Facebook and Instagram are demanding what?

TPM: “Over the past week, a number of users of the popular photo sharing app Instagram and parent company Facebook have been locked out of their accounts and prompted by both services to upload images of their government issued photo IDs to regain access, as CNET first reported on Tuesday.”

I personally stopped using FB months ago, for various reasons. I would definitely stop using it after this demand.

Sarah will not go gentle into that good night

Not only was Sarah Palin not invited to the Republican Shindig in Tampa, but the Huffington Post reports that Fox News cancelled *all* the appearances of Our Lady of Petulant Facebook Posts on Wednesday night. Palin posted her feelings about that to Facebook (natch):

[Palin] said she was miffed that she wasn’t getting a chance to laud John McCain, who is also speaking tonight. She posted a picture of the two of them, along with a statement:

I’m sorry Fox cancelled all my scheduled interviews tonight because I sure wanted to take the opportunity on the air to highlight Senator John McCain’s positive contributions to America, to honor him, and to reflect on what a biased media unfairly put him through four years ago tonight. Granted, our honored and esteemed war hero has gone through much more than the liberal media can ever do to him in their efforts to harm this patriot. I look forward to hearing his words to his fellow Americans tonight more than any of the other convention speeches. God bless John McCain. Thank you for everything. And happy birthday, my friend.

[...] Fox News responded to Palin with a statement by Bill Shine, executive vice president of programming, that was sent to Mediaite: “Our plans changed based on the fact that the RNC condensed the schedule of speeches from four nights to three. We look forward to having Governor Palin back as soon as we can.”

In other words: don’t go away mad, Sarah. Just go away.

It’s cute they still like to call her “Governor” Palin, as if people will forget she quit that job halfway through. Sarah’s 15 minutes are over — it’s Romney-Ryan’s Fox News / GOP now.

UPDATE! Fox “News” capitulated to the Facebook screed within 24 hours, and had Sarah on for her special blend of expert analysis (without all the pesky commas and periods) on Thursday night. New glasses and everything! 

She wants Romney-Ryan to apologize for voting for things that she’s (now) against: “Well, that is when a mea culpa comes in quite handy and everyone who voted for TARP and stimulus, and the six trillion dollars additional in debt that we hand to our kids and grandkids to have to pay off, which totals now $16 trillion in debt by growing government these last four years under Obama, now everybody needs say, ‘hey, I’m sorry man, for voting for that, sorry for supporting these bailouts and the Cash for Clunkers and all these goofy programs where centralized government planners tried to plan our economy and they failed.'” 

Let’s recall how The Savior of the Teapeoples viewed federal money as a mayor and a governor of Alaska before she became one-half of Team Maverick, then quit her day job to become a one season reality star and Fox News political analyst:

Boston Herald: Palin for ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ before she was against it — Also mentioned elsewhere on this site, she didn’t sell the previous governor’s plane on eBay. It was listed a few times, but no one bought it. Ultimately, state officials sold it at a $600,000 loss. Politico.com  — As mentioned elsewhere on this site, she was in favor of the “bridge to nowhere” before it become a national embarrassment; then she turned against it. But guess what? She kept the money, and spent it on other road projects (including the “road to the bridge to nowhere”, which currently leads up to an empty beach). Gov. Palin’s claim comes with a serious caveat. She endorsed the multimillion dollar project during her gubernatorial race in 2006. And while she did take part in stopping the project after it became a national scandal, she did not return the federal money. She just allocated it elsewhere. “We need to come to the defense of Southeast Alaska when proposals are on the table like the bridge,” Gov. Palin said in August 2006, according to the local newspaper, “and not allow the spinmeisters to turn this project or any other into something that’s so negative.”

