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Overnight: Blunt: Do I Look Illegal?



This 'Blunt' is a repeat because sometimes you have to repeat things to get them across to people who are willfully ignorant. I'm not talking to you, because if you're reading The Political Carnival, you most likely understand that the United States of America is a country of immigrants. Your ancestors may have come hundreds of years ago on the Mayflower or as indentured servants from England or they might have become 'immigrants' when we invaded Mexico (yes 'we' - the United States), conquered territory by force, and the Spanish- and native-American-language who alreadylived there had to deal with the fact they were now citizens of a completely different country.

Right-wingers don't seem to want to know anything about the Mexican-American War but here's more about it if you'd like to refresh their memories. Mexican-American War.

I could easily continue but I think I will leave it at that and post this video (sorry for putting an image of Joe Arpaio on your computer screen):


Pedophile Pastor's Most Amazing Apology -- You Don't Say


TV Quiz Show

Years ago there used to be daytime game shows on every network. They were a staple item, so to speak. It was soaps, gamers and an occasional talk show -- Mike Douglas and Merv Griffin come to mind.

One of the very popular audience participation shows -- the technical name for game shows in that era -- was one called, "YOU DON'T SAY." Its concept was to get your partner to say a famous persons name based on clues. These clues were discerned when the player left off the last word of the sentence. From that the partner had to guess a famous name. An example. "The head of a college or university is usually referred to as the (blank). The hope is the partner would answer dean and then they would guess Dean Martin. Pretty simple stuff. Leaving off the last word was the gimmick of YOU DON'T SAY.

The point of the story is that the host of the show, first Jack Barry and later Tom Kennedy, would begin show with the immortal words, "It's not what you say that counts, it's what YOU DON'T SAY."

Well, perhaps this show has been brought back and you didn't know it. But from the feverish rantings against the Christian Journal, some people have gotten the memo.

From Raw Story comes this headline:

Ex-youth Pastor Describes Felony Sex Crimes as Extramarital ‘Friendship’ in Christian Journal

The clue here are the words, extramarital friendship when used to describe a pedophile rape.

The story goes on to talk about the apology letter the convicted youth pastor wrote and was printed online at the Christian Journal. It drew such ire that a hashtag was set up and used by hundreds of Twitter users urging Leadership Journal, which is published by Christianity Today, to #TakeDownThisPost.

What's got all of these folks in an uproar? Well, despite a 2,540 word essay of apology, the convicted child sex offending pastor neglected to mention the words "rape," “crime,” “law,” “statutory,” or “illegal.” Imagine an apology of 2,540 words and somehow none of the truly descriptive nouns or adjectives made their way into this essay?

How do you apologize for committing the illegal crime of statutory rape on a child which is obviously against the law without using those words. See, I used all of those words in one sentence. I didn't need 2000+ to do it.

And that's what got me thinking. Maybe this pastor is auditioning to be a contestant on the return of YOU DON'T SAY.

He's certainly got the concept down -- it's not what you say that counts, it's what you don't say. Where's that Tom Kennedy when you need him?


Video- The Daily Show: Can't Touch This


Pentagon wants $450M for Guantanamo prison upkeep



I'm thinking $450m would go a long way helping Oklahoma right about now.

WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon wants more than $450 million for maintaining and upgrading the Guantanamo Bay prison that President Barack Obama wants to close.

New details on the administration's budget request for next year and other expenses emerged on Tuesday. The cost of the facility that houses 166 prisoners indefinitely includes $200 million for military construction work that could stretch over a decade.

The request also includes $40 million for a fiber optic cable and millions more for military commissions at the facility in Cuba.

Since he took office in January 2009, Obama has pushed to close the prison but has faced opposition from Republicans and some Democrats in Congress. Obama is expected to renew his plea in a speech on counterterrorism on Thursday.


VIDEO: Mitt Romney used to impersonate a policeman and stop drivers


The most blatantly dishonest candidate in ... hours:

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My post about the Vietnam lies is here.


Two more reasons to vote for President Obama



Yes, I'm cheerleading for the president, even though I'm still not happy with a few things he's signed into law. But it's an election year, I'm voting for President Obama because the alternative is unthinkable, he's done some very good things, and I'll be damned if I won't do everything I can to point out what's wrong with the GOP, like the two quotes below.

Newton Leroy Gingrich:

“I think an intelligent conservative wants the right federal employees delivering the right services in a highly efficient way and then wants to get rid of those folks who are in fact wasteful, or those folks who are ideologically so far to the left, or those people who want to frankly dictate to the rest of us."

Ummm. Back story here.

Ricky Santorum:

Santorum starts his answer by noting that she and her husband “have moved to a beautiful part of the country.”

My wife and I love vacationing here,” he continues, before going on to outline his desire to ramp up the American manufacturing industry.

Here's the back story.

If President Obama said either of these things, he'd be ripped to shreds by the GOP and in the press... which are often synonymous.

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PhotOH! The Mark Block-topus, son of Kochtopus: A quick guide to Herman Cain's looming campaign funding scandal.


Back story, courtesy of the Rachel Maddow Show:

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Lisa Graves (Executive Director of the Center for Media and Democracy/PRWatch, ALECexposed) emailed this link to me a little while ago, and graciously permitted me to share the Blocktopus graphic with you.

Please go to for the story about the charity founded by Herman Cain's Chief of Staff Mark Block, that "potentially violated the Internal Revenue Code by fronting tens of thousands of dollars worth of Mr. Cain's campaign travel expenses."

Block is the former head of the Wisconsin arm of the Koch-funded group Americans for Prosperity.

First, here is Lisa's interview with Lawrence O'Donnell on The Last Word:

And here is the handy dandy guide Lisa shared with me:

You think those harassment issues are bad? You ain't seen nothin' yet, Hermie Cain.

The Hill is now reporting that calls for Cain chief of staff Mark Block’s resignation are growing amongst conservative pundits and former campaign staffers. (H/t: Livewire)