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The Republican Congressman Who Called Immigrants ‘Wetbacks’

Don Young, now this will certainly ‘surprise’ you, a Republican Congressman from Alaska,

… used the term “wetbacks” to describe Mexican immigrants in a radio interview Thursday night.

And now he’s apologized.  Big. Deal.  He probably only apologized because the Republican leadership told him to.  Left to himself, he probably doesn’t feel sorry at all (or he wouldn’t have said it in the first place).

“I apologize for the insensitive term I used during an interview in Ketchikan, Alaska,” Young, R-Alaska, wrote in his second statement of the past 24 hours. “There was no malice in my heart or intent to offend; it was a poor choice of words.”

Sure, no malice, just racism.  And just when Republicans are trying to appear open to people other than old white men.

Politicians… they’re all members of the Little Honey Tee Tee Family Tree.

The GOP: An Observation

Alan Simpson - Caricature

Alan Simpson – Caricature (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

We are watching, these days, the GOP eat itself.  If ever there were an illustration of Jesus’s ‘a house divided against itself cannot stand’ it is in the behavior of the Republican Party.  Lincoln would be totally ashamed.  Justifiably.  The GOP is acting disgracefully and it deserves to lose every election for the coming decades.

But the Dems shouldn’t rejoice.  They are the only other option in our corrupt two party system and so are only going to find themselves winning because people hate them less, not because they are loved or have a better plan.

It’s a tragedy that a country like ours has been reduced to sending to office the vilest and most self serving of the population rather than the cream of the crop.  But, as they say, a people get the politicians they deserve.  And given America’s present lack of morality and its tendency to exalt perversity to the level of normalcy, it’s unsurprising that we find ourselves saddled with the worst in our politicians, and our politics.

Think of It…

The Republicans in Congress are willing to let the Country slide into a severe recession, see millions lose their income, and watch the unemployment rate rise to over 9%, just to protect the money of the richest .1% of the people.

The Republicans simply don’t care about you.  They aren’t watching out for you.  They don’t have your back.  The only people they care about are their rich cohorts.  Why do you care so much for them?  Why do you vote for them?

More Political Hypocrisy

A Republican asking for Federal money?  I thought Republicans, led by their Presidential nominee, saw Federal spending as the world’s greatest evil…  I guess it is when it feeds the genuinely hungry or houses the genuinely homeless or provides health care for the average guy and gal. But when it means aiding Republican politicians, it’s perfectly acceptable.

It’s just more political hypocrisy.

What? What??? WHAT??????

If you don’t believe in capitol punishment before you read this- you will after-

A group of men beat up a foreigner who had raped a 16-year-old girl said to be mentally retarded – and then proceeded to rape her themselves. The victim claimed the first incident took place on Thursday when the foreigner forced himself on her in a dilapidated hut. She managed to flee the hut soon after the rape but not before her naked pictures were snapped by the alleged rapist. The victim then sought help from a friend who called his three friends to look for the foreigner. They gave him a beating when they found him. The youths then took the victim to a house, where a fifth man was waiting, and they took turns raping her. The victim stayed there overnight and was only found later as she was wandering the streets by her brother-in-law the following night.

How evil can people be? That evil.

Ezra Klein On Romney’s Real Ideology

In a fine essay, Klein concludes

Republicans have become outraged over the predictable effect of tax cuts they passed and are using that outrage as the justification for an agenda that further cuts taxes on the rich and pays for it by cutting social services for the non-rich.  That’s why Romney’s theory here is more than merely impolitic. It’s actually core to his economic agenda.

Romney really does want the rich to get richer off the backs of the poorer.  And he really doesn’t care if anyone likes it or not.  He is cynicism enfleshed.  He is self-interest writ large.  He is America, in short.  Perhaps he really will win- since a people always get the government they deserve.

Really Republicans? REALLY???????

I’m speechless, thanks to this tweet-

Michelle Goldberg ‏@michelleinbklyn — You might think that someone at the RNC For Life event would offer a pregnant lady a seat, but you’d be wrong. #GOP2012

I guess all that ‘life is precious’ talk most Republicans spew is just blather. When it comes to a practical application in something so small as offering an expectant lady a seat, it’s too much to do…

Despicable. Where has decency gone?????

