Every time I check to see how many YouTube views this clever video has gotten, it goes up by tens of thousands of views. The first time I looked, it had 150,000 views, the next day it was double that and just now, it’s at an impressive 876,672.
It’s only been up for two days. Must’ve touched a nerve!
The environmental group petition 350 Action is urging the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to name hurricanes after policy makers who deny climate change.
The campaign entitled, “Climate Name Change”, released an accompanying video, which features prominent politicians who are skeptical of climate change such as Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Washington Post reported.
The video includes satirical news bulletins that could result from the proposed naming system, such as: “If you value your life, please seek shelter from Michelle Bachmann” or “thousands of animals have been displaced or killed by Governor Rick Perry.”
Wunderbar! You can sign the petition here. The video is a must-see piece of well-made political messaging. Whoever came up with this concept, bravo!
Although the claim has been made, most prominently by Dr. Martin Luther King’s own niece, Republican activist Alveda King, that her uncle was a Republican and conservative groups have purchased billboards across the country, apparently trying to claim the mantle of the slain civil right icon for their own, the claim has been debunked by King’s son, Martin Luther King III. He would probably know. It was also debunked by his biographer, David Garrow.
There’s also the fact that King campaigned tirelessly for Lyndon Johnson in 1964…
But if you really want to know how King felt about Republicans, why not simply take him at his own word, in this excerpt from his autobiography.
The Republican Party geared its appeal and program to racism, reaction, and extremism. All people of goodwill viewed with alarm and concern the frenzied wedding at the Cow Palace of the KKK with the radical right. The “best man” at this ceremony was a senator whose voting record, philosophy, and program were anathema to all the hard-won achievements of the past decade.
It was both unfortunate and disastrous that the Republican Party nominated Barry Goldwater as its candidate for President of the United States. In foreign policy Mr. Goldwater advocated a narrow nationalism, a crippling isolationism, and a trigger-happy attitude that could plunge the whole world into the dark abyss of annihilation. On social and economic issues, Mr. Goldwater represented an unrealistic conservatism that was totally out of touch with the realities of the twentieth century. The issue of poverty compelled the attention of all citizens of our country. Senator Goldwater had neither the concern nor the comprehension necessary to grapple with this problem of poverty in the fashion that the historical moment dictated. On the urgent issue of civil rights, Senator Goldwater represented a philosophy that was morally indefensible and socially suicidal. While not himself a racist, Mr. Goldwater articulated a philosophy which gave aid and comfort to the racist. His candidacy and philosophy would serve as an umbrella under which extremists of all stripes would stand. In the light of these facts and because of my love for America, I had no alternative but to urge every Negro and white person of goodwill to vote against Mr. Goldwater and to withdraw support from any Republican candidate that did not publicly disassociate himself from Senator Goldwater and his philosophy.
While I had followed a policy of not endorsing political candidates, I felt that the prospect of Senator Goldwater being President of the United States so threatened the health, morality, and survival of our nation, that I could not in good conscience fail to take a stand against what he represented.
I don’t see a lot of wiggle room there myself, but imagine how many halfwits who heard about King being a Republican from Fox News or talk radio are strutting around today believing, repeating and arguing about this nonsense. Is the ignorance of the right funny? Tragic? Dangerous? I can’t tell anymore! It’s all three, no doubt.
Here’s what Martin Luther King III had to say about the billboards claiming his father was a Republican:
It is disingenuous to imply that my father was a Republican. He never endorsed any presidential candidate, and there is certainly no evidence that he ever even voted for a Republican. It is even more outrageous to suggest that he would support the Republican Party of today, which has spent so much time and effort trying to suppress African American votes in Florida and many other states.
During his public life, King was constantly accused of being a Communist. He was, for the most part, rather circumspect about making public statements that might be seen as “commie,” but in private, this was apparently not the case. In one of his speeches, King stated that “something is wrong with capitalism” and “There must be a better distribution of wealth, and maybe America must move toward a democratic socialism.”
Does that sound like much of a Republican OR a Democrat to you?
King, though probably a socialist, rejected Marx—whose philosophy he studied at Morehouse College—because Marxism rejects religion and he considered the Soviet system too totalitarian.
