice.

So there he was, in the Situation Room, getting manhandled by Wolf Blitzer on President Obama's place of birth -- an issue that never actually was an issue and was unmercifully put to rest by the president himself when he released his long-form birth certificate. The highlight of the interview? After Trump questioned the birth certificate's authenticity, the presence of Obama's mother at the hospital, and the birth announcements in the Honolulu papers, Blitzer responded with admirable restraint: "Donald, you're beginning to sound a little ridiculous, I have to tell you."


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Birther King Donald Trump Announces $10 Million Anti-Obama Super PAC

Donald Trump, the King of the Birthers, has announced he is planning to put up as much as $10 million to establish an anti-Obama Super PAC to get Mitt Romney elected. In a CNBC interview today, Trump, who is a Mitt Romney supporter, also doubled-down on his insistence President Barack Obama was not born in this country, and extolled the virtues of Mitt Romney‘s policies on China and oil.

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In no state is a minimum wage job, at 40 hours per week, enough to pay the rent


Monday, May 28, 2012

Thom Hartmann Interviews Paul Krugman (VIDEO)

One of the best and brightest hosts on talk radio interviews the only guy that really seems to get this economy.

Daily Kos: New York minimum wage increase being blocked by Republicans would give 880,000 workers a raise

by Laura Clawson forDaily Kos Labor

The minimum wage increase that has passed the New York State Assembly but is stalled in the Republican-controlled Senate and is not drawing support from Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo would directly benefit 10.1 percent of New York workers. The proposed increase from the federal minimum wage of $7.25 to $8.50 would affect 880,000 workers currently earning less than $8.50 an hour, a new report from the Fiscal Policy Institute finds, and another 200,000 workers making just over $8.50 might benefit from a spillover effect.

A majority of the workers who would get a raise live in New York City and the surrounding area—352,000 in New York City, 126,500 on Long Island, and another 72,500 in suburban counties. But several upstate counties would actually see a disproportionate number of workers benefit, among them Broome County and Oneida County, where 12.6 and 12.5 percent of workers would get raises, respectively, and Erie County where the figure is 11.4 percent. That's another 71,400 workers getting a better standard of living in return for their work.

Republican opponents of raising the minimum wage, trying to claim that their opposition is in the best interests of low-wage workers, have argued that because workers earning more money would pay more taxes, earning as much as $1.25 more per hour would actually hurt them financially. But an issue brief from the Fiscal Policy Institute and the National Employment Law Project points out that, for a "4-person family with two minimum wage earners, take-home pay would rise by nearly $2,700. That’s a substantial increase for a family with gross earnings of a little over $30,000."

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Black Gay Men and Lesbians Find Embrace at Harlem Church

New York Times

In a church nestled among a row of residential brownstones, parishioners clapped and danced as a woman began to testify.

“Aren’t you glad Jesus got up?” the woman, Twanna Gause, asked the predominantly black congregation, which responded with enthusiastic shouts of “Amen” and “Hallelujah.”

“He got up so I can come out,” Ms. Gause said, as worshipers hopped out of their seats and cheered in agreement. “He got up so you can come out.”

For black Christians who are gay and lesbian, church can be a daunting experience, where on any given Sunday they are taught that homosexuality is not only a sin, but a one-way ticket to hell. That alienation has been a benefit for the Rivers at Rehoboth congregation, in Harlem, which has made ministry to gay men and lesbians, combined with the worship traditions of black churches, its mission.

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Make us pay more for gas

EDITORIAL, Washington Post

As Americans fill up their tanks and hit the road this Memorial Day weekend, they won't have to pay quite so much for their gasoline. Average prices have dropped a dime since this year's peak, and they are projected to fall a couple more by the end of the year.

This trend will no doubt be welcome to fuel-hungry motorists. Yet an addict rejoicing at a price cut on his drug of choice is still an addict.

The recent gas-price drop, unaided by any big change in federal policy, underscores that economically and psychologically destabilizing short-term price swings are out of the U.S. government's control, which would be true even if America produced loads more oil.

That, in turn, underscores the obvious on oil policy: The best way to insulate the country from price volatility, and everything else that makes America's oil dependence unattractive, is to use less. And the best way to make that happen is to raise the federal gas tax.

