Some people have marveled at what they’ve characterized as my insensitivity in wearing the costume I wore on Purim. My initial reaction in learning of this was one of shock because my intention was never to hurt or make fun of anyone. Those who know me—in politics and in my personal life—already know this. But others who don’t know me have expressed hurt and outrage, so I am writing to address that once and for all. Unintentional as they were, I recognize now that the connotations of my Purim costume were deeply offensive to many.
The question that is on the tip of everyone’s tongue is why did he even do this in the first place? There are like a bazillion different costume choices that could have been made, Mr. Hikind (who is a freaking politician!) had to go with the one that offends the maximum number of people.
Because it’s far more important to protect people who don’t exist than the ones who are actually living and breathing. Idiot.
The Senate may not be able to clear its entire near-term agenda before the Independence day recess because Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) won’t allow a measure extending the FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program for five years to move forward until he gets a vote on legislation declaring that human life begins at conception.
“Just trying to get a vote for the people who elected me,” Paul told TPM in the Capitol Tuesday evening. “If he’ll give me a free-standing vote, I’ll take a free-standing vote anytime. He hasn’t been really forthcoming with offering a free-standing vote on it.”
The current NFIP authorization expires at the end of July, right in the middle of hurricane season. And though it’s feasible that the Senate could put a long-term extension to bed well before then, Reid says he won’t let Paul link his ‘personhood’ amendment to a disaster insurance.
It’s a rare day when I subject myself to minutes of Fox. Today I ventured over there for minutes, and I caught the most amazing exchange between Bolling and Bob Beckel, and in less than one minute more misinformation was spread between the other four hosts that I’ve witnessed since EST. I am pretty sure watching this killed more brain cells than a concussion.
Eric Bolling, (clown): Who says that a recession is two quarters of negative economic growth?” As though he is asking the obvious, since he certainly seems to think that is not the “official definition of recession”.
Bob Beckel, “Umm everyone” He should have added the words “duh, dumbass.”
Eric Bolling: “Umm that’s not real, I’ll tell you what a recession is and it isn’t that.” (*this is not an exact quote, but I think you get the picture)
Eric Bolling is a dumb guy, I suspect this quality is what helped him get this job. For the life of me I cannot figure out why Bob Beckel even bothers with this, people who watch Fox already believe massive amounts of bullshit, no amount of reason or facts will change that sad fact.
DEJA VU: Bryan Fischer Mangles History To Claim The First Amendment Was Only Meant To Protect Christians (Not Mormons)
My argument all along has been that the purpose of the First Amendment is to protect the free exercise of the Christian religion.
One evidence that [the Founding Fathers] were not dealing … they weren’t even intending to deal with non-Christian religions is what they did with Mormonism in the latter part of the nineteenth century. Mormonism - they call themselves by the name of Christ, but it is not an orthodox Christian network of churches, it just is not. Mormonism is not an orthodox Christian faith. It just is not. They have a different Gospel, they have a completely different definition of who Christ is and so forth, I mean, the list could be multiplied endlessly.
And it was very clear that the Founding Fathers did not intend to preserve automatically religious liberty for non-Christian faiths, so when Mormonism came along, they practiced polygamy, they believed in polygamy, just like Muslims do today.
What the “founding fathers did with Mormonism?” How would that have happened Bryan? Every single one of the signers to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were dead years before the Federal Government ever took any legal interest in the Mormon Church.
This year’s Easter service at the Tabernacle Church of God in La Follette, Tenn., will include many of the holiday’s traditional rituals, like Holy Communion and footwashing. There will also be some startling novelties.
“It will be filled with shouting, dancing, speaking in tongues, serpent handling and fire handling,” said its 21-year-old pastor, Andrew Hamblin. “We’ll celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ with a good old time.”
Since he opened its doors last fall, Mr. Hamblin’s small Pentecostal church, 39 miles north of Knoxville, has grown to almost 50 members, most of them in their 20s. Part of his strategy for expansion has been to use Facebook to publicize the daredevil spiritual exploits of his congregation.
Best known for what they call “gifts of the Holy Spirit,” like speaking in tongues and giving prophetic utterances, Pentecostals seek a direct, personal connection to God. The movement dates back to 1901 and has mushroomed in recent decades to some 15 million adherents in the U.S. and 279 million world-wide, according to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.
