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Showing posts with label Crooks & Liars. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Crooks & Liars. Show all posts

Monday, February 9, 2015

Cruz Appears On Sunday Morning News Shows And Hits 2013 GOP Shutdown Strategic Foul Balls

Ted Cruz is playing the politics game and doing it without regard for our intellect, our vision, our sense of hearing and our ability to read.  He visited a few Sunday morning (conservative) shows and disavowed his and  his party's 29 Billion (hit to GDP)  2013 shutdown.

If you need any level of validation about how many Americans viewed the shutdown a CNN/ORC Poll  pointed the finger at congressional Republicans.

The government shutdown in 20 questions.
A CNN/ORC International poll that came out Monday found that 46% will blame congressional Republicans if the government closes its doors, with 36% saying the president would be more responsible and 13% pointing fingers at both.
OK, that was an unnecessary digression, but I will always err on the side of information when faced with demagoguery. There is no demagogue in the US Congress more deleterious to bi-partisanship than Ted Cruz (R-TX).

The futility and wastefulness of GOP politics and the $24 Billion hit to GDP.

Cruz's leadership in shutting down the US government actually reaches back to Cruz's earliest days in the US Senate. I posit the shutdown was a legislative landmine from the inner psyche of the anti-US government Koch brothers. And, the brothers would have reaped private agony  on their elected officials and closed the dark money bank.  

Cruz's deflection is an insult. If you haven't observed the lowest level of US politics, take a few minutes and watch a master gutter dweller in action.

We offer two broadcast segments from this morning's news. While Cruz is in Munich ,Germany, rest assured he will stay in-touch with US media cameras to feed his prospects of deflecting on congressional Democrats and to feed his 2016 brand (with lies and crafted performances).

Dana Bash and Cruz Part 2. The salient points in the segment commence at the 40 second mark. 

Let's follow a Crooks & Liars piece regarding the Cruz P/R campaign as he ramps up for a run at the GOP nomination in 2016. The CBS host showed his contempt for Cruz's deflective lies via verging on outright laughter. As you watch the video embed in the Crooks &Liars piece, my only criticism is the segment ends with Cruz's demagoguery to CBS's early morning viewers.  

Conservative demagogues and operatives are well coached in delivering their messages via electronic media. They know or have been coached the clock is their ally. News show host have tight time parameters for each segment. Cruz and others are very adroit at capturing the parting comment time. If you do not realize the value of those parting remarks, you might be one who relishes the barrage or propaganda.

CBS Host Laughs In Ted Cruz's Face For Repeatedly Denying He Shut Down Government

CBS host Bob Schieffer's was driven nearly to a fit of giggles on Sunday after Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) repeatedly refused to take responsibility for last year's government shutdown. The veteran newsman led off his Sunday interview by simply asking if Cruz would be willing to once again hold the government hostage to try to get…

Monday, June 9, 2014

Las Vegas Shooters: Possible White Supremacist, Bundy Ranch Militia, And Anti-Government Quacks!

Apparently some neighbors of the Las Vegas shooters heard from the Las Vegas shooters, they were anti-government and they had mentioned a shooting spree. Yes, you mental process went to the same place as did my mental process. Where is the individual responsibility to report such twerps? Especially during times when people act-out their rhetoric.

The details of the Las Vegas "Start of the revolution" start to emerge. Internet media is reporting virtually real-time. Despite the fact CNN is airing reports from Las Vegas, we are amazed at the intentional surface-only cover of the shootings. MSNBC may have programming reports via their live broadcast, but the MSNBC webpage is void on any mention of the shooting. 

I will state right up-front, "There is nothing at all in the news that surprises me."

The Daily Mail.CO.UK. headline, sub-headline and lede deck.

