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How Americans actually feel about stronger gun laws

How Americans actually feel about stronger gun laws | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Recent shootings have sparked new calls for stricter gun laws. But how do the American people actually feel about the issue?
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Both controlling gun ownership and protecting gun rights are important. The problem is getting politicians with more concern for the national well-being and awareness of the larger public opinion  than for the attitudes of their vocal constituents. This is just one topic that illustrates why it is so important for voters to take an active part in the process that leads up to the selection of candidates. We need reasonable, centrist candidates, not ideologues.

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Trump’s $1 Land Deal With a Corrupt Mayor

Trump’s $1 Land Deal With a Corrupt Mayor | Upsetment | Scoop.it
When an amusement park Trump promised to Bridgeport, Conn., fell through, he still owed $300,000 a year in taxes—until its mayor bailed him out.
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The bottom line of this is that Mr. Trump is about making money. He doesn't particularly care about how low on the food chain that will take him. If politics is the competition of jackals and hyenas,  he has certainly found his niche.

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How Jeff Flake became the Senate’s most unorthodox Republican

How Jeff Flake became the Senate’s most unorthodox Republican | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Once known as a right-wing firebrand, Jeff Flake tries to be a different kind of modern Republican.
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I voted for Flake, whom I saw as an honest and decent conservative voice for the senate. Although I was piqued by his failure to follow through on what I saw as a commitment to Gabby Gifford to work towards some rational gun control, he has for the most part surprised me by being fare more than I expected; he has become a voice for reason and even amity in the upper house. I don't think the Democrats will find anyone to beat him in 2018, but of course the Arizona GOP may not want him because he is reasonable. Don't get me wrong, it isn't that I agree with him on social issues, it's that I agree with his approach to the process of government and I trust his character.

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Jeb: ‘Women’s Health’ Is Overfunded

Jeb: ‘Women’s Health’ Is Overfunded | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Says he “misspoke.”
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Sure people can make mistakes; I make them, too. But when we're talking about a key issue, something that is in the news every day for weeks and a dumb-dumb says something like this, please explain to me how any woman, any woman at all, can consider voting for him. As a man who cares, I couldn't vote for this turkey after this comment. Sadly, his attitude reflects the entire right wing of the GOP in their disregard for the people of our country, especially women. Can't the Republican Party do better? If not, perhaps it's time for a new political party, one that cares about the real America not just the corporations.

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Chafee’s absurd comparison on the fiscal impact of the Iraq war and the Bush tax cuts

Chafee’s absurd comparison on the fiscal impact of the Iraq war and the Bush tax cuts | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The former Rhode Island governor earns Four Pinocchios when he falsely compares the Bush tax cuts to the invasion of Iraq.
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I like Lincoln Chafee and think he would make an outstanding president, but like all politicians, he has stupidly gone with the hyperbole of numbers instead of the simple truth that he showed good judgement by voting against both the Bush tax cuts and the invasion of Iraq. If a politician feels compelled to use numbers, (s)he should always use a disclaimer with them since the ones that best fit their case are almost always open to debate if not downright disproof.

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Warren’s false claim that ‘auto dealer markups cost consumers $26 billion a year’

Warren’s false claim that ‘auto dealer markups cost consumers $26 billion a year’ | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Massachusetts Democrat earns Four Pinocchios for mischaracterizing a report with fishy numbers.
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While there is much to love about Elizabeth Warren and her concern for American consumers, she is given to hyperbole. It seems to me that reformers like Senator Warren should strive to be as accurate as possible.

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GOP Rep: Obamacare Makes America More Like North Korea

GOP Rep: Obamacare Makes America More Like North Korea | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Rep. David Brat (R-VA) on Thursday, during a conversation with Lars Larson at the “Hold Their Feet To The Fire” conference, blamed Obamacare for moving America away from a free market system and making the country more like North Korea.
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Of course, if the GOP troll bothered to do his research, he'd know that South Korea has universal healthcare. Why do people vote for men like this who speak doctrine from their asses?

