Wednesday, April 23, 2014

RAND PAUL CAN FORGET ABOUT 2016

These three statements will cause too many GOP primary voters to choose someone else:
WATCH: Rand Paul Says Jimmy Carter Was Better on the Budget Than Ronald Reagan

Rand Paul: GOP might be over-selling voter fraud

Rand Paul on abortion: “We're not changing any of the laws until the country is persuaded otherwise” 

THEY AREN'T GIVING UP ON OPPOSING GAY RIGHTS

A survey of Republicans and lean-Republican Independents found that 82% think marriage should be between one man and one woman and also found "75 percent disagreed that “politicians should support the redefinition of marriage to include same-sex couples.”"  That's what makes this story inevitable:
The Republican-controlled Missouri House will begin impeachment proceedings against Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday. Why? There are three reasons, according to the state legislature's judiciary committee. First, Nixon allowed legally-married same-sex couples in the state to file joint tax returns in order to keep the state consistent with the IRS's post-Defense of Marriage Act policies. Second, Republicans argue Nixon took too long to call a special election to replace legislative vacancies. Third, Republicans believe that Nixon didn't punish state officials enough over a controversy involving concealed carry permits.

HOW DID THIS WOMAN EVER GET TO BE A NATIONAL REPORTER?

Sheryl Attkisson's Benghazi report was so badly researched that CBS gave her a "timeout" and now I learn that Attkisson also believes in another ghost story: the (non-existent) link between vaccines and autism.  How did she make it so far up the news media ladder?

BTW, she's been pretty busy promoting herself in wingnut media.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

NEW DAY, NEW BS FROM CONSERVATIVES.

The NY Times reports that American middle and lower classes are now worse off than their peers in the other developed countries.  Aside from Reihan Salan, conservatives are all too eager to blame Pres. Obama despite the fact that the top 10% or the so-called "makers" in Bagger ideology are doing very well and in Bagger world, that means these "job creators" aren't creating jobs.

DENNIS PRAGER, AN OLD FART & HISTORY

I just happened catch some of Prager's radio show today & his guest was Rodney Stark.  Stark has a preposterous theory that the West leaped ahead of other cultures because of its Judeo-Christian tradition.  As I noted before after Mitten$ made a similar remark, our religious tradition doesn't have much to do with progress, as a little Chinese history shows.

HANNITY REALLY IS A NASTY PIECE OF WORK

Not only did he try incite violence at the Bundy Ranch, he then claims that he's the victim of leftwing smears because Ed Schultz and others called him out on his dangerous pandering.

Monday, April 21, 2014

IN THE REAL WORLD...

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) is not a "Liberal Republican" but the Baggers don't live in the real world. From Judson Phillips of Tea Party Nation:
Run Peter Run!

Posted by Judson Phillips on April 21, 2014 at 7:48am in Tea Party Nation Forum

Liberal Republican Congressman Peter King is thinking about running for President.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

THE WEB THICKENS

A few years ago Glenn Beck spent some air time promoting the writings of W. Cleon Skousen, an eccentric far-right theocrat.  More recently. Mitt Romney recommended one of Skousen's books, I hope just to appeal to the Fundies.  What's a little more interesting is Skousen's connection to the Cliven Bundy clown show:
Bundy's statement brought to the forefront a theory that some on the far right have held for decades: that local sheriffs are ordained with an immense amount of power, going beyond that of even federal authorities. In the Bundy Ranch dispute, that theory is the driving ideology of some of the groups that have rallied to the rancher's side. Those include the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association and the Oath Keepers, whose members are law enforcement officials and military who have pledged to defend the Constitution against government overreach.

...Richard Mack, a former Arizona county sheriff and founder of the Constitutional Sheriffs, who had said Monday that the gathered self-described militia had considered using women as human shields if a gunfight with federal officials erupted.

The sheriff, who cited a 1984 class with W. Cleon Skousen, who the Southern Poverty Law Center described as "a leading light of right-wing radicalism, a theocrat who believed the decline of America began with passage of the 14th Amendment and its guarantee of equality for the former slaves and others," as his ideological awakening, lays out his worldview on the Constitutional Sheriffs site:
The county sheriff is the line in the sand. The county sheriff is the one who can say to the feds, “Beyond these bounds you shall not pass.” This is not only within the scope of the sheriff’s authority; it’s the sheriff’s sworn duty.
Mack also suggested that Cliven Bundy is on the same moral level as Rosa Parks.

ANOTHER ADVANTAGE OF HAVING MONEY

(h/t WSJ)

On average, the more you have, the longer you will live.
I wonder if the introduction of Medicare and Medicaid in the 60s has help those on the bottom?

UPDATE: This 2002 paper found that Medicare increased the life expectancy of older Americans:
Data on age-specific death probabilities every 10 years since 1900,
that is, before as well as after Medicare was enacted, provide an alternative
way to test for the effect of Medicare on longevity. They also provide
strong support for the hypothesis that Medicare increased the
survival rate of the elderly, by about 13 percent.

THE "OBVIOUS" STUDY DID MAKE GOOGLE NEWS

I was disappointed in the coverage of this research but just maybe, this mention might help:

ANOTHER SIGN THAT THE CONSERVATIVE FRINGE IS CRUMBLING

(h/t kringlebertfistyebuns)

In addition to Mark Levin, this article at Breitbart makes is clear that the law is NOT on Bundy's side:
In the immediate aftermath of the infamous cattle roundup, Cliven Bundy granted a number of high profile media interviews continuing to deny—to the point of absolutely ignoring family history—what the federal courts have twice told him.

