Fight Back.

Saturday saw thousands of the War against Women folks take to the street to protest against Planned Parenthood.  They managed to get several anti-Planned Parenthood hashtags trending on Twitter as well.  While the Center for Medical Progress continues to release its deceptively edited videos to outrage the loud and proud ignorant fringe of the right, elected officials with actual power keep attempting to defund PP while wasting taxpayers money with investigations into PP that turn up no wrongdoing.

It is beyond time to fight back.

Abortion only makes up 3% of Planned Parenthood’s services.  Zero federal dollars out of Planned Parenthood’s funding goes to abortion services.  The federal funds go to the other 97% of services Planned Parenthood provides, stuff like STI testing, cancer screenings, contraception prescriptions, and FUCKING prenatal care.  Sure, there are other locations women can go to get these services, but there aren’t enough of them to handle the overflow that would occur if Planned Parenthood actually  disappeared.  Sure, rich and upper middle class women would still find someone to smear their pap, prescribe their birth control, provide prenatal care, or terminate their pregnancy.  These things are never in danger for the rich and upper middle class.  It doesn’t matter how conservative the state Congress gets, or how many clinics get shut down, rich girls from Texas or Mississippi can just get on a plane and fly wherever they need to go to get whatever service they need.

These attacks on Planned Parenthood are attacks on the health and family planning of all women who can’t hop on the jet for a quick trip to Cali for an IUD or an abortion.

The issue isn’t abortion.  It isn’t “selling” baby parts.

The issue is poor people having sex and the right’s quest to make sure they have to face the consequences.

Donate something to PP.  Write your Congress Critter.  Send out a tweet.

And smack down an anti-PP troll on social media.  Do your part for a great organization.

Really Rachel? Really?

I have to admit, I was so caught up shopping for a gay wedding present for the totes-legal-now-that-the-Supremes-said-that-everyone-needed-to-stop-kung-fu-fighting-long-enough-to-get-gay-married-everybody-even-puppies-goats-llamas-cable-news-shows-websites-and-straight-men-except-not-Jared-from-Subway-cause-seriously-fuck-that-guy impending nuptials joining The Wonkette and The Rachel Maddow Show in the bonds of holy matrimony, wondering what happens on the honeymoon for a website/cable news show marriage, who would get pregnant, and if they would give birth to little podcasts and oh my god this sentence ran on so long I got lost.

Okay, so I was busy doing that thing mentioned in the above sentence so I almost missed this little comment from Rachel Maddow on her show last night, and that would have been a shame because I so disagree with her for once.

There`s no reason to think that Jeb Bush is a terrible person.

I understand, Rachel.  You are always trying to get Republicans to come on your show, and those that do are always treated fairly.  Perhaps in the not too distant future (na na na), when elected Republicans can once again govern like adults without fear of being primaried for the sin of compromise, more members of the GOP will realize appearing on your show is not like a progressive on The O’Reilly Factor.  Of course, for that possibility to, well, be possible, you can’t exactly go around calling Republican candidates for President “terrible people,” now can you?

But I can.  Especially when the Republican in question actually is a terrible person.  In fact, one of the most pressing questions I hope to answer in my 17 part on-going series, Getting to Know the Trip, is if there is a non-terrible person in the field.  (Preliminary answer?  No.  They’re all pretty terrible.)  Things need to change if we have any hope of reclaiming our democracy and building it back up to something other than a world wide joke.  One thing that really needs to change is that the press needs to live up to the responsibility the Founding Fathers gave it by enshrining Freedom of the Press in the Bill of Rights.  The only bias a news anchor/reporter should have is an overwhelming bias towards reality. Stop covering politics like sports and stop being afraid of offending people if a political party takes a stance in opposition to objective fact.

While I am going to save most points for when I get to Jeb in my Goat Countdown, hearing Rachel last night compelled me to let you all know a few reasons why yes, Jeb Bush is a terrible person.  And we’ll start off with the two words that should immediately disqualify him from the Presidency:

Terry Schiavo

Raise your hand if you remember this ghoul trying to score political points by reinserting the feeding tube into a women in a persistent vegetative state, forcing her to “live,” against the wishes of her husband (and guardian) and, if you believe her husbands word, and I have no reason not to, against her own wishes as well.  Die with dignity? Not with Jeb on duty:

She had left no will. No written instructions. She was 26. To try to determine what she would have wanted, there was a trial, in the Pinellas County courtroom of circuit judge George Greer, in which Michael Schiavo relayed what she had told him in passing about what her wishes would be in this sort of scenario. Others did, too. She also had next to no chance of recovery, according to doctors’ testimony. Greer cited “overwhelming credible evidence” that Terri Schiavo was “totally unresponsive” with “severe structural brain damage” and that “to a large extent her brain has been replaced by spinal fluid.” His judgment was that she would not have wanted to live in her “persistent vegetative state” and that Michael Schiavo, her husband and her legal guardian, was allowed to remove her feeding tube.

