Posts filed under ‘WingNutO’Sphere’

About Yelling at Immigrant C-h-i-l-d-r-e-n / My Tweet of the Day

So good:

Twet of hte Day 7-20-14

(Via Rex Huppke on Twitter)

 

July 20, 2014 at 12:08 PM Leave a comment

How the “Green Coalition of Gay Loggers for Jesus” Brought the 4th of July Back to its Roots in Bozeman, MT

The word awesome is so overused but seriously, this is awesome.  It’s a must-read:

Gay Loggers .us

(Image via GreenCoalitionofGayLoggersforJesus.us)

So, About Those Gay Loggers for Jesus and Independence Day

A town’s July 4 celebration says a lot about a community, and this holiday in Bozeman promises to be relatively laid-back, with locals typically heading for nearby Livingston or Ennis to catch their parades, then back home for stirring music and fireworks at the fairgrounds.

Just five years ago, however, Bozeman woke up to controversy when the newly formed local Tea Party decided it wanted to march down Main Street on the Fourth to protest taxes and government spending. But rather than follow the normal process for a parade permit, the Tea Party stormed a Bozeman City Commission meeting and demanded a parade permit for July 4. The commissioners were so intimidated that they ignored both the usual application process and Montana’s Open Meeting Law. On the spot, the Tea Party was granted a parade permit.

The town then learned that the Tea Party’s plan to close down Main Street for its tax protest was going to cost city taxpayers $1,100 in staff and police overtime. The irony turned out to be too much to pass up, so I applied for a second parade permit for Independence Day. And because city regulations only allowed an organization to apply for a parade permit, I made the application (with tongue firmly in cheek) on behalf of a new, contrastingly “big tent” organization: The Green Coalition of Gay Loggers for Jesus.

Included in the application was a promise that the coalition would raise the $1,100 needed to reimburse city taxpayers for the cost of the parade, a thinly veiled attempt to shame the Tea Party into not relying on government spending to finance its tax protest. Ironically, the Tea Party, based 30 miles outside Bozeman, had no qualms about asking city residents to pay for its protest event.

The coalition began raising money…

More…

Click on more, above and read the rest. You won’t regret it.  It’s wonderful.

 

July 6, 2014 at 2:01 PM Leave a comment

Guy Hates Prius Owners

Guy hates Prius owners so he spews crap into the environment in protest.

I wonder if he has kids or grand kids because they’ll be the ones who pay for his ignorance:

July 4, 2014 at 6:23 PM Leave a comment

Not a Good First Day for Georgia’s New “Guns Everywhere” Law

Paul Broun on Wikipedia

Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) (Image via Wikimedia)

On Tuesday, July 1, 2014, Georgia’s new “Safe Carry Protection Act” went into effect.

Certifiably insane Georgia Congressman Paul Broun (R) explained the Act on Newsmax yesterday afternoon:

“We know that when law abiding citizens — who know how to use one — have one on their person, it helps to prevent crime.  A law that I think is going to help prevent shootings, that is going to help prevent crime.”

“We need to go back to the Constitution for not only the First Amendment, but the Second Amendment,” he explained. “Because the First and Second Amendments are the guardians of our liberties. The Second Amendment is the one that really protects all of our liberties that we are given by our Lord, and our God-given rights, and are protected under the Constitution.”

“Folks that don’t understand firearms are fearful of them, but actually firearms have been proven to reduce crime,” he insisted. “We see as we go forward that schools are going to be safer, that anybody around in any locale is going to be safer because someone who understands how to utilize a firearm will be there to protect other folks, and I think it’s going to be a very positive move.”

“These gun-free areas are actually — they’re free-shooting zones for people,” he said. “Because they know that there won’t be anybody there that can stop them.”

More…

Okay, hold that thought:  This happened yesterday (again, the first day of the new law) in Valdosta, Georgia:

At approximately 3 p.m. Tuesday, police responded to a call regarding a customer dispute at the Enmark on the corner of Park Avenue and North Lee Street.

A man carrying a holstered firearm entered the store to make a purchase. Another customer, also with a holstered firearm, approached him and demanded to see his identification and firearms license, according to the Valdosta Police Department report.

