Sunday, November 24, 2013

Tea Party Darling Who Voted For Drug Testing Food Stamp Recipients Busted In Cocaine Sting

Of all the human characteristics I disdain it is hypocrisy that I loath the most. I find it especially repellent because it mixes two of the most unlikeable characteristics together, lying and hubris, to form one neat package of nastiness.

Here are a few perfect examples of hypocrisy.

Let's say you are a flame throwing bigot who rails against what you claim are the sins of homosexuality all day and all night but secretly you like to give blow jobs to strange men in airport bathrooms during layovers. Then you would be a hypocrite like the closeted, self loathing Larry Craig.

Here is another example.

Let's say you go on and on and on about the evils of a certain persons affair to score political points but then it is discovered that you had an affair on your first wife who was dying of cancer. Then when you married the woman you were having an affair with you cheated on that woman while she was suffering from multiple sclerosis. Then you would be a hypocrite just like the slimy bloated bag of smarminess known as Newt Gingrich.

Now that we have established why I find hypocrites so loathsome let me tell you about the ultra conservative Republican congressman and Tea Party favorite Trey Radel.

Last September freshman congressman Radel, while trying to prove his Tea Party bona fides, voted for an amendment proposed by another Republican Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.) that would give states the power to make food stamp recipients submit to drug tests.

While that is repugnant it is not the problem.

The problem is that just last month Rep. Radel was arrested for possession after buying coke in a sting set up by the DEA. One DEA official said Radel paid $250 for 3.5 grams of cocaine from an undercover dealer in the Dupont Circle area which is where Trey apparently goes to score.

It boggles the mind.

No, this is not Radel's presser
In a hastily called press conference last Tuesday Radel apologized for the cocaine bust. It is interesting to note that while he stood at the podium he never once addressed his drug testing hypocrisy, he never answered questions posed to him about stepping down from his position and then  proceeded to exonerate himself by blaming everything that happened to him on his new found drinking problem saying "I struggle with the disease of alcoholism, and this led to an extremely irresponsible choice,".
2 peas in a pod!
Sounds like someone has been reading Rob Ford's press releases and is trying out his "drunken stupor" defense!.

Apparently there were missed red flags because in an interview with Danielle Ryan on March 11 Radel was asked "What’s your favorite vacation spot outside Florida?" whereupon he answered " Cartagena, Colombia,".

Finally, when addressing congressman Radel's hypocrisy about drug testing food stamp recipients, I believe Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) summed it up best when she said "It’s like, what?”

NO food stamps for you congressman!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Republicans Shoot Down Iran Deal Even Before They know Whats In It

Late Saturday night President Obama announced that there was news of a potential deal between an international alliance, which includes the United States, and Iran that might freeze or significantly roll back their nuclear infrastructure. While there were no actual substantiated facts released and all details were left purposely vague it didn't stop the Republicans from from criticizing it.

First let's start out with a tweet about the deal from the US State Department at 10:15...

Agreement in Geneva: first step makes world safer. More work now. -JK #IranTalks

Here are a few tweets by GOP pols who shot down a deal that would prevent Iran to stop producing nukes before they could even possibly know what was in it. Please take note of the times the tweets were sent out.

First up, Ari Fleischer  at 9:08...

The Iran deal and our allies: You can't spell abandonment without OBAMA

Lindsey Graham at 10:09...

Unless the agreement requires dismantling of the Iranian centrifuges, we really haven't gained anything. #IranNukes

John Cornyn at 10:15...

Amazing what WH will do to distract attention from O-care

Richard Grenell at 10:36...

This is the face of retreat. #RedLine

Here is a statement from Sen. Mark Kirk...

“...this deal appears to provide the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism with billions of dollars in exchange for cosmetic concessions that neither fully freeze nor significantly roll back its nuclear infrastructure. Furthermore, the deal ignores Iran’s continued sponsorship of terrorism, its testing of long-range ballistic missiles and its abuse of human rights.”

Classic.

Meanwhile what is lost is the nature of just how historic a deal this might be. Here is President Obama at 10:36 addressing the nation from the State Dining Room tonight announcing that together with close allies and partners important first step toward a comprehensive solution that addresses concerns with the Islamic Republic of Iran’s nuclear program.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emQGKQ6D0sE

Friday, November 22, 2013

Today Marks The 50th Anniversary of the Assassination Of JFK

May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963
Half a century ago today President John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, was struck down by a bullet from the gun of Lee Harvey Oswald

He was survived by his wife Jacqueline Kennedy and his children Arabella Kennedy Caroline Bouvier Kennedy, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Jr. Patrick Bouvier Kennedy.

