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Jim Gile, (R) Saline County Commissioner caught on tape using a racial slur, only to change it to "Afro Americanizing it" while laughing....
Joann Gile, wife of the Republican Commissioner, also indicated that this was just a mistake and that her husband was "praising the colored people"
And all this time, i thought racism was over..... smh..
More to the story here.... http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/09/jim-gile-kansas_n_3045720.htmlJim Gile, (R) Saline County Commissioner caught on tape using a racial slur, only to... more
We live in a country that is constantly at war with itself. No, not the kind of war as in Civil War, although it sometime seems that the Republicans would be OK with that; right now it is only in the bullying stage. The Republican Party has bullied its way to power on numerous occasions. Richard Nixon believed “the end justifies the means” that whatever measures you have to take to achieve something it’s worth it, for the Republicans this means achieving dominance. This is happening because the GOP has been taken over by Sociopaths; the adults of the party have given up and allowed the juveniles to rule. Anyone who has had the unfortunate experience of dealing with Sociopaths eventually comes to learn some basic facts.
1. YOU CANNOT REASON WITH THEM - The debt crisis nonsense highlighted this first point. There was nothing which President Obama or Dems could possibly have offered Tea Party Republicans that would have satisfied them. Sociopaths adopt a righteous stance and no degree of fact or logic could dislodge them from their beliefs.
2. THEY PLAY THE VICTIM CARD - Stand up to a sociopath and call them out on their actions and they instantly cry foul. When Vice President Biden accurately compared Tea Party negotiator’s tactics to those of a terrorist, the right-wing freaked out. Case in point was Sarah Palin who called Biden’s remark “vile” and “quite appalling”. Yes, that’s the same Sarah Palin who is fond of making the claim that the President of the U. S. “pals around with terrorists”.
3. PSYCHOLOGICAL PROJECTION - Is a form of defense mechanism in which someone attributes thoughts, feelings, and ideas which are perceived as undesirable to someone else. Projection reduces anxiety by allowing the expression of the unwanted unconscious impulses or desires materialize without letting the conscious mind recognize them. Perfect example was how the Republicans ‘lusted’ to impeach Bill Clinton over a sexual indiscretion, when many in their party had a closet full of sexual indiscretions or worse.
This undermines the strength of a country but that doesn’t matter to the Republican Sociopaths because their intrinsic nature is to care only about themselves. At this moment, I have to ask: WHY? Why are they allowed to carry on in this way, when we all know that if they succeed in their quest to achieve Absolute Power our country will not survive in the long term, little by little they will dismantle it (they have already weakened it quite a bit during the Bush/Cheney years) until its dominance on the world stage will resemble that of sub-Saharan Africa. OK, this may look like an over statement but the USA will suffer many years to come if something isn't done to stop these Republican Sociopaths from gaining more power. thinkingblue
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Profile of a Narcissistic Sociopath – Charming, Manipulative, Grandiose, Lying, Authoritarian, Secretive, Divisive…
Think you can spot a sociopath/psychopath? Think again.
According to experts, this behavior affects 3% to 5% of the population, which could mean more than15 million people in the USA with these characteristics, or up to 1 in 20 people – higher percentages than one might realize.
Sociopath-imageIn general, psychopaths come from all walks of life. They’re our friends, lovers, co-workers and leaders. They’re outgoing and persuasive, dazzling you with charm and flattery. Knowing the profile characteristics might help you to avoid being scammed or hurt by someone you trust. Or, you might already be in a situation and are confused by the others behavior. Be aware of the characteristics. Be smart.
What is a narcissistic sociopath?
A narcissistic sociopath is someone with a combination of narcissistic personality disorder and definitive behavioral signs of sociopathy.
People with narcissism are characterized by their excessive and persistent need for others’ admiration and positive reinforcement. They generally have grandiose opinions of themselves and believe they are superior to other people. Narcissists are also frequently convinced that they are above the normal responsibilities and obligations of everyday life, so they usually have significant difficulties maintaining employment or relationships as a result.
