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Showing posts with label Mario Piperni Dot Com. Show all posts
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Friday, January 3, 2014

Mario Piperni Answers Email (The TPI Agrees and Posits )


And a political year starts!

Our first 2014 re-blog from Mario Piperni Dot Com.  Thank you Mario for the partnership......And we at teh TPI wholeheartedly agrees with every word keyboarded by Mario. 


If I may posit just a bit before the Pipneri piece.

We grew so very weary of Bush/Cheney, we looked back a Reagan, we see the vile nature of the GOP and we wanted change. We wanted it quickly and completely. Candidate Obama promised "Change" and in may ways got just that, but in many other ways we sit and watch as concerted strategy from the GOP to stifled all things progressive have for the most part worked. Not only has pure obstruction worked, it has soiled the minds of progressives.


Our bureaucratic government and dangerous times have not helped with what some would call perception to the archetypal Democrat. 

Imagine going through the post election White House briefings and finding-out that Bush/Cheney had perpetrated wars via hidden budgets that contributed greatly to our deficits. Imagine learning the extent of the threats from enemies of the state who had waged war on the nation, and finding-out the inner workings of the ever-present danger. Imagine taking over a White House with a Congress laden with just enough Blue Dog democrats to even think of pushing a real Democratic agenda. For that matter, imagine taking office with an economic abyss called a 2nd Great Depression leering around very corner the White House.

Think of looking back at the early days of the first term and realizing the , High-road, turn-the-other check, staff you sworn into office would fail you. They failed not due to incompetence, they literally underestimated (as have we all) the extent of hatred and political malfeasance to come from the GOP. I personally recall sharing a email communication about Sarah Plain and comments she made regarding Obama winning the nomination to Obama's team. I received a communication back from David Axelrod that Barack Obama, he and others would be taking the high-road and focusing on the business of governance in an inclusive manner. Well, it took less than two years for the "White House staff to specifically ask people to share email and Facebook claims about the  Administration.   
They found-out just how vile the Right would carry themselves. There are no more 'high-road notes from the White House back to the public. We also notice most of those early advisers left before the Administration end of the first term. 

Of equal or possibly more importance, and despite protestation to the contrary, imagine being the first African-American President of the United States. Imagine the reality when it hits... you cannot lead as has others. You cannot work with specific constituency for fear of riling the Right as was the case with the improper arrest of Louis Gates and subsequent "Beer-gate." (what a farce when Obama was absolutely correct.)  Of particular note the president bothered to speak out about the Trayvon Martin murder. We continue to hear flak from the Right about the president's heartfelt and very apropos message tot eh nation. We carefully worded the previous sentences based on clear evidence, significant number of Americans hold Obama to a standard (a false standard based on an infestation social malignancy by millions) than his predecessors. After, knowing it would be a tough road to navigate and accepting the challenge, imagine the level of blindside when reality hits. Yes, we often hear, "Oh do not hit me with the racial poppy-cock, we elected him!" Yes, and many voted for Obama based on the woefully sad candidates nominated or the other side.  He may have been the lesser of two evils for many and we suspect so as so  many quickly turned (coat) and signed-on as members of the Fox News battalions. I often think of life in the US under McCain/Palin or Romney/Ryan Administrations. A dire thought to put it mildly!

Finally, imagine the prospect of the public disdain or the IRS "alleged" scandal and the coverage from the media. The core reality of the issue was, the fulfillment of investigating the proliferation of tax-exempt "cover groups" was not as portrayed and was carried out more evenly than initially reported. Two additional factors: the Rights tendency to adopt pseudo-patriotic organization names (to facilitate contributions) backfired and slowed the approval process. Also, not one organization was denied tax exempt status. The president takes a hit for that as the buck stops at the top.

We know that Drone warfare has riled the Left to a level of unfathomable as it appears to stand against all things progressive. We will not commit on the drone warfare, basically because we do not see viable options to fight an enemy that literally immerse in urban environments to level what we once called guerrilla tactics. 

