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Former W&CheneyCo National Guard Chief Warns Against Fox Hysteria at the Borders


When WaPo is going the way of one of W and CheneyCo.'s erstwhile immigration strategists about the crisis on the borders, the Right has jumped the shark on crisis amplification.

Let Shark Week ensue.

President Obama has yet to visit the site of the humanitarian crisis we are all allegedly seeing through a distorted and divisive politician lens, the mainstream media with a liberal bent. Or, as we like to call it, reality.

Where Jon Stewart is asking Hillary Clinton the tough questions, getting the good answers and all of a sudden The Plum Line at The Washington Post (and no matter how much we love us some mustachioed Gene Robinson, they are still the right-tilted paper of record for the Beltway Bubble) calls out Fvx Nation and Governor Good Hair Perry and the frenzied-up masses.

There's less of an appetite for harsh No Amnesty rhetoric that you thought, eh GOP power rain-makers? Interesting.

From The Washington Post.

But in an interview today, the head of the National Guard under George W. Bush said he had not yet heard a clear rationale for sending in the Guard and suggested it might not be the appropriate response to the problems at the core of the current crisis, though he did say he could envision the Guard playing some sort of part in a broader solution.

So no need to send in the militias? Do proceed. You, H. Steven Blum, are actually someone qualified to speak about Katrina and that hardly ever happens.


“Until mission requirements are clearly defined, it can’t be determined whether this is an appropriate use of the Guard in this particular case,” H. Steven Blum, who was the Chief of the National Guard Bureau from 2003 to 2009 and has been a career military man for decades, told me. “There may be many other organizations that might more appropriately be called upon. If you’re talking about search and rescue, maintaining the rule of law or restoring conditions back to normal after a natural disaster or a catastrophe, the Guard is superbly suited to that. I’m not so sure that what we’re dealing with in scope and causation right now would make it the ideal choice.”

Shut Up! No need to set our hair on fire and find rural causes and "bus lookout" posse meet-n'-greet-ups somewhere near a border to bring loaded guns and Tea Party wackadoo to this week? Hannity is going to be so dreadfully deflated.

And he pouts.

Last night he was primed and ready to incite. And he had Rudy Noun, Verb, 9-11 Guiliani riding shotgun.

Seriously? "An insecure border leads to terrorism?" Oh, Rudy. A New Yorker should just have more common sense than you display.

There is nothing sensible about Fvx News, and they plan to keep it that way.


O Mississippi, Where Art Thou?


Image: Salon Phil Bryant, Mississippi Governor

We're in the middle of a cultural war everywhere in this country, but I particularly feel it here in Mississippi, where I live. I know many wonderful, creative, progressive people here.

Hollywood, however, doesn't see them or have any interest in them because there's no drama in living a happy, normal life.

While the Coen Brothers film O Brother Where Art Thou (Wiki) was well made, it still perpetuated a stereotype of a racist, backward state - in 1937.

Mississippi Burning is a film which takes place in in 1964. This is 2014, 50 years later, and the Mississippi of today is nothing like the Mississippi of 1964 or 1937 - for most people except right-wingers..

I know many wonderful musicians here - Celtic, bluegrass, blues, classical - filmmakers, photographers, painters, sculptors, glass makers, filmmakers, watercolorists, and many more. We have some excellent writers here.

And then there are the 'eternal yesterdayers' - a literal translation from German for neo-Nazi sympathizers - right-wing politicians who long for 'the good old days' of being able to discriminate against anyone for any reason which strikes their fancy. They're still around and their poisonous thinking has, sadly, affected a small percentage of younger people.

The newest attempt of the right-wing 'take America back' crowd (an ambiguous concept if there ever was one) to set us back: legislation which, using the pretext of 'religious freedom', legalizes discrimination against gays.

Here's Salon's take on it:

Mississippi Passed Its Anti-Gay Segregation Bill. Will It Be Struck Down?

O Mississippi, Where Art Thou? (The real, progressive Mississippi Hollywood doesn't write about.)


That’s Like The Blind Shooting Blind.


Blind ak-47

No matter how delicately or diplomatically I write this, I'll surely offend someone. But I’m going to try to be as delicate as possible. As I’ve written before, there’s a difference on intent and impact.

Here’s the issue – the Americans With Disabilities Act. The ADA was established as a clear and comprehensive prohibition of discrimination on the basis of disability. Yes! I back that 100%.

Or did. Until I heard that Iowa was issuing gun permits to blind folks. It's right here in the Des Moines Register:

The permits allow legally blind applicants to purchase weapons and carry them in public. Per state law, any attempt to deny an Iowan these rights based on physical ability would be illegal, reports the Des Moines Register.

Second amendment strict interpretationists claim this right is guaranteed under the constitution. No limits. But amazingly, the application for a permit to carry isn't available in Braille, so the applicants must rely on someone else filling it in  for them. But have no fear, they can shoot if they feel like it. Is some sort of connect missing here for you as well as for me? We're talking about walking in public armed. This is not a case of protecting one's home... and even then I'd have my suspicions.

Okay, take a step back. A gun is a lethal weapon. So is a car. You can’t get a license in Iowa to drive unless you pass a vision test. So why should you be able to point and shoot a gun if you can’t see what’s in front of you?

Here's how NEWSY has covered this situation:

Maybe it's time that we use logic over political correctness. I feel deeply for anyone with an affliction, infirmity or disability. I just think arming the blind could put more people at risk, including the blind gun holder of accidents, minor to fatal. Everyone deserves protection, but we were not all blessed with sight. And maybe we're not all blessed to have the right to a gun.


VIDEO- 1) Who coined the term "Teabaggers"? 2) Rep. John Dingell: "'It's funny and I'm going to keep using it."


I've posted about this before, but it's always fun to revive this old chestnut (no pun).

Who exactly coined the term "teabaggers"? Hint: Teabaggers did. Conservatives did.

Per Keith Olbermann, the National Review Online said it was on Tax Day, April 15th. He reminded us of a typically gimmicky quote from a teabaggy protester:

“Tea bag the liberal Dems before they tea bag you.”

That little gem didn’t come from our side.  It didn't have to, they said it first:

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Taegan's post brought all of the above to mind. Here is an excerpt:

One more tidbit from Do Not Ask What Good We Do by Robert Draper, courtesy of the Daily Beast:

When his chief of staff shared the other meaning of 'teabagger' with [Rep. John Dingell (D-MI)], the Congressman went through three different stages of reaction. At first, he said 'hah,' then said 'that's disgusting,' and finally the octogenarian congressman reached the plain of acceptance and said, 'It's funny and I'm going to keep using it.'"

Us, too, Mr. Dingell.