Wendy Davis surely will fail without help from Obama | Bob Ray Sanders | Fort Worth, Arlingto…

Wendy Davis surely will fail without help from Obama | Bob Ray Sanders | Fort Worth, Arlingto….

Spot on piece from Bob Ray Sanders at the Star-T. The old school paradigm of running from national Democrats has failed over and over again in large part because Texans respect strength and that strategy projects weakness.

To the folks in the Davis campaign who don’t want the President here, let me share two facts with you:

1) You’re a dumbass if you think the R’s will ‘use’ Obama to hurt Wendles if she meets him. That will happen regardless. People who will think she’s an Obama puppet won’t vote for her anyway. Your concern is counterproductive and you’re stupid.

2) Snubbing the President shows a LARGE number of your base voters that you don’t give a crap about them or the President. That’s demoralizing. While you ARE the nominee, we can all stay home… put away your ‘get behind it or else’ crap.

Over the last few weeks, you’ve hit the skids and it sucks to watch. You’re back to running the Sample Democratic Campaign – Statewide TX. Fucking quit it and get you head back in the game. Start by realizing that there’s someone else on the R ticket who’d be much more fun to run against. But, if you don’t get that, then you’re fucked and Wendles might as well quit the race.

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How to Renounce America and Still Be Called a Patriot – NationalJournal.com

How to Renounce America and Still Be Called a Patriot – NationalJournal.com.

We should also explore a 15% duty on goods and services sold by a company that Treasury determines engaged in inversion.

Time to take the gloves off, not rewrite the corporate tax code. This isn’t about draconian taxation, this is about a substandard CEO who isn’t growing the business. Instead, she’s boosting earnings by cutting expenses. THAT’S what happens when tax rates get too low… you stop making investments and start looking at how best to take as much as you can get.

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Throwing out Corporate Personhood

Let me state that I get the NEED for limited personhood to be afforded to artificial constructs. However, it’s clear that we have forgotten one thing and it’s that corporations are NOT natural constructs, they are creations of their founders, run for the benefit of their shareholders and chartered by the state.

So, yeah, I would agree that it’s time to end or seriously curtail the extension of the 14th Amendment to a collection of paper. This Supreme Court will not do that, so Congress MUST act.

And yeah, I get how funny that is as well.

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Another way to make fun of Deepak Chopra

From The Mayor (who really does need to post more) comes this wonderful site.

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Gringos & Other Assholes: Recollections From The 2014 TDP Convention

Yours truly was able to escape from the Home for Retired Fast Food Mascots just long enough over the past few days to attend the Texas Democratic Party’s 2014 Convention in Dallas. I continue to thank god that it was not held in Corpus Christi, because they would have had to carry my ass out of that overly-humid town in an ambulance to the nearest location with less than 98% humidity and skanky seawater.

I brought Birdie back a Wendy Davis sign, and she and The King are already snorting lines off of it–and it isn’t even 10 a.m. My work here is done!

Seriously, though, not a bad convention. On the bright side, the drinking at this convention was finally significant enough to put me on a list for a liver transplant (THANK YOU, HAPPY HOURS!). On the downside, who the hell were all the 20-somethings at this convention? For a minute, I thought that a chapter of Delta Tau Delta had taken over operations of the convention floor–then I realized all those kids were actually sober. There were so many damned volunteers and young people (TDP Fellows, I think they call them now), that all old-timers like Bill Brannon had to do was stand at the door of the Rural Caucus room and re-direct people to other locations–and Harold Cook must have left early because I didn’t see him anywhere. With all those kids running around in suits, the old-hands didn’t seem to have much to do (which is good, because those guys have been carrying this thing on their back for the last two decades, and they deserve a break).

Aside from running with an efficiency not seen during the reign of the Graham Cracker as Party Chair, and those fucking mustache posters (seriously–the biggest joke teetering under the surface of the convention had to do with mustache rides), it was a pretty normal convention.

So far, the only thing I’ve found that the right-wing has been too much up-in-arms over is Trey Martinez Fischer’s comment about GOP standing for, “Gringos y otros Pendejos.” See this. Sadly, though, that one is too funny even for most Republicans to get their panties in too much of a twist. And, since Michael L. Williams is the only African American I’m aware of in the Republican Party of Texas, it has the added virtue of being at least true enough to laugh at. Plus, I think Trey Martinez Fischer is at least half gringo (Fischer, anyone?), so that must surely temper the Republican outrage.

So, now that the niceties (i.e., saying just enough about the convention to prove I was at least sober enough to be at parts of it) are out of the way, it’s time for a list of shit. Because it is Monday, my liver hurts, and I am still traumatized by the site of Leticia Van De Putte’s hands laying waste to a plate of chicken. So deal with it.

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Well f*ck you too, Ken

Ken Herman has a nice little rant about the anniversary of the Davis filibuster in the Statesman. It’s honestly not a bad piece and I find myself agreeing with him or, rather, I would agree with him if his recollection matched reality. There are two niggling points…

1) The ‘screamers’ didn’t start screaming until Dewhurst acted to cut off Sen. Davis based on nothing. When the majority in the Senate can’t be bothered to do what’s right, those from the outside, peacefully, SHOULD do their part. The fact that Herman doesn’t see it that way is disturbing and frankly surprising given that he’s not a stupid guy. Where is Herman’s indignation at the fact that NOT A SINGLE REPUBLICAN stood with the Democrats to stop Lt. Governor Dewhurst from moving to cut off Senator Davis?