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Chimp facing prospect of losing safest Labour seat in Scotland | NewsBiscuit

Chimp facing prospect of losing safest Labour seat in Scotland | NewsBiscuit | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Chico the Chimp, a chimpanzee who has represented the constituency of Fife South as a Labour MP since 1997 could be set to lose the party’s safest Scottish seat, according to the latest opinion polls which suggest that his majority of over 23,000 at the 2010 General Election is set to be overturned by the SNP in the May 7th general election. ‘The days when you could stick a Labour rosette on a chimp and expect to get elected in Scotland are over,' says The Herald’s political editor Fenton Barnes, although this was fiercely denied by Austin Mitchell, Labour MP for 'Great' Grimsby. 'For Chico to lose, there would need to be a huge swing, which is ironic because Chico normally likes huge swings; I know he has one with a tyre on the end of it in the garden of his constituency office’.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Too many safe seats in the U.S. as well. Time for voters to think and evaluate. Get involved or you'll get the government you deserve and detest. Of course, in many cases a chimp would be an improvement.

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Likely Jeb Bush Campaign Manager Steps Back from Gay Marriage Advocacy

Likely Jeb Bush Campaign Manager Steps Back from Gay Marriage Advocacy | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A decision to shift roles in advance of the presidential campaign
Kenneth Weene's insight:

I find it reprehensible that candidates switch their positions to appeal to voter groups; they should be honest about what they believe. When it is advisers to candidates who are switching to reflect a candidate's views instead of giving honest counsel, that is in some ways even worse. Let us have candidates who recognize the honesty of debate rather than those who are all about people playing up to others. And while we're expecting that, we might also expect an end to graft, hypocrisy, and selling out. Still, we can hope.

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Jeb Bush Says 'I Am My Own Man' on Foreign Policy

Jeb Bush Says 'I Am My Own Man' on Foreign Policy | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A 2016 contender looks to move away from previous Presidents Bush
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The Bush family has a long history; suddenly we are being asked to believe this guy is his own man. If so, where are his comments and statements made during his brother's campaign and terms in office? Let's see how independent he actually was. My guess, there is no such record of independent thinking. If not, then in my opinion he has to bear the burden of his family.

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On climate change, 'not a scientist' not enough for some U.S. Republicans

On climate change, 'not a scientist' not enough for some U.S. Republicans | Upsetment | Scoop.it
By Valerie Volcovici and Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Rick Perry's farewell speech to the Texas legislature listed the accomplishments expected from an outgoing Republican governor of the country's largest oil-producing state. "We have expanded our economy while protecting our environment," said Perry, who is openly exploring a second White House run in 2016. It was a greener message than the one he delivered ahead of his last presidential campaign, when he called climate change a "contr
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Why do people trust a politician who changes positions only as the popular mind changes? Oh, wait, we are talking about politicians. Now if we wanted real leaders, we'd be looking at the people who went out on a limb to tell us what was going on before it was the popular point of view. Not too many of them around. Even better, those who changed their minds based on evidence before the public agreed but who helped to shape our commonly held view. Can we find real leaders?

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Congress in Netanyahu snub to Obama

Congress in Netanyahu snub to Obama | Upsetment | Scoop.it
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This is a stupid and politically motivated act. Netanyahu is a loose cannon and we need a working relationship with Iran. Sure a few Jewish voters will move to the GOP side because of this, but in the long run it will alienate everyone who wants fairness for the Palestinians, which includes most American Jews.

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Energy Firms in Secretive Alliance With Attorneys General

Energy Firms in Secretive Alliance With Attorneys General | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Republican attorneys general have formed an unprecedented, secretive alliance with some of the nation’s top energy producers to push back against the Obama regulatory agenda, an investigation by The New York Times has found.
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Hey voters, this is what corruption is really about. Sadly, it will be our grandkids who reap the consequences. But that's okay because the grandchildren of those energy maggots will have just as hard time breathing as will the folks who say they don't care about politics or that the parties are all the same and don't bother to vote. Shame on us all.

