Damsel, Arise: A Westboro Scion Leaves Her Church

Her departure has hurt them already-she knew it would-yet there was no way she could stay. “My doubts started with a conversation I had with David Abitbol,” she says. Megan met David, an Israeli web developer who’s part of the team behind the blog Jewlicious, on Twitter. “I would ask him questions about Judaism, and he would ask me questions about church doctrine. One day, he asked a specific question about one of our signs-‘Death Penalty for Fags’-and I was arguing for the church’s position, that it was a Levitical punishment and as completely appropriate now as it was then. He said, ‘But Jesus said’-and I thought it was funny he was quoting Jesus-‘Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.’ And then he connected it to another member of the church who had done something that, according to the Old Testament, was also punishable by death. I realized that if the death penalty was instituted for any sin, you completely cut off the opportunity to repent. And that’s what Jesus was talking about.”

I think this is the church member that emailed me a couple of times about this story I wrote, giving me pictures of their protest. At the time I thought it was funny that they were so willing and proud to give me photos that made them look so awful, because they were clueless how the entire rest of society views them. It’s amazing that any of them was persuadable and capable of rational thought.

Iraq vet murders Navy SEAL at Texas gun range

The title pretty much says it all. A young Iraq war vet shot a retired Navy SEAL and renowned sniper and his friend to death at a gun range in Texas. The SEAL, Chris Kyle, apparently vocally opposed new gun regulations and smeared the President as opposed to the second amendment — a common straw man from the gun lobby.

It should forever put to rest the asinine “if only they had more guns” excuse that so many people have been programmed to reflexively spout off anytime something happens that justifies new common sense gun regs.

I wonder how his family feels about guns now that their son survived a war, only to come home and be murdered with a gun by another American, at a freaking gun range of all places.

Maine GOP Chairman to investigate why there are black people in Maine

Can’t make this stuff up, and I suspect if you could find every article like this in existence, only then would you ever have a complete explanation for why Mitt Romney lost:

The chairman of Maine’s Republican Party, Charlie Webster, is investigating a very suspicious case of voting while black.

Webster made the claim in a wide-ranging, post-election interview this week with Don Carrigan of WCSH-TV.

“In some parts of rural Maine, there were dozens, dozens of black people who came in and voted on Election Day,” he said. “Everybody has a right to vote, but nobody in (these) towns knows anyone who’s black. How did that happen? I don’t know. We’re going to find out.”

The GOP is well on its way towards winning the minority vote in 2014 and 2016. I can just feel in. It’s a hunch I have.

Breitbart’s Death: The Conspiracy Insta-Theories

Sure didn’t take long for the lunatic fringe that was Brietbart’s creation and main following to remind everyone that they are, indeed, lunatics:

Within an hour of the announcement of relentlessly partisan internet provocateur Andrew Breitbart’s death, his most vociferous fans memorialized him in the most appropriate way possible: They launched conspiracy theories about an assassination on Twitter.Radio host Erich “Mancow” Muller announced his conspiracy theory within minutes of the news breaking.

“He told me RECENTLY he had big dirt on Obama… MANY believe it’s murder!”

“Andrew Breitbart threatens Obama at CPAC with a video, then suddenly dies? This MUST be investigated as an assassination Obama – WTF?”

“#Breitbart dead at 43? My suspect list includes George Soros and Obama”

“Breitbart dead at 43???? that sounds fishy to me. Does Soros have an alibi??????”

George Soros and President Obama killed him? Oooook. And the right wonders why we say the lies, smears, and wild conspiracy theories spewed by people like Andrew Breitbart are so damn dangerous to our society. When you create lunatic idiots who will believe literally anything, you’ve endangered us all.

And while it sucks that he’s dead, for his friends and family, let’s not forget how many lives Brietbart wrecklessly attacked and destroyed purely for poliitcal gain and personal profit, without a single shred of remorse.

Source: Gawker.

Obama guts law requiring military detention for terrorism suspects

Some of the better news coming out of an Obama administration that thus far has defined itself not in how it sets itself apart from the Bush/Cheney platform of Constitution? What Constitution? in dealing with the failed “War on Terror” (sequel to the failed “War on Drugs”), but in how much they two are alike:

President Obama issued an order Tuesday night laying out broad new waivers that allow U.S. law enforcement agencies to retain custody of al-Qaeda terrorism suspects rather than turn them over to the military.

The new waivers are Obama’s response to a law passed by Congress last year that requires that alleged al-Qaeda terrorists who are not U.S. citizens be held in military custody rather than being processed through the civilian court system. Key GOP senators said Tuesday night that the president’s measures raised “significant concerns,” and they vowed to hold a hearing to scrutinize them. […]

On Tuesday night, Obama issued the rules for the waivers, which are so broad that the transfer of any suspect into military custody is now likely to be rare.

“This is essentially a 3,450-word line-item veto, rendering the mandatory military detention provision mostly moot,” said Tom Malinowski of Human Rights Watch.

Glenn Greenwald noted the obvious on Twitter this afternoon: “It can be changed at any time – under this President or a subsequent one – it’s just a temporary rule“. Still, this is great news if you care about the Constitution and believe this country sets itself apart from the world in how to do things the right way. And it’s news that’ll surely send fascist, Constitution-hating authoritarian Republicans into a month long temper tantrum. That’s always a bonus.

Source: Washington Post.

Scott Walker Imports Voter Suppression Thugs In Wisconsin Recall

After Wisconsin news outlets reported Monday that Republican Governor Scott Walker would not be challenging recall signatures, the embattled governor quietly submitted a request asking that the state elections board accept challenges from an effort involving a Texas organization with a history of voter suppression.

