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Saturday, July 05, 2014

Immigration - Texas Two-Step Style

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Normally, Texas governor “Crotch” Perry doesn’t venture too far off the reservation.  Texans apparently “get him,” the rest of us, not so much.  But this week his buddies on the House Homeland Security Committee transported themselves to Texas for something they call a “field hearing” titled “Crisis on the Texas Border: Surge of Unaccompanied Minors.”

The backstory:

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families recently announced that the U.S. had apprehended 24,668 unattended youths at the border in fiscal 2013, and officials expect the annual number to reach nearly 60,000 by the end of 2014.

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mike McCaul (R-Texas) said this week that more than 50,000 unaccompanied children have crossed into the U.S. from Mexico, with nearly two-thirds of them traveling through the Rio Grande Valley in Texas.

The discussion comes days after Obama signaled he has lost all hope of Congress overhauling the nation’s immigration laws this year. He announced Monday that he will redirect more resources to the border for enforcement efforts, adding that he would use executive actions to “fix as much of our immigration system as we can.”

The governor, of course, was invited to testify during this “field hearing” and plunged right into the deep end without his swimmies.

Currently Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is leading the government’s response to the influx of unattended children, with housing, medical treatment, transportation and other forms of assistance.

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Posted by Bette Noir on 07/05/14 at 10:54 AM
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Friday, July 04, 2014

Mittmentum or Tilting At Oval Offices

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My dream, for this Independence Day 2014, is a dream of sweet freedom from the Republican Party in its current psychopathic incarnation.  And, for once, it looks like maybe dreams do come true!

Anyone who doubts that the 21st Century GOP is lumbering inexorably toward the tarpits of history should go, posthaste, to DraftMitt.org and savor the sweet reek of FAIL.

In an era of frantic Republican rejiggering, nothing quite says political desperation like the notion of trotting out Willard M Romney’s empty suit for yet another rackety run at the Oval Office.  To me, this move says more about the dearth of talent in the Republican party and its donors’ apparent reluctance to throw good money after bad, than it does about any flimsy case that could be made regarding Mr Romney’s presidential qualifications.

One month after it’s debut, DraftMitt.org has racked up just under 29K supporters—short of a groundswell, as they say in politics.  So far, no one is actually taking credit for this swell idea.  The website prominently displays a disclaimer that Romney has not bankrolled it—actually it’s such a nondescript little canned site that my paperboy could have funded it.  There are no RNC or other traces of GOP branding, just Mitt and Ronnie Reagan playing bookends.

Also, too, there’s the banner link using the 2012 campaign coinage retread “Mittmentum.” Ask Karl Rove about “mittmentum.”  At any rate, that link takes us to the now notorious Washington Times poll that proves, at least in the echo chamber, that: “Hands down, Obama is the worst president since WWII” and that most Americans now regret not having voted for Romney in 2012.

Really?  who recycles embarrassing reminders of a failed attempt?  Even #DraftMitt is a recycled Twitter tag that takes one to a 2013 page tagged with “Because MA needs Mitt Romney in the Senate” with 3 tweets and 10 followers.

I could be wrong but I’m starting to get a sense of Tagg Romney, Campaign Manager, behind the scenes, here.

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Posted by Bette Noir on 07/04/14 at 10:31 AM
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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

The Upstaging of Judge Gowdy

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(h/t Democratic Underground)


I have to tell you, Roasters, that I am more than a little sad that Judge Gowdy’s Benghazi! BENGHAZI!!  Select Committee is shaping up to be one of this season’s more spectacular entertainment duds.

Since early May, I have been looking forward to a summer of popcorn and microbrews by the pool and daily doses of Judge Gowdy on the YouTube; but now it looks like I’m going to be stuck with Speaker Boehner’s Impeachment Tort or reruns of the McCarthy Hearings.

So much has happened since those heady days in May—Speaker Boehner’s bold announcement that he was appointing a Select Committee to re-re-re-re-reinvestigate the tragedy at Benghazi; Nancy Pelosi’s tough decision to boycott the committee or not; the formation of the Benghazi Truth Pac . . .

That last item—The Benghazi Truth PAC—was just the kind of Republican sideshow that suckered me into believing that we were about to witness the Greatest Show on Earth with a ringside seat in Judge Gowdy’s Kangaroo Kourt.

The BT PAC was the brainchild of Buzz Jacobs, a Bush White House operative and 2008 McCain Campaign manager currently realizing the American Dream of small business ownership.  Buzz’s biz, which is essentially raising-money-for-republicans, is something called Strategic Storytelling Company.

