snakes on a plane?

This just in from the WTF!?!? Department …
(from addctinginfo.com)

via Twitter

Westboro Baptist Church Says It’s Going To Iraq To Protest ISIS

Westboro Baptist Church, the hate group that masquerades as a religious organization, is known for their publicity stunts, but they may have bit off more than they can chew with this one. After a comedian offered to pay for them to fly to Iraq so they can protest real Christian persecution at the hands of Islamic militants, the group tweeted that they have accepted his offer. They want to take their picket signs and head over to a country currently occupied by a group that beheads Christian children without hesitation – this ought to go well.
To bring you up to speed: Last week, Australian comedian Adam Hills gave an brilliant, hilarious proposal to the WBC after learned that they planned to – surprise, surprise – picket Robin Williams’ funeral. On his show, The Last Leg, Hills pointed out that the infamous “God Hates Fags” group is quick to march around with signs protesting American hedonism, but don’t have the courage to protest the daily persecution Christians in Iraq are facing at the hands of “the people threatening to behead Christians if they don’t convert.”
Hills tells the group:
“If you really believe in standing up to those threatening the christian way of life, Westboro Baptist Church, how about putting your money where your mouth is, taking a direct flight to Iraq.”

Westboro Baptist @WBCSays
We accepted! Whence tickets? @PhilCooke: An offer to fly WBC members 2 Iraq 2 protest. Sounds like good idea to me: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/19/adam-hills-westboro-baptist-church-iraq-robin-williams_n_5692172.html …
1:40 PM – 21 Aug 2014

If the two sides manage to work something out and the WBC winds up in Iraq, it’s safe to say that their lives would very much be in danger. Iraq, especially large swaths of it now occupied by IS militants, is extremely unfriendly to American citizens, Christian, but most particularly American Christians carrying signs reading “Muslims Die, God Laughs.”
Just this week an American journalist was beheaded by ISIS and they are threatening to do the same to another one. At the same time, ISIS has exiled thousands of Iraqi Christians, killing those who don’t leave.

From Think Progress:

ISIS has been targeting Christians ever since it first got started. As a militant group fighting against both the forces of President Bashar al-Assad and rebel groups in Syria’s civil war, ISIS wreaked havoc on Syrian Christians, torching churches in the historic Christian city of Maaloula and kidnapping bishops. Still, Mosul’s large Christian population remained determined to remain in the city where their ancestors have lived for 1,600 years.
That all changed when ISIS issued a statement last Thursday ordering the city’s Christians to convert, pay a hefty religious tax, or face execution on Saturday.

Since then, there have been reports of mass killings and targeted murders of Christians in Iraq. If the Westboro Baptist Church chooses to walk into that, it would be the first time in the church’s history that they would actually be protesting something worth protesting. It may also be short lived. Depending on where they chose to stage their protest, they may need to start planning a protest of their own funerals.

srsly

d-bag of the week … out of the mouths of boobs

golden d-bag of the week award by hip is everything

this week, i’m going to dispense with the usual rundown of douchebaggery that has occurred in the last seven days, and i’m not going to bother with the usual alliteration and cheap shots at the usual list of d-bag of the week contenders …
yeah, there were the usual bunch of d-bags, doing their thing and lettin’ their d-bag voices ring, there always is, but …
this week we just have an out and out winner …

so without further ado …
ladies and gentlemen …
the envelope please …

the latest winner …
of the sometimes coveted, always deserved …
golden d-bag award
and this weeks award goes to …
drum roll please …

The American Family Association’s BRYAN FISCHER

The American Family Association‘s Bryan Fischer minced few words when it came to expressing his stance on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people who seek public office. Fischer, whose anti-LGBT declarations have become a near-weekly staple of his “Focal Point” radio show, took to the airwaves again following news of Texas Governor Rick Perry’s indictment, Right Wing Watch first reported.
Perry was indicted for abuse of power over efforts to force Travis County District Attorney
Rosemary Lehmberg, who is openly gay, to resign from office after a drunk-driving arrest.
Fischer pointed to Lehmberg’s sexuality in his broadcast, noting, “My view of public service is that somebody who is engaged in sexually deviant behavior is not qualified to hold public office.”
Comparing LGBT people both to rapists and pedophiles, he added, “Now lesbianism is sexually deviant behavior because it deviates from God’s plan and design for human sexually. So I believe that this is a person who, because she’s involved in sexually deviant behavior, should be, ought to be disqualified from public service.”
Last month, Fischer slammed LGBT rights advocates as “belligerent” and “intolerant bullies” who represented a “
tiny little minority” of the U.S. population in a broadcast.
He also denounced Burger King’s LGBT-friendly “
Proud Whopper” campaign, arguing that the fast food franchise’s was a “bonehead move from a marketing standpoint.”
“When people sit down to eat a hamburger, the last thing they want to be thinking about is two guys having sex,” Fischer noted at the time.
reposted from: huffpo

