Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Local Iowa paper eviscerates Joni Ernst for eagerly accepting Sarah Palin endorsement.

Courtesy of the Daily Times Herald:  

What's astounding to me is that Ernst didn't reject the Palin comparison. 

"Well, I guess we are both women, and we are both Republican, and we are mothers and grandmothers," Ernst could have said. "But look, I'm a rural Iowan, not a TV personality. I look no further than Chuck Grassley, a man who knows the farms of the state like I do, as the inspiration for the kind of senator I plan to be for Iowa. Sarah has strong family values, and we share that. But being from Iowa is a pretty specific privilege, and quite honestly, I plan to go about my service in an Iowa way. I'll never not take a call from Sarah Palin, but trust me, Senator Grassley will be the one I'm calling regularly for advice." 

Or she could really have flipped the script, reached out to independent women and even some rural Democrats. 

"I admire a lot about many women in politics, and not all of them are Republican," Ernst could have said. "For example, while I disagree with her on a lot of issues, I am inspired by the work of Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, a military veteran. I think we could do some good work together for our veterans and create a better environment for women in the military. I'd like to learn from Tammy." 

But no, instead Ernst tells us she's "flattered" with the comparison to Palin, whom, if you're really being honest, sold out her own party. Palin made some famous missteps in her 2008 vice presidential campaign. But she had a platform, a voice. Instead of hunkering down and completing a term as governor of Alaska, honing her worldview, and preparing for future elective opportunities, she cashed in on the fame. 

Bottom line: Sarah Palin is 100 percent celebrity, zero percent statesman. 

An "independent voice" and "strong leader" are laughable descriptions of Palin from Ernst. 

Palin is a half-term governor who never breaks ranks with the Right's talking points. She's not an ideas person like Rand Paul or Ted Cruz or Newt Gingrich or Paul Ryan, and that would be resoundingly reflected in Iowa by Republicans themselves were Palin to enter the 2016 presidential race. Palin wouldn't be able to summon enough momentum in Iowa to make a go of it in New Hampshire. 

From all strategic angles it makes no sense for Joni Ernst to tie herself to the dimming star that is Sarah Palin. 

So there's really only one explanation for Joni Ernst's unequivocal - even dreamy eyed - embrace of Sarah Palin. Ernst is truly speaking her mind. She wants to be like Palin. Iowans, if they elect Ernst, can't say they weren't warned.

This is really Democrat Bruce Braley's strongest attack against Ernst. 

If she really wants to embrace Sarah Palin she has to accept the bad with there any good?

In other words if your idol is a woman who hated her job and hated her state, and ran from both the minute that somebody waved a dollar bill in front of her g-string, then who's to say that doing the same in not your ultimate goal?

Is this love?

So yesterday Brancy posted this picture along with this statement:

Mom sent this to me — I love Trig so much it hurts!


You know what hurts me?

That his little boy is not wearing his corrective eyeglasses and hearing aids. 

It makes me feel badly that he is so far behind developmentally, even though with the proper therapies and instruction he could be doing much, much better.

And I think it should make everybody hurt, especially the parents among us, to see a child who was used as a political pawn, being terribly neglected since he has apparently now outlived his usefulness.

Steve Schmidt to join Rick Perry's legal team. Now you know they're worried.

Courtesy of Politico:

Republican strategist and former John McCain consultant Steve Schmidt has joined the team helping Texas Gov. Rick Perry with the strategy around his indictment, POLITICO has learned. 

Schmidt is the latest addition to a team that Perry has been expanding with legal hands. 

“We’re bringing in the best of the best to help us handle this … this is serious, we’ve got to handle it with the appropriate measures,” Perry spokesman Jeff Miller said. Schmidt did not respond to an email seeking comment. 

You know I don't think Schmidt has actually worked for a Republican since he started going on talk shows and discussing the 2008 campaign. OH, and helping John Heilemann and Mark Halperin write "Game Change."

My first thought on this is that Perry must be quite desperate to reach out to somebody who is persona non grata within the Republican establishment.

My second thought is that this move is going to make a certain Perry supporter and half term Governor take off her wig and stomp on it. 

God uses Ebola to kill over a thousand Africans. But it's okay, because he cured this one white guy.

