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Dep't. of WTF: #Christie, George Will, Obama urinal cakes (!), Planned Parenthood edition

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Every so often I read a cluster(f***) of stories that simultaneously has me shaking my head, mumbling "no words..." and screaming WTF!?  Today is one of those times. There were more stories than I could list in the headline, so you get a bonus link. Suffice it to say, I need a Valium. Or at the very least, some Pepto Bismol with a chaser of Pinot.

Welcome to today's Moments of WTF. Let's start the show off with everyone's favorite fallen GOP star, Chris Christie:

I have complete faith and confidence in Scott,” Christie said, according to The Bergen Record, adding: “I believe he has great integrity.” (via TPM)

Seriously, Gov. War on Drugs? You have "complete faith and confidence" in this Scott?

Then again, look who's talking. Moving on to George Will's horrible rape column. Via Think Progress:

...Washington Post columnist George Will wrote a column claiming that being a rape victim is now a “coveted status” that college women seek out. Will argued that complaints of rape and sexual assualt on college campus were overblown. He also suggested that women claiming to be raped were “delusional.”

Pot. Kettle. Delusional. Speaking of which...

A George Will column about sexual assault, which received lots of criticism and caused one newspaper to drop the longtime syndicated conservative columnist, had all male editors, the Washington Post's Erik Wemple reported on Friday. (via TPM)

Par for the Republican course.

Next up: Faith And Freedom Conference Features Obama Urinal Cakes. You read that right. Far, far right:

Classy, guys, real classy. Remind us to point this out again the next time someone complains that we called GW Bush a chimp.

So are you ready for the Planned Parenthood link yet? I'll wait while you get something sharp with which to poke your eye out.

All set? Here we go, a field trip to WalkerWorld. You remember Walker, right? He's the guy Chris Christie has "complete faith and confidence" in. Via the Green Bay Press Gazette:

MADISON — Planned Parenthood will close its family planning health center in Fond du Lac on Sept. 25 after 36 years of service to the community.

It is the fifth Wisconsin Planned Parenthood health center to close due to state cuts in the last budget cycle, according to a Planned Parenthood news release. [...]

The centers provided birth control, cervical and breast cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment, Well Woman Exams, pregnancy testing, and HIV testing. None of the health centers provided abortions, the release said. The centers provided 18,848 health care services to 3,104 patients each year... Gov. Walker ended state funding for women who receive health care at Planned Parenthood. This, coupled with the governor’s rejection of federal funds to expand health care coverage and the drastic rollback of BadgerCare coverage, has increased the need for affordable health care options. These politically motivated actions will have a significant impact on women seeking affordable health care.”

What "great integrity" Scotty has, right Chris Christie? When you're done gagging and pledging donations to Democratic candidates, I'll resume.

Okay, here we go, today's final WTF Department entry. There are plenty more where these came from, but there's only so much we can take in one sitting. This story involves the always-and-ever-vile and thankfully-former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL). Need a refresher course on this asshat? Here you go, scroll your hearts out. Via HuffPo:

Former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Illinois), the outspoken, tea party-backed congressman who was ousted in 2012 after just one term in Congress, went on a Twitter rampage Thursday evening after being kicked off his own radio program for using racial slurs on-air. [...]

Walsh, by his own account, used several epithets during a discussion on the Redskins' controversial name, including the n-word."

Please link over for the details. In fact, link over to all the stories, because a snippet does not the whole story tell.

And that concludes today's Department of WTF.

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VIDEO: Idaho law allows attempted "forcible rapist" to get a gun. "How can this possibly be who we are right now?"

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Rachel Maddow does her usually excellent job of sharing staggeringly jaw-dropping news that make us want to scream, "WTF?!" This time its about "constitutional Republican" and State Representative Mark Patterson, an admitted "attempted rapist." And hey! Conservative Congressman Raul Labrador vouches for this guy!

Did I mention he's part of the Ron Paul wing of the party?

To add fuel to this political grease fire, his website lies about his "accomplishments."

Please watch the entire video, because the excerpts don't include everything Maddow covered.

