War Criminal Declines Commencement Speech

condi-gagging

Former secretary of state and unindicted Iraq war criminal Condoleeza Rice has declined to give the commencement address at Rutgers University in New Jersey:

“Commencement should be a time of joyous celebration for the graduates and their families,” Rice said. “Rutgers’ invitation to me to speak has become a distraction for the university community at this very special time.”

Let’s just say that the students and faculty at the school led some very successful protests to keep Mistress Condi off campus, as it should be.

It’s amazing to me that anyone would think of inviting one of the architects of the biggest foreign policy blunder in the history of the country to do anything, other than to apologize to the world for her part in crimes against humanity.

UPDATE 1: I comment on this over at Liberaland, thanks to a remark from Scissorhead Roket for opening my eyes a bit more.

The Death Rattle at Dancing With The Gregory Continues!

Meet David Gregory's hair

The long-time senior producer has jumped ship to ABC. But the part that caught my eye:

One source said, “There is a tense atmosphere at ‘Meet the Press.’ Gregory is dismissive of the staff, and is often hard to reach or approach.

“He is famously the only host on Sunday morning TV who won’t pick up the phone to seal the deal to get a big guest. There’s nobody else on TV, and certainly on Sunday mornings, who thinks they are too important to do that. It is tough on the producers.”

The 2016 Goat Rodeo Candidate Who Makes Frothy Santorum Nervous

Meet Darrell Trigg, theocrat. If elected he would:

  • Mandate Bible lessons for K-12 public school students
  • End legal recognition of homosexuality and removing gays from television
  • Ban nudity from the internet
  • Cap executive salaries at $300K
  • Raise the drinking age to 25

No mention of public stonings for adulterers, but maybe that is part of his feel-good message? As much as it pains me to say it, these are not outlaying, fringe positions for Wingnuttia (except the part about capping executive salaries, that’s just crazy talk for them).

Somewhere, Jefferson Davis Is Smiling

St. Ronnie and Lee Atwater: together again

St. Ronnie and Lee Atwater: together again

The Southern Strategy, that rancid bit of racism that Tricky Dick Nixon started and St. Ronnie perfected (with his minion Lee Atwater) has now come full circle:

Wisconsin Republicans are set to vote on a measure this weekend that would affirm the state’s right to secede from the union. Goodbye, U.S. of A., Hello U.S. of Cheese.

The Party of Lincoln is dead.

Honest-to-blog, what is wrong with these people? The GOP was essentially forged in the Civil War (they were on the winning side), and the South was vanquished in a war that still holds the record for the most Americans killed. And now, on about the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the GOP is reviving nullification and openly talking about secession? The South might have lost the war, but they have won the Republicans.

“This has been totally blown out of proportion,” said Michael Murphy, vice chairman of the 4th District Republican Party and a former chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus, a Ron Paul-affiliated outlet. “This is one sentence in one resolution out of 23 that were passed, it is one tag line out of a larger resolution discussing state sovereignty. At no point are we going to the convention and debate that we want to secede from the union, even though some paint that as the case.”

So what does the resolution say?

To be clear, the text of the resolution reads, in full, “BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we strongly insist our state representatives work to uphold Wisconsin’s 10th Amendment rights, and our right to secede, passing legislation affirming this to the US Federal Government.”

That sounds pretty definitive to me. So how did it get there, blown out of proportion as it may be?

This, despite the fact that at the Sixth Congressional Republican Caucus in the northeastern part of the state, delegates in April passed a resolution reaffirming Wisconsin’s right to secede from the union should it choose to do so. The measure passed through the GOP convention’s Resolution Committee last week, and is set to be voted on (up or down) at the Republican State Convention this weekend.

But since the measure passed the caucus, Wisconsin Republicans of even the most Tea Party-ish, states’ rights variety have been quickly distancing themselves from it.

So at every step of the way, Republicans moved it along, they are still going to vote at their state convention whether or not to endorse the idea of Wisconsin possibly seceding from the Union. Why?

Lynette Clark, a leader of the Alaskan Independence Party, said that she was encouraged by the news of out of the Badger State.

