Sunday, April 13, 2014
Pathetic, Pompous Politicians and Other Losers
There's something about the south that breeds insanity. I'm not saying that Bob Marshall, a Virginia Republican running for Congress, is insane, but if not, then he's an idiot and something of a monster.
Karoli, writing at Crooks and Liars, notes that Marshall once expressed the thought as to how "'disabled children'" [were] some kind of bizarre divine punishment. Now the Washington Times is reporting that Marshall has concluded "...that incest exceptions in abortion bans are unnecessary because sometimes incest is 'voluntary.'"
So, a young girl, raped by a male member of her family should bear the child because, as Marshall suggests, she may have been a willing participant.
What a pathetic creep!
This man is not a creep, but a true statesman. I'm talking about former Supreme Court Associate Justice, John Paul Stevens. Stevens has gone on record as saying that the 2nd Amendment does not apply to every individual but only to those serving in the military. The 2nd Amendment should be changed thusly to more adequately express the beliefs of those who wrote the Constitution and Bill of Rights:
"A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms when serving in the Militia shall not be infringed."
I can hear the NRA howling already!
Do the pathetic politicians in South Carolina care about the needs of the people - about good health care, good roads, good police and fire protection, safe drugs, safe food to eat, etc.? Not so much. They're too busy harassing the populace with their mindless fundamentalist religious crap and ultra-right political nonsense.
Thus, according to ThinkProgress, in what is doubtless an end-run to define life as beginning at the moment of conception, a state Senate committee has "voted to expand the state's so-called 'Stand Your Ground' law to approve the use of deadly force to protect a fetus. The proposal would grant pregnant women protection from prosecution if they were defending their 'unborn children,' defined as 'the offspring of human beings from birth."
Lord, what a bunch of nut-cases. I wonder, in the whole rotten history of South Carolina, if there has ever been a pregnant woman who shot someone she feared would harm her unborn child/children?
But I think I'm right in suggesting there are a lot of homeless families and hungry children who have neither shelter, nor food nor health care in South Carolina. What do the politicos of the state have to say about that?
The governor of Maine, one Paul LePage, gives idiocy a bad name. The Maine legislature came up with a Medicaid expansion idea which garnered a bipartisan majority. It was even sponsored by Republicans!
The law would have provided health care to about 70,000 poor people in Maine. The feds would cough up the full cost of the first year and then 90% of the cost in following years.
But LePage, who hates Obama with a passion, says he doesn't trust the government so he vetoed the bill.
Here we go again! Another goofball Republican woman wants to be president! As if Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann weren't enough.
This one hails from the south, though. Tennessee. Maybe it's the water. Her name is Marsha Blackburn and she's a Congresswoman. God help us! Marsha, being one of the dimmest bulbs in the Congressional chandelier, claims that women don't want to be paid as much as men for the same work, denies the fact of global warming, and she opposed a domestic violence bill because for some strange reason it protected certain groups.
Liberaland notes that one of her aides said she's a real leader and if there's a fight, she's first in line and "She's not afraid to go toe to toe with anybody."
Yeah, that's the sign of a really great leader. Or a brain-damaged one.
Republicans in South Dakota must be drinking the same water as they do in Tennessee. Senator John Thune, along with other Goofy Old Partisans, is concerned that Obama will tax cow farts. These fine fustodians sped off a letter to folks in the Obama administration pleading that they not regulate cow farting as part of Obama's plan to fight global warming.
I'll bet a psychiatrist would have a field day listening to what these clowns dream up in their sleep!
Here's another possible GOP candidate for president. She can see Carmel Valley from her home. But there's a problem. She tried to buy a home in Carmel Valley and lost it to another family. What would you do if that happened? You would probably go out and look for another home.
Not Kathy Rowe. She got mad and then decided to get even. So "she unleashed her fury by impersonating the woman in a sexually-explicit online advertisement that requested stranger men force their way into her house and 'take me while I say no.'"
A criminal complaint was filed. But I know if Kathy Rowe decides to run as a Republican candidate for president, she'll ask everyone for forgiveness and the GOP establishment will congratulate her on being so forthcoming and ask everyone to vote for her because god loves her and she can build a bridge with government money between herself and her constituents and she can still see Carmel Valley from her home.
Do you remember when we sometimes thought of pro athletes as "heroes" of a sort? They exemplified strength and determination and fitness and they may have had feet of clay but they were not burrowed deep in muck and mire.
Not so these days. As I've noted before, professional sports - especially the more violent ones - have an over-abundance of thugs and gangsters.
Tampa Bay (Florida) has a hockey team. Don't know why, being in Florida, but they do. It's called the Tampa Bay Lightning and lots of folks in Tampa are fanatical about them. The Lightning's left wing, Ryan Moore, was arrested by Tampa police this morning and charged with a DUI. The cops also found 1.3 grams of cocaine in his pocket.
No big deal. Maybe. But maybe it should be.
Did you hear that ex-president Georgi W. Buski told a dirty joke during a civil rights speech? Well, it wasn't so much dirty as just plain dumb, which is what one expects from someone who's just plain dumb: In a speech, he said, wearing that goofy grin, "Former presidents compare their libraries the way other men may compare their, well..."
Ha, ha, ha. The thing is, Bushki is the dirty joke. And it was on us!
