Looks like the political world is about to have a civil war. But it’s being narrowed to one party (from the Wall Street Journal):
Republican leaders and their corporate allies have launched an array of efforts aimed at diminishing the clout of the party’s most conservative activists and promoting legislation instead of confrontation next year.
GOP House leaders are taking steps to impose discipline on wavering committee chairmen and tea-party factions. Meanwhile, major donors and advocacy groups, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and American Crossroads, are preparing an aggressive effort to groom and support more centrist Republican candidates for Congress in 2014′s midterm elections. …
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce early next year plans to roll out an aggressive effort—expected to cost at least $50 million—to support establishment, business-friendly candidates in primaries and the general election, with an aim of trying to win a Republican Senate majority.
“Our No. 1 focus is to make sure, when it comes to the Senate, that we have no loser candidates,” said the business group’s top political strategist, Scott Reed. “That will be our mantra: No fools on our ticket.”
Any idea how this is going to work? You can’t stop fools from running. And you can’t stop fools from voting for them.
Meanwhile (via the Arizona Evening Star):
The problem: The 16th president never said the things about class warfare Melvin is quoting.
For example, in postings last week on Twitter, the state senator from Tucson wrote, “You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.” That quote, Melvin said, came from Lincoln.
Ditto for a quote of, “You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich,” and “You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.”
None of these came from Lincoln, Brooks Simpson, a professor of history at Arizona State University, said when asked about the quotes by Capitol Media Services.
“I can tell you that these quotes are spurious,” Simpson said. “They do not appear in Lincoln’s writings or in his recollected words.”
Seems the “no fools” strategy is off to a rocky start.
- GOP lawmaker attacks Obama with false Lincoln quotes that ‘sounded good’ (rawstory.com)
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce to spend $50 million to Crush Tea Party (dailypaul.com)
- While attacking Obama, GOPer misattributes quotes about ‘class hatred’ to Lincoln (freakoutnation.com)
- Chamber Of Commerce, GOP Establishment Gear Up For Assault On Tea Party (personalliberty.com)
OK. So there’s a controversy concerning something some guy on the reality show “Duck Dynasty” said. I’ve never seen the show, but …
… that’s a family photo. They’re dressed in camouflage. They’re in Louisiana.
I checked out a random clip on YouTube:
So, really? I’m supposed to be appalled that some Bayou-bred extras from a ZZ Top video would say something that wasn’t progressive? They have a show BECAUSE they say weird shit like this.
Do you think, perhaps, that MAYBE these folks (honestly, I don’t even know their names. Duck? Is that it?) have done something like held a Confederate flag? Hey, let’s go out on a limb here. Are they now or have they ever been members of the Republican party? (Oh, what’s that? They helped a Tea Party Republican win a congressional primary in Louisiana?)
Give me a break. You want to know what we should be upset about?
Marcus Thomas, former assistant director of the FBI’s Operational Technology Division in Quantico, said in a recent story in The Washington Post that the FBI has been able to covertly activate a computer’s camera — without triggering the light that lets users know it is recording — for several years.
Now research from Johns Hopkins University provides the first public confirmation that it’s possible to do just that, and demonstrates how. While the research focused on MacBook and iMac models released before 2008, the authors say similar techniques could work on more recent computers from a wide variety of vendors. In other words, if a laptop has a built-in camera, it’s possible someone — whether the federal government or a malicious 19 year old — could access it to spy on the user at any time.
That doesn’t razz your berry? How about this?
Target confirmed Thursday morning that it was investigating a security breach involving stolen credit card and debit card information for 40 million of its retail customers.
In a statement, Target said that criminals gained access to its customer information on Nov. 27 — the day before Thanksgiving and just ahead of one of the busiest shopping days of the year — and maintained access through Dec. 15.
Hell, someone hacked my job this week, so now I’ve got to change passwords on everything I log into.
The “Duck Dynasty” “controversy” is just another shiny thing to divert your attention from the really horrible things that are screwing us over.
