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Article: GOP state senator in Colorado says it was “a good thing” that Aurora killer James Holmes had 100-round magazine   

A GOP state senator in Colorado says it was “a good thing” that Aurora killer James Holmes had 100-round magazine. Bernie Herpin, a state senator elected in the wake of gun control laws that spurred the recall of several Democratic senators, made the comments in support of his bill to overturn Colorado’s ban on extended magazines and drums like the one James Holmes used to kill and maim over 70 people.

But it’s apparently a “good thing” he had it.

What a disgusting, heinous person.

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Can’t we just exile this snowbilly to an unpopulated area of Alaska with no internet access? 
Oh, wait.
Last time she did that, we got a “reality” show. Shit.
But really. Over 25,000 people who clicked “like” on this racist drivel? I wish I could say I was shocked, but Sarah Palin will appropriate any possible occasion to remind you that SHE is a true American, not that Black man in the White House. She’s the type of person that says to her hairdresser with a wink, “WHITE House, amirite?! Get it? Eh?”
Yeah, Sarah. We get it. This is the message the GOP is sending. Auctioning off rifles in memory of MLK, Jr. and asking President Barack Obama to “stop playing the race card.” Christ, they love that King quote, but I’ll be damned if they get the context.

Can’t we just exile this snowbilly to an unpopulated area of Alaska with no internet access?

Oh, wait.

Last time she did that, we got a “reality” show. Shit.

But really. Over 25,000 people who clicked “like” on this racist drivel? I wish I could say I was shocked, but Sarah Palin will appropriate any possible occasion to remind you that SHE is a true American, not that Black man in the White House. She’s the type of person that says to her hairdresser with a wink, “WHITE House, amirite?! Get it? Eh?”

Yeah, Sarah. We get it. This is the message the GOP is sending. Auctioning off rifles in memory of MLK, Jr. and asking President Barack Obama to “stop playing the race card.” Christ, they love that King quote, but I’ll be damned if they get the context.

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Did you hear? I joined @Snapchat! For daily updates & behind-the-scenes footage follow: senatorrandpaul on the photo sharing app. I’m sending my first snap tonight.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. asking his fans to add him on Snapchat.

With Paul’s staffing history, I can see this going terribly wrong. And I’m not sure, but it might be some kind of violation of federal law to send unsolicited dick pics to a U.S. Senator. I’ll be curious to see how this plays out and if anyone actually adds him.

Facebook post here: https://facebook.com/RandPaul/posts/10152022425591107

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michelebachmann:

Tremendous honor to meet these WWII veterans this morning and help them gain access to their memorial.

“We’re very excited. It’s exactly what we wanted, and we got it.” — Michele Bachmann on the prospect of a government shutdown, Sept. 28th, 2013.
"This is about the happiest I’ve seen [U.S. House] members in a long time because we’ve seen we’re starting to win this dialogue on a national level." — Michele Bachmann on Sean Hannity’s show Wednesday night.
So while she smiles and poses for the camera with veterans, remember: Denying access to the memorial is exactly what the GOP wanted, until the camera is pointed at them.
Oh, and those vets? They may have access to their memorial, but within 30 days or less, they won’t have their pensions and disability payments. Veterans receiving the GI Bill are already affected, and services like new claims, receipt of death benefits, and burials in national cemeteries are being performed only intermittently — or not at all. 
Keep smiling, you heartless clown.

michelebachmann:

Tremendous honor to meet these WWII veterans this morning and help them gain access to their memorial.

“We’re very excited. It’s exactly what we wanted, and we got it.” — Michele Bachmann on the prospect of a government shutdown, Sept. 28th, 2013.

"This is about the happiest I’ve seen [U.S. House] members in a long time because we’ve seen we’re starting to win this dialogue on a national level." — Michele Bachmann on Sean Hannity’s show Wednesday night.

So while she smiles and poses for the camera with veterans, remember: Denying access to the memorial is exactly what the GOP wanted, until the camera is pointed at them.

Oh, and those vets? They may have access to their memorial, but within 30 days or less, they won’t have their pensions and disability payments. Veterans receiving the GI Bill are already affected, and services like new claims, receipt of death benefits, and burials in national cemeteries are being performed only intermittently — or not at all. 

Keep smiling, you heartless clown.

