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A Populace Pump For Electile Dysfunction

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It doesn't get much funnier than this -- and what candidate hasn't worried at one time or another of suffering from "ELECTILE DYSFUNCION?" This one may actually give you a boner, er, Boehner. See if the orange-tinged House Speaker knows the difference as his opponent seeks to pump up the votes against him.

From Raw Story:

House Speaker John Boehner’s Tea Party challenger in the Ohio Republican primary, J.D. Winteregg, released a parody advertisement today that accuses the speaker of suffering from “Electile Dysfunction.”

The Tea Party Leadership Fund PAC decided to back Winteregg after internal polling revealed that only 25 percent of Rep. Boehner’s constituents favored him over a generic Tea Party challenger. The PAC initiated a “two-pronged approach” similar to the one that Scott Brown used to catapult him into office: a dedicated “ground game” on the local front coupled with a national fundraising campaign.

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Gay Relationship Commitment Worse Than Random Killings

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An Indiana bakery recently refused to make an anniversary cake for a customer because the event was in honor of a same-sex marriage commitment. It was this couple's 14th anniversary -- which in my book is a strong commitment. How many "straight" relationships last that long?

Putting the legitimacy aside, this bakery refused to make the cake based on their self-professed strong religious beliefs which they claim prohibit them from making a cake that celebrates a lifestyle their religion opposes. Well, they're Catholic and I'm not so sure their religious leader, Pope Francis would draw the line in the sand where these followers have.

So we'll take that and put it aside for a moment. Figuring where religious beliefs begin and just plain bigotry leaves off is a decision for greater minds than mine. The owners of the 111 Cakery, Randy and Trish McGath, insist they've never, in the past, denied service to anyone based upon who they are or their beliefs. Just so long as they're consistent, I think they have an argument. Not a legal one, but a moral one.

RAW STORY:

Owner Randy McGath further explained, “There is zero hate here.This causes us to do a lot of soul searching. Why are we doing what we do? We want to show the love of Christ. We want to be right with our God, but we also want to show kindness and respect to other people.”

The bakery policies also include also not making custom cakes with messages related to alcohol, drugs and violence.

Well, they have their standards, though putting two same-sex names on a generic anniversary cake shouldn't be challenging these religious bakers' beliefs. It's not like the cake celebrates alcohol, drugs or violence which they say they also would refuse.

Wait a minute... are these flour and frosting tossers actually two hypocrites? Here's a cake they did make:

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Call of Duty is one of the most violent video games out there. If that's not celebrating violence, what does? Yet these cretins of cooking, the owners of Cakery 111 defend that cake of violence while refusing two committed, loving gay people the celebration of their love.

And they use religious beliefs as their defense. Bullsh*t is what I call it. Shameful that this hypocritical refusal is not illegal  in Indiana -- at least not yet.

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Lindsey Graham Accused Of Being 'Ambiguously Gay'

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gayAll politics in South Carolina is loco, I mean local. No, I take that back. With the recent comments by Republican U.S. senatorial candidate Dave Feliciano about sitting Senator Lindsey Graham, there's definitely a bit a craziness going on in the Palmetto state. HuffPo:

Police officer and political novice Dave Feliciano, who is contesting the Republican primary to unseat Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), said on the steps of the South Carolina state House Thursday that Graham is "ambiguously gay."

That dainty, gentlemanly squire from South Carolina, the one with that boyish, Beauregard flamboyance is gay -- or ambiguously gay? "Why I do, declare, how unsportin' of that kindly good-natured man, to be pulling the cotton down over our eyes and passing himself off as straight."

Come to think of it, don't ambiguously gay men participate in all kinds of "unseemly" activities? I guess when you settle in and think some about it, Mister Graham is kind of genteel. He's got smooth, soft skin and always has a determined look on his face. I just figured that it was gas -- even the finest cooked of southern cuisine can do that to a man. It's just so hard to think of him as a Liberace boy. Then again, those pursed lips. That soft-spoken, almost feminine voice. And that heaven-sent southern charm -- haven't seen anything like it since Frank Underwood in House of Cards. I suppose that should have been a give-away. Kevin Spacey, Lindsey Graham. I do see a certain resemblance. And it is a rare sight to see Senator Graham without Senator McCain on his arm. Those two do travel a lot together. Israel. England. France. Say, come to think of it, aren't those countries where gays are openly accepted?

