The Watering Hole – Monday, July 30th, 2012: The United Theocracy of America

(Note: all emphasis mine)

2 Chronicles 7:14:  “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

A sidebar article at US NEWS & World Report caught my eye yesterday. How could I resist the headline, “Evangelical, Baptist Churches To Hold Massive Gathering Before Democratic Convention”?

On September 2, 2012, the evening before the Democratic National Convention kicks off in Charlotte, NC, a coalition of varied churches “…will host a massive church service in the 20,000 seat Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre.” This event is called the “Charlotte 714”, [short for “Charlotte 714, Humbly Exalting Jesus” [short for “Charlotte 714, Humbly Exalting Jesus as King in Our City”]

Charlotte714 is a call to the Church of Charlotte to a 40 day fast culminating with a special city-wide gathering the night before the Democratic National Convention on Labor Day Weekend. Charlotte714 is not a political event or a protest or demonstration. It is a gathering of believers seeking spiritual renewal in the church through biblical repentance. We humbly bow in Jesus’ name requesting that He hear from heaven, forgive our sins, and heal our land.

Charlotte714 is a proclamation that Jesus Christ is King, and that returning to Him in repentance is the only hope for our nation. From this position of authority, we lift up our hands in prayer for our city, our nation, and our leaders as directed in 1 Timothy 2. At the heart of Charlotte714 is restorative love. Love toward all people that we may be restored to God and fully submitted to Christ.”

No, no political agenda there.

The event’s ‘invitation’ page uses – or misuses, or abuses – a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. in their justification of their ‘come to Jesus’ day:

“The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool. If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority.” – Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love, 1963

According to the Charlotte714 site: “The essence of Charlotte714 is captured best by late revivalist, Charles Finney”:

“Brethren, our preaching will bear its legitimate fruits…If the public press lacks moral discrimination, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the world loses its interest in religion, the pulpit is responsible for it.”

– and –

The organizers of Charlotte714 are Christians who love Jesus and the City of Charlotte and want to provide a forum for the city church to unite together in the name of Jesus in the spirit of 2 Chronicles 7:14.”

Those organizers, David and Jason Benham, who head BENSON Companies,both graduated Liberty University in 1998. Jason Benham says ““For us to take credit for building a successful business would be like a shovel taking credit for digging a hole. We’re simply the tools God chose to use to build a successful business.”

David Benham is described on the Benham website “As a follower of Christ, he believes the marketplace is a powerful venue to impact lives.” “By remaining true to our core principles, despite the economic circumstances, we’ve grown our company by faith instead of it simply growing because the market is strong”.

On Jason Benham’s “about” page, “BENHAM Companies exists to build, strengthen, and reproduce the heart of Jesus Christ in believers around the world by teaching them to be Kingdom Builders in the marketplace and to give abundantly to His work on the earth.” Hmm, sounds a bit C-Street-ish to me.

Read the BENHAM Companies’ Global Initiative: something they call “Missioneering”, “…eras[ing] the line that separates business and ministry…”

I don’t know if this is supposed to be part of their ‘Missioneering’: “David Benham in this short 4 minute video expresses the very heart of God, as he brings Biblical truth to a horrible tragedy [Aurora, CO, shootings.] Jesus, and Jesus alone, is our answer.”

Here’s where some dots connect: David and Jason Benham’s father, “Flip” Benham “…is and has been the Director of Operation Rescue /Operation Save America since 1994. Randall Terry was the founder of Operation Rescue, and then the leadership was passed to Keith Tucci…In 1994, the leadership was passed to Flip Benham and that is where it remains.”

So, this is a “non-political” evangelical/fundie gathering, the day before the Democratic National Convention, organized by a corporation/ministry, that just happens to be closely connected to OR/OSA. If it’s ‘non-political’, then why can’t I find any indication that this same group is gathering before the Republican National Convention? Maybe they feel that one big prayer meeting will be enough for Jeebus to ‘hear them’ and act to ‘heal our land’?

