Monday, June 29, 2015

Part II: The Right Wing Officially Lose Their Minds Over Supreme Court's Marriage Equality Ruling

It's the end of the world as we know it… And I feel fine.
Hey everyone You didn't really think the lunacy was going to end with that last post did you?

Nope! The doomsdayers and naysayers are ramping it up fast and furious. The gays can marry and it's the end of the world my friends. Don't believe me? Just listen to a few more right wing screwballs and then see what you think!



Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Sean Hannity's radio show

Today is some of the darkest 24 hours in our nation’s history. Yesterday and today were both naked and shameless judicial activism.”

Tom DeLay (R-Texas), Former House Majority Leader

"If this Supreme Court rules against marriage, all hell is going to break loose. In fact, I'm a signatory of a document that basically says you can rule any way you want to, but we're going to stand for marriage even if it takes civil disobedience."

Roy Moore, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice

"I think there’s an attempt to destroy the institution of marriage and I think it will cause, literally cause the destruction of our country or lead to the destruction of our country over the long run."

James Dobsonfounder of Focus on the Family

"The country can be no stronger than its families. I really believe if what the Supreme Court is about to do is carried through with, and it looks like it will be, then we’re going to see a general collapse in the next decade or two."

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)

"And this isn’t new, and it’s been tried over and over. And it’s usually tried at the end of a great civilization."

Pat Buchanan, Conservative pundit and three-time presidential candidate

"If the gay rights agenda is imposed, we could have priests and pastors preaching not acceptance but principled rejection. ... The culture war in America today may be seen as squabbles in a day care center compared to what is coming. A new era of civil disobedience may be at hand."

Rick Santorum, GOP presidential candidate

"The family is the bedrock of our society. Unless we protect it with the institution of marriage, our country will fall."

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa)

"If this court decides that they’re going to change the definition of marriage, that then throws this country into an endless trauma."

Todd Akin Former Rep. (R-Mo.) and "legitimate rape" aficionado

"Anybody who knows something about the history of the human race knows that there is no civilization which has condoned homosexual marriage widely and openly that has long survived."

Pat Robertson, Christian televangelist

"This so-called lifestyle -- I just can’t believe it, they have tried to destroy marriage."

OUTRAGE… And you know it's not even close to being over.

The Right Wing Officially Lose Their Minds Over Supreme Court's Marriage Equality Ruling

Buckle up and get ready for a ride on the conservative crazy train because in their world up is down, day is night, stop means go and gay marriage is legal!!!!! 

Let's Start off with a little anti-gay shout out to their base from the Republican presidential candidates


The GOP Candidates


Mike Huckabee while on ABC's "This Week." had the audacity to compare those opponents to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. ...

"I don't think a lot of pastors and Christian schools are going to have a choice. They either are going to follow God, their conscience and what they truly believe is what the scripture teaches them, or they will follow civil law. They will go the path of Dr. Martin Luther King, who in his brilliant essay the 'Letters from a Birmingham Jail' reminded us, based on what St. Augustine said, that an unjust law is no law at all And I do think that we're going to see a lot of pastors who will have to make this tough decision."

Bobby Jindal wrote on his campaign's website...

The Supreme Court decision today conveniently and not surprisingly follows public opinion polls, and tramples on states’ rights that were once protected by the 10th Amendment of the Constitution. Marriage between a man and a woman was established by God, and no earthly court can alter that.
This decision will pave the way for an all out assault against the religious freedom rights of Christians who disagree with this decision. This ruling must not be used as pretext by Washington to erode our right to religious liberty.
The government should not force those who have sincerely held religious beliefs about marriage to participate in these ceremonies. That would be a clear violation of America’s long held commitment to religious liberty as protected in the First Amendment.
I will never stop fighting for religious liberty and I hope our leaders in D.C. join me.”

Ben Carson

"I call on Congress to make sure deeply held religious views are respected and protected. The government must never force Christians to violate their religious beliefs."

Rick Santorum

Today, five unelected justices decided to redefine the foundational unit that binds together our society without public debate or input. Now is the people’s opportunity respond because the future of the institution of marriage is too important to not have a public debate. The Court is one of three co-equal branches of government and, just as they have in cases from Dred Scott to Plessy, the Court has an imperfect track record. The stakes are too high and the issue too important to simply cede the will of the people to five unaccountable justices.
But leaders don’t accept bad decisions that they believe harm the country, they have the courage of their convictions and lead the country down the better path. Marriage, the family and our children are too central to a healthy society to not fight for what is best. I realized that fact early on and that is why I lead the charge against some in my own party in 2004 to ensure the Federal Marriage Amendment received a vote and I continue to stand for marriage, for families, for freedom.
As President, I will be committed to using the bully pulpit of the White House to lead a national discussion on the importance to our economy and our culture of mothers and fathers entering into healthy marriages so that every child is given their birthright- to be raised by their mother and father in a stable, loving home. I will stand for the preservation of religious liberty and conscience, to believe what you are called to believe free from persecution. And I will ensure that the people will have a voice in decisions that impact the rock upon which our civilization is built.