Now all this talk has got me to wondering-- what Lindsey was referring to when he was photographed with that boyfriend of his, Mr. McCain? You know the picture I'm talking about -- the "size" discussion:

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And if it's what I'm thinking about, I'm quite insulted for Lindsey when that old cradle-robbing pervert Sen. McCain referred to Sen. Graham in this photo:

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Now I'm not one to tell tales out of school, but I did come across this home video. It's been circulatin' around the Mint Julep and Bourbon Society in Charleston for some time now. I was thinking it was just some plantation hoax, but now I'm having some second thoughts. Maybe good ol' Lindsey IS playing for the other side, in an ambiguous way.

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Fox News: Let's School The Lefties On Food Stamps

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Boy, when you want to tell a whopper of a tale, there's nobody better than the news writers over at Fox News. They can spin a simple getting a sliver in your finger into a conspiracy from the wood products industry along with the physicians and surgeons guild (if there really was one) to rampantly perform amputations to boost up the artificial limbs industry.

Face it, they never met a factual molehill they couldn't turn into a mountain. And there's no one better at pointing out these absurdities than Jon Stewart.

We all know that the recent, racial animus that our Republican House and Senate members have been espousing lately is well documented by their promotion department, aka Fox News. It's down with food stamps because it enables lazy Blacks (actually a majority or recipients are white) to sit home and eat well. Paul Ryan, of brown paper bag fame wants to eliminate school lunches altogether because we shouldn't be encouraging lazy urban (read minority) single parents not to look for jobs. And hey, what's with that awful extension of the long term unemployment bill the Senate voted on the other day? That's again so totally wrong. If the unmotivated, unemployed (in GOP talk, that's code for minorities) don't want to work, why should we reward them?

In response to The Daily Show's mocking of Fox New's biased and bigoted reporting, the Rupert Murdoch stooges chose to take on Jon Stewart and Comedy Central. They elected to "school" the comedian/satirist. Bad move, Fox. You had to know your outrageous 'response-to-the-response' was coming. And boy, did it ever. Stewart eviscerates Fox like he's dueling with an unarmed man. Watch:

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Todd Akin Changes Name, Not Stripes, In N.C. Senate Race

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Todd Akin, of 'rape victims have a way to shut down pregnancy' fame is alive and well -- and guess what, tied for the lead as Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in North Carolina.

Okay, that's not exactly true -- the part about it being Todd Akin. But it is true that his political clone, Greg Brannon, is tied for the GOP nomination according to the Public Policy Polling:

Raleigh, N.C. – PPP's newest North Carolina poll finds that Thom Tillis' support has declined after a month defined by his gaffes on the campaign trail, and that he's now tied for the Republican Senate nomination with Greg Brannon. Tillis and Brannon are both at 14%

Here's a little background on Dr. Greg Brannon. First off, he's a physician. If elected, he would join other medical stalwarts of stupidity in the upper chamber, Dr. Tom Coburn (R-Ok.), Dr. John Barrasso (R-Wy.) and Dr. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). And certainly none of those three practice medicine or even common sense. So that's not an automatic plus.

Moving to Brannon's politics. This is the true eye opener. TPM:

In November Brannon said Planned Parenthood had a secret plan to kill newborn babies. He also once compared food stamps to slavery and reportedly helped sponsor and speak at a rally supporting nullification. During the campaign Brannon also admitted to reviewing parts of his campaign website which appeared to have been plagiarized from Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY.) (Brannon styles himself as a sort of heir apparent of Paul's).

So Brannon is accused of plagiarizing from the Senate's plagiarizer-in-chief, Rand Paul. I guess if you're going to copy from someone, why not one of the best?

But look at his stands on Planned Parenthood, food stamps and nullification. If this guy isn't a right-wing, white racist with a medical license, who is? Yet he's tied for the lead for his party's nomination. Is there something wrong with him, his state or both?

In a way this may turn out to be good news for the Democrats. Ask Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) who ran against the original Todd Akin. North Carolina's Democratic nominee is likely to be incumbent Kay Hagan. Though she's low in the popularity polls, she can only be helped by running against a Todd Akin/Christine O'Donnell type of candidate. There might just be enough sanity left in the state for her (even after tight voter suppression laws go into effect) to hold onto her job for another six years.

As Americans, we can only hope.

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Koch Brothers Caught Again In a Lie -- What's Else Is New?

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The Koch brothers put millions of dollars into the anti-Obamacare campaign, and here's what they came up with for all those bucks.

