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A-Las-kan Representative Don Young Caught Manhandling a Staffer


Representative Don Young (R-AK) grabs and twists the arm of a staffer on the Hill … and it is all cleverly caught on tape.

MSNBC's Chris Hayes had a fine exposè … with incriminating footage of the GOP Brute from A-las-ka Don Young. It's not pretty, the Regressive Right Caveman tendencies, particularly when they are played out live and sensibly recording of the video.

Rep. Young  was suitably shamed into a bland apology. Excerpt from Politico.

Rep. Don Young has apologized for grabbing the arm of a congressional staffer at the Capitol.
His response came after a photo and video surfaced of the Alaska Republican forcefully holding the arm of a congressional aide on Thursday. Roll Call reported that the staffer tried to prevent the congressman from entering a GOP meeting through a side door. After holding his arm for several moments, Young let go and entered the meeting.


I wonder if the balcony was too far away to threaten the staffer with?

Chris Hayes went All In on Congressman Caveman Young.

The following public comment summed it up.

Rusty Swan of The National Judicial College, a native A-las-kan. Guess it was a very good thing that Young wasn't open-carrying … no doubt his pal Sarah Palin has encouraged firearms for those sticky Congressional

As a fellow Alaskan, I totally agree. He, like Ted Stevens in his final years, has become an embarrassment to the state.

By 8:00 p.m. EST, Chris Hayes went All In on the shameful acts of Rep. Young just twelve hours after Morning Schmoe et al framed the criticism …

The majority of Regressive Right A-las-ka had better enroll in etiquette studies. That would be a killer reality show for the  SyFy Channel.

A comment on the story at a forum sums it up with panache:

Rep. Don Young (R) Alaska twists staffers arm causing pain on purpose caught on video
It is apparent to me he was trying to make a painful point to the young staffer who was just simply doing his job. They said the Representative didn't like anyone telling him what he could and couldn't do. He tried to play it off like he got caught off guard by some unknown person. The video is very telling.

It is representatives like these that we have in our ranks that think nothing of hurting someone physically because they feel that person is "beneath" them.
"What luck for rulers that men do not think"

Adolph Hitler


Republican’s want smaller government for the same reason crooks want fewer cops: it’s easier to get away with murder” James Carville

As George Costanza was wont to observe, We Live In a SOCIETY, here!!!!

It's barely a year since Young of A-las-ka used his tongue as a weapon, and called Latino immigrants 'wetbacks'

Lovely man. In this post Tea Party political schism Don Young's are worth a dime a peck.


Photo: JULY 31: Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, confronts an aide who tried to stop him from entering the side door of a House Republican meeting in the Capitol, July 31, 2014. Members are not supposed to use the side door when a meeting is in progress. Young was eventually allowed to pass. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)


Brutes, bully boys and women who can castrate pigs/are fevered gun fondlers are virtually gua-ran-teed to be GOP/Tea Party Celebrities.



Fox Noise Blames the War On Women for Barbara Comstock's GOP Fail


Streetcar Playbill

Under the category "You have to be kidding us or it's scary" with this foolishness about females, this way the hell wrong about women, file this nugget of nonsense over at Fvx Nation this morning.

They are less reporters of any calibre and just fixers of blame on the president and everyone who might not thoroughly loathe him, and that applies to every situation … every time … no matter what.

Particularly over at Fvx and Friends. Barbara Comstock, apparently having gotten quite a verbal assault by Dem Op Paul Begala, was whining away to Hasselbeck about how liberals are the ones who actually limit women. [You know the hypocritical, regressive Palin Schtick.]

Newsflash, Palin and Pundettes: your candidates suck. They are ill prepared, insincere, and are clearly working against their own best-interest in virtually every aspect a woman could be dwelling on and they do not seem to even be aware of the clearly reversed flow of time.

Laffy has nailed it here in the past, there's a zombie,'zombette' Stepford-esque quality to an alarming number of conservative spokes-pundettes, political candidates all over this country and certainly amongst Fox Watchers that cannot be missed.

Part denial, part lockstep? It's the worrying combination of fear and distaste you get whenever Elizabeth Hasselbeck opens her mouth. Or worse, the Ultimate Blonde Pin-Up Pundette for the old and new GOP, Ann CocoLoco Coulter. She crossed from traditional support right to the Tea Party without missing a beat to say something offensive about how dumb liberals are.


Then, this.

