oh, please, please, please … do it!

boehner and his gop clown car by hip is everythingWho says Christmas only comes once a year? …
First we had ‘Oops’ Perry gearing up for the quadrennial clown car demolition derby I like to call the Republican Presidential Primaries …
That alone promises that 2015 and 2016 will be filled with beyond epic clown car crashes, clusterfuck extravaganzas and comedy sketches that just write themselves …
Then ‘Old Foamy’ Santorum started sniveling that he was up for the show again …
And ‘Mittens are people too’ Romney seems to be sniffin’ round the trough again …
Rand Paul seems almost certain to run as the representative of the ‘Paul Psycho Pinhead Parade’ …
I guess that old crank Ronny has finally, officially gone completely off the deep end and is no longer deemed mentally or socially fit enough to carry the Crazy Old Coot flag …
Pity …
Even performance artist extraordinaire, Mr. 999, Herman Stain seems to be tossing his clown hat into the ring, although he never really runs, he just sorta grabs cash and bails …
Still, he’s always a hilariously welcome addition to the ‘Battle of the Batshits’ …
Old Jebediah from Florida, brother of the world renowned Texan ‘Cat Portraitist’ and finger painter ‘Georgie the Shrub’ has decided that he won’t run … phew! …
Chris ‘Big Pussy’ Christie, the ‘Joisy Jerk’, will be running too, providing he’s not in prison …
Ditto for Wisconsin’s Scott ‘The Lone Deranger’ Walker …
No prison and he’s on this thing like shit on a warm wool blanket …
I’m guessing that Newt Blingrich will be starting his quadrennial ‘I’ve Got A Book To Sell Tour’ at any moment, and his lying, bloviating, self-centered loser of a buddy Donald ‘Gasbags’ Dump, ‘The Bankruptcy King’ will also ‘announce’ … providing that urine colored ferret that lives on his over inflated head is willing and able …
Oh, please. please, please …
(bloggers everywhere, gimme a ‘Booyah!!’) …
And now, we have the following (just to fill all the seats at the clown car wreck) …

gop must be crazy by hip is everythingMichele Bachmann: ‘There’s A Chance I Could Run’ In 2016

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said she has not ruled out another presidential run, saying the media shouldn’t just speculate about potential male 2016 candidates.
“The only thing that the media has speculated on is that it’s going to be various men that are running,” Bachmann told RealClearPolitics in an interview Tuesday. “They haven’t speculated, for instance, that I’m going to run. What if I decide to run? And there’s a chance I could run.”
Bachmann ran in the 2012 Republican primary and even won the Iowa Straw Poll in August 2011. But after a poor showing in the 2012 Iowa Caucus, Bachmann ended her campaign.
Shortly after conceding the race, Bachmann said she “was the perfect candidate.”
Bachmann told RealClearPolitics she felt her 2012 experience could help her in another presidential bid.
“Like with anything else, practice makes perfect,” Bachmann said. “And I think if a person has gone through the process — for instance, I had gone through 15 presidential debates — it’s easy to see a person’s improvement going through that.”
In May 2013, Bachmann announced she wouldn’t seek re-election for Congress, saying she thought “eight years is also long enough for an individual to serve as a representative for a specific Congressional district.”  Read more from Bachmann at RealClearPolitics.

whoaaa! and down the slope we go … again

slipperyIn the wake of the Supreme Court’s historic decision in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby case, Gordon College President D. Michael Lindsay joined a group of other Christian leaders who sent a letter to President Barack Obama insisting that their “sincerely held religious beliefs” compel them to demand exemption from federal nondiscrimination laws.
Gordon College, Lindsay argued, is “an explicitly Christian institution,” and as such, should be allowed to fire or to refuse to hire individuals based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Some students and faculty reacted angrily, saying that Lindsay was making their school sound bigoted and backward. The New England Association of Schools and Colleges announced earlier this week that it is considering pulling Gordon College’s academic accreditation over its insistence on adhering to discriminatory policies, regardless of their religious foundations.
Then came the city of Salem’s decision to cut all contractual ties with the college until its rules match the federal government’s.
Pundit Glenn Beck’s website The Blaze and other right-leaning media outlets reacted to the city’s decision with outrage, exhorting conservatives to call the city and vent their anger at public officials over the decision.
“Apparently, Glenn Beck is not happy about the City’s stance terminating our contract with Gordon College,” wrote Mayor Driscoll on Facebook.
“(T)oday we had over 50 phone calls from ‘friends’ in Texas, Georgia and similar locales looking to connect with ‘the Mayor’ about this issue,” she said, noting that “Many of the callers began the conversation seeking to speak with the Mayor by asking if ‘he’ was available.”
As a result of the flood of calls, Driscoll announced that the city will donate five dollars per angry caller to the North Shore Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth.
“Feel free to join in on the pledge if you like!” she wrote.
reposted from raw story

Just a thought …
If that college really were “an explicitly Christian institution” would they not then, by definition, extend love and forgiveness to every human being, no matter what the person’s situation?…
At least that is what I think I remember reading in that book they like so much to wave around while bleating about ‘their religious right‘ to force everyone else to live by ‘their’ rules…
Maybe they are a business that just pretends to be Christian for the bucks …
Hmmm …
Just a thought …
p.s. …
and before any of the usual suspects waste any of their time writing to me that they agree with this college’s discriminatory ideology and that I am conducting my own personal ‘war on Christians’, let me first remind you that:
1. by definition, writing that missive only proves what a bunch of fucking hypocrites you really, truly are …
2. you probably really haven’t read that book you so like to wave at me when you compose (decompose?) the above mentioned emails …
3. threatening me with that same, tired, old fairy tale about ‘rotting for an eternity in Hell’ because I believe that ALL people are EQUAL, a woman, and only a woman has the right to decide on what’s right for her with regards to her body and that a person’s sexuality is NOT to be determined by law or the church, and equal rights under the law should be guaranteed for ALL people regardless of their skin tone, religious beliefs or preference in a marriage partner is a complete waste of your time AND mine … in fact even if your threat were to come true I’d still spend eternity in a place where you people weren’t, so hallelujah! bring it on! …
plus, then I could say ‘Hi’ to yer’ so called bud Jesus, because by your standards he’ll be there too …
(tl;dr: fuck you hypocrites!)
anyways … peace, have a good one …

snips and clips … the good, the glad and the snuggly

just some nice stuff I found while wandering the ole’ interwebs …

Double Amputee Veteran’s Wheelchair Breaks In Lowe’s, Workers Drop Everything To Fix It

The Huffington Post  | By Kimberly Yamsulsona

Michael Sulsona of Staten Island, New York, has not led an easy life. The former Marine lost both of his legs in the Vietnam War when he was 20 years old, according to WABC. Sulsona has since used a wheelchair.
Last Monday, his wheelchair broke in a Lowe’s store in Staten Island, and he found himself in a desperate situation. In a letter to Staten Island Advance, Sulsona wrote that three compassionate employees, David, Marcus, and Souleyman, sprung into action and placed him in a separate chair while they worked on repairing the wheelchair.
“The actions of these three employees at Lowe’s showed me there are some who still believe in stepping to the plate,” the veteran wrote.
Sulsona left the store filled with gratitude, and with a wheelchair that he says was “like new.” The veteran was especially moved by the employees’ actions, as he says he had been waiting for two years for a new wheelchair to be issued from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and that the agency told him that he is not eligible for a spare wheelchair.
However, after his experience at Lowe’s attracted national attention, Buzzfeed reported that the VA delivered a custom wheelchair to Sulsona on Tuesday.
“We were very sorry to hear about the reported circumstances surrounding Mr. Sulsona’s request for a new wheelchair,” a VA spokesperson told the outlet. “We quickly investigated and can report the veteran’s new custom wheelchair was delivered to him today and it along with his back up will be serviced by the VA as needed.”
While Sulsona is grateful for his new chair which he described as “incredible,” he prefers to focus on the Lowe’s employees who helped him.
This whole story is based around three good guys,” Sulsona told the Staten Island Advance. “I think it’s really important that we all be like these people who wanted to help me; things would be so much easier.”
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Complete Strangers Photoshop A Picture Of An Infant To Help A Grieving Dad

The Huffington Post  | By Mandy Velez

A simple favor, turned into a beautiful act of Internet kindness for one dad on Reddit.
Nathen Steffel posted a photo of his infant daughter, Sophia, on the site with one request: “My daughter recently passed away after a long battle in the children’s hospital. Since she was in the hospital her whole life we never were able to get a photo without all her tubes. Can someone remove the tubes from this photo?”

He explained that Sophia passed away in Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital after suffering a hepatic hemangioma in her liver at just 6 weeks old.
What happened next stands as a testament that there really is good in this world. Users posted their photoshopped, painted or drawn portraits to the thread for the father to have.
(Story continues after photos)

Steffel loved all of the photos, but gained more than just images from the experience. “I was emotionally taken back by all the support and personal messages from families who shared a similar experience of grief,” he told The Huffington Post in an email.
Seeing his daughter without all of the equipment meant a great deal to him. “Although we cherish her real photos because that’s how she was,” he said.
The Redditors join a growing army of good samaritans hoping to help parents like the Steffels grieve a little easier. This past May, a man up-cycled a crib into a memory bench for a mother who had a stillborn son. Lisa Grubbs, founder of NICU Helping Hands, turns old wedding dresses into “Angel Gowns.” The organization “Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep” provides free portraits to families who suffered through the loss of a baby.
Those gifts go a long way, especially for Steffel. He posted his gratitude on the Reddit thread:

This is really amazing. Everyone you have made my day. All I wanted was a nice picture. What I received was a lot of love and support from a bunch of strangers. A long with a lot of great photos, drawings and paintings. Thanks everyone!

