Asshole Of The Day
Todd Starnes, Asshole of the Day for July 22, 2014
by TeaPartyCat (Follow @TeaPartyCat)
Yesterday President Obama signed an executive order prohibiting workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The order only applies to federal contractors. This is after Congress failed to pass ENDA, which would have protected all workers from discrimination on this basis. So it’s a small victory for LGBT groups.
But limited though this order is, it’s not good enough for hardcore bigots who feel that the world will end if employers can’t fire people for being gay. Here’s Fox News’ go-to bigot, Todd Starnes explaining how awful this is:

The mask is coming off of the homosexual movement’s agenda. They really do not believe in religious liberty. They want forced affirmation of homosexual and transgender conduct to trump every other consideration in the workplace - including religious liberty.”
[…]
The Obama administration seems hell-bent on forcing Christians to assimilate to the militant LGBT agenda. Resistance is futile.

You see, to Todd Starnes, firing people for being gay is a religious matter. In his view Christian organizations shouldn’t be helping the poor if it means they can’t fire gays. Hating gays is more important than helping the poor.
But more specifically, here he is saying that the federal government should not be attaching strings to its funds to protect the rights of its citizens in the workplace where those funds will be spent. It’s a peculiar argument. It is not a stretch to say that, absent the Civil Rights Act, he would argue that the federal government shouldn’t attach a requirement on federal contractors that they not be allowed to fire employees for being black if they could cook up some cockamamie religious reason for hating blacks.
And since religious freedom for him only seems to apply to his particular sect of Christianity, he can’t see that what he’s asking for could also mean that a company owned by another religion could fire a member of his sect on the basis of their religion. As Ruth Bader Ginsburg said in her dissent in the Hobby Lobby case
"Approving some religious claims while deeming others unworthy of accommodation could be ‘perceived as favoring one religion over another,’ the very ‘risk the [Constitution’s] Establishment Clause was designed to preclude."
Religious freedom is a private freedom, not a right for one religious group to impose its rules on others.
So, for defending the rights of those who would take federal funds to be able to fire people for being gay, Todd Starnes is Asshole of the Day.
It is Todd Starnes' sixth time as Asshole of the Day. Previous wins were for
comparing transgender people to people who identify as a “pine cone or weed whacker”
whining that the non-white Miss America didn’t reflect “American values”
his overreaction to the Coke Super Bowl commercial
blaming God for his own homophobia
accusing gays of turning St. Patrick’s Day parades into gay pride by participating
Full story: Media Matters

Todd Starnes, Asshole of the Day for July 22, 2014

by TeaPartyCat ()

Yesterday President Obama signed an executive order prohibiting workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The order only applies to federal contractors. This is after Congress failed to pass ENDA, which would have protected all workers from discrimination on this basis. So it’s a small victory for LGBT groups.

But limited though this order is, it’s not good enough for hardcore bigots who feel that the world will end if employers can’t fire people for being gay. Here’s Fox News’ go-to bigot, Todd Starnes explaining how awful this is:

The mask is coming off of the homosexual movement’s agenda. They really do not believe in religious liberty. They want forced affirmation of homosexual and transgender conduct to trump every other consideration in the workplace - including religious liberty.”

[…]

The Obama administration seems hell-bent on forcing Christians to assimilate to the militant LGBT agenda. Resistance is futile.

You see, to Todd Starnes, firing people for being gay is a religious matter. In his view Christian organizations shouldn’t be helping the poor if it means they can’t fire gays. Hating gays is more important than helping the poor.

But more specifically, here he is saying that the federal government should not be attaching strings to its funds to protect the rights of its citizens in the workplace where those funds will be spent. It’s a peculiar argument. It is not a stretch to say that, absent the Civil Rights Act, he would argue that the federal government shouldn’t attach a requirement on federal contractors that they not be allowed to fire employees for being black if they could cook up some cockamamie religious reason for hating blacks.

And since religious freedom for him only seems to apply to his particular sect of Christianity, he can’t see that what he’s asking for could also mean that a company owned by another religion could fire a member of his sect on the basis of their religion. As Ruth Bader Ginsburg said in her dissent in the Hobby Lobby case

"Approving some religious claims while deeming others unworthy of accommodation could be ‘perceived as favoring one religion over another,’ the very ‘risk the [Constitution’s] Establishment Clause was designed to preclude."

Religious freedom is a private freedom, not a right for one religious group to impose its rules on others.

So, for defending the rights of those who would take federal funds to be able to fire people for being gay, Todd Starnes is Asshole of the Day.

