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Matt Bors hits it out of the park with his new piece, “Hey, Everyone Involved In This Syria Shit Show, You’re Terrible”. An excerpt:

Free Syrian Army — Saw you dudes on the front page of The New York Times last week lining up a bunch of shirtless, whip-marked prisoners for execution. Nice! Bet they were shitheads. Seemed a liiiiiittle sketch though. Had me thinking: You’re not gonna, like, massacre everyone in Damascus once you take it over, right? You’re going to have elections when this is over? Set up some public schools, run for county treasurer?
Because I’m starting to think the leftover weapons we gave you won’t be melted down to build swing sets.
Al Qaeda & Friends — Hi! You’re banning croissants and shit. That’s just trolling.
Y’all just rush your woman-hating asses into every shitstorm to make it worse, don’t you? Places liberated from Assad are supposed to be rolling out Jeffersonian Democracy and here you are setting up Sharia courts and chopping off hands for purse snatching. You get the memo on “international norms”? Because your 12th century assholery makes gassing people look futuristic.
John Kerry — A young man once asked, “”How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?” He was you! So maybe stop asking people to die for yet another war that is bound to be a mistake. Oh, it’s not going to be a big deal, you say, just a couple of explosions here and there. No boots touching no ground. You know which conflict started out like that? THE VIETNAM ONE. Now you’re dragging your droopy face around, casting anyone who opposes this garbage idea as some pro-Iran Jew hater and comparing Assad to Hitler. You think you’re in the comments section of the internet, bro? Because this is not how you make arguments.
Oh, and look, there’s a photo from 2009 of you dining with the New Hitler. Yeah, have a seat, Donald Rumsfeld.
Barack Obama — Remember when you said “red line” out loud a year ago? Fortunately, [it] wasn’t a magic incantation that compels us to go to war. You can actually just not do this. You see Micronesia eager to bomb Syria? You see Chile ready to launch missiles on a country its citizens know nothing about? Okay, the main reason for that is they don’t spend a fuktrillion dollars a year on their military. But the other, closely related cousin of that reason, is they don’t see themselves as the Judge Dredd of Earth with a need to pepper the entire planet with military bases.
We’ve invaded, bombed, and/or occupied dozens of countries in just the last few decades all in the name of increasing our “national security interests.” Haiti, The Philippines, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan; none of them really turned out super great. America’s done enough wonders for the world, buddy. Let’s sit this one out.

Read the rest here.

Matt Bors hits it out of the park with his new piece, “Hey, Everyone Involved In This Syria Shit Show, You’re Terrible”. An excerpt:

Free Syrian Army — Saw you dudes on the front page of The New York Times last week lining up a bunch of shirtless, whip-marked prisoners for execution. Nice! Bet they were shitheads. Seemed a liiiiiittle sketch though. Had me thinking: You’re not gonna, like, massacre everyone in Damascus once you take it over, right? You’re going to have elections when this is over? Set up some public schools, run for county treasurer?

Because I’m starting to think the leftover weapons we gave you won’t be melted down to build swing sets.

Al Qaeda & Friends — Hi! You’re banning croissants and shit. That’s just trolling.

Y’all just rush your woman-hating asses into every shitstorm to make it worse, don’t you? Places liberated from Assad are supposed to be rolling out Jeffersonian Democracy and here you are setting up Sharia courts and chopping off hands for purse snatching. You get the memo on “international norms”? Because your 12th century assholery makes gassing people look futuristic.

John Kerry — A young man once asked, “”How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?” He was you! So maybe stop asking people to die for yet another war that is bound to be a mistake. Oh, it’s not going to be a big deal, you say, just a couple of explosions here and there. No boots touching no ground. You know which conflict started out like that? THE VIETNAM ONE. Now you’re dragging your droopy face around, casting anyone who opposes this garbage idea as some pro-Iran Jew hater and comparing Assad to Hitler. You think you’re in the comments section of the internet, bro? Because this is not how you make arguments.

Oh, and look, there’s a photo from 2009 of you dining with the New Hitler. Yeah, have a seat, Donald Rumsfeld.

Barack Obama — Remember when you said “red line” out loud a year ago? Fortunately, [it] wasn’t a magic incantation that compels us to go to war. You can actually just not do this. You see Micronesia eager to bomb Syria? You see Chile ready to launch missiles on a country its citizens know nothing about? Okay, the main reason for that is they don’t spend a fuktrillion dollars a year on their military. But the other, closely related cousin of that reason, is they don’t see themselves as the Judge Dredd of Earth with a need to pepper the entire planet with military bases.

We’ve invaded, bombed, and/or occupied dozens of countries in just the last few decades all in the name of increasing our “national security interests.” Haiti, The Philippines, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan; none of them really turned out super great. America’s done enough wonders for the world, buddy. Let’s sit this one out.