He and his wife plan to hang up a few of their favorites.
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Entire Community Shows Up To Child’s Piano Recital, Makes Him Feel Like Beethoven

The Huffington Post  | By Melissa McGlensey
An 8-year-old’s piano recital may not sound like the musical event of the summer, but for one community in Minnesota, it was exactly that.
On Saturday, Dylan Spoering’s front porch piano recital in Minneapolis drew hundreds of people, according to Fox 9 News. It all started when Dylan made posters for the performance he planned to hold on his front lawn, and a local musician named Thomas Rehbein saw the sign. Rehbein decided to make a Facebook page to encourage people to attend.
I have no idea who Dylan Spoering is, but he made this sign and put it out in his front yard, which I saw while biking home,” Rehbein wrote on the Facebook. “Wouldn’t it be cool if a bunch of people showed up for his free concert?”


Dylan with his homemade sign.

Despite bad weather and rain, around 400 people showed up to support Dylan, KARE 11 News reported.
The event was also streamed live online and nearly 10,000 people watched, according to Fox 9 News. The enthusiastic fans cheered Dylan on after he had finished the songs selected from his elementary school playbook, even demanding an encore from the delighted kid.
Many of the fans who flooded the lawn brought signs, some even proudly called themselves “Dylan Heads.”

All in all, it was an incredibly touching gesture by a community, and not a bad turn out for a child’s piano recital.
We’re looking forward to your next performance, Dylan!
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When he makes music he goes by the name DJ Focus. He has taught himself how to build batteries, generators, and transmitters, all from parts he finds in the trash. He’s the youngest person ever to be invited to the M.I.T. Visiting Practitioners Program. His next goal is to build a windmill in his Sierra Leone community that will provide his neighbors with electricity.

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7 Year-Old Raises Over $50,000 For His Best Friend’s Surgery With Lemonade Stand

Quinn Callander and Brayden Grozdanich, both seven years old, are inseparable. The best friends do everything together.
But Brayden has cerebral palsy and needs surgery to help him walk unassisted.

7 year old lemonade stand raise money
Credit: David Callander

Quinn wanted to raise money for his best friend’s surgery so they built a lemonade stand. The friends captured the hearts and minds of the local community and the boys quickly enjoyed widespread support.

boy raises money lemonade


Credit: YouTube

Then Quinn, with the help of his mother Heather Roney, set up an online fundraising page where he posted this heartfelt video plea.
As of July 14, the page has raised over $56,000 of their $20,000 goal. The surgery is not available in Canada so the money will also cover expenses for the trip to the United States.

HAVE A GREAT ONE!
PEACE …

john dawson winter III … february 23, 1944 – july 16, 2014

such sad news …
RIP Johnny … you will be well and deservedly missed …
Thanks for way too many hours of joy to be counted …

johnny-winter

Texas blues icon Johnny Winter, who rose to fame in the late 1960s and ’70s for his energetic performances and musical collaborations including with childhood hero Muddy Waters, has died. He was 70.
His representative, Carla Parisi, confirmed Thursday that Winter died in a hotel room in Zurich a day earlier. The statement said his wife, family and band mates were all saddened by the loss of one of the world’s finest guitarists.
He had been on an extensive tour this year that brought him to Europe. His last performance came Saturday at the Lovely Days Festival in Wiesen, Austria.

and the war on women continues …

Senate Republicans Block Bill To Reverse Hobby Lobby Decision

war_on_womenSenate Republicans on Wednesday blocked a bill that would have required all for-profit employers to include the full range of contraceptives in their health insurance plans, in effect overriding the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.
The Senate voted 56 to 43 to proceed to debate on the bill, falling short of the 60 votes needed to move forward. Three Republicans– Sens. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) — voted with Senate Democrats to proceed.
The bill, sponsored by Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.), would have barred for-profit companies from opting out of federal law based on the religious beliefs of their owners. The Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that Hobby Lobby, a craft supply chain owned by Evangelical Christians, could legally refuse to cover the four kinds of contraception that its owners believe are akin to abortion.
Supporters of the Democrats’ bill used the Twitter hashtag #NotMyBossBusiness to express their opposition to the idea of employers getting to pick and choose what kinds of health coverage their female employees receive based on their own religious beliefs.
“While some are saying this case has nothing to do with access to birth control, that is simply not true,” Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) said during debate over the bill on Wednesday. “For most working families, affordability is access. A third of women in America say they have struggled with the cost of birth control at some point in their lives. For a working family getting by month to month, often paycheck to paycheck, these costs — though they might be dismissed by Washington pundits — these costs add up, and they can put contraception out of reach.”
Republicans opposed the bill because they said it infringes upon the religious liberty of employers.
The SCOTUS/Hobby Lobby decision does NOT only affect contraception, and maybe, just maybe the big picture here is way more important …
NO-ONE was forcing anyone to use any form of contraception they do not believe in, and yet, the latest SCOTUS decision forces the beliefs of a minority on the majority …
That is NOT religious freedom … that, by definition, is theocratic bullying at the least and theocratic totalitarianism at worst …
And as for the ‘religiously minded’ employer ‘having’ to pay for contraception, anyone who cares to actually look at the ACA would see that there already was ways to avoid making that ‘payment’ …
The SCOUTUS decision was ALL about opening the doors for corporations to ignore laws they do not wish to abide by, and the truth be told, the so-called ‘religious’ and ‘evangelical’ communities have been used again for the benefit of the corporate elite …

also worth a read:
like sharia law, but american, so it’s okay …
well, that didn’t take long eh?
zealots 1, women 0 … scotus sets the ‘zealot precedent’ … game on!

just the sad, sad truth

Fake Kentucky Senate Candidate Is Brutally And Hilariously Honest

Represent.Us, an organization that seeks to “end the culture of legalized corruption that has come to define modern politics,” has put up fake candidate Gil Fulbright to run for the U.S. Senate from Kentucky.
Fulbright already has his own website, Facebook page and Twitter account.
Though Fulbright is not an actual candidate, Represent.Us has already surpassed its goal of raising $20,000 to help put ads for him on television and radio.The organization’s board of advisers includes many advocates for limiting the influence of money in politics, such as Harvard Law School professor Lawrence Lessig, 2012 presidential candidate and former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer, Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute and infamous ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

stop staring at my twits!

word salad by hip is everything

word salad is a “confused or unintelligible mixture of seemingly random words and phrases”, most often used to describe a symptom of a mental disorder. The words may or may not be grammatically correct, but the meaning is confused to the point that the listener cannot extract any meaning from it. from wikipedia


taking a moment to pay tribute to those among us who seem to have a problem answering a simple question …
or who just blather on and on about nothing really, all the while trying desperately to sound intelligent and serious …
generally while attacking their enemies with talking points handed to them by some other idiot who seems to not have a secure handle on things like reality or facts …
or common sense …
or integrity for that matter …
the nonsense and drivel that pours from the blathering and bloviating pie-holes of these morons is often priceless and would be hilarious if not for the fact that these baggerese and truthiness speakers are usually in some sort of power position in our society …
still, they do deserve to be honored for their attempts at the language …
or, called out for it … (i guess it all depends on how you view it)
you’ve all heard it …
like babs “crazy eyes” bachmann absolutely every time she opens her orifice o’ lies …
or, if yer’ really in a depressed, masochistic, self flagellating mood, head on over to faux noise and catch as many minutes as you can stomach of “faux and friends” …
it’s a veritable olympic games of far right talking points and fact free nonsense covered in a deep layer of bullshit and propaganda inspired, vile and bile soaked spewage …
and today’s champion of cheap shots, craziness and crap is …
the queen of drivel herself …
the failin’ palin …
alaskan barbie …
sister sarah no clue

America needs twit reduction surgery.

the latest drivel from the Alaskan Kardashian reads as follows:
Our commander-in-chief is busy, as Rome burns. For instance, after satisfying those munchies in Colorado, he carved out room for some super duper important games of pool in a bar with that state’s enabling governor. Ironically, Hickensooperdooper is his name. I think. Anyway, Obama won. He told us so. (Funny, he always wins. Golf, basketball, brackets and bets, his grand pronouncements afterward is always, miraculously, humph, he won again!)
Whew. Racking balls, getting buzzed on suds, maybe humming “Rocky Mountain High” while kicking it in those Rockies, hard choices had to be made – stripes or solids? And that beer – do I drink it if the mountains aren’t blue? Talk about miscues.
srsly

d-bag roundup … and it’s only tuesday

dbag roundup
and it’s only Tuesday … sheesh … face palm …

Fox News ‘Girls Gone Mild’ segment warns women not to raise voices: ‘Don’t talk too much’
By David Edwards
srslyA Fox & Friends segment on Monday warned women looking to succeed in business “not to raise their voices” and not to talk too much.
Fox News host Steve Doocy introduced Sylvia Ann Hewlett’s book, Executive Presence, by advising that women should wear “well-cut jeans with a colorful top,” while an on-screen graphic told them “not to raise their voices.”
Co-host Anna Kooiman, however, argued that “women shouldn’t be so focused on what we look like, and what we’re wearing, but what our mind can do.”
“Also a little thing that you think is important is your presentation and your voice,” co-host Brian Kilmeade added. “Keep it low, don’t speak loud.”
“For women,” Doocy emphasized.
read more here …
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Anti-government citizen militia groups want to ‘secure the border’ in Texas
By Kolten Parker | July 7, 2014

