"Fox News Sunday" is heading to Louisville, Ky. Jack Conway, Kentucky's attorney general and the Democratic candidate for Senate , and Rand Paul, the Republican nominee and son of Representative Ron Paul, Republican of Texas, have agreed to a live debate on "Fox News Sunday" on Oct.3 at 9 a.m. (Eastern time).
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#113137 Aug 3, 2013
Here's somemore...Learn something repuke lemmings.
The Myth Of Socialism
Since President Obama took the oath of office it has become the rhetoric of the GOP that anything that doesn’t agree with them is “socialist” or “leading us towards socialism.” It seems, historically, that this is the tactic of the Republicans every time the Democrats propose policies (mainly health care reform) that they don’t agree with. The fallacy of their statements is that they have made them repeatedly throughout history, and America is still not a Socialist nation. Any time that the Republicans do not hold the Presidency, and cannot push their agenda, they resort to McCarthyism. Never once in our history has a President advocated for the complete Government take-over of all private industries. I have friends that identify as Socialist and they can’t believe that they are being so grossly misrepresented by the right-wing media. To Republicans, the term “Socialist” or “moving towards Socialism” has come to mean ANY industry involved with the Government. Republicans are also arguing that if you support any type of Government-run agency then you must be a socialist who supports a “nanny-state.” It’s very easy to compile a list of Presidents called “socialist” by their enemies for policies which did not agree with the Republicans.
President Obama is called a “socialist” for wanting to raise taxes on the wealthy, bailing out the auto-industry and for his health care bill.
President Clinton was called a “socialist” for wanting to take 60% of the budget surplus over the course of 15 years and put it towards Social Security, while investing a portion in the private sector. He was also a “socialist” for wanting to raise taxes and expand health care.
President Carter was called a “socialist” for creating the Department of Energy and the Department of Education, and for wanting to expand health care.
President Johnson and President Kennedy were called “socialist” for introducing The Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, with President Johnson also a “socialist” for establishing Medicare and Medicaid.
President Truman was called a “socialist” for supporting “The Fair Deal”, and “The New Deal”, and for wanting to expand health care. His health care reform ideas have since been acknowledged as the inspiration for Medicare and Medicaid.
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was called a “socialist” for introducing “The New Deal”, and for proposing universal health care as part of the Social Security Act.
Are you starting to see a pattern here? When I started to realize this pattern emerging that seems to target the Democratic leadership, I started wondering; “what do Republicans think socialism means?” So I decided to find out. I asked some Republicans how they personally define “socialism”.
Ok, so what I can summarize from these responses and the others that I have received is that the common perception of “socialism” or “moving towards socialism” is when the Government is interfering in the private sector, as well as the actions of any agency that is funded by taxpayer money. I should make it clear that I’m not a proponent of socialism, and I don’t believe that Government should take over the private sector.
#113139 Aug 3, 2013
40 ways Obamacare is working
Tomorrow the House of Representatives is poised to take its 40th vote to repeal Obamacare. To mark the occasion, here's a quick rundown of 40 ways that Obamacare is already working for millions of Americans and will impact more beginning in 2014.
1. Say goodbye to lifetime limits: Insurance companies will no longer be able to place an arbitrary cap on coverage.
2. Children can no longer be denied health insurance because of a pre-existing condition.
3. Starting in 2014, adults will no longer be denied health insurance because of a pre-existing condition.
Free preventive care, including:
4. Annual check-ups
7. Gestational diabetes screenings
9. Screening and counselling for HIV
10. Cholesterol screenings
12. Blood pressure screenings
13. Cancer screenings
14. Osteoporosis screenings
15. Young adults can stay on their parents' insurance plans until the age of 26.
16. If insurance companies aren't spending your premium dollars on your health care—at least 80 percent—they've got to give you some money back.
17. Insurance companies can't raise your rates by double-digits without justification.
18. Insurance plans can’t require higher co-payments or co-insurance if you get emergency care from an out-of-network hospital.
