Jim Webb spreading rightwing lie about recruiting office shooting

Monday, August 3, 2015

By ir003436

Here's the short version.
When the deranged nutcase opened fire on the Marine and Navy recruiting offices in Chattanooga, one of the Naval recruiters - LCDR Tim White - had his personal firearm with him and returned fire.

Now the rightwing bulls*** machine is filled with a story claiming the Navy is bringing charges against LCDR White. The claim IS NOT TRUE. Despite this, Jim Webb has now picked up on the lieand is demanding the charges -- the non-existent charges, that is -- be dropped.

See No, Conservatives - the US Navy Is NOT Filing Charges Against Lt. Cmdr. Timothy White for more.
Here we go again. It's one fake story after another from the right wing, and tonight they're all screaming in unison about a completely bogus outrage launched by discredited war criminal Allen West and quickly picked up by the Stupidest Man on the Internet, Jim Hoft, without ever checking to see if it was actually, you know, true. And from there it's rapidly spreading throughout the idiotic right wing media...And to make this even more ridiculous, Democrat Jim Webb is now helping circulate this right wing fairy tale.

Webb has lost contact with reality.

Video: President Obama Speaks on the Clean Power Plan

Virginians Stand With Planned Parenthood

From Progress VA:

In the face of coordinated and underhanded attacks on Planned Parenthood, which provides quality health care to thousands of women across the commonwealth, Virginia organizations today declared they stand with Planned Parenthood and the women they serve. ProgressVA, New Virginia Majority, the Sierra Club of Virginia, the League of Women Voters of Virginia, and NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia released statements in support of the organization and the compassionate care they provide. 

ProgressVA: "Virginians are no strangers to coordinated attacks on women’s health and abortion access. From transvaginal ultrasounds and bills to ban birth control to targeted restrictions designed to shut down women’s health centers, we know this agenda is really about eliminating safe and legal abortion. We stand with Planned Parenthood because we believe that every woman should be able to decide for herself whether and when to start a family. Politicians have no business interfering in private, personal health care decisions. Every woman’s situation is different, which is why we are so grateful for the quality, compassionate care they provide to every woman who walks through their doors.  Shame on the politicians who would exploit crass and underhanded attacks to try to shut down women’s access to reproductive care."
New Virginia Majority: "Planned Parenthood provides quality, compassionate health care to thousands of Virginia women. These attacks threaten women's access to a trusted health care provider, especially in low-income communities. New Virginia Majority stands with Planned Parenthood because we believe every Virginian should have access to affordable, quality health care without political interference."

Sierra Club of Virginia"Sierra Club stands with Planned Parenthood and the vital services they provide to millions of Americans. Protecting women's access to health care, including voluntary family planning, is key to fostering a healthy planet." 
League of Women Voters of Virginia"The League of Women Voters of Virginia is dedicated to ensuring access to affordable, quality health care, including reproductive health care, for all Virginia residents. We endorse maintaining and increasing the availability of health care in medically underserved areas. The high-quality services provided by the Planned Parenthood women’s health centers are a key part of the reproductive health care needed in Virginia. The League opposes attempts to limit health care services for women and, therefore,  supports the continuation of Planned Parenthood’s compassionate, quality care provided here in Virginia."
NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia"Millions of women and families nationwide – including hundreds of thousands of women in Virginia – turn to Planned Parenthood every year for quality, affordable, and compassionate reproductive health care. These heavily-edited videos are part of a much bigger pattern of harassment and violence by extremists whose real goal is to ban abortion, close women’s health centers and cut women off of birth control and lifesaving cancer screenings. NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia is proud to stand with Planned Parenthood, and we will continue fighting for the Virginia women and families who rely on this organization every single day.” 

Virginia GOP Seeks to Fire Qualified Female Supreme Court Justice In Favor Of Male One

From DPVA:


Virginia GOP Seeks to Fire Qualified Female Supreme Court Justice In Favor Of Male One

Virginians are used to hyper political temper tantrums from Virginia Republicans like Tommy Norment and Bill Howell, but their dark of the night announcement that they will be kicking a qualified, nonpartisan female justice to the curb in favor of their hand-picked male alternative is a new low.  

Judge Jane Marum Roush is qualified (Republicans even concede that in their press release), she was recommended by Republican leaders like Dave Albo and Greg Habeeb, and she is already serving on the bench taking cases. 

"Given their history of respect and inclusion toward Virginia women, it is tough to think of a reason the party of transvaginal ultrasounds, banning birth control and fighting equal pay for equal work would fire a female justice in favor of a male pick,"said Morgan Finklestein, press secretary for the Democratic Party of Virginia. "This attack on a qualified and nonpartisan female jurist who is already on the bench is just the latest example of how far outside the mainstream Republicans are, particularly on issues that matter to Virginia women and their families." 


