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6 worst right-wing moments of the week — Megyn Kelly will never be the adult in the room

6 worst right-wing moments of the week -- Megyn Kelly will never be the adult in the room

Megyn Kelly (Credit: Fox News)

This article originally appeared on AlterNet.

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The Fox News talking head offers a head-scratching take on Sandra Bland, while the Donald declares his fascism

1. Donald Trump takes his fascist tendencies out for a spin.

For such a huge bully, Donald Trump sure is a whiny thing. On the one hand, he — much like the Glenn Close character in Fatal Attraction — will not be ignored (see next item). On the other hand, he does not like when people say mean things about him. Whah whah whah.

The blowhard Republican frontrunner had a little hissy fit this week after the Des Moines Register published an editorial suggesting he should quit running for president. The piece also called Trump a “bloviating sideshow.” Trump did not mind the “bloviating” part because he’s not entirely sure what the word means. But a sideshow? How dare they. Everybody knows Trump is the whole show, the only show in town and the greatest show on earth. And did they mention he is very very rich?

Trump has not felt so miffed since Forbes wrote an article saying tht he was not nearly as rich as he claimed to be some years ago. Well, he was pretty miffed on Monday when “Morning Joe” talked about other candidates besides Trump (again, see next item). And he was miffed when John McCain made fun of him. So, yeah, scratch that. He is often miffed.

In response to the editorial, Trump did what any reasonable, American-democracy-free-speech-loving demagogue would do. He banned that mean old newspaper from his event in Iowa. So there.

More of the editorial that stuck in The Donald’s craw:

“By using his considerable wealth, his celebrity status, and his mouth to draw attention to himself, rather than to raise awareness of the issues facing America, he has coarsened our political dialogue and cheapened the electoral process….He has become ‘the distraction with traction’ — a feckless blowhard who can generate headlines, name recognition and polling numbers not by provoking thought, but by provoking outrage.”

Nice. Distraction with traction. Might have to steal that.

After the editorial, Trump issued a statement condemning the paper’s “dishonest reporting,” demonstrating, among other things, that he cannot tell the difference between editorializing and reporting.

And also that he is a total chump. A chump with some fascist tendencies, to boot.

2. Donald Trump whines to ‘Morning Joe’ about not getting enough attention. ‘Morning Joe’ laughs and laughs and laughs.

“Morning Joe” got his morning laugh this week, courtesy of The Donald, who was interviewed on the show.

“I was just listening to you,” Trump said, after being introduced, “and I was listening to you talking about [Jeb] Bush and [Marco] Rubio and a couple of others and you sort of forgot to mention my name even though I’m creaming them all in the polls. I don’t understand what you’re doing.”

Scarborough guffawed, “Donald, what are you talking about? What are you talking about? We’ve been talking about you for a week. What are you talking about?”

Yeah, but you also talked about other people, Trump replied. And that’s not okay with me. “You were talking about [John] Kasich and you mentioned Bush and Rubio and somebody else that I won’t mention because I actually like that person,” Trump replied. When Trump is king, errr, president, people will only talk about people he wants to talk about.

Scarborough remained flabbergasted, and struggled to find a different question to ask. “What are you talking about?” he said again. “What are you talking about, Donald? How thin is your skin? I’ve been talking about you for a week.”

Trump, as is now well known, never backs down, no matter how trivial the fight. “When you were talking about Bush who, by the way, is about ten points lower than me, you sort of mentioned like, you know, ‘Can Kasich beat Bush?’” he whined. “Well, you know, excuse me, what about Trump? I mean, you know, we are ten points ahead.”

And also, he is very very rich. Did he mention that? And not a loser, like all those other losers. Losers!

3. Important political thinker Dennis Rodman is all in for Donald Trump.

Turns out North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump have something in common, other than laughable hairdos. Dennis Rodman is a big fan of both of them.

Rodman tweeted his valuable support for Trump this week.

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The Trumpster appreciated that very much and tweeted back the love. He loves anyone who loves him. And hates anyone who hates him, and resents anyone who doesn’t talk about him enough, and bans anyone who criticizes him. All of these things could also be said of Kim Jong-un.

