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No, Rand Paul, "drilling in every possible conceivable place" is not the answer to Ukrainian crisis

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) won the CPAC straw poll yesterday. That poll is as meaningless as Rand's plagiarism denials.

Now he's compounding his consistently puzzling behavior with calls for "drill baby drill" as a panacea for the Ukrainian crisis. Yes, he believes that echoing that paragon of fine intellect and reason, Sarah Palin, will strengthen his appeal as a strong, decisive leader.

His brilliant idea? Drilling for oil and natural gas “in every possible conceivable place” here in the U.S. to show Big Bad Vladimir "Bluto" Putin who's boss and make himself-- and the United States-- look like the Popeye (post-spinach consumption) of all nations.

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Video via Raw Story.

Rand Paul:

“The other thing I’ve said is, that I would do something differently than the president, is I would immediately get every obstacle out of the way for our export of oil and gas. And I would begin drilling in every possible conceivable place within our territories in order to have production that we can supply Europe with if it’s interrupted from Ukraine.”

A few things come to mind. One is how Paul's idea would be about as effective as that cardboard cutout at CPAC. Why? Think Progress explains:

But some say exporting natural gas to Europe and Ukraine is a more complicated solution than these lawmakers let on. As Michael Levi of the Council on Foreign Relations points out, decisions on where to ship gas are made primarily by the market, not by governments, and it’s much more profitable for the U.S. to ship gas to Asia. The New York Times Editorial Board added Friday that Putin “would not stand idly by” if the U.S. exported gas to Europe, and could lower the price of Russia’s gas to keep customers from switching to American gas. The Times also noted that even if bills expediting permits were approved, “setting up more facilities to liquefy and ship gas would take years and cost billions of dollars.”

Rand Paul has no qualms about giddily diving headlong into the backwash of Former Alaskan Half Gov Myopia McOilSlick's anachronistic, petroleum-soaked mantra. That alone should eventually banish him straight to Facebookland, where all failed right wing extremists go to vent their deranged twaddle to their heart's content.

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Power Of Hate With Duck Dynasty

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Ah, the power of hate speech and the people who bring it to us. Does it matter who the source is? You bet.

You may be dismissive of this as a good ol' boy just speaking his mind, maybe even on some hootch or moonshine. But consider this... Phil Robertson has a huge following and he's got political clout.

Back in November, I wrote a post called: Tea Party, Jindal, Cantor Get Slapdown From Duck Dynasty And Voters. It told about how Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame came to the support of a Louisiana congressional runoff contest between favored Neil Riser and newcomer Vance McAllister. McAllister was trailing badly until he got the Duck Dynasty fellows to come visit and support his campaign. Well, damned if things didn't turn on a dime and Vince pulled off a huge comeback win. And he knew how it happened. It was the huge popularity of the Phil Robertson and his clan.

So when these guys and their wives speak, millions listen. When the speech is hateful, evil and vile, sadly it brings out the nutcases. Among the quick to speak out for their defense:

Sarah Palin immediately jumped onto her Facebook account with this:

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And she's not alone in defending the indefensible, offensive and reprehensible. HuffPo:

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Thursday became the latest politician to defend Phil Robertson, a cast member of the reality show "Duck Dynasty" who was suspended from the television network A&E after making graphic anti-gay comments and saying African-Americans were "singing and happy" before civil rights in the South. "Phil Robertson and his family are great citizens of the State of Louisiana," Jindal said in a statement. "The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with."

And no indefensible stand would be complete without wackadoo-in-chief, Ted Cruz. From Talking Points Memo moments ago:

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Thursday defended 'Duck Dynasty' star Phil Robertson after he wassuspended from the television show for making controversial anti-gay remarks in an interview with GQ magazine.

"If you believe in free speech or religious liberty, you should be deeply dismayed over the treatment of Phil Robertson. Phil expressed his personal views and his own religious faith; for that, he was suspended from his job," Cruz wrote on his Facebook page. "In a free society, anyone is free to disagree with him--but the mainstream media should not behave as the thought police censoring the views with which they disagree."

Time will tell who else will join the whackadoo bandwagon but this should be a warning sign. The Tea Party is on the march, armed with rifles and duck whistles -- coming soon to a hunting blind near you.

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Cartoons of the Day- Christmas Is Coming!

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The REAL War on Christmas has a theme song: "Ka-CHINGle Bells" + bonus Daily Show VIDEO!

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If you're not familiar with Stan Freberg (a comedy genius), then watch the video above and then please do yourself a huge favor and get to know him better. He was a huge influence on me personally, and is rarely mentioned any more. His satirical talents and wicked sense of humor were unprecedented back in the 1950s and '60s.

Which leads me to the Los Angeles Times an op-ed by Jonathan Zimmerman (who teaches history and education at New York University). He chronicles the deteriorating meaning of Christmas as it devolved into blatant commercialization to satisfy corporate greed and the insatiable global obsession with profit.

