(Misre)memories of the flood:

21 August 2015 · Comments Off on If One Standard Is Good, Two Must Be Better · Categories: Republican Hypocrisy, School for Scandal

19 August 2015 · Comments Off on Rick Scott, Responsible Fiscal · Categories: Republican Hypocrisy

Florida’s Governor Scoffaw picks the public purse.

During the last few months, taxpayers have been soaked for more than $1 million to settle lawsuits in which Scott and his dim-bulb Cabinet flagrantly violated Florida’s open-records and open-meetings laws.

No other sitting governor has used tax money to end public records cases that were caused by his own secretive misbehavior. Scott couldn’t care less.

He paid off in one case to avoid producing thousands of emails from private Google accounts on which he and staff members conducted public business, against the law. Scott said such accounts didn’t exist, which was a flat-out lie.

It’s not like this should surprise anyone.

18 August 2015 · Comments Off on The Golden Fleecing · Categories: Republican Hypocrisy

The Inky talks to Atlantic City residents about their experiences with Donald Trump. The picture that emerges is one of a skilled card shark–well, read it for yourself. Here’s a bit from early on in the article.

Trump’s “words may sound appealing,” cautioned Michelle Douglas, attorney for a fired Taj plumber who, like many, ended up with pennies on the dollar in his claim in a Trump bankruptcy.

“But in this neck of the woods, his actions speak volumes in terms of numerous bankruptcies and nonpayment to hardworking individuals.”

As Trump – who got called out on his A.C. history during the recent Fox News debate – dominates polls and airtime, old Atlantic City wounds have resurfaced. His boasting “I had the good sense to leave Atlantic City” and calling those who lost out “not the nice, sweet little people that you think, OK?” felt to some like rubbing it in.

In many cases, it was, in fact, the little people left unpaid.

“When it came time to pay for the pianos, we weren’t getting paid,” said Michael Diehl, 88, owner of Freehold Music Co., which sold Trump eight Yamaha grand pianos for about $100,000. “I’m not going to vote for him, that’s for sure. That’s a crude way of doing business.”

One more time: with Republicans, watch what they do, not what they say.

17 August 2015 · Comments Off on Facebook Frolics · Categories: Culture Warriors, Republican Hypocrisy

Seventh Commandment frolics.

Which reminds me of the story about the fellow who was drowsing through a sermon about the Ten Commandments. When the preacher got to the Seventh Commandment, he perked up and said to himself, “Ah, that’s where I left my umbrella . . . .”

08 August 2015 · Comments Off on Reverse Linguistic Spin Zone · Categories: Culture Warriors, Republican Hypocrisy

Teabagger brings new meaning to the word “beard.”

02 August 2015 · Comments Off on Trumped on Their Own Petard · Categories: Political Theatre, Republican Hypocrisy

In the Las Vegas Sun, Timothy Egan notes the irony:

Trump is a byproduct of all the toxic elements Republicans have thrown into their brew over the past decade or so — from birtherism to race-based hatred of immigrants, from nihilists who shut down government to elected officials who shout “You lie!” at their commander in chief.

It was fine when all this crossing of the line was directed at President Barack Obama or other Democrats. But now that the ugliness is intramural, Trump has forced party leaders to decry something they have not only tolerated, but encouraged.

Much more at the link.

27 July 2015 · Comments Off on If One Standard Is Good, Two Must Be Better · Categories: Republican Hypocrisy

Leonard Pitts, Jr., plays trump on Republicans’ hypocrisy on “war heroes.” A snippet:

So Trump deserves every bit of scorn his party has heaped upon him. He deserved to have Jeb Bush call his remark “slanderous” and Rick Perry to call it “offensive.” He deserved Rick Santorum’s tweet that “McCain is an American hero,” and the Republican National Committee’s statement that “there is no place in our party or our country” for such remarks. In a word, he deserved condemnation.

But the people who slandered John Kerry deserved it, too. The secretary of state is also a war hero, period, full stop. If that term doesn’t fit a wounded man who braved enemy fire to fish another man out of a river, then it doesn’t fit anyone. Yet in 2004 when then-Sen. Kerry ran for president and a shadowy Republican-allied group mocked that heroism and baselessly called Kerry a liar, the GOP had a different response.

