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Explain why you don’t wear a flag pin on your pajamas, or that the 10 Commandments and the Bill of Rights are entirely separate documents, or why you believe Barack Obama is an American citizen to a rabid conservative and they’re likely to ask, “Why do you hate America?”
My question for them is, “Why do you hate sex?”Explain why you don’t wear a flag pin on your pajamas, or that the 10... more
Warning: Repeated use of the word "vagina" follows. Please make all children and Republican lawmakers leave the room!
http://veracitystew.com/?p=37578Warning: Repeated use of the word "vagina" follows. Please make all children... more
Sometimes God sends you messages through the oddest people. I think He just wants to see if we are paying attention some times.
The other day I was questioning why I was living in California ~ was it really where I should be? Then I got an email from a cousin in WA, she was ranting about how all the doctors in that area are retiring rather than practice medicine under ‘Obamacare’. I know that we are at polar ends of the political spectrum, however, that comment really bothered me. Not because of her politics, I know that, but because doctors were putting politics (and in this case greed) above their own integrity. When you graduate from Medical School you take an oath to heal and to above all ‘do no harm’. When it comes down to the nitty gritty of saving lives and ‘doing no harm’, doctors in California check their politics at the door. It is true that few things stand above politics, however, integrity and saving lives, are the exceptions.
Everyone is certainly entitled to their own political views, no matter how obstructed, however, how can those people who set aside their own integrity in the name of politics, be deemed any better than those who go to Washington and become corrupted by their surrounding? Is the doctor in Yelm who is choosing to retire rather than take a pay cut any more moral than David Vitter who breaks his marriage vows to sleep with prostitutes? Are the doctors who are poisoning their patient’s minds with their own greed, more moral than Mark Sanford of SC who fell in love with another woman? I am by no means excusing such behavior, I am merely pointing out that integrity is integrity. We all take an oath to something or someone, we are each, in our own way bound to another, when we break those bonds we are abandoning our own integrity. In the end, we each answer for our own actions and are accountable for our own integrity. Before we demand that Anthony Weiner resign, and stop doing the job for which he was elected and executed with excellence, we need to assess our own integrity. Doctors that are ruled by greed, lawyers that are guided by notoriety, and salesman that are governed by lies. The door is wide and many walk through this door on their way to that slippery slope.
I am glad that I live in California. I am glad that we are a blue state. I am glad that we stand for those who have fallen (through the cracks). We give voice to the immigrant and acknowledge his/her humanity. We provide a platform for Gay Rights because we see Gay Rights as another form of civil rights. We fight for medical marijuana because we understand that marijuana is an effective medicine (if needed) but one that drug companies cannot corner the market on. California has a huge deficit because we put people first and we understand that money isn’t everything. California is a very rich state because we stand for the poor. We take to heart the words of the Lady in the Harbor, for those yearning to breathe free, we provide the clean air!Sometimes God sends you messages through the oddest people. I think He just wants to... more
WASHINGTON -- Republican Sens. David Vitter (La.) and Rand Paul (Ky.) announced on Thursday their new push to deny birthright citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants via a congressional resolution, a legislative backdoor that they hope will prove easier than trying to amend the pertinent section of the U.S. Constitution.
The Supreme Court has consistently held that the Fourteenth Amendment grants automatic citizenship to those born on U.S. soil, but Vitter and Paul said Thursday that right should not extend to children of undocumented parents and that their resolution would close this "loophole." Passing an amendment to the Constitution is near-impossible, so the senators are instead introducing a "resolution that would amend the Constitution," according to a statement from the senators.
It's incorrect to assume "the 14th Amendment confers birthright citizenship to the children of illegal aliens, either by its language or intent," the statement said. "This resolution makes clear that under the 14th Amendment a person born in the United States to illegal aliens does not automatically gain citizenship."
This is the primary argument the two Republicans will have to stand on. They're walking a fine line between their broad ideology of strict adherence to the Constitution -- Paul in particular has been a darling of the Tea Party -- and their animus for undocumented immigration.
The debate over interpretation of the Fourteenth Amendment hit a fever pitch in Congress last summer, when Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said undocumented immigrants come to the country to "drop and leave" their children and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said he feared "anchor babies" would be used by al Qaeda to raise radicals with American passports.
At the state level, legislation similar to the Vitter-Paul resolution is already underway. Arizona state Sen. Ron Gould (R) and state Rep. John Kavanagh (R) agreed to unveil bills jointly on Thursday that would limit citizenship to children with at least one parent who "has no allegiance to a foreign country." The bills have already garnered support from state Senate President Russell Pearce, the author of Arizona's controversial 2010 immigration law SB 1070. A number of other state lawmakers plan to introduce similar legislation.
Because states administer birth certificates, state legislators claim they have the right to change how citizenship is defined under the Fourteenth Amendment. This could, however, create a patchwork system of citizenship criteria.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/27/vitter-paul-resolution-birthright-citizenship_n_814986.htmlWASHINGTON -- Republican Sens. David Vitter (La.) and Rand Paul (Ky.) announced on... more
A prominent philanthropist, cancer survivor, and American businessman, David Koch, has given millions(http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/08/30/100830fa_fact_mayer?currentPage=all) to the cause of cancer research, while his company—Koch Industries—has lobbied against formal recognition of formaldehyde as a carcinogen, The New Yorker reported in a piece published today.
Koch sits on the advisory board of the National Cancer Institute—a position he was appointed to in 2004 by President Bush, reported The New Yorker.
The National Cancer Institute published a study in 2009 concluding that formaldehyde causes cancer in humans. Here’s The New Yorker, describing that study’s findings:
The study tracked twenty-five thousand patients for an average of forty years; subjects exposed to higher amounts of formaldehyde had significantly higher rates of leukemia. These results helped lead an expert panel within the National Institutes of Health to conclude that formaldehyde should be categorized as a known carcinogen, and be strictly controlled by the government.
As we’ve noted, prior to the May 2009 study, the National Cancer Institute had also performed a preliminary study that linked formaldehyde to leukemia, but members of Congress including Sens. James Inhofe, R-Okla., and David Vitter, R-La., managed(http://www.propublica.org/article/how-senator-david-vitter-battled-formaldehyde-link-to-cancer) to delay the EPA from officially designating the chemical as a “known carcinogen.” (The EPA in June, however, released a draft assessment(http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/0/446155902B97B31A85257735006516D5) of formaldehyde that supports that designation, but it’s not yet official.)
In 2005, Koch Industries bought Georgia-Pacific, one of the world’s largest plywood manufacturers and a major formaldehyde producer. The company has donated to both Vitter and Inhofe(http://www.propublica.org/article/how-senator-david-vitter-battled-formaldehyde-link-to-cancer).
In a letter to federal health authorities sent last December, the company’s vice-president of environmental affairs wrote that “the company ‘strongly disagrees’ with the N.I.H. panel’s conclusion that formaldehyde should be treated as a known human carcinogen,” reported The New Yorker.
The National Cancer Institute’s director, Harold Varmus, told The New Yorker that at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center—where he used to work and where Koch donated $40 million dollars and serves on the board—it wasn’t uncommon for donors to have large business interests, but “the one thing we wouldn’t tolerate in our board members is tobacco.” Varmus was “surprised,” however, when The New Yorker told him about Koch Industries’ stance on formaldehyde.
We’ve asked Koch Industries to comment the matter but have not yet heard back.
For more, read the full New Yorker piece(http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/08/30/100830fa_fact_mayer?currentPage=all) a profile of David Koch and how he’s influenced American politics for right-wing causes.
Update: Koch Industries didn't respond with a comment when we emailed and called, but has issued a response to The New Yorker piece in the comments section of this post. It links to a fuller response on its own website(http://www.kochind.com/kochfacts/default.aspx), from which I've pulled out the relevant section on formaldehyde:
We believe any/all regulations should be based on sound science. Georgia-Pacific meets standards currently set for formaldehyde in a variety of applications and has provided comments on formaldehyde’s classification as part of the established regulatory development process in the United States. The debate over EPA's recent review of formaldehyde is not simply an industry concern. Several federal agencies have submitted formal comments urging caution and questioning some of the data and information on which EPA's decision was based. There are numerous indications that the science EPA has employed may not be the best and to make any final decisions prior to the current comprehensive scientific review of formaldehyde by the National Academy of Sciences would be inappropriate.
