Sunday, March 31, 2013

Holy Chavez! #GOP Hopped Up Over Google's Easter Doodle

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Google honored Cesar Chávez with a doodle Sunday on the 86th anniversary of his birthday, drawing nationwide attention to the Latino civil rights leader and sparking a backlash among those upset with the company for taking a pass on Easter.
. . . President Barack Obama proclaimed March 31 as Cesar Chávez Day in 2011.
But the decision to honor Chávez infuriated many religious people and conservative publications who wondered by Google didn’t honor Easter instead. Conservative blog Twitchy blasted Google for featuring the image of Chávez and praised Bing for posting an image of Easter eggs.
~ Huffington Post

Google has commented on the online backlash its doodle has stoked in conservative quarters.
In a statement emailed to the Guardian, the internet giant acknowledged that there had been a "lot of angry user emails" but only a couple of press inquiries.
A spokeswoman said: "We enjoy celebrating holidays at Google but, as you may imagine, it's difficult for us to choose which events to highlight on our site. Sometimes for a given date we feature an historical event or influential figure that we haven't in the past."
~ Guardian UK

Hugo Chavez? No, Cesar - Why Didn't You Google It?

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Google Should Stick to Christianity, or at least, Pagan Easter Eggs

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Supremes Signal Demise of DOMA

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Transcript of Oral Arguments in DOMA Case, U.S. vs. Edith Windsor

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Jim Carrey Rankles Right with "Cold Dead Hand" Spoof

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UPDATE: March 30, 2013

Jim Carrey has written a reply to all the criticism coming from Fox News and the rest of the Wingnut-o-Sphere:

Via EW Popwatch
“Since I released my “Cold Dead Hand” video on Funny or Die this week, I have watched Fux News rant, rave, bare its fangs and viciously slander me because of my stand against large magazines and assault rifles. I would take them to task legally if I felt they were worth my time or that anyone with a brain in their head could actually fall for such irresponsible buffoonery. That would gain them far too much attention which is all they really care about.

I’ll just say this: in my opinion Fux News is a last resort for kinda-sorta-almost-journalists whose options have been severely limited by their extreme and intolerant views; a media colostomy bag that has begun to burst at the seams and should be emptied before it becomes a public health issue.

I sincerely believe that in time, good people will lose patience with the petty and poisonous behavior of these bullies and Fux News will be remembered as nothing more than a giant culture fart that no amount of Garlique could cure.

I wish them all the luck that accompanies such malevolence.”

I find the gun problem frustrating and ‘Cold Dead Hand’ is my fun little way of expressing that frustration.
~ Jim Carrey via Huffington Post

In this Funny or Die spoof, Jim Carrey gives a finger to the late gun enthusiast, impersonating him along with the lead singer of a fictional band performing their chart-topping hit, "Cold Dead Hands." The jingle pokes fun at Heston's favorite slogan: "I'll give you my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead hands."
~ Daily Beast

"Cold Dead Hand"

By Lonesome Earl and the Clutterbusters

Ahhhh, Ahhhh, Ahhhh, Ahhhh

Some folks ride like the wind
With the whispering pines to guide them,
And the burning light inside them
Keeps them warm in the snow.

Others fear the sounds they hear
Make bandidos out of molehills
Fill their hearts with por-cu-pine quills
They're dead and buried
Long before they go.

Charlton Heston Movies are no longer in demand.
And his immortal soul may lay forever in the sand.
The angels wouldn't take him up to heaven like he planned,
'Cause they couldn't pry that gun from his
Cold Dead Hand.

Charlton Heston: "What did he say?"

It takes a cold dead hand
To decide to pull the trigger
Takes a cold dead heart
And as near as I can figure
You're tryin' to prove your d*ck is bigger
But we know
Your chariot may not be swingin' low.

Ahhhoooo (Wolf Howl)

Cold Dead Hand! Cold Dead Ha-nd!
Cold Dead Hand! Cold Dead Ha-nd!

You're a big big man with a little-bitty gland
So you need something bigger just to fill
Your Cold Dead Hand!

Charlton Heston: They're making fun of everything I hold dear.

