Homophobia · Islamophobia · NAACP · Racism · Radical Right

NAACP backs report that ties racist groups to tea party

Actually, this news comes as no surprise.  The good thing is that it’s all documented.

Washington Post

A new report, backed by the NAACP, has found what it says are efforts by white nationalist groups and militias to link themselves to the tea party movement, even as some tea party leaders have expelled members who have expressed racist sentiment.

The report, called Tea Party Nationalism, uses news articles, visits to white nationalist Web sites and observance of tea party functions to claim that tea party events have become a forum for extremists “hoping to push these (white) protesters toward a more self-conscious and ideological white supremacy.”

Its findings cite that members of groups such as the Council of Conservative Citizens, which opposes all efforts to “mix the races of mankind,” have become involved in tea party chapters, and that posters on the online white nationalist Web site Stormfront.org have written of “inflitrating” tea party events.   Continue reading…

Mike Huckabee · Value Voters Summit

Huckabee Opposes Insurance For People With Pre-Existing Conditions

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 So much for Christian compassion and the age old Christian concept of “Faith, Hope and Charity”.  It seems the ultra Conservative Christian “Reich” feel that the above tenets are not a requisite to be a member of their version of “Christianity.  Every now and then I have to repeat Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi words:  I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.  


When Republicans attack health care reform, Democrats like to counter by accusing Republicans of wanting to repeal a law that requires insurance companies to cover people with pre-existing conditions. According to Republican Presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee, that’s exactly right. People with pre-existing conditions, he explains are like houses that have already burned down.  

“It sounds so good, and it’s such a warm message to say we’re not gonna deny anyone from a preexisting condition,” Huckabee explained at the Value Voters Summit today. “Look, I think that sounds terrific, but I want to ask you something from a common sense perspective. Suppose we applied that principle [to] our property insurance. And you can call your insurance agent and say, “I’d like to buy some insurance for my house.” He’d say, “Tell me about your house.” “Well sir, it burned down yesterday, but I’d like to insure it today.” And he’ll say “I’m sorry, but we can’t insure it after it’s already burned.” Well, no preexisting conditions.”  

A moment of candor from the evangelical former Arkansas governor. Hard to say how that comports with voting on values, though.  

It’s worth pointing out, too, that the health care law’s individual mandate is in large part meant to make sure people don’t wait until they get ill until they buy insurance. But Republicans want to do away with that part of reform as well.  

Fox News Distortions · Rush Limbaugh · Wing Nut Reaction

BP Oil Spill, NYC Terror Plot: Limbaugh & Co. Go Nuts

Politics DailyDavid Corn

Remember during the George W. Bush administration when a former Clinton official appeared on “Hardball,” stated that President Bush had allowed 9/11 to happen for political gain, and Chris Matthews nodded along in agreement? Of course, you don’t. Because that never happened. But this week former (and disgraced) FEMA chief Michael Brown on Fox News Channel asserted that President Obama had permitted the BP oil leak to continue for days in order to justify reversing course on expanding offshore drilling to “pander to the environmentalists.” And Fox host Neil Cavuto nodded.

Just when you thought the conspiratorial wacky right couldn’t become more detached from reality — see Glenn Beck — it has. With the oil spill and the New York City terror plot, prominent conservative pundits have jumped the rails. I often ignore the cranks and blowhards of the right. Life is too short — and too real. But the past few days have served up too many examples of extreme conservative nuttiness. Sorry if that sounds uncivil. But there’s no other way to describe it in polite company.

