Friday, March 15, 2013

CPAC Day One ~ Rat Heads in a Coke Bottle - Updated

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source: Last Word

CPAC = Conservative Political Action Committee

What's the Latin for "Let the Circus Begin?"
~ Joy Reid on MSNBC

CPAC sometimes feels like the Grammy Awards of movement conservatism. And if that’s the case, then Gohmert is Willie Nelson — accented and outspoken. And faced with hordes of fans, he’s enamoring. It’s not just a CPAC thing — his staffers tell me that they’re always juggling media invites — but here, Gohmert might as well be Elvis. Nobody doesn’t want a piece of Louie.
~ Betsy Woodruff on National Review

One of the things that we’ve heard over and over again since Vietnam is, you know, we don’t want to get in another un-winnable war like Vietnam. I’m not going to debate the merits of whether we should or should not have gone to Vietnam, but what I will tell you is, Vietnam was winnable, but people in Washington decided we would not win it!

. . . “When our embassy was attacked, it was an act of war in 1979. Nobody really wanted to go, but we had been attacked. We expected the United States to respond.
And I still believe today, we have Americans dying for our country because we did not send a message in 1979.
~ Representative Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, during a seminar entitled "Too Many Wars?"

Like any good conservative event, CPAC 2013 kicked off with a WAR PANEL featuring Rep. Louie Gohmert, noted WAR ENTHUSIAST. To the highlights:
  • Louie Gohmert describes seeing a dude wearing glasses. Says the guy looked “somewhat liberal” thanks to the specs. That’s right, corrected vision isn’t for freedom-lovers! See things with your all-American beer belly, not with your eyes!
  • Gohmert condemns the United States for withdrawing from Vietnam, because we totally could have won that war: “Vietnam was winnable, but people in Washington decided we would not win it.”
  • Speaking about the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan: “I know they’re Muslims, but they’re our friends.” Rebranding at work!
This has been Deep Thoughts With Louie Gohmert, CPAC 2013 edition.
~ Comedy Central's Indecision Tumblr

I’m speaking from experience when I tell you that there is nothing on this green earth that a liberal progressive fears more than a black American who wants a better life and a smaller government.
. . . I’m a conservative because I understand that real peace comes from the Marine Corps, not the Peace Corps.
~ Ex-Congressman from Florida, Allen West

West ran through a litany of obstacles over which this nation has triumphed, including the American Revolution, the Civil War, the Great Depression, the battle against Nazism in World War II ... and the presidency of Barack Obama, declaring that just as this nation overcame these previous threats, "when Barack Obama packs his bags and beats a hasty retreat back to Chicago, we will persevere."
~ Right Wing Watch

We need a Republican Party that shows up on the Southside of Chicago and shouts at the top of our lungs 'We are the party of jobs and opportunity. The GOP is the ticket to the middle class.' The GOP of old has grown stale and moss-covered. I don't think we need to name any names here, do we?
~ Senator Rand Paul, R-Kentucky

Don’t drone me, bro!
~ A Rand Paul Fan at CPAC

This president's posture, it'd be laughable if he hadn't taken it one step too far, dangerously releasing criminals onto our streets to make a political point. When you have a federally-sponsored jailbreak -- and don't get confused, that's exactly what that is -- when you've had a federally-sponsored jailbreak, you've crossed the line from politics of spin to politics as a craven form of cynicism.
~ Governor Rick Perry of Texas

“If we are going to stop the tide of secular socialism we need more allies!” Ayres said. “We need a lot more allies in a lot of different places! Don’t you think that a group of incredibly family oriented, hardworking, churchgoing, entrepreneurial, spiritual people might be a good place to look for some more allies?”
“Legally!” one heckler interrupted. Ayres ignored him.
“People can wring their hands about it, they can complain about it, they can have angst about it, but the one thing they can’t do is change it,” Ayres said. “That is the America that is coming.”
~ Whit Ayres, Republican Pollster, begging the GOP to accept Immigration Reform


And so you can buy a bottle of Coke, take it home, you don’t have to ask what’s in it, or read the ingredients, or ask your friends about. You just take it home, you drink it. If you get two-thirds the way through your bottle of Coke and you look in and there is a rat head in what’s left in your Coke bottle, you do not say to yourself, 'You know, I'm wondering whether I'm going to finish all of the rest of this particular bottle of Coke this evening.'
You begin to wonder whether you'll buy Coke in the future, you go on local TV and you show the cool rat head. Coca-Cola has a very large problem worldwide. It damages the brand. Republican elected officials who vote for tax increases are rat heads in the Coke bottle. They damage the brand for everybody else.
~ Lobbyist Grover Norquist warning his "friends" in Congress about raising taxes

Now in order to work together with people that you disagree with, there has to be mutual respect. That means I respect people that disagree with me on certain things, but they have to respect me too.
Just because I believe that states should have the right to define marriage in a traditional way does not make me a bigot.
Just because we believe life, all life — all human life is worthy of protection at every stage in its development does not make you a chauvinist.
In fact, the people that are really closed minded in American politics are the people that love to preach about the certainty of science in regard to our climate, but ignore the absolute fact that science has proven that life begins at conception.
~ Senator Marco Rubio, R-Florida

Before he ended, Rubio got in a (third) reference to the famous “water drinking moment” from his rebuttal to the State of the Union. “I’ll tell you what the criticism from the left [of the speech] is going to be. Number one: ‘That he drank too much water.’ Number two: ‘That he didn’t offer up new ideas.’ We don’t need new ideas. The idea is called America, and it still works.”
~ Jillian Rayfield on Salon

I'm trying to understand how come there's no black people here. I'm trying to figure out why the outreach of the GOP and especially CPAC is not working with black citizens and I have yet to find an answer, only I get, all I've gotten is abrasive attitudes and people yelling because I guess I ask the tough question, just ask the simple question, where's the inclusion? Where are the black people? I don't know why that is so offensive?
~ Greg Thrasher, Director of Think Tank Plane Ideas, escorted out of CPAC after getting into an argument

Jeff Dunetz, aka YidWithLid, is one of the most disgusting creatures in the Breitbart Clan.
. . . Dunetz can be heard off-camera yelling at Greg Thrasher, an African American man asking attendees why there aren’t more African Americans at CPAC. Apparently, in wingnut world that’s an arresting offense.
~ Osbornik

Turn the Cameras OFF! Turn the Cameras OFF!
~ Black Security Guard at CPAC during kerfuffle with Black American who was asked to leave for arguing with white CPAC member

"Listen while I white-splain why you should know your place in society..."
~ Lonely Liberal in PA on Daily Kos

Clear or Be Arrested
The new GOP slogan.
~ trekguy66 on Daily Kos

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