Asshole Of The Day
Stephen A. Smith, Asshole of the Day for July 30, 2014
by GirlGetALife (Follow @GirlGetALife)
ESPN suspended on-air personality Stephen A. Smith for a week because he suggested women somehow ‘provoke’ their own beatings in domestic violence situations. Smith made his asinine statement while discussing the paltry two-game suspension the NFL handed down after investigating claims that Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice assaulted a woman. Rice was suspended after being arrested for allegedly knocking out his then-girlfriend (now wife). He was caught on video dragging her out of an elevator.
Any normal person with knowledge of the assault would call Rice to the carpet for his behavior and demand the NFL hand down a stiffer punishment. But Stephen A. Smith isn’t normal. He began his remarks saying ‘yeah, domestic violence is wrong’, but things went bad - really bad - quickly. Smith said:

"We got to also make sure that you can do your part to do whatever you can do to make, to try to make sure it doesn’t happen again."

We would have loved it if Smith would have explained what a woman could do to stop her abuser from attacking her. Maybe she shouldn’t nag him or question him? Or, maybe she’d be safe if she didn’t breathe around him.
What Smith failed to consider is that there isn’t anything an abused person can do to prevent domestic violence because, well…it isn’t their fault. The only person who has to change their behavior is the abuser.
Of course, Smith apologized for his actions. But he then sent out a tweet that defended his on-air comments (he deleted it, but here it is):



He made a second apology, saying he ‘didn’t articulate his views clearly enough’. Smith didn’t go on to explain the point that he was trying to make.
Smith articulated his views perfectly. He’s not sorry for what he said - because he said it more than once. He’s only sorry that so many people - including his ESPN colleagues - complained. His apology was an attempt at damage control.
He deserved more than a one-week suspension from ESPN brass, but it’s better than nothing.
Odd…the guy who made ridiculous comments about domestic violence received a harsher penalty than the guy who actually committed an act of domestic violence.
But this isn’t about the NFL…it’s about Stephen A. Smith. And he’s Asshole of the Day.
It is Stephen A. Smith’s first time as Asshole of the Day.
Full story: New York Times

Stephen A. Smith, Asshole of the Day for July 30, 2014

by GirlGetALife ()

ESPN suspended on-air personality Stephen A. Smith for a week because he suggested women somehow ‘provoke’ their own beatings in domestic violence situations. Smith made his asinine statement while discussing the paltry two-game suspension the NFL handed down after investigating claims that Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice assaulted a woman. Rice was suspended after being arrested for allegedly knocking out his then-girlfriend (now wife). He was caught on video dragging her out of an elevator.

Any normal person with knowledge of the assault would call Rice to the carpet for his behavior and demand the NFL hand down a stiffer punishment. But Stephen A. Smith isn’t normal. He began his remarks saying ‘yeah, domestic violence is wrong’, but things went bad - really bad - quickly. Smith said:

"We got to also make sure that you can do your part to do whatever you can do to make, to try to make sure it doesn’t happen again."

We would have loved it if Smith would have explained what a woman could do to stop her abuser from attacking her. Maybe she shouldn’t nag him or question him? Or, maybe she’d be safe if she didn’t breathe around him.

What Smith failed to consider is that there isn’t anything an abused person can do to prevent domestic violence because, well…it isn’t their fault. The only person who has to change their behavior is the abuser.

Of course, Smith apologized for his actions. But he then sent out a tweet that defended his on-air comments (he deleted it, but here it is):

He made a second apology, saying he ‘didn’t articulate his views clearly enough’. Smith didn’t go on to explain the point that he was trying to make.

Smith articulated his views perfectly. He’s not sorry for what he said - because he said it more than once. He’s only sorry that so many people - including his ESPN colleagues - complained. His apology was an attempt at damage control.

He deserved more than a one-week suspension from ESPN brass, but it’s better than nothing.

Odd…the guy who made ridiculous comments about domestic violence received a harsher penalty than the guy who actually committed an act of domestic violence.

But this isn’t about the NFL…it’s about Stephen A. Smith. And he’s Asshole of the Day.

It is Stephen A. Smith’s first time as Asshole of the Day.

