Because they’re always crying and getting their periods and stuff.
One of Frothman’s staffers thinks that broads shouldn’t be president because of God and because it’ll ruin your childrens’ lives.
You see, it’s God’s “highest desire” to have women barefoot, pregnant, and in the kitchen, like, all the time. (God should get out more, methinks.) And, I guess, when women aren’t perpetually pregnant, shoeless, and baking pies, civilizations crumble or whatever.
I don’t know. I can’t understand these people but they frighten me:
[Here's a guest post for your enjoyment from luhf of ABLC's life, Danielle Blake aka @DCPlod. -ABLxx]
As a Brit with a keen interest in American history and politics, it always tickles me to see Americans, especially prominent ones, talk out their asses when it comes to their understanding of Britain and our history.
So take a bow, Rick Santorum.
Now, we already know that history is not the current GOP field’s strong point. Michele Bachmann, who has cast herself as the American ‘Iron Lady’, placed the Falklands conflict that defined Margaret Thatcher’s premiership in 1992, 10 years after it actually happened and a whole 2 years after Thatcher had resigned as Prime Minister. Seriously failtacular stuff. And Rick Perry of course presides over a state whose textbooks provide, shall we say, a less than factual account of history. But Santorum’s grasp of the fall of the British Empire is, as Conor Friedersdorf puts it, cartoonish:
“If you look at every European country that has had world domination, a world presence, from the French to the British — 100 years ago, the sun didn’t set on the British Empire,” Santorum said at an appearance in Sioux City, Iowa. “If you look at that empire today — why? Because they lost heart and faith in their heart in themselves and in their mission, who they were and what values they wanted to spread around the world. Not just for the betterment of the world, but safety and security and the benefit of their country.” “We have taken up that cause,” Santorum added. But now, he said, “We have a president who doesn’t believe in America.”
In the context given by the Huffington Post, Santorum was saying that what caused the decline of Britain’s empire wasn’t the 2 devastating world wars or restless natives getting rather fed up of being exploited and treated as non-citizens of their own countries, but the British social safety net. Wow – to think Gandhi could have had himself a good meal instead of fasting and struggling non-violently for Indian independence in 1947, by just waiting for the NHS created just the year before in 1946 to fell the mighty Empire. Poor guy. Continue reading →
Concerned that her platform of All Batshit Craziness All the Time — the components of which includes (1) Obamacare is an extinction-level event; (2) Jesus is my co-pilot; (3) HPV vaccines will mess up your brain and/or turn your daughters into ladies of the night; and (4) never look directly into a camera or else the terrorists win — is not batshit enough, Michele Bachmann has decided to dial up the batshit craziness to a whole notha level.
In a speech to the Family Research Council, some word-like sounds escaped Bachmann’s face-hole, and long story short, Michele Bachmann is concerned that some of her co-candidates are socialists. Not Obama-level socialists, mind you, but cheapskate or “frugal” socialists.
“The president’s economic policies — most notable of which is Obamacare — represent the most ambitious social economic engineering project in this history of the United States,” Bachmann charged. “Contrast that with the 10th Amendment — I’m sorry the 10th Commandment — which teaches that we should not covet that which belongs to our neighbor.” Continue reading →
In a country that claims to be the greatest nation on earth, the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Eric Cantor, shows once again why Republicans should be voted out of office with extreme prejudice. Having held the world’s economy hostage all summer long and caused more hardship for people while attempting to extract even more money from poor and middle class Americans, Eric Cantor and his Republicans have decided to continue their assault on the American people.
Even before Hurricane Irene came ashore, the Republican leader made it clear that they weren’t going to help any of those people who were sure to be affected by the hurricane — that they weren’t going to get shit from the government unless it comes out of the pockets of the rest of the working and poor people in our country. He made it quite clear on Fox News that Republicans don’t care about hurricane victims at all…
Despite the devastation caused by Hurricane Irene this weekend, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) today stood by his call that no more money be allocated for disaster relief unless it is offset by spending cuts elsewhere. The Washington Post reported this morning that FEMA will need more money than it currently has to deal with the storm’s aftermath and is already diverting funds from other recent disasters to deal with the hurricane, but Cantor’s comments suggest Republicans won’t authorize more funds without a fight.
