September 23, 2011
A tally

This GOP debate season has been amazing for this blog.  Unfortunately I just have not updated it in a while.  Anyway, TNC breaks it down:

A quick tally — cheering the death penalty, cheering letting people die, booing gay soldiers in Iraq, cheering continued discrimination against gays in the military.

…[T]he legacy of  populism in this country is ambiguous. You are seeing echoes of the darker aspects of that legacy—cheers for the vigorous enlistment of death, an unthinking antipathy toward the sick, and now an utter disdain for minorities. When one talks about 2012, it is the specter of handing the country over to people who represent that legacy should scare you.


Not one person on that stage stood up for that soldier. Not “moderate” Jon Huntsman. Not “sensible” Mitt Romney. Not libertarian Ron Paul. And not Rick Perry:
One of the reasons that I’m running for president is I want to make sure that every young man and woman who puts on the uniform of the United States respects highly the president of the United States.

Define “every.” 
There’s video at his blog.  I’m just marking it:  sociopaths, homophobes, and shit, why not, liars.  I’m talking the candidates and the audience.  “Support the troops” my ass.

May 22, 2011
Boundaries?

Sociopaths: 

A Cherry Hill High School East sophomore who challenged Tea Party champion Michele Bachmann to a constitutional debate says she is concerned for her personal safety.

In a letter addressed to Bachmann and dated April 29, Myers leveled pointed criticisms at the Tea Party Caucus founder.

"I have found quite a few of your statements regarding the Constitution of the United States, the quality of public school education and general U.S. civics matters to be factually incorrect, inaccurately applied or grossly distorted," Myers wrote.

"As one of a handful of women in Congress, you hold a distinct privilege and responsibility to better represent your gender nationally. The statements you make help to serve an injustice to not only the position of Congresswoman, but women everywhere."

Myers and her father, Wayne, posted her letter to Bachmann on CNN’s iReport website on May 6. News outlets including Yahoo and The Atlantic picked up the story over the weekend.

Amy and Wayne Myers said the comments on conservative websites alarmed them most. Several commenters threatened to publish the Myers’ home address.

Others threatened violence, including rape, they said.

These people are fucking insane.

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May 17, 2011
"The important thing you have to understand about Newt Gingrich is that he is amoral. There isn’t any right or wrong, there isn’t any conservative or liberal. There’s only what will work best for Newt Gingrich.

He’s probably one of the most dangerous people for the future of this country that you can possibly imagine. He’s Richard Nixon, glib. It doesn’t matter how much good I do the rest of my life, I can’t ever outweigh the evil that I’ve caused by helping him be elected to Congress."

Newt Gingrich’s former friend L.H. Carter. (via)  

Remember, this guy was made Speaker of the House by his GOP peers.

(Source: sorryithoughtyoudbeinterested)

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May 10, 2011
House Republicans who know better

via Talking Points Memo, we have an agenda for the Tea Party:

For Tea Party Founding Fathers chairman William Temple, a reinstatement of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and keeping women out of combat roles would also be acceptable.

Temple is 100% opposed to raising the debt ceiling, and said that how members vote on the issue will be the sole item on the tea party scorecard when it comes to rating candidates in 2012. Vote for the increase, you get a zero. Vote against it, you get a 100. Apparently it’s that simple.

But even Temple said he understood a compromise might be coming. So he offered a long list of things the Republicans could do that would lead the “tea party movement as a whole” to “possibly forgive Boehner and the House Republicans a small bump in the debt limit.”

On the list was keeping the front lines of America’s wars as free of openly gay people and women of any sexual leaning as possible.

Temple’s line of reasoning:

When the Pentagon’s own studies show that military effeminization may have an extremely costly impact on recruiting and retention, when Islamists have shown their willingness to sexually brutalize American female reporters, why would John Boehner’s House Republicans be caving to political correctness? Why would House Republicans who know better be fostering inappropriate attractions in the intimacy of tents, bunks, barracks, platoons, subs, tanks, convoys, cockpits, latrines, showers, toilets and locker rooms when we are fighting wars in three Muslim nations?

