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Perry says if you get raped and become pregnant, too bad …

Republican Tea Party (GOTP) presidential wannabe Reverend Rick Perry’s shifting his opposition to abortion, saying he opposes it even after rape or incest.

Previously, the Reverend believed abortion was acceptable in cases of rape, incest or when the mother’s life is at risk. Now that he’s fallen dismally behind in the polls, he says abortion in all forms should be prohibited.

Perry told a pastor who asked him about his views that, in his words, “you’re seeing a transformation.”

And it’s a transformation out of the necessity to sellout to the far-right evangelicals in hopes of picking up primary votes.

Perry says he recently watched former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s documentary about abortion. He says he met a woman in the film and that she told him she was the result of rape and that her life has worth.

Perry says that encounter led him to rethink his position.

Very interesting, so every woman who is ever raped should never have the option of terminating the pregnancy? This is the America of today’s GOTP; it’s an America where evangelical Christian Shariah law prevails; if you’re a woman and you vote Republican in 2012, and you get raped and can’t have an abortion, blame yourself.

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2011 in 2012 Election

 

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Mikayla A. Bragg

A female Mark Morris High School graduate was shot and killed Wednesday in a guard tower in Afghanistan, according to the soldier’s stepmother. U.S. Army Specialist Mikayla Anne Bragg is Cowlitz County’s first casualty in a combat zone since the Vietnam War, according to Daily News archives.

Bragg, 21, was scheduled to leave Afghanistan around Christmas and return to the United States on Jan. 6, stepmother Amber Bragg of Longview said Thursday.

Army officials have not yet confirmed the death or released any information about the incident. Bragg’s father, Steve Bragg, flew to the U.S. Air Force base in Dover, Del., to identify her remains, her stepmother said, adding that the Army is planning to conduct an autopsy.

Bragg enlisted right after she graduated high school in 2008, Amber Bragg said.

Family members said Bragg was deployed from Fort Knox in Kentucky to Afghanistan in August. She graduated basic training at Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla., and she was classified as a sharpshooter because of her accuracy with a rifle.

According to her Facebook page, Bragg’s primary duties were as a motor transport operator for the Third Brigade Combat Team, First Infantry Division.

Bragg will be buried in Longview but the family has not set a date for the funeral.

About 1,700 U.S. military personnel have been killed in the war in Afghanistan since it started in 2001.

Survivors include mother Sheyanne Baker of Shelton, Wash., sister Kandyce Bragg of Shelton, half-brother Allen Davids, currently serving in Iraq with the U.S. Army, and half-siblings Joseph Bragg and Ariel, Darien and Julian DeForge.

Mikayla Bragg joined the Army to earn money to pay for college and she hoped to go into a field helping people or animals, Amber Bragg said, adding “She’s always been a kind-hearted person. She’s always gone out of her way to help out other people in whatever way she could.”

Best friend Tiffany Holst, 21, remembers Bragg, who loved “goofy kid movies” like “Finding Nemo” and “The Spongebob SquarePants Movie,” would always cry when Bambi’s mother died when watching the Disney film.

“She was always like that,” Holst said. “She loved animals.”

The Bragg family recently moved to a different home in Longview, which Amber Bragg said resulted in a slight delay in the family being notified by the Army. Once family members were informed in their front yard, Amber Bragg recalled a man working for a tree service across the street noticed something was wrong and offered to help without giving his name.

It was a bright moment in an otherwise tragic day, she said.

“He brought us dinner for our family and brought us a gift card to help out with whatever we needed. You don’t see that anymore,” she said.

In the living room of the Braggs’ Highlands neighborhood home, framed photos of the children cover the walls. Next to the kitchen doorway, “Kayla” — as her friends and family called her — is at a high school formal dance in a red gown, posing with her date in a tuxedo and top hat.

Family and friends said she had a unique presence, once sporting a mohawk haircut and sometimes wearing skirts with jeans underneath.

“She definitely had her own style,” said Denae Smith, who once worked with Bragg at the Walgreen’s drug store along Ocean Beach Highway. “She was the one with the crazy hair and crazy makeup. I wouldn’t call her gothed out, but she was definitely wild.”

Beneath Bragg’s dark-clad exterior and distinctive makeup choices, Smith said her kindness always came through.

A certain cranky customer once entered the store looking for batteries and brought Smith to tears after a few days on the job. Smith said it was Bragg who tried to joke around and cheer her up after helping the customer.

“She made everybody laugh,” her friend Holst said. “She was sweet and caring.”

She also was a young woman with typical desires and doubts. Bragg was excited to join the military for the adventure and better pay, but was afraid to leave her family behind and dreaded the thought of being deployed.

“But she was strong. …  And she liked the bases,” Holst said. “She liked looking at all the guys. She didn’t like wearing her uniform because it made her look like a guy.”

