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Posted 04 January 2019 - 10:11 AM

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The same article shows "I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ" as disputed. It also has the Western civilization quote as disputed.
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Posted 04 January 2019 - 12:54 PM

View PostAnBr, on 04 January 2019 - 10:11 AM, said:

The same article shows "I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ" as disputed. It also has the Western civilization quote as disputed.

Pedro Cerrano: "Aaaaah, Jesus <hay-suse>. I like him very much. But he no help with curve ball."


" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 04 January 2019 - 01:14 PM

The classic American near-blasphemous oath is, CMIIW, "Jesus H. Christ!". The British equivalent is "Jesus wept!" (Notable as the shortest verse in the KJV, at two words).
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Posted 04 January 2019 - 01:21 PM

View PostRich T Bikkies, on 04 January 2019 - 01:14 PM, said:

The classic American near-blasphemous oath is, CMIIW, "Jesus H. Christ!". The British equivalent is "Jesus wept!" (Notable as the shortest verse in the KJV, at two words).

Sometimes you don't even need words. (A salute to the late, great Alan Rickman.)


" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 04 January 2019 - 02:29 PM

Treytor Gowdy looked crushed as he walked crawled oozed out of the Capital Building for the last time. He has the look of a man who sold his soul for what he now sees was next to nothing. He's just a willingly used whore who didn't even end up with a decent payday.

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A photo of Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) is going viral for showing the former official exiting a Congressional building in a disheveled suit and tie pulled apart.

Gowdy’s down-cast eyes and slumped shoulders was the perfect contrast to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who appeared strong and victorious as she took hold of the House gavel once again.

“Poor Trey,” tweeted Daily Beast writer Cliff Schecter. “Much like Darrell Issa [and] Jason Chaffetz, seems The Gods have been cruel to the witless demagogues who led the charge on bogus investigations that wasted billions–while providing conspiracy theories to create Breitbart boners for the ages.”

“This photo of sad Trey Gowdy walking away from Congress for the last time makes me almost as happy as seeing Nancy Pelosi return as Speaker of the House. Almost,” wrote Washington Post op-ed writer and Blue Wave Crowdsource co-creator Holly Figueroa O’Reilly. She then cited Gowdy’s own words, “I will not be on the ballot ever again”


Here's the pic. Click the link for lots of other great tweets. I love "why does Trey Gowdy look like the lead protagonist of The Hangover 6" and "Trey Gowdy looks like he got kicked off The Bachelorette first."

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Posted 16 January 2019 - 01:50 PM

The white nationalists' favorite racist Republican Congressman, Steve King (R-IAmAnAsshole), has tested the bounds of acceptable open bigotry for years. He finally found the line after he crossed it in stunning fashion, i.e. stunning in its stupidity. On yeah. He's not a racist but...

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“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” King told the Times. “Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?”

King also told the Times that he’s not racist and said he believes immigrant assimilation is more important than race because he values the “culture of America,” which is “based on values brought to the United States by whites from Europe,” in the Times words.


He may still not know when it became offensive but he found out just how offensive it is when the House voted on a resolution about it. In remaining true to his sleaziness he even voted for it. It didn't keep him from losing all of his committee assignments. How does it feel to be toxic, Stevie?

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The House of Representatives on Tuesday voted 424-1 in favor of a resolution “rejecting white nationalism and white supremacy.” The resolution was introduced by House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC), who said it was meant as a response to Rep. Steve King’s (R-IA) recent comments on the terms.

King himself voted for the resolution. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL), a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, voted against it, saying he wanted a vote on his own proposed censure of King — a harsher response. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) also stripped King of committee assignments for the comment, on Monday.


There's plenty of backlash from all over. Liz Cheney, House Minority Leader McCarthy, and even the White House all spoke up against it. Of course when Trump was personally asked he made some lame-assed statement like he hadn't followed it. Meanwhile McCarthy is dodging the bullets of years of inaction over King's increasingly ridiculous and hateful behavior. I guess he doesn't like having to take responsibility for his years of silence.

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) bristled under questioning about why the Republican caucus is only just now taking steps to punish Rep. Steve King (R-IA) for his comments on white supremacy.

“Have I been leader for years?” he retorted, according to the New York Times.

He continued that he has only been the “in a position to take action” as the head of the House Republicans for “a short amount of time.”

King has now been stripped of his committee roles and indirectly condemned by the passage of a resolution in the House decrying white supremacy. He has a years-long track record of offensive statements and hobnobbing with far-right fringe groups.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 16 January 2019 - 02:05 PM

Another flagrant bigot, this one in Florida. She sounds exactly like Steve King.

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A local city commissioner in south Florida has been condemned by colleagues and a state Islamic relations group for her Facebook post about freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), whom she called a “danger” who might “blow up Capitol Hill.”

According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Hallandale Beach commissioner Annabelle Lima-Taub reportedly signed a petition that called for the ouster of Tlaib after she was criticized for saying Democrats should “impeach that motherfucker,” referencing President Trump.

“Proudly signed,” Lima-Taub wrote, according to a screenshot of a post on her personal Facebook page, obtained by the Sun-Sentinel. “A Hamas-loving anti-Semite has NO place in government! She is a danger and [I] would not put it past her to become a martyr and blow up Capitol Hill.”

Several of Lima-Taub’s fellow commissioners have condemned her comments and the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations called on her to resign, USA Today reported.


It sounds like more and more Republicans who are actually less bigoted and but more spineless / grasping are finally starting to see that maybe allowing the bigots and racists to have the run of the GOP won't be a winning strategy for 2020. They were more than happy to ride that tiger for years decades centuries but they've blown right passed diminishing returns and into losses.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 17 January 2019 - 11:06 AM

An Iowa newspaper that endorsed Steve King has now called on him to resign. This is what happens when you wear your racism and bigotry on your sleeve.