The debt ceiling must be raised.  It has to be.  If these people had their way they would blow up the nation’s economy rather than let a gay openly serve in the military.  I’m sure they have a problem with gays serving at all.  Or existing — “inappropriate attractions” — but DADT never stopped gays from serving, just from serving openly.

Beyond that, the potential for “sexual brutalization of female reporters” means that women can’t be on the front lines?  Do they realize that insurgents also beheaded a male reporter?  Does that mean that men shouldn’t fight on the front lines? 

I’ll leave it to the reader to determine whether his rationale demonstrates any Islamophobia as well, but I’m gonna go ahead and tag it as such.

April 28, 2011

Via Jack & Jill Politics, by way of Balloon-Juice, comes Baratunde Thurston:

It was during my viewing of this video that I began to cry. I thought of my ancestors, both direct and collective, who had fought and died so that I might be treated as an American. I then thought of this fetid, smug, hate-filled, wealthy white man taking credit for the release and yet still not being satisfied. It does not matter how long we’ve been in these United States. We will never be American.

So, tears in my eyes, pain in my heart and rage in my soul, I composed this video message. More than written text, it comes close to expressing my full pain at witnessing a white man who was handed everything call the President of the United States (and me) a nigger.

All I can add is that Donald Trump is the GOP frontrunner.

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April 24, 2011
Ground Zero for American Politics

godiminbadshaperightnow:

“Michigan should be the top story on every news show in the nation because it underscores what tea party Republican governing is all about.”

I was talking earlier this week with someone about how this summer (if it ever happens) could be a contentious, scary time in the city as we are looking at mass school closings and the possibility that the majority of our library system will shut down. Again, I could give a long, sprawling speech, but it’s true. The nation can gawk at what is happening in Michigan and Detroit, but don’t think it’s not coming to your borders too, other American cities.

From the link:

Instead of raising taxes on the super-rich, Michigan Republicans are employing dictatorial powers — dissolving local governments and selling off public facilities to private corporations, including, as you’ll find out below, a public school for pregnant teens. This is tea party government in action. This is your pro-life party. They arrest pregnant teens and deprive them of a decent education — instead of taxing the rich. Utterly disgusting.

Sociopaths.

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April 19, 2011
From Colorlines:

A Southern California GOP member sent out an email to fellow party members last Friday, depicting President Obama as the child of apes. It’s just the latest in a series of highly racialized attempts to discredit the president’s legitimacy to hold office.
“Now you know why — No birth certificate!” Marilyn Davenport, tea party activist and member of the central committee of the Orange County Republican Party, wrote under the image [above] sent out last Friday.

Obviously racist, but instead of resigning for the action, as the Orange County Republican chairman has demanded that she do, she blamed the “liberal left” for revealing it and called the person who leaked it a “coward.”
Her reaction makes sense though, since she apologized for the misunderstanding.

“I’m sorry if my email offended anyone,” Davenport wrote. “In no way did I even consider the fact that he’s half black when I sent out the email … We all know a double standard applies regarding this president.” She also told the OC Weekly, “Oh, come on! Everybody who knows me knows that I am not a racist. It was a joke. I have friends who are black. Besides, I only sent it to a few people—mostly people I didn’t think would be upset by it.”

That shit has got to be boilerplate by now.

From Colorlines:

A Southern California GOP member sent out an email to fellow party members last Friday, depicting President Obama as the child of apes. It’s just the latest in a series of highly racialized attempts to discredit the president’s legitimacy to hold office.

“Now you know why — No birth certificate!” Marilyn Davenport, tea party activist and member of the central committee of the Orange County Republican Party, wrote under the image [above] sent out last Friday.

Obviously racist, but instead of resigning for the action, as the Orange County Republican chairman has demanded that she do, she blamed the “liberal left” for revealing it and called the person who leaked it a “coward.”

Her reaction makes sense though, since she apologized for the misunderstanding.

