Pharmaceutical companies have really increased their spending in lobbying. You see the comparison of our prices compared to those of other countries for the exact same drug and you quickly realize there is a problem. Well right here is a big part of that problem.
A Nevada television station has obtained property records for the Bundy Ranch that blows a huge hole in his ancestral claims to the land. Bundy has said his family started ranching there in the 1800's, but property records indicate the land was purchased by Bundy's parents in 1948, two years after the BLM came into existence. I'm sure Hannity will find a way to spin this one though and his minions on the right will be certain to claim Obama is a master forger at documents, so now they can tie this into the birther conspiracy.
The right is going full force after President Obama for delaying the Keystone Pipeline decision. However the delay isn't there alone. In Nebraska the law is held up by a legal challenge and awaiting a decision by the state's Supreme Court, which won't come until next January at the earliest. By that time the permit in North Dakota will be expired. So we got one very red state providing a roadblock to the project and another very red state that can present a new roadblock. Could you imagine the outrage of the right if Obama approved the pipeline and forced these states to let it be built?
Thanks to the heroics of Cliven Bundy and his right wing militia, we are no longer a nation of laws. So what a better way to celebrate than Bundyfest, It will be 30 days of rockin' music, nudity, drugs, anything you want since the right has declared no laws now. It's right across the street from the Bundy ranch and sure to surpass Burning Man as the festival of all festivals. Check out the Facebook page and a video from the organizer right here.
Following a former grand master of the KKK shooting up a Jewish center last week, CNN actually wonders if the KKK can rebrand themselves into a much more lovable group. Apparently the decades of lynching of black people, simply because of their skin color is nothing more than an imaging problem. Yes, the most trusted name in news. Maybe next they will just run recruitment ads for the Klan.
19 days after the discovery of the most serious security flaw in the world of the internet, and the government finally gets around to checking healthcare.gov and realizing it is affected. Yesterday I wrote a blog post about how the NSA's knowledge of the bug may have undermined national security and most likely put into jeopardy the personal information of millions of the citizens the agency is charged with protecting. Now we'll probably have the GOP going after the administration over the slow response to Heartbleed, and I can't blame them one bit. The fix for this bug is very simple and on average takes about 30 seconds. Why wasn't the government on it as soon as news broke and updates pushed out? Hell, why doesn't the government just do regular security updates of their software for that matter? There needs to be answers to this.
Apparently Media Matters is trying to fight the SEIU from unionizing their employees. I can't even begin to describe how disappointing it is to see a group that claims they support workers rights to try and fight against them.
A Peoria family was met with horror this week as police knocked down their doors, seized their electronic devices and hauled them in for questioning. The reason for such a police action? Apparently one member is behind a fake Twitter account that impersonates the mayor of Peroria, Il. The charges he is facing? False personation of a public official, a Class A misdemeanor in the state.
That's what he told members of the business community at a fundraiser. That's going to be interesting with mid-terms, only 50 Congressional working days left until those mid-terms and the constant excuse of "we can't work on legislation like this with mid-terms". I would have to say Boehner was flat out lying through his teeth.
The big name 2016 GOP hopefuls apparently don't want to jump into the Cliven Bundy fiasco. The Hill has asked Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio for their opinions of the Nevada Rancher's stand off with the government and all three have refused to answer.True how can one say they stand for law and order, when this is a case of someone breaking the law and the right helping him avoid justice?
The Pasteur Institute in France has lost over 2,300 vials of the SARS virus. Thankfully the lab and independent groups have determined the missing samples to not be infectious. Well at least that's what we're hoping...
I really can't stand reality shows and truly believe they are a cancer on our society. So what a better place for one than the halls of Congress?
Portland, Oregon has decided to drain a city reservoir after a teen was caught peeing in the city's drinking supply. High efficiency toilet this is not.