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You can always find another lunch counter, er, baker, florist

By Admin Mugsy - Last updated: Monday, March 3, 2014

I‘m fairly convinced by this point that Conservatives just don’t listen to themselves when they speak. How else do you explain Fox’s George Will or ABC guest pundit Rich Lowrey decrying yesterday the veto of Arizona’s noxious “(bigotry in the name of) Religious Freedom Act”, saying, “Hey, if a baker or florist refuses to cater your gay wedding, there are plenty of other bakers & florists. Just find one who will.” I’m certain there were plenty of other lunch counters those young black men could have patronized in 1960 as well. In fact, no one told those young men in Greensboro they couldn’t eat in that particular Woolworth’s. The establishment was perfectly happy to serve them in a booth, just not up front at the lunch counter where Farmer John might have to rub elbows with some Darkie. And Sen. Rand Paul was abundantly clear when he stated he believed the Federal government had no right to tell private establishments (like Woolworth’s) that they couldn’t discriminate based solely on skin color. And now, 54 years later, we are once again having the same fight with “Social Conservatives” (Democrats back then, Republicans today) that honesty believe that bigots should be allowed to oppress a group of people they hate if they claim it’s “in the name of God.”

I’m about as Done with people using “God” as an excuse to justify every hateful thing imaginable, as one can be. The greatest evil ever inflicted upon the world has to be “organized religion”… with a few notable exceptions like the late Mother Theressa and the current Pope Francis… but then, they are just “individuals”, while the church they represent doesn’t exactly have the best record… from protecting child-molesting priests, to codifying women’s subservience to men, and even this Pope still regards homosexuality a “sin”, so there’s that. When you look at just about every war in the Middle East, Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” bill (that was walked back to just “lifetime imprisonment”), on through to the Religious Right in this country fomenting hate towards every “Other” you can name: “Illegal Aliens” (that, by no coincidence, just happen to be Mexicans, not Canadians or Europeans), the (lazy, shiftless) Poor (begging for food stamps), “Thugs” (the new “N-word”), Women that use birth control… even their proclaimed “love” of Israel is a façade for their true motivation… ensuring that the “Armageddon” prophecy of an end-of-the-world conflict between Christian’s & Jews takes place… and they all call The Republican Party home.

And now it’s Teh Gays. “Law’s telling me I must treat you like a human being is a violation of my Religious right to be a bigot!”

I believe it all started when God kicked Adam & Eve out of The Garden of Eden because they didn’t comport with God’s idea of morality (the “serpent” that “enticed” Eve was Adam’s penis. The “forbidden fruit of knowledge” was “lust” and the discovery of “sex for pleasure”. That’s the version they don’t teach you in Bible class.)

Unfortunately for them, there wasn’t another “Garden” down the road that they could have patronized instead. So apparently being a judgmental bigot is next to Godliness.

During the Civil Rights struggle, bigots used religion to justify their bigotry back then as well. “The Almighty separated the races by putting them on different continents” they proclaimed in defense of segregation. Except that’s not true. China and Russia are on the same continent, yet those races couldn’t be more different. “Europe” is labeled a “continent” despite being (for the most part) physically connected to the same land mass as “Asia”. And European “Whites” were not native to North America, so arguably, bigots of European decent continuing to live in the United States were in violation of God’s desire to separate the races by continent. Oops!

Long long ago… way back in 2012… I remember Republican idiots having a conniption over “Sharia Law” and their (mistaken) belief that some Federal judges were allowing Muslims to violate Federal Law on the grounds that the Federal law violated their religious rights. This was just another example of “our Muz’lum prez’dent” slowly-but-surely allowing Islam to overtake the American judicial system.

And now, just one short year later, those very same people are rushing to the defense of “Sharia Law” and Muslim’s right to ignore Federal law based on their religious beliefs. I know, right? Whoda’thunkit?

If you’re looking for “consistency” from the Religious Right… what is WRONG with you? Have you been asleep these past two decades? You should know better by now. My advice to them: stop using religion to justify your bigotry. This fight has been fought before. Been there, done that. And when you say stupid things like, “Just find another wedding photographer”, ask your self, “Why should they have to?”
 



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Today’s GOP Putting King’s Dream Back to Sleep

By Admin Mugsy - Last updated: Monday, August 26, 2013

Fifty years ago this Wednesday, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his rousing “I Have a Dream” speech (text) to a crowd of 250,000 (give or take 50K) mostly (but not exclusively) black supporters. King spoke of “Negros” not being seen as equals “in the eyes of the law”. He spoke of economic injustice that restricts “basic mobility [...] from a smaller ghetto to a larger one”, and that Negros “cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote”. If you’re a Republican, you’d probably point to the fact that this country elected a black man… not once but twice… to the Presidency (no thanks to them), and we therefore may now pass some of the most discriminatory voting regulations since The Voting Rights Act became law in 1965. (It’s an awful lot like when Republican politicians attend ribbon-cutting ceremonies for Stimulus projects they tried to kill, touting how great they will be for the community.) How many Conservatives argued “If only Trayvon Martin had had a gun?” Fox “news” Sunday yesterday continued their clueless positing of just why “President Obama and Al Sharpton” were not “speaking out” in response to the “Thrill Kill” murder of an Australian tourist by three f-ed up teenagers… one of whom was white, the same way they spoke out following the murder of Trayvon Martin (uh, maybe because no one is out there DEFENDING the teenage murderers, and the fact the victim wasn’t targeted for his race, Jackasses?) But it’s not just that Republicans seem clueless on matters of race today, but that ever since the election of our first black president, they suddenly feel they have Carte Blanc to be openly & unashamedly racist. “It’s okay” to say openly racists things now because “the election of a black president proves we’re not racists.” So suddenly, we can roll back voting rights, question the birthplace of the president to label him an “other”, even openly disrespect him during his first address before a joint session of Congress (Rep. Joe Wilson’s “You lie!” outburst in 2009) all because America is “no longer a racist country.” Got that?

Last week, the New York Times printed the results of their “racial equality” poll where they asked people across the racial spectrum what they thought of race-relations today. They also included a number of statistical facts as a basis for comparison. Fewer than “one in three” black Americans felt we have made “a lot” of progress towards racial equality since King gave his historic speech in 1963. Forty-five years later (since 1967), the average three-member black family earns just 59 percent of what the average three-member white family earns (ibid)… not because they are paid less for doing the same job (though I’m sure there’s some of that going on as well), but mostly due to the average black worker working at lower paying jobs than most whites. 50 years ago, a black man was 5 times as likely to go to prison than a white man. Today, that ratio is SIX-to-one (ibid). Why? Because we now have a justice system that’s tilted heavily in favor of the rich, and (as noted above), if you’re poor in this country, you’re nearly twice as likely to be black.

The Conservatives on the Supreme Court gutted the 1965 Voting Rights Act, citing the apparent lack of need for it in the age of Obama. And within hours, we already had Southern states clamoring to pass an avalanche of voter suppression laws that would have been illegal literally minutes before.

It seems to me (and probably you as well) that only recently (since the 2008 presidential campaign) that closet-racists that used to keep their true feelings hidden suddenly feel that they can now say & do openly racist things and not fear any backlash because so many of their neighbors are saying it too. But don’t you DARE call them “racists”! They’ll point to the black Tea Party member giving a speech before a sea of white faces. They’ll point to all the black NRA members (the ones that don’t look “Gangsta”) they are “friends” with (yet whose home they’ve never visited nor shared a beer with.)

How white do you have to be to wonder aloud if a “fist bump” might be “a Terrorist fist jab?” because the first people you’ve ever seen do it happened to be black? I’m a 40-something white guy and even *I* had seen (and performed) a “fist bump” before. That remark was just downright embarrassing.

What I don’t understand is: why do they still act like there’s something WRONG with being called a racist? Accusing a racist of being a “racist” is still an open invitation to a punch in the mouth. Why? They certainly don’t have to worry about offending their friends, and a growing number of them are saying & doing things in public without a scintilla of shame or even self-awareness that we didn’t hear with such regularity even a decade ago. Rush Limbaugh sings “Barack, the magic negro” on his radio show and his fans leaped to his defense, arguing that the song wasn’t racist (if racists could recognize racism, they wouldn’t be racists). Donald Trump, who made a second career of questioning President Obama’s legitimacy because he believed Obama’s “birth certificate” was faked to cover up the “fact” he was born in another country and was therefore ineligible to be president, has been uncharacteristically quiet following the announcement that Ted “Jose McCarthy” Cruz, whom appears to be eying a run at the presidency in 2016, was ADMITTEDLY born in Canada. Cruz’s response? His mother was born in America so therefore he’s an American citizen too (unlike President Obama, whose mother was born in the distant nation of Kansas.) And when Birther opponents of Obama are asked about the inconsistency of supporting Cruz, hilarity ensues their rationalization is that “Canada isn’t foreign”.

“Who us? Racists? Just because we prefer Paula Dean over Martin Luther King (73% to 59%)? What kind of N-word lovin’ question is that to ask?”
 

BTW: If you used to enjoy following my real-time highlights during the “Sunday Morning Roundup” over on Crooks & Liars before they attacked me and stripped me of my editorial privileges because I didn’t “volunteer enough” during my mothers’ illness to be so presumptive as to ask for some common courtesy, I’ve resumed my duties on my Facebook page every Sunday morning. Be sure to drop on by and “friend” me.

 



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Florida Codifies that Your Stalker Can Legally Murder You If Threatened

By Admin Mugsy - Last updated: Monday, July 15, 2013

Last Saturday night, the Florida jury in the George Zimmerman murder trial declared that if you defend yourself against an armed stalker to the point where your stalker fears bodily injury, he can kill you “in self defense”. It doesn’t even matter if that fear is justified or not. All they have to do is claim they feared for their life, and anything they do after that is justified. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a more asinine ruling in my life. Think about it. If Trayvon Martin had been an attractive white girl that was being followed by a man with a gun, and she took it upon herself to kick his ass, at which point he shoots & kills her in the name of “self defense”, is there any question Zimmerman would be sitting in a concrete room with striped sunlight right about now? What is even more troublesome is that the Florida ruling has just provided criminals with an added incentive to kill their victims to ensure that only one side of the story (theirs) is ever heard. The most mind-boggling thing in all this is just how many people see this completely differently; that Zimmerman’s claim of “self defense” was justified and that he never should of even been arrested in the first place.

Living in a deep read state like Texas, I’ve had my share of encounters with Zimmerman Defenders. One thing I’ve noticed among ALL of them (without exception) is that, to them, the Zimmerman Case has nothing to do with Zimmerman or the crime itself, it’s all about the Second Amendment and their own right to shoot and kill anyone they feel threatened by… which is a dangerous thing when you consider that they’re all paranoid gun-nuts that think blacks, immigrants, alQaeda and Uncle Sam (in no particular order) are all out to get them. It should come as no surprise that the SAME people defending Zimmerman’s right to shoot & kill an unarmed young black kid that he took upon himself to pursue, are the SAME people that believe THEY could of taken out the Colorado movie theater shooter if only THEY had been there with their gun (in a fire fight with a man dressed in full body armor, firing a semi automatic rifle in a darkened theater filled with teargas and people running around fleeing for their lives.) To say these people don’t live in the Reality-Based Community is an understatement.

In order to conclude Zimmerman “did nothing wrong”, you must totally disregard how the two men came in contact with one another in the first place (another shocker from the same people that think the Second Amendment begins with “dot dot dot”). Because if Zimmerman had not been looking out his window that night (or had just stayed home and not taken it upon himself to pursue Martin), Trayvon simply would have walked home uneventfully with his purchases from the convenience store and lived to see another day. Zimmerman put himself “in harms way” by following someone he had profiled as “up to no good”. So concerned was he that the person he was pursuing might be dangerous that he brought along a loaded weapon. Upon confronting Martin, he didn’t identify himself as from “the neighborhood watch”. Likewise, Trayvon was living in that neighborhood, so in fact, Zimmerman’s job was to protect Trayvon. He didn’t ask him, “Where are you going?” or “Let me walk you home so you’ll be safe out here at night”… something I’d betcha $1000 he would have done if Trayvon has been an attractive white girl. No, George only saw a “suspicious” black male supposedly “looking in windows” (the defense never produced a single witness to substantiate that claim) that he was determined to “detain” until the cops arrived.

“They always get away.”

One of my first thoughts upon learning of the verdict yesterday was the Rodney King Trial and how the assault of King was actually caught ON TAPE and yet the jury STILL acquitted the people that assaulted him. There too, the prosecution played the “dangerous black man” card, suggesting the FIVE armed police officers surrounding King (only four were tried IIRC) were justified in feeling threatened by the severely injured, unarmed black man they had just beaten to a bloody pulp. No one ever claimed King, with a lengthy arrest record, was a choir boy, but there was NO justification for beating the crap out of him rather than simply handcuffing King and throwing him in the back of a squad car.

The Defense’s case looked like it had been ripped from the pages of a “lynching” trial in the 1930′s, showing carefully selected B&W photos of a frightening looking black man to the all female, mostly white, jury, suggesting that the victim was someone white women needed protecting from and the world is now a safer place without Trayvon in it.

I learned yesterday that I hate ABC’s “Dan Abrams”, who was brought on to both “ThisWeek” and the World News Tonight as an “expert”, declaring that “the only thing that mattered was whether or not Zimmerman reasonably feared for his life as the moment he pulled the trigger”. Bullshit. PURSUERS CAN NOT CLAIM SELF DEFENSE. Period. End of story. As I noted two weeks ago, the two men should never have come in contact with one another in the first place. Zimmerman had NO justification for leaving the safety of his home that night to pursue Martin. He’s not a cop and it wasn’t his job to “detain” people he deemed suspicious. Hell, the “neighborhood watch” didn’t even permit watchers to carry firearms. This was a wannabee cop that called 911 so many times (sometimes 2-3 times a night) that he was on a first name basis with the operator (note the number of times Zimmerman called to report a “suspicious black male”). His job was to report “suspicious” activity to the police and let them handle it, NOT take matters into his own hands and try to detain a suspect at gunpoint.

“They always get away.”

So ANY discussion of what happened after he left the safety of his home is irrelevant. At that point, he had knowingly placed himself (and Trayvon) in harms way.

