The GOP: Party of Self

JM Ashby: Representative Paul Broun (R-GA) doesn’t support gay marriage because he’s “not going to marry one,” but did you also know he doesn’t support ending discrimination against transgender persons because he ‘doesn’t want a sex change?’ “I don’t want to pay for a sex change operation. I’m not interested. I like being a boy.”

In other news, Broun doesn’t support tampons because he doesn’t menstruate. He doesn’t support wheelchairs because he can walk just fine, thank you very much. Basically, if it’s not Broun, Broun doesn’t support it: “I like being me and I’m not interested in things that aren’t me.” 

Broun is the basic definition of the Republican Party.

Monday morning’s 6 semi-interesting things

1) Being in Congress loses its thrill for some lawmakers – For members of Congress, the thrill is gone. They don’t make national policy anymore. They can’t earmark money for communities back home. The public hates them. And perks little and big, from private jet travel to a little free nosh now and then, have been locked down by ethics rules. As they head for the exits this year, many leaving Congress say the prestigious job of being a congressman sucks now, and that’s why lawmakers young and old are trading in their member pins for a new life in the private sector.

2) What is Congress “doing” this week? – Afghanistan: Lawmakers expressed condolences and concern on the Sunday morning political talk shows in response to the news that a U.S. soldier allegedly opened fire on Afghan civilians inside homes before turning himself in. There are several Senate Armed Services and Appropriations committee hearings scheduled for this week that could serve as venues for senators to raise further concerns or skepticism about the war. [...] Fixing Congress: The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee plans to hold a hearing Wednesday to review several pieces of legislation that would change how Congress handles the budgetmaking process, including a proposal known as “No Budget, No Pay.” (GET THIS: from this same article, the Republicans say to expect three major endorsements for Romney. They consider that “doing something.” That’s “work” to them.)

3) Sen. James Inhofe, pretty much came right out and admitted that the reason why he denigrates and attacks climate science is because the Bible told him not to worry – “Well actually the Genesis 8:22 that I use in there is that ‘as long as the earth remains there will be seed time and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night,’ my point is, God’s still up there. The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me outrageous.”

  • Greenland’s Ice Is Growing DarkerEven mild global warming could completely melt Greenland’s ice cap – The Greenland icesheet is more sensitive to global warming than thought, for just a relatively small — but very long term — temperature rise would melt it completely, according to a study published on Sunday. [...] Greenland is second to Antarctica as the biggest source of locked-up water on land. If it melted completely, this would drive up sea levels by 7.2 metres (23.6 feet), swamping deltas and low-lying islands. [image: NASA]
  • Fourth Warmest Winter On Record For The U.S. – February is gone, and the non-winter of 2011 – 2012 is the history books as the fourth warmest in U.S. history, said NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center yesterday. The winter average temperature of 36.8°F was just 0.4°F cooler than the warmest winter on record, the winter of 1999 – 2000. If you lived in the Northern Plains, Midwest, Southeast and Northeast, it seemed like winter never really arrived this year–27 states in this region had top-ten warmest winters.

4) LOL Rick Santorum: ‘I’d like everybody to get out’ of race – Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has a foolproof plan to win the GOP nomination: He wants everybody else to just quit. On Sunday, NBC host David Gregory asked the candidate if he would like to see former House Speaker Newt Gingrich drop out if he loses upcoming primaries in Alabama and Mississippi. “I’d like everybody to get out,” Santorum admitted. “That’d be great if they could just clear the field.” “Congressman Gingrich can stay in, the Speaker can stay in as long as he wants, but I think the better opportunity to make sure we nominate a conservative is to give us an opportunity to go head to head with Gov. [Mitt] Romney at some point. Hopefully that will occur sooner rather than later.” [image: thatslayerchick]

5) Chris Matthews: The GOP is ‘treating women like they’re not really voters’ – Chris Matthews displayed Sunday morning his bemusement for the Republican Party’s comments and behavior towards women so far during the 2012 presidential campaign. “One of the time warps these days is watching Republicans ignore the simple fact that women vote and are the majority voters,” he said on his weekly show. “I do think it’s odd the way we’re talking about contraception — by the way, as if that’s only a women’s issue, it’s a male female issue, obviously — and treating women like they’re not really voters.”