19. Women will no longer be charged more than men just because they're women.
20. The health insurance marketplace will be ready to go in every state starting October 1 of this year.
21. No-hassle comparisons: The online marketplace provides easy access to information on all available plans, so you can do a side-by-side comparison and find a plan that works for you.
22. Many Americans will be eligible for financial assistance to help them buy health insurance on their own, so you can afford a plan that will be there if you get sick.
23. When you buy insurance through the marketplace, premiums can be determined based only on these four factors: where you live, how old your are, how large your family is, and whether or not you are a smoker.
24. In the marketplace, you can choose a plan that matches your budget and needs: Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze.
25. By 2020, the Medicare prescriptions drug "donut hole" will be closed for good.
These are the essential benefits that all health plans in the marketplace must cover:
26. Ambulatory patient services
27. Emergency services
29. Prenatal care
30. Neonatal care
31. Mental health services
32. Prescription drugs
33. Rehabilitative services and devices
34. Laboratory services like bloodwork
35. Preventive care
36. Wellness services
37. Chronic disease management
38. Pediatric services, including oral and vision care
39. Lower prescription drug costs for people on Medicare.
40. These states are already foreseeing dramatic drops in premiums: New York, California, Nevada, Connecticut, Oregon.
There you have it. 40 ways Obamacare is helping and will help Americans—benefits the House of Representatives is about to try to take away for the 40th time.
40 tries to repeal while wasting $60million of tax payers money. We won't forget. RIP GOP
#113141 Aug 3, 2013
Hey, Remember when you voted against bills that would help veterans, elderly, women, minorities, gays, and immigrants?
So do we: 2014 is coming, and so are we.
RepubliCONS voted against:
Equal Pay For Women (passed anyway)
Are against a woman's right to choose. They want to force women to have kids when raped and then give the rapist visitation and custody rights.
With 53% of the votes in 2012, women are currently the largest voting group. In 2014 the women will hit back.
If voting for RepubliCON policies is the "path to prosperity'....why are the states that consistently vote RepubliCON are also the poorest anfd most uneducated?
Texas, where a uterus is more dangerous than an uninspected fertilizer plan and uninspected roller coaster.
How many RepubliCONS does it take to fix a problem?
No one knows, it has never happened.
GOP - Greed Over People
The party that said we couldn't afford to help Sandy Victims has so far wasted $60mil on futile votes to repeal Obamacare
#113142 Aug 3, 2013
Stand your Ground
... if you get your ass kicked in a fight that you started , you oughta be able to shoot the other guy.
That's about right huh? Your daughter is being followed by some thug intending to rob or rape her and she ducks into the treeline ready to mace him and deserves to be shot to death for it right? Dumbass people thinking it is okay to follow someone then shoot them to death if they try to defend themselves. Repuke mentality. RIP GOP
#113146 Aug 3, 2013
The next time a right winger tells you to get over the Zimmerman verdict, tell them you will as soon as they get over Roe v Wade.
“Heaven doesn't want me.”
Since: Jul 13
Hell's afraid I'll take over.
#113148 Aug 3, 2013
What an interesting choice of lunch items: fake meat and curdled milk. Ah well, you are what you eat, right?
Coincidentally, Ari, your post reminded me that I need to groom my horses today; from their walnut-sized brain to their big horses' ass. Thanks for the idea!
#113149 Aug 3, 2013
Started reading this page to catch up but half way thru gave up. Everything is so twisted to the far left and the truth is twisted all the way around. Just gave up. Not much truth in this page!
#113151 Aug 3, 2013
Been reading WND News. Not your favorite new TV station!
By the way they now say Obama may have done illegal and Constitutional items to win the election.
They also say Benghazi was a weapons distributing location.
Not bad for your ole Democrats you love.
Wonder how much truth this is or if any will ever come out with the final truth.
Want to ditch Obama and Hillary ??
“I Walk On Water”
Since: Apr 13
..Just to PROVE I can.....
#113154 Aug 3, 2013
Just gave up?
#113155 Aug 3, 2013
Fancy Farm Live
Watch the rowdy, annual political gathering of politicians in Kentucky at Fancy Farm.
