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Welcome to Another Episode of "Jesus, I HATE This Cunt".


Virginia Foxx is CLUELESS about history
Trout du Jour: Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-STOOPIT)

See her voting record on the issues. Oh, and let me not forget the "death panels" nuttery.

Virginia Foxx denounced the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes bill and in fact calling Matt's murder in terms of as it being a bias crime because he was gay "a hoax":
"I also would like to point out that there was a bill -- the hate crimes bill that's called the Matthew Shepard bill is named after a very unfortunate incident that happened where a young man was killed, but we know that that young man was killed in the commitment of a robbery. It wasn't because he was gay. This -- the bill was named for him, hate crimes bill was named for him, but it's really a hoax that that continues to be used as an excuse for passing these bills," said Foxx.
See it here for yourself. Shepard's mother was present for her remarks on the floor that day and has responded to Foxx's remarks here. Foxx is no stranger to bigotry, as you can hear for yourself here.

Now she's slated to become the subcommittee Chairperson for the House Education and the Workforce Committee, even though her work as the president of Mayland Community College in Spruce Pine, N.C., and has a voting record against the best interests of education bills for student aid (More on that here):
12/08/2010 DREAM Act — NO

08/10/2010 Aid To States for Medicaid and Teacher Employment — NO

07/01/2010 Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Supplemental Appropriations — NO

03/25/2010 Health Care Reconciliation Act — NO

03/21/2010 Health Care Reconciliation Act — NO

09/17/2009 Student Aid Program Modifications — NO
Then we have the newest bit of fuckery from Foxx's incomprehensible exercises in neck-fart bloviating and fear-mongering to try and gin up the base's fears about issues and exploiting them for political gain. During the health care reform debates, Foxx went on the record with this gem: "I believe that the greatest fear that we all should have to our freedom comes from this room, this very room, and what may happen later this week in terms of a tax increase bill masquerading as a health care bill. I believe we have more to fear from the potential of that bill passing than we do from any terrorist right now in any country."

So, adding insult to injury, she's weighed in on the murders in Tucson (emphasis mine):
"This guy appears to be a communist," Republican U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx of Banner Elk told the Winston-Salem Journal. "His beliefs are the liberal of the liberals. There is no evidence whatsoever that this man was influenced by Sarah Palin or anybody in the Republican Party. This man is not a conservative; he's a fan of communism - that's the opposite of conservatism...

"I don't think members of Congress incite that kind of rhetoric - I don't think the things we say incite that kind of behavior. And I don't know that the things other people say incite it. I just think we have deranged individuals in this country and occasionally they do bad things."
Within two days of both the shooting and her comments, Foxx's spokesman says there’s no room for post-Tucson rhetoric like that (of Virginia Foxx), adding "It's premature to address any of the political and rhetorical debates."

Unless of course you're aligned with the party most consistently guilty of employing such tactics - then it's apparently a fair call and you shouldn't be held to unfair scrutiny from those Marxist/Socialist/Communist/Goddless/Christian-baby-eating liberals and Democrats.

Stupid cow.
Liberal 3 (Stupid)

Thoughts On Building Political Fires & Crying Foul When Someone Gets Burned

In light of the murders and attempted assassination of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords (D-Arizona) in Tucson yesterday (shootings of political figures are by definition "political" - that's how the target came to public notice; it is why we say "assassination" rather than plain murder) there is a lot of conversation happening all over about the shooter and his motivations for carrying out his actions. Much is being made of it (as well it should be) and even more disingenuous discussion occurring as a means of justifying and legitimizing. That's to be expected. I'm going to try and level the field here by pointing out what I see as the larger, more cogent points of the various arguments taking place.

