Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sarah Palin on Sean Hannity last night. She is not even trying to hide the crazy anymore.

Hannity dings the President on a number of issues, most of them exaggerated and then asks for Palin's "analysis."

"Well he's obviously very disconnected to what people are going through in real life, as we outside of that Washington D.C. bubble are quite concerned about the Middle East being a tinder box, about the domestic issues that are really adversely affecting all of us. He's disconnected from that. But you know one of the specific issues going on right now, as we have seen the airliner shot out of the sky, it's reminiscent  of back in 83, remember when the Korean airliner was shot out of the sky, 269 souls were lost I believe in that. But the reaction from our President then, Ronald Reagan, to..compare that to the reaction of all these issues that are erupting right now, the present President, how different it is. Ronald Reagan called out evil, he certainly didn't ask for flexibility, or boast about needing wanting flexibility, when...um..a relatively evil man were to be in office. Such a difference in the mindset of the presidency then than now."


I think the gist of all that, if I may attempt to translate the crazy, is Reagan good, Obama bad.

Hannity then goes on a minor tirade about the President playing golf, and attending fundraisers, and uses that to suggest that the President is "checked out." And then again invites Palin to pile on.

"Well other examples to, you know he was there in a border state when the crisis, the border crossing crisis, the invasion if you will of illegal immigrants, really started erupting, and he was in a border state and chose instead to go to fundraisers instead of visiting the borders and seeing the consequences of the actions that HE has taken that has caused these crisis."

Yes instead of going to those fundraisers to help raise money to get more Democrats into office, while also working to actually rectify the situation on the borders, President Obama could have put on his border patrol Underoos and joined Rick Perry in his little boat.

Oooh, muy macho!
Okay let's rejoin our originally scheduled program still in progress.

"Again very disconnected. I think he is so far over his head, I mean he's in over his head, we warned people in the campaign that he had no executive experience. (Unlike some people, am I right crazy lady? Huh, am I right?) He didn't have a resume at all that would prove a track record of knowing how to handle situations like this, being a community organizer with no real responsibilities. (You know unlike Palin who as Governor had to keep shooing those pesky Canadians back over the border all of the damn time.) I believe a manifestation of his acknowledgement that he is in over this head is that distancing himself, passing the buck, pointing fingers, physically even distancing himself from these crisis." (Yes I know that last part is bad grammar, but I swear that IS what she is saying.)

Hannity then reminds Palin that HE went to the border with Little Rickie. cause he's good and posing for pictures as well.

Finally Hanity asks Palin her response to Eric Holder's remarks about her talk of impeachment. Which he calls "attacks against her." ("She wasn't a particularly good vice presidential candidate. She's an even worse judge of who ought to be impeached and why." For those who don't remember.)

However Hannity does not play that clip, he plays a clip of Holder making some general statements about the President being treated differently, and then plays a clip of Palin "predicting" that Russia would invade the Ukraine from the 2008 campaign, as a way to suggest her superior knowledge concerning Russia's intentions.

"Yeah real profound, you know but who couldn't see it coming when you're living here and you can see it right on over the...uh, not from my house, but you can see...keep an eye on Putin and Russia from right here. No  I think that some obvious development have taken place, and when we have a President who seems to be embracing this idea of shirking back as once this super power, the shining city on a hill, for the rest of the world to see and feel secure and wish to emulate. When we shrink that back now, and there is a vacuum now on the globe that is calling for leadership, and calling for influence, that vacuum is being filled by evil men, and that's so unfortunate. It's not too late to get it back though. You know midterm elections will have a lot to do with getting that..uh..exceptionalism that is America, that message, back on globe. And we certainly need to elect people who understand it, and who will fight so hard for American exceptionalism. Again the world will be a safer place.

Afterwards Hannity again compliment the green screen behind Palin before closing the batshit crazy segment. (Do you think he knows? I think he knows.)

You know the craziest part of this, and yes there was so much to choose from, is that I ma almost certain that Palin was reading much of what she said off of prompters, and STILL it came out like this.

It kind of makes me wonder if her ghostwriters are taking the same drugs that she is, or if this is just the best she can do no matter how hard people work to help her make sense.

Virginia's refusal to expand Medicaid means that 400,000 Virginians remain uninsured and the state may have lost up to 1 billion in federal funds. Yay, Republicans!