Scott Walker

I believe this Supreme Court decision is a grave mistake. Five unelected judges have taken it upon themselves to redefine the institution of marriage, an institution that the author of this decision acknowledges “has been with us for millennia.”
In 2006 I, like millions of Americans, voted to amend our state constitution to protect the institution of marriage from exactly this type of judicial activism. The states are the proper place for these decisions to be made, and as we have seen repeatedly over the last few days, we will need a conservative president who will appoint men and women to the Court who will faithfully interpret the Constitution and laws of our land without injecting their own political agendas.
As a result of this decision, the only alternative left for the American people is to support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to reaffirm the ability of the states to continue to define marriage.

Rick Perry The former Texas Governor

I am disappointed the Supreme Court today chose to change the centuries old definition of marriage as between one man and one woman. I’m a firm believer in traditional marriage, and I also believe the 10th Amendment leaves it to each state to decide this issue. I fundamentally disagree with the court rewriting the law and assaulting the 10th Amendment. Our founding fathers did not intend for the judicial branch to legislate from the bench, and as president, I would appoint strict Constitutional conservatives who will apply the law as written.


Now with those pandering presidential wannabes out of the way we can now get on with the real crazy talk. The right wing conservative talking heads weren't constrained by the fact they they were running for office so they let it rip.

Let's have at it then shall we…


The Right Wing Media


Quin Hillyer from the National Review Online responded to the Supreme Court's decision by writing that "we should weep for our country"...

"There is absolutely no way for Justice Anthony Kennedy to square today's decision with his ten pages of paeans to states' authority over marriage in the 2013 case of U.S. v. Windsor. None. The damage done to the Constitution and the rule of law in the last two days -- in Burwell regarding Obamacare subsidies, in Obergefell today on same-sex marriage, and in yesterday's housing disparate-impact case as well -- is incalculably high. We should weep for our country, and for its constitutional order."

Martha MacCallum: host of Fox News' America's Newsroom said...


"We're just trying to think about the ramifications, when a precedent is set, what it means down the road, right? So suppose three people say, we want to be a marriage; we're three people, and we love each other, and we want to be a marriage. What's to prevent that, under this?"

Ed Morrissey the senior editor at HotAir.com suggested in a blog post that marriage equality would lead to "polygamy"...


"All of this was true in Lawrence as well. This is just the fruit of that tree finally ripening, and it won't be the last of it, either. Just wait for challenges to polygamy bans to rise to the Supreme Court. What in this decision would keep the court from declaring that a right under Lawrence? Tellingly, none of the justices writing today even mentions polygamy at all, which leaves that question wide open for the next test."

John Nolte: a Breitbart.com contributor criticized the Supreme Court's decision in a series of tweets, writing that same sex marriage "only emboldens gaystapo"!!!





Todd Starnes a Fox News contributor likened the Supreme Court's decision to the persecution of Christians saying...


"Gay rights now trump religious liberty utterly ignoring the actual language of the ruling. "If you think the cultural purging of the southern states has been breathtaking, wait until you see what the activists are about to unleash on the American Christians. Churches and faith-based organizations should prepare to be hit with lawsuits and government investigations. Pastors who refuse to perform gay marriage and preach from the Bible should prepare for hate crime charges. All dissent will be silenced."


Dana Loesch host of Glenn Beck's The Blaze responded to the decision by...





Ben Shapiro Breitbart.com's  editor-at-large tweeted



Mark Levin the conservative radio host tweeted...



John Hinderaker, a conservative blogger for the website Powerline.com reacted to the decision by writing... 
"Today's gay marriage decision tells us we do not live in a democracy. These are dark days."
And...
"Two hundred twenty-four years after the Constitution was ratified, Anthony Kennedy and four loyal Democrats have discovered, hidden somewhere in its provisions, a right to gay marriage. This so-called right, deemed “fundamental” by the five-justice majority, was undreamed of until a few years ago."

Stuart Varney  of Fox Business' Varney & Co asked if...


"it's almost open season on who marries who."


Erick Erickson a Fox News contributor Erick Erickson wrote in an email to his supporters that...

"gay rights movement has been mercilessly harassing Christian business owners... you can expect the left to be ruthless":

Rush Limbaugh: said during his radio program that the decision shows... 


"we're dealing with a culture that is under assault and is deteriorating rapidly." He added... "the truth is that all this transcends the Constitution. I think there is a spiritual war going on where truth is no longer truth. There is no objective truth. Everything is relative now, particularly morally. Words have no meaning. Words can be whatever the most forceful group of people wants them to mean."


Bryan Fischer, who fired off a series of tweets declaring that Satan is now dancing in the streets of America as well as likening the court's ruling to the tragedy of 9/11...




