To Tea Party Republicans Threatening Government Shutdown: America Does Not Negotiate With Terrorists

The right-wing radicals who have held the GOP hostage for over four years, are now threatening to hold the entire country captive until their demands are met. These “Tea Party” Republicans want further cuts to government spending, but their biggest demand is full repeal of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). They know repeal will not happen under normal circumstances, so they must create the grim conditions necessary for Democrats and President Obama to crack under the pressure. In other words, they must terrorize the nation. These extremist fanatics bathe in American patriotism and wave their flags, but until they get what they want, American democracy can go fuck itself. Yeah, I got your compromise right here.

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It Takes 270: Do Conservatives Understand The Republican Electoral Math Challenge?

I know conservatives want to stick to their convictions and show America what they are made of, but do they understand the odds they face in 2016? To say it bluntly, Republicans are electorally challenged. They have a serious math problem on their hands. In 2016, Democrats start out with easily eight or nine-tenths of the electoral college votes required (270) to win the presidential election. This is before a single American casts a ballot. Why? I’ll let a conservative explain it. A conservative who does understand this incredible hurdle that Republicans face in 2016 and beyond.

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Observation of the Day: Robert Reich Says ‘Regressives’ Have Taken Over Republican Party

The fundamentalist constituency, eating the Republican Party alive, should be known collectively as “regressives,” according to a Facebook post by Robert Reich. There is nothing conservative about them. They do not wish to preserve the status quo, they wish to destroy it, and with it, all the progress over the past century. Reich calls them “regressives” while I have referred to them as “extreme right-wing radicals.”

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Climate Change: The False Assertion Of ‘The Science Is Not Settled’

I have to get this out-of-the-way right off the top: In science, nothing is ever “settled” in the sense people think when using that word. It’s the nature of science to always question, but there are things for which there is overwhelming evidence and we might sometimes refer to these things as facts. But if you’ve heard conservative media reports on climate change, then  surely you must “know” the science on climate change is not yet settled. Fox News pundits and other right-wing hacks point to scientists who say humans are not responsible for global warming, or that the globe isn’t actually warming at all, its cooling.

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Chart: Obama vs. Bush: Private Sector Job Growth (First 52 Months)

There is a lot of Republican right-wing misinformation about the state of the economy and private sector job growth. And breathtaking in their ineptitude are conservatives who believe President Obama is presiding over a net private sector job loss economy. This simply is untrue. I don’t say this because it’s my opinion, I say it because the data gathered by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows net private sector job growth since January 2009 of almost 2.6 million jobs. It’s not something that can be disputed because we have actual data and record keeping. It’s information that anybody can research, but it requires a lot less conjecture and a little more work, which might produce a result that would not comport to right-wing narratives.

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Umbrella-Gate: Yeah, That’s A Thing

During an outdoor press conference on Thursday, President Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan were protected from the rain by umbrellas held by two Marines. It definitely created a silly looking photo-op, which of course the mainstream media could not resist. And as soon as I heard about this, I also knew there would be plenty of right-wing nonsense to follow.

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IRS Conservative Group Targeting Does Not Validate Right-Wing Narratives

Conservatives have exploited the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi to advance their Obama administration witch-hunt. I’m not here to say there should be no accountability, and that nothing was done wrong, but Fox News, Republicans, and right-wing talk show hosts constructed their narrative without a shred of evidence. Benghazi wreaks of fake outrage and manufactured scandal.

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Dow Jones, The Kenyan Socialist, And A Thousand Years Of Darkness

On Tuesday, January 20, 2009, the Kenyan socialist, also known as Barack Obama, took the oath of office and became the 44th President of the United States. His presidency was only made possible by the massive fraud committed by ACORN, oh, and the lone Black Panther. On that lowly day, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) closed at 7949.09, and the first anti-American, anti-capitalist president set forth a plan to ruin the fortunes of CEOs and top executives. You know, the “productive class” in our society. The people who do the heavy lifting and throw a few scraps at the rest of us when they are feeling generous.

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