A recent poll taken of Republican voters in Louisiana revealed something… well… something kind of stupid: A significant portion of them think that Obama deserves the blame for Hurricane Katrina, which occurred in 2005! In fact, more Louisiana Republicans blame Obama than… George Bush!
The latest survey from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling, provided exclusively to TPM, showed an eye-popping divide among Republicans in the Bayou State when it comes to accountability for the government’s post-Katrina blunders.
Twenty-eight percent said they think former President George W. Bush, who was in office at the time, was more responsible for the poor federal response while 29 percent said Obama, who was still a freshman U.S. Senator when the storm battered the Gulf Coast in 2005, was more responsible. Nearly half of Louisiana Republicans — 44 percent — said they aren’t sure who to blame.
Bush was criticized heavily when he did not immediately return to Washington from his vacation in Texas after the storm had reached landfall. The government was also slow to provide relief aid and Michael Brown, then-director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), admitted in a televised interview that he learned that many of the storm’s victims at the New Orleans Convention Center were without food and water well after the situation had been reported in the press.
Former FEMA director Brown’s handling of the federal agency’s incompetent emergency response to Katrina ultimately led to his resignation.
The polls’ results, and the indication that a sizable portion of Louisiana Republicans must be as dumb as cud-chewing cows, is not exactly a jaw-dropping revelation—after all it was the state’s goofy-ass, deeply unpopular Republican governor Bobby Jindal who coined that “stupid party” moniker to describe his own political brethren (and he should know, he appealed to these ignoramuses for their votes!)—but still.
Talk about a short—not to mention, faulty—memory these Republicans must have. Better than a goldfish, but by how much?
This is just a small sampling of Good as You‘s looong compilation of sodomy-themed tweets from the deeply confused hate-mongering, Bible-thumping shithead Bryan Fischer, the hateful crazypants who hosts the talk radio program “Focal Point” on American Family Radio.
Voice of Russia radio considers Bryan Fischer to be a gay “expert” (if by “expert” they mean “closet case,” I suppose). Really, just how many supposedly straight Christian guys are as focused on other men’s cocks with the laser-like intensity that Bryan Fischer is?
Certainly Ted Haggard comes readily to mind… I cannot wait until someone figures out which Grindr profile belongs to Bryan Fischer.
In the audio clip below, listen to what happened back in May when Alan Colmes asked Fischer if he had ever experienced any gay impulses. Hilarity ensues!
Below, homosexual “expert” Fischer goes off on “sodomy marriage” on his podcast recently. You can choose virtually ANY YouTube clip of Bryan Fischer and he’s saying THE EXACT SAME THING OVER AND OVER AGAIN. WHO besides Right Wing Watch has the patience to listen to this man? I’m guessing his daily Internet show reaches merely a few dozen people a day. How BORED WITH LIFE would you have to be to tune into this hateful monotony??? Make it stop!!!
Banister, who is currently facing criminal charges for engaging in anti-Muslim hate-based acts of vandalism, is running to represent her native Queensland in the Australian Parliament. She is representing the far-right One Nation party and hopes to make Australia an overtly hostile environment to Muslims.
The 27-year-old mother of two told Australia’s Channel Seven, “I don’t oppose Islam as a country, but I do feel that their laws should not be welcome here in Australia.”
The woman who some are calling “Australia’s Sarah Palin” went on to say that she supports “the Jews” because “they follow Jesus Christ” (they don’t) and that while she would outlaw halal food — which she repeatedly referred to as “haram food” — she would allow kosher food to remain in stores because it doesn’t carry a tax like “haram food.” (It does.)
Banister—who seems to have an even lower IQ than the average Fox News viewer—would also like to ban the Quran outright!
18-year-old Kendra Gill (center above), a contestant in the upcoming Miss Utah beauty pageant was nabbed by Salt Lake County authenticates on Saturday after admitting to participating in a nihilistic joyride and helping to make and throw makeshift explosives at people and houses.
FOX 13 TV reported that beauty queen Gill—recently crowned “Miss Riverton” and given a $2000 college scholarship—and three of her friends bought household chemicals, aluminum foil and plastic bottles at Wal-Mart to make the make the crude bombs.