William J. Howell
Courtesy of the Washington Post: 

The 200th day of 2014 happened to fall this weekend. Depending on which figures you prefer, that means Virginia’s refusal to opt into expanded Medicaid since Jan. 1 has cost the state at least $693 million in federal funding. Democrats say it’s an even $1 billion. 

Those princely sums, which many other states have rushed to capture, would have provided health coverage to some 400,000 currently uninsured Virginians, many of them indigent. It would have cost not one additional dime to Virginia taxpayers, who have already paid for expanding Medicaid in the course of their regular federal tax filings. 

The decision to leave those dollars on the table — an amount that increases by at least $3.46 million per day — is the doing of Republicans in the General Assembly. Those sages of Richmond, led by the Speaker of the House of Delegates, William J. Howell (R-Stafford), have proposed no alternative to providing health coverage to the hundreds of thousands of Virginians who lack it, nor any other method of capturing all or part of the federal funds that remain within Virginia’s grasp, should the state opt into the expansion. 

Instead, Mr. Howell and the Republican House caucus have elected to play political games, calling for the legislature to reconvene to “debate” Medicaid expansion, which they unequivocally oppose.

I know how Virginia feels. Though Alaska has a much smaller population we still have many, many thousands who also fall within the coverage gap left by the fact that our Governor, Sean Parnell, has also refused to accept the federal funds to expand Medicaid.

Hmm, 400,000 that seems like just about enough voters to completely sway an election, don't you think?

If you think Sarah Palin's remarks about impeaching President Obama were over the top wait until you get a load of this guy.

This guy is Stephen Steinlight who is a senior policy analyst for something called the Center for Immigration Studies, which is apparently a think tank for the anti-immigrant Right.

Here is what he said courtesy of Right Wing Watch:

A rash of opinion polls which have come out, not push polls, real polls, including one by Gallup that showed that 65 percent of the American people don’t want any part of an Obama-style immigration reform. But the idea of this [lawsuit] is vintage Boehner, it’s a political loser. There is no court that is going to stop Obama from doing anything. We all know, if there ever was a president that deserved to be impeached, it’s this guy. Alright? I mean, I wouldn’t stop. I would think being hung, drawn, and quartered is probably too good for him. 

To be clear this is a man who believes that the twice elected  President of the United States should hung by the neck until dead and then have his body cut into pieces for trying to do his job.

This is the face of the Right Wing in America.

Monday, July 21, 2014

John Oliver talks about prison in America.

This should shock and disgust all Americans.

Another excellent job by John Oliver and HBO.

Ken Ham thinks we need to stop wasting our money exploring space, because there is no life up in space and if there were they'd all be a bunch of sinners anyway.

"Space? There's nothing up there for you to worry your pretty little head about."
Here are a few of Ham's arguments from his Answers in Genesis website: 

I’m shocked at the countless hundreds of millions of dollars that have been spent over the years in the desperate and fruitless search for extraterrestrial life. Even Bill Nye “the Science Guy,” in our recent debate, happily gloated about tax dollars being spent toward this effort. And now, secular scientists are at it again. 

Of course, secularists are desperate to find life in outer space, as they believe that would provide evidence that life can evolve in different locations and given the supposed right conditions! The search for extraterrestrial life is really driven by man’s rebellion against God in a desperate attempt to supposedly prove evolution!

Yes we are exploring space just because  scientists hate God and want to prove evolution is real.

Make perfect sense, except that we have ALREADY proven that evolution is real and space exploration is usually not considered to be connected to research in that field.

But wait, Ham has an argument in support of his hypothesis. (A word I am sure he always uses incorrectly.)

You see, according to the secular, evolutionary worldview there must be other habited worlds out there. As the head of NASA, Charles Borden, puts it, “It’s highly improbable in the limitless vastness of the universe that we humans stand alone.” Secularists cannot allow earth to be special or unique—that’s a biblical idea (Isaiah 45:18). If life evolved here, it simply must have evolved elsewhere they believe.

Well yes that would stand to reason, just like primitive earth explorers wondered if there were not others like themselves spread throughout the planet. And there were!

Is that a problem? 

Now the Bible doesn’t say whether there is or is not animal or plant life in outer space. I certainly suspect not. The Earth was created for human life. And the sun and moon were created for signs and our seasons—and to declare the glory of God. And I do believe there can’t be other intelligent beings in outer space because of the meaning of the gospel. 

