Aug 012014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 102.  It will be a difficult day, because I have physical therapy during a heat wave.  It is also the day I normally spend hours collecting the data for and compiling the Monthly Report for Politics Plus to post on the second.  Because of the timing, the Monthly Report will be a day or two late, and I may have nothing at all to post on Saturday.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:54 (average 4:32).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Upworthy: As much as people love sex, you’d think we’d know better! If we just got rid of myths like these, we’d feel a lot better about our bodies, our relationships, and our sex lives.

 

If you show this to Republicans, that are likely to become apoplectic. So many uninterrupted facts, without intervening lies is more than they can handle.  Now, if only I could remember what sex is.

From Daily Kos: If you haven’t seen this before, this really sums up what Republicans think of the Americans who work for a living.

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No Congress in US history has ever done so little.’

From TPM: Conservative rocker Ted Nugent published a lengthy and rambling rant hitting back at his critics on Wednesday, writing that the reason he’s been described as a racist is because he’s "doing God’s work."

Nugent’s comments came in a column posted [World Nut Daily delinked] on the conspiracy theory website WND, in which he reacted to the news that one of his concerts in Idaho had been canceled because of his incendiary rhetoric.

"For the lying freaks over at the Huffington Post, Moveon.org and the scammers at the Southern Poverty Law Center to go to such extremes to constantly lie about me is proof positive that I am not only on the right track doing God’s work spotlighting the current infestation of cockroaches amongst us, but that they are clearly scared to death of me and virtually incapable of debating me one on one," Nugent wrote.

Nugent was reported to have used the term "unclean vermin" when discussing the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s decision to cancel a casino concert he was supposed to perform. The tribe canceled the concert after being contacted by the Southern Poverty Law Center and made aware of some of his past remarks, including some in which he called President Obama a "subhuman mongrel" and a "chimpanzee."

From his perspective, spewing racial hatred is doing God’s work, because his God is Republican Supply-side Jesus, the exact opposite of the real Jesus.

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Jun 152014
 

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Here is the forty-ninth article in our Republicans on Parade series, featuring individuals who personify what the Republican Party has become. Today’s honoree is Jared Padgett. He is so honored for finding a Second Amendment Solution to the sin problem for Republican Supply-side Jesus (the exact opposite of the real Jesus). It is the first time this award has gone to a minor or been awarded posthumously.

0615Jared-PadgettThe diary of the 15-year-old Oregon high schooler who shot and killed a classmate and injured a teacher before turning the gun on himself revealed that the teen was a religious fundamentalist who was out to kill “sinners.”

According to the New York Daily News, freshman Jared Padgett was known at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Gresham, OR as being quiet, but was “highly regarded for his spirituality” by church elders.

Padgett walked into Reynolds High School last Tuesday carrying “an AR-15 type rifle, a semi-automatic handgun, ammunition and a large knife,” and opened fire, killing freshman Emilio Hoffman. Portland’s KGW reported that police found the teenager’s journal while searching through the belongings he left behind.

A police source told the TV station that Padgett did not name specific students or teachers in his plans, but was rather on a mission to cleanse the world of “sinners.”… [emphasis added]

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Here’s the video.

As long as Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christians keep preaching violence as a means of enforcing their invasive piety codes on others, they forfeit the claim that there is no blood on their hands, when one of their own acts it out.

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May 222014
 

The minions of Republican Supply-side Jesus (the exact opposite of the real Jesus) are hard at work trying to indoctrinate our military in Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christianity, and the Republican gospel of hate.  Their problem is that coercive proselytizing the troops is illegal, so they are calling the enforcement of that law persecution.

0522AFRelFox News pundit Todd Starnes made waves last year when he claimed that the Air Force was preparing to “court martial” Christians as part of an Obama administration “religious cleansing of the military.”

As it turned out, the policy on proselytizing that Starnes cited to make these claims [PDF] was crafted in 2008 – during the Bush administration – and in no way calls for the court martialing of Christians.

The regulations do stress that “leaders at all levels” should “avoid the actual or apparent use of their position to promote their personal religious beliefs to their subordinates or to extend preferential treatment for any religion. Commanders or supervisors who engage in such behavior may cause members to doubt their impartiality and objectivity. The potential result is a degradation of the unit’s morale, good order, and discipline.”

But the facts didn’t stop Republicans politicians and conservative activists from using the Bush-era policy to attack President Obama and to push for looser restrictions on religious proselytizing in the military.