But that was before the Jeb signal went up!

So on October 15, 2003, Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube came out. Judge’s orders. She would die within two weeks. This stage of the case looks in retrospect like the start of a test. Just how much power did Jeb Bush have?

HB 35E was filed after 8 at night on October 20. Many lawmakers already were gone for the day. Gelber, the state representative from Miami, put his suit back on at his apartment in Tallahassee and hustled back to the Capitol. Fellow Democrats gathered around as the attorney and former prosecutor began to read the bill one of Bush’s staff attorneys had helped to write.“Authority for the Governor to Issue a One-time Stay …”

Gelber looked up.

“I don’t have to read anymore,” he said. “It’s clearly unconstitutional.”

“The governor can’t just change an order of the court,” Gelber explained this month. “It’s one of the most elemental concepts of democracy: The governor is not a king.”

But the governor is Jeb!  He’s better than a king.  Letters poured into his office, each attempting to suck his dick a little bit better than the previous one.  Oh, it must have been good to be Jeb in those heady days.  Unfortunately, those pesky courts, you know, the ones who had earlier ruled in favor of Terri’s right to die with dignity?  Yeah, those ones.  Well, they were about to meddle around and ruin poor Jeb’s good day.

Back in Florida, though, the courts were focused not so much on what was “morally obligatory” but more on what was legally mandatory.

A circuit judge ruled Bush’s “Terri’s Law” unconstitutional.

Well, that’s only a circuit court.  Wait til it gets to the Florida Supreme Court.  They’ll see it Jeb’s way, I just know it.

The seven state supreme court judges took less than a month to dismiss unanimously “Terri’s Law.”

Oh.  Well, that was embarrassing.  Unanimous?  Damn.  The only thing worse would be if the Chief Justice released a written smackdown that Foster could mark up with bolding and italics on his blog, in this article.

“If the Legislature with the assent of the Governor can do what was attempted here,” chief justice Barbara Pariente wrote in her ruling, “the judicial branch would be subordinated to the final directive of the other branches. Also subordinated would be the rights of individuals, including the well-established privacy right to self-determination. No court judgment could ever be considered truly final and no constitutional right truly secure, because the precedent of this case would hold to the contrary. Vested rights could be stripped away based on popular clamor. The essential core of what the Founding Fathers sought to change from their experience with English rule would be lost …

But that was like, forever ago.  Surely Jeb has learned from his attempt to destroy the system of checks and balances to score cheap pro-life points.  No matter how many letters from supporters he received over the matter, he had to hear the overwhelming outcry in opposition to his privacy and self-determination shredding power grab.  Right?

No, not really.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Friday he had no regrets about fighting to keep Terri Schiavo alive, addressing the mid-2000s controversy on his second trip to New Hampshire this year.

“I don’t think I would have changed anything,” he told New Hampshire business leaders at St. Anselm College’s Politics and Eggs breakfast in response to a question about whether he would have handled things differently with the benefit of hindsight.

Speaking of the past, it turns out that Jeb longs for the good old days, back when adulterous women were forced to wear large letter “A’s.”

Public shaming would be an effective way to regulate the “irresponsible behavior” of unwed mothers, misbehaving teenagers and welfare recipients, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) argued in his 1995 book Profiles in Character.

In a chapter called “The Restoration of Shame,” the likely 2016 presidential candidate made the case that restoring the art of public humiliation could help prevent pregnancies “out of wedlock.”

One of the reasons more young women are giving birth out of wedlock and more young men are walking away from their paternal obligations is that there is no longer a stigma attached to this behavior, no reason to feel shame. Many of these young women and young men look around and see their friends engaged in the same irresponsible conduct. Their parents and neighbors have become ineffective at attaching some sense of ridicule to this behavior. There was a time when neighbors and communities would frown on out of wedlock births and when public condemnation was enough of a stimulus for one to be careful.

Bush points to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1850 novel The Scarlet Letter, in which the main character is forced to wear a large red “A” for “adulterer” on her clothes to punish her for having an extramarital affair that produced a child, as an early model for his worldview. “Infamous shotgun weddings and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Scarlet Letter are reminders that public condemnation of irresponsible sexual behavior has strong historical roots,” Bush wrote.

