Asshole Of The Day
Mary Fallin, Asshole of the Day for April 15, 2014
by TeaPartyCat (Follow @TeaPartyCat)
Raising the minimum wage has gotten a lot of traction lately. It hasn’t been raised in years, and in a slow economy, many of the people making minimum wage are people who are supporting themselves or family.
Many in the GOP have been opposing an increase to the minimum wage, for various reasons. Though the main one, even if unstated, is that it doesn’t help them and only helps people at the bottom, who they could give two shits about. Often you’ll see some pundit or politician say it doesn’t need to be raised, and will tell how they made minimum wage 40 years ago and did OK, but they refuse to acknowledge that the minimum wage they made was higher, sometimes much higher, when you factor in inflation. Proposals to get the minimum wage to $10.10 or $11.00 are basically raising the minimum wage to catch up with inflation. But that’s math, and as Bill Clinton pointed out in his 2012 convention speech, math isn’t the GOP’s thing these days. They prefer ideology to math.
But Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin isn’t content to just oppose an increase at the state or national level. Instead she forbid municipalities to raise it within their borders, as well as outlawing other things:

At a time when many states and cities are working passing minimum wage increases, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) has gone in the opposite direction and signed a law banning cities from passing higher wages. The bill also bans them from enacting paid sick days or vacation requirements.

Republicans make a lot of hay about states’ rights and local control. They hate big government. But of course here Gov. Fallin is restricting local choices.
And for what? To keep the working poor poor. Remember, this isn’t about giving benefits to people who don’t work— it’s about allowing local municipalities making laws to make work pay. And she won’t let them.
She also blocked the Obamacare Medicaid expansion, which would have helped many of the working poor receive health insurance that their employers don’t offer. The Medicaid expansion is almost entirely paid for by the federal government, costing her state almost nothing. But she won’t take it to help her own citizens, even though that money will pass through the poor and fund hospitals and clinics.
So, for being so cruel to the working poor that she won’t let other people help them even when it costs her nothing, Mary Fallin is the Asshole of the Day.
It is Mary Fallin's first time as Asshole of the Day, but one of many to be featured on this site for deriding those who make minimum wage.
Full story: Think Progress

Mary Fallin, Asshole of the Day for April 15, 2014

by TeaPartyCat ()

Raising the minimum wage has gotten a lot of traction lately. It hasn’t been raised in years, and in a slow economy, many of the people making minimum wage are people who are supporting themselves or family.

Many in the GOP have been opposing an increase to the minimum wage, for various reasons. Though the main one, even if unstated, is that it doesn’t help them and only helps people at the bottom, who they could give two shits about. Often you’ll see some pundit or politician say it doesn’t need to be raised, and will tell how they made minimum wage 40 years ago and did OK, but they refuse to acknowledge that the minimum wage they made was higher, sometimes much higher, when you factor in inflation. Proposals to get the minimum wage to $10.10 or $11.00 are basically raising the minimum wage to catch up with inflation. But that’s math, and as Bill Clinton pointed out in his 2012 convention speech, math isn’t the GOP’s thing these days. They prefer ideology to math.

But Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin isn’t content to just oppose an increase at the state or national level. Instead she forbid municipalities to raise it within their borders, as well as outlawing other things:

At a time when many states and cities are working passing minimum wage increases, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) has gone in the opposite direction and signed a law banning cities from passing higher wages. The bill also bans them from enacting paid sick days or vacation requirements.

Republicans make a lot of hay about states’ rights and local control. They hate big government. But of course here Gov. Fallin is restricting local choices.

And for what? To keep the working poor poor. Remember, this isn’t about giving benefits to people who don’t work— it’s about allowing local municipalities making laws to make work pay. And she won’t let them.

She also blocked the Obamacare Medicaid expansion, which would have helped many of the working poor receive health insurance that their employers don’t offer. The Medicaid expansion is almost entirely paid for by the federal government, costing her state almost nothing. But she won’t take it to help her own citizens, even though that money will pass through the poor and fund hospitals and clinics.

