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Michele Bachmann Suggests Muslim Brotherhood To Blame For 9/11, Thanks Egyptian Military For Coup

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) suggested the Muslim Brotherhood was behind the 9/11 attacks during a press conference in Egypt on Saturday. “We have seen the threat that the Muslim Brotherhood has posed here for the people in Egypt. We have seen the threat that the Muslim Brotherhood has posed around the world,” Bachmann said. “We stand against this great evil. We are not for them. We remember who caused 9/11 in America. We remember who it was that killed 3,000 brave Americans. We have not forgotten.”

The Muslim Brotherhood denounced the attacks shortly after they occurred, with several leaders saying they were “horrified by the events” of September 11.

Well, apparently Bachmann’s forgotten who committed 9/11 — the majority of the hijackers were Saudis, from Saudi Arabia, acting under the direction of Osama Bin Laden and al-Qaeda.

Also, the Muslim Brotherhood is not BFFs with al-Qaeda. Their leadership has criticized and publicly feuded with the leadership of al-Qaeda, accusing the organization of damaging the cause of Islam. While the Muslim Brotherhood has condoned acts of political violence, they did condemn 9/11 and are not responsible for it. Further, they aren’t affiliated with al-Qaeda — though some factions of the Syrian rebel groups were considering backing with Tomahawks from afar and weapons on the ground, courtesy of Uncle Sam. In the shadow of 9/11, we’re considering siding with al-Qaeda affiliated forces. Bachmann should think about that for a few moments before shooting her mouth off. 

Bachmann is in Egypt with Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) and Steve King (R-Iowa). Essentially, the Three Stooges of Islamophobia are giving press statements in a region they don’t even attempt to understand, on events they know nothing about, and denouncing billions of people based on the actions of radicals. So business as usual…

Filed under Michele Bachmann Islamophobia politics news Egypt Muslim Brotherhood 9/11 September 11th wtf? Islam

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'Jesus Ween' offers a Christian alternative to Halloween, says Calgary pastor

Happy Jesus Ween y’all:

A Calgary pastor is promoting Jesus Ween, a faith-based alternative to the traditional holiday fare of candy and spooky garb.

Instead of chocolate bars and gummy bears, he’s asking people to shun demonic costumes and instead dole out pocket-sized bibles or other “Christian gifts.”

The idea has caught on in communities across North America, according to Jesus Ween creator Paul Ade. He’s hoping it will bring a new perspective to an otherwise pagan festival, he said.

"I do not associate myself with ghosts, demons, Satan and witches. These are things I want to get rid of," he said.

"If it’s OK for a child to know about demons, it should also be OK for a child to know about Jesus."

Jesus Ween has attracted international attention, with media reports circulating as far away as Britain.

The pastor has 200 “kid-friendly” bibles ready to distribute to Calgary children on Monday. “I don’t think we’re ruining anybody’s fun. Getting a bible is not getting a bomb. It’s nothing really bad,” Ade said.

Remember when you though getting raisins and apples were the worst? Imagine the fury in the US if he were to create Allah-ween instead. 

My God. That sounds awfully close to “Halloween” - perhaps it’s best to lock the kiddies up! Or he could take the advice of another fellow pastor:

The insertion of Jesus into a harmless holiday reserved for treats and spooky pumpkins is a turnoff, argues John Van Sloten, the pastor of New Hope Church. “I think it’s awful. It feeds into the stereotype that to be a person who follows Christ is to be against everything outside of the church,” said Van Sloten. “I’m kind of appalled by someone doing this.”

The picture accompanying the article is hysterical when compared with the whole Halloween-the-satanic-holiday tone of the Jesus Ween Facebook and website. Instead of Christians “having to hide” on Halloween, they can give Bibles to monsters like these:

Filed under Jesus Ween Really Halloween Christian Christianity WTF? uh okay religion trick or treat

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Make a list… Call them and ask them, ‘Are you going to vote on Issue 2 and are you going to vote for it?’ If they say no, well, you just make sure that they don’t go vote. Let the air out of their tires on election day. Tell them the election has been moved to a different date. That’s up to you how you creatively get the job done.

Mike Huckabee, encouraging voter suppression this Friday in Mason, Ohio.

He was speaking in support of Issue 2. Issue 2 is the ballot referendum on Senate Bill 5, the bill in Ohio that stripped collective bargaining rights. Enough signatures were gathered to put SB 5 on the ballot as Issue 2.

A ‘yes’ vote means the voter supports SB 5 and Issue 2. A ‘no’ vote means the voter does not support SB 5 and Issue 2. So if you don’t support it, and you’re the relative of someone who does, Mike Huckabee thinks said relative should keep you from voting. 

Thought experiment: What if a Democrat said this? What if Howard Dean said this at a fundraiser? Fox News would have a collective aneurysm. Instead, Huckabee’s comments are defended as “just a joke” online. Gotcha.

