Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The first of Sarah Palin's 2014 political endorsees goes down in flames.

Yesterday Curt Clawson won the special election to be Florida District 19th's Republican nominee, beating out four challengers.

Among them one of the Grizzled Mama's chosen ones.

This from Slate:  

Among the vanquished: State Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto. She'd been endorsed by Sarah Palin, who flown into the district to raise funds for her. She'd been endorsed by Jeb Bush, who cut an ad for her. And she'd attacked Clawson for accepting an "Obamacare bailout," without anyone who edited that ad realizing that they were accusing the guy of taking a bailout in 2009 from a law passed in 2010. 

It backfired. Clawson ended up winning 38 percent of the vote, exactly what pollsters had predicted. It's a sort of victory for Tea Party groups; in two weeks, in Nebraska's U.S. Senate primary, the conservative base and its campaign organs have another chance to determine the winner of an open primary.

I think it would be awesome if Palin's losing streak continued, and that every one of her endorsements ended up a flaming wreck like this one, as THAT might finally end any political gravitas that the Right Wing still thinks they perceive in her, AND dry up SarahPAC donations overnight.

However since she made so many endorsements this time around that is a lot to hope for.

Still, she IS Sarah Palin. So the chance that she rolls snake eyes every time, is not entirely out of the question.

Alabama Rep. Steve Hurst wants to make sure you know he is for gun rights. Yep, this ought to do it.

Courtesy of AL.com:  

Alabama Rep. Steve Hurst wants you to know he is for gun rights. 

The District 35 Republican from Talladega gets his message across at parades in a very unmistakable way: He uses a giant revolver as a parade float. (And a barbecue. The gun is actually not a balloon but a large barbecue shaped like a handgun.) 

Hurst said the parade float has two purposes: For one, it reminds people Hurst is a small business owner. He owns a fencing company and also Haynes Street Pawn and Gun Shop. He sells guns with his business partner. 

And two, the gun-shaped barbecue, often attached to his truck, reminds people he supports gun rights. Hurst pushed for and won a change in Alabama law that no longer requires homeowners to flee from an intruder. Now Alabamians can shoot an intruder, a right often referred to as the "castle" doctrine.

Well hey, at least this giant compensation for a small wiener can be used to grill them as well.

I found the reporting on the castle doctrine law a little telling.

"Now Alabamians CAN shoot an intruder." Makes it sound like this is something the people of Alabama have been looking forward to, and now they get to do it.

Personally I might have worded it as "this law means that if a homeowner HAS to defend themselves, and their family, by taking an intruder's life, they will not face prosecution."

Unless of course the defending of the property, and protecting the lives of their families, is secondary, and the REAL selling point is that now people get to shoot somebody.

But that's just crazy, right?

John McCain explains why he chose Sarah Palin as his VP in 2008.

Courtesy of Mediaite: 

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) joined Seth Meyers on Late Night Monday night to reminisce about his various appearances on Saturday Night Live over the years. By picking Sarah Palin as his running mate in 2008, McCain figured he’s at least partly responsible for Tina Fey’s massive success. 

“It made Tina Fey famous forever,” McCain said of her “iconic” Palin impression. Asked if he knew right away that Palin looked like Fey, McCain joked, “That’s why I selected her.”

Yeah, ha ha that's funny.

You know what's not funny?

The amount of damage that lunatic has helped to visit on this country.

If I were John McCain I would be ashamed to show my face in public.

Of course shame does not seem to be a possibility for the Republican party these days.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Sarah Palin continues to push a "Convention of States." An action that could completely shutdown the Federal government or usher in a civil war.

Courtesy of Benedict Annie's Facebook page:  

There was good news this week for grassroots patriots working to bring about a Convention of the States for the reasons outlined in Mark Levin’s book “The Liberty Amendments” because this is the tool the Constitution gives us to rein in our out-of-control federal government via a process to amend the Constitution to include things like a federal balanced budget amendment, etc. This week the Alaska and Florida state legislatures passed bills in favor of the Convention of States. It’s already passed in Georgia and Alabama; and it’s in the process in Missouri, South Carolina, and Arizona. 