this guy could win this award pretty much every week …
I mean, he’s like the energizer bunny o’ hate …
he just keeps going … and going … and going … and …
here’s just a couple of his past ‘hits’ …

I am convinced that there is plenty of hatred in the debate over homosexuality, there’s a lot of hatred, there’s a lot of vitriol, there’s a lot of venom – it is coming from homosexuals themselves. The real haters are homosexuals. The real venom is coming from those that support the homosexual agenda, either homosexual activists, homosexuals, or those that support the homosexual agenda. They are the real haters. There is a heterophobic hatred, there is a Christophobic hatred that is just seething, there’s a dark, venomous, demonic hatred that is in the homosexual community.
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Fischer said that the ‘Mark of the Beast’ occurs when there is a “demonically controlled government” that prohibits people of faith from buying or selling without a permit.
A&E’s suspension of Phil Robertson fits this definition, according to Fischer. Christians have interpreted Revelation 13:16-18 to mean that there will be a marking of humans, or a “mark of the beast.”
“This is what’s happening to Phil Robertson. He got bounced off his show, which is a source of income for him,” he said. “So his ability to be involved in the commerce that’s connected to that show has been terminated. That is the Mark of the Beast.”

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“No evolutionist can be trusted with political power.”

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According to Fischer, people who don’t own property are like people who don’t pay taxes: they “have no skin in the game.” He said, “…in the colonial period, you had to be a landowner, a property owner to be eligible to vote, and I don’t think that’s a bad idea.”

“Homosexuals are rarely monogamous and have as many as 300 to 1,000 sexual partners over the course of a lifetime. … [T]he risk of sexual abuse in a homosexual household is much greater than in a heterosexual household.”
– Bryan Fischer Web post, “The Truth about Gay Marriage and Civil Unions,” 2006

“It is time, I suggest, to stop the practice of allowing Muslims to serve in the U.S. military. The reason is simple: the more devout a Muslim is, the more of a threat he is to national security.”
– Bryan Fischer Web post, “No More Muslims in the U.S. Military,” 2009

“Homosexuality gave us Adolph Hitler, and homosexuals in the military gave us the Brown Shirts, the Nazi war machine and six million dead Jews.”
– Bryan Fischer Web post, “Homosexuality, Hitler, and ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,'” 2010

“[T]he most compassionate thing we can do for Americans is to bring a halt to the immigration of Muslims into the U.S. This will protect our national security and preserve our national identity, culture, ideals and values. Muslims, by custom and religion, are simply unwilling to integrate into cultures with Western values and it is folly to pretend otherwise. In fact, they remain dedicated to subjecting all of America to sharia law and are working ceaselessly until that day of Islamic imposition comes.”
– Bryan Fischer Web post, “Time to Restrict Muslim Immigration to the U.S., Send Them Back Home,” 2010

“Many of the tribal reservations today remain mired in poverty and alcoholism because many native [sic] Americans continue to cling to the darkness of indigenous superstition instead of coming into the light of Christianity and assimilating into Christian culture.”
– Bryan Fischer Web post, “Native Americans Morally Disqualified Themselves from the Land,” 2011

“Welfare has destroyed the African-American family by telling young black women that husbands and fathers are unnecessary and obsolete. … We have incentivized fornication rather than marriage, and it’s no wonder we are now awash in the disastrous social consequences of people who rut like rabbits.”
– Bryan Fischer Web post, “Jesus Groomed His Apostles for Political Office,” 2011

The American Family Association’s BRYAN FISCHER
This week’s d-bag of the week

Bryan …
hip is everything salute

just in from the go figure dep’t.

