Daily Archives: April 7, 2012

Another Military Sergeant Trashes The Commander-In-Chief On Facebook

I have no doubt that during any other administration, this sort of thing would never have happened without serious consequences…

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Joel Thomson is a Technical Sergeant for the United States Air Force. Joel Thomson has a captivating smile, lively blue eyes and an apparent love for animals. Joel Thomson really hates his Commander-in-Chief, enough to call him a Muslim and far worse, the son of Satan. How do I know this about Joel Thomson? It’s no secret. In fact, he brags about it on his very public Facebook page. He is so vehement in his hatred of his boss that no fewer than four people, including the page, Americans Against the Tea Party, have forwarded us Thomson’s profile, asking that he be exposed.

Here are just a few screenshots from Thomson’s page, which seems to be dedicated almost entirely to his hatred of the President:

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Not surprisingly, Thomson is supportive of US Marine Sergeant, Gary Stein who has been accused of very similar offenses. From the Global Post:

A disciplinary board has recommended that a US Marine who criticized President Barack Obama on Facebook should be dismissed.

The three-member panel advised that Sgt. Gary Stein should receive an “other than honorable” discharge after an all-day hearing at Camp Pendleton yesterday, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Stein is accused of undermining “good order and discipline” by posting comments critical of the commander-in-chief on a number of Facebook pages. According to the LA Times, he called Obama a coward and an enemy and urged people to vote against him in this year’s election.

And he stated he would not follow orders from the president if he considered them “unlawful.”

Stein is arguing that his opinions are his own and because he is stating them as his opinions, and not as the opinion of the military, he is protected by his first amendment rights.

I don’t think that anyone is denying Stein or Thomson the right to their opinions, but opinions can go too far when they serve to undermine the authority of their Commander-in-Chief. They call their Commander-in-Chief a traitor yet hide behind the first amendment when they are called the same. It’s one thing to have an opinion about policy, it’s quite another to post inflammatory lies, such as calling the President the son of Satan. If fact, it’s spelled out quite clearly in the Uniform Code of Military Justice:

888. ART. 88. CONTEMPT TOWARD OFFICIALS

Any commissioned officer who uses contemptuous words against the President, the Vice President, Congress, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of a military department, the Secretary of Transportation, or the Governor or legislature of any State, Territory, Commonwealth, or possession in which he is on duty or present shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.

889. ART. 89 DISRESPECT TOWARD SUPERIOR COMMISSIONED OFFICER 

Any person subject to this chapter who behaves with disrespect toward his superior commissioned officer shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.

When Sergeant Thomson enlisted in the military, he agreed to a certain set of rules. One of those rules is to be respectful to his superiors, even if he disagrees with them. For that reason, he’s subject to disciplinary actions. If Thomson really hates his boss that much, perhaps he should consider a new career.

 

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Voter Suppression 101

Undermining Democracy is a very serious offense against our Constitution.

Yet Republicans, with the help of Right-Wing front group ALEC, have done just that on a massive scale.

The following is just a small segment of a brief  the Center for American Progress compiled…

Center For American Progress

How Conservatives Are Conspiring to Disenfranchise Millions of Americans

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The right to vote is under attack all across our country. Conservative legislators are introducing and passing legislation that creates new barriers for those registering to vote, shortens the early voting period, imposes new requirements for already-registered voters, and rigs the Electoral College in select states. Conservatives fabricate reasons to enact these laws—voter fraud is exceedingly rare—in their efforts to disenfranchise as many potential voters among certain groups, such as college students, low-income voters, and minorities, as possible. Rather than modernizing our democracy to ensure that all citizens have access to the ballot box, these laws hinder voting rights in a manner not seen since the era of Jim Crow laws enacted in the South to disenfranchise blacks after Reconstruction in the late 1800s.

Talk about turning back the clock! At its best, America has utilized the federal legislative process to augment voting rights. Constitutional amendments such as the 12th, 14th, 15th, 17th, 19th, 23rd, and 26th have steadily improved the system by which our elections take place while expanding the pool of Americans eligible to participate. Yet in 2011, more than 30 state legislatures considered legislation to make it harder for citizens to vote, with over a dozen of those states succeeding in passing these bills. Anti-voting legislation appears to be continuing unabated so far in 2012.