Memorable line from Grimes:" If the doctor toldMitch McConnell he had a kidney stone he'd refuse to pass it.#FancyFarm
“I Walk On Water”
Since: Apr 13
..Just to PROVE I can.....
#113156 Aug 3, 2013
not much truth here, so you go to WND
#113157 Aug 3, 2013
Good Friday morning everyone! How many of you got to leave your job yesterday with tons of unfinished work and head out for a 5 week vacation? Anyone? No?? Well that's exactly what Congress did. Even tho the transportation and housing bill tanked they did manage to accomplish one thing before leaving town, any guesses? Yes! That's right! They made plans to repeal Obamacare for th 40th time when they return! FORTIETH TIME!! That all comes along with a nice little price tag in the ballpark of $60 million!! Where else can you walk off from your job and take a 5 week vacation when you haven't accomplished anything but wasting our money? NOWHERE ladies and gentlemen!! Well we have something to look forward to...apparently Boehner seems to think the members of Congress will come back in a much better mood after the August recess. Wonderful! I can only imagine what they will accomplish when they're all well rested and in good moods!!~D~ ‪#‎LivingB lueKY
If at first you don't succeed, try 39 more times. eh
#113160 Aug 3, 2013
Audio Emerges Proving Secret Conservative
Organization Behind Benghazi “Scandal”
Groundswell, the conservative behind-the-scenes organization that forms a coalition between prominent Republicans, right wing media, and conservative activists to wage a “30-front war against Obama and progressives” has been revealed to have played a role in the hype and false scandalization of the Benghazi “controversy.” A secret tape released by Crooks And Liars (audio below) has detailed the cooperation between House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Ginni Thomas (the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas), former Rep. Allen West, as well as high-ranking members of Judicial Watch and Breitbart. The meeting was presided over by Catherine Engelbrecht, one of the founders of the voter suppression group, True The Vote.
In the tape, Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy and Jerry Boykin of the Family Research Council are revealed to have met with Boehner and Issa to discuss Benghazi:
#113162 Aug 3, 2013
Oh lQQkie, a rat sock. What is a brian hopper? It's the culture for republiCONS to milk headlines long after they have been proven basically to be the results of them defunding the State Dept and making them vulnerable and sitting ducks? hahaha
Keep trying little repuke lemming tools. lmao@the loser rat and the circus minion clown socks.
#113163 Aug 3, 2013
Super PAC Supporting Mitch McConnell Kentuckians For Strong Leadership. Out Of State Old Rich Guys?
From the Courier Journal: "Super PAC supporting Mitch McConnell snags $1.2 million in 6 months, mostly outside Kentucky"
Kentuckians For Strong Leadership? Really! Where are the Kentuckians? Looks to me like a bunch of old out of state rich guys trying to buy a Kentucky election for their pal Mitch McConnell!
Let's take a look at some of these out of state Kentuckians for Strong Leadership donors via Muckety. Muckety uses connections to measure influence.
Bob J. Perry, of Houston Texas, chairman of Perry Homes gave $100,000 to Kentuckians for Strong Leadership. Click here to view his Muckety.
Joe Craft, chairman of Alliance Coal, of Tulsa, Oklahoma gave $100,000 to Kentuckians for Strong Leadership. Click here to view his Muckety.
Craig J. Duchossois Revocable Trust, Elmhurst, Illinois gave $100,000 to Kentuckians for Strong Leadership. Click here to view his Muckety.
John W. Childs, Vero Beach, Fla., chairman of J.W. Childs Associates gave $250,000 to Kentuckians for Strong Leadership. Click here to view his Muckety.
Philip H. Geier Jr., New York City, consultant for Geier Group gave $100,000 to Kentuckians for Strong Leadership. Click here to view his Muckety.
John L. Nau III, Houston, president of Silver Eagle Distributors gave $100,000 to Kentuckians for Strong Leadership. Click here to view his Muckety.
Donald Trump, New York City, president of the Trump Organization gave $50,000 to Kentuckians for Strong Leadership. Click here to view his Muckety.
It's never been about Kentucky for turtleman. Money and Power for him and nothing more. Bye, bye old mutant turtleman.