(Actually the writers of the Founding Fathers tried to make it nigh impossible for such a thing to happen again after the first one which resulted in the drafting of the Constitution: 

The Founding Fathers also cleverly sealed the door behind themselves, by making it difficult for anyone to hold another such convention. According to Article V of the Constitution, only two-thirds “of the several States” may call for a convention to propose amendments to the constitution. If those amendments are then ratified by three-quarters of all states (through legislature or convention) they will become law. This kind of consensus is difficult to achieve, and so far the first constitutional convention remains the only one.)

Now back to the rantings of the Wendigo:

But in Arizona there is only one man standing in the way. Even though the Arizona House overwhelmingly passed the measure, there is one lone Republican state senator named Andy Biggs who is blocking the vote. Mr. Biggs is the Arizona State Senate President, and he has used his power to block the bill from coming to a vote. Unless he budges, the session will run out, and the bill will actually die this year after thousands of hours of grassroots work and effort. Make no mistake, if that happens, these grassroots patriots will start over again next year and will continue as long as it takes. But I encourage everyone in Arizona to call this state senator and voice your objections to these Harry Reid-like tactics. Tell him to allow this bill to come to a vote, and from now on, please only elect local leaders who support this effort.

Well let's all hope that Senator Biggs holds his ground and keeps this from going forward. Because if it does, it will be bad for everyone.

Part of the reason we should all be concerned is that the group behind this (Anybody else in the mood for Koch?) are not calling for this convention to address a particular amendment, they are calling for it specifically "for the purpose of limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government."

Just imagine for a minute how THAT kind of power could be misused.

You know if this were an isolated movement I might not think all that much about it. But when you  combine it with Tea Party obstructionism in Congress, militia types threatening violence to drive off federal agents, and conservatives screaming that the American way of life is under attack, it is becoming impossible not to smell the rancid odor of revolution in the air.

And where there is mindless fear, and threats of violence, can Sarah Palin be far behind?

Local news outlet reveals that rancher Cliven Bundy is lying about his rights. Could have knocked me over with a feather.

Courtesy of KLAS-TV Las Vegas:  

"I've lived my lifetime here. My forefathers have been up and down the Virgin Valley here ever since 1877. All these rights that I claim, have been created through pre-emptive rights and beneficial use of the forage and the water and the access and range improvements," Bundy said. 

Clark County property records show Cliven Bundy's parents moved from Bundyville, Arizona and bought the 160 acre ranch in 1948 from Raoul and Ruth Leavitt. 

Water rights were transferred too, but only to the ranch, not the federally managed land surrounding it. Court records show Bundy family cattle didn't start grazing on that land until 1954. 

The Bureau of Land Management was created 1946, the same year Cliven was born. 

"My rights are before the BLM even existed, but my rights are created by beneficial use. Beneficial use means we created the forage and the water from the time the very first pioneers come here," Bundy said.

"My rights are before the BLM even existed."

Only true if you are VERY bad at math.

This fight has been raging for 20 years, and the entire time Bundy has claimed that his family has been utilizing that land since 1877. That is a lie.

Whether you agree with his position or not, the fact that he fudged his family history in order to create a certain western frontier mythology, should have people stepping back and reevaluating his motives.

Especially before they get shot trying to defend them.

Now if you want to talk about a group who have an actual case....

 I wonder how many teabaggers and militia members would ride out and take their sniper positions to support THIS group?

Yeah, that's what I thought.

White nationalists upset that the Republican party keeps adopting their racist ideas without giving them credit. Oh that's gotta hurt!

Courtesy of Right Wing Watch:  

The white nationalist website VDARE is once again demanding credit for an idea that it has been championing for years that has now gone mainstream in the GOP. 

Last year, we reported that VDARE writer John Derbyshire (formerly of the National Review) was annoyed that prominent Republicans were failing to credit racist VDARE writer Steve Sailer when they advocated a plan nearly identical to the ‘Sailer Strategy’: that is, the idea that the GOP can only survive by solidifying and growing its white base while alienating people of color. Sailer had been persistently advocating this tactic for over a decade when it suddenly came into vogue among conservatives who opposed the Gang of Eight’s immigration reform plan. 

Now, another VDARE writer is upset that more and more immigration reform opponents are pushing another VDARE argument without giving the white nationalists credit. This time, the argument is that steady or increased legal immigration – with or without a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrations – will ruin the Republican party because immigrants are inherently liberal. 