voter suppression by hip is everything

Missouri GOP leader calls Ferguson voter-registration drive ‘disgusting’

more here …
Stay classy GOP.
By Steve Benen
Voter participation in Ferguson, Missouri, has been poor of late, with just 12% turnout in the most recent election. As the Rev. Al Sharpton, host of msnbc’s “Politics Nation,” said at the Greater Grace Church’s during Sunday services, “You all have got to start voting and showing up. 12% turnout is an insult to your children.”
With this in mind, as we discussed yesterday, some in the community have set up a tent in Ferguson to host a voter-registration drive. As one volunteer put it, “We’re trying to make young people understand that this is how to change things.”
When I noted this on Twitter yesterday, I was surprised by conservatives complaining about the voter-registration efforts. Apparently, I wildly underestimated how upset the right would be about this. Breitbart.com, a prominent far-right website, reported this morning, “Republicans are criticizing efforts by liberal organizers to set up voter registration booths at the site where Missouri teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed by a local police officer.”
In an interview with Breitbart News, Missouri RNC executive director Matt Wills expressed outrage about the reports.

“If that’s not fanning the political flames, I don’t know what is,” Wills said, “I think it’s not only disgusting but completely inappropriate.”

Wills is described by the RNC as the executive director of the Missouri Republican Party.

reposted from democratic underground

man, these guys really hate it when ya’ vote … so vote!

d-bag of the week …

d-bag of the week by hip is everything
well, it’s friday already …
and yeah, before i get any more e-mails on the subject (and thank you all for the kind words, atta boys, and “where the fuck has the d-bag of the week gone?”) i figure i’ll get back to work here…hey, it’s summer, i been busy … well, not actually busy as much as lazy, but wtf, same thing …
well kinda …
you know …
anyways, on with the show …
because the douchebaggery has not abated in any way since our last douchebaggery award, and all the sliminess and slithering that passes for sentient behavior in the so-called corridors of power still seem to be as rampant as ever, it must be time to single out our d-bag of the week …as all good deeds truly deserve some kind of reward, it’s that time again …
and (insert favorite deity here) knows, we certainly did have another week chock bloody full of scheming, lying politicians, incoherent, ass kissing, dog whistle blowing, incessantly blathering, windbag broadcasters, greedy, glamour glomming grifters and pointless, prevaricating and pontificating pricks …
so, it’s time to answer the question that seemingly needs to be answered kids …
just who took their act to the lowest of the low, the worst of the worst, the slimiest of the slimy, the doucheyist of the douchey? … are those even freakin’ words? …
they are now i guess … lol …
who was the king or queen of douchebaggery in the last seven days? …
who was the grandest douche rocket of the bunch? …
it was, as always, a week that was, full of some of the slimiest, sleaziest, slithering, scuzzball serpents the world of poll pandering, petulant and pithy partisan politics, fanatical, frenzied, far fetched faith freaks, and the exorbitant, exaggerated and exuberant elitist acquisitiveness, avarice and avidity that the preening power pricks(aka politics, religion and corporatocracy) has to offer …
and this week was as bad as every other lately, the norm these days it seems, with more than it’s fair share of despicable, degenerate douche bag dancing, misogynistic, mean-minded and mendacious maneuvers, slimy, sickening, sleaze-ball slithering, repugnant, reprehensible, repulsive and revolting rantings and railings, and an out and out torrent of treasonous talk and treacherous temper tantrums …
especially by the so-called “family values” gang over on the right and their bat shit crazy, bullshit bellowing, ideologically inane, greedy and groveling, greasy grifters and their prevaricating, petulant, pompous and pointlessly pious proponents …
in the end, as we always do, we found our winner …
and a rather deserving one, if I do say so myself …
and even though this week’s douche-off was not without a copiously crammed cornucopia of conniving, classless, clueless, crass and cretinous challengers to that majestic mantle of  mediocrity, mendacity, meandering mindlessness and missteps we like to call the ‘d-bag of the week’, we do have a distinct winner …
and who kids is the doucheyist of ‘em all this week? …
the envelope please … 

and our winner of  the always deserved, rarely accepted d-bag of the week is 

steve ‘legs like cantaloupes’ king …
renowned birther, bagger, blatherer, and bigoted bloviator …
the master of mendacity, misogyny and meandering mindlessness …
the gop’s master baiter of all that is progressive …
steve king by hip is everything

Rep. Steve King: Ferguson Protestors Are Of A Single ‘Continental Origin’

