1. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), taking the stage after brief remarks from a meteorologist and several Heartland officials, kicked things off with a wild rant about how nearly every environmental scandal of the last three decades has turned out to be a hoax.

    "The ozone hole is sort of like global warming, and was sort of an exaggerated position on some readings," Rohrabacher mused. "Remember acid rain?" asked the congressman. That too "became a non-issue" after a report claimed that human activity had little relation to the problem. The liberals, Rohrabacher said, never apologized to President Ronald Reagan for lambasting his refusal to act on it in the 1980s.

    In between these remarks came another whopper. “I don’t know whether or not fluoridating the water helps people’s teeth become better or not,” said Rohrabacher, invoking his childhood memories. “I don’t know that,” he continued, “But I do know that in this country, we should be the ones who should be deciding what we put into our bodies one way or the other, not the federal government or the local government putting fluoride into our water!”

    The water fluoridation screed elicited support from the crowd. But I noticed the gentleman sitting next to me, a corporate attorney named Larry Kogan seeking to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s endangerment finding on climate science—which paved the way for the regulation of carbon emissions—with a grimace on his face. He had clapped for every other applause line, but sat on his hands for this one.

    None of Rohrabacher’s claims, of course, resemble anything close to reality. The ozone depletion problem, which is well documented, was addressed effectively through regulations to curb chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) from certain products. The 1990 amendments to the Clean Air Act, which passed with bipartisan support, back when the Koch brothers held less sway over the GOP and pro-environment Republicans could still get elected to Congress, largely solved the problem of acid rain by creating a cap and trade program to reduce emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx).

    The evils of water fluoridation have been a favorite conspiracy theory that took root in the American psyche thanks to the efforts of the John Birch Society, the right-wing precursor to the Tea Party. Fringe activists have claimed that fluoridation lowers IQ and causes cancer—but there is no evidence to support either theory. Decades of research show that adding fluoride to drinking water is indeed one of the most effective strategies for reducing tooth decay.

    — 

    US Congressman Opens Climate Change Denial Conference with Rant Against Water Fluoridation | VICE United States

    Dana Rohrabacher, of course, is a member of the House Science Committee.

    (via jenn2d2)

    Wow

     
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    policymic:

He pretty much said what we’re all thinking
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  3. 15:14 20th Mar 2014

    Notes: 229

    Reblogged from jenn2d2

    Tags: politicsvoter fraud

    It’s just, I think, sad when a political party — my political party — has so lost faith in its ideas that it’s pouring all of its energy into election mechanics. And again, I’m a guy who understands and appreciates what we should be doing in order to make sure every vote counts, every vote is legitimate. But that fact is, it ought to be abundantly clear to everybody in this state that there is no massive voter fraud. The only thing that we do have in this state is we have long lines of people who want to vote. And it seems to me that we should be doing everything we can to make it easier, to help these people get their votes counted. And that we should be pitching as political parties our ideas for improving things in the future, rather than mucking around in the mechanics and making it more confrontational at the voting sites and trying to suppress the vote.
    — 

    Sen. Dale Schultz (R) who called out Wisconsin GOP politician for supporting voter suppression efforts (via Think Progress)

    Schultz added that the suppression was “just plain wrong,” adding, “It is all predicated on some belief there is a massive fraud or irregularities, something my colleagues have been hot on the trail for three years and have failed miserably at demonstrating.” The GOP-controlled Assembly has already passed a similar bill.

    2011 study by the non-partisan Brennan Center found just seven cases of voter fraud in Wisconsin’s 2004 election, out of three million votes cast — a fraud rate of just 0.0002 percent.

    (via occupywatchdog)

     
  4. Let me reiterate my admiration for Samantha Bee.

    (Source: sandandglass)

     
  5. But bankruptcy won’t solve any of the core troubles Detroit faces, which include hundreds of thousands of people who lack education and job skills. There will still be infrastructure problems, lots of poor people and tens of thousands of ruined buildings.

     
  6. rhamphotheca:

This is not a meme - it’s a quote from U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren.
 (via: SlugBooks)

Get ‘em Senator.

    rhamphotheca:

    This is not a meme - it’s a quote from U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren.

     (via: SlugBooks)

    Get ‘em Senator.

     
  7. 14:55 11th Feb 2014

    Notes: 113

    Reblogged from cognitivedissonance

    Tags: politicsclintons

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    theatlantic:

Why Is Rand Paul Talking About Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky?

There isn’t much political logic to dredging the old scandal up—except as a move to shore up his credibility with social conservatives skeptical of libertarianism.
Read more. [Image: Mike Theiler/Reuters]

    theatlantic:

    Why Is Rand Paul Talking About Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky?

    There isn’t much political logic to dredging the old scandal up—except as a move to shore up his credibility with social conservatives skeptical of libertarianism.

    Read more. [Image: Mike Theiler/Reuters]

     
  8. 14:57 30th Jan 2014

    Notes: 31554

    Reblogged from andybrwn

    Tags: politicsGOP

    andybrwn:

    sandandglass:

    For a little background on Mitch McConnell’s strategy, here’s a New York Times article

    *WORD*

     
  9. 13:23 27th Jan 2014

    Notes: 143

    Reblogged from theliberaltony

    Tags: politics

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    quickhits:

Pew poll finds voters’ assessments of the two US political parties surprisingly accurate.

Washington Post: Democrats hold a sizable advantage on Republicans on several key perceptions of the United States’s two major political parties, according to a new poll.
The Pew Research Center poll show Americans perceive Democrats as more willing to work with the other party than Republicans, by a margin of 52 percent to 27 percent.
Democrats also hold a 20-point advantage when it comes to which party “is more concerned with the needs of people like me” and a 10-point edge when it comes to governing in a more ethical and honest way.
The GOP, meanwhile, is viewed as much more “extreme” in its issue positions (54-35) and more influenced by lobbyists (47-30).
In other words, all five measures favor Democrats by a significant margin.