Oh Gross: More ‘Boozing it Up Makes You Do Stupid Things’ – The GOP Congressman Edition

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At least one GOP congressman who couldn’t walk on water decided to go skinny dipping in the Sea of Galilee instead. A group of Republican congressmen, aides and family members boozed it up and cooled off in the lake—one of them nude—during an official fact-finding trip to the Holy Land last year, according to witnesses. The FBI launched an investigation into the hijinks that involved a skinny-dipping Rep. Kevin Yoder of Kansas, reports Politico. “After dinner I followed some members of Congress in a spontaneous and very brief dive into the sea, and, regrettably, I jumped into the water without a swimsuit,” Yoder said in a statement. He apologized for any “embarrassment I have caused for my colleagues and constituents.”

Gross.

Kelly Keisling is an Embarrassment to Tennessee

What sort of mental deficit must he be walking the streets burdened with that he could actually send out an email

… containing a rumor that Obama and the Department of Homeland Security are planning a series of events that could lead to the imposition of “martial law” and delay the election. Among the events hypothesized in the email is a staged assassination attempt on the president that would lead to civil unrest in urban areas and martial law.

He’s a representative but he doesn’t know how the system works in America????  I feel sad for our state.  I feel sad for the United States.  I feel sad for the tragically ignorant people who believe what Keisling says.  I feel sad for all those who have or who will vote for him.

And I’m embarrassed that he’s a resident here.  I wish he lived in Texas.

Keisling’s assistant, Frankie Anderson, confirmed that the email was sent “at Keisling’s request” from a state account under the name of Holt Whitt, who is identified in the email as Keisling’s assistant. Anderson said he is filling in for Whitt.

Mr Anderson should quit and so should everyone who works for this travesty of malignant stupidity.

Naturally, now Mr Keisling is backtracking-

The Tennessean reported Wednesday that Keisling released a statement Wednesday morning through a Republican legislative spokesperson expressing regret for sending the email to his constituents.  “Earlier this week, I forwarded an email from my legislative office that should not have been sent out. The message was inappropriate for distribution. I regret the error and pledge to be more cautious regarding the information distributed from my office in the future.”

Sure.  He’s not sorry he did it.  He’s only sorry it caused an appropriate uproar.  He should be impeached and so his constituents could remove the stain of shame presently hovering over our state.

How The Republican Party Has Been Hijacked By The Far Right… And Republicans Let it Happen

And they continue to let it happen.  As those willing to listen to today’s Fresh Air will learn.

[Jane] Mayer’s profile of [Bryan] Fischer, which appears in the current edition of The New Yorker, details how the Christian radio host from Tupelo, Miss., is pushing far-right and anti-gay policy decisions on the Romney campaign and the Republican Party.

A question for Republicans:  if you don’t stand hand in hand with the likes of the Fascists on the far right, why don’t you say something?  Are you really that spineless?

Listen, do listen, you Republicans, to Mayer’s interview.  And then grow a spine and take your party back and make it, once again, the party of Lincoln.  A party that could actually be proud of its achievements and not hang its head in constant shame.

As Thomas Bolin Says, ‘God Bless These Patriotic ‘Job Creators”

Compensation for chief executives at American companies grew 15 percent in 2011 after a 28 percent rise in 2010, part of a larger trend that has seen CEO pay skyrocket over the last three decades. Workers, on the other hand, have been left behind.

Since 1978, CEO pay at American firms has risen 725 percent, more than 127 times faster than worker pay over the same time period, according to new data from the Economic Policy Institute:

From 1978 to 2011, CEO compensation increased more than 725 percent, a rise substantially greater than stock market growth and the painfully slow 5.7 percent growth in worker compensation over the same period.

Yes, they’re clearly the nation’s greatest assets and care more about the country than anyone else.  [NB- Fool, what will become of all thy goods?  This night thy soul is required of thee!’].

The ‘godly’ Republicans who shelter and serve and protect these greedy self serving mammon worshipers are just the same as they are:  servants of mammon, not humanity.  The GOP is ‘God’s own party’ in the same way that a pig is a chicken.

Gingrich Can’t Manage a Campaign, How Could he Manage a Country?

