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This local news clip is noteworthy only because it presents one of the only recent instances in which I've heard a conservative officeholder argue for a tax increase. Not for the sake of improving infrastructure, mind you, or for gaining better services, or in order to fund projects to help decrease the local crime rate—no, the reason Judge Tom Head supports a 0.017 percent property tax hike is to prepare Lubbock County, Texas to defend themselves from an invasion of United Nations troops called in by Obama to quell the violent unrest that will be caused by Obama's reelection.
“I’m thinking worst case scenario now,” Head said during an appearance on FOX 34 in Lubbock. “Civil unrest, civil disobedience, civil war, maybe. And we’re not talking just a few riots here and demonstrations, we’re talking Lexington, Concord, take up arms and get rid of the guy.” [...]

He said he feared Obama would hand over sovereignty of the United States to the United Nations and the unrest would naturally follow.

But fear not, America, because Judge Tom Head will personally defend Lubbock County from the upcoming U.N. invasion. And that's where you come in, dear Lubbock County residents. Your .017 cents per dollar property tax increase will go towards helping to train the Lubbock County sheriff's department to battle against the United Nations forces.
“And the sheriff, I’ve already asked him, I said, ‘You gonna back me?’” the judge said. “He said, ‘Yeah, I’ll back you.’ Well, I don’t want a bunch of rookies back there. I want trained, equipped, seasoned veteran officers to back me.”
I can honestly say that it is going to be very ... surprising ... if the only thing standing between us and the encroaching armies of the United Nations is the Lubbock County sheriff's office.

As has been amply demonstrated by the state's current governor, there are no competency requirements for holding office in Texas, so it is unlikely that Mr. Head's comments will much affect his career doing whatever it is he does. There is also no word on whether or not the Red Dawn remake will be hastily re-cut to match Judge Head's predictions, but I would heartily advise it, because let's face it: That sounds pretty cool. I am not sure the United Nations makes for a more credible threat than the North Korean army, but in general you should not choose, as your fictional invaders, a force that could be easily subdued by offering them sandwiches.

That said, I am not particularly worried about the U.N. as invaders either. Since every solid arch-conservative knows that United Nations forces travel almost exclusively via energy-efficient vehicles, we should be fine so long as we prevent our government from constructing any more bicycle paths.


Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2009:

The Texas Republican Party platform has always been a good read if you like chills up your spine. But the latest effort by the Gee Oh Pee in Texas takes this another step. The Houston Chronicle reports:
Texas high school students would learn about such significant individuals and milestones of conservative politics as Newt Gingrich and the rise of the Moral Majority — but nothing about liberals — under the first draft of new standards for public school history textbooks.
The first draft for proposed standards in United States History Studies Since Reconstruction declares that students should be expected "to identify significant conservative advocacy organizations and individuals, such as Newt Gingrich, Phyllis Schlafly and the Moral Majority," according to the Dallas Morning News.

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  •  510,037 registered users on dKos now. (13+ / 0-)

    Here are the 10 newest registered users on dKos.  Hope to see their comments and diaries here soon!  (If they're not all spammers.)

    murphy75
    sonnycontrer25
    leighmiranda25
    JacomijntjeRRaft
    andresdonald718
    nohamjustice49
    tedrich1127
    kylebean12
    ishamborg930
    zanobibarry12


    And since our society is obsessed with numbers that end in a lot of zeros as milestones, here's a special shoutout to users:
    #508,300: corentinlamo1230 (spammer)
    #508,400: marouanesven127
    #508,500: daytonrichar11
    #508,600: melstolstrup616
    #508,700: freeksmith511
    #508,800: leendertcole411
    #508,900: ephraimhogan922 (spammer)
    #509,000: sullivanbuch922
    #509,100: willieglass24
    #509,200: evanvangsgaa37 (spammer)
    #509,300: ambrosebirch614
    #509,400: millardlewis920
    #509,500: orangelehman1230 (spammer)
    #509,600: Mohammad0
    #509,700: lennyford1025
    #509,800: MARGETMARG258
    #509,900: kristjanterk328
    #510,000: harrybraun924

    We've added 1,816 more users in just the last 24 hours.  This is a continuation going back to May where we've been absolutely flooded with new users.  I'm pretty sure almost all of these new users are spammers or bots.  Notice how they all have a number at the end.  And the rate is getting faster, people.  What are they planning?


    And for your Diary Rescue music pleasure, with Todd Akin not dropping out, here's Huey Lewis & the News' "Stuck With You".

    FYI, the model with Huey Lewis is Pierce Brosnan's wife now.

  •  Everyone should watch... (4+ / 0-)

    the Nat Geo show Seconds from Disaster, which carefully details major disasters in recent world history, and the chain of events that went horribly wrong that led to disaster.  With manmade things, there's almost always some regulation that a corporation wanted to skip to reduce costs, and lack of oversight from that evil government the Republicans and libertarians always want to cut back on.

    Well, folks, this is what happens without regulations, when you let private industry dictate the rules.  Here's the entire episode about the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks.

    Many of the episodes are available in full on YouTube.  Watch them while thinking about what could have been done to prevent those disasters from happening, and in almost every case, it's government that could've mandated some extra check or regulation to stop the disaster.  And usually, they DID end up stepping in, but only after the disaster happened and hundreds of people died.

    And despite the fact that NatGeo is ultimately owned by News Corp., like I said the other day, I'm still going to promote this show, simply because it's a damn good show that explicitly shows the need for strong government oversight.  Don't want to watch it on their channel?  At least watch the episodes that have been uploaded to YouTube.  And share them with your conservative anti-government friends, and ask them if they feel comfortable about leaving their safety in the hands of a private corporation without ANY government oversight.

    •  One odd thing (among many) about wingers (10+ / 0-)

      is their insistence on drowning government in the bathtub until in the end, there is no government except for that which emerges from the chaos.

      In this it seems many wingers are really anarchists, though they fear anarchism as an ideology as a matter of Gospel.  They seem to support the return of Feudalism with Corporations replacing the nobility and royalty

      •  There's a Whole Movement About Only Local Gov. (2+ / 0-)
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        being set up by the people and therefore legit.

        Probably 80% of what we hear from that side that we attribute to loony individuals is generations-old movements whose existence the reality party rejected on the grounds that we'd be crazy if we thought those things.

