There would be a lot of reasons for giving the Douchebag of the Day award to North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory (or as I like to call him, Governor McSquinty). HB2 would be one of the biggest, but you could also include his complicity with the rest of the Republicans running things in Raleigh in dismantling a once great system of public education. You could add on the fact that he’s bought and paid for by his sugar daddy, Art Pope, but we get to combine HB2 and natural disasters for this one.
A couple of weeks ago, as Hurricane Matthew was churning its way up the east coast of Georgie and South Carolina, bearing down on North Carolina, where it ultimately did the most damage, McSquinty was doing what he does best, and whining at a party of bigots. Continue reading »
N.C. Senate Majority Leader, Phil Burger (R-Stupid) and his BFF, House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Idiot) (Chuck Liddy – News & Observer File Photo)
North Carolina Senate Majority Leader Phil Burger has his knickers in a bunch because he claims Democratic faculty members at the University of North Carolina out-number Republicans by 12:1. He claims it is because of discriminatory hiring practices. People in the real world know better, so Burger has earned our Douche Bag of The Day Award.
According to a piece in The News and Observer, Berger suggests that Republican job candidates are discriminated against when they apply for university positions, unless they “toe the line from the left.”
I’ve checked, and there is no box on the application form for “Political Party Affiliation.” I’m not sure, but I would suspect that asking for that during a job interview would at least be unethical, and may be illegal. So how exactly would the people doing the hiring even know someone’s party affiliation?
The article is an opinion piece by someone who has been involved in the hiring process at the University, he explains that there just might be some sound objective reasons why. Among the reasons he offers is:Continue reading »
We supposedly have a representative form of government, carrying out the will of the people. Nearly 90% of Americans are in favor of increased background checks and prohibiting terrorists from buying guns. But I guess 90% isn’t representative enough for Republicans. This being the result of votes on 4 gun control measures in the U.S. Senate last night.
Little Marco Rubio’s vote cost the NRA $4,950.00. That’s right, Rubio sold his vote to the NRA for just under $5,000. That’s the contribution he got from the NRA in campaign contributions.
Let’s do some math, shall we? Let’s take Marco’s price tag for his vote, $4,950.00, and let’s divide it by 49. In case you don’t know the importance of that number, it’s the number killed in the Orlando Massacre by a person known to the FBI to have made terrorist threats, but who was still able to buy a high-powered, high-capacity, rapid-firing military grade weapon, and tons of ammunition…legally. And the result of that calculation? $101.02. Continue reading »
I’m guessing it wouldn’t be hard to find a reason to just give this award to Tony just about everyday, but it is only fair to spread the love around. Sometimes though, you just have to go with it. So, for blaming the Orlando Massacre on Obama, and Islamic Terrorism, we are proud to announce that today’s Daily Douche-Bag Award goes to Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council (FRC).
Just to be clear, I like to remind folks that the FRC was founded by Perkins and Jame Dobson (Dobson provided most of the seed money), after Perkins illegally used funds from a campaign he managed (he was convicted of this) to buy a mailing list from KKK Grand Wizard, David Duke. In the early days, Perkins was a frequent speaker at meetings of White Supremacist groups. There are pictures with the Confederate Flag right there in the background. And, the SPLC has designated the FRC a Hate Group.
But, on to Perkins latest shenanigans. On Monday, he issued a press release claiming:
Unfortunately, the attacks on U.S. soil have only grown in this administration’s refusal to call them what they are — Islamic terrorism. The gunman, a homegrown extremist who reportedly pledged his allegiance to ISIS before his bloody rampage, left little doubt about his motivation — a motivation the president still refuses to confront.
Of course, we know that to be false. The guy doing the shooting wasn’t even religious enough to know which branch of Islam he was fighting for. He basically pledged allegiance to two diametrically opposed groups, Shi’a Hezbollah and Sunni ISIS. It also turns out he was mostly just a closeted homosexual, exhibiting the worst of the things that manifest themselves when one does that. The only thing different is that he could easily and legally get a high-capacity, rapid-firing military grade gun to go along with his internal rage. Are there radical Islamists who would like to do us harm? Certainly. But this guy wasn’t one of them, so why would the President say he was? Oh right, because Tony needs an enemy, and it’s getting harder to use gay people for that.
Perkins’ press release goes on to claim:
Perhaps the saddest irony of all is that this is a conflict of the president’s own making. By coddling and promoting Islam, the Obama administration has created an environment where people who identify as gay, lesbian, or transgendered are increasingly vulnerable. “If I were a member of the LGBT community,” Leon Wolf wrote on RedState, “I would be watching the Left with an extremely jaundiced eye from this day forward.