I had to laugh at this one:  Operation Rescue/Operation Save America issued a “Press Release” stating: “Operation Save America Prepares for Invasion of DNC: “The DNC is coming to Charlotte, bringing its “culture of death!” Read some of the rest, about the blood running in the streets – somebody’s on some nasty drugs there.

This is our daily open thread — Whatcha thinking about?

P.S. – Here’s some interesting info on Tampa Bay’s preparations for the upcoming RNC there.

130 thoughts on “The Watering Hole – Monday, July 30th, 2012: The United Theocracy of America

  1. Mitt describes the spiritual impact of his visit to Jerusalem, compares per capita GDP of the Palestinian areas to that of the Israeli areas without regard to the restrictions the Palestinians must live under, and expresses an odd interest in underwear.

    • I find Sheldon Adelson’s business and his religious piety to be an oxymoron. Gambling is a destructive addition, worse than drugs and Sheldon is making billions of money on the suffering of others yet he wants to be seen as someone that adheres to his Jewish faith. I don’t think so.

  2. I wish them good luck with their massive prayer meeting/business convention. After reading your post, I can imagine Jesus slapping his forehead and thinking to himself, “WTH is going on here? Don’t they read my blog?”

  3. “I think your heart would have to be made of stone not to feel what is still here, with the molecules, the stones, and everything still testifies of something that was so extraordinary that happened in this place,” Ann Romney said. “And it is a magical place and it is a place which makes us turn to our inner soul and to our hearts and to listen with a different voice.

    “And that’s why I think it’s so important for people to be here and to understand what a significant and wonderful place this is,” she continued. “So it is with quiet ears that we can hear and listen to all that is around us and of the beauty and all of the extraordinary history that’s here.”

    Is it the MS drugs that are making Ann’tionette’ Romney sound delusional?

  4. Personally, I’m against the foreign fundraisers. But I just have to wonder… if Obama were to go to Israel and do the same thing, I wonder if Fox would be so kind in its coverage?

    Romney Holds Unprecedented Fundraiser in Israel – Fox News

    JERUSALEM, Israel – Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is doing something Monday morning that no candidate before him, from either party, has ever done — hold a fundraiser in Israel. About 20 to 30 people are expected to attend, pay $50,000 a couple, and bring in about $1 million for the candidate.
    Romney also pulled in $2 million in London, with American citizens living abroad from all over Europe coming to see him while he was in town to meet with British officials and attend the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics.
    Overseas fundraising has become somewhat of a new phenomenon in the last decade or so, with former President George W. Bush, Sens. John McCain and John Kerry also raising cash abroad, but mostly in London.

  5. Only treatable if you have the means to pay (insurance or personal wealth). This isn’t the kind of thing those without insurance can just go to the Emergency Room and get.

    Tax panel chairman Dave Camp diagnosed with cancer

    The chairman of the powerful House tax-writing committee said he will undergo chemotherapy for a “very early, highly treatable and curable type” of cancer.

    • I thought the same thing when I read about Camp’s cancer. Those without health insurance will be left to die. But Republicans don’t care about all Americans. They only care about the “rich ones” like addiction pushing Adelson.

      I hate casinos. They are like drug pushers. There have been too many people that I know that have seriously damaged their lives because of their gambling addiction.

      • Let me clarify something about gambling… I’m okay with the social gathering of friends that play the nickel, dime, quarter card games because these tend to be more about socializing then hoping to win a big hand and the “office pools” can be fun. They don’t involve large sums of money and are generally limited in time and scope. Casinos on the other hand are all about tempting the addict with the hope of winning which gives the “winning high”.

      • I agree, gambling addiction is as destructive as alcohol or drugs. The towns that have been sold on gambling boats and casinos with the promise of jobs and prosperity are often disappointed in the quality of the jobs and the destructive changes to their towns.