“We call them chemical reaction bombs,” said Captain Clint Mecham with Unified Fire Authority. “They’re a cocktail of reactive chemicals, that when they react with each other and when you put that large volume of gas in a closed container, it ruptures the container and creates an explosion.”
Late Friday night, cops found several water bottles with aluminum fragments and chemical residue at two homes near 13800 South and 4100 West. The suspects reportedly threw these homemade bombs onto driveways then sped off.
“All of us were surprised when we not only had one occurrence but up to 10 occurrences of this happening,” Mecham said. “They were actually throwing these at people with the intent to cause harm, with the intent to cause harm to either people or property: This goes well beyond a teenage prank.”
And even if they don’t get charged with felonies (that’s up to the District Attorney), there’s the jail time, coming up with bail, criminal records, Internet infamy, humiliation for their families and never being able to get a job—let alone winning another beauty contest—and that kind of stuff to worry about!
“I said, ‘calves the size of cantaloupes’! Are you feelin’ me, CPAC?”
For those unfamiliar, the DREAM Act’s titular acronym stands for “Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors.” It’s a bi-partisan piece of legislation pioneered by a Republican with the express intent of providing a path to citizenship for undocumented youth who have already done most of their growing up in the US. However, Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King (who is chairman of the House’s immigration subcommittee) is very much against the proposal and recently decided to make that point crystal clear with some crazy, explicit racism. Like, old-school racism.
The kind that makes mere casual racists go, “Woah dude! Not cool!”
It’s true in some cases, but they aren’t all valedictorians, they weren’t all brought in by their parents. For every one that’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there that they weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.
What’s baffling is that Republicans have an entire glossary of terms they use to say racist things so that it doesn’t sound like they have a white hood in their closet, and King just went, “Nah, let’s kick it old school.” In case you thought the Congressman might have had some sort of mini-stroke or early-onset dementia that made him forget how to hide white supremacy in coded political dog whistles that only registered Republicans can hear, last night he decided to defend his comments on talk radio, saying:
It’s not something that I’m making up. This is real. We have people that are mules, that are drug mules, that are hauling drugs across the border and you can tell by their physical characteristics what they’ve been doing for months, going through the desert with 75 pounds of drugs on their back.
If those who advocate for the DREAM Act, if they choose to characterize this about valedictorians, I gave them a different image that we need to be thinking about because we just simply can’t be passing legislation looking only at one component of what would be millions of people.
What a relief Steve King’s here to show us that different image! Thank The White Baby Jesus that he’s here to illuminate the other component of immigrants, by describing Mexicans like a pitiful race he invented for his poorly written Middle Earth fan fiction!
In which Stephen Colbert uses an old adage to expose the preposterously illogical position the House Republicans have taken on the matter of food stamps:
Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day. Take away his food stamps, and he’ll found FishCo, a multinational food conglomerate that gets a massive subsidy in the next Farm Bill.
In the harsh daylight of, I dunno, REALITY, what do the GOP really think is going to happen if they gut the food stamp program? That the 47 million Americans currently dependent on them—the most ever, double what it was five years ago—are just going to curl up in the middle of the road and die? They’re simply going to say “Hey, kids, the jig’s up, let’s just stop eating. The Republicans are right. Why don’t we all buy one last pizza and eat it in the garage with the car’s engine running?”
Or will they come into the rich neighborhoods looking for a snack?
Starve poor families out and they might be forced to become entrepreneurial, it’s true!
They just won’t be the kind of entrepreneurs that these Republican halfwits want…
His actions go unimpeded, our pleas through petitions unanswered. Our calls and letters to Congress are left ignored and unopened. [Just hazarding a guess here, maybe, just maybe it’s because they’re from crazy people?—RM]
Our only peaceful recourse is to take to the streets and overpasses of America and DEMAND that our nation be returned to We the People, and that Barack Hussein Obama be Impeached, removed from office, and held accountable for his actions while serving as President.