But the major Pentecostal denominations condemn snake handling, and Mr. Hamblin’s risk-taking sometimes gets the best of him. At midnight on New Year’s Eve, he was bitten on his index finger by a yellow timber rattlesnake. He staggered and then dropped to his knees. After a few minutes, he got up.
“I felt the anointing of God more than I’d ever felt,” he said a day later over pizza.
A boyish-looking young man, Mr. Hamblin has a day job as a cashier at the local IGA store and lives with his wife and four children in a three-bedroom apartment. His Facebook page is full of photos of him handling copperheads, cottonmouths and various kinds of rattlesnakes, despite Tennessee’s ban on the poisonous reptiles.
Not all of his friends are pleased. On Facebook, a woman from his nearby hometown wrote: “You were raised better than that!!! IDIOT!! That’s tempting God, and I do believe the Bible says U should NOT tempt God!!!”
“Serpent handling,” as Pentecostals prefer to call it, began in 1909 near Cleveland, Tenn., and has been practiced ever since in West Virginia, eastern Kentucky, western North Carolina, eastern Tennessee and parts of Alabama and Georgia. It is based on Mark 16:17-18, which says that Christians “will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them.”
“The tradition had been declining until recently because the pastors were aged and not attracting new believers,” said Ralph Hood, a psychology professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga who has written about the practice. “But now that it’s gone digital, that is going to increase its popularity.”
Prof. Hood has seen an uptick of young practitioners. “When they feel called and have the anointing, they are like rock stars,” he said. “When they handle serpents, they either have ‘victory,’ in which God has granted them power over the serpent, or if bit and even killed, that demonstrates their obedience and assurance of salvation.”
The term “anointing” refers to power given by the Holy Spirit. Pentecostals believe that when people are anointed by God, nothing evil can hurt them.
I don’t think it’s too strident to demand at this point that David Brooks be hauled up before a jury consisting of everyone else in America and forced to defend himself against several million counts of being an insufferable twat in a public place. In today’s episode of Missing the Point So I Don’t Miss a Meal, Our Mr. Brooks informs us that he once again has placed us all under close inspection beneath his monocle and discovered that some of us are very angry, not because some thieves in nice suits pillaged the national economy and then held the scraps for ransom. Oh, no, that isn’t it at all, and he’s got some wholly arbitrary ad hoc sociological categories to prove it.
If you hate David Brooks like I hate David Brooks, you’ll enjoy this neat evisceration in Esquire by Charles Pierce.
In the wake of the killing of Osama Bin Laden, the House came closer than it ever has to voting for an end to the war in Afghanistan today when a bipartisan amendment that would have required President Obama to submit a timetable for withdrawal failed by just 12 votes, netting approval from 26 Republicans.
But some Republicans were not pleased with the vote. Tea Party firebrand Rep. Allen West (R-FL) — a retired Army officer who was discharged after shooting at an unarmed detainee in Iraq — denounced the amendment, telling the Miami Herald that his anti-war colleagues should “get shot” to understand the true threat of the Taliban:
“Is the Taliban still fighting? I spent 2.5 years in Afghanistan. Just because you kill Osama bin Laden does not mean that the Taliban has stopped fighting,” he said. “Now can we fight a little smarter? Absolutely.”
Asked about efforts to curb U.S. involvement, West said, “I would take these gentlemen over and let them get shot at a few times and maybe they’d have a different opinion.”
With the tragic shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) still fresh in Americans’ minds, West’s comments are especially irresponsible.
In a twist that shocks no one, slain California Nazi leader Jeff Hall’s son claims he killed his father because he was tired of the beatings he and his mother received from him.
The white supremacists seem to be having a tough time demonstrating their total supremeness these days. Yesterday we brought you the bumbling murder plot of Aryan Nations lawyer Edgar Steele. Today we have the murder of Jeff Hall.
He’s a father of five who serves as the Southern California leader of the National Socialist Movement, a neo-Nazi group that specializes in playing army along the Arizona border to keep the brown people out.
On Saturday, at a meeting of his fellow Nazis, he told them to prepare for another crusade along the border, in which the goobers, armed with high-powered rifles, try to capture illegals. “You guys get your Glocks cocked and get ready to rock,” he exhorted his cohorts, most of whom think Arizona is a brand of iced tear. “We’re going to the border. That’s how we do it.”
