Apparently the all-too-easily agitated Tea-Party are being stirred up again against the Common Core Standards Initiative on the grounds that it’s somehow promoting ‘socialism’. Well it may have many problems (not least that education has become a political football for cynical and self-serving politicians) but ‘socialism’ ? Only in America .. (background)
Though midterm elections typically have see less campaign spending than presidential election cycles, the 2014 midterms are breaking records in at least one respect. Dark money spending is 4 times higher this cycle than it was at this point in any other cycle — even the 2012 cycle which shattered records, with more than $310 million in spending by groups that don’t disclose their donors.
Upworthy has hit the sweet spot of political messaging, according to some observers, by effectively couching its progressive-leaning politics without emphasizing partisanship and tapping into the wide swath of young voters Republicans and Democrats both covet. And thanks to emotionally-driven clickbait headlines, the site is also able to reach out to the universe of people who normally aren’t interested in politics. For some GOP media strategists, Upworthy has become a cause for concern.
Some of the recent items under Upworthy’s politics section include “Watching The Arizona Bill Go Down In Flames Isn’t Just Cause For Celebration. It’s A Sign Of Change,” “5 Ways Your Life Is Going To Change Because Of Obamacare,” “3 Anti-Immigration Myths That Take Seconds To Debunk For An Actual Economist” and “A Senator Asks A Panel Of Experts To Defend Walmart. It Gets Awkward.”
“We do have a point of view,” the site says on its “about” page. “We’re pro-gay-marriage, and we’re anti-child-poverty. We think the media is horrible to women, we think climate change is real, and we think the government has a lot to learn from the Internet about efficiency, disruption, and effectiveness.”
Executives at the site may say they’re not interested in traditional politics.
“When we curate, we focus on important issues that we think will resonate with millions of people,” Peter Koechley, co-founder and co-CEO of Upworthy, said in a statement. “Sometimes elections factor in – if the issues at the heart of the debate align with our editorial focus – and sometimes they don’t.”
But media observers and Republican messaging experts say they don’t see that hands-off approach from the site at all. With Upworthy’s extensive reach to a young audience of possible voters, coupled with a distinctly progressive slant, some GOP media strategists say the party should be scrambling to figure out how to combat a site that makes progressive content go viral.
“It has the potential to be more dangerous to the livelihood of the GOP at the presidential level than the entire editorial board of The New York Times,” said Republican strategist Ford O’Connell. “It has the potential to nudge progressive voters to the ballot box in national elections. This is one giant liberal activist social media machine.”
Oh boo hoo. There is a popular site that doesn’t pander to conservatives.
A manager at a Chicago McDonald’s told an employee to just put a bullet in her head after she asked to go home following a diabetic episode on the job.
Pay you legally as little as they can, cut hours so you can’t get healthcare, and basically get told to kill yourself if you do get sick.
Worse yet, there are people out there who are going to defend McDonald’s actions and act like the this is the employee’s fault for ‘not finding a better job’.
This attitude that low wage workers don’t deserve common human decency needs to stop - you’re not making those hamburgers yourself, there’s no reason for the people making them for you to be treated like shit.
Remember Julie Boonstra, the cancer patient who claimed in a Koch Brothers-funded ad that Obamacare got her good insurance plan cancelled and now her new insurance plan’s “out-of-pocket costs are so high, it’s unaffordable?”
It turns out that she’s actually saving at least $1,200 a year with her new “unaffordable” insurance plan.
Boonstra’s ad has come under fire before, with Sen. Harry Reid saying it (and other anti-Obamacare ads) was “untrue” last week. (Boonstra has called Reid’s statement hurtful and demanded an apology.) Today, the Detroit News did even more digging and found that Boonstra’s old plan cost her $13,200 a year in premiums alone. That’s not including what she spent on out-of-pocket expenses, like co-pays and deductibles.