The customer making demands for ID pulled his firearm from its holster but never pointed it at the other customer, who said he was not obligated to show any permits or identification.

He demanded the man’s ID again. Undeterred by the drawn gun, the man paid for his items, left the store and called for police.

[...]

“This is an example of my concern with the new gun law that people will take the law into their own hands which we will not tolerate,” [Police Chief Brian] Childress said.

More…

Geezus.  Let’s check back in a few years to see how much gun deaths have skyrocketed increased there.

P.S.  Just an aside, Broun’s on his fourth marriage.  I wonder what “our Lord” thinks about that.

 

July 2, 2014 at 2:53 PM 1 comment

Fox’s Resident “Psychiatrist” Thinks President Obama Has AMAZING Powers

Keith Ablow via

(Image via MediaMatters.org)

I thought it was unethical for a mental health professional to diagnose and/or speak to the condition, thoughts or actions of someone unless they’d actually examined that person but hey, we’re talking Fox “News” so all that’s out the door.

On today’s edition of Fox’s “Outnumbered,” their resident so-called psychiatrist, Dr. Keith Ablow, opined on how President Obama has apparently involved many countries and many human beings in a collaborative effort to play the World Cup right now, to distract from his political problems:

At a time when there’s so many national issues and international issues of such prominence, I am a little suspicious of yet another bread and circus routine. Let’s roll out the marijuana, pull back the laws and get people even more crazy about yet another entertainment event. This is to distract people. This is like Rome. It’s like Rome. I can see why Obama would love the World Cup.

[Overtalk.]
I think it’s interesting that at a time when there’s so much to pay attention to of such great import, people are playing games.
Watch the video here.
Amazing huh?  Obama caused an every-four-year, worldwide event, to land perfectly on the exact days when he’s having a rough patch politically.  Per Fox, on the one hand, Obama’s a chicken-shit wimp and on the other he has the power to pull off this incredible feat.  I know, it makes no sense but their viewers lap it up.
Geezus.  I can’t believe I watched that channel five days a week for four years while working on Outfoxed and at the Newshounds.  I can’t take more than a few minutes anymore. If that.  It makes me almost literally sick to my stomach.

June 26, 2014 at 4:08 PM Leave a comment

My So-True Tweet of the Day

Funny and so true. They really have boxed themselves into a corner.

My Tweet of the Day:

Tweet of the Day 6-11-12

June 11, 2014 at 10:23 AM Leave a comment

Let’s Start Calling This Domestic Terrorism

Gladsen Flag via wikipedia

(The Gladsen flag via Wikipedia)

A man and a woman who shot two police officers and then a civilian in Las Vegas on Sunday may have been white supremacists, according to Las Vegas newspapers.

The Las Vegas Sun quoted neighbors at the couple’s apartment complex saying that the two “had a reputation for spouting racist, anti-government views, bragging about their gun collection and boasting that they’d spent time at Cliven Bundy’s ranch during a recent standoff there between armed militia members and federal government agents.”

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that police found Swastika symbols in the apartment.

If the two are involved with neo-Nazi or white supremacists groups, the Vegas slayings would be one of several linked to hate movements.

Among recent killings: A former Ku Klux Klan “grand dragon” killed three at two Jewish facilities in a Kansas City suburb in April; a man killed six before killing himself at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin in 2012; and a man killed three officers in Pittsburgh in 2009.

[...]

The couple then reportedly covered the officers’ bodies with a cloth showing a Revolutionary War-era flag.

The newspaper reported it was the Gadsden flag, a yellow background with a coiled snake above the words, “Don’t tread on me.” Named for Christopher Gadsden, the Revolutionary War general who designed it, the flag has been more recently associated with the American Tea Party movement and, by some, with the Confederacy.

More…

June 9, 2014 at 12:41 PM Leave a comment

Wisconsin Republicans Move to Block Overturned Same-Sex Marriage Ban

This is happening right now:

Gay couples began marrying in Wisconsin on Friday shortly after a federal judge overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Look at these awful people:

WI Gay marriage ban overturned re john nichols on twitter

(Image via NicholsUprising on Twitter)

 

As the marriages took place, the state’s [Republican] attorney general moved swiftly to stop them.

