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    FAIR GAME: birth places, polygamy communes, and presidential candidates →

    As the Republican Teaparty has taught us since Barack Obama won the presidency, the background of a candidate is completely fair game — particularly if that background doesnot involve the candidate’s ancestors being passengers aboard the Mayflower (and specifically if one’s ancestors are any race other than white). Fact: these are the people Romney panders to.

    Therefore in the interest of public awareness and fair play, Dave Weigel asks: So was there a Polygamy Commune, or wasn’t there?

    The write-up wraps with this: “Romney’s father, George, was born in Mexico and moved to the United States as a child. He went on to become the governor of Michigan.” Which… doesn’t tell us what’s being discussed. Let’s go back to what Schweitzer told Jacobs.

    While discussing swing states, Schweitzer said Romney would have a “tall order to position Hispanics to vote for him,” and I replied that was mildly ironic since Mitt’s father was born in Mexico, giving the clan a nominal claim to being Hispanic. Schweitzer replied that it is “kinda ironic given that his family came from a polygamy commune in Mexico, but then he’d have to talk about his family coming from a polygamy commune in Mexico, given the gender discrepancy.” Women, he said, are “not great fans of polygamy, 86 percent were not great fans of polygamy. I am not alleging by any stretch that Romney is a polygamist and approves of [the] polygamy lifestyle, but his father was born into [a] polygamy commune in Mexico.”

    Schweitzer did not say that Romney’s “dad’s dad was a polygamist.” He said that Romney’s dad was born into a “polygamy commune in Mexico.” This is true. In the 1880s, Miles Romney — the great-grandfather of the current GOP candidate — established a commune in Mexico with the express purpose of allowing the church to continue that practice after the United States cracked down on it. Miles took another wife in 1897, while living in the colony. Gaskell Romney, his son, didn’t engage in plural marriage. So both Romney and Schweitzer, talking past each other, are right. 

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    #family  #immigration  #journalism  #media  #news  #politics  #religion  #birthers  #Fair Game  #GOP  #kenya  #LDS  #Mexico  #Mitt Romney  #Mormons  #polygamy communes  #President Obama  #Racists  #Republicans  #Teaparty 
    One of the tea party’s 2010 ‘dream picks’: Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) →

    Just what our country needs: more ‘Palin celebritards‘ in political office. Steve Benen reports on a freshman Senator with no desire to actually work:

    Two years later, Roll Call reports that Johnson is poised to “purge nearly his entire Washington, D.C.-based legislative team,” in large part because they expect the senator to work on legislation — and he doesn’t want to.

    “He’s an interesting case study of someone who has talked more than he has listened, lectured more than he has developed relationships with his colleagues, and now he’s having a tough time because of that behavior in advancing his policy goals,” one senior GOP aide said.“It’s kind of like watching a temper tantrum by a 2-year-old in the middle of the grocery store.” […]

    Sources indicated that when Johnson came to Washington, he put a staff together like “any other Senator” but quickly realized that the day-to-day grind of legislating was not his forte. Johnson said last week that he wanted more of his office’s focus to be on building an effective messaging operation.

    Yes, Johnson, like all freshmen, was supposed to do the grunt work of learning how to become a real senator, but according to Republicans on the Hill, he’s decided it’s more fun to give speeches and come up with soundbites.

    “Messaging” is fun; governing is hard.

    This seems entirely too common in contemporary Republican politics —the challenging work of crafting legislation, assembling coalitions, trudging through the committee process, making concessions, and agreeing to compromises requires a real commitment, and for those who just want to appear on Fox News, parade around CPAC with an entourage, and feel important, there appears to be no desire to actually legislate.

    Thanks, tea party. Your movement will be the marker for COMPLETE FAILURE in the history books. Republican celibritards instead of legislators: your tax dollars at “work.” It’s not like our country has any real problems that might need to be actually fixed by honest people with a brain or anything.  It’s more important for you to hate Obama and the Democrats and to choose your candidates by their hatred of the same things. 

