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Frat Boy Rep. Vance McAllister's 'Animal House'

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Written by guest contributor, "hardybear" of the wonderful Free Range Talk site:

Oh Vance, you bad, bad boy. You caught that Louisiana Vitter Bug … then got videotaped red-pawed performing it.

Spanking ahead. You even have colleague Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), insisting that mandatory sexual harassment trainings are needed post haste in the House.

More importantly, you now have Governor Bobby Jindal requesting your resignation.

Representative Vance McAllister, lauded by Maddow last evening as a truly heraldic return to the tradition of Frat Bad Boy GOPolitical suicide by sleaze, looks to be fixing to leave a seat wide open soon in the grand tradition of Louisiana. Steve Benen of The Maddow Blog sums it up.

The extra-marital romance was first uncovered by a local outlet, the Ouachita Citizen, which obtained a video of McAllister kissing an aide in his district office in late December – about a month after the congressman won a special election in his Louisiana district.

The exact nature of the relationship is unclear, but it’s worth noting that the aide was reportedly removed from the congressman’s payroll “during the past 24 hours.” Complicating matters a little more, it appears the aide and her husband were generous McAllister campaign contributors.

Happily for observant liberals, Vance had one of the better Family Values and Holier Than Thou video trails to savor. Enjoy the McAllister P.R. tale via ABC, though I'd really recommend catching Maddow's take as the drama unfolds.

Even more 'my bad' for partier Vance, when he failed to make Roll Call on the Hill again this week and the Louisiana party chair let loose a proper scolding. Politico reported Thursday on this full-throated bray for the preemptive strike of a resignation before Vance dons a toga and stages his own exit.

It wasn't even Happy Hour before Jindal dropped his second shoe of moral judgment ... despite the huge uptick in Louisiana pride and notoriety following McAllister toting the Duck Dynasty of Bigotry Reality Tee Vee star  to SOTU as his plus one and foul photo-op wingman.

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So here we have Vance's novel contribution to 2014 Greatest Home Video Mad Hatter Moments. Such a good, decent Walmart family. Pan to public and pretty flagrant groping of a staffer en déshabillé, as Senator Graham might gasp. Her rampant Lady Libido must have just decimated his deep Christian and family valued foundation.

The Full Vitter with a McTwist.

Jindal has it right for once - trash to the curb time for this alley cat. May Representative Spier get her Sanitation Program off the ground ASAP, November is a breath away.

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More proof that there is no liberal media

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It gets easier and easier to debunk that tired old label, the so-called liberal media, a favorite talking point of those on the right.. For years I've written about how the Sunday morning talk shows regularly feature more Republican guests than Democratic ones, and way more conservatives than true Progressives.

The arguments and policies of right wing conservatives are given legitimacy even when they have no credibility whatsoever. The tried-and-untrue "debate" format presents "both sides," even when one side is completely without merit (climate change ring a bell?).

During the 2012 elections, Rep. Paul Ryan came up with a laughable "budget plan" that was touted as Very Serious, and was taken Very Seriously by the so-called "news" media. Time actually gave "politically brave" Ryan credit, in print, for "hard work" and gutsiness for presenting a "roadmap" . His proposed austerity measures, cuts cuts cuts, and Kill Medicare goals were terrible ideas, but hey! At least he came up with an alternative, gushed the news dee jays. They didn't much care that his "alternative" would have driven an already struggling economy into the ground.

It is now 2014, and it's Ryan Redux time. But yay! Kudos to him! He's Very Serious!

Today I was watching MSNBC, and Tamron Hall was discussing today's job numbers and the overall economy with a guest (didn't catch his name) who said this about Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, and I quote:

He "is at least offering a plan."

WaPo:

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced a plan Wednesday to repeal and replace President Obama’s health-care law, an effort by the Republican to insert himself into the increasingly competitive early maneuvering for his party’s presidential nomination.

Jindal, a former state and federal health official, said his plan is one of many policy proposals he will release in coming months, making clear that he wants to be viewed as a wonky problem solver.

Hot dog! Another Very Serious Republican with a Very Serious Plan! ... that he is "at least offering." Despite its redundant absurdity. It's doomed. It's just more political theater.

But wait. You know who else is offering their own plans? Ones that are solid, ones that are genuinely Very Serious? The Progressive Caucus and the Progressive Black Caucus. You can read them here and here.

