Tuesday, March 19, 2013

March 19

'Bible's Satan casting raises eyebrows, ire with comparison to President Obama.


Crazy Pub Ho Does it Again
Revs up Nazi-fest with her wild screaming


Sarah Palin served up red meat at the Nazi-fest Saturday, lambasting the Negro woth Horns
and the "mainstream media," sneering at efforts to "rebrand" the Republican Party, and telling 
Karl Rove to "go back to the Lone Star State and put your name on the ballot."
The quitter may have no prospects of (or interest in) becoming an elected official again; 
she may no longer have a high-paying sinecure as a Fox News pundit; and she may be too hot 
to handle, too tea-party threatening for mainstream Republicans looking to break a string of five 
losses in the last six presidential popular votes.  ha ha
"Moderation" and "accommodation" – ideas the GOP may need to approach if not adopt on 
issues like immigration and gay rights – would not describe this Pub Ho.

Do you see why I predict we can't lose in 2016?
When have election results been so obvious 44 months in advance?

The Palins and Pigboys will NOT let the GOP become a mainstream party again.
They lost five of the last six popular votes because they weren't Nazi ENOUGH.


Cardinal: Raping kids NOT a crime
No wonder it's an epidemic in the Church

A South African cardinal who helped elect the new pro-rape pope this week has told the BBC 
pedophilia is an illness and not a crime.
Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier, the Catholic Archbishop of Durban, told BBC Radio 5 on Saturday 
that pedophilia was a "disorder" that needed to be treated.
"From my experience, pedophilia is actually an illness. It's not a criminal condition, it's an illness," he said.
Napier said he knew of at least two priests who became pedophiles after they were abused as children.
"Now don't tell me that those people are criminally responsible like somebody who chooses to do 
something like that. I don't think you can really take the position and say that person deserves to 
be punished. He was himself damaged."

Cardinal: "Oops!"
A gaffe is when you accidentally tell the truth

A South African cardinal on Monday apologized for offending victims of child abuse 
when he described pedophilia as an illness and not a crime in a media interview.

Victims' rights groups and others said the comments by Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier, 
the Catholic Archbishop of Durban, comments were insensitive, especially given 
perceptions the Catholic Church has not done enough to root out abuse.

Not done enough?
Name one step they've ever taken...

"I apologize sincerely and unreservedly to all who were offended by the botched interview, 
and especially to those who have been abused and need every help and support that the 
Church can give," Napier said in a statement.

So, calling it a "botched" interview is the closest he came to taking it back?


Not to be outdone by the Arkansas legislature, which overrode Governor's Mike Beebe's veto of a bill banning abortion after 12 weeks, the North Dakota legislature has passed what is now the most restrictive abortion law in the country.

Breathe easy, Kansas, Arizona, Arkansas, and South Dakota! North Dakota has got this.

HB 1456 bans abortion as soon as a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which happens six or seven weeks into the pregnancy, two weeks after a woman misses her period, and about 28 days post-conception. That's a ridiculously narrow window. The bill provides an exception for health of the mother, but no exception for rape.

Robin Marty writing for RH Reality Check points out that this law screws North Dakotan women, and not in a good way: More »


For Candy Crowley and the sociopaths at CNN.


Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) tweeted at 5:26 PM on Mon, Mar 18, 2013:

Demand a budget that makes sure that the wealthiest Americans and most profitable corporations pay their fair share. (link to petition)

A good and noble cause, and I'm all for it, but it's also an uphill battle given the power of the plutocracy over both major political parties and the media, as well as throughout the national mythology.

You might as well demand that the country interact with the rest of the world with something other than a hegemonic bludgeon, or that the powers that be give a damn about the poor and disenfranchised, or that "the people" not be armed to the teeth in preparation for armageddon, or that the Republican Party embrace science, or that the Miami Heat lose a basketball game.

In any other advanced, civilized democracy, Bernie Sanders would be a mainstream voice of justice and reason. In America, he's a "radical." That alone should fill you with despair.


In an act of serious journalistic negligence, Fox News this morning ran tape of the Steubenville rape trial in which one of the rapists named the victim.

Typically in sexual assault cases, the major news media's policy is not to name a victim. This is doubly true in the Steubenville case, where the victim is also a minor. But Fox News, in what seems to be an editing mistake, ran a clip from the court room where Mays said the victim's name:

I would truly like to apologize to [redacted], her family, my family and the community. No picture should have been sent around, let alone even taken.

Out of respect for the victim, ThinkProgress will not publish the name, or the video.

In an earlier piece on Fox's news website, the organization did manage to censor out the namesof the two rapists, Trent Mays and Ma'lik Richmond. Their names, however, have been published by news outlets because the boys' lawyers have openly identified them in court. The victim's has not, until this point.

Media have clearly struggled with how to represent the case, and earlier coverage from Fox actually bucked a trend of victim-blaming that was prevalent in other news outlets. Still, the negligence in failing to redact the girl's name is a serious journalistic failure.

Fox News did not immediately return a request for comment.


Sen. Ted Cruz says that news that he blocked a resolution to commemorate Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week is a plot by Democrats to "malign" him. Of course, he did block a resolution to commemorate MS Awareness Week, but still! (Raw Story)

He says he didn't have time to "review" it. Yeah, the resolution is about a page-and-a-half long.


Noted war criminal Donald Rumsfeld tweeted this to commemorate the 10th year anniversary of the start of the Iraq war:


Nothing will draw in young conservatives like things this ancient hate goblin says: Phyllis Schlafly defend Day Quayle's now 20-year old attack on fictional teevee character Murphy Brown


While universal background checks and a ban on assault weapons has cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee, the federal government has yet to enact any new gun control laws, but that isn't stopping states from enacting their own laws. And in the case of Colorado, the state enacting its own laws is apparently seen as a trespass by some local sheriffs.

Weld County Sheriff John Cooke said he won't enforce either gun-control measure waiting to be signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper, saying the laws are "unenforceable" and would "give a false sense of security."

One bill passed Friday would expand requirements to have background checks for firearm purchases. Hickenlooper is expected to sign it into law within two weeks. [...]

Cooke said he, like other county sheriffs, "won't bother enforcing" the laws because it will be impossible for them to keep track of how the requirements are being met by gun owners. He said he and other sheriffs are considering a lawsuit against the state to block the measures if they are signed into law.

What's amusing to me about the "states' rights" line of argument is that it tends to only be a factor in cases where the state is dominated by conservative politics, conservative state lawmakers, and conservative governors. When the shoe is on the other foot, "states' rights" no longer seems like such a good idea.

States are free to enact their own laws, but they cannot supersede federal law.


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