Almost every week, Republicans join a competition to see who can say the most outlandish things, and in the process, they push the envelope on just how bad InsaniTEA can become. I trust that you will believe it, when I tell you that last week was no exception.
And from the lunatic Christian fringe, this just in.
The mystery of Stonehenge has been solved, at long last. Turns out that giants created by Satan built it.
Yeah, that makes sense.
This exciting revelation—and when we say "revelation" we mean it in the biblical sense—comes courtesy of televangelist Jim Bakker, who hosted one Dennis Lindsay [pseudo-Christian talibangelist delinked]on his program on Wednesday [pseudo-Christian talibangelist delinked] in order to discuss Lindsay’s latest "discovery" in the realm of Creation Science.
So what happened was, Satan made these giants who moved those big ol’ rocks into the structure we now call Stonehenge. That was pretty smart of Satan to create a supersized labor force.
That’s the reasonable part. Here’s how Lindsay explained how the devil wants to destroy God’s creation, Israel, and "contaminate the whole human race," per RightWingWatch:
Satan wants to “have his own seed and make his own family,” Lindsay explained, and so he created a race of giants who would attack Israel.
“He build his little squatter’s hut up there on the Temple Mount, you know that temple, because he knows what the Bible says about that place,” he said. “I weaved through why and what is the evidence for giant beings on this earth. We all know about Stonehenge, right? That’s just one of hundreds and hundreds of gigantic places around the world that testify that some sort of supernatural power or giants were involved in its construction.”
So there you have it. Satan has a "squatter’s hut" and you have Satan’s giants to thank for those all those "gigantic places in the world."…
I have one major bone to pick with this author for calling these nut-jobs “the lunatic Christian fringe”. They are Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christians. Nothing could be further from authentic Christians. They are as representative of Christianity as the Daesh is of Islam: not at all!
That said, this is the fifth of five worst Republican moments listed from last week alone. Click through for the other four.
This week is very busy again. I have at least one event every day, but usually more. I am trying to ready myself for the Alzheimer's Walk for Memories and raising money for research and programmes. As in the US, it is tax preparation time so that is on my list to do. And of course there is spring cleaning . . . always spring cleaning no matter what season it is!
Politico— Dispirited over a Republican Party primary that has devolved into an ugly, damaging fight, some of the GOP’s biggest financiers are reevaluating whether to invest in the 2016 presidential contest at all.
Among those on the sidelines: Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino mogul who hosted the Republican Jewish Coalition’s spring meeting at his Venetian hotel this weekend. His apparent ambivalence about 2016 was shared by many RJC members here. With grave doubts about the viability of the few remaining Republican contenders, many of these Republican donors have decided to sit out the rest of the primary entirely. And while some are reluctantly getting behind a remaining candidate, others are shifting their attention to congressional contests. …
The jewish community and @RJC honoring the great prime minister of Canada Stephen Harper – great friend of Israel
While the RJC spring meeting is traditionally a celebration of Adelson, with politicians of all stripes venturing to the Venetian to pay homage, this year’s was different.
On Thursday evening, Adelson hosted some of the organization’s top officials at his palatial mansion. While former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper discussed how fractured parties can unite, Adelson listened but said little, according to three people who were present. And on Friday, rather than preside over the deliberations, Adelson and his wife, Miriam, departed for a wedding.
The lack of interest is partly rooted in exhaustion. After watching many of the party’s establishment prospects — from Scott Walker to Marco Rubio — go up in flames, many top donors say they’ve simply grown tired of opening their wallets. Some here have given to multiple candidates, only to watch them suffer defeat.
And you thought Canada was nasty refusing to take Cruz back! Now Adelson is importing Canada's Republican demagogue, Stephen Harper.
