Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Tea Party Queen Michele Bachmann Will (Unfortunately?) Not Be Seeking Re-Election

Michele Bachmann tries a local Iowa State Fair delicacy... The foot long corn dog.
The rumors are true! Michele Bachmann, who has been a never-ending source of amusement for sound minded individuals, has announced that she will not seek a fifth term in office in 2014.

I'm not sure how I feel about this. I am wholly conflicted. On one hand I loathe to see the curtain drawn on the reigning queen of GOP crazy but in the same breath I see it as a chance for the Republican party to begin to heal itself… Which I view, believe it or not, as a good thing.

The Tea Party Queen explained that an eight-year term in the House was enough and made it clear that her decision not to run had nothing to do with the ongoing ethics investigation about alleged misconduct during her failed 2012 presidential campaign in which the FBI is now involved. Nor was it the fact that she only won her last run by 1% of the vote against the same candidate that would be running against her in 2014.

No she just decided it was her time to go. Personally I view it more of an...

The World: "you're fired!"…

Bachmann: "Oh goodness, you can't fire me because I already quit."

If any of you want to you can view Bachmann's deranged reasoning as to why she bowed out of the 2014 race here…
Comments were disabled for the video. I wonder why?
In case anyone needed a reminder of what exactly Bachmann brought to the table as far as her career as a congresswoman here is a little refresher course into her many wondrous trips to crazytown…
  • In 2006 Bachmann suggested that a sizable portion of the scientific community discredits the theory of evolution saying "There are hundreds and hundreds of scientists, many of them holding Nobel Prizes, who believe in intelligent design,".
  • In 2008 Bachmann told Chris Mathews on his show that she wished “the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out: Are they pro-America or anti-America?” inviting McCarthy-Like Witch Hunts For Anti-American activity.
  • Also in 2009 Bachmann said Beware of "sex clinics" as well as "abortion field trips" in schools as a result of health care reform.  “Does that mean that someone’s 13-year-old daughter could walk into a sex clinic, have a pregnancy test done, be taken away to the local Planned Parenthood abortion clinic, have [her] abortion, be back and go home on the school bus? That night, mom and dad are never the wiser.”
  • Again in 2009 (It was a good year) Bachmann said of the effects of greenhouse gases that “Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn’t even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas.” OMG!
  • When it came to her presidential ambitions, Bachmann said she'd been driven to run for the White House thanks to a "sense from God."
  • Bachmann often characterized health care reform as "the crown jewel of socialism" and the tax code as a "weapon of mass destruction." 
  • Bachmann also once derided Planned Parenthood as "the LensCrafters of big abortion."
  • Bachmann said she regarded 9/11 and the 2012 attack in Benghazi as God's "judgment."
  • Bachmann once claimed that the HPV vaccine might cause ‘mental retardation and sent out a fundraising appeal on the issue with the title “I’m Offended.” In interviews Bachmann recounting a meeting with an mysterious and unnamed woman saying: “There’s a woman who came up crying to me tonight after the debate. She said her daughter was given that vaccine. She told me her daughter suffered mental retardation as a result. There are very dangerous consequences.”  
WOW... That's some list and you can bet it's not even close to being complete!

Finally let's take a fond look back at  Michele Bachmann's underwhelming legislative accomplishments as compiled by
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In toto Bachmann has served in the House since 2007, and is the first Republican woman to represent the state of Minnesota in Congress. She sits on both the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (no that's not a joke) and the Committee on Financial Services. Bachmann is of course the founder of the House Tea Party Caucus.

She will be missed... What I actually mean is that hopefully she will go away so she will be missed.

Bob Dole Blasts The Present Day GOP Then Gets Back Up From Olympia Snowe

I think Bob Dole summed it up nicely over the weekend when he said...

Last Sunday former Senate Majority Leader and ex-presidential candidate Bob Dole (R-Kan.) told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday that the (Republican) national committee should be "closed for repairs until New Years Day next year".

Wallace then asked Dole whether he or even Ronald Reagan would fit in with the Republican Party today.

"I doubt it. Reagan wouldn't have made it, certainly Nixon wouldn't have made it, because he had ideas."

Imagine a group of people that wouldn't let you join them because you had "ideas".... you would be imagining the Republican Party of today.

Watch the live clip here courtesy of Think Progress...
To further drive the point home here is Former Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) agreeing with Bob Dole's criticism of todays GOP...

