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A Canadian in the White House? Ted Cruz Announces His Presidential Bid

Ted Cruz Presidential Bid

Senator Ted Cruz of Texas announced his bid for the Republican presidential nomination before a packed auditorium at Liberty University.

The Republican made it clear to the sea of youthful faces that individual liberty for all Americans* was the key theme of his presidential campaign announcement – although  attendance at the speech was mandatory for “Liberty” University students.

* Some restrictions apply. See candidate for details.

“God’s blessing has been on America from the very beginning of this nation, and I believe God isn’t done with America yet,” the Texas senator said. “I believe in you. I believe in the power of millions of courageous conservatives rising up to reignite the promise of America, and that is why today I am announcing that I am running for president of the United States.”

The rest of the speech covered the typical Tea Party talking points, with Cruz asking listeners to “imagine” an America run by him and his Evangelical Christian values.

“Imagine a president that finally, finally, finally secures the borders,” he said, and “imagine a simple flat tax,” before inviting the crowd to “imagine abolishing the IRS”.

Yes, “imagine” an American President who:

  • Denies that humans are contributing to climate change because it snowed in New Hampshire.
  • Wants to recriminalize abortion and shut down Planned Parenthood.
  • Incorrectly believes that emergency contraception causes abortions.
  • Thinks the possibility of Sharia Law being imposed on America is an “enormous problem” in the United States.
  • Supports the teaching of creationism in public schools
  • Calls same-sex marriage “tragic and indefensible.”
  • Would veto any gun control legislation even if it had the support of 90% of Americans
  • Tries to repeal Obamacare with quotes like this: “When Americans tried it, they discovered they did not like green eggs and ham and they did not like Obamacare either. They did not like Obamacare in a box, with a fox, in a house or with a mouse. It is not working.”

While Ted Cruz is a great candidate for those who don’t think Rand Paul is quite crazy enough for them, is he American enough to run for president?

Rafael Eduardo Cruz was born a proud Canadian to an American mother and a Cuban father before moving to the United States at the age of four. Does this mean the beloved birther movement will be reborn?

The answer is no. Because Cruz was born to at least one American citizen who had spent more than a year in the US, he is considered a natural born American citizen.

So then why all the birther nonsense when Obama ran for president? Even if he was born in Kenya, his mother was still American, right? Yes, but Obama is back and his middle name is Hussain… so things went a little differently.

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Fairness Smairness: Senate GOP Blocks Pay Equity Bill… And Other News

Paycheck Fairness

Senate Republicans banded together on Wednesday to block the Paycheck Fairness Act, a Democratic bill aimed at narrowing the pay gap between men and women – because why not alienate female voters further?

The Paycheck Fairness bill seeks to allow female workers to compare salaries without the threat of employer retaliation, requires companies to explain pay disparities, and permits those discriminated against to seek damages. The legislation needed 60 votes to open up a debate but failed to reach that threshold. Democrats vowed to bring it up the bill again and again and accused Republicans of “obstruct[ing] equal pay for equal work.” President Obama chimed in too, saying it was “wrong” of the GOP to block the bill. But the GOP senators don’t care. They say the bill would do little to solve the pay equity problem and it was just a distraction from Democrats’ record on the lousy economy. Politico

Daycare CrashDaycare disaster! One girl has died and 14 other children were injured after a hit-and-run SUV crashed into a daycare near Orlando, Florida. Police are on the hunt for the hit-and-run suspect, deemed to be 26-year-old Robert Corchado. Corchado, who has a looong history of arrests, slammed into a black Toyota Solara, which then plowed into the daycare center. Considering Corchado was sentenced to three years in prison for cocaine trafficking in 2010 (released in 2012) and was also arrested last December on charges of heroin and cocaine possession (released on bail), he was probably hopped up on drugs. In hindsight, it seems the multiple releases were probably a mistake…  Global News

