Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Sarah Palin is a doing that endorsin' thing again.

Courtesy of the Klondike Kraken's Facebook page:

Thank you, Lamar Alexander, for the respect and integrity you’ve shown in your many years of public service in Washington. With the new challenges in D.C., the time has come for new leaders who are willing to stand up to the political establishments and the Obama administration and say, “no mas!” (This and "cojones" may be the Spanish words that Sarah Palin even knows. And I am sure that Spanish speakers really enjoy hearing her use them.) Unfortunately, advocating and voting for amnesty, cash for clunkers, bailouts, raising the debt ceiling, and many controversial Obama administration nominees has marred the incumbent’s record. It’s time for a change. (What? You were reasonable and voted with the President on occasion? Well then you fail the completely irrational Right Wing purity test, and you have to go.)

Joe Carr is the new voice Tennessee needs in the U.S. Senate! Joe is a citizen legislator who brings his small business experience to bear in the Tennessee General Assembly. He’s stood up to those in his own party, fighting to enact some of the toughest illegal immigration legislation in the country and working to make Tennessee the 4th most business friendly state in the nation. Joe knows that government is most often the problem, not the solution, and he will work to reduce the size of our federal bureaucracy and always use the Constitution as his guide. (So to sum up, Joe is an ideologue, hates Mexicans, and will work to obstruct any progress in Washington. Perfect!)

It’s a disappointment that after so many years in office Senator Alexander has refused to debate Joe Carr in this campaign.  (That might be because Carr is so far behind in the polls that Alexander can barely see him in his rear view mirror.) Really, it’s pretty unbelievable because the good people of Tennessee deserve to hear from both these candidates to know who will be on their side and who will choose the Washington status quo. 

The conservative grassroots patriots in Tennessee have clearly spoken. When I visited there earlier this month, I was impressed by all the energy and momentum behind Joe Carr. (And exactly where did you see that?) Please join me in supporting him as the Volunteer State’s next Senator! 

- Sarah Palin

Interestingly enough when Carr wanted to host a fundraiser he did NOT invite Sarah Palin. Instead he invited conservative radio talk show host Laura Ingraham.

Who was able to attract a whopping 500 Tea Party activists to a hotel in Nashville. Which as we know is probably about 450 more than Palin would have attracted.

The Teabaggers are enthused about their possibility to pulling off another upset after Eric Cantor was kicked to the curb last month. However Alexander is a cagier candidate and has been preparing for a challenge from the Right all along:

“He’s covering all his bases,” said John Geer, a political science professor at Vanderbilt University in Nashville who conducted polling on the race. “He shows no serious weaknesses.”

But even if he did have a chance, with Palin now waving her shriveled monkey paw at him he is all but doomed.

So now that the curse has once again been unleashed the fun is in watching it slowly strangling the life out of whatever hope Carr once had of emerging victorious. 

Kind of like watching a Tea Party puppy slowing being swallowed by a snake.

Ted Nugent reacts to his lost gig at the Indian casino with usual quiet grace. He refers to his detractors as "unclean vermin."

Courtesy of Raw Story:  

“The Motor City Madman” had been schedule to perform for Couer D’Alene Casino in Worley, Idaho on Aug. 4 until the Southern Poverty Law Center caught tribal officials by asking for a comment on Monday. Later that day, the performance had been canceled. 

“I take it as a badge of honor that such unclean vermin are upset by me and my positive energy,” Nugent told Gannett Wisconsin Media on Tuesday. Put your heart and soul into everything you do and nobody can stop you. Sometimes you give the world the best you got and you get kicked in the teeth. Give the world the best you got anyway.” 

“By all indicators, I don’t think they actually qualify as people, but there has always been a lunatic fringe of hateful, rotten, dishonest people that hate happy, successful people,” he continued. “I believe raising hell and demanding accountability from our elected employees is Job One for every American. I am simply doing my job.”

Oh yeah, THAT should convince them that they are all wrong about Ted Nugent's character.

I love how a founding member of the lunatic fringe projects that label on anybody who dares to point out his own lunacy.

For a self identified tough guy Nugent certainly gets his panties in a wad fairly easily.