Source: Talking Points Memo
Rep. Steve King (R-IA) said on Wednesday that he saw no reason to be concerned about the possibility of racial profiling in police clashes with protesters in Ferguson, Mo. because the protestors all appeared to be of a single “continental origin.”
King appeared on Newsmax TV on Wednesday where host J.D. Hayworth asked him about the escalating conflict in Ferguson. When asked about the concerns raised by members of the Congressional Black Caucus about the possibility of racial profiling, King said those were unsubstantiated.
“This idea of no racial profiling,” King said, “I’ve seen the video. It looks to me like you don’t need to bother with that particular factor because they all appear to be of a single, you know, of a single origin, I should say, a continental origin might be the way to phrase that.”

and exactly what continent is it that you speak of steve? …
africa perhaps? …
just wondering …
douche bag …
steve ‘legs like cantaloupes’ king …
our d-bag of the week …
steve-o …
hip is everything salute

word salad: the klondike kardashian edition

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 …
the nonsense and drivel that pours forth 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” …
(a health and safety warning really should come with this one though)
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 fear mongering …
and today’s champion of cheap shots, craziness and crap is …
the queen of drivel herself …
the failin’ palin …
the klondike kardashian …
alaskan barbie …
the one, the only, sister sarah no clue

Palin’s Response to Elizabeth Warren’s Progressive Commandments**

listen closely, i think it’s trying to communicate …

someone please punch john mccain in the face, okay? …
NOTE: this clip isn’t a blooper outtake, but actually part of the edited, finished video from sarah’s new ‘pay 4 view’ site …

In·co·her·ent

[in-koh-heer-uh-nt, -her-] adjective

1. without logical or meaningful connection; disjointed; rambling: an incoherent sentence.
2. characterized by such thought or
language, as a person:incoherent with rage.
3. not
coherent or cohering: an incoherent mixture.
4. lacking physical cohesion; loose: incoherent dust.
5. lacking unity or harmony of elements: an incoherent public.

** and just as a point of reference the 11 tenets Warren listed were:

- “We believe that Wall Street needs stronger rules and tougher enforcement, and we’re willing to fight for it.”
- “We believe in science, and that means that we have a responsibility to protect this Earth.”
- “We believe that the Internet shouldn’t be rigged to benefit big corporations, and that means real net neutrality.”
- “We believe that no one should work full-time and still live in poverty, and that means raising the minimum wage.”
- “We believe that fast-food workers deserve a livable wage, and that means that when they take to the picket line, we are proud to fight alongside them.”
- “We believe that students are entitled to get an education without being crushed by debt.”
- “We believe that after a lifetime of work, people are entitled to retire with dignity, and that means protecting Social Security, Medicare, and pensions.”
- “We believe—I can’t believe I have to say this in 2014—we believe in equal pay for equal work.”
- “We believe that equal means equal, and that’s true in marriage, it’s true in the workplace, it’s true in all of America.”
- “We believe that immigration has made this country strong and vibrant, and that means reform.”
- “And we believe that corporations are not people, that women have a right to their bodies. We will overturn Hobby Lobby and we will fight for it. We will fight for it!”

Finally, the main tenet of conservatives’ philosophy, according to Warren is “I got mine. The rest of you are on your own.”
(thanks to christopher foxx for the list)