Austin Ruse is the President of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, also known as C-FAM tweeted


And now it's time for the religious right wing to tell us how and why it all went wrong…


The Religious Right


Tony Perkins of The Family Research Council

Five justices on the Supreme Court have overturned the votes of 50 million Americans and demanded that the American people walk away from millennia of history and the reality of human nature.
In reaching a decision so lacking in foundation in the text of the Constitution, in our history, and in our traditions, the Court has done serious damage to its own legitimacy.
No court can overturn natural law.  Nature and Nature’s God, hailed by the signers of our Declaration of Independence as the very source of law, cannot be usurped by the edict of a court, even the United States Supreme Court.
Marriage is rooted not only in human history, but also in the biological and social reality that children are created by, and do best when raised by, a mother and a father. No court ruling can alter this truth.
It is folly for the Court to think that it has resolved a controversial issue of public policy. By disenfranchising 50 million Americans, the Court has instead supercharged this issue.
Just as with Roe v. Wade in 1973, the courts will not have the final say on this profound social matter.  The American people will stand up for their right to have a voice and a vote, especially as they experience the ways in which redefining marriage fundamentally impairs their freedom to live and work in accordance with their beliefs.
With this ruling, the Supreme Court has set our government on a collision course with America’s cherished religious freedoms, explicitly guaranteed in the First Amendment of the Constitution.
Americans will not stop standing for transcendent truth, nor accept the legitimacy of this decision.  Truth is not decided by polls or the passage of time, but by the One who created time and everything that exists therein.
We will not lapse into silence but will continue to speak uncompromisingly for the truth about what marriage is, always has been, and always will be: the union of one man and one woman.



The National Organization for Marriage

Though expected, today's decision is completely illegitimate. We reject it and so will the American people. It represents nothing but judicial activism, legislating from the bench, with a bare majority of the Justices on the Supreme Court exercising raw political power to impose their own preferences on marriage when they have no constitutional authority to do so. It is a lawless ruling that contravenes the decisions of over 50 million voters and their elected representatives. It is a decision that is reminiscent of other illegitimate Court rulings such as Dred Scott and Roe v Wade and will further plunge the Supreme Court into public disrepute.
Make no mistake about it: The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) and countless millions of Americans do not accept this ruling. Instead, we will work at every turn to reverse it.
The US Supreme Court does not have the authority to redefine something it did not create. Marriage was created long before the United States and our constitution came into existence. Our constitution says nothing about marriage. The majority who issued today's ruling have simply made it up out of thin air with no constitutional authority.
In his "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," Dr. Martin Luther King discussed the moral importance of disobeying unjust laws, which we submit applies equally to unjust Supreme Court decisions. Dr. King evoked the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas that an unjust law or decision is one that is "a human law that is not rooted in eternal law or natural law."
Today's decision of the Supreme Court lacks both constitutional and moral authority. There is no eternal or natural law that allows for marriage to be redefined.

American Family Association

This morning’s ruling rejects not only thousands of years of time-honored marriage but also the rule of law in the United States,” said AFA President Tim Wildmon. “In states across the nation, voters acted through the democratic process to protect marriage and the family. Yet, courts around the country chose to disregard the will of the people in favor of political correctness and social experimentation. And we witnessed firsthand the consequences, as individuals were repeatedly targeted by the government for not actively supporting homosexual marriage. Sadly, our nation’s highest Court, which should be a symbol of justice, has chosen instead to be a tool of tyranny, elevating judicial will above the will of the people.
There is no doubt that this morning’s ruling will imperil religious liberty in America, as individuals of faith who uphold time-honored marriage and choose not to advocate for same-sex unions will now be viewed as extremists. But to the Court, we send this unequivocal message: We will continue to uphold God’s plan for marriage between one man and one woman, and we call on all Christians to continue to pray for the nation, and for those whose religious liberties will be directly impacted by this ruling.”
In the years leading up to the landmark SCOTUS case, voters in 31 states had acted through the democratic process to uphold marriage and the family. Yet, same-sex marriage was legalized in 36 states, due in large part to overreaching judges who chose to disregard the will of the people and cater to those who advocate for homosexuality. 

Concerned Women For America

Today goes down in history as the day nine unelected judges kicked the Constitution to the curb — overturning traditional marriage — and put your religious freedom dangerously at risk.
The decision is in. The justices have ruled. Marriage will be redefined to conform to the pro-LGBT view of marriage.
In one appalling decision, the Supreme Court has effectively opened the door to the criminalization of Christianity when it comes to the marriage issue ... and not just Christianity, but every major religion that supports God’s model for marriage and family.


The Catholic League

Once again, five Supreme Court justices have invented a right that is nowhere mentioned or implied in the U.S. Constitution. Instead of allowing the states the right to make decisions about marriage, these judges have elected to impose their will on the nation.
Moreover, their reasoning is sociologically illiterate. The idea that marriage is a matter of individual autonomy—and not a social institution—is the most profound flaw in their ruling. In their mind, society is composed of monads.
For people of faith, this decision is ominous. On p. 27, the majority declares that religious Americans “may continue to advocate with utmost, sincere conviction that, by divine precepts, same-sex marriage should not be condoned.” It is nice to know they respect our First Amendment right to freedom of speech.
The First Amendment,” the five justices say, “ensures that religious organizations and persons are given proper protection as they seek to teach the principles that are so fulfilling and so central to their lives….” That’s the best they can do? Justice Clarence Thomas, in his dissent, rightly criticizes this genuflection to religious rights. “Religious liberty,” he says, “is about freedom of action in matters of religion generally”—it is not confined to advocacy.
In order to stop the IRS from revoking the tax-exempt status of religious institutions that refuse to marry two men or two women, Congress needs to pass the First Amendment Defense Act that was introduced last week. Nothing less is acceptable.


