By: Steve - January 31, 2016 - 11:50am
And of course his good friend Bill O'Reilly has not reported one word about this, but if liberal celebs do a fundraiser O'Reilly has multiple segments on where the money is going.
After Fox News made it clear that host Megyn Kelly would remain as a moderator for last Thursday's debate, Republican front runner Donald Trump canceled his appearance. Blowing off the debate was an unprecedented move; but the former host of "The Apprentice" attempted to counter the bad press by holding a charity for United States military veterans.
The Reverb Press reported on January 29, that the event isn't as clear as Trump would have you believe.
Skipping the debate, Trump spent time in Iowa just days before the caucus, holding a quickly planned fundraiser event. While Trump celebrated, and often bragged, about raising $6 million for veterans. Reverb Press notes that while the donation page claims "100% of your donations will go directly to Veterans needs," the fine print reads that all donations will actually be forwarded to Donald Trump's non-profit foundation.
While it's unknown whether or not Trump's foundation will donate part or all of the money to veterans, Reverb Press also showed that between 2009 and 2013, Trump donated over $5 million to charity; but only $57,000 of that went to veterans groups. Which is shocking, because if you listen to Trump you would think he had donated millions to veterans, but he has not, and until now the media has not said a word about these facts.
In comparison, Trump sent as much as $250,000 to the Clinton foundation during that same time period. Now think about this, Bill O'Reilly has not reported any of this, because he does not want you to know about it. He does not want you to have all the facts about Trump, because it would hurt him politically and hurt his chances to win the Republican primary.
While the Trump campaign continued to promote their fundraiser, some veterans were not too happy about it. Paul Riekhoff, the founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), took to Twitter and promised to decline any donation from Trump's event, citing his use of veterans as a "political stunt."
As usual, when the facts are known Trump is proven to be dishonest and misleading. To hear him talk you would think he had donated millions and millions of dollars to veterans over the years, when in fact, over a 4 year period he only donated $57,000 to veterans, which is nothing for a billionaire in 4 years. Trump is a fraud, and he is using the veterans for political gain, and O'Reilly ignores it all because he is also a Republican and Trump is his friend.
Earth To Right-Wing Idiots: Hillary Will Never Be Indicted
By: Steve - January 31, 2016 - 11:30am
This is all propaganda that is being put out by right-wing stooges, including Bill O'Reilly, who last week said Hillary will win Iowa if she is not indicted. When he knows that she will never be indicted, because he knows it is all right-wing propaganda.
Let's get some facts straight, Republicans who think Clinton is on the verge of a criminal indictment don't have a clue about what the truth is on any of this.
First, Hillary Clinton is not under criminal investigation by the FBI. Politifact investigated this bogus claim and said this:
The FBI is conducting a general inquiry into the security of Clinton's private email server. But law enforcement officials have said Clinton herself is not the target of the inquiry, and it is not a criminal investigation.So who are their sources, the dishonest former House Majority Leader Tom Delay (and birther, by the way) recently made headlines when he said that an FBI indictment of Clinton was imminent.
His only proof he provides for this are supposed friends he has working with the FBI who he claims told him that the FBI is ready to indict. For the record, friends at the FBI is just another way to say unnamed sources. And he just happened to make this statement on a right-wing website, the week before the Iowa Caucus.
Then on Friday the also dishonest Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), the guy who failed to get anything on Clinton during his Benghazi witch hunt, said that he believes the FBI director would love to indict Hillary.
What sources does Issa have for his claim? None. He just said it. And I'm sure the fact that he said this not-at-all verifiable statement the Friday before voters go to the polls in Iowa is all a huge coincidence. I'm sure it has nothing to do with the fact that he's been a key player in the Republican party trying to sabotage Clinton's presidential campaign for years.
In fact, the Republican Benghazi chairman has admitted the hearings were only held to hurt Hillary and make it harder for her to be the next President. He even recently said the bogus Benghazi hearings were a great success, because it lowered Hillary's poll numbers.
And the part all these Republicans and conservative media news sources leave out is the fact that all of these emails that have now been ruled classified or top secret have been done so retroactively. Meaning that, at the time they were sent, they were not ruled classified or top secret.
Fox is still calling the story a bombshell, when it's actually nothing but right-wing propaganda. Also what's never mentioned by most of these conservative news sources is that Clinton wants those 22 emails to be released to prove she did nothing wrong.
And now remember this, Colin Powell did the exact same thing, so have a lot of other Republicans in office, they also used a private email server, but it's Funny, I don't remember Republicans pushing the idea that any of them needed to be criminally indicted for doing it. They only want Hillary indicted, not Powell or any Republicans.
In fact, I can not remember Republicans ever mentioning it. Being that Powell's emails are long gone, it's very likely that many emails he sent during his four years as Secretary of State could have been retroactively deemed classified or top secret just like Clinton's have.
There has been zero evidence showing where Clinton knowingly sent classified or top secret information on her server.
Oh, and one more thing! The FBI does not indict people, all they do is investigate people. So, all these fools saying the FBI is ready to indict Clinton are not making any sense based on how the legal process works. It takes federal prosecutors and a grand jury to indict someone - neither of which are involved with the FBI's inquiry into Clinton's server.
In the history of America the FBI has never indicted anyone, ever, because that is not what they do.
This propaganda being pushed by the right (and O'Reilly) has nothing to do with any real belief that Clinton is going to be indicted or ever get close to the inside of a prison cell. All it's about is the Republican party doing its best to make people think that's what is going to happen, hoping it will be enough to keep her out of the White House.
Santorum Slams O'Reilly For Not Having Him On The Factor
By: Steve - January 31, 2016 - 11:00am
So what does O'Reilly say to that, he says he could not find a reason to have him on his show. Ummmmm, here is one, because he was running for President, that's a pretty good reason in my book, but according to O'Reilly, he could not find any reasons to have him on.
O'Reilly even said he "don't put politicians on the air simply to spout their slogans." But it seems to me that is exactly what he does with his good friend Donald Trump, so he does do it, just not for Santorum.
BILL O'REILLY: Now, I feel Rick Santorum's pain. He is absolutely correct. We have not had him on The Factor. But there is a reason for that. We're not in the campaigning business here. We don't put politicians on the air simply to spout their slogans. That's what political ads are for. We cover the news. And when a politician is in the news, they get on the program.
That's why Donald Trump gets so much air time. He is dominating the news cycle by injecting controversy into the political arena. And you know what? That's not fair. Other candidates are being left out. Like Rick Santorum. Honestly, we looked for a reason to put the senator on, but we couldn't find any.
His poll numbers are very low. His campaign strategy is what it was four years ago. There is simply nothing new. Again, Rick Santorum is absolutely correct that the lack of media exposure is hurting his campaign. But it's not anything personal against Rick. I like him. He is smart. He is honest. And you could do worse in electing a president.
O'Reilly Is Lying To You About Uninformed Voters
By: Steve - January 31, 2016 - 10:00am
According to Bill O'Reilly Democratic voters are the most uninformed, because they have to be to vote for a Democrat, so he says. He even said that George W. Bush and Sarah Palin are not stupid, that Democrats are uninformed so they believe they are. Even though 99% of the people who see Bush or Palin talk, know they are stupid, and they prove it every time they open their mouth.
O'Reilly said this Monday:
O'REILLY: George W. Bush was portrayed as a bumbling guy, and some people don't think Bush is a smart guy and they think Palin is a blithering idiot. You wouldn't believe how uninformed some voters are.So I thought I would look into who the most uninformed and misinformed voters are, and it was no surprise to find that it's Republicans and the people that watch Fox News who are the most uninformed and the most misinformed, something O'Reilly never mentions, even though it's 100% true, and even though he lies that the Democrats are the most uninformed.
Here are the facts:
Donald Trump has a consistently loose relationship with the truth. So much so, in fact, that the fact-checking website PolitiFact rolled his numerous misstatements into one big "lie of the year." But all the fact-checking in the world hasn't pushed Trump toward a more evidence-based campaign, and his support has held steady or even increased in some polls.
What explains Trump's ability to seemingly overcome conventional political wisdom?
Look at his supporters. Trump's backers tend to be whiter, slightly older and less educated than the average Republican voter. But perhaps more importantly, his supporters have shown signs of being misinformed. Political science research has shown that the behavior of misinformed citizens is different from those who are uninformed, and this explains Trump's unusual staying power.
Because an informed citizenry is believed to be an essential element to a functioning democracy, political scientists have long been interested in what Americans know about politics. For the most part, scholars have found that many U.S. citizens don't have basic information about politics and don't hold consistent opinions on policy matters.
Political scientists Brendan Nyhan and Jason Reifler found that when misinformed citizens are told that their facts are wrong, they often cling to their opinions even more strongly with what is known as defensive processing, or the backfire effect.
Strong partisans are more likely to participate in the primary process, making it also likely that at least some highly engaged primary voters are also confidently misinformed and unwilling to accept contradictory evidence.
Telltale signs of misinformation, for example, were on display in a focus group of Trump supporters run by Republican media consultant Frank Luntz. Not only did negative information about Trump that was presented by Luntz to the group strengthen support for the candidate, participants held on more confidently to their misinformation as the session progressed.
As Nyhan and Reifler's research shows, attempts to present corrections and generate counterarguments to the group's beliefs only strengthened their opinions. The persistent claims by Trump and his supporters that his critics are too concerned with political correctness is a good example of this psychological process at work.
It is in Trump's interest to allow misinformation -- such as his statements about immigrants or Muslim Americans -- to flourish. New work by Jennifer Hochschild of Harvard and Katherine Levine Einstein of Boston University found that there are incentives for politicians to keep citizens both misinformed and politically active.
For most politicians, it doesn't make sense to use precious resources to try to move or dissuade people from their incorrect positions -- especially if this misinformation supports the political actor's policy positions or legislative goals (as it does in Trump's case).
Enter Fox News, who study after study have shown to be the least informed viewers of news in America, and of course O'Reilly never says a word about it. Just as he never says a word about Trump and his lies, or that he misinforms his voters and does it on purpose.
Fox News viewers are less informed about current affairs than people who obtain their news from other news sources and are even less informed than people "who don't watch any news at all."
That is the conclusion of a new study by Bruce Bartlett, a conservative economist, Treasury Department official under President George H.W. Bush and former adviser on domestic policy to President Ronald Reagan.
The study, titled "How Fox News Changed American Media and Political Dynamics," observed that since Fox News Channel launched in October 7, 1996 to 17 million cable subscribers, it has become the sole source of news for many Americans with conservative political leaning who previously had no access to a news outlet providing news exclusively from a conservative point of view.
But by restricting themselves to only one major news source, refusing to even listen to any news or opinion not vetted through Fox and accepting as truth every information that appears on the channel, many Fox News viewers have become victims of what the study termed "self-brainwashing."
Bartlett said that after the September 11, 2011 attacks, Fox News shifted farther right and transformed from a network set up to present news with a conservative tilt into one peddling misinformation and propaganda to the effect that Fox News viewers became the least informed among media consumers.
The observation echoes frequent accusations from critics of the network that it is often guilty of news reporting inaccuracies. In February, 2015, The Daily Show released a video titled "50 Fox News lies in 6 seconds," which listed examples of the network's reporting inaccuracies.
The study found that even after taking into account or controlling for news obtained from other sources, educational attainment, partisanship, and other relevant demographic factors, Fox News viewers were still 18 points less likely to know the truth.
Dan Cassino, Farleigh Dickinson University professor of political science, said, "The results show us that there is something about watching Fox News that leads people to do worse on these questions than those who don't watch any news at all."
Citing a University of Georgia study, Bartlett said that Fox News misinformation and propaganda during the 2012 general election helped to lull Republican viewers into a false sense of security:
Exposure to programs featured on Fox News, such as those hosted by Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity, resulted in a greater wishful thinking effect by Romney supporters. While Romney supporters were substantially more likely to predict their candidate would win the 2012 presidential election, watching Fox News programming exacerbated this effect.The study quoted Lincoln Mitchell, a Columbia University political scientist, who said that Fox News success in keeping the right wing base mobilized and angry has made it difficult for the party to implement a move to the center as a way of widening its voter appeal and improving its competitiveness.
According to Mitchell, the 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney was unable to implement a strategic pivot to the center during the general election due to sustained pressure from the party's far right with the backing of Fox News propaganda.
And it's not just one study that says this, there are numerous studies that found the same thing. They all show that Fox News is a propaganda arm of the Republican party that puts out right-wing lies because that is what their viewers want to see, so that makes them the most uninformed and misinformed people in America.
And O'Reilly ignores it all, while laughingly claiming Democrats are misinformed and uninformed because they think Trump, Bush, and Palin are idiots, when in fact, they are idiots, and everyone knows it. Trump may not be stupid, but he is a lying idiot, just like Bush and Palin are.
The difference is this, Bush and Palin are actually stupid, and the proof is right in front of your eyes, just listen to them speak, they prove they are stupid every time they open their mouths. Palin is clearly dumber than Bush, she is stone cold Alaska dumb, but Bush is not too far behind her, and those are facts.
Most Americans Support Bernie Sanders Platform
By: Steve - January 30, 2016 - 11:50am
The problem is that he is branded a socialist by people like O'Reilly and the Republicans, as if that is a bad thing, when in fact, he is truly looking out for the average working man and most people agree with his ideas and policies.
Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has been described as radical or fringe by some on the right, but many of Sanders views and policy proposals are supported by the majority of Americans, according to public opinion surveys.
Health Care For All
Sanders is supportive of the Affordable Care Act, but he says that it doesn't go far enough and calling for a "Medicare-for-all" single-payer healthcare plan, similar to programs in most other developed nations.
"We are the only major country on earth that doesn't guarantee healthcare to all people as a right and yet we end up spending much more than they do. So I do believe that we have to move toward a Medicare for all, single-payer system," Sanders told ABC News.
The idea is extremely popular among Democrats, with nearly 80 percent in support according to a January 2015 poll by the Progressive Change Institute. The poll found that a majority of Americans overall supported a Medicare-for-all insurance option.
And seven in 10 Democrats and Democratic-leaning respondents agreed with the statement, "it is the responsibility of the government in Washington to see to it that people have help in paying for doctors and hospital bills."
Taxing The Rich
Sanders called the "massive transfer of wealth from the middle class to the top one-tenth of 1 percent" in America obscene and has called for a return to a much higher marginal tax rate. "If you have seen a massive transfer of wealth from the middle class to the top tenth of 1 percent, you've got to transfer that back" Sanders told CNBC.
And Sanders lists America's top 10 corporate tax avoiders on his Senate website and details the compensation packages of America's wealthiest CEOs.
Sixty-four percent of Americans say they are bothered a lot by the feeling that some corporations aren't paying what's fair in federal taxes, and 61 percent say the same about some wealthy people, according to a recent Pew poll. Meanwhile, 67 percent of Americans recently told Gallup they were dissatisfied with the way income and wealth are distributed in the U.S.
Sanders has proposed the College for All Act, a plan to provide free education at public colleges funded by a small tax on Wall Street transactions.
Sixty-three percent of respondents supported a similar proposal from President Obama earlier this year, including 47 percent of Republicans.
As a recent Gallup poll found, the burden of college tuition is crushing for many American households. Seventy-three percent of parents of children younger than 18 said they are either very worried or moderately worried about how to fund college for their children. That is more than the 70 percent of lower-income Americans who worry about having enough money to pay for medical costs in the event of a serious illness or accident.
Campaign Finance Reform
Sanders is running forcefully against money in politics and his campaign has shunned super PAC support funded by undisclosed billionaires.
According to polls, most Americans agree with Sen. Sanders on this issue.
A New York Times poll released this month found that "Americans, regardless of their political affiliation, agree that money has too much influence on elections, the wealthy have more influence on elections, and candidates who win office promote policies that help their donors."
Eighty-four percent of respondents said money has too great an influence on political campaigns.
Sixty-six percent agreed that the wealthy have the most influence.
Seventy-seven percent want to limit the amount of money individuals can contribute to political campaigns.
Seventy-five percent support public disclosure of campaign contributors.
The Supreme Court just recently expanded the right to marry to same-sex couples but Sanders has been a supporter dating back four decades, voting against 1996's Defense of Marriage Act and supporting his state's 2000 legalization of same-sex marriage.
According to a May 2015 Pew poll, 57 percent of Americans agree, including most Republicans under 45.
Sanders willingness to call himself a democratic socialist may set him apart in American politics but as the polling shows, his views are hardly out-of-step with American voters, as O'Reilly claims. Sanders is not a real socialist, he does however support some policies that are seen as socialism, even though they are good policies that would help the majority of Americans, and most people support them.
Bill Maher Slams GOP Propaganda Saying Now They Just Make Stuff Up
By: Steve - January 30, 2016 - 11:30am
Maher said They've Gone From Lying to 'Just Making Shit Up'
A few days ago I had a decent conversation with a Republican friend I know who admitted that he's not sure if he is still qualified to be a Republican now. His exact words were what I have heard said by a few other sane Republicans: "I don't recognize my party anymore."
So what the hell happened?
It seems like a lifetime ago people thought George W. Bush was too preachy as a president. Now it's commonplace among Republicans to essentially say the Bible trumps our Constitution. Just a few months ago, John Boehner was more or less forced out as Speaker of the House for not being "conservative enough." And he was someone who was once considered one of the most conservative members of Congress.
We have gone far past the days of simple disagreements and political gamesmanship to a political party that's mostly driven by the far-right tea party fringe, religion, fear-mongering, lies, and flat out propaganda.
That's a point Bill Maher made on Friday night when he said Republicans have gone beyond simple lying to "just making shit up."
"In a very short time, Republicans have gone beyond even the 'zombie lie' to just making shit up," Maher said. The term "zombie lie" is a reference back to last year when he talked about GOP lies that had been soundly debunked, but seem to never die no matter how much truth and fact-checking is used against them.
Maher then ran through a few of these blatant lies: Ted Cruz saying that the federal government was trying to force boys to shower with little girls; Carly Fiorina's ridiculous claim that she watched Planned Parenthood videos showing the harvesting of a fully formed fetus; and Donald Trump's insistence that he saw thousands of American Muslims celebrating on 9/11 – three claims that are 100% lies.
Maher went on to say that the reason why Republicans can get away with such blatant lies, is because their "fans don't care."
And he is right. Donald Trump's rise to the top of the GOP presidential race is living proof of that. He's managed to become the overwhelming frontrunner for the Republican party's presidential nomination, even though nothing he says is true. Even if you show his supporters indisputable facts showing that he lied, it doesn't matter. They don't care.
In fact, to this day Republicans still believe all these lies:
President Obama is a Muslim.They believe all of that insane propaganda (and much more) despite the fact that literally none of it is true. And it doesn't matter how much evidence you use to prove that everything I just listed is not true, it won't bother them at all, they just ignore it and claim you are the liar.
Have you ever tried to debate a Republican who spends all day and night watching Fox News, it's ridiculous. They list off every single lie Fox reports, use every talking point they use, and say everything you are telling them is lies from liberal websites that are not true.
If you e-mail them links to fact-checking from non-partisan websites, or even a link from foxnews.com, that prove them wrong, they still deny it's true and claim you are the liar. So it is now a total waste of time to debate a Fox News watcher, because they will never agree with anything you say, and claim you are lying about everything, even when you quote hard facts.
Because the truth is, Republicans now treat their politics like they do their faith: It isn't about what's true, or even provable, it's just about what they want to believe. And that includes Bill O'Reilly, he does the very same thing, he puts a right-wing spin on everything he reports on, which is why 95% of his guests are Republicans, so they can agree with him and make it look like his spin and lies are true to his viewers.
O'Reilly Complains Again About SNL Mocking Trump & Palin
By: Steve - January 30, 2016 - 11:00am
Last week Saturday Night Live (The Comedy Show) did a skit with two COMEDIANS mocking Donald Trump and Sarah Palin. And as usual Bill O'Reilly flipped out, even doing a segment about it on his so-called hard news show on Fox.
Now remember this, SNL mocks every political figure, if it will get a laugh, including Democrats Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. So how many times has O'Reilly complained when they mock Sanders or Clinton, hmmmmm, let me add it up, and that number is 0, as in never.
O'Reilly only complains about SNL when they make fun of Republicans, when they make fun of Democrats he is silent.
O'Reilly said this on the Monday night Factor show, he agreed with a guest that biting satire can create an unshakable image:
O'REILLY: "George W. Bush was portrayed as a bumbling guy, and some people don't think Bush is a smart guy and they think Palin is a blithering idiot. You wouldn't believe how uninformed some voters are."Think about that for a minute, O'Reilly is worried that SNL mocking Trump and Palin as idiots might stop people from voting for them. Because according to him, they are not idiots, just as George W. Bush is not an idiot.
O'Reilly claims that Bush and Palin are smart and not blithering idiots, when in fact they are stupid and blithering idiots, and everyone with a brain, ears, and eyes can see it. Then he claims that if you think they are idiots you are an uninformed voter, when they are idiots and if you see that you are as informed as a person can be.
Bush and Palin are stupid and idiots, and that is a fact. O'Reilly just does not want comedy shows like SNL to point that out, because then you would be informed. He wants them to keep quiet so you can be fooled by Trump to think he is not an idiot, which is just laughable.
Earth to Bill O'Reilly, most people are not stupid. And they are not going to believe what you tell them, when their brain, ears, and eyes show them stupid people. According to O'Reilly Bush and Palin are actually smart, but because SNL mocked them we all think they are stupid.
Ummmm, huh? It's laughable to even make that argument, because if you just watch Bush or Palin speak off the top of their head for 2 minutes they prove they are morons. If it's not scripted for them, they look like idiots, and make no sense, especially Palin, who is as dumb as a rock.
In fact, if you think they are smart, you are uninformed, which is the opposite of what O'Reilly claims.
O'Reilly's Defense Of Cruz Obamacare Job Killer Lie Is Ridiculous
By: Steve - January 30, 2016 - 10:00am
If you ever wanted proof that Bill O'Reilly is a biased right-wing hack, here it is. During the Thursday GOP debate Ted Cruz said the Obama health care plan was "the biggest job-killer in the country."
Then the AP fact-checked the Cruz statement and said it was a lie. So what does O'Reilly do, he defends the lying Cruz, with the most ridiculous spin you could ever do. It was just laughable.
Cruz said Obamacare is a job-killer, even though there have been 13.4 million new jobs added to the economy since Obamacare was implemented in March 2010. End of story right, if 13.4 million new jobs have been created since Obama was launched in 2010 then Cruz is a liar, right?
Not in O'Reillyworld, O'Reilly did an entire segment about it on his show and he said Cruz might be correct, and here is how he put a spin on it, in the so-called no spin zone btw.
O'REILLY: The Associated Press saying Senator Cruz did not tell the truth there, so let's look at the data. According to the government payroll survey, there have been 13.4 million jobs added since Obamacare was implemented in March 2010. However, federal data also says 11.4 million of those jobs were full time, two million part time.Wow! That is not only super spin, it's insane. Now matter how O'Reilly spins it, the fact is that 13.4 million new jobs have been added since Obamacare was passed. So it would be impossible to be a job-killer, case closed. To be a job-killer we would have had to lose jobs since 2010, instead we gained 13.4 million.
So it's impossible to argue it was a job-killer, when the data shows we added over 13 million jobs since it was passed. But in O'Reillyworld, somehow Cruz can be correct, even though it's impossible.
Cruz also won a Pants-on-Fire from PolitiFact.
This Obamacare job-killer lie has been fact-checked so many times that it's absolutely ridiculous that O'Reilly and the Republicans keep tossing it out as a Hail Mary when times are tough. PolitiFact wrote, "Not only has the number of jobs gone up, but the number of unwilling part-timers has gone down."
"All of the job numbers have moved in a positive direction since April 2010, the first full month after President Barack Obama signed the bill into law. The unemployment rate has moved steadily from 9.9 percent to 5 percent. The economy has added about 10.7 million jobs. And the number of working people who have part-time work but would rather have full-time work has fallen by nearly 3 million."
This was just sad, and O'Reilly did an entire segment on it, trying to cover for the Cruz lies, because he is a Republican and he does not want Cruz to look like a liar, even though he is. O'Reilly even said the Cruz statement is an opinion so it is subjective, when that is also a lie, because it's not an opinion or subjective, it's a hard number data issue, which is not an opinion, or subjective.
The fact that O'Reilly did an entire segment on this, and that he had this ridiculous defense of Cruz shows that he is a biased right-wing stooge. Because it was insane, the argument from O'Reilly makes no sense, and he would never spin like this for a Democrat running for office.
Donald Trump Is Not Qualified To Be The President
By: Steve - January 29, 2016 - 11:30am
This is real simple, if Donald Trump is scared to be in a debate because Megyn Kelly is in it, how the hell can he go up against world leaders like Putin, etc.
This should send a clear signal to the voters that Donald Trump should not get your votes, because he is a con-man, he is lying to you, and he will never do what he is saying what he will do.
In other words, he can not be trusted, and if you are dumb enough to vote for him you are a fool that gets what you deserve.
