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Paul Broun (STFU-Ga) says Jesus will tell him where to go. So will we.

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Politico posted an interesting remark by Paul Broun (STFU-Ga), the wingiest of wingnuts from Georgia who just lost a primary election bid for a seat in the U.S. Senate. Did I say "interesting"? I meant grating.

Rep. Jack Kingston and businessman David Perdue will duke it out in a run-off. Then the winner will oppose Democrat Michelle Nunn in the general election.

What's that? You're not familiar with Paul Broun (scroll)? Allow me:

Both Kingston and Perdue are going after Broun for an endorsement. Gee, who wouldn't want someone as level-headed and rational as Broun vouching for him? In fact, Kingston wanted one up close and personal, requesting to "sit down and talk" to him. Here's what Paul Broun had to say about that:

Broun is willing to talk, but he’s not sure at the moment if he’ll endorse either candidate.

“I will sit down and talk with them,” Broun said Thursday. “I’m just trying to figure out right now where my lord Jesus Christ wants me to go and what he wants me to do.”

Which grated on me. Severely. Between Michele Bachmann hearing voices in her head directly from the Invisible Blue-Eyed White Man in the Sky, to Sarah Palin's confusing Roger Ailes with her god, to Herman Cain, Rick Santorum, and Rick Perry (among others) exploiting their version of god in their campaigns, and, well, don't even get me started on Mike HuckaPreach-- my atheist head is spinning.

Religion has no place in politics. The separation of church and state has been increasingly ignored in recent years, which is not only a threat to our crumbling democracy, it's offensive, and not just to me: Saying "prayers in the name of Jesus Christ before luncheons" made attendee "squirm."

That was in response to the Supreme Court decision finding that sectarian prayers in public meetings are constitutional.

Our public officials are supposed to represent everyone, not just those who believe what they believe. Religious discrimination, aggression, or exclusion are not what the Founding Fathers had in mind.

That aside, I personally find it annoying, disturbing, and/or obnoxious (depending on the circumstances) when politicians force their religion on an entire populace, gush faux Christisms as they hypocritically refuse to treat others as equals and with compassion, and publicly express their reliance on imaginary beings instead of good judgment, experience, and reason.

Enough with the holier than thou self-righteous b.s. Believe what you want to believe, but respect the rest of us enough to do so privately:

The Lord's Prayer:

"When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. 6"But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. 7"And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words.…

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GOP Rep. Gingrey on climate change: Gov't should “put surgical mask on rear ends of every cow”

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Back in 2010, our dear Paddy (R.I.P.) posted a video of Rep. Phil Gingrey: Seniors Would Lose Care To Save Money For "Injured Professional Athletes." In that post, Paddy said, "You've got to admit that they get pretty creative when they're desperate."

A couple of days ago, Phil Gingrey joined six other Republicans in a debate hosted by the state GOP. Or to put it another way, seven conservatives tried their level best to out cray-cray each other to win a Senate seat. Roll Call:

In front of a couple hundred voters at the Columbia County Exhibition Center just outside Augusta, the candidates sought to fortify their conservative credentials on immigration, the Second Amendment, abortion and what can be done to improve confidence in the economy.

Wait. Didn't we recently hear that Republicans were backing away from issues like abortion and gay rights because they were losers with voters? So much for that. And so much for that Big Outreach Effort they insist is mandatory in order to win elections. But I digress. Back to the Whacko Zone...

Rep. Jack Kingston, trying to make a case for electing creaky old DC insiders, said “I’m not going to apologize for being a long-term soldier fighting for the conservative cause." Since when has he ever apologized for anything? Moving on.

And anti-immigration (there's that outreach thing again), anti-John Boehner (there's that Republicans Eating Their Own thing again) Rep. Paul Broun decided he would “die for your right” to carry a lethal weapon. Note to Broun: Innocent people die because of such irrational reverence for killing machines.

But the big winner of the Questionable Sanity Award goes to Rep. Phil Gingrey:

Gingrey highlighted his three decades as an OB-GYN to prove he was no professional politician, noting he has delivered 5,200 babies. On government regulations meant to curb climate change, Gingrey quipped that maybe the government should “put a surgical mask on the rear ends of every cow” to stop the release of methane.

Speaking of face coverings, how about a soundproof surgical mask that covers the speaking end of every right wing radical?

Note to Gingrey: Regulations keep us alive by protecting us from poisons in our food, air, and water. Or perhaps you'd prefer Chinese milk laced with melamine instead?