Full story: New York Times



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John Boehner, Asshole of the Day for July 29, 2014
by TeaPartyCat (Follow @TeaPartyCat)
Three weeks ago Sarah Palin spelled out the case for why she thinks "It’s Time To Impeach Obama". Since then there has been lots of talk about it— is it prudent, could it backfire, etc.
And of course on the Democrat side, there has been fundraising off this new turn. There was fundraising off previous showdowns — before and during— the shutdown last fall comes to mind, and the fundraising was on both sides. This happens. But Speaker John Boehner says it’s different this time— that it’s all a scam by Democrats:

"Listen, this whole talk about impeachment is coming from the president’s own staff, and coming from Democrats on Capitol Hill. Why? Because they’re trying to rally their people to give money and to show up in this year’s election," the Ohio Republican told reporters, in response to a question.
"We have no plans to impeach the president. We have no future plans," a visibly frustrated Boehner said. "Listen, it’s all a scam started by Democrats at the White House."

Really. A scam.
So if it’s a scam, then any talk we see happening would all be trumped up by Democrats and not by elected officials or major voices in the GOP, right? Let’s see:
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) refused to rule out trying to impeach Obama (7/27)
Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA) said efforts to impeach Obama “probably could” pass the House of Representatives (6/16)
Sarah Palin “It’s Time To Impeach Obama” (7/08)
Two-thirds of Republicans believe Obama should be impeached (7/14)
The Blaze: Here’s How to Impeach Obama…for Consumer Fraud (7/29)
Rep. Steve King Predicts Impeachment if Obama Grants Executive Amnesty (7/26)
And that’s really just 5 minutes on Google.
And yes, Speaker Boehner has himself ruled out impeachment, but let’s not pretend that he is so in control of his caucus that this could never happen. He said there would be no shutdown at this point last year. Then during the August recess the Tea Party wing drummed up the base for a shutdown, and lo and behold, the shutdown happened.
So it’s not a scam. It could happen. The House GOP has spent more time in the last 4 years on show votes (repeal! abortion!) and showdowns (debt limit! sequester! shutdown!) than on anything else, so they could return in September and start impeachment, even with an election staring them in the face. But John Boehner pretends like none of that ever happened. And for that, he is Asshole of the Day.
It is John Boehner's 10th time as Asshole of the Day.
Full story: Talking Points Memo

John Boehner, Asshole of the Day for July 29, 2014

by TeaPartyCat ()

Three weeks ago Sarah Palin spelled out the case for why she thinks "It’s Time To Impeach Obama". Since then there has been lots of talk about it— is it prudent, could it backfire, etc.

And of course on the Democrat side, there has been fundraising off this new turn. There was fundraising off previous showdowns — before and during— the shutdown last fall comes to mind, and the fundraising was on both sides. This happens. But Speaker John Boehner says it’s different this time— that it’s all a scam by Democrats:

"Listen, this whole talk about impeachment is coming from the president’s own staff, and coming from Democrats on Capitol Hill. Why? Because they’re trying to rally their people to give money and to show up in this year’s election," the Ohio Republican told reporters, in response to a question.

"We have no plans to impeach the president. We have no future plans," a visibly frustrated Boehner said. "Listen, it’s all a scam started by Democrats at the White House."

Really. A scam.

So if it’s a scam, then any talk we see happening would all be trumped up by Democrats and not by elected officials or major voices in the GOP, right? Let’s see:

And that’s really just 5 minutes on Google.

And yes, Speaker Boehner has himself ruled out impeachment, but let’s not pretend that he is so in control of his caucus that this could never happen. He said there would be no shutdown at this point last year. Then during the August recess the Tea Party wing drummed up the base for a shutdown, and lo and behold, the shutdown happened.

So it’s not a scam. It could happen. The House GOP has spent more time in the last 4 years on show votes (repeal! abortion!) and showdowns (debt limit! sequester! shutdown!) than on anything else, so they could return in September and start impeachment, even with an election staring them in the face. But John Boehner pretends like none of that ever happened. And for that, he is Asshole of the Day.

It is John Boehner's 10th time as Asshole of the Day.

