Do You Need A Reason to Vote for Catherine Cortez Masto?

Do you need a reason to get off your couch and head to the polls this fall to cast your vote for Catherine Cortez Masto for U.S. Senate?  Well here’s a good one:

Mitch McConnell told Fox News that he believes the NRA must approve of our next US Supreme Court justice nominee to receive any consideration by a Republican Senate.  The NRA disapproves of Judge Garland’s nomination, therefore, the current Republican majority will not allow his nomination to be brought to the Senate floor for a vote on confirmation.

This utter nonsense has to end.  We need to take the Senate back!  To do that, we need to make sure that Catherine Cortez Masto is elected to replace retiring Senator Harry Reid.  We cannot allow Republican Joe Heck to become Nevada’s next Senator and allow him to rubber stamp replacement of potentially FOUR retiring Supreme Court justices with “Scalia clones.”

Tweet of the Day on Gas Prices

Today’s tweet of the day comes from Nancy Pelosi:

However, if you listen to the GOP’s candidates, they claim the President has absolutely hindered oil exploration and drilling at every turn and should they be elected President they will increase drilling and, as one is claiming (the Newt), will bring gas prices down to $2.50/gallon.

Now that’s interesting.  Out of one side of their faces, they’re claiming they’re for small government so insignificant you could fit it in a thimble such that the free market could take off like a rocket and fuel the seeds of economic growth across America.  Out of the other side of their faces, they’re proposing to jump right in the middle of the free market and ensure Americans get their next oil energy fix at a “fixed” price?

I call that hypocrisy!  Either we have a “free market” or we don’t.  Either it’s the President’s fault or he’s not.  Frankly, if you want to blame anyone, you should blame President Bush.  He’s the one who appointed CFTC Commissioner Bart Chilton whose job it is on the Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee of the US Commodity Futures Training Commission to quell rampant speculation of OIL commodities on Wall Street.  What’s he done?  Zip.  Nada.  Nothing.

Maybe the GOP candidates should take the advice of one of their own, who defended then President Bush on FauxNews during the 2008 campaign year when gas prices hit the $4 range (right before the entire economy took a trip south and everybody forgot about how bad they were because everything else was so much worse than that).

Shame on FOX; Shame on Liz Trotta!

February 16, 2012
Contact: Mokie Porter, VVA
(301) 585-4000 x146

Vietnam Veterans of America Enraged by FOX Network Liz Trotta’s
Commentary On Sexual Assault in the Military

(Washington, D.C.)– “Vietnam Veterans of America is enraged by the comments of FOX Network’s Liz Trotta, who, in a February 12 edition ofAmerica’s News HQ, challenged the Pentagon for its increased spending on programs for victims of sexual assault,” said John Rowan, VVA National President. In response to a DoD report showing a 64 percent increase in violent sexual assaults since 2006, Trotta remarked, “Well, what did they expect? These people are in close contact.”

“What did they expect?” said Marsha Four, chair of VVA’s Women Veterans Committee. “I can tell you what we, as women, expected when we volunteered to serve our country during the Vietnam War. We expected to be treated equitably and with respect. Those of us who worked through the turmoil of the sixties and seventies fought hard for equal rights, and we are appalled that, decades later, those who serve our nation in the armed forces are still fighting for equal rights.

“Clearly Trotta is not in touch with the reality of sexual assault in the military, as she appears to be unaware that men also have had to endure this shocking assault,” noted Four. “Further we do not believe that all the thousands upon thousands of men and women who serve this great nation engage in behaviour that is less than honourable when placed in situations where they must coexist. Trotta’s comments are insulting to men and women alike.”

Said Rowan, “Ms. Trotta’s despicable commentary has sent a shock wave through the ranks of our membership and beyond. No institution in America condones the disgrace of sexual assault. It is not accepted in corporate America, nor is it on the streets of our towns and communities. Why should sexual assault in the military be anything less than criminal? As the Department of Defense grapples with the problem, it must take responsibility at all levels of command, and leadership must be held accountable.”

“As veterans who fought to uphold our Constitution, we hold sacred all the rights it insures, said Rowan. “As such, we are appalled that Ms. Trotta would use the Fourth Estate as a vehicle to condone the criminal acts of some by contending that sexual assault in the military is ‘expected’ behavior. It is a disgrace that FOX would stand behind this type of commentary. Ms. Trotta owes the men and women of our military and those in the veterans’ ranks an apology, and VVA believes FOX should demand it of her.”

Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is the nation’s only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated to the needs of Vietnam-era veterans and their families.  VVA’s founding principle is “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.”