Married white supremacist couple yelled 'this is a revolution' as they shot dead two cops eating pizza and a female bystander, then draped the bodies in 'Don't Tread On Me' flags before suicide pact
  • A husband and wife in their late 20s stormed a North Las Vegas pizzeria on Sunday morning and shot dead two police officers, one in the head
  • They then ran to a Walmart where they shot a woman dead before taking their own lives in a suicide pact
  • The killed police officers have been identified as dad-of-three Alyn Beck, 41, and Igor Soldo, 31, who had a newborn baby
  • White supremacist paraphernalia including swastikas was found in the young couple's apartment during a raid after the shooting
  • Neighbors described the pair as methamphetamine users obsessed with conspiracy theories
  • The couple openly talked about killing police and going underground before emerging 'when the time is right,' said another neighbor
Alyn Beck

Igor Soldo
Dead in the line of duty: Officers Alyn Beck (left) and Igor Soldo (right) were killed Sunday morning by male and female shooters while eating lunch
This flag was draped over the dead officer's body: Known as the Gadsden Flag, this symbol of defiance dating back to the American Revolutionary War was used to cover the slain officer
This flag was draped over the dead officer's body: Known as the Gadsden Flag, this symbol of defiance dating back to the American Revolutionary War was used to cover the slain officer

Talking Points Memo Livewire

Neighbors in an apartment complex where the two suspects lived said they “had a reputation for spouting racist, anti-government views” and boasted about their gun collection, according to the Las Vegas Sun. The newspaper reported that residents of the apartment complex who spoke about the suspects also brought up the couple’s relationship with Bundy Ranch, where the two bragged about being present for the standoff between militia members and the Bureau of Land Management. 
Another resident of the apartment complex, Brandon Moore, told the Las Vegas Sun that the couple had also spoken about their plans to commit a mass shooting. 
"They were handing out white-power propaganda and were talking about doing the next Columbine," he said.
   Neighbors Say Vegas Shooters Were White   Supremacists, Bundy Militants
The Review-Journal, too, got a similar sketch of the murderers from neighbors at their apartment complex:                                                                                                                   Several neighbors identified the man as Jared, while one called the woman Amanda. 
Like many of the neighbors contacted, Krista Koch said she didn't know the couple's last names. She described them as "militant." They talked about planning to kill police officers, "going underground" and not coming out until the time was right to kill. 
Brandon Monroe, 22, has lived in the complex for about two weeks. He said the man who lived in the apartment that was being searched often rambled about conspiracy theories. He often wore camouflage or dressed as Peter Pan to work as a Fremont Street Experience street performer. A woman lived with him, Monroe said, but he didn't see her as often. 
They were weird people, Monroe said, adding that he thought the couple used methamphetamine.
Let's end this piece with a re-post from Crooks&Liars. Yet, we must offer a comment about this morning's CNN coverage of the shooting. I have sat through 1.5 hours of coverage and have yet to hear any reporting as posted on this page. No mention of a Bundy Ranch militia activity, no mention of the commonly used Don't Tread on Me Flag, no mention of reports the shooter often spewed white supremacists views.

If CNN has a business model that includes a form of sanitizing news, it is a credible new course?  Fox News is reporting with mention of the shooters as Meth tweakers only.  Why does CNN strive so hard to follow a path set by Fox News? Why does the network clearly avoid mention of militia, Bundy's Ranch and white supremacists "barkers?"

CNN sanitizing news! Linked here

A quick review of the MSNBC webpage yield no mention of the shooting and its various fissures into militia, Bundy Ranch, anti-government and racism.

If people get the preponderance of their news from television, we have to question why a major news network would fail to report the full story.  We are what we know, if we do not know facts and details we as living beings make bad choices and associated bad decisions.  How many of you felt Cliven Bundy's militia supported tax evasion was a noble cause? Did you think the people on the overpass with scoped rifles leveled on BLM officials and Las Vegas Police were "cool?"  Did you get a nice picture as a passers-by?  


Las Vegas Shooters Said They Were Kicked Off Bundy Ranch (via
By Susie Madrak June 9, 2014 6:36 am - Comments The two shooters draped the bodies of the slain cops with a "Don't Tread On Me" Gadsden flag, lately favored by the Tea Party and right-wing militants. As the details come out about the Las Vegas shooting…

How about the people who simply listened to the racist/anti-government anarcho-terrorist and failed to report? Let's consider a scenario with one of those people shopping at the WalMart store and riling the shooters. Would that have been a case of inadvertent suicide? 

