The Republican Cannon Fodder Weekly for September 21st 2012…

Below we present our weekly roundup of cannon fodder to fire at shamelessly sinister social Darwinist Republicans…

We attempt to showcase unique or enlightening perspectives but also feature a summary of hot-button in-case-you-missed-it issues…

To see a list of prior weeklys, click on ‘cannonfodder’ either in the “category list” in the right sidebar, or in the categories listed just below the title at the top of this page in the dark green bar.

Clickable Index to Topics


Top Articles of the Week…
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Lies, Lies, Lies: Repubs LUVS Lies…
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The Failure of Republican Policies for the 99%…
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The Republican Cesspool of Shameless Hypocrisy…
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The Many Evils of Republican Social Darwinism…
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Skeletons lurking in the Republican closet…
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Republican Global Ruining…
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Whatever…

Top Articles of the Week…

  • 10 Desperate and Depressed Conservative Reactions to Romney’s 47 Percent Moment. Some are standing by Romney, the few semi-smart ones are running away like he’s carrying Ebola: “Mitt who?”… Team Romney’s biggest problem continues to be Mitt Romney. It’s tough to build a campaign around a cartoonish 1-percenter whose CPU doesn’t appear to be programmed for human empathy and who lacks an effective filter between brain and lips.

  • Keep Wall Street Out of Our Waterways. For the investment banking industry, water-related death, drought and degradation aren’t calamities; they’re profit opportunities. “If you play it right,” says one hedge-fund adviser, “the results of this impending water crisis can be very good.”

  • “Who Votes Dirty” site Exposes Dirty Bird Legislators Voting for Dirty Energy, Dirty Air, Dirty Water, Dirty Money, Dirty Everything. One way to determine the legislators who vote against the best interests of you and yours. Another way is to look for that telltale ‘R’ behind their names. For me, I can spot them on site just by their mean white guy or crazy white bitch or traitorous Uncle Tom looks…

  • Fact-Checked: Romney’s ’47%’ Of Non-Taxpaying Americans From Red States. The man born with a silver foot in his mouth has once again found himself amid a Rick Perry “oops” moment of PR despair following some reportedly “off the cuff” remarks he made in a video in what appeared to be a speech to his base (corporate welfare queens). The remarks that the Obama campaign are now seizing on with absolute glee involved Romney telling a group of equally entitled rich pricks that “47 percent of the country doesn’t pay taxes.”

  • Highlights You Missed From the Secret Romney Video. By now you’ve probably heard about the secret video exposing a bunch of real talk from Mitt Romney as he dined with rich Republican donors. But the hour-plus footage, which left the Romney campaign reeling and provoked a full-blown eruption of “chaos on Bullshit Mountain”, is a real embarrassment of riches, as it were. Here are some telling moments that you may not have seen yet from Romney’s unvarnished Q&A behind closed doors: Mocking immigration in the United States; Falsely claiming that the Fed is buying “three-quarters” of America’s debt; Predicting easy dividends from his anticipated victory on November 6; Cracking jokes about Latino voters and Elizabeth Warren; Making enemies on the late-night talk show circuit; Joking about media strategy and his reputation as a “rich, rich guy”; On the 47 percent of Americans he regards as moochers; On the “almost unthinkable prospects” for Mideast peace.

  • Yet Another Republican Conspiracy Theory Bites the Dust: “Fast and Furious” Exonerated. A Fortune mag investigation reveals that the ATF never intentionally allowed guns to fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. How the world came to believe just the opposite is a tale of rivalry, murder, and political bloodlust.

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    Lies, Lies, Lies: Repubs LUVS Lies…

  • Yet another “study” proving tax cuts for the rich do NOT work. Why do they keep doing more studies on the bogus fallacy of trickle down economics when it has been proven over and over that funneling more wealth up to the already wealthy only gives the wealthy more trillions to hoard in their offshore tax-evading banks? All you have to do is simply ponder that the Clinton admin raised taxes and the economy grew and the deficit was eradicated, and compare the ensuing Gee Wiz Booosh tax cut giveaways to the wealthy led to trillion dollar deficits and the current recession we have been working to dig out of. Yet, Republicans are campaigning on the blatant lie that even deeper tax cuts for the wealthy are in order, but that we need to raise taxes on the financially pillaged middle class, further pummeling the spending engine of the American economy. Sheer utter madness from sinister assholes…

  • Republican Monkey See Republican Monkey Do: This Is What A ‘Post-Truth’ Campaign Looks Like. I’m-right-they’re-wrong Paul Ryan copycat: “I don’t care what Fact Check says,” as if that were a perfectly normal phrase to expect from a sitting Congressman. To be fair, the only people who disagree with Rep. Peter King on this one are those hacks over at The Washington Post, FactCheck.org, and PolitiFact.

  • Siemens Lays Off Wind Workers, Citing Expiring Tax Credit Romney Wants To Kill. Get ready to “face palm”: and Romney Campaign Blames Obama

  • The Big, Fat Lie Behind Romney’s Absurd 47% Argument. Mitt Romney’s narrative — long-popular among wrong-wing bloggers and talk-radio squawkers — that 47 percent of households pay no federal income taxes and 53 percent do is the least honest, least factual talking point to ever be taken seriously in our political discourse for a number of reasons. First and foremost among them is this: it’s just not true.

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    The Failure of Republican Policies for the 99%…

  • Republicans Want Grad Students to Starve. The House hearing was not really about protecting private universities’ “freedom of speech” or keeping costs down for students as higher-education officials have been claiming. The hearing was politically motivated. As Citizen Vox says, the NLRB is not (as House Republicans claim) trampling on the “sacred ground” of private universities and colleges but carrying out its mission, “to protect the rights of employees and employer” — and, I would add, of students and those who teach them in our colleges and universities.

  • Why Taxing The 47 Percent Would Put Millions Into Poverty. Mitt Romney and Tim Kaine aren’t the only politicians who have a problem with poor and middle class people paying no income tax. In April, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor worried “[O]ver 45 percent of the people in this country don’t pay income taxes at all, and we have to question whether that’s fair. Part of the problem is today, only 53% pay any federal income tax at all; 47% pay nothing,” said Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) last July, ahead of her presidential primary candidacy. “We need to broaden the base so that everybody pays something…”

  • House GOP Votes to Transfer Tens of Thousands of Acres of Minnesota PUBLIC LANDS for MINING. [Last week] the House of Representatives voted 225-189 to pass a bill authorizing a controversial land transfer that would almost certainly result in the mining of public lands in Minnesota’s Superior National Forest. These lands have numerous other values like hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and recreation.

  • New Atmospheric Compound Impacts Climate, Human Health. For all we know about climate change and the Earth’s atmosphere, it’s amazing how much more there is to learn. Earlier this month, a team of researchers led by University of Colorado’s Roy “Lee” Mauldin III announced the discovery of a brand new atmospheric compound tied to both climate change and human health.

