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Showing posts with label Open Secrets. Show all posts
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Monday, August 5, 2019

As Trump's World Turns: Video Games And Mental Health

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...Video games and mental health...

After three mass shootings in the span of three weeks (with two in a matter of 48 hours), I listened with contempt as progressive cable news hosts commented in anticipation of Trump's next day White House statements. Well, as is commonly the case Trump pulled up well shy of productive comments while wallowing in a low-level less than rational mumble-jumble. To be much more specific. Trump wallowed in the same irrational and third-grade level reading of a teleprompter.

Let's first expose the most irrational and inane utterances form the address.

If you dare to expose your gray matter to a president who has offered over 11,000 presidential lies in three years here is the full ten plus minutes address.  Speaking of the teleprompter do you recall what follows.

And 2011 criticism of then-President Obama for his use of the teleprompter. Linked here.

OK so much for GOP and Trump ridiculous hypocrisy regarding the teleprompter aside, let's show how VOX has addressed video games as an impetus to mass killings.

According to Vox's Ezra Klein.

Why video games aren’t causing America’s gun problem, in one chart

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It really doesn't take much to find the utter ridiculousness of the GOP's affinity for gun Lobby dark money.   You might be thinking"...well the Dems also take money from the NRA."  Yes, but relativity is a powerful consideration and visual representational of the imbalance of NRA money to the GOP is poignant, Open Secrets dot org offers a look at what has truly become money for driving US politicians. Three graphics

In case you didn't check out the Open Secrets' link, consider this graphic.

Take a close look at 2016.

Did you really believe Trump was going to even mention rapid-fire military-style rifles?


Friday, February 16, 2018

Mass Killings The GOP, NRA ,And Your Vote

Here we go again.

House of Representatives Prayers And Moment of Silence..before Business as usual.

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House Chief NRA represeatnaive: "Now is not the time."  Read and souns like a script from NRA headquarters.

Is there any wonder the GOP has zero interest in any form of firearm control?

Watch this quick hit video.

Would you like a more thorough review?  Try Open Secrets.  

Open Secrets
Money to congressional candidates: 2016 Cycle
You may also be interested in our comprehensive Gun Rights vs. Gun 

Control Profile

House # of Members Average Contribution Total Contributions

The US House of Representatives has 435 members.

Senate # of Members Average Contribution Total Contributions

The US Senate has 100 members.

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METHODOLOGY: The numbers on this page are based on contributions from PACs and individuals giving $200 or more. All donations were made during the 2016 election cycle and were released by the Federal Election Commission. Figures for the current election cycle are based on data released on May 16, 2017. 
This table lists candidates receiving money from this organization in 2015-2016. The organizations themselves did not donate, rather the money came from the organizations' PACs, their individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals' immediate families. Organization totals may include subsidiaries and affiliates.
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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Another Mass Killing, A Party Which Feigns Astonishment , And GOP Talking Points

The Bad, The Bad and The Ugly

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Earlier today, MSNBC's Hugh Hewitt (not in any way a regular show host at my residence) interview Paul Ryan, Majority Leader of the US House of Representatives. The interview included comment from Ryan along the lines of he was unaware of the raid fire weapon augmentation device called the Stock Bump.  How is that possible?

Wisconsin's Gary Johnson-US Senate (R) commented on the rapid-fire weapon tool. 
"I have no problem in banning those," he said.

Senator Cornyn- Texas (R) took his comments a step further, but drew back shy of an en statement on banning the rapid-fire tool.  I suppose Cornyn needs to check with the NRA for its position on the issue. 
"If somebody can essentially convert a semi-automatic weapon by buying one of these and utilizing it and cause the kind of mayhem and mass casualties that we saw in Las Vegas, that's something of obvious concern that we ought to explore," Cornyn told reporters.
".....concern that we ought to explore" Why not work on a full ban next week? 

How about one minute of the ugliness of why many members of the US Congress pay little attention to the deep clear and present dangers inherent in the NRA and other gun lobby groups?

The New York Times just yesterday published an opinion piece about the top 10 members from both Houses of Congres.  Is there any wonder we have heard or read one iota of comment from either of those 20 elected officials?

If you are an HIV (High Information Voter), you may have interest in an Open Secrets piece regarding the NRA's financial contributions

The nation has a serious, no the nation has a grave, problem with the state of Republicanism. While we certainly have Democrats who receive donations from the NRA and another gun lobbyist, the proportion of politically focused dark dollars leans far to the Right. If the Las Vegas shooter actually, as reported, purchased 33 guns over the course of the past year, the nation has an inarguable problem, and we have a majority party in both congressional houses which may turn a discerning and critical eye from such killings.