Lest we forget the business of the Affordable Care Act and its roll-out. Yes, We liberals wanted universal single payer bill; it was not going to happen and it did not happen. The roll out? Yes, terribly mismanaged and questions remains about the appointment of Sibelius to the HHS leadership position. But, that is behind us and we must work to get young people enrolled in that only health care reform we have.   

Of course, there are many reason some on the Left have grown to find Obama and the Democratic Party somewhat contemptible. We have addressed only a couple issues that we consistently hear regarding the Administration. Those same naysayers avoid even the slightest consideration of the 225 Accomplishments documented and cited by Milt Shook, The PCTC Blog, and other archivists. While it is not the most solid of positions, those naysayers also fail to realize the extent to which the nation has prospered via the non-election of GOP presidential candidates over the past five years.  


We truly hope our friend Mario Piperni doesn't mind our joining in introduction of his first piece of 2014.  It is a serious matter and the American tendency to think short-term and very much at the surface level is failing us in far more ways than we currently know.  It is also a tendency that is fed by right-wing media and we will very successfully.
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Finding Me on Bartcop or Obama is a Fraud

Barack Obama - water   http://mariopiperni.com/
After a 2 week hiatus, it’s time to ease back into regular posting and I thought I’d start with publishing an interesting email I received yesterday. A gentleman named Neil, wrote me to both praise my work (thank you, Neil) and to express his complete disappointment in President Obama and the Democratic Party.
In a letter titled I Found you on Bartcop, Neil wrote:
I find your work brilliant, the best slamming of the Rethugs on the Internet.Unfortunately you, like Bartcop, believe that the Dems are the solution, and not, truthfully, part of the problem.
I voted for Obama once, but now I consider him a war criminal, and a fraud. I live in Mass, so I can vote for one of the few Dems with integrity, Elizabeth Warren, but I would have preferred that she had run as an Independent (like Bernie Sanders, Angus King) so that she doesn’t end up corrupted like most of the rest of the Dems.
Bartcop is the most partisan of Dems, even as every other paragraph of a posting is usually expressing frustration about the Dems.
Anyway, as I said, love your work. If you ever take a critical look at the Dems also, I’d contribute. But personally I have written the Dems off. I’m on SS and some of them, like Obama, are trying to do the “grand bargain” and cut what little I have and deserve for a life time of hard work. He’s a fraud. good luck, nice kids, work for their future.
I hear you, Neil, and I’m sure you’re not alone among liberals and progressives in feeling disappointment and a sense of betrayal by some of the actions of the President and Dems in Congress. In a more perfect world, I suppose, there would be no American troops in either Iraq or Afghanistan, Guantanamo would be closed, tax rates for the top 2 percent would be higher, implementation of a true universal health care system with a single payer system would be in place, comprehensive immigration reform legislation would be enacted, marriage equality in all 50 states would be a reality, the country’s infrastructure woes would be addressed as would the undeniable dangers imposed by climate change. These and every other item on progressive’s wish list would either have been dealt with in the last five years or be in the process of being dealt with, except that…
we don’t live in a perfect world, and…
democracy tends to get a little messy most of the time and…
getting everything you want is not a realistic goal even when you’ve won the White House and half of Congress in consecutive national elections, and…
Democrats are dealing with the most reckless, hostile opposition in the history of the United States.
That’s the reality, Neil. While criticism and frustration has been expressed by liberals and progressives toward some of President Obama’s policies, there’s not a hell of a lot of room to criticize a man who is trying to govern in what has to be described as the most obstructionist environment a president has ever found himself in. When forced to deal with an opposition who has made ‘compromise’ a 4-letter word and Republican policy is being dictated by a couple of billionaire brothers, Fox News, conservative hate radio and a small group of crazy, delusional baggers operating in an 18th century mindset, what did you expect?
Here’s the question I ask: If not the Democratic Party, then who? Imagine what the last five years would have been like if John McCain had won back in 2008. Troops would still be firmly entrenched in Iraq and Afghanistan and Americans would most likely be fighting a war in Iran. Or imagine a country with a President Mitt Romney and the type of “compassion”  and “understanding” he’s shown for the poor and middle class. Imagine that, Neil, and tell me who you’d rather have in the White House.
I love Bernie Sanders and most of the principles he stands for and American politics needs all the Bernie Sanders they can get…but, here’s the thing; Bernie Sanders will never be president of the United States. Never, and that’s because as much as you believe in the thoughts and principles that guide your thinking, at least one half of the country disagrees with you and Bernie Sanders. And while that same half would possibly be willing to cast a vote for a more moderate liberal, they would never vote for someone as far to the left of the political spectrum as Bernie Sanders.
That said, I’m not suggesting that you and other progressives don’t hold Dems feet to the fire and demand that they do the best they can in pushing for a liberal agenda – after all, that’s what elections are for. But let’s not forget what’s happening out there. For every good intention that Barack Obama might have, he can’t do it alone. He needs the support of Congress to get things done and sometimes, reality dictates that you take what you can and live to fight another day.
Finally, Neil, what you interpret as fraudulent behavior on the part of President Obama is, I believe, pragmatism coming from a president who is forced to operate in a world of complexity and nuance we can only begin to imagine.
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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Mario Piperni Dot Com : Fox News Revisited.....

