Extra sucky Ray “I Suck” Stevens continues to suck, this time while wearing silly hats and exhibiting laugh-a-minute, hip-swingin’ xenophobia:
And his publicist Elroy is still wiping his filthy tea bags with the Wikipedias:
On May 13, 2010 Stevens issued new music on the various social network sites such as You Tube. The music video titled Come to the USA is about illegal immigration and the decades long passive attitude from the Federal Government with regards to the epidemic. The song comes from Stevens’ We The People CD, released on April 1, 2010. It’s purely coincidental that by the end of April the state of Arizona would be embroiled in an illegal immigration debate. The debate was ignited when that state’s Governor, Jan Brewer, signed into law an illegal immigration bill, Arizona SB1070. Following this action, protests and boycotts from several liberal leaning communities and groups against Arizona became elevated nationally. Such national elevation of boycotts and protests is a typical smear tactic used by any opposing group. The goal of this kind of smear campaign when referring to the illegal immigration law, specifically, is to downplay favorable responses and in the process play up any negative reaction and as a result spin doctors work to make a minority point of view appear to be the majority point of view through repetition of negative sound bites.
Depending on the political bent of any news organization or blog this style of smearing the opposition has become the norm. Stevens’ music video taps into the mess that’s illegal immigration and through irony and sarcasm the song lashes out at America’s lax attitude when it comes to protecting the borders.
“Such national elevation of boycotts and protests is a typical smear tactic used by any opposing group.” Ha ha! Ring any bells? [h/t StrangeAppar8us]
Me, I’m watching Sestak vs. Arlen. But I’m told that other races in Pennsylvania, Arkansas and Kentucky will provide some sort of mystical I Ching foreshadowing of November 2010.
The AtlanticWire has a multi-source Primary Primer for the analytically-inclined. Feel free to weigh in with predictions, speculations, on-the-ground reports and pictures of Teabaggers in ridiculous hats.
If the spirit of a martyred Iron Age hippie carpenter lives on to observe humanity, he is surely nauseated (in a purely spiritual sense) by the antics of modern televangelists who fleece little old ladies in his name to sate their lust for personal jets, hookers and gold-plated toilets. “That is not what I meant,” Jesus might sigh. “Not at all.”
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is likely too busy juggling the smoke-belching chainsaws of US foreign policy to notice the present-day antics of the folks who took her for their own personal Ms-siah back in aught-eight. But if she did, she might shake her head and say, “That is not what I meant. Not at all.”
Exhibit A: Amy Siskind and The New Agenda, former Clinton supporters who reduced everything their candidate ever stood for to the contents of her panties and now fancy themselves highly consequential queen makers for politicians of all parties.
Campaign manager Shiree Verdone is moving to a 2010 “Republican Victory” fundraising operation. Mike Hellon, a former Arizona Republican Party chairman who had a part-time role as deputy campaign manager, will join her there.
Neither Verdone nor Hellon was fired, said Brian Rogers, McCain’s campaign spokesman, who confirmed the staff changes Friday in a statement to The Arizona Republic.
An upcoming development fraud trial dumps some bad press on the already crappy Meek campaign:
As U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek championed a proposed biopharmaceutical complex for Liberty City in 2003, his Miami chief of staff received $13,000 from the project’s developer to help the aide buy a house, newly released police records show.
The developer, Dennis Stackhouse, is now awaiting trial, accused of stealing nearly $1 million from the failed Poinciana Park project that was supposed to revitalize the blighted Liberty City community. Nothing was ever built.
The police records show that Stackhouse engaged in an elaborate campaign to curry favor with Meek as the builder sought the congressman’s help in obtaining federal funding for the project. In addition to helping the aide’s house purchase, Stackhouse hired Meek’s mother, former U.S. Rep. Carrie Meek, paying her $90,000 in consulting fees and paying for a Cadillac Escalade for her to drive.
There’s nothing shady about Meek trying to bring a development project to Liberty City. But this doesn’t sound good, particularly the part about the $90K and Escalade to Meek’s mother, whose US Congress seat he basically inherited.
