By: Steve - July 31, 2015 - 11:00am
Fox news put a far-right anti-immigrant stooge on the air, who then lied about the immigrant population, and nobody at Fox even pointed out he was wrong, because they do not care about the truth, and they support liars saying it, because they are also anti-immigrant.
Fox hosted Dennis Michael Lynch, a discredited anti-immigrant filmmaker, to push the lie that there are 30 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. Even though recent research shows the actual number is 11.3 million -- which is about one-third of Lynch's claim and is actually down from previous years when Bush was the President.
Which is something else O'Reilly and Fox never mention, they never tell you that illegal immigration is down under Obama compared to Bush and that deportations are up from what Bush did.
On Fox, Lynch Claims His "Research" Shows "Closer To 30 Million" Undocumented Immigrants In The U.S.. On the July 28 edition of Fox & Friends, Lynch claimed that "there's no 11 million people in this country illegally ... the research that I've done shows more that it's closer to 30 million people illegally ... I know it's far more." [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 7/28/15]
Recent Report Shows There Are 11.3 Million Undocumented Immigrants In The U.S., And That Is Down From 2007 When Bush Was In Office.
A July 22nd report from the Pew Research Center noted that "an estimated 11.3 million unauthorized immigrants lived in the U.S. in 2014."
The undocumented immigrant population has decreased from the 2007 peak of 12.2 million, and has remained stable for five years, which "contrasts with past trends" of rising levels.
The unauthorized immigrant population had risen rapidly during the 1990s and early 2000s, from an estimated 3.5 million in 1990 to a peak of 12.2 million in 2007. It then dropped sharply during the Great Recession of 2007-09, mainly because of a decrease in immigration from Mexico, because of less work after the Bush recession.
The overall estimate has fluctuated little in recent years because the number of new unauthorized immigrants is roughly equal to the number who are deported, leave the U.S. on their own, convert to legal status, or (in a small number of cases) die, according to the Pew Research analysis.
The new unauthorized immigrant total includes people who cross the border illegally as well as those who arrive with legal visas and remain in the U.S. after their visas expire.
And btw, This Guy Lynch Has A History Of Pushing Discredited Anti-Immigrant Myths. But Fox keeps putting him on the air and letting him lie, they know he is a liar and yet they never correct him or disclose that he is biased against immigrants and his facts are wrong.
Cop Arrests Old Black Man For Using A Golf Club As A Cane
By: Steve - July 31, 2015 - 10:00am
Notice that you never see any of this stuff reported on the O'Reilly Factor, as O'Reilly claims racism is not a big problem in America anymore. And btw folks, this kind of thing happens almost every day somewhere in the country, and this is just what we know about, I would bet 80% of it is never reported because of fear the cops will get revenge on them.
William Wingate, a 70-year-old retired military veteran was arrested in July of last year. What was his crime? Using his golf club as a walking stick while being black, of course. Officer Cynthia Whitlatch was caught lying on video when she said Mr. Wingate threatened her with his club. And think about this, she has been on the force for 17 years. How many times has she done this before?
Here is the actual video:
Mr. William Wingate is a fine upstanding, law-abiding citizen. Before he was arrested, he was on his way to deliver newspapers for the church. He served his country, drove a Metro bus for 35 years and volunteered in his community. He has walked that route with that golf club for years.
To say that Officer Whitlatch acted aggressively and without regard for his hearing and obvious confusion is an understatement. Not only did she arrest him, they held him for 25 hours. The first eight of those hours they would not even let him have any water.
Rest assured though, the city tried to make it all better. In January, they issued an apology and gave him his cane back! Thankfully Officer Whitlatch has been fired from her job. It's about time they were made into an example. My guess is she will be working at the nearest DMV over asserting her small bit of power any day now.
Mr. Wingate may have the last say in this matter though. He has filed a lawsuit to the tune of $750,000. You can clearly hear Mr. Wingate asking her to call a superior. The lawsuit states Wingate:
"…responded that she should call for backup because he had done nothing wrong."
This is just another all too common way the bad cops out there are creating a wedge in the communities that the good cops have to patrol too. I know there are good cops, and I know they know who the bad cops are. Please get rid of them!
I will support every good cop that demands the bad cops be held accountable. The community will welcome cops that protect and serve, but admitting there is a problem is the first step.
No matter who you are, you cannot watch this video and not see the cop was way out of line. She has no right being around the citizens in any position of authority. Period. Finally the right thing was done. Now lets get the rest of the bad apples out of the police forces in the country.
Donald Trump Would Add Sarah Palin To His Cabinet If Elected
By: Steve - July 30, 2015 - 11:00am
Donald Trump is now threatening America with a promise to put Sarah Palin in his cabinet if he is elected president. Which proves he is a total right-wing fool, because Palin is the dumbest woman in Politics, and I would not vote for her to be my garbage man.
According to Politico, Trump said that he would put Palin his cabinet or seek her advice:
"She's really somebody who knows what's happening. She's a special person. She's really a special person. And I think people know that and she's got a following that's unbelievable," he continued.
"I'm looking at some of these candidates, they're weak, they're ineffective and to a degree that's almost hard to believe. And, you know, they like the Sarah Palin kind of strength. You just don't see very much of it anymore," Trump said.
Now think about this, Sarah Palin is the very same person who said she has foreign policy experience because she lives close to Russia, I kid you not, she actually said that, which could be the dumbest statement ever made in the history of Politics.
Trump also said that Palin has come up in his interactions on the campaign trail. "I've still got people saying, 'Oh, get Sarah's support, get Sarah's support.' No matter where I go, everybody loves her."
There are only two things that Sarah Palin has ever been good at, and they are failing and quitting. If America did not have enough of a reason to vote against Donald Trump, the idea of Palin serving in a presidential cabinet should be enough to scare voters away in droves.
The Trump circus is an out of control joke that has now added Sarah Palin as it's top clown. It's impossible to imagine Donald Trump's cabinet because this man is never going to be elected president. It is natural that two right-wing loons who have been playing Republicans for years with empty bluster and cartoonish behavior would team up to suck all of the oxygen out of the 2016 campaign.
Just when voters thought that the Republican primary could not get less intelligent, Sarah Palin and Donald Trump have teamed up to form the ultimate stupid Republican dream team.
Report Shows Some Republicans Admit Right-Wing Media Bad For Party
By: Steve - July 30, 2015 - 10:00am
Republican insiders are admitting that the right-wing media "is shaping the party's agenda in ways that are impeding Republicans ability to govern and to win presidential elections," according to a new Harvard report.
And of course Bill O'Reilly has never said a word about it, he has ignored the entire study, because he is part of the problem but will never admit it.
Jackie Calmes, a Joan Shorenstein fellow at Harvard's Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, spent nearly four months researching how the conservative media is increasingly influencing the Republican Party.
She found "unanimity among establishment Republicans -- many of them conservatives by the definition of anyone but purists -- that right-wing media has become a big problem for the party, and their readiness to talk about it, was something of a surprise to this reporter of three decades experience in Washington."
Since its founding in 2004, Media Matters has documented the increasingly extreme rhetoric and policy positions of conservative media. But party Republicans are now complaining that conservative commentators, many of whom are lining their pockets with big salaries, are making it difficult for Republicans to govern and win national elections.
Dave Schnittger, a longtime former top aide to House Republican leaders, told Calmes that the conservative media are loudest in opposing actions "that leaders have to get done as part of governing," such as meeting basic fiscal deadlines.
Another top Republican aide, who asked for anonymity, complained about the conservative media, saying this: "There's no money, ratings or clicks in everyone going along to get along." Calmes added, "Asked whether he could offer examples of legislative outcomes affected by conservative media, he said, 'Sure. All of 'em.'"
Does he worry more broadly then about the small-d democratic process? "'Yeah, absolutely. Because the loudest voices drown out the sensible ones and there's no real space to have serious discussions.'"
When it comes to national issues, some Republicans worry that the conservative media has pushed the party "far to the anti-government, anti-compromise ideological right." Republicans pointed to the conservative media being "on the wrong side of history" and at odds with public opinion on "gay rights, insurance for contraceptives, climate change, and budget policy."
They also complained that right-wing pundits like Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity have destroyed Republicans ability to help pass comprehensive immigration reform.
One Republican Senate aide claimed that it's "the conservative media pushing us to take these positions, these extremist positions. And of course there are those who are more than willing to take them because it gets them press. It's a vicious cycle: The shows want ratings -- they're a business. The members want publicity. So it's an unholy alliance."
The conservative media's influence on the Republican Party has become a key story during the 2016 presidential primary season. Fox News has an unprecedented media role in the process, as it is hosting the first Republican debate and using polling to cap the number of debate participants at 10.
Candidates competing to get into the debates are now frequently appearing on the network's airwaves, and their allies are spending big money on advertising to reach Fox's conservative audience.
Perhaps one of the most disruptive forces in the primary, Donald Trump, has enjoyed a big relationship with Fox News. Fox has promoted Trump's antics so much that Fox News founder Rupert Murdoch has reportedly fought with chairman and CEO Roger Ailes over the channel's coverage of the divisive Republican candidate.
Obama Calls Out Trump & The Republicans For Their Crazy Statements
By: Steve - July 29, 2015 - 11:00am
Note to Bill O'Reilly, this is what you should be doing, this is what a non-biased journalist does, report on the loons for the people, Obama is calling out the nuts in the Republican party. This is what a real journalist does, and what you have failed at, because you are not a real journalist, you are a partisan right-wing hack. President Obama is doing your job, and you do not even report what he said.
Monday President Obama ripped the ridiculous Republican Party as being incapable of discussing serious issues. The President specifically called out Donald Trump, Mike Huckabee, and Ted Cruz during a press conference in Ethiopia.
Obama said this:
The particular comments of Mr. Huckabee are, I think, part of just a general pattern that we've seen that is -- would be considered ridiculous if it weren't so sad. We've had a sitting senator call John Kerry Pontius Pilate. We've had a sitting senator who also happens to be running for President suggest that I'm the leading state sponsor of terrorism.The President's points were right on the money. The Republican Party is not serious or capable of governing. Huckabee's comments were ridiculous, and most of the party has been hypocritical in condemning Trump's comments about McCain while having applauded the billionaire's race based attacks on President Obama.
The Republican Party is not engaging in serious discussions about the issues. The race for their presidential nomination is a circus where nothing important is ever discussed. And the Senator who made the claim that Obama is a state sponsor of terrorism was the insane Ted Cruz. Who the Republicans love.
Our political culture is toxic because Republicans aren't holding up their end of the two-party system bargain. The country does deserve better than one functional political party and a GOP that has been consumed by raging white males who are fighting to keep their entitled status.
The Republican Party is an embarrassment to America and the world, and President Obama stood up on the world stage and ripped their ridiculousness.
Teen Makes Totally Legal Semi-Auto Hand Gun Shooting Drone
By: Steve - July 29, 2015 - 10:00am
A Connecticut teen has added a handgun to a drone, creating a weapon that can be fired remotely -- and police say it is perfectly legal.
Austin Haughwout, 18, posted a clip online showing the drone firing four shots, which triggered a police investigation.
But police in Haughwout's hometown of Clinton say they can't find anything to charge him with.
"It would seem to the average person, there should be something prohibiting a person from attaching a weapon to a drone," Clinton Police Chief Todd Lawrie said in a statement cited by WTNH, the ABC affiliate in New Haven. "At this point, we can't find anything that's been violated."
At least one law enforcement expert believes reckless conduct charges could apply in this case.
"What if the drone gets beyond the distance of the radio control?" Tom Fuentes, a former assistant director of the FBI said. "Do we want drones out of control that could land who knows here? We could have a child pick up the drone, pick up the gun, and accidentally kill themselves or someone else."
Brett Haughwout, who is the teen's father, told WFSB, the CBS station in Hartford, that his son made the drone-weapon with help from his professor at Central Connecticut State University.
But the professor at the university disputed that, telling the Hartford Courant that it was a "terrible idea."
"I discouraged him," Edward Moore, an assistant professor who teaches a class called Manufacturing Engineering Processes, told the paper. "I tried to give him the same advice I would give my kids."
Haughwout's father told NBC Connecticut that the gun belongs to him and said his son did "extensive research" to ensure it didn't break any laws.
"Homemade multirotor with a semi-automatic handgun mounted on it," the description on YouTube reads. "Note: The length from the muzzle to the rear of the frame is over 26."
The reference to the length may be an attempt to comply with federal law governing overall length of rifles, should the gun as modified be considered as such.
While local police say there may not be a law against the drone-gun, Haughwout may not be in the clear just yet. CNET reports that the FAA is also investigating.
"The FAA will investigate the operation of an unmanned aircraft system in a Connecticut park to determine if any Federal Aviation Regulations were violated," the agency told the website. "The FAA will also work with its law enforcement partners to determine if there were any violations of criminal statutes."
That comes as welcome news to at least one drone advocate.
"Drones should be used for good, not for evil," Peter Sachs, who is an attorney, told ABC News. "There are countless ways that drones can be useful. Using one as a remote-controlled weapon is not one of them, and I question the judgment of anyone who would attempt to do so."
Haughwout made headlines last year when he was allegedly assaulted by a woman who claimed he was using a drone to photograph her.
However, video showed that Haughwout was just taking aerial shots of the beach. Andrea Mears, then 23, was charged with third-degree assault and breach of peace. However, the charges will be dropped if she completes two years of probation.
Obama New Twitter Account Flooded With N-Word Comments
By: Steve - July 28, 2015 - 11:30am
UPDATE: 7-29-15 -- As expected O'Reilly has still not said one word about the right-wing racism against President Obama on his new twitter account. This is what O'Reilly does, ignore racism then claim it is not a problem in America anymore.
And of course the so-called no spin zone Independent journalist Bill O'Reilly never said a word about any of it, while at the same time doing segments where he denies racism is a big problem in America.
Earth to Bill O'Reilly, if the President of the United States opens a twitter account and is flooded with n-word comments, we have a big problem, because imagine what they are saying to blacks who are not the President.
It's no secret that Twitter can be a pretty hateful place. It's also no secret that there's a group of conservatives that are pretty hateful towards the President, mostly due to the color of his skin, and those people came together with the Obama opening of his own Twitter account yesterday.
At 11:38 Monday morning, Obama fired off his first tweet from the new White House Twitter account, @POTUS.
Hello, Twitter! It's Barack. Really! Six years in, they're finally giving me my own account.
Now I am not going to re-post all the n-word tweets he got, but here are a few samples, and there are a lot more.
@POTUS What do you call the first black president of the United States?
@POTUS So hello, n----r
@POTUS nice job with the banner, gotta let everyone know that you're some kind of communist n----r right?
@POTUS n----r go f--- yourself
@POTUS WE NEED "ROPE FOR A CHANGE" WE STILL HANG FOR TREASON DON'T WE? #arrestobama #treason
And under that they included a photoshopped Obama Hope campain logo image with a noose around his neck, at the bottom of it instead of saying Hope they changed it to Rope.
That is pure racism and hate, and O'Reilly has not said a word about any of it. Because it is done by Republicans, and O'Reilly is one of them, so he ignores it because he does not want to make them look bad.
Stewart Slams Corrupt Republicans Over Iran Deal They Have Not Read
By: Steve - July 28, 2015 - 11:00am
And for the record, Bill O'Reilly has said he also does not like the deal, even though the nuke experts and the rest of the world think it is a good deal. O'Reilly is just another right-wing stooge who is putting out the right-wing propaganda on the Iran deal, even though he says he never uses GOP talking points, then he is caught using them.
While much of the political world has been consumed in the idiocy of Donald Trump, a historic nuclear deal with Iran was reached that barely registered as a blip on most people's radars.
If you have followed politics at all in the last few years you know exactly how this went: President Obama did something historic that many people, including most of our major allies, are calling something positive -- but O'Reilly and the Republicans are acting as if it's going to lead to the end of the world.
Like most things Republican, basically everything they're saying is just fear-mongering propaganda with almost no substance behind any of it.
They continually call this deal a bad deal, yet most of them (if any) haven't even read the damn thing. Hell, they can't even offer specifics as to why the deal is bad or what they would have done to make it better. They are literally just going out there and repeating GOP talking points, "This is a bad deal and ensures Iran gets a nuclear weapon."
Even though that's the same lie they've been saying for decades. Well, Jon Stewart tore into Republicans for doing what they always do by playing partisan politics with very important issues without knowing what the hell it is that they're talking about.
"You didn't even read the deal?" Stewart said of Sen. Lindsey Graham admitting he hadn't read the bill. "Basically, you're treating this critical international accord like some kind of bizarro iTunes user agreement."
Later on he went after various Republicans predicting some sort of apocalyptic nuclear end of days scenario as a direct result of this deal -- in 10 to 15 years. "With the way the world is going?” Stewart mocked. "A nuclear Iran's gonna be the least of our problems in 10 or 15 years. Iranian nukes will be a break from swimming through our climate change-flooded cities fighting Ebola zombies with our teeth because we can't hold guns thanks to our iPhone-shaped hand tumors. That's what's gonna be a treat."
While that's funny, the real joke is that many Republicans, and their favorite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, have been claiming Iran is on the brink of a nuclear weapon for decades. Hell, in the early 90's Netanyahu claimed Iran would have a bomb by 1999. Well, 16 years later -- he's now claiming they're 10-15 years away from having one. For the mathematically challenged, that's just over 30 years of being completely wrong.
And btw, neither Bill O'Reilly or anyone at Fox ever points that out. They just let Netanyahu lie about it, without ever reporting that he has been wrong for years.
Not only that, but Stewart played a 2012 clip of Netanyahu warning that Iran was just a few weeks or months away from creating a bomb. Again, nothing but fear-mongering and propaganda.
While I'm sure the deal isn't perfect, nor was it ever going to be, the Republican rhetoric against it reeks of nothing more than their usual "let's oppose anything President Obama does" rather than legitimate concern over whether or not the deal actually accomplishes what President Obama and many of our closest allies claim it will.
At the end of the day, the goal of keeping Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon should be based upon realities rather than petty partisan politics.