It is Todd Starnes' sixth time as Asshole of the Day. Previous wins were for

Full story: Media Matters



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Igor Girkin, Asshole of the Day for July 21, 2014
by TeaPartyCat (Follow @TeaPartyCat)
A lot has been learned since Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down last week, including that people like Allen West can find a way to blame Obama for a plane being shot down on Russia’s border by Ukraine separatists encouraged and armed by Vladimir Putin, and do it with a straight face.
And as it became clear that the plane was shot down by the Putin-armed rebels, the rebel leader Igor Girkin claimed a bizarre defense:

A top pro-Russia rebel commander in eastern Ukraine has given a bizarre version of events surrounding the Malaysian jetliner crash — suggesting many of the victims may have died days before the plane took off.
The pro-rebel website Russkaya Vesna on Friday quoted Igor Girkin as saying he was told by people at the crash site that “a significant number of the bodies weren’t fresh,” adding that he was told they were drained of blood and reeked of decomposition.

So you see, you shouldn’t blame him for shooting it out of the sky— those people were already dead. That’s what he’s saying.
Of course this raises some questions:
How exactly did he know they were already dead?
Is he suggesting that shooting a civilian plane down is now OK because it turns out they were already dead?
Seems to me that shooting down civilian passenger planes is still NOT OK, and that there were still civilian pilots and such. It wasn’t a plane flying on autopilot with no living passengers. If he didn’t know the plane was full of corpses, then it still doesn’t absolve him of shooting down a plane he thought was full of people.
And, yes, I know he is probably Putin’s puppet, or at least Putin is his enabler. Putin may have given him the surface-to-air missiles he used to shoot it down, but I don’t think Putin told him to make up this cockamamie story about a plane full of corpses. That was him. And for that, Igor Girkin is Asshole of the Day.
It is Igor Girkin’s first time as Asshole of the Day.
Full story: Talking Points Memo

Igor Girkin, Asshole of the Day for July 21, 2014

by TeaPartyCat ()

A lot has been learned since Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down last week, including that people like Allen West can find a way to blame Obama for a plane being shot down on Russia’s border by Ukraine separatists encouraged and armed by Vladimir Putin, and do it with a straight face.

And as it became clear that the plane was shot down by the Putin-armed rebels, the rebel leader Igor Girkin claimed a bizarre defense:

A top pro-Russia rebel commander in eastern Ukraine has given a bizarre version of events surrounding the Malaysian jetliner crash — suggesting many of the victims may have died days before the plane took off.

The pro-rebel website Russkaya Vesna on Friday quoted Igor Girkin as saying he was told by people at the crash site that “a significant number of the bodies weren’t fresh,” adding that he was told they were drained of blood and reeked of decomposition.

So you see, you shouldn’t blame him for shooting it out of the sky— those people were already dead. That’s what he’s saying.

Of course this raises some questions:

  • How exactly did he know they were already dead?
  • Is he suggesting that shooting a civilian plane down is now OK because it turns out they were already dead?

Seems to me that shooting down civilian passenger planes is still NOT OK, and that there were still civilian pilots and such. It wasn’t a plane flying on autopilot with no living passengers. If he didn’t know the plane was full of corpses, then it still doesn’t absolve him of shooting down a plane he thought was full of people.

And, yes, I know he is probably Putin’s puppet, or at least Putin is his enabler. Putin may have given him the surface-to-air missiles he used to shoot it down, but I don’t think Putin told him to make up this cockamamie story about a plane full of corpses. That was him. And for that, Igor Girkin is Asshole of the Day.

It is Igor Girkin’s first time as Asshole of the Day.

Full story: Talking Points Memo



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Allen West, Asshole of the Day for July 18, 2014
by TeaPartyCat (Follow @TeaPartyCat)
Yesterday Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down along the Russia-Ukraine border, and it appears it was targeted by Ukrainian separatists who have been armed and encouraged by Putin. Some even suggest that they are actually Russian soldiers, as was the case in Crimea.
It’s a pretty big deal when a civilian passenger flight gets shot down, and since everyone is covering it, every crackpot and partisan is also chiming in with their usual agenda and hackery. Rush Limbaugh was nearly Asshole of the Day today for his assertion that maybe Obama had some part in the shooting of the plane as a way of distracting from the border crisis, though he was careful to say he wasn’t accusing him. And then old Rush entertained callers with conspiracies for an hour without pushing back on their crazy talk. So much for careful.
And then former congressman Allen West wrote:

Sadly, hundreds of Ukrainians and 298 souls on MH17 have paid the price for the weakness and abject cowardice of Obama’s “flexibility.”
And here in America we quibble over a lawsuit against this charlatan. The blood on Vladimir Putin’s hands was poured by Barack Obama who is indirectly responsible, accountable accountable [sic] and no different than Neville Chamberlain’s weakness in the face of the 20th Century maniacal dictator Adolf Hitler.