The Political Chase – Palin Hired Lobbyist to Get Millions in Earmarks — When she was first elected mayor of Wasilla, the town was debt-free. When she left, the town had $20 million in debt. Palin, who portrays herself as a fiscal conservative, racked up nearly $20 million in long-term debt as mayor of the tiny town of Wasilla —that amounts to $3,000 per resident. She argues that the debt was needed to fund improvements.  Washington Post – Palin Billed State for Nights Spent at Home — She talks about being opposed to federal pork-barrel spending.  But as mayor of Wasilla, she hired a lobbyist who raked in $27 million in federal dollars for the town of 6,700 residents.  (That’s $4029 of our taxes given to each Wasillan.) A $1.9 million transportation hub and $15 million for a rail project in a town with 6,700 residents?  How many small town mayors are getting funding from the feds for projects like that?

Alaska is the ultimate welfare state: it receives more federal tax dollars than any other state in the union. It gives its residents handouts, thanks to a windfall profits tax on oil (a tax supported by Obama and opposed by McCain!). Sarah Palin has been at the forefront of making all of this happen.

— Sarah Palin’s “Alaskanomics”


via: chisanga-rebelinheels

Morning Bunker Report: TGIF 4.13.2012


Remember, ladies: this whole ‘war on women’ thing is just in your silly, little heads. In an exchange caught on camera, Virginia House Speaker William Howell (R) berates the group’s executive director Anna Scholl, mocking the group’s website and her. Howell criticizes the Washington Post’s article about the group’s as “full of half-truths or un-truths.” In a failed attempt to back up his accusation, Howell notes that while the Commonwealth paid about $230,000 on ALEC-related expenses, it spent even more on travel for the same and other legislators to attend conferences by the bipartisan National Conference of State Legislators. When by Scholl pressed as to how omission of that irrelevant detail constituted an inaccuracy, Howell berated her: “I guess I’m not speaking in little enough words for you to understand.” When Scholl responded to the slight, telling him “I’m a smart girl, actually I went to the University of Virginia,” more than capable of understanding polysyllabic words. Howell curtly replied, “We’ll good for you.” [ThinkProgress]

Congratulations, Arizona Women- Every Single One of You Is Now Officially Pregnant — According to Jan Brewer and the deep thinkers in the Arizona legislature: Life starts earliest in Arizona, which now defines gestational age as beginning on the first day of a woman’s last period, rather than at fertilization. In practice, that means the state has banned abortions after about 18 weeks (20 weeks from the last menstruation) except in the case of medical emergencies. [...] Now that Arizona has decided to separate being pregnant from when you actually become pregnant, every single woman is, according to the law, pregnant the moment they begin their last period, and will remain officially pregnant until the beginning of your very next period. There will apparently be a 1 day window in between these two events in which you are not officially pregnant.

Karl Rove’s Pro-Millionaire Facebook Campaign — The latest brainstorm from Karl Rove & Co. is on the right: a Facebook petition opposing the “Buffett Rule,” which would ensure that millionaires pay a minimum 30% tax rate. “Really,” says Greg Sargent, “it continues to amaze that people in positions of real influence could venture something this idiotic with no evident sense of embarrassment.” Lack of gall has never been one of Karl Rove’s weaknesses, so his lack of embarrassment probably isn’t really all that surprising. But what’s this all about? It is kind of dumb, after all. My guess: it’s just part of a “mud against the wall” strategy. It’s not likely to gain much traction, but it’s cheap and it might produce some useful feedback.

  • The problem Obama and Buffett are trying to address isn’t that each of them personally can’t pay more in taxes if he so chooses… Rather, they are trying to solve a society wide problem that threatens the future of a country of over 300 million people — one that, in their telling, requires a bit more sacrifice from high earners as a whole class if we are to have any hope of solving it…. The silly implication that there’s something hypocritical about calling for higher taxes on the wealthy when you are wealthy yourself and could just write a check if you really wanted to is about nothing more than sowing confusion about who is really looking out for whose interests. [Greg Sargent]

U.S. priests accused in 700 sex cases in 2011: report — Sixty-eight percent of the complaints relate to events that took place between 1960 and 1984 — the majority from 1975 to 1979, the report says. Many of the clergy members accused have since died, or been relieved of their church duties. More than 280 of them had been accused in the past, it said. Of the 21 accusations made by minors, seven were considered credible by the police and three were determined to be false, the report said. Three other cases were still under investigation. The Church spent $144 million dealing with the scandal in the United States in 2011 — including attorneys’ fees, settlements, and support for offenders — a decrease from $150 million in 2010. [...] The publication of the report comes several weeks after the start of the first trial of an American bishop who sheltered pedophile priests.