More…

Republicans are craven ideologists who can’t see the tsunami of change that’s already happened. This is a done deal nationwide.  But oh no, they’ve got to appeal to those 28%ers (as in the Teabaggers).

Fools.  Just freakin jackass fools.

(My brother is gay and has been since the day he was born. He came out in 1977.  I am so done with this issue.  Full rights to everybody already and then, to those of you who want to fret endlessly about this?  Get a life.  Get a hobby.  Do wood carvings or sand paintings or something.  Geezus.  Let people be!)

June 6, 2014 at 7:18 PM Leave a comment

#NotAScientists (i.e., Republicans) On How Global Warming is a Bunch of Hooey

This is good, via Act.TV/Americans United:

The GOP may be a lot of things, but “climate scientists” is not one of them. But that won’t stop them from ignoring a 97% consensus among actual scientists, along with 7 out of 10 Americans, that climate change is man-made and needs to be dealt with.

 

 

 

 

June 5, 2014 at 9:34 AM 3 comments

Tweet of the Day

From Charles Johnson, a recovering wingnut Republican:

 

Charles chohnns 6-4-14

June 4, 2014 at 8:06 PM Leave a comment

Two More Years of This

Here is the cover of the latest People magazine.

Here is a photo from the Drudge Report over the headline, “Is Clinton Holding a Walker?”

Hillary Holding a Walker?  Drudge

((Image via DrudgeReport.com)

Aye yie yie.

Oh, and this is what walkers look like.

June 4, 2014 at 11:26 AM Leave a comment

People Acting Up — Love It

Sign Holders 5-12-14

(Image Matt Culver via AddictingInfo.org via WoodTV)

This happened yesterday:

In honor of Mother’s Day, Christine Weick an anti-gay woman from Grandville, Michigan, chose to stand on a corner holding a sign that said

“Thank your Mom today, for not being gay.”

Weick claims she’s not a bigot and that hers isn’t a message of hate. She just feels compelled to go out on Mother’s Day and offend as many people as possible – in the name of her God, of course.

Weick soon had company, as another sign barer arrived on the scene, to offer a counter message.

“Thank your mom if you’re not a bigot.”

Somewhere along the line someone threw a slushie at Weick which is unfortunate but imho, that’s a whole other story.

People joined the “Thank your mom if you’re not a bigot” sign holder:

After the slushie incident, more counter protesters arrived, including Zach Hoag, who brought a sign that read:

“But two moms can be great.”

During a short interview with Wood TV, Hoag said:

“Love one another. I think that two moms or two dads can love and nurture a child just the exact same way a mother and father could,”

Later in the day another man showed up with a sign that said:

“F*** her. I disagree,”

Another woman also came out to hold a sign that read:

“I [heart] gays.”

More…

The reason I love this is because obviously it is Weick’s right to hold a sign that said what her sign said, but I’m willing to bet she surrounds herself with like-minded people and like minded so-called news organizations and like-minded radio talkers and that she thinks she’s in the (vast) majority in her thinking.  The conservatism in the MSM is overwhelming.

And I’m willing to bet she thought she’d be a bit of a local hero. So congratulations to the “Thank your mom if you’re not a bigot” sign guy, to Zach Hoag, to the man who held a sign that said “F*** her, I disagree” and to the woman who proclaimed “I [heart] gays.”  I love seeing people act up against resistance to change, to people who don’t want to let others live and let live and to this notion that conservative thinking dominates.

Look around. It doesn’t!

The folks who want to keep things as they are and/or take us back to the ’50s get way too much attention.  Bravo to three sign-holders for not taking it anymore and for being so cool about it.

May 12, 2014 at 5:43 PM Leave a comment

Radical Republican Pat Robertson Warns the GOP is Being Taken Over by Radicals

Irony is dead.

Pat Robertson

Back in 2011 Pat Robertson derided Republican primary voters as extremists who were causing the GOP to lose elections by pushing candidates too far to the right.

Today the 700 Club host warned that the party is facing a takeover by “radicals on the right” who will nominate candidates who “aren’t capable of beating the Democrats”

More…

 

Today, the 700 Club host warned that the party is facing a takeover by “radicals on the right” who will nominate candidates who “aren’t capable of beating the Democrats.” – See more at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/pat-robertson-laments-radicals-right-have-taken-over-gop#sthash.b5HfQKWZ.dpuf

Back in 2011, Pat Robertson derided Republican primary voters as extremists who are causing the GOP to lose elections by pushing candidates too far to right.

