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Pat Robertson: Busily Sowing A Fear of Witchcraft Like It Is 1692

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Huge thanks to the folks at Raw Story for getting this offensive smut of Pat Robertson's reported and out on the airwaves.

As a direct female to female descendent of Rebecca Nurse, hung in Salem, Massachusetts a rather long time ago, this ticks me off. Royally. This is the best Pat can come up with? Is he just ripping off Alan Ball, catching a little True Blood cachet because he heard there were some Right Wingers in it?

{Sidebar: If you're a fan, you so know that there ARE Wingers in True Blood and they are SO well depicted it's as electrifying as Sookie in a Mood ... the Tea Party undercurrents are handled with deftness, and if you have been watching Ball forever, you know why his first HBO Series 'Six Feet Under' is still important as a wild, California-West Coast lens or socio-political record of the Bush culture and years.}

Back to the candidate for reigning King of the Regressive Right Asshattery, Pat Robertson. This ... blind, lame and deeply crippled philosophy, or transparently rampant superstition, is the sort of intellect of a man they build universities 'to' in places like Virginia? The husband pursued the collegial Arts at Lynchburg for a spell, bless his New Jersey heart, the tales are frightening and completely explain his time as a Dead Head.

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Witchcraft? Seriously?!?

Without further ado. Pat Robertson.

What a way to celebrate Bastille Day ... bring out the Senior Religionist Fringe!

In a nutshell, Pat Robertson answered a 700 Club Dear Abby letter from a mother claiming her son was in demon-induced agony by telling her to look over to Ancestry.com or the family Bible and find the wicked witch of an ancestress she was meant to identify and fixate blame on.

Rebecca Nurse was said to have gone to her death with the kind of dignity my generation might expect from Dame Judy Dench or the intrepid Ethel Kennedy.

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In the meantime, Pat Robertson is busy sowing fear, creating one more 'Other' to avoid, casting seeds of hate and demonizing those he imagines are out to get him. How much does Pat Robertson remind you of a paranoid conspiracy-theorizing guy with fully-stocked and staffed bunkers in at least two countries?

Somewhat more eccentric underneath than either J. Edgar Hoover at home or a randy Dick Morris ... The Full Vitter Truthiness Challenged Territories?

Excerpted from one of the great folks over at Raw Story, David Edwards, these eminently Tweetable, Bizarro Robertson 700 Club and All Purpose Christian talking points that really rang my alarm bell.

Instead of recommending that the mother seek medical attention, Robertson said that the boy could be “oppressed or possessed by demons.”

Sounds smart.
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You see, the mother had mentioned extreme belly pain in a teenage boy, distress akin to a gut punch - a Big Mac might have been the first culprit looked to. Or an aversion to organized religion at ungodly hours. But, no, Robertson had the cockamamie 'truth' to be touted in his absolutely un-researched reading of the situation, aka a shot at the most fashionable Hater target du Jour for Wingers, the occult or 'somebody in witchcraft'. Double points if the witch is a member of the LGBTQ community or a skin color other than 'pale'.

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“You need to get somebody with you who understands the spiritual dimension and doing spiritual warfare,” he continued. “If I were you, I would look back in your family. What in your family — do you have anybody involved in the occult, somebody in witchcraft or tarot cards or psychic things?”

“Has there something been there that you don’t know about. Some grandparent, great grandparent or something. Look into the family tree, and then get some people in there and cast this stuff out. But that does not sound like normal.”

So Robertson is advocating for exorcism, now? Has he been watching too much modern melodrama on the silver screen, got a wee streaming habit, there Pat? Global warming, No Way ... but looking back to cast out demons and witches is your spiritual and gastroenterological diagnosis?

Better reenroll in one of your Born Again colleges. Silly season doesn't even cover it.

Which leaves progressives faced with the farsical and fanciful or simply surreal set of circumstances to dissect. And an unendingly enormous appreciation of humor.

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Eric Holder Handily Annihilates #TundraTwit Palin's Impeach(!) Hysteria

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We already discussed La Palin's latest idiocy, she looked out from her porch and declared "Impeach!!" last week in some sorta' Independence Day Fvx Nation Tea-hysteria about still wanting 'their' country back.

