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Lawmakers Advance Bill to Name Bible as Louisiana State Book

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LouisianaI wish that headline were from the Onion but it's not.

Via repost.us from our friend Anomaly at FreakOutNation:
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Lawmakers Advance Bill To Name The Bible As Louisiana State Book (via FreakOutNation)

A proposal garnered an 8-5 vote to name the Bible as Louisiana’s official state book, and it will now go on to the House for debate.  Rep. Thomas Carmody (R-Shreveport) sponsored the proposal after he said a constituent made the request. Carmody…


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American Capitalist Greed Strikes Again: Cadbury pensioners told 'no more Christmas gifts'

This is a big deal - and the Catholic Church lost! Yes!!!
Philippine top court defies church to back birth control

Bobby Jindal’s Corrupt Regime Swatted Down by Federal Court as MoveOn Wins

Billboard Slamming Bobby Jindal's Medicaid Opposition Can Stay, Judge Rules

From the PoliticusUSA Archive #WarOnWomen Legitimate Rape is the Tip of the Republican War on Women Iceberg

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What Happened to Canada?

Florida Gov. Rick Scott's 2012 voter purge violated federal law, court rules

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All you need to know about Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) in one sentence: VIDEO

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I've written about GOP Senator David Vitter so often that I'm pretty sure-- due to my ingestion alone-- I've single-handedly increased the stock value of Tums, Pepto Bismol, and Alka-Seltzer. In fact, he sickens me so much that I dubbed him "the Vitter Pill," because he's just that. Hard. To take.

As you may recall, David Vitter favors corporations over sexual assault victims; he wants to defund Planned Parenthood; he was subpoenaed by the D.C. Madam and he (allegedly) has a diaper fetish. But despite his illegal sexcapades, the Republican party of "family values" has forgiven him for his sins and kept him in office.

Too bad they weren't as willing to be that generous with former President Bill Clinton, right? But that's another post for another time.

Right now, take a few seconds to watch this video. It tells you all you need to know about Senator David Vitter's so-called "values":

Here is the transcript of the words that oozed out of the mouth of David Vitter. He said them at a town hall meeting at Blanchard Elementary School on March 18, 2014, and-- wait for it-- he got applause. Grab the Pepto, here we go:

"I think the Koch brothers are two of the most patriotic Americans on the face of the Earth."

"... God bless the Koch brothers. They're fighting for our freedoms."

Or to put it another way, God bless Citizens United, the appalling influence of dark money, the demolition of democracy, and slime.

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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.

Watch:

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Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in Gulf Justice?

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A bird covered in oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon spill struggles to climb on to a boom in Barataria Bay in the Gulf of Mexico. Photo: theguardian.com

A bird covered in oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon spill struggles to climb on to a boom in Barataria Bay in the Gulf of Mexico. Photo: theguardian.com

Well, maybe there will be some justice for this poor bird and all the other people damaged by flat-out negligence from BP.  Take a look at this story:

From Daily Kos:

The U.S. Department of Justice claims Robert Kaluza's and Donald Vidrine's negligence caused the 11 rig worker deaths in the Deepwater Horizon explosion, which sent nearly 5 million barrels of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico. The 23 count indictment accuses them of mishandling a crucial safety test and failing to report abnormally high pressure readings that attorneys say were signs of an impending disaster.

Here's the original story:

Now I'd like to know why it took so long.  I certainly hope these people get locked away for a long, long time but they'll probably just get tax-deductible fines.

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VIDEO: Gay Republican equates Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson to Pres. Obama, Hillary Clinton

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This is what Duck Dynasty "patriarch" Phil Robertson had to say about black and gay Americans in his GQ interview:

I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once. Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I’m with the blacks, because we’re white trash. We’re going across the field.... They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’—not a word!... Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.” [...]

What, in your mind, is sinful?

“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he says. Then he paraphrases Corinthians: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right. [...]

“We never, ever judge someone on who’s going to heaven, hell. That’s the Almighty’s job. We just love ’em, give ’em the good news about Jesus—whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort ’em out later, you see what I’m saying?”

This is what Log Cabin Republican Gregory Angelo said to Craig Melvin on MSNBC this very morning:

[Mike Huckabee, who may run for president in 2016] was pointing out that just a couple -- about a year ago, Barack Obama was not yet a supporter of marriage equality. Just a couple of months ago Hillary Clinton announced her support of marriage equality. So on the one hand to have democrats celebrate someone as late as Hillary Clinton but to admonish someone like Phil Robertson who's not there yet shows there's a double standard at play and that's all we're pointing out.

Oh, so that's all you're "pointing out." Got it. Your oh-so-noble intention was to remind us that Robertson simply isn't "there yet," see, so he's obviously evolving, see, just like President Obama and Hillary Clinton did! It's all so clear now! All those slurs were just his endearing backwoods way of learning to eventually embrace and love thy gay neighbor, just exactly the way the president and former Senator Clinton came around to supporting marriage equality.

Ha! He sure showed those lefty Marxist Kenyan libs and their "double standard at play"!

Mr. Angelo also apparently forgot to "point out" that neither "Barack Obama" (by the way, show the chief executive a little respect and call him "President Obama," okay?) nor Hillary Clinton ever equated being gay with "bestiality, sleeping around, male prostitutes, offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers, drunks, and terrorists."

Details, schmetails. So much for that right wing talking point, genius.

Those things must have slipped what passes for his mind.

Nor did the president or former Secretary of State ever paint slaves as contented, happy-go-lucky black smiley faces who were just hunky dory with their "doggone" abusive masters. (Psst! Phil! You might want to go back and read the lyrics to those joyous little ditties you claim they were so merrily warbling.)

And finally, after watching the above video, a few of you may have noticed that Craig Melvin never challenged Angelo on any of those points.

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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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