And now, ladies and gentlemen, Caribou Barbie is about to take the stage at the Iowa Freedom Freakout. Let’s give her a warm welcome, shall we?
That’s right, folks, here’s one of the Republican Party’s top politicians, a Congressman no less, going on the batshit crazy Alex Jones show and agreeing with him that legal abortion has caused God to put a curse on America.
The fanatical Republican men in the House of Representatives faced a revolt from their own female members today, and backed down on a horrible Personhood-inspired anti-abortion bill at the last minute.
House Republican leaders abruptly dropped plans late Wednesday to hold votes on an anti-abortion bill amid a revolt by female GOP lawmakers concerned that the legislation’s restrictive language would once again spoil the party’s chances of broadening its appeal to women and younger voters.
In recent days, as many as two dozen Republicans had raised concerns with the “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” that would ban abortions after the 20th week of a pregnancy. Sponsors said that exceptions would be allowed for a woman who is raped, but she could only get the abortion after reporting the rape to law enforcement.
A vote had been scheduled for Thursday to coincide with the annual March for Life, a gathering that brings hundreds of thousands of anti-abortion activists to Washington to mark the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion.
Republican leaders dropped those plans late Wednesday amid ongoing disagreements with a bloc of lawmakers, led by Reps. Rene Ellmers (R-N.C.) and Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), who were elected in the 2010 tea party wave.
I wonder if they invoked the Lysistrata Option?
Republican leaders love to say there’s no “war on women,” but hey — when even your own Republican female Representatives are freaking out over a crappy piece of legislation you tried to sneak through that would cause untold harm to women all over the country, then this, my friends, is a serious War on Women’s rights. And I won’t be intimidated out of calling it that.
GOP Posts Crudely Edited Copy of State of the Union Speech, Deletes Sections on Climate Change and Antisemitism
I started to write “unbelievable,” but this is sadly all too believable — and horrifyingly emblematic of a political party that is quite literally denying reality: Republicans Post Doctored Version of State of the Union, Censor Facts on Climate Change.
(The video above is set to start right before the clumsy edit.)
In the website’s “enhanced webcast” of the State of the Union speech, President Obama’s comments criticizing Republicans for saying they are “not scientists” when it comes to climate change are erased.
At the 43:25 minute mark, President Obama is supposed to say “I’ve heard some folks try to dodge the evidence by saying they’re not scientists; that we don’t have enough information to act. Well, I’m not a scientist, either. But you know what — I know a lot of really good scientists at NASA, and NOAA, and at our major universities. The best scientists in the world are all telling us that our activities are changing the climate, and if we do not act forcefully, we’ll continue to see rising oceans, longer, hotter heat waves, dangerous droughts and floods, and massive disruptions that can trigger greater migration, conflict, and hunger around the globe.”
And that’s not all. The Republicans also edited out Obama’s remarks denouncing the rise of antisemitism.
The 43:25 minute mark is not the only place where the video is edited. At the 44:51 minute mark, a section is edited out where Obama spoke of respecting “human dignity,” prohibiting torture, and speaking out against anti-Semitism. The section that is edited out reads as follows: “As Americans, we respect human dignity, even when we’re threatened, which is why I’ve prohibited torture, and worked to make sure our use of new technology like drones is properly constrained. It’s why we speak out against the deplorable anti-Semitism that has resurfaced in certain parts of the world.”
The reason why they removed the climate change section is obvious - they’re in massive denial about this issue. But it’s also obvious that they took out the reference to rising antisemitism because it conflicts with their propaganda that Obama is anti-Jewish.
How ridiculous will the Republican Party get, in their attempts to get some young people (any young people) to sign on to their deeply reactionary policies and views?
This ridiculous: 12 Taylor Swift GIFs for You | Speaker.gov.
Yes, folks, that’s the Speaker of the House doing the Buzzfeed listicle thing, trying to attack President Obama’s free community college initiative. Because the kids enjoy this Taylor Swift person, right? Don’t they?
Because nothing says rebranding like a loon who ran on the slogan “Make ‘em squeal!”
At this point anyone who follows politics could probably write Ernst’s speech in advance; they always say the same things. The only real question is: will Joni brandish her ceremonial hog castrating device at this shindig?
Stay tuned for the next exciting chapter in the Republican Party’s continuing descent into far right bad craziness.
Senate Democrats led by Bernie Sanders have proposed a measure designed to make Republicans go on the record as climate change deniers: Senate to Vote on Whether Climate Change Is Happening.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday he will allow the Senate to vote on an amendment asking if they agree that climate change is impacting the planet.
But a measure proposed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) had raised questions about whether he would stick to that commitment.
The Sanders measure asks whether lawmakers agree with the overwhelming consensus of scientists who say climate change is impacting the planet and is worsened by human-caused greenhouse gas emissions.
Democrats believe the measure could be a tough vote for some Republicans, particularly GOP senators running for reelection in 2016 in states carried by President Obama in 2012.
I predict the Republicans will have no problem coming right out with a public denial of the overwhelming scientific consensus on climate change. This is absolutely mainstream Republican head-in-the-sand policy, and they’ll all toe the line or risk being labeled a RINO. It’s also completely insane and irrational, and seriously dangerous.
Maybe after they vote that climate change isn’t real, the next vote should be on whether the Earth is round or flat.
That GOP Representative Who Compared Obama to Hitler? He’s Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy.
Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas)Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas)Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas) is in the news after he was forced to apologize “to all those offended” by a tweet comparing President Obama to who else? Hitler.
And in light of the previous post in which Rand Paul and Lamar Smith risibly tried to claim the GOP isn’t anti-science, I’d like to point out that Rep. Weber has just been named as chairman of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee’s subcommittee on energy.
Every single person named today is a Republican, and all of them are hard core climate change deniers. For example, the chairman of the subcommittee on environment, Jim Bridenstine (R-Oklahoma), who flat out denies carbon dioxide has any effect on climate:
Q: Do you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
A: No. The Earth’s climate has always varied substantially as demonstrated by pre-industrial human records and natural evidence. There is no doubt that human activity can change local conditions, but on a global scale natural processes including variations in solar output and ocean currents control climatic conditions. There is no credible scientific evidence that greenhouse gas atmospheric concentrations, including carbon dioxide, affect global climate. I oppose regulating greenhouse gases. Doing so will significantly increase energy prices and keep more people in poverty.
And just like that, Mitt Romney’s preliminary feelers about running for President in 2016 have turned into an “almost certain” 2016 bid.
Mitt Romney is moving quickly to reassemble his national political network, calling former aides, donors and other supporters over the weekend and on Monday in a concerted push to signal his seriousness about possibly launching a 2016 presidential campaign.
Romney’s message, as he told one senior Republican, was that he “almost certainly will” make what would be his third bid for the White House. His aggressive outreach came as Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) — Romney’s 2012 vice presidential running mate and the newly installed chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee — announced Monday that he would not seek the presidency in 2016.
He’s next in line, he doesn’t feel pity or remorse or fear, and he’ll never stop.
I’m a bit surprised anyone’s surprised by this news: Romney Tells Donors He Is Considering 2016 White House Bid.
Of course he is. It’s his turn, damn it.