Uh yeah, and I’ve got some good solid dry land down in South Florida to sell you too. Democrats and Obama are creating an environment where LGBT people aren’t safe. Oh Tony, Ms Perkins, please see “North Carolina Republican Controlled General Assembly and HB2.” Also be sure to check out the latest hits of Pam “Barbie” Bondi-Trump, and Rick “I don’t Recall” Scott.
So, for his bold lies and misdirection, Tony Perkins is our Douche-Bag of the Day.
That’s right, I said it. I’m firing God. He’s not doing a good job, and he’s not serving his creation very well. George Carlin said it very well:
I want you to know, when it comes to believing in god- I really tried. I really really tried. I tried to believe that there is a god who created each one of us in his own image and likeness, loves us very much and keeps a close eye on things. I really tried to believe that, but I gotta tell you, the longer you live, the more you look around, the more you realize…something is FUCKED-UP. Something is WRONG here. War, disease, death, destruction, hunger, filth, poverty, torture, crime, corruption and the Ice Capades. Something is definitely wrong. This is NOT good work. If this is the best god can do, I am NOT impressed. Results like these do not belong on the resume of a supreme being. This is the kind of shit you’d expect from an office temp with a bad attitude. And just between you and me, in any decently run universe, this guy would have been out on his all-powerful-ass a long time ago.
Of course, a lot of you all will accuse me of blasphemy and apostasy, but before you do, hear me out. I’m not firing THE God, I’m firing the guy that far too many people claim to “worship.” This is the God that Carlin is speaking of. A god we’ve managed to make in our own image (generally speaking, a white male), who conveniently hates all the same people you do.
I’m tired of people using their religious beliefs and their god to justify their bigotry and hate. And yes, there are many “Christians” in America who are bad as some of the Muslim extremists. I’ve been recently following a number of conservative Methodist Facebook groups, and the number of discussions on homosexuality is astonishing. I have seen commenters there compare homosexuality with pedophilia and bestiality, of course. Then when the commenters are called out, they and their defenders claim they weren’t comparing, just citing an example. (Sure they were.)Continue reading »
This might be one of the funniest, and most appropriate tweets I’ve ever read. It’s by Judd Legum, the Editor-in-chief at Think Progress. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the Tea Party/Republican intransigence summed up any better.
Can I burn down your house? No Just the 2nd floor? No Garage? No Let’s talk about what I can burn down. No YOU AREN’T COMPROMISING!
Georgia’s reigning Ms Helmet Hair and GOP Chairwoman, Sue Everhart, called it correctly when she recently told the Marietta Daily Journal, “Lord, I’m going to get in trouble over this, but it is not natural for two women or two men to be married.” She wasn’t kidding, because her big concern surrounding the possibility the Supreme Court might find the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional seemed to be less about how icky she finds gay people, and more about the possibility of…gasp…marriage fraud.
According to this poor deranged woman:
“You may be as straight as an arrow, and you may have a friend that is as straight as an arrow. Say you had a great job with the government where you had this wonderful health plan. I mean, what would prohibit you from saying that you’re gay, and y’all get married and still live as separate, but you get all the benefits? I just see so much abuse in this it’s unreal. I believe a husband and a wife should be a man and a woman, the benefits should be for a man and a woman. There is no way that this is about equality. To me, it’s all about a free ride.”
So, let’s dissemble a bit here if I may. According to Everhart, there are never any sham straight-marriages for reasons of immigration status or even to get benefits, but two straight men would quickly get married to share benefits if DOMA is overturned. Not only that, it would proliferate. Everhart certainly has an elevated opinion of how great gay and lesbian marriages are.
I’ve worked at the same company of about 350 people for over 13 years now. We did have one case of someone committing fraud related to the relationship by claiming to be married for the purposes of benefits, and guess what Sue, it was a straight couple.
And of course, no international incident, act of terrorism, or natural disaster can go un-blamed on we gayez. Frank Luter, President of the Southern Baptist Convention (that bastion of Christ-like love and acceptance), has decided that gay marriage is the reason North Korea’s Kim Jong Un is ramping up his anti-American rhetoric.Continue reading »
Finally, the Republican craziness rears its ugly head somewhere besides Florida and Virginia. This time, it is Washington State Representative, Ed Orcutt (Republican), who’s firing the next shot in the Republican war on science. Orcutt recently argued that bicycling is equally bad for the environment as driving cars, because when we bike, we breathe out CO2. Wow! The craziness is strong in this one.