Think Progress — Nearly a week after pipeline operator TransCanada shut down a section of its Keystone line over an oil leak, the company reported Thursday thousands of gallons of oil were spilled, not less than 200 as it first said. …
After the spill was reported earlier this week, environmental groups said Keystone’s spill proves the threat that the Keystone XL expansion would have posed. They also noted that the Keystone pipeline, approved by President George W. Bush in 2008, leaked oil 12 times in its first year of operation. “TransCanada’s Keystone I disaster is a stark reminder that it’s not a question if a pipeline will malfunction, but rather a question of when. This is one of the reasons President Obama rejected the Keystone XL pipeline and it’s why he should reject all dangerous fossil fuel pipeline proposals,” Sierra Club’s Executive Director Michael Brune said in a statement.
Oil transportation largely relies on trains and pipelines. Out of those two, pipelines spill more often than trains, yet train accidents can be deadlier as trains are more likely to explode. U.S. pipelines spilled three times as much crude oil as trains over the period of 2004 to 2012, …
And Trans Canada thinks it is their right to pollute with impunity? I hope its lawsuit in federal court and their NAFTA challenge fail miserably.
Raw Story — Bill O’Reilly questioned Donald Trump’s ability to provide jobs in African-American communities during an interview on Monday by painting black Americans as being ill-equipped for the labor force.
“How are you going to get jobs for them?” O’Reilly asked. “Many of them are ill-educated and have tattoos on their foreheads, and I hate to be generalized about it but it’s true. If you look at all the educational statistics, how are you going to give jobs to people who aren’t qualified for jobs?”
Barf Bag Alert! Barf Bag Alert! Barf Bag Alert! Barf Bag Alert! Barf Bag Alert! Barf Bag Alert!
Openly racist comments . . . but that is to be expected from a pair of Republicans!
Almost every week, Republicans join a competition to see who can say the most outlandish things, and in the process, they push the envelope on just how unhinged InsaniTEA can become. I trust that you will believe it, when I tell you that last week was no exception.
Glenn Beck celebrates Easter in a very bizarre way.
Glenn Beck often seems to mix his biblical metaphors when speaking about his pal Ted Cruz, a man Beck believes has been chosen by God to lead us out of the darkness.
Speaking again about God’s chosen one, Ted, Beck compared the Texas senator to Moses. On Easter. He made this comparison when he talked about sending a sympathetic note to the Cruz family about those nasty tabloid rumors of Ted’s alleged infidelity (the least unlikable thing about him).
"These guys actually believe it like we believe it," Beck said quasi-incoherently, referring to Heidi and Ted Cruz. "Imagine being in a position to where you believe it, you believe the country is at the end, you believe that God is telling you, ‘Step up to the plate.’ You believe that you, just like Moses, may be slow in speech and not the perfect guy, but you know if you get in there, you can actually do something and you’ve tried to stay loyal. Do you know what that life is like for two years of tearing yourself apart, of please Lord, just tell me, just tell me, just tell me, I’ll do it, just tell me. And the burden of I blew it? Oh my gosh, I don’t want to be them."
Now, granted, Beck could have gone full tilt and compared Cruz to Jesus, but he went with Moses this time. Presumably, Jesus will come later. Maybe for Passover. Or is that Elijah? Stay tuned.
The evil Beck polluted the radio waves for years, before progressives organized so many boycotts of his sponsors, that that we have relegated him to Internet radio. I made the graphic in way back in 2011. This is just the fifth of five listed unhinged Republican moments from last week alone. Click through for the other four.
With only the Wyoming caucus before the big New York primary on the 19th, and several more state primaries on the 26th, I decided to give you some laughs instead of my usual daily dose of outrage. I was feeling a bit politically constipated anyway/ So here are a couple video clips that accurately highlight the intellect of Republican voters.
To me it was obvious that none of those reporter were from Faux Noise. Not one showed off their legs or cleavage.
In the LIFT bus yesterday, I told a woman about university studies from Maryland U and Fairleigh Dickenson that showed Faux Noise viewers are more poorly informed than people who have no access to news. She called me a liar.
