Oh holy crap - the nutbars of the GOP & Tea Party (& associated Santorum-coated Gingriches) will have a field day with this one: Muslims Declare Jihad on Dogs in Europe, by Soeren Kern of StonegateInstitute.org
Of course, they don't realize that the "Sharia Law" call-outs they make against Muslims - and the back-and-forth justifications of each side, per the article - sound JUST LIKE their own b.s. when promoting their "Christian values" agenda. But that won't stop 'em making laws against "Sharia law" in the US...they don't see the disconnect between such idiocy & their own Talibanesque encroachment upon the Constitution with their "Christian values" (values they loudly promote to garner religious support, but consistently & resolutely fail to uphold in their own lives & dealings).
Via AlterNet, a hilarious clip of Rachel Maddow showing the latest GOP tactics in their efforts to launch retaliatory recall campaigns against democrats in the state:
Can you smell the desperation among the snake-oil sweat oozing out the elephantine pores?
It's a strategy that is used by conservative wordsmiths, con artists and masterfully corrupt politicians. The intent is to use unReason to systematically dismantle constitutionally protected rights and freedoms and further free the conservative mindset from the shackles of truth, justice and responsibility.
The following post sums it up nicely. It was posted as a comment in a recent Daily Kos diary that was reporting on the recent overturning of Brown v Board by our illustrious SCOTUS:
It's the same tactic, I mean. Create a new ambiguous category and use it to allow the parts you like and disallow the parts you don't.
We can detain these guys because they're combatants, but we don't have to give them the POW rights because they're not an official army. We can keep them in Cuba because it's our base, but they have no rights under American law because it's Cuban soil. We can have them tortured by foreign nations at our behest, but no American is responsible because it's not done by Americans. Our military can hire private contractors who aren't liable under civil law for that reason, nor are they liable under military law because they're civilians. Et cetera, et cetera.
We can let people pay into these private school funding schemes with tax money that is thus taken from public schools, but we can't regulate the schools in the same way as public schools because they're private, see?
One nation, indivisible.
by Doctor Frog on Mon Apr 04, 2011 at 08:35:52 PM EDT
Here's the link to the main story.
That single comment is a perfect embodiment of how today's GOP is systematically dismantling everything they see as a threat to their primary interests - namely, anything that came out of the New Deal (remember that program, the one which helped pull us out of the Great Depression, which was in a large part created by deregulation and out of control financial speculation?).
The use of the "Unlawful Combatant" technique is a hallmark of the Bush Administration, but its continued use and improvement by conservatives speaks volumes: it's effective, like a masterful martial arts technique. One that we, as a nation, need to develop a defense against, before the Orwellian effects of this unReason truly undermine our nation so completely that we are unable to fight back at all...and all the progress that we made as both a nation and as a civilization are undone.
From Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse of DailyKos comes this incredible tidbit of reality disconnect: Montana Legislator Proposes Bill Declaring Global Warming 'Natural' and 'Beneficial'.
Yes, folks, you read that correctly -- by simply passing a bill, the Montana legislature has solved the global warming "problem" and turned all the scientifically supporting studies into just another pile of worthless paper. Abracadabra! It's magic Montana legislation, not anti-science Republicans!
It's not some cataclysmic case of denial that further undermines our nation, it's the GOP coming to rescue us from the dauntingly dismal effects of unrestrained reality!
Good times, good times.
Now we just have to patiently wait for Montana's magic legislators to resolve the national jobs situation, fix the economy and do something about that pesky HCR.
In the meantime, keep doing whatever you're doing -- good or bad, Montana's magic legislators will fix it. And remember, this is an Open Thread.
Originally posted 2011-02-17 17:54:35 -0500. Bumped and promoted. -- GH
Yes, it's their strategy. It's part of their practiced meme, and nobody's called them on it. They rinse, repeat and repackage the same tired old b.s. time and again, increasingly ginning up greater crises and fomenting unrest while claiming that government is the problem, and they're the 'solution.'
And too many people keep falling for it.
Well, now maybe more people will begin to wake up and start remembering -- and keep telling each other to stay awake, stay alert and make it through the next election cycle with one goal intact: oust the GOP and their Teapublican buddies, once and for all, from all levels of government if you want to have at least an even chance of beginning to fix the mess that this merry-go-round has been generating.
Because, I am certain they will tell you, it'll be good for you if they slash Social Security and eliminate Medicare and Medicaid::
The GOP plan to cut federal spending to 2008 levels appeals to the conservative base, because it predates big spending items like the stimulus bill. But it would constitute a severe reduction in spending, below levels proposed by President Obama and even Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
What? You think they will take that budget axe the military budgets or to Halliburtons and Blackwater/Xe's welfare checks?
This should not even be a debate:
WASHINGTON — Democratic Reps. Barbara Lee (Calif.) and Bobby Scott (Va.) introduced legislation Friday that would provide additional assistance to "99ers" — people who've exhausted 99 weeks of unemployment benefits without finding work.
