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When It Walks Like A Duck And Quacks Like A Duck...

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"Just foolin' with ya."

That's what  Representative Steve Stockman (R-TX) is trying to tell us about his being MIA. Seems the congressman has been so out of sight that even his staff didn't know where he was. He wasn't in Washington nor in his native state of Texas. Actually, the "radio silence" combined with his Claude Rains, Invisible Man act, is is quite an oddity considering in the middle of a "heated" election campaign.

Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) has barely been seen in the past month, despite all the legwork that needs to be done in his uphill bid to defeat Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas). He's missed 17 straight votes since Jan. 9, and he's largely been a nonentity on the campaign trail. But on Monday, Stockman finally decided to make his existence known again, insisting he has been traveling abroad on official duties as well as spending time campaigning in Texas.

So, Stockman's story now that he's returned is that he's been traveling overseas. His timing of this seems a bit peculiar. Actually the last time a top public figure of his stature went missing is when then Governor Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) went MIA. He too was traveling out of the country, though officially he was out hiking. Truth is he was visiting his South American mistress for whom he's since dumped his wife. But America can be a forgiving place. At least South Carolina is. They elected the disgraced, resigned former governor as a member of their U.S. congressional caucus of representatives.

Now I'm not saying Stockman has a mistress, but how interesting he chose to say he was overseas and his own staff had no idea. You'd think they would know. This makes you pause, doesn't it? I suppose if he was out of the country and it kept him from 17 votes in the House, it must have been some kind of official business. Here's Stockman's story, via HuffPo:

In comments to Breitbart News, Stockman said he traveled to Russia, Egypt, Israel and England as part of an official 10-day congressional delegation trip.

"There was 5 of us on the trip. They were laughing at the whole Steve is missing thing," Stockman told Breitbart via text message [supposedly] from London. He also claimed that reporters knew about the official trip and simply "pretended" he was missing.

Oh, those crazy reporters, pretending and giving us all a startle like that. Shame on them.

None of the other members of the trip, however, missed the House votes. Stockman said he was missing for those because he was campaigning.

Campaigning? In London? He's running for the Texas senate seat, not a House of Commons wig.

The four other Congresspeople have not yet come forward to confirm  if he was on the trip or not. Doesn't that make you a bit suspicious? He says he was with them but so far silence from his four supposed travel companions?  

WAPO:

The AP reported on Stockman being MIA last week, writing, "Stockman's staff won't say where he is. They have ignored more than six weeks of emails, telephone messages and social media posts from The Associated Press and other news outlets."

So, missing votes. Missing campaign stops. A staff not knowing where their boss is. Unanswered emails and telephone messages. Silent travel companions. Does this sound like a man who's just too busy traveling the world on official business, or more like Florida Congressman Trey Radel?  Radel was missing because of his stint in a rehab clinic. Has anyone asked if Stockman was his roommate there? That would make more sense than the stories Stockman's trying to pass off now that he's resurfaced.

I'm not saying he's a druggie and he was away, drying out. I'm not saying he was off with his mistress. I'm just saying that his stories don't pass the sniff test at the moment. And what walks like a duck and quacks like a duck oftentimes is a duck.

What kind of duck do you think Rep. Steve Stockman is?

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PhotOH! The faces of GOP scandals that won't go away

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Republicans are positively out of control these days, aren't they? Why, it's almost as if GOP scandals are everywhere! That's because they are everywhere; if it's not one corrupt politician, it's another.

Here's a visual guide to some of the most recent culprits. Think of it as a pictorial road map that's so easy to follow, even a right wing nut job could understand it. And if I omitted any other obvious GOP Moments o' Disgrace that broke over the past couple of years or are currently rearing their ugly heads, please let me know. I'm still not myself yet, so the ol' brain is barely functioning:

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DARRELL ISSA: THE EARLY YEARSThe above should be considered scandalous.

Ken Cuccinelli gifts scandal

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Cartoons of the Day- Sex Scandal Candidates

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Some Bizarre Statements from the Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference

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Whoa doggies, that's some concentrated crazy right there. Looks like Elizabeth Flock from US News & World Report put on her hazmat suit and traipsed into the muck for us.

Here are some of the strangest:

  • "We gotta put some salsa sauce on the Republican party." – Sam Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, calling for more Latino outreach by the Republican party. He also encouraged delegates to "just reach out and grab that brown hand."

    Multiracial Hands Making a Circle

  • "Immigrants are more fertile." – former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, making the case for immigration reform
    • "College campuses are indoctrination camps for the abortion industry." – Kate Obenshein, vice president of Young America's Foundation, in a panel on advancing the pro-life movement. She also called Planned Parenthood "barbarians."
      • "We are at a tipping point the likes of which we have never seen in civilization." – Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., on government spending.

