Today’s Stupid Conservative Quotes

tedyohoRepublican Ted Yoho (more like yahoo) had the nerve to compare the GOP’s efforts to defund Obamacare to the civil rights movement:

It only takes one with passion — look at Rosa Parks, Lech Walesa, Martin Luther King. People with passion that speak up, they’ll have people follow them because they believe the same way, and smart leadership listens to that.

And yes, he’s old and white, and stupid. I think his type thinks they are somehow neutralizing any claims against their racist nonsense by invoking the name of MLK. You may remember it was his bright idea to claim that higher taxes on tanning beds was racist against whites because they are more likely to use tanning beds than dark-skinned people. Way-to do your part for that minority outreach, Teddy.

vickimarbleI recently posted on the racism in the Colorado Republican Party, specifically actions taken by State Senator Vicki Marble. ThinkProgress reports that Colorado Republicans are now defending Marble’s actions and planning to take it a step further in today’s meeting:

Angry Colorado Republican party leaders are lining up in support of a state senator who claimed at an August hearing that poverty is higher among the “Black race” because they eat too much chicken — and a state representative who pointedly showed off a box of Popeye’s chicken in what many interpreted as a gesture of support. To signal their displeasure with the state GOP chairman, who has spoken out against the racist actions of those in his own party, a group reportedly plans to bring boxed chicken lunches to the state party’s meeting in Denver this Saturday.

There are no reports yet on whether they went through with their plans.

Fox News’ Hispanic outreach has childrenofthecornincluded special reports celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month entitled “Alien Nation” and “Children of the Corn”. Because ginning-up fear in the racist Republican base against those dark-skinned illegals brings in more viewers. Never-mind that, without the low wage immigrant workers they despise, we would all pay 2 or 3 times the price for groceries and hotel rooms.

And a post on stupid conservatives would not be complete without a sexist quote. Here’s an exchange between liberal commentator Tamara Holder and conservative radio host Bill Cunningham on Hannity (h/t to Raw Story):

tamaraholden“I think this is a proper opportunity for you to apologize, not to me but to the viewers, for taking your attack personally,” she said. “He said something about ‘shut my mouth’ and ‘know my role.’”

Hannity, however, wanted to know how raising the debt ceiling did not increase the debt.

“Because we’re paying old debt that we owe, like people who have pensions,” Holder explained.

billcunningham“This woman has lost her mind!” Cunningham exclaimed. “There’s no question about that. Let me help you with math. When your friend, Obama, took office the national debt was about 9 and half to 10 trillion, now it’s 17 on the way to 20. In my simple, Catholic grade-school math, that’s about a 10 trillion increase under eight years of Obama. Is 20 greater than 10, Tamara? Earth to Tamara. Is 20 greater than 10?”

“Are you talking to me like I’m an alien?” Holder wondered. “Or because I didn’t go to Catholic school?”

“You don’t look like a Catholic girl to me,” Cunningham quipped.

“Are you listening to this, Sean?” Holder asked as Hannity ignored the conservative guest’s insults. “I don’t look like a Catholic girl? What do I look like?”

“Farrah Fawcett wannabe,” Cunningham said.

“Do you accept this?” Holder pressed, turning to Hannity again. “He is your typical conservative, bashing people, bashing me for my opinion.”

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Peter King: Against It Before He Was For It Before He Was Against It…

Rep. Peter King appeared on CNN on July 28th and said.

“There’s no reason to be threatening to bring down the government, let’s make this work, let’s get the spending cuts we need. But American people get turned off with the threat of terror politics.”

Fast forward to Friday’s vote in the house to shut down the government if Obamacare is not defunded… That bill was passed on a near party line vote, with only one Republican voting against the bill doing precisely what King said he does not want to do.

One may expect the one Republican voting against the bill doing exactly what King said he did not want to do would be Rep. King… no? Sadly that is a mistaken expectation. The only Republican who voted against the bill that King indicated would do precisely what he opposed was Scott Rigell of Virginia.

To be sure, Republicans saying one thing then voting the opposite or voting one way then trying to take credit for voting on the other side is quite common. But Representative King has taken this to a whole ‘nutha level. On the day prior to casting his vote for the bill that only authorized funding for the government if Obamacare is defunded (which he clearly opposed for weeks prior to taking the vote) King again took to CNN and blasted Senator Ted Cruz for leading the charge on this issue.