And Mr Jacobs has selflessly appointed himself to protect Judge Gowdy and his select committee colleagues from the inevitable smear campaigns that Liberals are bound to launch because . . . Libruls!

We are preparing to help defend them from unfair and untrue attacks.

There will be teams of people looking into their backgrounds and pulling things out of context and making major issues out of them and there needs to be some balance to that.

Jacobs said he fears Democrats loyal to former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will try and “smear” the Republicans on the committee in order to protect Clinton.

He said he bases his concern on critical comments from Democrats after the special committee was created, and historically, how independent counsel Kenneth Starr was criticized during his investigation of former President Bill Clinton’s administration.

Jacobs fears that:

When we find out how disconnected the government was . . . it will not reflect well on Hillary Clinton. The left will try to distract from it and attack the messenger.

Gowdy, the object of Jacobs “strategic storytelling” said:

This investigation isn’t about my political career or anyone else’s. I do not approve of this PAC’s involvement nor do I desire to have their help in defending against attacks.

Oh DC! it isn’t really pretty what a town without pity can do.  Nevertheless, Jacobs, unbowed by adversity and politically resilient said he respects Gowdy’s view on the super PAC.

If I was in his position, I would approach my job in the same way.

However, as a private citizen with White House-level national security experience, I am interested in doing what I can, within the law, to educate people about the truth and to defend those seeking the truth.

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Posted by Bette Noir on 07/02/14 at 11:53 AM
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Friday, June 27, 2014

I Do Not Like This Mr Cruz

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Looks like impeachment is the GOP’s meme du jour.  Earlier this week we had Speaker Boehner teeing up his Impeachment Lite suit [details TBD] and yesterday Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) dusted off his hurdy-gurdy and took it out for a spin in an encore performance of his widely-ignored Impeach Eric Holder street show.

Hard to tell if it’s professional jealousy or just plain cussedness but Cruz has called for Holder to either resign or be impeached on numerous occasions during his brief but gaudy tenure in the US Senate.

Cruz certainly didn’t disappoint while introducing his most recent Impeach Holder resolution:

When an attorney general refuses to enforce the law, when an attorney general mocks the rule of law, when an attorney general corrupts the Department of Justice by conducting a nakedly partisan investigation to cover up political wrongdoing, that conduct by any reasonable measure constitutes high crimes and misdemeanors.

Sounds a little like an audition for Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation Show, eh?

However, this was the Senate, which is happy to give credit for showmanship but, nevertheless, still requires unanimous consent to move forward with such a resolution.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), the chairman of the Financial Services Committee, refused, calling Cruz’s call for impeachment a “waste of taxpayers’ money” citing that:

. . . besides the three other probes being conducted by congressional committees, he and the top Republican on the finance committee, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UH), were nearly done with their own bipartisan investigation into the matter.

Wyden also questioned the need for a special prosecutor when, after multiple investigations over 13 months, there is no evidence that any crime was committed.

Wyden added:

Many of us can remember special prosecutors abusing their power, spending millions of dollars of taxpayer money and going on for years and years without concluding their investigations.  Too often, special prosecutors have turned into a lawyer’s full employment program. They ought to be reserved for where there is evidence of criminal wrongdoing inside the government.

Something tells me that Ted Cruz won’t be particularly moved by that argument since he had no qualms about shutting down the government to the tune of $24 billion.

So.  Let’s see where we stand here—no criminal evidence and no victims, as Mr Todd recently pointed out, for the rest of us who have been shrieking this for a year, thank you very much:

Posted by Bette Noir on 06/27/14 at 09:27 AM
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Saturday, June 21, 2014

“Lyin’ Ryan” Accuses IRS Commissioner of . . . Lying.

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Well, it’s been a rather surreal week what with every neocon zombie rising from the crypt to dance on the graves of the hundreds of thousands whose lives they destroyed playing their chickenhawk war games.  And the media rushing to capture their every demented word on the matter as if it had anything to do with reality.  Or truth.  Or integrity.

The whole business seemed to blindside a fair number of Americans who registered a collective STFU you squirrelly nutjobs—we got rid of you for a reason.

I think the most galling thing about this hallucinatory political theater is that most sane, average Americans expect that when people in high places are exposed as liars, traitors, cheats and troublemakers they will somehow have the good grace to shuffle away from the limelight and lead lives of quiet desperation, grateful that their fellow citizens have not punished them as severely as they deserve.

But, as we learned this week, some people are simply not “wired” like the rest of us.  They don’t play by the same rules and they are obviously not burdened by conscience.  Mental health experts might diagnose such people as victims of antisocial personality disorders. 

A few of the characteristics of antisocial personality disorder are:

Superficial charm and good intelligence
Absence of delusions and other signs of irrational thinking
Unreliability
Untruthfulness and insincerity
Lack of remorse and shame
Poor judgment and failure to learn by experience
Pathological egocentricity and incapacity for love

We all know a few—these people blend.  They are not disturbed enough to commit but they are certainly disturbed enough to wreak havoc in the lives of those they touch.

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Posted by Bette Noir on 06/21/14 at 12:35 PM
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Sunday, June 08, 2014

Majority of Americans Support Reparative Therapy for Texans

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While most of us were trying to absorb the eery links between “Benghazi” and “Bergdahl,” last week, Texas rounded up its Republican delegates and sent them to Fort Worth to convene and redraft the state party platform. Few will be surprised to learn that Texas has one of the weirdest state Republican platforms in the country.

It is forty —count ‘em, FORTY— pages of Right wing free association that feels like the product of a bad night of MadLibs and way too much Lone Star Lite.  I’d say that the Texas platform smacks of teenage manifesto but that can’t be quite right because the Texas Young Republicans have declared it totally suckumental.

Way to court that youth vote, GOP!

Anyone with the stomach is welcome to jump right in for themselves, but here are a few highlights from my perspective . . .

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Posted by Bette Noir on 06/08/14 at 01:53 PM
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Monday, June 02, 2014

What If Republicans Held A Leadership Conference And No Leaders Showed Up?

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We must stop being the stupid party. It’s time for a new Republican party that talks like adults. It’s time for us to articulate our plans and visions for America in real terms. We had a number of Republicans damage the brand this year with offensive and bizarre comments. We’ve had enough of that. 

Those inspirational words were uttered by the Republican Governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal in January, 2013.
 
Bobby Jindal, however, has shown very little inclination to take his own advice and, in fact, six months later suffered a bout of “stupid” himself in the form of a kamikaze Op-Ed in Politico:

Republican political correctness is all the rage, and it’s all roughly the same: we need to stop being conservative… we need to abandon our principles (at least the ones that don’t poll well)… we need to let the smart guys in Washington pick our candidates…we need big data and analytics so we can optimize… we need to be more libertarian…we need to endorse abortion…we need fewer debates…and the list goes on.

The overall level of panic and apology from the operative class in our party is absurd and unmerited. It’s time to stop the bedwetting.

And:

No more self-analysis; we’ve had our catharsis. The season for navel gazing has passed.

Let’s stop defeating ourselves, get on offense, and go kick the other guys around. If you’ve followed the news over the past month, they are certainly asking for it. We are the conservative party in America — deal with it. We have a lot of dissenting voices. So what? Deal with it. The American public waxes and wanes. Fine. It will wax again soon enough. Deal with it, and start fighting for our principles instead of against them, so we can be in position to create the next wave.

But, best-for-last:

At some point, the American public is going to revolt against the nanny state and the leftward march of this president. I don’t know when the tipping point will come, but I believe it will come soon.

Why?

Because the left wants: The government to explode; to pay everyone; to hire everyone; they believe that money grows on trees; the earth is flat; the industrial age, factory-style government is a cool new thing; debts don’t have to be repaid; people of faith are ignorant and uneducated; unborn babies don’t matter; pornography is fine; traditional marriage is discriminatory; 32 oz. sodas are evil; red meat should be rationed; rich people are evil unless they are from Hollywood or are liberal Democrats; the Israelis are unreasonable; trans-fat must be stopped; kids trapped in failing schools should be patient; wild weather is a new thing; moral standards are passé; government run health care is high quality; the IRS should violate our constitutional rights; reporters should be spied on; Benghazi was handled well; the Second Amendment is outdated; and the First one has some problems too.

Their philosophy does not work and it got our nation into the mess it’s in.

Eventually Americans will rise up against this new era of big government and this new reign of politically correct terror. In the meantime Republicans — hold fast, get smarter, get disciplined, get on offense, and put on your big boy pants.

That terrible thud? That was Jindal tripping on the hems of his “big boy pants.”

