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Laura Ingraham stupefied by Obama’s popularity: ‘In defeat… he’s setting the agenda’

Laura Ingraham speaks to Fox News (screen grab)

Best reader comment from TRS site:

The economy is getting slowly better IN SPITE OF Republican gridlock, not because of it. Of course Laura Ingraham’s troglodyte listeners wouldn’t be capable of understanding that.

The Raw Story

Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham on Sunday reacted to President Barack Obama’s rising poll numbers by advising the Republican-controlled Congress that “gridlock” would help the country.

“In defeat, Obama looks like he’s setting the agenda,” Ingraham complained during a panel discussion on Fox News Sunday. “I mean, his poll numbers are up. He’s got a bounce in his step… He is rising in the polls as he comes off this near-historic defeat across the board.”

“The Republicans shouldn’t fall into the media trap of ‘We have to work with Obama! We have to work with Obama!’” she continued. “Obama is going off on his own. He’s going to sign an executive order, he’s going to close Gitmo, he’s draining Gitmo down.”

“Republicans have been successful and the economy has been improving with two things: gridlock and opposing Obama. The economy has been getting better!”

Watch the video below from Fox News Sunday, broadcast Jan. 4, 2015.

Laura Ingraham: ‘How About We Put A Body Camera On The President?’

Crooks & Liars

Right wing hate talker and Faux “news” regular Laura Ingraham apparently thought his little shtick of hers was so cute that she repeated it again later in the day on her radio show. While discussing President Obama’s meeting with civil rights leaders this week and the announcement that his administration is seeking funding for police body cameras and more training for police officers.

Naturally this drew howls of outrage from the right with cries about where the money is going to come from and Laura Ingraham with her fangs on full display on this Monday’sFox & Friends.

From Fox’s blog: ‘How About We Put a Body Camera on the President?’:

How about we put a body camera on President Obama?

That was Laura Ingraham’s response this morning on “Fox and Friends” to the president’s support for police officers around the country to wear body cameras in order to record their every move.

Ingraham argued that Obama should wear one so Americans can see how much time he actually spends each day on improving the economy.

“I’m all in favor of spending money on that body camera,” she said, adding that the president’s proposed $263 million in spending on police training is another example of him trying to throw money at a problem.

“There’s never anything that happens in the country that the president doesn’t believe can be fixed by spending more money and getting America deeper into debt,” said Ingraham, questioning where that money will actually come from.

Steve Doocy joked that those videos would be good broadcasts for the Golf Channel since the president spends so much time on the course.

Ingraham said she believes putting body cameras on police officers is an interesting idea, but in the case in Ferguson, it would have “vindicated” officer Darren Wilson long ago.

She called on President Obama to speak “truths” to people about what the evidence shows occurred, instead of spreading mistrust.

“It would be nice if the President of the United States, with all his education and all of his wisdom and all of his experience, actually spoke truths to people,” said Ingraham.

Coulter: Boston suspect’s widow ‘ought to be in prison for wearing a hijab’

Republican columnist Ann Coulter expresses her dislike of immigrants on Fox News’s “Hannity.” Photo: Screenshot via FoxNews.com.

Why did she crawl from under her bug infested rock…?

The Raw Story

Appearing on Fox News Republican talk show “Hannity” Monday night, right-wing columnist Ann Coulter said she’s sad that not only does she think the Boston bombing should shut down the nation’s immigration reform debate, she would like to see the alleged bomber’s widow in jail too, not for committing a crime but for “wearing a hijab.”

“I don’t care if she knew about this,” Coulter said. “She ought to be in prison for wearing a hijab. This immigration policy of us, you know, assimilating immigrants into our culture isn’t really working. They’re assimilating us into their culture. Did she get a clitorectomy too?”

Hannity seemed momentarily puzzled at the sudden citation of female genital mutilation, stammering his reply. “I, uh, I don’t know the answer to that,” he said before confidently adding: “But your point is well taken.”

