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I bet YOU never had a sheriff's candidate in YOUR area hold regular cross burnings!


Background: Shaun Winkler is running for sheriff in Bonner County, Idaho, a beautiful area north of the town I currently live in. He is also a white supremacist and a high-ranking mucky-muck in the local KKK klavern. Anyway, it turns out he holds Friday-night "cross lighting" ceremonies at his house just outside Priest River. At these meetings they have a nice little barbecue, then spend half an hour talking about who they hate, and finish after dark by igniting a cross.

If anyone wants to know why I refuse to go into Bonner County...well, as bad as Shaun Winkler is, they got guys who are worse.

I just saw a picture of the new anti-HIV drug

It's called Truvada, and it's being prescribed off-label to prevent HIV infection. All well and good.

But having read The Handmaid's Tale, I find it more than a bit creepy that this drug has "Gilead" written on the side of the tablets.

I'm still wondering something about Romney

Apparently, the only qualification necessary to be a Republican president is to be a guy you'd want to have a beer with.

So how did they end up with a teetotaler who, if he drank, you wouldn't have a beer with under any circumstance?

Foxes like Romney are different from your standard henhouse-guarding foxes

You get your standard henhouse-guarding foxes together and life is simple: They eat the chickens and leave.

Foxes like Romney are a different story.

They first eat all the chickens because they're foxes and...well, that's what foxes do.

Next, they sell chicken-backed securities (CBS)--bonds whose underlying securities are chickens. Specifically, the ones they ate.

Very few people buy the CBS because the investing community knows the issuers are foxes. So the foxes tranche the CBS into chicken debt obligations (CDO--any resemblance to the other kind of CDO is completely coincidental), which they then tranche with non-chicken debt obligations into CDO-squareds. These they can and do sell because the CBS are buried so far inside other securities that no one can tell the securities at the base of the whole pyramid--the chickens--were turned into fox shit many months ago.

When the whole house of cards collapses because someone realizes its foundation is a henhouse full of chickens Romney and his buddies ate the first day they were on duty, the investors (which, in a rational financial system, would be better known as 'marks') go straight to the government and demand to be bailed out. After they get bailed out, they immediately go to Fox News (sorry) and complain about how the government is throwing good money after bad bailing out Wall Street.

Tonight we're running an AP story on Romney's plans to build up the Air Force and Navy, add 100,000 troops to the military's endstrength, increase military spending to 4 percent of GDP, and cut taxes at the same time. We heard this one before--in 1981 through 1989--and the problem Romney has is, he isn't starting with a 70-percent top rate like Reagan was.

Where can you sign up for right-wing emails?

I have a new project here at work: I am supposed to read all the letters to the editor before we print them to ensure we aren't running right-wing chain emails as "original" letters to the editor.

The problem with that is, I don't get any right-wing chain emails. While this has certain advantages, including not coming down with a stroke from reading that crap, it's hard to pick out the wingnut email forwards if you don't get them yourself.

So...what I plan to do is to open a fresh free-mail account, subscribe to some of those services (WorldNutDaily and Newsmax probably have email alerts, right?) and go to work. But...besides WND (which is one letter away from WMD for a reason) and Newsmax, what else is good?

Best picture of Rick Perry to date

This is Governor Perry on a tour of a meat packing plant that makes, among other things, "lean finely textured beef" or "pink slime." The meat in the sandwich he is eating is 100 percent this controversial product.

Would the Supreme Court be ruling on healthcare reform if a Republican had signed it?

For the purposes of this discussion, pretend that John McCain had won the election (deity forbid) and that he signed a healthcare reform package containing an insurance mandate. (The Republican version of this legislation would be three paragraphs long: paragraph 1 would say every American has to buy health insurance, paragraph 2 would allow it to be sold across state lines, and paragraph 3 would say hospitals are no longer required to provide care to anyone who walks through the door regardless of ability to pay. Anything else would be dictating business practices to the private sector, which of course no Republican would ever do.)

I do not think the constitutionality of this bill would be in question, and I do not think the Right would be bitching about it. Rather, they would be bragging that the government finally made those deadbeats who refuse to buy health insurance take responsibility for their lives. Limbaugh would be happier than a pig in shit that those "Cadillac Driving Welfare Queens" could no longer just haul their sick kids to the emergency room when they got the sniffles and run up "your" health care costs. Bill O'Reilly would love that a Republican was able to do what the Democrats never had the guts to accomplish. And so on and so forth.

In reality, I think the ONLY reasons we see all this anti-HCR shit are because a Democrat signed it and it will cut into the health insurance mills' profit margins. (Think back: FreedomWorks, who started the tea party, is a healthcare industry lobbying shop.)

Idaho Senator Chuck Winder: Asshole of the Quarter


Our fine state legislature, having solved all Idaho's problems, has now turned its attention to the devastating problem of Pregnant Women Not Knowing What They Are Carrying Will Turn Into A Baby If Left In Long Enough. Yup, we're debating a pre-abortion ultrasound bill (which is so bad all but one of North Idaho's senators, all of whom are Republicans, voted against it) and during the debate, Chuck Winder, Asshole of the Quarter, did this:

A Republican Idaho lawmaker's suggestion on the Senate floor that a doctor should ask a woman who says she was raped if the pregnancy could have been "caused by normal relations in a marriage" brought a rebuke from another legislator who said it's insensitive and suggests women may lie to get an abortion.

The most pathetic part about the GOP primary in Puerto Rico

According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_voting_rights_in_Puerto_Rico, Puerto Ricans can't vote in the presidential election.

So why did the Republicans waste time down there?

If abortion candidates have to be "told what's in there," churchgoers should too

In the spirit of the "forced ultrasound" bills currently making their way through state legislatures across America, some fine upstanding liberal needs to enter a bill requiring churches to report to each of their registered parishioners, on at least an annual basis, the following:

the current assessed value of all real property, motor vehicles and other taxable capital goods the church owns

at the current rate of taxation for the location the church is in, the amount of taxes the church is exempt from because of its status as a church

and the number of dollars the parishioner's property and motor vehicle taxes are higher because the church's tax exemption has to be made up for somehow.
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