Rick Perry and Texas GOP So Focused on Taking Away Women’s Right, they Forgot to Pay for the Roads

Just over an hour after Texas legislators concluded their second special session — an extra lawmaking session they used to enact sweeping abortion restrictions — Gov. Rick Perry (R) called them back for a third one. An outstanding highway funding bill is the only item on the agenda. “When it comes to transportation, the stakes facing our state could not be higher,” the governor noted in a statement.


Perry cited that same transportation measure as one of the reasons he believed it was necessary to call the first special legislative session at the beginning of June. But instead of focusing on getting that done, the governor demonstrated a different set of priorities — adding a slew of anti-abortion provisions that were unable to advance during the state’s regular session to the docket.

via Texas Lawmakers Are Too Busy Focusing On Abortion Restrictions To Get Anything Else Done | ThinkProgress.

What a complete and total joke….and he still thinks the country wants him to run it.

Limbaugh Claims Republicans Just Like Al Queada and Taliban, wonders why country doesn’t like either group


“The Republican Party wants a new base. The Republican leadership isn’t conservative. They’re not particularly crazy about conservatives,” Limbaugh said. “I’m a fairly prominent media conservative, I get more grief than the Taliban gets. I get more grief than Al Qaeda gets. All conservatives do because we constitute a threat to the way Washington views the country. And I don’t think it’s so much conservative vs. liberal, although it is, but it’s Washington vs. the rest of the country … and Washington has a mindset and a desire for the country that doesn’t dovetail with the majority of the American people.”

When asked about the Democratic Party, Limbaugh said that he was interested in “defeating them, not compromising with them.” He added, “The Republicans are shell-shocked. The image of racist, sexist, bigot homophobe has taken hold. They think that’s what people think of them. I think they’ve lost their confidence … and they have bought into this notion of why they are hated and disliked, and they are trying to change rather than defeat the people responsible for it all. I’m about defeating them within the political arena of ideas.”

Personally, I think Republicans *are* a greater threat to the longterm viability of the U.S. as a free nation than the Taliban (the Taliban isn’t voting to take away voting rights, as one example), and it seems like more and more people are noticing that curious situation.

You Ladies Don’t Need Clinics, You Need Cookies


n Tuesday afternoon, McCrory — along with four of his security guards — came out of his mansion’s gates to deliver a plate of chocolate chip cookies to the crowd of protesters. He handed the plate to one of the activists and reportedly told her, “These are for you. God bless you, God bless you, God bless you.”

The gesture wasn’t well-received by the reproductive health activists frustrated with the governor’s recent legislative decisions. The protesters, who considered the move to be condescending, didn’t eat any of the cookies. Instead, they slipped the plate back under the mansion gates along with a note reading “We want women’s health care, not cookies.” They also began a chant: “Hey Pat, that was rude. You wouldn’t give cookies to a dude.”

Is there a gold medal for patronizing?   These seems like a solid attempt to win it.

Halliburton Pleads Guilty to Destroying Evidence After Gulf Spill


HOUSTON — Halliburton has agreed to plead guilty to destruction of critical evidence after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010, the Justice Department announced on Thursday.

The oil services company said it would pay the maximum allowable fine of $200,000 and will be subject to three years of probation.

The maximum allowable fine should ALWAYS be expresses as a % of total lifetime earnings for corporate citizens who can’t, it seems, ever serve prison time….which denies real people of a % of total lifetime earning

Its Hard to Break a Promise More Thoroughly than This


Gov. Pat McCrory on Monday signed into law a measure directing state officials to regulate abortion clinics based on the same standards as those for outpatient surgical centers, a change that critics say will force most to close.

Critics say the move represents a shift by the first-year Republican executive, who pledged as a candidate last fall that he wouldn’t approve any new abortion restrictions if elected.

Republicans… that’s the joke.  And it’s on you.

Why There’s a Zero Percent Chance the GOP Will Update the Voting Rights Act

Attempting to fix the law would require Republicans to give public scrutiny to racial disparity in the party’s geographic base. And it would require backtracking on years of political rhetoric warning of federal government overreach and downplaying racial inequality. On top of that, conservative legal scholarsbelieve the concept of preclearance is unconstitutional.

via No, Congress Won’t Fix The Voting Rights Act. Here’s Why. | TPMDC.

There’s no way they are going to use a fine tooth comb to demonstrate that ALL the still racially biased districts and voting changes come from the same party…their own.

It’s a non-starter.   About the closest thing they might try and do and insert some sort of Voter ID law into the Voting Rights Act  (and that, BTW, is a policy designed to lower turnout among minorities).

Yes, that’s how far gone the GOP is in the 21st century.

Ginsburg says push for voter ID laws predictable


“The notion that because the Voting Rights Act had been so tremendously effective we had to stop it didn’t make any sense to me,” Ginsburg said in a wide-ranging interview late Wednesday in her office at the court. “And one really could have predicted what was going to happen.”

The 80-year-old justice dissented from the 5-4 decision on the voting law. Ginsburg said in her dissent that discarding the law was “like throwing away your umbrella in a rainstorm because you are not getting wet.”

Weird how all that states who used to need pre-clearance IMMEDIATELY moved to restrict voting rights for minorities.  And by “weird” I mean…duuuuUUUUhhhh.

Republicans like Guy Who Killed Black Kid more than they do First Black President

It may sound shocking that Republican voters have a more favorable opinion of a guy known best for killing an unarmed teenager than the president of the United States, but it sort of makes sense once you realize that that killer is George Zimmerman and that that president is Barack Obama.

According to a new Fox News poll, Republican voters are two-and-a-half times more likely to have a favorable opinion of Zimmerman than Obama, Marc Caputo points out. Just 18 percent of Republicans have a favorable opinion of the man elected twice to lead the most powerful country in the world, while 79 have an unfavorable opinion of him. When it comes to Zimmerman, who was acquitted recently for killing Florida teen Trayvon Martin, 45 percent of GOP voters have a favorable opinion, compared to 27 percent who have a negative one.


via Poll: Republicans like Zimmerman more than they do President Obama – Salon.com.

Turns out the the only thing they hate more than being called racist is our President.

Republicans vs Americans on what is wrong with America


And while 56 percent of Americans say they think congressional Republicans are too rigid in their dealings with the president, a plurality of GOP respondents say congressional Republicans are too quick to give in to Obama.

“In their mind, Republicans have been too quick to give in to Obama,” says McInturff, the GOP pollster, about the views of self-identified Republicans in the poll. “For the average Republican House member, he or she is more likely to be concerned about a primary than general election.”

And there’s the problem….the problem is obvious to everyone who is not the problem, but  those who are the problem are mostly worried about losing their jobs and try to keep their jobs by not fixing problems with the President.  Instead they loudly shout that he’s the reason they can’t solve problems, which OMG!!, the GOP base loves to hear.

When did Corporations get Free Speech rights?


onflict mineral rule survives legal test
A federal judge in the District of Columbia upheld a provision of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that requires the Securities and Exchange Commission to impose disclosure requirements for companies that acquire “conflict minerals” from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The law was challenged as an infringement of corporate Free Speech rights by three trade associations—National Association of Manufacturers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Business Roundtable—whose members acquire diamonds and other minerals from the Congo. Public Citizen and Amnesty International said the rule will provide critical information to investors and consumers.

I was reading my normal news and saw the bolded section above.  The context of the argument should give you pause, if not bring you to a full stop.