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Why The Wingnuts Scare Me

I saw a couple of items in the past couple of days that, shall we say, gave me pause. The first one was about Romney ramping up attack ads against Huckabee (and what an ugly sectarian grudge match that’s shaping up to be), but no mention of Wayne Dumond. I kinda thought that the Republican presidential candidates would be falling all over themselves to “Willie Horton” Huckabee, especially now that he’s looking like more and more of a threat, but it just hasn’t happened.

Which makes me wonder: Is it because Huckabee wrangling the parole of a serial rapist over the objections of his victims and their families just isn’t that big a deal to the supposedly law-and-order Republican base? Is it because Dumond is white and therefore not Scary Boogeyman material? Is it because Dumond raped a Clinton relative, meaning that he was only in prison as part of the Vast Insidious Clinton Conspiracy? Or even if he really was guilty and even if he did rape and kill at least one woman and probably another, it was still a good thing because it was a poke in the Clenis’s eye?

Admittedly, I’m speculating. But after the smears and dirty tricks Dubya’s primary campaign used against McCain in 2000, and Huckabee’s question about whether Mormons think Satan is Jesus’ brother, it’s hard for me to believe that Republicans have any sense of restraint when it comes to primary contests. Which is why I think Romney has calculated that Republican voters wouldn’t consider Huckabee’s role in Dumond’s parole to be a bad thing.

The second item is about the wingnut reaction to the Crazy Minuteman Guy’s endorsement of Huckabee:

Malkin is gob-smacked. Larison is slack-jawed:

I can’t express to you all how little sense this makes. It’s baffling, like so much else associated with Mike Huckabee lately. The only thing more bizarre would have been if Gilchrist had endorsed McCain. How does the founder of the Minutemen endorse Huckabee? What parallel universe have we fallen into that this is happening? I mean, Gilchrist essentially has to ignore everything that the man said or did regarding immigration for the last decade. Apparently the take-away lesson is that shameless pandering works. Before much longer maybe Huckabee will land Tancredo’s endorsement.

So think about that for a moment. Huckabee picks up an endorsement from a right-wing racist nutcase, and the wingnutosphere reaction is not, “OMG, what is Huckabee thinking, getting an endorsement from such a repulsive kook?”, but rather, “OMG, what is Gilchrist thinking? Huckabee is totally unworthy of his valuable endorsement!”

To riff on Bill O’Reilly’s idea, it’s as if Rudy got an endorsement from the ghost of Jeffrey Dahmer, and the wingnuts went ballistic that Dahmer would endorse someone who kills and eats people so infrequently.

So yeah, I think their values system might be just a teensy bit messed up.

(h/t Julia and Blue Texan)

December 12th, 2007 at 11:47pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Huckabee,Immigration,Politics,Racism,Republicans,Romney

The War On Christmas Is Over.

Santa won.

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) has introduced a resolution (H.Res. 847) saying, and I am not making this up, that Christmas and Christians are important. The House is scheduled to vote on this groundbreaking resolution on Tuesday.

(…)

Update – The House passed this bill today. The vote, surprisingly, was 372-9, with 10 members also voting “Present,” meaning they took no position on the legislation, and 40 not voting. One of the “Present” votes was cast by Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.). More Democrats -195 – voted for the bill than Republicans, 177.

(…)

Here’s the text of H.Res. 847, just so you know how important Christianity and Xmas are:

Recognizing the importance of Christmas and the Christian faith.

