Aug 182014
 

RepublicansOnParade

Here is the fifty-ninth article in our Republicans on Parade series, featuring individuals who personify what the Republican Party has become. Today’s honoree is Republican nominee for for the US Senate from Iowa Joni "Pig Nuts" Ernst. She is so honored for extreme TEAbuggery.

0818ErnstIt’s well past time that Democrats stop playing around and start tearing Joni Ernst apart for all the truly crazy shit she’s been spewing, like the recently revealed fact that she’s been running with the black helicopter crowd:

"The United Nations has imposed this upon us, and as a U.S. senator, I would say, ‘No more. No more Agenda 21.’ Community planning—to the effect that it is implementing eminent domain and taking away property rights away from individuals—I don’t agree with that. And especially in a place such as Iowa, where we rely heavily upon our agricultural community, our rural communities. We don’t want to see things like eminent domain come into play," Ernst said in response to a question about Agenda 21 at the forum.

"We don’t want to see a further push with Agenda 21, where the Agenda 21 and the government telling us that these are the urban centers that you will live in; these are the ways that you will travel to other urban centers," Ernst continued. "Agenda 21 encompasses so many different aspects of our lives that it’s taking away our individual liberties, our freedoms as United States citizens. So I would adamantly oppose Agenda 21. I don’t believe it is responsible, not for United States citizens."

Agenda 21, if you’ve never heard of it, is an innocuous U.N. document that has, over the years, become a lodestone of the wingnut fever swamps. This is Michele Bachman-esque, out-of-your-freaking-gourd territory… [emphasis original]

Inserted from <Daily Kos>

Click through for more.  If that isn’t enough to prove that Pig Nuts deserves her parade, she also had endorsements from both Glen “Gold Digger” Beck and Sarah “Bloody Bullseye Barbie” Palin, BEFORE she won the Republican primary.

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Aug 152014
 

RepublicansOnParade

Here is the fifty-seventh article in our Republicans on Parade series, featuring individuals who personify what the Republican Party has become. Today’s honoree is Fitzwalkerstan Republican nominee for the US House, Glen Grothman. He is so honored for excessive display of a PhD in Bullshitology.

0815grothmanWisconsin Republicans may not have gotten the message the RNC has been pushing about how to avoid offending women and minorities.

On Tuesday, State Sen. Glenn Grothman (R) narrowly prevailed in Wisconsin’s sixth congressional district Republican primary, winning by just 215 votes. Grothman will face Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris (D) in the November general election to succeed retiring-Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI).

From offending women to minorities to LGBT people, here is a sampling of Grothman’s extreme positions that have endeared him to Tea Party types but earned condemnation elsewhere:

Women Are Paid Less Because They Don’t Care About Money: For years, women have decried the injustice of being paid less than men for equal work, but Grothman knows women don’t actually need as much money. “You could argue that money is more important for men,” he told the Daily Beast. He also blamed the wage gap on “women’s decision to prioritize childrearing over their careers.” Grothman and Republicans in Wisconsin successfully repealed the state’s equal pay law in 2012… [emphasis original]

Inserted from <Think Progress>

I have included only one of his insane (typically Republican) positions.  Click through for the other six, which are six more reasons this Republican deserves this parade.

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Aug 132014
 

2014 has far fewer Tea Party Republican candidates for the House and especially the Senate than they have recent elections.  I miss running against the likes of Sharon “Second Amendment Solution” Angle, Christine “I am not a witch” O’Donnell and Rick “Google my name” Santorum.  TEAbuggery can be damn useful at election time.  It gives voters Republicans to laugh at! Some journalist say that the Tea Party is on the way out, but is the Tea Party really losing?

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The emerging  conventional wisdom that the Tea Party is being vanquished by the GOP establishment, based solely on the fact it is beating primary challengers, is exceedingly myopic. If you believe that, you have a very superficial view of what constitutes “winning.”  These primaries are forcing the allegedly mainstream candidates to move far to the right and the performance of the past few years proves that when this happens the Party  stays far right as a result of this threatPrimaries can be very effective tools if used properly, and if they are backed up by money and influence, which the far right certainly is, they are formidable instruments of discipline.

Ed Kilgore did an excellent survey of these so-called victories for the voices of reason at Talking Points Memo earlier this week:

Yesterday’s winner Pat Roberts, who already sported lifetime ratings of 86 percent from both the American Conservative Union and Americans for Prosperity, went far out of his way to propitiate the ideological gods of movement conservatism as he fought for reelection. He voted against an appropriations measure that included a project he had long sought for his alma mater, Kansas State University, and opposed a UN Treaty banning discrimination against people with disabilities over the objections of his revered Kansas Senate predecessors Bob Dole and Nancy Kassebaum.