National and Virginia News Headlines: Monday Morning

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, August 4.*Jeb Bush's Camp Sees an Upside to Donald Trump's Surge in the G.O.P. (I tend to agree that Trump's rise helps Jeb.)
*Israeli leaders target 'Jewish terrorism' (It's about time, now they'd better follow through!)
*Richards: Extremist videos are an attack on women
*Scott Walker Still Isn't Sure If President Obama Is Christian (What an f'tard.)
*Donald Trump On Black Lives Matter: 'We Have To Give Power Back To The Police' (Is Trump's goal in this campaign to be wrong on literally EVERYTHING or what?)
*Trump Says Americans Won't Vote For Another Black President Because Obama Was So Bad(First off, Obama's been highly successful. Second of all, Donald Trump is a racist.)
*Joe Biden Reportedly Considering Run For President (I like Joe Biden, the question is could he actually win the nomination and the White House?)
*GOP says no to McAuliffe Supreme Court pick, will tap Alston instead
*Sen. Tim Kaine at Cato: A Year (and Counting) of Unauthorized War (Hmmmm...Cato eh?)
*How Planned Parenthood became Republicans' public enemy no. 1
*Rand Paul is basically doomed: How the man who was supposed to "reinvent" the GOP fell flat on his face
*Va. Gov. McAuliffe to speak at Democratic Party's Muskie Lobster Bake
*Our view: Will hockey ever come back to Roanoke?
*In the shadow of Dulles Airport: The hunt for a threatened bat ("Will the tiny northern long-eared bat slow the second phase of the Silver Line project?")
*Nationals are swept by Mets ("Washington's lost weekend comes to an end as the teams are now tied for first in the NL East.")
*D.C. area forecast: 90s through tomorrow, cooler and wetter late-week

Webb Campaign Touts Support from Someone Almost Every Dem Primary Voter Dislikes

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Seriously, the Webb campaign is touting its support from someone basically no Democrat - obviously, we're not counting LIE-berman's pals' John McCain and Lindsey Graham here - likes. And for good reason. 

Consider that LIEberman spoke at the 2008 Republican convention in support for John McCain and Sarah Palin (LIEberman: "Governor Palin, like John McCain, is a reformer. She's taken on the special interests and the political power-brokers in Alaska and reached across party lines to get things done. The truth is, she is a leader we can count on to help John shake up Washington."). Consider also that LIEberman was one of the most vociferous opponents of a public option, in the Affordable Care Act. Consider also that LIEberman "spoke before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in support of the confirmation of Sam Fox as ambassador to Belgium... Fox, a prominent Republican businessman and political donor, was a contributor to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth campaign in 2004." Consider also that LIEberman "blasted President Obama for stripping terms like 'Islamic extremism' from a key national security document, calling the move dishonest, wrong-headed and disrespectful to the majority of Muslims who are not terrorists." Consider also that LIEberman opposes the Iran nuclear deal and, essentially, favors war with Iran as the only alternative. We could go on and on all day, but the bottom line is that no Democrat should want to be caught dead - for purely political reasons, not to mention substantive policy ones - touting LIEberman's support and/or endorsement. Yet that's exactly what the going-nowhere Webb campaign did this morning.

The comments on Webb's Facebook page, which keep in mind is filled mostly with his supporters, are hilarious in that context.
*"'I wonder what Joe Lieberman thinks about Democratic politics these days,' said no one, ever."
*"This is 'The Kiss of Death' for any Democrat."
*" Oh, Lord. Hardly a compelling endorsement and certainly not a face I want to see on Sunday morning."
*" So you don't want the Democratic nomination, Senator? That's the only explanation I can come up with for this post."
*"Not a very good endorsement. Nobody likes Joe Lieberman."


Video: President Obama Sends "Memo to America" on "Our Planet"

The corporate media can try to ignore the #1 issue facing humanity (and every other species on the planet) all they want, but that doesn't change the reality of the challenge we're all up against. Unfortunately, fossil-fuel-funded Republicans (and, sadly, some "fossil fool" Democrats as well) have blocked action serious Congressional action on climate change, such as the "cap-and-trade" plan originally proposed by conservatives, a "cap-and-dividend" plan in which money raised from the tax on carbon pollution is returned to the American people; a straight-up tax on carbon pollution, which could easily be designed such that it is "revenue neutral" (e.g., other tax rates cut) if that's what is desired; a serious energy policy which cuts all subsidies - explicit or implicit - for fossil fuels, incorporates all "negative externalities" into their price, and massively promotes energy efficiency, wind, solar and other clean energy sources.