Whereas Christmas, a holiday of great significance to Americans and many other cultures and nationalities, is celebrated annually by Christians throughout the United States and the world;

Whereas there are approximately 225,000,000 Christians in the United States, making Christianity the religion of over three-fourths of the American population;

Whereas there are approximately 2,000,000,000 Christians throughout the world, making Christianity the largest religion in the world and the religion of about one-third of the world population;

Whereas Christians identify themselves as those who believe in the salvation from sin offered to them through the sacrifice of their savior, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and who, out of gratitude for the gift of salvation, commit themselves to living their lives in accordance with the teachings of the Holy Bible;

Whereas Christians and Christianity have contributed greatly to the development of western civilization;

Whereas the United States, being founded as a constitutional republic in the traditions of western civilization, finds much in its history that points observers back to its roots in Christianity;

Whereas on December 25 of each calendar year, American Christians observe Christmas, the holiday celebrating the birth of their savior, Jesus Christ;

Whereas for Christians, Christmas is celebrated as a recognition of God’s redemption, mercy, and Grace; and

Whereas many Christians and non-Christians throughout the United States and the rest of the world, celebrate Christmas as a time to serve others: Now, therefore be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives–

(1) recognizes the Christian faith as one of the great religions of the world;

(2) expresses continued support for Christians in the United States and worldwide;

(3) acknowledges the international religious and historical importance of Christmas and the Christian faith;

(4) acknowledges and supports the role played by Christians and Christianity in the founding of the United States and in the formation of the western civilization;

(5) rejects bigotry and persecution directed against Christians, both in the United States and worldwide; and

(6) expresses its deepest respect to American Christians and Christians throughout the world.

Boy, Christmas really dodged a bullet there. The nine Grinches who voted to outlaw Christmas are all Democrats, of course: Gary Ackerman (NY), Yvette Clarke (NY), Diana DeGette (CO), Alcee Hastings (FL), Barbara Lee (CA), Jim McDermott (WA), Bobby Scott (VA), Pete Stark (CA) and Lynn Woolsey (CA). Yea, their names shall live in infamy, and their private parts will be scorched by Rudolph’s radioactive nose for all eternity.

(Blue Texan also pointed out that none of the Republican Representatives running for president made it to the vote – otherwise Tancredo probably would have tried to get Mr. Kringle deported.)

(h/t Jane / Blue Texan / Balloon Juice)

December 12th, 2007 at 07:13pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Politics,Religion,Republicans,Wankers,Weirdness

Eli’s Obsession With The Google; Or: Behold, The Power Of Sleaze

This is very strange. My site was briefly hijacked by a porn spammer a few weeks ago (not the main pages; I didn’t notice the porn pages until I followed some peculiar incoming links), and now my traffic is going through the roof – well, for me, anyway. But it’s all Google searches for porn, much of it, well, kinda nasty.

So if you just happen to glance at my Sitemeter and think I’m popular all of a sudden… I’m not. But until the dodgy pages are flushed out of Google’s cache, it looks like my blog will be the #1 search result for old sluts in suspenders, which there is presumably a lot of demand for.

5 comments December 12th, 2007 at 06:13pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Eli's Obsession With The Google

Random B&W NYC Photoblogging

More NYC photos, including a couple more Central Park statues:

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Curved awning surrounded by rectangular construction thingies.

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Tree roots trying to escape.

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I think this is the Roman goddess of carving little men out of things.

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And this appears to be the goddess of smug.

3 comments December 12th, 2007 at 11:42am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: NJ/NYC,Photoblogging

Chock Full O’ Nuts

Jesus’s General appears to have been sucked into Major James Linzey’s lonely war against reality and sanity:

I’m having a very strange email conversation with Major James Linzey and someone named Oliver White, both of whom are copying their emails to a John Flammer at a US Army email address. Apparently, they believe my posts about a radio appearance in which Major Linzey discussed the threat Mexicans, Communists, Chinese, Democrats, and Satan, Prince of Darkness pose to the United States were inaccurate, but are unable or unwilling to point out the alleged inaccuracies.

[strange e-mail conversation]

Dear Major Linzey,

It’s occurred to me that perhaps you did not have the software needed to hear the clips from your appearance on The Edge radio show I posted on my blog, and that’s why you haven’t been able to tell me why you think my characterization of those clips was inaccurate. If that’s the case, then I think it might be helpful to provide you with a transcript of your remarks. Hopefully, after reading it, you’ll realize that you were mistaken. If not, and you still believe that my posts are inaccurate, please point out those inaccuracies in writing so I may address them.