And now, the Religious Right’s campaign may be succeeding in pressuring the Air Force to water down the 2008 policy. McClatchy reports today that while Air Force officials maintain that the accusations of religious persecution in the military aren’t true, they are considering altering the rules on religious coercion in response to pressure from the Right… [emphasis added]

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Everything that the Republican Party  does relates to one of two goals: redistributing wealth from the poor and middle classes to the 1%, and establishing a permanent Republican Regime, a totalitarian plutocracy in which elections exist for show only.  I think this relates to the latter.  Republicans have seen that totalitarian governments fall when troops refuse to kill their own nation’s citizens during demonstrations.  That makes indoctrinating troops a Republican priority.

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Mar 282014
 

There is no depth of depravity to which Republicans refuse to stoop to get their way, and the Koch Brothers, fathers of InsaniTEA, lead the pack in that area.  Now they are bribing college students, some of whom may even be underage, with booze to oppose ObamaCare by refusing to sign up.

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Billionaire Koch brothers funded groups Americans for Prosperity and Generation Opportunity are supplying University of New Hampshire students with free alcohol tonight to encourage them to oppose Obamacare and not sign up for health coverage.

The “Thirsty for Freedom” event will be held at the Dover Brickhouse just off campus. It provides students with two free drink tickets to hear about “big governments war on youth” and is hosted by Koch-funded AFP, Koch-funded Generation Opportunity, Young Americans for Liberty, and the College Republicans… 

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Hat-Tip to Jo (a regular, both here and at Care2) for telling me about this event.

This is not new for Republicans. For example, in election year 2004, I left work downtown and saw a group of transients gathered around two Republicans, wearing Bush/Cheney buttons. They had apparently previously registered the transients. The Republicans found each transients names in a stack of prefilled ballots, got their signature, and handed it to them. Each transient then took their ballot to a van parked at the curb and traded it for a six pack of beer or a bottle of wine. I yelled at them, and pulled out my cell phone, intending to take a picture. Before I could, the Republicans jumped into the van and drove away. Then I had to run, confronted with some very angry transients. One more thing, the Republicans were both wearing "Jesus Saves" buttons too. I guess Republican Supply-side Jesus (the polar opposite of the real Jesus) saves by shopping at the beer and wine wholesaler.

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Mar 152014
 

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Here is the forty-first article in our Republicans on Parade series, featuring individuals who personify what the Republican Party has become. Today’s honoree is Austin Ruse from the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute. He is so honored for blaming an individual choice on a whole class of educators, and then suggesting to deal with those people the way only Republican Supply-side Jesus would: killing them.

0315RuseIf it were possible for American Family Radio to go too far, it did today.  This morning, regular morning drive-time host Sandy Rios was off, so Austin Ruse of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute served as guest host.  Ruse’s organization is rabidly opposed to the United Nations.  For instance, when the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities came up for ratification by the Senate, Ruse blasted out an email claiming that the UN would use it as an excuse to take kids from their parents.  In part due to hysteria stirred up by Ruse and other wingers, the treaty came up six votes short of the 67 needed for ratification.  That should tell you all you need to know about Ruse and his outfit.

But today, Ruse went several miles off the deep end.  As many of you know, a freshman at Duke University recently revealed she’s helping to pay her tuition by acting in porn films.  As degrading as that is, Ruse’s reaction was even worse.  He claimed that this is evidence liberal academics should just be "taken out and shot."  No, this isn’t snark–People for the American Way got a clip.

That is the nonsense that they teach in women’s studies at Duke University, this is where she learned this. The toxic stew of the modern university is gender studies, it’s “Sex Week,” they all have “Sex Week” and teaching people how to be sex-positive and overcome the patriarchy. My daughters go to a little private religious school and we pay an arm and a leg for it precisely to keep them away from all of this kind of nonsense. I do hope that they go to a Christian college or university and to keep them so far away from the hard left, human-hating people that run modern universities, who should all be taken out and shot.

This is unacceptable.  Period, full stop.  There is no way, no how that this sort of talk is protected speech.

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I not even going to touch the ramifications of a student paying for college with porn, except to say that, no matter how much I disagree with it, it remains her choice to make.  However, I trust I’m safe in believing that the Women’s Studies Department at Duke had nothing to do with her decision.  For Austin Ruse to propose murdering secular college administrators is hate speech, completely Antichristian, and obviously Republican.

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Feb 272014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, waiting for Store to Door to deliver groceries and getting as much rest as I can.  Tomorrow is a prison volunteer day.  It’s our annual Community Outreach meeting.  We’re bringing in a couple dozen college students, and groups of them will have round-robin sessions with groups of my guys.  It should be a pretty big deal.  Please don’t expect much from me for the next couple days.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:53 (average 5:25).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From PRWatch: Today, the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) released a new short film "Keystone PipeLIES Exposed" and major investigative report debunking key claims of proponents of the Keystone XL Pipeline as the State Department solicits comments from the public on its controversial environmental impact assessment.