What’s interesting to me about this is that it demonstrates the complete failure of the “both sides are just as bad” false equivalency narrative that much of the media have been trying to get Americans to buy into. After years of GOP obstructionism, the government shutdown, and the debt limit fiasco, it’s become a tough sell.
You can’t continually vote against the wishes of the people — as the GOP has with immigration, the minimum wage, and unemployment benefits — and expect people to see you as the good guys. And the media is thankfully no help at all in bailing them out. It turns out that their actions speak louder than the media’s words and no amount of spin will bail them out for continually failing the American people.
[photo via Wikimedia Commons]

    quickhits:

    Pew poll finds voters’ assessments of the two US political parties surprisingly accurate.

    Washington Post: Democrats hold a sizable advantage on Republicans on several key perceptions of the United States’s two major political parties, according to a new poll.

    The Pew Research Center poll show Americans perceive Democrats as more willing to work with the other party than Republicans, by a margin of 52 percent to 27 percent.

    Democrats also hold a 20-point advantage when it comes to which party “is more concerned with the needs of people like me” and a 10-point edge when it comes to governing in a more ethical and honest way.

    The GOP, meanwhile, is viewed as much more “extreme” in its issue positions (54-35) and more influenced by lobbyists (47-30).

    In other words, all five measures favor Democrats by a significant margin.

    What’s interesting to me about this is that it demonstrates the complete failure of the “both sides are just as bad” false equivalency narrative that much of the media have been trying to get Americans to buy into. After years of GOP obstructionism, the government shutdown, and the debt limit fiasco, it’s become a tough sell.

    You can’t continually vote against the wishes of the people — as the GOP has with immigration, the minimum wage, and unemployment benefits — and expect people to see you as the good guys. And the media is thankfully no help at all in bailing them out. It turns out that their actions speak louder than the media’s words and no amount of spin will bail them out for continually failing the American people.

    [photo via Wikimedia Commons]

     
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    formicarius:

Nixon supporters in San Diego.
Photo by Ralph Crane


I cannot love this enough

    formicarius:

    Nixon supporters in San Diego.

    Photo by Ralph Crane

    I cannot love this enough

     
  11. 07:55 11th Jan 2014

    Notes: 1906

    Reblogged from tkot

    Tags: sex edpoliticstrends

    youngblackandvegan:

    things you won’t hear about in the news but need to be in the news

    (Source: so-treu)

     
  12. 09:28 27th Dec 2013

    Notes: 379

    Reblogged from azspot

    Tags: politics

    It is amazing that Congress often worries about waste or fraud in programs benefiting the public such as Food Stamps, but seems totally unconcerned about the fraud and waste in the Pentagon budget. In fact, the Government Accountability Office cannot even audit the Pentagon budget because of severe management problems at the Pentagon.
     
  13. 13:32 21st Dec 2013

    Notes: 133

    Reblogged from azspot

    Tags: GOPpolitics

    The Republican Party is a cult worthy of Jim Jones, and all across America, it’s killing off its followers, just like Jim Jones did. For reasons that typically have to do with god, gays or guns, low-income people across America frequently vote Republican, thus becoming Republican cultist followers. And then, just like the followers at Jonestown, they let their leaders in the Republican Party pass out “policy Kool-aid” that actually kills some of them.
    — Thom Hartmann (via azspot)
     
  14. 21:18 17th Dec 2013

    Notes: 297

    Reblogged from cognitivedissonance

    Tags: politics

    It’s just flatly wrong. We could make modest adjustments and make the system financially stable for a century, and we could make somewhat larger adjustments and make the system pay more for seniors who rely on it … The conversation for too long has been about whether to cut Social Security benefits a little bit or a lot. And that is flatly the wrong debate to have in mind. The Social Security system is not adding to the debt at all. More importantly, if we made no changes at all, Social Security would pay out at its current level for about 20 years, at which point it would drop by about 25 percent and pay out forever into the future.
     
  15. 21:55 12th Dec 2013

    Notes: 12

    Reblogged from ruckawriter

    Tags: politicslobbyinglieberman

    ruckawriter:

    From the essay:

    In late 2012, after I had finished most of the This Town manuscript, I was interviewing Sen. Joseph Lieberman, the Connecticut Democrat, for a brief Q and A that would appear in the front of The New York Times Magazine. Feeling a bit jaded — maybe more than usual after three years’ immersion in the Washington political class — my sarcasm flowed: “You’re retiring after serving 24 years in the Senate,” I asked Lieberman. “What lobbying firm are you going to join now?

    “I’m not going to lobby,” Lieberman told me. “For sure.” “Chris Dodd said the same thing two years ago,” I said. (Dodd, Lieberman’s longtime fellow senator from Connecticut, had left the senate in 2011 and since went on to become head of the Motion Pictures Association of America, one of the most powerful lobbies in Washington.)

    “Yeah, I know,” Lieberman said. “Watch me.”

    We did, and it’s no surprise how this story ends. Politico’s Byron Tau reported before Thanksgiving that Lieberman had in fact signed on to represent a Libyan businessman who might run for president of his native land. Lieberman’s firm, Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman, would include “government relations services, communication of information to the principal and as well as [communication of] information about the principal to interested persons in the public sector,” according to public documents. Such communication will include “meetings with members of Congress, executive branch officials and others.” Not lobbying per se — he would not formally register! — but certainly lobbying-ish activities.