You see, the Bible makes it clear that Adam’s sin affected the whole universe. This means that any aliens would also be affected by Adam’s sin, but because they are not Adam’s descendants, they can’t have salvation. One day, the whole universe will be judged by fire, and there will be a new heavens and earth. God’s Son stepped into history to be Jesus Christ, the “Godman,” to be our relative, and to be the perfect sacrifice for sin—the Savior of mankind. 

Ohhh, now I get it.

So to be clear there are NO intelligent life forms to be found outside our planet because God specifically made us in his image, and if there WERE intelligent life forms that would really screw up that whole mythology.

Besides if there were, but of course there's not, then they would be a bunch of damn sinners, and who would want to know about them anyway?

Well I would for one.

You see the problem is not that Ham thinks that we are wasting our time exploring space, the problem is that he is afraid that we are not.

And if indeed we were to successfully make contact with intelligent alien lifeforms who had no understanding of religion or the Christian God, that would seriously undermine the idea that everything was made by a single creator who surely would have wanted to care for ALL of his creations, not just the ones on this planet.

And that would make it obvious that statements like this one are horse shit:

The answers to life’s questions will not be found in imaginary aliens but in the revelation of the Creator through the Bible and His Son, Jesus Christ, who came to die on a Cross to redeem mankind from sin and death that our ancestor, Adam, introduced. 

Science, cock blocking religion since the dawn of time.

We have a new word of the day, and I think most of you are going to quickly add it to your vocabulary.

WARNING! If you have not yet watched the July 10th episode of "True Blood." and don't want to hear any spoilers, then stop reading now.

Courtesy of HuffPo:

Vampires Eric and his progeny Pam attended a Ted Cruz fundraiser supposedly held at the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas to search for the parents of their enemy, Sarah Newlin. 

Trying to blend in, Eric dons a Western-style suit with a bolo instead of a necktie while Pam puts on a purple dress worthy of a gala on either side of the aisle. 

 But when she catches a glimpse of herself in a mirror, Pam utters a line that would light up Twitter:

I usually kick out comments using the "C" word but I am afraid that I cannot resist adding "Republicunt" to my repertoire. And I have a feeling that Sarah Palin will quickly find a reason to really hate "True Blood" in the next several weeks.

Personally that line made me laugh out loud, and the fact that this happened at a Ted Cruz fundraiser in the George W. Bush Library just made it all the funnier.

So good.

Sarah Palin really likes to compare President Obama to Nixon. She does realize he's one of theirs right?

From the Hootchie Mama Historian's Facebook page:

Obama Knew of Border "Crisis" Prior to Reelection; Lied About That, Too! 

The Washington Post has a bombshell article out about how “top officials at the White House and the State Department had repeatedly been warned of the potential for a further explosion in the number of migrant children since the crisis began escalating two years ago.” (Palin's ghostwriter does not actually include a link to the article, which is "Blogging 101" but here it is for those who are interested.)

The White House didn’t want to deal with the issue because they were focused on Obama’s 2012 reelection and the push for amnesty, and this burgeoning crisis didn’t look good for the President politically. So they willfully ignored it and in fact actively stoked it when Obama issued his own version of the DREAM Act by executive fiat, which led the illegal immigrants to believe they would be granted amnesty.  (Actually the President was TRYING to deal with the problem but received NO support from the Republicans so he did what he could. If the Republicans are not happy with that, perhaps they should have offered to work with him, instead of against him.  I mean it's not as if he ignored numerous warnings of an impending terrorist attack right before the biggest one in American history or anything.)

Here are the two questions Congress needs to demand answers to: What did the President know and when did he know it? (Oh no, she is not going to go there. Is she?)

You may recall that those questions were asked of another President who was also the subject of a Washington Post expose. 

 - Sarah Palin

Yep she did.

Okay now I know that certain people were too busy shifting the tissue paper in their training bras to make their boobs look bigger to pay much attention in Government class, but the Watergate scandal that Palin is oh so clumsily hinting is like what is happening with Obama, is NOTHING like what is happening with Obama.

THAT scandal was the result of a break in to gather evidence against the DNC by underlings ostensibly working for uber paranoid Richard Nixon, and the coverup that followed.

THIS is nothing like that. And I mean NOTHING like that.

But hey, how would somebody this stupid know that?

Oh that's right, because she pays thousands of dollars each year to consultants who are supposed to explain this kind of thing to her!

Senator Lindsey Graham goes on MTP and essentially gets the vapors.

