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ThinkProgress brings us the latest 9/11 consumerism, topped off with a dollop of bigotry:

Believing that the upcoming 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 is best memorialized in crayon, Really Big Coloring Books, Inc. is publishing a new coloring book entitled “We Shall Never Forget 9/11: The Kids’ Book of Freedom." In offering kids the option of coloring the Twin Towers burning, mourning survivors, or the Navy SEALs shooting Osama Bin Laden, publisher Wayne Bell insists that "the doodles represent patriotism," a "simplistic, honest tool" to "help educate children on events on 9/11." But many Muslims describe it as, in a word, "disgusting."
Pointing out that Muslims are already dealing with an environment of increasing Islamophobia, Michigan Council on American Islamic Relations representative Dawud Walid noted that “nearly all of the mentions of Muslims in the book are accompanied by the words ‘terrorist’ or ‘extremist.’” Indeed, the page depicting a Navy SEAL aiming at bin Laden cowering behind is veiled wife reads “Children, the truth is, these terrorist acts were done by freedom-hating Islamic Muslim extremists. These crazy people hate the American way of life because we are FREE and our society is FREE.” Bell’s response? “The truth is the truth”

The truth is the truth, only when it isn’t… Let’s not even go into the depravity of a coloring book depicting the military operation which killed Bin Laden, complete with a bullet flying towards him.
This is the same company that began selling The Tea Party Coloring Book For Kids! roughly one year ago:

The controversy isn’t hurting the sales - the coloring book has apparently sold out its first run of 10,000 copies.

ThinkProgress brings us the latest 9/11 consumerism, topped off with a dollop of bigotry:

Believing that the upcoming 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 is best memorialized in crayon, Really Big Coloring Books, Inc. is publishing a new coloring book entitled “We Shall Never Forget 9/11: The Kids’ Book of Freedom." In offering kids the option of coloring the Twin Towers burning, mourning survivors, or the Navy SEALs shooting Osama Bin Laden, publisher Wayne Bell insists that "the doodles represent patriotism," a "simplistic, honest tool" to "help educate children on events on 9/11." But many Muslims describe it as, in a word, "disgusting."

Pointing out that Muslims are already dealing with an environment of increasing Islamophobia, Michigan Council on American Islamic Relations representative Dawud Walid noted that “nearly all of the mentions of Muslims in the book are accompanied by the words ‘terrorist’ or ‘extremist.’” Indeed, the page depicting a Navy SEAL aiming at bin Laden cowering behind is veiled wife reads “Children, the truth is, these terrorist acts were done by freedom-hating Islamic Muslim extremists. These crazy people hate the American way of life because we are FREE and our society is FREE.” Bell’s response? “The truth is the truth

The truth is the truth, only when it isn’t… Let’s not even go into the depravity of a coloring book depicting the military operation which killed Bin Laden, complete with a bullet flying towards him.

This is the same company that began selling The Tea Party Coloring Book For Kids! roughly one year ago:

The controversy isn’t hurting the sales - the coloring book has apparently sold out its first run of 10,000 copies.

Filed under 9/11 Politics Coloring book Wayne Bell Islamophobia children's book Tea Party disgusting consumerism Teabaggery

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Rep. Joe Walsh Defends Not Paying $117,000 In Child Support: ‘This Is Where Real America Is’

Tea Party freshman Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL), who has spent months lecturing President Obama and Democrats on fiscal responsibility, owes $117,437 in child support to his ex-wife and three children. Laura Walsh has asked a judge to suspend his driver’s license until he pays his child support. Despite loaning his own campaign $35,000— and paying himself back at least $14,200 for the loans — Walsh claims he failed to make the payments because he “had no money.”

Walsh has been a prominent voice in the debt ceiling showdown in recent weeks, making television appearances almost every day to denounce President Obama’s “reckless spending,” which he says has “bankrupted this country.”

"I won’t place one more dollar of debt upon the backs of my kids and grandkids unless we structurally reform the way this town spends money!" Walsh says in one video. But today, when confronted in a CNN interview about his failure to support his own children, Walsh not only refused to acknowledge his hypocrisy but insisted that being a deadbeat dad meant he understood the plight of average Americans.

Walsh also rejected the congressional health insurance plan for his family on principle, much to the chagrin of his current wife, Helene, who had a preexisting condition and needed surgery while the couple was uninsured. But Walsh apparently thinks he can have it both ways - claiming his own indebtedness and failure to care for his family’s needs allows him to understand average Americans, while railing against Washington for irresponsibly racking up deficits. As he put it in a recent interview, “Thank God congressmen like me are here!”

Um…

But at least he’s a consistent douchebag! No wonder he was okay with the US not paying its obligations - he’s familiar with that.

Filed under Joe Walsh Deadbeat Tea Party Teabaggery politics teabagger pay your bills asshat asshattery

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Poll: Tea Partiers Still Aren't Over The Civil War

Raise your hand if you’re shocked!