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    The RepubLICKin Art of Shameless Hypocrisy…

  • GOP to Jobless Vets: Drop Dead. Republicans feed them into the military industrial war machine complex and if they make it out alive? As if to underscore Mitt Romney’s indifference to the 47 percent, his Republican Party colleagues in the US Senate used a procedural vote Wednesday to block a $1 billion bipartisan bill that would have given tens of thousands of jobless military vets the opportunity to work.

  • Bill Clinton Was Right That Dems Create More Jobs Than GOPers — and Here’s the Scoreboard for Good Jobs Making Real Things. Dems don’t just beat the Republicans in overall jobs; they do much better creating manufacturing jobs.

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    The Evils of Republican Social Darwinism and Racism…

  • Who Doesn’t the Tea Party Hate? Now It’s Military Families. Republicans’ hostility toward military families continues. It’s not enough that they warmonger without acknowledging the real lives that hang in the balance. Now they are targeting the children of those in service as well.

  • Romney demands that seniors take personal responsibility. Romney’s message is that in order to lower taxes [even more] for his wealthy friends he will demand that retirees who worked hard, played by the rules, saved for retirement and counted on the promise of Social Security and Medicare, take personal responsibility and pay higher taxes, receive less in Social Security and trade in the promise of Medicare for Ryan’s Vouchercare, ending Medicare as we know it.

  • Texan Lynches Invisible Obama. Burnt Orange Report published a picture of a chair hanging from a tree in front of a house in Austin, Texas. In a dark twist on Clint Eastwood’s empty chair meme, it appears the resident, Bud Johnson, lynched the chair as an effigy of President Obama. When asked about the unnerving racist display, Johnson, a Republican, responded, “I don’t really give a damn whether it disturbs you or not. You can take [your concerns] and go straight to hell and take Obama with you. I don’t give a shit. If you don’t like it, don’t come down my street.” Another chair was lynched last week in Virginia.

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    Skeletons lurking quietly in the Republican closet…

  • Why WOULDN’T Romney Roll Back New MPG Standards! Dumping Obama’s 54.5 mpg fuel efficiency rules is far easier said than done. The only way is to effectively disband the EPA [which Republicans have also vowed to do]. Mitt Romney has come out strongly against the Obama administration’s newest fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks–rules his campaign calls extreme. The Republican presidential nominee says that if he takes office next year, he’ll consider [sic] rolling back the fuel standards…

  • 5 Ways A Romney Supreme Court Could Crush YOU and YOURS. The Center for American Progress has this look at how the nation’s high court could change under the next presidential administration. The differences are not just stunning, they are a reminder of just how much is on the line this election. With four sitting Supreme Court justices over the age of 70, and with the court so closely divided, one or two judicial appointments could significantly shift the American legal landscape. Consider the difference between the kinds of justices President Obama would nominate versus Mitt Romney on the following issues…

  • WINDS OF WAR. Romney and his Bush neocon inner circle stoke the Israeli War Winds.

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    Republican Global Ruining…

    So many morons, so little time: there has been talk of spinning off just this one subtopic into it’s own report, and even making it a daily report at that, to try to keep up with the stupid Republican destructorama of their life support system (anyone out there interested? we could give you our HTML template, or you could try one of those new automatic “online newspaper” blogs like this one)…

  • House Republicans Push Bills This Week To Dismantle Environmental Laws. The GOP combines a number of measures that have already passed the House to curtail policies that Republicans contend will thwart coal-mining and coal-fired power generation. It would nix the Environmental Protection Agency’s power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and take aim at other air pollution rules; restrict planned EPA rules governing management and disposal of coal ash, a waste product from coal plants; and restrict potential Interior Department rules on coal-mining wastes; among other provisions.

  • Republicans Campaign Against War on Coal. House Republicans are set to play a familiar theme this week before heading out to campaign for the November election, trying to head off rules from the Environmental Protection Agency to curb pollution.

  • “In the same way there is no safe number of cigarettes a person can smoke, there is no safe level of air pollution a person can bring breathe”. Ignoring the reality that Americans are tired of costly, counterproductive wars, driven by disinformation and deceit, the GOP has launched war on the EPA. To attack the EPA as “job killing” is as much a con game as was attacking Iraq for non-existent weapons of mass destruction. Justifying themselves as wanting to eliminate regulations of “mass job destruction”, this year the Republican controlled House has passed 168 measures that would weaken or gut core provisions of the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts.

  • Fracking: Boom or Doom [there are FIVE pages to the article]. America’s hydraulic fracturing gold rush portends the greatest [um, shouldn’t that be WORST!?!] environmental disaster of a generation.

  • Obama vs. Romney: A Stark Contrast on the Environment. As the U.S. presidential campaign enters its final phase, Yale Environment 360 compares the sharply divergent views of President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney on the environment and energy.

  • Offshore Wind On The Atlantic Cost Could Create 300,000 Jobs And $200 Billion In Economic Activity. America has some of the best offshore wind resources in the world — especially along the Atlantic coastline. But while the promise is massive, zero turbines are currently spinning in U.S. waters. And dirty energy industry’s paid puppet Republicans are out to see that it stays that way, they are out to kill the move towards renewable clean energy…

  • The Social Cost of Carbon: How to Do the Math. [A] new paper published in the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences concludes that the costs of carbon pollution and related climate change are vastly greater — possibly two to 12 times as much. The problem, the authors argue, is that the federal government is not adequately taking into account the impacts of climate change on future generations.

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  • Tell PBS NewsHour: Don’t Promote Climate Change Denial. On September 17th, PBS Newshour provided an unchecked platform for Anthony Watts, a virulent climate change denier funded by the [dirty energy industry] Heartland Institute. This is the kind of reporting we expect from Fox News, not PBS. Please join us in calling on the PBS ombudsman to immediately investigate how this segment came to be aired and recommend corrective action to make sure a journalistic abomination like this never happens again.

  • Chemical BPA Linked to Obesity in Children. Republican deregulation of chemicals results in the chemical BPA in food, plastic products, and now on cash register receipts. BPA is now linked to obesity in children, making them sluggish, turning them into dumber lemmings to believe GOP lies and vote for them, not to mention feed the vulture capitalist corporate profits for big food and big med to treat the illnesses and disease from obesity… A new study indicates that white children exposed to high levels of bisphenol A are five times more likely to be obese than children with low levels.

  • On Environment: How Would Jesus Vote? Rick Santorum expressed his view: “We were put on this Earth as creatures of God to have dominion over the Earth… for our benefit not for the Earth’s benefit.” The typical Republican evangelical vulture capitalist, just go ahead and mindlessly destroy the environment…

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    The Republican Cannon Fodder Weekly for September 14th 2012…

    Below we present our weekly roundup of cannon fodder to fire at dirty shameless social Darwinist Republicans…

    We attempt to showcase unique or enlightening perspectives but also feature a summary of hot-button in-case-you-missed-it issues…

    To see a list of prior weeklys, click on ‘Republican fodder’ in the “category list” in the sidebar.

