Asshole Of The Day
David Barton, Asshole of the Day for August 26, 2014
by TeaPartyCat (Follow @TeaPartyCat)
Once upon a time David Barton was called the most important historian by Glenn Beck. He was a regular guest on The Daily Show. He had made a name for himself for his study of the religious beliefs of the Founding Fathers. That is, until his book about Jefferson was called the “least credible book in print” and was pulled by the publisher.
But despite being discredited, he continues to exercise influence in the Texas GOP and on the radio. Yesterday on his radio show Barton claimed that Obama was weak on terrorism:

Barton declared that “terrorism was really on the ropes” before President Obama removed the last U.S. troops from Iraq, but now “terrorism has really rebuilt itself … [because] this has been an administration that has not done a good job of trying to take terrorists down or take terrorism out.”
Barton and co-host Green repeatedly expressed their desire to have someone like Gohmert serving as president instead of President Obama because, they said, Gohmert understands the difference between good and evil, which Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, and the rest of the administration can never grasp because they support abortion rights and gay marriage.

Yes, you read that right— David Barton thinks Louie Gohmert would make a good president.
And then he goes on to justify Gohmert as being superior in fighting terrorism because… he opposes abortion and gay marriage, which have a lot to do with fighting terrorism apparently. Look, George W. Bush also opposed gay marriage and abortion, and he didn’t catch Osama Bin Laden.
But the really objectionable part here are his claims about terrorism— that it was “on the ropes” before Obama and that Obama has not done a good job fighting it, and his basis for Obama not fighting terrorism is that he didn’t keep troops in Iraq (even though Obama had no authority to do so).
The idea that Obama has done nothing to fight terrorism is just laughable. It’s as if you can ignore all the drone strikes and catching Osama Bin Laden because there wasn’t a permanent troop presence in Iraq. Look, all those troops in Iraq did nothing to catch Osama Bin Laden. And Barton knows that. But he ignores those two big facts. And for that, he is the Asshole of the Day.
It is David Barton's first time as Asshole of the Day.
Full story: Right Wing Watch.

PS: I was reminded on Twitter that Barton was recently featured on Cracked:

.@assholeofday David Barton is on this list — 5 Successful People Who Everyone Forgets Are Exposed Frauds http://t.co/8soV5sf7gk
— fdtate (@fdtate) August 26, 2014

David Barton, Asshole of the Day for August 26, 2014

by TeaPartyCat ()

Once upon a time David Barton was called the most important historian by Glenn Beck. He was a regular guest on The Daily Show. He had made a name for himself for his study of the religious beliefs of the Founding Fathers. That is, until his book about Jefferson was called the “least credible book in print” and was pulled by the publisher.

But despite being discredited, he continues to exercise influence in the Texas GOP and on the radio. Yesterday on his radio show Barton claimed that Obama was weak on terrorism:

Barton declared that “terrorism was really on the ropes” before President Obama removed the last U.S. troops from Iraq, but now “terrorism has really rebuilt itself … [because] this has been an administration that has not done a good job of trying to take terrorists down or take terrorism out.”

Barton and co-host Green repeatedly expressed their desire to have someone like Gohmert serving as president instead of President Obama because, they said, Gohmert understands the difference between good and evil, which Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, and the rest of the administration can never grasp because they support abortion rights and gay marriage.

Yes, you read that right— David Barton thinks Louie Gohmert would make a good president.

And then he goes on to justify Gohmert as being superior in fighting terrorism because… he opposes abortion and gay marriage, which have a lot to do with fighting terrorism apparently. Look, George W. Bush also opposed gay marriage and abortion, and he didn’t catch Osama Bin Laden.

But the really objectionable part here are his claims about terrorism— that it was “on the ropes” before Obama and that Obama has not done a good job fighting it, and his basis for Obama not fighting terrorism is that he didn’t keep troops in Iraq (even though Obama had no authority to do so).