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John Kasich and education reformers’ dirty secret: How his “joke” betrayed their contempt for teachers

John Kasich and education reformers’ dirty secret: How his “joke” betrayed their contempt for teachers | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Presidential candidate's off-the-cuff dig at teachers exposes GOP's anti-union pathology
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Sure the argument is a bit tortured and I do think Kasich is saner and more competent than most of the clown car, but for every uncaring, whining teacher I've met, I have met ten who are dedicated and hard working. The small respite a teachers' lounge offers allows teachers to deal with the stress of the classroom so they can maintain their professionalism class after class. And, yes, I think that the GOP candidates do not understand that groups of people need to have a say in their own destinies. Of course we need teacher unions even if they may at times want too much for their members as do police unions, auto workers unions, and going way back to my grandfather's day cigar makers unions. I keep wondering when engineers and marketing professionals will realize that they, too, need to unionize.

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A dog explains why Phoenix's pet store law is such a big win for shelter animals.

A dog explains why Phoenix's pet store law is such a big win for shelter animals. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
This dog is adorable and so articulate!
Kenneth Weene's insight:

I find this an abhorrent law. While I am all for adopting shelter animals and strongly advocate spaying and neutering programs, this law is a politically motivated restriction on trade. I want to get rid of puppy mills, too; so let's make trafficking in puppy-mill bred dogs illegal. Let's define what that abuse of animals actual constitutes. But there are many good breeders and many pet lovers who want particular breeds. Over the years I have had both shelter and breeder dogs; they were all loved and lovable. It fascinates me that this kind of restrictive law is pushed by the Republican party in a state so committed to its Libertarian past. Is this really about dogs and animal welfare? Nope, it's about the "We're animal lovers," pose of political righties like Joe Arpaio, who know that this will play well with their uninformed base.

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The One Word Each GOP Candidate Wants You To Remember

The One Word Each GOP Candidate Wants You To Remember | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Trump says "evolved," Jeb says "Growth." See each GOP hopeful's favorite word and how he used it.
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An interesting way to look at the GOP debate.

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California Lawmaker: Abortion, Liberal Politicians May Have Caused Drought

California Lawmaker: Abortion, Liberal Politicians May Have Caused Drought | Upsetment | Scoop.it
If Californians would like to see an end to the extreme drought the state is facing, they should consider passing more restrictions on abortion. That, at least, was the suggestion of a California assemblywomen in remarks to anti-abortion activists last week.

"Texas was in a long period of drought until Governor Perry signed the fetal pain bill,” state Assemblywoman Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) said, as reported by RH Reality Check. "It rained that night. Now God has His hold on California."
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Another dodo emerges from the right. How sad it is that idiots like this get elected to legislatures where they can waste potentially productive time trying to grandstand to their looney constituency. Her supporters already know that she is rabid on abortion; doesn't the California legislature have something better to discuss, like designating a state gargoyle.

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Dennis Hastert Charges Put His Handling Of Ex-Rep's Sex Scandal In New Light

Dennis Hastert Charges Put His Handling Of Ex-Rep's Sex Scandal In New Light | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The criminal case that rocked former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) in recent days has cast a new, ugly pall over his handling of another ex-congressman's sexual misconduct scandal almost a decade ago.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

It does not surprise me that politicians do inappropriate things in their lives. It does not shock me that they try to hide the truth of their behaviors. It doesn't even amaze me that they try to protect one another. But, it does disgust me that once the public knows the truth they join in feeding frenzy with such relish. Perhaps, in order to become a typical pol one needs to be reptilian, which is a good reason that politicians should not be allowed to stay in office too long.

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GOP, Pentagon tussle over East Coast shield

GOP, Pentagon tussle over East Coast shield | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Pentagon has repeatedly said it doesn’t need — nor can it afford — a third anti-missile battery on American territory to defend against a possible attack from North Korea or Iran. But that hasn’t stopped congressional Republicans, ideologically predisposed to a more comprehensive missile shield than Democrats, from pushing...
Kenneth Weene's insight:

They are cloning the ghost of Ronald Reagan and his star wars defense boondoggle. Then they complain about spending money to help those in real need to escape the cycle of poverty and to have a real piece of the American pie. Wait, you say, those missile defense systems will create jobs; sure but most of tax dollars will end up in the hands of corporations and not in communities. Besides which, and this is the real icing on the cake, these missile defense systems don't work. If you really want to defend the East Coast of America, spend some money getting the inner cities, like Baltimore, Trenton, and Philadelphia, brought up to code—the code of the human heart.

