welcome my friends, to the show that never ends …

Ladies and gentlemen …
Would you please join me in welcoming the only man crazier and scarier than ‘the Dongald’ …
That Don of the Dominionists …
That slimy, slithering, sleaze-ball of the senate …
A guy with more personality changes per hour than ten chicks named Cybil in a fun house mirror room … 
The man with more hate in his belly than Lil’  Dick Cheney at a Greenpeace rally …
The one, the only …
Rafael Edward Ted Cruz …
Born December 22, 1970 in the lovely city o’ saddles and pretend cowboys, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, our boy Teddy is an American (or so he says) politician and the junior United States Senator from the great state of Texas … a place where everything is big … especially, apparently, the willingness to vote for bat-shit-crazies, religious zealots/fanatics and hate mongers …
(sorry Texas, I been there and the peeps were great, the countryside lovely, and the food and music top drawer, but you guys keep voting these fuckers in and it’s making the place look a little cray cray … just sayin’, my Lone Star buds)
As Teddy Stare Cruz sez hisself kids: “Let me make this real, real simple for folks in the media who find this conversation very confusing.” “Even if Donald Trump dresses up as Hillary Clinton, he still can’t go to the girl’s bathroom”,  referring to a North Carolina law that requires transgender people to use public bathrooms that correspond with the gender they were assigned at birth …
And  then he joked about “Donald in a bright blue pantsuit” …

Cruz and other Republicans who support such restrictive legislation often rely on what’s called the “predator myth,” falsely claiming that by allowing transgender people to use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity, male sexual predators can exploit the law and more easily attack women. Experts have found little evidence to support this claim: in states and municipalities with transgender protections in place, there have been no such reported incidents. North Carolina’s new law, which also bans local governments from passing anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people, has caused significant backlash and negative economic ramifications for the state.

seriously peeps??!!? … part deux

in yet more “fuck me Mabel” moments the right goes full bat shit crazy … yet again still …

Trump fails to impress foreign-policy experts
NC Gov. McCrory Blames Liberals for ‘Orwellian’ Orchestration of HB2 So a Dem Could Take His Job
John Boehner on Ted Cruz: ‘Lucifer in the Flesh’
Dennis Hastert gets 15 months in prison in hush money case
Trump’s “woman’s card” comment escalates the campaign’s gender wars
McCain fundraiser arrested in meth-lab bust in Phoenix

And, the award for this week’s bat shit craziness and good ole’ fashioned right wing racism goes to …
Jim DiMint!!
Their “people of color shouldn’t vote” schemes are for electing conservatives … Only …
Jim DeMint: Voter ID Helps Elect ‘More Conservative Candidates’
Jim DeMint, the former South Carolina senator and Tea Party firebrand who is now the president of the Heritage Foundation, became the latest in a string of conservatives to admit that restrictive voting laws such as voter ID requirements are an attempt to help Republicans win elections, telling a St. Louis radio host yesterday that voter ID laws help elect “more conservative candidates.” Talk radio host Jamie Allman asked DeMint about Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s move to restore the voting rights of people in the state who had served time for felonies, a draconian restriction that disproportionately affected African-Americans by design. DeMint responded that McAuliffe’s action was “awfully suspicious” and tied it to what he claimed was a Democratic plan to get votes from “illegals” and through “voter fraud.” “Well, it’s awfully suspicious coming into a big election in a state where it’s actually pretty close,” he said. “I mean, states can decide who votes, but the governor themselves without legislative action, that seems over the top to me. I haven’t seen an complete analysis here, but the left is trying to draw votes from illegals, from voter fraud, a lot of different things, so this kind of fits right in to trying to find another group that they can basically count on to vote their way.” “So it’s really a bigger issue,” he added, “and that’s why the left fights voter ID or any kind of picture ID to know that it is actually a registered voter who’s voting. And so it’s something we’re working on all over the country, because in the states where they do have voter ID laws you’ve seen, actually, elections begin to change towards more conservative candidates.”
See more here …

And, for my money anyways, the right wing truth of the week award goes to the Tan Man himself …
Former Speaker Boehner Calls Cruz ‘Lucifer in the Flesh’
(NBC News) Asked about the 2016 presidential candidate at a forum hosted by Stanford in Government (SIG) and the Stanford Speakers Bureau, Boehner drew laughter for making a face of disgust, according to the Stanford Daily.
“Lucifer in the flesh,” Boehner said, according to the paper. “I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.”

D-Bag Misogynist of the day comment goes to, who the fuck else?? … the Dongald …
Donald Trump Says Men Who Take Care of Their Kids Are Acting ‘Like the Wife’
(Fortune) “No, I don’t do that,” Trump said on the Opie and Anthony show in 2005. “There’s a lot of women out there that demand that the husband act like the wife and you know there’s a lot of husbands that listen to that… I’m really like a great father but certain things you do and certain things you don’t. It’s just not for me.”
“I mean, I won’t do anything to take care of them. I’ll supply funds and she’ll take care of the kids. It’s not like I’m gonna be walking the kids down Central Park,” Trump said in a 2005 interview with Howard Stern. “Marla used to say, ‘I can’t believe you’re not walking Tiffany down the street,’ you know in a carriage. Right, I’m gonna be walking down Fifth Avenue with a baby in a carriage. It just didn’t work.”

and to the whole fucking works of them, I say …
hip is everything salute

wasn’t me, nuh-uh!

NOTE: NOT from the Onion …

ud
somewhere today, a village is wandering around North Carolina looking for their idiot …
you just can’t make this shit up …

NC Gov. McCrory Blames Liberals for ‘Orwellian’ Orchestration of HB2 So a Dem Could Take His Job

April 26, 2016 Civil Rights, LGBT News

Seriously. He said that. From the New York Times:

McCrory, 59, last week could barely contain his irritation that the law had taken center stage in the election, siphoning attention from his central message: that he has been a wise steward of the economy who had engineered what he and his team have branded the “Carolina Comeback.”