4. Megyn Kelly really needs to shut up, about pretty much everything.

Another week, another opportunity to be offensively wrong-headed about major news events. Fox darling Megyn Kelly’s “The Kelly File” this week was stuffed full of those moments.

Earlier in the week, Kelly discussed the video of the arrest of Sandra Bland, the woman who was pulled over in Texas for not signaling while black, and arrested for smoking a cigarette while black. Sure enough, Kelly found a way to blame Bland for her own arrest, brutalization and ultimate death.

“Even if you know the cop is wrong, comply and complain later,” she advised, leaving out the more valuable piece of advice, which is to always be white, especially when quarreling with a police officer. Frequent guest, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, who comes in handy whenever you need a black man to blame other blacks for their assault and death at the hands of police officers, also offered some sparkling commentary. He did not like Sandra Bland’s language, young lady. Such language would have embarrassed him if he had been Bland’s father. No word on whether the trooper who pulled Bland over and threatened to “light her up” with his taser, would have made Clarke a proud papa, had he been his son.

Later in the week, Kelly was talking to a Lafayette, Louisiana police sergeant about the horrific shooting at the movie theater there. The shooter was, at this point, identified as an older white man. “Any reason to believe there might be a connection to ISIS, or radical Islam, or terror as we understand it in this country?” Kelly asked, headscratchingly. She had to ask that nonsensical question. She just had to. She is required by FoxNews law.

Seriously, can we just dispense entirely with the notion that Kelly is the smart one over there?

5. Scott Walker is a walking, talking ALEC talking point.

Scott Walker has many friends at the American Legislative Exchange Council because he agrees with the arch-right-wing lobbying group about absolutely everything. It’s almost as if it simply transplanted all of its ideas directly into his head. Hmmmm. Maybe it did. Either that or he has simply plagiarized all of ALEC’s ideas—like destroying what little is left of unions, starving schools of money, waging war on women’s reproductive rights, keeping people in prison as long as possible, and making it really hard for people to vote.

It was time for Walker to indulge in a little brag-fest at ALEC’s annual meeting this week in San Diego.

“We took on the unions,” he said. “We passed … regulatory reform. We defunded Planned Parenthood and passed pro-life legislation. We passed castle doctrine and concealed carry — so law-abiding citizens can protect themselves and their famil[ies], and their property. And I’m proud to say in our state, as blue as it is, our state now says it’s easy to vote but hard to cheat — you need a photo ID to vote.”

The audience lapped it up. It was a major oozing lovefest. Seriously, get a room.

Walker then criticized President Obama for espousing the view that climate change is a major threat to future generations, which is ridiculous, of course. Everyone knows climate change is a threat to generations right here, right now.

h/t: Capital & Main 

6. Bobby Jindal does not think a mass shooting should be used as an excuse to talk about gun control.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who thankfully has suspended his run for president, freeing up his seat in the Republican clown car for some perhaps bigger clown, does not want to talk about guns. Some innocent people watching a movie were just gunned down in his state by a right-wing extremist who expressed his hatred for feminists and liberals—but why should that occasion a discussion about how obscenely easy it is to get guns in this country? What do you want to do? Prevent more tragedies or something?

“We are less than 24 hours out, we’ve got two families that need to bury their loved ones. We’ve got families waiting for their loved ones to leave the hospital and are praying for their recovery,” Jindal said at a press conference Friday. “There will be an absolute appropriate time for us to talk about policies and politics, and I’m sure that folks will want to score political points off this tragedy, as they’ve tried to do on previous tragedies.”

Hmmm, political points. Is that what they’re calling keeping guns out of the hands of mass killers and toddlers these days?

Jindal told reporters he might be happy to discuss gun policy later. How about never? he asked. Is never good for you?

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Jeb Bush Reverses: He Now Says He ‘Would Not Have Gone Into Iraq’

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Those comments strongly contrast ones he made on Monday to Fox’s Megyn Kelly when he saidhe would have authorized an invasion. A day later, he backtracked, saying he misheard the question and did not know what he would have done. On Wednesday, Bush said he refused to answer as it would be a disservice to American troops.

But at an event in Tempe, Arizona, on Thursday, Bush gave yet another answer.

“I would have not engaged. I would not have gone into Iraq,” Bush said.