The narcissistic sociopath has this type of personality along with a noticeable lack of regard for the rights of others and a tendency to regularly violate those rights.
One noted difference between a narcissistic sociopath and people with narcissism alone is that:
The narcissist with the sociopathy reacts strongly and sometimes even violently to negative feedback. True sociopaths generally do not respond to criticism or care what others may think of them.
A narcissistic sociopath is unable to tolerate criticism and needs constant praise, as well as deference from other people. Many with this condition present themselves in the best light possible and are able to easily charm others to gain their trust.
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Profile of the Sociopath http://www.mcafee.cc/Bin/sb.html
http://mariopiperni.com/republican-madness/republicans-as-the-sociopathic-bully.phpWe live in a country that is constantly at war with itself. No, not the kind of war as... more
"I didn't want to run for office," says Gigi Bowman, "liberty candidate" for the New York state Senate. The Long Island native decided to run for office after Empire State pols passed sweeping new gun control legislation. What particularly irked her was the large number of Republicans who supported the law. "That was shocking," says Bowman. The vote underscored for her the idea that the two major parties don't really offer voters a clear set of choices.
Bowman, editor of How to Run for Office on a Liberty Platform and head of Liberty Candidates, encourages citizens who prize individual liberty to step up and run for a local office. What positions do "liberty candidates" take? "Sound money, free markets, individual liberty, constitutional government, and non-intervention in foreign policy," she says. "Basically the same as Campaign for Liberty," the group founded by her political inspiration, former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas).
About 5 minutes.
Camera by Joshua Swain and Amanda Winkler. Edited by Winkler.
http://youtu.be/J7oiJLf9uVw"I didn't want to run for office," says Gigi Bowman, "liberty... more
After three plus hours of testimony and the agony of parsing definitions during this second hearing of an ordinance violation, Mr. Vern Verduin of Gaines Township wins the right of Free Speech!
Mr. Verduin parked two semi-truck trailers on his 40 acre farm that violated the 20 square feet allowed for political signs. His signs stated: Marxism/Socialism = Poverty and Hunger and Obama’s ‘Mission Accomplished’ : 8% Unemployment 16 Trillion Debt. If the signs advertised his business, the signs could have been twice as big. He was fined for violating the township ordinance after declaring his right to free speech by leaving the signs up.
Gaines Township took legal action against Mr. Verduin in an attempt to force him into compliance. After deliberating permanent vs temporary signs, content based vs content neutral, and debating the definition of vehicular signs, Judge Steven Servaas of 63rd District Court declared Gaines Township’s sign ordinance unconstitutional “because there is a distinction between commercial and political”. The Judge added that the law has to treat commercial and political speech the same. The Township’s ordinance allows a bigger sign to sell a product than a political idea. Constitutionally, this ordinance is upside down. The proper role of government is to protect the rights of the people; one of the most fundamental rights being the First Amendment.
As Mr. Howard VanDenHeuvel, the defendent’s attorney, states: “Political speech is the most valuable type of speech…and should be given the strictest protections.”
Full Story: http://mindsofliberty.com/2013/04/first-amendment-victory-in-michigan/#sthash.kxyschOg.IjwodRBD.dpufAfter three plus hours of testimony and the agony of parsing definitions during this... more
AMERICA'S LONGEST WAR is a Reason Foundation film about the extraordinary costs of the US government's 40-year war on drugs. AMERICA'S LONGEST WAR will be released in 2013.
http://youtu.be/ok48ebjgOPMAMERICA'S LONGEST WAR is a Reason Foundation film about the extraordinary costs... more
The GOP lost the last few elections because they had awful ideas behind their ad campaigns. They are the New Coke of party politics – and like the soda, they’re not selling. Not because of the ad campaign, but because they’re gross.The GOP lost the last few elections because they had awful ideas behind their ad... more
Iraq war planning wholly irresponsible, say senior UK military figures
Former chief of defence staff Lord Guthrie criticises Bush administration but says Blair government must also share blame
The way Britain was led into war with Iraq 10 years ago was "wholly irresponsible" and the lack of intelligence on the country a national disgrace, senior military figures have told the Guardian.