Trump Threatening Independent Run If GOP Is Not Nicer To Him
By: Steve - July 28, 2015 - 10:00am
The Continued Devolution of the GOP Primary from an Argument over levels of Conservatism to a Donald Trump Cage Match took its expected plot twist Thursday morning as Donald Trump hinted to The Hill that he would consider a third-party run if the GOP is not so mean to him.
"I'll have to see how I'm being treated by the Republicans," Trump said. "Absolutely, if they're not fair, that would be a factor."
Trump's move seems fueled entirely by hostilities between him and the Republican field, hostilities mostly of his own creation.
"The RNC has not been supportive," he said. "They were always supportive when I was a contributor. I was their fair-haired boy. The RNC has been, I think, very foolish."
This tells me Trump knows he will never win the Republican primary as a Republican, and I will bet anything he does not run as an Independent either, he is just saying he will so they will be nicer to him.
Thanks To Trump GOP Approval Ratings Hits Lowest Point In 23 Years
By: Steve - July 26, 2015 - 10:00am
Donald Trump is going around the country, making racist and crazy statements, and then demanding apologies from the people who call on him to apologize for his insane remarks. As far as political theater goes, it is a great thing to watch.
But, if you're a Republican Party strategist, a new poll from Pew Research Center on Republican Party approval ratings will have you thinking about updating your resume and reconsidering your career choices.
According to the Pew Research Center, the Republican Party approval ratings are now the lowest they've measured since 1992, and that spells disaster for the GOP. Meanwhile, Democrats have gained a couple of points, very likely due to the recent rhetoric coming from 2016 Republican presidential candidates.
The Republican Party's image has grown more negative over the first half of this year. Currently, 32% have a favorable impression of the Republican Party, while 60% have an unfavorable view. And favorable views of the GOP have fallen nine percentage points since January.I don't think it is any coincidence that the drop in approval ratings align with the entrance of Donald Trump into the GOP primary race. While some conservative pundits like Michael Warren at The Weekly Standard argue that there is no evidence Trump is hurting the GOP, and Bill O'Reilly continues to praise and defend him, the polls show the truth and say he is wrong.
On the other hand, former Florida GOP congressman Michael Souder warns that Trump is not only dangerous to the party, but he's also doing incredible harm to the conservative brand at the same time.
His extreme statements have even prompted a Who said it: Donald Trump or Frank Reynolds? quiz where you can try to guess the real quotes from Donald Trump versus quotes from Danny DeVito's character on the FX series "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia."
Looking at the poll numbers, it's not just independents that are turned off, Republicans lost 18 approval points within their own party -- and it is likely to get even worse as candidates compete for votes in early primary states.
The current survey finds that positive views of the GOP among Republicans have declined 18 percentage points since January, from 86% to 68%. Independents also view the Republican Party less favorably; 29% today, compared with 37% six months ago.
Democrats on the other hand do not have that problem, although their ratings with independents remain unchanged. In the same time since January, there have only been a couple of events that would have made a dent in the GOP's approval numbers which are their angry response against the Supreme Court's ruling -- and Donald Trump's take-no-prisoners campaign that even has members of his own party begging him to tone it down.
Accusing immigrants of being rapists and bringing tremendous infections disease to this country may play well with the angry old right-wing racist white man primary vote, it is also driving voters away that the GOP cannot afford to lose in the general election.
A former Republican said he can tell you that the GOP is willing to look the other way or even pander to the racist fringe of the party as they have been doing for years. But now they're facing a tremendous problem of their own creation, and it is likely to be their rapidly approaching demise.
Donald Trump Caught Lying That Some Veterans Support Him
By: Steve - July 25, 2015 - 10:00am
Here are some facts that should tell you all you need to know about the far-right idiot Donald Trump, and they are from a British newspaper who has no ax to grind with him, they just report the facts.
They report that Trump is lying when he says a group of veterans support him, because they talked to 3 (out of 52) of them who are on the Trump list, and they say they did not sign up and know nothing about it. Which means Donald Trump is not only a racist fool, he is a dishonest jerk who is willing to lie about anything.
From the Guardian Newspaper:
Several people listed as part of the "Veterans for Trump coalition" formed by Donald Trump following his incendiary comments about John McCain's war record have denied they are part of the group, the Guardian has learned.
Trump's campaign announced the formation of the New Hampshire-based group in response to criticism of the business mogul's labelling of McCain, who spent five and a half years in a North Vietnamese jail, where he was tortured, as "not a war hero."
A number of people were named as members of "Veterans for Trump" on Trump's election website. "These veterans have pledged their support to Mr Trump in the primary, and they will be advocating for him," a press release said.
But when the Guardian contacted several so-called Veterans for Trump members on Friday, three of them said they had never heard of the organisation and had not signed up as members.
"I don't know anything about it," said Ernie Fusi, an 88-year-old second world war veteran from Atkinson, New Hampshire. His name was among 51 "Veterans for Trump" whose details were sent out to the media and listed on Trump's website. "I haven't told anyone I want to get in on that," Fusi said. "I'm not going to do any campaigning."
And no suprise, the Trump campaign did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Fusi said he was a Republican voter, although he had not gone to any meetings or speeches in this election cycle. He said he would not vote in the primary but would vote for whichever GOP candidate ran in the presidential election. And he was unhappy about being named as a coalition member.
"I don't like it," he said. "Cause I haven't given anyone permission to send my name around."
Donald Richards, a veteran based in Laconia, New Hampshire, was also named on the list of Veterans for Trump members along with his wife, Connie Richards. He said neither had signed up for the group.
"I'm not a member of the campaign, no," he said. "I have no connection any more than anybody else does to him."
The Trump campaign announced the formation of Veterans for Trump after the 69-year-old business mogul was criticised for mocking John McCain's military history.
"He's not a war hero. He's a war hero because he was captured? I like people who weren't captured," Trump said in a campaign appearance in Iowa last Saturday.
The Veterans for Trump coalition was announced six days later. The revelation that several members of the Veterans for Trump coalition had never heard of the organisation, let alone knowingly joined it, raises questions as to the legitimacy of the coalition.
Richards said he had neither pledged his support to Trump in the primary -- as Trump's campaign had claimed -- nor would he be advocating for the presidential hopeful.
"I'm not walking around with a sign saying 'I'm voting for Trump.'" he said. "I'm not doing that. I'm just a regular citizen who hasn't made up his mind yet who I'm voting for."
Richards, who is president of the Weirs Park Association in Laconia, said Trump had paid to use the park's community center for a campaign event on 17 July. "The only connection I can think of is that they rented a facility that I happen to be in charge of," he said.R
"And in conversation or something in the process of that whole thing I may have been put in or lumped in or brought in with another group or with other people; I don't know."
And btw folks, Donald Trump is a draft dodger, so he has no right to say anything about anyone in the military, let alone a veteran who served and did 5 years as a POW.
Not to mention his good friend (the slimeball) Bill O'Reilly never says a word about any of that, but if a Democrat who is a draft dodger runs for office O'Reilly reports that more than once.
Louisiana Gunman A Tea Party Loon That Hated Obama & Loved Hitler
By: Steve - July 24, 2015 - 11:30am
It should come as no surprise that the conservative media failed to mention that the man who opened fire in a Lafayette, LA movie theater is a far-right nut. If you're really shocked by this, I suggest you head over to the Facebook pages for the local TV stations and take a look at the people who are upset that KATC reported that the shooter had an online presence that mostly consisted of far-right rants about liberals.
While these people are angry that KATC is reporting these findings, especially since many of them leave similar rants on social media, there is no doubt that there is a problem with right-wing domestic terrorists here in the United States.
If you head on over to Fox News, you will not see a word about this, or the fact that Louisiana has the most lax gun laws in the country -- or one of the highest gun death rates in the United States. At the time I am writing this, Fox News has a lead story on the Lafayette movie theater shooting, without one mention of his far-right views, even though they are collecting their information from the local news sources.
As I've said before, our country has a problem with right-wing extremists and the conservative media refuses to admit it exists, including Bill O'Reilly. The reason is very simple: it's easy to blame someone who looks different from the audience.
His Facebook account shows just two likes -- the "I hate liberals!" political organization, which uses an avatar that reads "Stand with Rand," and the Crossroads Irish-American Festival.
Posts on his Facebook page reveals an interest in limiting women's influence over the church, a hatred for American culture, and complaints about liberals "brainwashing" Americans into hating their own country.
"The bible doesn't ask me to like what it says, only to obey it," Houser wrote. "Death comes soon to the financially failing filth farm called the US."
Houser was turned down for a concealed carry permit in 2006 because of apparent mental health issues and a previous arrest in Columbus, Georgia, for arson.
A former attorney said Houser had tried to hire someone to burn down his law office in the early 1980s but later attempted to run for political office.
"He's always been a little unbalanced, to say the least," said former attorney John Swearingen.
He was treated in 2008 and 2009 for mental health problems after his wife and other family members took out a temporary protective order against him for "extreme erratic behavior and has made ominous as well as disturbing statements."
The filing shows Kellie Houser was so fearful of her husband, who "has a history of mental health issues, i.e., manic depression and/or bi-polar disorder," that she removed all the guns from their home.
Fox News would go off the air if they were to confront their audience with the fact that people like John Russell Houser look and speak a lot like themselves. Don't believe me? Just go to the comments below the news story on Fox News and read the insane rants if you have the stomach for it. That's all the proof you need.
Perry Calls Trump A Cancer On Conservatism & A Barking Carnival Act
By: Steve - July 24, 2015 - 11:00am
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is taking the gloves off in his assault on Donald Trump, calling the man leading the GOP presidential polls "a cancer on conservatism and a barking carnival act."
Perry, who sees a pathway to political resurrection after a disastrous 2012 campaign in his vocal criticism of the real estate magnate, used the striking language to criticize Trump at a forum organized by his super PAC, the Opportunity and Freedom PAC.
"The White House has been occupied by giants," Perry said. "But from time to time it is sought by the small-minded -- divisive figures propelled by anger, and appealing to the worst instincts in the human condition."
"He offers a barking carnival act that can be best described as Trumpism: a toxic mix of demagoguery, mean-spiritedness and nonsense that will lead the Republican Party to perdition if pursued," Perry said.
"Let no one be mistaken -- Donald Trump's candidacy is a cancer on conservatism, and it must be clearly diagnosed, excised and discarded."
And of course O'Reilly ignored it, because he wants everyone to think the liberal media is the only one slamming Trump.
President Obama Explains The Media Reporting On Trump
By: Steve - July 24, 2015 - 10:00am
Obama hit the nail on the head when he told Jon Stewart why and how the media are reporting on Trump, and why the Republicans are stuck with him, O'Reilly should read this, because it's something you would expect to hear from a journalist, not the President. If O'Reilly was a real journalist he would have reported something like this.
During his final interview with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, President Obama offered a piece of media criticism that perfectly explains why Republicans are stuck with Donald Trump.
Obama was discussing the media with Stewart when he said, "The media are a bunch of different medias. Some get on my nerves more than others. What I'm most concerned about is not that it's unfair or too tough on government, but that it gets distracted to shiny objects and doesn't always focus on the big tough choices and decisions."
The President was talking about the media, but he also nailed one of the dynamics that is fueling the rise of Donald Trump. The media loves celebrities and controversy. They media is drawn to these cheap forms of news coverage like a baby to a shiny object. And Donald Trump knows how to do those two things very well.
Trump knows how to appeal to Republican primary voters by speaking their extremist language, and he knows how to be the shiny object that the media can't say no to. The country does have a serious decision coming up over who will be the next president, but instead of discussing issues, our corporate media is head over heels for Trump's antics.
I compare it to the OJ Simpson trial, it was a circus so the media covered it non-stop on every network, and now they are doing the very same thing with Trump, covering the circus.
The Obama criticism of the media applies perfectly to Donald Trump, who is playing both Republican voters and the media in a cycle that reinforces itself.
Trump says crazy things and his poll numbers go up. Then the media covers Trump because of his high poll numbers.
And the Republican Party is responsible for turning Donald Trump into a political figure. Fox News Fox and Friends gave Trump a regular Monday segment on their show, and the 2012 Republican candidates courted Trump for his endorsement.
Republicans let Donald Trump in the door, so now he is burning down their house and making them all look like racist extreme far-right loons.
Trump is being fueled by elements that are out of the control of the Republican Party, which is why Obama's media observation applies exactly to why Republicans are stuck with Donald Trump.
Bill O'Reilly Is The Biggest Right-Wing Stooge In America
By: Steve - July 23, 2015 - 11:00am
Other than Donald Trump of course.
Donald Trump is the most idiotic person ever to run for President, he is a racist stooge who says crazy things and will never ever win the Republican primary, let alone be the President, he is basically a clown and a racist jerk.
So the media reports on him that way, because he is a joke, and btw, some conservatives in the media are also slamming Trump, it's not just the liberals, so a lot of people slam Trump, because he deserves it and it is justified.
But his good friend Bill O'Reilly blames the media and says they are trying to destroy Trump. Which is just laughable, because Trump is destroying himself, with all the crazy and racist things he is saying, from the attacks on McCain to saying doctors who leave the country to treat ebola victims can not come back, to the racist illegal immigration statements, Trump is destroying himself with his own crazy words.
But in the crazy world of Bill O'Reilly, it's all the media's fault, and they are trying to destroy him. It's insane, and it shows how far up the butt of Trump O'Reilly is, he is a friend of Trump and he is defending his crazy and racist friend.
Earth to Bill O'Reilly, the media is simply doing their job, they are reporting what Trump says, how the hell is it their fault everything that comes out of his mouth are racist crazy insults, and some are even against veterans. Only a fool would defend it and blame the media, which is exactly what O'Reilly is doing.
Tuesday night O'Reilly said this:
Bill O'Reilly Blames "Corrupt" Media For Trying To "Destroy" Trump
O'Reilly: The Media "Punish Mr. Trump For Being Disrespectful And Not Cowering Before Them"
Note to Bill O'Reilly: Go see a doctor, it looks like you need some medication. The only person destroying Trump is Trump, his own words are killing him. And if you were an actual unbiased journalist you would not be defending the jerk, you would be slamming him too because he deserves it, he is a clown and will never win any office for anything, ever.
Stossel Tells O'Reilly His Border War Stats Are Ridiculous
By: Steve - July 23, 2015 - 10:00am
Stossel: "Your Border War Stuff Is Ridiculous"
Fox's Stossel Demolishes O'Reilly's Anti-Immigrant Stats from CIS
Stossel: "You're Citing Statistics From The Biased Center For Immigration Studies ... They Spin Them"
Tennessee Shooting Proves Conservative Hypocrisy On Terrorism Reporting
By: Steve - July 22, 2015 - 11:00am
When the right-wing white southern nut shot up the black church not once did O'Reilly or anyone at Fox call it terrorism, but when a muslim shoots up a military recruiting center, O'Reilly and everyone at Fox can not call it terrorism fast enough. In fact, O'Reilly got mad at people that did not call it terrorism, even though he does the very same thing when white racists shoot up a black church, he did not call it terrorism.
Last Thursday, a gunman opened fire on a military recruiting center with an assault rifle, then traveled a few miles down the road, crashed his car through a gate at a Naval Reserve center in Tennessee, and killed 4 Marines. As soon as the shooter's name was released, the angry right-wing rhetoric began about how we need to deport all Muslims, how they can't be trusted, and how this was an act of domestic terrorism.
The last part is 100% true, it was an act of domestic terrorism. But notice how the conservative media is quick to jump on horrific acts of violence like this when a Muslim is involved and rightfully call it domestic terrorism, but when a gunman walks into a church and kills nine people in hopes of inciting a racial holy war, the same people say he's just "mentally ill."
At Fox News, they're actively speculating as to how the man who killed 4 Marines became radicalized, and who or what he could have possibly been in contact with that might have influenced his actions. One conservative activist by the name of Rick Canton even went so far as to find a way to link President Obama in and criticized him on Twitter for addressing the incident while seated.
Yes, the right-wing lunatic actually blamed President Obama.
When a domestic terrorist opened fire in a historic African-American church last month in an attempt to start a race war, we didn't hear anything from the conservative media except excuses. They quickly shifted the blame to the victims for not being armed, and made every excuse for why an active white power culture of hatred toward African-Americans couldn't have possibly influenced him.
And btw, the DOJ is investigating the Charleston shooting as a hate crime. In 2012 after the Sikh temple shooting which was carried out by a Neo-Nazi, frequent Fox News guest Judge Andrew Napolitano tried to explain how the incident was not domestic terrorism, but simply an act of an angry individual who just happened to be a racist.
Bill O'Reilly says the very same thing. When whites do it, there is no racism or any link to the white power culture, but when Muslims do it, he was part of the muslim culture and there is a link to terrorism. In a nutshell, O'Reilly and the right say only Islam is capable of influencing people to commit acts of violence, but the long line of white people who have bombed federal courthouses, places of worship and abortion clinics, often in the name of Christianity, are just lone wolves who are mentally ill.
Here in the United States, slavery, segregation and the acts of domestic terrorism against the Civil Rights movement have all been committed by people who justified it by their Christian religion. Part of the current conservative hatred of President Obama is the claim that he is secretly a Muslim, and not Christian.
America has a problem with Muslim extremists, there's no question about that. But, we also have a big problem with Christian extremists and the conservative media refuses to call it domestic terrorism. The reason is very simple: it's easy to blame someone who looks different from the audience.
O'Reilly and the conservative media would go out of business if it were to ask their audience to confront the fact that there are many domestic terrorists who look and speak a lot like themselves.
Hack Kristol Now Says Trump Is Dead To Him Over McCain Comments
By: Steve - July 22, 2015 - 10:00am
Bill Kristol: Donald Trump "Jumped The Shark" And Is "Dead To Me" After Attack On John McCain's Military Servic.
So Why is he Saying Trump Only Jumped The Shark Now When He Previously "Slandered An Entire Race Of People?"
Kristol is a massive and biased hypocrite, who just follows what way the wind is blowing on Trump.
Chuck Todd Corrects Trump's & O'Reilly's Illegal Immigration Lies
By: Steve - July 21, 2015 - 10:00am
Facts and stats are a funny thing, when you look at them they can show you who is lying to you, and who is not, in this case the actual facts show that Donald Trump and Bill O'Reilly are both lying, and they also happen to be friends who sometimes go to Yankee games together, go figure.