Bush’s initial comments sparked criticism from likely and declared 2016 candidates. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), who’s strongly hinted at a White House bid, said he would not have gone into Iraq given what we know today. Declared candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said “of course not” when asked the question.

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7 Conservatives Who Surprisingly Have Refused To Stand Behind Pam Geller

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For many on the right, this was a no brainer: pundits at Fox News and National Review, as well as blogs like RedState and Hot Air, defended Geller’s event and slammed liberals for supposedly blaming the victim. At best, she was a courageous free speech activist; at worst, a “provocateur.”

For her part, Geller has repeatedly called out “the Left” for caving in to “savages” on the issue of free speech.

But several high profile conservatives have made it clear they don’t think too much of her cartoon contest, either.

Here are seven of the more prominent — and surprising — examples:

Bill O’Reilly

Fox News may be giving Geller more airtime than any other cable news channel in the aftermath of the attack, but not every host considers her a free speech hero like Sean Hannity does.

“Two guys are dead,” O’Reilly said during his show on Monday while sparring with fellow Fox host Megyn Kelly. The host of “The O’Reilly Factor,” who has done his fair share of saber rattling against “radical Islam,” pushed back against Kelly’s defense of Geller.

“It’s always cause and effect,” O’Reilly said. “This is what happens when you light the fuse; you get violence.”

“You sound like you are defending, you are attacking the event itself,” Kelly said.

“No I’m not. I would do it another way,” O’Reilly said.

Bill Donahue

Geller may hold the distinction of being the only person to unite the one-man Catholic League, Bill Donahue, with any secular liberal, on any issue. But Monday night, he took to the airwaves on the Fox News show “Your World with Neil Cavuto” and condemned her cartoon contest unequivocally.

“When you embolden people, when you empower people, the haters, you’re going to get violence,” Donohue said. “And so why would anybody who’s morally responsibly want to intentionally incite other people?”

“We live in a sick society that some people think it’s good to taunt other people,” he added.

Donald Trump

The most straightforward condemnation of Geller came from reality TV star, real estate mogul and wannabe presidential candidate Donald Trump.

“Nobody would fight harder for free speech than me but why taunt, over and over again, in order to provoke possible death to audience,” he tweeted on Monday. “DUMB!”

He also complained about it on “Fox & Friends” and suggested Geller draw something else besides Muhammad.

Geller was asked about Trump’s remarks on Fox; she complained that the Donald “flaps his tongue” too much.

Martha MacCallum

Which brings us to Martha MacCallum, the Fox host who pressed Geller to answer her conservative critics on Tuesday. In response to Trump’s line about “taunting” Muslims, Geller ended up comparing herself to civil rights icon Rosa Parks.

MacCallum, who had been nodding along with Geller during earlier portions of the interview, wouldn’t have it.

“No, no, no, where are you getting the Rosa Parks comparison?” MacCallum said. She brought up Donohue and even the Pope, saying, “if you want to make a difference, you do it in a Christian way, you don’t do it in a crass way by insulting someone’s religion.”

By the end of the segment, MacCallum told Geller, “I get where you are coming from. I’m not sure you went about it the right way.”

Rev. Franklin Graham

Perhaps the most surprising contribution was the Rev. Franklin Graham, who called the cartoon contest “wrong.”

“As a Christian, I don’t like it when people mock my Lord and savior, Jesus Christ, and what this event in Garland, Texas, was doing was mocking the Muslims,” he said Wednesday during an interview on Fox. “And I disagree with Islam, I don’t believe in Islam, but I’m not going to mock them and make fun of them.”

Graham himself has scare-mongered about Muslim infiltration of the White House, and never hesitates to free-associate on, say, whether or not President Barack Obama’s mother was secretly a Muslim.

Greta Van Susteren

Of all the Fox hosts, Van Susteren came down on Geller the hardest, accusing her of luring police into danger by casting aside “good judgment.”

“Yes, of course, there is a First Amendment right and of course it’s very important. But the exercise of that right includes using good judgement,” Van Susteren said on Tuesday evening.

Van Susteren said that “everyone” knew the event would become violent, and that Geller went ahead and put police in jeopardy anyway.

“Was it fair to the police, to knowingly put them at risk by this unnecessary provocation?” she asked. “I say no.”

