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I really cannot emphasize how much of our modern political discourse is governed by stupid people:
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul compared President Barack Obama to an absolute monarch on Tuesday, vowing to fight any executive orders on gun control.

“I’m against having a king,” Paul, the son of libertarian icon Ron Paul, told Christian Broadcasting News while traveling in Israel. “I think having a monarch is what we fought the American Revolution over and someone who wants to bypass the Constitution, bypass Congress — that’s someone who wants to act like a king or a monarch.”

You can pussyfoot around this all you want, but at the end of the day, the only possible translation of that is that Rand Paul, actual United States senator, is a deeply stupid person. A half-wit. Possibly only a third-wit. Prove me wrong, Rand, prove me wrong.

Now, this was before Obama unleashed his torrent of outrageous executive orders, things like "maybe the ATF should have an actual head, one of these days, even if that makes Rand Paul sad" and other apparent abominations that, according to Rand Paul, will not stand. I haven't yet seen Paul's outline of which of Obama's executive orders are the ones that most send us down the path to tyranny, but I have no doubt that a crack team of GOP staffers are going to stay up very, very late tonight trying to figure out which those are.

Rep. Steve Stockman, on the other hand, is such an embarrassment to America that we really need to let Texas secede just so they—and only they—are stuck with this buffoon.

Appearing on Greta Van Susteren’s Fox News show, Stockman — who earlier this week threatened to file articles of impeachment against Obama — said, “He’s even using children, it reminds me of Saddam Hussein when he used kids to…”

Cutting in, Van Susteren said: “Well, I think that’s a little bit of a stretch, but anyway, congressman, always nice to see you.”

When the nice Fox News host has to cut you off in order to keep you from embarrassing Fox News, you have officially put your foot where the sun don't shine.

That doesn't even count Iran-Contra figure Ed Meese, who apparently is still alive. Add him to the "impeach Obama for, um, whatever" pile.

Meese warned in an interview with conservative website Newsmax that it would be unconstitutional for Obama to enact aggressive gun-control measures through executive order.

"It would not be legal. It would not be constitutional. And, indeed, if he tried to override the Second Amendment in any way, I believe it would be an impeachable offense,"

If there's anyone on the planet that should not be looked to for insight into what the hell the president can and can't do without running afoul of the Constitution, Ed Meese would be high on that list, somewhere between Oliver North and G. Gordon Liddy.

That was just the stuff they were saying before Obama unleashed his tyrannical plan to let the CDC know that they they were officially allowed to research gun safety issues again. I've yet to see a single post-speech response from any Republican that specifies objections to things Obama actually proposed, from Rand Paul or anyone else, but I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that they might want pin that down at some point. You know, for the impeachment papers?

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  •  Well I knew they were going to do this (15+ / 0-)

    before they knew what they were going to do before they knew what President Obama was going to do .
    I knew months ago that they were preagainsts everything and everything .
    Its their M.O.

    "Drop the name-calling." Meteor Blades 2/4/11

    by indycam on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 04:56:55 PM PST

  •  I'll bet the one EO that freaks them out the most (24+ / 0-)

    is to let CDC research gun violence again. These guys are allergic to knowledge. Look at the way they freak out over climate science or evolution.

    And the irony? Research into the causes of gun violence is likely to be somewhat ambiguous. Still, I think it is one of the most important of all of those EOs Obama signed today.

    “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

    by ivorybill on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 04:57:44 PM PST

    •  Absolutely agree! (5+ / 0-)

      When I recently learned that the CDC was prohibited from studying causes of gun violence, I wanted to scream. It's a public health issue, as much as anything is in the US.

    •  I never knew that had been done before this week (7+ / 0-)

      Reagan implemented a ban on all research that might be trying to show positive aspects or benefits from marijuana in the early daze of his war on drugs.

      That cost decades of scientific evidence and still exerts a real frustrating influence on anybody trying to study the Herb.

      All in the name of ideology because ideology is trumped by reality.

      So ban reality and yer all good.

      The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

      by xxdr zombiexx on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 05:33:19 PM PST

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    •  It's not that which worries them (5+ / 0-)

      They are afraid of real numbers showing how guns make people less safe, how dangerous it is to have one in a home, and how few people ever actually defend themselves successfully with a gun. They don't want anyone to know which gun dealers are the source of guns used in crimes so they can be shut down. They don't want any hard proof that gun regulation can work.

