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Ted Nugent Flies Into A Rage During CBS Interview, Threatens To ‘Fuck’ Female CBS Producer

Ted Nugent defends himself in the only batshit way he knows how — by digging a deeper hole:

CBS’ Jeff Glor asked Nugent if the Romney campaign had a problem with his NRA comments. Nugent said that the Romney campaign has expressed nothing but support for him after the outrageous remarks. “Stay on course, Ted,” the Romney campaign reportedly told Nugent. “Freedom of speech is a beautiful thing.”

So far, so good. But then Glor decided to point out that Nugent isn’t exactly known as a soft-spoken moderate. And it all goes to hell:

I’m an extremely loving, passionate man! And people who investigate me honestly — without the baggage of political correctness — ascertain the conclusion that I’m a damn nice guy! And if you can find a screening process more powerful than that, I’ll suck your fucking dick!”

After offering Glor some man-on-man action, Nugent then threatened to “fuck” a female CBS producer, turning to her and screaming “Or fuck you! How’s that sound?”

Nugent blamed his remarks on a kidney stone and apologized later. Kind of like turning into a KKK Grand Wizard because of heatstroke, amirite you guys?

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Considering a “communist, Muslim dictator” isn’t running for anything, I’d say that’s a big N-O. 
I know the internet can be bright and scary, but communist? Really? Nothing says communism like kowtowing to Wall Street, big business, and the oil industry again and again.
And pro-tip for life: CAPS LOCK is not cruise control for cool, nor does it mean Jesus can hear you better. It just makes you look ridiculous.

Considering a “communist, Muslim dictator” isn’t running for anything, I’d say that’s a big N-O. 

I know the internet can be bright and scary, but communist? Really? Nothing says communism like kowtowing to Wall Street, big business, and the oil industry again and again.

And pro-tip for life: CAPS LOCK is not cruise control for cool, nor does it mean Jesus can hear you better. It just makes you look ridiculous.

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Secret Service Investigating Ted Nugent For Remarks About Obama

Background from Right Wing Watch:

Nugent called President Obama a criminal and denounced his “vile, evil America-hating administration” which is “wiping its ass with the Constitution.” Taking it a step further, he said that “If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year.” …Nugent concluded with a call to cut off the heads of Democrats in November: “We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November. Any questions?”

According to ThinkProgress, “The Secret Service, which investigates all threats against the President, confirmed to New York Magazine’s Daily Intel blog that they have in fact flagged Nugent’s comment” and will be conducting a follow up. 

Thank goodness polite society has condemned Hillary Rosen for her remarks about Ann Romney. That’s so much more outrageous than Romney-endorser Nugent.

In the same rant, Nugent urged NRA conference attendees to find “a couple of thousand” people each to vote for Mitt Romney and said those who don’t are worthless. 

But again, Hillary Rosen is just so goddamned awful. Right? </sarcasm>

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You know, I think it’s about envy. I think it’s about class warfare. When you have a president encouraging the idea of dividing America based on the 99 percent versus one percent — and those people who have been most successful will be in the one percent — you have opened up a whole new wave of approach in this country which is entirely inconsistent with the concept of one nation under God. The American people, I believe in the final analysis, will reject it.

I think it’s fine to talk about those things in quiet rooms and discussions about tax policy and the like. But the president has made it part of his campaign rally. Everywhere he goes we hear him talking about millionaires and billionaires and executives and Wall Street. It’s a very envy-oriented, attack-oriented approach and I think it will fail.

Mitt Romney, on Wednesday’s Today Show, discussing criticism of Wall Street and the rich. In other words, “Hey, poor people. Y’all are just jealous.”

Funny that. A Pew Poll released yesterday shows nearly two-thirds of the public (66%) believes there are “very strong” or “strong” conflicts between the rich and the poor—an increase of 19 percentage points since 2009. Also, participants identified the conflict between rich and poor as the largest, strong source of conflict in society:

If Romney is to be believed, at least two-thirds of Americans are just jealous.

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How long do you think Sean Hannity’s show would last if four times in one sentence, he made a comment about, say, the President of the United States, and said that he looked like a skinny, ghetto crackhead? Which, by the way, you might want to say that Barack Obama does.

Brent Bozell, from conservative think-tank Media Research Center, on Fox News Thursday commenting on Chris Matthews’ statements about Newt Gingrich

Um…

Like seriously.

