…is it just me or did Vice President Biden step on it once again with cleated track shoes?
Vice President Joe Biden discussed his feelings about being the second-most powerful man in the country during an event at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics on Thursday night when a young man in the audience introduced himself as vice president of the student body.
“Isn’t it a b—h?” Biden said with a smile. “Excuse me, the vice president thing.”
Biden’s remarks drew laughs from the audience. He went on to clarify the comment was made in jest.
“I’m joking, I’m joking, I’m joking. Best decision I ever made. I’m joking — that was a joke,” Biden said.
The student said he hoped Biden loved being vice president.
“I do, actually,” Biden said, adding, “I love the guy I work with.”
Biden, who has something of a reputation for making eyebrow-raising comments, ran for president in 2008 and 1988. He also has not ruled out a potential 2016 White House bid.(Business Insider)
…maybe its’ just me but sometimes its’ better to simply shut the hell up and let people think you’re a fool instead of opening your trap and proving to the world that you are a fool…
…either that or he’s seriously delusional:
Conservative pundit Dr. Ben Carson on Monday suggested that the new AP U.S. History curriculum will make students want to “sign up for ISIS.”
During a speech at the Center for Security Policy’s National Security Action Summit, Carson railed against the College Board’s changes to the course framework, which conservatives have condemned as a “radically revisionist view of American history that emphasizes negative aspects of our nation’s history while omitting or minimizing positive aspects.”
“I am a little shocked quite frankly looking at the AP course in American history that’s being taught in high schools across out country right now,” Carson said. “There’s only two paragraphs in there about George Washington. George Washington! Little or nothing about Dr. Martin Luther King.”
Carson then lamented a few negative aspects of history included in the course framework like “a whole section on slavery and how evil we are,” Japanese internment camps, and “how we wiped out American Indians with no mercy.”
“I think most people when they finish that course, they’d be ready to go sign up for ISIS. I mean, this is what we’re doing to the young people in our nation,” he said. “We have got to stop crucifying ourselves. Have we made mistakes as a nation? Of course we have. Why? Because we’re people. And all people make mistakes.”(Talking Points Memo)
There are no words for this kind of idiocy…and Ben Carson was a neurosurgeon? If I were a family member of any of his patients, I’d be wanting a refund on any surgeries of his…but the serious point here is this: as someone who – years ago in high school, mind you – took an AP History class or two, I can still remember a good chunk of the course material and there was plenty of mention of George Washington and Martin Luther King, Jr…which means either Carson’s fucking lying in the quote above or he’s simply delusional as hell. Maybe both, come to think of it.
I know what my dad – a school teacher for over 30 years – would’ve said had he read Dr. Carson’s words above: “Dr. Carson, I wouldn’t presume to tell you how to operate, so would you please get the fuck out of my classroom?”
Is it just me or has the crazy faucet – to borrow the expression from Crooks & Liars – been turned all-the-way up-to-eleven?
Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder (R) on Tuesday called for Gov. Jay Nixon (D) to reinstate the curfew in Ferguson to allow the justice system — which he said was a product of “Anglo-American civilization” — to do its job.(Crooks & Liars)
Yeah, he went there…here’s the exact quote that he used on Tuesday’s Ronan Farrow Daily show over on MSNBC:
“We do not do justice in America in the streets though,” he argued. “We have legal processes that are set in motion, that are designed after centuries of Anglo-American jurisprudence tradition, they’re designed to protect the rights and liberties of everyone involved.”
“That includes the Brown family, for justice for them and for the community. It also includes the officer who has not yet been charged,” he added. “Our constitutional and our Bill of Rights protections have to be followed here, and we do not do justice in the streets.”
“That’s one of the great advances of Anglo-American civilization, is that that we do not have politicized trials. We let the justice system work it out.”(Crooks & Liars)
…and Republicans wonder why they get as little support from minority voters as they do…this is reason I’ve-lost-count-at-this-point.
Well, there goes that nascent presidential campaign…
A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption — making the possible 2016 presidential hopeful his state’s first indicted governor in nearly a century.
A special prosecutor spent months calling witnesses and presenting evidence that Perry broke the law when he promised publicly to nix $7.5 million over two years for the public integrity unit, which is run by Travis County District Rosemary Lehmberg’s office. Several top aides to the Republican governor appeared before grand jurors in Austin, including his deputy chief of staff, legislative director and general counsel. Perry himself wasn’t called to testify.(Washington Post via Crooks & Liars)
2 thoughts here: (1)this should be a lesson to public officials that you should never threaten defunding the offices of those tasked with investigating public corruption..and (2)watch how fast the Right sweeps this under-the-rug – or worse – lets Rick Perry wear this as a badge of honor.
Petty…just petty. Remind me again which party perpetuates the War on Women?