Laura Ingraham

“There are a lot of things that we can say, that we have a right to say, that we shouldn’t say,”Ingraham told O’Reilly on Tuesday night’s episode of the “The O’Reilly Factor.” “We shouldn’t unnecessarily insult people, personal attacks.”

“To do what was done at this convention,” she said, “it not only doesn’t accomplish anything, I think it could actually make things worse for us.”

Ingraham appeared to realize she was breaking with many on the right over Geller’s antics.

“And I know conservatives watching this across the country are like, ‘I can’t believe Ingraham is coddling the Islamists!’” she said. “No I’m not.”

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Megyn Kelly Speaks Up For Mandatory Vaccination On Fox: ‘Some Things Do Require Big Brother’

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It looks like Fox News can tell the truth at times…

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A debate on vaccines has infected the nascent 2016 Republican presidential primary. Rand Paul, for example, said that the right of parents to refuse vaccines is “an issue of freedom.” To bolster his point, he claimed that vaccines can give children “profound mental disorders,” and idea that is completely unsupported by medical literature.

Similarly, Chris Christie framed the vaccination issue as a matter of “parental choice.” (Faced with mounting criticism, Christie later backtracked partially, saying only some vaccines should be optional.)

Monday night on Fox News, Megyn Kelly provided the antidote. Appearing on The O’Reilly Factor, Kelly spoke out forcefully for mandatory vaccines. (O’Reilly agreed.) Speaking directly into the camera, Kelly said, “I want to say on the record, I have three children under the age of six. I vaccinated all of them. On time. As the doctor prescribed. Nothing was delayed.” She noted that the science showing vaccinations are safe and beneficial for children is “very certain today.”

Kelly predicted the issue would continue to play a role in the Republican presidential primary because it had become about “Big Brother.” “On the other hand, some things do require some involvement of Big Brother,” Kelly said.

Kelly may want to have a conversation with her colleague, Sean Hannity. On his program Monday, Hannity said that “parents should have the choice” on whether to vaccinate their children. Hannity featured commentary from Dr. Eric Braverman who told millions of views that “no one” is giving their children the full course of vaccine shots. According to Braverman there is an “overreliance” on vaccines to prevent disease.

The segment featured more medically accurate commentary from Dr. Marc Siegel, who accused Braverman of perpetrating a “bait and switch.” Even Siegel, however, opposed mandatory vaccinations. Braverman concluded the segment by claiming that vaccines “don’t always work” and attributing the measles outbreak in Disneyland to the combination of heat and junk food.

In 2015, there have been more than 100 cases of measles reported in the U.S. across 14 states. The Center For Disease Control is “very concerned” that the country could be on its way to a major measles outbreak. Already, dozens of babies, too young to get vaccinated, have been forced into isolation.

Although Megyn Kelly has a growing reputation of standing up to some of the worst excesses on Fox News, not everyone is impressed.

Fox Revs Up Impeachment Lunacy, With Krauthammer at the Wheel

Fox revs up impeachment lunacy, with Krauthammer at the wheel

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GOP pundit who said Dems invented impeachment threat now says Obama’s about to commit “impeachable offense.” Huh?

And so it begins, again. “I believe this is an impeachable offense,” Charles Krauthammer told Fox host Megyn Kelly Thursday night, discussing President Obama’s planned executive action on illegal immigration. “It is very clear that what he’s doing now […] is a flagrant assault on the Constitution, on the separation of powers.”

Impeachment carnival barker Andrew McCarthy jumped on Twitter with Krauthammer’s pronouncement. So did the excitable and feeble-minded folks at Breitbart. GOP Congress members are likely to follow.

Of course you’ll recall that, back in July, it was Krauthammer who claimed talk of the president’s possible impeachment was “a concoction of Democrats,” as he denied any serious Republicans were interested in such a move. “They know that in 1998 the party was saved, the sixth year of an administration, it was saved by impeachment, overreaching on impeachment by Republicans, and this is a good issue, it’s a good way to raise money,” he said then.

Now he’s telling Kelly, one of Fox’s most reliable impeachment trolls, that Obama is about to commit “an impeachable offense.”