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Re-blog from earlier in December. 

Santa Is White Ctd.

It looks like they have no intention of letting go on the “Santa is white” meme that Megyn Kelly got going.
Conservative Quotes - Boortz on Santa  :   http://mariopiperni.com/
Do you think they have the slightest idea as to how stupid they sound?
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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Mario Piperni/E.A. Blair: The 48 Million (a Health Insurance perspective)

Re-blog from Mario Piperni Dot Com and E.A. Blair

How Many People is 48 Million?

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Via regular contributor E.A. Blair…
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On this past Sunday’s Meet The Press, Representative Michael J. Rogers (R-MI-8) made the following statement:
“Here’s the problem, you have 15 percent of the population that didn’t have health insurance when this started, roughly — and we think that number was high, we think it was closer to 10. So what they’ve done is disrupted it for the 85 percent that had health care. And their costs are going up significantly. So we’ve broken the system to help a few, Nobody would fix a problem that way.”
A recent report from the US Census Bureau puts the number of uninsured Americans at 48 million – that’s 48,000,000, or, in scientific notation, 4.8×107.

This is what Michael J. Rogers (R-Dumbfuckistan) calls “a few”. It’s obvious that Mr. Rogers sees numbers and not people.

Let’s put that into perspective:

48,000,000 people would make a standing human pyramid just over nine miles high – one and a half times taller than Mount Everest – tall enough that the people in the top 572 layers would die without an oxygen supply.
Stretched out on the ground head to foot, 48,000,000 people would circle the earth twice.

Given the same population density, New York City would have to be six times larger to accommodate the nation’s uninsured.

The population of the entire United States did not exceed 48,000,000 until 1880.

With the exception of the elections of 1984, 1988 and 2000, no presidential candidate in the 18th, 19th or 20thcenturies received more than 48,000,000 votes.

There are 242 countries and dependent territories in the world1. Given the figure of 48 million uninsured Americans that means that these uninsured outnumber the populations of 236 of those 242 countries and dependencies. In other terms, the number of US uninsured exceeds the populations of 167 member states of the UN, or all but four European nations (not counting Russia), all but four countries in Africa, or every single country in South America except Brazil.

Yes, Rep. Rogers considers enough people to populate the 27th largest country in the world (by population) a “few”, while the American Heritage Dictionary defines it as “A number greater than one but indefinitely small”. It looks like we need a new definition of “few” and a few less people like Michael J. Rogers.

- E.A. Blair

¹Dependent territories are politically tied to a nation but have varying degrees of self governance, like American Samoa, Greenland or the Faroe Islands.
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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Beck and Limbaugh Claim JFK; Mario Piperni Is Not Buying It!

Re-Blog from Mario Piperni Dot Com

Conservatives Claim JFK As One Of Their Own

Republican politics for Dummies   :   http://mariopiperni.com/

Why am I not surprised by this?