Though they direct their fire principally at the Bush administration, they make clear the Blair government must share a lot of the blame.
"It was absolutely irresponsible to go in without thinking of the consequences", said Lord Guthrie, former chief of defence staff and head of the army. He added: "War is dangerous, difficult, and dirty, but usually cheaper and shorter and easier than what can happen after the fighting stops."
Donald Rumsfeld, US defence secretary at the time, had a "lot to answer for", Guthrie added, referring to the way Rumsfeld, notorious for his "stuff happens" description of widespread looting in Baghdad, allowed Paul Bremer, the US chief administrator – in effect the US governor of Iraq after the invasion – to ban the Ba'ath party and dismantle the Iraqi army.
They should have got rid of the top people but "clasped the army to their bosom", and say to them: 'Help us rebuild Iraq'", Guthrie told the Guardian.
"Why did Bremer squash any sense of the Iraqi people taking any role in their own destiny?" asked Air Chief Marshal Sir Brian Burridge, commander of British forces in Iraq at the time of the invasion. "That defies logic."
General Sir Mike Jackson, head of the army at the time, described Rumsfeld and Bremer as "intellectually bankrupt". With other British defence chiefs, he expected and wanted Iraqi military units, including Saddam Hussein's Republican Guard, to remain in place and help maintain law and order in Iraq after the invasion.
Lord Boyce, then chief of the defence staff, said he has decided to hold his fire until the Chilcot inquiry has reported (possibly by the end of the year). He questioned the legality of the war until he got an eve-of-invasion note from the attorney general's office telling him that Blair's "unequivocal" view was an attack on Iraq would be lawful.
Boyce gave a taste of what he thought about Washington's approach in his evidence to Chilcot. "I could not get across to the US the fact that the coalition would not be seen as a liberation force and that flowers would be stuck at the end of rifles and that they would be welcomed and it would all be lovely," he said.
Boyce's relations with Geoff Hoon, the defence secretary, were poor. Tensions between Hoon and all his top military advisers were heightened by Blair's concern not to alert parliament and the public that he was preparing for war. This prevented frustrated and angry defence chiefs from getting UK forces ready for the invasion until very late in the day.
Lord Dannatt, Jackson's successor as head of the army who held a senior staff post in the Ministry of Defence during the invasion, told the Guardian: "The real failure was the failure to plan properly for what happened. Whose fault was that? More, I suggest, the Americans' than ours."
He added: "Into the power vacuum created, al-Qaida and others moved and sowed the seeds of the disastrous next few years."
Bremer made things worse by "totally disbanding the Iraqi army and the Ba'ath party, the two instruments of the Iraqi state that could have exercised some control," said Dannatt.
Guthrie, Burridge, Jackson, and Dannatt, drive home the message. As Burridge put it: "One enormous vacuum developed. If you allow vacuums to develop, experience elsewhere taught us that organised crime takes over. In Iraq, it was sectarianism."
Burridge, a former pilot, pointed not so much to the distorted picture presented by the Blair government's discredited Iraqi weapons dossier, but to the failure to gather any useful information, after more than a decade, ever since the first Gulf war in 1990-91, overflying Iraq at will.
Burridge told the Guardian: "It was a national disgrace that, having flown over much of the country for 13 years, you could have not done better in building up a proper intelligence picture."
Guthrie described the first Gulf war as unfinished business, saying that Saddam Hussein should not have been allowed to get away with what he did afterwards.
The picture of Iraq 10 years ago painted by military chiefs at the time is of a dictator who needed to be, and would at some point have been toppled from power. In that sense, they say the question of "regime change" – an unlawful reason to go to war, Blair was told – was not the key issue.
