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The GOTP 2016 clown car is filling up fast!!!!

Remember the circus?  Remember the act where a tiny car would come driving, careening into the center ring and a clown would jump out -- then another and another and another -- ??  Well, folks, that's exactly what the race to pick a Republican 2016 presidential candidate is looking like -- A CLOWN CAR!!!  And it's filling up fast!!

This weekend -- 27-28 September -- Washington, DC, was the scene of the "Values Voters Summit," which is nothing but another gathering of rightwingnutjobs who come together to listen to all the usual ignoramusses proclaim all the usual rightwing bullshit.  Then, after listening to several hours of nonsense, the "values voters" participate in a Presidential straw poll to select their favorite to be the GOTP 2016 Presidential candidate.

Here are the results:


Tea Party Republican Ted Cruz walked away from this weekend’s Value Voters summit as the first choice in the conservative conclave’s annual presidential straw poll, according to the Washington Post. 
The Texas senator, known more for his rhetorical bomb-throwing than for legislative accomplishments, received 25 percent of the vote, down from the 42 percent he received in 2013. 
Retired neurosurgeon and Tea Party favorite Dr. Ben Carson, came in second with 20 percent of the vote, while former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee was third with 12 percent. Perennial presidential candidate and former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, was fourth with 10 percent, followed by fifth place finisher, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, with 7 percent.




Treasonous Republicans are urging US generals to resign



Rep. Doug Lamborn says he and like-minded House Republicans are trying to destabilize the American military in order to foil American foreign policy abroad. No really, he's bragging about it.   
[T]hat is exactly what Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) told a group of voters he wants to see happen, the Colorado Independent reported.
“A lot of us are talking to the generals behind the scenes, saying, ‘Hey, if you disagree with the policy that the White House has given you, let’s have a resignation,’” Lamborn said Tuesday, adding that if generals resigned en masse in protest of President Barack Obama’s Middle East policy, they would “go out in a blaze of glory.”
Lamborn, it should be noted, is a member of the House Armed Services Committee.
Remember the Bush years, when we were being told that not supporting the president during a time of war was tantamount to hating America, and that we had to "watch what we say," and American intelligence agencies were monitoring anti-war groups like the Quakers under the suspicion that they might damage the war effort.
If you're meeting with American military generals and telling them to quit en masse to be able to undermine the president's ability to conduct military operations, what the hell do you call that?

Pat Robertson: Liquor Officer; Coward


You need to read the article at this link:  Pat "Liquor Officer" Robinson.

 Everyone knows who Pat Robertson is.  In case you don't know, he's the old nutcase biblethumping TV preacher who holds forth every day on his "700 Club" TV show.  Robertson presents himself as THE expert on all topics.

Turns out Robertson is a lying sack of shit, a charlatan, and a flim-flam artist.

The linked article deals with Robertson's "service" during the Korean War.  Robertson's father was a US Senator; Robertson was a Marine Corps lieutenant.  As a Marine lieutenant during the Korean War, Robertson no doubt was headed into combat where he likely would be killed or wounded.  His father was a US Senator who intervened to keep his son out of combat.

Here is the short version of the story at the link, above:

(1) Robertson, as a young Marine lieutenant en route to Korea in 1951, asked the assistance of his father, Virginia Senator A. Willis Robertson, to keep him out of combat.

(2) His father intervened and had his son and a friend taken off the troopship and kept in Japan. Four other young lieutenants also were taken off the ship for cover so that no political influence would be inferred.

(3) Some months later one of the four caught the ear of a General's aide at a cocktail party and volunteered all six for transfer to Korea, much to Robertson's anger and dismay.

(4) The six went to Korea, where several were forthwith wounded, but Robertson was assigned as the "liquor officer" with frequent booze runs to Japan.  He remained in the rear area, our of combat, supplying liquor to officers' clubs and screwing Korean prostitutes.

A woman encountered Rick Perry in a restaurant in Texas, asked him for a picture.

And did she ever get a picture!!!

Yes, this is for real.



Notice anything?  Look closely at her right hand, in front of his tie.


Here's what happened when 13 states raised their minimum wage.


Quoted from an article in The New Republic.


