(Secondarily, why can't I read Carl Hiaasen in my local paper?)
If you’re mystified, you’re not alone. Ignoring years of public-opinion polls, the GOP is boldly marching backwards into the 1960s to question whether contraception is a legitimate health-care benefit.
As political miscalculations go, this one could be epic. If you’re looking for a sure way to galvanize female voters against your own party, attack birth control.
Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/02/23/139386/commentary-gop-goes-back-to-the.html#storylink=cpy
The Republican victory in 2010 was due to their focus on the economy -- where are the jobs -- so why are they now all fringey social issues, all the time? Bill Maher* explains the obvious -- the economy got better!
"If you can look at the deficit and not see that the problem is that the rich stopped paying taxes, you are a Republican. .... The facts about what the Republicans have done to the middle class are beyond reasonable doubt and yet their base refuses to see it. The moneyed elite in this country are dragging a bag filled with your future down the steps, and your reaction is, 'Hold on there, that looks heavy. Let me give you a hand getting it into your trunk.'"
Wouldn't this be a golden opportunity for progressive networking and organizing in North Alabama, similar to what Alabama Democrats are doing with the Mo Rocca performance in Birmingham next week?
The ADP reserved a block of seats for Mo Rocca's show and is marketing them as a package with tickets to a private reception afterwards ... where left leaning Alabamians will mix, mingle and get acquainted. Presto, a networking opportunity for progressives combined with lots of fun and a little fundraising for Alabama Democrats.
Could Alabama Democrats or some of the local Democratic groups do the same thing for the Bill Maher show?
Bill Maher has an amazing knack for telling bare-bones truth encased in a supremely entertaining wrapper.
Now that it's become clear that the Republicans, the fiscally conservative, strong on defense party are neither fiscally conservative nor strong on defense, they have to tell us what exactly it is they're good at. Because it's not defense. 9/11 happened on your watch and you retaliated by invading the wrong country. And you lost a 10 year game of hide and seek with Osama bin Laden. And you're responsible for most of the debt, which more than anything makes us weak. You're supposed to be the party with the killer instinct, but it was a Democrat who put a bomb in Quadafi's bedroom and a bullet in bin Laden's eye like Moe Green. Raising the question, how many Muslims does a black guy have to kill in one weekend before crackers crawl down off his ass?
... Why can't you just admit that Barack Obama is one efficient, steely-nerved, multi-tasking, black, Ninja, gangsta President?
IHOP's short stacks are long on one ingredient that few of the chain's diners might expect: animal cruelty.
An undercover investigation has revealed shocking abuses at IHOP's egg supplier. As you can see, the footage reveals filthy conditions, sick and injured hens, and birds forced to live in cages with the decomposing corpses of their cage-mates.
Each hen laying eggs for IHOP is confined in a battery cage about the size of a file drawer that contains several birds—giving each animal less space than a sheet of paper on which to spend her entire life. They can't even spread their wings.
The HSUS is encouraging consumers to contact IHOP and register their concerns about this issue (you can write and send a short letter online or just call them at 866-444-5144 and nicely encourage the use of cage free eggs).
Other chains such as Burger King and Denny's buy some of their eggs from cage free operations. Creating a market encourages other poultry farmers to use more humane farming methods. And IHOP uses a LOT of eggs.
Bill Maher has joined the campaign and filmed this short video about the issue:
Last week Bill Maher called out Obama for pussy-footing around in the face of an audacious onslaught from Corporate America. He made clear that the President needs to show a little audacity of his own if he hopes to beat the health care companies, the energy companies, and the legions of powerful lobbyists swarming Capitol Hill.
Well, tonight he called out Corporate America's wholly-owned human subsidiaries in the US Congress, specifically those in the Democratic Party.
One of the many lies passed around is that “she boasted about her CIA job at cocktail parties.” If there were any truth to that “Karl Rove” rumor, Ms. Plame would have been subject to discipline within the CIA for talking too much. Some neocon lawyers have jumped into the mix trying to nitpick the definition of “covert.” The one fig leaf that various portly neocons are trying to hide behind is that to be convicted it must be proven that the offending individual knew that Ms. Plame was covert.
What I learned from watching a Talking TeeVee Pundit Head Show, Senator Dick Shelby is in Tuscaloosa and he's talking about "these people" (There is video if you care to watch).
Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby, also appearing on State of The Union, cautioned the president against relocating the most "incorrigible" detainees in the United States.
