It’s That Time Of The Month!

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In which we link to every blog on the blogroll!

Why do we do it, you ask? Because we love you, and it increases your blog’s Authority in the Google Algorithm, which in turn increases the likelihood that your blog will be found during a search. We smaller bloggers need more linky-luv than the so-called A-List bloggers to be found and read, and the best way to do that is for us to link to each other more often. Marcos, Duncan, and Heather are doing just fine, so let’s not worry about them.

Now, the Algorithm is likely to be changed soon, according to this story, but Mock, Paper, Scissors will continue to link to you because we really do like your blogs! And let’s face it, we are always thrilled whenever someone links to us, amiright? Of Course I Am!

If your blog is not in the blogroll, please remember our policy: include MPS in your blogroll and we’ll include your blog in ours (exception: we don’t include commercial websites). Send an email to Tengrain AT mockpaperscissors DOT com (I need to know about your blog and address before I can include it) and your blog will be included next month.

And now, on to the links after the jump:

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If Money Is Free Speech, Then…

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…when you donate to political campaigns, you should have to take the consequences:

The justices on Monday let stand a lower court ruling against ProtectMarriage.com, the National Organization for Marriage and other supporters of a 2008 ballot initiative that outlawed same-sex marriages in California until the ban was overturned five years later.

The groups sought to conceal their past and future campaign finance records because they feared harassment of donors. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against them in part because the names have been publicly available for five years.

State law requires political committees to identify those who contribute more than $100 during or after a campaign, along with the donor’s address, occupation and employer.

Maggie Gallagher’s Pity Party was suing to keep the names of the donors for Prop 8 private. The bigots should wear their hatred proudly. And just as a reminder: Free Speech does not mean free of consequences. We can say all the stupid stuff we want (“I’m a Merkin, you can’t shut me up!”), but we also have to own what we say.

Some Fries With Your Stupid?

Mark Cuban and Ann Coulter have joined the growing list of guest stars for the third TV movie in the [Sharknado] phenomenon, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Launching in July, Sharknado 3 will be set in Washington, D.C., this time and, per Syfy, will “cause mass destruction in the nation’s capital” before it roars down the Eastern Seaboard.

Entrepreneur/Dallas Mavericks owner Cuban of Shark Tank will play the president, while conservative commentator/author Coulter will play the vp.

Casting Coulter as Blam-Blam is sheer genius, though she probably has a bigger adam’s apple; he’s still a bigger Dick, tho.

Liz Cheney has a winning smile.

Liz Cheney has a winning smile.

I hope that Liz Cheney will be making her screen debut as the title character.

(Hat tip: Hollywood Reporter via Scissorhead Fran)

The Drinks of CPAC and POP QUIZ!

pigs drinkingWe were astonished to learn that those tea bagging party animals at #CPAC had to time to get their drink on:

National Harbor, Maryland (CNN)The cocktail menu at Harrington’s Pub, a watering hole next to the hotel hosting an annual gathering of the nation’s top Republicans, listed 10 specialty drinks, each named after a possible GOP presidential candidate.

Would I try my luck with “The Fiorina Freedom” or “The Captain Carson”? Perhaps “Rubio’s Thirst Quencher” or “Rand’s Liquid Liberty”?

Now, of course if we Scissorheads were to design the cocktail menu at CPAC, the names of the libations would be much, much snarkier and better. Fiorina Freedom? How about trying a Carley’s Golden Parachute! Of course the drinks would consist of Kool Aid with perhaps some Ex-Lax, but that’s not the subject of the Pop Quiz:

For 1/2016th of a point counting towards your midterm grade, come up with a drink name for any of the 2016 Goat Rodeo Contenders. The name of the drink does not have to have the name of the contender if the subject matter is so closely attributed to him/her. (A Frothy Mix, for instance, tells us that it is a class full of warm Santorum. [Ew, gross!])

Number 2 lead pencils only in the comments.