According to the poll, nearly one in four Americans sympathize with the Confederacy more than with the Union. That number grows to nearly four-in-ten among white Southerners. Among Tea Party members, 26 percent sympathize with the Confederacy more than the Union, and that number grows to 28 percent among Republicans.

The poll comes at a time when Republicans and Tea Partiers are rehashing the battles that both led to and came out of the Civil War. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) and others have come out in support of nullification laws. In both Texas and Tennessee, lawmakers have floated the possibility of secession. And across the country, Republicans have attempted to revoke the 14th Amendment guarantee of birthright citizenship. And, of course, there was Rep. Paul Broun’s (R-GA) reference to the “Great War of Yankee Aggression" on the House floor.

Filed under Civil War Tea Party Teabaggery Republican republicans GOP

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A union member, a tea partier, and a CEO are sitting at a table. In the middle of the table is a plate with a dozen cookies on it. The CEO reaches across and takes 11 cookies, looks at the tea partier and says, “Watch out for that union guy, he wants a piece of your cookie.”

Laughing keeps me from screaming.

Filed under Democracy Scott Imperial Walker Union Wisconsin freedom justice scott walker union-busting worker's rights Tea Party Teabagger teabaggery STFU GOP

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House Votes to Continue Spending Millions in Taxpayer Dollars on NASCAR

The House on Friday voted down a proposed budget amendment by Democratic Rep. Betty McCollum (Minn.) that sought to bar the use of Pentagon funds to sponsor NASCAR vehicles. In 2010, the U.S. Army spent some $7 million to sponsor the No. 39 Chevy Impala stockracing car.

The final vote was 148 in favor of the amendment, 281 opposed. Republicans provided 209 of the 281 nay votes, while 72 were cast by Democrats; 118 Democrats supported the ban, along with 30 Republicans.

Debate surrounding the proposal took a menacing turn Thursday, when McCollum’s staff alerted U.S. Capitol Police to a threatening fax sent to her office relating to her NASCAR amendment. First reported by Talking Points Memo, the obscenity-laden message concluded with the words, “Death To All Marxists, Foreign And Domestic!” Capitol Police said Thursday that they are investigating the incident.

We want to defund Planned Parenthood. We defunded Americorp. We want to defund PBS. BUT GOD FUCKING HELP YOU IF YOU TOUCH MY NASCAR!!! From now on, GOP…

 

From my friend Elaine: “NASCAR = Non-Athletic Sport Centered Around Republicans”

Filed under Nascar GOP Taxpayer dollars planned parenthood Americorp PBS Republicans STFU STFU conservatives Tea Party Teabaggery

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This is Mark Williams writing on Tea Party Nation, instructing fellow Tea Partiers to shout outrageous things and hold outrageous signs, things the left has supposedly done to them. I’d argue Williams need not give instructions, but whatever.
This is the same Mark Williams who was kicked out of the Tea Party Federation because he is literally a blatant racist:

In the voice of slaves, Williams wrote: “Mr. Lincoln, you were the greatest racist ever. We had a great gig. Three squares, room and board, all our decisions made by the massa in the house.
"We Coloreds have taken a vote and decided that we don’t cotton to that whole emancipation thing. Freedom means having to work for real, think for ourselves, and take consequences along with the rewards. That is just far too much to ask of us Colored People and we demand that it stop!"
He went on to say blacks don’t want taxes cut because “how will we Colored People ever get a wide screen TV in every room if non-coloreds get to keep what they earn?”

Guess Tea Party Nation doesn’t care what company they keep.

This is Mark Williams writing on Tea Party Nation, instructing fellow Tea Partiers to shout outrageous things and hold outrageous signs, things the left has supposedly done to them. I’d argue Williams need not give instructions, but whatever.

This is the same Mark Williams who was kicked out of the Tea Party Federation because he is literally a blatant racist:

In the voice of slaves, Williams wrote: “Mr. Lincoln, you were the greatest racist ever. We had a great gig. Three squares, room and board, all our decisions made by the massa in the house.

"We Coloreds have taken a vote and decided that we don’t cotton to that whole emancipation thing. Freedom means having to work for real, think for ourselves, and take consequences along with the rewards. That is just far too much to ask of us Colored People and we demand that it stop!"

He went on to say blacks don’t want taxes cut because “how will we Colored People ever get a wide screen TV in every room if non-coloreds get to keep what they earn?”

Guess Tea Party Nation doesn’t care what company they keep.