The act of pursuing makes you the instigator. The Florida verdict sets a very bad precedent. It declares that ANYONE… including Stalkers, Rapists, thugs of any kind… can now pursue someone, and should that person try to defend themselves, their attacker can kill them and claim they “feared for their life”. I nearly said, “as long as they don’t attack first…”, but that doesn’t matter either, because now the Stalker has an incentive to kill their victim to ensure they can’t challenge their side of the story in a court of law. “I didn’t touch her! She just walked up and attacked ME for no reason! And fearing for my life, I shot & killed her. Those cuts & bruises on her are from when SHE attacked ME, not because I attacked her.” Sounds absurd, doesn’t it? Yet that is EXACTLY the defense George Zimmerman used to justify killing Trayvon Martin.

I find it interesting that the all-female six-member jury is in hiding tonight and have refused to speak to the Press. Do you think maybe they’re afraid some nut with a gun might walk up to them in the middle of the night and shoot them? I can’t imagine why.
 



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BREAKING NEWS: Zimmerman found Not Guilty. Nation Mourns.

By Admin Mugsy - Last updated: Sunday, July 14, 2013

“Insane” is the only word that comes to mind. Last night the 6-member jury in the George Zimmerman trial, all women, one black (correction: Hispanic), three five of them mothers themselves, actually decided that George Zimmerman, a man with a gun, could legally stalk an unarmed kid, pursue that kid even after being told not to, instigate a confrontation, shoot and kill the person he was stalking, and then be found Not Guilty.

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A Market Plunge/Rally, Trayvon, DOMA, Voting Rights and Paula Deen. The Heat is On.

By Admin Mugsy - Last updated: Monday, July 1, 2013

So much has happened these past couple of weeks, I could have spent hours discussing each one: We saw a series of triple-digit plunges in the DOW in just a few days caused by what? GOOD news on the economy. (WTF?) The “Zimmerman Trial” finally got underway… with a Knock-Knock Joke. The Supreme Court declared Same-Sex Marriage legal in states where it is already legal, but left the door open for state-bans where it isn’t… essentially GUARANTEEING an inevitable return to the Supreme Court when a married couple from one state moves to a state where their marriage is not recognized. And while the Supreme Court was extending marriage rights to gay couples, it was taking Voting Rights away from millions of minorities, essentially declaring that racism in the South was dead the same week people excused famed Southern TV Chef Paula Deen for using “The N-Word” because… “she’s from The South and that’s just how they are.” (I wish I could say I was surprised Justice Thomas would vote against the Voting Rights Act, but he’s always been an OREO… and yes, that is meant to be as offensive as it sounds.) And to cap it all off, the nation closed out the first week of Summer with a record-breaking heatwave, with my hometown of Houston hitting a stifling 107′ at 5:00 in the freaking evening (most years the temperature here peaks around 101′ the first week of August.)

Let’s take them one at a time:

First, the Stock Market: I used to write about The DJIA (“DOW Jones Industrial Average”) frequently  during  the  Bush  Presidency. Plunges of 250 points or more became commonplace, culminating with a total collapse of Wall Street and the financial industry Bush’s final year in office. There were no extraordinary one-day gains to balance out the declines, and just about every plunge could be tied to a stupid decision made by The GOP and/or The Bush Administration (the skyrocketing price of oil as a result of invading Iraq; deregulating the financial ratings industry that led to Trillions in bad investments being labeled: “AAA”; and cutting deregulated mortgage interest rates to zero resulting in a wildly over-valued market bubble balanced on the point of a pin).

But during the Obama Administration, I’ve written very little regarding the Stock Market. Primarily, because fluctuations in the DOW of less than 200 points have very little to do with the health of the general economy, and because every series of declines over the past four years have been brief, followed soon after by upswings that more than made up for the losses.

The DOW, at its lowest point following the Bush Presidency and the Financial Collapse, barely a month after Obama took office, bottomed out at 6,443.27 on March 6, 2009. Last month, the DOW closed at a record high of just over 15,400… that’s an increase of almost 240 percent in just four years. If President Obama is a “Socialist”, he’s a piss-poor one.

So what caused last week’s momentary 800-point drop in the DJIA over 3 days a few weeks ago? Believe it or not, “good” news from the Federal Reserve that the economy is recovering so well that it may be able to halt “quantitative easing” (IE: “Stimulus”)… pumping $85 Billion dollars a month into the economy. On that news, the price of Gold and Treasury Bonds plunged because Gold & Bonds are where you put your money when the economy is bad. Fears that the Fed would stop pumping money into the economy brought about fears that they might also raise interest rates to keep the economy from growing too fast. But quickly, cooler heads prevailed as news of a healthy economy might actually be a good thing, and the DOW is already back up near the 15K mark.

Oh, and the S&P 500 saw its best six months since the heights of the Clinton Bull Rally in 1998.

Next is the “Zimmerman” trial over the murder of Travon Martin. As you already know, Zimmerman’s lawyer opened with a Knock-Knock joke, but that’s probably not the most damaging thing he did to his clients’ case last week. He is NOT using the “Stand Your Ground” law as the basis of his client’s defense, and with good reason. As Zimmerman’s lawyer himself pointed out, “Travon Martin was not unarmed that night”, pointing out that Martin “didn’t have a gun or a knife that night”; his weapon was “the concrete sidewalk”. So basically, he just admitted Trayvon was “standing his ground using the sidewalk as his only weapon”. Had he of used a gun, he might have shot & killed his stalker… who was armed with a gun himself and confronted Martin with it in the middle of the night… at which point Martin would have been arrested and thrown in jail for murdering Zimmerman. Trial not included.

The moment Zimmerman… who is not a police officer… left his mother’s basement with a gun to play “rent-a-cop” in the middle of the night the moment he saw a black kid walk past his window, he himself was responsible for anything that happened. And we know WHY he left his home to pursue Martin: Because “they always get away”, he is heard saying on the 911 tape after the operator asked him if he was following Martin and told him “We don’t need you to do that.” But a young black guy… for whom there was NO reason to suspect had done anything other than walk through the neighborhood at night… was “about to get away”. After doing what? There were no alarms going off. No one shouting, “I’ve just been robbed!” I find it hard to believe even Zimmerman could mistake a can of iced tea and a bag of Skittles for handfuls of stolen property. So why exactly was Zimmerman following him? Why did he think it necessary to “call the police” and detain Martin himself until they arrived?

Think about it? Why was Zimmerman following Martin?

Zimmerman… armed with a gun and was stalking Martin in the dead of night, then confronted Martin. Probably even pulled his gun on him and ordered him to stop. At some point, they came in close enough contact to grab one another and fight. Unarmed, Martin used the only weapon within reach: the concrete… as Zimmerman’s own lawyer pointed out. Now in a struggle he himself provoked without regard for the consequences (what if Martin HAD been an armed robber? Was it wise for Zimmerman to put himself in harms way?), he pulled out his gun and killed the man he himslf provoked a confrontation with.

The fact that anyone in this insane country even thinks Zimmerman has a leg to stand on here, justifying the need for a trial, highlights just how screwed up our gun-crazy culture has become in this country.

Next, we saw the Supreme Court rule of Marriage Equality. While the High Court’s narrow 5/4 ruling is seen as a victory for the Gay Rights movement, the ruling basically threw the decision back to the states.

Now here is where it gets clear as mud: The Supreme Court basically ruled that a state law establishing Marriage Equality is just as valid as a state law BANNING Marriage Equality. So basically, the highest court in the land that rules on the National efficacy of a law, has declared that something can be both legal AND illegal at the same time depending upon where you live. Why do I get the feeling this isn’t over?

The Supreme Court also decided to strike down key parts of the 1965 “Voting Rights Act”, calling it “outdated” because “times have changed”. No word on their updated ruling on The Second Amendment.

And finally, a record heatwave was parked over most of the Southern United States last week, tying & breaking records across the U.S.. But don’t worry, Global Warming is still a hoax and we’ll be seeing snow in July any minute now.

Any minute now.

I said, “any minute now.”

Hello? Snow? Where are you? Hey, I’d settle for a cool breeze right about now.

(Oh, and an update on Mom. If you read last weeks post, things are not going well and my mother had had a bit of a setback, unconscious in the ICU, I’ve been visiting her hospital bed every day now and hoping for things to improve. As such, I haven’t been as on top of the news as much as I might otherwise have been, and posting may become a bit erratic in the common weeks. Hopefully, Mom’s recovery will be swift and full. – Mugsy)
 



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Republicans Desire for Us the Worst of Every Society

By Admin Mugsy - Last updated: Monday, April 1, 2013

GOP 'logic'.Just a short hit & run on this holiday weekend folks. Have you ever noticed how Republicans seem to look at some of the most deplorable aspects of any society and say, “Hey! I like that!” I first noticed this after 9/11, when after we were attacked by religious zealots stationed in a middle-Eastern theocracy, Conservatives started “admiring” (for lack of a better word) the strict religious teaching methods of Madrassas, and the “dedication” of the very people they raged against. Don’t believe me? Check out the movie “Jesus Camp” where parents sent their young children to be “God Warriors” for Christ. President Bush famously referred to the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan as “a crusade”. The anachronism of the Pro-”Life” Holy-Roller Party also being the Pro-gun, Pro-war, Pro-Death penalty Party is never lost on me. But lately, it seems to go beyond that.

Here’s something to think about: What do “Austerity” and “The Black Plague” have in common? In the mid 1300′s (yes, I promise to keep this short), a deadly disease swept through Europe killing millions. This was centuries before anyone knew of the existence of bacteria or viruses. “Illness” was either a punishment from God or inflicted by “Evil”. One of the ways people dealt with The Plague was to kill stray cats by the hundreds because cats were considered “minions of the Devil” or Hosts for witches that would then go about making people ill. The irony is that The Plague was actually being spread by fleas on rats, which the cats might have killed and kept the spread of the disease under control.

So, what does that have to do with “Austerity”, you ask? Right now in Europe, The UK is in danger of having their credit-rating downgraded again (last February, The UK’s credit rating was downgraded from “AAA” to “AA1″ because their economy isn’t growing like it should. Why? Austerity! While President Obama passed a “Stimulus Package” of spending to stimulate growth in this country, the Brits went the other way and imposed economic austerity, deep spending cuts and raising taxes on the Poor. Now there is talk of a possible second downgrade barely six weeks after the first one, and the answer from Brittan’s ruling Conservative Party? Stay the course. More austerity. Once again, Europeans have decided that the “cure” for their ills is to do the very thing that… not only didn’t make things better, but in fact are almost guaranteed to make things worse.

And here in this country, Republicans who think “President Obama wants to turn America into Europe”, keep pushing European-style “austerity” in this country, demonizing Stimulus spending and thinking up ways to shift the tax burden from the Rich to the Poor.

Oh, but it gets better my friends.

Ever get the feeling many Republicans would like to see the return of “Jim Crow”? Ron and Rand Paul aren’t the only ones that think including “private businesses” in the 1964 Civil Rights Act” was a mistake. And now, we are… quite literally… hearing the same “separate but equal” arguments being made about “Same Sex Marriage”. “I’m comfortable with giving gay couples all the rights of ‘straight’ couples, from tax breaks to ‘hospital visitation rights’. Everything except the right to marry”, said GOP Spokesperson Ed Gillespi on “Meet the Press” yesterday. Adding that the GOP still supports an “anti-gay marriage amendment” to the Constitution. I’m still waiting for someone on that side to produce a convincing legal argument for why it is in the Federal governments’ interest to go to such lengths to prevent gays from marrying and the catastrophic consequences if they do, of such danger & magnitude that it demands amending the freaking Constitution.

Republicans do this amazing dance where they denounce the most obvious flaws in other societies, and then go right out and start advocating for us to emulate them.

Remember Gov. Romney’s “Razor-wired factory” story from his infamous “47%” video? He talked about how, in his “private-equity days”, he went to China to buy a factory and was stunned to see “razor wire” along the prison-like walls around the factory. When Romney inquired about it, he was told… and believed… that “the razor wire is there to keep people on the outside from getting IN, not the other way around.” He described the horrid sweat-shop conditions, even noting how some workers… once they got out for some national holiday or what have you… never returned, opening up spots for someone new. Now, if the jobs were so desirable, why would workers not return? Such a question clearly never crossed Mitt’s mind. Instead, he relates this anecdote to his $20,000 a plate guests as a GOOD thing, possibly even a model for work-conditions in America.

In China, underage workers are common-place. Children as young as 12 can be found working in factories. In this country, Newt Gingrich thinks they should be janitors. No OSHA in China or the third-world either. That’s just more “job-killing regulations!” No minimum wage. 12 hour workdays. Republican paradise.

There’s the “Free Marketeers” that want Government completely out of the way to let business do its thing. I believe it was radio’s “Sam Seeder” that first pointed out that the only purely “unregulated Free Market” economy on Earth is Somalia. “You want to see what an unregulated Free Market economy looks like? Move to Somalia!”, said Sam.

And of course, (yes, with “Godwin’s Law” in mind) Government run by & for the Corporations… also known as “Corporatism”… better known as “Fascism”… the worst of all possible societies which Republicans claim to despise and use as The Ultimate Parjorative in describing things they hate, is also something they seem quite eager to emulate. Think about it.
 



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“Voter ID” Supporters: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.

By Admin Mugsy - Last updated: Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The In August of 1965, President Johnson signed “The Voting Rights Act” into law. It was considered a continuation of his landmark “Civil Rights Act” signed the year before because it was obvious that simply “declaring” that minorities as “equal” to whites was meaningless so long as they could be discriminated against at the ballot box. Among the things made “illegal” by the Act were “poll taxes”, which were intended specifically to discourage poor… disproportionately black… people from voting. And now, 47 years later, Republicans claiming a need to “protect the integrity of the voting process”, have placed a series of obstacles and ID Requirements in the way that for all intents & purposes amount to an illegal “poll tax”… just what the 1965 law sought to end.

I actually read a Tweet from one angry Conservative months ago that exclaimed:

“If someone is too lazy to get to the DMV [for a free photo-ID], they don’t deserve to vote!”

I felt it necessary to point out that it is MUCH easier to “get to the DMV” IF YOU ALREADY HAVE A DRIVERS LICENSE and a car. If you’re working for Minimum Wage, take public transportation to get to work, and can’t afford to take a day off to get to your “local” DMV and wait in line all day for a “free” Voter-ID just to do what you’ve already done for years without incident, suddenly it’s not quite so effortless (of course, with a 140-character Twitter limit, my actual response was closer to: “Dumbass!”)