It’s the kind of rhetoric that should surely come with a Bon Jovi soundtrack.
But if Hall was a rising star in the Nazi movement, he wasn’t doing so well in his own home. At 4 a.m. on Sunday, police in Riverside, California got a call about a shooting. They arrived to find Hall dead. And it seems his 10-year-old son, who was arrested, was responsible for the shooting.
No surprises really, but this article reminds me of why I can’t stand Santorum.
Naturally, he claims that President Obama is a weak leader who dithers and embraces our enemies. Along with slashing Medicare and Social Security, he wants to repeal Obamacare, and cripple or repeal the Dodd-Frank & Sarbanes–Oxley Acts. Oh, and of course lower taxes, beyond even the Bush tax cuts.
The bolded text below indicates the reporter’s questions:
Rick Santorum, presidential candidate and former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, was in town last week for a talk on health care. Afterward, I asked him about his run for president, the perception that he’s too dogmatic on issues, and his differences with President Obama on the economy, the budget, and foreign policy.
Federal budget and spending? I support the [U.S. Rep. Paul] Ryan budget, and the idea that we need to look at all the entitlement programs, including Medicare and Social Security. […]
President Obama surged troops into Afghanistan, increased drone attacks, kept Gitmo open, backed down on civilian trials for terrorist suspects, and got Osama bin Laden. What’s not to like? All Bush policies. So he’s done a great job in carrying forward on the strategic vision of George Bush. Where he has had to develop policy, he’s gotten it wrong every single time. Libya, Egypt, Syria, Iran, Honduras … keep going down the list. Every one of these areas he’s made the wrong strategic decision for America. He’s either refused to lead or he sided with the wrong side… .
Iran, he sided with the mullahs, not the revolutionaries.
Egypt, looks like he sided with the Muslim Brotherhood - which looks to be taking over Egypt - not with our allies. Threw them under the bus like that.
Syria, seems to be siding with [Syrian President Bashar] Assad, as he is shooting his people in the streets.
Libya, dithers, doesn’t engage, says [Libyan leader Moammar] Gadhafi has to go, and then the United Nations moves him and pushes him to get involved. […]
Honduras, we sided with … [Jose] Zelaya, the [Honduran] president who wanted to extend his term, which was against the constitution. […]
It’s just one [situation] after another where we embrace our enemies and we turn our back on our allies. […]
I would repeal Obamacare. I would dramatically change if not repeal most of Dodd-Frank. I would also throw Sarbanes-Oxley in there, too. […]
So, lower taxes, not just a continuation of the Bush tax cuts, but absolutely have to look at the corporate income taxes, the fact that they are so high in this country. I haven’t put together a tax plan yet. […]
THEY NEVER STOP—
Just when you thought this radical administration was ready to cut back on their socialist agenda they surprise you with another shockingly radical initiative.
Team Obama announced this week the formation of their American Conservative Youth Corps…
Indoctrinated and ready to fight for a socialist America.
P/Oed Patriot described Obama’s latest socialist initiative.
“According to a Video released today by the White House, the Obama Administration is going to create the 21st Century Conservation Youth Service Core through the Great Outdoors Initiative. .In the Video the Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, says:
“Just about a month ago the President announced The America’s Great Outdoors Initiative. It is an effort to create the 21st Century Conservation Program for the United States of America. An absolute key component of that program is the engagement of young people in conservation across America. To that end we have included in the report the creation of a 21st Century Conservation Corps for America. We want young people to be involved with us..”
Now what is the 21st Century Conservation Youth Service Corps?
Well according to Youthgo.gov:
“The 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) builds upon and leverages the experience and expertise of existing federal, state and non-profit programs, including the United States Youth Conservation Corps, Corps programs through partnerships with the Corps Network, as well as many other federal and non-federal conservation and youth organizations. These corps facilitate conservation service work on public lands and encourage a new generation of natural resource managers and environmental scientists.
Through the 21CSC America’s young people will be indoctrinatoed to play a key role in “reducing the impacts of climate change on our natural resources.”
That’s the purpose of this new Obama initiative. To indoctrinate America’s youth so that they will push for more radical socialist anti-energy redistributive policies.
Go on over to Gateway Pundit to see Hoft’s photoshopped picture of Obama HJ.