Newt Gingrich said his campaign was on a shoestring budget, but this is pretty bad. The candidate may not appear on the ballot for Utah’s June primary after a $500 check from his campaign bounced. A Utah election official said they tried to get in contact with the Gingrich campaign but were unable to do so. Gingrich previously acknowledged that his campaign is $4.5 million in debt.

And he thinks he’s qualified to run a country?  How delusional is this guy?  He wants to clean up the country’s accounts but his own is in the red?  What a hypocrite.

Most Americans Disapprove of the Republican Party, and the Democratic Party

CNN emails

President Barack Obama holds a double-digit lead over former Gov. Mitt Romney in a head-to-head general election matchup, a new CNN/ORC national poll shows. In a hypothetical race, 54% of Americans polled said they would vote for Obama while 43% said they preferred Romney.

Poor Mitt. He really doesn’t stand a chance. The Repubs like Karl Rove must be stewing.

In the same poll, Obama’s approval rating inched above the 50% mark for the first time since May, with 51% of respondents saying they approve of the job he’s doing and 45% disapproving.

Ah well that will make many Repubs angry- most Americans approve of the Pres.

Meanwhile, 48% of respondents said they have favorable view of the Democratic Party. The Republican Party’s favorable rating dropped to 35%, with nearly six in 10 Americans saying they have an unfavorable view of the GOP.

Which means 52% of Americans have an unfavorable view of the Dems and 65% have an unfavorable view of the Repubs. And yet, they mindlessly vote for them over and over again. There’s a real disconnect between views and votes.

Maureen Dowd is Unimpressed with the Republican Field, and She’s Not Alone

With even top Republicans such as Jeb Bush, Rudy Giuliani, and Alan Simpson turning on the current crop of GOP candidates, “their crazed Reagan fixation,” and their antiquated views on sex, gays, and more, it’s becoming clear the GOP has become the “Ghastly Outdated Party,” writes Maureen Dowd in the New York Times. “The contenders in the Hester Prynne primaries are tripping over one another trying to be the most radical, unreasonable, and insane candidate they can be,” she writes. Any sign of reason becomes the focus of the next round of negative attacks.

“Republicans being against sex is not good,” she quotes one GOP strategist as saying. “Sex is popular.” That strategist says Republicans are going through the five stages of grief with their crop of candidates, and “we’re at No. 4,” he says, meaning depression. “We’ve still got one to go”—acceptance.

Via.  Enjoy it all.

More Political Dirtbaggery: The Repub ‘Voter ID’ Proponent Who Casts Votes in Other People’s Names…

Yesterday in Wisconsin, a hidden camera caught a certain Republican voter ID law advocate violating the assembly rules to cheat and vote for colleagues who were not present. This is also referred to as vote fraud.  Rep. Kleefisch is among the gleeful cheaters. Assembly Rule 76.(5) states that only the members present in the assembly chamber may vote.

Look at the clown behind the fraudster, laughing up a storm:

Politicians… the most depraved of the totally depraved: making rules for others they ignore for themselves.  (Via Thomas Bolin on FB).

Jon Huntsman Should Have been the Nominee

He’s the only Republican Presidential candidate that isn’t either fat and angry, robotic, or just plain idiotic.  Which is why, I guess, that voters in Republican primaries didn’t select him.  They apparently prefer fat and angry, robotic, and stupid.

I say he should have been the nominee because he’s smart, sensible, and competent and none of those things are true of the rest of the ‘pack’.  For instance, his remarks on Romney’s attitude towards China are right on the money-

Former presidential candidate Jon Huntsman said Mitt Romney’s policy toward China was “wrongheaded,” adding that Republican candidates should not pander when deciding how to deal with China diplomatically and through trade.  “Let’s just say that it’s not unusual for candidates to be saying certain things about China,” Huntsman said on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports. “I’ve seen a lot of candidates who later became president, who use a lot of rhetoric. It’s much easier to talk about China in terms of the fear factor than the opportunity factor.”  Huntsman attacked Romney’s op-ed in today’s Wall Street Journal, which lambasted the Obama administration’s policy in China. Huntsman, who endorsed Romney after dropping out of the presidential race last month, served as the U.S. ambassador to China under President Obama.

