Monthly Archives: June 2011

lapel pins 2012

Two years I quoted several conservative talking heads who were making noise about how President Obama hadn’t been wearing a flag lapel pin during the 2008 campaign, Sean Hannity said, “Why do we wear pins? Because our country was under attack…And to politicize once again the war to this extent. Well, who cares about the war? Are you proud of your country? Do you believe in America? Do you believe that America has been, continues to be the greatest force for good in this world?”

“I think it’s, you know, the greatest gift God gave us and continues to be a force for good.”

Bill O’Reilly also chimed in on this “controversy”, saying about Candidate Obama, “I didn’t take Obama’s lack of the lapel pin as anything other than he’s either too lazy … to put it on, or he doesn’t want to put it on.”

Not to be left wanting, Neal Boortz said, “I think that maybe the reason he doesn’t wear a U.S. flag on his lapel is because the U.S. flag — regardless of what he thinks — the flag of this country irritates a lot of Democrat [sic] voters.”

So, based on these conservative pundits’ views of the sacred lapel pin, what does it say about four of the Republican Tea Party (GOTP) presidential hopefuls during the last presidential debate who chose not to wear a flag?

Do they not believe in America?

Are they too lazy?

Don’t they want to wear a flag?

Did they choose not to wear a pin because they didn’t want to – in Neal Boortz’s limited opinion – “irritate a lot of Democratic [sic] voters”?

Or does the lack of a flag lapel pin only apply to someone if they’re a Democrat?

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Posted by on June 30, 2011 in 2012 Election


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Romney, Bachmann lead in 2012 Iowa caucus poll

An Iowa Poll recently showed national Republican Tea Party (GOTP) presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney (a.k.a. Flopsy Mopsy) and Michele Bachmann (a.k.a. Krazy) leading among the state’s likely GOTP caucus-goers.

The poll, conducted for The Des Moines Register showed Flopsy Mopsy, with support from 23 percent in Iowa. Krazy, who officially launched her campaign in Iowa on Monday, has support from 22 percent.

The results were based on telephone interviews with 400 likely Republican Iowa caucus-goers from June 19 to 22. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points. Which of course means Krazy could conceivably actually be leading in Iowa by 3 or 4 points.

Flopsy has said he’s not planning to run a scaled-down Iowa campaign, compared to the $10-million losing effort he waged in the 2008 caucuses, and that basically equates that he’s not planning to win there, and thus he’s writing it off. Considering how close Krazy is in the poll that might not be a bad idea.

All that aside, how does someone like Krazy even figure in polls? How? She figures because that’s where the GOTP has gone to, somewhere down a long dark rabbit hole to the Mad Hater’s Tea Party.

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Posted by on June 29, 2011 in 2012 Election


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Constitutionality of the debt ceiling

Fourteenth Amendment, Section 4 of the United States Constitution states, “The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law…, shall not be questioned.”

In other words, the question of raising – or not raising – the debt ceiling is a constitutional one, and not a political one; thus the Republican Tea Party (GOTP) members of the House who are holding the nation’s credit hostage to force draconian budget cuts are actually violating the very document they claim to love and revere.

But of course to the GOTP the 14th Amendment is also one of the most hated and vilified amendments to the Constitution because it also protects the rights of citizenship of anyone born in the United States, a thorn in the side of conservatives who want to send all “illegal” immigrants and their children – to include the ones born here – packing. Now we know two reasons why the far-right wants to repeal the 14 Amendment.

Regarding the debt however the conservatives need to either follow the Constitution, or not follow it, but they need to stop acting as though it’s a buffet from which you pick and choose what you want, and ignore the rest when it suits you. To coin a well-used conservative phrase, “Love it, or leave it”.

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Posted by on June 29, 2011 in Debt Ceiling


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Beck’s family attacked by angry lynch mob in NYC?

