Well, for more on God’s gentle loving people, we turn today to a religious conference held last week in Georgia. Republican Senator from Georgie, David Perdue, discussed praying in imprecatory prayer against the President.
According to a CNN report, Perdue said the group needed to pray that Obama’s days would be short.
“You know, I think we are called to pray. We are called to pray for our country, for our leaders, and yes, even our president,” Perdue said at the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Road to the Majority Conference.
“You know, in his role as president, I think we should pray for Barack Obama. But I think we need to be very specific about how we pray,” he continued. “We should pray like Psalms 109:8 says. It says, ‘Let his days be few, and let another have his office.'”
Just in case you’ve forgotten, U.S. Senators were not always elected by the people. The Constitution allowed the state legislatures to decide how their states’ Senators would be chosen. In the early days after the Constitution was ratified, legislatures often chose the Senators themselves. However, as people began to demand it, many legislatures gave the voters the right to choose their Senators even before the federal Constitution required them to do so. This was changed in 1913, by the 17th Amendment, which provided that Senators would be chosen by the people in the same way the Representatives were.
Well, those good Mormon Republicans in Utah have decided the 17th Amendment was a bad idea, and wait ’til you hear the explanation offered by Senator Al “I hate representative Government” Jackson (R-Idiot). It might be important to note that being “appointed” to representative government has a special place in Al’s life, as he wasn’t elected to his seat, but appointed to fill an unexpired term of someone else.
According to Jackson, no branch of the federal government represents the interests of the states. Funny thing about that though, I thought our government was formed to represent the interests of the citizens, but Al looks at this way, “Today, senators are more beholden to special interest groups than to their states because those interests give them money for reelection. It’s time for our senators to come home every weekend and take direction from this body and from the House and the governor on how they should vote in the upcoming week.”Continue reading »
For the life of me, I can’t understand this complete aversion to science that has become de rigueur with Republicans, but they sure are riding it for all it’s worth. Most recently we have Kentucky State Senator Brandon Smith denying global warming by claiming that the Earth and Mars have the same temperature. It will be no surprise when you learn that the good Senator owns a coal company.
So, during a meeting of the Interim Joint Committee on Natural Resources and Environment our friend Republican Senator Smith wanted to be sure and join the Obama EPA bashing (because, you know, we can’t be protecting the environment and shit like that). So the Senator made the following remarks:Continue reading »
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).
Once again the Republican, we’re gonna save marriage, juggernaut hits an iceberg.
“Marriage is the cornerstone on which our society was founded. For those who say that the Constitution is so sacred that we cannot or should not adopt the Federal Marriage Amendment, I would simply point out that marriage, and the sanctity of that institution, predates the American Constitution and the founding of our nation. Marriage, as a social institution, predates every other institution on which ordered society in America has relied.”
These are Sen. Ensign’s words from the floor of the U.S. Senate touting the Constitutional Amendment to save marriage.
Unfortunately, Sen. Ensign missed some votes this week, including an important one for Nevada. He had to fly home to hold the usual Republican press conference to disclose his nine month affair with a campaign worker back in 2007-2008. Oh yeah, this is one of the Senators who voted against Bill Clinton in the impeachment trial. You know, because a blow job is immoral, but a month’s long affair is OK.
I accept that nobody’s perfect, and that’s why I don’t go around inserting myself into the personal lives of everyone else. I wish the Republican’s would take literally their “small government” mantra, and get the hell out of everyone else’s bedrooms…Sounds like their own bedrooms are busy enough.
Update: It also turns out that Ensign demanded Larry Craig resign after Craig’s little airport restroom adventure. Ensign has yet to announce his own resignation.
The ink is barely dry on Justice David Souter’s letter of resignation from the Supreme Court, and the wingnuts in Rush Limbaugh’s Republican party are already complaining about Obama’s nominee for his replacement. The talking points are all so similar, it’s clear the effort is coordinated.
One Senate Republican says the nominee is “far to the left.”
A conservative group says the nominee is, “A hard-left judicial activist.”
Another Republican Senator warned: “The nominee better remember that judges have to “subordinate themselves to the law.”
Jeff Sessions, just elected the Republicans ranking member on the Judiciary committee, magnanimously allowed that the nominee could be a Democrat, but went on to say, “They can be liberals. As long as they have a deep commitment to the law and recognize that when they put on the robe, that they go beyond politics and they’re required to subordinate themselves to the law as written.”
Now Sen. Sessions was once nominated for a federal judgeship himself. He didn’t make it for a number of reasons. One of the reasons had to do with comments Sessions made while serving as a U. S. Attorney. According to people in the office Session said he, “used to think they [the Klan] were OK” until he found out some of them were “pot smokers.”
Sessions had previously demanded an up-or-down vote on Alito’s Supreme Court nomination. We’ll see if he insists on it for Obama’s nominee.
So, with all the huff and blow going on now, I can’t even imagine what it’s going to be like when the President actually sends up a nominee. God help us all.
Kay Hagan is a Democrat running against Elizabeth Dole for a U.S. Senate seat from North Carolina. After trailing by as much as 14 points, Hagan has now pulled slightly ahead of Dole in a PPP Poll. This gain appears to come largely as a result of an ad being run by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. It is a great ad.
And this gain before any bounce that may come as a result of the Democratic Convention. I’d love to see North Carolina send a Democrat to the U.S. Senate.