        We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

        by Gooserock on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 09:01:58 PM PDT

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  •  Climate Change SOS Blogathon - Day #3 (11+ / 0-)

    I urge all of you to read them for most of today's diarists are longtime environmental activists and really know what they are talking about.  On behalf of the entire blogathon team, thanks to everyone who did read and recommend the diaries posted earlier during the day.

    We expect another action-packed day tomorrow and Friday.  Stay tuned!

    Climate Change SOS Blogathon - August 20-August 24, 2012
    Diary Schedule - All Times Pacific




    Announcing the blogathon, Climate Change SOS Blogathon: Romney's Illiteracy & Election Vulnerability was posted on Sunday, August 19th by Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse.

    The diary has bios of our special guests, including lawmakers, scientists and activists.

    The blogathon is being organized by Bill McKibben, boatsie, and Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse.



    • Wednesday, August 22

    8:00 am: Climate Change SOS Wednesday : What did you do once you knew? by boatsie.
    8:00 am: Climate Change SOS Blogathon: Breaking Romney's eerie silence on climate change by Bill McKibben.
    10:00 am: CCSOS: Take it from Yale: What we really need to communicate about climate change by Valkano.
    10:00 am: Move Beyond Coal Now! The Global Anti-Coal Movement Is Here by Jguay (with Nichole Ghio).
    10:00 am: Attacks on climate change education are attacks on our future by Joshua Rosenau.
    11:00 am: Climate Change SOS: Which Side Are You On by Franz Matzner.
    3:00 pm: Karl Burkart: The Solutions to Climate Change are within our Grasp - CCSOS by Karl Burkhart.
    4:00 pm: Raspberries, Salmon, Hops: Personal loss and climate change by Sarah Moffitt.
    5:00 pm: "Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math:" CSOS by Tom Athanasiou.
    6:00 pm: Climate Change SOS: Where Was the Gas? by TheFatLadySings.

    You can see the complete list of diaries posted so far in this comment from Day #1 - Monday, August 20th and in the diary posted last evening by citisven for Day #2 - Tuesday, August 21st.


    Please remember to republish these diaries to your Daily Kos Groups.  You can also follow all postings by clicking this link for the Climate Change SOS Blogathon Group. Then, click 'Follow' and that will make all postings show up in 'My Stream' of your Daily Kos page.

  •  So the Ron Paul folks... (8+ / 0-)

    are also against a minimum wage.  This is what that graphic says.

    Sorry Sir, I would love to hire you for say, $5 an hour, but Government has prohibited me from doing so.  Go back to begging on the street.
    So without a minimum wage, what's the difference between this scenario and indentured servitude?  But yeah, this is how libertarians think real life actually works, that there is some benevolent "job creator" who would just looooove to hire people, but the mean old government is "forcing" him to pay too much so that he cannot possibly hire people then.

    The guy then posted this video of libertarian Peter Schiff arguing against a minimum wage.

    He then said to one of his friends who wasn't buying this argument that a homeless person would rather get $2 an hour than get nothing, so isn't that the compassionate thing to do, to help out that homeless person?

    •  This Position of Theirs Goes Back to When the (4+ / 0-)
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      BruinKid, Jeff Y, mrsgoo, JeffW

      Bill of Rights' 11th Amendment enshrined states' sovereignty and rights.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 08:43:34 PM PDT

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    •  question is who is this mythical homeless person (7+ / 0-)

      who refuses to work?  Most homeless people are homeless because of exigent circumstances which prevent them from working.  I would argue that Schiff has created a straw man because most homeless people who are able to work do work off the books in order to earn what little money they are able to.

      While Schiff seems to feel people would prefer to starve than to work for less than minimum wage, he should realize in the homeless culture, "free enterprise" reigns supreme and the homeless whom he invokes have already discovered that illegal means of income provide far more income than working for &1.90/hr.  It seems Schiff should celebrate the homeless who evaluate his arguments and decide to commit crimes as preferable to sub-minimum wage work

      •  Brother of the Welfare Queen. (12+ / 0-)

        And they each have their own Cadillac.

        We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

        by Gooserock on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 09:02:57 PM PDT

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      •  Having just hired a "homeless guy". I think I can (10+ / 0-)

        speak to this. We had better qualified candidates for the mowin' and blowin' job. Which in itself is painful seeing guys in their early 30's with kids to feed applying to mow lawns. But this guy had been mowed down by the recession and is living in his motorhome. We hired him just coz, this guy really needs a hand up. It does not pay great, 9 bucks an hour to start. We frankly can't afford much more than that. Business has been terrible, and it's mowing lawns and running a weed eater. So far it's week 3 and working out ok. He has been out of work for so long, that between the heat and the fact he's a bit out of shape, that we had him work reduced hours for the for the first two weeks. He was very ok with it. He's a nice guy. Had a bit of an issue with showing up on time at first (The mr is a stickler for that). I remember reading on Rapture Ready awhile back somebody saying that making a dollar an hour is better than making nothing. That is where they want to take us. And here I am feeling guilty that all I can afford to pay is 9/hr. And hubby and I are not taking any salary at all right now. Can't afford it. Business is sucking. Our Budweiser guy came by for an order this week and said, if I was on commission right now, I'd be homeless. So recreational spending is in the tank. I think folks are just scared shitless to spend money on recreation right now. So here we are. A small business. But I guess we are too damn small. All of this supposed "help" for small business - does not help us whatsoever. I do not need tax credits, I need f' income. Income comes from middle class folks who go camping and boating. If those folks are wiped out, we have no business. That is why I am a Democratic supporter. Rmoney will never spend a dime here.

        if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

        by mrsgoo on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 10:20:42 PM PDT

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        •  sorry about your circumstances (3+ / 0-)
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          Creosote, rhauenstein, JeffW

          our business went south 4 years ago when the first crash hit.  The local major industry closed and suddenly, people who had had jobs were applying for assistance and those who had been on assistance ran face first into state austerity measures as the state literally ran out of money and the elected officials decided to teach Obama a lesson and not take federal funds.

          Add a complete physical collapse following trying to keep a flagging business going with extended hours and unrelenting stress and pouring life savings into the business and suddenly you find yourself on SSDI and thankful to get it.

          Pols can have my SSDI when they pry it out of my cold dead hands, to paraphrase a classic bumpersticker

          •  One thing to keep in mind is that pension (1+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            JeffW

            payments and cash supplements are tools for getting money circulating in the economy.  When the Fed hands out no-interest loans to banks, on the other hand, that money, especially recently, has merely ended up being tied up in derivatives and other speculative "instruments" that languish in computer bits and bites, instead of in some vault, as they used to do.
            Wall Street investments do not circulate.  They do not lubricate trade and exchange. In a way, what Wall Street has been doing is comparable to self-abuse -- non-productive.

