August 29, 2014

President Obama Weekly Address – American Operations in Iraq

President Obama Weekly Address Iraq

In this week’s address, the President detailed why he authorized two operations in Iraq—targeted military strikes to protect Americans serving in Iraq and humanitarian airdrops of food and water to help Iraqi civilians trapped on a mountain by terrorists. The President saluted America’s brave men and women in uniform for protecting our fellow Americans and helping to save the lives of innocent people. The President also made clear that the United States will not be dragged into another war in Iraq – that American combat troops will not return – because there is no American military solution to the larger crisis in Iraq. Weekly Address: American Operations in Iraq Remarks of President Barack Obama Weekly Address - The White House - August 9, 2014 This week, I authorized two operations in Iraq.  First, I directed our military to take action to protect our American diplomats and military advisors serving in the city of Erbil.  In recent days, terrorist forces neared the city.  Thursday night, I … [Read more...]

President Obama’s weekly address invokes necessity for corporate patriotism

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President Obama’s weekly address has a patriotic plea for corporations on tax loopholes Weekly Address: Closing Corporate Tax Loopholes WASHINGTON, DC — In this week’s address, the President continued his call for our nation to rally around an economic patriotism that says rather than protecting wasteful tax loopholes for a few at the top, we should be investing in things like education and job training that grow the economy for everybody. The President highlighted the need to close one of the most unfair tax loopholes that allows companies to avoid paying taxes here at home by shifting their residence for tax purposes out of the country. The President has put forth a budget that does just that, and he has called for business tax reform that makes investment in the United States attractive, and creates incentives for companies to invest and create jobs here at home. And while he will continue to make the case for tax reform, the President is calling on Congress to take action and close this … [Read more...]

Counting on Accountability by Niko Letsos, Democratic Candidate

Niko Letsos

Niko Letsos is the Democratic Candidate in Texas’s 2nd Congressional District. What is the best case scenario for Democrats in 2014? Is it holding on for dear life in the Senate? Shocking pollsters and picking up a few governorships here or there? Seeing moderate Republicans make a comeback and coming to terms with the Affordable Care Act? According to analysts from both sides, Democratic hopes for 2014 amount to continuing with the status quo or mildly improving it. Transformative national change does not seem to be in the cards. It’s a shame and wrongheaded. Not only is the country in dire need of deep change and reform, but offering big ideas is the only way Democrats can win big in 2014 and get anything out of President Obama’s last two years. We are living through the biggest institutional failure in American history. Congress is completely broken. This current Congress being the most unproductive in our country’s history and shutting down the government is the least of it. When legislation is … [Read more...]

Obama Meets With President Park Geun-Hye to Honor Ferry Victims

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Presidents Obama and Geun-Hye The South Korean ferry incident that occurred on April 16th has been all but hopeful. The ferry, called the Sewol, flipped over and sunk into the icy waters of the yellow sea, leaving no survivors behind. The ferry was carrying 476 people on board, most of them students that were from a high school near the capital of Seoul. President Barack Obama, while visiting Seoul this Friday to pay homage to American military service, also paid tribute to the individuals who lost their lives aboard the Sewol: “I’m very mindful that my visit comes at a time of mourning for the people of this nation,” Obama told the South Korean and U.S delegates. “As allies but also friends, we join you in mourning the missing, and especially the young people.” Obama, alongside South Korean President Park Geun-Hye, proposed a moment of silence to honor the men and women who lost their lives in the ferry incident. An American flag was offered to Park in a sign of sympathy for the loss of ““so … [Read more...]

GOP Rep Says Sick Leave & Equal Pay Bills Make Women Look Like Whiners (VIDEO)

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There is an omnibus bill, The Minnesota Women’s Economic Security Act that is intended to correcting systemic barriers to economic progress. The bill closes the gender pay gap, increases the minimum wage to $9.50, expands access to high-quality education, expands family and sick leave for working families, protects women against discrimination in the workplace, encourages women in non-traditional jobs, helps women owned businesses succeed, and helps older women become more economically secure. Does any of the above sound demeaning to women? Absolutely not. These types of laws are the recognition of the presence of an opportunity premium that has to be paid by women and others. It tries to mitigate that opportunity premium. Lo and behold, State Representative Andrea Kieffer (R-MN) would have none of that. "We heard several bills last week about women's issues and I kept thinking to myself, these bills are putting us backwards in time," State Representative Andrea Kieffer said to her colleagues at a … [Read more...]