  • WHY ARE CHURCHES TAX-EXEMPT AGAIN? Catholic Bishops are urging every diocese to hold a “Fortnight for Freedom” during the two weeks leading up to the Fourth of July, for parishioners to study, pray and take public action to fight what they see as the government’s attempts to curtail religious freedom. [...] Several states have denied financing to Catholic agencies that refused to place foster children with gay parents. And the federal government refused to reauthorize a grant to a Catholic immigration organization that served victims of sex trafficking because as a Catholic group, it would not provide or refer women to services for abortion and birth control… the bishops say that unjust laws should be either changed or resisted. In this passage, the bishops seem to refer to the recent attempt by President Obama to accommodate their objection to the health care mandate, by ordering the insurance companies, and not the Catholic institutions, to pay for birth control coverage. [NYTimes]

———————————————————–——PRESIDENT OBAMA / DEMOCRATS

Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday night said the Republican-led “war on women” was real, claiming their view on birth control would take the United States back to the 1950s. “I think the war on women is real,” he told MSNBC host Ed Schultz. “And look, I’ll tell you when it’s going to intensify. The next president of the United States is going to get to name one, possibly two or more, members to the Supreme Court.” Biden said it was an “outrageous assertion” for CNN contributor Hillary Rosen to claim that Ann Romney, a mother of five, had not worked a day in her life. “My entire career as a senator and the vice president is to get to one point, when my daughter is able to make whatever choice she wants and no one question it,” he explained. [Raw Story]

Biden to Attack “Romney Rule” on Taxes – Biden will coin a new phrase — “the Romney Rule” — to illustrate his case, according to excerpts of his remarks released by the Obama campaign. “The Buffett Rule says that multi-millionaires should pay at least the same percentage of their income in taxes as middle-class families do,” Biden will say. “The Romney Rule says the very wealthy should keep the tax cuts and loopholes they have, and get an additional, new tax cut every year that is worth more than what the average middle class family makes in an entire year.” Biden refers to the so-called Bush tax cuts on individuals earning more than $200,000 and families making more than $250,000. Romney wants to extend and expand the cuts, which are set to expire at the end of the year; Obama wants to let them lapse. “Look, these are tax cuts to people who didn’t ask for them, who don’t need them, and who know the nation can’t afford them,” Biden will say. “And it matters. There’s a stark choice we have to make.” [image: Joe Biden Unleashed | Mother Jones]

Whitney Tilson, a millionaire hedge fund manager, wants President Obama to raise his taxes. Despite the fact that the Buffett Rule, the proposed minimum tax on the wealthiest Americans, would have made his federal tax bill 40 percent higher, Tilson was one of four millionaires standing with Obama yesterday at an appearance touting the rule. Tilson also penned an editorial in the Washington Post calling for the Buffett Rule’s passage, saying, “It’s okay to raise my taxes” because “simple math and basic fairness” demand it: It’s not class warfare to say that people like me — who aren’t suffering at all in these tough economic times, who are in many cases doing the best we’ve ever done and who can easily afford to pay more in taxes with no impact on our lifestyle — should be the first to step up and make a small sacrifice. [...] Think of it this way: Every billion dollars not raised from millionaires is equal to a million average U.S. families each paying an extra $1,000 in taxes. That would be real hardship for a lot of families that, unlike mine, are struggling to make ends meet. [ThinkProgress]