In 2014, 13 states raised their minimum wages, five through legislation and eight through inflation indexing. Gould compared wage growth for the bottom 10 percent of Americans in those 13 states with the rest of America. In the former, real wages grew 0.9 percent, a non-negligible increase. In the remaining 37 states, real wages declined 0.1 percent. In other words, wage growth for the bottom 10 percent of Americans is entirely attributable to states that increased their minimum wages. 
..... 
That’s good news, but it’s not unexpected. Conservatives largely concede that raising the minimum wage increases wages. They oppose it, they say, because it will reduce job growth. So, did that happen in those 13 states? Jared Bernstein, the former chief economist for Vice President Joe Biden and a senior fellow at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, looked at the data. He found that job growth was higher in states that raised their minimum wages than it was in those that didn’t (1.8 percent versus 1.5 percent). 
............. 
Bernstein is quick to point out the limitations of this data. “Now, these are all small changes and I wouldn’t make a federal case out of any of them,” he writes. But it’s also important to note that minimum wage hikes have not crippled job growth in those 13 states. When the Senate next votes on raising the national minimum wage—possibly in the next few weeks—that’s something Republicans should keep in mind

Listen -- that popping sound you hear is Republican heads exploding.



Why do Repbublicans hate ISIS? After all, they are exactly alike!!


-- QUOTE

BAGHDAD (AP) — The extremist-held Iraqi city of Mosul is set to usher in a new school year. But unlike years past, there will be no art or music. Classes about history, literature and Christianity have been "permanently annulled." 

The Islamic State group has declared patriotic songs blasphemous and ordered that certain pictures be torn out of textbooks. 

But instead of compliance, Iraq's second largest city has — at least so far — responded to the Sunni militants' demands with silence. Although the extremists stipulated that the school year would begin Sept. 9, pupils have uniformly not shown up for class, according to residents who spoke anonymously because of safety concerns. They said families were keeping their children home out of mixed feelings of fear, resistance and uncertainty. 

"What's important to us now is that the children continue receiving knowledge correctly, even if they lose a whole academic year and an official certification," a Mosul resident who identified himself as Abu Hassan told The Associated Press, giving only his nickname for fear of reprisals. He and his wife have opted for home schooling, picking up the required readings at the local market. 

<...> 

The new curriculum even went so far as to explicitly ban Charles Darwin's theory of evolution — although it was not previously taught in Iraqi schools. 



Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/isis-bans-evolution-schools 

-- END QUOTE



Not sure why the Repubicans claim to hate ISIS. They have so much in common with each other. 

- Both oppose the teaching of evolution in schools 
- Both are extremely religious 
- Both like to parade around with guns. 
- Both like to quote their favorite religious texts 
- Both claim to be extremely patriotic and love to wave flags 
- Both hate Obama


Here we go again . . . another war for no reason

A few editorial comments on Obama's speech announcing our "strategy" to "defeat ISIS."









On a lighter note -- some of the Old Redneck's favorite music

Here's a collection of YouTube videos of the Old Redneck's favorite music -- in no particular order.


The Amazing Rhythm Aces, "Lipstick Traces on a Cigarette"

Lucinda Williams, "Lake Charles"

The Stamps-Baxter Quartet, "Lord Build Me A Cabin in the Corner of Gloryland"

Johnny Cash, "The Ballad of Ira Hayes"

Hank Williams, "I Saw The Light"


More later.




Chuck Todd has his head up his ass

For his inaugural show as the host of NBC's Meet The Press, Todd interviewed President Obama.  When the interview turned to the Middle East, President Obama talked about Syria.  After the President had mentioned the situation in Syria at least four times, Todd said "You have not said 'Syria' yet."  It was clear the President suppressed the urge to say "WTF?!?!?!?  HAVE YOU BEEN LISTENING TO ME, YOU JACKASS?"

Go to this link to see David Letterman's take on Todd's bullshit.

Of course, Todd's stupidity is not being reported by any news outlet, and, NBC has slightly altered the transcript of the show to remove Todd's question.








Well, that does it . . . no more MTP . . . no more Washington Post

The Old Redneck has been Washington Post subscriber for decades.  No more.  The post just hired a former Reagan official as publisher.  It was bad enough when they started giving column space on the opinion page to brain-dead dumbass Jennifer Rubin.  It was even worse that they continue to carry George Will, who never has anything of value to say.  Then, there's Charles Kraphammer.

So -- the WashPost has now gone full-bore rightwing.  They can go without me.

I cancelled my subscription and won't bother to read it online.