Yes, you see, according to Allen West, there wouldn’t be any conflict between Russia and Ukraine if it weren’t for Obama’s “weakness and abject cowardice”.
As I’ve pointed out before, guys like Allen West and other neocons are really hard to satirize. Before Allen West spoke up, I had satirized GOP reaction as:

Senate Republicans say Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 never would’ve been shot down if Obama hadn’t shown weakness by not reinvading Iraq.
— Top Conservative Cat (@TeaPartyCat) July 17, 2014

Next up on Fox News: Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 shot down over Ukraine. Is Obama to blame?
— Top Conservative Cat (@TeaPartyCat) July 17, 2014
and more generally

Facts: 1. People died somewhere in the world yesterday.2. Obama was president yesterday.Conclusion: 3. Obama caused their deaths.
— Top Conservative Cat (@TeaPartyCat) July 18, 2014
And then here’s Allen West saying it today  for real.
Now I’ve said this before with regards to Putin, but now that it has escalated, I’ll say it again: Obama doesn’t have control over the whole world. We may be a super power, but that doesn’t confer super powers on our president. Things happen in the world that we don’t control, can’t control.
There was never, ever a chance that the US was going to send troops or start bombing Russia or Crimea. Never. Ever. And Putin knows that. No amount of tough talk or cowboy hats was going to make Putin worry about what we thought as he conducts his border policy. So this plane, this conflict on Russia’s border is on Putin. He started it. He continues to manipulate it. And Putin bungled it.
And it is time to stop already with the Chamberlain comparisons as a valid criticism of foreign policy. Every time you bring up Chamberlain you are saying that it was Chamberlain’s fault what Hitler did, not Hitler’s, at least in some way. And all the Chamberlain talk doesn’t answer the big question of whether the UK had the military power at the time to stop Hitler if they refused to give him what they want. It’s not cowardice to give up what you can’t defend anyways.
This is part of a larger trend with neocons that goes back quite a long ways, at least to Iraq. Despite what those neocons think and bluster about, the US cannot do everything. We can’t fight a war everywhere. And we won’t. Two simultaneous wars have made America war-weary, and the GOP is responsible for that weariness. The neocons started the wars, and they bungled them, and until they can admit that, it’s time we pushed back on their bluster about all the wars we should be fighting, or at least be willing to.
So, for saying that flight MH17 being shot down is somehow Obama’s fault, Allen West is Asshole of the Day.
It is Allen West's second time as Asshole of the Day. His previous wins was for blaming sexual assault in the military on women serving in combat.
Full story: Media Matters

Allen West, Asshole of the Day for July 18, 2014

by TeaPartyCat ()

Yesterday Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down along the Russia-Ukraine border, and it appears it was targeted by Ukrainian separatists who have been armed and encouraged by Putin. Some even suggest that they are actually Russian soldiers, as was the case in Crimea.

It’s a pretty big deal when a civilian passenger flight gets shot down, and since everyone is covering it, every crackpot and partisan is also chiming in with their usual agenda and hackery. Rush Limbaugh was nearly Asshole of the Day today for his assertion that maybe Obama had some part in the shooting of the plane as a way of distracting from the border crisis, though he was careful to say he wasn’t accusing him. And then old Rush entertained callers with conspiracies for an hour without pushing back on their crazy talk. So much for careful.

And then former congressman Allen West wrote:

Sadly, hundreds of Ukrainians and 298 souls on MH17 have paid the price for the weakness and abject cowardice of Obama’s “flexibility.”

And here in America we quibble over a lawsuit against this charlatan. The blood on Vladimir Putin’s hands was poured by Barack Obama who is indirectly responsible, accountable accountable [sic] and no different than Neville Chamberlain’s weakness in the face of the 20th Century maniacal dictator Adolf Hitler.

Yes, you see, according to Allen West, there wouldn’t be any conflict between Russia and Ukraine if it weren’t for Obama’s “weakness and abject cowardice”.

As I’ve pointed out before, guys like Allen West and other neocons are really hard to satirize. Before Allen West spoke up, I had satirized GOP reaction as:

and more generally

And then here’s Allen West saying it today  for real.

Now I’ve said this before with regards to Putin, but now that it has escalated, I’ll say it again: Obama doesn’t have control over the whole world. We may be a super power, but that doesn’t confer super powers on our president. Things happen in the world that we don’t control, can’t control.

There was never, ever a chance that the US was going to send troops or start bombing Russia or Crimea. Never. Ever. And Putin knows that. No amount of tough talk or cowboy hats was going to make Putin worry about what we thought as he conducts his border policy. So this plane, this conflict on Russia’s border is on Putin. He started it. He continues to manipulate it. And Putin bungled it.

And it is time to stop already with the Chamberlain comparisons as a valid criticism of foreign policy. Every time you bring up Chamberlain you are saying that it was Chamberlain’s fault what Hitler did, not Hitler’s, at least in some way. And all the Chamberlain talk doesn’t answer the big question of whether the UK had the military power at the time to stop Hitler if they refused to give him what they want. It’s not cowardice to give up what you can’t defend anyways.

This is part of a larger trend with neocons that goes back quite a long ways, at least to Iraq. Despite what those neocons think and bluster about, the US cannot do everything. We can’t fight a war everywhere. And we won’t. Two simultaneous wars have made America war-weary, and the GOP is responsible for that weariness. The neocons started the wars, and they bungled them, and until they can admit that, it’s time we pushed back on their bluster about all the wars we should be fighting, or at least be willing to.