    Clickable Index to Topics


    Top Articles of the Week…
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    Lies, Lies, Lies: Repubs LUVS Lies…
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    The Failure of Republican Policies for the 99%…
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    The Republican Cesspool of Shameless Hypocrisy…
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    The Evils of Republican Social Darwinism…
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    Skeletons lurking in the Republican closet…
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    Republican Global Ruining…
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    Whatever…



    Top Articles of the Week…

  • Which Party is Best for the Economy? It’s Not Even Close…

  • New Study Finds High-Income Tax Cuts Don’t Stimulate Economic Growth. A new study??? How many times do they have to prove that supply side trickle down economics was a bogus farce? Simply look at the Clinton years and the Gee Wiz Booosh years and you can see very clearly what a blatanly obvious lie it is to funnel the wealth up to the already wealthy into their offshore accounts where it won’t be taxed, while taking that wealth away from the middle class spending engine that drives the economy

  • Confessions of a Former Republican. I used to be a serious Republican, moderate and business-oriented, who planned for a public-service career in Republican politics. But I am a Republican no longer. I always imagined that I was full of heart, but it turned out that I was oblivious. Like so many Republicans, I had assumed that society’s losers had somehow earned their desserts [social Darwinism]. As I came to recognize that poverty is not earned or chosen or deserved, and that our use of force is far less precise than I had believed, I realized with a shock that I had effectively viewed whole swaths of the country and the world as second-class people.

  • Right-Wing Zealots That Would Blow Up the World for Political Gain. Step back from the news cycle a moment and what you see is a week in which toxic, wildly irresponsible right-wingers have been trying to set a series of fires around the world, stoking their mythical “clash of civilizations” out of religious bigotry or for political gain, or a little bit of both.

  • Romney’s Fatal Libya Blunder. How can nearly half the nation be in favor of having this blundering halfwit in the White House, anywhere near the red phone at 3 a.m.???

  • What Rmoney and the wrong-wing-nutjobs really stand for.. Conservatism in this country has changed big time in the past decade. There are no more conservative values. Because of this I feel that Rmoney does not have a chance in hell of winning.

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    Lies, Lies, Lies: Repubs LUVS Lies…

  • Pants On Fire Mitt Romney tells 616 Lies in 33 Weeks. That can’t be right. That’s only 18.6666667 lies per day. And everything he says is a lie. He’s gotta be sayin more than 19 things per day. Must be Romney campaign trying to downplay his serial lie-fest… And what about Ryan? He’s got to be the record holder. Interesting thing is, you don’t see nothin like this about the Dems, not that any politician can’t be expected to stray from the path of truth once in a while…

  • Romney’s Economic Plan Includes $6.6 Trillion Tax Cut For The Rich And Corporations. Got that? OK, now at this link > Romney Says His Plan To Cut Taxes On The Rich Doesn’t Actually Cut Taxes On The Rich. The jerk is a serial liar, standard Wrong Wing Wacko policy, just say anything, maybe some gullible fools will be subliminally deceived

  • Do We Really Want The World That We Had Under These Guys?. This is good, a flashback video to the Gee Wiz Booosh years, and how “those guys” that worked for Booshy now work as advisers for Romney — the same guys that these days don’t seem to have enough brains to “advise” their loose-cannon rich-boy loud-mouth candidate to put a lid on it and remove his head from his rear end…

  • Prioritizing Deficit Reduction Over Important Investments Is Completely Misguided In This Economy. Making debt and deficit reduction our nation’s top priority while the economy is still recovering from the Great Recession is a completely misguided strategy for growth, University of Michigan economist Betsey Stevenson said Wednesday. Instead of pursuing deficit reduction, policymakers should be taking advantage of historically low borrowing costs to make investments into strategic investments into education, infrastructure, and other areas,.. But, Republicans wouldn’t want any positive effects on the economy right now, and private-jetters don’t need to be concerned about infrastructure, and “higher education is just for liberal snobs”.

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    The Failure of Republican Policies for the 99%…

  • Republican Leader Finally Admits That Federal Spending Cuts KILL JOBS. Is this idiot on drugs (well, of course he is)? Admitting one of their incessantly spewed lies is bogus does not conform to the dogged Republican doctrine. What’s up with that?

  • Austerity and the GOP in Power. Republican state governments show what a GOP President might do. Watch full multipart Austerity Hawks Want a Return to 1920’s Capitalism

  • The Mess an Elephant Leaves Behind. As Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan roll out the “Management Consultants 2012!” tour, and as the Koch Brothers prepare to spend millions on an ad campaign blaming the national debt on President Obama, Republicans are making deficits and the debt central to their campaign.

  • The ‘No More Solyndras Act’: House Republicans Want To Turn A Good Program Into A Bad One. The do-nothing obstructionist Republican congress wastes time on their pet ‘No More Solyndras Act’ which they know won’t pass the Senate, all as a political move heading toward the election… Shouldn’t that backfire against them, that they are doing something in a partisan political agenda that will do nothing beneficial for the country…

  • Romney and Ryan’s Economic Plan: Don’t Do Anything That Would Help the Economy! Their only substantive policy proposals require spending cuts on a level that would surely boost unemployment by cutting government jobs and subtracting government demand from the economy.

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    The Republlican Art of Shameless Hypocrisy…

  • 10 Rankest Hypocrisies of Mitt Romney and the Republican Party. The hyper-hypocrisy of today’s GOP has spread through the party’s bloodstream.

  • New Study Finds High-Income Tax Cuts Don’t Stimulate Economic Growth. Or, the falacious myth of trickle down / supply side economics revisited, again… Why, we don’t know, because that silly smokescreen has been proven to fail in real life, several times…

  • Austerity measures in economic slowdown proven counter productive. And that is exactly why Republicans have been attempting to do just that, throttling your economic well being just to make the president look bad…

  • The Failure of Supply-Side Economics (another DUHUH).

  • How Bain Capital And Mitt Romney Profited From The 9/11 Tragedy. A new report by Politicker’s Hunter Walker helps explain why Romney shies from defending his firm’s practices. In addition to buying companies — often strong companies that could be loaded with debt, Bain also invested in firms that could wring profit from crisis.

