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Self cannibalization as the GOP voraciously devours its Robespierres...

It’s not unreasonable that true believers conclude Karl Rove—as responsible as any single person for what the party has become—is now a hack, given that he is one and always has been, and given what for true believers is the rather belated revelation that Rove loves power for its own sake which, whatever else may be so, can’t be said of the party’s zealots.

Self cannibalization is the instinct of such movements. The more desperate the Republican Party becomes, the more voraciously it devours its Robespierres, Dantons, Héberts, if such comparisons don’t unduly flatter the romantic delusions of self-styled Republican Jacobins. Thus Senator Rubio’s superstardom is already on the descent, so blemished by his flirtations with reality not to mention with compassion on the matter of immigration reform that not only did he back away from the issue in his response to the president on Tuesday but it was necessary for Kentucky Senator Rand Paul to offer another, purer response to Rubio’s tainted one.

Thus the face of Hispanic Republicanism, however far beyond the oxymoronic such a concept lurches, isn’t Rubio on Tuesday night but Tuesday afternoon’s new hotshot Ted Cruz, senator from Texas for 43 days and attacking the character of Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel so ruthlessly and without any facts that even fellow Hagel opponent John McCain objected. Thus the scowling response of congressional Republicans Tuesday night to the president’s clarion call on behalf of voting rights, which was last regarded as controversial 50 years ago by Southern segregationists and might have been considered in 2013 something of a gimme as far as applause lines go. Thus on further review the videotape reveals Speaker John Boehner—who initially stood with the rest of the country to applaud the victims of gun violence during the State of the Union’s concluding litany—looking out nervously at his seething and largely unmoved caucus (which leads him far more than he leads them) and, realizing the error of his heart, taking his seat again halfway through the honor roll of the dead, by the time the president got to Tucson.

Posted by arely staircase | Sat Feb 16, 2013, 01:36 AM (0 replies)

Van Jones on Dorner

Don't focus on Chris Dorner's politics
by Van Jones

(CNN) -- In the wake of Chris Dorner's death, much of the talk has already turned to his political views.

In the wake of a tragedy, it is understandable to ask why this happened. It is appropriate to discuss ways to keep it from happening again.

But we should draw the line at suddenly giving an exalted place in our national discourse to the political rantings of a murderer.

Before he met his end, Dorner took the lives of several human beings and wounded a few more. One of those killed was a father of two. The law enforcement officers killed were simply doing their jobs, trying to keep us safe.

Posted by arely staircase | Thu Feb 14, 2013, 06:31 PM (6 replies)

Think it's really him? Check out this reply I got to a post. Post post 141 possted at 1:41 pm

Response to arely staircase (Reply #84)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 01:41 PM

dperdue310 (1 post)

141. shooting at Perdue

Yes I encountered 2 officers at the end of the street flagler and I spoke with them outside my truck, explaining that I was going surfing. They told me to do a u-turn because of danger in that neighborhood. I did a u-turn and seconds later saw another police car. I yield to the right and and got rammed by that vehicle while driving about 5mph and then was shot at. Scary and painful

Posted by arely staircase | Wed Feb 13, 2013, 06:44 PM (5 replies)

Bishop calls for universal background checks, high-cap. mag. ban

Episcopal Presiding Bishop provides testimony on gun violence to Senate Judiciary Subcommittee

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has submitted written testimony to the United States Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, chaired by Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, for the hearing on “Proposals to reduce gun violence: protecting our communities while respecting the Second Amendment.”

“I urge lawmakers to press for comprehensive and universal background checks for firearm ownership, regardless of where and how a gun is purchased; for bans on the availability to civilians of assault rifles and high-capacity magazines; and for policies designed to better regulate the manufacture of guns,” the Presiding Bishop states in her testimony. “The Episcopal Church also supports the highest level of accountability for violation of all existing laws pertaining to violence in our midst.”

The following is the full text of Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori’s testimony.

Posted by arely staircase | Wed Feb 13, 2013, 01:41 AM (4 replies)

what just happened with guns

sounded like lots of applause with maybe some wierd protesting in the background?
Posted by arely staircase | Tue Feb 12, 2013, 11:15 PM (4 replies)

George Ringo #IIIVV

Posted by arely staircase | Tue Feb 12, 2013, 09:24 PM (2 replies)

one day

one of these threads will identify the most unique human being on earth. either in opinion or life experience..

here is what should happen now. someone should hate on the BSDM person because they were once kidnapped by BSDM people

followed by someone who relaxes through simulated kidnapping by BSDM people and so on until Person U (for unique) is identified.

there will then be a groundswell of support for Person U - thus ruining the whole thing.

then we start from scratch!
Posted by arely staircase | Tue Feb 12, 2013, 09:16 PM (0 replies)

Ted Nugent’s collected Twitter genius

There will be as many reaction shots of the musician tonight as Paul Ryan. Here's your Motor City Madman primer

So Ted Nugent will be a guest at the State of the Union tonight, as the guest of Steve Stockman, a Republican congressman from Texas. We guess that Charlie Daniels and Lee Greenwood, the other top conservative musicians, were busy in Branson this evening.

But Nugent is far more than just some loudmouth know-nothing on the subject of hunting and gun control. And his election-related meltdown hasn’t smartened him up online. His Twitter is also filled with cooking tips, music and film criticism, vague threats in everyone’s direction — we’re especially concerned about that REO Speedwagon and Styx tour — and general ridiculousness.

On the other hand, he really likes Bruno Mars. And cilantro.

Take a look!

Dear corrupt power abusing fedzilla criminals-No u cant hav my guns. None of them. Dont trad on me, again

Posted by arely staircase | Tue Feb 12, 2013, 08:58 PM (1 replies)

Anybody else have only the internet on which to watch the SotU? And how will you feel

if anonymous kepps you from seeing it?
Posted by arely staircase | Tue Feb 12, 2013, 07:56 PM (3 replies)

Two officers wounded in shootout with Dorner

The Los Angeles Times reported that two police officers were injured on Tuesday afternoon in a shootout with fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner near Big Bear in Southern California.

Posted by arely staircase | Tue Feb 12, 2013, 07:13 PM (0 replies)
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