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“No no no no no no no no: Listen!” He-man Rand Paul lectures a lady — again

“No no no no no no no no: Listen!” He-man Rand Paul lectures a lady — again | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The senator lectures NBC’s Savannah Guthrie on how to do her job. What's Paul's problem with female interviewers? VIDEO
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Rand Paul is a political punk whose name wouldn't even be known if it weren't for his father. That he has problems with women interviewers isn't a question. That he has problems being overly defensive isn't the issue. The real question and issue is how did this idiot get to be a senator. What is wrong with the people of Kentucky that they'd vote for this no-brain? Now that's a real question.

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Drudge’s bizarre new conspiracy: Wingnuts claim Obama conspiring against another Dem

Drudge’s bizarre new conspiracy: Wingnuts claim Obama conspiring against another Dem | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Conservatives spy a nefarious conspiracy in news that DOJ will slap Democrat Bob Mendendez with corruption charges
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As the right wing gets nuttier and nuttier, we are being asked to believe that if a Democratic administration goes after a corrupt Democrat it is playing politics and if that same administration goes after a corrupt Republican it is playing politics. Hmm. Maybe the Drudge needs to visit the Dew Drop Inne for a friendly game of pool and a quick reality check.

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Scott Walker gets a crash course in foreign policy

Scott Walker gets a crash course in foreign policy | Upsetment | Scoop.it
After drawing mockery on the subject last month, the Wisconsin governor sat down with Republican leaders in world affairs for a two-hour tutorial.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

I don't care for Gov. Walker and would not vote for him because of domestic issue, I am impressed that he is at least trying to learn. Considering the farce of the Palin candidacy, you have to be impressed by a Republican candidate who is actually asking for reading suggestions. Now, the big question is, as with all candidates for POTUS, can he listen to and read materials from differing points of view.

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As Scott Walker mulls White House bid, questions linger over college exit

As Scott Walker mulls White House bid, questions linger over college exit | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Walker’s decision to quit college remains a mystery even to those close on campus.
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Since Walker is a possible candidate for President, I thought it worth reading this piece about his younger years. The last POTUS who didn't have a college degree was Harry Truman. Truman also had an early history of foundering. At least it doesn't sound like Walker was a bully, just too ambitious and lacking the ability to sequence goals.

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Senate Rejects Human Role in Climate Change

Senate Rejects Human Role in Climate Change | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Senators are using the Keystone XL pipeline debate to argue over climate issues.
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When the politicians sit in judgment over science rather than drawing on it for information and counsel, we have created a true assembly of dunces. If humans survive, our great-great-grandchildren will talk about the U.S. Senate with the same scorn as we now use for Pope Urban VIII, who imprisoned Galileo. Way before that the rest of the world will have dismissed The United States as a clown, no longer a nation to follow but one to ignore.

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NASA’s $349 million monument to its drift

NASA’s $349 million monument to its drift | Upsetment | Scoop.it
In June, NASA finished work on a huge construction project here in Mississippi: a $349 million laboratory tower, designed to test a new rocket engine in a chamber that mimicked the vacuum of space.

Then, NASA did something odd.

As soon as the work was done, it shut the tower down. The project was officially “mothballed” — closed up and left empty — without ever being used.

Kenneth Weene's insight:

Another monument to the idiocy of the American government's bureaucracy the small-mindedness of politicians, and the frustration of trying to lead. We need to set clear and meaningful goals, reach them without political interference, and then above all be ready to limit the inevitability of projects and not require they be finished before recognizing their redundancy. In other words, we need to be rational — now there's a concept, rationality in Washington.

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