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Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) "jokes" about blowing up newspapers

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Why, it seems like only yesterday that I posted: "House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) jokes that murder would make his job easier." Oh wait. It was yesterday:

I’ve always wondered about so-called “pro-lifers” and their hypocritical obsession with guns, and then there’s that conservative fixation on rape. Now we have the GOP House Majority Whip making murder jokes. He must be one of those Family Values types.

And now it's today. Meet Governor LeCrass, the Republican leader of the great state of Maine. He, too, is one of those "pro-life" Family Values types.

Via the Portland Press Herald:

Gov. Paul LePage made his dislike of the Portland Press Herald abundantly clear Friday while sitting in a fighter jet simulator: He said from the cockpit that he would like to blow up the newspaper's building.

The Republican governor made the offhand remark while participating in a fighter jet simulation at Pratt & Whitney, a defense contractor in North Berwick. In video footage from the event, LePage is asked, "What would you like to do?" He replies: "I want to find the Portland Press Herald building and blow it up." [...]

At least twice, he has told students that his biggest fear is newspapers. He once said that buying a copy of a newspaper is like paying someone to lie to you.

Oh come on, this was clearly just a slip of the tongue. Nobody in his position espousing his views in front of his people would utter a hostile, violent one-liner like that more than once:

Later in the event, a television reporter from WMTW asked LePage again if he had any targets. The governor answered: "The Press Herald and the Bangor Daily News."

not funny hahaha no

The video of his so-called quip is here, right at the beginning.

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What I will not write about today

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frustrated15Sometimes I get so frustrated and/or disheartened and/or annoyed by some of the news stories of the day that I can’t bring myself to write about them. Here are a few recent reports that made my blood pressure hit the roof. I am avoiding delving into them at length out of concern for my physical and mental health.

See what I mean? So who’s up for a couple of Margs or a trough of wine?

drunk flamingos

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Gov. "Remove the Labor Mural" LePage's communication director resigns

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I guess what Paul "Remove the Labor Mural" "Kiss My Butt" LePage has here is a failure to communicate. Via Village Soup:

I have several unresolved business issues that need my immediate and direct attention," he said in a news release. "I am resigning from Gov. LePage’s staff to attend to these matters. I wish the governor and his staff complete success."

At least he didn't try to push that tired old "I need to spend more time with my family" routine on us.

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Removal of Maine labor mural may have breached contract between artist, Labor Department

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I can't believe he's hiding the thing, what a petty little schmuck this guy is. Here's hoping that the artist drags him into court and humiliates him. Via Wonkette.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Critics of Gov. Paul LePage’s decision to remove a mural depicting Maine’s labor history from Department of Labor offices — and then conceal its location — continue to raise legal and ethical questions about the administration’s actions.

Michelle Small, a Brunswick resident and member of the Freedom of Information Coalition, filed a Freedom of Access request with the administration to obtain the location of the mural, which was removed over the weekend and is being kept in an undisclosed location.

Also, critics are questioning whether the removal breached the contract between the Department of Labor and artist Judy Taylor, who lives in Tremont and spent a year creating the piece. Officials said it was funded through a $60,000 award using mostly federal money.

A copy of a contract between the department and Taylor obtained by the Bangor Daily News specifies that “the artist and [Maine Arts] Commission will be notified if, for any reason, the work has to be removed or moved to a new location.” The contract then states that the artist and the commission have the right to “advise or consult” with the state regarding the relocation.

In past media reports, Taylor has stated that the administration has not contacted her about the mural’s relocation, adding Monday that she does not know where her artwork is being stored. The Maine Arts Commission has been in contact with the administration.

The final line of the contract states that the agreement “may be amended or modified only if in writing and signed by the parties.”

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