The question posed by the most senior officials, including Lady Manningham-Buller, then head of MI5, as well as defence chiefs at the time, was: why now? Terrorism, not Saddam Hussein, was the big threat to Britain and British interests, they stressed.
"While I was privy to more intelligence information than most, I found what I read pretty uncompelling," Dannatt told the Guardian. But, he added: "People had to trust the judgment and integrity of the then prime minister."
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http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/17/iraq-war-planning-wholly-irresponsible?commentpage=1Iraq war planning wholly irresponsible, say senior UK military figures Former chief... more
House Republicans on Friday unanimously voted down a bill that would have raised the minimum wage. Six Democrats joined them in defeating the effort.
The vote came after a surprise move by Democrats, who tacked onto a jobs training program bill an amendment that would have brought the national $7.25 minimum wage to $10.10 by 2015. But Republicans managed to defeat the effort while approving the bill overall.
A few weeks back, House Minority Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) came out in support raising minimum wage, responding President Obama’s State of the Union call for a wage increase. Pelosi’s effort, and the effort proposed Friday, would actually bring the minimum wage up higher than Obama’s suggestion of $9.
If the minimum wage were brought up to $10.10 an hour, it would not be a revolutionary hike; rather, it would be indexed to inflation and consistent with historical borrowing power. Had the minimum wage been indexed to inflation in 1968, it would be $10.40.
http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/03/15/1729201/republicans-reject-minimum-wage/House Republicans on Friday unanimously voted down a bill that would have raised the... more
Remember the 250,000 jobs Scott Walker was going to give Wisconsin with his union busting anti-worker bills? Turns out he lost nearly 16,000 jobs instead. OOPS!I'm sure it'll all trickle down soon!
Some good points, but mostly fail-ibuster.
http://latestbloomer.uskoa.com/word-cloud-of-the-first-7-hours-of-rand-pauls-filibuster-guess-the-top-two-words-he-used/Some good points, but mostly fail-ibuster.... more
I hate admitting it, but he's got a good point or two, but mostly it's fail-ibuster . . .See the words he used the most.
http://latestbloomer.uskoa.com/word-cloud-of-the-first-7-hours-of-rand-pauls-filibuster-guess-the-top-two-words-he-used/I hate admitting it, but he's got a good point or two, but mostly it's... more
GOP waving white flag on gay marriage: V-LGBT Day is a landmark triumph in the culture wars | Scholars and RoguesIn other words, the battle for marriage equality is over. Sure, there’s some mopping up to do, and the flat-earthers in the more socially conservative parts of the country will fight on as long as anybody pays them any attention. But make no mistake: today we’re celebrating V-LGBT Day.
This is wonderful news, obviously. What rights and privileges our country accords its citizens, they should be accorded equally. No nation that calls itself a democracy can deny to one segment of its citizenry that which is granted to others, especially when the denial of these rights is based on factors over which people have no control. Factors like race, gender and sexual orientation, for instance. Especially when those being discriminated against are hurting no one. Especially when their behavior actually strengthens the social and economic fabric.In other words, the battle for marriage equality is over. Sure, there’s some... more
No reason to justify Section 5? Were we watching the same election?
There are plenty of reasons to reaffirm the Voting Rights Act. This election was rife with conservative groups trying to limit the amount of “voter fraud” (excluding thousands of poor, elderly, young and minority voters) to make sure this was a “fair election” (make sure that conservatives kept their seats). And rather than charging a poll tax, using the Grandfather Clause or asking voters to take a literacy test, states were keeping people away from the polls in new ways – and not just in the South.
This was the election where Pennsylvania did everything it could to stop minority voter turnout. In 2012, billboards popped up telling voters that they needed a photo ID to vote – many of them completely in Spanish – when in reality that law wouldn’t go into effect until the following election. Poll watchers monitored predominantly African-American voter districts to make sure there was no “fraud,” and the Department of Justice investigated Allegheny County for voter suppression.
