Posts tagged tea party
Posts tagged tea party
Planes Fly Into a RNC Convention Hosted by FOX News Killing all Tea Party Politicians, all FOX Corporate Heads and all FOX TV Personalities. Further Death Follows As The Taliban, Near Despondent Due To Their Bad Aim Commits Suicide.
Call it Karma
It is easy to be brave from a distance. - Aesop
Arkansas State Representative Nate Bell, who has never seen fit to wear the uniform of his country, nevertheless passed judgment on the courage of others when he Tweeted the following “joke” yesterday:
I wonder how many Boston liberals spent the night cowering in their homes wishing they had an AR-15 with a hi-capacity magazine? #2A — Nate Bell (@NateBell4AR) April 19, 2013
Despite the fact that many seemed to agree with Bell, it must have dismayed him that so many felt repulsed upon upon reading his words.
Perhaps, unlike Bell, they had actually been paying attention to the news this week, and taken in not only the memorials to the killed and injured, but the many stories of heroism, when folks who were not police or emergency personnel stayed to comfort the afflicted, and carry them to safety, even though they did not know if another bomb might go off even as they were helping their fellow human beings.
Nate Bell wasn’t there, not were most of those on the Internet who approved his message. The folks in Boston were.
Maybe Republican Bell had forgotten that a small child was among those who had been killed.
But at any rate Bell, who felt comfortable making a crude joke about the courage of others while he was chortling safely away here in Arkansas, soon felt compelled to issue an apology on Facebook … of sorts.
I would like to apologize to the people of Boston & Massachusetts for the poor timing of my tweet earlier this morning. As a staunch and unwavering supporter of the individual right to self defense, I expressed my point of view without thinking of its effect on those still in time of crisis. In hindsight, given the ongoing tragedy that is still unfolding, I regret the poor choice of timing. Please know that my thoughts and prayers were with the people of Boston overnight and will continue as they recover from this tragedy.
Nate Bell is sorry about the “timing” of his joke. In saying so twice, he makes sure that the grieving folks of Boston know he still feels contempt for them; he just shouldn’t have been so excited by what the voices in his head were saying that he had to share what they said with the world quite so quickly.
Like the bully in the bar, Nate Bell wasn’t “thinking” about those his stupid remarks may have offended. He was going for the cheap laugh, to get the approval of the other lurkers in the back of the bar, back there in the dark.
Perhaps Bell, who touts his involvement with the National Rifle Association, felt that this would take some of the heat away, but the damage has already been done.
Not only to Bell, but to Arkansas as a whole, which has already been suffering blows to its national reputation of late due to the hard work of the Men with Bad Haircuts in the state legislature, of which Nate Bell is a proud member.
I suppose it is sort of understandable, in a way. Prior to being elected to this office, Bell’s only other elected position were his three terms as Potter Township Constable.
And nobody pays much attention to what a constable posts on Twitter.
Still, even a former constable might know better than to make such a stupid, monstrously insensitive, joke at a time like this.
But maybe Nate Bell doesn’t know any better.
No doubt he is smarting from all of the media attention (damn media) and comments left on his Facebook page (do politicians ever actually read the comments people leave on Facebook?) but the fact that so many other folks have chortled along with the NRA supporter may have bolstered him emotionally.
He may just decide to wait this out, and read things through three or four times before actually posting them online for the foreseeable future.
If there is any cosmic justice, and if Nate Bell has a modicum of self-awareness left at this point, he should resign from the Arkansas legislature.
I’m not holding my breath, though.
Former Tennessee Official Caught Masturbating Out of Car Window While Driving 90 Miles an Hour. Birth of the Tea Party and drive by masturbation. What further monumental achievements dare we hope for from the volunteer your semen state?
William Blakely, the former vice mayor of Mount Carmel, Tennessee, will be charged with spermicide and assault with a dead weapon.
The Tea Party’s Stupidest Campaign Yet: The Right to Ride a Manatee.
Maybe we shouldn’t breed?
A few days ago, I pointed out that the House Republicans’ five-page bill to raise the debt ceiling offends two different provisions in the Constitution. I wish this were an isolated instance. It’s not.