Today, the 700 Club host warned that the party is facing a takeover by “radicals on the right” who will nominate candidates who “aren’t capable of beating the Democrats.”

Of course, the Religious Right movement spearheaded by televangelists like Robertson has been one of the forces moving the GOP toward the conservative fringe.

- See more at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/pat-robertson-laments-radicals-right-have-taken-over-gop#sthash.b5HfQKWZ.dpuf

May 5, 2014 at 12:42 PM Leave a comment

This is Cliven Bundy — The Republican’s New Hero

Check out this article from Caty Enders at Esquire mag: Life at The Bundy Ranch, Uncensored.

At the Bundy camp last week, pundits and politicians descended on Bunkerville, Nevada, to throw in their American flag hats with the BLM protestors. A FOX news van had been parked by the side of the road for days. Up on the ridge, militia snipers kept a trained watch as Bundy held court, and disciples from far and wide came to share their personal theories as to why the government was enforcing a court order.

But on Thursday, we witnessed a mainstream exodus from Bundy’s flank. Sean Hannity, Bundy’s biggest booster, called his racist remarks “beyond despicable,” but maintained that they should not taint the supporters who “for the right reasons saw this case as government overreach.”

Exactly how difficult was it, though, to determine pretty early on that Bundy and his followers were using the threat of force to back up some terrifyingly misguided beliefs?

During the few hours I visited last week, this was what was said.

More…

Here’s the condensed version:

Bundy Ranch insanity via buhbyegop on twitter

(Image via BuhByeGOP on Twitter)

I want to be like it was growing up in the 50s too Cliven:  When the United Nations was the hope of the world.  When my father supported he, my mother and my two brothers (on one salary).  We had great public schools and California had essentially free universities.  I trick-or-treated for UNICEF when I was nine-years-old and I thought I could make a difference.  When my 14-year-old self and my girlfriend swooned over 20, 24-year-olds hunks who we saw in the Roosevelt National Forest in Colorado.  That would be before Reagan and his predecessors decided we didn’t need them anymore … the Forest Service caretakers or the forests.

U.S. Forest SErvice guyys

Back in the 50s I’d drink a Dr. Pepper and it had good ol’ sugar in it instead of high fructose corn syrup and it came in a glass bottle instead of one that leached BPA into my brain.

Here’s lookin’ at you Cliven.  The 50s were great in so so many ways but lots has happened since. You might want to Google it.

Woohoo!:  #RepublicanRebranding.

April 26, 2014 at 8:14 PM Leave a comment

Good Article (With a Great Title) About Cliven Bundy

Here’s a good article by Brian Beutler over at the New Republic about that so-called “patriot,” Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy.  I love the title:

4-24-14

Yeah, gosh, oops.  Who could have predicted, right?

And here’s my favorite paragraph:

And now there’s the lawless, mooching Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who takes things further than [Duck Dynasty's Phil] Robertson and argues that slavery, not segregation, was truly the golden age for “the negroes.” Better to be enslaved than subsidized—unless your subsidy comes in the form of the public land upon which your cattle graze for free.

Bundy’s not only a racist he’s a huge hypocrite too but hey, that’s endemic on the right.

April 24, 2014 at 3:43 PM Leave a comment

Let There be No Doubt: Alabama State Rep. Steve Hurst is Really, Really Pro-Gun

Geezus:

Steve Hurst gun float via blog.al.com

(Image via Blog.Al.com)

Alabama Rep. Steve Hurst wants you to know he is for gun rights.

The District 35 Republican from Talladega gets his message across at parades in a very unmistakable way: He uses a giant revolver as a parade float. (And a barbecue. The gun is actually not a balloon but a large barbecue shaped like a handgun.)

[...]

Hurst said the parade float has two purposes: For one, it reminds people Hurst is a small business owner. He owns a fencing company and also Haynes Street Pawn and Gun Shop. He sells guns with his business partner. And two, the gun-shaped barbecue, often attached to his truck, reminds people he supports gun rights. Hurst pushed for and won a change in Alabama law that no longer requires homeowners to flee from an intruder.

