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Monday, February 23, 2009

SHELBY AND BUNNING AND JINDAL, OH MY!


Senator Richard Shelby, (R. Ala.) questions President Obama's citizenship:

"Well his father was Kenyan and they said he was born in Hawaii, but I haven't seen any birth certificate," Shelby said on Saturday, in response to a constituent's question at a public event. "You have to be born in America to be president."

Pssst..., Senator Shelby, Hawaii is in America.


(This guy is a U.S. Senator? Where do they find these people?)


And this:

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning predicted over the weekend that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg would likely be dead from pancreatic cancer within nine months.

During a wide-ranging 30-minute speech on Saturday at the Hardin County Republican Party's Lincoln Day Dinner, Bunning said he supports conservative judges "and that's going to be in place very shortly because Ruth Bader Ginsburg … has cancer."

"Bad cancer. The kind that you don't get better from," he told a crowd of about 100 at the old State Theater.

"Even though she was operated on, usually, nine months is the longest that anybody would live after (being diagnosed) with pancreatic cancer," he said.


Thank you, Senator Bunning. I'm sure Justice Ginsberg and her family are grateful for your sensitive comments about her life expectancy at this very difficult, sad, and challenging time. Your kind words are duly noted. Now please, find some heavy duty duct tape, wrap it around your idiotic head, placing emphasis on the mouth area, and go away for a long, long time.

(Seriously. Where do they get these people?)


Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal announced his intention to oppose changing state law to allow his Lousiana citizens to qualify for the second two unemployment provisions. Jindal said the state would only be accepting money to increase the unemployment insurance payments for those who currently qualify for unemployment insurance.

In all, Jindal turned away nearly $100 million in federal aid for his state’s unemployed residents. Further, as the National Employment Law Project projected on Febuary 13, EUC extension alone would have benefited 24,981 Louisiana residents. Jindal justified his decision by claiming that expanding unemployment benefits would result in tax increases for businesses. In a press release, the governor’s office explained:

The Governor said the state will not use a portion of the stimulus package that requires the state to change its law to expand unemployment insurance (UI) coverage to qualify for up to $32.8 million of the federal stimulus funding because it ultimately would result in a tax increase on Louisiana businesses.

But it is not clear why participating in the expanded unemployment insurance program would result in tax increases for business. By Jindal’s own estimate, the recovery package would have funded his state’s unemployment expansion for three years, at which point the state could — if it chose to do so — phase out the program.



Shelby from Alabama: Hawaii is not a state and the president is an alien.

Bunning from Kentucky: Justice Ginsberg will be dead in nine months.

Jindal from Louisiana: I'm putting my career ahead of the welfare of my state.



23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Refuse it! More for us!

Arthurstone said...

Shelby's never released his birth certificate. Sensitive his parents are brother & sister?

rockync said...

while I find most all Republican representiatives, neanderthal-like bone heads, Bunning takes the Cheney Award for reprehensible, evil monster. To plot stategy and make such cold hearted comments while an accomplished, honorable woman like Ginsberg fights for her life...he is seriously missing some DNA and anyone who continued to sit there and listen to that toxic, verbal garbage is just as bad.

dmarks said...

Arthurstone: This silly birth-certicate thing is the bogus story that refuses to die. I look forward to Dan Rather doing a prime-time CBS news special showing a copy of Obama's Indonesian birth certificate with a 1961 date on it.... designed and printed with Adobe Pagemaker 7.0

Good call on asking for Shelby's birth certificate.

TAO said...

Now, Now...Bunning is not evil...he's just stupid and everyone knows that he should never be allowed to open his mouth.

He has had one too many mini strokes and its time he retired. Even McConnell is supporting someone else to run against him.

Jindal just wants to anger all the poor folks in Louisana so they leave the state and then him and his rich white buddies can run rampant...he wants to be the only token in Louisana.

Shelby, not sure about the brother sister thing but definetly cousins...

Even Bear Bryant could not put blacks on the Alabama Football team he had to invite USC to come down to Birmingham and beat Alabama before he could take the chance of recruiting blacks.

So, you think Shelby, a politician, is going to accept a black president?

TAO said...

Now, Now...Bunning is not evil...he's just stupid and everyone knows that he should never be allowed to open his mouth.

He has had one too many mini strokes and its time he retired. Even McConnell is supporting someone else to run against him.

Jindal just wants to anger all the poor folks in Louisana so they leave the state and then him and his rich white buddies can run rampant...he wants to be the only token in Louisana.