We had originally asked Koch Industries whether there's a conflict between David Koch's position on the advisory board of the National Cancer Institute and his company's opposite stance on formaldehyde. The company did not address this question in its response.A prominent philanthropist, cancer survivor, and American businessman, David Koch, has... more
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Popular Gov. Joe Manchin won the Democratic nomination Saturday and will face GOP primary winner and wealthy businessman John Raese in the race to fill the Senate seat vacated by the late Robert C. Byrd.
In Louisiana, scandal-tainted Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter easily beat two little-known challengers and will meet Democratic Rep. Charlie Melancon, who won his party's primary, in November.
Vitter survived a 2007 prostitution scandal after he admitted an unspecified "serious sin" after his phone number appeared in the records of a Washington prostitution ring. He has also shrugged off fresh questions about his judgment in allowing an aide to remain on his staff for more than two years after a violent attack on a woman police identified as his ex-girlfriend.
With little competition from his own party, he and Melancon have already engaged in a war of attack ads.
The primary in West Virginia was hastily called after Byrd, a 92-year-old Democrat elected to a record ninth term in 2006, died June 28.
Manchin won his seventh-straight statewide campaign. He enjoys high approval ratings and was seen as a comforter-in-chief to victims' families following the Upper Big Branch mine explosion, which killed 29 workers in April, and the Sago mine disaster in 2006.
"I'm running for the U.S. Senate to represent all the people," said Manchin, 63. "It's going to be a sprint now and we're prepared."CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Popular Gov. Joe Manchin won the Democratic nomination Saturday and... more
Louisiana Senator and prostitute enthusiast David Vitter in a moment of what passes for jocularity in the Vitterverse, on Rush Radio 99.5 in New Orleans.
At issue: MSNBC host Rachel Maddow's femininity (relative to the women Vitter pays to have sex with him, presumably).
MALE HOST: I wonder if Senator Vitter is ever going to post, like, maybe the video of the first time he was on the floor of the Senate. If I have to show the way I looked the first time I was on TV, you should do that too.
VITTER: We should go further back than that, how about high school yearbook?
MALE HOST: Oh yeah.
VITTER: De La Salle marching band.
MALE HOST: That'd be cool. Well you know, with Rachel Maddow they had that picture of her...
FEMALE HOST: Looking like a woman.Louisiana Senator and prostitute enthusiast David Vitter in a moment of what passes... more
There are only a handful of people in Congress that can compare to Rep. Michele Bachman (R-WTFistan) for sheer, willful igrnorance and buffoonery, but Sen. David Vitter (R-Asshatylvania) is right up there. Vitter answered a question from an Orly Taserer over the weekend and provided an answer as slick as BP oil.There are only a handful of people in Congress that can compare to Rep. Michele... more
They groped. They skirt-chased. They lusted in their hearts. And now they will live in infamy
Whether politicians cheat is hardly even a question. Why politicians cheat is a question that will never have a satisfactory answer. But which politicians have had the most spectacular, messiest, craziest affairs? That we can get to the bottom of. Philandering is as old as marriage itself, but the twenty-five instances listed here all have some variation on the theme that makes them notable even in the perpetually randy confines of the Beltway. Obviously the list is not exhaustive; as long as there are politicians, it'll never be complete.
http://www.gq.com/news-politics/politics/201006/the-twenty-five-greatest-philanderers-in-american-political-history#introThey groped. They skirt-chased. They lusted in their hearts. And now they will live in... more
The four conservative activists arrested for tampering with the phones of Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu earlier this week have been linked to the Pelican Institute, a conservative New Orleans think tank. Pelican is a relatively new organization, but it appears to have strong ties to members of the state’s Republican elite, most notably Representative Charles Boustany.
Though only one of the tamperers is from Louisiana, Pelican appears to have been the group’s home base there. The apparent ringleader, James O’Keefe — also the activist behind last September’s ACORN videotape — spoke at a Pelican Institute luncheon last week. Another one of the four, Robert Flanagan, is a paid blogger for Pelican (Flanagan is the son of the acting US attorney in Shreveport, Bill Flanagan). Pelican’s founder, Kevin Kane, blogs at BigGovernment, the site where O’Keefe first posted the ACORN video.