            Willard's forte = "catch 'n' cage". He's not into "catch and release."

            by hannah on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 03:27:48 AM PDT

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      •  The homeless are a nuissance because they (0+ / 0-)

        are out of control.  What's important to control-freaks is dominating their own kind and to do that, they have to know where they are at all times.  When people are in houses at night, in cages on wheels at sunrise and at a work-place during the day, they're easy to keep track of.
        Ownership has long been a sop to distract from the fact that people are being controlled from when they are born to when they die. People perambulating at random are scary.  That's what neighborhood watch programs taught.

        Greece, the cradle of democracy is a problem for the International Monetary Fund because 40% of its economy is off the books, also known as "underground" or the "shadow economy."  Public officials pretend that the underground involves mainly crime and want to call out law enforcement, but that's not, in fact, the case.  The shadow economy mainly avoids paying taxes because the agencies that are supported by taxes have lost legitimacy. That is, they're not providing the goods and services the public expects, but serve their own interests -- i.e. population control.

        "Population control" is an interesting phrase.  By limiting it to concerns about the number of people there are on the globe, the effort to exercise dominion has virtually disappeared from public discourse. There's an eliminationist tenor to "control" that's deceptive.  Neither animal control, pest control, environmental control nor cost control eliminate anything.  Control is mostly a matter of record keeping and record keeping is an end in itself whenever control-freaks are involved.  It's obsessive behavior without positive consequences for anyone or anything else.

        Willard's forte = "catch 'n' cage". He's not into "catch and release."

        by hannah on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 03:48:36 AM PDT

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    •  I'm almost to the point where I hate libertarians (7+ / 0-)

      more than republicans.

      talk about idealogical blinders.

      fucking sociopaths, the lot of them.

      you see, you should have to work your fingers to the bone and not expect to have health care, retirement or anything else.  because if you work hard you'll get that stuff.

      no wait, you have to be smart too.

      no wait, you have to be lucky too.

      no wait, and on it goes.

      meanwhile if you do work hard you get to die cold and starving in the gutter, well it was your own damn fault !

      i mean really, what a bunch of assholes.

      big badda boom : GRB 080913

      by squarewheel on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 10:23:42 PM PDT

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  •  Late breaking news tonight from Miami: (22+ / 0-)

    FBI, Miami-Dade police target Democratic primary candidate with possible ties to Congressman David Rivera

    The FBI and Miami-Dade police have opened separate criminal investigations into the campaign of a Democratic congressional candidate who, vendors say, was aided by GOP Rep. David Rivera.

    Federal agents gathered campaign records, invoices and began interviewing employees at two mail and data companies used by Democrat Justin Lamar Sternad’s primary campaign. Sternad spent about $43,000 in unreported cash and checks on mail services, a witness told The Herald and authorities. Some of the money was stuffed in envelopes bulging with $100 bills.

    Federal law required Sternad to quickly report any contributions — including loans —just before the Aug. 14 primary, which he lost to Democrat Joe Garcia, a longtime Rivera rival who Sternad bashed in one of his 11 mailers.

    Rivera, investigators suspect, was behind the sophisticated mail campaign run by Sternad, who was an unknown political newcomer and hotel night auditor.

  •  Dear republican party (4+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, greenbird, mrsgoo, Paulie200

    Please dump mitts and draft judge head .

    "Drop the name-calling." Meteor Blades 2/4/11

    by indycam on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 08:34:01 PM PDT

  •  No Easy Day (8+ / 0-)

    NYT

    A detailed first-person account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, written under a pseudonym by a member of the Navy SEALs who participated in the mission and was present at bin Laden’s death, will be released next month, the publisher said on Wednesday.
    ...
    The author’s name will be listed as Mark Owen by Dutton, an imprint of Penguin. For security reasons, he used a pseudonym and changed the names of other SEAL members.

    A former member of SEAL Team 6, the author was a team leader in the operation that resulted in the death of Bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on May 2, 2011. According to a description of the book provided by the publisher, the author gives a “blow-by blow narrative of the assault, beginning with the helicopter crash that could have ended Owen’s life straight through to the radio call confirming Bin Laden’s death,” and is “an essential piece of modern history.”

    Just Win, Baby. -- Al Rodgers, Feb. 24, 2012

    by OLinda on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 08:35:12 PM PDT

    •  And let's not forget, Pres Obama put his (14+ / 0-)

      entire presidency on the line with that call. Or at least his re-election.

      Can you imagine the fake outrage from the right if that had gone bad?

      Chicago--Proud Home of the 1907-08 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs

      by Jeff Y on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 08:40:45 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  As per the Brian Williams Special (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Jeff Y

      Bob Gates as was seen in the Situation room during the OBL raid it, was as it turns out in the "Situation" room of the Whitehouse when the Desert One mission failed.

      So when the Stealth helicopter had to crash land in the OBL compound no doubt the little daffy Duck voice in Bob Gates head went

      http://www.youtube.com/...

      The 1st Amendment gives you the right to say stupid things, the 1st Amendment doesn't guarantee a paycheck to say stupid things.

      by JML9999 on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 09:02:43 PM PDT

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    •  My favorite tea bagger LTE letter writer has a (4+ / 0-)

      fresh screed in this weeks fish wrap wherein he does everything but accuse Obama for treason re: the bin laden takeout. Thank you for the pushback. His letter today reeked of desperation to pin something, anything on PBO.

      if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

      by mrsgoo on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 10:29:10 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Why the heck does any editor with half a brain (2+ / 0-)
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        choose that type of letter to publish?   It's appalling.  Real editors would never allow such idiotic rantings on their opinion page.  

        I believe we help each other in times of need. I want all our children to get an excellent education. Every American deserves health care. I love my country. I am a patriot. I am a voter. I am a Democrat.

        by mumtaznepal on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 11:15:48 PM PDT

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      •  You know, some people stick their (0+ / 0-)

        fingers in light sockets to see if they'll get a shock.

        Some people say the opposite of what they want to get reassurance that what they fear won't come to pass.

        Being oppositional has the advantage of keeping one's enemies confused. There is method in madness.

        Willard's forte = "catch 'n' cage". He's not into "catch and release."

        by hannah on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 03:05:12 AM PDT

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    •  This book doesn't pass the smell test to me - (1+ / 0-)
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      Creosote

      a real SEAL would never write it.  How do we know it's real?