Boonstra’s new “unaffordable” plan, on the other hand, will cost her $11,952 in premiums and out-of-pocket costs, which means she’s saving at least $1,200 a year — probably a lot more than that, as out-of-pocket maximums are usually several thousand dollars.
All these high profile Obamacare ‘horror stories’ all have one thing in common: They turn out to be bullshit upon closer scrutiny.
Here’s the thing, I fell into a coverage gap. I can’t get any kind of subsidy because my job offers ‘complaint’ insurance (though, at $400 a month, it’s still not affordable to me) - so the law really doesn’t do me any good personally.
That said, if the ACA was really as horrible as some would lead you to believe, why all the bullshit horror stories? Why do they always fall apart under scrutiny?
Sen. Dianne Feinstein:"I have grave concerns that the CIA’s search may well have violated the separation of powers principles embodied by the United States Constitution, including the speech and debate clause. It may have undermined the Constitutional framework essential to effective congressional oversight of intelligence activity or any other government function."
I made a few posts about this last week that generated VERY little interest. It’s important to spread the word that this is going on.
"In 2006, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, which conducts Internet pornography investigations, produced a list of 5,200 Pentagon employees suspected of viewing child pornography and asked the Pentagon to review it. But the Pentagon checked only about two-thirds of the names, unearthing roughly 300 defense and intelligence employees who allegedly had viewed child pornography on their work or home computers.
The defense investigators failed to check an additional 1,700 names on the list, defense officials have revealed in correspondence with Senator Charles Grassley, Republican of Iowa.
Acknowledging the lapse, the Pentagon has told Grassley that child porn investigations were not a high priority at the time of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigation, and that it is now checking the additional names.”
This was revealed 3 years ago and no action has been taken since.
The government obviously doesn’t want to pursue this case because it will cause them too much embarrassment. DON’T allow them to bury this case.
Michele Bachmann says she thanks God for the Koch Brothers, the billionaire duo who have contributed tens of millions of dollars to conservative causes. During an interview at the Koch-sponsored Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last week, Bachmann defended the pro-GOP mega-donors against recent criticism from Senate majority leader Harry Reid.
The Minnesota congresswoman claimed that more wealthy donors would give to conservative causes if progressives weren’t “intimidating people from giving money to our cause” and suggested that people who criticize conservative donors be tried under the anti-organized crime RICO Act.
Bachmann told conservative talk show host Lars Larson that she thanks God for the Kochs and their giving:
I just thank God that there’s a billionaire or two on our side. All the billionaires seem to be on the radical left, so I’m glad that we have a couple on ours. I hope we get a few more that are willing that come out but realize also this is an intimidation movement, I’m sure that the donors on our side don’t like to have their names vilified and that’s what this is about, intimidating people from giving money to our cause, that’s it. There’s something called the RICO statute, the racketeering law, that should be applied against them for doing this.
From the 03.06.2014 edition of Compass Media Networks’ The Lars Larson Show:
House Republicans have a bold new strategy to attack Obamacare, which involves huge pay cuts for physicians unless Democrats agree to delay the law’s individual mandate to buy insurance.
GOP leaders intend to vote on legislation this week, aides say, to delay the individual mandate in order to fund a “doc fix” that avoids a 24 percent pay cut to physicians under Medicare — which will automatically take effect on April 1 unless Congress acts. Inaction would disrupt the health care system, in part by causing many doctors to stop accepting Medicare patients.
The strategy is unlikely to succeed and could backfire on Republicans. Delaying the individual mandate is a nonstarter for the Democratic-led Senate and White House. By demanding a largely partisan unraveling of Obamacare in exchange for must-pass bipartisan legislation, they risk being blamed by seniors and the health care industry if the doctor pay cuts go into effect. When Republicans insisted on such an approach for federal funding last fall, the government shut down and they took most of the blame.
"This bill represents a new low, even for House Republicans," fumed Drew Hammill, a spokesman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who decried the plan as "irresponsible and dangerous" and promised it’d be a "legislative dead-end."