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(Talking Points Memo)   Senator defends the Koch brothers: "They're not breaking the law." Did I mention he's also a Democrat?   (talkingpointsmemo.com) divider line 176
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2014-04-11 03:12:11 PM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: TheMysticS: HotWingConspiracy: The Stealth Hippopotamus: I love it when honest and successful business man needs to be "defended" because he dares have a political opinion. 'mercia!

Award winning safety? Employer of union labor?! Tried to end a government subsidy they benefited from?! (can't link to WSJ you'll have to look it up)

And lets not talk about all the universities they support!! Those vile bastards!!

Al Capone built orphanages and kept many people employed.

THIIIIIIS!

That's how groups like Hamas gain support from the regular folks.
Just more violence involved thereabouts.

And giving money to the Tea Party is equal to having running gun battles in the streets?!


Worse.
 
2014-04-11 03:18:42 PM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: I love it when honest and successful business man needs to be "defended" because he dares have a political opinion. 'mercia!

Award winning safety? Employer of union labor?! Tried to end a government subsidy they benefited from?! (can't link to WSJ you'll have to look it up)

And lets not talk about all the universities they support!! Those vile bastards!!


Not so much donating to schools of higher learning as purchasing curricula. Wanna bet they're endowing a few professorships to specifically teach that special brand of Ludwig van Miese economics?

Their donations to PBS gave them the power of censorship. They're able to quash the broadcast of documentaries that offend their political sensitivities.
 
2014-04-11 03:21:34 PM  
"Did I mention he's also a Democrat?"

You never needed to. Douchebaggery is as douchebaggery does.
 
2014-04-11 03:32:43 PM  
Surprising to no one but Republicans whose only contact and knowledge of Democrats comes from talking to the liberals here on fark. Like an atheist opening up a Bible after years of knowing nothing about religion other than the peace on earth goodwill towards man song and dance he gets from his genuinely nice and compassionate Christian friend and read about all the rape, genocide, and slavery.
 
2014-04-11 03:33:40 PM  

Ned Stark: Like an atheist opening up a Bible after years of knowing nothing about religion other than the peace on earth goodwill towards man song and dance he gets from his genuinely nice and compassionate Christian friend and read about all the rape, genocide, and slavery.


Reading the Bible was one of the contributing factors to me becoming an atheist.
 
2014-04-11 03:34:31 PM  

grumpfuff: Ned Stark: Like an atheist opening up a Bible after years of knowing nothing about religion other than the peace on earth goodwill towards man song and dance he gets from his genuinely nice and compassionate Christian friend and read about all the rape, genocide, and slavery.

Reading the Bible was one of the contributing factors to me becoming an atheist.

HAHA DISREGARD THAT I SUCK COCKS! 

misread your comment, sorry
 
2014-04-11 03:39:36 PM  
BMulligan:  Who made the decision to start a family before having the proper finances to raise them as they would want to?
 
2014-04-11 03:44:53 PM  

Gnaglor: Who made the decision to start a family before having the proper finances to raise them as they would want to?


The white dudes who keep throwing roadblocks in front of people's access to birth control and abortions.
 
2014-04-11 03:53:23 PM  

whidbey: The Stealth Hippopotamus: whidbey: Did I mention he's also a Democrat?

Why do you think that matters, subby?

not subby!

But this is what I do. When the team criticizes one of their own I take notice or visa versa when they praise or defend someone that isn't on their team I take notice.

I don't know if I find it amusing or disturbing that people consider political parties "teams."

What do you think, Drew?


I consider political parties to be insane asylums
 
2014-04-11 03:58:51 PM  
Ya'all miss the point badly, defenders and criticizers alike.

The political money they spend is only part of the evil of the Koch brothers.

You really do need to take into account the huge (relatively speaking) number of think tanks, media outlets and Policy advocacy groups they fund that are intended to publish biased policy position papers, then their media then touts these positions without any critical analysis of them and from there the advocacy groups convince the easily duped public that these policy positions will be good for the country and lobbyists in Washington and in State houses will do the same with our politicians.

It ain't just the political donations, of which, as was pointed out above, the Kochs coordinated over 400 million in direct political giving, but it's the massive labyrinth of misinformation outlets they also control that convinces morons that tax breaks will increase revenue and deregulation of environmental and finance laws will be good for the nation.

It's so much more than just the network of donors the Koch brothers control, it's also the huge network of media and policy outlets that spreads their bile.

There isn't a more evil set of brothers in the known universe as far as I'm concerned.
 
2014-04-11 04:01:56 PM  

geoduck42: Gnaglor: Who made the decision to start a family before having the proper finances to raise them as they would want to?

The white dudes who keep throwing roadblocks in front of people's access to birth control and abortions.


That was easy...
 