  6. Mitt the Wimp, in Newsweek, a good read:

    “He’s kind of lame, and he’s really … annoying. He keeps saying these … things, these incredibly off-key things. Then he apologizes immediately—with all the sincerity of a hostage. Or maybe he doesn’t: sometimes he whines about the subsequent attacks on him. But the one thing he never does? Man up, double down, take his lumps.

    And what kind of presidential candidate whines about a few attacks and demands an apology when the going starts to get rough? And tries to sound tough by accusing the president who killed the world’s most-wanted villain of appeasement? That’s what they call overcompensation, and it’s a dead giveaway; it’s the “tell.” This guy is nervous—terrified—about looking weak. And ironically, being terrified of looking weak makes him look weaker still.”

  7. QOTD II:

    “I obviously am not a big fan of President Obama. I think he’s been one of our weakest presidents… I’d be hard put to find any Democratic president that I’ve disagreed with more.”
    — Dick Cheney, in an interview with ABC News.

    Well then, Obama must be doing something right.

  8. From the press release in Jane’s excellent post:

    “Blood is coursing down the streets of America – Aurora, Colorado, Columbine High School, Virginia Tech and we are still looking at each other in awkward bewilderment and wondering – why?”

    I find these heinous fanatics’ fake-assed child-like view of the world creepily amusing on good days, and totally infuriating on bad days:

    Why oh why is the world such a mean and terrifying place? Why is there “blood coursing down the streets of America?” Why? Democrats, that’s why. We love this country the bestest, and truly love everything that made this country possible — more than anyone in the whole wide world, but the horrible Democrats have torn god out of our children’s hearts and schools, forcing them into lives of violence, hate, fear, dirty dirty sex, birth control, and forced abortions. Democrats not believing in god and the baby jesus, hurts our feelings, so we must strike out at them, because they are causing ALL of the problems in our wonderful country founded by god himself. Don’t tell us all Democrats are not atheists — THEY’RE DEMOCRATS, AND THEY ARE EVILLLLLL!!! Why can’t we force them to believe what we believe? Everyone being just like us and believing the exact same things we believe would make America perfect. We believe in and love the Constitution as it was written by god, but we’ve never actually read it, no no no, Pastor tells us what it’s all about, just like he does with the bible. The most important thing god put in the Constitution is our right to bear arms. Oh wonderful, powerful, manly guns…oh how they make us feel so safe and warm in our beds. Just like the love of god…er, the wrath of god. Guns don’t kill people, you know, people kill people. Why are the streets of America coursing with blood? Because god is angry at Democrats and their social justice, equal rights, health care for all, science, education, and ABORTION!!!

    Meet us at the corner of Trade & Tryon, and we will put tape reading “life” across our mouths, hold up horrific signs depicting aborted babies and Obama as a witch doctor eating watermelon, we will shout “whore!” at women, pray for the death of all the gays, and cry the great tears of martyrdom in our wonder and bewilderment as to why why why blood is coursing through the streets of America.

    • Meanwhile, here in the cause and effect universe, the Good ol’ USA has more fundies and more firearms than any other “Western” nation. We also have, by several orders of magnitude, the most people murdered with those firearms.

      Oddly, while massacres of innocent groups are up, overall violence has been going down. Even more oddly; that increase is directly proportional to the number of Americans who have given up their religious myths.

      • BTW. The Huckster, as one would expect, has proclaimed that we suffer from these massacres because we are a “sinful nation”. My theory is that we lack a mechanism for apparent psychopaths to be referred to professionals for treatment instead of taking their money and giving them the fucking assault rifle.

        • This is what I mean by their child-like worldview. It’s not the fact that our health care system — mental and otherwise — is a fucking farce, and access to high power weapons is criminally easy, of course not!! No, it’s SIN!! Repent!

    • If God were truly pissed off at our nation’s sin, how could these haters be certain it wasn’t their sin causing the pissedoffness?

    • Interesting. There is a notable family in the county I live in that can document their ancestry back to a union between a white woman and black man, both of whom were indentured servants. They were never enslaved and became prominent property owners by the time of the Civil War even though they were always identified as colored.