(Source: masonbuzz.com)

Filed under Mike Huckabee Vote suppression politics asshattery voting vote Ohio SB5 Senate Bill 5 Unions union Issue 2 collective bargaining seriously? wtf? republican republicans democrat democrats

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They can only win if they can get us to accept and internalize the second-class status they propose for us. To accept our own marginalization, to be quiet, to stand down and keep our heads down. To live in fear, instead of acting, with courage, out of hope.

National Organization for Marriage’s Brian Brown, opining about the “second-class status” proponents of LGBTQ rights are conferring upon Christians. 

You seriously think Christians are an oppressed minority? I’m sick of this shit.

I can’t even… You’re not, okay? You’re not.

No one has launched a war on Christmas. No one is proposing your churches be forced to marry same-sex couples. No one is suggesting Christians be second-class citizens. If you’ll notice, your operatives are allowed to testify before state legislatures on how horrible same-sex marriage will be, even though you possess no scientific evidence and distort the facts about the LGBTQ community in such a way that it’s purely hateful.

LGBTQ Americans are the ones who are being treated as second-class citizens. Not you. In fact, folks like you have a history of oppressing those who don’t agree with you or are different, but always out of ‘love’ and concern-trolling for their eternal souls. Mr. Brown and his NOM cronies have a twisted view of love.

I can’t even…

(Source: nomblog.com)

Filed under Brian Brown NOM politics National Organization for Marriage WTF? Christians Christians are not oppressed I can't even GLBTQ GLBTQ Rights LGBTQ Gay rights second class marriage equality same-sex marriage

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The thing is, when someone is overextended and broke, they don’t continue paying for expensive automobiles; they sell the expensive automobiles and buy a cheaper one. They don’t continue paying for country club dues, they drop out of the country club.
Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA), displaying today how he’s completely out of touch with the other 98% of Americans. Total shocker: He’s a member of the Tea Party Caucus.

(Source: rawstory.com)

Filed under Paul Broun Georgia politics country club debt Republican republicans Conservative conservatives economy WTF?

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stfumarrieds:


These pictures are from a colonial themed wedding with (exclusively?) white wedding guests yukking it up while an entirely black staff waits anxiously upon their every whim and desire in South Africa. What a fabulous idea! I think I’d like to have a plantation wedding in Georgia with pro-Confederacy theme, of course all the servants will be black and dressed in slave garb. Next, we’ll take the train to the West Coast of the USA and the theme changes! Now it’s the Gold Rush and we’re waited on by Asians dressed as laborers and Mexicans because authenticity is super important to us. Maybe we’ll even force the waitstaff of Asian descent to smoke some opium; the Opium Wars were so fun and elegant! Next, we all set off in covered wagons and shoot arrows at real-live Native Americans. Maybe we’ll ask them to reenact the Trail of Tears and top it off by stealing their land. Just for shits and giggles. I wish I lived in Africa so that I could have a Hotel Rwanda theme wedding. 
This isn’t racism, people, nor is it a celebration of colonialism/imperialism. No, no, no, no, no! Shame on you for even suggesting such a thing! It’s just a theme wedding. It’s just part of history. You people are so fucking sensitive. This is clearly a case of political correctness gone awry. Oppression is awesome if you’re a member of the ruling class. Why not celebrate the abuse of power? We’ve registered for impoverished children from developing countries. It’s so important to purchase children when they’re young so you can train them properly. 
Check out the photographer’s FB page. They think this is all much ado about nothing. But, then again, I heard a lot of people defend apartheid because outsiders “just didn’t understand” and “those people need to be controlled.” 
The photographer’s blog post, welovepictures dot blogspot dot com (I want to make sure I give them credit for their work), has been taken down (GEE I WONDER WHY?) but it was originally posted with this text:

It’s not often that we meet clients and get as excited about a  wedding as we did almost 4 months in advance. When we met Dave and  Chantal in January to discuss their ‘Out of Africa’ themed wedding, we  couldn’t hide our excitement and Travis was practically bouncing off the  walls with ideas and inspiration. We love themed weddings, especially  beautiful themes like ‘Colonial Africa’ which promise great pictures and  a nostalgic and thoughtfully decorated wedding.

You know what else was beautiful and inspiring about colonialism? The way women were viewed as children and/or property. Hey, members of marginalized groups, how about we stop slinging mud at each other and start working to create a more equitable world for everyone?
The poll found at this link asks: It is racist?


This sums up my reaction. The commentary on this = amazing.

stfumarrieds:

These pictures are from a colonial themed wedding with (exclusively?) white wedding guests yukking it up while an entirely black staff waits anxiously upon their every whim and desire in South Africa. What a fabulous idea! I think I’d like to have a plantation wedding in Georgia with pro-Confederacy theme, of course all the servants will be black and dressed in slave garb. Next, we’ll take the train to the West Coast of the USA and the theme changes! Now it’s the Gold Rush and we’re waited on by Asians dressed as laborers and Mexicans because authenticity is super important to us. Maybe we’ll even force the waitstaff of Asian descent to smoke some opium; the Opium Wars were so fun and elegant! Next, we all set off in covered wagons and shoot arrows at real-live Native Americans. Maybe we’ll ask them to reenact the Trail of Tears and top it off by stealing their land. Just for shits and giggles. I wish I lived in Africa so that I could have a Hotel Rwanda theme wedding. 