It was Kelly, back in January, who asked then-Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell if he would consider impeaching the president. (McConnell ducked the question.) Late in the summer, though, top Republicans put out the word that impeachment was an overreach likely to rev up the Democratic base and cost the party its coming midterm landslide, so she settled down.

But Kelly brought the charge back election eve, suggesting that any Obama executive action deferring deportation might be designed to “offend” Republicans into impeaching him. Those poor impetuous creatures are slaves to emotion, the Fox host seemed to suggest, and can’t be blamed if they’re baited into political overreach by our amoral, conniving president.

In fact, Kelly’s doing the baiting herself. On Wednesday she asked Sen. Jeff Sessions if he thought Obama’s coming immigration move was an “impeachable offense.” He said he thought Republicans had enough “tools” to push back – and as new chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, he suggested he’d look at defunding the Justice Department or other agencies if Obama moved.

Interestingly, on Thursday night, in the same segment where he branded executive action “an impeachable offense,” Krauthammer warned Republicans not to use the budget to shut down the government — just one day after Sessions told Kelly he’d consider using his new budgetary powers to stop such a move. So he’s trying to restrain newly empowered Republicans at the same time he’s riling them up?

To be fair, back when he blamed Democrats for the impeachment talk, Krauthammer also told Bret Baier that any executive action on immigration would indeed be “an impeachable offense” – but one that he would be “100 percent against.” Krauthammer may still oppose impeachment, too, as political overreach that will damage his party.

And yet Thursday night he threw kindling on a fire that had seemed to burn itself out. Will he get away again with claiming this was all the Democrats’ idea? Probably. Fox will play both sides of the fence as long as it entertains its Obama-hating audience. Krauthammer will try to steer the impeachment clown car, but he may find it takes him over a cliff.

Megyn Kelly Takes On Another Iraq War Architect (VIDEO)

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Kelly was actually pretty even-handed during the segment, which featured both Bolton and conservative attorney Andrew McCarthy. She suggested that both the 2003 invasion and the 2011 withdrawal are twin causes for the deteriorating situation in Iraq.

But when Bolton said that past decisions are “irrelevant to the circumstances we face now,” Kelly got animated.

“I know, you keep saying that but it actually is relevant to a lot of people out there who are wondering, ‘How did we get here?’ Is it not relevant to ask, ‘How did we get here?'” she asked.

“Well, it’s very interesting, but the decision-maker has to look at the environment we have now,” Bolton responded, saying it’s for that reason he is opposed to President Obama’s plan to send 300 military advisers to Iraq.

Kelly wasn’t done talking about Bolton’s role in the military misadventure.

“You know that a lot of people are out there tonight saying, ‘Well, weren’t you one of the people who was in favor of going into Iraq in the first place and Is that why you don’t want to discuss the past ten years and whether they were worth it?'” she asked.

Bolton said he would be “happy to discuss the past 10 years and we can start 10 years before that if you want,” but he stressed that it’s “not the question that America faces today.”

The exchange came a day after Kelly’s hard-hitting interview with Dick Cheney, during which she told the former vice president that he “got it wrong” on Iraq.

It’s a familiar role for Kelly, a former lawyer. While she’s certainly done her part to uphold Fox’s ideological orthodoxy, Kelly has also distinguished herself from her colleagues by occasionally grilling some conservative guests.

She even went after Fox News contributor Erick Erickson last year after he lamented the rise in breadwinning mothers.

“What makes you dominant and me submissive and who died and made you scientist in chief?” Kelly asked Erickson in a memorable interview.

Megyn Kelly Confronts Dick Cheney: ‘History Has Proven’ You Were Wrong on Iraq

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter Liz sat down with Megyn Kelly to talk about their joint column slamming President Obama on Iraq and a whole host of other foreign policy issues, but Kelly wasted no time in grilling Cheney on his role in the quagmire Iraq is in today.

She opened the interview by referring to Cheney as “the man who helped lead us into Iraq in the first place,” and told Cheney, in response to his claim that rarely has a president been so wrong about so much, “Time and time again, history has proven that you got it wrong as well in Iraq, sir.”

Kelly went down a laundry list of Dick Cheney quotes about Iraq that turned out to be monstrously wrong, but Cheney refuted all of that and kept focus on going after President Obama. He said the Obama administration “precipitated the current crisis” in Iraq, while Liz said they started their new group Alliance for a Strong America because “there’s a lot out there being said that’s frankly not true” where the Bush/Cheney administration is concerned.

