Friday, May 30, 2014

Joe the Plumber Claims "Your Dead Kids Don't Trump My Constitutional Rights" To Have A Gun

How low down on the rungs of humanity do you have to dwell to think it's okay to mock the victims of violence? How devoid of compassion do you have to be to feel it appropriate to taunt the survivors of tragedy? How shriveled must your sense of common decency be to believe it's alright to threaten parent's of murdered children?

To find out you need look no further than failed Republican Congressional candidate, GOP heart throb and Tea party darling "Joe the Plumber".

Then candidate Barack Obama and "Joe the Plumber".
If that name rings a bell with you then you must remember "Joe" from his 2008 chance encounter with then candidate Barack Obama. "Joe" at the time challenged Obama on small business tax policy and a conservative star was born.

Now "Joe", who first of all is not a plumber and whose real name is actually Samuel Wurzelbacher, has thrust his clown like visage into the headlines this week in an open letter in which he expressed his vile views on last week's shooting at University of California, Santa Barbara. A tragedy where a deranged 22 year old man stabbed and shot 6 people to death and injured another 7.

In the wake of this horror Wurzelbacher felt it was the appropriate time to tell the survivors of the tragedy, via his letter published on the ultra religious pro-gun website Barbwire, that the deaths incurred at the hands of the lunatic gunman "don't trump" his constitutional rights to own a gun.

In a move which can only be described as repellent Wurzelbacher literally addresses his letter as "only to the families of the gunshot victims in Santa Barbara" shooting rampage. To those families he says...

"It’s a tragedy. I am sorry you lost your child But: As harsh as this sounds – your dead kids don’t trump my Constitutional rights."

Wurzelbacher then spoke directly Mr. Richard Martinez (whose son Christopher was a victim of the rampage) who decided to speak out against "craven, irresponsible politicians" and the NRA after the murders...

"The words and images of Mr. Martinez blaming “the proliferation of guns”, lobbyists, politicians, etc.; will be exploited by gun-grab extremists as are all tragedies involving gun violence..."

Wurzelbacher continued...

"We still have the Right to Bear Arms and I intend to continue to speak out for that right, and against those who would restrict it – even in the face of this horrible incident by this sad and insane individual. I almost said “Obama Voter” but I’m waiting for it to be official."

I'm guessing that's Wurzelbacher's attempt at humor. He then issued a warning...

"Mr. Martinez and anyone calling for more restrictions on American’s rights need to back off..."

Wurzelbacher then said of everyone's rights to own any and all guns they want...

"The future of our very liberty lies in the balance of this fight."

Because of course.

Despite the hollow condolences and ad nauseum platitudes Wurzelbacher's aimed at the families of the deceased it in no way absolves him of the taunts, jibes and threats he leveled at the murder victims and the relatives and friends of those taken by a mad man's rampage that fateful day. This post was a disingenuous way to get his name in the press and prove his pro-gun bona fides to the gun nuts and his dwindling audience.

Unlike the victims lost that day at the University Of California who will always be remembered, Wurzelbacher was, is and always will be an ugly discarded sideshow attraction.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Honoring The Fallen...

Take this day to remember and thank the men and women who lost their lives defending this country, our liberty and our freedom while they served and died in our United States Armed Forces.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Republican State Rep. Charles Van Zant Says "Common Core" Will Turn Our Kids GAY!

Think you can sneak the homosexual agenda by Republican Rep. Charles Van Zant! WELL YOU CAN'T!
Ok, first of all, what is "Common Core"? Wikipedia defines it as an educational initiative in the United States that details what K-12 students should know in English language arts and mathematics at the end of each grade.

It sounds innocuous enough but as of late "Common Core" has been a cause du jour that the right wingers have taken to attacking as America's next great evil. Why they hate and fear a program whose only apparent purpose is to ensure consistent educational standards across the 50 states I cannot say... but boy they surely do.

Here are just a few examples of what the righties are saying about this program...

Alabama Tea Party leader Barbour County Tea Party leader Terry Batton says  at public hearing that a vote for Common Core said:

"will damn lawmakers to hell" because it will cause our children "to be taught to be anti-Christian, anti-Catholic and anti-American,”

The American Family Association’s Sandy Rios warned that children won’t “I just can’t see how our kids can survive,” Common Core saying:

"our children may find themselves in a situation where they cannot function, they cannot be accepted into colleges and universities, they can’t get scholarships, they can’t get a ticket to get into, you know, just living life"

Republican Rep. Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma called it “socialism,” is actually an attempt by the federal government to “control opinions” and weaken "American exceptionalism" saying:

"You don’t have the federal government controlling opinions and indoctrinating students and teachers with what they want the public to learn, and basically what they want the public to learn is that which is ‘common’"

WorldNetDaily commentator Patrice Lewis says it will turn America into "Nazi Germany" with its “brainwashing” and “indoctrination techniques” saying:

"The government doesn’t just want our children’s bodies; it particularly wants their minds. If Nazi German taught us nothing else, it taught us this: Children are the currency of tyrants"

Glenn Beck, who believes the educational standards, which have been adopted in 44 states, are “evil” and designed to “train us to be a serf state” under the rule of China and Islam saying:

"We are dealing with evil... And there comes a time where you have to just say what it is, and it's evil"

WOW! If they are to be belived that is some pretty scary stuff! To top it off we now have Republican State Rep. Charles Van Zant with a whole new terrifying slant on what "Common Core" can do.... It can turn your kids onto the gay!

While speaking at something called the “Operation Education Conference” Van Zant said the American Institutes for Research, which has been assigned to develop Common Core-based tests for Florida, "are promoting as hard as they can, any youth that is interested in the LGBT agenda."

"These people that will now receive $220 million from the state of Florida, unless this is stopped, will promote double-mindedness in state education and will attract every one of your children to become as homosexual as they possibly can. I’m sorry to report that to you ... I really hate to believe that news, but you need to know."

Here is a video of of Van Zant spreading the word...
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In rebuttal to Van Zants's lunacy the American Institutes for Research, who was tapped by Florida state's education commissioner Pam Stewart to create tests specifically tailored for Florida, has answered the his claims by saying....

"We are not an advocacy group... AIR is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization. We do educational assessment, research, health policy research and communication, and international development. We have supported many states by providing high-quality assessments of their specific state standards."
"AIR has an active practice area creating materials for schools on LGBT Youth issues, in which it studies the youngsters’ experiences and offers recommendations for how to help them survive a world that can be harsh and judgmental."

By the way AIR only provides materials on gay and lesbian issues to schools and organizations that request it.

AIR also does similar work in the areas of bullying and substance abuse in addition to its efforts in education, health and workforce matters.

On a personal note Common Core wasn't even in existence when I was in school but I can say with some certainty that my 7th grade mathematics mid-terms turned me bi-curious for at least two weeks upon completion. Just sayin'.

Friday, May 16, 2014

#BringBackOurGirls Brings Out The Uncontrolled Hate From The Right

One month ago today in Nigeria a terrorist group named Boko Haram kidnapped 276 schoolgirls.

The lunatic leader of the group Abubakar Shekau admitted that the group had kidnapped the girls (ages 15–18) for the purpose of selling them into slavery or as child brides saying...

"I am the one that took your girls. Are you the one that created the girls? I will sell them in the market. I have my own market of selling human beings. It is Allah, the owner that instructed me to sell. I will sell the girls."

The mass kidnapping of girls  went largely unnoticed due to the fact that the Nigerian government tried to cover up the incident for fear of looking weak or incompetent. The only reason this horrible act has pierced the world's consciousness is due to a movement the Nigerian people started on the social media app Twitter. That movement was #BringBackOurGirls.

This hashtag activism was never meant to physically bring back the kidnapped girls from their captors but instead it was used to spread the word of their plight. It was meant to raise awareness. It was employed to force the hand of the Nigerian government into admitting what had happened. The admission of this heinous act from the Nigerian government in turn would allowing the world community to take action.

The hashtag activism had in essence worked... and worked well. Several countries including America have now lent resources and expertise to the cause.

This Vine that shows the progression of the hashtag’s spread worldwide.

Some of the people that have taken part in the #BringBackOurGirls movement were people like Ellen DeGeneres, Sean Penn, Arianna Huffington, Prime Minister David Cameron, Hillary Clinton, education activist and terrorism survivor Malala Yousafzai and First lady Michelle Obama.

Here's where it gets weird...

The mere fact that anyone, let alone people with name recognition, took part in #BringBackOurGirls was apparently too much for the right wing to handle. For some reason, I still don't know why, this made them absolutely rabid.

Republicans, Conservatives and right wingers all alike set forth to their chosen battle stations and proceeded to attack anyone who dared to tweet #BringBackOurGirls. The decried it as pathetic, a stunt, cheap activism. They mocked, chided and ridiculed a worlds effort to try to raise awareness of 276 schoolgirls kidnapped by terrorists. It is inexplicable.

Here are some of the examples of the hatred and venom and ridicule leveled at people who participated in the #BringOurGirlsHome movement...

Rush Limbaugh slammed the Twitter hashtag campaign, #BringBackOurGirls saying...

