Monday, May 13, 2013


Bill Maher this past weekend summed the whole Benghazi "scandal" up nicely with this question: "What exactly is this huge conspiracy the right keeps harping on? No really, what exactly are they getting at?" I have no idea. Every time someone goes on to explain what the exact reason, we get some long winded, John Kerryesque, bloated explanation that dances all over the place. If you want to piss me off more than just about anything else, don't answer my question in a clear fashion. I immediately disagree with anyone who does this as if you cannot explain what your problem is, you don't really have one.

Fox News has been on Defcon One over this and the other "big" story, the IRS targeting Tea Party groups. Let me ask everyone out there some basic questions. If I am looking for racists, do I look at the Klu Klux Klan or PETA? If I am looking for child molesters do I look at NAMBLA or do I investigate the Rotary Club? If I am the IRS and I am looking for tax cheats, do I go after the groups who do NOT want to pay their taxes, like the Tea Party and Patriot groups, or Joe Schmoe at the corner store? The answer is self explanatory.

The other problem with this story is that doesn't appear to have been a wide spread practice but only by a handful of agents in the Cincinnati office. Yet the near rabid right is screaming about hearings over this because it's not like we have more important things to do like save this country from economic ruin or anything.  This is just what the American people are demanding, more hearings about a worthless subject. Unbelievable. This is yet another non story from the right who have nothing to say about their policies so they nitpick at anything they can. Do not forget, this is the same party that wants to privatize social security, destroy Medicare and Medicaid and recently voted to give people LESS money at their job. Keep voting for this assholes if you really hate this country because they will return this nation to everything it once was: an arctic region covered in ice. (Thank you Steve Martin).

You want to see what a Tea Party run nation would be like, let's look at South Carolina's equally retarded sibling, North Carolina. In the past few months, they tried to pass extreme voter suppression laws (or the "let minorities never vote" proposal), baring "incompetent" voters from voting (which ironically would probably ban 90% of their base as well),  and tried to shut down all abortion clinics statewide, just to name a few. Here's a quote from state senator Tommy Tucker snapping at a newspaper publisher, “I am the senator, you are the citizen. You need to be quiet,” Yeah that'll get you good press.

What else has North Carolina attempted? How about naming Christianity the state religion, even though that is expressly prohibited in the Constitution. How is it that the Tea Party claims such allegiance to the Constitution and Bible, but only to the parts they like? This is stupidity squared.

Or how about this gem where Republicans tried to pass a law that make it illegal for anyone to make any scientific research into rising sea levels. This is from The National Memo:

“The proposed bill would limit forecasts for future sea-level rise to what the ocean along the NC coast did last century,” according to an article by the North Carolina Coastal Federation. “Using that standard, the state would plan for rise of about 12 inches by 2100.” Scientists make these predictions based on data from computer generated models –Tea Party Republicans in the state take issue with this, suggesting that they ought to rely on historical data instead.

Text from the bill reads, “[Rates of sea level rise] shall only be determined using historical data, and these data shall be limited to the time period following the year 1900. Rates of sea-level rise may be extrapolated linearly to estimate future rates of rise but shall not include scenarios of accelerated rates of sea-level rise.”

The apparent reasoning for this legislation is that by distinguishing areas of land that could be underwater in the future would deter individuals from building homes and businesses in those areas. Tom Thompson, chairman of the group NC-20, which supports this legislation, told the News & Observer of Raleigh, “If you’re wrong and you start planning today at 39 inches, you could lose millions of dollars in development and 2,000 square miles would be condemned as a flood zone. Is it really a risk to wait five years and see?”

Recently, the North Carolina legislature passed bigoted anti-gay marriage laws that accidentally also nullified all civil unions and domestic partnerships between heterosexual companies. Way to go guys
A new bill is making it's way through their Senate which would ban any sort of non emergency health care for underage people without parental consent, with the goal of making even harder for people to get an abortion, contraception or aid in dealing with an STD. This law if passed may have the unintended consequence of making STD's more prevalent in their society. Awesome. So go to North Carolina if you really want drug resistant syphilis and a huge spike in teen pregnancy, which is already higher than the national average.

They are also another state trying to make welfare recipients take drug tests to get benefits, something that has failed everywhere as unconstitutional. You cannot make one group of people, ie poor, do something that no one else is doing. That pesky Constitution again, which you guys supposedly love. Make up your freaking mind. Even a majority of the right is not behind this one, as I am sure they have seen how poorly it has been received elsewhere.

That is what a Tea Party America would look like. They would applaud free market ideals that drive down wages and benefits while, at the same time, observing all bedroom habits to make sure they comply with the Bible and their limited world view. Is that really what we want? I sure as hell don't and I expect neither do most of you there. So what are you going to do about it?

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