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Larry Taylor, leader of the House Republican Caucus, very casually dropped a Jewish slur in a legislative committee hearing. He then remembered that he was in public and and in front of microphone, and that he shouldn’t be using his household language. He then immediately said that this was “probably” a bad term. Probably? There is no doubt about it.
To the insurance company and the speed at which they process claims, Larry instructed them: “Don’t nitpick, don’t try to Jew them down.”
Of course we will now all act surprised that a Republican uses racial slurs so casually.
McDonald’s Workers Told to Vote GOP or Face Financial Repercussions.
The New York Times reports that employees in a Canton, Ohio McDonald’s received a pamplet with their pay-checks this week urging them to vote Republican “or possibly face financial repercussions.”
The pamphlet appeared calculated to intimidate workers into voting for Republican candidates by making a direct reference to their wages and benefits, said Allen Schulman, a Democrat who is president of the Canton City Council and said he obtained a copy of the pamphlet on Wednesday.
The pamphlet said: “If the right people are elected, we will be able to continue with raises and benefits at or above the current levels. If others are elected, we will not.”
The Kentucky Senate, reacting to a divisive comment by Republican Rand Paul, has adopted a resolution declaring any form of discrimination to be inconsistent with American values.
Neal, Kentucky’s only black state senator, said he took personal offense at the comment made last week by Republican Rand Paul, a U.S. Senate candidate, who was….(wait for it….wait for it)….criticizing the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
(Criticizing the Civil Rights Act. Un….be….lievable. Oh – he’s a Republican? Well…it’s hard to argue that that’s believable. Not all conservatives are like this. But if you show me a white person who critizes equal rights regardless of skin color – and I’ll show you a conservative/Republican).
Paul said in an MSNBC interview that the federal government shouldn’t have the power to force restaurants to serve minorities if business owners don’t want to. (You suppose his grandkids want to stick to that belief as white people become a minority?)
Neal said Paul’s “extreme belief” has made Kentucky “a laughingstock”.
From the Civil Rights era – Here’s a liberal view on the topic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWX_pjyIq-g
Now let’s here from a conservative elected to the US Senate for a resounding 8 consecutive terms (1954 to 2003): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgH7WgtIU2k
Lewis C.K. has a funny comment about going to the future (at 1:30): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TG4f9zR5yzY
PALIN: “The Democratic nominee for president supports plans to raise income taxes, raise payroll taxes, raise investment income taxes, raise the death tax, raise business taxes, and increase the tax burden on the American people by hundreds of billions of dollars.”
THE FACTS: Obama would provide $80 billion in tax breaks, mainly for poor workers and the elderly, including tripling the Earned Income Tax Credit for minimum-wage workers and higher credits for larger families.
He also would raise income taxes, capital gains and dividend taxes on the wealthiest. He would raise payroll taxes on taxpayers with incomes above $250,000, and he would raise corporate taxes. Small businesses that make more than $250,000 a year would see taxes rise.
MCCAIN: “She’s been governor of our largest state, in charge of 20 percent of America’s energy supply … She’s responsible for 20 percent of the nation’s energy supply. I’m entertained by the comparison and I hope we can keep making that comparison that running a political campaign is somehow comparable to being the executive of the largest state in America,” he said in an interview with ABC News’ Charles Gibson.
THE FACTS: McCain’s phrasing exaggerates both claims. Palin is governor of a state that ranks second nationally in crude oil production, but she’s no more “responsible” for that resource than President Bush was when he was governor of Texas, another oil-producing state. In fact, her primary power is the ability to tax oil, which she did in concert with the Alaska Legislature. And where Alaska is the largest state in America, McCain could as easily have called it the 47th largest state – by population.
MCCAIN: “She’s the commander of the Alaska National Guard. … She has been in charge, and she has had national security as one of her primary responsibilities,” he said on ABC.
THE FACTS: While governors are in charge of their state guard units, that authority ends whenever those units are called to actual military service. When guard units are deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, for example, they assume those duties under “federal status,” which means they report to the Defense Department, not their governors. Alaska’s national guard units have a total of about 4,200 personnel, among the smallest of state guard organizations.
HUCKABEE: Palin “got more votes running for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska than Joe Biden got running for president of the United States.”
THE FACTS: A whopper. Palin got 616 votes in the 1996 mayor’s election. She got 909 in her 1999 re-election race. This is a combined total of 1,525. Biden dropped out of the race after the Iowa caucuses, but he still got 76,165 votes during the 2008 presidential primaries.