We’ve seen the same dynamic with “establishment” winners Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Joni Ernst of Iowa, and “moderate outsider” David Perdue of Georgia — and above all Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, whose voting record tilted hard right in anticipation of his primary fight with Matt Bevin. There’s been a virtual cavalcade in the primaries of entire fields tilting against debt limit increases, comprehensive immigration reform (or even limited legalization of undocumented workers), any positive government role in economic policy, and of course, any accommodations for legalized abortion or same-sex marriage.

As Kilgore has pointed out endlessly on his blog at Washington Monthly, there really is very little daylight between them in the first place… 

Inserted from <AlterNet>

This year, the so-called establishment Republicans are winning the primaries, but only because they have adopted the same extremist policies as the Tea Baggers.  Incumbents can take home a record of obstruction, sabotage and sedition that serves to insulate them from threats of TEAbuggery.  The 0.1% billionaires that tell the Tea Party what to think, what to say and who to hate are getting the same job performance from the so-called establishment candidates.  So the Tea Party isn’t losing at all.  If this keeps up, Bought Bitch Mitch will have to change his name to Bought Bubba Bagger!

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Aug 122014
 

RepublicansOnParade4

Here is the fifty-sixth article in our Republicans on Parade series, featuring individuals who personify what the Republican Party has become. Today’s honoree is Republican nominee for Maryland’s Anne Arundel County Council, Michael Peroutka. He is so honored for criminal sedition and TEAbuggery.

0812PeroutkaA miasma of anti-science, anti-evolution, racist, homophobic, secessionist thinking has clearly fogged the brains of Republican voters in Anne Arundel, which is the home county of Maryland’s capital, Annapolis, and also home to the U.S. Naval Academy, National Security Agency, and Fort George G. Meade.

Michael Peroutka, described by Frederick Clarkson as "a party-switching theocrat" (he was the presidential candidate for the Constitution Party in 2004), has won his primary election.

Republicans in Anne Arundel—ostensibly with the capacity to read, write, and think—voted for a man who has openly declared war on science, on the U.S. Constitution, on marriage equality, and who doesn’t just whistle Dixiehe thinks it’s the national anthem.

He has declared that the laws of the state of Maryland are invalid:…

Inserted from <Daily Kos>

Here he is in action.  Bart Bag Alert!

If this cretin were not truly representative of the Republican Party, the Republican Party would not have nominated him.

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Aug 082014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 109.  Oversleeping last night has thrown off my sleep schedule.  I feel like I need to sleep, but have been unable to do so, so I’m not as fresh as I’d like to be.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:15 (average 5:37).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Religious Ecstasy:

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At the ends of the first quarter, the other gods hurled down thunder and lightning from Olympus in homage to the Holy Ellipsoid Orb.  Worshipers had to flee.  The service was what last year’s Super Bowl should have been.

Short Takes:

From Daily Kos: …Colt Thriemer and Thomas J Brown got into a fist fight at a Walmart Parking Lot.  There were several witnesses who say that the victim, Thomas Brown, was walking away afterwards to his car when Colt Thriemer shot Thomas Brown after retrieving a handgun.  Mr. Brown was shot 10 times at fairly close range both in the back while he was walking away and then when he turned towards Mr. Thriemer after being shot, apparently pleading him to stop.  Mr. Thriemer then fled the scene.

When he was apprehended, he did what all murderers do now in Florida: claim he was in "fear for his life".  The prosecutor agreed.

The prosecutor’s statement summed up all that is fucking wrong with Stand Your Ground:

"The Stand Your Ground Statue makes no exception to the immunity because Brown may have been walking away from Thriemer when deadly force was used."

That’s because the f_ing law was made by f_ing  imbeciles.  [emphasis original]

Of course the law was made by imbeciles. Republicans are.

From AlterNet: President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday slapped a one-year ban and restrictions on food and agricultural product imports from nations that have imposed sanctions on Russia over its defiant stance on Ukraine.

The decision marks yet another escalation in a furious diplomatic standoff that has seen Russia slip into growing international isolation and the onset of what some US media are calling a "new Cold War".

It also threatens to send the price of Russian food soaring and feed public discontent with an economic slowdown that analysts indirectly attribute to Putin’s perceived backing of pro-Kremlin insurgents fighting government forces in eastern Ukraine.