Courtesy of The Guardian:  

Lucky Dr Kent Brantly, the American doctor who has recovered from Ebola, having been given a dose of the experimental antibody serum Zmapp, whizzed home to the US, and given another dose. He is now thanking God for saving his life. Through the medical team and drugs, he admits, but ultimately, it seems, God was in charge. And he chose Brantly, not the other 1,200 mainly west African people who have died horribly, which seems a bit picky.

So it was NOT the experimental treatment created by scientists and administered by trained physicians that saved this man's life? 

It was God?

So using that line of "logic," one would assume that God also made Dr. Brantly sick in the first place, and then cured him so that he could be thanked publicly.

It also must mean that God murdered all of those innocent African people after also cursing them with the disease and then refusing to answer their prayers for a cure.

Apparently God is a racist.

You know you would think that a doctor might know better than to say something so ridiculous and superstitious. But apparently you would think wrong.

Now with only one Republican challenger Alaska Senator Mark Begich begins to trail in the polls. It's time to get serious folks.

Courtesy of Rasmussen Reports:  

Alaska is critical to Republican hopes of taking control of the Senate, and, coming off last week’s state GOP primary, the Alaska Senate race is a near tie. 

A new Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Alaska Voters shows Republican Dan Sullivan with a 47% to 45% lead over incumbent Democratic Senator Mark Begich. Three percent (3%) like some other candidate in the race, and four percent (4%) are undecided.

The Republicans are really pulling out the stops in order to get Mark's Senate seat, and the only thing that can stop them is us. 

We progressive Alaskans have to turn out in huge numbers this November and keep the Koch brothers and GOP machine from making our first Democratic Senator in decades a one term wonder.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Another Sarah Palin endorsee is on the ballot today in Arizona. Let's see if that curse takes out another one. Update!

Interestingly enough the former chief executive of Cold Stone and Tea Party candidate Doug Ducey is currently running ahead on the polls which means that Palin might have a much needed win under her belt by late tonight or tomorrow morning.

Here are the numbers as of four days ago: 

Doug Ducey: 32% 
Scott Smith: 21% 
Christine Jones: 18% 
Ken Bennett: 12% 
Andrew Thomas: 8% 
Frank Riggs: 2% 
Undecided: 7%

This one is also interesting because it pits Palin directly against Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, but right in line with fellow Teabaggers Ted Cruz and Mike Lee. And of course Ducey is also supported by Koch brothers money.

I predict that if Ducey pulls this off that Palin will be dancing in the streets in celebration, and trying to take all of the credit for his win.

But if he loses, well we all know what sound will be coming out of the compound then.

Don't we?

Update: It looks like Ducey won.

Let's see if she can take a victory lap without the wig flying off. 

Nine year old girl shoots instructor in the head with an Uzi killing him. Does this mean she passes?

Courtesy of the Daily Mail:

A shooting instructor has died after a nine-year-old girl accidentally shot him in the head as he taught her how to use a submachine gun. 

Charles Vacca, a father and veteran from Lake Havasu City, Arizona, was airlifted to hospital on Monday morning after the little girl shot him with a Uzi at an outdoor shooting range in Dolan Springs. 

'Vacca was standing next to the girl while he was instructing her how to use the weapon when the accident happened,' a Mohave County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson told BNO News. 

'Further investigations determined [that when] the girl pulled the trigger on the automatic Uzi, the recoil sent the gun over her head, and the victim was shot.' 

I am completely lost as to the  logic of teaching a nine year old how to fire an Uzi.

When in the hell would she ever need to utilize this skill?

I am sorry this man died, but honestly he brought it on himself.

The one I really feel sorry for is this young girl, who will have to go through the rest of her life with the memory of this man's brains splattering all over the walls after she pulled the trigger.

Traumatizing your nine year old at ten in the morning. Now THAT is great parenting.

Speaking of the President, guess who won an Emmy last night?

Okay technically it was Between Two Ferns that won the Emmy, but it was the President's performance that clearly won the day. (I mean let's face it Galifianakis is a hack.)

Here is the category:

Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program: Between Two Ferns, featuring President Barack Obama (

In case you have not seen it.

You know I looked, and looked, and looked, and I simply could not find the nomination for the Sarah Palin Channel anywhere.

Maybe next year Sarah.

