One Lump of Stupid or Two, Chaffetz?

Nothin' goin' on around here.

Nothin’ goin’ on around here.

The stupid…. it buuuuuuurns!

WASHINGTON ― Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the Utah Republican who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform committee, told reporters last week that a government ethics official who had criticized President-elect Donald Trump’s plan to deal with his potential conflicts of interest refused to meet with him. Chaffetz even threatened to subpoena the official, Office of Government Ethics director Walter Shaub. “This is not going to be an optional exercise,” Chaffetz said.

But it was Chaffetz who missed a previously discussed meeting in early December, according to Office of Government Ethics emails The Huffington Post obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request. And the ethics office now says the congressman is trying to keep an upcoming meeting — proposed for Jan. 23 — closed to the public.

So… when Chaffets stood up the OGE director, that was in Chaffetz mind that the director refused to meet with him?

The OGE staff member seemed confused. He wrote that although OGE had proposed a phone call as opposed to meeting in person, “I never once declined an in-person meeting” and the 2:30 meeting “was never declined by us and never taken off of the table.” A staffer noted that OGE staff waited up on Capitol Hill that day and Chaffetz’s office didn’t pick up the phone. 

The next day, the committee staff director wrote to OGE staff, “I’m sorry to have missed this yesterday…the Chairman’s scheduled was backed up with a hard stop for a return flight home.” 

But Chaffetz nonetheless blamed OGE in the press. In an email to his staff, Shaub called the claim Chaffetz declined to meet with him “bizarre.” He added, “we have emails corroborating the fact that the Chairman is the one who cancelled the meeting.”

 That’s some excellent ethics right there, Jas.

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Activism: Two Things

speakyourmind

http://jointheuproar.com

[ed. Sorry, comic sans, please forgive. O-]

Take the peoples oath at ACLU.org

https://www.peoplesoath.org/

#peoplesoath

O-

“Leave safety behind. Put your body on the line. Stand before the people you fear and speak your mind–even if your voice shakes. When you least expect it, someone may actually listen to what you have to say. Well-aimed slingshots can topple giants.”
–Maggie Kuhn

http://www.history.pcusa.org/blog/maggie-kuhn-womens-history-month

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Bad Design, Cont.

Hand Washing Station

I cannot imagine the design review for this.

(Hat tip: Scissorhead Skinny-D)

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News That Will Drive You To Drink

Happy Hour News Briefs

They say in time you get the face you deserve.

They say in time you get the face you deserve.


Say, what is that happy fella Bill Donohue of the Catholic League up to?

Fighting against Fake News, that’s what!

Anyway, here’s a quote from ol’ Bill’s press announcement about a gay substitute teacher Lonnie Billard who is suing the NC Catholic school where he worked when they fired him for announcing his same-sex marriage (emphasis mine):

“I know that the Catholic Church opposes same-sex marriage,” says Billard, “but I don’t think my commitment to my husband [sic] has any bearing on my work in the classroom.” [Note: husbands are men and wives are women, so if Billard’s partner is his husband, that would make him his wife, and no one really believes that to be true. The Catholic League does not tolerate fake news.]

Gosh, Bill, the men are legally married, so there is nothing fake here at all, except maybe your Xristian piety.

Oh, and in the immortal words of Jeff Spicoli:

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Take Action!

"A Strong Man for Troubled Times"

“A Strong Man for Troubled Times”

…before the Russian Usurper is sworn into office.

Ratings matter to Trump. Factbase lists 808 instances of him mentioning ratings, including my favorite, in which he calls himself a ratings machine.

And so this is what we must do: we must deny him his ratings. (And yes, take to the streets.)

Something has to WIN the ratings that The Russian Usurper absolutely will check, so it helps if we are all on the same page; it should not be that the aggregate ratings beat him, there should be one, clear WINNER.

Make Trump a LOSER to a cartoon.

Yes, I urge you to give your vote to Comedy Central’s all-day South Park marathon by setting your teevee or computer to that station (you don’t have to watch, or listen).

It’s perfect. It’s the spitballer thing to do.

Then once you’ve set your teevee to Comedy Central, then take to the streets.

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Goodbye Free Press, Hello Pravda!

THIS:

This should scare the crap out of all of us, this is exactly what Fascist Governments do: he’s telling us that he is going to limit the press’ access, and you can bet it will be limited to only those outlets that he approves of.

This is probably the most patently un-American thing Hair Führer has threatened us with to date.

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Midday Palate Cleanser

“I am a Super Model DU FASHION!”

“I’d like some Perrier, served in a golden toilet bowl, please.”