TPMMuckraker has found that Pelican “enjoys a prominent voice in Louisiana political circles.” A close look at its board of directors helps explain why this is the case.
Pelican listed three board members on its 2008 990 (available from Guidestar): founder Kevin Kane, lawyer Stephen Gele, and one “J LeBlanc.” A LinkedIn page reveals that the listing refers to Jennifer LeBlanc, a Republican fundraiser who chaired the Lousiana finance committee of presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani in 2008.
LeBlanc is extremely tightly linked to Representative Charles Boustany, who was a close friend of her late husband, Patrick LeBlanc, before he died in a 2008 plane crash. LeBlanc was a top Boustany donor, as well, and he and Jennifer hosted a high-profile fundraiser for his Congressional campaign in 2005. Vice president Dick Cheney was the featured guest. The LeBlancs, Boustany, and Senator David Vitter all endorsed Rudy Giuliani’s campaign for president in 2007.
Boustany and Cheney.
Boustany and Cheney.
Boustany also endorsed LeBlanc during his unsuccessful run for state representative that year. That bid was undone by ongoing scandals related to LeBlanc’s prison operation and construction business, LCS Corrections. The company operates private prisons throughout the southeast and Texas, and has been investigated by the FBI for “contracting irregularities” related to possible bribery schemes.
Boustany’s brother-in-law, Christopher Edwards, was LeBlanc’s attorney during his campaign, and threatened to sue LeBlanc’s opponent over a negative ad. Edwards is the nephew of disgraced Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards.
When Patrick LeBlanc died, Boustany released the following statement:
“Pat was my dear friend, a loving family man and a leader in the Lafayette community. It is a terrible loss, and my thoughts and prayers are with Jennifer and his children. Bridget and I will miss him greatly.”
Boustany and Pelican were both out in front of the ACORN scandal in August and September.
Boustany was one of the first members of Congress to react to news of the ACORN videotape last September. The day after the news broke, on September 11, 2009, he called for a House Oversight investigation of the group’s tax prep activities.
TPM has reported that Pelican published an investigative report on ACORN in August 2009, one month before the O’Keefe videotape was released. The report alleged that ACORN had evaded federal taxes on a number of occasions.
Was there coordination between Boustany, BigGovernment, Pelican, and O’Keefe? What role does Jennifer LeBlanc play at the Pelican Institute? Who funds the organization?
There’s still a lot more to learn here, but this is shaping up to be a very interesting scandal. Leia and WileECoyote have done awesome work updating information on the various networks behind O’Keefe and Pelican.
More at the link:The four conservative activists arrested for tampering with the phones of Louisiana... more
In May, President Obama nominated a renowned scientist known as the "father of green chemistry" to head the EPA's Office of Research and Development. For an administration that supports ambitious climate change legislation and stresses the importance of sustainability, the nomination of Paul Anastas, director of Yale's Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering and a former White House environment director, was very much in keeping with its broader agenda. Anastas' nomination was unanimously approved in committee in July, and his confirmation seemed all but assured. Yet six months later Anastas still isn't confirmed. Standing in his way is Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), whose block on Anastas' nomination raises questions about Vitter's close ties to the formaldehyde industry.
Today, the future of the formaldehyde industry is very much in jeopardy. A few years back, the International Agency for Research on Cancer definitively announced that the chemical, used in building materials and household products, causes cancer in humans. The EPA, which has studied formaldehyde's risks for more than a decade, doesn't go quite so far, saying it's a "probable human carcinogen." But that could soon change. The EPA has recently signaled that it plans to definitively assess formaldehyde's health effects. "This is not the time for more delay," an EPA spokeswoman told the New Orleans Times-Picayune in September. As the agency's research director, Anastas would surely have a role in this assessment. Given that one of Anastas' specialties is researching "the design of safer chemicals and chemical processes to replace hazardous substances," the formaldehyde industry is predictably concerned about his nomination.
http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2009/11/sen-vitter-formaldehyde-shillIn May, President Obama nominated a renowned scientist known as the "father of... more
A rape victim in Baton Rouge asks David Vitter why he supported big corporations over sexual assault victims when he was one of only 30 senators who opposed a Senate amendment to make sure assault victims get their day in court.A rape victim in Baton Rouge asks David Vitter why he supported big corporations over... more
GOP senator dodges tearful rape victim’s questions
By David Edwards and Daniel Tencer
Monday, November 2nd, 2009 -- 11:20 am
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Confronted by an impassioned rape survivor at a town hall Saturday night, Sen. David Vitter tried everything from sympathizing to deflecting blame onto the Obama administration for his decision to vote against an anti-rape amendment.
