Category Archives: Nut Cases

Christmas Eve?

TPM’s Nick R. Martin:

Longtime white supremacist and border vigilante JT Ready saw himself as part of a war that few others would fight. He amassed weapons. He donned a uniform. He formed his own brigade of volunteers to walk alongside him as he hunted what he described as “narco terrorists” flowing across the Arizona-Mexico border.

On Wednesday, reports out of Arizona said Ready died, not at the hands of drug runners, but with his own gun during a mad rampage inside a suburban home just east of Phoenix. Along the way, the reports said, he took the lives of four other people, including a toddler.

The Arizona Republic reported the victims were Ready’s girlfriend, her daughter, the daughter’s boyfriend and the daughter’s 18-month-old baby. Ready still somehow managed to use the event to blame immigrants even after his death. A posting on his Facebook page appeared hours after the massacre took place.

(Link to Ready’s Facebook page removed. Some things are just too grotesque to link to. If you want to see it… I don’t… the original article has the link.)

To Nutcase Rightwing Asswipe members, it’s just another day; it’s part of what guns are for.

To those of us concerned with the ease of obtaining high-capacity automatic firearms, concealed-carry permits without a serious background check, a waiting period and at least a cursory psychological stability exam by a professional shrink, we’re like kids on Christmas Eve who just learned that there’s no sanity clause.

Sorry; I couldn’t help myself.

I am honestly glad this guy is gone and that it was done by his own hand. I regret terribly, grieving for the innocent dead, that four other people including a toddler had to perish along with him. Surely there must have been some way in law of preventing this tragedy without infringing on legitimate… by which I mean sane… gun owners’ rights. Being certifiably psycho should be a legal disqualification for gun ownership. No other constitutionally protected right Americans enjoy is unregulated in law; firearm ownership should be regulated along with the rest of our rights.

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Breaking From Juanita Jean: Texas Cannot Exclude Planned Parenthood – It’s Unconstitutional

I’ll just quote this wonderful woman’s post up to a point. It’s hard to know when to stop, because Juanita Jean is so wonderful…

Holy Writ Writer! God Loves Planned Parenthood.

April 30, 2012

Breaking News. Good news. Texas cannot exclude Planned Parenthood from the Women’s Health Program. It’s un-freekin-constitutional.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge on Monday stopped Texas from preventing Planned Parenthood from getting state funds through the Women’s Health Program.

U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel in Austin ruled there is sufficient evidence that a law banning Planned Parenthood from the program is unconstitutional. He imposed an injunction against enforcing it until he can hear full arguments.

This surprises exactly no one, outside of the fundamentalist-evangelical-plus-Catholic right wing of the GOP. Then again, those folks are surprised when they wake up in the morning and find that the rest of us have not been transported bodily to Hell overnight for our wicked ways…

N. Carolina ‘Amendment One’ Would Deny Legal Rights To ALL Unmarried Couples, Gay Or Straight

If it passes, call it the grand victory of social fundamentalism in North Carolina. Amendment One (note the number) has passed both houses of the state legislature, and will be put up for a popular vote on May 8. Apparently it is polling well enough that there is a real risk that it will pass.

What does Amendment One do?

If passed, Amendment One would establish marriage between a man and a woman as the only legally recognized union in the state — a sweeping distinction that would preclude legal recognition for all other domestic partnerships. The broad language of the amendment, which was passed by the Republican-controlled general assembly last fall, has opponents fearful that its passage could ultimately deny both benefits and domestic violence protections to thousands of unmarried North Carolina couples.

Wait a minute. I thought that my unalienable rights included “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” But Amendment One appends a qualifier to that: “… if you’re straight, and if you’re legally married.” This amendment is more than a gay-baiting provision: it’s a state constitutional embodiment of the denial of basic human rights to all the people the Christianist religious fundamentalists don’t like.