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Radio Host Pete Santilli Wants To Shoot Hillary Clinton "In The Vagina"

Radio host and unhinged wingnut troll Pete Santilli
There is a new standard of crazy in political punditry and his name is Pete Santilli. Just like the politicians keep getting pushed further right into true wingnut territory the wingnuts are being pushed into bat shit insane asylum territory.

Enter Radio host Pete Santilli who is more out there than Alex Jones coming down from a 3 day glazed donut bender. What makes the whole situation even scarier is that Santilli has actually had people of note on his "show". Just recently Gun Owners of America director Larry Pratt as well as National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent have appeared on Santilli's "program".

The unbelievably heinous thing that has Radio host Pete Santilli in hot water these days is an off the wall screed he went on in which he called for Hillary Clinton to be “tried, convicted and shot in the vagina.”

No I'm not making that up. I couldn't.

To make matters worse, if that were possible, Santilli also claimed that he personally wanted to “pull the trigger” and watch Clinton slowly die in revenge for what he believes was the faking of SEAL Team Six’s Bin Laden raid. I guess it was possible to make it worse!

Here is Santilli's entire unhinged rant… (continue at your own risk)

"Hillary Clinton? How about Hillary Clinton? That frickin' assbag has not only been involved in drug trafficking out of Mena, Arkansas, okay? Not only that; and all these people try to have this plausible deniability thing, yeah sure, they're removed, they're just a bunch of politicians. Well, guess where they got all of the money to acquire the power that they have?

"This 'C U Next Tuesday,' Hillary Clinton, has been involved in the killings of American troops.  Namely, the mysterious suicide of the emotionally unstable Navy SEAL commander who just so happened to be involved in all of her dealings in the Middle East, okay. And he just mysteriously got suicided along with everyone else associated with the Clinton family. Miss Hillary Clinton needs to be convicted, she needs to be tried, convicted and shot in the vagina. I wanna pull the trigger. That 'C U Next Tuesday' has killed human beings that are in our ranks of our service."

"I want to remind you that in Benghazi, Miss Hillary 'the fricken' biggest vagina on the face of the planet' told troops to stand down and to not go in and interfere with the operation that they set up because they're moving arms; Barack Obama is moving drugs through the CIA out of Afghanistan and Barack Obama needs to be tried, convicted, and shot for crimes against the United States of America. And if anybody has a problem with that, then you are an enemy of our state."

Here is a recording of what I am sure is one of Santilli's parents proudest moments….

Just for good measure Santilli added that he also wanted to kill President Obama saying…

"Barack Obama needs to be tried, convicted, and shot for crimes against the United States of America and if anybody has a problem with that, then you are an enemy of our state."

Santilli has, I'm sure to his delight, drawn Secret Service scrutiny after going on his whacked out rant last week.

All Things Democrat first reported the news over the weekend, and Talking Points Memo confirmed the Secret Service's involvement.

Edwin M. Donovan, a Secret Service spokesperson told TPM...

We are aware of Mr. Santilli’s comments and will take the appropriate follow-up action... He certainly has a right to free speech, but the Secret Service has a right and an obligation to determine what a person’s intent is when making comments like this.”

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Republicans Alter And Then Leak Benghazi Emails To Suggest A Cover-Up

If this doesn't point out just how badly Republicans want Benghazi to be the home run scandal they so desperately want it to be then I don't know what other evidence a person would need.

Here's the deal... Apparently one day after The White House released 100 pages of Benghazi emails a report surfaced that alleged Republicans released a separate set with it's text altered.

CBS News reported that the leaked versions sent out by the GOP last Friday had marked differences than the official set.

The miscast quotes affect at least two emails that include a State Department spokesperson and a White House deputy adviser — the two parties GOP lawmakers insist were trying to engage a cover-up on behalf of the Obama administration to protect the president’s chances of re-election.

The two specific emails that were singled out and altered came from National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes and State Department Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland.
Ben Rhodes
Here is the GOP version of Rhodes' comment, according to CBS News:
We must make sure that the talking points reflect all agency equities, including those of the State Department, and we don’t want to undermine the FBI investigation.”
The actual email from Rhodes read:
We need to resolve this in a way that respects all of the relevant equities, particularly the investigation.”
As you can see any mention of the State Department has now magically disappeared.
Victoria Nuland
The GOP version of Nuland's comment, according to CBS News:
The penultimate point is a paragraph talking about all the previous warnings provided by the Agency (CIA) about al-Qaeda’s presence and activities of al-Qaeda.“
The actual email from Nuland read:
The penultimate point could be abused by members to beat the State Department for not paying attention to Agency warnings.“
Miraculously in the original email all references to al-Qaeda have vanished.