Here’s the thing - Matthews said Gingrich “looks like a car bomber” in a riff about him being/looking creepy. Not exactly high-brow political commentary, but also not embedded in racial stereotypes like stating Obama looks like a crackhead from the ghetto. 

Hint for Brent Bozell: When you’re attacking a fellow talking head for resorting to the lowest common denominator, it’s best not to seek a, um, lowest-er common denominator. 

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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BREAKING: House completes passage of bill renewing payroll tax cuts, jobless benefits

Happy freakin’ Holidays, y’all - The US House did something for the people. From MSNBC:

The House is expected to clear the measure shortly, capping a swift retreat by House Republicans. Their move to force a holiday season confrontation with Obama and Senate Democrats had threatened to hit 160 million workers with a tax increase on Jan. 1, and it backfired badly.

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NDAA Set To Become Law: The Terror Is Nearer Than Ever

It turns out that destroying the American democratic republic was easy to accomplish, historians will write someday. Simply get the three major cable news networks to blather on about useless bull**** for a few days, while legislators meet in secret behind closed doors to rush through the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (NDAA), and its evil twin sister, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which is a clever name for an Internet censorship bill straight out of an Orwellian nightmare.

Sure, some independent media web sites and Jon Stewart warned us about this. Ron Paul & Son warned us about this. Amnesty International and the ACLU have been screaming from the rooftops, crying bloody murder. But the American people let it happen, because the vast majority of us simply didn’t find out in time.

And now President Obama’s advisers are saying he is withdrawing his veto threat against NDAA, so it will become law.

True story. I commend Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., for voting against this. Her statement on the bill:

Although the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) contains important provisions for national defense, after careful review of the legislation, I believe that the language in the bill muddies the water concerning the due process rights granted to American citizens by the Constitution. Granting authority to indefinitely detain American citizens suspected of terrorism without charge and without sufficiently addressing what rights an American citizen has if they are suspected of terrorism and arrested on U.S. soil, sets a troubling precedent.

This bill is horrifying. For those who are saying, “Meh, big deal, we detain people already…” - yeah, we have, and that’s wrong. NDAA is much worse. It is authorizing detention of American citizens without due process if they’re suspected of terrorism, and that detention will occur on American soil. This is further encroaching our rights and turning the military against the American people.

NDAA is the PATRIOT Act on steroids. 

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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So he did: 

Rick Perry doubled down on his religion-based attack of President Barack Obama Wednesday, saying the president was preventing students from celebrating Christmas in schools. But just last year, Perry issued a holiday statement as governor of Texas that omits any mention of the Christian holiday.
In an interview with CNN&#8217;s Wolf Blitzer, Perry said Obama and the political left were waging a &#8220;war on religious traditions,&#8221; including preventing students from praying in schools and having Christmas parties.
"What we&#8217;re seeing from the left, of which I would suggest to you, President Obama is a member of the left and substantial left-of-center beliefs, that you can&#8217;t even have a Christmas party. You can&#8217;t say a prayer at school," Perry said in an interview airing on CNN&#8217;s "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."
But in a holiday statement to troops issued by his office on Dec. 22, 2010 and posted on the governor&#8217;s website, Perry fails to mention Christmas at all, sticking instead to more general terms like &#8220;holiday season.&#8221;

Read the release yourself. No mention of Christmas or the Christmas season anywhere. Let&#8217;s contrast that with Obama&#8217;s statement when he lit the National Christmas Tree:

"More than 2,000 years ago, a child was born to two faithful travelers who could find rest only in a stable, among the cattle and the sheep. Christ&#8217;s birth made the angels rejoice and attracted shepherds and kings from afar. He was a manifestation of God&#8217;s love for us&#8230;
And this holiday season, let us reaffirm our commitment  to each other, as family members, as neighbors, as Americans, regardless of our color or creed or faith.  Let us remember that we are one, and we are a family.
So on behalf of Malia and Sasha and Michelle and our grandmother-in-chief, Marian — I wish you all the happiest holiday season, the merriest of Christmases. God bless you all, and may God bless the United States of America.&#8221;

Huh. Funny that - Obama seems to be a little more into Christmas than Perry suggests. I&#8217;m so shocked.
(h/t to S.P. on Facebook for leading me to the CNN article and cracking the &#8220;Scumbag Perry&#8221; joke.)

