Following Sarah Palin's NRA speech yesterday, in which she compared torture to baptism, the right has now shunned their once darling. Rod Dreher at the American Conservative calls the speech "awful", then Patrick Brennan at the National Review is going after her for comparing water boarding to baptism, saying a Christian like Palin should know better. What's most interesting about this is that The American Conservative and National Review Online both have a long history of supporting torture. Sounds like this is becoming a Cliven Bundy type deal, where they are just looking for a reason to shun crazies they used to support.
Rep. Michael Grimm has surrendered himself to federal officials, on the heals of federal indictments being handed down.
Mission accomplished Georgia! Your new "guns everywhere" law is working. I mean how dare some kids think they can enjoy a nice day at the park, without the fear of someone walking around with a gun. That will learn those pesky brats.
Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) made fame earlier this year when he threatened to throw a reporter off the balcony of the House. The reasoning for the violent outburst was because of questions the reporter asked about a federal probe into Grimm's campaign finances. Well now the feds have just thrown him off the balcony, by indicting him on charges related to campaign finances. Of course Grimm is taking the usual Republican defense of "it's a political attack". Yeah, because all Republicans are so innocent.
(UPDATE: The indictment hasn't actually come out yet, but Grimm's attorneys have said it is coming)
The RNC communications director is upset that his party has been lumped in with Bundy. Funny that I don't remember the media pushing Republicans to praise Bundy or fly out there to stand by his side. Of course maybe the whole identity politics thing really isn't that great. And perhaps the RNC should think twice before they jump into the identity attacks.
Racist rancher, Cliven Bundy, the now former hero of the right, has again doubled-down on his racist comments, blaming MLK for people being offended by what he spewed. Apparently the man has no sense of personal responsibility. He has used land that is not his to feed his cattle and fatten his wallet. Now he blames the greatest civil rights hero of our nation's history for him making racist comments. Perhaps the right will find a way to rebrand him and run him for President.
After weeks of non-stop Bundy coverage, Fox News has gone totally silent on the Nevada Rancher following his very racist remarks. I like to think that Fox really isn't that shallow, and instead will be presenting a new angle to the story tonight.
Cliven Bundy wonders if blacks weren't better off as slaves and has some other opinions of "the negro". In a time when the GOP is trying to rebrand themselves and lose their racist image, this has now lead to them distancing themselves from Bundy.
Remember bowgate, the outrage exhibited by the right when Obama would bow to other world leaders? Yeah it's been a few years, but now the right has found a way to make it live again, this time with President Obama bowing to a robot. Perhaps this was the missing start to The Matrix, of how the machines actually took over?
The FCC is set to release new rules allowing a high speed lane of the internet, the very thing net neutrality was against. I must say I am disappointed, but not shocked. I knew this was coming when Obama appointed a former telecom lobbyist to head up the agency.
Through all the bull of the so called IRS scandal, one thing has stuck out in my mind. It's when Darrell Issa wouldn't allow records of progressive groups being targeted to be discussed. He even told his staff he only wanted records of conservative groups that were targeted. Well that makes for a very biased investigation and now through a Freedom of Information Request, Think Progress has obtained records showing that progressive groups were actually targeted more aggressively than conservative. Something about pesky facts comes to mind.
Sure, Rand Paul is a long shot at becoming President, but recent polls showed he did have a bit of hope at winning the GOP convention. But those hopes are all but a memory after this. It seems that Rand has ventured where no Republican has gone before, by saying Jimmy Carter was better on the budget than Ronald Reagan.That is grounds for public execution in the eyes of the right.
Wildman Walker, a legend in the Cincinnati radio scene and someone I have had the honor of calling a friend for over 2 decades has had enough of Clear Channel and corporate radio and has locked himself into an independent local station to make his point. For those not familiar with Cincinnati, Wildman is a legend in this town. He was the sportscaster for the top rock station, WEBN. WEBN was taken over by Clear Channel some years back and they eventually got rid of Wildman. I can't tell you how much I love the fact he is standing up to the corporate monstrosity that has ruined radio in this country.