What Republicans Do Best? DO NOTHING…

❝ Microphone in hand, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) had just finished remarking on the size of the crowd that was crammed tightly into the brick-covered main street of the Oregon District in Dayton, Ohio, on Sunday night when a single voice rang out.

“Do something!” the person shouted. Seconds later, another voice echoed the demand. Others quickly joined in, “Do something!” they yelled. Their cries grew louder with each iteration until what started as just a smattering of voices had morphed into a deafening chant that reverberated around the historic street near where nine people were killed and 27 injured in the weekend’s second mass shooting early Sunday morning.

The impassioned chanting, which interrupted Sunday’s vigil in Dayton, went viral on social media and represents yet another manifestation of the public’s frustration with elected officials in the wake of back-to-back massacres carried out by people armed with assault-type weapons…

#DoSomething you lazy-ass, corrupt, corporate political flunkies!

New Mexico governor yanks National Guard from the border


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❝ Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) on Tuesday ordered the withdrawal of most New Mexico National Guard troops assigned to the state’s southern border.

Lujan Grisham said some troops would remain in the southwest part of the state to provide humanitarian aid assistance for migrants and asylum-seekers who have arrived in recent weeks.

❝ “I reject the federal contention that there exists an overwhelming national security crisis at the southern border, along which are some of the safest communities in the country,” said Lujan Grisham in a statement Tuesday. “However, I recognize and appreciate the legitimate concerns of residents and officials in southwestern New Mexico, particularly Hidalgo County, who have asked for our assistance, as migrants and asylum-seekers continue to appear at their doorstep.”

❝ In addition to withdrawing the majority of troops, the governor asked Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Wisconsin to pull out their troops who were ordered to the border by President Trump in October.

Maybe the national Democratic Party should ask NM Dems how to run a campaign against Republicans who kiss Trump’s sacred butt. They performed in mediocre fashion the last 8 years. Got Liberal/Progressive religion and backed Michelle Lujan Grisham against a Republican who brought in Trump and ran out a platform slightly to the Right of Attila the Hun. MLG won!

“Frankly, it’s not surprising that the citizenry of this state have absolutely lost faith in their government.”


NY Gov. Cuomo’s top advisor sentenced to six yearsPickett/NYTimes

❝ Joseph Percoco, a former top adviser and confidant to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, was sentenced to six years in prison on Thursday in a case that cast a long and unflattering shadow over the Cuomo administration.

Mr. Percoco, 49, was convicted in March of soliciting and accepting more than $300,000 in bribes from executives of two companies with state business in return for taking official actions on the firms’ behalf.

❝ “I hope that this sentence will be heard in Albany,” Judge Valerie E. Caproni, of Federal District Court in Manhattan, said before sentencing.

She said the case had reached to the highest level of the executive branch. “Frankly, it’s not surprising that the citizenry of this state have absolutely lost faith in their government.”

My question, of course, is…Anyone surprised?

Republican candidate for Florida Governor loves his white supremacist bubbas


People call me pea-brain. It really is this small!Saul Loeb/AFP

❝ Representative Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.), the gubernatorial nominee who was recently accused of using racially charged language, has a track record of speaking at events organized by a conservative activist who has been labeled an “anti-black” extremist by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

DeSantis has spoken at least four times at conferences organized by the David Horowitz Freedom Center according to The Washington Post…The center’s namesake, David Horowitz, has previously asserted that black people owe their freedom to white people and that the “real race war” in the U.S. is against white people.

Horowitz also referred to former President Barack Obama as an “anti-American radical” who he accused of being “a pretend Christian in the same way he’s a pretend American,” in an August 2014 interview on Today’s Issues. “I’m actually sure he’s a Muslim,” Horowitz said at the time, accusing the former president of driving an agenda “to defeat America…”

❝ The SPLC has said that the events organized and sponsored by the DHFC “range from single day presentations given by anti-Muslim fearmongers in Horowitz’s network to extravagant weekend getaways that convene government officials with far-right thought leaders and activists.”

And on and on. Individually, you might find some reason other than pure and simple[minded] American-style racism as rationale for some of this. Collectively, the pattern is typical – every bigot can count on to be recognized by their racist peers. RTFA if you feel you need the exposure.

New Mexico’s Republican Governor wants science education to retreat to the Dark Ages

❝…In an attempt to make it easier for states to handle science education a bit better, a group of prestigious scientific societies banded together to make their own science education standards. The resulting Next Generation Science Standards were offered to the states free of charge, allowing them to be adopted in their entirety or modified to fit a state’s needs.