In a post on Friday, VDARE writer James Fulford highlights a recent study from the Center for Immigration Studies which argues that Republicans shouldn’t bother with immigration reform because immigrants will inevitably vote for Democrats. Fulford complains that neither the CIS report nor the conservative outlets covering it “manages to credit Peter Brimelow or VDARE.com for saying all this early and often, possibly because it they're scared of Media Matters and the SPLC.” As he notes, VDARE has been pushing the argument since as early as 2001. 

Don'tcha hate it when somebody steals all of your good ideas, and doesn't give you credit for them so that they won't be mocked for associating with you?

Of course even without the direct association it has been clear for quite some time that the GOP has become more and more racist as of late. Especially the Tea Party faction who might just as well attend sessions of Congress in white robes and pointy hats. 

By the way I happened to bop on over to the VDARE website just to take a look around, and the headline at the top of the page reads:

The Toxic Loves of Jeb Bush: Amnesty and Crony Capitalism

"Crony capitalism" now where I have been hearing that word bandied about for the last few years?

Yeah, but it probably doesn't mean anything though, right?

Some Republican states take measures to block Medicaid expansion even if Democratic governor elected.

Courtesy of TPM:

 Republicans are taking no chances when it comes to Obamacare's Medicaid expansion. They're closing every possible door. Under bills passed in Georgia and Kansas recently, even if a Democratic candidate were to pull off an upset and take the governor's seat, they would not be able to expand the program without the consent of the state legislature -- which will almost certainly remain Republican. 

In other words, GOP lawmakers have taken steps to guarantee that many of their poorest residents will remain uninsured under the health care reform law, no matter what happens in the gubernatorial election. 

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) and Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) both oppose Medicaid expansion. They both look likely -- if not quite certain -- to win re-election in November. That should make the bills passed by their respective state lawmakers unnecessary, but they seem intent on guarding against even the remote possibility of a Democratic governor. 

An explanation offered by a GOP lawmaker in Kansas, where the bill was signed into law by Brownback last week, points to the motive. 

“Governor Brownback’s not always going to be the governor. It’s my fervent hope he’s going to be the governor for four more years after this one, but he may or may not be,” Rep. John Rubin (R) told the Wichita Eagle.

Remember the Medicaid expansion for the first three years will cost these states nothing, and after that no more than 10% of the costs.

This is what the CBO had to say about its overall impact on the states that embrace the expansion:

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that the Medicaid expansion will add very little to what states would have spent on Medicaid without health reform, while providing health coverage to 17 million more low-income adults and children. In addition, the Medicaid expansion will reduce state and local government costs for uncompensated care and other services they provide to the uninsured, which will offset at least some — and in a number of states, possibly all or more than all — of the modest increase in state Medicaid costs. Expanding Medicaid is thus a very favorable financial deal for states.

However not allowing the Medicaid expansion could unnecessarily cost the lives of thousands, and eventually millions who could be covered if these assholes were not so petty and vindictive.

There is literally no hope for the poor in these deeply red states unless they were to rally together and drive the Republican party out with torches and pitchforks. 

Elizabeth Warren may be the political kingmaker that Sarah Palin could never hope to be.

Courtesy of Mother Jones:  

Warren has already raised $1.2 million this election season for 22 Senate candidates, including Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), according to Warren's political operation. That's a lot of dough. "Most members of Congress are not capable of raising that much for their colleagues…She's a rock star," says Viveca Novak, the editorial director of the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks the influence of money on politics. And in late March, the Massachusetts senator expanded her 2014 efforts even further, joining up with the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), a liberal PAC, to endorse two lucky Senate candidates: Rick Weiland, who is running to replace outgoing Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota, and Rep. Bruce Braley, who is vying to take the place of retiring Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa). 

Landing a Warren endorsement is great news for candidates without a lot of name recognition at the national level, says John Halpin, a senior fellow at the liberal Center for American Progress. Weiland, the South Dakota candidate, says Warren's endorsement has been "extremely helpful" so far, adding that after Warren and the PCCC sent out their fundraising pitch, "there was quite a spike [in donations] in the first couple of days." (The Weiland campaign does not yet have final fundraising numbers for the initial Warren-PCCC push.) 

