Senator Ted Cruz, from Alberta by way of Texas, may cause heartburn for the Teabaggers.

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Last week his fellow Repo Sen. Mike Lee from Utah proposed a new bill (their 40th attempt) to repeal Obamacare, threatening a government shutdown if it’s not repealed. Today “Carnival” Cruz used pretzel logic to, somehow, blame any resulting shutdown on President Obama::

“We’ve got to stand up and make the argument and win the argument that, ‘No, that’s not true. We have voted to fund the Federal government. We want to fund the Federal government. Why is President Obama threatening to shut down the Federal government? Because he wants to force Obamacare down people’s throats.’”

Later, Cruz sabotaged his fear-mongering message by saying that a government shutdown would not be a “horrible calamity” because, hey, the same thing essentially happens every weekend. He pointed to the government shutdown of 1995 as example:

“Number one, the world didn’t end. Planes didn’t fall out of the sky, Social Security checks didn’t stop, military paychecks didn’t stop, we didn’t default on our national debt. What happened was that non-essential government services were temporarily suspended while the [continuing resolution] expired. Now, that happens every single week on the weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, we see temporary partial government shutdowns and the world doesn’t end.”

Pretzel logic. Naturally, Cruz is now the darling of the Teabaggers. Some are suggesting he run for President.

This makes it all the more troubling that he was born in Canada.

Cruz was born in Calgary, Alberta to a Canadian father (a Cuban immigrant) and an American mother. Our Constitution says that one must be a “natural-born citizen” of the US to become President.  But The Immigration and Nationality Act designates Cruz as a “national and citizen of the United States at birth,” by virtue of having an American mother.  Hmm.. does that sound familiar to anyone?

Is a “national and citizen of the United States at birth” the same as a “natural-born citizen”? Can someone not born on American soil become President? If no, then John McCain couldn’t have gone to the White House because he was born in the US Embassy in Panama. If yes, then the birthers need to STFU.

No one questions that Obama’s mother, Ann Dunham, was born in Wichita. If one reasons that Cruz is eligible to run, then naturally Obama was eligible when he ran as well. This puts the birther half of the GOP in a rather unenviable position. Since they’re already on record claiming Obama’s non-native birth disqualified him from the presidency, the only way they could ethically support a Ted Cruz presidency would be to admit to themselves that, platitudes notwithstanding, they love the Constitution only when it can be used as a weapon against liberals. – Matthew Rozsa,

Another reason the RepubliCANTS are trying so hard to stop ObamaCare.

imageIn addition to the fact that they’re being obstructionist dicks.

Once the insurance exchanges start up, lots of people (especially seniors) are going to see that they can buy health insurance policies for less than their employers provide.

Sixty-year-olds, in particular, are going to figure out they can get cheaper insurance to tide them over until they qualify for Medicare. So they won’t have to stay at their jobs just for their health coverage, and they can retire earlier.

This will open up lots of new jobs.

This will provide a huge boost to employment and, subsequently, the economy.

Conservatives are right to be hysterical about this: it’s an attack on everything they believe — and it’s going to make Americans’  lives better. What could be worse? – Paul Krugman

And the House RepubliCANTS cannot possibly allow this to happen on Obama’s watch. So they’ve tried 38 times now to repeal it. Rather than pass the jobs bill that would give us the result quicker that ObamaCare will provide eventually.

This is called Nose-Cutting-Off-For-Face-Spiting-Purposes.

Excrement In Broadcasting: Rush Limbaugh finally feels free to use “the N word”

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Last week, felonious drug-addict draft-dodger drama-queen Rush Limbaugh started saying “the N word” on his douche-canoe excuse for a radio show. Why? Because Trayvon Martin’s friend Rachel Jeantel, a black teenager, said it recently in a radio interview. Plus he has to give all his douchey listeners something new each day to get their Depends in a wad about.

What a relief it must have been for Rushbo to finally.. finally.. crawl out from under the burden of repressive political correctness and speak his mind unrestrained for once. He’s been so well-behaved for so long, after all.

And see? He said it with an “a” at the end! Just like black folks on the street! So he’s not racist! So stop saying that!

I fully expect this Rush wannabe to follow suit any day now.

Not long ago I provided my take on Paula Deen’s poor choice of words. And last week a very thoughtful poster named Tommy Carcetti posted these thoughts on Democratic Underground. It’s so good I’m posting it verbatim. Go to the link if you want to read the discussion that followed.

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As a white guy, I’m perfectly fine with the fact I can’t say “the N word.” Even if black people can.

I’m perfectly fine that there’s no White Entertainment Television. I’m perfectly fine that there’s no White History Month. I’m perfectly fine that colleges don’t have White Student Organizations and that there’s no National Association for the Advancement of White People.

All this ridiculous whining and consternation from some white people that they don’t “get” the same cultural markers as black people or they don’t get to say certain terms about African Americans even though blacks use that same term. It’s ridiculous. It’s insane. You’re forcing the issue and you ought to give up, because you look like fools.