Almost every week, Republicans join a competition to see who can say the most outlandish things, and in the process, they push the envelope on just how lunatic InsaniTEA can become. I trust that you will believe it, when I tell you that last week was no exception.
4. Religious right leaders are glad that the whole idea of punishing women for having abortions is now out in the open.
Although Donald Trump has completed his 180 on the topic of making abortion illegal and making women who have one criminals, he sure got the religious right all hopped up about that possibility.
Pat Robertson seemed to struggle a bit with the issue. While he acknowledged that it seems “a bit draconian” to punish women, the fact is, “if somebody says abortion is murder, then what do you do to somebody who commits murder?”
Uncle Pat’s just asking. Just wondering. Just a little idle chitchatting.
Another right-wing charmer seemed much less perplexed about it. Jay Sekulow of the misleadingly named American Center for Law and Justice, a legal group Robertson founded, said if Roe v. Wade is overturned, states can just start making laws on how women can be punished! Yeehah!
RightWingWatch reported extensively on Sekulow’s comments if you’re game to get even more terrified…
I don't know about where you live, but here in Metro Vancouver, BC it was sunny with nary a cloud in the sky and temperatures around 22 C (72 F) today as well as yesterday. Many of the fruit blossoms are finished, but there are still many magnolia trees (Magnolia liliiflora) in full regalia but they too will be finished before long.Yesterday I was teaching English and French, and tomorrow I will be working with my first student. My two adult students are at such different places in the command of the language. My young French student gets very excited when she knows I am coming over and it is cute to behold. Today is the last class in my Pastoral Care programme and we will be commissioned on 24/04/2016. Next Thursday I start another study group called Immersion. It is geared to we flaming liberal Christians and will be taught by our Pastor Dave along with the woman who was leading the Pastoral Care programme. So lots going on! So who said retirement was for relaxing? Retirement is for doing what you enjoy but seldom had the time to do!
Huffington Post — On Oct. 21, Jessica Grubb flipped open her laptop and watched a live stream of her father telling President Barack Obama about her addiction to heroin.
Obama was in Charleston, West Virginia, Jessica’s hometown, to discuss the opioid epidemic. When the local newspaper solicited questions for the president from its readers, Grubb’s parents asked their daughter if they could tell her story.
“Absolutely,” Grubb said, hoping it might help somebody else in need.
If she’d been in Charleston, Grubb would have tried to attend the president’s visit herself. But she was in Michigan, where she’d moved for a residential drug rehab program. …
Jessica Grubb 1986 – 03 March 2016
Jessica Grubb “had a twofold reaction” to her story being shared with Obama, David Grubb recalled. “The one part was, ‘Wow, the president’s talking about me.’ The second reaction was, ‘Wow, the president’s talking about me. It was bittersweet.”
Hearing about a life lost so young; about parents fighting so hard for their daughter, and ultimately all daughters and sons, yet losing the battle . . . it leaves me hollow. David Grubb is correct . . . something has to be done. He lists some things that are being done, but more is needed. Drug addiction is a health issue that needs to be addressed everywhere. In Squatch’s Open Thread 29/12/2015, I presented an article about how Portugal had decriminalised drugs and began treating drug addiction as a healthcare issue rather than a punitive issue. I then followed it up with a piece in Squatch’s Open Thread 30/12/2015.
From the internet —
Need anything more be said? I have never enjoyed his genre of writing, but on these words I agree.
Daily Kos — When I watched the Chris Matthews interview with Trump on MSNBC tonight, I’d already seen the video exchange where Trump said that women who had gotten an illegal abortion should be punished. But when I watched the entire discussion, Trump made an even more shocking, and I think, more newsworthy statement that no one even bothered to mention.
The blogger has a point. Here is the Chris Matthews interview with Drumpf.
Stephen Barf Bag Alert!!!!! Barf Bag Alert!!!!! Barf Bag Alert!!!!! Barf Bag Alert!!!!! Barf Bag Alert!!!!!