Imagine if the Lord were here
And he knew what you've been thinkin'
Would his sacred heart be sinkin'
Into the Canyon of Dismay?
And on the ones who sell the guns
He'd sic the vultures and coyotes
Only the Devil's true devotees
Could profiteer from pain and fear.

Charlton Heston Movies are no longer in demand.
And his immortal soul may lay forever in the sand.
The angels wouldn't take him up to heaven like he planned,
'Cause they couldn't pry that gun from his
Cold Dead Hand.

It takes a cold dead hand
To decide to pull the trigger
Takes a cold dead heart
And as near as I can figure
You're tryin' to prove your d*ck is bigger
But we know
Your chariot may not be swingin' low.

Cold Dead Hand! Cold Dead Ha-nd!
Cold Dead Hand! Cold Dead Ha-nd!

You're a big big man with a little-bitty gland
So you need something bigger
with a hairpin trigger.
You don't want to get caught
With your trousers down
When a psycho killer comes around.
So you make your home like a Thunderdome,
And you're always packin' everywhere you roam.
But the psychos win no matter what you do
'Cause they're gonna buy way more
Guns than you.

And while you're stumblin' out of bed
They put five rounds in the back of your head.
And you get depressed 'cause your weenie went south
So you put your shotgun in your mouth
And the kids walk in and they find you there
Like a headless lump in your underwear.
And they move the gun and it kills them too,
And your wife just doesn't know what to do.
So she takes a hand-grenade from her shoe
and then she pulls the pin --
And it's all on you-hoo . . .

And your Cold Dead Hand!

(sound of a gunshot)

Well what in the heck was that?

Charlton Heston: I accidentally shot my foot off.

Aw, shoot!



That’s the only question with gun control: should the government and rich elites like Bloomberg, Feinstein and Jim Carrey have a monopoly on force?
~ Ann Coulter on Fox News

He is probably the most pathetic tool on the face of the earth and I hope his career is dead and I hope he ends up sleeping in his car like his life began. This video only made me want to go out and buy a gun. He thinks this is biting satire, going after rural America and a dead man.
What did this jackass Jim Carrey do? He was behind the anti-vaccine panic. He’s a dirty, stinking coward, he’s a moral coward.
He’s such a pathetic, sad, little freak. He’s a gibbering mess, he’s a modern bigot.
. . . He’s a bottomless pit of insecurity. And the desire for acceptance is why he’s doing this because in his heart he knows he’s a fraud.
~ Greg Gutfeld of Fox's "The Five" via The Blaze

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Trump Vs. Malkin Epic Twitter Fight

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Michele Bachmann Double Derp

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#1 ~ At CPAC, Ranting on Obama's "Lavish Lifestyle"
A new book is out talking about the perks and the excess of the $1.4-billion-a-year presidency that we’re paying for. And this is a lifestyle that is one of excess. Now we find out that there are five chefs on Air Force One. There are two projectionists who operate the White House movie theater. They regularly sleep at the White House in order to be readily available in case the first family wants a really, really late show. And I don’t mean to be petty here, but can’t they just push the play button? We are also the ones who are paying for someone to walk the president’s dog, paying for someone to walk the president’s dog? Now, why are we doing that when we can’t even get a disabled veteran into the White House for a White House tour? That isn’t caring!
~ Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference, March 16, 2013

From the Washington Post Fact Checker
We could not track down a source for “five chefs” on Air Force One, but perhaps the word “cook” would be better. In any case, taxpayers will be pleased to hear that White House staffers need to pay out of their pocket — $20 a meal — if they eat on board.
As for “the projectionists,” this appears to be part of the president’s 24-hour-a-day staffing requirements. Gary’s book devotes considerable space to how much all presidents have used the White House movie theater, with Jimmy Carter supposedly using it 450 times. (The White House Museum says it actually was 480 times.)
The dog walker is the silliest claim. This refers to Dale Haney, the White House groundskeeper. Gray includes in his source list an Associated Press article on Haney, which states:
“Haney is often spotted walking Bo, the Obama family’s Portuguese water dog. In fact, he’s tended to every White House pup since King Timahoe, Richard Nixon’s Irish setter. . . . Before Bo came along to romp on the South Lawn and roam the White House hallways, Haney spent a lot of time walking and playing with President George W. Bush’s Scottish terriers, Barney and Miss Beazley. Haney was most fond of Spot, an English springer spaniel whose mother, Millie, belonged to Bush’s father, President George H.W. Bush.”
In other words, the White House groundskeeper — whose main job is caring for more than 18 acres of lawns, trees and gardens — happens to like dogs and has been doing this for every president since 1972.


