Sunday, May 01, 2016

Report from Pew Research shows that the more educated we are the more liberal we are. And that the highly educated are becoming even more liberal.

Courtesy of NPR: 

A report from the Pew Research Center finds a wide partisan gap between highly educated and non-highly-educated americans. Not only that, but the share of college grads and post-graduates who are "consistently liberal" (based on their answers to a series of policy questions) has grown sharply in the last 20 years.

In 1994, 7 percent of post-grads were "consistently liberal," and 1 percent of people with high school educations or less were — not much of a difference. Today, the gap is 25 points wide — 31 percent of people with post-grad educations are consistently liberal, compared to 5 percent of those with high school educations or less. 

The same kind of change just hasn't happened on the conservative side.

The research also finds that while the Right has also grown more conservative, it is certainly not due to higher education. Though it seems age is a factor.

So to sum up the better educated, and younger Americans are becoming increasingly liberal, while the poorly educated old folks with one foot in the grave are becoming more conservative.

Damn I like those odds.

And now boys and girls you know why the Right Wing is always attacking public education, liberal arts education, and of course teachers in general.

They are losing, but they are certainly not planning to go down without a fight.

For those of you who missed President Obama's performance last night at the WHCD, here it is in its entirety.

And here's part two. Overall I thought the President was pretty damn funny. Sure we have seen better jokes in the past, but I somehow doubt we will see better ones in the future.

I personally thought some of his Hillary barbs were a harsh, but then again he did make this joke:
His crack about Bernie Sanders making distance from him not being hoe comrades treat each other was pretty good as well.

And then of course that video with John Boehner was brilliant. 

I hope he was never thinking of seeking another job in Republican politics again.

My biggest takeaway from the night was just how muhc I am going to miss this man, and how I am becoming more an more convinced that he is virtually irreplaceable.

I mean sure Hillary will be a good President, I really don't doubt that.

But there will never be another Barack Obama.

And that's just a damn shame.

Congressional Republicans quietly gut President Obama's executive order protecting LGBT workers employed by federal contractors from discrimination.

Courtesy of HuffPo: 

Republicans quietly voted Thursday to gut President Barack Obama’s executive order barring workplace discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees of federal contractors. 

The House Armed Services Committee voted 33 to 29 to tuck language into the 2017 defense authorization bill — must-pass legislation — that blocks the president’s 2014 executive action that makes it illegal to fire or harass employees of government contractors based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Instead, the amendment applies a broad exemption that would allow contractors to openly discriminate against LGBT people based on the contractors’ religious beliefs. 

More than 2,000 federal contracts are awarded every year to religious organizations. In all, the executive order affects 24,000 companies employing roughly 28 million workers, or about one-fifth of the nation’s workforce.

Here I have a solution.

Why don't we simply stop awarding federal contracts to religious organizations? 

What, too radical?

Oh yeah I forgot, we all have to respect everybody's superstitious nonsense.

And isn't that so much more important than respecting their human rights?

Fox News "terrorism expert" pleads guilty to lying about being a former CIA agent.

Courtesy AOL: 

A Fox News guest terrorism analyst pleaded guilty on Friday to U.S. charges that he fraudulently claimed to have been a CIA agent for decades, federal prosecutors said. 

Wayne Simmons, 62, of Annapolis, Maryland, entered the plea in U.S. district court in Alexandria, Virginia, a Washington suburb, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a statement

The plea came in a hearing in which Simmons changed the not-guilty plea he had made in October. 

"His fraud cost the government money, could have put American lives at risk, and was an insult to the real men and women of the intelligence community who provide tireless service to this country," said Dana Boente, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. 

Simmons had appeared on Fox News, the top-ranked U.S. cable television news network, as an unpaid guest analyst on terrorism since 2002.

Well of course the "expert" that Fox News hires to support their Right Wing propaganda is a fraud.

Hell the whole network is a fraud.

Over the last few weeks I have made brief visits to Fox News just to get an idea as to how they are handling this whole election cycle, and it appears to me that they are no longer even pretending to be an actual news organization.

EVERY broadcast is about attacking Hillary Clinton, defending the Republicans, and arguing that the country is going to hell in a handbasket.

My current record is about seven or eight minutes before I have to change the channel while fighting my gag reflex.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

The White House Correspondents' Dinner Open Thread. Sure why not? Update!

President Obama with his anger translator from the 2015 dinner.
Man I always look forward to this night.

I have to admit I never really cared about the WHCD before but ever since the Comedian-in-Chief took office it is "must see TV."

I have very high hopes for tonight which will be hosted by Comedy Central's Larry Wilmore.

However it is not Wilmore that I am interested in watching, in fact I actually NEVER watch Larry Wilmore anymore.

No I am anxiously awaiting the comedy stylings of on Barack Hussein Obama.

And I have no doubt he will not disappoint.