And btw, that so-called fundraiser for the troops, was actually a fundraiser for his own foundation, and that foundation was found to only give 1% of their money to the troops.
Republicans Flip Out After Trump Pulls Out Of Fox Debate
By: Steve - January 29, 2016 - 11:00am
The Republican Party is in the middle of a meltdown. After Fox News sent out a press release mocking Trump for whining about Megyn Kelly, he held a press conference and announced that he is pulling out of the Fox News debate.
The Fox press release said this: "We learned from a secret back channel that the Ayatollah and Putin both intend to treat Donald Trump unfairly when they meet with him if he becomes president -- a nefarious source tells us that Trump has his own secret plan to replace the Cabinet with his Twitter followers to see if he should even go to those meetings."
Trump was mad as hell, so he held a press conference in Iowa saying this:
"Most likely I'm not going to do the debate. I didn't like the fact that they sent out press releases toying, talking about Putin and playing games. I don't know what games Roger Ailes is playing or what's wrong over there. But when they sent out that press release talking about it - I said what are these people, playing games? So most likely I won't be doing the debate."On her show, Megyn Kelly said Trump doesn't get to control the media, "While he's made his position clear about me, after that first debate, Roger Ailes made his position clear, too. When Trump started it up again this past Saturday and resumed it again and again and again, he was told repeatedly our debate team is settled and then came that Instagram video he put out today."
"Trump is not used to not controlling things as the chief executive of a large organization. But the truth is, he doesn't get to control the media."
Kelly's message is true, but she needs to tell that to all of the Republicans. Every Republican thinks that they control the media. Trump is nothing more than a great example of the kind of thin-skinned Republican that exists in the conservative bubble.
Outside of the curiosity factor, debate ratings will certainly decline without Trump. Republican viewership of their debates was already shrinking, so the Fox News debate is likely to continue this trend.
The media has been fed up with Trump's incessant complaining for a long time. Fox has also been dying to get rid of Trump. By making it seem like Trump is afraid of Fox and Kelly, Roger Ailes has given the rest of the Republican candidates the ammo that they need to crush the myth of the billionaire as a tough guy.
The Republican Party is now in full meltdown mode. The conservative network is at war with the Republican frontrunner as Fox News is trying to force Donald Trump out of the Republican race.
GOP Strategist Admits Republicans Only Appeal To Cranky Old White Guys
By: Steve - January 29, 2016 - 10:00am
GOP Strategist Blames Right-Wing Media For Trump's Rise: "We Appeal To Only Cranky, Old White Guys"
Alex Castellanos: National Review Is "Telling The Republican Party To Pull Its Ripcord Long After We've Hit The Ground"
MARTHA RADDATZ (HOST): Alex, you wrote just months ago that Trump was a power-hungry "strongman" that the party should not give the reins to. Why is he suddenly the man the GOP should trust?
ALEX CASTELLANOS: Well, I wrote actually last August-- I mean, what Rich is saying in National Review is not news. I wrote "Trump is the strongman we don't need" August of last year, and since then, have worked to try and find alternatives.
Guess what, we don't have any. And whose fault is that? I think a lot of the fault actually belongs to the conservative intellectual leadership of America that you see in this issue of National Review.
With the conservative cause that animates the Republican Party, we don't appeal to young people, we don't appeal to millennials, we don't appeal to young women, we don't appeal to minorities. We appeal to only cranky old white guys like me who end up voting for Donald Trump.
O'Reilly Just Like His Idol Trump In T-Shirt Sales
By: Steve - January 28, 2016 - 11:50am
The so-called king of America and self-proclaimed super patriot is as big of a blowhard as his idol and good friend Donald Trump is when it comes to selling t-shirts. O'Reilly claims to be a big America supporter and wraps himself in the flag every night talking about how great America is and how we are the greatest country in the world.
And he does all that while selling "American Patriot" t-shirts on his personal website for $23.95 that are Manufactured in: Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, India or Nicaragua. And I did not just make that up, I got it right from the website, O'Reilly admits he makes his products in foreign countries, but he never says that on TV.
In fact, on some areas of the website he even has little icons saying made in USA and asking people to buy USA, while making half his store items in foreign countries. This is no better than Trump slamming Apple for making there products in foreign countries, while he has his clothing line made in China, Mexico, and Vietnam.
They are both lying right-wing jerks who will say and do anything to make a buck, even lie to people about supporting and promoting made in the USA products.
Dear Trump and O'Reilly supporters, please e-mail me and explain to me how you support these jerks when they make their stuff in foreign countries, as they complain about losing jobs to the very same foreign countries, when they are part of the problem.
Explain to me how you support these fake patriots, when they are scamming you and hurting you by making their products in China, Mexico, Haiti, Vietnam, and Honduras. It's ridiculous to make an "American Patriot" t-shirt in a foreign country, those shirts should be made in America by American workers, not some kid in Haiti or Honduras.
In fact, if I were the king of America I would make it a law that any kind of patriot anything must be made in America by America workers, something O'Reilly would never do, all he cares about is making money, that is why you have to pay $50.00 a year just to see most of his website, which is also a joke.
Trump Slams Apple While His Products Are Made In Mexico & China
By: Steve - January 28, 2016 - 11:30am
Now this is a good one, Donald Trump is slamming Apple Computers for making their products outside of America, while he does the very same thing. His Suits, Ties, and Shirts are and were made in Mexico, China, and even Vietnam.
Making Trump the king of double talk and hypocrisy.
He slams Mexico then has them make his products there, now that is funny. Donald Trump is a fool, and you can not believe a word he says, it's all garbage. And if anyone votes for this fool, you need help. The Republican party does not even want him, and they are trying to destroy his campaign.
Insane O'Reilly Claims Fox News Is #1 In Diversity
By: Steve - January 28, 2016 - 11:00am
This is not a joke, and yes he said it with a straight face. Bill O'Reilly laughingly said this:
BILL O'REILLY (HOST): The Talking Points Memo is basically my opinion, that the radical left really doesn't want freedom of expression. That's what that's all about, you know, they are using Trump as a stalking horse. But as I've pointed out, Noam Chomsky is way worse than Donald Trump has ever been.Now that is the most comical thing O'Reilly has ever said. I would ask him one question, name one liberal who has a show on the Fox News Network, just one.
Hell, O'Reilly's own show has almost no diversity, it's 99% white, and 99% Republican guests who spin out 99% right-wing propaganda. The average Factor show has 7.2 Republicans and 1.2 Democrats, with the majority of shows having Z-E-R-O Democrats, as in none.
O'Reilly should be sued for fraud for even saying Fox has more diversity than any other news network, hell he should also be sued for fraud for even claiming to be a non-partisan Independent journalist with a no spin zone.
He is a biased right-wing hack, he is not a non-partisan, he is as partisan as it gets, he is not an Independent, he is a die-hard Republican who agrees with 99% of their party platform, and his show is almost all right-wing spin on everything. In fact, O'Reilly is the biggest conservative liar in the media, except for Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, and Glenn Beck.
O'Reilly Still Ignoring Two Big News Stories
By: Steve - January 28, 2016 - 10:00am
The Republican Governor of Flint Michigan is to blame for poison in the water in a city of 104,000 people, it is a major news story that has been in the news for 7 to 10 days, and Bill O'Reilly has still not said one word about any of it, not one segment, nothing.
O'Reilly has ignored it because the Governor is a Republican and he does not want to report it because it makes him and the Republican party look bad. But if he was a Democrat O'Reilly would be reporting on it every night calling for him to resign or be impeached. So much for being an Independent journalist with a no spin zone, this is as biased as a so-called journalist can be.
This kind of story is why we have a media, they were put in place and given first amendment protections for stories just like this, and O'Reilly will not even touch it, for partisan political reasons.
He has also ignored the Oregon militia story, even after one of them were shot and killed by the police, O'Reilly still ignores it. In fact, it was the #1 ranked news story in America at Google news in the top stories section. And O'Reilly will not even say one word about any of it.
But he sure has time to have Donald Trump and Ben Carson on for half the show. And he sure has time to send the moron Jesse Watters to Florida to go snake hunting, yeah that's important national news we need to have to make an informed vote, not!
Factor Viewers Spin As Much As He Does
By: Steve - January 27, 2016 - 11:00am
And of course O'Reilly lets them get away with it. Here is an e-mail from a Factor viewer:
Jeff Danelek, Lakewood, CO: "Saturday Night Live does influence politics. Many Americans actually believe Sarah Palin said she could see Russia from her house when it was Tina Fey who said it."Now technically, Jeff is right, Palin did not say she could see Russia from her house. She said you could see Russia from Alaska, which is almost the very same thing as saying you can see it from her house. And what she actually said is just as bad as what SNL said she said.
Neither Jeff or O'Reilly put it into context or explained to the viewers what she said or what the question she was asked to answer was, this is dishonest and deceptive by Jeff and O'Reilly. It makes Palin look like an idiot, so neither O'Reilly or Jeff want you to know all the facts.
In 2008 Palin was asked if she has any foreign policy experience by Charlie Gibson, a fair question for someone running to be the Vice President at the time. And Palin gave some long rambling and stupid answer, saying yes she does, and one of the things she said gave her foreign policy experience was that Alaska was close to Russia and that you could see parts of Russia from Alaska.
That answer was just stupid, and it showed how dumb Palin is, it made her look like a fool to the world. And O'Reilly ignores it because he knows how stupid it made her look. So while technically she never said you can see Russia from her house, what she actually said (in answer to the foreign policy experience question) was worse than saying you could see Russia from her house.
She claimed the fact that you can see Russia from parts of Alaska gives her foreign policy experience, which is just laughable.
O'Reilly let the e-mailer imply that SNL made Palin look stupid by misquoting her, when what Tiny Fey said was almost word for word of what Palin actually said, all they did was change Alaska to house, and what Palin said was pure stupidity, because the fact that you can see Russia from Alaska in no way gives her any foreign policy experience, and only a total moron would make that claim.
Palim was slammed by almost everyone on TV and in print for the stupid answer, and all the late night comedians had a field day over it, because it showed America and the world how dumb she really is, and it showed that McCain picked her to be his VP running mate because she is a good looking woman and the far right loved her. She was not qualified to be the VP, because she is a moron, she was picked by McCain because they though they would be running against Hillary, and then Obama beat Hillary and it was McCain against Obama.
After Palin was exposed as an idiot, it hurt McCain, so the plan backfired, and the rest of us have had to suffer with Palin getting famous and never going away. The Tina Fey Palin impersonations are the only good thing to come of it, because at least we got some good laughs out of it. Palin is as dumb as a rock, but O'Reilly likes her because she is a conservative, just like he is, so he covers for her and tries to tell people she is not stupid, when the facts show she is.
Insane GOP Fails To Override Obama Veto Protecting The Water
By: Steve - January 27, 2016 - 10:00am
In a stunning display of arrogance Mitch McConnell's Senate Republicans moved forward with a vote to override President Obama's veto of a bill that would have killed the EPA's new clean water rules. Republicans failed to get enough votes to override the veto.
In other words, Republicans do not care if you have clean water or not, as you can see by what the Republican Governor in Michigan did to the poor people in Flint, by poisoning their water. When Obama put the veto to a Republican bill that would have killed new clean water laws, the insane Republicans tried to override his veto, and they failed, because people want clean water.
In his veto message the President said this: "We must protect the waters that are vital for the health of our communities and the success of our businesses, agriculture, and energy development. As I have noted before, too many of our waters have been left vulnerable. Pollution from upstream sources ends up in the rivers, lakes, reservoirs, and coastal waters near which most Americans live and on which they depend for their drinking water, recreation, and economic development."
The message sent by McConnell and his Republicans was clear to us all. The Senate Republican majority doesn't care about making sure that the American people have access to clean drinking water. The crisis in Flint has taught Republicans nothing.
Republicans originally tried to cut the new clean water rules before the Flint crisis became a national story, but after Flint, a responsible Senate majority might have reconsidered gutting clean water rules after hundreds of children were sickened with lead poisoning in an American city due to contaminated water.
The Republican majority in the Senate is owned by corporations and big business. It doesn't matter to them if the American people are denied access to clean drinking water. The Senate Republican maneuver to kill new clean water rules was all about enabling corporate polluters. Republicans are determined to make sure that people are not guaranteed access to clean water.
Without Senate Democrats having Obama's back, the crisis in Flint could be repeated all across the country as Senate Republicans have placed the corporate polluters ahead of the needs of the American people.
Think about this people, if you put Republicans in power they will pass new water laws and let the corporations pollute all the water, and that is water we need to drink and shower with, etc.
Bill O'Reilly Proves Once Again What A Right-Wing Idiot He Is
By: Steve - January 26, 2016 - 11:50am
While talking about Michael Bloomberg possibly running for President with Brit Hume the total moron Bill O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: "Conservatives won't vote for him just on guns and liberals won't vote for him because he's a billionaire with big homes all over the place."That is just laughable, and it shows that O'Reilly is either clueless about what liberals think, or he is just lying, and maybe both. Because I am a liberal, and I would not make a vote based on how wealthy someone is, or how many big homes they have all over the place.
I also know a lot of liberals, and none of them think that way, we would vote for a billionaire no matter how many big homes he has, or where they are, if his policies are good and benefit the majority of hard working Americans.
This is a great look at how O'Reilly thinks, in his warped view of liberals, he thinks no liberal would vote for a wealthy guy with a lot of big homes. It's just ridiculous, because we vote for wealthy people all the time, with many big homes, when they have good policies.
I would vote for Bloomberg in a heartbeat, if he has sound political policies and platforms that would help the average American and benefit the majority of the people. And I could care less how wealthy he is, or how many big homes he has. O'Reilly is just a right-wing fool, and his statement about liberals not voting for a wealthy man with many big homes shows what an idiot he is, and how wrong he is about liberals.
Megyn Kelly Using Her Show As A Propaganda Tool For The GOP
By: Steve - January 26, 2016 - 11:30am
In recent weeks, Fox News has been aggressively promoting Michael Bay's lie-filled Benghazi movie in an effort to criticize the Obama administration and damage Hillary Clinton's presidential run. Megyn Kelly, the host that Fox News tries to position as an Independent and more news-minded than the network's most opinionated personalities, has been leading the charge.
According to a MMFA study, from January 4 through January 19, Fox News devoted more than 2 hours and 53 minutes to discussing Bay's 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. The Kelly File made up nearly half of that time, with more than 1 hour and 22 minutes of coverage. (By comparison, The Five, the show that devoted the second most time to promoting 13 Hours, spent less than 24 minutes on the movie, and O'Reilly only had one segment on it.)
Kelly showed Fox's hand early, kicking off a segment about the movie on her January 4 program by touting an "exclusive" report on "the gripping new film that may pose a threat to Hillary Clinton's hopes for the White House."
The idea that the film might have an impact on Clinton's presidential run was a regular feature of The Kelly File's coverage, coming up in seven segments, even though it's a ridiculous claim because it will only bother Republicans who are not going to vote for her anyway.
The effort to use Bay's movie to hurt Clinton politically comes a few short months after the Republicans House Select Committee on Benghazi hearing featuring hours of Clinton testimony fell "flat on its face." Though Hillary Clinton is not mentioned in Bay's movie, Kelly was nonetheless intent on making her 13 Hours coverage about Clinton, proving she is not and Independent, and that she is as biased as anyone at Fox.
The Kelly File revived the proven lie that Clinton dismissed the deaths of the four Americans killed in the Benghazi attack during a congressional hearing. In seven separate segments, Kelly or her guests raised the lie that Clinton and senior White House officials deliberately misled people about the attackers motives. Kelly's show also featured five segments promoting the lie that the Obama administration issued a "stand down" order during the attacks.
At times, Kelly sounded more like a paid spokeswomen for the film, rather than a news anchor. She introduced her January 18 hour-long special on the film by calling 13 Hours "a blockbuster movie ... that could change everything you thought you knew about Benghazi. And directly impact the 2016 race for the White House."
She also called the movie "extraordinary" and "a dramatic, compelling, white knuckled experience," while advising her viewers "don't plan on getting popcorn, don't plan on needing to use the restroom, because you will not leave your seat for two hours."
Even though the movie is a bomb that nobody is going to see, Jason Baily from flavorwire.com predicted the movie would be a hit, so he was ready to like it, then he saw it, and here is what he said:
"Bay's latest stew of explosions and flag-waving "is going to be a gigantic commercial success," as it seemed "a perfect storm of moneymaking elements."
Well, nobody likes to be wrong. Because in spite of such assumptions from box office watchers on all ends of the political spectrum, 13 Hours was a serious under-performer over the holiday weekend, wheezing into fourth place with a mere $16.2 million, director Bay's lowest opening weekend since 2005's notorious flop The Island.
Yet it seemed like a surefire smash, programmed as it was into the mid-January war-movie slot that kicked off successful runs for American Sniper, Lone Survivor, and Zero Dark Thirty over the past three years."
In comparison, Bay's American Sniper did a mind-boggling $89 million opening weekend last January. So 13 hours is a total flop, and nobody but Republicans are going to see it because they made it political, and hardly any of them saw it either. Kelly does not report this, as a real journalist should, she just says it is a blockbuster, when it's not, it's a dud.
As The Hollywood Reporter noted, Kelly's praise of the film was so strong that Paramount Pictures, the studio which released the film, "even inserted quotes from Kelly ('riveting') and Fox News contributor Stephen Hayes ('extraordinary') into a TV commercial for 13 Hours ... presumably because these two news personalities are more trusted by conservatives than are the movie critics who typically show up in such advertising."
So Fox promoted the hell out of it and it still only did $16 million, which is just sad, and not even close to being a blockbuster that is so good you will not even take a bathroom break. One other movie review said this:
"13 Hours disappointed because it's simply a bad movie, a garbage scow of cardboard characterizations, indecipherable action, laughable sensitive-family-men interludes, and funny-papers dialogue."
The studio also reportedly "supplied Fox News behind-the-scenes footage" that Kelly used on-air, and "arranged for Kelly to interview three of the real-life heroes portrayed in the film."
According to a MMFA analysis, Kelly also promoted the movie more on her show from January 4 through January 19 than the syndicated entertainment news shows Extra!, Entertainment Tonight, and Access Hollywood combined.
Those actual movie and entertainment shows only covered the movie for a total of 7 and a half minutes over the same period.
Kelly's dedication to promoting right-wing lies surrounding the Benghazi attack is unsurprising given her track record at the network. As an otherwise-glowing profile of Kelly in Vanity Fair highlighted earlier this month, despite Kelly's attempt to cast her show "as a 'news' show as opposed to an opinion show, like Hannity or The O'Reilly Factor, it is made up largely of the kind of stories you'd find on many other Fox News shows at any other time."
As MMFA noted in 2013 when Kelly's new time slot was announced, Kelly regularly uses her perceived journalistic bona fides to cast conservative misinformation/propaganda as "news." Just like O'Reilly and Hannity do.
The Washington Post's Erik Wemple noted of the network's 13 Hours coverage: "Fox News, even after hyping the bona fide revelations in the book version of '13 Hours,' is promoting the Bay movie for its potential to revive Benghazi as a problem for Clinton. In so doing, Fox News isn't acting as a news organization, which reports events as they arise; it's acting as an advocacy organization, verily rooting for the movie to tilt the contemporary political debate."
Basically, it's a bad movie that did terrible at the box office, it's full of lies and it was made for political reasons so they could try and hurt Hillary Clinton with it. That is why nobody is going to see it, but a few Republicans, and it is getting bad reviews. Kelly and Fox News have proven once again that they are not Independent journalists, they are partisan hacks who promote right-wing propaganda.
The movie will not hurt Hillary at all, because we know the truth, there was no stand down order given, and the only people who will see the movie are Republicans who are not going to vote for her. No liberals are going to see it, and even if they did, they know the truth so the movie will not get them to change their vote.
GOP Strategist Slams Trump Supporters Saying They Do Not Matter
By: Steve - January 26, 2016 - 11:00am
It's not exactly a secret that the Republican party is not thrilled with the possibility of Donald Trump as their party's presidential nominee. In fact, it's a borderline nightmare scenario for the GOP.
While they will all line up behind Trump if he ultimately wins, don't kid yourself -- they really don't want him to be our next president. As I've said before, I fully believe there are many within the leadership of the GOP who would much rather see Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders win, regroup and aim for 2020, than have Trump rip the GOP apart from within.
One thing I have found so amusing about all of this is the utter disdain so many Republicans seem to have for supporters of their party. As if they're shocked that tens of millions of conservatives would rush to support a candidate who's built his campaign on bigotry, racism, sexism and pushing blatant fear-mongering and propaganda.
Have these people not been paying attention to the Republican party for the last 10 years?
Republican strategist Rick Wilson did an interview with Chris Hayes and absolutely tore into the Trump supporters:
I think that there is definitely still a very significant portion of the party that is a limited government conservatism based faction of the overall coalition.He also went on to claim that he still believes that the mainstream Republicans are against the bombastic rhetoric Trump has often used. The problem is, he's absolutely wrong.
What Wilson represents is the old guard Republicans who are in complete denial as to what their party has become. These are people who claim Trump, the overwhelming frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination, doesn't represent the values of their party, when he does, that is the real Republican party.
And I am not sure how anyone who claims to know anything about politics, let alone someone who claims to be a Republican strategist, can say that with a straight face.
Wilson's comments display an attitude felt by many Republicans of complete and total disgust at a large wing of their party -- especially Trump supporters who've been emboldened to say whatever vile thing they feel like saying because, their candidate does.
While they still refuse to admit that this is what the GOP has targeted, embraced and become -- they're all going to soon realize that moderate Republicans no longer have a party.
If you want to see the real Republican party go to their #1 website forum, it's called www.freerepublic.com.
They are called Freepers, and they are some of the most racist hate filled people you will ever read comments from. When they found out my Mother had died they flooded my old oreilly-sucks.com forum with hundreds of comments like this: Your Mother Bangs Dead Horses" and worse, 24/7 for 3 or 4 days, until it got so bad I had to delete the forum and take it offline.
I went to their forum and found a posting telling everyone to go flood my forum with profanity and insults about my Mother who had just died. They put out a freep alert and hundreds of them spent the next 4 or 5 days flooding my forum with profanity, until I could not keep up deleting the postings, and finally took the forum down.
They did it like a job and were proud of it, working three 8 hour shifts and then reporting back to their forum as to what a good job they did posting insults to me on my forum.
I would go to sleep and wake up to a hundred postings with the topic your mother bangs dead horses, 2 days after my Mother had passed away from a brain aneurysm, that's what the real Republicans are doing on the internet. These are the Republicans O'Reilly and Fox do not talk about, they act as if they are not out there, when they are, and lots of them.
They also post about sending all blacks back to Africa, all mexicans back to Mexico, all asians back to Japan, etc. and on and on, they only want whites in America, they want all non-whites deported, all of them. This is what you never hear from O'Reilly, Fox, or the GOP, because they do not want you to know about that part of the Republican party.
Fox's Stacey Dash Wants To Get Rid Of Black History Month
By: Steve - January 26, 2016 - 10:00am
Why you might ask, because there is no white history month. And they wonder why they are seen as the racist right-wing crazy news network, duh!
She actually said they should cancel black history month because there is no white history month. She also wants to get rid of the B.E.T. Network, so what happened to that free speech and freedom thing? Who is she to tell blacks what tv networks they can have or what history months they have. I would tell her to mind her own business you racist idiot.
Here is a partial transcript:
STACEY DASH: We have to make up our minds. Either we want to have segregation or integration. And if we don't want segregation, then we need to get rid of channels like B.E.T. and the B.E.T. Awards and the Image Awards where you're only awarded if you're black. If it were the other way around, we would be up in arms. It's a double standard.Remember this, she is the nut who was suspended by Fox for using curse words on the air when talking about President Obama, and then she says this, my question is when do they fire this idiot and get her off the air.
While co-hosting Outnumbered, contributor Stacey Dash reacted to Obama's remarks by stating: "I felt like he could give a shit -- excuse me, like he could care less."
She was then suspended for using profanities while criticizing President Obama.
"Fox contributor Stacey Dash made comments that were completely inappropriate and unacceptable for our air," Fox senior executive vice president Bill Shine said.Even Howard Kurtz from Fox slammed her for it, saying this: "Stacey Dash says he doesn't "give a shit" about terrorism. Fliippin' embarrassing. Critics can say what they want about the president's policies, but no need for such crude language on the air.
But she still works there and is still on the air making a fool of herself, so good job Fox, you are once against promoting racism and hate on your air.
Christie Gone To Campaign During Blizzard & Flooding
By: Steve - January 25, 2016 - 11:30am
Then he went on TV and talked about what a great job he did during the storm and how everyone in New Jersey likes him. When in fact, he left the state during the storm to campaign and the media there is slamming him for it.
In New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie is having a Bush/Katrina moment as he abandoned his state to campaign, leaving it battling the aftermath of the blizzard storm's surge with massive flooding, leading the state's Star-Ledger to conclude in a scathing op-ed, "Perhaps it's the stress of the presidential campaign, but the governor seems to be losing his mind. He acts as if reality doesn't matter any more."