He starts out by mentioning everyone's favorite former Alaskan Half-Gov, Exploita McSellBooks, by noting her rage at "angry atheists"... as she hawks her own commercial Christmas products for all the personal gain she can wring out of them.

Take it away, Jonathan:

Despite what Palin and Wildmon would have you believe, the first war on Christmas was waged by devout Christians. The holiday wasn't a reflection of their religious heritage; instead, Christmas was a sin against it.

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Start with our Puritan forebears in Massachusetts, who between 1659 and 1681 made it illegal to celebrate Christmas. (Lawbreakers were fined 5 shillings.) As the Puritans correctly argued, there was no historical or biblical reason to think that Christ was born on Dec. 25. The date was chosen because of its proximity to the winter solstice, making Christmas a pagan holiday in Christian garb.

But there was more.

Yes, there was much more. Please follow the link to learn all about it. Read it and weep, Sarah Palin. Zimmerman ends with this:

The most important war over Christmas was fought between God and Mammon, and it ended long ago. I don't have to tell you who won.

Now because you've been good, fake Santa brought you all a special treat:

The inimitable and brilliant Jon Stewart manages to sum it all up in one sentence:

By the way-- You're upset with a department store, because in their effort to get you to buy a Swarovski crystal Hello Kitty snowman figurine, they're not invoking Christ's name enough.

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Thanksgiving 2013: A political comic's list of thank-yous

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Today’s guest post by the one, the only, Will Durst:

THANKSGIVING 2013

Ahh. Thanksgiving. Best Holiday Ever! Love it all. The fact that a national holiday falls not on a Monday but a Thursday. How wacky is that? A regular Thursday in dead solid center fall. Where the weather could be 80 and sunny or 20 and snowing. Or, in certain parts of the Midwest, both.

Love the fact that its all about food, family, friends and football. 4 of the 5 Fs. Remain seriously amused by the winking obsessive conspiracy that binds an entire nation together concerning the specifics of the ritual burning of a large flightless bird. Free range. Brine. Air chill. To stuff or not to stuff. Seriously, is that the question?

You’d have to be a third stage tertiary Grinch not to love a parade featuring 80-foot helium filled balloons. Snoopy bouncing off a light pole. Ending with the season’s first appearance of the corpulent bearded one in the scarlet suit.

Don’t forget the silly creeping madness of Black Friday, which now begins early Thursday and threatens to encompass the entire week. People camping out for days. To save, what… six bucks? But for those tented hours, they are adventurous pioneers. Marvel Super Consumers.

And love the way that though this pageant of greed and gluttony lasts 4 whole days, when all is said and done, even amidst the drunken family brawling, sometimes moments for reflection can still be found. And you can bet that this round- headed political comic has much to be thankful for. Among them being:

--The 113th Congress, which has the unique ability to make hysterical lunacy seem so ordinary.
--Barack Obama for finally making the Presidency mock-worthy again.
--Sarah Palin who refuses to shut up no matter how tightly irrelevancy embraces her.
--Vice President Joe Biden for gaining immeasurable respect just by shutting up.
--The Cheney family who apparently feel about each other the same way the rest of us do.
--Ted Cruz for not only grabbing the national right- wing nut job baton from Michele Bachmann but waving it high.
--Pope Benedict for his inability to hide a scowl whenever Pope Francis does… anything.
--Chris Christie for so generously providing such a large target rich environment.
--The Tea Party for waving their arms in the air like they just don’t care.
--Alec Baldwin for truly embodying the phrase… “he who lives by the sword, dies swallowing the sword.”
--Mitt Romney for disappearing so completely, we’re left to wonder if he really ever existed at all.
--John Boehner, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell for their strict adherence to the musical advice, “don’t go changing.”
--ObamaCare because who can’t appreciate a website rollout that “could have gone smoother.” An anvil studded with titanium spikes could have rolled smoother.
--Walter White for altering the calculus of what it means to go out on your own terms.
--The NRA and the NSA for just being themselves.
--Anthony Weiner for his series of continuing comebacks. May he experience many more.
--Rob Ford for proving that California is not the source of all political wackiness in the world.
--The GOP, waging an internal war for it’s very soul. GOP Soul. Short book. Put it on the shelf right next to Barack Obama Leadership Skills. Paula Deen at the Apollo.
--Vladimir Putin for proving that Toronto is not the source of all political wackiness in the world.

Will Durst’s new one- man show “BoomeRaging: From LSD to OMG” in its final 3 Tuesdays at the Marsh. San Francisco. Through December 17th. themarsh.org Or willdurst.com to find his calendar.
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Video- Fox News Sunday: Half Gov McDuhalot Palin On Filibuster "Distraction"

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What's with the foofy hair?

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Video- Bill Maher Acts Out Pope v. Palin: ‘Listening to You, I’m Reconsidering My Stance on Birth Control’

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Only Bill. Via.

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