That Congressional failure has left it up to the Environmental Protection Agency -- legally backed by the 2007 Supreme Court decision which ruled that greenhouse gases are pollutants that can be regulated under the Clean Air Act -- to take necessary and long-overdue action on this front.

Which is exactly what the EPA is doing with its Clean Power Plan, which will accelerate America's inevitable transition to clean and increasingly inexpensive energy sources, while actually saving people money on their power bills. In addition, this plan will have tremendous health and environmental benefits, while giving American companies a better opportunity to compete in the multi-TRILLION-dollar world market for clean energy.

In short, this plan is a winner all around. Unless, that is, you are a well-heeled coal or oil company executive, but why would anyone shed a tear for those guys? Anyway, thank you EPA, and thank you President Obama, for taking this action. Now, can you please also stop oil drilling in the Arctic, which is a disaster waiting to happen? A grateful planet thanks you. :)

P.S. This plan is a big opportunity for Virginia as well. See the letter from Virginia companies to Gov. McAuliffe explaining why. Also see What Does the Clean Power Plan Mean for Virginia? A Real Opportunity for Renewable Energy; New Report: Implementing EPA Clean Power Plan Can Be Job Creator for Virginia; Clean power is right for Virginia; Del. Lopez strongly supports President Obama's Clean Power Plan to address climate change; NRDC says clean-power plan benefits Virginia; Virginia’s small businesses support the Clean Power Plan; and much more.

National and Virginia News Headlines: Sunday Morning

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Sunday, August 2. As for Miles Grant's tweet, the sad reality is that this kind of thing goes on every single week on the so-called "liberal" media, which in actuality leans heavily to the right.

*Why did Iran sign on to a deal that will weaken its regional hold? ("The threat of the Islamic State, more so than any promise of hegemony over the region, was likely a decisive factor in Iran's decision to sign away the nuclear cover for its regional strategy.")
*6 endangered animals poachers are hunting into extinction ("The problem goes deeper than Cecil the lion." This s*** needs to be stopped, immediately.)
*A Staggering Number Of People Were Killed By Police In July (As does THIS s***!)
*Joe Biden Said to Be Taking New Look at Presidential Run 
*As Republicans set debate stage, the party faces its own questions
*Obama touts climate rule ahead of Monday launch ("The White House hopes to secure his legacy on climate change by mandating cuts in power plants' greenhouse gas pollution." I just wish this rule had come years ago, and also that it was even more ambitious. We need to get off of fossil fuels ASAP!)
*Obamacare's solid progression ("...for now, the picture is generally the same as it has been for a long time: The law has largely succeeded in reducing the rate of uninsured without wrecking the insurance business.")
*The Unbearable Nuttiness of Mike Huckabee (And of Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, Scott Walker, Donald Trump, Rand Paul, etc, etc.)
*Ben Carson Says The 'Black Lives Matter' Movement Is 'Silly' (Speaking 'f "nutty.")
*Law agencies in Va. bank on assets seizure
*After 50 years, reflecting on the Voting Rights Act and its impact, future (It's very much needed today.)
*Joe Lieberman: Jim Webb could stand out from the pack (Basically, whatever Joe Lieberman says, do the opposite.)
*Ralph Northam: A solution to teen pregnancy in Virginia? (I strongly agree.)
*Virginia Republicans revive talk of abortion in wake of video stings (Even though what Planned Parenthood did is 100% legal, and even though the law allowing it passed Congress by huge margins, and even though the slimy group that did these videos deceptively edited them, and even though...oh forget it.)
*Go Virginia - with caution ("Virginia's leadership - governmental, business and educational - has closed ranks behind an economy-revitalizing proposal they're calling Go Virginia. Details are scant...")
*When Va. Gov. Terry McAuliffe comes to town, it's sure to be a superlative visit
*Fisher: Virginia's battle in the war on drugs
*Schapiro: J. Warner, Senate old bull, sees new threats to security ("Warner favors the Iran nuclear deal negotiated by the Obama administration.")
*Congress makes the wrong move on coal ash rules ("Inexplicably voting to hobble the EPA were both U.S. Rep. Randy Forbes, who represents the homeowners worried about seeping contamination from under the Chesapeake golf course, and U.S. Rep. Scott Rigell, whose constituents drink water from Lake Gaston.")
*Lee County prepares for hospital rebirth
*Nats drop second straight to Mets (These guys can't hit.)
*D.C. area forecast: Staying near 90 or above through midweek

EW Jackson: Planned Parenthood "ripping apart and selling" black babies "on the auction block"