Sometime later, Drumpf tried to clarify his position but only succeeded in making himself a pathetic figure in my opinion. From The Guardian:
“If Congress were to pass legislation making abortion illegal and the federal courts upheld this legislation, or any state were permitted to ban abortion under state and federal law, the doctor or any other person performing this illegal act upon a woman would be held legally responsible, not the woman. The woman is a victim in this case as is the life in her womb. My position has not changed – like Ronald Reagan, I am pro-life with exceptions,” the statement said.
If Hatch and his fellow Republicans want to vote against Judge Garland, they have every right to do so. But they should stop being cowards. They should make a substantive argument against him. vote against him, and accept the political consequences of that vote. They should stop pretending that this reckless path they have chosen is anything but a desperate attempt to hold onto a Supreme Court majority.
Almost every week, Republicans join a competition to see who can say the most outlandish things, and in the process, they push the envelope on just how vile InsaniTEA can become. I trust that you will believe it, when I tell you that last week was no exception.
Michele Bachmann still believes everything happens for a reason.
Life outside of the United States Congress has done nothing to dim Michele Bachmann’s biblical and political passions. In her new career as an End Times prophet, she speculated this week that maybe God ordered the Brussels terrorist attack. Why would God do something like that? To humiliate Obama, she supposes.
She, like other insane right-wingers, was very upset about the president’s trip to Cuba, and speculated that the timing of the terrorist attack might not be a coincidence. Because there is no such thing as a coincidence and everything fits into a pattern, said the crazy person. According to Right Wing Watch, Bachmann was upset that Obama skipped out on the annual AIPAC propaganda fest, and distracted the press from that important event in favor of his work in Cuba.
“Maybe our president’s humiliation comes in a manner so devastating it makes one wonder whether the creator of humankind isn’t reminding this world of the inferiority of foolishness in the face of wisdom,” Bachmann said in WorldNetDaily.
Then she turned her attention to spouting deeply Islamophobic mythology and hatred, a real strongsuit for her. [emphasis added]
This woman is so bat-shit crazy that either Fecal Dump or TRUSed Uranus could chose her as a running mate. This is the fifth of last week’s five listed vilest Republican moments. Click through for the other four.
The end of another week and it is time to cast the nets for "unhinged right wing moments" from the past week. Of course there are more than 6, but there is only so much room.
2. Insane Trump apologist #2 speaks out on violent protests.
Jeffrey Lord, a member of Trump's insane clown posse who has been hired by CNN as an “analyst” but whose actual title should be insane Trump apologist, was at it again this week, bizarrely blaming liberals for the problem du jour, which is, of course, violence at Trump rallies. You’ll remember that last week Lord attempted to whitesplain to Van Jones that the KKK was and continues to be the armed wing of the Democratic Party, a leftist organization and therefore not something Trump needs to disavow.
So that should give you some idea of the level of reality we’re operating on.
This week Lord continued his peculiar brand of insanity when he blamed liberals for the new curse that is spreading through the land, the fact that Trump’s thugs and acolytes are getting violent with protesters who attend the Republican frontrunner’s rallies.
Specifically, Lord was referring to the videotaped incident in which a 78-year-old white man suckerpunched a black protester in the head at a rally, an assault for which the white man was charged.
When asked if he thought it might be important for Trump to denounce this sort of violence, Lord expressed the view that the incident was the black protester’s fault as well as the left’s.
“The American left has a long and detailed history of doing exactly this,” Lord said. “What do you think the 1968 Democratic Convention was all about? It’s history!”
He continued to unfurl his wild illogic. Trump did not have a responsibility to denounce the violence because liberals had been using the same tactics for “decades.”
Scratching your head for examples? Yeah, us too.
Instead, Lord denounced the protesters for showing up, not being down with the Trump worship program, and not raising their hands to salute the great and powerful leader.
