Republican public policy in a nutshell


You can’t buy this level of irony. From Senator Rand Paul (R-KY):

…Sen. Rand Paul claimed Sunday there was a “written policy” floating around the agency that said IRS officials were “targeting people who were opposed to the president.

When CNN pressed Senator Paul on details, his response was:

“Well, we keep hearing the reports and we have several specifically worded items saying who was being targeted. In fact, one of the bullet points says those who are critical of the president. So I don’t know if that comes from a policy, but that’s what’s being reported in the press and reported orally. I haven’t seen a policy statement, but I think we need to see that.”

It is said that the most chilling three-word phrase used at Faux News isn’t “fair and balanced”, it’s Some people say…

As in, “Some people say the administration knew about the Benghazi attacks before they happened, and did nothing“. Or “Some people say that Obamacare will wipe out health care for the poor“. Or “Some people say that human-instigated climate change is a complete hoax.

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It’s four years from 2016, and he’s already stepped in it

One of the young bucks in the wingnut bullpen, Senator Marco Rubio, gets an early start on his 2016 debacle with a GQ interview:

How old do you think the Earth is?

I’m not a scientist, man. I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that’s a dispute amongst theologians and I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States. I think the age of the universe has zero to do with how our economy is going to grow. I’m not a scientist. I don’t think I’m qualified to answer a question like that. At the end of the day, I think there are multiple theories out there on how the universe was created and I think this is a country where people should have the opportunity to teach them all…

(Emphasis mine.)

So, in less than one question’s answer, Rubio has

  • sidestepped the question in order to talk about what he wants to talk about
  • ignored mountains of verifiable scientific facts
  • paid homage to his billionaire conservative controllers donors
  • backed the notion of teaching creationism in science classes
  • shuffled off any responsibility for the non-answer he gave

Oh, aside from his wife, Rubio’s best friend is  Jim DeMint.

Did Rubio and Rmoney change bodies sometime over the weekend? And would you want someone who’s not qualified to read a high-school geology text running your country?

“You people”. “Those people”.

“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it — that that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what. … These are people who pay no income tax. … [M]y job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

– Mitt Romney, in a closed-door fundraiser

“…we’ve given all you people need to know and understand about our financial situation and about how we live our life.”

–Ann Romney, in an interview with Robin Roberts

(Emphasis mine.)

Since Willard has seems to have given up winning the 2012 Presidential election, I think that just about raps it all up.

State Hall of Shame: Florida

Why do the voters in Florida continue to tolerate Governor Rick Scott?

Scott co-founded Columbia Hospital Systems in 1987. He resigned from Columbia’s CEO position in 1997 amid proven Medicaid fraud to the tune of an $880 million repayment to the U. S. government; this was in addition to over $2 billion in successful civil law suits filed by individuals. Columbia’s board paid Scott $350 million in stock and $9.8 million to just go away.

In 2001 Scott co-founded Solantic, a chain of medical clinics. Solantic has been repeated sued by those who claimed that the company would not hire elderly or overweight employees; those suits were settled out of court for undisclosed sums. (Solantic is mentioned again in a moment.)

Once Scott was elected Florida’s governor in 2010, he has:

  • maneuvered implementation of a state amendment that would prevent political parties from jiggering voting districts to favor one party or another at elections.
  • refused to put his considerable assets into blind trusts, as is usually done by office holders so as to prevent conflicts of interest. (His Solantic holdings were gifted to Mrs. Scott, so the couple could both keep an eye on them.)
  • signed a bill requiring welfare recipients to pay for their own drug tests in order to receive state aid. Scott also requires all state employees to take quarterly drug tests. (Solantic stands to gain a good deal of income, since it was the first business given permission by the state to administer such tests.)
  • refused over $2.3 billion in federal money to develop high-speed rail in Florida (thus turning down development and jobs).
  • refused to obey the state-level provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). These provisions would expand medical care available to the poor and elderly in Florida.
  • not only tried to bury an April 2012 CDC report about an outbreak of tuberculosis in Florida (thus endangering the public), but then proceeded after the report’s release to close the state’s only hospital dedicated to TB treatment.

How many shady deals and outright crimes must Rick Scott commit before Florida voters finally get wise?

Will he have to eat a puppy during a press conference?

Boy, do I feel safer now, Mr. Border Guard!

ThinkProgress has run a story about the third time that 96-year-old Raúl Héctor Castro has been stopped and/or detained by U.S. border guards in Arizona.

The irony is that Señor Castro is a judge, a former governor of Arizona, and has been a U.S. ambassador — hardly following the typical profiles for drug mule or gun dealer.

This time he was forced out of his car in 100+-degree summer heat and detained in a canvas tent, despite repeated requests to take some consideration for his age and medical condition.

Racial profiling much?

I’ve found George Orwell’s successors!