This was the election where Ohio’s Tea Party took it upon themselves to personally police the voter rolls, attempting to purge thousands of African Americans, Latinos, students and poor people from the rolls in the counties President Obama won in 2008.
This was the election where Florida slashed early voting hours, which are predominantly used by minority voters and low wage workers who cannot afford to miss work to vote – and even admitted that they cut the hours for to suppress minority voting. Voters in poor areas received calls telling them the wrong election day and the state also targeted thousands of Hispanics as “potential non-citizens” so they could be purged from voter rolls. When the state voter board refused to purge the rolls, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner vowed to continue his quest to stop the so-called fraud, saying it was his “moral duty” to purge these people from the rolls.No reason to justify Section 5? Were we watching the same election? There are... more
Indiana Bill Would Force Women To Undergo Two Transvaginal Probes To Take A Pill (UPDATED) | ThinkProgressAn abortion pill, officially known as RU-486, is the earliest available abortion option for a woman. A patient could be as little as one week pregnant and take the pill to terminate. But despite the incredibly early stage at which the pill is administered, a new bill proposed in the Indiana State Senate would require women to undergo a transvaginal ultrasound before they are permitted to simply swallow the medication.
Indiana’s effort follows a sweeping national trend to mandate the medically unnecessary and invasive procedure as a way to create barriers to abortion access. And theirs goes a step further, by also forcing clinics that administer the pill to meet all of the same requirements as a surgical abortion clinic:
The provision is included in Senate Bill 371, which also would require any clinic that dispenses the drug — known as RU-486 — to meet the same requirements as a clinic that performs surgical abortions, though physicians’ offices would be exempt.
Those requirements, opponents say, potentially would force the Planned Parenthood clinic in Lafayette to close. That clinic offers the abortion pill but does not perform surgical abortions. If the bill passes, the clinic would have to widen hallways and doorways to meet state specifications for surgery and install anesthesia, surgical and sterilization equipment.An abortion pill, officially known as RU-486, is the earliest available abortion... more
Gun Owners Do The Funniest Things : 92-Year Old Denied Kiss, Fires Shots To Assert Her 2nd Amendment RightsHell hath no fury, but it does hath ammunition.
http://latestbloomer.uskoa.com/gun-owners-do-the-funniest-things-92-year-old-denied-kiss-fires-shots-to-assert-her-2nd-amendment-rights/Hell hath no fury, but it does hath ammunition.... more
http://latestbloomer.uskoa.com/senator-lindsay-graham-the-sequester-defense-cuts-and-the-swaying-plametto-state-economy/Swaying economy... more
A low cost approach. . .
http://latestbloomer.uskoa.com/snapshot-series-the-gops-infrastructure-policy-in-one-picture/A low cost approach. . .... more
No bridge for you! http://latestbloomer.uskoa.com/gop-infrastructure/
He did much better.
http://latestbloomer.uskoa.com/take-two-marco-rubios-gop-second-response-to-the-state-of-the-union-address/He did much better.... more
Of course, this is fabulous news for Democrats. They continue to bumble along without really doing much to tackle big issues like income inequity, excessive growth of entitlement or rampant militarization and military over-expansion, bumbling which should earn them a swift kick in the rear end from the electorate. But wait, the people charged with drawing up the “Kick me” sign can’t get it together to pin it on the Dems because they are too busy scratching and clawing each other.
This is a win/win for Progressives. If Rove and his ilk win out, then the Republicans send some rational and responsible lawmakers to Washington. Or at least as rational and responsible as those guys can get. Remember, Cheney and Gingrich are examples of the rational and responsible wing of the party. If they lose, then the Republicans continue to put up unelectable punching bags like Mourdock, Akin, O’Donell and the guy below, Paul Broun.Of course, this is fabulous news for Democrats. They continue to bumble along without... more