Are Americans this fucking stupid? Is this the type intelligent discourse they crave? Why do some of us presume to be more enlightened than others? Clearly we are not, judging by this idiot’s disrespectful banter. [editor's note: I have broken my unbreakable vow not to comment or post anything about the messiah Glenn Beck. I feel so cheap.]
Republicans in the Arizona House of representatives voted for a measure that stipulates President Barack Obama must show his birth certificate if he is to be on the ballot in Arizona for the 2012 Presidential election.
The Republican-dominated legislature voted 31-22 to tack the requirement onto another bill, which still faces approval.
The legislation, aimed at President Barack Obama, has been criticized by Arizona’s secretary of state, who noted that the qualifications for the presidency are set forth in the U.S. Constitution and not subject to amendments by states.
Both Obama’s campaign and the state of Hawaii have provided documents showing that the president was born in the United States and therefore constitutionally qualified to serve as president.
The language requiring that candidate demonstrate that they are a “natural born citizen” was added by GOP state Rep. Judy Burg
I’m sure Arizona’s steadfast defensive of the Constitution would be commendable, if it weren’t so misguided. It’s nice to know that the Arizona House is spending time on this issue, rather than things that actually affect the lives and livelihood of Arizonians. This is another example of using divisive wedge issues to divert attention and opinion.
This picture was taken at a Tea Party rally in 2009 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It seems to commemorate the 14 anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing quite well. (For the record, I am not implying a Tea Partier is responsible for this sign. Maybe they are, maybe they aren’t.)
Or maybe these Tea Partiers align very closely with Tim McVeigh and his views.
Remember this despicable display?
The piece of trash who tossed dollar bills has been identified as Chris Reichert of Victorian Village, Ohio. Per Wonkette:
The now-adult turd, “Chris Reichert of Victorian Village,” bravely wasted many days after the videotaped display of insane rage denying that he had, in fact, heckled and then tossed a few dollar bills at a very sick man who had come out to Congresswoman Mary Jo Kilroy’s district office in support of health insurance reform. But now, it’s time for the Healing to Begin.
“Let the healing begin.” Right…
For those who haven’t seen the seminal film The Birth of a Nation, it remains to this day revered by some as a significant cinematic achievement– because of its usage of technical innovation– the usage of lighting, editing and close-ups was ahead of its time. It’s also despised for its graphically stereotypical portrayals of Black people, as everything from sex-crazed beasts, to mammies, sambos and toms.
Quite frankly, I cannot quite grasp the technical achievements of the film, due to the overwhelming urge I get to wretch every time I see one of Griffith’s black characters cross the screen. But in unearthing this American “classic” over the weekend, I noticed one particular black character– whose motivation and behavior in the film conjured a host of metaphorical imagery for me relating to today’s political culture: His name was Silas Lynch.
The National Tea Party Convention concluded this past weekend, and If you’ve already read part one, then you know that the tone of the convention was set very early on. Racial paranoia wafted heavily in the air over the weekend, dampening the intended message of anti-tax, and anti-government intervention the movement was trying to focus on. It’s hardly a surprise that beneath the surface of the angry, pro-liberty message– exists a bubbling brew of right-wing extremist views– and disdain for cultural changes taking place in the country. As the convention dragged on, more emphasis seemed to be place on social commentary, and divisive issues. Here’s an example:
“The media, the politicians … all say, no, it’s all been settled. I say, if it’s been settled show us the birth certificate. Simple,” Farah’s said, as his remarks were cheered by the roughly 600 activists gathered in Nashville for the event.
“Our country is being destroyed. Every generation has had to fight the fight for freedom… Terrorism? Yes. That’s not the big battle,” he said. “The big battle is in D.C. with the radicals. They aren’t liberals. They are radicals. Obama, Pelosi, Walz: They’re not liberals, they’re radicals. They are destroying our country.” — Republican Allen Quist, running for congress in Minnesota’s first congressional district.
Do we need another ideologue in Congress like Allen Quist? I say that not to just single out Republicans for their views. Both parties are seemingly cemented in their ideologies today, and that’s caused a gridlock that has the potential to affect millions of American lives. But it has not extinguished all the bright stars in the sky. In fact, one particular star seems to be burning brighter than ever.
Want to know what makes Dr. Maureen Reed extraordinary? Plain, old fashioned common sense. It’s not fancy or flashy. In these polarized times– where the dearth of common sense is quite palpable– Dr. Reed stands out as the lighthouse does in the deep black of night. I spoke to Dr. Reed last last week about a variety of subjects, one of which included the great partisan divide that is engulfing our nation’s capital:
I can’t begin to tell you how much I enjoyed this post. It inspired me to cleave deeply through a lot of bullshit, written by anyone who feels the need to write bullshit. Granted I put myself in that category sometimes, but at least I can qualify my actions. People like Michelle Malkin cannot. You see, it’s in her best interest to spread the most egregious lies and distortions, and pass them off as truth. Her reputation is made by fear-mongering, so why not engage in it at a high level? Enough about that, let’s get into the meat of Ms. Malkin’s rant:
Gulp. It’s precisely the Obama administration’s view of sound “science” that should send chills down patients’ spines. Case in point: The president’s prestigious science czar John Holdren refuses to answer questions about his radical, published work on population control over the last 30 years.
Last week, I called the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to press Holdren on his views about forced abortions and mass sterilizations; his purported disavowal of Ecoscience, the 1977 book he co-authored with population control zealots Paul and Anne Ehrlich; and his continued embrace of forced-abortion advocate and eugenics guru Harrison Brown, whom he credits with inspiring him to become a scientist.
After investigative bloggers and this column reprinted extensive excerpts from Ecoscience, which mused openly about putting sterilants in the water supply to make women infertile and engineering society by taking away babies from undesirables and subjecting them to government-mandated abortions, the White House issued a statement from Holdren last week denying he embraced those proposals. The Ehrlichs challenged critics to read their and Holdren’s more recent research and works….
This just keeps getting sadder and sadder. Watch the clip:
Are you kidding me?