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How Pres. Obama could be forced to put tea party judge on federal bench

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If the notion of a tea party judge being nominated to a seat on the federal bench makes you sick to your stomach, raise your hand.

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The thought of yet another ultra-conservative judge-- a right wing extremist tea party judge at that-- making decisions that affect all of us, is disturbing. What's even more disturbing is that Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), can do something about it... and he may choose not to. Which means, President Obama may be forced to put such a tea party judge on the bench in Pennsylvania, in this case David J. Porter, Rick Santorum’s former lawyer.

I repeat: Rick Santorum's former lawyer. Worried yet?

I sure am. Think Progress has the story:

The reason why a Democratic president would even consider nominating Porter to a seat on the federal bench is a Senate tradition known as the “blue slip.” A relic of a patronage system largely dismantled during the Carter and Reagan Administrations, the blue slip tradition allows home-state senators to effectively veto any judicial nominee to a federal judgeship in their state. [...]

As Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) has the unilateral ability to eliminate the blue slip today if he chose to, though he has thus far refused to do so. Indeed, one of Leahy’s Republican predecessors, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), largely did just that when he was Judiciary Chair and George W. Bush was president.

Follow the link for more. It's up to you, Sen. Leahy. You alone have the power to do the right thing.

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Sunday Talkers

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Photo: Getty:Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.),
chairman, Senate Finance Committee

Please see the Sunday Talk Show Tip Sheet from Politico.

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Video- The Daily Show: Apartheid is Not Obamacare

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Video- CNN: Howard Dean Vs Rick Santorum on ACA "nonsense"

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George W. Bush Joins Republicans in Publicly Dissing Jews

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Why do Republicans really care about Israel? Is it their compassion for the Jewish state or is it their right-wing religious Christian zealotry? Do they truly care what happens there or does it have to do with belief in the rapture, the destruction of the world?

It's a pretty complex issue. This week former President G.W. Bush is going to be speaking at a fundraiser. That's not uncommon for an ex-president. But what might be is to whom he's speaking. The group is rather controversial, John Hagge's Cornerstone Church.

CORRECTION: THE GROUP GEORGE W. BUSH WILL BE SPEAKING TO IS THE MESSIANIC JEWISH BIBLE INSTITUTE, NOT John Hagge's Cornerstone Church. My apologies for mixing up the two groups. DG

Yet those who have been featured and feted guests of honor at their annual fundraising event read like a who's who of extremist right wing Republican policy. Oliver North, Glenn Beck and Rick Santorum. Now GW. In my post yesterday, entitled, If Only This Was A Book. Watch The Trailer I pointed out some insane plans Bush had for dividing up Israel to bring it in line with the boundaries required for "The Apocalypse" and "The Rapture." It seems with this speaking engagement, he hasn't given up on interference with the Jewish state or the religious beliefs of millions of Jews.

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Naked Christians and Santorum

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Because of the liberal movement in the US today, young Christians are uncomfortable taking showers?

Huh?

Okay, let's go into breaking it down mode.

How do we connect the dots here? I love that game. And when Rick Santorum speaks, you better be paying attention or you can easily get lost.

Start with one certifiably right-wing Christian speaker. Add a healthy dose of ignorance and a dash of crazy and you get Rick Santorum. With me so far? Okay, Now, give him a soapbox or a rooftop with a hand full of people. That's called empowering the speaker. To be effective, start out by identifying the enemy. In this case, the left. Now you make it personal -- what the bad guys are doing to you. In this case, attacking your life.

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How? By going after your young Christians and their bathing habits. Next you set your theory in motion by getting into undisputed facts. Talk about that huge annual pilgrimage to Austin Texas where young Christian men go to take a shower. Of course, how could I forget something so monumental. Don't all young Christians start each new year marking down on their calendars that day when they can get to Austin to shower? A once a year naked get together like that needs red ink, and lots of post-it reminders. You don't want to miss that.