So, for being so cruel to the working poor that she won’t let other people help them even when it costs her nothing, Mary Fallin is the Asshole of the Day.

It is Mary Fallin's first time as Asshole of the Day, but one of many to be featured on this site for deriding those who make minimum wage.

Full story: Think Progress



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Is John Sununu Asshole of the Day?

Is John Sununu asshole of the day for saying Scott Brown’s opponent for senate from NH is “Massachusetts’ 3rd senator”?

Sununu didn’t steer clear of Brown’s biggest impediment as a candidate in the Granite State. Instead, the former White House chief of staff who served as one of Mitt Romney’s most confrontational surrogates in 2012 projected that weakness right onto Brown’s Democratic opponent, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

“[Shaheen] votes with Elizabeth Warren. She votes with [Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Ed] Markey. She is the third senator from Massachusetts,” Sunnunu said at Brown’s Portsmouth, N.H. rally, according to Yahoo’s Chris Moody. “Scott’s happiest days as a young man were in New Hampshire. … So it’s going to be great to have a senator that was born virtually in the state of New Hampshire. Jean Shaheen, by the way, was born in Missouri!”

Via Talking Points Memo

This is ridiculous. Scott Brown was a senator from Massachusetts until 2012. Then he lost to Warren. And, not liking his chances of being elected in Massachusetts again, moved to New Hampshire for the purpose of running.

Ridiculous!

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Is Micheal Barrett Asshole of the Day?

Is Sgt. Maj. Micheal Barrett asshole of the day for saying lower pay will make the Marines more disciplined and less wasteful?

Lower pay and slimmed-down benefits will make Marines more disciplined and less wasteful, according to the Corps’ top enlisted Marine.

In comments before a Senate Armed Services Committee panel on Wednesday, Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Micheal Barrett dismissed lawmaker concerns that proposed compensation trims in the Pentagon’s fiscal 2015 budget proposal would hurt troops’ morale or desire to serve.

“Marines don’t run around asking about compensation, retirement modernization,” he said. “That’s not on their mind. As I talk to thousands of audiences, they want to know into whose neck do we put a boot next.

“They want to know about what new equipment are we getting, are we continuing to modernize. Just because the budget sucks, does that mean we’re not going to get our new gear?”

Barrett’s comments came in contrast to his counterparts in the other services, who conceded to senators that lower pay raises, scaled-back commissary offerings and smaller housing stipends would be problematic for many servicemembers.

Instead, Barrett argued that the lower quality of life would be beneficial to Marines.

“I truly believe it will raise discipline,” he said. “You’ll have better spending habits. You won’t be so wasteful.”

More at Marine Corps Times

Yes, obviously people who enlist in the Marines want good equipment and to fight just wars. That’s why they sign up. That’s their mission.

But paying them less can’t be good either. Many military families struggle and need food stamps. Wouldn’t we want our Marines to be able to pay their own way instead of relying on assistance? Don’t we owe them that?

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Is George Will Asshole of the Day (again)?

Is George Will asshole of the day for saying liberals have no ideas except to accuse people of racism?

Fox News contributor George Will said that liberals haven’t had any new ideas in a few decades, so they accuse people of being racist.

"Look, liberalism has a kind of Tourette’s syndrome these days. Just constantly saying the word ‘racism’ and ‘racist,’" he said. "There’s a kind of intellectual poverty now. Liberalism hasn’t had a new idea since the 1960s — except Obamacare — and the country doesn’t like it. Foreign policy is a shambles, from Russia to Iran to Syria to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. And the recovery is unprecedentedly bad."

"So, what do you do? You say, ‘Anyone who criticizes us is a racist," Will continued.