The idea that Obama has done nothing to fight terrorism is just laughable. It’s as if you can ignore all the drone strikes and catching Osama Bin Laden because there wasn’t a permanent troop presence in Iraq. Look, all those troops in Iraq did nothing to catch Osama Bin Laden. And Barton knows that. But he ignores those two big facts. And for that, he is the Asshole of the Day.

It is David Barton's first time as Asshole of the Day.

Full story: Right Wing Watch.

PS: I was reminded on Twitter that Barton was recently featured on Cracked:



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Linda Chavez, Asshole of the Day for August 25, 2014
by TeaPartyCat (Follow @TeaPartyCat)
When I heard that Fox News had a segment suggesting that referring to Michael Brown as an “unarmed teen” was misleading and “playing the race card”, I thought it was a joke. I expected to see that it was on The Onion or Borowitz.
But then I saw the screenshot:



Yep, Fox News is objecting to “unarmed” for a man who had no weapon:

A Fox News segment asked whether the “unarmed teen” description of Michael Brown is misleading and featured Fox contributor Linda Chavez arguing that such a description enhances racial fears and is an attempt to play the “race card.”

CHAVEZ: I think that what is happening is really not calming racial fears but is actually enhancing them by acting as if, you know, this mantra of the unarmed black teenager shot by a white cop. You know, that description in and of itself actually colors the way in which we look at this story. We’re talking about an 18-year-old man who is six foot four and weighs almost three hundred pounds, who is videotaped just moments before the confrontation with a police officer strong arming an employee and robbing a convenience store.


Sorry, Ms. Chavez, but the cop who shot him didn’t know about the robbery. Even the Ferguson police chief admits this.
So to the cop who shot him, Michael Brown was an unarmed teen.
Now, sure, there’s still a struggle involved, but even then, even if you buy the police story hook, line and sinker, how did the officer get into a struggle over jaywalking? Is the town of Ferguson that worried about jaywalking that the police are willing to get in a fight over it? And why did he need six shots? Six? Does that sound like a reasonable response to jaywalking?
But rather than entertain questions about how a police officer gets into a position where he’s firing six shots at an unarmed man over jaywalking, Linda Chavez is more concerned that the media isn’t portraying Michael Brown as a scary black man. And for that, she is the Asshole of the Day.
It is Linda Chavez’s first time as Asshole of the Day, joining the many, many assholes featured here from Fox News.
Full story: Media Matters.

Linda Chavez, Asshole of the Day for August 25, 2014

by TeaPartyCat ()

When I heard that Fox News had a segment suggesting that referring to Michael Brown as an “unarmed teen” was misleading and “playing the race card”, I thought it was a joke. I expected to see that it was on The Onion or Borowitz.

But then I saw the screenshot:

Yep, Fox News is objecting to “unarmed” for a man who had no weapon:

A Fox News segment asked whether the “unarmed teen” description of Michael Brown is misleading and featured Fox contributor Linda Chavez arguing that such a description enhances racial fears and is an attempt to play the “race card.”

CHAVEZ: I think that what is happening is really not calming racial fears but is actually enhancing them by acting as if, you know, this mantra of the unarmed black teenager shot by a white cop. You know, that description in and of itself actually colors the way in which we look at this story. We’re talking about an 18-year-old man who is six foot four and weighs almost three hundred pounds, who is videotaped just moments before the confrontation with a police officer strong arming an employee and robbing a convenience store.

Sorry, Ms. Chavez, but the cop who shot him didn’t know about the robbery. Even the Ferguson police chief admits this.

So to the cop who shot him, Michael Brown was an unarmed teen.

Now, sure, there’s still a struggle involved, but even then, even if you buy the police story hook, line and sinker, how did the officer get into a struggle over jaywalking? Is the town of Ferguson that worried about jaywalking that the police are willing to get in a fight over it? And why did he need six shots? Six? Does that sound like a reasonable response to jaywalking?

