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bjkeefe 05-31-2010 06:49 PM

Wingnuts 2010, Part 2
 
I should have known that expecting one thread to be able to contain all the fauxtrage, paranoia, hypocrisy, and other hilarity was unrealistic. Since part 1 of this thread is now large enough to be sluggish on loading, let's start a new one.

And what better way to do so, than to call attention to Roy Edroso's latest column? In his introduction, he tells us what he has in store:

Quote:

[It's] about the rightblogger reviews of Sex and The City 2, and how they've changed their minds about the franchise since they found the new film talks smack about Arabs. It also contains what may be my favorite Rod Dreher quote of all time.
It is truly a fish-barrel full of laughs.

nikkibong 05-31-2010 09:14 PM

Re: Wingnuts 2010, Part 2
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by bjkeefe (Post 163329)

ha! you read my mind!

you know how i feel about these threads, brendan, but i have to say edroso is really quite witty and i enjoy reading his stuff.

bjkeefe 05-31-2010 09:28 PM

Re: Wingnuts 2010, Part 2
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by nikkibong (Post 163352)
ha! you read my mind!

Preemptive strike. ;)

Quote:

you know how i feel about these threads, brendan, but i have to say edroso is really quite witty and i enjoy reading his stuff.
Yep, Roy can purely write, can't he?

bjkeefe 06-01-2010 02:10 AM

Re: Wingnuts 2010, Part <strike>2</strike> 17
 
Man. I stop reading blogs for a couple of weeks, and ... whoa:

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Two recent Tea Party-backed candidates who had success in beating Washington-designated candidates are quite taken with the idea of repealing the 17th amendment. Ratified in 1913, it provides for the direct election of U.S. senators. Previously, state legislatures chose the senators. Lots of logistical problems resulted, but you could fairly attribute the popular constitutional amendment to the Progressive movement and to political entrepreneurs in the press. Well, newly-minted Republican nominee for Idaho's first congressional district Raul Labrador wants to repeal the amendment.

As TalkingPointsMemo notes, "Supporters of the plan say that ending the public vote for Senators would give the states more power to protect their own interests in Washington (and of course, give all of us "more liberty" in the process.) As their process of 'vetting' candidates, some tea party groups have required candidates to weigh in on the idea of repeal in questionnaires."

It's become a part of the Tea Party orthodoxy, now. Being not sure about the amendment, or not knowing why the heck anyone would want to tinker with direct election of senators, marks you with the stink of the establishment. That's what Labrador's opponent, Vaughn Ward, found out when he flip-flopped in the issue.

Indeed, a U.S. senator might be elected with similar views; Tim Bridgewater was one of the two Tea Party-backed candidates to beat Robert Bennett at the Utah Republican convention a few weeks ago. He also supports a repeal of the mechanism that would probably put him in office.

Here is something I don't think Republican strategists in Washington...many of them, anyway, understand about conservative voters now. Their discontent with the party is NOT about ideology. It is, quite simply, about them. The consultants. The leaders. The people who were NOT able to prevent Obama from becoming president. The people who were NOT able to prevent health care from being signed into law, despite promising that it wouldn't be. The people who fed the bailout engine. So ideas that seem extreme and bizarre to the powers that be might be more accepted by discontented voters simply because the mainstream forces consider them to be extreme.
I'm not sure I agree with the concluding paragraph completely, but as to the facts: The idea that a supposed populist movement that has spent the past year yelling about "back-room deals" thinks the way to better the country is to take away the popular vote and, uh, return to back-room deals is nothing short of ... well, I don't even have a word.

Take it away, Cypress Hill.

(h/t: DougJ)

bjkeefe 06-01-2010 03:11 PM

Eh, Collateral Damage
 
As long as we get Hanoi Dick!!!1!

Asks Aaron Blake, who is apparently "Dave Weigel" for today:

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So Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduces an amendment making it a crime to lie about your military service, and just days later, a Republican senate candidate is caught misrepresenting his service.