Here are the transcripts.

Regarding the Minutemen:

I would like 5000 American patriots to go down on April 1st, down to Tombstone, Arizona, be part of the Minuteman Project We need to let the enemies know that we’re there and we’re watching.

Regarding Chinese training the Mexican Army to invade the US:

There are five to ten thousand Chinese military soldiers in Mexico now training Mexican soldiers for invasion in the United States.

Regarding Chinese soldiers smuggling dirty bombs into the US:

Now I’ve I’ve got friends who work for the CIA and the F FBI and I know things from the inside. Now, the CIA several months ago, arrested four Chinese military soldiers who came across the Mexico-Texan border with a dirty bomb and the CIA has them in custody.

Regarding Satan, Commies, and Democrats:

We’re not going to let Satan take what Jesus gave us, a beacon of light to the world, a beacon of, a beacon of,light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Now when they come over here, and these Communist want to take over America, that light goes out. And I do believe that the Democratic Party and the Communist Party of America are one in the same.

(…)

You can hear the full interview here at The Edge’s web site where you’ll also find this promo for your appearance (I have a screen cap if you need it):

Major James F. Linzey; U.S. Army Officer, Chaplain, and director of Operation Freedom, exposes how the satanic forces in the U.S. Government allow illegal immigration, giving access to terrorists to invade America’s heartland. Find out the myths and lies, and how illegal immigration effects the politics, domestic issues, national security, and terrorist ring in the United States, and you can do about it. Get your questions in early. It’s going to be hot!

He will expose unknown satanic forces and how they are using illegal immigration to:

* Affect American politics
* Sway Domestic issues
* Destroy National Security
* Create a Terrorist Ring which could start an internal revolution.

Have you asked Mr. Ott to remove any of this?

Hopefully the transcripts will help to jog your memory. If not, I want to be clear that I’d be glad to correct any inaccuracies you point out to me in writing. That is if you truly are interested in the truth and aren’t being forced to recant your statements by Chi-Com trained Mexican Commandos led by Satan and a cadre of Democrats.

Alrighty then. There’s really not much I can add here – the crazy speaks for itself.

December 12th, 2007 at 11:18am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Blogosphere,Immigration,Religion,Republicans,Terrorism,Weirdness

Wednesday Why-I-Love-The-Weekly-World-News Blogging

I guess there’s no OSHA in Romania:

(By Lila Schvandt)

BRASOV, Romania – A 39-year-old man who says he is a vampire has sued owners of the warehouse where he works, claiming they are discriminating against him – because they won’t let him work in the dark.

Anton Khoroni says his rare condition makes it impossible for him to tolerate daylight and that the bright fluorescent lights in his workplace are sapping his strength. He fears he will die if his work conditions are not changed, but his employers refuse to turn out the lights.

“My client’s health demands that he work in a totally dark workplace,” said Khoroni’s attorney in court papers filed last week.

“Yet his requests for a reasonable response to his needs have been ignored. Company officials say they have safety issues to consider, but while they’re looking out for the welfare of others, my client is suffering. We feel this is a clear case of job discrimination against a vampire and we are not going to stand for it.”

Khoroni claims that exposure to fluorescent light, while not as deadly for a vampire as sunlight, will eventually destroy his immune system and lead to a painful death.

Yet he argues that he needs his income and can’t afford to quit.

“I want my employers to make it possible for me to work just like anyone else – and they can do that by turning out the lights,” Khoroni said. “If they refuse to look after my health and welfare, then I think they should compensate me for the damage to my health.”

I gather that Khoroni is not the only employee on his shift, so this does present a bit of an ethical dilemma for his employer. Perhaps they could give him his own section, and just turn off the lights there? Man and vampire have been coexisting for centuries – surely there must be a practical and equitable solution.

1 comment December 12th, 2007 at 07:26am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Weekly World News


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