Taking the false-equivalence fallacy to the extreme — What much of the political world seems to be saying today is that the “war on women” now has two competing counterweights. One the one hand, we have a party that has pushed for restricting contraception; cutting off Planned Parenthood; state-mandated, medically-unnecessary transvaginal ultrasounds; forcing physicians to lie to patients about abortion and breast cancer; abortion taxes; abortion waiting periods; trap laws at abortion clinics, forcing women to tell their employers why they want birth control, opposition to prenatal care, and measures that make it harder for women to fight pay discrimination. On the other hand, we have a media pundit with no connection to her party’s presidential campaign who said something about Mitt Romney’s wife professional background. Don’t you see? Both sides clearly have a problem here. Republicans were losing the “war on women,” but not anymore. Let’s pause to appreciate the differences between policy and politics. A public policy offensive involving women’s health, waged at the local, state, and federal level is a serious development, worthy of scrutiny. It affects people in direct and personal ways… to obscure the differences a national policy initiative and a 30-second soundbite on CNN, which the pundit has since apologized for, is take the false-equivalence fallacy to depths that simply aren’t healthy for our public discourse. [Steve Benen]

Ann Coulter doesn’t consider Sarah Palin to be some “dream candidate” for a GOP brokered convention

At some Republican soiree in Florida, Ann Coulter, the scary thin blond conservative woman who writes a new book about evil Democrats bimonthly, or so it seems, had some not very kind words for her rightwing sister, Princess Braindead of the North Woods:

“One of the ones promoting that [a brokered convention] is Sarah Palin, who has suggested herself as the choice,” Coulter said. “I think as long as it’s between us girls — I’ve been observing something about her. I don’t think it’s likely to happen. I don’t know what these people are cheering for. As I wrote in a column a few weeks back, who is this dream candidate we’re hoping to get from the convention, because Rick Perry used to be the dream candidate. Can we see them in a debate first?”

[...] Coulter said that might be a weakness in the Republican Party as a whole — that certain individuals become celebrities and are allowed to profit off that status and yet still interfere in GOP politics, which Democrats have been able to avoid.“And just a more corporate problem is I think our party and particularly our movement, the conservative movement, does have more of a problem with con men and charlatans than the Democratic Party,” she said. “I mean, the incentives seem to be set up to allow people — as long as you have a band of a few million fanatical followers, you can make money. The Democrats have managed to figure out how not to do that.”

[...] Coulter proposed a pledge for Republican presidential candidates, which would be meant to limit their ability to profit off of political stardom.“The one pledge I support and I think I’m going to draft it up is for all Republican nominees for president — I want them to sign a pledge saying, ‘If I lose the nomination I pledge I will not take a gig with Fox News or write a book.’”

The funniest part isn’t the obvious “mean girls” catty jealousy being hollered across the school cafeteria. What’s delightful and hilarious is the pure existential angst she’s now caused among the rightwingnutjob teabaggers (the few million fanatics, as Coulter put it) and the rightwingnutjob true believers (the automatons who vote Republican because —  lower taxes! but who don’t live in trailers and who don’t watch NASCAR) in the comment section of two articles about Counter’s remarks.

Just LOOK at the comment section on the original post about Coulter’s remarks at The Shark Tank, and on The Daily Caller‘s website. Some of the commenters are saying things about Ann Coulter that they normally reserve for trolling liberal websites. Infighting on a grand scale!

We, the audience to this travesty that is now known as “politics” and the “GOP,” can only hope that Palin will pretend to feel victimized (as usual) and will whip up one of her extra special (and, yes, incomprehensible) word-salad surprises for Coulter on Sean Hannity’s Comedy Hour. Or (and?) maybe she’ll “write” on her famous Facebook Patriot Network “Notes” page about how Ann, pretty much, called her a charlatan and a conman (which means the same as “grifter” in liberalspeak).

Will Sarah wonder why Ann, the writer of a million books, would deny her similar fame and wealth when she hires someone to ghostwrite books on her behalf? I mean, srsly, Palin might argue, Coulter was never governor of a state with the lowest population for half a term before she quit. And Coulter certainly didn’t help John McCain lose a presidential election. Who’s more important to the future of the Birther-Teabagger-Racists caucus anyway!?

It’s unseemly and it’s not fair, I would think Sarah Palin will feel the very second she hears about this — and I think she should go on the offensive immediately. And not just for our amusement. Truthfully (and a bit uncomfortably) there are probably a lot of us who are with Ann Coulter on this: what ARE those people cheering for? Seriously.