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The editorial board of an Iowa newspaper that endorsed Rep. Steve King (R-IA) ahead of the midterms because of his “conservative agenda” published an editorial on Thursday admitting it had made a “mistake” and called on King to resign.

“Unfortunately, King was far from an ideal choice,” the editorial board for The Messenger wrote. “It is now clear that the endorsement we made was a mistake. We should have pondered more carefully King’s pattern of making outrageous statements.”

“Throughout his career, King has made comments that were at the very least insensitive to the role of various minorities in our diverse society,” they continued. “At best, many things he said — and apparently believed — were evidence of great ignorance. It now appears likely that something more severe was involved. It’s hard to read the reports of the comments King has made recently and the individuals and groups he has praised without concluding that he either is a racist or is far too tolerant of those who are.”

“Therefore, King should resign from Congress with no delay,” the editorial board concluded. “That will allow a special election to be held so someone who will not be an embarrassment to our state can be elected. Northwest Iowa needs a new representative in the House as soon as possible.”

The Messenger isn’t the first local newspaper from King’s home state to call for his resignation. Earlier this week, The Des Moines Register published a similar editorial.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 17 January 2019 - 03:57 PM

Congressman Tom Marino Announces Resignation

20 year congress person (R-PA12) resigns two weeks after being sworn in.

WTF?
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Posted 17 January 2019 - 04:37 PM

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Congressman Tom Marino Announces Resignation

20 year congress person (R-PA12) resigns two weeks after being sworn in.

WTF?

Yeah, that was a bit of a head-scratcher. Either there's something scandalous that isn't out yet, or he's decided to cash in.
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Posted 17 January 2019 - 08:42 PM

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Congressman Tom Marino Announces Resignation

20 year congress person (R-PA12) resigns two weeks after being sworn in.

WTF?

As my old professor once long ago wrote (in a paper for his students): "It's the smart rat that deserts the ship before it sinks."
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Posted 17 January 2019 - 09:24 PM

But wouldn't it have been easier to just not run for re-election this last time around?
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Posted 17 January 2019 - 09:29 PM

I suspect being a member of the house when you are in the minority isn't a very fun job. Probably many folks lose interest in providing those expensive vacations when you are basically furniture in the place. Maybe he was one of those who didn't think it could happen to him.

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Posted 18 January 2019 - 02:00 PM

View PostBeelzebuddy, on 17 January 2019 - 03:57 PM, said:

Congressman Tom Marino Announces Resignation

20 year congress person (R-PA12) resigns two weeks after being sworn in.

This should be a super safe red district and Marino won 66-34. Perhaps with the national mood Republicans weren't quite so confident about a new face running and asked him to hang in so they didn't risk the seat.
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Posted 18 January 2019 - 02:37 PM

View PostLFC, on 18 January 2019 - 02:00 PM, said:

This should be a super safe red district and Marino won 66-34. Perhaps with the national mood Republicans weren't quite so confident about a new face running and asked him to hang in so they didn't risk the seat.

But how is the replacement selected? A special election? Appointed by the governor? If the former, what was the point? If the latter, is Wolf bound to replace him with another Rethug?
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Posted 18 January 2019 - 03:24 PM

View PostAnBr, on 18 January 2019 - 02:37 PM, said:

But how is the replacement selected? A special election? Appointed by the governor? If the former, what was the point? If the latter, is Wolf bound to replace him with another Rethug?

I believe it will be a special election but it will have a lower turnout. I suspect the GOP thinks this plays better for them. The large majority of consistent voters in that district are likely to vote Team Red.
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Posted 18 January 2019 - 05:17 PM

Always a class act Steve King (R-Pustule) is trying to raise campaign donations for being called out as a racist and a bigot. I'm sure that there's a nice chunk of his supporters who agree with his disgusting white supremacist defense.

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Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is attempting to fundraise off of the controversy that’s swelled in recent days over his remarks about white supremacy to the New York Times earlier this month, the Des Moines Register reported.

In a campaign email to supporters, King criticized the “unhinged left” and Republican “NeverTrumpers” for the backlash to his remarks, despite condemnation and calls for his resignation from people in his party who are friendly with Trump.

“The unhinged left has teamed up with Republican ‘NeverTrumpers’ and is pulling out all the stops to destroy me,” King reportedly wrote, blaming the “rabid leftist media” for attacking him over his support of Trump and his stance on immigration.

After King questioned why the terms white supremacist and white nationalist were considered offensive, Republicans and Democrats denounced his remarks. Republican leadership moved to strip King of all his committee assignments and the House voted in favor of a disapproval resolution over the matter.

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Posted 20 January 2019 - 08:56 AM

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Posted 20 January 2019 - 01:54 PM

View PostLFC, on 18 January 2019 - 02:00 PM, said:

This should be a super safe red district and Marino won 66-34. Perhaps with the national mood Republicans weren't quite so confident about a new face running and asked him to hang in so they didn't risk the seat.
So if a congresscritter retires, aren't they allowed to keep leftover campaign bribes cash? If the RNC could have filled his coffers with money, to have him hold the seat through a rough election, and given him a parting gift for doing so, it might make sense.
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Posted 20 January 2019 - 02:03 PM

They are required to spend it in certain ways (campaign debts, charities, other candidates, transfers to political party committees). Personal use is prohibited.

Of course, that's just election law. Your guess is as good as mine as to what actually happens.





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