But rather than entertain questions about how a police officer gets into a position where he’s firing six shots at an unarmed man over jaywalking, Linda Chavez is more concerned that the media isn’t portraying Michael Brown as a scary black man. And for that, she is the Asshole of the Day.

It is Linda Chavez’s first time as Asshole of the Day, joining the many, many assholes featured here from Fox News.

Full story: Media Matters.



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GOP House Candidate Jim Hagedorn, Asshole of the Day for August 22, 2014
by TheDailyEdge (Follow @TheDailyEdge)
Jim Hagedorn was the surprise winner of this week’s GOP primary in Minnesota District 1, but Mother Jones reports today that he brings some “serious baggage” into his race against-4-term Democratic incumbent Tim Walz.
Citing posts from his now-scrubbed “Mr. Conservative” blog originally unearthed by Bluestem Prairie, Mother Jones reports:

Hagedorn made light of American Indians, President Obama’s Kenyan ancestry, and female Supreme Court justices, among others, in ways many voters won’t appreciate… (and) these were not mere juvenile ramblings, either: Hagedorn was a Treasury Department official at the time.

Hagedorn also reveled in anti-gay innuendo while telling his readers he thought “Caribou Barbie” Sarah Palin was “HOT!” 
At the same time:

Not all female politicians were viewed as favorably. In a 2002 post, Hagedorn referred to Washington Democratic Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray as “undeserving bimbos in tennis shoes.” Former Bush White House counsel Harriet Miers, he wrote in 2005, had been nominated “to fill the bra of Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.”

Heading into a midterm election season in which the GOP is already struggling to convince women, minorities and the LGBT community that it isn’t really as misogynistic, racist and bigoted as it used to be, nominating this asshole isn’t likely to help.
This is Jim Hagedorn’s first time as Asshole of the Day.
Full story: Mother Jones.

GOP House Candidate Jim Hagedorn, Asshole of the Day for August 22, 2014

by TheDailyEdge ()

Jim Hagedorn was the surprise winner of this week’s GOP primary in Minnesota District 1, but Mother Jones reports today that he brings some “serious baggage” into his race against-4-term Democratic incumbent Tim Walz.

Citing posts from his now-scrubbed “Mr. Conservative” blog originally unearthed by Bluestem Prairie, Mother Jones reports:

Hagedorn made light of American Indians, President Obama’s Kenyan ancestry, and female Supreme Court justices, among others, in ways many voters won’t appreciate… (and) these were not mere juvenile ramblings, either: Hagedorn was a Treasury Department official at the time.

Hagedorn also reveled in anti-gay innuendo while telling his readers he thought “Caribou Barbie” Sarah Palin was “HOT!” 

At the same time:

Not all female politicians were viewed as favorably. In a 2002 post, Hagedorn referred to Washington Democratic Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray as “undeserving bimbos in tennis shoes.” Former Bush White House counsel Harriet Miers, he wrote in 2005, had been nominated “to fill the bra of Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.”

Heading into a midterm election season in which the GOP is already struggling to convince women, minorities and the LGBT community that it isn’t really as misogynistic, racist and bigoted as it used to be, nominating this asshole isn’t likely to help.

This is Jim Hagedorn’s first time as Asshole of the Day.

Full story: Mother Jones.



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Louie Gohmert, Asshole of the Day for August 21, 2014
by TheDailyEdge (Follow @TheDailyEdge)
As someone tweeted yesterday: "Crazy people want to run our country and the worst part is that we are letting them." 
Case in point: Looney Tunes Tea Party Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert. Best known for being a moronic hatemonger willing to smear anyone who happens to be Muslim, Gohmert was at it again yesterday, telling listeners to SirisXM’s “The Wilkow Majority” that Obama won’t be able to protect America from the threat posed by ISIS because: “If you’re Commander-in-Chief you can’t be listening to Muslim brother advise on when it’s time to stop destroying Muslim brothers.”
This on the same day that, as Think Progress, reports:

President Obama expressed outrage over the slaying of reporter James Foley at the hands of ISIS , saying the group “speaks for no religion. Their victims are overwhelmingly Muslim, and no faith teaches people to massacre innocents. No just God would stand for what they did yesterday, and for what they do every single day.” The president also vowed to continue the American policy of conducting airstrikes against the organization. “The United States of America will continue to do what we must do to protect our people,” Obama said. “We will be vigilant and we will be relentless.”