Yes, doing so would increase the cost of fuel. But experience shows that drivers respond to higher prices by using energy much more sensibly, buying more fuel-efficient cars and cutting out unnecessary trips.

A recent Consumer Reports survey found that fuel-efficiency is now the predominant consideration among U.S. car buyers.

And a higher gas tax would accomplish much more than a price blip here and there.

It would provide predictability to consumers and automakers that prices won't bottom out, thereby ushering in an SUV renaissance. Automakers would design more fuel-efficient cars to satisfy higher demand for them, investing in clean-transportation research and development without a government mandate.

Though raising the gas tax would cost consumers money, it should also produce savings on many other programs they pay for with their tax bill. Because there would be more demand for cheap, green technology, a gas tax of sufficient size could replace the expensive national and local subsidies of electric cars and other government transportation programs in which lawmakers pick favorites.

Critically, a higher gas tax would also raise badly needed government revenue, instead of sending so much of what Americans pay for fuel abroad. As Congress wrangles over how to fund transportation improvements, this is one easy answer. Gas tax revenues could also be a part of a larger debt package, once lawmakers finally decide to compromise on the federal budget.

Even when prices are low, gas is very expensive. Hidden costs come in the form of dirty air, climate change, geopolitical strife and the massive economic risk of unexpected price spikes. Good policy would push the country to pay fewer of these costs on Memorial Days years from now.

As someone who pays up to $250 per week for gas already, I do see a lot of logic in this argument. - JS

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

From TheLiberalStore.com, "Cars they drive" bumper sticker

To add this sticker to your less extravagant ride click here to order. Type "shannonfiles" into the discount box at checkout for 10% off your order.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

New remix of Adair Lion's pro equality rap, Ben

From Adair Lion's YouTube page: (Originally released on April 30th this video's predecessor was blocked by UMG after 13 days and 156k views... this is a second version of the music video and does not contain any MJ samples. It is an entirely original piece -composed, written, recorded, mixed and mastered by Adair Lion ... shout out to the king of pop for the inspiration, thanks big homie.)

Being President...

NC pastor gives sermon on killing off homosexuals (VIDEO)

Form Sly Sylvester - WTDY, Madison: There's a lunatic in North Carolina who wants to round up all the queers, put them in to a pit with an electrified fence, cripple them with malnourishment, and rid the world of sin. Makes you wonder if radical Christianity is genetic.

See... Republicans really are concerned about the poor and elderly

Green News Report for May 22nd

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Republicans collect another Obama Admin scalp as NRC chair steps down; More bad news for climate change-denying Heartland Institute: Corporate funders flee, Climate expert cleared of 'forgery' allegations; Robot fish! Yep, robot fish; PLUS: Remembering the Joplin tornado, and the ongoing toll of extreme weather disasters... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

'Green News Report' w/ Brad Friedman & Desi Doyen
May 22, 2012


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The Real Romney? (VIDEO)

This is Mittens debating Sen. Ted Kennedy, from 1994. He, at times, sounds more liberal than President Obama. You be the judge.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Mississippi Lawmaker Okay With Coat Hanger Abortions (VIDEO)

Green News Report for May 15th

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Ominous start to summer fire season; Watch out for hot air in a newly uncovered anti-wind propaganda campaign; The Saudi Arabia of Oil wants to become the Saudi Arabia of Solar; PLUS: House Republicans working to block advanced biofuels for the U.S. military ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

'Green News Report' w/ Brad Friedman & Desi Doyen
May 15, 2012


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More Florida outrage: Abused Wife Gets 20-Year Prison Sentence For Firing Warning Shot (VIDEO)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Green News Report - Tuesday, May 8th

The Green News Report is also a regular feature on our Friday night show.

