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It’s Ugly (by Bernie Sanders) — Paul Ryan QUIVERS As Bernie Sanders Outs the DIRTY SECRET Behind His Poverty Propaganda - Democratic Underground - Sen. Sanders said, “You have folks out there now who have virtually no income coming in. They have families. They have kids. How are they going to eat? We have veterans out there trying to get into the food stamp program. To me, what you’re looking at is an ugly kind of class warfare where the people on top want more and more and more, and they’re pushing down in an incredibly terrible way the most vulnerable people in our country.” Rev. Al showed this graphic that illustrates who food stamp recipients really are:

We’ve got to be careful not to let #Bridgegate become our #Benghazi

If we don’t keep things in perspective, we risk being as foolish as those right wing hoo-hahs who beat the Benghazi scandal into the ground before all the facts were in.

Christie is ultimately responsible for his staff, and I encourage all those negatively effected by this to seek civil suits, but let’s not get carried away.

There are important issues that need our attention.

While we’re wasting time and energy with these side show scandals, the GOP is happily at work dismantling our education system, social security, unemployment insurance, and myriad other programs designed to keep this great country afloat.

In the meantime, enjoy this mental image of Governor Christie flip flopping like a beached whale.

Asshole Of The Day: Is John Boehner Asshole of the Day (again)?



Is John Boehner asshole of the day for claiming that if businesses can’t discriminate against gays it will cost jobs?

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) affirmed on Monday morning that he would oppose a law that would prohibit discrimination against gay and lesbian employees in the workplace, citing the possibility that it would put a financial burden on businesses.

"The Speaker believes this legislation will increase frivolous litigation and cost American jobs, especially small business jobs," Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said in a statement.


He and his office never explain how this law will hurt jobs, except I suppose inasmuch as the GOP believes that any regulation kills jobs, even things like having clean water or food inspections.

And of course we know how much John Boehner cares about jobs— after 2 years he still hasn’t brought the American Jobs Act to the floor because he doesn’t want jobs created when Obama is president.

Image source: http://boehner.house.gov/biography/

How about discrimination against orange crybabies??

City Tavern’s operators are told to lock up due to #GOPshutdown

By Vince Lattanzio

The City Tavern in Old City is forced to close because of the government shutdown.

An iconic Philadelphia restaurant has been forced to close its doors and turn away booked parties because of the government shutdown.

City Tavern at 3rd and Walnut Streets in the Old City section of the city has been told it must close until the U.S. Congress passes a spending bill.

The restaurant, which opened for the first time in 1773 and was frequented by the nation’s founding fathers, sits inside Independence National Historical Park and the building is owned by the U.S. National Parks Service.

Both have been shut down since Tuesday when the federal government began its new fiscal year without agreeing on how to fund non-essential agencies. Nearly 200 park employees were also furloughed because of the funding issue.

Since the park is closed, officials told City Tavern operator Chef Water Staib on Wednesday the restaurant had to lock up as well.

Restaurant public relations director Molly Yun said they were notified there was a possibility a closure might happen, but they were allowed to remain open during the last government shutdown 17 years ago.

"We were somewhat shocked when we received the news today that we would have to close at 3 p.m.," she said. "Unfortunately, we’re going to have to stay closed until the government re-opens and our hands are tied."

Yun says the restaurant was forced to cancel booked parties, including one serving 200 visitors from Japan on Wednesday night, for at least the next four days leaving patrons “angry” and “aggravated.”

Should the shutdown drag on, the restaurant stands to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars and its 80-100 member staff may need to find other work.

Read more and watch the video at NBCPhiladelphia.com

City Tavern is a privately owned business that is being forced to close due to the government shutdown! One hundred waiters, cooks, cashiers, and other restaurant staff will be unemployed by Monday! If the shutdown continues another week or so, the owners will have to close their restaurant!

City Tavern is only one example of how the effects of a government shutdown extends beyond government employees.

Weekly Address: Commemorating Labor Day

Aug 31, 2013

President Obama discusses Labor Day and reflects on the contributions of the working men and women in our country.

Some of us haven’t had a pay increase in almost four years. - Yet the cost of living still escalates.

An Open Letter To Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey (R)

File this one under #DiggyRant

It may surprise some that, though I’m a registered Democrat, I don’t vote along party lines. I lean liberal. I also believe in some conservative ideas. I understand that the freedoms I want often come with responsibilities to my community. Seems fair to me.

I got a mass email today from the office of Pennsylvania Senator, Pat Toomey, in which he blames President Obama’s environmental policies for Pennsylvania’s unemployment issues, which have been ongoing for years.

The email reads, in part: “…due to the Obama administration’s policies – the company FirstEnergy is deactivating coal-fired power plants in Fayette and Washington counties and leaving hundreds out of work. These unemployed Pennsylvanians are unfortunate casualties in President Obama’s ‘war on coal,’ which I will continue to fight against in the Senate.”

War on coal? It that a thing?

He also mentioned his visit to Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe Inc. in Chambersburg – one of Franklin County’s largest employers – to hear concerns over excessive government regulations.  “One was the cost of Obamacare, the unreasonable mandates that are associated with it, including the contraception and abortifacient mandate, which is so problematic for so many people.”

So, Senator Toomey is concerned about the cost of contraception, but not the 18+ years of childcare that comes after? What kind of strange logic is that?

The email was an itemized list of the usual GOP propaganda that is meant to stir up their base. It was so filled with exaggeration and inaccuracies.

…and begging for this response from me.

To: Senator Toomey

RE: The Toomey mass email

Instead of whining about President Obama’s concern for the environment, you should be looking for ways to retrain coal workers in clean, renewable energy.
Your push for fracking without regard for the ecological effects is frightening. Drinking water should NOT be flammable, Mr Toomey!

Read more at ADignorantium.wordpress