      They want to keep Americans in fear in the darkness of ignorance - that way they can lead them around by the nose.

      "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

      by xaxnar on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 05:54:41 PM PST

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  •  I really want to drop them (14+ / 0-)

    in an actual dictatorship for a month or two (without telling them it's only temporary) just so they would perhaps learn what an actual dictatorship is like and stop misuing that word

  •  Yeah, I think I've been saying this all week (2+ / 0-)
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    Egalitare, SteelerGrrl

    but it bares repeating... and repeating.. and repeating.


    •  Because, oddly enough, it may drive up interest (3+ / 0-)
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      wenchacha, Ginny in CO, rhauenstein

      in whatever it is the president says and, even with all the prespin thrown at it, it will seem fairly reasonable to most people, and average folks may be left scratching their heads wondering what actually set off all the GOP into hysterics and their waterfall of hysterionics about the Rise of Tyranny and End of America As We Knew It (again). I'm hopeful we'll start seeing a 'Chicken Little' effect weakening the GOP even more, as a result.

      When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

      by antirove on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 05:06:47 PM PST

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  •  Ed Meese?? Seriously??? (9+ / 0-)

    That "paragon" of respect and dignity???  

    When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 05:01:39 PM PST

  •  Poor pinheaded 'Publicans, (2+ / 0-)
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    SteelerGrrl, litho

    suffering from premature ejaculation. verbally speakin. I guess.

    I believe in democracy, civil liberties, and the rule of law. That makes me a liberal, and I’m proud of it. - Paul Krugman

    by Gentle Giant on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 05:02:23 PM PST

  •  perfect segue.... (4+ / 0-)
    When the nice Fox News host has to cut you off in order to keep you from embarrassing Fox News, you have officially put your foot where the sun don't shine.
    That would be the "Sauron Wing" of Fox News' editorial boardroom.  Right?

    Proponents of gun violence own guns. Opponents of gun violence do not own guns. What part of this do you not understand?

    by Liberal Panzer on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 05:03:01 PM PST

  •  They are their worst enemies. (2+ / 0-)
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    SteelerGrrl, wenchacha

    Their fulminations betray them for the NRA shills that they are. More royal, as it is said, than the NRA King itself.

    They show themselves up for being rabid extremists. If we said that about them, we wouldn't be believed, but they're proving it in all by themselves.

    They make Republicans who don't say such crazy things look moderate, even if they're not.

    Trying to impeach the President for doing what SCOTUS has signaled are lawful responses to its Second Amendment decision in the DC gun case ... priceless.

    2014 IS COMING. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

    by TRPChicago on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 05:05:11 PM PST

  •  They should really just stop talking. (4+ / 0-)
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    psnyder, SteelerGrrl, Ginny in CO, ZAPatty

    That is all I have.

    Yes, he’s smarter, richer, luckier and better looking than you, and he’s your president. Yours, mine and ours. And he’s black. Get over it. --Eugene Robinson

    by Jennifer Clare on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 05:09:00 PM PST

  •  I'm REALLY in love with Obama today (6+ / 0-)

    I missed his speech today but just saw clips on the Ed Show. Wow. He's really stepping up and showing real leadership. I support him 110% on this. Now that I see crap like this being thrown at Obama, let's up that to 150%.

  •  That's pretty rich (8+ / 0-)

    coming from Rand Paul, whose own teenage son was arrested for assault and underage drinking during a flight from KY to Charlotte less than two weeks ago.  I expect this will be spun as a feature, not a bug, when young William Paul runs for GOP office in 20 or so years.

     I can think of no more stirring symbol of man's humanity to man than a fire engine.     -- Kurt Vonnegut

    by SteelerGrrl on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 05:15:54 PM PST

  •  Rand Paul says "we" fought the Revolution. (6+ / 0-)

    He flatters himself.

    The GOP can't win on ideas. They can only win by lying, cheating, and stealing. So they do.

    by psnyder on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 05:16:07 PM PST

  •  What Groucho Marx would sing (3+ / 0-)
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    if he was a Republican in Congress:

    ♫I don’t know what they have to say,
    it makes no difference anyway...
    whatever it is, I’m against it!

    Your proposition may be good
    but let’s have one thing understood...
    whatever it is, I’m against it!♫

    "I don’t wear no Stetson, but I’m willin’ to bet, son, that I’m a bigger Texan than you are".- Robert Earl Keen

    by Kellybee on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 05:17:04 PM PST

  •  When the pigs start squealing this loudly, (3+ / 0-)

    you know we must be doing something right.