Hannity went on to say that he believes people who immigrated “from countries where perhaps they grew up under Sharia law” are definitely a threat and “I think we can make a safe assumption that they have been radicalized.” He added that even foreign students should be subjected to greater scrutiny, lest they too pose a threat.

“Our immigration policy has nothing to do with helping America,” Coulter insisted. “It has to do with solving the internal problems of other countries. We’ll take Russia’s radicals. We’ll take the illiterate, unskilled, low-skill workers from all these countries. We’ll take their old people and put them on our supplemental security and Medicare. No, immigration policies are supposed to make your country better, not to make it worse and to create all these problems.”

“Lindsey Graham was on some show this week saying this shows we need better tracking,” she continued. “I’m thinking this means we need better immigrants.”

Coulter and Hannity are just the latest conservatives to jump on the idea that because the Boston bombing suspects were born overseas, the nation’s whole immigration reform debate must shift gears into more regressive policy proposals, or just shut down in Congress altogether, as it did on Monday.

Fellow Republican talker Laura Ingraham said as much on Monday afternoon, suggesting that the U.S. shut down all immigration from majority Muslim nations. “I would submit that people shouldn’t be coming here as tourists from Chechnya after 9/11,” she said. “Dagistan, Checnya, Kergystan, uh-uh. As George Bush would say, ‘None of them stans.’”

Both Boston bombing suspects came to the U.S. legally as children. Authorities say there is not yet any evidence linking them to any foreign terrorist organizations, but an investigation is still ongoing.

Additionally, the Partnership for a New American Economy said last year that about one in 10 Americans worked for an immigrant-owned business in 2012, which contributed more than $775 billion to the U.S. economy and over $125 billion in payroll.

The Usual Suspects

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Less than 24 hours after the tragedy at Boston and without a clue as to whom the perpetrator might be, thebigots have crawled out from under the rocks they call home…not that they were ever hiding.

In an email to members today, Tea Party Nation head Judson Phillips claimed that the Boston marathon bombing occurred because “we have a government that is not committed to protecting America” since it isn’t willing to “destroy radical Islam.” Phillips said that “Radical Islam and perhaps even non-radical Islam” is a danger to western civilization, arguing that Muslims believe that “non-Islamic nations may be conquered or otherwise taken over.”

The email (in part):

Unfortunately the sad truth is we will be hit again. It will happen sooner or later. It will probably be sooner than later.

There are two reasons why we will be hit again. First, we have a determined enemy who hates us. Second, we have a government that is not committed to protecting America.

It is a pretty safe bet right now that this attack was carried out by an Islamist. It was a well-coordinated attack. In its publication, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula called for just this kind of attack…The only way we make sure this never happens again is to identify our enemy and then craft a strategy to totally defeat that enemy.

Meanwhile, on cue, the regular gang of narrow-minded bigots who oppose immigration reform are using Boston as further reason to push their hate agenda.

Rep. Steve King:

“Some of the speculation that has come out is that yes, it was a foreign national and, speculating here, that it was potentially a person on a student visa,” King says. “If that’s the case, then we need to take a look at the big picture.”

On immigration, King says national security should be the focus now, and any talk about a path to legalization should be put on hold. “We need to be ever vigilant,” he says. “We need to go far deeper into our border crossings. . . .We need to take a look at the visa-waiver program and wonder what we’re doing. If we can’t background check people that are coming from Saudi Arabia, how do we think we are going to background check the 11 to 20 million people that are here from who knows where.”

Laura Ingraham:

This, in my mind, raises all sorts of questions. I mean, again, we don’t know who did this, motivations, all of that. But it is interesting that at this moment — we are considering legalizing or giving regularized status to millions of people. Pretty much none of them have gone through any rigorous background checks, to have a temporary status in the United States. And we don’t — I just think that there are all sorts of security implications aside from the other arguments on immigration — national security implications that we don’t talk about with enough frankness and I think certitude here. We can’t stop every attack, but my goodness, if we had borders that were shut down and we actually had a proper screening process, maybe we could stop some of them.