Christie was on MSNBC's Morning Joe, and senior Huffington Post politics editor Sam Stein had the temerity to ask Christie why he was in New Hampshire campaigning when things were so awful for his constituents.
Christie said this: "There is no residual damage, there is no flooding damage. All of the flooding receded yesterday morning. And there was no other damage. People were driving around the streets yesterday morning in New Jersey. So this is just what they wish would have happened."
So then the folks at the Star-Ledger gave Christie a reality check.
From the Star-Ledger Op-Ed entitled "Earth to Christie: These pictures don't lie, so why must you?":
As the governor spoke, the mayor of North Wildwood, Patrick Rosenello, was rushing around town Monday morning trying to clean up the mess that doesn't exist.State Sen. Jeff Van Drew, even asked Christie to request that the federal government declare a disaster in two southern counties due to historic flooding.
And it's not like Christie didn't know. The Washington Post, among many other papers, reported under a title about being worse than Sandy:
While the snow piled up in the Washington region, the ocean raged on the coast. For three high tides, the storm known as Snowzilla thrust a hurricane-like surge of water into the coast, producing historic flooding.
At Cape May, N.J., the water level surged to 8.98 feet Saturday morning, which was the highest on record there. It broke the previous record of 8.9 feet set in Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
And more: "High winds from a massive snowstorm pounding the East Coast over the weekend are causing tides higher than those during Superstorm Sandy, causing severe flooding along the New Jersey and Delaware coast. (Reuters)"
After an impressive list of Chris Christie's lies, Moran concludes, "The bad news for flood victims is that the climate crisis has become another reality that the governor denies."
Christie denied there was a problem, to cover up for being gone to campaign during the disaster. The residents of Flint Michigan probably find this refrain to be very familiar. It also resonates with the denial of the financial collapse leading to the Bush recession.
What do these denials have in common? They serve to excuse Republican ideology from its inevitable consequences. And as expected the so-called journalist Bill O'Reilly never reported any of this, because Christie is a Republican. If he were a Democrat O'Reilly would be all over it, using it as a reason to say all Democrats are bad and they should be voted out of office. But when it involves a Republican, he is silent.
More News You Will Never See Reported By Bill O'Reilly
By: Steve - January 25, 2016 - 10:30am
Grand Jury Indicts Pro-Life Creators Of Smear Videos, Clears Planned Parenthood Of Wrongdoing
A grand jury in Harris County, Texas indicted the Pro-Life Center for Medical Progress founder David Daleiden and associate Sandra Merritt on January 25 for "tampering with a governmental record," a felony, and Daleiden was also indicted for "illegally offering to purchase human organs" in a video recording he used to falsely accuse the group of illegally selling fetal tissue for profit.
The grand jury also found no evidence of misconduct by Planned Parenthood.
CMP is the far-right Pro-Life group that targeted Planned Parenthood with a smear campaign using undercover actors, including Daleiden and Merritt, who posed as fetal tissue salesman in order to unsuccessfully induce Planned Parenthood officials across the country into illegal agreements to sell fetal tissue.
CMP released dishonest and highly edited videos of the encounters accusing Planned Parenthood of wrong-doing. On August 4, CMP released a video featuring secretly-recorded footage of officials from Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast with key context of the conversations omitted from this CMP-released version, which debunked CMP's claims.
And btw, O'Reilly and all of Fox News showed and promoted these dishonest and deceptive videos for months, because they are also Pro-Life. But when a grand jury indicted them for it, they say nothing, and do not report on it at all.
The Texas grand jury has now cleared Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast of "breaking the law" in allegations stemming from CMP's videos.
On January 14, Planned Parenthood named Daleiden and Merritt, along with three other individuals, as defendants in a federal lawsuit which alleges CMP and some members of its leadership engaged in a conspiracy against PPFA and broke numerous federal and state laws.
The news broke just hours after USA Today published an op-ed in which Daleiden claimed that "Planned Parenthood's senior leadership took part in a widespread and organized violation of state and federal laws" that had triggered "multiple state and federal investigations." The Harris County grand jury joins the list of federal and state investigations that have cleared of Planned Parenthood of wrong-doing.
From Houston Public Media:
A Harris County grand jury today decided not to take any action against Planned Parenthood in Houston. But two people who used undercover videos accusing the group of selling fetal tissue have been indicted.
The sting videos recorded last April alleged that Planned Parenthood illegally profited from donations of fetal tissue. The Harris County District Attorney's Office investigated those allegations for more than two months, along with the Texas Rangers and the Houston Police Department.
In the end, a grand jury has cleared Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast of breaking the law.
Both David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt have been indicted for Tampering with a Governmental Record, which is a felony. Daleidan was also indicted for Prohibition of the Purchase and Sale of Human Organs, meaning he illegally offered to purchase human organs in the video recording.
"We were called upon to investigate allegations of criminal conduct by Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast," said Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson. "As I stated at the outset of this investigation, we must go where the evidence leads us. All the evidence uncovered in the course of this investigation was presented to the grand jury. I respect their decision on this difficult case."
Donald Trump Admits His Supporters Are Clueless Fools
By: Steve - January 24, 2016 - 11:30am
Trump said this today:
TRUMP: I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose voters.There it is, the moment Donald Trump openly called you all clueless fools. Cult-like suckers who will vote for him no matter what. Degenerates so devoid of morals that they would support someone who had just potentially committed murder.
It did take a few months, but Trump finally admitted that even he knows his supporters are morons.
Will his numbers drop? Probably not. The truth is, he's right. While he was clearly using hyperbole, the context of what he meant couldn't have been more obvious. He's aware that you folks are so naive, so gullible, that he can say or do pretty much anything and you'll still support him without a second thought.
Though I'm sure he will spin this like he does with everything else. He'll say he was taken out of context, attack the media, and you people will line up right behind him, believing every crazy word that comes out of his mouth. By doing so, you are all literally proving that you are all, in fact, sheep.
It was unprecedented. Here we had a leading presidential candidate publicly admitting that his supporters are loyal (though the word that should be used is ignorant) to a point of blind stupidity.
Sure, all candidates make mistakes once in a while but that's not what happened here. This was Trump essentially saying what many liberals have been saying for months, that you have to be a bona fide fool to support him as a presidential candidate.
Based on his behavior and propaganda since launching his campaign, it's been fairly obvious that Trump is well aware that those who support him aren't overly intelligent. Otherwise he wouldn't say and do the things that he's said and done. He's well aware that those who back him are such drones, manipulated and controlled by every word that comes out of his mouth, that he's free to be as bigoted, hateful, sexist and racist as he wants, and you all will love him for it.
He knows that if he were to actually shoot someone on 5th Avenue, even if it was a questionable shooting, the only facts you folks would care about would be whatever drivel he told you. After all, this is a guy who belittled a war veteran and mocked a man with disabilities, and even more people rushed to his side.
If he becomes our next president (scary thought, that will never happen), he will have done so by openly mocking the fact that he's well aware that most of the people who support him are clueless fools.
Not A Hoax: Marco Rubio Buys A Gun To Fight ISIS
By: Steve - January 24, 2016 - 11:00am
Yes this is real, and yes Marco Rubio is an idiot who is pandering to the far-right and the NRA in the hopes that they will think he is a real gun loving conservative nut, just like they are.
To begin with, Rubio says he bought a gun on Christmas Eve in case he has to protect his family from, wait for it......ISIS!
After you get up off the floor from laughter, think about this, you are more likely to get hit by lightning than fight off an ISIS terrorist. The odds of being in an ISIS attack are like hitting the powerball, about 300 million to 1, it's just laughable.
Here is the full story:
Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio on Sunday said he bought a gun on Christmas Eve -- to protect his family and himself from ISIS.
RUBIO: "I'm a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. I have a right to protect my family if someone were to come after us. In fact, if ISIS were to visit us or our communities at any moment, the last line of defense between ISIS and my family is the ability that I have to protect my family from them, or from a criminal, or anyone else who seeks to do us harm. Millions of Americans feel that way."
Haha, no they don't. Because most Americans are not worried about a terrorist attack on them or their family. So Rubio is not only a nut, he is a lying nut.
Consider two statistics: In the US, around 600 people, including about 110 children, die in accidental shootings each year. By comparison, less than 75 Americans a year died in terrorist attacks since 2001.
Think about that for a minute, more than 7 times the number of people die in America every year from accidental shootings than from terrorism.
Just based on these figures, it would seem like Rubio should worry about the potential repercussions of owning a firearm more than a terrorist attack.
Rubio's comments advance the NRA propaganda about the "good guy with a gun" myth: the idea that someone with a gun can stop shootings, so as many people as possible should buy firearms to protect themselves. But the actual evidence is clear on this: Getting more people to buy and own guns would lead to more gun deaths.
The theory behind the "good guy with a gun" is that more people should be armed so they can be ready to defend themselves and others from an active shooter.
But the research suggests that's false: When there are more guns and gun owners, there are far more gun deaths. Studies have found this to be true again and again -- for homicides, suicides, domestic violence, and violence against police.
The prevalence of guns can cause petty arguments and conflicts to escalate into deadly encounters. People of every country get into arguments and fights with friends, family, and peers. But in the US, it's much more likely that someone will get angry during an argument, pull out a gun, and kill someone.
Multiple reviews of the research, including the Harvard Injury Control Research Center's aggregation of the evidence, have consistently found a correlation between gun ownership and gun deaths.
So chances are a good guy with a gun will not stop a bad guy with a gun. In fact, trying to produce more good guys with guns would just make gun deaths far more frequent.
Ted Cruz Just Told The Biggest Lie Of His Political Career
By: Steve - January 24, 2016 - 10:00am
Wow! Ted Cruz is a massive liar. Now he is saying he could win some Democratic states if he is the Republican party candidate. Which is beyond laughable, it's crazy talk, because no Democrat in the world would ever vote for this lying far-right nut. Hell, even moderate Republicans hate him, so they will not even vote for him.
Ted Cruz is one of those politicians who almost never tells the truth. He is someone who seems to care about nothing else but himself and has proven that he will say or do anything if he thinks it will benefit him politically. And while he's said a lot of crazy things during his career, he might have made the most ridiculous statement of his presidential campaign so far when he said recently that he could win some blue states.
During an interview with U.S. News, Cruz claimed that every day on the campaign trail he has Democrats coming up to him saying they've switched parties just to vote for him. So if that is true, which I doubt it is, then they were not Democrats, they were just pretending to be Democrats, because no real Democrat would ever vote for Cruz, not even for dog catcher.
Cruz said this: "Just at this last event we had a gentleman walk up to us and say, 'I'm a lifelong Democrat and a lifelong union member, I'm caucusing for you.' We hear that every day."
Cruz was then asked if there were any blue states he thought he could win that Mitt Romney and John McCain didn't.
"Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, New Hampshire," Cruz replied.
He also went on to say Republicans are losing because too many conservatives have been staying home. Which is another lie, because much of the reason why Republicans saw such big gains in 2014 was because millions of liberals stayed home, leading to one of the lowest voter turnouts since World War II.
Cruz is totally out of his mind if he thinks he's going to bring over Democrats to vote for him. Hell, he will struggle to get moderate Republicans to support him. Most people in his own party can't really stand him. If moderate Republicans and your own party can't stand you because you're too radical, it's insanity to believe that Democrats are going to vote for you.
And btw, Ohio is not a blue state -- it's a swing state.
As far as Cruz's assertion that he would win Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire -- good luck with that. Aside from New Hampshire voting for George W. Bush in 2000, all of those states have voted for the Democratic nominee in every general election since 1992. In fact, the last time Pennsylvania and Michigan went to the Republican party was in 1988.
The problem with someone like Cruz, and ultra-conservative tea party Republicans in general, is that they have convinced themselves that the reason Barack Obama was elected was because John McCain and Mitt Romney were not conservative enough.
Which is just insane, and as a progressive myself, I hope they keep believing this. The farther to the right Republicans go, the better it is for Democrats in presidential elections. The two candidates every Democrat should want to face during the general election are Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.
But no matter who the GOP nominee is, I cannot emphasize enough how important it is for liberals, progressives and Democrats to get out and vote this November.
Not just for the presidency, but for congressional Democrats. The time is now for us to put in place the government that will move this nation forward. If we don't, Republicans will destroy it like they did in the 8 years of George W. Bush, the guy they want you to forget about by never using his name or talking about what he did while he was in the White House.
And the worst part of all this is that O'Reilly never reports any of this stuff, because he is a Republican himself and he does not want you to know the truth. While claiming to be a non-partisan Independent with a no spin zone, which is just laughable.
Conservative National Review Slams Donald Trump
By: Steve - January 23, 2016 - 11:00am
The conservative National Review Online released a comprehensive feature of conservatives attacking current GOP front runner Donald Trump, highlighting the divisive 2016 Republican primary season. National Review editors and right-wing personalities such as Glenn Beck, Bill Kristol, and Erick Erickson criticized Trump as a "philosophically unmoored political opportunist" and "the very epitome of vulgarity."
Here are some quotes:
Glenn Beck: "Trump's Potential Primary Victory Would Provide Hillary Clinton With The Easiest Imaginable Path To The White House."
Erick Erickson: We Should Not Put A New Conservative In Charge Of Conservatism Or The Country."
Bill Kristol: "Isn't Donald Trump The Very Epitome Of Vulgarity?"
Brent Bozell: "Donald Trump -- Conservative Candidate Or Fake?"
Katie Pavlich: Trump Is A "Con Man" Who "Bought Off Elected Officials In Order To Get His Way."
Dana Loesch: "Popularity Over Principle - Is This The New Right?"
Thomas Sowell: Donald Trump Is A "Glib Egomaniac," And "A Shoot-From-The-Hip, Bombastic Showoff Is The Last Thing We Need Or Can Afford."
But of course O'Reilly is still supporting his good friend Donald Trump, and defending almost every crazy, racist, hate-filled thing he says.
Trump & Other Republicans Will Not Comment On Flint Water Crisis
By: Steve - January 23, 2016 - 10:00am
Simply because the Governor is a Republican, which is the same reason the so-called non-partisan Independent with a no spin zone Bill O'Reilly will not comment on it. Because he is a Republican and he does not want to make the Republicans look bad by slamming the Governor of Michigan, so he just ignores the whole story.
There is lead in Flint, Michigan's drinking water in poor areas only, but Donald Trump does not want to talk about it.
On Tuesday, the Republican presidential frontrunner declined to speak on the public health crisis that has put the city of almost 100,000 into both a state of emergency and the national spotlight.
Asked about the disaster at a campaign event in Winterset, Iowa, Trump said that while it's a shame that tens of thousands of people risk lead poisoning, "I shouldn't be commenting on Flint."
Yeah because the Republican party told him not to discuss it, they do not want anyone talking about the Governor and making him look bad. Trump and O'Reilly are both ignoring it, because they are Republican hacks that could care less, all that matters is party loyalty, which should disqualify Trump from being President, and disqualify O'Reilly from calling himself a journalist.
While it may be hard to imagine that a presidential candidate doesn't want to address a situation where a big percent of a city's children have lead in their bloodstreams, Flint's water crisis has become politically tricky for Republicans.
Criticizing Michigan's handling of the mess means criticizing the state's Republican governor, Rick Snyder, who has faced pressure for mishandling the crisis. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called him out at the most recent presidential debate; her opponent Sen. Bernie Sanders said Snyder should resign.
"We've had a city in the United States of America, where the population, which is poor in many ways, and majority African-American, has been drinking and bathing in lead-contaminated water," Clinton said at Sunday night's debate. "And the governor of that state acted as though he didn't really care. He had requests for help that he basically stonewalled."
And they sure as hell do not talk about the fact that the poison water was only sent to poor areas, the more wealthy areas of the city did not get the poison water. They continued to get the clean water from Lake Huron, while the Governor appointed emergency manager decided to stop giving the clean water to the poor areas, and send the poor the dirty water from the Flint river.
For 18 months up until the state of emergency was declared, Flint residents had been pleading with their state to do something about the mounting lead contamination issue, which stems from old lead service pipes that leached into the city's water system.
On Monday, Synder admitted that he hadn't acted quickly enough to combat the problem, comparing the botched response to President George W. Bush's mishandling of Hurricane Katrina.
Except Synder knew the water was bad, continued to send it to them, lied about it, and tried to cover it up, until they were exposed by a doctor, and then they were forced to admit they screwed up to save money. Synder should not resign, he should be impeached and prosecuted.
As Democrats have pounced on Synder, it could explain why candidates from the other party (and Bill O'Reilly) are not talking about Flint's lead poisoning.
Trump said Snyder's "got a very difficult thing going" before brushing off the issue and moving on. Other Republican candidates have been equally reluctant to talk about it, only Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) has commented, and that was only to say he didn't know much about it. "That's not an issue that right now we've been focused on," he said.
If Bill O'Reilly were a real journalist he would be all over this story, especially if the Governor was a Democrat. But since the Governor is a Republican, he has not said one word about the story, not one segment, nothing, there is a 100% blackout on this story on the Factor.
Hillary Clinton Slams Republican For Poison Water In Flint Michigan
By: Steve - January 23, 2016 - 9:00am
Hillary Clinton accused Republican Gov. Rick Snyder of not caring about Flint's water crisis during Sunday's Democratic debate. A Michigan city plagued by a poisoned water supply found another ally at Sunday’s Democratic presidential debate.
Hillary Clinton criticized Gov. Rick Snyder's response to the dangerously high level of lead contaminating Flint's water as lacking concern for a city whose population is mostly black and low-income.
"The governor of that state acted as though he didn't really care," said Clinton, bringing up Flint in her final statement of the NBC News debate in Charleston, S.C.
"If the kids in a rich suburb of Detroit had been drinking contaminated water and being bathed in it, there would've been action," the former secretary of state added.
After Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton slammed Gov. Rick Snyder (R-MI) for the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan, the governor voiced displeasure on Monday that she was politicizing the situation.
"People can draw their own conclusions, but that's what it appears to me," the Republican governor told The Detroit News.
During Sunday night's Democratic presidential debate, Clinton said that "every single American should be outraged" over the lead-contaminated water, criticizing Snyder for acting "as though he didn't really care" and saying he "stonewalled" requests for help.
And they are outraged, except for Bill O'Reilly who could care less because he has still not said one word about the story.
As Flint's water crisis reached a new national spotlight this week, director and Flint native Michael Moore held a rally in the city on Saturday, where he accused government leaders of intentionally poisoning thousands of people.
Wow! That is a big deal, so how come O'Reilly does not have Michael Moore on his show to discuss those charges, haha, because he is a biased right-wing hack who does not care, just like the Governor. And because his right-wing viewers would not like him talking about this story, let alone have Michael Moore on to discuss it. He would be flooded with hate mail from his far-right viewers so he just ignores the whole story.
"This was not a mistake," Moore said of the crisis. "Ten people have been killed here because of a political decision. They did this. They knew."
Moore was swarmed by media and about 200 residents, and could barely make himself heard as protesters angrily chanted about the dismal state of the city's water.
Flint's drinking water became contaminated with lead in 2014 after the city switched its supply source from clean Lake Huron water treated by the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department to more corrosive and polluted Flint River water, treated at the local Flint water treatment plant.
The switch was made as a cost-cutting move while the city was under the control of a state-appointed emergency manager, appointed by the Republican Governor. And it was only switched for the poor and the minoritie areas, the more wealthy mostly white neighborhoods got to keep using the Lake Huron water.
The state Department of Environmental Quality has acknowledged a mistake in failing to require the addition of needed corrosion control chemicals to the water. That caused lead, which causes brain damage and other health problems in children, to leach into the water from pipes and fixtures.
Residents complaints about the taste, odor and appearance of the water, which began immediately after the switch, were ignored by state officials. They ignored it for 18 months and even secretly sent out water filters telling people they did not know who donated the filters, when it was later shown to be the Governor who sent them out, and then they even waited another 3 months to declare a state of emergency.
Moore spent much of his speech calling for more emergency personnel and more funding, while dishing out blame to local and state officials. But he also demanded that President Barack Obama visit Flint while stopping by the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Wednesday.
Here Is Something Bill O'Reilly Never Mentions
By: Steve - January 22, 2016 - 11:30am
O'Reilly's good friend Donald Trump is leading the polls for the Republican primary, so how many members of Congress and the Senate (who are in the Republican party) do you think have endorsed him?
The man leading the Republican primary can not even get one endorsement from any Republican members of Congress or the Senate. I find that odd, it's as if Trump is not even running to them, and if he is so great of a Republican, why can he not get one endorsement from any of them.
Notice that O'Reilly never mentions this, because he does not want you to know this information. Conservatives on Capitol Hill even say that Donald Trump has tapped into the right's growing frustration with Washington, propelling him to the front of the GOP's 2016 presidential pack. But no one's rushing to endorse him.
Donna Brazile Slams Palin for Blaming Obama for Son's Domestic Violence
By: Steve - January 22, 2016 - 11:00am
Donald Trump received a public endorsement on Tuesday when Sarah Palin stood with him in Iowa and threw her support behind him for the Republican presidential nomination. In a speech that was as Palin as a speech can get, she reminded the whole country why she's one of the biggest jokes in politics.
But even the absurdity of her Iowa speech didn't come close to comments she made in Oklahoma on Wednesday when she basically blamed President Obama for her son's domestic violence and weapons charges. Proving once again that Republicans really will blame Obama for almost anything.
So CNN's Donna Brazile did not take too kindly to Palin's comments, slamming the former Alaskan governor for trying to pawn off her son's personal issues and alleged criminal behavior on the president.
"You have known me for a long time, so I'm just gonna say it: she's a liar," Brazile said. "That's a damn lie."
"I care for all veterans, I am the daughter of a veteran. And to go out there and to insinuate that the president of the United States is trying to hurt veterans when in fact he is trying to put more resources so that we can give our young and old veterans the care we need, that's just a damn lie. You can say Donna Brazile said it. I approve this message."
She also went on to point out that the Republican-controlled House cut $1.6 billion from the budget that was meant to go toward helping veterans. Something O'Reilly and Fox News never tell you.
And she is absolutely right.
And btw, aren't Republicans the ones who are always talking about personal responsibility? Yet, when Palin's son is accused of domestic violence and being in possession of a weapon while intoxicated, she has the nerve to use his behavior to take a shot at President Obama, insinuating that it's somehow the president's fault.
Not to mention, he was hurt in a war that Bush started, not Obama. In case people forgot, Obama was opposed to the war and voted against it, which is one of the main reasons he beat Hillary in 2008 in the Democratic primary, because she voted for the Bush war.
Even going beyond all of that, it's just insane to say that President Obama does not care about veterans or respect our troops. He has spent the better part of the last few years fighting with a Republican party that's itching to send more Americans to die in the Middle East.
Obama has repeatedly proven that he respects our troops to such an extent that he will only put them in harm's way if he feels all diplomatic options have been exhausted -- much to the dismay of many war-hungry Republicans.
Obama Vetoes Republican Bill That Would Have Killed Clean Water Rules
By: Steve - January 22, 2016 - 10:00am
And the Republicans tried to pass this bill while a Republican Governor in Michigan is poisoning the water, it's an outrage that he even had to veto such a bill. But if you watch the Factor for your news, you would not even know it, because O'Reilly has ignored this veto, just as he has ignored the Flint water crisis story.
In the aftermath of the poisoning of the children of Flint, Michigan, President Obama has vetoed a Republican bill that would have killed the EPA's new clean water rules.
In his veto message, President Obama said this:
I am returning herewith without my approval S.J. Res. 22, a resolution that would nullify a rule issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Army to clarify the jurisdictional boundaries of the Clean Water Act.Republicans were outraged because the EPA passed a new rule that would have given the federal government regulatory authority over small bodies of water and wetlands.
Access to clean and safe water could be a big issue in the 2016 election after hundreds of children were poisoned by a Republican administration in Michigan.
President Obama has been there for the people of Flint, and he is standing tall for the basic right of access to clean water. In 2016, the American people should not have to rely on their president to protect their access to water, but such is the state of the Republican Party.
Clean water is a matter of public health. By dropping the veto hammer, President Obama has once again stopped the Republican agenda dead in its tracks.
Now after reading this, if you vote for Donald Trump (or any Republican) you are not only stupid, you are insane and you should not even be allowed to vote.
Palin Goes On Insane & Unhinged Rant While Endorsing Trump
By: Steve - January 22, 2016 - 9:00am
Sarah Palin was supposed to be endorsing Donald Trump, but within moments of taking the stage, she unleashed a demented and mentally unstable rant about President Obama.
Palin said this:
Thank a vet and know that United States military deserves a Commander In Chief who loves our country passionately, and will never apologize for this country. A new Commander In Chief, who never leave our men behind. A new Commander In Chief one who never lie to the families of the fallen.Palin also complained about the media and was her generally crazy self. Sarah Palin was a flashback to the past. Palin brought out all of her old and stupid 2008 Obama insults. Palin wrongly accused President Obama of incompetence, apologizing for America, and lying.