    Maybe Johnson is just looking ahead to his own reality show, Fox “News” contract, or the many books that could be written for him one day.

    — 2 years ago with 4 notes
    #FAIL  #news  #politics  #vote!  #wingnuts  #but both sides do it!  #celebritard  #crafting legislation is hard  #Fox News  #GOP  #legislation is boring  #legislators who don't want to actually work  #more fun to give speeches  #politicians  #Republicans  #ron johnson  #sound bites are easier  #tea party  #Teaparty  #the GOP is a joke  #we can't fix stupid - but we can vote it out  #wisconsin 

    Taking a hard look at the SnowbillyGrifterPAC

    Do Palin’s donors feel as used as Conor Friedersdorf thinks they should? Can you believe they send her enough money that she blew through $418,000 in the first 3 months of 2012, without spending a thin dime on candidates?

    An Open Letter to Sarah Palin: Why Do You Mistreat Your Donors?

    Your supporters trust you. For all their cynicism about politics, they believe that you’re different: a faithful Christian with small town values and a commitment to doing right by regular Americans. You’ve used that trust to ask homemakers, retirees and small businessmen and women to send you their money. As the Web page of your official political action committee puts it, SarahPAC is “dedicated to building America’s future by supporting fresh ideas and candidates.”

    But that isn’t how you’ve been spending the money.

    […] You’ve also spent $255,000 “on fundraising and a small team of political consultants.” And perhaps there’s a reasonable explanation for the $1,000 you spent at the Disneyland Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

    What is it?

    […] Should people who give you money expect that you’ll make more videos about yourself that are totally unrelated to any campaign or issue? Do you think the money of rank and file conservatives is well spent building your personal brand? Why should anyone trust you as a steward of their money again? Did you think you’d get away with this just because the conservative media is curiously silent when popular movement figures shamelessly fleece the rank and file?

    For the sake of your supporters, please do not reply by video.

    Sincerely,

    Conor Friedersdorf

    Why does she mistreat her donors? Because she can. Palin lost the 2008 candidacy, along with McCain, and it’s been almost 3 years since she’s been a politician herself — and she quit that gig halfway through! She’s a failed reality-tv star (her first show had 5 million viewers but subsequent shows didn’t do as well so no second season), and until next year she still has a contract to randomly blather on Fox “News.” Oh, and she posts on Facebook a lot, has people write books for her, and talks to rightwing groups for a fee.

    Who did she and Tawd endorse for the GOP candidate this year? Newt. And now who does she think would make a great vice presidential pick for Romney? Allen West, the guy who says he “heard” that up to 80 House Democrats are members of the Communist Party.  What could go wrong? I think everything she does at this point is for the lutz.

    I wonder what the teabaggers think they’re getting for their money, exactly, when they send in their hard earned dollars to the ol’ PalinPACofGriftandSnowjob? Writing out the check to her ‘PAC’ might feel like you’re buying freedumb, or that you’re supporting Jesus and the American Flag, somehow. But the reasons are probably more along the lines of this image:

    — 2 years ago
    #politics  #religion  #conservatives  #disneyland  #donors  #fresh ideas  #GOP  #LOL  #more american flag pins for sarah!  #pac  #palinpac  #Republicans  #sarah palin  #send in your money to grifterpac  #sheeple pit  #spending donor money on wat?  #teabaggers  #Teaparty 
    …
The Today Show’s “huge” viewer bump with Palin’s appearance 
Here’s the numbers on the vast hoards of Jesus and gun lovin’ real Amerikuns who tuned into the the Today Show yesterday, because their Patron Saint of Word Salad, Princess Quitter, was guest-hosting:

[On Tuesday] “Today” drew 5.5 million viewers, while “GMA” had 356,000 fewer people tuning in. On Monday, the gap dividing them was 333,000 viewers. [WaPo]

So, math:
(Tue difference) 356,000 - (Mon difference) 333,000 = 23,000 more viewers for the Today Show.
That’s a total of 23,000 more viewers because of the quitter’s appearance. Let Sarah be Sarah!
The lamestream Washington Post titled this article: “Sarah Palin’s guest spot helps keep ‘Today’ on top as Katie Couric fills in at ‘GMA’” because that sounds so much better than Reality (actual math). The teaparty must be coddled!