Who’s a cute little misogynist?  Come on, Jeb, make that “grrr” noise.  It will go great with this quote from Alternet:

After all, we’re talking about a man who once put the life of a disabled woman who’d been raped at risk by intervening legally to force her to carry her child to term — a move a Florida court later found illegal.

We’re talking about a man who, as governor, signed a controversial abortion ban into law — and praised a similar measure passed by the House on Wednesday as “humane and compassionate.”

We’re talking about a man who likes to defend his anti-choice record by saying “the most vulnerable in our society need to be protected” — even though he’s shown he’s not above playing politics with a child’s body, once going so far as governor as appealing the decision of a court that ruled a 13-year-old girl could have an abortion when her pregnancy posed an extreme risk to her health.

We’re talking about someone who likes to talk a big game about how taxpayer dollars should never be used to fund abortions — even though he slipped millions in taxpayer dollars to Florida “crisis pregnancy centers” notorious for lying to and misleading women about their reproductive health choices. (This, in a state where 73 percent of counties have no abortion providers and crisis centers may be the only places women have to turn for the medical care they desperately need.)

And let’s not forget that Jeb once held $1 million in family planning grants hostage until the programs receiving the money agreed not to discuss birth control at all.

And since I want to save most of the ammo for my 6k or so word introduction of Jeb that is still probably a couple months away, I will leave you with this recent little gaffe.  Wasn’t Jeb supposedly the establishment candidate who wouldn’t make stupid gaffes?  From Correct the Record, though you can find it just about anywhere:

 Jeb Bush: “I’m not sure we need half a billion dollars for women’s health issues.”

I know you were trying to be nice, Ms. Maddow, but he is a terrible person.

Now I’m going to do a knife hit to get the taste of yet another bush out of my mouth.  Have a good weekend, I’ll try to get a few posts up during the weekend.

For those interested, here is the order for the next few parts of Getting to Know the Trip

  1. Bobby Jindal
  2. Lindsey Graham
  3. Rick Perry
  4. Jim Gilmore
  5. George Pataki

I will try to have Gov. Jindal up on Monday, although his is going to be so much fun that it may take til Wednesday.  I mean, this is a Governor who has pissed off just about every single voter in his state in his hopeless attempt to win the presidential nomination.  A legitimate answer to the question “What is wrong with the United State’s method of electing a President?” would be simply pointing at Jindal.  He is a guy who got himself elected Governor of a state solely as a stepping stone to higher office, and every single decision he makes as Governor is informed by his higher goal.  Yes, it will be fun.

After I finish out the under 2% gang I’ll make a schedule for the other candidates.  I’m thinking of going by national poll numbers, which is meaningless, but hell, Fox News thinks they mean something, so why not?  We’ll see.

If you have a few minutes, I urge you to read the whole piece on Jeb and the Terri Schiavo over at Politico, titled “Jeb ‘Put Me Through Hell’.”  It’s worth checking out, if only to remind you of the situation.

 

 

 

 

Getting to Know the Trip, Part One; Game On!

This is the first in a 17 part series examining the candidates for the 2016 GOP Presidential nominee, beginning with the participants in the August 6th “kid’s table” debate to avoid having them drop out of the race before being covered.  The purpose is to introduce these candidates from the point of view of an independently minded progressive.  I am not attempting to be unbiased in my writing.  It is far from a secret that I feel the current Republican party has went off the rails and that the thought of any of this field of candidates winning the White House terrifies me.  The mainstream media does its best to appear unbiased politically, perhaps due to the “liberal media” smear the right is so fond of, yet this coverage of politics as a sporting event is one of many problems crippling our democracy.  No, I’m not saying the media should favor Democrats or Republicans, just that it should favor fact over fiction. Pointing out a politicians lies is not a partisan attack, it is the media’s responsibility and one of the reasons freedom of the press is enshrined in the Bill of Rights.  Tell us the facts and leave the commentary for the opinion pages or segments.

Foster Disbelief is not a news source.  I have an ideological bent that is pretty impossible to ignore and I do not march in lockstep with any political party.  Since the mainstream media refuses to do its job I will be providing more than just commentary in this series.  I do make one promise.  I will not lie about any of these candidates.   If you notice that I have a fact about a candidate wrong, please let me know, either through a comment or email and I will fix the mistake.  This is for factual mistakes only.  If you disagree with my opinion, well, join the crowd.  And with that, Game On!

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I Haven’t Pissed Off Any Liberals For a While…..

and my wallet is getting empty.  Remember, Big Pharma.  My address is still the same.  I’ll be awaiting my payment.  Ahem, it was two in the morning when the rhinoceros sneezed at the wombat.  Wink, wink.  (God, I hope the password phrase is still the same.  I’d hate to be typing this for nothing.)

