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Rick Santorum, GOP Martyr

March 9, 2014

Rick Santorum, GOP Martyr

Evangelical Christian billionaire Foster Friess introduced Rick Santorum to the CPAC congregation as the most persecuted Tea Party Saint in the room. Mr. Santorum, former Republican senator, failed presidential candidate, and erstwhile Pope of Pennsylvania, didn’t follow that with a Sermon on the Mount. He sounded more like Jeremiah, excoriating the assembled for espousing heathen beliefs like “tolerance,” “inclusion,” “birth control,” and “helping the middle class” in futile attempts to get elected.

Mr. Santorum urged the conservative congregation to chase the moneylenders from the GOP Temple with scourge and torch. Presumably Foster Priess bought a Pennsylvania Papal Indulgence with the millions he spent on Rick Santorum’s failed 2012 presidential campaign. Rick Santorum has not ruled out another Crusade for Christian Theocracy in 2016.

More:

“The Pope of Pennsylvania,” Marie Burns, NY Times Examiner

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Paul Ryan, School Lunch Expert

March 7, 2014

Paul Ryan, School Lunch Expert

Yesterday at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan (R, WI-1) addressed the faithful and told them of his new platform. He wants to steal school lunches from poor kids.

Mr. Ryan told a story he says he got from Eloise Anderson, but the story was stolen, too.

“She once met a young boy from a poor family. And every day at school, he would get a free lunch from a government program. But he told Eloise he didn’t want a free lunch. He wanted his own lunch—one in a brown-paper bag just like the other kids’. He wanted one, he said, because he knew a kid with a brown-paper bag had someone who cared for him.”

“The left is making a big mistake …. What they’re offering people is a full stomach and an empty soul. People don’t just want a life of comfort. They want a life of dignity, they want a life of self determination.”

Mr. Ryan’s policy is neatly summed up by Paul Krugman: “Let Them Eat Dignity.” Oh, and the book the story was swiped from? A portion of sales goes to a campaign that “connects kids in need to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals” and opposes Ryan’s cuts to food stamps.

Mr. Ryan knows nothing about lunches for the poor, but he’s an authority on a poor lunch. Nutrition-poor, anyway. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “One of his summer jobs in college was as an Oscar Mayer salesman in Minnesota, peddling turkey bacon and a new line called ‘Lunchables‘ to supermarkets.” He once drove the Wienermobile for Oscar Meyer, and that was his last honest job. He’s peddled his bologna as a DC political hack ever since.

More:

“Paul Ryan accidentally makes the case against means-testing,” Ned Resnikoff, MSNBC

“Paul Ryan’s Soul Food,” Ed Kilgore, Political Animal

“A story too good to check: Paul Ryan and the story of the brown paper bag,” Glenn Kessler, Washington Post Fact Checker

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McDonnell Snake Oil Scandal

January 23, 2014

McDonnell Snake Oil Scandal

Maw & Paw McDonnell, former First Couple of the Old Dominion, have been indicted by a Federal grand jury of taking cash, luxury gifts and expensive vacations from a snake oil salesman while in office then lying about it, committing wire fraud, and obstructing the investigation into it. 12 of the 14 counts are punishable by up to 20 years and 2 for 30 years in prison, and there are fines of up to $1 million.

Mr. McDonnell has distinguished himself from other Virginia governors — Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, James Monroe — as the first in history to be indicted for his actions during his term in office. Of course he had help. Whist residing in Richmond’s historic Executive Mansion, Mrs. McDonnell actively endorsed and hawked the useless quack patent nostrums.

Arraignment in U.S. District Court in Richmond is scheduled for Friday. But whatever the legal outcome, the real scandal is that decent, affordable medical care is denied to many Virginians and other Americans but it’s perfectly legal to sell them worthless pseudo “healthcare” crap as long you call it a (wink-wink) “nutritional supplement.”

