Sunday, September 14, 2014

Lindsey Graham is almost over come with the vapors during Fox News interview about ISIL.

Senator Graham sat down with Fox News this morning, and well he kind of lost his shit.

You know I have plenty of experience transcribing lunacy from my years of doing so for our favorite batshit crazy half term governor, but I do declare that Graham gives her a run for her money.

Take little peek into the mind of somebody on the verge of a full blown nervous breakdown.

First let's get the Hitler comparison out of the way:

"The first thing I want to tell the America people, from my point of view it is our fight. It is not just their fight. This is a radical Islamic army that's pushing the theory of a master religion. Not a master race like the Nazis."

So they are just like Hitler, in that they also hate the Jews, but instead of co-opting the Catholic church to help spread their ideology they are sticking with their perverse brand of Islam.

Please continue Foghorn Leghorn.

“It’s about protecting millions of people throughout the world from a radical Islamic army. They’re intending to come here. So, I will not let this president suggest to the American people we can outsource our security and this is not about our safety. There is no way in hell you can form an army on the ground in Syria to destroy ISIL without a substantial American component. And to destroy ISIL you have to kill or capture their leaders, take the territory they hold back, cut off their financing, and destroy their capability to regenerate."

Hey does that kind of sound like religious genocide to anybody else?

I mean I think ISIL needs to be stopped as well, but isn't this a little Crusade-y for this day and age?

And then Graham really starts with the hysterics.

“This is a war we’re fighting! This is not a counter-terrorism operation! This is not Somalia, this is not Yemen! This is a turning point in the war on terror! Our strategy will fail yet again! This president needs to rise to the occasion before we all get killed back here at home!” 

Holy crap! I think this is usually the part in the move where John Wayne slaps the woman to get her to calm down. 

When the host suggests to Graham that his plan of making this an America fight would only attract more people to join ISIL and that the best way to handle this is to support the indigenous forces, Graham just about comes unglued.

"Apparently nobody's been listening to what Senator McCain and I have been saying for the last three years."

That could be because the both of them are constantly calling for the military to invade every country who gives us the finger, and destroy every political faction that won't kiss Graham's countrified ass cheeks when he and McCain stop by for a visit.

Graham continues on to warn that it will require American boots on the ground to "go in there and dig these guys out," and that failing to do so will have the following result:

“They will open the gates of hell to spill out on the world,” he said.

Yeah, okay Screaming Mimi, let's not get our panties in a twist.

It is true that this will not be easy, and it will undoubtedly require more of a military commitment than what is being proposed right now, however what is also true is that the President can only do so much without the support of Congress. (A Congress we should be reminded who is currently threatening to sue him for taking executive actions and doing things without their approval.)

And that approval is not expected to be coming any time soon.

So if Graham and McCain are so all fired ready to send American troops back into Iraq, then the first place they need to start working is to convince their own party of that need, and lay off pissing and moaning about the President's unsatisfying response.

President Obama is doing the best that he can with a little that the Republicans have left him to work with.

Personally I think that if John McCain and his Southern belle think that the solution to the Iraq situation is American boots on the ground then they need to strap on a parachute, grip a bowie knife between their dentures, and have a military transport drop their wrinkled asses right into the middle of the conflict.

But don't forget, America does NOT deal with terrorists or pay for the release of hostages.

Well look who has finally decided to come out of hiding to allow her ghostwriter to put up a Facebook post.

Courtesy of the matriarch of the Wasilla Brawlers Facebook page:

Following a night filled with rockets’ red glare and bombs bursting in air, Francis Scott Key awoke 200 years ago this morning to see our beautiful flag still flying over Baltimore Harbor at dawn's early light. The stunning sight of the red, white, and blue banner calmly waving in the wind following a night of fierce battle inspired Key to pen the poem “The Star Spangled Banner,” which later became our national anthem and my personal favorite song. My family and I were fortunate to visit Fort McHenry in Baltimore during our 2011 "One Nation" bus tour – a truly memorable stop! Every time I hear this beautiful song and place my hand over my heart, I feel it bursting with pride to be an American, and I’m thankful to vets – like my son and others – who have fought hard to keep us the land of the free and the home of the brave! Thank a vet today for their sacrifices to keep us free, and to keep that Star Spangled Banner waving over an America where we can trust that truth and justice will always ultimately prevail. 