There must be loads of impeachable offenses committed by the Obama administration—I’m no fan—but things like “Breitbart,” (do they think his death was an Obama-ordered hit?), “FEMA Camps,” “ACORN” and “Valerie Jarrett” are just not among them. The reasons these soft-brained kooks have come up with… hell, a liberal who despised Obama couldn’t convince these kinds of people that they’re barking up the wrong damned tree…
Does the GOP have any intention of becoming more than a party of older white people? They “say” they want to change and be “more inclusive” but do they really? Really? It doesn’t look that way based on pretty much all of the evidence. Off the top of my head I can’t think of even one minor area where any change has become evident in the Republican Party, but there are dozens upon dozens of examples every week of mentally-deficient, racist, authoritarian, blindly anti-science, voter suppressing Republican hi-jinks.
How many votes, really, can the so-called “Southern strategy” still squeeze like turds out of a bloated, hick white electorate, when younger and better-educated whites aren’t inclined to want to buy what the obviously IQ deficient Republicans want to sell them force on them in the first place? And the House seems ready to kill any sort of immigration reform, so they’ve written off Latinos. As in “fuck you, you’re never going to vote for us anyway” written off.
I don’t think Republicans realize how stupid they look to the rest of us. The “marketing message” they send. If they did, why would they continue to humiliatingly beclown themselves, often on a national stage? Did you watch the live webcast of the Texas Senate abortion filibuster? I was glued to it for hours and one thing that struck me was (literally, I’m not trying to be arch) how terribly DUMB the Republican pols looked. They appeared, as a group, to the naked eye, to be excessively thick.
When they’d switch the camera over to where the Democrats were, the ‘crats looked like normal people who were frankly astonished at the authoritarian idiocy of what the GOP pols were getting up to. It was some of the most riveting “reality TV” I’ve ever seen.
But talk about a reality check: Surely there must have been plenty of pro-life Americans who watched that webcast, too, and they saw the same thing everyone else saw, normal people on one side and the residents of Hooterville (with a supermajority in the Texas Senate!) on the other. At a certain point, issues like pro-choice and pro-life will become separated from matters like forcing corporations to pay “living wages” and more economic/survival matters. Will even pro-life Christians still side with a GOP that, for instance, doesn’t believe in the minimum wage?
What has traditionally worked for the GOP on a national level no longer works and they are wildly flailing, without a fucking clue about what to do about it. A coalition of idiocy can only really last so long…
Even if the GOP won every southern state and Indiana, that still relegates them to a regional party status and one that will become increasingly marginalized as red states like Texas flip blue in coming years and as more deeply red states turn more, shall we say, er, Confederate.
The writing is on the wall in Texas, with her Latino population (and newly energized Democratic women). Racist or anti-immigration politics were popular with California Republicans within recent memory, keep in mind. Look what it got them, a permanent Democratic super-majority in the state. The chances of the GOP having a resurgence in California are dead. The GOP is basically dead here. They can’t will elections and they don’t even try anymore.
In the clip below, Rachel Maddow brilliantly sets up the white Republican pins and then knocks them all down. First up the new revelations about Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s openly racist staffer.
Via Raw Story:
The Washington Free Beacon, a conservative publication, reported Tuesday that Rand Paul’s director of new media was an avid supporter of the Confederacy who celebrated John Wilkes Booth’s birthday. The aide, Jack Hunter, had served as a chairman for the League of the South and warned America would no longer be America if white people were not the racial majority.
The same aide was hired by former Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) to write a book. Maddow noted that DeMint was now head of the Heritage Institution, which faced criticism earlier this year after publishing a report on immigration that was co-authored by a man who believed Hispanic people were inherently less intelligent that white people.
“Should the Republican Party be just the party of aggrieved white people, even to the extent that it may stray occasionally into Confederate territory in order to do that?” Maddow wondered. “Do you want that in order to maximize every possible white vote you can get out of an electorate that is less and less white all the time?”
Apparently they do. What other options do they realistically have?
Wrap your brain around “Jihawg Ammo,” the “bacon on everything” munitions product of some gun nuts in Dalton Gardens, Idaho, who claim it to be a “defensive deterrent to those who violently act in the name of Islam.”