Unfortunately, the rapid spread of these proposals in states as different as Florida and Wisconsin is not occurring by accident. Instead, many of these laws are being drafted and spread through corporate-backed entities such as the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, as uncovered in a previous Center for American Progress investigative report. Detailed in that report, ALEC charges corporations such as Koch Industries Inc., Wal-Mart Stores Inc., and The Coca-Cola Co. a fee and gives them access to members of state legislatures. Under ALEC’s auspices, legislators, corporate representatives, and ALEC officials work together to draft model legislation. As ALEC spokesperson Michael Bowman told NPR, this system is especially effective because “you have legislators who will ask questions much more freely at our meetings because they are not under the eyes of the press, the eyes of the voters.”

The investigative report included for the first time a leaked copy of ALEC’s model Voter ID legislation, which was approved by the ALEC board of directors in late 2009. This model legislation prohibited certain forms of identification, such as student IDs, and has been cited as the legislative model from groups ranging from Tea Party organizations to legislators proposing the actual legislation such as Wisconsin’s Voter ID proposal from Republican state Rep. Stone and Republican state Sen. Joe Leibham.

Registering the poor “to vote is like handing out burglary tools to criminals.”

-Conservative columnist Matthew Vadum

Continue reading here…

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Politico’s: The week in one-liners: Rush, Palin, Clinton

Politico

The top quotes in politics …

“I guess we better unzip him and let the real Mitt Romney out.” — Ann Romney talking about her husband.

“I mean, the truth is, that’s what he’s gotta do.” — Former President Bill Clinton on the Romney camp’s Etch-a-Sketch gaffe.

“They squeak when you eat ‘em, it’s really cool.” — Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on cheese curds.

“He was like a chicken with his head chopped off.” — Democratic strategist James Carville describing Santorum.

“It’s not for a fashion statement, it’s ammunition.” — Gov. Nikki Haley explaining why she wears heels.

“Game on.” — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on competing with Katie Couric.

“I think it should be Sarah Palin.” — Sen. John McCain joking about the veepstakes.

“You know, if you buy a $10 million chandelier, you should have a house to put it in.” — Keith Olbermann comparing himself to an expensive light fixture.

“You’re the guy wearing a $50 lampshade sitting in the corner of the room that nobody else wants to go in.” — Rush Limbaugh zinging Olbermann.

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West Wing Week: 4/6/2012 or “The Annual Spring Break Edition!”

The White House

This week, the President hosted a summit with North American leaders, addressed the Associated Press, signed his economic report, the STOCK Act, and the JOBS Act, and held an Easter Prayer Breakfast.

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Allen West: I’ll be VP if ‘God would ordain’ it

Allen West speaks to CNN

Allen West would have to take anger management classes and work on his machismo attitude toward women before anyone (including God) would even consider him becoming VP of the United States.

The Raw Story

Tea party Rep. Allen West (R-FL) said on Friday that he would accept the Republican vice presidential nomination if it was the “right fit.”

Earlier this week, failed GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin first floated West’s name at a possible “rogue” pick for 2012. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R), an early supporter of Mitt Romney, agreed that West would be “good” in the VP slot.

On Friday, West told CNN’s Kyra Phillips that he had “never been out on a dinner date” with Romney, but he’d be willing to join the ticket.

“Yeah, well, right now, you know, the focus is, of course, being a good Congressional representative,” West explained. “But if someone were to make that call to me, which I really doubt is ever going to happen, you would have to make sure that it is something that God would ordain for you, and you’d have to talk to your wife, my wife and my two daughters about. But we have always stepped up to the plate to serve our country. And if it’s the right fit, then I will do so.”

West also accused Phillips of leading him down a “rabbit hole” by asking about same sex marriage.

“I think that right now there are a lot of people who try to take you down a rabbit hole to discuss things that really aren’t that important,” the Florida congressman insisted.

“Are you saying gay marriage is not important?” a shocked Phillips pressed.

“I think if you poll the American people, Kyra, I don’t think they’re going to bring up gay marriage as one of their top concerns,” West replied. “I think the best thing you can do to help me and to help out America, let’s stay focused on the things that are critical for the American people right now, and not try to create some situation [where] you take me down to a rabbit hole.”

“No, no, I’m not trying to do that,” Phillips insisted. “I’m talking about millions of gay Americans.”

“They should be concerned about the four years of trillion dollar deficits that we have had in the federal government,” West shot back. “That’s what we should be focused on, Kyra.”

In the past, West has made his opposition to marriage equality clear by calling same sex marriage “an oxymoron” that could eventually destroy society. He has also suggested that gay men and lesbians can change their sexual orientation like flavors of ice cream.

Watch the video from CNN’s Newsroom, broadcast on April 6, 2012.

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