#113164 Aug 3, 2013
Is Mitch really about to be ditched?
Mitch McConnell seems to be whistling past two graveyards.
Kentucky’s senior senator says he’s not sweating either of the candidates who want his job. Polls and recent history suggest he should be.
McConnell insists “countless Washington liberals” egged on Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes to run against him. Yet it was the state Democratic Party brass who besought her -- more on that in a minute.
Anyway, the senate minority leader claims he is eager to take on Grimes, whom he has tagged “President Obama's Kentucky candidate.”
Maybe McConnell is rarin’ to go. He has a ton of money and the potency of longtime incumbency. But first he’s got to fend off tea party activist Matt Bevin in the GOP primary.
Bevin calls himself “the conservative choice for Kentucky.” He says he’s “tired of seeing McConnell talk a big conservative game, but then constantly work to undermine conservatives when it really counts.”
Bevin doesn’t count for much, according to Jesse Benton, McConnell’s campaign manager. He told The Hill that Bevin is a “nuisance” candidate.
Maybe so, but another “nuisance” candidate beat McConnell’s anointed one in the 2010 Republican senate primary. Hold your horses here, too.
At any rate, Grimes was not the favorite
of “Washington liberals,” or of left-leaning Kentuckians like me. Most of us wanted Ashley Judd to come home and run. She’s a real deal liberal.
#113165 Aug 3, 2013
Grimes is moderately conservative by Bluegrass State standards. She’s to the right of me and most other Democrats beyond Dixie and border states like Kentucky.
Grimes will cruise in the Democratic primary. Besides her, the field includes some not-a-chance candidates. No other Democratic heavy hitter is expected to run.
McConnell also was set for an easy ride in the GOP primary. Ante-Bevin, he had just one nonentity to get past.
To be sure, this union card-carrying Hubert Humphrey Democrat wishes Grimes were a Kirsten Gillibrand, a Barbara Boxer or a Barbara Mikulski. They’re my kind of DC Democrats. But I also know they probably couldn’t get elected in Red State Kentucky. Only about 38 percent of us voted for President Obama last November.
Grimes is half a loaf to this lifelong Kentuckian. Yet McConnell and Bevin are no loaf. They’re not even the bread wrapper. So Grimes has got my vote.
Anyway, polls show Grimes is more than competitive against McConnell. Some surveys say the race is even.
Judd’s numbers looked halfway decent, too. Nonetheless, the Democratic bigwigs said a “Hollywood Liberal” couldn’t win, and they were probably right. But it is also true that Judd was excessively liberal for most of them.
Bevin says McConnell is too liberal. That, of course, shows just how far right wing he is. More than a few Kentucky Republicans agree with him, notably those of the tea party persuasion who insist Obama is a socialist, if not an out-and-out communist. These same folks rallied ‘round Rand Paul for the senate in 2010.
Paul was – and still is – the Kentucky tea party favorite. The faithful haven’t forgotten that in the GOP primary, McConnell backed then Secretary of State Trey Grayson over their man.
Grayson was McConnell’s protégé, Harry Potter to Dumbledore. But Voldemort, er, Paul, won. He also beat Democratic Attorney Gen. Jack Conway in the general election.
After the primary, McConnell had to go cap-in-hand to Paul, who reciprocated by endorsing him. Post-Bevin, Paul says he’s still for McConnell. Benton is a Paul fan.
So will Mitch finally get ditched? Will Bevin pull a Paul and beat McConnell in the primary?
Will the rest of the Paul faithful go along with their guy and play on Team Mitch?
If McConnell wins the primary, will Bevin back him? Or will he, or some other tea partier, run as an independent?
Tea party types seem less prone toward the half-a-loaf school of politics than those of us who don’t duck the liberal label and who don’t think “socialist” is necessarily a dirty word. Most of us – especially we Red State residents -- are pretty practical when it comes to voting.
We know if we sit out elections because a candidate like Grimes is not as liberal as we would like, we only help the other side.
Everybody knows Democrats like me are a tiny fraction of the state Democratic Party. We don’t count for much.