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Nebraska, Our Nation’s Capital

January 9, 2014

Nebraska, Our Nation's Capital

Nebraska Republican Ben Sasse is running for the U.S. Senate. He wants to move the Capital of the United States from the District of Columbia to Nebraska.

Welcome to it, ‘Huskers! Here’s what Nebraska gets:

  • No vote in Congress, but you’ll pay taxes to the IRS anyway
  • Any political pissant from elsewhere can stop local elected officials from spending Nebraska state tax funds the way Nebraskans want
  • Tax-exempt institutions — including foreign embassies and the Federal government itself — will crowd taxpaying businesses and residents off valuable real estate
  • Commuters from neighboring states will take all your state’s good jobs, snarl traffic, rip up your streets and then complain about the potholes — but they won’t pay a dime of Nebraska taxes on the money they earn in Nebraska
  • Main Street will be shut down for motorcades at unexpected, inconvenient moments
  • Bollards will clutter every sidewalk, metal detectors and uniformed guards will block office building doors

And you know what else Nebraska will get, Mr. Sasse? No U.S. Senators!

Like other Nebraskans, Tea Party-lovin’ Ben Sasse is just regular “work-a-day folks” — if work-a-day folks went to Harvard and Yale, worked at the Boston Consulting Group, served as a DC bureaucrat for G.W. Bush, and over-extended a small Lutheran college so much that its accreditation is threatened.

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John Boehner Finally Grows a Pair

December 15, 2013

House Speaker John Boehner (R , OH-8) finally spoke out about the right-wing groups pushing Republicans beyond the lunatic fringe, specifically the Club For Growth, Heritage Action, FreedomWorks and Americans For Prosperity. “These groups aren’t acting out of principle, and they’re not trying to enact conservative policies. They’re using you to raise money and expand their own organization,” he is said to have told his caucus.

“How John Boehner learned to stop worrying and hate the Tea Party,” Jon Terbush, The Week

“Boehner Attacks Again: Tea Party Groups Have ‘Lost All Credibility,’” Ian Schwartz, Real Clear Politics

“Don’t celebrate yet!: Why Boehner won’t really ditch the right-wing nutjobs,” Brian Beutler, Salon

“Boehner’s blasts: One more volley in the long GOP battle,” Dan Balz, Washington Post

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Dick Cheney: All Heart

November 20, 2013

Dick Cheney: All Heart

Was it just last year that Papa Dick Cheney blessed the same-sex marriage of younger daughter Mary? It was a touching moment, love overcoming Republican dogma.

Then ambitious older daughter Liz Cheney decided to base her carpetbagger Wyoming senate campaign on opposition to same-sex marriage. “I do believe in the traditional definition of marriage,” she told Fox News. Sister Mary noted that Liz is “on the wrong side of History” in denying equality to all families.

And Papa Dick Chaney, a man who bucked the 2000 GOP platform and endorsed marriage equality? A man whose grandchildren have two mommies? Certainly he stayed out of a fight between his daughters, since he loves them both equally, right?

Wrong. He’s backing Liz. Expect an uncomfortable Thanksgiving dinner at the Chaney house.

Wait a minute. Didn’t Dick Cheney mellow after he left office as Vice President and got a heart transplant? Nope. He’s flogging a book about that heart but won’t think about the donor: “It’s my new heart, not someone else’s old heart.”

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The Party’s Over

November 7, 2013

The Party's Over

We’re starting to get the spin — and the finger-pointing — on Tea Party Republican Ken Cuccinelli’s gubernatorial election loss.  Cooch coulda won if it wasn’t for those hostile Hispanics, Asian Americans  and Black folks. And voters with gay friends. And people who understand science. Oh, and all those unmarried voters and womenfolk.

Sounds like the majority 21st century American population, doesn’t it? The very people the GOP has spurned in its courtship of Tea Party extremists.

But wait. The Cooch was robbed. He really must have been beaten by those Northern Virginia suburbanites who work for federal contractors, angry about the government shutdown. Surely the Tea Party can’t be blamed for … never mind.