One Pennsylvania blogger conducted a little experiment to see just how much it would cost the 18% of Philadelphia’s registered black voters that currently do not posses an “acceptable” Photo-ID to obtain one:

(And may I point out, you don’t need “a birth certificate” or prove citizenship to purchase a drivers license that allows you to vote, yet you need one to get a “free” Voter ID. You don’t even have to be a citizen to get a “drivers license”, so why do you need to prove “citizenship” for an equivalent government-issued photo ID?)

Minimum cost to obtain an ID if you are unemployed, have all necessary documentation and take public transportation: $4.00.
Cost if you need to obtain paperwork (in PA), take time off from work, and take public transportation: $49.12.
Cost for an unemployed/homeless person to vote: Priceless… literally. No bills? No W2? No ID. Number of homeless vets in this country: Approximately 75,000.

Of course, that upper-end cost could be MUCH higher if it takes you more than two hours away from work, make more than minimum wage, and/or need to take a cab because there is no bus stop near your home or the DMV (and double all that if you’re told you’re missing documentation and must make a second trip another day). But for some people, “time off from work” is not an option. I’ve worked temporary jobs where if you missed a day, you needent bother coming in tomorrow.

The solution to this nonsense is really quite simple: If the “Secure the Vote” crowd REALLY believes we need “Voter ID” and REALLY believe it’s not a burden to expect voters to jump through dozens of hoops just to get a “free” ID, then how about we pass a law promising “110% reimbursement” for any costs incurred obtaining a Voter ID? Cab/bus fare, time off from work, documentation, etc. They don’t want to pay people to go door-to-door distributing ID’s or send ID’s through the mail to people who apply by phone or online… which would be the ONLY ways to provide voters with an ID in a way that isn’t a burden (and not every person has a door to knock on, a mailbox to fill, or a phone to call from.) If they balk, it can ONLY be because they don’t want to reimburse anyone… an implicit acknowledgement that obtaining an ID isn’t “free” and may cost many people a lot of money… which makes it an illegal poll tax.

And just for fun…

Batman 1966: The Penguin sings his campaign song

…continuing from the earlier video found at this post: “Am I Supposed to be Impressed Both Ryan and Romney Paid Less Than 20% in Taxes?”

(As you may have noticed, M.R.S. is stepping up it’s reporting as we near election day, so be sure to check back often… or better yet, Register for instant email notification of updates! – Mugsy)
 



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My Own Examination Calls Into Question ABC’s “Enhanced” Zimmerman video showing injuries (with photos)

By Admin Mugsy - Last updated: Wednesday, April 4, 2012

ABC News' enhanced photo of Zimmerman injuriesOn Monday, ABC News released “enhanced footage” (video available here) of the controversial “George Zimmerman arrest video”, now purporting to show “injuries” to the back of Zimmerman’s head that were not immediately evident in the original untouched video. Upon hearing the news, (on Huffington Post) the first thing I wanted was to see the photos… plural… not “photo” but “photoS”. So when I saw just ONE still shot taken from an entire video, I immediately questioned the resulting image.

First, some background. In my former life as a computer engineer, I originally sought a “computer graphics” degree in college, later going on to do video editing and graphics design (I did the art for this site btw), so I know a thing or two about digital image manipulation. Despite what you see on TV programs like “CSI:”, turning a blurry ATM security-camera image into a sharp & in-focus picture so clear you can read the state motto on the license plate of a car parked across the street, borders on fantasy (though, when you have the budget of the DoD, I wouldn’t be surprised if the technology exists somewhere). On TV, they simply work in reverse, starting with a clear closeup photo, make it blurry, then pretend to clear it up to amazing in-focus quality. But that just doesn’t happen in real life. Techniques used to “improve” an image introduce all kinds of flaws (called “artifacts”) to the resulting image. Unlike “film”, digital images are made up of tiny dots. You’ve heard the term “Megapixels”? That refers to the number of “dots” in a picture. The more dots, the more detail. Video cameras are usually MUCH lower quality than your standard digital camera because they have to capture a lot of information repeatedly very quickly. Security cameras are the worst quality of all because high detail video requires a lot of storage space that most businesses would rather not pay for.

Unlike old “film” images where the quality of the enlargement was limited only by the skill of the photographer (and other factors not relevant here), the best any software can do to “enhance” a digital image is make an educated guess as to what the missing “in between” dots must be in order to recreate the image at a higher resolution. The more you “enhance” a photo, the more “guessing” the program must make, until eventually the “enhanced” image just can’t be made to look any better. Think about it. If you could “enlarge” any image to perfect clarity, you could count grains of sand on the moon by enhancing the image taken from a Barbie Digital Camera. Dream on.

The “Enhanced” Zimmerman footage:

First, keep in mind that… while I have access to some very good software… I can NOT 100% recreate images of the quality produced by “Forensic Protection” for ABC News. But I CAN explain to you why I have serious reservations regarding the results they produced. I leave it to you to decide whether those results are trustworthy.

ABC News released the original arrest video of George Zimmerman over the weekend. Immediately, everyone said the same thing: “Where are the injuries”? No broken nose. No blood on his shirt from either his nose nor blood splatter from shooting Martin “at close range” And the back of his head likewise shows no “gash” that Zimmerman’s friends were reporting as resulting from Martin supposedly “pounding Zimmerman’s head on the pavement”:

Still image showing no injuries
Original unmodified still showing no injuries (click to enlarge).

ABC News then released this “enhanced” image taken from the same video:
 

'Enhanced' image showing 'injury'
‘Enhanced’ image showing ‘injury’

“Discolorations” that appear to be signs of injury to the surface of Zimmerman’s skull are now apparent that were not visible before. On the back of his head there appears to be two areas of interest: a dark spot in the center of his head that looks like a gash (which I circled in the photo below), and a dark reddish area on the right that appears to be abrasions. I also circled the stenciled text on the back of the police car to point out the “halo” effect produced by their “enhancement”. Are these “real” injuries or simply “artifacts” introduced by the “refocusing” process?
 

'Enhanced' image showing 'injury' and artifacts.
‘Enhanced’ image showing ‘injury’ and artifacts.

I wanted to enlarge the image to get a better look at the wound, but the enlargement process itself introduces issues of its own. Using special professional enlargement software (that can make an image bigger without destroying the quality), I got this:
 

Enlargement of enhanced still
“Gash” in more detail (click to enlarge).

As you can see, the “dark spot” that looks like a gash on the back of Zimmerman’s head is actually the intersection where four bright Klieg lights in the ceiling are reflecting off Zimmerman’s skull.

That leaves the reddish abrasion. I have a problem with the fact the “abrasion” itself appears curved. Here’s why:


“UN-enhanced” photo of a cue ball with similar lighting:
 
Cue ball photo
“Enhanced” photo of a cue ball:
 
Enhanced cue ball photo

See the sharp contrast between the shades? To increase the detail of an image so that disparities stand out, the contrast is raised so that the shades between (for example) “pink” and “red” become more distinct. As you can see, this can make it appear like something is there that isn’t (remember, I’m not saying the injury ISN’T there, just pointing out that the results are highly questionable.)

I was seriously put off by the fact there weren’t more pictures of the “injured area” than just that one screen shot released by ABC; anything to show “movement” of the affected area as Zimmerman turned his head would add credence that the discolored area was actually ON Zimmerman and not just a flaw introduced by the “enhancement”. I scoured the Net for more “enhanced” photos other than that single still released by ABC News. There are none. The ABC News website has the video of the newscast touting the “enhancement” (see link at start of this op/ed), but it “jumps”, skipping the frames both immediately before and after so you can’t see if the “injured” area moves (notice how the scene jumps from an obscured shot to the highly “enhanced” still image):
 

ABC’s “Enhanced” video does not show injury in motion.

(Note: The most likely reason for the “jump” is because the still image is enhanced more than the complete video for maximum clarity. I myself could not “un-blur” the original video to the point where you could see four distinct light sources reflecting off Zimmerman’s head using the software I have available to me. Trust me, I tried for almost an hour.)

There are actually TWO separate arrest videos on YouTube. The unenhanced ABC footage and a second (supposedly) “raw” video taken from two different cameras with no annoying graphics in the way (though with huge chunks omitted). Going through both videos frame-by-frame, I “enhanced” several key frames, finding no evidence of injury (though note, even though my own software is not as high-quality as the high-dollar forensic software used by ABC, I believe my enhancements are “good enough” IMHO to raise serious doubts about the ABC still frame claiming to show injuries):
 

Unmodified
Unmodified frame from original video.

My enhancement
After my enhancement (click to zoom).

Several other images following my own “enhancement” (click to enlarge):
 

My own enhancement of same frame
My own enhancement of the same frame used in the ABC “enhancement”
(notice no border around car-text that I circled in ABC’s enhanced still).

 

Enhancement
Enhancement from “raw” video.

 

Reverse angle of officer inspecting head
Reverse angle shot of officer “supposedly” inspecting Zimmerman’s head for 1.7 seconds (from “raw” video).

Big question here: WHERE IS THAT OFFICER? A brief Google search for ANYTHING about the officer that “checked out the back of Zimmerman’s head” turns up nothing. Nada. Zilch. The original police report claims Zimmerman “was bleeding from the head and nose”, yet just 38 minutes later with no medical attention, there is no blood to be seen anywhere and his injuries are so faint it requires forensic video analysis to try and determine what (if anything) the police may have seen. Did he see a wound? There is no record of him making a statement on the subject. Sure would be nice if he made all this “speculation” and “video enhancement” unnecessary, huh?
 

Next room
Next room and a closer camera. Best shot closeup of Zimmerman’s head.
(why ABC didn’t use a still from this particular clip remains a mystery).

Of course, all this speculation would be totally unnecessary if the Sanford, FL police had actually TAKEN PHOTOS of both the crime scene and Zimmerman’s supposed injuries. The very fact that they did not makes me question whether they witnessed any injury at all.

Have you noticed the way all coverage of the Trayvon Martin shooting fell off the radar literally overnight upon ABC’s release of an image supposedly showing injuries to Mr. Zimmerman consistent with his story? People now think they’ve seen evidence that makes it more difficult to defend the unarmed young man that was shot to death for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. What if the conclusion as to what that ONE image actually shows was 100% totally wrong? Doesn’t matter. They got the story off the front page. I have to think that’s exactly what somebody wanted.



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Mugsy’s predictions for 2012: “The apocalypse never comes when you want it” Edition (UPDATED)

By Admin Mugsy - Last updated: Monday, December 26, 2011

Apocalypse Now?Where to start? Every year since 2006 I’ve dug deep into my toy-chest, pulled out the turban from my “Ancient Secrets Magic Kit”, rubbed my lucky penny for good luck, and concocted my annual “Predictions for the coming year”. And by the end of that year, I always expect to find I did really poorly… but my track record is surprisingly good. Even the dismal 20% I scored my first time out in 2006 was still (arguably) better than average compared to all the “psychics” out there. Oh, that’s another tradition of mine: mocking all the “professional psychics” and economic/trend forecasters that did worse than me. I’d never wager any money or bet the Stock Market based upon any of my predictions, but I must be doing something right. Of my predictions:

o in 2007 (no longer online), I achieved the aforementioned 20% (2 out of 10).

o by 2008, I learned from my mistakes and went “7 for 12″ (arguably 9 for 12 with partial credit.)

o …in 2009, I went 11 for 15 (again, with partial credit). 73%. Not too shabby.

o …in 2010, the trend reversed. Even with partial credit, I only scored 4-1/2 out of 10 (45%). Almost 50% and still more than twice as good as I did my first time out, so hell…

And now, a review of last years’ predictions for 2011. Last year, I threw caution to the wind and (recklessly) made 19 predictions (in 16 items):

1] Following a series of reports of the McCain’s (John vs wife Cindy and daughter Meghan) differing on a host of issues… most notably in support of the right of Gays to marry, and repeal of DADT, I predicted the McCain’s would separate (in lieu of a divorce): Bzzzt. I clearly got that one Wrong. The McCain’s are still a happily married couple, and (as far I or anyone else knows) are still living in one of their eight mansions. That prediction was a bit out of my field anyway, so I’m not surprised I got it wrong.

2] Despite a slew of Tea Party GOP candidates running for Congress promising to “shut down the government”, and the GOP then winning control of the House, I predicted they would NOT in fact “shutdown” the government, having learned their lesson in 1996 when Newt Gingrich’s Congress shutdown the government thinking the American people would “rally behind their principled stand.” They didn’t. They were inconvenienced and turned their anger on the GOP. Lesson learned, but rather than leave empty handed, Republicans would instead demands deep budget cuts while repeatedly bringing the nation to brink of default: Could I of been any more correct on that one?

3] Unemployment won’t fall below 8.6%: Wrong (revised) Correct. I first marked this as “wrong” because I felt I was including “exactly 8.6%” in that figure. But, as it was pointed out to me, unemployment did NOT fall “below” 8.6% as I predicted (falling to exactly 8.6%), so I’m upgrading this prediction to “Correct”.

4] National Debt tops $15T: Correct. The Debt broke the $15T mark in November.

5] Gold would peak at $1,600/oz: Correct. Gold closed last week at $1611/oz, and shouldn’t fluctuate much beyond that in these final five days.

6] Senate Democrats do NOT reform the filibuster (Correct), opting to ban “secret holds” instead: Correct.

7] I predicted there would be more filibusters in 2011 (48 out of 235 for 20%) than there were in 2010 (90 out of 299 for 30%): Wrong. I failed to take into account the need for a filibuster plunges when Senate Republicans know a GOP controlled House won’t pass anything they oppose anyway (fewer bills even made it to a vote).

8] No “official” action would take place on health care reform (neither “repeal” nor “expansion”). Correct. And ALL of the GOP candidates would campaign on promising to “repeal HCR”: Correct. Every single GOP candidate has promised to “repeal ObamaCare”.

9] Gas prices would crack $4/gallon again: Correct. As a result, I also predicted Chevy Volt sales boom as a result (Wrong). Volt sales were respectable, but the continuing sluggish economy has stifled ALL car sales in the U.S..

