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Is Adelson A Factor In GOP’s Sudden Seeming Weakening On Immigration?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 12, 2014

After years of flatly refusing to listen to reform advocates in their own ranks — persons like Norm Coleman — where immigration is concerned, suddenly we see hints among the Republican Hive Mind that bending a little on immigration, at least where the children of immigrants are concerned, might be in the cards.

There’s this news that Republicans are not totally hostile to Jeh Johnson’s request for emergency funds to deal with the crisis of children at the border.

There’s this FOX News Op-Ed urging House and Senate Republicans to give Obama the money he requested for assisting immigrants’ children as a way to make Obama “own” the “border disaster”.

There’s Mario Diaz-Balart, one of the Republican advocates for immigration reform, not only blasting his fellow Republicans for killing the immigration bill he had worked on with President Obama and Capitol Hill Democrats, but also undermining the rationale behind John Boehner’s idiotic lawsuit.

Now, one could say that Republicans are simply starting to heed the voices of reason telling them that the Southern Strategy has run its course as a party builder. But the GOP’s nurtured the forces of bigotry in their base for far too long and with far too much skill for that to be the main reason.

No, I suspect that, as with pretty much every other issue, the motivating factor is money — particularly that controlled by longtime Republican sugar daddy Sheldon Adelson, who advocates immigration reform:

“Whatever the precise provisions of a law, it’s time for the House to draft and pass a bill that reflects both our country’s humanity and its self interest,” Microsoft Corp. co- founder Gates, Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Buffett and Las Vegas Sands Corp. Chairman Adelson wrote in a New York Times op- ed posted online Thursday.

“It’s time for 535 of America’s citizens to remember what they owe to the 318 million who employ them,” they wrote, referring to the total membership of the House and Senate.

The question for Republican politicians is this: How can this be done without causing their bigot base to flip out? The conventional wisdom, correct or not, in DC is that Eric Cantor lost his primary last month in part because he was an advocate for immigration reform.

Stay tuned.

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Media To Hillary Clinton And Elizabeth Warren: Let’s You And Her Fight!

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 7, 2014

This tale would be little more than a bad joke if the press wasn’t so eager to dance to whatever tune’s being played by the Right Wing’s Pied Pipers like Edward Klein, who wrote this for the New York Post:

President Obama has quietly promised Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren complete support if she runs for president — a stinging rebuke to his nemesis Hillary Clinton, sources tell me.

And what is Mister Klein’s proof of this assertion? Nothing by anyone with an actual name attached. But of course, the word has apparently gone out at Murdoch Central to push this garbage hard, because at the Wall Street Journal — which like the NYP is owned by NewsCorp — they are promoting this with everything but Drudge sirens (h/t Emma Roller of the National Journal):

On Monday, The Wall Street Journal alley-ooped Klein’s thesis with its own story positing that Clinton is trying to distance herself from the Obamas “in tone and substance.” The evidence? A less cheery tone about the economy, and this money quote:

Bill Whalen, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and former chief speechwriter for Pete Wilson when the Republican was California’s governor[PW notes: emphases mine], suggested that Mrs. Clinton’s distancing strategy at least partly reflects Mr. Obama’s lackluster popularity.

This type of sourcing is completely irrelevant and guaranteed not to produce any real news, just pot shots (it’s not Whalen’s fault; if you give a mouse a cookie, etc.).

Roller goes on to point out that Edward Klein — who writes for Regnery, the right-wing’s favorite hardcover smear merchants — doesn’t have a good track record as far as journalistic accuracy or ethics goes:

Klein does not exactly have the reputation of Woodward and Bernstein. In the past, Klein has suggested that Hillary Clinton is a lesbian. His support? Clinton attended Wellesley, an all-women’s college, and has friends who are gay. Klein has somewhat of a fixation on powerful women—he’s written one other book about Clinton, along with a book about Katie Couric and three separate books about Jackie Kennedy.

I think we can put this one to bed, folks.

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NSA spying on German intelligence services is exposed

Posted by Charles II on July 4, 2014

See here.

Also, Hillary thinks Snowden should be allowed a legal defense! Should we follow the Constition is now debatable.

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Ooops!