Full story: Talking Points Memo



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Phil Bryant, Asshole of the Day for July 28, 2014
by TeaPartyCat (Follow @TeaPartyCat)
Two years ago the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare, but ruled that the Medicaid expansion must be optional for states. Even though the federal government picks up almost the entire tab for the Medicaid expansion, many Republican-controlled states have refused to take it, thus leading to 5,000,000 people going without coverage who would otherwise qualify.
And now we have Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant blaming Obama for the uninsured in his state:

If statistics show that the ill-conceived and so-called Affordable Care Act is resulting in higher rates of uninsured people in Mississippi, I’d say that’s yet another example of a broken promise from Barack Obama.

Bryant and his state refused the Medicaid expansion. Had he accepted it, 137,800 more people would be covered. And yet Bryant is blaming Obama for these people going without insurance. But of course he does, and for that, he is Asshole of the Day.
It is Phil Bryant’s first time as Asshole of the Day.
Full story: Talking Points Memo

Phil Bryant, Asshole of the Day for July 28, 2014

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Two years ago the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare, but ruled that the Medicaid expansion must be optional for states. Even though the federal government picks up almost the entire tab for the Medicaid expansion, many Republican-controlled states have refused to take it, thus leading to 5,000,000 people going without coverage who would otherwise qualify.

And now we have Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant blaming Obama for the uninsured in his state:

If statistics show that the ill-conceived and so-called Affordable Care Act is resulting in higher rates of uninsured people in Mississippi, I’d say that’s yet another example of a broken promise from Barack Obama.

Bryant and his state refused the Medicaid expansion. Had he accepted it, 137,800 more people would be covered. And yet Bryant is blaming Obama for these people going without insurance. But of course he does, and for that, he is Asshole of the Day.

It is Phil Bryant’s first time as Asshole of the Day.

Full story: Talking Points Memo



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Steve King, Asshole of the Day for July 24, 2014
by TeaPartyCat (Follow @TeaPartyCat)
After 6 years almost no one is willing to go "full birther" any more. No one except Donald Trump maybe. You can’t come right out and say Obama wasn’t born in America without people tuning you out, and everyone knows that. Even the people who deep down hate him and feel he is foreign know it.
Rep. Steve King, the xenophobic congressman famous for suggesting that most immigrants are drug mules with cantaloupe-sized calves, starts a speech saying he won’t assert where Obama was born. He’s not a birther, you see. But then he plays to his crowd’s racism by suggesting Obama is foreign:

“His vision of America isn’t like our version of America. That we know,” King said of Obama. “Now I don’t assert where he was born, I will just tell you that we are all certain that he was not raised with an American experience. So these things that beat in our hearts when we hear the National Anthem and when we say the Pledge of Allegiance doesn’t beat the same for him.”

Now there’s a dog-whistle— “not raised with an American experience”.
It’s true that Obama didn’t live his entire life in America, but he only lived overseas for 3 years as a child. Other than that he lived here, among Americans. His mother was an American. The grandparents he lived with were American.
Of course Rep. King doesn’t even explain what American experience it is that Obama doesn’t have, because he doesn’t have to— he knows that his crowd will know what he means.
We’re all familiar with the “I’m not racist, but…” statements, and how they are all pretty much racist. Once you start putting people in groups and making them all the same in your head, you’re in racist territory. It’s like these people think that racism is only lynchings and Jim Crow laws, and not the wider array of discrimination that happens in life. And what is Rep. King doing if not saying “I’m not a birther, but…”? So when he starts claiming Obama doesn’t have an American experience, it’s obvious what he means. And for that, he is Asshole of the Day.
It is Steve King’s first time as Asshole of the Day.
Full story: Buzzfeed

Steve King, Asshole of the Day for July 24, 2014

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After 6 years almost no one is willing to go "full birther" any more. No one except Donald Trump maybe. You can’t come right out and say Obama wasn’t born in America without people tuning you out, and everyone knows that. Even the people who deep down hate him and feel he is foreign know it.

