Justin's Political Corner

Sep 02

Capitol Fax.com > #IL12/#IL13: Enyart slipping fast, Callis dumped -

* Politico’s Alex Isenstadt says Bill Enyart could be dumped soon

Despite the GOP’s troubles, Democrats remain anxious that the political environment could deteriorate still further before Election Day. They say two of their vulnerable incumbents, New Hampshire Rep. Carol Shea-Porter and Illinois Rep. Bill Enyart, may soon be lost causes and are scrambling to prevent that list from growing.

We’ll see. That’s certainly a tough district for Enyart in an off year with Pat Quinn’s numbers in the tank. But only one occupation polls lower than a sitting congressman: Illinois state legislator. Mike Bost has taken lots and lots of votes over the years.

* By the way, Bost is airing his first TV ad

* Back to the Politico article. Most of the chatter I heard over the weekend was about Ann Callis

Democrats have gradually narrowed their focus to protecting jeopardized incumbents and are likely to seriously invest in only the dozen or so candidates seen as realistic contenders for Republican-held seats. At the start of the cycle, for instance, national Democrats had been talking up the candidacies of Ann Callis, a former county judge running for an Illinois seat, and Amanda Renteria, a former Capitol Hill aide seeking a California seat. Neither candidate is now seen as likely to win, and neither is receiving as much attention.

The DCCC’s only evidence that they haven’t yet jettisoned Callis is their media buy reservations haven’t been canceled. Kinda thin soup.

Meanwhile

Katie Prill, a spokeswoman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, said the GOP’s Illinois strategy has changed from defense to offense. The NRCC has spent a half million dollars on television ads to support Dold against Schneider, and a total of $1.4 million to support Mike Bost, who is facing the Democrat Enyart, and Davis in their races.

Prill singled out the Dold-Schneider race as a “huge pickup opportunity” for Republicans. Dold lost to Schneider in the independent-leaning district by about one percentage point in 2012.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has spent $800,000 on ads so far in the Dold-Schneider race, and about $3.5 million in the other two districts. U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recently appeared in Chicago to rally with Callis and Schneider, and push the Democratic campaign themes of equal pay for women and raising the minimum wage.

I have full confidence that Bill Enyart wins his #IL12seat over Tea Party-aligned Illinois State Rep. Mike Bost. In #IL13, however, I surely hope Ann Callis wins over Rodney Davis. 
#ILSen: Senator Dick Durbin should win by 10+ over Jim Oberweis . 
Go Durbin, Enyart, Callis, and Quinn/Vallas!  

H/T: CapitolFax

Fox News Analyst K.T. McFarland Blames Obama For Islamic State's Beheading Of Steven Sotloff -

From the September 2 edition of Fox News’ The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson:

GRETCHEN CARLSON: A sad day for America, right?

K.T. McFARLAND: You bet. And I’m not sure it’s a day that had to happen. You know, the president has stuck his head in the sand. We now have evidence that he’s known about the threat that was mounting, coming, the ability of ISIS to take large areas, be well-funded, be well-armed, and have this jihadist agenda of killing, murdering, raping, crucifying, beheading anybody who gets in their way. Americans, Christians, religious minorities, even other Muslims. And the president stuck his head in the sand, and now we’ve seen two Americans have lost their heads. And this is not where it’s going to be over, Gretchen. That’s what’s so upsetting. There are some 20 other unaccounted-for journalists who have been missing for the last year in Syria and in Iraq. There’s one American — 26-year-old girl who’s an aid worker. We have hundreds, if not thousands, of Americans now in Iraq and doing — in the oil industry, in the energy industry — and doing aid workers and working at hospitals teaching at schools; they’re all vulnerable. 

Previously:

The Foreign Leaders Conservative Media Wish Were In Charge Here

Fox’s Erick Erickson Understands Why “So Many” Believe Obama “Is A Closet Muslim Jihadist Sympathizer”

Laura Ingraham Tells Radio Listeners That Obama Considers Them, Not Islamic State, The “True Enemy”

h/t: MMFA

BREAKING NEWS: 2nd American Journalist Beheaded by ISIS -

H/T: Jimmy Williams at Blue Nation Review

think-progress:

Police arrest young black politician for distributing voting rights leaflets.
Video of the arrest here.

think-progress:

Police arrest young black politician for distributing voting rights leaflets.

Video of the arrest here.

Starnes: Obama Won't Confront ISIS Because He Is 'Accommodating The Islamic Faith At The Expense Of All Other Faiths' -

h/t; Kyle Mantyla at RWW

Fox News guest: Feminists aren’t being ‘what God designed them to be’ -

A group of conservative women told Fox News on Tuesday that feminism was dangerous because it had “sexualized” women and made them “afraid to be stay-at-home moms.”