As comedic as Michelle Bachmann’s lies and distortions are, I actually feel like this is really dangerous. This gets into the water stream and then it becomes a repeated talking point, and people are completely misled about the realities of our budget and government spending.
~ Alex Wagner on MSNBC

Anderson Cooper did an amazing takedown of her the other day, fact-checking her speech at CPAC where she rants on about the Obama's so-called "lavish" White House lifestyle. This poor CNN reporter tried to ask her about it and Michelle pretty much screamed BENGHAZI in her face and then ran away down the hall.
~ Tabitha's Shoes on Jezebel

Reporter Dana Bash Tries to Catch Michele Bachmann
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Every other president in history has lived in comfort, and it looks like President Bush the younger had a bigger White House budget than Barack Obama does.
This is a trivial pursuit and Michele Bachmann made a mistake pursuing it.
Mr. Obama is entitled to convenience, protection and comfort as he runs the nation. Congresswoman Bachmann and all opponents of Mr. Obama should zero in on what’s really important: the president’s failure to deal with out-of-control spending and his core belief that America’s not a fair country. That’s what’s important, not who’s walking the presidential dog. By the way, that’s the gardener who walks the dog. And he’s always walked the dog!
It’s long past time for partisans on both on both the right and the left to cut the nonsense and look at things clearly… Michele Bachmann is playing small ball with the president.
~ Bill O'Reilly of Fox News

But Bill, she learned these baseless smear tactics from watching YOU!
~ James C. on Raw Story

And the President doesn't mow the lawn either, or cook his own breakfast, and for sure, he doesn't take out the trash! Just another lazy Black Man!
My "Snark Hat" is on. =)
~ SkipDallas on Raw Story

On the Sarah-Scale Bachmann is roughly 9.2 Mega Palins.
~ Cheesy Grits on Mediaite

Who walks Michelle Bachmann and much are they paid ?
~ Bamboo_Harvester on Mediaite

Why is Bill O’Reilly doing a hit on Michele Bachmann the way he did a hit on Sarah Palin the other day?
Have conservatives hurt themselves over criticizing Obama over crazy stuff?’ What kind of question is that on Fox?
. . . Does CNN know who walks Bo Obama?
Because they had a reporter chasing Bachmann and so crucial was that reporter chasing Michele Bachmann on that clip that Fox decided to run it.
Why? I have no idea. Because, you know, the folks want to know.
~ Conservative Mark Levin Criticizing both Bill O'Reilly and CNN for talking about Michele Bachmann

Leave the hard-hitting journalism to Mark Levin. He asks the tough questions. Is the person who walks Bo a secret Muslim? How do we know it's not bin Laden? Is that why the photos of bin Laden weren't released? Because the president has set up some kind of clandestine, Muslim, black liberation Christian, atheist, homosexual, Kenyan Marxist dog-walking program to purposefully undermine American democracy? WE WANT ANSWERS, OBAMA.
~ Keane on Mediaite

#2 ~ Attacking Obamacare for Killing People

What he (Obama) demanded and insisted upon is that the government have 100 percent control over health care. 100 percent control? The American people lose control? What did they get?
They get health care — health insurance, I should say — that is more expensive than anything they’ve ever paid for before. And they get less for it. Well what a deal, Mr. President, Mr. Speaker. What a deal.
. . . Let's repeal this failure before it literally kills women, kills children, kills senior citizens. Let's not do that. Let's love people. Let's care about people. Let's repeal it now while we can.
~ Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota, in a speech on the House Floor about repealing Obamacare

Guns don't kill people, health care kills people.
~ Chris J. on Talking Points Memo

When fascism comes to America, she'll be wearing a flag, carrying a cross, and standing side-by-side with her gay husband, Marcus.
Can't we get the History Channel to use HER face as The Devil, instead?...
~ Kombema on Daily Kos