And guess who's covered those plans? Nobody! Tamron Hall sure didn't. She devoted her next segment to the mother of a pro basketball player who missed the end of her son's game because she had to leave early to get to work on time.

Instead of reporting on competing-- and compelling-- budget plans of which American voters are completely unaware, the good old liberal media gave us Basketball Mom (which would have been fine at another time, like when the economy isn't in need of some realistic, constructive fixes, f'rinstance).

Your liberal media at work. But I bet her MSNBC colleagues will give her shout-outs galore, because, my friend, my brother, she is their colleague after all.

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Jesus, What Got Into Jindal?

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There's nothing like the rantings of a madman (Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rush Limbaugh) or woman (Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Ann Coulter ) to give us the desire for some good old-time religion. Not to disappoint, here's Louisiana's Republican Governor Bobby Jindal. He's got something stuck in his craw, and I don't think it's a New Orleans crawdad or crawfish. I think it's... the silent, secret war on religion? Yup, that's what Jindal's railing about. Got to admit, when he gives testimony, he gets possessed and encompassed by "the spirit."

HuffPo had this:

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) delivered a scathing attack on the Obama administration at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library Thursday night, saying an “onslaught of lawsuits based on anti-discrimination” laws amount to a “silent war on religious liberty.”

Whoa Nellie. A silent war on religious liberty. I hadn't heard anything about that. Oh, wait, that's because it's silent. My bad.

As the adage goes, "The Lord works in mysterious ways." If that's so, he gave us Bobby Jindal as his most recent spokesperson. Then again, maybe this is the big guy's personal joke on all of us -- or even more hauntingly, perhaps Jindal's got that special ability -- to see things that aren't there. It worked for Haley Joel Osment in THE SIXTH SENSE. Not so much for Alex Wagner on NOW.

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Power Of Hate With Duck Dynasty

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Ah, the power of hate speech and the people who bring it to us. Does it matter who the source is? You bet.

You may be dismissive of this as a good ol' boy just speaking his mind, maybe even on some hootch or moonshine. But consider this... Phil Robertson has a huge following and he's got political clout.

Back in November, I wrote a post called: Tea Party, Jindal, Cantor Get Slapdown From Duck Dynasty And Voters. It told about how Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame came to the support of a Louisiana congressional runoff contest between favored Neil Riser and newcomer Vance McAllister. McAllister was trailing badly until he got the Duck Dynasty fellows to come visit and support his campaign. Well, damned if things didn't turn on a dime and Vince pulled off a huge comeback win. And he knew how it happened. It was the huge popularity of the Phil Robertson and his clan.

So when these guys and their wives speak, millions listen. When the speech is hateful, evil and vile, sadly it brings out the nutcases. Among the quick to speak out for their defense:

Sarah Palin immediately jumped onto her Facebook account with this:

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And she's not alone in defending the indefensible, offensive and reprehensible. HuffPo:

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Thursday became the latest politician to defend Phil Robertson, a cast member of the reality show "Duck Dynasty" who was suspended from the television network A&E after making graphic anti-gay comments and saying African-Americans were "singing and happy" before civil rights in the South. "Phil Robertson and his family are great citizens of the State of Louisiana," Jindal said in a statement. "The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with."

And no indefensible stand would be complete without wackadoo-in-chief, Ted Cruz. From Talking Points Memo moments ago:

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Thursday defended 'Duck Dynasty' star Phil Robertson after he wassuspended from the television show for making controversial anti-gay remarks in an interview with GQ magazine.

"If you believe in free speech or religious liberty, you should be deeply dismayed over the treatment of Phil Robertson. Phil expressed his personal views and his own religious faith; for that, he was suspended from his job," Cruz wrote on his Facebook page. "In a free society, anyone is free to disagree with him--but the mainstream media should not behave as the thought police censoring the views with which they disagree."

Time will tell who else will join the whackadoo bandwagon but this should be a warning sign. The Tea Party is on the march, armed with rifles and duck whistles -- coming soon to a hunting blind near you.

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Tea Party, Jindal, Cantor Get Slapdown From Duck Dynasty And Voters

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Who'd have ever thought you'd find the Tea Party, Gov. Bobby Jindal (La.), U.S. House Majority Leader Cantor and the guys from Duck Dynasty dueling in a Louisiana election? It happened yesterday.

The winner is, Duck Dynasty. Well, to be more specific, their backed candidate, Republican businessman Vance McAllister. He's a political newcomer who boasts of never having visited Washington, D.C., yet won a special election in Louisiana on Saturday to fill the congressional seat formerly held by fellow Republican Rodney Alexander.