Michael “Heckuva Job” Brown was not the only clown on the oil spill conspiracy bus. Rush Limbaugh was at the front. On his radio show, he suggested that environmentalists might have created this disaster to sabotage pending legislation in the Senate that would allow for more offshore drilling and nuclear plants: “What better way to head off more drilling and nuclear plants then by blowing up a rig? I’m just, I’m just noting the timing here.” Former Bush White House press secretary Dana Perino — on Fox, of course — declared, “I’m not trying to introduce a conspiracy theory, but was this deliberate? You have to wonder . . . if there was sabotage involved.” (The explosion that created this spill occurred a mile beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico. How many wild enviros have their own underwater vehicles?) Eric Bolling, a host on the — what else? — Fox Business Network, hinted that the Obama White House “let this thing leak” so the administration could dump its proposal for expanding offshore drilling

But I’m confused. Which is it? Did the Obama administration allow a catastrophe to proceed unchecked? Or did green meanies in a submarine (a yellow submarine?) pick one of the hardest wells to reach and blow it up to show people how environmentally dangerous an oil spill can be? Hey, maybe it’s both. How ingenious of all those environmentalists, secret socialists, and covert Muslims. I bet they worked this out years ago during a meeting in Kenya.

Meanwhile, Limbaugh and other right-wingers also went cuckoo over the failed car-bombing in New York City. “I wonder if [the] SUV had an Obama sticker on it?” Limbaugh said. “Notice how quickly they got it out of Times Square before anybody could hop and maybe see an Obama 2012 bumper sticker on the damn car.” Referring to suspect Faisal Shahzad, he added, “Of course, he’s a Democrat. Who knows how many times he voted and where.” Anything to tie the president to terrorists, right? And before Shahzad’s arrest was announced, several conservative bloggers suggested the NYC plot was the work of leftists looking for a big May Day blast, with one writing, “So, we have the suspicious explosion of an oil rig in the gulf that happened the day before Lenin’s birthday (Earth Day) and now we have an attempted attack on May Day, another day celebrated by left wing communists.” What a busy week for the left: destroying the Gulf and attacking New York City.

Should we laugh or cry at all this nonsense? After all, who cares about a few no-name bloggers? But Limbaugh and Fox do have millions of followers — even if most of them live in a bizarro alternative world. Does this toxic sludge, like an oil spill, spread, and then poison the national discourse?

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs seems to believe so. At Tuesday’s daily briefing, he lit into Fox News correspondent Wendell Goler about the Michael Brown interview. When Goler asked the already-clichéd question — is the spill “Obama’s Katrina”? — Gibbs noted it was essentially pointless to answer a Fox News query:

I’m not entirely sure that a factual answer that I might give to any one of your questions is going to change the notion that your network put out the former FEMA director to make an accusation that the well had been purposely set off in order to change an offshore drilling decision.

Gibbs also told Goler that he and Major Garrett, another Fox correspondent who covers the White House, ought to “get on a conference call and maybe do some work.”

Gibbs was right to be ticked off. With both the oil spill and the failed Times Square attack, there are serious matters to ponder. What are the implications of the oil spill for future drilling plans? Did the Obama administration make a mistake in accepting BP’s early statements that this leak was not so calamitous? Did the federal agency that oversees offshore drilling screw up? (Short answer: yes, big time.) How can we best protect the people and ecosystems in harm’s way? As for the near-bombing, how could Shahzad get so close to committing such an attack? Why did he almost get away on that flight to Dubai? How can an open society prevent someone from stuffing an SUV with explosives and detonating it in the middle of one of the great cities of the world?   This is all dead-serious stuff.

Yet Limbaugh, Brown and Co., when their country needs informed discussion, seem to be most concerned with setting new records in bogus political exploitation. They are not patriots. They are sound-bite scoundrels.

Wack-A-Doodles · Weird GOP Behavior

Texas lawmaker: Obama is ‘God’s punishment on us.’

I know this sort of talk from lawmakers, televangelists and just plain crazies across the country should not alarm me at this point, but it still does.   I still have to wonder what color is the sky on their planet?

Talking Points Memo:

On Saturday, Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) and several other elected officials boosted Fox News host Glenn Beck at an event at the Oil Palace in Tyler, TX. The day was full of right-wing flame-throwing, including Perry saying that he was “proud” to be in an “army” of anti-Obama Americans. Another prominent theme during the event was that the country has “drifted far away from its founding values”:

Gov. Rick Perry, U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, and state Rep. Leo Berman also spoke, all delivering similar messages.