Just keep those eyes crossed. I'm sorry...fingers crossed.

Speaking of the Emmy's Sarah Silverman also won last night for her comedy show, and being an Atheist her acceptance speech was a little different: 

“We’re all just made of molecules, and we’re hurtling through space right now.”

Nice. And accurate.

In order to take as many vacation days as George W. Bush, President Obama would have to be on vacation for almost every day for the remainder of his term.

Courtesy of Breitbart Unmasked:  

President George W. Bush took 879 days of vacation time during the eight years he was in office — an astounding 30% of his presidency. According to the Washington Post, as of August 15th Barack Obama had taken 150 days of vacation (Or 138 according to the above graphic. But hey, what's twelve days between friends?) in the five years  and seven months he has been president, or roughly 7% of his presidency. 

Using second grade addition and subtraction skills, anyone can determine for themselves that Obama is at least 719 days behind George W. Bush in his bid to become the most vacationing president ever. And he’d better hurry up if that’s really his goal, because he only has 880 days left in office. 

It never fails to amaze me that the Republicans find no irony in accusing this administration of the same corruption, abuses of power, and slothfulness that helped define the administrations of presidents representing their party.

No the President has done NOTHING as bad as Watergate!

No this President has NOT written more executive orders than any other President in the last fifty years.

And no this President has NOT gone on more vacations more than his predecessors.  Not even close.

The difference in how the New York Times describes a black murder victim to how they describe white murderers is quite striking.

Now remember Michael Brown is the VICTIM of a shooting while Tsarnaev was the perpetrator of a terrorist attack.

But wait there's more.

Yeah good for us that racism is finally dead in America, right?

(H/T to The Obama Diary.)

Remembering when it was not abortion or homophobia that united the Fundamentalists. It was segregation.

Pamphlets handed out in churches during the early sixties.
Every once in awhile I like to remind people that the Religious Right that helped to get Ronald Reagan elected to the presidency in 1980, did not get its start as a political movement that embraced conservationism, pro-life, and an anti-homosexual agenda.

No there was a time when none of those issues even registered with the Fundamentalists.

As Frank Schaeffer likes to remind people, it was he and his father who helped shape the Evangelical pro-life movement, and it was they, working under the banner of the "Moral Majority," who made it the main issue that Republicans ran on in the 1980's.

But before that what united that group of folks was not "killing" unborn babies. No it is the possibility that there might be some babies born with "mixed blood."

And the father of the Moral Majority, Jerry Falwell, was one of the worst agitators:

Like many Southern White ministers, Falwell didn’t sit on the sidelines at the outset of the modern civil rights movement, he joined the opposition. 

“Decades before the forces that now make up the Christian right declared their culture war, Falwell was a rabid segregationist who railed against the civil rights movement from the pulpit of the abandoned backwater bottling plant he converted into Thomas Road Baptist Church,” Max Blumenthal writes in an insightful article in The Nation magazine. “This opening episode of Falwell’s life, studiously overlooked by his friends, naively unacknowledged by many of his chroniclers, and puzzlingly and glaringly omitted in the obituaries of the Washington Post and New York Times, is essential to understanding his historical significance in galvanizing the Christian right. Indeed, it was race –not abortion or the attendant suite of so-called ‘values’ issues – that propelled Falwell and his evangelical allies into political activism.” 

Four years after the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education outlawing segregated public schools, Falwell gave a speech titled, “Segregation or Integration.” 

His message was unmistakably clear: “If Chief Justice Warren and his associates had known God’s word and had desired to do the Lord’s will, I am quite confident that the 1954 decision would never have been made. The facilities should be separate. When God has drawn the line of distinction, we should not attempt to cross that line.”

This was the issue that originally united the Southern white Evangelicals together, and it continues to permeate the conservative party to this day.

So is it really any wonder that Fox News clearly shows a racial bias in their coverage?

Of course not. Because their main demographic is older conservative white folks who were raised in churches where those pamphlets were common place, and the pastor's sermons were peppered, not with warnings about premarital sex or the homosexual agenda, but instead with the need to keep the races from mingling at to keep God's people pure.

Ammosexual security blanket.

Aww, they're so cute when they're asleep aren't they?

Personally I doubt that even that many guns is enough to calm their insecurities or quiet their fears.