Fox News’ The Five took on the issue Friday, with Eric Bolling slamming “Muslims who seem to have intolerance for everything except their way of thinking.” Bob Beckel referenced his own issues with the Islamic faith when he said, “Have I gotten myself my fatwa yet? Fatwa this!”
Greg Gutfeld mockingly suggested Muslims release a book telling everyone exactly what is offensive to the Islamic faith, since it feels like everything is, while Andrea Tantaros called Islam “the most intolerant religion in the world.”
Sandra Fluke, infamous victim of Rush’s self destructive “slut shaming”, is considering running for the House in California.
Of course, the mainstream right’s base reacted exactly how you would expect them too - they lost their goddamned minds and spouted hate filled, bigoted memes, most of which have no basis in reality and are disgustingly offensive to everyone not themselves. Of course:
(EDIT: I’ve tried to pick out some of the least offensive and insane quotes from the article, which already picked out some of the least insane and over the top, misogynistic comments from the cesspool that are the mainstream right’s comments pages. However, I’ll use a phrase I absolutely hate and give a Trigger Warning for the below and linked articles.)
amerisad: Another sl u tty politician is just what California needs.
imspartacus: They have Abortion Barbie in Texas, now Condom Barbie in Kaliforinia. The dumocrap party is doing so well. LMAO
Tommie: When will she have time? She will be exhausted. The Navy’s 7th fleet can keep her occupied.
SKinGN: She will be running as the standard bearer for the Slut Party
joeblow: It’s a fluke anybody cares about this dopey broad. Also, why do lesbos need birth control?
SandyH20: This slut and Abortion Barbie in Texas think women are nothing more than vagina’s that others are responsible for caring for!
The GOP’s base wants a war on women, so much that some of them are actively talking about repealing the 19th Amendment. They are trapped in this spiral of stupidity, ignorance, and hate, conditioned to respond to anything with rage and disgust, no matter how trivial… and how made up the trigger.
And worse, the saner heads can’t steer the ship — Fox News, NewsMax, and a host of other professional grifters make so much money off this manufactured outrage that they simply cannot abide anything but the most extreme personalities in the party. We’re literally 2 or 3 election cycles from seeing the GOP become a minor, regional party in America at this point — if Texas flips blue or even heavy purple, it’s game over.
In other words… how’s that rebranding working out for you, GOP?
Commentator Oliver North, a former Lieutenant Colonel who hosts a War Stories segment on Fox News, made the comments at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
Referring to the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell two years ago,he said: “The members of our armed forces and their families deserve better than being treated like laboratory rats in some radical social experiment.”
“The people of Ukraine are this very minute paying the terrible price for America’s leadership deficit disorder.”
“Our leader should be admired and trusted by our allies, and if not feared, at least respected by our adversaries.”
Methinks Russia might just be more his speed…..
Bill O’Reilly opened his show Thursday night warning of “America in decline” because of a variety of factors ranging from the bad economy to a “corrupt” education system to rowdy fighting at sporting events, saying that “American leadership [is] sadly lacking in almost every area.”
He opened by asking, “Is the USA now incapable of confronting dangerous behavior?” And while the answer is technically “no,” O’Reilly warned that “America is getting weaker on almost every front,” and not just militarily. He argued the economy is faltering because “we have elected politicians who favor social justice over a robust marketplace,” blaming Democrats for imposing big tax burdens on the wealthy and private businesses.
a bad-tempered or surly person.
“The question is: Are those costs big enough to cause Russia not to take advantage of the situation in the Crimea? That’s the $64,000 question,” said Brig. Gen. Kevin Ryan, a retired Army officer who served as defense attaché in the American Embassy in Moscow and now, as a Harvard scholar, leads a group of former Russian and American officials in back-channel talks.
Russia is an even tougher country to pressure, too formidable even in the post-Soviet age to rattle with stern lectures or shows of military force, and too rich in resources to squeeze economically in the short term. With a veto on the United Nations Security Council, it need not worry about the world body. And as the primary source of natural gas to much of Europe, it holds a trump card over many American allies.
The longer-term options might be more painful, but they require trade-offs as well. The administration could impose the same sort of banking sanctions that have choked Iran’s economy. And yet Europe, with its more substantial economic ties, could be reluctant to go along, and Mr. Obama may be leery of pulling the trigger on such a potent financial weapon, especially when he needs Russian cooperation on Syria and Iran.
read more @ the New York Times
meanwhile, Fox News is reporting
A Ukrainian official announced Sunday that all military reservists were being called to active duty, even as Russian troops appeared to be advancing deeper into the Crimean Peninsula.
Foreign Policy takes on the complexity of alliances of language, ethnicity, and culture :
Even the Crimean Autonomous Republic isn’t quite as solidly pro-Russian and pro-Putin as it’s often depicted. The northern part of the peninsula is populated by ethnic Ukrainians, most of whom are bilingual and are likely to have some loyalties to Ukraine. The central and southern parts are populated by Crimean Tatars, who currently comprise about 15-20 percent of the total population. Most of them speak Russian on a daily basis, yet most also oppose Crimea’s annexation by Russia and strongly support the Kiev revolution. Several hundred have even joined the revolutionaries in downtown Kiev.