It is widely believed by Americans that John F. Kennedy was one of our greatest presidents.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

40 Gun Toting Goons Intimidate A "Mothers Against Gun Violence" Meeting In A Texas Restaurant

You know what's manly? Guns. You know what's even manlier? Intimidating women. But do you know what the manliest thing ever is? Intimidating women with guns of course! Well if you believe this to be true then you can chalk up another victory for the 2nd amendment and those zany gun nuts who think the amendment was handed down to them from the heavens by the baby Jesus himself.

The victory was well earned last weekend by 40 armed men, women, and children who congregated outside a Dallas, Texas area restaurant to protest a meeting of the state chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Yes you heard that right. A bunch of gun loving goons showed up to terrify and menace 4 female members of a gun safety advocacy group that was formed in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting.

So who exactly are these brave patriots who had the guts to take on a group of concerned mothers and put the fear of god into them. It turns out that the brave contingent of firearm enthusiasts belong to a group named Open Carry Texas or OCT for short (not to be confused with the abbreviation of the 10th month in the calendar year).

To round up the troops and sound the charge against the Mom's Demand Action's meeting a member of Open Carry Texas named Kory Watkins sent out a Facebook event invitation to all the groups members that included the message: “You won’t want to miss this I promise! Message only, you will understand. ;0)

According to a spokeswoman for Moms Demand Action their meeting was just underway when members of Open Carry Texas “pulled up in the parking lot and started getting guns out of their trunks.” The group then waited in the parking lot for the four MDA members to come out.

Moms Demand Action posted the picture on Facebook along with this caption...
"WHAT ARE THESE MEN DOING? No, they’re not military defending our country or police responding to a mass shooting. They’re members of Open Carry Texas and they showed up earlier today to protest a membership meeting being held by four members of Moms Demand Action inside a restaurant in Dallas. These men, armed with semi-automatic rifles, terrified customers and passersby."
MDA later released a statement calling the members of Open Carry Texas “gun bullies” who “disagreed with our goal of changing America’s gun laws and policies to protect our children and families.” and that the members and restaurant customers were “terrified by what appeared to be an armed ambush.”

A member of OCT responded by tweeting, “I guess I’m a #gunbullies #Comeandtakeit.”

One of the MDA members at the meeting said that the restaurant manager did not want to call 911, for fear of “inciting a riot” and waited for the OCT members to grow bored and leave the parking area.

After around 2 hours the #gunbullies apparently felt they had achieved whatever it was they had set out to do and reportedly moved the shootnanny to a nearby Hooters. Here is a picture of the OCT members posing with the wait staff of said Hooters...
Nothing but class for the members of Open Carry Texas
In a final act of intimidation Open Carry Texas responded to the moms with a Facebook post challenging the president of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America to debate saying...
Hey Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, here's your chance to get your ideas out in public. The president of Open Carry Texas, CJ Grisham, is issuing an open invite and challenge to MDA President Shannon Watts to debate the issue of "gun sense" (gun control) versus gun rights (supporting the constitution). Since we are issuing the challenge, Shannon may pick anywhere in the State of Texas to hold the event and OCT will pay for the venue. We will also accept the Texas Chapter President of MDA if Shannon doesn't feel intelligent or confident enough to handle an open debate. OCT will NOT be open carry at the event so MDA can feel safe and secure in its ignorance and false sense of safety. Shannon may email her response CJ directly from her official email to cj@opencarrytexas.org. The ball is in your court.
Keep it classy #gunbullies.

This is not the first time that gun enthusiasts have "rallied" at a Mom's Demand Action event. In March, a group of armed men going under the name "Indiana Moms Against Gun Control" crashed a MDA gun-control rally in Indianapolis and showed them who the real mothers were.

Here is a newscast of that confrontation...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hRXxuzJHKM

Finally, in what I deem to be one of the insensitive and sickeningly tone deaf acts gun advocacy groups have announced that they will hold rallies this upcoming December 14th, the anniversary date of the Sandy Hook shooting. I guess their reasoning is that without everyone in America's god given right to guns and 30 round ammo clips the Sandy Hook massacre would never have been possible...? They are actually calling the event the "Guns Save Lives Day" if you can stomach that.

In a final bit of irony, Texas prohibits the open carry of firearms.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

How To Help Victims Of Typhoon Haiyan

Surely by now you have heard about devastation caused by the massive Typhoon dubbed Haiyan. It has been officially documented as one of the most powerful storms ever recorded. Haiyan (Yolanda in the Philippines) has caused a staggering 10,000 fatalities according to local officials.