Finally, amid shouts from protesters, the Louisiana Republican simply walked away.
Vitter was one of 30 Republican senators who voted against Sen. Al Franken's amendment, passed in the Senate last month, that would de-fund government contractors who prevent employees from seeking justice when they have been raped.GOP senator dodges tearful rape victim’s questions
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Video blogger Mike Stark caught up with Louisiana Senator David Vitter as Vitter was entering an elevator. Asked what he had to say about the Keith Bardwell, the Louisiana Justice of the Peace who refused to marry an interracial couple, Stark was met with a closing elevator door.Video blogger Mike Stark caught up with Louisiana Senator David Vitter as Vitter was... more
Millions of illegal immigrants could be counted which can influence the proportioning to the individual states of the 432 allotted members of the House.Millions of illegal immigrants could be counted which can influence the proportioning... more
Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) has filed an amendment to the $32.1 billion FY10 Interior-Environment appropriations bill that would block any of the bill’s funds from being used to carry out orders from Carol Browner, director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, who is often referred to in the press as the White House “climate czar“:
Lawmakers have filed more than 20 amendments to the $32.1 billion FY10 Interior-Environment appropriations bill, including a proposal from Sen. David Vitter, R-La., that would prohibit any of the bill’s funds from being used to carry out directives from the White House climate change czar.
The amendment will ensure the climate czar is not directing actions of the departments and agencies funded in the bill, Vitter said.
While the right may be dedicated to portraying Browner’s position as unaccountable, unprecedented, and even “radical,” the fact is that Browner was originally brought into the executive branch as head of the Environmental Protection Agency in 1993 — a position in which she was unanimously approved by the Senate.
Since taking her role, Browner has been a vital part of efforts to combat climate change. She was involved in negotiating crucial new emissions standards with automakers last spring, and is a major part of congressional discussions over cap and trade.
Vitter’s amendment is likely more motivated by his anti-environmental views than any of his absurd claims that the White House’s use of special advisers is “unconstitutional.” In 2008, Vitter recieved the lowest possible rating — 0 percent — from three leading environmental groups: Environment America, the League of Conservation Voters, and the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund. Last summer, Vitter told a room full of Exxon Mobil employees that he doesn’t think the science of global warming isn’t “clear and settled,” and has made opposition to climate change legislation one of his major priorities.Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) has filed an amendment to the $32.1 billion FY10... more
Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) is the self-proclaimed “most outspoken critic of ACORN.” Following the release of incriminating videos showing ACORN workers giving advice to undercover conservative activists inquiring about how to start a brothel and not get caught, Vitter and other Republicans called for investigations and audits of the organization. On Monday, he put out a press release bragging about all his anti-ACORN work over the years and commending the administration for condemning the group:
After months of beating the drum and continued news reports of criminal investigations, the president and his administration are finally starting to distance themselves from ACORN. The Census dropping ACORN as a partner is a good, common sense move. Now we must go one step further and support my simple and direct amendment, which declares that no federal funds should go ACORN.
Yet despite all his anti-ACORN activism, Vitter missed the vote that cut off federal funding for the group. A spokesman said that there was “a scheduling error” that caused the senator to miss his flight back to Washington in time for the roll call, but he still “called colleagues and urged them to support the amendment.”
Vitter’s outrage over the latest ACORN scandal seems extraordinarily hypocritical, in light of what he went through in 2007:
A woman accused of running a Washington prostitution ring placed five phone calls to David Vitter while he was a House member, including two while roll call votes were under way, according to telephone and congressional records.
Vitter, a Louisiana Republican now in the Senate, acknowledged Monday that his number was on the woman’s call list and apologized for a “very serious sin.”
Vitter, of course, kept his federal funding, and remains in the Senate.Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) is the self-proclaimed “most outspoken critic of... more