If you want to become a Christian prophet or prophetess and make buckets full of money from unsuspecting and ignorant rubes, here's what you do. First off you get yourself on Teevee and hold an old worn Bible open to any place you want (nobody will ever see that page anyway) and then you warn the good folks in America (especially those in the heartland and the south and in the poor areas) that the country's in terrible danger because somebody or some group is going to attack us at some point in the future.
Now, you give this crap credibility by claiming that you "felt" or "heard" this message from the "Lord." You can be referring to Jesus, or God or a British Lord, the Lord of the manor, the Lord at Ford, because the folks at home won't know the difference.
A good example of this kind of idiocy comes from Cindy Jacobs who travels around the world and prophesies to "tens of thousands," including some world leaders. Yikes! Jacobs is a fruitcake who believes, according to Charisma magazine, she has the job of "reforming the nations of the world back to a biblical worldview." Since when did the nations of the world ever have a "biblical worldview"?
Prophetess Jacobs says that a few months ago she "began to feel a great unease again about the safety of America. When she prayed, she claims she "felt the Lord warning me that there were attacks being planned on America in attempts to strike terror in the heart of the nation."
Well, she "felt" lots of other stuff, too, but this is pretty safe "prophesy."
The kicker though is that she also "heard the Lord give "warning and admonition." Of course she did or he did or they did. Just beware, says Jacobs, for there are lots of "hidden" things to be uncovered.
Cindy lives a good life. Makes lots of money. Has a nice family. And the Lord talks to her in various ways much of the time. So she can "prophesy," or foretell the future.
It's the same old snake oil in a new bottle.
In Poland, a decidedly Roman Catholic country, a judge has issued a ruling which would allow The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster to register as an official religion in that country.
The FSM church's website is here. Check it out. It's essentially a way to mock other religions and does that rather successfully.
Furthermore, considering the godawful doctrines of Roman Catholicism, the FSM is like a breath of fresh air.
If you have been fortunate enough not to live in the state of Louisiana, thank your lucky stars! Their public schools have been infiltrated by right-wing Christianist teachings, the state is in dire financial straits; their governor is a Roman Catholic wingnut who has performed an exorcism; and now, a committee in the state House has approved legislation which would make the Bible the official state book.
The bill's sponsor, a dolt by name of Thomas Carmody, says this does not establish an official state religion, it just reflects the views of the founding fathers. Like hell it does. Here we have another dumbass elected official who does not understand reality and truth has no meaning for him nor does history for he thinks that whatever he believes is the truth.
I think dumbass Carmody needs to specify which Bible will become the official state book. There are hundreds of versions, hundreds of translations. Will he make insist on the horrendously inaccurate King James version? How about the Douay version? Is he wanting the Jewish Bible? Will he include the books the Protestants eliminated? And what language would be used? The original Jewish bible was in Hebrew (although there is also a Greek version - the Septuagint) and the New Testament was in Greek. English just doesn't work very well if you really want to understand the text.
The state of Louisiana has a ton of needs. It sure as hell doesn't need an official state book and it sure as hell doesn't need the bible to be that book! And Mr. Carmody needs a refresher course on the U.S. Constitution, for his proposed bill is a frontal attack on the Constitutional doctrine of separation of church and state.
You may not have heard of Rick Wiles. I had not until I read an article in Daily Kos. Wiles is a right-wing lunatic who has a radio show and has claimed "that expanded rights for gays prompted North Korea to threaten nuclear war, [and] that Columbine and Sandy Hook were carried out by 'mind control assassins' ..."
A couple of days ago his lunacy took a few steps further south. He actually called for President Obama to be removed from office by a military coup:
"I warned in 2008," said Wiles, "that Barack Obama's mission is to instigate a second Civil War in America. His regime is deliberately ripping the country apart and if the US Military doesn't take action soon to arrest Barack Obama and remove him and his regime from the White House, there will be no country left for the military to defend. We are on the edge of collapse as a nation. Jesus Christ is America's only hope. Let us pray that Almighty God delivers us from this very real tyranny that seeks to persecute the saints of God."
The president is a Christian. He has no "regime." He does not persecute Christians but, in fact, and to my dismay has continued the Bush program of providing government funds to religious groups for their secular humanitarian duties. Why would God want to "deliver" anyone from such an upstanding Christian man? Furthermore, if the situation is so dire, then god, the omniscient, omnipotent one, would have no problem exercising his/her knowledge and power to rid the country of Obama and his regime.
Or maybe this god thinks Wiles is a crazy fanatic who is best ignored?
And last but not least, Mike Huckabee again. Huckabee wants to be president and thinks that if he disses the president at every opportunity his chances to attain the Oval Office will improve. Now, if Huckabee should become president then we'll need to pray for deliverance. The man lies as a matter of course, and has not a moral or ethical bone in his body.
The other day, Mr. Huckabe, in a speech, reflected on his experiences flying our airlines and mentioned how he is poked and prodded and investigated by the TSA and that has brought him to the point where he thinks there is more freedom in North Korea than in the U.S.
Perhaps we should start a letter-writing campaign suggesting that Huckabee find a North Korean airline, get a one-way ticket and head directly to Pyongyang where I'm sure he'll live happily ever after, free as a bird!
What a pathetic, pompous loser!