We’re Number One! But Did the Voters Cheat?

The Florida sigil created by anthonybooyay

A recent pronouncement that Florida is the scariest of all 50 states leaves us conflicted. I mean, hey, we’re number one at something! But looking closely at the criteria used, you can’t help but find the competition rigged.

Realtors awarded this distinction, based on 15 things that incite fear, and placed Florida first in three categories: hurricanes, tornados, and shark attacks.

Here at the real estate search site Estately we know there are hundreds of worries when choosing where to buy a home, so to help house hunters make a more informed decision we’ve mapped out where Americans’ darkest fears are most readily found.

But do realtors know their natural disasters? If they did, they’d give Missouri the first place ranking for tornados. Joplin, anyone? Instead, Missouri was given first place in meth labs, an enterprise usually associated with Alaska, or since Breaking Bad, New Mexico.

Earthquakes didn’t make the list. If they had, Oklahoma, which thanks to fracking recently surpassed California in temblors, would excel. Mud slides, another California specialty, were also not even counted. The nearest California got to a category header was number two — for spiders. And number six for dentists.

GOP Voted to Delay Employer Mandate One Year Ago
Now they're preparing to impeach the president for delaying the employer mandate

The infographic above shows how House Republicans voted last July on H.R. 2667, a bill to require Pres. Obama to delay implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate.

Now, just one year later, these same House Republicans are suing Pres. Obama in order to lay the groundwork to impeach him on grounds that he delayed individual mandate.

This is, of course, hypocrisy piled on top of hypocrisy. The individual mandate, which forms the basis of the Affordable Care Act — and which Republicans now despise — was a Republican invention. It was developed at the Heritage Foundation, a right-wing think tank that has sponsored Rush Limbaugh’s show, and first implemented by the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, in 2006 when he was governor of Massachusetts.

Here is a repost of Romney himself describing how he worked with Heritage to come up with the plan that is the basis for Obamacare:

Solar Freakin’ Roadways Can Change the World

If you’re down in the dumps and worried, feeling like we might be witnessing the end of the world as we’ve known it and there’s nothing we can really do about global warming and climate change, then you’ve got to watch this video. Seriously. Watch it now.

Obama Derangement Syndrome Alive and Well in Nebraska

The epitome of Cornhusker political commentary: A zombie president effigy, overalls and an outhouse.

What’s a Fourth of July parade in Norfolk, Neb., without a racist, redneck float? The epitome of Cornhusker political commentary featured a pickup truck with a zombielike effigy of President Obama in overalls outside an outhouse with the words “Obama Presidential Library” on it.

To their credit, the commentators did spell all the words correctly, which means they are probably not Tea Party members.

The float apparently was approved by the parade organizers, the Odd Fellows Club, since it had an official float number in the windshield.

Republicans’ Irrational Hatred of Pres. Obama Skewed Poll That Named Him Worst President

Democrats split their choice for worst president among Bush and Nixon, while Republicans went solidly for Obama


A recent Quinnipiac poll found that 33 percent of Americans believe Pres. Obama is the worst president since World War II, while just 28 percent give that dishonor to George W. Bush.

How could this possibly be? The record overwhelmingly supports the proposition that George W. Bush was easily the most inept president since the war:

Miller to GOP’s Fiorina: Your Study of Medieval History ‘Will Come in Handy Trying to Defend the Republican War on Women’
Stephanie Miller demonstrates how to talk to Republicans, California-style

A pair of Californians squared off on CNN Sunday morning. Watch as liberal radio/TV host Stephanie Miller demonstrates how to talk to Republicans in this exchange with failed U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorini about the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision and Fiorini’s party’s war on women.

Transcript:

Barely Clinging to Life, the American Republic Celebrates Its 238th Birthday

When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.

- A quote wrongly attributed to Sinclair Lewis

Note that this quote, which has been cited in these pages in another context, sets up the arrival of fascism as certain — not “if” but “when” fascism comes. As the United States marks its 238th birthday, that “when” appears to be imminent. The country is under assault from an enemy within, a hodgepodge insurgency of neo-Confederates, Christo-fascists and Ayn Randian anarchists funded and driven by soulless oligarchs who will not stop until the American dream is dead and this once great nation has become a Third World country.

Why I Hate Independence Day, Part 2014

Bonnie says, ‘Please don’t terrorize me with your stupid fireworks!’

Using fireworks near animals is both cruel and inhumane as explosive fireworks cause animals immense fear and stress.
— Voice for the Voiceless

Tell that to Bonnie. She’s our 9-year-old mixed-breed terrier who gets completely freaked by fireworks on the Fourth of July. In Miami on the Fourth the streets and night skies are filled with the sound, fury and cordite stench of illegal fireworks ignited by “patriots.”