    The Today Show’s “huge” viewer bump with Palin’s appearance

    Here’s the numbers on the vast hoards of Jesus and gun lovin’ real Amerikuns who tuned into the the Today Show yesterday, because their Patron Saint of Word Salad, Princess Quitter, was guest-hosting:

    [On Tuesday] “Today” drew 5.5 million viewers, while “GMA” had 356,000 fewer people tuning in. On Monday, the gap dividing them was 333,000 viewers. [WaPo]

    So, math:

    (Tue difference) 356,000 - (Mon difference) 333,000 = 23,000 more viewers for the Today Show.

    That’s a total of 23,000 more viewers because of the quitter’s appearance. Let Sarah be Sarah!

    The lamestream Washington Post titled this article: “Sarah Palin’s guest spot helps keep ‘Today’ on top as Katie Couric fills in at ‘GMA’” because that sounds so much better than Reality (actual math). The teaparty must be coddled!

    — 2 years ago with 4 notes
    #humor  #media  #news  #politics  #religion  #GMA  #guest hosting  #LOL  #sarah palin  #Teaparty  #the today show  #total viewer difference  #tuesday's total viewers 
    This morning begins three days of arguments in the most significant Supreme Court case in decades. The central question: Will the Affordable Care Act stand?
Solicitor General warns of ‘grave’ consequences if Supreme Court overturns health reform – Q:) What is at stake in this hearing? A:) If the Supreme Court struck this down, I think that it wouldn’t just be about health care. It would be the Supreme Court saying: ‘Look, we’ve got the power to really take decisions, move them off of the table of the American people, even in a democracy. And so it could imperil a number of reforms in the New Deal that are designed to help people against big corporations and against, indeed, big governments. The challengers are saying that this law is unconstitutional, which means even if 95 percent of Americans want this law, they can’t have it. And that’s a really profound thing for an unelected court to say. Q:) What are the possible outcomes? A:) The two main outcomes that one can predict — the Supreme Court strikes down the individual mandate as unconstitutional because it’s unprecedented or it upholds it and says it is part of Congress power over commerce and over taxation. The latter is far more likely because it is such a grave thing for unelected judges to take a decision of such a magnitude for American people. I expect the Supreme Court’s ruling at the end of its current term, June 30. I wouldn’t be surprised if everyone else was surprised in this case, and the court didn’t reach a standard 5-to-4 judgment with the five Republican justices — those nominated by Republican presidents on one side, and the four nominated by Democratic presidents on the other.
Tea Party to rally against health care law: “‘We want our freedom back,’ former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain told hundreds of ralliers standing in the rain in Upper Senate Park, a few hundred yards from the steps of the Supreme Court. … The rally largely marks the big return to Washington for the Tea Party, a loose organization of grassroots groups that helped conservative Republicans take over the House in the 2010 wave election.” [Fox News]

    This morning begins three days of arguments in the most significant Supreme Court case in decades. The central question: Will the Affordable Care Act stand?