Most House Republicans are Tea Partiers, and Tea Partiers are in love with three things:
In my last campaign, the loser (in every sense of the word) who ran against me painted himself as a “constitutional conservative.” He swore that his only goal was to return to the governing principles of our Founding Fathers. But as far as I could tell, the only part of the original Constitution that he liked was the part about black slaves counting as only three-fifths of a human being.
For months, I had to listen to the unhinged “constitutional” rants of that right-wing crank. Here is a list of some of the all-too-familiar Tea Party proposals he made that are blatantly unconstitutional:
The worst part of this is that he fancied himself quite the constitutional scholar, thank-you-very-much. But he must have slept through his law school course on constitutional law. Every single one of these proposals is unconstitutional, and unequivocally unconstitutional, according to the U.S. Supreme Court. But this same Tea Party acolyte did not hesitate to declare Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment insurance, federal aid to schools, student loans, paper money and - of course - Obamacare all unconstitutional. Why? Because he said so.
And don’t even get me started on his obsession over the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act. Apparently, he never noticed that under our Constitution, the federal government can:
And I’m supposed to believe that this same government can’t get you to pay for your own emergency room care, or charge you what it costs if you don’t? Come on.
Look, they don’t own the American flag, they don’t own God, and they don’t own Constitution, either. It’s our Constitution.
I invite my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to sit down and read - at least those who know how to read - the document that they have sworn to uphold. In less time than they would waste listening to Sean Hannity’s errant nonsense one evening, they can get through the whole thing.
There’s some interesting stuff in there. For instance, it’s pretty clear that the Founding Fathers did not contemplate a standing army, much less an army standing in Kabul. And I invite you to show me exactly where it says in there that our military can occupy a foreign country.
But that’s the real Constitution, not the fake one in their heads. Their version reads like Humpty Dumpty’s: “‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less.’”
Congressman Alan Grayson
Hank Williams Jr: “Obama Hates America in the First Place”. Hank Williams Jr is a teabagging illiterate idiot who still believes wearing a flag shirt is more important than knowing what your legislators are up to. He confuses patriotic with being a parasitic mental coward, who sits drunken and mesmerized as Bill O’Reilly explains the universe to him.
Natalie Maines, the lead singer of the Dixie Chicks, announced her disapproval of George W. Bush’s war policies in 2003 during a live concert, without resorting to comparisons to past fascist leaders. In fact, Maines said this: “Just so you know, we’re ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas.” As a result, the band was threatened and abused for many months afterwards, their songs left off the radio, their CDs burned and smashed.
A strange, gendered double standard seems to permeate the country music world. I guess Hank Williams Jr. can take for granted that he can say what he wants without too many major consequences. In his own words: “I’ve always been that way. If you like it, fine; if you don’t, great.”
Tea Baggers: Obama is a Commie, Obama is a Muslim and Obama is not an American. Tea Baggers are racist freaks who lack the courage to say what is truly on their minds: uppity niggers should not appear intelligent or proud when they are against the mighty white right..
GOP is SHIT
During the Republican presidential debate Saturday night, Rep. Ron Paul cited CREW’s research as he focused the spotlight on former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, whose ethical lapses landed him in our 2006 Most Corrupt Members of Congress report. We also filed an ethics complaint against the senator.
Instead of addressing the charges, Mr. Santorum responded with the tried and un-true GOP talking point that CREW only targets Republicans. Fortunately, many fact-checking reporters caught onto Mr. Santorum’s trick.
The New York Times pointed out that our 2011 Most Corrupt list is bipartisan, with four liberal House Democrats on the list of 14 lawmakers. Three more Democrats merited dishonorable mentions.
The Washington Post noted we’ve named plenty of Democrats as corrupt.
ABC News explained that CREW “focuses its criticism on both parties.”
Mr. Santorum should take a lesson from CREW and just stick with the facts. To us it doesn’t matter if politicians are Republicans or Democrats, only that they’ve broken the rules. Melanie Sloan
Rick Santorum tried to ban weather forecasts. Actually, not all weather forecasts. Just government weather forecasts.
I realize that you could possibly be a little skeptical about that, so here is the bill, at the official Senate website. Sections 2(b) and 2(d) of the National Weather Services [sic] Duties Act of 2005, S. 786, 109th Cong., 1st Sess.