The Saga of Downton Abbey in Peoria, Cont.

Aaron Schock has a turquoise belt in white-ing out his expense reports.

Aaron Schock has a turquoise belt in white-ing out his expense reports.


Poor, fashion-forward Aaron Schock (R-Lindsey Graham’s Closet) just cannot seem to get a break:

Rep. Aaron Schock used taxpayer money for private plane flight to Bears game

PEORIA — Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., used taxpayer money to pay for a private plane to travel from Peoria to Chicago for the Bears-Vikings game on Nov. 16, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.

And a Sun-Times examination of House disbursement records and campaign finance reports suggests that Schock used taxpayer money to help underwrite a September trip to New York, where a political action committee he controls spent $3,000 for Global Citizen Festival concert tickets.

The use of $20,855 in taxpayer money for the Chicago and New York trips will raise more legal and ethical issues for Schock.

The story about going to the game includes chartering a plane that seats six, three passengers are identified (Schock, the pilot, and his district director, Dayne LaHood, and three who are not ID’d, and there is no way to find out how much the tickets cost, though they range from $100 to nearly $500 apiece. And that’s before he went to NY for the Global Citizen-sponsored concert.

Maybe it’s time we start a pool on how long Aaron will remain in office, before he announces he wants to spend time with his family, er, belt collection?

One Lump of Stupid or Two, Log Cabin?

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“They like, us! They really like us!,” the California Uncle Tom’s Cabin Club didn’t say:

In a historic move, the California Republican Party on Sunday officially recognized a gay GOP group.

The Log Cabin Republicans, a 38-year-old organization that had unsuccessfully sought a charter from the state party several times in the past, received the formal imprimatur on a 861-293 vote at the party’s biannual convention in Sacramento.

But here’s the money-shot, so to speak:

“The fringe does not control the party anymore. We truly are a big tent once again.”

Bad Ads, Cont.

The Wheat Germ

I understand that Baseball Season is only months away, so get your shots now? You don’t wanna catch this, I promise you!

News That Will Drive You To Drink, Ted Cruz Edition

Ted Cruz smells his record.

Ted Cruz smells his record.

The fact checkers weigh in: Canadian-born latino and immigrant-hating southern white supremacist Senator Ted Cruz only told the truth about a toilet:

“…But when Politifact decided to highlight the profiles of these various [CPAC]speakers, it reminded me of just how dishonest Cruz really is. He has been a U.S. Senator for just over two years and in that time Politifact has only deemed one of his 42 statements they’ve investigated to be “True.”

One.

And what was this one [TRUE] statement concerning? It was about toilet seats and the government regulations pertaining to businesses having to provide access to restrooms for workers and height requirements for public restrooms to accommodate people with disabilities. So, yes, Cruz was correct when he said that the government does regulate toilet seats.”

Takes a shit to know one, Teddy my boy!

(Hat tip: Scissorhead Karen Zipdrive)

The Sunday Talkies

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All the usual suspects will be saying all the usual BS, but when I was scanning to see who the PowerHouse-Pundit Panels would be today, one network stands alone for potential hilarity:

(CNN) Rick Perry, former Texas Governor and a potential 2016 Republican candidate, talks about his fellow Republicans and what U.S. foreign policy would look like under a President Perry.

I’m dyin’ already, but wait for it…

Michele Bachmann, Donna Brazile, and Peter Baker on John Boehner’s bravado, the GOP’s united front against Hillary Clinton and the grassroots backlash against Jeb Bush.

Dana Bash hosts State of the Union this Sunday at 9am and 12pm ET on CNN.

Brother Charlie Pierce is a lucky man. God loves him.

Your Sunday Bottomless Mimosa of Stupid

Hebephrenic TeeVee Dinner heir and vanity press owner Tucker Carlson shows us again why we laugh at him and not with him:

Another Win the Morning for Petunia & Pals’ B-Team!