"Nobody wants them. We got all kinds of places in the world we can house these people," Shelby said. "If we have to move them from Cuba, from Gitmo, we have other territory that can bring them in, but don't bring them to the United States of America.
A couple of weeks ago BenGoshi pointed out that Bill Maher had named Tuscaloosa, Alabama as the least likely place in America to vote for Barack Obama.
I hope that the Tuscaloosa County Democratic Party will, in 1 and 1/2 weeks, be able and inclined to touch base with Mr. Maher, show him the voting totals and note that, indeed, it's not the racist place Maher implies it is.
The challenge has been made. It's not the time to tell Maher what an uninformed putz he is, it's time to work to make sure he's proved wrong on November 4.
The election is behind us and Tommy Stevenson wasted little time in pointing out that, although Tuscaloosa County went for McCain, the city of Tuscaloosa was a little piece of Obamaland on Nov. 4th.
Now it is true that Republican John McCain carried Tuscaloosa County 55.5 percent to 44.4 percent, but within the city limits of Tuscaloosa, which is a majority white city and the home of the University of Alabama (whose Crimson Tide football team is ranked number one in the country, in case you haven't noticed), Democrat Obama had approximately 26,000 votes to about 15,600 for McCain. The countywide vote was 45,351 for McCain and 32,738 for Obama.
I like Bill Maher, but he owes Tuscaloosa an apology this time. Maher's comment played to the stereotype that folks in Alabama are nothing but uneducated rednecks who would never vote for a black man. Not true. We're a diverse bunch down here, so please stop trying to paint Alabama with a broad brush, Bill.
I don't know who is to blame for the failure of Prop 8, the California ballot initive to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman, however there are some who are trying to blame black folks for it's demise. Others say not so fast there is enough blame to go around.
But even that good news was tempered by reading Keith's post about his speech at Central State University, a historically black college in Wilberforce, Ohio. It was the inspiration for the title of this post. I considered titling it "Hysterically Black Homophobia," because of the reaction Keith says his speech got. But it felt too serious a topic for snark, though the response of the students as described by Keith does indeed seem hysterical, and the homophobia at its foundation is historical.
Excuse me? I voted against Proposition 8. I'm among the 30 percent of black Californians that did so. And as much as I can condemn the homophobia and intolerance that drove a portion of the 70 percent of blacks that voted in favor of Proposition 8's ban on gay marriage, it's an outrage to lay its passage at their feet. I've read several editorials already about how the ungrateful blacks betrayed gays right after America gave them their first president. I know there are some wounds and frayed nerves right now, but this type of condescending, divide and conquer isn't going to help at all. And it's a gross oversimplification of what happened.
Each and every argument I’ve read since Proposition 8 passed that lays blame on Black people --- whether only like the worst of the haters or even primarily -- for the passage of Proposition 8 starts with CNN’s exit poll statistics about Proposition 8 at its foundation. Yet anyone who knows anything about the demographics of the State of California – or anyone who spent ½ as much time looking up actual data as ranting all over the free world about what "Black people" did "to gay people" (as if those groups are wholly separate, telling you a lot about the racism that underlies the argument) would know that 10% simply defies reality, unless a million or so Black folks snuck into the state just before the election so they could say they cast their vote for Barack Obama on sunny California shores.
There is a possible explanation for this Anti-Gay victory that came alongside the Obama victory... false advertising.
It has been reported that thousands of flyers were distributed throughout several majorly African American districts. These flyers advocated "Yes on 8" showed Obama (stating that he doesn't support gay marriage) and several prominent African American religious leaders. These flyers falsely implied that Obama/Biden endorsed Prop 8.
Add to that the fact that it was entirely confusing, especially for the "low information" voter... to vote No on a Prop 8 was a Yes but a Yes was a No which meant No in a Yes manner. No... Yes... No...Yes... No? This all focuses on people who don't comprehend what they are reading.
TUSCALOOSA | Two weeks ago on his HBO show "Real Time," comedian, social commentator and movie producer Bill Maher said something to the effect he would believe race had not played a role in the 2008 presidential election "When Tuscaloosa, Alabama, votes for Barack Obama."
Well, guess what, Bill, our fine city of 80,000 or so on the banks of the lovely Black Warrior River, went overwhelmingly for Obama, 62 percent to 38 percent, by my preliminary, rough estimate.