Holst exchanged messages with Bragg via Facebook seven hours before she died, and the two talked about men in their lives and how they looked forward to seeing each other when Bragg returned.

Tiffany’s mother, Linda Wheeler, reminisced how much Bragg changed as she transformed from a meek 12-year-old girl she first met into an outgoing woman.

“You would’ve had to have met her to know Mikayla,” said Wheeler. “We watched her grow up into a mature, wonderful woman. She was a heck of a character, she would always help people smile. And she’d always let you know if you were doing something you weren’t supposed to be doing. … She died a hero in my eyes.”

 
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Posted by on December 26, 2011 in War on Terror

 

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Democrats are Nazis?

A Florida Republican congressman who likened Democrats’ opinion shaping to the efforts of Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels has lamely attempted defending his comments even as criticism has continued mounting..

Republican Tea Party (GOTP) Congressman Allen (Walter E. Kurtz) West from Florida made the Nazi reference a few weeks ago when asked about Congress’ approval ratings and the blame the public has apparently assigned to Republicans.

“If Joseph Goebbels was around, he’d be very proud of the Democrat Party because they have an incredible propaganda machine,” West said, according to Politico, the Arlington, Va.-based news organization that first reported the comments.

Goebbels was Adolf Hitler’s propaganda minister.

West, who represents a South Florida district containing an influential Jewish constituency and a sizeable population of Holocaust survivors, told reporters, in his remarks at the Capitol, he was comparing Democrats to Nazi propaganda, not the Nazis themselves, but that did little to quell controversy.

Ah yes, because comparing Democrats to Nazi propaganda was OK?

“Congressman West needs to immediately apologize for insulting the memories of the millions who lost their lives during the Holocaust,” said Steve Israel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Comparing political differences today to the worst Nazi propagandist diminishes what happened to millions of Jewish families during the Second World War. Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time that Congressman West has made this type of hateful remark that makes a mockery of what millions of Jewish families suffered.”

West (Kurtz), defended his latest remarks, saying through a spokeswoman that twisting his comments was “a perfect example” of what he was talking about.

“Congressman West was referring to the `lies, deception and manipulation’ coming from the Democrat propaganda machine and comparing that to the same misinformation coming from Goebbels during World War II,” spokeswoman Angela Sachitano said.

West is a loose cannon and a lunatic – he’s a frightened little man trying to make excuses as to why his – and the Tea Party’s – “popularity” is beginning to wane; hope he’s enjoyed his short stint in Congress; crazy is no longer in vogue.

 

 
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Posted by on December 26, 2011 in Lunatics

 

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Posted by on December 23, 2011 in Humor

 

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Ice Queen Questions White House Holiday Card?

The Huffington Post’s reporting that Republican Tea Party (GOTP) former Alaska Governor Sarah “the Ice Queen” Palin attacked the White House holiday card in an article on Fox News Radio.

The front of the card in question shows the President’s dog, Bo, sitting in a very Christmas-like setting, with a fireplace decorated with wreaths and red ribbons, and a table with a poinsettia plant and presents. “From our family to yours, may your holidays shine with the light of the season,” reads the inside of the card, which is signed by the Obamas (including Bo).

Palin characterized the card as “odd”:

“It’s odd,” she said, wondering why the president’s Christmas card highlights his dog instead of traditions like ‘family, faith and freedom.'”

Well, if anyone would understand odd, it’s Palin.

“Even stranger than that was his first year in office when the Christmas ornaments included Chairman Mao,” she continued. “People had to ask that it be removed because it was offensive.”

The Ice Queen was referring to when a right-wing blog posted a grainy photo, allegedly of an ornament on the White House Christmas tree in 2009 showing a reproduction of Andy Warhol’s “Mao” portrait. Media Matters reported that the tree was decorated by community groups, not the White House.

Palin said a majority of Americans prefer “American foundational values illustrated and displayed on Christmas cards and on a Christmas tree.” With regard to the card, she added, “It’s just a different way of thinking coming out of the White House.”

“I go on the offense like most Americans do and say ‘No, we’ll have Christ back in Christmas and hopefully it won’t offend you,'” said Palin in a November 2010 Fox News appearance.

Because Christmas is all about going on the offense, “enough of this socialistic ‘Peace on Earth’ nonsense”, her Brain Captain was reported as saying. “When it comes to defending the sanctity of Christmas we say ‘Reload!’”

One has to question how Palin feels about past White House Christmas cards which seem to be equally avoiding “family, faith and freedom.”

And what kind of family Christmas Card would Sarah Palin have? Caribou roasting on an open fire, or Sarah kneeling over a dead reindeer perhaps?

One also has to wonder how Palin sleeps at night with these kinds of concerns weighing so heavily on her mind.

 
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Posted by on December 22, 2011 in Holidays

 

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Mittens Says ‘We Would Not Have Gone In’ If We Knew There Were No Weapons of Mass Destruction?