Oh, we’re glad to have Rep. John Yarmuth of Louisville and some state lawmakers from the Falls City and parts of Lexington. Almost every other Democratic elected official in Kentucky is a conservative Blue Dog or a DINO – a Democrat in name only. But even a quarter loaf…
On the other hand, a lot of tea partiers are of the compromise-equals-surrender persuasion.
The tea party is the tail that wags the GOP canine in Kentucky. How the tea partiers vote will make a big difference in who wins next year.
“United We Stand, Divided We Fall,” is our famous state motto. Almost all Democrats are marching behind Grimes. It’s far from certain the GOP will be similarly unified.
Since: Nov 12
#113166 Aug 3, 2013
Liberals continue to be totally blind as to what is occurring around them.
#113167 Aug 3, 2013
Hitting icons and running to hide...lmao@repuke lemmings hating the FACTS....
Alison Grimes Storms Into Fancy Farm and Turns Mitch McConnell Into a Paranoid Old Man
She called McConnell out on his votes against the Violence Against Women Act, the Lily Ledbetter Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act. Grimes called for Kentucky to have a senator that unites ALL Kentuckians. She said Kentucky women deserve equal pay for equal work.
McConnell wore a silly grin and looked very scared.
Alison Grimes Storms Into Fancy Farm and Turns Mitch McConnell Into a Paranoid Old Man
Democratic senate candidate Alison Grimes blew into the Fancy Farm Picnic, stared down Mitch McConnell, and left him looking like a directionless and paranoid old man.
Alison Grimes began by talking about her long name and then said with your help Kentucky in January 2015 you can call me senator. Grimes said that she didn’t have to apologize for having more government experience than Rand Paul. She took a shot at Paul by pointing out that he wasn’t in Kentucky, he was spending his weekend with his loved ones, the tea party in Iowa. Grimes slammed McConnell for trying to gut Medicare. She said,”If the doctors told Sen. McConnell he had a kidney stone, he would refuse to pass it.” She hammered McConnell for being the most unpopular senator among both Democrats and Republicans.
Grimes said that McConnell is disliked by the voters in Kentucky and in the United States. She said McConnell is at the center of the DC dysfunction. The Democrat said after years of McConnell’s leadership the GOP stands for Gridlock Obstruction and Partisanship. She told McConnell to stop. She called out his empty rhetoric on defending Kentucky coal. She called McConnell on his votes against the Violence Against Women Act, and the Fair Pay Act.
Grimes called for Kentucky to have a senator that unites all Kentuckians. She said Kentucky women deserve equal pay for equal work, and she will fight to keep the state’s jobs from going overseas.
The McConnell supporters in the crowd tried to drown Grimes out, but by the end of the speech they were reduced to low murmur, as she had the Democrats in the crowd applauding and chanting along with her.
After seeing her speak today, it’s clear that McConnell isn’t going to be able to defeat Grimes simply by tying her to President Obama. Grimes is on the offensive, and going after McConnell hard. She also pulled some pages from Elizabeth Warren’s campaign playbook by making a strong appeal to women in the state.
Sec. of State Grimes has one big thing working for her. She is running on an anti-incumbent message during a time when Congress has never been less popular. She is also running against the ultimate symbol of Republican obstruction and incumbency. The contrast in the two candidates’ speeches was obvious. McConnell talked in paranoid tones about what would happen to Kentucky if he wasn’t reelected. Grimes talked about what she could do for Kentucky as the state’s senator.
While McConnell is busy with his tea party primary challenger, Alison Grimes has a chance to define him to voters now. This is why Democrats must get involved in this race early. They have an opening here. President Obama beat Mitt Romney and all of Citizens United fueled negative ads, because he defined Romney early and often. Democrats must do the same thing in Kentucky. They must get excited, get involved, and get active right now if they are going to defeat Mitch McConnell.
bye, bye turtleman
“I Walk On Water”
Since: Apr 13
..Just to PROVE I can.....
#113168 Aug 3, 2013
Republicans run the House, why isn't the economy doing great?
Why not 40 votes on a jobs bill?
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