The super storm washed away entire communities, turning buildings into rubble while destroying roads and bridges. Entire neighborhoods have been reduced to twisted piles of debris that serve only to entomb the decomposing bodies trapped underneath their crushed exterior. Cars and trucks litter the the scenery as they lay astride what were once homes that housed the millions of now displaced citizens.

Authorities say at least 9.7 million people in 41 provinces were affected by the typhoon.

What makes things even worse is that Haiyan was the second category 5 typhoon to strike the Philippines this year alone.

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III declared a "state of national calamity," allowing the central government to release emergency funds quicker and impose price controls on staple goods.

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said, "The devastation is, I don't have the words for it... It's really horrific. It's a great human tragedy."

Unfortunately rescue and relief efforts are meager at best at this time. Philippine soldiers are said to have been distributing food and water as best they can. Assessment teams from the United Nations and other international agencies were seen Monday for the first time. The U.S. military is only now dispatching food, water, generators and a contingent of Marines to the city.

Tropical depression Zoraida
Now, as if to add insult to injury, only days after super typhoon Haiyan leveled the Philippines, a new storm is threatening the already devastated country. Tropical depression Zoraida has just reached the Filipino island of Mindanao on Monday and is expected to accelerate northwest. The massive storm is projected to make landfall in Surigao del Sur as early as this morning.

Please do what you can to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan
If you wish to help the people who have been directly effected by Haiyan please choose from one of the outstanding and reputable organizations listed below. Thank you.
  • World Food Programme : WFP has allocated an immediate $2 million for Haiyan relief, with a greater appeal pending as needs become apparent. Americans can text the word AID to 27722 to donate $10 or give online.

  • Red Cross : Emergency responders and volunteers throughout the Philippines are providing meals and relief items. Already, thousands of hot meals have been provided to survivors.


  • World Vision : The relief organization is sending medical aid for 20,000 survivors, including antibiotics, wound care supplies and pain relievers.

  • ShelterBox : The organization is providing food, water and hygiene kits at the evacuation centers.

  • UNICEF : ShelterBox provides families with a survival kit that includes a tent and other essential items while they are displaced or homeless.

  • Salvation Army : UNICEF is working `on getting essential medicines, nutrition supplies, safe water and hygiene supplies to children and families in the area.

  • Save The Children : 100 percent of all disaster donations will be used for relief efforts and "to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors." Text TYPHOON to 80888 to Donate $10 or give online.

  • Doctors Without Borders : The organization is sending 200 tons of medical and relief items, including vaccines, tents and hygiene kits.

  • Operation USA : The nonprofit is sending much-needed water purification supplies to victims and seeking corporate partners to help with delivery. Donate $10 by texting AID to 50555 or give online.

  • Oxfam : Making sure people have clean water, safe sanitation and a roof over their heads is our immediate priority.

Monday, November 11, 2013

In Honor Of Those Who Bravely Served

Valor ★ Service ★ Sacrifice.
Veterans Day is intended to honor and thank all who served in the Armed Forces.

Veterans Day is always observed on November 11 regardless of the day of the week on which it falls. It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the end of World War I.

The reason for the date is explained in the fact that all major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect.

U.S. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed Armistice Day for November 11, 1919.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Now We Know Where Ted Cruz Gets The Crazy

To understand the son we must examine the father.

So in the case of  Ted Cruz we must unfortunately take a closer look at his father Rafael Cruz. Cruz was born in 1939 in Matanzas, Cuba where he fought for communist revolutionary Fidel Castro in the Cuban Revolution when he was 14 years old, yet today insists that he "didn't know Castro was a Communist." A few years later Cruz insists that he fled Cuba on a student visa which has since been disproven and that instead he in fact bribed a official to get into the US. Whichever you believe Cruz claims he landed in Austin at the age of 18 where he then went on to study at the University of Texas. The elder Cruz goes on to become an oilman who works in Alberta Canada until a slump hit the price of oil and he suddenly became an evangelical pastor. Cruz now directs a small outfit called "Purifying Fire Ministries" in North Texas.

While never leaving his son Ted's side on the campaign trail, Rafael Cruz stayed relatively off the radar until recent comments of his caused headlines a few weeks ago. It seems the cat was out of the bag when ol' man Cruz told a gathering of Republicans at Adams County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner in Denver that Obama has vowed to "side with the Muslims," that Obamacare mandates "suicide counseling" for the elderly, and that gay marriage is a plot to make "government your god."

Here are some choice clips of the 74-year-old Cruz speaking at that event...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTnaGjz9LHQ#t
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 These remarks appear to only have been the tip of the iceberg. After this wacko rhetoric became public new video clips and newspaper articles started surfacing everywhere of father Cruz saying even more incendiary and insane things.