The circle has now been completed as the ugly racism that Sarah Palin injected into the Republican Party in 2008 has matured into the candidacy of Donald Trump. Palin laughably accused Obama and Democrats of race baiting, while standing beside Donald Trump who called all Mexican immigrants drug dealers and rapists.
Sarah Palin is a permanent stain on the United States of America, and she has come back into the 2016 race to satisfy her own ego and replenish her dwindling coffers.
Palin is all about ego and greed. She has never been able to let go of her bitter hatred of President Obama for beating her in 2008. The mainstream media won't report it this way, but the full Palin ugliness was on display in Iowa, and it was disguised as an endorsement of Donald Trump.
Bill O'Reilly Is A Dishonest Clown
By: Steve - January 21, 2016 - 11:50am
Now he is comparing his movies not winning an Oscar to blacks being discriminated against by the Oscars for their roles in movies. It is just laughable, he is a wealthy white guy, and his movies lose because they are not very good and because he is a right-wing nut.
Which has nothing to do with a black actor not getting a nomination from the Oscars because of racism. It's just ridiculous, and there is no comparison. O'Reilly just does not want to ever admit there is racism in anything, just as he denies there is white privilege, when we all know they are both true and real.
Bill O'Reilly: Black People Not Nominated For Oscars Should Be Like Him: "I'm Not Boycotting"
O'Reilly: "I've Had Two Movies Nominated...We Knew We Were Going To Lose...Because of Me...But I'm Not Boycotting"
BILL O'REILLY (HOST): There is a lot of people of color who work in the industry so maybe you branch that out. I want to raise this specter. I've had two movies nominated for best TV film for the Emmys. Killing Jesus and Killing Kennedy. Alright? Now we knew we were going to lose. We knew. Because of me.
Now if the executive producer would have been Bill Maher, those movies I think would have won. But I'm not boycotting. That's not the kind of guy I am. But, there are politics to be played. But it would be hard it believe they were just trying to exclude black films.
Earth to Bill O'Reilly, not one black person, or anyone of color, was nominated for an Oscar, not one. Not even Will Smith, who did the movie Concussion, which many critics praised as Will Smith's best acting of his career, yet he and costar Gugu Mbatha-Raw failed to get any recognition for their work.
Bernie Sanders Slams Congress For Being Owned By Big Money
By: Steve - January 21, 2016 - 11:30am
During the NBC Democratic debate, Bernie Sanders spoke the plain truth. Sanders called out Congress for being owned by big money.
The Democratic candidates were asked about bipartisanship and bringing the country together.
Sanders said this:
The main point in the Congress it's not that Republicans and Democrats hate each other. That is a mythology from the media. The real issue is that Congress is owned by big money and refuses to do what the American people want them to do.The point is we have got to make the Congress respond to the needs of the people, not big money. Sanders spoke the truth, and that has not been mentioned in any previous debate on either the Democratic or Republican side.
It doesn't matter who wins the White House if Congress continues to be owned by Wall Street and the corporations.
If this country is ever going to have a government of the people, the first thing that has to be done is that the campaign finance system must be reformed, and the big money has to be taken out of our elections.
O'Reilly Brags About Business Network Ratings From Show Not About Business
By: Steve - January 21, 2016 - 11:00am
Picture this, there is a Business Network on the Fox News Channel, they were doing terrible in the ratings with their business shows. So what did they do, they came up with a show called Strange Inheritance, that has nothing to do with Business. And their ratings are not that great, unless you consider a 0.1 rating good.
It's a show about people who die and leave a Strange Inheritance to their kids, it is not a Business show and has zero to do with any kind of Business news.
Enter Bill O'Reilly with his Tip of the Day at the end of his Tuesday night show.
A Shout-Out to FNC's Little Sister
O'REILLY: "The Fox Business Network is surging in the ratings, partly because of a popular and unique prime time show called Strange Inheritance. The show and the network are absolutely worth checking out."So Bill O'Reilly now claims the Fox Business Network ratings are surging, based on the ratings of a non-Business show. When in fact, their Business Network ratings are not surging, they have one show on the entire network that gets half way decent ratings, and it has nothing to do with Business or a Business News Network.
This is classic Bill O'Reilly, misrepresent and mislead and brag about ratings. When it's meaningless, nobody cares, and nobody is watching the Fox Business Network, except 122,000 total viewers and 20,000 adults 25-54 who watch the Strange Inheritance show.
That's a 0.1 rating, and if it dropped below 100,000 total viewers it would get a 0.0 rating, because they do not measure ratings under 100,000 total viewers. This is the big ratings surge O'Reilly is talking about, a show that gets a lousy 122,000 total viewers.
Strange Inheritance is their highest rated show, and it barely breaks 100,000 total viewers, which is just laughable and not a surge of any kind. The rest of their garbage is getting 80,000 (or less) total viewers, which is so low it does not even get a rating.
Every single show they have gets a 0.0 rating but one, because they are not over 100,000 total viewers, and O'Reilly calls that a surge, when it's a bomb. O'Reilly does not report any of this, because these are the facts, instead he spins you to think they are crushing it in the ratings, when they are watched by almost nobody.
Sarah Palin Blames Son's Domestic Violence Arrest On President Obama
By: Steve - January 21, 2016 - 10:00am
Republicans blame everything on President Obama. Even if it doesn't happen in this country, such as the terrorist attack in France, they blame it on this president. Hell, a poll once indicated that more Republicans in Louisiana blamed President Obama for the response to Hurricane Katrina than President Bush -- even though the storm struck the state in 2005, three years before Obama was elected president.
But when I saw that Sarah Palin tried to blame her son Track's domestic violence and weapons charges on President Obama, I thought wow. As insane as that sounds, it actually happened.
During a campaign stop in Oklahoma for Donald Trump earlier today, Palin decided to address the "elephant in the room" that most people had already heard about regarding her son's legal troubles.
"I guess it's kind of the elephant in the room," Palin said. "My son like so many others, they come back a bit different, they come back hardened, they come back wondering if there is that respect for what it is that their fellow soldiers and airmen and every other member of the military so sacrificially have given to this country.
And that starts from the top. It's a shame that our military personnel even have to wonder, if they have to question, if they're respected anymore. It starts from the top. The question though that comes from our own president where they have to look at him and wonder, do you know what we go through? Do you know what we're trying to do to secure America and to secure the freedoms that have been bequeathed us?"
"I can certainly relate with other families who kind of feel these ramifications of some PTSD and some of the woundedness that our soldiers do return with," she continued. "And it makes me realize more than ever it is now or never for the sake of America's finest that we have that commander in chief that will respect them and honor them."
Now PTSD is a horrible thing from which many veterans suffer. No one is going to discount how unpredictable PTSD can be in those who suffer from it. That being said, trying to blame President Obama for her adult son's criminal issues is an total joke.
Let's not forget that this was the Christian family who was involved in a highly publicized drunken fight just over a year ago -- one in which both Track and Bristol were involved. Nothing says Christian values quite like a drunken family fight.
And let's not pretend that Track is your typical veteran who might be struggling to find help with PTSD. Sarah Palin is worth $12 million dollars, if her son needs help, she can afford to get him the best help possible. But this family is the epitome of hypocrisy.
After all, Sarah's daughter, Bristol, has made quite a lot of money preaching abstinence -- as she currently raises her second out-of-wedlock child. I'm not judging her for her life choices, but I am judging anyone who hoists themselves up on this altar of moral superiority -- then gets busted not practicing what they preach.
And let's also not forget that it was her party, the Republican party, that sent all these soldiers to fight in a war based on lies. The same party that seems to be itching at the chance to send thousands more Americans troops back to the Middle East to die or come back suffering debilitating conditions from which they never fully recover.
If Track Palin does in fact suffer from PTSD, I hope he gets help. But for Sarah Palin to basically blame President Obama for her son's charges of domestic violence and criminal activity is a new low, even for Republicans.
Then again, this is Sarah Palin -- a woman who's really nothing more than a moron from Alaska filled with idiocy and hypocrisy.
Obama Declares State Of Emergency In Flint Michigan
By: Steve - January 20, 2016 - 11:30am
And Bill O'Reilly has still not said one word about the entire story. This is a national emergency and a big story, but O'Reilly will not even do one segment on it. Because the man who is to blame is a Republican, and O'Reilly does not want to report on a bad Governor because it makes the Republican party look bad, so he just ignores the entire story for weeks.
1-20-16 -- President Barack Obama has declared a State of Emergency in Michigan to help with Flint's ongoing water troubles. The declaration is in response to Republican Governor Rick Snyder's Thursday request for federal help in handling Flint's water emergency.
According to the release, the action opens up the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate relief efforts in Genesee County to protect public health and safety under Title V of the Stafford Act. FEMA can also provide equipment and resources to help with the emergency.
The release states, "Emergency protective measures, limited to direct federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent federal funding. This emergency assistance is to provide water, water filters, water filter cartridges, water test kits, and other necessary related items for a period of no more than 90 days."
The worst part of this is that the Republican Governor changed the water supply to save a couple million dollars, when now it is going to cost the taxpayers over $100 million dollars, and possibly as much as $120 million. This is total corruption and mismanagement of a state by a Republican Governor, and every media source in America should be all over this story, but Fox and O'Reilly do not even talk about it.
And remember this, this is a Republican who says we do not need the federal government and they should stay out of the states business, now he is running to the feds to bail him out. Protests are happening every day in Flint, with calls for the Governor to resign, and Michael Moore is calling for him to be prosecuted and put in jail.
O'Reilly should be kicked out of the Journalism union for ignoring this story, and now he has no right to ever complain about CNN or MSNBC ignoring stories that make Democrats look bad. This is nothing but biased and partisan journalism, from O'Reilly, by ignoring this story he is proving he is a right-wing hack who helps to cover for bad Republicans.
Obama Slams NRA GOP & Fox For Gun Grab Propaganda
By: Steve - January 20, 2016 - 11:00am
Last thursday night President Obama held a town hall hosted by CNN concerning gun violence in America. This came two days after the president signed an executive action that ruffled the feathers of many far-right gun nuts.
Since Tuesday, gun nuts, the NRA, the conservative media and the Republican party have been in full-on gun propaganda mode, doing just about everything they can to misinform the American people about President Obama's executive actions.
I watched a Fox News segment on Tuesday that had "Obama's Gun Grab" on the screen almost the entire time, even though absolutely nothing he did on has anything remotely to do with a "gun grab." There is no gun grab, it's all made up by Fox and the GOP, Obama simply closed a loophole in the background checks to keep people who should not have guns from getting them, by the law that's already in place.
To listen to most on the right talk about this, you would think he just banned semi-automatic weapons and ordered that they be confiscated from every American who owns one.
So, I knew that even though the president was participating in this town hall, it wasn't going to make any difference. The truth is, you can't reason with people who are unreasonable and you can't use facts to persuade people who don't believe in them.
After all, we're seven years into Obama's presidency, and millions of conservatives still believe he's pushing to confiscate guns -- even though he's repeatedly said he has no intention to do any such thing. That being said, the town hall did have several noteworthy moments and the president did slam some of the outrageous fear-mongering that's been coming from the Republican party.
"Our position is consistently mischaracterized," Obama said. "There's a reason that the NRA isn't here. They're right down the street. You think they'd be prepared to have a debate with the President."
First, the fact that the NRA declined to participate speaks volumes about the cowardly nature of the organization. I come from the belief that if you believe in something as passionately as the NRA claims to believe in the Second Amendment, then you damn sure don't run from defending those beliefs.
The NRA had a perfect opportunity to confront President Obama face-to-face and debunk whatever it is he said that I'm sure they'll claim was a lie, but they refused to participate. Though I couldn't help but notice they were more than willing to run their mouths on Twitter.
One of the big moments came when a rape victim pressed the president on her belief that she should have the right to protect herself and her two small children, citing the fact that she was unarmed in college when someone broke into her apartment and sexually assaulted her.
While I completely understand her point, and fully support her right to defend herself and her family, the logic of her questioning of the president was crazy. Nothing he did with his executive actions, or any proposal he's put forth in the past, would prevent her from buying and owning a gun. So her question was ridiculous, if she wants a gun to protect herself she can go buy one, nothing Obama has done will stop her, and her question shows that the NRA propaganda is working.
Not only that, she seemed to suggest that the president was trying to restrict the right for Americans to carry concealed handguns. This doesn't make any sense considering concealed handgun and open carry laws are handled by each state, not the federal government. President Obama has nothing to do with it, the states decide who can have a concealed gun, not Obama or even Congress.
What the president did point out was that his intent wasn't to prevent her or any other American from being able to defend themselves, but to try to do everything we can to ensure that criminals, like her assailant, weren't able to get their hands on guns.
Another moment that stood out was when the president admitted that we will never be able to end all gun violence. While conservatives will use any act of gun violence as an excuse to push pro-gun propaganda, the truth is we will never fully be able to rid ourselves of all of our gun-related shootings.
But if we can reduce our annual gun violence by even 20 percent, that's literally thousands of lives we would save every year. It's ridiculous to argue, as many Republicans tend to do, that if a regulation won't end all gun violence, it's completely worthless.
What I saw Thursday night was a man sitting there, almost begging people to come together to talk sensibly about guns. There was no over-the-top rhetoric, he wasn't promising that gun regulations will end all violent gun crime, it was just him basically saying the status quo isn't working and we have to do something productive.
Unfortunately, I know his pleas will mostly fall on deaf ears, because there's no incentive for the NRA or the gun lobby to want to end gun violence. There's far too much money (literally billions of dollars) to be made pushing the idea that the solution to our gun violence problem is more of the same idiocy that allowed all these criminals to get guns in the first place.
The harsh reality is, for the NRA and the gun lobby -- guns are good for business. It's just a shame so many in this country are too blind to see that they're being played for fools by the Republicans, Fox News, and the NRA. We can have legal gun ownership and background checks, and keep guns out of the hands of some of the people that should not have them, not all, but some.
And of course a few people will get a gun illegally if they really want it, but if we have good background check laws in place it will stop some of them from getting guns, and that is a good thing, that does not take your guns away, it is simply smart.
Here is the real truth, the NRA is in bed with the Gun stores and the Gun makers, and they want to sell as many guns as they can, it's all about money, they do not care if a terrorist buys a gun, they just want that sale, and that is a fact. And the Republican party is in bed with the NRA, so they are just as bad as the gun nuts.
The Media Is Lying To You Again
By: Steve - January 20, 2016 - 10:00am
And this time it's about a Democrat, Bernie Sanders. The media has been going on and on about how Sanders is catching Clinton, how she is worried, and how he could beat her. Well, it's all a bunch of made up media BS.
They are doing it to try and get ratings, because it would be boring to just report that Hillary is beating Sanders by 20 or more points and that while being a good man, he has no shot to beat her in the full primary.
The media needs a horserace, for ratings. Because that is all they care about, ratings, then they can charge the corrupt corporations more money for commercial time.
Bernie Sanders has some great ideas and policies, and he is doing good in a couple states, but overall Hillary Clinton is crushing him and will be the Democratic primary winner. Then she will go on to beat the moron Republican and be the first woman President, no matter what O'Reilly says, and you can bet on that.
I predicted Obama would beat McCain and I also said he would beat Romney, and now I am telling you that Hillary will beat Sanders then Trump, or Cruz, or Rubio.
In fact, her lead over Sanders has gone up, despite the fact that O'Reilly and most of the media are saying she is going downhill fast, they are liars, and her numbers have gone up.
Hillary Clinton now goes into the next Democratic presidential debate with a 25-point lead over Bernie Sanders, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Sunday morning.
The former secretary of State has the support of 59 percent of Democratic primary voters nationally, compared to 34 percent for Bernie Sanders. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who will also be on the debate state Sunday evening in Charleston, S.C., has 2 percent.
In December, Clinton held a 19-point lead over Sanders in the same poll. But if you watch the O'Reilly Factor, Fox News, and most of the media, you would think Hillary has dropped in the polls, she is on the ropes and Sanders could beat her, that's because they are dishonest hacks who are trying to make a race where there is none.
And that's not all, Clinton beats Sanders in the new poll among Democrats who want an experienced candidate by a 41-point margin.
Pollsters also found that Clinton would beat Trump in a hypothetical general election race by 10 points.Which is a landslide in a Presidential election, most elections for the White House are decided by 5 points or less, and a lot are almost a tie in total votes. So 10 points is a landslide.
This is just more proof the media is dishonest, and they are doing the best they can to try and get higher ratings.
42 Ted Cruz Statement Fact-Checked: Only 1 Rated True
By: Steve - January 19, 2016 - 11:00am
In case you have not heard, the annual CPAC conference is currently taking place. That means the Internet is sure to be inundated with some of the most ridiculous nonsense you've ever heard spewing from the mouths of those who are speaking at this event.
Nothing brings out true idiocy quite like a bunch of Republicans getting together at a right-wing conference to give speeches aimed at pandering to some of the most ultra-conservative Americans in this country.
When some of the featured speakers at an event are Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson and Donald Trump -- you can rest assured that stupidity will be flowing in abundance.
One of the fact-checking sites, Politifact, decided to promote the files they've put together for every speaker featured at this CPAC event, including Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).
As most people are well aware, Cruz is possibly the most dishonest member of our Congress. It has been clear since the very beginning that Cruz has had no intention of actually governing while serving as a U.S. Senator. He has essentially used his time as a senator to set up his glaringly obvious intention to run for president in 2016.
Nearly everything that comes out of his mouth is nothing more than some sort of drivel he believes that ultra right-wing conservative voters want to hear, because he's well aware that those are the most consistent voters during primary season.
Let me be perfectly clear here, I do not believe Ted Cruz stands any chance at ever becoming president. He's not even going to win the GOP nomination.
And when Politifact decided to highlight the profiles of these various speakers, it reminded me of just how dishonest Cruz really is. He has been a U.S. Senator for just over two years and in that time Politifact has only deemed one of his 42 statements they've investigated to be true. Only one!
And what was this one statement concerning? It was about toilet seats and the government regulations pertaining to businesses having to provide access to restrooms for workers and height requirements for public restrooms to accommodate people with disabilities. So, yes, Cruz was correct when he said that the government does regulate toilet seats.
So, his only true statement was actually just him complaining about sensible regulations pertaining to disability access to public restrooms, and businesses being required to provide access to toilets for their workers.
Aside from his one true statement about toilets, 65 percent of his statements they've investigated have been deemed Mostly False, False, or Pants on Fire.
That means the vast majority of the statements that come out of his mouth are either misleading or flat-out lies.
There's no two ways about it, Cruz has an absolutely horrendous record when it comes to being honest. Though I'm sure that this information comes as a surprise to absolutely no one who's followed the Texas senator since he was elected back in 2012.
Cruz, more so than the average politician (which is saying something), has built an entire political career based on tea party talking points and blatant lies.
Flint Residents Are Being Billed For Poisoned Water
By: Steve - January 19, 2016 - 10:00am
And btw folks, this kind of story is what the Founding Fathers gave the media free speech rights for, and the so-called journalist Bill O'Reilly has not said one word about this story. O'Reilly has totally ignored this story and the Oregon militia story, even though they are two of the biggest news stories in the country.
A sitting Governor declares a state of emergency and calls in the National Guard, and O'Reilly is silent, which is a stunning lack of journalism. But you can bet the farm if a Democrat did it he would be all over it.
Last week Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) declared a state of emergency over the level of lead being found in Flint's tap water, and this week he activated the state National Guard to help provide residents with bottled water, filters, and lead testing kits.
But even in the midst of this crisis, city residents aren't just being charged for their poisoned tap water -- they're being threatened with shutoffs if they don't quickly pay their bills.
In 2011, Flint lawmakers imposed a rapid 35 percent increase in water rates, against a city law that requires utility hikes to be implemented gradually, and started issuing shutoff notices to those who were past due. A judge halted the shutoffs last summer, ordering the city to undo the increase and revise customers bills.
But the shutoff notices resumed in November based on the prior rates, going out to about 1,800 past due households.
And while they were paused for the December holiday season, they have once again resumed this week. Finance Director Jody Lundquist could not tell Michigan Live how many notices are expected to be sent out in this round.
Even residents who aren't behind, though, are frustrated that they're still being billed for water they can't even drink. "The city is still billing residents for the contaminated water being pumped to their homes and expecting immediate payment," Sylvia Orduno of the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization said.
And the amounts demanded are quite high. In 2014, the Flint Journal reported that the average water and sewer bill in Flint was $140 a month. For anyone of limited means, that couldn't come at a harder time. "The pace at which help is getting to residents is causing them further health consequences, suffering, and debt," Orduno said.
"Bottled water is an expensive alternative and requires constant, large supplies to meet the need."
Kary Moss, executive director of the ALCU of Michigan, thinks that given the emergency over lead contamination, residents shouldn't be charged, particularly for all of the time the Flint River -- believed to be a source of the lead -- was the source. "All arrears should be cleared," she told the Detroit Free Press.
"Nobody should have to pay for any of this." Another advocate, Leon El-Alamin of the M.A.D.E. Institute that has been distributing clean water, said bills should at least be reduced by half until the water is drinkable again.
Residents similarly told the Press they feel they shouldn't be paying. Alamado Saldana Sr. says his water has been shut off twice, and each time he has had to find hundreds of dollars to get service restored. "I would pay the bill, and it wasn't even 30 days after I paid it that I got another shut-off notice in the mail," he said. He thinks he deserves a refund for that money spent.
Concerns about the safety of the city's drinking water began nearly as soon as it switched the source form Detroit to the Flint River, with residents complaining that it was cloudy, foul smelling, and bad tasting while potentially causing health problems.
Officials kept insisting it was safe, however, despite a whistleblower's claims that they knew of problems as early as July and may have rigged water tests to cover things up. In September, public research came out that linked the water switch to a significant increase in the levels of lead found in children's bloodstreams.
Even as the crisis became clear, government was slow to react. Weeks after city officials declared a state of emergency, the state government did the same, and even then it took several days for bottled water to start getting handed out.
Now, 10 people have died from Legionnaires disease, potentially related to the water crisis. And the consequences of lead poisoning, particularly for children, are life long and irreversible.
Yes, you heard that right, now 10 people have died from the bad water, and O'Reilly still is not reporting on it.
The Monday 1-18-16 O'Reilly Factor Preview
By: Steve - January 18, 2016 - 11:30am
Here is what you can expect to see on the Monday night Factor, and O'Reilly is still not planning to say a word about the Republican Governor who let poison into the water in Flint Michigan, or the Oregon militia story. Even though it's a national news story that all the media has reported on, O'Reilly has totally ignored it, while having plenty of time for the stupid unfunny Jesse Watters segments.
And here is something else you should take note of, O'Reilly is going to talk about the Democratic debate Sunday night, and have no Democratic guests on to discuss it, except the pretend Democrat Juan Williams who works for Fox News. And even when the pretend Democrat Juan Williams is on he has to share his time with a Republican guest and O'Reilly, so he will barely get a word in.
While the Republicans whp are on to discuss it, Krauthammer, Rove, and Hume, are all put on alone so nobody can contest anything they say. This is not fair and balanced journalism as O'Reilly caims to have, it's 99% one sided right-wing bias because he is a biased Republican and this is the spin he wants you to get, in a so-called no spin zone for that matter.
How is having 99% Republican guests on to discuss a Democratic debate fair and balanced with no spin, haha, it's not, it's right-wing propaganda from Bill O'Reilly and his right-wing friends.
If O'Reilly was fair and balanced at all, he would have real Democratic guests on (who do not work for Fox) have the same number of Democrats to Republicans on to discuss the Debate, and have them on alone with no Republican on with them, but he is not fair and balanced, so that did not, and will not happen.
Monday Factor Show Preview:
Talking Points Memo
The State of the Democratic Party
The Factor will breakdown last night's Democratic debate and tell you about the state of the Democratic Party
Dr. K Reacts to the Democratic Debate
Guest: Charles Krauthammer
Dr. K reacts to the Talking Points and opines on last night's contentious Democratic debate. Impact Segment
Analyzing Cruz Vs. Trump
Guests: Mary Katharine Ham & Juan Williams
Ted Cruz and Donald Trump are feuding on the campaign trail, and Glenn Beck was forced to backtrack on his claim that Trump voted for Obama. Juan and Mary Katharine will break it all down.
Clinton's Ties to Wall Street
Guest: Karl Rove
Hillary Clinton attacked Karl Rove by name in last night's debate. Rove will be here to tell us why Hillary's so upset about his new ad that highlights her ties to Wall Street.
Update on Iran and El Chapo
Guest: Brit Hume
Hume tells us what we need to know about the prison trade with Iran and Sean Penn's controversial interview with Mexican drug lord "El Chapo."
Guests: Jesse Watters
Watters traveled to Iowa to see what the folks there are thinking before their state holds the first-in-the-nation caucus.
It's Official: Bill O'Reilly Is Not A Real Journalist
By: Steve - January 18, 2016 - 11:00am
Two of the biggest stories in the country are the poison water in Flint Michigan, and the right-wing militia in Oregon, and the so-called journalist Bill O'Reilly just had a full 5 days of shows and never said a word about either story. Because they both involve Republicans who are either crazy or they screwed up and it makes other Republicans look bad.
