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.

    Update 11/6/14: Not much to cheer about from Tuesday on the "D" side, but nice work 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).


    #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.

    Tuesday, October 21, 2014

    Tuesday Stuff

    Alex Wagner tells us about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's dissent, joined by Kagan and Sotomayor, on the Supremes' decision to allow Texas's awful voter ID ruling to stand (yep, there goes Hangin' Judge JR "calling balls and strikes" again, huh? And it looks like Alex Wagner got cut off a bit)...

    ...and Ed Schultz and Sen. Bernie Sanders give us the latest on the Repugs and their efforts to kill the postal service (yep, if they had their way, the “party of Lincoln” would have us pining for the day when all we had to complain about was the price of “forever” stamps)…

    ...and RIP Ben Bradlee...

    ...and I had this tune in mind when considering the Ed Schultz piece above.

    Monday, October 20, 2014

    Monday Stuff

    Melissa Harris-Perry gives South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley a lesson on what the Confederate Flag really means (here)…

    …and I know I shouldn’t waste time with anything to do with Sean Inanity, but I can’t help it because this Stephen Colbert bit is just way too damn funny (here)…

    …and to help out Kevin Strouse in the closing days of the campaign, please click here

    ...and happy 64th birthday to Tom Petty.