So he did: 

Rick Perry doubled down on his religion-based attack of President Barack Obama Wednesday, saying the president was preventing students from celebrating Christmas in schools. But just last year, Perry issued a holiday statement as governor of Texas that omits any mention of the Christian holiday.

In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Perry said Obama and the political left were waging a “war on religious traditions,” including preventing students from praying in schools and having Christmas parties.

"What we’re seeing from the left, of which I would suggest to you, President Obama is a member of the left and substantial left-of-center beliefs, that you can’t even have a Christmas party. You can’t say a prayer at school," Perry said in an interview airing on CNN’s "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."

But in a holiday statement to troops issued by his office on Dec. 22, 2010 and posted on the governor’s website, Perry fails to mention Christmas at all, sticking instead to more general terms like “holiday season.”

Read the release yourself. No mention of Christmas or the Christmas season anywhere. Let’s contrast that with Obama’s statement when he lit the National Christmas Tree:

"More than 2,000 years ago, a child was born to two faithful travelers who could find rest only in a stable, among the cattle and the sheep. Christ’s birth made the angels rejoice and attracted shepherds and kings from afar. He was a manifestation of God’s love for us…

And this holiday season, let us reaffirm our commitment to each other, as family members, as neighbors, as Americans, regardless of our color or creed or faith.  Let us remember that we are one, and we are a family.

So on behalf of Malia and Sasha and Michelle and our grandmother-in-chief, Marian — I wish you all the happiest holiday season, the merriest of Christmases. God bless you all, and may God bless the United States of America.”

Huh. Funny that - Obama seems to be a little more into Christmas than Perry suggests. I’m so shocked.

(h/t to S.P. on Facebook for leading me to the CNN article and cracking the “Scumbag Perry” joke.)

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And I&#8217;m not kidding. Take a look at recent poll results from Rasmussen:

Election 2012: Generic Republican 48%, Obama 42% 

As Rasmussen explains,&#8221;While the president typically leads named Republicans, a generic Republican candidate consistently leads the president.&#8221;
Next up, actual candidates:
Obama: 43%, Gingrich: 45%
Obama: 44%, Romney: 38%
Obama: 46%, Cain: 36%
Obama: 44%, Perry: 35%
Obama: 44%, Paul: 35%
Obama: 45%, Santorum: 34%
Obama: 45%, Bachmann: 33%
Obama: 39%, Huntsman: 32%
Obama: 42%, Johnson   27%
It&#8217;s interesting Jon Huntsman is the only candidate who is dropping Barack Obama below 40% - including Generic Republican. 
Gallup polls might have the explanation: No candidate is polling above 20% when not presented with Obama as an either/or choice. Their generic ballot shows Obama leading Generic Republican by one point.

It&#8217;s possibly too early to tell, but Generic Republican could be one hell of a challenger.

And I’m not kidding. Take a look at recent poll results from Rasmussen:

Election 2012: Generic Republican 48%, Obama 42% 

As Rasmussen explains,”While the president typically leads named Republicans, a generic Republican candidate consistently leads the president.”

Next up, actual candidates:

  • Obama: 43%, Gingrich: 45%
  • Obama: 44%, Romney: 38%
  • Obama: 46%, Cain: 36%
  • Obama: 44%, Perry: 35%
  • Obama: 44%, Paul: 35%
  • Obama: 45%, Santorum: 34%
  • Obama: 45%, Bachmann: 33%
  • Obama: 39%, Huntsman: 32%
  • Obama: 42%, Johnson 27%

It’s interesting Jon Huntsman is the only candidate who is dropping Barack Obama below 40% - including Generic Republican. 

Gallup polls might have the explanation: No candidate is polling above 20% when not presented with Obama as an either/or choice. Their generic ballot shows Obama leading Generic Republican by one point.

It’s possibly too early to tell, but Generic Republican could be one hell of a challenger.

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(h/t to Angry Black Lady)
See this girl? Her name is Lauren Pierce.