So, for saying that flight MH17 being shot down is somehow Obama’s fault, Allen West is Asshole of the Day.

It is Allen West's second time as Asshole of the Day. His previous wins was for blaming sexual assault in the military on women serving in combat.

Full story: Media Matters



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Dick Cheney, Asshole of the Day for July 17, 2014
by TeaPartyCat (Follow @TeaPartyCat)
Impeachment has been a hot topic among Republicans and Tea Partiers ever since Sarah Palin said "It’s time to impeach" last week.
But not everyone agrees. John Boehner thinks his little bullshit lawsuit is the right course of action, even though he is ridiculously suing the president for delaying the employer mandate, which House Republicans both hate and even voted to delay for one year themselves.
And then yesterday Dick Cheney spoke up against impeachment, calling it a distraction:

“I’m not prepared, at this point, to call for the impeachment of the President,” Cheney said on CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper.”
“I think he is the worst President of my lifetime,” Cheney said. “I fundamentally disagree with him. I think he’s doing a lot of things wrong. I’m glad to see House Republicans are challenging him, at least legally, at this point, but I think that gets to be a bit of a distraction just like the impeachment of Bill Clinton did.”

"Worst President of my lifetime." There have been 13 presidents in Dick Cheney’s lifetime:
FDR
Truman
Eisenhower
JFK
LBJ
Nixon
Ford
Carter
Reagan
George H. W. Bush
Clinton
George W. Bush
Obama
So Cheney is saying that he thinks Obama is worse than Nixon AND George W. Bush. Of course he worked in both Nixon and Bush’s administration, so I guess in his warped view of the world, he thinks they did a good job.
Look, if you’re going to say Obama is a worse president than Nixon and George W. Bush, you need to assert how something he has done or hasn’t done is worse than:
Running a criminal conspiracy out of the White House to manipulate the opposing party into choosing the weakest candidate, and then covering it up
Lying about intelligence to get America into a second land war in Asia
Letting a crony run FEMA into the ground and leaving people to die after Hurricane Katrina
But Dick Cheney has no examples that are worse than those things. None. Because there aren’t any. And for that, he is Asshole of the Day.
It is Dick Cheney's fourth time as Asshole of the Day. His previous wins were for
criticizing Obama for spending “money on Food Stamps than on a strong military or support for our troops”
saying Hillary was responsible for Benghazi while never holding himself or any member of the Bush administration responsible for any of the attacks on embassies or 9/11 when they were in office
saying “Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many” regarding Obama and Iraq
Full story: Talking Points Memo

Dick Cheney, Asshole of the Day for July 17, 2014

by TeaPartyCat ()

Impeachment has been a hot topic among Republicans and Tea Partiers ever since Sarah Palin said "It’s time to impeach" last week.

But not everyone agrees. John Boehner thinks his little bullshit lawsuit is the right course of action, even though he is ridiculously suing the president for delaying the employer mandate, which House Republicans both hate and even voted to delay for one year themselves.

And then yesterday Dick Cheney spoke up against impeachment, calling it a distraction:

“I’m not prepared, at this point, to call for the impeachment of the President,” Cheney said on CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper.”

“I think he is the worst President of my lifetime,” Cheney said. “I fundamentally disagree with him. I think he’s doing a lot of things wrong. I’m glad to see House Republicans are challenging him, at least legally, at this point, but I think that gets to be a bit of a distraction just like the impeachment of Bill Clinton did.”

"Worst President of my lifetime." There have been 13 presidents in Dick Cheney’s lifetime:

  1. FDR
  2. Truman
  3. Eisenhower
  4. JFK
  5. LBJ
  6. Nixon
  7. Ford
  8. Carter
  9. Reagan
  10. George H. W. Bush
  11. Clinton
  12. George W. Bush
  13. Obama

So Cheney is saying that he thinks Obama is worse than Nixon AND George W. Bush. Of course he worked in both Nixon and Bush’s administration, so I guess in his warped view of the world, he thinks they did a good job.

Look, if you’re going to say Obama is a worse president than Nixon and George W. Bush, you need to assert how something he has done or hasn’t done is worse than:

  • Running a criminal conspiracy out of the White House to manipulate the opposing party into choosing the weakest candidate, and then covering it up
  • Lying about intelligence to get America into a second land war in Asia
  • Letting a crony run FEMA into the ground and leaving people to die after Hurricane Katrina

But Dick Cheney has no examples that are worse than those things. None. Because there aren’t any. And for that, he is Asshole of the Day.