cost of ignorance

tidbits from the grey matter …

they say it’s good to get this shit out …
and seeing as November is just around the corner, some shit ya’ just may wanna ponder …
On Republicans and their ‘talking points’ – Life inside the bubble …
tidbitz by hip is everything
1. The GOP are the party of and for fiscal responsibility …
which hasn’t been true since Dwight D. Eisenhower … He was the last Republican president to actually balance the budget – in the 1950′s … and as long as they aren’t in the mood for a couple of un-paid for wars, tax breaks for billionaires, tax breaks for big oil and coal, or big pharma, or corporations (‘cos theys peeps too ya’ know), or pretty much anyone with enough money to fund one of these prick’s election campaigns …
2. They’re pro-life … as long as you’re talking about a fetus … After that, you’re on yer’ own pal, so grab yer’ bootstraps and start a pullin’ … Otherwise, they cut programs that help the poor, cut education, fight safety and environmental regulations at every opportunity, oppose universal health care (so people can maybe live a little longer), (pills for women – BAD, pills for woodies – essential medicine) … cut off benefits to veterans and 911 First Responders, and get big ole’ Cialis induced hard-ons bragging about the number of executions their particular state performs each year …
Oh, and they love guns. You know, the tools largely responsible for around 10,000 homicides in the country each and every year (the one thing that America definitely is number one in … year after year, and getting worse … “USA, USA, USA!!!) …
Oh and it’s always ‘instant chubbies’ all around if there’s a war to be had …
3. They’re for small government – “Big government is BAD!” … until it comes time to restrict ‘The Gays’ from having equal rights, or blocking a woman’s constitutionally protected right to have an abortion, or letting minorities of any kind vote, or keeping out the immigrants and ‘illegals’, or enforcing unnecessary voter suppression laws, or fattening up the military industrial complex’s bank accounts …
then yuppirs bucko, they love them some big government.
4. The support the troops … by sending over 4,000 of them to die in a war based on blatant lies and hubris (and let’s not forget oil and profits) …  And by blocking veterans bills for the ones who do manage to make it home alive … And by cutting off funding to the families that those same troops leave back at home need to survive, while they fight and die for the personal profits of some rich, white, fat, aging billionaire back home … or blocking any progress in fixing or funding properly the Veterans Administration Agency …
5. They’re for Constitutional rights … until someone with which they disagree is given rights they don’t think they should have, then they can’t stand the Constitution … I don’t actually believe for a split second that any one of these douchebags has even read the Constitution …
6. They stand for religious freedom … for Christians … and ONLY certain types of Christians at that …  More specifically, conservative Evangelical Christians …  Because if you’re a liberal church that wants to marry a gay couple in a state which currently still has a ban in place on gay marriage, then suddenly conservatives don’t care at all about that church’s “religious freedom.” (this one also constantly proves my theory that none of them have actually read the constitution, instead like that other manuscript that they love to wave around so much, the Bible, they tend to just cherry pick the parts that serve their purpose at the time) …
7. The Second Amendment says our right to bear arms shall not be in any way  infringed … always ignoring the entire first part of the Second Amendment that refers to “a well regulated militia” …
8. Abraham Lincoln was a Republican … yup, true dat … but let’s get out the history books here and maybe even look at some facts (a scary concept for this herd) … Pretty much every state that fought with the Confederacy also opposed a woman’s right to vote, desegregation and the Civil Rights act.  Those states are to this day almost all “strongly Republican” states, and many are STILL pushing for these same bigoted ideals … Racism and discrimination that’s spanned nearly 200 years and passed on through several generations is still so prevalent that it has become the ‘policy du jour’ in many of these states …
Did these guys conveniently forget about the Southern Strategy? …
Or all the voter suppression actions the last few years? …
9. You can’t trust the “lame-stream” media … said by the very same factually bereft, science denying’, low information sheep who worship Fox News, ‘the most watched cable news channel on television’ … being the “most watched” pretty much defines what it means to be “mainstream” guys … so …. just sayin’ …
10. The government is corrupt and inefficient … said by the very same people who continue to elect politicians who run on the premise that the government is corrupt and inefficient, and once elected do their best to see that it is. (see: Boehner Congress; McConnell Senate; Do Nothing Congress; gridlock; filibuster; Ted Cruz, et al) …
11. Guns don’t kill people, people kill people … yes they do, and they tend to kill one another far more often when guns are easily accessible within a society … plus, unless you put said gun in the hands of said ‘people’ no-one gets hurt in the making of this lie …
sooo… it stands to reason that if maybe, just maybe, we take those same guns out of the hands of those same people, less people will get killed …??? … ya’ think? …sorta like every other civilized democracy in the world does (who pretty much all have a much lower rate of deaths by gun) … just sayin’ … it’s just plain physics/math kids … oh yeah, I forgot, you guys don’t believe in science, or math, or facts …
12. The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun … I’m pretty fucking sure that the victims that the “bad guy with a gun” killed or injured before the “good guy with a gun” showed up and shot him feel differently …
13. This nation was founded on Christianity … then why aren’t the words “Christian” or “Christianity” written in the Constitution even once? … hmmm, odd eh? …
14. There is no such thing as ‘global warming’ or ‘climate change’ … fuck me Mabel, I’m not even doing this one … like gramps used to say, “You can’t teach a duck to play guitar, they don’t have the smarts, and it just pisses ‘em off – waste of everyone’s time” …
15. Evolution is a lie! … again, follow above advice from Gramps …
16. The whole “Job Creators” line of bullshit … see: the real job creators

pop the gop bubble by hip is everything

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 …