BuzzFeed’s Mike Hayes wins the morning.
I made Hannity better. twitter.com/michaelhayes/s…
— Mike Hayes (@michaelhayes) October 3, 2012
I made Hannity better. twitter.com/michaelhayes/s…
— Mike Hayes (@michaelhayes) October 3, 2012
Noted nitwit Louis Gohmert (of “anchor babies are going to blow up our shit!” and “the Aurora shootings are godless liberals’ fault” fame) is mad at Pepaw McCain and other “Republican numbnuts” for picking on Michele Bachmann.
Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert on Tuesday lashed out at Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and other Republican “numbnuts” who have criticized Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) for suggesting that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s deputy chief of staff, Huma Abedin, had infiltrated the U.S. government on behalf of radical Islamists in the Muslim Brotherhood.
Last week, McCain accused Bachmann, Gohmert and three other Republican lawmakers of “specious and degrading attacks” after they called on inspectors general in the State, Homeland Security, Defense and Justice departments to investigate “potential Muslim Brotherhood infiltration” of the Obama administration by Huma Abedin, an aide to Secretary Clinton and wife of former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY). Continue reading
Warning: it’s mostly going to be the “weep for humanity” thing:
Martha Boggs, owner of the Bistro at the Bijou, says she ordered state Sen. Stacey Campfield out of her Gay Street restaurant and banned him from brunch Sunday in disgust over his recent remarks about gays and the origin of the AIDS virus. [You really must read this news article in order to wrap your mind around the sheer bigotry and stupidity that Senator Campfield promotes. -ed.]
“When I saw him at the front door, I told him to leave,” Boggs said Monday. “It’s just my way to show support for the gay community and stand up to somebody I think is a bully. He’s really gone from being stupid to dangerous. I think he needs to know what it feels like to be discriminated against.”
Campfield responded with a blog post comparing himself to Jesus Christ and to the civil-rights demonstrators of the 1960s.
Campfield’s blog post illustrates the sheer magnitude of bigoted fuckery we’re dealing with when it comes to these right-wing nutbags. I’m reposting Campfield’s nonsense in full because — because — well — just read it:
Why? For Two reasons:
1. Santorum thinks that women who are impregnated by their rapist have been given a gift, albeit in a “broken way” and should “make the best of a bad situation.” He also thinks that women carrying the child of their rapist should just “accept the gift God has given to [them].” Gee whiz, Rick — thanks for being there to tell all women what’s “best” for them. Also? Tell God he’s a really shitty gift-giver.
2. Santorum lacks the sort of integrity that any person aspiring to the highest political office should have; the sort of integrity that would require correcting a Floridian woman at a campaign event when she tells you that Obama is “an avowed Muslim” who has “no legal right to be President.”
The hypocrisy of libertarians like Rand Paul and Ron “Pepaw” Paul amuses me greatly. You see, they speak of liberty, and freedom, but they don’t mean liberty and freedom for everyone. They mean it for themselves and for other (white) men.
In their minds, women aren’t entitled to drink the sweet nectar of freedom from the Free Market Fountain. I’m not exactly sure why this is — maybe it’s because they don’t trust anything that bleeds once a month but won’t die.
In any event, there’s something seriously wrong with a person who cries about being detained by the TSA because he doesn’t want some union worker in plastic gloves all up in his personal space patting him down for oversized lotions and anal bombs, and then is outraged that he missed his flight to Washington, D.C. where, according to his Facebook page, he was scheduled to give a speech at the March for Life Candlelight Vigil for Unfertilized Eggs and Zygotes: “Today I will speak to the March for Life in Washington DC. A nation cannot long endure without respect for the fundamental right to Life. Our Liberty depends on it.”
I have one question for the Salon.com blogger who repeatedly states that he does not endorse Ron Paul, and who coyly demurs that his vociferous statements of Ron Paul’s sheer awesome are not endorsement but simply a wistful desire to see certain issues discussed during the campaign: Why the fuck isn’t he endorsing Ron Paul?
He obviously thinks that Ron Paul is the bee’s knees and that Obama is some sort of Muslim baby-killing, drone-happy dictator. There’s a reason the Salon.com blogger refers to Obama as “Dear Leader” and to Obama supporters (85 percent of Democrats, mind you) as cultists (as well as depraved individuals who would defend anything, including Obama raping a nun.) So if he is spending thousands upon thousands of words touting the “really important shit” that Ron Paul brings to the 2012 election while also writing screed after screed (after screed after screed) about all the ways in which President Obama is the worst, and how Obama is a centrist Republican whose fault it is that the current Republican candidates are in a state of sheer clusterfuckery, it seems to me that the Salon.com blogger should saddle up and endorse Ron Paul.