Berman told the crowd, “I believe that Barack Obama is God’s punishment on us today, but in 2012, we are going to make Obama a one-term president.”

Gohmert said, “The longer we go, the more we see how important it is to stick with principles.”

Beck later stated that the U.S. Constitution was “divinely inspired” and our rights “come from God.” “If God is with us, who can possibly stand against us?” Beck asked. “The answer is no one.” On his radio show last week, Beck claimed that he was carrying out God’s “plan.” Berman, a Republican representing Tyler, controversially told Chinese-American immigration lawyer Harry Joe from Dallas to “go home” and “kiss my ass.” The exchange came when Joe criticized Berman’s proposal to require all undocumented immigrants to located to self-designated “sanctuary cities.” (HT: Jackson Williams)

Wack-A-Doodles · Weird GOP Behavior

Have Conservatives Gone Mad?

In a word: yes!  The push for an ultra conservative GOP has, in my opinion gone beyond the pale.

The Atlantic: 

Serious thinkers on the right have finally gotten around to a full and open debate on the epistemic closure problem that’s plaguing the conservative movement. The issue, to put it in terms that even I can understand, because I didn’t study philosophy much in college: has the conservative base gone mad.  More>>>


Tea Party Bullies

Tea-bagged Geico man fires back

I honestly thought this was satire until I read this article at Salon.com:

That sonorous Geico voice has been silenced for talking politics. DC Douglas — the guy who deeply intoned Geico’s rhetorical questions — left an anti-Tea Party phone message for the listening pleasure of FreedomWorks. Douglas inquired after the percentage of “mentally retarded” Tea Party activists  (at least he didn’t call them cavemen), then wondered how FreedomWorks would “spin it when one of your members actually kills somebody.” This led  FreedomWorks to trace the call to Douglas — who had helpfully left his number, and identified himself as “Lance Baxter.”  FreedomWorks’ Matt Kibbe then posted Douglas’ cell number on biggovernment.com, which caused Douglas to get harassed and ultimately sacked

None of this hubbub prevented Douglas from making light of the situation in his own riveting little video:

So they call this man up in droves and harass him with truly stupid and annoying remarks claiming, in so many words that they are not stupid and annoying.  Go figure!

Faux News · Fear Mongering · Fox News Distortions

Once again, conservatives see Muslim conspiracy in an administration logo.


If there was ever a need for our future generations to take education and science seriously, it will be when they see the videos of the crazed and uneducated declaring that a scientific logo looks like or implies some vast Muslim conspiracy from within the White House.

That logo that they claim is similar to the “star and crescent” is a freaking scientific representation of an orbiting electron.

This is so absurd, I didn’t want to include this as a post at all.  However, since the subtext of this blog is Sorting out the ‘crazies’…I decided that it’s actually quite apropos for this blog:

Think Progress:

Earlier this year, conservatives developed a conspiracy theory in which the Obama administration manipulated the redesign of the Missile Defense Agency to incorporate the Islamic crescent as part of a “submission to Shariah by President Obama and his team.” In fact, as Richard Lehner of the Missile Defense Agency told Fox News, the logo “was used prior to the 2008 election.” Now, the right-wing has worked itself into a fit over another Obama administration logo, this time claiming that the logo for Obama’s Nuclear Security Summit has the “kind of crescent moon you see on the flags of Muslim countries,” in the words of the New York Post’s Michael Goodwin. Goodwin’s argument has been echoed in the conservative blogosphere and, not surprisingly, was picked up by Fox News.

Watch it here.

Right Wing Extremism · Sen. Tom Coburn · Uncategorized

Sen. Tom Coburn Tells Town Hall: “Don’t Catch Yourself Being Biased By Fox News”

Could this be a sign of things to come from some moderate Republicans?  Are they tired of the hardline and divisive politics that has plagued our country since the election of Barack Obama?   I suppose time will tell, but I’m feeling rather optimistic after reading about Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) response to some town hall questions and demonstrations of angst.