Mother Jones noted that the Republicans' interim report included the correct version of the emails, signaling that "more malice and less incompetence may have been at play with the alleged alterations".

Despite the White House's  release of 100's of emails that completely undermine Republican accusations that this is a White House scandal and the revelation of the tampered emails The GOP continue to call for more information and more hearings.

It's time to stop beating guys... The horse has been dead for a while now.

As you may have already guessed this story has yet to make an appearance on the Fox News channel.

Can You Believe Someone Actually Said This!!!! (3rd Edition)

Otherwise known as... Someone actually voted for this asshole.

Texas Republican Rep. Steve Stockman tweeted that his re-election campaign has a new bumper sticker.

This is apparently what his warped mind came up with...
 Classy Steve.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

A Cure For Benghazi Fever...

This graphic is for any of you that have friends or family that are mesmerized by the fake Benghazi scandal.

The next time a Fox watching, Limbaugh listening or Beck obeying zombie starts regurgitating their set talking points on the "Benghazi cover up" relay this information to them and see what they have to say…
16 Americans died in these attacks... (Click picture to enlarge)

In most cases a well trained wingnut is programmed to reply by pulling this line out of their asses... "well, no one ever accused Bush or his administration of wrongdoing or a cover up".

To this inane comment simply answer them by saying that Democrats and Liberals don't use dead Americans as pawns to gain political points. Only Republicans would use the corpses of murdered diplomats and soldiers as stepping stones for personal and political gain.

In additional breaking news on this subject the White House has just released "secret" emails showing that the CIA, rather than the State Department, drove many of the changes to the talking points that have the Republicans in such an uproar.

Lets see if the GOP changes course and goes after the fine men and women over at the C.I.A. (i.e. General David Petraeus) instead of their current targets President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton… I'm guessing not.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

The State Of Marriage Equality In The 50 States

Slowly but surely the times are a-changin'... For the better.
Stay updated on the current status of marriage equality in different states at Marriage Equality USA.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The NRA's 2013 Convention (Photos)

Over the last couple of days I have been following the NRA's yearly convention which took place in Houston. I watched reports of the convention on all the cable news networks and read a large swath of reporters takes on the convention. I tried to get an all around feel for the events that were held and the performances of the invited speakers. To the best of my abilities I worked to understand what the event was meant to be and the message it was trying to convey to it's patrons.

Before I say what I divined as the focus of the gathering I feel I must point out that sometimes in my posts I will write something snarky or facetious about the subject or person I am talking about especially if I find myself strongly disagreeing with it or them. In this particular instance I found that I was unable to do that.

Watching and reading about this convention and the actions of the NRA members that attended I find I only feel embarrassment. I found it to be a sad cometary on our country that seems too easily swayed by fear, hate and ignorance. I saw people taken advantage of by gun manufacturers willing to do and say anything to separate attendees from their money. I saw a fetishisation of guns more perverse than anything I have seen on any pornographic website. Mostly I just felt gut-punched.

I felt pummeled by words… formed into sentences… spun into lies… Lies that were then applauded by low information spectators like dullard voyeurs at a roadside freak show.

In addition, please don't for think for a second that I let the people who attended the convention off the hook. They have willfully and without shame or hesitation bought into the sickness that the NRA is dealing. People have called this a "gun culture" problem. I believe it has surpassed that into some weird realm of mental illness. When I say this please know that I am not being hyperbolic nor do I mean it as an insult. It just is what it is.

Here are a sampling of the twisted logic and lies the speakers at the convention were pushing…

• NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre

Trying to connect the fear of the Boston bombing tragedy to guns La Pierre said…

"How many Bostonians wished they had a gun two weeks ago?"

Then LaPierre then explained that during the Watertown lock down (which never happened) that took place while police were chasing the bombing suspects...

"frightened citizens [were] sheltered in place with no means to defend themselves."

He continued...

"Imagine living in a large metropolitan area where lawful firearms ownership is heavily regulated and discouraged. Imagine waking up to a phone call from the police, warning that a terrorist event is occurring outside and ordering you to stay inside your home."

LaPierre then moved on to the Sandy Hook Tragedy…

"political and media elites" have tried to use Sandy Hook and other recent shootings "to blame us, to shame us, to compromise our freedom for their agenda." The proposed bill "got the defeat that it deserved" and that the measure would do nothing to prevent the next mass shooting.