  • Centrist Women Tell of Disenchantment With Republicans - Deborah R. Stevens, a self-described “dyed in the wool” Republican, said she felt hopeless. “I’m looking for a candidate that will be honest, that will come out and say, ‘Yes, I support women, I want you advanced and not trampled upon,’ ” said Ms. Stevens, 63, who lives near Myrtle Beach, S.C. “I want answers desperately. I want candidates to tell me, ‘I’m not overturning Roe v. Wade.’ It’s there. Leave it there.” Ms. Russell, who changed her political views at the baby shower, said she was impressed with how Mr. Obama handled his administration’s compromise over the much-debated birth control policy, saying, “I think he’s more of a women’s candidate.” Mr. Romney’s reaction to Mr. Limbaugh’s statements about the Georgetown student cemented a negative view of him. “I expected him to have the guts to stand up and say what Rush did was wrong,” she said. “Wrong, wrong, wrong in every sense of the word wrong.” A rally for women’s rights in San Diego on Thursday drew Jessica Lopez, 27, a registered independent who said she voted for President George W. Bush in 2004. Ms. Lopez said her choice this year became clear amid the Republican debate on contraception and abortion. “This has really energized me, that I need to get more involved with the Obama campaign,” she said. Ms. Lopez added: “The G.O.P. has never been so clear about their agenda for women. I’m afraid if we get a Republican president, my health will be up to their personal discretion.”
  • Hysterical Womenfolk All On The Rag Despite Gallantries of The GOP – You would think the women of America — particularly “right-leaning” women who voted for George W. Bush and John McCain — would understand when the great big strong menfolk tell them not to worry their pretty little heads about things like “their bodies” and “not being filthy whores.” But in a shocking twist that nobody could have predicted, it seems “women,” if there even is such a thing, are catching themselves a little case of the sulks! Ladies are now stealthily congregating at baby showers and beauty parlors and, we don’t know, shoe stores? and morphing into Obama-voting communists, just because the Republican party patiently explained to them that a man’s place is at the head of the household, and a woman’s place is in A Handmaid’s Tale. [...] In happier news for the GOP, recent polling suggests that fully one-third of women still want the Republicans to control Congress. They will get a special treat tonight. Maybe a new vacuum.

6) GOOSE / GANDER / FAIRPLAY TURNABOUT AND WHAT NOT: Before getting a prescription for Viagra or other erectile dysfunction drugs, men would have to see a sex therapist, receive a cardiac stress test and get a notarized affidavit signed by a sexual partner affirming impotency, if state Sen. Nina Turner has her way. The Cleveland Democrat introduced Senate Bill 307 this week. A critic of efforts to restrict abortion and contraception for women, Turner says she is concerned about men’s reproductive health… Turner said if state policymakers want to legislate women’s health choices through measures such as House Bill 125, known as the ‘Heartbeat bill,’ they should also be able to legislate men’s reproductive health.

  • Oklahama Democrat Adds ‘Every Sperm Is Sacred’ Amendment to Personhood Bill - Oklahoma state senator Constance Johnson has a great sense of humor. To poke fun at the sheer absurdity of the Personhood Amendment which would give zygotes the same rights as extra-utero-American citizens, Senator Johnson added the following language as an amendment to the bill: However, any action in which a man ejaculates or otherwise deposits semen anywhere but in a woman’s vagina shall be interpreted and construed as an action against an unborn child.
  • imageThe Rectal Probe amendment - To protest a bill that would require women to undergo an ultrasound before having an abortion, Virginia State Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston) on Monday attached an amendment that would require men to have a rectal exam and a cardiac stress test before obtaining a prescription for erectile dysfunction medication.
  • A bill that would ban Georgia males from seeking vasectomies – From the press release: “Thousands of children are deprived of birth in this state every year because of the lack of state regulation over vasectomies,” said Rep. Yasmin Neal, author of the bill. “It is patently unfair that men can avoid unwanted fatherhood by presuming that their judgment over such matters is more valid than the judgment of the General Assembly, while women’s ability to decide is constantly up for debate throughout the United States.”

No question about it

There are way too many banjos, country store porches, and too much moonshine consumption in Georgia.

And this happened.

Sunday morning’s 9 interesting things

1) Obama Urges Congress to Reward Technology Companies That Keep Jobs in U.S. – President Barack Obama urged Congress to enact tax proposals that reward technology companies and other businesses that help create jobs in the U.S. rather than overseas. [...] Obama said U.S. businesses created 3.7 million new jobs over the past 23 months, adding, “Companies like Boeing are realizing that even when we can’t make things cheaper than China, we can make things better. That’s how we’re going to compete globally.” “No company should get a tax break for outsourcing jobs,” Obama said. He urged helping “manufacturers who set up shop here at home,” particularly technology companies. “And Congress should send me that kind of tax reform right away.”

2) American jobs coming back to America — Good News of the Day: Caterpillar Strikes Deal to Build Georgia Plant – Caterpillar Inc. said it chose a site near Athens, Ga., for a new $200 million factory that will employ about 1,400 people and make construction equipment currently produced in Sagami, Japan.