Enter Attorney Eric Holder, a guy who knows a tad about racially motivated movements and a skosh about the law. Enjoy his ABC decimation of the half-Governor, a.k.a., John McCain's biggest effing mistake.

Enjoy it again in print. BURN!

La Palin: "Enough is enough of the years of abuse from this president. His unsecured border crisis for me it’s a last straw. It makes kind of a battered wife say no mas. That’s enough. It’s time to impeach."

Rational Human Being Eric Holder: "She wasn’t a particularly good vice presidential candidate. She’s an even worse judge of who ought to be impeached and why."

Phase Two has already begun, Fox Noise will jump aboard Palin's hay wagon and try to morph this into some kind of 'strong stance', 'real leadership', from a woman so full of feck she can hardly get out of bed in the morning unassisted.

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This cage-match was inevitable, Holder has spent decades fighting xenophobia and racist tendencies, while the half-Governor has used that time to narrow her focus.

Particularly after Grampy McBombBombs unleashed Palin, #TundraTwit of all time, on the lower 48 and had the audacity to put her on the same global stage as Barack Obama.

She may be fit to talk about battered wives … The Party of Palin does little but demean, belittle and destroy women and their collective rights and independence; and her Bible must tell her to 'submit' to any man who finds her sponge-worthy.

 

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Pardon the Ick Level.

For a little more jaded nastiness, we have Morning Schmoe Joe Scarborough slinging the blood-red rare conservative New York Strip for his un-compassionate conservative base.

 

Sarah Palin needs to crawl back into the A-las-kan cave she stumbled out of, and hibernate for the next five decades, minimum.

Then she can reemerge and start screeching about the Mad Men era again. Happily a lot of us will have walked on and will be spared the recap of Tundra Twit's inane idea of 'reality'.

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The New Political Battlefields: Red Meat Base-Baiting Comment Threads

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Many of us enjoy the occasional drop into Alternet, they truly do find or write up the unusual with consistent flair and By Golly, there was a gem today.

There is some really serious red-meat base baiting going on out there.

Divisiveness is at an all time high, this surprises no one. We all enjoy a good troll slaying from time to time, and even the Twitterz can get ugly. But here's some slightly more alarming quotes from an article by their Roberto Rodriguez.

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The unexpected new locations for hate crime scenes in the 21st century appear to be the comments sections of the nation's leading newspapers, where calls to violence have become routine and through which progressives have decided correcting the record is a waste of their time. ...

One normally associates hate crimes with cross burnings and lynchings or something equally heinous, however, the shocking and unexpected new locations for hate crime scenes in the 21st century appear to be the editorial pages of the nation's leading newspapers ... where calls to violence have also become routine.

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In Arizona, exposure to constant hate is a daily occurrence in the letters to the editor or comments section of media. Within these contexts, communities are subjected to vicious anti-Mexican and anti-immigrant hate disguised as discourse against "illegals," or "illegal aliens." ... Not a few intimate the use of extreme violence. ...

From caretaker: "FOKES THIS IS GOING TO LEAD TO US'' THE PEOPLE PROTECTING OUR COUNTRY OUR SELVES... THERE'S NO CHOICE, THIS IS WHAT OUR FORE FATHERS MEANT IN OUR CONSTITUTION ..."

From Fastfreddy: "Would you rather see the citizens of Arizona use the 2nd amendment as a solution to the illegal problem or rather see the courts try to solve the problem."
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If this constant badgering and threats of violence involved the daily haranguing of other peoples, for example, Jews, African Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, Anglo-Americans or any other identifiable group, it is assumed, per the newspaper's comment guidelines, that they would never make it into these pages. (4) But they inexplicably do and thus, the media, particularly letters to the editor sections, have become what I refer to as hate crime scenes.

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Seriously??!! Years ago I had a sock at Stormfront, one of the most hateful places on the above ground internetz or the Undernet … but to see the same brand of xenophobic, racist hate bandied about in places/comment threads my 16 year-old niece stumbles over every day?!

Unacceptable. We have to have some semblance of civilization, here. There have to be adults in the room, adults in the comment threads and adults in the pundit seats.