This is the same Louie Gohmert who previously claimed that the Muslim Brotherhood was guiding the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombings. It’s his fifth time as Asshole of the Day.
Full story: Think Progress.

Louie Gohmert, Asshole of the Day for August 21, 2014

by TheDailyEdge ()

As someone tweeted yesterday: "Crazy people want to run our country and the worst part is that we are letting them." 

Case in point: Looney Tunes Tea Party Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert. Best known for being a moronic hatemonger willing to smear anyone who happens to be Muslim, Gohmert was at it again yesterday, telling listeners to SirisXM’s “The Wilkow Majority” that Obama won’t be able to protect America from the threat posed by ISIS because: “If you’re Commander-in-Chief you can’t be listening to Muslim brother advise on when it’s time to stop destroying Muslim brothers.”

This on the same day that, as Think Progress, reports:

President Obama expressed outrage over the slaying of reporter James Foley at the hands of ISIS , saying the group “speaks for no religion. Their victims are overwhelmingly Muslim, and no faith teaches people to massacre innocents. No just God would stand for what they did yesterday, and for what they do every single day.” The president also vowed to continue the American policy of conducting airstrikes against the organization. “The United States of America will continue to do what we must do to protect our people,” Obama said. “We will be vigilant and we will be relentless.”

This is the same Louie Gohmert who previously claimed that the Muslim Brotherhood was guiding the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombings. It’s his fifth time as Asshole of the Day.

Full story: Think Progress.



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Mitch McConnell, Asshole of the Day for August 20, 2014
by TheDailyEdge (Follow @TheDailyEdge)
Perhaps no one symbolizes the dysfunction of US government as much as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
After 30 years in the Senate, McConnell is running a disastrous re-election campaign against the dynamic and charismatic Alison Lundergan Grimes. McConnell recently told Kentucky’s long-suffering voters that it wasn’t his job to bring jobs to the state. Just yesterday, he was slammed again for neglecting Kentucky’s farmers.
In the midst of America’s worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, McConnell spent four shameful years trying to sabotage President Obama’s recovery efforts, in a smug, Un-American attempt to focus on his number one priority of “making Obama a one-term President.” McConnell’s unprecedented use of the filibuster helped push the GOP’s approval ratings to record lows. Just last year, the GOP shutdown cost the country another $24 billion in a futile attempt to sabotage the Affordable Care Act and derail the Obama recovery.
What reason could there possibly be to vote for Mitch in 2014? His answer came today: MORE SABOTAGE! McConnell told Politico that if he somehow beats Lundergan Grimes and the GOP regains a Senate majority, he will put ANOTHER government shutdown back on the table —unless Obama caves to the ridiculous demands of Teapublican extremists.
Simply put, Mitch’s message to voters: Vote for me. Together, we can destroy America.
This is McConnell’s 4th time as Asshole of the Day.
Full story: Politico

Mitch McConnell, Asshole of the Day for August 20, 2014

by TheDailyEdge ()

Perhaps no one symbolizes the dysfunction of US government as much as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

After 30 years in the Senate, McConnell is running a disastrous re-election campaign against the dynamic and charismatic Alison Lundergan Grimes. McConnell recently told Kentucky’s long-suffering voters that it wasn’t his job to bring jobs to the state. Just yesterday, he was slammed again for neglecting Kentucky’s farmers.

