Is the United States sliding toward theocracy? That’s what Republican presidential candidates have told us for more than a year. Radical Islam, they’ve argued, is on the verge of taking over our country through Sharia law. But this weekend, at an Iowa forum sparsely covered by the press, the candidates made clear that they don’t mind theocracy—in fact, they’d like to impose it—as long as it’s Christian.
NC Republicans Pass Motorcycle Safety Bill in the State House... with 17 Words on Motorcycles and 123 Words on Abortion
WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled North Carolina House pushed through anti-abortion legislation on Thursday, using as their vehicle a motorcycle safety bill that lawmakers had stealthily turned into a measure on abortion.
- $11 million: primary and secondary education
- $9 million: teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities
- 940 fewer recipients of college aid and 280 fewer work-study jobs
- Head Start eliminated for 1,100 children
- $2 million: environmental funding
- $176.9 million: reduced pay for 27,000 DoD civilians (furloughs)
- $91 million: Army base operation funding
- $8 million: Air Force operations
- $230,000: Justice Assistance Grants
- $472,000: funding for job search assistance, referral, and placement
- loss of child care for as many as 500 children
- $144,000: reduced vaccination funding
- $457,000: upgrade funds for public health facilities
- $1,180,000: grants to prevent and treat substance abuse
- $165,000: 4,100 fewer HIV tests
- $102,000: services to victims of domestic violence
- $865,000: meals for seniors
Basically, this 100% preventable political ploy by the Republicans is going to cripple the states that are already limping by, which coincidentally are the reddest states in the nation. Way to vote against your own interests, dumbasses.
Oh, and if your job has anything to do with the defense industry (which is almost everyone in my city) you are FUCKED.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal wants Republicans to stop being the stupid party — but apparently the memo hasn’t gotten out to state legislatures around the country.
February has been a banner month for truly silly and anti-intellectual bills in state capitals across the country. Well, mostly across the South and Midwest. Some of these bills are based on the idea that birth control is poison, and that students should not fail for arguing in biology class that dinosaurs and humans coexisted. Others would stop gun control efforts by making it a felony to try to enact gun control.
This is not the Onion: Here are some of the actual proposals.
You can find video of Saturday’s “Thanksgiving Family Forum” on the Web sites of two organizations that sponsored it: CitizenLink and the Family Leader. Here are highlights of the candidates’ remarks.
- 4. No religion but Christianity will suffice. Perry declared, “In every person’s heart, in every person’s soul, there is a hole that can only be filled by the Lord Jesus Christ.”
This morning the House Oversight Committee, led by Rep. Darrell Issa, held a subcommittee hearing to attack newly announced vehicle standardsthat will raise the average efficiency of new passenger cars and trucks to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. You read that correctly, House Republicans are attacking the same vehicle standards that are estimated to save the average consumer more than $3,500 over the life of the vehicle and cut our dependence on oil by 1.5 million barrels of oil per day in 2030 (the same amount we imported last year from Saudi Arabia and Iraq combined).
This morning the House Oversight Committee, led by Rep. Darrell Issa, held a subcommittee hearing to attack newly announced vehicle standardsthat will raise the average efficiency of new passenger cars and trucks to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.
You read that correctly, House Republicans are attacking the same vehicle standards that are estimated to save the average consumer more than $3,500 over the life of the vehicle and cut our dependence on oil by 1.5 million barrels of oil per day in 2030 (the same amount we imported last year from Saudi Arabia and Iraq combined).
Mitt Romney to his fellow Republicans: "Hey assholes, you all LOVED our health care reform plan AND its individual mandate until Obama decided he liked it too."
Remember kids: “Obamacare,” before it was “Romneycare,” was known as the “Health Equity and Access Reform Today Act of 1993” and was written by the Republican Party. Republicans were for the individual mandate before they were against it.
Sexual activity has absolutely no place in the military”? That will be a surprise to the men and women, of every orientation, who love, marry, and become parents while serving. We have an all-volunteer military whose health relies on its strong ties to civilian life — not a praetorian guard of eunuchs. Does Santorum think that “the military” is a collection of battle scenes in an action movie? Surely not; his father worked for the Veterans Administration, and so he must know better. He also ought to know that there is no “special privilege” here, just the possibility of serving without the special obligation of lying, and the same knowledge other soldiers have that the person they love most might be able to be handed a folded flag if they die. Or is the word “gay” so strong for Santorum that it blotted out the word “soldier
3 Big Lies At the Heart of Republican Attacks On the Post Office: House Republicans are aiming to dismantle the postal service, but their plans hinge on a few tall tales they've sold the American public.
In nine months in office, the new Republican House majority has amply proven the emptiness of its early promises: to create jobs, run government more like a business and respect small-town America. But there’s no better object lesson in Republicans’ real priorities than their bid to end the Postal Service as we know it.