Let me tell you something. If for the first century of this country’s history white people were considered property and not full human beings, and for the second century of this country’s history white people were subjected to institutionalized segregation laws, and for the third century white people had to deal with the lingering after-effects of the first and second centuries, then all of those things would be perfectly okay for white people.

Most African Americans in this country have had a shared cultural experience, one marked with both great trauma and overcoming such trauma, that allows them to identify with each other as a race.

White people in this country have never had that. Not as a race. Many of us have a cultural identity with the country in which your family has its origins (Italian, Irish, Polish, etc.) and that’s terrific. Because when the Italians and Irish and Polish crossed the ocean to this country, they too had a shared cultural experience in that aspect, and that’s something you can pass on to future generations.

But there is no “White American culture” to speak of in this country. It’s a myth. And that’s perfectly fine with me.

Reblog: This evil, evil man has ruined a generation of kids.

There is nothing I can say that could ever put this better than Amy did on the blog Lucy’s Football. As I ranted this weekend on Facebook: if you didn’t already think Fox News are the most evil f*ck*ng bastards in the universe, you will after you read this.

Today the conservatives on the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act.

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Why? Because conservatives can’t win when it’s easier for more people to vote.

Conservatives can’t win a fair fight. They know it, and today they proved it.

It’s a sad day in our country, whatever the hell it’s called these days. Doesn’t seem like America anymore.

That is all.

Says it all.


I’ve never shopped at Abercrombie and Fitch.

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They are perfectly entitled to make and sell any size clothing they choose. I could give a rat’s ass: I’ve never shopped in their stupid stores, and I’m certain that I never will. Click here for more.

Follow-up on Bob Davis’s “go to hell” to the Sandy Hook families.

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The other day I posted that Twin Cities radio host Bob Davis went live on the air, and said he would like to tell the families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims to “go to hell” for infringing on his gun rights.

Someone sent me this letter from yesterday’s Star Tribune. Turns out that a resident of Sandy Hook has contacted Davis. He offered to pay Davis’s travel expenses to come out to Connecticut and do just that.

“My question is whether he has the courage to crawl out from behind the safety of his studio and microphone and repeat his words in front of victims of gun violence. Would he have the courage to look people in the eye, tell them to deal with their tragedy, tell them that his liberty is more important than their loss, and tell them to go to hell?”

Guess what? No response.

Bob Davis makes me soooo proud to be a Minnesota radio broadcaster.

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A Twin Cities radio host said he would like to tell the families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims to “go to hell” for infringing on his gun rights.

Yup. He did.

Bob Davis is the name of this douche-canoe. He was discussing those affected by the Sandy Hook tragedy during last  Friday’s segment of his morning show, “Davis and Emmer,”  on the Twin Cities’ KTCN- AM 1130.  (His co-host, by the way, is former candidate for Minnesota governor Tom Emmer.) The topic focused on how family members of the victims, most of whom were between six and seven years old, have become advocates for gun control.  And as Davis whined, these family members are infringing on his constitutional rights.

That’s right. He said it:

I have something I want to say to the victims of Newtown, or any other shooting. I don’t care if it’s here in Minneapolis or anyplace else. Just because a bad thing happened to you doesn’t mean that you get to put a king in charge of my life. I’m sorry that you suffered a tragedy, but you know what? Deal with it, and don’t force me to lose my liberty, which is a greater tragedy than your loss. I’m sick and tired of seeing these victims trotted out, given rides on Air Force One, hauled into the Senate well, and everyone is just afraid — they’re terrified of these victims. …

I would stand in front of them and tell them, “Go to hell.”

This piece of slime made a half-assed “sorry anyone was offended” on his Monday morning show. How this douche-canoe still has a job is beyond me. If ever there was a reason to start an advertiser boycott, Bob Davis is that reason.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky had a great blog post about it yesterday:

Gentle reader, do you have children (or nieces, nephews, or grandbabies)? Try this little experiment: Go into the bedroom where they lie sleeping. Look at them, and say to them, “I’d rather you die than I might have to get a background check when I buy my next gun.”

Here’s hoping you can’t say that. In fact, we’re pretty sure you couldn’t. But Bob Davis could. And would. Here’s hoping that sick f*** doesn’t have children. Lord help them if he does.

More on Social Security

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This is a follow-up to a post from the other day.

I just learned something I didn’t realize before from “The Nation” magazine. Again and again over the years Republicans (and now some Democrats) have portrayed Social Security as the big bad monster, borrowing from the Treasury and sucking the life out of Federal government. Guess what? It’s the other way around.

The Federal government borrows from Social Security. The Treasury has been borrowing from the Social Security Trust Fund for 30 years, and the debt to Social Security beneficiaries now totals nearly $3 trillion. And the day is fast approaching when that money will be needed for its original purpose: paying Social Security benefits to the working people who contributed to the fund.

This is why they’re so hell-bent to cut Social Security benefits. They would like to get out of repaying the debt — that is, giving the money back to the people who actually earned it. The only way to do this is to cut the benefits — over and over again.

It’ll happen if we let it. Count on it. Don’t let it. Call your Senators, call your Congressman. I’ve done both, and I will again.