Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wednesday Stuff

OK, I was able to get this video from The Rachel Maddow show about former Gen. Irv Halter, a Dem running against incumbent Colorado Repug U.S. House Rep Doug Lamborn – didn’t realize just how bad Lamborn was until I watched this…



…and while I don’t really have a “dog” in the “hunt” for any of the U.S. Senate contests, as you might say, I’d like to do what I can to stick it to “Wall Street Scott” Brown however I can (in response, to help incumbent Dem Senator Jeanne Shaheen, click here)…



…and I would call this a rockin’ good time with a purpose…



…and I only have a day or so left to add this video, so I’d better do it now.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tuesday Stuff

John Oliver brings us what I think is the perspective we need on the whole Ebola thing (here)...



…and seaking of Ebola, I thought this was a great commentary by Rev. Al about Dr. Craig Spencer and Nurse Kaci Hickox, who have put their own lives on the line to fight the Ebola scourge in Africa, as opposed to politicians in this country like “Governor Bully” and his pal Andrew Cuomo of New York who imagine themselves to be medical professionals, but who are merely politicians instead…



...and as long as we're on the subject of science, today would be the 100th birthday of Dr. Jonas Salk - his importance is noted in the following video...



…and oh noes, it looks like our own PA Guv Tom “Space Cadet” Corbett “photo shopped’ an African American lady onto his campaign web site, someone from a place where you can download generic clip art (apparently Mikey the Beloved did the same thing with an image of a wheelchair in an ad on behalf of our veterans…if I watched more TV, I guess I’d know more about that for real; to help return Corbett to private life, click here)...



...and speaking of our wet noodle PA-08 U.S. House rep, while it's nice that Mikey got that guy freed from a Central American jail or whatever, how about if Fitzpatrick gave something approximating that degree of attention to the rest of his constituents, which is lacking in the following clip (and to do something about it in the final days, click here - oh, and his PR apparatus, otherwise known as the Bucks County Courier Times, has revved up, running front-page banner and full page ads for him in the first section every day since Monday October 20th)...



...all of which makes me want to hear this one more time (and with this in mind also).

Monday, October 27, 2014

Monday Stuff

Alex Wagner talks to New York Times reporter extraordinaire James Risen about his new book documenting the insidious rise of the national security state under both Number 43 and Number 44…



..and nice work here by “give 'em hell, Harry” Truman on the minimum wage, as Melissa Harris-Perry explains (and Truman actually used the phrase "trickle-down," proving beyond a doubt that the Repugs have been peddling the same snake oil for at least 60 years)...



…and I give you the latest from FAIR TV (OK, two things: 1) We actually do have a surgeon general, Dr. Boris Lushniak, who more or less has held onto the job without the confirmation of Dr. Vivek Murthy, who is the nominee of the Obama Administration and, by rights, should be on the job at this moment; and 2) I will NEVER defend Mumia Abu-Jamal, but that utterly ridiculous law that PA Guv Tom “Space Cadet” Corbett just signed helped to further enhance Abu-Jamal’s profile in yet another way that he doesn’t deserve)…



...and I feel like hearing another tune from Jack Bruce, and a timely one at that.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Saturday Stuff

Since MSNBC's web site apparently no longer allows embedding of videos from The Rachel Maddow Show, I guess this is the only way we'll be able to access their great content, including this (about the latest lies from the Roger Ailes BS Factory)...



...and I don't enjoy saying this, but maybe it's time to let the women take charge, particularly since the politicians (primarily men) have made such a hash of things...



..and here is some typically spot-on, NSFW commentary from Bill Maher about the Kansas gubernatorial contest (and, really, about voters pretty much all over this country, unfortunately)...



...and RIP Jack Bruce - made me recall this post that I'm proud of, to be honest (wish I had the time and resources to do more like it - sigh...this tune is perhaps the most emblematic of Bruce's collaborations with lyricist Pete Brown; have to admit that, of the three, I thought Ginger Baker would go first).

Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Stuff

(I also posted here.)

I’d be laughing at this if it weren’t pretty much the God’s-honest truth (here)…



...and as far as the U.S. House is concerned, who can forget this stellar moment starring our own Mikey the Beloved - to do something about it, click here...



...and I thought this was an interesting report by Chris Hayes on just what kind of demographic political representation we have in this country (I think the answer is pretty simple, to be honest - elderly white people vote!)...



...and with that in mind, this is simply just too precious for words...



…and it looks like it’s time for another blogger ethics panel, as Atrios might say (for a reason why this is particularly awful, check out the pix from here...BP was "Dregs of the Year" for 2010)…



...and I don't know about you, but I'm in the mood for a bit of escapism (NSFW).

Thursday, October 23, 2014

#37, Steve Southerland (FL-02)

(This is part of my 2014 U.S. House voting guide.)
  • Here, Southerland tells us that he hates his job, apparently (all the more reason to return him to private life).
  • Here, he came up with an amendment to a bill requiring SNAP recipients to work 20 hours a week at a minimum or have their benefits cut off (nice guy).
  • He organized a “men only” fundraiser along with Governor Bully and Lex Luthor Scott here (nice – Southerland is defending his seat in a contest against Dem Gwen Graham, daughter of former Senator and Governor Bob Graham),
  • He helped to vote down a measure here that would have discouraged the government from giving contracts to companies that have committed wage theft.
  • He “pink-washed” his sexist campaign and votes here (what a guy).
  • And let's not forget that, like just about everyone else in his party in the U.S. House (including Mikey the Beloved), Southerland voted to extend the government shut down here.
  • As noted above, Southerland is opposed in the 2014 election by Dem Gwen Graham - to help her, click here.