So, according to Glenn Beck his family was allegedly accosted while watching a movie in a New York City park Monday night. America was told of the incident on Beck’s radio show and also on his website, describing the incident he said an angry moviegoer kicked a glass of wine onto his wife Tania’s back, and as she got up to walk away, a man shouted: “We hate conservatives here.”

When asked by his staff why he didn’t just get up and leave Beck responded “…because I have a right to watch a movie and enjoy a movie with my family in the park. I have a right.”

While he said he doesn’t expect “a warm welcome in New York City,” what troubled him “was the cowardly behavior of the hateful crowd.”

“The cowardly behavior of a hateful crowd” really, one guy says he hates conservatives and suddenly it’s a “hateful crowd”? Do you think we might be overreacting just a little bit here Herr Beck? Of course, with all the hate you spew daily you’re surprised when you get a little back? Where were your body guards? We’re to believe you felt threatened, and that a man kicked wine on your wife and your private goon squad did nothing? The fact no one jumped on the guy while whisking your family away in your armored vehicles leads me to believe it never happened.

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Posted by on June 28, 2011 in Right Wing Crazies


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Thomas believes children are not guaranteed First Amendment liberties?

The United States Supreme Court has handed down its decision on “Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association”, and while the Court decided the California law in question was unconstitutional due to limiting free speech, something everyone on both sides of the political spectrum should be happy about – meaning the Court’s defending of the First Amendment – some on the court, namely Justice Clarence Thomas, believe that children have no guaranteed First Amendment rights.

Thomas once again demonstrated his own inability to sit on the nation’s highest court, declaring that the majority’s opinion in the case “does not comport with the original public understanding of the First Amendment…The practices and beliefs of the founding generation establish that ‘the freedom of speech,’ as originally understood, does not include a right to speak to minors (or a right of minors to access speech) without going through the minors’ parents or guardians.”

So, if we were to follow Justice Thomas’s logic on what the founding generation’s view on any number of subjects was, then we would have to effectively turn 200 + years of judicial review on its head. Thomas’s very rigid interpretation of all things constitutional is one of the biggest flaws in “originalists’” theology.

Opening up this Pandora’s Box, and following Thomas’s view of the founding generation’s view of things, what laws or rights would need to be overturned?

First, Justice Thomas would need to resign from the bench, because it should be quite clear to any number of originalists what the founding generation’s view of 3/5 of a person occupying a seat on the Supreme Court would be. So, step down Mr. Justice, step down, or be a hypocrite; but you can’t dare to speak for the founding generation and then not uphold all that generation would have upheld.

Women would no longer have the right to vote, and would belong to their husbands – as property.

African-Americans could still be owned as slaves.

African-Americans would no longer have the right to vote.

African-American children would still be attending school in “separate but equal” facilities, while children with special needs would be placed in state run institutions.

African-Americans would have to sit in the back of the bus, and ride in separate cars from whites on any trains, as well as sit in separate areas of theaters and sporting events, and use separate toilet facilities and drink from separate water fountains.

African-Americans would not be serving in the armed services.

If children are not guaranteed the rights of the Constitution, according to the founding generation, then does that theology extend to the unborn as well?

Interestingly enough, following Thomas’s logic, the infamously recent decision of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission would need to be overturned because there is no conceivable way any originalists could claim the founding generation would ever have subscribed to the idea of a business corporation being endowed with inalienable rights by the creator.

Mr. Associate Justice, step down before you humiliate yourself any further. You are clearly unqualified as your recent stands on any number of cases prove. You have been shown to be unethical by refusing to recluse yourself from cases where there is clear conflict of interest. You sir, are an embarrassment.

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Posted by on June 28, 2011 in Supreme Court


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Bachmann concedes she misspoke on Wayne’s hometown

Republican Tea Party (GOTP) presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann has acknowledged that she occasionally is prone to “misspeaking”.

Gee, ya think?

Her latest “misspeaking” was during her “official” announcement that she was running for the GOTP nomination. During her fiery speech her mouth ran away with itself as she attempted to compare herself to conservative icon John Wayne. While attempting to paint herself in the Duke’s image, Bachmann wrongly claiming that Wayne was from her Waterloo, Iowa hometown, actually the John Wayne from her hometown was notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy Jr.