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AUDIO-- Rep. Paul Broun: Georgia will only go Democratic if "all these illegal aliens" get to vote

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Note: Apparently the audio code is messed up, so please follow the link below for audio.

Georgia Rep. Paul Broun said the following on a local radio show, via the Hill:

"It only helps the Democrats if we legalize all these illegal aliens in this country who the Democrats want to put on federal welfare programs, and actually they're on federal welfare programs today. The Democrats want to make them all basically dependent on the federal government so they can continue their radical, big government agenda. They want to get people so that they're looking to for bigger and bigger government.

"The only way Georgia's going to change is if we have all these illegal aliens in here in Georgia, give them the right to vote. It would be morally wrong, it would be illegal to do so, under our current law. Actually, all these illegal aliens are getting federal largesse and taking taxpayers' dollars. And that's the only way that this state is going to become Democratic again, in the next number of decades."

One: Hey Paul Broun, they are not "illegal aliens," they are people. People who are trying to make it. People with families. People who pay taxes. People who scrub other people's toilets and take care of other people's kids. People who are kids themselves, trying to get an education so they can contribute to society responsibly, unlike yourself. People who scare the crap out of you, because without their votes, you and what's left of your party are toast.

Two: STFU.

Three: If you, Paul Broun, are fundraising off of this kind of disgraceful disparagement, then it is you who is the moocher, the taker, benefiting politically on the backs of those who are struggling to make a better life for themselves. Without them, this country's economy would sink. By the way, genius, check out the image at the top of this post.

Here are all our Paul Broun posts if you want to read more about this brainless, soulless, compassion-less, racist ignoramus.

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Poll-itics: Former Sen. Max Cleland (D-GA) could win in Georgia

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Senator Cleland in Crawford, Texas in 2004. Mr. Cleland was attempting to deliver a letter to George W. Bush asking that attack ads on John Kerry’s Vietnam service be stopped.)

A new report by Public Policy Polling tells us that Georgia Democrats might have a real shot at making the Senate race competitive next year. The potential candidates include 5 Republicans (Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey, Karen Handel, Jack Kingston and Tom Price) and 3 Democrats (John Barrow, Jason Carter, and Max Cleland):

Cleland is the only person in the whole bunch who has more than 50% statewide name recognition, with 48% of voters rating him favorably to 29% with an unfavorable view.

If Cleland could be coaxed into the race he would start out  with a lead over every Republican we tested him against. He's up 1 against Price, 3 against Kingston, 5 against Gingrey, and 7 against Broun and Handel.

Rep. Paul Broun is the guy who said evolution, embryology and Big Bang theory are “lies straight from the pit of hell.”

In 2002, Saxby Chambliss (who is retiring) ran this ad juxtaposing Max Cleland, a triple amputee and Vietnam war veteran, to a picture of Osama Bin Laden. It worked. Chambliss won Cleland's seat and the GOP took control of the Senate:

Wiki:

Upon urging from Karl Rove and the Bush administration who viewed the Democratic party of Georgia as vulnerable, Chambliss ran for the Senate in 2002, facing freshman Democratic incumbent Max Cleland. Chambliss's political career would have likely ended if he hadn't run for the Senate...

A toast to a Cleland Comeback. Cheers!

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VIDEO- GOP Rep. Paul Broun: Evolution, embryology and Big Bang theory are "lies straight from the pit of hell."

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Georgia Republican Rep. Paul Broun is running unopposed by any Democrat in the coming election. He recently gave a supposedly off-the-record speech at a sportsman's banquet at Liberty Baptist Church about his religious beliefs.

This is the same Paul Broun who didn't appear to object to a town hall question, “Who’s going to shoot Obama?” (but later said he "regretted" it) and compared President Obama to Hitler.

Broun is also medical doctor who refers to himself as a "scientist." Here's what Paul Broun, M.D. said at the banquet:

"God's word is true," Broun said, according to a video posted on the church's website. "I've come to understand that. All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and Big Bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of hell. And it's lies to try to keep me and all the folks who are taught that from understanding that they need a savior."

Broun also said that he believes the Earth is about 9,000 years old and that it was made in six days. Those beliefs are held by fundamentalist Christians who believe the creation accounts in the Bible are literally true.

As you can see in the video, he went on to say:

"As your Congressman, I hold the Holy Bible as being the major directions to me of how I vote in Washington DC. and I'll continue to do that."

He threw this out there, too:

"This is not about politics."

Right. Got it. Next.

He also says he "knows Jesus personally." Name dropper.