The question is: Does the bill apply to Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) in the same way it applied to the original target -- Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D)? Would Kirk have committed a crime?
Anybody? Anybody?

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The answer, according to Hatch’s office, is no.
Whoops, sorry. Should have warned you to sit down first.

bjkeefe 06-01-2010 04:07 PM

Meet the best Democrat since Zell Miller!
 
Ladies and gentleman, I give you ... Tim Crawford of Indiana!

bjkeefe 06-01-2010 06:51 PM

Re: Eh, Collateral Damage
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by bjkeefe (Post 163462)
[...]

In addition to totally not being a criminal under the Orrin Hatch "Let's be a dick to Dick" law, it's starting to look like Republican Senate candidate Mark Kirk is also totally not gay, either.

(h/t: Ken Layne)

bjkeefe 06-01-2010 10:00 PM

I guess when your nickname is "Always Wrong," ...
 
... you're incapable of being embarrassed.

(That really is his nickname.)

listener 06-02-2010 01:32 AM

Re: I guess when your nickname is "Always Wrong," ...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by bjkeefe (Post 163528)
(That really is his nickname.)

Kinda reminds me of another cartoon character...

bjkeefe 06-02-2010 01:37 AM

Re: I guess when your nickname is "Always Wrong," ...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by listener (Post 163569)
Kinda reminds me of another cartoon character...

Heh. I like it. The only problem, though, is that Kristol's notion of leading is to stand at the back of the pack.

listener 06-02-2010 03:31 AM

Re: Eh, Collateral Damage
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by bjkeefe (Post 163462)
As long as we get Hanoi Dick!!!1!

This story even made it on to the TV machine last night, with lots of fun video clips of the good Capt. Kirk doing his thing.

(And Brendan, you will be pleased to note that due to this segment, my Web acronym education continues, and that my vocabulary has expanded to include IOKIYAR.)

bjkeefe 06-02-2010 03:55 AM

Re: Eh, Collateral Damage
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by listener (Post 163585)
This story even made it on to the TV machine last night, with lots of fun video clips of the good Capt. Kirk doing his thing.

(And Brendan, you will be pleased to note that due to this segment, my Web acronym education continues, and that my vocabulary has expanded to include IOKIYAR.)

Initialization, not acronym, to be fussy, which I almost never am. (Unless you've actually figured out how to pronounce this as a word. (You say ee-YOKE-ee-yar, I say eye-OAK-ee-yar? Maybe!)

But good! This is an important one. It explains a significant chunk, perhaps even the majority, of the core principles from which conservatives debate and the MSM reports.

listener 06-02-2010 04:08 AM

Re: Eh, Collateral Damage
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by bjkeefe (Post 163587)
Initialization, not acronym, to be fussy, which I almost never am.

Yeah, right, as if! ;)

Quote:

Originally Posted by bjkeefe (Post 163587)
(Unless you've actually figured out how to pronounce this as a word. (You say ee-YOKE-ee-yar, I say eye-OAK-ee-yar? Maybe!)

Definitely eye-OAK-ee-yar!! (Sheesh, isn't it obvious??!??/1!/?)


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Originally Posted by bjkeefe (Post 163587)
But good! This is an important one. It explains a significant chunk, perhaps even the majority, of the core principles from which conservatives debate and the MSM reports.

Glad you found it useful.

bjkeefe 06-02-2010 04:23 AM

Re: Eh, Collateral Damage
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by listener (Post 163588)
Yeah, right, as if! ;)

:D

And here is your "IOKIYAR, Memorial Day Edition."

listener 06-02-2010 04:29 AM

Re: Eh, Collateral Damage
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by bjkeefe (Post 163590)
:D

And here is your "IOKIYAR, Memorial Day Edition."

:D

One word: Bitburg.

bjkeefe 06-03-2010 12:52 AM

Republican Criminals in the News. (And Sorry for the Redundancy.)
 
Well, looka here. Erstwhile Florida GOP Chair Jim Greer, whom we last heard about when he got his David Vitter model diapers in a twist because our Head Negro-In-Charge dared (was uppity enough to) give a speech to school children about how they should work hard, in school, as President, which is socialist, got busted again.