More…

April 22, 2014 at 11:50 AM 1 comment

What if Your Mailman Refuses to Deliver Your Mail Based on His “Religious Beliefs?”

In the case of Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, heard by the Supreme Court a few weeks ago, the Court must decide whether a corporation, i.e. Hobby Lobby, can opt out of providing insurance coverage to its employees for certain forms of birth control it objects to. The case, in essence, is about whether corporations — who the Supreme Court has already said are “people” — can have religious beliefs.

If the Court rules in favor of Hobby Lobby, the sky’s the limit.  Imagine a dental practice refusing to treat African Americans because of its supposed “religious beliefs,” or a veterinarian refusing to treat dogs belonging to blond people because of  “religious beliefs.”  I mean, it could get really crazy around here really fast.

Not only that, imagine a USPS letter carrier or a FedEx guy incorporating himself and refusing to deliver mail or packages that violate his/her “religious beliefs,” as in this:  On May 22, the United States Postal Service will debut a “forever stamp” featuring openly-gay San Fransisco Board of Supervisors member Harvey Milk who was assassinated in 1978.

Harvey Milk Stamp

Or what about this:  My husband was a letter carrier for 35 years.  He’s retired now but what if he’d incorporated himself and refused to deliver Republican campaign mail to his patrons, based on, ahem, his “religious beliefs?”

Like I said, it could get really crazy, really fast.

 

 

 

 

April 20, 2014 at 6:31 PM Leave a comment

People: Conservatives Hate You

My Tweet of the Day.  (BTW, Josh Barro is a conservative so he should know.)

Tweet of the Da 4-17-14

That said, poor people (which includes a wide swath of us now), keep on voting for conservatives because God, gays, guns, equal pay for them bitches, teachers who are brainwashing your kids, ranchers who are stealing grazing fees from We the People tryin’ to live life as Benjamin Franklin said and oh yeah, the IRS, Benghazi, letter carriers and that black guy.

As Alan Grayson (D-FL) said, if you get sick, shut-up and die.  Fast.  Don’t bother us, don’t make noise and don’t make a mess.

April 17, 2014 at 6:40 PM 1 comment

If Obama Wanted to Spread Islamic Law in the U.S. He’d be a Republican

Maybe the GOP yelling about Obama being a secret Muslim is meant as a distraction for the Islamic-like values they’re pushing:

GOP Muslim 4-8-14

(Via.)

April 8, 2014 at 11:17 AM 1 comment

Breitbart “News” Launches “Breitbart California” With Foul Photo

I have a feeling Breitbart so-called “News” is going to end up taking this down so I wanted to grab a screenshot of this photoshopped hatefulness.  They’re using it in their “Breitbart California” launch (link above) and it depicts Nancy Pelosi as Miley Cyrus.

Geezus.  Get some class guys!

Breitbart Nancy as Miley

(Image via Breitbart.com)

(Via.)

April 7, 2014 at 1:19 PM Leave a comment

Trump: “The Late, Great Jimmy Carter?”

Donald Trump proved (again) what a bimbo he is today at the CPAC conference:

Jimmy Carter’s still alive.

March 6, 2014 at 3:48 PM Leave a comment

Republicans Have Wasted at Least $50 Million Voting to Repeal Obamacare

In July, 2012, just after Republicans voted — for the 33rd time — to repeal Obamacare, CBS reported that Republicans spent roughly $50 million of our tax dollars and two full work weeks on those votes knowing full well there was no way Obama was going to sign a bill voiding his own legislation.

Again, that was almost two years ago.  Since then, the GOP has voted an additional 14 times for repeal, underscoring the hypocrisy of their screams about reducing the deficit and working to create jobs, neither of which they’re doing.

When I see polls and read articles about how the Republicans have a good shot at retaining control of the House and of taking the Senate in the fall, I wonder what in the hell people are thinking.

March 5, 2014 at 10:50 AM Leave a comment

Hate Groups Decrease in Number After Hate Goes Mainstream

Southern Poverty Law Center

From the Southern Poverty Law Center:

After four years of spectacular growth driven by the 2008 election of President Obama and the nearly simultaneous collapse of the economy, the radical right in America saw its first significant decrease in 2013. The shrinking numbers of hate groups and, especially, antigovernment “Patriot” groups appear to be the result of a host of factors, ranging from the co-opting of their issues by mainstream politicians, to an improving economy, to law enforcement crackdowns.