      • “President Barack Obama,” says the press release, “is the 11th great-grandson of John Punch, the first documented African enslaved for life in American history.”

        It appears that John Punch started as an indentured servant, but was then enslaved for life after an escape attempt. It’s not much of a stretch to assume that an African in the 1600s was black, and if he was a paler north African, I think white people of the time would still consider him black.

  9. Insane Tweet of the Day:

    “Rarely do I disagree with best VP ever but @SarahPalinUSA more qualified than Obama and Biden combined. Huge respect 4 all she’s done 4 GOP. ”

    More qualified than Obama and Biden combined. Just absorb that for a moment and you begin to realize what has happened to the GOP.

  10. Breastfeeding fanatics find a powerful (and crazy) ally in NY Mayor Bloomberg.

    While I agree that breastfeeding is best for babies, and did so with both of my men, I don’t agree that making women who choose not to breastfeed for whatever reasons, or who are unable to do so, or who have babies who are unable to breastfeed, should be made to feel like terrible mothers. Give the mothers the information and then MYOB, people. There are more important things in the world.

    • If you want everyone to breastfeed you need to mandate paid maternity leave. I was last pregnant in 1998. At that time Croatia gave every new mother a year of paid leave, and they were only a few years past their war for independence. I couldn’t believe it, I’d been led to believe my country was so freaking exceptional.

  11. Juan Cole lists the “Top Ten Most Distasteful things about Romney Trip to Israel.” One obvious one:

    “It is distasteful the Romney will not commit to a two-state solution within 1967 borders or demand Israel cease illegal squatting on and unilateral annexation of Palestinian land. If he is going to this Middle East hot spot, why doesn’t he visit a Palestinian refugee camp so as to understand the nub of the dispute, instead of hobnobbing with the uber-rich in Jerusalem.”

    Because understanding the nub of the dispute would mean empathizing with Muslim Arabs and getting outside his comfort zone. Romney can’t empathize with his own dog.

    • Let me get this straight. RMoney says
      “Before I made a statement of that nature, I’d get on the phone to my friend Bibi Netanyahu and say: ‘Would it help if I say this? What would you like me to do?’”
      He’s running for president of the United States and is asking Bibi if he requires fellation?

  12. Woo-hoo! My new and improved color scheme finally did the trick. Now I can see the darn thing well enough to actually know what it’s doing rather than having to make a guess based on what it looked like the last time I could see any contrast.

  13. A Republican presidency would generally mean more money spent on defense, and putting things like missile bases in other countries; from which they get benefit.

    A ROMNEY Republican presidency also means good US jobs will be sent overseas, so everyone wants their slice of that.

    Lech Walesa effectively backs Romney | The Ticket – Yahoo! News

    GDANSK, Poland–Lech Walesa, the Nobel Peace Prize winner and former president of Poland, effectively endorsed Mitt Romney during a meeting with the GOP presidential candidate Monday.
    Walesa, a co-founder of the Solidarity movement in Poland which challenged Communist rule during the 1980s, urged Romney to “get your success” in the upcoming election.
    “I wish you to be successful because this success is needed to the United States, of course, but to Europe and the rest of the world, too,” Walesa told Romney ahead of an hour-long meeting between the two men. “Romney, get your success! Be successful!”
    It was Romney’s second meeting of the day in Gdansk, a brief stopover before the candidate heads to Warsaw, the final stop of his week-long overseas tour. Romney’s campaign noted the candidate visited Poland at Walesa’s invitation. It was a sly dig at President Barack Obama, whose diplomatic relationship with Polish officials has been strained since 2009, when the Obama administration canceled an air missile defense system set to be built in Poland. The move was viewed as a concession to Russia.

