Archive for the ‘politics’ Category
1. Mitch McConnell gave Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn a rifle. Because old white guys with guns are the conservative stereotype. [source]
2. Paul Ryan declares free lunches make kids “soulless” with completely made up story. After Ryan’s week of poorly researched papers, you’d think he would have been better prepared. Alas, he wasn’t and went on to tell a poorly recycled story. Did he even take a high school English class? I wonder because his research skills suck…and his compassion is lacking. Why does he hate poor kids? Why does he want them hungry? Why does he hate poor people period? [source]
3. Women are being courted by CPAC but only 3 get to speak. And one of them is Sarah Palin. What if Sarah starts doing a slam poetry piece on her apparent lusty crush on Vladimir Putin? If it gets all 50 Shades, I will kick myself for not being there. And damn the SNL clan for getting the best skits each and every week… [source]
4. Chris Christie finds favor with CPAC crowd because he’s an awful governor and the press is reporting on it. Yes, the conservative crowd doesn’t care how crooked you are. If the mainstream media calls you out on your alleged illegal activities, you’ll get their vote. Because conservatives hate the media more than actual criminals and crime and corruption…
5. Donald Trump and Sarah Palin are considering presidential runs in 2016 and are testing the waters. I have nothing…
I wonder what’s in a CPAC swag bag? Any ideas?
Ladies, I don’t understand some of you and how you choose to vote. But I really don’t understand if you think women shouldn’t be voting. Especially if you are a politician.
I first heard about this strange, right wing, conservative phenomenon with Kansas state senator Kay O’Connor. She said she couldn’t support women’s suffrage today because it started the “erosion of family values.” This was way back in 2001…long before the Tea Party came about. I think she was ahead of her state’s rights time. [source]
Now we can add Mississippe Tea Party leader Janis Lane. Here are her words of wisdom:
“I’m really going to set you back here. Probably the biggest turn we ever made was when the women got the right to vote. Our country might have been better off if it was still just men voting. There is nothing worse than a bunch of mean, hateful women. They are diabolical in how than can skewer a person. I do not see that in men. The whole time I worked, I’d much rather have a male boss than a female boss. Double-minded, you never can trust them…[source]
Exactly the kind of person you want running any kind of political party. Divisive. Sexist. Harshly critical of 50 per cent of the population she’s supposed to be helping.
She does add:
…Because women have the right to vote, I am active, because I want to make sure there is some sanity for women in the political world. It is up to the Christian rednecks and patriots to stand up for our country. Everyone has the right to vote now that’s 18 or over (who is) a legal citizen, and every person that’s 18 and over and a legal citizen should be active in local politics so they can make a change locally, make a change on the state level and make a change in Washington, D.C.”
Thank goodness Jane has our backs…ugh…
With friends like these, who needs enemies.
Does this mean she doesn’t support female politicians?
Does she only campaign for men?
How do women candidates feel about working with her after reading her words? Are they okay with it because they secretly feel the same way?
Is the Tea Party really only for white men? White Christian redneck men?
And when did being a redneck become such a good thing? I thought we were supposed to strive to better ourselves…seriously, people, even the Duck Dynasty folks are just playing a role…
I hope smarter, tougher, wiser women are running for office in her area to counter her ignorance. Or god help all women…
Ted Nugent made headlines again last week for campaigning with Greg Abbott, a gubernatorial candidate in Texas. Abbott had no problem traipsing about the Lone Star State with the Cat Scratch Fever rocker who has made a name for himself for calling the President a “subhuman mongrel” and his vile attitudes toward women.
Liberal media went nuts. Abbott pretended he knew nothing about Nugent’s reputation. Nugent pretended he knew nothing about his reputation. Fox News says it’s everyone’s fault because…well, everybody does it.
I don’t let my kids get away with that, and I’m not letting them get away with it either. Because the case of Ted Nugent goes way beyond normal political sniping.
Ted Nugent called a human being a subhuman mongrel. This term has it’s origins with Adolph Hitler and the Nazis. Wolf Blitzer did a story on the origins of it and concluded:
…the words “subhuman mongrel” were used by the Nazis to “justify the genocide of the Jewish community.” We found ample evidence that the Nazis used those words — in their own language — to repeatedly describe Jewish people in the build-up to the Holocaust.
Nugent is a dangerous dangerous man communicating with a dangeous subsection of our population who are vilely racist. In 2014, black men, Hispanic men, men and women of any color than white are considered subhuman by many of our neighbors and fellow citizens. No one seems to want to talk about this. But we need to.
We don’t need to take a step back in time. We need to go forward, which means men like Ted Nugent and laws like Stand Your Ground that reek of racism need to be repealed.