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Posted by Bette Noir on 06/02/14 at 10:19 AM
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Speaking Truth To Impotence

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Suddenly, and none too soon, an interesting assortment of ordinary Americans have somewhat miraculously rediscovered their voices.  Maybe it has something to do with the evolution of social media; or perhaps it’s a reaction to being completely ignored, for too long, by our governmental representatives; or maybe it has to do with witnessing our rights, freedoms and values being trampled, ignored and distorted into an ugly incomprehensible mess.  Who knows?  But a tipping point seems to have been reached and, I for one, find it very refreshing to see everyday citizens rearing up and letting loose.

In the short space of just a few weeks a number of powerful reactions to a diverse set of issues have rocked the American scene. 

Here are some of the most notable . . .

Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) is a Republican.  He is also the ranking minority member of the Senate Committee On Veterans Affairs and, ostensibly, quite dedicated to our veterans’ welfare.  Indeed, Sen Burr and his fellow committee members worked diligently on crafting the Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act of 2014.

Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) were delighted by how comprehensively the bill would address some of the biggest problems facing all American veterans and offered full-throated endorsements of the bill.

Here’s what just one VSO, the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Association, had to say, in their letter to the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs endorsing the bill:

This legislation would accomplish many of the goals for which veterans and military service organizations have been advocating for years, including strengthening the Post-9/11 GI Bill, expanding advance appropriations for more of the VA’s budget, expanding dental care coverage for veterans, expanding benefits for surviving spouses, expanding care related to military sexual trauma, instituting new rules for VA’s claims processing reports, and much more.

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Posted by Bette Noir on 05/27/14 at 01:44 PM
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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Great Right Dope

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After a brief hiatus Marco Rubio must be feeling presidential again, so to demonstrate his mettle, he cannonballed into the shallow end which turned out to be over his head.  Fortunately, he had his “abortion hypocrisy” swimmies on and eventually bobbed to the surface, albeit gasping and spluttering.

Evidently the Senator never got the “Yes, Virginia, climate change is real” memo, so there he was, Sunday, on ABC’s This Week, letting his climate change denier flag fly:

I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it.

Our climate is always changing.  And what they have chosen to do is take a handful of decades of research and say that this is now evidence of a longer-term trend that’s directly and almost solely attributable to manmade activities.

Ah, the temerity of “these scientists” and their “handful of decades of research.” PAH!  Don’t they read the Bible?  God already told us how he’s the boss of climate and besides, he promised no more floods.

Suddenly “I’m not a scientist, man” is pretty expert at evaluating the credibility of scientific studies.  Perhaps he’s taken the last few months of self-imposed obscurity, following his last public flub, to study up on science.

Or, maybe not.

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Posted by Bette Noir on 05/15/14 at 11:02 AM
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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Flipping Nothingburgers at Karl’s All American Cafe

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Karl Rove is not a doctor but he is quite an accomplished liar, concern troll and waster of other peoples’ money, ergo it was less than surprising when Karl Rove, appearing before a conference audience with Robert Gibbs and author, Dan Raviv, revealed that Hillary Clinton might possibly be suffering from a touch of traumatic brain injury.

Rove based his diagnosis on, well, nothing . . . outside of his mad political operative deductive skills.

The sane version of this story is that Hillary Clinton caught the flu one day in 2012.  The Secretary of State didn’t have time to be sick, so she kept on truckin’, got dizzy, tripped and hit her head.  She was taken to a hospital, got a Cabinet member level going over [by real doctors], went home and got well.

Dr. Rove, however, says not so fast—“the woman spent 30 days in the hospital” and was released wearing “glasses that are only for people who have traumatic brain injury.”

“The woman” actually spent 3 days in the hospital and left wearing glasses instead of her contact lenses.  But none of that matters to Karl Rove.  Karl Rove only cares about the weird calculus that will link that illness to Benghazi-Gate, thus keeping both alive in the fever dreams of the Republican base. 

When this event occurred, during one of the GOPs Benghazi-Gate inquisitions, Republicans jumped on the opportunity to paint Secretary Clinton as a malingerer, looking for an excuse to get out of testifying.  But now, it’s more useful that something grave might have happened, back then, and voila! Clinton’s walking around with brain damage, poor dear.

Make up your minds, guys.

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Posted by Bette Noir on 05/13/14 at 01:18 PM
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Thursday, May 08, 2014

Release The KRAKEN!!

What’s it been now? almost a week since Speaker Boehner decided to Release the Kraken! and, already, I suspect he’s black and blue from excessive #facepalm-ing.

Meanwhile, Judge Gawdy (R-SC) is powdering his wig and spreading himself thin in a pre-game talkathon about what a regular - nay, totally unremarkable and unassuming - hero he is, who just happens to be sitting on a shock-and-awe-ful pile of bullpuckey evidence that has eluded his well-meaning but bumbling colleagues who just don’t fully grasp how the criminal mind operates.