10] Palin would NOT run for the GOP nomination: Correct, but would toy with idea of 3rd/Tea Party candidacy: also Correct. As I wrote, “the GOP frontrunner right now is the Mittster, but ‘RomneyCare’… which ObamaCare mirrors… will hurt him badly. There will still be no clear ‘runaway frontrunner’ for the GOP nomination by years end.Spot on. “No Democratic challenger to Obama”: Correct. “Ron Paul won’t run again.” Big Wrong. I would of thought Paul would of have figured out the last time he ran in 2008 that the GOP establishment would NEVER support him no matter what. Clearly, Paul’s ego (or ambition, or both) are far bigger than I imagined.

11] All troops would be out of Iraq by years end as promised: Correct. A token withdrawal of 5,000 troops from Afghanistan (wrong) to satisfy Obama’s July-2011 deadline did not come to pass because Congress voted it down, but Obama’s promise to pull “10,000 troops out of Afghanistan by years end” DID come to pass, pulling out all 10,000 in one fell swoop just last week. (23,000 more are supposed to be out by next September. We’ll see.)

12] Gitmo will still be open and in operation, despite 2008 campaign promise: Correct

13] “Michael Steele will be reelected as head of the GOP”: Wrong (Steel was pressured to drop out before the GOP vote took place.) I argued that, despite Steele’s incredible incompetence, the GOP would keep him on as the Face of the GOP to avoid reinforcing their image as the “Old Rich White Men” Party. Clearly, the GOP doesn’t mind that perception at all.

14] (quote) “Will Congress raise the Debt Ceiling over the protests of the Tea Party? They’ll hem. They’ll haw. They’ll drag it out for weeks, and flirt with shutting down the government over it, but in the end, they pretty much have no choice. Tea Party candidates that think it is unnecessary and say they’ll vote against it, will be allowed to vote “No” knowing that Democrats will give them cover, allowing teanuts like Rand Paul to take “a principled stand” from which they can safely lob grenades at responsible Democrats.” Couldn’t of been more Correct.

15] “will we see significant inflation in 2011? I say No.” Correct.

16] Osama bin Laden will not be caught or release another video: Wow was I wrong on that one… or was I? He wasn’t “captured” and didn’t release another video, did he? Okay, that’s pushing it. I honestly thought that would be the only “safe” prediction I made, guaranteeing me at least one right. Never been so happy to be wrong for a prediction.

Final tally: 12 13 out of 19 correct (63% 68%). I’ll take it.

And now for my favorite part: How did I fare against “professional” prognosticators?

Cable TV “Celebrity Psychic” Janet Russell went 0 for 11 (unless you count “predicting” Universal Health Care passing… which passed in 2009. And as far as I’m aware, Atlantis did not resurface. Please correct me if I’m wrong.

And clearly, Rick Perry isn’t the only person having trouble with three item lists:

Mentalist/futurist/”psychic” Sidney Friedman sees good news coming, including a dropping unemployment rate, an Oscar for Colin Firth, and a gropey three-way for Justin Bieber.

Los Angeles psychic Judy Hevenly sees an increase in work-from-home jobs, strong markets for oil and gold, and a special steel pendant that repels common cold germs through ionic means.

Is it just me, or do they seem to go totally off the rails on those third predictions?

A “loose organization” of Christians led by notorious End-Times crackpot “Harold Camping” predicted May 21st would be “the end of the world”. In case you didn’t notice, we’re all still here. When May 21st came and went, Camping claimed a “spiritual Rapture” had indeed taken place on that date (so everyone was running around with no soul’s? Where did he live? D.C.?) and that the “physical” (or “bodily”) Rapture would actually occur on October 21. Another swing and a miss.

Famed psychic Sylvia Browne predicted the tsunami that hit Japan last March! Wow! Mmmm, no. No she predicted an “Asian tsunami in 2009″ and… as famed “debunk artist James Randi” points out, Browne predicts an Asian tsunami just about EVERY year. And while Browne was IN Hawaii the day before the earthquake hit giving a TV interview, the famed “psychic” never once mentioned the earthquake that was about to strike, nor the tsunami to follow (or the nuclear disaster after that.) Instead, she talked about her planned (foreseen?) visit to Japan “next year”. Gee, you’d think a “real” psychic would detect impending doom of that magnitude, no? Compared to these people, I’m freaking Nostradamus.

Being a major election year, 2012 is a great year for “predicting”. So here are MY predictions for 2012:

  1. The first one is easy: President Obama will win reelection. Handily. I’d say by roughly the same margin he beat John McCain (around 5% of the popular vote). I’ve been saying this for nearly a year, and I’m more sure now than I’ve ever been. I kept waiting for Republican’s to tire of trying desperately to find someone… ANYONE… other than Mitt Romney to run against President Obama, but here we are at the end of the year and “Family Values” Republicans actually rallied behind Newt Gingrich of all people. And as the Iowa Caucus draws near, Newtie’s poll number have begun to slip as Conservatives remember just what a turd-in-the-punchbowl he really is. And this leads to two more “predictions”…
  2. Update: 11/7/12 – Obama wins reelection, defeating Mitt Romney 332 to 206 Electoral Votes and 2.67 Million (4.2% more) Popular Votes. Obama defeated McCain 365-173 in 2008.

     

  3. Romney will be the GOP nominee. That is clear. Other candidates have peaked & vallied around him all year long, but Romney has steadily polled in the mid-20′s all year long. Challengers may come and go, but Mitt has remained in the “Top Tier” the whole time. Evangelical voters will NEVER vote for a Mormon out of fear of “legitimizing” a religion they perceive to be a “cult”. And that’s a BIG problem for Romney since Evangelicals make up THE most fervent, motivated and reliable voting block for the GOP (“Dubya” could never have “won” without the Evangelical vote.) That “enthusiasm gap” will ensure Romney never draws the support he needs to win.
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  5. And with disappointed, unenthusiastic Republicans not motivated enough to get out to the polls and pull the lever for Mitt Romney, coupled with angry motivated Democrats annoyed by endless GOP obstruction in Congress delaying any recovery simply to score political points, expect Romney’s “enthusiasm gap” to have an effect “down ballot”, with Democrats making big gains in the House and picking up holding onto at least five seats in the Senate. (I modified this prediction on Dec 30 upon realizing Democrats are giving up 7 of the 9 Senate seats that will be up for grabs in 2012, making any gain incredibly difficult. Democrats would have to run the table, winning every single Senate race in order to gain two seats. Unlikely. 2012 hasn’t started yet, so I’m invoking Authors’ Privilege here and changing this prediction.)
  6. Update 11/7/12: Republicans tried to claim the “enthusiasm gap” lie with Democrats, even though Early Voting went HEAVILY to Obama. In the end, not only did Obama win big over Romney, but Democrats retained ALL 23 Democratic Senate seats PLUS two of 10 Republican seats.

     

  7. The “Arab Spring” uprisings will finally reach Iraq now that all American troops have left the country. I’m going to go out on a limb here and disagree with most pundits predicting a civil war in Iraq next year. I think that after eight years, the Iraq’s feel they’ve had enough war disrupting their lives and will instead focus on demanding the services expected of an effective modern government… like more than just one-hour of electricity per day. I DON”T expect Shia & Sunni’s to protest together in the streets… not at first anyway. Maybe separate demonstrations made up of like tribe members. IF the protests go on for more than a month, the two groups may actually decide there is strength in numbers and protest together, greatly increasing their numbers, all fighting for a common cause. If so, the positive repercussions could be incredible, bringing some much needed stability in that region of the world.
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  9. Gas prices will hit a new record high momentarily next Summer (over $4.25 nationally) as the protests in the Middle East grow, but will come back down to nearly $3/gal in time for the November election.
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  11. Syria’s King Assad won’t still be in power by the end of 2012, and out even earlier if the Arab League gets involved… which they may feel they have no choice but to do if the Syrian government continues to massacre its own people. The United States will NOT get involved in the war or the removal of Assad.
     
    UPDATE: Not even 2012 yet, the Arab League has already sent 60 Monitors into Syria, resulting in the government withdrawing tanks and “suspending military operations” against protesters.
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  13. After doing well in Iowa, the charges of “racism” surrounding Ron Paul will hurt him badly in early primary states as Paul fails miserably to explain his involvement with his racists “newsletters” from the early 90′s. If Paul wins a primary after April, he will run as an Independent, eroding the Romney vote even more.
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  15. Since both Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry failed to collect enough signatures to get on the ballot in time for the Virgina primary, Romney will win the state easily (but with low voter turnout). Gingrich will take the VA Elections Commission to court challenging their decision not to place him on the ballot. Perry, on the other hand, after doing poorly in previous states, will drop out of the race BEFORE the Virgina primary, rendering his “not appearing on the ballot” feux pas moot.
  16. (Follow-up: 1/19/2012 – Perry, still polling in the single digits in South Carolina, drops out of the race and endorsed Newt Gingrich following a failed challenge of the VA Elections Commission to get on the ballot.)
     

  17. The 99% movement will gain strength in the lead up to the November election. Republicans will continue to mock & ignore them while President Obama actually holds a rally addressing them specifically. GOP candidates will counter by addressing “Tea Party” rallies, finally confirming what we’ve always known: that the Tea Party and the “Occupy Wall Street” protests are polar opposites of one another.
  18.  

  19. The Supreme Court will finally rule on the legality of “ObamaCare” and the Federal Governments’ power to make you buy something. The court has already indicated that they agree such power is well within the purview of the Federal government. The fact is, “ObamaCare” does NOT force you to buy insurance like its critics claim. The government has simply created a new tax to offset the cost of covering the uninsured, which you’re exempted from paying if you purchase insurance. Your choice. I expect AT LEAST a 5-4 victory upholding the constitutionality of “ObamaCare”, resulting in the GOP candidates campaigning on the need to appoint “much more Conservative” judges to the Supreme Court that would never have agreed with this Court’s decision, promising to appoint judges that will “overturn” the offending decision. (Sub-prediction: Democrats will AGAIN fail to point out the utter hypocrisy of Republicans accusing Democrats of wanting to appoint “activist judges” to overturn legislation they don’t like.)
  20. (Addendum: As noted Insurance Industry whistleblower Wendel Potter pointed out, it’s not just Democrats. insurance companies want the mandate too.)
    (Update: June 28, Supreme Court rules The Affordable Care Act… as well as the Mandate… completely Constitutional, declaring that though the “penalty” is not a “tax”, the governments’ power to issue a penalty is the same as the governments’ power to tax.)

     

  21. Someone will FINALLY get around to asking the GOP candidates that “if they repeal ObamaCare, what would they replace it with?” “Nothing” will not be seen an acceptable answer. Whatever response the GOP candidate(s) give will be used (effectively) in campaign ads against them.
  22. (Update: Many sources did indeed start asking about the “replace” portion of the GOP’s call to “repeal & replace”, but this exchange on “Fox news Sunday” on June 30th in particular stands out.)

     

  23. Surprisingly, the return of soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan won’t strain the job market as much as expected. Instead, the sudden influx of tens of thousands of consumers still receiving their government paychecks pouring money into the economy will create an unexpected “mini-stimulus”.
  24.  

  25. Despite a rise in Republican obstruction in the House (as prospects for a GOP victory in November grow ever more bleak), Unemployment will be under 8% in time for the election.
  26.  

  27. Gitmo will still be in service by the time of the November election. Military tribunals will resume in the Summer.
  28.  

  29. The planned removal of 23,000 additional soldiers from Afghanistan by September 2012 will hit a snag as my predicted protests rise in Iraq and unrest in Syria continues to climb. House Republicans will do everything within their power to scuttle a vote on that withdrawal. The extraction should still take place, but not on schedule.
  30. Wrong: Final surge troops leave Afghanistan – September 20.

     

  31. Thanks to incredibly tight security, the London Olympic Summer Games will go off without a hitch.
  32.  
    (UPDATED DEC, 31… EDITORS’ PRIVILEGE)

  33. I forgot to include: If Mitt Romney does win his Party’s nomination as predicted, Virgina Governor Bob McDonnell will be his running mate.

So that’s it. Another 16 17 predictions, one more than last year. I think out of all my predictions, the ones about unemployment and the state of our economy are the most volatile, depending heavily upon just how badly Republicans in Congress are willing to tank the economy just to hurt the president by November. But it’s a Kamikaze mission because a bad economy hurts ALL incumbents, including the GOP Controlled House. Are they all dumb enough to think they can damage the economy (and by extension, Obama) and emerge unscathed? Are they really… as my grandmother used to say of herself… “sharp as a whip”?

Happy New Year folks! See you in January. It’s going to be quite a year.

(Reminder: I’ve posted direct links to my “List II” reviews of the remaining GOP candidates in the righthand column under “ELECTION 2012″. Be sure to recheck them frequently as they are being undated constantly.)
 


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The List II: Santorum, Huntsman, and The Rest.

By Admin Mugsy - Last updated: Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Me-Too CrowdThis week raps up our review of the remaining “also-rans” in the GOP primary… the candidates that have never polled out of the single digits and never will: former Senator Rick “Don’t Google My Name” Santorum of PA (Oops! Shortly after posting this op/ed, Santorum became the last “Not-Romney” standing to finally break out of the single-digits into the Top Tier as we headed into Iowa. – Mugsy), former Utah Governor Jon “The Other Mormon” Huntsman, and Louisiana Governor Buddy “Who Dat?” Roemer (two more GOP candidates are “technically” in the race: Former NM Governor “Gary Johnson” and political consultant and gay rights activist “Fred Karger”, but neither are currently polling outside “the margin of error”, so I have absolutely NO information on either of them.) For each of the Top Four GOP one-time front-runners (all except for Ron Paul), I was able to produce a LONG lists of links to their general insanity and extremist positions. But the longer a candidate stays out of the spotlight, the more difficult that becomes. (I also had a nice long list for former pizza mogul Herman “Libya? 9.9.9.” Cain until he dropped out after it was discovered he’d been topping more than just pizzas for the past 15 years.)

There is very little danger of any of the remaining GOP candidates in this sixth and final list of ever becoming president, though there is always the possibility that one of them might be chosen as a running-mate or (heaven forbid) a cabinet position. So it’s not a complete waste of time listing why none of these remaining candidates should ever be be considered “Presidential” (or anything else) material.

The remaining GOP field looks like a bad Gilligan’s Island spin-off:
 

Here on GOP Island
(Click to Enlarge)

(Clockwise from top: Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman.)

