Friday, October 12, 2012
The United States - Land of Insanity
Crooks and Liars is one of the most helpful sites on the Web with regard to understanding the craziness that infests these United States of America.
Today, on C & L, Josh Glasstetter describes a one-hour special on the Discovery Channel which featured none other than the old, despicable rocker, Ted Nugent. Yes, that's right - the Discovery Channel - which, it seems, has concluded that anything is legit if it brings in viewers.
Glasstetter reminds us that Nugent is a "fanatic who threatened to kill President Obama and other officials and was investigated by the Secret Service in April. In 2007, the Discovery Channel's new star wielded two machine guns while yelling, 'Obama, he's a piece of s--t. I told him to suck on my machine gun.' Then, raising up one [of] the guns, he said, 'Hey Hillary, you might want to ride one of these into the sunset, you worthless bitch.'"
Nugent, a gun fancier and board member of the NRA, is probably insane. Certainly, he acts as though he were insane. This is nothing new. "In 1990, he said he 'would have killed everybody,' including fellow Americans, if he had been in the service and sent to Vietnam."
Hmmm. Maybe he's a coward, too, and dares shoot only people who can't shoot back!
There's more, which you can read here.
Nugent is but one nut on the wheel of craziness that seems to have rolled over our nation. For example, in Spring Lake, New Jersey, the owner of a clothing store put up a window display which portrayed President Obama as a witch doctor.
The display consists of a Halloween skeleton with an Obama mask on top. Underneath that is "an altered photo of Obama dressed as a witch doctor and a tombstone with the inscription, 'I told you I was sick.'"
The owner of Skuby & Co. Lifestyle Clothing claims this is not a racist thing but simply his way of expressing displeasure over the Affordable Care Act.
It is not only racist but indicates that the owner of the store is the one who is truly "sick"!
Then, in the great Lone Star State, some guy "lynched" an empty chair on his lawn. When he was questioned about this by the Burnt Orange Report's chairman, the homeowner said "You can take [your concerns] and go straight to hell and take Obama with you. I don't give a [expletive]. If you don't like it, don't come down my street."
[The two stories above came from Yahoo.com]
We expect that within a population of 300 million plus, we'll have a certain percentage of deranged persons. I'm not sure what that number is but I'd guess it approximates 10 percent. And that, of course, is why we have many thousands of psychologists and psychiatrists at work among us.
So, perhaps Nugent and the store owner and the Texas turd are not that unusual. But we would hope for more sanity, not less, from our elected officials. That, unfortunately, is not the case!
A Republican state representative from Wisconsin (who is endorsed by Paul Ryan), Roger Rivard from Rice Lake, made some interesting comments to a local newspaper relative to a case involving a 17-year-old high school senior accused of sexual assault because he had sex with a female minor in the band room of the school.
Rivard noted that his father had "warned him, 'Some girls rape easy,' - meaning that after the fact they can change what they say about whether or not the sex was consensual."
Three hours after those comments to the newspaper, Rivard put out a "clarification" statement, which spoke of sexual assault being "a crime that unfortunately is misunderstood and my comments have the potential to be misunderstood as well. Rape is a horrible act of violence."
But what he means is "some girls rape easy."
Ryan had this to say at a breakfast buffet on August 9th at which time he introduced Rivard: "Roger needs to be reaffirmed to get this job done and fix the state of Wisconsin."
And then there's Todd Akin, the Missouri moron. Mr. Akin is still running for the U.S. Senate in Missouri. He still thinks that women who have been "really raped" are able to use their bodies to shut down so they don't get pregnant.
Mr. Akin is the quintessential dumb-ass Republican ignoramus. Why anyone would vote for this slimeball is beyond belief. He's voted twice to do away with Medicare. He wants to privatize Social Security, and he once said that student loans were like Stage III cancer.
What a guy!
You'll recall that in the debate last night, we had two Roman Catholics going at each other. Well, that's what they call themselves but the reality is something else. Biden, however, is at least able to separate his religious beliefs, especially those having to do with how sin is defined, from his political actions.