While Avenue Q makes the claim that the internet is for porn, anyone spending time online knows that the internet is also for online lists, preferably online lists that spread misinformation, disputed “facts,” and outright lies.  (Okay, I admit that the internet is used for other things as well, but statistics show that a full 92.6 percent of internet content is made up of porn and misleading Listicles.*)  One such online list can be found at Modern Alternative Mama: 12 Mainstream Vaccine Lies You Probably Believe.

Now I do not have the space or the time to properly disembowel this travesty of misinformation, but luck would have it that is exactly what Orac does over at Respectful Insolence.  I urge everyone to stop over and read his thorough deconstruction of this dangerous post.  The anti-vax movement is anti-science with a body count that needs the light of reason focused on it constantly until it fades back into the shadows.  But before you all rush over to Respectful Insolence, I’d like to point out, with Orac’s help, some of the more egregious items on her list.

4. Safe treatments for these diseases don’t exist.

No.

While our medical knowledge 50 or 60 years ago was clearly more limited, we have made great advances now. We’re now able to treat many illnesses with simple, non-invasive means. Vitamin A supplementation is used to prevent complications of measles. Mullein is an herb that’s excellent at treating pertussis (along with vitamin C) and other illnesses. We know so much more now. And alternative medicine often has an answer!

Plus, if you’re concerned about polio, read up on that.

“Alternative medicine often has an answer.”  You know, I’m willing to concede that point, as long as she isn’t claiming the answer is correct.  Seriously, do you know what alternative medicine that works is called?  Medicine.  As for mullein to treat pertussis…

That’s pertussis.  Not even a bad sounding case, actually, just one I found where the infant lived.  Dig around on Youtube for some of the really nasty sounding ones.   You really want to treat that in your child with an evidence-free herb and vitamin prescription from an “alternative health” practitioner?

Of course the comment on polio and the provided link should immediately cause anyone with working brain cells to ignore this person.

Here’s Orac’s take on point 4.

This is, of course, utter nonsense. There are not “safe and natural” treatments for serious diseases, as much as naturopaths and useful idiots like Tietje argue otherwise. As for polio, in her article linked to, Tietje basically argues that polio isn’t dangerous and even going so far as to dismiss all those pictures of iron lungs thusly:

As for those iron lungs, they’re outdated medical technology, pure and simple. Doctors today have much more sophisticated machines that they use when someone is struggling to breathe. So, even if the absolute worst did happen — no, we would not see a recurrence of iron lung machines.

Yes, she really said that. To her, just because we now have positive pressure ventilators and long-term tracheostomies for people who can’t breathe on their own, it’s damned deceptive to be showing iron lungs because we don’t use them anymore. Sorry, Kate old bean, but that’s history, and, quite frankly, while being hooked up to a modern ventilator via a tracheostomy is better than being stuck in an iron lung, it’s still plenty bad.

The rest of her article cites nonsense like the claim that lead arsenate pesticides and DDT are the actual reason polio epidemics started occurring more frequently in the 1930s through 1950s. It’s dangerously ignorant misinformation I’ve deconstructed at length before.

Alternative Mama plays the dishonest “those diseases weren’t all that bad” card with point 11.

11. The diseases we vaccinate for are incredibly dangerous

Thankfully, no.

Most of these diseases were normal childhood illnesses and were a very uncomfortable week or two, but were not dangerous for healthy children. Read more about measles, a risk-benefit analysis, and pertussis. It’s not to say that there aren’t a small number of children who were seriously ill or died in the past, but medical knowledge has advanced quite a bit since that time, and we still haven’t answered the question which is truly safer for our children long-term, the vaccines or the illnesses. That’s important.

This is just so face-slappingly bad, and is so related to why I don’t even try to argue with most anti-vaxxers anymore.  Actually we have answered the question which is truly safer.  It’s the vaccines.  Just because the science didn’t confirm Alternative Mama, Jenny McCarthy, and the anti-vax movements pet hypothesis (refuse to give it the credit of a theory) doesn’t mean we don’t have an answer.  What, do they claim that we need more tests, more studies?  If the data fell the other way, and the research implicated vaccines something tells me these people would be shouting from the rooftops that the science was in, not asking for more studies.

