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K. C. Boyd, is the author of Being Christian - A Novel,: A black comedy guaranteed to take you on a wild and frightening ride deep into the dark side of the religious right. It is available on Amazon in multiple formats.

She is the go-to blogger for religion, hypocrisy, and all things church v. state.  You can read her earlier posts on The Political Carnival here and more about who she is on her own website here

The Weekly Upchuck February 22, 2014 - late!

Abortion, Contraception And Other Womens/ Issues

 

All Things LGBT

 

Education

 

Fifty Shades Of Lying Propaganda

  • Loogie Time: Huckajesus Tells Followers that Media has Labeled Christians as “Hate Groups”
  • Boynking Blech: Family Research Council spox Jerry Boykin claims Obama is “very supportive of Islamic jihadists”
  • WTF- – -Chuck? California priest demands elementary kids confess to adultery, sodomy, premature sterilizations
  • Barfton: Makin’ It Up As He Goes: Barton: The Bible Prohibits Government Debt And Jesus Hates The Capital Gains Tax
  • Zowie. Zounds. Upchuck: Matt Barber’s website warns Obama’s “Final Solution for the USA” includes a “North American Caliphate”
  • Vomitroceous: 5 Valiant GOP Efforts to Make Americans As Dumb As Possible

 

Fifty Shades Of Barking Mad

 

Fifty Shades Of Hate

 

If Media Is The Message

 

 

Israel, End Times And John Hagee

  • Nasty Phlegm: Huckajesus: ” Netanyahu is a Churchill in a world of Chamberlains.”
  • Chicken Little Redux-Chux: Dear Religious Right: I’m Still Waiting for the Sky to Fall
  • Turd Talk: Arkansas End Times-guided Senator pushing for the U.S. to nuke ISIS. No, really
  • Electioneering Spit-Up In effort to prop up support for Likud, Israel announces new settler homes. Also electricity to be cut to the West Bank
  • The Joke’s On Jew, Chuck: Many Jews, relieved to have the steadfast support of the bloc that calls itself ‘Christian Zionists’ are making a Faustian bargain. While these so-called Zionists’ public face is one of love for Israel, “on religious television, in books, and at religious conferences, this love is unabashedly presented as biblical prophecy come to life, culminating in the return of Christ and the conversion or elimination of Jews.”
  • Emesis Rising: News only if you haven’t been listening: Millions of Evangelical Christians Want to Start World War III … to Speed Up the Second Coming
  • In GW, God So Hated The World: There is no “doubt now that President Bush’s reason for launching the war in Iraq was, for him, fundamentally religious. He was driven by his belief that the attack on Saddam’s Iraq was the fulfillment of a Biblical prophesy in which he had been chosen to serve as the instrument of the Lord.”
  • In Deep Doo-Doo: 36 percent of all Americans believe that the Bible is God’s Word and should be taken literally, 59 percent say they believe that events predicted in the Book of Revelation will come to pass.

 

Politics Nation

  • Grand Old Pukers: The GOP “can’t quit their fealty to the religious right”
  • Primping, Preening, Spewing: Walker will come out in full-throated support of creationism because that is what his base wants to hear.
  • Works Every Time Chuck: Netanyahu campaign ad feeds upon fear and Islamaphobia.
  • End Times Poopers: To Understand Scott Walker’s Strength, Look at His (mostly messianic) Donors
  • Calling Scott Walk To The Toilet: Scott Walker says he consults with God, but his office can’t provide documents to prove it
  • Down Dirty Hurl: Presidential Wannabes, Cruz And Jindal, Join Far-Right Activists at Frank Gaffney ‘Defeat Jihad’ Forum
  • The Stupids Step In It: GOP still party of stupid: Scott Walker, Fox News and why 2016 hopefuls must appease wingnut base on evolution
  • Passion Puke: Still very early but for now . . . Huckajesus is surging, Bush stalling
  • Evolutionary Upchuck: Stop Whining Conservative Media, Asking Scott Walker About Evolution Is Completely Legit You’re the ones who started the Candidate’s Religion Test.
  • The Science Of Spew: Religious broadcaster says Scott Walker was right: ‘Real experts’ have ‘disproven’ evolution
  • Huckajesus Hurls: Compares Pencils To AR-15s Because Both Are ‘Assault Weapons’
  • Walkering It Back to Truther Town: Walker: I Don’t Know If Obama Is Christian

 

Religion Gone Bad

 

Sausage Makers And Their Sausage

 

Scandal

 

Science – - Or Not

  • Hurling Hairballs: Liberals are absolutely anti-science when it comes climatology and global warming.” Bryan Fischer
  • Devolutionary Walker: The Public Has Every Right to Know if Scott Walker Believes in Evolution

 

Supremes And Lower Courts

 

Theocracy Rising

 

Antidotes

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Bright spot for Dems: Electing governors in states run by Republicans

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As the headline suggests, there is, indeed, a bright spot for Democrats this election season: Knocking off GOP governors in tres rouge Republican states. Waitwhat? Yes, you read that right, we have a shot at retaking a few governors mansions in currently (Or to put it punnily, currantly) red states. Crazy huh? How'd that happen?

Well, it happened because radical right legislation signed by radical right governors is backfiring. Even their fellow Republicans have had enough. Now let's hope it backfires effectively enough to get voters to turn a few red mansions blue. Steve Kornacki cites one example. Then below that is the L.A. Times' broader take on the topic. Take it away, Steve:

Steve Kornacki, subbing for Rachel Maddow:

So you've heard a lot of stories in the last two years about extremely conservative governors and extremely conservative state legislators. You've probably heard of Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and maybe you're even familiar with some of the extremely conservative lawmaking he and his legislature have achieved.

