Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Friday, January 22, 2016

Well, That Was Awkward

Via Raw Story:

While visiting lawmakers’ offices in Olympia with representatives from Planned Parenthood during Teen Lobbying Days, the group of Eastern Washington teens were stunned when State Rep. Mary Dye (R-Pomeroy) quizzed them over whether they had ever had sex.

Rachel Todd, a Planned Parenthood worker accompanying the kids, said that Dye asked them if they were virgins and indicated that one of them might not be.

“After she made the statement about virginity, all of my teens looked at me,” said Todd. “And I said, ‘You don’t have to answer that. You don’t have to answer that.’”

Failing to get a response, Dye shared some of her own views on marriage and sex.

Oh, I’m sure the teens were all just dying to hear about that.

One student at the meeting, Alex Rubino, called her conduct “insane.”

“It seemed kind of insane for her to say that, especially on the record, to constituents,” said Rubino, who noted that her lecture to the students came “unprompted.”

Yeah, that just about sums it up.

Short Takes

Heavy winter storm bearing down on the Mid-Atlantic.

British court says Vladimir Putin was behind the assassination of a Russian dissident.

E.P.A. official quits as the agency slams response to the water crisis in Flint.

Russia and U.S. jockey for position in Syria.

Drop in oil prices don’t help the U.S. economy this time.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Bigotry Isn’t Cheap

If the state of Tennessee follows through with passing an anti-gay marriage bill, it won’t be cheap.  Via Towleroad:

A Tennessee House committee is set to consider an anti-gay marriage bill next week that could cost the state $8 billion annually if it becomes law.

As we mentioned last week, GOP state Rep. Mark Pody believes God told him to introduce the “Natural Marriage Defense Act,” because same-sex marriage is “wicked.”

For the good of the “public welfare,” Pody’s HB 1412 would declare the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges — which it compares to previous rulings upholding the constitutionality of forced sterilization and Japanese internment — “unauthoritative, void, and of no effect.” The Senate version of the bill, SB1437, was introduced by anti-gay GOP Sen. Mae Beavers, a Donald Trump supporter who incidentally agrees with his plan to stop all Muslims from entering the US.

Last week, in the fiscal note attached to HB 1412 and SB 1437, legislative analysts determined that if the bill were to somehow become law, the state could lose $6.5 billion in Medicaid funds, and $2 billion for food stamps and welfare, because the respective state programs would be out of compliance with federal law. Tennessee is already facing a $2.3 million tab for its legal fight against same-sex marriage.

The Tennessee House Civil Justice Subcommittee is set to consider Pody’s bill on Jan. 20. Pody told The Tennessean he plans to work with legislative fiscal analysts on reducing the cost of the bill, but plans to continue pursuing the legislation.

You have to have an unhealthy obsession with the private lives of other people if you think it’s worth giving up $8 billion.  I really think this should make the people of Tennessee seriously reconsider who it is that they elect to represent them.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Good Riddance

Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) lost his bid for governor of Louisiana by double digits in a run-off on Saturday to Democrat John Bel Edwards.  Sen. Vitter has announced that he will not run for re-election to the Senate.

The senator’s years-old prostitution scandal and difficult relationships with several Republicans in the state proved to be too much to overcome. Vitter has had “high negatives” in political polling for years — meaning many voters have an unfavorable view of him — but that hadn’t kept him from winning campaigns — until now.

After winning re-election to his Senate seat in 2010, Vitter had been regarded nationally as one of those rare politicians able to survive an embarrassing sex scandal. But Louisiana voters apparently care more about the personal history of the next governor than a member of Congress. His connection to prostitution dampened enthusiasm for him, particularly among Christian conservatives, once his most ardent supporters.

Gov.-elect Edwards is a bit of a maverick in terms of being a Democrat.  He’s pro-life and pro-guns, almost a requirement to be a politician in the South, but unlike the Republicans, the Democrats allow for diversity, if not for the sake of it but for the reality of that’s what it takes to get elected in a state like Louisiana.

Edwards may have to govern in a bipartisan manner, not just by choice. The governor-elect has a serious budget crisis on his hands, and will need a two-thirds vote of the GOP-controlled Legislature for many of his proposals to fix Louisiana’s finances.

“I think that the Legislature and executive branch should cooperate fully,” said Senate President John Alario, R-Westwego, who is likely to remain atop the state senate in 2016.

But not everyone is excited to see Edwards head up the executive office. The Democrat makes many of the state’s leading business groups nervous. Edwards has not been supportive of the school choice movement, including charter schools and the state voucher program. Business leaders also believe he is more inclined to roll back their tax credits and incentive programs to fix the state’s budget problems than a Republican would be.

