Ben Carson and the Extra Rights

Bennie 'The Blade' Carson

Bennie ‘The Blade’ Carson

I’m trying to catch up on some of the less-spectacular confirmation hearings when I noticed what The Hill tells us about renown street fight Bennie-the-Blade’s hearing…

During Carson’s confirmation hearing, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) pressed the Housing and Urban Development nominee about whether he would enforce LGBT protections in the public housing sector.

“Of course, I would enforce all the laws of the land,” Carson responded. “Of course, I think all Americans should be protected by the law.”

“What I have said before is I don’t think anyone should get ‘extra rights,’” he added.

…and boom: theocracy takes a stand.

Given Carson’s age, he should be able to recall (between naps? Yes.) what life was like in the pre-civil rights era, and one would think the concept of equal rights would be easy for him to grasp.

But then again, the GOP’s stock in trade is ensuring that you cannot exercise the rights you allegedly have.

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Bad Signs, Cont.



(Hat tip: Scissorhead Zombie Rotten McDonald)

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News That Will Drive You To Drink

Happy Hour News Briefs

I'm with Stupid.

I’m with Stupid.

Noted Gawd-bothering fetus-fondler, ol’ Cantaloup Calves hisself is at your cervix, ladies!

Congressman Steve King released the following statement after introducing “The Heartbeat Bill,” that would require physicians to detect the heartbeat and prohibit the abortion of a baby with a beating heart:

“Since Roe v. Wade was unconstitutionally decided in 1973, nearly 60 million innocent babies’ lives have been ended by the abortion industry, all with a rubber stamp by the federal government,” said King. “Human life, beginning at the moment of conception, is sacred in all of its forms and today, I introduced a bill that will protect the lives of voiceless innocents.

My legislation will require all physicians, before conducting an abortion, to detect the heartbeat of the unborn child. If a heartbeat is detected, the baby is protected.

America was founded on the concept that our rights come from God. All human persons have a right to life. How then could we confer that those rights allow the killing of a baby? I believe our most important responsibility that God has bestowed upon us is to protect innocent human life, and I will continue to dedicate my life to that responsibility.”

And you know, I would almost believe in his Xristian piety, except that the same day that he introduced this bill, he also voted to strip healthcare away from children, thus again proving to us that for Steve King, the right to live ends at birth.

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Happy Friday

I’m going to happy hour.



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Activism: Resistance is NOT Futile

Drain the Swamp

Drain the Swamp

Be of good heart and cheer, Scissorheads. We are not alone, there’s signs of life everywhere. Let’s list a few.

MoveOn is trying to get the press to stick up for themselves. Sign the petition to tell the press:

If Trump blacklists or bans one of you, the rest of you need to stand up. Instead of ignoring Trump’s bad behavior and going about your business, close ranks and stand up for journalism. Don’t keep talking about what Trump wants to talk about. Stand up and fight back. Amplify your colleague’s inquiry or refuse to engage until he removes that person/outlet from the blacklist.

Refuse Fascism is organizing massive protests.

Reuters tells us:

All told, 27 protest groups have been granted permits, more than four times the average number for past inaugurations, according to the National Park Service.

Politico has the long list of the orgs that have gotten protest permits in DC.

Probably like me, you have no plans to be in Washington DC, so what can you do from home, you ask. Simple:

  • Turn your teevee (especially if you have cable or satellite TV) on to any station that is not showing the inauguration. It’s not enough to not watch the Russian Usurper take the presidency, but the nation needs to have anything else be the ratings leader (and it will make Trump CRAZY).
  • Check to see if your city or town has an organized protest, take to the streets. If you can organize it yourself, well, you’re a better person than I Gunga Din.

Anyway, the point is that you can be the change you want to see. Get involved in ways large and small, but don’t be passive.

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Midday Palate Cleanser

Team Cat was suspicious when…

…Simba chased a squirrel up a tree, but didn’t climb after it.

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The Red Phone

Putin Rides Again (credit: The Art of Buddy McCue via Scissorhead B-4)

Putin Rides Again
(credit: The Art of Buddy McCue via Scissorhead B-4)

If you think you see a mole trail in the lawn, what do you do?

“According to a senior U.S. government official, [Retired Lt. Gen. Michael] Flynn phoned Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak several times on Dec. 29, the day the Obama administration announced the expulsion of 35 Russian officials as well as other measures in retaliation for the hacking. What did Flynn say, and did it undercut the U.S. sanctions? The Logan Act (though never enforced) bars U.S. citizens from correspondence intending to influence a foreign government about “disputes” with the United States. Was its spirit violated? The Trump campaign didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.”