      I believe we help each other in times of need. I want all our children to get an excellent education. Every American deserves health care. I love my country. I am a patriot. I am a voter. I am a Democrat.

      by mumtaznepal on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 10:44:36 PM PDT

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  •  MO-Sen (6+ / 0-)

    FWIW, I went back and crunched the numbers based on the 2008 and 2010 exit polls in Missouri for the flash PPP poll, which had a whopping 9-point advantage for the GOP in turnout.

    If you assume a 2010 turnout, where Republicans only had a 3-point advantage, McCaskill beats Akin, 45.1%-41.59%.

    And if you assume a 2008 turnout, where Democrats had a 6-point advantage, McCaksill beats Akin, 49.26%-39.04%.

    And since it seems reasonable to think that turnout won’t be as GOP-friendly as it was in 2010, but probably not as good for Obama as it was in 2008 either, the turnout will probably be somewhere in between. In that case, based on the PPP numbers, McCaskill should have somewhere between a 3-10 point lead over Akin.

    That is, assuming PPP got the vote by party breakdown correct, and McCaskill gets 88% of the Democratic vote that does turn out, Akin gets 71% of the GOP vote, and independents slightly go for Akin as well.

    But given what Markos said, maybe PPP should not poll this race for about a month, in case Akin's numbers tank with the additional media exposure?

  •  Rape? What rape? Mr. Diety explains it for you. (3+ / 0-)
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    Jeff Y, side pocket, congenitalefty

    I don't feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves. -John Wayne (-9.00,-8.86)

    by Jonathan Hoag on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 08:39:00 PM PDT

  •  Texass GOP platform (2+ / 0-)
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    happymisanthropy, BlackSheep1

    So whatever happened to that platform and the conservative politics and persons history requirements?

  •  Tom Head is a moderate among wingers (6+ / 0-)

    For those of us who tread among the inhabitants of Wingertopia, we have heard the dread news that Obama plans to steal the election by bringing in non-resident aliens and allowing them to vote (Martians get the vote)

    However the Paulinistas and other True Americans plan to turn out in droves and giving Mitt a well deserved win.  The rub here is that should Obama lose, he has arranged for UN troops and his international allies' troops to take over US military facilities and then to intern all of his enemies in previously prepared FEMA camps (I kid you not; this dialogue is being repeated as many alarmed would-be patriots are once again arming themselves at local pawn shops, driving up the costs of deer rifles and Saturday Night Specials.)

    •   moderate among wingers? Shudder nt (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      DRo, JeffW

      The 1st Amendment gives you the right to say stupid things, the 1st Amendment doesn't guarantee a paycheck to say stupid things.

      by JML9999 on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 08:46:05 PM PDT

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    •  I believe it. n/t (0+ / 0-)

      Proud Democrat since 1960.

      by Lying eyes on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 08:55:35 PM PDT

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    •  I am seriously worried about the hatred, the utter (3+ / 0-)
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      Creosote, DRo, catlover40

      vicious hatred, of many for Obama.  It's scary.  It's like it was against Dr. King, and Bobby Kennedy, and JFK in Dallas.

      I cannot take worry for the President's safety lightly with these dangerous, hate-filled people.  And it's so mainstream to be allowed to hate him publicly.  

      I find it ... disgusting, that our country is like this.  So, so disappointed in my country.

      I believe we help each other in times of need. I want all our children to get an excellent education. Every American deserves health care. I love my country. I am a patriot. I am a voter. I am a Democrat.

      by mumtaznepal on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 10:49:34 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I don't think that' tax is gonna cover (1+ / 0-)
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    mdmslle

    Anti-Aircraft Batteries/S.A.M Sites

    It's the 21st Century "Tyranny" will be delivered with Reapers with Hellfire missiles turning your house into spliters and you into goo...

    The 1st Amendment gives you the right to say stupid things, the 1st Amendment doesn't guarantee a paycheck to say stupid things.

    by JML9999 on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 08:44:42 PM PDT

  •  Letterman tonight: (8+ / 0-)

    "Rep Todd Akin said plans for the Republican convention are going ahead despite warnings of an impending hurricane. Akin said Florida has never been hit by a legitimate hurricane."

    Chicago--Proud Home of the 1907-08 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs

    by Jeff Y on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 08:44:58 PM PDT

  •  The thing that gets me about the interview (14+ / 0-)

    ... you've posted here and the one with that lunatic sheriff candidate in New Hampshire and with Akin, as well, is that these guys spout their insanity and the interviewers just stand or sit there and nod their heads as if nothing is wrong with what these jackasses have said.

    I mean, if one of these fuckers suddenly said, "I shot a man earlier today and buried him in my yard," these interviewers would just keep nodding their heads, mumbling, "Un-huh..."

    The shit these guys are saying is pure, unadulterated lunacy. How can these idiot "reporters" not follow up with a simple question like, "Wait... Do you really believe that?"

    Amazing...

  •  Wait, I'm only finding out now... (7+ / 0-)

    that Planned Parenthood's Cecile Richards is former Texas Governor Ann Richards' daughter???

  •  Dave says Todd Akin (8+ / 0-)

    apologized on The Rachael Ray Show and then they made "veal mea culpa".

    On the hurricane that may be coming towards Tampa, no need to worry about it disturbing the GOP convention..............................."cause you know Republicans are really good at handling hurricanes - heck of a job Bucky".

    Coming up after Top 10, "Smartest Person On Television", Rachel Maddow.

    Turn on your TV.

    Proud Democrat since 1960.

    by Lying eyes on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 08:52:16 PM PDT

  •  I'm tellin' ya (7+ / 0-)

    This is comedy gold.  Scary comedy, sort of; just knowing these people exist.  But gold.  The guy came across like a complete parody of a paranoid Texas goober -- 'Now, I don't want any rookies back there ... no sir ... we need them trained, seasoned, equipped ...'

    And this is necessitated by the 'handing over of sovereignty' to the UN.

    I thought the late-90s black copter militia riff was bad.

    •  It figures Stewart and Colbert are off this week (4+ / 0-)
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      Damn!

      Chicago--Proud Home of the 1907-08 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs

      by Jeff Y on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 08:57:39 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  You know, young voters are not going to come (3+ / 0-)
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        out to vote this election, according to punditry ... that loses Obama votes.  Stewart and Colbert can be instrumental in getting young college kids to the polls.  