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 3, 2014

Submitted without comment:

State Rep. David Richardson, Florida’s first openly gay legislator, has won reelection without opposition – his Republican challenger bounced her filing fee check and has been kicked off the November ballot.

“I learned at 5:03 p.m. [Tuesday] that I had been declared the winner by the Florida Department of Elections,” said Richardson, D-Miami Beach.

Res ipsa loquiter.

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Solar Roadways Is Now Hiring!

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 23, 2014

When Solar Roadways started their crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, they were hoping to get $1 million. They got $2.2 million.

That means that they can set up shop and start hiring the people they need to get the first production batches of Solar Road Panels out before the end of the year:

A big push over the last 24 hours brought thousands of additional dollars into the Solar Roadways campaign, which attracted donations from all 50 states and 165 different countries. The money will be used to hire a team of engineers covering a broad range of specialties. This team will work to solve any potential problems that may arise as Solar Roadways finetunes its first commercial product, which Brusaw hopes to have available by the end of the year.

Following a couple days of much-needed rest, the Brusaws will begin the process of hiring their initial team. They’ve already found office space at the Panhandle State Bank building located on Church Street, making Solar Roadways the latest downtown business to set up shop. With clients like the city of Sandpoint, the Sandpoint Airport and the local Amtrak station already lining up and countless more individuals and organizations expressing interest, the coming year could be big for Solar Roadways.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: This could be what saves us all.

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50,000 March In London Against Austerity. BBC Et Al Ignore It.

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 21, 2014

Even though the protests were happening almost literally at the Beeb’s doorstep, apparently the word has gone out from on high for the BBC to ignore any and all anti-austerity protests:

It seems the BBC are capable of tracking down a single Scot in Brazil who cheered a goal against England but fail to notice 50,000 demonstrating on their doorstep.

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i think i told you tom in that the bbc teams have been told not to get involved with any welfare demo’s as IDS does not approve

The only major British media outlet to cover the protest was in fact the Guardian.

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Democrats Push Net Neutrality Bill

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 18, 2014

Here it is.

They know it’s unlikely to get very far, but I suspect that they want Republicans to go on record as opposing it — something that might influence how companies like Google and Facebook and Netflix, all of which depend on net neutrality for their very survival, handle the 2014 (and 2016) elections.

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Are Cooter’s Fingerprints On Eric Cantor’s Political Corpse?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 10, 2014

By now you’ve all probably heard that Eric Cantor, the House Majority Leader, lost what should have been a cakewalk of a primary battle tonight. He outspent his opponent, a Tea Party doofus named Dave Brat, by forty to one, and he still lost. Even better: The Tea Party doofus will now go on to face Jack Trammell, the Democratic nominee, in the general election in November — and Trammell may well stand a chance.

Why do I say this? Well…

There is evidence that Ben “Cooter” Jones’ efforts to get Virginia Democrats to cross over for Brat may have worked very well, indeed. If you compare the election results with a map of the Seventh Congressional District of Virginia, you’ll notice that the most conservative areas — the areas with the fewest Democrats — voted for Cantor, but as you look at the counties surrounding the City of Richmond (a city of which Cantor only has a teeny-tiny chunk in his CD, as it has far too many Democrats — ironically enough, that chunk was one of the few places he won tonight), you’ll see that Brat took those counties, often by wide margins.

Note, also, the very small overall vote totals. Only 65,008 voted in the Republican primary today, and Brat’s victory was with a margin of around 7300 votes. I can well imagine at least 7300 Democrats in Henrico, Hanover, Goochland, New Kent and Chesterfield Counties being sufficiently motivated to punish Cantor and avenge his defeat of Cooter Jones back in 2002. (Quick correction: While the vote totals are still only around 15% of the voting-age population — the total number of residents of any age being 757,917 as of 2010 — it turns out they’re considerably higher than the 47,037 of 2012 — but Cantor ran against a much weaker foe, AND there wasn’t a groundswell for Democratic voters to cross over for Cantor’s primary foe as there was this year.)

Will Cantor’s base rally around Brat sufficiently to sweep him to power? Will a number of them just do what they obviously did tonight, and stay home — except this time out of disgust as opposed to hubris? Will a number of them decide to vote for Trammell instead come November?