Rick “Don’t Google My Name” Santorum

Of the remaining candidates, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum has about the best chance of actually pulling off an upset in one or two state primaries, but almost no chance of winning the nomination (much less the presidency). Vegas odds put Santorum as a 30:1 shot… miserable odds, yet (surprisingly) ahead of one person: BSC* Michele Bachmann… someone that has actually seen double-digit poll numbers… now coming in at 35:1. A horse with a busted leg has a better chance at winning a race than these whack-a-doodles.

Rick Santorum’s is probably the biggest Holy Roller in the GOP race. Bigger than even Michele “Jehovah God” Bachmann or Rick “Prayed for rain, God sent wildfires” Perry, Santorum’s entire campaign is based on bedrock GOP “Family Values” Conservatism. Not the “Family Values” of Herman “I Never Told My Wife About Her” Cain or Newt “Married His Mistress After Handing His Cancer Stricken First Wife Divorce Papers in Her Hospital Bed” Gingrich (whom he later left for Mistress #2). No, Ricky is obsessed with the “Family Value” of “God Hates teh Gays”. Ricky seems absolutely obsessed with gay sex (read into that what you will.) Before Googling Santorum’s name became a workout for your PC’s profanity filtering software, the former Senator was most commonly known as Rick “Man on dog” Santorum… a reference to him comparing Gay Marriage to Pedophilia or Bestiality in a 2003 interview. So angry was AP’s sex columnist and gay rights activist Dan Savage, that he started a contest amongst his readers to come up with something offensive that could be labeled “Santorum”, in protest of the senator’s bigoted ignorant comments. Once the winner was chosen (if you don’t already know, it’s REAL easy to find out), Savage created a website defining the term and asked all his listeners to Google-bomb his site (click on his site when Googling the Senators’ name), making his website/definition the #1 result when Googling the senator’s name. Pretty clever. So many people have since searched just to find out what the new contrived definition is, that the term is now permanently affixed at the top of any search of the former senator’s name.

Jon “The Other Mormon” Huntsman

Then there’s former 2-Term Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, former Ambassador to China under President Obama. Huntsman is easily the sanest, most moderate GOP presidential candidate… which instantly disqualifies him amongst today’s far-Right GOP ideologues. Like Romney, Huntsman is a Mormon, which instantly disqualifies him amongst Evangelical GOP voters. Huntsman has also said he believes in “Global Warming” and “Evolution”, which… all combined… makes Huntsman totally unacceptable to 98% of all Republicans. But before any Democrats think Huntsman might be worthy of their support, he IS still a Republican, believing in most all the remaining GOP insanity: “tax cuts for the wealthy”, preemptive war with Iran, and deregulation to aid Big Business. To make matters worse, stuck at the bottom of most polls since the day he entered the race, unable to break out of single digits, knowing how unpopular his “pro-science” declarations have been with GOP voters, Huntsman has walked back his belief in Climate Change, saying of the global consensus of over 8,000 climate scientists: “the onus is on the scientific community to help clarify the situation.” (translation: it’s THEIR fault Republicans are confused, not the GOP Misinformation campaign to discredit the science.)

And the Rest…

As I mentioned in my opening, there actually ARE other candidates running for the GOP nomination. One such candidate is former Louisiana Governor Charles Elson “Buddy” Roemer III. Every bit as Conservative as his colleagues on the economy, Roemer’s lead issue is the toxic effects of Corporate money in politics. “Buddy” hasn’t appeared in ANY of the televised GOP debates, where the “minimum requirements” for inclusion are to have polled above 5% in any state/national poll, and have raised several million dollars ($5 million IIRC). Roemer has rejected all PAC money, accepting only donations of “$100 or less” from individual donors. His most high-profile interviews to date have been his appearances on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show”, where he called for an end to “tax loopholes”, “no special interests”, and “energy independence” that includes “wind, solar and nuclear power” as well as additional drilling “in non-environmentally sensitive areas”. Like Huntsman, Roemer shows signs of sanity that instantly disqualify him for the GOP nomination.

Links for the remaining GOP candidates are as follows:

Rick Santorum:

  1. Rick Santorum Borrows Campaign Slogan From Pro-Union Poem Written By Gay Rights Advocate
  2. VIDEO: Rick Santorum Says He Has ‘Nothing To Do’ With His Own Campaign Slogan
  3. Santorum: Ryan Is ‘Wrong’ Because He Doesn’t Force Current Seniors Into Medicare Privatization Scheme
  4. Santorum Pledges To Reinstate Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
  5. Rick Santorum’s Greatest Hits – 12 Most Offensive Statements
  6. Santorum: Poor History Scores A Result Of ‘Conscious Effort’ By ‘The Left’ To Keep Students Uninformed
  7. Inside Rick Santorum-Linked Universal Health Services Facility: Herpes, Porn and Drug Dealing
  8. Santorum’s Message To People Who Can’t Afford Health Care Costs: Lower Your Cell Phone Bill
  9. Santorum: Iran ‘Tramples The Rights Of Gays’
  10. Santorum Says Criticism Of His Views On Homosexuality Is ‘An Act Of Bigotry’
  11. Santorum: I Stand By My 'Man on Dog' Comment
  12. Rick Santorum Endorses Pennsylvania Election Scheme Because It Will Rig Presidential Election For Republicans
  13. Santorum: Honoring God Is Essential To National Security
  14. Rick Santorum Advocates Getting Rid of All Public Sector Unions
  15. Forget 9-9-9, Santorum Unveils 0-0-0 Tax Plan
  16. Santorum Flip-Flops: Protesters Were A ‘Fringe Group’ In The Morning, But He ‘Understands’ Them In The Afternoon
  17. Santorum Pledges To ‘Fight In Every State’ To Outlaw Marriage Equality
  18. Santorum: Homosexuality 'Is a Behavioral Issue'
  19. Santorum Compares His Fight Against Marriage Equality To Lincoln Fighting Slavery
  20. Rick Santorum wants to take away your contraception to ensure sex for procreation only
  21. Santorum: 'I'll Die' to Stop Same Sex Marriages
  22. Santorum: Dead Foreign Scientists a 'Wonderful Thing'
  23. Santorum: Americans Should Suffer
  24. As incentive to get off their butt and find a job.
  25. Santorum: ‘Our Country Will Fall’ As A Result Of Same-Sex Marriage
  26. Santorum: Insurers Should Discriminate Against People With Pre-Existing Conditions
  27. Santorum doesn't understand science (Wants Schools To Undermine Evolution)
  28. Santorum Is Outraged That Gay ‘Sexual Activity’ Is ‘Being Seen As Equal’ To Heterosexual Sex
  29. Santorum: Obama 'Doesn't Deserve Credit' For Killing Bin Laden
  30. Yet, if raid had gone badly, whom do you think Ricky would of blamed first?
  31. Fun Fact: Santorum Represented The World Wresting Association
  32. Santorum: We Don’t Need Food Stamps Because Obesity Rates Are So High
  33. I forgot about this one: Fox Radio host Alan Colmes reminds everyone how, in 1996, when Rick Santorum’s wife Karen gave birth prematurely at just 20 weeks, upon the death of the child, the Santorum’s wrapped their dead son in a blanket and brought him home to meet what would of been his siblings, ages 6, 4 and 1 1/2, for them to cuddle and kiss. (Reported by the Washington Post in 2005.)
  34. In 2006, Fox “news” reported that Senator Santorum excitedly pointed to the discovery of 500 discarded “Gulf War I” era (1991) munitions found buried in Iraq thusly: “We have found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, chemical weapons,” Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., said in a quickly called press conference late Wednesday afternoon.
  35. Rick Santorum’s Top 10 Most Outrageous Campaign Statements:
  36. 1. ANNUL EXISTING SAME-SEX MARRIAGES on the grounds that gay relationships “destabilize” society.
    2. ‘I’M FOR INCOME INEQUALITY’: Saying, “I think some people should make more than other people” because some people “work harder”. That’s not what “income inequality” is about, Ricky. It has nothing to do with everyone being paid exactly the same no matter the job. Santorum is an idiot.
    3. CONTRACEPTION IS ‘A LICENSE TO DO THINGS’: Santorum wants to outlaw contraception because he thinks it encourages “immoral behavior”. These are your “Small Government Republicans” folks. Deregulate business, but regulate personal behavior.
    4. GAY SOLDIERS ‘CAUSE PROBLEMS FOR PEOPLE LIVING IN CLOSE QUARTERS’: The repeal of DADT has been an unqualified success resulting in NO problems. Santorum wants gay soldiers back in the closet.
    5. “OBAMA SHOULD OPPOSE ABORTION BECAUSE HE’S BLACK”: Because blacks should understand more than anyone what it means to not be considered “a human being”.
    6. “WE DON’T NEED FOOD STAMPS BECAUSE OBESITY RATES ARE SO HIGH”: Rick doesn’t get that “cheap” food is also the least healthy.
    7. ABORTION EXCEPTIONS TO PROTECT WOMEN’S HEALTH ARE ‘PHONY’: Flat out calls exceptions to protect the life of the mother, “Phony”.
    8. “HEALTH REFORM WILL KILL MY CHILD”: Claims his disabled child would of died under in a country with “socialized medicine.” (like Great Britain or France?) Conservatives think “socialized medicine” = rationed care under the bankrupt “Soviet Union”.
    9. UNINSURED AMERICANS SHOULD SPEND LESS ON CELL-PHONE BILLS: Average monthly cost of a cell phone? $40. Average monthly cost of health insurance? $600.
    10. INSURERS SHOULD DISCRIMINATE AGAINST PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS: Like that disabled child of yours, Rick, whom you believe would have died if you lived in Canada?
  37. Santorum’s Racist Welfare Rant: ‘I Don’t Want To Make Black People’s Lives Better’ With Taxpayer Money. Santorum seems to equate “black” with “welfare recipient”.
  38. Santorum’s response the next day? “I didn’t say ‘black’ people, I said ‘blah’ people.”
  39. Last May, when Sen. John McCain denounced the use of torture to interrogate terror suspects, Santorum said of the former POW: “he doesn’t understand how enhanced interrogation works. I mean, you break somebody, and after they’re broken, they become cooperative.”
  40. Santorum: There is no Middle Class in America – Claims a distinction between “Middle income” and “Middle Class“. Still think these are serious candidates?
  41. Santorum Tells Kids With Gay Parents: You’d Be Better Off With Parents In Prison. – Cites “a study” that claims a child whose father abandoned then and goes in prison is better off than a child with two same-sex parents.
  42. Santorum Accuses Obama Of ‘Elitist Snobbery’ For Wanting Every Child To Go To College. – “Elite” is GOP-speak for “Reader”.
  43. Before running for President, Santorum was best known for his pro-Life activism. How obsessed? Santorum’s Obsession: As Senator, He Mentioned Abortion 1,014 Times.
  44. After Supporting Health Care Mandate In 1994, Santorum Now Says He Never Supported Mandates.
  45. Rick Santorum Lies About Calling for Congressional Intervention in Terri Schiavo Case.
  46. After this racist old crone supporter of Rick Santorum says to him that President Obama is a “devote Muslim” that’s “not legally president” (aka: foreign-born), rather than reprimand nor even correct his befuddled supporter the way John McCain did in 2008, Santorum instead just smiles and tells her he’s “doing his best to get Obama out of office.” (When asked the next day why he didn’t correct her, Santorum simply said he “doesn’t feel any obligation” to refute every Birther out there.
  47. Santorum believes it is a BAD thing that ‘Obama Wants Every Kid to Go to College” because it is part of a secret plan to “indoctrinate” kids into becoming Liberals. – College’s don’t “convert” students into becoming Liberals, it’s just something that happens once you become educated. Santorum is basically admitting that the only way to stay keep your kids Conservative is to keep them stupid.
  48. Santorum: ‘There’s No Such Thing As Global Warming’. – “There are hundreds of factors that cause the earth to warm and cool,” Santorum tells outgoing Fox host Glenn Beck.
  49. Santorum Tells Sick Kid Not To Complain About $1 Million Drug Costs Because People Pay $900 For An iPad. – If this clueless jackass wasn’t already irrelevant, he certainly is now. Ricky, people who pay $900 for an iPad 1) Make that choice voluntarily IF they feel they can afford it, and 2) if they had to buy a new $900 iPad EVERY MONTH, I suspect they wouldn’t sell very many of them. There’s a special place in Hell for clueless self-righteous “Compassionate Conservative” SOB’s like Santorum.
  50. Santorum Suggests Abortion Causes Breast Cancer. – In case you were wondering if Santorum could render himself any less irrelevant in this years’ race, Rick repeats the latest insane Right Wing fear-mongering myth that there is a link between abortions and breast cancer, which he argues in defense of the (reversed) decision of the Susan G. Komen foundation to cut off breast-cancer screening funding for Planned Parenthood. Promotion of this idiotic myth is not only incredibly irresponsible, it’s DANGEROUS.
  51. Rick has figured out President Obama’s secret plan: Obama Wants Female Catholic Priests.
  52. In response to news that the DoD will allow women in more combat roles, opening up new opportunities for career advancement, Santorum says: Women Shouldn’t be in Combat Because of ‘Other Types of Emotions’.
  53. When asked what he meant by “Other types of emotions”, Santorum explained he meant that men might be distracted by the need to protect a woman in ‘vulnerable positions’. (goes on to suggest women can fly ‘small planes’ rather than be put in harms way.) Demeaning much?
  54. As expected, Santorum Froths At CPAC About ‘Facade Of Man-Made Global Warming’. – I wish I understood the Religious Rights seething visceral HATRED for anyone that dare suggest we care for God’s creation.
  55. Santorum thinks it’s “absurd” that a Federal Appeals Court can declare a state’s Constitutional Amendment “unconstitutional”. – Wonder if he’d feel the same way if the state tried to ban guns instead of “gay marriage”?
  56. Santorum: LGBT Equality ‘Waters Down Marriage’. – Unlike Britney Spears’ 48-hour marriage or Kim Kardashian’s 72-hour marriage.
  57. Santorum In Idaho: Sell Off Public Lands To The Private Sector. – This adds Santorum to the list of GOP candidates promising to sell off public lands for corporate exploitation.
  58. Santorum: The Democratic Party Is About ‘Homosexuality’. – Everything you need to know about Rick Santorum beautifully summarized into a single paragraph by Rick himself:
  59. “Woodstock is the great American orgy. This is who the Democratic Party has become. They have become the party of Woodstock. They prey upon our most basic primal lusts, and that’s sex. And the whole abortion culture, it’s not about life. It’s about sexual freedom. That’s what it’s about. Homosexuality. It’s about sexual freedom.”
  60. “Satan is systematically destroying America.” – This is who Rick Santorum is folks… a dangerous religious zealot with a fragile grip on reality, and why he initially polled in the single digits until the last Not-Romney flamed out before Iowa:
  61. Santorum defends claim “JFK speech on the Separation of Church & State” made him “want to throw up. – Rick thinks presidents should be allowed to inject their faith into public policy and the Founders agreed (they didn’t). But Rick and his devotees are full of crap and I can prove it: These are same people that think “President Obama is a secret Muslim”, outraged that he’s “injecting his faith into Public Policy.”
  62. Lord only know where he gets this crap, but Santorum falsely Claims Rampant Euthanasia in Dutch Elderly. – And the Dutch are none-too-happy about it. Of course, Republicans making ridiculous claims about health care in other countries that then anger those countries is nothing new.
  63. Rick Santorum on President Obama: ‘What a snob!’ for wanting “Every child to have the opportunity to go to college.”
  64. Santorum: Contraception a ‘Grievous Moral Wrong’.
  65. In an interview, Santorum Implicitly Conceded the need For Obamacare when he pointed out that caring for his Special Needs Child took up much of his income.
  66. “We have to have around-the-clock care for her, and our insurance company doesn’t cover it so I have to cover it.”
  67. Santorum In 1994: Single Moms Are ‘Simply Breeding More Criminals’. – The Republican “War on Women” has been going on far longer than most people realize.
  68. Rick Santorum once again focused on being the nations’ “morality police chief”, promising a “war on ‘hardcore’ pornography” on his campaign website. This is after his condemnation of “birth control” for women as “promoting sexual promiscuity”. If he had his way, non-reproductive sex would be all but illegal in Rick’s Amerika.
  69. Rick Santorum is forced to recant after saying he’s: ‘Not Concerned’ About Unemployment, Country Needs A ‘Strong Fighter For Freedom’.
  70. The April Fool: Remember Rick’s ridiculous made-up “fact” about Dutch hospitals & Rampant Euthanasia among elderly? (above), well, he’s at it again, this time claiming (on April 1st) that “he read last night” that “7 or 8 of the colleges in the University of California system don’t even offer courses in American history.” For the record, 9 of the 10 colleges all have American history classes. The tenth… UC San Francisco… is a MEDICAL school. The remaining nine ALL require students to take an American History course to graduate.
  71. Remember when Bachmann falsely claimed she heard that “the HPV vaccine can cause mental retardation”? Republicans hear a rumor, and if it supports what they already wish to believe about a subject, will repeat it as fact without bothering to check it out first with a two-second Google search on their iPhone.