But you know that there are idiots, refer to that first open thread story, that would love nothing more than kicking these people to support certain other people's interests:
On December 16, 2009, I stood in the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building with about a dozen single payer supporters. We were holding signs and standing vigil on the eve of the first time in U.S. history that a single payer bill would make it to the floor of either body in Congress.
Below the Open Thread fold is a Not Safe For Work Youtube featuring an "every man" informed type responding to questions about the bailouts for the rich. And maybe some dancing...
At the very top of the page on Think Progress' "Think Fast" this morning?
After securing historic state level victories on Nov. 2, Republicans will have control of about 190 congressional districts and “will dominate the redrawing of congressional districts that begins next year.” Because of this “commanding advantage in the redistricting process,” 15 to 25 seats in the House are more likely to remain or switch to Republican.
Campaign for America's Future, myself and handful of other bloggers told you why this election was so important way back in June. I made sure to post about this in the week leading up to the eletion because, YES, it was that important. It still is that important and will be through a bunch of elections.
Now, corrupt Republicans will have a large share of control over who you get to vote for and, even more importantly, whether your vote will be drowned out in a slew of Gerrymandered districts. Even if your plan was to vote the GOP out in 2012 because you were "just sending Dems a message" for not passing an honest Democratic agenda... For giving us more failed conservative policies when we wanted less. That message just, very likely, became 15 to 25 candidates harder to send for ten more years.
Halfway into last week came reports that the tea party movement's national convention, Tea Party Nation, was moving too few tickets and would be cancelled.
Originally scheduled to open in Las Vegas on October 14, “Ticket sales were simply not sufficient to support the convention,” according to organizer Judson Phillips.
Phillips attributed the inability of convention-goers to afford the $399 ticket cost to the Obama economy, of course.
There is no doubt that many in the right wing - most in the GOP, for certain, and many conservative Democrats, as well. The same core group of corrupt politicians and the entrenched interests that own them and that always try to sell out citizens to corporations, no doubt - are desperate to take Social Security down and hand your retirement fate over to the same parasitic kind of corrupting corporate interests that robbed the entire nation to keep their elitist Wall Street and banking schemes alive:
Remember that these financial institutions are still living off the fat of their corporate welfare from the bailouts.
It is going to be harder for them to justify keeping their many sources of Bankers' welfare checks rolling as long as they continue to not lend anything out to help save main street...
So they are still desperately in need of new streams of money to keep their mega-bonuses flowing.
They need a long term and massive gravy train source, as well and to put it bluntly.
Currently, Campaign for America's Future is working to help the majority Americans that do not want to see Social Security cut or privatized get politicians on the record concerning protecting Social Security.
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The right wing, as it always does after a crisis that their free market ideology caused, is always looking to distort and distract from reality of what is happening. As evidenced in the very first link in this piece - Heck! There could be an illegal invasion about to start on near zero grounds (make no mistake, "regime change" and "pre-emptive war" are weasel words that the right and the media use that mean "ILLEGAL") and the GOP would try to distract with "issues" like "FreeDumb Fries".
Distraction and distortion is the only way the right wing (and the media that repeats the stupid) can keep you from talking about truth and reality. (More below the fold)
But will will those Dems notice? From Steve Benen at the Washington Monthly's Political Animal:
Note that House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R-Ind.) was asked on ABC yesterday how his party would have saved these thousands of jobs, including 3,600 in his home state of Indiana. Pence didn't answer, because he couldn't -- the Republican plan was to let those jobs disappear, and then blame President Obama when the economy got worse. (It's the same with the rescue of the American auto industry -- the GOP plan wasn't to save it in some other way; the GOP plan was to let it die.)
The campaign ads seem to write themselves in a situation like this. Indeed, this is a debate to build an election around -- with a struggling economy, Democrats proposed a fiscally-responsible plan to save hundreds of thousands of jobs, specifically helping our local schools. Republicans said we can afford tax cuts for billionaires, but not teachers' jobs.
It's not every day the two parties' approaches to government get spelled out so clearly, giving the public a stark choice between two very different ideologies.
Emphasis mine and Digby has a lot to say, excerpted below the fold, on this as well.
Ryan J. Murdough, a 30-year-old who says he works with children with special needs at a youth center, is running for a seat on the State House in New Hampshire's 8th District.
And he's doing it as a Republican.
The self-professed "racist" is also supported by the American Third Position, a hate-spewing organization designed to "represent the political interests of White Americans, because no one else will."
"For far too long white Americans have been told that diversity is something beneficial to their existence," Murdough wrote in a letter to the Concord Monitor.
The Republican party in New Hampshire has made all efforts to distance itself from Murdough.
So far the only sign of distancing themselves I have seen is one statement in that article.
I suspect there will be more statements of distancing from more New Hampshire GOP spokespeople as this story goes national. Below the fold... A couple of nuggets gleaned from the notoriously racist stormfront website:
Beyond the title and the link:
I mean, the only way it could it get any worse than the title implies is if the Florida GOP party could not figure out what Greer was doing on their own: