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crooksandliars:

Wallace Calls Cruz's False Compassion On Refugee Crisis: Your Plan 'Doesn't Help The Kids'

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Sunday declared that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and other Democrats “want” a situation where refugee children were maimed and brutalized.

In an interview on Fox News, Cruz told host Chris Wallace that Reid and President Barack Obama were holding thousands of children “ransom” because they had been unwilling to “fix the problem” by deporting every undocumented immigrant child in the U.S.

"You keep talking about helping the kids," Wallace noted. "One question I have is, how do you help the kids — I understand how it helps the United States not to allow them to come into this country — how does it help the kids to just say, ‘Hey, you’ve got to stay in Central America.’"

"You talk about the violence in Central America, the murder rate in some of these countries," Wallace added. "I’m not saying it’s our responsibility to help the kids, but it doesn’t help the kids."

Cruz asserted that drug dealers who were bringing children to the U.S. were forcing families to pay a ransom.

"Horrifically, they’re cutting off body parts, and they’re sending it back to the families," he remarked. "And they’re forcing little boys and little girls, they’re putting a gun to the back of their head, and they’re saying cut off the finger, cut off the ear of another child. And if the child refuses, they’re shooting and killing that kid."

The Texas Republican said that he had been told that some of the children had been “maimed” and tortured.

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From the 07.20.2014 edition of Fox’s Fox News Sunday:

h/t: Sahil Kapur at TPM

On what planet is Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid an “atheist Mormon?” 

Only In David Barton’s world. 

H/T: Kyle Mantyla at RWW

h/t: Joan McCarter at Daily Kos

Reid’s right. 

H/T: Michael McAuliff at HuffPost Politics

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is alleging that a shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada that left two police officers and another victim dead was “absolutely staged” by the federal government.

On June 8, a married couple identified in news reports as Jerad and Amanda Miller ambushed and killed two police officers at a restaurant and killed a third person before taking their own lives in a “suicide pact" at a nearby Walmart. Witnesses say they heard the shooters state “this is the start of a revolution,” after the officers were shot. The slain officers were allegedly draped in Gadsden flags by the shooters, a symbol commonly associated with the Tea Party. Law enforcement officials believe the couple held extreme anti-government views and Jerad Miller reportedly claimed to have participated in the standoff between the Bureau of Land Management and lawless Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy.

On the June 9 edition of The Alex Jones Show, Jones claimed “the country is being purposefully imploded right now,” before calling the shootings “absolutely staged.” Jones continued stating, “There is so much proof of this being staged yesterday, when I first read about it, and this morning, that my mind exploded with hundreds of data points, and quite frankly it’s conclusive.” He then claimed that the shooting bore out some of the “hundreds of predictions” that he had made “since the Bundy ranch situation,” including a scenario where a shooting is blamed on the Tea Party. Towards the end of the segment, Jones named Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and referenced actions by the Obama administration in purporting to identify the actual parties responsible for the Las Vegas police ambush. He concluded, “I kept telling, they’re getting ready to false flag, and it happens right in Harry Reid’s district, right in his state, right in his city, with his police department”:

Jones, a founding member of the 9-11 conspiracy theories movement, often claims catastrophes — such as high-profile public incidents of violence or even natural disasters — are false flag operations conducted by the government or shadowy globalist figures. Earlier this year, Jones joined other right-wing media in championing the cause of Bundy, who refused the pay the federal government decades of past-due grazing fees. One Bundy-related conspiracy theory advanced by Jones — that the dispute was actually part of a “land grab” involving a Chinese solar company — made its way on Fox News. (Jones also gave Bundy a platform to falsely claim that he was misquoted after Bundy’s racist comments about “the Negro” came to light.)

Jones’ work is also a fixture on popular conservative website Drudge Report, whose operator Matt Drudge declared 2013 “the year of Alex Jones.” During a two-year period started in April 2011, Drudge linked to Jones244 times.