    •  One one hand, yes. (2+ / 0-)
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      Ginny in CO, cocinero

      On the other hand, the repigs squeal all the time about anything Obama does.

      He could save their kids from a burning house and they'd accuse him of burglary and kidnapping.

      The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

      by xxdr zombiexx on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 05:29:00 PM PST

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  •  Oh good an Edwin Meese sighting (8+ / 0-)

    All those indictments all those decades ago, and he's still giving interviews from outside a jail cell. America... what a country.

    Wanted: New sig line. Must be insightful with a good sense of humor. Non-smoking, no pets.

    by Herodotus Prime on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 05:17:32 PM PST

  •  The thought that ran through my head today (3+ / 0-)
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    Ginny in CO, cocinero, rhauenstein

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

    by Chris Reeves on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 05:18:31 PM PST

  •  Don't you have to commit a CRIME (5+ / 0-)

    to be impeached? Like, lie under oath or break a law or something?

    signed, dumb blonde

    REMINDER: California now has a balanced budget.
    All they had to do was get rid of most of their Republicans.
    ~~ @LOLGOP

    by smileycreek on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 05:21:23 PM PST

  •  Ruby (1+ / 0-)
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    "I'll believe that corporations are people when I see Rick Perry execute one."

    by bink on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 05:21:33 PM PST

  •  I see nothing remotely 'tryannical' about (4+ / 0-)

    Obama's plan.

    Especially when those howling 'tyranny' turn around and say the Assault weapons ban likely to die in GOP-dominated House

    The micro-tyranny of the GOP again thwarting the will of the people, as expressed by President Obama...who was responding to the will of the people.

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 05:23:35 PM PST

  •  I'm guessing the GOP is going to be most upset (1+ / 0-)
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    by the initiative to put armed and trained police officers in schools.

    Because, you know, they'll actually be trained to do things other than point their guns and pull the trigger.

    When the union's inspiration /Through the workers' blood shall run /There can be no power greater /Anywhere beneath the sun /Solidarity Forever!

    by litho on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 05:25:31 PM PST

  •  POTUS got'm on the ropes (5+ / 0-)

    Obama is going all juijitsu on the T-Tards.

    Obama is taking them straight on with the debt ceiling fight, fractures are opening in the repub party (See "Hastert Rule Going To Shit", et al) -- Obama is taking the fight straight up the gut to the repubs.

    Obama rushed through this gun legislation in order to throw a 5 gallon can of gasoline on the highly-combustable T-Tards.

    T-Tards are responding predictably.....meaning they are going insane. For the millioneth time.

    Americans are sick and tired of their schtick...and the whole guns/Sandy Hook/NRA thing couldn't have been played any worse by the T-Tards.

    Obama is so far out ahead of these fuckwits that they have no idea Obama continues to lead them down deadend alleys with a piece of cheese on a string.

    I'm actually enjoying the show!

    •  You know how the gun freaks insist (0+ / 0-)

      there are many other ways to kill people? A 5 gallon gas can work quite well. Specially in the back of a pick up where 3 kids are sitting when Mom's boyfriend decides to 'surprise' them with a lighted firecracker. One dead, one horribly disfigured for life, one untouched outside - just a monumental case of survival guilt inside to deal with.

      “A coward dies a thousand deaths... a soldier dies but once.”
       Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
      The GOP has become the Old Cowards' Party.

      "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

      by Ginny in CO on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 06:29:36 PM PST

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  •  Steve Stockman is wasting no time, isn't he? (3+ / 0-)
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    Ginny in CO, Leap Year, BrianParker14

    The idiot's been out of Congress for 16 years, so I guess he feels he has a lot of ground to make up. And with Allen West and Joe Walsh gone, there are openings for more loudmothed morons in the GOP caucus to make their play. There's no doubt the Kansas Knucklehead Tim Hulsekamp has one of those slots, but Stockman is making a major play for the other.

    However, as Dana Milbank wrote just recently, back then, Stockman was a lone crazy. Now he's just one of many.

  •  They want the crazies in a frenzy (1+ / 0-)
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    Facts aren't on their side so they are pounding the table. This almost killed healthcare reform in August 2009 and now we will see gun nuts we know own Bushmasters and thousands of rounds of ammunition bursting veins with rage and this will intimidate many people as intended.