This hornet’s nest, he argued, was first kicked not by him, but by the Democratic City Council in Charlotte, which passed a nondiscrimination ordinance in February allowing transgender people to use men’s or women’s bathrooms. Before it passed, he said, he emailed the Council to warn it that if it changed “basic restroom and locker room norms,” he would be forced to support a state law overriding them.

On Thursday, he said he suspected that the entire matter had been orchestrated by Democrats and the Human Rights Campaign, a national gay rights group, to give Democrats an advantage in a tight governor’s race.

The backlash, he said, has allowed for no dialogue on “a very complex issue.” Dissenters to the left-wing position, he said, were being intimidated. Mr. McCrory used the word “Orwellian” twice. “You’ve got to be politically naïve if you think this is not coordinated by a very effective — a very effective — group,” he said.

The most recent poll shows McCrory trailing Attorney General Roy Cooper by eight points. Cooper has said that he will refuse to defend HB2 in court. (from Joe.My,God)

So – despite thousands of jobs being lost in North Carolina specifically and as a direct result of HB2, despite billions of dollars in lost revenue in North Carolina specifically and as a direct result of HB2, despite voters and citizens and activists daily explaining how HB2 affects them personally, despite reports of calls to a crisis hotline for transgender people doubling, despite the state attorney general and multiple legal experts declaring HB2 unconstitutional, despite what literally has become a statewide financial and emotional crisis – everything surrounding HB2 is about Governor Pat McCrory and him winning re-election.
That doesn’t sound like a leader … it does sound very Republican though … The usual projection manipulation from the right …

This is an argument I’d find inadequate from a four-year-old …
Strike the law down, or continue to suffer, we don’t need to hear your bullshit excuses …

for an view from the home front please check this out


RELATED: Safety rationale for HB2 defies common sense, Constitution

By Maxine Eichner

Two developments give the lie to statements that House Bill 2 provides “common sense” safety protections for women and young girls.

First, an opinion issued by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals allowed a transgender boy to challenge his school board’s policy excluding him from the boys’ bathroom. In determining that the federal law known as Title IX requires such access, the court rejected the “amorphous safety concerns” raised by the board. The court observed that no evidence whatsoever showed that the child’s “use of the boys’ restroom creates a safety issue.”

Second, more than 250 anti-sexual assault and domestic violence groups joined a statement challenging HB2’s safety justifications. In the statement’s words, “As rape crisis centers, shelters, and other service providers who work each and every day to meet the needs of all survivors and reduce sexual assault and domestic violence throughout society, we speak from experience and expertise when we state that these claims are false.”

While Gov. Pat McCrory and other HB2 supporters assert that allowing transgender women into women’s bathrooms would make women vulnerable to male predators, they don’t explain how this would work. If they mean that transgender women would prey on other women, no facts support this. As Leon Lott, the sheriff of Richland County, S.C., responded to a similar proposal: “In the 41 years I have been in law enforcement in South Carolina, I have never heard of a transgender person attacking or otherwise bothering someone in a restroom. This is a non-issue.”

Furthermore, supporters can’t point to any incidents of men posing as transgender in order to assault women in any of the 200 cities that have banned gender-identity discrimination. In fact, 15 experts in sexual assault and public safety from 12 states with trans-inclusive bathroom ordinances report no problems with sexual predators exploiting these laws.

Lacking such examples, supporters cite a rare few incidents in places that did not have such ordinances in which male predators dressed as women to enter bathrooms and locker rooms. Allowing transgender women into women’s bathrooms, they claim, would make it easier for such predators to enter women’s bathrooms.

But just the opposite is true. HB2 requires that transgender men, who look like men and wear men’s clothes, must use the women’s room. This requirement would make it easier, not harder, for supposed male predators. To gain entrance to women’s bathrooms, they would no longer even have to dress up as women. Instead, they could enter women’s bathrooms dressed as they are. Given that women do their relevant business behind bathroom stalls, they have no check on whether the men are simply transgender men complying with HB2 or are male predators.

If HB2 doesn’t solve a safety problem, why pass it? There’s no secret that its supporters come not from community advocates against sexual violence but instead from the same folks who opposed same-sex marriage, supported the law allowing magistrates to exempt themselves from marrying same-sex couples, who believe that LGBT status is immoral and who fought passage of a 2009 law protecting LGBT students from bullying. Its supporters have made plain that they don’t like LGBT folks, they view them as aberrant and they really don’t like laws that protect them.

The true motive for HB2 isn’t safety, it is hostility for LGBT persons. Yet the U.S. Supreme Court announced 20 years ago that anti-LGBT animus is an unconstitutional justification for a state law. In the court’s words, a bare “desire to harm a politically unpopular group cannot constitute a legitimate governmental interest.” Intent to harm can be inferred, the court holds, from a state’s justification of a law that bears no rational relationship to the law passed. This describes HB2’s safety justification to a T.

Strip HB2 of its nonsensical safety justification, and the only rationale that remains for its bathroom provisions (and for much of the rest of the bill) is disapproval of LGBT persons generally and transgender persons in particular. Not only does that make HB2 bad legislation, which no legislature charged with serving the interests of all its citizens should have passed, it makes it unconstitutional.

Maxine Eichner is the Reef Ivey II Professor of Law at the UNC School of Law in Chapel Hill.

the gop’s eve of destruction

one of the best pieces I’ve read yet on the impending demise of the republican party as we know it …

The GOP’s Eve Of Destruction

by Richard North Patterson Novelist and contributing opinion writer @ HuffPo 

donald gasbags trump by hip is everythingThe set up is a novelist’s dream, a party chair’s nightmare — a mortally wounded presidential candidate reeling toward the nomination, guaranteed in November to drag the party and its candidates into an open grave. And this nightmare has a sequel: maddened by defeat, the party’s factions scrape against each other to create a devastating political earthquake, shattering all hope of resurrection.