Huffington Post is reporting Republican Tea Party (GOTP) presidential bridesmaid Mittens Romney, speaking to NBC News’ Chuck Todd, seemed to shift positions on the Iraq War.

As highlighted by New York Magazine‘s Jonathan Chait, Mittens attempted to explain to Todd, “If we knew at the time of our entry into Iraq that there were no weapons of mass destruction, if somehow we had been given that information, obviously we would not have gone in.”

“You don’t think we would have gone in?” asked Todd.

“Well of course not,” Mittens mewed in response. “The president went in based upon intelligence that they had weapons of mass destruction. Had he known that that was not the case; the U.N. would not have put forward resolutions authorizing this type of action. The president would not have been pursuing that course. But we did not know that. Based upon what we knew at the time, we were very much under the impression as a nation, our president was under the impression, that they had weapons of mass destruction that Saddam Hussein was intent on potentially using those weapons, and so he took action based upon what he knew. But to go back and say, well knowing what we know now would we have gone in? Well, knowing what we know now, they did not have weapons of mass destruction; there would have been no effort on the part of our president or others to take military action.”

Of course when Mittens was running for the GOTP nomination in 2008 he took a much different position on the conflict; The New York Times, moderator Tim Russert asked Romney during a 2008 presidential debate if the Iraq War was “a good idea worth the cost in blood and treasure we have spent.” Romney answered, “It was the right decision to go into Iraq. I supported it at the time; I support it now.” As Chait explains, Romney’s debate answer came at a time when it was already clear that Iraq possessed no weapons of mass destruction.

Huffington reports Mittens’ latest comments come only a few days after the U.S. marked the end of the nearly nine year conflict. The GOTP wannabe hasn’t been shy in his criticism of President Obama’s handling of the troop withdrawal. Recently, BBC News reported Romney said, “I think we’re going to find that this president, by not putting in place a status-of-forces agreement with the Iraqi leadership, has pulled our troops out in a precipitous way and we should have left 10-, 20-, 30,000 personnel there to help transition to the Iraqis’ own military capabilities.”

Mittens thinks he can say whatever he wants to whomever he wants and that there’re no consequences; in today’s media savvy electronic world that’s simply not the case and it’s going to bite him in the butt. Romney’s a flip-flopper of the highest order and that demonstrates a level of untrustworthiness that should concern all Americans because the last thing this country needs is a President who has no moral compass and flies by the seat of his pants on every issue.

 
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Posted by on December 22, 2011 in 2012 Election

 

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Wall Street Journal Editorial Rips Boehner and McConnell?

The Huffington Post’s reporting that the Wall Street Journal’s editorial page has attacked congressional Republican Tea Party (GOTP) members for possibly losing the payroll tax cut standoff to President Barack Obama.

The Editorial began recounting how GOTP Senate leader Mitch McConnell “famously said a year ago his main task in the 112th Congress was to make sure President Obama would not be re-elected. Given how he and House Speaker John Boehner have handled the payroll tax debate, we wonder if they might end up re-electing the President before the 2012 campaign even begins in earnest.”

Earlier this week GOTP House members killed the two-month extension of the payroll tax cut, unemployment benefits and a provision avoiding Medicare payment cuts to doctors by a 229-193 vote. The Senate had voted by an 89-10 margin to extend all three for two months. All three provisions expire on 1 Jan 12. GOTP House members want the Senate to return and negotiate over a compromise plan but Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he won’t negotiate until the House approves the Senate’s package.

Finally Senator Reid has shown some back bone against the Tea Party conservatives across the aisle; what’s even better about this situation is McConnell had clearly struck a deal with Reid, and Boehner has to have been part of it as well but then his Tea Party compatriots cut his knees out from under him led by Eric Cantor.

The conservative editorial board wrote that the GOTP has “thoroughly botched the politics.” The board also added that Obama’s in a “stronger re-election position today than he was a year ago.”

After 1 Jan 12, the payroll tax paid by workers will rise from 4.2 percent to 6.2 percent and benefits for the long-term unemployed will expire if Congress doesn’t pull its head out of its collective fourth point of contact. Doctors will also face a 27 percent cut in Medicare reimbursements scheduled to take effect on 18 Jan 12.

The icing on the cake for the President is that 2008 Republican Presidential candidate Senator John McCain of Arizona showed his approval of the editorial tweeting, “WSJ is right on the mark here.”

When the smoke clears from this latest GOTP catastrophe, the President will once again come out on top, John Boehner may find himself stepping down as Speaker, and the Tea Party will come out as having attempted one bridge too far; come 2012 the bill will come due and local Congressional Districts will likely toss the riff raff out turning the House back to a Democratic majority. The Tea Party’s angry white guy shtick only plays so far and they’ve been on stage well past their collective curtain call.

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2011 in Taxes

 

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