Feb 082015
 

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 nuts InsaniTEA can become.  I trust that you will believe it, when I tell you that last week was no exception.

0208TillisNew GOP Senator: Food workers must be free not to wash their hands!

Amongst the outstanding freshman class of Senators is one Thom Tillis, a Republican who bills himself as a "free market conservative" from the great state of North Carolina. He thinks health and hygiene laws are a little overblown and are a good example of government over-reach. He told a story this week during a speech at the Bipartisan Policy Center about how he was having latte with a friend at Starbucks recently when inspiration struck. Why should people who serve food be required to wash their hands after using the bathroom? It’s just this sort of onerous regulation that is killing American business.

So, perfect timing and soiled finger right on the pulse of the whole public health zeitgeist right now, what with the measles outbreak and the flu busting out. How ‘bout a little fecal dusting with your latte? As Jon Stewart suggested, maybe we could get a cholera epidemic going here. Boy, that’d be good for business!

Tillis has a solution at the ready, though. Restaurants would just have to put up a sign saying they do not require employees to wash their hands, and then the free market would just work its magic.

So amused was he at his own cleverness that he showed not one glimmer of recognition that this would also be a kind of regulation…

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Dang!  Watch out for Republicooties!!

This is just the first of six nutjob Republican moments from last week alone.  Click through for the other five.

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Feb 082015
 

Day 95.  This is going to be a busy week, because tomorrow is haircut day, Tuesday is a volunteer day in prison.  And Wednesday is grocery delivery day.  I also just learned that a close personal friend has breast cancer, so I’m spending some time on the Johns Hopkins site to learn enough to listen intelligently.  Thoughts and prayers, please.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:42 (average 4:53).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Daily Kos: It’s all so easy if you’re part of the one percent.

(Reuters) – I asked a financial services executive recently how our retirement saving system can be considered a success, considering that all but the highest-income households are approaching retirement with next to nothing saved.

His reply: "They don’t have any money while they’re working, so why would they have any money in retirement?"

It’s just that simple. If, like 45 percent of Americans, you’re of working age and you don’t have a retirement plan, well that’s your problem.

This is how Republicans REALLY care for the rest of us.

From Haaretz: Beware: Republican Jews on the warpath

A campaign of intimidation is underway to stop Democratic lawmakers from skipping Netanyahu’s upcoming Congress speech. God, save us from our Jews.

Note that this is an Israeli source. Israelis should also beware Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christians, whose support for Israel stems from their desire to inspire an apocalyptic conflict and see all but 144,000 Jews transformed into crispy critters in their premillennial tribulation.

From Politico: The Republican 2016 presidential field includes three politicians — George Pataki, Jim Gilmore and Bob Ehrlich — who last won election when the flip phone was hot technology. Also making moves to run are John Bolton, who is best remembered as an architect of George W. Bush’s WMD strategy and has never held elected office, and Peter King, the longtime Long Island congressman who’s made his biggest headlines hitting conservatives.

And don’t forget about former Hewlett-Packard CEO and failed California senatorial candidate Carly Fiorina — another accomplished figure who’s perceived to have next to no chance of becoming the Republican standard-bearer.

Bring on the clowns! All aboard!!

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The Republican Party thinks it still exists.

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Feb 032015
 

Day 90.  I’m waiting for Store to Door to  call and take my grocery order.  Correction: They just called.  Today I get to configure Mailwasher Pro, the software I use to filter the hundreds of SPAM email I get daily to work with my new Comcast email addresses.  Also, the building managers will be around sometime today for their quarterly sanitation and maintenance inspection, so I’ve been house cleaning to prepare for that.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:13 (average 4:42).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From The New Yorker: President Barack Obama’s increasing popularity is forcing congressional Democrats to consider admitting that they know him, a leading Democratic staffer revealed on Monday.

After months of denying ever having been in the same room as the President, some Democrats are tentatively rethinking that position now that his approval rating has hit fifty per cent, the staffer said.

“We’re watching that number very closely,” the Democratic staffer Robinson Petrack said. “We could be looking at a scenario where it’s safe to acknowledge his existence again.”

