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Republicans Ready Themselves For Self-Destruction

Rep. John Boehner

According to Robert Costa over at the National Review, the Republican leadership has given up: Boehner will allow the lunatic tea-party bandits in the House to move a resolution to keep funding the government, save for Obamacare. And, once that falls apart in the Democratically controlled Senate, and the next step is a government shutdown, the Republican leadership will try/pray/hope/beg/borrow/steal enough votes from their party in order to keep the government open. If you’re looking for an apt word to summarise this, might I suggest “stupidity”.

From Costa:

Here’s how my sources expect the gambit to unfold: The House passes a “defund CR,” throws it to the Senate, and waits to see what Senator Ted Cruz and his allies can do. Maybe they can get it through, maybe they can’t. Boehner and Cantor will be supportive, and conservative activists will rally.

But if Cruz and company can’t round up the votes, the House leadership will likely ask Republicans to turn their focus to the debt limit, avoid a shutdown, and pass a revised CR — one that doesn’t defund Obamacare.

The really mind-boggling truth to all this is that everyone knows what the deal is here: the bill will survive the House and Tea partiers who have done a really amazing job convincing stupid people that Obamacare is a bad thing will have a day of celebration. Then Harry Reid will light the stupid bill on fire and toss it in the trash in the Senate. In the end, we’ll be right back where we started, only that much closer to a government shutdown.

And unless the Republican leadership — which has pretty much lost all leverage and control over the party — can convince the loons of the far-right to relent and pass a funding bill, the government will indeed shutdown. The silver-lining? If-and-when that happens, only one party will be to blame.

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War Criminal Rumsfeld Unsure if Obama has Switched Sides in the War on Terror

Rumsfeld at The Heritage Foundation

So, you know how President Obama has kind of made it a thing to surreptitiously drone the bejesus out of anyone that looks like an islamic radical? Well, it turns out that Grand Moff Tarkin — err…I mean Donald Rumsfeld — isn’t sure whether or not the President has indeed joined the other side in the “War on Terror”. When asked at a conservative circle derp held at the David Horowtiz Freedom Center if he thought President Obama has “switched sides” (because those are the kinds of questions you’re expected to answer at these stupid things), Rummy wittily replied with a wicked grin that he “can’t tell”.

Here’s the exchange:

“As you go around the country, do you have any sense or the same sort of sinking feeling that the rest of us have that [Obama has] actually switched sides in the War on Terror?” the man asked, drawing a smattering of applause from the audience.

“You know, I just don’t feel competent to answer,” Rumsfeld said. “I can’t tell.”

Rumsfeld added, “It bothers me greatly that he’s unwilling to identify the enemy. I don’t see how you win if you don’t.”

(Photo by flickr user Medill DC)

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Peggy Noonan descends into madness

My Dad and I have had this bet since high school...  $100 paid anytime one of us gets our name in the Wall Street Journal.  Pay up, sucka!   (ps:  Stolen from Nick Felton, who's the superstar of this article)The Wall Street Journal (cc photo by dpstyles)

We are in the midst of the worst Washington scandal since Watergate.

That’s the way Peggy Noonan’s latest column in the Wall Street Journal starts, and it goes downhill from there. Here’s Andrew Sullivan’s reply to the much ridiculed WSJ columnist:

Can she actually believe this? Has this president broken the law, lied under oath, or authorized war crimes? Has he traded arms for hostages with Iran? Has he knowingly sent his cabinet out to tell lies about his sex life? Has he sat by idly as an American city was destroyed by a hurricane? Has he started a war with no planning for an occupation? Has he started a war based on a lie, and destroyed the US’ credibility and moral standing while he was at it, leaving nothing but a smoldering and now rekindled civil sectarian war?

So far as I can tell, this president has done nothing illegal, unethical or even wrong.

But this isn’t the first time Peggy has written a column that has been regarded as crazy as it is inaccurate – in fact only a week before she wrote a rather stupid article about the Benghazi scandal, suggesting that President Obama deliberately decided to kill Americans to save his re-election:
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Laugh Break! – Jimmy Kimmel gets Coachella attendees to praise fake bands!

Jimmy Kimmel executed a brilliant segment in which he got people walking into Coachella to praise non-existent bands like The Chelsea Clintons, and the album DJ Cornmeal, which one guy claims he used to play all the time at his community radio show. Ah, America.

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GOP congressman compares firearm background checks to Rwandan genocide.

You may not have heard a lot about representative Jeff Duncan (R – S.C). He’s not one of the leaders of the Grand Old Party, he isn’t particularly bright, lettered or regarded. But he is indicative of the greater disconnect between the Republican Party and the majority of Americans, or rather people that don’t get their news from Rush Limbaugh. He enjoys, among other things, an A rating from those fine people over at the NRA. Well, not be outdone by his colleague Michelle Bachmann in what is quickly becoming a game of, “Jesus I wonder what the Republicans are going to do this week to reinforce their pervasive anti intellectual stereotype”, Duncan took to facebook to deliver this gem of ignorance:

The 2nd Amendment is (or should be) equal to the 1st Amendment and the 4th Amendment and all of the others. Ask yourselves why it is under attack? Ask yourselves about a National gun registry database and how that might be used and why it is so wanted by progressives.

Read about the Rwandan genocide, the Hutu and Tutsi tribes. Read that all Tutsi tribe members were required to register their address with the Hutu government and that this database was used to locate Tutsi for slaughter at the hands of the Hutu. (Since the government had the names and addresses of nearly all Tutsis living in Rwanda (remember, each Rwandan had an identity card that labeled them Tutsi, Hutu, or Twa) the killers could go door to door, slaughtering the Tutsis.

Not with firearms, mind you, but with machetes.

I use this example to warn that national databases can be used with evil consequences.

Preying on the fears of the American citizenry is not good governance.

No, it’s terrible governance, he’s right about that, which is why he invoked one of the most terrifying and horrific examples of genocide and ethnic cleansing in history to make a point about creating a database that tracks who buys guns, where when and how.

It’s so far beyond callous that dignifying his statement with a contrasting response would only give the false impression that I consider Duncan a viable legislator and thinker. But if members of the Republican Party are unsure as to why Millennial voters are predominantly anti-GOP, and the demographic trends seem to suggest that it’ll be a while before the Right governs again, look no further than the cretins representing you in the highest legislative body in the land.

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