OMG, I was just reading the obituaries section in the local newspaper, and MIchelle is right - people are dying! Like, every day, almost! How can this happen in America? It must be Obama's fault! We need to elect a President who will end death once and for all!
~ Mose H. on Slate

Bachmann is concerned that Ted Cruz is stealing her thunder ... and her title as reigning Congressional delusional nut case, and so she steps up to the House floor mic, stares creepily into the camera, and delivers her standard rant about the evils of Obamacare and the government trying to kill Grandma and the kids.
~ labman57 on Slate

Michele Bachmann’s latest right wing ‘episode’ has done major damage to the RNC’s efforts to fix their party. Just a few days ago, the talk was centered on the RNC’s autopsy report on how they lost the 2012 election. The discussion was centered on how Republicans could repair their party. Three days later, Michele Bachmann’s rant has firmly placed the Republican Party back on the same path that it was before.
When Michele Bachmann uncorks a rant about Obamacare, Medicaid, or Benghazi she confirms the widely held belief that the Republican Party is completely out of step with the rest of the country. Bachmann comments will get all the headlines, and she makes all Republicans look crazy.
~ Politicus USA

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Donald Rumsfeld: Blood Gargling Psychopath

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Link Here

RNC Chair Reince Priebus Announces GOP Autopsy

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When Republicans lost in November, it was a wake-up call. And in response I initiated the most public and most comprehensive post-election review in the history of any national party.
As it makes clear, there’s no one reason we lost. Our message was weak; our ground game was insufficient; we weren’t inclusive; we were behind in both data and digital; our primary and debate process needed improvement.
. . .  Successful parties learn and grow, and you do the best learning after you lose.
. . . Focus groups described our party as narrow-minded, out of touch, and, quote, "stuffy old men." The report minces no words in telling us that we have to be more inclusive. I agree, and as President Reagan said, our 80% friend is not our 20% enemy.
~ Reince Priebus at the National Press Club, announcing the Republican Party Autopsy

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Quotes from the Autopsy Report:

. . . The Republican Party needs to stop talking to itself. We have become expert in how to provide ideological reinforcement to like-minded people, but devastatingly we have lost the ability to be persuasive with, or welcoming to, those who do not agree with us on every issue.

. . . One glaring example of our tendency to conduct campaigns on autopilot is spending on TV. Simply put, TV spending is out of control. Outside groups spent approximately $1 billion on TV ads in swing states in the final six months of the 2012 campaign. Despite the extraordinary amount of money that was invested in TV by outside groups in 2012, the final results of the election barely differed from the polls six months earlier. There are lots of arguments for why this is the case, and we don’t believe we lost because of third-party TV ads. However, the pendulum has swung too far when it comes to spending on TV ads.

. . . the number of debates has become ridiculous, and they’re taking candidates away from other important campaign activities. It should be recognized that depending on a candidate’s standing in the polls, some candidates will want to participate in an unlimited number of debates, as early as they can and as often as they can. If some candidates decide to team up with media organizations that seek to sponsor debates, it will be impossible to hold a reasonable number of debates. The media will decide how many debates the party should have — instead of the Party making the decision. In order to have a process that respects a candidate’s time and one that helps the Party win, the Party should create a system that
results in a more rational number of debates.

. . . We are not a policy committee, but among the steps Republicans take in the Hispanic community and beyond, we must embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform. If we do not, our Party’s appeal will continue to shrink to its core constituencies only.

. . . Establish a presence in African American communities and at black organizations such as the NAACP. We are never going to win over voters who are not asked for their support. Too many African American voters have gotten in the habit of supporting Democrats without hearing anyone in their community making a case to the contrary.

. . . Bill Calhoun of the Texas GOP added, “Don’t try to get African Americans to become Republicans, but persuade them to vote independently by voting their principles and not party affiliation.” He said  they will be more open to the independent pitch. Calhoun suggested that the RNC or an allied group  consider helping fund a $200,000 program to engage 300,000 African American voters in Texas. There are many opportunities like this for our friends and allies to consider help funding, and these should be explored and publicized.