And not only did the Republican Governor of Michigan poison his own people, he lied about it, and continues to bill them for the poison water. This is a story that every real journalist in America has and is covering, except for Bill O'Reilly.
This is the kind of story the media has a job to do, this kind of political corruption is what the Founding Fathers wanted the media to report on, this should be their #1 priority, to expose corruption and protect the people, and O'Reilly has not said one word about any of it, ever.
They are even under a state of emergency and the National Guard has been called in, on top of that the DOJ is going to investigate the Governor and Michael Moore has called for the Governor to be put in jail and on trial. This is a big national news story and O'Reilly has been silent, simply because the Governor is a Republican.
If he were a Democrat O'Reilly would be all over it and claim it shows a pattern of corruption in the Democratic party, so you should never vote for any Democrats ever again. But when Republicans do it, he says nothing, and ignores the entire story. A sitting Governor let one of his appointed managers poison an entire city and then lie about it, and O'Reilly is silent, what a joke.
But he sure had time to do multiple segments with Jesse Watters at the NY Boat Show and other no-news events.
Hugh Hewitt Admits Republicans Do Not Care About Fact Checking
By: Steve - January 18, 2016 - 10:00am
Then 30 seconds after saying it, he says he never said that, when he clearly did, you can see it right in the transcript and the video. He says fact-checking does not matter, then after being called out on it, he says he never said that.
JEFFREY LORD: One last thing about Governor Christie. I was really surprised he denied that he had supported Judge Sotomayor for the Supreme Court. I happened to have written a column about this last week for The American Spectator. He said if he were President Obama, he wouldn't have appointed her, but after listening to her testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, he was all for her. So in fact, Marco Rubio was correct about that.
ALISYN CAMEROTA (HOST): I was going to end it there but Michael I see you nodding. So did he catch Cruz in some flip-flops?
MICHAEL SMERCONISH: You know, there's a journalist in New Jersey named Matt Katz who I think knows more, has covered more about Chris Christie than anybody else. In the midst of the debate I tweeted at him last night not relative to Justice Sotomayor but relative to Planned Parenthood because I wanted to be reminded of the facts.
Chris Christie flat out denies having written a check to Planned Parenthood. Go back and look at The Star-Ledger. They've written exhaustively on the subject. I think he'd do better, if he frankly said, 'yes, at one point in my life, that was my perspective. I changed over time, here's why.' But to say, 'they misquoted me,' the fact-checkers are going to have their work to do.
CAMEROTA: Hugh, so that, so Chris Christie was fact-checked, that's true, last night. What about when Marco Rubio went down that sort of litany of things that he said Ted Cruz had flip-flopped his positions on?
HUGH HEWITT: Using my boxing analogy, in the 15th round Marco Rubio laid one on Ted Cruz. But here's the deal about fact-checkers. Nick Kristof, terrific columnist for The New York Times, tweeted out that Donald Trump said, in fact, in his hearing that he wanted a 45 percent tariff.
Fact-checking doesn't matter in these things.
What matters is personality and aura and your command presence and of all those two, the best command presence last night was Donald Trump and Marco Rubio. And I keep marveling at how Donald Trump can dominate a television screen. He reaches through the screen sometimes and you know you're back on Celebrity Apprentice.
It's an amazing skill set. And so whether or not he said 45 percent or not, or whether or not Chris Christie said, I like Alisyn Sotomayor, I would vote for her, or whether or not Ted Cruz said this or that on H1B visas, none of that stuff matters when you go to vote. What matters is who can beat Hillary Clinton. That's the bottom line for Republican voters.
My friends here, both are going to support, I assume, Jeffrey is, I'm not sure about Michael, we'll let Michael decide for himself, I think he might have gone over to the dark side, but we'll decide who's going to vote -- who can beat Hillary Clinton and right now, that's open question.
CAMEROTA: Fact-checking doesn't matter. Well hold, we have to --
SMERCONISH: Well Hugh, when somebody says the facts don't matter, if someone says the facts don't matter, I would suggest they're the one who went to the dark side.
HEWITT: I didn't say that. I said fact-checkers don't matter.
CAMEROTA: Right, you said fact-checking doesn't matter. Truer words during this election were probably never spoken.
The Insane Glenn Beck Now Claims Trump Is A Progressive
By: Steve - January 17, 2016 - 11:00am
Now I have heard everything, Beck claims Trump is a progressive, which is not only laughable, it's a total lie. I am a progressive and I do not agree with one word Trump says, ever, zero. Beck is nuts and O'Reilly is an idiot for even putting that fool on the air.
Think about it, Trump is winning the Republican primary by pandering to the far-right extreme racist wing of the party, that is not being a progressive, in fact, it's the exact opposite of a progressive. Progressives disagree with everything Trump says and oppose every policy he claims to support, and only a total right-wing nut would claim Trump is a progressive.
Beck even says he does not understand Trump, which is also laughable, what's not to understand. He figured out he can run as a Republican and say a bunch of anti-immigrant racist things and win the Republican primary, a 5 year old could figure that out. And yet, Beck claims he does not understand him and he is a progressive, it's ridiculous and O'Reilly is a fool for putting this nut back on the air.
There is a reason Fox dumped him, he is crazy, leave him to do his insane radio show and keep him away from sharp objects.
Here is a partial transcript:
GLENN BECK: I don't understand the Donald Trump thing. Honestly, if you ever watched my show?
BILL (HOST): O'REILLY: Yes.
BECK: Do you remember when I used to talk about how the Progressives were in the Republican Party as well? That's Donald Trump. Remember when I said the pendulum would swing back just as far the other way and you'll have a guy who is a great showman? You have a guy who will say nothing just like "hope and change" and you will be for it? Warning? Do you remember those shows? Here he is. It's Donald Trump.
O'Reilly: Look, Donald Trump is a unique politician. He's unique. You cannot put him in any other category. You either like him or you don't like him.
BECK: I can put him in a category, and he fits perfectly there. He is perfectly in the Progressive politician.
O'REILLY: I don't believe that for a second.
BECK: Bill, you haven't believed me when I said that the Caliphate was coming, you didn't believe me when I said Barack Obama is a Marxist. You didn't believe a lot of things. Trust me, I got this one down. Progressives I know. He is a Progressive.
Upset GOP Donors Wonder If They Wasted Their Money
By: Steve - January 17, 2016 - 10:00am
"Major GOP donors and fundraisers are wondering whether they're wasting their money on super-PACs," The Hill reports.
"They say they're not ready to abandon the super-PACs, but they're starting to look for ways to make them more effective during a presidential cycle that has challenged conventions about how to spend political donations."
"The cautionary tale cited by nearly every donor or fundraiser interviewed on or off the record has been Bush. He has fallen in polls despite the more than $50 million already spent on his behalf by the group Right to Rise, which far outraised every other super-PAC with its mid-year haul of $103 million."
GOP front-runner Donald Trump's relatively cheap campaign, contrasted with the millions of dollars spent on behalf of Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Scott Walker and Rick Perry, has left donors, fundraisers and conservative leaders questioning the value of super-PACs, which got a boost from the 2010 Supreme Court decision that allowed independent groups to raise unlimited cash.
"People are upset about the Citizens United decision; people are upset about all this money flowing into politics, but at the end of the day it has no impact," said New York financier Anthony Scaramucci, who was a national finance co-chair for Scott Walker's presidential campaign before moving to raise funds for Bush when Walker quit the race.
Remembering George W. Bush & Why You Should Vote For A Democrat
By: Steve - January 16, 2016 - 11:00am
Former Republican President George W. Bush will certainly go down in history as the president that nearly destroyed America and her standing as the leader of the free world. Something O'Reilly, Fox News, and the Republican party want you to forget, which is why you never hear them mention Bush on the campaign trail.
While George W. Bush vacationed at his Texas ranch, it was Vice President Dick Cheney who took control of our country and nearly ran it into the ground. When President Obama assumed office, President Bush left him an economy that was losing almost 800,000 jobs per month, a financial sector in a free-fall, and staggering federal, state and local deficits.
While Republicans are betting that America's collective amnesia will be strong enough to wipe out the memory of President Bush's catastrophic 8 years, it is up to the American left to refresh her memory. Here are the main reasons how George W. Bush destroyed America.
To begin with, Bush's brother Jeb and the American Supreme Court stole the presidency on his behalf in 2000. Jeb Bush, the Governor of Florida at the time, cynically blocked more than 50,000 African-American voters from voting, then refused to allow a simple recount of the Florida votes after tens of thousands of complaints regarding voter difficulties at the voting booth due to confusing ballots.
The felon voter list Bush and Katherine Harris ran and paid for in Florida was deeply flawed, if your name matched a felons name you were blocked from voting, even if you were not the felon. And almost all the people that were blocked from voting were Democrats, while Bush won Florida by 800 votes, thousands of valid Democratic voters were stopped from voting.
Jeb Bush and the conservative Supreme Court basically stole the election from Al Gore, by blocking a full state wide recount in Florida. Several major national news organizations have verified that, had all the votes been recounted, Al Gore would have won Florida and the presidency rather than Bush.
Bush pulled the United States out of the Kyoto protocol. Stunting global environmental progress, George W. Bush pulled America out of the agreement which set requirements for 38 large nations to lower greenhouse gas emissions in order to combat climate change. His reason for doing so? That the agreement would "harm our economy and hurt our workers."
Bush ignored several warnings about Osama bin Laden. On August 6, 2001, White House intelligence presented to him a brief titled, "Bin Laden determined to strike in the US". Of course, Bush ignored his duties as chief executive and failed to heed the warnings, paving the way for Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda to attack us on 9/11.
Bush escalated the war on drugs, incarcerating minorities at a record pace for nonviolent, drug related offenses.
Bush squandered international goodwill after the 9/11 attacks. Instead of embracing the help of our major allies, he declared a global war on terrorism and stated, "you are either with us or against us".
For this reason, many of our major allies refused to join us in our preemptive war against Iraq.
Bush and his administration carefully deceived America by creating a false narrative that Iraq was an ally of Afghanistan in their war of terror against the U.S., and that they posed an imminent threat as a part of the concocted "Axis of Evil".
Bush cynically lied about the scope and magnitude of Iraq's weapons. In one of his most infamous speeches during the run-up to the Iraq war, President George W. Bush declared in 2002 that Saddam Hussein had the capacity to send unmanned aircraft to United States with bombs capable of unleashing chemical weapons and nuclear devices on the American homeland.
Bush ignored the United Nations and launched an illegal preemptive war. After they failed to get the UN Security Council to authorize an attack on Iraq, the Bush administration decided to lead America into a reckless preemptive war. He also declared the war without congressional approval, and even went as far as keeping the United States from ratifying the International Criminal Court Treaty in order to protect American troops from prosecution.
Bush escalated the war on CIA whistle-blowers. In the run-up to the Iraq war, Joseph C. Wilson, a writer for the New York Times, penned an Op-Ed saying that there was no credible nuclear threat from Iraq. In retaliation, the White House responded by leaking the name and endangering the life of his wife, Valerie Plame, one of the CIA's top national security experts.
Of course, President Bush went on to pardon the staffer that leaked Plame's name to the press, Scooter Libby.
President Bush launched the ill-advised, reckless, and unnecessary Iraq War. Not only did it decrease America's standing in the world, but it led to hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths, more than 1 million refugees being ripped from their homes, and thousands of American military casualties.
When attacking Iraq, the Bush Pentagon failed to declare martial law, and did not secure anything except the Iraqi Oil Ministry. Tens of thousands of National Guard soldiers took to the streets in protest, looted the National Museum, and terrorized the Iraqi people as the American soldiers looked on.
Cynical war profiteering. The American taxpayers were forced to foot the bill for hundreds of no-bid contracts to some of the world's most powerful military contractors. VP Dick Cheney and his company Halliburton made a $39.5 billion profit on the bogus war.
Bush destroyed America’s standing in the world by ignoring the international ban on torture. While ignoring several agreements, namely the Geneva Convention, the Pentagon created a network of secret prisons and detention centers, where American soldiers tortured and mistreated suspected terrorists. The Bush White House then created secret detention sites in Eastern Europe in order to evade traditional justice systems.
Bush created spiraling federal deficits. After President Clinton handed him an annual budget surplus, President Bush single-handedly drove our country into that by creating the the war in Iraq and the war in Afghanistan. according to a recent report by a Harvard researcher, the total costs of the Iraq and Afghan wars will end up being somewhere between $4 and $6 trillion.
He instated the reckless and unnecessary Bush tax cuts. The biggest experiment in supply-side trickle down economics in history, the Bush tax cuts resulted in catastrophe, blowing a hole in the federal budget and leading to unprecedented social economic inequality.
Bush fought the war on science. Whether blocking stem cell research, loosening environmental regulations, saying that evolution is a theory, and cutting Pell Grants, President Bush never stopped trying to make America dumber and less healthy.
Bush helped to destroy the American middle-class. Median household incomes declined by 4.2%, social economic inequality reached epidemic proportions, and the middle-class took on more debt than at any time since the Great Depression. His policies led to 8 million Americans falling below the poverty line, 3.5 million of those being children.
President Bush and his policies led to the 2007 Great Recession. The Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Reserve stood idly by while the big banks created a $600,000,0000,000,000 mortgage-backed derivatives bubble that burst and brought down the global economy.
While going on a record number of vacations and holding the record-setting lowest number of press conferences, President Bush unleashed Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and Paul Wolfowitz on the American people. This was the first time that the neoconservative warhawks were able to fully take control of the American government and implement their military/corporatist agenda.
Unlike President Obama, President Bush stood by and watched as 40 million uninsured Americans risked death and financial ruin without proper and affordable health care.
Bakery Owned By Anti-Immigrant Republican Hired Undocumented Immigrants
By: Steve - January 16, 2016 - 10:00am
And of course you never hear a word about any of this from O'Reilly or anyone at Fox News.
Thomas McNutt, a conservative who's currently running to be a state representative in Texas, is relying on a strong anti-immigrant platform. He has criticized "politicians in Austin" for refusing to address the problem of illegal immigration, and his campaign website proclaims the country needs to turn off the magnets that drive further illegal immigration.
Even though McNutt has not put those policies into practice at his own company, Collins Street Bakery -- a Texas business that's known for its fruitcakes. At least two undocumented immigrants say they were once employed by the Collins Street Bakery, with one going so far as to call McNutt a hypocrite.
Jose Manuel Santoyo, a Mexican national who came to the country at the age of eight, says he worked at the bakery in 2012. Another Mexican national, Luis Aguilar, worked at the bakery during the 2009 holiday season. Aguilar came to the country at the age of two.
Both men now have lawful presence in the country because of President Barack Obama's executive action known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which has granted temporary deportation reprieve and work authorization to immigrants who entered the country as children.
"They gave opportunities to everyone in the community, so for him to come out and speak publicly against some of his own employees really is shameful," Santoyo said in reference to the bakery hiring undocumented immigrants, according to the Dallas Morning News.
The fact of the matter is that many restaurants are reliant on undocumented labor. According to a 2008 estimate from the Pew Hispanic Center, undocumented immigrants make up 20 percent of the country's chefs, head cooks, and cooks and 28 percent of dishwashers.
Last year, celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain criticized Republican frontrunner Donald Trump's suggestion to deport the country's 11.3 million undocumented population, noting that almost "every restaurant in America would shut down" without undocumented workers.
Meanwhile, Washington-based chef Jose Andres -- who pulled out from a deal to open a flagship restaurant in one of Trump's hotels -- said that immigrants are here contributing.
Even Trump's own businesses aren't immune to hiring undocumented workers, including at the construction site of his hotel in Washington, D.C. and at his restaurant in New York City.
Trump is the biggest hypocrite of them all, he wants to stop illegal immigration and deport all of them who are already here, while at the same time he has illegal immigrants working for him right now.
President Obama Destroys GOP Claims That America Is In Decline
By: Steve - January 15, 2016 - 11:00am
President Obama gave Bill O'Reilly and his lying right-wing friends a reality check on their ridiculous claims that America is in decline during his State Of The Union speech. And of course, O'Reilly ignored it as if he never even said it.
The President twice mentioned false Republican rhetoric during his State Of The Union. It was if he was directing it right at O'Reilly and Trump. President Obama rebutted GOP claims that the American economy is in decline:
Anyone claiming that America's economy is in decline is peddling fiction. What is true - and the reason that a lot of Americans feel anxious - is that the economy has been changing in profound ways, changes that started long before the Great Recession hit and haven't let up.Later Obama went directly after O'Reilly and Trump's claim that America is in decline, "I told you earlier all the talk of America's economic decline is political hot air. Well, so is all the rhetoric you hear about our enemies getting stronger and America getting weaker.
The United States of America is the most powerful nation on Earth. Period. It's not even close.
We spend more on our military than the next eight nations combined. Our troops are the finest fighting force in the history of the world. No nation dares to attack us or our allies because they know that's the path to ruin.
Surveys show our standing around the world is higher than when I was elected to this office, and when it comes to every important international issue, people of the world do not look to Beijing or Moscow to lead - they call us."
President Obama brought a dose of reality to the Republican doom and gloom brigade. Obama was correct. America is not in decline. Contrary to what O'Reilly and the Republicans say, America is in a much better position than when he took office.
And the main reason for that rise is the leadership and direction of Obama.
Fox's Kilmeade Uses Benghazi Movie To Push Stand Down Order Lie
By: Steve - January 15, 2016 - 10:00am
Brian Kilmeade On 13 Hours: "The People Who Have Seen It Say It Comes Down To This: Who Gave The Stand Down Order"
The problem is this, there was no stand down order, ever, from anyone. And it has been proven over and over, but the right-wing nuts will not give up on it, because they want to use it politically to hurt Hillary Clinton.
The facts show that people were sent to help them, but they could not get there on time, no stand down order was ever given. O'Reilly, everyone at Fox, and the Republicans refuse to admit the facts, because they are biased hacks who want to do political damage to Hillary Clinton.
Notice that nobody except for far-right stooges are saying there was a stand down order, nobody else is saying it, or even talking about it, this thing was over 3.5 years ago, but Fox and the Republicans are trying to keep it alive, it's ridiculous and partisan nonsense.
1-7-16 -- Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta Debunks Fox's Benghazi "Stand Down Order" Myth
Panetta: "There Was Never Any Order To Stand Down" From The Pentagon
ANDREA MITCHELL (HOST): Now you're here in Washington because you're going to be testifying to the Benghazi Select Committee tomorrow. You have already testified to other committees, but to this committee, and there's a new movie coming out, 13 Hours, and it's about to be released.
It is accusing the CIA operatives on the ground of being ordered to stand down and not go to the rescue in time. And the suggestion is that, if not for that order to stand down, that Chris Stevens and the others might have been saved. First of all, you were at the Pentagon at the time, I believe. Was there any order to stand down that you know of?
LEON PANETTA: Absolutely not. You know, I'm sure there are going to be movies and books and there will be all kinds of theories that will be presented, but from my experience, and from the role that I played as secretary of defense, there was never any order to stand down. On the contrary, the whole effort was to do everything possible to try to save lives.
MITCHELL: There's also a report, several reports, that the Pentagon made an offer of a rescue effort, military effort to the State Department, and that someone, the suggestion is Hillary Clinton, said, "no thanks, we don't need the help or stand down or stand back." Was there any effort by the Pentagon to intervene that the State Department rejected and would she have even been in the role?
PANETTA: After meeting with the president, I immediately went back and we made decisions to deploy forces, to put them in place to be able to go in and provide help to those involved, and we in fact put forces in place.
The problem was that the attack ended quickly and because of time and distance we never had a chance to get there.
This was a tragic event. It's tragic in a number of ways. But most importantly, it's tragic because it's now become a political football that unfortunately, I think, doesn't do service to all of those that were committed to trying to protect lives.
Note To Bill O'Reilly: You Are A Biased Hack Who Does Math Wrong
By: Steve - January 14, 2016 - 11:00am
Bill O'Reilly and the Republicans have convinced their viewers/voters that Obama's "economic policies" are to blame for low wage growth. Even though it is a lie and they need to do better math. And while the Republicans refuse to vote to raise the minimum wage, oppose unions, block offshore tax shelters bills for the wealthy and the corporations, and do everything possible to keep the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer.
The new Federal Jobs Report came out Friday and the results, to an objective observer (meaning not a Republican one or Bill O'Reilly) were great news. The Labor Department report showed that 292,000 new jobs were created during December, a seriously positive number that means almost 300,000 more people have jobs now than had jobs in late November.
The one downside of the report was that wages/salaries for everyday working Americans continue to stay flat.
In normal times, this kind of jobs report would signal an upcoming, measurable increase in consumption and housing, historically, the two primary drivers of economic expansion and job-growth in the U.S. But, in normal times, wages and salaries are not flat in an economy that added 300,000 jobs in the previous month.
Given the stagnant state of wages/salaries, it is improbable that such growth will be of measurable quality because its only real driver will be the newly-employed. The already-employed don't have any more money to spend than they did the month before.
So, you ask, if everyday Americans didn't get a make-a-difference share of the wealth created by economic growth strong enough to create 300,000 jobs, who did?
The answer is simple: Given that our our economic/financial system is rigged at both the macro and micro levels, the rewards of that growth left the most wealthy 5% of Americans even more wealthy and left the rest of us even further behind relative to wealth/capital/income/opportunity inequality.
Bill O'Reilly and the Republicans, of course, ignored both the increase in job numbers and the continuing upward distribution of income in order to seize on the issue of stagnant wages/salaries as a cudgel with which to batter the Obama economy. And in the rare case when they did not ignore it, they put a spin on it to blame Obama, or they downplayed the numbers.
Right on cue, internet message boards and right-wing radio shows were flooded with comments from conservatives looking to get in on the fun of throwing darts at the president. The latter only confirmed that the Republican base of middle- and working-class white people is woefully ignorant about the economic/financial issues it faces and either unable or unwilling to do the math for itself.
The likes of Donald Trump, Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, and Grover Norquist (tool of Big Wealth & Big Business) tell them that the policies of Barack Obama are responsible for them falling further and further behind every year.
And, though neither Bill O'Reilly, Trump, Paul, Marco or Grover ever provide specifics that connect the dots between growing inequality and the president's economic policies, Republican viewers/voters simply accept their dishonest claims at face value.
Were O'Reilly or any of the Republicans to be honest, they would discover that their ideological heroes have spent the past 35 years pushing the very policies (rigging the very system) that has resulted in the economic rewards of the American economy accruing only to the multiple in-country and offshore portfolios of the top 10% of American income-earners.
How severe has this upward redistribution of income been?
Between 1978 and 2012, worker compensation grew only 5.4%, during the same period of time, CEO compensation rose by (wait for it! - 876%.)
While the purchasing power of CEO compensation rose exponentially during those years, the Bureau of Labor Statistics confirms that the present hourly wage, adjusted for inflation, has the same purchasing power as it did in 1979.
Which is something O'Reilly never mentions, he blames Obama for partisan political reasons, while ignoring the fact that the Republicans have put policies in place to keep wage growth for the average worker low, and give most of it to the top 5% and the corporations.
It's like your wife buying 10 oranges and you eat them all, then you blame your wife for being out of oranges. That's what O'Reilly does, Republicans and the corporations are to blame for the low wage growth, by blocking a higher minimum wage and not giving their workers any raises, but O'Reilly says it is all the fault of Obama, when he has nothing to do with it.
In other words, were Republican voters to do their own math, they would find that there is no such thing as an Obama economy. The inequality gap and the salary/wage stagnation that exists today began in the early 1970's.
The widening of the gap relative to wealth, capital, income and opportunity began with the Reagan policies, tax law became far more regressive, anti-labor policies were instituted, expansion of both social welfare and access to credible healthcare were severely limited, in the1980's.
And Republicans have not looked back since, doubling-down in each of these policy areas at every opportunity.
The nobel prize winning economist Paul Krugman notes that the conservative effort to blame lower wages and rising inequality primarily on competition from emerging-economy exports, ie; Obama trade policy is nonsense. While it is a minor factor, he says, Republicans are using it as a canard to distract those hurt by the Republican policies that are actually at fault: "Soaring incomes at the top were achieved...by squeezing those below:
1) cutting wages, 2) slashing benefits, 3) crushing unions, and 4) diverting a rising share of national resources to financial wheeling and dealing.
Perhaps more important still, 5) the wealthy exert a vastly disproportionate effect on policy. And elite priorities -- obsessive concern with budget deficits, with the supposed need to slash social programs -- have done a lot to deepen [wage stagnation and income inequality].
Add to his equation the fact that, between 2001-2007, capital gains accounted for 80% of the increase in household income in the top 20% of income-earners and you can understand why:
-- Republicans adamantly oppose any increase in the tax on capital gains and regressive tax policy becomes a major factor in generating inequality in its every form.