Stay tuned.

(Crossposted to MyFDL.)

UPDATE: Over at Daily Kos, VirginiaJeff reports that at least three liberal Dems he knows voted for Brat today just to take out Cantor.

Plus, look at the vote patterns.

Cantor did best in four spots: A very tiny chunk of the City of Richmond, and the three most rural and conservative parts of his district:  Spotsylvania, Orange, and Culpeper Counties.  The counties closer to Richmond, and which are more liberal, voted for Brat, in many cases quite strongly.

That doesn’t happen unless there’s big-time crossover voting going on.

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Republicans: For Bowe Bergdahl Before They Were Against Him

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 3, 2014

Yes, kiddies, Republicans were for Bowe Bergdahl before they were against him. Check this out:

In the clearest contradiction, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) told CNN’s Anderson Cooper in February that he “would be inclined to support” “an exchange of prisoners for our American fighting man,” like the one Taliban officials had offered in 2012. He has since labeled Obama’s deal “ill-founded” and a “mistake.”

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) also thinks that “the administration’s decision to release these five terrorist detainees endangers U.S. national security interests” and “sets a precedent that could encourage our enemies to capture more Americans.” But since 2011, Ayotte has issued multiple press releases and public statements calling on the Obama administration to “redouble its efforts” to find Bergdahl. She touted a provision in the Senate’s Fiscal Year 2015 defense authorization bill “that presses Pakistan to fully cooperate in the search for SGT Bergdahl” and specifically mentioned Bergdahl in her Memorial Day address.

“We also must continue to keep Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who has been held prisoner by the Taliban for nearly five years, in our thoughts and prayers – and I renew my call on the Defense Department to redouble its efforts to find Sergeant Bergdahl and return him safely to his family,” she wrote just one week ago.

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) — the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee — has also said that the U.S. “must make every effort to bring this captured soldier home to his family.” But appearing on Fox News just days after Bergdahl’s release, Inhofe criticized the administration for agreeing to free “people who have killed Americans, people who are the brain power of Taliban.”

Hypocrites, every one of them.

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Sun Rises In East. GOP Lies About Bowe Bergdahl.

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 3, 2014

When the Republicans scream that they were caught totally by surprise by the prisoner exchange that in all likelihood marks the windng down of the US war on Afghanistan, they are of course lying.

For one thing, GOP strategists were shopping around interviews with cherry-picked members of Bergdahl’s unit even as Obama was in the Rose Garden with Bergdahl’s parents heralding the exchange as the return of America’s last POW.

For another, House and Senate Republicans had known about the negotiations to free America’s last POW since January of 2012.

For yet another, the GOP strategists probably didn’t vet the military histories of the persons they’re shoving in front of every microphone they can find, as it turns out that the unit in question was a problem unit, and a badly led one, well before it reached Afghanistan:

The discipline problems that had plagued Bowe’s unit back home only got worse when immersed in the fog of war. From the start, everything seemed to go wrong. In April, Lt. Fancey was removed from his post for clashing with a superior officer. He was replaced by Sgt. 1st Class Larry Hein, who had never held such a command – a move that left the remote outpost with no officers. According to four soldiers in the battalion, the removal of Fancey was quickly followed by a collapse in unit morale and an almost complete breakdown of authority.

The unruly situation was captured by Sean Smith, a British documentary filmmaker with The Guardian who spent a month embedded with Bowe’s unit. His footage shows a bunch of soldiers who no longer give a shit: breaking even the most basic rules of combat, like wearing baseball caps on patrol instead of helmets. In footage from a raid on a family compound, an old Afghan woman screams at the unit, “Look at these cruel people!” One soldier bitches about what he sees as the cowardice of the Afghan villagers he is supposed to be protecting: “They say like, the Taliban comes down and aggravated­ their town and harasses them… Why don’t you kill those motherfuckers? All of you have AKs. If someone is going into my hometown, I know my town wouldn’t stand for that shit. I’d be like, ‘Fuck you, you’re dead.’” Another soldier laments, “These people just want to be left alone.” A third agrees: “They got dicked with by the Russians for 17 years, and now we’re here.”

(Crossposted to MyFDL.)

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