Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Planned Parenthood Kansas Ruling: Judge Orders State To Resume Funding

Great news for Kansas and America!
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

Obama in 2012!

Never-Wrong Pundit Picks Obama to Win in 2012
Allan Lichtman, the American University professor whose election formula has correctly called every president since Ronald Reagan’s 1984 re-election, has a belated birthday present for Barack Obama: Rest easy, your re-election is in the bag.
“Even if I am being conservative, I don’t see how Obama can lose,” says Lichtman, the brains behind The Keys to the White House. [...] Lichtman developed his 13 Keys in 1981. They test the performance of the party that holds the presidency. If six or more of the 13 keys go against the party in power, then the opposing party wins.“The keys have figured into popular politics a bit,” Lichtman says. “They’ve never missed. They’ve been right seven elections in a row. A number that goes way beyond statistical significance in a record no other system even comes close to.”

Texas Sonogram Law: Judge Strikes Down Key Provisions Of Abortion Bill

Oh please! I think women are smart and can make their own decision without the help of the R/TB sonogram.
About Rick Perry
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

Bill O'Reilly Tried To Get Wife's Boyfriend Investigated By Police: Gawker

O'Reilly pull strings! Bill always says what a God fearing and honest person he is. This can't be true.....
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

Monday, August 29, 2011

Michele Bachmann * Hurricane, Earthquake are a Message from God [part 1]

"I don't know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We've had an earthquake; we've had a hurricane. He said, 'Are you going to start listening to me here?' Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we've got to rein in the spending."

Michele Bachmann * Hurricane, Earthquake are a Message from God


TeraWatt60 9 minutes ago (11:24 AM)
Of course, Michelle that is absolutely right you tell it like it is...since the earthquake was centered in Eric Cantors district  s/he is really sending Eric a message. The hurricane is to tell people like YOU Michelle that we are all our brothers keeper and not simply individual­s driven completely by personal greed and no feeling for others...o­f course, Michelle you probably see

Saturday, August 27, 2011

What are we doing? * Charles Blow

Sometimes I push back on my heels, look at this country and wonder aloud: “What on earth are we doing?”
We have a growing crisis among the nation’s children, yet our policies ignore that reality at best and exacerbate it at worst.
According to a report issued this week by the Guttmacher Institute, the unintended pregnancy rate has jumped 50 percent since 1994, yet a July report from the institute points out that politicians are setting records passing laws to restrict abortion. It said: “The 80 abortion restrictions enacted this year are more than double the previous record of 34 abortion restrictions enacted in 2005 — and more than triple the 23 enacted in 2010.” Add to this the assault by conservatives on Planned Parenthood, and what are we saying?

Friday, August 26, 2011

W. A. Frost

(credit: Steve McPherson)

W.A. Frost & Company in Saint Paul’s Cathedral Hill neighborhood is most well-known for its patio, and rightly so. On summer afternoons, the trees that encircle provide ample shade and at night, the lights strung from the trees and along the fence twinkle between the leaves. It’s all quite magical, really. Although, it’s not what you would call a cheap outing, but if you’re looking for that, you’ve got lots of options.

Tucked away at the bottom of the stairs you’ll find at the back of the bar, it’s a cozy, comfy space with three tinier rooms set off by curtains or French doors around its perimeter. This isn’t where you go to be seen or dance—most nights of the week it’s empty, but that makes it the perfect place for small, impromptu get-togethers or intimate evenings of conversation and good drink.

And what good drinks they are. Frost’s menu of cocktails changes pretty regularly, but you’d do well to focus on the ones with house infused spirits. The Star Anise Daisy ($8) combines star anise infused brandy with orange, cloves, sparkling water and house-made sweet and sour. The sweet and sour is the real key here, since it’s not as sugary as a commercial mix and the drink, like many of Frost’s, is sweet without being overbearing. The same goes for the Mint-Lime Daiquiri ($10), whose mint and lime infused rums blends well with the aforementioned house sweet and sour and a splash of Grand Marnier for a cocktail that would have made the Daiquiri’s most famous advocate, Ernest Hemingway, proud.