What fascinates me, however, is a growing sense among Wall Street investor-types that salary/wage stagnation and rampant inequality are, to put it plainly, "bad for business."
Both Warren Buffett and Bill Gross -- co-founder of PIMCO who is now with Janus Financial -- share the belief that, as Gross writes, "almost all remedies proposed by global authorities to date have approached the problem [of inequality] from the standpoint of favoring capital as opposed to labor."
He continues by saying that, ultimately, "return on capital investment is dependent on returns to labor in the form of jobs and real wage gains. If Main Street is unemployed and under compensated, capital can only travel so far down Prosperity Road."
And, to put an exclamation point on his thesis, he ends by saying, "Investors/policymakers of the world wake up -- you're killing the goose that lays your golden eggs."
Which tells us this: "Republicans are more committed to the interests of Wall Street and Big Money or to what Timothy Noah characterizes as "an absolutist, borderline-psychopathic ideology -- pushing to dismantle as much of the federal government as they can get their hands on?"
And who else is to blame for low wage growth, the people who vote for Republicans. If you want your wages to increase, vote for Democrats, and get rid of the corporate owned Republican bums who are keeping your wages low.
Reality Check: Republicans Actually Hate Most Of The Constitution
By: Steve - January 14, 2016 - 10:00am
It may be time to remind Republicans serving in public office that when they swear an oath to serve, it is to support the United States Constitution that serves all the people and the idea that America is a representative democracy; an idea Republicans despise with religious fervor.
Republicans and conservatives claim that, although they are mostly ignorant of the nation's founding document as the law of the land, they love the Constitution more than they love Ronald Reagan. However, there is a mountain of evidence that although they love the 2nd and 10th Amendments more than they love their god, bible, and corporations, they have absolutely no use for the rest of the Constitution.
Some Americans think that Republicans hate the Constitution primarily because it forbids religious and corporate tyranny, but what they really hate is that the Constitution exists in the first place. In fact, since the people elected a black man as President, Republicans have stepped up their calls for a new Republican Constitution contrived by Republicans to serve Republicans and their masters in the religious and corporate world.
Now, for the second time in five years, a Republican governor is calling for the United States Constitution, the one conservatives claim to love and cherish, and the conservative Supreme Court, to be nullified according to the whims of Republicans and their religious and corporate masters.
On Friday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott decided it was his turn to make a stand against the U.S. Constitution, neuter the Supreme Court and the U.S. Congress, and create a Republican paradise where a minority rules America.
Abbott, like all Republicans, believe the Founding Fathers and the Constitution's Framers were nasty tyrants because they created a secular representative democracy by including Article VI, Section 2 in the founding document; the simple clause that prevents America from fracturing into several separate fiefdoms.
Abbott did not actually call the Founding Fathers nasty tyrants or bad men for including the Supremacy Clause in the U.S. Constitution, but he proposed a few nullification fixes that 155 years ago precipitated America's deadliest war.
Abbott's proposals mirror the Confederacy's deep hatred of the Constitution and America that have become the Republican Party's defining traits today.
Mr. Abbott revealed his nine-point plan to remake the Constitution in the Koch brothers image, and along with the typical balanced budget nonsense were two or three specific items that would spell the end of America's representative democracy, and the beginning of Republican minority rule over Congress and the Supreme Court.
Most of the nine conservative fixes ban federal legislation that Republicans hate, but two are particularly specific in legalizing Republican-state nullification. For example, one of the Republican constitutional amendments "allows a two-thirds majority of states to veto any Supreme Court ruling they do not agree with."
Another similar amendment being reintroduced by Abbott allows "a two-thirds majority of states to abolish any federal law or regulation" they or their corporate or religious supporters don't like.
Now, there is a reason Abbott came up with the two-thirds majority and it is because while Democrats, liberals, and progressives are sniping at each other and sitting home on election day because Barack Obama failed to deliver on promises he never ever made, Republicans have taken control of two-thirds of the state legislatures and governorships.
What is even more telling is that the 32 states Republicans control make up about 100 million Americans out of a population of slightly more than 320 million.
For the math challenged, that means less than one third of the population would have absolute control of the country and veto power over the President, Congress and the Supreme Court.
Worse yet, those 100 million people in 30-something states do not all support Republican policies and would mean that much less than a third of the population would control the direction of the country; which it is not what the Founding Fathers intended for America but Republicans could not care any less about the Founders than they do the Constitution or America's once-renowned representative democracy.
Over the past seven years, especially the last four, Republicans have expressed great interest in eliminating much of the Constitution that prevents them from ruling like dictators. For example, there is little doubt Republicans, particularly religious Republicans, hate the 14th Amendment that prevents religious Republicans from legally discriminating against the non-compliant and non-believers.
They also seriously hate the idea of birthright citizenship and want it abolished as much as they want equal rights under the law eliminated for anyone who is not a white Christian conservative male guaranteed to religiously vote for Republicans.
Republicans also hate the 17th Amendment that was arguably the last piece of the Constitution that actually brought America a little closer to being a representative democracy. Since Republicans have demonstrated they oppose democracy out of hand, they want to ban the people from electing representatives to serve in the United States Senate; they want Republicans to appoint Republicans to the Senate.
Their idea is another attempt at tyranny because with Republicans controlling two-thirds of the states, eliminating the 17th Amendment would give a minority of the population a veto-proof Senate majority and complete control of the federal government.
And, as a bonus for conservatives, it will wipe out any semblance of a representative democracy; something the Koch brothers and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) openly support.
With the conservatives making up a majority on the Supreme Court, Republicans in the mostly Southern states have successfully chipped away at African Americans right to vote. It is not a stretch to imagine they are unwilling to wait patiently for the next time the conservative Court finds a means of completely banning people of color from voting, so a much-touted Republican constitutional convention would certainly include abolition of the 15th Amendment and the end of America's fragile representative democracy.
This is not the first time since Americans chose an African American man as President that Republicans pursued the end of America by eliminating most of the nation's founding document and law of the land, and it is certain they will never give up until they restructure America to fit their vision of an evangelical theocracy controlled by conservative ideology.
The only thing preventing religious conservatives and corporate-owned Republicans from bringing about the end of America as the Founding Fathers intended is the U.S. Constitution; the founding document that Republicans hate as much as they hate America, its people, and particularly its representative democracy.
Fox News Is Going To Decide Who Is In The Next Debate
By: Steve - January 13, 2016 - 11:30am
Now this is scary, a news network is going to have a say on who gets in their next debate, something that should be decided by the RNC, not Fox News. Can you imagine what O'Reilly and Fox would say if MSNBC decided who would make the main stage in their debates, they would lose their mind and call for people to be fired.
But when Fox does it to Republicans, they are silent, including O'Reilly.
Fox News is creating a disaster for the Republican Party by keeping their criteria for the next GOP presidential debate secret and refusing to name the participants for the debate until the last minute.
The Hill reported:
Fox Business Network is the latest network to be criticized for how it decides who will be on the primetime presidential debate stage.
The network's more restrictive criteria have already made clear that it's likely to thin the number of candidates who will be on the all-important main stage.
But its decision not to divulge which polls will be used leaves candidates on the bubble uncertain of whether they'll be on the main stage or relegate to the earlier debate.
And it comes during an election cycle when various networks have been criticized for waffling on debate criteria as well whether the media at large has too much power in the debate process.
The problem is that Fox has not let anyone know which polls they will be using to determine who makes the main stage.
The Republican Party has set up a situation where Fox News gets to set the criteria for the Fox Business debate and the network gets to determine who makes the main debate and when they will disclose to the campaigns who is in and who is out.
By trying to keep their debates restricted to "friendly" media, the RNC has completely lost control of the debate process. Fox, not voters, has decided that the Republican field is too big, so they are thinning the herd.
If this all sounds undemocratic, that's because it is. A giant corporation is getting to decide which candidates will move on and be taken seriously by voters.
The Republican Party has shot itself in the foot. Democrats may complain about the lack of debates on their side, but, at least, they don't have the complete cluster fudge that Fox has created for the Republicans.
Bill O'Reilly Defends Donald Trump Hate Speech Again
By: Steve - January 13, 2016 - 11:00am
O'Reilly is a biased fool when it comes to his friend Donald Trump, he talks out of both sides of his mouth. He says what Trump is saying is wrong, then he defends it, over and over, time and time again.
And now he is doing it again, in an interview with Suzanne Kelly, a campaigner from Aberdeen whose petition to ban Donald Trump from the UK on the grounds of hate speech has acted as a lightning rod for public disgust at the US presidential candidate's Islamophobia.
O'Reilly denies it is hate speech, even though it is, and everyone knows it. Here is a partial transcript:
BILL O'REILLY (HOST): You use the system legitimately. You got the signatures, but I'm going to challenge the hate speech. If you look at Trump's comments on Mexicans and Muslims -- and I disagree with those comments by the way and I've told him--
SUZANNE KELLY (GUEST): I'm sure you do
O'REILLY: And I've told him to his face that I don't believe that's good policy. It's not good policy. However, we have a big problem in the United States with Mexicans coming through our southern border helped by the Mexican government, which looks the other way while these people smugglers and drug smugglers do their dirty deeds down there.
That was the context of Mr. Trump's remarks on Mexicans. And obviously you know with the refugee problem in Europe the trouble that's causing and that's the context of Trump's comments on the Syrian refugees, the Muslim refugees. So, the comments are not there by Trump to promote hate. It's his policy that he is trying to get out. Do you understand that?
O'REILLY: You may not agree with it, but you can't -- you shouldn't, in my opinion -- ban people. In fact, you should want Trump to come to Aberdeen and have an interview with him. Right?
Her petition, which was racking up more than 25,000 signatures an hour on Wednesday afternoon, was lodged before Trump made his remarks on Monday, in the wake of the San Bernardino shootings, that Muslims should be banned from entering the US.
But its appearance on the parliamentary petitions website on Tuesday appeared to galvanise the growing public condemnation, and the petition has already exceeded the 100,000 signatures required to force the Commons petitions committee to consider debating the issue.
Kelly said: "I never in my wildest dreams imagined it would get so many signatures in under 24 hours. I thought it would be a huge victory if it got to 100,000 signatures by the end of its lifetime, so I've been as shocked as anyone, although pleasantly so."
Kelly, a contributing writer for the community website Aberdeen Voice, who has been investigating Trump's activities and the objections of local residents to his golfing development for several years, lodged the petition on 28 November.
"The more I looked at Donald Trump and the remarks he has made before entering the presidential race, the more my hackles were rising. This man is no longer a joke in the corner, but someone who is aiming to become leader of one of the most powerful nations in the world," she said.
Trump is a far-right racist, and that is a fact. But no matter what his good friend Bill O'Reilly will never admit it, and will continue to defend Trump. Remember that Bill O'Reilly denies there is a race problem in America, and he denies there is white privilege, even though the facts say he is in denial.
O'Reilly Says He Will Cover Hillary Fairly Way Then Calls Her Untrustworthy
By: Steve - January 13, 2016 - 10:00am
And notice that he has not called any of the Republicans untrustworthy, ever, not this year, not ever. He can not even make it through the same show he says he will be fair to her without being unfair to her.
Bill O'Reilly: Why Would You Vote For A Woman....Who's Untrustworthy?
BILL O'REILLY (HOST): I don't mind you covering Hillary Clinton's campaign in a fair manner. I don't. I am going to cover the woman in a fair manner.
JUAN WILLIAMS: That's what people expect.
O'REILLY: On a day-to-day basis. On a day-to-day basis. I am going to cover what she says in a fair and balanced way, okay? But I'm not going to make excuses for her bad behavior as do you.
WILLIAMS: That's not true.
O'REILLY: For everyone who would vote for Hillary Clinton, that includes me, alright, if I'm considering who to vote for. This is the key question. Why would you vote for a woman, all right, who's untrustworthy? Why?
Scalia Is A Biased Conservative That Has To Go
By: Steve - January 12, 2016 - 11:00am
O'Reilly goes after every liberal judge who ever makes a ruling he does not like, sending Jesse Watters to ambush them, and sometimes even calling for him to be impeached. But when far-right judges like Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia do it, O'Reilly is silent.
Now I know that removing a Supreme Court Justice is almost impossible, but I'm not sure how Scalia's continued presence on the bench is justified. Because it is clear he is not ruling by the letter of the law, let alone the Constitution, but by his own political biases.
If there is a case based upon political ideologies, you already know how he's going to rule. Not only is he conservative, he's virtually a tea party justice sitting on the bench.
Take the most recent comments he made at a Catholic high school in Louisiana where he said people don't have the Constitutional right to freedom from religion.
"He said the First Amendment prohibits the government from endorsing one religion over another. But, he added, that doesn't mean the government has to favor non-religion over religion."So, the government can not endorse a religion -- but it has the right to favor religion over non-religion?
All the legal experts will tell you this, freedom of religion is the same as freedom from religion. Because anytime someone is forced to have another person's religious views forced on them, that is a violation of their rights to freedom of religion, even if they don't believe in any religion.
The bottom line is this, religion should be kept out of government and the courts, because that is what the founding fathers wanted when they wrote the constitution.
And it gets worse, because that's not all Scalia said. He also said this nonsense:
"God has been very good to us. One of the reasons God has been good to us is that we have done him honor."Are you kidding me, that sounds like something a preacher would say at a church on Sunday, not a Supreme Court justice that has the duty to rule by the law, not religious beliefs.
We have "done him honor." Whatever that means, it's Mike Huckabee talk, and has no place in government or the courts, especially the highest court in the country.
As we all know, America was not founded on Christianity, which is why there is not one single mention of it anywhere in the Constitution. Religion has no place in schools, the government, or the courts, so Scalia must go. But of course you will never hear O'Reilly say that, but if a liberal judge makes one ruling O'Reilly does not like he reports it and wants that judge forced off the bench.
New Survey Shows Majority Support New Obama Gun Regulations
By: Steve - January 12, 2016 - 10:00am
Following President Obama's executive actions on gun regulations Tuesday, Republicans are acting as if he just violated the Second Amendment and ordered that all guns be confiscated.
From referring to it as "Obama's gun grab," to continued insistence by many on the right that the president doesn't believe in the Second Amendment, I have rarely seen an overreaction of this magnitude. The reaction has gone well past typical political cynicism to flat-out propaganda.
Because nothing he did on Tuesday even comes close to any sort of "gun grab," but that didn't stop many on the right from insisting that Obama is coming to take their guns.
In reality all the president did was slightly expand background checks to close a couple of the loopholes criminals could potentially exploit to buy or sell guns -- something you would think most Americans would support.
So, as it turns out, most Americans do support President Obama's recent move on guns. A new CNN-ORC survey showed that 67 percent of Americans, including 63 percent of households with guns, support the measures the president enacted this week.
What's even more surprising is that 51 percent of Republicans who responded to this survey agreed with President Obama's executive actions. I can not recall the last time I saw 51 percent of Republicans agree with the president on anything -- let alone an executive action on guns.
This itself shows how popular expanding background checks on guns are. This survey also goes along with other polling data we've seen before that's shown 90 percent of all Americans support universal background checks that close loopholes that could be exploited by criminals.
Yet with the overwhelming majority of Americans supporting universal background checks, we can't get this legislation through Congress because Republicans refuse to do anything. Even when the vast majority of Americans (and over 50 percent of Republicans) support President Obama's executive action on guns, nearly every Republican I've seen speak about this issue has condemned what the president did.
And why is that? Because the Republican party is bought and paid for by the NRA -- an organization that's basically just the lobbyist arm of the billion dollar gun industry -- an industry that profits mightily from gun violence, fear-mongering and the lack of sensible gun regulations.
Remember that elected officials are elected to represent the will of the people, not special interest groups, but the Republican party does not care about the will of the people, they represent the special interest groups that control them and give them money.
Donald Trump Is A Fool That Does Not Understand The Constitution
By: Steve - January 11, 2016 - 10:00am
Donald Trump recently showed that he has no idea what is actually in the constitution during an interview on Meet The Press.
CHUCK TODD: Let me ask you. Senator Rubio sponsored a bill back in Florida to give in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants. There's a lot of states that allow in-state tuition for the children of undocumented immigrants. I've not heard your position on that.And now the facts, Trump is 100% wrong. The constitution is clear, any child born in America is a US citizen, case closed. There is no debate about it and 99% of the legal experts say Trump is wrong. The only people who refuse to admit it are Republicans like Trump, he is wrong.
According to Section 1 of the 14th Amendment, "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
The vast majority of legal scholars hold the opinion that children of immigrants who are born in the United States are citizens. Only a few Republican legal experts disagree, because they are biased.
Donald Trump is the frontrunner for the Republican nomination, but his knowledge of the Constitution is limited to what he has heard on Fox News. Trump humiliated himself on Meet The Press, but he is too arrogant and stupid to be aware that his lack of knowledge is embarrassing. Donald Trump is trying to substitute his opinions for the law of the land.
The conservative media told Trump that children of immigrants who are born in the US are not citizens, so that is what he believes is in the constitution. Trump makes Sarah Palin look like a shining intellect.
Donald Trump is a national disgrace, and it is looking more and more likely that a man who has no knowledge of the constitution is going to be the Republican nominee.
Fox News Downplayed Great Job Growth For The 3rd Consecutive Month
By: Steve - January 10, 2016 - 11:00am
And the worst part is if this were happening under a Republican president they would be screaming from the rooftops how great the numbers are and how great it shows the Republican president is doing. But when it happens under a Democratic president they somehow downplay it and claim it is not that good of a number.
Fox Business host Stuart Varney opened his show Friday morning by downplaying the Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs report for December 2015, marking the third consecutive month that Fox personalities have attempted to cast stellar job creation figures in a negative light.
On the January 8th Varney & Co., host Stuart Varney opened the show by downplaying the December 2015 employment summary from the BLS, which showed the economy added 292,000 jobs last month. After accounting for upward revisions to job creation totals in October and November, the December report was the strongest jobs report of 2015.
Instead of acknowledging these facts, Varney referred to this report as "modest by historical standards" and lamented that it was a sign of the "new normal in the Obama years." Later in the segment, Varney and guest Paul Conway, a former Bush administration official, combed through the report for kernels of negative data.
Far from being "modest by historical standards," in the 77-year history of the BLS monthly jobs report, only 171 of the 923 months (18.5 percent) have seen job creation equal to or greater than the December 2015 total.
Varney's disingenuous and partisan complaint fits a trend at Fox News, where on-air personalities (including O'Reilly - who claims to be non-partisan) continue to lament consistently improving economic data. On November 6, 2015, Fox & Friends co-hosts Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Steve Doocy stumbled through a segment on the outstanding October jobs report, with Hasselbeck confusingly claiming that "only 271,000 jobs" had been created that month.
On December 4, 2015, in response to a strong November report that beat most economists expectations, Varney still managed to conclude that the pace of job creation was "mediocre."
The December report showed that the economy added 2.7 million jobs in 2015 and the national unemployment rate remained stable in December at 5.0 percent. BLS revisions to October and November jobs figures combined to add 50,000 more jobs than previously reported, bringing the 3-month average for job creation to 284,000, its highest level since the end of last year.
In the face of Fox's dishonest reporting, actual economists were elated by the job market news. University of Michigan economist Justin Wolfers began a stream of tweets about the report by stating "It's beautiful. Just beautiful."
A blog by economist Jared Bernstein called the December data "another welcome show of strength" for the ongoing economic recovery.
In a statement to The New York Times, economist Mark Zandi described the December report as "remarkable" and an "achievement."
"The remarkable thing is how consistent employment growth has been over the past three or four years," said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics. "We're getting at least 200,000 jobs per month on a consistent basis. That's quite an achievement."
The US economy hit it out of the park in December, creating 292,000 new jobs, far better than Wall Street expected.
Construction, health care and food service jobs gains led the robust and encouraging report from the Labor Department on Friday.
The stronger-than-expected jobs report even rallied the stock market. The Dow Jones industrial average was up more than 100 points at the open on Friday, with the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq posting similar percentage gains.
O'Reilly Lied About His Ratings Once Again
By: Steve - January 9, 2016 - 11:30am
In a reply to an e-mailer saying his ratings are down, O'Reilly told the person they are nuts and that his ratings are up, and that is a lie, because they are flat and have been for at least a year.
I checked the archives and in November of 2014 O'Reilly averaged 3.3 million viewers a night, and in November of 2015 he also averaged 3.3 million viewers a night, so there has not been an increase, and some weeks and months he is averaging under 3 million viewers.
The 1st and 2nd week of November of 2015 O'Reilly only averaged 2.9 million, in October the average was 2.5 to 2.8 million viewers a night, so he does have weeks and months when the average is well under 3 million a night.
But one thing is for sure, his ratings have not gone up in the last year, they are always between 2.3 and 3.3 million, and on average no higher. Once in a while a show or two gets a 3.5 to 3.8 but those are isolated shows that rarely happen unless it is some big breaking news story, or a big interview show.
Cruz Immigration Deportation Plan Is Even Worse Than Trumps Plan
By: Steve - January 9, 2016 - 11:00am
GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz's latest position on undocumented immigrants is so extreme that it makes Donald Trump (who has become infamous for his harsh, xenophobic anti-immigrant remarks on the campaign trail) look tame in comparison.
During a stop in Iowa, Cruz said that he would support deporting the country's 11.3 million undocumented immigrants without ever giving them a chance to come back to the country, even though it is virtually impossible. Trump, meanwhile, has said he would deport all undocumented immigrants but allow the "really good people" to move back to the United States.
Cruz's latest comments came in response to a question that specifically contrasted his immigration stance with Trump's and asked whether he supported "deporting all the illegal immigrants."
"Absolutely," Cruz replied, adding that "there's a difference" between him and Donald Trump.
"He's advocated allowing folks to come back in and become citizens. I oppose that," Cruz said. "So, if you read (I have a very detailed 11-page immigration proposal that's on my website) it's TedCruz.org -- it was designed with Steve King and Jeff Sessions. They were the two who sat down with me to prepare it and it is enforce the law across the board."
Mae Ngai, a professor of history at Columbia University said this about Trump's plan.
"It's absolutely not possible," she said. "We're talking about 11 million people. You can't round up that many people -- I don't know how you could do it in a humane way, it begs the imagination...This is just bluster on Trump's part."
Cruz's response came just a day before his campaign dropped "Invasion," a new ad featuring men and women in business attire running through a river in what could pass for the the Rio Grande Valley border region of Texas.
The ad features dramatic music, distraught actors, and an ominous voiceover from Cruz claiming that people would care more about immigration reform as a personal economic issue if lawyers, bankers, and journalists were crossing the Rio Grande and driving down the wages.
The TV spot is an attempt to repackage Trump's extreme anti-immigrant rhetoric in a more palatable way. The publication noted that "what Cruz is doing here, basically, is looking past Trump to a showdown with Marco Rubio in which Cruz is going to want to mobilize Trump's voters while putting a more acceptable gloss on the substance by focusing on economics."
Cruz was the GOP's anti-establishment rabble-rouser before Trump, winning endorsements from evangelicals, Tea Party voters, and the support of anti-immigrant lawmakers like Rep. Steve King (R-IA). But since Trump sharply rose in the polls and has held onto the frontrunner spot, Cruz has had to battle Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) as a Trump alternate.
Now, the two may be starting to close the gap. As of Tuesday, Cruz's poll numbers have risen in Iowa, a state that's important for its first-in-the-nation caucuses. And according to the Field Poll, among Republican voters in California, "the difference between Cruz's and Trump's numbers is within the poll's margin of error."
Setting aside for a moment that an operation to carry out the mass deportation of 11.3 million people could cost $600 billion, and that the vast majority of undocumented immigrants do not have criminal records, Cruz's suggestion could also affect immigrants coerced into deportation.
In 2014, the American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego settled Lopez-Venegas v. Johnson, a class-action lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security, after nine Mexican nationals alleged they were coerced into signing documents allowing for their "voluntary return" back to their countries of origin.
The individuals alleged that they were not given a chance to be heard by an immigration judge, even though they may have qualified for legal status under certain circumstances.
O'Reilly Ignores Jobs Report To Claim Obama Economic Policies Failing
By: Steve - January 9, 2016 - 10:00am
Bill O'Reilly: "On the economy, come on, Mr. President, your programs aren't working. Everybody knows it. Try something else."
On the same day that an impressive jobs report was released, showing that the US economy created 292,000 new jobs in December and had its second strongest year since 1999, Bill O'Reilly opened the January 8th edition of The O'Reilly Factor by claiming that the economic policies of President Obama "have not worked."
O'Reilly, who slammed Obama for seeking legislative reform on the environment and gun safety, insisted Obama "should be spending most of his time trying to find ways to stimulate the economy."
Following the release of December's job report, the number of jobs added during President Obama's tenure has reached 9.2 million:
And now the truth, here are the headlines from the rest of the media(the real media) on the jobs numbers:
Robust Hiring in December Caps Solid Year for U.S. Jobs - New York Times
Job creation surges in December - CNBC.com
U.S. economy has 2nd best year of jobs gains since 1999 - money.cnn.com
November Jobs Report Points to U.S. Economy's Health - www.theatlantic.com
A Strong Jobs Report Leaves Republicans in a Pickle - www.newyorker.com
Robust US payrolls brighten economic outlook - Reuters
It goes on and on, it's all good news, except for O'Reilly, Fox News, and the Republicans who can not handle the truth. When Bush left office the economy was losing 200,000 jobs a month, since Obama took office we have added over 9 million new jobs, and recently over 200,000 a month.