Jeb Bush wrote a letter praising those who questioned Kerry’s heroism. Perry declined to condemn them. “I think that there’s a lot of questions,” he said. Santorum said Kerry “brought this upon himself” by emphasizing his military service. And Republicans went to their convention sporting small purple bandages in mockery of Kerry’s Purple Heart.

Donald Trump is the Republican id unfiltered.

26 July 2015 · Comments Off on Facts Need Not Apply · Categories: Republican Hypocrisy, Republican Lies

It’s a Republican thing.

24 July 2015 · Comments Off on “The Smart One” Is Waiting in the Lobby · Categories: Republican Hypocrisy

23 July 2015 · Comments Off on Gamed · Categories: Republican Hypocrisy

GOP Monopoly:  One player is given all the properties except Whitechapel Road (must be the UK version--ed.)., plus 95% of the bank.  You are expected to succeed with what's left.  If you don't, it's your fault.

Via Job’s Anger.

14 July 2015 · Comments Off on “How Do I Lie to Thee? Let Me Count the Ways” · Categories: Republican Hypocrisy

11 July 2015 · Comments Off on Decoding de Code · Categories: Republican Hypocrisy

GOP elephant to Donald Trump:  Stop saying out loud what we're supposed to say in code.

Via Job’s Anger.

10 July 2015 · Comments Off on “The Smart One” · Categories: Political Economy, Republican Hypocrisy

Shorter version:

Beatings must continue until morale income improves.

Via Raw Story.

09 July 2015 · Comments Off on Profiles in Courage · Categories: Republican Hypocrisy

Learn more here.

Yet more courage.

07 July 2015 · Comments Off on The New Nihilists · Categories: Politics of Hate, Republican Hypocrisy, The Secesh

Brian Greenspun, publisher of The Las Vegas Sun, has had enough (emphasis added).

Are there times when the Supreme Court gets it wrong? Absolutely. You don’t have to go too far back in history to recall the Citizens United case in which a 5-4 majority ruled that corporations were people, thus opening the billion-dollar floodgates of wealthy individuals and their companies into our election process. How is that working out so far?

This time there are people upset about Obamacare and marriage. That’s not going to change. There will always be people upset when the Supreme Court acts. That is the nature of court rulings.

What should upset us more, though, are political leaders under the guise of conservatism crying out for the impeachment of justices and the ignoring of lawful court orders.

There is nothing conservative about trying to lead people — emotionally and otherwise distraught people, depending upon the issue — toward a path of ignoring our Constitution and our rule of law. That is the way of anarchists, not conservatives.

More fed-upedness at the link.

22 June 2015 · Comments Off on Headline of the Day · Categories: Republican Hypocrisy

From The Guardian:

Dylann Roof: far right denies links and disowns ‘act of purposeful evil’

Or, in other words,

Incubator denies hatchling.

11 June 2015 · Comments Off on “Don’t Get Sick. If You Do Get Sick, Die Quickly.” · Categories: Republican Hypocrisy

John Romano tries to make sense of Florida Republicans’ arguments against expanding Medicaid to implement the Affordable Care Act. He can’t.

House members talk forcefully and, at times, poetically about this fight. And yet if you listen closely, you realize they are talking in nonsensical circles.

Representative after representative stood on the House floor and decried the amount of money the federal government proposes to spend on health care, and yet these same officials support Gov. Rick Scott’s lawsuit to — wait for it — force the federal government to send us more health care money.

And when it came time to plug budget holes for uncompensated hospital care, legislators used general revenue funds that will allow them to draw down another $600 million in additional — wait for it — federal funds.

10 June 2015 · Comments Off on Pot. Kettle. Black. · Categories: Republican Hypocrisy

Woman doing crossword puzzle:  What do they call people who condemn persons for sexual misconduct while doing the same thing.  Man:  Republicans.

Via Job’s Anger.

08 June 2015 · Comments Off on All That Was Old Is New Again · Categories: Republican Hypocrisy

Elephant pushing down tree labeled

Via C&L.