  •  F*ck you very much (0+ / 0-)
    Texas secede just so they—and only they—are stuck with this buffoon.

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    by divineorder on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 05:38:20 PM PST

    •  "we really need to let Texas secede " (1+ / 0-)
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      And given this front-page diary,

      why should Jim Cooper's existence not warrant that Tennessee secede (and good riddance!)?  Which other states should be kicked out?  Just those who have idiots who say "secede" out loud, or anywhere, anyone?  Or just those you don't like this week?

      E-f*ckin'-NUFF already!  divieneorder has it right: just STOP IT!

      Either we are a whole country, or not, but don't cram some moron's views down MY D*MN throat just because I live in the same state and YOU disagree!  We all live in the same country, or am I and everyone else not afforded the courtesy, especially here, of a full hearing, and not painting us wth some small number of idiots' same deserving brush?


      Please.  Just stop.

      No, we in Texas are not peraonally responsible for:
      - George W. Bush
      - Rick f'in Perry
      - George H. W. Bush
      - George Bush III
      - Tom DeLay
      - Tom Craddick
      - Pete "Taliban" Sessions (TX-32, my personal Cngresscritter)
      - Ted "Crazy Troll" Cruz, Sen.-Tx (SIX MORE YEARS of him, folks!)
      - anyone else you care to name.

      Or...are we now going to enter "collective punishment" territory?  'Cause, that's what this sh*t starts to sound like.  WHY is every other state not personnally responsible (and collectively everyone NOT innnocent, nay, even those actively engaged against them) for their own wingnut *ssholes?  WHY is Minnesota not collectively responsible for Michelle Bachmann?  WHY is EVERY PERSON  in California not collectively responsibel for Dana Rohrbacher?  Every last person in Florida is responsible for their execrable governor?
      I could go on...but I won't.

      I beg you: in the name of the good of the country, STOP THE F'IN TEXAS-Bashing!  And any other singled-out state!

      Please.  Think before you write.

      And peace.

      I'm part of the "bedwetting bunch of website Democrat base people (DKos)." - Rush Limbaugh, 10/16/2012 Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

      by tom 47 on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 06:07:11 PM PST

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  •  i know this is a little ot, but what is with rand (1+ / 0-)
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    paul's hair???  it always looks like an angry cat sat on his head.

    maybe i'm not up with the latest men's hairstyles but he's a little old to be trying to look young & hip, isn't he? -- if that's what he's going for.  besides, the last thing he'll ever be is young &/or hip.

    •  It's either a surgically attached brillo pad or a (2+ / 0-)
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      bluezen, leu2500

      really bad toupee...and I mean Donald Trump bad.

      Just doing my part to piss off right wing nuts, one smart ass comment at a time.

      by tekno2600 on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 05:47:24 PM PST

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      •  i hadn't thought about the possibility it's a rug. (1+ / 0-)
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        he probably got it from the same gal/guy who does trump's  :-)

        •  ;) Obviously, I'm being a little mean, but... (3+ / 0-)
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          bmcphail, bluezen, Sue B

          He is a bit strange looking. Personally, I don't care if somebody looks a little different. But, what is it about people like Michelle Bachmann, Steve King, Allen West, Rand Paul, etc where you can just see the craziness in their eyes? Evolutionarily, human have developed a lot of abilities for reading cues by looking at other people's faces. So, often, when somebody really looks and acts creepy, it can be a pretty good clue to watch out for that person.

          Just doing my part to piss off right wing nuts, one smart ass comment at a time.

          by tekno2600 on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 06:08:01 PM PST

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          •  it's the eyes. definitely the eyes, all right. (1+ / 0-)
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            but there are other clues, too, especially hairstyles, for some reason.

            at least that's what my sil told me.  whether she knows what she's talking about is up for debate, but she told me that people who have unusual hairstyles or change their hair color a lot have personality problems.  she might be on to something with michelle & west & paul & trump.


            •  Paul's hair is just curly (0+ / 0-)

              what is it with the objections to this?  You want him to have a short military cut?  


              He's crazy and willfully ill-informed etc etc, let's worry about that and not something trivial like curly hair!