Read the rest here.

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Presidential debate bingo time! Here’s all the cards as an album:

The squares are not candidate-specific unless denoted as such. The debate will air on NBC, ABC, and CBS, along with C-SPAN. It will be live-streamed at C-SPAN’s site, and on The Nation, plus numerous other sources. If you’re having trouble finding a site, let me know.

We’re doing things a bit differently now!

This time around, win a swag bag packed with political stickers, buttons, a yard sign, and more! The most bingos across the most cards will win a swag bag with Obama buttons and stickers, plus additional fun political stuff I’ve picked up along the way.

To enter, submit your cards within one hour of the debate’s conclusion. And hey, if you don’t like Obama, there’s going to be other cool stuff in there and you can sell the Obama stuff to a fan.

Suddenly, capitalism.

The winner will be notified Friday — I’ll need your home address in order to ship you your bag o’ goodness, so if you submit from outside Tumblr, use a valid email! I will still give gifs for bingos, so submit the cards.

Follow me on twitter as I live blog the debates: @meglanker

Oh, yes.

Again, submit cards here or email completed cards to meglanker@gmail.com

GIF prizes for first submission and most bingos on one card!

Happy bingo, folks!

Cheers,

Meg

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Sandra Fluke’s Speech Made Republicans Crazy. Which Is Just What the Democrats Want [Slate]

These are some conservatives’ tweets in response to Sandra Fluke’s speech at the Democratic National Convention alongside the first comment I came across on the Slate.com article

Like I said… keep talking.

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Harry Reid to Reporter: ‘That’s a Clown Question, Bro’

Just awesomeness from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in response to whether or not Democrats in the U.S. Senate will force another vote on the DREAM Act to make Republicans “go on the record” about immigration. Here’s why it’s a clown question: The GOP has filibustered it twice already.

I think they’re on the record regarding immigration and the DREAM Act.

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Ari Berman interview

I interviewed Ari Berman, writer for The Nation magazine, at the Wyoming State Democratic Convention. We discussed how progressive politics can make a comeback in a red state, and how Wyoming is its own unique breed. Oh, and we mention boomsticks as a GOP talking point.

Because I love the readers of Cognitive Dissonance, you can listen to the interview before it airs this Friday on KOCA 93.5 FM in Laramie.

More on Ari Berman:

Berman has written extensively about American politics, foreign policy, and the intersection of money and politics. His stories have also appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, and the Guardian, and he is a frequent guest and political commentator on MSNBC, C-Span, and NPR. His first book, Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics, was published in October 2010.

Follow Ari Berman on Twitter, visit his website, and read his recent work. It’s worth it, folks.

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Rep. Marcy Kaptur defeats Rep. Dennis Kucinich in Democratic primary

I’m torn. I love Marcy Kaptur, except on reproductive rights. But she’s a champion on financial accountability.

And DENNIS KUCINICH. sniffle

Seriously, Kucinich was a goddamn progressive hero, and if he’s going to be defeated, I’d rather it be by someone like Kaptur.

Thank you, Rep. Kucinich, for your honorable service. I’m sure we have not heard the last of him.

It’s bittersweet.

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Democrat crossover votes could cost Romney in Michigan

This makes me giggle. Part of it is Rick Santorum’s doing, too. His campaign sent out a robocall to Democrats encouraging them to vote for Santorum because of Mitt Romney’s desire to see Detroit’s auto industry go bankrupt.

This is nothing new for Michigan, as ABC News points out:

Michigan has a long history of crossover voting and other electoral shenanigans because of their open primary where both Republicans and Democrats can participate.

I love open primaries.

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War on uteri, criminal defense, and government-mandated prostate poking

Rick Santorum thinks Woodstock and the Democratic Party are pretty much the same thing, thereby proving he has no idea what either entails.

Seriously:

"Woodstock is the great American orgy. This is who the Democratic Party has become. They have become the party of Woodstock. The prey upon our most basic primal lusts, and that’s sex. And the whole abortion culture, it’s not about life. It’s about sexual freedom. That’s what it’s about. Homosexuality. It’s about sexual freedom."

— Rick Santorum discussing the Democratic Party at a 2008 forum, “Press & People of Faith in Politics.”

Yep.

And I’m not shocked by this statement, particularly in the context of current politics.

I’m sure folks have heard of the “Hey, now the state can rape you” bill, a.k.a. the Virginia ultrasound bill. Essentially, this bill mandates an ultrasound before an abortion, and if it is too early in pregnancy, a trans-vaginal ultrasound must be performed. A picture is worth a thousand words. This procedure is medically unnecessary and is being demanded under the guise of those seeking abortions having “all the information” about what they’re about to undergo.

