White GOP Rep. Ted Yoho Says Civil Rights Act May Be Unconstitutional

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White GOP Congressman Ted Yoho Says Civil Rights Act May Be Illegal

Another white Republican is trying his hand at whitesplaining civil rights….

Florida Congressman Ted Yoho, who is “so thankful for the Constitution,” tried to give his two cents on the Civil Rights Act to Melvin Flournoy, a black constituent from Gainesville.

FLOURNOY: Do you think that any part of the Civil Rights Act of 1965 [sic], do you think any part of that is constitutional? And then if you’d discuss why. [...]

YOHO: This country grew through a lot of growing pain. We’re going through it again. As we grow as a country and prosper, we’re going to go through it again in the future. That’s why I’m so thankful for the Constitution because it allows us to do that. Is it constitutional, the Civil Rights Act? I wish I could answer that 100 percent. I know a lot of things that were passed are not constitutional, but I know it’s the law of the land.

Once again, we have a white Republican trying to tell blacks what they should believe to be true….

 White GOP Rep. Ted Yoho Says Civil Rights Act May Be Unconstitutional

President Obama: Republicans Are Restricting Voting Rights of Americans

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President Obama: Republicans Are Restricting Voting Rights of Americans

During a speech at Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network convention, President Obama said the Republicans have been conducting a campaign to deny the voting rights of many Americans.

Mr. Obama accused Republicans of trying to rig the elections by making it harder for older people, women, minorities and the impoverished to cast ballots in swing states that could determine control of the Senate.

“The right to vote is threatened today in a way that it has not been since the Voting Rights Act became law nearly five decades ago,” Mr. Obama said in a hotel ballroom filled with cheering supporters, most of them African-American. “Across the country, Republicans have led efforts to pass laws making it harder, not easier, for people to vote.”…

“America did not stand up and did not march and did not sacrifice to gain the right to vote for themselves and for others only to see it denied to their kids and their grandchildren,” he said.

Republicans in some swing states have advanced new laws that go beyond the voter identification requirements of recent years. Among other things, state lawmakers are pushing measures to limit the time polls are open and to cut back early voting, particularly weekend balloting that makes it easier for lower-income voters to participate. Other measures would eliminate same-day registration, make it more difficult to cast provisional ballots or curb the mailing of absentee ballots.

Over the last 15 months, at least nine states have enacted voting changes making it harder to cast ballots.

Hank Aaron: Obama House GOP Critics Like KKK in “Neckties and Starched Shirts”

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Hank Aaron: House GOP Critics of Obama Like KKK in “Neckties and Starched Shirts”

Famed slugger Hank Aaron, speaking on the anniversary of his record-breaking home run, told USA Today that congressional Republicans are an updated version of the Ku Klux Klan.

Aaron said, “Sure, this country has a black president.” “But when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way he’s treated…The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.”

Hank Aaron added, “We are not that far removed from when I was chasing the record.” He noted that the percentage of black baseball players had declined since he played. He said,  “If you think that, you are fooling yourself. A lot of things have happened in this country, but we have so far to go. There’s not a whole lot that has changed.”

 Hank Aaron: Obama House GOP Critics Like KKK in Neckties and Starched Shirts

Melissa Anne Hixon ID’d as Woman Kissing ‘Christian Conservative’ Rep. Vance McAllister

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Melissa Anne Hixon ID’d as Woman Kissing ‘Christian Conservative’ Rep. Vance McAllister (Credit: Facebook)

Melissa Anne Hixon Peacock has been identified as the staffer Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA) was seen passionately kissing on a surveillance video. Her husband, Heath Peacock, said today, “I’m just freaking devastated….I loved my wife so much. The Peacocks were married for six years and have a six year old son. So much for Christian conservative family man Vance McAllister doing right by his family. He is begging for forgiveness, saying, “There’s no doubt I’ve fallen short and I’m asking for forgiveness.”

Rep. McAllister happens to be Heath Peacock’s childhood friend. Um, sounds a little like a recent episode of hit-show ‘Scandal.’

Peacock told The Ouachita Citizen:  ”I’m just freaking devastated by the whole deal, man. I loved my wife so much. I cannot believe this. I cannot freaking believe it. I feel like I’m going to wake up here in a minute and this is all going to be a bad nightmare.” He added, “He has wrecked my life. We are headed for divorce.”