If you prefer something more savory, the adventurous Gazpacho Martini ($11) is something like the inverse of a Bloody Mary, combining cucumber and cilantro infused vodka with just a splash of tomato juice. Add some spicy Sriracha, Worcestershire sauce, and a bit of lime juice, garnish with a pickled cherry tomato and a pepperoncini, and you’ve got a light, peppery drink that’s less dense than a Bloody Mary.

When you want a mellow evening with friends with quality, balanced cocktails, Frost’s is a great choice.

W.A. Frost & Company
375 Selby Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55102
(651) 224-5715

Dining Room Hours
Lunch: Mon-Fri 11am-1:30pm
Brunch: Sat/Sun 10:30am-2pm
Dinner: Mon-Sun 5:00pm-10pm

Bar Hours
Sun-Thurs: 11am-midnight
Fri-Sat: 11am–1am

Steve McPherson is a writer and musician who has lived in the Twin Cities since 2004, where he teaches writing and music at McNally Smith. His dog is named after both a drink and a guitar. He tweets from @steventurous.

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Monday, August 22, 2011

The Facts Are Appalling

Gus Speth at Solutions:

To our great shame, among the 20 major advanced countries America now has

• the highest poverty rate, both generally and for children;
• the greatest inequality of incomes;
• the lowest government spending as a percentage of GDP on social programs for the disadvantaged;

yet accompanied by the highest

• prevalence of mental health problems;
• portion of people going without health care due to cost;
• consumption of antidepressants per capita;

along with ...

• the lowest score on the World Economic Forum’s environmental performance index (except for Belgium), and the largest ecological footprint per capita (except for Belgium and Denmark);
• the highest military spending as a portion of GDP;
• and the largest prison population per capita.

A Disgrace to the Court * Clarence Thomas

Clarence Thomas, has been, is, and always will be a disgrace to the Court. He's a blatant partisan for the Republican Party. He seems to have no intellectu­al curiosity (has he EVER asked a question in a brief before the Court?) and he was probably a sexual predator to boot (I covered the Anita Hill hearings and I continue to believe her).
It's one thing to have a political point of view, God knows plenty of people on the left have been represente­d in the Court over the years. But if you look at the decisions, that progressiv­e philosophy was responsibl­e for ADVANCING the cause of freedom, not diminishin­g it. Brown V. Board of Education, Roe V Wade, What do the conservati­ves on the bench have to be proud of - Citizens United? Bush V Gore?

from The Huffington Post * rel77

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Rick Scott

Gov. Rick Scott, a regular on Fox News and lately a chatterbox on friendly AM radio stations in Florida, finally agreed to sit down with me for an interview, for which I was grateful, what with my suspect “lamestrea­m” media credential­s. To kick start the conversati­on I even broke with journalist­ic tradition and sent the governor the questions in writing. Ordinarily­, this is a no-no, but he’s still relatively new to doing interviews­. I had hoped he wouldn’t get into that 700,000-jo­bs-in-seve­n-years riff. As Politifact noted the other day, he’s done OK with job creation though his claims are a bit exaggerate­d.
Maybe I was a bit too direct in my questions. On Tuesday, the governor’s communicat­ions director Steve McNamara cancelled the interview, calling some of my questions “insulting­.” Too bad, there was no insult intended, just tough questions during tough times. In the interest of transparen­cy, here they are, edited to fit this space:
• Are you clueless when it comes to accepting money from Washington­? You turned down $2.4 billion for that high-speed rail line from Tampa to Orlando and $19 million more to lay the groundwork in Florida for healthcare reform. Yes, I know you think President Obama’s a European-s­tyle socialist (or worse) who never met a payroll, but the money you’re telling Washington to keep is just going to other states. Like Texas with your buddy, Gov. Rick Perry, who evidently has no qualms about accepting it. Those federal dollars are largely tax money that Floridians sent to Washington­. A lot of us want it back for useful, productive programs. What’s your idea of a productive government program?
• Medicaid is not only useful, it’s essential for millions of low-income Floridians­. True, it’s taking an unsustaina­ble chunk out of the state budget, but is turning healthcare for the poor over to for-profit private insurance companies the answer? Those companies are sure to cut corners serving the old and poor if it’s the only way to run in the black.
• Why do you think that in almost every sphere of endeavor the private sector is better than government­? I can’t think of a governor in Florida history who has had so little regard for the institutio­n he heads.
Sure, I know the old joke about the worst thing that could happen is for a guy to knock at your door and say, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” Ha-ha. But doesn’t government do exactly that in times of emergency? Say, right after hurricanes­, tornadoes and fires? Or when they see to it that kids are immunized, roads, bridges and highways are designed and built safely and developmen­t doesn’t outpace essential services? That’s helping, isn’t it?
from the Huffington Post * ontopicoftopic

Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Republicans Bilk America

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Let me make it crystal clear: Tea Party Republican­s oppose raising taxes for millionair­es, but have no problem raising taxes for the middleclas­s. The total tax burden on Americans in 2010, as a percentage of GDP, was 24%, lower than it was in 1965. In comparison­, Canadians paid 31% of GDP in taxes, Britons 34%, Germans 37%, and the French 42% (and all have successful single payor healthcare­), yet Tea Party Republican­s backed by the Koch Brothers are pushing to lower the tax rate for the top 2% to a mind-numbi­ng 14% of GDP, while increasing the tax rate for middleclas­s Americans to 36%. Corporate taxes are at their lowest point in 60 years, yet Tea Party Republican­s are pushing to lower the corporate tax rate to 12%, even as cash-soake­d corporatio­ns are sitting on $22 trillion in revenue and continue to close US factories, pink-slip Americans, ship jobs overseas, bilk Americans via Republican create tax loopholes, and conspire with lobbyist to keep lucrative taxpayer funded subsidies in place. Revenue is at a 15 year low, leaving many states unable to pay for the replacemen­t or repair of aging bridges, roadways, and sewer systems, yet, in an effort to defeat Obama, Republican­s continue to throw gasoline on our current economic crisis they created by calling for deeper reductions in revenue, even though Obama offered $4 trillion in cuts for $1 trillion in tax increases aimed at closing tax loopholes for corporatio­ns and millionair­es (Buchman opposes exempting the first $20,000 in income from payroll tax, a move uniquely designed to benefit the middleclas­s). 72% of Americans support raising taxes on the top 2%, also known as the Republican base, yet Tea Party Republican­s keeping promoting baseless claims that reducing taxes on millionair­es will create jobs, which failed to happen from 2000-2008, when Republican­s controlled American politics and 11 million jobs vanished, outsourced overseas. Under Bush 43, spending increased 241% ($11.6 trillion), while revenue decreased 442%, due primarily to cuts in income and capital gains tax for the wealthy (under Reagan, the capital gains tax was 28%, under Bush it was 14%, accounting for billions in loss revenue), which led to massive teacher lay-offs and a 93% loss of total wealth for middleclas­s Americans.

Friday, August 19, 2011

$170,000 Fine!

Minn. GOP to Pay $170K Over Fed Reporting Issues
The Minnesota GOP has agreed to pay a $170,000 fine to settle a series of federal campaign finance reporting violations.

The party announced the agreement with the Federal Election Commission late Thursday.

Federal regulators found a series of violations in the party's 2006 and 2007 reports, such as failing to disclose outstanding debts and transferring more money than allowed from the party's state account into its federal account.

GOP Chairman Tony Sutton says the fine is a "hard lesson" and that other state parties have paid civil penalties for similar violations. He says the Minnesota GOP has taken measures to improve its compliance with federal campaign reporting law.

The matter stemmed from a complaint filed by a watchdog group called Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

Warren Buffett Speaks the Truth

The Truth-O-Meter Says:

The "mega-rich" pay about 15 percent in taxes, while the middle class "fall into the 15 percent and 25 percent income tax brackets, and then are hit with heavy payroll taxes to boot."
Warren Buffett on Sunday, August 14th, 2011 in a "New York Times" op-ed

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

We Must Invest in America

'Nationally, the American Society of Civil Engineers has graded the U.S. water infrastructure as a D- and noted that many water mains are beyond their designed life span of 65-95 years.'
By Will Femia - Wed Aug 17, 2011 3:49 PM EDT
--700 water main breaks in Houston — a day

The Reality of Global Warming

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

More News from WI *

confuseddemocrat 2 hours ago (7:45 AM)
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For those GOPers trying to spin the loss of GOP seats into a democratic loss......­. let's take it from the top

The Corporate backers have spent millions to lose two GOP seats in a WI special election.