  14. Sorry for the longish quote, but it was hard to paraphrase the key parts of this great piece. It’s a great read.

    Voting Rights, Voter Suppression and 2012 –

    A legal challenge to the law, currently before the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, has, however, raised questions about the legitimacy of justifications for voter fraud legislation. On July 12, attorneys defending the law on behalf of the state and the Corbett administration stipulated the following:

    The Parties are not aware of in-person voter fraud in Pennsylvania and do not have direct personal knowledge of in-person voter fraud elsewhere. Respondents will not offer any evidence in this action that in-person voter fraud has in fact occurred in Pennsylvania or elsewhere.

    And that:

    Respondents will not offer any evidence that in-person voter fraud is likely to occur in November 2012 in the absence of the Photo ID law.

    In other words, the state cannot and will not produce any evidence of the kind of voter fraud the legislation has supposedly been crafted to prevent.Even if the government concedes that there is no evidence of fraud, there is an additional argument that the perception that voting fraud is possible “leads citizens to disengage from the democracy” and thus legitimates preventive measures. Stephen Ansolabehere, a Harvard political scientist, and Nathaniel Persily of Columbia Law School counter that argument in a Harvard Law Review article, “Vote Fraud in the Eye of the Beholder: The Role of Public Opinion in the Challenge to Voter Identification Requirements,” which contends that the costs of such laws outweigh the benefits:

    The use of photo identification requirements bears little correlation to the public’s beliefs about the incidence of fraud. The possible relation of such beliefs to participation appears even more tenuous. This lack of empirical support leads us to conclude that, at least in the context of current American election practices and procedures, public perceptions do not provide a firm justification for voter identification laws.

    “There is fraud and there is some voter impersonation fraud, but you’re trying to kill a fly with a bazooka with these kinds of laws,” Persily told ABC News. “There’s a lot of collateral damage.”

    • It really is just in place to make every effort to defeat President Obama, as indicated by the republican fuckwits of Pennsylvania.

      • In 2010, the scum sucking tea baggers crawled out from under rocks and came to the polls en masse and voted in a Kristofascist to replace a good Democrat in the State House in PA. We were devastated. If I see this K-fascist at the polls on November, he will get a piece of my mind. I won’t hold back.

    • It seems to me that existing laws are more than adequate to catch anyone stupid/crazy enough to try and cast a fraudulent ballot. I am much, much, more concerned about people with access to the voting machines and raw tabulations. Speaking of which; have any Reichwhiners called for prosecution of the gal from Wisconsin who “found” thousands of votes that, funny, were just enough to swing an election and prevent an automatic recount? Any calls for legislation to ensure that at least two people are responsible for keeping track of those machines and raw tabulations?

      I thought so.

      • You know, we should use the righties 2nd-amendment argument against them in the voting cases. “We don’t need new laws, we just need to enforces the laws we have.”

        Voter fraud is already illegal (and probably a felony).

        The truth is it’s just not happening much at all; despite Republican cries to the contrary.

        • That might be dangerous. The Reichwhiners would take that as a sign that they need to personally “protect Democracy” by bringing their assault rifles to polling places.

    • PA has a voter id system in place. We must show id with an address the first time we vote in a district. After that, our signatures are required and considered our ID. There is un-equality in this Voter ID law as there is no picture ID required to vote with an absentee ballot.

  15. In the Eternal Search Department I’ve given up on my longtime quest to find even one single shred of evidence pointing to the probable existence of a god, any god by any name; any tidbit of evidence no matter how tiny would have been ok, but there are none so … onward. Next task: uncovering any shred of evidence that Mitt Romney has ever spoken the truth about anything at all (other than by accident). So far, nothing. Anyone?

    • Well? He said a couple things that might have been true back when he was running for Governor of Massachusetts but he has directly contradicted all of them since. So, the question remains, was he lying then or is he lying now? This, of course, precludes the possibility that he’s so effing stupid/crazy that he doesn’t realize he’s lying.