It’s getting ridiculous — really. His non-endorsement endorsement nonsense is positively Clintonian: “It depends on what the definition of ‘endorsement’ is.” Render unto me a break. The Salon.com blogger is fooling no one but his rabid supporters and the feckless media which invites him to speak for progressives, even though he is about as progressive as Gary Johnson, which is not at all. Oh, and don’t you dare mention the Salon.com blogger’s Cato Institute affiliation. He’ll go berserk and deny it (even though, apparently, his ties to Koch/Cato are not as tenuous as he would have you believe.)***
But people are starting to get it. The Greenwald sweater of polemical deceit is unraveling, and I like it. I like it because I find his sort of polemical discourse and rhetorical bomb-throwing to be a reckless distraction from the serious problems that confront us.
I especially like this, from Tim Wise — “Of Broken Clocks, Presidential Candidates, and the Confusion of Certain White Liberals.” It’s a thing of beauty. You should read the whole thing, but I’m going to excerpt what I see as the most salient bit: Continue reading
There’s currently a debate raging about whether or not Frothman actually said “black people” (I wrote about the “blah heard ’round the world” here) or whether he simply stumbled over his words and said “blah” or “bligh” people.
Tommy Christopher at Mediaite makes a strong argument that “black people” was just a slip of the tongue, and it’s an argument I’d be 100 percent inclined to believe if I gave a crap. (And I mean no disrespect to Mr. Christopher.)
Non-conservative (and non-white) folks are arguing that perhaps Santorum is a bigot of some stripe (he is), but that perhaps he should be given the benefit of the doubt here (really?)
At the end of the day, I don’t give a good gotdamn, and I’ll tell you why.
First, he waited far too long to rectify the slip of the tongue, meaning he either said “black people,” or didn’t say black people, but didn’t care enough to make a statement clarifying what he said until he’d been thoroughly mocked for it. He should have immediately said “oops, my bad!” and that would’ve been the end of it. The Blacks™ are a very forgiving people. (I have no statistics to back up this assertion, so take it with a grain of salt.)
Second, it’s not like Santorum is on the front lines of anti-racism and therefore warrants being afforded the benefit of the doubt. Here’s a doozy from the Steve Benen Vault, wherein Santorum pontificates about marriage in the black community — as if he knows what he’s even talking about: Continue reading
During a town hall in Keene, New Hampshire this morning, Rick Santorum told a mother whose son survived cancer that people with pre-existing conditions should pay more for health care coverage because they make poor health care choices. While specifically exempting the woman’s child from personal blame, Santorum insisted that the sick cost more to insure and insurers should charge them higher premiums:
MOTHER: The comments I heard you make in New Hampshire, comments that you support insurance companies’ right to refuse to insure people with pre-existing conditions and that you also agreed with higher premiums for people who are sick, well my son graduated college and I pray that he gets a good job. Why is it alright for him to possibly be denied health care insurance or have to possibly pay a fee that he would not be able to afford or for a company not to hire him because he was five years old and he had cancer? …
SANTORUM: Insurance works when people who are higher risk end up having to pay more, as they should. In your case, your son obviously did nothing wrong. Obviously there are a lot of other people that increased their health risk that did do things wrong and as a result, it resulted in higher health care costs.
As a person with a pre-existing condition, I’d like to flip Rick Santorum the bird. Continue reading
Donald “I have a good relationship with The Blacks™” Trump is calling for Jon Stewart’s head. Apparently, he lives in a world where making a joke about kidnapping babies is racist.
No, it doesn’t make any sense:
In his latest Youtube video Tuesday afternoon, the birther-curious host of The Apprentice had a lengthy rant about Stewart’s confusion over Cain’s response to the sexual harassment charges.”
“How come Jon Stewart gets away with a racist rant against Herman Cain?” Trump asked. “Nobody else could pull that off. Where is Rev. Jackson? Where is Rev. Sharpton? Where are all the critics where if someone else did it, it would be a disaster?”
So, remember how Rick Perry brought up this birther nonsense, destiny farted, and all seemed as it should be? It was only — oh — like — TWO DAYS AGO.
Here’s a refresher:
SATURDAY: Rick Perry says he doesn’t know if he has seen President Obama’s birth certificate. ”I don’t know. Have I?” he coyly purrs to a reporter for PARADE “magazine.”
MONDAY: Rick Perry, apparently blind to the fact that this birther shit is about as racist as it gets (it’s a fuzzy standard given the racist coating that surrounds the Tea Party’s gooey white center), says “It’s fun to poke at [Obama] a bit and say “Hey how about let’s see your grades and your birth certificate.” (Just as his ancestors thought it was fun to go huntin’ at Niggerhead.)
MINUTES LATER THAT MONDAY: Rick Perry calls the birther issue “a great distraction” but then says “I’m not distracted by it.”
TUESDAY: In response to a reporter questioning him about birther nonsense — the very same nonsense that he himself raised merely two days prior — Rick Perry says:
“You know, I’ll cut you off right there. That is one of the biggest distractions that there is going. We need to be talking about jobs. Somebody wants to see my birth certificate, I’d be happy to show it to ‘em. But the fact is, that is a distraction, and Americans really don’t care about that, if you want to know the truth of the matter. What Americans want to talk about is jobs. Who is going to lay out a plan, which will get America working again.”