Such is the all too real world of Reince Priebus.

The protagonist of his sleepless nights is, of course, Donald Trump. By now, one need not catalog the ignorance, truculence, misogyny and racism which will doom Republicans in the fall. But these fatal flaws have given Trump a base of support among primary voters as obdurate as granite. He has become the bone in the GOP’s throat which cannot be dislodged.

Focus groups conducted by Peter Hart — the gold standard for this sort of thing — spell out why. Many of Trump’s followers have misgivings about his excesses; others don’t truly believe that he can build a wall or deport every illegal immigrant. Some don’t even care that much. What cements them to Trump is deeper — a psychic bond too visceral to sunder.

Central to this is a perception of “strength” — that Trump will stand up to the establishment which shuns them and terrorists who threaten them. Specifics do not matter. What counts is that Trump gives voice to their anger, frustration and fear, the soul-deep sense that America has betrayed them.

Lodged within this is racial animus exacerbated by the election of Barack Obama. It is salient that Trump first surfaced riding the Trojan horse of birtherism, jam-packed with loathing of our first black president. That Trump rallies seethe with racial antagonism is no accident — he is the avatar for those who feel that whites, not minorities, are the victims of discrimination and disdain.

Confronted with this disturbing phenomenon, the GOP establishment ran in both directions: some surrendered too soon; others went after Trump too late. After dithering for months, the donor classes have funded over $70 million in attack ads which have driven Trump’s disapproval ratings sky high — two thirds of all Americans, and a substantial plurality of Republicans. The result is paradoxical: they have helped destroy him as a general election candidate while persuading his followers that they and Trump share a common enemy, cementing a base of support which will likely prove sufficient to secure the nomination.

Worse yet, they have been thwarted by a broadcast media, desperate for ratings, which seized on Trump like oxygen in human form. Our screens are filled with Trump interviews; Trump rallies; Trump town halls; Trump tweets; Trump relatives. By now Trump has received well over $2 billion in free media, swamping his Republican rivals. To a remarkable degree, the television establishment has insulated Trump from the Republican establishment — and from the laws of political gravity.

And so he staggers on, his unfitness ever more apparent, accumulating delegates as he tramples all hope of unity with the heedlessness of a drunk who cannot stop drinking. He castigates the party for its unfairness; decries its “rigged” selection of delegates; threatens riots in Cleveland; refuses to support any nominee by himself. He demands control over the convention so that he can infuse a “showbiz” quality, and muses aloud about firing Priebus.

His ally, Roger Stone, has started a website calling for protests at the convention so that Trump supporters can “own the streets.” The Cleveland police are investing in riot gear, and prominent Republican officeholders have decided to stay away. In the meanwhile, Trump daily dispels the fantasy that he can expand the GOP electorate, alienating suburbanites and women by the score.

The advent of professionals within Trump’s campaign increases his chances of winning in Cleveland without addressing the problem of Trump himself. His policy positions change from day to day, confirming his weightlessness as a potential president. And the barely credible suggestion that once nominated he will recalibrate his rhetoric and persona casts him as a self-absorbed shape shifter, whose sole reason for running is that, in whatever guise, he’s “ Trump.”

But within the party one can hear the rising murmur of resignation, including from Priebus himself. The squeamish hopes that some Republicans have invested in Ted Cruz are foundering on the narrowness of his appeal. Trump obliterated him in New York, dispelling the myth that Cruz can serve as a magnet for the stop-Trump movement. In truth, Cruz is a regional candidate, reduced in today’s Northeastern primaries to fighting John Kasich for table scraps. When the results sink in, the sense of Trump’s momentum could turn the anti-Trump firewall to rubble.

Weeks ago, Trump destroyed the core of Cruz’s strategy by piling up victories in the South. So why should anyone imagine that the Cruz agenda will mesmerize America? He opposes all gun control measures. He would force the victims of rape and incest to bear children. He denounces gay marriage and gay rights. He echoes Trump’s calls for mass deportations and says that the neighborhoods of American Muslims should be “secured” by law enforcement. And then there is this — why would voters warm to a man his colleagues despise?

They won’t. Cruz is dead demagogue walking. A big chunk of his support comes from voters who simply don’t like Trump. But Trump represents a bigger chunk of people who don’t like Cruz, and support their man with a fervor Cruz will never match. As for the tenuous last-ditch agreement between Cruz and Kasich to divide up Indiana, New Mexico and Oregon, it seems doomed to failure.

To start, it came way too late to make much difference — at this point it is less a compelling strategy than a measure of Cruz’s desperation. It also assumes the unlikely: first, that the great majority of Cruz and Kasich voters will go along; second, that it will work despite the complex mechanisms for allocating delegates in the forthcoming primary states, often by awarding them proportionally or to the winner in demographically varied districts; third, that the erstwhile competitors can find a modus vivendi for the biggest prize, California.

Worst of all, this calculating alliance between opposites will give Trump fresh evidence of a conspiracy against him, solidifying his followers’ support while further alienating them from the party. Far more than arcane delegate rules, the two-headed monster of Cruz and Kasich personifies establishment perfidy.

Where this goes is plain to see. Whether or not Trump clinches the nomination before Cleveland, he will have a commanding delegate lead over Cruz, for whom a first-ballot majority — or even anything close to that — is mathematically impossible. And any sane Republican insider will perceive reality soon enough — that Cruz’s strategy for winning the nomination on the convention floor is electoral suicide.

