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Wingnut Week In Review: Gay Gremlins

Calling gay people names is nothing new. We’ve been called many things throughout the ages. But “gremlins”? That’s a new one.

The first — and perhaps only — Wingnut WTF prize goes this week to South Carolina Republican congressional candidate Anthony Culler. His accomplishment: potentially minting a brand new anti-gay slur when we were positive we’d heard them all by now.

Culler, who is challenging Democrat James Clyburn — the only Democrat in South Carolina’s congressional delegation — didn’t settle for the usual schoolyard taunts when he posted an anti-gay tirade on Facebook. Culler reached all the way back to 1984 and called us “Gremlins.”

Yes, gremlins.

For those who don’t know the films of the 1980s very well, Culler was referencing the 1984 flick, Gremlins, which starred 80s screen icons Zach Galligan, Corey Feldman and Phoebe Cates — and featured some creatures called gremlins.

They were pretty adorable, at first.

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But without strict attention to their care and feeding, they turned in to this:

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Then they get up to all kinds of mischief.

But Culler’s all wrong about gays. If you expose us to light, let us get wet, feed us after midnight, and don’t let us marry each other the worst we’ll do is marry your girlfriends.

Or your boyfriends.

Scared yet?

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Wingnut Week In Review: Rand On The Run

Sen. Rand Paul turned tail and ran away when confronted by undocumented DREAMers. But the GOP has a “Latino problem” it can’t run from, and right-wingers seem determined to make it worse.

Sen. Paul was with fellow-Republican Rep. Steve King in Iowa when undocumented DREAMers Erika Andiola and Cesar Vargas confronted King on his immigration stance. King stood his ground, but Paul dropped his burger and scampered away. Sen. Paul later explained to Fox News that he wasn’t running away. He just suddenlyhad somewhere else to be. Right away, obviously.

It’s fair to say that Republicans have given up on the Latino vote, whether they realize it or not. Latinos were perhaps the GOP’s best chance at siphoning a few votes from Obama’s winning coalition. Instead, Republicans are working overtime to alienate Latinos with immigration policies ranging from incoherent to downright offensive, and good old fashioned paranoid xenophobia.

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Wingnut Week in Review: Nutso?

Image via DonkeyHotey @ Flickr.

Image via DonkeyHotey @ Flickr.

House Speaker John Boehner called Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s idea for passing immigration reform “Nutso.” Maybe Boehner hasn’t taken a good look at his own party. Then again, who can blame him?

No doubt Boehner was stinging from his latest humiliating defeat. House GOP leadership had to pull their border crisis bill, after conservative media came out against it, and kowtowing to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and the tea party failed to win enough votes to pass it. Reid tweaked Republicans earlier this week, when he suggested that the Senate could pass immigration reform by tacking it on to whatever the House passed on the border crisis. So it had to hurt when Reid rubbed salt in the wound by teasing the GOP for urging the president to act on his own on the border crisis.

Still, if Boehner really wants to see “nutso,” he only need look at his own party — and its base — for the best of the worst in wingnuttery this week.

 

 

Wingnut Week In Review: Hey, You Got Your Plane Crash In My Benghazi!

Right-wing reaction to issues in the news this week brought to mind a classic 1980s Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups commercial, but with a wingnut spin on the famous line: “Hey, you got your Malaysian airliner in my Benghazi!”

Across the wingnut-o-sphere, right-wingers tried desperately to link the Malaysian airliner shot down over the Ukraine to… Well, you name it:

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Wingnut Week in Review: The GOP’s Borderline Personality Disorder

Remember Elian Gonzales? He was the little Cuban boy found clinging to an inner tube of the coast of Florida, on Thanksgiving Day in 1999. He’d been rescued by fishermen after his mother and 11 others drowned in an attempt to reach the U.S. from Cuba. His fate sparked a seven-month long national debate, and caused Peggy Noonan to have a dissociative episode on the pages of the Wall Street Journal, before he was returned to his father in Cuba.

Bak then a child trying to enter the U.S. illegally was celebrated by conservatives, rather than vilified. Perhaps young Gonzales’ was simply fleeing the “right “ country, thus giving conservatives an opportunity to burnish their patriotic, anti-communist credentials, and another way to attack President Bill Clinton, all wrapped up in one telegenic child. What could evoke more sympathy than a helpless child, far from home, and without his parents?

That was then. This year, over 52,000 unaccompanied minors from Central America have been caught trying cross the U.S. Mexico border — twice as many as last year, and more than 150,000 are expected next year. The vast majority come from four countries — El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico. Many risk their lives to reach the U.S.borderas they flee violence and grinding poverty that have roots in U.S. policies. They wait in cramped, unsanitary conditions, as they await official verdicts on their fates. There are reports that some minors have been mistreated in detention centers.