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    The Evils of Republican Social Darwinism…

  • Middle class sinks to all-time low in 2011. Financial inequality is at an all time high, even worse than the disparity before the depression, which was triggered by that same financial inequality. All nations that have ever mindlessly dared to enter into such disparity met their downfall because of it, yet Republicans continue to push for more tax cuts for the wealthy while encumbering the middle class with increased taxes…

  • Inequality rising — AND — Rand Paul blocks jobs bill for veterans all by his soul-less, shame-less, mind-less, selfish self. Yes, there are two relatively unrelated thingys covered in this short article. Someone at Think Progress must have had a rough night…

  • Speaking at Values Voter Summit, Paul Ryan Gives Stamp of Approval to Bigotry. People For the American Way today challenged the Romney campaign for its decision to send vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan to speak today at the Values Voter Summit, an event organized by groups that regularly push false and demeaning smears about gays and lesbians, Muslim-Americans and others. These groups also push extreme anti-woman policies, including defending Todd Akin after his “legitimate rape” comments. By speaking at the Values Voter Summit, Paul Ryan sends a clear message: a Romney-Ryan administration has decided to embrace the entrenched bigotry advocated by the farthest of the far right [wrong-wing-wackos]…

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    Skeletons lurking quietly in the Republican closet…

  • How Republicans Plan to Steal the 2012 Election. The Republicans don’t just aim to steal elections in one way. They have a variety of sinister methods to mug democracy. This explains a few of their typical evil plots…

  • Mitt Romney Has Consistently Supported The Privatization Of Social Security. On page 160 of his book, No Apology, published in 2010, Romney again hinted at support for privatization: “Individual retirement accounts offer a fourth option, one that would allow today’s wage earners to direct a portion of their Social Security tax to a private account rather than go entirely to pay the benefits of current retirees.”

  • GOP pushes bill to quash EPA’s international climate efforts. An Environmental Protection Agency official said during a Tuesday hearing that a House Republican-sponsored bill would “cripple” the agency’s ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This concern failed to change the Republicans’ minds.

  • Paul Ryan Falls Apart When Asked How Romney Will Pay for Tax Cuts for the Rich. Paul Ryan fell apart Sunday on ‘This Week’ when George Stephanopoulos asked the deer in headlights vice presidential nominee how Mitt Romney will pay for $5 trillion in tax cuts for the rich. Ryan’s answer on how he and Romney would pay for $5 trillion in tax cuts for the wealthy was trust us.

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    Republican Global Ruining…

  • Republican Meterologist To Romney: Top 10 Reasons The GOP Needs To Accept The Climate Reality. But denying climate change won’t help any American family or our fledgling economy. And looking at the world with carbon-colored glasses, or using Solyndra as an excuse to snub renewables and clean-tech, is not only short-sighted, but makes America less competitive on the world stage. According to the World Economic Forum, America’s global competitiveness fell from 1st to 7th place since 2007. Should we just accept that most breakthrough energy technologies are originating in China and Europe, where there is no more “debate” about climate trends? Why is America [actually, it’s just REPUBLICAN Americans DENYING global warming to get BRIBES from the DIRTY ENERGY industries] still questioning the science?

  • International Drilling Trade Group Calls Romney’s Plan To Turn Over Federal Lands To States Populist Raw Meat. Mitt Romney’s energy plan is devoted almost exclusively to increasing consumption of fossil fuels — completely ignoring dire warnings from scientists and energy experts that the “door is closing” on our ability to avoid irreversible, catastrophic climate change. Along with the environmental limitations of continuing our reliance on carbon-based resources, the Romney energy plan falsely claims the U.S. can become energy independent and lower prices simply through increased production of fossil fuels — an impossible goal in a global market. Calling such goals a pipe dream, Michael Levi, a leading energy expert with the Council on Foreign Relations said, “the Romney plan overpromises on results while ignoring many of the biggest energy problems the U.S. faces.”

  • Gov. Romney And Rep. Paul Ryan Want To Drill, Slash, And Sell Our Public Lands. Mitt Romney told The Reno Gazette-Journal earlier this year that he doesn’t know “the purpose of ” public lands. Presidents since Theodore Roosevelt have realized the many purposes of public lands. They support our nation’s energy sector, provide clean air and clean water, and serve a critical role in preserving our heritage as a nation. Protecting parks, monuments, and other wilderness areas stimulates hundreds of thousands of jobs from recreation and tourism alone. Yet Romney apparently thinks our 700 million acres of federal public lands serve no obvious purpose… We examined the plans of the two [Republican] candidates alongside their previous votes and policy positions, discovering that, for them, the purpose of public lands is: More access for oil and gas drilling and less investment in cleaner alternative energy sources; The sale of public lands rather than further conservation for future enjoyment and job creation; Less public access to public lands due to ill-considered budget cuts rather than investments in our parks and wilderness areas to boost local economies and jobs. In short, the public lands policies of Gov. Romney and Rep. Ryan would be disastrous for the 700 million acres of federal public lands that belong to all of us.

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    Whatever…

  • How to make congress work again? No Labels is a group of Republicans, Democrats and Independents who want our government to work again. Our dozen proposals to Make Congress Work! mostly don’t require new laws or new spending, and they don’t favor any party or particular cause. These are simple, straightforward proposals to break gridlock, promote constructive discussion and reduce polarization in Congress. They can mostly be adopted all at once when the next Congress convenes in January 2013.

  • Making Our Middle Class Stronger. 35 Policies to Revitalize America’s Middle Class.

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    The Republican Cannon Fodder Weekly for September 7th 2012…

    Below we present our weekly roundup of cannon fodder to fire at sinister social Darwinist Republicans…

    We attempt to showcase unique or enlightening perspectives but also feature a summary of hot-button in-case-you-missed-it issues…

    To see a list of prior weeklys, click on ‘Republican fodder’ in the “category list” in the left sidebar.

    Clickable Index to Topics


    Top Articles of the Week…
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    The Republican Cesspool of Shameless Hypocrisy…
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    The Evils of Republican Social Darwinism, Racism, and Creationschism…
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    Lies, Lies, Lies: Repubs LUVS Lies…
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    The Failure of Republican Policies for the 99%…
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    Skeletons lurking in the Republican closet…
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    The War on Women by Repugnant Republicans…
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    Republican Global Ruining…
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    Whatever…

    Top Articles of the Week…

  • Austerity Hawks press for 1920’s inequality that triggered depression. There’s two stories. One is about a battle between or within elites, which is important in the 1930s. But there’s a more serious battle, which is between the elites together and the middle class and the working people in the United States. And it’s all relevant to this whole idea about the battles over austerity and the deficit.

  • Are You Better Off Now than 4 Years Ago? For anyone with a short memory, here are some headlines from 2008 that bring it all back into focus how 8 years of Republican Robber Barrons endangered the nation…

  • How Big Business Is Buying the Election. Link to Move to Amend to undo “corporations are people” ruling: We the People, Not We the Corporations.

  • What Bill Clinton Said at DNC — Read it Here. And you’ll never lose another argument with Republicans…

  • Clinton: ‘There Is Not A Single Solitary Example’ Of A Country That Has Succeeded With A Tea Party Philosophy. Former President Bill Clinton blasted the “non-fact-based political debate” surrounding the Republican primary race and Tea Party economic policies which advocate for limited government services and low taxation.