For weeks, Republicans in the Senate have held up an $180 billion spending bill that would direct money to several federal agencies, from the Justice Department to the Department of Transportation. […] But one specific provision that’s being held up has victims’ advocates particularly worried: A $41 million grant to help states and localities go after rapists by funding jurisdictions to process backlogs of rape kits, the samplings of biological evidence that are taken after a sexual assault and used to identify attackers. […]
Experts estimate that there are over 100,000 untested kits sitting on shelves at scores of police departments and crime lab storage facilities around the country, partly because states and localities lack the money needed to process them.(Mother Jones via. Daily Kos)
Now, the fact that these rape kits are going untested is an evil among evils..but its’ why the funding to get them tested is being held up that is truly – and pettily – evil…
One of those amendments, sponsored by McConnell, would make it harder for the EPA to enact new rules on coal-fired power plants. (His home state of Kentucky has a big coal industry). Another amendment—a longtime favorite of Sen. David Vitter (R-La.)—would strip Obamacare subsidies from congressional staffers.(Mother Jones via. Daily Kos)
Now I want you to think about second set of quotes there long and hard…what the GOP is basically doing is trying to scuttle a comprehensive funding bill for the Justice Department and other assorted agencies by dropping political poison pills in it an effort to (a)scuttle the bill on the whole and (b)create cowardly sucker votes that the GOP can then use against legislators later on.
Cowards…the Republican Party are a bunch of political cowards.
…who the hell needs enemies?
The United States government secretly sent young people from across Latin America to Cuba to undermine the government, the Associated Press reportedMonday. These operatives were given little training and paid badly, despite a real risk of arrest and prison, and attempted to recruit young Cubans through civic programs, including an HIV prevention workshop.
The choice of a U.S.-sponsored HIV workshop in Cuba is an interesting one, since Cuba’s HIV infection rate is one of the lowest in the world, and one-sixth that of the U.S. But it appears the disease was not necessarily the focus of the workshop, which was attended by 60 people. Fernando Murillo, after returning from Cuba, put together a report detailing his activities for Creative Associates, the USAID contractor hired to work against Cuba’s government. His only mention of HIV says it was “the perfect excuse for the treatment of the underlying theme,” meaning anti-government organizing.(Think Progress)
Reading this, I don’t know what’s worse, that (a)that USAID – a part of the U.S. government, I might add – actually thought they could get away with this, or (b)that no one would call them out on this…oh, wait: like this?
Cuba isn’t the only Latin American country whose government has been targeted by U.S. development programs. An analysis of Wikileaks cables by the Center for Economic and Policy Research found evidence of USAID efforts to undermine democratically-elected governments in Bolivia, Venezuela, and Haiti. One cable said that in Venezuela’s 2009 protests, all the protest leaders received funding from USAID contractor Development Alternatives, Inc. (DAI). In a 2006 cable, USAID/OTI partners took credit for shutting down a Venezuelan city.(Think Progress)
Of course, actions like these do have consequences; USAID has been kicked out of Bolivia, Russia and a few other countries for untoward acts, and Kenya even went so far as to accuse them of fomenting civil rebellion against the Kenyese government.
Remember all the talk about the GOP’s efforts to rebrand their party following the 2012 election? Well…is it safe to assume that their rebranding effort is now well & truly dead? Quoting Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D), who earlier this evening basically ripped the GOP a new one:
How did we get here? In the dark of night Republicans are voting to deport DREAMers, take away the DACA program, and make every undocumented immigrant deportable.
In 2012 the Republicans were shellacked and they spoke of turning over a new leaf with younger voters, with Asian voters, with women and Latinos.
A year ago I was working with Congressman Sam Johnson and Judge Carter of Texas. I did town halls and public appearances with Judge Carter and with Congressman Valadao. I worked with Mike Coffman of Denver and stood up with Aaron Schock and Adam Kinsinger in my own state of Illinois.
But now Steve King, Michele Bachmann and Ted Cruz are literally writing the immigration script for the Republican Party. A script filled with ugly and mean policies to demonize children and marginalize immigrants and destroy families.
In January you were saying that all of the DREAMers should get green cards and citizenship.
We always understood you wanted to deport their parents.
But now, late on a Friday night you are going after the DREAMers who have known no other country. Who risked their identities and their families to come forward and sign up with the Department of Homeland Security and passed FBI background checks.
The United States said come forward and get right with the law and now Republicans are saying they should go back in the shadows and back to a life of fear where opportunities are few and futures are uncertain.
The voters had a referendum on this program back in 2012 and the winner was President Obama, the DREAMers, and the American people.
But now you want to take that all away. Thank God the Senate is gone, the President has called this veto-bait, and this will never become law.(Crooks & Liars)
To paraphrase the words of that august Alaskan quitta, “How’s that rebranding effort going for ya’?”