Wednesday, January 28, 2015

ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST

(h/t Mike Malloy)
The decline of Sarah Palin was the main course this week and this has to count as a great dessert:
The Rachel Maddow Show 01/28/15

American Family Association fires Bryan Fischer ahead of RNC trip to Israel

Debra Nussbaum Cohen, reporter for Haaretz, talks with Rachel Maddow about the American Family Association firing Bryan Fisher over remarks about Hitler and homosexuality, ahead of paying to fly 60 members of the Republican National Committee to Israel. Duration: 13:25
Fischer is one of the many hateful "Christian" leaders (see here and here for evidence) and I suspect that what's led Haaretz to condemn Fischer and the AFA:

U.S. NGO: 'Hate group' funding Republican National Committee trip to Israel

Evangelical political operative planned 9-day freebie trip for national committee members, on behalf of the conservative Christian AFA group which blasts Muslims, gays. SPLC rights group staffer: Our issue is not with the trip, but with the 'heinous beliefs' of those sponsoring it.

14:27 27.01.15

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

THIS IS A BIG DEAL

(h/t Digby)

I was surprised when Jim Manzi destroyed one of Mark "Foamer" Levin's books in the National Review and this is much more than surprising:

Sarah Palin Slips into Self-Parody

Her recent performance in Iowa should disqualify her from any role in the GOP going forward.

Monday, January 26, 2015

IS THIS UNETHICAL?

The Koch brothers had one of their semi-annual meetings this weekend and I was surprised to read this:
The forum, which will be moderated by ABC News’ chief White House correspondent Jon Karl, is closed to the press and public.
I don't think Karl should be moderating such a partisan event, especially since it's close to the press and the public.  In related news, the Kochs have announced they and their allies plan to spend about $889 million on the 2016 elections.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

YES, JEFF FLAKE IS BETTER THAN JON KYL

Kyl was at least as conservative as Ted Cruz and didn't have Cruz's "charm."
Flake sides with Obama on Iran and Cuba
Dan Nowicki, The Republic | azcentral.com 9:02 p.m. MST January 24, 2015

Flake said he agrees with the Obama administration and U.S. allies that additional sanctions against Iran could reverse progress in international talks to curtail the country's nuclear program.

Flake also is a GOP fan of Obama's effort to normalize relations with Cuba and reverse punitive economic policies that date back to President John F. Kennedy's administration.

"His (State of the Union) talk about changing a policy after 50 years — he's right," Flake said. "There are a lot more Republicans who see it this way than people think."

Saturday, January 24, 2015

MORE "AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM"

(h/t Max Blumenthal)

If anyone asks "why do they hate us?," refer them to this NY Daily News article:

U.S. Marine snipers posed in front of Nazi flag in Afghanistan

Flag bore symbols resembling insignia of Adolph Hitler's notorious SS unit

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Published: Thursday, February 9, 2012, 1:58 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 9, 2012, 1:58 PM


SEN. JONI ERNST IS WORSE THAN I THOUGHT

(h/t Chris Oestereich)

The LA Times has a nice expose of Ernst's hypocrisy, ignorance and spitefulness:
In another snippet from that Des Moines talk, she related how the Red Oak community came together in 2009, a period of crushing local unemployment, to get the economy moving again. "It took local investors and local ingenuity to start up new industry in town," she said. "It wasn't the federal government that came in and helped our community. It was those local citizens banding together....That's what we needed, was for government to get out of the way."

Is that so?

In 2009, Montgomery County, Iowa, where Red Oak is located, collected nearly $9 million in federal farm aid. The following year it was $12 million, and a year after that it was $9 million. At least a few people in Red Oak had to be mighty pleased that the government didn't "get out of the way." As it happens, Iowa ranks second among the states in total agricultural subsidies, behind only Texas.

Yet Ernst with a straight face maintained that "we have to take a good hard look at entitlement programs, and SNAP [that is, food stamps] is a good example of that....We have to do a better job of educating the American people that they can be self-sufficient."

She should explain that to her neighbors in Montgomery County, where the 2,000 people receiving food stamps account for nearly 20% of the population.

Friday, January 23, 2015

I DONT SEE HOW THE OKLAHOMA GOP CAN GET AWAY WITH THIS

According to Raw Story, GOP state legislators in Oklahoma are trying to prohibit atheists and homosexuals from getting married:
GOP lawmakers declare ‘all-out assault’ on marriage for same-sex and atheist couples in Oklahoma
Arturo Garcia
23 Jan 2015 at 17:37 ET

The Daily Oklahoman reported that, under one bill submitted by state Rep. Todd Russ (R), only “an ordained or authorized preacher or minister of the Gospel, priest or other ecclesiastical dignitary of any denomination” would be allowed to sign marriage certificates. 

The measure, House Bill 1125, would bar county judges from performing weddings, and local clerks would not be allowed to issue marriage licenses. Couples are also allowed to file affadavits for common law marriages if they do not want their weddings performed by a church official. However, as KSWO-TV reported, Oklahoma does not currently recognize common law marriages.
This violates the Federal Constitution and seems even to violate the State's own constitution:
Section I-2: Religious liberty - Polygamous or plural marriages.

Perfect toleration of religious sentiment shall be secured, and
no inhabitant of the State shall ever be molested in person or
property on account of his or her mode of religious worship; and no
religious test shall be required for the exercise of civil or
political rights. Polygamous or plural marriages are forever
prohibited.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

USEFUL "PATRIOTISM"

Baggers pride themselves on being REAL patriots without realizing that supporting a wacked-out scofflaw like Cliven Bundy is the exact opposite of patriotism. Many of the more religious Baggers are also fine with Mike Huckabee's idea that a state can all by itself nullify a Federal law.

JONI ERNST == ANOTHER CONSERVATIVE HYPOCRITE

Ernst's family receives a lot of $$$ in farm subsidies (i.e., state socialism) but she's totally against food stamps, etc., for The Poors. Reminds me of this guy.