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This isn't sports, when the Red Sox lose another shot at the pennant, we wail and moan and curse … then recalibrate for next season.

This is politics. It is real life. I wasn't kidding earlier, it has become blood sport. It will kick you in the gut, the soul and the wallet if you let the apathy win and don't get to the polls and cast your vote, and raise your voice for the right progressive choices.

It's this bad, people. Schismatic is not too embellished a term, Maddow had the right of using it to describe just what the Tea Party hath wrought.

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And now … the GOP War On Women Turns To Verified Rape Victims

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What would Maya Angelou say?

George Will coming out of the closet as a rape apologist should have been warning that the camo is coming off the old white male faces. Have a listen to his latest thoughts on sexual violence on college campuses, catch up at Raw Story.

Will asserts that making the leap from “forcible sexual penetration” to “nonconsensual touching” is too broad of a definition for sexual assault, and denigrates the “doctrine that the consent of a female who has been drinking might not protect a male from being found guilty of rape,” worrying about the costs of litigation for the universities and the reputations of college men accused of assault.

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Worse?!? The existence of a backlog of rape kits that should humiliate SCROTUS itself. The offensive, unjust, rapidly-accumulating numbers and the systemic devaluation of finding justice for one of the most heinous crimes man can commit are shocking.

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Anyone who has seen an episode of Law & Order S.V.U. knows how critical a rape kit is to a case.

And underneath that legal case is a woman, a rawly, recently broken woman, who knows that the precious shreds of DNA taken from her in painful, violating ways may be the only clues a jury will take seriously enough for her to find justice. And any hopes of knitting that shattered life back together.

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You're 24 years old and in Tennessee, far as can be from a Hollywood set and that much more embarrassing because you know everyone in that little town and they know you. Collecting leftover semen and skin scrapings from under your raw, torn fingernails all happened in a fog, but you were repeatedly told by someone like Detective Olivia (goddess forfend as kind and a female at all) that this was EVIDENCE.

Your body is a crime scene. That is a reality that has been experienced by far too many women to ponder without a rage response. Girls and women of all ages, brought in by police of family, or having somehow gathered the inner strength to commit to doing the ultimate Walk of Shame and report a sexual assault with the intent to prosecute.

With great relief you watch the technicians finish your rape kit, and are congratulated for having chosen to stand up and fight back.

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Then, crickets. The big cricket chorale of We Don't Care. The young Ronan Farrow of MSNBC afternoon earnestness, gave the absurd and disgusting rape kit backlog story a slot in his 'Call To Action' series this summer, a worthy cause.

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Prepare to be more outraged that usual, and there's more in a shocking second segment.

And he then he and guests tell us of The Hundreds Of Thousands, yes I said Hundreds Of Thousands of backlogged rape kits lying around in storage.

GOP: shock and rage would be the appropriate response. Not cutting, cutting cutting every service that might help anyone other than the 1%. Not making women invisible and their justice meaningless.

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Scarborough Fires Up New Fake Hillary Scandal, Mika and Halperin Pour Gas

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There's been this Hillary Clinton story running quietly under the radar for a few weeks, and I had really hoped not to report on it - because it's from 1975, and it's bad enough that we are going to have to re-litigate the Entire Nineties between now and the Big Dance in 2016.

I respect Ezra Klein, and what he is doing over at Vox. He'd baited a good hook in June for this story, I'm thinking Ezra makes fly-fishing sparklers for a hobby … but Hillary didn't bite until the 4th of July. The Vox article is here, and the rather damning audio that you might be hearing Over and Over and Over for a while.

Morning Schmoe poured some kerosene and tried to strike a match.

The Twitterz got slimed:

Even if you are Hillary's Biggest Fan and think she can do no wrong, it is cringe-worthy audio, there's no way around it. She was young, had no idea she was anywhere near a hot mic, and was recorder laughing about a rapist's lie detector test. That can't be made pretty.

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But it can be deescalated. But it should be stopped in its tracks as the Next Great Hope for 1600 Pennsylvania Ever Agin' of the GOP, with New Tea and Koch backing.