Here is just a small reminder of his genius from back in 2011.

You know I still contend that this was the night that Donald Trump decided that he was going to make a run for the White House and show that uppity.......President that he could not mock him in public.

Somehow I think that tonight the President will remind him that he most certainly CAN mock him in public.

Update: This was good.

Update 2:

Insiders predict that Hilary Clinton will crush Donald Trump in the all important swing states.

Courtesy of Politico:

In the swing states that matter most in the presidential race, Donald Trump doesn’t have a prayer against Hillary Clinton in the general election. 

That’s according to top operatives, strategists and activists in 10 battleground states who participated in this week’sa POLITICO Caucus. Nearly 90 percent of them said Clinton would defeat Trump in their home states in a November matchup. 

Republicans are only slightly more bullish on Trump’s prospects than Democrats: More than three-quarters of GOP insiders expect Clinton to best the Republican front-runner in a general-election contest in their respective states. Among Democrats, the belief is nearly universal: 99 percent of surveyed said will Clinton will beat Trump. 

In three of the biggest swing states — Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida — Republicans were particularly downbeat about the prospect of a Trump-Clinton contest. 

“There is positively no way for Trump to win in Pennsylvania,” said a Republican from that state. 

“Trump cannot and will not carry Ohio,” a Republican from that state insisted. “He will do well in Appalachia and in the Mahoning Valley, but he will get killed in the rest of the state. The danger for the GOP is losing Rob Portman, which is a very real possibility under this matchup.” 

Added a Florida Republican, who like all participants was granted anonymity in order to speak freely, “Trump is grinding the GOP to a stub. He couldn't find enough xenophobic, angry white Floridians to beat Hillary in Florida if he tried.” 

Once again in no way should this make us cocky.

There is still millions of dollars in Anti-Hillary propaganda, voter suppression, and hacked voting machines to contend with.

This is by no means over.

But it does mean that the wind is at the back of Democrats and as long as they make sure it blows them to a polling place in November this thing should be a lock.

However in my opinion it is not enough that Democrats win this election, we need to run up the damn scoreboard and send a message to the Republicans that the country is tired of their racist misogynistic attitudes and if they don't fundamentally change everything about themselves that the only way they will ever see the inside of the White House again is by climbing over the fence and outrunning the Secret Service.

Only Donald Trump could create so much hate that he has to sneak into his own convention.

Later Trump said this to the crowd: “That was not the easiest entrance I’ve ever made. It felt like I was crossing the border actually. I was crossing the border, but I got here.”

Yeah, don't expect this to cause Trump to suddenly feel empathy for undocumented Mexicans coming to America for work. That would require some growth on the part of the Donald and let's face it the only thing that grows on him is his gut.

This is what Trump was scrambling through the underbrush to avoid.

Can you imagine a Trump presidency?

We would literally have people in the streets protesting every damn day.

In other Donald Trump news the female journalist who wrote an article about Melania Trump is harassed and threatened online by Trump supporters, Trump picked up the endorsement of the Grand Imperial Wizard of the KKK, and the Trump campaign is now actively wooing disgruntled Bernie Sanders' supporters.

And do you know what? Some of them might very well go with Donald Trump.

What was that Alfred said in the movie "The Dark Knight?"

"Some men aren't looking for anything logical. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn."

Just for fun let's watch Carly Fiorina, who Ted Cruz just chose as his running mate, gush over Hillary Clinton back in 2008.

Courtesy of The Wrap: 

Back in 2008, while campaigning for Arizona Sen. John McCain, Fiorina released a special video with a message to women voters that heaped so much praise on Clinton, you’d think the two were besties, braiding each others’ hair at a slumber party. 

“I have such great admiration and empathy for Hillary Clinton,” Fiorina says in the video. “I know what it takes in some small measure to do what she has done.” 

 “As a woman, I take great pride in the fact that Hillary Clinton ran for president,” says Fiorina circa 2008. “And I also watched with a lot of empathy as I saw how she was scrutinized, characterized, talked about as a woman.” 

And just for kicks, she ends her ode to Hillary with this touching love letter: 

“Women in positions of power — particularly bold women — who are trying to drive change as Hillary Clinton most surely is … bold women, women in power are characterized, scrutinized differently than their male counterparts are.”

Oh yeah Republican women really admired Hillary Clinton right up until it started to look like she might actually win the White House.

And then it was all "She's so corrupt," "She's playing the woman card," She never accomplished ANYTHING!"

So either Hillary Clinton has fundamentally changed in the last eight years, or perhaps instead of her political opponents being impressed by her accomplishment they now are threatened by them.

Gee, I wonder which seems more likely?

In 1992 Donald Trump blamed the female victim when Mike Tyson was convicted of rape. Seriously anybody surprised?