boston bomberAnnexing Crimea? Putin’s fault. Uprisings in eastern Ukraine? Blame Putin! Everything wrong with Russia? Putin again! The Boston Marathon bombings? All signs point to Putin. The new inspector general’s report reveals that Russia withheld important information about the Boston bombing brothers which would have led to more careful scrutiny of Tsarnaev brother #1 prior to the 2013 attack. Russian officials told the FBI in 2011 that Tsarnaev was “a follower of radical Islam” and he “had changed drastically since 2010 as he prepared to leave the United States for travel to the country’s region to join unspecified underground groups.” The FBI then pushed for more info but the Russians declined their multiple requests for additional intelligence about Tsarnaev. It was only after the bombings occurred last April that the Russians finally ponied up all their Tsarnaev details, including information from a telephone conversation the Russian authorities had intercepted between Tsarnaev and his mother in which they discussed Islamic jihad. [Insert promotional plug for the NSA] New York Times

Crimea Burger CzarBurger King invades Crimea! After McDonald’s exited the former Ukrainian region after their Russian annexation, Burger King (Burger Czar?) has swooped in to fill the fast food void. “We are planning to open in Crimea, but I cannot say when exactly it will happen or how many outlets the company will have,” said Burger King Russia CEO Dmitry Medovy. Sensing an opportunity to cash in, Burger King will expand its collection of already 200 restaurants in Russia, which are part of a franchise partially controlled by state-owned bank VTB. Well, at least we don’t have to worry about Russia reverting back to communism! The capitalist spirit seems alive and well. Independent 

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WTF Illinois? The Republican House Candidate Who Said Autism and Tornadoes Were the Result of God’s Anger Over Gay Marriage Just Won Her Primary

Susanne Atanus GOP Candidate

Primary voters handed a narrow victory to Susanne Atanus, a GOP candidate who blames autism, dementia, and tornadoes on abortion and same-sex marriage.

Atanus was one of two Republicans lining up to challenge Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) for her seat representing the 9th District of Illinois, but during the lead up to the primary vote, Atanus let out a spew of verbal diarrhea, that prompted the state’s Republican Party to sever ties with the 55-year-old candidate.

“I am a conservative Republican and I believe in God first,” Atanus told the Daily Herald.

“God is angry. We are provoking him with abortions and same-sex marriage and civil unions,” Atanus continued, adding that diseases such as autism and dementia are punishment for legalized abortion and gay rights.

Same-sex activity is going to increase AIDS. If it’s in our military it will weaken our military. We need to respect God.”

After her controversial comments, not even Illinois Republican Chairman Jack Dorgan wanted to be associated with her. He urged her to drop out of the race, but Atanus ignored the party leader’s call for her withdrawal, and ended up winning the primary race without the backing of the Illinois Republican Party. How???

Well, at least the race was tight. Her primary opponent, Republican David Earl Williams III, received 12,012 votes compared to Atanus’ 12,447 votes. 30-year-old Williams wasn’t exactly a dream candidate either. He’s currently fighting a judge’s order to attend anger management classes and undergo a mental health assessment following a domestic violence dispute.

Considering a Republican hasn’t won the 9th district in over 60 years, Rep. Jan Schakowsky probably doesn’t care one way or another who won. But I suppose it will be nice to win with 70% of the vote against this crazy woman instead of only getting 60% against a slightly more reasonable candidate/domestic abuser – takes a bit of the pressure off.

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Republicans Set Up Fake Websites for Democratic Candidates

Fake Democratic Websites

If you can’t win, cheat! The National Republican Congressional Committee appears to have set up at least 16 websites made to look like official campaign sites for Democratic candidates.

The National Republican Congressional Committee bought up hundreds of URLs ahead of the 2014 election cycle to trick democratic donors into donating to the wrong party. At first glance, the websites appear fairly legit – until you read the fine print. The websites feature photos of the candidates with logos and slogans in the candidate’s typical design and colour scheme as well as donation forms that accept credit cards and encourage viewers to contribute up to $500. Except instead of the donations going to the Democratic candidates, it goes to the NRCC.

For viewers who read the text, it quickly becomes apparent that this is not the candidate’s official website, but rather a smear campaign. The websites display disclaimers that they are funded by the NRCC at the bottom – and while they’re not technically considered fine print, they’re certainly a lot smaller than the big donate button that users can click to send money to the NRCC.

The NRCC believes the well-thought out, well-planned program is pure genius.