Saturday, August 1, 2015

It will never cease to amaze me that E.W. Jackson, a crazy person and also someone who's as extreme as you can get in this country, was the 2013 Virginia GOP's nominee for Lt. Governor of our state. Jackson's constant ravings are disturbing, although amusing in a twisted way. But his latest lunacyis...well check it out and decide for yourself.
BLACK MINISTERS GROUP: "MARGARET SANGER WAS A RACIST AND IT IS TIME FOR AMERICANS TO KNOW THE TRUTH ABOUT HER AND PLANNED PARENTHOOD"NORFOLK, VIRGINIA- A national group of predominantly black ministers - MINISTERS TAKING A STAND ("MTS") - has denounced Planned Parenthood as a racist organization. Margaret Sanger, Planned Parenthood founder, has a history that includes support for eugenics as well as racist motivations to limit the number of births of black babies. Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, supported eugenics and was a devout racist who sought to limit the number of black births. Bishop E.W. Jackson, National President of the group, said, "If Planned Parenthood is trafficking in baby body parts, you can be sure that many of the babies they are ripping apart and selling on the auction block are black. Yet the liberal media fails to expose this truth. If black lives truly matter, the lives of unborn black children matter."
In fact, looked at this charge (by Herman Cain back in 2011), and found "no support for that old claim." None. further noted that just "9 percent of abortion clinics in the U.S. are in neighborhoods in which 50 percent or more of the residents are black." On the other hand, Planned Parenthood DOES provide important health care services to poor and minority women, which means cutting funding for Planned Parenthood simply means that many "poor women will go without breast and cervical cancer screening, HIV tests and sexually transmitted disease treatment," which is both "wrong and hurtful."

Not that E.W. Jackson and his ilk care about any of this, nor do they care about perpetuating insane falsehoods about Planned Parenthood (e.g., that the organization is racist, hell-bent on aborting - and even selling - black babies) that have been debunked over and over again. Of course, that didn't stop E.W. Jackson's 2013 running mate, Ken Cuccinelli, who "said he won't defend the statements of lieutenant governor candidate E.W. Jackson, including his assertion that Planned Parenthood has 'been far more lethal to black lives than the KKK,'" but who also "has drawn similar connections between Planned Parenthood and racism." Amazing.  

National and Virginia News Headlines: Saturday Morning

Here are a few national and Virginia news  headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, August 1. Also see President Obama's weekly address, in which he celebrates "the fiftieth birthdays of Medicare and Medicaid, which together have allowed millions to live longer and better lives."*Stop the vendetta against Planned Parenthood ("No federal money is used by Planned Parenthood to provide abortions except in some rare exceptions. So cutting off government funds, mostly through Medicaid and grants, would only hurt the thousands of people, most of them low-income women...")
*Senate Republicans accidentally promote abortion ("...antiabortion forces, in their zeal to slay their bĂȘte noire, are actually attempting something sure to increase the number of abortions: Denying women access to birth control. ")
*Million-dollar donors fuel 2016 presidential race (Is this democracy? I don't think so.)
*Hillary Clinton Hits Jeb Bush First, and Hard, in Speech on Race (And rightfully so.)
*Huckabee Floats Plan To Deploy U.S. Troops To Stop Women From Getting Abortions (This guy is utterly demented.)
*Why Jimmy Carter Thinks The United States Isn't A Real Democracy Anymore (There's a lot of truth to what Carter's saying here.)
*No Charges For Two Officers Who Backed False Version Of University Of Cincinnati Shooting (That's bull****.)
*More Than 180 Evangelical Leaders Endorse Obama's Carbon Reduction Plan
*Hundreds of businesses promote climate rule to governors
*Not ready for state policy ("A plan to simplify Virginia's voter registration form by making responses optional to questions about felony convictions and citizenship status - while preserving their essence in an affirmation - has set off a partisan firestorm." Translation: Republicans are upset that more people might vote.)
*Sen. Kaine Asking FERC to Consider Changes to Pipeline Projects
*Judge says Virginia can block Confederate flag from future license plates
*Gov. McAuliffe asks residents to prepare for the worst this hurricane season
*Va.'s top lawyer: Robert McDonnell should lose his state pension ("Mark Herring points to a law relating to felony convictions, which the former governor himself signed")
*AG: Dominion owes Virginia customers a collective $11.2 million
*Navy sub named after Sen. John Warner commissioned Saturday
*Grand jury investigating John Geer police shooting hears officers' testimony
*Proposed baseball stadium deal in Spotsylvania off the table for now
*Extra dramatic: Nats fall in 12 innings
*D.C. area forecast: August arrives with a gift of more heat