It’s not going to be easy for him, and one Democrat in the Deep South doesn’t mean a renaissance for the party, but at least the loathsome creature Vitter is gone and that’s good enough for now.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Three Little Words

This is your occasional reminder that when you vote for a president, you’re also voting for the person who will select the next person to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court.  And with people like this on the Court, it’s even more important to remember that.

“What minorities deserve protection?” he said rhetorically. “What? It’s up to me to identify deserving minorities?”

“What about pederasts?” he asked. “What about child abusers?”

“This is a deserving minority,” he went on, jokingly. “Nobody loves them.”

While I’d never wish harm to anyone, in the case of this little troll the vacancy can’t come soon enough.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

In The Dictionary Under “Twerp”

You will find this little man.

“Look closely at this Hillary photo; isn’t that a Confederate flag behind her on the bookshelf?” D’Souza tweeted, above a black and white photo showing a young Clinton with a Confederate flag displayed nearby.

The image was almost immediately debunked as a doctored version of a Getty photo taken of Clinton while she was a student at Wellesley, in which no such flag appears.

He finally acknowledged that the photo was a fake but redeemed himself by mocking Ms. Clinton’s appearance.  Um, yeah, that’s classy.

The New York Times Magazine ran a profile of this pathetic soul in which he blamed his arrest, conviction, and incarceration on liberals, Obama, and everybody but himself for making him cheat on his wife, getting fired from his job, and demanding that he be let out of jail for summer vacation.

Friday, June 5, 2015

What A Creep, Ctd.

Mike Huckabee keeps on creeping on.

In a segment of “The Huckabee Report” that aired in January, the Republican presidential candidate had trouble reconciling feminists’ efforts to get a British tabloid to stop running photos of topless models with their efforts to draw attention to the double standard between displaying male and female nudity on platforms like the photo-sharing service Instagram. BuzzFeed News flagged the segment on Thursday.

“It’s getting harder to keep up with what you’re supposed to believe to be a good feminist,” Huckabee said, according to audio posted by BuzzFeed News.

He then named comedian Chelsea Handler — who’s repeatedly baited Instagram with topless photos — and singer Miley Cyrus as participants in the feminist “crusade to allow women to walk around in public shirtless, the way some men do.”

“So, are topless photos of women an offensive display of sexism, or an empowering blow against sexism?” he asked. “I have a feeling most men don’t care much either way.”

Ugh.  For a man who professes to be the moral compass for America, he sure is hung up on other people’s private lives and body parts.

Oh, and getting lectures from Mike Huckabee about feminism is like getting lectured about veganism by an alligator.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Friday, April 10, 2015

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Feeding The Hand That Bites You

Tucker Carlson proves for the umpteenth time that he’s a craven toady.

The blogger Mickey Kaus has quit his job at The Daily Caller after the conservative site’s editor-in-chief, Tucker Carlson, pulled a critical column about Fox News from the site, Kaus told the On Media blog on Tuesday.

“It’s pretty simple,” Kaus said in an interview, “I wrote a piece attacking Fox for not being the opposition on immigration and amnesty — for filling up the airwaves with reports on ISIS and terrorism, and not fulfilling their responsibility of being the opposition on amnesty and immigration…. I posted it at 6:30 in the morning. When I got up, Tucker had taken it down. He said, ‘We can’t trash Fox on the site. I work there.'”

Carlson, who co-founded The Daily Caller in 2010, is a conservative contributor to Fox News and the host of its weekend edition of “Fox & Friends.”

Not that I have any sympathy for Mickey Kaus, who seems to think that the worst thing in the world is that some brown person with a vowel at the end of their name has a job picking fruit in California, but the idea that Tucker Carlson would have any kind of journalistic ambitions other than to put up a site that grifts money from the gullible is ludicrous.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Another Boob in Playboy

Former Vice President Dick Cheney in an interview in Playboy.  (Really.)

“I look at Barack Obama and I see the worst president of my lifetime, without question,” Cheney told journalist James Rosen.

The only good thing George W. Bush did as president was stay alive until January 20, 2009.

(Title cribbed from comments on Facebook.  Thanks, CLW.)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Bitter Little Pill

Somebody was not paying attention in high school biology.

An Idaho lawmaker received a brief lesson on female anatomy after asking if a woman can swallow a small camera for doctors to conduct a remote gynecological exam.

The question Monday from Republican Rep. Vito Barbieri came as the House State Affairs Committee heard nearly three hours of testimony on a bill that would ban doctors from prescribing abortion-inducing medication through telemedicine.