Courtesy of Mother Jones:

In October, GOP front-runner Donald Trump got a surprise endorsement from infamous boxer Mike Tyson. "He should be president of the United States," Tyson told the Huffington Post. "Hell yeah, big time!" Tyson said he liked Trump's business instincts: "The guy is winning fair and square, he's not bribing anybody." 

Trump and Tyson are old friends who did business together in the late 1980s, when the real estate mogul promoted and hosted several of Tyson's fights at his Atlantic City casinos and even fashioned himself for a time as the boxer's "business adviser." And in a largely forgotten episode, Trump came to the boxer's aid during one the darkest moments of Tyson's career—his 1992 conviction for raping a beauty queen. To save the champ from being locked up, Trump pitched a highly controversial proposal that would have essentially allowed Tyson to buy his way out of prison. To some observers, it looked like Trump was engaging in a form of bribery—or at least attempting to rig the system.

Oh yeah Hillary Clinton is going to have MOUNTAINS of opposition research to use against this misogynist asshole in November.

And how ironic is it that just yesterday Nancy French was bringing up Mike Tyson's name as an example of the kind of jerk who said sexist things about Bristol's mom? 

I would ask if knowing this changes Palin's opinion of her presidential choice, but let's face it if hypocrisy were cheesecake she would weigh 500 pounds. 

Good news for the Democrats going into the 2016 elections cycle, not such good news for Republicans.

Courtesy of Politico:

 More than 60 percent of the American public has an unfavorable opinion of the Republican Party, an increase from last fall and the highest that the party’s negative rating has been since 1992. 

Sixty-two percent of Americans have an unfavorable impression of the GOP compared to 33 percent who view the party favorably, according to a Pew Research Center study released Thursday. That’s a more negative image of the party than in October, when there was a split of 58 percent unfavorable to 37 percent favorable.

American opinion of the Democratic Party, meanwhile, stayed about the same: 45 percent view the party favorably and 50 percent unfavorably. That leaves a quarter of the public with a negative view of both parties, an increase from past presidential election years. 

Pew found that the falling image of the GOP mostly came from people who identified as Republican, 68 percent of whom had a favorable view of their own party versus 79 percent in October. 

In contrast, 88 percent of Democrats have a favorable view of their own party. And more independents – 37 percent to 28 percent – have a favorable image of the Democratic Party compared to the GOP. 

Of course none of this means a damn thing if we do not get ourselves out to the polls in November.

I sometimes worry that if Liberals think we have this thing in the bag that they will suddenly get complacent, and complacency is EXACTLY how the Republicans beat us in elections.

Yes by all means turn out to vote for Hillary in November, but don't forget to also vote for the Democrats running down ballot. And two years from now get off your asses and vote in the midterms as well.

Because folks THAT is how we make this country more progressive.

We don't need a revolution, we just need people on the Left to take this whole democracy thing a little more seriously.

Before he leaves office President Obama is determined to do SOMETHING to protect this country from gun violence.

Here is what the post says: 

Today, I want to update you on some important progress we've made to protect our communities from gun violence. As I said in January, these commonsense steps are not going to prevent every tragedy, but what if they prevented even one? We should be doing everything we can to save lives and spare families the pain and unimaginable loss too many Americans have endured. 

First, we've jumpstarted the development of smart gun technology. Today, many gun injuries and deaths are the result of legal guns that were stolen, misused, or discharged accidentally. As long as we've got the technology to prevent a criminal from stealing and using your smartphone, then we should be able to prevent the wrong person from pulling a trigger on a gun. So, my Administration released a plan today to expedite the development of smart gun technology, including by identifying the requirements that smart guns would have to meet in order for law enforcement to purchase and use them effectively - and keep themselves and the public safer in the process. 

Second, we're doing more to make sure that those who are already prohibited from obtaining a firearm can't get their hands on one. Today, we’re announcing a rule to ensure that federal mental health records about individuals prohibited from buying a gun are reported to the background check system. 

Third, the White House will convene state and local elected officials from all 50 states in May to discuss their efforts to prevent gun violence through legislative and executive actions. The goal is to figure out what works on the ground when it comes to keeping our communities safe, and then share those practices. 

As long as I'm your president, I will do everything in my power to make our communities safer and keep guns out of the wrong hands. That includes calling on Congress to pass the kinds of commonsense reforms supported by the vast majority of the American people. 

Making progress on these issues is how we honor the lives that have been lost by gun violence, and it's how we leave behind a stronger, more secure nation for our children.

Now I think it would seem like this technology would be a great compromise for the NRA to embrace since it would not hinder guns sales and also render them much safer.

But if you thought that you would be wrong.

Of course the NRA does not want a compromise, because the best way they can serve their gun manufacturing masters is to help frighten Ammosexuals into buying more guns by telling them the government is about to make them illegal.

And do you know what gets the government talking about making guns illegal?

More gun deaths.

Do you see a pattern here?