2) There’s a larger point here that the press better get around soon… the idea that they need to upbraid Democrats for not acting weakly and then NEVER TAKE REPUBLICANS TO TASK ON ANYTHING. That’s why the title of this piece reads the way it does… I refuse to take ANY criticism from a Pulitzer winner who doesn’t bother to even mention the anti-Democratic actions of the Senate Majority trying to silence the Minority.

Of course, none of this even matters… less than 20k people will bother to read Herman’s piece, fewer still will care. Poorly written commentary like this is why print media continues it’s long, slow death.

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The end of Chris Christie?

At Heart of Christie Inquiry, a Law Feared on Wall Street – NYTimes.com.

This could be the thing that finally takes down the bloviating asshole.

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Cheney called out on FOX

THIS is good… it’s long overdue, but I have to admit it’s wonderful to see.

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No, no… you don’t get to play the victim!


Yep, you had to see this coming

Savvy conservatives and evangelicals are acknowledging, often privately, that public opinion is not in their favor. And they fear what will happen in the future to those who fought against the rising tide of public opinion.

“We have people who are losing their jobs, being smeared publicly because they hold the view that marriage is a union between one man and one woman,” said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, an evangelical think tank and lobbying organization. “They are called bigots. Homophobes. That is not the way we operate in a free society.”

Let’s start right at the top… for a lot of people, opposition to same sex marriage is akin to being opposed to racial equality. Even the dumbest person would have to understand why someone wouldn’t want to be associated with a known racist so how would anyone think this is different? No one is saying you can’t hold whatever opinion you want, but don’t be surprised if people decide they don’t want you around.

“No, I’ll go further than that,” Perkins continued. “This New McCarthyism demands, ‘Do you now think or have you ever thought that marriage should remain the union of a man and a woman?’ Answer incorrectly, and watch your career be taken from you and your reputation smeared on a thousand websites.”

Seriously, this level of butthurt is just unbelievable. Perkins has made a living by demonizing lesbian and gay Americans and now he’s terrified that someone is going to remember that? It’s called karma, bitch… man up and take it. Speaking of fundraising, here’s someone from the National Organization for Marriage which was a prolific fundraiser that stoked the fires of hatred daily for decades…

“Even supporters of abortion don’t go around saying that people who believe that life begins at conception are evil people,” said Brian Brown, president of the National Organization of (sic) Marriage. “But this is not the case here, and the problem is that the establishment gay marriage groups have not condemned this view that those of us who favor traditional marriage are bigots and therefore should be abolished.”

You spend decades fighting us, calling us names, being nasty and accusing of us everything from destroying America to being the next Nazis and NOW you want US to give you a free pass? A simple statement of ‘Don’t sweat it, bro. It’s all good’? Sure thing, man… right after I pull the hundred thousand knives out of my back. Brown, much like Perkins, just couldn’t help going a little further.

Another difference between earlier American civil rights conflicts and this one, he said, was that slavery, or discriminating against someone on the basis of race, was considered immoral around the world for centuries while the practice was ongoing in parts of the U.S. Hardly anyone in politics, on the other hand, was pushing for gay marriage “until about 10 years ago, but the people who don’t totally want to redefine a definition of marriage that has lasted for thousands of years need to be shunned.”

Yes, and much like the fight against gay marriage, the Bible was used a shield for those who opposed interracial marriage and the abolition of slavery. Brown’s truly a master at infuriatingly glib dissembling.

Yet (Ryan T.) Anderson (of the Heritage Foundation, natch) himself was involved in an incident that anti-gay marriage activists point to as an example of the increasing threat they are under. After he was booked to speak at Stanford earlier this year, an uproar ensued and gay student groups demanded that the organization that invited Anderson be stripped of its funding to put on the event.

Anderson said he had spoken at the university without incident the previous year, and he attributed the change in tone to Justice Anthony Kennedy’s ruling in the Supreme Court’s gay marriage case, in which he wrote that the purpose of bans was to “disparage and injure” gay couples.

“He was essentially saying that opposing viewpoints don’t have a right to be heard,” Anderson said.

No, he was saying that laws against allowing LGBT Americans to marry were designed to hurt them. The ruling didn’t ban you from spewing your ignorance or hatred, it just eliminated your hatred and prejudice as a reason to enact a law that specifically targeted a group of Americans.

As a recently engaged gay American who can not, at present, marry in my home state, the ignorance and hatred these people engendered and made money from are and will be a part of my life for a long time. For those folks at the Heritage Foundation, FRC and NOM I can say only this… don’t expect me to go out of my way to forget that you made my life, and lives of tens of millions of others, far more difficult. We may forgive, but we will not forget.

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Let me introduce you to Schmucky McSchmuckerson

Jeff Davis, President of the Austin chapter of Log Cabin Republicans, is a schmuck. While we admit he seems like an earnest and hard working guy, he’s still a schmuck and so are his fellow Log Cabin members. Yes, while the rest of us are living our lives, these schmucks are trying to reshape a party that is effectively defined as old, white, fat, and stupid by asking them to reconsider their ignorant opinions on homosexuality.

Oh, yeah… if you’re Republican you’re probably also wrong on economic and tax policy. But neither make you a schmuck, they just make you kind of goofy like Mitt Romney who can’t even calculate an effective tax rate without making the very stupid mistake of adding together the rates of all the different kinds of taxes paid by a self employed business owner. What makes you a schmuck is trying to change a party that is run by activists who think homos are barely human.

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