Take it away, Rachel:

His website described him as having been a student at the University of Southern California, having gone to USC. Turns out he never went to USC.

His website also described him as a petroleum engineer. Turns out he is not a petroleum engineer, he's not an engineer at all.

His website also described him as a professional bicyclist. He was not a professional bicyclist ...he had no professional license, even though he did ride a bike...

Now, though, comes the dark part of this story, which is that Republican State Representative Mark Patterson, it turns out, has twice been arrested and charged with forcible rape.

One of those times in Ohio, he was acquitted. He was found not guilty of those charges. But the other time he was arrested and charged with rape he plead guilty. He plead guilty specifically to assault with intent to commit rape.

He did some time in jail and did some probation, and because of the probation sentence and the plea bargain that went along with it, under Florida law, this all happened in Tampa, Florida, this went down on Mark Patterson's record as a withheld judgment on the assault to intent rape charge.

So fast forward to 2007 and across the country to Idaho. And in 2007, soon-to-be State Representative Mark Patterson applies for a license to carry a concealed weapon in the state of Idaho.

He presumably does not mention on his application the rape issue in his past, since Idaho law says you can't get a concealed weapons permit if you have committed a, say, assault with intent to commit a serious felony, like for example, rape. So apparently he didn't mention that on his application in 2007 or presumably again on his application in 2012.

His past rape charge, his guilty plea means, he should have been turned down when he applied for a concealed weapons permit. And so now, the Idaho sheriff to whom he has applied for the gun permit has revoked the permit, saying basically having a violent felony on your record means you can't have a weapons permit. And you certainly can't lie about your violent felony record in order to get a weapons permit.

This is not a hard call, right? ...That one time you plead guilty to assault with forcible rape, that means you can't have concealed weapons anywhere. Even if you are a newly elected state representative. Who knows why he was able to get away with lying on that application once, and at least for awhile on his second try, too. But eventually the sheriff in Ada County, Idaho, found him out...

In any normal world, this is the part where the guy  steps down to spend more time with his family. But because this is not a normal world... because this is our world now, the rape charges Republican lawmaker caught lying about it on his gun application has launched a counter attack, saying this is all just a  trumped up bit of police retaliation for some legislation he sponsored, because he is the guy responsible for the legislation that would have put the cops in jail if Idaho law enforcement officers attempted to enforce federal gun laws in the state of Idaho.

He says because he sponsored that legislation, this whole ruckus now is just The Man coming for him and his guns in retaliation. That sheriff that discovered my rape conviction was, he says, "angry about being exposed as an opponent of the Second Amendment"...

...Do you want to know what the resolution is to the story of the Republican state representative who it turns out was charged with forcible rape twice, and who plead guilty to assault with intent to rape, and then lied about it on his gun permit  application twice, and then got caught lying about it by the local sheriff, do you want to know how this story ends?

The guy gets to keeps his guns.

He gets to keep his concealed carry permit.

After all, even though, you know, right! And lying about it. Even though guilty plea to a violent felony, he gets to to keep the guns and keep the concealed weapons permit, because, turns out there is a state law that says if you're an elected official in Idaho, one of 3,000 elected officials in Idaho, at every level down to dog catcher, if you're an elected official in Idaho, there is a state law that says the legal requirements for getting a gun permit in that state don't apply to you....

...This country became the place where the response by law to the violence attempted rapist elected official who lied about it and who got caught lying about it, the only legal response to that man is, "Sorry, sir. Here is your gun, here is your gun, sir, here is your concealed weapons permit. Really sorry for the inconvenience."

That is the only possible legal response to the guy who plead guilty to assault with attempt to rape: "Sorry, sir, here is your gun."

How can this possibly be who we are right now?

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Retailer Tesco "very sorry" (again) for their latest "amusing" product: "The Inflatable Gay Best Friend"

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tesco gay best friend dollProduct description, in case you can't read the teeny font:

"Inflatable g*y Best Friend if SEX in the City and Will & Grace taught us anything, it's that g*y best friends are in this season."

