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House Candidate Called Female Senators “Undeserving Bimbos in Tennis Shoes”

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During the run up to the mid-term elections for 2010 some GOP candidates made so many controversial statements that they were simply deemed un-electable by most politcal analysts.  Their constituents felt the same .  They included Senate candidates Sharon Angle, Christine O’Donnell, and Joe Miller of Alaska.  All were sidelined because of public faux pas and simply not knowing enough about politics to get elected.

Looks like the 2014 mid-term races might have a few crazies as well…

Mother Jones

Statement was from Jim Hagedorn’s old blog, “Mr. Conservative,” is a ticking time bomb.

Republican congressional candidate Jim Hagedorn could face a major obstacle in his race to unseat Minnesota Democrat Tim Walz: conservative blogger Jim Hagedorn.

Hagedorn, the son of retired congressman Tom Hagedorn, was a surprise victor in last Tuesday’s GOP primary. But he brings some serious baggage to his race against Walz, a four-term incumbent. In posts from his old blog, Mr. Conservative, unearthed by the now-defunct Minnesota Independent, Hagedorn made light of American Indians, President Obama’s Kenyan ancestry, and female Supreme Court justices, among others, in ways many voters won’t appreciate.

Hagedorn deleted many of his old posts prior to his 2010 run for Walz’s seat—he lost in the GOP primary. But some of his writings can still be found via the Internet Archive or in screenshots taken by the Independent. These were not mere juvenile ramblings, either: Hagedorn was a Treasury Department official at the time.

“Turns out half-aunt Zeituni is an illegal alien from Kenya who has illegally contributed money to her half-nephew’s campaign, which should make Americans half-pi$$ed,” he wrote in a typical missive during the 2008 election cycle. “The migration from Barack Obama’s second country to the United States during the next four years is going to look like a low-budget remake of Eddie Murphy’s hit comedy ‘Coming to America.'”

Hagedorn also reveled in the type of gay innuendo you may have heard in high school courtyards in decades past. (Kids these days know better.) He referred to former Wisconsin Sen. Herb Kohl as an “alleged switch-hitter” and a “packer.” Former GOP candidate Mike Taylor, the target of a homophobic attack ad during his campaign against then-Sen. Max Baucus,came out even worse: “[T]he ad really bent Taylor over with rage and caused him to go straight to the bar and get lubricated,” Hagedorn wrote. “It must have taken all Taylor’s power to refrain from fisting…err…using his fists on Max Baucus, or at the very least ream him inside and out.”

In an entry on the Supreme Court’s 2003 Lawrence v. Texas decision, which ruled that state bans on sodomy were unconstitutional, he wrote: “Butt (sic) never have winners lost so dearly. The Court’s voyage into uncharted, untreated cultural bathhouse waters was designed to offer a gentle push from behind…to generate a small skip forward for the pink triangle class…to throw them a bone, so to speak.”

Lest anyone challenge his bona fides, Hagedorn wanted to make abundantly clear he was a straight white male. “Senator McCain’s campaign was all but flat lined before he brought the feisty Caribou Barbie into our living rooms,” he wrote in 2008. “Which reminds me, on behalf of all red-blooded American men: THANK YOU SENATOR McCAIN, SARAH’S HOT!”

Not all female politicians were viewed as favorably. In a 2002 post, Hagedorn referred to Washington Democratic Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray as “undeserving bimbos in tennis shoes.” Former Bush White House counsel Harriet Miers, he wrote in 2005, had been nominated “to fill the bra of Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.”

Writing about now-Sen. John Thune’s race against Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson, Hagedorn turned his razor-sharp wit on America’s most coddled demographic—Native Americans. “The race has been highlighted by a Democrat drive to register voters in several of several of South Dakota’s expansive redistribution of wealth centers…err…casino parlors…err…Indian reservations. Remarkably, many of the voters registered for absentee ballots were found to be chiefs and squaws who had returned to the spirit world many moons ago.” Alleging that fake votes from Indians would provide the margin of victory, he echoed “John Wayne’s wisdom of the only good Indian being a dead Indian.”