Filed under Mark Williams SEIU Fuck you seriously STFU Tea Party Nation racism unions union-busting teabaggery grassroots my ass Go play in your own yard

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I received this email this afternoon. Here’s the article referred to in the email above:
"In the movie “Minority Report,” people are arrested before they commit crimes. If we could go ahead and do this with the Obama regime, we will save American lives.
Hyperbole? No. Fact.
Recently, a book was found by agents of the border patrol in the Arizona desert, near the Mexican border.  The book was published in Iran and was a book praising and telling the biographies of suicide bombers.
This is not the first time something like this has been found. Previously, Iranian currency was found in Texas and a military jacket with a patch showing a plane crashing into a building was also found in Texas. Recently a radical Muslim cleric was caught being smuggled into the United States in the trunk of a car.
Have you not heard about any of these stories?
There is no big surprise here. The drive by media is in the pocket of the Obama regime and they are not going to talk about it. Fox News has reported it and it is being talked about in the conservative blogosphere.
Six years ago, FBI director Robert Muller testified about the number of people from countries that have Al-Qaeda connections who learn Spanish, use a Hispanic name and try to pass themselves off as Hispanic.
In case anyone has missed the point, we are going to be hit and we are going to be hit big. Americans are going to die because this administration is doing nothing. Do we have proof that terrorists have crossed our southern border illegally?Probably no concrete evidence, but it would simply be improbable, to the point of being impossible to believe that has not happened.
The American-Mexican border is a joke. There are a few places where there is a substantial fence. In most places there is either no fence or a fence that presents a minimal obstacle to anyone who wants to cross.
We can say anything we want to about the Islamists, who want to harm America, but they are neither stupid nor do they lack determination. Anyone who doubts that needs to go back and look at footage of the 9/11 attacks.
What is truly amazing is that we have not been hit the way we could have been. The Iranian book found in the Arizona desert praises suicide bombers. Just last week, a suicide bomber walked into Domodedevo Airport in Moscow and blew them self up. At least 31 died and over one hundred were hospitalized.
On our southern border, the Obama regime does nothing while illegal aliens and drugs are smuggled at a stunning rate. Is it hard to believe that Al-Qaeda has sent some terrorists that way? It is hard to believe they have not. If Al-Qaeda sends people through the border, is it hard to believe they would not also send through the parts to make suicide vests?
Given the regime’s lack of interest in enforcing border security, it is only a matter of time before we are hit. We will be hit and it will be bloody. Perhaps it will be an airport or maybe a mall or perhaps some other public gathering. The simple fact is Americans will die and it will all have been preventable.
Of course, the Obama regime does not care about that. Their only interest is power. America deserves better.”

So about the only things I got from this is “WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE” and “Them brown people’s evil.” This is authored by Judson Phillips, founder of Tea Party Nation.

I received this email this afternoon. Here’s the article referred to in the email above:

"In the movie “Minority Report,” people are arrested before they commit crimes. If we could go ahead and do this with the Obama regime, we will save American lives.

Hyperbole? No. Fact.

Recently, a book was found by agents of the border patrol in the Arizona desert, near the Mexican border.  The book was published in Iran and was a book praising and telling the biographies of suicide bombers.

This is not the first time something like this has been found. Previously, Iranian currency was found in Texas and a military jacket with a patch showing a plane crashing into a building was also found in Texas. Recently a radical Muslim cleric was caught being smuggled into the United States in the trunk of a car.

Have you not heard about any of these stories?

There is no big surprise here. The drive by media is in the pocket of the Obama regime and they are not going to talk about it. Fox News has reported it and it is being talked about in the conservative blogosphere.

Six years ago, FBI director Robert Muller testified about the number of people from countries that have Al-Qaeda connections who learn Spanish, use a Hispanic name and try to pass themselves off as Hispanic.

In case anyone has missed the point, we are going to be hit and we are going to be hit big. Americans are going to die because this administration is doing nothing. Do we have proof that terrorists have crossed our southern border illegally?Probably no concrete evidence, but it would simply be improbable, to the point of being impossible to believe that has not happened.

The American-Mexican border is a joke. There are a few places where there is a substantial fence. In most places there is either no fence or a fence that presents a minimal obstacle to anyone who wants to cross.

We can say anything we want to about the Islamists, who want to harm America, but they are neither stupid nor do they lack determination. Anyone who doubts that needs to go back and look at footage of the 9/11 attacks.

What is truly amazing is that we have not been hit the way we could have been. The Iranian book found in the Arizona desert praises suicide bombers. Just last week, a suicide bomber walked into Domodedevo Airport in Moscow and blew them self up. At least 31 died and over one hundred were hospitalized.

On our southern border, the Obama regime does nothing while illegal aliens and drugs are smuggled at a stunning rate. Is it hard to believe that Al-Qaeda has sent some terrorists that way? It is hard to believe they have not. If Al-Qaeda sends people through the border, is it hard to believe they would not also send through the parts to make suicide vests?

Given the regime’s lack of interest in enforcing border security, it is only a matter of time before we are hit. We will be hit and it will be bloody. Perhaps it will be an airport or maybe a mall or perhaps some other public gathering. The simple fact is Americans will die and it will all have been preventable.

Of course, the Obama regime does not care about that. Their only interest is power. America deserves better.”

So about the only things I got from this is “WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE” and “Them brown people’s evil.” This is authored by Judson Phillips, founder of Tea Party Nation.

Filed under Judson Phillips Tea Party fear fear mongering Teabagger teabaggery islamophobia racism