It’s sad to see what has happened to the Party of Lincoln, and for that matter, the party of lesser mortals like George H.W. Bush of Texas, Bob Dole of Kansas and Jack Danforth of Missouri. No one ever would mistake them for liberals, but they were statesmen who put country before party.
Today we have the spectacle of smart, patriotic men and women putting their brains and integrity on ice to please a party dominated by anti-intellectual social Darwinists and the plutocrats who finance and mislead them.
Consider the mythology that makes up GOP orthodoxy today. Imagine the contortions that cramp the brains and souls of men and women of intelligence and compassion who seek state and national office under the Republican banner.
Read the whole thing for some serious smackdown on the current incarnation of the GOP.
This is what I thought of when I read the headline. Turns out it’s pretty much the truth:
In Benton Harbor, a mostly black and poor town with an emergency manager, folks are just waking up to an order the manager issued on May 4 that restricts access to the public waterfront park. Jean Klock Park was deeded to Benton Harbor in 1917 “in perpetuity.” Part of it has been turned into a luxury golf resort, with the help of an economic development group that until recently included the sponsor of the emergency manager law on its board of directors.
Under the new order, first reported by the Michigan Messenger, people will only be able to use the park between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. What’s more, emergency manager Joseph Harris has decreed: “The annual season during which Jean Klock Park is open begins on each May 1 and ends on the following September 30, inclusive.” That would appear to mean that “in perpetuity” could stop in the fall and pick up again in the spring.
Friends of Jean Klock Park say it had been open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. year-round. Park advocate Clellen Bury has posted a letter to Mr. Harris suggesting that the park has been closed off because of preparation for upcoming athletic events, including a Senior PGA tournament next year. The new order violates both the deeding of the park and the city’s lease with the golf resort, the advocate writes. The message includes this: “As my tax dollars are being used to pay for your salary, I would appreciate a full and prompt response to the concerns and points I have raised in this letter.”
But Mr. Harris need answer to no one in Benton Harbor. He has stripped the local elected officials of all but their most ceremonial powers. Benton Harbor is now run by one state-appointed person.
I hear they do the same thing in Wilmington, Delaware. Its a practice that been going on for years now, maybe decades.
They do, but Delaware’s cracked down. Wyoming and Nevada really haven’t. The whole incorporation process in Wyoming is 2 pages long, and takes about 5 minutes to fill out. Pay $100, and you’re a corporation.
Wait, if I become a corporation, I might gain more rights as a citizen… So win?
“She’s the right person at this time. If you look back at Churchill’s time, in 1938 Churchill was unelectable, in 1940 he was indispensable. I can’t see her sitting this one out. The stakes are too high. It goes back to 1940. Can you see Churchill sitting it out? It’s unthinkable. Can you see George Washington in 1776 sitting it out? Unthinkable. He wanted to be back on his farm but they said we need you to be president of the republic.”—
Peter Singleton, Sarah Palin’s right-hand man in Iowa, predicting she’ll run and dashing it with grandiosity.
Yep, this is what politics in America hath wrought. Bristol Palin critiques Michele Bachman:
I think she dresses a lot like my mom. But a lot, a lot of women have done that the last few years. I do think it’s odd, you know, seeing people with red blazers with their hair up with glasses. I don’t know if she’s wearing glasses but you want to be “Hummmm, do you think that people don’t notice you’re dressing like my mom?”
How very catty of you, Bristol. How about this?
That’s then-First Lady Hillary Clinton in 1994 wearing a red blazer with her hair up. Maybe your mom is ripping off her look, hmmm?
Dammit folks, the sniping at Bachmann for her dress, praising her for being "President Babe" - y’all are almost making me feel bad for her and I DON’T WANT TO GO THAT PLACE!
Bristol, next time, why don’t you talk about how your mom’s policy positions are different or how your mom would be a better leader, etc. This 10th grade stuff has got to go. You’re reaching by suggesting that dressing professionally is somehow ripping off your mom’s look. I know you think the whole wide universe revolves around your family, but it really doesn’t. Sorry.
Update: Check that, Sarah’s ripping off Chelsea Clinton circa 1994, too:
“The Republican led-House voted 54-43 to pass the bill. It now goes to the GOP-controlled Senate, where its prospects are uncertain. The legislation would ban abortions after the first detectable fetal heartbeat, which can occur as early as six weeks into pregnancy.”—
Oh man. So like any dude want to fight with me about feminism right now? Or maybe you want to defend certain pop culture icons and their misogyny? Or say “I’m pro-choice, but well I voted Republican because of the budget and fiscal issues, because those are the moral issues facing our country”? Or maybe “yeah but was she drunk”? Or like the dude I fought with the other day, ya wanna tell me “maternity leave isn’t really a right”?