Flynn is one of Trump’s National Security Advisors. This is astonishing stuff.

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More, Please.

Our Hero.

Our Hero.

The Molly Ivins Rule continues to be in effect (Examine the Record). Sen. Angus King (I-ME) did a great thing in the hearings for CIA Director, Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS). He examined the record:

(Here’s the Tweet he’ll be talking about — TG)

KING: On July 24th, 2016, you sent the following Twitter: ‘Need further proof that the fix was in from President Obama on down? BUSTED: 19, 252 emails from DNC leaked by Wikileaks.’ Do you think Wikileaks is a reliable source of information?
POMPEO: I do not.
KING: And the fact that you used the word ‘proof,’ ‘need proof,’ that would indicate that you did think it was a credible source of information.
POMPEO: Senator King, I have never believed that Wikileaks was a credible source of information.
KING: Well, how do you explain your Twitter?
POMPEO (stuttering): I don’t, I, I’d have to go back, uh —
KING: Your tweet, sorry, I don’t want to be accused of using the wrong term.
POMPEO: I appreciate that. I’d have to go back and take a look at that, Senator. But I can assure you, I have, I have some deep understanding of Wikileaks and I have never viewed it as a credible source of information for the United States or for anyone else.

Put this in context: if confirmed as CIA Director, who will be preparing intelligence briefings for the incoming-preznint, Mike Pompeo was citing WikiLeaks as proof of something.

So his actions – to tweet out some gibberish from WikiLeaks – is part of his record. He now says that he never viewed it as credible source of information. So which do you believe?

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We Hate Him, We Really Hate Him

Reminder: Do Not Use This Picture of Trump. Tell a friend. Let's wipe out the usage of this picture in our lifetimes.

Reminder: Do Not Use This Picture of Trump. Tell a friend. Let’s wipe out the usage of this picture in our lifetimes.

From Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!):

WASHINGTON — A majority of Americans disapproved of the way Donald Trump is handling his transition, according to a Gallup poll that said the incoming president was at a historically low level in advance of the Jan. 20 inauguration.

In a Gallup poll released Friday, 51 percent of Americans viewed Trump’s transition negatively while 44 percent approved of the way he was preparing to take office. Last month, 48 percent both approved and disapproved of the way he was handling the transition.

No other recent president was in negative territory as he prepared to be sworn into office. At least 60 percent gave positive ratings to Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton in previous Gallup surveys.

And because I don’t know where else to put this (and it has been an open tab overnight), Frank Rich gives us a really good analysis of the real story which might explain Trump’s historic low approvals:

“Let’s not pretend we don’t know what is happening here. There is evidence that Donald Trump and his administration-in-formation are partially, perhaps wholly, beholden to the Kremlin and/or those Russian oligarchs in its thrall. This is why Trump refused to answer that question about contacts with Russia during the campaign — and why he’ll lie about it when he finally feels he must muster some kind of answer. His symbiosis with Russia is also why he will never release his tax returns, for what other reason could there be at this point except that they reveal the Russian financial ties he denies? After all, we already know the other embarrassments contained in those returns — that he hasn’t paid taxes for years, that he practices no actual philanthropy, and that his businesses are in a perennial waltz with bankruptcy, fraud, and failure.

“No, Russia is the big story here. The elephant in the room is a bear.”

Making America Dumb Again

Making America Dumb Again

I think EVERYONE has concluded that Trump is indeed The Russian Usurper, his is not a legitimate presidency, and I’m pretty certain that soon even Wingnuttia will be denying that they voted for him. Watch for the hats. Bet you won’t see many of them in public again.

The beatings will continue until morale improves, comrades.

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One Lump of Stupid Or Two, Jason Chaffetz?

Nothin' goin' on around here.

Nothin’ goin’ on around here.

Dorquemodo wants to investigate the Ethics Chief who was critical of Hair Führer:

“In an unusual action against the independent Office of Government Ethics, Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah accused the office’s director, Walter M. Shaub Jr., of ‘blurring the line between public relations and official ethics guidance.’”

Not that this is one of the predicted and usual first steps in most Fascist dystopians or anything, but WTF is he doing? Retaliation on behalf of Dear Leader?

“Richard W. Painter, who served as an ethics lawyer in the administration of George W. Bush, said that Mr. Chaffetz was apparently trying to punish Mr. Shaub for criticizing Mr. Trump.

“They are strong-arming them,” Mr. Painter said Thursday night after being sent a copy of the letter. “They are obviously very upset the Office of Government Ethics is leaning on Trump and not willing to jam through his nominees. It is political retaliation.”

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