        I believe we help each other in times of need. I want all our children to get an excellent education. Every American deserves health care. I love my country. I am a patriot. I am a voter. I am a Democrat.

        by mumtaznepal on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 10:59:38 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  I would point out that many of these Red Dawn (5+ / 0-)

      look-alikes and wannabes have no military experience whatsoever.  The ones who have realize that standing off a tank with a deer rifle or shotgun is a good way to end up Swiss-cheesed.  

      •  see Ruby Ridge or the Branch Davidian (2+ / 0-)
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        compound for the likelier results, if not the DPS' complete (and much less publically messy) thumping of those idjits from the "Sovereign Citizen" outpost down in the Big Bend a few years ago.

        Didn't even have to call in Feds for that ... never mind the UN.

        Altho one lawyer here in Lubbock has the "I welcome our new UN OVERLORDS" signs up already ...

        LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

        by BlackSheep1 on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 10:55:58 PM PDT

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        •  I find this all scary, not funny. I'm afraid they (2+ / 0-)
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          will actually take up arms.   They're fucking fearful, angry racists of hate.

          Of course, that would be a governor's problem to deal with via the National Guard, right?  As the loons start their "march"?

          I believe we help each other in times of need. I want all our children to get an excellent education. Every American deserves health care. I love my country. I am a patriot. I am a voter. I am a Democrat.

          by mumtaznepal on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 11:01:21 PM PDT

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  •  Suggestion for a political ad. (3+ / 0-)
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    Medicare is guaranteed. It is an open book which anyone can check. Can the same be said of Mitt Romney?

    Fuck Big Brother...from now on, WE'RE watching.

    by franklyn on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 08:52:55 PM PDT

  •  Is Judge Todd Head under investigation ... (2+ / 0-)
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    By the Secret Service?!?
    If not he should be.  The MADNESS continues.

    "The Internet is the Public Square of the 21st Century"- Sen. Al Franken

    by Kdoug on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 08:53:42 PM PDT

  •  When one has (5+ / 0-)

    paranoia, one should think about why their father's name is "Head."  What does that mean?  Am I head of the lawyers society of good lawyers that Republicans need for defense against child molestation?  Am I head judge who gets to slam down my gavel on the fingers of brown people?  Am I Max Headroom?

    Am I on the border of Constitutional treason so I should get my fucking head together?

    Jeebus -- please, let there be sane people at the bench and bar in Texas to relieve this maniac of his robes.

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 08:54:32 PM PDT

  •  WE'RE NOT GONNA TAKE IT!!! (3+ / 0-)
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    If anyone here has NOT seen the video or heard the song, find it HERE. It is an absolute MUST listen for all fans of rock music, all 80s historians, and anyone who wants to understand the mentality of young people during the Reagan administration.

    Dee Snyder, by the way, attended a congressional hearing conducted by the PMRC -- which, unfortunately, was headed up by Tipper Gore. Of course, in a way, Gore helped the Music Industry immensely -- by insisting that albums be labeled with that now-famous "Parental WARNING" black-and-white label that so many of us have come to know and loathe love.

    Dee Snyder was lucid, cogent, and incredibly mature, at the ripe-old age of 30 years old. Paul Ryan needs to read his history.

    I have.

  •  I feel very sorry (3+ / 0-)
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    for my acquaintances in Lubbock.  They are neither crazy nor stupid, and must be going STFU about this "judge."

    Oy vey.

    To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

    by Youffraita on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 09:02:28 PM PDT

  •  In times like these . . . (1+ / 0-)
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    I am glad groups like NAQA are protecting my liberty.

    Is it the NYT or or is it The Onion

  •  boy oh boy (4+ / 0-)
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    the fruit cake is out early this year.

  •  awesome Red Dawn remake: invaders as Dutch UN (6+ / 0-)

    soldiers on bicycles.  Who will nevertheless defeat the doughty forces of Judge Head, since the citizens of Lubbock have voted down his tax increase...

    •  I thought the cops in locales such as this (2+ / 0-)
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      had already used drug confiscation laws to fatten their coffers so they already have all the tanks and APCs and drones and other toys any well equipped citizen army would need to repel the Soviet Army.

      As one erstwhile patriot asked, if the Afghans were able to defeat the Soviets, why should we expect less of the US? So I guess Head would see the Taliban as the ideal structure upon which to base his militia

  •  And in 3... 2... 1... it' over! (4+ / 0-)
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    The Romney's campaign to focus all of its efforts on talking about jobs and the economy has ended about six weeks after it began.

    http://www.nytimes.com/...

    Have fun Mitt and Paul, and don't forget to send a post card from the Cayman Islands, where we're sure that you'll be vacationing after you lose in November.

  •  Lubbock? (0+ / 0-)

    They aren't going to dip into their PTL money for a .017% tax increase!

    Lubbock...

    No Jesus, Know Peace

    by plok on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 09:19:45 PM PDT

    •  why do I think there is a C&W song in this (0+ / 0-)

      situation somewhere or another?  Where is a lyricist when you need one?

    •  KLBK, the oldest TV station in Lubbock, now runs (1+ / 0-)
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      PTL every morning so you "don't have to listen to the heathens on KAMC" ... I kid you not. KAMC is also run by the same company, out of the same building.

      Makes my head hurt to live here, especially with Kent Hance in charge of Texas Tech and trying to turn us into Aggie West ...

      LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

      by BlackSheep1 on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 10:59:38 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  AOL News posts prediction of Mitt landslide (2+ / 0-)
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    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...
    with Obama losing every swing state and an electoral college result of 320-218.
    Looks like a lot of work ahead and we need a really strong GOTV

    •  Not to get overconfident, but you (1+ / 0-)
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      cant read much into one model. Others have had Obama winning. But I dont think any of them are particularly good, compared to polling, which does show it will be a close race.

    •  Nope -- Nate Silver is debunking that shit (8+ / 0-)

      See my comment below...
      Nate just tweeted this:

      Also, it's false advertising to claim CU model has predicted the last 8 elections right. It's a new model. Hasn't predicted anything yet.

      I ♥ President Barack Obama.

      by ericlewis0 on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 10:33:28 PM PDT

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      •  thank goodness for Nate and other debunkers (1+ / 0-)
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        but the problem is that low information voters have never heard of him.  It is the same way that a relative posted on FB that Obama was taking the vote away from the military in some sort of nefarious plot. Another relative posted material debunking that claim but original relative is continuing to argue that not taking away extra voting time from non-military is really a form of taking away that time from military voters, though they still have the same time  

        •  Here's a clue: low info voters don't follow politi (2+ / 0-)
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          Honesly , that's why they're low info. You need talking down.