I didn’t want to write another post about Sarah Palin, but she just won’t stop saying stupid things:
Palin, a potential 2012 presidential candidate, told National Rifle Association members during their annual meeting that the only thing stopping Obama and his Democratic allies from trying to ban guns is political backlash.
“Don’t doubt for a minute that, if they thought they could get away with it, they would ban guns and ban ammunition and gut the Second Amendment,” said Palin, a lifelong NRA member who once had a baby shower at a local gun range in Alaska. “It’s the job of all of us at the NRA and its allies to stop them in their tracks.”
The usual combination of lies and brainless demagoguery. But wait a tick: She had a baby shower at a gun range? Really? Jesus.
Quote of the Day (Yesterday)
As everyone has no doubt heard, MSNBC analyst (why?) Pat Buchanan thinks the Kagan nomination exceeds the Supreme Court’s Jewish Justice quota:
“If Kagan is confirmed, Jews, who represent less than 2 percent of the U.S. population, will have 33 percent of the Supreme Court seats,” Buchanan wrote. “Is this the Democrats’ idea of diversity?”
TPM commenter pmmcoy:
Did you know that one of Buchanan’s relatives was killed in the Holocaust? He fell out of a guard tower.
Well, it made me laugh. I bet Molly Ivins would have giggled too.
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad told us of a giant Motherplane that is made like the universe, spheres within spheres. White people call them unidentified flying objects (UFOs). Ezekiel, in the Old Testament, saw a wheel that looked like a cloud by day but a pillar of fire by night. The Hon. Elijah Muhammad said that that wheel was built on the island of Nippon, which is now called Japan, by some of the original scientists. It took 15 billion dollars in gold at that time to build it. It is made of the toughest steel. America does not yet know the composition of the steel used to make an instrument like it. It is a circular plane, and the Bible says that it never makes turns. Because of its circular nature it can stop and travel in all directions at speeds of thousands of miles per hour. He said there are 1,500 small wheels in this mother wheel which is a half mile by a half mile (800 by 800 m). This Mother Wheel is like a small human built planet. Each one of these small planes carry three bombs.
I could never quite figure out where Sarah fit in the Periodic Table of Polarizing, Divisive, Charismatic Clothes-Hangers Who Spout Insane, Inflammatory Gibberish to Narrowly Xenophobic Audiences, but that audio clip from Wednesday’s speech at Chicago’s Rosemount Theater has pretty much clinched it for me.
CAUTION: Performance-venue acoustics only tend to weaponize Sarah’s musical-saw-like locution. But if you listen to the clip while staring at my Photoshop image, you will achieve Total Consciousness.
Teabaggers are defending America again and you know what that means. [via Wonkette]:
Later, [eighth-grade social studies teacher Paul Clifford] learned that his classroom had been searched. Republicans who had attended the convention called Principal Mike McCarthy to complain about “anti-American” things they saw there, including ...
A poster of Che Guevara?
Obama’s real birth certificate? Two posters of Che Guevara?
Yes, I’ve been working 20-hour days and I can barely see straight…but that headline makes at least as much sense as Sarah’s recent Twitter eruptions regarding Highland Park (Chicago) High School, which is sponsoring its Girls’ Basketball Team’s goodwill trip to China, but has nixed the team’s participation in the US National Finals in Arizona.
Frankly, I’m still trying to process how she managed to judo-flip the Arizona boycott into an attack on President Obama, a slam against China, a call for young people to “Go Rogue” and a pronouncement that “the 21st Century Tea Party movement, it starts right here in Chicago,” all in one nougaty nut-bar of Teabaggy goodness.
[UPDATE: Speak of the Devil—typing the phrase “lower than Imus” appears to have summoned shameless, predatory FoxNews grievance-vampire Sean Hannity, who just announced that he will be manipulatingexploitingspin-flogging interviewing members of the HPHS girls’ B-ball squad on Thursday night’s broadcast.]