They’ve released the 2012 Texas GOP party platform paper. The platform contains so many jewels of totalitarianism that I just have to highlight a few of the particularly pernicious winners. Just so you know…

The “Guess there could have been four successful 9/11 missions instead of three” prize:

We reject the unconstitutional use of Executive Orders and other mandates lacking congressional approval.

The “Levitican Law is just fine, however” prize:

We also urge the Texas Legislature and the U.S. Congress to enact legislation prohibiting any judicial jurisdiction from allowing any substitute or parallel system of Law, specifically foreign Law (including Sharia Law), which is not in accordance with the U.S. or Texas Constitutions.

The “Jim Crow was good enough for granddad, it’s good enough for us!” prize:

Inasmuch as the Civil Rights Movement argued against using race as a factor in American life, affirmative action reintroduces race as a divisive force in American life. The Republican Party of Texas believes in equal opportunity for all citizens without regard to race or gender. To that end, we oppose affirmative action.

The “pass the spotted owl stew” prize:

We strongly support the immediate repeal of the Endangered Species Act.

The “See the Levitican Law bit above” prize:

We oppose this act through which the federal government would coerce religious business owners and employees to violate their own beliefs and principles by affirming what they consider to be sinful and sexually immoral behavior.

The “We clearly don’t understand or support the U.S. Constitution, no matter what we said earlier” prize:

We urge Congress to withhold Supreme Court jurisdiction in cases involving abortion, religious freedom, and the Bill of Rights.

The “We think Newspeak is double-plus good!” prize:

We support adoption of American English as the official language of Texas and of the United States.

The “See that Levitican Law thingie above again” prize:

We support the definition of marriage as a God-ordained, legal and moral commitment only between a natural man and a natural woman, which is the foundational unit of a healthy society, and we oppose the assault on marriage by judicial activists.

The “Hubby’s three part-time minimum-wage jobs should be good enough for you” prize:

We strongly support women who choose to devote their lives to their families and raising their children. We recognize their sacrifice and deplore the liberal assault on the family.

The “Let’s shit on the nigg…er, I mean, fags! (oh, and don’t forget that Levitican thing)” prize:

We affirm that the practice of homosexuality tears at the fabric of society and contributes to the breakdown of the family unit. Homosexual behavior is contrary to the fundamental, unchanging truths that have been ordained by God, recognized by our country’s founders, and shared by the majority of Texans.

The “Women don’t need reproductive rights” prize:

All innocent human life must be respected and safeguarded from fertilization to natural death; therefore, the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed.

The “Beating children as a sport” prize:

We believe that parental rights, authority and responsibilities are inherent and protected by the United States Constitution. Local, state, or federal laws, regulations, or policies shall not be enacted that limit parental rights in the rearing of both biological and adopted children.

The obligatory “And you sure as hell don’t need medical care!” prize:

We demand the immediate repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which we believe to be unconstitutional.

The “We don’t need no education” prize:

We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.

The “Go tell Bristol Palin” prize:

We oppose any sex education other than abstinence until marriage.

I could go on (I’m only half-way through the document), but you get the idea. What saddens me most is that the platform calls for limited government, but they then wants piles of laws enacted to do this or do that.

And here are the Morons on Parade the Texas GOP platform committee members:

Chairman Tom Mechler Bradley Bailey- SD 11
Thomas Bratcher- SD 22 Hank Hering- SD 1
Renee Stoltenberg- SD 12 Stephen Broden- SD 23
Pamela Derr- SD 2 Bonnie Lugo- SD 13
Lila Ward- SD 24 Jonathan Covey- SD 3
T.J. Scott- SD 14 Beverly Nuckols- SD 25
Warren Allen Martin- SD 4 Richard Franklin Dillon- SD 15
Herbert Jamieson- SD 26 Debbie Pipes- SD 5
Liz Case- SD 16 Anuar Maycot- SD 27
Mary Jones- SD 6 Roman Klein- SD 17
Lance Cansino- SD 28 Mark Ramsey- SD 7
William Proctor- SD 18 Mack Casner- SD 29
Susan Fletcher- SD 8 Arturo Martinez De Vara- SD 19
Deon Starnes- SD 30 Jube Dankworth- SD 9
Angie Flores-Granado- SD 20 Nelson Spear- SD 31
Georgia Stapleton- SD 10 Randy Blair- SD 21

Hatin’ more homos, part 2

Chick-fil-A is up to its old tricks again:

In early 2011, Chick-fil-A came under fire for its donations and political ties to a number of anti-gay groups. Though Chick-fil-A continues to deny supporting an anti-gay agenda, the company has donated over $3 million to organizations like the Family Research Council and Exodus International between 2003 and 2009. And in 2010 alone, Chick-fil-A donated over $1.9 million to anti-gay causes, more than any other year for which public records are available.