Now that is has been made mandatory I say we all go out, join the gaystapo, put in our gay wedding cake orders, and get gay married!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

AMAZING GRACE: President Obama's Breathtaking Eulogy For Rev. Pinckney

President Barack Obama delivering the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney
On Friday President Barack Obama delivered a heartfelt and stirring eulogy at the funeral of his friend Rev. Clementa Pinckney.

Reverend Pinckney as you remember is a South Carolina state senator and pastor who was one of nine people shot and killed by a crazed racist gunman at Charleston's Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church last week. In delivering this eulogy Barack Obama may also have delivered the most powerful speech of his presidency.

It was said that the President's remarks at times felt like a sermon, with organ chords backing him during some of the most impassioned passages. Some remarked that though they were in the TD Arena in downtown Charleston if felt to them more like they were in a church. Many of those in attendance said as Barack Obama used the language of  faith, perseverance, salvation and prayer that it felt like the President had become "the preacher in chief".

While remembering the Rev. Pinckney and the other eight victims of the mass shooting the President also touched on several issues that were important to the pastor... as well as our country. In between discussing grief, sorrow and loss he also expounded on issues like the confederate flag, racism, race relations, gun violence, gun control and systemic inequalities that effect certain segments of our society.

Stunningly, at the end of the eulogy, the president began to sing the hymn "Amazing Grace," leading the crowd in the song before delivering a powerful ending as he named each of the shooting victims one by one.

If you watch only one speech by this President delivered during his time in office make it this one.

Here is the Eulogy in it's entirety…

Click the image for the video

Amazing grace! 
How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind but now I see.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Supreme Court Declares Same-Sex Marriage Legal In All 50 States!!!!!

It is official and it's about damn time!

In a 5-4 decision States cannot keep same-sex couples from marrying and must recognize their unions.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, seen as a pivotal swing vote in the case, wrote the majority opinion saying…

"They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law… The Constitution grants them that right."

Lead plaintiff Jim Obergefell, who challenged Ohio's ban on same-sex marriage that brought this to the Supreme Court said of todays ruling that it…

"affirms what millions across this country already know to be true in their hearts: our love is equal… the four words etched onto the front of the Supreme Court — 'equal justice under law' — apply to us, too."

Speaking at the White House, President Obama praised the Supreme Court's ruling, saying it arrived
"like a thunderbolt" and that the court's decision was...

"It's a victory for gay and lesbian couples who fought so long for their basic civil rights. It's a victory for their children whose families will now be recognized as equal to any other. And this ruling is a victory for America. There's so much more work to be done to extend the full promise of every American. But today we can say in no uncertain terms that we've made our union a little more perfect"

In summation: Today the Supreme Court of the United States proclaimed that Same-sex couples now have the right to marry nationwide handing a crowning victory to the gay rights movement and setting off a jubilant cascade of long-delayed weddings in states where they had been forbidden…. It is a great day!

Here is the final section of the court's opinion, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, which serves as a reminder of just how hard fought and emotional the fight for same-sex marriage and equality has been…


To read the full text of the court's decision, go HERE.

Love conquers all!


Thursday, June 25, 2015

South Carolina Leaves Confederate Battle Flag At Full Staff Above State House Where Murdered African American Senator Lies In State

SC Highway Patrol honor guard carries the casket of Sen. Pinckney to the Statehouse
Yesterday hundreds of people lined up in front of the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia to pay their respects at the viewing of state Sen. Clementa Pinckney. As you know by now Senator Pinckney was one of the nine people gunned down by racist Dylann Roof at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church last week.

Though Sen. Pinckney is reportedly the first African American to have a wake under the capitol dome since the Reconstruction era unbelievably the state saw fit to leave the Confederate battle flag at full staff as his casket passed by. 

In this picture you can plainly see that Sen. Pinckney’s procession passed directly under the flagpole in front of the Statehouse flying the Confederate flag


Inside where Sen. Pinckney body lay for viewing it was reported that a black drape had to be placed over the window inside the State House to block the mourner’s view of the "rebel" flag directly outside.

Despite the fact that in the wake of the Charleston shooting, many politicians and public figures have recently requested the removal of the confederate flag on state property due to its symbolic history involving slavery, and the murder, mistreatment and subjugation of African Americans... none have done so yet.

Shame


Monday, June 22, 2015

TAKE IT DOWN! The South's Shameful Love Affair With The Confederate Flag

 A Confederate battle flag remained at full staff outside the State House in Columbia S.C.
Over the weekend thousands of people gathered across Charleston S.C. to hold prayer vigils for the nine innocent people who lost their lives when a racist lunatic opened fire at a historic black church's bible study class.

Yet while all these people at these events prayed for those lost in the attack something was happening across town, atop the South Carolina State House, that flew in the face of their pain and grief.