Actual Nuke Expert Gives Obama Iran Deal An A Grade
By: Steve - July 20, 2015 - 11:00am
Forget all this partisan garbage you hear about the Obama deal with Iran over their nuke program, they are all biased, the Democrats love it and the Republicans hate it, as expected.
Here are comments from a non-partisan and unbiased actual nuke expert, and while saying it is not perfect, he loves the deal.
Max Fisher at vox.com wrote about an interview he had with Jeffrey Lewis, the director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.
Jeffrey Lewis was so eager to read the Iran nuclear deal that he woke up at 3:30 am California time to go through all 150-plus pages of the text. Lewis is the director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and also runs an arms control blog network and arms control podcast, and has a regular arms control column in Foreign Policy.
He is the person to talk to on this, not the partisan political hacks the corporate media puts on tv, this guy is an expert and knows what he is talking about.
Fisher wrote this: When Lewis and I first spoke, in early 2015, he was skeptical, as a lot of arms control analysts were. He was skeptical that the US, world powers, and Iran would ever reach a nuclear deal. And he was skeptical that if they did reach a deal, it would be good enough.
But when the negotiators released the "framework" in April, describing the broad strokes, Lewis came away impressed and happily surprised -- but with some caveats and some unanswered questions.
I called up Lewis to see what he thought of the final deal. His assessment was very positive: Asked to grade the deal, he said, "I would give it an A."
Fisher: Are you surprised?
Lewis: Well, there was always a deal to be had here if reasonable people could make reasonable compromises. I never really count on that, but it seems like they did it.
I wouldn't say I'm surprised, but I am pleased. I'm happy with it.
Fisher: Why is this a good deal?
Lewis: It's a good deal because it slows down their nuclear program -- which they say is for civilian purposes but could be used to make a bomb, and which we think was originally intended to make a bomb.
And it puts monitoring and verification measures in place that mean if they try to build a bomb, we're very likely to find out, and to do so with enough time that we have options to do something about it. There's a verifiable gap between their bomb option and an actual bomb. That's why it's a good deal.
Fisher: Now that we're here, what grade would you give it?
Lewis: I would give it an A.
Notice that the actual nuke expert likes the deal, and the Republicans all hate it, including O'Reilly, even though none of them are nuke experts. O'Reilly even claims to be a non-partisan Independent who is fair to Obama, but he agrees with everything the Republicans do, and hates everything Obama does.
Which is 100% proof Bill O'Reilly is a liar when he says he is a non-partisan Independent, he is a total right-wing hack, and that is a fact. If he were not a right-wing hack he would have said he likes the deal, because the actual experts do, instead he just went with the Republican propaganda on it, because he is a Republican and he hates Obama.
Another Corrupt Republican Goes To Jail & O'Reilly Ignores It
By: Steve - July 19, 2015 - 11:00am
And not only was he guilty of tax fraud, he also admitted to hiring undocumented immigrants and he lied under oath during a 2013 civil deposition. Which makes it much worse because Republicans #1 issue is undocumented immigration, and he was using them in his business.
But O'Reilly totally ignored the entire story, even though he does a weekly legal segment on his show, and he reports on a Democrat if he is found guilty of jaywalking. Not to mention the fact that the guy also told a reporter he would thrown them off an f-ing balcony, and said he was a boy he would break in half.
If a Democrat did any of that O'Reilly would be all over it, and yet, O'Reilly never once reported on the story, before or after the conviction.
Former Republican Congressman Michael Grimm, who represented Staten Island in the U.S. House, was sentenced to eight months in prison for federal tax fraud on Friday morning.
In addition to spending eight months in prison, Grimm will also have to serve a year of supervised release. He will be required to surrender to authorities on or before September 10, 2015, to begin serving his sentence.
Grimm escaped lightly after being indicted on 20 criminal counts in April 2014. He ultimately plead guilty to just a single count of federal tax fraud.
Grimm concealed nearly one million dollars worth of sales receipts from his Healthalicious Restaurant. He also admitted to hiring undocumented immigrants and he lied under oath during a 2013 civil deposition.
The ex-Congressman made national headlines in January 2014, when he threatened reporter Michael Scotto on camera:
Let me be clear to you, you ever do that to me again I'll throw you off this f-ing balcony. You're not man enough, you're not man enough. I'll break you in half. Like a boy.While Grimm avoided criminal charges for his violent outburst against the reporter, he could not escape the long arm of the law for his financial corruption. Grimm characterized the investigation against him as a political witch hunt” but the evidence of his illegal activity was unquestionable.
The eight month prison term is fairly mild given the apparent depth of Grimm's corruption, but many political observers expected him to escape jail time altogether.
U.S. District Court Judge Pamela K. Chen could have sentenced Grimm to a maximum of three years in prison, but she opted to impose a more mid-range sentence, settling on giving him eight months behind bars.
During the proceedings the judge admonished Grimm, by stating:
Your moral compass, Mr. Grimm, needs some reorientation.
Everyone falls from grace when they are caught committing crimes. Some fall farther than others.
Representative Grimm has fallen from grace, a victim of his own corruption and his contempt for obeying the law. Hopefully when he gets to prison, he'll be smart enough not to threaten to throw any of his fellow inmates off a balcony.
Donald Trump Calls Karl Rove An Irrelevant Clown & A Loser
By: Steve - July 19, 2015 - 10:00am
Donald Trump put out some tweets about Karl Rove, and they were pretty harsh. Here are a few of them. Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
Irrelevant clown @KarlRove sweats and shakes nervously on @FoxNews as he talks "bull" about me. Has zero cred. Made fool of himself in '12.
5:10 AM - 16 Jul 2015
.@FoxNews You shouldn't have @KarlRove on the air--he's a clown with zero credibility--a Bushy!
10:02 AM - 16 Jul 2015
I love Trump's mocking of Karl Rove -- and what better moment to recall in Rove's long career of inserting false narratives to trick people into voting Republican than his Fox News face when Ohio was called for Obama in 2012. Ahh, the Memories.
The so-called Rove brain looked pretty stumped that night and, he has been unable to function well as a political strategist and narrative-crafter in the New World of quick fact-checking per the Internet. (This is one reason why Republicans want to make the Internet less available to the Poor People who vote for them.)
But irrelevant clown? That title has been taken already multiple times by all the current Republican candidates.
No one can say the Donald isn't a sore loser himself, after writing this tweet:
I hope the boycott of @Macys continues forever. So many people are cutting up their cards. Macy's stores suck and they are bad for U.S.A.
8:14 AM - 16 Jul 2015
Yes, Macy's quit carrying Trump's made in China stuff, but only after he revealed himself to be a hate monger so now Trump declares they are bad for the USA. Bad for Trump, bad for the USA.
See how that works? They are good when they are in business with him, but bad when they are not. Exactly like George W. Bush.
Proving only that you don't have to be a Bushy to be just like a Bushy.
That's so presidential. Not! Trump is just a sore Loser! And I mean big loser who will never be the President.
Alaska Governor Sidesteps GOP Legislature For Medicaid Expansion
By: Steve - July 18, 2015 - 11:00am
Alaska will become the 30th state to accept Obamacare's optional Medicaid expansion, after Gov. Bill Walker (I) announced on Thursday that he will use his executive power to bypass the GOP-controlled legislature and implement the policy on his own.
Walker -- a former Republican who has since become an Independent -- has been advocating for Medicaid expansion for over a year. Implementing this particular Obamacare provision, which was ruled optional by the Supreme Court in 2012, would extend health coverage to an estimated 40,000 low-income residents in his state. Polling has found that the majority of Alaska residents agree with Walker's position.
Take note of that, polls show the majority of people want it, and yet the Republicans were still blocking it.
Republican lawmakers have repeatedly blocked efforts to approve the expansion of the public health program, saying that low-income people need to take more personal responsibility for themselves.
"I think in this time, in these lean years, it's time for communities to pull together, it's time for churches to step up, it's time to help give a hand to each other as individuals. We can be kind as people. It's not government's place to be kind," State Rep. Shelley Hughes (R) said in reference to uninsured Alaskans when the House voted down Medicaid expansion in March.
And that is all total BS, because I went to the churches to see if they could help me pay half of my $280.00 truck insurance bill for 6 months of insurance, and they denied it saying they had limited funds and they could only help about 20 people that month. They also told me they only raise about $2.000 a month, so that money is not even close to enough to help people pay medical bills or give them health insurance.
Walker said he has had enough. In a press conference on Thursday, the governor said he will move forward with Medicaid expansion even without the legislature's approval.
"This is the final option for me -- I've tried everything else," Walker said.
"Thousands of Alaskans and more than 150 organizations, including chambers of commerce, local hospitals, and local governments, have been waiting long enough for Medicaid expansion. It's time to expand Medicaid so thousands of our friends, coworkers, neighbors, and family members don't have to make the choice between health care or bankruptcy."
Across the country, Republican Obamacare opponents have continued to block this provision of the health care reform law, a move that's leaving millions of poor Americans without any affordable insurance options whatsoever. Many GOP lawmakers cite financial concerns about the program, even though the federal government will pick up the cost of expansion.
Pro-Medicaid governors have become increasingly frustrated with their legislatures that stubbornly refuse to expand the program. Last summer, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) announced similar plans to find a workaround to GOP resistance and extend coverage to additional low-income residents.
In Ohio, Gov. John Kasich (R) fought for months with members of his own party to implement the policy, describing assistance for uninsured Americans as a moral imperative. Slowly but surely, the policy is now starting to gain momentum in GOP-controlled states.
And btw folks, the other 20 states who could do this and have not, are all run by Republicans. They do not do it for political reasons, even though it would give health care to millions of people. They do not do it because it would give more people health care and make President Obama and Obamacare look much better.
This is what Republicans all across America are doing, and nobody reports it, including O'Reilly. They are making people suffer and go without health care, who could have it, for purely political reasons, and O'Reilly never says a word about it, because he supports what they are doing.
Even though if Democrats did something like this to a Republican President, O'Reilly and the right would report it every day and call them traitors.
The federal Government will pay for it, and it is a part of Obamacare, but the Republicans who control some states are still refusing to take the money, because it would make Obama and Obamacare look good. Plus Obama and the Democrats would get more popular from it, and most likely gain votes from it, so Republicans all across the country are still blocking it.
Donald Trump Caught Lying That Hispanics Love Him
By: Steve - July 18, 2015 - 10:00am
This moron Donald Trump tells so many lies it is a miracle anyone supports him, and here is another one.
Donald Trump reached new depths of delusion Wednesday morning on MSNBC's Morning Joe. During an interview, Trump insisted that he would beat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race, and he also claimed that he would win a majority of the Hispanic vote.
TRUMP: "The Hispanics love me."
In 2011 Trump also said this on talk radio: "I have a great relationship with the blacks. I've always had a great relationship with the blacks."
According to Donald Trump, the GOP should be a lock to win over majority voters as long as Trump is the party's nominee. Unfortunately, Trump's popularity with non-white voters is a figment of his far-right imagination.
On the same morning that Trump was bragging that he would win the Hispanic vote, a newly released Washington Post-ABC News poll found that 81 percent of Hispanic voters had an unfavorable opinion of Trump, compared to just 13 percent who viewed him favorably.
Trump apparently confused love with hate, as his net favorable rating with Latino voters is negative 68 points. Even by the most charitable assessment, those results can only be summarized as Hispanic voters can't stand Trump.
Trump has accused undocumented immigrants from Mexico of being rapists, and he has made anti-immigration rhetoric the cornerstone of his campaign. While that gambit has actually paid off in making him far more popular with Republican voters, it has damaged his standing with Hispanic voters.
In May, 60 percent of Hispanic voters viewed Trump negatively. That number has risen to 81 percent now, as Trump has continued to demonize Latino immigrants on the campaign trail.
Trump's terrible 13 percent favorable rating with Hispanic voters suggests that if he becomes the Republican nominee, the GOP will suffer worse numbers with Hispanic voters than they did in 2012.
Mitt Romney lost the Latino vote in 2012 by a crushing 71-27 margin to Barack Obama. By comparison, George W. Bush only lost the Hispanic vote to John Kerry by a closer 58-40 spread.
Whatever other faults George W. Bush had, he did not practice demagoguery on the immigration issue, and as a consequence, he was able to maintain a moderate base of support with Hispanic voters.
Donald Trump however has turned to Nativist demagoguery. Republican voters are rewarding him for his xenophobic rhetoric, but a Trump candidacy would deliver a crippling blow to the GOP's hopes of resurrecting their standing with Latino voters.
Trump can lie that Hispanic voters love him all he wants, but the truth is over 80 percent of Hispanic voters can't stand him.
Mr. I Only Deal In Facts With No Speculating Reports Rumor
By: Steve - July 17, 2015 - 11:30am
Bill O'Reilly claims to only deal in the facts, and says he has a no speculation zone. He says he never reports anythint that can not be verified, and he does not allow anyone to speculate about anything. And it's all lies, because he reports on rumors and un-verified news all the time, he also speculates himself all the time, and lets other conservatives speculate too, the only people he does not allow speculate are the Democratic guests he has on.
Making him not only a dishonest journalist, but a total hypocrite and a liar who does not even follow his own rules.
Thursday night Bill O'Reilly Linked an ISIS Tweet to the Chattanooga Shooting Even As He Admits It May Not Be True. O'Reilly: "There Is One Sensational Report Tonight That I Have To Mention, Even Though It Is Not Exactly Clear Whether It's Accurate"
O'REILLY: There is one sensational report tonight that I have to mention, even though it is not exactly clear whether it's accurate. Apparently a tweet from an ISIS-based source announced the terror action before it actually happened. Catherine Herridge is on that story and will join us shortly. If ISIS is involved, even indirectly, all hell is going to break loose in this country.
Here is the video:
And btw, now Fox is admitting they got it wrong.
Bret Baier Admits Fox Got Link Between ISIS Tweet And Chattanooga Shooting Wrong. Baier: "All Indications Now Are That It Came Out After The Attack"
BAIER: One thing Bill, on that tweet that you brought up at the beginning, all indications now are that it came out after the attack, and that it either was a Pacific time time stamp, or - but it looks like--
O'REILLY: A bogus situation?
BAIER: Yeah, and that -- but nevertheless, it was touting the attack as a success for ISIS. But it wasn't a preconceived thing.
Fox's Catherine Herridge Also Now Admits There Are "Questions" The About Accuracy Of Her ISIS Tweet Reporting.
So Mr. I only deal in facts, got it 100% wrong. And the report was based on one report from one biased source at Fox, with no verification from any other source, but O'Reilly and the rest of Fox reported it anyway. And he did that because he is biased and he wants to be able to link it to ISIS so he can attack Obama for it, so the facts were thrown out the window, to try and use it for political reasons.
San Francisco Official Says More About Fox News
By: Steve - July 17, 2015 - 11:00am
The San Francisco City Supervisor who shut down an O'Reilly Factor producer's attempt to conduct an ambush interview outside his office spoke out on Wednesday about his and the city's frustration with being demonized by the Fox News "propaganda machine."
City Supervisor Scott Wiener said he is enjoying a rush of support from many people who saw the clip on Tuesday.
The response from fellow San Franciscans, he said, has been "overwhelmingly and enthusiastically positive. People are thrilled. There is such a deep seated frustration with Fox News and the fringe it represents."
Bill O'Reilly and other Fox News personalities have mounted a campaign to demonize the city of San Francisco as a hazardous no-go zone due to its "sanctuary city" policies towards the undocumented. In San Francisco, undocumented immigrants can access city services like police, firefighters and health care without fear of deportation or other government reprisals.
According to O'Reilly, Megyn Kelly and hundreds of extreme fringe hateful commenters in Wiener's Twitter mentions, San Francisco city officials are therefore liable in the death of Kate Steinle, a blond-haired white woman who was allegedly murdered by an undocumented immigrant with a prior felony conviction.
Wiener told Think Progress that Fox is trying to "take advantage of a horrific crime to bash immigrants."
Which is exactly what they are doing, and Bill O'Reilly is leading the charge. Now remember this, O'Reilly is the guy who claims to be a non-partisan Independent who is fair and balanced in the no spin zone. While constantly doing biased and partisan journalism against liberals, and never going after conservatives for anything. In fact, he defends the conservatives over everything they do, while never once defending a liberal or supporting a liberal for anything.
The City Supervisor said that he is happy to speak to conservative media outlets, but not to Fox News, which he said is a "propaganda machine, nothing more and nothing less."
Paul Krugman Explains How Trump Is Representative Of The GOP Base
By: Steve - July 17, 2015 - 10:00am
If you would have told me one day I would be writing blogs about Donald Trump being a leading GOP presidential candidate in 2015, I would have told you that you are out of your mind. But that is exactly what I am doing.
And now that I think about it, Trump is the perfect Republican candidate.
And the pulitzer prize winning economist Paul Krugman agrees. During an interview with Bloomberg TV he really slammed the Republican party by saying that the reason why Trump seems to be resonating so well with the party is because he's such a vile and offensive human being.
Krugman said this: "He's a belligerent, loudmouth racist with not an ounce of compassion for less fortunate people. In other words, he's exactly the kind of person the Republican base consists of and identifies with. It's clear that the very things that Upper West Side New Yorkers find detestable about him are exactly what endear him to the Republican base, which is basically people who see in him everything, even the big red face and the yelling, that makes him their kind of guy."
Ouch. Though as harsh as that might sound, he is exactly right. He said what I've been saying for a couple of weeks now. That is, while some people are acting as if they're shocked Trump has become a legitimate GOP front-runner, Trump's really just saying some of the same exact things I've saw a lot of Republicans in person and on the internet say my whole life.
The only difference is he's the first big-name Republican presidential candidate to actually say these things publicly. Typically the Republican party likes to subtly pander to racism and bigotry while denying either are rampant within their party.
And what's ironic is that he's not only not apologizing for what he's been saying the last couple of weeks, but he's been doubling down on his racist rhetoric, and it's actually making him even more popular with many conservative voters.