This isn’t racism, people, nor is it a celebration of colonialism/imperialism. No, no, no, no, no! Shame on you for even suggesting such a thing! It’s just a theme wedding. It’s just part of history. You people are so fucking sensitive. This is clearly a case of political correctness gone awry. Oppression is awesome if you’re a member of the ruling class. Why not celebrate the abuse of power? We’ve registered for impoverished children from developing countries. It’s so important to purchase children when they’re young so you can train them properly. 

Check out the photographer’s FB page. They think this is all much ado about nothing. But, then again, I heard a lot of people defend apartheid because outsiders “just didn’t understand” and “those people need to be controlled.” 

The photographer’s blog post, welovepictures dot blogspot dot com (I want to make sure I give them credit for their work), has been taken down (GEE I WONDER WHY?) but it was originally posted with this text:

It’s not often that we meet clients and get as excited about a wedding as we did almost 4 months in advance. When we met Dave and Chantal in January to discuss their ‘Out of Africa’ themed wedding, we couldn’t hide our excitement and Travis was practically bouncing off the walls with ideas and inspiration. We love themed weddings, especially beautiful themes like ‘Colonial Africa’ which promise great pictures and a nostalgic and thoughtfully decorated wedding.

You know what else was beautiful and inspiring about colonialism? The way women were viewed as children and/or property. Hey, members of marginalized groups, how about we stop slinging mud at each other and start working to create a more equitable world for everyone?

The poll found at this link asks: It is racist?

This sums up my reaction. The commentary on this = amazing.

Filed under race racist Wedding wtf?

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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.

George Washington and Winston Churchill? Really?!

(Source: mediaite.com)

Filed under Sarah Palin STFU politics srsly? wtf? Iowa 2012 i can haz prezidant?

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Through the magic of photoshop, Princess Diana walks among the living for her 50th birthday.
From Mediaite:

In honor of Princess Diana’s would-be 50th birthday (if not for, you know, her death) Tina Brown wrote an article called, “Diana at 50: Chilling with the Middletons. Tweeting from Davos. And still the people’s princess. If not for that tragic night, what her life might look like now.” And yeah, that about sums it up.

So which is creepier? The cover, or Princess Diana with an iPhone?

Ah, photoshop. Giving us unrealistic body expectations and resurrecting the dead. Is there ANYTHING it can’t do? </sarcasm>

Through the magic of photoshop, Princess Diana walks among the living for her 50th birthday.

From Mediaite:

In honor of Princess Diana’s would-be 50th birthday (if not for, you know, her death) Tina Brown wrote an article called, “Diana at 50: Chilling with the Middletons. Tweeting from Davos. And still the people’s princess. If not for that tragic night, what her life might look like now.” And yeah, that about sums it up.

So which is creepier? The cover, or Princess Diana with an iPhone?

Ah, photoshop. Giving us unrealistic body expectations and resurrecting the dead. Is there ANYTHING it can’t do? </sarcasm>

Filed under Princess Diana Newsweek The royal family Ew Creepy WTF? srsly?

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Counter-protesters confront Westboro Baptist Church at Arlington

How do you know you’re the most hate-y of the hatemongers? When the KKK counter-protests your ass:

Hours before President Barack Obama led the nation’s Memorial Day observances at the Tomb of the Unknowns, three members of the Westboro Baptist Church were challenged by others who disagreed with them - including members claiming to be from the Ku Klux Klan. The Kansas-based church has attracted nationwide attention for its angry, anti-gay protests at the funerals of U.S. military members.

Among those counter-protesting at the cemetery’s main entrance: About 10 members of a group that claims to be a branch of the Ku Klux Klan from Virginia called the Knights of the Southern Cross. They were cordoned off separately in a nearby area, but drew little attention as they gave out small American flags behind a banner that read “POW-MIA.”

They said they were there to object to the Westboro Baptist Church’s anti-troop message. “It’s the soldier that fought and died and gave them that right to free speech,” said Dennis LaBonte, the self-described “Imperial Wizard” of the KKK group that he said he formed several years ago.

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The Bible doesn’t condone the type of slavery that was cruel. Didn’t God Himself lead the Israeli slaves out of Egypt after a series of plagues He poured down on Egypt? That demonstrates His feeling about racial slavery. The slavery the Bible allowed did not resemble the racial slavery that plagued America in past centuries. The Bible gives instructions on how slaves should be treated.

Doris Soule, resident Bible expert and theocrat in Wheatland, Wyo.

Doris is batshit insane, (seriously, Google her) but this time… wow. I picture her doddering around her knickknack filled home in her housedress, occasionally stopping at the kitchen for a nip of sherry (but just a nip, it’s before noon) and contemplating her weekly Letter to the Editor. Usually she insists we’re a Christian nation, but this time, maybe she had more than a nip of that kitchen sherry.  

Filed under Christian Doris Soule Seriously? Slavery ended awhile ago WTF? batshit batshit insane christians? no it's cool slavery the bible said so believers that's racist