The Jihawg Ammo brand bullets are coated in “pork-infused” paint, which according to South Fork Industries makes the ammunition “unclean” or “haram.” The manufacturer claims via press release that their product is a “peaceful and natural deterrent to radical Islam” and will keep a Muslim who is hit with one of the bullets from entering paradise:
“With Jihawg Ammo, you don’t just kill an Islamist terrorist, you also send him to hell. That should give would-be martyrs something to think about before they launch an attack. If it ever becomes necessary to defend yourself and those around you our ammo works on two levels.”
The company’s website admonishes their obviously gung-ho customers not to use Jihawg Ammo to kill just any Muslin, but specifically only jihadis:
“The nullifying principle of our product is only effective if you are attacked by an Islamist in Jihad. Otherwise, our ammo functions just like any other ammunition, so we obviously insist upon defensive use of our ammo only-not offensive.”
As The Firsesign Theatre once said “Good lord, a stiff idiot is the worst kind.”
Dignity, schmignity! Who am I kidding, the man is shameless! Watch in slack-jawed boredom as Glenn Beck interviews himself, in a kind of idiotic (or demented, if you prefer) Swedish Chef impression.
Glenn Beck lost his mind (and the vast majority of his audience and influence) a while ago, but has Beck the showman lost his mojo, too?
He’s not even trying here. Well, he’s trying to take up airtime, I guess, but not much else. I can’t imagine too many people, not even stupid ones, would subscribe to this, or continue their subscriptions if this was the quality of the programming they would receive for their hard-earned dough. There aren’t enough hours in the day and this doesn’t even rise to the occasion of lame.
It would be (too) easy to whip up an editorial tirade about this, but why bother when the “party” is going to be over soon enough anyway?
The glaring twin ironies at play here seem to be missed entirely by the dum-dum tea baggers: First, that the folks who consider themselves Tea partiers correspond pretty faithfully to the same demographic who still read newspapers in printed form and who are receiving, or who soon enough will receive Social Security benefits and Medicare.
Why not try to elect Republican candidates who will cut your own benefits so that billionaires can amass greater and great hordes of cash? Psst, hey Tea party people, the Republican party wants to cut benefits for white seniors too! [And guess what: SO DO MOST OF THE FUCKING DEMOCRATS—INCLUDING OBAMA!]
I don’t think those ‘baggers have really thought any of this stuff through.
The other thing is, who will replenish the Tea party ranks when these dickheads die off? Will this message resonate much with all of those recent college grads with debt up to their eyeballs, and no job prospects that pay higher than ten bucks an hour?
Either Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has been successful in her life-long effort to convert her brain into a 3 lb mass of snot or else she has finally seen the error (and hypocrisy) of her ways and converted to the holy light of Islam!
Isn’t it amazing that Bachmann now agrees with Osama bin Laden and other, lesser Jihadis who truly believed that they were on the side of God in delivering judgment to the US on 9/11/01 and in Benghazi? I mean, she’s claiming that those events were God’s divine judgment, right? So did the perpetrators of those attacks.
Recall that supposed Creationist “science quiz” that was going around on reddit and Facebook last month? The one that most people branded as a fake because it just seemed too stupid to be real?
Well, it turns out that it IS true… no, not the literal belief in Noah’s Ark part, but this “science quiz” WAS actually given to 4th graders in the Blueridge Christian Academy of Greenville, South Carolina, as the urban legend detectives at Snopes.com found out. The actual father of the child whose test was on reddit wrote in to quiet the naysayers asserting that the quiz did indeed belong to his 10-year-old daughter, and offering as proof a shot of the backside of the quiz:
I didn’t know that this was being taught to her until we heard a radio commercial together about the Discover the Dinosaurs exhibit was coming to the TD Convention Center [in Greenville, South Carolina].
The Commercial starts out, “After 65 million years, the dinosaurs have returned ...” She commented immediately that it was only four thousand years ago. When I corrected her, she snapped back, “Were you there?”
I have since taught my daughter differently, but I am sure she is confused now and plan to make sure she understands that teachers are people too and can be factually wrong.
The test showed up [at] home a day later to my disgust.
It’s a great school for Reading, Writing and Math. She is ahead of most of her peers and also is taking Latin there. But I now know to be vigilant for the rest of the year about her science teachings.