Is Gary Johnson the Reason Mitt Romney Is Talking About Birth Certificates?

Neither a racist nor panderer be.

20120824-130505.jpgMitt Romney’s racist birther comments make no sense unless viewed as an attempt to pander to his base. But why would Romney need to be pandering to his base this late in the election? The 27 percenters are never going to vote for Obama. He should have the crazification factor voters locked up by now. But maybe the Libertarians are pulling some of them towards Gary Johnson?

Here’s an August 13 press release from the Libertarian Party in which they demand that the major polling outfits begin including Gary Johnson in state presidential polls:

Gov. Gary Johnson Could Cost Romney 5 Battleground States, 74 Electoral Votes Needed to Win in 2012

“2-Term Governor Gary Johnson’s Votes in North Carolina, Virginia, Florida, Nevada, and Colorado Could Determine the Winner of the 2012 Presidential Election”

Libertarian Presidential candidate Gov. Gary Johnson is polling at 5.3% nationwide. (JZ Analytics/Washington Times).

But look at the numbers when he’s included in statewide polls against Obama and Romney. 13% in New Mexico. 9% in Arizona. 7% in Colorado. 7% in New Hampshire. 8% in Montana. (PPP and others)

Governor Johnson’s poll numbers – and his votes this November – may be the critical factor in “Tipping Point” or battleground states like North Carolina, Virginia, Florida, Nevada, and Colorado – where Obama and Romney are 1% to 6% apart. Mitt Romney needs these 5 states, these 74 Electoral votes to win the White House.

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A House Divided

Dear Mr. Romney and Mr Ryan,

For your urgent consideration:

A Republican official in Texas, Judge Thomas Head, has openly suggested that civil  war might follow President Obama’s re-election. Head’s casus belli is that if Obama gains re-election, “he’s going to try to hand over the sovereignty of the United States to the U.N.”  He then asks, “what is going to happen when that happens?”

Answering himself, his phrasing suggests that he believes that such a response would be justifiable under the same terms under which the colonies sought to separate from Great Britain:

“I’m thinking worst case scenario now,” Head said during an appearance on FOX 34 in Lubbock. “Civil unrest, civil disobedience, civil war, maybe. And we’re not talking just a few riots here and demonstrations, we’re talking Lexington, Concord, take up arms and get rid of the guy.” [emphasis added]

Head’s judgeship is actually a county-executive position under Texas nomenclature.  Thus, Mr. Romney and Mr Ryan, he is an elected representative and a member of your party.  I ask you:  do you repudiate this call to treason?

If not, why not?

[Like I said below, you can’t help noncompliant patients.  I’m beginning to think that we’re going to need aerosol antipsychotics in the Tampa convention building next week.]

Image: Tony Robert-Fleury, Pinel, médecin en chef de la Salpêtrière, délivrant les aliénés de leurs chaînes, 19th century

Amends For Past Transgressions

The whole Secret Service South American Sexytime incident may have put a healthy (and deserved) dent in the reputation of the agency, but on the balance of the whole, I’m glad these guys are around in places like Louisiana.

Authorities in Houma said they found weapons, phony law enforcement badges and fake bombs at a residence where a 61-year-old man was arrested. Monday’s discovery at an apartment complex led to a six-hour evacuation of about 40 people from four buildings.

The Courier reports that the investigation was launched by the U.S. Secret Service after agents learned a man had bought counterfeit badges and credentials that represented him as a federal agent. The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office said federal agents and deputies found several hundred counterfeit documents, badges and credentials.

Michael Hebert, a resident of the complex, was booked with multiple charges including 19 counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and 10 counts of unlawful possession of fraudulent documents. Hebert was being held in the Terrebonne jail, awaiting a bond hearing, the Sheriff’s Office said. It was unclear when he would enter a plea or whether he had an attorney who could comment for him.

Hebert had illegally acquired 19 firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition, which were confiscated along with the counterfeit documents, badges and credentials that falsely identified him as belonging to law-enforcement agencies, including the FBI, CIA and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Best part:  the guy managed to apparently obtain all this stuff while being a previously convicted felon, nobody bothered to flag the guy until the fake badges got introduced into the equation.  But we can’t have a national discussion on gun control and lax enforcement of existing laws on the books, we can’t have a discussion on the real sourced of domestic terrorism in this country, and we certainly can’t have a frank and open national discussion as to why the Secret Service would need to get involved in a case where a guy is hoarding fake explosives, fake federal agency badges, and a metric asston of firearms.

Gosh, I certainly can’t think of a reason.

[UPDATE] And details are still sketchy of today’s shooting incident of a security guard at the Family Research Council building in Washington, DC, but law enforcement officials apparently are and need to be treating it like a domestic terrorism attack.  Seems we’ve had a rash of those in the last few weeks and months.

Rush Limbaugh Goes So Godwin that ‘Going Godwin’ Now to Be Called ‘Going Limbaugh’

Because really.


LIMBAUGH: Propaganda versus truth — which wins? Well, what did — what was Hitler more concerned with? Propaganda. Did Hitler succeed for a time? Yeah, he did. What was Clinton more concerned with — truth or propaganda? What’s Obama more concerned with — truth or propaganda? Who would you say is winning? Is propaganda winning or truth winning? We, the virtuous ones in our society — we think truth wins. We have this investment in the truth. We think it’s holy. We think that it is profound, and we think it’s persuasive.

I play you three minutes of Wolf Blitzer cleaning Debbie’s clock and I get an email, “No, no, Rush, she — Ryan shreds Medicare was said I don’t know how many times.”

That’s what people are going to hear, because the fear will always trump the good. Because people react to fear.

Setting aside the gall of a person who is fear-mongering in the very clip that he talks about Democrats fear-mongering, and setting aside that Rush is a doucherocket to whom no attention should ever be paid, the simple truth is that Ryan’s plan shreds Medicare. It does! P. Krugz. explains:

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Joe the Plumber Wants to Start Shooting Mexicans at the Border

Because what we need in this era of mass shootings and gun-toting nutbags is for some idiot running for Congress to encourage self-appointed border patrollers in Arizona to act like murderous assholes:

At two separate events in recent days, Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher has proposed to “put a damn fence on the border going to Mexico and start shooting.” 

Wurzelbacher first made the remarks during a campaign rally for Arizona Republican state Rep. Lori Klein on Friday, according to video published by Prescott eNews.

“For years I’ve said, you know, put a damn fence on the border, going to Mexico and start shooting,” he insisted.

Wurzelbacher then repeated the remarks at a so-called “Patriot Rally” with Klein on Saturday.

“I’m running for Congress. How many congressmen or people running for Congress have you heard, put a fence up and start shooting? None? Well you heard it here first. Put troops on the border and start shooting, I bet that solves our immigration problem real quick.”

Klein refused to condemn Joe the Doucherocket’s call for border violence, but that’s not surprising coming from a woman who thinks that Hispanic students eschew education for thuggery, and who likes to point her pink gun at people’s chests.

[read full-post at ABLC]