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8 worst right-wing moments of the week — Bill O’Reilly is so smug it hurts

8 worst right-wing moments of the week — Bill O'Reilly is so smug it hurts

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The Fox News host mansplains inequality to Megyn Kelly, while Joe the Plumber makes disgusting UCSB comments

1. Joe the Plumber: Your dead kids don’t trump my right to have a gun.

Now seems like a good time to once again call Sen. John McCain on the carpet for unleashing, not only the plague that is Sarah Palin on the country, but this scourge that is Samuel Wurzelbacher, better known as “Joe the Plumber.”

Someone really needs to permanently clog up the drainpipe through which the sewage of “Joe the Plumber’s” ideas flow.

Even the NRA decided to lay low after the Santa Barbara stabbing and shooting spree, and the heartrending calls by Richard Martinez, a victim’s father, for “craven, irresponsible politicians” to stand up to the gun lobby. Not Wurzelbacher. No. He went right ahead and wrote a letterpublished on Barbwire Monday, containing these sentences. “I am sorry you lost your child. I myself have a son and daughter and the one thing I never want to go through, is what you are going through now. But: As harsh as this sounds — your dead kids don’t trump my Constitutional rights.”

Delusional and unbalanced would be too nice a characterization for this. Despicable is closer. Ah hell, the man is a colossal d*ckhead.

He said other things, like how gun-nuts really care about kids, their own and other people’s. To which we’re going to just have to say bullsh*t. He also said that gunman Elliott Rodger was most likely an Obama voter, based on, of course, nothing. Then he counseled Richard Martinez to back off. “Any feelings you have toward my rights being taken away from me, lose those,” he wrote.

You win Joe. You are the vilest right-winger-of-the-week. Hands down. Time to crawl back into your hole, or armed bunker. Whatever.

2. NRA’s Chris Cox: Why would we listen to doctors when it comes to the effects of firearms?

The NRA’s chief lobbyist penned some twaddle in the Daily Caller just a few days before the Santa Barbara killings. He was disputing the validity of the pro-gun control group Doctors for America, who have had the nerve to endorse a ban on certain types of semi-automatic firearms and buyback of others. What do they know about firearms, he asked?



Right, what the hell would doctors who treat people with gunshot wounds know about guns and their effects?

The piece: “We Love Our Moms and Trust Our Doctors, But We Don’t Want Gun Control,” was basically a paranoid screed directed at two of the more vocal groups trying to fight the epidemic of gun violence in this country: Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, and, what Cox calls “the dubiously named Doctors for America.” Yeah, wow, that does sound dubious. People with medical training. These two groups, writes Cox, are just rebranding gimmicks for what he calls the “civilian disarmament advocates.”

Nobody gets to disarm civilians, Cox rants, while trying to sound like a reasonable man. Not moms, not doctors, nobody. Only more heavily armed civilians can do that.

We love you Mom, Cox assures. Hope you don’t get shot. If you do, the solution will be obvious. Not a doctor. More guns.

3. Phil Robertson: Bibles in classrooms will prevent school shootings.

The Duck Dynasty patriarch likes guns just fine—they’re useful for hunting ducks—but you know what he likes even more? The Bible. Speaking at the Republican Leadership Conference this week. (Sidenote: Great call, GOP leadership! Rebranding yourself with this bozo. That’ll draw those women and minority votes to your candidates like moths to a torch.) No lesser light than Sarah Palin herself (another brilliant GOP strategy to win women voters over) introduced Phil Robertson, saying he should be called “Duck Commander in Chief.”

Ummm, okay, Sarah. Nice pinwheel hat, too.

Anyhow, Robertson is a simple man and he had a simple message for the crowd. “Get godly.”