    Solicitor General warns of ‘grave’ consequences if Supreme Court overturns health reform – Q:) What is at stake in this hearing? A:) If the Supreme Court struck this down, I think that it wouldn’t just be about health care. It would be the Supreme Court saying: ‘Look, we’ve got the power to really take decisions, move them off of the table of the American people, even in a democracy. And so it could imperil a number of reforms in the New Deal that are designed to help people against big corporations and against, indeed, big governments. The challengers are saying that this law is unconstitutional, which means even if 95 percent of Americans want this law, they can’t have it. And that’s a really profound thing for an unelected court to say. Q:) What are the possible outcomes? A:) The two main outcomes that one can predict — the Supreme Court strikes down the individual mandate as unconstitutional because it’s unprecedented or it upholds it and says it is part of Congress power over commerce and over taxation. The latter is far more likely because it is such a grave thing for unelected judges to take a decision of such a magnitude for American people. I expect the Supreme Court’s ruling at the end of its current term, June 30. I wouldn’t be surprised if everyone else was surprised in this case, and the court didn’t reach a standard 5-to-4 judgment with the five Republican justices — those nominated by Republican presidents on one side, and the four nominated by Democratic presidents on the other.

    Tea Party to rally against health care law: “‘We want our freedom back,’ former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain told hundreds of ralliers standing in the rain in Upper Senate Park, a few hundred yards from the steps of the Supreme Court. … The rally largely marks the big return to Washington for the Tea Party, a loose organization of grassroots groups that helped conservative Republicans take over the House in the 2010 wave election.” [Fox News]

    — 2 years ago with 4 notes
    #news  #politics  #supreme court  #aca  #affordable care act  #obamacare  #healthcare reform  #teabaggers  #teaparty  #gop  #republians  #repeal healthcare reform 
    How terrible is the Republican / Paul Ryan budget proposal? →

    The New-Old Paul Ryan / Republican (tea)Party Budget is terrible for everyone except the one percenters, corporations, and the Department of Defense. In addition, this budget completely reneges on the plan the Republicans agreed to earlier. Why would they do that? The answer may be at the bottom.

    Read more…

    — 2 years ago with 2 notes
    #news  #politics  #vote!  #war on the middle class  #class war  #income redistribution  #austerity for the rest of us  #budget  #election  #GOP  #government shutdown  #new budget year oct. 1  #only benefits the wealthy and DoD  #Paul Ryan  #Republicans  #ryan's a douche  #tax cuts for the wealthy  #Teaparty  #terrible budget plan 
    …
Why Conservatives Are Still Crazy After All These Years - But are right-wingers scarier now than in the past? They certainly seem stranger and fiercer. I’d argue, however, that they’ve been this crazy for a long time. Over the last sixty years or so, I see far more continuities than discontinuities in what the rightward twenty or thirty percent of Americans believe about the world. The crazy things they believed and wanted were obscured by their lack of power, but they were always there – if you knew where to look. What’s changed is that loony conservatives are now the Republican mainstream, the dominant force in the GOP. […] conservatism continues to thrive. That’s because power begets power: Democrats can be counted on to compromise with conservative nuttiness, and the media can be counted on to normalize it. And it’s because there will always be millions of Americans who are terrified of social progress and of dispossession from whatever slight purchase on psychological security they’ve been able to maintain in a frightening world. And because there will always be powerful economic actors for whom exploiting such fear, uncertainty and doubt pays (and pays, and pays).

    Why Conservatives Are Still Crazy After All These Years - But are right-wingers scarier now than in the past? They certainly seem stranger and fiercer. I’d argue, however, that they’ve been this crazy for a long time. Over the last sixty years or so, I see far more continuities than discontinuities in what the rightward twenty or thirty percent of Americans believe about the world. The crazy things they believed and wanted were obscured by their lack of power, but they were always there – if you knew where to look. What’s changed is that loony conservatives are now the Republican mainstream, the dominant force in the GOP. […] conservatism continues to thrive. That’s because power begets power: Democrats can be counted on to compromise with conservative nuttiness, and the media can be counted on to normalize it. And it’s because there will always be millions of Americans who are terrified of social progress and of dispossession from whatever slight purchase on psychological security they’ve been able to maintain in a frightening world. And because there will always be powerful economic actors for whom exploiting such fear, uncertainty and doubt pays (and pays, and pays).