“Whether it’s Custer, whether it’s kamikaze, or whether it’s Gallipoli or whatever, we are going to lose this,” the New York Republican said on CNN’s “Situation Room.” Gallipoli was a failed allied campaign during World War I.

King accused conservative Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and other GOP anti-Obamacare stalwarts of committing a “fraud against the American people” for arguing that the strategy will work.

On the very day that he cast his vote for the bill that would do precisely what he claims he would not like to be done, King continued blasting away at Cruz and the harebrained scheme to take the American economy hostage, or as King so aptly termed it in late July, terror politics:

“We can’t be going off on these false missions that Ted Cruz wants us to go on. The issues are too important. They’re too serious, they require real conservative solutions, not cheap headline-hunting schemes,”

So King was against it before he voted for it, but he still is against it. Remember the good old days, when you knew where your congress critter stood by how they voted, not by how they bloviated?

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Update: Fundie Judge Throws Popular Baby Name Out With The Bathwater

Last month I posted about a Tennessee judge who ruled that a baby named Messiah must be renamed Martin, based upon the judge’s belief that only Jesus Christ deserved the title Messiah.  The parents appealed and have recently been given very good news from a higher power than judge Lu Ann Ballew.  By higher power I mean the court of appeals. 

Judge Telford E. Forgety tossed Ballew’s verdict, ruling that she violated the U.S. Constitutions Establishment Clause, and should have only ruled upon the issue before her, which was Messiah’s last name. 

The child’s legal name is now Messiah Deshawn McCullough as agreed upon by both parents.

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We Don’t Have the Right to Bear Bombs, So Why Allow Mentally Ill People to Bear Assault Weapons?

Yesterday Aaron Alexis, a crazed gunman killed 12 people and injured another 8 in a mass shooting at a “secure” military facility in our nation’s capital.

Navy Yard Shooter Alleged Suspect Aaron Alexis call of duty ship

On December 14, 2012, at Sandy Hook Elementary a crazed gunman killed 20 children and 6 adults. On July 20, 2012 a different crazed gunman killed 12 people and injured another 70! On January 8, 2011 a different crazed gunman in Arizona shot 19 people and 6 died including a nine year old child. Each of these “crazed gunmen” were mentally unstable people who were in possession of assault weapons.
Contrast these acts of violence to the April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon bombing where only 3 people were killed and 264 were injured. 56 People have been killed by crazed gunmen in the last 2 ½ years, but only 3 people were killed by terrorists in the United States during the same period. In fact, just since the Sandy Hook shooting, in 8 months, roughly 24, 580 people have been killed in the United States by guns. Of those thousands of people killed, not one was killed with an assault weapon by someone acting in self defense.

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Thus, it is predictable that logical, reasonable, people would be in favor of stricter gun control laws. In fact a MAJORITY of Americans favor stricter gun control laws. Sixty percent of Americans, 83% Democrats, and 43% of Republicans support more restrictive gun laws. Only 12% of Americans oppose background checks, and 59% of Americans favor banning assault weapons. However the bill to impose stricter background checks wasdefeated. It’s hard to imagine the absurdity of protecting the rights of the mentally ill to possess assault weapons. It’s even harder to imagine that nine states have actually loosened their gun control laws, since the Sandy Hook massacre.

We are plagued by people like Sarah Palin glorifying gun violence by repeatedly being seen shooting guns, volunteering to speak at the NRA convention, and advertising her mantra of “don’t retreat, reload.”

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Rick Perry has also provided key note addresses to the NRA and asserted that his idea of “gun control” is “hittin what yur aimin at.”

Perry has identified the NRA at the “most important group out there.”

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The truth is that our elected officials seem to think the same thing. Of the 435 members of Congress, 261 received campaign donations in 2012 from the NRA. 90% of the money donated by the NRA went to Republicans. 80% of those receiving money from the NRA won their races. Thus regardless of the attitude of constituents regarding gun control, members of Congress appear to be accountable only to the NRA, rather than the voters. Maybe that is why 78% of Americans indicate that they disapprove of the job Congress is doing. That is the highest percentage since information started to be collected in 1974.

As we try to piece together the background of Aaron Alexis, the press has had a field day reporting on the many indications of his mental illness and his history of gun violence.
1. He was paranoid and suffered from a sleep disorder. He heard voices speaking to him. He had been treated by the VA for his mental problems.

2. Alexis had a history of being arrested for discharging a firearm within a municipality.

It appears that the arrest for discharging his firearm was a shooting of the ceiling in the house in which he lived.