UPDATE: Washington Post reports Nazi items lying around shooters' apartment.  StumbleUpon

Friday, May 23, 2014

Allen West Typical GOP

Fundraiser/Political Strategy
As the US House prepares for John Boehner's "tea party" fundraiser (Select) Benghazi Committee, the committee members have been announced.

Boehner's "fundraisers"

Pelosi's "Guardian Monitors"

And the circus begins. The NRCC has already commenced raising money form the hearings, despite actual hearings as weeks and maybe months away. Remember, Boehners "rangers" are in no rush as fundraising and political leverage for 2014 mid-terms and 2016 general elections are the ultimate mission.

While NRCC fundraising off the deaths of heroic Americans is as despicable as it gets. Yet, another noted Tea Party demagogue has attacked a member of the Democrat committee members.

As a matter of introduction, let's meet the combatants attacked and the attacker.
American War HeroLadda Tammy Duckworth
Tammy Duckworth
Tammy Duckworth, official portrait, 113th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 8th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
An Iraq War veteran, Duckworth served as a U.S. Army helicopter pilot and suffered severe combat wounds, losing both of her legs and damaging her right arm. She was the first female double amputee from the war.[1] Having received a medical waiver, she continues to serve as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Illinois Army National Guard along with her husband, Major Bryan W. Bowlsbey, a signal officer and fellow Iraq War veteran.

American anti-hero: Allen West resigned military commission to avoid court martial and possible imprisonment: torture of an Iraq war detainee.

The Nation
West resigned from the military in 2004, following an incident involving his unit’s treatment of an Iraqi man. West himself was charged with two violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, including one against assault, and agreed to retire after an Article 15 hearing in order to avoid a court martial.
Read more after break below 
According to a 2004 account in The New York Times, West let the soldiers under his command beat the Iraqi man, whom West believed was involved in an attempt on his life. (No evidence was ever found implicating the man). Then, he staged a mock execution: 
Soon, the soldiers began striking and shoving Mr. Hamoodi. They were not instructed to do so by Colonel West but they were not stopped, either, they said. ‘I didn’t know it was wrong to hit a detainee,” a 20-year-old soldier from Daytona Beach said at the hearing. Colonel West testified that he would have stopped the beating ”had it become too excessive.” 
Eventually, the colonel and his soldiers moved Mr. Hamoodi outside, and threatened him with death. Colonel West said he fired a warning shot in the air and began counting down from five. He asked his soldiers to put Mr. Hamoodi’s head in a sand-filled barrel usually used for clearing weapons. At the end of his count, Colonel West fired a shot into the barrel, angling his gun away from the Iraqi’s head, he testified.

 A bit more ......Rep. Allen West says 'about 78 to 81' House Democrats in Communist Party

I know of Allen West, you know of Allen West, the GOP knows of Allen West, and those who made the big mistake of electing West to the US Congress in 2010 felt they had grown to know West. 

Allen West is nothing shy of a gutter dwelling mouthpiece who will say anything for attention. In fact, I suspect West has ambitions to re-enter US politics via convincing the majority of voters in some district someplace to elect him. It should be noted he won his 2010 seat via an election that turned the US House over to tea party politicians who cling to the Koch bothers like scrap metal against a giant magnet. They infested and sat through a congress that led to the lowest congressional approval ratings in US history and a number of the more whacked-out representatives (West and Joe Walsh) lost their seats via awaken and back-tracking constituents. 

West has commented in a most disrespectful manner. The Tea party mouth-piece attacked War Hero Tammy Duckworth.  If you prefer a short version of West's comments:

Right Wing Watch
“Tammy Duckworth, you know I just don’t know where her loyalties lie, for her to have been a veteran and a wounded warrior for the United States Army, she should know that this is not the right thing and hopefully she will remember the oath of office that she took as an Army officer and not the allegiance I guess she believes she has to the liberal progressives of the Democrat [sic] party,” Allen West. 