Well I have been absent from posting for much of this week. It has been busy. I have started teaching English to another student which has gone very well. She is at a grade 11 level, so our session was much different than the one I have with Lucia. Her daughter is in French immersion so I am also spending some time with her, reading both French and English. Good review of French for me too as I don't use it often enough. My right foot is coming along but I still need some physio. Fortunately it rarely hurts when I walk. And my big news this week, I bought a laptop computer so that I can still work when I am forced to keep my legs up. Also, I am almost finished a programme in pastoral care which really is much like the hospice training I took 17 years ago.
Robert Reich — The Constitution of the United States is clear: Article II Section 2 says the President “shall nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint … judges to the Supreme Court.” …
In refusing to vote or even hold a hearing on the President’s nominee to the Supreme Court, the GOP is abdicating its constitutional responsibility. It’s not doing its job.
Such qualities ought to mean that whatever else Trump may be—a blowhard, a demagogue, a bigot, a reality TV huckster, a malignant narcissist, an unparalleled deal maker—he’s an ardent believer in press protections, free speech and the First Amendment. Indeed, in a Feb. 27 appearance on the Fox News channel, Trump seemed—at first—to be saying so, declaring, “I love free press. I think it’s great.”
But like much of what is taken as a given in the crazy-town vortex that is the Trump presidential campaign, the image of the candidate as a champion of free speech is a mirage. The bullying billionaire can sling mud and demean his real and imagined enemies with the best of them. The problem, however, is that he can’t take it when others fire back.
And who or what is to protect "We the people" from the fallacious statements of Drumpf, his lies, deceptions, and misleading statements, numerous as they all are? And of course there are still the incitements to violence.
Raw Story — Republican elected officials admitted they promised to help a convicted felon run for elected office if he agreed to stop paying his mandated grazing fees.
Many of the officials are members of the Coalition of Western States, which shares the militants’ stated goal of rolling back federal ownership of public lands for private use.
Is there any doubt that the Republican Party is the party of right wing extremism?
Daily Beast — For seven hours on Thursday, a few dozen conservative leaders gathered in an upstairs room of the Army Navy Club off K Street in downtown Washington, D.C. to rack their collective brains—but reached no conclusion on how to thwart the billionaire’s rise.
Quin Hillyer, a National Review contributing editor, fielded questions afterwards from print reporters and a Chinese camera crew, explaining that the group hoped all the 2016 presidential candidates who haven’t endorsed Trump will coalesce behind a unity ticket. He added that there wasn’t a consensus that conservatives should unite behind Cruz.
“That was not the consensus,” he said, when asked about support for a Cruz-helmed unity ticket. “The consensus was that we need a unity ticket of some sort and we’ll let the candidates work out who the unity ticket is.”
Republicans, like a lot of people, thought that the Drumpf campaign would crater early on. When it was apparent that it would not, Republicans did nothing to curtail his candidacy. Now, as Drumpf's campaign has gained and sustained speed and delegates, the chickens are coming home to roost. IMO, Drumpf is dividing the Republican party and the people. There may be hell to pay come July.
OK, I finally finished the Monthly Report and TC reviewed it and posted it. I did not get an Open Thread done yesterday, and I must say I am sick of seeing Drumpf in the headlines. So today's offerings, or at least some of them, are a little more lighthearted. How appropriate that this Tuesday, another primary voting day, is the Ides of March which Wikipedia says
Think Progress — After the hottest winter on record, one Canadian territory raised the weight limit on an ice road crossing at the Arctic Circle from 10 metric tons to 40 metric tons. What could possibly go wrong?
Last Saturday, a fuel tanker broke through an ice road in northern Canada. Fortunately, no one was injured. Just four days prior to this accident, the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) provided this helpful tweet:
Great Bear Ice Crossing has been increased to 40,000 kgs. Drive safe!
I wonder if the auto club was able to get the truck freed? Somebody sure wasn't thinking when they put out that tweet which surprises me, because one error like that can cause death. I imagine a head or two will roll.