Courtesy of Raw Story:  

Following an interview with Kerry, Gregory spoke to Graham, who could not contain his anger about the secretary of state’s assessment of “complex” foreign policy issues like the wars in Ukraine and the Middle East. 

“He gave the most ridiculous and delusional summary of American foreign policy I could imagine!” Graham exclaimed. “It scares me that he believes the world is in such good shape! America is the glue the holds the free world together, leading from behind is not working, the world is adrift.” 

He added: “And President Obama has become the king of indecision. His policies are failing across the globe, and they will come here soon.” 

Gregory wondered what Kerry and the Obama administration should have done regarding the downing of the Malaysian flight. 

“He didn’t call Putin the thug that he is, he didn’t call for arming the Ukraine so they can defend themselves against rebel separatists supported by Russia!” Graham insisted. “All of the enemies of our nation are being well supplied, Russian and Iran are helping Syria.” 

“The Europeans are never going to lead on this issue, it’s indispensable that America lead, and there’s a battle a wills between the KGB colonel and the community organizer. And the colonel is winning.”

"Well I do declare if Obama were any kind of a man he would grab that shirtless hunk of Russian machismo and drag him to the ground, rip off his own shirt to expose his brawny brown chest, and just wrestle with Putin until the sweat glistened from his pores. That would certainly show Russia who's boss. Oh and they should put it on pay-per-view so that average citizens, not necessarily in the Senate, can watch it in the privacy of  their living rooms while sitting in their housecoat drinking mint juleps."

You know I am usually not in favor of slapping a woman, but.....

Group that is humorously critical of the bible posts troubling video and images of children at a Memphis Christian youth camp. Then things get a little out of hand.

This is from the blog  "Awkward Moments not found in your average Children's Bible:"

Earlier this week, a fan of ours shared a link to some disturbing photos and videos that were shared publicly by a counselor from a Memphis area church camp with the title “God is so good…” and comments like, “Awesome and so beautiful…” I should mention, the fan who sent us the links is friends with one of the parents involved. In short, they were completely horrified by what the friend’s child had experienced.

Because the photos and video were posted on Facebook publicly, without any privacy settings, for the world to see – we shared the direct links to the content with our Facebook fans with the simple question, “CHILD COERCION OR…?” (I should also quickly note that in order for the kids to attend the camp, their parents had to sign a photo/video release waiver so the camp could share the content online for marketing purposes.) It was certainly not the “normal” sort of post for our page (illustrations of lesser-known Bible verses), so I wasn’t sure how it would be received by our viewers. 

In short, our viewers went nuts about what they perceived to be significant emotional abuse of minors. The post went viral with hundreds of comments and hundreds of shares within just a few minutes. Suddenly, I felt bad for “Nita” – the original poster. Here she was, just sharing a some photos of videos of their normal every day church camp for other counselors and parents to share with family and friends, and… WHOOSH!

Here is the video that this post is referring to. (Sadly I cannot seem to embed it, but it plays just fine on the Liveleak page.)
Yeah, I bet that woke you up this morning!

And they're right, the backlash came hard and fast, and this group, which is really all about promoting their cute little illustrated bibles, found themselves under attack and those involved making some rather pathetic excuses for their actions.

"Addicted to the presence of Lord Jesus?" Well that is a fairly troubling statement.

However there were some connected to the camp who were more than a little troubled.

"My daughter was at camp when the pictures were taken last week. I am a Christian and raised Baptist. Never once did I EVER witness the likes of this! Pictures of my daughter were also posted on the woman’s page. Pictures of her crying and in very apparent emotional distress. When asked about the pictures of her, her response was that she was TOLD to pray with the other children, so she did. I asked why she was crying and she responded with, “Other kids were crying, it made me cry too.” So, please explain to be how children who are ENCOURAGED TO COPY what they are seeing other adults and children do without rhyme or reason or instruction is healthy? You cant. And when it ISN’T healthy, it becomes a form of abuse. Period. Emotional abuse has occurred that could scar these children for life."

Yeah no shit!

Look I of course have many negative feelings about religion and children, and religious indoctrination of children, but I myself attended a Bible camp as a child and was NEVER subjected to anything even remotely similar to this.

Which is good because if you think I am anti-religious now......

Fundamentalist parenting versus secular parenting.

You know when I visualize terrorism I am really mostly thinking of the kind of parenting demonstrated on the left.

Threatening to blow somebody up or shoot them in the face cannot really ever hold a candle to the threat of eternal suffering and being denied access to your loved ones in the afterlife.