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    The Republlican Art of Shameless Hypocrisy…

  • Republicans and the Debt. They built it. They own it. They want to make it worse. Don’t be fooled by the two giant U.S. National Debt clocks at the Republican convention. The clocks were as disingenuous as the crazed Right-wings attack dogs…

  • Paul Ryan Quietly Requested Obamacare Cash. In public, Ryan has cultivated a profile as one of health reform’s most outspoken critics. He savages the Affordable Care Act as an example of “Washington’s reckless spending spree,” as “irresponsible,” and has warned repeatedly that it would place the “federal government squarely in the middle of health-care decisions.” On December 10, 2010, Ryan penned a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services to recommend a grant application for the Kenosha Community Health Center, Inc to develop a new facility in Racine, Wisconsin, an area within Ryan’s district…

  • 11 Things The GOP Doesn’t Want You To Know About The Deficit. More debunking, of biiiig a Republican lie…

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    The Evils of Republican Social Darwinism, Racism, and Creationschism…

  • Reasons We Need to Protect America from Texas Politicians. It looks like the influence of Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and the rest of the right-wing nutcase-creation machine might have tipped Texas Republicans over the edge and into dangerous territory. Their politicians are flying right off the rails. Is it time to think about setting up border checkpoints around Texas to protect ourselves? Even better, maybe we should just build a big fence around the state to keep their elected officials in.

  • The GOP’s Disgusting New Southern Strategy: Take the Vote Away from Blacks, Roll Back the Civil Rights Movement. The GOP’s war on voting rights isn’t new. It harks back to past efforts to alter the political process.

  • Going Undercover at the GOP’s Voter Vigilante Project to Disrupt the November Election. The Republican True the Vote project is a well-funded scheme with training sessions for activists across the country. True the Vote is a voting vigilante group that never should have grown past its Texas cowboy-meets-Tea Party justice roots. Its top leaders have a jaunty, string ‘em up, guilty-until-proven-innocent mindset. They represent the most extreme views on the Right when it comes to voting

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    Lies, Lies, Lies: Repubs LUVS Lies…

  • Five Things You Should Know About Solyndra During The 2012 Campaign. If you’ve been paying attention to the issue over the last year, you’ve likely heard the name “Solyndra” so many times it makes you nauseous. If you’re wondering what the GOP claims on Solyndra are all about, here are some facts to put the issue in context.

  • Mainstream News is Censored Propaganda. Important article from the NY Times demonstrating how real journalism covering the criminal political elite in America is basically dead. Even better, is Glenn Greenwald’s article at Salon slamming the complete joke that is the mainstream media. If it isn’t outright lies, it’s smokescreens, downplaying, or deceptions by omission…

  • Bernie Sanders slays GOP ”debt” monster with 5 minutes of pure common sense. Debunking just one of a mountain of Republican lies…

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    The Failure of Republican Policies for the 99%…

  • A visual on how employment plummeted under Bush and recovered under Obama.

  • The American Jobs Act that Republicans killed last year. Independent analysis projected the American Jobs Act, which was fully paid for, could create as many as 2 million jobs in 2012. But it didn’t because the desire of obstructionist Republicans was to keep the economy in recession to make Obama look bad… NO JOBS FOR YOU!

  • Some conservatives doing about-face on financial deregulation. Republicans repeatedly claim government regulation is to blame for our economic problems. But one Republican with solid conservative credentials says GOP policies are wrong. “I was an advocate of the deregulation movement and I made … a fundamental mistake, which is that deregulation works fine in industries which do not pervade the economy in their consequences. The financial industry undergirds the entire economy and if it is made riskier by deregulation and collapses and causes widespread bankruptcies the entire economy freezes,”

  • Hoarding: The Economic Policy of #lyinRyan conservatives. Paul Ryan is a devout follower of two things: The Catholic faith, and Supply-Side economics. His belief in that economic theory puts him at odds with his own religion when it comes to taking care of the poor and indigent, but regardless of that self-contradiction, Ryan’s stated economic goals fall right in line with other fellow Supply-Siders…. But what thirty or more years of this economic theory has wrought is anything but prosperity from the top-down.

  • GOP plans for health care would hurt the elderly, poor. The Republican Party’s economic plan purports to save Medicare and Medicaid, create millions of jobs through tax cuts and deregulation and remove loopholes in the tax code. Unfortunately, not one of these claims is valid.

  • Biggest Loser: Eric Cantor. Bob Woodward’s new book, The Price of Politics, is one of the first history books about last summer’s debt crisis and how close the world came to being sent into financial chaos. One person has to to come out looking worse for wear, and it seems to be Eric Cantor.

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    Skeletons lurking quietly in the Republican closet…

  • Way To Go, GOP! Keep Those Teen Pregnancies Coming. In other words, Republicans want to ensure that our students don’t learn about safe sex practices, because if they learn that stuff, they will take it as a go-ahead to have sex morning, noon and night. No, no, no. The only thing kids need to know about sex is that they shouldn’t have it.

  • GOP Platform Declares Medicaid Unconstitutional. Republican politicians seized upon a distorted vision of the Constitution’s Tenth Amendment that would leave America nearly incapable of governing itself…top Republicans have claimed that everything from Social Security to Medicare to federal disaster relief to national child labor laws all violate the Constitution. A similarly erroneous vision of the Constitution has now infected the GOP’s party platform.

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    The War on Women by Repugnant Republicans…

  • Way To Go, GOP! Keep Those Teen Pregnancies Coming. Republicans want to ensure that our students don’t learn about safe sex practices, because if they learn that stuff, they will take it as a go-ahead to have sex morning, noon and night. No, no, no. The only thing kids need to know about sex is that they shouldn’t have it. And how is that working out for us?

  • What a Republican Future Would Mean for Women’s Health. Last week at the 2012 Republican National Convention, the party made its official stance on women’s health perfectly clear: Outlawing abortion is much more important than protecting a woman’s fundamental right to quality, affordable health care, her ability to have a safe pregnancy, and her access to family planning.

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    Republican Global Ruining…

  • The Romney-Ryan Ticket: TRASHING The Clean Energy Future. Despite pledging to protect American employment, Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney opposes critical clean energy policies that will encourage investment and create jobs on American soil.

  • Stealth Deregulation: The Untold Story. Whenever possible, Republican presidents have pursued a policy of widespread deregulation. They have used a variety of stealth tactics to undermine important financial, environmental, consumer and workplace regulations.

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    Whatever…

  • RandPaul2016 and his radical “New Israel” concept. Rand Paul is running for president in 2016 and is said to have radical plans such as the “New Israel” concept. His idea is to give up on the expensive middle east conflict and relocate all Israeli citizens to the American west giving them public lands as their own separate independent domain as a Commonwealth of the United States. Not a bad idea actually, but unlikely Israeli’s would go along with it, although it is said that Rand Paul would give them no option and would end all U.S. support of Israel in the middle east by 2020…

  • Claiming The Clean Energy Future: A Seven-Point Action Plan For Repowering America. Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention last week ought to serve as an urgent wake-up call to anyone that cares about America’s energy, environmental, and economic future. At the podium, Romney chided President Obama on global warming, and his hoped-for GOP administration is advancing an “energy independence” plan built much more on the polluting industries of the past than the innovative clean technologies of the present and future.