Krugman did go on to say that he doesn't see Trump maintaining his place as a leading candidate very long, alluding to 2012 when practically every candidate spent time as the leader -- only to see Republicans go with the safest candidate, Mitt Romney.
"In the end, they nominated Mitt Romney, who on substance was not that different from the others," Krugman recalled. "And probably, the same thing will happen this time around, with Jeb Bush playing that role."
In other words, Trump is saying what a lot of Republicans think, and he knows it, which is why he is doing so well in the polls. And the other Republicans agree with him, they just refuse to say it in public because of how bad it makes them look. Basically, all the other Republicans are lying to you, and pretending to disagree with Trump in public, while in private they agree with him 100 percent.
Think about this, Trump would never say that garbage in public if he did not know a big part of the Republican base agrees with him, and clearly they do, because the polls show it.
Niall O'Dowd At Irishcentral.com Slams O'Reilly For Defending Trump
By: Steve - July 16, 2015 - 11:00am
Niall O'Dowd at irishcentral.com is slamming O'Reilly for his support of Donald Trump and his racist immigrant statements. But of course O'Reilly says nothing about it, because O'Dowd is Irish, just like O'Reilly.
But O'Reilly did go after Media Matters and Salon.com, for slamming him, proving O'Reilly is a biased hack once again. He hammers Media Matters and Salon for going after him over Trump and immigration, but when an Irish journalist does the very same thing, O'Reilly says nothing about him.
O'Dowd wrote this:
Donald Trump has injected hate speech into the 2016 presidential race.
Demonizing immigrants is the oldest political trick in the book, something generations of Irish suffered off the boat.
Immigration is a proper issue for discussion and heated rhetoric is nothing new. But it has toppled over into hate speech with Trump.
His outrageous attacks on the undocumented -- and immigrants in general -- has ignited a firestorm and harsh criticism even from right wing paladins like Rupert Murdoch, who tweeted on Sunday, "Mexican immigrants, as with all immigrants, have much lower crime rates than native born. Eg El Paso safest city in U.S. Trump wrong."
With his control of a right wing media empire including Fox News, Murdoch appears to be sending out a powerful message that Trump's brand of poison should not be promoted on his networks -- something Fox, most notably Bill O'Reilly, has been doing.
O'Reilly jumped on the horrific murder of a white woman named Kate Steinle in San Francisco by Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, an undocumented immigrant who had been deported to Mexico five times.
No one disputes that the murder was despicable, but O'Reilly used it as a drum to bang out support for Trump's position.
I was deeply surprised to see O'Reilly jump on the Trump bandwagon, by making it clear he thought the mogul is right-on with his anti-immigrant rhetoric.
After all, O'Reilly should know that in his forbears' time it was commentators like Thomas Nast, the O'Reilly of his day, who were demonizing the Irish the way Trump is demonizing Mexicans now.
Indeed, all Irish Americans eager to swallow the Trump hatred line should remember their own past when we were portrayed as apes and pigs and drunken louts.
Trump is the guy in the movie theater shouting fire, creating an incendiary response that demonizes all immigrants even if he is claiming that is not his intention.
His real intention is to grab attention, and he has certainly done that. Unfortunately he has, no doubt, roped in nut jobs ready to hang the nearest illegal immigrant to the nearest tree.
I hope the media will hang the next shooting or beating of a Mexican immigrant by some such yobs around Trump's neck, and by extension O'Reilly's too.
It is a dangerous game they are playing, one with a loaded gun and a noose that will have consequences for immigrants legal and undocumented.
Trump is a poisonous toad injected into a political race that hardly needs more venom. O'Reilly should really know better than to pander to the Trump hate screed.
City Supervisor Tells Fox Reporter Fox News Is Not Real News
By: Steve - July 16, 2015 - 10:00am
Bill O'Reilly has been under a bit of scrutiny lately for all kinds of reasons, including poorly-written and reasoned books, but primarily for his lack of veracity -- not only on his show but in his own biography. To be blunt: he lies a lot and does not like it when people call him on it.
We saw him lie about his war coverage, we saw him lie about JFK in his Killing JFK book, we saw him lie about the LA riots, historians tore their hair at his Killing Patton book, and he has a history of getting really upset when people don't go along with his invented version of reality.
In other words, he is the last person on the planet to be doing what he does for a living. A journalist should report the news, not invent it. But he got a nice smackdown in San Francisco when he decided to go after the San Francisco Board of Supervisors over the murder of Kate Steinle, who was killed by an illegal immigrant.
Having had Steinle's parents on his show Monday, on Tuesday he sent reporters out to ambush the Board of Supervisors.
It didn't go as planned. After all, he had just accused them on air of being responsible for Steinle's death.
Remember, O'Reilly and the Republican Party wants you to believe guns don't kill people. Liberal polices do. The Fox Five even accused Obama of having blood on his hands. Funny how President George W. Bush could invade entire countries illegally and kill hundreds of thousands of innocent people without getting any blood on his hands, and O'Reilly even defends it.
The city supervisors were having none of the dishonest O'Reilly ambush garbage. And Jane Kim outright told her ambusher that guns are the issue here, and keeping guns away from people who should not have them.
Katy Tang told her accuser that "Of course Fox News would be this rude" and when pursued, added, "You're interviewing the wrong fricking person."
Scott Wiener was the one, however, who sank Bill-O's battleship, saying this: "Fox News is not real news, and you're not a reporter. I talk to real news only."
This is typical of Fox News that Bill O'Reilly and his entire network would not worry about white policemen gunning down black youths, or body-slamming young black girls to the sidewalk. After all, the victims are black.
But if one white woman is killed by a darker-skinned person, Fox News is all over it, even though immigrants commit far less crimes than American citizens. If immigrants are the problem, logic dictates so are the police. After all, as the great Aristotle would say, killing is killing.
Also typical is the desire to blame liberal policies, you know, the gun control advocates, for gun-related crimes, instead of the Republican Party, which advocates people owning any gun the military has in its arsenal. Because everybody needs home defense weapons like rocket launchers.
It is past time somebody reminded Fox News that they're not real news. Scott Wiener deserves kudos for speaking up and saying what we all feel about the Republican propaganda arm created by Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes.
And that's exactly what President Obama should say to Bill O'Reilly next time he demands an interview: "I talk to real news only."
Here is a reality in America, nobody in the country takes Fox News serious, except right-wing fools. Fox News is the laughing stock of the news to everyone but the right-wing stooges who watch them. If you ask someone (who is not a Republican) what they think of Fox News they just laugh and say it's nothing but right-wing propaganda.
And outside of America they are seen as a total joke, I get e-mails all the time from people who live in Foreign countries telling me they watched Fox and just laughed at how biased they are. Nobody in the rest of the world takes them serious, and most of them ask me how they can even be allowed to be on the air as a news network, and I tell them because we have free speech.
O'Reilly Attacks Media Matters For Simply Reporting What He Said
By: Steve - July 15, 2015 - 11:30am
Wednesday night O'Reilly attacked Media Matters and Salon.com for simply reporting his anti-immigrant statements, and for defending Donald Trump. It was a dishonest attack, and just more proof O'Reilly is a right-wing hack who can not handle when people call him out for his bias.
Nothing they said about him is wrong, in fact, they quoted him word for word with his own transcripts and his own video, O'Reilly just can not handle it when people tell the truth about him.
Here is the segment he did on it:
Scott Walker Details Ignored By Most Of The Media
By: Steve - July 15, 2015 - 11:00am
Here is what is wrong with most of the corporate media in America, they cover the Walker press conference, and fail to report what they guy did as a Governor of a State. All they talk about is how good looking he is, or how charismatic he is, or whatever, but they do not tell you how bad a job he has done, or what anti-worker policies he has passed.
So here are the details you need to know about Scott Walker.
As Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker formally enters the presidential race, journalists in his home state say the national press should focus their reporting on his polarizing history fighting abortion rights, gay marriage, and public information disclosure, while also highlighting his push as a state assemblyman for mandatory prison time that has overwhelmed the state's prison system.
In the survey of Wisconsin adults by St. Norbert College, Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television, 41% approve of the governor's performance and 58% disapprove.
Those numbers are similar to Walker's ratings in a statewide poll of registered voters released last week by Marquette University Law School.
The latest survey of 600 adult residents was done April 8-17, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
The poll also found 52% of Wisconsin adults said the state is going in the wrong direction, compared to 40% who said it is going in the right direction.
Of those polled, 59% said they were opposed to Walker running for the GOP presidential nomination while 39% said they favored it.
Many Badger State reporters also point to the state's poor economic record, while describing Walker as an "extreme" politician whose far-right approach may not work in a national race.
"He is not as charismatic as I think a lot of people think," said John Nichols, an associate editor at the progressive Capital Times in Madison. "The drama, the excitement associated with Scott Walker is that he did some extreme things that scared a lot of people."
"He's a pretty polarizing character," said political reporter Kate Pabich of WMTV, the NBC affiliate in Madison. "If he gets the GOP primary nomination he is going to have a hard time appealing to a national stage. The things he's done, the ultra-conservative things he's done, the 20-week abortion, the stance on gay marriage, will be an issue."
Pablich was referring to the state ban on abortion after 20 weeks, which passed in the Wisconsin Assembly just last week -- with no exceptions for rape or incest, at Walker's insistence -- and which is likely to get Walker's approval.
Stein also said media should examine a so-called "right-to-work" law Walker signed in March that strips unions of vital resources by allowing private-sector employees to opt out of paying union dues, as well as his support for a severely restrictive public information overhaul that would have disallowed public access to many state records and documents.
"They were sweeping," Stein said of the public information restrictions. "They would have exempted the vast majority of legislative documents" from review, allowing "the administration as well as any other state agency to withhold deliberative materials used to arrive at a policy decision," he concluded.
After the restrictions were approved in the legislature's Joint Finance Committee, they were shelved following public outcry.
Stein also urged national reporters to look at Walker's time as Milwaukee County Executive, adding, "There was much more gridlock and his not being able to accomplish what he wanted. He was head-butting a lot with a Democratic County board."
Capital Times' Nichols said Walker's claims about a great economic record in Wisconsin are misleading.
"The Wisconsin economic story is not a particularly good story," he said. "Wisconsin trails a lot of neighboring states in economic vitality; its job growth is not particularly good."
He said Walker promised when he first ran in 2010 to create 250,000 new jobs in his first term. But that fell far short, according to Politifact, which estimates only about 146,000 new jobs created during that time.
"For all of his talk of becoming an economic savior, he is weaker on economics than a lot of people think," Nichols said.
Andy Hall, executive director of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism and a former longtime reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison, agreed.
"He did promise to create 250,000 jobs during his first term, the numbers show he got about half that goal," Hall said. "The economy here continues to concern a lot of people. Yes, jobs are being created, but are they the right kinds of jobs?"
Hall also cited the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, or WEDC, which Walker created to spark job growth. A state audit in May by the non-partisan Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau found problems with its compliance and practices.
Jim Fitzhenry, a top editor for Gannett Wisconsin Media, which operates newspapers and websites in 10 cities, said few national outlets seem to know about Walker's support for tighter mandatory sentencing that has ballooned the state's prison population.
Known as "Truth-in-Sentencing," the restriction, passed by the Wisconsin state legislature in 1998, requires that many inmates serve their entire sentences without parole and increased the length of prison time for others.
Walker co-sponsored the legislation as a state assemblyman and helped lead it to passage as chair of the state assembly's Committee on Corrections and the Courts, according to a lengthy report on his past prison reform actions in The Nation earlier this year.
"It took away quite a bit of judicial discretion in sentences," Fitzhenry said. "Unlike a lot of his counterparts, Scott is still very much adamant for Truth-in-Sentencing."
The Nation report detailed how Truth-in-Sentencing overburdens the Wisconsin prison system so much that it had to contract with a private prison operator, Corrections Corporation of America, whose executives have also contributed to Walker's campaigns.
A 2004 Journal Sentinel analysis of the law looked at data from Truth-in-Sentencing's first four years in existence and estimated that it would cost the state an additional $1.8 billion through 2025.
Sanders Destroyed Boehner Over Ridiculous Out Of Mainstream Comments
By: Steve - July 15, 2015 - 10:00am
The Boehner statement about Sanders being out of the mainstream was so dishonest and wrong, it was just laughable. Because it is the Republicans who are out of the mainstream with the American people, not Bernie Sanders. In fact, I would bet the majority of Americans agree with Sanders on 80% of his positions, while most likely against Boehner and the Republicans by 80%, or more.
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders destroyed John Boehner with facts after the Speaker called him out of the political mainstream on CBS's Face The Nation.
Earlier on Face The Nation, Speaker of the House John Boehner said that Bernie Sanders came to Congress as a socialist and that Sanders is out of step with mainstream America.
In a later segment when Bernie Sanders appeared on the same program, he destroyed Boehner with the facts.
DICKERSON: Senator, we had Speaker John Boehner on. He said he came to Congress with you and that he characterized you by saying that there's not a tax increase that you haven't liked. What is your response to that? He says you're out of the mainstream of America.Sanders listed a series of positions that show that it is John Boehner and the Republican Party who are completely out of step with mainstream America.
In fact, the list of Republican positions that are out of step is much longer than what Sanders offered. Republicans oppose a path to citizenship and comprehensive immigration reform, Republicans are against equal pay for women and allowing women to control their own medical decisions.
John Boehner also spent millions of taxpayer dollars defending the Defense of Marriage Act. Boehner supports cutting taxes for the wealthiest Americans and corporations while opposing any legislation that would create jobs.
It is clear who is out of step with the mainstream of this country, and it isn't Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, or the Democratic Party. John Boehner has a 22% approval rating and a 62% disapproval rating.
Despite the fact that the country is moving left, Speaker Boehner continues to harbor the delusion that the United States is a conservative nation.
The facts were on the side of the Senator from Vermont, and Bernie Sanders used those facts to reveal that it is Boehner and his Republican Party who are out of step with the rest of the country. And you can also add Bill O'Reilly, because he has said the very same thing about Sanders, and the country being center-right, when the facts show it is center-left and the far-right is out of the mainstream.
Scott Walker Strips Workers Of Living Wage In New Budget
By: Steve - July 14, 2015 - 11:00am
If you work for a living, here is a great reason to never vote for Scott Walker, and all Republicans for that matter.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) signed the new state budget into law on Sunday with a last-minute change that strips the words "living wage" from state laws and replaces it with "minimum wage."
The change means minimum-wage Wisconsin workers will earn nearly $6,000 per year less than what the Massachusetts Institute of Technology calculates is a living wage in the state. And they will have no recourse, according to the Center for American Progress. MIT says a living wage would be $10.13 an hour.
The new law eliminates the ability of low-wage workers to appeal for a living wage. Previously, Wisconsin law stated that employee pay "shall be not less than a living wage," defined as "adequate to permit any employee to maintain herself or himself in minimum comfort, decency, physical and moral well-being." Wisconsin's living wage was tied to the state minimum wage, currently $7.25 an hour.
Walker, who announced his 2016 presidential campaign on Monday, also decided workers don't need weekends off. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the budget Walker signed "would allow factory and retail employees to work seven days without a day off, as long as they said in writing that they were doing so voluntarily." The old law required employers to give workers at least one day off for every seven days of work.
Some Actual Facts About Republican Scott Walker
By: Steve - July 14, 2015 - 10:00am
Flawed Background Check System Put A Gun In Dylann Roof's Hands
By: Steve - July 13, 2015 - 11:00am
And of course, the biased right-wing hack Bill O'Reilly has not reported one word about it, ever.
Lapses in the FBI's background check system allowed Dylann Roof to purchase a gun. Now, the emerging details about Roof are reigniting a contentious debate over gun policy that tracks closely with similar conversations following other recent mass shootings.
According to a statement released by the FBI, Roof's ability to purchase the gun he used in the Charleston shooting resulted from breakdowns at the federal and local levels.
Information about Roof's previous drug charges, which should have triggered the rejection of his attempted gun purchase, wasn't easily accessible in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). But federal law currently operates under a default proceed process -- which means that, even if a background check hasn't been completed, the transaction can legally go through anyway after three days have passed.
Proponents of tighter background check are pointing to the incident as proof that the current three-day standard is insufficient. As officials attempt to cross-check information between state and federal databases, advocates argue that 72 hours simply isn't enough time to ensure that people with troubled histories are prevented from buying guns.
They say background check officials need easier ways to access records across different states systems, as well as more resources to dedicate additional staff time to completing thorough records requests.
"The scary issue brought to light by this is just how faulty the 72-hour default proceed is," Garrett McDonough, the Communications Director for the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, said in a statement on Friday. "Inefficiencies or lack of time and resources leads to criminals and other dangerous people being able to purchase guns and, in this case, kill innocent people."
Research has found that these so-called default proceed gun sales are more likely to involve an individual who would have failed a background check -- something that FBI researchers have designated as a "potential public safety risk." A disproportionate number of these cases involve people who should be prohibited from owning a gun because of their history with domestic violence.
Just two days before the FBI acknowledged the errors that allowed Roof to purchase a gun, the families of the slain victims traveled to Washington, D.C. to lobby for stricter gun laws. They're asking Congress to support HR 1217, legislation that would expand background checks to the gun sales made online and at gun shows.
"I'm here today to speak up on behalf of the Charleston community, and all who are sick and tired of Congress ignoring the problem of gun violence," Andre Duncan, whose aunt, Myra Thompson, was killed in Charleston, said at the event on Wednesday.
Nonetheless, making substantial reforms to the country's current background check system has proven challenging, particularly as the NRA has drummed up political opposition. Even after the massacre of several elementary school children at Sandy Hook Elementary School, U.S. lawmakers voted down legislation that would have implemented universal background checks.
President Obama -- who has repeatedly said that he's sick of mass shootings partly because he believes the United States has the power to do something about them -- has described Congress failure to enact gun regulations in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shooting as one of the biggest frustrations of his presidency.
Even without Congress help, there are some things that the Obama administration could do to improve background checks.
Groups like the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence favor what they describe as "small, sometimes unsexy rule changes" that the administration already has the power to implement -- like cracking down states that don't report their data to the NICS in a timely manner, requiring the FBI to alert state officials after someone who wants to buy a gun fails a background check, and increasing coordination with health officials after completed background checks turn up mental health issues.