The first point I would like to make is that Jared Lee Loughner is responsible for his actions and himself alone. I want to make this clear before I get into the looming issue of those public figures who have contributed to the climate that likely enabled yesterday's events - because those of us paying attention have been saying for years now that this was going to happen - and we have had countless examples, reasons, and a multitude of evidence to back our claims. So while I will not lay the responsibility for yesterday's events at the feet of Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, Glenn Beck, Tom Tancredo, Louis Gomert, Sharron Angle, etc. (the list is long but you get the idea), we absolutely MUST engage in discussions about how relevant fear-mongering is as a means of attempting to get your point across. The issue here is NOT free speech as anyone who knows me knows that I do not believe in or support censorship - it is responsibility for what you say. If I were to suggest to someone that they should take someone out and that person then murders said someone, I am obviously not a murderer - I may not even fairly be described as an accessory to murder - but at the very least, I'm guilty of some pretty duplicitous behavior and that should be held to some standard of accountability. To quote my friend Peter:
"The US Federal court convicted Omar Abdul- Rahman, the blind sheik for inspiring the first World Trade Center bombing.

Omar Abdul- Rahman did not plan, pay for, recruit or carry out the first Worldtrade Center Bombing. He wrote violent, extreme rhetoric that inspired the crime. For his violent and extreme writings that inspired the first World Trade Center bombing Omar Abdul- Rahman was convicted and sent to Federal Supermax prison.

If Omar Abdul- Rahman can go to Federal supermax prison for inspiring the first World Trade Center bombing, then Sarah Palin should go to the same place for inspiring these crimes today."
While I don't believe she should actually be sent to a federal supermax prison, at the very least she should be held to the same standard - as should anyone who engages in such duplicitous rhetoric. My reason is simple: WORDS MEAN THINGS, THEREFORE THEY MATTER.

The second point I want to make is that I, as well as many others, am fed up with these public figures on the right who are consistently and regularly making dangerous, disingenuous, and incendiary statements and are not ever being held accountable for them, but are also being enabled (and sometimes paid millions by networks) to continue doing so. This does not mean being word police up or to the point of telling someone what they CANNOT say, as has been a favorite excuse of those who would voluntarily make irresponsible and/or dangerous statements and then, once called out on this, claim that you're attempting to suppress their First Amendment Rights. I'm not suggesting you cannot say X, Y, or Z - just that perhaps you shouldn't - or better yet, if you do, take responsibility for the consequences that may result as fallout from your rhetoric.

The third point I would like to make is that this shouldn't be a surprise to anyone - there have been several warnings all of which are based on the evidence that something on this scale was looming. Congresswoman Giffords herself has even said as much, after her office was vandalized and she herself threatened after the health care reform list - even pointing out Sarah Palin's propaganda poster listing her as a target in cross hairs. See that interview for yourself here. Let's also consider the town hall meeting she had where a loaded weapon was dropped on the floor.

The fourth and final point I want to make is more difficult to frame, but perhaps what is getting under my skin the most - that is the notion that there is an equal amount of this between both ideologies of left and right, or more to the point the supposition that liberals are as equitable in the blame for inciting dangerous rhetoric as conservatives. BULL-MOTHERFUCKING-SHIT on that, and let me tell you why. Yes, there are extremists on both sides, but those on the left simply DO NOT use the kinds of overt violence inspiring metaphors as is seen on the extremist right. I was told by an acquaintance on Facebook that even President Obama is guilty of using 'violent rhetoric' in the form of 'colorful statements' like the following:
“If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun”

“argue with [people], get in their faces”

“I don’t want to quell anger. I think people are right to be angry. I’m angry.”

“I know they are gearing up for a fight as we speak. My message to them is this: so am I.”

“If you get hit, we will punch back twice as hard.”
My personal opinion is that it's an unbelievably big stretch to equate these statements as being on par with those aligned with the extremist conservatism elements of the right and the tea party fringe. Quite frankly, it's lame to even draw a comparison in the name of framing the examples as equal to the following examples in the remainder of this post, and disingenuous to draw comparisons in the first place without acknowledging the validity of claims like the ones I and many others are making and have made all along.

