Monday Morning Reads

Good Morning!

I have a little this and that from the crazy grab bag for you today.

One of the gun advocates associated with writing gun rights boiler plate laws for ALEC is way beyond fringe.  He has ties to a white supremacist group.

As the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) works to distance itself from the NRA-bill it backed as a “model” adopted in dozens of states, it may be hoping that people will not continue to dig into the damage done by its long love affair with gun groups, like the gun-industry funded NRA and fringe groups with ties to white supremacists like Gun Owners of America (GOA).

GOA’s Executive Director is Larry Pratt. In the early 1980s, Pratt and the GOA were outspoken supporters of the white rulers in South Africa during apartheid, calling a press conference in 1984 to present “evidence” that allegedly tied Bishop Desmond Tutu to an effort to violently overthrow the white minority regime in the country. In 1990, Pratt wrote a book titled “Armed People Victorious” based on his study of death squads in Guatemala and the Philippines, and advocated for similar “citizen defense patrols” in the United States. The idea reportedly caught on in 1992, when Pratt addressed a three-day meeting of neo-Nazis and Christian Adherents organized by white supremacist Pete Peters. He shared the stage with a former Ku Klux Klan leader and an Aryan Nation official.

Pratt also held leadership roles in ALEC for many years. His relationship with ALEC began in 1978, when ALEC began an effort to oppose a constitutional amendment giving the District of Columbia full voting rights in Congress. When Pratt was elected to the Virginia State Legislature in 1981, he took a leadership position in ALEC. He sat on ALEC’s board even after he left the legislature, serving as its treasurer into the 1990s.

More examples of today’s nuts that get  political platforms from the right wing include a Tea Party Congressman that says the President will “commit treason” if he gets another term  and a Catholic Bishop that compares the President to Hitler. What is in people’s breakfast cereal these days?  Nuts, flakes, and whacky weed?

Let’s deal with the Bishop first.  Of course, this has to do with granting women access to contraception.  Rev Wright has nothing on this red beanie dude.

Last Saturday, Catholic Bishop Daniel Jenky delivered a homily in which he claimed that President Obama “now seems intent on following a similar path” to Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin.

Now, the Tea Party Congressmen from Pennslyvania who evidently doesn’t like the START treaties.  He thinks Obama will sell state secrets too.

At a campaign fundraiser last week, Tea Party Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA) warned attendees that President Obama would commit treason if reelected in November.

Fitzpatrick was listing the reasons why voters should not support the President, and for reason number three, he told the audience that President Obama would have no qualms auctioning off state secrets to foreign countries.

The Huffington Post flagged Fitzpatrick’s comments, which were distributed by the progressive advocacy group Credo SuperPAC:

“When he left the microphone on in Russia, we all heard what he said … left unrestrained, without the inhibitions of the next election — he’d have flexibility, he said, flexibility to do what he wants to do. Whether it’s trade away … the secrets of our national intelligence, to, what he could do to the United States Supreme Court in the next four years.”

Here’s a little Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy for those of you that like to follow the CIA.  The CIA is afraid of High Tech Border Iris Scans.

Busy spy crossroads such as Dubai, Jordan, India and many E.U. points of entry are employing iris scanners to link eyeballs irrevocably to a particular name. Likewise, the increasing use of biometric passports, which are embedded with microchips containing a person’s face, sex, fingerprints, date and place of birth, and other personal data, are increasingly replacing the old paper ones. For a clandestine field operative, flying under a false name could be a one-way ticket to a headquarters desk, since they’re irrevocably chained to whatever name and passport they used.

“If you go to one of those countries under an alias, you can’t go again under another name,” explains a career spook, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he remains an agency consultant. “So it’s a one-time thing – one and done. The biometric data on your passport, and maybe your iris, too, has been linked forever to whatever name was on your passport the first time. You can’t show up again under a different name with the same data.”

The issue is exceedingly sensitive to agency operatives and intelligence officials, past and present. “I think you have finally found a topic I can’t talk about,” said Charles Faddis, a CIA operations officer who retired in 2008.

“I can’t help you with this,” added a former intelligence agency chief. “I do think this is a significant issue with great implications for the safety and security of our people, so I recommend you not publish anything on this. You can do a lot of harm and no good.”

Romney spokesman Richard Grennell seems a little too interested in the wives of pols.  His twitter stream is so catty that I can’t imagine why women’s groups aren’t demanding his resignation.  And they wonder why they have a woman problem with this sophomoric dude on board … topless beer pong and  groping cut-outs of women up next folks!

Grennell’s not the only oddball on board.  Robert Bork–you remember him– is advising Romney on the Supreme Court and the Kansas Secretary of State–rabidly anti-immigrant–is one of those guys that makes Hispanics crazy-go-nuts is the big adviser on immigration law. However, the Romeny camp is walking the title back a bit.

Kobach himself has continued to insist that he is not only advising the campaign but fully expects Romney to support the use of Arizona’s draconian SB-1070 anti-immigration law as a national model.