Shelby, not sure about the brother sister thing but definetly cousins...

Even Bear Bryant could not put blacks on the Alabama Football team he had to invite USC to come down to Birmingham and beat Alabama before he could take the chance of recruiting blacks.

So, you think Shelby, a politician, is going to accept a black president?

Time said...

Every time I hear this kind of sad garbage, I wonder who voted for this idiot?
Who would vote for a 7 count felon?
Who would vote for a past KKK member?
Who would vote for a bimbo like Bachman?
Who would vote for a guy who left a girl to die at the bottom of a bay, then hide out for a few days?
And on, and on, and on.
Maybe I, or others would not vote for such people, but enough did, that they are in office.
We get the representation we vote for.

Anonymous said...

I think Alan Keyes takes the Cheney Award.

Ruth said...

The governors who are threatening to refuse benefits from the stimulus plan are well aware that Rep. Clyburn inserted a clause that provides the state legislatures can accept it instead of them. And they are claiming a condition two years away, so please recall a few months ago they were insisting that economic fundamentals were sound. They are trying desperately to escape economic recovery.

(see http://cabdrollery.blogspot.com/)

dmarks said...

Time asked: "Who would vote for a 7 count felon?"

Sometimes, you have to. I don't know his exact number of felonies, but Edwin Edwards was the clear choice in that 1991 Louisiana governor race against David Duke.

Remember his quote: "The only thing we have in common is that we both have been wizards beneath the sheets."

Thayer Nutz said...

The Rethugs know they're in a lose/lose situation.

People like Jindal are the worst kind.

The governors of two of this country's largest states understand what their citizens are suffering.

Jindal must actually believe he has a chance to be president, otherwise what reason could he have for refusing help for the poorest of the poor of his state?

Also, how many people know of his anti-science promotion of creationism in the classroom, as a "balance" to the teaching of evolution? That's like promoting the teaching of the Easter bunny along side of teaching students about the vernal equinox.

The New Scientist might rank him highly as a threat to the legitimate teaching of science. Their current issue discusses a new law passed in Louisiana and signed by Jindal. The bill “allow teachers and school boards across the state to present non-scientific alternatives to evolution” and is being used as a back-door attempt to teach evolution (intelligent design) in science classes using a new strategy to attempt to circumvent court decisions opposed to teaching evolution in public school science classes:

The strategy being employed in Louisiana by proponents of ID - including the Seattle-based Discovery Institute - is more subtle and potentially more difficult to challenge. Instead of trying to prove that ID is science, they have sought to bestow on teachers the right to introduce non-scientific alternatives to evolution under the banner of “academic freedom”.

“Academic freedom is a great thing,” says Josh Rosenau of the National Center for Science Education in Oakland, California. “But if you look at the American Association of University Professors’ definition of academic freedom, it refers to the ability to do research and publish.” This, he points out, is different to the job high-school teachers are supposed to do. “In high school, you’re teaching mainstream science so students can go on to college or medical school, where you need that freedom to explore cutting-edge ideas. To apply ‘academic freedom’ to high school is a misuse of the term.”

“It’s very slick,” says Forrest. “The religious right has co-opted the terminology of the progressive left… They know that phrase appeals to people.”

The article disccusses Jindal’s connections with the religious right:

On 28 June, Louisiana’s Republican governor, Piyush “Bobby” Jindal, signed the bill into law. The development has national implications, not least because Jindal is rumoured to be on Senator John McCain’s shortlist as a potential running mate in his bid for the presidency.

Born in 1971 to parents recently arrived from India, Jindal is a convert to Roman Catholicism and a Rhodes scholar - hardly the profile of a typical Bible-belt politician. Yet in a recent national television appearance he voiced approval for the teaching of ID alongside evolution. He also enjoys a close relationship with the Louisiana Family Forum (LFF), a lobbying group for the religious right whose mission statement includes “presenting biblical principles” in “centers of influence”. It was the LFF which set the bill in motion earlier this year.

“We believe that to teach young people critical thinking skills you have to give them both sides of an issue,” says Gene Mills, executive director of the LFF.


Source:
http://liberalvaluesblog.com/?p=3514

There is no "both sides" to evolution, just as there is no "both sides" to Einstein's theory of relativity, general and special, or "both sides" to the theory of gravity.

These people just can't let go of the stupid.

Keep them away from high office.

Arthurstone said...