Facebook groups share the "Operation Secure Our Border" call to action. Photo: Facebook
Photo from Facebook 

SAN ANTONIO – A slew of anti-government groups — many of which participated in the standoff at Cliven Bundy’s Nevada ranch — are recruiting armed volunteers to travel to the Texas-Mexico border as a citizen militia to participate in “Operation Secure Our Border,” which aims to stop the surge of immigrants into the country.
The groups, who identify themselves as “Patriots,” “Oathkeepers” and “Three Percenters,” are using social media, blogs and a 24-hour hotline to recruit and mobilize volunteers that will travel to Laredo, carry firearms and attempt to assist law enforcement agencies on the border.
However, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said they do not “endorse or support any private group or organization from taking matters into their own hands as it could have disastrous personal and public safety consequences.”
Chris Davis, a 37-year-old truck driver listed as commander for the militia group, told the San Antonio Express-News he believes law enforcement agencies welcome the help.
“Everybody realizes something has to be done and we are here to look out for our fellow man while ensuring our national sovereignty,” said Davis, who served in the Army and National Guard and has been involved in Open Carry Texas events including last year’s rally at the Alamo.
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Sen. Brandon Smith goes to Mars
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Congress May Spend More On The Benghazi Panel Than On The Veterans Affairs Committee
The Huffington Post  | By Mollie Reilly
gop-tears-impotent-rageHouse Republicans have requested nearly $3.3 million to operate the select committee investigating Benghazi, which gives the GOP-launched committee a bigger budget than that granted to the committee overseeing the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs.
According to a committee document provided to USA Today by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) office, the budget provides about $2.2 million for the seven Republican lawmakers on the panel and a little over $1 million for the five Democrats. In contrast, the House Veterans Affairs Committee and Ethics Committee were each granted budgets of $3 million in 2014.
A spokesperson for committee chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) told USA Today that the number is a “high end estimate,” and comes from previously appropriated funds.
Despite the high-profile allegations of long wait times and fudged records at the VA, the congressional committees overseeing the agency remain some of the least politically powerful on Capitol Hill. Since Veterans Affairs offers few opportunities to reap the benefits of sitting on other, high-powered panels (i.e., Financial Services), the committee is almost entirely populated by rookie lawmakers with little leverage.
The Huffington Post’s Ryan Grim reported last month: Because the committee has so few senior members, it has little access to congressional leadership, cable news, the White House or the various levers of power in Washington. It should be little surprise then that a powerless committee has found itself powerless to oversee the VA.
miss lindsey has the vapors yet again by hip is everything
The panel members’ lack of experience also makes them less effective. “You have green and inattentive members on the committee, very few who are willing to conduct systematic oversight,” said Cooper. “Most couldn’t name senior officials below the secretary level. Most don’t know how [the VA system] works. The warnings were not heeded.”
The Benghazi panel, which was proposed by lawmakers earlier this year with no set budget, will investigate the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya. While the committee was formed in May, Gowdy says the panel has just begun its preliminary investigation work and is still in the process of hiring around 30 staffers to work on the committee.
“Obviously, going from not existing to fully functioning takes some time,” Gowdy told Politico of the committee’s slow start. “Hiring staff is widely important but not always terribly exciting from a reader’s or viewer’s standpoint. …. You have to do that before you can fully constitute a committee and start work.”
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Conservatives Credit End Of Benefits For Declining Unemployment Rate
boehner lvl 99 douchebag by hip is everyrhhing
Responding to good news about the economy last week, influential conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer declared conservatives had won the debate over long-term unemployment insurance.
Congressional Republicans have stifled opportunities to renew the benefits, which expired in December. On Fox News’ “Special Report,” Krauthammer said he thinks it’s been the right call.
The past six months saw “the largest six-month decline in the length of unemployment ever measured,” he said. “The debate on that extension is over, and the conservatives were right.”
A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), whose refusal to entertain a Senate-passed bill has prevented Democrats from reviving the benefits, echoed the sentiment shortly after the Labor Department announced the unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent in June.
“More unemployment checks won’t create less unemployment,” Boehner spokesman Matt Wolking wrote on Thursday. “In fact, the evidence suggests they create more.”
read more here …

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Christie defends refusal to meet with Sandy Hook parents
Source: Philadelphia Magazine
christie by hip is everything
Gov. Chris Christie on Monday defended his decision to veto legislation that would have imposed stricter limits on gun ammunition magazines in the state. Speaking at an unrelated press conference, the Republican governor slammed the bill, which would have reduced the legal magazine capacity in the state from 15 rounds to 10.
assholeChristie said he had already signed the veto by the time the family members had arrived, and said he thought it would have been “hypocritical” for him to sit down with them at that point. “I understand their argument. I’ve heard their argument. I don’t agree with their argument,” he said, making the case that “the logical conclusion of their argument” would be to ban guns completely.
read more here …
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Woman’s Attempt To Troll Liberals Backfires When Someone Notices This Disturbing Similarity
Posted by Jameson Parker
Holly Fisher, a conservative Christian, has been getting insane amounts of attention recently by trolling liberals on social media over the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision.
Unfortunately, she tried to up the ante one too many times and now she has unintentionally become the living symbol of how fundamentalism, no matter in what religion, looks disturbingly similar.
After gaining internet fame for posing for a “conservative hat trick” by standing in front of a Hobby Lobby wearing a pro-life t-shirt and drinking out of a Chick-fil-a cup, Fisher wanted to find her next big political statement. Fisher’s fans had apparently been telling her that just standing in front of Hobby Lobby wasn’t good enough. The astute patriots noted that the most important aspects of being an American – guns, the Bible and the American flag – were conspicuously absent. Assuming she could get a further rise out of the liberals she hates so much, Fisher quickly tweeted a new photo to prove just how patriotic she was.
While many of her followers fawned over the latest “suck it, Liberals!” tweet, one user noticed how creepy the photo was if you stopped to think about it.

@EricSilverUSA this obsession with guns and religion. If @HollyRFisher had a Quran and the same gun she’d look like she was a part of ISIS
— John Williams (@willj1508) July 4, 2014

This prompted someone to post the obvious comparison: Fisher’s picture next to an almost identical picture of a young woman holding a similar rifle, in front of a Islamic flag and clutching the Quran. Even their crooked smiles are exactly the same. It’s uncanny.