More on that second reason for the decrease, the “co-opting of their issues by mainstream politicians,” as in Republicans and Tea Partiers:

Finally, many issues championed by the radical right have been adopted by purportedly mainstream politicians, in much the same way that a number of state legislatures stole away the core ideas of nativist extremist groups, leading to their rapid diminution in recent years. The idea, for instance, that the United Nations sustainability program known as Agenda 21 is a one-world government conspiracy originated in radical groups like the John Birch Society. But in January 2012 the Republican National Committee adopted a resolution describing it as a “destructive and insidious” scheme that will impose “socialist/communist redistribution of wealth” on America. In fact, the plan, which was signed by President George H.W. Bush in 1992, is completely voluntary and can force no one to do anything.

[...]

Similarly, laws meant to prevent Islamic Shariah law from being imposed on American courts — a totally unnecessary measure, given that the Constitution does not allow for such an eventuality, but one that has been pushed by Islamophobes on the extreme right — have passed in Arizona, Kansas, Louisiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Tennessee, and are being considered elsewhere.

More…

I heard a report about this on CBS radio news the other day.  The reader only talked about the number of hate groups dropping, not about why.  The why is pretty darn important.

 

 

March 4, 2014 at 1:22 PM 1 comment

The GOP Officially Begins Writing Sarah Palin Out of Its History

Sarah Palin via Wikipedia

(Image via Wikipedia)

RNC Chair Reince Priebus issued a statement today celebrating the beginning of Women’s History Month and marking women’s “contributions to our country throughout our history.”

Here it is.  (Try not to vomit when you get to the part about how he’s “inspired” by the struggle for voting rights because if Republicans have their way, we’ll have to struggle for voting rights all over again.)

Today marks the beginning of Women’s History Month, which gives us all the opportunity to celebrate women’s contributions to our country throughout our history—and especially to honor those women who fought to make this country a more just and equal place,” said Chairman Priebus.

“The Republican Party is proud to have played a leading role in securing women’s right to vote. When Susan B. Anthony defied the law and voted in 1872, she proudly voted the Republican ticket. She and other suffragists worked with her friend Republican Senator A.A. Sargent to introduce the 19th Amendment. And it took a Republican Congress to finally pass it in 1919.

“The Republican Party continues to uphold the principle of equal opportunity for all that has guided us from the very beginning. And as we celebrate the women of our party and country this month, we continue our fight for equal opportunity.”

“I’m always inspired by the stories of our country’s strong-willed women. I’m especially inspired by those suffragettes and their decades-long fight for voting rights,” said Co-Chairman Day.

“Republican women have a history of being trailblazers, breaking ground and glass ceilings — from Margaret Chase Smith, the first woman to be elected to both the House and the Senate, to the nation’s first Latina governor, Susana Martinez of New Mexico and the country’s youngest sitting governor, Nikki Haley of South Carolina.

This is where you’d think mention would be made of Sarah Palin.  She not only was a governor (albeit a half-governor) but she was nominated as the first female vice presidential candidate.  But no.

“Republicans continue to offer a positive agenda for America’s women, as we work to create more job opportunities, lighten the tax burden, and reduce the cost of healthcare. Our policy goals are driven by the desire to do what’s best for women—not by scoring cynical political points.

“Today my granddaughters have opportunities that past generations could only dream about, but we can’t forget women in countries around the world who don’t enjoy equal rights and the same opportunities. Let’s rededicate ourselves to being a beacon of freedom and opportunity this Women’s History Month.”

More…

 

March 1, 2014 at 2:01 PM 2 comments

Guns on Campus: Idaho Professor Wonders When It’s Okay for Him to Shoot a Student

Man-oh-man, does this ever zero in on the insanity of allowing college kids to carry guns on campus:

Boise State Univesity Logo

When May I Shoot a Student?

BOISE, Idaho — TO the chief counsel of the Idaho State Legislature:

In light of the bill permitting guns on our state’s college and university campuses, which is likely to be approved by the state House of Representatives in the coming days, I have a matter of practical concern that I hope you can help with: When may I shoot a student?