As the nation mourns the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, conservative media figures have attempted to appropriate his legacy and attribute to the beloved former president their conservative ideas and positions. This effort runs counter to Kennedy’s stated positions, speeches, and other historical facts surrounding his presidency.

Is there a shortage of heroes on the right that they now have the need to appropriate liberals and claim them as their own?

What this is really about is that Americans have given JFK an 85% approval rating – the highest ranking among modern day presidents – and there is no way the right could allow that to stand without a fight. In any case, let’s allow the good citizens of Dumbfuckistan the opportunity to voice their thoughts on Kennedy and why they believe he was not really a liberal.

Glenn Beck:

“Who was John F. Kennedy? He has been co-opted by the left…if you could bring back the politician that JFK was, he wouldn’t be accepted by the Republican Party because he would be a Tea Party radical.

Limbaugh:

“[Kennedy] was not in any way a liberal as you know Liberals today…Kennedy was not a big believer in the Civil Rights Act.”

Some Boston Globe winger:

“Kennedy was no liberal. By any reasonable definition, he was a conservative” and that “Today’s Democratic Party — the home of Barack Obama, John Kerry, and Al Gore — wouldn’t give the time of day to a candidate like JFK.”

And on it goes, even though Kennedy was not shy to shout out his liberal creds…or even though a “Wanted for Treason” poster of Kennedy was circulated in and around Dallas in the days before that fateful day in November 1963.


Sorry guys, you’re going to have to be satisfied with your deluded Reagan heroship. John F. Kennedy was an intellectual who would have been repelled by the sheer ignorance of today’s Republican/Tea Party – a sorry excuse for a political party overflowing with sociopaths and clowns. I’d love to know what JFK would have thought of Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin and Louie Gohmert and Rand Paul and Rick Santorum and George W. Bush and Rick Perry and any number of crazies that have turned the Republican party into the laughing stock of the world. I’d think that Kennedy would sooner pluck out his left eye than be associated with any of these dumbasses.

Here’s a thought…any chance that in 2063, Republicans will claim Barack Obama was the country’s first black conservative president?
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Monday, October 28, 2013

Mario Piperni....And The GOP Green Board!

Re-Blog from Mario Piperni Dot Com

GOP’s 2014 – 2016 Agenda

Republican Agenda 2014-2016  :   http://mariopiperni.com/
I have no doubt that the actual chalkboard at a GOP strategy session looks much like the one depicted above. It is clear enough to anyone that’s been following the right’s clown show that Republicans have no desire to govern for the next three years. It’s all about obstructing and dismantling and what they can’t get done at the federal level, they’ll try to implement at the state level. They’ve already accomplished much with voter suppression and anti-choice laws in red states…but here’s a bit of good news breaking out of Texas.
A federal judge in Texas on Monday blocked an important part of the state’s restrictive new abortion law, which would have required doctors performing the procedure to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.
The decision, one day before the provision was to take effect, prevented a major disruption of the abortion clinics in Texas. It was a victory for abortion rights groups and clinics that said the measure served no medical purpose and could force as many as one-third of the state’s 36 abortion clinics to close.
Nice but you know that this is going to end up in the Supreme Court soon enough. The crazy people refuse to take no for an answer.
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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Mario Piperni: Another Mass Shooting!

Re-blog from Mario Piperni Dot Com.  If you visit here and do not visit Mario's web page  you miss comments and point-counter-point that adds value to Mario's artistry and prose. 

When Will the Insanity End?

Wayne LaPierre Gun Quote 2   -    http://mariopiperni.com/
Another mass shooting. Is it okay to bring up a plea, again, for sensible gun laws? Is there ever a good time to do so?
You know the NRA is meeting behind closed doors at this very moment planning their latest all-out assault on snuffing out any possible talk of gun laws. We’ll soon be hearing the entire litany of bullshit from gun nuts. You know, stuff like…’guns don’t kill, people do’ and ‘don’t blame guns. blame video games’ and “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.
Sadly, nothing is going to happen.  After a whole bunch of shouting, the gun crazies will win out. They always do…which is why they get to applaud jerks who walk into a Starbucks with an assault rifle strapped to their backs. They also get to mock people like David Frum who put out a snarky tweet to illustrate how ludicrous the gun debate has become.
“In wake of this most recent mass-casualty shooting, it is important that we all respect the feelings of America’s gun enthusiasts.”
If today is a typical day in the United States, then 30 people will be killed by firearms and another 162 will be wounded by guns. When does the insanity stop?
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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Mario Piperni: Conservative Leadership


Re-Blog......Mario Piperni digs deep! 