Peacock, 34, said he was informed of his wife’s infidelity a few hours before the scandal broke on Monday. He donated $10,000 to Vance McAllister’s campaign fund. He also said he has yet to receive a public apology from the congressman. Melissa Anne Hixon Peacock no longer works for McAllister.

Duck Dynasty-backed Vance McAllister is married with five children.

 Melissa Anne Hixon IDd as Woman Kissing Christian Conservative Rep. Vance McAllister

Giant Artwork of a Child Shows Drone Operators Face of Targets in Pakistani Region

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Giant Artwork of a Child Shows Drone Operators Face of Targets in Pakistani Region

An art collective to raise awareness about civilian casualties of U.S. drone strikes, has installed a giant portrait of a child facing upward in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region of Pakistan, which is frequently hit by drone strikes.  

The portrait, entitled #NotABugSplat, when viewed by a drone camera, shows the face of a child staring back, not seen by a screen in a control room as a dot against a grainy landscape. This has led to the creation of the term “bug splat.”

The campaign was launched by Reprieve UK and The Foundation for Fundamental Rights, in conjunction with JR’s Inside Out Project-connected artists collective.

 Giant Artwork of a Child Shows Drone Operators Face of Targets in Pakistani Region

‘Christian Conservative’ Rep. Vance McAllister Allegedly Caught on Video Kissing Staffer

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‘Christian Conservative’ Rep. Vance McAllister Allegedly Caught on Video Kissing Staffer

(Opinion) — Rep. Vance McAllister  (R-LA), who ran as a Christian conservative (AKA right wing evangelical wingnut), was caught on video having a romantic encounter with a part-time congressional staffer shortly before Christmas.

The Ouachita Citizen, a newspaper based in West Monroe, La., posted a Dec. 23 surveillance video purportedly from inside McAllister’s district office in Monroe.

The video shows McAllister kissing a woman identified by the newspaper as a congressional staffer for the first-term lawmaker. Federal payroll records show she is a part-time aide who began working for McAllister the day after he won his seat last year.

Vance McAllister won the special election on Nov. 16 to replace Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-La.). McAllister won in the heavily Republican district by playing up his conservative credentials, including his Christian faith and his 16-year marriage. Source:  Politico

Rep. McAllister is now begging for forgiveness for breaking one of the Ten Commandments:

“There’s no doubt I’ve fallen short and I’m asking for forgiveness. I’m asking for forgiveness from God, my wife, my kids, my staff, and my constituents who elected me to serve,” he said in a statement issued from his office. “Trust is something I know has to be earned whether you’re a husband, a father, or a congressman. I promise to do everything I can to earn back the trust of everyone I’ve disappointed.”

He said he was “very sorry” and did not want to make a political statement about the video’s release.

“From day one, I’ve always tried to be an honest man,” he said. “I ran for Congress to make a difference and not to just be another politician. I don’t want to make a political statement on this, I would just simply like to say that I’m very sorry for what I’ve done. While I realize I serve the public, I would appreciate the privacy given to my children as we get through this.”

I would say this is a private matter between he and his family, but he ran on his ‘Christian values,’ so yeah, this makes him a hypocrite. The usual kind we have come to expect from Republicans.

Watch Rep. Vance McAllister make out with female staffer:

 Christian Conservative Rep. Vance McAllister Allegedly Caught on Video Kissing Staffer

White House Upset Samsung Promoted David Ortiz ‘Selfie’ with President Obama

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White House Upset Samsung Promoted David Ortiz ‘Selfie’ with President Obama (Credit: Getty Images via Twitter)

Trouble for Samsung over the David Ortiz selfie with President Obama. Last week, the White House warned warned Samsung against using the president’s likeness for commercial gain, after baseball star David Ortiz used one of its cell phones to snap a photo of himself and Obama.

The picture shows President Obama smiling broadly and holding a Red Sox jersey as he stood next to Ortiz. The White House was peeved after Samsung tweeted the shot and it went viral. Now White House lawyers are now pursuing the matter.

