I've been so focused on blowing the lid on the idiocy over liberals making the Koch brothers their boogeymen that I missed a very interesting revelation on the Open Secrets all-time donor chart.
Look who is ranked at 81...
News Corp, that evil GOP corporate conglomerate that owns that GOP Public Relations firm we call Fox News gives more money to DEMOCRATS! Stick that in Sean Hannity's pipe and smoke it!
Liberals picked a REALLY bad time to argue about who puts money into politics, didn't they?Add a comment
My post exposing The Smoking Gun on the Koch Brothers Money Trail has had an interesting reaction from the left has been simultaneously disappointing and typical.
Basically, they think the charts that show conclusively that labor unions give WAY WAY WAY more money to politics than the new liberal boogeymen brothers are "misleading." (duh)
I haven't had too much in the way of an explanation of how this is true until today from a new liberal pal of mine on Twitter, who spoke up saying, "you mean THIS gun?" ↓
I apparently overlooked the individual donations of the Kochs, which are separate from Koch Industries. Not realizing this would be such a game changer to the big picture, I went ahead and rolled the individual contriubution amounts into the $11,002,235 kicked in by Koch Industries over the last 21 years that ranks them 83 out of 140 on the all-time donor list.
The new number is $13,845,380, which SKYROCKETS them ALLLLLLLL the way up to 61! Did you feel the G's on that one?
That new ranking changes virtually nothing, it would place Koch Industries ahead of a bunch of corporation, and only 3 unions.
Even if that kind of comingling of funds doesn't make sense, liberals still have to grapple with the hypocrisy of complaining about the Kochs contributing $2,843,145 to the political process over a 21 year period when the left's most photogenic billionaire ally, George Soros, spent more than one-third that ammount on ONE California ballot proposition in 2010 ALONE.
Then my friend sent me this chart ↓ ....
...which to the naked eye for the liberal guy looks like the Koch's spent triple what the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees spent in 2010, and that they actually started spending more than them starting in 2006.
Look at the scale on the "TOTALS" axis. In 2010 Koch industries spent about $2 million, the AFSCME spent almost 3 million. The comparisons just get worse from there, because 2010 was a record breaking year for the Koch's. Meanwhile, the AFSCME spent that and THEN some (especially in 2000 and 2002) EVERY YEAR but 1990.
So....I'm still trying to figure out what my liberal friend was trying to "show and tell" me. That he doesn't understand numbers? He doesn't know how to read charts?
Or maybe he was just trying to concede that I'm still right?Add a comment
Congressman Anthony Weiner is leading the charge to get Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to recuse himself when ObamaCare makes it to the high court. Thus making the case to overturn it DOA.
Megyn Kelly interviews him on this matter, and in the first minute or so destroys his entire argument. This launches him into a-hole, AKA "just bein' myself" mode, where he pretty much filibusters the rest of the interview so as to not make the mistake of letting her expose his idiocy further.
As you can see he not only fails, but he certainly didn't conduct himself in a way that would ingratiate himself with anyone who could've otherwise been persuaded. It's hard to understand how he could've conducted himself so stupidly. So I developed a little PSA to help people "get it"...
The important lesson from recent events is how imperative it is that DHS remains diligent and never rests in guarding every corner of the world from right-wing extremism, because that report they issued at the beginning of Obama's presidency (story here) is much more precient now than ever before.
A gunman shouting "Allahu Akbar" opened fire on a bus carrying U.S. airmen in Frankfurt, Germany, killing two and wounding two others before his gun jammed and he was subdued, officials said.
An ethnic Albanian from Kosovo was taken into custody and the FBI was heading an investigation because U.S. citizens were killed and to determine whether the shooting was an act of terrorism.
More at ABC News
I'm sure this was just some guy who's still pissed about ObamaCare, or maybe his cable company discontinued Fox News. I'm sure DHS has a standard M.O. on this guy so profiling him shouldn't be too difficult.
Then we have some crazy Tea Party peeps on the other side of the pond getting all crazy in Wisconsin, trying to pose as union demonstrators so they could fall under DHS's home grown extremeist radar. They're pretty devious. They even tried to mob a fellow Republican to show they "mean business."