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      • "[Allen West] is a real American ... We should really take something from his gene pool and put it everywhere across this great country." – actor and conservative speaker John Ratzenberger, best known as "Cliff" from the TV show "Cheers," introducing West to the convention crowd.
        • "We lost because Obama won crushing, lopsided majorities among Americans who are single, poor, irreligious ... There are people who are all three." – Michael Medved, conservative radio talk show host, on why Republicans lost the 2012 presidential election.

         

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        Really Jeb? Your mom is starting to sound smarter every day.

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        Another Upchuckable Week: The place where religion meets your rights

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        Please welcome back guest blogger K.C. Boyd. You might remember her from her earlier posts. We’re only posting part of this one, but you can link over to read the rest here.

        Another Upchuckable Week - the place where religion meets your rights – by K. C. Boyd

        The Weekly Upchuck

        Church:

        • A Day in the Life of the Family Values Gang Upchuck: Ohio youth pastor accused of sex with teen
 in church-owned house. ow.ly/kEGMK
        • Seditious Upchuck: Right wing propaganda machine incites an ignorant public. ow.ly/kIhxK
        • Taliban-like Upchuck: Houston mega-pastor teaches his manly men how to get the most out of their biblically obedient women. ow.ly/kIhD8

        Education

        • Taliban-like Upchuckable Redux: Women, we’ll teach you who’s boss. http://bit.ly/147Q34j
        • Dominionism Meets Corporatism Meets ALEC Upchuck: Yikes. This is big . . . this is scary. Read please. http://bit.ly/15wFJaT
        • Education Is Highly Overrated Upchuck: T-Rex Ted (Cruz) Sets His Sites on education. http://bit.ly/16zBcDK

        Islamaphobia

        • Klan-like Upchuck: Greeting card turns “Muslim” doll into a “Terrorist.” http://bit.ly/Ytz2mF
        • The Tie That Binds Upchuck: Islamophobia is one of the few things left to unify the GOP. http://bit.ly/11pKRMv

        Military

        Politics

        • God Luvs Guns Upchuck: Santorum loves him some NRA. http://bit.ly/18iLO9o
        • Jeezus Saves Upchuck: As one of Jesus’ legitimate “Chosen,” Mark Sanford is risen. http://bit.ly/190kmuI
        • Prime(ary)-Time Upchuck: The National Organization for Marriage declares it’s a no-go for Portman in ’16. http://bit.ly/10GB2lR

        Same Sex Marriage

        • Sodom Meets Gomorrah Upchuck: Homosexual activists go after the “low hanging fruit,” no pun on their part intended. http://bit.ly/16nPPdE

         States

        • Ten-Gallon Upchuck: BSA Texas Council votes to continue ban on gay members. Rick-the-Perry stands with them. http://bit.ly/10GB2lR

        Novelist K.C. Boyd is the author of Being Christian: A Novel, a steamy, pulp-fiction of a read.According to Mikey Weinstein, President of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, “Boyd created a story so riveting that not only could I not put it down, but upon finishing it, I found myself, like an addict, craving more.

        More at the link.

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        VIDEO: Here's your GOP "family values"

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        Ahh yes, Mark Sanford– cheater, hypocrite, trespasser, poster boy for an online extramarital affairs dating service, somehow won an election and believes that his fantasy god forgave him, so everything is now hunky dory!

        Ed Schultz:

        In his campaign, marred by violations of his divorce agreement, Mark Sanford has reemerged newly engaged to the Argentinian mistress, and he believes "absolved." But if Mark Sanford thinks that he's a "family man," he can keep pretending-- and the Republican Party can keep pretending-- they're all about "family values."

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        Mark Sanford "proved to the world that you can have your cake and eat it too with his undeserved victory."

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        Today's L.A. Times letter to the editor, because our voices matter:

        Re "Mark Sanford is back in the game," May 8

        South Carolina proved that it is possible to talk a dog off of a meat wagon with its election of disgraced former Gov. Mark Sanford to his old House seat in Congress.

        The Republican candidate proved to the world that you can have your cake and eat it too with his undeserved victory. Bill Clinton has nothing on him. And now the party of family values has a new standard-bearer in South Carolina for ethics, integrity, duty, responsibility and family loyalty.

        His campaign should be examined and written about in leadership circles as examples of how to betray everyone except yourself and then record a margin of victory so comfortable that you made it look easy. He gives public service a bad name.

        Kimberlyn Hearns

        San Bernardino

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