After admitting she’d made another misspeak, Bachmann then reminded everyone that she was “a substantive, serious person” who would be a good president.

Yeah, she’s just a “substantive, serious person,” who just happened to screw up her announcement speech by demonstrating she didn’t even know her own hometown history. Knowing your hometown history is very important in mid-America.

After declaring “John Wayne was from Waterloo” she went on to say “that’s the kind of spirit that I have, too.”

So, do you have the spirit of the actor John Wayne, who wasn’t born in Waterloo, or do you have the spirit of John Wayne Gacy Jr. who was born there? The GOTP hopeful later told CNN that her comments “were just misspeaking” and that her main intent was to show she identified with Wayne’s patriotism.

Again, is that the Duke’s patriotism, or Wayne Gacy’s? And while we’re on this subject, exactly what did John Wayne do to demonstrate his patriotism? Besides make a lot of movies where he played soldiers? Did he ever serve in the military? Did he ever run for office? What exactly did he do to show what an awesome patriot he was? It the same kind of conservative rhetoric people engage in when calling Sean Hannity’s show and proclaiming he’s a “great America”. Why, because he has a talk show? He’s never served in the military, he’s never run for office, he’s a conservative talking head, and that makes him a great American?

“I wish I could be perfect,” Bachmann said. “I’m a substantive, serious person” who has “good sense on how to turn the economy around” as president.

Wow; where to start on that comment? I guess I could say something about the fact she’s claimed she never received any income from a family farm even though financial statements demonstrate she’s made tens of thousands of dollars from it. Somehow, someone who consistently misspeaks, and who lies about her personal finances is not someone I trust to “turn the economy” anywhere.

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Posted by on June 28, 2011 in 2012 Election


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Palin Cut Her Tour Short for Jury Duty?

So, former Republican Tea Party (GOTP) Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin is disputing online reports alleging she canceled her bus tour of historic American sites, saying – using her favorite medium Facebook – that her family vacation (aka bus tour) schedule was going to be very tight through the rest of summer because she’s been called for jury duty.

Of course for uber-conservative Palin only the most patriotic of causes could be used as an excuse (um, I mean viable reason) for postponing her “bus tour”, and since she couldn’t be drafted, then jury duty it is; of course since making this announcement no one – including the state of Alaska – can neither confirm, nor deny, that the Ice Queen has indeed been called home for “jury duty”.

Palin said last week that her “One Nation” bus tour would resume “when the time comes.” She added that she’s looking forward “to hitting the open road again.”

“When the time comes” is Palin speak for when she needs another hit of being in the center of the public eye.

Many conservative talking heads, and many of her devoted followers, have been speculating if Palin will ever jump into the GOTP race for President, but she’s already said she wouldn’t run unless there was no one else who could carry the conservative banner to victory. In short, she’ll run one day, when she believes it will score the biggest hit in the public eye, and when it will benefit her – personally – the most. Palin isn’t touring the country for love of America; she’s touring it for love of Palin. She’s an embarrassment, she’s shallow and she’s a has-been.

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Posted by on June 27, 2011 in 2012 Election


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McCain puzzled?

Former Republican Tea Party (GOTP) presidential candidate Senator John McCain, AZ, says he’s “puzzled” with all the controversy surrounding remarks he made suggesting illegal immigrants were responsible for some of the massive wildfire in eastern Arizona.

Wow, really? You’re puzzled? Tell us something we didn’t know. We’ve still puzzled over your choice of Sarah Palin as your running mate.

When McCain later appeared on NBC’s “Today” show he tried to explain that all he was doing was repeating information he’d been given by federal officials earlier that day at a briefing.

McCain said, “We all know that people who come across our border illegally … that these fires are sometimes, some of them, caused by this.” He said “I’m puzzled … that there should be any controversy.”