Hagedorn may have been joking. (The quip’s real author, General Philip Sheridan, wasn’t.) But American Indians were a favorite punching bag over at Mr. Conservative. In that same post, he referred to Nevada as a land of “nuclear waste and thankless Indians.” What made the state’s Native American population thankless? Hagedorn didn’t say.

Democrats seized on some of the Mr. Conservativepostings during Hagedorn’s brief 2009 foray, prompting him to slip into damage control mode. “I understand that some of the folks on the left aren’t going to like what I write,” he told the Rochester Post-Bulletin. “I poke fun at everybody, including Republicans.”

Although Walz’s district went to Barack Obama by less than 2 points in 2012, the incumbent has faced a string of less-than-stellar opponents. Allen Quist, the GOP’s 2012 nominee, crafted a school science curriculum contending that humans coexisted with dinosaurs. Aaron Miller, the Iraq War vet who was picked to run against Walz at the district nominating convention but lost in the primary, stated that he was motivated to run for office because his daughter had been forced to learn evolution in public schools. And now Hagedorn.

It looks like Tim Walz might be staying in Washington a little bit longer.

Netanyahu Tells U.S. ‘Not To Ever Second Guess Me Again’ On Hamas

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Israeli Defense Minister, Moshe Ya’alon, left, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, attend the cabinet meeting at the defense ministry in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty, pool) | AP

When the leader of the United States and his political equivalent in Israel don’t like each other…this occurs.

The Huffington Post

Following the quick collapse of the cease-fire in Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the White House not to force a truce with Palestinian militants on Israel.

Sources familiar with conversations between Netanyahu and senior U.S. officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry, say the Israeli leader advised the Obama administration “not to ever second guess me again” on the matter. The officials also said Netanyahu said he should be “trusted” on the issue and about the unwillingness of Hamas to enter into and follow through on cease-fire talks.

The Obama administration on Friday condemned “outrageous” violations of an internationally brokered Gaza cease-fire by Palestinian militants and called the apparent abduction of an Israeli soldier a “barbaric” action.

The strong reaction came as top Israeli officials questioned the effort to forge the truce, accusing the U.S. and the United Nations of being naive in assuming the radical Hamas movement would adhere with its terms. The officials also blamed the Gulf state of Qatar for not forcing the militants to comply.

With the cease-fire in tatters fewer than two hours after it took effect with an attack that killed two Israeli troops and left a third missing, President Barack Obama demanded that those responsible release the soldier.

Obama and other U.S. officials did not directly blame Hamas for the abduction. But they made clear they hold Hamas responsible for, or having influence over, the actions of all factions in the Gaza Strip. The language was a distinct change from Thursday when Washington was focused on the deaths of Palestinian civilians.

“If they are serious about trying to resolve this situation, that soldier needs to be unconditionally released as soon as possible,” Obama told reporters. He added that it would be difficult to revive the cease-fire without the captive’s release.

“It’s going to be very hard to put a cease-fire back together again if Israelis and the international community can’t feel confident that Hamas can follow through on a cease-fire commitment,” he said. His comment reflected uncertainty in the U.S. and elsewhere that Hamas was actually responsible for the incident or if some other militant group was to blame.

At the same time, Obama called the situation in Gaza “heartbreaking” and repeated calls for Israel to do more to prevent Palestinian civilian casualties.

Despite the collapse of the truce, Obama credited Kerry for his work with the United Nations to forge one. He lamented criticism and “nitpicking” of Kerry’s attempts and said the effort would continue.

Kerry negotiated the truce with U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon in a marathon session of phone calls over several days while he was in India on an official visit. Kerry had spent much of the past two weeks in Egypt, Israel, the West Bank and France trying to mediate a cease-fire with Qatar and Turkey playing a major role because of their close ties with Hamas.

Those efforts failed with Israel saying it could not trust Hamas and some Israelis and American pro-Israel groups complaining that the U.S. was treating the group — a foreign terrorist organization as designated by the State Department — as a friend.