Oh oh! Why don’t you tell me I should chill out and not take it so seriously? That uh no, no one will take away my right to an abortion! DUH. Silly woman!
DO YOU? Because if you’d like to fight right now, I’m feeling it. Because it’s shit like this that proves that holy shit, there is a war on women and children! And to deny it and offer platitudes about well “I vote Republican but none of the people I voted for are trying to pass those bills. No they’re trying to fix this damn economy.” Well FUCK THAT, noise. You’re either with us (feminists) or against us and I’m tired of the half-assery.
At the very same time, this nightmare scenario is the only leverage Republicans have in the debt ceiling debate. They’re asking for a whole host of policy changes—from dramatic spending cuts to radical changes to entitlement programs—that would otherwise be non-starters with Democrats in Congress and the White House, but Republicans are refusing to vote for a debt limit increase unless these policy changes are approved. … Democrats are insisting that tax increases be part of the deal—but only 17 percent of it. The tax increases are targeted to particularly egregious areas, like ending exemptions for private jets or changing rules that allow hedge fund managers to count their income as capital gains, and even though the Bush tax cuts are the number-one driver of the debt, the White House will not insist that a deal that repeals or changes them… Not satisfied with having even 17 percent of the debt ceiling deal include tax increases, Cantor and Sen. Jon Kyl walked out of the bipartisan meetings with Biden…
This is where the political theatre is getting more dangerous every day. There are serious risks attached to even the appearance that a deal may not happen. As Jared Bernstein explains at his blog, the Treasury Department is currently selling bonds to investors with a relatively low 2.93 percent interest rate. Investors feel comfortable with the low yield because they remain confident that the Treasury bonds are a safe investment. But if that confidence is shaken, investors may demand more, and Bernstein speculates that Treasury might have to add half of a percentage point to the interest rate.
If investors begin to lose confidence in US Treasury bonds like this, there could be serious economic consequences at home, as lending would become even more difficult. At the very least, if the interest rate we’re paying out on Treasury bonds goes up a half-percentage point, that means $50 billion more in annual debt servicing costs.
It’s a bewildering situation. Republicans, who recently voted for a Ryan budget that increases the debt by trillions, are demanding a debt reduction deal that ignores the largest driver of debt and the theatrical process they are using to get what they want may itself end up increasing the debt by $50 billion per year… with every passing day of threats and theatrics, the risks get bigger, the debt may get larger, and confidence in the American political system shrinks—with good reason.
You’re hurting America. Y’know, that one place you claim to love so much? Yeah. You’re hurting it. The hold your breath ‘til you turn blue thing is cute until it’s HURTING AMERICA.
Sincerely, Those of us who quit throwing tantrums long ago.
“There’s a lot I don’t know about Michele Bachmann, the Minnesota Representative who just announced that she wants to be the next President of the United States of America, but I do know she is great eye candy and, given the present occupier of the office, I would much rather look at her in the Oval Office than him.
She is—and I say this with all due respect—a babe.”—
Conservative blogger Alan Caruba on why we should vote for Bachmann. Later, he writes that the country is ready for a “woman president,” but the headline speaks volumes. It’s called “President Babe,” shit you not.
I think Bachmann is absolutely wrong for the country. If you think she’s right, can you give me more evidence than she’s a babe and that she’s Tea Party? I know that you say you don’t know much about her other than her babeness, but at least try. Some of us don’t elect people based on looks, kthxbai. Plus, you sound like a creeper here… just sayin’
“This ‘freedom’ will include much more than a perpetual pansexual pagan party. It will, and already does, include libel, slander, intimidation, corruption of youth, revolt in congregations, suppression of parental rights, revision of language, disease, loss of employment and loss of life. Oh, and did I mention public sex, the porn explosion and public nudity? Welcome to entitlement sex.”—
Linda Harvey, founder of Columbus, Ohio-based Mission America. Read the rest (if you must) here.
"Perpetual pansexual pagan party" does have some marvelous alliteration and a catchy vibe to it, no? Someone needs to make Linda’s worst fears come true and just play some disco while holding up a banner reading "Perpetual pansexual pagan party here!" while she’s doing her radio show. Check it out, there’s plenty of public sidewalk and a Frisch’s right across the way. So win?
Supporters of California’s gay marriage ban are appealing a ruling that a U.S. judge’s own gay relationship was no basis for tossing out his decision in support of same-sex marriage.