          Your friend is not a low into voter. He's a republican voter. Low info voters are people who can be persuaded. I know, I used to be apolitical. Never paid attention to politics until literally about two weeks before the election and made my choice based on god only knows what. But I always voted.

          Step back and take a breath. We're ok. We have to work, but there's no need for panic right now.

          For the record, I am not a member of Courtesy Kos. Just so you know. Don't be stupid. It's election season. My patience is short.

          by mdmslle on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 01:47:45 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

        •  Some people don't get the function of 'not' (0+ / 0-)

          to indicate the opposite of what is.  It's why little children have to be given positive directions.  Some brains seem to get stuck before that perceptive capacity develops.  I don't know how wide-spread the deficit is. I've only known one child but saw the problem crop up as my mother got senile at about 95 years.  In her case, it was associated with blood clots in the frontal lobes. The clots, being very small, eventually dissolved and then the lack of comprehension went away again. The result was what they call "variable" behavior. It's hard to spot, if you're not looking for it.
          It's a rather peculiar construct, characteristic of English but not present in other languages.  They all have the negative, but a more complex way of expressing it.
          Using just one syllable to completely reverse the meaning of a sentence is super efficient.

          Willard's forte = "catch 'n' cage". He's not into "catch and release."

          by hannah on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 02:49:42 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

    •  You need to understand online one thing (2+ / 0-)
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      About the Internet:

      Clicks equal cash

      Don't forget that. It goes for aol/huffpo, Dkos, and your best friend's finger painting blog. In fact this is true for every form of media including television, radio, newspapers and magazines. Views = revenue.

      How many new folks who typically don't go to or link to huffpo do you think did as a result of this claim?

      Uh-huh.

      If you get a chance to read "Trust me, I'm lying" you'll get a good idea what I'm talking about. I've been in media nearly 15 years now. This is the way the game is played.

      For the record, I am not a member of Courtesy Kos. Just so you know. Don't be stupid. It's election season. My patience is short.

      by mdmslle on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 01:42:10 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  um (3+ / 0-)
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    these clowns know that the UN doesn't have an "army", right?

    Shout golden shouts!

    by itsbenj on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 09:34:19 PM PDT

    •  Facts, schmacts.... (3+ / 0-)
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      They're not to let reality get in the way of their paranoid delusional fantasies.

      © grover


      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 10:41:43 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  apparently not (1+ / 0-)
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        but why doesn't the person there asking questions just say that? don't people know this? are there really people worried that the UN will invade the US or be deployed here? really? it's not just this guy?

        chuckles. oh well, um, yeah. the UN has the pretty much now-defunct DPKO, but it's certainly not an 'army', in that it's solicited/contributed to the service of the UN in response to some kind of terrible outbreak of violence.

        we'll much sooner have the Blackwater thugs on our streets than any "UN army". but these rubes will just cheer them on.

        Shout golden shouts!

        by itsbenj on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 11:24:34 PM PDT

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  •  yes, i know. he's a congressman. (1+ / 0-)
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    has been one for a while. but still:

    he has never run even a state-wide campaign.

    * Join: OBAMA'S TRUTH TEAM * Addington's Perpwalk: TRAILHEAD of Accountability for Bush-2 Crimes.

    by greenbird on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 09:38:31 PM PDT

  •  Not 0.017 percent (0+ / 0-)

    1.7% = 0.017

    Yeah, that's the ticket, I retired retroactively.

    by bondibox on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 09:58:37 PM PDT

  •  Calling Texas Kossacks! (6+ / 0-)

    I heard on the video clip of Judge Head that there are going to be public hearings on the $0.017-cent tax hike the good judge was arguing in favor of on August 22, and 27.

    Do we have anyone here that lives close enough to those hearings to drop in and find out what the good people of Lubbock have to say about the near-certainty that the much feared International Mercenary UN Blue Helmets are gonna be rollin' up to the County Courthouse next January 22nd, or thereabouts?

    I would so dearly love to see some video follow-up on how folks in Texas react to Tom Head's putting county Emergency Management on the Texas Republican agenda.

    •  I live in Lubbock. (3+ / 0-)
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      Where's the meeting, and what time?

      LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

      by BlackSheep1 on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 11:01:14 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Dude, I'm in Cali and concerned about your (0+ / 0-)

        neighborhood, there in TX.

        You want to know what I, as an activated Person In Interest, out here where people read books and stuff like that, can arrange as to your Personal Calendar and -- oh, maybe I can arrange a ride for you to get from your front porch to the Biggest Electoral Event in the Next Couple of Days? that is going on a few minutes' ride from your house.

        OK:  

        You live in Lubbock.  Call a local cab company as soon as you read this and ask them to pick you up at your front door, if you need the "ding-dong" of your front bell to wake you up to a National Election going on ...

        ... Your County Asshole is holding forth at a Public Hearing at the first public hearing that will be held on August 22, 2012 at 10:00 am at 904 Broadway, Lubbock County Courthouse, Commissioners’ Courtroom, 5th floor.  

        In case you can't get it together to find your car keys or are so befuddled that you can't dial a phone for a cab, you have a Second Chance at The Second Public Hearing which will be held on August 27, 2012 at 10:00 am at 904 Broadway, Lubbock County Courthouse, Commissioners’ Courtroom, 5th floor.

        Some Background, so's you know, going in:  The members of the governing body voted on the proposal to consider the tax increase as follows:  FOR: Judge Tom Head, Commissioner Bill McCay, Commissioner Mark Heinrich, Commissioner Gilbert Flores, Commissioner Patti Jones ... and whatever else you might find by being "on site" will only be National News if you're there ... and if you happen to have the wit to get to bed early enough to get up and get to the place ---  As Woody Allen says, "Ninety Percent of success is showing up."

        Good luck, you Texans.

  •  Nate Silver calls B.S. on Romney win prediction! (8+ / 0-)

    A story was making the rounds today that some group that had accurately predicted the winners of the last 8 presidential elections had determined Mittens will win in November. When I first saw it on RawStory, my heart sank. But Nate Silver over at 538 tweeted this about half an hour ago:

    Also, it's false advertising to claim CU model has predicted the last 8 elections right. It's a new model. Hasn't predicted anything yet.
    This proves how desperate the Goposaurs are, IMO. Cheers.