3. He was also arrested for shooting out the tires of a parked car. The really frightening thing about that incident was that Mr. Alexis told the police that hedidn’t remember firing his weapon until about an hour later.

4. It seems to be uncontroverted that Mr. Alexis carried a pistol with him at all times even though he had “anger management” issues.

5. Mr. Alexis was known to play violent “zombie” video games for hours, day and night. However it appears “Call of Duty” was his favorite game as he was known to pay it for up to 16 hours at a time.

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Maybe we can’t stop all gun violence, but surely there can be no argument about the 2nd Amendment restricting our right to bear assault weapons. We don’t let citizens own bazookas, live grenades, or bombs. The Boston bombs killed far fewer people than assault weapons. Just as bombs are not used to protect people asserting the right to self defense, neither are assault weapons. We restrict the right to bear bombs. Assault weapons have killed many more people than bombs.

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BREAKING: Washington Navy Yard Shooting

 

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God Punishes Florida with Herpes-Infected Monkeys

How many times have we heard the religious right claim that God was responsible for disasters in blue states because of gay marriage, abortion, etc?

rhesusThe big man must have been punishing Florida for the shenanigans of Republican Governor Rick Scott when he created a colony of over a thousand Rhesus monkeys infected with the Herpes B virus in Silver River State Park. The park has been declared a public health hazard, as the virus can cause serious illnesses and death in humans.

Incidentally, Rhesus monkeys are actually “Rhesus macaque” monkeys. You may recall Virginia’s Republican candidate for Senate George Allen and his “macaque” sound-bite that many believe lost him the election in 2006. Referring to a dark-skinned man filming him, Allen told a crowd:

This fellow here, over here with the yellow shirt, macaca, or whatever his name is. He’s with my opponent. He’s following us around everywhere. And it’s just great. Let’s give a welcome to macaca, here. Welcome to America and the real world of Virginia.

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The Week’s Jobs at Jobs4Dems.com

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Rolling back Civil Rights in the Senate

Sen. Ted Cruz - R, TX

Sen. Ted Cruz – (R) TX

He’s been trumpeted as a smart, conservative superstar, a shrewd Ivy League graduate, or is he a rabid infected dog? I side with rabid dog. Compared to the irrational ranting Louie Gohmert, factually challenged Michelle Bachman or ignorant, lying, lipstick wearing pig from Alaska, he is a definitive genius.

Sen. Jesse Helms - R. N.C
Sen. Jesse Helms – (R) N.C

Nevertheless, Ted Cruz, (R) Texas Senator, hailed the legacy of the late Jesse Helms - (R), the longest serving senator from North Carolina, by stating, “We need 100 more like Jesse Helms in the U.S. Senate.”

Now, we recognize Cruz, the Canadian Senator representing TX, may not understand or have studied US history or as the birhters say, ‘doesn’t know how or what it means to be American’, but he completely subverts his own familial identity for political ambition with this statement. I think the delusional representative from the long horn state desperately needs a remedial civics’ refresher on the racial animus that continues to stymie the greatness of this country and recognize his ethnic identity would place him on the wrong side of the rope held by the “Hooded Order.” He should acquaint himself with the poignant tragic poem ‘Strange Fruit‘; I can only hope his erudite intellect could grasp its soulful meaning….nah, he doesn’t have a conscience.

I can only speculate; Helms an avowed racists and segregationist, is burning in his grave to perceive his legacy is lionized by someone named Cruz. Ironically, Helms, who vociferously despised inter-racial marriage, would have perceived Cruz’s very existence as an abomination. If Helms were alive, he’d consider the Senator’s presence in his governmental body an affront resulting from the Civil Rights Movement, ostensibly blame the legacy of Affirmative Action and consider an audience with Cruz as demeaning and an attempt of his being ‘uppity.”

As a Harvard law graduate, he didn’t have the sense to settle his dual citizenship prior to running for office, Cruz professes support for a dead bigot who would hate him on sight and prefers to boot lick the racist right wing, GOP base, to satisfy his ego and secure support to ascend to the mantle of US President.

As citizens, what can we take away from Cruz’s vapid judgment and offensive coupling of his brand to one of the most hateful, bigots of the last century, except he would gut ALL the civil rights progress and return our America to a new Jim Crow.