- Sarah Palin

Pretty generic and non-controversial don'tcha think?

Almost as if somebody wanted people to know that she was still around but did not want to draw too much undue attention to herself.

As for our freedom being the result of any hard fighting by her son Track, from what I hear if our freedom were contingent on his fighting abilities we would all be standing in front of the Union Jack and singing "God Save the Queen."

By the way let me take a moment to clear up a misconception about the night of the fight.

I have been trying to figure out if Tripp witnessed the fight as was reported here on IM, or if he was indeed in the stretch Hummer when the fists started flying. And finally I can report with absolute certainty that he was in the vehicle during the brawl.

He was indeed at the party when the family first arrived, but apparently got tired and was escorted to the Hummer before his mom, uncle, and grandfather started picking fights and getting their asses kicked. 

There is no indication that anything about the incident would have turned out any differently if he WAS there, but as it turned out he just wasn't.

I can also report that some of the family members who joined him afterward were still bleeding and that he was not spared the details of the fight.

I know that a lot of people, myself included, thought that perhaps the story of Tripp being in the Humvee was a Palin plant, but as it turns out it is accurate. And this source is ironclad, believe me it would take an incredibly trustworthy source for me to accept this correction.

P.S. Before anybody asks I do not know who took Tripp back to the vehicle, nor do I know if anybody stayed there with him.

In the world of Fox News a reduction in homework clearly shows that teachers are trying to hide something from parents.

Courtesy of Raw Story:

Fox News host Tucker Carlson asserted over the weekend that American teachers were assigning less homework because they were lazy union members and wanted to hide the curriculum from parents. 

During the Sunday edition of Fox & Friends, Carlson noted that many schools had argued that students should spend time in the evenings with their families. 

“But is this really about the kids or could it be a move by teachers unions to get teachers to do less work for, of course, the same pay?” he asked Whitney Neal, a former teacher with the Koch brothers-funded Bill of Rights Institute. 

“That’s a great suspicion,” Neal agreed. “As much as we don’t want to look at teachers that way as wanting to eliminate the amount of work they have to do, I almost think this is more of a ploy to keep parents out of the classroom, to limit the involvement parents have on what’s going on with teachers. Because if kids aren’t bringing home homework, the parents don’t really know what’s going on.” 

“That is exactly right!” Carlson exclaimed. “It’s a window for me, I think for all parents into what our kids are learning in the classroom. You can see it… So this is a way — another way to disenfranchise parents, you think?”

Wait, what?

How poorly must you think of public education to believe that reducing the amount of homework is some subversive attempt to hide class work from parents?

Does Carlson not believe that the children will show their parents completed assignments? Or bring a textbook home to study for an upcoming test? Or just talk about what they learned that day in the classroom?

Personally I have long been an advocate of less homework, which in recent years has reached levels that are almost insurmountable for young children.

I have worked with more than one teenager who has so much homework that they quite literally have no time for extra curricular activities or to spend significant time with family members during the weekdays.  

Of all of the terrible things that Fox News has introduced to this country, this vilification of teachers and undermining of our public education system may just about be the worst.

And it is dong incredible damage to the future of this nation. 

Some updates on the Thrilla from Wasilla.

Sure they seem relatively non-threatening but they are really a ticking time bomb of aggression.
First up we have our go to Amanda Coyne who has consistently been way ahead on all things brawl related.

Her most recent update does not offer much that is new, however she does say this:  

It’s confirmed that the Palins, all of them, were in some way involved in a fight at a house in Anchorage where a party was going on. Bristol’s son, Tripp was at the party. I have confirmed from multiple sources that Bristol punched someone repeatedly, and that charges might be filed. I spoke to a source yesterday who witnessed part of it. She said that some in the crowd were trying to restrain Sarah, who was clawing to get involved in the fight, which had moved to the cul-de-sac outside of the house. She was also screaming loudly. She wore platform high-tops with the American flag on them, and Bristol wore big, round shades. As I reported, Track was at some point in the night, shirtless.