That paragraph she wrote “debunking” point 11 reads simply like the words of someone who, thanks to vaccines, never had to worry about those diseases.  Listen to the sound of an infant with pertussis and tell me it’s no big deal.  People die of the measles, and as soon as we reach a certain threshold number of cases, people will die again from the disease.  Orac’s take:

This is just so wrong it’s not even wrong. Hepatitis B, for instance, is incredibly dangerous. For measles, as I discussed in the wake of the Disneyland measles outbreak, actually hospitalizes a significant proportion of children who get it, while one in a thousand can develop encephalitis. When tens or hundreds of thousands of children get measles, the number of children who develop encephalitis or die becomes significant. Measles is not benign, and benefits of the measles vaccine actually go beyond preventing measles because measles suppresses the immune system and children die of other diseases at a higher rate in the two years after having the measles. When weighing the risks and benefits, there’s no doubt: Vaccination is far safer than the diseases

That’s all the space I’m going to give this post, but I once again urge you to go read Orac’s complete take down.  Far too many progressives buy into the anti-vax movement, and it is a trend that needs to be stopped.  It’s the right, with their creationism/intelligent design and climate change denial that are supposed to be the anti-science side.  Don’t remain silent while the vaccine preventable body count rises.

 

 

*On a somewhat related point, statistics also show that fully 98.1 percent of statistics quoted online are made up while being typed.  The more you know….

14 White Men and 3 Tokens. (Token Moderate Not Included.)

The race for the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination is in full swing now, over a year away from the actual election, and this cycles crop of candidates presents a classic good news/bad news situation.  First the good news:  It is Christmas in August for political satirists and late night talk show hosts.  It may be cliched, but it is comedy gold.  The bad news is far more serious and depressing.  Next November, when it is time for the American electorate to head to the polls and choose their President for the next four years, the choice they will be presented with will include one of these candidates.

Once the party of Lincoln, the Grand Old Party has become the victim of a force they themselves created through liberal usage of the “Southern Strategy” along side other effective, yet risky, strategies.  Decades of basing their electoral hopes upon the votes of angry white men has backed the party into the proverbial corner now that American demographics have swung enough to make that strategy nonviable.  The American electorate continues to become less white, less religious, less sexist, and less homophobic.  Meanwhile, the GOP “base,” the extreme fringe that consistently exercises power far out of proportion to their actual number because they actually bother to vote in primary elections, has, if anything, gotten more conservative and less willing to accept any form of compromise.  Because of this phenomenon, moderate members of the Republican party holding elected office have been slowly marching towards extinction.

Americans currently reside in a country where the political middle is actually quite a bit to the right of center, especially when compared to Europe.  While the GOP’s conservative “base” may be killing the party from the inside, this is one victory they’ll be able to point to for years to come.  As the GOP veered ever farther rightwards, it pulled the Democratic party towards the center in hopes of picking up the moderates the new extreme GOP was leaving behind, resulting in a dream scenario for conservatives where policy positions that began as Republican creations are now seen as “liberal” or “socialist.”  (See Romneycare….I mean, Obamacare as an example.)  True moderate Republicans have their hands tied; do they attempt to actually govern and reach compromises with Congressional Democrats, or do they want to be re-elected?  No matter how popular positions such as an increase to the minimum wage, background checks for firearm purchases, or a path to citizenship may be, they are toxic positions for Republicans who know that groups such as the NRA and media such as Fox News will use the extremist “base” to punish these politicians come primary season.  The ability to get things done and get elected has become an afterthought to ideological purity.

I would love to be able to look at this slate of candidates and just laugh.  I mean, I do laugh, and thankfully there are great comedians (such as Noah, Heath, and Eli at The Skepticrat) out there who can make me snort coffee out my nose instead of cry over the first primary debate.  But I have to admit that I am terrified of this election cycle.  The demographics have yet to change enough that low turn out plus a scandal couldn’t result in a GOP Presidential win, and that President would have both houses of Congress, allowing him to pretty much have free reign for two years.

And if that doesn’t scare you, you haven’t been paying attention.


Friday will see the first GOP candidate get the Foster Disbelief treatment.  Who will be first?  Here’s a hint:  You should never see him if you are properly preparing for anal sex.

Game On!

Announcing a New 17 Part Series!

Wednesday (or, if something comes up, Friday at the latest) I will be posting the first in a seventeen part series examining the Republicans running to (hopefully, please, oh please) join John McCain and Mitt Romney in the exclusive club of Presidential election losers.  The purpose of the series is twofold.  First off, with so many candidates in the race it will be a helpful way for me, and then by extension, my readers, to learn about each of the potential nominees.  I mean, other than the “R” after his name, how much do you really know about Jim Gilmore?  Probably as much as I do at the moment, which is how to spell his name.  (Got it on the first try!)  And I’m not singling Jimmy out for any particular reason other than thinking I could spell his name without looking it up either.  Other than Scotty, Jebby, Bobby and Donnie, my knowledge of most of the candidates leaves much to be desired.  (If Fox News can call Carly Fiorina by her first name at their debate, then I can call all the male candidates by their first names.  Ah, equality.)