Petrack said that while many congressional Democrats have not used the word “Obama” in a sentence since the President’s approval rating dropped to thirty-nine percent last year, they are toying with the idea of resuming that practice now.

But even as Democrats contemplate admitting that they have met Obama or even shaken his hand, some worry that such moves could have perilous consequences if his approval rating drops again.

Andy may be on to something here. People love to whine about Obama. But, while I fully admit Obama has done many things I don’t like, consider the alternative. If McConJob had won six years ago, there is only one thing that would have prevented nuclear global destruction to the tune of Bomb Bomb Iran.  A Teabagger might have Second Amendment Solutioned him, giving us President Drill Baby Dingbat, instead!

From Daily Kos: This has happened to me a few times through my lifetime, but I just can’t stop giggling like a teenager. I can just hear the comedians now. Enjoy-we need it.

 

FOMCROTFPIMPLMAO!

From YouTube: Rachel Maddow 03*02*2015 Vaccine questions trip up Christie, Paul

 

PIGnocchio can probably pull his fat from the fire after his gaffe. However, this could be curtains for Idiot, Son of Idiot, Named after Idiot. His internal Bircher, that he tries to hide, rose to the surface.

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Too bad this only happens to the poor and middle classes!

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Jan 192015
 

For many years the title of Craziest Federal Legislator was crystal clear.  It was Michele “Batshit” Bachmann.  It was not even close.  Now that she is no longer in the House, there are several contenders, such as “Pig Nuts” Ernst (R-IA), “Idiot, Son of Idiot, Named after Idiot” Paul (R-KY), and “Uranus Inspector” Cruz (R-TX).  However, the leading contender may well be “Go-Go Goosestep” Gohmert (R-TX).

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I see America’s Dumbest Congressman has returned to the House in fine form.

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) called on American leaders to emulate Egypt’s military dictator, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi–a man who orchestrated a coup d’etat and has presided over the killing of more than a thousand dissidents.

Gohmert made the remarks on Wednesday in a speech from the House floor denouncing radical Islam, and the Muslim Brotherhood.

“I hope one day that our top leaders in this country will have the courage of president el-Sisi in Egypt and they will reflect, as general el-Sisi has, the will of the people of their country,” Gohmert stated.

You don’t see congressmen praising dissident-killing military dictators quite as often as you used to, but for Louie that was just the side dish. The main course was supposing the current president was a Sekrit Muslim working with the Muslim Brotherhood to make America Muslimy, and you know it must be true because:

Gohmert once again suggested that President Obama is secretly a Muslim, citing an incident in the 2008 primary season when then-candidate Obama mistakenly said he had visited 57 states, which Gohmert contends was an accidental reference to the 57 members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

We’re through the looking glass, people. Oh, and also? Louie Gohmert says he is not a crackpot…

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Go-Go loves Egypt’s Fascist dictator, because he engineered a Second Amendment solution, the path to political power that Go-Go favors here.  There’s a reason that he claims he isn’t a crackpot.  He is afraid that the SPCC (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Crackpots) will sue him for defamation of character.

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Jan 142015
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 70.  This will be a brief article.  I’m about to leave for prison.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:39 (average 5:54).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Upworthy: I wonder what would happen if these ads replaced the 500 fake ones that we see every day? Would people still judge women based on their skin tone, size, height, waistline, hair length, shoe size?

 

These real women are not what we see on the Republican Reichsministry of Propaganda, Faux Noise.

From The New Yorker: In a possible setback for Mitt Romney’s latest Presidential ambitions, a new poll reveals that a majority of Americans now regard the former Massachusetts governor as a stalker.

The poll results suggest that Romney’s presence in every Presidential campaign in recent memory has taken its toll on the American people, who have expressed disbelief that he would return after being repeatedly told in no uncertain terms that he was not wanted.

Additionally, many of those surveyed said that they previously felt harassed by the Massachusetts governor’s relentless e-mails and phone calls, and favored some form of intervention to keep Romney from contacting them in the future.

In an indication of how much Romney’s serial candidacies have traumatized the American people, more than fifty per cent said that they would support a restraining order to keep the former nominee five hundred feet from the United States until the 2016 election had safely passed.

