Video: Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s Powerful Statement Supporting Planned Parenthood

“Did you fall down, hit your head and think you woke up in the 1950s, or the 1890s?”


Elizabeth Warren absolutely tears apart the Republican attempt to destroy women’s reproductive rights in this barn-burner of a speech at yesterday’s Senate hearing. Worthy of a standing ovation.

Clinton Name-Checks Republicans in New Video Defending Planned Parenthood

“A full-on assault on women’s health”

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Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton alleged in a new video Monday that Republicans, including three running for president, are mounting a “full-on assault on women’s health” by attempting to curtail Planned Parenthood and other reproductive health-care providers.

The presidential campaign video — released as Planned Parenthood is under siege this week in Congress — features Clinton speaking directly into the camera as she criticizes Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry for taking steps to restrict access to abortions and other services while in office. She refers to the three Republicans by name, marking one of her most direct attacks on potential GOP opponents yet.

“Republicans like Scott Walker and Jeb Bush are calling to defund Planned Parenthood, the country’s leading provider of reproductive health care,” Clinton says. “And they are joined by Republicans in Congress, who will not waste a minute in voting to make that happen.”

More: Clinton Name-Checks Republicans in New Video Defending Planned Parenthood

FBI Arrests Anti-Government Extremists in NC, Building Bombs - UPDATE: Inspired by “Jade Helm” Conspiracy Theory

The Fox News audience gets busy
US News • Views: 18,972

Here we go again. How long until Jim Hoft tries to label these crazies as “leftists?” FBI: Men Arrested for Making Explosives to Resist Government.

You know he will.

Reports say that law inforcement received tips that Walter Litteral, 50, Christopher Barker, 41 and Christopher Campbell, 30, were attempting to manufacture explosive or destructive devices.

Law enforcement were reportedly told the men were reconstructing live grenades from “dummy grenades” sold as military artifacts at stores.

Authorities believe the men were preparing for the possibility that the government intended to use armed forces to impose martial law, which they planned to resist.

The FBI also reportedly became aware that the men wanted to manufacture pipe bombs.

Other defensive items were said to be purchased from stores, including a .338 caliber rifle, hand-held radios with throat microphones for communication, military issue Kevlar helmets, body armor vests and balaclavas (a form of cloth headgear designed to expose only parts of the face).

UPDATE at 8/3/15 8:24:12 pm by Charles Johnson

More information now coming out; according to court records, these three were inspired to start building bombs by the “Jade Helm” conspiracy theory.

Court records showed a controversial military training exercise in Texas and other southwestern states may have been fueling their violent ideas.

The exercise is called Jade Helm, a two-month long special operations training exercise with members of U.S. Army Special Operations Command and service members from the military’s four branches, according to the U.S. Army.

The exercise has drawn conspiracy theorists to believe martial law will be declared and civilian groups to keep an eye on the military in response.

Jade Helm is mentioned in a federal complaint against Barker, Campbell and Litteral.

Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood Stalls in Senate, as Gov. Bobby Jindal Cuts Off Medicaid Funding

Jindal the creationist decides to harm the women of Louisiana
Politics • Views: 13,929

The Senate voted today on a Republican bill to harm millions of women, otherwise known as “defunding Planned Parenthood,” and the bill failed to advance. It needed 60 votes to go further, and the final tally was 53-46 in a vote that broke almost entirely along party lines.

And many of the very same Republicans who voted for this bill and are loudly inciting hatred against Planned Parenthood today voted for legalization of fetal tissue donation back in 1993, including Mitch McConnell, who you see in the photo above at today’s Senate hearing sporting a ludicrously dishonest sign. Just in case you were wondering exactly how hypocritical these horrible people really are.

In other Planned Parenthood news, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is taking advantage of the dishonest video smear campaign against Planned Parenthood to cut off Medicaid Funding to the organization — even though the two Planned Parenthood clinics in Louisiana do not perform abortions or participate in the fetal tissue donation program.

I’m really trying not to end this article with a string of insults to the absolutely despicable Republican Party, so I think I’ll just leave it at that.