Watching CNN’s GOP primary coverage earlier tonight, I found it disgusting but typical of the corrupt media that CNN was trying — and failing — to make a big deal about a liberal radio host urging Democrats to vote for Rick Santorum in the Michigan primary. They only noted in passing that the reason Democrats can do this is because Michigan is one of many states that have open primaries where registered voters can cross party lines, and that it’s been that way for years. They pretended that this was deeply unfair and even an underhanded attempt by Democrats to rig the GOP primary to get the weakest candidate, without noting the following actual stories:

1. Democrats were being urged only to vote for Rick Santorum, implying that Santorum can’t be Barack Obama. This went right over their air heads.

2. Michigan awards proportional delegates, meaning anything short of a rout (80%+) for Santorum would make very little to no meaningful difference in the overall primary.

Meanwhile, actual instances of vote suppression, election rigging, and outright fraud taking place in Wisconsin perpetrated by Republicans loyal to failed Governor Scott Walker go completely ignored. Hence the disgusting, but expected, media double standard where the media goes out of its way to pretend that Democrats have scandals and behave badly — while they aren’t — while ignoring even worse behavior by Republicans.

They need this double standard because there’s a simple fact they refuse to accept: Republicans behave worse than Democrats. People of both ideologies lie and act badly, but not in equal proportions. Not even close. If the media reported fairly on both parties, 80% of the stories would be negative stories about Republicans. Because 80% of the wrongdoing in politics is done by Republicans.

That’s why we don’t have a liberal media and the suggestion is laughable. We have, at best, a corrupt and rotted media. At worst we have a conservative one.

Source: Alternet.

Dow Jones Plunges Over 400 Points as Investors Panick

The twits on CNBC are desperately blaming this on bad news of Europe, so I’m sure it’s a totally cooincidence that this happened right after the GOP forced America to go from stimulus, to non-action, to outright harsh austerity:

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) at one point fell nearly 428 points, or 3.6 percent, settling briefly at 11,468.48 around 3:40 p.m. ET Thursday. The loss managed to erase all of the DJIA’s gains for the current year.

Economic and political turmoil have been keeping investors on shaky ground for days.

Closed down -512 points.

 

Political analyst: If GOP wins White House, civil war could break out with Tea Party

Some political analyst is saying what has been painfully obvious for like three years now. If the GOP gains serious power (Senate and White House), the Tea Party extremists will cause a civil war within the party:

“John Boehner used to be one of the most conservative members. He came to Washington as a bomb thrower, he wanted to cut government, he wanted to reform things. Now he is the mainstream of the party. That just shows you where the party has moved to.”

Boehner will continue to be forced to consider Tea Party Republican’s views, Rothenberg said, “because he will need their help along the way. The Tea Party will be a significant force throughout the next year and a half.”

But he predicted serious problems if the Tea Party Republicans gain more clout.

“If they are ever in charge — if the Republicans win the White House or control the White House, Senate and House, you will see civil war break out,” Rothenberg said. “The Tea Party will think okay, now we can run the place. They will expect everything they want to be passed. It will be a huge problem for whoever the president is.”

You created this monster, GOP, hoping the Tea Party would do most of its damage to your enemies (e.g. people who think differently than you do). And as usually happens with monsters, they are going after everyone.

 

Mitt Romney Has the Creepiest Secret Rich People Donors

Here’s just the latest sign that our campaign finance laws are healthy in every way the Founding Fathers could have imagined: A secret company that no one knows anything about has given Mitt Romney’s SuperPAC $1 million and quickly dissolved into nothingness. The folks behind this fly-by-night operation are probably relaxing on a beach in Mexico by now! Oh man.

The company that donated the $1 million to Restore Our Future, the SuperPAC Mitt Romney’s buddies have set up for his campaign, was W Spann LLC, formed in March. “The corporate records provide no information about the owner of the firm, its address or its type of business,” NBC News reports:

There’s no telling where that money came from. It could have come from a foreign power, drug cartels, AT&T, or Romney’s own wife. It could have been legit, or laundered money. America needs to get serious about campaign finance disclosure. No more donations from anyone, period, without full disclosure. This is ridiculous. (h/t Gawker)

Bush and Reagan admin economist: Abolish the debt ceiling law

Bush 41 and Reagan economist Bruce Bartlett is again urging the abolition of the debt ceiling:

Almost 10 years ago, I testified before the Senate Finance Committee that the debt limit should be abolished. Among the others who testified that day, including Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill, no one supported my position. [..]

Unless the party holding the White House has a comfortable majority in the House of Representatives and at least 60 seats in the Senate, raising the debt limit is going to remain a means by which the minority party can impose its demands on the majority.

Even if the Treasury avoids default on government debt this week, we will inevitably have to go through the same political drama the next time the debt limit runs out and every time thereafter. And sooner or later the shoe will be on the other foot, as Democrats hold the debt limit hostage against a Republican president.

Without having written on the subject, I’ve often thought abolition of the debt ceiling would make a good example of what liberals should have been demanding in the debt ceiling fight from the very beginning, in order to make sure any deal was centered, not center-right, and certainly not extremely far right like it ended up being.

Ideally any reasonable person would agree that the debt ceiling should be repealed, mostly because never once in history has it ever actually worked. Every single time the country has neared the ceiling, the Congress has simply built a taller ceiling.

But this isn’t an ideal world. It’s a rotten, corrupt world held hostage by extremists on the right that are going to do this again with the 2012 budget and the next debt ceiling increase and anything else they can temporarily block that will harm America. Because that’s what terrorists exist to do.