Jerad Miller was a fan of Alex Jones, according to his Facebook page. In a February 2013 posting, Miller told people to read Jones’ website, writing, “infowars.com get informed or get stupid”:

Miller frequently shared content from Jones on Facebook, including conspiracy theories relating to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, FEMA-related gun confiscation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives:

h/t: Timothy Johnson at MMFA

Harry Reid has more integrity than either of the Koch Brothers would ever dream of having. 

h/t: Caitlin MacNeal at TPM

thepoliticalfreakshow:

The Washington NFL team — desperate to defend the name that Native Americans, members of Congress, a majority of the United States Senate, religious leaders, civil rights groups, several former NFL players, the United Nations Human Rights Committee, and even President Obama have said should be changed because it is a “dictionary-defined” racial slur — started a Twitter campaign to rally support Thursday afternoon.

It started with this tweet asking fans to tell Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who has made a habit of chiding the team over its name, how they felt:

No one, other than perhaps the people running the team’s communications effort, thought this was going to go well:

And, well, it didn’t:

justinssportscorner:

It’s about time to change the team name! 

h/t: Michele Richinick at msnbc.com

thepoliticalfreakshow:

WASHINGTON — All four Senate Democratic leaders have now signaled that either they will vote against President Barack Obama’s embattled judicial nominee Michael Boggs or they have serious concerns with him.

During a Thursday press conference, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said flatly that he won’t vote for Boggs, given the nominee’s strong record as a social conservative. Reid had suggested on Wednesday that he was leaning no, but he couldn’t have been more clear on Thursday.

"I’m going to oppose him," Reid said. "He’s a person who, in my opinion, is out of the mainstream and I don’t think deserves to be a federal judge."

Boggs, who is up for a lifetime post on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, has come under fire for votes he took during his time as a Georgia state legislator. Among other things, he voted to pass a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, to keep the Confederate insignia on the state flag and to pass a measure that would have required doctors who performed abortions to post online their names and the number of abortions they performed.

Asked if he would let Boggs receive a floor vote if he makes it out of the Senate Judiciary Committee — something that is by no means a done deal — Reid said only, “We’ll see.”

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said he too has “real concerns” about Boggs and “several things” raise red flags. He singled out Boggs’ Confederate flag vote and said he wasn’t satisfied with Boggs’ responses on that front during his confirmation hearing before the Judiciary Committee, of which Durbin is a member.

"His answers really were not very good," Durbin told The Huffington Post, adding that he thinks Boggs’ positions on abortion are "extreme."

Durbin said he still wants to talk to Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) before making a final decision. Lewis, who is a civil rights icon, has become a key voice in the debate around Boggs. Asked whether he was looking to Lewis for a way to ease his concerns about Boggs, Durbin emphasized that he’s not looking for a way to support Boggs.

"I’m not asking him to ease my concerns," Durbin said. "I just want his honest opinion."

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), vice chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus, told reporters that he has “significant doubts” about Boggs given his record.

"The flag, all these other votes," Schumer said. "I’m weighing it."

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), secretary of the Senate Democratic Conference, “is not inclined to support this nomination,” according to her office.

Top Democrats may be piling up the opposition to Boggs, but the White House is standing by its nominee, given that Boggs is part of an all-or-nothing package of judicial nominees to which the president agreed with Georgia’s Republican senators. The White House maintains it had to compromise on Boggs to get other nominees backed by Democrats into the package. And compromise it did: Four of the seven nominees are GOP picks, and only two are black, despite the state’s large black population. The tradeoff, the administration argues, is that long-empty seats can get filled.

But that deal doesn’t apply to anyone else in the Senate, and some Democrats on the Judiciary Committee are signaling that they’ll vote against Boggs even making it out of the committee. The Judiciary panel isn’t likely to vote for at least a few weeks.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), who sits on the committee, said his concerns about Boggs “have only deepened” since his confirmation hearing earlier this week. Blumenthal expressed frustration with Boggs for not providing certain documents to the committee relating to opinions he issued as a Georgia state judge. One such opinion relates to reproductive rights.

"It’s a document I regard as absolutely and irrefutably relevant that so far has not been submitted," Blumenthal said, noting that Boggs already had to submit additional material to the committee in mid-April — and apologized for that — months after he submitted what were supposed to be all documents relevant to his nomination.

"The failure to submit everything relevant the first go-around, having to supplement it on April 10, maybe is excusable," Blumenthal continued. "Another round of documents raises even more substantial questions … questions about competence and integrity."

Boggs’ backers recognize the limits of their deal. White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday that the president “of course” supports Democrats voting their conscience on Boggs. On Thursday, Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) conceded that his agreement with the White House is done.

"Our deal was that the committee would hear all seven of them and the committee would vote whichever way they vote," Isakson told The Huffington Post. "Beyond that, there was no deal."

addictinginfo:

Bundy Supporter Threatens Civil War, Says Harry Reid Will ‘Have His Balls Ripped Off’ (VIDEO)

Mike_Vanderboegh

Mike Vanderboegh is a self-described “wolverine” and leader of the Three Percenters, a right-wing militia group whose specific purpose is to prepare to fight a war against an imaginary tyrannical government. Yet, he blames Senate Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) for attempting to incite an epic second Civil War. Vanderboegh sent Reid a clear warning during his speech to the collective troops at the Cliven Bundy Nevada ranch.

“Don’t poke the wolverine with a sharp stick, Harry, unless you want your balls ripped off.”

Yet more proof the obstructionist duncebuckets in the Republican Party and the policies they champion are bad for America’s morale. 
They’d rather pander to the far-right whackos than use common sense, and that’s a crying shame.  

h/t: Alan Fram at AP, via Yahoo! News

crooksandliars:

Nevermind that this story was already debunked a couple of weeks ago, the yappers over at Faux “news” are going to keep hyping it anyway. Her cohort Lou Dobbs was pushing this same garbage a couple of weeks ago and bernardpliers at KOS did a nice job of taking him apart here: Fox & Lou Dobbs Push The “Harry Reid Stealing Bundy Ranch For Chinese Solar Farm” Conspiracy Theory:

What the reporter seems to be dancing around is the fact that the proposed solar energy project was in Laughlin NV, while the Bundy ranch is in Bunkerville, nearly 200 miles away on the other side of Las Vegas and Lake Mead.

Oh, and the Chinese project was canceled in 2013 anyway. But the fact that the associated web pages were taken are just “proof” that it’s a conspiracy man.

And where were those reports Lou?

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crooksandliars:

Earlier today I wrote a post about Dana Loesch’s ridiculous defense of Cliven Bundy’s racist rant. She said that he’s an old man who could use a little media training next time.

A few things. First, to take the quote at face value it’s odd and sounds offensive. You’re talking about government overreach and you go into this story? Secondly, I hope no one is surprised that an old man rancher isn’t media trained to express himself perfectly.

He seems to be decrying what big government has done to the black family — which big government has negatively affected not just the black family, but all families regardless of ethnicity — so perhaps he included that in his remarks against big government?

Her remarks got a lot of attention for their ignorance and later in the evening Megyn Kelly invited her on her Fox News show to discuss not her embarrassing defense of Bundy, but why Harry Reid seems to be throwing fuel onto the Cliven barn fire by calling Bundy and the militias defending his ranch, "domestic terrorists," and later saying Bundy is a “hateful racist.

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Conservatives begin backing away after Cliven Bundy’s remarks disparaging ‘the Negro’ (via Raw Story )

Republican politicians began backtracking on their support of Nevada anti-government rancher Cliven Bundy after the New York Times caught Bundy making racially-inflammatory remarks blaming African-Americans for willingly submiting to dependency on federal…