Now the news that Bristol might be charged is somewhat new, though of course many have already opined that it would seem logical that she would be. 

Mudflats also had an update, and I would be remiss if I did not include that as well.

Here are a few key points from that post: 

The Palins arrived at the party, but not just Sarah and Todd who were the only actual invitees from the clan – the whole fan-damnily and some other tagalong friends from Wasilla turned up in a stretch Hummer limo. Because, of course they did. The party was an adult and relaxed event, with most guests at least in their 30s. Reports have come in that Track got into a fight with an ex-boyfriend of Willow’s. But according to my source, the initial fight started when Track and his buddy were aggressively pursuing… how shall I put this… “romantic relations” with some female guests. They were allegedly explicit and crude in their depictions of what they’d like to do with and to the ladies, expressing a desire to “bend them over on the lawn,” according to my source. Apparently the lawn was large enough to include places one could be “bent over.”

Jeannie Devon then goes on to say that some of the wives of those Track was disrespecting responded as you might imagine and that is why he ended up "spread eagle on the grass."

She also states that Track's buddies got involved at that point followed by Todd who came away with a bloody nose, and that Bristol started punching the host in the face, though her sources were not sure why.

She also states, as others have confirmed, that Sarah herself tried to get into the mix, and did indeed ask the ridiculous question "Don't you know who I am?"

However here is the part that requires further clarification:  

After tiring of being punched in the face, our host informed the Palins it was time for them to go home. Bristol’s young son Tripp was apparently sleeping in the back of the Hummer limo at the time, blissfully unaware of intoxicated mommy’s raging fists of fury.

Okay so this part is kind of key, since we have heard various contradictions to this, and all of this happened two less than 48 hours before Bristol had to show up in court for her custody hearing.

Now whether he was a witness to the fight or not, he was still included in an adult outing with a number of inebriated people, that ended up in a brawl after which some of his family members returned to the stretch hummer with bloody faces and damaged clothing.

However if he was not asleep as people seem so desperate for us to believe, and he DID witness his mother repeatedly punching a man in the face, that is SO much worse. And also clearly something that Levi could use in his attempt to pry his child out of the clutches of that den of lunacy.

Pennsylvania teenager might get two years for face raping a statue of Jesus.

Courtesy of Mother Jones: 

Teenagers are prone to dumb, tasteless pranks, but one 14-year-old is facing prison time for his latest stunt. The teen, from Everett, Pennsylvania, hopped on top of a statue of a kneeling Jesus—in front of an organization called "Love in the Name of Christ"—and simulated oral sex with the statue's face. Naturally, he posted the pictures to Facebook, which made their way to authorities. 

Officials in Bedford County charged the teen (whose name hasn't been released) with desecration of a venerated object, invoking a 1972 Pennsylvania statute that criminalizes "defacing, damaging, polluting or otherwise physically mistreating in a way that the actor knows will outrage the sensibilities of persons likely to observe or discover the action." You'd think an appropriate punishment for a kid violating this seldom-invoked law might be picking up trash or, at worst, paying a fine. If convicted, he faces much worse: two years in juvenile detention.

Seriously? Two years for rubbing his adolescent trouser snake on an inanimate object. 

That is completely ridiculous.

And not only ridiculous, but possibly unconstitutional as well.

That is unless Pennsylvania were willing to give this person two years as well.

Well let's all hope that TMZ is NOT the ones who end up with that Palin brawl tape.

Somebody sent me this link to a Buzzfeed story from back in July.

Check this part out:  

TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism. But it’s also that mode that some have claimed is responsible for acquiring a video of Justin Bieber telling a racist joke and, over the course of four years, not publishing it. 