read more here …

and it’s only Tuesday kids …

like sharia law, but american, so it’s okay …

following is a post from slate.com …
it is a little long, but important, and so very much worth the read …
scalia law by hip is everythingThis is a religious civil war: Hobby Lobby only the beginning for new religious theocrats
The Tea Party controls the House. Religious extremists run the Supreme Court. We’re approaching a very scary time
Paul Rosenberg
The United States is still a democratic republic, formally, but what that actually means in practice is increasingly in doubt — and the Hobby Lobby ruling, deeply disingenuous and sharply at odds with centuries of Anglo-American law, exemplifies how that formal reality is increasingly mocked in practice. It is a practice best described as neo-feudalism, taking power away from ordinary citizens, in all their pluralistic, idiosyncratic diversity, and handing it over to corporations and religious dictators in both the public and the private realm. The Supreme Court’s actions are not taking place in a vacuum — though they are filling one: As Tea Party Republicans in the House increasingly bring democratic self-government to a halt, contracting the power of we the people to act as a cohesive self-governing whole, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority shifts ever more everyday power into the hands of private dictatorships.
Hobby Lobby handed for-profit corporations religious rights for the first time in history — a radical break with all previous precedent, and yet a part of a recent pattern, as Norm Ornstein rightly pointed out: [F]or the majority on the Roberts Court, through a series of rulings that favor corporations over labor or other interests, it is clear that corporations are king, superior to individual Americans—with all the special treatment in taxes and protection from legal liability that are unavailable to us individuals, and now all the extra benefits that come with individual citizenship. Call it the new Crony Capitalism.
The expansion of corporate power in Hobby Lobby has gotten too little attention, and I’ll return to discuss this further below. But the advancement of theocracy — religious dictatorship — is even less clearly seen through the fog of right-wing propaganda about “religious liberty.”
First, however, an important highlight of a neglected aspect of the Hobby Lobby case, the fact that Hobby Lobby’s self-professed belief appeared out of nowhere just in time for them to file suit, as Stephanie Mencimer noted in March: The company admits in its complaint that until it considered filing the suit in 2012, its generous health insurance plan actually covered Plan B and Ella (though not IUDs). The burden of this coverage was apparently so insignificant that God, and Hobby Lobby executives, never noticed it until the mandate became a political issue.
In short, Hobby Lobby’s “deeply held beliefs” claims are transparently bogus — as well as being scientifically invalid, since none of the methods involved are abortifacients, as Hobby Lobby claims. These would not matter if they only guided individual private conduct; that’s precisely what religious freedom actually means. You’re free to be a religious hypocrite, because letting someone else judge your sincerity can lead too easily to real religious tyranny. But when you’re already in a position to tyrannize others — as Hobby Lobby is — that’s a whole different ballgame. The tyrant’s freedom is everyone else’s slavery.
Historically, theocracy meant top-down religiously sanctioned dictatorship, exemplified in Western history by the divine right of kings philosophy. No one reads John Locke’s “First Treatise on Civil Government” anymore, because it is a refutation of the divine right of kings — one might as well read a refutation of four element theory in physics class. Locke’s “Second Treatise” provided a sharply contrasted legitimate foundation for civil government — the social contract and the consent of the governed. This is the air we breathe, and have been breathing ever since America was born.
And yet, theocracy and democracy are not two utterly distinct phenomena. Theocracy can well hold sway inside the family, for example, while the larger society retains its democratic form. More to the point, one stream of extreme Christian theocratic thinking — the dominion theology of the New Apostolic Reformation — has no problem (initially, at least) assimilating its goals of a theocratic government with the existing two-party electoral system. As researcher Rachel Tabachnick explains: Instead of escaping the earth (in the Rapture)* prior to the turmoil of the end times, they [the NAR] teach that believers will defeat evil by taking dominion, or control, over all sectors of society and government, resulting in mass conversions to their brand of Charismatic evangelicalism and a Christian utopia or “Kingdom” on earth.
In early 2010, a leading NAR figure, Edgardo Silvoso, founder of International Transformation Network, which played a major role in promoting and passing Uganda’s anti-gay legislation, confidently said, “It doesn’t matter if the Republican or the Democratic candidate wins the governorship [of Hawaii]. Either one is already in the kingdom.” It didn’t turn out that way, because Neil Abercrombie, Hawaii’s popular long-term U.S. representative, defeated both the NAR-supported candidates — one in the Democratic primary, the other in the general election. Still, Silvoso’s vision might have come true, there could have been a contested two-party election in which both candidates were Christian dominionists — and most in the media (and thereby the public) wouldn’t even have known what was going on.
Sarah Palin was the NAR’s first full-throated state governor (revealing videos here), but Rick171-0602061812-Palin-Fascism-Wrapped-in-Flag-with-Cross Perry has strong NAR connections as well — the religious kickoff to his 2012 presidential campaign was entirely an NAR-run event. But the point here is a broader one: The dividing line between theocracy and a democratic republic is not nearly as sharp as most might suppose, in fact, there may not actually be such a line, only a zone of blurriness for everything involved.
While the NAR represents an international evangelical grass-roots force of remarkable power for how little press attention it has gained, the theocratic push from above in America — duplicity framed in terms of “religious liberty” — comes from a Catholic/Protestant alliance forged in antiabortion political battles of the past 30-plus years, which is also under covered and poorly understood in the mainstream corporate media, despite being grounded in a phalanx of powerful organizations, from the high-profile Family Research Council and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, through more specialized think tanks and legal advocacy organizations, such as the Becket Fund and the Alliance Defending Freedom. A useful reference is ”Redefining Religious Liberty: The Covert Campaign Against Civil Rights” by Jay Michaelson, published by Political Research Associates in March 2013. In it, he writes: While the religious liberty debate is a growing front in the ongoing culture wars, it is actually an old argument repurposed for a new context. In the postwar era, the Christian Right defended racial segregation, school prayer, public religious displays, and other religious practices that infringed on the liberties of others by claiming that restrictions on such public acts infringed upon their religious liberty. Then as now, the Christian Right turned antidiscrimination arguments on their heads: instead of African Americans being discriminated against by segregated Christian universities, the universities were being discriminated against by not being allowed to exclude them; instead of public prayers oppressing religious minorities, Christians are being oppressed by not being able to offer them.
In the “religious liberty” framework, the Christian Right attacks access to contraception, access to abortion, same-sex marriage, and antidiscrimination laws—not on moral grounds (e.g., that contraception is morally wrong or that LGBTQ rights violate “family values”) but because they allegedly impinge upon the religious freedoms of others (e.g., by forcing employers to violate their religion by providing contraception coverage)….
In fact, there is not a single “religious liberty” claim that does not involve abridging someone else’s rights.
As I’ve already indicated, Hobby Lobby’s “deeply held beliefs” claims are transparently bogus, but this need not always be the case. What is the case is that the inversion Michaelson describes — that of turning anti-discrimination arguments on their heads — both derives from and contributes to states of confusion in which all manner of bogus claims may flourish. As I noted above, there are legitimate reasons why the content of religious beliefs should not be scrutinized when considering questions of free exercise. But when religion is being imposed upon others, the presumptions ought to be reversed; we ought to be extremely reluctant to allow anyone to impose their religious beliefs on anyone else, no matter how light or innocent that imposition might be claimed to be. The views themselves as well as the manner they are imposed on others ought to be scrutinized as rigorously as possible. Don’t want your religious beliefs questioned? Then don’t impose them on others. When push comes to shove, real religious freedom can be just as simple as that.
And the phony “religious freedom” crowd knows it, which helps explain why outright lies repeatedly slip into their arguments, as Michaelson’s report makes clear. For example, anti-gay “religious freedom” advocates routinely repeat the lie that legalizing same-sex marriage means forcing churches to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies against their will — a flat-out lie.
Legalized civil divorce did not force the Catholic Church to marry divorced individuals, and legalized same-sex marriage would not force them to marry gay individuals, either. Institutional religious practice is almost entirely insulated from civil law. What does change are the rules applying to society at large. Michaelson explains:
Typically, there are five tiers of actors:
1. Churches, clergy, and religious institutions
2. Religious organizations
3. Religiously affiliated organizations
4. Religiously owned businesses
5. Religious individuals
The law treats these tiers differently: churches are rarely required to obey antidiscrimination laws, for example, but religious organizations may be, and religious-owned businesses are. Conservative “religious liberty” rhetoric deliberately misstates harms upward, and tactically expands exemptions downward. On the one side, no clergy will ever have to solemnize any marriage against her/his beliefs, yet restrictions on tier 4 or 5 individuals are cynically extended by conservative messaging to tier 1.
Michaelson then addresses the context of the Hobby Lobby case: On the other side, conservative “religious liberty” advocates are clearly pursuing a staged plan to migrate extensions downward. In the current HHS benefit battle, for example, the Obama administration first exempted tiers 1 and 2, and then, in February 2013, exempted tier 3. Yet still the Becket Fund has objected that “millions of Americans”—i.e., tiers 4 and 5—are still unprotected.
todays gop by hip is everythingAnd this is precisely the logic that the Hobby Lobby decision pursued. The Obama administration’s exemptions of Tiers 1 and 2 were not seen as signs of respect for religious liberty, in line with traditional practice, nor was its further exemption of Tier 3 seen as going the extra mile in a spirit of conciliation. Instead, the accommodation made for Tier 3 was used by Justice Alito to argue for similar treatment for Tier 4. The end result is that women in more than half the nation’s workforce can now be deprived by their employers of their most basic reproductive rights, involving birth control, not abortion.
But that’s just one side of the story. There’s also the economic, corporate power side, where things are a bit more complicated. I quoted above from Norm Ornstein, making the point that Hobby Lobby was part of a broader pattern of shifting power into corporate hands. But it’s striking that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce did not weigh in on the Hobby Lobby Case — it produced no amicus brief. In fact, as noted by David H. Gans of the Constitutional Accountability Center, “the only noteworthy corporate voices to weigh in — the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce and the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce — actually came down against them [Hobby Lobby and its supporters].” Gans also notes another brief from dozens of corporate and criminal law professors, “who argued that Hobby Lobby’s argument would eviscerate the fabric of corporate law, undercutting the corporate veil that protects owners and shareholders from liability for the actions of the corporation.” The brief itself begins laying out its argument thus: Hobby Lobby and Conestoga each asserts that the religious values of its present controlling shareholders should pass through to the corporation itself. This Court should reject any such “values pass-through” concept. To do otherwise would run contrary to established principles of corporate law.
The essence of a corporation is its “separateness” from its shareholders. It is a distinct legal entity, with its own rights and obligations, different from the rights and obligations of its shareholders. This Court has repeatedly recognized this separateness.
This is yet another indication of how radically the Hobby Lobby decision departs from the existing fabric of Anglo-American law. And yet, there are clearly some in the corporate world who welcome this development, and it’s surely no accident that the same five justices produced both Hobby Lobby and Citizens United. So what’s going on here?
The best answer I know of comes from political scientist Corey Robin, and it involves looking much deeper than the framework of corporate law. The day the decision came down, Robin published “A Reader’s Guide to Hobby Lobby,” listing what he called “a few posts I’ve written over the years that should help put the Supreme Court’s decision in theoretical and historical perspective.” They’re all well worth reading, but I want to focus on just one of them, the first of two that Robin described thus:
… Second, two posts on free-market types and birth control, how even the most libertarian-ish free-wheeler seeks to control women’s bodies: Love For Sale: Birth Control from Marx to Mises and Probing Tyler Cowen: When Libertarians Get Medieval on Your Vagina.
In “Love for Sale,” Robin discusses Ludwig von Mises‘ classic 1922 text ”Socialism,” and some contemporary discussions concerning it, particularly its fourth chapter, “The Social Order and the Family.” Here is where Robin gets to the heart of the matter: The real reason Mises’s arguments about women are so relevant, it seems to me, is that in the course of making them he reveals something larger about the libertarian worldview: libertarianism is not about liberty at all, or at least not about liberty for everyone. In fact, it’s the opposite.
Here’s Mises describing the socialist program of “free love”:
Free love is the socialists’ radical solution for sexual problems. The socialistic society abolishes the economic dependence of woman which results from the fact that woman is dependent on the income of her husband. Man and woman have the same economic rights and the same duties, as far as motherhood does not demand special consideration for the women. Public funds provide for the maintenance and education of the children, which are no longer the affairs of the parents but of society. Thus the relations between the sexes are no longer influenced by social and economic conditions….The family disappears and society is confronted with separate individuals only. Choice in love becomes completely free.
Sounds like a libertarian paradise, right? Society is dissolved into atomistic individuals, obstacles to our free choices are removed, everyone has the same rights and duties. But Mises is not celebrating this ideal; he’s criticizing it. Not because it makes people unfree but because it makes people — specifically, women — free. The problem with liberating women from the constraints of “social and economic conditions” is that … women are liberated from the constraints of social and economic conditions.
If you want to know why libertarians reflexively embrace the National Rifle Association’s vision of freedom, but not Planned Parenthood’s (contrasting visions I discussed here), you need look no further. This passage also helps explain why there’s at least a germ of historical sense in the otherwise ridiculous Tea Party accusation that Obama is a “socialist”! By using government to empower women to make their own reproductive choices — not just in theory, but for real — Obamacare’s reproductive healthcare mandate really is acting in the socialist spirit as Mises described it, however market-based the mechanisms involved may be.
But it’s worth lingering a bit further with the socialist vision as Mises describes it, because it is so intimately bound up in what a functioning democratic republic actually does, or at least has the potential to do, when, for example, we take the Constitution’s general welfare clause seriously. What the socialists want, Mises argues, is to eliminate all manner of “natural inequalities”. This would, ironically, make everyone—not just privileged, straight, white males of means — into classic libertarian subjects, exercising their own, individual, unconstrained and uncoerced free choice. And this is the very last thing that libertarians actually want.
This helps explain why, for example, today’s Tea Party Republicans reject unemployment insurance as “socialist” — if someone out of work has any freedom at all to hold out for a job that will cover their mortgage, say, that’s socialism as Mises would describe it. And he has a point: socialism really is just another word for collectively removing the hidden and semi-hidden forms of coercion that otherwise shape and control our everyday lives. That’s why public education is socialist, too — and why Democratic politicians as well as Republicans are so eager to destroy it nowadays. But none of these other examples is quite as visceral or far-reaching as that of giving women reproductive autonomy equal to that of men.
This, then, is the bottom line: Conservatives (including libertarians) stand for the preservation and reinforcement (if necessary) of purportedly “natural” inequalities, which automatically structure all of society into overlapping forms of dominance and submission, in which the vast majority of people are inherently unfree “by nature.” Any collective action taken to free people from such dependent, powerless living conditions is anathema to them. Democracy itself is anathema to them. And Hobby Lobby is just the latest signal that they are firmly in charge.
Do they contradict themselves? Of course! So what? Do facts or logic matter anymore? Don’t be ridiculous! Dictatorship means never having to say you’re sorry — much less even a teensy bit wrong. The damages done to the structure and logic of corporate law? Irrelevant!
At the beginning, I wrote, “The United States is still a democratic republic, formally, but what that actually means in practice is increasingly in doubt.” This doubt can simply be summarized in the fact that any action to promote the general welfare will be automatically blocked and denounced as “socialism” by Tea Party Republicans in the House, while at the same time, the 5-4 conservative majority in the Supreme Court rewrites decades or centuries of precedent to further empower the most powerful elements in our society, to the ever-deepening detriment of the whole.
Paul Rosenberg is a California-based writer/activist, senior editor for Random Lengths News, and a columnist for Al Jazeera English. Follow him on Twitter at @PaulHRosenberg.
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on a ‘somewhat’ related note:
Did You Know That Antonin Scalia’s Son Is Sabotaging Wall Street Reform?
read entire piece here …
Ambrose Bierce once quipped that a lawyer is one skilled in the circumvention of the law. By that definition, Eugene Scalia is a lawyer of extraordinary skill. In less than five years, the 50-year-old son of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has become a one-man scourge to the reformers who won a hard-fought battle to pass the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act to rein in the out-of-control financial sector. So far, he’s prevailed in three of the six suits he’s filed against the law, single-handedly slowing its rollout to a snail’s pace. As of May, a little more than half of the nearly four-year-old law’s rules had been finalized and another 25 percent hadn’t even been drafted. Much of that breathing room for Wall Street is thanks to Scalia, who has deployed a hyperliteral, almost absurdist series of procedural challenges to unnerve the bureaucrats charged with giving the legislation teeth.
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Scalia’s legal challenges hinge on a simple, two-decade-old rule: Federal agencies monitoring financial markets must conduct a cost-benefit analysis whenever they write a new regulation. The idea is to weigh “efficiency, competition, and capital formation” so that businesses and investors can anticipate how their bottom line might be affected. Sounds reasonable. But by recognizing that the assumptions behind these hypothetical projections can be endlessly picked apart, Scalia has found a remarkably effective way to delay key parts of the law from going into effect.
Former Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) says Scalia and the big banks are attempting an end run around the law he coauthored: “These are ideologues who want to kill the rules. They can’t say they’re unconstitutional. They are doing this because it’s the only possible way to knock them out.” (Scalia declined to comment for this article.
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In 2001, President George W. Bush tapped Scalia to work as the Department of Labor’s solicitor. “It was the classic fox in the henhouse situation,” says Lynn Rhinehart, general counsel at the AFL-CIO. When Senate Democrats blocked his confirmation, his father perceived a deeper slight. “Gene, I’m sure, didn’t get his appointment as solicitor of labor in part because of his name,” Antonin Scalia told his biographer, Joan Biskupic. In the end, Bush bypassed the Senate via a recess appointment and Scalia spent a year at Labor before returning to private practice.
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read entire piece here …