By the way, Santorum introduced this bill a few months after four different hurricanes hit Central Florida, where I live. In one of those hurricanes, a big chunk of my roof collapsed, right into the living room. So weather forecasts are sort of important in my community. A matter of life and death, you might say.
Now you must be thinking, “Wow, that guy Santorum is a REAL conservative.” Santorum recognizes that government weather forecasts are meteorological socialism; they are a serious infringement on your constitutional right not to know whether it will rain tomorrow. Santorum sees that weather forecasts are a government takeover of the skies. In fact, Santorum is such an astute and profound conservative thinker that he probably realizes that traffic lights are a government takeover of the roads.
But this note is not about traffic lights. It’s about Rick Santorum and government weather forecasts. And why Rick Santorum tried to ban them.
Here’s why. It’s because AccuWeather is a commercial weather forecasting company, and AccuWeather employees gave Santorum more than $5,000 in campaign contributions. Then he introduced the bill. Which subsequently and consequently led to Santorum being named as one of Congress’s “most corrupt politicians.” Which is saying a lot.
I can picture the conversation:
AccuWeather lobbyist: “Here is $5000 in bundled contributions from AccuWeather. Now introduce a bill to ban government weather forecasts.”
Santorum: “OK. Sure. Why not? Whatever. I love this cheesecake.”
And that is what I’ve seen over and over again. This thing called “conservative ideology” has degenerated to the point where it exists simply to spew out rationalizations for something else entirely: whatever the corporate lobbyists want.
A topic that will remain topical, I’m sure, well after the polls close in New Hampshire tomorrow night.
“Big government is bad government”, that is what a Republican legislator says to explain the corporate cum on their face. “Big government is bad government”, means don’t bother a legislatwhore’s corporate daddy. Why do Americans vote for Republicans Cantor and Boehner and McConnell? I can understand why Jackie Kennedy tried to push her husband’s brains back into his head - desperation. Why do people vote for Eric Cantor? Americans are like Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy where stepping on a rake and having it pop up and hit you in the head is funny and cool, where rolling in your own shit in your own bed is hilarious, where motherfucking stupid and mentally lazy is Tao. America is where, when a politician waves a flag an ass responds mindlessly and obediently. Suckers are born in America every minute; Politics in America is truly a circus where sideshow freaks like Eric Cantor abound.
There is no excuse for voting for Eric Cantor. If we the people are going to change things and change things by voting, there simply is no excuse for allowing oneself to become so indifferent and slovenly that your vote is nothing more than an after thought to some lethargic fixation on the word patriotism or something you do after taking out the trash. That a prominent piece of shit like Eric Cantor has a hold on your mind means you have no mind. Republican voters are too lazy to do anything but stand on the sidelines and be told what to think by those who throw the P (patriot) word around like they own it. Shallow Republican minds enable thieves and idiots to steal America in this the land of suckers. “Become a Republican legislator and get rich fucking Americans.” Republican voters put about as much effort into their vote as they do moving their arm when waving a flag - minimal or none.
Check out the video. Eric Cantor is attempting in vain, to deconstruct the bad image he has created for himself. Cantor is being interviewed on basically a mainstream network show, “60 minutes”. Eric Cantor is guilty of being one of the lead Republicans who has stalemated America, for years, solely in an attempt to hurt a Democratic president. The interviewer does not try to destroy Cantor, she asks Cantor a few cogent questions and Cantor trips and falls, which is usual for Cantor if you have ever listened to him speak. Cantor is asked if he could compromise, and raise taxes on the rich, like his hero Reagan. Cantor hasn’t a clue that his hero did raise taxes on the wealthy and Cantor goes blank. At the moment of Cantor’s fail, his press secretary from the background screams out that she (the interviewer) is lying and Cantor’s press secretary yells that Reagan did not raise taxes. Unbelievable, that such a cretin as Cantor could ever be elected or that Cantor could not navigate a mainstream puppy shit interview. When Cantor’s press secretary screams out a lie from the background in an attempt to save an ignorant lying Cantor from further damning himself, it is too much. Reagan did raise taxes on the wealthy: common knowledge. The entire episode, thanks to Cantor’s press secretary and Cantor’s cowardice in not maintaining decorum (possibly the infantile Cantor could of behaved as if he was the lead interviewee and authority concerning his own office), was another of many Republican debacles. Sometimes, in politics even though the lie is repeated often, the lie does not become the truth, the liar becomes a lie.