3) As a matter of fact, Rick Santorum IS holier than thou (and thou and thou…) – White House candidate Rick Santorum on Saturday questioned President Barack Obama’s Christian values and attacked GOP rival Mitt Romney’s Olympics leadership as he courted tea party activists and evangelical voters in Ohio, “ground zero” in the 2012 nomination fight. Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator known for his social conservative policies, said that Obama’s agenda is “not about you. It’s not about your quality of life. It’s not about your jobs. It’s about some phony ideal. Some phony theology. Not a theology based on the Bible. A different theology.” [Note: Santorum is 'courting' the bottom of the gene pool for political points (birthers, teabaggers, racists) and has the nerve to question a fellow Christian's values and beliefs? Maybe Santorum simply doesn't like that the President is a Protestant...]

Judge not, lest ye be judged by Santorum: 

~ Santorum stands by statement that Obama’s theology not based on the Bible - Speaking to reporters after addressing a luncheon of the Ohio Christian Alliance, Santorum said that the “new low” in the campaign is represented not by his remarks about Obama’s beliefs, but by the Obama administration’s handling of the recent controversy over whether the national health care law’s mandated coverage of contraception applies to religious-affiliated institutions.

~ Santorum says Obama looks down on disabled, encouraging more abortions – Rick Santorum accused President Obama of requiring free prenatal testing in the health care plan he signed in 2010 because it would detect if children were disabled, encourage more abortions and save money.

4) “What’s wrong with state employees?” – Sen. Dennis Jones - Florida Governor Rick Scott’s plan to privatize all correctional facilities in 18 counties died in the Florida Senate yesterday. Despite having a 16 seat majority, a number of Republican senators joined the Democrats to vote it down. Idealistically all of those in opposition would be asking the same question asked by Senator Dennis Jones, but I’m sure at least some of them simply decided they did not want to follow Rick Scott off a cliff.

5) Worst of the Worst: Rob Walton, Walmart - Want to see who’s using their wealth to exploit the 99%? This series of 1-minute videos reveals the methods of the worst of the 1%. In 2007, according to the labor economist Sylvia Allegretto, the six Walton family members on the Forbes 400 had a net worth equal to the bottom 30 percent of all Americans.The Waltons are now collectively worth about $93 billion, according to Forbes. Watch how they take advantage of the 99%:

6) Melissa Harris-Perry: When union workers do well, ALL workers do better – I don’t know that the native son of Michigan can look past his own privileged upbringing to see that what he advocates is bringing all Americans down.

image: phroyd

7) Class Warfare: Which Side Are You on? – The good news is that there is growing awareness among the 99 percent that they’ve been ripped off; that they’re engaged in a decades-long class war and their side is losing. As a result working Americans are in favor of raising taxes on the 1 percent. And there’s some evidence that the 99 percent are waking up to the problem of big money in politics, the problems caused by the Citizens United Supreme Court decision. The bad news is that this may not be enough to save our Democracy. Over the last 30 years, the United States has been looted. The rich and powerful, the 1 percent, have taken a disproportionate share of the economic gains that we’ve all worked for. As a consequence America is teetering on the brink of Plutocracy. To remedy this inequity and restore Democracy, fundamental changes must be made. [...] Barack Obama is not a perfect candidate but at least he is willing to talk about class warfare and to propose common sense steps towards economic justice. That’s a big difference from Mitt Romney who doesn’t think we have a class problem or issues with economic fairness and says of people who suggest this “[Its] about envy. It’s about class warfare.”

image: phroyd

8) The state of Obama’s swing states - President Obama’s national approval numbers have risen steadily with the brightening economy, but he may be vulnerable in the swing states that will be critical in determining the outcome of the 2012 election. Obama will likely need to win about half of the electoral votes supplied by Michigan, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and New Hampshire if he is to secure a second term.

9) Research on Deadly Bird Flu to Be Published in Full - The full details of recent experiments that made a deadly flu virus more contagious will be published, probably within a few months, despite recommendations by the United States that some information be kept secret for fear that terrorists could use it to start epidemics. The announcement, made on Friday by the World Health Organization, follows two months of heated debate about the flu research. The recommendation to publish the work in full came from a meeting of 22 experts in flu and public health from various countries who met on Thursday and Friday in Geneva at the organization’s headquarters to discuss “urgent issues” raised by the research. [See all posts on H5N1 influenza.]

What rightwing domestic terrorists? The Olds!

FBI: Four militia members plotted to attack buildings, release poison

WASHINGTON — Four Georgia men in their 60s and 70s were arrested Tuesday, accused of being members of a right-wing militia group that plotted to attack federal office buildings and to disperse a deadly biological poison in Atlanta.