It is Dick Cheney's fourth time as Asshole of the Day. His previous wins were for

Full story: Talking Points Memo



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Adam Kwasman, Asshole of the Day for July 16, 2014
by TeaPartyCat (Follow @TeaPartyCat)
The migrant children crisis enters its second month, and while the politicians have yet to solve it, there’s been a real clown car of rhetoric with some calling for shooting children at the border to others claiming that Obama is somehow in on a scheme that involves Central American gang violence pushing parents to send their children thousands of miles by themselves for the hope of a better life. But of course if you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that people don’t think through the accusations they hurl at opponents.
But yesterday we had a new entry from Arizona. State legislator and GOP congressional candidate Adam Kwasman went out to protest a school bus full of children and ended up looking like a fool:

Adam Kwasman had just raced up to Phoenix Tuesday morning from the Oracle protest over the expected arrival of dozens of migrant children at a shelter.
He had tweeted from the scene, “Bus coming in. This is not compassion. This is the abrogation of the rule of law.” He included a photo of the back of a yellow school bus.
Kwasman later told me he saw the migrant children. “I was actually able to see some of the children in the buses. The fear on their faces…. This is not compassion,” he said.
But there was a problem with Kwasman’s story: There was no fear on their faces. Those weren’t the migrant children in the school bus. Those were children from the Marana school district. They were heading to the YMCA’s Triangle Y Camp, not far from the Rite of Passage shelter for the migrants, at the base of Mt. Lemmon.

And he doesn’t just look like a fool, he looks like a racist too. He says he saw the children, and that was enough to confirm that they were the undocumented migrants. He’d hardly be the first racist nativist to assume everyone darker than him is illegal, though few of them actually get so far as to confront a school bus of citizens. But he did. And for that, Adam Kwasman is Asshole of the Day.
It is Adam Kwasman’s first time as Asshole of the Day, though one of many during the immigration crisis:
Sarah Palin accuses Obama of exploiting foreign children to orchestrate a crisis
William Gheen wants Americans to mail dirty underwear to politicians and refugees
Gov. Rick Perry accuses Obama of “being in on it” and won’t shake his hand
Rep. Louie Gohmert wants to shoot 10-year-old refugees at the border
Rep. Phil Gingrey fear mongering about unvaccinated immigrant children when he doesn’t think American children need to be vaccinated
Full story: Arizona Republic (sent by the Everlasting GOPstoppers)

Adam Kwasman, Asshole of the Day for July 16, 2014

by TeaPartyCat ()

The migrant children crisis enters its second month, and while the politicians have yet to solve it, there’s been a real clown car of rhetoric with some calling for shooting children at the border to others claiming that Obama is somehow in on a scheme that involves Central American gang violence pushing parents to send their children thousands of miles by themselves for the hope of a better life. But of course if you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that people don’t think through the accusations they hurl at opponents.

But yesterday we had a new entry from Arizona. State legislator and GOP congressional candidate Adam Kwasman went out to protest a school bus full of children and ended up looking like a fool:

Adam Kwasman had just raced up to Phoenix Tuesday morning from the Oracle protest over the expected arrival of dozens of migrant children at a shelter.

He had tweeted from the scene, “Bus coming in. This is not compassion. This is the abrogation of the rule of law.” He included a photo of the back of a yellow school bus.

Kwasman later told me he saw the migrant children. “I was actually able to see some of the children in the buses. The fear on their faces…. This is not compassion,” he said.

But there was a problem with Kwasman’s story: There was no fear on their faces. Those weren’t the migrant children in the school bus. Those were children from the Marana school district. They were heading to the YMCA’s Triangle Y Camp, not far from the Rite of Passage shelter for the migrants, at the base of Mt. Lemmon.

And he doesn’t just look like a fool, he looks like a racist too. He says he saw the children, and that was enough to confirm that they were the undocumented migrants. He’d hardly be the first racist nativist to assume everyone darker than him is illegal, though few of them actually get so far as to confront a school bus of citizens. But he did. And for that, Adam Kwasman is Asshole of the Day.

It is Adam Kwasman’s first time as Asshole of the Day, though one of many during the immigration crisis:

Full story: Arizona Republic (sent by the Everlasting GOPstoppers)



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Phil Gingrey, Asshole of the Day for July 15, 2014
by TeaPartyCat (Follow @TeaPartyCat)
Yesterday we featured Louie Gohmert weighing in on the immigration crisis with his suggestion that we just start shooting 10-year-old kids crossing the border.
And today we have another congressman taking a different angle— Rep. Phil Gingrey is worried about the diseases these kids are bringing in since they probably aren’t vaccinated:

"Reports of illegal immigrants carrying deadly diseases such as swine flu, dengue fever, Ebola virus and tuberculosis are particularly concerning," Gingrey wrote. "Many of the children who are coming across the border also lack basic vaccinations such as those to prevent chicken pox or measles.”

Sounds legit, but there is no evidence of children bringing in dangerous diseases; it’s just fear mongering. But that’s not the big problem with Gingrey railing about unvaccinated immigrant children, you see, because it turns out Gingrey has pushed to keep American children from getting vaccines:

Gingrey has long-standing ties to the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, a far-right medical group that opposes all mandatory vaccines. The organization touts access to Gingrey as one of its membership perks. (The AAPS has, incidentally, taken the lead in pushing the idea that migrant children are disease carriers.) In 2007, he wrote an amendment that would allow parents to block their children from receiving HPV vaccines, which are designed to combat cervical cancer.