. . . The Republican Party is one of tolerance and respect, and we need to ensure that the tone of our message is always reflective of these core principles. In the modern media environment a poorly phrased argument or out-of-context statement can spiral out of control and reflect poorly on the Party as a whole. Thus we must emphasize during candidate trainings, retreats, etc., the importance of a welcoming, inclusive message in particular when discussing issues that relate directly to a minority group.

. . . For the GOP to appeal to younger voters, we do not have to agree on every issue, but we do need to make sure young people do not see the Party as totally intolerant of alternative points of view. Already, there is a generational difference within the conservative movement about issues involving the treatment and the rights of gays — and for many younger voters, these issues are a gateway into whether the Party is a place they want to be.

. . . We also recommend broadening the base of the Party and inviting as many voters as possible into the Republican Party by discouraging conventions and caucuses for the purpose of allocating delegates to the national convention.

. . . The Republican Party must be the champion of those who seek to climb the economic ladder of life. Low-income Americans are hardworking people who want to become hard-working middle-income Americans. Middle-income Americans want to become upper-middle-income, and so on. We need to help everyone make it in America.
We have to blow the whistle at corporate malfeasance and attack corporate welfare. We should speak out when a company liquidates itself and its executives receive bonuses but rank-and-file workers are left unemployed. We should speak out when CEOs receive tens of millions of dollars in retirement packages but middle-class workers have not had a meaningful raise in years.


I'm not sure the word autopsy is the most felicitous, since it generally applies to a corpse. I'm not sure I would have chosen it, but it's out there.
~ Charles Krauthammer

Unless Suggestion #1 is “Fire ‘Reince’ Prebus” then it is useless political hackery.
~ Mr. K on Free Republic

A postmortem and diagnosis from the Medical Team who killed the patient.
~ Zulu on Free Republic

The problem for the Republicans is that they don't understand that they don't understand. No wonder they are twisting in the wind.
~ Dallas G. on Think Progress

You can't ask a leopard to change its spots just as you cannot ask an old, whitehaired humorless Republican to change their views on immigration and civil rights for minorities and LGBT.
Hate. It's what they eat for breakfast by listening to Rush Limbaugh.
~ Brianna A. on Think Progress

Conservative speaker after speaker [at CPAC] told activists there’s nothing wrong with the conservative message.
. . . Isn’t he the same Reince Priebus who as chairman of the Republican National committee presided over a voter-suppression effort in three dozen states aimed at keeping African-Americans from voting?
Priebus talks about outreach to the young. Yet it was his party that opposed issues important to younger voters: marriage equality, abortion rights, gun safety, and is still pushing tax breaks for the rich and Medicare and Medicaid cuts for the middle class and poor.
~ Chris Matthews on Hardball

Elimination of caucuses and conventions would mean nuclear war with the grassroots, social conservatives, the Ron Paul movement and Tea Party Republicans.
Caucuses and conventions clearly give a better idea of what the base of the party wants, and the folks who show up for conventions and primaries are the very same people that the party will call upon to do the work each election cycle," he added. "This is clearly an attempt to get rid of what the base of the party wants.
~ John Tate, a senior Paul advisor who now runs the Campaign For Liberty

Death by dysentery from RINO virus contaminated koolaid ingestion.
~ 44RedHawk via Breitbart

2012 was my last vote for a GOP running for a national office , especially president.
The GOP has left me, just as the democrat party left Ronald Reagan said in the 60's.
It is time to build a vibrant 3rd party of Freedom Loving Conservatives.
With the alternative news on the net and social media it is now possible to make it happen.
~ Freeman Walking via Breitbart

For several months, RNC chairman Reince Priebus has referred to the committee’s report on the state of the party as an “autopsy.” It is an apt description, because the 100-page report has as much chance of reviving the GOP as an autopsy has of reviving a corpse....
. . . the report declares that the GOP is stuck in an “ideological cul-de-sac” and requires “a more welcoming conservatism.” To that end, the report insists that the party “must embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform.” (8) It also calls for Republicans to imitate the left’s identity politics, creating a “Growth and Opportunity Inclusion Council” composed of “nonwhites” who are meant to help increase diversity.
. . . the report recommends that Republicans reach out to organizations such as the NAACP--ignoring the fact that the NAACP’s policies are decidedly radical and do not even represent public opinion in the black community on issues such as voter ID and school reform. At the same time, the report implies that the GOP should back away from “Third-party groups that promote purity” (54)--an apparent swipe at the Tea Party.
~ Breitbart