Last night Jon Stewart challenged John McCain to a "wrong off." The loser has to spend "24 straight hours watching the person that he’s best known for unleashing on the world” Update!

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Courtesy of Wonkette:  

On Fox News recently, John McCain told Howard Kurtz that Jon Stewart was unfair to Republicans, but that it didn’t matter because Stewart is merely one of those lying late-night comedians: 

“When he says things that are absolutely wrong he gets away with it … It is what it is. I frankly have no beef with late night comedians who make fun of politicians. That’s the nature of the business.” 

Well Jon Stewart will not let this aggression stand, man. Stewart was not about to take that sitting down, and offered to pit his own record of errors against McCain’s: “What do you say, Senator? Care to put your money where your forced smile through jaw-clenching anger is?” 

And whoever was wrong most would have to spend “24 straight hours watching the person that he’s best known for unleashing on the world” 

I'm sorry, I don't care what kind of torture John McCain endured in the "Hanoi Hilton" it will be as nothing when compared to the excruciating pain he would suffer while spending even 24 straight minutes listening to "The Wig that Killed the Republican Party."

Trust me I spend many brain cell murdering minutes transcribing her speeches and I can tell you that even three minutes in I am ready to volunteer my bank ID number, my Social Security number, and my most humiliating sexual experience to the first person willing to make it stop.

I say with all confidence that this would probably kill Senator John McCain.

Update: Apparently Stewart was not the only Comedy Central host to talk about the Wasilla Wendigo.

The IRS is about to start taxing churches that engage in electioneering. And here you thought the conservatives were upset about the so-called "IRS scandal."

Courtesy of Christian News:  

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has reached a settlement with a prominent atheist organization, agreeing to crack down churches and religious groups for infringements of its prohibition against ‘electioneering.’ 

As previously reported, the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, sued the IRS in 2012, asserting that many non-profit religious organizations have been “blatantly and deliberately flaunting … electioneering restrictions,” but the government has not enforced its rules pertaining to the matter. 

According to the IRS website, “Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. The prohibition applies to all campaigns including campaigns at the federal, state and local level. Violation of this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise taxes.” 

However, while candidates may not be promoted or opposed, churches and ministries that obtain 501 (c)(3) status may speak out on political and moral issues and/or generally encourage others to vote. 

“Under federal tax law, section 501(c)(3) organizations may take positions on public policy issues, including issues that divide candidates in an election for public office,” the IRS outlines. “However, section 501(c)(3) organizations must avoid any issue advocacy that functions as political campaign intervention. Even if a statement does not expressly tell an audience to vote for or against a specific candidate, an organization delivering the statement is at risk of violating the political campaign intervention prohibition if there is any message favoring or opposing a candidate.”

Well damn!

If you are like me you undoubtedly think this kind of thing should have been happening for years now, but I think we know that the Religious Right is going to lose its collective mind.

The conservatives are already on the warpath against the IRS, and this will surely push them over the edge, with renewed calls to abolish the agency.

All in all it is going to be great theater, though I wonder if they will actually ever be able to remove a church's tax exempt status without rioting in the streets?

And since this comes as a result of efforts from an Atheist organization? Well they really could not hate us anymore than they already do anyway.

Well guess who got pulled over for speeding in Wasilla a week ago. Good guess.

"Not my fault officer. I was driving under the influence of classic rock."
Courtesy of TMZ: 

Sarah Palin may be conservative, but her driving is unabashedly radical ... giving TMZ an epic rationalization for speeding in her pick up truck in Alaska. 

The former guv was stopped in her hometown of Wasilla last Wednesday for going 63 in a 45 MPH zone in her Toyota Tundra. The cop wrote her up and she was on her way. 

Palin cops to the crime, telling us, "I wasn't speeding, I was qualifying." She didn't accept full blame, saying Sammy Hagar's, "I Can't Drive 55" on the oldies station contributed to her lead foot. 

We're told Palin will pay the $154 ticket STAT. 

Can you believe that a middle aged woman would blame her careless driving on a song playing on her radio?