Bernie Sanders Gives Jeb Bush A Reality Check On The Economy
By: Steve - July 13, 2015 - 10:00am
Bernie Sanders busted Jeb Bush for trying to blame President Obama for his brother George W. Bush's failed economy during an interview on MSNBC.
Sanders was asked what he thought of Jeb Bush's comments that workers should work more hours.
The Democratic presidential candidate said this:
Well, I don't think much of Mr. Bush's comments and to be criticizing Obama after his brother left us an economy in which we were hemorrhaging 800,000 jobs a month when President Obama took office doesn't make much sense to me.Needless to say, he is opposed to the overtime rule that would allow millions of workers to finally get time and a half. I've not heard him support raising the minimum wage to a living wage, or pay equity for women workers. So it sounds to me like it's the same old, same old trickle-down economics which benefits the wealthy and large corporations.
Bernie Sanders has no patience for hypocrisy, and Jeb Bush's attempts to blame President Obama for his brother's failed economy are the height of hypocrisy.
What Jeb Bush is proposing is more of the same failed economic ideology that drove the country into recession under his father, and crashed the economy under his brother. The media lets Bush get away with rewriting history, but Bernie Sanders exposed the revisionist bull that Bush is selling.
Bush can try to spin his comments any way that he wants, but the truth is that his economic agenda will be bad for everyone who is not rich.
What Sanders is doing is taking on the Republican frontrunner, and exposing what his real agenda means for the working people of America.
Do Not Believe Republicans Who Slam Trump: They Love Him
By: Steve - July 12, 2015 - 11:30am
For many Americans the recent exposure of the right-wing racism in the population is not a revelation by any means. It is true the massacre by a Confederate sympathizer exposed the white supremacy infecting great portions of the South, and the Republican reaction to decent Americans demanding that the Confederacy's symbol of racism be removed reinforced the idea that Republican racial bigotry plagues the entire nation.
Racism is not reserved for animus toward African Americans and the support for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's racist remarks targeting Hispanic immigrants exposed conservative racism that permeates the Republican base.
It is true that Donald Trump is an unqualified presidential candidate and a filthy rich. But he is very popular with the Republican base for a simple reason. More than any Republican candidate for president, he best represents the GOP's base because unlike the rest of the Republicans seeking the presidential nomination, he is not afraid to speak for the Party and the typical Republican voter.
The Republican establishment pretends to be sweating over Trump's appeal to racists in the Republican base, there is little doubt the other professional candidates would love to parrot the base's views on everything from immigration to the Confederacy to President Obama's citizenship. However, with a general election looming they can hardly say out loud what they really believe and it is why the GOP's base sees Trump as one of them.
It is a fact that Republicans like Santorum, Cruz, Huckabee, Walker, Jindal, and Bush may not openly endorse every crazy idea like Trump for fear of losing favor with fundraisers and necessary endorsements, but they certainly agree with every incendiary statement Trump and the base holds near and dear as hardline conservatives. Unlike the professional politicians, Trump has no overwhelming need to form party alliances or build a team of party professionals, so he says precisely what he and the Republican base believes it means to be real Americans.
There is more proof Trump is the ideal Republican in a couple of recent surveys, and one particularly telling news story. Republican voters hate Hispanic immigrants as a matter of course whether they are documented, undocumented, or American citizens. Some Republican presidential candidates did criticize Trump's xenophobic and bigoted remarks about Mexican immigrants, but their true sentiments were revealed when every potential Republican candidate turned down an invitation from the nation's largest Latino advocacy group to attend its annual convention next week.
The group, the National Council of La Raza invited every presidential candidate, Democrat and Republican, to attend their convention, but no Republican is attending. For the record, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley will attend, and Senator Bernie Sanders adjusted his schedule to attend.
It is highly likely that the last thing any Republican candidate wants to be branded with is any form of outreach to the Hispanic community to conform to the Republican base's bigotry toward non-whites. In fact, although there has been tepid criticism of Trump's vile remarks about Hispanic immigrants, the group representing the Republican base, conservative media, has been either relatively silent or blatantly praiseworthy and supportive.
While establishment Republicans will never admit it openly, the conservative media not only speaks for the Party, it speaks for the bigoted base that is not just bigoted against Latinos. The recent shameful actions in the House where Republicans balked at removing the racist Confederate battle flag from government buildings and cemeteries exposed their racism Trump espouses.
Speaker John Boehner managed to table an amendment to allow the Confederate flag to be displayed at federal cemeteries and sold in gift shops, but when Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi introduced a resolution instructing the speaker to remove any State flag containing any portion of the Confederate battle flag from any area within the House wing of the Capitol or any House office building, the Republican Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy pushed to table Pelosi's resolution and won the backing of every racist Republican but one.
Republicans do not have a problem with Donald Trump's racism and bigotry, they are just concerned that their, and their base's, true sentiments about non-white Americans is finally being exposed nationally leading up to the 2016 presidential election.
In the aftermath of the Charleston racist killing, and while there was national outrage over the murderer's allegiance to the Confederate flag, there were only tepid calls from Republicans to remove the flag from South Carolina government buildings.
The cries to remove the flag had to reach deafening proportions before some Republicans could no longer avoid offending their racist base and claimed it was a state issue. What was not the least bit surprising was a recent Gallup poll that revealed 78 percent of Republicans still viewed the racist flag as a positive symbol.
Racism is alive and well among a lot of Republican voters, and Donald Trump's vile bigotry epitomizes the sentiment that Republican politicians certainly embrace; especially after spending the past six years cultivating it for the benefit of their electoral base.
Dishonest Republicans Now Claim Donald Trump Is A Democratic Liberal
By: Steve - July 12, 2015 - 11:00am
Even though all the Democrats and liberals hate Trump (including myself) and disagree with everything he says on everything, some dishonest right-wing idiots are now saying Trump is a liberal, which is just laughable.
In a desperate attempt to hide the bigotry, racism and ignorance that fuels a lot of the Republican party -- some conservatives are now trying to claim that Donald Trump really is not a Republican, but a Democrat.
And while this sounds completely absurd, it's essentially what CNN commentator and conservative radio host Ben Ferguson said while discussing the controversial remarks made by the current GOP front-runner. "Donald Trump is not some big GOP Republican and some people are trying to act like he is," Ferguson said.
He also went on to claim that he's "given more money to Democratic candidates than Republican candidates." Now, while I'm sure that plays right into the hands of conservatives desperately looking for anyway to coverup the fact that Trump is essentially exposing the Republican party as a bunch of anti-immigrant bigots and racists, the statement itself makes absolutely no sense.
Ignoring his political donations, the indisputable fact remains that, despite Trump's disgusting comments about Mexican immigrants, he's skyrocketing up the Republican presidential polls. So, he can call himself whatever he wants, but that doesn't change the reality that what he's saying is being heavily embraced by conservative voters.
And I can guarantee you this much, if a Democratic presidential candidate was out there calling most Mexican immigrants criminals and rapists, they sure as hell would not be climbing in the polls. In fact, it would be political suicide. Not only is Ferguson's logic completely ridiculous, it's a lie.
So, while he has donated a little money to Democrats in the past, he has given nearly twice as much to Republicans overall -- and since 2012 he's almost exclusively donated to the GOP. Giving $463,000 to the Republicans, and only $3,500 to the Democrats.
It goes to show you how desperate Republicans are becoming when it comes to Trump and how he continues to expose the racism within the GOP. When you're at such a point that some conservatives are literally trying to argue that one of the GOP frontrunners, who's being supported by conservative voters as he skyrockets up the polls, is actually a liberal – well, that's such a ridiculous notion that it's Onion-worthy.
And while it might be true that this is all just a short blip on the radar in a campaign that's still a very, very long way from culminating, to be honest, I'm not seeing a whole lot of weaknesses when it comes to Trump. The truth is, in many ways, Donald Trump is the perfect Republican candidate.
And finally, ask yourself this, if Trump is a liberal how the hell is he polling #1 in the GOP primary, it's an insane argument to say he is liberal, and only a fool would believe it, he is as far-right as it gets and the far-right loves him.
For Once Bernie Goldberg Calls Out O'Reilly For Bad Journalism
By: Steve - July 11, 2015 - 11:00am
Goldberg: "Sending Producer To Lecture San Francisco City Supervisors As A Representative Of Fox News. It's Wrong"
Here is the video:
Ted Cruz Busted For Buying His Own Books To Make Bestseller List
By: Steve - July 11, 2015 - 10:00am
The New York Times has refused to put Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on their bestseller list after finding evidence that his book sales were not authentic.
New York Times spokesperson Eileen Murphy told Politico, "We have uniform standards that we apply to our best seller list, which includes an analysis of book sales that goes beyond simply the number of books sold. This book didn't meet that standard this week. Our goal is that the list reflect authentic best sellers, so we look at and analyze not just numbers, but patterns of sales for every book."
Murphy later added more details, "In the case of this book, the overwhelming preponderance of evidence was that sales were limited to strategic bulk purchases."
Strategic bulk purchases is a polite way of saying that Cruz, his super PAC, or an organization that he cut a deal with, bought the books in bulk to inflate his sales numbers and land him on the bestseller list.
Republicans (including Bill O'Reilly) have been using this tactic for years.
The conservative book club does bulk buys of the O'Reilly books, then sells them for a dollar when you become a member, or sometimes they give them away for free with a paid membership.
O'Reilly himself also buys his own books, then signs them and gives them away when you buy something at the Factor store, or he gives them away with a paid membership to his website, and he never tells anyone he does that, no disclosure at all.
Sarah Palin had her super PAC buy $64,000 worth of her books in 2010. Mitt Romney landed on the bestseller list by declining speaking fees and forcing universities to buy tens of thousands of copies of his book. Ben Carson's so-called bestseller was fueled by a pro-Carson super PAC buying up $150,000 of his books.
Republicans have been gaming bestseller lists for years, but list makers like The New York Times are beginning to catch on. Bestseller lists are viewed by campaigns as a way to create the illusion of grassroots popularity by landing their candidate at or near the top of the list.
Ted Cruz is struggling in the polls. He is buried in the lower middle of the Republican pack. So he tried to buy his way onto the bestseller list and was busted for it.
Hopefully, this is the beginning of a trend that will see the listmakers put an end to one of the most egregious forms of Republican fraud.
Jeb Bush Has It All Wrong About Worker Productivity & Hours
By: Steve - July 10, 2015 - 11:00am
It's all right-wing propaganda, because Americans work harder and more hours than anyone, the problem is low wages and the lack of wage growth for the workers. Jeb is wrong and lying, he claims if we work more hours we will get a 4% growth rate, which is a pipe dream.
Bush claimed that if workers were able to get scheduled for more hours, they would "through their productivity gain more income for their families."
Obviously more hours would equal a larger paycheck. But Bush's suggestion that being more productive will produce individual prosperity for American workers in the 21st century is flat wrong.
The relationship between American workers industriousness and their economic security has eroded so severely in recent decades that the two concepts aren't even on speaking terms these days.
Workers were a staggering 25 percent more productive in 2012 than they were in 2000. But over the same period that bosses started getting a full quarter more work out of their employees, the median wage grew exactly zero percent.
Even those with college degrees saw their pay stagnate over the past decade.
Over the five-year stretch encompassing the first few years of the slow recovery Bush is criticizing, workers gave their bosses an 8 percent jump in productivity -- and got back an outright decline in earnings.
Wages and work ethic were already decoupled long before the enormous economic sinkhole that Bush's brother handed down to President Obama. After charting nearly identical growth trajectories for decades after World War II, productivity growth and wage growth unlinked in the mid-1970s. Productivity has more than doubled in those past 35 years, while wages have grown by roughly 13 percent.
The most obvious link between Bush's conceptual error and hot-button issues of the 2016 cycle is the minimum wage. Adjusting for inflation, the minimum wage has fallen dramatically in value since the late 1960s -- just before productivity and earnings had their messy divorce. If the pay floor had risen at the same rate as worker productivity throughout that window, the minimum wage would be about $22 an hour by now.
Many states have begun trying to catch back up to inflation by pushing their minimum wage up to about $10, and a handful of cities have actually tried to get ahead by setting their sights higher.
Conservatives oppose not just minimum wage hikes, but in many cases the very concept of the government mandating a pay floor for private industry.
Bush's comments paper over an extreme shift in corporate priorities that has enriched a relative handful of people -- mostly investors, Wall Street advisers, and CEOs -- at the expense of frontline workers. Working people now take home the lowest share of total corporate income that's been recorded since 1950.
CEOs have been shifting income from their workers to themselves and their shareholders in increasingly aggressive ways over the past few decades. The government has helped by subsidizing executive pay through the tax code.
Corporate America's increased desire to appease shareholders and squeeze workers is one of the primary drivers of the explosion in income inequality that began in the Reagan years. That inequality has gotten so severe that it threatens the fabric of American democracy, according to a commission of experts convened by the Center for American Progress last year that recommended a slate of policies to change the incentives that corporations respond to in making these kinds of decisions.
A third key driver of the productivity-wage disconnect is the right’s assault on union power. Workers who have access to collective bargaining have a better chance of staving off the kinds of profits-over-people decisions that employers are often inclined to make.
Wage growth averaged about 23 percent in the 10 states where collective bargaining rights remained widespread from 1979 to 2012. They grew just 5.2 percent in that time in the 10 states with the largest dropoff in the share of the workforce covered by collective bargaining agreements.
The progressive plan for getting them back together is straightforward: restore a meaningful pay floor through the minimum wage, change the incentives that allow corporate America to exacerbate inequality, and enhance workers bargaining power through unions and union-like alternative structures.
Bush's, by contrast, involves throwing even longer hours into the same broken-down system and hoping for an explosion of economic growth that economists say is impossible.
In other words, the corporations are giving all the profits to the top income earners and their investors, and not enough to the workers, and until that changes you will never see real wage growth and real economic improvements. If you elect Bush to be the President, he will just cut taxes for the wealthy and the corporations, and make the problem even worse.
Matthews Slams GOP For Supreme Court Hypocrisy & Double Standards
By: Steve - July 10, 2015 - 10:00am
Even though the right-wing hypocrisy is winding down a little, there's still crying going on from some within the Republican party over the "5 unelected lawyers" who ultimately ruled that bans on same-sex marriage violated the Fourteenth Amendment. Which is funny, because these same people (including O'Reilly) were perfectly happy when the very conservative members of the Court (Scalia/Thomas/Alito) almost always rule in favor of Republican ideology in those 5-4 decisions they usually make.
Looking at the two big cases that were ruled on in the same week (the Affordable Care Act and same-sex marriage) Chief Justice Roberts voted on different sides in each case, whereas Kennedy sided with liberals on same-sex marriage -- and both were appointed by Republicans.
So when O'Reilly and the GOP now argue that the Supreme Court is somehow "liberalism run amok" is just ridiculous. In fact, there are five conservative justices vs. four liberal ones, so even the makeup of the Court is not considered liberal.
The fact is that the ACA and same-sex marriage don't end up being ruled in favor of liberal ideology unless a justice appointed by a Republican president votes in favor of that ideology. Which is exactly what happened in both instances -- and with the ACA, twice.
All that being said, it still hasn't prevented hypocrites like Bill O'Reilly and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) from continuing to whine about the fact that conservatives once again found themselves on the wrong side of history. In fact, following the ruling on same-sex marriage, Cruz has essentially advocated that every eight years Supreme Court Justices should face elections.
During an interview with Chris Matthews, the Texas senator was hammered over the Republican hypocrisy when it comes to the Supreme Court, with Matthews stating that they were fine in 2000 when the Supreme Court (voting along partisan lines) gave the presidency to George W. Bush.
After Cruz said he was tired of unelected judges deciding major issues, Matthews shot back, "They [the Supreme Court] seized the presidency in 2000, you did not complain… you loved it." Not to mention, that is what the constitution says they are to do, rule on major issues. And btw, Matthews is absolutely right. Along those same lines, Republicans didn't have any problem when the Court allowed Hobby Lobby to force its religious views on others or when it said that money equaled speech -- though those are clearly rulings with which liberals highly disagreed.
There is a problem with the Court, in that it was never meant to be partisan. We shouldn't have liberal or conservative judges -- because they should simply rule on law, not politics. All someone in a position of a judge or Supreme Court Justice is supposed to do is interpret the law. And in the case of our Supreme Court, whether or not certain laws that were passed violate the Constitution.
Of course, that's not what we're seeing. The Court is increasingly becoming more and more partisan, which isn't a good thing for anyone. What both liberals and conservatives should want is a Supreme Court (and a judicial system as a whole) that rules according to law and our Constitution, not personal ideology or beliefs.
More Actual News Bill O'Reilly Does Not Tell You About
By: Steve - July 9, 2015 - 11:00am
If you are a regular Factor viewer you will never hear about this, because the so-called non-partisan journalist Bill O'Reilly will not report it.
Report Says Baltimore Police Were Ordered To Allow Looting And Chaos
Baltimore police officers were ordered by their commissioner to allow rioters the space to destroy and loot property during a spate of unrest in the city following the death in custody of 25 year-old Freddie Gray in April, according to a review by the city's police union.
On Wednesday, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge Three published its scathing assessment of police and city management during the unrest, which left 19 buildings and 144 vehicles burned, concluding the rioting was "without question, preventable" and argued police commanders "failed to meet professional standards on all levels."
"As a result, chaos and lawlessness ensued," the report states.
25-year old Gray was arrested in West Baltimore on 12 April, after making eye contact with a BPD officer, who chased him with other officers several blocks before arresting him and placing him the back of police van, handcuffed and shackled without a seatbelt. Gray suffered severe spinal injuries sustained in the back of the van and died a week later on 19 April.
The union, which represents more than 2,500 officers, had criticised top police commanders throughout the April unrest, but had itself drawn heavy criticism during the protests, after labelling the calls for the six officers involved in Gray's death to be charged a lynch mob mentality.
The report argues that during a roll call meeting with officers on 25 April, when tensions and regular protests in the city first turned towards violent unrest, police commissioner Anthony Batts issued direct orders to officers "not to engage any protesters."