well, that didn’t take long eh?

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Post-Hobby Lobby, Religious Orgs Want Exemption From LGBT Hiring Order
The day after the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling, a group of religious leaders sent a letter to President Barack Obama asking that he exempt them from a forthcoming executive order that would prohibit federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT people.
The letter, first reported by The Atlantic, was sent on Tuesday by 14 representatives, including the president of Gordon College, an Eric County, Pa., executive and the national faith vote director for Obama for America 2012, of the faith community.

“Without a robust religious exemption,” they wrote, “this expansion of hiring rights will come at an unreasonable cost to the common good, national unity and religious freedom.”

The letter didn’t mention the Hobby Lobby decision directly. But one of the signees, Michael Wear, the Obama 2012 veteran, told The Atlantic that the court decision meant the administration would need to address such concerns. 140703-well-that-didnt-take-long

tears of impotent rage … thursday edition

BREAKING: U.S. Jobless Rate Falls to 6.1% (Lowest Since Sept. 2008), June Payrolls Rise 288,000

US Trade Deficit Falls 5.6% to $44.4 Billion as Exports Hit Record High

Dow Jones Industrial Average Rises Above 17,000 for First Time

Stocks close at all-time highs as hiring surges

Blocking Medicaid expansion will cost Florida 63,000 jobs

And the gop/TP response will be:
In 3, 2, 1 …
That damned Obama !!! …
Obama is Killing the economy with his leftist, liberal Socialism !!!
OMG! What will ever become of the poor job creators ?!?!
Obama’s destroying our country!
We must take back America !!!
Obama’s the worst president in history !!!
Obama’s trying to destroy America !!!

There, now you don’t have to bother with the news today …
Go watch the World Cup …
Or, go help out yer’ neighbor or something …
Enjoy yer’ long weekend …
Peace, and safe journeys …

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zealots 1, women 0 … scotus sets the ‘zealot precedent’ … game on!

scotus the roberts 5 by donkey hotey
original pic by Donkey Hotey
Welcome to your ‘New America’ ladies …
And, to the LGBT community, people of color and the poor, make no mistake, yer’ next kids …Not to mention the environment and labor …
That sound ya’ just heard was the floodgates opening …
Be honest … How long do you really believe it will be before someone claims ‘religious liberty’ to beat labor laws, environmental standards, anti-discrimination laws, child labor laws, minimum wage statutes or any one of a thousand other laws that they see as ‘infringing on their beliefs’?
This decision wasn’t about contraception, it was about misogyny and power …
It’s about control, and profits, plain and simple …It’s about men controlling women …
This is another step towards rolling back EVERY single advancement in personal, environmental and civil rights for the last seventy plus years … all for the benefit of corporate America and their sycophants …
How long do you think it will be before some asshole decides he has found some bizarre, twisted in meaning for his own self-serving use, bible passage that says women can’t vote? … Or waves his ‘Jewish Book Of Fairy Tales’ around to prove that slavery is just and holy? …
My guess is that it’s right around the corner folks, and if you don’t believe me, or think that I am using hyperbole, go check out some of the right wing blogs and their comments sections …
and let’s not miss the fact that on the same day that this decision came down, these same asshats also opened the door to gutting unions
and, it was only a couple months back that they gutted your right to vote
WAKE THE FUCK UP BEFORE THIS NONSENSE TAKES REAL HOLD AND SPREADS ANY FURTHER THAN IT ALREADY HAS! …
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Justices act in other health law mandate cases
Justices: Can’t make employers cover contraception Associated Press
High court poised to decide birth-control dispute Associated Press
Court: Religious rights trump birth control rule Associated Press
U.S. justices uphold firms’ religious objections to contraception Reuters
White House: Court ruling risks women’s health Associated Press
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday confirmed that its decision a day earlier extending religious rights to closely held corporations applies broadly to the contraceptive coverage requirement in the new health care law, not just the handful of methods the justices considered in their ruling.
The justices did not comment in leaving in place lower court rulings in favor of businesses that object to covering all 20 methods of government-approved contraception.
Oklahoma-based Hobby Lobby Inc. and a Pennsylvania furniture maker won their court challenges Monday in which they refused to pay for two emergency contraceptive pills and two intrauterine devices.
Tuesday’s orders apply to companies owned by Catholics who oppose all contraception. Cases involving Colorado-based Hercules Industries Inc., Illinois-based Korte & Luitjohan Contractors Inc. and Indiana-based Grote Industries Inc. were awaiting action pending resolution of the Hobby Lobby case.
They are among roughly 50 lawsuits from profit-seeking corporations that object to the contraceptive coverage requirement in their health plans for employees. Contraception is among a range of preventive services that must be included in the health plans, at no extra cost to workers.
The justices also ordered lower courts that ruled in favor of the Obama administration to reconsider those decisions in light of Monday’s 5-4 decision. Two Michigan-based companies, Autocam Corp. and Eden Foods Inc., both lost their cases in the lower courts. The justices ordered the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider its decisions against the companies.
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Slut-shaming For The Righteous
Posted on Tuesday, July 1 | By Mark Morford
I suppose the good news is, more women are flocking to the Democratic party than ever before.
I suppose the good news is, the vast majority of young people – who are, on the whole,always more progressive/less uptight than their elders – are completely repulsed, if not outright infuriated, by the fact that women’s rights are still under such antiquated duress, as exemplified by how any half-brained company that happens to be owned by fundamentalist zealots can now deny vital health benefits to women (and only to women, tellingly), simply because the owners have a pinched, regressive view of God.
Did you know the owners of Hobby Lobby – which, by the way, is one of the most depressing, third-rate retail dystopias you’ll ever visit and you should avoid their stores at all costs, now more than ever – did you know the owners, being evangelical billionaires, have spent hundreds of millions trying to turn the nation into a cluster of regressive, Bible-thumping literalist simpletons? True.
Did you know they have done this because, as history clearly shows, basing a nation’s core values on an childish reading of a tedious, violently outdated book written (and re-re-rewritten) by highly neurotic old men thousands of years ago has worked so well in the past? Also true.