Well you know Sarah "I can do whatever I want until the courts tell me I can't" Palin, she doesn't ever follow the rules, even in the city where she was once in charge of enforcing them.

And if other people are put in danger by her carelessness and lack of respect for the law, well who cares about those people any way? After all they certainly don't care about her anymore.

P.S. When I wrote this post last night, I figured it was just a throwaway post documenting something not very newsworthy about Sarah Palin. (Meaning she wasn't arrested for drunk driving or anything.)

However this morning revealed that this story has been picked up by numerous blogs and news sites who do seem to think it is newsworthy. 

The reason for this, it seems to me, is not so much that she was speeding, but her imperious attitude to being caught ("I wasn't speeding, I was qualifying."), and the fact that she could not simply apologize for breaking the law and pay the ticket she had to blame it on somebody else. In this case poor Sammy Hagar for a song he wrote in 1984.

Because in Sarah Palin's world nothing is her fault, and she despises anybody treating her as if she is not more important than everybody else. And THAT makes even almost insignificant incidents like this seem newsworthy.

New study reveals that more than half of the people executed in this country are mentally ill. Oh my god!

Courtesy of the Washington Post:  

A new study by Robert J. Smith, Sophie Cull and ZoĆ« Robinson, published in Hastings Law Journal, of the social histories of 100 people executed during 2012 and 2013 showed that the vast majority of executed offenders suffered from one or more significant cognitive and behavioral deficits. 

One-third of the offenders had intellectual disabilities, borderline intellectual function or traumatic brain injuries, a similarly debilitating impairment. For example, the Texas Department of Corrections determined that Elroy Chester had an IQ of 69. He attended special education classes throughout school and never functioned at a higher level than third grade. The state had previously enrolled Chester into its Mentally Retarded Offenders Program. Despite these findings, Texas executed him on June 12, 2013. 

More than half of the 100 had a severe mental illness such as schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder or psychosis. For example, for more than 40 years, Florida’s own psychiatrists found that John Ferguson suffered from severe mental illness. Ferguson had a fixed delusion that he was the “Prince of God” who could not be killed and would rise up after his execution and fight alongside Jesus to save the United States from a communist plot. When Ferguson was executed on Aug. 5, 2013, his last words were: “I just want everyone to know that I am the Prince of God and I will rise again.”

On Ferguson's belief that he was the "Prince of God," the Florida court stated that his delusions were "normal Christian beliefs." Which is very troubling but may be the result of how many Christians have been acting lately.

I am shocked by these statistics, even though I have long been aware that many mentally ill people are sent to prison as criminals, when instead they should be sent to psychiatric hospitals as patients.

I work this population all of the time and I can tell you that their behaviors can be incredibly challenging, especially those who are schizophrenic of have psychotic episodes.

However if they receive the care they need, and the medications they require, they can sometimes live reasonably happy and productive lives.

Throwing them into a cage and ultimately killing them for something they may have had no, or little, ability to control is inhumane and a travesty of justice.

But the problem is that this country has little problem shoveling piles of money into the prison system to warehouse the mentally ill, or execute them, yet balks at the money needed to prevent them from becoming criminals and providing the support they will need for their entire lives to enjoy the freedom that is their birthright as Americans.

Evangelical group operating after school program on public school property teaches children as young as 4 and 5 that they are sinners and deserve death.

Courtesy of TPM: 

An evangelical Christian group plans to try to convert children as young as 5 at Portland apartment pools, public parks and dozens of other gathering spots this summer — a campaign that's got some residents upset. 

They've banded together in recent weeks to warn parents about the Child Evangelism Fellowship's Good News Club, buying a full-page ad in the local alternative weekly to highlight the group's tactics. 

"They pretend to be a mainstream Christian Bible study when in fact they're a very old school fundamentalist sect," said Kaye Schmitt, an organizer with Protect Portland Children, which takes issue with the group's message and the way it's delivering it. 

CEF says Protect Portland Children is a shadow group run by atheists who seek to dismantle Christian outreach. The group said its methods are above reproach. 

"Children are easy to manipulate, we all know that," said CEF's vice president Moises Esteves. "We don't use any of the schemes and high-pressure tactics that we're accused of. Nothing could be further from the truth."