Apparently, medical professionals are no longer the best sources of said information and must be ordered by the state to provide invasive medical procedures BECAUSE THAT’S NOT BIG GOVERNMENT AT ALL. This is only small government if the definition has switched to government small enough to fit in my uterus.

Justifications provided by the bill’s defenders include women had already made the decision to be “vaginally penetrated when they got pregnant.” Therefore, Del. Kathy J. Byron, is justified in insisting, “if we want to talk about invasiveness, there’s nothing more invasive than the procedure that she is about to have.”

Though nothing infuriated me more than this gem from CNN’s Dana Loesch:

"That’s the big thing that progressives are trying to say, that it’s rape and so on and so forth. […] There were individuals saying, "Oh what about the Virginia rape? The rapes that, the forced rapes of women who are pregnant?" What? Wait a minute, they had no problem having similar to a trans-vaginal procedure when they engaged in the act that resulted in their pregnancy."

Really? You determined that yourself? No one in the history of ever was coerced into sex? And then got pregnant? 

Yeah… no. And guess what? Consenting to sex does not equal consenting to pregnancy and your vagina becoming property of the state to be poked and prodded. Ever heard the “Well, she IS a slut…” - or something similar - justification for rape? This is pretty goddamn close. Once you’ve consented to someone probing your vagina once, you’ve clearly consented to all penises and objects. 

I propose a new criminal defense strategy. Let’s call it the Loesch-Virginia defense. It works like this:

Defendant: “Your honor, I could not have possibly raped the woman in question. Clearly, she has consented to a pseudo trans-vaginal procedure and is a notorious whore. It’s HER fault for carrying that baby around town and advertising her own promiscuity. It’s not my fault for acting on HER signals and assuming she wouldn’t mind being penetrated against her will. Therefore, I’m using the Loesch-Virginia defense.”

Judge: “I’ll allow it.”

All sarcasm aside, I’m proposing an amendment to the bill. Erectile dysfunction impacts millions of men each year. While its cause can be psychosomatic, it can also be a symptom of a much more serious medical problem. Millions of prescriptions for Viagra are written each year, often after little medical consultation. Now, I want men to have all the information before making such a significant decision — ingesting this drug can lead to irreversible vision loss and cardiac arrest.

Before prescribing this drug, I propose the state mandate doctors performing a digital rectal exam. This can check for an enlarged prostate, a common cause of erectile dysfunction, even if the physician has ruled out that cause or the patient wishes to not undergo the procedure. Basically, if men want this:

They can deal with this:

Besides, I’m sure some men seeking this prescription have engaged in consensual anal play before, right? So it’s not a big deal, right? Riiiight… because it’s not actually about sex itself. 

It’s about moralistic preaching from a party of no ideas and a fractured base. It’s ginning up a war on the wimmenfolk to try to win an election. From Politico:

"I feel like the world is spinning backwards," said former Rep. Patricia Schroeder, who has often related the troubles she has as a young married law student getting her birth control prescriptions filled in the early 1960s. "If you had told me when I was in law school that this would be a debate in 2012, I would have thought you were nuts. And everyone I talk to thinks so, too."

Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women and Politics Institute at American University, also sees the chance of a huge female backlash if the Republicans overreach. “If women feel they are being targeted again, that women’s health is on the line — that’s not an argument you want to make in an election year,” she said.

Make no mistake - the war on contraception and abortion has nothing to do with religious liberty and information. It is about distraction - the policies put forth by the GOP in 2012 tanked the economy in 2008. The Democratic Party is not comprised of saints either. But really? A war on birth control?

For your convenience: Griswold v. Connecticut, 381 U.S. 479 (1965)

And the GOP platform of A Handmaid’s Tale 2012 marches on… I have higher aspirations than being a brood mare for the state, thank you.

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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nationaljournal:

The Fighter: The Democratic House leader reflects on battles past—and those yet to come. 
By John Aloysius Farrell
NJ What kind of chauvinism have you faced in Congress?
PELOSI At first the men thought having women in the House was nice. Then they started to get a little threatened—it wasn’t as cute. When I decided to run for leadership, they said, “Who said she could run?” And I thought, “Perfect. That is exactly right. Who said she could run? Not you.” That is how they thought not that long ago.
Read the rest of the interview here.

This is an amazing interview. 

nationaljournal:

The Fighter: The Democratic House leader reflects on battles past—and those yet to come. 

By John Aloysius Farrell

NJ What kind of chauvinism have you faced in Congress?

PELOSI At first the men thought having women in the House was nice. Then they started to get a little threatened—it wasn’t as cute. When I decided to run for leadership, they said, “Who said she could run?” And I thought, “Perfect. That is exactly right. Who said she could run? Not you.” That is how they thought not that long ago.