At least the “Duck Dynasty” guy knew that what was coming out of his mouth was going to be used against him. That’s more than the rest of us can say.
- Under Armour’s ‘Duck Dynasty’ Dilemma (gloucestercitynews.net)
- What Is Duck Dynasty and What Does It Have to Do With a Man’s Anus? (gawker.com)
- Patriarch off `Duck Dynasty’ after gay comments (pottsmerc.com)
- Patriarch off `Duck Dynasty’ after gay comments (macombdaily.com)
- Duck Dynasty BLASTED For Racist Remark (celebnmusic247.com)
- Ridiculous Duck Dynasty Decision by A&E!!! (patsygayle.wordpress.com)
I ask the question because of this:
Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., pleaded guilty Wednesday to possession of cocaine and was sentenced to one year of supervised probation.
“I’ve hit a bottom where I realize I need help. And I have aggressively pursued that help,” Radel said, as he admitted in District of Columbia Superior Court that he purchased 3.5 grams of cocaine.
The freshman congressman, who represents a solidly Republican district in southwest Florida, said he’ll enter a rehab program. He will also pay a $250 fine on the misdemeanor charge.
The House over the summer approved an amendment by Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.) that would let states drug test people on food stamps. The amendment passed by voice vote, meaning members’ individual yeas and nays were not recorded. Radel later voted in favor of a broader food stamps bill that included Hudson’s measure.
How these guys can stand to see themselves in the mirror amazes me.
- Rep. Trey Radel BUSTED For Cocaine After Voting To Drug Test Welfare Recipients!! (itsmyurbantainment.com)
- Rep. Radel charged in DC with cocaine possession (nbc-2.com)
- Fla. Congressman Charged With Cocaine Possession (abcnews.go.com)
… Since who else would know more about the foibles of the founding fathers?
There’s a whole series of these on YouTube. Here’s another one:
I’ll go out on a limb here and say when she really did this for a living (a slave re-enactor), she was at Mount Vernon. And the sad thing is, these are really questions she was asked.
These definitely aren’t the answers she gave on the job.
According to Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal, Suzanne Somers is an expert on the Affordable Care Act and its impact on retirees.
Yes, that Suzanne Somers.
She says the health-care law is “a Socialist Ponzi scheme.”
You can judge by reading the column here, but I feel the following is the most important part of the opinion piece. It was tacked onto the end after publication:
CORRECTIONS AND AMPLIFICATIONS:
An earlier version of this post contained a quotation attributed to Lenin (“Socialized medicine is the keystone to the arch of the socialist state”) that has been widely disputed. And it included a quotation attributed to Churchill (“Control your citizens’ health care and you control your citizens“) that the Journal has been unable to confirm.
Also, the cover of a Maclean’s magazine issue in 2008 showed a picture of a dog on an examining table with the headline “Your Dog Can Get Better Health Care Than You.” An earlier version of this post incorrectly said the photo showed and headline referred to a horse.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion (no matter how air headed it may be). But no one is entitled to back up their opinion with their own facts. And, unless it was a photo of a great dane, I don’t know how you confuse a horse with a dog.
Yep. That’s a dog. Horses aren’t allowed to sit on exam tables. That … and the word “dog” in the headline … should have been a giveaway.
- Suzanne Somers’ Anti-Obamacare Op-Ed in the WSJ Is at 3 Corrections and Counting… (mediaite.com)
- Wall Street Journal Enlists Suzanne Somers To Critique Obamacare, And Of Course It’s A Disaster (businessinsider.com)
- Suzanne Somers Calls Affordable Care Act A ‘Ponzi Scheme’ In Wall Street Journal Piece (huffingtonpost.com)
- Suzanne Somers’ Anti-Obamacare Article Is Riddled with Errors (gawker.com)
- Suzanne Somers on the Obamacare debate (macleans.ca)
Expecting fireworks from the ACA hearings? Rep. Bill Pascrell provides them.