The description goes on to say, "We've had the manbag, we've had leg warmers and iPhone fever, now it's time for the new craze. Although not much can be said for his own attire, your Inflatable g*y Best Friend is ready to give you fashion advice, tell you if your bum looks big and b**ch about everyone who doesn't wear Jimmy Choo's."

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Gee, that's not stereotypical at all.

Common sense rule of thumb, generally speaking: Know when to stop. Or in this case, know when to never start in the first place.

Apparently British retailer Tesco doesn't have much common sense, or business sense for that matter. They already got in hot water and apologized for selling offensive "Psycho Ward" Halloween "mental patient" costumes which reinforced stigmatization and misconceptions of mental illness. But, hey, they were "really sorry for any offence caused."

Now they're "very sorry" about their latest offering, an inflatable "g*y best friend." They added the asterisk, I didn't. Yes, they censored the Evil G Word as if it were a vulgarity.

Via Sky News:

It comes a day after the retailer was forced to remove a Halloween costume called "Psycho Ward" from its shelves after it sparked widespread criticism.

On its website Tesco said "The Inflatable g*y Best Friend" was suitable for children aged three to four and was an "amusing gift".

To put it in the Queen's English, we are not amused.

Tesco claims that the doll was "uploaded to the website by a third party seller but was removed from sale immediately because we found it offensive." Offensive? Why, whoever would find that offensive? I mean other than anybody with a functioning brain and sense of decency.

According to the article, the "amusing gift" is still on sale on Amazon.

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AIG CEO compares public anger over Wall St. bonuses to Deep South lynching African-Americans

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Just when you thought you couldn't resent greedy, ultra-wealthy Wall Street executives more, along comes AIG CEO Bob Benmosche making jaw-droppingly tasteless analogies.

True to form, the recipients of gigantic bonuses just can't get enough, despite the fact that they nearly destroyed our financial system trying. Of course, they didn't mind accepting bailout money either. *Yawn, stretch*... millions and billions in bailouts and bonuses, it's all in an hour's work.

All this while the rest of us have been struggling to make ends meet. It may be time for Occupy Wall Street to re-occupy.

Benmosche was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal and popped out with this gem, via Think Progress:

“Now you have these bright young people [in the financial-products unit] who had nothing to do with [the bad bets that hurt the company.] … They understand the derivatives very well; they understand the complexity. … They’re all scared. They [had made] good livings. They probably lived beyond their means. …They aren’t going to stay there for nothing.

The uproar over bonuses “was intended to stir public anger, to get everybody out there with their pitch forks and their hangman nooses, and all that–sort of like what we did in the Deep South [decades ago]. And I think it was just as bad and just as wrong.

He then sworetogod that he really didn't intend to offend anyone. Honest!

Why, who would possibly be offended by the suggestion that lynching African-Americans in the Deep South and being criticized for maintaining the lifestyle of the rich and infamous are analogous?  I mean besides anyone with an ounce of self-awareness and decency.

That concludes today's WTF Moment, and thank you for playing "Really Bad Analogies."

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VIDEO: Make it stop! The most cringe-worthy interview in recent memory

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Lawrence O'Donnell:

Anthony, I think there is something wrong with you.

And that concludes another in-depth interview with Anthony Weiner.

Did you see The Last Word last night? If not, please... Watch. The. Video.

That had to be the most worthless excuse for a conversation I've ever seen on a cable Tee Vee "news" show, with the exception of any given Sarah Palin Moment, of course. It had no value whatsoever, unless you consider humiliation a plus.

When I heard Lawrence repeatedly tease his Anthony Weiner segment, all I could ask was, "Why? Why was he invited on? He has no chance to win the mayoral race, he's a laughingstock, and nobody cares."

No, seriously, nobody cares.

I watch The Last Word nearly every night, and there are peaks and valleys, as there are on every show, but this particular segment... Seriously?

Pseudo, unintentionally comedic psychobabble trying to mimic analysis, followed by endless, self-indulgent rants intended to get ratings but accomplishing literally nothing else...

Seriously?

Not so much as allowing Weiner to answer a question? No, check that. Not so much as posing a question...