What does that mean, you ask? Well, Robertson suggests starting out by putting Bibles back in classrooms, because if you do so, children might think twice before shooting up their schools. “Education is useless without the Bible,” he told the assembled. Certainly, the Bible has been immensely useful in “science” classes where they study the origins of the universe, and have creationism shoved down their throats, as it is now in several states.

h/t: Rawstory

4. Iowa GOP senate candidate: UCSB Shooting was an “unfortunate accident.”

Joni Ernst, an Iowa state senator who is a frontrunner for the nomination for U.S. Senate, is a proud gun owner. So proud, she ran an ad of herself at a shooting range symbolically aiming at Obamacare. That’s how tough she is. When she was asked about the tastefulness of that ad in light of the Santa Barbara killings, she called them a “tragedy” that in no way affected her firm “commitment to the Second Amendment,” because nothing ever does affect a gun nut’s commitment to the Second Amendment, ever. Especially the way they misconstrue that amendment to mean everyone should have as many guns as they want, or more.

Pressed again, Ernst referred to the Santa Barbara murders in a way that absolutely no one else in the entire world has referred to them: as an “unfortunate accident.”

An accident? How so? Oh, maybe she means it was accidental that her tasteless, asinine ad ran just before the mass murder. We wonder. Maybe Mitt Romney, who hit the campaign trail with Ernst the next day will explain.

5. Sarah Palin revives the lie of “death panels” for the VA scandal.

The little wheels in Sarah Palin’s head are always a-turning, and lately she’s been cranking them up about this whole Veterans Administration healthcare scandal. She met up with Fox’s Sean Hannity at the Republican Leadership Conference this week, and together they came up with a way to describe the problem that miraculously revives a lie Palin was telling about Obamacare five years ago. “Is the VA a death panel for many?” Hannity asked her. Crazily enough, Sarah ran with that idea. Even farther than Sean thought possible.“That is what government-run health care will result in,” she said.

There was more fun to be had with this one. Like Hannity pointing out that prisoners at Gitmo get better care than veterans. It takes quite a few doctors to hold down a hunger-striking inmate and force-feed him, after all. Who doesn’t envy the prisoners in Gitmo?

To follow that, Palin asserted, based on nothing: “In many respects, illegal aliens in our country today are receiving better health care, more benefits than some of our troops.”

That’s right, illegal aliens and Gitmo detainees are getting the gold-plated bedpans, as Wonkette says. The rest of us real Amurricans: annual physicals with death panels.

Speaking of which, we need to schedule ours.

h/t: Wonkette 

6. Bill O’Reilly doesn’t get why Megyn Kelly doesn’t realize that inequality is a “fabricated, political thing.”

It’s a world gone mad when your one fellow Fox Newsian turns all Marxist on you by admitting that inequality is an actual thing, with numbers and everything to support it.  Megyn Kelly actually said this week on Fox News that the issue of income inequality “is a good one for Democrats because there is no question that it exists.”

Heresy!

“It’s always existed,” Bill O’Reilly shot back.

“It’s worse now that it’s been since 1920, according to the stats,” Kelly pointed out. “Both parties agree with that.”

Well, tough. Because Bill O’Reilly does not agree with that. And whose side is Kelly on, anyway. “You’re buying into this fraud, Kelly, and I am very disappointed, so listen to the master.”

Yeah, what evil left-wing mastermind is controlling Megyn Kelly’s brain? When O’Reilly clearly demonstrated that “inequality is a myth” because Megyn Kelly herself worked her way up from the bottom. Kelly pointed out that not everyone had the advantages of education and the two-parent home she had. “You can’t get out of this inequality situation by saying it doesn’t exist,” she said.

A non-insane statement on Fox? The end times are near.

h/t: Salon

7. Pat Robertson: Have sex with your husband to reward him for doing the dishes.

Men only do dishes for one reason. If you said it’s because the dishes are dirty, you’re wrong. They do it for sex. Same for vacuuming, laundry, cooking, scrubbing, picking up socks. You get the idea.

That is why, Pat Robertson counseled a “700 Club” viewer who wrote in this week, she must reward her husband with sex if he does the dishes.

“You’ve got to understand the male psyche,” the preacherman preached. “The male wants to do something for his wife. He wants to provide for his family, he wants to provide a home, he wants to provide shelter, and food. That’s what he feels his male obligation is. And when he cleans up, it’s saying, I love you.

“If you understood that,” he continued, “you say, ‘Darling, I’ve got a treat for you… wait until we get behind closed doors, and you’ll see the treat I have for you.’”