- Rep. Bill Pascrell goes after GOP colleague: ‘Are you serious?’ (washingtonpost.com)
- Dem Rep. Jumps Out of Chair, Explodes at GOP’ers During Obamacare Hearing (mediaite.com)
- Dem congressman to GOPer at Obamacare hearing: “Are you really serious!?” (salon.com)
Remember when a certain computer expert lost his mind and did weird things in Central America? This is what Fox News reported at the time:
John McAfee, the estranged founder of the antivirus firm that bears his name, is wanted by the Belize police in connection with a murder, FoxNews.com has confirmed.
McAfee, whose very name is synonymous with security, is a prime suspect in the murder of American expatriate Gregory Faull, a well-liked builder from Florida who was shot Saturday night at his home in San Pedro Town on the island of Ambergris Caye, according to a series of exposes on tech blog Gizmodo. Vienne Robinson, assistant superintendent of the San Pedro police department in Belize, told FoxNews.com that police are actively searching for McAfee. …
McAfee’s life has turned in recent years from cybersecurity to drugs, guns, prostitution and violence, explained Jeff Wise, a freelance reporter who broke the story for Gizmodo. “He will tell you he moved to Belize for the good life, for the country, to rescue the Belizean people from poverty,” Wise told FoxNews.com. In reality, McAfee became embroiled in bath salts and the quest for the ultimate high, he said.
Wise visited McAfee in the Western Caribbean nation twice, once in 2010 and again this past April.
“It really scared the hell out of me,” Wise said. He wasn’t alone. A woman who went to visit McAfee to co-develop an herbal medicine ended up running from the country in terror, “fleeing for her life,” Wise said.
Although a one-time drug user, the computer expert had cleaned up his act. …
“Mcafee had been a hard-core drug addict in his 30s and 40s. He had a heart attack right around the time he sold his company for $100 million,” Wise told FoxNews.com. He moved to Belize and apparently pursued several lines of business, from creating a new form of herbal medicine to helping save the country from poverty.
He also became deeply involved with bath salts, Wise said, a dangerous drug notorious for its psychotic effects.
“Around the time his herbal drug plan collapsed, he started to get really heavily into this kind of synthetic, hallucinogenic hyper-aphrodisiac,” Wise told FoxNews.com. “Everyone was scared of McAfee. He was walking around the beach carrying a gun.”
I wonder what McAfee is up to today?
The House committee responsible for Obamacare oversight asked for expert guidance last week about the troubled launch of the federal Healthcare.gov site from John McAfee, the tech legend once suspected in the murder of his neighbor in Central America, CNBC has learned.
That Republican-controlled committee wanted the McAfee Associates founder to “guide our oversight and review of” the implementation of the federal marketplace selling Obamacare insurance, according to an email obtained by CNBC.com.
The committee suggested that McAfee might discuss the technologically botched rollout with members of Congress.
Now, there are major problems with the online insurance website. And it’s inexcusable that it was rolled out with so many bugs. It’s a major screw up by the Obama administration, and somebody should be fired for such shoddy work.
But, for God’s sake, why is the GOP seeking the advice of a crazy person on how to fix the problem …
Oh, right. Republicans don’t want the problem fixed. They’ll take the advice of a nutcase to make sure it never works.
And yes, I quoted Fox News (which I go out of my way not to do) at the start of this item. Because I want to see how Fox puts the lipstick on this pig and says what a smart move it is now that the Republicans have added McAfee to the mix of their recent bizarre behavior.
- House GOP asked murder suspect John McAfee for advice on Obamacare website (rawstory.com)
- House GOP asked ex-fugitive for Obamacare advice (cnbc.com)
- Report: GOP asked John McAfee to testify on ObamaCare website (thehill.com)
- GOP asked tech founder, ex-fugitive McAfee to diagnose Obamacare (nbcnews.com)
- The Hill: GOP asked ex-fugitive McAfee to testify on ObamaCare website (shortformblog.com)
- The strange life of John McAfee (bbc.co.uk)