Indifference to Dead Kids Day! January 19, 2013

A coaltion of pro-gun groups is calling for a nationwide “Gun Appreciation Day” for Jan. 19. Details from the Washington Post: The group is emulating the anti-gay marriage activists who made the Christian fast food chain Chick-fil-A into a national conservative cause with “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.” The group is asking supporters to turn out in droves at gun stores, gun counters, gun shows, and gun ranges to protest what they see as government overreach in the wake of the Sandy Hook elementary school shootings. — Pro-Gun Groups Plan ‘Gun Appreciation Day’ For Inauguration Weekend | TPM LiveWire


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Also, from the bottomless well of dumbfuckery: “Larry Ward, chairman of the national Gun Appreciation Day gun rights advocates have planned for the weekend of President Obama’s second inauguration, told CNN Friday that there never would have been slaves in America if black people had guns. “I think Martin Luther King, Jr. would agree with me if he were alive today that if African Americans had been given the right to keep and bear arms from day one of the country’s founding, perhaps slavery might not have been a chapter in our history,” Ward said.”

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Indeed had African Americans been given rights when they were brought to America, they wouldn’t have been slaves. It’s all perfectly logical!

Sarah Palin for Speaker of the House! “Real ‘Merica’s” Hurr Durr voting block

Some examples of the type of moron who probably voted in 2010:

These are undoubtedly Fox’s most loyal viewers — and a reminder that everyone needs to vote in 2014. Don’t let another 112th Congress happen to America ever again.

‘Sarah Palin for House Speaker’ Say Conservatives Who Don’t Understand Government | BobCesca

Romney met with Dr. John Willke during 2012 campaign, told him “we agree on almost everything”

Think Progress notes that Mitt Romney met with Dr. John Willke (the controversial anti-abortion doctor who was the basis for Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” theory)  late last year, during the 2012 campaign:

“Dr. John Willke, one of the founders of the anti-abortion movement and Akin’s source, told the Daily Telegraph today that he had a private meeting with Romney in Cincinnati last October. Willke said that Romney thanked him for his support and told him, “we agree on almost everything.” It was revealed earlier this week that Romney had also touted Willke’s support during his 2008 presidential campaign, even referring to him as an “important surrogate.” The Romney campaign declined to comment to the Daily Telegraph about Dr. Willke’s comments.”

Dr. Willke’s scientifically baseless pseudo-theory on women’s innards and rape (legitimate rape): “This is a traumatic thing — she’s, shall we say, she’s uptight. She is frightened, tight, and so on. And sperm, if deposited in her vagina, are less likely to be able to fertilize. The tubes are spastic.” 

JM Ashby found a web archive of Romney enthusiastically accepting Dr. Willke’s endorsement in 2007:

Governor Romney said, “I am proud to have the support of a man who has meant so much to the pro-life movement in our country. He knows how important it is to have someone in Washington who will actively promote pro-life policies. Policies that include more than appointing judges who will follow the law but also opposing taxpayer funded abortion and partial birth abortion. I look forward to working with Dr. Willke and welcome him to Romney for President.”

Kick over a rock inside the GOP’s “Big Tent,” and you never know what will crawl out.

Sidenote: I wonder what the anti-abortion movement thinks about the fact that part of Mitt Romney’s fortune was derived from investing in a company that disposed of aborted fetuses? They built that! 

What do the “real ‘Mericans” think about Romney concealing his returns / business history?

“The only person who has seen Romney’s taxes is John McCain, and he took one look and picked Sarah Palin.” — James Carville, interviewed by CBS News.

Does the fact that Mitt Romney isn’t going to show the American people his tax returns bother the Tea Party, Republican, Dominionist voter base at all? NOPE! Example:

See how they mentally side-step the uncomfortable fact that Mitt is concealing his tax returns and all the information they contain, WHILE running as their candidate for president? Just make a librul joke! Harhar! It’s sad. He wants to be president, he wants their vote, but he’ll only show them two years of his returns — and they don’t care!

Substance doesn’t matter to these voters, only the script:

1) call yourself a Republican,

2) repeat the pre-scripted “beliefs” whenever possible (more guns, less gays, no abortions), and

3) say you’re against government spending and for more tax cuts (even if you’re actually for more military spending and corporate welfare, loopholes and subsidies for the wealthy, big oil, and corporations — and paying for your spending by cutting programs and services for everyone else). Then…

4) BINGO! you’ve just earned yourself conservative supporters who wouldn’t benefit from anything you plan to do, but will cheer you on anyway.

These people have their heads so far up their collective asses that they can’t be trusted to tie their own shoes, let alone elect people to lead this country.

And it sounds like Romney is so deep in the mud right now over the tax returns and Bain Capital (when did he quit and when did he know he quit), that he’s going to try and change the conversation this week by announcing his running mate. That would be a great move for Romney (in the short term), since the media is fickle and worthless and would love nothing more than to gush over a new person for days on end — which is so much easier than trying to run down actual facts to report about boring stuff like numbers, and taxes, and history. We can’t let the media drop the ball on these important issues — they really matter.