❝ Last week, it became apparent that New Mexico’s modification of the standards was a bit extreme, eliminating references to climate change, the age of the Earth, and evolution. And this week, some New Mexico legislators are blaming it on a misguided attempt to “politically sanitize” the science…The problems came to light earlier in September, when New Mexico’s Public Education department released a formal notice that it was seeking input on new science standards…Mother Jones decided to have a look at some of the changes, and they were rather striking.

❝ For example, a mention of “Earth’s 4.6-billion-year-old geologic history” was chopped down to “Earth’s history,” neatly getting rid of the information about how old it is. A reference to the evolution of life was cut entirely. The clear rise in global temperatures was swapped out in favor of talk about temperature fluctuations. In short, the proposed new standards get rid of basic facts, specifically in areas that are politically or culturally contentious…for Republicans and other anti~science nutballs.

The one thing that was missing was why. This wasn’t a case of local politicians messing with science education as a part of their platform, as has happened in Texas and elsewhere…Two Democratic lawmakers have pointed the finger at the state’s Republican governor, Susana Martinez. The lawmakers, Bill McCamley and G. Andrés Romero…had been supporters of a bill that would see the Next Generation Science Standards adopted verbatim, a course that had been recommended by a panel of education experts organized by the state. The bill passed both houses of the state legislature but was vetoed by Martinez

You don’t have to be trapped by Know-Nothings in the American Confederacy to have children’s education threatened by bigots and superstitious fools. Martinez is governor by virtue of a Democrat Establishment throwing away easy electoral opportunities to satisfy a cabal more concerned with lineage in political power – than issues.

Nevada has a serious drug problem — Shops are running out of marijuana

❝ Nevada officials have declared a state of emergency over marijuana: There’s not enough of it.

❝ Since recreational pot became legal a couple of weeks ago, retail dispensaries have struggled to keep their shelves stocked and say they will soon run out if nothing is done to fix a broken supply chain.

❝ In declaring a state of emergency late last week, the state Department of Taxation warned that “this nascent industry could grind to a halt.”

As bad as that would be for marijuana consumers and the pot shops, the state has another concern: tax revenue. A 10% tax on sales of recreational pot — along with a 15% tax on growers — is expected to generate tens of millions of dollars a year for schools and the state’s general fund reserves…

❝ In the run-up to last year’s state referendum over legalization — which was overwhelmingly approved by voters, allowing people aged 21 and over to buy or possess up to an ounce of marijuana — the state’s powerful alcohol lobby worried that legalized weed would cut into liquor store sales.

So in a concession to the the alcohol industry, the ballot measure stipulated that for the first 18 months of pot sales only wholesale alcohol distributors would be allowed to transport marijuana from cultivation facilities to the dispensaries…

The state Department of Taxation, which regulates legal marijuana, said it had received about half a dozen applications from alcohol distributors but that none had so far met the state licensing requirements, which include background checks and security protocols.

As a result, the dispensaries have had to rely on marijuana already in stock…

❝ All four of the other states where recreational pot is legal — Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Alaska — allow the dispensaries to transport marijuana themselves, with no privileges given to alcohol distributors.

The same “moderate” Republican governor who vetoed the Medicaid For Everyone law passed by the Nevada legislature fought to give a handout to the booze distributors. He approves of them. Not the weed growers. Which says something about so-called moderate Republicans being just as afraid of democracy as the Tea Party Trumplets.

NM State workers falsified documents to deny food aid to poor

Five state employees testified in federal court Thursday that New Mexico Human Services Department officials falsified income information on emergency applications for people seeking welfare benefits, resulting in wrongly denied food assistance to the poorest citizens in the state.

At a daylong hearing in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Carmen Garza that stretched into the evening, the state workers said they sometimes entered false asset information on emergency requests for food assistance as a part of a state policy created just as Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration came under federal scrutiny for its high rates of denying emergency requests for aid.

The New Mexico Human Services Department is required to fulfill emergency food requests within seven days of receiving an application for such assistance. Yet the employees, testifying under oath, said they sometimes altered the requests to reflect that those applying for the assistance had up to $400 in assets that did not exist, leading to the applications being denied or delayed…

Margaret Vasquez-Padilla, a family assistance analyst with the Human Services Department who processes applications for benefits, said her superiors changed her case notes on an application for emergency food assistance by putting down that the applicant had $400.

“This has happened before,” she said when asked why she had copied her original case notes. “I needed to keep copies for myself to make sure I was not implicated.”