The man McAllister beat was a fellow Republican, Neil Riser, the Tea Party candidate.

Yahoo News:

McAllister, running as an outsider, lined up an endorsement from "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson, the patriarch in the popular reality show, and cast member Willie Robertson appeared in a commercial for the candidate. The program is shot in the northeast part of Louisiana that McAllister will represent.

Unlike McAllister, Riser had the backing of a number of prominent Republicans including U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

What could have been the deciding issue might have been this:

Riser agreed with the governor's stance to reject the Medicaid expansion.

As a state senator, Riser authored a Louisiana constitutional amendment requiring any state gun restrictions to pass the "strict scrutiny" test. The funeral home owner was the contest's early favorite with backing from the conservative Tea Party of Louisiana and the national group FreedomWorks, which is aligned with the Tea Party movement.

So it looks like "Digger" Riser wasn't as popular as an unknown moderate like McAllister. Even with FreedomWorks and the Tea Party's money, the Republicans in Louisiana aren't falling for the right-wing, extremist crap. Louisiana spoke, and they said they want health care subsidies and they believe in sane gun control.

You go,Louisiana. You just sent shock waves through the Republican party. Are you feeling them yet, Reince Priebus?

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VIDEO: Bobby Jindal and disrespect for transgender people all in one Sunday. Somebody talk me down.

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It's time for Blood Pressure Crisis Sunday! Today's blood pressure crisis was brought on by a Meet the Press (surprise!) segment with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and a subsequent and unrelated MSNBC interview with a member of the military.

Frankly, I can't bring myself to re-watch the Jindal interview, so I'll post it without the usual transcript excerpts. If you can make it through the entire thing, you'll see why I was so exasperated:

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In short, Jindal did nothing but lie and exhibit his usual hypocrisy. He was asked a direct question about the state of the Republican party, but he refused to respond, instead going off on his usual "privatize and de-unionize" education speechifying, couching his argument in gauzier terms that the non-political junkie might misinterpret in his favor. His idea of the American Dream is a countrywide enforcement of the bigotry and corporate goals of the GOP-- or as he called it "the stupid party."

He also blamed President Obama for wanting to shut down the government. Seriously.

And said we have a deficit problem. Seriously.

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And in a Politico op-ed today, Jindal blamed racial inequality on minorities being too proud of their heritages

Did I mention that phony, self-serving, privatization-happy, voucher-school-loving creationist Bobby Jindal now most unpopular GOP governor in U.S.? Great choice of spokesperson, GOP. Way to go.

Following Meet the Press was Weekends with Alex Witt sans Alex Witt (I can't find the video). The host interviewed a member of the military (apologies for not catching his name, rank, and serial number, but I was listening from another room and popped in only long enough to scream at the Tee Vee Machine). They were discussing Chelsea Manning (formerly Bradley Manning) who was just sentenced to 35 years in prison and announced his intention to transition from male to female.

Putting aside the arguments over whether the military prison in Fort Leavenworth should accommodate her for now, I was struck by the blatant insensitivity and apparent bigotry of the guest. His attitude screamed, "Manning casually decided to be a girl on a whim, tough luck freak, now enjoy your time in the slammer."

No, "sir," actually Manning has long struggled with gender identity, identifies as female, and has "felt that way since childhood."

How about respecting that instead of belittling and willfully making false assumptions, "sir"? Even if he broke the law, he's still a human being. How about educating yourself instead of perpetuating ignorance and misinformation, "sir"?

The increasingly deteriorating discourse and dearth of challenges to what passes for informed commentary fed to viewing and listening audiences are not only infuriating, they're scary... and they are harmful to democracy.

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Poll-itics: La. Gov. Bobby Jindal now most unpopular GOP governor in U.S.

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Three years ago, Ba-ba-ba-Bobby Jindal (follow that link, the video is worth it) was the most popular governor in the country. Then back in April, Jindal’s approvals took a dive; nearly half gave him a failing grade.

Now it's August, and Taegan reports that he's sinking like a stone:

A new Public Policy Polling survey shows he's now the most unpopular Republican governor in the country and the second most unpopular governor overall.

Just 28% of voters now approve of Jindal to 59% who disapprove. That's an 11 point decline in his net approval just since February.

See what happens when you're a phony, self-serving, privatization-happy, voucher-school-loving creationist?

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