Rep. Steve King, the xenophobic congressman famous for suggesting that most immigrants are drug mules with cantaloupe-sized calves, starts a speech saying he won’t assert where Obama was born. He’s not a birther, you see. But then he plays to his crowd’s racism by suggesting Obama is foreign:

“His vision of America isn’t like our version of America. That we know,” King said of Obama. “Now I don’t assert where he was born, I will just tell you that we are all certain that he was not raised with an American experience. So these things that beat in our hearts when we hear the National Anthem and when we say the Pledge of Allegiance doesn’t beat the same for him.

Now there’s a dog-whistle— “not raised with an American experience”.

It’s true that Obama didn’t live his entire life in America, but he only lived overseas for 3 years as a child. Other than that he lived here, among Americans. His mother was an American. The grandparents he lived with were American.

Of course Rep. King doesn’t even explain what American experience it is that Obama doesn’t have, because he doesn’t have to— he knows that his crowd will know what he means.

We’re all familiar with the “I’m not racist, but…” statements, and how they are all pretty much racist. Once you start putting people in groups and making them all the same in your head, you’re in racist territory. It’s like these people think that racism is only lynchings and Jim Crow laws, and not the wider array of discrimination that happens in life. And what is Rep. King doing if not saying “I’m not a birther, but…”? So when he starts claiming Obama doesn’t have an American experience, it’s obvious what he means. And for that, he is Asshole of the Day.

It is Steve King’s first time as Asshole of the Day.

Full story: Buzzfeed



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Rick Perry, Asshole of the Day for July 23, 2014
by TeaPartyCat (Follow @TeaPartyCat)
There’s a crisis on America’s southern border, and it’s not poor adult immigrants coming for work and opportunity, it’s children fleeing violence in Central America. Rather than stay and risk death, they travel hundreds of miles with very little resources with the hope of safety in America.
But of course in America, the very people who most loudly proclaim their Christianity don’t want to help. They shout loudly to deport these children who have swelled the detention centers and strained the resources to support them. There’s lots of loose talk that Obama is “in on it”, or that Obama is not following the law, but he is following the law— a law signed by George W. Bush designed to keep immigrant children safe, whether they came here legally or not. And as to the “in on it” allegation, unless you believe that Obama got Central American drug gangs to escalate the violence and killings, there’s just no plausible other conspiracy here.
We’ve featured several assholes who have spoken out on the crisis in various ways:
Sarah Palin accuses Obama of exploiting foreign children to orchestrate a crisis
William Gheen wants Americans to mail dirty underwear to politicians and refugees
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
Rep. Adam Kwasman yelled at a school bus of citizens because he thought they were undocumented immigrant children
But there’s the run-of-the-mill fear mongering, conspiracy theory, and xenophobia; and then there’s Rick Perry.
Gov. Perry, you may recall, was a serious contender for the GOP nomination in 2011 until he suggested that deporting children was wrong, and his numbers were sliding even before his Oops moment. But that was then.
As the crisis has escalated Perry has tried to play to his base while still governing like a human, but if the two are in conflict, guess which he does?
He said Obama was in on it somehow, and then stuck to it when pressed whether he really believed that days later.
He refused to shake Obama’s hand, the customary gesture when the President comes to a governor’s state.
As he let the right wing hype machine make a big deal out of Obama saying he didn’t want to do a photo-op on the border, Rick Perry did a photo-op with Sean Hannity on the border, playing at soldiers.
And then this: This week Perry said he would send the Texas National Guard down to the border. Sounds like he’s doing something. But is he? Here’s what the Texas National Guard General says about the deployment:

Most of the 1,000 National Guard troops headed to the Texas-Mexico border will take up observational positions and detain people only if they interfere with their mission, a top general over the deployment said Tuesday.
Texas Adjutant General John Nichols said the troops will help deter illicit traffic while U.S. Border Patrol agents deal with a record spike of unaccompanied minors entering the country. The Texas National Guard troops are headed to border on the orders of Republican Gov. Rick Perry, who has been a chief critic of the White House response to the crisis and is considering another run for president in 2016.
Nichols said troops will be armed for their safety, but when asked if their weapons would be loaded would say only that ammunition would be in magazines.