  • In America, when reality is distasteful we ignore it. We Distract Ourselves With Petty Spectacles While the World Goes to Hell…

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    Are white blue-collar Americans brain dead? Most seem blind to the train headed down the rails they are laying on…

    The USA Today editorial piece for September 7th touched on how white, blue-collar voters favor Romney over Obama by a wide margin.

    Never mind the racists in that segment of the populace, never mind those with socially conservative views on abortion, gay marriage, and gun control. We get that.

    But what about the Romney/Ryan/Republican social Darwinism that calls for giving all the breaks to the 1% and increasing the financial burden on 99%.

    What about the openly stated return to the policies of the Bush administration which trashed a thriving economy, funneled massive wealth up to the wealthy increasing inequality, threw the economy into a recession, sent millions of white blue-collar workers into unemployment and foreclosure, and turned the surplus economy into a 16 trillion dollar deficit by concocting two wars and not paying for them and rather giving egregious tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans…

    But the new Republican plan is not just a return to above-noted dangerous policies.

    No, to all of that, add the new proven-wrong “austerity” measures (proven again most recently to not work in Europe) to give even more record low tax cuts to the rich, increase taxes on the white blue-collar middle class, and do away with medicare and social security, while continuing the tea party massacre of trashing public workers — most of which are white blue-collar middle class workers — and thereby also reducing services and safety for the white blue-collar middle class

    Never mind the fact that white blue-collar Americans have been pumelled into the worst financial inequality in the history of the country by mindless reverse-Robin-Hood Republican Robber-Barron policies — worse even than that just before the Great Depression which was triggered by said inequality — nor the fact that the new reverse-Robin-Hood Republican Robber-Barron policies are even more shamelessly rapacious than that of the Bush administration on white blue-collar Americans

    It’s simple, it’s blatantly obvious, it can’t be any clearer:

    • Republicans — Romney and especially Ryan — are the plutocratic puppets of corporations and the wealthy elite and are now hell bent on implementing “you are on your own” policies that sacrifice the well being and livelyhood of white blue-collar Americans.

    • Democrats, Progressives, and most Independents are for policies beneficial to white blue-collar Americans with their “we are all in this together” philosophy.

    • Republicans are for the dirty energy industries, for giving away billions of taxpayer dollars in so-called “subsidies” to already profitable dirty energy industries, and openly admit their intent to block clean energy projects, all of which is detrimental to white blue-collar Americans.

    • In 2010, Republicans shamelessly announced their obstructionist intent to block any and all legislation that would be favorable for the president — even blocking a jobs bill that would have created over a million jobs in just the last year — and thereby be detrimental to white blue-collar Americans.

    • Republicans have openly stated they are for trashing decades-old regulations on financial, clean air, clean water, and pollution standards — benefitting only their sugar daddy corporations — thereby sacrificing the health and well being of white blue-collar Americans.

    • Republicans want to take science out of education, replace it with creationism, and generally choke higher education to death, not a good thing for white blue-collar Americans.

    • Republicans want outsource and offshore jobs and force white blue-collar Americans into low paying jobs and even have admitted their desire to eliminate the minimum wage.

    • Republicans bow down to their dirty energy industry overlords in denying that the dirty energy industry greenhouse gas emissions cause global warming and climate change, with some of the most maniacal of them going against the overhwhelming consensus of scientists and daring to mislabel it as a hoax. This one failing of Republicans will overshadow all the others combined, and make the future of white blue-collar Americans increasingly more and more dangerous…

    Granted, there is unfortunately far too much more to the Republican plans to pillage and pummel white blue-collar Americans, but we do not have the time to write a book here on this one point.

    And the above-noted points are adequate to clearly outline why white blue-collar Americans that vote for Republicans are voting against their own well being and prosperity, and they are even voting against their own right to continue living…

    There is an old saying that sums it up pretty well: “Cutting off your nose to spite your face”…

    Below is the leadin to the USA Today article — which of course downplays the issue for their corporate paymasters — followed by a link to the full article, not that it is worth reading. We mostly provide the link to prove we did not make this up…

    So, as a counter measure, we first provide the following excerpt and link to a dated article which backs up our portrayal of the white blue-collar middle class that votes Republican as plainly suicidal.

    Thomas Edsall’s brilliant piece this morning provides one of the best syntheses of the cynical and cruel bets that the Bircherized GOP is making this election – that White Middle & working class voters are very ripe for the ultimate coup of giving up the Social Safety net and willfully committing economic suicide.

    Link to article of above excerpt: Ryan Choice = Brazenly Hoodwinking White Middle Class.

    And lastly here is the USA Today newsiness stuff.

    USA Today September 7th Editorial: Obama vs. white, blue-collar voters…

    One of the most startling facts of contemporary politics is that so many white, working-class voters find Democrats unappealing. The party that brought about Social Security and the GI Bill, and is unabashedly pro-union, fails in wooing the lunch-bucket crowd.

    The last Democrat to win a majority of white voters was Lyndon Johnson in 1964. President Obama is trailing Republican challenger Mitt Romney by double digits among whites, and by an astounding 22 points among whites without a college degree.

    So what gives? Part of the explanation is in the socially conservative views that many of these voters have on issues such as abortion, gay marriage and gun control. And a small, but hard to measure, part in this election is lingering racist attitudes toward the first black president.

    Link to USA Today September 7th Editorial: Obama vs. white, blue-collar voters.

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    The Republican Cannon Fodder Weekly for August 31st 2012…

    Below we present our weekly roundup of cannon fodder to fire at shamelessly sinister social Darwinist Republicans…

    We attempt to showcase unique or enlightening perspectives but also feature a summary of hot-button in-case-you-missed-it issues…

    To see a list of prior weeklys, click on ‘Republican fodder’ in the “category list” in the left sidebar.

    Clickable Index to Topics


    Top Articles of the Week…
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    The Republican Cesspool of Shameless Hypocrisy…
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    The Evils of Republican Social Darwinism…
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    Lies, Lies, Lies: Repubs LUVS Lies…
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    The Failure of Republican Policies for the 99%…
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    Skeletons lurking in the Republican closet…
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    Top Articles of the Week…

  • We Need a Stronger Word Than ‘Lies’ for What the Republicans Were Spewing Last Night. ‘Lies’ is too weak a word for some of the things Ryan said. We need a stronger word to describe the ability to look you in the eye and argue the exact opposite of your most deeply held beliefs, and do so in such a sincere-seeming way that it’s not even clear he actually grasps his own dishonesty.