          • I’ve about concluded that it doesn’t make any difference to Mitt, that he’ll say whatever he thinks someone wants to hear at any given moment. I have a hunch that over the entire course of his life he’s never had to worry about whether something he might utter is true or not, that if he says it then in his own mind that’s how it is. He is, after all, a Mormon, and when it comes to both spouting and believing bullshit, few are better at it than they are. I’ve known tons of Mormons over the course of the last fifty years or so, and in all that time met only two whom I could trust, whom I could believe. Only TWO — out of at least several thousand. And that includes employers, supervisors, businessmen, owners, fellow employees, clients, and many many that were simply random acquaintances. Never ran across any other grouping like them. They were often thieves, invariably liars. I’ve long had the opinion that it is, to use Mitt’s own lingo, a cultural thing, not necessarily unique to the LDS membership, but defining of it nonetheless.

            Mitt is, indeed, precisely typical and not at all unique in any way.

            • Indeed. It’s pretty much a given among those who truly believe that God made the whole universe especially for them. OPM (other peoples morals) don’t matter.

  16. From a Facebook friend…
    “Vicky Triponey, Penn State’s vice president for student affairs, became a nonperson when she attempted to discipline half a dozen football players who had been involved in a brawl in which several students were injured and one was beaten unconscious. Football coach Joe Paterno acidly referred to her in a radio interview as “that lady in Old Main” (the central administration building) who couldn’t possibly know how to handle students because “she didn’t have kids.” The coach angrily told Triponey that his players would not cooperate with any investigation because they would not “rat” on each other. Penn State President Graham Spanier asked her pointedly if she really embraced “the Penn State way.” Triponey received threatening phone calls. She was denounced on student message boards. Her house was vandalized. A “for sale” sign was put up in her front yard. She was no longer invited to university events, fellow faculty and administrative staff avoided her, and people turned their backs on her in the supermarket. Spanier successfully pressured her to resign in 2007. Her husband found work at the University of South Carolina’s medical school in Charleston, and the couple moved.”

    • But when it came to raping little kids, ol’ Joe just didn’t know what was going on.

      It’s a good thing Joe’s statute was taken down, otherwise it might perpetually be covered with little kid underoos. And deservedly so.

      I could be proud of a reputation like “he made his players go to class every day” or “he had high standards for the behavior of his players,” but he settled for “he’s okay with letting his coach rape little boys.”

    • One of my friends at work told me that when he was going to college (TCU) in the late ’80s, he admired and looked up to Joe Paterno, and was in awe of the success of their football program. But after the Freeh report came out and it was clear that JoePa was heavily involved in the cover-up, he was crestfallen, to say the least, but he accepted it and wasn’t in denial. Unlike some people.

      I really don’t believe our institutions of higher learning should be at the mercy of athletics. Let the sports programs form their own trade schools.

  17. QOTD III:

    “Can everybody on both sides of the big political dig please now come to the overdue realization that the president was not elected to fulfill your rosy dreams of what you believe America to be? He was a politician, more ambitious than most, who was handed the biggest dungburger of pre-existing political conditions of any president since FDR. Right now, his primary obligation to himself — and, I would argue, to democracy its own self — is to keep his job out of the well-manicured and grasping talons of Willard Romney. That he is doing so with enough vigor to give the vapors to the country’s lycanthropic financial titans, and to the reporters who worship them, is what he’s supposed to be doing. And, in doing so, I don’t think he’s gone more than a yard out of bounds to make his hits. If that disturbs nappy-nap time for people who thought the country voted for Martin Luther Ruxspin last time around, that’s just going to have to be too bad.”
    — Charles Pierce in Esquire

  18. A neo-conservative group, Secure America Now, is going after Obama with 9/11 footage and other assorted scare-mongering. Don’t watch if you have high blood pressure issues. You may want to smash your computer too:

    • Yes. I do feel safer. Thanks for asking. I am especially relieved that the guy who was in the White House when all those scary things happened is gone and won’t ever be eligible to return. If he were in a cell for the rest of his natural life I would feel safer yet. Punishing the, arguably, worst war criminal in American history would go a long ways to making those who hate ‘Murika give us another chance.