Found in the Hobby Lobby's craft kit (courtesy @themightylayman)
Found in the Hobby Lobby’s scrapbooking kit (courtesy @themightylayman)

But never mind that now: The (potentially) good news is that sometimes, when a demoralizing shocker like the Hobby Lobby decision comes down the wire, the end result isn’t always what you think. Sometimes the end result can, in fact, turn toward a powerful positive, a potent boomerang counter-effect in exactly the right direction. You think?
But wait, let’s not be too quick to whistle past the cultural graveyard. It’s downright appalling to learn that, in 2014, five out of the nine wisest legal minds in the land wouldn’t laugh off a fundamentalist challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s birth control mandate as blatantly offensive to the integrity of the modern era.
The fact that we’re still stuck with this old, male SCOTUS majority telling us that extremist misreading of the Bible trumps modern science and basic women’s health (not to mention how birth control coverage is actually great for business), well, it makes every woman I know cringe in deep cervical pain.
But as Amanda Marcotte over at Slate smartly points out, the Hobby Lobby decision is likely a short-lived victory for the Christian Right. The extreme narrowness of the decision, which almost fetishistically focuses on sex (and which spawned a truly epic dissent from the awesome Ruth Bader Ginsberg), congeals the entirety of the Right’s ideology around a single, panicky obsession: sexually active females.
Oh, Christians. Still with the vagina obsession? Could you be more predictable?
Put another way, by expending so much effort attacking women WRT a very narrow slice of the Affordable Care Act, the entire fundamentalist movement becomes even more trite, shrill and historically irrelevant. You can bet on it.
Don’t believe me? Just observe how badly the Christian right lost the battle – and soon the war – over gay marriage, the defining cultural issue of the last 30 years, and perhaps the last core American civil liberty. The epic Prop 8 fight left the GOP’s extremist base tattered, fragmented, furious that their leaders failed to stomp out the evil “gay agenda” (AKA “love”).
To make amends and shore up the “angry bigot” vote, the GOP quickly made the (very bizarre) decision to jump back on the warpath against their once-timid old nemesis, an enemy that has now become, much to their confusion, the most potent foe imaginable: women.
Open threats to Planned Parenthood, forcing abortion clinics in numerous states to close, limiting access for the poor, forcing women in regressive (southern) states to go across state lines for abortion services, or resort to DIY abortions (already happening, in Texas)? The GOP has done it all. They’ve attacked Wendy Davis, savaged Hillary (eternally), mocked Sandra Fluke and openly hated upon, with all their might, Obama and his birth control mandate. Just for starters.
But here’s the bottom line: It’s a tactic, and a platform, that’s as hostile as it is doomed.
Really, how short is the GOP’s memory? How quickly did the right forget that it was women and minorities who put Obama in power – twice? How blind are they to the fact that it’s modern women who are rallying around Hillary (and Elizabeth Warren, et al) in record numbers? Or that it’s women who are surging in polls, in college degrees, in executive power and cultural movements?
Perhaps most significantly of all, it’s women who are fighting back louder and better than ever against deeply sexist frat-bro culture, rape culture, the toxic stigma of slut-shaming. Note to conservatives and macho tech bros alike: If you didn’t take the#YesAllWomen phenomenon seriously, you get exactly what you deserve.
Let’s make one thing clear: It’s very likely the Hobby Lobby decision will cause an ugly rash of similar “privately held” companies to demand a bit of that ol’ Christian misogyny of their very own. Indeed, Mother Jones listed 71 companies who want similar birth control exceptions as Hobby Lobby. And it could get worse.
But imagine if a large private employer – IKEA or Walmart, say – were to declare a similar restriction on women’s health. My guess (hope?) is the public outcry would be deafening. I might be wrong, but I think most big-name companies would never risk the negative publicity, much less be dumb enough to declare that Jesus thinks women shouldn’t be having all that icky, irresponsible sex in the first place. In fact, most companies, if they value their future, are smart enough to go in the other direction, and more aggressively support women’s rights as a core business value.
Hence, the birth control mandate might remain restricted to small, backwater companies you’ve never heard of, as meanwhile women continue to take over and shift the cultural discussion entirely. And if Hillary (or similar) takes the Big Chair in 2016? What a delight to watch all the crusty males of the Supreme Court – and much of the fundamentalist GOP – whimper and shrivel into oblivion.
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IMPORTANT NOTE:
and it’s NOT JUST Hobby lobby …
here is a list of the other pending cases, which by the way, the Robert’s Five has just set precedent for, whether they will admit it or not …
Welcome to your ‘New America’ ladies …

  • Geneva College v. Sebelius

    FILED ON: 2/21/2012

    ABOUT THE PLAINTIFF: The Pennsylvania-based for-profit plaintiffs are Seneca Hardwood, a lumber business, and WLH Enterprises, a sawmill. Geneva College is a Pennsylvania-based non-profit.

  • O’Brien v. Sebelius

    FILED ON: 3/15/2012

    ABOUT THE PLAINTIFF: O’Brien Industrial Holding is a Missouri company engaged in the exploration, mining, processing, manufacturing, and distribution of refractory and ceramic raw materials.

  • Newland v. Sebelius

    FILED ON: 4/30/2012

    ABOUT THE PLAINTIFF: Hercules Industries Inc. is a Colorado corporation that manufactures heating, ventilation, and air conditioning products, owned by the Newlands and another plaintiff.

  • Weingartz Supply Company v. Sebelius (also known as Legatus v. Sebelius)

    FILED ON: 5/7/2012

    ABOUT THE PLAINTIFF: Weingartz Supply Company is a secular Michigan company that sells outdoor power equipment. Legatus is a nonprofit organization comprising more than 4,000 members including individuals and professional organizations.

  • Triune Health Group v. Sebelius (also known as Yep v. Sebelius)

    FILED ON: 8/22/2012

    ABOUT THE PLAINTIFF: Triune is a secular Illinois corporation that specializes in facilitating the reentry of injured workers into the workforce.

  • Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., et al. v. Sebelius

    FILED ON: 9/12/2012

    ABOUT THE PLAINTIFF: Hobby Lobby is a national craft supply chain with headquarters in Oklahoma. Mardel (another plaintiff) is a privately held bookstore and education company specializing in Christian books and religious texts.

  • Tonn and Blank Construction v. Sebelius

    FILED ON: 9/20/2012

    ABOUT THE PLAINTIFF: Tonn and Black Construction, LLC, is an Indiana construction company.

  • Tyndale House v. Sebelius

    FILED ON: 10/2/2012

    ABOUT THE PLAINTIFF: Tyndale is an Illinois for-profit publishing company focusing on Christian books.

  • Autocam Corporation et al. v. Sebelius

    FILED ON: 10/8/2012

    ABOUT THE PLAINTIFF: Autocam Automotive makes parts for transportation while Autocam Medical makes medical equipment. These are western Michigan-based manufacturing companies that operate across the United States.

  • Korte & Luitjohan Contractors v. United States Department of Health and Human Services

    FILED ON: 10/9/2012

    ABOUT THE PLAINTIFF: Korte & Luitjohan Contractors Inc., is an Illinois-based full-service construction contractor.

  • American Pulverizer Co. v. Sebelius

    FILED ON: 10/19/2012

    ABOUT THE PLAINTIFF: Springfield Iron and Metal, LLC, American Pulverizer Company, Hustler Conveyor Company, and City Welding are four Missouri-based companies involved in the business of wholesale scrap metal recycling and manufacturing of related machines.

  • Grote Industries v. Sebelius

    FILED ON: 10/29/2012

    ABOUT THE PLAINTIFF: Grote Industries is an Indiana-based, privately held business manufacturing vehicle safety systems.

  • Annex Medical Inc. v. Sebelius

    FILED ON: 11/2/2012

    ABOUT THE PLAINTIFF: Annex Medical and Sacred Heart Medical are companies that design, manufacture, and sell medical devices. They are owned by Stuart Lind. Tom Janas is an additional plaintiff who is an entrepreneur who has owned several dairy businesses in the past and intends to purchase another in 2013. He currently operates Habile Holdings and Venture North Properties, companies that lease commercial properties but currently have no employees.