But this is not 1999. Now “Ugly Americans” run amok as right-wingers show off their patriotism by screaming at helpless children, and Republicans promised to block the president’s efforts to stem a border crisis that fires up the basest elements of the GOP’s wing nut base.

The president has asked congress for $3.7 billion dollars to deal with the border crisis, but Republicans aren’t likely to help solve a problem that keeps their base foaming at the mouth between now and November.

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Wingnut Week In Review: Hobby Lobby and “Beyoncé Voters”

Just in time for mid-term election campaigning, the Supreme Court handed conservatives the perfect opportunity to remind Americans that their number one obsession is policing women’s sex lives by any means necessary. Wingnuts rejoiced.

If anyone has forgotten how conservatives declared war on contraception in 2012, Monday’s Supreme Court ruling in Burrell v. Hobby Lobby, and the right-wing response to it, should jog a few memories. The court basically ruled that corporations are people who get to take away other people’s health care — if those people are women, and the health care is contraception.

What this means for any hope of conservative outreach to women is summed up by an image of the majority in the Hobby Lobby ruling that’s been making the rounds on Facebook since Monday.

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But in case anyone missed the point, right-wingers rejoicing over the ruling helped drive it home.

In the twittersphere, RedState founder Erick Erickson praised the ruling as a victory over “employer subsidized consequence free sex.”

— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) June 30, 2014Fox’s Eric Bolling took a swipe at Sandra Fluke, tweeting that she “might do something stupid now that she has to pay for own birth control.”

— ericbolling (@ericbolling) June 30, 2014

Todd Starnes had some eye-opening tweets for anyone fooled by claims that this “narrow ruling” was just about four forms of birth control that Hobby Lobby owners deem icky.

Right-wingers may be taking victory laps through a political minefield. The GOP was already losing with women, and the return of the contraception debate isn’t going to help them much. The Centers for Disease Control report on the use of contraception in the U.S from 1982 to 2008 says, “99 percent of women 15-44 years of age who have ever had sexual intercourse with a male (referred to as “sexually experienced”) have used at least one contraceptive method. That means virtually all women have used some form of contraception — probably including a whole lot of conservative women.

Republicans’ friends on the Court and the religious right aren’t wasting any time greasing that “slippery slope,” and  confirming Americans’ worst fears about the consequences of the Hobby Lobby ruling. On Tuesday, the Court put all contraception on the table, by ordering lower courts to rehear case where employers sought to deny the coverage of any type of contraception — not just the four in the Hobby Lobby case. In an obvious attempt to capitalize on the Hobby Lobby ruling, 14 different faith organizations have sent a letter to the President demanding exemptions from a pending executive order that prohibits federal contractors from discriminating against gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgendered persons.

While wingnuts celebrate, Senate Democrats are strategizing a legislative response. That’s sure to keep the issue alive between now and November.  And that’s bad news for the GOP, because only one side can run on this ruling and win — and it’s not Republicans. A Reuters/Ipsos poll taken on the eve of the Court’s ruling showed that a majority of Americans oppose letting employers, based on their religious views, exclude certain contraceptives from workers’ insurance coverage. And they ain’t all “Beyoncé voters.”

Wingnut Week In Review: Mississippi, Goddam!

Mississippi Republican Sen. Thad Cochran defeated primary challenger Chris McDaniel with the help of black Democrats, and the tea party exploded with rage. Now, to quote Nina Simone, “Everybody Knows About Mississippi, Goddam!”

It all started strangely enough. The Republican primary for Mississippi’s senate seat became a blip on the national radar screen when conservative blogger Clayton Kelley was arrested for breaking into a nursing home and photographing the wife Mississippi Republican Sen. Thad Cochran. Kelley was a supporter of Cochran’s tea party challenger Chris McDaniel, and his arrest caused McDaniel to face some uncomfortable questions. At least three more people, included a board member of the local tea party were arrested.  

All that was nothing compared to what was to come. Pushed into a run-off with McDaniel, Cochran beat back McDaniel with help from the last people anyone would have expected — black Democrats.

Cochran figured out that Mississippi’s open primary voting would allow black Democratic voters to participate in the GOP’s primary runoff with McDaniel. And, as Jamelle Bouie wrote, black Mississippi voters had already figured out McDaniel for the reactionary throwback that he is, and opted for the “devil they know” over the one they didn’t need to know any more about. 

 Conservative heads exploded:

In light of the above, the following is dedicated to Mississippi’s tea party.

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 Nina Simone always described the song as, “a show tune, but the show hasn’t been written for it yet.” Maybe this is the show the tune’s been waiting for.

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Wingnut Week In Review: It Couldn’t Happen To A Nicer Guy

This week saw a number of right-wingers being pulled up short, one way or another, including some of the biggest names in wingnuttia. For each wingnut up to his tinfoil hat in trouble of his own making, I can only say, “It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.” 