It dawned on me, sometime between last night and this morning, that I hadn’t actually said in yesterday’s post “why I think it matters” that Marcus Bachmann might be gay. I was, I will admit, kind of worked up!
So, here’s why I think it matters:
If Marcus Bachmann is gay, and has spent his life not just in denial but actively persecuting people like himself — OMG, look at what our shared homophobia can do to a person. If Marcus Bachmann is gay, then in among the wasteland of the lives ruined, wasted and shattered by the homophobia that he so spews with such venom, is his own. And furthermore:
If Marcus Bachmann is gay, and has spent his life not just in denial but actively persecuting people like himself — OMG, look at how fucked up our society is. Not only did we produce this monster, but we are aiding and abetting the damage that he is wreaking.
We’ve already seen all of this in the long list of outed anti-gay crusaders to which I referred last night, and the fact that our cultural norms and mores can produce and support such a disturbing level of self-hate is, or certainly should be, deeply, deeply troubling.
None of which is to say that if Marcus Bachmann is not gay that he gets a pass on his malignant homophobia. It is odious, it is genuinely life-threatening, and it must not be allowed to further warp our national dialogue. And it remains a very clear indication of just how fucked up we are.
It’s just that if he (or one of his children, or his wife) is gay — all that gets turned up to eleven. And a half.
Not very long ago, a bit of audio tape emerged in which Marcus Bachmann, husband of Presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann, likened gays and lesbians (and, one presumes, the entire LGBTQ community) to “barbarians”:
We have to understand: barbarians need to be educated. They need to be disciplined. Just because someone feels it or thinks it, doesn’t mean that we are supposed to go down that road. That’s what is called the sinful nature.
Hello, Bitchez. I’ve been off the grid for a bit, and I’ve missed you guys. However, I’ve been doing my part in securing our country’s borders. How? By strengthening relations between us and our neighbors to the north*. It’s hard work, but someone has to do it. I stayed away from the intertubez for the most part, so while I knew the basics of what was happening in politics, I didn’t know many of the details. Oddly enough (or not so oddly), I didn’t miss it at all. When you’re absorbed in politics on a daily basis, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that people in the real world, for the most part, don’t give a fuck about the minutiae that we political junkies pour over. Mostly, they care about a sucky economy, an anemic job-growth situation, plunging or stagnant housing markets, and not knowing how they are going to feed their family on a daily basis.
It’s frustrating because it’s pretty obvious to those of us who follow politics that the Republicans are in a ‘burn everything to the ground’ mode in order to hew to their political ideology. We’ve seen the Republicans thin their party over the past decade or so** until there’s nothing left but pure eau de batshitcraziness left. It used to be that a Republican president could actually raise taxes (cough, cough, Ronald Reagan, the GOP hero raised taxes, as did the first Bush) because that was what was best for the country. Now, the Republicans pledge allegiance to the Taxpayer Protection Pledge of Grover Norquist that vows to never ever ever raise taxes. Ever. Under any circumstances. ’Coz taxes are bad and evil and shit like that. So, read his lips: No new taxes. How well did that work out for Bush I? So now we have the debt ceiling crisis bullshit where once again the Republicans hold the country hostage as they demand a getaway car, eleven-billionty dollars in untraceable cash, and a large supreme pizza with everything on it.
I didn’t want to get back into politics after my vacay away. I get depressed reading all the shit and thinking about how fucked up our system is. I thought, what’s the point of being so immersed and riding through all the ups and downs? Why not just contribute monetarily and vote straight Dem for the rest of my life? The answer, my friends, is blowing in the wind–er, rather, I can’t walk away from politics because it’s in my blood. And so, I’m dipping my toes back into the pool of politics, and I’m going to focus more on local politics because it’s a sad state of political affairs in my home state. I have never followed local politics too closely (more painful than following national politics), but that’s going to change for this upcoming campaign season.
Michele Bachmann signed a conservative pledge called “The Marriage Vow – A Declaration of Dependence upon Marriage and Family.” That pledge contained the following dumbass-edness:
Slavery had a disastrous impact on African-American families, yet sadly a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African-American baby born after the election of the USA’s first African-American President.