And it’s the priority of the GOP, at least in North Carolina and probably elsewhere. “Unemployment? meh. Poverty? whatever. Homelessness? yawn. Gay marriage? domestic partnerships? NO WAY WE WILL LET YOU DO THAT !1!!1!11!!” Amendment One = Priority One for the GOP. It’s what they live to do.

Stella lived in NC in her youth, has relatives in NC, and occasionally wistfully contemplates retiring there. Uh-uh. Not with me, she won’t. That would be a deal‑breaker. Texas is bad… but it is nowhere nearly the worst.

AFTERTHOUGHT: we don’t have a Bill of Rights to give us rights: those rights, and many more, are intrinsically ours, from the outset, “unalienable” to all human beings. We have a Bill of Rights to protect our rights from the “tyranny of the majority” … the popular vote. Matters of human and civil rights are quite properly beyond the reach of a popular vote. The right to choose your life partner and the nature of your relationship with him or her is such a right. We should not even be THINKING about voting on that right.

Nuts! Hot Nuts! Get ‘Em While They’re Hot!

If you ever thought for a moment that Glenn Beck returned to sanity after he departed Fox News, think again. Via TPM from Mike Allen of Politico Playbook:

Playbook can reveal that Beck plans to announce he has built an Oval Office set for GBTV for a series of weekly speeches he will give: “the things we wish the President would say to the American people – or the things he should say.” Per his team: “The speeches will be three to four minutes in length, will be delivered from an exact replica of The Oval. and will be primarily Reagan-esque in tone.” First address is Wednesday.

So Beck’s mad fantasy is that he should be… no, he is… President. If only he inserted his hand, Napoleon-like, in the flap of his jacket, maybe the degree of Beck’s insanity would be visible to more people…

I wonder what future historians will make of this.

Santorum Fucks Up, Tells Truth For Once: GOP Needs Declining Economy To Win

Pema Levy of TPM tells us about it. Here’s a sample of what Santorum said:

“You hear now the media starting to say, oh well, looks like the economy is getting better,” Santorum told supporters in Missouri Saturday night after winning the Kansas caucuses. “You know, the economy may be getting better and Republicans may lose their edge on that issue. Well, if that was the only issue in this race, that may or may not be the case, we don’t know.”

No doubt Santorum would prefer to run a campaign based on opposition to contraception, or advocating prescribed prayer in public schools, or denying abortion to rape victims, or denying marriage to LGBTs, but I suspect most Americans will cast their votes based on “the economy, stupid.”

I wonder how Rmoney (sic) feels about Man-on-Dog’s slip of the tongue…

Rushbo Said A Baaaaad Thing

Could Rush Limbaugh actually say something so awful that even Republicans disapprove of it?

Nah. Never happen. [/snark]

Rush is reportedly losing advertisers after calling law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” for testifying before a House committee on the dangers to women’s lives of making hormonal medications (including The Pill) unavailable. Rush might think twice about his revenue stream if he intends to continue that thread.

But if Limp Bough keeps this up, considering the number of young women in excellent cardiovascular and muscular condition, many with training in the martial arts… he might have other things to worry about besides his advertising revenue. He might, for example, want to check his supply of OxyContin, ’cause he could end up in a world o’ hurt…

UPDATE: Rush “apologized” to Fluke for “the insulting word choices” … not “my insulting word choices” but “the … choices”. I wonder who made those choices… some unknown member of the vast left-wing conspiracy? Rush should instead apologize to the whole world for being human scum.

Astonishing: GOP Seeks To Allow ANY Employer To Deny Birth Control Coverage – UPDATED

Hard to believe, isn’t it? Let me look… Yes, it’s still the 21st century. Oh and where? Yes, it is America, where even 98 percent of Catholics of reproductive age use birth control. And still, Mitch McConnell announced his support for legislation introduced by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) that would allow any employer, not just religious institutions, to deny insurance coverage for contraception based on reasons of conscience. (Corporations have consciences? Who knew!)