It’s hard to come up with a bigger name in wingnuttia than Dinesh D’Souza. This conveniently swarthy aider and abettor of the American aristocracy’s persecution complex, has been riding the right wing gravy train since the 1990s, after cutting his fangs at Dartmouth during the Reagan era (along with fellow right-wing ranter, Laura Ingraham). D’Souza’s career started with his founding of the right leaning Dartmouth Review, which created controversy — and perhaps launched D’Souza’s star — when it printed a passage from Mein Kampf under its masthead. On Yom Kippur, no less. 

Since then, D’Souza’s published more than a dozen books, and branched out into documentary filmmaking. Upon the election of Barack Obama, D’Souza morphed into the right’s melanin-enhanced spokesman for the “end of racism.” His greatest hits include moralizing against same-sex marriage (while violating his own marriage vows), suggesting that Muslim extremists might stop hating America for “our excesses” and our “gross depravity and immorality” if we became more like them, and inspiring Newt Gingrich to call President Obama a “Kenyan anti-colonialist.”

The next phase of his career may be different, now that D’Souza has pleaded guilty to campaign finance law violations — having failed to get the charges against him dismissed. The charges involve D’Souza using “straw donors” in 2012 to give contribute more money than legally allowed to Dartmouth pal Wendy Long’s US Senate campaign. D’Souza had two friends give $10,000 to Long’s campaign, with the understanding that he would pay them back. Long lost, anyway.

Not one to go down with dignity, D’Souza tried to “exploit” his criticism of Obama in order wriggle off the hook. D’Souza’s producer, Gerald Molen said D’Souza was being targeted by an Obama administration that wants to “lock up” opponents. Fortunately, the judge wasn’t buying it.

In his plea, D’Souza admitted that he knowingly broke the law

“I knew that causing a campaign contribution to be made in the name of another was wrong and something the law forbids. I deeply regret my conduct,” he said today.

D’Souza could face jail time. As a part of his plea, D’Souza agreed not to contest any prison sentence between 10 and 16 months, but could face up to two years. Like I said, it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

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Wingnut Week In Review: When All Else Fails, Go Back To Benghazi

Here’s a basic rule of thumb for wingnut rhetoric. If right-wingers have returned to flogging that dead horse called Benghazi, they’re fresh out of ideas again. This week, wingnuts weren’t just beating a dead horse. They were almost making glue.

Maybe they got the idea from Fox News contributor Alan West, who assured America that the racism of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was indeed terrible, but not as terrible as Benghazi.

It got worse from there, once a White House email that revealed nothing new got things rolling

 That wasn’t quite enough to get everyone aboard. Even Fox News’ Ed Henry admitted that Benghazi “shouldn’t come up every day if there’s not new information.”

Unfortunately that’s not enough to put Henry on the same page as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D, Calif.), who asked the question on everyone else’s mind: “Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi. Why aren’t we talking about something else?”

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Wingnut Week in Review: Meanwhile, Back At Bundy Ranch…

This week, they didn’t come any nuttier than Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, and the right-wing pundits and politicians who rushed to support his “range war” against the federal government. Revolution was almost nigh, until Bundy shot off his mouth.

It’s hard to blame right-wingers on this one.

Cliven Bundy spun quite a yarn

It was the perfect story. An aging cowboy stands against government bureaucrats kidnap his cattle and demand he didn’t pay them over $1 million. No wonder wingnuts  stampeded to Bundy’s ranch in Mesquite, Nevada.

Of course, none of it was trueKLAS-TV, the CBS affiliate in Las Vegas, Nevada, did something right wingers didn’t bother to: vet Bundy’s story. There was no lease with the county, going back 130 years. Bundy’s parents bought the land in 1948 — two years after the birth of both Cliven Bundy and the BLM, in 1946 — and didn’t start grazing cattle on the land until 1954.

None of that mattered. Then Bundy, in an interview with New York Times reporter Adam Nagourney, questioned whether African-Americans were “better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy.”

Suddenly, the wheels fell off. Conservatives on Twitter defended Bundy, demanded video proof, and they got it.

He said he would continue holding a daily news conference; on Saturday, it drew one reporter and one photographer, so Mr. Bundy used the time to officiate at what was in effect a town meeting with supporters, discussing, in a long, loping discourse, the prevalence of abortion, the abuses of welfare and his views on race.

“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, “and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids — and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch — they didn’t have nothing to do. They didn’t have nothing for their kids to do. They didn’t have nothing for their young girls to do.

“And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he asked. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”Bundy claimed his comments were taken out of context, demanded the Times retract an apparently accurate quote, defended his views in a rambling press conference, and repeated his remarks.

Conservatives scrambled to condemn the man they’d just hailed as a hero.

It wasn’t exactly a shining moment for the right. Not to worry, though. There’s always a black conservative around to set things right. In this case, Alan Keyes told WorldNet Daily that Bundy’s remarks weren’t racist at all and that the real racists were (wait for it) on the left.

Does wingnuttia get better, or worse, than this?