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For those who think the government shutdown affects just a few people, U.S. Uncut provides evidence to the contrary. This is happening in all 50 states. Some states have enough to last through the month. And some states have nothing with which to fund these programs. In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, new vouchers (worth an average of $55 a month) were not issued, and the agency has funds to operate for just ten days. 
From The Gazette:

The WIC program appears to be taking the brunt of the shutdown, at least for now, and for people such as Sarah Regan, 33, of Cedar Rapids, it means finding an alternative or going without.
Regan, who just delivered her baby Kendyl two weeks ago, is on unpaid maternity leave, and has been counting on WIC for core items like milk, bread, eggs and cheese through her pregnancy. When she showed up at the office for her appointment on Tuesday, she was surprised the government shutdown cost her her WIC payment.
“I knew there was a shutdown, but I did not realize it would affect everyone on a personal level,” Regan said. “We will just have to find another way to supplement our food, or just have to go without until it comes through. There’s no fall back. It’s just wait and see when this ends.”

And to think, according to a GOP congressman at a fundraiser, this was all to appease the Tea Party. Yet another case of kicking the poor to thrill the rich.

For those who think the government shutdown affects just a few people, U.S. Uncut provides evidence to the contrary. This is happening in all 50 states. Some states have enough to last through the month. And some states have nothing with which to fund these programs. In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, new vouchers (worth an average of $55 a month) were not issued, and the agency has funds to operate for just ten days

From The Gazette:

The WIC program appears to be taking the brunt of the shutdown, at least for now, and for people such as Sarah Regan, 33, of Cedar Rapids, it means finding an alternative or going without.

Regan, who just delivered her baby Kendyl two weeks ago, is on unpaid maternity leave, and has been counting on WIC for core items like milk, bread, eggs and cheese through her pregnancy. When she showed up at the office for her appointment on Tuesday, she was surprised the government shutdown cost her her WIC payment.

“I knew there was a shutdown, but I did not realize it would affect everyone on a personal level,” Regan said. “We will just have to find another way to supplement our food, or just have to go without until it comes through. There’s no fall back. It’s just wait and see when this ends.”

And to think, according to a GOP congressman at a fundraiser, this was all to appease the Tea Party. Yet another case of kicking the poor to thrill the rich.

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Appropriations provided under the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 (P.L. 113-6) expire at 11:59 pm tonight. Unfortunately, we do not have a clear indication that Congress will act in time for the President to sign a Continuing Resolution before the end of the day tomorrow, October 1, 2013. Therefore, agencies should now execute plans for an orderly shutdown due to the absence of appropriations. We urge Congress to act quickly to pass a Continuing Resolution to provide a short-term bridge that ensures sufficient time to pass a budget for the remainder of the fiscal year, and to restore the operation of critical public services and programs that will be impacted by a lapse in appropriations.

Agencies should continue to closely monitor developments, and OMB will provide further guidance as appropriate. We greatly appreciate your cooperation and the work you and your agencies do on behalf of the American people.

Official memo from The White House Office of Management and Budget, which has directed government agencies to officially shut down non-essential services at midnight.

At 11:59 PM EDT, the government shut down because the Republicans do not like a law passed three years ago by a congressional majority, under a president re-elected by a majority of electoral college votes and the people of the U.S., and which has the public support of a majority of Americans. And they do this because they claim the people have spoken. We’re MAKING them drive off this cliff, they’re screaming, “LOOK WHAT YOU MADE US DO!” — all because we won’t negotiate with economic terrorists.

NEWSFLASH: The people spoke in 2012, with the re-election of the president. They did when the Affordable Care Act passed in Congress. 

And they will when all of you in the U.S. House come up for election in 2014. 

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Michelle Obama Wants Kids To ‘Drink Up,’ Conservatives Now Hate Water

You know that jokey little joke bit of strategery some of us around here like to throw out whenever Obamz&Co come up with any kind of offering of opinion, or God forbid actual policy, and then are arbitrarily screamed at for being commie-fascist-welfare-taxer-Muslim-brothers-from-the-hood, no matter what the opinion was? We jokesters often like to posit that in response the prez should maybe come out in support of Republican ideas, like having another war (so close) or aborting things, or cuttin’ all these rich people’s taxes more than the less than zero they kinda pay now, or maybe just go ahead and kill Obamacare his ownself? And then maybe these haters of all things Oblackma would act like they have always been for taxing billionaires to pay for our abortion wars and we could get something done as a nation already?

Oh we have made ourselves laugh. But we are now thinking that mayhaps we were really and truly on to something? Because all Michelle Obama had to do was go out and tell some kid-folks that they should drink more water, and BAM! Water is now junk science (just like global warming) and no you should not drink it especially if she says so.

Yep.