Via Talking Points Memo

Oh, George. Liberalism has no new ideas since the 1960s? Except Obamacare. As though Obamacare was nothing. It’s huge. It effects millions of people already, and will effect many more in the years to come. And it was a long fight starting with Hillarycare in 1993, which conservatives fought the whole way.

And there’s more — financial reform, like Dodd-Frank. Which Republicans also fought. And which they tried to keep from being implemented by refusing to confirm Elizabeth Warren to oversee. And then fought every other nominee until Democrats had to resort to filibuster reform.

And racism hasn’t gone away either. Assholes like Trump or Sheriff Joe  push racist lies about Obama’s birth certificate still. Assholes like Ted Nugent call Obama a "subhuman mongrel", and then don’t apologize. Assholes like Greg Abbott invite Ted Nugent to campaign with them to help reach the racist gun lover vote until they are shamed into cutting him loose. South Dakota Sen. Phil Jensen says it should be OK for business to refuse to serve blacks. Arizona Republican Jim Brown says slave masters took good care of their slaves. And Paul Ryan says “inner city men” are too lazy to work.

And that’s just a sample of what we’ve seen from the GOP this year, most in the last month.

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Is Mike Huckabee Asshole of the Day (again)?

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Is Mike Huckabee asshole of the day for saying Obama is lying about being a Christian?

Describing his own opposition to equal marriage rights, Huckabee explained, “The position that I hold is the position that Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden held in 2008. Barack Obama held it until 2012.” “And my question that I would love to pose to the president is this: Mr. President, please explain that when you said in 2008 at the Saddleback Church forum that you stood for traditional marriage and you did so because you were a Christian and because it’s what the Bible taught, please answer: Were you lying then, are you lying now, or did the Bible get rewritten?”

More at Think Progress

Actually it’s not clear what Huckabee is accusing Obama of lying about— being a Christian or supporting gay marriage.

But in any event, Huckabee is trying to gotcha Obama. You know, that thing Sarah Palin hates so much. He’s trying to say Obama supported Huckabee’s position then, so Obama is either lying or a flip-flopper, as though flip-flopping were the worst thing ever.

Except there’s a few problems with what Huckabee is doing.

1. Flip-flopping may have been fatal to Kerry in 2004, but that was before Bush became the most hated and least respected president since Nixon. You see, Bush made a virtue out of never changing his mind. Except he turned out to be wrong a lot, and stuck with his wrongness way past the point of reason. So trying to tag someone as a flip-flopper isn’t what it used to be.

2. People can change their mind. Outside of the base of homophobes that Huckabee is trying to play to, the majority of Americans support gay marriage and changed their mind just as President Obama did. And those people don’t feel like flip-floppers or liars for supporting same-sex marriage now having possibly voted against it in 2004 or 2008. No, they feel like they’ve done the right thing after their eyes were open. 

3. Obama was for civil unions, but not for marriage. It was about the word marriage, not about conferring rights to gay couples in committed relationships. And since 2008 people have learned that civil unions have many less rights than marriage, and that matters. We want gays to have the same rights as all other adults do. 

It’s inaccurate for Huckabee to act like his position and Obama’s in 2008 was the same on this issue. Huckabee actively campaigned against gay marriage. Huckabee did not, to my knowledge, ever support civil unions for gay couples. Obama supported civil unions and while he said he was against gay marriage, he didn’t campaign on it or in any way push for Prop 8.

Photo source: Gage Skidmore via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mike_Huckabee_by_Gage_Skidmore_2.jpg



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Abu Azmi, Asshole of the Day for April 14, 2014
by TeaPartyCat (Follow @TeaPartyCat)
Since we’ve started this site, we’ve seen a lot of men saying very bad things about rape. Some are excusing the behaviors of the rapist, others are to justify forcing women to carry the rapist’s baby to term. But today we have a new one, for us.
Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi said women who are raped should be hanged:

MUMBAI: Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi has said that any woman who has sex outside marriage should be hanged, including rape victims.
According to a report published in Mid-Day, Azmi said, “Rape is punishable by hanging in Islam. But here, nothing happens to women, only to men. Even the woman is guilty.”
The Samajwadi Party leader further added, “In India, if you have sex with a person with consent, it’s fine. But if that same person complains, it’s a problem. Nowadays, we see a lot of such cases. Girls complain when someone touches them, and even when someone doesn’t touch them. It becomes a problem then, and the man’s honour is ruined in this. If rape happens with or without consent, it should be punished as prescribed in Islam.”
When asked for a solution to the problem of rapes, Azmi had this to say: “Solution is this: any woman if, whether married or unmarried, goes along with a man, with or without her consent, should be hanged. Both should be hanged. It shouldn’t be allowed even if a woman goes by consent.”

There’s a few problems here, so let’s start with the first one— It’s not rape if there’s consent. Rape is sex without consent. By definition.
But even if we get past the fact that he has redefined rape, his message is “Girls, don’t get raped, because if you do, then the state will put you to death." That’s not an exaggeration, that’s what he’s saying.
And why does he feel he can say this? Because it says so in his religion. And here’s the problem with that. It’s 2014. If you can’t figure out what the right thing to do with regard to rape is without consulting some thousand year old book, then that’s a problem. The right thing to do with regards to rape is not to punish the victim. In fact regardless of the crime, I think it’s safe to say that putting the victim to death is never the right thing. You don’t need to go look that up in some book. You should just know it.
I will also note that since the original story went up on Friday, Mr. Azmi has tried to clarify his comments, though when you read his statement, you should notice the lack of apology:
"I never said that the girl who is raped should be punished. I said rapist should be punished and girl is a victim. I said that all of us should show solidarity with the girl," Mr Azmi said in Mumbai. "I will never make such statement, only a mad person will say such things," he added.
Like I said, I don’t see an apology. All I see is him saying “only a mad person will say such things”, which I agree with, but that doesn’t mean he never said it. He said it. The original report in the Times of India has not been corrected, so clearly he said it. And that post goes on to say that his son had to tell him you can’t talk like that in public. This is a non-apology apology— he doesn’t take it back but tries some jedi mind trick where he says only a crazy person would say what he’s quoted as saying.
I don’t put much credence in forced apologies, especially when there is no apology, only denial. Do you?
So, for lumping the rape victim in with the rapist and suggesting they both be punished, Abu Azmi is the Asshole of the Day.
It is Abu Azmi’s firs time as Asshole of the Day, though he is the second politician from India to be named Asshole of the Day for saying horrible things about rape in the last week. Mulayam Singh Yadav won last week for saying of rape, “Boys are boys. Mistakes sometimes happen.”
Full story: Times of India

Abu Azmi, Asshole of the Day for April 14, 2014

by TeaPartyCat ()

Since we’ve started this site, we’ve seen a lot of men saying very bad things about rape. Some are excusing the behaviors of the rapist, others are to justify forcing women to carry the rapist’s baby to term. But today we have a new one, for us.

Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi said women who are raped should be hanged:

MUMBAI: Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi has said that any woman who has sex outside marriage should be hanged, including rape victims.

According to a report published in Mid-Day, Azmi said, “Rape is punishable by hanging in Islam. But here, nothing happens to women, only to men. Even the woman is guilty.”

The Samajwadi Party leader further added, “In India, if you have sex with a person with consent, it’s fine. But if that same person complains, it’s a problem. Nowadays, we see a lot of such cases. Girls complain when someone touches them, and even when someone doesn’t touch them. It becomes a problem then, and the man’s honour is ruined in this. If rape happens with or without consent, it should be punished as prescribed in Islam.”

When asked for a solution to the problem of rapes, Azmi had this to say: “Solution is this: any woman if, whether married or unmarried, goes along with a man, with or without her consent, should be hanged. Both should be hanged. It shouldn’t be allowed even if a woman goes by consent.”