Ready, Pitbull Barracuda (or whatever): Go!

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Comment of the day

To my FB post “F*CK Ralph Nader!”

Nader: Obama’s a “con man,” hints at indie run in 2012 [via]

Jim Moore left this excellent comment:

A primary is not the same as a rogue 3rd party candidate that doesn’t stand a snowball’s chance of winning. Nader is a spoiler in the worst sense of the word. Since his “zenith” with “Unsafe at any Speed,” Nader (or is it nadir?) has been… unable rally the kind of support needed to mount an advocacy movement. So instead he pushes his way onto ballots in an effort to give voice to his ideas. But very few are listening–just enough to throw an election.
His campaigns achieve precisely the opposite of the intended effect. By fragmenting votes that would otherwise go to the Democratic candidate, he handed the 2000 election to Bush. This is the epitome of irrational, destructive AND narcissistic behavior.

The Civil Rights movement, environmental movement, and GLBT movement all prove that advocacy can be incredibly effective. Perfect? Absolutely not. Better than some self-righteous nut job siphoning off precious votes? “You betcha.”

A vote is a CHOICE not a MESSAGE. That choice may be, and usually is, a choice between the lesser of two very real evils, but it is a choice nonetheless.

Obama’s no saint. No he won’t deliver everything he promised. Duh. He’s a politician. We must grow up and recognize that we are not shopping for TV’s here. We don’t each get precisely what we want in the size we want.

We must pick one person largely based on the fact that the person is less awful that the other person and with full knowledge that, in order to get elected, the person we choose is beholden to MANY people with widely disparate points of view–some of whom have LOTS of money.

Our choice will NEVER satisfy us all the time, because the US that elects this person is not of like mind! Democrats are and extremely diverse group. Continue reading

Pranksters ‘Letterbomb’ Beck And Palin Facebook Pages


Todd Palin emails Joe Miller:

via Wonkette:

The full e-mail (PDF):

Joe and Tim,
> Hold off on any letter for Joe. Sarah put her ass on the line for Joe
> and yet he can’t answer a simple question ” is Sarah Palin Qualified
> to be President”. I DON’T KNOW IF SHE IS.
> Joe, please explain how this endorsement stuff works, is it to be
> completely one sided.
> Sarah spent all morning working on a Face book post for Joe, she won’t
> use it, not now.
> Put yourself in her shoe’s Joe for one day.
> Todd
> Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T

When someone endorses you for Senate, you have to endorse that person for president, even if that person is unelectable and unemployed. Obviously Joe Miller has no idea how hard it is to post a status update on Facebook. [The Mudflats]

Seriously, all morning on a Facebook post?! I can’t imagine why anyone would say she’s not qualified to be president. Walk in her shoe’s Joe. They’re the shoe’s of a real patriot!


Religion + Facebook

Tea Party hate: jokes about hanging gays

Joking about the murder of a gay college student is so funny, ordinarily. Is this one of the RealAmericans that Palin is constantly yammering about?

Think Progress: Up until Sunday, Tim Ravndal was the president of the The Big Sky Tea Party Association, a prominent Montana Tea Party group. He was removed from that position, however, after apparently endorsing violence against gays and citing the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard on his Facebook page.

On July 23, Ravndal declared his opposition to gay marriage in a Facebook status update. Another user replied: “I think fruits are decorative. Hang up where they can be seen and appreciated. Call Wyoming for display instructions.” Ravndal then responded: “Where can I get that Wyoming printed instruction manual?”

The post was deleted, but here is a screenshot of their exchange:


In 1998, University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard was beaten and tied to a fence post. Police said Shepard was attacked because he was gay. The almost inescapable conclusion is that Ravndal and the other user were referencing that murder, especially when the other user replies to Ravndal that he should be able to find Wyoming’s “manual” in newspaper archives “a bit over ten years” ago.

Ravndal now says he “never made the connection” between the Wyoming reference and Shepard’s murder. Nevertheless, the Big Sky Tea Party Association’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to remove him.

It’s funny how in the end, this guy won’t even man up and admit what he thought was so amusing.