Archive for July, 2013

Pat Robertson says a bunch of stuff

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Interesting Pat Robertson commentary… Who answers your questions…

And so, because one thing comes after another, we go from one thing to another.

The viewer wanted to know how to address images of same-sex couples on social media sites, such as Facebook.
You’ve got a couple of same-sex guys kissing, do you like that? Well that makes me want to throw up,” he said.
“To me I would punch ‘Vomit;’ not ‘Like,'” he added.
“But they don’t give you that option on Facebook.”
It’s not the first time Robertson, 83, has used vomit to express his sentiments on homosexuality.

Yes.  “It’s not the first time Robertson has used vomit to express his sentiments on homosexuality” is an actual sentence used in a news article.

But that is yesterday’s news… quoted far and wide in a “har de har…. did you hear what Crazy Pat Robertson said” manner.  We now skip from there to … the big story of the moment in “Viral” land… and a “Wait.  What?”

His endorsement of sex change operations.

I link to this conservative website just to get to this comment:
it is just an extreme example of selfishness and the simple fact that certain people can’t deal with life as dealt...
Um… My head hurts on where that logic will get you…

Okay, here’s a fuller quote from the Huffington Post… just the part that everyone loves.

 A viewer named David wrote in asking how he should refer to two transgender femaleswho work in his office and have legally changed their genders. Instead of criticizing the trans individuals, Robertson approached the situation in a seemingly level-headed manner.
“I think there are men who are in a woman’s body,” he said. “It’s very rare. But it’s true — or women that are in men’s bodies — and that they want a sex change. That is a very permanent thing, believe me, when you have certain body parts amputated and when you have shot up with various kinds of hormones. It’s a radical procedure. I don’t think there’s any sin associated with that. I don’t condemn somebody for doing that.”

And as these things go (skipping past the garden variety made every damned week or so persecution complex), Pat Robertson continues to open his mouth and answer your questions and it’s back to

An individual wrote to Pat Robertson’s 700 Club asking for help because the house is apparently infested with ghosts doing what ghosts do — flipping the lights on and off, changing the TV channels, and impersonating people with blue lights around their hands and feet.
Robertson really can’t take this question too seriously, and I for one can’t blame him. He doesn’t say, “Troll, begone!”
But he does burst out laughing as he pitches ideas like burning down the house or moving out.
He also reminds the viewer that Christians are not really supposed to believe in ghosts, so there’s that.
So Robertson floats the idea that the house is really infested with demons instead. No use calling in Ghostbusters. It’s time for a good old-fashioned exorcism where you thump the Bible and demand that the entity depart in the name of Jesus.

Different audiences grab onto different Pat Robertson quotes, I guess.

health care tyranny

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Yes, I see all the linking to Norm Ornstein on the “Contemptible” efforts by the GOP to fight the enactment of the ObamaDoleRomney Care.

And we now see some new divisions within the Republican Party, which are… interesting.  Those that help their constituents.  And those that don’t, out of spite.

Some Republicans indicated to The Hill they will not assist constituents in navigating the law and obtaining benefits. Others said they would tell people to call the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
“Given that we come from Kansas, it’s much easier to say, ‘Call your former governor,'” said Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R), referring to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

“You say, ‘She’s the one. She’s responsible. She was your governor, elected twice, and now you reelected the president, but he picked her.'” Huelskamp said.
“We know how to forward a phone call,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah).
“I have two dedicated staff who deal with nothing, but ObamaCare and immigration problems,” he added. “I’m sure there will be an uptick in that, but all we can do is pass them back to the Obama administration. The ball’s in their court. They’re responsible for it.”

Actually I think we may end up with divisions within the “Spite” caucus.  Those whose spites are full of sarcastic quips, and those that are full of earnest political speeches.
There are some Republicans who plan to answer constituents’ questions, however.
Rep. Phil Gingrey (Ga.), co-chairman of the GOP Doctors Caucus, said he will “always” help people who have questions about the federal government.
“If a constituent wants to know something, I’m going to be truthful to then, even if I absolutely hate the program,” said Gingrey, who is running for the Senate.

He’s going to be slammed by his opponents for being too moderate then.  A RINO…

The other divisions coming to the fore.  We have the Mike Lee / Ted Cruz party… hoping to shut down the government for the purpose of stopping the funding of the Act… and then on the other side it’s the new face of Moderation within the Party… urm… Tom Coburn of Oklahoma.

“The strategy that has been laid out is a good way for Republicans to lose the House.”


Sen. Ted Cruz believes Republicans can defund “Obamacare” if they stand together, but he said “scared” Republicans are standing in the way.
“What I can tell you is there are a lot of Republicans in Washington who are scared. They’re scared of being beaten up politically,” Cruz (R-Texas) told Glenn Beck on TheBlaze radio show Monday.

We get some crowing off of Ted Cruz‘s posturing, whether deserved or undeserved, on how it’s shaping the policy impetus.

Whatfor… the party is trying to spur up some “moments” at town hall meetings for frenzy and confusion.  And…

The line the sand will be drawn either with Cruz or with Coburn, I guess.

the radical right republicans now shoving cursive down our throats. oh, the agony!

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Interesting headline.

North Carolina Republicans complete ‘breathtaking’ changes in state laws.

This sets up the question of how an evenly divided (Obama narrowly won in 2008; narrowly lost in 2012) state will respond to an agenda pushed from out in the right… or, if it matters considering some policy changes involve — restricting voting and gerry mandering things shut.
(That last bit is why the 2010 mid term elections sting the Democrats — election results are temporal, but boundary lines are shut in place for a decade.)