BuzzFeed spoke to nearly two dozen former TMZ employees, and it’s clear that Bieber’s tape was not the only near-priceless piece of dirt in the proverbial TMZ vault. (TMZ did not respond to multiple requests for comment.) According to these ex-employees, the sealed testimonies from the Michael Jackson molestation trial hide there as does footage of various celebrities — Bieber, Lohan, Travolta — behaving badly. The vault isn’t a secret at TMZ — even the lowest on the staff ladder have heard whispers of its existence. As to what goes up on the site and what stays vaulted, that’s a finer, more esoteric calculus — and one in which celebrities and their publicists have come to live in fear. As one source explained, “There’s no doubt: [Harvey] Levin absolutely changed the way celebrities function today.”

Getting access to the brawl footage could bring TMZ significant hits on its website, or it could give them control over one the of the most famous names in politics.

I would not suggest that Palin is anywhere near the caliber of celebrity that are mentioned concerning those other videos but if TMZ is in the habit of collecting scandalous materials for safe keeping then this would certainly qualify.

And they HAVE been known to cover for Palin in the past.

That makes me hope that in a bidding war the National Enquirer, Gawker, or E entertainment has deeper pockets on their side.

Courtesy of my daughter.

Remember this was a kid whose mother home schooled her against my wishes, and sent her to a fundamentalist church.

Just proves that intelligence inoculates you against bullshit.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Bill Maher finally chose his candidate for his "Flip a District" campaign.

My favorite part:

"Now someday for sure, absolutely no doubt, Louie Gohmert, who talks like somebody whose name is Louie Gohmert, will be arrested naked masturbating in the street."

Still not exactly sure how Gohmert missed getting selected.

By the way I have to say that my favorite part of the show last night, was watching Jerry Seinfeld  out funny Maher. Jerry was incredibly fast and virtually everything he said elicited huge laughs from the audience.

Gee you know, maybe HE should get a show on television. Might be successful.

That Real Clear Politics guy attempts a little Palin family cleanup.

I already reported on Scott Conroy's tweets a little further down the page, however here is the link to the actual story that he wrote about the Palin side of things.

First Conroy reports that the story is being covered widely (Don't we know it.) and then blows a little air up their skirts before getting to the revisionist history:  

According to previously published eyewitness reports, the fracas began when Track Palin, the former governor’s adult son, confronted a former boyfriend of his 20-year-old sister, Willow. 

But according to the Palin family’s version of events, the instigator was actually the former boyfriend. 

The initial tussle occurred, the source said, after the young man in question “tried to get in” to the Hummer limousine after he’d engaged in some unspecified “questionable behavior.”  

I am REALLY interested in what his "questionable behavior" might be.

Track Palin soon found himself struggling to fend off four men who had “piled on him,” according to the source. 

Yes because of course old warrior body could totally fend off a single combatant, but four?  

Todd Palin then inserted himself into the brawl, which left the former “First Dude” of Alaska bleeding. 

Wow "inserted himself into the brawl" sounds so much better than "tried to choke a man out."  

According to the source, as her husband and son were trading blows with their adversaries, Palin was yelling (in reference to her son), “Don’t you know who he is? He’s a vet!” 

This rendition of her words differs slightly but significantly from a previous report, which had Palin shouting, “Don’t you know who I am?” 

Yes an remember the rules on Palin reporting. EVERYTHING that they say is true, and what multiple sources say, or video shows, is wrong. 

And as for Bristol punching ineffectually at the homeowner multiple times, well that is clearly incorrect for the following reason: 

At some point, Bristol Palin became involved in the free-for-all, but the Palin source took issue with a report suggesting she had brandished a “mean right hook,” noting that the eldest Palin daughter is left-handed. 

There you go. 

Obviously we were all incorrect about this incident because according to the article:

Todd is an elite snowmachine racer.

Sarah just returned from a fundraiser in Houston.

Track is a vet for heaven's sake.

And Bristol is left handed. 

Well there you go then, I guess we stand corrected.

Which means that if some video DOES happen to appear, well dammit that is just more liberal lies.

God I love this!

In other news Ted Cruz gets booed off stage by Christian group for defending Jews.

Courtesy of Politico:

The president of the Christian organization who hosted Sen. Ted Cruz at its summit has partially blamed the senator for walking off the stage after being heckled and booed by some in the crowd during his speech. 