Late Thursday, however, Israel accepted Kerry and Ban’s latest proposal, despite its reservations. Once the truce was violated, though, Israeli officials hit out at not only Hamas, but the United States and Qatar for its failure.

An Israeli official said the Netanyahu government viewed both Hamas and Qatar as having violated the commitment given to the U.S. and the U.N. and that it expected the international community to take practical steps as part of a “strong and swift response,” especially regarding the return of the abducted soldier.

In a phone call with U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro, Netanyahu vented his anger, according to people familiar with the call.

Netanyahu told Shapiro the Obama administration was “not to ever second-guess me again” and that Washington should trust his judgment on how to deal with Hamas, according to the people. Netanyahu added that he now “expected” the U.S. and other countries to fully support Israel’s offensive in Gaza, according to those familiar with the call. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter by name.

They said Netanyahu made similar points to Kerry, who himself denounced the attack as “outrageous,” saying it was an affront to assurances to respect the cease-fire given to the United States and United Nations, which brokered the truce.

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Sean Hannity: Why didn’t Obama hand over his birth certificate like everybody else?

Republican opinion host Sean Hannity objects to the idea of being forced to see crime scene photos from the Sandy Hook massacre. Photo: Screenshot via Mediaite.

Are they really going down that road again…?

The Raw Story

Fox News host and conservative radio personality Sean Hannity thinks it is very strange that President Barack Obama waited so long to release his birth certificate.

“I actually think at this point the president wants — he loves to be a victim, I’m beginning to notice, a victim of birtherism … I just thought it was strange that he the president didn’t hand over his birth certificate like everybody else,” he said Wednesday on his radio show.

Obama’s campaign released a “certification of live birth” in 2008, which confirmed that the president was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 4, 1961. But conspiracies about his birthplace persisted, and Obama released his long-form birth certificate in 2011.

“Now I know the president felt he was uniquely qualified to deal with issues involving the Muslim world because he went to school in Jakarta as a child, a Muslim school, and he said one of the most beautiful things — he said this to Nicholas Kristof at the New York Times — one of the most beautiful sights in the world is Muslim prayer at sunset. He said those things in that interview. It was in Jakarta.”

Hannity noted that Donald Trump claimed he had offered Obama $50 million for his birth records, but Obama never responded.

“This went on forever,” he continued. “I just thought it was odd, not to turn over your birth certificate.”

Some so-called “birthers,” such as Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, continue to believe that Obama’s birth certificate is a forgery.

Listen to audio, courtesy of Media Matters, below.

http://mediamatters.org/video/2014/07/30/sean-hannity-obama-claimed-to-be-the-victim-of/200268

Glenn Beck: Obama is fueling impeachment talk because ‘the Black thing is over’

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The Raw Story

Conservative radio host Glenn Beck accused President Barack Obama on Monday of fueling talks of his own impeachment in order to better position himself on, among other things, the country’s immigration issues, Right Wing Watch reported.

“Who wants it? The president does,” Beck argued. “Because then he’ll be able to say, ‘I demand justice.’ The birther thing is over, the Black thing is over. So now he needs to be able to call for justice.”

Beck complained that conservatives were “losing the PR battle” on the issue of immigration reform and said Obama would try to “change the subject” to allegations of impeachment.

“Do you think anybody in the GOP is serious about impeachment?” Beck asked his staff. “I talk to a lot of the guys who should be the leaders of impeachment, if there was gonna be a leader of impeachment.”

Beck did not name any of the “guys” to which he spoke about the issue. But his remarks came a day after House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) refused to dismiss the possibility of such an action during an interview with Fox News. Other House Republicans like Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) have been calling for Obama’s impeachment since at least October 2013.

More recently, Tea Party favorite Sarah Palin wrote, “it’s time to impeach” in a column for Breitbart.com earlier this month over the influx of several thousand immigrant minors from Central American countries.