Jon Huntsman:

  1. Huntsman In 2007: ‘I’m Comfortable’ With Individual Mandate, Would ‘Make System More Efficient’
  2. Issue for Jon Huntsman: His family's Iran business – Glenn Thrush and Kasie Hunt – POLITICO.com
  3. Six Ways Jon Huntsman Would Hurt The American Economy
  4. Huntsman Campaign Fundraising Off Civil Unions Legislation He Never Signed
  5. Huntsman Bows To Right Wing, Reverses Position On Climate Science
  6. Huntsman Says He'd Launch A Ground Invasion To Prevent Iran From Getting Nukes
  7. PolitiFact rates “Mostly False”: Jon Huntsman says U.S. natural gas in greater supply than Saudi Arabian oil.
  8. Huntsman equated “one cubic foot of NG to one barrel of oil.” It actually takes about 5-THOUSAND cubic feet of NG to equal one barrel of oil.

     
    (Huntsman drops out and endorses Mitt Romney in advance of the South Carolina primary in response to polls showing his 3rd place win in NH did not provide the bounce he had hoped for.)

Buddy Roemer:

  1. Buddy Roemer says “Senator Joe Lieberman has a reputation as a reformer and a man of integrity, unrivaled in American politics.”
  2. Instant disqualification.

Creating and updating these list has been a lot of work, but it’s worth it if it keeps these insane, duplicitous, clueless, amoral bastards out of the White House… a more terrifying end to this country I could not imagine.

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The List II: The Strange Case of Dr. Ron Paul.

By Admin Mugsy - Last updated: Monday, December 19, 2011

Ron Paul: The most dangerous candidateIt is extremely difficult to summarize the very complex platform of Texas Rep. Dr. Ron Paul without getting too deep into the weeds as to why he’s often a clueless… even dangerous… presidential candidate that no one should ever seriously consider voting for. The Texas Libertarian is extremely popular among young voters (mostly Conservative & Libertarian)… reminiscent of my days as a HUGE Ross Perot supporter in 1992. so I get it. Republicans that like Ron Paul’s economic policies cringe at his foreign policy, and vice versa; Liberals that like Paul’s foreign policy, cringe at his domestic policy. But just as I was with Ross Perot 20 years ago, most Paul supporters seem to have blinders on when it comes to his other “peccadilloes”. It’s not until you look at Paul’s platform (and personal history) in detail that you realize this man shouldn’t get any closer to the White House than he already is down the road at the Capitol.

Besides foreign policy, Paul is also extremely popular with the “audit the Fed” crowd… another position that appeals strongly to both Liberals and Conservatives (for different reasons). Most “Paulies” confuse this with an opposition to “Big Money” (aka: “Wall Street”) Paul even expressed “support”… but not “praise”… for the “Occupy Wall Street” protesters, calling the movement “legitimate” and “very healthy”, but with misplaced anger. Remember, Paul started the “Tea Party” movement that blames the government for everything, not Big Business. One of the prime benefits of being an “unexamined” candidate like Ron Paul (or Ross Perot for that matter) is that everyone projects their own desires as to what they think the candidate believes w/o any authoritative source to set them straight. I’m here to be that source.

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Ron Paul’s platform has a lot of cross-Party appeal. The Good: Paul is best known as being staunchly anti-war, opposed the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and calls for an immediate end to the war in Afghanistan (and the only Republican candidate to approve of President Obama removing all troops from Iraq this past week); favors limiting the use of military force around the world; ending the pointless and expensive “War on Drugs”; and leads the call to audit the Federal Reserve Bank of the United States. Paul also thinks it’s no business of the Federal government whom a person marries or why. The Bad: Paul is also a “Free Trade” zealot that believes there are no “good” government Regulations, no services that can’t (and shouldn’t) be privatized, and no government program that can’t be eliminated (most of which serve the Poor) and turned over to for-profit corporations. Paul also believes “Global Warming is a hoax” and supports abolishing the EPA in order to allow oil companies to drill whenever & wherever they want, spurring “economic growth”. The Ugly: Paul has a nasty record of making racist & anti-Semitic remarks. In 1990, Paul “published” a series of “Newsletters” (that many of his supporters today try to claim were not actually written BY him, but instead just published in his name. But Paul has never made that claim himself nor disavowed them Now that Paul is leading in Iowa, scrutiny over those newsletters now has Paul saying that one of his 7-8 staffers wrote them, but he’s not going to bother to find out who.) making wildly inflammatory remarks about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., blacks in general, and Israel (all links below). Paul is a cryptic candidate that has gotten as far as he has by staying out of the Media spotlight (not by choice, but by being publicly shunned by most outlets) and avoiding repeating some of his more questionable past remarks while on the campaign trail (eg: Paul denies being a “9/11 Truther”, but refuses to denounce the Truther movement, only saying that he “understands” how people can be so distrustful of their government.)

So why exactly does Ron Paul want to audit the “Federal Reserve Bank of the United States”? His website explains why here (emphasis his):

The Federal Reserve is the chief culprit behind the economic crisis. Its unchecked power to create endless amounts of money out of thin air brought us the boom and bust cycle and causes one financial bubble after another. Since the Fed’s creation in 1913 the dollar has lost more than 96% of its value, and by recklessly inflating the money supply the Fed continues to distort interest rates and intentionally erodes the value of the dollar.

Okay, here is where I keep getting into trouble. As culpable as the Fed was/is in our current economic crisis, they are by no means the cause or “chief culprit” as to why our economy crashed. Without going into too much detail, the Fed did nothing different in 2007-2008 that they hadn’t already been doing for decades. I am definitely NOT defending the Fed here, nor am I suggesting they don’t need to be audited, but the cause of the economic crisis wasn’t the Fed “creating fiat money”. It was the deregulation of Banks, Wall Street Commodities traders, and CREDIT RATING institutions, that took ENORMOUS gambles that failed to pay off when rising unemployment (due to $2/$3/$4 gasoline sucking BILLIONS out of the economy) resulted in a record number of mortgage defaults. And the failure of Paul to recognize that simple basic fact means he’ll be running around half-cocked trying to fix things that would do nothing to solve our current economic crisis nor prevent it from happening again.

Paul’s solution for the economy? Put us back on the “Gold Standard”… a windmill he’s been tilting at for over 30 years now. And anybody that thinks we can do that today is completely clueless as to how money works in the computer-age. I could (easily) go on for paragraphs explaining why this idea is ridiculous (and I did, painfully deleting a half dozen paragraphs), but just trust me, Paul’s understanding of economics is not unlike when your grandmother mails you a $5 birthday check to “buy that new video game you said you wanted”.

Just to give you an idea of how ridiculous Paul’s wish to return to the Gold Standard is, recently, Bank of America dumped $75 TRILLION (with a “T”) dollars worth of Derivatives on U.S. taxpayers. How do you cover that debt with gold? Paul believes “we have plenty of gold” to back all the currency in the United States if we simply adjust the value of our currency to match the amount of gold we have. This is insane. (Damn, I started going back into the weeds explaining why). Paul descries “currency manipulation” when The Fed prints money “out of thin air”, but then makes the case that you could increase your money supply (and you must to keep up with a growing economy) by manipulating the value of your gold supply… aka: “currency manipulation”. Is your head spinning yet?
 

“The government that governs least governs best.”

The foundation of Paul’s Libertarian ideology is: “the government that governs least governs best.” In Libertarian World, government regulations don’t “keep you safe” or “protect you from harm”, they serve only to “restrict your freedom”… including the freedom to die from tainted food or a defective product. That also includes the freedom to harm yourself, or allow companies to gamble on just how much harm they can get away with while maximizing profits… until the number of people dropping dead hits the evening news. And because government services cost money (unlike the private sector?), the fewer government services there are, the less you’ll need to pay in taxes. Of course, with the government no longer providing those necessary services, that means massive wholesale privatization… which means paying FAR more to corporations (with stock holders, executive salaries, bonuses and profit margins) to provide those same services. But don’t worry about THAT! The “Free Market” will control prices! (Unless they have a monopoly or collude to fix prices. And with no more government regulation, what’s to stop them?) Paul is one of those “Free Market” utopians that truly believes companies will always do what’s in the best interests of their clients and would never do anything to hurt anyone, out of fear of losing customers. Just ask owners of the Ford Pinto in the late ’70s, or parents today about the amount of arsenic in their child’s apple juice, if corporations always have the best interests of their customers at heart. Ask Roughnecks from the “Deepwater Horizon” how concerned BP was with “safety”. Back in 1993, some people got very sick and three children died from undercooked “Jack-in-the-Box” hamburgers. Since then, incidents like this have only become more common in the era of a GOP obsessed with Deregulation. More recently, there have been 14 deadly e.coli outbreaks in just the past six years that have killed dozens more thanks to a food safety inspection system that has been trimmed to the bone by cut-crazy Conservatives. The “deregulate everything” crowd believes incidents like these result in greater “self-policing”. Rational human beings like myself think it’s better if these deaths never happened in the first place. Call me crazy, but I’d rather not have to worry if my hamburger will kill me before the drive home in a car with no seat belts does.

While Paul claims to oppose the hugely unpopular NAFTA, he is a huge proponent of “Free Trade”. Kind of like opposing Chevy’s while calling yourself a supporter of GM. How does Paul reconcile this? Paul says NAFTA isn’t “true” Free Trade but simply “managed trade”. So the problem with NAFTA, according to Paul, is that NAFTA isn’t “free enough” [ibid]. So, if you hate NAFTA and think it has destroyed jobs in this country (that “giant sucking sound” that Ross Perot warned us about), Paul is not on your side. (When ABC News pointed out to Congressman Paul last August that his campaign T-Shirts were not “Made in America”, Paul was unapologetic, saying only that that’s “the free market” at work.)

Paul’s “small government” zealotry would mean MASS PRIVATIZATION of every government function except for the military and the police (“security is the only legitimate function of government”, according to Paul). A campaign ad entitled “Big Dog” that plays more like the trailer for an action movie, explains how Paul would “save $1 Trillion dollars on Day One”:

 


 

…by eliminating FIVE government agencies. The Departments of: Education (we’ll still need to educate our children though, so that gets privatized. And you thought four years of college was expensive), The Interior Department (Land Management, National Parks, and the EPA), Energy (drilling permits, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and toxic site clean-up), Housing & Urban Development (home loan assistance, fair housing enforcement, regulating utility bills), and Commerce (Economic Development, the Patent Office, NOAA [the Weather Bureau], and the Census.) You know, useless stuff like that.

I like this parody of the Paul ad much better:

 


 

Paul would also “get rid of the IRS” (an idea everybody loves) and replace it with… well… nothing. According to Paul’s website: “‘a heavy [sic] progressive or graduated income tax’ is Plank #2 of the Communist Manifesto“. You read that right, paying more because you earn more, is Communist. According to Paul, with government cut to the barest of essentials, we could cover the cost of running the government with just “excise taxes and non-protectionist tariffs” [ibid]. “Excise Taxes” are a tax on production, which I’m certain Paul defines as a National Sales Tax… something I’m highly ambivalent about. On one hand, a National Sales Tax would erradicate the problem of “tax cheats” and collect revenue from many sources currently missed, like criminal activity, gambling proceeds, people being paid under the table, etc. I would support a NST that exempts most staples (food, clothing, etc), but the tremendous downside of taxing production is that people will simply buy used items whenever possible to avoid paying the taxes on a new item, dramatically hurting sales and costing millions of jobs (Herman Cain was roundly criticized on this very point, refusing to exempt staples yet suggesting the poor can just “buy used” items to reduce their tax burden… never explaining where they’d buy “used food”.) Paul has not said whether he would exempt any items from his “FAIR Tax”… once again allowing his supporters to project their own beliefs as to what Paul wants rather than hearing from the man directly.