U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker in San Francisco last year struck down California’s same-sex marriage ban, known as Proposition 8. He later openly discussed his own gay relationship after retiring from the bench earlier this year. Supporters of the ban now say his ruling was compromised and should be vacated.
But Chief U.S. District Judge James Ware disagreed earlier this month, ruling that granting such a request would send a message that minority judges could not rule in civil rights cases. Attorneys for ProtectMarriage.com, the anti-gay marriage group defending California’s ban, said in court papers filed late last week that they would appeal Ware’s decision.
Yep. Where’s the judicial activism again? We’re gonna keep appealing ‘til we get a friendly judge, or ‘til we gotta take our ball and go home!
“In history there’s never been a civilization ever in history that has embraced homosexuality and turned away from traditional fidelity, traditional marriage, traditional child-rearing, and has survived. There isn’t one single civilization that has survived that openly embraced homosexuality. So you say, ‘what’s going to happen to America?’ Well if history is any guide, the same thing’s going to happen to us.”—
Pat Robertson, reminding us again that teh gayz are gonna destroy ‘mericuh.
Same as it ever was, eh Pat? How many years have you been making this claim? Two things: First, throughout history, every civilization fails. See what I did there? No civilization will continue indefinitely. Second, Rome embraced Christianity approximately 150 years before it fell. So, Pat, by your logic Christianity is just as likely to have caused the fall of Rome.
Wisconsin Capitol Police have turned over to the Dane County Sheriff an investigation into allegations that Supreme Court Justice David Prosser choked a fellow judge.
"Sheriff Mahoney has agreed to investigate this incident and all inquiries about the status of the investigation should be made with the Sheriff’s Department," Capitol Police Chief Charles Tubbs said, according to WisPolitics.com.
The Dane County Sheriff’s Office said it recognized “the significance and sensitive nature of this investigation” in a statement released Monday. ”Beginning today, detectives will work diligently to conduct a thorough and timely investigation,” the sheriff’s office added.
Prosser has issued a denial of witness reports that he grabbed fellow justice Ann Walsh Bradley by the throat on June 13. The altercation reportedly erupted in Justice Bradley’s chambers during a heated discussion of Governor Scott Walker’s controversial budget bill, which curtails collective bargaining rights for public workers.
Good. Right-wingers are out there crowing there’s no investigation and that her neck got in the way of his hands, and so therefore, it’s Anthony Weiner all over again. Well, there’s witnesses and an investigation now. Happy guys?
A jury in Chicago on Monday convicted former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich on 17 of 20 counts in a corruption trial, including on charges he tried to swap President Barack Obama’s former Senate seat for personal gain. Blagojevich, a two-term Democrat thrown out of office in 2009, was found guilty on all but three counts of attempting to secure personal benefit and campaign funds in exchange for appointing a senator to fill the seat vacated by Obama after he was elected president in 2008.
Yesterday, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) signed a budget that cuts funding for Planned Parenthood, after pushing the measure through the state Legislature without a single Democratic vote. Planned Parenthood denounced the decision to choke off state and federal funding to nine health centers in small communities that will deny preventative health care to 12,000 women who don’t have health insurance. … Planned Parenthood points out that the budget also threatens Wisconsin’s BadgerCare family planning program, “which currently helps more than 53,000 women and men get preventive health care at providers throughout the state.” Scott’s budget disqualifies men entirely from the program, leaving the 7,000 low-income Wisconsin men who use BadgerCare without access to health care and testing that saves lives. … The Department of Health estimates the BadgerCare family planning program saves Wisconsin nearly $140 million per year and prevented 11,064 unplanned pregnancies in 2008. By denying so many residents access to preventive care, Wisconsin may see an increase in unintended pregnancies, the spread of STDs, and a rise in undetected and untreated cervical and breast cancer cases — “all of which would then cost the state millions of dollars in future medical costs.”
Just when you thought Wisconsin couldn’t get any worse… Scott Walker is simply waging a war on the poor at this point. I mean, really… targeting men too? Isn’t that a significant portion of your base? I guess the whole “War on Women” was getting dull. </sarcasm>
I agree with you 100% about Michele Bachmann. I thought Palin was scary, but Bachmann is crazy!
She’s the epitome of the expression, “Crazy like a fox.” She’s very shrewd, but she’s also dangerous because she truly appears to believe everything she says. Google three-percenters and freepers - these folks and Michele Bachmann share some common beliefs. She makes for great TV, plus she’s excellent at marketing herself.
Palin frequently portrays herself as a victim of the “lamestream” media, but comes off as whiny and vindictive. Bachmann does the same thing, but frames it as the media being fearful of her and as being vindictive because of that. It’s a bad idea to discount Bachmann.