Actually that might be exactly the truth as revealed by a site called  "The Good News Club: Endangering Chidlren."

On that site they have a page dedicated to the curriculum used by CEF, which includes paragraphs like this:

 And this:

These are young children, many who have no religious background in Judeo Christian teaching, and here they are being told on PUBLIC SCHOOL property, that they are evil and will die a horrible death if they do not convert the religion of their instructors.

There is a name for this.

And that name is "child abuse."

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Native American tribe cancels Ted Nugent's appearance after learning he is a racist. Apparently they did not know that.

Courtesy of AOL:  

A Native American tribe has canceled an Aug. 4 concert by Ted Nugent at its casino. 

The Coeur d'Alene Tribe on Monday said that the cancellation of the concert at the casino in the northwest Idaho city of Worley was because of the rocker's "racist and hate-filled remarks." 

The tribe says it booked Nugent without realizing he espoused "racist attitudes and views." The tribe did not detail which of Nugent's specific views it opposes.

Okay first off I am surprised that AOL is still operating. I thought they went the way of the floppy disk.

Second how could somebody NOT know that old poopy pants was a racist?

And what clued them in?

Was it calling President Obama a "subhuman mongrel?"

Was it when he referred to murdered teen Trayvon Martin as a "Dope smoking, racist, gangsta wannabe?"

Or was it perhaps when he referred to REAl Americans as "working hard, playing hard, white motherfucking shit kickers, who are independent and get up in the morning?"

Well whatever it was aren't we glad that the Coeur d'Alene Tribe finally managed to get Nugent's number and kick him the hell out of their casino?

I imagine there are many more cancelled gigs coming his way.

Texas Governor Rick Perry has decided to send the National Guard to the border. Sheriffs along the border towns are not thrilled.

So yeah Rick Perry has decided that just showing up on the border and trying to look tough with your bullet proof vest and hat on backwards is just not macho enough.

So he has decided to send the Texas National Guard down to the border to look tough for him.

And the sheriff's working in those border town could not be more underwhelmed:  

Sheriffs and others along the border said they had not been consulted. They questioned the wisdom of sending military personnel who are not authorized to stop anyone. 

“At this time, a lot of people do things for political reasons. I don’t know that it helps,” said Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio. 

He and other sheriffs said spending money to hire more deputies and police makes more sense. Lucio said deputies, police and the U.S. Border Patrol work well together and that they have been able to handle the small uptick in crime along the border. 

“I don’t know what good they can do,” Lucio said of military personnel. “You just can’t come out here and be a police officer.”

Wait, do you mean simply showing up at the border with guns and military equipment will do little good?

Perhaps somebody should tell Governor Political Opportunist that.

And is THIS the kind of unhelpful and unnecessary action that the Republicans have been urging President Obama to take?

Sarah Palin claims that she turned down a cameo in the HBO vampire hit series "True Blood."

Courtesy of, where else, Breitbart:  

"The brilliant minds of 'True Blood' were brazen enough to ask me to do a cameo on their show, apparently so they could insult a conservative woman in person instead of just all conservative women in general," Palin told Breitbart News. "Their offer wasn’t presented in any negative way, perhaps to benefit from a surprise factor after the guest appearance. I turned them down anyway." 

Palin also had some choice words for hypocritical Hollywood liberals who often gin up the phony "war on women" rhetoric. 

"To producers who throw these deceitfully 'flattering' bones that sound fun on the surface, is it really any wonder I don't accept your offers to participate in your shows?" she said. "Nice try HBO. I’d put any mama grizzly in America against a vampire any day; for only one of them actually exists. The left wants to talk about a 'war on women'? Keep engaging in your misogynist attacks on women you disagree with and we’ll see who wins your self-inflicted war in the court of decent public opinion."

You know I would usually doubt a story like this, but this time I think the world's most famous liar might be telling the truth. 

After all she already looks and dresses like one of the undead.

We've been watching her decay for years.

And who wouldn't want to see this reaction when somebody on the show referred to her as a "Republicunt?"