. . . That there is so much beltway thinking at the start of the report, as well as attacks on outside groups like the Club for Growth for daring to make primary challenges, suggests the report is steeped in conventional wisdom and existing establishment thinking without seriously considering that wisdom and thinking could be misguided or simply wrong.
~ Erick Erickson on Fox News

They are trying to close the process so we can’t participate in the caucus system, so that we can’t participate in primaries, so that upstart candidates, the ones that they tell us can never win, can’t even compete. It’s a little bit like putting the genie back in the bottle — it just can’t happen.
~ Matt Kibbe, CEO of Freedomworks

Look at this. Our party's narrow-minded. I know it's the impression, but it's the why that people think that, that is the secret to rebutting this. It's not accepting that as true because it isn't.
"But, Rush, perceptions are reality. You've said it yourself."
Well, that's true, but out of touch, not out of touch. We are in touch with the founding of this country. We are in touch with the greatness of this country and its people. Narrow-minded. See, we oppress people. We're not open. We're not tolerant, see. We're not inclusive.
So we gotta be more tolerant. That means cash in our chips on our core principles. We gotta be more inclusive, and he says he agrees with this. We can be true to our principles without being disrespectful to those who don't agree. When are we disrespectful?
Was it us who ran ads accusing Obama of not caring if some guy's wife died of cancer? Was it us who ran ads about Obama not caring about his dog? Was it us who ran ads accusing Obama of hiding money in the Caymans? Was it us that did all this? The Democrats get away with it.
~ Rush Limbaugh

. . . let me be a sport and tip my cap to the good ideas. I think fewer primary-season debates is a grand idea, chiefly because that means fewer that I’ll have to watch. By about the 15th one last time, I was trying to relax by shoving bamboo shoots under my fingernails.
Of course, the document doesn’t mention the real reason for this suggestion. What the RNC obviously wants to do here is limit middle America’s exposure to the party’s koo-koo-for-cocoa-puffs base. Remember the cheering for the death penalty, the booing of the gay soldier, the catcalls about immigrants? The party and its people were huge losers from all those debates and the attendant publicity. The less America sees of those people, the RNC figures, the better.
It’s also not pointless to want to hire more women and people of color to send out into the field to recruit possible voters and spread the party’s message. Why this is occurring to them only in 2013 is a question. This occurred to Democrats in 1972. Obviously Republicans have been rather happy to be the white party up until now.
~ Michael Tomasky on Daily Beast

The report didn't mention religion much, if at all. You cannot grow your party by distancing yourself from your base, and this report doesn't reinforce the values that attracted me and many other people into the Republican Party in the first place. It just talks about reaching out to other groups.
. . . The social conservatives will quit voting. They'll give up, they'll be despaired. Those are the most loyal people to work for you because they're energized because they believe their cause is something God stands for and that's a pretty good motivator. And you take that away? You diss them? You tell them their issues aren't important anymore? I don't know who you're going to be left with. I think you won't have any troops out there. I don't know how many country club people will go and walk door to door over the taxes issue.
~ Tim Wildman, President of the American Family Association

Specifically, the word "Christian" does not appear once in the party's 50,000-word blueprint for renewed electoral success. Nor does the word "church." Abortion and marriage, the two issues that most animate social conservatives, are nowhere to be found. There is nothing about the need to protect religious liberty, or promote Judeo-Christian values in society. And the few fleeting suggestions that the party coordinate with "faith-based communities" — mostly in the context of minority outreach — receive roughly as much space as the need to become more "inclusive" of gays.
~ Buzzfeed

The report's suggestion that Republicans "learn once again how to appeal to more people, including those who share some but not all of our conservative principles" seems like a no-brainer. But in reality, those people are called RINOs, and are almost automatically disqualified from national races. Priebus' report can't change that reality. Even while the autopsy suggests that "The Republican Party needs to stop talking to itself," most of the GOP's brightest stars spent the weekend at the insular Conservative Political Action Conference — to which popular governors Chris Christie of New Jersey and Bob McDonnell of Virginia were not invited, for the unforgivable crime of compromising with some of their states' many Democrats.
~ Harry Decker, National Memo