Here is the audio:  

News Hounds   –We watch FOX so you don’t have to:

Color us surprised.  Senator Tom Coburn, one of the most conservative Republicans in the Senate, has publicly knocked Fox News and told his constituents at a Town Hall meeting not to believe everything they see or hear on the “fair and balanced” network. It was part of an effort to tamp down angry rhetoric at a town hall meeting. I think Coburn deserves our kudos for it.

As CBS News reported, Coburn defended Nancy Pelosi from an angry Town Hall attendee by saying,

“I’m 180 degrees in opposition to the speaker — she’s a nice lady,” he said. The crowd could be heard responding unfavorably to his characterization.  “Come on now, she is a nice — how many of you all have met her?” continued Coburn. “She’s a nice person. She’s a nice person.”

“Just because somebody disagrees with you doesn’t mean they’re not a good person.”

CBS also reported,

Coburn suggested that a woman who said “they can put us in prison” for not obtaining health insurance under the health care reform bill is misinformed.  “The intention is not to put anybody in jail,” he said. “That makes for good TV news on Fox but that isn’t the intention.”

 Politico reported,

“What we have to have is make sure we have a debate in this country so that you can see what’s going on and make a determination yourself,” Coburn added and then again warned the crowd against the myths perpetrated by Fox News. “So don’t catch yourself being biased by Fox News that somebody is no good. The people in Washington are good. They just don’t know what they don’t know,” Coburn said.

 Please consider thanking Coburn for being responsible and putting his citizenship over partisanship. You can contact him via his web mail.

U.S. Politics

Think Progress: Vandals hit at least five Dem offices nationwide, threaten to ‘assassinate’ children of pro-reform lawmakers.

I have a dire prediction.  Even before I saw Think Progress’ headline today, I’ve been thinking for a few weeks now that something terrible is going to happen and that “something” will be perpetuated by a “teabagger”.

When one hears Rush Limbaugh’s rhetoric, “we need to get rid of every last one of those bastards…” and Glen Beck wildly animating similar rants on TV, what else is there to think?

The lies, disinformation, ad hominem attacks are like marching orders to every psychopath that has a death wish out there.  I guarantee you that BEFORE the fall elections, something ominous is going to happen to an innocent person or people.  I believe  Beck and Limbaugh knows this as well.  Yet they refuse to let up on the hate talk and in fact. have ratcheted their hate talk up a few knots in recent days.

Of course I wish no harm on anyone and I REALLY hope my “sense” is entirely wrong.  However, recent history has shown us that there is a direct correlation between a call to “get rid of”,” eliminate” “has to go” type rhetoric inevitably leads to disaster.

Think Progress:

Yesterday, Think Progress reported that several Democratic offices around the nation had been vandalized in the days surrounding the House health care vote. Vandals have struck the Tuscon office of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), the Monroe County Democratic Committee headquarters in upstate New York, Rep. Louise Slaughter’s (D-NY) Niagara Falls office, the Knox County Democratic headquarters in Ohio, and the Sedgwick County Democratic Party headquarters in Wichita, KS. The local Rochester ABC affiliate now has more information on the upstate NY vandalism, including an assassination threat against the children of lawmakers who voted for health reform:

No one was inside when the brick was hurled through the Democratic Party Headquarters on University Avenue. Attached was a note quoting conservative Barry Goldwater: “Exremism [sic] in defense of liberty is no vice”. […]

[Rep. Louise] Slaughter has been at the center of the push for reform. Last Thursday she received a chilling recorded message at her campaign office. “Assassinate is the word they used…toward the children of lawmakers who voted yes.”

The FBI is now investigating.

Question, aren’t the teabaggers part of the “anti-abortion” “pro-life” movement?  Killing children is ok?  More hypocrisy, for sure.