[,,,] The documents say the men, Frederick Thomas, 73, of Cleveland, Ga.; Dan Roberts, 67, Ray Adams, 65, and Samuel Crump, 68, all of Toccoa, called themselves “the covert group” and began in March to talk about staging attacks against federal targets including the IRS.

A confidential informant secretly recorded some of the meetings for the FBI.

“I’d say the first ones that need to die is the ones in the government buildings,” Adams was overheard saying in an April 16 meeting, according to the FBI.

Yet, get this:

According to federal investigators, Crump had worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta in the past doing “maintenance-type services” for a contractor, and Adams used to work for a U.S. Department of Agriculture agency called the Agricultural Research Service as a lab technician.

I'm unna getchu soon as I figger out where mah teeth went.SO YOU SEE Guvmit’s okay when they work for it, when a white man’s president (and especially when he’s GOP). Teabaggers. And they’re probably all pulling in Social Security and Medicare while they spend their days spitting off the porch of the General Store, plotting who deserves to die after Sunday services. It’s not al Qaeda we need to worry about.

image: wonkette

Don’t tread on me and pass the KY: Oathkeeper Birther tranny-porn fan Darren Huff convicted

Via TPM:

BONUS FUN: The FBI’s “Returned Property” document detail[s] the items that were given back to Huff after his arrest (see below)…  And yes, before you ask, Huff was also chaplain of the Georgia Militia…! (Wonkette)

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Huff is likely a huge fan of Rush and Ted Nugent.

“Every time I get pissed off at Obama for not doing what I want…”

“Every time I get pissed off at Obama for not doing what I want the way I want it when I want it, I remember who he is dealing with.”John Cole


Teaparty Republicans please note: arguing that Obama was president in 2008 is deeply stupid

From Benen’s post:

Rep. Tom Graves (R) of Georgia appeared on MSNBC the other day, and… [g]iven the tax cuts the GOP still believes are critical to reducing unemployment, Contessa Brewer asked a good question, “How come we haven’t seen massive job growth?” Graves responded, “Well, what we’ve seen is massive job loss that began in about 2008, and I believe that was under Barack Obama.”  Continue reading…

Except for that whole presidential campaign in 2008, which Obama did win. But Obama wasn’t technically president until THE INAUGURATION IN 2009, FFS!!

Blame fail.


UPDATED: Tea Party’s Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) feels your pain (if you want a president assassinated)

“Who is going to shoot Obama?” — An audience member asked at a town hall meeting hosted by Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA), a Tea Party congressman.

According to Blake Aued of the Athens Banner-Herald, who was in attendance, the question “got a big laugh.”

MUCH WORSE than not immediately condemning the questioner, Broun goes on to express sympathy with the “frustration:”

“The thing is, I know there’s a lot of frustration with this president. We’re going to have an election next year. Hopefully, we’ll elect somebody that’s going to be a conservative, limited-government president that will take a smaller, who will sign a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.”

After the event, when questioned by the reporter, Aued, Broun’s press secretary, Jessica Morris said: “Obviously, the question was inappropriate, so Congressman Broun moved on.”

TPM notes: You may remember Broun as the member of Congress who skipped the State of the Union Address in favor of live Tweeting about Obama’s “socialism” from his office.

(tpm via lycanpedia)

Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA)

UPDATE * * * * * *

Broun condemns the statement TODAY, THREE DAYS later. Weak.

Washington, Feb 25 - U.S. Representative Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) today released the following statement in response to comments from a constituent at his town hall meeting:

“Tuesday night at a town hall meeting in Oglethorpe County, Georgia an elderly man asked the abhorrent question, “Who’s going to shoot Obama?”  I was stunned by the question and chose not to dignify it with a response; therefore, at that moment I moved on to the next person with a question.  After the event, my office took action with the appropriate authorities.  I deeply regret that this incident happened at all.  Furthermore, I condemn all statements—made in sincerity or jest—that threaten or suggest the use of violence against the President of the United States or any other public official.  Such rhetoric cannot and will not be tolerated.”


89-year-old Georgia Republican lawmaker needs to retire

And  a full medical check up wouldn’t hurt either.

nullGeorgia’s Republican State Rep. John Yates has a position on immigration that almost nobody would agree with: he wants US border agents empowered to “shoot to kill.”

Asked to justify his position, Yates recently told a reporter in Atlanta that illegal immigrants are enemies of America who must be dealt with severely.

“Stopping Hitler was worth the price,” the 89-year-old lawmaker said.

GOP lawmaker: Illegal immigrants are like ‘Hitler’, should be shot