In an appearance on Fox & Friends to promote their new book, “What Women Really Want,” hosts of the Internet video show Politichicks explained to host Anna Kooiman that liberal women were “intolerant.”

“They claim they’re feminists, but what they actually are, they are sexualists,” Politichicks Editor in Chief Ann-Marie Murrell opined. “It has nothing to do with empowering women anymore.”

“We earned the right to vote, we have equality in the workplace,” she continued. “If we don’t, we can fight that on a one-on-one basis. But everything they’re about now is kind of about from the head down. It has nothing to do with women’s brains or their hearts.”

Kooiman suggested that “the left was tolerant as long as you agreed with them 100 percent.”

“Women don’t want to be objectified, and what the feminist movement has successfully done, is really, sexualized women instead of feminizing women,” Politichicks host Dr. Gina Loudon asserted. “So, we’re here with a new brand of feminism, saying drop the shackles of the old feminism. It’s time for women who really want to be women, who want to be feminine, who want to be what God designed them to be.”

“They claim that we put women back into the 50s where women stayed home and took care of their children,” Murrell added. “I say that what they’re doing, they are like cave women waiting for a caveman to bonk them on the head and drag them into the cave by the hair. That’s who they are. They’re the ones putting us back into the stone ages.”

Politichicks host Morgan Brittany argued that feminists had created a stigma that made women ashamed to stay at home with their children.

“And they want less government in their lives,” she remarked. “They want to make their own decisions, they want freedom to choose for their children, their families. That’s what women really want.”

“And they also want real men,” Brittany insisted. “We love real men. We absolutely love them.”

“Stop shaving, men!” Murrell exclaimed.

“We want no more of this feminists politicizing our bodies, and what happens in our bedrooms,” Loudon concluded. “That’s all that the feminist movement has successfully done. And we’re here to battle back, and say we know what women really want.”

Watch the video below from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast Sept. 2, 2014.

h/t: David Edwards at The Raw Story

DC NFL Team poll: nearly 3/4s of Americans favor retaining name; dissent grows -

I personally favor changing the name of DC’s NFL Team. 

h/t: ESPN.com

Sep 01

President Obama gives props to the #StrikeFastFood protestors -

lowpayisnotok:

President Barack Obama gives props to fast food workers in the Fight for $15 on Labor Day!!

Post by Justin Gibson.

JUST WHEN YOU THINK RIGHT-WINGERS CAN'T STOOP ANY LOWER: Oklahoma cop accused of raping black women finds supporters on social media -

thepoliticalfreakshow:

upporters of an Oklahoma City police officer who was charged with raping or sexually abusing eight black women have raised more than $7,000 for the 27-year-old cop.

Daniel Holtzclaw was arrested in August on charges of rape, forcible oral sodomy, sexual battery, and indecent exposure for allegedly sexually assaulting women while on patrol. He is being held on $5 million bond.

Friends and family of the three-year veteran of the Oklahoma City Police Department have created a Facebook page called “Justice for Daniel Holtzclaw.” They insist the criminal allegations against him are false, and have been using the page to try to sell shirts that read, “Free the Claw” and “#JusticeForDanielHoltzclaw.”

More than 500 people have “liked” the Facebook page.

Supporters of Holtzclaw have also launched a crowdfunding campaign on the websiteGoFundMe. The page was created by Holtzclaw’s sister, who hopes to raise $100,000 for her brother, according to MLive.com. The crowdfunding campaign has raised $7,390 so far.

“The pursuit of Justice will be lengthy, but with the support of Family, Friends, and the Community, Daniel Holtzclaw will be vindicated and justice will prevail,” the page states. “All funds raised will assist Daniel and his Family as they seek the JUSTICE Daniel Holtzclaw so rightly deserves.”

Prosecutors claim that Holtzclaw stopped women, who were all black and between the ages of 34 and 58, while on patrol and threatened to arrest them or physically harm them unless they exposed themselves, allowed him to fondle them, or had sex with him.

BREAKING: Ferguson Protesters Blocked A Freeway Monday -

thepoliticalfreakshow:

People protesting the death of Michael Brownstopped traffic on Interstate 270 Monday near St. Louis.

People protesting the death of Michael Brown stopped traffic on Interstate 270 Monday near St. Louis.
Argus Streaming News / Via argusradio.com

The incident was broadcasted online by Argus Streaming News. According toKMOV 4, the blockage happened near W. Florissant, the Ferguson street where most of the protesting has happened.

The protest happened about 4:30 p.m. CDT as a group of people moved onto the freeway with their hands up.