Like his pact with Kasich, the plan is blatantly Machiavellian and self-serving, the very essence of Ted Cruz: making up the yawning delegate gap by recruiting double agents — delegates who will abandon Trump for Cruz on the second ballot, nullifying the result of state primaries. For the party to somehow maneuver a Cruz nomination — let alone by transparent trickery — would be a poison pill, outraging Trump’s supporters and repelling voters at large. As Peter Hart puts it, “Trump may be a disaster for their hopes in winning back the White House, but denying him may be an even bigger disaster for the party’s hopes of retaining its majorities on Capitol Hill.”

This goes double for alternative saviors, whether Kasich or the second coming of Mitt Romney. Which is why Paul Ryan, no fool, ran in the opposite direction.

But Trump is the tremor which presages an earthquake. For the fissures which will roil the convention will fracture the party for years to come.

The most shattering is the fear and loathing between Trump’s blue-collar base and the wealthy donors and ideological conservatives who have labeled them electoral lowlife.

This poisonous contempt is the party’s due bill for all the years of diversionary rhetoric designed to win votes from working-class Americans. But the establishment’s true agenda — lower taxes, free trade, deregulation and fiscal discipline — did nothing to improve their lives.

The role of free trade in alienating blue-collar voters is, by now, obvious — and rocket fuel for Trump. Less widely noted is that Republican legislators squelched programs to ameliorate its effects. As Steven Rattner pointed out in the New York Times, the Republican Congress killed Obama’s proposals for larger tax credits for child care; investing in community colleges; helping make retirement plans portable; and giving tax relief to manufacturing communities.

The same fate met programs to retrain workers; help them relocate when their jobs went overseas; or temporarily supplement their wages if they were compelled to take a lesser job. Ditto for payroll tax cuts and creating an infrastructure bank to fund thousands of construction jobs. The coup de grace was cutting back on food stamps. In sum, the GOP establishment — epitomized by Ryan — waged a class war against its base.

The base noticed. Donald Trump is the expression of their anger, not the cause. They are through with drinking the GOP’s Kool-Aid.

Outraged, the dispensers of the Kool-Aid have turned on their erstwhile victims with the ferocity of a Rottweiler. Allow me to treat you to a few paragraphs of Kevin Williamson in the National Review, showing what happens when a “true conservative” feels spurned by lesser beings:

It wasn’t immigrants from Mexico… There wasn’t some awful disaster. There wasn’t a war or a famine or plague or a foreign occupation. Even the economic changes of the past few decades do very little to explain the dysfunction and negligence — and the incomprehensible malice — of poor white America… The truth about these dysfunctional downscale communities is that they deserved to die. Economically, they are negative assets. Morally, they are indefensible. Forget all your cheap theatrical Bruce Springsteen crap. Forget your sanctimony about struggling Rust Belt factory towns and your conspiracy theories about the wily Orientals stealing our jobs… The white American underclass is in thrall to a vicious, selfish culture whose main products are misery and used heroin needles. Donald Trump’s speeches make them feel good. So does OxyContin. What they need isn’t analgesics, literal or political. They need real opportunity, which means they need real change, which means that they need U-haul.

To say the least, this marriage is unlikely to be saved. The Paul Ryans of the party are unrepentant; the GOP’s hitherto most reliable followers have now identified the class enemy. The rise of Donald Trump is only the beginning.

But less advantaged Republicans are at odds with another element of the party — the neocons who gave them the Iraq war. This epic foreign-policy disaster created an epidemic of the dead; the hideously wounded; the emotionally traumatized; the intellectually maimed; the alcoholic, drug addicted and suicidal. These soldiers were twice betrayed – first overseas, then by a Veterans Administration which treated them like cattle.

The veterans who pay this terrible price are not the children of Republican donors, officeholders, or theoreticians — they are the sons and daughters of people the ideologues now scorn. Those who love them are done with the wars of armchair generals.

But no schism is complete without religious conflict. Republicans have that, too.

For years the GOP bought off white evangelicals by preaching that old-time religion — ban abortion, fight gay rights, and rail against the separation of church and state. For the Republican establishment, this was a cheap and easy way to gain votes for their economic program. But much of the the fundamentalist agenda has been routed — as the religious rank-and-file notices their paychecks shrinking, their failed leaders are doubling down.

Hence efforts in Georgia, North Carolina and Mississippi to flail against gay rights — barring anti-discrimination laws and promoting the “religious freedom” of businesses to spurn gay customers. But at last the GOP’s business leaders are objecting — not on moral grounds, but pragmatic ones: this kind of stuff is a loser among young people, and bad for business at that.

In short order, business interests impressed this lesson on the Republican governor and legislators of North Carolina, severing their ties with the state, even as uneasy corporations are cutting back their funding for the GOP convention. Here, again, key elements of the party are pulling in opposite directions which cannot be reversed.

Finally, the fight between Trump and Cruz will deepen all these fractures going forward. Both will lose in November; all that differs are the details of fragmentation. The defeat of Trump will lead to right-wing recriminations against both his followers and the party establishment, intensifying the internecine warfare which will further shrink the party’s electorate. The defeat of Cruz will eviscerate the claim that the GOP can win the presidency by moving hard-right, aggravating the schism between the ideologues and everyone else. The center cannot hold.

It is hard to kill off a major political party. The Republicans proved that between 1964 and 1968, rallying from the Goldwater debacle to win the presidency with Richard Nixon. But that was then, when the Democrats were riven by the war in Vietnam.

Now the Democrats are having an honest fight — nasty, to be sure, but one whose premises are commonly understood: that a society does better when more of its citizens thrive, and that helping to ensure this is a legitimate concern of government.

Not so the Republicans. They are structurally fragmented and ideologically incoherent, an agglomeration of sects with irreconcilable differences. Their only common denominator is that all are at war with the changing demographics which, at the presidential level, are doing the party in.