She&#8217;s president of the UT College Republicans in Austin, Texas. She wants to remind y&#8217;all that you shouldn&#8217;t shoot the president because if you do, then he won&#8217;t be the WORST president EVER! Lulz!
Yeah, seriously.
From ABC News:

Hours after Pennsylvania State Police arrested a 21-year-old Idaho man for allegedly firing a semi-automatic rifle at the White House, the top student official for the College Republicans at the University of Texas tweeted that the idea of assassinating President Obama was &#8220;tempting.&#8221;
At 2:29 p.m. ET, UT&#8217;s Lauren E. Pierce wrote: &#8220;Y&#8217;all as tempting as it may be, don&#8217;t shoot Obama. We need him to go down in history as the WORST president we&#8217;ve EVER had! #2012.
Pierce, the president of the College Republicans at UT Austin, told ABC News the comment was a &#8220;joke&#8221; and that the &#8220;whole [shooting incident] was stupid.&#8221; &#8216;Giggling, she said that an attempted assassination would &#8220;only make the situation worse.&#8221;&#8217;
"Insofar as she&#8217;s a representative [of the College Republicans], maybe it shouldn&#8217;t be said, but she&#8217;s made a positive statement in a way," said Cassie Wright, the group&#8217;s vice president.
"I don&#8217;t really see anything wrong with it," Wright added. "It&#8217;s just a personal comment, not representative of any group. Just freedom of speech, you know?"

Um, no.

So I&#8217;m going to make y&#8217;all a deal, College Republicans. And by College Republicans, I mean all of you across the country. How about you stop posting the picture of the supposed OWS protester pooping on the cop car, and painting Occupy Wall Street with that broad brush, and I won&#8217;t claim the only thing stopping College Republicans from assassinating the president is that he needs to go down in history as the WORST president EVER, mmkay?
Oh, and acting like you need to remind people to not shoot the president isn&#8217;t a &#8220;positive statement.&#8221; It&#8217;s a wink and a nod to those tempted. &#8220;Like, OMG, I so get it! I totes get why you wanna do it! I mean you shouldn&#8217;t, y&#8217;know, but COME ON?! Who HASN&#8217;T thought about it, amirite?!&#8221;&lt;/sarcasm&gt;

(h/t to Angry Black Lady)

See this girl? Her name is Lauren Pierce.

She’s president of the UT College Republicans in Austin, Texas. She wants to remind y’all that you shouldn’t shoot the president because if you do, then he won’t be the WORST president EVER! Lulz!

Yeah, seriously.

From ABC News:

Hours after Pennsylvania State Police arrested a 21-year-old Idaho man for allegedly firing a semi-automatic rifle at the White House, the top student official for the College Republicans at the University of Texas tweeted that the idea of assassinating President Obama was “tempting.”

At 2:29 p.m. ET, UT’s Lauren E. Pierce wrote: “Y’all as tempting as it may be, don’t shoot Obama. We need him to go down in history as the WORST president we’ve EVER had! #2012.

Pierce, the president of the College Republicans at UT Austin, told ABC News the comment was a “joke” and that the “whole [shooting incident] was stupid.” ‘Giggling, she said that an attempted assassination would “only make the situation worse.”’

"Insofar as she’s a representative [of the College Republicans], maybe it shouldn’t be said, but she’s made a positive statement in a way," said Cassie Wright, the group’s vice president.

"I don’t really see anything wrong with it," Wright added. "It’s just a personal comment, not representative of any group. Just freedom of speech, you know?"

Um, no.

So I’m going to make y’all a deal, College Republicans. And by College Republicans, I mean all of you across the country. How about you stop posting the picture of the supposed OWS protester pooping on the cop car, and painting Occupy Wall Street with that broad brush, and I won’t claim the only thing stopping College Republicans from assassinating the president is that he needs to go down in history as the WORST president EVER, mmkay?

Oh, and acting like you need to remind people to not shoot the president isn’t a “positive statement.” It’s a wink and a nod to those tempted. “Like, OMG, I so get it! I totes get why you wanna do it! I mean you shouldn’t, y’know, but COME ON?! Who HASN’T thought about it, amirite?!”</sarcasm>

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The due-process-free assassination of U.S. citizens is now reality

After several unsuccessful efforts to assassinate its own citizen, the U.S. succeeded today (and it was the U.S.). It almost certainly was able to find and kill Anwar al-Awlaki with the help of its long-time close friend President Saleh, who took a little time off from murdering his own citizens to help the U.S. murder its. The U.S. thus transformed someone who was, at best, a marginal figure into a martyr, and again showed its true face to the world. The government and media search for The Next bin Laden has undoubtedly already commenced.