Nothing up my sleeve, Rocky!

Okay, so this is kewl.  Former GOP Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman is comparing the GOP to the Chinese Communist Party.  Excuse the link to Buzz Feed … but it was funny enough I had to use it.

Former Republican candidate Jon Huntsman took a battle axe to his own party, comparing it to China’s Communist Party and criticizing it’s standard bearer in a wide-ranging interview at the 92nd Street Y Sunday night.

Recounting his first experience on the presidential debate stage in Iowa last August, Huntsman says he was struck by the question “Is this the best we could do?”

Huntsman, the former Utah governor and once President Barack Obama’s Ambassador to China, expressed disappointment that the Republican Party disinvited him from a Florida fundraiser in March after he publicly called for a third party.

“This is what they do in China on party matters if you talk off script,” he said.

Meanwhile,  Moonbeam Gingrich is wasting up to possibly $40,000 a day of US Tax payer money by keeping his secret service detail.  Maybe it’s because they know the location of the best little whore houses near Tranquility Base?

Gingrich, who has had secret service for about a month, has vowed to stay in the race until presumptive nominee Mitt Romney reaches the 1,144 delegates needed to secure the nomination. Gingrich has the “Camp David” package of Secret Service, which includes but is not limited to six cars, six federal agents, four state troopers at a campaign stop, four local agents when the candidate arrives and a press agent if there is a press bus, a person with knowledge of the Gingrich campaign said.

Although the cost to keep the Secret Service detail on the Gingrich campaign couldn’t be determined, it includes agents’ meals, hotel stays, transportation and salary. The person with knowledge of the Secret Service and the campaign said Gingrich’s protection might be helping him stay in race because the cost is borne by taxpayers.

The campaign has no intention of changing course, however. “Where does he not qualify for secret service? Has Mitt Romney secured the nomination?” Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond asked.

Well, that’s a little bit of the weird and whacky things I’ve found in the news.  What’s on your blogging and reading list today?

22 Comments on “Monday Morning Reads”

  1. ecocatwoman says:

    Great roundup, Kat. Back to work today, so I’ll have to read later. Thought I post this link about Common Cause & ALEC: Heard a story about it this AM on NPR. The ball is in the IRS’ court now.

  2. Pat Johnson says:

    Another day of the hypocrisy on the campaign trail, or whatever this circus represents.

    A few years ago some “liberal sites” went apeshit over Obama’s speechwriter posing with a cardboard cutout of him leaning against Hillary Clinton with a beer in his hand.

    But for the guy whose blatant tweets disaparage women and is now a member of the Romney staff the sound of “crickets” is deafening.

    This is what Romney chooses to surround himself with: sexist idiots and the likes of Robert Bork along with Donald Trump and Ted Nugent.

    As for Newt and his wife, Wallis Simpson, this is as close to having the “royal treatment” as it will get that doesn’t cost them a nickel.,


    • The Rock says:

      As for Newt and his wife, Wallis Simpson, this is as close to having the “royal treatment” as it will get that doesn’t cost them a nickel.

      Honk!! And THAT is the ONLY reason why Eric Cartmann is still in the race.


      Hillary 2012

      • RalphB says:

        Cartmann is the perfect analogy. I’ve gotta use that. 🙂

      • The Rock says:

        His entire campaign can be summed up in one sentence – ‘Respect my authorotee!’ PLUS, that is EXACTLY what Cartmann would look like as an adult! 😛

        Good to see you Ralph!

        Hillary 2012

    • HT says:

      “his wife, Wallis Simpson” – Brilliant analogy, simply brilliant. She even resembles Wallis in a way.

  3. Fannie says:

    Speaking of sickos – Univ. Florida has decided to cut out the computer sceince department, and increase the football budget. Say yes to football and no thank you to computers.

    • The Rock says:

      I am a HUGE football fan, and this is just horrendous. How is it that the decision makers dont correlate the decline in U.S. education rankings to these garbage policy decisions? Do you mean the AD can’t get just 1 more endorsement deal from some big money company for the professionals down there in Gainsville??


      Hillary 2012

  4. Pat Johnson says:

    Honestly, if you asked me to come up with one really good reason to vote FOR Obama I would be hard pressed to offer one.

    With this exception: I firmly believe that Romney and the Right Wing are a dangerous combo. The Right has become dangerously extreme in its leanings and this in and of itself does not bode well for the nation. We are watching far too many individual state legistlatures waging a war on women that will have drastic effects in the long run and is based on some twisted ideology that these lunatics are doing “god’s will”.

    As for Romney, who the hell really knows what this man thinks or supports since he has had nothing but a campaign of lies, lies, and more lies from the day he announced his intentions to run for POTUS. More of a danger than wild eyed Bachmann since his “core prinicples” do not exist.

    Many people are stuck on the idea that Mitt “earned” his millions by dint of hard work but this is not the case. They feel that whatever “formula” worked for him he will pass along if he wins in November. Like “this could be you in a few years” if only you will give Mitt the chance to prove it.