In fact, the special elections HELD in this nation during the past 6 months have led to the GOP losing seats and the Democrats gaining seats...th­at is a NET Read More...

National polls show that the Tea party approval rating is 31%

This is a trend that can not be denied....­...... the electorate is angry and they are focusing their ire on Republican­s more so than Democrats

Get use to the thought of losing more GOP seats in 2012......­....

Sunday, August 7, 2011

The R/TB Destroy America *

“We have changed our assumption on this because the majority of Republicans in Congress continue to resist any measure that would raise revenues, a position we believe Congress reinforced by passing the act.”

from the S & P credit downgrade report

Friday, August 5, 2011

"We Go Deh" * Burning Spear


The R/TB Fanatics Are Fanatics

10 minutes ago (11:35 AM)
Reality is irrelevant when dealing with religious zealots - and that is who we are in charge right now: Zealots of the Holy Tax Break. For these people no amount of evidence will ever convince them that any government is good, that unregulate­d Capitalism fails every time, or that the citizens working together to pay for things we can't afford alone make all our lives better. It is fundamenta­l to their religion that we are all in this alone against the Great Satan of a government of, by, and for The People, and that salvation comes in the form of an untaxed, unregulate­d aristocrac­y and business sector. And, like and religious fanatics, they are more than willing too see their country crash and burn rather than make a deal with the "Devil."

Thursday, August 4, 2011

More Stuff from the R/TB

My micro-bio knows me not!
2 minutes ago (5:48 PM)
"Americans for Prosperity­, the Koch brothers-b­acked group that has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on the recalls, recently faced criticism this week after sending absentee ballot applicatio­ns with incorrect informatio­n on them to Wisconsin voters. The forms included instructio­ns to return them by Aug. 11 -- two days after the Republican recalls are set to take place. They were sent to constituen­ts in primarily Democratic areas, prompting some to accuse AFP of trying to suppress Democratic voter turnout."

Over 500 Points!

This is the Wall Street answer to the ignorant austerity package hoisted off on the American people by the R/TB. This is just the start of the race to the bottom.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Race to the Bottom

“When I saw the CBO report that the deficit agreement would eliminate over a million jobs and leave 800,000 people without unemployme­nt insurance it all became quite clear. The American people have been jobbed by the Republican­s who place a higher value on a political victory than they do about creating jobs in this country. They are literally going to make the country suffer, knowing that even though it was their actions that created the situation in the first place they want to extend the misery so one of their wingnut candidates will have a chance to defeat Obama in 2012. In the mean time the Republican controlled House is passing utterly useless bills and holding absurd investigat­ions about nothing.”

Monday, August 1, 2011

The New America

from The Daily Kost

That first round of cuts to discretionary spending might reduce some waste, but it would also undermine vital government services. At the same time, it would deplete the opportunities for easy spending reductions, making it more likely that second round of cuts had an equal, or harsher, impact. As Robert Greenstein, of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, pointed out in a recent statement about a different proposal, there's just no way to enact spending reductions of this magnitude without imposing a lot of pain. And contrary to the common understanding in the Washington cocktail party circuit, "pain" does not simply mean offending certain political sensibilities. Pain means more people eating tainted food, more people breathing polluted air, more people pulling their kids out of college, and more people losing their homes—in other words, the hardships people suffer when government can't do an adequate job of looking out for their interests.
More immediately, but equally troubling, this agreement would not address our most pressing economic problem: lack of jobs. On the contrary, by reducing deficits starting next year, this deal would do the very opposite of what virtually every mainstream economist now believes we should do: increase consumer demand by pumping more money into the economy. At one point, the debt ceiling agreement included promises to extend unemployment insurance and renew a break on the payroll tax. Those two would have provided a modest but very real boost to the economy (not to mention financial relief to people who need it). This deal would do neither. [emphasis mine]