Jindal's upset because there's no money for training unemployed evangelical Catholics as exorcists.

Shaw Kenawe said...

The Republican Party keeps playing "catch-up."

They run Palin as VP how many years after Geraldine Ferraro?

Then they put up Steele as the head of the RNC because America chose a multi-racial president, and the Repubs want to show they're on board with "people of color." Heh.

Bobby Jindal? Serious?

He has the benefit of a good education but has participated in exorcism and believe creationism should be taught alongside of evolution?

A dumbass with a good education.

This country is full of them.

TRUTH101 said...

I had a long post about creationism vs. evolution Shaw. I figured being a practicing Roman Catholic with a brother who's a Priest would give me some authority on the subject. I decided it wasn't going to change anybodys mind and frankly, I could care less if somebody thinks his ancestors had pet dinosaurs.
I agree with Rockync's assesment. Republicans are neanderthal like boneheads. An evolutionary (creationary?) dead end.

dmarks said...

"They run Palin as VP how many years after Geraldine Ferraro?"

The Dems didn't even play catch-up with this one. Ferraro was so many election cycles ago that it was like a fluke.

dmarks said...

(by fluke, I mean that there were no female Democratic VP candidates after Geraldine..... none chosen the next 6 times if I count correctly. If she opened a door, it slammed shut right after her. I don't think she paved the way for Hillary's candidacy. Hillary had to re-open the door and pave her own way).

Shaw Kenawe said...

dmarks, you've missed the point.

Democrat Ferraro was the first female to be chosen as VP running mate. The point was NOT how many were chosen after her.

Then along comes Hillary Clinton's candidacy for PRESIDENT--a candidacy that had a very, very good chance to prevail in the primaries.

Another first.

Then John McCain chose Palin, hoping that women--especially the PUMAs would abandon their party's ideals and vote for him and her.

The fact that she was a 72-year old heart beat away from the presidency made it impossible for any rational person to vote for him.

This fact is one of many that the conservatives refuse to face up to. She had the highest negatives of any vp candidate that ever ran for that office.

But since conservatives create their own reality, none of that mattered.

The only thing that mattered to the conservatives was that she was a "hawt" promoter of killing wolves with automatic weapons from helicopters.

dmarks said...

Shaw: Here is an interesting article from Minnesota Public Radio about how any advance Ferraro had made became pretty much forgotten by 2004. Contrary to "The point was NOT how many were chosen after her.", "firsts" do not matter unless they are steps forward. Isolated incidents are not progress.

"Then along comes Hillary Clinton's candidacy for PRESIDENT"

Yes, and Hillary had to open her own doors. Geraldine Ferraro did not open them for her. Coincidentally, Ferraro did show up long enough to make an appearance in modern history by making racist comments on behalf of the Hillary Clinton campaign. That might have hurt the Hillary campaign if they had not sacked Ferraro quickly.

Shaw Kenawe said...

"The point was NOT how many were chosen after her.", "firsts" do not matter unless they are steps forward. Isolated incidents are not progress.

Okay. Then please inform the wingnuts who self-righteously claim the SOUTH was the first to have a black US senator and US representative, [proving in their minds that the south was less racist than the north].

How many black US Senators and Reps. from the south were sent to DC after Reconstruction?

dmarks said...

I remember pointing that out here. I hope I presented it as a "first" but not a step forward.... since it didn't last.

TRUTH101 said...

Let old Truth101 set you boys and girls straight about Ferraro and Palin. Their choice as VP candidates by Mondale and McCain respectively, had nothing to do with victory or appealing to a portion of the electorate. Both candidates knew they were going to lose so they had to do something historic. We remember McGovern mostly for getting the hell kicked out of him by Nixon. Mondale and McCain didn't want to be remembered for the beating.

dmarks said...

I disagree, Truth. I watched both campaigns closely. Both McCain and Mondale were trying hard to win. As hard as they could. They both thought their VP choices would help them, and any "historic" appeal was only to the point where it would have boosted their campaigns.

They weren't joke candidates like Nader, Paul, and Kucinich. They both thought they seriously had a chance to win, and both tried hard.

Mondale led Reagan at times in the polls during that election campaign. Obama's margin over McCain was often quite narrow, so both men had a reason to believe that they could pull it off, and no reason to "throw it away" and aim for "history" instead of victory.

TRUTH101 said...

I applaud them for working hard to be competitive. But we all knew they were going to lose. I even had a bet with an old enemy that I would cease blogging if McCain won.