    #34, Michael Grimm (NY-11)

    (This is for my 2014 U.S. House voting guide.)
  • Here, Grimm was indicted on 20 counts, including fraud and perjury (sweet).
  • He threatened to throw a reporter off a balcony inside the Capitol building (here and here).
  • He sponsored something called the Whistleblower Improvement Act here, which, actually, would force whistleblowers to talk to their employers first (yeah, some “improvement” that is).
  • As noted here, some of his campaign contributors are in the porn business (funny).
  • Here, he said that his campaign office had been vandalized, though police couldn’t find any destruction to the computer equipment that Grimm claimed took place; oh, and he equated the vandalism of his campaign headquarters with the Gabby Giffords shooting (jackass).
  • Grimm is opposed in the 2014 election cycle by Dem Domenic M. Recchia Jr. - to help the Dem challenger, click here.

    #28, Mike Coffman (CO-06)

    (This is for my 2014 U.S. House voting guide.)
  • Here, Coffman thinks a 15-year wait, among other obstacles, constitutes an “automatic path” to citizenship.
  • He said immigration bills “cleared the house” here (uh, no).
  • He once sponsored a bill allowing DREAMers who served in the military to gain citizenship but is now walking that back, of course (and he was confronted about that here).
  • Coffman said that President Obama “in his heart” was "not an American" here (nice - I realize that he's pretty much just parroting Repug orthodoxy on that subject, though).
  • He wanted to raise the eligibility for Social Security to age 70, which is tantamount to a cut (here).
  • Coffman is opposed in the 2014 election cycle by Dem Andrew Romanoff - to help Romanoff, click here.

    #26, Mo Brooks (SC-05)

    (This is for my 2014 U.S. House voting guide.)
  • Here, Brooks said he wants to deport all 8 million undocumented workers (uh huh).
  • Here, he said Obama divides us on “race, greed, sex and envy” (huh?) – gee, “project” much, Congressman?
  • Oh, and I guess that's part of the Democrats’ “war on whites,” or something (here).
  • Here, he said in July ’11 that our credit rating would be improved by not raising the debt ceiling (uh, that’s not what happened).
  • Here, he said he thinks that our ol’ buddy Vlad Putin is trying to keep us way from the space station, or something, all evidence to the contrary notwithstanding.
  • For the 2014 election cycle, Brooks is opposed by Independent Mark Bray - to help Bray, click here.

    #11, Trey Gowdy (SC-04)

    (This is for my 2014 U.S. House voting guide.)
  • I guess it’s inevitable that I point this out (though Gowdy gets accidental honesty points here).
  • And let’s not forget how Gowdy and company are using BENGHAZI!!! to raise money, despite their faux protestations to the contrary (here).
  • And lest anyone wonder about whether or not they’ll be beating this proverbial dead horse for 2016, I give you this (here).
  • Also, Gowdy is apparently known for theatrics, as noted here (perfect for the Repugs).
  • For the 2014 election cycle, Gowdy is defending his seat against Libertarian Curtis E. McLaughlin - to help McLaughlin, click here.

    #9, Martha Roby (AL-02)

    (This is for my 2014 U.S. House voting guide.)

    With the departure of “Moon Unit” Bachmann, the Teahadists are looking for a new “lightning rod” to congregate around and practice their faux indignation every chance they get. And had Marsha Blackburn been named to the BENGHAZI!! "cluster" instead of Roby, then she would have solidified her own wingnut bona fides. But she wasn’t.

    And Roby brings her own brand of “crazy, to wit…
  • She didn’t push back against a “birther” calling Obama a “communist despot” here.
  • “Stockholm Syndrome” Roby voted against the Violence Against Women Act here.
  • She introduced bill to eliminate overtime pay here.
  • And as we all know, more gun laws won’t solve the problem (here - removing my tongue from my cheek).
  • Here is more zaniness from Roby (fourth bullet).
  • For the 2014 election cycle, Roby is facing Dem challenger Erick Wright - to help Wright, click here.

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

    Wednesday Stuff

    I thought this bit from John Oliver on The Supremes was hilarious and inspired (here)...



    ...oh, and remember the time Mikey the Beloved accused President Obama of treason, as he did in this clip between 4:16 and 4:20? If you want him to return to private life in a few days, click here...



    ..and that goes for PA Guv Tom “Space Cadet” Corbett too; the “fun” in this clip starts at about :50 – to make a difference, click here...



    ...and based on this, I guess Toys R Us won't be selling any Walter White dolls (from “Breaking Bad” for the uninitiated) for the holidays – c'est dommage (made me felt like hearing this song).

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    #22, Peter Roskam (IL-06)

    (This is for my 2014 U.S. House voting guide.)
  • Here, Roskam basically lied about whether or not he knew former House Speaker Tom DeLay, aka, The Bugman (not a crime I realize, but I think it sends a message).
  • As of 2008, he’s received over $100 grand in oil money and has fought against clean energy, of course (here).
  • Roskam was under investigation for a $750,000 (!) trip to Taiwan in 2011 (also noted here that he failed to report about $103,000 in fundraising expenditures in ’05).
  • Here, Roskam co-introduced a bill to block federal funding of universities “engaging in a boycott of Israeli academic institutions or scholars.” (um, let me see here, where is that dictionary? “Free speech”…what exactly is that definition again?). And yes, Dan Lipinski definitely should know better.
  • Roskam is defending his seat against Dem Michael Mason - to help Mason, click here.