So he thinks it’s fine to let American children go without vaccines, but not refugee children. And for that, Phil Gingrey is Asshole of the Day.
It is Phil Gingrey's second time as Asshole of the Day. His previous time was for complaining that he’s “stuck making $172,000” in Congress.
Full story: Mother Jones

Phil Gingrey, Asshole of the Day for July 15, 2014

by TeaPartyCat ()

Yesterday we featured Louie Gohmert weighing in on the immigration crisis with his suggestion that we just start shooting 10-year-old kids crossing the border.

And today we have another congressman taking a different angle— Rep. Phil Gingrey is worried about the diseases these kids are bringing in since they probably aren’t vaccinated:

"Reports of illegal immigrants carrying deadly diseases such as swine flu, dengue fever, Ebola virus and tuberculosis are particularly concerning," Gingrey wrote. "Many of the children who are coming across the border also lack basic vaccinations such as those to prevent chicken pox or measles.”

Sounds legit, but there is no evidence of children bringing in dangerous diseases; it’s just fear mongering. But that’s not the big problem with Gingrey railing about unvaccinated immigrant children, you see, because it turns out Gingrey has pushed to keep American children from getting vaccines:

Gingrey has long-standing ties to the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, a far-right medical group that opposes all mandatory vaccines. The organization touts access to Gingrey as one of its membership perks. (The AAPS has, incidentally, taken the lead in pushing the idea that migrant children are disease carriers.) In 2007, he wrote an amendment that would allow parents to block their children from receiving HPV vaccines, which are designed to combat cervical cancer.

So he thinks it’s fine to let American children go without vaccines, but not refugee children. And for that, Phil Gingrey is Asshole of the Day.

It is Phil Gingrey's second time as Asshole of the Day. His previous time was for complaining that he’s “stuck making $172,000” in Congress.

Full story: Mother Jones



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Louie Gohmert, Asshole of the Day for July 14, 2014
by TeaPartyCat (Follow @TeaPartyCat)
As the immigration crisis continues, there’s lots of strange things being done and said. Last week the big story was Rick Perry positing conspiracy theories about Obama somehow being involved in it, without ever explaining how, and even refused to shake Obama’s hand. It was way out there.
So perhaps sensing that his territory in Crazy Town was being infringed on by Gov. Perry, Rep. Louie Gohmert suggested that Perry should lead Texas into a war against these recent immigrants:

“Even with $3.7 billion that’s requested, there’s no way for what’s being called for is going to stop the invasion that’s occurring,” Gohmert said. “That’s why I’m hoping that my governor will utilize Article 1, Section 10, that allows a state that is being invaded — in our case more than twice as many just in recent months, more than twice as many than invaded France on D-Day with a doubling of that coming en route, on their way here now under Article 1, Section 10, the state of Texas would appear to have the right, not only to use whatever means, whether it’s troops, even using ships of war, even exacting a tax on interstate commerce that wouldn’t normally be allowed to have or utilize, they’d be entitled in order to pay to stop the invasion.”

Yep, he’s really suggesting that Texas can have it’s own border war without the federal government’s involvement or approval. It’s a pretty crazy thing to say, and despite his citing sections of the Constitution, not actually supported by the Constitution (read more about that here).
But that’s not the worst part of this. What Rep. Gohmert is not mentioning, and which he certainly knows or could find out if he spent two minutes looking it up, is that the migrants causing the crisis are children, many of whom are under 10. So when he says Texas should go to war with these invaders, he’s saying the Texas National Guard should start shooting 10-year-olds. But he’s not saying that out loud, is he, because he knows how that will sound.
So, for saying that Texas should start shooting 10-year-olds at the border, Louie Gohmert is Asshole of the Day.
It is Louie Gohmert's fourth time as Asshole of the Day. Previous wins were for saying that
cutting food stamps would help poor people avoid obesity
pregnant women should have to give birth to brain-dead babies
separation of church and state shouldn’t stop churches from being involved in government
Full story: Think Progress

Louie Gohmert, Asshole of the Day for July 14, 2014

by TeaPartyCat ()

As the immigration crisis continues, there’s lots of strange things being done and said. Last week the big story was Rick Perry positing conspiracy theories about Obama somehow being involved in it, without ever explaining how, and even refused to shake Obama’s hand. It was way out there.

So perhaps sensing that his territory in Crazy Town was being infringed on by Gov. Perry, Rep. Louie Gohmert suggested that Perry should lead Texas into a war against these recent immigrants:

“Even with $3.7 billion that’s requested, there’s no way for what’s being called for is going to stop the invasion that’s occurring,” Gohmert said. “That’s why I’m hoping that my governor will utilize Article 1, Section 10, that allows a state that is being invaded — in our case more than twice as many just in recent months, more than twice as many than invaded France on D-Day with a doubling of that coming en route, on their way here now under Article 1, Section 10, the state of Texas would appear to have the right, not only to use whatever means, whether it’s troops, even using ships of war, even exacting a tax on interstate commerce that wouldn’t normally be allowed to have or utilize, they’d be entitled in order to pay to stop the invasion.”