“I’m sorry if my email offended anyone,” Davenport wrote. “In no way did I even consider the fact that he’s half black when I sent out the email … We all know a double standard applies regarding this president.” She also told the OC Weekly, “Oh, come on! Everybody who knows me knows that I am not a racist. It was a joke. I have friends who are black. Besides, I only sent it to a few people—mostly people I didn’t think would be upset by it.”

That shit has got to be boilerplate by now.

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Filed under: state-level gop racist 
April 8, 2011
Mississcegenation

I’m sure there’s a reason other than intolerance, racism, or bigotry that 46% of Mississippi GOP primary voters think that interracial marriage should be illegal.  Party of Lincoln!

April 5, 2011
"I hope I don't get in trouble here"

Dave Weigel brings us a story about Oklahoma fighting the good fight against the Islamic bogeymen: 

In 2010, Oklahoma voters passed a ballot measure—the first of its kind—prohibiting any judge or court from making decisions based on the teachings of the Koran. It won in a 70-30 landslide, then was immediately bogged down in court on First Amendment grounds.

So it was left up to Kern, who represents the western part of Oklahoma City in the House of Representatives, to introduce new legislation which can ban sharia without tripping on the First Amendment. Last week her bill, HR 1552, made its way to the Senate. It bans “any law, rule, legal code or system” not rooted in the Constitution of Oklahoma or the United States. Kern, a former history teacher, says she has no problem whatsoever with Muslims moving to Oklahoma and that the bill would protect them, too.

"When I see things that are happening that I think will weaken our American way of life, I don’t like that," she says. "I don’t have a problem with people coming over here—why wouldn’t people want to come to America, the greatest nation in the world where you have the most opportunities and freedoms? Why wouldn’t they want to come over here? But if they’re going to come over here, let them become Americans. If they want to hold on to their own cultures, then why—and I hope I don’t get in trouble here—why not live in their own countries?

Kern is a Republican, and seems worried that her very real concern will somehow be taken the “wrong” way.  What happened to the Democrats that voted against her bill?

They were battered in the 2010 elections, left with around one-third of the seats in the House and Senate. The anti-sharia ballot measure, they say, was key to that. Cory Williams is a Democrat who voted against sending the sharia measure to the ballot then survived the election by only 280 votes. He thinks Republicans have found a clever way to exploit the unpopularity of Barack Obama in this state as well as the fear that he finds secluded locations to bow toward Mecca five times a day. To make the point, Williams cues up one of the ads that was run against him last fall.

"What do we really know about Cory Williams?" whispers a narrator. "We know that Cory Williams voted to allow radical Muslim terrorists to be tried under sharia law, the law of Islam."

I can’t imagine why people would think that conservatives would be considered Islamophobic.

April 5, 2011
Rut like rabbits

Jamelle Bouie reports on a quote from what appears to be a mainstream conservative radio voice, Brian Fischer of the American Family Association:

Welfare has destroyed the African-American family by telling young black women that husbands and fathers are unnecessary and obsolete. Welfare has subsidized illegitimacy by offering financial rewards to women who have more children out of wedlock. We have incentivized fornication rather than marriage, and it’s no wonder we are now awash in the disastrous social consequences of people who rut like rabbits.

Anyone up for counting the racisms?  Bouie states that the guy isn’t truly mainstream, he’s just hosted 5 potential GOP presidential nominees in the past year: Tim Pawlenty, Mike Huckabee, Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, and Haley Barbour.

However, his point is that there’s no accountability for these pres. hopefuls going on his show. Bouie’s money quote:

The GOP is rarely forced to account for its extremist elements, even when they’re actively courted by party leaders and other prominent Republicans. For the most part, that standard is reserved for Democrats, who are virtually required to disavow anyone to the left of them, regardless of actual influence.

In other words, if you’re a Republican presidential candidate, there is literally no political consequence to seeking approval from raging bigots. Which, you know, is awesome.

Yup.  Does it matter if he’s not mainstream when mainstream candidates don’t have to account for associating with him?  All the credit for appearing with him among his constituency without any of the fallout.  Smells like SIXHIRB.

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