Joan Walsh on the Rise of the Disgusting “Cuckservative” Slur

Bubbling up from the fever swamp
Politics • Views: 20,225

Joan Walsh has an interesting piece on the rising popularity of the gross term “cuckservative” on the right, and what it actually means: The GOP Crack-Up Continues: The Raging Civil War Over the Disgusting “Cuckservative” Slur.

“Cuckservative” started showing up in my Twitter mentions last week, after I suggested Donald Trump supporters might not be the brightest bulbs. As I clicked around, I came to a shocking conclusion: I’ve been uncharacteristically downplaying the amount of racism and misogyny powering the right today. The spread of the epithet “cuckservative” is a sign that the crudest psycho-sexual insecurity animates the far right.

“Cuckservative,” you see, is short for a cuckolded conservative. It’s not about a Republican whose wife is cheating on him, but one whose country is being taken away from him, and who’s too cowardly to do anything about it.

OK, that’s gross and sexist enough already, but there’s more. It apparently comes from a kind of pornography known as “cuck,” in which a white husband, either in shame or lust, watches his wife be taken by a black man. Lewis explains it this way: “A cuckservative is, therefore, a race traitor.”

This is not merely a new way to shout “RINO.” It’s a call to make the GOP an explicitly racist party, devoted to the defense of whites. It’s no accident it’s taken off in the wake of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign launch/performance art, where he attacked illegal Mexican immigrants as “rapists” and “criminals.”

Joan is absolutely on the money here; the term bubbled up from the white supremacist fever swamp that powers so much of the modern right wing base — the racist contingent that played such a large part in my own decision to renounce the right years ago.

White supremacist Richard Spencer makes the motivation behind this term exceedingly clear:

The #cuckservative meme doesn’t make any sense without race. It’s all about race…What’s powerful about #cuckservative is that it is call for a racially conscious politics—and not the kind of shot-gun spray muckraking that Johnson specializes in.

And it’s also very interesting to see some of the bloggers who ignorantly mocked my concerns about the rise of racism and white supremacism and attacked me for pointing it out suddenly beginning to notice what’s been happening in their precious conservative movement:

By last week, alarm about the use of the blatantly racist slur was beginning to spread on the right. The blogger Ace of Spades is a little concerned about what all of it means for the conservative movement, writing:

I am right now thinking that there are more white supremacists than I previously acknowledged, and am currently up in the air as to whether to dismiss this solely as a fringe-of-the-fringe phenomenon.

Sure, just keep telling yourself it’s “solely a fringe-of-the-fringe phenomenon.”

Journalists Attend Secret Koch Brothers Meeting and Agree Not to Name Donors

Access = clicks
Media • Views: 22,546

What if the Koch brothers held a private meeting of super-rich Republican donors, and asked selected media organizations to attend — but only on condition that they not reveal the names of the super-rich donors?

Would the media agree to this condition?

Of course they did.

NEW YORK — Several news organizations gained rare access Saturday into a private gathering of influential Republican donors hosted by Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, a nonprofit organization backed by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch.

But journalists covering the three-day event, held at a luxurious California resort, had to agree to an unusual restriction. They weren’t allowed to report the names of any of the 450 donors attending without the individual’s permission.

The Washington Post’s Matea Gold disclosed in a Saturday night piece that her paper was “one of nine news organizations allowed in to cover the traditionally private confab, on the condition that the donors present not be named without their permission.” Politico’s Ken Vogel also noted the ground rules in his story published around the same time.

The Koch brothers, and affiliated groups, are expected to spend $889 million on the 2016 race. So the weekend gathering is a key stop for big-time Republican donors and presidential aspirants.

To sum up: the Koch brothers are spending nearly a billion dollars to tilt the 2016 election, and most of the media are agreeing to help them hide where the money’s coming from, in exchange for “access.”

No, Conservatives - the US Navy Has NOT Filed Charges Against Lt. Cmdr. Timothy White

There they go again
Wingnuts • Views: 26,859

DERPHere we go again. It’s one fake story after another from the right wing, and tonight they’re all screaming in unison about a completely bogus outrage launched by discredited war criminal Allen West and quickly picked up by the Stupidest Man on the Internet, Jim Hoft, without ever checking to see if it was actually, you know, true. And from there it’s rapidly spreading throughout the idiotic right wing media.

