In which Paul Ryan explains that free school lunches means poor parents don’t care about their kids:
[Eloise Anderson, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's (R) Department of Children and Families secretary] once met a young boy from a very poor family, and every day at school, he would get a free lunch from a government program.”
“He told Eloise he didn’t want a free lunch. He wanted his own lunch, one in a brown-paper bag just like the other kids. He wanted one, he said, because he knew a kid with a brown-paper bag had someone who cared for him. This is what the left does not understand. People don’t just want a life of comfort … they want a life of self-determination…”
…and that’s why we must cut up the social safety net. You really cannot make this shit up. Zombie-eyed Granny-and-kiddie-starver Paul Ryan.
This is almost like the drug-induced Coleridge poems with pleasure palaces and whatnot:
McConnell comes armed to CPAC
By CNN’s Alan Silverleib
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell – under fire from both the left and the right this year – showed up at CPAC this morning brandishing a rifle.
With Bon Jovi’s 1986 hit “Livin’ on a Prayer” booming in the background, the Kentucky Republican strode onto the stage holding the the firearm above his head. [ TG: I need a picture of this. The mental image is just cracking me up. ] He handed the weapon over to Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn at the podium, saying,” This is for you, for your distinguished service over the years.”
McConnell was giving Coburn the NRA’s “Courage Under Fire” lifetime achievement award.
“Liberals hate it, just hate it when Tom Coburn steps onto the Senate floor,” McConnell told the crowd. “He’s one of the smartest, most decent men I’ve ever served with.”
Well, that speaks poorly of the people that amply be-chinned Mitch has ever served with.
As you may recall, Coburn was one of the residents of the Xristian Xrazy Frat House on C-Street who worked dilligently to help infamous momma’s boy, big-haired, Jeebus-loving adulterer and all around GOP sex-lizard, the sheep with a secret sorrow, Senator John Ensign cover-up and pay-off his mistress.
Coburn is a the kind of fraud that Elmer Gantry could only dream of becoming.
Here’s the take-away: Ruddy sees an opening in the cable news market for a conservative audience that feels Fox has turned too far to the right. Well, he could look to CNN to see how well it is doing (if this is one of their months to swing rightward).
“Our goal is to be a little more boomer-oriented [TG: yeah, the Boomers never have a voice in anything], more information-based rather than being vituperative and polarizing,” he says. Ruddy says he can make NewsmaxTV profitable entirely through advertising and selling Newsmax’s consumer products over the air. It’s the same business model that’s been sucessful [sic] for QVC, Home Shopping Network, and numerous televangelists, but no one has tried it on cable news. He’s quick to add that he doesn’t need to beat Fox News, he just needs to shave off a little of its audience — particularly those conservatives who feel Fox has drifted too far to the right. “If we take 10 to 15 percent of the Fox audience,” he says. “and they are making $1 billion a year, then we are going to be hugely profitable.”
In the greater scheme of things, I’m always glad to watch wingnuts beat each other silly, it is a win-win in my opinion. And if Ruddy hurts Fox News in the wallet, all the better.
The problem of course, is that this assumes that there is a limited amount of crazy out there to be shared by a few cable channels, and I suspect it is not a closed system. Just like building freeways, no matter how many, they will always fill up.
Texas! - The God-bothering fetus fondlers have permanently closed three more reproductive health care facilities. The clinics are were located in poorer communities leaving many already vulnerable Texas women with no ready access to safe, legal, reproductive services. But we’re sure it was just a coincidence that poor people are being targeted. (Think Progress)
Bit the dust - BitCoin founder Autumn Radtke was found dead “at the base of a Singapore apartment block.” Singapore police said they were investigating the “unnatural” death of Autumn Radtke, but that “no foul play was suspected.” Uh-huh. (Raw Story)
Doubling-down - Senatorette Huckleberry Closetcase continues to link benghazi! Benghazi! BENGHAZI!!1! to Ukraine:
“When you tell the world we’re gonna find the people who killed our four Americans in Libya, including the ambassador, and you do nothing about it,” he said. “Whether you agree with his policy in Syria, Egypt, whether you agree with his policies, when he tells people there will be consequences, and there are none, it sets in motion exactly what you see.”
Asked if invoking Benghazi was a just a way for the senator to throw red meat to conservatives back home during primary season, Graham said that voters wanted to know more about the 2012 attack in Libya.
“Everything I’ve done has been about what I think is best for the country,” he said. “I think it’s best to find the truth about Benghazi, when my primary’s over, and I’m gonna win, I’m gonna still be on Benghazi.”
OK, we will add Benghazi pursuit to Huckleberry’s bowl of Claim Chowder. (Livewire)
Constitutional Scholar Rev. Fishsticks tells us that by taking the Fifth Amendment, jack-booted bully Lois Lerner is admitting her guilt in the so-called IRS scandal. Because that’s what it means.
NYTimes Best Seller - Hey guys, did you know that you can pay to get on the best seller list at the NYTimes? All you have to do is found a Xristian Xrazie Ministry and have them buy a shit-ton of your crappy book and Boom! Best Seller! (World Mag)
Ancient Hate Goblin Phyllis Schlafly is opposing a federal trademark for the name “Schlafly” for beer made by a St. Louis craft brewery co-founded by her nephew, Tom Schlafly. Thanksgiving must be really interesting around that viper nest. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Awards! - The stupidest man on the innernets Instapundit himself—Glenn Reynolds, writer of gruesome abecedarian pyroflatulence works, will receive an Accuracy in Media Award at CPAC. Let that sink in for a moment. Il posteriore della superiora!
The only part of old-fashioned realpolitik that he does follow religiously is indifference to humanitarian matters. The administration has been extremely weak on human rights policy, from the early embrace of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt and the silence when Iranians rose in protest against the June 2009 elections, to the astonishing Syria policy that has led to suffering of vast dimensions.