Let’s say it again…ignorance and bigotry of the type displayed by King, Ingraham and the teabagger who crafted the letter above, pose more danger to the well-being of the United States than anything any terrorist group could ever accomplish.

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Tea Party Group Fined For Booking 1,600 Rooms In Vegas, Not Paying For Them

I know that the value called integrity has pretty much left politics in general, but why didn’t the Tea Party head of Las Vegas Operations at the time consider making a deal to pay some portion of the money to the hotel?

The Huffington Post

Apparently what doesn’t happen in Vegas also stays in Vegas.

A judge slammed a now-defunct Tennessee outpost of the Tea Party for reserving more than 1,600 rooms at a Las Vegas hotel and cancelling just weeks before the group’s scheduled event — without paying the bill, according to the Tennessean. The judge ruled that the group owes $500,000 for the cost of the rooms plus more than $200,000 for the accrued interest. In total they’re on the hook for $748,000, according to Bloomberg.

The convention, which never happened, was originally scheduled to take place at theVenetian Casino Resort from July 14-18, 2010, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The meeting was first postponed until October and then later cancelled.

The Tea Party group decided to cancel the event in September, citing the economy. Judson Phillips, the founder of the Tea Party Nation, told the Daily Caller at the time  that there just weren’t enough people willing to pay $399 to spend the weekend watching Laura Ingraham and Lou Dobbs spout their wisdom.

Watch this Bloomberg video here…

 

Rep. Allen West calls Rep. Rush’s Trayvon hoodie protest a security risk

I think that Rep. Rush’s demonstration was out of place in the Capitol.

Having said that, I think that if Harriet Beecher Stowe were alive today, she’d have a perfect model for the Uncle Tom character in Rep. Allen West.

The Hill

Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) on Thursday condemned what he called Rep. Bobby Rush’s (D-Ill.) “immature gimmickry” in wearing a hooded sweatshirt on the House floor earlier this week.

The Tea Party favorite said in wearing the hoodie, Rush could have been someone who “walked off of the street.”

West said the incident might be funny now, but he speculated that at the time, Capitol Police were likely concerned.

“Initially, they did not know who it was and they were concerned that someone had just walked off of the street or kind of had broken away from a tour group,” West said on conservative Laura Ingraham’s radio show.

“Look, this is the type of immature gimmickry we see coming from the other side that you know, does not have any place, especially on the House floor and really in the United States,” he continued.

“Look, this is the type of immature gimmickry we see coming from the other side that you know, does not have any place, especially on the House floor and really in the United States,” he continued.

Rush, while delivering a speech defending Trayvon Martin on Wednesday, took off his suit jacket to reveal the sweatshirt and then pulled up the hood. His attire broke a House rule against hats, but he continued to speak after the presiding officer declared him out of order.

Continue here…

Glenn Beck-Approved Goldline Charged With 19 Criminal Counts Of Fraud And Theft

Uh-oh…

Think Progress

Goldline International, the precious metal retailer that has capitalized on conservatives’ anxiety about the economy by forging synergistic relationships with right wing TV and radio hosts, is facing a new series of legal challenges after authorities filed criminal charges against the company and its executives yesterday. Several major conservative talkers — including two former GOP presidential candidates — have endorsed and recommendedGoldine, which critics have long contended is little more than a scam.

After more than a year of investigating, the city attorney in Santa Monica, California, where the company is based, has filed 19 criminal charges of fraud and theft against the company, in addition to charges against top executives and salesmen, ABC News reports:

The complaint alleges that Goldline “runs a bait and switch operation in which customers, seeking to invest in gold bullion, are switched to highly overpriced coins by using false and misleading claims,” according to a statement released by the consumer affairs division of the Santa Monica City Attorney’s office.

The company has been charged in the court filing with misdemeanors thatinclude theft by false pretenses, false advertising, and conspiracy, the City Attorney’s office said. In addition to the charges against the company, the complaint accuses former CEO Mark Albarian, executives Robert Fazio and Luis Beeli, and salespeople Charles Boratgis and Stephanie Howard of defrauding customers. Current CEO Scott Carter is accused of making false or misleading statements.

