Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) have found a very clever way to get right-wing Republicans – who think teachers and police officers are a lazy slacker special interest group – to vote for job creation. Make it all about stopping illegal immigrants – Senate Passed $600 Million Border Security Bill With Bipartisan Support
The Senate passed a $600 million border security bill last night by voice vote, just before leaving for August recess. The bill, introduced Thursday afternoon by Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), funds 1,500 new enforcement agents and additional unmanned drones along the border.
President Obama and Democrats have done more to secure southern borders than Bush 43 or Reagan, yet the Right is sure we’re being taken over. Come to think of it they have been saying we’re being taken over and the end times are near for the last eighty years.
Rick Scott, a disgraced ex-hospital executive and anti-health care reform propagandist is poised to be the Republican nominee for governor in Florida. Still, Scott is dogged by legal trouble. The Miami Herald reports today that Scott and his health care company are hiding details about nearly a dozen lawsuits against them, lawsuits which “portray the company, and sometimes Scott by extension, as a ruthless employer who discriminated or cut corners in pursuit of profit”
Scott is a criminal. He’s not just another corrupt K-Street culture of corruption Republican. As one would expect that does not bother Florida Republicans at all. Scott is leading against your ordinary right-wing corrupt Bill McCollum. Currently polls show Scott leading McCollum and in a three-way race beating Democrat Alex Sink by a few percent. Sink is actually a good candidate, but Scott, like wing-nut Meg Whitman in California, might be able to buy himself the governorship.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Thursday that he hopes that President Obama becomes a born-again moderate after the midterm elections and that a new, more balanced Congress brings with it some bipartisan comity.
But the Kentucky Republican made it very clear that any future bipartisanship needs to be defined by his ideological terms.
“What I hope we are going to have after November is more balance, more balance, which would give us the opportunity to do things together that simply were missing when you have this kind of disparity,” McConnell said. “But, I’m not going to be very interested in doing things left of center. It is going to have to be center right. I think the president is a flexible man. I’m hoping he will become a born-again moderate.”
Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is doing the doublespeak two-step. What he means is that when Democrats are elected it is not supposed to affect the substance of governing. President Obama and Democrats need to stop acting so uppity and start acting like good little stenographers, taking dictation for the extreme right-wing agenda that Mitch has dreams about. The same one that failed so measurably from 2000 to 2008 and which we’ll all be paying for until we die. Democrats reached out to Republicans time and again on every issue from health-care reform to job creation to immigration reform. Republicans turned their backs on compromise. It was their way or no way. Current and future history will show that despite Republican obstructionism, President Obama and Democrats have had one of the most successful legislative records in history – that includes health-care reform which is steadying increasing in popularity. McConnell and his failed ideological brethren are well on their way to being footnotes in the history of America’s sordid fringe.
A group of influential conservative members of the behemoth social media site Digg.com have just been caught red-handed in a widespread campaign of censorship, having multiple accounts, upvote padding, and deliberately trying to ban progressives. An undercover investigation has exposed this effort, which has been in action for more than one year.
These band of mental midgets accomplished one thing; screwing up a social app for everyone else. They probably think they changed some minds, but such is the right-wingers’ capacity for self delusion.
In two posts on Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment website, Dr. Kevin Pezzi smears Shirley Sherrod as a racist, claiming that “if someone deserves to be put on a pedestal for overcoming racism, it isn’t Sherrod.” The racism criticism is ironic coming from Pezzi, who has repeatedly used racial epithets like “Japs” and “Chinks,” and claimed Native and African-Americans should have been grateful for their subjugation by whites.
Pezzi seems to be what is called a high functioning sociopath. He probably does well enough on IQ tests, ties his own shoes and stops for most traffic lights. After that you hope that you never get stuck in an elevator with this guy. What seems to matter is Pezzi meets Bretibart’s high journalistic standards.
And the kicker, care of MSNBC:
Luke Otterstad, 24, of Sacramento, outside the courthouse with his fiance, Nadia Shayka, 22, wearing T-shirts that read “bride” and “groom”: “I’m very upset. I feel like I don’t live in America.”
In ConSpeak real freedom means taking away some group’s fundamental rights.