How can we avoid more mass killings, If we are faced with a White House and GOP which handles tragedies as witnessed this past Sunday with talking points leaked and published by NBC News?


After the pathetic set of Rightwing talking points is there any real prospect our national leaders will work to avoid tragic mass killings? Is it a stretch to realize the following potential killer could have targeted you? 
......and they will come for you.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Why Would MConnell's Death Panel 13 Write A Bill Like The BCRA?

For an answer let's visit with Open Secrets.

Health Care Overhaul

"Repeal and replace." That's long been the rallying cry of Republicans — including President Donald Trump — when it comes to Obamacare. But it has turned out to be a tall order to fill, even with the GOP controlling both houses of Congress and the White House. The influence of the vast health care industry — doctors, pharmaceutical companies, insurers and others — will be brought to bear in any overhaul of the program, as it was in the shaping of the Affordable Care Act in 2009. And that industry is a big player in money-in-politics.

Total contributions to members of the 115th Congress

If you are interested in the full Senate:


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Senate Gift To The Wealthy/Lower Income Death Panel Bill Part 2

There isn't another nation on Earth with reputable medical systems, quality healthcare, and competent medical professionals wich fails to provide healthcare for its citizens. Why is the United States traveling down a path which will place 15 million in a state of no medical coverage within one year?  

Paul Ryan literally has parsed on his lips: "We promised to repeal and replace Obamacare."  I asset Ryan and his GOP have a far greater mission than fulfilling campaign promises.  

When it comes to Senate or House votes regarding healthcare or Big Pharma, I always check out Open Secrets. Herewith, is an Open Secrets review of contributions to Senator's who will eventually cast votes on repealing the ACA.

Let's also consider a perspective from a healthcare subject matter expert.


Click on either Twitter post for a better read.

Andy SlavittVerified account@ASlavittRan Medicare, Medicaid & ACA for President Obama. , Senior Advisor. , Opinion Columnist.

As we move along the path of the GOP's growing death panels a couple of considerations are important. Fifty-one percent of a survey group indicated no interest in repealing Obamacare.  One, we pass that reality there are the horrible stories of Americans who will suffer while Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell's moneyed supporters enjoy their significant tax savings.

If you have forgotten the level to which the GOP's major constituent seeks a repeal of he ACA, you might find this Yahoo (AP) link informative. 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Open Secrets Monitors Trump Appointees (Cha Ching)

Nominee Donations to Senate Committees

Many of the men and women Donald Trump has selected for his Cabinet need to be confirmed by the US Senate. In some cases, these nominees or the companies that they direct have made large donations to the members of the committees tasked with evaluating their nominations. Dig into this data here.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

US Politics and Life Blood Money...The Center for Responsive Politics 2012/2014

The Center for Responsive Politics informs...... via Open Secrets Dot Org

As I read a blog posting from Alan Grayson regarding his re-election campaign for the US House of Representatives, his comments about Koch brothers spending led to thoughts of 2012. In 2012, campaign contributions reflect Barack Obama's defeat of Mitt Romney, and contribution from small donors (like me) carried the campaign contribution win.  
Alan Grayson

The Koch Brothers are already spending a fortune running dirty ads in my district attacking me.

Americans for Prosperity intensifies pressure on congressional Democrats by launching another round of TV commercials. Targets this time include .....
All of the special interests want nothing more than to beat us and silence us. The question is, will you let them?

It's only February, and the Koch Brothers are already up on the air, with hundreds of thousands of dollars in attack ads. They are ....

Yes, it appears the Kochs have targeted Florida, just as they target North Carolina. The people of North Carolina are fighting back and in many cases winning. It is critical that high information people (voters) maintain a knowledge stream and knowledge base for sharing with others. 

The Center for Responsive Politics is one of the very best. Money in politics is a  infectious cancer across our democracy with both political parties reaping the benefit of campaign donations. Karl Rove and Koch brothers (cabal) money did not win the 2012 General Election for Mitt Romney. Small donors outpaced large donors and Obama won handily. 

Dark money in 2013 and 2014 is flowing like a melting iceberg' a dangerous melting. Money in US politics is a shameful reality, but it is an existential reality that we must deal with it. I often see and track donation to the Left as well as the Right. While, I certainly see democrats reporting donations, a quick review of their voting records (via Open Congress and Gov Track) allows me recognize the majority of Democrats are not legislating as stooges and tools for American corporatist and plutocrats.