BUT!

It is not for anything involving small children (this time) (we think -- "charges against the disgraced chairman were not immediately available"). Just probably something about feathering his nest with your (Teh Taxpayers™) munnies. Again.
____________________

http://img.wonkette.com/wp-content/u...imgreermug.jpg

(Above: the face of anti-Socialism)
____________________

HOWEVER!

He was once a "prominent backer of FL Gov. Charlie Crist," so, you know: NotARealConservative™, The End.

Anyway, click the mugshot above (or here, if for some reason you can't see it) to read all about yet another senior member of "the party of law and order, and personal responsibility, and financial responsibility, and family values, and grown-ups in charge," &c.

bjkeefe 06-03-2010 02:48 AM

Re: Republican Criminals in the News. (And Sorry for the Redundancy.)
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by bjkeefe (Post 163757)
HOWEVER!

He was once a "prominent backer of FL Gov. Charlie Crist," so, you know: NotARealConservative™, The End.

Do I Know My Wingnuts, Or What?

listener 06-03-2010 04:43 AM

Re: Republican Criminals in the News. (And Sorry for the Redundancy.)
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by bjkeefe (Post 163778)

Do be assured that no one doubts your unparalleled knowledge of wingnuts (especially the caucasian variety).

And not, by far, that this is your only good part, Brendan, but even if it were, I will always admire anyone who quotes Gomer Pyle. ;)

bjkeefe 06-03-2010 05:21 AM

Re: Republican Criminals in the News. (And Sorry for the Redundancy.)
 
Well, gahhhhhh-lee!

listener 06-03-2010 05:55 AM

Re: Republican Criminals in the News. (And Sorry for the Redundancy.)
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by bjkeefe (Post 163786)
Well, gahhhhhh-lee!

:D

bjkeefe 06-03-2010 01:24 PM

South Carolina Republicans Simply Do Not Care For That Liberal, Lindsey Graham
 
In the latest news of cult-like behavior (cf.) among the few people who still consider themselves part of the GOP:

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... the numbers outfit Public Policy Polling says 57% of South Carolina conservatives “pledge to vote for an unnamed primary challenger who is to Graham’s right,” ...

[...]

Only 32% of the “Palmetto Republicans” who stopped watching their shouty pundits long enough to answer the pollsters’ questions said they would reelect Graham ...

[...]

“It’s a good thing for Lindsey Graham that he’s not up for election again until 2014,” said PPP President Dean Debnam. “This is not a good climate for Republicans who have attempted to be bipartisan to be running in.”
The rest.

bjkeefe 06-03-2010 01:36 PM

Re: South Carolina Republicans Simply Do Not Care For That Liberal, Lindsey Graham
 
In other news of South Carolina Republicans, there is more swirling innuendo swirling around about Nikki Haley having sexytime with yet another man, also not her husband.

These allegations are being pushed by rival Republicans, according to Halley.

bjkeefe 06-03-2010 01:56 PM

Another "huge win for conservatives"
 
Rick Lazio "emerged as the Republican Party’s preferred candidate for governor at an often raucous convention in Manhattan on Wednesday," according to the NYT, via Ken Layne.

Also:

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Carl Paladino, a Buffalo developer popular among Tea Party advocates, ... finished a distant third out of four candidates ...
(title: cf.)

bjkeefe 06-04-2010 06:00 AM

Seekrit Muslin???1?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by bjkeefe (Post 163823)
In other news of South Carolina Republicans, there is more swirling innuendo swirling around about Nikki Haley having sexytime with yet another man, also not her husband.

These allegations are being pushed by rival Republicans, according to Halley.

In the latest twist involving Nikki Haley, (who actually only has one L, unlike the comet) "questions" are being "asked" about the authenticity of her Christian faith.

(Actually, I probably should not have titled this post as I did, but maybe rather "Muslin Sikhrit?")