    I ♥ President Barack Obama.

    by ericlewis0 on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 10:30:43 PM PDT

  •  Eh (1+ / 0-)
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    it's am excuse for the militarizing of the local sheriff's department into the robocop/imperial trooper look tht's so fashionable among our major city police departments now.All the new body armor, "less lethal" weapons, armored personnel carriers, this is a line of talk that will get the Lubbockers to cough up the change to pay for all that stuff.  It's not intended to be used against the UN, or Obama, or anyone at all really except maybe a few self-proclaimed 99%ers from TTU.

    Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?

    by ActivistGuy on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 10:43:33 PM PDT

  •  have you all seen "hands off, crazy?" (4+ / 0-)
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    reporting is reporting... and rape is rape.

    by stagemom on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 10:44:06 PM PDT

  •  Equality NC Action Fund, PAYBACK CHALLENGE (2+ / 0-)
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    http://www.equalitync.org/.... | No matter what they say now, we know Amendment One WAS personal. We know members of the North Carolina General Assembly were perfectly willing to throw LGBT North Carolinians under the bus. If you're still angry about Amendment One, give to Equality NC Action Fund's PAYBACK CHALLENGE right now to help us build our political war chest so we can make a real difference for pro-equality candidates during this election year's priority races. | http://www.equalitync.org/...
    Great new ad from Equality NC .
    •  Some of the people elected to public office (2+ / 0-)
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      are deprivators.  Deprivation of rights is supposed to be reserved as punishment for crime.  When good people are deprived of their rights, that's the very essence of crime. When public officials deprive innocent people of their rights, that's deprivation under cover of law.
      Legislative deprivators are waging an assault on lady justice.

      Willard's forte = "catch 'n' cage". He's not into "catch and release."

      by hannah on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 01:56:10 AM PDT

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  •  Clair read a list of votes: (5+ / 0-)
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    Visiting two VFW halls near St. Louis on Wednesday, McCaskill, the Democrat Akin is hoping to unseat here in Missouri, went through a list of Akin votes that took more than two minutes to recite.

     Audiences were mostly male and senior citizen.  Survivors of combat in Vietnam – and at least one World War II veteran – looked on beneath baseball caps decorated with military insignia as she accused Akin of blocking bonuses for troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan and voting against health care benefits for reservists and national guard members.

     “So that’s kind of the list,” McCaskill said of Akin’s voting record.  “Now, I don’t have a list like that."

    The attack did not include any mention of the recent controversy embroiling Akin.

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    by greenbird on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 11:41:00 PM PDT

  •  oh and Romney has an energy plan. (1+ / 0-)
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    kinda sorta sticky.

    * Join: OBAMA'S TRUTH TEAM * Addington's Perpwalk: TRAILHEAD of Accountability for Bush-2 Crimes.

    by greenbird on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 11:45:22 PM PDT

  •  Remember the Reagan years when we all lay awake (2+ / 0-)
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    at night listening for the sounds of an invasion from Guatemala?  Or was it Nicaragua?  Honduras?

    Aside from the geographical inconvenience of having to march the length of Mexico to get to the American border, they were a plausible threat.

    Acceleration is a thrill, but velocity gets you there

    by CarolinNJ on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 11:46:42 PM PDT

  •  There's a typo in the headline (2+ / 0-)
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    of this diary:

    "Judge Head" should read "jug head".

    Guess he's one of the Lubbock Lights.

    .
    .
    .


    For the first time in human history, we possess both the means for destroying all life on Earth or realizing a paradise on the planet--Michio Kaku.

    by psyched on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 12:24:17 AM PDT

  •  Tom Head getting a "plurality" of votes, winning.. (0+ / 0-)

    ... makes me wonder if, in a multi-party, multi-candidate election of a constituency -- the guy with the biggest fraction of a fragment of the electorate -- should be in office as the best result of a populace going out to vote their preference;  if, in a fragmented populace, if the minority position that snags the votes of a crazy-motivated electorate should rule over the others that divide their opinion across a whole incumbency.

    I think that San Francisco has done some real good road work on how to construct elections between candidates that have shaded different views, and "winner-take-all" voting as we winnow down the candidates to the minority that garners the biggest minority vote is not a very representative model of the Will of The People.

  •  Thank you Hunter (1+ / 0-)
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    I had a tough day at work and needed that.

    A thousand 4s for you.

    Hilarious, deft, very well done...subdued with sandwiches indeed.

    Ridicule is a potent weapon and and they are oh so deserving.

    Newt Gingrich: Believes marriage is between one man and a series of ever younger women. Wife #1 born ~ 1936, divorced when in her mid-40s...Wife #2 born ~1947, divorced when in her mid-40s...Wife #3 born ~1966.

    by trillian on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 12:50:20 AM PDT

  •  Help! How can I get an Obama Facebook Banner? (0+ / 0-)

    to add to my Facebook Timeline.  Any help appreciated. Thanks.

    I like the silence of a church, before the service begins better than any preaching. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

    by Norwegian Chef on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 01:07:03 AM PDT

  •  I was SURE a Black Prez w/b end of the world (0+ / 0-)

    2008-9 proved me wrong.

    So I MUST be right about the 2nd election, right? Doomsday, gottabe!!!

    Don't let millionaires steal Social Security.
    I said, "Don't let millionaires steal Social Security!"

    by Leo in NJ on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 01:31:30 AM PDT

  •  Why is this guy walking around loose...? (0+ / 0-)
    And we’re not talking just a few riots here and demonstrations, we’re talking Lexington, Concord, take up arms and get rid of the guy.” [...]
    I can only assume "the guy" he refers to is the President. So, why has he not been picked up, CIAd, FBId,HSAd and thrown in the slam????
    •  Some people cry wolf just to get the (0+ / 0-)

      attention.

      Willard's forte = "catch 'n' cage". He's not into "catch and release."

      by hannah on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 01:40:07 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  for what? No, we still have a 1st amendment. (0+ / 0-)

      Or do you think anyone who talks about destroying the government should be imprisoned?  I've been known to say a revolution may one day be necessary - albeit for entirely different reasons than this guy.

      Should I be in the slam or have every federal agency trailing me too?

      Calm down.

      For the record, I am not a member of Courtesy Kos. Just so you know. Don't be stupid. It's election season. My patience is short.

      by mdmslle on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 02:12:16 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  uh... (0+ / 0-)

        I've said lots of untoward things about this administration but:

        take up arms and get rid of the guy.”
        is a bit over the top donchathink?

