SDB Evening News Reads for 072111: Anti-American Pledges and neo-Nazi PilgrimagesPosted: July 21, 2011
Good late afternoon! So… is everyone staying cool this hot evening? The fickle barometer here in Banjoland is reeking havoc on my arthritic hands. Damn, sure wish it would rain!
I have some juicy bits for you today, so let’s dig in shall we?
Well someone has chosen to play the race card, can you guess who? West: Wasserman Schultz And Dems Attack Me Because I’m A Black Conservative (AUDIO) | TPMDC
Rep. Allen West (R-FL) is now making the rounds of the right-wing talk radio circuit, in the wake of his e-mail to DNC Chair and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), in which he declared that she has supposedly “proven repeatedly that you are not a Lady, therefore, shall not be afforded due respect from me!” His message for the GOP base: Liberals hate African-American conservatives like him for leaving their “21st-century plantation.”
Uh, no Mr. West. Liberals are not attacking you because you are an African-American conservative, they are attacking you because you are a sexist, misogynistic, asshole. And I hate to bring up generalized GOP characteristics…but it seems to me the people most pissed off about a black man leaving the “21st century plantation” are usually part of that far right wing ideology from which he is trying to get his message to.
Colbert has a great segment on Republicans and their campaign to have only the right people vote…Vodpod videos no longer available.
Wednesday July 20, 2011
Colbert Report: Voter ID Laws
To safeguard against voter fraud and ensure that only the right people get elected, Republican lawmakers pass laws requiring voters to show government-issued photo IDs.
And so at this point I’ll link to a NYT article about neo-Nazi adoration of Rudolf Hess. Rudolf Hess’s Remains Removed From Grave – NYTimes.com
The bones of Rudolf Hess, Adolf Hitler’s deputy, have been exhumed and disposed of because his grave in the small Bavarian town of Wunsiedel had become a pilgrimage site for neo-Nazis, the town’s mayor said in an interview on Thursday.
Karl-Willi Beck, 56, who has been mayor of Wunsiedel since 2002, said the cemetery administrators removed Hess’s remains and his gravestone early Wednesday.
“It was the right thing to do,” Mr. Beck said.
He added that the bones would be cremated and scattered over a lake, but he gave no other details.
Hess requested in his will that he be buried in Wunsiedel, a town of 9,600 people where his family had a vacation home. His parents were also buried there. At the time, the supervisors of the graveyard, the local Lutheran Church, did not object, and said the wishes of the deceased could not be ignored, according to the Süddeutsche Zeitung.
Usually those Nazi officers in charge did not have marked graves…in fact, those executed at Nuremberg were cremated and scattered.
Since 1987, Hess’s grave has been treated as a shrine by neo-Nazis, who call Hess a “martyr.” Mr. Beck, the mayor, said that as many as 6,000 to 7,000 neo-Nazis would converge on the town each year around the anniversary of Hess’s death.
It’s a good thing he did not announce the name of the lake Hess’ ashes are being dropped on. Geez, imagine the convergence of neo-nazis if he did let the name leak out…and the Blues Brothers happened to be in the area.Vodpod videos no longer available.
Susie Madrak had this post up today over at her blog, and I linked to it in the comments. But it was such a damn good one I wanted to bring it to the front page.
Here’s the oath of office each congress member and senator takes:
“I, Joe Blow, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”
Okay, let’s start with this. They take an oath to “support and defend the constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” This is from the 14th Amendment:
The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned.
So thanks to unelected GOP czar Grover Norquist and the oath he insists Republicans sign (235 congressmen and 41 senators from this Congress) under threat of a high-powered primary challenge, the elected members of Congress and the Senate have declared that their pledge to him takes precedence over their obligation to the Constitution and their responsibility to discharge their duties.
Don’t you think that’s a little, well, unAmerican? Not to mention against the very spirit of our constitution?
I’ve seen more profiles of Grover lately, but something important is missing from most of them. You’re supposed to be journalists. You’re supposed to sound alarms, afflict the comfortable. Why aren’t you doing your jobs?
Hell yeah…kick ass!
On the subject of the GOP and the debt ceiling compromise, Boehner: GOP prepared to compromise – TheHill.com
In a news conference at the Capitol, Boehner pressed anew for the GOP’s “cut, cap and balance” plan but also pushed back against conservatives in his caucus who are unwilling to move beyond it.
The Speaker was asked to respond to comments from Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, who described the “cut, cap and balance” plan as “the compromise” and signed a pledge opposing other alternatives to raising the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling.
“I’m sure that we’ve got some members who [aren’t willing to compromise], but I do not believe that’s anywhere close to a majority,” Boehner said.
Well, I think before any of these GOP Norquist Pledgees cave in on any compromise, they need to get permission from “the Man” first. Sick bastards.
I will go ahead and end with this: FEC: John Edwards must pay back $2.3 million in campaign funds – latimes.com
“It’s not at all unusual for a campaign to have a discrepancy,” Commissioner Ellen Weintraub said at the Thursday hearing. “It’s just a math problem, and that’s how the math turned out.”
Edwards, who dropped out of the race Jan. 30, 2008, pleaded not guilty to federal criminal charges that he accepted nearly $1 million from two supporters to hide his pregnant mistress while he was seeking the nomination. A criminal trial is tentatively set to begin in October.
The FEC proceeding was not related to the criminal case. According to the agency’s records, Edwards’ presidential campaign had $2.6 million in cash at the end of June.
The Edwards campaign took in $57 million, including $7.4 million in matching funds and $39.6 million in contributions from individuals. By comparison, Joe Biden’s 2008 presidential campaign took in nearly $13 million, including about $860,000 in matching funds. Biden was ordered to repay about $220,000 to the treasury.
So what are you finding interesting this evening?