Ironically, he's on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

Who elects these people?

Entire video here.

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Reps. Joe Walsh, Paul Broun to hold "forums" during Pres. Obama's jobs speech, Sen. Vitter watching football

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Earlier I posted reader Wiccaspirits' account of her phone call to Rep. Joe Walsh's office in which she questioned his comments about his not attending President Obama's Thursday night speech (which is at 7 pm EDT). Here is one excerpt of the office's response to that call:

Mr. Walsh does NOT represent the nation as a whole in congress, nor does he represent all of his constituents, he only represents the Tea Party, its members and its core principles. Mr. Walsh also does not believe that Obama is working and that he should be rather than talking to congress.

Then this came my way via @IanDavidB who linked me to Democratic Underground:

...E-mail:

All – Tomorrow evening, Congressman Joe Walsh will be holding a forum to discuss the challenges facing small business owners. I wanted to make you aware of this event and was hoping you may be able to attend in order to share your first-hand knowledge of these issues. This is a great opportunity for you to speak with Congressman Walsh in this roundtable discussion on jobs, the economy, and President Barack Obama’s jobs speech to a Joint Session of Congress. A flyer is attached and we ask that you RSVP with our office in Fox Lake, IL. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thursday, September 8

6:00 p.m. CDT – viewing of the President's address

7:00 p.m. CDT – roundtable discussion

Prairie Center For the Arts (in the Lecture Hall)
201 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg, IL (off of E. Schaumburg Road)

RSVP to erin.westphal@mail.house.gov or (847) 973-9341

Thanks so much!

Jeff
JEFF FREELAND
Senior Legislative Assistant
Rep. Joe Walsh (IL-8)
432 Cannon HOB
(202) 225-3711 Office

Meanwhile, Sen. Vitter  is skipping the speech to watch football.

And via CBS:

Republican Sen. Jim DeMint, who hosted a forum for GOP candidates in South Carolina over the weekend, said he does not think he will attend because he would prefer to read the speech text.

And Republican Rep. Paul Broun now plans to hold a Twitter town hall from his office at the same time as the speech, scheduled to start tomorrow night at 7:00 pm ET.

Anyone else remember when the GOP feigned all that outrage if anyone dared to diss their "war president" GW Bush?

So, Mr. President, why do you still want to reach out to these vile, disrespectful cretins?

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Town hall question: "Who's going to shoot Obama?"

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Once again, this is the kind of question that infects crowds and could spur those over the edge to act violently. Do people like this learn nothing from the Tucson shootings?

A person at a Tuesday town hall with Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga., got up and asked, "Who is going to shoot President Obama?" [...]

The question prompted a "big laugh" from the crowd, in Oglethorpe County, Ga., according to the Banner-Herald. Broun, for his part, did not object to the question. He said in response:

"The thing is, I know there’s a lot of frustration with this president..."

I'm sure the Secret Service will be all over this, considering how they sprang into action over tweets and Facebook pages expressing similar sentiments.

But what about those who though the question was a barrel of laughs? Memo to them: Assassination is not a joke, and it should not evoke "big" laughter. Then again, we should no longer be surprised at the Second Amendment remedy crowd's response to Obama-hating spew. Appalled yes, surprised, no.

As for the despicable Broun, proud member of the Tea Party caucus:

Comparisons of Barack Obama to Hitler and Marxists

On November 10, 2008, one week after the 2008 presidential election, Broun drew national attention[13] when he criticized then-President-elect Barack Obama's call for a civilian national service corps, suggesting that Obama might use it to establish a Marxist dictatorship.[14]

In an interview with the Associated Press, Broun said, "That's exactly what Hitler did in Nazi Germany and it's exactly what the Soviet Union did. When he's proposing to have a national security force that's answering to him, that is as strong as the U.S. military, he's showing me signs of being Marxist." Broun later clarified his statement by saying, "We can't be lulled into complacency. You have to remember that Adolf Hitler was elected in a democratic Germany. I'm not comparing him to Adolf Hitler. What I'm saying is there is the potential of going down that road."[14]

UPDATE, Broun's statement, in part (more at link):

I was stunned by the question and chose not to dignify it with a response; therefore, at that moment I moved on to the next person with a question. After the event, my office took action with the appropriate authorities. I deeply regret that this incident happened at all. Furthermore, I condemn all statements—made in sincerity or jest—that threaten or suggest the use of violence against the President of the United States or any other public official. Such rhetoric cannot and will not be tolerated.

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