Today, GOP MC Steele announced that the 2012 Republican National Convention will be held in Tampa, Florida, which isn’t terribly far from Chez Cracker. With any luck, an ugly rift will develop between the Palin and Romney wings of the GOP, and there will be teabag-peltings in the streets, live-blogged by your intrepid Rumproast Florida correspondent.
But despite the prospect of a ringside seat at the upcoming Carnival o’ Crazy, I think it’s a really bad idea to hold the shindig here. Here are three reasons why it could be disastrous:
Tampa is the Smut Capital of the South
We all know what happens when family values types get in close proximity to wetsuit outlets and stripper venues. (And I don’t mean spontaneous demonstrations in support of the betterment of public morality.)
Tampa has tons of “gentlemen’s clubs,” one of which recently drummed up business by dispatching a busload of tarts to ride around performing pole dances in front of the bus windows for passersby, nearly causing serious traffic accidents.
In such an environment, the only question is which prominent GOPer will be caught with the proverbial “dead girl or live boy.”
O.K. gang! It’s time to play Guess What’s Worse than Slavery! You know the rules: I’ll read a quote and you’ll have 60 seconds to guess what the person who said it is talking about. This week’s prize is a life time-supply of Grifter Grits, the breakfast of quitters everywhere.
O.K., everybody ready? Here’s the quote:
“It’s just like the old South, and it’s long past time that we prohibited it.”
[Tick Tock Tick Tock Tick - Bzzz!]
Yes! What’s your guess?
No, it’s not an pack of teabaggers screaming racist epithets at black members of Congress!
[Tick Tock Tick - Bzzzz!]
Great, another contestant! What’s your guess?
Ooo, I’m sorry! It isn’t a gaggle of “Birthers” claiming that President Obama is really a citizen of Keny- [Bzzt!]
All right, another guess! Speak up so everyone can hear you…
[Ding Ding Ding Ding Ding! Confetti falls from the ceiling]
Horne made those comments today when Governor Jan Brewer signed a bill that prohibits classes that advocate ethnic solidarity, that are designed primarily for students of a particular race or that promote resentment toward a certain ethnic group. According to Horne, who has battled to get the bill passed for years, the program teaches Latino students that they’re oppressed by white people. What a crazy idea!
That’s all for now. Tune in next time for Guess What’s Worse than Slavery!
Thanksgiving Day: A time when many of you travel long distances to eat too much in the company of people you’d avoid were it not for the major birth defect that’s plagued you your entire life (i.e. you were born into their family tree*). And then, if I understand this correctly, tradition calls on you to get up at dawn the next day and hie ye to the nearest shopping mall where you will fight thousands of tired, dyspeptic, angry strangers for a parking space and gifts for your “loved ones.”†
Yes, it’s hard to imagine anything that could make Thanksgiving a bigger pain in the ass without adding a clumsy colorectal surgeon with the shakes to the mix. Certainly it would take someone with a lot of grift and determination to make things worse.
Oops, did I say grift? I meant grit.
Nah, I meant grift (via USAToady, h/t Balloon Juice denizen Annie):
Sarah Palin’s new book has a title, America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag, and a release date, Nov. 23, publisher HarperCollins announced Tuesday.
Wait, don’t slash your wrists just yet! It gets bet- er ... Well, don’t slash your wrists:
It will include “selections from classic and contemporary readings that have moved her,” according to HarperCollins, along with “the nation’s founding documents to great speeches, sermons, letters, literature and poetry, biography, and even some of her favorite songs and movies.”
“The book will also include portraits of some of the extraordinary men and women she admires and who embody her deep love of country, her strong rootedness in faith, and her profound love and appreciation of family,” the statement from HarperCollins reads.
Apparently pouring 60,000 gallons of free-floating words into a ghost writer’s ear is too gosh darn hard if you have to think of all the words. This time Palin’s going to cut up a bunch of inspirational quotes calendars, scribble a few notes on them and give that to the ghost writer.
But there’s an upside to the second Palin-inspired attack on innocent trees. This Thanksgiving, when your family pisses you off (again), and you’re looking for a form of revenge that won’t result in arrest (again), pick up copies of America By Heart. For all of ‘em.