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Thu Apr 23, 2015 at 05:59 AM PDT

NY Times does hit job on Hillary

by OIL GUY

So much for the Times claim that they would do their own independent reporting on the allegations of a quid pro quo between the work of Hillary Clinton and the work of the Clinton Global Initiative raised by Right-wing operative Peter Schweizer in his new book, "Clinton Cash". The Times appears to have copied today's attack on the Clintons pretty much directly from the book and published under the by-lines of two Times staffers.

The Times relies on the same anonymous sources to imply that there was collusion between the Clintons in a plot to generate donations for the Clinton Global Initiative using Hillary's position as Secretary of State.

The article, like the Republican oppo research it is based on offers nothing but innuendo and anonymous quotes as evidence.  This is nothing more than a hit job. It is very much like the Times reporting on Whitewater, which was based on the same lack of facts. It took $50 million in taxpayer money to prove that one was bs.

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Tue Mar 31, 2015 at 09:19 AM PDT

Pence refuses to put down shovel.

by OIL GUY

Mike Pence may go down in history as the biggest liar to come out of Indiana since Charles Porter, who was named World Champion Liar in 1977.

Never has a bill been so misunderstood. The fundies were sure this law meant that they can pick and choose who they will sell to, and who they may hire or fire. The liberal press agreed with them. This wasn't so much a misunderstanding  as there was a widespread failure to buy Gov. Pence's  bullsh*t.  In fact the kindest explanation for Pence's reaction is that he was the only one to be baffled by his own b.s..

Pence declared everything was fine because Hoosiers are too nice to discriminate. I was a Hoosier for five years and I agree that Hoosiers are a friendly bunch. But I lived in New York City for thirty-five years and I found New Yorkers were charming in a gruff sort of way.

I don't think niceness guarantees a lack of prejudice nor does it provide much cover for the idiot in the Governor's mansion. I do think that the tape of his press conference should be turned into a drinking game. Doing a shot for every time Pence uses the word 'misunderstood' pretty much guarantees someone will be taking an ambulance ride to the ER.

In fairness, I must say Pence didn't come off as stupid as he did in the ABC interview. He came off as more bullheaded than stupid, Which is not to say he showed any glimmers of intelligence.

I eagerly await the signing ceremony for the revised anti-gay Religious Freedom Act. Sadly it will probably take place at 3:30 am in a janitors closet in the statehouse.

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When the Republican Senate loses Rudy Giuliani, its time for them to figure out they are killing themselves. Rudy recognises the stalling of Loretta Lynches nomination as the next Attorney General of the United States is a total political loser. That's why he sent a letter to Lindsey Graham (with a copy to Politico)  in an apparent attempt to intervene before Mitch McConnell alienates everyone except the hard right.

Here's what Rudi had to say in his letter:

As former Mayor of New York City and a lawyer now in private practice at Bracewell & Giuliani, I have had occasion to work with Ms. Lynch as she served in the Eastern District. During that time, she was balanced, professional and a dedicated public servant. "As a former senior official in the Justice Department, I can further attest that her skill set seems very appropriate to the tough tasks she would face as Attorney General.
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Sat Oct 04, 2014 at 01:05 PM PDT

Lifeboat USA

by OIL GUY

Yesterday, there was a diary on the Rec List calling for President Obama to close our borders to West Africans for fear that Ebola was going to spread like wildfire in the US.

I was very disappointed in the diary and shocked by the number of people who I thought had impeccable progressive credentials who recommended it. It was a diary filled with fear. Irrational fear for sure, but intense enough to cause many or us to abandon their progressive views and focus on their fear, which lead them to demand a ban flights to West Africa and to ban anyone - American citizen or legal resident from returning to the United States if they visited the area most affected by this disease.

The comments were ful of debates over whether this Liberian man, who came to the US to visit his son'd family, should be prosecuted as a criminal. His crimes: he tried to help a pregnant 19 year old get medical attention and then carried her home after they were turned away by one or more hospitals and he flew to the United States for the family visit.

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Sat Sep 20, 2014 at 06:40 AM PDT

Major Secret Service Failure

by OIL GUY

Friday evening a man was able to jump the White House fence and enter the building's front entrance. He was finally apprehended within a few yards of where he entered, but the White House was locked down for several hours as the Secret Service ensured that he had not brought any potentially dangerous material into the building.

Fence jumpers are not uncommon, but the Secret Service generally apprehends these jumpers within feet of where they enter. The grounds are patrolled by both uniformed and plain clothes agents and they utilize a number of police dogs that are very effective at running down intruders.

Beyond those defenses are snipers on the White House roof whose job is to stop anyone who penetrated those perimeter defenses. There should also be guards on the entrances to the White House itself. These guards are frequently part of the White House Marine detachment, whose role is largely symbolic, but they are Marines so I assume they would be capable of stopping an intruder.

Fortunately,  the President and his daughters had just departed for Camp David at the time this incident occurred.

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Bureger King is joining a growing list of unpatriotic US corporations by moving its headquarters to Canada. (Is unpatriotic corporation redundant?) Burger King is trying to buy Tim Hortons, the legendary Canadian donut chain, in order to dodge paying its fair share of corporate taxes here in the United States.

This is part of a recent pattern of "tax inversion" among US corporations. Tax inversion is done solely to avoid taxes. Companies like Burger King buy a foreign company with the deal structured in such a way that the foreign corporation seems to be buying the American company. The new combined entity is headquartered in the foreign country and incorporated as a foreign company, enabling the former American Company to dodge millions of dollars in US taxes.