Most Conservative Leaders Will Never Understand

Upton Sinclair quote - Conservatives  :   http://mariopiperni.com/
Sinclair has it right. I would also add that the understanding is even harder to come by when the people involved are, for the most part, suffering from a personality disorder that “manifests itself in such traits as dishonesty, charm, manipulation, narcissism, and a lack of both remorse and impulse control.”
That’s right – sociopathic behavior.
Which is why these conservatives and their minions…
O’Reilly, Beck, Hannity, Malkin, Ailes, Limbaugh, Inhofe, Savage, Cruz, Drudge, Paul, Palin, Levin, Will, Rove, Krauthammer, Coulter and many others
will never understand…
health care, poverty, climate change, middle class issues, fair taxation, gun control, immigration, marriage equality or women’s issues.
Never.
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Friday, September 13, 2013

Mario Piperni Dot Com: A Fox News Perspective

Re-Blog from Mario Piperni Dot Com...

Fox News – A Parasitic Existence

Jon Stewart - Fox News quote  :   http://mariopiperni.com/
I thought Stewart’s description of what Fox News does was great until I read up on exactly what a succubus-like creature might be. Now I think the description is perfect.
In folklore traced back to medieval legend, a succubus is a female demon or supernatural entity that appears in dreams, who takes the form of a human woman in order to seduce men, usually through sexual intercourse. The male counterpart is the incubus. Religious traditions hold that repeated intercourse with a succubus may result in the deterioration of health or even death.
In modern fictional representations, a succubus may or may not appear in dreams and is often depicted as a highly attractive seductress or enchantress.
That’s Fox – the enchantress for low-intellect, low-information schmucks who desperately need someone to tell them exactly what to think on any given issue. Obama is a socialist who hates white people! Climate change is a hoax! Obamacare has death panels! Muslims are evil! Evolution is a lie! Creationism is science! Trayvon Martin was a thug! George Zimmerman is a victim! Guns good! Gun laws bad! Gays bad! Immigrants bad! Poor people bad! Corporations are people!
Fox News – the enchantress for bigots and idiots.
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Monday, August 19, 2013

Etch a Sketch Anyone?


Re-blogged from Mario Piperni Dot Com

Revisiting Romney’s Etch a Sketch With Reince Priebus

Romney Etch A Sketch Moment   :   http://mariopiperni.com/
You shake an Etch-a-Sketch, Reince, not “tilt” it.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Sunday brushed off criticism of the organization’s debate ultimatum from a former senior advisor to Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign.
“This Week” host George Stephanopoulos asked Priebus to respond to Eric Fehrnstrom’s tweet, which said it was “bad optics” for the party and a “loser’s game” to ban CNN and NBC from partnering with the RNC for 2016 presidential debates over pending film projects about Hillary Clinton. 
“Well, I don’t know if his Etch a Sketch is on tilt, George,” Priebus said. “I’m not really taking advice from Eric Fehrnstrom right now.” 
The remark referenced Fehrnstrom’s memorable comment on the 2012 campaign trail that seemed to imply Romney would change his position on key issues as need be to get elected. 
“Well, I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign,” Fehrnstrom said. “Everything changes. It’s almost like an Etch-A-Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and restart all over again.” 
Yeah, sure…whatever and who cares. The more important question here is: did the RNC fire Michael Steele for a bozo named Reince Priebus and think they got themselves a better operation? If so, they’re mistaken. I was never a fan of Steele and some of the idiotic stuff he’d say but you did get the impression that Steele was a decent guy who never really believed most of what he said. He was the GOP’s mouthpiece and he said what he had to say in his role as RNC chair. 
Reince Priebus, on the other hand, is an entirely different animal. There is something distinctly slimy about the man that takes in his name, his appearance and the very words he uses to sell the GOP’s latest sack of lies and deception. Priebus’ post election speech about the GOP’s need to reach out to women and minorities was promising but ended up amounting to zilch once the Tea Party growled its disapproval. 
Priebus can mock Fehrnstrom and his Etch-a-Sketch moment all he wants but his refusal to air primary debates on CNN and NBC will harm no one but a political party that desperately needs the votes of women, young people and minorities if it’s to ever have a chance of winning back the White House. 
And for what it’s worth, if you remove all of the vowels from Reince Priebus’ name, you’re left with: RNC PR BS
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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Bigfoot Video, Fox News And Wonderment Of "WHY?"