Anyway, self-appointed Grand Inquisitor David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network is hot to trot. Apparently, Haley had a statement on her campaign website, explaining how she loves Jesus and Jesus-loves-her-this-I-know, &c. And then the wording of the statement on that webpage was changed, slightly, some months later. And then ...

NOT GOOD ENOUGH, sez GIDB:

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The fact that the Haley campaigned changed the wording on the website led The Brody File to do some digging. The Brody File has uncovered documents and details that show an emphasis on her Sikh faith and traditions in 2004 when she was running for the State Legislature (even though she became a Christian 7 years earlier). Now that she’s running for Governor of the state, mentions of her Sikh faith are virtually non-existent. A legitimate question must be asked: After seeing how the faith issue hurt Mitt Romney and damaged Barack Obama to some extent as well, is Haley making a political decision by playing up her Christian faith (just like Obama did) and LOSING the Sikh emphasis?
I would dearly like to know what Nikki Haley said about Barack Obama back in 2008. Or, for that matter, and closer to (her) home, about (now US Senator from North Carolina) Kay Hagan. If her record is clean on this, then she has my sympathies. Religious litmus tests, especially as administered by douchenozzles like David Brody, have no place in our country.

Odds are, she probably had nothing to say back in 2008, and maybe even said some good things, given her life history. I will assume that to be true until I hear otherwise. (However, she still has 2.9999... strikes against her in any case, due to her seeking out the Palin endorsement, of course.)

However, if she maybe did a little of that ol' pile-on-pile-on back then, welp, the chickens have come home to roost, just as the good reverend rightly predicted. Kinda nice to see the GOP doing this to each other for a change, independent of Haley, and aside from how disgusting it is.

Uh ... The End.

==========

Oh, no, wait. Bonus! Click on over and discover how state Sen. Jake Knotts (R-SC) is JustLike™ Bill Maher! (?)

bjkeefe 06-04-2010 06:53 AM

Re: Seekrit Muslin???1?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by bjkeefe (Post 163955)
[...]

Oh, no, wait. Bonus! Click on over and discover how state Sen. Jake Knotts (R-SC) is JustLike™ Bill Maher! (?)

In looking for something else (how to spell Haley, if you must know), I came across this, from the local ABC affiliate:

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He says the show took his comment out of context and that he made it in jest. [...] Jake Knotts then issued an official apology to the lone female contender for governor: “I still believe Ms. Haley is pretending to be someone she is not, much as Obama did, but I apologize to both for an unintended slur."
http://thinkprogress.org/wp-content/...06/jknotts.jpg

(Above: the poster boy
for White Pride (via))


The local paper has it as:

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Knotts said his comments were meant as humor.

“My ‘raghead’ comments about Obama and Haley were intended in jest,” Knotts said in a statement. “Bear in mind that this is a freewheeling, anything-goes Internet radio show that is broadcast from a pub. It’s like local political version of ‘Saturday Night Live.’

“Since my intended humorous context was lost in translation, I apologize. I still believe Ms. Haley is pretending to be someone she is not, much as Obama did, but I apologize to both for an unintended slur.”
So. Intended as humor! All right then! JustLike™ Maher! Let's Put This Behind Us And Move Forward™!

I.e., let's get back to the sexytime, yes?

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The Knotts slur capped a day of elbow-throwing, in which Bauer challenged Haley to take a lie-detector test to prove she has not had a sexual affair, as the former Bauer campaign staffer claimed.

Bauer said he, too, would submit to a polygraph test to prove he had no part in pushing the story into the media.

“Nobody has been a better friend of transparency than Andre Bauer,” Bauer said in a news release. “ … Ms. Haley, on the other hand, speaks of transparency, but apparently only for other people, not for herself. And now, we learn that she is refusing to release phone and text messages which could clear up some of the unfortunate recent allegations.”
Bauer would be current Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, who is one of Haley's opponents in this gubernatorial race. Someone observed recently that Bauer is the sole reason Mark Sanford didn't get ousted from office after his "Appalachian Trail Hiking." (Rules of succession are troublesome things.)

Also: "Knotts is a longtime ally of" Bauer, sez the paper.