And as if that weren't enough, here comes this news:

Also joining new moderator Chuck Todd’s team will be former Republican congressman and “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough, who sources say “is taking on a larger role within NBC News as a senior political analyst and would be one of the regular Sunday panelists.”We’re told the move is part of a plan to bring a right-leaning voice to the program to appeal to viewers turned off by the show’s famously left-leaning former hosts including the ousted David Gregory.

Joe Scarborough is joining "Meet the Press" to give it a "right-leaning voice."  WTF?!?!?!?!?  As if forcing Gramps McCain and Squeaky Graham on us every Sunday weren't enough, now we have to listen to Joe Scarborough.  Then, maybe this is a good thing -- someone may ask him to tell the truth about Lori Klausutis.  I'm not holding my breath.

Meanwhile, no more MTP for me.





Let's stop at least one lie about the Michael Brown - Officer Darrell Wilson incident

As usually happens in such an incident, no sooner was Michael Brown dead in Ferguson, Missouri, than the rightwing lie machine sprang into action.  The latest rightwing lie is a photo circulating on the 'net that is claimed to be of officer Darrell Wilson after he was severely beaten by Brown.

Here's the photo:


The idiots who are circulating this photo claim it shows Wilson in a hospital after he was beaten by Brown, thereby justifying Wilson's shooting of Brown.  It's a lie.

The photo is, in fact, professional motocross rider Jim McNeil.  McNeil died in a motorcycle accident in 2011.  This photo was taken in 2006 after McNeil was injured in another motorcycle accident.

Of course, this is not the only rightwing bullshit to claim that Brown beat Wilson, forcing Wilson to shoot him.  Earlier, a CT scan image circulated on the 'net, claiming to show Wilson's "fractured eye orbit" (the bone surrounding his eye).  Not so.  A sharp-eyed individual pointed out the date on the CT image had been whited out (upper right corner); however, someone forgot to white out the identification on the CT image that shows the image was made at the University of Iowa, not at the local Missouri hospital (lower right).




In August, Kansas City Police Officer Marc Catron posted an image on Facebook of a young man he claimed was Michael Brown. The man in the picture was pointing a gun at the camera and biting down on a wad off cash. Catron's caption for the image read, “I’m sure young Michael Brown is innocent and just misunderstood. I’m sure he is a pillar of the Ferguson community.”
That photo was, in fact, of  Joda Cain, a young Oregon man who is currently facing charges for killing his great-grandmother.
All of which makes one wonder:  Why do rightwingers need to lie and lie and lie?  Are they concerned that the truth will make them look like the hate-filled fools they are?



Former Virginia governor, former Mitt Romney VP candidate -- now a convicted felon -- guilty on eleven counts of bribery

You heard it right -- Bob McDonnell has been found guilty of 11 counts of official corruption.

In case you don't know who Bob McDonnell is, here are some facts:

  • Governor of Virginia, 2009-2013.
  • He was on Mitt Romney's short list of vice-presidential candidates.
  • Virginia Republicans figured if he wasn't VP, he'd be a Senator or a Romney cabinet member.
  • McDonnell was a protege' of Pat Robertson.
  • McDonnell is a hard-core rightwing biblethumper who tells other people how to live.
  • McDonnell is a champion of family values and strong marriages -- except that during the trial we learned that he and  his wife were on the splits because of her greed and his ignorance.
  • McDonnell wants to keep women barefoot and pregnant -- he got that from Pat Robertson.  Read McDonnell's "master's thesis" from his time at Pat Robertson's "university." (PDF version)
  • McDonnell and his wife were charged -- and now are found guilty -- of accepting bribes from a sleazy Virginia businessman who was trying to use the governor's influence to market his snake oil product.

So, Bob McDonnell, who spent his life telling everyone else what NOT to do with their bodies, what NOT to do in their bedrooms, how to have the perfect marriage -- who spent his life warning us of the evils of feminism -- who signed the law requiring women to undergo and unnecessary vaginal ultrasound before they could have an abortion -- that Bob McDonnell is shown to be just ANOTHER example of right-wing, theocratic, moralistic hypocrisy. Should Bob's mentor, Pat Robertson, get any credit for inculcating such fine moral values in his former student? 




Bottom line: Why am I not surprised, given the long list of people just like him? 

Bob McDonnell in happier days - - - 


- - - showing off the $6,700 Rolex that was one of the bribes given to him by sleazebag Jonnie Williams.  He should have stuck with his old Timex.