    — 2 years ago with 2 notes
    #politics  #conservatives  #gop  #republicans  #teaparty  #crazy  #still crazy  #always been crazy 

    Real Time with Bill Maher correspondent, Alexandra Pelosi interviews Mississippi residents.

    (Source: underthemountainbunker.com)

    — 2 years ago with 5 notes
    #politics  #gop  #republicans  #teaparty  #bill maher  #alexandra pelosi  #mississippi 
    …
Because conservatives seem to always need remedial education on the First Amendment…
Deserving of its own post, directly from Oliver Willis (emphasis below, mine):

Remedial First Amendment For Conservatives (And Bill Maher)
Here, in full, is the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Our constitution explicitly says that you can say whatever you want to say without government interference. What it does not guarantee is any sort of platform to make that speech. The first amendment does not guarantee a right to a radio show, a tv show, a newspaper column, a website, or a stage show. It says that you can say things and the government has no right to squelch that speech.
[…] if people object to his speech and communicate those sentiments to his advertisers and they in turn choose to disassociate themselves from him — nobody’s rights are being infringed.
The market that conservatives claim to love so much, is in fact working.
Continue…

    Because conservatives seem to always need remedial education on the First Amendment…

    Deserving of its own post, directly from Oliver Willis (emphasis below, mine):

    Remedial First Amendment For Conservatives (And Bill Maher)

    Here, in full, is the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution:

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    Our constitution explicitly says that you can say whatever you want to say without government interference. What it does not guarantee is any sort of platform to make that speech. The first amendment does not guarantee a right to a radio show, a tv show, a newspaper column, a website, or a stage show. It says that you can say things and the government has no right to squelch that speech.

    […] if people object to his speech and communicate those sentiments to his advertisers and they in turn choose to disassociate themselves from him — nobody’s rights are being infringed.

    The market that conservatives claim to love so much, is in fact working.

    Continue…

    — 2 years ago with 3 notes
    #never forget  #politics  #advertisers  #boycotts  #First Amendment  #freedom of speech  #no guarantee of a PLATFORM for speech  #oliver willis  #Rush Limbaugh  #sandra fluke  #us constitution  #teaparty  #gop  #republicans  #rightwing 
    …
Republican primary voters older, over 90% white - The National Journal ran the numbers:So far, according to exit polls posted on CNN.com, whites have cast at least 90 percent of the votes in every Republican primary except Florida (83 percent) and Arizona (89 percent). In every other state except Michigan (92 percent) and Nevada (90 percent) whites have comprised at least 94 percent of the GOP vote this year. That includes Georgia (94), Virginia (94), Ohio (96), Oklahoma (96), Tennessee (97), South Carolina (98), Massachusetts (98), Iowa (99), New Hampshire (99), and Vermont (99). By comparison in the 2008 general election, whites cast only 74 percent of the total vote. […] The GOP has been trying to keep their nearly-all-white base riled up with race baiting statements (see: Newt versus Juan Williams; Santorum and “blah” people; the entire birther conspiracy theory; the current attempts at generating outrage over Barack Obama once “hugging” some black guy). It may inspire their current members, sure, but there’s clearly no long-term future there. Eventually that base is going to start, well, dying.

    Republican primary voters older, over 90% white - The National Journal ran the numbers:So far, according to exit polls posted on CNN.com, whites have cast at least 90 percent of the votes in every Republican primary except Florida (83 percent) and Arizona (89 percent). In every other state except Michigan (92 percent) and Nevada (90 percent) whites have comprised at least 94 percent of the GOP vote this year. That includes Georgia (94), Virginia (94), Ohio (96), Oklahoma (96), Tennessee (97), South Carolina (98), Massachusetts (98), Iowa (99), New Hampshire (99), and Vermont (99). By comparison in the 2008 general election, whites cast only 74 percent of the total vote. […] The GOP has been trying to keep their nearly-all-white base riled up with race baiting statements (see: Newt versus Juan Williams; Santorum and “blah” people; the entire birther conspiracy theory; the current attempts at generating outrage over Barack Obama once “hugging” some black guy). It may inspire their current members, sure, but there’s clearly no long-term future there. Eventually that base is going to start, well, dying.