I just think this is pathetic. I’m just stunned. We got 300 Nigerian girls kidnapped by an Al Qaeda group, and nobody cared or talked about it for a while, Hillary [Clinton] wouldn’t call ‘em a terror group. Now all of a sudden, for some reason, we’re on a big push to get ‘em back and this is how… ?
The sad thing here is that the low-information crowd that’s puddling around out there on Twitter is gonna think we’re actually doing something about it.” Limbaugh then held up a picture of Michelle Obama holding a #BringBackOurGirls sign and said: “Is that not pathetic? What the hell message does that send

Limbaugh: “Is that not pathetic? What the hell message does that send”

Here is the transcript of the segment.

Conservative icon and Fox News contributor George Will said on Fox News Sunday...

I do not know how adults stand there facing a camera and say, ‘Bring Back Our Girls.’ Are these barbarians in the wilds of Nigeria supposed to check their Twitter accounts and say, ‘Uh-oh Michelle Obama is very cross with us, we better change our behavior?"
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Will Cain of TheBlaze said on CNN’s Legal View that the campaign was “cheap hashtag activism.” His comment was met with outrage by CNN contributor Mel Robbins.

Whoa, whoa, whoa. I don’t think you want to connect the activism that actually got the world to start to pay attention to the girls with what happened with Monica Lewinsky,”

You can watch the excahnge here...
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Conservative pundit Ann Coulter added her voice to the chorus of #BringBackOurGirls critics with a sarcastic Twitter post:

Coulter was soundly rebuked for her pitiful nauseating attempt at mockery.

A Facebook page named "Right Wing News" posted this vile photo in rebuttal to Michelle Obama's #BringBackOurGirls tweet:

Sean Hannity said when asked by a colleague about the #BringBackOurGirls campaign...

"How do our enemies view this? If they do see it they don't care in the least!"

Top conservative blogger and piece of human garbage Jim Hoft, (@gatewaypundit) Tweeted:

"#BringBackOurBalls ➙ Sorry Libs, The Schoolgirls Have Already Been Sold, Put on Canoes & Shipped to Chad"

He then went to mock Michelle Obama for tweeting the viral photo of her holding the same sign as the parents of the kidnapped children: #BringBackOurGirls tweeting:

"So good luck bringing “our girls” back.      You’re too late."

What is wrong with these people? When anything that gets the hackles of the right wing up all we hear from them is "where is the outrage from the left" and "why aren't the liberals condemning this". But when the left does speak they are to be lambasted and derided? Where was their outrage when people started sporting lapel "flag pins". Where were their jeers when people affixed magnetic "I support the troops" messages to the back of their hummers. Where were their snide comments when people, all of the sudden, started flying "old glory" from their porches after the 9/11 attacks.

I have no answers for these questions. This one makes no sense to me at all. It just hating for hatred's sake.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Republican Senate Candidate Likens Food Stamp Recipients To Animals

If you are on food stamps this woman believes you are no better than an animal.

Republicans hate poor people.

I know shouldn't make a blanket statement that all Republicans hate poor people but I can say with certainty that a majority of them do. There can be no other explanation for their behavior. Take for instance Mitt Romney "My job is not to worry about those people" 47% remark referring to them as people dependent on government and who don't pay taxes, i.e. the poor.  Look at all the Republicans who refer to Barack Obama as "the food stamp President" as a pejorative as if he was the one who crashed the economy into the ground driving people onto food subsidies to feed their families. How about the Republicans that demand that the last farm bill include a provision that cuts $8.6 billion from food stamps over the next decade. Hell, even if you were a poor person who wanted to get off of the food stamp program the Republicans just unanimously voted against a minimum wage increase just to screw any chance of that!

Now I could go off on a Keynesian economic rant about how raising the minimum wage to get people off food stamps would stimulate the economy and lower taxes for job creators but let's stick to the story at hand... Republican's hate poor people.

The latest evidence of the Republican hate for the monetarily challenged comes from a Republican Senate candidate named Dr. Annette Bosworth who has seen fit to equate food stamp recipients to animals.

Earlier this week Bosworth, who is running in the Republican primary in South Dakota, took to her Facebook page to post a reminder to her followers of her hate for those who may be down on their luck and in need of a helping hand. Her post consisted of a graphic criticizing the food stamp program for inviting dependency, a canard the right has used time and time again.

The graphic reads...

The food stamp program is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. They proudly report that they distribute free meals and food stamps to over 46 million people on an annual basis."

Meanwhile, the National Park Service, run by the U.S. Department of the Interior, asks us ‘please do not feed the animals.’ Their stated reason for this policy being that … the animals will grow dependent on the handouts, and then they will never learn to take care of themselves... This concludes today’s lesson. Any questions?”