The report also said that Baltimore police officers have not been given adequate riot control training, and that the officers were not issued with basic riot equipment during the initial stages of the unrest.
The report also argued that Rawlings-Blake should have called for the deployment of the National Guard on 26 April, when the mood of the city had apparently calmed. The decision to call for the national guard was not made by mayor Rawlings-Blake until Monday 27 April, after the most serious rioting had begun.
Rawlings-Blake's office is conducting their own review of the response to the unrest. On Wednesday she said this review would be "extensive, independent and consist of all the facts."
The Baltimore City Police Department did not respond to a request for comment.
Jeb Bush Purged Minorities From Fl. Voting Rolls In 2000 Election
By: Steve - July 9, 2015 - 10:00am
Some Democratic operatives acknowledge privately that Bush -- a fluent Spanish speaker with a Mexican-born wife -- has a biography and demeanor that could chip away at the coalition that twice propelled Barack Obama to the White House.
Bush's critics in Florida, however, scoff.
As the 2016 campaign heats up, an episode from his tenure as Florida governor reveals why Bush's image as a "uniter, not a divider," as his older brother used to put it, may not stand up. The state's deeply flawed purge of felons from its voting rolls in advance of the 2000 presidential election remains a scar that still has not healed for many in the state.
"I'll never the forget people that came up to me and said, 'You let them steal our votes,'" Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.), who became the state's first African-American elected to Congress since Reconstruction when she won her seat in 1992, told The Huffington Post. "So many people were just wiped off the rolls -- people who'd been voting for years and years. You had the obligation to prove that you weren't a felon."
The felon purge wrongfully denied thousands of legitimate voters the ability to participate in a presidential election pitting Republican George W. Bush against Democrat Al Gore. Ultimately, a few hundred Florida ballots would determine the presidency, and with it, the nation's path for the next eight years and, really, well beyond.
Though it received little notice outside of Florida in the election's immediate aftermath, as hanging chads and butterfly ballots took center stage during the recount, the purge remains for many the most egregious example of voter disenfranchisement that took place during the 2000 presidential election, which was ultimately decided by a Supreme Court ruling.
"The purge was right out of one of those Karl Rove dirty tricks playbooks in how you diminish minority turnout -- there was absolutely no justification for it," said Dan Gelber, a former Democratic state legislator and a longtime Bush nemesis. "It was almost a purposeful crashing of a car. They knew it was irresponsible and about something incredibly important, and they went forward knowing that the only mistakes were going to benefit them."
Since Florida did not track its voters by Social Security number, the company was instructed to engage in a subjective process that attempted to match felon names and dates of birth with voter records, allowing for "near matches" that were close, but not exact.
After Jeb Bush took office in 1999, this process continued. In the months leading up to the 2000 presidential election, local election supervisors began receiving lists from state officials of people DBT had identified as convicted felons and thus needed to be eliminated from the voting rolls.
It became immediately clear that the effort was generating a slew of false positives. Voters in good standing, who happened to share names with convicted felons, but had never been in trouble with the law, were being taken off the voting rolls.
But election officials in Tallahassee -- led by Secretary of State Katherine Harris, who would later gain infamy over her controversial handling of the election recount -- declined to make the process more transparent and uniform.
And they knew it, but they let it go forward because they knew the election could come down to who won Florida, so Jeb Bush let minority voters (who almost all vote for the Democrat) wrongly lose their votes to help his brother George win. In other words, he fixed the election for his brother, because he won by less than 300 votes and it made him President instead of Al Gore.
Charges that the purge was politically motivated grew louder when it was revealed that the man responsible for determining the parameters for voter removal was Emmett "Bucky" Mitchell IV -- a Division of Election attorney who went on to become general counsel for the Florida Republican Party.
Estimates vary on just how many non-felons in Florida were wrongly denied the right to vote on Election Day, but the total was at least 1,100, according to a 2001 Palm Beach Post analysis, and may have been much higher.
Following the election recount, in which he officially recused himself, Jeb Bush sought to distance himself from the botched purge, arguing that as governor, he was not charged with administering the election.
A post-election investigation by the U.S. Commission On Civil Rights, however, in which Bush was subpoenaed, was dubious about this reasoning, noting that the actions Bush took immediately after the 2000 election demonstrated that he did, in fact, have the ability to act on voting-related matters.
"Florida's governor insisted that he had no specific role in election operations and pointed to his secretary of state as the responsible official," the commission wrote in its report. "After the election, however, the governor exercised leadership and responsibility in electoral matters in the commendable action of appointing a task force to make recommendations to fix the problems that occurred."
The report found a "strong basis" for determining that violations of the 1965 Voting Rights Act had occurred during the election in Florida. While it did not find that "the highest officials of the state conspired to disenfranchise voters," the report singled out Bush and Harris, saying their "overall lack of leadership in protecting voting rights was largely responsible for the broad array of problems in Florida during the 2000 election."
"The state's highest officials responsible for ensuring efficiency, uniformity, and fairness in the election failed to fulfill their responsibilities and were subsequently unwilling to take responsibility," the report said.
African-Americans were nearly 10 times more likely than white voters to have their ballots discounted in Florida, the report found, and it singled out for criticism the felon voter purge's "sloppy and irresponsible" implementation.
"The governor, the secretary of state, or the director of the Division of Elections should have provided clear instructions to their subordinates on list maintenance strategies that would protect eligible voters from being erroneously purged from the voter registration rolls," the report said.
Florida remains one of just three states where all convicted felons automatically lose their voting rights and must petition the governor and a clemency board in an arduous process in order to try to get them restored.
In 2007, Gov. Charlie Crist, then a Republican, initiated a change in the clemency policy, which made it so that most convicted felons in Florida would automatically have their voting rights restored after the state ensured that they had paid restitution to victims.
Those new guidelines were then rolled back by Gov. Rick Scott (R) shortly after he took office in 2011.
According to a 2012 study by The Sentencing Project, a nonprofit group advocating for judicial sentencing reform, Florida continues to have the highest rate of African-American disenfranchisement in the country with 23 percent of the adult African-American population in the state barred from voting.
"I think that the purge system brought a real apartheid type of politics that was going on in Florida," said former Democratic state Rep. Tony Hill. "Look at the people who were purged -- they were African-American. They just discounted our votes without any recourse."
And of course the so-called journalist Bill O'Reilly, never reported any of this, not a word.
The Bird Brain Right-Wing Loon Sarah Palin Is Finally Going Away
By: Steve - July 8, 2015 - 11:00am
First she got dumped by Fox News, then Sarah Palin did the only thing that she has ever been good at. Quitting her jobs. Stupid Sarah has now quit her own TV channel.
Palin spent a little more than a minute letting her two fans know that she was bailing, "It's starting August 1st, everything's free, and just to let you know, that it is an honor to have you subscribe, really it's been so illuminating and still is so illuminating to read and to respond to many of your insightful comments about current events, about so many things going on in our world today."
And if you were one of the people who paid $10.00 a month for her channel, I feel sorry for you, please get some help.
Palin admitted that she was dropping the network, because she wanted her voice heard by the widest possible audience, which definitely was not the few people that she fooled into dropping almost ten dollars a month to watch a channel that she rarely even was on.
Sarah Palin has only ever been good at one thing, quitting. Fox News dumped Palin because she was no longer relevant, and so the former half-term governor will now retreat to her Facebook bunker will she will be ignored forever, except by the two right-wing nuts that still love her.
It really is over. Sarah Palin is back to where she always belonged. Palin will be ranting on Facebook, and the great lie that she is some kind of political star has finally been crushed for good.
O'Reilly Goes Insane Over Illegal Immigration & Donald Trump
By: Steve - July 8, 2015 - 10:00am
I think O'Reilly has got to the point where he is losing it. Over the last few months he just seems to be a bit more unhinged and volatile. Not that he's ever been the most cordial of individuals, but there's just something different about him today. He has moved even more to the far-right and is more of a right-wing loon than I have ever seen, all while claiming to be a fair and balanced Independent with a no spin zone, which is just laughable.
It reminds me of that person who has just done something for so long they either bow out gracefully when they're burned out or they eventually just spiral into a shell of their former selves - and it's usually never pretty to watch. That's what I think is happening to O'Reilly.
Take for instance last night's show where he absolutely snapped, accusing the mayor of San Francisco of being responsible for the death of Kate Steinle, who was allegedly shot and killed by illegal immigrant Francisco Sanchez. Oh, and he also called the Obama administration complicit in her tragic death.
"Here's the deal. Here's the deal," O'Reilly said. "The mayor and city supervisors of San Francisco are directly responsible for the murder of Kate Steinle, and the Obama administration is complicit."
Which is just insane, because the guy was deported 5 times, and he just kept coming back. So they did their job, he just refused to stay out of the country. Which also proves that deportation does not work, because they can just come right back across the border, something else O'Reilly ignores.
Now, what's his logic for such a bold claim? Because San Francisco has very lax immigration laws where the city has claimed it won't comply with federal laws pertaining to illegal immigrants, and apparently the Obama administration hasn't done anything about it.
Ignoring the fact that immigration is a federal matter and not a state deal, the feds are in charge of immigration, not the states, because they do not have the money to deal with immigration issues, and O'Reilly knows that, but he totally ignores it.
O'Reilly then went on to defend Donald Trump, claiming that this is all about political correctness and the fear of being seen as anti-immigrant by taking action against San Francisco.
"Which is why Trump caught so much hell," O'Reilly stated. "The Constitution demands that the federal government protect Americans from foreign intruders, demands it. Obviously, that responsibility's not being met. And if you point that out, as Trump did, you're a racist. A piñata for the open border crowd to bash. The fact that a felon could be deported five times and still be walking around San Francisco should shame Congress."
First of all, people didn't call Trump a racist for advocating for border security. They called him a racist because he called most Mexican immigrant criminals and rapists, when the majority of them are just here to work and are not criminals or rapists.
There's a big big difference between saying we need to secure our borders and going on multiple anti-Mexican tirades where you call them criminals and rapists. But even beyond that, the alleged shooter had already been deported five times, so it's not as if the federal government wasn't enforcing our laws. No matter how secure you want to try to make the border, people are going to find ways in.
The argument Bill O'Reilly is using here is the exact same kind he often attacks when it comes to issues such as guns. I'm sure Mr. O'Reilly would strongly object to one using the Charleston shooter to blame the NRA and Republicans for the nine lives lost that night.
After all, they're the two groups who fiercely fight against any laws or regulations that seek to prevent mentally unstable individuals from obtaining guns. But it does go to show you just how petty and hypocritical someone like Bill O'Reilly can be. To use the tragic death of a young woman just to try to defend a racist while attacking liberals and President Obama is low, even for him.
Jon Stewart Slams Republicans Defending Racist Idiot Donald Trump
By: Steve - July 7, 2015 - 11:00am
Last week Jon Stewart lost it when it came to Republicans defending Donald Trump's offensive and racist remarks about Mexican immigrants. After a hilarious mocking of Trump that involved comparing him to a monkey that throws poop at the zoo, Stewart set his sights on those who have defended his comments, especially where he claimed the majority of Mexican immigrants coming to the U.S. were probably rapists.
Stewart said this: "It is hard to get mad at Donald Trump for saying stupid things, in the same way you don't get mad at a monkey when he throws poop at you at the zoo. It's a monkey. It's what they do. In some ways, it's on you for watching. What does get me angry is the ridiculous, disingenuous defending of the poop-throwing monkey."
He then showed clips of Rep. Steve King (R-IA), Fox News Bill O'Reilly, Steve Doocy, and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) all downplaying, denying or defending Trump's pathetic remarks. "That is such buzzword-nothing bull," Stewart said of Cruz trying to claim this outrage over Trump's comments is about the PC media not wanting to admit there's a problem with immigration. "Who doesn't want to admit what?"
Stewart then played Trump's comments in slow motion, at one point using a bouncing ball you might see on a child's sing-along video to emphasize what the GOP presidential candidate was saying, since so many other Republicans seem to be trying to claim that's not what he actually said.
"Stop pretending," Stewart said. "Trump said Mexico is purposely sending us drugs, killers and rapists. And within that group there may be, he's not sure, some people who are good. That's the part he's not sure about. He's only sure about the overwhelming number of killers, rapists and drug addicts Mexico has sent us. That is what he said."
He also made sure to point out that a study Trump quoted to back up his insane claims was actually referring to how 80 percent of the women who risk the trip to the United States are raped -- which is completely different than the nonsense Trump is saying.
Stewart then tried to look on the bright side to all of this, saying there's no way someone like Trump, who's clearly a babbling buffoon, is ever going to be taken seriously -- only to have his hopes crushed when he showed several polls where "The Donald" had jumped into second place among Republican presidential candidates. You have got to be kidding me, Stewart said as he went to commercial.
That pretty much sums up the shocking reality that Donald Trump has skyrocketed to become a leading candidate for the GOP nomination.
O'Reilly Hypocrisy About His Interviews And Guest Interviews
By: Steve - July 7, 2015 - 10:00am
So what O'Reilly is saying is that when he does an interview on another show he can refuse to answer questions he does not like, but when they are a guest on his show they have to answer the questions he wants to ask them, or they can not be on his show. It's total hypocrisy and a double standard.
Thursday night O'Reilly admitted he does not tolerate interviewers asking him about his lies, while blackballing guests who avoid his questions.
Bill O'Reilly: I Tell Interviewers "Look, I'm Not Going To Answer Stuff From The Far-Left website sewer."
O'REILLY: When I go on as an interview subject, I will tell the interviewer, face-to-face, eye-to-eye, 'look, I'm not going to answer stuff from the far-left website sewer. I'm not going to enable them or empower them at all.'
And when politicians say to me, 'look, I can't answer this, that, and the other thing,' then I'll make a determination on whether I'm going to have them on the show or not. We told somebody the other day, 'look, we're not going to have you on because this is in the news and I'm going to ask you about it. You don't want to answer it, don't come on.'
O'Reilly Ignores GOP Run Kansas State Financial Disaster
By: Steve - July 6, 2015 - 11:00am
We hear it from O'Reilly all the time, over and over, how the big bad liberals in California have bankrupted the state with their liberal social issue handouts, and that if they just let conservatives run things they would get the state out of debt.
O'Reilly also acts like California is the only state in debt, and that it is only liberal run states who are in debt. When in fact, he is a lying hack, because almost every state is in debt, including most Republican run states, because of the financial problems Bush caused before he left office in 2008, something O'Reilly never mentions.
So here is the story of Kansas and their Republican governor Sam Brownback, who passed a tax cut for the wealthy and the corporations that he promised would fix their debt problems. The very debt problems he blamed on the Democrats.
Long story short, it not only did not fix their debt problems, it made them worse, and the corrupt, biased, right-wing stooge Bill O'Reilly has not reported one word about any of it, ever.
After the Kansas disaster it is more than likely there are very few Americans who still believe that the Republicans only economic policy, trickle down, is anything but a total failure. Obviously, Kansas residents suffering a continued financial catastrophe still believe their governor, Sam (trickle down) Brownback, when he promises that the god-sent trickle down scheme to enrich the wealthy at the expense of the state's budget, the poor and middle class, education, and social services will make the state the envy of the entire nation.
Now, after a record-setting tax hike on the poor and middle class and truly Draconian social service cuts, the state is so broke that Brownback and Republicans had to resort to issuing a certificate of indebtedness to prevent the state from complete financial demise.
It is the second year in a row that Brownback's disastrous trickle down experiment resulted in going in debt to keep the state solvent while the rest of the nation not under Republican control is experiencing economic growth.
A certificate of indebtedness is a form of monetary obligation that is sometimes issued by a public entity or private corporations that are, for all intents and purposes, like a bond; except they are not secured. A certificate of indebtedness is, then, effectively what you would consider an I.O.U., and depending on the person or entity issuing it, pretty much worthless as far as having any legitimacy for making purchases or paying debts.
After yet another year of crushing debt due to severe revenue shortfalls because of trickle down tax cuts for the rich and corporations, Kansas Republicans and Governor Sam Brownback signed off on the state's largest tax increase on the poor and middle class and issued a record $840 million certificate of indebtedness for the upcoming fiscal year.
The desperation move came as Kansas budget director verified what Sam Brownback, Republicans in the legislature, and most of America have known for three years running; due to Brownback's failed repeat of Bush-Republicans 8-year failed trickle down experiment he said his god overwhelmingly approved, the state government would have insufficient resources to meet its obligated expenditures in the fiscal year starting, July 1, 2015.
The new Kansas record for an IOU in lieu of paying its debts eclipsed the previous record that was set during the 2009 fiscal year after Bush-Republicans Great Recession crashed the state's revenue and after deep cuts failed to stem the budget crisis.
At the time, the Kansas State Finance Council issued three certificates of indebtedness to borrow a total of $775 million that foreshadowed a 1-cent, three-year increase in the statewide sales tax in 2010 to put the onus on the poor and middle class, again, to make up for another Republican (Bush's) trickle down failure that contributed to the Great Recession.
Just about one year ago the Finance Council approved another indebtedness certificate to the tune of $675 million for the currently-ending fiscal year that trickle down Sam had promised was the last time because he swore that Kansas fiscal fortunes would miraculously improve because tax cuts for the rich and corporations, and therefore less tax revenue, was certain to bear trickle down fruit and bring in much more tax revenue.
That is, what Governor Sam Brownback promised throughout his re-election campaign, but when the Republican-led legislature returned for work in January they were confronted with exactly what any sane human being should expect when tax cuts for the rich and corporations produce less tax revenue; another crushing revenue shortfall that required a series of mid-year budget cuts to education, government, and social services.
Recently, when even drastic budget cuts failed, as expected, to bring in more tax revenue, Brownback and Republicans passed a record tax increase affecting the poor, middle class, and typical of Republicans, managed care facilities for the elderly and disabled. Still, like any American knows, slashing a budget or cutting expenses does not, and cannot, bring in more revenue.
Unless Brownback and the GOP legislature rescind, or at least drastically roll back, tax elimination for corporations and tax cuts for the rich, next year at this time Kansas Financial Council will be forced to issue yet another, record setting, certificate of indebtedness.