What “excise taxes” fail to reap, “non-protectionist tariffs” will have to cover. I’m having a hard time understanding the logic of “non-protectionist tariffs”. The point of “protectionist” tariffs are to raise the prices of cheap imported goods that complete with goods made in THIS country, making American goods more competitive with cheap imports. “NON-protectionist tariffs” would be tariffs on items we DON’T make/grow in this country. So if you want something you can’t get anyplace else… like a computer or new TV… you’ll pay more for it. Sounds like an opportunity to start making those items here! Great! Except that the moment you do, goodbye “non-protectionist tariff”, and suddenly that imported item gets a LOT cheaper, putting the American manufacturer out of business. That’s a recipe for a new “Boom & Bust Cycle” every five years. More fiscal cluelessness from the 76 year old grandfather.

Dr. Paul appeared on The Tonight Show last Friday night, giving some of the most direct answers I’ve heard to date on just what he wants to do. Eliminate the IRS and implement a (roughly) “15% sales tax on companies that do business overseas”. This is different from his “excise tax” mentioned above, and he was not firm on the “15%” number. “Maybe higher, maybe lower. Can’t say for sure.”

Like Rick Perry, Paul said he would scrap “all foreign aid”. Republicans seem to think we’re spending between 10%-15% of our budget on “foreign aid to countries that hate us.” Nonsense. Eliminating foreign aid is a popular idea until you realize it’s barely 1.2% of our Federal Budget, and pays for things like fighting the spread of AIDS in Africa, humanitarian aid in disaster zones like Haiti, and securing loose nukes in the Ukraine. Foreign aid buys “loyalty” (as with keeping Egypt from threatening military action against Israel) and buys us some good will in countries that might otherwise seek to do us harm. I think we get a lot of bang for our buck with that 1.2%. Eliminating ALL foreign aid would do a lot of harm simply to save us very little money.

Paul on “Legalizing” Drugs

Another policy position that makes Paul very attractive to both Liberals like myself and Libertarians, is his call to “legalize” marijuana and all recreational drugs, an idea “Family Values” Republicans are truly aghast at. Most “young” people (younger than the “Baby-Boomers”) have seen the ridiculous waste of lives and money spent fighting a “War on Drugs” that we’re no closer to winning today than we were when Richard Nixon coined the term in 1971. The Drug War has filled our jails and turned our streets into warzones, all because Moral Crusaders seeking to endear themselves to “Values Voters” know they can’t win if they appear to be “soft on crime”. This country learned what an abysmal failure “Prohibition” was in the 1920′s/30′s. Not only did people not stop drinking, but alcohol-related crime created a Rogues-Gallery of famous crime bosses whose names will still know today (Al Capone, Meyer Lansky, “Bugsy” Segal, et al.)

Paul created quite a Media stir in the first GOP debate last May when he drew applause for his call to “legalize heroin”, remarking that “we don’t need the government to tell us not to do heroin.” Uh, actually, we kinda DO. It was the skyrocketing use of heroin in the 1970′s that gave birth to the “War on Drugs”. But here is where the doctor and I part ways. More than a concern with “Big Nanny”©, there’s a BIG… HUGE in fact… difference between “legalizing” something like heroine (a Schedule-1, Class-A narcotic) and “decriminalizing” it; and it’s a subtlety I don’t think Paul gets. If you “decriminalize” a drug, it’s still illegal, but you don’t go to jail if you’re caught using it. But if you “legalize” it, companies can legally make it an ingredient in other products (like Coca-Cola), or sell “new & improved” versions, increasing the addictiveness of their product. And in Paul’s Deregulated Utopia, who’s around to stop them?

100 years ago, cocaine was a “toothache remedy”:
Cocaine as a toothache remedy

“Decriminalize” growing your own marijuana for personal use inside the home, thus depriving drug dealers of a market, but the last thing you want is the wholesale “legalization” of “all” drugs… unless you like the idea of “Coco Puffs… Now with Real Coca!” in your child’s breakfast cereal.

Which brings me to the one single biggest factor as to why a Paul presidency wouldn’t work: The president isn’t a king, and Congress makes the laws. If Paul thinks for one moment that Congress is going to abolish the FDA, DEA and IRS simply on his say-so, he has a big dose of reality coming. How would the 77 year old “President Paul” handle a Congress that refuses to give him everything he wants? Not well, I’d bet.
 

Ron Paul’s History of Racist Remarks.
 

The Simpson's nail Fox News.

Ron Paul is also known for one other thing: a long history of racist statements. You’ve heard his moron son Senator “Rand” Paul (named after Libertarian hero, author Ayn Rand) and his idiotic statement that… while he agreed with the move to end segregation in the public sector, he wouldn’t have voted for the 1964 Civil Rights Act on the grounds that government has no business telling private industry who they must serve or how. Well Rand’s racial insensitivity didn’t come from nowhere. Daddy said the same thing himself in 2004. The 76 year old elder Paul still carries around the “subtle racism” left over from growing up in a segregated society and decades upon decades of stereotype-conditioning during his formative years that blacks are somehow “physically & intellectually different” from “the rest of us”.

A mild example of this a few years back was when Dr. Paul suggested young black purse-snatchers were “more likely to get away” than young white purse-snatchers because blacks are “naturally swifter” than whiles, pointing out that that is why there are so many of “them” in professional sports (most of the links I found for these quotes link to some rather offensive racists websites, so I’m not including them.) Note to all the racists supporting Ron Paul (and there do seem to be a lot of them): A stereotype doesn’t have to be “mean” to be racist.

Back in the early-to-mid 90′s, Dr. Paul wrote a slew of “newsletters” (caution, that’s one of those racist websites I warned you of) that pop-up every election year. In them, Paul protested the passage of “MLK Day” by Reagan, calling it “Hate Whitey Day”, and suggested alternative names for New York City: “Wellfaria, ZooVille, RapeTown, Dirtburgh, and LazyApolis” in response to MLK activists that wanted to rename the city after the Civil Rights Leader.

But Ron Paul’s stereotyping of blacks is nothing compared to his disdain for Israel and those of the Jewish faith. During his 2008 campaign, Paul refused to return a $500 campaign donation from a noted White Supremacist, with his campaign manager defending keeping the money on the grounds Paul “could not be influenced for just $500″. Paul had already set fundraising records at the time and hardly needed the money. He could of made a bigger statement by returning the money and disassociating himself with those who donated it, but he didn’t. Those “newsletters” mentioned above? Filled with anti-Semitic rhetoric, where Paul called the Israeli government “evil”, and even suggested the 1993 World Trade Center bombing may have been carried out by the Mossad (the Israeli CIA):

“tens of thousands of well-placed friends of Israel in all countries who are willing to wok [sic] for the Mossad in their area of expertise.” [...] “Whether it was a setup by the Israeli Mossad, as a Jewish friend of mine suspects, or was truly a retaliation by the Islamic fundamentalists, matters little.”

I put people who think Israel was behind any attack upon the U.S. in the same category as conspiracy nuts that think 9/11 was an “inside job” perpetrated by Bush (aka: “The Gang that Couldn’t Shoot Straight”.)

There is a lot of talk this week about Ron Paul moving up in Iowa. Could Paul win Iowa? Back during the 2004 Democratic Primary, second-place Dick Gephardt viciously attacked front-runner Howard Dean in an ad worthy of Karl Rove the week before the Iowa Caucus. Dean fired back with an attack ad of his own, severely weakening both candidates and allowing third-place John Kerry to shoot up the middle to win Iowa. Could it happen again as Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney slug it out for first place? You never know (follow-up: turns out it was Rick Santorum, not Ron Paul to profit off the infighting between Romney & Gingrich).

One thing I CAN say about Ron Paul is that his immense popularity proves this is a center “LEFT” nation, not center “Right” the way Conservatives repeatedly claim. Paul’s anti-war, anti-big bank platform is right in line with the Liberal LEFT. For any “Republican” to make such inroads into the GOP electorate on a platform like his proves there are more of us than there are of them.

Here is my “List” for Texas Rep. Dr. Ron Paul. Paul hasn’t been in the spotlight as much as the other candidates, which means I have fewer links for him than the other Top-Tier candidates, but that doesn’t mean he’s any less objectionable (as you can clearly see from my rant above).

  1. Paul’s 2008 Online Campaign Strategist Died Broke from lack of insurance, Friends Couldn’t Raise Enough in Donations to save his life.
  2. Consider this in light of Paul’s “personal responsibility” response to a debate question on whether to allow a willfully-uninsured person to die. Paul’s answer: “Let the churches take care of him.”
  3. Ron Paul: ‘Why Not’ Abolish FEMA?, Government Should Not ‘Take Care Of Us When We Do Dumb Things’
  4. In case he wasn’t clear, As Irene Devastates, Ron Paul Says We Need To ‘Come To Our Senses’ And Abolish FEMA
  5. Ron Paul On Hurricane Irene: Response Should Be Like It Was In 1900
  6. Ron Paul Feeds Right-Wing Conspiracy Theory That Government Could Turn U.S. Into A Concentration Camp
  7. Ron Paul Suggests We’d Be ‘Better Off’ Without The Civil Rights Act
  8. Ron Paul Calls Social Security and Medicare Unconstitutional, Compares Them to ‘Slavery’
  9. Son Rand also compared ObamaCare to “slavery”… for doctors.
  10. Ron Paul: A Long History of Racism and Anti-Semitism – International Business Times
  11. Ron Paul: Africa Has Famines Because They Aren't Capitalists
  12. Ron Paul and Mitt Romney's Nuclear Waste Disposal Plan: Free Markets!!!
  13. Ron Paul: 'It Wasn't Lack of Regulation That Caused the Enron Scandal'
  14. Ron Paul Blames 9/11 On Government Prohibiting Guns On Airplanes
  15. If only the passengers of had guns. But then of course, the terrorists would of had guns too. Gunfight in a metal tube @ 30,000 feet?
  16. Ron Paul: Greater Access To Birth Control Makes A ‘Mockery’ Of Christians
  17. Rep. Ron Paul Argues States Can Ignore Constitution By Nullifying Federal Laws
  18. This Blog is Not Ron Paul Friendly
  19. One simple paragraph doubles the number of links I’ve provided you here.
  20. Ron Paul newsletter: LA riots ended because blacks went “to pick up their welfare checks.”
  21. Ron Paul: People Call Me Racist Because My ‘Policies Are Winning’
  22. You might remember this was the same reason Herman Cain gave for all the accusations of sexual misconduct emerging once he entered the spotlight. So much for “the Party of personal responsibility.”
  23. Video of 1995 C-Span interview with Ron Paul discussing his “series of newsletters”.
  24. Paul says he didn’t write his own newsletter and doesn’t know who did. Bull.
  25. As DailyKOS reports: “Got AIDs? Your fault, says Ron Paul. Boss can’t keep his hands off you? Switch jobs, says Ron Paul.”
  26. Ron Paul: ‘Entitlements Are Not Rights’. – Actually includes “the Right to your money” as an example, yet your right to receive repayment of money you paid into an entitlement is NOT a “right”. These guys keep commenting on words they clearly don’t understand.
  27. The “Small-government” ultra-Libertarian Ron Paul that wants the government out of your personal life, thinks government-mandated, medically unnecessary ultrasounds for women seeking an abortion in Texas is just peachy. (This issue has since gone National.)
  28. During one of the upteenth GOP debates (1/27), Paul answers an unemployed woman that asks what plan the candidates have to help people like her afford health insurance. Paul’s response is to blame Medicare (“government being involved in medicine since 1965″), but provides no answer (other than the lingering suggestion he would abolish programs like Medicare.) Paul likes to rant about what he perceives to be the problem on a host of issues, but rarely provides a coherent solution.
  29. While Paul is insisting he was not aware of what was being written in his name in his 1990s newsletters, associates say Paul signed off on everything written in his newsletters:
  30. “It was his newsletter, and it was under his name, so he always got to see the final product… He would proof it,” said Renae Hathway, a former secretary in Paul’s company.
  31. Ron Paul: If It’s an ‘Honest Rape’ a Woman Should Go to the Emergency Room, ‘Get a Shot of Estrogen’. I won’t even bother going into the question of how one proves an “honest” rape. The former Ob/Gyn thinks there’s a rash of women in their third tri-mester falsely claiming rape simply to get an abortion.
  32. Ron Paul Calls For The Elimination Of Federal Public Lands. – Says dump them off on the states so they can (ab)use and exploit them as they see fit. How about a toxic waste dump on your state border? Don’t like it? Tough.
  33. This should help dispel the myth that Ron Paul is a South Texas cracker with racist views: Paul agrees to be guest speaker at extremist anti-tax pro-Gold Standard White Supremacist group “Sovereign Citizens”. The FBI declared “Sovereign Citizens” to be a Domestic Terrorism group following a string of threats to police officers and the murder of two Federal Agents.
  34. Once again, Paul calls for the elimination of FEMA following one of the worst tornado outbreaks in 37 years.
  35. Ron Paul Admits He Takes Social Security, Which He Once Likened To Slavery

Paul owes much of his success to staying out of the spotlight and not being seriously challenged on any of the issues. If there’s even the slightest chance Ron Paul might win his Party’s nomination (or win the presidency in a third-party three-way split), someone needs to start asking him the hard questions.

(8/21 UPDATE: Public outrage exploded over Congressman Todd Akin’s absurd comment that “legitimate rape rarely results in pregnancy” because women “secrete a substance” that prevents fertilization. But note #24 above where Ron Paul said the victim of an “honest rape” should be rushed to the ER for “a shot of estrogen”.)

