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Fri Mar 27, 2015 at 03:20 PM PDT

Indiana's Sad New Law

by outtacontext

Indiana's law allowing people to discriminate the LGBT community is so anti-human and dare I say, anti-Christian or any religion. We are fighting ISIS in the Middle East because of their inhumane acts. How can we justify something like this within our own borders. Here's something I put together. Text credit goes to John Anderson.
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Mon Mar 16, 2015 at 12:37 PM PDT

The Matadors of the GOP

by outtacontext

© Chamomile Tea Party
Tom Cotton, Republican Senator from Arkansas with a mere two months experience in Congress, penned a letter to the leaders of Iran, cautioning them that the President of the United States does not have the constitutional authority to reach an accord on Iran's nuclear program. This letter was signed by 46 other GOP Senators, often without closely examining the message.

This brings the nature of our dysfunctional Congress to a new and dangerous low. And, it may be against the law. The Logan Act, enacted in 1799, is a federal law barring unauthorized citizens (and the last time I looked, Senators are citizens) with foreign governments who have a dispute with the United States. It also adds to the ploy by House Speaker, Boehner to undermine President Obama's influence in negotiations by inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress on the subject.

The irony of Cotton's letter is that negotiations with Iran are not unilateral between the U.S. and Iran. In fact, there are five other countries involved in this process. So, the President will not have sole power to affect a solution to Iran's nuclear program.

The "Matadors of the GOP" think they have inordinate powers over the "bull" of global politics.

See all the posters from the Chamomile Tea Party! Digital high res downloads are free. Other options are available.

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Torture, Lies, Subterfuge

Poster from the Chamomile Tea Party

An editorial in today's New York Times calls for the prosecution of American torturers and their bosses. Specifically the editors say:
...any credible investigation should include former Vice President Dick Cheney; Mr. Cheney’s chief of staff, David Addington; the former C.I.A. director George Tenet; and John Yoo and Jay Bybee, the Office of Legal Counsel lawyers who drafted what became known as the torture memos. There are many more names that could be considered, including Jose Rodriguez Jr., the C.I.A. official who ordered the destruction of the videotapes; the psychologists who devised the torture regimen; and the C.I.A. employees who carried out that regimen.
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Sat Nov 08, 2014 at 10:40 AM PST

Time Magazine: Change/No Chance

by outtacontext

I just got the latest issue of Time Magazine with McConnell on the cover. I had to make some editorial changes.
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I have just published an op-ed piece in the Washington Post on an encounter my family and I had on a ferry ride to Cape May, New Jersey last month. I was photographing my two daughters on the deck of the boat, as I have done every year since 2001. Suddenly, a man walked up to me and said to my girls "I would be remiss if I didn't ask if you were okay."My daughters are originally from China and my wife and I are white. Here is a short except from the story. The full piece can be found on The Washington Post website. After reading the piece, peruse some of the 2400 comments. They say a lot about our society.

At first none of us understood what he was talking about. His polite tone and tourist attire of shorts, polo shirt and baseball cap threw us off. It took me a moment to figure out what he meant, but then it hit me: He thought I might be exploiting the girls, taking questionable photos for one of those “Exotic Beauties Want to Meet You!” Web sites or something just as unseemly. When I explained to my daughters what he was talking about, they were understandably confused. I told the man I was their father. He quickly apologized and turned away. But that perfect moment was ruined, and our annual photo shoot was over. (Only after we arrived at our rented condo did I find out I had gotten a great shot.)

As I was telling my wife what had happened, I saw the man again, scanning the horizon with his binoculars. The more I thought about what he had said, the more upset I became. My wife and I, both white, adopted our two daughters in China when they were infants. Over the years, as a transracial family, we have often gotten strange looks and intrusive questions from strangers, but nothing like this. Yet part of me understood what he was seeing: Here was this middle-aged white guy taking lots of pictures of two beautiful, young Asian women.

Would this man have approached us, I wondered, if I had been Asian, like my children, or if my daughters had been white? No, I didn’t think so. I knew I’d regret not going back to speak to him about what had happened. My wife warned me I might be asking for trouble, but I reassured her that I would be fine.

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Sat Jun 21, 2014 at 01:20 PM PDT

Guilty of Arrogant Hubris

by outtacontext

Dick Cheney
I am incensed that Dick Cheney and his friends and fellow Neocons, Paul Wolfowitz and Bill Kristol, would suggest we go back to war in Iraq. Your policy was shortsighted in 2003 (we told you so, we told you so, WE TOLD EVERYONE SO!) and your 2014 rehash is amazingly arrogant and self-serving. There will be no more sacrificing of our young men and women for your folly.

I felt it necessary to find a way of conveying the hubris of our former V.P. so I made this poster. And, yes, I know that "arrogant" is a close cousin of "hubris." But his hubris is beyond the beyond, so it bore repeating.

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Wed Apr 02, 2014 at 06:19 AM PDT

The Elephant in the Room

by outtacontext

This is the latest poster by the Chamomile Tea Party. See all their posters at http://chamomileteaparty.com/posters
The challenge for the American government is can we work together in order to move forward and deal with the important issues that face the people. Right now, it doesn't look that way. The House, rather than work with the president to make the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) work, constantly votes to defund the program without offering any alternative.

In the March 30, 2014 edition of the Washington Post, Stein Ringen wrote in his opinion piece "Is American democracy headed to extinction?:" "It is not inequality as such that destroys democracy but the more recent combination of inequality and transgression" (emphasis mine). And, in part, that is what this poster is about. The GOP continues to transgress—to actively work against the disenfranchised. Voter registration legislation in a number of states, that makes it more difficult to cast a ballot, is but one example.

There's a huge elephant in the room and the American people are getting trampled.

You can see this poster (and all the CTP posters) larger and download a high res copy for free at http://chamomileteaparty.com/... If you'd like a printed copy, that can be arranged as well.

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Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 04:38 AM PST

GOP: A Look Back

by outtacontext

For it's 10th anniversary Facebook has created short videos for each person, looking back on their best posts and photos. If they had done one for the Republican Party, here's what the video might say (click on image to play video).
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The cost of furloughing over 800,000 Federal workers has been set at $12.5 Million per HOUR! That's over $2.5 Billion to date. What a waste. GOP: or a party that wants to cut the deficit this is not what I would call straight forward thinking. (This figure comes from an analysis by IHS Global Insight and reported by USAToday and NBC News.)

This is the latest poster from the Chamomile Tea Party. Take a look at the others.

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Wed Oct 09, 2013 at 05:47 AM PDT

Furlough: Day 7 Or Is It 9?

by outtacontext

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This was my tweet this morning.

All furloughed federal employees must now be tested for intelligence degradation. The problem is that there is no one in that office who can conduct the testing (and given the testers' lack of smarts, who would trust the results anyway). So, it looks like the longer this goes on the dumber we're going to get. In a week, I bet I will think I am the cat.
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Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 06:25 AM PDT

Stop Holding America Hostage

by outtacontext

As a furloughed Federal worker I attended a rally at the Capitol yesterday to support the end of the shutdown and to get us back to work. Here's one of the photos I took.
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