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Friday, May 09, 2014

Stories to Watch: 5/9/14

It's all but official: the House BENGHAZI!! circus will be an all Republican affair.

The concrete industry alone is responsible for 5% of global CO2 emissions, making it a greenhouse polluter on a massive scale. One possible solution: say hello to hempcrete.

Perpetual clown Louie Gohmert takes to the floor of the House to compare gay rights advocates to Nazis. Everything's freakin ' Nazis to these guys and they trivialize the Holocaust on pretty much a daily basis. Republicans really need a history book with more than one page, just for variety. Obamacare's like Pol Pot, government regulations are like Vlad the Impaler -- stuff like that. Mix it up a little, guys. Absurd hyperbolic stupidity is no fun if it's also monotonous.

Republicans really need to stop believing their own horsecrap. In this episode, Iowa Attorney General Matt Schultz releases a report after a two-year investigation into voter fraud and winds up proving that it almost never happens, that it couldn't possibly make the difference in an election when it does, and that voter ID would do little to stop it when it does happen. If he'd just demogogued the issue instead of trying to prove it exists, he wouldn't be looking like such an anti-American, vote suppressing, democracy-hating, would-be tyrant right now.

The FBI is investigating racist anti-government welfare queen Cliven Bundy's supporters. Turns out that when you threaten federal agents with guns, shove them around, and kick their dog, that's kind of illegal. Send them to Gitmo.

Pope Francis calls for the "legitimate redistribution" of wealth. This sends conservatives into a fullblown, red-baiting tantrum. Didn't have to be Nostradamus to see that coming.

Finally, a judge strikes down Arkansas' ban on marriage equality. I wish Wisconsin would get on the ball here and legalize the 21st century. This is getting embarrassing. Instead, we're just legalizing corruption.

[cartoon via McClatchy Newspapers]

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