    Bullsh*t! They really need to read up on how Mitt actually managed Bain and made his fortune. Not so “squeaky clean” after all. Factoring in the Rights’ position on “balancing the budget”, this nation cannot afford another segment of GOP politics.

    This in no way is an endoresement of Obama, but this is what we have to contend with. After two years of the Tea Party domination, is this really where we want to go?

    • bostonboomer says:


      I have one very big thing to be grateful for this morning and I’m going to hold onto it for dear life. I’m very thankful for the rain yesterday that kept the Red Sox from another bloodbath, this time on national TV. It’s not much, but it’s something.

      • Pat Johnson says:

        Pathetic isn’t it?

        Within seconds of holding a 9 run lead over NY, I left the room to let my son in the door and returned to a score of 9 to 8. Within seconds as I bid him hello and handed him a beer!

        Bobby V may not be the best choice but the bullpen is AWFUL. Can’t believe that this is the year that Big Papi pulls out of a slump, sheds a few pounds, and trots to first base instead of his usual stroll as he keeps getting hits for once. Jaysus!

        My neighbor was there on Saturday and said you could hear the air getting sucked out of Fenway in the 8th inning.

        It’s like a continuation of September instead of a whole new season. Imagine holding season tickets to sit through this disaster?

      • bostonboomer says:

        I know. I was listening to that nightmarish game on my car radio on Saturday night. In the short time it took to drive from my house to my brother’s house in Cambridge, the game went completely out of control. I could tell exactly what was going to happen, and I wanted to shut the radio off, but I couldn’t tear myself away. It was like watching a horrible car accident or something.

      • The Rock says:

        I have a certain soft spot for the Sox as the primary challenger to the evil empire that is the Yankees (they beat my Braves in the World Series 4 times to deny Bobby Cox more than 1 championship), and I have to say, I saw this coming. The end of last season happens all the time to all kinds of teams. Yeah, it sucks, but it happens (Hell it happened to te Braves). After something like that, the only ting that matters is moving forward. Look at the Giants post Bonds. The ral issue in that clubhouse wasnt the coach it was Bonds. he ‘retired,’ and they went on to build a world champ. When Theo let go of Francona instead of addressing the real issues on that team, yu could justsee the ship starting to tip over. Boston’s problems have NEVER been scoring runs, or even defence. Its ALWAYS been, and in the AL East, and will always be pitching. Dice-K never became the 20 game winner that they thought they were going to get, and Lester and Beckett aren’t the two number ones that the Sox need in the rotation to match the brutal lineups of the Yanks and the Devil Rays. This weekend was a pretty good advertisement for the Patriots and the up and coming football season. But its still early. Keep hope alive Sox fans!!!

        Hillary 2012

      • bostonboomer says:


        We all saw it coming. But that doesn’t make it any easier to watch.

  5. Pat Johnson says:

    I have to admit that Calista Gingrich “fascinates” me.

    This is a woman, 24 years younger than her spouse, who has been in his life for 18 years even though the first 6 years he was still married ot Wife #2! The ultimate Trophy Wife in the making.

    She prances around like nothing happened, singing in her church choir as she “schools” that tub of lard in “culture”. (She may have been better introducing him to the term “morality” but I digress.)

    I loved watching her ease up to his side as he made one concession speech after another, nodding and mouthing his words like gold was flowing from his lying mouth. Most of the other wives remained in the background as their mates made use of the teleprompter, promising victory or diatribes but Calista was practically sitting on his wrist like an expensive bracelet from Tiffany’s.

    No shame at all but apparently a whole lot of arrogance and entitlement from a woman who shares the same attributes as Camilla Parker Bowles.

    You just have to “love” these people who think the rest of us are idiots buying into this crap. The same shameless woman whose husband is all for putting kids to work (notice they have none of their own) and reducing women to a lower status as he plugs along listening to the sound of his own voice.

    A perfect couple.

    • janicen says:

      I agree, Pat. It’s fascinating to watch her. Imagine a spouse of a Democrat with Calista’s resume. The person would be skewered in the press and by the conservatives.

  6. RalphB says:

    Considering the money behind Willard, this is a predictably depressing development.

    TPM: How The Media Learned To Love Mitt Romney

    Press coverage of Mitt Romney’s campaign took a decidedly positive turn after the former Massachusetts governor won his home state of Michigan. But President Barack Obama hasn’t enjoyed a single week since early January where positive coverage outweighed negative coverage, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.

  7. This is a great post, I’ve been gone since 7am this morning and I am dead tired, but I plan on posting more comments later. (I just wanted you to know I appreciated it.)

  8. NW Luna says:

    Why is Richard Grenell allowed to open his mouth?

  9. NW Luna says:

    Couldn’t happen to a more deserving guy. What took so long?

    The police chief in the city where Trayvon Martin was shot is set to permanently step down from his post after enduring strong criticism of his department’s decision not to arrest George Zimmerman.