The Stupid. It burns.
Facebook apparently is too liberal, so some wingnuts are starting their own site, where they can wallow unmolested in hate.
The Rude One’s comments on this are a delight.
Via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
What happens when crackpot state legistors arrogate the role of doctor?
Debra L. Ness and Charles Cutler answer that question in the Inky. A nugget:
Pennsylvania and many other states have considered or enacted laws that mandate bad medicine, undermining the relationships between patients and health-care providers. These laws concern a range of issues, including women’s health, gun safety, environmental hazards, and more.
One of these laws forbids doctors from telling patients which by-products of natural-gas extraction may be making them or their children sick. Others prohibit physicians from discussing whether a gun in a patient’s home might be within reach of a small child. Still others require doctors to subject women seeking abortions to unnecessary medical tests or inaccurate information.
This Republican quackery needs to end.
Dennis G. at Balloon Juice points out that mass migrations are normal parts of human history over millenia and highlights the racist motives of the right-wing anti-immigrant clamor. A nugget (emphasis added):
Given the scale of human history, borders, fences and other barriers to migration are a very recent development and the idea that you can stop human migration with non-porous borders is a very recent fantasy. There are some who want America to embrace this fantasy. Unsurprisingly, the wingnut plan to create these non-porous barriers is firmly rooted in our mythologies of race. These mythologies make it easy for white or white approved migrants to come and stay with or without documentation, while other migrants face extra hurdles and fear mongering design to turn them into “the enemy.” This is the standard wingnut reaction to migration and immigration from the Know Nothings to the Tea Party, from the Chinese Exclusion Act to border fences. Policies rooted in race-based fears never work and always lead to trouble. And yet, that is the only type of policy today’s conservatives can imagine.
Please do read the rest.
Wherever the scalpel cuts into American “Conservatism,” racism will be found at (and in) the base. All the rest is window-dressing.
The New Haven Register shares the stories of some of the
immigrants refugees who have lately fled to the United States from Central America and found themselves in Connecticut. If you want to know why these children are heading north, read them.
They are chilling. Here’s a bit from one:
“They made an announcement at school that if the gangs didn’t get some money, they would kidnap a little girl who was five years old. They never heard from her again,” Hazel said, through a translator. When the mother of the child went to look for her, they found her dead with her organs removed.
Hazel said the principal of her school told the students that they would be safe there, but no one believed her as students disappeared, either fleeing the city or victims of extortion.
Nothing illustrates the venality, the cynicism, the moral bankruptcy of the Republican Party and its dupes, symps, and fellow travelers more fully than its crusade to victimize these who are already victims.
The Bangor Daily News’s Chris Busby worries about the little green men . . . .
“Oh, my God,” I thought. “The federal government” — long suspected of hiding evidence of extra-terrestrial contact on secret bases in the Nevada desert — “has shipped the spawn of space creatures into our state without alerting the local authorities!”
Well, as you can imagine, I was plenty embarrassed when I read the article more closely and realized the “aliens” LePage was warning us about are actually poor little kids from Central America, not gator-faced gremlins from Alpha Centauri.
Read the rest.
Image via Bob Cesca’s Awesome Blog.
Coverage of the border situation would be improved if the children were referred to accurately as “refugees,” for they seek refuge, though they are met with refusal.
. . . is an oxymoron, as Colbert points out (video below the fold because it autoplays).
Hate sells. Conservatism sells hate, and conservatives eagerly buy it.
For the life of me, I do not understand how hate became a “Republican family value.”
Werner Herzog’s Bear, writing at Notes from the Ironbound, sees echoes of the past in the current wingnut hysteria about an influx of brown children at the border. A nugget–follow the link for the rest:
When I hear the screaming mobs spewing hatred clothed in the fig leaf of “protecting the border” I hear the echoes of the 1850s and the Know-Nothings, the first major anti-immigrant group in American history. It came in response the massive waves of migrant from Germany and Ireland, mostly directed against Irish Catholics. . . . If those children in Murrieta today did not have protection I fear that the blood would flow.
The Republican Party has become a vile and loathsome thing. (Ask me nicely, I’ll tell you what I really think.)
Image via Balloon Juice.