McCain earlier had said that illegal immigrants “have set fires because they wanted to signal others … and they have set fires because they wanted to divert law enforcement agents.”

And after making these statements he’s confused at the reaction of the public? This is one of two things; first, the Senator’s ignorant of the mood of the country, and more particularly his home state regarding illegal immigrants; or second, this was a typical far right conservative racial stereo-type in an attempt to blame another group for the country’s troubles.

So far “illegal” aliens are responsible for kidnappings, beheadings, prostitution, gun running, an increase of criminal activities, destroying the economy, tornadoes in the Midwest, hurricanes in the Atlantic and now starting forest fires.

When you start to blame one particular racial minority you’re setting the stage for public reaction – both violent and non-violent – against that group. You begin to pass laws against that particular group, and you begin to not only prosecute them, but to persecute as well. That’s why people were upset about your comments Senator. It appears you’re comments might have been made to further enrage, and possibly even to insight conservatives; and they were wrong.

If you’re truly “puzzled” about them, then perhaps it’s time for you to retire Senator. You’re either out of touch, or you’re deliberately making racially charged statements in order to score cheap political points.

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Posted by on June 23, 2011 in Immigration


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Republicans cheer racial humor at conference?

It’s 2011, the 150th anniversary year of the American Civil War, and when in the south the Republican/Tea Party (GOTP) behaves as though it’s still 1861?

At its Republican Leadership Conference, delegates were “entertained” by Reggie Brown, a comedian and Barack Obama impersonator who was cheered and then taken from the stage after he mocked the Republican presidential hopefuls and joked about President Obama’s biracial roots.

Members of the GOTP, the party of “family values”, applauded and cheered when Brown projected lewd photos of former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner. Yeah, so much for portraying yourselves as modern day Puritans; applauding and cheering to naked pictures of a former congressman. So, basically, you have a comedian making fun of the first Black President’s biracial roots, and you cheer what is essentially pornography. What’s next; strippers popping out of a cake?

But of course it was OK for the largely white, conservative, “Christian” crowd to cheer a Black man making fun of a Black President, or to make fun of a Jewish congressman fallen from grace, but the crowd became strangely quiet when Brown turned his “wit” on the GOTP hopefuls looking to make Obama a one-term president. So, making fun of Blacks and Jews is OK, but not white GOTP candidates? This is how the GOTP demonstrates inclusion? I have an idea; maybe for the Republican Convention in 2012 the GOTP should feature white singers in Black face?

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Posted by on June 18, 2011 in 2012 Election


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Utah immigration law blocked?

A federal judge has blocked a Utah immigration law that would have allowed police to check the citizenship status of anyone they arrested, citing its similarities to controversial parts of the immigration law recently passed in Arizona and no doubt soon to be before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The National Immigration Law Center along with the American Civil Liberties Union led the suit to stop House Bill 497, saying it could lead to racial profiling. The civil rights groups submitted hundreds of pages of evidence and affidavits to prove their claims. U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups agreed, at least in part, issuing his ruling in Salt Lake City, saying there was sufficient evidence for him to believe that parts of the Utah legislation would be found unconstitutional.

If it stands, the Utah law requires police to check the citizenship status of anyone arrested on suspicion of a felony or class-A misdemeanor, while giving officers the discretion to check the citizenship of anyone stopped for traffic infractions any other lesser offenses.

So, just like the Arizona law, any police officer, sheriff’s deputy or state trooper can demand anyone they stop provide proof of American citizenship. Of all the people in the United States, those living in Utah should understand what it means when Constitutional liberties are ignored and the state can treat everyone as criminals with no more justification than a policeman’s whim.

How soon they forget, these descendants of pioneers driven from their homes by similar feelings of prejudice and injustice; how soon indeed. Many claim to be followers of Jesus Christ, but they forget the Master’s teachings, and instead persecute the poor and the needy because they do not want to share the material wealth, or liberties, with which he has blessed them.

“Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? Or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

“When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

“Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

“And the King shall answer, … Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

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Posted by on June 18, 2011 in Immigration


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