. . . a lot (but in fairness, not all) of D.C. and NYC Establishment Republicans are embarrassed to be associated with the hardcore “Religious Right” and “Tea Party Patriots” who say silly things that would have been inappropriate even in 1813. The Establishment Republicans have spent enough time in big cities to know that gay people exist and poor people aren’t operating a coordinated left-wing conspiracy to barely get by. Call it elitist.
This crowd likes to view itself as more sophisticated than its base (and it most certainly is), even though it is more than willing to enable these fringe views by constantly looking the other way and saying things like: “look, I don’t give a sh*t about the social issues, I’m fiscally conservative and pro business, that’s why I’m a Republican.”
First of all, “not giving a sh*t” may be a departure from your base who does happen to give a big sh*t about these issues, but it sure as Hell isn’t a ringing or loving endorsement for the demographics you’re trying to attract to the GOP. When you tuck in your children do you say “Good night sweetie, I really don’t give a sh*t about you, but I love the tax deduction.” Of course not.
~ Americans Against the Tea Party

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Obama Look-Alike Plays Satan on History Channel Bible Series

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Pic Source: Daily Kos

Huffington Post Story
The History channel and executive producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey have responded to news reports picking up on the similarity between the actor and Obama.

“History channel has the highest respect for President Obama," a statement from the History channel read. "The series was produced with an international and diverse cast of respected actors. It's unfortunate that anyone made this false connection. History's 'The Bible' is meant to enlighten people on its rich stories and deep history."

“This is utter nonsense," Burnett said. "The actor who played Satan, Mehdi Ouzaani, is a highly acclaimed Moroccan actor. He has previously played parts in several Biblical epics -- including Satanic characters long before Barack Obama was elected as our President.”

"Both Mark and I have nothing but respect and love our President, who is a fellow Christian," Downey added. "False statements such as these are just designed as a foolish distraction to try and discredit the beauty of the story of The Bible.”

Erin Burnett on Glenn Beck's Tweet, via CNN Transcripts
BURNETT: Twitter exploded over a comment about a character in the hugely popular History Channel show, "The Bible." The character was Satan. And the comment was Satan looks like the president of the United States.

Now, "The Bible" is produced by "The Survivor" and "Voice" producer Mark Burnett and his wife, Roma Downey. It is, as the name implies, a retelling of the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation.

This weekend, right wing radio host Glenn Beck tweeted something about the show. Quoting Beck, quote, "Anyone else think the devil in 'The Bible' Sunday on History Channel looks exactly like that guy?"

"That guy" is what Glenn Beck calls President Obama, maybe he doesn't respect him enough to use his title. According to Beck, Mehdi Quazanni, the actor who plays the devil in the series looks like the president.

Now, Beck has his followers, which is why his tweet took off. Since the broadcast, more than 20,000 tweets containing the words Obama and Satan have been posted. The producers of the show called any resemblance utter nonsense.

Today, Beck took to Twitter again and not to clarify. He said this: "Media, relax. Actor has been in similar roles before. Funny, nothing more. For different reasons, 'The Bible' is one of my fave shows. Keep watching."

Actor has been in similar roles before. In the world of Glenn Beck, that means he's definitely a ringer for the president because this isn't the first time he's made that comparison.

GLENN BECK, RADIO HOST: Let me play devil's advocate, and may mean that literally, and argue for the president here for a second.
Some of the Book of Revelation crazies out there actually believe that Barack Obama is the antichrist.
Is it possible that Barack Obama is the antichrist?
There are people and they said this about Bill Clinton that actually believe he might be the antichrist.
The government is acting in the role of Lucifer.
Odds that Barack Obama is the antichrist.


BURNETT: There are people, yes. At least Beck's not alone. There is one other person who compares the president of the United States to the devil. Not that guy. This guy. He said the United States has, quote, "entrusted themselves to the devil."

Despite what Beck says, his tweet had a purpose and it was dark.