It sure does sound convincing -- heart tugging. Gut wrenching. Here's poor Julie Boonstra painstakingly confessing that she was diagnosed with leukemia five years ago. Then, after Obamacare her health insurance plan was canceled. "Now, the out-of-pocket costs are so high, it's unaffordable," she says in this commercial. It sounds like this lady's gonna die.

What's a poor afflicted woman supposed to do? Damn that Obamacare.

Well, before we do anymore damning, let's examine this a little more closely. I'm sure the Koch brothers won't mind. Thanks to some fact checking at HuffPo:

Before her plan was canceled, Boonstra was paying a $1,100 monthly premium. That's $13,200 a year, without adding out-of-pocket expenses like co-pays and prescription drugs. But under her new plan, the Blue Cross Premier Gold, Boonstra's premiums are down to $571 a month, and out-of-pocket costs are capped at $5,100. That's a maximum annual expense of $11,952 a year.

She's actually saving $1,248 a year with Obamacare. Now why would Ms. Boonstra mislead us like that? It couldn't be political, could it?

Julie Boonstra

Boonstra told The Detroit News she had never been politically active before joining the anti-Obamacare campaign. The newspaper reported her ex-husband, Mark Boonstra, had served as chair of the Washtenaw County GOP, and was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder (R) to the Michigan Court of Appeals in 2012.

Gotta take her at her word -- for as far as I could throw her. She twisted the situation with her illness, using it to drum up sympathy while lying through her teeth. And then she continues to lie saying she has never been politically active while her husband has been the beneficiary of GOP political appointments. Talk about splitting hairs.

Thanks Koch brothers for another enlightening episode of "My GOP addiction to Koch." As Rev. Al would say, "Nice try, but we gotcha!"

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Senators Trying To Practice Medicine Without A License

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Here is part of the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) mission statement from their website:

FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation's food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.

Who makes up the FDA? Scientists, doctors and experts in related fields.

Who does NOT make up the FDA? Corporate sponsors, Big Pharma, groups or organizations which benefit from rulings AND elected officials.

The last one is why this post exists. It seems there are some in Congress who feel they, despite lack of any scientific facts, research or background education and training in medicine, know more about pharmacology than the experts do. Being elected for office requires no educational background and we've certainly seen way too much proof of that. So why should they be telling the FDA what's safe and what isn't? When they're sworn in, do they get a diploma from Dufus U. School of Medicine?

Dunderheads like Todd Akin, Steve King and others just don't get it. Now we can add a few more names to this list of non-doctors telling licensed medical practitioners what medications they can and cannot be prescribing.

This, from The Hill:

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) plans to introduce legislation in the coming days that would push back against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for approving a controversial prescription drug, his office confirmed Wednesday.

Manchin is working with several other senators on a bill that would target the FDA's approval process, after the agency gave the green light in October to Zohydro, which critics say is a highly-addictive and easily-abused painkiller.

Those several other senators include the Madam's boy,  David Vitter (R-Louisiana) and the ever increasingly neurotic Charles Schumer (D-New York). Each of them sent letters to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius this month, demanding she step in and force the FDA to reverse its decision. She has jurisdiction over the agency.

What is this horrible drug that needs to be halted before it can be sold?  Zohydro. It's the first FDA-approved drug that uses pure hydrocodone to treat chronic pain. In lay terms, is amped up Vicodin. One tab of Zohydro would take the place of six to ten Vicodin. So, instead of two pills every two to four hours, you'd take one pill once or twice a day. It's cheaper, its more effective and would aid people in chronic pain. It's been tested, researched and successfully made it through the numerous, stringent studies involved with any new medication.

How is that so awful? According the the Manchin gang, it could lead to abuse and overdosing. Well, Senators, so can Vicodin and other pain meds. According to GEN (Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology), the most abused medication today is Oxycontin. Hydrocodone is only number 17. So maybe you should be looking into the 16 medications that are abused in greater numbers than Vicodin. They include Xanax, Ativan and Valium.

Oh, that's right, those are the pills you might already be using to deal with the anxiety and pressures of your new responsibilities as resident doctors in the Senate chambers.

Let's not always look at the worst case scenario. There will always be people who abuse medications. Let's not punish those who are really in need because of a small percentage of abusers. It's doctors who should be the ones either prescribing a drug or withholding it from a patient. But the choice should be left to experts, not politicians. They have trouble walking and chewing gum. Maybe they should stick to improving those skills. Then they can work their way up to walking and talking while making sense.

That's wishful thinking, I know. Maybe there's a pill for that.

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