Here is a screen grab of Bosworth's Facebook page in which she is not only posting the picture that compares food stamp recipients to animals but then asks for a cash handout for herself in the same post!!!...

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In what I guess is an effort to prove her hateful bona fides Bosworth is standing strongly behind her post claiming that critics are taking the words in it too literally and that "The statement is tongue and cheek; it's meant to stir discussion,".

Ummm yeah, ok.

What Bosworth fails to mention is that according to a pew research survey conservatives, liberals and moderates all have received food stamps equally (17% for each group). In addition to that the majority of food stamp recipients, or as republicans refer to them as "the takers", are children, the elderly and veterans.

Despite those facts Republicans are Republicans and... haters gonna hate.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Alabama Chief Justice Claimss The First Amendment Is Only For Christians

Many of you, if you're lucky, probably don't remember who Chief Justice Roy Moore is. If you do it's most likely for his one man showdown with our founding father's concept of separation of church and state. In 2003 Moore was thrust into the spotlight by adoring right wingers when he refused to comply with a U.S. Supreme Court order to remove a giant Ten Commandments monument from the Alabama Judicial Building. A move that ultimately failed and in addition got Moore kicked off the bench... indefinitely.

Here's Roy with his beloved commandments

As luck would have it it turns out it Moore's removal wasn't so indefinite. After failed bids for governor and the presidency Alabama saw fit to re-seat Moore when he won reelection as that state's Supreme Court Chief Justice in 2012 almost 10 years after his removal.

Apparently this passage of time has neither mellowed or enlightened Judge Moore.

I say this because earlier this year while speaking at something called the "Pastor for Life Luncheon" hosted by Pro-Life Mississippi Moore suggested that the First Amendment only protects those that practice the Christian religion.

Here is Moore in his own words...

Everybody, to include the U.S. Supreme Court, has been deceived as to one little word in the First Amendment called ‘religion.' They can't define it. They can't define it the way Mason, Madison and even the United State Supreme Court defined it, 'the duties we owe to the creator and the manner of discharging it.' They don’t want to do that, because that acknowledges a creator god. Buddha didn't create us. Mohammed didn't create us. It's the god of the Holy Scriptures. Moore added, "They didn't bring a Koran over on the pilgrim ship, Mayflower. Let's get real. Let's go back and learn our history. Let’s stop playing games."

Here is a video of the event where Moore opined on his interpretation of the First Amendment...
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So, in a nutshell, Chief Justice Roy Moore is telling all Alabamians who just might subscribe to a faith other than Christianity that...

  • He has just rolled back the provision that prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion.

  • You have no rights if  your free exercise of religion has been impeded.

  • You have no rights if your freedom of speech has been abridged.

  • You have no rights if the freedom of any non Christian press has been infringed upon.

  • You have no recourse if your rights to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances has been interfering with.

Enjoy your stay in Chief Justice Roy Moore's Alabama!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Republican Politician Under Fire For Racist Tweet Against African American News Anchor

Racist, homophobe and dullard Jim Coughlan
Republican Dutchess County controller Jim Coughlan, who is also a candidate for the New York State Senate took aim at MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry (who happens to be an African American) over a recording of an ad for her program in which she talked up the idea that communities must take collective responsibility for children.

Melissa Harris-Perry

In the ad Perry says that...

We have never invested as much in public education as we should have because we've always had kind of a private notion of children: ‘Your kid is yours, and totally your responsibility. We have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents, or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong to whole communities.”

Sounds innocent enough but for some reason this set Mr. Coughlan off to the point where he felt he had to send out this incredibly racist statement via Twitter:

"Keep your stinking paws off my kid, you damned dirty ape."

Here is a screen grab of the tweet:

According to the report in The Daily News Coughlan denies knowing that Harris-Perry is African American and instead was simply quoting the famous line from the original "Planet of the Apes".

I, of course, don't need to explain to you the long history of ignorant racists referring to people of color as "apes" as Mr. Coughlan did in his tweet. If this unfortunate fact is lost on him it is ether because he is either A) an imbecile or B) a liar. I am going with option C)... he is both.

Another problem for Mr. Coughlan is that his bigoted behavior is apparently not a surprise to anyone who knows him.

After Democrats were done voicing their outrage over Coughlan's tweet fellow Republicans distanced themselves from him as well. One went on the record and told the Daily News:

"Jim Coughlan is toxic. The Democrats are dying to run against him in November because they know he's the best chance they have of keeping this seat in Democratic hands."

Just to drive home the point that Mr Jim Coughlan is a piece of garbage here are a few other choice tweets and re-tweets of his...

Toxic about sums it up.