The other reason is simple.  To dispel the fable that any of these candidates can actually be seen as “the moderate one.”  You know it will happen eventually.  While the goats in this rodeo (2016 Goat Rodeo! Hi tengrain!) all need to run to the right to win the support of the lunatic fringe base, they then need to drift back towards the center to have any chance of winning the general election.  With this political fact in play, it is only a matter of time until one (or several) candidate declares himself (or hersel…I can’t even type it without laughing) the only one “mainstream” enough to win over moderates.  The problem with this, this cycle at least, is that none of the candidates are anything close to moderate, a fact I think is important for everyone to realize.

And while it will be a while before I reach him (since I will do the “kid’s table debaters” first to avoid them dropping out before I get to them), Ohio Governor John Kasich is already being labeled the “moderate” of the bunch by the “mainstream” media thanks to not sounding insane on climate issues.

Except, you see, the problem is…..well, the problem is he is insane on climate issues.  Or if he isn’t, the primary process has forced him to walk his sanity back to a position more in line with the lunatic fringe that somehow remembers to vote every primary election.  From ThinkProgress:

Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) is the rare GOP presidential candidate who has acknowledged that climate change is a real problem requiring us to “protect” the “creation that the Lord has given us.” But just days after earning plaudits for his relatively moderate-sounding approach in Thursday’s GOP presidential debate, Kasich adopted a climate-change denialist approach on Sunday.

On NBC’s Meet the Press, host Chuck Todd called Kasich one of the “big winners of Thursday’s debate,” and praised him for an “impressive performance for the supportive crowd” in his home state and read a Time magazine quote comparing him to Pope Francis.

Kasich distanced himself from the Pontiff on economic issues and environmental ones. “I think that man absolutely affects the environment, but as to whether, what the impact is… the overall impact — I think that’s a legitimate debate.”

He then added: “We don’t want to destroy people’s jobs, based on some theory that is not proven.”

…..

Though Kasich had previously indicated that he believed in climate science, he had also made clear that he didn’t want to do much about it.

Honestly?  I respect an outright science denier more than someone who claims they believe the science, yet think doing nothing is a ethical response to the issue.  When future generations are learning about the world leaders who did nothing to prevent the upcoming climate disaster, at least the deniers have an excuse as to why they did nothing.

This is your “moderate” Republican in 2015 folks.

And the scariest thing?  He’s far too “moderate” to come anywhere close to winning a GOP primary.

L. Brent Bozell Shares Foolproof Tactic to Win Debates Against Liberals

Normally I pay absolutely no attention to the “esteemed” L. Brent Bozell, head of an impotent organization with an important sounding name, the Media Research Council.  Why you ask?  Mainly because the “research” implied by the organization’s name seems to consist primarily of a Christian conservative, either Mr. Bozell himself or an underling. watching the media until they see something that morally upsets them.  While I am sure our friend L. would love it if I compared his group to the Family Research Council or the American Family Association, I find the most fitting comparison is to Bill Donahue and the Catholic League, another group with an impressive sounding name that seems to exist only for its figurehead to untwist their knickers by writing an angry column consisting almost entirely of “rabble, rabble, rabble.”  While, terrifyingly, the FRC and the AFA actually have power to shape the opinion and thought of their Christian conservative audience, I have a really hard time believing anyone not married or related to Donahue and Bozell take them even the least bit seriously.  So ignore them I do.

For some strange reason, however, the “mainstream” media does seem to take them seriously at times.  Media groups are constantly reaching out to Donahue for comments on stories affecting Catholics as if he has the authority to speak for any Catholic not named William Donahue.  As for L. Brent Bozell, newspapers continue to publish his opinion columns even after he admitted that he doesn’t write the things, although perhaps he started to after that scandal broke.

So apparently if the “mainstream” media is taking L seriously, maybe I should as well.  (I wonder what the “L” stands for anyways?  I’m sure I could find out in less than a minute, but the mystery is so much more interesting.  Is it “Limp?”  “Lesbian?”  “Lefty?”  “Lucifer?” If you’re bored, leave your guess in the comments.)  Conveniently (A word, for what it’s worth, I misspell more than any other.  Definitely not convenient.)  for my new “taking Lefty Brent Bozell seriously” plan, the Altoona Mirror, fishwrap of choice for all south-central Pennsyltuckians, published Limp Brent Bozell’s newest column this morning.  Unfortunately for my new “taking Lucifer Brent Bozell seriously” plan, the content of the column aborted my new “take Lesbian Brent Bozell seriously” plan faster than a Planned Parenthood executive one baby liver away from a new Mercedes. *  Since the Altoona Mirror has placed the majority of its articles behind a pay wall accessible only to subscribers, no doubt to combat the countless people attempting to pirate such a prestigious paper, I will link to Larry Brent Bozell’s column at ArcaMaxx instead.