    — 2 years ago with 1 note
    #news  #politics  #poll  #republicans  #gop  #teaparty  #republican primary voters  #white and old 
    Why won’t President Obama do something and stop doing things! →

    The conservative base just can’t figure out what it wants — in any given situation, ever. Getting any one of them to make sense about a solution to a problem, as they see it, would be like like trying to discuss the theory of relativity with a sack full of twigs and grass clippings. And the sad thing is, any discussion with the sack would be more productive and satisfying.

    Background – Republican White House candidates have accused Obama of being soft on Beijing and vowed to take a tougher line on China’s alleged manipulation of its currency, with frontrunner Mitt Romney vowing to declare Beijing a currency manipulator, paving the way for US retaliatory measures. US lawmakers have accused China of artificially undervaluing its yuan in order to boost its own exports, hurting US manufacturers and hobbling the economic recovery.

    Obama to create trade law enforcement bureau - ”The President believes that we can’t wait to crack down on unfair trade violations and ensure a level playing field for American workers,” says a White House statement. Later this morning, the president will sign an executive order creating an Interagency Trade Enforcement Center.

    And here’s what the FoxNews-Dittohead-RWNJ-Teabagger base does, like clockwork (from the comments):

    Etc., ad nauseum… 

    — 2 years ago with 1 note
    #news  #politics  #wingnuts  #China  #do something  #don't do anything  #GOP  #idiots  #interagency trade enforcement center  #LOL  #President Obama  #Republicans  #rwnjs  #Teaparty  #trade law 
    image: leftish
Rick Santorum in 2008: “You’re a liberal something, but you’re not a Christian.”
Santorum said that in a 2008 interview with the Oxford Centre for Religion and Public Life.
Ed Kilgore says,

As it happens, the Santorum appearance Waldman wrote about occurred around the same time in 2008 as the Pennsylvanian’s now famous speech at Ave Maria University when he regaled his audience with a narrative of the ongoing war for America between true Christians and Satan. He sadly concluded that mainline Protestantism, which was “gone from the world of Christianity,” had already been lost to His Infernal Majesty. Clearly, the apostasy of liberal Protestants was on his mind at that time, perhaps because of the rise to national power of Barack Obama.
As Waldman noted, this is not that unusual an attitude for self-consciously conservative Christians to have these days, but it’s unusual to hear it from a politician. Rick Santorum cannot have it both ways, though. If he feels so strongly that Christians who don’t share his particular “world view” aren’t really Christian at all, then he should be loud and proud about it, and stop pretending he’s just this mild-mannered man of faith being persecuted by people who despise the very name of Jesus Christ.

It’s easy enough for the far right to judge liberals and Obama, especially by those who call themselves “Christians” — they do it all the time.
But I’d really like to hear how all the rightwing, born-again, evangelical Protestants feel about Santorum’s conclusion that they and their religion are ‘gone from the world of Christianity‘.

We all know that this country was founded on a Judeo-Christian ethic but the Judeo-Christian ethic was a Protestant Judeo-Christian ethic, sure the Catholics had some influence, but this was a Protestant country and the Protestant ethic, mainstream, mainline Protestantism, and of course we look at the shape of mainline Protestantism in this country and it is in shambles, it is gone from the world of Christianity as I see it.

So, you see, you’re not a real Christian either. Sorry! Deal with it, I guess. Only Saint Santorum decides who’s in or out. I wonder if Jesus Himself would make Santorum’s cut?

    image: leftish

    Rick Santorum in 2008: “You’re a liberal something, but you’re not a Christian.”

    Santorum said that in a 2008 interview with the Oxford Centre for Religion and Public Life.