I can’t imagine that they have the votes to pass it in the Senate, and I’m sure if they somehow managed to whip the votes, even the undependable Obama would surely veto such a bill. He has already cut a deal providing an exemption for religious organizations; IMHO, that in itself goes too far. But clearly, Republicans are not introducing this expecting to pass it; it’s some sort of election-year stunt.

But how would it benefit the GOP? By no means does any large portion of their base oppose contraception (see the note about Catholics above), and as Sahil Kapur says in the linked article,

A debate over access to contraception could be politically problematic for Republicans as polls show Americans overwhelmingly support the use of birth control and want insurance plans to cover the service for free. Tellingly, McConnell was eager to keep the focus on religious freedom as opposed to contraception itself.

What folly. Americans like their contraception, and don’t want anyone getting between them and their pills, jellies, condoms etc. And even insurance companies like to offer coverage of contraception, because it saves them money in the long run on pregnancy care and neonatal care.

Democrats should take this as a gift… and run with it, or on it.

UPDATE: From Sahil Kapur’s followup article:

Some Republicans want to wage that battle regardless. Surging GOP presidential contender Rick Santorum told the blog back in October that contraception is “not okay,” and called it “a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.” Rep. Steve King (R-IA) likened birth control to abortion Friday on MSNBC and said he isn’t convinced contraception helps prevent pregnancies.

These people are unrepentant radicals. Nut jobs. Extremists. Full-blown bat-shit crazies. I could imagine Obama losing his re-election bid on some other issue, probably “the economy, stupid,” but not on this one. Republicans are moving further and further rightward of the center of American political thought. One need not be a fan of Obama to see where that leads.

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Newt Doubles Down On Blaming The Poor

In what has to be the most open admission of how Newt assesses the opinions of his Republican supporters, Newt Gingrich, far from retracting his statement a couple of weeks ago about replacing school janitors with poor kids, has doubled down, saying this about poor children at a campaign event in Iowa:

“They have no habit of ‘I do this and you give me cash’-unless it’s illegal,” Gingrich said, according to multiple reports of the event.

Project much, Newtie?

Bloomberg: ‘I Have My Own Army In The NYPD’

I am not making this up. Yesterday, in a speech at MIT, Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City, said those very words. Here’s David Taintor of TPM, quoting Bloomberg and police Comissioner Ray Kelly:

“I have my own army in the NYPD, which is the seventh biggest army in the world,” Bloomberg said, according to the New York Observer. “I have my own State Department, much to Foggy Bottom’s annoyance. We have the United Nations in New York, and so we have an entree into the diplomatic world that Washington does not have.”

What a town! Bloomberg’s right, though. In September, NYPD Comissioner Ray Kelly told CBS News that his police force could take down an airplane “in a very extreme situation.” We don’t know by what means, of course.

If Bloomie gets nukes, watch out!

AFTERTHOUGHT: that “entree into the diplomatic world”? It’s probably just take-out chop suey…

Cain Pro-Choice? Bye-Bye, Herman!

Whatever I expected of quirky, largely entertaining GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain, it wasn’t this, said in an interview by Piers Morgan and reported by FDL’s Blue Texan. Here’s Cain:

No, it comes down to is, it’s not the government’s role — or anybody else’s role — to make that decision. Secondly, if you look at the statistical incidents, you’re not talking about that big a number. So what I’m saying is, it ultimately gets down to a choice that that family or that mother has to make. Not me as president. Not some politician. Not a bureaucrat. It gets down to that family. And whatever they decide, they decide. I shouldn’t try to tell them what decision to make for such a sensitive decision.

I didn’t like the guy or his policy pronouncements worth a damn, but I’m going to miss his feisty and idiosyncratic outbursts. After this one, though, no GOPer will want to be in the same room with him. “Bye-bye; thank you for flying GOP!”

UPDATE: of course it was too good to be true. Digby quotes a much more extensive segment of the interview, and it sounds as if the whole back-topic of the discussion was “rape and incest” at the time Cain said that. The quote is clearly out of context. Please read Digby’s post. I think Blue Texan is mistaken about this.