Tea Party foolishness

GOP hypocrisy: "I was depressed and lonely, so I looked at child porn."

And since Republicans won't say it, still not transgender:

He was president of a Charlotte area Tea Party group for years. He was the volunteer Mecklenburg County chair for N.C. Lt. Gov. Dan Forest’s campaign in 2012 and co-designed the grassroots strategy to get Forest elected, his lawyers said. He led the charge to stop sports taxes in Charlotte. He stood up for what he believed in, say those who knew him. But Christian Hine had a secret.

In order to battle an autistic disorder and depression from a failed relationship, he was “self-medicating” with child pornography.

On a scale of one to whatthefuck, that's about a twelve. Aside from the fact his lawyers have constructed a purely clinical argument designed to absolve him of any responsibility for his actions, there's a huge difference between adult pornography and child pornography. Those who engage in the file-sharing of the latter are directly responsible for the abuse of children, many of them barely out of kindergarten. And those individuals (many who are Christian) who try to equate all pornography as the "same evil" demonstrate clearly their sociopathic disregard for the innocent victims of the truly perverted. Here's more apologizing and rationalizing, if you can stomach it:

Republican state legislatures: Guns, gays, and forced child-bearing

Forget DC, we need to clean these houses:

Ms. Baker said that a new frontier in gun rights involves laws that let people over 21 carry concealed weapons without permits. In West Virginia, Republican lawmakers passed such a law this month after overriding a veto from the Democratic governor, Earl Ray Tomblin. In Georgia, Republican legislators passed a bill allowing people over 21 to carry concealed weapons onto public college and university campuses. Mr. Deal has indicated that he has concerns about the bill but has not said definitively if he will veto it.

That's a new "frontier" all right, one where walking out your front door exposes you to dangers not evident in most civilized societies. I wonder what twisted logic NC's concealed-carry advocates will cook up to explain this away? You know, the ones who are always harping about how "well-trained" these people must be to obtain said permit. Put your gun away for the moment, so we can see how these intrepid Republican legislators are protecting you from Teh Gays:

Virus in the system: Radical GOP out to destroy Democracy

Professor Leutze hits several nails on their heads:

The assault is not on Boehner, or on the speakership, but on the government and the compromise that is essential to its function. It is about states’ rights as distinct from federal rights. It is about so clogging up the machinery essential to doing the public’s business as to make it impossible.

What is to be put in place of their discredited “government”? The radicals have no answer. Their objective is first to discredit then to destroy. They didn’t go to Washington to get something done. Instead they want to keep things from being done. Simply, they do not want government to work.

One thing missing from this essay is the psychological condition known as Misanthropy, the inherent hatred and distrust of our species. When something horrific happens in the news, it's not odd to see a Liberal say, "I hate people." But that's not misanthropy, it's a reaction borne of frustration. A true misanthrope is also a racist, a sexist, a religious purist, and whatever other ideological stances allow him or her to distance themselves from the vast majority of humanity. And because of this mental illness, they have no faith whatsoever that human beings can gather together and work for the common good. They just don't believe it. Which should make them grossly unqualified to take a seat in Congress.

Battle brewing over Boehner's replacement

The right-wing nutters are becoming apoplectic:

It is infuriating to hear that these people in the House are seriously looking to replace Boehner with his co-conspirator Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). McCarthy — whose voting record is slightly to the right of Renee Ellmers — has stood with Boehner as House conservatives have been retaliated against.

He’s stood with Boehner as attempts to kill Obamacare, stop amnesty, and halt debt ceiling increases have been squashed. (As have fellow House leadership team members Virginia Foxx and Patrick McHenry.) McCarthy and other House leaders have fretted over demanding the defunding of Planned Parenthood because the fight would likely lead to a government shutdown. Tell me again what’s so bad about a government shutdown.

Bolding his. Aside from the fact that Soldiers, Sailors, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard will have their paychecks stopped this time around, if you'd take a peek outside your ideological bubble you would realize that a super-majority of US citizens do *not* want the government shut down. But go right ahead, that may be the only thing that could make Republican gerrymandering of the House a secondary consideration. And the fact Boehner has allowed the House to vote 55 times (or maybe more, I've lost count) to repeal Obamacare, the only thing that's been "squashed" is the taxpayers' expectation of responsible governing from that body. The crazy is going to get epic before this is over.

Kim Davis: Credibility?

Today my Facebook timeline was naturally bombarded with posts on Kim Davis' arrest and other related obscenities, such as her recent remarks during an interview with Newslo, "all-women prisons are filled with clans of dangerous lesbians who engage in disgusting lesbian sex all day long because they have nothing else better to do...I would rather die than let them try to change me into one of them, I would rather take my own life*", (Stevan, 2015).

Removal of Christian war memorial brings out Militia

Who also happen to be the ones who created it in the first place:

The City of King last week removed a statue of a soldier kneeling before a cross from the Veteran’s Memorial at King Central Park as part of a settlement agreement on a lawsuit. King resident David Dombrosky got the idea last week to kneel at the site in peaceful protest on Sunday.

The Stokes County Militia organization rallied around Dombrosky, who is a militia member, by officially sponsoring the event. Darrell Calloway, commander of the militia, got a city permit for the event. Word spread on social media.

I would describe these folks as "militia-lite," as they generally gather together for community projects and don't stalk around in uniform open-carrying assault rifles and such. That being said, once you slide down that Prepper rabbit hole, it's hard to predict future behavior.

AP US History debate: Dancing to an idiot's music

I can't believe they're even listening to this guy:

"These professors had an agenda. We've already alluded to it. Basically, they saw America not as an exceptional nation but one nation among many in a global society," said Larry Krieger, a former high school history teacher and opponent of the standards.

Krieger, who has authored a test preparation book on the AP exam and written critiques of the new course for conservative websites such as Breitbart.com, has become one of the leading voices calling for additions to the AP U.S. history guidelines. He also argues that the new guidelines are incomplete – failing to include study of important historical documents such as the Magna Carta.

Dude, the Magna Carta was penned eight hundred years ago across the Atlantic Ocean, long before Europeans "discovered" America, and even longer before they rose slightly above their ignorance and declared it independent of the crown. If you taught that document in your US History class, that goes a long way to explaining the "former high school history teacher" status.

N&R continues to apologize for Mark Walker's crazy talk

If it walks like a Tea Party duck:

Mark Walker does not think Barack Obama may declare martial or Sharia law. He does not really believe the president has been spending billions of dollars — with a B! — on family vacations. He doesn’t actually have no qualms about bombings at the border that could start a war with Mexico. But he still says these things. Why?

Because there’s something in him that wants to please a crowd, be it a Tea Party rally or a small clutch of cynical journalists. He can’t help himself. He gets carried away. And that makes for some great performances — but it doesn’t help you understand who he really is, what he really thinks.

You have to say one thing about the News & Record: They are loyal to their locally-brewed candidates. If I had to place my bet this very moment, I would say the paper is going to (unwisely) endorse Mark Walker in the race for the NC-06 seat. All this hand-wringing about Walker being a really good guy but a "naïve" politician is likely cover for the real issue: Mark Walker has been a preacher and civic leader in Greensboro, while Laura Fjeld hails from way over there in Orange County. Case closed.

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