Why do people watch and listen to Fox News? Make certain to read Mario's "scoop on the video" below." 

Repost via Mario Piperni Dot Com

Titans of Intellect Meet Up At Fox – Bigfoot and Kilmeade

Fox & Friends - Stupid  :   http://mariopiperni.com/
Most people who have spent any time at all watching Fox and Friends are aware that there is but a single word required to describe co-host Brian Kilmeade.

Stupid…as in really, really stupid.

They don’t get much dumber than Kilmeade but I never really understood the extent of his stupidity until watching the clip below. In it, Kilmeade professes his belief in Bigfoot and then, sounding every bit like a 7-year-old child hanging on to his belief in Santa Clause and the Easter Rabbit, has this bit of scholarly dialogue with a Bigfoot expert.
Kilmeade: “So, here’s my thing, doctor. What is Bigfoot afraid of? Have they heard bad things about humans? Why does he keep running? Why wouldn’t he come out and greet us?”
Bigfoot Expert: “As any wild animal, it usually avoids human contact. Those that don’t are either domesticated are on the verge of extinction. So, this very rare animal is adapted to reclusive, evasive types of behavior that avoid human contact.”
Kilmeade: “Well, if I see him, I’m going to tell him we’re friendly, not to be feared.”
If those words were spoken by anyone else, I’d give them the benefit of the doubt and take it that they were being sarcastic and having a bit of fun with their guest. Not so with Kilmeade. The man really is that dumb.


As noted by a C&L reader, here’s what you need to wonder about: How is it that idiots on the right like Kilmeade have no problem believing in the existence of Bigfoot but refuse to accept the scientifically-backed fact that global warming is real.

Amazing.

But hey, while you try to figure that one out, you can take comfort in knowing that when Brian Kilmeade finally meets up with Bigfoot, he’ll be letting Sasquatch know that he has nothing to fear but fear itself.

BTW, here’s the scoop on the video that has Kilmeade convinced that Bigfoot is roaming the Canadian Rockies.
The website Death and Taxes pointed out that the video featured in the Fox News broadcast had been uploaded by a software company that created an iPhone app that uses augmented reality to add “Bigfoot” to smartphone videos in real time.
No one tell Brian, okay? It would also be nice if you didn’t say anything about Santa and the Easter Rabbit.
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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Mario Piperni Goes "Frank" About The GOP


Re-post from Mario Piperni Dot Com. You have to visit Mario's page!

GOP – America’s White Party

Quotes - Phylis Schlafly  :   http://mariopiperni.com/
Surprise, surprise. Stupidity is alive and well in the racist wing of the conservative movement.
Eagle Forum’s Phyllis Schlafly is riled up about comprehensive immigration reform, and she has hardly been hiding the reason why. Last month, Schlafly predicted that comprehensive reform would be “suicide for the Republican Party” because immigrants “come from a country” where they expect “a handout” from the government. Last week, she lamented that today’s immigrants are less patriotic than the “Irish, Italian, Jewish, etc.” immigrants of “earlier generations.” Then, she claimed that Mitt Romney lost the presidential election not because of eroding support for the GOP among people of color, but because “his drop-off from white voters was tremendous” – which is just blatantly false.
But in an interview this week with conservative radio program Focus Today, Schlafly just came right out and said it. Calling the GOP’s need to reach out to Latinos a “great myth,” Schlafly said that “the people the Republicans should reach out to are the white votes, the white voters who didn’t vote in the last election.”
That’s a lot of stupid packed into Schlafly’s statement. First of all, Mitt Romney did not suffer a drop-off from white voters. In fact, it was quite the opposite. Republicans picked up 59 percent of the white vote in 2012 – a 4 point improvement over John McCain’s 55 percent in 2008. Romney lost the presidential election because he was unable to pick up a majority of votes from the key demographics. He lost the women’s vote (45%), the Black vote (7%), the Hispanic vote (29%) and the Asian vote (27%).