“And when I say choose, they don’t choose it in the sense of like going through a cafeteria line and looking at all the different types of lifestyles and saying, I’ll take that one because it looks exciting. No. Everybody knows it is not exciting. It has many harmful effects. They choose it in the sense that they succumb to the temptation to give into it. They are not born that way. God would not call something an abomination and make someone where they had no choice. They have the opportunity, they have the power to say no to that lifestyle…
The average American doesn’t understand the threat that homosexuality and the total acceptance of it into our society is to our nation. We need to wake up to this threat. I am always being accused of hating homosexuals. I don’t hate anyone. This isn’t a matter of hating someone or trying to deny them their equal rights. All American citizens have equal rights under our Constitution. This is trying to get acceptance for a behavior that is specifically mentioned in God’s Word that is wrong. If the homosexuals get special status for same-sex marriage, what would stop them from seeking approval for group marriage or marriage to animals or children?”—Rep. Sally Kern of Oklahoma, demonstrating why she’s one of the worst people ever. The interview is in advance of her forthcoming book, The Stoning of Sally Kern. Shit you not, that’s what it’s called. She’s a complete victim, right?
7.) Latanya Mapp Frett is vice president for Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s International Division …
Analysis: By ensuring as many abortions as possible as quickly as possible, she is the raison d’etre for NOW to exist.
8.) NAACP Legal and Education Fund … She is a founder of the Women’s Equity Action League and Federally Employed Women, a charter member of Veteran Feminists of America, and was one of the longest-serving members of the Board of Trustees of the National Woman’s Party.
Analysis: Jack of all trades, master of few that matter.
17.) Dr. Maya Rockeymoore is president and CEO of Global Policy Solutions, a social change strategy firm based in Washington, D.C. Rockeymoore previously served as vice president of research and programs at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, senior resident scholar for health and income security at the National Urban League, and chief of staff to Representative Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), among other positions.
Analysis: She worked for Charles Rangel. Maybe she taught minorities that taxes were only for oppressive white men to pay. Then again, Timothy Geithner never paid his. I wonder if she knows that tax cheats hurt her constituents.
18.) Pat Schroeder decided to run for Congress from Denver, Colo., in 197 2… In 1984 and 1988, she co-chaired Gary Hart’s campaigns for president. When Hart left the race in 1988, Schroeder explored running herself and discovered the country wasn’t yet ready for a woman president.
Analysis: Whenever a liberal fails, they claim victimhood and blame the glass ceiling. Perhaps she was just a lousy candidate, which says a lot for Democrats in 1988. No word on how she feels about Michele Bachmann or Sarah Palin.
So for those keeping score, three out of the 21 women have held real jobs, which is almost 15%. Even Gloria Allred looks relevant and successful next to these women.
A real conference for women would include women with actual accomplishments that matter…their conference is just more sniveling, crying, left-wing activism and crusading about the “unfair” aspects of life.
How is this not misogyny? Flat out saying the women have no “real” accomplishments and calling them “sniveling” and “whiners” for working for social justice is not misogyny? He’s invoking so many gender stereotypes here that it’s thoroughly ridiculous.
Pam Spaulding is the editor and publisher of Pam’s House Blend, honored as “Best LGBT Blog” in the 2005 and 2006 Weblog Awards. The Blend - which ranks in the top 50 progressive political blogs - was launched in July 2004 as a personal response to the anti-gay state of the political landscape.
Analysis: Now that gay marriage is gaining acceptance in many circles, can she shut up (complaining) and shut down (the blog)?
That’s the thing - if same-sex marriage had acceptance in many circles, would we still be fighting for marriage equality more than 40 years after Stonewall? I think not. The message there is to sit down and shut up because I don’t want to hear about teh gayz no moar.
Demeaning women for their accomplishments by saying they don’t matter, and telling them to get a real job is complete misogyny. Beyond that, claiming the city needs to be “scrubbed” from the “infestation” of liberal women is misogynistic - implying they’re dirty, insects, and diseased.
I see it. If you don’t after this, message me back.
Don’t let the innocuous title fool you. An excerpt:
A worthless organization designed to elect political leftists is convening a conference in Tampa, Florida. Hopefully Tampa will be given a good scrubbing so that it is non-toxic in time for the 2012 Republican Convention.
From June 24-26, the National Organization for Women infested a nice part of Florida. Some delegates may be trying out for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but most are there for their annual conference, where they cry on each other’s oversized shoulder pads and insist that they are relevant.