To everyone but O'Reilly, Fox, and the Republicans this is good, proving they are nothing but dishonest biased hacks who can not be trusted. If this jobs report came out with a Republican in the White House O'Reilly would report it every other night and praise the President for doing a good job, but when it happens under a Democrat O'Reilly claims the Obama economic policies have not worked.
In fact, when a good jobs report came out early on in the Bush administration O'Reilly praised Bush and even said it was a measure of the job he was doing as President, he defended Bush from liberal complaints and said the jobs report shows he is doing a good job.
But now when a good jobs report comes out under Obama O'Reilly lies about it and claims the Obama policies are not working, when they clearly are and everyone can see it, except for partisan hacks like O'Reilly. Notice he did not have an actual economist on to discuss it, just his biased propaganda about it.
Two Fox News analysts were then on to discuss it, no liberals, no Democrats, and no actual economic experts. And that is called fair and balanced Independent no spin analysis by O'Reilly, it's laughable and ridiculous. Three Fox News stooges discussed it, which was nothing but one sided right-wing propaganda, and not a fair and balanced debate, as O'Reilly claims he does.
More Proof Bill O'Reilly Is A Proven Right-Wing Liar
By: Steve - January 8, 2016 - 11:30am
Tuesday night O'Reilly said this:
"Watchful Americans know the economy is shaky, the jihad is on the march, and illegal immigration continues without restraint. The country is in big trouble."And now the truth, the economy is doing great and the country is not in big trouble. This nonsense that the economy is shaky is all lies by O'Reilly, Fox News, and the Republican party. They are making it up to scare and fool you into voting for the Republican in 2016, just remember this, George W. Bush and his Republican policies almost put us into a 2nd great depression.
Notice that no Republican even mentions the name George W. Bush, not O'Reilly, Hannity, Limbaugh, none of the candidates, not Cruz, Trump, Rubio, none of them. Because they want you to forget how Bush almost destroyed the country in 8 short years. But they mention Ronald Reagan almost every day, because they want you to forget about Bush.
Here are the facts on the economy, the very facts O'Reilly will not report.
1-8-16 -- U.S. Economy Adds 292,000 Jobs In December, Unemployment Steady At 5%
WASHINGTON (AP) -- American employers added a strong 292,000 jobs in December, suggesting that the U.S. economy is so far defying global trends and growing at a solid pace.
The Labor Department says the unemployment rate remained 5 percent for a third straight month. More Americans started looking for work, and most found jobs.
The government also said employers added a combined 50,000 more jobs in October and November than it had previously estimated. Hiring averaged 284,000 a month in the fourth quarter, the best three-month pace in a year.
The strong figures underscore the resilience of the U.S. economy at a time of global turmoil stemming from China's slowing economy and plummeting stock market. Most economists expect solid U.S. consumer spending will offset any overseas drag, though many forecast only modest growth.
For months, U.S. employers have steadily added jobs even as global growth has flagged and financial markets have sunk. Stronger customer demand has given most businesses confidence to hire.
If employers continue to hire steadily and to raise wages consistently, consumers are expected to keep spending and to support U.S. economic growth even if foreign economies struggle.
Americans are confident enough to buy more homes. Sales of newly built homes jumped nearly 15 percent in 2015 and helped spur building and construction hiring: Construction companies added 215,000 jobs last year, a 3.4 percent gain.
In another sign of consumer health, auto sales rose to a record high last year as cheap gas and low interest rates led to booming sales of SUVs and pickup trucks.
Lower gas prices benefit consumers by cutting their gas bills. Chris Christopher, an economist at IHS, a forecasting firm, estimates that American households saved, on average, $722 last year from cheaper gas. He expects them to save an additional $217 in 2016 given the continuing drop in oil prices.
Now look at what Republicans are talking about, is it the economy, no, is it jobs, no, is it health care, no, is it unemployment, no, all they talk about is immigration, abortion, and terrorism. Because they are wedge/distraction issues to divert your attention away from how good the economy and the country is doing, to try and fool you into thinking things are terrible so you should vote Republican.
It's ridiculous, it's all right-wing propaganda from O'Reilly and the Republicans to trick you into voting for the same Republicans who crashed the economy under Bush, and if you fall for it you are stupid.
Public Health Experts Disagree With O'Reilly On Gun Crime Epidemic
By: Steve - January 8, 2016 - 11:00am
After President Obama announced executive actions to curb gun violence, Fox Host Bill O'Reilly claimed that "there is not a gun crime epidemic" and downplayed the fact that "more than 8,000 people were victims of firearm murders in 2014." However, public health and medical experts roundly disagree, noting that "gun violence is a public health issue that has reached epidemic proportions."
On the January 5th O'Reilly Factor, host Bill O'Reilly downplayed gun violence in America, claiming that the "more than 8,000 people" killed by guns in 2014 did not amount to "a gun crime epidemic."
O'Reilly further said that "the vast majority of these heinous crimes are committed by hardcore criminals, not civilian shooters," before claiming that there was also "not an epidemic" for terrorist-related shootings:
O'REILLY: Mr. Obama is missing the big picture. According to the latest FBI stats, slightly more than 8,000 people were victims of firearm murders in 2014. There were 118,000 robberies involving a firearm. And almost 150,000 aggravated assaults involving guns.Actual experts disagree, take note that O'Reilly did not have any gun crime experts on his show to debate it, he had political pundits on, no experts.
National Physicians Alliance: "Gun Violence Is A Public Health Issue That Has Reached Epidemic Proportions."
In a recent policy statement, the National Physicians Alliance (NPA) wrote that "gun violence is indisputably an issue of health," and further explained that it is "a public health issue that has reached epidemic proportions."
Public Health Expert: "Gun Violence Is A Public Health Epidemic."
In another recent article, public health doctor and medical director of the New York State Office of Mental Health Lloyd Sederer wrote "the mass murders infesting our country now behave like an epidemic" and that "for the gun violence epidemic upon us, the deadly agents are guns and ammunition meant for war, not for a civil society."
Doctors For America: "Gun Violence Is A Public Health Problem."
Over 2,000 physicians signed a December, 2015 petition to Congress to end the ban on gun violence research. In the petition, Executive Director of Doctors for America Dr. Alice Chen noted that "gun violence is a public health problem that kills 90 Americans a day," and implored politicians to pass common-sense gun safety legislation.
In a December 2nd press release, Dr. Chen and over 2,000 other doctors urged "Congress to put patients over politics to help find solutions to our Nation's gun violence crisis."
United States Surgeon General: "Gun Violence Is A Public Health Issue."
United States Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy has repeatedly labeled gun violence as "a public health issue," saying this: "whenever you have large numbers of people who are dying for preventable reasons, that constitutes a public health issue."
George Washington University Master Of Public Health Program: "We Must ... Ensure Real Change" To "America's Gun Violence Epidemic."
The George Washington University's Master of Public Health program released an infographic addressing "America's gun violence epidemic," noting that "the availability of firearms" and the "nation's broken mental health care system" must both be remedied to "curb gun violence."
The infographic, which notes that from 2006-2010 there were "31,000 gun related deaths" and "156 mass killings" involving guns, implores political leaders to enforce and enhance "regulations for licensed firearm dealers ... and regulations for private sales."
So you can listen to the actual experts, or you can listen to the biased partisan right-wing Fox News hack Bill O'Reilly, who says it is not an epidemic, I think I'll go with the actual experts, the experts O'Reilly does not have on his show because they would all disagree with him and make him look like the right-wing fool he is.
Trump Campaign Sent Reeling After Botched Television Ad
By: Steve - January 8, 2016 - 10:00am
The Trump campaign is reeling and spinning itself in circles after admitting that they accidentally screwed up the Republican frontrunner's first television ad by showing footage of Morocco instead of Mexico.
Trump's first television ad showed footage of people pouring over a border that the campaign suggested was from the US southern border.
PolitiFact tracked down the footage, "PolitiFact was able to trace the footage back to the Italian television network RepubblicaTV. On May 3, 2014, the network posted footage of migrants crossing the border into Melilla, one of two enclaves on the Moroccan coast that are held by Spain. Migrants who cross the border there are essentially entering territory held by a European Union nation, even though they are still on the African continent."
Instead of owning up to their mistake, the Trump campaign claimed that they used footage of Morocco while talking about the border with Mexico on purpose. Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told NBC News, "No s--t, it's not the Mexican border but that's what our country is going to look like. This was 1,000 percent on purpose."
But on Tuesday, Trump's lawyer told CNN that the use of the footage of Morocco was an accident, "Yeah, I'm going to have a conversation with whoever made the mistake -- there's no doubt about that."
Trying to fool voters into believing that footage of Morocco was the US border with Mexico was bad enough, but the bigger problem for the Trump campaign is that they have demonstrated that can't handle something as simple as getting their story straight.
The Trump campaign has been all over the place with their excuses while refusing to be honest with voters about their mistake.
The worst fears of many Republicans are being confirmed with this debacle. If Trump can't release an ad without screwing it up, how is going to win an election if he is the Republican nominee?
Donald Trump doesn't have much in terms of campaign organization, and the fact that they botched their first TV ad and continued to lie about it should make Republicans very uneasy about nominating a campaign that is clearly an amateur hour operation.
The media and the Republican Party have set the bar very low for Trump, but his campaign seems to have no idea what it is doing. Donald Trump is a disaster in the making for Republicans. His campaign's "we meant to do that" juvenile lies will sink the Republican Party is he is their nominee.
Bill O'Reilly Still Ignoring The Armed Oregon Militia Story
By: Steve - January 7, 2016 - 11:50am
It is now Thursday the 7th of January and Bill O'Reilly has still not said one word about the Armed right-wing militia that took over a federal building in Oregon. And on his Thursday show he will not talk about it either.
I looked at his show preview and there is nothing about the armed militia, he will continue to ignore one of the biggest stories in the country because he is a biased Republican and he does not want to report on it becaue it makes Republicans look bad.
This is a perfect example of bias from O'Reilly with a story that he does not report on, which is the very same thing he complains about when CNN or MSNBC do the same thing with stories that make Democrats look bad.
So somehow it's wrong in O'Reillyworld when CNN or MSNBC does it, but when he does it then suddenly it's ok. When CNN or MSNBC ignore a negative story about a Democrat O'Reilly flips out, has Bernie Goldberg on to slam the media, and cries bias and corruption from the media.
While doing the very same thing to stories that are negative to Republicans, making him one of the biggest hypocrites in the media. If O'Reilly was a true Independent journalist with no bias, as he claims, he would have reported the armed militia story last night and tonight, instead he was silent and has not said one word about any of it.
Now just imagine what O'Reilly would say if a group of blacks, or muslims, or mexicans, took over a federal building with an armed militia. He would lose his mind, report it every night, and most likely call for the national guard to get them out, by force if needed.
It's a 4 day old story that everyone in the media has reported on, even Megyn Kelly and Sean Hannity have reported on it, Bill O'Reilly is the only one I know of who has not said onw qord about the story.
And he is the guy who claims he is the #1 journalist in the world with over 5 million viewers every night, haha, what a joke. He is not a journalist and he does not get over 5 million viewers a night, look at my ratings archives, he gets about 3.2 million, and sometimes less than 3 million, not once has he ever got 5 million, let alone more than 5 million, the man is just a liar.
Trump Campaign Issues 20,000 Tickets To 1,400 Seat Arena
By: Steve - January 7, 2016 - 11:30am
Here is my question, why do this, why not pay for a bigger place that will hold the 20,000 people, it makes no sense and it just shows the Trump campaign has no clue what they are doing. And of course his good friend Bill O'Reilly never says a word about it, but if a Democrat did the same thing O'Reilly would be all over it.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign has issued 20,000 tickets for an event at a Burlington, Vermont, venue that has only 1,400 seats, city police said Wednesday.
Police Chief Brandon del Pozo acknowledged that those numbers, plus expected protesters, could be a public safety issue. If a rock group sold that many tickets to the downtown Flynn Theater, del Pozo told the Burlington Free Press, the city would cancel the event. He said that for now, Trump would be allowed to speak as scheduled because that would give people the chance to listen to a major presidential candidate.
A Trump campaign spokeswoman did not immediately respond to the report.
Police say that anyone arriving for the Trump event once the Flynn has been filled will be turned away.
The Vermont Republican Party has said it had no role in Trump's visit to the state, but they welcome his thoughts.
And as of right now, nobody will say why they gave out 20,000 tickets to a place that only has 1,400 seats, nobody in the Trump campaign will say why, and nobody in the media will say why they did it.
O'Reilly Lets Trump Off The Hook For His Misleading TV Ad
By: Steve - January 7, 2016 - 11:00am
Bill O'Reilly gave GOP frontrunner Donald Trump a friendly platform to respond to criticism of his misleading campaign ad that misrepresented the U.S. southern border by using footage of Moroccan immigrants crossing into Spain.
After Donald Trump's campaign released his first televised campaign ad, a Politifact analysis of the ad found that it misleads viewers by using footage of immigrants crossing the border between Morocco and Spain while a narrator claims that Trump will "stop illegal immigration by building a wall on our southern border."
On the January 4th edition of his Fox News show, Bill O'Reilly discussed the ad with Trump pointing out that the footage was misleading but dismissed the criticism, telling Trump that he must "be careful" because "the media's after him."
And the reason they are after him is because of stuff like this, and all the lies he tells, something O'Reilly ignores and defends. Trump is acting like they knew the footage was from the border of Spain, when that is a lie. They did not check to see if it was footage of the Mexico border, after getting caught with dishonest footage, they are now spinning to say they knew it was the border of Spain.
Even O'Reilly said you can not do that to Trump, and told him he must use real footage of the Mexico border, but Trump brushed him off and said it was meant to prove a point, which is just laughable.
BILL O'REILLY (HOST): Now, you just put out an ad that features the southern border, and you're saying that you're going to put up a wall and stop the madness. Now you're criticized because some of the video in the ad, which looks like it's from Mexico, is from Morocco. So, the press is all over you on that. How do you react?
DONALD TRUMP: All it is, is a display of what it is going to look like, and what our country looks like. That was just video footage. It's just a display of what our country's going to look like. We're like a third world country. We're a dumping ground, so you can just take it anywhere you want, but it's really merely a display of what a dumping ground is going to look like. And that's what our country is becoming very rapidly.
O'REILLY: Alright, so you don't think the video was a little misleading, with the talk of the border fence? For Mexico, you use a Morocco video. You don't think that's misleading?
TRUMP: No, I think it's irrelevant. All we want to do is what it's going to look like. They picked something. They could have picked something else. We could pick plenty of footage, that I could tell you Bill.
O'REILLY: You should have probably put the Mexican footage in there though, because you got to be careful about -- you know, with the media's after you.
Media Double Standard Over Right-Wing Militia Taking Over Federal Building
By: Steve - January 7, 2016 - 10:00am
A group of right-wing white guys (with real guns) take over a federal building and nobody is shot, nothing. But if a 12 year old black kid is on the loose with a BB gun he is shot and killed. Now tell me that is not a double standard by the police and the media, who defend and support the white guys, some even call them patriots.
When blacks protest they are called law breaking thugs who should be thrown in jail, and they should be happy they are even allowed to live in America. When right-wing whites protest they are called patriots and nobody is shot, even though they are also breaking the law and they have real guns.
A couple of years ago, the media was all over a story out of Nevada where Cliven Bundy and his supporters were in a standoff with the federal government over a land use dispute. While the confrontation did not end in violence, a couple that had been expelled from the protest later went on to kill two police officers in Las Vegas, as well as an armed civilian who tried to confront them.
Now, the Bundy family is at it once again in Oregon, and they're trying to start another standoff with law enforcement to rally anti-government militia members to their insane cause.
A group of anti-government militia members have occupied the headquarters and visitors center of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County, Ore., apparently seeking to provoke a standoff with the federal government.The anti-government militia movement has been around for decades. In the 1990s, they spawned the likes of Timothy McVeigh and Eric Rudolph. McVeigh carried out the Oklahoma City bombing which was the worst terrorist attack on American soil until 9/11. Eric Rudolph was responsible for the Olympics bombing in 1996, as well as a series of attacks on women's clinics across the southern United States.
Under President Obama's administration, the conspiracy fanatics and patriot movement have gone into overdrive. Fueled by the conservative media, especially Fox News, they have millions of people in this country convinced that President Obama is a secret Muslim who wants to take their guns and impose sharia law on the United States.
Pundits like Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and others have whipped their followers into a frenzy -- and they're laughing all the way to the bank. Their rhetoric may be free speech, but they know how to hide behind the First Amendment while inciting violence at the same time.
Now remember these are the same people who praised Cliven Bundy supporters for pointing weapons at federal officers, but also claim that unarmed black people deserved to die for resisting arrest.
The hypocrisy is staggering, but par for the course when it comes to the most radical followers of conservative politics and media in our country.
This attempt to instigate a showdown with the federal government isn't the first, nor will it be the last. Like Islamic terrorists, these people subscribe to a radical and suicidal ideology that cannot be reasoned with. They want an overthrow of our political system in order to force their beliefs on the rest of us, and they don't seem afraid to die to accomplish exactly that.
And btw, when the right-wing white guy shot up an abortion clinic, he was not killed, or even shot. But if a black person just refuses to do what a cop tells them to do, they are shot and killed and not even fired, and most of the time not charged with anything.
Tell me how this is not racism, bias, hypocrisy, and a double standard. What say you O'Reilly, you jerk!
Parliament To Debate Banning Donald Trump From The UK
By: Steve - January 6, 2016 - 11:50am
The popular push to ban the Republican presidential candidate (Donald Trump) from the United Kingdom is set to be debated in Parliament, a spokeswoman for the House of Commons said. The debate has been scheduled for January 18 in Westminster Hall, where any member of Parliament is allowed to participate.
An online citizen's petition to ban Trump from the United Kingdom garnered more than 568,000 signatures, well above the 100,000 threshold required for a measure to be considered for a debate, since being filed on December 8.
The petition says that because the country has banned entry to people for "hate speech" before, "the same principles should apply to everyone who wishes to enter the UK."
Last week, the UK government released a statement reaffirming that Home Secretary Theresa May has the power to "exclude a non-European Economic Area national from the UK if she considers their presence in the UK to be nonconducive to the public good."
"The Home Secretary has said that coming to the UK is a privilege and not a right," the official comment reads. "She will continue to use the powers available to prevent from entering the UK those who seek to harm our society and who do not share our basic values."
After Trump launched his proposal to temporarily halt the immigration of Muslims into the United States, Prime Minister David Cameron called the billionaire "stupid" and "three times a loser."
Trump owns a golf course in Aberdeen, Scotland. The Trump Organization released a statement specifying its investments and criticizing any possible move to restrict travel.
"Any action to restrict travel would force The Trump Organization to immediately end these and all future investments we are currently contemplating in the United Kingdom. Westminster would send a terrible message to the world that the United Kingdom opposes free speech and has no interest in attracting inward investment," it read.
"This would also alienate the many millions of United States citizens who wholeheartedly support Mr. Trump and have made him the forerunner by far in the 2016 presidential election. Many people now agree with Mr. Trump that there is a serious problem that must be resolved. This can only be achieved if we are willing to discuss these tough issues openly and honestly."
O'Reilly Still Ignoring Oregon Militia Takeover Story
By: Steve - January 6, 2016 - 11:30am
Even Megyn Kelly reported on it Tuesday night with an interview of Ammon Bundy, but the so-called big time journalist Bill O'Reilly has totally ignored the entire story.
It's a big story, if you type "Oregon Militia" into a google search you get almost 10 million results, so it's a big deal, but the hack with the #1 rated (so-called) hard news show on cable Bill O'Reilly has not said one word about it.
This is a real news story and something every American should be hearing about, but if you watch the O'Reilly Factor for your news you would not even know it is happening. But you can bet the farm if a group of armed blacks, mexicans, or muslims too over a federal building, O'Reilly would be all over it.
This is proof Bill O'Reilly is not an Independent journalist, in fact, we should not even be calling him a journalist, he is nothing but a biased ratings hack, and everything he does has a right-wing bias meant to make Democrats look bad and get him ratings. He should be sued for fraud for even calling himself a journalist.
First 2016 Factor Show Is All Propaganda & Praise Of Trump
By: Steve - January 6, 2016 - 11:00am
BILL O'REILLY (HOST): First show 2016. The biggest political story in America. That is the subject of this evening's talking points memo. Both political parties are helping Donald Trump dominate the polls. The combined Democrat and Republican establishments just may propel a tough-talking political novice into the White House.Wow, what a load of right-wing garbage. To debunk all those lies would take a week, so I will tackle a few.
1) O'Reilly said this: "Both political parties are helping Donald Trump dominate the polls, and it just may propel a tough-talking political novice into the White House."
This is total nonsense, because both parties hate Trump, for different reasons. Democrats hate Trump because he is a far-right lying idiot, and Republicans hate Trump because he is making them look bad, the only Republicans who like him are the far-right nuts in the party. And he will never get into the White House, unless he is there for a visit, he will never be the President, no matter how many times his friend O'Reilly says it could happen.
2) O'Reilly said this: "On the Democratic side, things are even worse. Since president Obama took office in 2009, the party has moved sharply left."
This is total nonsense, things are not worse on the Democratic side, and not even close. In fact, the Republican party is in shambles and it might be destroyed if Trump wins their primary, so it's a total lie to say things are worse on the Democratic side, that is just flat out lies from O'Reilly.
3) O'Reilly said this: "Watchful Americans know the economy is shaky, the jihad is on the march, and illegal immigration continues without restraint. The country is in big trouble."
This is not only total nonsense, it's a lie. The economy is not shaky, it is doing great. Jobs are up, unemployment is down to record lows, gas prices are under $2.00 a gallon, and overall things are great, including Obamacare which is also doing well.
O'Reilly is a massive liar and nothing but a right-wing propaganda machine, virtually nothing he says is true. The country is not in trouble, it's doing great. The problem is in foreign countries, not here, and O'Reilly knows it. You are more likely to get hit by lightning than be in a terrorist attack.
It's all political propaganda from O'Reilly, he is a Republican and he is trying to scare you into voting for his friend Donald Trump, who he has on every other night to give him free publicity.
The 1st show was all right-wing propaganda with 99% Republican guests, one Democrat was on, Juan Williams, but he was on with another Republican guest so he barely got a word in. The other segments had only Republicans on alone, so they could spin out their propaganda with nobody there to counter it.
And btw, O'Reilly did not say one word about the armed right-wing militia taking over the federal building, not a word. But he had time to have the stupid Jesse Watters on for an entire segment about the new Star Wars movie, that's journalism?
Trump Thanks Conspiracy Site For Being Named Man Of The Year
By: Steve - January 6, 2016 - 10:00am
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump took to Facebook on Thursday morning to thank a right-wing conspiracy website for the "amazing honor" of naming him its Man of the Year. Trump told the publication that he "very much" appreciates its "informative polls and coverage."
That website is WorldNetDaily, one of the most dishonest far-right websites in America. They put out nothing but lies, propaganda, and rumors. And the far-right of the Republican party love them, Ann Coulter and Ted Nugent are even writers for them.
It's basically a Democratic hate site that pretty much works for the Republican party to publish right-wing propaganda and lies to fool the American people into voting for Republicans and against Democrats.
WorldNetDaily's founder and editor Joseph Farah is one of the nation's leading purveyors of birther conspiracy theories -- the repeatedly debunked notion that President Barack Obama was born in Kenya -- publishing more than 600 posts on the topic. Even after Obama released his long-form birth certificate indicating his birth in Hawaii, Farah claimed that this proved nothing.
Trump has frequently repeated these claims and Politico reported in 2011 that Farah frequently advised the billionaire investor and former reality show host.
But Farah's and WND's conspiracy theories do not end with the president's birthplace. In a 2011 column, he accused Muslims of promoting a "homosexual agenda" to help destroy America. That same year, he called a minor earthquake in Washington, D.C. a punishment from God for "disobedience and indifference to our Creator," while warning that the city deserves worse.
In 2012, he claimed that Obama's re-election would mean that he and other conservatives would be hunted down like dogs. And earlier this month, Farah wrote on the site that the Obama administration is "facilitating, enabling, and empowering terrorist attacks by jihadis."
Trump is even scheduled to speak at a March conference for Farah's Western Center for Journalism, at which Farah will be honored by his own group as a "Hero of Freedom."
salon.com called it the biggest, dumbest, wingnut site on the Web. And I quote:
WorldNetDaily is a magnet for the dumbest, dullest wingnuts in America. Even its lawyer is a buffoon. Last year, WND sued the White House Correspondents' Association because WND's disreputable conspiracy website was only given one table at the Correspondents Dinner.