              •  I don't have a problem with curly hair. But, (1+ / 0-)
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                something has always struck me as odd about the way he looks. He actually does tend to shave much of his head in a sort of short military style at certain times, but he leaves other parts with little eruptions of curls. Allen West also had remarkably bad fashion sense in trying to do a flat top afro thing that really didn't work. I think some pictures of Paul look at least as bad as West. But, I didn't start this conversation. I just piled on. So, I am not necessarily making that big a deal out people's appearances. It is just hard to avoid noticing and commenting on it sometimes.

                Just doing my part to piss off right wing nuts, one smart ass comment at a time.

                by tekno2600 on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 06:37:14 AM PST

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              •  wow. jump to conclusions much? who said anything (0+ / 0-)

                about a buzz cut?  i merely said his hair looks unkempt.

                whether that has anything to do with his mental state is a whole other topic.  if you want to go there, be my guest.

  •  Don't let Texas secede. Just deport the rednecks (0+ / 0-)

    and see how long they last as the new Mexican territory of Wingnuttejas.

    Just doing my part to piss off right wing nuts, one smart ass comment at a time.

    by tekno2600 on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 05:44:01 PM PST

    •  Texas is responding with Rep. Steve Toth, (0+ / 0-)

      introducing legislation subjecting federal law enforcement officers to arrest and prosecution if they enforce new gun safety laws in Texas.

    •  F U very much, too (0+ / 0-)

      See divineorder's comment above, and my elaboration.


      I'm part of the "bedwetting bunch of website Democrat base people (DKos)." - Rush Limbaugh, 10/16/2012 Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

      by tom 47 on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 06:12:00 PM PST

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      •  Well, hey, fella, I didn't say Texas should be (1+ / 0-)
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        allowed to secede. They lost that right when they got their silly little a$$es thoroughly whipped in the Civil War. But, people can lose their citizenship for acts of treason. So, if the wingnuts want to continue undermining the Constitution, I think they had better decide if they hate Obama more than they love America. Furthermore, there actually is a constitutional power to expel states from the union, just not the power to leave unilaterally. So, some states had better quit wearing out their welcome with the rest of the nation. I don't think we should have to apologize for saying this to them. They should apologize to us.

        So, effing peace to you too.

        Just doing my part to piss off right wing nuts, one smart ass comment at a time.

        by tekno2600 on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 06:42:13 PM PST

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        •  And these fools are our (1+ / 0-)
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          I won't be painted with the same brush, tekno.

          I see that your comment was a bit more nuanced - - sorry, I think I only saw red.

          My point: we're all one country.  Period.  Anything else is unacceptable, whether secession, or inviting or insisting that someone leave, or that a small group of idiots need to take the rest of us with them just for living in the same jurisdiction.  I won't do it, no one can make me, and I don't have to put up with such crap from others.

          In fact, I believe you and I were actually making the same point.  My mistake.

          And yes: peace.

          I'm part of the "bedwetting bunch of website Democrat base people (DKos)." - Rush Limbaugh, 10/16/2012 Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

          by tom 47 on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 06:59:28 PM PST

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          •  No worries, dude. I don't paint you with the brush (0+ / 0-)

            I use for wingnuts. The main function of that brush is for cleaning the porcelain throne, and for sanitizing the occasional teabagger who is captured behind blue state lines. I was jokingly offering to help you rid your states of various right wing loons...but alas, I know it will not so easy.

            Thanks for fighting the good fight from inside the red states. Some of those states may turn blue sooner than people think, with the demographic wave that is ready to crash on the GOP on coming years.

            Just doing my part to piss off right wing nuts, one smart ass comment at a time.

            by tekno2600 on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 07:13:36 PM PST

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            •  Re: yer sig (0+ / 0-)

              yes, I am all in with the smart ass comments (obviously)!

              It's l.ike explaining to my relatives who have never lived anywhere but California what it's like here.  Don't blame us: come help, or at least stop yer gripin'.

              Come on down and I'll share a beer, and we can talk Texas, and the U.S.  Open invite.

              I'm part of the "bedwetting bunch of website Democrat base people (DKos)." - Rush Limbaugh, 10/16/2012 Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

              by tom 47 on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 07:57:20 AM PST

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              •  Thanks, bud. I know there are lots of good folks (0+ / 0-)

                down in Texas. I still have some relatives there, though most have escaped to the north and east. If all the crazy right wingers were to be magically removed, you'd have an even more beautiful state. But, since that's unlikely to happen any time soon, we will just have to all help each other fight the good fight.

