Friday, April 25, 2014

Republican Jackass of the Week

Doesn't recognize the US government. Then whose flag are you hiding behind, Clem?
Yes, by now we've all heard about the crazy old coot from Nevada who is a lawbreaker (pronounced "criminal") and welfare queen who had his cows graze on publicly-owned taxpayer land for 20 years and who still refuses to pay us all for the use of our land. Not only is he a deadbeat "taker" as the righties like to call people, but he and his little posse of wingnuts in cowboy costumes actually pointed loaded weapons at US marshalls and Land Management officials.

For that he's dubbed a hero and true American according to the far right.

Now, let's imagine if a bunch of Muslims wearing turbans had crouched down and aimed rifles at officials of the government. Why, of course they'd be labeled America-hating terrorists by the Foxholes on Rupert Murdoch's channel.

And if they were young African-American men wearing do-rags who were crouched down and aiming rifles at these same government officials? What do you suppose they  would be called? Dangerous, angry black thugs, of course.

But because they're crotchety old white guys wearing cowboy hats aiming rifles at US marshalls, of course they're labeled patriots by Rupert's Foxholes.

Sean "I'm-losing-my-ass-in-the-ratings" Hannity has been this guy's biggest apologist, actually inciting  these domestic terrorists into continuing their standoff.

But now we get this tape. Watch it for 90 seconds and learn that "the Negro was better off as a slave."

Here's the deliciously ignorant quote. (And no, this is not a quote from The Onion or any news parody site. It's real.)

“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, “and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids — and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch — they didn’t have nothing to do. They didn’t have nothing for their kids to do. They didn’t have nothing for their young girls to do.
“And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he asked. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”

Yup. All them Negroes is abortin' their kidfolk and puttin' them young bucks in jail because they ain't never learned how to pick cotton.

I love the complaining about government subsidies from a guy whose cows have been subsidized by the government for 20 years.

But he's not racist. Here's his Facebook post:


How dare they take his comments "out of context" by quoting him verbatim and posting the actual uncut video?

2 Bonus Republican Jackasses of the Week

So in redder-than-red Oklahoma these days, they are so PO'ed about same sex marriage, and not being able to legally ban it, that they're considering banning all marriages in the state just so "them thar perverts" can't get married.

But that's a different story for another day.

This is about Oklahoma's State House, Senate and Governor establishing a law that now punishes residents for saving energy by using solar panels on their homes.

Yes, in Oklahoma you'd better write a nice big fat check if you're not supporting oil-powered or coal-fired electricity.

In most states, if your home actually produces more energy than you consume, you can put it back to the grid and make a few bucks. But not in Oklahoma.

Read more here.


Hey, what's new in Georgia these days? Well, thanks to their Republican legislature and Republican governor there's a new gun law on the books.

And it's got one of those wonderfully misleading names Republicans love so much. Like the "Healthy Forest Initiative" which allowed for clearcutting.

This one's called the Safe Carry Protection Act, better known as the Guns Everywhere Law.

It allows licensed gun owners to take their loaded weapons into schools, school zones, churches, bars, nightclubs, some parts of airports and some government buildings.

Guns in schools. I can't imagine a problem. Can you?

Guns and drunks in bars. What could possibly go wrong?

Interesting that these legislators seem to think it's fine and dandy to pack heat everywhere, except you still can't bring your gun to the State Capital where they  work. No, that would be dangerous.

I guess it's the same hypocritical reason that the NRA and gun nuts want loaded guns everywhere except at gun shows.

You'd better unload that thing before walking into a gun show. Somebody could get hurt after all.

The legislatures and governors of Georgia and Oklahoma. This week's bonus Republican Jackasses of the Week.