Alternet — If the growing prospect of President Trump scares the shit out of you, Canada might be looking like a nice cozy bolthole right about now. But it’s not just a kinder, gentler U.S. with better hockey and beer.
Hey, it’s close, civilized, a quick flight from the Northeast. They speak English.
But it really is a foreign country.
A nation almost 100 years younger than the U.S., Confederation was in 1867, creating the first four provinces. For all its vaunted socially liberal policies, it’s also a country with its own history of submission and domination – English over French, the 150,000 First Nations, Metis and Inuit children forced for decades to attend brutal residential schools, the unresolved murders of 1,200 indigenous women, prompting the recent allocation of $100 million by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne to investigate and address the issue.
While Canada recently welcomed 25,000 Syrian refugees, don’t be too quick to assume there’s an equal welcome for thousands of panicked Americans eager to flee a political scene they find abhorrent.
We have heard many times in the news that many Americans have said they will move to Canada if Drumpf is elected president. Do I think a lot of people will do so? No. I think it is a bit of whimsy on their part. I had to laugh though as I read this somewhat tongue-in-cheek observation of what life might be like here.
Think Progress — The Republican Party has a demographics problem. A recent analysis found that while GOP frontrunner Donald Trump may be energizing a subset of white male voters who normally don’t participate in politics, he is driving away the very groups Republicans need to win the White House this fall: young people, women, naturalized immigrants, Latinos, and blue collar workers. Trump has done so much damage to the GOP’s brand with these groups that he would need to win more than 70 percent of all white men to make up for it, yet he is polling at just 57 percent when matched up with Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton and 55 percent when squared off against Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Republican Party leaders are openly wondering if Trump will “drive the party into a demographic abyss,” and if the hundreds of Florida voters who gathered outside last night’s GOP are any indication, the GOP has cause for concern.
On Thursday night, as the four remaining candidates debated, hundreds of people from across Florida took to the streets outside the University of Miami to protest the party’s rhetoric on immigration, women’s health, the Puerto Rican debt crisis, and the minimum wage.
The emphasis is mine. I question whether it is Drumpf or the Party that is driving "the party into a demographic abyss", or perhaps both. Let's face it, Republicans have been in ongoing wars with women, immigrants, the 99%, and since 2012, the 47%. Where traditional Republicans are hoping no one is watching their little dance, Drumpf is being loud and brash. No matter what type of spin they try to put on it, Republicans still attract the angry white males.
Common Dreams —There's a vacancy on the most important court in America, and the message from Senate Republicans is crystal clear: forget the Constitution. For Senate Republicans, it does not matter who President Obama nominates because they will allow no votes and will hold no hearings on that nominee. Their response to one of the most solemn and consequential tasks that our government performs is to pretend that the nominee—and President Obama himself—do not exist.
At the same time that they are blocking all possible Supreme Court nominees, Senate Republicans are in a panic because their party appears to be on a path to nominate one of two extremists for president—extremists who attack the legitimacy of their political opponents and demean millions of Americans. Senate Republicans worry that, if either candidate is selected to be the party's standard-bearer, the Republican party will lose in November.
FROM: God a.k.a. Jehovah, Allah, Supreme Being, The Big Guy Upstairs, et al.
When it comes to politics, ordinarily I don't like to get involved. After all, I've got a lot on my plate what with wars, famines and the widespread instability throughout the world.
And my desire for non-involvement goes double when it comes to American presidential politics. When you insist on running campaigns that last longer than the Great Flood, honestly I'd like to steer clear of the whole mess.
Sadly, you folks have made that impossible. Recent events dictate that I must temporarily set aside some of my divine duties and sort things out.
First of all, stop invoking my name to get votes. I've never heard so many candidates claim that they have a personal relationship with me. If you really did, I would expect you to keep it to yourself and not blab it to every Tom, Dick and Harry.
Click through for a tongue-in-cheek yet I think valid look at the presidential race.