                Just doing my part to piss off right wing nuts, one smart ass comment at a time.

                by tekno2600 on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 05:11:21 PM PST

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  •  Kentucky (2+ / 0-)
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    Ditch Mitch KY, Leap Year

    What in the hell did Kentucky do to deserve both Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell as their Senators?

    It's not that Paul is against all monarchs. Now if it were Aqua Buddha ...

  •  They're not stupid - they have rules for this (1+ / 0-)
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    Minnesota Deb

    Rule 1: whatever the president is doing is the absolute worst thing ever.
    Rule 2: find a way to frame it in the worst possible light and repeat loudly and often, no matter how ridiculous. Eventually it will become accepted "fact".
    Rule 3: use the clueless media to spread it without challenge or fact checking.
    Rule 4: pay no heed to what was said or done by Republicans in the past that contradicts the current message. Nobody remembers or cares. Example - does anyone remember George W. Bush and the theory of the "Unitary Executive"? (

    That's the thing about dealing with authoritarians - they're sticklers on rules (except for their leaders), they fear neither logic nor facts, and they can't deal with world unless they have an enemy to blame for their failings and to unite their followers through shared hate.

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 05:47:07 PM PST

  •  they better muzzle their reactionary pie holes (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    before some armed-to-the-teeth wacko starts shooting innocent people all for the sake of his psychopathic, perverted, bud-lite-drunk, redneck interpretation of liberty...

    "peggy lynn-  read me that declaration of independence thing again, you know babe-  the second part where it talks bout our right to have guns- then get me another beer and shut up."

    People who say they don't care what people think are usually desperate to have people think they don't care what people think. -George Carlin

    by downtownLALife on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 05:53:28 PM PST

  •  but... but... tyranny! (0+ / 0-)
    The right of the people to defend themselves against tyranny is the reason for the Second Amendment. We cannot disarm all law abiding Americans in an attempt to preempt a deranged individual.
    Steve King (on his website today)
  •  Executive Orders are part of the President's (3+ / 0-)

    Constitutional authority, like say when the Emancipation Proclaimation was issued. Ever heard of that, Rand Paul? Oh, right, in your little pea brain, I'm sure you think Lincoln was a tyrant too. However, by using outrageous slurs and calling the President a tyrant for using his legally granted authority, it is Rand Paul who is undermining the Constitution and the rule of law.

    Just doing my part to piss off right wing nuts, one smart ass comment at a time.

    by tekno2600 on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 05:58:12 PM PST

  •  Call Dumb Ass Rand Paul's offices (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Leap Year, BrianParker14

    I called Dumb Ass Paul's DC office today, but they were not taking calls.  Please, please bombast this A**hole with calls to his six states offices.

    Go to his website, use a cellphone, call all six offices.
    I think you'll get through to the state offices, not DC.
    This despicable excuse for a human being is Kentucky's shame.

  •  I view all the GOP head explosions and desperate (0+ / 0-)

    cries for impeachment simply as a nice little side bonus of icing on the cake and gravy on top of the smart, common sense, LEGAL moves Obama is making.  God, how I love to watch them squirm!

  •  Shut up with the anti-Texas bigotry already. (0+ / 0-)
    Rep. Steve Stockman, on the other hand, is such an embarrassment to America that we really need to let Texas secede just so they—and only they—are stuck with this buffoon.
    We need to beat these idiots and assholes.
    Texas is not going to secede.
    We need to turn it blue, or at least purple.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 06:44:42 PM PST

  •  Poor Rand needs to be ostracized (0+ / 0-)

    just for his hair, right?  An embarrassment to any and all Americans left with any sense of style.  What he chooses to say or not say is irrelevant, he's too stupid and ugly to be allowed to live much less govern...

  •  If they go down the road of impeachment (0+ / 0-)

    They'll lose, just like they did during Clinton's second term. I read through Obama's exec orders -- outlined here -- and none of it is unconstitutional, that's for sure.

    The civil rights, gay rights and women's movements, designed to allow others to reach for power previously grasped only by white men, have made a real difference, and the outlines of 21st century America have emerged. -- Paul West of LA Times

    by LiberalLady on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 07:39:09 PM PST

  •  These people are either (0+ / 0-)

    deeply stupid, batcrap crazy, or performing the greatest improv act of all time.

