Daily Gnuz, Sunday Shitehole

America’s descent into hell is accelerating inexorably.

From Friday’s ThinkProgress, another murderous police officer gets off in a stupefying “innocent” verdict. WARNING: the article does include the graphic bodycam video of the murder. I did NOT watch it, as the article’s description of the senseless killing was more than enough. Read it and weep – I did.

Next, here’s what Rep. Mark “Trailhiker” Sanford said about the “tax reform” bill in a brief interview with Erica Werner of the Washington Post:

Mark Sanford (R) admits tax bill is a sham.

A new survey shows that 30% of white Evangelicals are still willing to overlook pretty much every non-christian thing that trump says or does. Here’s a brief excerpt from an article by Christian Post reporter Samuel Smith:

“On Tuesday, PRRI [Public Religion Research Institute] released its annual American Values Survey titled “One Nation, Divided, Under Trump,” which found that just over four in 10 white evangelicals (42 percent) were weak Trump supporters, answering that although they support Trump, it is still possible for them to lose their support. Meanwhile, 30 percent of white evangelicals say they approve of Trump and “there’s almost nothing President Trump could do to lose my approval…”

NOTE: Definitely check out the link at “One Nation, Divided, Under Trump”, interesting statistics laid out there.

Last, in keeping with the above Christian Post theme, another article confirms that not ALL Evangelical “christians” believe that getting another anti-abortion vote in the Senate is worth the cost. This opinion piece by Craig M Watts in The Christian Post starts out:

“Once again, abortion is being used to justify supporting a political candidate that deserves nothing but condemnation by Christians.”

Open Thread – enjoy! (or whatever more appropriate term you want to use.)

Graham: Sanford Can Stay if he Reconciles with Wife

Hi, fellow critters.  It’s been quite a while.  As a native South Carolinian, I would be remiss if I didn’t take the time to talk about the scandal surrounding our “governor,” Mark Sanford.  The first thing that should be addressed is the fact that even before news of his affair with an Argentian broke, Sanford was a terribly ineffective governor.  He has few allies in his own party, and his veteos have been overturned a staggering 198 times since he took office (note: that figure is likely higher now, as the post linked to above was written nearly four months ago).

I’m not of the opinion that his affair with Ms. Chapur has any relevance to his effectiveness as governor.  But going AWOL for five days while leaving absolutely no one in charge, and tacking on a trip to Argentina at the tax payer’s expense merely so he could visit his “soul mate,” amounts to gross negligence and a total dereliction of duty.  I don’t think anyone needs to be convinced of that, and truthfully, that’s not what this post is about.

What I’d like to address is the statement Lindsey Graham made on Meet the Press last weekend:

If Mark can reconcile with Jenny, and that’s not going to be easy, that he can finish his last eighteen months.

I’ll note firstly that there’s wiggle room in this statement as to whether Graham is referring to his personal opinion of what Sanford must do in order for Graham to support Sanford remaining South Carolina’s governor, or whether he’s referring to what the people of South Carolina will require for them to see him as a legitimate governor.  But living here as long as I have, I’d suspect Graham meant the former.  But what does Sanford’s ability to hold his marriage together have to do with his abilities as governor?  Nothing.

It’s interesting to me that Graham had nothing to say about the total abdication of authority Sanford engaged in when he left the country without telling anyone where he was going, and the lack of admonishment over the governor’s misuse of tax payer funds.  I believe this speaks volumes to the bizarre moral reckoning of the modern Republican party.  Failing your public is acceptable, but failing your wife is not?  The Right’s continued obsession with sex and infidelity, especially in light of our current economic woes, reflects their misplaced priorities.  South Carolina has the third highest unemployment rate in the nation (standing at 12.1 percent as of May), the governor is one of the least effective in the nation, a point made clear by the staggering number of times his own party has overturned his vetoes, and yet, Graham’s concern — a concern which he projects onto the whole of the South Carolina population — is whether his marriage is stable.  A poll conducted by Survey USA; however, indicates that South Carolinians overwhelmingly believe the governor should resign (60-34).

Is Sen. Graham really so out of touch with his own constituents?

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The Clinton Curse…

OooOoooOoo….

Mark Sanford joins other victims of ‘the Clinton curse’ like Bob Livingston, Larry Craig and Newt Gingrich.. (I can think of several more names he could have added to this list, though the show IS only half an hour long..)

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Curse of 2012: GOP Presidential Hopefuls Are Having A Terrible Year

If its not in-fighting with their own party, some have been caught having affairs, and then one gave such a horrible speech that he had to step out of the public eye.  The field is getting mighty thin for the GOP.  It is going to be entertaining to see who they will come up with next and if they can manage to not foul it up.

Adulterous Governor Sanford a Democrat?

According to Fox he is (from Media Matters).  Big surprise, eh?

Of course, Governor Sanford was playing hide the plantain with a South American “Dear, Dear Friend.”  Noticeably absent from this breaking news conference was the governor’s wife.

Whoops.

Read more about this lying, hypocritical, ultra-conservative Republican here and here (if you can stand the stink).

UPDATE: Governor Sanford’s mistress may or may not be South American. My bad.

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