Read the rest of the interview here.

This is an amazing interview. 

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A new Pew Research Center survey of 2,048 adults finds that about two-thirds of the public (66%) believes there are “very strong” or “strong” conflicts between the rich and the poor—an increase of 19 percentage points since 2009.
More findings:
Nearly one-third of Americans say there are “very strong conflicts” between poor people and rich people, double the proportion that offered a similar view in July 2009.  
Conflicts between rich and poor now rank ahead of three other potential sources of group tension—between immigrants and the native born; between blacks and whites; and between young and old.
Younger adults, women, Democrats and African Americans are somewhat more likely than older people, men, Republicans, whites or Hispanics to say there are strong disagreements between rich and poor.
However, people’s perception of why the rich become rich has not changed much. Pew Research points out similar opinions to the ones below were found in 2008:

Pew uncovered one very interesting point:

The biggest increases in perceptions of class conflicts occurred among political liberals and Americans who say they are not affiliated with either major party. In each group the proportion who say there are major disagreements between rich and poor Americans increased by more than 20 percentage points since 2009.

Emphasis mine. Could this mean independents could be an even bigger influence than usual in 2012? And what does that mean for both parties? Maybe talking about jobs and the economy isn’t the worst move… The GOP’s constant denial of the existence of class warfare and incongruent insistence President Obama sparked it may also backfire.

A new Pew Research Center survey of 2,048 adults finds that about two-thirds of the public (66%) believes there are “very strong” or “strong” conflicts between the rich and the poor—an increase of 19 percentage points since 2009.

More findings:

  • Nearly one-third of Americans say there are “very strong conflicts” between poor people and rich people, double the proportion that offered a similar view in July 2009.  
  • Conflicts between rich and poor now rank ahead of three other potential sources of group tension—between immigrants and the native born; between blacks and whites; and between young and old.
  • Younger adults, women, Democrats and African Americans are somewhat more likely than older people, men, Republicans, whites or Hispanics to say there are strong disagreements between rich and poor.

However, people’s perception of why the rich become rich has not changed much. Pew Research points out similar opinions to the ones below were found in 2008:

Pew uncovered one very interesting point:

The biggest increases in perceptions of class conflicts occurred among political liberals and Americans who say they are not affiliated with either major party. In each group the proportion who say there are major disagreements between rich and poor Americans increased by more than 20 percentage points since 2009.

Emphasis mine. Could this mean independents could be an even bigger influence than usual in 2012? And what does that mean for both parties? Maybe talking about jobs and the economy isn’t the worst move… The GOP’s constant denial of the existence of class warfare and incongruent insistence President Obama sparked it may also backfire.

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Make a list… Call them and ask them, ‘Are you going to vote on Issue 2 and are you going to vote for it?’ If they say no, well, you just make sure that they don’t go vote. Let the air out of their tires on election day. Tell them the election has been moved to a different date. That’s up to you how you creatively get the job done.

Mike Huckabee, encouraging voter suppression this Friday in Mason, Ohio.

He was speaking in support of Issue 2. Issue 2 is the ballot referendum on Senate Bill 5, the bill in Ohio that stripped collective bargaining rights. Enough signatures were gathered to put SB 5 on the ballot as Issue 2.

A ‘yes’ vote means the voter supports SB 5 and Issue 2. A ‘no’ vote means the voter does not support SB 5 and Issue 2. So if you don’t support it, and you’re the relative of someone who does, Mike Huckabee thinks said relative should keep you from voting. 

Thought experiment: What if a Democrat said this? What if Howard Dean said this at a fundraiser? Fox News would have a collective aneurysm. Instead, Huckabee’s comments are defended as “just a joke” online. Gotcha.

(Source: masonbuzz.com)

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I don’t know, but I expect the wealthy to write a check ’cause it’s as bad as it’s ever been. It would be unpatriotic not to try to save the country. I’m sure people will bitch about it, but if it meant we get to operate in this country and live here another day, then so be it.

One way or another, before it’s over they’re gonna have to come and take big money from the earners and big corporations to save the country. I’m sure that everybody that has a patriotic cell in their system will say, ‘If it’s gotta be done, it’s gotta be done.’ I’d rather live here and not have as much money than live anywhere else and have twice as much.

Toby Keith, on taxing the rich and corporations.

Yes, that Toby Keith who wrote the “We’re gonna put a boot in your ass” song and who you would assume is a Republican through and through.

He’s a Democrat.

Maybe if he puts this in a catchy song, the red states will take notice, along with their congressmen. I might just play Toby Keith on my radio show if he were to do that.

Somehow, I’d forgotten he was a Democrat… Write that song, Toby Keith. I’ll play it in Wyoming.

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