Does Andy have Little Lord Willard pegged or what?

From Daily Kos: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and would-be president has a new book out, since that’s the thing that presidential candidates do. Politico excerpts 10 key quotes that demonstrate, according to the paper, how Rubio "tries hard to come across as an ‘ideas guy.’" They include his quote on Social Security and Medicare, which demonstrates that he is basing his ideas on total ignorance of actual policy.

"It is hard for me to imagine retiring at 65 and spending the next quarter century not working. I expect to be working, doing something productive and fulfilling."

Rubio supports raising the retirement age for Social Security as a way to ensure the system’s solvency and to reflect longer life expectancies. It’s perhaps the most politically risky territory he treads in the book. He says acting soon will allow people currently over the age of 55 to be spared. Rubio also advocates reducing the growth of benefits to upper-income seniors as well as eliminating the payroll tax on workers who have already reached retirement age.

On Medicare, he supports a voucher-like system in which seniors would get a set amount of money and can choose between traditional fee-for-service Medicare and private providers.

In other words this lying, Latino-hating Latino is a … Republican.

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Jan 122015
 

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.

Rupert Murdoch: Basically, just don’t be Muslim.

MurdochHatFox, O’Reilly, CNN and right-wingers of all kinds have been harping away at the Muslim community all week about the need for moderate Muslims the world over to condemn the Charlie Hebdo attack and subsequent violence in Paris. Many Muslims and their leaders have done just that, although Fox can’t seem to locate these numerous condemnations. Bill Maher grudgingly seemed to make some distinction between more moderate and extremist Muslims on Friday night, though he still refers to the “Muslim world” as a single block of identically minded violent people. But Rupert Murdoch does them all one better. Blame moderate Muslims, even if they condemn extremist jihadis.

On Friday evening, the News Corp CEO took to Twitter [Fascist delinked] to express his feelings that all Muslim people, even the peaceful ones, “should be held responsible” for “their growing jihadist cancer.”

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It seems there is only one solution: Don’t be Muslim. Just stop being Muslim. But that is probably not enough. Stop being from the Muslim part of the world. You can’t expect us to be able to tell who is Muslim and who is not.

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Does this extreme Republican actually believe people can change their heritage? Maybe he cold tell them to be Latinos, so he can express his hatred by calling they illegals instead.

This is only one of six Republican lunacies from last week alone. Click through for the other five.

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Jan 122015
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 68.  I’m hurrying to finish before it’s time to meditate on the Holy Ellipsoid Orb.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:06 (average 5:20).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Ultimate Religious Agony:

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Short Takes:

From Daily Kos: George Zimmerman, 31, made his first court appearance on Saturday morning after being arrested by Lake Mary police on Friday evening.

According to Zimmerman’s attorney, the arrest was due to allegedly throwing a wine bottle at a girlfriend "several days ago."

Zimmerman was arrested in 2013 for alleged domestic violence against a girlfriend, although a Lake Mary police spokeswoman said "this alleged "victim is not the same (woman) as in 2013.

 

I wonder if this Republican hero used one of the guns Republican Ammosexuals gave him to replace the gun he used to murder Trayvon.

From NY Times: For all the clichés about pistol-packing Texas, the state is one of the few that has not yet succumbed to the gun lobby’s big push to let citizens carry handguns at the hip wherever they go. That may be about to change as the State Legislature convenes next week with open carry a top priority of the Republican majority and with Governor-elect Greg Abbott pledging to sign it into law. The result could produce a far from reassuring civic tableau if even a modest number of the 800,000 Texans who have concealed-carry licenses choose to strap their weapons on in public.

Who would have ever thought I’d have an opportunity to say that Texas is about to get more insane?!!?

From Washington Post: Mitt Romney sent a very clear message to a group of major donors in New York City on Friday: I’m thinking about running for president in 2016.  Then, as he knew they would, those donors spread that message to every media outlet in the country.

It’s a stunning reversal from public — and private — assertions from Romney and his allies that, after two runs for president in 2008 and 2012, he was absolutely, 100 percent done with running.

He etched his sketch and poof!! His is a face we know well.

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In fact, both are.

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I bet they’re about to try it again.

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