The protest happened about 4:30 p.m. CDT as a group of people moved onto the freeway with their hands up.
Argus Streaming News / Via argusradio.com

The protesters were calling for Prosecutor Robert McCulloch to step down from the case, among other things.

The protesters were calling for Prosecutor Robert McCulloch to step down from the case, among other things.
Argus Streaming News / Via new.livestream.com

McCulloch is investigating Brown’s shooting by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. However, protesters and many community members generally have argued that his background makes it impossible for him to objectively run the case. Getting McCulloch to step aside has been one of the primary demands protesters have made in the weeks following Brown’s death.

Monday’s protest was brief; the freeway was only supposed to be shut for four and a half minutes to represent the four and a half hours Michael Brown’s body reportedly lay in the street.

Monday's protest was brief; the freeway was only supposed to be shut for four and a half minutes to represent the four and a half hours Michael Brown's body reportedly lay in the street.
Argus Streaming News / Via argusradio.com

During the two weeks after Brown’s death, numerous protesters also told BuzzFeed they were particularly upset that Brown’s body was left in the street for hours. Many in the community felt that it was disrespectful both for Brown and passersby, and that if Brown had been white the situation would have been handled differently.

Earlier Monday afternoon, it looked as though the freeway blockade wouldn’t happen.

Earlier Monday afternoon, it looked as though the freeway blockade wouldn't happen.
Argus Streaming News / Via argusradio.com

Protesters had discussed shutting down Interstate 270, but told The St. Louis Post-Dispatch they ultimately opted to postpone the event. “Until our demands are met it’s still on the table — some kind of highway action. When we’re ready we’ll tell everyone about it,” organizer Zaki Baruti told the paper Monday.

The call to postpone the protest came from Michael Brown’s family, the Post-Dispatch reported. The fact that some protesters opted to disregard Brown’s family’s request emphasizes the fact that the protests are populated by a diverse group of people who at times have differing views on what should happen.

Police were on the scene as the protesters blocked the freeway Monday, but members of Argus Streaming News said there were no conflicts and the protest remained orderly.

Police were on the scene as the protesters blocked the freeway Monday, but members of Argus Streaming News said there were no conflicts and the protest remained orderly.
Argus Streaming News / Via argusradio.com

Source: Jim Dalrymple II for Buzzfeed News

BREAKING: Michael Brown highway protest postponed at request of Michael Brown's parents -

thepoliticalfreakshow:

FERGUSON • A planned protest to briefly shut down highways in the St. Louis area Monday has been postponed at the request of Michael Brown’s family, one of the protest organizers said.

"This is a postponement," organizer Zaki Baruti told reporters outside the Ferguson police department Monday afternoon. "Until our demands are met it’s still on the table - some kind of highway action. When we’re ready we’ll tell everyone about it."

Organizers had called for drivers to block area highways at 4:30 p.m. for 4 1/2 minutes today to protest Brown’s shooting. The time of the protest is meant to symbolize the 4 1/2 hours some say Brown’s body lay in the street after the shooting.

Protester demands include dismissing Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot Brown, and removing St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch from the investigation into the death of Brown, 18, on Aug. 9.

BREAKING: No NFL Team Claims Michael Sam After Rams Cut Him, But A Canadian Football League Is Reportedly Interested In Sam -

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL, was not claimed by any NFL team after he was cut from the St. Louis Rams Saturday.

Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL, was not claimed by any NFL team after he was cut from the St. Louis Rams Saturday.
Getty Images / Marc Serota

Once the Rams dropped Sam from their final roster, he was on “waivers,” meaning that other NFL teams had until noon today to take him. Based on last year’s win-loss record, the worst team in the league had the first chance to pick him up, and the best team had the last chance.

Still, Sam can sign to the practice squad for any NFL team — and the Rams are expected to sign him to their 10-man practice unit, according to league sources cited by ESPN.

Michael Sam has not been told of any teams that claimed him on waivers. Appears he went unclaimed. Now free to sign with a practice squad.

Update - Sep. 1, 4:08 p.m., ET: Michael Sam is not a part of the St. Louis Rams’ 10-player practice squad. The club made an announcement this afternoon, naming their practice squad roster. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Montreal Alouettes are interested in signing Sam, potentially sending him to the Canadian Football League.

By the way, the @MTLAlouettes of the #CFL own the rights to DE Michael Sam. They have reached out to him, no word yet though.

We will continue to update this post as the situation develops.

Source: Logan Rhoades for Buzzfeed Sports

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Happy Labor Day! This is the day we give thanks to the unionized workers who make this day what it is. #LaborDay #1u #p2

Why [conservative] white men hate unions: The South, the new workforce and the GOP war on your self-interest -

h/t: Edward McClelland at Salon