The fact that politicians are willing to campaign with Nugent is a scary prospect. What is their agenda? They are always white, Republican, Tea Party-backed. Mostly from the South, sometimes waving a Confederate flag at their rallies. They favor states rights’ and wait for the day they need to take up arms against the Federal government.
Except they aren’t waiting and they are taking up arms against United States citizens. Maybe against you. Or your family. Or your friends. Neighbors.
To clarify, Nugent isn’t racist only against black people. He also thinks it would be fun to shoot Hispanic people from a helicopter in East LA like “feral hogs.”
He is a dangerous dangerous man, spouting a dangeorus rhetoric, and politicians are encouraging him. Almost like they hope he will incite some damage and destruction. Is Abbott hoping someone shoots President Obama? Is Abbott hoping someone comes to Texas to take care of an immigrant problem?
Why else would these people choose to even associate with someone like Nugent?
As citizens–Democratic & Republican–we have to ask ourselves how long we are going to stand for this nonsense? When are we going to stand up and call “foul”? This is our country, not the Tea Party’s. We can take it back.
Something is happening that should be scaring the hell out of those of us who can read, write, calculate, and pass basic science classes. We are being outnumbered by those who can’t. No, I’m not being overly dramatic, because it’s truly happening.
Through my internet meanderings, I’ve come across the evidence repeatedly. Last week, I was following the comments on a well-known newspaper’s on-line site for an article regarding women’s issues. A few men chose to weigh in, and I was glad to see their opinions. Until I saw their grammar and spelling. Sorry, sir, but there is a big difference between a “fetus” and a “fetish” which might explain why you are having, um, problems.
I see protest signs from Tea Party members that are misspelled. For instance, the word is “morons” not “morans.” Which is alarming since I think they feel they are intellectually superior to many people of color in our country which is why they want them gone or suppressed or…
Frankly, I blame the Republican Party and John McCain for this. Once they opened the door to the Sarah Palins of the world, giving them equal footing with actual educated people who would have been qualified to be vice president, they opened the flood gates for this spewing of ignorance that surrounds us daily.
Anything to get a vote. How did that work out for you? How’s it going now?
Now we are stuck with people like Ted Nugent campaigning with actual gubernatorial candidates. After he calls the President Obama a subhuman mongrel. Someone thought that was a good idea.
Male only panels making decisions about women’s healthcare. Men sitting on women’s healthcare panels who have no idea about basic reproduction. Male politicians who have no problem comparing human childbirth with cattle breeding.
When we have people on the science committees who have no actual knowledge of science, we are in major trouble. When a man on the oversight and reform committee leaks materials regularly there’s a problem.
While this would be amusing to watch from afar, it’s actually horrifying because it affects our entire future. Because these people are in charge of our nation’s children. They plan policies. They plan education. They maintain the environment. They are running our world. They are ruining our world.
Now how do we stop this? We stop listening to everything we read on the internet without checking it out. Right before I came to write this, I saw something so outrageous on Facebook it stunned me. I no longer correct people on their own threads because they don’t like that. (But if you want to believe that President Obama is letting the United Nations come to your house to take away your guns, you are completely wrong. If you think our country doesn’t need some sort of gun control, you are completely wrong. Ask any of the parents of all the dead kids…)
You start voting for people who are educated and can demonstrate some knowledge of politics. You make sure they aren’t being courted by lobbyists and corporations at all times. When politicians are being courted for committees and you have some input, make some!
Question everything. If it seems to good to be true. If it seems outrageous. Check out many different sources before you believe something. And remember, Bob’s right wing news isn’t really news. It’s some guy in his mom’s basement making stuff up. Rush Limbaugh also isn’t a news source. He is entertainment. Fox News is also entertainment. Hell, most of the news channels are entertainment these days. Check internet news sources. There are some reliable ones. Start hunting and bookmark!
We can’t sit by any longer and let stupidity rule the day! We deserve better than this.
I’ve noticed lately that there really is power in the internet. When people power together and let their feelings known via petitions or Facebook groups or social media campaigns, people take notice. That seems to be happening in Kansas. (Actually, it’s happened a couple of times in Kansas, but that’s because they keep doing such dumbass crap.)
Last week, the Kansas House of Representatives drafted and passed a bill that ensured discrimination of gay people to provide religious freedom to everyone else. The bill would allow anyone in the state–private or public employee–to refuse service to any gay person if it infringed on their religious beliefs.
Seems to me that someone in Kansas has confused what religion is supposed to be about, but that’s a discussion for another day.