I am a biology professor, not a lawyer, and I had never considered bringing a gun to work until now. But since many of my students are likely to be armed, I thought it would be a good idea to even the playing field.

[...]

I assume that if a student shoots first, I am allowed to empty my clip; but given the velocity of firearms, and my aging reflexes, I’d like to be proactive. For example, if I am working out a long equation on the board and several students try to correct me using their laser sights, am I allowed to fire a warning shot?

[...]

My current students have grown up learning responsible weapon use through virtual training available on the Xbox and PlayStation. Far from being enamored of violence, many studies have shown, they are numb to it.

[...]

I want to applaud the Legislature’s courage. On a final note: I hope its members will consider my amendment for bulletproof office windows and faculty body armor in Boise State blue and orange.

More…

Thanks wingers.  You’re proposing legislation that will lead to a fucking legal mess (and loss of  lives too).  You’ll have your precious guns by your side. What I want to know is what about the rights of people who don’t want to be terrorized by people who walk around with guns and trigger fingers.  As usual, it’s your way or the highway.

February 28, 2014 at 7:50 PM 1 comment

National Hispanic Bar Association Pulls its 2015 Convention from Arizona

Here’s their press release:

ispanic Bar assn

(Image HNBA.com)

The Hispanic National Bar Association Pulls its 2015 Annual Convention From Phoenix in Response to Arizona’s SB 1062

Washington, D.C. – The HNBA announced today that it has pulled its 40th Annual Convention previously scheduled for Phoenix, Arizona in September 2015.

On Monday, February 24th, the HNBA denounced the Arizona legislature’s passage of SB 1062.  The HNBA also called for Governor Jan Brewer to veto the legislation and still hopes that she will do so.  As set forth in its February 24th press release, SB 1062 discriminates against members of Arizona’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.  

The proposed legislation also impacts other citizens that are either traveling through Arizona or that are doing business or have business interests in the state.  Accordingly, the HNBA’s Board of Governors voted unanimously to immediately pull the Annual Convention.

More…

 

February 26, 2014 at 2:49 PM 4 comments

Memo to Arizona’s “Religious Freedom” Fighters: If I Don’t Like Your Mail I Might Not Deliver It

Fireworks via Wikimedia commons

(Image via Wikimedia Commons)

Yo, Arizona, do you really want to go down the road where anyone and everyone can refuse services to people they perceive as violating their “religious freedom?”

Let’s pretend I’m your letter carrier and I’m on my route walking toward your house.  While sifting through the envelopes I’m carrying I see a letter or a solicitation from the NRA or Planned Parenthood.  I’m opposed to one or the other so — per my “religious freedom” and the bill sitting on Governor Jan Brewer’s desk — I refuse service because delivering that letter would go against my “religious freedom” and I toss it.

That’s where you’re going.

Do you want letter carriers to decide what mail you get based on their “religious freedom?”

Seriously?  Think about the ramifications.

(P.S.  Here’s the definition of ramification.)

Oh, and I love how Republicans seem to have driven over their infamous rebranding plan.

February 25, 2014 at 8:53 PM 3 comments

Have Conservatives Gone Over the Cliff Pushing Their Favorite Social Issues?

Wingnuts via Wikipedia

(Image via Wikipedia)

Here’s a perceptive and interesting read from Ed Kilgore over at Talking Points Memo asking whether the right’s so-called “religious liberty” campaign is backfiring:

In 2012, the conservative “campaign for religious liberty” looked like a smart and possibly winning strategic gambit. Aimed specifically at the Affordable Care Act’s contraception coverage mandate, nestled in a broader claim of institutional and individual exemptions from complex and sometimes unpopular laws and regulations, the campaign linked the Conference of U.S. Catholic Bishops with conservative evangelicals and both to the Republican politicians (including presidential candidate Mitt Romney) who made it a new front in both their anti-Obamacare and “family values” messaging.

[...]

Two years later, the “religious liberty” crusade shows signs of backfiring. This very day, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer may veto a bill just passed by a legislature controlled by her own party that provides a broad exemption from discrimination laws to businesses and individuals claiming compliance violates their beliefs. And more generally, an argument that once distracted from the extremist nature of conservative Christian objections to gay rights and reproductive rights is drawing attention to them in a dangerous way.