Are Republican voters genetically predisposed to choosing the worst candidates?  I miss you Jon Huntsman.  I really do.  I could have voted for you and probably would have.

Obama’s Approval Rating is Rising…

Because when the majority, the vast majority of the people of the country look at the Republican alternatives they shake their heads and say ‘oh my heavens‘.

In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king.  And in American politics, it’s always the lesser of two evils elected and not ‘the best person’.

Obama shouldn’t take any comfort in the fact that people like him more than they like Romsangrich.  In fact, he should be depressed.  All of us should be.

Republicans, Behold, Your Nominee

Mitt.  Not because he’s the best you’ve got (I sure hope he isn’t!) and not because he’s the smartest or most insightful (he’s clearly neither).  But simply because ‘he’s the best of the worst’.  He’s the only ‘electable’ candidate.  The only electable one you’ve got.  How sad.

Mitt Romney won Nevada’s Republican caucuses on Saturday night, grabbing the largest chunk of the state’s 28 delegates in the race for the Republican presidential nomination and racking up his second consecutive victory, after winning Florida in the same week.  Speaking at his victory party at the Red Rocks Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Romney did not mention any of his Republican opponents by name, keeping his remarks focused on President Barack Obama. Romney repeated his vow to repeal the federal health care law, increase job growth and increase military spending.

Good luck Richie Rich.  You’ll need it.

Compassionless? Vote Romney- He’s Your Man

Because Romney doesn’t care about the poor. There’s plenty of government help for them already…

GOP front-runner Mitt Romney said this morning that he’s not concerned about the plight of the country’s very poor because there are social safety nets that take care of them.  “I’m in this race because I care about Americans,” Romney told CNN’s Soledad O’Brien this morning after his resounding victory in Florida on Monday. “I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I’ll fix it.”

“I’m not concerned about the very rich, they’re doing just fine. I’m concerned about the very heart of the America, the 90, 95 percent of Americans who right now are struggling and I’ll continue to take that message across the nation.”  The CNN anchor pressed Romney: “You just said I’m not concerned about the very poor because they have a safety net. And I think there are lots of very poor Americans who are struggling who would say that sounds odd. Can you explain that?”

“Well, you had to finish the sentence, Soledad,” said Romney. “I said I’m not concerned about the very poor that have the safety net, but if it has holes in it, I will repair them…The – the challenge right now – we will hear from the Democrat Party, the plight of the poor, and – and there’s no question, it’s not good being poor and we have a safety net to help those that are very poor. But my campaign is focused on middle income Americans. My campaign – you can choose where to focus. You can focus on the rich. That’s not my focus. You can focus on the very poor. That’s not my focus. My focus is on middle income Americans, retirees living on social security, people who cannot find work, folks who have kids that are getting ready to go to college. That – these are the people who’ve been most badly hurt during the Obama years.”

No- the people most badly hurt are… well actually it’s just the poor.  The middle class has been hurt by Congress.  The rich, on the other hand, have been blessed by both the Congress and the White House.

Mitt, I’m not sure if you Mormons read the real Bible, but you might want to borrow a copy and open it, say, to Ezekiel 16:49-50.

49 This was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy. 50 They were haughty, and did abominable things before me; therefore I removed them when I saw it.

Mitt, did you see that? Sodom was destroyed because it had excess, you know, kind of like you and the rest of the politicians ruining this country, and because Sodom didn’t aid the poor and needy and, like you, Mitt, were haughty.

Those Annoying ‘End of the Year’ Lists And the Lunatics Who Comment on Them

OK, NPR nails it with this one called

The 20 Unhappiest People You Meet In The Comments Sections Of Year-End Lists.

And then they nail all 20 of them to the wall. Mutatis mutandis, the same could be said of 90% of all blog commentators and 100% of all anonymous commentators on every website.  I especially like #2-

2. The Really Pretty Sure Person, Who Is Really Pretty Sure. “I’ve never seen Game Of Thrones, but I’m really pretty sure it’s not as good as Boardwalk Empire.”

That sounds exactly like people who never read books but who have some opinion about them.  ‘I’ve never read Bultmann but I’m really pretty sure that he was a false teacher’ or ‘I’ve never read Calvin but I know what he believed!’  Such dimwittery.

Along with ya- read the other 19.