Republican congressional nominee a victim of 'war on women'?
Jul. 25, 2014 - 4:14 - Barbara Comstock under attack from veteran Clinton operative

The following morning, Fox has it in the spin cycle. Go, Hasselbeck.

From Politico, a quote from Paul and another short excerpt, catch the entire story here, they really pump the old Clinton War Bellows over there.

If she wins, she will no doubt practice the same politics of personal destruction she and her ilk practiced in the Clinton days,” said Paul Begala, a former political adviser to Bill Clinton who has assumed the role of Comstock attack dog. The Republican, he said, has a “really almost sick, sort of stalker-like obsession with President Clinton.

That sounds about right. Comstock was twenty years younger then and overtly the Linda Tripp type, made no bones about being on archeological offensive digs for the best Clinton Dirt and must have been good at it - look at her opponents. She was also dying to be canary in the coal mine for Benghazi, we suspect she's still researching that. Politico continued:

Comstock — a 55-year-old, Georgetown-educated lawyer widely regarded as one of the premier opposition researchers of her generation, with a “wonderfully devious mind,” in the words of one reporter who witnessed her at the peak of her sleuthing — declined to speak for this story. But she is already hinting publicly that she’s itching to take on the Clintons again.
“We need to get to the bottom of the truth in Benghazi, and I will do that because I’ve done that before as a chief investigator in Congress,” she said at the Virginia state GOP convention recently, referring to the 2012 attacks that left four Americans dead and marred Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state.

"Sleuthing" is hilarious, I don't know if she has a PR guy that good, or if it's a term Politico uses often and I just haven't seen. If this politics thing doesn't work she can pop right over the pond and give the fellows at Scotland Yard a paw.


Sunday Talkers



Some of this week's talkers: John Kerry, Lindsey Graham, Peter King, Martin Indyk, Mike Rogers, Ron Dermer, Maen Karikat, Ted Cruz, Robert Menendez, Bob Corker, Diane Feinstein, Chuck Hagel, and Luis Gutierrez.

Please read about this week's Sunday talkers on Politico.


"The Pitchforks Are Coming for the Millionaires", says Zillionaire to Politico



Mike Allen swung by MSNBC to tell us just how up front even a center-leaning outfit like Politico is featuring on the stars of the new American plutocracy. Or oligarchy. The folks you see on the business end of a briskly waving pitchfork.

Personally, the Koch Broz. seem more like oligarchs, but that may because I always picture them in crowns that would put the ones adjacent to the Great Tower of London in the shade.

That's why they, the 1%er oligarchy plutocrats like the Koch Sons-a'-Bitches Brothers are so easy for us pitchfork wielders to find … they're large and sparkly. And probably slow.


Image, Cagle Cartoons

Image, Cagle Cartoons

Give a gander to mogul and model of American capitalism, Nick Hanauer. He kinda sorta helped blow up Amazon. And he's the one saying "I see pitchforks."


The actual article over at Politico is worth the read, excerpted here for a quickie.

Memo: From Nick Hanauer
To: My Fellow Zillionaires
You probably don’t know me, but like you I am one of those .01%ers, a proud and unapologetic capitalist. I have founded, co-founded and funded more than 30 companies across a range of industries—from itsy-bitsy ones like the night club I started in my 20s to giant ones like, for which I was the first nonfamily investor. Then I founded aQuantive, an Internet advertising company that was sold to Microsoft in 2007 for $6.4 billion. In cash. My friends and I own a bank. I tell you all this to demonstrate that in many ways I’m no different from you. Like you, I have a broad perspective on business and capitalism. And also like you, I have been rewarded obscenely for my success, with a life that the other 99.99 percent of Americans can’t even imagine. Multiple homes, my own plane, etc., etc. You know what I’m talking about. ...

Now I own a very large yacht. But let’s speak frankly to each other. I’m not the smartest guy you’ve ever met, or the hardest-working. I was a mediocre student. I’m not technical at all—I can’t write a word of code. What sets me apart, I think, is a tolerance for risk and an intuition about what will happen in the future. Seeing where things are headed is the essence of entrepreneurship. And what do I see in our future now?

Cartoon, Jeff Danziger,

Cartoon, Jeff Danziger,

I see pitchforks.
Now that is refreshing. A rich guy who remembers what it was like to take his first big risk - who sees income inequality.

By Jeebus, he probably even believes in climate change. And I wonder what he thought about the SCROTUS Hobby Lobby debacle.