Where's that held again, Rick? Oh, the Austin YMCA gym. Got it. It's important to know your setting. So young Christian men assembling at the Young Men's Christian Association. What a coincidence? I know I'm getting hooked. I guess that's part of what makes it all so special. Continue, please.

Santorum: "They're willing to do it, say things in mixed company." Pause right there. We're talking about men, right? I guess I missed the mixed company part. Are these dutiful, devout men smuggling in women to the showers for untoward purposes? Now you got my ears to prick up. (No, don't even go there). Just pay attention to Rick. He's on a roll.

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Somehow the mixed company in the shower leads seamlessly to the the battle of the young Christian men fought against the British during the American Revolution. I didn't know they had showers back then. See, you learn something new every day. Keep going, Rick. Baited breath here.

We won that war because we wanted "it" more. What "it" are you talking about? A shower? Getting naked? Man, is this guy good. He really provokes your thoughts. Even the unhealthy ones.

"We're not going to give up. We're not going to stop. That's what the left has done to America in our lifetime." Those are fighting words, Santorum. You're given me a head of steam to...  to... yeah, what do you want me to do? More importantly, what the hell are you talking about?

"We have the truth, and we give up,"  opines Rick. Yes, you are making the audience truly stir with that valid point.

Then wham! You stop. That's it. Did I somehow miss the point here?

Now if any of this moving speech seems disjointed, watch it and see for yourself. This is the GOP's right wing vision of truth, justice and the American way. You won't want to miss this.

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Another Upchuckable Week: The place where religion meets your rights

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Please welcome back guest blogger K.C. Boyd. You might remember her from her earlier posts. We’re only posting part of this one, but you can link over to read the rest here.

Another Upchuckable Week - the place where religion meets your rights – by K. C. Boyd

The Weekly Upchuck

Church:

  • A Day in the Life of the Family Values Gang Upchuck: Ohio youth pastor accused of sex with teen
 in church-owned house. ow.ly/kEGMK
  • Seditious Upchuck: Right wing propaganda machine incites an ignorant public. ow.ly/kIhxK
  • Taliban-like Upchuck: Houston mega-pastor teaches his manly men how to get the most out of their biblically obedient women. ow.ly/kIhD8

Education

  • Taliban-like Upchuckable Redux: Women, we’ll teach you who’s boss. http://bit.ly/147Q34j
  • Dominionism Meets Corporatism Meets ALEC Upchuck: Yikes. This is big . . . this is scary. Read please. http://bit.ly/15wFJaT
  • Education Is Highly Overrated Upchuck: T-Rex Ted (Cruz) Sets His Sites on education. http://bit.ly/16zBcDK

Islamaphobia

  • Klan-like Upchuck: Greeting card turns “Muslim” doll into a “Terrorist.” http://bit.ly/Ytz2mF
  • The Tie That Binds Upchuck: Islamophobia is one of the few things left to unify the GOP. http://bit.ly/11pKRMv

Military

Politics

  • God Luvs Guns Upchuck: Santorum loves him some NRA. http://bit.ly/18iLO9o
  • Jeezus Saves Upchuck: As one of Jesus’ legitimate “Chosen,” Mark Sanford is risen. http://bit.ly/190kmuI
  • Prime(ary)-Time Upchuck: The National Organization for Marriage declares it’s a no-go for Portman in ’16. http://bit.ly/10GB2lR

Same Sex Marriage

  • Sodom Meets Gomorrah Upchuck: Homosexual activists go after the “low hanging fruit,” no pun on their part intended. http://bit.ly/16nPPdE

 States

  • Ten-Gallon Upchuck: BSA Texas Council votes to continue ban on gay members. Rick-the-Perry stands with them. http://bit.ly/10GB2lR

Novelist K.C. Boyd is the author of Being Christian: A Novel, a steamy, pulp-fiction of a read.According to Mikey Weinstein, President of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, “Boyd created a story so riveting that not only could I not put it down, but upon finishing it, I found myself, like an addict, craving more.

More at the link.

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