  • Amazing Stats Which Prove The Rich Are Getting Richer And The Poor Are Getting Poorer. In the United States today, there is one group of people that is actually living the American Dream. The ultra-wealthy have seen their incomes absolutely explode over the past three decades. Meanwhile, the U.S. middle class has been steadily declining and the ranks of the poor have been swelling. And, Republicans want to raise taxes of the middle class and lower them for the already wealthy

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    The Republlican Art of Shameless Hypocrisy…

  • Republican Convention Recap: As Experts Warn ‘The Door Is Closing’ On Climate Change, Romney Mocks The Problem. This week’s convention gave the national Republican party a chance to share its views with America. It’s now abundantly clear where the party stands on the most pressing issue of our time: climate change and renewable energy are something to be mocked, not seriously addressed.

  • Romney Mocks Obama’s Pledge To Address Global Warming As GOP Delegates Laugh At The Whole Notion. Part two of GOP’s “what global warming”…

  • Job Killing For Dummies: Why the GOP is to Blame For the Lack of Jobs. The GOP agenda has never changed in over thirty years, and despite the abject failure of their grand scheme to enrich “job creators” and their corporations, they persist in attempting to convince Americans that the policies that have failed time and time again are the only remedy to save the economy and spur full employment.

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    The Evils of Republican Social Darwinism…

  • On the Road to Ryan and Ruin. In the 132 years between 1797 and 1929, there was no effective regulation of the economy. No federal agencies existed to control corruption, fraud and exploitation on the part of the business class. As a result the country experienced 33 major economic downturns which impacted roughly 60 of the years in question. These included 22 recessions, 4 depressions, and 7 economic “panics” (bank runs and failures).

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    Lies, Lies, Lies: Repubs LUVS Lies…

  • Lyin’ Ryan: The Media Push Back. When Faux Snooz criticizes LyinRyan, you know it reeks… This diary is a collection of all the media push back (so far) that Paul Ryan has received [from his RNC lie-fest]. I intend to tweet, Facebook and email this list far and wide. Please feel free to add to the list as I will update this diary periodically.

  • Fact Check Video on Lyin Ryan Speech. The Obama campaign released a video early Thursday morning splicing parts of Rep. Paul Ryan’s convention speech with talking heads fact-checking the claims, including comments on Medicare, the stimulus, a GM plant in Wisconsin and the Bowles-Simpson debt commission.

  • Top Ten REPEATED Paul Ryan Lies: You are getting sleeeeepy. This year’s Republican campaign is the most dishonest in history. A couple of weeks ago I listed 10 major falsehoods and gaffes of Republican VP candidate Paul Ryan. He repeated several of them in his Tampa speech, and added a few more. In honest political debate, when a candidate says something that is not true, he is confronted by journalists and the public, and either gives evidence that it is true, or backs off. Ryan continues to insist on repeating known falsehoods, to the extent that even Fox Cable News lamented his dishonesty….

  • Romney Camp: We’ll Continue Lying, Because It’s Working. Don’t let it work, wise up everyone you know and meet…

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    The Failure of Republican Policies for the 99%…

  • You-uns dont kneeds no edgykation sept fer our creationskism stuff. The [GOP] platform’s claim that [university] faculty could be subjecting students to “political indoctrination” smacks of conspiracy theories of an earlier era.

  • The Climate Breakdown Is Right Here, Right Now. There are no comparisons to be made. This is not like war or plague or a stockmarket crash. What we are seeing, here and now, is the transformation of the atmospheric physics of this planet.

  • Paul Ryan’s Grim Vision for America. Let this sink in. This is Paul Ryan’s vision for America. This is what Ryan means by “protecting the weak.” This is the core of Ryan’s tough choices: He wants to cut taxes on the wealthy and cut spending on the poor. In fact, for all practical purposes he’d like to see most spending on the poor go away completely.

  • Racing toward the fiscal cliff: Time running out to avert economic disaster. If Congress takes no action to stave off tax increases and automatic budget cuts scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, the CBO declared, the economy could plunge into a recession. Reading between the lines, it’s clear that the CBO believes there’s no “could” about it — bet on a recession and all its accompanying miseries if Congress doesn’t take action to stop the upcoming disaster.

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    Skeletons lurking quietly in the Republican closet…

  • A History of Mitt Romney in 30 Objects. From swag to scissors to Seamus, a virtual tour of our GOP nominee’s defining moments.

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    Whatever…

  • Media Hacks: Why Our National Press Corps Is Failing the Public Abysmally. We can’t have serious debates in this country because we don’t have a news media that offers us serious debates. Rather than dig into candidates’ claims, we get he-said/she-said drivel and doses of whatever conventional wisdom is flying around the Beltway – we get dueling campaign “narratives” rather than a serious look at issues of substance, which seem to bore most campaign reporters.

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    The “WHUT Globull Warmin” Weekly for August 31st 2012…

    Our Weekly Roundup of Global Warming, Aberrant Climate Change, and Severe Catastrophic Weather. Cannon fodder to fire at dirty energy, their mindless deniers, and shameless Republican puppets…

    Defy deniers of global warming to peruse the links below to recent articles that prove that global warming and all of it’s deleterious side effects is much too real…

    The articles are also a good source of information to wise up any uninformed, misinformed, and just plain brainwashed Americans.

    To see a list of prior weeklys, click on ‘weekly’ either in the “category list” in the right sidebar, or in the categories listed just below the title at the top of this page in the dark green bar.

    Reminder: keep in mind that scientific reticence is abundant in most of the articles linked to below, so when you see overly cautious words like ‘maybe’, ‘could’, and ‘might’, they might be “pulling punches”…

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    Top Articles of the Week(?)
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    Is It Getting Overheated in the Greenhouse?
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    Is that light at the end of the tunnel a locomotive coming at us?
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    Self-perpetuating Feedback Loops that WORSEN Global Warming.
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    Whoops, Climate Scientists didn’t see that one coming…
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    How Global Warming Sickens and Kills You and Yours.
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    WHUT Sea Level Rise?.
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    Is It Getting Dry In Here?
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    Certifiable Pharmacuetically Lobotomized Morons…
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    Round Up the Usual Smokescreens.
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    Solutions?.
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    Whatever…

    Top Articles of the Week(?)

  • 5 Weird and Terrifying Consequences of Climate Change You May Not Know About. When you hear climate change you think of crazy weather, but there are other frightening effects.

  • Global Warming is approaching Irreversible, Warns Scientific Body. This is what we been sayin. And sayin… For a loooong time…

  • Arctic Sea Ice Hits Record Low–Extreme Weather to Come. Well, we already have extreme weather, what they mean is that more and worse extreme weather is going to ramp up.

  • America Hit With Record Devastation From Wildfires.

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    Is It Getting Overheated in the Greenhouse?

  • Scars on a Dry Land. In the American West — a land of “not enough water” — the hottest year on record forces us to see things as they are

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    WHUT light at the end of the tunnel barrelling toward us?

