in their usual cynical and fear mongering way the gop is once again doing everything it can to alarm everyone and is, by doing so in the manner in which they choose to do so, scaring the shit out of ANY rational, thinking, sentient, erect-walking, non-knuckle-dragging human …
the behavior of the gop lately towards the american voting public is much like that of a person poking a spider monkey with a stick …
it may seem like a good idea at the time, it might even be worth a few chuckles, but you just know, that in the end, it’s going to go south in a hurry, and that damned monkey is gonna get even …
just like the public is gonna do to the teathuglicans and their agenda in november …
this week proves the case …
without any further ado, a few snips to make the case against voting for the right wing, regressive and deceitful idiocy that has become the “new gop” …
first up …
from the king of climate deniers and “right wing zealots,liars and wingnuts” department …
The Heartland Institute Pokes The Monkey With A Stick …
the heartland institute, is a chicago-based, rightwing think-tank that has become notorious for promoting climate scepticism …
they have recently launched quite possibly what must be one of the most ill-judged and ill-conceived billboard and poster campaigns in the history of ill-judged and ill-judged poster and billboard campaigns …
let’s just let their own press release for its upcoming conference explain, as there’s simply no need to explain it any further …
Billboards in Chicago paid for by The Heartland Institute point out that some of the world’s most notorious criminals say they “still believe in global warming” – and ask viewers if they do, too…The billboard series features Ted Kaczynski, the infamous Unabomber; Charles Manson, a mass murderer; and Fidel Castro, a tyrant. Other global warming alarmists who may appear on future billboards include Osama bin Laden and James J. Lee (who took hostages inside the headquarters of the Discovery Channel in 2010).
These rogues and villains were chosen because they made public statements about how man-made global warming is a crisis and how mankind must take immediate and drastic actions to stop it.
Why did Heartland choose to feature these people on its billboards? Because what these murderers and madmen have said differs very little from what spokespersons for the United Nations, journalists for the “mainstream” media, and liberal politicians say about global warming. The point is that believing in global warming is not “mainstream,” smart, or sophisticated. In fact, it is just the opposite of those things. Still believing in man-made global warming – after all the scientific discoveries and revelations that point against this theory – is more than a little nutty. In fact, some really crazy people use it to justify immoral and frightening behavior.
next we have our pal mittens, pretending once again that he truly is one of us …
just another everyday joe …
Mitt Meets In Secret Everyday With Regular People To Learn About Them
And Enjoys It …
He said earlier this week that he meets with families “almost every day.” On Friday, he said the talks are “off the record” and that he agrees to keep private the names of those he meets with.
Mitt Romney says he learns about what it’s like to struggle in a difficult economy by sitting down to chat with regular people. But the Republican presidential candidate doesn’t want anybody to see it — and his campaign won’t say who he meets with or when the meetings occur.
“Before I begin an event like this, I typically am able to sit down with a few people on an off-the-record kinda basis,” Romney said as he delivered his standard campaign speech Friday in Pittsburgh.
“So far during my campaigns one of the highlights for me has been sitting down with three or four families almost every day without the camera there,” he said during an interview with CBS News. “Most of them are done privately — that is a wonderful way for me to understand how people are really feeling.”
Aides did not respond to repeated requests for information about the meetings and the participants, including when the meetings take place, who has participated or even which states they are from.
The meetings aren’t listed on Romney’s public schedule.
from the “always blame the accuser department …
(also see: the “she was dressed like a hussy, so she was probably asking for it” department)
House GOP Would Let Domestic Abusers Know Their Victims Called For Help
The GOP-led House’s version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) would not only strip away Senate-passed protections for undocumented, LGBT, and Native American victims, it also contains a dangerous provision that violates an undocumented victim’s confidentiality by allowing immigration officials to speak with, and ask for evidence from, his or her abuser.
Visas offered to undocumented victims of domestic violence are called “U Visas” and the Senate version of the bill expanded the number of U Visas offered to victims. The House bill not only strips out the additional visas, it also contains a new provision enabling government officials to inform “the accused” that their victim blew the whistle on their abuse:
During the adjudication of each petition under this paragraph, an investigative officer from a local service center of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services shall conduct an in-person interview of the alien who filed the petition. The investigative officer may also gather other evidence and interview other witnesses, including the accused United States citizen or lawful permanent resident, if they consent to be interviewed.
from the people who insist on tightening up voter laws and regulations so that “those commie democrats can’t cheat any more”, we have the following …
GOP Voter Registration Firm Turns in Thousands of ‘Invalid’ Registration Forms in California
Long history of Republican registration fraud continues, dwarfs allegations against ACORN workers…
You’re unlikely to hear a peep about this on Fox “News” (unless they happen to have me on), but the California Secretary of State’s Election Fraud Division is now reportedly investigating a firmed hired by the Sacramento County Republican Party said to have submitted thousands of fraudulent voter registration forms.