There’s a few problems here, so let’s start with the first one— It’s not rape if there’s consent. Rape is sex without consent. By definition.

But even if we get past the fact that he has redefined rape, his message is “Girls, don’t get raped, because if you do, then the state will put you to death." That’s not an exaggeration, that’s what he’s saying.

And why does he feel he can say this? Because it says so in his religion. And here’s the problem with that. It’s 2014. If you can’t figure out what the right thing to do with regard to rape is without consulting some thousand year old book, then that’s a problem. The right thing to do with regards to rape is not to punish the victim. In fact regardless of the crime, I think it’s safe to say that putting the victim to death is never the right thing. You don’t need to go look that up in some book. You should just know it.

I will also note that since the original story went up on Friday, Mr. Azmi has tried to clarify his comments, though when you read his statement, you should notice the lack of apology:

"I never said that the girl who is raped should be punished. I said rapist should be punished and girl is a victim. I said that all of us should show solidarity with the girl," Mr Azmi said in Mumbai. "I will never make such statement, only a mad person will say such things," he added.

Like I said, I don’t see an apology. All I see is him saying “only a mad person will say such things”, which I agree with, but that doesn’t mean he never said it. He said it. The original report in the Times of India has not been corrected, so clearly he said it. And that post goes on to say that his son had to tell him you can’t talk like that in public. This is a non-apology apology— he doesn’t take it back but tries some jedi mind trick where he says only a crazy person would say what he’s quoted as saying.

I don’t put much credence in forced apologies, especially when there is no apology, only denial. Do you?

So, for lumping the rape victim in with the rapist and suggesting they both be punished, Abu Azmi is the Asshole of the Day.

It is Abu Azmi’s firs time as Asshole of the Day, though he is the second politician from India to be named Asshole of the Day for saying horrible things about rape in the last week. Mulayam Singh Yadav won last week for saying of rape, “Boys are boys. Mistakes sometimes happen.”

Full story: Times of India



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Is Sheriff Joe Arpaio Asshole of the Day?

Is Sheriff Joe Arpaio asshole of the day for saying there’s a double standard on racism since no one cares that he’s discriminated against for being Italian?

“There’s no justice in the Justice Department, yesterday I heard the Attorney General say that he’s treated badly because he’s black,” said Kaufman. “Come on, Sheriff Joe, everything is upside down in this country right now.”

“Am I treated badly because I’m Italian?” Arpaio asked. “And they use that W-O-P on menus to this day. No one seems to care about that, but if I said something wrong I’d be driven out of the country. There’s double standards around today.”

Read the rest at Raw Story

Sheriff Joe’s department has been cited numerous times showing racism in traffic stops and other interactions with the public.  But rather than take that head on and refute it with evidence, he says it’s a double standard because he’s discriminated against as an Italian? Bullshit.

On a menu? Show me this menus that discriminates against Italians, Sheriff. Show us all.

And even so, you don’t get to enforce racist policies in your capacity as a government official just because you allege that there is racism against Italians. Even if there is this racism against Italians, it still doesn’t justify being racist towards others.

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Is Donald Trump Asshole of the Day (again)?

Is Donald Trump asshole of the day for claiming the GOP isn’t racist because “some Republicans voted for the black president”?

“I think it’s terrible, and I saw the president really about a week ago starting with the women, he’s now trying to get the women against large factions of people, including Republicans,” Trump noted. “The women card, now they’re starting, and a lot of women are very angry about it.”

“I’ve been with women, they’re extremely angry about being used.”

The reality star went on to say that Israel’s comments were out of line because “we have a black president, people voted for the black president.”

“A lot of, frankly, Republicans voted for the black president,” he added. “And they go and they play the race card. And it’s really a terrible thing. And I would say he’s out of line.”

From Raw Story

This is a particularly specious argument— that the GOP as a whole isn’t racist because some Republicans voted for Obama.