Over the past seven months, CMD has interviewed experts and activists in Port Arthur, Texas; Detroit; and Washington, DC; and examined detailed tax, safety, economic, environmental, and campaign finance studies in assessing the claims made by proponents of the pipeline, which would carry more than 3/4 million barrels of tar sands oil a day from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries.

 

Keystone PipeLIES Exposed – Spills from Center for Media and Democracy on Vimeo.

There can be only one answer to Keystone XL: NO!

From Daily Kos: So take a gander at the states with the most miserable people:

10. Louisiana

9. Oklahoma

8. Missouri

7. Tennessee

6. Arkansas

5. Ohio

4. Alabama

3. Mississippi

2. Kentucky

1. West Virginia

Mississippi is thrilled that it didn’t top this list. West Virginia topped it by just being absolutely despondent about their future. And really, can’t say I blame them when water in Mexico is safer than the stuff coming out of their own tap.

Here we have a list that could be entitled "Who’s Who in InsaniTEA"!

From Washington Post: The annual Conservative Political Action Conference has long courted controversy over what its attendees and speakers say. For the past few years, they’ve almost earned more coverage for who they don’t invite to speak or attend — and what that says about the future of the furthest right fringe of the Republican Party.

Yesterday, CPAC organizers announced that they had changed their mind about inviting American Atheists to set up a booth at this year’s conference, which will be held March 6-8 at National Harbor. The group’s president said he was "really disappointed, but … not at all surprised" by the reverse of their fortunes. "We were going to CPAC specifically to combat the notion that one must be Christian in order to be conservative. We wanted to bring that to the forefront."

Lawrence O’Donnell offered excellent coverage.

If you don’t believe in Republican Supply-side Jesus (the antithesis of the real Jesus) and hate gays, blacks, Muslims, Latinos, libruls, and/or women who are not pregnant or wear shoes, you aren’t a real Republican and C-PUKE doesn’t want you.

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Feb 092014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, struggling with my COPD, watching snow, and enjoying Olympic coverage.  The US and Canadian women’s teams won their first ice hockey games.  The figure skating prelims have been elegant.  A young Russian girl turned in the best short program I’ve ever seen.  A European team swept the 5K individual speed skating, but I just can’t remember which one, or whether they have any speed skating history. ;-)

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:51 (average 4:42).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Daily Kos: Billionaire Sam Zell today:

"I guess my feeling is that he’s right," Zell said when asked by Bloomberg’s Betty Liu how he felt about Perkins’ stance [which was that minor criticism of the 1% equaled the Kristallnacht by the Nazis]. "The 1 percent are being pummeled because it’s politically convenient to do so."

Zell then said the problem is that all non-rich are just jealous that they don’t have the same work ethic that the country’s wealthiest do.

"The problem is that the world and this country should not talk about envy of the 1 percent. It should talk about emulating the 1 percent," he said. "The 1 percent work harder. The 1 percent are much bigger factors in all forms of our society." [emphasis original]

The big irony here is that the fool actually believes that the money earns, not him, entitles him to evade paying for the things we all built, without which, his money could not make more money for him.

From Right Wing Watch: This week, President Obama nominated five people to federal judgeships in Florida and New Jersey. Three of these nominees are already judges; two are accomplished attorneys. But what is more relevant to the right-wing Liberty Counsel is that, according to the American Family Association’s OneNewsNow, “among the nominees are four African Americans, one of them homosexual.” (That’s not actually true: one of the nominees is African American, one is Latino, and three are white).

Liberty Counsel head Mat Staver told OneNewsNow [pseudo-Christians delinked] today that these judicial picks show “ideological bankruptcy” on the part of a president who is “destroying the judiciary.”

"So he gets a black man, who is a practicing homosexual, and now he wants to put this individual in an appointment for life on the federal bench," Staver lamented, referring apparently to Darrin P. Gayes, a state circuit judge in Florida who Obama nominated to a federal district court.

At no point in the article does Staver or OneNewsNow touch on the nominee’s qualifications, other than to note vaguely that “all five nominees are considered liberals.”

Black, gay and librul?!!? Republican Supply-side Jesus must be cringing in his grave!!

From Crooks and Liars: Last weekend, Gov. Chris Christie’s office circulated an email to friends and supporters slamming David Wildstein, the former Port Authority official at the center of the George Washington Bridge scandal.

Now, citing two people familiar with the matter, a report by Politico.com today claims that aides never ran the memo by Christie — who is entangled in a widening scandal that he says a renegade deputy chief of staff and others are responsible for — and that the governor didn’t read it himself before it went out.

If you actually believe that PIGnocchio did not know everything that was in it, before it went out, even if he didn’t "read" it himself, I’d like to sell you the George Washington Bridge. Since a traffic study revealed some minor delays, I can give you a discount.

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Kudos to Cheryl Maas!

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