In short, the GOP of 2016 is Humpty Dumpty. He has had a great fall, and cannot be put together again, at least as we have known him — not in 2020, or ever. Whatever takes his place will look so different that Humpty would not know it.

No great loss.

NOTE: a word to the wise … don’t sit on your laurels celebrating the demise of the Republican party and forgo voting this November, you may think/hope the beast is dead but evil has a way of rising out of the ashes and biting you in the ass … NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF STUPID PEOPLE IN LARGE GROUPS … VOTE!

you may also want to check out  muskrat love … to the death

seriously peeps??!!?

in yet more “fuck me Mabel” moments the right goes full bat shit crazy … again still …


Genius!! Glenn Beck Explains Why God is Dragging Out the GOP nomination race
Chuck Norris Gets Behind The Chemtrails Conspiracy Theory
Donald Trump Once Again Fearmongers About Muslims
Liberty Counsel President: I’m Taking My Glock .45 To Target To Protect Against Trans People
Ted Cruz Doesn’t Want Any Transgender People In Any Bathroom Anywhere
Look who is going to bat for Dennis Hastert

koch bros consider purchasing first democrat

Koch Brothers Consider Purchasing First Democrat – Andy Borowitz reports
WICHITA (The Borowitz Report)—Charles and David Koch, the billionaire industrialists who have spent decades acquiring a world-class collection of Republicans, revealed over the weekend that they are considering purchasing their first Democrat.
“We’ve always bought Republicans, and our father bought Republicans before us,” Charles, the elder Koch, said. “They’re bred to be obedient, and they respond to simple commands.”
He said that he and his brother had considered acquiring a Democrat only after determining that none of the Republicans on offer this year was worth adding to their collection.
“It’s kind of a scary proposition for us, because we’ve never owned a Democrat before,” he said. “We don’t really know what we should be looking for.”
Koch said that he and his brother learned, after making some phone calls, that other oligarchs have bought Democrats in the past, and “had good experiences with them.”
“That was very reassuring,” he said.
But he bemoaned the absence of online consumer reviews that could help people who are, like him and his brother, interested in purchasing a Democrat for the very first time. “Yelp needs to jump on this,” he said.
While acknowledging the risk inherent in owning their first Democrat, Koch said that it would probably turn out to be a better investment than some of the Republicans they have recently purchased. “It can’t be worse than Scott Walker,” he said.
borowitzreport.com

a-hole governor–update

ud

Dems file to repeal HB 2

Source: N&R Greensboro.com
Dems file to repeal HB 2
By Joe Killian joe.killian@greensboro.com | Updated 1 hour ago
RALEIGH — A group of Democratic lawmakers filed Monday to repeal House Bill 2 — the law signed last month which excludes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from statewide anti-discrimination protections and requires transgender people to use restrooms matching the sex on their birth certificate.
“I say it to my children all the time,” said N.C. Rep. Darren Jackson (D-Wake). “It is never too late to do the right thing.”
“This is not a bathroom bill, but there is a lot of stuff in there that ought to be thrown in the outhouse.”  – Rev. William Barber, state president of the NAACP
The bill, co-sponsored by Jackson, Grier Martin (D-Wake) Graig Meyer (D-Orange) and Susi Hamilton (D-New Hanover) would also appropriate $545,000 to fund the state Human Relations Commission.
Read more HERE …

north carolina, i love you, but …

I love Henry Rollins
I love his music, I love his rants, I love his politics, I love his writing, in all it’s many forms …
Even when I completely disagree with Henry, I love his passion, his fearlessness, thoughtfulness, willingness to stand up and shout, and his sense of the importance of the ‘history and machinery’ of things …
I was turned on to Henry by a friend from the distant past name David C. many many, years ago, … David was also the dude who turned me onto Guadalcanal Diary, the Cramps, Joy Division, Siouxsie And The Banshees, Dread Zeppelin, Bob’s Your Uncle, the Dead Kennedys, a whack of other amazing artists too numerous to mention, a couple of exotic brands of hashish, spinal tap and married with children … I still love all those acts (well, except the hashish – those days alas, are long gone – what can I say, we were young), but mostly Henry Rollins, which is kinda odd because Henry Rollins was one of the very few David tossed at me who I thought at the time was ‘not really my thing’ … but, there’s something there that made me go “wtf is going on here? … why is this dude so angry, and why am I getting angry at shit I never even noticed before?” … that’s Henry Rollins … at least for me …
This time it’s about a subject that has had me pissed since it was first proposed, but I’m starting to see that the old Interwebz are passing by in search of the next Kardashian, Palin, Trump fiasco/shit-storm/tire fire click bait …
So … Following is another piece by Henry in it’s entirety … (from laweekly.com)
I’m hoping it will make some of you angry about something that may have just blown by …
(for anyone who may have missed the story behind this click here)
 
 Henry Rollins: North Carolina, I Love You, But Your Governor Is an Asshole

Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 4 a.m.

By Henry Rollins

Henry Rollins: North Carolina, I Love You, But Your Governor Is an Asshole

Photo by Heidi May

McCrory signed House Bill 2 into law, I wonder if he was thinking long-range about what the result might be. I can’t see him and his staff wondering out loud if their thick-skulled, cracker logic might result in Bruce Springsteen not only canceling his upcoming show in Greensboro, depriving the state of revenue and its residents of a Springsteen concert, but inspiring Mr. Boss to issue a press release that more people have read than will ever peruse House Bill 2.

Springsteen’s is a well-written statement that you have probably seen by now. In it, he concludes, “Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them.”

House Bill 2 is much more than just the “bathroom bill” that it’s being characterized as. It actually prevents avenues of state government from including LGBT people in previous protections. For private-sector bigots, it is now open season.

It seems like a long way to go to please a handful of hicks, but obviously the governor was losing sleep over all those poor homophobes shaking in their boots as to who is in the stall next to them, and he took action.

