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ON SCOTUS BECOMING $COTU$
We live in an age where Chris Christie apologizes to a large donor for misspeaking, because he knows the right words can get his campaign billions.
We live in a world where two brothers can spend money to kill a local, Tennessee train program.
Or convince 40% of American that they don’t need government health insurance.
We live in a world where money talks, loudly.  And the more you have, the louder your voice.
Was there any doubt the Supreme Court was going to rule this way?  The same people who said “corporations are people?”  Of course they were.
So we go to the page, or twitter to complain.  And what trends on twitter?  ”CancelColbert.”
Meanwhile, every state that didn’t like an election result in is making it more difficult to vote.
So here’s the deal.  This mid-term is the most important election of your lifetime.  PERIOD.   It will then be followed by the most important of your lifetime.  PERIOD.
The house and the senate are set to unravel healthcare for millions.  And shift more money from the poor to the rich.
And 2016 will decide the fate of the Supreme Court, who have been systematically making this country less fair for years.
So you can tweet and meme.  You can raise the issues you want to raise.  But if you don’t vote, if you don’t get your friends to vote… if you don’t take this anger you have today and use it to leap over the hurdles you will have to vote…
…there’s nothing this place, twitter, instagram or democracy can do for you.
THE ONLY POWER YOU HAVE IS YOUR VOTE.
If you don’t use it, you’re the one that’s rolled over and accepted it.
So let’s #GetAngry and #StayAngry.  But more importantly, it’s time to #GetFocussed and #StayFocussed.

ON SCOTUS BECOMING $COTU$

We live in an age where Chris Christie apologizes to a large donor for misspeaking, because he knows the right words can get his campaign billions.

We live in a world where two brothers can spend money to kill a local, Tennessee train program.

Or convince 40% of American that they don’t need government health insurance.

We live in a world where money talks, loudly.  And the more you have, the louder your voice.

Was there any doubt the Supreme Court was going to rule this way?  The same people who said “corporations are people?”  Of course they were.

So we go to the page, or twitter to complain.  And what trends on twitter?  ”CancelColbert.”

Meanwhile, every state that didn’t like an election result in is making it more difficult to vote.

So here’s the deal.  This mid-term is the most important election of your lifetime.  PERIOD.   It will then be followed by the most important of your lifetime.  PERIOD.

The house and the senate are set to unravel healthcare for millions.  And shift more money from the poor to the rich.

And 2016 will decide the fate of the Supreme Court, who have been systematically making this country less fair for years.

So you can tweet and meme.  You can raise the issues you want to raise.  But if you don’t vote, if you don’t get your friends to vote… if you don’t take this anger you have today and use it to leap over the hurdles you will have to vote…

…there’s nothing this place, twitter, instagram or democracy can do for you.

THE ONLY POWER YOU HAVE IS YOUR VOTE.

If you don’t use it, you’re the one that’s rolled over and accepted it.

So let’s #GetAngry and #StayAngry.  But more importantly, it’s time to #GetFocussed and #StayFocussed.

Its no coincidence the first governor to sign a “Stand Your Ground” bill is their “Great White Hope” @JebBush

Its no coincidence the first governor to sign a “Stand Your Ground” bill is their “Great White Hope” @JebBush

It’s Opening night for @HeathersMusical: If you don’t see this, that’s your damage.

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So, I don’t often “plug” things, or review things.  I’m not a critic, I don’t have the fancy words or insight on Broadway or Off-Broadway stuffs… I’m just a guy that likes to rant about politics.

But contrary to what it must seem like, I get out.  I do things.  And occasionally I see things that make amaze me.  That’s what happened here.

Last week, I had a chance to see the preview for “Heathers - The Musical” which was… fantastic. A dark and funny musical about teen bullying that had equal parts bite and heart.

And music that still runs in the background of my head.  Honestly, my subconscious hasn’t battled a soundtrack like that since “Book of Mormon.”  No small feat.

So if you’re in New York, I highly recommend. If you’re going to New York, I highly recommend.  If you’re in New Jersey and the bridge isn’t blocked, try to get into New York and see it.  I highly recommend.

Congratulations to everyone involved in this production.  You should be proud.