Dr. Julie Madsen was testifying in opposition to the bill when Barbieri asked the question. Madsen replied that would be impossible because swallowed pills do not end up in the vagina.

The committee approved the bill 13-4 on a party-line vote. Barbieri, who sits on the board of a crisis pregnancy center in northern Idaho, voted in favor of the legislation. [Emphasis added.]

Damn, there go my hopes for a painless prostate exam.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Happy Holidays

In the spirit of loving goodness and holiday cheer, a preacher in Arizona has come up with the way to have a merry Christmas:

Moved by the Christmas spirit, [Faithful Word Baptist Church Pastor Steven] Anderson laid out his final solution for all those homos spreading the AIDS — execute them all, preferably before the day Christians celebrate the birth of that blessed little baby, Hallelujah!

Pastor Anderson has also prayed for the death of President Obama, took on women speaking in church, and went after the Jewish people for killing Christ.

To quote the immortal Molly Ivins, it sounded better in the original German.  Arbeit macht frei and all that.

HT to Steve Bates.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Not For The Young

Schools are supposed to teach kids to be on the lookout for people who are scary and talk about sex in an inappropriate way or ramble on about death and doom.  Apparently they do things differently in Alaska.

It’s safe to say that students at a Wasilla, Alaska high school weren’t expecting their congressman to talk to them about bull sex at an assembly Tuesday morning.

The Alaska Dispatch News reported that students and staff at Wasilla High School said U.S. Rep. Don Young (R-AK) “acted in a disrespectful and sometimes offensive manner to some students, used profanity and started talking about bull sex when confronted with a question about same-sex marriage” during his 60-minute appearance.

When one student asked Young why he thought same-sex marriage was so bad, the congressman responded: “You can’t have marriage with two men. What do you get with two bulls?” according to Wasilla Principal Amy Spargo.

Witnesses told the Dispatch News that Young’s comments on suicide also stunned the assembly, as students and staff were mourning the loss of a Wasilla student who took his own life last week. Young mentioned alcohol and depression and said that suicide shows a lack of support from friends and family, according to the witnesses.

Mr. Young has been the one and only congressman from Alaska since it became a state in 1959.  Nothing against old people, but I think it’s time he found something else to do and another place to do it.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Campaigning Via Match.com

Take a look and see if you don’t agree with Sahil Kapur at TPM that this ad is the weirdest and creepiest so far of the mid-terms.

The 60-second spot, “Dating Profile,” was released by the group Americans for Shared Prosperity, which is run by Republican millionaire and California winery owner John Jordan, according to Politico. He wants to fight back against the Democrats’ “war on women” rhetoric.

The ad features a woman who says she no longer cares for Barack Obama after she “fell in love” with him in 2008 and stuck by him in 2012 when “our relationship was in trouble.” She becomes angry, and says, “I know I’m stuck with Barack for two more years, but I’m not stuck with his friends.”

One of her gripes about Obama? “He thinks the only thing I care about is free birth control. But he won’t even let me keep my own doctor.”

Reporter Nia-Malika Henderson of the Washington Post argued that the ad had sexist undertones: “So yes, this ad is, um, strange. Probably sexist too — but mainly it’s just weird and bad. Very, very bad.”

So what I want to know is who is the Republican genius who thought that the way to win the war on women was to frame the election like an ad for Match.com?  Yeah, that’s the way.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Straight Talk

I never thought that former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer had any kind of chance at the Democratic nomination for president anyway, but this kind of talk pretty much makes sure it won’t happen ever.

“Don’t hold this against me, but I’m going to blurt it out. How do I say this … men in the South, they are a little effeminate,” he offered when I mentioned the stunning news [about Eric Cantor losing his seat in a primary]. When I asked him what he meant, he added, “They just have effeminate mannerisms. If you were just a regular person, you turned on the TV, and you saw Eric Cantor talking, I would say—and I’m fine with gay people, that’s all right—but my gaydar is 60-70 percent. But he’s not, I think, so I don’t know. Again, I couldn’t care less. I’m accepting.”

This was after he compared Sen. Dianne Feinstein to a streetwalker.

Both sentiments were expressed in a profile of Mr. Schweitzer in the National Journal.  He has since apologized for his “stupid and insensitive remarks.”

Well, I should hope so.  His comment about Sen. Feinstein was terrible, but to suggest that Mr. Cantor is gay is an insult to those of us who are and wouldn’t want someone like him in our club.  Eww.

Friday, May 30, 2014