In Defense of Christians President Toufic Baaklini, in a statement released Thursday evening, said that while the hecklers were out of line, Cruz’s actions were “unfortunate” and detracted from the event.

“Sen. Cruz abruptly ended his remarks accusing some participants of being ‘consumed with hate,’” Baaklini said, in reference to a comment the senator made moments before he left the stage without finishing his speech. “That was as unfortunate as the inappropriate reaction by a small number of attendees.” 

EWTN News Nightly recorded a video of the tail end of Cruz’s speech on Wednesday. In it, the senator faced boos and angry yelling from some in the crowd over his previous comments. “I will say this: I’m saddened to see that some here, not everyone, are so consumed with hate,” he said in the video. 

“I will say this: If you will not stand with Israel and the Jews, then I will not stand with you. Thank you, and God bless you,” he said, walking off stage to scattered applause and boos. 

Probably wrong that I enjoyed that so much isn't it?

I will say this however, even though it is against my religion, which you may know as the "I Always Disagree with Everything Ted Cruz says Adventists," but actually I think that old Rafael was saying some righteous shit.

However he was saying it to a crowd who only wanted to talk about Christian persecution, you know like Sarah and Bristol Palin, and not about any other group's centuries old persecution.

Yeah let those assholes get their own  fundraising event.

This is how another attendee, Republican Congressman Charlie Dent, summarized the Cruz kerfuffle: 

"I support Israel, but what Senator Cruz did was outrageous and incendiary," Dent said. "He showed a true lack of sensitivity for the people he was speaking to, especially the religious leaders who were there. It was a political speech, inappropriate and, overall, an uncomfortable moment."

So maybe it wasn't the whole  Jewish thing that upset the crowd so much, as simply the fact that Ted Cruz was being a giant douchenozzle.

Rape Culture in Alaska

The Atlantic has a long and incredibly detailed report of rape and sexual assault in Alaska that will literally depress the hell out of you.

However I think it is an important article and I urge all of you to read it.

Here are a few of the lowlights:  

In its short history as a state, Alaska has earned an unnerving epithet: It is the rape capital of the U.S. At nearly 80 rapes per 100,000, according to the FBI Uniform Crime Report, Alaska’s rape rate is almost three times the national average; for child sexual assault, it’s nearly six times. And, according to the 2010 Alaska Victimization Survey, the most comprehensive data to date, 59 percent of Alaskan women have been victims of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, or both. 

But those numbers, say researchers, just skim the surface. Since sex crimes are generally underreported, and may be particularly underreported in Alaska for cultural reasons. “Those numbers are conservative,” says Ann Rausch, a program coordinator at Alaska’s Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. “They’re still staggering.” 

The causes of the violence are complex and entrenched. Government officials, law enforcement personnel, and victim advocates note the state’s surfeit of risk factors, from an abundance of male-dominated industries, like oil drilling and the military, to the state’s vast geography, with many communities that have no roads and little law enforcement. “There are so many factors that tip the scale for Alaska,” says Linda Chamberlain, executive director of the Alaska Family Violence Prevention Project. Not the least among them: the lack strong law enforcement presence, or support services of any kind, in remote towns like Tanana. “It’s easier for perpetrators to isolate their victims and not get caught. And for people not to get help.”

The reason that so many sexual assaults are not reported is also fairly unique to Alaska:

While few victims deny that sexual assault and domestic violence should be punishable crimes, the public shaming of an elder or father or brother is a big deal in a village where everyone is related—either by blood, or by a lifelong relationship just as binding. “Everybody knows who’s doing what,” Erickson told me. “It’s common river knowledge. Who’s the molester. Who’s the abuser.” But families struggle to protect one another and their lives going forward, knowing that anyone they offend will be at the post office the next day, and the day after, and the day after that. Winters are long, brutal, and dark, and in a tight-knit, tiny community, connected to most of its income, medical care, and law enforcement only by airplane, conflicts often simmer in silence. Flights aren’t cheap; when tensions build, there’s no place to go. 