Yep, he’s really suggesting that Texas can have it’s own border war without the federal government’s involvement or approval. It’s a pretty crazy thing to say, and despite his citing sections of the Constitution, not actually supported by the Constitution (read more about that here).

But that’s not the worst part of this. What Rep. Gohmert is not mentioning, and which he certainly knows or could find out if he spent two minutes looking it up, is that the migrants causing the crisis are children, many of whom are under 10. So when he says Texas should go to war with these invaders, he’s saying the Texas National Guard should start shooting 10-year-olds. But he’s not saying that out loud, is he, because he knows how that will sound.

So, for saying that Texas should start shooting 10-year-olds at the border, Louie Gohmert is Asshole of the Day.

It is Louie Gohmert's fourth time as Asshole of the Day. Previous wins were for saying that

Full story: Think Progress



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John Boehner, Asshole of the Day for July 11, 2014
by TheDailyEdge (Follow @TheDailyEdge)
Two weeks ago, we named John Boehner Asshole of the Day for suing President Obama for doing his job while the Speaker consistently refused to do his.
At the time we pointed out the hypocrisy of Boehner’s crusade against frivolous lawsuits while devoting most of his time—and a lot of our money—on pursuing them.
It gets worse.
Now that details of his suit against the President have emerged, it turns out that Boehner wants to sue Obama for doing one of the few things he and the President agree on: delaying the Obamacare employee mandate.
Adding to the ridiculousness, it has long been established that the delay in question was based on the Treasury Department’s "longstanding authority to grant transition relief when implementing new legislation."
As might be expected from the Worst Speaker in History, the Boehner lawsuit against Obama is illogical and silly. But it’s also dangerous.
Says Bloomberg’s Jonathan Bernstein: If Boehner’s frivolous lawsuit is allowed to go forward it would create a new kind of disaster for American society by further "enhancing judicial power at the expense of the elected branches. And that’s a very bad idea.” 
This is John Boehner’s 9th time as Asshole of the Day, as he continues to work toward what looks like a guaranteed place on the Mount Rushmore of Assholes.

John Boehner, Asshole of the Day for July 11, 2014

by TheDailyEdge ()

Two weeks ago, we named John Boehner Asshole of the Day for suing President Obama for doing his job while the Speaker consistently refused to do his.

At the time we pointed out the hypocrisy of Boehner’s crusade against frivolous lawsuits while devoting most of his time—and a lot of our money—on pursuing them.

It gets worse.

Now that details of his suit against the President have emerged, it turns out that Boehner wants to sue Obama for doing one of the few things he and the President agree on: delaying the Obamacare employee mandate.

Adding to the ridiculousness, it has long been established that the delay in question was based on the Treasury Department’s "longstanding authority to grant transition relief when implementing new legislation."

As might be expected from the Worst Speaker in History, the Boehner lawsuit against Obama is illogical and silly. But it’s also dangerous.

Says Bloomberg’s Jonathan Bernstein: If Boehner’s frivolous lawsuit is allowed to go forward it would create a new kind of disaster for American society by further "enhancing judicial power at the expense of the elected branches. And that’s a very bad idea.” 

This is John Boehner’s 9th time as Asshole of the Day, as he continues to work toward what looks like a guaranteed place on the Mount Rushmore of Assholes.



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Todd Akin, Asshole of the Day for July 10, 2014
by TeaPartyCat (Follow @TeaPartyCat)
We didn’t start Asshole of the Day until May 2013, so we missed Todd Akin the first time around. But he’s back, and he has a book, and God help us all, it sort of sounds like he might run again.
Back in 2013 he said:

"if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."

But apparently the criticism he faced for that, which helped to derail his senate campaign, was not enough. Rather than just slink away, he wants to talk about it again 2 years later. He rescinds his apology and says he was right all along:

"By asking the public at large for forgiveness," Akin says in the book, "I was validating the willful misinterpretation of what I had said."
He adds that the media misconstrued his words and explains why he’s still right about rape and pregnancy. "My comment about a woman’s body shutting the pregnancy down was directed to the impact of stress of fertilization. This is something fertility doctors debate and discuss. Doubt me? Google ‘stress and infertility,’ and you will find a library of research" on the impact of stress on fertilization, he writes.
And Akin doubles down on the term “legitimate,” which he says refers to a rape claim that can be proved by “evidence,” as opposed to one used “to avoid an unwanted pregnancy.”

But of course Todd Akin is wrong, wrong, wrong. As we pointed out last year when we named Rep. Trent Franks as Asshole of the Day for claiming “the incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy is very low.”, women do get pregnant from rape. Lots of them. It’s not a small number— 30,000 women get pregnant by rape each year:

Medical experts agree that rape does not lower the incidence of pregnancy, with one study by the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology finding that more than 30,000 pregnancies result from rape in the United States each year.