Limpbaugh, Hannity, Rove, Dick Morris … they all lie in wait. To trash, burn and pretty much annihilate former FLOTUS/Senator/Presidential Candidate/Secretary Hillary long before she even announces a 2016 run. [They think they have a Bush in their hands, right? Like a pathetic ace up their Old White Imperialist Koched Up sleeves. Balderdash.]

Morning Mika and Schmoe pounced on the opportunity for some Clinton Bashing. And a Hate Radio voice was right there to harmonize, an " @SteveMTalk " … a look at his Tweeter feed and Breitbart loyalties would indicate that this is Right Wing Nut Job with Schmoe's ear.

Ezra's interview, above, in the live opening hour was kind of Enh. Young Sam Stein didn't ever get terribly exorcised. I'm just about to relax and maybe have a cup of Earl Grey if the hubs would take my text … and damned if Joe doesn't pop back up and Halperin is Tweeting ...

… and Oh My GOD There's A New Clinton Hysteria Moment. Mika had a fifth of vodka at hand, that went flying onto the fire within seconds.

There's a little bit of [honestly: regrettable and unfortunate for all] audio from Arkansas in 1975, you see, where then public defender Clinton was trying to get a child rapist off at trial - a case she has repeatedly said she was obligated to do.

However. A NY Times take on the matter included the detail that Clinton allegedly 'took the case as a favor' from someone at that time, because the client had requested a female attorney. That was brought up as some kind of condemnation when Schmoe and Mika brought the story back to the front of the line after the 8:30 schmutz.

Ezra Klein had misspoken, the girl was 12 rather than 15 … the young woman who had so tragically been raped by the man Clinton was assigned to defend as a public, Legal Aid type of attorney she was in 1975. In her Twenties. Which she reiterated on July 4th, catch the somewhat stilted response in the messnbc video, above.

"Well, now," bloviated Joe, "That completely changes the Conversation", his eyes light up, Mika's eyes are already burning with that odd Clinton Derangement à La Mika only she seems to possess, and Mark Halperin clearly has a woody under that table and has already Tweeted his self-ordained truth on the topic.

Don't let them have this one, fellow liberals. Because if Morning Joe is selling it, Fvx Nation will be buying it by prime time and then Fireworks and Finale on getting the 1975 story to stick to Hillary this early.

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Pink-Hoodie Joe even used his 'What did we learn today?' pithy moment to bring the headline back - he's going to be running with this one, folks. And Mika already has a Loaded-for-Hillary shotgun.

The woman's book tour has had its share of in artful moments, and this may be filed as one of those awkward Hillary shudder numbers.

But if we allow Joe Scarborough and Mark Halperin to Change This Conversation - we should turn in our Atheist Pinko Commie Kenyan Soshulist Heathen Cards.

 

Our friend Mel Neuhaus, @acehanna54 had the perfect artwork for this gaggle, huge thanks for sharing, Mel.

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Bridgegate Redux? Christie Scandales Resurge with the Pulaski Skyway

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The Pulaski Skyway … whimsical name, and possibly one which will put a period to Guv'nah Chris I Know Nothing Christie and his Sweet Sixteen Ambitions.

It's a crumbling 'skyway bridge' that connects the pitiable state of New Jersey roads to the larger Hudson-crossing network and is also partially under the purview of Port Authority oversight - because Port Authority toll monies were commandeered and used for it's renovation allocation.

Crying shame, too, only yesterday an MSNBC crawl whispered that Gov. Bridgegate was coming up on former Secretary Hillary Clinton in the early Iowa polling.

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Thus, the New York Times has another Bridgegate in Jersey scandal for Chris Christie to enjoy, featured on the pages of his morning paper of record.

Can you feel this size of our grins? GottaLaff's reporting on The Big Guy's antics has been superb, read about his 2014 Greatest Bridgegate Hits here, of his latest scandal-deterrant-behavior here, and find a great summation of the scandal history at this Carnival link.

Weekend rumblings about a new scandal - about an entirely different bridge, the Pulaski Skyway - proved not to break over the weekend, but Election Tuesday was another story. From the Times.

Investigations into the Christie administration and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey have zeroed in on possible securities law violations stemming from a $1.8 billion road repair agreement in 2011, according to people briefed on the matter.