The following Crooks & Liars piece places West in perspective and reminds of a mind gone bad.

Allen West Doubts 'Legless' Tammy Duckworth's 'Loyalty' To America (via
By John Amato May 22, 2014 11:33 am - Comments This isn't the first time she's been attacked for her military service by Tea Party Republicans. We all remember what Republicans and Saxby Chambliss did to former Senator Max Cleland, a disabled war hero…

If you need a bit more on West check this out.


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Stacey Campfield (The Sen): Strikes Again...Jews on German Trains/The ACA?

Stacey Campfield (The Sen)

The future of the GOP?  On May 5th, 2014, Campfield added an entry to his blog:

May 5, 2014

Democrats bragging about the number of mandatory sign ups for Obamacare is like Germans bragging about the number of manditory sign ups for "train rides" for Jews in the 40s.
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Alas, another horrid and insensitive analogy from a GOP politician.  Why do we not hear the constant exhibition of such remarks and comments from Democrat? what is it about the conservative paradigm that they feast on such analogy, metaphor and characterization?   

Yes, The Tennessee State Senator "went there."  The Affordable Care Act is working for millions and working well. I have seen news show guests who indicated people are paying for their coverage at the 90% level. Where is the failure?  Where is the harshness?  How is the law in any way Machiavellian? The president made an inadvertent mistake in declaring. "you can keep your plan," but an analogy as that form Campfield is outright insensitive and disgusting.

Of course, Campfield responded to overwhelming criticism (Of his comments) with typical GOP modus operandi.  "Oh, you misunderstood my point." Or, "I was inarticulate."  Better yet, "I don't think I said that, I sad BLAH people."
  "......bureaucrats deciding who should be given life saving medications and who should be denied" and government funding for abortion
I could be way off base, but I do not believe the ACA provides for government funding of abortion.  I also fail to find any "court of choice" as to who gets medication and who do not get medications.  

The ACA as a step in the right direction yet she of Universal healthcare, has a few issues. The law seems to have missed detailed attention to higher -end middle income earners.  Crafters of the law also failed to properly assess American corporatist (and wherewithal of their highly compensated Law teams) and the extent to which corporatism would turn the law to its benefits. But, the law as delineated by Campfield simply does not exist.

Jon Stewart, The Daily Show, delivered a segment on GOP "zygotes;" Campfield became an easy target.

Let's scroll through a Wiki chronology of Campfield from his first term in the Tennessee legislature.

WIKI Campfield Tennessee Legislature background

Tennessee House of Representatives

He was first elected in 2004 to the Tennessee House of Representatives.
In 2005, Campfield said that he was interested in joining the legislative Black Caucus.[6] Campfield described the group's bylaws as racist because he said they restrict membership based on race, which described as being more restrictive than the Ku Klux Klan's bylaws.[6] The leader of the Black Caucus considered asking members of the group to vote on whether to give Campfield honorary membership, but Campfield said he only wanted full membership.[7]
As of 2006, felons were eligible to vote in Tennessee as long as they are not delinquent on any payments of child support or victim restitution.[8] Because there is no law prohibiting voting by non-felons who are delinquent on child support payment, a bill was proposed dropping the eligibility for felons of being timely with child support payments in 2006.[8] Campfield opposed the bill, saying that one way a felon can show rehabilitation is by being timely on any child support payments.[8]
Campfield sponsored a bill to issue death certificates for aborted fetuses in 2007.[9] Campfield said he wanted people to be able to find out how many abortions were being performed in Tennessee.[10] Tennessee already required abortions to be reported to the Office of Vital Records, and the number of abortions performed in the state was publicly available.[10]
In 2008, Campfield sponsored a bill requiring public colleges in Tennessee to allow their full-time employees with state-issued handgun-carry permits to carry their handguns on campus.[11] The Tennessee Board of Regent opposed the bill, saying that only campus security police at universities should possess weapons on their campuses, and that local police are the best way to protect community college campuses.[11] Two years later, he sponsored a bill to make private the names of people with state-issued handgun permits, but not the names of people whose permits had been revoked.[12]
Campfield proposed a bill to ban teachers from teaching about homosexuality in Tennessee's public elementary and middle schools in 2008,[13] saying that the topic should only be discussed by each student's family.[14] The bill died in committee.[13] The Tennessee Equality Project opposed the bill, saying that teachers need not advocate for or against homosexuality, but they should allow students to debate the issue of homosexuality.[14]
In 2008, Campfield proposed a bill to prohibit Tennessee public colleges from admitting illegal immigrants.[15] Campfield said that if students cannot enroll in classes with unpaid parking tickets, then students should not be able to enroll in classes if they are in violation of federal immigration laws either.[15]
In 2009, Campfield introduced a bill to limit lottery winnings to $600 for people on public assistance.[16] Campfield said that people on public assistance should not be buying lottery tickets and instead should be using that money to buy food for their children.[16] Tennessee law already prohibited the use of public assistance money to purchase lottery tickets. The bill also prohibited prisoners from redeeming winning lottery tickets.[16]