Eric Cantor could help America if he left a suicide note admitting to attempting to destroy America after first shooting Mitch McConnell and John Boehner - really would be nice. But it probably won’t happen, Eric Cantor will continue to get elected, continue to get “paid off” by his corporate handlers and Eric Cantor will continue to help the people fuck themselves, courtesy of those voters who have no excuse.
Voting Republican is a legalized act of terror.
Moron attempted to board a Thursday morning flight at La Guardia Airport in New York with a semi-automatic handgun and 19 rounds of 9-millimeter ammunition.
Believable. I guess he hadn’t heard.
….anyone remember the SNL skit, “Show us your guns”?
Q: What do you think of the tea party?
A: First of all, there isn’t one “tea party.” There are actually several tea party organizations. Second, everyone should stop capitalizing “tea party” — and stop pretending it’s a new political force. Tea parties feature the same right-wing authoritarianism and agit-prop left over from the days of George Wallace and John Birch, which is why their stupid talking points sound exactly like the paranoid insanity of yesteryear. Tea party activism takes place in a closed universe where reality has been turned inside-out over a birth certificate. Enthusiasts constantly project their own minds on others. Anything they don’t understand about our complicated, globalized world becomes a new shadow on the wall of Plato’s cave. The activists represent perhaps 2% of the US population; sympathizers account for maybe another 25%. Altogether, they’re the same 27% of America that approved of Bush at the dead end of his presidency. What began as an online Ron Paul phenomenon has been morphed by K-Street money into a new brand name for the same old culture warriors and conservatives, only now they’re worse because they’re desperate.
Upon information and belief, Ms. Cortes has no campaign committee, no volunteers for her campaign, and her campaign is being financed and operated entirely by those who wish to dilute the vote in favor of Recalled Senator, Russell Pearce.
On the verge of blowing up into an irreparable scandal for Pearce, the self-proclaimed “Tea Party President” and first senate president to face a recall election in American history, a series of blatant efforts by his campaign supporters to fraudulently set up the sham candidacy of Olivia Cortes to undermine his main opponent’s support has unraveled into a damaging comedy of errors.
After claiming to be against racial and religious profiling, Paul said: ”But if someone is attending speeches from someone who is promoting the violent overthrow of our government, that’s really an offense that we should be going after — they should be deported or put in prison.” Seitz-Wald correctly notes the obvious: ”Paul’s suggestion that people be imprisoned or deported for merely attending a political speech would be a fairly egregious violation on the First Amendment, not to mention due process.”
Indeed, the First Amendment not only protects the mere “attending” of a speech “promoting the violent overthrow of our government,” but also the giving of such a speech. The government is absolutely barred by the Free Speech clause from punishing people even for advocating violence. That has been true since the Supreme Court’s unanimous 1969 decision in Brandenburg v. Ohio, which overturned the criminal conviction of a Ku Klux Klan leader who had threatened violence against political officials in a speech.
Ohio has never met an abortion restriction that they haven’t immediately fell in love with, so it should be little shock to anyone that they are now considering a personhood amendment, too. After all, a potential ban on abortion after 6 weeks isn’t nearly as effective as declaring a fertilized egg a person and banning birth control and fertility treatments, too.
Even better, Personhood Ohio is considering the Tea Party their inspiration and support.
Via the Houston Chronicle:
Dr. Patrick Johnston, a Zanesville pediatrician, is spearheading the effort for Personhood Ohio. He said the group started collecting signatures a week ago and hopes to submit the first 1,000 next week.
“I think the whole tea party movement has reinvigorated the movement to get something done at the state level instead of waiting on the federal government,” said Johnston, who has spoken at five tea party rallies in Ohio. “Tea party resolution is strong in Ohio, and that has invigorated pro-lifers.”
I remember when the Tea Party was all about limited government.