I personally was impressed with their ability to fake worship the Democratic Assemblyman who told them to stand down like he was their master in obedience school. I guess you don't really need to study cows to know how to act like a mindless herd.
It has been almost two years since that report was issued. Now more than ever it's time for liberals to stand up and show the world that they're the ones that put the "ive" in "progressive."Add a comment
When I was in college I wrote a conservative opinion column for my school's newspaper (my presence prompted liberal letters-to-the-editor that accused the paper of having a conservative bias toward the NEWS, but that's a different story for another time). At the beginning of the 2004 Democratic presidential primaries I made a wisecrack about Dennis Kucinich looking like Gollum. The very next day (if memory serves) on Dennis Miller's short lived CNBC he made the very same joke (as anecdotal as this sounds the newspaper is time stamped).
I'm not saying this to claim credit for the inspiration. I KNOW that I did no such thing. I just think it's cool that people who get paid to be in the spotlight come up with the same wise-ass stuff I do. Especially when that person is a personal hero like Dennis Miller.
So this morning I learned nothing can snap me out of a newborn caused sleep-deprivation haze better than seeing headlines this morning at Memeorandum like the following:
I had so much fun at the beginning of February with inventing WaldObama...
So these headlines of the day were pleasantly surprising. Not because I think I'm being copied, I'm just stoked to see that as an amateur I can be on the same wavelength as the pros.Add a comment
Attorney General Holder has had 2 years to come up with why the Black Panthers in Philadelphia didn't face any consequences for voter intimidation in the 2008 election. This, apparently, was his best shot.
Holder's frustration over the criticism became evident during a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing as Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas) accused the Justice Department of failing to cooperate with a Civil Rights Commission investigation into the handling of the 2008 incident in which Black Panthers in intimidating outfits and wielding a club stood outside a polling place in Philadelphia.
The Attorney General seemed to take personal offense at a comment Culberson read in which former Democratic activist Bartle Bull called the incident the most serious act of voter intimidation he had witnessed in his career.
"Think about that," Holder said. "When you compare what people endured in the South in the 60s to try to get the right to vote for African Americans, and to compare what people were subjected to there to what happened in Philadelphia—which was inappropriate, certainly that…to describe it in those terms I think does a great disservice to people who put their lives on the line, who risked all, for my people," said Holder, who is black.
More at Politico
Ok, fine Attorney General Holder, even though what they did really was the same thing we'll say the Black Panthers actions at that polling place in 2008 wasn't as bad as what blacks in the South had to endure 50 years ago.
Now why did you go easy on them?
I'll take any excuse at this point...free fist pumping lessons, a discount on membership dues, they formed a taxpayer funded union...
I'd even accept this...
Maybe ignoring time and labor on this case was a result of the DOJ really just doing its part to pitch in and reduce the deficit.Add a comment
There are a lot of smart people on Capitol Hill. But none of them can claim quite the same brainy bragging rights as Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.).
On Monday, Holt beat IBM's super-computer, known as Watson, at a round of "Jeopardy!" at the Liaison Capitol Hill, part of an event organized by IBM.
For those unfamiliar with Watson, the interactive computer contains some of the the most cutting edge information processors in the world, and it recently beat all-time "Jeopardy!" champion Ken Jennings on TV.
More at The Hill
I know Watson beat Jennings, but if you want to be honest about it that's like saying the only thing that can cut a diamond is another diamond. This latest game at the capitol was a real litmus test for humanity, if a member of Congress can still outwit a computer then there is hope for us yet.
Yeah, ok, that idiot doesn't count because he resigned already.
I should note that the GOP congressman that competed against Watson didn't fare as well it or Holt, which means the questions were probably centered around stuff only a Democrat would know, like where to score an abortion, or how many dead felons voted for their party last November, or Helen Thomas's cup size.Add a comment
Obama official clarifies that he thinks it does nobody any good to vilify overpaid public employees because in the eyes of Democrats taxpayers count about as much as an unborn child.
Obama Administration responds to criticism it is being timid about a military response in Libya by reminding world it's keeping the military in a state of readiness in case it needs to respond to Fox News or the Koch brothers.Add a comment