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And There Goes the SCOTUS

Courtesy Scissorhead @AndyIsbell on Twitter

Courtesy Scissorhead @AndyIsbell on Twitter

The AP tells us...

President-elect Donald Trump has met with one of the judges on his short list for potential Supreme Court nominees, less than two weeks before he is expected to announce his choice for the nation’s highest court.

Judge William Pryor, an Alabama-based judge on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, met with Trump in New York on Saturday, said two people familiar with the meeting. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the meeting had not been publicly announced…

…He was the Alabama’s attorney general from 1997 to 2004. His predecessor in that job, Sen. Jeff Sessions, is Trump’s pick for U.S. attorney general, and the two — both natives of the city of Mobile, are said to have a close working relationship.

In a statement in 2005 following Pryor’s nomination to the Eleventh Circuit, Sessions hailed Pryor as someone who “personally does not believe in abortion. He does not believe it is right. He believes it is wrong.”

So, who is this guy?

One possible Supreme Court nominee whom Trump has specifically praised is William H. Pryor, selected by President George W. Bush to be on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. Formerly Alabama’s attorney general, Pryor has a history of extreme right-wing activism, severely criticizing not just women’s right to choose under Roe v. Wade but even the constitutionality of the New Deal.

Pryor has called Roe the “worst abomination in the history of constitutional law.” He has claimed that with the New Deal and other measures, the U.S. has “strayed too far in the expansion of the federal government,” and asserted that it “should not be in the business of public education nor the control of street crime.” As a judge, he has helped uphold a restrictive Georgia voter ID law and joined just one other judge on the 11th Circuit in claiming that “racially disparate effects” should not be enoughto prove a violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, even though the Supreme Court has ruled precisely the opposite.

Lambda Legal knows him well, too: Saying William Pryor Is the ‘Most Demonstrably Antigay Judicial Nominee in Recent Memory,’ Lambda Legal Opposes Nomination To Federal Appeals Court

In a summary of Pryor’s record released today, Lambda Legal said he has repeatedly shown clear hostility to the rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV – and also to women, people of color, disabled people and others. Pryor has been nominated to the appeals court before but failed to win Senate confirmation, largely because of his extreme judicial views. After Pryor’s nomination failed, President Bush temporarily placed Pryor on the court while the Senate was briefly in recess. Earlier this year, President Bush again nominated Pryor to serve permanently on the Eleventh Circuit of the federal appeals court (whose judges hear a wide range of cases appealed from trial-level federal courts in Florida, Georgia and Alabama).

The Senate Judiciary Committee has already held hearings on his nomination and a vote by the committee is expected soon. “William Pryor is the most demonstrably antigay judicial nominee in recent memory. It’s clear from his record that William Pryor does not belong on the federal appeals court,” said Kevin Cathcart, Executive Director of Lambda Legal. In particular, Cathcart cited several major cases where Pryor put animosity toward LGBT people ahead of constitutional and legal principles. For example, when Pryor served as Alabama’s attorney general, he wrote a friend-of-the-court brief defending Texas’s antigay sodomy law in Lawrence v. Texas, Lambda Legal’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court case. In that brief, Pryor made comparisons between the rights of gay people and “prostitution, adultery, necrophilia, bestiality, possession of child pornography, and even incest and pedophilia.” Years earlier, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Romer v. Evans that a state cannot broadly prohibit local antidiscrimination ordinances barring antigay discrimination, Pryor said the ruling shows “new rules for political correctness.” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has described Pryor as a “right-wing zealot [who] is unfit for confirmation.”

So, we know that he is a protégé of racist Sen. Sessions, a misogynist, a homophobe, and a theocrat.

I’m so glad the Puritopians decided to not sully themselves by voting for the less-than-perfect candidate Hillary Clinton. They can sleep well at night because none of the Hell that they’ve unleashed on the rest of the country will ever invade their dreams. That’s white privilege.

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Don’t Touch That Dial, There’s Santorum On It!

Frothy has sumpin' to share with us.

Frothy has sumpin’ to share with us.

CNN adds Santorum (eww, gross!) to their lineup of drooling fucknuckles and quisling turds.

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‘Why We Need Guns In Schools’, By Betsy DeVos

Noted theocrat and Xristian moral scold Betsy DeVos (R-Electrocute the Gay Kids) wants there to be more guns in schools, you know, States Rights. Anyway, she answered the question about guns in schools from Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy, whose district includes Newton thusly:

“I will refer back to (Wyoming) Senator (Mike) Enzi and the school he was talking about in Wyoming. I think probably there, I would imagine that there is probably a gun in the schools to protect from potential grizzlies.”

We’re guessing she’s more afraid the bears exhibiting some non-Xristian moves.

Work the pole, you gotta pay for that private school.

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