 

Watch footage of Beck’s remarks, as posted by Right Wing Watch on Monday, here…

 

 

John McCain Finds a Way to Blame ‘Cowardly’ Obama for MH17 Crash

Sen. John McCain | Screenshot

This simply sounds like sour grapes directed toward Obama supporters, but McCain and his ilk are not saying these things to upset Obama’s base.  Right-wing politicians are trying to stir up their Obama-hating base so they will come to the polls in 2014.  They’ll worry about 2016 after the mid-term elections.

Mediaite

When he appeared on MSNBC and CNN Thursday afternoon, shortly after news broke of the Malaysia Airlines passenger jet that had been shot down over Ukraine, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) warned that if Russia turned out to be responsible, there would be “hell to pay.” But by the time he joinedSean Hannity on Fox News last night, he had turned his outrage directly at President Barack Obama.

“It’s just been cowardly,” McCain said. “It’s a cowardly administration that we failed to give the Ukrainians weapons with which to defend themselves.” He speculated that the Russian separatists who allegedly shot down the plane “may not even have occupied and had access to these weapons, which apparently they got at an airfield,” if the U.S. had intervened earlier in the Ukrainian conflict with Russia.

McCain then told Hannity what he would do in response to the deadly crash:

“First, give the Ukrainians weapons to defend themselves and regain their territory. Second of all, move some of our troops in to areas that are being threatened by Vladimir Putin, in other countries like the Baltics and others. Move missile defense into the places where we got out of, like the Czech Republic and Poland and other places. And impose the harshest possible sanctions on Vladimir Putin and Russia. And that’s just for openers.”

And just like that, the likely accidental shooting down of a Malaysian plane carrying mostly Dutch passengers by Russian separatists in Ukraine is President Obama’s fault.

Watch video below, via Fox News:

Two-Thirds Of Republicans Think Impeaching Obama Would Be Justified

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First of all…on what legitimate grounds would he be impeached?  Secondly, the Right’s perceived “Obama offenses” are mainly made up lies and a host of deliberate misconceptions…

The Huffington Post

Sarah Palin raised eyebrows last week when she called on Congress to impeach President Barack Obama, but a new HuffPost/YouGov poll shows that the former Alaska governor is not alone. A third of Americans, and two-thirds of Republicans, think Obama should be impeached.

Among all Americans, those saying Congress would not be justified in beginning impeachment proceedings against Obama outnumber those who think it would be justified, 44 percent to 35 percent, while 21 percent said they weren’t sure.

The question drew a huge partisan divide. Sixty-eight percent of Republicans said beginning the impeachment process would be justified, while only 8 percent of Democrats said the same. Independents were divided, 37 percent to 37 percent, while 26 percent said they weren’t sure. Overall, 26 percent of non-Republicans said impeachment would be justified.

Impeachment was described in the poll as “the first step in the constitutional process for removing a president from office, in which possible crimes are investigated and charges are made.” A HuffPost/YouGov poll experiment conducted last year found that support for Obama’s impeachment varied depending on question wording, but that at least half of Republicans said they would support his impeachment no matter how the question was worded.

Obama isn’t the only recent president to face calls for impeachment from members of the other party. A 2007 Gallup poll asked the same question about George W. Bush, and found that 36 percent of Americans, including 58 percent of Democrats, 35 percent of independents and 9 percent of Republicans, said there was justification for Congress to begin impeachment proceedings.

The 1998 impeachment of Bill Clinton also divided Americans along party lines. A 2001 ABC News/Washington Post poll found that 77 percent of Republicans and 45 percent of independents, but only 17 percent of Democrats, thought the House of Representatives made the right decision when it impeached Clinton.

The Gallup and ABC News/Washington Post polls were accessed using the Roper Center’s iPoll database.

In the new HuffPost/YouGov poll, 49 percent of Americans said Obama had exceeded the limits of authority placed on the president by the Constitution, while 34 percent said he had not. Eighty-nine percent of Republicans, 52 percent of independents and 16 percent of Democrats said Obama had exceeded the limits of his authority.