Arrogant liberal journalists naturally assume that conservative talk radio only succeeds in making Americans dumber. They reach this conclusion by avoiding conservative talk radio entirely.

No, actually they reach this conclusion by listening to conservative talk radio.

The overwhelming majority would never dare appear on one of these shows and debate the conservative host.

I wonder why?  I’m sure it couldn’t have anything to do with listening to prior liberals appearing on conservative talk radio and hearing the host shout over them, cut their mic, launch ad hominem attacks, insult them, refuse to let them respond, and hang up on them if all else fails.  Surprises me to no end that the big name progressives aren’t lining up for the chance to be treated like shit.

If one of them ever entered the ring with Mark Levin, they’d invoke the “mercy rule” before the first commercial break.

And that, dear readers, is where my “take Lucinda Brent Bozell seriously” plan collapsed in flames.  No, Lola Brent Bozell, you do not get to declare that your conservative heart throb would instantly win a debate with any liberal.  That’s not serious commentary, that’s a literary blow job.  Let’s follow along with some more of this fantasy hummer, shall we?

In recent years, Levin has matched a brainy talk show with a series of brilliant political books. The latest is called “Plunder and Deceit: Big Government’s Exploitation of Young People and the Future.” It’s a good bet that no liberal journalist will read it, no liberal newspaper will review it, and that no liberal network would imagine calling up Levin for an interview. They are too busy advocating tolerance and diversity.

I do have to give Lennon Brent Bozell some credit here for his absolute lack of a gag reflex.

Levin argues that the current ruling generation of statists — elected in part by millennial voters — are unraveling American civil society by undermining the country’s moral foundation and her economic footing. The central question of our time may be whether today’s young people still desire the founding vision of America with its constitutional limits on government, assisted by moral self-discipline, or whether we face a terminal moral and economic decline.

I can’t do it.  I just can’t.  This is basically, if you strip away the sloppy knob job, nothing but a man in black socks and shorts yelling at the neighborhood kids to get off his lawn.  “Undermining the country’s moral foundation?”  Really?  I mean, I lasted past Lord Brent Bozo Bozell claiming Levin’s talk show was “brainy” and didn’t even call out the fact that Levin’s “brilliant” political book (first draft in crayon!) has a title that sounds like it came from Ann Coulter, but I have to draw the line somewhere.  As this slob job continues, we find Leisure Suit Larry Brent Bozell citing the American Enterprise Institute as an unbiased source, taking random shots at the “liberal” media, and pointing out every mistake science makes as proof that climate change is a conspiracy.   Here’s some more of this conservative porn:

The left pushes against economic freedom with dire prognostications of planetary doom. Levin cites Dr. Mark Perry, an economics professor at University of Michigan and a scholar for the American Enterprise Institute, who made a list of 18 “spectacularly wrong apocalyptic predictions” made by eco-leftists around the first Earth Day.

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Our media are never embarrassed by these spectacularly failed predictions. Levin could write an entire book on this alone. To promote the leftist agenda, they ignore them and create an entirely new set of dire predictions.

Who is this Mark Levin anyway?  I have to admit that I didn’t recognize the name.  Perhaps he is a respected moderately conservative scholar that I have been unfairly damning by comparison with Lucid Brent Bozell?  Let me Google him quick…..

The Great One” pointed out that Fox had an opportunity to host one of these important debates, “And they took advantage of us, they took advantage of the audience.” Levin explained that Kelly”s “question two,” accusing Donald Trump of making inappropriate comments to Rosie O’Donnell and others, “was outrageous.” Levin suggested that Fox went to great lengths to engage in “oppositional research” on Mr. Trump.

(Fair warning, the above links to Breitbart)

Um.  “The Great One”?

Moreover, Levin objected to the format where in which we heard six or seven minutes each from the ten candidates, and a third of the time the Fox moderators dominated the event. Fox brags they had 24 million viewers, he pointed out, but he concluded that it amounted to an “embarrassment as far as I’m concerned… while the New York Times and CNN praised the event, I considered it an exploitation of the process, which is supposed to inform the American people. Not gotcha questions, not gossip… I think the American people are owed an apology.”