Bruce Springsteen’s reputation, as far as I can see, is unimpeachable. His statement coming from a less well-known artist would be all well and good but would carry only a fraction of the weight.

Springsteen made Gov. McCrory all kinds of famous. I was being charitable using the governor’s name. The truth is that no one cares what his name is. He will be dimly remembered as the asshole who signed that fucked-up bill that embarrassed the majority of North Carolinians.

Do they hand out free bags of dumbfuck at red lights in N.C.?

Punching himself in the dick, North Carolina Congressman Mark Walker described Springsteen as “known to be on the radical left,” then generously added, “He’s got every right to be so,” but considers Springsteen’s cancellation a bully tactic. In a sad attempt to show how “with it” he is, Walker quipped, “We’ve got other artists coming soon — Def Leppard, Justin Bieber.”

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Henry Rollins: Totally Gay

Henry Rollins: Misguided Outrage Over DOMA’s Demise

The congressman added, “I’ve never been a Bieber fan, but I might have to go. Maybe artists who weren’t ‘born to run’ deserve a little bit more support.” Do they hand out free bags of dumbfuck at red lights in N.C.?

This is where the fun begins. Gov. McCrory will no doubt be getting more bad news as money big and small either leaves the state or goes around it. If he “stands his ground,” he will severely disadvantage his truly great state for a long time to come.

HB2 is now law. There is no “walking it back.” If McCrory eventually caves and tries to repeal it, everyone will know it’s because he values money over his homophobia, which he has poorly disguised as moral rectitude and common sense. Either way he’s fucked. If I were him, I wouldn’t feel all that put out by Springsteen’s cancellation as much as I would fear PayPal scrapping its plans to locate a new operations center in his state. PayPal is bigger than any governor.

It is almost impossible to describe how beautiful North Carolina is. For a few summers, I was shipped off there to live in a tent at a summer camp. Each day, we were given chores. Milking cows, feeding chickens, getting beetles off the vegetables. Since the late 1960s, I have always had an affection for N.C.

Years later, I was happy to find out it was a great state in which to be a broke band on the road. Not only were there plenty of college-town venues to play in, but the people were incredibly friendly and would let you sleep on their floors.

One of America’s best venues, the Orange Peel, is in Asheville, North Carolina. It’s always one of my favorite stops on tour because not only is there a great show waiting for you, but you can walk from the venue and spend time in the Wolfe House, made famous by the legendary literary giant and Asheville native Thomas Wolfe.

Judging from the people of the state I have met over almost 50 years, I can’t believe they are pleased with House Bill 2. They probably are wondering how they got to where they are now.

It has become quintessentially American to resist progress and change. To still be breast-stroking in the primordial ooze of the past and call it integrity is pathetic, but describes the mindset of millions of people in this country.

While I have nothing but respect for Bruce Springsteen, I wish he had not canceled the show. I wish he had spoken to the thousands of people who were there about what had just happened to the greatness of their state, then told them where he was donating all that money. The cancellation, in a way, allows McCrory to end the conversation, which I think should be just beginning.

In any case, you can’t mess with Spring­steen, so if that’s the way he saw to go, that’s cool. I just love the idea of when you see a problem, you don’t leave it alone; instead, you make it your special project. After I found out about the plight of Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, otherwise known as the West Memphis Three, and got involved in the effort to secure their release, I talked about the state they were trapped in, Arkansas, every day. I enjoyed firing at the state’s hull on a regular basis.

I want North Carolina to reap an LGBT whirlwind. More shows, more light, more heat, more volume — just more.

We Americans are such a bunch. You give us a topic, any topic, and we’ll divide over it. I am impatient and don’t want the past for the future.

Look for your weekly fix from the one and only Henry Rollins right here every Thursday, and come back tomorrow for the playlist for his Sunday KCRW broadcast.


now go read some more from the mind of Henry Rollins:
Let’s Invade Canada
Bend Over, America — Here Comes President Trump
I Am Basically a Vinyl Cat Lady

P.S. … this is one of those time that I don’t 100% agree with Henry … personally, I think every artist (even the Biebs***)  should yank their shows outta there until McCrory has to toss the law in the rubbish bin where it belongs, but what’s important here is that we keep these conversations alive and Henry is doing just that … once again, Bravo Henry! … bring the heat …
***yeah, I know, artist might be a strong word here, but, hey the dude’s a Canuck, and we don’t do this homophobia shit too good north of the 49th, so stand the fuck up Biebs … cancel or scream loud about this crap …
k, I’m out, I’m going to go throw on a Black Flag album …peace …
for those of you without access to aforementioned LP …
1, 2, 3, BOUNCE! …

it was the giants i tell ya’ … those freakin’ giants!

bat shit crazy by hip is everything

this just in from the “Bat Shit Crazy” department …

Stonehenge Was Built By Satan’s Giants, Creationist Claims

“That’s just one out of hundreds and hundreds of gigantic places around the world.”

Who built Stonehenge? One creationist claims to have the answer: Giants.

Not just any giants, either. Theologist Dr. Dennis Lindsay, president and CEO of Christ For The Nations, claims Satan created a race of giants to build the ancient megalithic site.

Speaking last week on the TV show hosted by disgraced televangelist Jim Bakker, Lindsay announced that Satan had created the giants to infiltrate and destroy Israel.

It’s not clear how arranging stones to align with the sun on the solstice in England would help destroy Israel, but that didn’t stop Lindsay — who has no background in archaeology listed on his website — from pressing the case.

“He’s out to destroy God’s creation and his whole plan of redemption and contaminate the human race because Jesus came not to save hybrids or non-human beings or fallen angels or Lucifer,” Lindsay said. “He came to save human beings and to have a family.” 