“The idea is people who are looking for information on the candidate, one of the places we all go now is online and so this is a way for folks to find out more about the candidates and information they may not find on the candidate’s own site,” said Daniel Scarpinato, the NRCC’s press secretary.

”Well, we are very proud of this program.”

And it seems to be working too. Some “low information” voters have been tricked into donating to the wrong party. One retired Florida man decided that he wanted to make a donation in a local congressional race so googled the Democratic candidate’s name, “Alex Sink.” The search result he clicked on happened to be the NRCC’s mock website. After entering his financial information, he saw read the smaller text and realized he’d made a terrible mistake.

But what else are the Republicans going to do besides resort to dishonesty and fraud? Run on their record? I don’t think so.

Via: Los Angeles Times

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Rand Paul Wants Everyone To Forget The Republican War On Women And Remember Monica Lewinsky

Monica Lewinsky Rand Paul

Refuting the Democrats’ claim that Republicans are launching a “war on women,” Rand Paul suggested people should take a closer look a Bill Clinton and his “predatory behaviour” towards Monica Lewinsky.

Forget the GOP’s repeated attacks on family planning funding and legal abortion, their controversial comments about women, rape and birth control, and their effort to remove contraception from health insurance plans! If any party is launching a war on women, it’s the Democrats because Bill Clinton had an affair nearly 20 years ago.

“The Democrats — one of their big issues is they’ve concocted this, ‘Republicans are committing a war on women,'” the Kentucky Republican said on NBC’s Meet The Press. “One of the work place laws and rules that I think are good is that bosses shouldn’t prey on young interns in their office. I think really the media seems to have given President Clinton a pass on this. He took advantage of a girl that was 20-years-old and an intern in his office. There is no excuse for that and that is predatory behavior.”

Well, Monica Lewinsky was actually 22 and held a paid position for most of her time at the White House. And I probably wouldn’t call public humiliation and the threat of impeachment a complete pass…. but go on…

“Someone who takes advantage of a young girl in their office — I mean really, and then they have the gall to stand up and say that Republicans are having a war on women? So yes, I think it’s a factor. Now it’s not Hillary’s fault. But it is a factor in judging Bill Clinton in history.”

So, Bill Clinton’s two decades old affair is irrelevent to the upcoming presidential campaign and Hillary should be judged on her own reputation and accomplishments? Nope, not in Rand Paul’s mind!

“It’s hard enough to separate one [Clinton] from the other,” Paul said, suggesting Bill Clinton’s behaviour will be forever linked to potential Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

So next time the GOP says something condescending or demeaning towards women (later today?), let’s all remember Monica Lewinsky. And while we’re at it, let’s all remember that time Rand Paul kidnapped a college classmate and forced her to take bongs hits.

 Via: Politico

Side note: Here’s a true story about a Rand Paul fan.

I was out and about in downtown Toronto one night (the last place you’d expect to find a hardcore Rand Paul enthusiast), and some guy approached my friend “Sara”. The discussion turned to politics and he began preaching about Rand Paul and all his terrific economic policies. BUT, because he was talking to a woman he had to explain them using makeup and jewelry analogies (no joke). I mean, there’s no way a woman could ever understand Economics 101 without a makeup analogy! Admittedly, he was on heroin and appeared to lack any critical insight, but I thought “this guy gets it.” He knows what it means to be a true Rand Paul enthusiast; it’s a not-so-clever combination of unrelenting free market values and condescending remarks to women.

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Mike Huckabee: Democrats Think Women “Can’t Control Their Libido” Without Birth Control From “Uncle Sugar”

Former Arkansas Governor and former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee

When a Republican talks about women and their reproductive rights, it never ends well. And former Arkansas Governor and 2008 Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is no exception to the rule.

Fed up with the anti-Republican “War on Women” narrative, Mike Huckabee went on a bit of a rant at the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting in downtown Washington.

“Our party stands for the recognition of the equality of women and the capacity of women,” Huckabee told his audience.

Okay… so far so good.

“That’s not a war on them. It’s a war for them. And if the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control, because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government, then so be it.”