While Brownback and the Republicans make more drastic budget cuts, pass another tax hike on the poor and middle class, and then promise yet again that tax cuts for corporations and the rich will create a revenue bonanza the entire nation will marvel at; it is the same promise Brownback has made for the past three years and the results have been, and will continue to be, the same, a disaster.
It was a mystery why Kansas voters re-elected Sam Brownback and a Republican-dominated legislature when everyone of the state's residents were aware that the state's financial catastrophe was due to Brownback's failed trickle down experiment.
Still, Brownback knew that all he had to do to guarantee he would get four more years to completely decimate the state's economy was drag out that tired old fetus to bring out the religious right vote. Maybe it will take resident's seeing their state in bankruptcy, their roads crumbling before their eyes, and schools, hospitals, and law enforcement agencies closing down before they come to their senses.
Racist Ann Coulter Takes Credit For Trump Comments On Illegal Immigrants
By: Steve - July 6, 2015 - 10:00am
Anti-immigrant conservative pundit Ann Coulter is claiming responsibility for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's incendiary rhetoric characterizing Mexican immigrants as criminals and "rapists."
On June 1, Coulter released the book Adios, America, in which she claims to document the Democratic plan to turn the United States "into a third world hellhole" through immigration from places like Latin America. The book recycles nativist talking points and, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, "routinely cites white nationalists, anti-Muslim activists and anti-immigrant groups" to attack immigrants, especially on crime.
During his June 16 presidential announcement speech, Trump said the U.S. "has become a dumping ground for everybody else's problems" such as Mexican murderers and rapists:
TRUMP: The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else's problems. Thank you. It's true, and these are the best and the finest. When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're not sending you. They're not sending you. They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us.Trump's remarks sparked a massive backlash from Hispanic advocacy groups, businesses tied to him, and even some Republicans. Many of the stooges on Fox News, however, have defended Trump. And Coulter has frequently appeared on the conservative network to push Adios, America, but nowhere else, because no other tv networks will have her on.
Coulter suggested that Trump's rhetoric came from her book in a July 2nd tweet, writing: "Where do you think all that spicy stuff about Mexican rape culture came from? @realDonaldTrump got an advance copy."
Coulter also praised Trump in a July 1st column, claiming he "broke the embargo on unpleasant facts about what our immigration policies are doing to the country."
On May 26th, prior to the book's publication, Trump tweeted: ".@AnnCoulter's new book-- 'Adios, America! The Left's Plan to Turn Our Country into a Third World Hellhole'-- is a great read. Good job!"
On June 20th, after Coulter praised his candidacy, Trump tweeted: "Thank you @AnnCoulter for your nice words. The U.S. is becoming a dumping ground for the world. Pols don't get it. Make America Great Again!"
New York magazine's Annie Lowrey reported on June 25th that Coulter believes Trump "clearly" read her book. Coulter reportedly thanked Trump for bringing attention to the issue:
But she worried that Republican candidates would duck the issue rather than staking a strong claim, thus alienating either the pro-immigration or anti-immigration crowd. Save for one candidate, she mused: Donald Trump, who had "clearly" read the copy of ¡Adios, America! that she had sent him. "Nobody talked about Hispanic child-rape until now," she said. "That was in his opening speech!"Jonathan Chait (also with New York Magazine) wrote that Trump has been "repeating the Coulter lies."
Because "Studies show that immigrants have lower rates of violent crime than native-born populations."
A 2007 study by University of California, Irvine, sociologist Rubén G. Rumbaut, found that for every ethnic group, without exception, incarceration rates among young men are lowest for immigrants, even those who are the least educated. This holds true especially for the Mexicans, Salvadorans, and Guatemalans who make up the bulk of the undocumented population.
-- The 3.5 percent incarceration rate for native-born men age 18-39 was five times higher than the 0.7 percent rate for immigrant men. Among male high-school dropouts, 9.8 percent of the native-born were behind bars, compared to only 1.3 percent of immigrants.
-- Only 0.7 percent of foreign-born Mexican men and 0.5 percent of foreign-born Salvadoran and Guatemalan men were in prison. Among male high-school dropouts, 0.7 percent of foreign-born Mexicans and 0.6 percent of foreign-born Salvadorans and Guatemalans were behind bars.
A June 2008 report from the Public Policy Institute of California found that foreign-born adults in California have lower incarceration rates than their native-born counterparts. Based on data from 2005, the report found that the incarceration rate for foreign-born adults is 297 per 100,000 in the population, compared to 813 per 100,000 for U.S.-born adults.
The foreign-born, who make up roughly 35% of California's adult population, constitute 17% of the state prison population, a proportion that has remained fairly constant since 1990.
And btw folks, Immigration Violations, Not Violent Acts, Account for Most Immigrants in Federal Prison
Many of the immigrants in federal prison have been criminally charged with an immigration violation and nothing more. In other words, they may be in federal prison even though they have not committed a violent crime or even a property crime. Their only crime was entering the country without permission. The federal government has chosen to prosecute more and more unauthorized immigrants for unlawful entry rather than simply deporting them, which means that they end up in federal prison.
He added that Trump has also been using a Fusion article to support his claims about Mexican immigrant criminality even though the piece "in no way supports his point. The article describes the travails of undocumented-immigrant women who are frequently raped by smugglers and gang members on their journey into the United States. It does not describe rapes being committed by immigrants themselves."
The problem of crime in the United States is not caused or even aggravated by immigrants, regardless of their legal status. This is hardly surprising since immigrants come to the United States to pursue economic and educational opportunities not available in their home countries and to build better lives for themselves and their families.
As a result, they have little to gain and much to lose by breaking the law. Undocumented immigrants in particular have even more reason to not run afoul of the law given the risk of deportation that their lack of legal status. Public policies must be based on facts, not anecdotes or emotions. And the fact is that the vast majority of immigrants are not criminals.
Ann Coulter may be the biggest liar in America, and yet the vast majority of the Republican party love her and worship her, even though everyone else hates her and does not take her serious, and about 90% of what she says is a lie.
O'Reilly Slams CNN's Paul Begala for Pushing Clinton Talking Points
By: Steve - July 5, 2015 - 11:00am
And the hypocrisy/double standard meter just exploded, because every single person who works at Fox News pushes talking points for every single Republican who does anything in America.
It is just laughable, because who does not already know Paul Begala is biased and pushing Clinton talking points, just as we all know Karl Rove is biased and pushed Bush talking points as an employee of Fox.
Not to mention this, Begala is an opinion guy, not a straight news host. Which is what O'Reilly claims to be, and he slams people who hammer him for his opinion, saying he is not a straight news host so it is ok for him to give his opinion. But somehow it is not ok for Paul Begala to do the very same thing, it's laughable and ridiculous hypocrisy and double standards.
According to Bill O'Reilly, the most embarrassing revelation from the State Department's Hillary Clinton email dump came in the form of a request from CNN commentator (and former Clinton White House official) Paul Begala for talking points about the then-Secretary of State's accomplishments.
"Begala actually asked the Clinton people to send him stuff so he could throw it out to CNN's audience under the guise of commentary," O'Reilly said on his show Thursday night. "That's bad."
And it's also bad when the stooges at Fox (including O'Reilly) do it, we know almost all of them do it, at CNN, MSNBC, and Fox, and if you do not know it you are either a fool or stupid, or both.
For years, O'Reilly said he has been "lamenting the decline of the American media, which is becoming increasingly ideological."
While never talking about, or admitting there is any bias at Fox. When we all know there is, and more of it than at CNN or MSNBC, hell Fox News is run by the GOP, O'Reilly just refuses to admit it, when everyone knows it is true.
And that doesn't mean he's willing to take any of the blame on himself. In fact, O'Reilly stressed that many politicians refuse to even come on his show because he will not agree to pre-determined ground rules.
Which is a lie, most of them refuse to do his show because they know the segment is rigged and he is a biased hack who will not be fair to them or give them equal time, and if they say something he does not like he will cut their mic off.
O'Reilly also said this: "All politicians want favorable coverage and will try to secure it. But journalists who make secret deals are corrupt, and there are plenty of them."
O'Reilly should know, because he is as corrupt as they get, he is 100% biased for the Republicans and everyone knows it. He just will not admit it, and he makes a fool of himself by denying it.
O'Reilly Proves He Is A Right-Wing Loon Once Again
By: Steve - July 5, 2015 - 10:00am
O'Reilly Slams Obama For Rainbow White House Display After Marriage Equality Ruling. Bill O'Reilly: "He Did An In Your Face To Traditional Americans There"
Wrong again idiot, all he did was honor a ruling that should have happened 20 years ago, it was not an in your face to anyone, and what happened to only the facts in the no spin zone, that is simply your insane opinion, where are your facts?
Monday night O'Reilly slammed President Obama for the June 26 illumination of the White House in rainbow colors following the Supreme Court's historic ruling in favor of marriage equality.
On the June 29 edition of The O'Reilly Factor, O'Reilly asked of the display, "what about all the Americans who believe that a redefinition of marriage is not the job of the Supreme Court?"
He later said that President Obama "did an in your face to traditional Americans" by putting a display there.
A tease earlier in the show asked whether the illumination was a "White House insult?"
Which is just ridiculous, and something only a far-right loon would say.
NASCAR Will Not Return To Donald Trump Resort
By: Steve - July 4, 2015 - 10:30am
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR will not return to the Trump National Doral Miami resort for its postseason award banquets after Donald Trump's comments about Mexican immigrants last week.
NASCAR spokesman David Higdon said the decision was made Friday to hold the sport's Xfinity and Camping World Truck series banquets at another location, as well as the Sprint Cup Series championship weekend news conference event.
NBC, which is owned by the same company as Xfinity, severed its business relationship with Trump this week and Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis vowed not to attend the banquet if it was held at a Trump property.
"We were monitoring it closely and started looking at our own relationship with him and how it may have an impact and ultimately made the decision it does not make sense to continue that," Higdon said. "We looked at everything that was said and done and we heard from a lot of our partners and friends and factored all that in."
"Our company will not stand to support any person or organization that associates with such beliefs and we feel strongly about distancing ourselves from any negative and discriminatory comments made against any gender, ethnicity, and age group," Lemonis said. "I would hope that the entire NASCAR organization would agree with my sentiments."
"These sentiments are at the core of what our country stands for and will continue to embrace," he said.
Lemonis also appeared on two episodes of Trump's Celebrity Apprentice in 2012.
Factor NYC Homeless At Train Station Segment Was The Worst Ever
By: Steve - July 4, 2015 - 10:00am
Here is an article by Bob Cesca from salon.com about the homeless segment O'Reilly and Jesse Watters did, Cesca said it was a sneering & self-righteous segment, where an O'Reilly producer accosted homeless people in NYC.
The other night on The O'Reilly Factor, host Bill O'Reilly aired a segment that's not only the most vile Fox News Channel segment ever -- which is saying a lot -- but it was also illustrative of why conservatives are both unfunny and increasingly unpopular.
On every possible level, it was inhumane, racially insensitive, cruel, self-satirical and, frankly, unchristian. Meanwhile, the host of the segment, O'Reilly's one-man goon squad Jesse Watters, appears to be completely unaffected by the fact that he publicly shamed and embarrassed human beings who are barely surviving at the lowest possible level of society.
As Salon initially wrote earlier this week, O'Reilly aired a report in which Watters trolled homeless people in Manhattan's Penn Station as a comment on the city's homelessness problem and, specifically, rules in the train station that forbid loitering and panhandling. Rather than interviewing Mayor Bill de Blasio or other city officials about the issue, Watters accosted an array of homeless men and women who happened to have been camped out in the train station.
It's difficult to fully articulate Watters tone of voice in words. Imagine a smarmy frat-boy, or better yet imagine David Spade's insufferable flight attendant character from SNL, but with less tact, restraint or heart. This attitude and tone of voice might be fine, I suppose, if Watters smart-ass attitude was aimed at the mayor or an arrogant Wall Street CEO, but when Watters uses it to badger homeless people who are literally fighting every day merely to survive, it only serves to amplify the hideousness by a factor of thousands.
Watters began by announcing that loitering, panhandling and sleeping on the floor are serious violations "that should get you kicked out, fined or thrown in jail."
Without going so far as to personally arrest homeless people, Watters went around and basically threatened them, all but outright saying that they should be tossed in prison. Again, we're talking about homeless people here.
Questioning one homeless woman, Watters asked with that smug, snotty attitude, "You live here?" Then, "You sleep here, too?" The woman finally and bashfully replied, Yes.
Watters continued by channeling a haughty assistant principal who just nabbed a few eighth graders smoking behind the cafeteria: "Are you allowed to sleep here?"
Watters went on to browbeat several other people, including a man who was barely coherent, requiring subtitles for air, about whether the authorities have tried to boot him out of the station. And then it got worse. Watters made a point of emphasizing how several of the interviewees were on welfare and Medicaid, as a too-hamfisted way of highlighting how even though they have incomes they're still living in the station, scaring tourists, and making white people uncomfortable.
Indeed, just on the heels of the welfare question, Watters harassed two men about their drinking habits -- a clever means of suggesting that government money is being wasted by layabout homeless people to buy beer and rum.
Watters asked one man, "Do you think you need help with your drinking?" The man replied, No. Then Watters pointed at the man's front pants pocket, "Do you have rum in your pocket right there?" Again, all in that insinuating, privileged, superior tone of voice.
The segment ended with Watters interviewing white suburban tourists who emphasized how they've been allegedly groped or bothered by homeless people in the station. Because, yes, we have to totally protect the relatively wealthy white people from the unwashed boozers or else.
There was an overall tone of look at these mumbling drunken black people living off the government teat (snicker, snicker). In a sane and decent world, Watters would be swiftly driven off television for this.
Instead, based on his interactions on Twitter, the only thing that seems to have phased him was a negative remark about his suit, buried in a sea of #tcot kudos. For most of us, it'd be difficult to sell out our integrity and sense of morality for the sake of a gig with the O'Reilly show. But Watters owns his slimy self-righteousness like a champ.
He just doesn't care that the point of his latest segment was to literally take away shelter from people who have nothing. Because in his sociopathic universe, that's entertainment.
It reminds me of the ongoing meme about how there's very few conservative funny people. This video, in addition to being just plain cruel, is a salient reminder of exactly why: Conservatives punch down.
And punching down is neither funny nor endearing, except among other assholes.
In the simplest terms, it's unfair and it's mean. But being unfair and mean is Watters entire career. He exists among a series of conservative media stooges who never hesitate to attack noncombatants -- those who exist outside the political debate. That includes dead children like Trayvon Martin, who was mercilessly smeared and dissected by the conservative entertainment complex after he was shot and killed by George Zimmerman.
As for Watters, here's just a sampling of the civilians he's accosted over the years (via ThinkProgress):
Homeless Veterans, 1/31/08: O'Reilly producer Jesse Watters confronts the group outside of Fox News headquarters as they try to deliver a petition to O'Reilly.
Helen Jones-Kelley, Director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, 11/6/08: O'Reilly producer Jesse Watters follows Jones-Kelley -- after she refused to talk to him -- to a fire station, where a police chief intervenes to stop the harassment.
Jenna Kern, Member of the Unitarian Universalist Church, 8/21/08: O'Reilly producer Jesse Watters confronts Kern in her driveway outside of her home.
Rev. Michael Pfleger, Catholic Priest, 4/3/08: O'Reilly producer Porter Berry confronts Pfleger outside of his church.
Dr. George Garcia, Boulder High School Superintendent, 5/29/07: O'Reilly producer Jesse Watters confronts Garcia on a wooded road away from his school.
You will be hard-pressed to find this kind of bullying and punching down from high profile talkers anywhere else in the American political discourse. In the absence of integrity, the last resort of a mindless posse is to target defenseless bystanders.
Sadly, as the far-right becomes increasingly self-satirical and shrink-wrapped inside its own bubble, this will get worse as long as it continues to sell. And the mob loves it, so homeless people, and in too many cases children, continue to be targets of these thugs.
The ultimate irony is that the network and the television show that endlessly screech about the "War On Christmas" and the "War On Judeo-Christian Values" aired a segment Monday night that would likely prompt Jesus himself to hurl his television out the window.
O'Reilly Dishonest About Publishers Weekly Not Reviewing Killing Reagan
By: Steve - July 4, 2015 - 9:00am
What a shocker, Bill O'Reilly put his spin on an issue and left out almost all the facts, case in point, the so-called dismissal of his book review, even though he never submitted a title for the book, and Reagan was not killed, so the book makes no sense.
Fox News chief Roger Ailes has called Bill O'Reilly "a book salesman with a TV show." Though Ailes isn't known for understating things, this particular judgment appears a bit mild, if last weeks edition of The O'Reilly Factor is any indication. It combined chest-beating self-congratulation with chest-beating self-promotion of the sort only possible on a show with no adult supervision.
O'Reilly set himself up for a grand complaint, saying this: "Case in point, Publishers Weekly magazine, which ignored one of the biggest books of the year -- the upcoming Killing Reagan -- in its fall preview edition last week," said O'Reilly, referring to the upcoming book with Martin Dugard on the 40th president (Henry Holt & Co.; release date: Sept. 22).
His argument: Publishers Weekly dissed "Killing Reagan" for ideological reasons, as the staff of the publication is heavily liberal. Given the spectacular sales performance of last year's O'Reilly-Dugard collaboration, Killing Patton, the failure to include Killing Reagan is inexplicable, charged O'Reilly.
Not trusting O'Reilly to faithfully convey the position of Publishers Weekly, the Erik Wemple Blog contacted Publishers Weekly. Spokesman Jim Milliot told us that the magazine received 11,753 submissions for the fall announcements issue and included just 750 of them in the preview -- meaning that about 11,000 other authors are also upset with Publishers Weekly.
Milliot said this: "What we do is try to make it a range of titles. We leave out lots and lots of books."
As to the charge that Publishers Weekly propagated this grand omission for ideological reasons, the publication issued a statement last week, after O'Reilly first aired his gripes against the magazine.
"For the record, we are fine with Ronald Reagan, and also are happy to know that our readers are aware of his existence and presidency. We've reviewed six books about Reagan and the Reagan era since January 2014."