Texas GOP Executive Director Blames Women For Lower Pay (VIDEO)

Beth Cubriel

The Executive Director of the Texas Republican Party and chief Greg Abbott ally Beth Cubriel appeared on YNN’s Capitol Tonight program. Beth Cubriel was there to explain the GOP’s alternative to a Texas Lilly Ledbetter Act. Beth Cubriel blames the aggrieved It should be noted that Texas women make 82 cents for every dollar a man makes. When asked about it, the answer Beth Cubriel gave was true to form. "Men are better negotiators,” Beth Cubriel said. “I would encourage women instead of pursuing the courts for action to become better negotiators." Beth Cubriel answer is your classic Republican answer. If you are harmed by externalities it’s your fault. If you are harmed by systemic defects in our laws it is your fault. You are on your own. It is no accident that this followed Cari Christman’s response to a similar question when she implied women are too busy to be concerned with equal pay. Wendy Davis campaign spokeswoman Rebecca Acuna’s response to Beth Cubriel’ s remark was necessarily swift.  "Greg … [Read more...]

Texas GOP Operative: Women Too Busy for Equal Pay Legislation (VIDEO)

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RedState Women is a new Republican PAC in Texas aimed at changing the earned GOP anti-women narrative. According to Politico, The organization will offer web-based videos featuring both elected officials and voters that are designed to show that Democrats don’t have a monopoly on women in politics, according to the PAC’s executive director, Cari Christman. “It’s no secret that when Ms. Davis launched her bid for governor, women participating on the Democratic side stood up and were very vocal about her actions,” Christman said. “A number of Republican women are standing up to say Ms. Davis does not speak for them. We want to change, revolutionize, the way we communicate with women in this party. To stand up and say, ‘Democrats don’t corner the market on women.’” As the President eloquently said in the 2008 Presidential race, “You can put lipstick on a pig. But it’s still a pig.” Greg Abbott and his Texas Republican Party have effected policies that materially affect the lives of all Texans and … [Read more...]

Watch Rachel Maddow destroy media hypocrisy on Obama appearance on Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis

Obama appearance on Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis

Rachel Maddow scorns media reaction to Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis There is a narrative within many circles that attempt to equate MSNBC as the polar opposite of Fox News.  Fox News is decidedly the mouthpiece of the Right. MSNBC is decidedly the mouthpiece of the left. All the other channels are right of center. I watch ABC, NBC, CBS, CNBC, Fox News, MSNBC, HLN, and CNN throughout the day. At any given time I am recording one or two snippets if they provide material I want to blog about. I have concluded that ABC, NBC, CBS, and CNN are simply parrots of each other with lazy researchers. Fox News has excellent researchers who are able to cut and paste information to create false narratives. MSNBC, which except for Joe Scarborough is fairly progressive, has excellent researchers. While MSNBC will not accentuate Conservative issues, their material is almost always fact based. When they slip up, they correct in short order. Why the long preamble? It was upsetting to watch most of the … [Read more...]

Greg Abbott Pocketed $6 Million From Suit Over His Disabling Accident

Greg Abbott Lawsuit

  A 27 year old Greg Abbott was jogging in the upscale River Oaks Houston neighborhood in 1986. It was a windy day. A limb fell off of a tree and hurt him. The limb sadly crushed Greg Abbott’s spine and damaged his kidneys. After the accident Greg Abbott sued both the homeowner and the tree care company. He won a very large settlement. He has collected $6 million so far. The Dallas Morning News describes the settlement as follows. Abbott sued the homeowner and tree care company and won a settlement, which shows tax-free annuities in graduated payments. The payments began with a $300,000 check in 1986. They include both monthly payments and lump sums that are deposited every three years. This year, Abbott will receive about $570,000 from the settlement, with $400,000 coming from a lump-sum payment. In 2016, during a first term he would receive a payment of $450,000 in 2016. In a second term, two payments would arrive — $500,000 in 2019 and $740,020 in 2022. The monthly payments, which began at … [Read more...]

White Texan Charged For Knockout Game Attack On Black Man (VIDEO)

Conrad Alvin Barrett Knockout Game

Conrad Alvin Barrett Knockout Game Attack On Elderly Black Man Conrad Alvin Barrett decided that he wanted to play the knockout game. In late November he approached a 79 year old Black elderly man. According to the press release from the Department of Justice, According to the complaint, Barrett comments in a video that “the plan is to see if I were to hit a black person, would this be nationally televised?” The complaint further alleges Barrett claims he would not hit “defenseless people” just moments before punching the elderly man in the face. Barrett allegedly hit the man with such force that the man immediately fell to the ground. Barrett then laughed and said “knockout,” as he ran to his vehicle and fled, according to allegations. The complaint indicates the victim suffered two jaw fractures and was hospitalized for several days as a result of the attack. According to ABC13 Conrad Alvin Barrett was taken into custody this morning. Barrett got caught because he was bragging about the incident … [Read more...]