Wheels within wheels, man. Wheels within wheels.

In conclusion: will Andrew Breitbart offer $100,000 to anyone who can produce videotape to prove that he or she didn't have sexytime, is what's really important here.

==========

P.S. And speaking of getting the names of the players right, it occurs to me that it's really not Andre, but André. Either this local South Carolina paper is still stuck in 7-bit ASCII world OR they feel adding the accent might suggest something unfortunate? Or did Bauer change the spelling of his name? This would make him JustLike™ his Sikhrit Muslin opponent Nikki Haley, and by extension, JustLike™ Obama, which means ... JustLike™ Hitler!

Lie detector tests for everyone.

bjkeefe 06-05-2010 07:09 AM

Wingnuts are furious, today, at ...
 
Paul McCartney!!!1!.

But wait, I thought W had been deemed insufficiently pure?

Never mind demanding consistency from them, I guess. Meantime, stand by to prune The List (of "great conservative rock songs").

(Awww, even "Taxman?" That was by George, not Paul, right ...?)

listener 06-05-2010 11:05 PM

Re: Wingnuts are furious, today, at ...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by bjkeefe (Post 164113)
Paul McCartney!!!1!.

But wait, I thought W had been deemed insufficiently pure?

Never mind demanding consistency from them, I guess. Meantime, stand by to prune The List (of "great conservative rock songs").

(Awww, even "Taxman?" That was by George, not Paul, right ...?)

Jesus H. Christ, give me a freakin' break!

Oh well, McCartney's used to having his band's records burned by these people...


And yes, "Taxman" was George's song.

bjkeefe 06-06-2010 12:02 AM

Re: Wingnuts are furious, today, at ...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by listener (Post 164199)
Jesus H. Christ, give me a freakin' break!

Heh. One thing that would be nice about being (even) older than I am would be to have been alive back when John made that statement, just to enjoy TEH OUTRAGE!!!1!

As it happens, I did a stint in the rock and roll biz, some decades later, and one thing I remember from those good times was the use, among us sound-nerd types, of the highest compliment that could be paid; e.g., "Great drum mix. That floor tom sounded like the voice of God."

This eventually mutated into "that sounded like God."

So in addition to wishing I could have been around to poke the ur-wingnuts after John said that thing, I would also like a time machine, to bring them tapes of what he evidently wrought.

Quote:

Oh well, McCartney's used to having his band's records burned by these people...
Indeed. The idea of Sir Paul being perturbed by what The Walrus of Newsbusters, or any of those other cranks, say about him is just delicious to contemplate.


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And yes, "Taxman" was George's song.
Sorry for not making it clear, but yes, I did know that. I was trying to speak as one of Tehm.

listener 06-06-2010 06:14 AM

Re: Wingnuts are furious, today, at ...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by bjkeefe (Post 164203)
Heh. One thing that would be nice about being (even) older than I am would be to have been alive back when John made that statement, just to enjoy TEH OUTRAGE!!!1!

Looking back on it (after all those years ago), Lennon's remarks at that press conference seem so well-put, especially considering the enormous media pressure that he was under at the time.


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As it happens, I did a stint in the rock and roll biz
Really! If you don't mind saying, in what capacity?

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Indeed. The idea of Sir Paul being perturbed by what The Walrus of Newsbusters, or any of those other cranks, say about him is just delicious to contemplate.
Yes. As though he would or should give a f*ck. (LOL "Walrus")

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Sorry for not making it clear, but yes, I did know that. I was trying to speak as one of Tehm.
Duly noted. I did not mean to cast aspersions upon your Beatleological knowledge. :)

bjkeefe 06-06-2010 06:21 AM

Re: Wingnuts are furious, today, at ...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by listener (Post 164245)
Really! If you don't mind saying, in what capacity?

A bunch of (slightly) different gigs: roadie for several local/regional bands, worked for a mobile recording studio for a bit, for a couple of sound companies, like that. Most of my time, though, was spent as stage manager at a big nightclub that offered original music exclusively (no cover bands), which was great -- got to see different bands every night, saw a bunch who later turned out to be fairly or very big, etc. Good times.