Aaaand you blew it…

Huckabee, referring to the provision of the Affordable Care Act that requires most employers to cover the full range of contraception in their health insurance plans, told his GOP buddies that women are “outraged” when Democrats paint them as nothing but “victims of their gender.”

“Women I know are outraged that Democrats think that women are nothing more than helpless and hopeless creatures whose only goal in life is to have the government provide for them birth control medication,” he said. “Women I know are smart, educated, intelligent, capable of doing anything that anybody else can do.”

Except being capable of having complete control over their own reproductive choices of course. That’s Huckabee’s job. But at least he’s got one thing right; many women are smart, educated and intelligent. And that’s why the majority of women don’t vote Republican.

Via: The Washington Post

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Chicago GOP Candidate Knows the True Cause of Autism and Dementia

Susanne Atanus Autism

Not to let British politician David Silvester have all the fun, Susanne Atanus, a Republican candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in Illinois, says autism and dementia are punishments from God for the gay rights movement and abortions.

Wait a minute… autism isn’t caused by vaccines? Jenny McCarthy is going to be pissed.

Susanne Atanus, one of two Republicans lining up to challenge Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) for her seat representing the 9th District of Illinois, let out the crazy during an interview with the Daily Herald this week.

“I am a conservative Republican and I believe in God first,” Atanus began in the taped portion of the segment.

“God is angry. We are provoking him with abortions and same-sex marriage and civil unions,” Atanus continued, adding that diseases such as autism and dementia are punishment for legalized abortion and gay rights.

Same-sex activity is going to increase AIDS. If it’s in our military it will weaken our military. We need to respect God.”

Yikes. No wonder she has two failed runs for Congress on her belt. Oh well, at least she’ll always have her looks… oh wait. I wonder what she did to receive that punishment from God?

Considering a Republican hasn’t won the 9th district in over 60 years, I guess Atanus assumed she could say whatever she wanted, knowing she was going down in defeat anyways – barring a miracle from God. But the Illinois GOP is pretty peeved Atanus is making the rest of them look extra insane.

Illinois Republican Chairman Jack Dorgan urged Atanus to slowly step away from the party, saying:

“The offensive statements by Susanne Atanus have no place in the modern political debate, and she has no place on the ballot as a Republican. Her candidacy is neither supported nor endorsed by the leaders of our party, and she should withdraw from the race immediately.”

Meanwhile, Atanus’ primary opponent David Earl Williams III is rubbing his hands together with glee watching the scandal go down. Barely able to contain himself during the Daily Herald’s joint GOP candidate interviews, the slightly more moderate candidate began to look better and better by the second. And that’s no easy feat considering a judge recently ordered him to undergo a mental-health evaluation and anger-management classes.

Via: Huffington Post

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Chris Christie Has the Secret to a 2016 GOP Win: Show Up

Chris Christie Show Up

Recently re-elected New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has dismissed speculation that he is gearing up for a presidential bid, but has some advice for fellow Republicans: show up for minorities.

Chris Christie attributed his landslide win on Tuesday to reaching out to minorities.

“I’ve worked hard with the Hispanic community to let them see how our policies can help their families. I’ve worked hard with the African-American community. I’ve worked hard with seniors and students.” Christie said, explaining his better-than-average showings among minorities.

The New Jersey Governor also said his fellow Republicans need to “show up” in places that aren’t traditional GOP strongholds such as Hispanic and black communities and explain to them why GOP policies are better – if they ever want to expand their reach.

“If you want to win a vote by that kind of margin, if you want to attract the majority of the Hispanic vote, if you want to nearly triple your African-American vote, you need to show up. You need to go into those neighborhoods, you need to campaign in places.

“And showing up,” he added. “What I mean by that is you can’t just show up six months before an election and then groups, who have not normally voted for you and expect that they are going to vote for you…you go there, you listen and you present your views and that’s the way you bring people into your movement.”

Encouraging the Republican Party to get chummy with blacks and Hispanics? Going to their communities and listening to them?? This isn’t going to sit well with the “true conservative”, Rand Paul-loving, Tea Party base. Looks like Christie might actually be telling the truth when he says he’s not interested in running in 2016…

Via: CBS News

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Daily Show Interview Costs Racist GOP Chair His Job

Yelton The Daily Show

If you’re a racist Republican from North Carolina, it’s probably not the best idea to agree to an interview with The Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi, but sadly Buncombe County Republican precinct chair Don Yelton didn’t know any better.