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While the inquiries were prompted by the apparently politically motivated lane closings at the George Washington Bridge last year, these investigations center on another crossing: the Pulaski Skyway, the crumbling elevated roadway connecting Newark and Jersey City. They are being conducted by the Manhattan district attorney and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Again and again, Port Authority lawyers warned against the move: The Pulaski Skyway, they noted, is owned and operated by the state, putting it outside the agency’s purview, according to dozens of memos and emails reviewed by investigators and obtained by The New York Times.

The Pulaski Skyway, seen from Jersey City, is owned by the State of New Jersey, but the Port Authority is funding repairs. Credit Kirsten Luce for The New York Times

The Pulaski Skyway, seen from Jersey City, is owned by the State of New Jersey, but the Port Authority is funding repairs. Credit Kirsten Luce for The New York Times

Kind of sad [read mockable and delightful, he seems such a deeply mean pol it's hard not to find some satisfaction as his web of lies is picked apart] that he only yesterday managed 9 whole innings of a charity softball game, the awkward footage could be used against him.

The New Jersey Record did excellent corruption-led reporting in March, catch it here for background. And juicy emails.

Morning Joe Schmoe Scarborough and two Republican Cohorts tried to gloss over Bridgegate Deux. Not shocking, shocking - but annoying, annoying.

As Christie heads into Bridgegate Redux, Pulaski Skyway Edition, as Laffy and Maddow are wont to advise, "Watch this space."

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Lurching Right, Chris Christie Enlists for the Mythical 'War On Drugs'

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Ohhhhh, Chris.

Chris 'I Know Nothing' Christie has taken the ignorance down a notch. This time:  the Evil Weed.

Is he expecting to get into a brawl with libertarian RWNJ Rand Paul, Paul the Younger? It's a Saint Reagan position, and a total throwback to the Nixon years. Clearly, The Big Guy is Running.

New Jersey only legalized medical marijuana under the last Democratic governor John Corzine in 2009, the numbers of grateful enrollees means nada to the New Guv'nah of Joisey … he has already ruled out Evil Legalization. Anything to do with upcoming primaries? You decide.

Declaring that 'low medical marijuana enrollment' by the pitiable people of New Jersey is clearly a window to the gateway of horrors that legalization 'will bring' just earned you some Regressive Asshat points. It's manure logic for starters.

"[What] There's a huge demand for is marijuana. Not medical marijuana," Christie said on his monthly radio broadcast earlier this week. "Because when we run a medically based program, you don't see the demand."

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But it is one of the first hard moves toward the hard Right, the Tea-ban Fringe, that of recent decades a clear signal for Primary Participation. Guess Bridgegate was just a blip on his radar.

Alternet covered this  factually and amusingly well, so am excerpting a couple salacious quotes for your enjoyment below. Groan along with if you like.

But patients, medical marijuana advocates and lawmakers say that New Jersey’s laws are to blame for the low enrollment. They point to strict regulations, outrageous costs and few medical professional willing to write prescriptions in the state. They say Christie's lack of involvement in enhancing participation is also partially to blame for low enrollment in the program.

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And now watch Christie magically shrink himself into a Teabagger.  Only earlier in 2014 on CNN,  he had told the mother of an epileptic chid that he would be sensitive to her and other parents' and patients medical cannabis needs. In just an April Town Hall in Sayerville, he implied he was open to edible medical marijuana options for those 18 years old and over

How charitable of him.  He's known for his compassion locally, I understand. {Guffaw away.}

Christie said that the medical marijuana program is not being used only to help sick patients, as it was intended, but as a political tool to legalize recreational marijuana in the state. He chided the dispensary owners: "If this was a medical program, what's everybody worried about making money for?”

"This program and all these other programs, in my mind, are a front for legalization,” he insisted.

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Bridgegate still has you twitchy, doesn't it? The Jimmy Fallon Dance Exhibition was a red flag, catch Laffy's witty reporting on that pitiful display at this link … once you've dragged the host of the Tonight Show through that fun cave underneath your crotch in a Doo Wop move, we assume you're planning on attending The Big Dance in 2016.

Launching a war on sick kids and those with debilitating chronic illnesses sounds about right for a GOP.Tea 2016 launch move.

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