Read on for one of the most blatant displays of misogyny, homophobia, etc… and yes, it’s written by a dude.
The Israeli government has warned that journalists who cover the pro-Palestinian peace flotilla will be punished and barred from Israel for a decade, and the U.S. State Department has warned that participation in the flotilla breaks U.S. laws as well. Joseph Dana, a reporter for The Nation plans to board a ship with the flotilla going from Greece to the Gaza strip anyway.
"It’s important to provide both sides to the international press," Dana said in an interview with Al Jazeera English.
Last year, in a similar demonstration, nine people were killed.
When asked if he thought he was in any personal danger for covering the story, despite threats the Israel will use military force to stop the flotilla, Dana said, “We have to take the statements of the Israeli government very seriously… we have to prepare for the very worst.”
Joseph Dana should be commended for his courage. Let’s hope we don’t see a repeat.
Getting to know GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman:
In a 2012 Republican presidential field with relatively little foreign policy heft, Jon Huntsman has it in spades. The former ambassador and oft-traveled billionaire, heir to a massive chemical conglomerate fortune, is one of the most globally minded candidates in a field of otherwise parochial, or even isolationist, figures within the party.
Talking to his associates from his time in China, one hears near-universal respect for the man and his views of America’s role within the world - even to the point of turning his time away from the states in China into a potential political asset, an instance of confronting communists with a case for freedom. They’ll tell you Huntsman truly does view his role as one of duty and service to the nation - even to the point of setting aside his Mormon religious views on drinking alcohol to drink the disgusting baijiu liquor which is mandatory at Chinese events (I’m told Huntsman would drink the clear alcohol once and then switch to water, hoping no one noticed after the first round). Huntsman’s tenure as ambassador was marked by only one significant public gaffe, a bizarre incident where he attended, then fled, from a Jasmine Revolution protest, attracting attention for the large American flag patch on his arm (he claims he stumbled across the protest by accident).
Yet for someone whose campaign has already adopted a view prioritizing global issues, and whose announcement in front of the statue of liberty this week was purposefully constructed to spark recollections of Ronald Reagan’s run against Jimmy Carter, Huntsman’s publicly-expressed foreign policy views seem to have more in common with Carter than with Reagan.
As a society, we equate masculinity with force, with violence, with aggression, with being “tough” and invulnerable. We celebrate it those things as virtues. To a widely-varying degree, we look with disdain, or pity, or condescension, or amusement at too much deviation from the prescribed norm. And we occasionally exact a terrible penalty for stepping outside those rigid parameters.
The beating death of 17-month-old Roy Jones was no less a hate crime because the victim was a baby. Whether would have grown up to be gay, or transgender, or just a gentle, sweet-natured straight boy, was still many years away. More, it was irrelevant.
The attack, and the apparent impulse behind it - that a violent man was made uncomfortable by a even a perceived variation on gender-normative behavior - is exactly what makes transgender and gender-variant Americans among the most vulnerable segment of the population, and children who even appear gender-variant are the most vulnerable of all.
…With few exceptions, monsters are made, not born. They are still monsters, but they are carved with the hurtful blows of many sharp chisels, over many years. At the very least, his own violent psychopathology notwithstanding, someone, somewhere, taught Pedro Jones that the worst thing a little boy can do is act like a girl. In the end, it matters precious little when or where he learned it, because a 17-month-old toddler ultimately paid a terrible price for that lesson.
Utterly and completely horrifying. The article raises a troubling issue: Who protects children who may not even be transgendered, gender-variant, GLBTQ, etc…? How can this happen in this century?
“If American workers are being denied their right to organize when I’m in the White House, I will put on a comfortable pair of shoes and I will walk on that picket line with you as president of the United States.”—
Barack Obama (the candidate) on union organizing and collective bargaining.
Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser, a member of the court’s 4-3 conservative majority who was just re-elected to a ten year term in a heated race that involved a recount and vote tabulating controversies, is now reportedly being accused of physically assaulting liberal Justice Ann Walsh Bradley in an argument over the court’s recent decision regarding the upholding of Gov. Scott Walker’s anti-public employee union legislation.
Last year, Prosser exploded at Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson in a closed door meeting, calling her a “bitch” and threatening to “destroy” her.
That incident came to light during Prosser’s re-election campaign earlier this year. Prosser admitted to using the word “bitch,” but said it was justified. “I probably overreacted, but I think it was entirely warranted,” he said in March.
Why did Prosser think it was warranted? “They (Abrahamson and Justice Ann Walsh Bradley) are masters at deliberately goading people into perhaps incautious statements. This is bullying and abuse of very, very long standing,” Prosser claimed.