Friday, April 23, 2010

When Crazy People Address the Asylum?

Back in 2007, students at Pat Robertson's Regent University were outraged when Mitt Romney, a Mormon, was invited to deliver the commencement address.

I wonder if we will see similar protests from students at Jerry Falwell's Liberty University now that it has been announced that Glenn Beck, also a Mormon, will be speaking at their graduation ceremony next month:

I did not know Glenn Beck was a Mormon. The stuff you learn on the internets.

via RWW.

How Dumb Are American Voters?

Here is how dumb.

A new Citizen Opinion/Democracy Corps poll shows "a significant drop in the proportion thinking the country is off on the wrong track and a rise in the number who think the economy is improving.
You would think that this would be good news for democrats, but you would be wrong.

However, the change in economic thinking "is not producing a change in political thinking. The Republican 7-point advantage on the economy is unchanged this month. There is no growth in people believing Obama's economic policies have produced a better economy."
 That's right. recent other polls show that the voters still blamed Bush and republicans for the economic downturn, and when dems and Obama take over governance and the economy improves as well as those thinking the country is more on the right track, they still won't give Obama and dems credit and prefer republicans on the issue of the economy. Go figure.

via Political Wire

The Awful Cost of War

This is so very sad and frightening. Being a vet, it breaks my heart to hear of the soaring numbers of US Veterans now attempting and committing suicide. Repeated deployments to a pair of meat grinder guerilla wars was bound to cause this sort of phenomena, as it did for decades after Vietnam and high numbers of GI's taking their own lives, while unable to re-adapt to civilian life upon return and to cope with their awful experiences fighting in a war.

18 veterans commit suicide each day

Troubling new data show there are an average of 950 suicide attempts each month by veterans who are receiving some type of treatment from the Veterans Affairs Department.

Seven percent of the attempts are successful, and 11 percent of those who don’t succeed on the first attempt try again within nine months.

No thanks to you George Bush and Dick Cheney, and all the other neo con cocksuckers that brought us Iraq, torture, and neverending war. May ye rot in hell for your sins.

via Army Times

Just a Bunch of Terrorist Loving Phony Soldiers.

Has to be considered a candidate for wingnuttery of the week, month, year and decade.

Yesterday, it was reported that the Army had rescinded its invitation to Franklin Graham to speak at a National Day of Prayer event at the Pentagon due to his past attacks on Islam.

And of course, the wingnut preachers and others chime in on this blasphemy and what it all means for America.

From Tony Perkins

The fact that he has theological differences with Islam, differences wholly in keeping with the teachings of the New Testament, and that he has expressed them publicly, is now being used by anti-Christian zealots in a manner offensive to the freedom of religion guaranteed by the very Constitution military leaders are sworn to uphold.

"This decision is further evidence that the leadership of our nation's military has been impaired by the politically correct culture being advanced by this Administration. Under this Administration's watch we are seeing the First Amendment, designed to protect the religious exercise of Americans, retooled into a sword to sever America's ties with orthodox Christianity.

"For those Christian leaders who have avoided the controversy of political issues, saying they just wanted to preach the gospel - this should be a wake up call!"

"anti Christian zealots". That's right Tony, so what's the problem since Obama was born in Kenya and is a stealth Muslim anyways, according to right wing CW.

And not to be outdone, the execrable Bryan Fischer from the American Family Association nutbags.

sees it as proof that our military has been taken over by "fundamentalist Muslims and homosexual activists":

Bottom line: you want to know who's now running the U.S. Army, the U.S. Navy and the Marines and calling the shots where it counts? Fundamentalist Muslims and homosexual activists.

In fact, I'll predict that there will be a day of prayer at the Pentagon on May 6, and it will feature a Muslim imam, a homosexual clergyman, and no conservative Christians of any kind.

This is not your father's military. It's not even your father's country anymore.

via Right Wing Watch

Some Turds Can't Be Polished

A recent newsletter from the Republican Party in Medina County, Ohio, flagged by EMILY's List, contains a specific attack on Democratic Rep. Betty Sutton: "Let's take Betty Sutton out of the House and put her back in the kitchen."County GOP chairman Bill Heck told TPMDC that the newsletter was "an attention-getter" in terms of its political rhetoric. "I'm not sure that it was intended -- in fact I'm positive that it was not in intended to be sexist," said Heck. "In fact, it was speaking to the people of that district, and not intended to be a sexist comment."
"I mean, I have a wife that was elected twice to county office, and once was a judge. I've got two daughters," Heck added. "It was not authored by me, but it was published by the Republican Party of Medina County. We are just trying to get the attention of the voters.

Mission accomplished getting the attention of voters. They could have made the trifecta of stupid sexist remarks by including "Barefoot and Pregnant". Just all in good ole GOP boy fun.