Florida destroyed by “the greatest hoax”

Denying climate change doesn’t stop its devastating effects.

As Hurricane Michael rips through homes and communities, we send our sympathies to all those in its path, but let’s also review what some leading Florida residents have said about climate change.

“One of the most preposterous hoaxes in the history of the planet,” scoffed Rush Limbaugh of Palm Beach. Gov. Rick Scott’s administration went so far as to bar some agencies from even using the term “climate change,” according to the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting (Scott denied this).

Myopic Floridians have plenty of company. President Trump dismissed climate change as a hoax “created by and for the Chinese.” Senator James Inhofe, a Republican of Oklahoma, “disproved” climate change by taking a snowball onto the Senate floor and noting that it was chilly outside; using similarly rigorous scientific methods, he wrote a book about climate change called “The Greatest Hoax.”

Alas, denying climate change doesn’t actually prevent it. North Carolina passed a law in 2012 prohibiting the use of climate science in certain state planning, yet that didn’t intimidate Hurricane Florence last month. And banning the words “climate change” isn’t helping Florida now.

In fact, how can we be certain that a hurricane even hit Florida?  Could be fake news.

White House will “look into” Fox decision not to broadcast Trump’s rallies live

The decision by Fox to no longer broadcast Trump’s rallies is a decision by Fox and is none of the White House’s business.  Are we now at the point where the President begins to censor what we see on TV, read in the papers . . .  . . . ???


The White House has vowed to “look into” a decision taken by Fox News to stop broadcasting Donald Trump’s rallies live and in full because they’re no longer bringing in high ratings. Politico reports viewing figures for Trump rallies have dropped and tend to be similar to, or even below, those for regular programming. The network only showed clips of his three rallies over the last week, rather than broadcasting the whole events uninterrupted. The report states White House figures are concerned Trump is losing control of a key platform ahead of the midterms. One senior White House official told Politico they were unsure why the network is cutting away from the rallies, saying officials planned “to look into that” and that they expect White House Communications Director Bill Shine, a former Fox News executive, to be in touch with his former colleagues about the move.

Rob Wittman is lying about his record

On October 9, 2018, Congressman Rob Wittman sent out an email touting his legislative achievements during this past session of Congress. In an email entitled “Getting things done” Wittman takes credit for 5 pieces of legislation specifically stating, “MY BILLS SIGNED INTO LAW.”

The problem is only two of the bills were actually authored by Wittman and of those two, only one has been signed into law.

Rob Wittman has been in the House of Representatives for 11 years and only managed to pass five bills that he’s sponsored in that period of time. Two of those bills were renaming bills – one bill renamed a Post Office building and the other named a portion of the Rappahannock River rapids for former Senator John Warner.

Rob Wittman is not fighting for the people of the First District.  He continues to take care of shipyards that aren’t in his district (one shipyard, Pascagoula, MS, is not even in his state) while people in his own district struggle to find good-paying jobs and suffer through increasing traffic problems in the interstate corridors.

The fact that he’s resorted to using official Congressional email to make his case for re-election is completely feckless.  Even worse, he’s taking credit for legislation written and passed by Democrats. This entire situation is proof that Rob Wittman knows his time in Congress coming to an end.

The bills that Wittman are “My Bills Passed Into Law” are:

H.R. 984              Thomasina E. Jordan Virginia Tribal Recognition Act
             Sponsor: Rob Wittman, VA-01 (Republican)
             Introduced: February 7, 2017
             Current Status: Signed into Law (January 29, 2018)
             Claim:  TRUE

H.R. 2994           Securing the Homeland by Increasing our Power on the Seas (SHIPS) Act
             Sponsor: Rob Wittman, VA-01 (Republican)
             Introduced: June 21, 2017
             Current Status: Referred to Subcommittee
             Wittman Claim:  FALSE

H.R. 3979           Keep America’s Refuges Operational Act
             Sponsor: Hakeem Jeffries, NY-08 (Democrat)
             Introduced: October 5, 2017
             Current Status: Signed into Law (April 23, 2018)
             Wittman Claim:  FALSE