The following is a detailed readout of the 2012 General Election "money-trail" results for Obama and Romney. Remember,  the past is a great predictor of future  behavior in human beings, EXCEPT WHEN IT COMES TO POLITICS.

Open Secrets

2012 Presidential Race

Barack Obama (D) 

Mitt Romney (R)


A detailed  breakdown for real numbers geeks.

Source of Funds

Small Indiv Contrib.
Large Indiv. Contrib.
Individual contributions$715,150,163
legendPAC contributions$0
legendCandidate self-financing$5,000
legendFederal Funds$0
Small Indiv. Contrib.
Large Indiv. Contrib.
Individual contributions$443,363,010
legendPAC contributions$1,076,496
legendCandidate self-financing$52,500
legendFederal Funds$0

Top Contributors

Barack Obama (D)
1University of California$1,212,245
2Microsoft Corp$814,645
3Google Inc$801,770
4US Government$728,647
5Harvard University$668,368
Mitt Romney (R)
1Goldman Sachs$1,033,204
2Bank of America$1,013,402
3Morgan Stanley$911,305
4JPMorgan Chase & Co$834,096
5Wells Fargo$677,076

NOTE: The organizations themselves did not donate, rather the money came from the organizations' PACs, their individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals' immediate families. Organization totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.

Top States

Barack Obama (D)
New York$36,982,096
Mitt Romney (R)
New York$24,670,565

Sector Totals

Barack Obama (D)
Communications/ Electronics$20,723,578
Energy & Natural Resources$2,410,062
Finance, Insurance & Real Estate$20,431,321
Lawyers & Lobbyists$27,959,192
Misc Business$22,598,697
Ideological/ Single-Issue$17,276,836
Mitt Romney (R)
Communications/ Electronics$7,518,745
Energy & Natural Resources$9,788,922
Finance, Insurance & Real Estate$58,902,452
Lawyers & Lobbyists$15,791,881
Misc Business$29,090,785
Ideological/ Single-Issue$10,522,878

Top Industries

Barack Obama (D)
Lawyers/Law Firms$27,533,147
Health Professionals$10,456,340
Business Services$8,646,106
Mitt Romney (R)
Securities & Investment$21,525,657
Real Estate$14,895,300
Lawyers/Law Firms$14,285,200
Health Professionals$12,598,997

Spending Related to Presidential Race 

   Blue Team
Candidate Spending$683,546,548
National Party Spending$292,264,802
Outside Spending$131,303,114
   Red Team
Candidate Spending$433,281,516
National Party Spending$386,180,565
Outside Spending$418,628,726
NOTE: All the numbers on this page are for the 2012 election cycle and based on Federal Election Commission data released electronically on Monday, March 25, 2013.
("Help! The numbers don't add up...")
The Center for Responsive Politics

Our point and central theme of this screed? A look at 2014 shows donations are trending positive for America's liberals and progressives. But, we have to remain ever-diligent of Koch cabal quick hit contributions that can and will overwhelming consistent donations to progressive politicians (or candidate hopefuls).  We like the analogy "Koch Money Bonzi." When you have billions and access to the contributions of thousand who have billions (and millions), quick hit Bonzi campaign donations are easy to launch and direct. We are already seeing millions spent on attack advertisements that do influence and away the voting public. 

2014 Overview


Financial activity for all House candidates, 2013-2014
Democrats: $172,970,709
Republicans: $230,475,846
PartyNo. of CandsTotal RaisedTotal SpentTotal Cash
on Hand
from PACs
from Indivs


Financial activity for all Senate candidates, 2013-2014
Democrats: $107,006,605
Republicans: $79,826,709
PartyNo. of CandsTotal RaisedTotal SpentTotal Cash
on Hand
from PACs
from Indivs
Based on data released by the FEC on 01/23/2014.
To view data for previous cycles, visit our Big Picture section.

The American voter will allow the GOP to hold a firm Tea Party grip on the House of OZ. We simply have to avoid allowing the Kochs to takeover the US Senate. If that doomsday scenario happens, the Kochs will become far politically powerful than the President of the United States. That means doom for anyone who earns less than$150,000 per year, doom for minorities, doom for LGBT people, and doom for gender equity. You can rest assured the US geography will become the land of Industrialists who care nothing about climate control and combustion killing emissions.