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“The real ‘voter fraud’ is perpetrated by people who make bogus arguments about voter fraud.”

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, during an address to the National Action Network, on the Republican-led war on alleged voter fraud

“What I find startling is singling out private American citizens who have decided to engage in the political process, and basically demonizing them by name. I think that is something we haven’t seen in quite a while in American politics.”

Florida GOP Senator MARCO RUBIO, on the Democratic Party targeting the billionaire Koch Brothers and their multi-million pro-Tea Party ad spending.

This from a Republican whose party has spent the better part of the past seven years demonizing Barack Hussein “Obamacare” “Let’s See Your Birth Certificate” Obama.

(via the New York Times)

John Boehner, funnyman.

“American conservatism is still, after all these years, largely driven by claims that liberals are taking away your hard-earned money and giving it to Those People.”

PAUL KRUGMAN, writing in today’s New York Times, "That Old-Time Whistle."

The absolute truth in 27 words.

BVT News Roundup, Friday 7 March 2014

IN SMARM’S WAY   House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) orders ranking member U.S.Rep. Elijah Cummings’s (D-MD) microphone turned off after adjourning a hearing in the Rayburn House Office Building March 5, 2014 in Washington, DC. Issa adjuourned after the witness, former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner, pleaded the Fifth during the hearing; the Congressional Black Caucus has since called for the removal of Issa from the committee.   (Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images via The Grio / NBC News)
Christ, what an asshole.

IN SMARM’S WAY   House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) orders ranking member U.S.Rep. Elijah Cummings’s (D-MD) microphone turned off after adjourning a hearing in the Rayburn House Office Building March 5, 2014 in Washington, DC. Issa adjuourned after the witness, former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner, pleaded the Fifth during the hearing; the Congressional Black Caucus has since called for the removal of Issa from the committee.   (Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images via The Grio / NBC News)

Christ, what an asshole.

Stephen Colbert awesomely calls out Iowa Republican and avowed homophobe Steve King — who says gays and lesbians need to have their sexual orientation “independently verified”— by suggesting people send King “photos and / or videos proving that they’re gay.”

Stephen Colbert awesomely calls out Iowa Republican and avowed homophobe Steve King — who says gays and lesbians need to have their sexual orientation “independently verified”— by suggesting people send King “photos and / or videos proving that they’re gay.”

  • Senator John McCain is on CNN calling the President’s foreign policy “feckless” and saying that recently-announced cuts to the military are indicative of that, and which allowed Russia to invade Ukraine.
  • Because what, you warmongering asshole?  The United States would’ve sent troops to stop Putin?

So there’s a “NewsMax” radio commercial on the air right now.

  • NewsMax, as you know, is the conservative “news organization” that’s akin to — if not more insidious than — the Fox “News” Channel.
  • This commercial, heard on WCBS AM news radio here in the New York City market (and likely elsewhere), claims that there’s now a way to “increase your Social Security” benefits whilst government officials are “plotting” to take them away.  
  • The announcer ominously intones that while this alleged paring down of Social Security benefits is taking place, “food stamps recipients have seen their payouts increase 30 percent under the Obama administration.  That’s shocking.
  • Finally, the announcer adds that they’ve “discovered one weird trick to increase your social security payouts by $1000… We had to share it with you.”
  • Just in case you’re wondering where the conservative mindset is, it’s right here in this commercial: divide, demonize, and conquer… using the Internet-famous “one weird trick” trick.
  • For shame.

“Senate Bill 1062 does not address a specific and present concern related to religious liberty in Arizona. I have not heard of one example in Arizona where a business owner’s religious liberty has been violated.

The bill is broadly worded and could result in unintended and negative consequences.

After weighing all of the arguments, I vetoed Senate Bill 1062 moments ago.

To the supporters of the legislation, I want you to know that I understand that long-held norms about marriage and family are being challenged as never before.

Our society is undergoing many dramatic changes. However, I sincerely believe that Senate Bill 1062 has the potential to create more problems than it purports to solve.

It could divide Arizona in ways we cannot even imagine and no one would ever want.

Religious liberty is a core American and Arizona value. So is non-discrimination.”

Republican governor JAN BREWER, vetoing SB 1062, which would have allowed businesses to discriminate against customers based solely on sexual orientation.

She vetoed it, yes.  But read the language in her veto letter and take it for what it’s worth: Brewer and others like her continuing to put the “definition” of marriage before the issue of civil and human rights.

(via The Arizona Republic)