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Yep.  A week into it and this latest chapter of Benghazi!Benghazi!BENGHAZI!! is about to take a serious turn toward the absurd, as only conservatives know how to turn things.

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Posted by Bette Noir on 05/08/14 at 09:27 AM
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Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Clinton/Lewinsky 2016!

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Will my world never be free of Cheney’s?  Every time one of them goes under the knife, starts a family feud or drops out of a Senate race, I think, there now! perhaps they’ll finally retire from public life.  But, alas no, they somehow just keep Cheney-ing on down the road.

I have to admit that when Monica Lewinsky popped up this week, my very first thought was “Now, that’s curious!?” 

But then she explained why:

It’s time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress.

I think I’d have done that about 19 years ago, but that’s just me.

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Posted by Bette Noir on 05/07/14 at 02:18 PM
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Sunday, May 04, 2014

The Lord Is My Campaign Manager

Frequently, on Sundays, I get the urge to take a peek at what the religionists are getting up to.  I’m not sure why, it just feels kind of right.

Sure enough, it took no time at all, to come across this guy—Richard Darrell Trigg of Tennessee who is very busy, right now, starting up the Christian Party PLUS setting up a presidential campaign. 

That may seem, to some, to be a particularly ambitious agenda but, Mr Trigg has no doubt that he will succeed because The Lord directed him to do these things.

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Posted by Bette Noir on 05/04/14 at 12:38 PM
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Saturday, May 03, 2014

How Special Is This?

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Well, it appears that conservatives have a new lease on life now that Mister Speaker has finally caved and decided to let the Daydream Believers Caucus play Special Committee to re-investigate Benghazi! Benghazi! BENGHAZI!! 

Playing the part of Matthew McConaughey will be Rep. Harold Watson Gowdy III . . . but you can call him Trey.

Someday, I’m sure, the various House investigations into the Benghazi attack will go down in the annals as the Congressional investigation uncovering more smoking unloaded guns than any other [excepting, perhaps, the illustrious efforts of Sen. Joseph McCarthy who may, ultimately, have the Benghazi crowd beat, but they’re not done yet, so we’ll have to wait for the final tally]. 

The White House has turned over 25,000+ pages of documents and five different House Committees (Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, Intelligence, Judiciary, and Oversight and Government Reform) have burned through millions of dollars and collected hundreds of hours of testimony, to no particular avail.

Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has resisted pressure to convene a “Watergate-like special investigative committee” for over a year and a half but recent events have evidently changed his mind.

The smoking gun, this time around, happens to be an email that, if you’re Republican, proves that the White House is directly responsible for covering up something about the Benghazi attack because a White House media consultant was discovered consulting with the WH on media. 

Just you never mind that the smoking-hot! email evidence dovetails nicely into the timeline of Things We Already Know About Benghazi and supports the conclusions that were drawn from exhaustively poring over the same for a year and a half.

The thing that appears to excite Republicans the most about this latest “find” is that it did not turn up before this, with the other 25,000 docs, ergo it must have been “vanished” by WH spooks.  [That’s the logical equivalent of Terri Lynn Land telling us there’s no Republican War on Women because she’s a Republican woman.] 

Evidently these folks have never made FOIA requests of bureaucrats, in the past, or their expectations might have been a little lower.  Or, perhaps they are as half-assed about filling out FOIA requests as they are about other things? or GIGO, we used to say.

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Posted by Bette Noir on 05/03/14 at 11:19 AM
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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

God Tells Me Stuff, Too

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Sometimes, “when the world’s too full of weeping for [me] to understand,” (WB Yeats) I go, like Carole King, “up on the roof” and and make like Sister Boogeywoman, to have a convo with my kinka-licious goddess for all seasons. 

My goddess is an old hippie lesbian who smokes and drinks and loves her children enough to break ribs no matter what awful shit they get up to.  Her belly laugh can, and sometimes does, rock the Casbah and, when I ask real nice, she sends me waves of comic relief.

And, yes! I get to have this awesome goddess because . . . AMERICA!!  ‘nuff said?

At any rate, whatever I said to YumYum (my god’s name) this last session, she has sent me a sidesplitting cosmic extravaganza of mirth in those areas where I needed it most.  And, at the risk of sounding like a stoner evangelista, I’m going to share some.

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Posted by Bette Noir on 04/30/14 at 11:15 AM
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