        The freak in Hunter's piece aside, it's long been well known President Obama has been bombarded by death threats.

        “I’m thinking worst case scenario now,” Head said during an appearance on FOX 34 in Lubbock. “Civil unrest, civil disobedience, civil war, maybe. And we’re not talking just a few riots here and demonstrations, we’re talking Lexington, Concord, take up arms and get rid of the guy.” [...]

        He said he feared Obama would hand over sovereignty of the United States to the United Nations and the unrest would naturally follow.

        Here's another charming threatening rant:
        Anton Calouri's Email Threatening the President Also Contained Threats of a 'Cop Killing Spree'

        By Matt Driscoll Thu., Aug. 23 2012 at 6:30 AM

        According to charging documents filed in the case, the email - allegedly sent from Calouri's Hotmail account - read:

           

        I will kill the president!!!!!! "I" Don't give a Fuck... But You Know That!!!! PHYSICAL FUCKING ADDRESS...COME GET ME... "I" WON'T FIGHT AGAINST YOU... "I" WANT YOU TO COME AND GET ME AND DUMPT [Address redacted] "i" BETTER GET YOUR AUDIENCE OR THIS SHIT HITS THE FUCKING FAN REAL FAST... YOUR WORLD WILL CHANGE FOREVER... You Have 7 days...get me to Alcatraz now...you can't afford to call my bluff... Dieing Isn't frightening...it's peaceful...you will see... [Address redacted] GET HERE...NOW!!!!! Or FUCK THIS PLANTE ...HARD!!! Cop killing spree...just over the hill...(sic)
        Not surprisingly, the email was enough to get the attention of law enforcement, with officials from the FBI and the Federal Way Police quickly descending on Calouri's apartment. Before making contact, law enforcement agents spoke with the apartment's manager, who described Calouri as "a hothead," and noted his short temper.
        So without drawing you a picture...in answer to your question,
        Should I be in the slam or have every federal agency trailing me too?
        Yes, you should IF you go around talking about killing the President.

        This has been one of my worst nightmares since Obama was elected. Too many racists, too many people that hate the fact that a black man is in the WH.

        And now that re-election season is upon us, we can expect more from these twisted fucks looking to be a "hero".

        Calm down.
        No, you need to awaken from your naive slumber.
  •  For inspiration (0+ / 0-)

    Willard's forte = "catch 'n' cage". He's not into "catch and release."

    by hannah on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 01:39:22 AM PDT

  •  On the Judges 'justification' for civil war: (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm always thinkin' "Bring it!" when I hear this sort of crap.

    I had two older siblings who did nearly 3 combat tours in Vietnam between them. I missed it,  it was, by the time I did my three years in the Army, winding down and I had little chance of a combat tour there.

    I can't think of a better way to give back to my country than fighting assholes like Judge Head, who would destroy it with civil war.  (And now I'm older, much better than being cut down in youth had I ended up dead in  Vietnam.)

    Unfortunately(or maybe fortunately depending on your view) theirs is mostly typical "tough-talk' of cowards who feel powerless, and bullies trying to convince themselves and others of their right to impose their tyranny on others, or ignore the civil contracts that are basic framework of any civilized nation.

    But a war may yet be the only way to work this out,   from the chatter and a few incidents like Timmy McVeigh it's clear some of them are serious and capable, and it's not like we haven't had a civil war before, over many of the same issues.

    I'll be ready.  :)

    Sign me,
    Liberal with a gun.

    •  Personally I think the city just needs to (2+ / 0-)
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      raise money (or the county) and the judge knows ppl would oppose any tax increase EXCEPT to protect them froman Obama-initiated invasion. I mean, he knows the ppl.

      So he'll raise taxes which to his credit probably will go to the police department. Plus maybe a few extra open hours at the indoor ranger open to the public, to make it look good.

      Betcha.

      For the record, I am not a member of Courtesy Kos. Just so you know. Don't be stupid. It's election season. My patience is short.

      by mdmslle on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 02:18:22 AM PDT

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  •  GOP Announces Convention Theme (2+ / 0-)
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    “We Built This” in stadium buillt with 62% government funds," according to The Daily Dolt

    Apparently rejecting a more controversial “You Didn’t Really Get Raped, Pregnant Lady” theme for its 2012 convention, the GOP has announced that its Tuesday night session will be themed “We Built This....
    Of course, all this could change if the convention is hit by Isaac.

    Eliminate tax breaks that stimulate the offshoring of jobs.

    by RJDixon74135 on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 01:53:30 AM PDT

  •  What, Me Worry? (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm not going to lose sleep over a couple of all-talk/no-walk Foxscist freakshow knuckledraggers who are really good at threatening THE WHOLE DAMNED WORLD with "the mother of all battles."  we had that happen a while back in Iraq, and ... well, we all know how it turned out for THAT guy, now don't we?

    Ittie-bittie, sucklin'-at-the-gubmint-tittie, right-wing pie-holes.  I say we offer to sell Lubbock County back to the Mexicans, and put the cash toward paying down some kid's student loans....

    I count even the single grain of sand to be a higher life-form than the likes of Sarah Palin and her odious ilk.

    by Liberal Panzer on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 03:04:20 AM PDT

  •  These cowards (1+ / 0-)
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    are not going to riot.  They are going to furiously type things.

  •  LOL @ Tweet of the day (0+ / 0-)

    that is pure awesome !

  •  Don't know what he's worried about. (1+ / 0-)
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    The blue helmets are infamous for running from a fight.

    My guess is that any decent-sized Texas Town could round up enough old boys in Country Cadillacs (pickup trucks, for you culturally deprived elitist types) to rout a division or two.

    After that, they could get on with the serious work of stopping aliens. No, not those poor Mexicans trying to get some work north of the border.  I'm talking REAL Aliens -- the ones who have kidnapped, probed, mind-altered and/or replaced at least 90% of our politicians, pundits, and Deep Thinkers.

    I don't know what they're up to, but it's got to be nefarious.

    Or idiotic.

    Hard to tell the difference sometimes.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 05:24:26 AM PDT

  •  I feel much calmer already knowing the fate (1+ / 0-)
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    of the nation rests in the shaking hands of one senile old man from Buttcrack TX. Though I imagine any lawyers or defendants who have to deal with Judge Dementia lose some sleep at night.

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