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NH republican senator goes on record saying that mentally ill people should be rounded up and exterminated

ThinkProgress -- NH GOP Senator Says The Mentally Ill Are ‘Defective People’ That Should Be Shipped Off To Siberia
State “budget writers looking for cash to balance the books have stripped a cumulative $1.8 billion from mental health services over the last 2 1/2 years,” with some states like Kentucky slashing their spending by as much as 47 percent. This is particularly alarming when viewed alongside incidents like the mass shooting by Jared Loughner, who many suggest was mentally disturbed. In light of this huge wave of cuts, Sharon Omand, a community health care center manager and resident of Stafford, New Hampshire, called her state senator Martin Harty (R) recently to request more funding for community mental health programs and for the homeless. Omand was shocked by Harty’s response. The state senator told her “the world is too populated” and that there are too many “defective people.” When Omand asked what should be done with these “defective people” that are mentally ill, Harty suggested sending them to Siberia, something that he said Hitler was “right” to do . . .

March 10, 2011

Rachel Maddow: Michigan is screwed

YouTube - Michigan is screwed.

Rep. Peter King holds McCarthyist anti-Muslim hearings, thinks Neo-Nazis aren't a problem

Rep. King's hearings are disgusting. We can agree on that, right? Making Muslims get up and tell him what they are doing to prove their love to America is McCarthyist and stupid. Does he think one of the guys he brings up to the stand is going to slip and admit he's a terrorist? Does he think public screaming about how all Muslims are suspicious endears us to the rest of the Muslim world? Muslims have been a part of America since the very beginning. Muslims were here in the 1700s. They are here now. They hold public office. They fight in our military. They were first responders on 9/11. They are part of our community. 99.9999% of Muslims are awesome, peaceful people. The last few Islam-related terror threats that were disrupted in America were disrupted because the Muslim community alerted law enforcement officials. If you look at the last twenty years, how many terror attacks were by Muslims in America and how many were by Christians? Here's a hint: Christians win by a landslide. Our media should be denouncing Rep. King with every breath, yet when I turn on NPR it becomes a He Said, She Said False Equivalency trainwreck. "Some people think Rep. King's hearings are McCarthyist showboating of the crassest, most evil, racist kind. While others think all Muslims are terrorists until proven innocent. We have no opinion, because that would require having a spine. This is . . . NPR." Bonus Fun Fact: Rep. King was--and is--a financial backer of the Irish Republican Army, who are officially classified as terrorists by the USA. Yes. He is a proud backer of terrorists who sees nothing wrong with his hypocrisy. Peter King: Neo-Nazis Aren't As Big A Threat As Al-Qaeda (VIDEO) | TPMMuckraker
"Let me make it clear today that I remain convinced that these hearings must go forward and they will. To back down would be a craven surrender of political correctness, would be an abdication of what I believe to be the main responsibility of this committee to protect America from a terrorist attack," King said. "Despite what passes for conventional wisdom in certain circles, there is nothing radical or un-American in holding these hearings." King also touched on calls for the hearings to be expanded to examine the threat of neo-Nazis or lone mad men. "There is no equivalency of threat between al Qaeda and Neo-Nazis, environmental extremists, or other isolated mad men," King said. "Only al-Qaeda and Islamist affiliates in this country are a part of an international threat to our nation."

Wisconsin Republicans break rules, ram through bill stripping rights from workers

Wisconsin Conference Committee Passes New, Stripped-Down Anti-Union Bill | TPMDC
The special conference committee in Wisconsin -- convened in order to strip out the fiscal elements of Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill, in order to pass the anti-public employee union proposals and avoid the state SenateDemocratic boycott of the three-fifths budget quorum -- just met for roughly five minutes and passed the bill. Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca (D) attempted to make a motion to delay the meeting or make amendments -- and was not recognized for a motion by the chair, state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald. Barca argued, over Fitzgerald's attempts to say there would be no motions, that the conference committee violated the state's open meetings law, which requires at least 24 hours notice before a government meeting, unless there is good cause to act more quickly.
More commentary from Talking Points Memo:
It's not just the budget bill needs a quorum -- the big issue is that *any* bill with fiscal implications is supposed to have a quorum in the Wisconsin state Senate. So there are two choices here: 1. Collective bargaining has fiscal implications, and so the bill will be blocked in the courts and ruled unconstitutional. 2. Collective bargaining DOES NOT have direct fiscal implications, and Gov. Walker has been lying this entire time by making the case that it's fiscally necessary. So either the state R's just passed an illegal bill, or Walker has been lying this entire time and really is just interested in union-busting.