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Thursday, September 05, 2013

Stories to Watch: 9/5/13

Greg Sargent takes to Twitter to warn against those infographics making the rounds on the internet. "Cmon, show some skepticism about these whip counts," he tweets. "Seriously." Why? Because a lot of those "nos" on the dem side of the House are pretty sketchy, being more along the lines of, "I'm not satisfied that the authority given to the president here is limited enough." So they aren't nos or even leaning no at all, since they don't disagree that some sort of military action would be justified. The White House still has the heavier lifting to do than those opposed to military action, but don't count on infographics to tell you where we are and don't be surprised if they turn out to be wrong. If you're against going into Syria, don't let these whip counts tell you you're anywhere near out of the woods.

Colorado Republicans seem to be really freakin' racist.

Somewhat related: A Colorado lawmaker who voted for gun control has been getting rape threats. We're talking really sick, Hannibal Lecter-type stuff here. Seriously, people who think up shit like this shouldn't be allowed within several miles of a firearm. Way to undermine your own case, gun freaks.

More evidence that conservatives are big fans of a version of Ronald Reagan who never actually existed: a GOP Rep. says we should act like Ronald Reagan and speak out against chemical warfare. The problem of course, is that St. Ron never did that. In fact, you remember that photo of Donald Rumsfeld shaking Saddam Hussein's hand? Yeah, he was working for Reagan at the time, Saddam was using weaponized gas to put down rebels and in his war with Iran, and the Reagan White House knew it. Far from speaking out against chemical weapons, St. Ron sent Rummy to assure chemical warrior Saddam that he was our closest and bestest friend.

An Alec Baldwin talk show on MSNBC is no longer a rumor. It'll premier in October.

Virginia wants to kick as many as 57,000 people off their voter rolls in a BS "purge" that's actually a battle in the Republican War on Voting. Remember, the enemies of democracy are the enemies of freedom. Don't let the fact that they wrap themselves in the flag constantly fool you -- they're just overcompensating. "Patriot" is not defined as "a posturing idiot poser who shrieks 'I'M A PATRIOT!' at the top of their lungs every nine seconds."

Finally, the NSA's contempt for your privacy is even worse than you'd thought. Not only are they disregarding it, but they're actively working to make internet privacy completely impossible -- and have been since 2000, at least.

[cartoon via Truthdig]

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