2014-04-11 04:03:09 PM  

Gnaglor: BMulligan:  Who made the decision to start a family before having the proper finances to raise them as they would want to?


So you are in favor of Family Planning then, well I hope you like the Democratic Party because within 25 years and probably closer to 5 the Conservative Christians who make up a big part of the Republican party will be against all medical forms of birth control.
 
2014-04-11 04:10:46 PM  

grumpfuff: grumpfuff: Ned Stark: Like an atheist opening up a Bible after years of knowing nothing about religion other than the peace on earth goodwill towards man song and dance he gets from his genuinely nice and compassionate Christian friend and read about all the rape, genocide, and slavery.

Reading the Bible was one of the contributing factors to me becoming an atheist.HAHA DISREGARD THAT I SUCK COCKS! 

misread your comment, sorry


OMFG, my sides! Haven't heard that quote in a long time!
 
2014-04-11 04:14:44 PM  
So a "centrist" in the pockets of corporate oligarchs defends a different group of corporate oligarchs.  It's almost as if he has a vested interest in preserving the current system of a congress for sale.

/That's how wall street plays the game; whoever we vote for, they win.
 
2014-04-11 04:19:36 PM  

Tomahawk513: grumpfuff: grumpfuff: Ned Stark: Like an atheist opening up a Bible after years of knowing nothing about religion other than the peace on earth goodwill towards man song and dance he gets from his genuinely nice and compassionate Christian friend and read about all the rape, genocide, and slavery.

Reading the Bible was one of the contributing factors to me becoming an atheist.HAHA DISREGARD THAT I SUCK COCKS! 

misread your comment, sorry

OMFG, my sides! Haven't heard that quote in a long time!


I use it fairly frequently on Fark when I correct my own mistakes.

/bringing it back
 
2014-04-11 04:26:09 PM  

Drew: whidbey: The Stealth Hippopotamus: whidbey: Did I mention he's also a Democrat?

Why do you think that matters, subby?

not subby!

But this is what I do. When the team criticizes one of their own I take notice or visa versa when they praise or defend someone that isn't on their team I take notice.

I don't know if I find it amusing or disturbing that people consider political parties "teams."

What do you think, Drew?

I consider political parties to be insane asylums


I'll second that
 
2014-04-11 04:54:10 PM  
Where do people get the idea that billionaires need people to "stand up" for them?
 
2014-04-11 05:20:50 PM  
It is SO easy for the Koch brothers and their supporters to claim they are not breaking any laws after they spend untold millions to change the law to suit themselves, isn't it?

A fairer question would be to ask "Are they breaking a law which used to exist before they used unfair influence to change it to suit themselves?"

Obviously the answer would be Yes YES YES YES YES YESand YES!!!
 
2014-04-11 06:09:15 PM  

Wendy's Chili: New rule: No "oh wait, did I say Republican?"-style headlines if the Senator in question is named Manchin, Landreau, McCaskill, Warner, or Pryor.


AFP is, and has been, running ads aginst Landreau. the DSCC has taken to running ads against AFP and the Kochs.
 
2014-04-11 06:24:21 PM  
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2014-04-11 06:26:04 PM  

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weak.  2/10.  try again.
 
2014-04-11 06:54:08 PM  

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2014-04-11 08:23:58 PM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: I love it when honest and successful business man needs to be "defended" because he dares have a political opinion. 'mercia!

Award winning safety? Employer of union labor?! Tried to end a government subsidy they benefited from?! (can't link to WSJ you'll have to look it up)

And lets not talk about all the universities they support!! Those vile bastards!!


Every last bit of that is complete horse shiat. My dad worked at their refineries in Corpus Christi and they would have benzene leaks for months on end, flare well past their legally allowed time, and employed thugs to photograph people attending the employee meetings where they would vote on unionizing. They would then approach those people and threaten them with reduced hours, loss of medical benefits or outright termination.
 
2014-04-11 08:34:34 PM  
You mean the same Joe Manchin who is going after Zohydro because drugs are bad, but his daughter is CEO of Mylan?
 
2014-04-11 10:44:09 PM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: I love it when honest and successful business man needs to be "defended" because he dares have a political opinion. 'mercia!

Award winning safety? Employer of union labor?! Tried to end a government subsidy they benefited from?! (can't link to WSJ you'll have to look it up)

And lets not talk about all the universities they support!! Those vile bastards!!


WTF is wrong with you?
 
2014-04-12 09:38:51 AM  

spongeboob: The Koch-backed network "raised at least $407 million during the 2012 campaign, according to the analysis of tax returns by The Washington Post and the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan group that tracks money in politics," the story continued, adding:


What a horrible conclusion to that "fact check".  Since the two Koch brothers spent $407 million and the unions spent $400 million, it's really a wash, and no one should criticize them.  I understand it's a Gannett Company editorial, but wow.
 
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