Cartoon of the Day: Ya Big Bully!

Another example of where a single image pretty much says it all. From the great and talented Mike Luckovich.

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Here’s another Luckovich cartoon I think is brilliant. This one is titled Empathy.

 

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Okay, okay…one more. Takers.

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Reaching Out To Hispanics 101

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Republican’s effort to reach out to Hispanics at its finest…

Republican leaders have announced their disapproval of Rep. Steve King’s (R-Iowa) criticism of young, undocumented immigrants, also known as Dreamers.

In an interview with Newsmax, Steve King claimed that the majority of Dreamers are engaged in drug trafficking.

“For everyone who’s a valedictorian,” King said, “There’s another 100 out there that weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert. Those people would be legalized with the same act.”

On Tuesday, Republican leaders sought to distance themselves from King’s controversial remarks.

“What he said is wrong,” House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said in a statement on Tuesday. “There can be honest disagreements about policy without using hateful language. Everyone needs to remember that.”

“I strongly disagree with his characterization of the children of immigrants and find the comments inexcusable,” Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said in a similar statement.

When history books are written a hundred years from now, the Tea Party era will be officially known as The Time of Stupid.

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Who Needs Immigrants When You Can Breed Your Own Voters

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Sad day for liberals. The jig is up.

As much as liberals wanted to conceal the real reason they felt so strongly about immigration reform, they simply weren’t smart enough to outfox the likes of Bryan ‘Sherlock‘ Fischer of the American Family Association. Fischer revealed to his listeners the true motive behind liberals’ attempt at comprehensive immigration reform.

Conservatives are just outbreeding liberals and that’s a huge problem for liberals…because there’s just going to be more conservatives…10, 20 years down the road, they’re just going to be outnumbered. And that’s why they are so dedicated to amnesty.

We are breeding our own voters. We are conceiving our own voters. They’ve got to import them. They’re not producing them so they’ve got to import them. So, that’s why they’re so enamored with illegal aliens and amnesty for them is they’ve got to find some way to get these people on the voter rolls to just maintain numerical parity with conservatives.

Great point! Conceiving is always preferable to importing and as always another astute analysis by a conservative.

I need to ask again: why do conservatives get all the smart ones? Palin, Beck, Gohmert, Bachmann, Bush, Perry, Cain – the list goes on and on and on…

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Immigration Reform and the Orange Man

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It might still be possible to get a bipartisan bill on immigration through the Senate regardless of what the bill looks like and how well it addresses true reform. But it’s getting likelier that there won’t be any immigration legislation coming out of the House any time soon.

John Boehner:

“I don’t see any way of bringing an immigration bill to the floor that doesn’t have a majority support of Republicans,” Boehner said during a press briefing with reporters Tuesday.

“I frankly think the Senate bill is weak on border security, I think the internal enforcement mechanisms are weak and the triggers are almost laughable,” he said of the bill drafted by a bipartisan group of lawmakers, including Republican Sens. Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham, John McCain and Jeff Flake. “So if they’re serious about getting an immigration bill finished, they should reach out to their GOP colleagues to broaden support.”

There you go. That just about kills any chance of an immigration bill getting through Congress. Boehner is essentially saying that unless he gets the support of teapublican house members, he will not bring an immigration bill to the floor. We know, of course, that there is no bill that addresses immigration reform in any serious manner that would ever satisfy the xenophobic madness running rampant in the radical right.

It’s all going to come down to how much pressure the GOP establishment can exert on the orange man between now and the elections to get an immigration bill through the House. Tea Party idiots might not get it but most Republicans do: there will not be another Republican president in the White House if Hispanics believe that the Republican party blocked immigration reform. End of story.

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Republican’s “Demographic Death Spiral”

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I dislike Lindsey Graham about as much as I can dislike any politician but he’s got this one right.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) — one of the Republican co-sponsors of an immigration reform bill that would provide a pathway to citizenship for the nation’s 11.1 million undocumented immigrations — told fellow Republicans that the GOP will fail to exist if reform does not become law.

“If we don’t pass immigration reform , if we don’t get it off the table in a reasonable, practical way, it doesn’t matter who you run in 2016,” Graham warned during on appearance Sunday on NBC’s Meet The Press. “We’re in a demographic death spiral as a party, and the only way we can get back in good graces with the Hispanic community, in my view, is pass comprehensive immigration reform. If you don’t do that, it really doesn’t matter who will run, in my view.”

I applaud Graham’s honesty on this issue in as much as I can applaud the honesty of any self-serving dick. He makes no pretense that he or his party give a damn about the lives or fate of 11 million undocumented immigrants. Clearly, there is no compassion at play here. Graham’s only concern has to do with Republicans winning in 2016. Nothing else matters and if there was a way to secure the Hispanic vote while herding 11 million men, women and children on to cattle cars and shipping them out of the country, I suspect that Graham wouldn’t be putting up much of a fight.

As for that death spiral thing – the sooner, the better.

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