The HuffPost/YouGov poll was conducted July 9-11 among 1,000 U.S. adults using a sample selected from YouGov’s opt-in online panel to match the demographics and other characteristics of the adult U.S. population. Factors considered include age, race, gender, education, employment, income, marital status, number of children, voter registration, time and location of Internet access, interest in politics, religion and church attendance.

The Huffington Post has teamed up with YouGov to conduct daily opinion polls. You can learn more about this project and take part in YouGov’s nationally representative opinion polling. Data from all HuffPost/YouGov polls can be foundhere.

This story has been updated to include the percentage of non-Republicans who said impeachment would be justified.

Wingnuts Gone Wild: Calls To Impeach Obama After Crazy Lady Scribbles A Word Salad On Breitbart

Half-term ex-Governor Sara Palin | CNN

I love this headline…

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Half-baked former Governor of Alaska has had ‘enough” and is fed up with “the years of abuse from this president.” She took to Breitbart.com to scribble out a word salad which states, “His unsecured border crisis is the last straw that makes the battered wife say, ‘no mas’.”

No mas! No mas! She has had it, dammit!

La mujer estúpida continued to say,”Because of Obama’s purposeful dereliction of duty an untold number of illegal immigrants will kick off their shoes and come on in, competing against Americans for our jobs and limited public services.”

The crazy lady added, “There is no end in sight as our president prioritizes parties over doing the job he was hired by voters to do. Securing our borders is obviously fundamental here; it goes without saying that it is his job.”

While she was drawing funny pictures on Breitbart, this happened. 

Today Obama has asked for help in what he has called a humanitarian crisis. President Obama on Tuesday asked Congress for $3.7 billion to confront a tide of minors from Central America who are illegally crossing the U.S. southern border, straining immigration resources and causing a political firestorm in Washington.

Meanwhile, it was  1George W. Bush who allowed more undocumented children into the United States. Sadly, it was Obama who wanted them deported.

But never mind all the fact-y stuff.

“President Obama’s rewarding of lawlessness, including his own, is the foundational problem here,” she declares.

Sarah’s ghost writer concludes “It’s time to impeach; and on behalf of American workers and legal immigrants of all backgrounds, we should vehemently oppose any politician on the left or right who would hesitate in voting for articles of impeachment. The many impeachable offenses of Barack Obama can no longer be ignored. If after all this he’s not impeachable, then no one is.”

600 upvotes on Breitbart for this comment, so it must be true:

Or maybe Obama will be so afraid that he’ll quit halfway through his second term.

IMPEACH! Also, apparently Sarah doesn’t have a vajayjay. I’m not judging though.

 

Impeach our twice elected President for freedom and stuff:

 

Because he’s the boss of all the cops, that’s why:

 

Because Fascism:

 

 

Obama did this deliberately because a half-term Governor said so.

Newspaper Ran Op-Ed About Obama With N-Word In The Headline (PHOTO)

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West View News

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“The simple truth is that there is still in America an irreducible measure of racism,” the op-ed said. “America’s increasing tolerance of far-right opinion has made racism more acceptable.”

The New York Post printed an image (pictured) of the headline with the n-word blurred out.

The West View News also ran a column below Collier’s by Alvin Hall, an African-American columnist, titled “This headline offends me.”

According to West View News editor George Capsis Collier was able to convince him to print the headline even though the editorial staff had reservations.

“The editorial staff continues to object,” Capsis told the Post. “In this article, however, Jim reminded me that The New York Times avoids using the word which convinced me that West View should.”

Collier, according to Capsis, wanted the headline to “shock us into accepting that there are people who believe and use this outrageous word.”

See the full page with both op-eds below:

West View News

(H/t: Yahoo News)

Obama Addresses White House Petition To Make Tim Howard Secretary Of Defense

What can I say?  It’s a slow news day…

The Huffington Post


President Barack Obama congratulated the U.S. men’s soccer team “who represented America so well the last few weeks” at the 2014 World Cup, and gave a special shout-out to goalkeeper Tim Howard.