ROMNEY: “We need change, all right – change from a liberal Washington to a conservative Washington! We have a prescription for every American who wants change in Washington – throw out the big-government liberals, and elect John McCain and Sarah Palin.”
THE FACTS: A Back-to-the-Future moment. George W. Bush, a conservative Republican, has been president for nearly eight years. And until last year, Republicans controlled Congress. Only since January 2007 have Democrats have been in charge of the House and Senate.
Palin was at a conference in Dallas, TX in April of 2008. During the conference, her water broke…1 month early. She stayed at the conference and delivered a THIRTY minute speech. Bizarre? It gets crazier. So, water breaks, she cleans up and gives a long speech. Next…She went to DFW and boarded an airplane bound for Anchorage, instead of going to a Dallas hospital that has a NICU (neo-natal I.C.U.). That’s a 7 hour flight, minimum (not counting security and all that). Airlines will let you fly late in pregnancy but not after the water has broken.
OK – After arriving in Anchorage, she then drives another hour, PAST the 2 NICU’s in Anchorage – to a hospital that doesn’t have NICU. This is a premature baby along with those risks, but its also a premature baby that was known through early testing to have Down Syndrome.
What kind of decision-making process is this?? (This is a VP candidate??)
Some say that what happened is that and Palin was never really pregnant – and that’s not what I’m saying here. Whatever (the speculation is that this was her 16-year old daughter’s child). Palin says it’s hers so fine, it’s hers…that’s not the issue. The is issue is…what the hell? Either way, it’s a lot of CRAZY.
—- Your water breaks, then, you give a 30 minute speech, then you skip all the Dallas hospitals, then you fly for 8 hours while in labor without anyone noticing, then skip past more NICU’s to drive to tiny-town hospital. That’s friggin’ weird.
NBC News affiliate in Anchorage: http://www.ktuu.com/global/story.asp?s=8194634
Anchorage Daily News: http://www.adn.com/626/story/382864.html
GOP doesn’t consider scientific opinions…again:
Bush to relax protected species rules
Plan takes scientists out of decision making on species status
Bald eagles are among the wildlife protected by the Endangered Species Act over the years. The Interior Department announced plans to streamline the act, a move criticized by environmentalists. The proposal would reduce the mandatory, independent reviews that government scientists have been performing for 35 years.
This is the same guy that brought this fine example of leadership on the world stage at G8: https://goearth.wordpress.com/2008/07/18/jackass/
07/29/08 12:10 pm cdt
WASHINGTON – U.S. officials say the Justice Department has indicted Alaska Senator Ted Stevens on criminal charges related to a long-running investigation of business dealings in Alaska. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25916299
What did he do? Cheated Cheated Cheated. Took bribes from energy companies so that industry could help create US law. (See “Banning Toxins in Toys” for another example). Wasted millions of US Taxpayer dollars with heavy earmarking and pork barrel spending. You’ve heard of the “Bridge to Nowhere“?
Lawmakers scuttled plans to spend $230 million to help build the “Bridge to Nowhere,” a span that would lead to an Alaskan island populated by about 50 people.
He was also behind the Polar Express to Nowhere (a similar project).
In 2006, Ted Stevens blocked legislation submitted by Barack Obama – the creation of a Federal Spending Database. The database would be an easily-accessible Google-like database of all federal spending, which totaled $2.5 trillion last year. This system would allow federal spending to be visible to the tax payers and Ted couldn’t have that. (I’d love to see this database built).
Now, the longest serving Republican can add criminal charges for bribery from the industries in his back pocket:
Stevens, the longest-serving Republican senator in history, is under scrutiny from the Justice Department for his ties to an Alaska energy services company, Veco, whose chief executive pleaded guilty in early May to a bribery scheme involving state lawmakers.
Bribery, Justice Department, FBI:
Stevens, who is famous for bringing home federal earmarks for Alaska when he was Appropriations Committee chairman, was not previously known to be linked to the Justice Department’s probe, which has uncovered evidence that more than $400,000 worth of bribes were given to state lawmakers in exchange for favorable energy legislation.
Two executives of a prominent energy company have pleaded guilty to bribery and extortion charges and are cooperating with the inquiry, which is being run by the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section and includes two federal prosecutors and FBI agents.