For more, here:
http://heathersthemusical.com

ONE MORE ACA LIE FOR THE ROAD!
With one day left to sign up for Obamacare, here is one last Obamacare lie, debunked.  They are amazing, are they not?
Prediction:  Tomorrow will be the lie about how Obama’s numbers aren’t true, and they’ll be asking us to believe them, even though they’ve been lying for four straight years.
We’re not done fighting on this folks.  Today just ends this type of battle.
from:  http://aattp.org/newest-obamacare-victim-is-actually-an-anti-healthcare-gop-operative-video/

"Wendt, incidentally, is a Republican precinct delegate for Michigan’s 2nd congressional district. In June, she signed a toughly worded petition warning GOP lawmakers in the Michigan House of Representatives not to accept expansion of Medicaid or the creation of a health care exchange permitted under the Affordable Care Act—or face a suspension of “all monetary and logistical support.” The petition sought to bind the Republicans to the themes of the party’s 2012 platform that declared the law was an “attack on our Constitution” and an “attempt to impose upon Americans a euro-style bureaucracy.”"

ONE MORE ACA LIE FOR THE ROAD!

With one day left to sign up for Obamacare, here is one last Obamacare lie, debunked.  They are amazing, are they not?

Prediction:  Tomorrow will be the lie about how Obama’s numbers aren’t true, and they’ll be asking us to believe them, even though they’ve been lying for four straight years.

We’re not done fighting on this folks.  Today just ends this type of battle.

from:  http://aattp.org/newest-obamacare-victim-is-actually-an-anti-healthcare-gop-operative-video/

"Wendt, incidentally, is a Republican precinct delegate for Michigan’s 2nd congressional district. In June, she signed a toughly worded petition warning GOP lawmakers in the Michigan House of Representatives not to accept expansion of Medicaid or the creation of a health care exchange permitted under the Affordable Care Act—or face a suspension of “all monetary and logistical support.” The petition sought to bind the Republicans to the themes of the party’s 2012 platform that declared the law was an “attack on our Constitution” and an “attempt to impose upon Americans a euro-style bureaucracy.”"

Here is your @neiltyson #CosmosOnTV quote of the week.Show starts in an hour. #SupportTheSmart!

Here is your @neiltyson #CosmosOnTV quote of the week.

Show starts in an hour. #SupportTheSmart!

Hobby Lobby has a contraception plan.  But it’s dangerous, DIY and they take no responsibility for the outcome.

Hobby Lobby has a contraception plan.  But it’s dangerous, DIY and they take no responsibility for the outcome.

Ford skewers the Cadillac Creep.



Wow. I hated that cadillac ad - you know, with the douchebag talking about how great it is to work yourself to death and then getting into a cadillac?

It made me not want to drive a cadillac.  And it’s a Hybrid cadillac, fed God’s sake.

For the record, I have my first hybrid and it’s a Ford Fusion. Not the most “Hybridiest” hybrid, but it’s a start.  Trust me, I upscale it, I’m going Tesla.

So when I saw this - Ford MOCKING Cadillac for the very reason I wanted to see them mocked - the Gordon Gecko, Greed is Good, leave your trash on the moon, arrogant douche-hattery of it all - it made me pretty happy about my choice.

Nicely played, Ford.

For the record, here’s the oily guy in the car that I’ll never own.  And don’t wink at me like that, you creep.  (Anybody else annoyed by this?)

P.S.  Mocking cadillac is becoming a trend!:  http://bit.ly/1h8WXdz or click the image. :)

Cosmos, Anti-Science and the rise of the celebration of dumbness.

For my very first job out of college I worked as an associate producer for the science radio seriesPulse of the Planet, and for my very first assignment I was sent to interview the newly appointed director of New York’s Hayden Planetarium, Neil deGrasse Tyson. We talked about another new guy, Hale-Bopp, a recently discovered comet that eventually appeared so brightly in the sky that one night from the light-soaked streets of Manhattan I watched it blaze beside the peak of the Empire State Building. This week, 18 years later, Dr. Tyson spoke to me about comets again, though he was simultaneously talking to four million other people via the third episode of my new favorite show Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey on Fox. His description of our ancestors watching comets transform the sky into omens of doom was accompanied by startlingly beautiful animation of flaming death’s heads ripping through the night.

That animation was developed and produced by my pal Kara Vallow. Kara’s a TV cartoon guru and executive producer of Family Guy and American Dad!, but I first got to know her from her blogs Teen Sleuth and The Haunted Library. A few years ago I raved about her relentless curiosity, though she’s better known for her relentless progressivism. Kara’s notorious for her readiness to rip into politicians and ‘Mericans who trade intelligence and reason for willful ignorance and self-centered asshattery–the type of people who tried to refute Cosmos’s explanation of evolution, who called the show anti-Christian leftist propaganda, and who, when the next great comet swings by, will likely have Americans digging hidey-holes to shoot AR-15s at it from behind stacks of Lunchables and Vitamin Water.