While the bill passed the heavily Republican House, and was expected to easily pass the equally heavily Republican Senate, the idea was quashed when Sen. Susan Wagle, Senate’s president, announced that wouldn’t happen. Many reasons why the bill wouldn’t work have been mentioned.
But a telling quote is this:
As the bill began to pick up steam, it fueled a chorus of growing opposition. The Kansas Chamber of Commerce and the newly formed Kansas Employers for Liberty Coalition released statements saying that the bill posed legal problems for the business community, and that it would strain employer-employee relationships. And a Facebook page titled “Stop Kansas House Bill 2453” has netted more than 50,000 “likes” as of Friday evening.
“Political pages here, if they get 1,000 ‘likes,’ they’re pretty successful,” Thomas Witt, executive director of the Kansas Equality Coalition, told msnbc. “This has exploded in this state. And it blew up in their faces.”
- Sign those petitions.
- Like those pages.
- Tweet those tweets.
- Don’t discriminate against anyone. Ever.
PS Kansas also got busted by the internet for allowing cable lobbyists to write legislation that would limit the expansion of broadband by competitors and in smaller towns. Monopoly, anyone? After the petition garnered many signatures, the piece was dropped with the promise that it would be tweaked. Also, this was a bill that a politician actually said was written by a lobbyist–which seems like a giant no no.
What is it with those Palin chicks? Seriously? Every time something remotely controversial happens, Sarah and Bristol are out there giving us their opinions. Some might like hearing Sarah’s opinion since she is an adult with a checkered, half-assed political career. But what has Bristol done? Single mom on a dance contest? Cancelled reality star? Not exactly the moral or political leader of the world.
Yet, Bristol felt the need to tweet something about Wendy Davis, basically calling her a husband/child ditching, baby-killing Texan.
Wow, Bristol. Where’s your law degree from Harvard?
Conservative opponents of Wendy Davis came unglued when they discovered that some of the details of her rags to riches story didn’t add up. For instance, she described herself as divorced at 19 when she was only separated. And she only lived in a trailer for a few months.
What makes me sad and angry is that Wendy Davis had to give any amount of time to a nobody like Bristol Palin–a reality-star wanna be. She has nothing to say that makes a difference to the intelligent people of our country.
I find it interesting that Davis’ parenting is being called into question at all by conservatives. Where were they when Sarah Palin was prepared to leave her newborn son and young children while she went off to be Vice President? Maybe Sarah should do something for all women right now and come out and call the critics of Wendy Davis out for their stupidity. It would be a uniting action.
I do hold hope for Bristol Palin. She’s still young. Maybe in a few years she will see that the world isn’t so black and white. That one woman’s decision isn’t always the right decision for all women. Or maybe she’ll learn that every thought doesn’t have to be tweeted.
The first move for Congress after the holiday break was to take up the issue of extending unemployment benefits for the millions of people whose benefits ran out right before the holidays or will run out soon. They weren’t covered in the budget draft that was adopted before the break, so it is being dealt with separately.
Of course, the issue was agreed to unanimously and each and every one of the unemployed will continue receiving benefits once again.
Wow, don’t we wish.
What really happened was that the Senate passed the measure, only after Mitch McConnell stood up and said he’d only vote affirmatively if the Affordable Healthcare Act (which is a fully funded, functioning law already) was delayed for another year. Thankfully a few of his fellow Republicans thumbed their noses and voted with the Democrats and got the measure passed. And now we wait for the House of Representatives.
And it looks like there won’t be an extension without some kind of miracle.
Which completely stuns me.
How can politicians who are “representing” these unemployed people, drop the ball like this? These aren’t lazy, corrupt people sitting around their homes while thousands of jobs go unfilled in our country. These are people who have no jobs available to them.
People will lose their homes. People will not be able to feed their families. People will suffer.
Politicians need to take a closer look at the budget and find the money needed to take care of the American people now. Perhaps taxing the one per cent another one per cent would be a good place to start. Making the banking industry financially responsible for the losses they caused might help also. Any other ideas?
PS I hope people keep tabs on how their representatives in D.C. vote and hold them accountable at election time!
We had a debate on Facebook Friday night about vaccinations. It was started when I posted something about Jenny McCarthy who has been the anti-vaccine queen, blaming her son’s autism on his vaccines for years. In fact, she has been so vocal in her belief that the vaccines caused autism that some have called her a public menace. Moms believe other moms and have taken her beliefs to heart, even when science hasn’t always supported her theories.
Then the discussion grew into an even broader one wondering why someone would take medical advice from an actress. What makes Jenny McCarthy an expert, other than the fact that she is a mother and she is famous? Is that all it takes for moms to be swayed?