Officials with the Braley campaign say the same thing. The campaign couldn't give out fundraising details, but an Iowa Democrat familiar with Braley's campaign says, "Let me put it this way. There's a reason why the [Warren] endorsement was rolled out before the March 31 fundraising deadline." 

Warren's office says that the senator is spending so much time fundraising for her colleagues "because she believes it is critical for Democrats to maintain control of the Senate." But the back-scratching is good for Warren's political future, too—whether or not she ever runs for president. "I see mixed motives that are not incompatible," says Ross Baker, a professor of political science at Rutgers University. "The hero's wings she wins for campaigning for congressional progressives can be pinned on again in a future presidential effort. It is a win-win for her." 

Warren's involvement could also help Democrats running in 2014 by raising party enthusiasm, Baker says. "You get a real progressive hero like Elizabeth Warren involved and she can basically amp up the motivation of the party, and people on the left," he argues.

I don't usually like to compare the amazing Elizabeth Warren to the has been Sarah Palin in any way, but I thought this was another example of somebody having the kind of gravitas that Palin claims to have.

Another thing worth pointing out is that only is Warren the Democratic rain maker right now, she is also somebody who would certainly NOT string supporters along with false promises of a potential presidential run. Like SOME people we could mention.

In fact she has already taken her name out of consideration for 2016. Mostly in deference to Hillary I am sure.

However there is still a part of me that would really love to see that Clinton/Warren bumper sticker. Because DAMN that would be a powerful combination!

South Carolina candidate for Lt. Governor urges Christians to remove their children from the "Pharaoh's schools."

Courtesy of Raw Story:  

A Republican candidate for South Carolina lieutenant governor says Christians should remove their children from public schools. 

“It’s our hope and prayer that a fresh obedience by Christian families and educating their children according to biblical commands will prove to be a key for the revival of our families, our churches, and our nation,” said Ray Moore, a retired Army Reserves chaplain and president of Frontline Ministries. 

Moore told a gathering of Tea Party activists at the April 12 Liberty Rally that Christians must leave the “Pharaoh’s school system” for religious schools or home schools. 

“We cannot win this war we’re in as long as we keep handing our children over to the enemy to educate,” he told the crowd.

So apparently this idiot has not heard that there is no evidence supporting the Biblical claim that the Jews were ever Egyptian slaves.

A fact that the children of South Carolina will never learn if this idiot gets his way, and convinces parents to educate them at home or to send them to religious private and charter schools in order to protect them from logic and facts.

Moore, who founded the Exodus Mandate organization and backs the “School Risk Audit” of LGBT tolerance in schools, claims 40 percent of public school students turn away from the church by the end of elementary school, and he claims that number jumps to 80 percent by the end of high school. 

“It’s fundamentally and largely responsible because of the public school system we’ve had (for) six or seven generations, when most of us have put our children in the godless, pagan school system,” Moore said. “It cannot be fixed, the socialistic model, and we need to abandon that. As conservatives and Christians, if you think you’re going to win this war you’re in, and leave your children in those schools, it will not happen.”

That's the Republican way alright. Keep them stupid, keep them frightened, and keep them away from contradictory information.

Essentially if the Republican party hopes to survive THAT is the only way to make that happen.

Boy Scouts ban gay troop leader. Local pack refuses to force him out, so the BSA revokes their charter. Just like Jesus would do.

Courtesy of TPM:  

The Boy Scouts of America has revoked the charter of a Seattle troop over its refusal to remove an openly gay troop leader, according to Scouts for Equality. 

Geoffrey McGrath, believed to be the first openly gay troop leader, was banned from the Boy Scouts at the beginning of April. 

Rainier Beach United Methodist Church's Troop 98 and Pack 98 defended their Scoutmaster, however, and refused to force him out. 

"Based on our religious principles, we will continue to act as an autonomous church that does not discriminate," the church's Rev. Monica Corsaro said in a statement to Scouts for Equality. "We will continue to have our Troop meetings here, every Thursday night, with business as usual."

So to be clear the BSA wants this guy discriminated against becasue of his sexuality, and the church that sponsors the local troop refuses to do so.

Well let's hear it for the Rainier Beach United Methodist Church of Seattle, for being so open minded and accepting.

You know it so rarely happens that I am moved to give a positive shout out to a church or religious group that this feels pretty cathartic for me.

Nice to know that not everybody's Bible tells them to hate gay people.