With that in mind, Kara kindly exchanged a few emails with me about the rise of anti-science.

For more:
http://www.sethmad.com/2014/03/cosmos-animation-producer-kara-vallow-talks-to-me-about-fending-off-anti-science-wackaloons/

Did you hear about the white guy who was using a “Facebook page” to recruit domestic terrorists?    Or was he not brown enough to make the main stream media’s cut?

FBI agents in Texas have arrested a man who allegedly was plotting to use C-4 explosives and weapons to kill police officers, rob banks and armored cars, and blow up government buildings and mosques, authorities announced today.
Robert James Talbot Jr., 38, of Katy, Texas, was arrested Thursday on federal charges of attempted interference with commerce by robbery, solicitation to commit a crime of violence and possession of an explosive material, the FBI said.
After setting up a Facebook page called American Insurgent Movement (AIM), Talbot allegedly sought to recruit five or six like-minded people who wanted “to restore America Pre-Constitutionally and look forward to stopping the Regime with action by bloodshed.” He wrote this year on the AIM page that he was seeking people interested in “walking away from your life … to stop the regime.”
The crimes Talbot was plotting to carry out — detailed in a six-page criminal complaint filed in the Southern District of Texas — sound eerily similar to a series of terrorist attacks carried out 30 years ago by members of an infamous neo-Nazi group calledThe Order, also known as the Silent Brotherhood (or Brüders Schweigen in German). There’s just one big difference: Talbot talked about some of his planned crimes on Facebook, the complaint says, while The Order committed murders, robbed armored cars, and carried out a number of other attacks.
Talbot was expected to be held without bond as a flight risk and danger to the community after an initial appearance today before a U.S. magistrate judge in Houston.

But please.  Let’s keep “#CancelColbert” trending.  That’s the real problem.

Did you hear about the white guy who was using a “Facebook page” to recruit domestic terrorists?    

Or was he not brown enough to make the main stream media’s cut?

FBI agents in Texas have arrested a man who allegedly was plotting to use C-4 explosives and weapons to kill police officers, rob banks and armored cars, and blow up government buildings and mosques, authorities announced today.

Robert James Talbot Jr., 38, of Katy, Texas, was arrested Thursday on federal charges of attempted interference with commerce by robbery, solicitation to commit a crime of violence and possession of an explosive material, the FBI said.

After setting up a Facebook page called American Insurgent Movement (AIM), Talbot allegedly sought to recruit five or six like-minded people who wanted “to restore America Pre-Constitutionally and look forward to stopping the Regime with action by bloodshed.” He wrote this year on the AIM page that he was seeking people interested in “walking away from your life … to stop the regime.”

The crimes Talbot was plotting to carry out — detailed in a six-page criminal complaint filed in the Southern District of Texas — sound eerily similar to a series of terrorist attacks carried out 30 years ago by members of an infamous neo-Nazi group calledThe Order, also known as the Silent Brotherhood (or Brüders Schweigen in German). There’s just one big difference: Talbot talked about some of his planned crimes on Facebook, the complaint says, while The Order committed murders, robbed armored cars, and carried out a number of other attacks.

Talbot was expected to be held without bond as a flight risk and danger to the community after an initial appearance today before a U.S. magistrate judge in Houston.

But please.  Let’s keep “#CancelColbert” trending.  That’s the real problem.

No more Iraqs.

I’m sorry. Did Putin call the white house to discuss diplomatic solutions?

Did PRESIDENT Obama avoid yet another unnecessary and costly war?

The reason you’re hearing smugness and superiority in my post is because of the superiority of this President.

Beats the crap out of invading the wrong country, doesn’t it?

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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia called President Obama on Friday to discuss a proposal by Mr. Obama for a diplomatic resolution to the crisis in Ukraine, and the two leaders agreed that their chief diplomats should meet soon to explore it, the White House and Kremlin said.

In a statement from the White House, officials said that the telephone call from the Russian president followed a proposal presented by Secretary of State John Kerry to Sergey V. Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, during talks at the Hague earlier this week.

While there was no immediate indication that either side was prepared to give ground, Mr. Putin’s telephone call in itself appeared to represent a shift in tone aimed at defusing a serious rupture in relations and Russia’s increasing isolation.

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Oh, P.S. John McCain and Mitt Romney. 

Wrong again.

On everything.