I know I would personally watch that over and over until my DVR had completely worn out.

Elizabeth Warren's 11 Commandments for Progressives. Oh yeah!

Courtesy of Vox:

  1.  "We believe that Wall Street needs stronger rules and tougher enforcement, and we're willing to fight for it." 
  2. "We believe in science, and that means that we have a responsibility to protect this Earth." 
  3. "We believe that the Internet shouldn't be rigged to benefit big corporations, and that means real net neutrality." 
  4. "We believe that no one should work full-time and still live in poverty, and that means raising the minimum wage." 
  5. "We believe that fast-food workers deserve a livable wage, and that means that when they take to the picket line, we are proud to fight alongside them." 
  6. "We believe that students are entitled to get an education without being crushed by debt." 
  7. "We believe that after a lifetime of work, people are entitled to retire with dignity, and that means protecting Social Security, Medicare, and pensions." 
  8. "We believe—I can't believe I have to say this in 2014—we believe in equal pay for equal work." 
  9. "We believe that equal means equal, and that's true in marriage, it's true in the workplace, it's true in all of America." 
  10. "We believe that immigration has made this country strong and vibrant, and that means reform." 
  11. "And we believe that corporations are not people, that women have a right to their bodies. We will overturn Hobby Lobby and we will fight for it. We will fight for it!"

You know after reading that I want Warren to be Hillary's running mate in 2016 do badly I can taste it.

Damn that's good stuff!

Sarah Palin on Sean Hannity last night. She is not even trying to hide the crazy anymore. Update!

Hannity dings the President on a number of issues, most of them exaggerated and then asks for Palin's "analysis."

"Well he's obviously very disconnected to what people are going through in real life, as we outside of that Washington D.C. bubble are quite concerned about the Middle East being a tinder box, about the domestic issues that are really adversely affecting all of us. He's disconnected from that. But you know one of the specific issues going on right now, as we have seen the airliner shot out of the sky, it's reminiscent  of back in 83, remember when the Korean airliner was shot out of the sky, 269 souls were lost I believe in that. But the reaction from our President then, Ronald Reagan, that to the reaction of all these issues that are erupting right now, the present President, how different it is. Ronald Reagan called out evil, he certainly didn't ask for flexibility, or boast about needing wanting flexibility, relatively evil man were to be in office. Such a difference in the mindset of the presidency then than now."


I think the gist of all that, if I may attempt to translate the crazy, is Reagan good, Obama bad.

Hannity then goes on a minor tirade about the President playing golf, and attending fundraisers, and uses that to suggest that the President is "checked out." And then again invites Palin to pile on.

"Well other examples to, you know he was there in a border state when the crisis, the border crossing crisis, the invasion if you will of illegal immigrants, really started erupting, and he was in a border state and chose instead to go to fundraisers instead of visiting the borders and seeing the consequences of the actions that HE has taken that has caused these crisis."

Yes instead of going to those fundraisers to help raise money to get more Democrats into office, while also working to actually rectify the situation on the borders, President Obama could have put on his border patrol Underoos and joined Rick Perry in his little boat.

Oooh, muy macho!
Okay let's rejoin our originally scheduled program still in progress.

"Again very disconnected. I think he is so far over his head, I mean he's in over his head, we warned people in the campaign that he had no executive experience. (Unlike some people, am I right crazy lady? Huh, am I right?) He didn't have a resume at all that would prove a track record of knowing how to handle situations like this, being a community organizer with no real responsibilities. (You know unlike Palin who as Governor had to keep shooing those pesky Canadians back over the border all of the damn time.) I believe a manifestation of his acknowledgement that he is in over this head is that distancing himself, passing the buck, pointing fingers, physically even distancing himself from these crisis." (Yes I know that last part is bad grammar, but I swear that IS what she is saying.)

Hannity then reminds Palin that HE went to the border with Little Rickie, cause he's good at posing for pictures as well.

Finally Hanity asks Palin her response to Eric Holder's remarks about her talk of impeachment. Which he calls "attacks against her." ("She wasn't a particularly good vice presidential candidate. She's an even worse judge of who ought to be impeached and why." For those who don't remember.)