But you might not have heard what happened to Governor Brownback in Kansas today. Lots of people have seen enough and many of those people are Republicans...

There's a race for governor of Kansas this year. And today in that state, more than 100 Republican politicians and activists officially threw their support behind the Democrat...

And to put things in perspective and how big a deal this is, just take a minute to think of how staunchly a Republican state Kansas actually is...

Just two years ago, Brownback led an effort to purge moderate Republican state legislators in primaries to drive them out of the statehouse to replace them with right-wingers. And he got his way. 2012 was also the same year he signed a controversial tax slashing law into effect. ... Brownback said at the time that the cuts would create tens of thousands of new jobs and help make Kansas the best place in America to start and grow a small business.

But two years later, it hasn't quite worked out that way. So far, it`s cost Kansas a ton of revenue without really jump-starting the economy. Moody`s, for example, recently downgraded the state`s credit rating... [O]n one hand, the governor`s dealing with the fallout from the tax cuts he championed. And on the other, he`s dealing with backlash from the moderates he`s tried to stamp out.

Steve Benen has more on this at The Maddow Blog.

The Los Angeles Times explores the phenomenon further. Brownback isn't the only one who may be in trouble:

The mathematics and political map both favor Democrats, the opposite of their circumstance in congressional races, where most House Republicans are safe and most competitive Senate contests are in places President Obama lost in 2012.

By contrast, Republican governors are battling in Florida, Ohio, Wisconsin and other states Obama carried twice.

Democrats have even expanded the fight to places such as ruby-red Kansas, where Republican Gov. Sam Brownback faces a stiff challenge amid an uproar from GOP moderates and others unhappy with his aggressively conservative agenda — especially a massive tax cut that has badly strained state finances.

I love the way Nathan Gonzales, an analyst with the nonpartisan Rothenberg Political Report, put it: "One of the consequences of doing well in an election is having to defend those victories next time around."

As regular readers know, one of my mantras is that the GOP lacks foresight. This drives the point home.

And this concludes yet another episode of Republicans Eating Their Own.

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oz we're not in kansas any more

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LeBron Is Leaving the State that Refuted Medicaid and Returning to O-hi-o, Which Did Not!

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That terrific line is courtesy a Twizzerz genius that MSNBC's Joy Reid had spotted, noted and repeated on UP with Steve Kornacki who is being ably subbed for by the amazing Jonathan Martin this fine Saturday morning.

GO LeBron! I don't get all het up over sports apart from the Red Sox and World Cup fever, either, but did think that Cleveland hasn't gotten this much press in centuries ... first the GOP insults them by using their poor, unsuspecting town as the 2016 Gathering Place of strung out General Campaign GOPpers, Tea Party Edition [and satisfying early, if you are a liberal observer ].

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Catch Jonathon and round table's discussion, featuring the question of Bo(eh)ner's lawsuit aimed at President Obama, and I'll meet you with a conspiratorial grin on the other side of the vid.

The LeBron Mania was impressive. Again, not a sports guru, but did have a few Hoya victories to cheer for back in the university day, so I can understand the excitement that Cleveland feels to have LeBron return to the fold.

You become personally invested in these players, as fans, you make them your family.

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Ironically, Melissa Harris-Perry had done a couple of terrific in-depth segments, below, about L.B. James and his unique branding just recently, which is splendid background ... and even more interesting following the news that James is fleeing Florida as fast as Charlie Crist.

The second portion has new meaning knowing that not only was LeBron 'free', he is heading 'home'.

Wouldn't YOU have fled FloridaFloridaFlorida as fast as Charlie Crist? I have friends who are guaranteed sainthood [doesn't matter that we don't believe in it!] for just spending parts of their lives in that political zoo of asshattery of a state.

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GOP Puts Nail In Their 2016 Presidential Coffin

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It has become part of political mythology that a candidate cannot win the presidency without carrying Ohio. (John F. Kennedy pulled off this feat in 1960, winning the general election even though he lost the Buckeye State.) 

We'll come back to that. But first, let's take a look at another little piece of history. It has to do with the site of the GOP national nominating conventions. It looks like there's some telltale relationship between the host city and the eventual presidential winner that should have been taken into consideration. I guess Reince Preibus missed it when he announced Cleveland, Ohio as the host city for the 2016 National convention.

In the past five presidential elections, here are the cities where the GOP held their nominating gatherings:

  • 1996 San Diego, California
  • 2000 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 2004 New York, New York
  • 2008 St. Paul, Minnesota
  • 2012 Tampa, Florida

So how did that work out for the convention's host state and their GOP nominee in the general election?

  • In '96 Bob Dole LOST California
  • In 2000 George Bush LOST Pennsylvania
  • In '04 George Bush LOST New York
  • In '08 John McCain LOST Minnesota
  • In '12 Mitt Romney LOST Florida.

Five elections, five GOP host state losses. So now that the RNC has chosen Cleveland, Ohio to host their convention and no president has won the general election without winning Ohio for a long time, things are looking quite bleak. And if you're thinking of the Kennedy exception, to borrow from Lloyd Bentsen to Dan Quayle:

Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy. I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy

And neither are any of the Republican potential candidates for 2016.

say goodnight, Gracie

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