April 2013

Louie Gohmert – “I spy with my little eye – Muslims!”

Rep Louie Gohmert (R-TX)  – Tea Party favorite – commented on the Administration’s handling of the Boston bombing  In trying to be even handed he channelled his inner McCarthy – echoing the late Senator’s claim of Communists in the State Department

First saying that he is not accusing anyone in the administration of sinister motives, he added, “This administration has so many Muslim Brotherhood members that have influence that they just are making wrong decisions for America.”

So tell use who, Gohmert.

Michele Bachmann is back, with a newly invigorated – at least according to them – Tea Party Caucus in Congress. But it didn’t take long for her to show off the gaps in her scholarship. To support her argument that the sequestration cuts in social programs for the poor are the fault  of Congressional Democrats and the President she said, “It reminds me of the Shakespeare line, ‘Thou protesteth too much’,”

People make mistakes – especially speaking extemporaneously – but if you are making a prepared speech, in the US Congress, referring to one of the most quoted lines in literature, you should get it right. The line, from Hamlet, is actually “The lady doth protest too much.”

To her credit, at least she didn’t just make up a quote – as the Tea Party is so fond of doing.

Once Sarah Palin stood steps short of the pinnacle of power as candidate for Vice President of the United States, but five years later she has sunk into a slough of despond. Tweeting about the White Correspondents’ Dinner she wrote,

I don’t know what an “assclown” is – but I suspect it may take one to know one. (Especially as Palin has attended the event in the past).

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK) have introduced a bill that would limit how many bullets the federal government can buy. Why? Because – according to them – if the government buys all the ammo private gun owners won’t be able to buy any.

The claim is so silly that the NRA itself has told gun absolutists to throw cold water on it, saying“As most gun owners will agree, skepticism of government is healthy. But today, there are more than enough actual threats to the Second Amendment to keep gun owners busy.”

How crazy do you have to be for the NRA to say you have gone too far with your gun rights argument?

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The Brooklyn Bridge in Bavaria? It Would Have Been Without Immigrants.

April 24, 2013

  In Washington – as throughout the country – immigration is subject to impassioned debate. Those who are against it issue dire warnings about a brown tide of larceny, laziness and benefit abuse flowing up from Mexico and Mesoamerica. But what if the founding fathers had had as dim a view of immigrants as some of […]

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Guns, Torture, Immigration and The Bombing in Boston.

April 21, 2013

  This week we saw some sensible gun control measures swatted away by a recalcitrant Senate – and a bomb blast in Boston. It was also a week that showed politicians and pundits in all their inanity. Predictably the gun absolutists conflated the Boston bombings with 2nd amendment rights. Typical was the reaction of Arkansas State […]

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In 1954 the Tobacco Industry Research Committee said that there was no proof that smoking causes cancer.

April 17, 2013

The following report was put out by the Tobacco Industry Research Committee (TIRC) in 1954. Although the report has the patina of reasonableness it was put out by an industry funded apologist group set up to fend off anti-cigarette legislation and regulation. Two things are striking. One is that the industry was totally wrong and two the language used […]

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The Republicans use the debate on more gun control to promote less gun control.

April 16, 2013

Only in Washington can a call for more gun control – engendered by a massacre of 6 year-olds – lead to a relaxation of existing gun controls. Say what? After the Sandy Hook school killings there appeared to be an opportunity to pass some common sense gun laws. Especially as a majority – in some cases a […]

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Dr. Kermit Gosnell – the most infamous man you may never have heard of – is not a reason to ban abortions.

April 14, 2013

Three years ago the FBI raided the “Women’s Medical Society” in Philadelphia. They were expecting to find evidence of an illegal trade in prescription drugs.What they discovered instead was hell on earth – an unsanitary, fetid, urine-soaked, flea-infested abortion “clinic”; equipped with dirty, rusty, antiquated medical instruments. Women prepped for, or recovering from, abortions lay moaning on blood […]

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Really? 4/13/13 – Political Shenanigans and the World According to Preibus, Perkins, Paul and Donohue.

April 13, 2013

Transparency in Congress takes a hit. A year ago Congress passed the “Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act” forbidding politicians, et al. from profitting from insider knowledge.  This week the Senate and House – by unanimous consent – scuttled the requirement that senior government officials post their financial disclosures on line. Ex-Sen Joe Lieberman had called […]

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Rand Paul and the Gun Debate – Common Sense, Compassion & the Truth Disappear Down the Rabbit Hole.

April 12, 2013

The NRA presents a stark choice – either we leave the gun laws exactly as they are or the government will confiscate all private guns. Paranoid gun owners subscribe to this extremist view of the gun debate. Sane gun owners – and most gun owners are – understand, as do a significant majority of Americans, […]

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“The only way I can lose this election is if I’m caught in bed with either a dead girl or a live boy” – Edwin Edwards

April 10, 2013

Edwin Edwards was so confident of an electoral victory that he offered one of the most penetrating political observations in recent memory, “The only way I can lose this election is if I’m caught in bed with either a dead girl or a live boy”. He did go on to win against David Treen in the […]

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