Satan wants to “have his own seed” and “make his own family,” Lindsay said in video posted online by Right Wing Watch.

Lindsay seems to have anticipated resistance to the notion of giants in world history, given the complete lack of historical records or fossil evidence. So he offered this explanation as proof: 

“Why and what is the evidence for giant beings on this Earth? We all know about Stonehenge, right? And that’s just one out of hundreds and hundreds of gigantic places around the world that testify that some sort of supernatural power or giants were involved in its construction.”

The full discussion on “The Jim Bakker Show,” which includes Bakker’s promotional spots for $150 water filtration pitchers, can be seen here.
from HUFFPO

srsly

a new low … even for the dongald

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Republican front-runner Donald Trump decided a visit to New York would be a good time to try out his comedy routine by delivering a stunningly tasteless joke at the expense of a man who had been recently killed nearby by New York police.
In a performance that recalled the time he mocked a physically disabled reporter, Trump cast his arch-nemesis Mitt Romney in the role of police brutality victim Eric Garner because, as Trump tells it, both were known for “choking.”…
The moment stunned reporters on scene, but what was perhaps even more surprising was the response Trump got from his fans. Rather than find the idea of aping the words of a man who recently died just a few miles away repulsive, the crowd of Trump-heads roared with laughter. The mockery was the funniest thing they had ever seen.
Like every offensive thing Trump does, this may have been a finely-tuned tactical maneuver. For many in New York, the story of Eric Garner’s senseless death is still raw and infuriating, but the small but vocal Fox News crowd has always taken a different opinion on it. In the aftermath of Garner’s death, Fox repeatedly booked guests who pushed the idea that Garner deserved it.

i hope when all this shit is over, his brand is so damaged he has to live under a fucking bridge …
Fuck you donald trump … you and your followers are beyond contemptible …
Stay classy Trumpophiles …
And this guy aspires to be the leader of the free world?? …
Unbelievable … And we thought Romney was bad!!
I can’t wait until Trump takes his tiny little hands and packs off for parts unknown after a landslide of historical proportions ends this whole “a-hole 4 prez” thing he’s got going …

d-bag of the week …

Posted on January 21, 2016 by hip is everything

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

because the douchebaggery has not abated in any way since our last d-bag 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 … and, 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 … 

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

TREY GOWDY … doucherocket extraordinaire!

gop-tears-impotent-rageThe chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi went to ground after he and his colleagues grilled Hillary Clinton in October. They haven’t had a single hearing since then (and had only three public hearings before that one), though they occasionally send news releases reminding the world that their 700-day-old investigation continues.
But that is about to change. Gowdy, after blowing through several previous deadlines he set, has said to expect a final report “before summer,” and Republicans say they are drafting it now. In another indication that the rollout is approaching, Gowdy last month stopped giving Democrats transcripts of witness interviews. This move, ostensibly to prevent leaks, diminishes the minority’s ability respond to allegations contained in the majority report.
Depending on how long the declassification review takes, the Benghazi report is on track to drop by mid-July, just before Congress recesses for the conventions and at a time when Republicans will be in need of a distraction from the Trump-Cruz standoff. If the review takes longer (they typically last from a few weeks to a several months), it could come out in September, in the campaign’s homestretch.
Either scenario would confirm what critics of the panel have said all along (and what Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy incautiously confirmed) — that the panel is a political exercise designed to damage Clinton. Fox News host Greta van Susteren,
writing in the Huffington Post a year ago, argued that “dragging the investigation into 2016 looks political” and that releasing the report right before the election “looks awful” and “sends a bad message about fairness.”
If the report comes out in 2016, she wrote, “it is fair to draw an adverse inference against the Committee — an adverse inference of playing politics. . . . Whatever the findings are in this investigation — it will forever be plagued by allegations of unfairness, and politics if this investigation is dragged into 2016.”  …
from the washington post … more here …

So, a few words to my friends on the right …
Lose the self-righteousness … let’s just calm the fuck down and put the faux outrage back in the box for now …
There are plenty more serious matters at hand that you worthless idiots should be paying attention to …
I sure didn’t see any of you guys clamoring for investigations of other embassy attacks (there have been plenty) or an investigation of Obama’s idiot predecessor for invading the wrong country based on lies and incompetence …
This is about getting Hillary …. Nothing more and nothing less …
With all the years and years of whining, pissing and moaning about “waste”” in government” you do this? …
You people (and I obviously use that term loosely) should be ashamed of yourselves …
Trey, you lost all credibility with your shameless, relentless and unwarranted bias against Hilary Clinton the first several times through this whole charade …
You obviously care more about politics than national security and this report will only add to the $20 million you’ve already wasted on this so called “investigation” …
There is PLENTY of legitimate reasons to attack Hillary on policy, so how about you and Lindsey “I’m getting the vapors” Graham just head off back to whatever fucking rock you two crawled out from under and quit wasting the time and tax dollars of the American public … personally I am NO fan of HRC, I could write a book on why I don’t think she or the Big Dog should be anywhere near the white house, but this is all nothing more than partisan hackery and party politics at it’s worst …
The uncomfortable reality of Benghazi will always be that the Ambassador left the safety of the embassy and chose to travel to a dangerous location without what turned out to be adequate security …
He obviously thought it was necessary, and he obviously thought he would be safe …
I honestly think he would be appalled by this Republican circus and witch hunt … And, let’s remember that it was a GOP congress that cut funding that was needed by American Embassies for security – repeatedly …
I sure as hell don’t remember ANY GOP tears of impotent rage about that …0000
You know you STILL have absolutely nothing but hope that the “illusion of a bombshell” will be enough to distract the American voter … how truly pathetic …
Plus, if you asshats were actually serious about beating Hillary or Bernie in November, you wouldn’t be offering the Dongald and the Dominionist up as your choices …
Let’s get real, the GOP has become nothing more than a party of racists, whiners, haters, fear mongers, war mongers, 1% sycophants and shills, and people with only complaints, no answers …
A hateful, ignorant, fascist with a urine hued ferret living on his head who spray tans with Dorito dust or a hypocritical Dominionist who thinks he’s Eugene McCarthy?????? …
Seriously peeps???? … smh!, the stupid is strong with these ones!