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Duly noted. I did not mean to cast aspersions upon your Beatleological knowledge. :)
Heh. I don't actually know that much about them, but I couldn't have you thinking I didn't at least know that.

bjkeefe 06-07-2010 01:31 AM

RS McCain Portrait (NSFSCotEN)
 
The following, not to be confused with a picture of TSOF watching his Toy Story and Tinkerbell videos, is my new favorite RaciSt McCain portrait (Not Safe For Small Children or the Easily Nauseated). But the rest of you should have this image stuck in your mind, every time you read any of his typed-out grotesquery that our commitment to free speech challenges us to endure.

http://img231.imageshack.us/img231/5...inbytintin.jpg

(Credit: Tintin)

Bonus: good Shorter at the link.

bjkeefe 06-07-2010 04:38 AM

Re: Wingnuts are furious, today, at ...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by bjkeefe (Post 164113)

A follow-up report: "Epic waaaah."

Me, I'd'a gone with "Epic Wah-Wah," but in fairness, that's probably better saved for the next time the wingnuts flip out over Jimi Hendrix.

bjkeefe 06-07-2010 02:44 PM

"Backward, Into The Future"
 
Timothy Egan's latest column in the NYT is worth a look. He discusses the recent fondness some of the teabaggers have for overturning the 17th Amendment (noted earlier), and adds discussion of the wish by the same sort of people -- notably, Ayn Rand Paul -- to overturn the 14th Amendment (!).

listener 06-07-2010 03:51 PM

Re: Wingnuts are furious, today, at ...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by bjkeefe (Post 164407)
A follow-up report: "Epic waaaah."

Awww... *sniff*

Quote:

Me, I'd'a gone with "Epic Wah-Wah," but in fairness, that's probably better saved for the next time the wingnuts flip out over Jimi Hendrix.
Yes, that would seem to be the prudent course of action.

bjkeefe 06-07-2010 05:39 PM

Heads up -- looks like the start of something new
 
http://img.wonkette.com/wp-content/u.../06/page1a.jpg

Moar.

Some info.

bjkeefe 06-09-2010 05:22 AM

Good News! Proven NOT RACIST, NOR HOMOPHOBIC, By Science!
 
It's just that ...

Quote:

Tea Party Uncomfortable With Minorities
Original news report and link to full PDF here.

bjkeefe 06-09-2010 09:39 PM

New variations on a theme
 
The beauty of conspiracy thinking is that everything can be made to tie together, as demonstrated below, by Glenn Beck's biggest fan(?).

http://img46.imageshack.us/img46/865...estwrinkle.png

listener 06-10-2010 06:41 AM

Re: Wingnuts 2010, Part 2
 
Sharron Angle, Repbulican nominee for US Senate: Campaigner against fluoride, advocate of the return to Prohibition, secession from the UN, and abolition of EPA, Dept. of Energy, Dept. of Education, the IRS tax code, Social Security and Medicare.

bjkeefe 06-11-2010 03:21 AM

Tragic the Gathering 2010
 
Prominent Amazon storefront owner and not-at-all-a-grifter the GHEMRotRSTF would like you to pay $125/night for "some quality down time for RedStaters to hang out," in Texas, in summer.

http://img514.imageshack.us/img514/8...hhappymeal.jpg

Make your reservations now!

(h/t: Instaputz | title: cf. | pic. source: Go12)

listener 06-11-2010 03:55 AM

Re: Wingnuts 2010, Part 2
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by listener (Post 164826)
Sharron Angle, Repbulican nominee for US Senate: Campaigner against fluoride, advocate of the return to Prohibition, secession from the UN, and abolition of EPA, Dept. of Energy, Dept. of Education, the IRS tax code, Social Security and Medicare.

Sharron Angle update: How the Republican Party is trying to find a way to re-brand their new Senatorial candidate, who makes Michele Bachmann look like Dennis Kucinich.


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