  •  Alternative to NRA (0+ / 0-)

    Instead of forming a PAC, I'm sort of sorry twhy don't people like Gabby Giffords and other responsible gun owners take a little more time and try instead to form a competing membership organization to the NRA.  I realize that is not an easy task, but right now the NRA is suffering from lots of bad publicity because of its tone deafness, so this would be the time to reach out to people who want to own guns but don't like the "take no prisoners" attitude of the NRA. The only people the NRA would then hold onto are the greedy assault weapon manufacturers who profit off fear and conspiracy theories and the folks who are arming themselves to overthrow the government.  I think sane gun owners need an alternative, don't you?

    Sure, they'd have to try to match the discounts and such that NRA offers, but I'll bet they could do it in this climate.  After all, they're not anti-gun. Just anti-arsenal.  Sure the NRA will suck at the teet of the gun manufacturers so they won't suffer financially, but if more constitutents aren't NRA members, then politicians won't feel they need to run with their tail between their legs every time the NRA threatens to fund their opponent.

    •  Oh geez, sorry for that first sentence (0+ / 0-)

      Let's try again...Instead of forming a PAC, why don't people like Gabby Giffords and other responsible gun owners take a little more time and try instead to form a competing membership organization to the NRA

  •  If push comes to shove... (0+ / 0-)

    I'd rather have King Obama rather than Senator Paul.

    Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you ~ C.G. Jung

    by JClarkPDX on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 08:40:22 PM PST

  •  One of the reasons that I (0+ / 0-)

    became a legal resident of this godforsaken place was to vote against him, to no avail.

    Warmest regards,


    I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

    by Translator on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 09:56:31 PM PST

  •  You didn't here this from me but I Was Wrong. (0+ / 0-)

    Flash back to 2008.  I was a rabid Obama supporter.  I invested an estimated 2000 unpaid hours organizing his campaign in 07 and 08.  I arraigned our election night celebration which stretched over two venues and spilled out into a street dance that went on till 2 AM smashing the local noise ordnance to smithereens.  The thing is that he mayor and entire city and county counsel were dancing so who was going to tell us to stop.

    My boss is a nice enough young guy who grew in a large Mormon career military family. He owns several guns and I believe he is a responsible gun owner.  He target shoots but doesn't hunt.  Claims he's never killed anything, was an Eagle Scout and continues to be an adult leader, and we know that Boy Scouts don't lie.  Right.  He does believe that the could be called on to defend his family and is a true believer in the 2nd Amendment as an absolute right.  Guns are his family and religious culture.  I get that.  

    He opposed Obama but we had lots of conversations during the election.  He pretty much accepted that Obama would win and seemed curious why almost everyone else we work with supported him.  In reality he probably opposed Obama because that too is part of his culture but the big reason he actually articulated is that "Obama is out to take your guns away."

    At the time and even for the entire first term there were no facts to back this up.  Despite the gun nuts paranoid fear, Obama ignored the whole gun issue much to my and others consternation.  I of course argued that Obama was far to moderate to take on an issue this controversial.  I repeatedly told people that Obama wasn't into gun control.  I just didn't see it in him.  He is much to conflict avoidant to take on the NRA.  

    OK I was wrong.  Damn I hate it when that happens. (snark)  But YEAH for being wrong this time!  

    Now of course the big question.  Will he pull this off or blink?  Wonder what odds Nate Silver is giving.  

    A bad idea isn't responsible for those who believe it. ---Stephen Cannell

    by YellerDog on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 10:22:43 PM PST

  •  the hyperbolic irresponsible BS isn't even (0+ / 0-)

    reality based anymore. not even a little..honestly , i have never seen anything like this. it is beyond irresponsible.

  •  All hail Aqua Buddha! (0+ / 0-)

    What a twit!

    My lady binder is killing me.

    by surfermom on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 11:57:04 PM PST

  •  Jan 19th on several cities, protest by NRA (0+ / 0-)

    heard it on the redneck grapevine.

    Apparently protesters will be bringing their lawful guns but will be acting peacefully.

    Rednecks + Guns + protest what could go wrong ?

    We are facing a "perfect storm" of stupid...

    by lawnorder on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 12:33:15 AM PST

  •  Paul is getting ready for primary 2016 (0+ / 0-)

    He used to yammer in  a more libertarian vein -- e.g., reform of drug laws, or reduce defense budget.  No more.  My guess is that from now on he's strictly gonna tell the base what they want to hear.

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