As in defiance of those who gathered to mourn the dead a Confederate battle flag remained at full staff outside Carolina's State House.

As if to mock the already ludicrous sight, while the Confederate flag remained atop it's pole, both the American and South Carolina state flags were lowered to half mast.

To put into context just how shameful this situation is just take into consideration that the Confederate flag that flies over Carolina's state house today is the same flag that adorned the license plate on the car Dylann Roof drove the day when he took those innocent peoples lives. 

Here is a photo of Roof posing by his car featuring a South Carolina license plate depicting the Confederate flag…

Roof poses with his car sporting an ornamental Confederate Flag license plate.

As this travesty continues here are just a few statements from public figures and politicians concerning the matter.


President Barack Obama has said as far back as 2007 during his campaign for president, months before the South Carolina primary that he believes the Confederate flag should no longer fly and...


belongs in a museum,” 

Cornell William Brooks, the national president of the N.A.A.C.P. has called the flag an "emblem of hate" and at a recent news conference said...

That symbol has to come down, that symbol must be removed from our state capital.”

Joseph P. Riley, Charleston Mayor, said on Sunday said of the Confederate flag...

It sends, at best, mixed messages and, at worst, for hateful people like [accused shooter Dylann] Roof, it’s an affirmation because they have appropriated something and used it as a symbol of hatred. So I think that it needs to go into a museum and I think it will,”

Norman “Doug” Brannon a South Carolina state representative says he plans to sponsor legislation in the next session to take down the Confederate flag that flies in front of the state Capitol.

I had a friend die Wednesday night for no reason other than he was a black man. Sen. Pinckney was an incredible human being. I don’t want to talk politics but I’m going to introduce the bill for that reason. I will pre-file that bill in December before we go back into session."

J. Todd Rutherford, South Carolina House Minority Leader, said in an interview...

"South Carolina is the only state that I’m aware of that still flies a Confederate flag in front of the statehouse dome. South Carolina represents and is emblematic of the problem"

Mitt Romney even weighed in on the controversy tweeting…

Take down the #ConfederateFlag at the SC Capitol. To many, it is a symbol of racial hatred. Remove it …"

If you need any further urging as to why the Confederate flag should never fly on public ground just remember that the vice president of the Confederacy, Alexander Stephens, explained in a speech in front of a cheering crowd the genesis of the Confederacy. These were his exact words...

"The foundations of our new government are laid, its cornerstone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery, subordination to the superior race, is his natural and moral condition."

In closing let me just state for the record that I believe he Confederate flag was the flag of traitors to the United States of America. It was the flag of men who slaughtered more than 110,000 U.S. soldiers. It was the flag of people who stood for secession, segregation, racism, division, slavery and hatred.


Enough.

If you are interested, author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Karen Hunter created an online petition at MoveOn.org in which she denouncing the Confederate flag as a “symbol of rebellion and racism.” Once this petition garners enough signatures it will be sent to South Carolina’s House of Representatives, Senate and Gov. Nikki Haley…. If you are interested please sign the petition: HERE

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Church Shooter's Manifesto Surfaces Online

Dylann Roof wearing a jacket with the flags of apartheid-era South Africa and Rhodesia
It appears that before going on his deadly rampage Dylann Roof had set up two links on the website lastrhodesian.com. The links, it was discovered, went to a zip. file that contained approximately 60 photos of himself and the other to a nearly 2,500-word manifesto-like diatribe that railed against all non-whites.

At this time it is not clear whether the manifesto was written by Mr. Roof or if he had control of it. Nor is it clear whether he took the pictures with a timer, or if someone else took them. In a joint statement Saturday night, the Charleston Police Department and the F.B.I. said they were aware of the website and were “taking steps to verify the authenticity of these postings.”

Though the so called "manifesto" is without a doubt newsworthy I am so personally repulsed by the vile racist thoughts and language contained within it that I find myself unable to post it.

However, if you are interested in taking a look into the mind of a deranged racist murderer (as I was) and want to read the full version, Google has the whole thing cached HERE.

Friday, June 19, 2015

NRA Board Member Says Murdered Reverend Responsible For Dead Congregants Because He Advocated For Gun Control

NRA board member named Charles L. Cotton
Immediately following the murders of 9 parishioners at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina a National Rifle Association board member named Charles L. Cotton felt it necessary to write that he believed the victims of the massacre died because Reverend Clementa Pinckney's advocated for gun safety laws.

Yes you read that correctly. Charles L. Cotton is blaming the murdered pastor and South Carolina State Senator for the deaths of the church's parishioners killed with a gun because he wanted stronger gun safety laws.

Cotton's ire apparently stems back to 2013 when Pinckney introduced legislation to require more comprehensive background checks on gun sales and supported several other gun safety measures. So according to Cotton this is why he and eight others were shot to death.

Cotton made his feelings about the nine murdered church goers known in a post on an online forum for Texas supporters of the concealed carry of handguns. In the post he wrote...

"He (Rev. Pinckney) voted against concealed-carry. Eight of his church members who might be alive if he had expressly allowed members to carry handguns in church are dead. Innocent people died because of his position on a political issue."