  • Conestoga Wood Specialties Corporation v. Sebelius

    FILED ON: 12/4/2012

    ABOUT THE PLAINTIFF: Conestoga Wood Specialties Corporation is a Pennsylvania-based wood cabinet and specialty products manufacturer.

  • Domino’s Farms Corporation v. Sebelius

    FILED ON: 12/14/2012

    ABOUT THE PLAINTIFF: Domino’s Farms is a Michigan-based property management company.

  • Sharpe Holdings Inc. v. Sebelius

    FILED ON: 12/20/2012

    ABOUT THE PLAINTIFF: Sharpe Holdings Inc. is a Missouri corporation that is involved in the farming, dairy, creamery, and cheese-making industries. Ozark National Life Insurance Company is a Missouri insurance corporation; N.I.S. Financial Services is a Missouri mutual fund broker, and CNS Corporation is the Missouri-based holding company for Ozark, N.I.S,. and Sharpe Holdings.

  • Sioux Chief MFG. Co., Inc. v. Sebelius

    FILED ON: 1/14/2013

    ABOUT THE PLAINTIFF: Sioux Chief MFG. Co Inc. is a Missouri Corporation that manufactures plumbing products.

  • Gilardi v. Sebelius

    FILED ON: 1/24/2013

    ABOUT THE PLAINTIFF: Freshway Foods is a fresh produce processor and packer. Freshway Logistics is a for-hire carrier of mainly refrigerated products. The companies are Ohio-based for-profits that serve 23 states.

  • Briscoe v. Sebelius

    FILED ON: 2/4/2013

    ABOUT THE PLAINTIFF: Continuum Health Partnership is a Colorado-based oxygen supply company. Conessione is an Investment company.

  • Hall v. Sebelius

    FILED ON: 2/5/2013

    ABOUT THE PLAINTIFF: Reverend Gregory Hall is a Catholic Deacon who owns American Mfg Company, a Minnesota-based company that manufactures and markets mining equipment, mud pumps, and parts for global distribution.

  • Lindsay, Rappaport and Postel LLC v. Sebelius

    FILED ON: 2/14/2013

    ABOUT THE PLAINTIFF: LR&P is an Illinois-based law firm that primarily practices in insurance defense, insurance coverage, and appellate work.

  • Armstrong v. Sebelius

    FILED ON: 3/5/2013

    ABOUT THE PLAINTIFF: Cherry Creek Mortgage Co. is a Colorado-based full-service residential mortgage banking company.

  • Beckwith Electric Co. v. Sebelius

    FILED ON: 3/12/2013

    ABOUT THE PLAINTIFF: Beckwith Electric Co. is a Florida-based provider of microprocessor-based technology.

  • Bick Holdings Inc. v. Sebelius

    FILED ON: 3/13/2013

    ABOUT THE PLAINTIFF: Bick Holdings Inc. is a Missouri-based holding company for operating companies Bick Group Inc., Bick Properties Inc., and SEALCO LLC. Through these subsidiaries BHI engages in data center consulting, design, maintenance, service, and cleaning.

  • Eden Foods Inc. v. Sebelius

    FILED ON: 3/20/2013

    ABOUT THE PLAINTIFF: Eden Foods is a Michigan-based corporation that specializes in supplying macrobiotic, organic food.

  • Mersino Management Company v. Sebelius

    FILED ON: 3/22/2013

    ABOUT THE PLAINTIFF: Mersino Management Co. is a Michigan-based management company and provides insurance for Mersino Enterprises, Mersino Dewatering, Global Pump Co., and Mersino South-West.

  • Hartenbower v. Sebelius

    FILED ON: 3/26/2013

    ABOUT THE PLAINTIFF: The Hartenbowers co-own Hart Electric LLC, an Illinois-based manufacturer of electrical components, and H.I. Cable.

  • MK Chambers Company v. United States Department of Health and Human Services

    FILED ON: 3/28/2013

    ABOUT THE PLAINTIFF: MK Chambers Company is a Michigan-based supplier of specialty machining.

  • Johnson Welded Products v. Sebelius

    FILED ON: 4/30/2013

    ABOUT THE PLAINTIFF: Johnson Welded Products is an Ohio-based manufacturer of reservoirs for air brake systems.

  • Ozinga v. Sebelius

    FILED ON: 5/1/2013

    ABOUT THE PLAINTIFF: The Ozingas are owners and senior managers of Ozinga Bros. Inc., an Illinois-based producer of ready-made concrete.

  • SMA LLC. v. Sebelius

    FILED ON: 6/6/2013

    ABOUT THE PLAINTIFF: SMA LLC is a Minnesota based agricultural/industrial construction company.

  • Holland et al v. Sebelius

    FILED ON: 6/24/2013

    ABOUT THE PLAINTIFF: Holland Chevrolet is a West Virginia-based corporation engaged in selling and servicing motor vehicles.

  • Medford  v. Sebelius (also known as QC Group v. Sebelius)

    FILED ON: 7/2/2013

    ABOUT THE PLAINTIFF: The QC Group Inc is a Minnesota-based corporation, owned by Daniel Medford and David DeVowe, which provides quality control services.

  • Willis & Willis PLC v. Sebelius

    FILED ON: 7/24/2013

    ABOUT THE PLAINTIFF: Willis & Willis PLC is a Michigan-based law firm.

  • Trijicon Inc. v. Sebelius (also known as Bindon v. Sebelius)

    FILED ON: 8/5/2013

    ABOUT THE PLAINTIFF: Trijicon Inc. is a Michigan-based maker of aiming systems for firearms.

  • Barron Industries v. Sebelius

    FILED ON: 9/4/2013

    ABOUT THE PLAINTIFF: Barron Industries Inc. is a Michigan-based company that produces metal castings for various industries.

  • Midwest Fastener Corp. v. Sebelius

    FILED ON: 9/5/2013

    ABOUT THE PLAINTIFF: Midwest Fastener Corp. is a Michigan-based company that supplies fasteners to the hardware store, home center, and industrial markets.

  • Feltl & Co. Inc. v. Sebelius

    FILED ON: 9/25/2013

    ABOUT THE PLAINTIFF: Feltl & Co. Inc. is a Minnesota-based securities brokerage and investment banking company.

  • Randy Reed Automotive v. Sebelius

    FILED ON: 10/8/2013

    ABOUT THE PLAINTIFF: Randy Reed Automotive, Randy Reed Buick GMC, Randy Reed Nissan, and Randy Reed Chevrolet are Missouri-based car dealerships.

  • C.W. Zumbiel, Co. v. Sebelius

    FILED ON: 10/22/2013

    ABOUT THE PLAINTIFF: Zumbiel Packaging is a Kentucky-based manufacturer of paperboard packaging for consumer goods.

  • Williams v. Sebelius

    FILED ON: 10/30/2013

    ABOUT THE PLAINTIFF: The Williams own Electrolock Inc., an Ohio-based corporation that works in the electrical and thermal insulation industry.  Other plaintiff companies include Stone River Management Co. and Dunstone Co.

  • Doboszenski & Sons Inc. v. Sebelius

    FILED ON: 11/14/2013

    ABOUT THE PLAINTIFF: Doboszenski & Sons is a Minnesota-based company that provides services for excavation, demolition, and street construction and reconstruction.

  • Stewart et al. v. Sebelius

    FILED ON: 11/27/2013

    ABOUT THE PLAINTIFF: Encompass Develop, Design & Construct, LLC is a Kentucky-based architect, design and construction service of which John Stewart is the managing and sole member.

  • Hastings Automotive v. Sebelius

    FILED ON: 1/29/2014

    ABOUT THE PLAINTIFF: Hastings Automotive Inc. (known as Hastings Ford) and Hastings Chrysler Center are Minnesota car dealerships.

  • Catholic Benefits Association v. Sebelius

    FILED ON: 3/12/2014

    ABOUT THE PLAINTIFF: For- and nonprofit corporations including the Catholic Benefits Association and Catholic Insurance Company.

  • M&N Plastics v. Sebelius

    FILED ON: 5/31/2013 (in DC district court); 11/18/2013 (in Michigan district court)

    ABOUT THE PLAINTIFF: M&N Plastics is a Michigan-based supplier of custom injection molding products.

