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Berks County United States House Redistricting Map

20 May

So normal.



Elizabeth Warren Says New Glass-Steagell Ain’t Horrible

18 Jul

Imagine that…Elizabeth Warren for President in 2016..just sayin’

Do NOT Suggest Closing The Parliament Bar in Ireland

13 Jul

You WILL feel the wrath.

Filibustering For Women in Texas

25 Jun

Go Wendy, Go

The Dear Leader of Maine Will Not Tolerate Your Dissent

21 Jun

This is the governor of Maine:

Gov. Paul LePage made a crude sexual reference about a Democratic state senator in a television interview Thursday and said the lawmaker “has no brains” and “a black heart.”

Referring to Assistant Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson of Allagash, who gave his party’s response to the Republican governor’s latest budget proposal, LePage said: “Sen. Jackson claims to be for the people, but he’s the first one to give it to the people without providing Vaseline.”

Later in the interview, LePage said, “Dammit, that comment is not politically correct. But we’ve got to understand who this man is. This man is a bad person. He not only doesn’t have a brain, he has a black heart. And so does the leadership” in the Legislature

What a way with words. Wonder if he kisses babies with that mouth while campaigning?

Oh, he’s also great with the local press! As long as you don’t report any facts that may be negative:

Gov. Paul LePage’s administration will no longer comment in stories published by the Portland Press Herald, the Kennebec Journal and the Morning Sentinel, his spokeswoman said Tuesday.

The new policy follows the newspapers’ publication of a three-day series of articles this week examining LePage’s top environmental regulator and how her department’s actions have benefited her former lobbying clients in private industry.

LePage’s spokeswoman, Adrienne Bennett, informed a Press Herald reporter of the new policy following a request for the governor’s public events calendar. Bennett would not provide the calendar, a public document, and said the administration would no longer participate in stories reported by the three newspapers.

Bennett said MaineToday Media, the newspapers’ parent company, “had made it clear that it opposed this administration.”

She would not elaborate, saying that responses from the administration could be gleaned from reports by The Associated Press or through document requests using the Freedom of Access Act.

Another Press Herald reporter asked Bennett on Tuesday to comment on a story about Medicaid expansion. Bennett told the reporter she would not speak to the newspaper about the issue.

“Not to the Portland Press Herald,” she said.

The no-comment policy does not appear to include all state agencies.

Steve McCausland, communications officer for the Department of Public Safety, said he was not aware of any such directive. He said his department will continue to communicate with the Press Herald and its sister publications.

The new policy in the governor’s office follows the newspapers’ publication this week of an investigation by the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, which found that LePage’s environmental protection commissioner, Patricia Aho, a former industrial and corporate lobbyist, has scuttled programs and fought laws that were opposed by many of her former clients in the chemical, drug, oil, and real estate development industries

This is what leaders of democracies do, not talk to the press or give them a daily briefing on what their office is doing while running the government. This is just what is done. Nothing odd here, nothing petty or insanely childish.

Congressman Steve Stockman’s Staff Loads Up On Junk Food To Prove Poor People Have It Easy

20 Jun

Congressman Steve Stockman’s staff is eatin’ healthy and ‘beating’ the SNAP challenge:

The “SNAP Challenge,” a left-wing publicity stunt intended to make it appear proposed cuts to food stamps would leave families unable to feed themselves, has been debunked this week by the office of Congressman Steve Stockman.

About 30 House Democrats are participating in the “SNAP Challenge” in which someone must feed themselves on $31.50 a week, which Democrats claim is the level of benefits available to a person under the Farm Bill. Democrats have been intentionally buying overpriced food and shopping at high-priced chains to make it appear the cuts go too far.

Donny Ferguson, who serves as Stockman’s communications director and agriculture policy advisor, was able to buy enough food to eat well for a week on just $27.58, almost four dollars less than the $31.50 “SNAP Challenge” figure.

“I wanted to personally experience the effects of the proposed cuts to food stamps. I didn’t plan ahead or buy strategically, I just saw the publicity stunt and made a snap decision to drive down the street and try it myself. I put my money where my mouth is, and the proposed food stamp cuts are still quite filling,” said Ferguson.

“We can cut the proposed benefits by an additional 12.4 percent and still be able to eat for a week,” said Ferguson. “Not only am I feeding myself for less than the SNAP Challenge, I will probably have food left over.”

So how’d he accomplish this feat and debunk the left-wingers? let’s see his grocery list for a week (which i’m sure he followed to a T):

Ferguson purchased his food at the Dollar Tree and Shopper’s Food Warehouse located in the 6100 block of Little River Turnpike in Alexandria. It is served by Metrobus and within bike and walking distance of public housing.

For $21.55 Ferguson purchased at Dollar Tree:
Two boxes of Honeycomb cereal
Three cans of red beans and rice
Jar of peanut butter
Bottle of grape jelly
Loaf of whole wheat bread
Two cans of refried beans
Box of spaghetti
Large can of pasta sauce
Two liters of root beer
Large box of popsicles
24 servings of Wyler’s fruit drink mix
Eight cups of applesauce
Bag of pinto beans
Bag of rice
Bag of cookies

For $6.03 at the Shoppers Food Warehouse next door Ferguson bought a gallon of milk and a box of maple and brown sugar oatmeal.

real health nut, there. no meat, no veggies, no fruit, lots of sugar and useless junk and non-food like soda. where is ptk when we need him? we could dispatch him to Stocky and Ferguson to teach them how to eat nutritionally. also, maybe we shouldn’t be cutting funding for SNAP if THIS is what he could afford, and is bragging about it. and maybe we shouldn’t be cutting the educational portion of the Ag bill, like the House wanted to.

A Gun For If Your Twelve Year Old Needs To Hunt T-Rex

5 May

From the annual NRA convention (where Glenn Beck was the headline speaker):