Here is a screen grab of the post...

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This is not Cotton's first foray into unbelievably insensitive internet rants. He came under fire in February for his assertion that beating children would prevent him from having to kill them at a later date. In response to a bill proposed by Texas Rep. Alma Allen to prohibit corporal punishment in schools Cotton wrote on a Texas website that tracks gun legislation...

"I'm sick of this woman and her 'don't touch my kid regardless what he/she did or will do again' attitude," He later added... "Corporal punishment in schools. Perhaps a good paddling in school may keep me from having to put a bullet in him later," 

Cotton who is active in Texas NRA affiliate group Texas State Rifle Association, is listed in the NRA's magazine as a member of the board of directors and ccording to NRAOnTheRecord.org, he has served on the NRA board for more than a decade and has also served on the Board of Trustees of the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund.

Cowardly Right Goes Haywire Trying To Deny That Racism Played A Part In Murders At Historical Black Church

On Wednesday night Dylann Roof entered the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston South Carolina and sat with parishioners who had gathered there for Bible study. After about an hour he stood up and announced that he was there "to shoot black people." Roof then proceeded to gun down nine innocent and unsuspecting people. The victims, all African Americans, ranged in age from 26 to 87.

It was reported by one of the survivors that one of the churchgoers pleaded with the Roof to stop, Johnson said the gunman replied: "'No, you've raped our women, and you are taking over the country ... I have to do what I have to do.' And he shot the young man."

With that Roof left the church and simply drove away.

In the 14 hours before he was captured the 24 hour news channels were left to their own devices to make sense of the heinous act. Many news outlets connected the dots and with the added insight that the Charleston police chief had immediately labeled the shootings a "hate crime" properly deduced that the shootings were racially motivated.

One channel however did not draw that conclusion. Fox News.

The stable of Fox's news anchors and pundits seemed to twist and contort themselves in an effort to blame anything but the obvious. 

Steve Doocy, a Fox & Friends co-host, who found it "extraordinary" that the Charleston Church shooting was being called a hate crime and instead believed it might have been politically motivated citing that Hillary Clinton had just visited the church's pastor and State Senator who had been killed in the attack. 

Later Doocy would suggest that religion was the likely motivation for the attack saying...

"And some look at it as, well, it's because it was a white guy, apparently, and a black church. But you made a great point just a moment ago about the hostility toward Christians, and it was in a church, so maybe that's what it was about."

Brian Kilmeade, Doocy's co-host, also tried to cast doubt on the idea that the gunman was motivated by race, asking a guest...

"Is it a church that has white congregants as well as black?"

Alveda King, a Fox News contributor and conservative activist with the group Priests for Life, appeared on “Fox & Friends” this morning, where she linked the shooting to abortion rights: 

You kill babies in the womb, kill people in their beds, shoot people on the streets so now you go into the church when people are praying.”

E.W. Jackson, a conservative preacher and Fox News regular, was asked by the Fox & Friends what his opinion was on the shooting and with strict adherence to the narrative replied...

I have to tell you that I’m deeply concerned that this gunman chose to go into a church, because there does seem to be a rising hostility against Christians across this country because of our biblical views. And I just think that it’s something we have to be aware of and not create an atmosphere where people take out their violent intentions against Christians.”

Heather Childers, another Fox News host, acknowledged that officials are treating the shooting as a hate crime, but stayed with the theme of the day and wondered...

"Could the shooter have been motivated by pure hatred for religion?"

The Wall Street Journal's editorial board wrote in their Thursday edition that they had taken a hard look at the killing of nine people at a historically black church and concluded that...

"What causes young men such as Dylann Roof to erupt in homicidal rage, whatever their motivation, is a problem that defies explanation."

It was not only right wing news outlets that seemed to be doing everything in their power to not state the obvious. Right wing, conservative politicians also seemed to be loath to call the attacks racially motivated. 

Bear in mind that these statements were made after the killer was caught and his racist motives were made abundantly clear.


Jeb Bush, while speaking at the Faith and Freedom Coalition summit in Washington on Friday, said…

"I don't know what was on the mind or the heart of the man who committed these atrocious crimes," 

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a GOP presidential candidate, tied the shooting to a lack of faith among Americans during a speech Thursday at a Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Washington.

"What kind of person goes into church and shoots nine people? There’s a sickness in our country, there’s something terribly wrong, but it isn’t going to be fixed by your government. It’s people straying away, it’s people not understanding where salvation comes from."

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), another 2016 presidential candidate, told CNN that he saw the killings as an isolated act by a deranged individual.

"I just think he was one of these whacked out kids. I don't think it's anything broader than that. It's about a young man who is obviously twisted."

In addition Graham said this two days later after apparently picking up on Fox News' "religion narrative" and then deciding to add a little bit of ISIS terror just to take it up a notch…

"I just cannot explain this. I go to the mid-east a lot, I've seen hate up close. I've seen communities killed because they were a different religion and you think well that's just over there… Well sometimes it's just not over there."

Rick Santorum, also running for the White House, said hatred spurred the killings, and went on to suggest the motive may have been hatred of religion.