Unfortunately, we are treated to hours and hours of reality television each week. Unfortunately, not everyone is like me and chooses not to partake in this cultural phenomenon. I’ve been reality tv free for years now. With the exception of true crime television, which is getting old because there are only so many sensational murders to reenact, but that’s another blog post.
Somehow the “stars” of these reality television shows have become big business, cultural icons, and role models for people in our country. We only need to consider the social war waged over Phil Richardson, the Duck Dynasty patriarch, at the end of last year. While unemployment benefits were being cut for our real life friends and neighbors, and retirement benefits were being cut for veterans, we were fighting about this man’s distasteful words. If I believed in conspiracy theories, I would wonder if this was a way to truly draw our attention away from the important things.
Every day I scour the news. I am appalled at what I find. I don’t care about Jennifer Aniston’s latest haircut. Or Kim Kardashian’s latest selfie that “accidentally” got leaked. Or who wore it best.
I do care that women are being taxed for being women and no one seems to care.
I care that we send young men and women off to war and then bring them home and can’t give them jobs and support them and their families.
I care that we have come up with a decent workable healthcare system and still, this morning, Mitch McConnell stood up and tried to hold unemployment benefits hostage trying to get it delayed yet again.
I care that we cut abortion, birth control, food stamps, and other support systems, while smiling and saying we’re profamily, prochild, Christian people.
I care that the rich people in our country buy legislation to suit their needs and their pocketbooks and no one stops them.
What I wonder is when other people are going to start caring? Does Uncle Si care? Justin Bieber Care? Kim Kardashian? Sarah Palin? No, no they don’t. They are concerned about their own pocketbooks and that is all. Their bottom lines are what they work for each and every day. Remember that the next time you ooh and aah over how wonderful Snooki is or any Real Housewife. They aren’t real.
The people around you are real. And they are getting screwed by your government each and every day. Except you aren’t paying attention…
I’ve been pondering the path of Motherhoot in the new year. I hear over and over again that blogs need a niche. But what is a niche but a hole…a boring hole where you do the same thing over and over again. I am a little too glittery to spend time in one hole, so I decided against a niche. I guess that means things are staying the same. I’ll continue being all over the place.
I want Motherhoot to be a place where you can come for information. You can find out about a good book, a new author, a really bad idea, a bad politician, a stupid television show, or something else that needs your attention.
I’ve never hidden the fact that I am a liberal Democrat. But I don’t want to scare away people of other political persuasions. Most importantly, I want to make sure that women and children get taken care of in our political arena. Frankly, that hasn’t been happening in recent years and that pisses me off. That’s where I will be very vocal and if you don’t agree with me, you aren’t going to be very happy.
I also will do what I can to ensure that our country remains religion-neutral. Because your religion is not my religion. And your god shouldn’t be the one guiding my politicians, influencing laws and policies, or anything of value in our country. No one should ever forget that our country was created on religious freedom. Our founding fathers fled religious persecution and meant for our citizens to never face that. Again, I’ll be pointing out when this is happening. Since it happens a lot, it will make you mad if you disagree.
I want equality for all people. No more them versus us. I’m tired of who someone loves being a reason to fight. I’m tired of our closed bedrooms being open arenas for nosy old men. I’m tired of separate rules for the politicians and the people they serve.
Even if you get mad and disagree, I hope you feel comfortable enough to tell me. Let’s have a dialog. We can be respectful. We can be polite. We can support each other even when we disagree.
Here’s to a grand 2014! Peace, love, and laughter!
One of the annoying things about expressing any interest in politics is that People get your email address and then bombard you with Petitions and requests for Money. It was bad around the elections. But it has been worse this entire past week.
While I like to think of myself as logical, I cannot come up with any scenario where my $3, $5, $25 or any size donation will help bring the end to this budget crisis. I did not create this. The people I sent to Congress had a hand in creating it. Why should I support them even further?
Will my money be used for attack ads? Like the one I saw calling John Boehner a crying baby that featured a crying little girl throughout? Sorry, I want no part of a sexist attack on the man. Apparently crying boys were hard to find the day they filmed it.
While I am encountering email after email asking for my support, no one who was elected is working in Washington. I refuse to count the Tea Party trolls standing around the monuments shouting blame and castigating National Park Service personnel.
If a business didn’t follow through on what they promised and then wanted more money, I would laugh them straight to the Better Business Bureau every time they sent another email demanding more money. I would gleefully do my best to make sure everyone I knew understood how they did business and how bad they were at following through with what they promised.
Unfortunately, we Americans are being held hostage by our elected representatives. I wonder what would happen if I withheld my income taxes…
Because I see some of these baboons being re-elected yet again.