Here’s Samsung’s retweet:

 White House Upset Samsung Promoted David Ortiz Selfie with President Obama

Ex-Rep. Allen West’s New Book Riddled with Fake Quotes from Founding Fathers

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Ex-Rep. Allen West’s New Book Riddled with Fake Quotes from Founding Fathers

If you are going to write a book, at least get your quotes correct to avoid the embarrassment of being called out.  Former Florida lawmaker Allen West has a new book out and its riddled with quotes attributed to the Founding Fathers that were never uttered.

According to the Palm Beach Post, West’s “Guardian of the Republic,” which outlines his political philosophy and his “warrior code,” includes many quotes that have been described by historians as erroneous.

“Thomas Jefferson said it first: ‘A government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take it away,’” West wrote.

According to researchers at the Thomas Jefferson Foundation in Charlottesville, Virginia, while that quote has appeared on coffee cups and t-shirts, it doesn’t appear in any of Jefferson’s writings. So many fake quotations have been attributed to the drafter of the Declaration of Independence, that the foundation felt compelled to create a “Spurious Quotations” list…

A quote attributed to Patrick Henry in West’s book didn’t come from the Virginian’s writings or speeches, says Henry biographer Thomas Kidd, a professor of history at Baylor University.

West quotes Henry as saying: “The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government.”

Kidd described the quote as a new one that has gained popularity via the Internet.

 Ex Rep. Allen Wests New Book Riddled with Fake Quotes from Founding Fathers

NPR Poll: Obamacare More Popular with Americans Than President Obama

A new NPR poll finds that Obamacare is more popular than President Obama and the approval numbers for the landmark healthcare legislation is rising.

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NPR Poll: Obamacare More Popular with Americans Than President Obama (Credit: NPR)

Our survey of likely voters, conducted for Morning Edition by Democrat Stan Greenberg of Democracy Corps and Republican Whit Ayres of Resurgent Republic, shows the president’s health care law is still unpopular but it might not be as heavy a millstone for Democrats as expected.

After a horrendous debut in October, the Affordable Care Act ended its enrollment period with more than 7 million people signed up. And our poll shows the law is viewed a little more favorably now. That’s welcome news for the Democratic half of our polling team, Stan Greenberg.

“The conventional wisdom that it’s an unpopular program that hangs around the necks of Democrats is absolutely a misreading of the poll data,” he says. “If you look at this poll for NPR, we asked whether you favor or oppose the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. It comes out 47 percent support and 51 percent oppose, with the intensity on the opposition side.”

In our poll, the number of people who intensely oppose the law is 12 points higher than those who strongly support the law — bad news for Democrats. But, Greenberg points out, 7 percent of likely voters in our poll oppose the law because it doesn’t go far enough — presumably these are Democrats who wanted a single payer Medicare-for-all system. Whit Ayres — the Republican half of our polling team, points to other data that suggests Obamacare will still be a great issue for Republicans this fall.

“First, more people oppose than support Obamacare, as has been the case since it passed. Second, the intensity is on the side of opposition and intensity drives voting behavior,” he says. “Third, independents oppose Obamacare by 21 points in this survey and they hold the balance of power in this election.” Source: NPR

This latest news could work against the Republican Party, with lawmakers hellbent on repealing the legislation, though they have not put forth an alternative. Sen. Ted Cruz engineered a government shutdown last year over defunding Obamacare.

 NPR Poll: Obamacare More Popular with Americans Than President Obama

Students Call Dick Cheney a ‘War Criminal’ As They Walk Out of American University Speech

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Students Call Dick Cheney a ‘War Criminal’ As They Walk Out of American University Speech

More than two dozen students walked out on former vice president Dick Cheney during a speech at American University last week. One student can be heard shouting, “walk out on war criminals.”

During an interview with The Eagle student newspaper, Cheney denied that the Bush administration used torture, despite the fact that he conceded that three individuals were subjected to waterboarding. Cheney said, “Some people called it torture. It wasn’t torture.”

He said that the enhanced interrogation techniques used by the Bush administration didn’t fall under the scope of the 1949 United Nations Geneva Convention because those rules did not apply to unlawful combatants. He said, “If I would have to do it all over again, I would.” Cheney added, “The results speak for themselves.”

 Students Call Dick Cheney a War Criminal As They Walk Out of American University Speech