A few Republicans not being racist doesn’t make them all not racist.

I even satirized this argument when Sean Hannity made similar claims:

It’s one thing to say “I voted for the black president so I’m not racist” and another thing to say “my neighbor voted for the black president so I’m not racist.” Trump is really saying the second.

And how many Republicans voted for Obama? I quickly found this exit poll from Pew from 2008 which shows that 9% of self-identified Republicans voted for Obama. That’s not a lot. Does 9% mean the other 91% aren’t racist?

And let’s just remember that Donald Trump still persists with his  attacks on Obama’s birth certificate and college transcripts. Given that all credible news outlets and the Secret Service have accepted the birth certificate as real, it’s fair to suggest that racism is partly a motivation for Trump’s refusal to give this up years after his own “investigators” failed to find even one shred of proof that it’s not legitimate.

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Is Abu Azmi Asshole of the Day?

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Is Abu Azmi asshole of the day for saying women who are raped should be hanged?

MUMBAI: Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi has said that any woman who has sex outside marriage should be hanged, including rape victims.

According to a report published in Mid-Day, Azmi said, “Rape is punishable by hanging in Islam. But here, nothing happens to women, only to men. Even the woman is guilty.”

The Samajwadi Party leader further added, “In India, if you have sex with a person with consent, it’s fine. But if that same person complains, it’s a problem. Nowadays, we see a lot of such cases. Girls complain when someone touches them, and even when someone doesn’t touch them. It becomes a problem then, and the man’s honour is ruined in this. If rape happens with or without consent, it should be punished as prescribed in Islam.”

When asked for a solution to the problem of rapes, Azmi had this to say: “Solution is this: any woman if, whether married or unmarried, goes along with a man, with or without her consent, should be hanged. Both should be hanged. It shouldn’t be allowed even if a woman goes by consent.”

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Women-who-have-sex-outside-marriage-should-be-hanged-SP-leader-Abu-Azmi/articleshow/33599253.cms

A woman who is raped is responsible and must be hanged! Consent matters not at all to him.

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Is Orrin Hatch Asshole of the Day?

Is Sen. Orrin Hatch asshole of the day for condemning the exact same action he took in 2003?

Though enforcement of the blue slip process has varied since it was created in 1917 — for many years it largely just allowed home state senators to advise the Judiciary Committee of their views of a judicial nominee — it has, at times, permitted a home state senator to veto anyone nominated to a federal judgeship in their state. At some points in the Senate’s history, including right now under Senate Judiciary Chair Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the chair of the Judiciary Committee would refuse to schedule a confirmation hearing on a judicial nominee if one or both of the nominee’s home-state senators objected to them.

In 2003, however, when Hatch became Judiciary chair and George W. Bush was president, Hatch decided to stop allowing senators to veto nominees from their state. According to the non-partisan Congressional Research Service, Hatch changed the Judiciary Committee’s procedures so that “[a] return of a negative blue slip by one or both home-state Senators does not prevent the committee from moving forward with the nomination — provided that the Administration has engaged in pre-nomination consultation with both of the home-state Senators.”

Now, however, in his Friday op-ed, Hatch claims that it would be wrong for Leahy to do the exact same thing that Hatch did in 2003.

The crux of Hatch’s argument is that, if Leahy were to adopt the Hatch Rule right now, it would “weaken the collaboration between the president and the Senate, further politicize the confirmation process, and ultimately produce a more politicized federal judiciary.” The later two objections run headlong into an uncomfortable fact for Mr. Hatch — the American people elected a Democratic president and a Democratic Senate. If Republicans think that they should have a veto power over President Obama’s judges, they should consider winning an election first.

Read the rest of the story at Think Progress

Oh, this is so tiring. And it’s not flip-flopping. Flip-flopping is changing your mind. This is cynically changing your position about what’s right based on whether you are in power or not. When you’re out, it’s tyranny! When you’re in, it’s reasonable.

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