Other “Lists” still available for review:


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The List II: Michele Bachmann

By Admin Mugsy - Last updated: Monday, December 12, 2011

Bachmann in OverdriveEverybody knows someone like Michele Bachmann. The “Tall Tale” teller, the “Everyone’s out to get you” paranoid, or the Bible-thumper that throws a screaming hissy-fit if you dare challenge their beliefs. But how many of us know all-three rolled into one? Long-time readers know I can’t refer to Michele Bachmann without the obligatory “BSC*” suffix after her name. So notorious is her history of “nutty” statements that even Fox’s Chris Wallace felt compelled to ask Bachmann: “Are you a flake?” And there’s a reason for it. Bachmann rode to prominence repeating every wild-eyed conspiracy theory to diarrhea from Glenn Beck’s mouth back when he still had his daily TV carnival on Fox. If Beck said it were so, you can bet your bottom dollar Michele Bachmann would be repeating it as gospel the next day: She believed Obama was pushing for a one-world “Global Currency”, said “Obama pals around with terrorists” (Bill Ayers), the government used the Census to round up American-Japanese during WWII and will do so again under Obama, only this time to round up Conservatives. When Liberal icon Al Franken was narrowly elected to the Senate from her home state, Bachmann claimed “341 Felons [illegally] Voted for Al Franken”, claimed “[Dennis] Kucinich’s wife and Michelle Obama plan to work together to push veganism” because they sat together on a plane, Bachmann & Beck both believed defunct community group ACORN would run Obama’s new “Community Reinvestment Act”, warned School-Based Health Clinics could provide “sex ed” and abortion referrals to children, Birther Bachmann wanted to know “Where is the birth certificate?” (later it is shown to her), etc & so-on.

We were first introduced to the Minnesota Congresswoman way back in 2005 when she was caught hiding in the bushes spying on an LGBT Rally supporting “same-sex marriage”:
 

Bachmann hides in bushes: 2005
Bachmann spying on LGBT Rally: 2005

…Is this any way for a grown woman or member of Congress to behave?

Bachmann has frequently referred to herself as “the one, true Conservative in this race”, and on that point, she may be right. No one single GOP candidate has embodied ALL of the most insane, conspiratorial, delusional mechanizations of the Right-Wing than Michele Bachmann. Self-anointed leader of “The Tea Party Congressional Caucus”, Bachmann has questioned the patriotism of her fellow members of Congress (calling for investigations that would make Joe McCarthy proud); thinks that we can (and should) deport 11million undocumented Mexican immigrants back to Mexico, even if it calls for ripping crying/screaming children from their mothers arms; and has co-founded a “gay conversion therapy” clinic (that bills Medicare) with her big (gay?) husband Marcus Bachmann. Michele has proudly bragged of raising “23 foster children” [some for no more than a week]… all of them girls. Doesn’t she trust her husband around young boys while she’s out legislating? It would appear either Michele suspects something too or Marcus only wants to foster girls because he doesn’t trust himself around boys. Okay, I may be totally off-base here, but ever notice how many self-hating closeted gay Republicans obsessed with condemning homosexuality there always seems to be on the Right? Speaking as a black Muslim lesbian trapped in the body of a pasty white straight guy, pursuing your obsession (he doth protest too much?) to the point of opening a clinic to “fix” gays, seems a little too “on the nose”. And for a “tough woman in a mans world” butch babe like Michele and a cherub-faced, 6’3″, 250lb effeminate gay-hater like Marcus to marry each other, also seems right in character. Marcus Bachmann may be the last man on Earth to figure out Marcus Bachmann is gay. That may be a totally unfair accusation, but hey, you’re wondering now too! Don’t deny it!

But we’re not here to talk about Michele’s husband. I have a lot of links for each GOP candidate, but no other candidate’s list is so replete with as much off-your-rocker nuttiness as Michele Bachmann:

  1. Bachmann calls for investigation of ‘anti-American’ Congress members
  2. Michelle Bachmann warns of politically correct re-education camps for young people
  3. Bachmann: A Gay Man 'Can' get married… He just has to marry a woman. (Like Marcus did? I’m telling ya, she knows!)
  4. Bachmann Denounces Gov't Spending, Cites Debunked Health Care Myth (claims IRS added 16,500 agents to enforce ‘ObamaCare’)
  5. Veterans Slam Bachmann’s Plan To Cut Vet Benefits
  6. Michele Bachmann claims there has been just one new oil drilling permit issued since Obama took office (actual number at the time: 39)
  7. Bachmann Says She Doesn’t ‘Have An Answer’ On Whether Homosexuality Is A Public Health Hazard
  8. Bachmann Calls For Huge Corporate Tax Cut Alongside Tax Increase For The Working Poor
  9. Bachmann: "‪We Now Have A Total Gangster Government‬‏" (accuses Obama of using strong-arm tactics.)
  10. Bachmann doubles down on "gangster government" claim
  11. Bachmann made opposite of Gangster Gov claim. (Said Obama’s foreign policy “makes Jimmy Carter look like Rambo.”)
  12. As Richest Pay Lowest Taxes In A Generation, Bachmann Would End Income Tax For 23,000 Millionaires
  13. Bachmann Playing With House Money (billed taxpayers “$13,630″ for sound equipment used at an anti-government, anti-tax Tea Party rally.)
  14. Bachmann Personally Benefited From Earmarks, Then Falsely Claims She Never Did
  15. Bachmann Calls The Minimum Wage An ‘Expansion Of Government’ That Needs To Be Eliminated
  16. Bachmann: Lower Minimum Wage To Match Cost Of Overseas Labor
  17. Says Abolishing Minimum Wage Would Create Millions of Jobs. Sure, if you don’t mind working for 50cents a day!
  18. Bachmann Only Got Law Degree Because Her Husband Told Her To, Urged Women To ‘Be Submissive To Your Husbands’
  19. Michele Bachmann – Lying about Her Law Degree
  20. Bachmann’s Parable For The Poor: Have Faith In God And You Won’t Need Welfare
  21. Bachmann, Santorum sign pledge to BAN all forms of pornography
  22. Video reminder of Bachmann's crackpotery.
  23. Yiddish Fail: Bachmann Accuses Obama Of Having ‘Choot-Spa’ (Here’s wishing you a Happy Chanooka!)
  24. Bachmann Campaign Takes Retribution Against Local Iowa Station That Asked About Ex-Gay Clinics
  25. Marcus Bachmann Backtracks: Denies Using ‘Ex-Gay’ Therapy, Claims He Never Called Gays ‘Barbarians’
  26. Michele Bachmann Repeatedly Sought Stimulus, EPA, Other Government Funds
  27. Bachmann: Obama Told Me The Affordable Care Act Eliminates Medicare (hypocrisy)
  28. Bachmann Claims ‘S&P Essentially Proved Me Right’ — S&P Really Disagrees
  29. Bachmann Refuses To Say What Spending She Would Cut If Her Plan To Not Raise The Debt Ceiling Were Followed
  30. Bachmann: I ‘Probably Would’ Reinstate DADT Because It ‘Has Worked Very Well’
  31. While Pushing Corporate Tax Cuts, Bachmann Rejects Extending Jobless Benefits Because ‘We Don’t Have The Money’
  32. Bachmann Still Claiming Income From Federally-Subsidized Farm She Insists She Doesn’t Benefit From
  33. Bachmann Would Consider Everglades Drilling Plan Bush, Romney Opposed
  34. Bachmann: Hurricane Irene Was Message From God About Spending (and what better way to protest spending than sending a Billion dollar Natural Disaster?)
  35. Bachmann, The God Whisperer (good funny read on that costly disaster.)
  36. Bachmann Doubles Down On Drilling In Everglades, Says Only ‘Radical Environmentalists’ Would Oppose
  37. Bachmann ‘Open To’ Elimination Of Corporate Income Tax
  38. Bachmann On Muslims In 2005: ‘Not All Cultures Are Equal’
  39. Bachmann calls Anti-Feminist Phyllis Schlafly "the most important woman in the United States in the last 100 years"
  40. Bachmann's latest conspiracy: HPV vaccine caused Mental Retardation
  41. Bachmann cites wrong John Wayne, praising notorious serial killer
  42. Bachmann To Man Who Would Vote For Serial Killer Over Obama: ‘Thank You For Saying That’
  43. Bachmann Flubs Fifth Grade American History (says Plymouth Rock in landlocked NH)
  44. Second Bachmann History Gaffe in the same speech: (tells NH audience their state is home of “Lexington and Concord”.)
  45. Bachmann Flubs History Again, Insists John Quincy Adams Was A Founding Father
  46. Reagan-fan Bachmann Says The American People Are Worried About ‘The Rise Of (China, India &) The Soviet Union’ (the USSR fell in 1989.)
  47. Responding to a recent outbreak of Swine Flu, Bachmann found it “interesting” that last Swine-Flu outbreak was “under a Democrat… Jimmy Carter… in 1976″.
  48. (Ford was still president in ’76.)
  49. Michele Bachmann: 'I haven't had a gaffe'
  50.  

    Michele Bachmann: Gaffe Machine

     

  51. Michele Bachmann Meets Her Hero Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Begs For Endorsement (Don’t know about Sheriff Joe? Here ya go!)
  52. Bachmann Claims Wall Street Reform Is ‘Killing The Banking Industry’ As Banks Post Record Profits
  53. Michele Bachmann’s Latest Job Creation Idea: Less Food Safety Regulation, More E. Coli
  54. Bachmann Proposes to Eliminate All Taxes (adds “Obviously we need to give money back so that we can run the government.” Voluntary taxation???)
  55. Bachmann Equates Today's Social Conservatives with the Civil Rights Movement
  56. Bachmann Warns of Hezbollah 'Missile Sites' in Cuba
  57. Paging Doctor Bachmann. Fundraising email claims Michele… who has no Ph.D… has a “post-doctorate” in tax law.)
  58. Bachmann Missed Every House Vote in September, 58 Percent Since July
  59. Bachmann Tells Man With 'No Teeth' to Rely on Charity
  60. Bachmann Introduces Federal Health Mandates To Govern Abortions
  61. Bachmann Boasts She Spent Her ‘Entire Life In The Private Sector’ Minutes After Touting Her IRS Job
  62. Bachmann: Gaddafi 'May Be' Still in Power If I Were President
  63. Michele Bachmann’s ex-NH staff says national campaign’s rudeness, cruelty pushed them out.
  64. Michele Bachmann: Obamacare Will ‘Endanger The National Security Of Our Nation’ (Debt)
  65. Michele Bachmann Would Add Ronald Reagan, James Garfield, Calvin Coolidge To Mount Rushmore
  66. Bachmann: Eliminate Tax Credit That Kept 3 Million Kids Out Of Poverty
  67. Bachmann: End the Dept. of Education to Solve Teen Bullying
  68. Bachmann believes the unemployed shouldn't eat
  69. Bachmann: We Need To Be More Like (communist) China. End LBJ’s 'Great Society' Programs
  70. Bachmann Wants Iraqis To Pay ‘Several Million Dollars Per Life’ For Every American Who Died In Iraq
  71. Bachmann: Obamacare Will Force Military Personnel Out Of Their Government-Funded Health System
  72. Bachmann: Waterboarding Is Justified… Just Like Nuking Japan. (so clearly, we need to apologize to those Japanese soldiers we prosecuted.)
  73. Michele Bachmann's statements about torture and waterboarding (Tells critics suggesting she try being waterboarded that it would prove nothing.)
  74. Bachmann: Obama Wants More ‘Violence’ So He Can Regulate Guns
  75. Bachmann: A Seven-Foot Doctor Told Me Obamacare Requires The IRS To Pre-Approve Medical Treatments
  76. Michele Bachmann: Get Rid of the Earned Income Tax Credit, Food Stamps, Public Housing
  77. Bachmann During GOP Debate: Leaked intel, or just more conspiracy fantasy?
  78. Bachmann: Teaching Only Evolution Is ‘Censorship’
  79. Michele Bachmann's Short List for AG and Veep: Rick Santorum and Donald Trump
  80. Bachmann: “Occupy Wall Street's” Goal is 'Having Other People Pay for Their Stuff'
  81. Bachmann: Deport All Undocumented Immigrants
  82. Bachmann Approves Of Dragging Undocumented Immigrants Onto Buses In Front Of Their Crying Children
  83. Bachmann Warns ‘The Lion King’ Was Gay Propaganda
  84. Bachmann: Scientists Are Supporters Of Intelligent Design
  85. Bachmann: Terri Schiavo Was ‘Healthy’
  86. Bachmann Likened Visiting Iraq to visiting the Mall of America
  87. Bachmann Claimed Carbon Dioxide Is ‘Harmless’ (so’s water… until you try to breath it.)
  88. Touting Her Currency Conspiracy, Bachmann Insists: ‘This Is Not Michele Bachmann Being A Kook’
  89. Bachmann: Gay singer should repent after getting cancer.
  90. Bachmann revels in her stupidity, proudly pointing out she’s “the ONLY candidate in the race to consistently oppose ‘ObamaCare’ and ‘Global Warming legislation’.”
  91. Comes out against extending payroll tax cut on the grounds, “It hasn’t created any jobs”. Meanwhile, the Bush Tax Cuts have been in place all during that same time, but THOSE cuts must continue because “they create jobs”.
  92. Bachmann: ‘The Number One Way We’ll Advance The Cause Of Life’ Is By Repealing Health Reform.
  93. A bit like improving auto safety by removing seat belts.

    In 2006, Bachmann Predicted The World Would End: ‘We Are In The Last Days’

    Audio clip at link with infamous, surreal “You’re a Jehovah God” quote.
  94. FactCheck.org: Bachmann Wrong on Social Security, Jobs, Debt
  95. PolitiFact gives Bachmann a “Pants on Fire” for claiming: “PolitiFact came out and said that everything I said was true” in last debate.
  96. Buying into the Rightwing myth that the Poor pay “no taxes” (ever hear of “FICA” or “Sales tax”?), Bachmann proposes a $10 minimum tax for all Americans.
  97. Bachmann has also promised to “abolish the Capital Gains Tax”. So while Poor people would pay $10 more, 20,000 Multimillionaires would see their taxes slashed to just $10/year.

     
    (Bachmann suspends campaign after disappointing last place finish in Iowa.)

  98. Anti-Abortion Bachmann Says Women Need To be able to “Make Their Own Decisions” About Their Bodies (April 15, 2012)

This just is not a serious presidential candidate. Truly, this isn’t even someone that should be advocating and creating legislation.

Other “Lists” still available for review:

God must want Obama to win.


Sign my petition for GREEN JOBS TOMORROW fast & cheap. Use those $4 Billion in oil subsidies to put Solar Panels on the roofs of 40,000 government buildings, or order 100,000 hybrid mail-trucks. Not only would this INSTANTLY CREATE JOBS, it would spark ENTIRE INDUSTRIES with a future, reduce our dependency on oil, reduce greenhouse emissions, and quickly pay for itself (and cut future expenses) with the energy savings. We need 5,000 signatures by December 20th.


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