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

Access = clicks

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 Is NOT Filing Charges Against Lt. Cmdr. Timothy White

There they go again

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

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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.”

Lolwut?

Podcast o’ the Day: The Latest Edition of the Bubble Genius Bob and Chez Show, 7/30/15

“You result into your nasty mouth”
Humor • Views: 10,515

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Bob and Chez’s latest podcast is a hoot as always.

Sarah Palin Gets Totally Confused with Bill O’Reilly; The Insufferable Jesse Watters Punches More Hobos; It’s Possible to Care About Cecil the Lion and Other Issues at the Same Time; Bob’s Latest Twitter Battle with Dan Bidondi; The Bionic Dan Bidondi Bionic Italian Airlines; and much more.

Massachusetts Attorney General Exonerates Planned Parenthood of Bogus “Baby Parts” Smear Campaign

The fanatics’ lies are falling apart
Politics • Views: 15,394

A couple of days ago Indiana’s Department of Health exonerated Planned Parenthood of the spurious right wing charge that they profit from the sale of “baby parts.” (To use the deliberately grotesque phrase being endlessly repeated by anti-choice fanatics.)

And Planned Parenthood has also been exonerated of these false charges in Massachusetts; Attorney General Maura Healey announced this week that Planned Parenthood is “fully compliant” with all applicable laws.

“Over the past week, my office has conducted a thorough review and found that Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts’ health care centers are fully compliant with state and federal laws regarding the disposition of fetal tissue,” Healey said in a statement. “Although donation of fetal tissue is permissible under state and federal law, PPLM does not have a tissue donation program. There is no evidence that PPLM is involved in any way in the buying or selling of tissue. As such, our review is complete.”

Healey also voiced strong support for the organization. “I will fight to support Planned Parenthood and preserve the essential health services that they provide to so many women,” she said, in her statement. “I urge everyone who cares about these issues to do the same.”

Friday Night Jam: The Weepies as Action Heroes: “No Trouble”

Sometimes trouble needs me
Music • Views: 15,864

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One of the coolest music videos I’ve watched in a long time, and the song is awesome too. That is all.

From The Weepies’ album ‘Sirens’ available now at: smarturl.it

Visit The Weepies Online:

theweepies.com
facebook.com
twitter.com
myspace.com

Anti-Choice Fanatics Used Fake California IDs to Film Planned Parenthood - Now We Have Proof

Fighting back against the smear merchants

Today the National Abortion Foundation filed suit against the anti-choice fanatics behind the Orwellian “Center for Medical Progress,” seeking a temporary restraining order and injunction to prevent them from releasing any video of NAF meetings.

The lawsuit names CMP as a defendant as well as BioMax Procurement Services, the fake company created in order to deceive people working for Planned Parenthood and other organizations. CMP’s leader, David Daleiden, is also named in the lawsuit, as well as founding member Troy Newman, who is the president of the radical anti-choice organization Operation Rescue.

When questioned about his involvement with CMP, Newman told RH Reality Check that he was proud of the work Daleiden has done at CMP.

“Over the past three years I have offered advice and counsel to someone who has become a very good friend,” Newman said via email. “But this is just the beginning, we have moles and spies deep inside the abortion cartel. And at a time of our choosing, we will release more damning evidence of the abortion cartel’s illegal, ghastly, and repugnant butchery.”

In other news, the Huffington Post published images of the fake California driver’s licenses used by these activists, seen above (click to enlarge).

Using a fake driver’s license in this way is definitely illegal in California, and may be either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the circumstances.

The anti-abortion activists who gained access to highly sensitive areas of Planned Parenthood clinics and other related organizations over the past three years are facing at least two lawsuits after they allegedly used fake identification cards and created a fake company in order to film their targets without consent.

Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation claim that David Daleiden, the founder of Center for Medical Progress, used a fake ID displaying the name “Robert Daoud Sarkis” to circumvent their security precautions and gain access to the groups’ annual meetings and facilities.

The CMP has released four videos so far — and claims to have many more on the way — that show Planned Parenthood doctors discussing reimbursement costs for the donation of fetal parts for medical research. In the first video, a woman, who is yet to be identified, can be heard speaking to Planned Parenthood doctor Deborah Nucatola. That woman apparently used a fake ID with the name “Susan Sarah Tennenbaum.”

UPDATE at 7/31/15 5:29:08 pm by Charles Johnson

Good news: the NAF got their restraining order and injunction against the Center for Medical Progress.

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White House Confirms: Will Veto Any Budget Bill That Defunds Planned Parenthood

Nope

Republicans are making noises that they’re going to shut down the government again, this time over defunding Planned Parenthood (something they’ve been trying to do for many years). But today White House press secretary Josh Earnest made it very clear that the President will veto any budget bill containing a rider that defunds the women’s health organization.

“What we have indicated in the past continues to be true today, that we have routinely opposed the inclusion of ideologically-driven riders in the budget process,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters Friday. “And certainly a rider that would on a wholesale basis defund Planned Parenthood, which is the proposal of some Republicans in the House, is certainly something that would draw a presidential veto.”

Last time Republicans shut down the government for one of their right wing crusades, it was a complete political disaster for them. Will they be crazy enough to do it again, over something like this — based on a bunch of deceptively edited “sting” videos produced by religious fanatics that show no genuine wrongdoing?

Stay tuned for the next thrilling chapter in “GOP Politics for Idiots.”

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GOHMERT! In Which Louie Is “Astounded” Americans Aren’t “Demanding Impeachment” of Obama

What’s wrong with you people?

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The Gohmert hosted the Family Research Council’s “Washington Watch” program last night, and got a call from someone who was very concerned President Obama would go ahead with the Iran deal even if Congress rejected it. This crazed caller wanted to know if the Gohmert would lead a charge to impeach Obama in that case. But alas, Louie sounded rather depressed about the prospects of an impeachment, because the American people are letting him down and not demanding it.

“I’ve been astounded that more of the country has not been demanding impeachment already,” he added, “but it hasn’t, and until over half the country wants to see it, there’s no use bringing it up, nothing will happen, it will gum up all the works, we won’t be able to even talk about how devastating this Iran deal is for mankind.”

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