Here’s the tl;dr version: 

Michelle Obama: “Hey folks, replace one sody-pop with water because that’s healthy!”

Conservatives: “FUCK YOUR PINKO WATER, COMMIE! P.S. Hey you poors — no fizz for you, you still can’t have nice things. Because poor.”

There’s some days I’m convinced we’re all being trolled. This is one of those days. Here’s exactly what I pictured:

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Texas GOP Candidate’s Top Adviser Tweets That Wendy Davis ‘Too Stupid To Be Governor’

A month after Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) came under fire for tweeting to thank a supporter for a sexist attack on a potential Democratic opponent, his chief strategist is following his lead…

The article slammed Davis’s gun views, identifying her as “Abortion Barbie,” and dismissed her as “even dumber than her fake blonde hair would imply.”

The Texas director for the Koch Brother’s Americans for Prosperity, Peggy Venable, admonished Carney that while she too believed Davis to be “out of step” with the views of Texas, it was “not an issue of Wendy Davis’ intelligence.”

Dear GOP,

Yes, you still have a problem with women.

Sincerely,

A majority of women

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Thank you, Nichole, very much for your well stated message dealing with marijuana. Living in the United States, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to experience many different tastes and preferences offered from one state to another. Some states have legalized gambling, and some have not. In Nevada, prostitution is perfectly legal while in all others it is not. Some states have provisions for same-sex marriages and some do not. If one does not believe in the second amendment and therefore wishes to have strict firearm limitations and registrations, there are states that restrict this second amendment right far more than Wyoming. And the list goes on and on. And now we finally have some states that legally allow the, growing and use of marijuana.

We are also extremely fortunate in this country that we can freely move from one state to another and reside in any community we wish. In other words people that prefer living in a state that promotes gambling and offers a complete menu of such can choose to live in states that have legal gambling. On the other hand people who don’t want to live in a gambling state can simply relocate and reside in a state the disallows gambling such as Wyoming.

The same goes for same-sex marriage and marijuana. If an individual American prefers a state that has adopted either one of these social options, or now, even both of them, (there are states that provide these two opportunities). In short, one can choose to reside in whichever state offers just the right combination of these and other forms of social conduct to best suit their tastes and preferences.

I and demographers in general are well aware of the fact that hundreds and hundreds of people have moved and continue to move into Wyoming because of our posture on these and many other economic and social attributes allowed and not allowed here. By the same token, there are no doubt hundreds of Wyoming citizens that have relocated to other states offering what they believe to be valuable amenities such as marijuana, same sex marriage, gun restrictions, prostitution, gambling etc. As a further example I would fully expect to see many Wyoming residents move to Colorado or Montana so that they may legally enjoy marijuana. It, in fact ocurred [sic] to me when reading your message that it was puzzling to learn that you chose Wyoming instead of Montana or Colorado that now celebrates their marijuana laws in open parks open to the public of all ages.

Thus, in short, there is no perceived need to make radical changes in these and other social phenomena in Wyoming since it is extremely easy for those seeking these changes to acquire them on their own elsewhere.

In addition, it is very important to note that any such potential change toward drug legalization would be met with much disfavor and even disgust among those hundreds and hundreds of people who have (or intend) to move to Wyoming from many of these other drug-permissive states - precisely because of our present posture.

I hope I have adequately explained my position on this matter. If not please let me know and I will explain further. Again, thank you for the message.

Sincerely,
Michael K. Madden
Dist. 40 Rep.

Wyoming Rep. Michael Madden’s reply to a constituent advocating for marijuana policy change.

Madden, a Republican, also called same-sex marriage an “amenity” and suggested that those who favor who gun restrictions, equal rights for LGBTQ people, and legal use of marijuana should just move. This is a man elected to represent all people in his district, and he’s telling them that he’d rather they leave the state than represent them. 

Drop him a line and educate him about the responsible, legal use of marijuana: Mike.Madden@wyoleg.gov

Also, let him know Wyoming is not his birthright, a la Hans Hunt. You’re a representative for your district, not just Republicans. You’re not a feudal lord, choosing peasants to banish. Do your job. There’s already too many elected officials in Wyoming who believe this claptrap — if you have a life in Wyoming, but want to change the policies of the state, don’t get involved in politics, just leave.

That’s not the position of a democratic republic, and it’s not a policy any government official should be comfortable endorsing — especially ones who are elected. Take five minutes and email him. Hell, tell him to move. I’m sure he can find somewhere backwards enough for his tastes with the “amenities” he seeks.

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