Ryan, not so much. Except Ryan is no more Catholic than Fidel Castro. Ryan has been and remains a devotee of the greedy and dastardly Ayn Rand. Ryan claimed that his religion informs his belief for the need to take care of the poor. Bullshit! Perhaps he means that the church should take care of the poor while the government beats up on them in order to save the riches accumulated by the real crooks in this country
Ryan also said he believes that life begins at conception and that insane religious nonsense was conveniently ignored. That is not a scientific view. It is not reality. It is a religious belief promoted by the Congregation for the Protection of Pedophiles, also known as the Roman Catholic Church.
But, what's really crazy is the fact that many, if not most of the sheeple who make up the Republican Party march down that same road of ignorance and superstition!
And then there's Mike Huckabee, a resolute Baptist preacher who has a really hard time telling the truth and following the directions of his so-called savior. Huckabee landed in Florida a few days ago and spoke, naturally, at THE Baptist church in Ocala, which, like almost all Southern Baptist churches has become an adjunct of the far-right Republican Party.
Huckabee is a snake. And thus he told the assembled group to vote their values. Wink, wink. And Christians who just sit back and don't get involved are, well, not such good Christians. Wink, wink.
Huckabee said he wasn't there "to take a position for one party or another ... but I'll tell you one thing, I will not extend my vote and support for someone who does not believe that at the moment of conception a human life has been created."
And everyone applauded. Everyone knew he was saying he wouldn't vote for Obama, but he would vote for a damn Mormon whom he doesn't even believe to be a Christian. Wink, wink.
Oh, and gay marriage? Forget it. Not for Huckabee who was the ear of the Lord! Marriage is between and a man and a woman, says Huckabee. And if it happens that so-called evangelicals, with the highest divorce record in this country, happen to get married - one man to one woman - over and over again, well, so be it, at least they're not homosexual! Wink, wink.
The Koch brothers, those very dangerous and treacherous siblings, who threaten our democracy day in and day out, are sponsors of the super PAC, Americans for Prosperity. Americans for Prosperity is not appropriately titled: It should be Rich Americans for the Prosperity of Rich Americans.
But, that's not the problem. The problem is that Americans for Prosperity takes political positions and support politicians who are so far-right that they would fit perfectly in the Germany of the 1930s.
Consider this: Americans for Prosperity have put out mailings "praising votes cast by two members of the Arkansas House of Representatives who have written in support of slavery. These are state representatives Jon Hubbard and Loy Mauch, both of whom have a record of pro-slavery positions."
The Huffington Post reports that "Hubbard was revealed to have written that slavery may 'have been a blessing' in a 2010 book, while Mauch authored a series of letters to the editor in the last decade that espoused pro-slavery views, writing that former President Abraham Lincoln was a 'neurotic Northern war criminal' and comparing Lincoln and Civil War generals to Nazis."
We should note that Hubbard is a devoted Christian and claims he is about upholding "Christian values."
Jesus Christ! People like this are a disgrace to the human race and Christ would not recognize their subhuman values!
One more. An Arizona radio host, a Republican, by name of Barbara Espinoza, doesn't care if anyone knows she a racist. She has publicly called President Obama the "first monkey president." When challenged, she claims she was merely exercising her first amendment right of free speech.
She also exercised her right to be considered a total fool with a damaged set of core values and someone who's undoubtedly missing certain parts of her brain.
Speaking of that, and in conclusion, we have to point to another Republican, the notorious Joe Walsh, of Illinois, who often opens his mouth at which time out spews garbage. Walsh is divorced, like the majority of evangelicals who believe that marriage is between one man and one woman no matter how many times they do it.
Walsh is very worried about our nation's debt. It's a lot easier to worry about the nation's debt than the fact that millions of people in this country go to bed hungry at night and millions more have no access to health care. Of course, if you believe these people are slackers and takers, that makes it less of a problem.
But Walsh, terribly worried about the debt, on July 13, 2011, said that Washington (the government, I suppose he means) must not put "one more dollar of debt upon the backs of my kids."
Please note that at the time, Mr. Walsh owed $98,422 in back child support!
Posted by Lowell at 4:10 PM