    Ed Kilgore says,

    As it happens, the Santorum appearance Waldman wrote about occurred around the same time in 2008 as the Pennsylvanian’s now famous speech at Ave Maria University when he regaled his audience with a narrative of the ongoing war for America between true Christians and Satan. He sadly concluded that mainline Protestantism, which was “gone from the world of Christianity,” had already been lost to His Infernal Majesty. Clearly, the apostasy of liberal Protestants was on his mind at that time, perhaps because of the rise to national power of Barack Obama.

    As Waldman noted, this is not that unusual an attitude for self-consciously conservative Christians to have these days, but it’s unusual to hear it from a politician. Rick Santorum cannot have it both ways, though. If he feels so strongly that Christians who don’t share his particular “world view” aren’t really Christian at all, then he should be loud and proud about it, and stop pretending he’s just this mild-mannered man of faith being persecuted by people who despise the very name of Jesus Christ.

    It’s easy enough for the far right to judge liberals and Obama, especially by those who call themselves “Christians” — they do it all the time.

    But I’d really like to hear how all the rightwing, born-again, evangelical Protestants feel about Santorum’s conclusion that they and their religion are ‘gone from the world of Christianity‘.

    We all know that this country was founded on a Judeo-Christian ethic but the Judeo-Christian ethic was a Protestant Judeo-Christian ethic, sure the Catholics had some influence, but this was a Protestant country and the Protestant ethic, mainstream, mainline Protestantism, and of course we look at the shape of mainline Protestantism in this country and it is in shambles, it is gone from the world of Christianity as I see it.

    So, you see, you’re not a real Christian either. Sorry! Deal with it, I guess. Only Saint Santorum decides who’s in or out. I wonder if Jesus Himself would make Santorum’s cut?

    — 2 years ago with 3 notes
    #news  #politics  #religion  #lol  #Catholics  #church lady  #GOP  #liberals  #liberals aren't christian  #LOL  #mullah santorum  #protestants  #protestants aren't christian  #Republicans  #rick santorum  #saint santorum  #Teaparty  #the only real christian  #theocracy 
    Fox “News” viewers’ comments on the death of Whitney Houston →

    Andrew Sullivan:

    The untimely death of the great Whitney Houston cannot but provoke intense sadness. Fame can be like sunlight through a magnifying glass whose burning pain sometimes only drugs and then death seem to relieve. […] And then you read one segment of Fox News viewers’ comments and you feel, like Charles Johnson, physically ill. 

    Those commenters represent everything that lives underneath the modern Republican Party’s ‘big tent.’ And if you vote GOP, you’re going to have to acknowledge that you live there with them.

    — 2 years ago
    #news  #politics  #wingnuts  #andrew sullivan  #charles johnson  #death  #Fox News  #fox news viewers' comments  #GOP  #nauseating  #Racists  #Republicans  #sickening  #Teaparty  #ugly  #whitney houston 
    "The truth is that the Republicans have nothing to offer. Not even anything that looks like a governing philosophy. Conservatism has moved out of the ranks of political theories and simply become a cult; one that requires that certain phrases be mouthed, that certain hatreds be nourished, and that purity be maintained regardless of cost. That schism with reality is increasingly large and increasingly obvious. They try to paper over that gap by dismissing little things like science, reason, history. Real science fails to support their contentions, so they have to write it off. Reason doesn’t work for them, so any question must be met with red-faced indignity — every question a gotcha question. Real history is full of warts, quirks, and unfortunate truths that don’t fit their ritualized beliefs. So they have to try to rewrite history, giving us rewrite Reagan who never raised a tax or increased a debt, rewrite FDR who created the issues he actually solved, rewrite Lincoln who championed the Confederate cause, rewrite founding fathers who never owned slaves, never supported government regulation of the economy, never wavered in their ardent love for a form of religiosity that didn’t yet exist. Tricorner hats are the new tinfoil."
    — 2 years ago with 27 notes
    #politics  #gop  #republicans  #conservatives  #teaparty  #revising history  #cult