He finished with: "We will never surrender our guns, never,"

Sarah Palin, the former Republican vice presidential candidate and failed Alaska Governor

Palin, while wearing a shirt that read "Women Hunt" told the audience...

"stand up and fight for our freedoms."

"freedom is destroying itself."

Palin also made references to the late former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher describing her as her "hero." Thatcher, however, was a firm supporter of gun control Who oversaw British parliament passing of the Firearms Act of 1988, which outlawed semi-automatic guns.

Newly elected president of the National Rifle Association James Porter

Porter claimed Obama's push for gun control is motivated by "revenge."

"Last fall, just before the elections... President Obama demanded that his followers extract revenge. I can't remember a president ever publicly using that word against fellow AmericansRevenge is what's motivating the president's unrelenting attacks on gun owners today."

Porter continued to hammer President Obama saying…

He’s (Obama) now threatening Democratic senators who are friends of NRA,… He will destroy them if he can. We must support friends who support our cause.”

Home defense expert and gun safety advocate and instructor Rob Pincus

Pincus suggested that guns be stored in kids' bedrooms...

"How about putting a quick-access safe in your kids’ room?We have an emotional push back to that. Here’s my position on this. If you’re worried that your kid is going to try to break into the safe that is in their bedroom, with a gun in it, you have bigger problems than home defense."

As the group laughed Pincus explains that in a home invasion situation, it makes sense to have a gun stored in a bedroom you're instinctively moving to defend.

Here is a link to the video of Pincus' seminar which was obtained by ThinkProgress...

* Pincus' seminar was held on week after a five-year-old boy shot and killed his two-year-old sister in Kentucky, 1 day before an 8-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his 11-year-old brother in a wooded area in rural Maryland and 4 days before a 13-year-old boy from Florida  critically shot his 6 year old sister.

Former (future?) Presidential candidate Rick Santorum

Santorum stated proudly that he had signed up his 3-Year-Old Daughter For A Lifetime NRA Membership...

"Karen and I are life members of the NRA and we wanted to announce today that I talked to Chris and now Bella is a life member of the NRA too. And I hope it's a long life."

Santorum then went onto say that the 2nd Amendment is a "God given" right, and praised the NRA as "warriors" defending the US Constitution.  He said that "rights come from God because you are a creation of a loving God, and you have dignity because of that."

Radio Personality Glenn Beck

Beck delivered the Keynote At NRA Convention and fired off these salvos...

Beck warned NRA members...

"They feel they must regulate us until we comply, but I will not comply."… "freedom of all mankind is at stake" and "right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

Beck also adopted the mantle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by sickeningly invoking "We Shall Overcome:"...

"We are the law-abiding God-fearing members of the NRA. We are Americans. And we will be clear. We will stand; we'll march if we have to. We'll stand because we must. But we will not be moved. Our right to keep and bear arms will not be infringed. We will follow the footsteps of Jesus Christ, we will follow the footsteps of Frederick Douglas, Winston Churchill, Thomas Paine, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, [David] Ben-Gurion, Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan, Ghandi, Thomas Jefferson and Martin Luther King, hear me now. Hear me now. We shall overcome."

Glenn Beck also showed a giant image of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivering a Nazi salute to drive home the criticism of the mayor's extensive gun control efforts. Mayor Bloomberg is Jewish.

Here is the picture...

Junior Senator for the state of Texas Ted Cruz

Cruz used his time to brag about defeating the bipartisan background check bill that 90% of Americans approve of...

"In America, the people have the power. A month ago you had the president holding press conference after press conference after press conference and his package of legislation that would have undermined the Second Amendment looked like an unstoppable freight train…. But what happened next was truly amazing. What happened next was each and every one of you, millions of Americans began speaking out…and what happened in this battle is that millions of men and women across the country got on the phone, got on Facebook, got on Twitter and said, 'Leave our Constitution alone.'"

Cruz then went of with the fear mantra adopted by the majority of the right...

"The fight is not over. President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have come out and said they intend to come back at it

In addition to the speakers statements I found the items sold at the convention to be equally disturbing.

There were targets that were plainly effigies of President Obama. Here are three examples…
This target bleeds when you shoot it

There were shirts aimed at the hatred of a specific person persons or an entire group...

There were products aimed at women...

There were products aimed at children...

Here are a few random pictures of the conventions attendees...

Please don't take this post's criticism of the NRA convention as your sole information about what went on. Please do research and come to your own conclusion. I think you will find that it was worse that I have reported it to be.