  • It is not yet terribly obvious, but “the climate” is quietly ramping up in many ways. This is just one aspect, of many, of the global climate that is ramping up that most folks simply do not see it yet as something that is obvious. ‘Yet‘, being the key word, as in a tiny snowball way up high on a mountain, slowly rolling downhill…

  • Strategists prepare for water wars as half of humanity will face water scarcity by 2030. The author Mark Twain once remarked that “whisky is for drinking; water is for fighting over” and a series of reports from intelligence agencies and research groups indicate the prospect of a water war is becoming increasingly likely.

  • Siberian thaw unlocks ice-age carbon vault: yet another feedback loop. A VAST outcrop of the Arctic Siberian coast that had been frozen for tens of thousands of years is releasing huge carbon deposits as rising temperatures thaw parts of its coastline, a study warned yesterday.

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    Natural Self-perpetuating Circular Feedback Loops that WORSEN Global Warming…

  • Record Temperatures And Wildfires In Eastern Russia Drive Amplifying Carbon-Cycle Feedback. Forests and bog land in far eastern Russia have been burning since the beginning of June 2012. Contributing to the record fires have been the record temperatures of this past summer. This summer in Siberia has been one of hottest on record. The most dangerous amplifying carbon-cycle feedback we face in the near term is the thawing northern tundra. It is poised to turn the Arctic from a carbon sink to source in the 2020s, releasing 100 billion tons of carbon by 2100.

  • Billions of Tons of Methane Lurk Beneath Antarctic Ice. But that’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg compared to the total big picture of all the circular cascading feedback loops which add up to hundreds of trillions of tons of methane and other assorted greenhouse gases, some thousands of times stronger than carbon dioxide. The sleeping gorrilla in the greenhouse that Republicans mindlessly keep poking with a sharp stick…

  • Methane’s Contribution to Global Warming Is Worse than You Thought
    . And here is some information on methane, which is twenty-some times stronger as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide…

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    Whoops, Climate Scientists Didn’t See THAT Coming…

  • Cambridge prof. predicts Arctic summer sea ice “all gone by 2015”. Peter Wadhams, professor of ocean physics at Cambridge University, who was branded “alarmist” after he first detected “substantial thinning” of sea ice in 1990, said: “The entire ice cover is now on the point of collapse.”

  • Arctic sea melt record more than broken, it’s being smashed (beyond past predictions). Sunday’s data confirms that the previous sea-ice extent minimum of 24 September 2007 was broken last Friday, 24 August 2012. What is also stunning are sea-ice daily extent figures averaging ice loss of more than 100,000 square kilometres per day for the last four days. This suggest melt is accelerating very late in the melt season in a pattern that has never before been observed.

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    How Global Warming Sickens and Kills You and Yours…

  • Climate change could push up risk of bird flu. Climate change could pose high risk of avian flu virus transmission in wild birds, a new study has warned.

  • Why Is West Nile Virus So Bad This Year?. There is really good picture of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito (carrier of west nile and dengue) if you do not know what they look like, but be aware that they can be very small, and are referred to as the “stealth bomber” of mosquitoes, and that they feed 24 hours a day (not just at sunset and sunrise), and they inhabit populated areas, having been known to breed inside homes in any open standing water (water picks, etc), and that they are small enough and smart enough to get through cracks around windows and doors…

  • Texas — and the DFW area, in particular — is the national epicenter for this year’s cases of West Nile virus disease. In its most recently published tally, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last week that there had been 693 cases of the illness, including 26 deaths, this year. “The study shows that the warmer the temperature, the greater the advantage of the new strain. It also indicates that increases in temperatures due to global climate change would have major effects on transmission of the virus,” Kilpatrick said at the time.

  • Okla. heat, drought allow deadly amoeba to thrive. High temperatures and an ongoing drought are having an impact on more than just crops and livestock. State health officials say they are also creating ideal conditions for the growth of a tiny, single-cell organism that lives in Oklahoma’s rivers, lakes and ponds and can cause a disease that is almost always fatal.

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    WHUT Sea Level Rise?

  • Why The Arctic Sea Ice Death Spiral Matters. What happens in the Arctic, doesn’t stay in the Arctic. The rapid disappearance of sea ice cover can have consequences that are felt all over the Northern Hemisphere, due to the effects it has on atmospheric patterns. As the ice pack becomes smaller ever earlier into the melting season, more and more sunlight gets soaked up by dark ocean waters, effectively warming up the ocean. The heat and moisture that are then released to the atmosphere in fall and winter could be leading to disturbances of the jet stream…

  • Whatever You Call it, Water is Rising in Norfolk. Water is inescapable in Virginia’s second-largest city, home to the world’s biggest naval base, three major port facilities and public and private shipyards. Norfolk is nearly surrounded by water: it sits at the mouth of the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay and the junction of the Elizabeth and James Rivers. Yet as much as water is a resource in Norfolk and the surrounding area, known as Hampton Roads, it also represents a threat.

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    Is It Getting Dry In Here?

  • Grains of wrath as drought hits hard. It’s not just America, extreme weather across the globe is recipe for surging food prices,

  • 11-mile stretch of Mississippi River closed. Nearly 100 boats and barges were waiting for passage Monday along an 11-mile stretch of the Mississippi River that has been closed due to low water levels, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

  • In Southwest, Worst-Case Fire Scenario Plays Out. As the Earth’s average temperature creeps upward, climate scientists have predicted record heat waves and droughts. That’s what we’ve seen this summer in the U.S. The question has become, are we now seeing the real damage climate change can do?

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    Certifiable Pharmacuetically Lobotomized Morons…

  • Republican Platform Opposes Agenda 21. “We strongly reject the U.N. Agenda 21 as erosive of American sovereignty, and we oppose any form of U.N. Global Tax [a carbon tax],” the platform reads. Agenda 21 is a 1992 United Nations resolution that encourages sustainable development globally.

  • Environment America Statement on Selection of Rep. Paul Ryan as Republican Running Mate. By now, no elaboration needed when Lyin Ryan is involved…

  • Climate change deniers are either extreme free marketeers or conspiracy theorists. Or both? Or just plain stupid…

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    Round Up the Usual Smokescreens…

  • Elephants In The Room: Urban Poverty, Climate Change, And Other Problems We Love To Ignore. Why the silence? Tough surmises that with millions of Americans on the economic ropes, Obama is hesitant to single out the urban poor. Never mind that one in 10 American children live in households that make less than about $11,000 a year — what the government deems “deep poverty.” Any mention of helping poor people is essentially verboten in mixed company.

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    Solutions?

  • Pledge to Resist Fracking. Writer-Biologist Sandra Steingraber Issues a Call for Action and a Warning to the Gas Industry: I choose to belong to a vision of an unfractured New York that turns its back on 19th century thinking and death-dealing fossil fuels and leads the world in the creation of a clean energy economy.

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    Whatever…

  • The Pissed-Off Polar Bears 8 Day Hunger Strike Against Global Warming. “A Taste of Things to Come — Famine Practice”

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