What’s most striking about this is not that the U.S. Government has seized and exercised exactly the power the Fifth Amendment was designed to bar (“No person shall be deprived of life without due process of law”), and did so in a way that almost certainly violates core First Amendment protections (questions that will now never be decided in a court of law). What’s most amazing is that its citizens will not merely refrain from objecting, but will stand and cheer the U.S. Government’s new power to assassinate their fellow citizens, far from any battlefield, literally without a shred of due process from the U.S. Government. Many will celebrate the strong, decisive, Tough President’s ability to eradicate the life of Anwar al-Awlaki - including many who just so righteously condemned those Republican audience members as so terribly barbaric and crass for cheering Governor Perry’s execution of scores of serial murderers and rapists - criminals who were at least given a trial and appeals and the other trappings of due process before being killed.

This. Every single word of this. I condemn this fully. Don’t give me any of this “But he was a terrorist!” bullshit. So was Timothy McVeigh. We had boxes upon boxes of evidence against McVeigh. He killed Americans on American soil. And he still received a full trial and appeals under the law. 

And what about “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh? He was an American citizen, captured as an enemy combatant who admitted to fighting alongside the Taliban and aiding Al-Qaeda. He was given a plea deal, partially to avoid the controversy of his confession being suppressed in court due to it being obtained “under duress”. However, he was granted the right to a trial, after being indicted, and was given the right to accept or reject a plea deal.

The Obama administration was considering indicting Anwar al-Awlaki. I suppose assassination was the easier route. Note he was “believed” to have shifted his focus from “encouraging attacks” to “directly participating” - but it’s not like any of that evidence will ever be presented in a court of law.

I condemn the Obama administration’s actions. If you condemn the actions of the Bush administration in regards to warrantless wire-tapping and other violations of due process and civil rights, then you must condemn the assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki. It doesn’t matter that he may have been guilty of everything he was suspected of and more. He was an American citizen, deserving of due process before being deprived of his liberty, and there isn’t a deprivation of liberty more permanent than assassination.

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GOP Kingmaker Sheriff Tasks ‘Cold Case Posse’ With Investigating Obama’s Birth Certificate

Well, Sheriff Joe Arpaio went and did it. He’s using taxpayer’s dollars to investigate a settled question, and it’s difficult to argue racism is not playing a part. From ThinkProgress:

The lawman is… willing to use official resources to pursue the bogus conspiracy theory. As birther website WorldNetDaily gleefully reported:

Arizona’s Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio told WND he has assigned a five-member “Cold Case Posse” to investigate the authenticity of Barack Obama’s birth certificate.

The decision, he says, is simply a matter of doing his duty.

Arpaio’s investigation comes in response to a complaint filed by the Surprise, Arizona Tea Party, which alleges that Obama may be using a forged birth certificate…

The Cold Case Posse is an officially-sponsored all-volunteer group of people with skills and backgrounds that make them qualified to investigate cases. The group has been inactive in recent months due to “budgetary limitations within the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office,” but apparently a wild goose chase looking into the veracity of the president’s birth certificate is an appropriate use of funds.

Arpaio is, of course, claiming that politics did not come into play regarding his decision. He’s just doing his duty. So why does he consider it his duty to cater to the Tea Party versus not misappropriating taxpayer dollars? Turns out there’s a lot Arpaio considers his duty that’s outside the bounds of common sense. Here’s a short list:

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Tea Party Favorite Loses First ‘Deadbeat Dad’ Hearing

US Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) was ordered by a Chicago judge to prove he doesn’t owe more than $100,000 in back child support.

The Tea Party spokesman and alleged fiscal conservative’s ex-wife, Laura Walsh sued the Congressman once she heard that he had loaned his own campaign $35,000, despite claiming that he was too broke to pay child support.

Much to the dismay of Cook County Circuit Judge Raul Vega, Welsh didn’t show up for court during Wednesday’s hearing.

In court, Walsh’s attorney, Janet Boyle, asked Vega “for what purpose” he wanted the congressman in court.

Vega gave her a puzzled look — to which Boyle responded: “Mr. Walsh is a U.S. congressman.”

"Well, he’s no different than anyone else," the judge replied.

Walsh famously made a video asking President Obama to stop putting debt on the backs of his children. It wasn’t because he’s a fiscal conservative. I’ll bet it was because he saw Obama as intruding on his family and that it’s his job to place debt on their backs. 

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