I just posted this on Facebook. After spending the last 45 minutes researching some numbers, I found this to be very interesting:

  • From 2000-2012 there had been a bit over 2,000 cases of voter fraud investigated in a nation with over 130 million registered voters. That comes out to 0.00001%
  • From 2000-2012 there were 357,772 gun deaths in a nation of 300 million people. That comes out to 0.00119%

The GOP has been on a rampage since President Obama was elected, going state to state and restricting access to our right to vote. They claim they are doing so because of the problem of voter fraud and as a way to protect that right. But look at gun violence. These are only deaths I counted and there are 119 times as many cases of that as there are allegations of voter fraud. So why isn't the GOP restricting access to the right to bear arms as a way to protect the second amendment? And while on the subject, how many people have died from voter fraud? My guess is 0. Compare that to how many have died from fire arm related deaths in my numbers above. I'm not a math whiz, but I would have to say that would be, hold on let me calculate this........carry the 2.......ok.... 100%! 

When you look at it in numbers like this, then you really see just how pathetic the GOP is. I just wish more in the media would call them out like this, using these very basic numbers.


The right has had another huge conspiracy of the administration silencing them, when it was reported that Fox News was blocked in the waiting rooms of some VA facilities. Well it turns out it wasn't the Obama administration who decided this, but rather the patients themselves. Apparently numerous veterans don't like the warmongering propaganda that is Fox News. Will Fox listen to the wishes of our veterans as the VA has, or will they insist that their false outrages be pushed upon our heroes the same way Hitler pushed his Nazi propaganda upon the people of Eastern Europe. We don't know yet, but I think the answer is probably pretty clear.

The right-wing outrage right now is over the IRS losing emails from Lois Lerner and even claiming conspiracy that in this age of technology that such a thing could happen. Of course these same Republicans are the ones that cut budgets, which are needed for things like upgrading computer systems. Just last month it was reported that the IRS would have to pay money out to Microsoft to keep running XP on their systems, since the IRS hasn't been given the needed funds to upgrade from the non-supported operating system. It's also been widely known for years that the IRS only retains backups for 6 months, due to high costs. So not having an email retention system, or even prolonged backups really should come as no surprise. 

Dick and Liz Cheney have decided to write an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, in which they say how Obama is "so wrong" about so many things, especially Iraq. Since the rise of violence in Iraq, the right has been trying to squash any discussion of exactly what lead us to the war in the first place - namely the lies of people like Dick and Liz Cheney. Now that they have decided to be heard on the issue, the discussion of their advocating and promoting lies that lead to the invasion is very much on the table. Perhaps that's why some of the staunchest of conservatives have even decided to publicly tell the former VP and his daughter to STFU about the issue. 

Thom Tillis, the candidate for Senate from North Carolina, has declared that "traditional" population isn't growing. By traditional, he means white people. So African-Americans, Latinos, Indians, etc. are non-traditional? As someone of native-American decent, I will kindly give him a big "fuck you". 

No, We Aren't Reinvading Iraq.

If you read the right's number one news site, you may have left with the feeling that Obama has decided to launch a new invasion of Iraq. Of course that feeling would be totally wrong.

In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court has ruled against straw-buying of firearms. Straw-buying is the practice of one person buying a firearm for another, which can be used to forego federal background checks. In his dissent, Scalia wrote "The court makes it a federal crime for one lawful gun owner to buy a gun for another lawful gun owner", showing Scalia had no idea what the argument was about. The whole case is about the lawfulness, and how can we be sure that is happening when the recipient is unknown? For that matter, how does the buyer even know if the person he is buying for isn't a convicted felon? But to NRA lapdogs, like Scalia, logic and common sense are always trumped by the mighty wingnut agenda.

According to Michael Steele, there is some serious interest in Eric Cantor becoming the next chairmen of the RNC. If they want the man, who just became the first majority leader in this nation to lose in a primary, to become the man in charge of electing Republicans, I say go for it! It would also really help with the GOP's identity crisis. What shows identity better than the party of big business and special interests then having their leader be Congress' #1 man of big business and special interest? Ohh and can you just imagine the moaning of the Tea Party. Yes - let's make Cantor the head of the RNC. It would be total awesomeness! 

Yesterday Eric Cantor announced he would be resigning as Majority Leader, effective July 31. There is only speculation on who his successor will be, but that is couple with one fact - the next Majority Leader will serve during a time when Congress is in session only 27 days (pdf file). Compare that to the 106 days the average American worker will serve in the same time period and you see a problem. But there's also another problem. Between Cantor's last day and the mid-term there are only 12 days in session. No one knows what will happen in November, and the person elected to replace Cantor today, may not be the replacement elected in January. So basically those 27 days have become none, with the controlling party of the House unable to lay out any agenda and too afraid to do anything, especially before November. That makes Congress the biggest welfare recipients in the country.

David Brat, the teabagger that beat Eric Cantor in the primary last night, was on Chuck Todd this morning advocating for the abolishment of the minimum wage, arguing that wages should be based upon productivity. In the above chart, you can see that his arguments fall flat, with productivity rising over the past 40+ years while wages remain flat. Somehow I think a professor of economics would know this simple fact. Of course this is a guy, that is making this argument, while trying to get one of the only jobs in this nation where wages have continually risen, while productivity has continued to plummet. That job - CONGRESS! 


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