“With fascism alive and well in Washington D.C., there are a lot of states that are looking to affirm their rights as republics,” she said. “Look at what is happening with the BLM and our good friend Mr. Bundy. Government agencies are out of control. It reminds me of Europe in the 30’s.”

Even Wisconsin Tea Partiers admit that, while no affirmative vote on secession would likely occur this weekend, one still could at some point in the future.

“I do believe that a state has the right to secede if the voters wish. I just believe it is necessary at this time. We are not at the point. We are talking about nullification,” said Lewis. “We are led to believe that the Civil War ended that debate [on secession], but it didn’t. The Civil War was a war; one side won, one side lost, and because of that they didn’t secede, but we can still have the debate.

“We are not saying we need to colonize the moon or anything crazy like that,” he added. “We are fighting for our constitution.”

No really, Dude. Your party is totally sane.

Wisconsin Republicans say they are not exactly sure how the resolution got through the caucus to begin with. “It was stuck in there by somebody, and nobody seems to know who,” said Welch.

It’s a mystery why racist outbursts only happen to Republicans, too. These things keep happening only to them.

(The Daily Beast)

The Morning Quote

Speaking at the Pastor for Life Luncheon, which was sponsored by Pro-Life Mississippi, Chief Justice Roy Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court declared that the First Amendment only applies to Christians because “Buddha didn’t create us, Mohammed didn’t create us, it was the God of the Holy Scriptures” who created us.

“They didn’t bring the Koran over on the pilgrim ship,” he continued. “Let’s get real, let’s go back and learn our history. Let’s stop playing games.”

This makes me long for the Satanists to get their monument up.

(Raw Story, who has a video)

Fox Is Like a 10-Year Old…

…that is obsessed with a comic book character:

Really? They broke away from the President’s press conference because no one is asking him about benghazi! Benghazi! BENGHAZI!!1! and they will jump back if someone does?

Gonna be a looooooooong wait, lady.

Happy Hour News Briefs

News that will drive you to drink

Rev. Fishsticks says the The Kenyan Usurper has spiritual leprosy.

  • The evening quote from 0 to Godwin’s Law – Welcome to the nightmare world of the Fourth Reich of homofascism. (Matt Barbar’s Barbwire)
  • For the Children - The far-right fundamentalist group The Rutherford Institute is suing New Jersey Schools over their anti-bullying policy, and the chilling effect it has on children’s free speech because the law can actually punish young students for stating the truth. Whose truth? Oh, dear. (One News Now)
  • Grifters Gotta Grift - Hey guys, remember last night when we told you about how Crooks and Liars was having a virtual film festival of NC GOP Candidate and Elmer Gantry fan boy Mark Harris? Seems that he is now under investigation for Campaign Finance Fraud. Next, what about the churches that gave him a love offering? (Christian Post)

And we’re off!

Weepy-McDrunky

Just in time for the midterm elections:

“Americans learned this week that the Obama Administration is so intent on obstructing the truth about Benghazi that it is even willing to defy subpoenas issued by the standing committees of the People’s House. These revelations compel the House to take every possible action to ensure the American people have the truth about the terrorist attack on our consulate that killed four of our countrymen. In light of these new developments, the House will vote to establish a new select committee to investigate the attack, provide the necessary accountability, and ensure justice is finally served.

“The administration’s withholding of documents – emails showing greater White House involvement in misleading the American people – is a flagrant violation of trust and undermines the basic principles of oversight upon which our system of government is built. And it forces us to ask the question, what else about Benghazi is the Obama administration still hiding from the American people?

“The House committees that have been investigating this attack have done extraordinary work, using their subpoena power, holding dozens of hearings, and conducting hundreds of interviews. Without this work we would not know much that we do today. But it’s clear that questions remain, and the administration still does not respect the authority of Congress to provide proper oversight. This dismissiveness and evasion requires us to elevate the investigation to a new level. I intend for this select committee to have robust authority, and I will expect it to work quickly to get answers for the American people and the families of the victims.
“Four Americans died at the hands of terrorists nearly 20 months ago, and we are still missing answers, accountability, and justice. It’s time that change.”
– See more at: http://www.speaker.gov/press-release/boehner-establish-select-committee-benghazi#sthash.R825QZry.dpuf

Which can only mean that they have repealed and replaced Obamacare?