Borrowing from my friend Joe, here's a list of famous right-wingers assassinated by American leftists:
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Here's a list of prominent Democrats who have deployed "Second Amendment Solutions" rhetoric against their political adversaries:
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Here's a list of mainstream journalists/commentators whose hate speech inspired American leftists to murder someone on the right:
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Here's a list of liberals and Democrats who told their supporters "Don't retreat, reload":
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Here's a list of liberals and Democrats who use cross hairs graphics as targets in political propaganda posters to make a point:
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Here's a list of liberals and Democrats who billed an event by stating "Help remove my opponent from office - Shoot a fully automatic M16 with me":
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That last example was one belonging to Tea Party-backed candidate Jesse Kelly, who used his opponent as the example in his plug in the most recent election for Congress - that opponent was Gabby Giffords, who today is fighting for her life after being shot through the head yesterday.

There are no "both sides" in the continually ruthless ginning up of fear mongering and insinuations for calls to violence. It is owned by the extremist ideology of those who cannot win an argument, let alone an election, on merit alone - and that extremism is an exclusive faction of the right wing fanaticism that has gutted the Republican party in this country and even cause those who truly are common sense conservatives to change the way they view their own party affiliation. Leftist extremism is a wholly different animal, and you would be hard pressed to draw fair comparisons.

Until more is known about Jared Lee Loughner it is mere speculation to insist that he is part of the right-wing fringe. I've said this since I started making postings on Facebook while following the news all day yesterday. Should it turn out that his motivations were not aligned with any bent towards right-wing ideology, it wouldn't change the fact that yesterday he was responsible for murdering six innocent people - one of whom was a 9 year old girl born on September 11th, 2001 and part of a book about 9/11 babies and hope for the future, and the would-be assassin of a United States Congresswoman who has spoken out consistently against and previously been victim of extremist right-wing rhetoric and violent action. So once again, while I will not lay his actions at the feet of anyone who didn't pull yesterday's trigger, the separate issue of creating a climate which enables such things to occur MUST be confronted and addressed or we will have learned nothing from tragedy of yesterday. If those who spin the fear and hysteria have nothing to answer for, then their words and actions would stand and there would never be any reason for them to scrub their websites and Twitter feeds and Facebook notes along with comment threads - so when you see that, it's not only fair to call it out - it's necessary. If you're going to go to the trouble of gathering all the wood and stacking it, pouring on copious amounts of fuel, and then dance around striking matches, what you end up with is something called fire. Take some responsibility for the fires you build and don't complain when you get burnt the fuck up, because if you didn't want that to be a potential consequence of building a fire, you should have built something else - but since you went on ahead and built this fire, how about you deal with that shit. You don't get to have it both ways anymore. O-kaaaay?

*DRUMROLL*

IT'S OFFICIAL!!



I have officially lived 10 years longer than I ever thought I would. It feels indescribable, but suffice it to say there are HUGE rewards for sticking it out, and proving to yourself that sometimes things don't always end up like you planned - they end up BETTER!
Palin BLAH BLAH BLAH

America's Foremost Martyr & Her Self Loathing Apologists

In case you haven't heard about it yet, Sarah Palin's 16 year old daughter Willow went on a friend's Facebook page (screenshots here) and began retaliating on the boy for making a status update about Caribou Barbie's 'reality' TV show that read "Sarah Palin's Alaska is failing soo hard right now" by telling the boy who made the status update (and another boy who agreed with him) that he was a faggot, that he was fat as hell, and a low-life-loser. Big sister Bristol, of Dancing With Mommy's Puritannical Little Slut/going raw dog with Levi Johnston fame initiated the fray by insisting that the boy was only talking shit - because of course the show couldn't possibly be a giant nut-filled turd on merit and worthy of criticism and/or mockery, now could it.