For that reason, family members often blame the victims, or the friends of victims, who attempt to report a crime, out of fear of losing material support, or a vital link in a precarious web of familial structure. When a young man from Tanana was accused of sexually abusing several village children a few years ago, some of his relatives verbally attacked the woman who turned him in, saying, “Shame on you. He had his whole life in front of him and you’re going to ruin it.” 

The cold hard facts are that men are more highly regarded in native villages than are women, who even today are seen as second class citizens, and less deserving of support then the men who hunt and fish for food to feed the village or work to bring money home to the local economy.

That's why, as I pointed out earlier, Sean Parnell's "Choose Respect"  is of no real value.

This problem is deeply ingrained in parts of Alaska society, and the ONLY thing that will make a significant difference is to spend a significant amount of money to create educational programs that will set up shop in these far flung villages, and more law enforcement professionals who are assigned the task of  making sure that predators are punished and victims are protected.

But I can tell you right now that the Republicans up here have no intention of spending money that will not create a return on their investment, and protecting the women who are NOT their own wives and daughters is of little interest to men who see natives as little more than savages, and who could not care less what happens in communities that many of them will never visit. 

A reporter at Real Clear Politics purports to tweet the Palin family version of the "Throwdown at the Hoedown." Not really helping.

So Scott Conroy (Pictured above) of Real Clear Politics takes to Twitter last night to give the Palin family side of the Anchorage birthday brawl.

Okay so they were there. Which of course has already been established by the APD.
Ooooh, well admitting that is kind of surprising.
Okay carry on.

Scott then confirms that Palin caught a flight out of Houston at 6:00 AM on Saturday morning. Which gave her plenty of time to get to Alaska and start some shit in Anchorage.

Okay that sounds like the Palin side alright.

Because that does not exactly match other accounts.

Okay if true this is new.
Okay now we're back on course.
Of course she did.
Okay not to call out the Palins as liars (After all what evidence do we have that they lie?), but I have a report that Track got into another altercation later that evening.

The exact quote was "Track got his ass kicked again at the bar."

Now I have had cracked ribs before and even with a snoot full of alcohol the very last thing you want to do is start another fight. Hell you don't even want to get into a loud discussion with anyone.

Also quite believable.
Hey, we said we believed you. Okay well of course there is no confirmation that Conroy actually spoke to a Palin family insider, but considering his job it would be incredibly reckless to tweet all of this if it were not accurate.

And as far as I'm concerned until Palin does another Gabby Giffords style video defending her family, and denying that they had anything to do with the fight, THIS is the official Palin family response.

Which works just fine for me by the way.

There is no doubt that this story has legs, since last night Bill Maher weighed in on it at the opening of his show, and for the first time local news programs here in Alaska have started to report it.

I think this next week is going to see new revelations and, fingers crossed, video surface which leaves no doubt as to what happened that night, and who is at fault. 

P.S. For those who missed it yesterday, here is Amanda Coyne's CNN appearance.

Utah teacher injured terribly when her totally legal firearm goes off while she is on the toilet. Anybody feel safer?

Courtesy of the BBC:  

A teacher in the US state of Utah who was legally carrying a gun in her primary school was seriously injured when it accidentally discharged, police have said. 

The incident happened in a staff toilet before classes started and no children were in the building, officials said. 

The unidentified woman was in a good condition in hospital by the afternoon. 

Utah is among a number of states that allow people with permits to carry concealed weapons into primary schools.

Look I am going to bang this drum until everybody else picks up an instrument and starts playing along with me. 

More guns mean more danger.

And this bullshit idea that shootings happen on school grounds because they are designated "gun free" zones is pure unadulterated bullshit!

Shooters go there because that is where they will make the biggest impact.

And unless we want to assign armed guards to every one of our elementary schools, high schools, and universities it will undoubtedly happen again.

And if not there than a military base, packed theater, or shopping mall.

The problem is not a lack of guns, the problem is that society teaches people to associate guns with power and dominance, and then provides them the means for attaining that power much, much too easily.

Gee for the life of me I just can't figure out what changed.