Tennessee Senate

In 2010 Campfield was elected to the State Senate.[17] The seat was previously held by Tim Burchett.[3] His opponent, Democrat Randy Walker, had openly solicited support from moderate Republicans in the November election but was defeated 37–53%.[18][19]
Tennessee holds open primaries, where any voter may vote in any party's primary election.[20] Campfield introduced a bill to change to a closed primary.[20]The bill would only allow a registered voter to vote in a primary election if the voter was affiliated with that particular political party.[20] Campfield said that voters often vote in the other party's primary in order to vote for a weaker candidate or one that is closer to the voter's own party's politician positions, both of which Campfield opposed.[20] Campfield's time in the Tennessee Senate has been met with much national controversy and opposition:
If after that reading, you think the WIKI writer was a bit harsh, or that I am being harsh, read on.

2009 Masked Luchador incident at UT Neyland Stadium football game

Example of aluchador mask.
Rep. Stacey Campfield attended the October 31, 2009 Volunteers football game with the University of South Carolina at the University of Tennessee Neyland Stadium where he was briefly questioned, searched, and detained after the mother of two young girls complained that a luchador-masked Campfield had reportedly frightened two young girls in Section B seating (the girls had previously been told by UT stadium security that masks were not allowed to be worn inside the stadium for the Halloween football game). Campfield was reported as only having stadium seating admission tickets for Section LL upon being questioned by Knox County Sheriffs Department deputies and was then escorted outside of the stadium by two deputies.[43][44]
In 2013, my first exposure to Campfield was with Martin Bashir (Oh, how we miss Bahsir!), interviewed the Tennessee State Senator. We have added a bit of spice to the Campfield review via a 2013 Crooks & Liars piece.

Crooks & Liars

Tenn GOP Rep. Stacey Campfield Wants To Tie Welfare Benefits To Children's Grades (via
By Heather January 30, 2013 10:01 am - Comments It looks like "compassionate conservatism" is alive and well in Tennessee: Stacey Campfield, Tennessee GOP Lawmaker, Wants To Tie Welfare Benefits To Children's Grades : Tennessee state Rep. Stacey Campfield…


Monday, April 28, 2014

Bill Kristol Stands Tall For Bundy!

Racism and indifference to racism should disqualify the pundit from credible television lucrative contracts
It is amazing the extent to which conservatives have no regard for overt racism.  Bill Kristol provides a degree of support for Cliven Bundy.

As information comes forth about Bundy and support from the Koch brothers it shouldn't surprise anyone when conservative "carnival barkers" go rabid.  Kristol remarks are utter rabid.

Bill Kristol: Don't 'Go Hysterical Over Two Or Three Sentences' By Racist NBA Owner (via
By David April 27, 2014 10:45 am - Comments Conservative pundit Bill Kristol on Sunday urged people to judge NBA team owner Don Sterling by his "deeds," and not to "go hysterical over two or three sentences" where he tells his girlfriend to stay away…