Tuesday, January 29, 2013

January 29

Moving the overton windowWe all joked and laughed at the armed compound the Tea Party are trying to get going, but here's some Serious Thinkers on the Right and they have a plan for a model city-state.

Quitters - Famous part-time governor and full-time grifter SARAH PALIN isn't the only high-profile quitter this week: famous Nosferatu impersonator and sister of racist one-time presidential contender, BAY BUCHANAN has quit pit-viper punditry, taken an on-line real-estate course and is now a sales associate for McEnearney Associates Inc. in McLean, Va. (Raw Story)


On this day in history:

The 2003 State of the Union Address was a speech delivered by U.S. President George W. Bush on Tuesday, January 28, 2003. It outlined justifications for the 2003 invasion of Iraq. It began his discussion of the "war on terror" by asserting, as he had before September 11, 2001, that "the gravest danger facing America and the world, is outlaw regimes that seek and possess nuclear, chemical and biological weapons." Of such regimes, that of Saddam Hussein was the worst, and "a brutal dictator, with a history of reckless aggression, with ties to terrorism, with great potential wealth, will not be permitted to dominate a vital region and threaten the United States." The domestic brutality of Hussein and the benefits of liberty and freedom for the Iraqi people were briefly noted near the end of the speech.

…and so CHIMPY added to his long list of crimes against humanity.


And now this news of Alaska's part-time Governor and full-time grifterThe Price of Palin: $15 per Word Spoken During FOX Contract


Why Lily Ledbetter Wasn't Enough: The Facts About The Persistent Pay Gap

Boy Scouts Board Will Consider Lifting National Anti-Gay Ban Next Week

New Jersey Governor Vetoes Minimum Wage Increase

Texas Legislature Wants To Reward Companies That Deny Employees Contraception

Representative Mo Brooks (R-AL) would like to impeach President Obama if he doesn't balance the budget in the next five years even though it's the duty of the House (and consequently — Mo Brooks) to pass budgets, not the president.

This becomes extra mind-numbing if you consider that the GOP House voted to pass the Paul Ryan budget several times which would have ballooned the deficit. And then there's the inconvenient fact that Republicans essentially created our deficit with wars, tax cuts, and drug benefits.

There's just no hope for some people. And unfortunately some of The Hopeless serve in congress.


Have you ever wondered where Jesus would stand on the Second Amendment? Well, according to National Review, there is little doubt that he would be a pro-gun lobby, shoot-em-up sort of guy.

The Democrats — ever vigilant for improper mixing of politics and religion — opened yesterday's news conference announcing their proposed "assault weapons" ban with a prayer from the Dean of the National Cathedral, the Canon Gary Hall. As Drudge highlighted yesterday, he made brief remarks before the prayer and said, "Everyone in this city seems to live in terror of the gun lobby . . . but I believe that the gun lobby is no match for the cross lobby."

I have no objection to the Reverand speaking his mind. In fact, I'm glad for clergy to contribute their thoughts to the gun-rights debate. My objection is to the substance of his position, not his participation in the debate. Simply put, self defense is a biblical and natural right of man, and I fear that his words imply otherwise. There is nothing about the cross that requires me to allow someone to kill my family — or anyone else for that matter. Indeed, I have a moral imperative to come to the aid of those in distress.

Here we go. Another right-wing attack on gun control that is completely baseless and irrelevant. One does not need the Bible to make the argument that self-defense is a natural right. Of course it is…but the type of changes to the gun laws that Dems have proposed have nothing to do with the right to defend oneself or protect family and property. The proposals have only to do with a) the type of guns one should be allowed to purchase and b) restricting gun ownership to law abiding citizens and others who do not pose a threat to society. Arguments don't get any more rational than that.

That said, the entire premise that Jesus would be in support of NRA sponsored lunacy is ridiculous. One need only turn to Matthew 5:38 and Jesus' own words to make the point that Jesus would have hated guns.

You have heard that it was said, "An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth". But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.

You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.

Jesus went a little too far with his turn-the-other-cheek bit, but it's quite clear that claiming that he would have supported the gun lobby is a stretch.


But when Jesus's example is used to defend violence, to celebrate self-defense, to find ways to look away from the mass murder of children, beware. Jesus' response to unspeakable violence was unconditional surrender and yet more still:

Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.



A Tennessee state senator has figured out why children from poor homes aren't doing well in school — it is because their families' situation is not quite precarious enough! To motivate the lazy Poors to become better parents, Stacey Campfield (R-HardKnoxville) has introduced a bill that would cut Temporary Assistance to Needy Families benefits by up to 30% if children fail to make "satisfactory academic progress." Sen. Campfield explains on his dumb blog that this will help "break the cycle of poverty." Because as no study ever has proven, the main thing that holds parents back from providing strong academic support for their kids is that they simply haven't faced losing a third of their already-low welfare benefits. It's just common sense. READ MORE »

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