Seriously??

Interminable accusations, smackdown after smackdown, out and out bullying...

Seriously??

Lawrence sounded insane and Weiner sounded like an asshole. Or vice versa. Or both. Yet I somehow found myself rooting for Weiner. Now that's an accomplishment.

And after enduring seven minutes of meaningless, unproductive badgering, I never did find out who Weiner was lobbying for. That is, if he ever was a lobbyist.

Here's the superfluous, nearly as cringe-worthy online sequel that for some unknown reason, Weiner agreed to partake in. If you ignore it, I applaud you:

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Weiner:

Bigger guys than you have tried to knock me down.

O'Donnell:

The ever-delusional Anthony Weiner.

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Students, faculty to protest "Improving the Human Condition Award" that is still going to... George W. Bush

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Who better to receive an "Improving the Human Condition" award than the lying fool who couldn't wait to start a fraudulent war with Iraq that resulted in mass death, torture, and both physical and psychological maiming of thousands upon thousands of people, both Iraqis and Americans alike?

Some humanitarian.

If it weren't so horribly and offensively inappropriate and utterly disgraceful, it would be funny. Almost.

The University of Denver spokesperson defended the decision by saying that university is "a place where civil discourse should occur." What about uncivil actions? What about uncivil death and destruction? What about uncivil deception? What about uncivil swaggery lawbreaking?

Via Time:

(DENVER) — Students, faculty and alumni at the University of Denver plan to protest when the university’s international studies school presents an award to former president George W. Bush next week.

Bush will be recognized Monday evening at a fundraising dinner in Denver both for his service as president as well as efforts to fight HIV, cervical cancer and malaria in Africa. The Josef Korbel School’s decision has outraged many at the school who fault the 43rd president for starting the war in Iraq and allowing the use of torture on prisoners. [...]

He’s tarnishing Korbel’s name in an attempt to rebrand Bush as a positive character,” said Sara Fitouri, a Korbel and law student at the university who plans to attend the protest.

the ugly bush stain

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VIDEO-- NJ GOP Sen. candidate Lonegan on "gay vote," Booker: "I like being a guy. I don’t like going out for manicures, pedicures."

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Here's what Chris Christie’s guy, GOP Senate candidate Steve Lonegan said:

“I have no interest in paying for your health care. I’d hate to see you get cancer but that’s your problem, not mine.”

Here more Lonegan upchuck:

  • “People are going to say, well doesn’t this mean a tax increase for the poor? And the answer is yes, it does.”
  • “… Medicare and Medicaid… both of these programs are destined for destruction for the next generation, and I think they should be done away with and privatized. That’s what I think.”

Now, per Think Progress, he's going after rival Cory Booker for being cool with anyone who might thing he's gay, accusing Booker of trying to cater to “the gay vote.”

Via Right Wing Watch:

Steve Lonegan thinks it's "weird" that Cory Booker won't answer if he is gay because "I personally like being a guy."

Did I mention that Lonegan is the former New Jersey head for the Koch Brothers’ Americans for Prosperity?

Here's what Steve "I'm No Icky Homo, I'm a Guy, Dammit!" Lonegan said to Newsmax’s Steve Malzberg:

As a guy, I personally like being a guy.

I don’t know if you saw the stories last year, they’ve been out quite a bit, about how he likes to go out at three-o’clock in the morning for a manicure and a pedicure.

Maybe that helps him get the gay vote, by acting ambiguous.

Although I don’t like going out in the middle of the night, or any time of day, for manicures and pedicures. It was described as his peculiar fetish, is how it was described.

I have a more peculiar fetish: I like a good Scotch and a cigar, that’s my fetish. But we’ll just compare the two.

Conclusion, if you're a conservative, Chris Christie-endorsed bigot named Steve Lonegan:

  • If you're a gay male, you're not really a guy.
  • If you get manicures or pedicures, you're gay and not really a guy.
  • If you drink Scotch and smoke smelly, cancer-causing cigars, you're straight and a guy, because no gay man would EVER do manly, macho, hairy-chested guy-things like that.
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