However Hannity does not play that clip, he plays a clip of Holder making some general statements about the President being treated differently, and then plays a clip of Palin "predicting" that Russia would invade the Ukraine from the 2008 campaign, as a way to suggest her superior knowledge concerning Russia's intentions.

"Yeah real profound, you know but who couldn't see it coming when you're living here and you can see it right on over the...uh, not from my house, but you can see...keep an eye on Putin and Russia from right here. No  I think that some obvious development have taken place, and when we have a President who seems to be embracing this idea of shirking back as once this super power, the shining city on a hill, for the rest of the world to see and feel secure and wish to emulate. When we shrink that back now, and there is a vacuum now on the globe that is calling for leadership, and calling for influence, that vacuum is being filled by evil men, and that's so unfortunate. It's not too late to get it back though. You know midterm elections will have a lot to do with getting that..uh..exceptionalism that is America, that message, back on globe. And we certainly need to elect people who understand it, and who will fight so hard for American exceptionalism. Again the world will be a safer place.

Afterwards Hannity again compliment the green screen behind Palin before closing the batshit crazy segment. (Do you think he knows? I think he knows.)

You know the craziest part of this, and yes there was so much to choose from, is that I ma almost certain that Palin was reading much of what she said off of prompters, and STILL it came out like this.

It kind of makes me wonder if her ghostwriters are taking the same drugs that she is, or if this is just the best she can do no matter how hard people work to help her make sense.

Update: By the way here is something to educate Palin and others on exactly how quickly Ronald Reagan responded to that downed Korean airliner.

Virginia's refusal to expand Medicaid means that 400,000 Virginians remain uninsured and the state may have lost up to 1 billion in federal funds. Yay, Republicans!

William J. Howell
Courtesy of the Washington Post: 

The 200th day of 2014 happened to fall this weekend. Depending on which figures you prefer, that means Virginia’s refusal to opt into expanded Medicaid since Jan. 1 has cost the state at least $693 million in federal funding. Democrats say it’s an even $1 billion. 

Those princely sums, which many other states have rushed to capture, would have provided health coverage to some 400,000 currently uninsured Virginians, many of them indigent. It would have cost not one additional dime to Virginia taxpayers, who have already paid for expanding Medicaid in the course of their regular federal tax filings. 

The decision to leave those dollars on the table — an amount that increases by at least $3.46 million per day — is the doing of Republicans in the General Assembly. Those sages of Richmond, led by the Speaker of the House of Delegates, William J. Howell (R-Stafford), have proposed no alternative to providing health coverage to the hundreds of thousands of Virginians who lack it, nor any other method of capturing all or part of the federal funds that remain within Virginia’s grasp, should the state opt into the expansion. 

Instead, Mr. Howell and the Republican House caucus have elected to play political games, calling for the legislature to reconvene to “debate” Medicaid expansion, which they unequivocally oppose.

I know how Virginia feels. Though Alaska has a much smaller population we still have many, many thousands who also fall within the coverage gap left by the fact that our Governor, Sean Parnell, has also refused to accept the federal funds to expand Medicaid.

Hmm, 400,000 that seems like just about enough voters to completely sway an election, don't you think?

If you think Sarah Palin's remarks about impeaching President Obama were over the top wait until you get a load of this guy.

This guy is Stephen Steinlight who is a senior policy analyst for something called the Center for Immigration Studies, which is apparently a think tank for the anti-immigrant Right.

Here is what he said courtesy of Right Wing Watch:

A rash of opinion polls which have come out, not push polls, real polls, including one by Gallup that showed that 65 percent of the American people don’t want any part of an Obama-style immigration reform. But the idea of this [lawsuit] is vintage Boehner, it’s a political loser. There is no court that is going to stop Obama from doing anything. We all know, if there ever was a president that deserved to be impeached, it’s this guy. Alright? I mean, I wouldn’t stop. I would think being hung, drawn, and quartered is probably too good for him. 

To be clear this is a man who believes that the twice elected  President of the United States should hung by the neck until dead and then have his body cut into pieces for trying to do his job.

This is the face of the Right Wing in America.