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And now Hillary has reached the pinnacle, and all she is is a secretary. She’s the Secretary of Defense – State, whatever. But still a secretary.

Rush Limbaugh, talking about Hillary Clinton

Now to only figure out how many different ways to say “f**k off & die.” Because saying it to Rush Limbaugh will never get old. That gotten out of my system, I’ll let little Michelle take it from here.

  

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It’s hard work micromanaging a full staff in multiple homes. There were several nannies to oversee, as well as a number of maids, butlers, chauffeurs, gardeners, tutors and private coaches. My struggles were not easy, but neither are the struggles of other stay-at-home moms all across the nation. We need to stick together and not have other women put us down for the choices we make. Not all of us are cut out to work and tend to our children, and some of us prioritize family over a fantasy that we could one day be as successful as a man. I stand by my decision to be a stay-at-home mom.
Ann Romney, responding to Hilary Rosen’s “poorly chosen words” that she’s “never worked a day in her life”

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The Supreme Court’s 5-to-4 ruling in Citizens United in 2010 was shaped by an extreme view of the First Amendment: money equals speech, and independent spending by wealthy organizations and individuals poses no problem to the political system. The court cavalierly dismissed worries that those with big bank accounts — and big megaphones — have an unfair advantage in exerting political power. It simply asserted that “the people have the ultimate influence over elected officials” — as if campaigns were not in the business of influencing and manipulating voters.
NYTimes Editorial | “When Other Voices Are Drowned Out” (via pushinghoopswithsticks)

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Obama’s 2012 Campaign Playlist

Different People – No Doubt
Got to Get You Into My Life – Earth, Wind & Fire
Green Onions – Booker T & The MG’s
I Got You – Wilco
Keep on Pushing – The Impressions
Keep Reachin’ Up – Nicole Willis & the Soul Investigators
Love You I Do? – Jennifer Hudson
No Nostalgia – AgesAndAges
Raise Up – Ledisi
Stand Up – Sugarland
This – Darius Rucker
We Used To Wait – Arcade Fire
You’ve Got the Love – Florence and the Machine
Your Smiling Face – James Taylor
Roll with the Changes – REO Speedwagon
Everyday America – Sugarland
Learn to Live – Darius Rucker
Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
Mr. Blue Sky – Electric Light Orchestra
My Town – Montgomery Gentry
The Best Thing about Me Is You – Ricky Martin, featuring Joss Stone
You are the Best Thing – Ray Lamontagne
Keep Marchin’ – Raphael Saadiq
Tonight’s The Kind of Night – Noah and the Whale
We Take Care of Our Own – Bruce Springsteen
Keep Me In Mind – Zac Brown Band
The Weight – Aretha Franklin
Even Better Than The Real Thing – U2
Home – Dierks Bentley

It was probably a wise decision to not include Young Jeezy & Jay-Z’s track, “My President Is Black.” Probably.

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Do you guys get it?? You don’t?!!!????? COME ON. Rick Santorum hates gays…Jamaica is an increasingly homophobic country. Ehh? Ehhhh? **nudging elbow** I don’t know who you are, Mike Royce, but you just upped the twitter ante. And I like it.

Do you guys get it?? You don’t?!!!????? COME ON. Rick Santorum hates gays…Jamaica is an increasingly homophobic country. Ehh? Ehhhh? **nudging elbow** I don’t know who you are, Mike Royce, but you just upped the twitter ante. And I like it.

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Nerd Alert: Montana on The Mind

I vowed to not get too law nerdy on this blog. That’s for private time. As Bobby Brown taught me, if I want to stay up late nights memorizing every single justice name in every state supreme court throughout the history of our legal system, “it’s my prerogative.” But I will share news that I deem “big deal legal news.” In my opinion, what happened in Montana falls into this category. Quick background: Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, decided in 2010, was a landmark decision made by the U.S. Supreme Court that that held that the 1st Amendment prohibited the government from spending limits on corporations and unions for political purposes. The (warranted) concern regarding this decision, which was based on the ridiculous premise that a corporation is legally a “person,” became that corporations (think corruption, think special interests, think occupy rhetoric) could and would funnel donations through shadow advocacy groups to directly influence elections.  This is where Montana comes into the picture. Montana had a century-old law banning  corporations from making any expenditures related to a political party or candidate. In its most recent decision, as the Huffington Post describes, "the Montana Supreme Court declined to recognize the common understanding that Citizens United bars all laws limiting independent electoral spending..(and) instead…called on the history surrounding the state law to show that corporate money, even if not directly contributed to a campaign, can give rise to corruption.” In ruling that Citizens United does not apply to Montana campaign finance law, Montana has put itself on a collision course with the U.S. Supreme Court. My hopes are high that this collision course comes to a head when the Court no longer consists of a conservative majority (holler Arbitrary Democratic President  2nd-term Obama). Until then, dreams of Citizens United getting overturned and relishing in this baby-step victory. Thank you, Montana.

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I'm WIth Stupid.

Perry Oopsie

Rick Perry drew a blank yesterday when asked about the landmark Supreme Court decision, Lawrence v. Texas, that struck down Texas’ anti-sodomy law. His response was classic:

“I wish I could tell you I knew every Supreme Court case. I don’t,” Perry said. “We can sit here and play I-gotcha questions on ‘What about this Supreme Court case?’ or whatever, but let me tell you, you know and I know that the problem in this country is spending in Washington, it’s not some Supreme Court case.”

So, I know that not everyone reading this will necessarily know the name or details of this case. I’m an exception having completed law school and only having learned about it in multiple classes say OVER A HUNDRED TIMES. Quick summary: the 2003 decision overruled an-existing law banning sodomy and effectively legalized same-sex sexual activity in Texas. It attracted much public attention and its outcome is celebrated by gay rights advocates to this day. In other words…BIG DEAL. So, hypothetically, it’s not unreasonable to assume that someone in the political arena would have no trouble referencing this case. And probably less unreasonable if that certain someone happened to, hypothetically, be the governor of the state the decision affected at the time the decision was made. This is all hypothetical. Obviously.

This guy is the ultimate joke.

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