Karma can be a cast-iron bastard at times

Shellie Zimmerman was charged with perjury in Seminole County, Florida, today.

She and her famous husband George apparently (allegedly) conspired to hide his web-generated $200,000 nest egg before the trial judge twigged to its existence. Their behavior and actions indicate that they had both knowingly lied about its existence and tried to hide the money before George’s bail was set.

She hid a good bit of it in a bank account belonging to her sister.

First the discovery of George’s second passport (the existence of which he failed to divulge), then the discovery of the $200,000 (after George and Stella both lied and said they were “almost penniless”), and now a perjury charge.

Ain’t karma a bitch?

…and we take a dip in the shallow end of the comment stream

I get the occasional half-wit comment on the static pages of this blog.

From 50 Comebacks Every Support of Gay Marriage Must Know:

From How to make sure your child doesn’t grow up as an atheist:

and one from Views on atheism and atheists:

Are you sensing a pattern here? I get the occasional half-wit troll that strains at the effort to say something interesting, or penetrating, or even true. Poor Ted can’t even make a decently snarky remark.


“Let me drop a hint: does flaming acid mean anything to you?”

The Phone on God’s Desk rang, startling him out of a afternoon nap.

“That’s odd. No one is supposed to have that Phone Number.” He punched the speaker button. “Hello? How did you get this Number??”

A tiny, tinny voice hesitantly responded after several seconds of silence. “God? Is that you?”

“Who the hell do you think answered the phone? WHO IS THIS??”

“Uh, God, this is Archbishop Timothy Dolan, and His Holiness told me that You might answer at this number. I’m sorry to disturb You.”

God closed His Eyes and rubbed His Brow. That was the last time I make THAT mistake, He thought to Himself. “Yeah, yeah. What do you want, Dolan?”

“Uh, God, I…uh…”

“Make it march, guy. I’ve got Stuff going here.”

“Well, I need some guidance on something I did awhile back…”

“Go to confession. Next.”

“Well, Lord, I’m dealing with a public relations nightmare right…”

“The New York Times caught up with your little ‘quit the priesthood and I’ll make sure you get paid off’ schtick, didn’t they?”

“Lord, they’re distorting the tru…”

“Listen, Timmy m’boy, you’re talking to an Omniscient God here. That’s exactly what you did, and now the press is going to fry your butt in butter for it.”


“Save it. If I told you what Lucifer has planned for those pedophile creeps, the very utterance of the details would cause your brain to liquify and run out your ears. And as for the people that tried to cover it all up,” God laughed His deepest scariest laugh, “they’re going to get even worse.

“Now. Don’t call this Number again, and you tell Ratzi that if he gives it out again, he’s going to get a taste of what you bunch are going to get.

“Got it?”

“Yes, Lord.”

“Good. Now go away.” God slammed His Phone down, ripped the Cord out of the Wall, and leaned back into His Chair. With any luck, He thought, I’ll be able to get another Hour’s nap before I have to be anywhere.

“Gay = pedophilia”? Ask the closet cases.

David Caton of the Florida Family Association

Here is a allegedly literate human being that cannot read a dictionary or comprehend the difference between sexuality and sexual pathology:

“There will be perhaps as many as 18,000 same-sex revelers in the Magic Kingdom pretty much all day long. The event is pretty much a celebration of their lifestyle, and they target Disney on the first Saturday of summer because that’s when they’ve known in the past that the most children are in the park.”

Why is is that right-wing wackaloons don’t want to understand certain facts:

  • There are no more pedophiles among gay men and women then there are among straight men and women. (Indeed, there is documented proof that the vast majority of pedophiles are straight.)
  • Gay people like to have a good time at amusement parks, just like straight people.
  • Amusement park businesses that welcome all people of all persuasions are going to financially benefit from such hospitality.
  • And just how the hell is going to an amusement park a celebration of any lifestyle? (Unless you define “lifestyle” as spending too much money on trinkets and food.)

This obsession that “family foundations” have about the activities of gays strikes me as poorly-hidden closet behavior.

Pig-Ignorant Republicans vs. Grammar Nazi; or, Black People Are Scary, Part 248

The Republican Party of Greene County, Virginia, is showing the true colors of ignorance and belligerence for all of us to see.

The March 2012 issue of their newsletter calls for:

The ultimate task for the people is to remain vigilant and aware ~ that the government, their government is out of control, and this moment, this opportunity, must not be forsaken, must not escape us, for we shall not have any coarse but armed revolution should we fail with the power of the vote in November

The real treat, though, is to see at just what level of ignorance the source comes from.

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I just thought I’d throw in a few helpful hints on grammar, spelling, syntax, legibility, and sentence construction. (The rest of the newsletter is in about the same shape — but then, I’m sure that comes as no surprise to anyone.)

How the hell are we supposed to take anything these wackaloons say at any serious level?