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Billionaire codger cage match: T. Boone Pickens picks on the Billionaire Koch Brothers; U.S. military prepares for climate change; Japan: nuke-free, but not worry free; Dino-Farts! PLUS: Billboard blowback - funders flee from Heartland Institute's Unabomber billboard blunder .... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

'Green News Report' w/ Brad Friedman & Desi Doyen
May 8, 2012


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Romney says spending cuts will shrink economy and destroy jobs (VIDEO)

Friday, May 4, 2012

Georgia bar owner installs sign: 'I do not support the nigger in the White House' (VIDEO)

Other outlets have blocked out the word 'nigger,' I won't... You need to feel the full impact of this racist pile of shit. Oh, by the way, it's my First Amendment right to call Patrick Lanzo a racist pile of shit.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Video: David Brock: ‘Romney is running an anti-gay campaign’

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

If Mitt Romney was a cross-dresser... 

He would have a shoe collection that was “just the right height” to make Imelda Marcos drool, stored in a hermetically-sealed, multi-level, climate-controlled, digital polishing and preservation chamber.
And after he: 
  • Bought this season’s most chic new shoe releases,
  • Bet you $10,000 his new shoes were better than yours,
  • Dumped last season’s leftovers on a second-hand seller,
  • Took a fat tax break for having made a donation,
  • And spent your $10,000 on a new shoe storage chamber (after you lost the bet because his shoes actually WERE better than yours)…
 …he would talk about how he is a job creator.  (Building a shoe storage chamber is a job, my friend...)
 
And then he would say barefoot was the new black and footwear is a socialist tactic to regulate the expansion of, and limit the freedom of, feet.


His slogan? (of course)-- Mitt Romney:  He Knows a Quality Flip-Flop When He Sees One.


Image credit: Flickr, sta.helena 
 
Cross-posted from Spazmataz.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Don't Pass the Buck Back to Mommy & Daddy-- Mommy & Daddy Are Broke

All Mommy and Daddy have left... if they're lucky

Has it ever occurred to anyone else that the ability for young adults to stay on their parents' insurance until age 26 under Obamacare is just one more example of passing the buck?

Giving students the ability to borrow to pay for their educations, once heralded as a godsend for the middle class, did nothing to help control the growth of the cost of higher education and has now mired those it was intended to help in decades of debt.  What was once the prime years for laying a financial foundation for the future are now years spent slaving to dig out of student debt, if they're even able to make any progress.

By the same token, the ability to be covered on their parents' insurance does nothing to keep the cost of insurance from increasing exponentially over the years-- it merely disguises the burden of the cost as an "opportunity" and shifts the responsibility to parents.  The insurance companies still get paid, they've just been kind enough to let someone else pay the bill.  So generous of them.

It's very similar to the way the HSA was supposed to help families save to cover medical expenses.  Insurance companies got to shift costs to insureds in the form of higher deductibles, and the government gave up revenue to give people a tax break as an incentive to save.  Guess they never even considered that many people don't have any extra money TO save, or that insurance companies don't have any incentive to contain costs.  The insurance lobby won again, and Americans were left holding the bag on a larger share of their medical expenses while insurance companies continue to squeeze more profit from already-strapped consumers.

Has no one else even considered that caring for their own parents, caring for themselves (since their 20s and 30s were spent buried in debt, they're lucky to have much if anything saved) and having cared for their now-grown children may have exhausted the parents' resources?

With the cooperation of the government, greedy corporations can keep trying to pass the buck back to Mommy and Daddy instead of addressing the underlying problem of the uncontrolled escalation of healthcare costs, but they'd better not count on parents being able to pay the bill-- sooner or later (and for some, it's ALREADY), Mommy and Daddy will be broke.

Image credit: Flickr, puuikibeach

If it's good enough for the Vikings, it's good enough for the MN GOP (Editorial Cartoon by Steve Sack)


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Preacher: If your son is gay “walk over there and crack that wrist. Give him a good punch” (VIDEO)

The Green News Report for Tuesday, May 1st

Brad and Desi also do a report that is aired on our Friday shows.

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Poll shows Americans want clean energy, and are willing to pay for it; Mitt Romney, unclear on the concept of overfishing; Meet the nation's newest oil spill, now in Louisiana; Study criticizes federal pipeline oversight; Big Oil rolls in taxpayer dough, as America's wind energy industry begs for scraps; PLUS: Fox 'News' and hot air: No, wind farms do not cause global warming .... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

'Green News Report' w/ Brad Friedman & Desi Doyen
May 1, 2012


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