“I believe this is a sovereign state of Nevada,” Bundy recently told a radio reporter. “…I abide by all of Nevada state laws. But, I don’t recognize the United States Government as even existing.”
Host: “So essentially you have a deal already with Nevada and the Bureau of Land Management is essentially trying to revoke or renege that deal?”
Cliven Bundy: “Yeah, it gets back to the ownership of this. Who owns this land? Does the sovereign State of Nevada own this land within their borders? Or does the United States own this land with their borders? If United States owns this land then I guess I’m wrong. But what if this is a sovereign State of Nevada and Clark County, Nevada owns this land? The People of Clark County, Nevada owns this land.” (Emphasis added)

The answers to Mr. Bundy’s questions have been given—twice.
UPDATE: I looked at the "best" comments on the Brietbart article & it's clear that the Baggers didn't understand it:
I pray Father God watches over Cliven Bundy and his family and property. May He keep them safe from a tyrannical gub'mint trying to steal this man's freedom. Father God I pray You afflict Your righteous wrath against this gub'mint, afflict the hearts and minds of the men and dogs who are made to attack this ranch. Make every employee of the BLM suffer for any harm they do to Cliven Bundy's property and family.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

LOCAL WINGNUT RADIO SHOW

Inside Track had conservative grifter Steve Deace on and he was trying to sell the idea that the GOP should run more people like Tailgunner Ted Cruz.   The stale idea that the GOP needs to have real (hardcore) conservatives underpinned Deace's argument and a caller unintentionally blew that idea to smithereens  when she said that Rick Santorum should have been the candidate in 2012!  For 2016, Deace thinks that Ted Cruz would be a great nominee and that leads to this question: "Is Deace paid by the DNC?"

Friday, April 18, 2014

THE FRINGE IS COMING APART

(h/t Being Liberal)

Earlier this week, I heard Mark Levin say that Cliven the Crackpot's idea of the law is nonsense and tell his screener not to take any calls about it AND it turns out Glenn Beck has backed off from the protesters, much to the dismay of the rubes who thought Beck was sincere.  I've read comments about Cliven on a few conservative sites and I'd say there was a significant minority who DON'T think he's doing the right thing, so we may be seeing the first crack in the Far Right Noise Machine.

ANOTHER STUDY OF THE OBVIOUS

I recall that decades ago two researchers published an analysis of the 50s and came to the conclusion that America really wasn't much of a democracy. Today we have a little more evidence:
The astounding power of "economic elites"

By Rick Newman 6 hours ago The Exchange

“America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened.”

That’s the startling claim in a provocative new study by Martin Gilens of Princeton University and Benjamin I. Page of Northwestern University.

Many of us like to believe that popular opinion influences policymakers, at least indirectly. But that doesn’t seem to be the case. “The general public has little or no independent influence” on policymaking, the two political scientists found.

Instead, Gilens and Page found that “economic elites” have a “quite substantial, highly significant, independent impact on policy.” Groups representing business interests are the next most powerful influence on policymakers. Sometimes, those two groups are aligned on an issue—they both tend to prefer low taxes, for instance--which generates the highest likelihood of government action.
This story made the front page of Yahoo News...
and it was the only mainstream news source to run the story.

SOMETHING ELSE I DIDN'T KNOW

The real owner of an airplane registered in America can be obfuscated by using a trusteeship. I can't figure out the point of this rule.
Plane spotted in Iran is registered to Utah bank
8:14 p.m. EDT April 18, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An airplane that mysteriously ended up in Iran is registered to a Utah bank under an arrangement for aviation ownership that has prompted two warnings from a government watchdog in the past year.

A government watchdog warned last June and again in January that non-U.S. citizens have registered 5,600 planes with the Federal Aviation Administration through trustees, concealing the owners' identities.

Under FAA regulations, this can be done by the owner creating an agreement to transfer the plane's title to a trustee that is a U.S. citizen. The trustee then registers the plane. The agreements provide little information on the identity of the owner or who uses the plane, according to a memorandum by the Department of Transportation's Office of Inspector General.

I THINK DAVE WIEGEL'S REPORTING IS PRETTY REASONABLE

so I'm not surprised he wrote this:
Just interviewed Bernie Sanders for the podcast and he was so fun and honest (especially about how his 2016 presidential rumination is a way to get the media to cover his issues) that I want to interview him every week. Other senators, be more funny and honest!
I got my first real exposure to Bernie when he was a weekly regular on the Thom Hartmann Show.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

WHENEVER YOU READ ABOUT CONSERVATIVE BOOK SALES

Remember that all kinds of conservative organizations buy these books by the thousands:
Senate Conservatives Fund paid at least paid $427,000 to Simon & Schuster to purchase copies of one of Levin’s books in September and October of 2013.

GOOD NEWS & BAD NEWS IN THE SAME ARTICLE

POLITICO does a pretty good job of pointing out the $ connection between radio gasbags and rightwing interest groups:
But there was a more earthly benefit to the arrangement that brought Beck to the rally. It was organized by the tea party nonprofit group FreedomWorks, which had endorsed the candidates — and which has paid more than $6 million in recent years to have Beck promote the group, its initiatives and events.
The bad news is that it perpetuates the myth that these gasbags have huge audiences:
The details of the arrangements are little-known, but they have been lucrative for the recipients, and, in turn, have helped ensure that the groups get coveted airtime from hosts with a demonstrated ability to leverage their tens of millions of listeners to shape American politics.
The link goes to Talkers Magazine and as I have shown in other posts (here, here, here and here) that Talkers isn't a reliable source of audience size.