Kiev nicely illustrates another important nuance. It’s often said that Kiev speaks like the East and votes like the West: most Kievites are fluent in Russian, and most also support the ongoing anti-government revolution, just as they supported the 2004 Orange Revolution. (In the photo above, anti-government protesters in Kiev sing the Ukrainian national anthem.) This means that language preference does not as easily correlate with cultural preferences (Russia versus the West) or political choices (Yanukovych versus the democrats), as the East-West paradigm suggests. In that vast space between far East and far West, many Russian-speaking ethnic Ukrainians vote against the Party of Regions, support Ukrainian independence, and fear Putin’s Russia. Voters in Dnipropetrovsk, Poltava, Chernihiv, and Kharkiv provinces are known to cast votes for other parties. Neither Yanukoych nor the Party of Regions received 100 percent of the vote in any province. Not surprisingly, about one-fifth of the demonstrators in Kiev hail from Ukraine’s “pro-Russian,” south-eastern provinces.
“The FCC will not move forward with the Critical Information Needs study,” an FCC spokesperson said in a statement. “The Commission will reassess the best way to fulfill its obligation to Congress to identify barriers to entry into the communications marketplace faced by entrepreneurs and other small businesses.”
The FCC acknowledged last week that some of those questions “overstepped the bounds of what is required.” It shelved a proposed pilot study and made clear that this and any future studies would not involve interviews with “media owners, news directors or reporters.”
this news was not enough to quell the conspiracy theorists / republicans :
Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., head of the House Communications and Technology Subcommittee, said Tuesday that he’d bring forward a bill, and hold a hearing, aimed at completely stopping this and any similar studies in the future. It’s unclear whether the bill and hearing will now go forward.
read more @ Fox News
Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher was just an ordinary guy living in Toledo when overnight he became the darling of the GOP after sparring with then-presidential hopeful Barack Obama in 2008. After riding a gravy train of Fox News appearances, stumping and a political run of his own, he’s now back to being an ordinary Toledoan — working at Chrysler.
As you might remember, “Joe the Plumber” wasn’t actually a licensed plumber, but did hold a variety of odd jobs following his 2008 run-in with Obama. Sometime this month, he posted on Facebook that he began working at “Chrysler Corporation,” apparently unaware that his new employer is now named Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
If you’re not familiar with Toledo, it’s where Chrysler builds the Jeep Wrangler and Cherokee. Wurzelbacher didn’t say what he’s doing with Chrysler now, but says he’s been given shit from other co-workers because of his political history, which includes stances against the types of unions he’s now required to be a member of if he wants employment:
“In order to work for Chrysler, you are required to join the Union, in this case UAW. There’s no choice - it’s a union shop - the employees voted to have it that way and in America that’s the way it is,” he wrote.
“I had three days of orientation, and now I’m “on the job” over here at Chrysler and on Day 4, I’m outside on a break smoking a cigarette and right on cue - some guy calls me a ‘teabagger,’” he said.
“Yes, I have a website that puts out conservative news. Yes, I am part owner of a gun company. Yes, I’m a Republican who was cast into the limelight for having the temerity to confront Barack Obama on the question of redistributing wealth… But I’m a working man and I’m working,” he wrote.
Wurzelbacher last made headlines when he ran for a congressional seat in Ohio, which he lost. But before that, he had this to say at an anti-union rally against Wisconsin state employees seeking collective bargaining rights: “Unions don’t deserve anything, you don’t deserve anything, you work for it yourself!”
His stance on unions has lightened, apparently. “Private unions, such as the UAW, is a choice between employees and employers. If that is what they want then who am I to say you can’t have it?” he wrote on Facebook
Check out each of the “Fox News” guests cutting out the “news” anchor’s entrails and feeding it to them on a silver platter. Bet they didn’t feel good afterwards!
Yeah, I know it’s Faux News, but they should be fairly trustworthy on this kind of story. Maybe they can find a commentator to tie this to the wrath of Gawd for something or other, possibly a failure to adequately support the Ark Encounter theme park.
A massive sinkhole that opened up under a Kentucky museum Wednesday morning swallowed several vintage and rare Corvettes.
The National Corvette Museum said the Bowling Green Fire Department estimates the sinkhole to be around 25-30 feet deep and 40 feet wide.
“This is going to be an interesting situation,” Museum Executive Director Wendell Strode told the Bowling Green Daily News, noting that a structural engineer is at the Bowling Green facility to evaluate the damage inside its Sky Dome section.
Six of the cars in the sinkhole are owned by the museum; two others are owned by General Motors.
“It is with heavy hearts that we report that eight Corvettes were affected by this incident,” the museum said in a press release.
The museum said the cars are a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder and 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil” on loan from General Motors; a 1962 Black Corvette;
Fox News’ demure 8 p.m. host Bill O’Reilly took a serious moment on Wednesday night to warn the country that rich people are in imminent danger, because one time a lottery winner got murdered. Yes, the myth of the embattled rich is back, thanks to the news peg of a half-billion-dollar Mega Millions jackpot.
On Monday, National Review’s Kevin Williamson called envy (of the rich) “the most embarrassing” sin. You should be embarrassed of being angry at inequality, America!
Enter Bill O’Reilly. To be fair, the argument he made in his segment was slightly more complicated than our articulation above. Slightly. The tweet at right, which tipped us off to the segment, is the golden center of O’Reilly’s argument. As that was on-screen, O’Reilly somberly intoned, “Every affluent person in America is in danger. Every one.” Really hammering it home.
How he gets to “pity the rich” from “two people won the lottery” is pretty terrific / creative / amazing. Here’s the segment, which led the show, and then some key quotes so you can walk through the arguments.