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Citizens United and the Perils of Super PACs

September 3, 2013 by mstinnett311

Michael Stinnett - 9/03/2013: Legal rulings such as Citizens United and lax campaign financing laws have undermined the democratic process allowing wealthy donors to buy elections; so-called Super PACs are a pernicious influence on society and should be abolished. A Super PAC, or independent expenditure-only committee, “may raise unlimited sums of money from corporations, unions, associations and individuals, then spend unlimited sums to overtly advocate for or against political candidates. Super PACs must, however, report their donors to the Federal Election Commission on a monthly or quarterly basis – the Super PAC's choice – as a traditional PAC would. Unlike traditional PACs, Super PACs are prohibited from donating money directly to political candidates” (Super PACs). The recent ruling protects political spending by corporations in candidate elections, citing the First Amendment's protection of freedom of speech. In justifying the ruling, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote that “'If the First Amendment has any force, it prohibits Congress from fining or jailing citizens, or associations of citizens, for simply engaging in political speech'” (The New York Times).    Read more

One Year After Limbaugh Attack, 2471 Sponsors Lost is No Fluke

March 1, 2013 by ProgLegs

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Lest we forget, here are the highlights:

Susan Fluke … so much sex she can’t afford her own birth control pills.

What does that make her? It makes her a slut right? It makes her a prostitute! She wants to be paid to have sex

Ms. Fluke...Who bought your condoms in the 6th grade?

She’s having so much sex it’s amazing she can still walk.

Random hook-ups that these babes are encountering here … having sex nearly 3 times a day.

Ms Fluke and the rest of you FemiNazis, here’s the deal. If we are going to pay for your contraceptives and thus pay for you to have sex...then we want something in return, Ms. Fluke, and that would be the videos of this sex posted online so we can see.

There's more--a lot more. Although you can't find the transcript on Rush Limbaugh's website, which otherwise contains a meticulous archival treasure trove of hate speech. He erased it when he realized what he had done.    Read more

Many Republicans Having Difficult Time with Election Loss

November 10, 2012 by fidlerten

Losing an election can be a very bitter pill to swallow. Some Republicans are refusing to accept their loss and instead have begun beating the war drums of vengeance, promising to fight against not only the election results, but against democracy itself and the will of the People.

Donald Trump is a good example, he tweeted a few incendiary comments after the election results gave Obama a clear win. Here is a list of those tweets Yahoo! News provided for us:    Read more

2012 Presidential Election Shows a Divided America

October 15, 2012 by fidlerten

America has become such a divided nation. Is it because we have unresolvable differences or is it because we have allowed the voices of unreason and prejudice, to overpower the voices of wisdom and truth?

President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney are two very different men and they have two very different plans for America. One wants to continue on the same path that has led us down a road of slow but steady growth, and the other wants to cut all our taxes by 20 percent but gives no real details on how he would pay for it, or who would pay for it.    Read more

Stephen King on Taxes [EvolutionBlog]

May 6, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

Stephen King has been on a roll lately. His most recent novel 11/22/63 was a welcome return to form and his best work in years. And now he has this excellent essay, in The Daily Beast, on the subject of taxes:    Read more

In a Rick Santorum World: Freedom for a Few

March 19, 2012 by fidlerten

Pulpit rock

In other words, it’ll be a perfect world for Rick Santorum and those who are like him but the rest of us will not be so free.

Maybe someone should explain to Mr. Santorum that though he doesn’t like something or certain people for whatever reason – because he finds it or them immoral or he feels it’s against his religious beliefs –doesn’t mean the rest of us should follow his lead.     Read more

Who is the Mannerheim and how he was the line?

November 18, 2011 by egor.solovev.00

Carl Gustaf Mannerheim (Karl Gustav Emil Mannerheim) (1867-1951) was a Swedish nobleman from Finland and the cavalry officer in the Russian service. Officer fighting.    Read more

Why Moshe Dayan called a legend?

November 9, 2011 by egor.solovev.00

"A lot of times do not spend a quarter of an hour, not otherwise
So your dog's hunger is just vodka uymesh.
I try to tell everything that had happened, unadorned,
The truth will be just right. "

Moshe Dayan

There are politicians who even during his lifetime cause mixed feelings. One of them - Moshe Dayan. Soviet propaganda portrayed him as a symbol of "Israeli Zionism and militarism." Journal "Crocodile" and the Soviet press regularly printed the cartoons on it.

Did not pass it to their attention and Vladimir Vysotsky. The song is about Misha Shifman line: "... Moshe Dayan - sterva-eyed! Aggressive beast, who is the pharaoh! Well, where aggression - there is no reason to me. " Hard face, a black armband on his left eye and a hooked nose did Dayan perfect negative hero. Its mark on all Party meetings, rallies and lectures, the Society "Knowledge".    Read more

Sarah Palin: America's Full-Time Professional Duelist

December 1, 2010 by Tina Dupuy

The template for the perpetual Sarah Palin feud was set last Valentine's Day. The animated series Family Guy aired an episode in which a character with Down Syndrome said her mother was the former Governor of Alaska. From her platform as a paid Fox News contributor, Palin pounced on the moment to condemn Seth McFarland.    Read more

The One About The United States Must Be More Than The Sum Of Its Parts.

February 12, 2010 by Toriach

A reply by Conservative blogger The Bobo to The One About Once We “Take The Power Back” From Government What Do We Do With It?, got me thinking.

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The Tomorrow Speech

February 27, 2009 by THE POLITICUS

The Tomorrow Speech Raging Moderate, by Will Durst Barack Obama’s initial foray into that belly of the beast known as a joint session of Congress was nothing less than a resounding… semi- success. Sort of. It wasn’t quite a State of the Union Address. His inaugural pre-empted that. You get one or the other. That’s the rule. This was a State of the Union Address Lite. With only 60 percent of the expectations of your normal State of the Union Address. A pseudo SOTU, if you will.    Read more
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