You’re anti-gay marriage? Yes, you look like a complete idiot to most people.


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fonik: Anderson’s expression here is perfect.


North Carolina pastor: Send LGBT people to concentration camps to die — Pastor Charles Worley of the Providence Road Baptist Church in North Carolina recently told his congregation that LGBT individuals should be rounded up and detained in camps until they’re all dead. […] “…Build a great, big, large fence — 150 or 100 mile long — put all the lesbians in there. Fly over and drop some food. Do the same thing for the queers and the homosexuals, and have that fence electrified so they can’t get out, feed em, and you know what, in a few years, they’ll die out…” — Raw Story

(Video) Bill Maher: The GOP is at war with Common Sense — Real Time 4.20.2012

“Not having diabetes is a liberal plot? If you can see your shoes you hate America?”


Maher: “I think if the Democrats came out against eating yellow snow, Rick Perry would eat yellow snow.”

On the environment:

When Richard Nixon, yeah! created the EPA, both parties agreed that rivers shouldn’t catch on fire and the air shouldn’t make pigeons cough. But then Al Gore embraced it and now, when the EPA wants to reduce the level of arsenic in drinking water, you half expect to see Mitch McConnell making appearances with Archie the Arsenic Molecule.

You don’t have to make everything political. That’s like making all your decisions on what Jesus would do. Paper or plastic? Sometimes Jesus just doesn’t give a shit…

Why won’t President Obama do something and stop doing things!

The conservative base just can’t figure out what it wants — in any given situation, ever. Getting any one of them to make sense about a solution to a problem, as they see it, would be like like trying to discuss the theory of relativity with a sack full of twigs and grass clippings. And the sad thing is, any discussion with the sack would be more productive and satisfying.

Background – Republican White House candidates have accused Obama of being soft on Beijing and vowed to take a tougher line on China’s alleged manipulation of its currency, with frontrunner Mitt Romney vowing to declare Beijing a currency manipulator, paving the way for US retaliatory measures. US lawmakers have accused China of artificially undervaluing its yuan in order to boost its own exports, hurting US manufacturers and hobbling the economic recovery.

Obama to create trade law enforcement bureau – “The President believes that we can’t wait to crack down on unfair trade violations and ensure a level playing field for American workers,” says a White House statement. Later this morning, the president will sign an executive order creating an Interagency Trade Enforcement Center.

And here’s what the FoxNews-Dittohead-RWNJ-Teabagger base does, like clockwork (from the comments):

Etc., ad nauseum… 

Truth for tea baggers


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If a state gives a zygote personhood, then this should also be a law:

Source: leftish

Mapping Santorum’s brain:


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The full week of Doonesbury myFACTS starts here.


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Bill Maher: Tea partiers are morons, Americans love socialism

The Four Horsemen:

2012 GOP Presidential Candidates: will anyone be voted off the island on Tuesday?

Tweet of the Day:

MICHELE BACHMANN has been one of the loons who has repeatedly criticized and mocked President Obama about using teleprompters. So this happened:

At a campaign stop in Creston, Iowa Wednesday, the candidate read her campaign speech directly from an iPad tablet computer.

“I have a statement I would like to read before I open up and take a few of your questions,” the candidate told the crowd, only pausing from her prepared remarks to yell “Good morning!” at a passing train.

Is there a major difference from which type of electrical device one reads one’s speech, Michele? I really want to know your thoughts on that.

Because of falling poll numbers, NEWT GINGRICH is now feeling SO desperate that he’s actually considering the half-term former governor / one-season reality TV star as a running mate:

“She is certainly one of the people you would look at. I am a great admirer of hers and she was a remarkable reform governor of Alaska, she’s somebody who I think brings a great deal to the possibility of helping in government and that would be one of the possibilities.

There are also some very important Cabinet positions that she could fill very, very well. I can’t imagine anybody who would do a better job of driving us to an energy solution than Gov. Palin, for example. Tell her that she would certainly be on the list of one of the people we would consider.”

Newt’s current fragrance? Flop Sweat.

Shit RICK PERRY says:

To a voter:

“I wish I could tell you I knew every Supreme Court case. I don’t, I’m not even going to try to go through every Supreme Court case, that would be — I’m not a lawyer. We can sit here and you know play I gotcha questions on what about this Supreme Court case or whatever, but let me tell you, you know and I know that the problem in this country is spending in Washington, D.C., it’s not some Supreme Court case.”

To a reporter:

“I’m not taking the bar exam…I don’t know what a lot of legal cases involve.”

These responses were in reference to Lawrence v. Texas — a Supreme Court case which struck down the Texas sodomy law. Perry referenced the case in his 2010 book Fed Up!, calling it one of the court cases in which “Texans have a different view of the world than do the nine oligarchs in robes.”