(Fair Warning, this links to Hot Air.)

Well, that one I agree with.  They should be nailed down on issues such as climate change, raising the minimum wage, the militarization of the police, income inequality, and other issues poll after poll shows the American people care about.  Somehow though, I do not think Mr. Levin would think those were fitting subjects to talk about.  I think he probably means “if you are elected President, how soon until you slash taxes on those with higher incomes and bomb Iran?”  *Shrug*

Alright, I’m closing in on 1500 words, I guess it’s time to wrap this one up.  Am I missing anything…..  Oh, of course!  The Facial!  Back to Lulz Brent Bozell’s literary fellatio for the ending we all deserve.

And they’d never dare debate Mark Levin.

Uh, Mr. Bozell?  You have something on your face…..

 

*The asterisked sentence was edited by The Center for Medical Progress.  The full, unedited text of the sentence follows:

“Unfortunately for my new “taking Lucifer Brent Bozell seriously” plan, the content of the column aborted my new “take Lesbian Brent Bozell seriously” plan faster than a Planned Parenthood employee would counsel a pregnant executive to examine all of her options, pointing out that terminating the pregnancy was only one of the possible choices, choices that also included placing the baby up for adoption, though the executive would need more tests since her liver enzyme count was not far away from a problematic number, before complimenting her on her new Mercedes.”

As you can see, the original sentence was long and ungainly.  We wish to thank The Center for Medical Progress for their non-context changing editing job. 

Wow Fox News, Way to Make “Kid’s Table” Sound Like a Compliment.

Apparently Fox News thinks the amount of contenders for the GOP Presidential nomination is a problem.  While some could see the 17 viable candidates the GOP has this season as an embarrassment of riches, others seem to think the field is a bit more like a clown car.  So rather than wait for Iowa and New Hampshire to winnow down the field like every other Presidential election season, Fox decided to take matters in their own hands and limit the first debate to only 10 participants.  Just in case that wasn’t controversial enough, they revealed that national poll numbers would decide who got to be in the debate.  You know, those polls that are meaningless this far from an election?  You know, those polls where the bottom 10 candidates or so are separated by statistically meaningless numbers within the margin of error?  Yeah, those polls.

But Fox wasn’t turning their backs on the Sad Seven.  How could they, after the Sad Seven pumped so many advertising dollars into Fox’s wallets as they tried in vain to move the national polls?  Fair is fair after all, so Fox graciously had a second debate, held before the main event and broadcast on Fox News as well.

So where did Fox hold the “kid’s table” debate?  Did they do an in-studio round table?  Find a smaller venue for the candidates?  Use this debate to warm up the crowd for the prime time event?  Of course not, because none of those options would let the candidates know how badly Fox wanted them out of the race.  So they did this:

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kidstable3screen cap from Fox News

Personally?

I think all seven of them should have told Fox to “fuck off” and refused to participate in this event designed to end their campaigns.  I’m not even going to get into this “debate,” or mention how they respectfully addressed all the men but called Carly Fiorina by her first name because of course they did.  If Fox News wasn’t taking this event seriously, why should I?  Why should anyone?

Wake up Republicans.  Your party has been taken over by a television network and the lunatic fringe that remembers to vote on primary day.  You’re letting this nation, that you claim to love so much, turn into a joke to the rest of the world.

 

My mind has been on family issues the past few days, in case you were wondering why posting has been sporadic.  Hopefully I’ll be all clear-headed on Monday to start the week off with a bang.  Have a good weekend all!

 

A Sign of a Potentially Good Weekend?

I was pleasantly surprised this morning when upon cutting open the grapefruit I was using to break my fast, I was greeted with this beautiful sight:

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IT’S NOT PINK!!!!

For any other local citrus lovers who can not stand the pink blasphemy that has infected grapefruits, Martin’s Grocery stores have real grapefruits!  Now, they are labeled as “organic” and they cost twice as much as the other grapefruits, but they aren’t red and they’re as sour as a grapefruit should be.

Now to go and stock up before they realize their mistake and make the organic grapefruits all “star ruby” as well.

 

Note: For those who think I have a problem with…well, um…. shutting up?  Before I stopped myself with the question “what the fuck am I writing?,” this post was up to 750 words and I wasn’t close to finished.  Yes, I have a Stephen King sized problem with literary diarrhea. Someday, some poor person is going to be assigned as my editor, and I already feel bad for them.

 

Accessories for the Gun Fondler in Your Life

For when you want even pinko liberal commies with eye problems to know you love your guns….

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