And here are some folks adding to global warming
As noted at Americablog, “Republicans generally hate cyclists. Since heaven forbid anyone exercise, or use roads in a manner that actually decreases the pollution impact. Cyclists are socialists, you see, and simply must be destroyed.” Orcutt was responding to a question about a tax he wants to impose on bicyclists, and said:
“Also, you claim that it is environmentally friendly to ride a bike. But if I am not mistaken, a cyclist has an increased heart rate and respiration. That means the act of riding a bike results in greater emissions of carbon dioxide from the rider. Since CO2 is deemed to be a greenhouse gas and a pollutant, bicyclists are actually polluting when they ride.”
Scarier still is that Orcutt is the top Republican on the Transportation Committee.
What’s truly sad, as noted in that same article at Americablog is that, “Orcutt isn’t the fringe of the GOP, he is the GOP.”
Chris at Americablog notes the following examples of the GOP divorce from reality:
Or Missouri Republican Rick Brattin – who calls himself “a huge science buff” — who wants to force the redefinition, in law, of the phrase “scientific theory” to include “faith-based philosophy.” So this way, priests could call themselves “scientists,” and creationism would be “science;”
It seems to get worse daily. As commenter noted, “Yes, the GOP has a ‘crazy’ problem, but they have an even more serious one. An “embrace of ignorance” problem. They don’t even bother to try to be rational or present facts to support their positions anymore. They just make up shit and assert that it’s true, even when it’s objectively false and patently ridiculous.”
So there’s tons of furor over Rep. Todd Akin’s (R-DB)(Doucebag) comments about how, in the case of a “legitimate” rape, a woman can’t get pregnant. There’s plenty there to be furious over, but he’s vowed to stay in. And he’s still leading his opponent. That’s because lots of people (even some of the ones who have distanced themselves from Akin) actually believe some of the bullshit he’s let slip out.
Now Akin’s started out claiming he misspoke. Today he went on Mike Huckabee’s radio show again, and now he’s saying he just put, “misspoke one word in one place on one day.” He referred to the reaction of Republicans as an overreaction to him getting one word in the wrong place.
So let’s dissect what he said. First off, he pulled a classic Republican tactic. He tried to support his claims by trying to give it a scientific imprimatur. He claimed he heard his craziness from “some Doctors I’ve talked to.” Of course, when he was called out on it, he refused to say which doctors he talked with. Make no mistake, he knew what he was saying. He’d planned this at least his own mind, because he had given it enough thought to add-on this attempt to support his position with “science.”
As bad as that part of the statement may be, it really comes as no surprise. The Republicans have, for years, used this tactic to support their off-the-wall theories and positions. If the science doesn’t support their position, they either buy a study, or just make it up…use that old saw of saying, “some scientist,” “some doctors,” “some experts in that field.” The sad thing is, lots of people buy that crap, and they know it.
The worst part of his statement was use of the phrase, “legitimate rape.” The keyword there is “legitimate.” These are code words for the Tea Bagger Party and religious wingnuts of the party. Akin knows this too, and he was throwing them some red meat. The idea here is that most women aren’t really raped. They really, secretly want it, but turn on the man later if they feel bad about it afterwards. This is part of the male superiority that Republicans expect, and it fits with the subservient position of women so often found in the various religious texts.
Republicans decry “Sharia Law,” but make no mistake, there are parts of it they like, and the parts that make women subservient to men, they are all over, and doing their best to put that into American law…hence their strong efforts to outlaw abortion, even in cases of rape and incest. That’s in the party platform as they prepare for their hate fest here in Tampa next week. Akin slipped up and spilled the beans, but when you go to vote, you need to understand that Republicans believe that a woman should be required in incubate and deliver the baby of her rapist…you know, because it obviously wasn’t a “legitimate” rape after all. She was really wanting it.
Rev. Mike Huckabee, in defense of Akin and the rest of the Republicans, says we should definitely allow for rape babies. Some of them might turn out to be good Christians. Here’s the transcript of what he had to say about the topic:
“Ethel Waters, for example, was the result of a forcible rape,” Huckabee said of the late American gospel singer. One-time presidential candidate Huckabee added: “I used to work for James Robison back in the 1970s, he leads a large Christian organization. He, himself, was the result of a forcible rape. And so I know it happens, and yet even from those horrible, horrible tragedies of rape, which are inexcusable and indefensible, life has come and sometimes, you know, those people are able to do extraordinary things.”
Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) designated hate group, The Family Research Council (FRC), is giving Akin it’s full-throated support:
“This is an effort to try to direct attention away from … Claire McCaskill, who has been supportive of Planned Parenthood — an organization that’s been under investigation for criminal activity,” FRC President Tony Perkins said in between meetings of the RNC platform committee.
Perkins is also claiming authorship of the Republican Party platform plank that doesn’t offer any exceptions. And just so we’re clear about where Tony Perkin’s sympathies lay, four years ago, Perkins addressed the Louisiana chapter of the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), America’s premier white supremacist organization, the successor to the White Citizens Councils, which battled integration in the South. In 1996 Perkins paid former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke $82,500 for his mailing list.
See, it’s because they don’t really believe in rape. They believe they have the right to screw anyone/anything they want. Brian Fischer (of another SPLC designated hate group, the American Family Association) claims that Akin has been raped himself by the media and other politicians. After all, he was just telling the truth (obviously).
It seems the Minnesota Republican Party is broke…or at least decided they no longer have to pay bills. So what is their solution? The don’t pay the rent on their office space a few blocks from the Minnesota Capital Building for eight months, get an eviction notice, and then try to negotiate a “cram-down” of their rent. You know, something like what they wouldn’t ever support giving to the rest of under-class people. CNN has the story:
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota’s debt-plagued Republican Party has been served with an eviction notice for its party headquarters after failing to pay its rent payments since August.
The party’s landlord filed the notice last week in Ramsey County court and it is scheduled to be heard next Tuesday.
Minnesota Republican Party Chairman Pat Shortridge told party members in a memo Thursday that officials are trying to renegotiate the lease to get one that better fits space and cost needs.
The story goes on to report the Minnesota GOP owes hundreds of thousands of dollars to vendors. Ouch!
I’m trying to figure out the logic that must have gone through the twisted head of Representative Daphne Campbell, Democrat of Miami. She introduced HB 7131 which repeals a requirement that employers provide seats for employees who walk or work standing up during their breaks. Because, you know, God forbid those people get to sit down for 15 minutes twice a day.
Every Republican in the House, Rep. Campbell, and a couple other Democrats voted for this bill. I’m just waiting to hear how it’ll allow the poor businesses of Florida create more jobs since they no longer have to buy chairs. I’m sure the members of the Florida Legislature completely understand that only slackers and lazy assholes would actually “sit.” Oh wait, are those chairs on the floor of the Florida Legislature?
What, could it be? Chairs on the floor of the Florida Legislature?
But I am sure the Republicans (and Traitor Daphne Campbell) are prepared to “stand” on principle. I believe that as a taxpayer and voter, I’m their boss, so I choose to no longer provide them seats in the Capital Building. And I am certain that these committed legislators are ready to share the pain, and save the already strapped Florida budget some more money by voluntarily removing all the chairs, benches and seats from the Capital Building.
The Florida Legislature on Innaguration Day?
I’m betting that as a side benefit, the sessions and committee meetings will be a lot shorter, and things will happen a lot more expeditiously in Tallahassee once the chairs are all removed. I mean surely if it’s good enough for the workers of this State to stand for their full 8 hours, I know these legislators are prepared to stand with the workers of Florida. [/snark]
I would call it a clown car, but it’s really not funny. This is, after all, the same legislature that spent time and dollars in 2008 passing a bill regulating hanging fake bull testicles from the trailer hitch of your truck. I’m just waiting for Daphne to come out and say how it will help create jobs if the poor businesses of the state no longer have to spend money buying a few chairs, and can “hire” workers instead.
Interestingly, putting “SOD Nursing School”, of which she claims to be a graduate, into Google returns only hits related to her “resume.” Apparently, it’s a tough program, as she appears to be the only graduate.
She, of all people, should know better. She claims to be a registered nurse. My mother was a nurse for entire working career, and she worked full-time and then part-time in a hospital. I know that nurses spend most of their long shifts on their feet, so how ridiculous now that their hospitals (you know the one’s like Rick Scott used to run which defrauded the taxpayers out of billions of dollars) will no longer have to provide a seat where they can “take the load off” during their breaks. So this is what it’s come to in a state with a multi-billion dollar budget deficit and one of the highest unemployment rates in the country…Daphne has her knickers all in a twist about people getting to sit down on their breaks. Of course, maybe it will help unemployment. Maybe some older works will die sooner from not being able to sit down for 15 minutes twice per day, so some jobs might open up.