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Indiana Congressional Candidates

090529_visclosky_ap_297Pete Visclosky is the Representative from Indiana’s 1st District, and is serving his 15th term in the seat. He has never won a primary without getting at least 71% of the vote from his district. He sits on the Congressional Committee for Appropriations, as well as a few subcommittees such as Defense, Financial Services, and Energy and Water Development. He is strongly pro-union, a big supporter of Green Energy, and anti-free trade. He endorses American made products over non-American made products, and supports the Steel Industry as well.

carson_andreAndré Carson  is the Representative from Indiana’s 7th District, and is serving his 3rd term in the seat after winning a special election in 2008. He is a Member of the House Committee of Financial Services, the Armed Services Committee, and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Prior to being a House Rep, he was a law enforcement officer for 9 years, marketing specialist, and served as a Democratic Party Committee-person. He is a big supporter of programs that enhance education and training, wants to break our dependence on foreign oil, wants to make housing more affordable, and is an AIDS/HIV activist.

Research by Jacob Immel.

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Could Someone Please Revoke the Three Stooges’ Passports?

The last thing this country needs is the three biggest idiots in the Republican House (and that’s saying a lot) attempting to speak for the American people on the world stage; but that’s exactly what they did in Egypt this past weekend. The result is embarrassing to watch; one might even say cringe-worthy. It will be hard for any sane person to watch the entire video; in fact I advise against it, as your first inclination will be to gouge your eyes out with an ice pick:

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As the New York Times points out:

Mrs. Bachmann wrongly implied a link between the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist group whose political party dominated elections after the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak and now leads the opposition to the takeover.

Representative Louie Gohmert of Texas, appearing with herstupid burns and Representative Steve King of Iowa, compared the leader of the military takeover, Gen. Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi, to George Washington. Mr. Gohmert overlooked the new government’s mass shootings of hundreds of mostly unarmed protesters, its sweeping roundup of thousands of political opponents and its suspension of all legal protection against arbitrary arrest or other police abuse; instead, he commended General Sisi and the appointed civilian leaders for creating a government where the rule of law was “king.”

Perhaps Samer Shehata, a political scientist at the University of Oklahoma who studies Egypt and the Brotherhood put it best in his statement to the Times:

“We have a confluence of interests among the coup leaders in Egypt and Islamophobes in the Congress.”

He called the lawmakers’ statements “utterly absurd” and compared the conference to “a ‘Saturday Night Live’ skit — unbelievable, ludicrous, almost comic if it wasn’t so painful.”

Painful doesn’t begin to describe it.

 

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Jobs4Dems – The New, Free Jobs Board for Democrats

Jobs4Dems, jobs4demsfba free service by All Things Democrat, is now open and ready for employers to post jobs for Democrats. If you have campaign positions to fill for the 2014 election cycle, feel free to post them anytime.

The site is one of the few jobs boards that accepts only jobs of interest to Democrats. Being the most diverse political party, that includes a wide variety of jobs:

  • Campaigns
  • Offices of elected, appointed, or employed Democrats
  • The official Democratic Party at the local, state and national levels
  • Affiliate organizations of the Democratic Party
  • Blogs, newspapers, magazines
  • Lefty organizations and activists, including
    • Women’s reproductive rights, equal pay, and other women’s issues
    • Minority rights
    • Civil rights, human rights, legal and justice issues
    • Animal rights
    • Environmental issues
    • National security, foreign affairs
    • Think tanks

jobs4demsiconlargeThe site is very easy to use. No user accounts are needed to post or apply to a job. Only a valid email address is required to post.

The site has numerous ways for both employers and job seekers to share and follow jobs through social media, recommending a job to a friend by email, subscribing to a daily newsletter of the latest jobs, and following jobs through the site’s RSS feed(s) and a dedicated Twitter feed.

There’s also a jobs widget that can be added to any site with the option to show only the job listings for your organization. This widget displays the links to your job ads at Jobs4Dems where job seekers can apply.

Jobs4Dems and it’s job listings will also be promoted in All Things Democrat.

Job seekers will complete a brief online application and attach their resume, which is sent directly to the contact person for that job.

The site will always be free for all users – employers or job seekers.

We’ll be sending email invitations to official party organizations and Dem-friendly organizations but if you’re a Dem-friendly employer, you can start posting your job openings today.

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Bullet to the Head With That Cup of Coffee?

I have only one question for this guy: WHAT IS YOUR F***ING POINT?

starbucks gunsYou own a gun? Big deal.