According to a report today from Sacramento ABC affiliate News10 (see video posted below), a private, for-profit firm calling itself Momentum Political Services, hired by the local Republican Party “to boost GOP registration ranks in key battleground communities” has turned in more than 3,100 hundred invalid voter registration cards during their recent drive.
Voter registration forms have allegedly been turned in with fake addresses, voter names that don’t exist, duplicate Social Security numbers, and party affiliations that seem to have been changed “by someone” to Republican. The head of the firm has admitted she has hired workers with criminal backgrounds, as found via Craigslist.
Republican-hired firms found committing massive voter registration fraud of the type described above in California, and elsewhere, is hardly new. It’s a pattern that has emerged again and again in recent election cycles, not that you’ll hear about it on Fox “News”. Overall, GOP chicanery of this sort, particularly in California, now dwarfs anything that ACORN was ever (misleadingly) accused of …
full story here …
Wrong Font Size Keeps Michigan’s ‘Shock Doctrine’ in Place
from Common Dreams
Opponents of Michigan’s emergency manager law who had gathered more than enough petitions to put the law on the November ballot were told yesterday that it wouldn’t happen because the petitions had used the wrong font size.
Organizers had hoped to suspend Public Act 4, the Local Government and School District Fiscal Accountability Act, also known as the “emergency financial manager law” signed by Gov. Snyder last year. The Center for Public Integrity explained that with the law, “appointed managers can nullify labor contracts, sell public utilities and dismiss elected officials.” Greatly contested was the ability of emergency managers under this law to nullify collective bargaining agreements.
Even though organizers had gathered 203,000 petition signatures, about 40,000 more than necessary to put a repeal on the ballot, the Board of State Canvassers was unable to accept the petitions due to a deadlock 2-2 vote with the two Republican members of the board ruling out the petitions, saying the size of the font on the heading was incorrect.
The Detroit Free Press reports that Canvassers board member James Waters who agreed to certify the petitions said, “I believe there was more than substantial compliance, there was total compliance,” while Republican Norm Shinkle, who voted against them said, “I think there is a legitimate question as to size.”
The Detroit News reports that opponents of the “emergency financial manager law” are furious at the results. “The Constitution was not judged on the basis of font size,” said Anthony, president of the Detroit NAACP and pastor of Detroit’s Fellowship Chapel church. Rashid Baydoun, executive director of the Arab-American Civil Rights League, said, “The will of the people was denied. All we ask is for Michigan people to be able to decide.”
If the petitions had been certified, the emergency manager law would have been immediately suspended.
Stand Up for Democracy, the group that organized the petitions, has vowed to file an appeal.
Detroit Free Press: Emergency manager ballot issue rejected, now it’s headed for the courts
LANSING — Opponents of Michigan’s beefed-up emergency manager law are headed for the state Court of Appeals after a state elections panel declined by deadlock Thursday to place a referendum on the law before voters in November.
Herbert Sanders, attorney for the group Stand Up for Democracy, which collected 203,000 petition signatures to put the issue on the ballot, said he would file an appeal of the Board of State Canvassers’ decision within a week.
The canvassers split 2-2 along party lines (Democrats supporting and Republicans opposed) after hearing exhaustive testimony on a single point of contention about the adequacy of the petitions — whether the typeface used on a heading met a statutory size requirement. […]
Certification of the petitions for the ballot would have suspended the 2011 law, forcing emergency managers appointed to seven cities and school districts around the state to operate with diminished authority under an earlier version of the law.
The Detroit News: EM referendum off November ballot, opponents vow appeal
LANSING— Angry shouts broke out Thursday at a Board of State Canvassers meeting when members failed to allow a repeal of the emergency manager law to make the ballot based on the type size on the petitions.
Supporters of the repeal effort said they’ll take their fight to court. […]
Michigan has seven emergency managers operating with the tough new powers granted under Public Act 4. Four that were appointed under a previous and weaker emergency manager law had their powers boosted when the new act was past last year. The current managers are in Pontiac, Flint, Ecorse and Benton Harbor, and in the Detroit, Highland Park and Muskegon Heights school districts.