Most likely it will come as no surprise that the Bush Administration’s Justice Department continues it’s assault on freedom and the Constitution. According to a report in the Washington Post, the Justice Department is about to issue guidelines for starting FBI investigations that a number of U.S. Senators believe could lead to innocent Americans being spied upon by government agents or informants, “all without any basis for suspicion.”
These are rules that apparently require no Congressional approval, but are Attorney General Guidelines implemented to safeguard Americans in the wake of abuses by the FBI in the 1960s. Leave it to the Cheney Administration to figure out a way to turn that on it’s head and use it against us.
While Senators Dick Durbin, Russ Feingold, Edward M. Kennedy and Sheldon Whitehouse have joined Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, also a Democrat, and the panel’s top Republican, Sen. Arlen Specter in asking for a delay and period of public comment before issuing the guidelines. I’m sure AG Mukasey is quaking in his boots given the Congress’ lack of enthusiasm for protecting the Constitution and fulfilling their oversight responsibilities.
According to the Post report, following their briefings, the four Democrats said the guidelines would:
Let the FBI use “a variety of intrusive investigative techniques” with no evidence of possible wrongdoing. The techniques could include: long-term FBI surveillance, interviewing neighbors and workmates, recruiting informants and searching commercial databases for information on people, “all without any basis for suspicion.” “We are particularly concerned that the draft guidelines might permit an innocent American to be subjected to such intrusive surveillance based in part on race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, or on protected First Amendment activities,” the senators wrote.
Allow the government to collect foreign intelligence information inside the United States without current legal protections for U.S. citizens or legal residents. The senators noted that the broad term “foreign intelligence” would cover any information relating to the activities of a foreign government, organization or person.
Allow the information gathered to be broadly shared among government agencies. “We have serious questions about the scope of information sharing as it relates to U.S. persons who are under no suspicion of wrongdoing,” the senators wrote.
We can only pray that the Congressional Health Insurance covers spinal transplants, so these people can each get them one. Talk about a toothless tiger.
It’s not really surprising to find that a small group of Republican Senators re-introduced the Federal Marriage Amendment to write discrimination into the U.S. Constitution. After all, they are mostly behind in the polls, the base is distraught and disorganized, and even fund raising isn’t going so well. I mean even if the bill has no chance of even getting a hearing, nothing gets the blood pumping for krazy kristian kooks like a good homo bashing.
What you might find interesting though is that two of the original 10 sponsors is Larry “I have a wide stance” Craig (R-Idaho) and David “I heart hookers” Vitter (R-LA). Sometimes the silly shit just writes itself. Come on…Larry Craig was caught trying to hook up with a hot cop in an airport restroom, and David Vitter used to let hookers put him in diapers. Both were married at the time…so just which marriage and family values are we trying to protect here.
These are people who want to pontificate on the sanctity of holy matrimony? They’d better hope St. Peter enjoys irony, and has a sense of humor.
Orange really isn’t my color, but I did find one orange and white stripped shirt in my closet to wear today. So why would it be important to wear orange today? January 11 six years ago was the first day prisoners arrived at Guantanamo Bay, beginning what will go down in history as one of America’s darkest times. To help call for an end to the use of places like Guantanamo, the American Civil Liberties Union has asked everyone to wear orange today (you know, like prison jump suit orange) to acknowledge the existence of such places.
Fortunately, legislation has been introduced in Congress that would close the detention facility and restore due process rights to those being held at Guantanamo. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) introduced S. 1469, the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility Closure Act of 2007. The bill requires the president to close the facility within 120 days of enactment – during which time detainees would be charged and sent to either the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Ft. Leavenworth, KS, or transferred to another country that will not torture or abuse them.
I would ask you to take a few minutes and write a letter to your Congressional Representatives and encourage to sign on in support of S. 1469.
It was January 10 last year that King George announced his plans for the troop surge in Iraq. Republican candidates, turncoat Joe Lieberman, and all the Fox News pundits are proclaiming the surge a success because violence is down somewhat in Iraq. Certainly it is true that violence is down, but it does not make the surge a success.
As I reviewed George’s speech (he so doesn’t represent me that I refuse to refer to him as President…he does not deserve to be included in the ranks of the men that have that moniker), I realized the purpose of the surge was to reduce violence so that the Iraqi government could make progress on the many political issues facing the country. It was to provide an atmosphere in which the Iraqi government would agree on issues including oil revenue sharing, de-Baathification, federalism, and more. There has been absolutely no progress within the Iraqi government on these issues during the past year.
I’m glad violence is down, but we are no closer to being able to reduce troop levels (and expenditures) than we were a year ago, and the current situation is unsustainable.
Well, S.1927, An Act To Amend The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 passed the Senate and House, with a bunch of weak kneed Democrats rushing to its support.
Unfortunately I’m not surprised to find that Florida Senator Bill Nelson has voted in favor of the amendment. The Senator has consistently cast votes hostile to the Constitution and with the Bush Administration. I can only guess he’s been promised a bed in the bunker during the coming coup. Unfortunately, he’s not up for reelection until 2012, but I have decided he is nothing more than a Republican in sheep’s clothing. He’s very quiet about it, but seems to very consistently vote to support the Administration.
I was also surprised to see that Jim Webb, the newly elected Senator from Virginia, had voted for the amendment. I thought he had a bit more backbone.
The last vestiges of democratic rule are slipping away. Of all the things in the bill, it gives this unbridled power to Alberto Gonzales…a man who has called the Constitution, “a quaint document.” This is a man who wouldn’t know the truth if it bit him in the ass, and he can surveil any person he wants to. Do you honestly believe this administration will use this authority only for good?