Hoft’s moronic post: REPORT: Navy to Charge Officer Who Fired on Islamist During Chattanooga Terror Attack - the Gateway Pundit.

A report at The Navy Times in July confirmed that one of the Marines shot during the Chattanooga terrorist attack exchanged fire with the terrorist. Navy Lt. Cmdr Timothy White also shot back at the terrorist.

But rather than being celebrated as a hero, Lt. Commander White may be charged for discharging a firearm on federal property.

No, Jim. The US Navy is not charging this officer. (h/t: Gus.)

A spokesman for the U.S. Navy on Sunday denied reports that disciplinary charges will be filed against Lt. Cmdr. Timothy White for discharging an unauthorized weapon on federal property.

This is such a pathetic example of the complete lack of ethics or standards in the right wing blogosphere. If Jim Hoft or Allen West had even a tiny shred of decency or honesty they would immediately retract this false story. But they won’t. They never do. And there are already more than a thousand ranting, raving comments posted at Hoft’s nasty website.

UPDATE at 8/2/15 5:43:27 pm by Charles Johnson

And to make this even more ridiculous, Democrat Jim Webb is now helping circulate this right wing fairy tale.

UPDATE at 8/2/15 6:01:26 pm by Charles Johnson

Imagine my surprise that Allen West has actually posted an update.

Bruce Hornsby With Shawn Colvin: “Lost Soul”

A lost soul coming down the road
Music • Views: 19,938


This has always been one of my favorite songs by Bruce Hornsby, a gorgeous, moving duet with Shawn Colvin about a lost soul adrift between two worlds.

(An especially lovely touch: notice how Bruce and Shawn switch harmony parts in the first and second choruses.)

There was a man of confused and sad nature
Thought no one loved him, that was not true
He said he was a lost soul, didn’t fit in anywhere
Didn’t know where to turn or who to turn to

There’s a lost soul coming down the road
Somewhere between two worlds
With an oar in his hands and a song on your lips
We’ll row the boat to the far shore
Row the boat of love, lost soul

Ever since, oh, I can remember
We all tried to ease the pain
Took him in when he needed some shelter
Tried to make him feel he was one of us again
There was one day, oh, I can remember
He sat alone with a pencil in his hand
All day long he drew careful on the paper
In the end, just a picture of a man

There’s the lost soul coming down the road
Somewhere between two worlds
With an oar in his hands and a song on your lips
We’ll row the boat to the far shore
Row the boat of love, lost soul

Oh, dear Mary, do you remember
The day we went walking downtown
As I recall, it was in early December
After school had just let out
When I see you on the street in the twilight
I may tip my hat and keep my head down
You show me love, but maybe I don’t deserve it
I’ve been called but not been found

There’s a lost soul coming down the road
Somewhere between two worlds
With an oar in his hands and a song on your lips
We’ll row the boat to the far shore
Row the boat of love, lost soul

Donald Trump’s Campaign Fires Staffer Over Racist Facebook Posts

Why bother?

We may need a category named “Why Bother?” for this one, because the guy who’s currently in first place in the GOP presidential field because the right wing base loves his outright xenophobia and racism has just fired a staffer for… outright xenophobia and racism.

Sam Nunberg allegedly wrote racially charged and disparaging political posts dating back to 2007, including one calling civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton’s daughter a “N—!” and another calling President Barack Obama a “Socialist Marxist Islamo Fascist Nazi Appeaser,” Business Insider reported Friday. Nunberg is denying he wrote the posts.

Nunberg’s attempt to deny he wrote the posts is noteworthy for its sheer incoherence:

“I am not adept at social media,” he told CNN on Friday. “I have a long record of working with diverse people. And anything you are reporting on does not reflect anything on Mr. Trump or Mr. Trump’s campaign. I would also point out that all of these things were done before Mr. Trump’s campaign, if I even did them — which I deny. In any event, this is the problem with politics … Politics as usual is wrong.”


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