“I know there’s actually a petition on the White House website to make Tim Howard the next Secretary of Defense,” Obama said in his weekly address. “Chuck Hagel’s got that spot right now, but if there is a vacancy, I promise to think about it.”

That petition is one of two on the White House’s We The People website calling for Howard to receive big honors after his history-making World Cup performance.Another petition, which has been signed by almost 17,000 people, calls to rename Washington National Airport in Washington, D.C. to “Tim Howard National Airport.”

After making 16 saves against the Belgian team in the U.S.’s last World Cup match, Howard was listed on Wikipedia as the U.S. secretary of defense. Real-life Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called up Howard after the match to thank him for the legendary performance.

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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel calls U.S. Soccer Keeper Tim Howard to thank him for defending the USA at the World Cup. (Pentagon) | Defense Department

In addition to congratulating the U.S. men’s soccer team, Obama also extended his thanks to the men and women of the U.S. armed forces in his weekly address.

“You keep us safe, and you keep the United States of America a shining beacon of hope for the world, and for that, you and your families deserve not only the appreciation of a grateful nation, but our enduring commitment to serve you as well as you served us,” Obama said.

The president also reflected on the meaning of Independence Day, saying the belief in “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” has sustained the U.S. “through war and depression, peace and prosperity.”

 

Wingnuts tell Ted Cruz to stop dragging his feet after he tweets Holder impeachment demand

attribution: REUTERS

Hey TFCers…wanna try your hand at captioning the above photo in the comments section?  This should be fun.  Submit as many entries as you care to…

Daily Kos

Sen. Ted “Calgary” Cruz has a new fundraising gimmick:

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduced a resolution on Thursday calling for Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the IRS scandal — and if he doesn’t do so, Cruz thinks he should be impeached.”If attorney general Eric Holder continues to refuse to appoint a special prosecutor, he should be impeached,” Cruz said on the Senate floor.

No word yet on whether he’ll accept donations in Canadian dollars, but whether or not he does, the gambit doesn’t seem to be playing all that well, at least on Twitter, where his attempts to make it go viral have been met with lackluster enthusiasm, getting just a few hundred retweets.

Still, the tweets back at him are nothing short of hilarious. For example:

@tedcruz WE aren’t the ones who are supposed to do that YOU ARE.
— @MSGTMBARET

Actually, that’s a fair point. You can’t impeach someone on Twitter, so why is Ted Cruz wasting his time pretending that he can? Could it be that he’s secretly part of Obama’s conspiracy to destroy America? If not, he’d better act quickly to prove to his base that he’s got guts:

@tedcruz How long do we have too wait? Who starts the impeachment? Does the GOP have the guts?
— @bgholms

Indeed. How long does a teabagger have two weight around here? Because:

@tedcruz @KingofKing ONE LITIGATE OBAMA FOR TREASON! DO YOUR JOB JAIL OBAMA NOWWWW!!!!! THE PEOPLE VS BARACK OBAMA @benshapiro @TGowdySC
— @lbcxyz

DO YOUR JOB, TED. PUT OBAMA IN JAIL! NOWWWWW!

@tedcruz JAIL OBAMA NOWWW #FastAndFurious #libya #benghazi #bergdahl #IRSscandal #VAScandal #BirthCertificate #obamacare #Iraq @johnboehner
— @lbcxyz

Yes. NOWWWWWWWW! And don’t stop there!

@griffisk @tedcruz Exactly! We better REMOVE a LOT more than 6 oBUMaRats in Senate this Nov. MAGIC # is 16. Maybe that will slow oBUMa down.
— @_patrick8778

Screw it, let’s just go for the whole enchilada (as long as it’s not an illegal enchilada):

@tedcruz Impeach the whole administration.
— @MalcolmL1

You gotta’ love wingnuts these days. They know what they want—Obama’s impeachment NOWWWWWW—and they aren’t afraid to push back on anyone who they think stands in their way, including Ted Cruz.