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Yes.  Break the news to your teapublican friends.  The recent children refugees to Texas from Central America are better immunized than US citizen children living in Texas.

Thanks Rick Perry!  Ooops. We forgot to vaccinate our own children!  Especially the poor ones.  But that doesn't stop us from running around screeching about "immigrant children spreading disease"!

From the Texas Observer:

Before demonizing undocumented children, we should look at the facts: The vast majority of Central Americans are vaccinated against all these diseases. Governments concerned about health, and good parents investing in their kids, have made Central American kids better-vaccinated than Texan kids. We fear them not because they are actually sick, but because of powerful anti-immigration narratives that link foreigners to disease.
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There they go again.

They just can't stand the thought of a Democratic woman running their crown jewel, Texas.  

And they have gone off the rails in spectacular fashion (the ugly details below).

I guess this crew is not smart enough to realize this just fires up the Democratic base and results in a MONEY BOMB FOR WENDY DAVIS.

We don't need to get into a twitter war with these rabid loons.  We just need to re-double our efforts to get Wendy elected (and to Turn Texas Blue)!

ACTION:

Donate to the Wendy Davis Campaign - and get on the mailing list

Donate to Battleground Texas - and get on the mailing list.

Battleground Texas will turn Texas blue - and it will happen faster than anyone imagines.

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Mon Jan 27, 2014 at 10:14 AM PST

Rand Paul and Aqua Buddha

by JLFinch

If Rand Paul deems it necessary to discuss Monica Lewinsky!, then certainly Aqua Buddha is also a topic to consider in the race for 2016:

GQ Exclusive: Rand Paul's Kooky College Days

Baylor seemed like a natural fit for someone like [Rand] Paul. ...But when Paul showed up in Waco, he didn't conform to type. According to several of his former Baylor classmates, he became a member of a secret society called the NoZe Brotherhood, which was a refuge for atypical Baylor students. "You could have taken 90 percent of the liberal thinkers at Baylor and found them in this small group," recalls Marc Burckhardt, one of Paul's former NoZe Brothers. Sort of a cross between Yale's Skull & Bones and Harvard's Lampoon, the NoZe existed to torment the Baylor administration, which it accomplished through pranks and its satirical newspaper The Rope. The group especially enjoyed tweaking the school's religiosity. "We aspired to blasphemy," says John Green, another of Paul's former NoZe Brothers.

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Ugh.  To borrow a line from the Daily Show, you do know we can hear you, right?  

From the always-excellent Burnt Orange Report:

The Denton County Republican Party Chair Dianne Edmondson expressed her concern over "the super women ticket of Abortion Barbie with Hispanic Sen Leticia Van De Putte as her running mate." The weekly newsletter sent Tuesday is the last before the party will host a forum Monday with every candidate in the Lt. Governor and Attorney General's race.
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I just had to put this up.  I have seen a number of comments like this at RedState and other places.  This particular comment (a response to a commenter supporting Harry Reid's actions) comes from today's Dana Milbank column on the filibuster:

You seem to think elections mean "winner take all". This is not a democracy where majority rules, this is a Republic where minorities still have a say.
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And the GOP's Hispanic outreach program founders on....

From Texas, and coinciding with the depolorable "Catch an Illegal Immigrant" stunt by the Young Conservatives of Texas at UT Austin (which, thankfully, was ultimately canceled):

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Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 02:17 PM PST

Chris Christie

by JLFinch

Following are several video highlights, showcasing the loud-mouthed bully that is Chris Christie:

Chris Christie yells 'Bull**' to opponents at NJ town hall meeting (children present):

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We all remember how conservatives and the media used Reverend Wright to attack President Obama.  

It struck me as strange that the media now seems to be giving Ted Cruz a pass for the same sort of issue - for in fact a much worse issue - the hateful, extremist rantings of his father, Rafael Cruz.

WATCH: Ted Cruz's Dad Calls US a "Christian Nation," Says Obama Should Go "Back to Kenya"

In April, Rafael Cruz, the father of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), spoke to the tea party of Hood County, which is southwest of Fort Worth, and made a bold declaration: The United States is a "Christian nation." The septuagenarian businessman turned evangelical pastor did not choose to use the more inclusive formulation "Judeo-Christian nation." Insisting that the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution "were signed on the knees of the framers" and were a "divine revelation from God," he went on to say, "yet our president has the gall to tell us that this is not a Christian nation…The United States of America was formed to honor the word of God." Seven months earlier, Rafael Cruz, speaking to the North Texas Tea Party on behalf of his son, who was then running for Senate, called President Barack Obama an "outright Marxist" who "seeks to destroy all concept of God," and he urged the crowd to send Obama "back to Kenya."

Comments uttered by a politician's parent may have little relevance in assessing an elected official. But it's appropriate to take Rafael Cruz into account when evaluating his son the senator. Ted Cruz, the tea party champion who almost single-handedly spurred the recent government shutdown, has often deployed his father as a political asset. He routinely cites his Cuban-born father, who emigrated from the island nation in 1957, when he discusses immigration and justifies his opposition to the bipartisan reform bill that passed in the Senate. (Ted Cruz hails his father as a symbol of the "American dream" who came to the United States legally—though Rafael Cruz began his career in the oil industry in Canada, where Ted was born.) Moreover, Ted Cruz campaigns with his father...

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Well, we've certainly seen a great deal of grotesque, craven posturing and demagoguery surrounding the recent closing of the World War II Memorial caused by the GOP shutdown.

I am disappointed but NOT surprised that the media failed to counterbalance their coverage of those events with the GOP's pitiful record regarding their actual, long-standing lack of support for America's war veterans and active service members .

To set the record straight,* for those who need reminding:

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There really has been much public whining and gnashing of teeth by the GOP because the National Parks are closed as a result of the GOP shutdown.  The GOP would have Americans believe that they value our National Parks and are outraged - outraged! - that the parks are closed.

Oh really?

A powerful Republican chairman in the House of Representatives just shared with his constituents his desire to begin selling our national parks. Rep. Cliff Stearns of Florida was caught on video in a local town meeting. Here is what he said:"I got attacked in a previous town meeting for not supporting another national park in this country, a 200-mile trailway. And I told the man that we don't need more national parks in this country, we need to actually sell off some of our national parks."
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Wed Oct 02, 2013 at 06:59 PM PDT

"Carnival" Cruz, the Shutdown Clown

by JLFinch

Ted Cruz may be a clown, but no one is laughing:

Ted Cruz blasted by angry GOP colleagues

Ted Cruz faced a barrage of hostile questions Wednesday from angry GOP senators, who lashed the Texas tea party freshman for helping prompt a government shutdown crisis without a strategy to end it.

At a closed-door lunch meeting in the Senate’s Mansfield Room, Republican after Republican pressed Cruz to explain how he would propose to end the bitter budget impasse with Democrats, according to senators who attended the meeting. A defensive Cruz had no clear plan to force an end to the shutdown — or explain how he would defund Obamacare, as he has demanded all along, sources said.

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From AddictingInfo.org:

GOP Furious That 1993 Voter Registration Act Guarantees Right To Register When Applying For Health Insurance

One of the main reasons Republicans oppose Obamacare has largely flown under the public’s radar — until now. Here’s the key to understanding the GOP’s typically mean-spirited position: applications for insurance under the Affordable Care Act will also allow people to register to vote. Aha! The picture jumps into focus. Those in our population who are most anxious to sign up for healthcare coverage are the same people who the GOP has worked diligently, in state after state, to disenfranchise. The Affordable Care Act could lay waste to all that conservative effort.

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