No, no, it was the GOP, the party stabbed Cooch in the back … the Libertarian candidate …the Big Money … the Military Industrial Complex

More:

“How the tea party lost on Tuesday night,” Sean Sullivan and Aaron Blake, Washington Post blog

“Virginia Isn’t the Place Ken Cuccinelli Thinks It Is,” Jill Lawrence, National Journal

“Why Cuccinelli Lost: Hard-Right Conservatism Became A Liability In Virginia,” Daniel Strauss, Talking Points Memo

“Analysis: Tea party reels with Virginia loss, Christie romp,” David Lightman, Dallas Morning News

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Tea Party Testimony

October 18, 2013

Tea Party Testimony
Testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives by House stenographer Dianne Reidy on Wednesday, October 16, 2013:

“Do not be deceived. God shall not be mocked. A House divided cannot stand. He will not be mocked, He will not be mocked, (don’t touch me!) He will not be mocked. The greatest deception here, is that this is not one nation under God. It never was. Had it been… it would not have been… No. it would not have been… the Constitution would not have been written by Free Masons… and go against God. You cannot serve two masters. You cannot serve two masters. Praise be to God, Lord Jesus Christ.”

– “Stenographer snaps, rants on House floor,” CNN

Discussion:

“The funny thing is the House stenographer was only like the 137th craziest person in the room.” — Dan Amira, via Twitter

 “But who knows, maybe she just saw something that didn’t seem right and mounting frustration and tensions brought it out of her.” — Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Fox News

“The ‘Holy Spirit’ made her do it: Stenographer Dianne Reidy offers Godly excuse for bizarre House of Representatives rant,” Michael Sheridan, New York Daily News

“House Stenographer Outburst Recalls Masonic Conspiracy Theories Past And Present,” Roxanne Palmer, International Business Times

“Famous Freemasons: Founding Fathers and Patriots,” U.S. News

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Price of the Tea Party Tantrum

October 17, 2013

Price of the Tea Party Tantrum

The Tea Party Republicans in Congress shut down the United States Government for over two weeks. They did it to protest … something. In the end, it gained them … nothing. Federal employees will be paid retroactively, but government contractors and retailers serving public employees and their families had no business this month. Of course, the salaries of cranky congressmen continued uninterrupted.

The shutdown is over, at least for now, but what has this Republican hissy fit cost America? The total tab won’t be complete for another couple of months, but Standard & Poor’s puts the loss to the economy at $24 billion, $1.6 billion a day.

More:

“Gridlock Has Cost U.S. Billions, and the Meter Is Still Running,” Annie Lowery, Nathaniel Popper, and Nelson D. Schwartz, New York Times

“Was the Point Republicans Made in the Shutdown Worth the Price?’ Gerald F. Seib, Wall Street Journal

“What You Can Get For The Price Of A Shutdown,” Bryce Covert, Think Progress

“House Republicans Hold Hearing on Why Their Shutdown Shut Things Down,” Tim Murphy, Mother Jones

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Gohmert Claims American War Hero Supports Al Qaeda

October 13, 2013

Gohmert Claims American War Hero Supports Al Qaeda

The Honorable The Congress-Clown representing the Piney Woods of East Texas, Louie Gohmert (R, TX-1), claims that fellow Republican Senator John McCain (R-AZ) supports al Qaeda terrorists. You may recall that Senator McCain flew a Navy jet during the Vietnam Conflict and was shot down and held as a prisoner of war for 6 years in the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” prison. Mr. Gohmert is also a distinguished veteran, having gallantly served as a peace-time defense lawyer at Fort Benning in the perilous jungles of Columbus, Georgia.

Senator McCain had, in fact, traveled to Syria and met with rebels, but they were the U.S.-backed Northern Storm Brigade, a faction often attacked by al Qaeda affiliated groups. Not that facts have ever concerned Louie Gohmert.

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