[...]

Perhaps some non-sectarian Americans instinctively identify with “bakers of conscience” or wedding planners who consider themselves in danger of hellfire for booking hotel ballrooms for Sodomites. But like the fight for the freedom to treat IUDs as death machines, the fight to provide the conservative Christian elements of the wedding industry with plenary indulgences from obedience to the law tends to elicit less sympathy than ridicule from the non-aligned.

More…

Again, I recommend the whole article.  I think Kilgore may be right.  In their desperation to hold on to the guns, God and gay crowd, conservatives have likely gone too far.  Yes, their base loves what they’re doing but chances are independents are shaking their head at the extremism of it all, this being the most recent example:  Washington lobbyist Jack Burkman on Monday said he is preparing legislation that would ban gay athletes from joining the National Football League.

February 25, 2014 at 11:32 AM Leave a comment

Bravo to Rocco’s Little Chicago Pizza in Tucson, Arizona!

I love this:

Rocco's Little Chicago Pizza

(Image via RoccosLittleChicago.com)

 

Arizona Pizzeria Refuses to Serve Legislators

In the wake of Arizona’s legislature recently passing a law that allows for discrimination (under the guise of religious freedom), a pizzeria in Tucson has decided that it will no longer serve Arizona legislators.

Rocco’s Little Chicago Pizza is taking a stand against the politicians who have voted in favor of Senate Bill 1062 which gives Arizona business owners the right to deny service to gays and others on the basis of religious freedom.

On Thursday the pizzeria posted a photo to its Facebook page (seen above) along with the message “”Funny how just being decent is starting to seem radical these days.”

“A customer posted the sign to my Facebook feed, so I printed it up and laminated it,” owner Anthony Rocco DiGrazia told The Huffington Post Friday (via Facebook). “The response has been overwhelming and almost all positive from across the globe. I just want to serve dinner and own and work in a place I’m proud of. Opening the door to government-sanctioned discrimination, regardless of why, is a huge step in the wrong direction. Thanks for all the support.”

More…

If you want to send a note of support to Rocco, the address is pizzarocco@gmail.com.

Good move guys!

 

February 22, 2014 at 10:18 AM Leave a comment

Senator Pat Roberts Doesn’t Live In Kansas But He Pays a Couple There 300/Mo to Use Their Address

Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) is one despicable dude:

Pat Robertson Kansas via wikipedia

So, are lapel flag pins out or does the flag in the background suffice? (Image via Wikipedia)

DODGE CITY, Kan. — It is hard to find anyone who has seen Senator Pat Roberts here at the redbrick house on a golf course that his voter registration lists as his home. Across town at the Inn Pancake House on Wyatt Earp Boulevard, breakfast regulars say the Republican senator is a virtual stranger.

“He calls it home,” said Jerald Miller, a retiree. “But I’ve been here since ’77, and I’ve only seen him twice.”

The 77-year-old senator went to Congress in 1981 and became a fixture: a member of the elite Alfalfa Club and the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which made him a regular on the Sunday talk shows. His wife became a real estate broker in Alexandria, Va., the suburb where the couple live, boasting of her “extensive knowledge” of the area.

[...]

In an interview, the three-term senator acknowledged that he did not have a home of his own in Kansas. The house on a country club golf course that he lists as his voting address belongs to two longtime supporters and donors — C. Duane and Phyllis Ross — and he says he stays with them when he is in the area.

[...]

Mr. Roberts is now desperate to re-establish ties to Kansas and to adjust his politics to fit the rise of the right in the state.

[...]

Mr. Roberts moved his address from a rental property he owned in Dodge City but had long since leased to tenants, and got a new driver’s license giving the golf course home as his address.

[...]

He began paying the Rosses $300 a month to allow him to stay overnight with them occasionally. “We’re not going to get Lugar’d,” said David Kensinger, an adviser to Mr. Roberts.

More…

Reading this made my brain vibrate like when fingernails are dragged across a chalk board.

February 7, 2014 at 8:50 PM Leave a comment

Older Posts


Follow Me On Twitter

Categories


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,206 other followers