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What I will not write about today

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Sometimes I get so frustrated and/or disheartened and/or annoyed by some of the news stories of the day that I can’t bring myself to write about them. Here are a few recent reports that made my blood pressure hit the roof. I am avoiding delving into them at length out of concern for my physical and mental health.

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See what I mean? So who’s up for a couple of Margs or a trough of wine?

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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.

chart maddow budget deficit 2013 shrinkingMemo to GOP: Federal deficit shrinking at surprising rate, long-term debt stabilized for next decade 

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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There is an actual What Not to Wear to CPAC graphic. Hey freedom-lovers! It's not the boss of you!

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D.C.-based media strategist and CPAC communications director Adrienne Royer has a do/don't list for all those confused, wishy-washy, tasteless, frumpy, slutty, and/or compliant females (and males) attending the big Conservative Political Action Conference.

Wait a minute, aren't conservatives supposed to be all think-for-themselvesy? Don't they thrive on "liberty" and "freedom" and "don't tell me WTF to do" (except in cases of legal abortions and voting rights, of course)? But that's not important now. What is important is this:

According to Washington Whispers, Royer "was inspired to make the infographic because interns for her event didn't know what to wear." And per Royer, "cocktail dresses and five inch heels" simply will not do!

Men, are you taking notes?

So she concocted this... thing:

what to wear at CPAC via Washington Whispers

Wait. No Uggs? Well, I never! And geez, no halter tops, miniskirts, Crocs, or bedroom slippers? Everyone knows how sexy minis look with a snappy pair o' Crocs!

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Buzz kill! Way to ruin a perfectly groovy event, Adrienne!

But this was my favorite part:

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Would I wear it to Walmart? It might be comfortable, but if you look like a slob, DON'T WEAR IT! While you don't have to pack a 3-piece suit, stay away from jeans, sweats, leggings, shorts, ballcaps & most of all... T-shirts!

That's it. Deal breaker. There goes my entire wardrobe. Looks like I'm skipping CPAC 2013!

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PhotOH! Immajin wut a thret gun zelluts wud bee if thay kud spell!

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Via my pal Lu Cifer

Illinois gun "enthusiasts" sent out an anti-Bloomberg, anti-Robin Kelly postcard...and managed to misspell both Debbie Halvorson's name and-- wait for it-- "February".

Here's an idea:

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Imagine what would happen if gun zealots could spell! Thay kood beekum a reel thret:

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The above images were sent to me in an email, and they come to us via @dkoselections. I edited them to highlight the errors and also added the arrows.

but wait there's moreThis photo comes by way of the Downtown Asheville Facebook page. I edited it down a little for size only, but the image is intact:

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Yes, according to Very Dedicated to the Constitution Guy, we are to "suport" the right to "own bare arms"... according to the "Secont Ament." I'm relieved to hear that, since I own two bare arms, and even a bare the-rest-of-me.

Actually, the Second Amendment mentions a little something about a "well-regulated militia," presumably in uniform. A bare-armed militia would get plenty of laughs, but not much protection from the elements. And don't get me started on the chafing.

As a special added bonus I'm adding a few other choice examples of the genius behind right wing messaging:

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GOP Alabama Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin: "When a physician removes a child from a woman, that is the largest organ in a body."

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There goes that whole GOP personhood meme... unless, of course, Alabama state Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin thinks an organ should have the right to vote, own a gun, and carry misspelled signs calling President Obama a gay Marxist commie Kenyan. I can see the protests now: Organs' rights! Organs' rights! Or as Texans would scrawl, ograns':

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Via BuzzFeed

When asked why she would vote to limit the ability for women in Alabama to get abortions, McClurkin gave an answer that's left more than a few people confused:

"When a physician removes a child from a woman, that is the largest organ in a body," McClurkin said in an interview Thursday. "That's a big thing. That's a big surgery. You don't have any other organs in your body that are bigger than that."

One, it's not a child, it's a fetus.

And two, as BuzzFeed notes, not only is McClurkin physiologically confused (and sadly-yet-comically ignorant), she also failed to realize that the average human liver is larger than the average 20-week-old fetus. And that human skin is an organ, our largest organ, another organ that's larger than a fetus... which is not an organ.

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Merriam-Webster:

2 a : a differentiated structure (as a heart, kidney, leaf, or stem) consisting of cells and tissues and performing some specific function in an organism

b : bodily parts performing a function or cooperating in an activity <the eyes and related structures that make up the visual organs>

If a fetus were an organ (I just had a momentary mental image of Barbara Walters asking a celebrity, "If you were an organ, what kind of organ would you be?"), there should be no objection by pro-forced-birthers to removal, unless of course, they are also opposed to life-saving medical procedures.

Which many who are anti-abortion under any circumstances are.

It's becoming clearer than ever that when the Republicans expressed a desire to reinvent themselves, they meant morphing into something even stupider than Bobby Jindal imagined.

H/t: @samuelpeepses

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Why Bobby Jindal is aiding and abetting the transformation of the GOP into "the stupid party"

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Think Progress is reporting about a speech to the Republican National Committee by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal in which he said that the GOP “must stop being the stupid party”:

We must stop being the stupid party. It’s time for a new Republican party that talks like adults. It’s time for us to articulate our plans and visions for America in real terms. We had a number of Republicans damage the brand this year with offensive and bizarre comments. We’ve had enough of that.

Perhaps one way to stop being the stupid party is to get new-- and adult-- members by ridding itself of people like Jindal. And Cantor. And Ryan. And Bachmann. And McConnell. And so many others.

TP goes on to list five ways that Jindal is responsible for transforming the GOP into "the stupid party." Here are the ways, but please link over to read the details:

1. He permits Louisiana schools to teach creationism. (We covered that here in posts about the amazing anti-creationism efforts of my teen activist pal, Zack Kopplin.)

2. He allows state employees to be fired for being gay.

3. He has signed bills to intimidate women seeking abortions. J

4. He seeks to dramatically cut taxes for the wealthy, increase taxes for everyone else.

5. He refuses to provide health care for Louisiana’s poorest.

Let's expand on those:


In that post, I wrote:

Bobby states, with a straight face, that his party will actually “have” to try to “like” people who aren’t white, male, and wealthy. They’re forced to do that now, because, hey, they’re going to run for office, for Pete’s sake! What an effort that will be! Maybe if they close their eyes real tightly and hold their noses, they can tolerate getting within a few feet of a few select people who don’t look, act, or sound like them.

Without saying “Ew!” I mean.

 The stupid party. Ew.

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VIDEO-- Romney supporter: Pres. Obama's father was a "Muslim, an atheist, and a communist... All three."

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Election observers believe that Ohio is the state most likely to decide who becomes our next President. These interviews were conducted with Ohio voters at a recent Romney rally in Defiance, OH.

See Interview B-Roll - Social Issues here: http://youtu.be/_6-ePaZ8148

Produced and edited by Chase Whiteside (interviewer) & Erick Stoll.

Stop me if you've heard this one before: A Muslim, and atheist, and a communist walk into a bar... and they were all Barack Obama's dad.

These are the people who can't answer simple questions about their own claims. These are the people who claim their freedoms are being taken away... as they vote to take away the freedoms of others. These are the people who support Mitt Romney.

"Rapists shouldn't be allowed into this country."

I wonder if he'd say the same about ignorami.

"I don't believe that gay people should be given the same rights."

"Same sex marriage is unnatural... it would happen in nature. It doesn't."

H/t: @judme

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