This is one of those situations where you just have to take a step back and say we -- you know, you talk about the importance of prayer in this time and we’re now seeing assaults on our religious liberty we’ve never seen before. It’s a time for deeper reflection beyond this horrible situation.”

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), who is expected to announce plans for the 2016 presidential race soon, seemed uninterested in commenting on the shooter's possible motive during an interview with Fox News...

"Let's be honest, there's evil in the world. What you're seeing today, what we saw last night, that was evil. ... Law enforcement will figure out what his so-called motivations were. We shouldn't try to pretend we're going to understand his mind."

Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) told CNN that he didn't "have a clue" about Roof's potential connections to white supremacists or racist groups. Instead, he pointed to Satan...

"I don't know what was going through the kid's mind, but [it's] certainly the act of a deranged human being, and this level of malice I think is unfathomable in this community, in this nation. It is ... clearly the work of the devil."

Rick Perry, Govenor of Texas and GOP presidential candidate went completely off the rails and called the shootings an "accident" and then avoided the entire subject altogether by attacking President Obama. Here is what Perry said while discussing the tragedy on a radio show...


This is the M.O. of this administration, any time there is an accident like this — the president is clear, he doesn’t like for Americans to have guns and so he uses every opportunity, this being another one, to basically go parrot that message,”

Now that Dylann Roof has been caught and there is no doubt that his crimes were committed for no other reason that the color of the victim's skin it will be interesting to see if these cowards change their tune or if they continue to pander to the Republican parties old, white, racist base.

• Updated 6/20/15

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Televangelist Pat Robertson Tells Grieving Mothers That God Kills Their Babies To Stop The Next Hitler Or Stalin… So It's Not A Bad Thing!

The godly Pat Robertson in all his unhinged glory
Just when you think he can't say something worse right-wing televangelist Pat Robertson goes on and proves you wrong by a country mile.

This time the wise one wants grieving mothers to know that it's okay if their children die, because God was just taking them before they grew up to be mass murderers.

Don't believe the old bastard is capable of saying something so horrific... Read on.

Last week woman wrote to Robertson on his show "The 700 Club" asked for help in comforting a co-worker who had just lost her 3-year-old. Here is a portion of her letter... 


After having his co-host read the letter aloud Robertson suggested  that the child's death was all part of God's plan to keep us safe from that child because he might have grown up to be an evil dictator…

"As far as God’s concerned, he knows the end from the beginning and he sees a little baby and that little baby could grow up to be Adolf Hitler, he could grow up to be Joseph Stalin, he could grow up to be some serial killer, or he could grow up to die of a hideous disease. God sees all of that, and for that life to be terminated while he’s a baby, he’s going to be with God forever in Heaven, so it isn’t a bad thing." 

Here is the video of Robertson relaying his horrid belief to devastated grieving mothers everywhere...

Click image to play video

OKAY... Here's where I have to call shenanigans on Robertson and burn this bullshit to the ground. To make the leap of faith he proposes one would have to believe that God knows everything. One would have to believe that he suffering baby died a horrible death because God knew it was going to be either Hitler, Stalin, a serial killer or it would have a horrible disease. Now if this were the case then I have only two questions. One, if God took the child for one of those reasons why does he let other children live and  go on to become a mass murderer or contract and die of horrible diseases. And two, if he is so omniscient why didn't he just kill Hitler or Stalin in the womb before they went on to become unspeakable monsters who murdered millions of people?

Why this man is still allowed to broadcast this hurtful and ridiculous lunacy over and over and over again is beyond comprehension.


Video courtesy of RightWingWatch.org

California Assemblywoman Says State's Drought Is God's Wrath Over Abortions

Republican State Assemblywoman from California Shannon Grove
California is in its fourth year of severe drought. Last year was the driest on record, with records going back 160 years. The state has only about one year of water left in its reservoirs. It has become so bad that Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency. 

Does no one have the answers to the devastation that is being wreaked upon the state? Yes... Yes, someone does indeed have an answer... and that someone is Shannon Grove!

Shannon Grove is a Republican State Assemblywoman from California who has plainly stated that it was her state's stance on abortions that was causing the drought and if they would just adopt laws restricting abortions... God would make it rain.

Grove, who represents Kern County and the Central Valley and serves on … wait for it… the assembly’s agriculture committee, made her declaration at the California ProLife Legislative Banquet, held in Sacramento. While at the podium waving a bible over her head Grove launched into a fiery sermon-esque warning saying...

This is the infallible word of God. I fear Him more than I fear anyone... Texas was in a long period of drought until Governor Perry signed the fetal pain bill. It rained that night. Now God has His hold on California.”

When talking about Texas she seemed to be referring to HB2, signed into law by conservative former Texas governor and 2016 Republican presidential contender Rick Perry in 2013. HB2 places restrictions on abortion, including a 20-week ban that abortion rights advocates say is based on junk science that claims fetuses can feel pain at that point.

Just to show how deeply Assemblywoman Grove's belifes run it was only last year that she took to her Facebook page and blamed the water shortage on federal restrictions protecting the endangered Delta smelt fish that live in the state’s dwindling water supply.
Well that clears it up for me! I only wish Mrs. Grove had made it clear beforehand that she considered the Delta smelt an omnipotent deity.