The year-old law grants nearly unlimited power to emergency managers to overrule elected officials and toss union contracts. It replaced Public Act 72 of 1990, which Republicans who control the House and Senate, and Gov. Rick Snyder claimed did not give enough power to emergency managers.
Had the board voted to put the repeal question on the ballot, P.A. 4 would have been immediately suspended, according to the Secretary of State’s Office. It is the position of the Snyder administration, and of Attorney General Bill Schuette, that if P.A. 4 is suspended, the law it replaced, P.A. 72, would be revived.
from the “he’s just not right wing and crazy enough department” …
Bye Bye Senator Lugar …
Hello Batshit Crazy Senator Teabag
Indiana U.S. Senator Richard Lugar, a six-term incumbent and a leading voice on foreign policy in Congress, trails his Tea Party-backed challenger by double-digits ahead of Tuesday’s Republican primary, a poll showed on Friday.
Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock, who draws support from the conservative Tea Party movement, leads Lugar by 10 percentage points for the May 8 primary contest, the Howey/Depauw Indiana Battleground Poll showed.
If defeated, Lugar, the senior Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a leading voice on stemming the spread of nuclear weapons, would be first Senate incumbent to lose his seat this election year.
The poll conducted this week showed Mourdock with 48 percent support among likely Republican primary voters compared to Lugar’s 38 percent. This was a sharp swing from a poll taken in late March by the same group in which Lugar led 42 percent to 35 percent.
“It certainly looks as if the momentum has shifted toward Richard Mourdock,” Republican pollster Christine Matthews wrote of the poll she conducted with Democratic pollster Fred Yang, political analyst Brian Howey, and Depauw University.
from the “please god no! … no more!” department …
Liz Cheney Eying Bid?
from political wire
Liz Cheney “has been making the rounds at Wyoming political events this spring and her desire to move back to the state has Republicans from Cheyenne to Washington buzzing about a potential future campaign,” Politico reports.
“With little fanfare, Cheney, a former State Department official and the eldest daughter of the former vice president, has spoken at six events in different corners of the sprawling state this year. She has been especially busy on the GOP dinner circuit. Cheney has already hit four county Lincoln Day Dinners and keynoted the dinner following the Wyoming GOP convention last month. She also accompanied and appeared on stage with her father when he made his first public appearance following his heart transplant at the state convention.”
and finally, from the “with friends like these …” department ….
Enraged Ted Nugent threatens to ‘f*ck’ female CBS producer
from raw story
Ted Nugent recently said presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s campaign “expressed support” after the musician made comments that caused the U.S. Secret Service to wonder if he had threatened the life of President Barack Obama.
In a recent interview where the conservative rocker flew into a rage, Nugent revealed to CBS reporter Jeff Glor that he had spoken to Romney’s campaign after he told a crowd at the National Rifle Association (NRA) convention that he would be “either be dead or in jail by this time next year” if Obama was re-elected.
“We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November!” he exclaimed to the NRA audience. “Any questions?”
Glor wondered if the Romney campaign was “unhappy” over those remarks.
“No,” Nugent replied. “They expressed support. … I got the sensation that it was — not from Mitt himself or Ms. Romney — ‘Stay on course, Ted.’ Freedom of speech is beautiful thing.”
The Romney supporter recalled that he had an “adorable” meeting with the Secret Service for as long as 40 minutes after making the controversial comments.
“I feel sorry for liberals who can be that brain dead as to take a clear statement of fear on my part and turn it into a threat against somebody else,” Nugent explained.
“If Mitt Romney wins, he needs at least some of the moderate vote,” Glor noted. “You are many things, you are not moderate.”
“Call me when you sit down across from someone who has more families with dying little boys and girls who get a call to take them on their last fishing trip in life!” an enraged Nugent screamed. “Call me when you meet someone who does that more than I do because that’s really moderate! In fact, you know what that is? That’s extreme! I’m an extremely loving, passionate man! And people who investigate me honestly — without the baggage of political correctness — ascertain the conclusion that I’m a damn nice guy! And if you can find a screening process more powerful than that, I’ll suck your fucking dick!”
“Or fuck you!” he said, turning to Glor’s female producer. “How’s that sound?”
poke … poke … poke that monkey guys …