Tuesday, February 19, 2013

February 19

Marketing! - Boy exorcist and noted volcano scholar Bobby "Bubba" Jindal is giving another of his patented Don't Be Stupid speeches to his fellow Wingnuttians (as he prepares for the 2016 Goat Rodeo? Yes.):
"We must not become the party of austerity. We must become the party of (economic) growth," Jindal said. "We have fallen into a trap of believing the world revolves around Washington."

Meanwhile Jindal's measures to shift public education dollars to religious schools and to eliminate entirely income tax in Louisiana move along, because that's thinking outside of the box. (TPM)


Agence France-Presse:

Barack Obama will become the first serving US president to receive Israel's presidential medal, from his Israeli counterpart Shimon Peres on a visit to the Jewish state nextmonth, Peres's office said on Monday.

"President Obama has made a unique and meaningful contribution to strengthening the state of Israel and the security of its people," it said in a statement.

"Barack Obama is a true friend of the state of Israel and has been since the beginning of his public life. As president of the United States he has stood beside Israel in times of crisis," it added.

Israel's presidential medal of distinction is awarded to individuals or organisations who have contributed to Israeli society and Israel's image in the world.

That sound you're hearing is the sound of thousands of wingnuts' heads exploding, all over the nation. One of their most cherished fearmongering lies — that President Obama is actively trying to destroy Israel — has just died.

This does not make me happy one bit. I'd have preferred he got a medal for being Palestine's friend.


The Virginia Senate Education Committee has narrowly rejected a bill that would allow home-schooled students to play sports at public schools.  The proposed change was dubbed the "Tim Tebow Bill" because he was allowed to play football at a Florida public school while being taught at home.

The perennial proposal from Del. Rob Bell, R-Albemarle County, would achieve that by prohibiting public schools from joining an interscholastic governing body, such as the Virginia High School League, that bars home schoolers from public school sports. Bell's HB 1442 passed the House of Delegates this year, as did a similar measure he sponsored last year before its defeat in the Senate. It was tackled again in a Senate committee, failing on an 8-7 vote when Republican Sen. Harry Blevins of Chesapeake, a retired high school principal, joined with the Democratic minority on the panel in opposition to the bill. Before the vote, a procession of home school students and advocates urged the panel to approve the bill.
When one home-school advocate complained about not having access to public school sports paid for by his taxes, Sen. Richard Saslaw retorted, "You pay taxes that also go to purchase an F-22 fighter, that doesn't mean you get to fly it." 


"Whether the homosexual activists like it or not, and I know this isn't politically correct to say this, but not everybody wants to see that. I know that that's offensive to the activist crowd, they want us all to see it, they want us all to approve of it, they want us all to call it blessed and okay and rejoice and have parties and throw confetti in the air over this whole thing. But the fact of the matter is it's a moral issue. You will always have Christians who will disagree with this and why should the rights of the activists trump the rights of Christians?" - Christian radio host Janet Mefferd, who doesn't want to be forced to look at gay people. 


One day you're a Tea Party darling with the ass-kickingest political ads of the 2010 cycle.Next you're getting clipped for shoplifting beer from the local Wal-Mart in Hoover, Alabama.


Better late than never?

The state of Mississippi apparently didn't ratify the 13 Amendment until last month.

The 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which abolished slavery, was ratified in 1865. Lawmakers in Mississippi, however, only got around to officially ratifying the amendment last month — 148 years later — thanks to the movie "Lincoln."

The state's historical oversight came to light after Mississippi resident Ranjan Batra saw the Steven Spielberg-directed film last November, the Clarion-Ledger reports.

Mister Batra and a fellow resident reportedly contacted Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann to inform him that Mississippi never ratified the 13th amendment. The state then rectified the issue.

Finally, on Jan. 30, Hosemann sent the Office of the Federal Register a copy of the 1995 resolution, and on Feb. 7, the Federal Register made the ratification official.

According to the Clarion-Ledger, it's unclear why the state never sent the U.S. Archivist its 1995 resolution. "What an amendment to have an error in filing," Dick Molpus, who served then as secretary of state, told the paper.

Somewhere, a state's rights fetishist is dreaming of challenging Delbert Hosemann.



A Chicago teenager was shot and killed just hours after her sister sat on a stage behind Barack Obama, listening to the president appeal for tighter gun controls.

Janay McFarlane, 18, died from a gunshot would to the head following an incident shortly before midnight on Friday, Lake County coroner Thomas Rudd told the Chicago Sun-Times.

At the event, the president was speaking about gun violence and gun control.

One of these days we'll stop talking about gun violence, and we'll stop holding symbolic congressional votes, and we'll actually get serious about stopping the proliferation of firearms in America. I have a feeling it's going to take a long, long time.



Disgraced LA Cardinal Mahony asks God to forgive his victims for holding him accountable


Watch this and weep for what we have done.


At a pizza shop in Virginia Beach: 
"All they have to do is show me that they're carrying a weapon or they can show me their concealed weapons permit and they can get the discount," says All Around Pizza owner, Jay Laze. So far, Laze says the response has been great. Brendan Kelly openly carries his handgun and says it's nice to see a business appreciate customers like him. "It's part of our rights as Americans and everybody should be entitled to the option if they want to, so it's nice to have an incentive," Kelly says. Laze openly carries himself, and his support for gun ownership is incorporated throughout his business. "I actually hire delivery drivers that do carry openly," he says.
Knock, knock. It's the pizza boy. With a gun.

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