Each of the charges carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail and maximum fines of between $1,000 and $10,000 per offense.

While former Fox News conspiracy-theorist Glenn Beck is most closely associated with Goldline, Rush LimbaughSean HannityLaura Ingraham, and Mark Levin, former GOP presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Fred Thompson, and several Fox News hosts, among others, have all endorsed the company.

Indeed, conservative talk radio is central to the company’s success, as Goldline employs a business model based not on mere advertising, but full integration with the content of conservative talk show hosts’ messages. The company’s website prominently features these endorsers, suggesting the talkers’ backing gives Goldline “credibility.” The company has said it will vigorously contest the charges.

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GOP Rep: ‘We can’t allow’ more coverage of Occupy Wall Street | The Raw Story

The Raw Story

Add another Republican to the growing list that loathe the Occupy Wall Street protests.

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) is upset at the growing movement and the media’s coverage of it, hoping that a modern day version of protests from five decades ago isn’t being recaptured now.

“It’s really important for us not to give any legitimacy to these people in the streets,” said King on Laura Ingraham’s radio show Friday evening. “I remember what happened in the 1960s when the left-wing took to the streets and somehow the left-wing took to the streets and somehow the media glorified them and it ended up shaping policy. We can’t allow that to happen.”

LISTEN: Audio from Think Progress, which happened on October 7, 2011.

Rick Perry: ‘I dislike Washington… It’s a seedy place’

Perry Event 2/1/2010

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If Rick Perry dislikes Washington, because it’s a seedy place, then why is he running for president?  After all, Washington, D.C. will be his residence for 4-8 years if he wins in 2012…

Raw Story

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry Thursday responded to criticism from people like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Karl Rove by attacking the city that he wants to make his new home.

“With all due respect to anybody that’s out there either directly or indirectly criticizing me because I speak plainly, I call it like I see it,” Perry told conservative radio host Laura Ingraham.

“Look, I am not an establishment figure, never have been and frankly I don’t want to be. I dislike Washington; I think it’s a seedy place.”

He continued: “Our country is in trouble and I don’t have the privilege to sit on the sideline and watch our country be destroyed economically by a president who has been conducting an experiment on the American economy for the last two and half years. My wife told it like it was when she looked me in the eye and said listen, you have to do your duty. And that’s what I’m doing”

Listen to this audio from The Laura Ingraham Show, broadcast Aug. 25, 2011.

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Ed Schultz To Take Unpaid Leave From MSNBC Following Laura Ingraham ‘Slut’ Comment

I’ve often worried about Ed Schultz going “over the top” with his critique of right-wing policies and right wingers in general. 

However, I’m still surprised to hear that MSNBC has suspended Schultz for just that, going over the top in criticizing Laura Ingraham on his radio show for complaining about the POTUS  drinking beer in Ireland while Joplin, MO. was being destroyed by multiple tornadoes.

The Huffington Post

Ed Schultz will take one week of unpaid leave from MSNBC following his controversial comments about Laura Ingraham.

On his radio show Tuesday, Schultz called Ingraham a “right-wing slut.

Wednesday evening, the network released the following statement about the matter, saying “remarks of this nature are unacceptable and will not be tolerated”:

MSNBC management met with Ed Schultz this afternoon and accepted his offer to take one week of unpaid leave for the remarks he made yesterday on his radio program. Ed will address these remarks on his show tonight, and immediately following begin his leave. Remarks of this nature are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

It is not the first time Schultz’s fiery rhetoric has gotten him in hot water. Last summer, Schultz was reportedly chastised by MSNBC execs after threatening to “torch this place” if he was not included in network promos. In September, he was then reprimanded by the network after calling New Jersey Governor Chris Christie a “cold-hearted fat slob.”

Listen to Ed Schultz’ faux pas