They do have a White House correspondent. It's Les Kinsolving, a comedy of a man who is invited to briefings solely to be called on when the press secretary wants to answer a stupid question about who wrote the president's memoir instead of a serious question about reality.
Their lawyer was Larry Klayman, who is not allowed to appear before courts in much of the United States because of his "total disregard for the judicial process."
Here is an example of just one story from WorldNetDaily: "Soy is making kids 'gay.'"
It is in six parts. The original headline was "A devil food is turning our kids into homosexuals."
They are a joke and the laughing stock of journalism in America, and Trump is honored they named him their man of the year.
Bill O'Reilly Still Ignoring The Armed Militia Story
By: Steve - January 5, 2016 - 11:30am
Last night on his first show of 2016, Bill O'Reilly never said one word about the Armed right-wing militia that took over a federal building in Oregon. And on his Tuesday show he will not talk about it either, but he will talk about the extreme weather we have been having, and the stupid Bill Cosby story.
I looked at his show preview and there is nothing about the armed militia, he will continue to ignore one of the biggest stories in the country because he is a biased Republican and he does not want to report on it becaue it makes Republicans look bad.
This is a perfect example of bias from O'Reilly with a story that he does not report on, which is the very same thing he complains about when CNN or MSNBC do the same thing with stories that make Democrats look bad.
So somehow it's wrong in O'Reillyworld when CNN or MSNBC does it, but when he does it then suddenly it's ok. When CNN or MSNBC ignore a negative story about a Democrat O'Reilly flips out, has Bernie Goldberg on to slam the media, and cries bias and corruption from the media.
While doing the very same thing to stories that are negative to Republicans, making him one of the biggest hypocrites in the media. If O'Reilly was a true Independent journalist with no bias, as he claims, he would have reported the armed militia story last night and tonight, instead he was silent and has not said one word about any of it.
Now just imagine what O'Reilly would say if a group of blacks, or muslims, or mexicans, took over a federal building with an armed militia. He would lose his mind, report it every night, and most likely call for the national guard to get them out, by force if needed.
Donald Trumps First TV Ad Is Dishonest And Misleading
By: Steve - January 5, 2016 - 11:00am
Which is what I would expect from a far-right dishonest Republican liar, here are the details.
In a new television ad -- his campaign's first -- Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump shows footage of dozens of people swarming over a border fence. But the footage isn't as it seems.
About halfway through the ad, a narrator says of Trump, "He'll stop illegal immigration by building a wall on our southern border that Mexico will pay for." Video footage shows dozens of people streaming across the border, as if they were ants fleeing an anthill.
The suggestion is that the footage is of the "southern border" between the United States and Mexico. But it’s not -- it’s 5,000 miles away, in a small Spanish enclave on the mainland of Morocco.
PolitiFact was able to trace the footage back to the Italian television network RepubblicaTV. On May 3, 2014, the network posted footage of Moroccans crossing the border into Melilla, one of two enclaves on the Moroccan coast that are held by Spain. Migrants who cross the border there are essentially entering territory held by a European Union nation, even though they are still on the African continent.
According to the description posted by the network, the video was released by the Interior Ministry in Madrid, showing an "onslaught of hundreds of migrants to the wall that separates the Spanish enclave of Melilla from Morocco.
Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks said she did not know the source of the video included in the ad and that she doesn't speak for the video production company.
Now get this, Trump is running for President, and yet they do not even know where the footage they used in their TV ad is from, are you kidding me. And it turns out it is not from the southern border of America, it's from Spain and Morocco, this is the kind of a mistake a 10 year old kid would make for his 5th grade homework assignment, not a guy running for President.
The Politico ruling: Trump's television ad purports to show Mexicans swarming over "our southern border." However, the footage used to support this point actually shows African migrants streaming over a border fence between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla, more than 5,000 miles away. We rate the claim Pants on Fire.
And you know it's bad when Even some at Fox News are Criticizing Trump's Ad. Here is a partial quote from a host on The Five:
DANA PERINO (CO-HOST): This is Donald Trump's first ad and I think the controversy surrounding it today about the video not being actually from where he said it was, on the southern border. If Hillary Clinton did something like that, or if any of the establishment candidates did something like that, you can bet that there would be a lot of criticism everywhere else about it, and there should be.
Because at this point it's just higher stakes, and I think that the response from his campaign was pretty lame. You had the spokesperson saying one thing, the campaign manager saying another thing. To me, that's sloppy. It might not matter to people who show up to a big rally, but to other voters who kind of care about the fact that you need to be accurate in these things, it matters.
Republican Governor Used BP Oil Spill Money To Fix Up A 2nd Mansion
By: Steve - January 5, 2016 - 10:00am
And of course Bill O'Reilly has not said a word about it, and never will, but if he were a Democrat, O'Reilly would be all over the story and call it an outrage.
As storms battered the state of Alabama over Christmas, Republican Gov. Robert Bentley moved to divert funding from the 2010 BP oil spill recovery effort to finance the renovation of a second Governor's mansion on the Gulf Coast.
Even though that beachside mansion, which Alabama governors beginning with famed segregationist George Wallace have enjoyed, was not damaged by the BP oil spill.
While Alabama's oyster industry and coastal communities continue to suffer from the effects of the massive Deepwater Horizon oil well blowout, the repairs to the governors mansion are estimated to cost between $1.5 million and $1.8 million.
Though Bentley says he will stay there only on occasion, the administration said the property would be primarily used to wine and dine corporate executives considering the state for investment.
And that's not all, the state also plans to divert other BP settlement dollars to cover the state's General Fund shortfalls. Bentley has been widely criticized for prioritizing the far-flung beachfront property at a time when the state is struggling to provide basic services to its residents.
In October, citing a budget crunch, the state closed more than 30 DMVs, all in rural areas with a majority-black population. After an outcry from residents, lawmakers, and civil rights groups, the governor agreed to keep the DMVs open one day per month.
Arguing that this isn't sufficient to give residents the ability to get the voter IDs they need to access the ballot box, the NAACP and other groups are currently suing the state.
Bentley argues that the mansion repairs are a priority for economic development, and says the move has no connection to the fact that he recently lost two beachfront properties in a messy divorce.
This is 100% political corruption, and what the media is for, but O'Reilly and Fox News have ignored it all. But when Democrats do something like that, they cover it 24/7 for weeks, if not months.
Donald Trump Being Used In Terrorist Group Recruitment Video
By: Steve - January 4, 2016 - 11:00am
Which is exactly what Hillary Clinton (and others) predicted would happen, including me. Terrorist groups are now using Trumps own words as a recruitment tool. So in other words, Trump is helping the terrorists grow stronger.
Somali terror group Al Shabaab has released a new video featuring Donald Trump's controversial call to ban Muslims from coming to the U.S. and warning that 'the West will turn against its Muslim citizens.'
The hour-long film, published by the group's media arm al-Kataib, is the second part in a recruitment drive aimed at exploiting racial tensions by encouraging black youths to convert to radical Islam.
In one part, a clip of the now-deceased 'underwear bomb plot' mastermind Anwar al-Awlaki is shown in which he tells Western Muslims they face being persecuted and locked in concentration camps.
In the middle of that footage, Al-Shabaab recruiters have inserted a clip of Trump at a rally in South Carolina speaking to a crowd of supporters.
The video then cuts back to the footage of Awlaki, in which he adds: 'My advice to you is this. You have two choices, either hejira or jihad, you either leave or fight.
'You leave and live among Muslims or you stay behind and follow the example of Nidal Hassan and others who fulfilled their duty of fighting for Allah's cause.'
Trump was heavily criticized by figures from across the political spectrum in the wake of his controversial comments, with dozens accusing him of playing into the hands of militant groups.
Hillary Clinton, the Democratic frontrunner who is likely to face Trump in next year's presidential race, even went so far as to brand him 'ISIS' best recruiter.'
Al Shabaab has been particularly effective in recruiting from the black community, especially in Minnesota, luring teens such as Mohamed Abdullahi Hassan to fight for them.
Hassan left the Minneapolis area for Somalia back in 2008, and now acts as a recruiter, contacting disillusioned youngsters from back home and encouraging them to join him.
In December, ten youths from Minneapolis were charged with conspiracy to provide material to support a foreign terrorist organization after encouraging people to go and fight overseas.
With help from Hassan, the men are accused of providing support to those from their community who wanted to go and fight for ISIS in Syria and Al-Shabaab in Somalia.
Meanwhile, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan has also attacked Trump, branding him unjust and saying he is dragging America 'into the abyss of hell.'
Speaking on The Cliff Kelley Show, he said this: 'When you get leadership that is not rooted in justice, then they begin to make the people just like themselves.
Ted Cruz Busted Blaming Obama For Bush Administration Policy
By: Steve - January 4, 2016 - 10:00am
The Republican party blaming President Obama for something that happened before he took office is nothing new. Since his first day in office Republicans have been blaming Obama for anything and everything, even policies he had nothing to do with.
To this day most conservatives still lie that the economic crash began on Obama's watch, and that he made it worse. Even though it is all lies. Bush crashed the economy, the housing market, the banking system, the car business, etc. And we were losing 200,000 jobs a month when Bush left office.
As soon as Obama took over he passed the stimulus bill, that all the Republicans voted against, and it lifted us out of the Bush recession.
All these lies Republicans have concocted about President Obama actually prove how successful he's been as president. After all, if the truth about this president is so terrible, why do they resort to lying so often?
Take for instance recent comments made by Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, who tried to perpetuate a commonly told lie about President Obama that he's not enforcing our immigration laws by letting a record number of illegal immigrants enter the United States.
"Existing law right now requires 700 miles of double-layered border fencing," Cruz said this: "The Obama administration refuses to do that. They've built only 36 miles."
Naturally, that sort of propaganda feeds right into the hands of conservative voters. The only problem is, this requirement no longer exists. The 700 mile fence mandate that was passed in 2006 was removed in 2008, during the Bush administration.
So, not only did Cruz cite a non-existent requirement in a law in a sad attempt to try to attack the president, but what he ultimately did was complain about a previous stipulation to a law that George W. Bush never enforced.
In other words, Ted Cruz is whining because a border fence was never built, by his party's last president.
But this is just another example of Republicans spreading blatantly false information and fear-mongering against this president. The truth is, not only has President Obama deported many illegal immigrants, but net immigration from Mexico is down during his presidency.
So, Republicans are ratcheting up their anti-Mexican immigrant propaganda during a time in this country when immigration from Mexico is actually down.
Then again, this is Ted Cruz we're talking about. He's easily one of the most dishonest politicians in this country. While Donald Trump gets most of the headlines, in my opinion, Ted Cruz is the more dangerous candidate.
He is everything that's bad about Trump (if not worse), plus a whole load of crazy, right-wing evangelical anti-science nonsense, as well.
And if he's not the GOP candidate next fall, it's very likely that he will be picked as Vice President. That's another reason why I can not say this enough times: No matter who the candidate is next November, we must get out and vote to make certain Republicans do not take back the White House.
Because they will just do what they want people to forget what Bush did, crash the economy and almost put us into another great depression. Notice they never even mention the name George W. Bush, because they want the voters to forget Bush was ever the president.
Audience Data Shows That Most Fox News Viewers Are Old White People
By: Steve - January 3, 2016 - 11:00am
Audience data for 2015 has some bad news for Fox. The average age of Fox News primetime viewers is 68. TVNewser reported, "Through Dec. 15 (which was the day of the last GOP debate), FNC's median age is 67 for total day and 68 in prime time. And that's the oldest level on record."
Daytime audiences are always going to skew older, so the level playing field is in primetime. Both MSNBC and Fox News tried a similar strategy of promoting younger on screen talent to attract younger viewers. But both networks have seen their audience grow older.
CNN took a different path. The network's mix of primetime news, documentaries, and original series has drawn younger viewers to some of their programming.
Fox's problems mirror those of the Republican Party. As Frank Rich pointed out in New York Magazine almost a year ago, "Hard as it may be to fathom, Fox Nation is even more monochromatically white than the GOP is, let alone the American nation. Two percent of Mitt Romney's voters were black. According to new Nielsen data, only 1.1 percent of Fox News's prime-time viewership is (as opposed to 25 percent for MSNBC, 14 percent for CNN, and an average of roughly 12 percent for the three broadcast networks evening news programs)."
So let's be real, Fox News is not a valid television news network. It is pretty much a retirement home/echo chamber for old white conservatives.Because that is who their viewers are.
As is the case with the Republican Party, demographics are not on Fox's side. As the young, Hispanics, and African-Americans have become part of the backbone of the Democratic Party and America, they are ignoring Fox News.
Donald Trump is leading the Republican primary because he understands who the Fox News viewers are and what they want to hear. Trump is running on a platform that is designed to capture the votes of the old right-wing Fox News crowd. The fact that Donald Trump is flourishing as Fox News is aging is not a coincidence.
Without younger viewers, Fox News will have lower ratings in the future, because those older Republicans are dying off. The new majority is more liberal and younger viewers will not watch Fox, so they better enjoy the good ratings now, because in the future they will lose their viewers to old age, and they will not be replaced with younger viewers. Just as the Republican party is going to lose voters to old age.
The Republican Party Would Be Stupid To Let Trump Win Their Primary
By: Steve - January 2, 2016 - 11:00am
The rise of Donald Trump has put the Republican party in a very interesting situation. The GOP is now in the middle of a civil war in their own party between the far-right Tea Party crowd who the party sold out to after the election of President Obama, versus the so-called more moderate Republicans who realize they can not be the anti-everything (except white Christian males) party and have a future.
That sort of stuff plays well in regional or state elections, especially in red states, but not nationally. In fact, it hurts the branding of the party in swing states and more mainstream regions of the country. That's why I think that somehow the GOP will find a way to keep Trump from winning the Republican primary.
I have read that there are a few Republicans who would much rather see Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders be the next President than Trump, then regroup and take their chances again in 2020, instead of having Donald Trump represent the Republican party.
If Trump wins the primary, it would tear the party apart, and they know it. The long-term damage he would do to the party might be something from which they never fully recover. While Republicans clearly want to win in 2016, I think the sane people running the party (yes, there are a few) are fully aware that no one election is worth potentially ruining the party for decades.
There are many ways they could go about trying to stop Trump, but a brokered convention or an all-out dark money campaign against him are the two likely plans they have. The brokered convention option where a candidate other than Trump ended up being chosen would almost certainly be the GOP admitting that they were handing the election to Democrats.
Especially if there were signs that the RNC might have tried to steer the process toward a brokered convention in order to stop Trump. While that would be the ultimate conspiracy theory, there are whispers out there that this could be a last-ditch effort to try to prevent Trump from becoming the party's nominee.
For those who might not know about it, a brokered convention is where no candidate secures enough delegates to win the nomination, so the party officials chose a nominee at the party's convention. And btw, this has not happened in either party since 1952.
I think their main option involves aggressive attempts by big money Republican donors to try to take Trump out. While these will likely try to be disguised as attempts by these PACs and Super PACs to support another candidate, in reality they would be an attempt to get someone (anyone) but Trump to represent the GOP.
The problem with all that is Trump can still run as an independent. And I have no doubt that if he feels he loses the nomination because he was treated unfairly, he will mount an independent run, if for no other reason than to stick it to the GOP and give the election to Hillary.
Unless Trump drops out on his own, Republicans are either going to have to embrace him as their candidate (which obviously many of them do not want to do) or try to sabotage his campaign. While I disagree with them on just about everything, I will admit that most of them are not stupid.
Many of the voters they pander to might be stupid, especially those who support Trump, but they know Trump as president would be a nightmare for Republicans and this country as a whole. And I do not doubt for a second that many of them would rather spend the next four years preparing for 2020, than spend those years watching Donald Trump destroy the Republican party.
No matter what happens, the rise of Donald Trump might just lead to the end of the Republican party as we know it.
I think it might even split the far-right Republicans from the current Republican party, and lead them to be Independents or form their own new political party. Which would be great for Democrats, because it would make it almost impossible for any Republicans to beat Democrats for the White House in the future, because they are mostly united behind Hillary and any other Democrat who runs.
Two Of Ben Carsons Top Campaign Aides Resign
By: Steve - January 1, 2016 - 11:00am
Two top aides to Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson have quit the campaign.
In an another sign that Carson's campaign is struggling, Campaign Manager Barry Bennett and Communications Director Doug Watts have resigned amid the one-time top-tier candidate's dropping poll numbers.
"Barry Bennett and I have resigned from the Carson campaign effective immediately," Watts said in a statement.
"We respect the candidate and we have enjoyed helping him go from far back in the field to top tier status. Having just announced raising $23 million for the 4th Quarter, more than any other Republican candidate, and passing 1 million contributions since March, we are proud of our efforts for Dr Carson and we wish him and his campaign the best of luck."
Carson has dropped from leading the Republican field with 29 percent in late October to just 11 percent by the middle of December.
Top 10 Issues That Prove Republicans Are Hypocrites And Liars
By: Steve - January 1, 2016 - 10:00am
I can not believe the hypocrisy and insanity with many Republicans. Now remember, these are the same people who look at Ronald Reagan as the hero of the Republican party, even though he is a man who raised taxes several times, tripled the deficit in 8 years, and passed an amnesty bill for illegal immigrants.
Even with their fake worship of a president who would not be considered a real conservative by today's Republicans, he would be called a RINO just like John McCain was. Republican policies are so hypocritical it's amazing to me how millions of people buy into their garbage.
It's proof that propaganda works, because almost nothing Republicans say is true, it's all propaganda and millions of suckers believe it. Just to show people what I am talking about, I made a list of some of the crazy ways Republicans contradict their own positions and beliefs.
-- Pro-life: The same people who love war and the death penalty, are also the very same people who claim to be the pro-life party. They support all wars, justified or not, and they support the death penalty. Wars that kill hundreds of thousands of innocent people, and the death penalty that kills American citizens, and yet somehow they claim to be pro-life.
They actually say they are pro-life and anti-government, while supporting the government killing people for crimes. And this is when they know that some people on death row have been found to be innocent by DNA testing, and yet, they still support it.
On war, some of them have even called for carpet bombing entire cities that would kill innocent people, including children. While saying they are pro-life to protect the children, at the same time saying let's kill children with carpet bombing, that is illegal now and against the Geneva Conventions that we are signed on to agree with. Which could also lead to an American city being carpet bombed, or a foreign country violating the Geneva Conventions against Americans.
2. Christianity: They claim to be faith based people who preach love, hope, giving, acceptance, helping the poor, and for society to take care of the sick and needy is used to manipulate millions of people by pushing hate, fear, greed, judgement, intolerance, vilifying the poor and opposing health care for all.
In other words, Republicans claim to be the party of Christian values, by representing almost none of the values that Jesus Christ would have supported. They want to end all government programs that help the poor, and they think everyone should just get a job and do the best they can with no help from anyone.
They even lie about how many people are not working, as if we have millions and millions of people who could work, that do not work because they do not want to. When in fact, millions and millions of those people are retired, 40 million to be exact, they are retired, under 18 and not old enough to work, and disabled.
Republicans count them as not working because they do not want to, which is just laughable. O'Reilly even cites the numbers of people getting government help, and slams it for being on the rise, when it is real simple, these are the baby boomers retiring and getting older, so the numbers are going up, and will continue to go up as more boomers retire.
3. Religious freedom: The people who are the first to throw a fit as soon as they feel their religious rights are being violated, are literally trying to defend religious freedom by complaining that they are no longer allowed to force their religious views on other people, and discriminate against people with religious views they do not like.
Yes, you read that right. They believe their religious rights are being violated because we do not let them put religion in schools and courtrooms, etc. And they are mad that they are not allowed to discriminate against people that have different religions than they have, even though discrimination is illegal, they claim their religious rights allow them to discriminate, which is just laughable.
They actually argue that if they can not discriminate against other religions then their religious rights are being violated, which is just insane, and is constantly laughed out of courts, which is also a waste of time and taxpayer money to even hear these ridiculous cases.
4. The 2nd Amendment: They constantly use the part of the Second Amendment that says "shall not be infringed" to defend their belief that all and any gun regulations are unconstitutional, while totally ignoring the first part of the Second Amendment that says "A well regulated militia." As in, the right to bear arms should and could be well regulated.
I am a gun guy and a I support the 2nd amendment, but I also understand it was put in place when the only guns we had were single shot muzzle loaders that took a couple minutes to load and shot one bullet every 2 or 3 minutes.
I also understand it says well regulated, which means it can be regulated and still be constitutional. Republicans want everyone to have a gun, including a machine gun, even if they are crazy, or a suspected terrorist, which is insane.
5. Small government: It shocks me how the same people who claim to be for small government, are also the same people who want the government to define marriage and be able to tell women what they can or cannot do with their own bodies.
These are also the same people who support women being forced by the government into highly invasive medical procedures, including vaginal probes, before being allowed to exercise their Constitutional and legal right to have an abortion. In other words, they are against big government and big brother telling you what to do, unless they support it, then they love the government and big brother.
6. Guns: Despite the fact that we lead the world in gun violence and people in prision, and we have more guns than any other industrialized nation, Republicans continue to insist that the solution to gun violence is more guns.
Which would be the same as saying the answer to the drug problem is more drugs. But Republicans do not support legal drugs, they want them all illegal, even though we are supposed to be in a free country.
7. Gun violence: A perfect example of this just happened. When a far-right Christian terrorist (who said he was protecting the children and is pro-life) executed people with a mass shooting at a Planned Parenthood, Republicans said nothing.
There was not a call by O'Reilly or the GOP to do anything, nothing. But when two Muslims did a mass shooting in California a few days later, Republicans flipped out and said that the president has not kept us safe; that terrorists are thriving among us; that an all-out war is necessary against terrorism; and even led to the leading GOP candidate for president (Donald Trump) calling for a ban on all Muslims entering the United States.
Two mass shootings (both religiously motivated) and Republicans only reacted to one. And on top of doing nothing, they blocked legislation that would have kept suspected terrorists from being able to legally buy guns. So they think suspected terrorists should be able to buy guns, which is just insanity.
8. Fiscal responsibility: There has not been a Republican president who has balanced the budget since the 1950's. But Republicans still claim to be the party of fiscal responsibility when the last three Republican presidents have added trillions to the national debt.
Bill Clinton was the President for 8 years, when he left office he gave Bush a $2 trillion dollar surplus. When George W. Bush (the so-called fiscal conservative) left office 8 years later, he gave Obama a $6 trillion dollar debt. That's an $8 trillion dollar swing, and yet, Republicans still claim to be opposed to debt, when they create more of it than anyone.
Republicans also oppose any social program that adds even a few million to the debt, including O'Reilly, they say we can not afford it because we are broke. Then they support and vote for wars that add trillions and trillions to the debt with the unjustified wars and spending on defense, it's ridiculous and flat out crazy hypocrisy.
9. The Constitution: Currently Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act) abortion and same-sex marriage have all been ruled to be Constitutional, yet these are three Constitutional rights Republicans continually try to violate. In fact, pretty much any time a right they don't think people should have is ruled Constitutional by the courts, they do just almost everything in their power to violate that right.
All of that went through the courts and was ruled legal, but Republicans refuse to go by those legal rulings, they say they will not accept them. Including O'Reilly, who has even said in the past that we must go by the laws of the land or we have chaos, while opposing Obamacare, abortion, and gay marriage.
O'Reilly and the GOP say if you do not like a law vote to get it changed, well we had the votes and they lost, but they still refuse to go by the rulings. They openly promote anti-abortion groups, try to get Obamacare overturned, and try to fight against gay marriage. Even though it is all legal, and has been ruled on by the Supreme Court.
10. Love For the United States: Conservatives hate the government, they hate liberals and Democrats, they hate Immigrants, they hate any religion other than Christianity, they do not want women to have control over their own bodies, and they hate minorities.
They basically hate everyone who is not a Republican and who is not white. Just go to one of the big Republican forums and see what they say about people who are not white, or not Republicans. It's not pretty, lot's of n-word talk and wetback talk. They want all non-whites rounded up and sent back to Mexico, Africa, etc.
Those are the real Republicans O'Reilly and the mainstream media never talk about, I have read their forums, many many times, and been abused by their racist and offensive talk in e-mails to me. They are the majority in the Republican party, they are called the far-right, or hard-right.
In public they mostly act non-racist and politically correct, but in private they are almost all racists and want everyone but the non-whites kicked out of the country. And their biggest fear is that one day the whites will be the minority, and they will see what it is like to be a minority in America.
They claim to love the United States. But how can a group of people love a country when they seem to hate its government and most of the people living in it?
Answer? They only love the whites and the Republicans in America, they hate everyone else, they just will not admit it in public, some will, but most do not.
Watch some old re-runs of All In The Family with Archie Bunker. Many Republicans are just like Archie Bunker, including Bill O'Reilly. They hate everyone who is not like them, white and conservative. While telling you they love America, when they really only love the people who are just like them, they pretty much hate everyone who is not white, even though they are American citizens.
Bill O'Reilly make sure to visit the home page: www.oreilly-sucks.com