What will he say this year…

Just in time for this year’s State of the Union Address a gun and accessories manufacturer in South Carolina is celebrating their well known neo-Confederate asshole of a Congressman, Joe Wilson, with a special edition of a lower receiver for the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. It is a limited edition of a part that can be adjusted to convert the weapon into a fully automatic rifle and it is stamped with “You Lie” in tribute to Wilson’s childish outburst at last year’s SOTU:

Joe_you lie_Wilsons line of gun parts

According to the local paper the asswipes represented by Congressman Asswipe wanted to:

“…honor our esteemed congressman Joe Wilson with the release of our new ‘You Lie’ AR-15 lower receiver…”

And in light of the many, many recent events linked to gun violence the company added some small print to help Wilson duck and cover:
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Heroism: “It was probably not the best idea to run toward the gunshots”

It looks like Congresswomen Giffords is still alive because an intern did not run away. Daniel Hernandez had been on her staff for five days went the bullets started to fly. The story of his actions had me weeping this morning:

When the shots began that morning, he saw many people lying on the ground, including a young girl. Some were bleeding. Hernandez said he moved from person to person checking pulses.

“First the neck, then the wrist,” he said. One man was already dead. Then he saw Giffords. She had fallen and was lying contorted on the sidewalk. She was bleeding.

Using his hand, Hernandez applied pressure to the entry wound on her forehead. He pulled her into his lap, holding her upright against him so she wouldn’t choke on her own blood. Giffords was conscious, but quiet. [snip]

He stayed with Giffords until paramedics arrived. They strapped her to a board and loaded her into an ambulance. Hernandez climbed in with her. On the ride to the hospital, he held her hand. She squeezed his back.

When they arrived at the hospital, Hernandez was soaked in blood.

Thank you Daniel Hernandez!

And what John said, “This shooting demonstrates that we really need to tone down the violent political rhetoric” needs to be repeated over and over again. The rhetoric of incitement is almost entirely on the Right and the false equivalence that all sides do it equally must be knocked down. Every time one these wingnut neo-Confederate mouths “you lie” or “government takeover” or “death pannels” or “job killing” or what ever Luntz crafted bullshit designed to incite and divided they need to be called out and Journalists who let them mouth these lies without rebuke need to know that they have blood on their hands.

The next time–and there will be a next time if the violent political rhetoric does not become taboo–we may not be so lucky as to have an intern like Mr. Hernandez around.

Great sadness today mixed with great anger for the assholes and their talking points of hate.



Open Thread: Alas, Poor Orange John

Matt Taibbi’s new Rolling Stone article on “The Crying Shame of John Boehner” starts promisingly:

John Boehner is the ultimate Beltway hack, a man whose unmatched and self-serving skill at political survival has made him, after two decades in Washington, the hairy blue mold on the American congressional sandwich.

It’s well worth clicking over and reading all six pages, not just for the anecdotes (I had not heard about Boehner campaigning for Marcy Kaptur’s opponent, Rich Iott, the guy who enjoyed dressing up as a Nazi for military reenactments) but for Taibbi’s merciless portrait of a highly specialized corruptocrat dinosaur, the political equivalent of a GM or IBM middle manager, ten minutes after the giant meteor changes the environment forever:

It was good times in America for a while. A man could wait for his local congressman to get caught diddling a 16-year-old, make a run for his seat, and then spend the next 20 years getting hustled around the world on golf junkets and showered with campaign checks and apartments and corporate-jet flights, and nobody would utter so much as a peep of protest. Congress was an easy job for any man with a nice fairway stroke, a limited moral compass and a keen sense of bureaucratic loyalty; it was half an acting job and half clerical work, taking orders from industry captains and selling the resultant giveaway bills to your voters as principled blows for Adam Smith, the flag and the free-enterprise system. Back when America was still a feared international bully that was flush with borrowed Saudi and Chinese cash and could stand to blow a few hundred extra billion in public funds every year on budget-padding deals — back in the Bush years — John Boehner was the perfect candidate for congressional leadership, a lifetime company man who didn’t give a shit about most Americans but could shed tears on national television on behalf of Jamie Dimon’s bottom line.
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Things are different now….



Incitatus in the Legislature

There is a story that Caligula had his horse Incitatus declared a member of the Roman Senate because Caligula was an insane tyrant with a deep, quite possibly perverse, affection for his favorite beast of burden. There is a competing story that Caligula was less interested in enobling his pet than in humiliating his Senate enemies, by forcing them to accept a dumb brute as their equal in mutual dependence upon the whims of a sociopath with a penchant for public displays.

The Tea Partiers have made themselves America’s collective Caligulas, voting a whole herd of dumb, dangerous brutes into the House of Representatives through some toxic psycho-social mixture of resentment, ignorance, superstition, and bone-deep stupidity. Sean Cunningham, at the Esquire Politics Blog, has a slideshow “Introducing Your Crooked New Republican Leadership“:

So 2011 is here, and on Wednesday morning, so are the Republicans, and they’re ready to get America rambling as they mount the perches of their new respective committee chairs after winning themselves a majority in the House of Representatives. Yet, a few of them make for curious fits, if “curious” is a euphemism for “unbelievably asinine” or “stunningly absurd.” If you thought former House Energy and Commerce Committee chair Joe Barton was bad — and that’s the guy who apologized to BP for their oil spill — his replacement’s even worse. And have you met Darrell “The Sledgehammer” Issa?…

Click over for the complete Rogues’ Gallery, which raises the possibility that Issa’s years pimping “the Viper” car alarm may yet become his second-worst assault upon American society.



All Hail the Secret Austerity Czar

Our Glibertarian overlords have big plans for the 112th Congress. Despite wedging on about loving the Constitution, transparency, Government by the people, populism, deficits, etc., etc., etc.–the Leaders of the incoming Republican Confederate Party House majority have shown their fidelity to the oligarchs by crafting rules designed to blow holes into any effort to balance the budget while still transferring yet more wealth from the poor and middle class to the richest in the land.

A recent editorial in the NYTs explained the madness of the new rules:

The new Republican rules will gut pay-as-you-go because they require offsets only for entitlement increases, not for tax cuts. In effect, the new rules will codify the Republican fantasy that tax cuts do not deepen the deficit.

It gets worse. The new rules mandate that entitlement-spending increases be offset by spending cuts only — and actually bar the House from raising taxes to pay for such spending.

And just before Christmas the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities identified an even larger problem with the new rules. It seems that these rules would make Glibertarian fanboy, Paul Ryan, a super secret and all powerful Austerity Czar.

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“The 9/11 Non-Responders”

A little compilation to forward in retaliation to all your “Gud Bless Thu Yu-Ess-Aye” relations & acquaintances:

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Lame-as-F@#k Congress
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog</a> The Daily Show on Facebook

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What Happened to the Brown Menace?

Is it just me, or did the issue of illegal immigration just completely fall off the radar after the first week of November? Did something happen then that would make illegal immigration no longer an issue? I wonder what it was…