The conservative activist, once described as “the Rush Limbaugh of Western North Carolina,” appeared on Wednesday night’s episode of The Daily Show to talk about voter suppression, North Carolina’s voter I.D. laws, and lazy blacks.

Needless to say, the interview did not go well. In fact, it went so badly that on Thursday, Don Yelton was asked to step down from his position in the Buncombe County Republican Party.

But what could he have possibly said that would force a resignation?

When discussing North Carolina’s new voter ID law, over which the Justice Department has sued the state, Yelton argued that the law isn’t racist… but he has “been called a bigot before.”

And then the quotes just came pouring out:

“Matter of fact, one of my best friends is black.”

“I had a picture one time of Obama sittin’ on a stump as a witch doctor and I posted that on Facebook. I was making fun of the white half of Obama, not the black half.”

“When I was a young man, you didn’t call a black a black, you called him a negro.”

“If [the law] hurts the whites so be it. If it hurts a bunch of lazy blacks that want the government to give them everything, so be it.”

“Now you have a black person using the term n***** this and n***** that and it’s okay for them to do it.”

It was at this point that a nearly speechless Aasif Mandvi responded, “You know that we can hear you, right?”

Even Republicans from Buncombe County, North Carolina thought Yelton’s comments were “offensive, uniformed, and unacceptable of any member within the Republican Party.”

“Let me make it very clear, Mr. Yelton’s comments do not reflect the belief or feelings of Buncombe republicans, nor do they mirror any core principle that our party is founded upon,” Buncombe GOP Chairman Henry Mitchell stated. “This mentality will not be supported or propagated within our party.”

But Yelton, who did not seek GOP permission to give The Daily Show interview, is sticking by his answers and was pleased with the edited version of the interview.

“The comments that were made, that I said, I stand behind them. I believe them,” he said.

In fact, he thinks The Daily Show went easy on him:

“To tell you the truth, there were a lot of things I said that they could’ve made sound worse than what they put up.”

At least he’s honest!

Via: The Huffington Post

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California GOP Orders the KFC Hillary Special: 2 Fat Thighs, 2 Small Breasts and a Left Wing

California GOP Buttons

The California GOP convention that promised to “rebuild the party from the ground up” and address the concerns of women took a slightly different route and decided to hand out sexist buttons insulting Hillary Clinton.

After a disastrous election cycle that included Republican candidates discussing “legitimate rape” and labeling pregnancies resulting from rape a “gift from God,” the Republican National Committee urged the GOP to take a step back and really think about women’s issues. After all, they have binders full of them – why not try to win a few of their votes? So the RNC encouraged Republican candidates to “use language that addresses concerns that are on women’s minds in order to let them know we are fighting for them.

Organizers of the California GOP’s fall convention took this message to heart and set up panels at the convention which included “Women on the Right,” “California Federation of Republican Women,” and “Grassroots 101: Latino Engagement.”

So far so good. Then came the buttons…

Buttons were handed out that read “KFC Hillary Special: 2 Fat Thighs, 2 Small Breasts … Left Wing.”

Sigh. It didn’t do the Australian Liberal Party any good when they did the same thing to Julia Gillard and her big red box, and it certainly won’t do the California GOP any good.

After San Francisco Chronicle reporter Carla Marinucci tweeted the picture of the “popular” buttons, Republicans scrambled to remove them from the convention.

2016 will be an interesting election year…. And by interesting I mean super misogynistic. Just do everyone a favour, GOP, and remember this quote:

“You may not agree with a woman, but to criticize her appearance — as opposed to her ideas or actions — isn’t doing anyone any favors, least of all you. Insulting a woman’s looks when they have nothing to do with the issue at hand implies a lack of comprehension on your part, an inability to engage in high-level thinking. You may think she’s ugly, but everyone else thinks you’re an idiot.”  – Erin Gloria Ryan

Via: Raw Story

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