Tampa Bay Online describes the legal loophole that allows Floridians to behave like asses on the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Patriotism as pest control: Florida’s weird fireworks law

BY JAMES L. ROSICA
Tribune/Scripps Capital Bureau
Published: June 29, 2014 | Updated: June 29, 2014 at 10:10 AM

TALLAHASSEE — The coming of Independence Day means fireworks season — and the beginning of the institutionalized charade behind their sale in Florida.

In the Sunshine State, one does not buy a bottle rocket for recreation; one buys it to scare birds away from farms and fisheries.

That’s right: Explosives for pest control.

Fox Anchor Rips Michele Bachmann on Impeachment: ‘An Enormous Waste of Time’

Less than a week after a Foxbot reminded Dick Cheney that, “Time and time again, history has proven that you got it wrong as well in Iraq, sir,” Fox talking head Neil Cavuto blasted tea party Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) on his show last night after she called for impeaching the president:

Contrary to GOP/Tea Party Spin, Pres. Obama Has Issued Fewer Than 200 Executive Orders – Bush, Who Had a ‘Rubberstamp Congress,’ Issued 291
Here are the actual numbers of executive orders Issued by all presidents since 1901

In a gambit to lay the groundwork for impeachment, the GOP leadership has announced plans to sue Pres. Obama on grounds that he has abused his authority by issuing executive orders to implement policies.

In their single terms in office, Republican presidents Theodore Roosevelt issued 1,081 EOs, Calvin Coolidge issued 1,203 orders and Herbert Hoover issued 968. Richard Nixon issued 346 EOs in his five years in office, and tea-party patron saint Ronald Reagan issued 381 executive orders during his two terms.

In support of the lawsuit, the usual suspects on the right have been making outrageous claims about the number of executive orders the president has issued — the most extravagant of which asserts that he’s issued more than 900 so-called EOs. The actual number is much lower, fewer than 200, so far. By contrast, George W. Bush signed 291 EOs.

Not surprisingly, the U.S. president who issued the most executive orders was Franklin Roosevelt, a Democrat who served four terms. Republican presidents have issued more than their share of EOs, too, of course. In their single terms, Republicans Theodore Roosevelt issued 1,081 EOs, Calvin Coolidge issued 1,203 orders and Herbert Hoover issued 968. Richard Nixon issued 346 EOs in his five years in office, and tea-party patron saint Ronald Reagan issued 381 executive orders during his two terms.

The chart below shows the exact numbers for all presidents going back to 1901. To see a complete list going back to Pres. Washington, visit the American Presidency Project.

Enumerati

  • 70%

    The probability of Democrats retaining control of the upper chamber, according to Sam Wang’s updated Senate forecast. One reason his forecast is more favorable to Democrats than others is that he’s relying more on actual polls than so-called “fundamentals.”

  • $100 million

    Amount the Republican National Committee is on track to spend in the midterm campaign, “with virtually every dime plowed into the party’s new digital voter-turnout program,” the Washington Examiner reports.

  • 70%

    Of blacks say police departments around the country do a poor job in holding officers accountable for misconduct; an identical percentage says they do a poor job of treating racial and ethnic groups equally. And 57% of African Americans think police departments do a poor job of using the right amount of force, according to Pew Research.

Poetic Justice

I’d fire the lot of ‘em if I were their boss,
But maybe the Russian border is more confusing than most.
Why else would Putin explain
The incursion in Ukraine,
By saying, “A thousand Russian troops and tanks kind of … got lost.”

“Poetic Justice, Volume I: The 2012 Presidential Campaign” is Buck Banks' wickedly funny collection of satirical political limericks that were originally published on Pensito Review. While having a decidedly progressive bent, Volume 1 is an equal-opportunity dispenser of poetic justice to both Democrats and Republicans.

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Verbatim

  • As with all gaffes, the worst ones are the ones that confirm people’s pre-existing suspicions or fit into an easy narrative. That’s why ’47 percent’ stung Mitt Romney so much, and its why ‘don’t have a strategy’ hurts Obama today.

    — Aaron Blake, in the Washington Post.

  • I don’t want to put the cart before the horse. We don’t have a strategy yet.

    — President Obama, quoted by CNN, on how the United States will deal with the ISIS threat in Iraq and Syria.

  • I’ve been indicted by that same body now for I think two counts, one of bribery, which I’m not a lawyer, so I don’t really understand the details here.

    — Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), quoted by the Houston Chronicle, talking about the indictments against him of which bribery was not one.

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