Stormfront founder and prominent white supremacist Don Black thought RON PAUL was “One of us”:

“Everybody, all of us back in the 80′s and 90′s, felt Ron Paul was, you know, unusual in that he had actually been a Congressman, that he was one of us and now, of course, that he has this broad demographic–broad base of support.”

And Black’s thoughts on the newsletters:

“It was written in the first person frequently and, you know, a normal person would have thought that Ron Paul must have written this, or at least whoever wrote it must have did so with the approval of Ron Paul, but things change. So, now that he has this new base of support of course, he’s having–frantically trying to disavow himself from the newsletters, and I agree the newsletters were a little over the top.”

Wow. You know things are bad when the founder of Stormfront thinks Paul’s newsletters were “a little over the top“!


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Finally, WHY won’t MITT ROMNEY release his tax returns?

Despite his famous demand in the 1994 Senate race that Ted Kennedy release his tax returns to show he has “nothing to hide,” Romney last week reiterated his own paperwork would not be forthcoming. “We don’t have any current plans to release tax returns, but never say never,” Romney said, adding:

“I can tell you we follow the tax laws, and if there’s an opportunity to save taxes, we like anybody else in this country will follow that opportunity.”

Truer words were never spoken.

In October, Citizens for Tax Justice estimated that the Romneys paid only 14 percent of their income in taxes. (It’s no wonder Mitt opposes the “Buffett Rule.”) As Time reported…

[...] Two weeks ago, the New York Times shed light on that “$5.5 million to $37.3 million from dividends and capital gains” that represents most of Romney’s income. Though Mitt left Bain Capital in 1999, 13 years later his windfall continues uninterrupted:

In what would be the final deal of his private equity career, he negotiated a retirement agreement with his former partners that has paid him a share of Bain’s profits ever since, bringing the Romney family millions of dollars in income each year and bolstering the fortune that has helped finance Mr. Romney’s political aspirations…

[...] And that creates what Steve Benen aptly called “Romney’s ‘carried interest’ problem.”

In case anyone needs a refresher, there’s a tax loophole on “carried interest” — sometimes called “the carry” — that taxes private equity and venture capital income at a lower, 15% rate, as compared to 35% on ordinary income. Hedge-fund managers and the Wall Street have fought tooth and nail to protect this loophole — even after the Obama White House tried to eliminate it — and so far, they’ve been successful.

Which is why Mitt Romney has thus far refused to join his fellow GOP White House hopefuls in proposing the elimination of the 15 percent capital gains tax.

Read it all…

Of course he doesn’t want to tell us how much he paid in taxes on his vast Bain Capital wealth! GOP candidate Mitt Romney is looking out for his own, ever-growing, fortune while he secretly expects the rest of us to continue to subsidize it with austerity measures and GREAT ideas like this. Vote for the Republican candidate no matter what, wingnuts!

[The media must] “behave like idiots in order to be ‘fair’ to the Republicans and their idiotic ideas.”

“There is a specter haunting America today. It is the specter of stupidity. A few months ago, I wrote a column I called ‘The Problem of Republican Idiots.’ Believe me, this problem has not gone away.

Rick Perry, the Republican Party’s presidential front-runner right now, believes the phenomenon of man-made global warming to be a conspiracy by ‘a substantial number of scientists who have manipulated data.’

No less alarming is that this stupidity is apparently contagious. The men and women who inhabit the upper reaches of the US media (and pull down the multimillion-dollar salaries) appear to believe that to do their jobs properly, they must make themselves behave like idiots in order to be ‘fair’ to the Republicans and their idiotic ideas.”

Eric Alterman in The Problem of Media Stupidity | The Nation (via)

WTF, JC Penney’s?

J.C. Penney is now selling a T-shirt for girls aged 7 to 16 that says, unabashedly, across its front: “I’m too pretty to do homework so my brother has to do it for me.” The retailer agreed to pull the shirt today, but it’s hard to imagine why it was created and sold in the first place.

This is what happens when the media makes little girls feel they need to wear makeup at 8, wear brand name clothing, or look up to people such as Kim Kardashian.

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Update: Penney’s may have pulled the shirt above, but this winner is still available!

Video: Wisconsin Teapartyers CHEER when blamed for the USA’s credit downgrade

Patriots, plain and simple. (And THAT’S called sarcasm.)

I see ONE HEAD without gray hair in this crowd of idiots — and you and I both know that probably means the majority are drawing government assistance (Social Security / Medicare):


(via: Alan Colmes)

They really are childish, aggressively stupid, resentful, angry fools who lash out like crabs in a bucket.

Related:

Teaparty “Patriots” will revolt if ANY deal is reached under ANY circumstances

Article screen shot below from wingnutty Newsmax (if you want to read the full article, Google the title): 

How is this not domestic / fiscal terrorism? Teabag anarchy!  Too bad they weren’t this concerned when the debt ceiling was raised, with Republican majorities, SEVEN times during the Bush Administration.

Related:

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.

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