Here are a few other choice remarks the father Cruz has uttered while either stumping for his son or just enjoying his new found fame as the "go to" bomb thrower for any Tea Party group that will pay him to attend their event.
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As reported by David Corn of "Mother Jones" in September of 2012 at the Tea Party of Hood County, southwest of Fort Worth, Rafael Cruz informed a crowd that The Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution "were signed on the knees of the framers" and were a "divine revelation from God," he then goes on to say, "yet our president has the gall to tell us that this is not a Christian nation…The United States of America was formed to honor the word of God."

You can watch the hour long shindig here...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4eXsn5ItIY&feature=youtu.be&t=1s
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Another incident occurred in March of 2012 when Rafael Cruz was speaking to the North Texas Tea Party. On this occasion Cruz, on behalf of his son who was then running for Senate, called President Barack Obama an "outright Marxist" who "seeks to destroy all concept of God,".

Cruz then delighted the crowd by claiming (lying) that Barack Obama never uses the words "by our creator" when Obama recites the Declaration of Independence, and that he never uses the words "under God" when he recites the Pledge of Allegiance.
http://youtu.be/Qo4ynfqtmQA?t=22s
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 Thanks to the staff at "Hardball With Chris Matthews" you can watch President Obama saying "Under God" over and over and over again here...
http://youtu.be/rFKMBFkbnTM?t=10m10s
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Thanks to the staff at "Right Wing Watch" you can watch President Obama saying "By Our Creator" over and over and over again here...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esRo542PJ0E
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 Cruz then in the same speech declares that President Obama...

"is a man that seeks to destroy all concept of god and I'll tell you why this is classical Marxist philosophy. Carl Marx very clearly said that marxism requires that we destroy God because government must become god"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qo4ynfqtmQA&feature=youtu.be&t=1m23s
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As part of that speeches grand finale Cruz delivers this time old "birther" classic...

"We have our work cut out for us. We need to send Barack Obama back to Chicago, I would like to send him back to Kenya, back to (inaudible)."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIA6j-_DI6o&feature=youtu.be&t=49s
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In a YouTube video posted July 2013, by Freedom Works, Cruz can be seen repeatedly comparing Obama to Fidel Castro saying...

"I grew up in Cuba under a strong, military, oppressive dictatorship. So as a teenager, I found myself involved in a revolution. I remember during that time, a young, charismatic leader rose up, talking about “hope” and “change.” His name was Fidel Castro."

http://youtu.be/DGURa1DfWEo?t=28s
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 Cruz continued to compare President Obama to Castro in the speech by saying...

"I think the most ominous words I’ve ever heard was in the last two state of the union addresses, when our president said: “If Congress does not act, I will act unilaterally.” Not much different than that old, bearded friend that I left behind in Cuba -- governing by decree, by executive order, just like a dictator, like Fidel Castro."

You can watch that here...
http://youtu.be/DGURa1DfWEo?t=6m27s
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Later in the same speech Cruz's father says... “When my son was 8, 9 years old, our conversation around the dinner table centered on politics every day. I remember over and over I would ask him, you know, Ted, when I faced oppression in Cuba, I had a place to come to -- if we lose our freedoms here, where are we going to go?"

Let me guess Rafael... Canada where little Teddie was born in 1970!

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If you want to know daddy Cruz's views on same sex marriage you need look no further than his interview with  The Des Moines Register Cruz on Aug 10, 2013 Cruz declared that the

"Recent movement in some states and by the Supreme Court advancing gay rights and allowing same-sex marriage is part of a plot to undermine the traditional family structure and eliminate religion, clearing the way for a socialist state in which government is worshipped as a god. Socialism requires that government becomes your god. That’s why they have to destroy the concept of God. They have to destroy all loyalties except loyalty to government. That’s what’s behind homosexual marriage.”

Here is a clip from a speech Cruz gave at something called The Leadership Summit of Cruz saying the same thing...
http://youtu.be/0SWYINkftMQ?t=3m38s
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In conclusion I have to say that Rafael Cruz has more in common with the Tea Party princess Sarah Palin than he does with his son, tea Party prince, Ted Cruz. I think like Palin he is a con man and a grifter with no allegiance to anything other than cash and fame. I think like Palin he goes where the money is and will do and say anything to get it. There was no money in Cuba so he came to the United States. When there was nothing left to squeeze out of the American educational system he weaseled his way in the oil business by way of his wife who worked for The Shell Oil Company. When there was no money left in the oil game he got that old time religion in him and began preachin' the gospel and passing the collection plate. But now Poppa Cruz has hit the jackpot. He is where the big time money is... Politics... and he isn't going anywhere.