His co-host, another one of those women who apparently is under the mistaken belief that keeping the house neat is everyone’s job, had a hard time suppressing a laugh. But Uncle Pat did not understand her laughter. Silly woman. Don’t you know anything about the male psyche?

8. Birther Jerome Corsi wants Obama impeached for immigration reform—Because, why not?

Right-wing conspiracy nutcase Jerome Corsi has a wonderful resume. You could say he “birthed” the birther movement. And hasn’t that greatly enhanced the national dialogue? Since the birther thing didn’t really work out in terms of getting Obama impeached, Corsi’s taking a new approach to dislodging the president he loathes: immigration reform. Sure, that will work.

A quick review of his other attempts. In September, Corsi and TeaParty.org  put out a video demanding Obama’s removal from office, mainly because the president was considering U.S. involvement in Syria, but also abortion, LGBT rights, and immigration “amnesty.” So, basically everything. This was a resounding success.

In December, Corsi was at it again with  two more calls for Obama’s impeachment for the treasonous act of Obamacare. Then  three weeks ago, TeaParty.org called for Obama’s impeachment over the “Benghazi scandal,” which is just ongoing. Just keep throwing stuff at that wall. Something will stick.

Now, Corsi and TeaParty.org have a new, or a newly recycled, rationale for demanding the president’s ouster: his push for comprehensive immigration reform.

Such reform is just a thinly disguised, diabolical scheme to give undocumented immigrants all of our money, Corsi believes. Not even the fact that Obama has overseen record levels of deportations has won over Corsi and his merry band of nitwits.

No, foreign-born Obama obviously wants to turn the good ole U.S. of A. into a Spanish-speaking, welfare-seeking paradise, for criminals, of course, probably with “ cantaloupe calves.”

Fox News Finds A Way To Blame Obama For Conservative Filmmaker’s Confession To Breaking The Law

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Think Progress

Fox News’ Megyn Kelly had conservative filmmaker and author Dinesh D’Souza on her show for his first interview after he pleaded guilty to breaking campaign finance law. Calling it a sympathetic interview would be an understatement, because Kelly used nearly the entire time to suggest that President Obama is the real person to blame.

“[T]he Obama administration gets to call one of its top critics a convicted felon,” Kelly began the segment. “Is this what they wanted all along?” In January, D’Souza was indicted for illegal donations to a Republican’s campaign, where he used fake donors to exceed donation limits.

“Your defense in this case was not I didn’t do it,” Kelly said. “It was, I didn’t do it with intent, I didn’t do it with the right requisite of mind, and it’s selective prosecution of the government who doesn’t go after anybody for this kind of crime except coincidentally one of the president’s biggest critics.”

Watch part of the interview:

An array of Fox News hosts have come to the conservative activist’s defense in the past, including Sean Hannity calling him a “victim,” The Five panning the charges as liberals “redescovering their inner Stalin,” and Neil Cavuto calling it “conservatives under attack.” But that was before D’Souza pleaded guilty himself to the charges in federal court, admitting he “knew that causing a campaign contribution to be made in the name of another was wrong and something the law forbids.” Kelly’s interview only made one passing mention of the fact that D’Souza had actually knowingly broke the law. Kelly asked him, “why’d you do it.”

“I shouldn’t have done it,” he said.

Jon Stewart’s Reaction To Megyn Kelly’s ‘White Santa’ Statement Is All We Need

By the way, has anyone noticed my new avatar ?  It’s a gesture against Megan Kelly’s “statement” about “Santa”…

The Huffington Post

Fox News has certainly made their fair share of problematic gaffes on air, but on Thursday, they marched forward with out-and-out racism when Megyn Kelly clarified to kids that Santa is white, despite what the liberal media has been telling them.

Yes.

Jon Stewart hit back: “Who are you actually talking to?”

He tried to imagine the kid Kelly was addressing: “Sophisticated enough to be watching a news channel at 10 o’clock at night, yet innocent enough to still believe Santa Claus is real, yet racist enough to be freaked out if he isn’t white.”

Even more troublesome was her statement that the black Slate writer she was addressing need not have concerned herself with such issues: “Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn’t mean it has to change.” As Stewart pointed out, that’s literally the dictionary definition of oppression.

Check out the full clip above.