Both girls are old enough to know that this kind of nonsense is stupid, but I for one am glad it happened. Not because they ripped on another kid, but because it's just another brand new example of what a total lack of parenting is happening between Sarah Palin and her children. That's pretty fucking important when you consider what a hypocritical opportunistic shetbag Sarah Palin is for just a moment. She's not had a single word to say in any sort of press release or interview on this matter, not one fucking syllable. She won't, either - because in the extreme right-wing teabagger world these people live in, you're impervious to criticism and nothing you do is ever wrong. You're only ever surrounded by people who agree with you so you're never challenged on anything and no one holds you accountable for your bullshit, and the bullshit is LEGION.

It's pretty amazing how you can operate consistently on two completely different standards and yet not a single one of your beloved fans ever gets hip to this hypocrisy, which to me can only mean that those who adore this walking bag of hair must be more stupid than she is. Nothing else makes sense, and no one with a fully functioning brain can extol the greatness of anyone this phony without an arsenal of sarcasm fueling them.

Let's not make this about Bristol and/or Willow Palin's choice of words and behavior in employing them because that's only an issue if you're comparing it to the current climate of awareness that has been drawn over the string of bullying and suicide incidents that have become such a common reality in this country - and rightly so - because it's clear that once again a lack of parenting has lead to something stupid and unnecessary. Bristol and Willow Palin are assholes to be sure, but they're no real threat to anyone. Before you try to give me shit for calling these young girls assholes, one is 20 and has a child - the other is old enough to secure employment and operate a 2,000 lb. carcass maker on wheels, so FUCK OFF. The real problem here is their mother's complete lack of public response on her offspring's behavior when a considerable response would be expected of someone who wishes to play word police for others. Case in point, Rahm Emanuel and the "R" word. If you recall back to February of this year, the then Obama Administration Chief of Staff was overheard ranting angrily about Democrats (in a strategy session over budget issues I believe) being "fucking retarded". This deeply offended Bible Spice to the point that she took to her Facebook notes page and put out this gem:

" Just as we’d be appalled if any public figure of Rahm’s stature ever used the “N-word” or other such inappropriate language, Rahm’s slur on all God’s children with cognitive and developmental disabilities – and the people who love them – is unacceptable, and it’s heartbreaking. [...]

As my friend in North Andover says, “This isn’t about politics; it’s about decency. I am not speaking as a political figure but as a parent and as an everyday American wanting my child to grow up in a country free from mindless prejudice and discrimination, free from gratuitous insults of people who are ostensibly smart enough to know better..."
It seems that her delicate sensibilities (funny how a self professed 'Mama Grizzly/Pit Bull Hockey Mom/Barracuda' even HAS those, but I digress) were offended because her youngest child, Trig, was born with Down's Syndrome and Rahm's use of the word was hitting below the belt. Before I wrap this part of this post up, let me be clear on something here. Trig Palin is cognitively disabled - Sarah Palin is fucking retarded.

She laments her family's lack of privacy and makes a stink about leaving her kids out of the spotlight, yet she's whoring the entire clan on one reality show while the oldest daughter is cha-cha-ing on another. She goes to great pains to bust Levi Johnston's balls at every opportunity for having the nerve to upstage her in exploiting the fuck out of 15 minutes of fame, taking -0- responsibility for the fact that she's the one who threw him on that stage and into that spotlight to begin with. You're not exactly the shining pinnacle of Christian virtue you want people to think you are when EVERY SINGLE THING YOU DO is out of self interest.

But it gets worse. Much, much worse. Collapse )

Spirit Day

Originally posted by neo_prodigy at Spirit Day
 


It’s been decided. On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in honor of the 6 gay boys who committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes at at their schools. Purple represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that’s exactly what we’d like all of you to have with you: spirit. Please know that times will get better and that you will meet people who will love you and respect you for who you are, no matter your sexuality. Please wear purple on October 20th. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and schools.

RIP Tyler Clementi, Seth Walsh (top)
RIP Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase (middle)
RIP Asher Brown and Billy Lucas. (bottom)

REBLOG to spread a message of love, unity and peace.