Here's my take on this grotesque passion play of Mrs. Grove... I belong to the point of view that abortions should be safe, legal and most of all rare I find it sickening that any elected official would use such a personal and devisive topic to pander to a certain voting block they fancy. It is repulsive and reprehensible.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Employers Added 280,000 Jobs In May, Unemployment Rate At 5.5 Percent


According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics U.S. employers added a robust 280,000 jobs in May, showing strong signs that the economy is back on track. The fact that the unemployment rate ticked up to 5.5 percent from 5.4 percent in April is not necessarily a bad thing. In fact it points to evidence that hundreds of thousands more people sought jobs in May, and not all found them.

Last month's strong job growth suggests that employers remained confident enough to keep hiring even after the economy shrank during the first three months of the year. In addition to these positive numbers the Bureau of Labor and Statistics has also revised up its estimate of job growth in March and April by a combined net 32,000!

So much for those failed liberal economic policies every Republican candidate repeats ad nauseam at every fundraiser and campaign stop they blather at.

This is how this months report breaks down...

  • Construction and health care companies the drove the May job growth although persistently cheaper oil led energy companies to shed workers for a fifth straight month.

  • Although not spectacular average hourly earnings increased by 3 cents to $24.87. That represents a 0.3% rise month-over-month, slightly higher than the 0.2% estimate. Year-over-year earnings rose 2.3%, above the 2.2% estimate. Pretty solid according to most analysts.

  • Over the past three months, the economy has added an average of 207,000 jobs.

  • Home sales are accelerating despite otherwise slow-spending consumers. Sales of newly built homes have surged 23.7 percent through the first four months and rising demand for new homes could lead construction firms to ramp up hiring.

  • Americans bought 1.64 million cars and trucks in May, the most since July 2005. If that trend were to endure, it would benefit a manufacturing sector that's added a scant 4,000 jobs since January.


  • The aforementioned factors could power faster growth, fuel job gains and boost wages. If they do, a broader economic recovery than the one that's existed in the six years since the Great Recession officially ended could emerge.

  • Over the past 12 months, around 3 million jobs have been added. 

  • Employers seem to be envisioning a healthier economy, given that the weekly number of people applying for unemployment benefits — a proxy for layoffs — has remained under a historically low 300,000 for more than four months. By holding on to nearly all their workers, businesses are ensuring that they will have the capacity to respond to greater customer demand.

  • The dollar has appreciated about 19 percent in the past year against other major currencies. That trend has made U.S. goods costlier overseas, thereby squeezing exports and the U.S.-based branches of foreign companies.

  • Oil prices have dropped nearly 45 percent since July. Though good news for consumers the decrease has caused the energy industry to shed workers and cut orders for pipelines and equipment.


Here are some of the views of economic annalists about this months jobs numbers…

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, saying a rate increase could disrupt the economy, urged the Fed to await signs of wage growth.

Fed Chair Janet Yellen has said she expects to raise rates this year if the economy continues to improve, thereby ending nearly seven years of record-low rates.

 Job site Glassdoor’s Chief Economist Andrew Chamberlain said…

Today’s report shows that the labor market still has a lot of momentum. All the factors that sparked weak jobs numbers for March were temporary. A late winter sniffle rather than a lingering illness.”

Jim Baird, chief investment officer for Plante Moran Financial Advisors wrote in a note…

Would employers be adding jobs at this pace and would layoffs be this low if they were worried about the near-term outlook or the economy was truly struggling? It’s difficult to make that case, even if the seeming inconsistency in the data can be difficult to reconcile.”

Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics said…

The job market posted a solid gain in May. Employment growth remains near the average of the past couple of years. At the current pace of job growth the economy will be back to full employment by this time next year."

Failed liberal economic policies my godless ass!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Vice President's Son, Beau Biden, Laid To Rest

Vice President Biden covers his face at his son's funeral
Today politicians, military leaders and celebrities from across the country bid farewell to former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, who passed away at age 46. Beau Biden, the vice president's oldest son, died a week ago at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after a two-year battle with brain cancer

The crowd of more than 1,000 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Wilmington paid their respects as local residents sat among political luminaries like Hillary Rodham Clinton, former President Bill Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

Gen. Ray Odierno, who was the top U.S. commander in Iraq when Beau Biden served there, eulogized his former soldier and presented him with the Legion of Merit, which honors U.S. service members for exceptionally meritorious conduct.

President Barack Obama remembered Beau Biden as a selfless son and consummate public servant saying...

"He did in 46 years what most of us couldn't do in 146, He left nothing in the tank. Michelle and I thank God you are in our lives. Taking this ride with you is one of the great pleasures of our lives. Joe, you are my brother."


Beau Biden served two terms as attorney general before declaring a run for governor but in 2010 he suffered a stroke and then was diagnosed with brain cancer three years later. He returned to work after treatment, but the cancer returned.

Rest in peace.

The flag atop the White House flew at half-mast in honor of Beau Biden today