So will they be stopping people at the border? No.
What can they do? Nothing.
They are observers. They can stand there with possibly empty guns looking tough. Looking like Perry is doing something.
It’s all just for show. For Fox News footage. For his 2016 campaign commercials, and especially for his SuperPAC that he won’t coordinate with.
But it’s not to help secure the border, like he’s pretending to the GOP base of xenophobes. Not one single bit.
Oh, and one last thing— Perry expects us to reimburse him for this piece of pointless theater. Yep. Mr. States’ Rights wants federal money to pay for the deployment he ordered.
So, for making a big show of sending the National Guard, even though they can’t and won’t do anything, Rick Perry is Asshole of the Day.
It is Gov. Perry’s sixth time as Asshole of the Day. Previous wins were for
saying his wife never meant to defend women’s right to control their own bodies
claiming his abortion bill is about protecting women’s health, even though it has no provision to save the life of the mother
saying all women should be forced to have babies as teenagers because Wendy Davis did
suggesting that expanding Medicaid will invent people to be sick
refusing to shake Obama’s hand and saying Obama was “in on” the border crisis somehow
Full story: Talking Points Memo

Rick Perry, Asshole of the Day for July 23, 2014

by TeaPartyCat ()

There’s a crisis on America’s southern border, and it’s not poor adult immigrants coming for work and opportunity, it’s children fleeing violence in Central America. Rather than stay and risk death, they travel hundreds of miles with very little resources with the hope of safety in America.

But of course in America, the very people who most loudly proclaim their Christianity don’t want to help. They shout loudly to deport these children who have swelled the detention centers and strained the resources to support them. There’s lots of loose talk that Obama is “in on it”, or that Obama is not following the law, but he is following the law— a law signed by George W. Bush designed to keep immigrant children safe, whether they came here legally or not. And as to the “in on it” allegation, unless you believe that Obama got Central American drug gangs to escalate the violence and killings, there’s just no plausible other conspiracy here.

We’ve featured several assholes who have spoken out on the crisis in various ways:

But there’s the run-of-the-mill fear mongering, conspiracy theory, and xenophobia; and then there’s Rick Perry.

Gov. Perry, you may recall, was a serious contender for the GOP nomination in 2011 until he suggested that deporting children was wrong, and his numbers were sliding even before his Oops moment. But that was then.

As the crisis has escalated Perry has tried to play to his base while still governing like a human, but if the two are in conflict, guess which he does?

  1. He said Obama was in on it somehow, and then stuck to it when pressed whether he really believed that days later.
  2. He refused to shake Obama’s hand, the customary gesture when the President comes to a governor’s state.
  3. As he let the right wing hype machine make a big deal out of Obama saying he didn’t want to do a photo-op on the border, Rick Perry did a photo-op with Sean Hannity on the border, playing at soldiers.

And then this: This week Perry said he would send the Texas National Guard down to the border. Sounds like he’s doing something. But is he? Here’s what the Texas National Guard General says about the deployment:

Most of the 1,000 National Guard troops headed to the Texas-Mexico border will take up observational positions and detain people only if they interfere with their mission, a top general over the deployment said Tuesday.

Texas Adjutant General John Nichols said the troops will help deter illicit traffic while U.S. Border Patrol agents deal with a record spike of unaccompanied minors entering the country. The Texas National Guard troops are headed to border on the orders of Republican Gov. Rick Perry, who has been a chief critic of the White House response to the crisis and is considering another run for president in 2016.

Nichols said troops will be armed for their safety, but when asked if their weapons would be loaded would say only that ammunition would be in magazines.

So will they be stopping people at the border? No.

What can they do? Nothing.

They are observers. They can stand there with possibly empty guns looking tough. Looking like Perry is doing something.

It’s all just for show. For Fox News footage. For his 2016 campaign commercials, and especially for his SuperPAC that he won’t coordinate with.

But it’s not to help secure the border, like he’s pretending to the GOP base of xenophobes. Not one single bit.

Oh, and one last thing— Perry expects us to reimburse him for this piece of pointless theater. Yep. Mr. States’ Rights wants federal money to pay for the deployment he ordered.

So, for making a big show of sending the National Guard, even though they can’t and won’t do anything, Rick Perry is Asshole of the Day.

It is Gov. Perry’s sixth time as Asshole of the Day. Previous wins were for

Full story: Talking Points Memo



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

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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
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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

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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.

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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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