If any nation sanctioning Vladimir Putin (R-RU), aka GOP Pootie, has a shortage of foods, the US can help meet the need, especially if we stop paying farmers not to grow it.

From Crook and Liars: The hosts of Fox & Friends on Wednesday politicized the death of an Army general as a "touchdown for the Taliban" so they could score some points against President Barack Obama.

Barf Bag Alert!!

 

Yesterday I said they were doing this. This is how they are doing it. How disgusting they are!

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Aug 072014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 108.  It’s been a busy day with heavy house cleaning and a grocery delivery.  Tomorrow is a holy day in the Church of the Ellipsoid Orb.  The Holy Orb is rising on a new preseason of meditation.  I’m meditating in faith that my Broncos shall break the long fast with a communion meal of Pulverized Seachicken. :-)

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:16 (average 5:06).  To do it click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Daily Kos: Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Rep. Mo Brooks, Republican of Alabama:

“This is a part of the war on whites that’s being launched by the Democratic Party. And the way in which they’re launching this war is by claiming that whites hate everybody else,” he said during an interview Monday with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham. "It’s part of the strategy that Barack Obama implemented in 2008, continued in 2012, where he divides us all on race, on sex, greed, envy, class warfare, all those kinds of things. Well that’s not true.”

Man, if it’s been waging a war on whites all this time, the Democratic Party is even less effective than I’d realized. Because whites are doing relatively well in this country. Sure, class warfare from above has been hard on the middle class, which was historically overwhelmingly white, so if you compare how middle-class white people are doing now to how they were doing 20 or 50 years ago, the picture is bad. But compared to non-white people? Whites are doing just fine, despite this alleged war on them.

Mo "Bubba Bagger" Brooks is projecting to blame Democrats for his own Republican racism.

From NY Times: The Obama administration is weighing plans to circumvent Congress and act on its own to curtail tax benefits for United States companies that relocate overseas to lower their tax bills, seeking to stanch a recent wave of so-called corporate inversions, Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew said on Tuesday.

Treasury Department officials are rushing to assemble an array of options that would essentially wipe out the economic incentive for the deals, Mr. Lew said. No final decision has been made.

“The question is, Can we do enough that it will materially change the economics of inversions so that companies will make different decisions?” Mr. Lew said in an interview. “The things we are looking at look to me like they could very materially change the economics of inversions.”

See How RepubliCorp Is Ducking Taxes. At the very least, Obama could disqualify such companies from government contracts and subcontracts.

From TPM: A third grade teacher in South Carolina called into Rush Limbaugh’s radio show on Tuesday to thank him for his children’s book, "Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims," which she used to teach her students about slavery and the Civil War.

ARGH! Limbarf as a teaching aid?!!?  Disappointed smile I was unable to find out which school has such misinformed students. That teacher needs to be stopped, then fired, and then committed.

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Aug 062014
 

I’ve certainly had no shortage of writing about one Republicans that the Republican Reichsministry of Propaganda, Faux Noise, has praised and interviewed completely, Cliven Bundy.  He has found his way back into the news in an indirect sort of way.  According to a study of law enforcement professionals, Sovereign citizens are the greatest terrorist threat Americans face.

0806SovCitIn a new study conducted by researchers tasked with  studying of the root causes and consequences of terrorism in the U.S. and abroad, the sovereign citizen movement was perceived to be the gravest terrorist threat, rivaling Islamist extremists and militia/patriot groups.

According to National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism —better known as START— sovereign citizens were the top concern of law enforcement, even as a belief that some domestic groups including the KKK, Christian Identity, and neo-Nazis represent less of an actual terrorist threat when compared to a previous study.

The report, complied  by START researchers David Carter, Steven Chermak, Jeremy Carter and Jack Drew,  is drawn from surveys with  more than 364 officers representing 175 state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies. Those surveys  asked respondents to to gauge their perception on the threat of terrorism, the nature of information-sharing, and their belief as to whether their agencies are prepared to deal with terrorist attacks… [emphasis added]

Inserted from <Raw Story>

Ed Schultz covered this story in two segments. In the first he discussed the upshot and blowback of Republican hero, Cliven Bundy, including how a Bundy follower, Jared Miller, murdered three people.

In the second Ed interviews SPLC expert Ryan Lenz and Nevada journalist John Ralston.

US Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) called these people patriots, so any attempt to deny the connection between them and the Republican Party is a lie.

I have been saying for years that Al Dubya is a greater threat to America than Al Qaeda ever was.  I was right.

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