H.R. 2286           Domestic Maritime Centers of Excellence Act
             Sponsor: Gene Green, TX-29 (Democrat)
             Introduced: May 2, 2017
             Current Status: Referred to Committee
             Wittman Claim:  FALSE

H.R. 4694           Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act
             Sponsor: Don Beyer, VA-08 (Democrat)
             Introduced: December 20, 2017
             Current Status: Referred to Committee
             Claim:  FALSE

[SOURCE: Congress.gov]

Almost every word of Trump’s USA Today op-ed is a lie

Fact-checking President Trump’s USA Today op-ed on ‘Medicare-for-All’


Nearly every line of President Trump’s USA Today op-ed contained a false or misleading statement. (Meg Kelly/The Washington Post)

By Glenn Kessler

October 10 at 11:21 AM


Many of these are claims we have already debunked. Presumably, the president is aware of our fact checks — he even links to two — but chose to ignore the facts in service of a campaign-style op-ed. Medicare-for-All is a complex subject, and serious questions could be raised about the cost and how a transition from today’s health-care system would be financed. Trump correctly notes that studies have estimated that the program — under the version promoted by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) — would add $36 trillion in costs to the federal government over 10 years.

“As a candidate, I promised that we would protect coverage for patients with pre-existing conditions and create new health care insurance options that would lower premiums. I have kept that promise, and we are now seeing health insurance premiums coming down.”

Trump made this promise, but broke it. He supported Republican plans that would have weakened protections for individuals with preexisting conditions. His administration also has refused to defend the Affordable Care Act against a lawsuit that would undermine those protections. I
n effect, the Trump administration no longer supports a provision of the ACA, a.k.a. Obamacare, that makes it possible for people to buy insurance if they have preexisting health conditions. (We labeled this as a flip-flop.)

As for premiums, they have continued to increase on average, just at a lower rate than in the past. But experts say that without Trump’s moves to weaken the Affordable Care Act, premiums would be even lower in many states……

Read the full article for details of Trump’s lies.


Why is it that TeaPublicans continue to nominate white supremacist nutcases?

Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), the GOP’s nominee for governor of Florida, has found himself in yet another controversy over racist rhetoric.

American Ledger, a project of the super PAC American Bridge, has unearthed a series of toxic arguments put forward by DeSantis in his 2011 book, “Dreams from Out Founding Fathers: First Principles in the Age of Obama,” which he wrote while first running for Congress to bolster his credentials against President Barack Obama.

One of the most disturbing claims he made in the book was that Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court justice, was wrong to suggest the founding fathers’ failure to abolish slavery in the Constitution was a fundamental flaw.

“For someone like Marshall, this failure overshadows the numerous and long-lasting political achievements embodied in the structural foundations of the government that have nothing to do with the institution of slavery,” DeSantis said. But in fact, he went on, the “philosophical foundations of the Constitution are incompatible with slavery,” and bargains like the Three-Fifths Compromise, which counted enslaved persons as 3/5ths of a free citizen, actually “benefitted anti-slavery states.”

If DeSantis had simply left it at the fact that tolerating slavery was essential to get the Southern states on board, he might have had a point. But for him to claim the Constitution somehow preordained the end of slavery as written is pure whitewashing, given that it took a bloody civil war to amend it to do so. Furthermore, his claim that allowing slave owners to get extra congressional apportionment for each enslaved person they owned was somehow a gift to “anti-slavery states” simply defies logic. Not to mention, it is highly offensive for DeSantis to condescendingly say all this as proof that Thurgood Marshall — one of our nation’s great constitutional thinkers, and himself a descendant of slaves — didn’t know what he was talking about.

For good measure, DeSantis also claimed in his book that Obama was not truly a Christian, but became one out of convenience because “irreligion would be an impediment to forging political relationships.”

DeSantis has been facing accusations of racism ever since he stated on television that Florida should not “monkey this up” by electing Democratic opponent Andrew Gillum — the first black nominee of a major party for governor of Florida. Subsequent reporting has uncovered his ties to far-right xenophobic groups, including the David Horowitz Freedom Center, whose founder has claimed there is a “race war” against white people, and ACT for America, a hate group that centers on Muslims.