Burger King is not the first US company to pull this sleazy tax dodge. Walgreens tried the same thing several months ago. The immediate threats of a consumer boycott caused them drop the idea very quickly.

I think it is time for us to begin boycotting Burger King and to let them know how we feel about corporate tax cheats. Here is some contact information so that you can let Burger King know how you feel.

Contact Info after the Kos flower.

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Mon Jul 28, 2014 at 09:56 AM PDT

Israelis Bomb Main Gaza Hospital.

by OIL GUY

Ten people are confirmed dead. The Jewish Telegraph Agency reports that most were children. The IDF launched separate attacks on the Shifa Hospital, the main hospital in Gaza City, as well as a park next to the Hospital. Witnesses report that an Israeli drone hit the Outpatient Clinic for the Hospital

The IDF claimed that it was not responsible for the attack on the Hospital unsurprisingly blaming it on Hamas.

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Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 10:24 AM PDT

Matt Lauer's Early Morning Sexism.

by OIL GUY

The Today Show is airing from Detroit this week, so Matt Lauer did an interview with Mary Barra, the CEO of General Motors. Rather than ask the typical questions that male CEO.s of large corporations usually get asked, Matt decided it would be better to see how sexist he could get. He asked two questions that he clearly pulled straight out of his inner asshole.

Matt clearly knew this would be offensive as  he prefaces his first question by saying how he has to handle this delicately.

"I want to tread lightly here," Lauer said before launching into a question about why Barra got the CEO job, noting that she is extremely qualified.
Having declared Mary Barra qualified by the powers vested in Matt as early morning arbiter of everything, Matt drops this little stinkbomb:

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But some people are speculating that you also got this job because as a woman and as a mom because people within General Motors knew this company was in for a very tough time and as a woman and a mom you could present a softer image and softer face for this company as it goes through this horrible episode. Does it make sense or does it make you bristle?" he asked.

Always good to ask a CEO if they got their job because of their looks. So professional and shit.

Unfortunately, Ms.Barra chose to answer this crap, rather than punch Lauer out. This emboldened Matt into doubling down on his next question, which has become both the most sexist and the most banal question asked of women who are in positions of power whether its in the boardroom or the Congress. It reminds these women that their place is still in the kitchen no matter how high they climb.
Lauer then asked Barra about her children, noting that her kids have said they will hold her "accountable for one job and that is being a mom."

"Given the pressures of this job at General Motors, can you do both well?" he asked.

As one would expect, Mary Barra handled both questions well. I didn't include her answers because I didn't want todistract of the incredible sexism of Lauer and Today. I realized how much they miss Katie Couric, who used to always handle this type of dirty work. I assume that the folks at NBC thought it would all be less sexist if it was one woman asking another, but it was still just as sexist and revolting
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Harry Reid started his news conference today by blasting the Republican attacks on the successful capture of one of the men involved in the attack on our Consulate in Benghazi.

Republicans have been greeting the news that US Special Forces and FBI Agents had successfully carried out a raid which captured one of the leaders behind the 2012 Benghazi attack.

TPM described the Republican reaction reaction

Almost immediately following the reports that Ahmed Abu Khattala was in U.S. custody, conservatives furthered their distraction meme, questioning the motives and timing behind Khattala's capture.

Fox News' Kennedy suggested that the the news was timed to boost Hillary Clinton's book tour and distract from her role in the administration's response to the Benghazi attack.

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Last Thursday at a conference, Karl Rove repeatedly asserted that Hillary Clinton had suffered a ''traumatic brain injury when she fell and hit her head back in December of 2012. Here is how the NY Post reported it:

Karl Rove stunned a conference when he suggested Hillary Clinton may have brain damage
There is really no evidence to support this assertion on Rove's part.

Hillary's doctors reported that she suffered a concussion which caused a blood clot behind her ear. The blood clot was potentially life-threatening, but it was successfully dissolved with blood thinners.

Rove initially claimed that Hillary was hospitalized for thirty days. NY Presbyterian Hospital records show that she was only hospitalized for three days. I suffered a severe brain injury last September. I can report that, while I had a remarkably quick recovery, I spent seven weeks in the hospital and I am still in rehab. I had to learn how to get out of bed and how to walk again, and use a toilet, etc. I still walk with a cane. And I was very lucky. My recovery is considered extraordinarily successful.

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Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 03:20 PM PDT

Buddy Roemer Buys The Young Turks.

by OIL GUY

I swear this is not based on an article in The Onion. Here's the headline from Mediaite:  

The Young Turks Network Raises $4 Million From Former Republican Presidential Candidate.

Yes folks, Cenk Uygur has sold a large stake in his TYT franchise to Buddy Roemer, whose career in Republican politics was capped by his run for President in 2012. Roemer's private equity fund, Roemer, Robinson, Melville & Co., LLC. ponied up $4 million in financing for The Young Turks, with an option to raise that investment to $8 million as reported by Matt Willstein at Mediaite.

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The Wall Street Journal reports that 20 United Nations Peacekeepers who patrol the Golan Heights to ensure there are no conflicts between Israeli and Syrian military units were captured by approximately 30 armed rebels.

Earlier Wednesday, a group calling itself the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade Abu Kayed al-Faleh released a YouTube video saying it had captured the peacekeepers. Standing before three U.N. vehicles, a spokesman for the rebel group said in the video that the peacekeepers would be held "until the withdrawal of the Bashar al-Assad regime's forces to the edges of the Syrian border town of Jamlah."

"If this withdrawal does not occur in the next 24 hours, we will treat these men on the basis that they are hostages," the spokesman said.

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