  • Mersino Dewatering Inc. v. Sebelius

    FILED ON: 9/3/2013 (in DC district court); 11/26/2013 (in Michigan district court)

    ABOUT THE PLAINTIFF: Mersino Dewatering Inc. is a Michigan-based company that provides dewatering (water removal) services. It has branches in Michigan, Florida, North Carolina, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania
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  • Random Observations on the Hobby Lobby Decision

    1. Everything you really need to know about the decision made a five-man majority on the Supreme Court in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby is in this paragraph on page 46 of Justice Samuel “Is my wife crying again?” Alito’s opinion: “In any event, our decision in these cases is concerned solely with the contraceptive mandate. Our decision should not be understood to hold that an insurance- coverage mandate must necessarily fall if it conflicts with an employer’s religious beliefs. Other coverage require- ments, such as immunizations, may be supported by different interests (for example, the need to combat the spread of infectious diseases) and may involve different arguments about the least restrictive means of providing them.”
    In other words, the Supreme Court’s majority was too punkass to do anything other than prevent women from having their insurance pay for contraception at roughly 90% of American corporations. However, the implication of its decision is, more or less, “Fuck, yeah, go crazy, you nutzoid religious freaks.” (Oh, and they will. Floodgates open, motherfuckers.) The majority refused to say that because attacking women and icky women parts is totally cool. But immunizations? Shit, that means we might get diseases.
    It even goes against the logic that the Court used to make its decision. As an example, Alito cites a case where a store with devout Jewish owners who closed on Saturday and wanted to open on Sunday, which, at the time, Pennsylvania law did not allow. Under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which the justices used to rule for Hobby Lobby and the rest, that store would have been able to open. So if that’s cool, why do the justices even attempt to say that their decision can’t be extended to other things? It’s a fuckin’ lie. Just go for it, assholes.
    1a. The RFRA was a bullshit piece of legislation passed in a heated panic after the Supreme Court ruled in 1990 that it was fine to deny unemployment benefits to two Native Americans fired after they “ingested peyote” as part of a religious tribal ritual. Writing for the majority in the case, Antonin Scalia said ruling for the two men “would open the prospect of constitutionally required exemptions from civic obligations of almost every conceivable kind.” Yes, you read that correctly. Yes, it’s accurate.
    In other words, one can assume now, they weren’t Christians. And Antonin Scalia, who voted with the majority for Hobby Lobby, is a repulsive hypocrite. (Read the Smith decision. It’s nauseating in contrast to today’s.)
    2. Probably the most breathtaking aspect of the majority’s opinion is how it just doesn’t give two shits about women. Alito’s decision doesn’t take into account, even for a line or two, how a ruling for “religious liberty” is a ruling against women, dismissing that notion outright, in fact. This is all about making sure that butthurt Christians can do what their specific sect believes will please an invisible sky wizard, which includes, for some, making sure that women have those goddamn babies. The majority just ignores that there’s real women with real lives who this decision really affects.
    It’s up to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her dissent to bring the noise, spending the first part demonstrating that this whole thing is about women and their bodies and their value as more than just baby carriers (Christ, are we really still talking about this? What the fuck is wrong with us?) and that contraception is used for more than stopping baby-making. Ginsburg notes, for instance, “the disproportionate burden women carried for comprehensive health services and the adverse health consequences of excluding contraception from preventive care available to employees without cost sharing.” Obviously, though, making sure that rich people don’t offend their great googly-moogly in the clouds is more important.
    3. This is not just a victory for religious intolerance. It’s also a victory for faith and politics over science. “The owners of the businesses have religious objections to abortion, and according to their religious beliefs the four contraceptive methods at issue are abortifacients,” writes Alito. Well, fuck what your religion tells you about medicine. The contraceptive methods do not cause abortions. In fact, they would lower the rate of abortions if people would stop being such blind believers in the bullshit their religious leaders shoot into their brains with a cross-shaped hypodermic. The earth revolves around the sun, and your fucking pope ain’t gonna change that.
    Alito says that it would obviously be a “severe burden” because “If the owners comply with the HHS mandate, they believe they will be facilitating abortions.” And that might be worth arguing if the belief wasn’t based on a complete mountain of garbage, most of which has come from conservative political groups whose existence is predicated on tricking the shit-eating yahoos into thinking that “birth control” equals “abortion.”
    Waxing romantically about the plaintiffs, Alito writes, “Norman and Elizabeth Hahn and their three sons are devout members of the Mennonite Church, a Christian denomination. The Mennonite Church opposes abortion and believes that ‘[t]he fetus in its earliest stages . . . shares humanity with those who conceived it.'” Except now we’re not arguing over whether life begins at conception. We’re arguing over what “conception” is. You see, children, you aren’t born just because a tiny sperm wants to makes sweet love with a big ol’ egg. Oh, no. You need ovulation. You need implantation. That is, those lovers gotta have a uterus bed to lay in or nothing’s happening. No pregnancy. Again, that shit’s science. (And it’s how pregnancy and conception are defined under federal law.)
    You prevent ovulation, like the morning-after pill does, you prevent pregnancy. You prevent pregnancy, and you prevent abortion.
    3. Substitute the word “Muslim” for “Christian” and see if it bugs you even a little, dear ignorant Jesus lovers. “The owners…have sincere Muslim beliefs” or “David and Barbara Green and their three children are Muslims who own and operate two family businesses.” Or how about: “Hobby Lobby’s statement of purpose commits the Greens to ‘[h]onoring Allah in all [they] do by operating the company in a manner consistent with Quran-based principles'”? Maybe: “The businesses refuse to engage in profitable transactions that facilitate or promote alcohol use; they contribute profits to Muslim organizations; and they buy hundreds of full-page newspaper ads inviting people to say, ‘Allahu akbar'”?
    You’re cool with that? Fuck you, you’re lying.
    4. The only positive way to read this decision is that the Court has opened the door for a justification for universal health care. The government can pay for this, the majority said, and we don’t have problem with it. Says Alito, “The most straightforward way of doing this would be for the Government to assume the cost of providing the four contraceptives at issue to any women who are unable to obtain them under their health-insurance policies due to their employers’ religious objections.”
    Of course, don’t worry. If that ever came before this court, they’d find a way to shut it down and then call it “justice.”
    (Note: This was updated to reflect what Plan B actually does. One of the IUDs in the Hobby Lobby quartet may prevent implantation if used as emergency contraception)
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    I don’t even know what to say about this one …
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    GOP Candidate Charges Opponent Is Dead, Represented By A Body Double
    from huffington post
    Political opponents accuse each other of lying all the time, but one Oklahoma congressional candidate took his accusation to a new level this week when he claimed his opponent was actually dead and being represented by a body double.
    KFOR in Oklahoma reports that Timothy Ray Murray believes Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), his opponent in the congressional Republican primary, was executed three years ago and is being represented by a look-alike. Because he believes Lucas is really dead, Murray said he will challenge the results of Tuesday’s Republican primary, in which Murray received 5.2 percent of the vote. Lucas won the primary with 82.8 percent of the vote.
    “It is widely known Rep. Frank D. Lucas is no longer alive and has been displayed by a look alike. Rep. Lucas’ look alike was depicted as sentenced on a white stage in southern Ukraine on or about Jan. 11, 2011,” Murray said in a statement posted on his campaign website. The statement claimed Lucas and “a few other” members of Congress from Oklahoma and other states were shown on television being hanged by “The World Court.”
    “I am contesting that this matter has happen [sic] since his election was blocked, because of the U.S. Defense Department’s use of Mr. Murray’s DNA. To my knowledge, the U.S. Defense Department has not released to the public that information, as it is their confidential information about many people,” Murray’s statement said.
    Bryan Dean, a spokesman for the Oklahoma State Election Board, told The Huffington Post that Murray had sent the board a copy of the statement posted on his website but had not formally filed a petition asking for a recount or alleging election irregularities. He has until 5 p.m. Friday to do so.
    In the statement, Murray, who did not respond to an interview request, also reassured voters that he is not a body-double.
    “I, Timothy Ray Murray, am a human, born in Oklahoma, and obtained and continue to fully meet the requirements to serve as U.S. Representative when honored to so. I will never use a look alike to replace my (The Office’s) message to you or to anyone else, as both the other Republican Challengers have,” he said.
    Lucas, who has served in Congress for the last 20 years, released a statement in March about the crisis in Ukraine. He told KFOR, however, that he has never been to the country where he’s being accused of having been executed.
    “Many things have been said about me, said to me in the course of all my campaigns. This is the first time I’ve ever been accused of being a body double or a robot,” Lucas said. Lucas also added that Murray ran against him as a Democrat in 2012.
    Murray’s claim is the latest incident in an election cycle that has featured plenty of strange candidates, including a Santa Claus impersonator and a supernatural role-player.
    A representative from Lucas’ office told The Huffington Post that Lucas would not comment further on the allegations, but said, “I can assure you that the congressman is alive.”

    the latest from faux noise …one doctor, one cup …

    srslyFile this one under: “Too Ridiculous For Even Faux Noise” …
    Who knew you could get a doctorate in douchebaggery? …
    I mean what else would qualify this clown to call himself ‘doctor’?

    Fox News’s Dr. Keith Ablow: World Cup is distraction from Obama scandals
    Fox psychiatrist Dr. Keith Ablow’s conspiracy theory that the World Cup Soccer excitement is little more than a sick or sinister distraction from serious issues (read: Obama’s troubles) said this about the World Cup:
    ”I’m suspect. I’m suspect because here’s the thing: Why at a time when there are so many national issues and international issues of such prominence? I’m a little suspicious – yet another bread and circus routine. Let’s roll out the marijuana, pull back the laws and people even more crazy about yet another entertainment event.
    …I think this is a way to distract people. …This is like Rome. I can see why Obama would love (it). …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 more than ever.”
    Never mind the fact that the World Cup games started in 1930 and that soccer has been played professionally since 1870 or thereabouts, it’s obvious to anyone who cares to look at it that the World Cup is nothing more than an uber-leftist, diabolical creation of the all-powerful evil mastermind and world overlord Barrack HUSSEIN Obama, who has controlled FIFA for his own nefarious purposes since 1930, just waiting for the perfect time to spring this competition on the unsuspecting world so no one would notice that he tried to get health insurance for poor people or order the deaths of 4 Americans at Benghazi …
    and seeing that it is a proven fact that that same Barrack HUSSEIN Obama has used a time machine to insert his FAKE Hawaiian birth records into the public records, how much more trouble would it have been to dial his time machine 84 years back and create the World Cup as well? … Drats! … He’s seen through the leftist, socialist, anti-right, liberal plot that the President so diabolically hatched all those decades ago! …
    On a related note, the World Series will be played in October, shortly before the 2014 midterms …
    Coincidence? …
    I think not.
    Where’s Lindsey ‘Benghazi! Benghazi!’ Graham when ya’ need him? …
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