In the midst of America’s worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, McConnell spent four shameful years trying to sabotage President Obama’s recovery efforts, in a smug, Un-American attempt to focus on his number one priority of “making Obama a one-term President.” McConnell’s unprecedented use of the filibuster helped push the GOP’s approval ratings to record lows. Just last year, the GOP shutdown cost the country another $24 billion in a futile attempt to sabotage the Affordable Care Act and derail the Obama recovery.

What reason could there possibly be to vote for Mitch in 2014? His answer came today: MORE SABOTAGE! McConnell told Politico that if he somehow beats Lundergan Grimes and the GOP regains a Senate majority, he will put ANOTHER government shutdown back on the table —unless Obama caves to the ridiculous demands of Teapublican extremists.

Simply put, Mitch’s message to voters: Vote for me. Together, we can destroy America.

This is McConnell’s 4th time as Asshole of the Day.

Full story: Politico



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Terri Lynn Land, Asshole of the Day for August 19, 2014
by TheDailyEdge (Follow @TheDailyEdge)
August 19 is Earth Overshoot Day. It’s the day on which “humanity has exhausted nature’s budget for the year.” As the global population and demand for natural resources both increase, Earth Overshoot Day comes earlier and earlier each year. Which is why we really need to, as the GOP candidate for Senate in Michigan Terri Lynn Land says, “respect the environment.”
Unfortunately, Terri Lynn Land is to environmental deficits what Dick Cheney is to budget deficits. She thinks, where she’s concerned at least, they don’t matter.
Land’s "Respect the Environment" energy policy is the usual Tea Party grab-bag of Koch-enriching, planet-destroying ideas, with the Keystone XL pipeline as its centerpiece. But to make it even worse, the page also features a colorful picture of “Terri’s Truck.”
As Eclectablog points out, the truck in question is an “International Commercial Extreme Truck,” weighing in at 14,500 pounds and getting an embarrassing 8-10 miles per gallon.
There are many reasons why Land’s policies will be a disaster for Michigan and the USA. But on Earth Overshoot Day, it’s worth pointing out, they’ll be a planetary disaster too.
This is Land’s first time as Asshole of the Day.
Full story: http://www.eclectablog.com/2014/08/terri-lynn-lands-campaign-is-a-visible-demonstration-of-waste-excess-with-a-100k-truck-that-gets-8-mpg.html


Terri Lynn Land, Asshole of the Day for August 19, 2014

by TheDailyEdge ()

August 19 is Earth Overshoot Day. It’s the day on which “humanity has exhausted nature’s budget for the year.” As the global population and demand for natural resources both increase, Earth Overshoot Day comes earlier and earlier each year. Which is why we really need to, as the GOP candidate for Senate in Michigan Terri Lynn Land says, “respect the environment.”

Unfortunately, Terri Lynn Land is to environmental deficits what Dick Cheney is to budget deficits. She thinks, where she’s concerned at least, they don’t matter.

Land’s "Respect the Environment" energy policy is the usual Tea Party grab-bag of Koch-enriching, planet-destroying ideas, with the Keystone XL pipeline as its centerpiece. But to make it even worse, the page also features a colorful picture of “Terri’s Truck.”

As Eclectablog points out, the truck in question is an “International Commercial Extreme Truck,” weighing in at 14,500 pounds and getting an embarrassing 8-10 miles per gallon.

There are many reasons why Land’s policies will be a disaster for Michigan and the USA. But on Earth Overshoot Day, it’s worth pointing out, they’ll be a planetary disaster too.

This is Land’s first time as Asshole of the Day.

Full story: http://www.eclectablog.com/2014/08/terri-lynn-lands-campaign-is-a-visible-demonstration-of-waste-excess-with-a-100k-truck-that-gets-8-mpg.html



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REMINDER: Rick Perry has been named Asshole of the Day SIX TIMES in the last year


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Is Bryan Fischer Asshole of the Day for questioning the sexual preference of a district attorney?

Behold how Bryan Fischer, an Asshole of the Day many times over for his bigotry against gays, reacts to news of Rick Perry being indicted:

"Open lesbian"?