And why does it matter that Todd Akin is wrong about this? And why does he keep saying that rape somehow magically prevents pregnancy? Because majorities of Americans have consistently supported abortion as an option in cases of rape. But guys like Todd Akin want to outlaw abortion in every case, so to get people to go along, they have to convince people that they aren’t forcing rape victims to carry and raise rape babies. And the way some of them do it is by coming up with cockamamie arguments that raped women don’t get pregnant because then there doesn’t need to be any exception. That’s why.
Which is also why Akin is suggesting that some rapes aren’t legitimate— because by defining legitimate rapes as so horrible the woman’s body is so stressed it doesn’t become pregnant, then he’s defined away all those other women as not being legitimately raped.
It’s horrible and offensive that Akin made this argument to start, and even more offensive that he’s still making it now. But make no mistake— this is the argument that he’s making with all his “legitimate rape” and “stress prevents pregnancy” bullshit. He’s doing it to hide how he wants to compel rape victims to bear their rapist’s baby. And for that, he is Asshole of the Day.
It is Todd Akin’s first time as Asshole of the Day.
Full story: Mother Jones

Todd Akin, Asshole of the Day for July 10, 2014

by TeaPartyCat ()

We didn’t start Asshole of the Day until May 2013, so we missed Todd Akin the first time around. But he’s back, and he has a book, and God help us all, it sort of sounds like he might run again.

Back in 2013 he said:

"if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."

But apparently the criticism he faced for that, which helped to derail his senate campaign, was not enough. Rather than just slink away, he wants to talk about it again 2 years later. He rescinds his apology and says he was right all along:

"By asking the public at large for forgiveness," Akin says in the book, "I was validating the willful misinterpretation of what I had said."

He adds that the media misconstrued his words and explains why he’s still right about rape and pregnancy. "My comment about a woman’s body shutting the pregnancy down was directed to the impact of stress of fertilization. This is something fertility doctors debate and discuss. Doubt me? Google ‘stress and infertility,’ and you will find a library of research" on the impact of stress on fertilization, he writes.

And Akin doubles down on the term “legitimate,” which he says refers to a rape claim that can be proved by “evidence,” as opposed to one used “to avoid an unwanted pregnancy.”

But of course Todd Akin is wrong, wrong, wrong. As we pointed out last year when we named Rep. Trent Franks as Asshole of the Day for claiming “the incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy is very low.”, women do get pregnant from rape. Lots of them. It’s not a small number— 30,000 women get pregnant by rape each year:

Medical experts agree that rape does not lower the incidence of pregnancy, with one study by the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology finding that more than 30,000 pregnancies result from rape in the United States each year.

And why does it matter that Todd Akin is wrong about this? And why does he keep saying that rape somehow magically prevents pregnancy? Because majorities of Americans have consistently supported abortion as an option in cases of rape. But guys like Todd Akin want to outlaw abortion in every case, so to get people to go along, they have to convince people that they aren’t forcing rape victims to carry and raise rape babies. And the way some of them do it is by coming up with cockamamie arguments that raped women don’t get pregnant because then there doesn’t need to be any exception. That’s why.

Which is also why Akin is suggesting that some rapes aren’t legitimate— because by defining legitimate rapes as so horrible the woman’s body is so stressed it doesn’t become pregnant, then he’s defined away all those other women as not being legitimately raped.

It’s horrible and offensive that Akin made this argument to start, and even more offensive that he’s still making it now. But make no mistake— this is the argument that he’s making with all his “legitimate rape” and “stress prevents pregnancy” bullshit. He’s doing it to hide how he wants to compel rape victims to bear their rapist’s baby. And for that, he is Asshole of the Day.

It is Todd Akin’s first time as Asshole of the Day.

Full story: Mother Jones



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Kentucky Majority Whip Brandon Smith— Asshole or Idiot? Or both?

Brandon Smith is trying to use the climate on Mars to justify denying climate change on Earth, never mind that Mars is 50% farther away from the sun than the Earth is.

Here’s a good takedown of how truly stupid and craven he’s being:

“As you (Energy & Environment Cabinet official) sit there in your chair with your data, we sit up here in ours with our data and our constituents and stuff behind us. I don’t want to get into the debate about climate change, but I will simply point out that I think in academia we all agree that the temperature on Mars is exactly as it is here. Nobody will dispute that. Yet there are no coal mines on Mars. There are no factories on Mars that I’m aware of.”

I shit thee not.

First, let me just point out the little factoid that the average temp on Mars is −55 °C (218 K; −67 °F). That’s colder than North Dakota, that’s how cold that is. The average temperature of Earth according to NASA figures is 15°C  or 16 C (59F-61F). Someone explain to Brandon Smith that the negative sign MEANS something when dealing with numbers.

You may need to start by explaining about negative numbers, or the numbers he cannot count on his toes.

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So is he an idiot or an asshole? Or both?

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