And take note of this, they have reviewed all of the O'Reilly books in the past, this is the first one they did not review, a fact O'Reilly never once reported.
Milliot: "We cover books not politics." In all, Publishers Weekly has reviewed 10 O'Reilly products over the years, including audiobooks, says Milliot. "Killing Reagan" will be the fifth in O'Reilly's Killing series -- and it's stretching things a bit, too, considering that Reagan was not killed.
In other words, they are tired of reviewing all these lame "killing someone" books O'Reilly puts out, especially when the person the book is about was not killed. They reviewed all the rest of them, but when they skip one book O'Reilly calls them a bunch of biased liberals, when they were ok after all the other reviews.
One other thing: Milliot says that Publishers Weekly received from Holt a book description with a certain omission. As shared by Milliot, here's "all the information" submitted by the publisher to the magazine:
HOLTBold text added to highlight a problem for Publishers Weekly. "That was a major reason why it wasn't included," says Milliot. "We really strive to get books from all over the universe, but if you don't submit the actual name of the book, that is a big strike against you."
Patricia Eisemann, a spokeswoman for Holt, also said this: "Any embargoed book is held in the data base early on as 'untitled.' The book was not announced until the last week in May."
Those are all the facts in the story, 99% of which O'Reilly never reported. If you listen to him, they did not review his book because they are liberals that do not like him. When in fact, they reviewed all his other books, and only left this one out because he did not submit a title and it was a killing book about someone who was not killed. Now you have all the facts, not the garbage O'Reilly spewed out.
Macy's Drops All Donald Trump Merchandise
By: Steve - July 3, 2015 - 11:30am
So while almost everyone is slamming Trump, from NBC to Univision to Macy's, for his ignorant and wrong comments about illegal immigrants, O'Reilly and Fox are defending him and giving him a platform to spew out his garbage.
Macy's has reacted to Donald Trump's racist comments about Mexicans and Latinos by dropping all Trump merchandise from their stores.
Macy's explained their decision in a statement, "Macy's is a company that stands for diversity and inclusion," the retailer said in a statement Wednesday. "We have no tolerance for discrimination in any form. We welcome all customers, and respect for the dignity of all people is a cornerstone of our culture. We are disappointed and distressed by recent remarks about immigrants from Mexico.
We do not believe the disparaging characterizations portray an accurate picture of the many Mexicans, Mexican Americans and Latinos who have made so many valuable contributions to the success of our nation. In light of statements made by Donald Trump, which are inconsistent with Macy's values, we have decided to discontinue our business relationship with Mr. Trump and will phase-out the Trump men's wear collection, which has been sold at Macy's since 2004."
Donald Trump has been dumped by NBC and has seen NBC and Univision cancel their contracts to televise the Trump owned beauty pageants. Trump is in second place in the Republican presidential polls, but the latest CNN/ORC poll shows Jeb Bush opening up a seven-point lead on the blowhard billionaire.
Trump is threatening to sue everyone in sight because he is losing big money, but it looks like his racism is finally catching up to him. It would be difficult for NBC and Macy's ever to go back into business with Trump without creating a public firestorm.
Donald Trump has been throwing racists bombs from the sidelines for years, but he made the mistake of running for president. When Trump became a presidential candidate the media started to take his racist ramblings seriously. It was one thing for Trump the racist to demand Obama's birth certificate while drumming up attention for his reality TV show, but the stakes went up exponentially when Donald Trump announced that he was a candidate for president.
His racist rhetoric is the same, but now there is a price to be paid for his behavior. The TV billionaire is now toxic, and what we are witnessing is the beginning of the end for Donald Trump.
Ted Cruz Is So Stupid Even Fox News Is Slamming Him
By: Steve - July 3, 2015 - 11:00am
This guy is an idiot and a fool that will never be the President. When the Supreme Court ruled that bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was one of the most vocal Republicans throwing a hissy fit because our Constitution didn't support his bigotry and ignorance.
Since the decision he's now called for a complete ripping up of a huge part of our Constitution to install a process by which Supreme Court Justices would be up for potential removal every eight years by the American voter. Yes, Cruz's insane solution for making the court less political is to interject even more politics into the process.
During an interview with Megyn Kelly, the Fox News host asked Cruz about his ridiculous plan and what would happen if the American voters were to vote out conservative justices like Scalia, Roberts and Thomas who might then be replaced with liberals if our president were a Democrat.
And of course Cruz avoided answering that question, instead choosing to spout off more insane talking points. Befuddled by the lack of common sense Cruz was showing about this issue, Kelly quoted Alexander Hamilton, who called the current configuration of the court essential to our Constitution, then flat-out asked Cruz, "Now you want to rewrite the Constitution in response to a couple of decisions you don't like?"
Cruz brushed off that question as well, turning to quotes made by Justice Antonin Scalia in his dissent, claiming that the marriage ruling completely disregards our Constitution.
That's actually an argument I've heard made by many Republicans, that somehow our Constitution defines marriage as between a man and a woman -- even though there's not a single mention of marriage anywhere in our Constitution.
I'm not sure how a court can "Constitutionally redefine" something that was never defined by our Constitution in the first place. Cruz then complained that the process by which we are able to hold Supreme Court Justices accountable is inadequate. You know, the process that was set up by our Founding Fathers.
He literally tried to argue that the people who wrote and approved Article Three of our Constitution, and the process by which we could remove a Supreme Court Justice, would be against the very system they created. It's just ridiculous.
How do you use the Founding Fathers as your defense for something by arguing against the very thing they wrote and created? This is what I mean when I say he's delusional, because there's no place on earth where that argument makes sense.
But the best comment of the entire interview came when he said, "Who in their right mind would design a system where every major public policy issue of the day is decided not by the people, not by the Constitution, not by elected representatives but by nine elite lawyers in Washington D.C."
Well, to answer his question as to who would design such a system: That would be our Founding Fathers!
The Supreme Court does not change anything, they interpret laws that are already passed to determine whether or not they're Constitutional -- which is what they're supposed to do. The Supreme Court cannot rule on anything that's not brought to them through our judicial system. Which is exactly how same-sex marriage ultimately became legal in this country.
These bans were challenged, overturned in nearly every lower court throughout our country, which then brought them to our Supreme Court where they were ultimately ruled unconstitutional by the highest court in our land. That's how our Constitution is supposed to work.
All this interview equated to was Ted Cruz whining and complaining about the fact that once again our Constitution ruled on the side of freedom, liberty and equality instead of the ignorance and injustice, that him and many other conservatives support, including Bill O'Reilly, who agrees with Cruz.
Ana Kasparian Hammers O’Reilly For Segment Demonizing NYC Homeless
By: Steve - July 3, 2015 - 10:00am
Ana Kasparian and John Iadarola ripped Fox's Jesse Watters on Wednesday for his racist O'Reilly Factor report casting aspersions at New York City's homeless population, calling him out for his on-camera antipathy toward the black people he interviewed for the segment.
"Jesse Watters is just a deplorable human being," Kasparian said. "I have no respect for him whatsoever."
The segment, which aired on Monday, showed Watters interviewing homeless people around Penn Station.
Iadarola noted that, all of the homeless people featured on camera were black, the only white people Watters featured were commuters "inconvenienced" by their presence, even though there were white homeless people.
"I've always had a little bit of sympathy for him, because he has to spend his days with Bill O'Reilly," Iadarola said. "But I've lost even that little bit of sympathy."
Kasparian, a Raw Story contributor, argued that Watters on-camera behavior illustrated the difference between conservatives and liberals.
"Liberals genuinely believe that this country is about helping one another out and doing it for the greater good," she said. "Conservatives are like 'screw everyone, we have no interest in helping anyone. I'm only looking out for myself and my family.' I have no interest in being part of that group."
At the end of the Factor segment, O'Reilly and Watters attempted to blame their findings on Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration, with Watters saying, "plenty of people are being attacked" without citing any proof, so much for facts.
"All this was was a Bill de Blasio smear campaign at the expense of homeless people living at a train station," Kasparian said. "That's all that segment was about. Fox News is garbage. Garbage."
And what was most odd was the timing of the segment, with all the news about gay marriage and Obamacare, presidential elections, Donald Trump, the economy, jobs, etc. O'Reilly decided to do a full segment on homeless people in a New York train station.
Which only effects people in New York who ride the trains, the rest of the country could care less. This is what O'Reilly decided to do with a national tv news show, which was ridiculous.
It was nothing more than a cheap shot at the Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio, by the biased right-wing hack Bill O'Reilly, a total cheap shot. The same cheap shots O'reilly complains about when NBC, ABC, or CBS do against Fox, then he does the very same thing.
Bill O'Reilly Is The Dumbest Right-Wing Idiot On Earth
By: Steve - July 2, 2015 - 11:30am
Now the insane O'Reilly is comparing giving equal rights to gay people to a baker having to bake a cake for a Nazi group. Which is the dumbest and most ridiculous comparison I have ever seen. Because gay people do not choose to be gay, you are either gay or you are not gay, and the Nazi groups did not have their constitutional rights violated by a baker not making them a cake.
O'Reilly is just a flat out far right loon, and this one segment proves it. In fact, after this segment he can never claim he is not a far right stooge again, because he clearly is. He can also never again claim he supports gay people, because he clearly does not. He is a pro-life religious bible thumping idiot, just like Hannity, Limbaugh, etc.
Here is a partial transcript of the anti-gay insanity by O'Reilly.
O'REILLY: The butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker, they all have to cater weddings now, gay weddings,Julie, as you know, or they can get punished by the civil authorities. Are you okay with that?
JULIE ROGINSKY: I am okay with that because they're a place of public accommodation.
O'REILLY: Are you okay with a baker saying that he's not going to make any goods for a Nazi party rally?
ROGINSKY: I am okay with a baker saying that if he's going to do straight marriages --
O'REILLY: No, no, no. Answer my question. Nazi party comes in, American Nazi party, they're having a picnic, and they do, and they want the baker to bake them a bunch of cakes and the baker says get the hell out of here. I'm not having --
ROGINSKY: Very different.
O'REILLY: Wait a minute. They come in, they are known national socialists, they want a cake. The baker says, 'no, my belief system is that you people are wrong. I'm not baking you a cake.' Do they have to bake them a cake?
ROGINSKY: But Bill, Nazis are not a protected class. I believe that gays and lesbians should be a protected class. Right now, they are not.
O'REILLY: They are not a protected class now.
ROGINSKY: They are not, but they should be.
O'REILLY: So the baker, should he have to bake the cake for the Nazis?
ROGINSKY: No, because you can choose to be a Nazi, you cannot choose to be gay or straight.
O'REILLY: This speaks to individual liberty to me, and I'm not comparing, and I know the websites, the far-left critics will do this. [crosstalk] Wait wait, I have to get this out, because I'm going to be attacked, they're going to say I'm comparing gays to Nazis. That's clearly not what I'm doing. It's an individual liberty question.
Earth to Bill O'Reilly, Nazis did not have their constitutional rights violated, that was decided by the Supreme Court. Your comparison is insane and makes no sense, it's comparing apples to oranges instead of apples to apples. And to be honest, it's an argument a 2 year old would make, a 2 year old with brain damage, because it is just stupid.
O'Reilly Ignores Justice Department Report On Ferguson Police
By: Steve - July 2, 2015 - 11:00am
The report shows that Ferguson police violated peoples civil rights and made things worse with their tactics, and as expected the so-called journalist Bill O'Reilly totally ignored it, even though he promised to report on the report when it came out.
Almost one year ago, the shooting death of Michael Brown sparked a wave of protests over the teen's death and the general mistreatment of black lives in Ferguson. Police responded with riot gear and tear gas, leaving many demonstrators wounded — including an 8-year-old boy.
Riots that O'Reilly and everyone at Fox opposed, saying they were wrong and unjustified to protest.
Now, a DOJ document obtained by the Post-Dispatch faults Ferguson police for their aggressive response to protesters last August. In a summary of its third Ferguson report, which is soon to be released, the DOJ contends officers from Ferguson, St. Louis County, St. Louis and Missouri Highway Patrol "violated citizens right to assembly and free speech, as determined by a U.S. federal court injunction."
According to the document, "vague and arbitrary orders, combined with a highly elevated tactical response, including the use of military-grade equipment, resulted in limited options for a measured, strategic approach. "
For instance, several tactics exacerbated tensions during the uprising, such as using dogs to intimidate protesters, using rifle sights on armed vehicles to watch over civilians, and throwing tear gas at demonstrators who had no means of fleeing the scene.
Tactical operations used during the day time were unjustified, and the four law enforcement agencies that responded to the protests used inconsistent and ineffective methods to de-escalate crowds. Officers with varied levels of training were ineffectively controlled, and Ferguson officials further inflamed civil unrest by releasing details about Brown's shooting too slowly.
On the flip side, the report says officers removed their name tags because they were not prepared for the volume and severity of personal threats on themselves and their families, which created additional emotional stress for those involved in the Ferguson response. This includes threats of violence against family members and fraud associated with technology based attacks.
That stress caused poor judgment and unsatisfactory officer performance.
After the 200-page report is released, the DOJ will release a fourth report about the St. Louis County Police Department.
The summary's release comes three months after the St. Louis Police, St. Louis County Police, and Missouri Highway Patrol settled a lawsuit filed by six Ferguson protesters, agreeing to restrict tear gas and other chemical agents used against demonstrators. Soon thereafter, leaked documents revealed the Missouri National Guard used military language to describe protesters, dubbing them "enemy forces and adversaries."
The events in Ferguson inspired an executive order by President Obama that effectively ended the transfer of certain military-grade equipment to local police departments, including weaponized aircraft or vehicles, firearms or ammunition of .50-caliber or higher, grenade launchers, bayonets or camouflage uniforms.
"We've seen how militarized gear can sometimes give people a feeling like they're an occupying force, as opposed to a force that's part of the community that's protecting them and serving them," he said.
Where is Bill O'Reilly on this story of police abuse and misconduct, hiding under his desk.
O'Reilly's Ridiculous Comments About Supreme Court Gay Marriage Ruling
By: Steve - July 2, 2015 - 10:00am
Get this, he says he supports gay people, and that he could care less about gay marriage, then he slams the court when they rule in favor of gay marriage, what an idiot. He even called it an ideology problem, when the vote was passed with Roberts who is a conservative.
O'Reilly: "We Have An Activist Supreme Court," Unable "To Put Ideology Aside" In Recent Rulings
But when they rule in a way he likes (that goes down 5 to 4) he never says that, he only complains about court rulings when it does not go the way he wants it to. And if he actually supported gay rights, why the hell is he so mad?
O'Reilly is a biased fraud, and a massive hypocrite.
O'Reilly: Right Now, We Don't Have A Fair Legal System
Why? Because you did not like the ruling, what a joke. The court did what was right, they ruled state bans on gay marriage are unconstitutional, and you can not do a thing about it. Face it moron, you are a far-right loon that is just mad the court ruled in a way you do not like.
Partisan Right-Wing Hack O'Reilly Defends Clown Donald Trump
By: Steve - July 1, 2015 - 11:00am
As expected the right-wing stooge Bill O'Reilly defended the idiot Donald Trump, over his stupid remarks about illegal immigrants.
O'Reilly: Maybe He Was Inartfully "Highlighting A Problem. That Is Harming The Nation"
O'Reilly: "I Don't Think Donald Trump Was Trying To Demonize All Mexican People"
Fact: Donald Trump is an idiot who said the mexicans coming to America are all criminals and rapists, when in fact, 99.9% of them just want a job, and they have lower crime rates than Americans do.
Trump just said that to get votes from the far-right racists in the Republican party, and it worked, he is now 2nd in the polls behind Jeb Bush, and O'Reilly defended his partisan garbage.
Jon Stewart Slams Conservatives Following Marriage Equality Ruling
By: Steve - July 1, 2015 - 10:00am
When it comes to addressing big issues going on in this country, I'm not sure anyone in the national media does it better than Jon Stewart does, and he definitely did not disappoint on Monday night's show.
He started off by playing an audio clip of Ted Cruz calling the Supreme Court's decisions on both the Affordable Care Act and same-sex marriage as "24 of the darkest hours in our nation's history."
"Truly, Voldemort has risen," Stewart said mocking Cruz. "And the living will envy the dead."
He then moved on to Republicans who seemed upset, not over the Court making this decision -- but any decision. Stewart focused on comments made by the far-right GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee who said that our Founding Fathers did not create a nation where five "unelected black robes" could have this sort of power. "Then why did they put that article in the Constitution?" Stewart asked with a befuddled look on his face.
Because the Founding Fathers did exactly that, the Supreme Court is part of the constitution, which is why Huckabee should never, and never will be the President.
Though he saved the best for last, playing a part of an interview Donald Trump had with Jake Tapper. The CNN host asked Trump how he would respond to a gay person who might call him a hypocrite for saying he supports traditional marriage, yet he's on his third marriage -- a point Trump conceded is valid.
"Yes they do. That's the point," Stewart said. "You Republicans are not gonna win the marriage equality fight because even a man who's pathologically disposed to not understand other people's points of view, unless it is also labeled Trump, even he gets it."
Then in the second segment, Stewart absolutely crushed Justice Antonin Scalia's hypocrisy, even suggesting that last week might have broke the extremely conservative judge following several odd, rambling passages in both his same-sex marriage and Affordable Care Act dissents.
Though Stewart focused most of his attention to the part of Scalia's dissent where he claimed the same-sex marriage ruling went against the will of the voters, yet made sure to point out that Scalia voted against the Affordable Care Act (twice) -- a law that was passed by the Congress and president that were elected by the American people.
He also pointed out how Scalia voted for Citizen's United which went against the "will of the people" who support campaign finance reform, then voted to essentially strip racial protections from the Voting Rights Act, which was another ruling that went against the "will of the people."
In other words, Scalia used the argument that the court legalizing same-sex marriage went against the "will of the people," yet that's something he's walked all over plenty of times during his time as a Supreme Court Justice. Both segments are definitely worth watching.
Stewart once again did a fantastic job of shredding the idiocy and hypocrisy many on the right have shown, this time following the Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage and the Affordable Care Act.
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