(tip from angryblacklady)

Photo source: https://twitter.com/BryanJFischer



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Thomas Jackson, Asshole of the Day for August 15, 2014
by TeaPartyCat (Follow @TeaPartyCat)
Ferguson Police Chief spent the morning going over documents and video tape related to a nearby theft that Michael Brown was a suspect in. Robbery. Top suspect.
Then after all that, Chief Jackson said this afternoon:

“The initial contact between the officer and Mr. Brown was not related to the robbery,” Thomas Jackson, the police chief, said during a news conference Friday afternoon.
Rather, it stemmed from the fact that Brown and his friend were “walking down the street blocking traffic,” Jackson said.

So then Brown wasn’t shot because he was a suspect fleeing a petty crime— not that fleeing a theft is grounds for shooting— but for how he handled being stopped for jaywalking. Jaywalking.
So why did Chief Jackson spend all morning on the robbery details? By his own admission now, those details played NO ROLE in the shooting. NONE.
Hmmm. Here’s a few thoughts that I flagged on Twitter today, which I think get to the heart of it:

Someone at the press conference just said “seems like you’re only answering questions that demean the character of Mike Brown”
— AdamSerwer (@AdamSerwer) August 15, 2014

What I know is this: when an unarmed Black man/woman is killed by police or by another citizen, a period of character assassination begins.
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) August 15, 2014

Took a week, but we finally at the moment where Mike Brown Is officially a suspect in his own murder. #Ferguson
— BWD (@theonlyadult) August 15, 2014
So the robbery played no part, but Chief Jackson spent all morning smearing a man his officer killed over a jaywalking encounter. And that is why he is the Asshole of the Day.
It is Thomas Jackson’s first time as Asshole of the Day.
Full story: Washington Post.

Thomas Jackson, Asshole of the Day for August 15, 2014

by TeaPartyCat ()

Ferguson Police Chief spent the morning going over documents and video tape related to a nearby theft that Michael Brown was a suspect in. Robbery. Top suspect.

Then after all that, Chief Jackson said this afternoon:

“The initial contact between the officer and Mr. Brown was not related to the robbery,” Thomas Jackson, the police chief, said during a news conference Friday afternoon.

Rather, it stemmed from the fact that Brown and his friend were “walking down the street blocking traffic,” Jackson said.

So then Brown wasn’t shot because he was a suspect fleeing a petty crime— not that fleeing a theft is grounds for shooting— but for how he handled being stopped for jaywalking. Jaywalking.

So why did Chief Jackson spend all morning on the robbery details? By his own admission now, those details played NO ROLE in the shooting. NONE.

Hmmm. Here’s a few thoughts that I flagged on Twitter today, which I think get to the heart of it:

So the robbery played no part, but Chief Jackson spent all morning smearing a man his officer killed over a jaywalking encounter. And that is why he is the Asshole of the Day.

It is Thomas Jackson’s first time as Asshole of the Day.

Full story: Washington Post.



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I genuinely can't understand what Blitzer said that made him an asshole here. I can't really see the issue with Obama either but Blitzer confuses me a bit more as Obama just apparently heard of the looting that's actually not largely by Ferguson's own people so more him not being aware of what's going on there.

The issue with Blitzer saying police should shoot to injure is:

  1. That’s very hard to do in the stressful circumstances that lead to a gun being drawn in the first place. Better to only draw a gun and shoot when you need to, and then aim dead center to end the threat.
  2. If you shoot to injure, you are aiming at a smaller target than the chest, and that increases chances of bullets going wide and missing and possibly hitting someone else.
  3. If you shoot to injure, the person might still die.
  4. Giving police permission to shoot to injure could lead to them not chasing people and just opening fire for whatever.

None of these points is new. Blitzer, as the lead on CNN, owes it to everyone to inform himself of these facts and not just second guess when answers are easily found.



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