TREY GOWDY
YOU are this week’s douche bag of the week!
hip is everything salute

warning! cow attacks on the rise! – we need a wall!

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So, I was just wondering what homeland security and the GOP are gunna do about these cows …
and wtf is the Dongald gunna do if he’s elected? …
will he build a really high, amazing, beautiful fucking wall with an amazing, really expensive marble and gold clad door around those cows? …
can he get the cows to pay for it? …
exile and ban all holsteins? … what about the angus and the charolais? …
and don’t even get me fucking started on those belted galloways … jesus …
from the looks of these numbers, so far, the whole barbed wire fence thing ain’t working worth shit …
I hate to be ‘that guy’ and say told ya so, but it’s my humble opinion that this cow attacks shit is completely outta control …
I know I’m pretty worried … I’ve even been thinking about buying a cattle prod …
yeah, I know, but a guy’s gotta protect his family, right? …
I wish I could say that ‘the only thing that can stop a bad cow is a good cow with a prod’, but these bastards are totally in this thing together … even the jerseys … so there’s no way I can risk the well being and safety of my loved ones hoping some ‘good’ cow will show up to kick some bad cow ass and save the day … ain’t gunna happen peeps …plus the national cattle-prod association (NCA) has got my back … and those motherfuckers just never say die, so take that you fat, milk dispensing, hooved pricks! …
stay alert peeps! …we’re the last line of defense … we gotta hold the line …
for our kids, and their kids …
I’m out … I’m due for the afternoon perimeter watch …
May <insert deity of yer’ choice here> have my back today … wish me luck.

they’re all in this together

Corporations stealing the capital countries need to function …
Sitting on trillions of dollars off shore evading their fair share of taxes while they suck the home economies dry …
Infrastructure is collapsing everywhere … Education, health care and social safety nets being starved of funds …
Millions of good paying jobs gone overseas so stock holders can pocket even more profits than ever before …
The middle class shrinking faster than a dick in ice water …
”Who Cares!?! … Bring me your plumpest hog so I can roger it in the face, It is my right as an elite!”

never saw that coming <cough>

srslyudSponsor Of Anti-LGBT “Bathroom Bill” Caught Sexually Harassing 34 Women, Exiled From Capitol Building
For your daily dose of outrageous Republican hypocrisy, look no further than the state of Tennessee, where a Republican lawmaker is working tirelessly to strip transgender/queer Americans of their bathroom rights. House Bill 2414 has been co-sponsored by state Rep. Jeremy Durham, on the grounds that women would be protected from the non-existent harassment and assault of men “pretending” to be transgender in order to use the women’s bathroom.
The state legislature of Tennessee would be much better off passing a bill to protect women from the harassment of Jeremy Durham, who has been “exiled” from the House in response to allegations that he sexually harassed thirty-four different women. House Speaker Beth Harwell had Durham’s office moved across the street and limited his access to the House building after Attorney General Herbert Slatery issued a warning that declared Durham “a continuing risk to unsuspecting women who are employed by or interact with the legislature.”
Durham is also accused of using his position to inappropriately pressure and harass female staffers in the building. Slatery’s warning stated that “with few exceptions, the women who related incidents felt they could not report Representative Durham’s behavior because nothing could be done and they did not want to lose their jobs or be considered ‘untrustworthy’ by employers, clients or legislators…women avoid or refuse to be alone with Representative Durham, a situation which has affected their ability to perform their jobs.”
You will not be surprised to learn that Durham is married.
Durham was forced to resign as House Majority Whip but still intends to run for re-election. This isn’t even the first time he’s been in hot water – he once wrote a letter, on House stationary, in support of a pastor who plead guilty to statutory rape and the possession of child pornography.
There are exactly zero documented cases of transgendered Americans – or lecherous predators “disguised” as transgender – harassing women in bathrooms. There are, however, thirty-four potential victims of harassment by a Republican legislator. The hypocrisy of Rep. Jeremy Durham is simply staggering. By sponsoring this counterproductive bill that could potentially cost his state millions, he demonizes and discriminates against innocent LGBT Americans while being himself guilty of predatory harassment himself. This misogynist pig and serial sexual predator is a perfect example of how Republican logic works – create a non-existent problem to provide a cover for their own crimes. Spread his shame far and wide.

By Colin Taylor @ occupydemocrats.com

chris christie disappears–no-one cares

christie by hip is everything
TRENTON (The Borowitz Report)—No one in the United States has taken note of the total disappearance of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who vanished from view several weeks ago.
In interviews with residents across the country, few if any Americans displayed interest in, or concern about, the whereabouts of Christie, who, until he disappeared, had been a once-prominent political figure.
“I hadn’t really thought about him until you mentioned it,” said Trenton resident Carol Foyler, echoing the opinions of many others in the Garden State.
“Huh,” she added.
Tracy Klugian, a resident of Teaneck, said that it took him a moment to remember who Christie was, but then acknowledged that it was “kind of weird” that he had disappeared.
“I mean, he used to be here and now he’s not,” he said. “Whatever.”
At the University of Minnesota, the historian Davis Logsdon said it was “highly unusual” for a governor of such a major state to simply drop off the radar without anyone noticing.
“Chris Christie’s disappearance raises a whole host of questions,” he said. “Where did he go? When did he leave? Does he plan to come back? To be honest with you, I don’t care.”
Efforts to contact Governor Christie for this article were not made.
more at www.borowitzreport.com