You’re a moron? That’s obvious.

You have a teensy little package? That’s your wife’s business, not ours.

Seriously, folks – this is asinine by any measure. The pictured knuckle dragger is in a Starbucks, the company currently taking some “heat” from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. The group’s founder, Shannon Watts, and head of the organization’s Seattle chapter, Kate Beck, recently wrote in a CNN opinion piece:

“…Starbucks lauds itself as a company committed to operating responsibly and ethically, and many of its policies reflect a strong corporate conscience. But when it comes to responsible gun policy, Starbucks has lost its moral compass.

Starbucks refuses to ban loaded guns from its coffee shops in the 43 states that allow people to openly carry loaded weapons.

As mothers, we wonder why the company is willing to put children and families in so much danger. Nobody needs to be armed to get a cup of coffee. And that’s why thousands of moms across the nation are asking Starbucks to put the safety of its customers first.

We’ve started a petition asking Starbucks to ban guns from its stores. In response, Starbucks has referred concerned moms to a statement on its website, a statement last updated in March 2010, about 90,000 American gun deaths ago.”

This is the statement on Starbucks’ website:

Mar 03, 2010
Starbucks Position on Open Carry Gun Laws (updated March 16, 2010)

We recognize that there is significant and genuine passion surrounding the issue of open carry weapons laws. Advocacy groups from both sides of this issue have chosen to use Starbucks as a way to draw attention to their positions.

23088621_BG1While we deeply respect the views of all our customers, Starbucks long-standing approach to this issue remains unchanged.  We comply with local laws and statutes in all the communities we serve.  That means we abide by the laws that permit open carry in 43 U.S. states.  Where these laws don’t exist, openly carrying weapons in our stores is prohibited.  The political, policy and legal debates around these issues belong in the legislatures and courts, not in our stores.

At the same time, we have a security protocol for any threatening situation that might occur in our stores. Partners are trained to call law enforcement as situations arise. We will continuously review our procedures to ensure the highest safety guidelines are in place and we will continue to work closely with law enforcement.

We have examined this issue through the lens of partner (employee) and customer safety. Were we to adopt a policy different from local laws allowing open carry, we would be forced to require our partners to ask law abiding customers to leave our stores, putting our partners in an unfair and potentially unsafe position.

As the public debate continues, we are asking all interested parties to refrain from putting Starbucks or our partners into the middle of this divisive issue.  As a company, we are extremely sensitive to the issue of gun violence in our society. Our Starbucks family knows all too well the dangers that exist when guns are used irresponsibly and illegally. Without minimizing this unfortunate reality, we believe that supporting local laws is the right way for us to ensure a safe environment for both partners and customers.

Starbucks Corporation
Stacey Krum, 206-318-7100
press@starbucks.com

Let’s address a few of  the company’s points:

“While we deeply respect the views of all our customers, Starbucks long-standing approach to this issue remains unchanged.  We comply with local laws and statutes in all the communities we serve.  That means we abide by the laws that permit open carry in 43 U.S. states.”

Unless it’s where their own safety is concerned, as Huff Post Business reported in 2010:

“There won’t be any guns carried by the shareholders attending today’s annual meeting of the Starbucks Coffee Company… It’s not allowed. Guns aren’t allowed in the company’s corporate headquarters, either. And employees in its more than 8,000 company-owned stores aren’t allowed to bring guns to work.”

Isn’t that funny… Starbucks’ headquarters is located in Seattle, Washington; one of those “open carry states” where the company claims it simply follows the law.

“…we have a security protocol for any threatening situation that might occur in our stores. Partners are trained to call law enforcement as situations arise.”

Newsflash: If that guy’s there to kill people, your poor “partners” will never finish dialing 911.

“As the public debate continues, we are asking all interested parties to refrain from putting Starbucks or our partners into the middle of this divisive issue.”

Seeing as how Starbucks has put their customers literally in the crosshairs of this “debate”, and their policy most likely won’t change until one of their gun toting latte drinkers kills some customers, or employees, or both, I second Mario Piperni’s statement:

“I refuse to walk into a Starbucks until they change their current policy of allowing guns into their shops.”

This gun nonsense is out of control thanks to Republican legislatures who tremble at the mere mention of the NRA. It’s time we stop letting these spineless inmates run the asylum.

Whether it be town, city, county, state, or federal elections – we must vote Teapublitarians out, and common sense back into government in 2014.

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