Maybe He’ll Run A Third Time?

Alaskastan’s not favorite son, Joe Miller has lost his bid to become their OTHER senator to former Alaska Attorney General Dan Sullivan.

The Tea Party’s Miller lost to Sullivan 32% to 40%, and will not be facing incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Begich in the fall. Miller, a long-time protégé of Sarah Palin previously lost to a write-in campaign for incumbent U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

Condolences to Alaska’s part-time governor and full-tim grifter Mooselini in small bills. A grifter still’s gotta grift.

…and the Floodgates of Discrimination Open

[The Hobby Lobby] decision is beginning to reverberate: A group of faith leaders is urging the Obama administration to include a religious exemption in a forthcoming LGBT anti-discrimination action. Their call, in a letter sent to the White House Tuesday, attempts to capitalize on the Supreme Court case by arguing that it shows the administration must show more deference to the prerogatives of religion. “We are asking that an extension of protection for one group not come at the expense of faith communities whose religious identity and beliefs motivate them to serve those in need,” the letter states.

The shorter version of which Atrios has posted:

Please continue to give us lots of tax money but God doesn’t want us to hire any gay people so don’t make us do that. Hate the sin and love the sinner and all that, but really hate the sinner too because we can’t possibly be in the same room as those people. And no worries, we’ll have no problem administering social programs with all of that sweet sweet tax money to all people equally, and by all we mean most, and by most we mean some, because have you seen most people? They’re just disgusting.

Just keep sending the checks.

I couldn’t do it any better.

Elmer Gantry Was a Piker

I didn’t realize until too late that Ralph Reed, Jack Abramoff’s glabrous grifting pool boy was having the Fetus-Fondling God-Botherers hootenany until too late to prep for it:

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Opposition to same-sex marriage is a winning political issue for Republicans even as polls show increased acceptance of gay unions, said Ralph Reed, the founder and chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition.

While support for same-sex marriage rose to 55 percent last month from 40 percent five years earlier, according to Gallup surveys, Reed said that young people who account for much of that change in attitude can change their views over time and that more voters oppose same-sex marriages at the ballot box than surveys predict.

“People are overstating the polling,” and opposition to same-sex marriage is “definitely a winner” for Republican candidates, Reed said in an interview for Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” airing this weekend.

It strikes me that the Xristian Xrazies faith is in their fears, biases, and resentments, and not in their unopened, Jeebus-free version of the Bible or even in their Old Testament version of Gawd. The right isn’t unified on anything except who they hate, and so maybe Hart Williams is right to start calling them The Confederate Party.

What I’m reading today

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This review of Little Timmy Geithner’s book, Stress Test: The Con Artist Wing of the Democratic Party. Here’s a taste:

The book is full of narratives, facts, and statements that are, well, untrue, or at the very least, highly misleading. Despite its length, there are also serious omissions that suggest an intention to mislead, as well as misrepresentations of his critics’ arguments. As I went further into Geithner’s narrative, even back into his college days, I got the sense that I was seeing only a brilliantly scrubbed surface, that there were nooks and crannies hidden away. It struck me that I was reading the memoirs of an incredibly savvy and well-bred grifter, the kind that the American WASP establishment of financiers, foundation officials, and spies produces in such rich abundance. I realize this is a bold claim, because it’s an indictment not just of Geithner but also of those who worked for him at Treasury and at the Federal Reserve, as well as indictment of the Clinton-era finance team of Robert Rubin, Larry Summers, Alan Greenspan, Michael Barr, Jason Furman, and other accomplices.

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Geithner is at heart a grifter, a petty con artist with the right manners and breeding to lie at the top echelons of American finance at a moment when the government and financial services industry needed someone to be the face of their multi-trillion dollar three card monte. He’s going to make his money, now that he’s done living his life of fantastic power after his upbringing of remarkable mysterious privilege. After reading this book and documenting lie after lie after lie, I’m convinced that there’s more here than just a self-serving corrupt official. There’s an entire culture, of figures at Treasury, the Federal Reserve, in the entire Democratic Party elite structure, and in the world of journalism, a culture in which Geithner is seen as some sort of role model.

It’s a long review, but I’m already enjoying it. From Vice, no less.

Glenzilla Goes To Hollywood

Relax.

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Sony’s film about whistleblower Edward Snowden may have competition. According to The Guardian, Oliver Stone is set to direct an adaptation of The Snowden Files, an account of the former NSA contractor’s theft and release of documents revealing far-reaching government surveillance programs.

It should be a great movie, there is something operatic about the story, and it is an important topic. But like the Facebook movie (The Social Network), the principle characters are completely unlikeable, and you cannot wash that out of the DNA of the story. That said, a really powerful story arc is when reprehensible people do something heroic (even in the end, Darth Vador finds the light).

(The Verge)

In Which We Give Thanks For John McCain

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“In many respects, illegal aliens in our country today are receiving better health care, more benefits than our troops,” Palin said in an interview on Thursday with FOX’s “Hannity” at the Republican Leadership Conference…“And that is what government-run health care will result in,” Palin said. “It’s inefficient, it takes away choices and isn’t it ironic that those who are willing to sacrifice all, to put their lives, to allow freedom of choices … they’re the ones getting screwed by the VA.”

Thanks Grandpa Walnuts for dropping this word-salad factory turdball on the American People.

The 1% Kristallnacht, cont.

Sociopath is shocked:

Venture capitalist Tim Draper says he is getting “close” to collecting the necessary 800,000 signatures needed to get his “Six Californias” measure before state voters in 2014 — but he acknowledges his own internal polling shows Silicon Valley is most opposed to the idea of splitting the state into six parts.

“You’d think that Silicon Valley would benefit” greatest from the plan, said Draper, whose plan calls for the foundation of a state of Silicon Valley, which economists suggest would likely be the richest state in the nation. But “Silicon Valley is the least likely to vote for this,” Draper acknowledged Tuesday. “It’s bizarre.”

“How can it be that other rich assholes don’t support me,” Draper did not say.

Draper on Tuesday would not reveal his internal polling — other than to say generally that numbers in Silicon Valley are strongly opposed to the plan and other more conservative parts of the state, like the Central Valley, are in favor. “This is not going to happen overnight,” he said.

“Ah,” Draper did not continue, “the rubes fall for it every time.”

(SFGate)

Grifters Gotta Grift

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And the set of Mooselini Money is only $279 plus change!

(Hat tip: The Charm School Drop-Out)