The party controlled the entire lawmaking process in North Carolina for the first time in more than a century, and top legislators made their ambitions clear. Big changes were coming.
The leader of a conservative political organization left the meeting calling the agenda “breathtaking.”
After the session, the description seemed like an understatement.

But something strikes me as a little amusing in this litany of policies pushed by the state legislator and signed by the governor.

Once the new laws take effect, the new North Carolina will require photo identification at the polls, levy a flat income tax that reduces rates for many, make it harder to get an abortion, offer less generous unemployment benefits, require cursive-writing education in schools, give low-income families vouchers for private schools, require fewer government regulations on businesses, resume executions for capital crimes and allow concealed handguns in bars and restaurants.

Wait… did I miss something here?
 require cursive-writing education in schools
The state House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation Thursday requiring North Carolina elementary school students to learn cursive handwriting and to memorize multiplication tables.
Hm.  So, it’s one of those “throw two unrelated items and force you to vote for both items as one” bills.  (Can I get the line item veto?)
With legislators fearing that cursive handwriting is becoming a lost skill and that students are relying too much on calculators, the bill drew no opposition. The normally combative arguments on the House floor were replaced with laughter Thursday about whether anyone would vote no.

But this school year, cursive supporters became more upset when North Carolina became one of 45 states to implement the “Common Core” standards in language arts and mathematics. Common Core – aimed at providing uniformity in what’s being taught in classrooms nationally – doesn’t mention cursive.

Individual school districts decide whether to teach cursive.

The backlash over the lack of cursive in Common Core has resulted in California, Georgia, Idaho and Massachusetts reinstituting cursive as a requirement.

That list is two Democratic majority states and two Republican majority states.

So.  Why is this thrown into the litany of hyper ideological partisan moves made by the North Carolina state government?  Is it just a force of habit?
(Cue South Park upon the kids entering the fourth grade, and seeing the cursive hand writing alphabet on the wall: “it’s like they speak a whole different language!”)

what rhymes with Matt Bevin?

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

I’m disappointed in Mitch McConnell .  Compare his first ad against his new primary opponent
… with his “What rhymes with Alison Lundergan Grimes” debut against the Democratic general election candidate…

It’s like, the primary candidate is forcing McConnell to have to throw out his initial semi-insane campaign strategy  and move back to the more conventional distortion techniques.

Unless there’s, like, word sequences that rhyme with “Matt Bevin”… (The lack of a three syllable middle name throws the cadence off kilter.)

And of course, 15 months until someone wins and is able to … do whatever.

Carlos Danger?

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Carlos Danger for Mayor?

Answer:  No.  It’s a self-afflicted wound.  You can’t win an election after giving yourself such a nickname.

just a couple of elected nitwits

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Hm.   Two weeks ago, Police Chief Mark Kessler of Gilberton, Pennsylvania uploaded a video with a one-note message: “fuck all you libtards.” After backlash, the civic leaderu ploaded an apology titled “Chief Mark Kessler, I’m Sorry for hurting feelings.” Though that was “Sorry” with a capital “S,” in this video, he says “fuck” nine times, refuses to apologize, and punctuates his profanity by firing various automatic weapons into the middle distance. […]
Kessler hopes that his recent notoriety will give him even more political sway. His Facebook page yesterday called for a huge rally to show up the “tyrants” for their “violations on our constitution or our freedoms.” He’s also accepting donations via Go Fund Me.
The mayor of Gilberton, Pennsylvania is continuing to support Kessler. Mayor Mary Lou Hannon says that this is within Kessler’s rights to express himself, and the city would not “take action to quash free speech, whether or not each member of council or any member of council agrees with it.”

He’s the POLICE CHIEF, in charge of making the public feel safe and secure, and here firing metaphorical gun shots at a sizable part of the electorate.  It’s not a “free speech” issue.
Or, it just sounds like a spot in the Rust Belt we’d just as soon see… rust right away.
Or, Chief Kruger can relocate and we maybe Kessler can have a partner in Law Enforcement.

Dateline Missouri.  We have a Michael Savage fan in the state legislator… Republican Party Whip, too.

We can’t cover every bizarre thing Missouri State Senator Brian Nieves does online, but his latest Facebook activity was just too special to ignore. Earlier this month, the Republican lawmaker wrote about Governor Jay Nixon “b____ slapping the Constitution.” And in April, he received national attention after we published his angry e-mail rants to a constituent who wanted to be removed from his Senate listserv.
This weekend, he decided to talk about his love of firearms with an “Only in America!!” story about a “gun that would give Nancy Pelosi instant indigestion…” An anonymous “Modern Day Patriot,” he wrote, brought him a gun and his “personal Arsenal for me to look at and Drewel upon.”
And there’s plenty more to Drewel over in this Facebook post…including his “sincere” pondering over whether “liberalism is indeed a mental disorder.”

Oddly enough, googling about I don’t see too many people making the Michael Savage connection with this “mental disorder” line.
My best guess is Michael Savage likely devoted a three hour broadcast in support of this guy.

You know… given the options, I think I’d prefer New Hampshire state Rep. Stella Tremblay, the “post Boston Marathon Conspiracy Theories” former congress-figure.  Better possibility she’ll trip onto some worthy issue and cause or other down the road.  Or, end up harmlessly using her legislative position battling the Freemasons.