In fact, Romney lost the election for the exact reason that Schlafly claims was not a factor – eroding support for the GOP from people of color. To claim otherwise is delusion at its grandest…but Democrats won’t mind a bit if Republicans take up Schafly’s advice and adopted a renewed Southern Strategy. Republican opposition to immigration reform and more stirring up white resentment toward immigrants will ensure that Republicans get an even smaller share of the minority vote in 2016.
But all that aside, Steve Benen
I have a related question for Schlafly and those who agree with her: exactly what would it look like if Republicans tried even harder to “reach out to … the white votes”? The GOP is already looking an awful lot like the driven snow, so what more can party leaders do, specifically, to make white folks feel even more welcome?
Great question. Short of donning white hoods and burning crosses on Hispanics’ lawns, what more could the GOP possibly do to draw out every last white vote?
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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Mario Piperni: Boston, Bombings And The Usual Suspets

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The Usual Suspect

APRIL 16, 2013 BY  

Conservative Hate Radio  -  http://mariopiperni.com/
Less than 24 hours after the tragedy at Boston and without a clue as to whom the perpetrator might be, the bigots have crawled out from under the rocks they call home…not that they were ever hiding.
In an email to members today, Tea Party Nation head Judson Phillips claimed that the Boston marathon bombing occurred because “we have a government that is not committed to protecting America” since it isn’t willing to “destroy radical Islam.” Phillips said that “Radical Islam and perhaps even non-radical Islam” is a danger to western civilization, arguing that Muslims believe that “non-Islamic nations may be conquered or otherwise taken over.”
The email (in part):
Unfortunately the sad truth is we will be hit again. It will happen sooner or later. It will probably be sooner than later.
There are two reasons why we will be hit again. First, we have a determined enemy who hates us. Second, we have a government that is not committed to protecting America.
It is a pretty safe bet right now that this attack was carried out by an Islamist. It was a well-coordinated attack. In its publication, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula called for just this kind of attack…The only way we make sure this never happens again is to identify our enemy and then craft a strategy to totally defeat that enemy.
Meanwhile, on cue, the regular gang of narrow-minded bigots who oppose immigration reform are using Boston as further reason to push their hate agenda.
“Some of the speculation that has come out is that yes, it was a foreign national and, speculating here, that it was potentially a person on a student visa,” King says. “If that’s the case, then we need to take a look at the big picture.”
On immigration, King says national security should be the focus now, and any talk about a path to legalization should be put on hold. “We need to be ever vigilant,” he says. “We need to go far deeper into our border crossings. . . .We need to take a look at the visa-waiver program and wonder what we’re doing. If we can’t background check people that are coming from Saudi Arabia, how do we think we are going to background check the 11 to 20 million people that are here from who knows where.”
This, in my mind, raises all sorts of questions. I mean, again, we don’t know who did this, motivations, all of that. But it is interesting that at this moment — we are considering legalizing or giving regularized status to millions of people. Pretty much none of them have gone through any rigorous background checks, to have a temporary status in the United States. And we don’t — I just think that there are all sorts of security implications aside from the other arguments on immigration — national security implications that we don’t talk about with enough frankness and I think certitude here. We can’t stop every attack, but my goodness, if we had borders that were shut down and we actually had a proper screening process, maybe we could stop some of them.
Let’s say it again…ignorance and bigotry of the type displayed by King, Ingraham and the teabagger who crafted the letter above, pose more danger to the well-being of the United States than anything any terrorist group could ever accomplish.
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