She and other employees said management with the department’s Income Support Division pressured them in April 2015 to make sure the state’s data on emergency food requests did not reflect that the department was failing to fulfill the requests within seven days.

The employees called themselves whistleblowers, saying they fear retaliation for speaking out about the practice.

Governor Susana Martinez is the delight of Establishment Republicans who want to run her as Vice-Presidential candidate alongside the Trumpet. Presumably to prove the GOP doesn’t wage war on Hispanics, women, who make up a significant portion of New Mexico’s poor.

In practice, her War on the Poor is all-inclusive. Republican class warfare doesn’t need much specialization. Political opportunism just naturally lends itself to discrimination.

Governor of New Mexico tidies up her hotel party for the coppers

If you really are only as old as you feel, then audio released today by Santa Fe police regarding a little hotel pizza party that got out of hand indicates that New Mexico governor Susana Martinez is… maybe 17 years old.

The tapes (via the NM Political Report) capture calls placed to 911 about a loud party early Sunday morning at the Eldorado Hotel & Spa in the state’s capital. In one call, a front desk clerk asks a dispatcher to send officers to the hotel to remove the noisemakers from the premises. The other two calls feature Martinez, who identifies herself as the state’s governor, interrogating various officers, dispatchers and hotel employees about why police had been sent to respond to the noise complaints.

According to one dispatcher, the hotel had requested officers after being told that people in Martinez’s room were throwing bottles off of a balcony. The problem as far as Martinez saw it was that her party was merely “eating pizza,” a story she repeats with increasingly fanciful diction across the tapes…

❝Martinez: Okay. So we’re just sitting in there, I’m the governor of the state of New Mexico, and we’re in there with my sister who’s disabled along with six other people who are having pizza…

❝Martinez: We’re all in a room, eating pizza.

Dispatcher: Okay, well that wasn’t what was reported to us.

Martinez: What was reported to you?

Dispatcher: That there was a party and people were throwing bottles off the balcony.

Martinez: I’m sorry there’s no one on the balcony and there’s no one throwing bottles off the balcony, and if there were it was about six hours ago.

In one of the other conversations, Martinez says she had only gotten to the room two hours prior, which wouldn’t explain her specificity regarding when something might or might not have happened on the balcony. Per the Santa Fe New Mexican, Martinez was celebrating her annual staff holiday party at the hotel the night of the incident, which probably explains why she sounds kind of drunk.

Click the link in the post to listen to the 9-1-1 recordings.

She sounds like the imperious Queen of Fiesta, e.g. she-who-must-be-obeyed. That’s who her buds in Republican Party “leadership” think she is – with her kissy-kissy fundraising from the Oil Patch Boys.

Meanwhile, the only classifications where our state tends to lead the nation are school dropouts, low grades, teen pregnancy – oh, and unemployment. 6.8%. We’re number one, we’re number one.

Judge reverses order to take baby from lesbian couple — will obey the law


Republican governor tells judge to follow the law

A Utah judge has reversed his decision to take a baby away from her lesbian foster parents and place her with a heterosexual couple, after the initial ruling led to widespread backlash.

Judge Scott Johansen signed an order, which was released Friday, that will allow the 9-month-old baby to stay with April Hoagland and Beckie Peirce, a married couple who live in the city of Price.

Johansen had said in court Tuesday that the baby would be removed from the couple’s home. Utah officials and the couple filed court challenges demanding the judge rescind the order.

In his first decision, Johansen cited [crap] research that allegedly showed children do better when raised by heterosexual families. However, the American Psychological Association has said there is no scientific basis to the belief that same-sex couples are unfit parents based on sexual orientation…

Hoagland and Peirce are among a number of same-sex married couples who were allowed to become foster parents in Utah after last summer’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that made gay marriage legal across the country. State officials don’t keep an exact count, but estimate there are a dozen or more foster parents who are married same-sex couples.

The move to take the baby away generated widespread criticism, including from national gay rights groups and Utah Gov. Gary Herbert…Herbert said Thursday that Johansen should follow the law and not inject his personal beliefs into the decision.

Groups including the Anti-Defamation League, Human Rights Campaign and the American Civil Liberties Union called the order shocking, outrageous and unjust.

Life might also be more just for the whole nation if bigots and reactionaries got around to obeying laws instead of circumventing progress and imposing their petty ideology on others. BTW, I include phony libertarians and papier mache conservatives in that clot of ignorance, selfishness and egregious anarchy.