  19. Gramps McCain is now doing damage control “translating” Mitt’s latest gaffe. Mitt needs a real-time gaffe translating teleprompter:

    “I am sure that Gov. Romney was not talking about difference in cultures, or difference in anybody superior or inferior. What I’m sure Gov. Romney was talking was that the Israeli economy has grown and prospered in a dramatic fashion. And unfortunately, the Palestinians have not had that same economic development.”

    • Well? That makes perfect sense if you didn’t actually listen to the flaming racist gush about how Israeli culture is responsible for their relative prosperity. Plus then you don’t have to bother with the little issue of the Israelis keeping a substantial portion of their citizens in internment camps.

  20. Here’s the deal, Mittens. When a Palestinian Muslim is eligible for public office in Israel? We can talk. Until then I will follow the growing consensus that, among your many faults, you’re a flaming racist. BTW. Economic opportunities are sorely limited when one is forced to live in what many consider to be the moral equivalent of a concentration camp. It’s not the only lesson that the Israelis learned from the Nazis but it’s the one that has caused the most suffering.

    BTW. I sincerely hope that the “librul media” is deeply ashamed by the coverage that Mittens has received by the foreign media. They had him pegged as a fool and a fraud the second they paid him any attention while our “journalists” insist on treating him like he’s not a fool and a fraud. The whole damned bunch of them should go and beg Rupert for work and let the “news” sources who still have a chance reclaim some measure of their former relevance. I wouldn’t give you a stale doughnut with a hair on it for the lot of them aside from a few who turn up at odd places on MSNBC.

  21. In the spirit of not holding back: I think that I’ve decided that I would laugh and buy a round at the local tavern if Batscat Bachmann choked on a tater-tot and entered a genuine coma to replace the waking coma that normally passes for her conscious state. “Political correctness”. They keep using those words but I don’t think they mean what they think they mean.

    • She’s daft.


      Why isn’t she condemning “big government spending” for the nearly 60% federal funding of the bridge?///

      Minnesota will fund between $320-$380 million for the project, and Wisconsin will fund $250-$310 million for the project. Of that, MnDOT and WisDOT will fund $251 million, or 41%, of the total project costs. Most of the remaining costs will be covered by each state’s normal allocation of federal highway funds.

      It’s a sound investment from what I read – and that’s what infrastructure/government money is for!

      • Well? The “librul media” left out part of the story. Many people have claimed that the new bridge is overkill because there’s already a major freeway bridge just a bit North. But? Batscat owns land on the Wisconsin side of the new bridge and, with a whole new traffic corridor, that land will go waaaaaay up in value. Just think of all the new condos and golf courses. You know she is.

    • I just figured it out. Mittens is just portraying the prototypical “ugly American” so that he can claim that…

      Nope. No one is that good an actor. He IS the ugly American the rest of the world so rightly despises.

      • Romney the ugly American tourist:
        -Tries to get the maximum for the minimum.
        – Expects attentive service, tips poorly.
        If at all. (I hear his particular brand of Goodness has some excuse for not tipping.)
        – Complains if his room isn’t prepared the way he wants it.
        – Insults other cultures when they aren’t there to hear.
        – Cares only about his own appearance and well being.
        – Looks down upon those who serve him.

  22. I haven’t had the stomach to check on Shelly’s polling, Cats. The Dems still need to pick her opponent and she’s in a new district so it’s too early to tell at this point. Alas, there are still plenty of people who will vote for her because their preachers will tell them she’s a “good Christian lady” and any local reports on her batscat are phrased as “Rep. Bachmann responds to Democratic attacks” while always implying that said “attacks” are unjustified. The really sad part is that i think much of the tolerance the local media shows for her is because they seem to think that anyone who gets Minnesota mentioned in the national “news” is someone to be propped up. The fact that even most GOoPers think she’s nuts just doesn’t get any play here on the frozen tundra.

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