Monday Edition: Those Wacky Republicans

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Another chapter is the never ending saga of those wacky Republicans, Missouri lawmaker on child hunger: ‘Hunger can be a positive motivator.’ According to State Rep. Cynthia Davis (R-MO) commentary on hunger in the state of Missouri a hungry kid is a motivated kid,

Who’s buying dinner? Who is getting paid to serve the meal? Churches and other non-profits can do this at no cost to the taxpayer if it is warranted. […] Bigger governmental programs take away our connectedness to the human family, our brotherhood and our need for one another. […] Anyone under 18 can be eligible? Can’t they get a job during the summer by the time they are 16? Hunger can be a positive motivator. What is wrong with the idea of getting a job so you can get better meals? Tip: If you work for McDonald’s, they will feed you for free during your break. […] It really is all about increasing government spending, which means an increase in taxes for us to buy more free lunches and breakfasts.

If simply feeling hungry and getting a McJob was the obvious answer to all hunger problems then why are there so many hungry people in the world. Nothing new here, just more recycled far Right social-darwinisn. If you’re poor or hungry its not just your fault, its a severe character flaw. As Think Progress notes most food distribution programs in Missouri are affiliated with churches who are the ones directly receiving those federal funds. Should a local reporter get the chance they might ask Davis is she thinks children should be eligible for the same socialized medical benefits she receives or should they skip school all together and just get a job.

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) Endorses Birther Bill

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) has now signed up with the Birther cause — the people who think Barack Obama isn’t a natural-born citizen and should be required to produce a birth certificate (which he already did, anyway) — World Net Daily reports.

Its an Oklahoma poltical sack race between Coburn and James Inhofe to see who can be the first certified to be too mentally incompetent to serve.

Glenn Beck Embarks On Another ACORN Smear-a-thon, This Time With A Heavy Dose of Obama Conspiracy Theory. Its so easy being a Republican agitator. You just spew out a long convoluted load of garbage and never offer any actual proof. ACORN has been among the first to report voter registration fraud and actual voter fraud ( where someone tries to vote more then once) is very rare.

One of the elite thinkers on the Right Michael Barone writes in this column fantasy filled drivel that North Korea’s nuclear program – the one that was going full steam ahead under Bush 43 is somehow Obama’s fault. That Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who was elected when Bush was president is somehow Obama’s creation. That Obama should not let Congress legislate, that Congress should take dictation from Obama the way a Conservative Congress did for Bush. That Obama is a bad bad person for even considering releasing photos that  prove Bush tortured people just like Ahmadinejad. And of course that the economy Obama inherited from Bush and a Republican Congress for the first six years of Bush’s term, is all Obama’s fault. Further more that Obama’s continuation of many of the same polices that Bush initiated are proof positive that Obama is a socialist. Maybe Mr. Barone should wear a larger tin foil hat, his current one seems to be cutting off blood circulation to his brain.

Maybe if Republicans scream loud enough … Where the weekend beltway news is dominated by Republican blather regarding Iran and President Obama, with the exception of Richard Lugar. There are few options regarding Iran and the rightwinger’s seem to boil down to two. One, talk tougher because…well they truly deeply believe that will make a difference. Two, start bombing. Bombing might kill many of the reformers, but as we all know freedom is not free, it is something Republican always expect others to pay for.


Iran Clamps Down on Foreign Media

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Another thing homegrown conservatives have in common with Iranian’s conservatives is a basic hatred of the press. Where liberals are critical of the fairness of news coverage, conservatives simply despise the press as an institution. That is unless they own and control that press like US conservatives own and use outlets like the Washington Times, The New York Post, The Weekly Standard and Clear Channel affiliates. Iran’s system is a dream come true, they own and control the content of the broadcast media. The press, acting as the world’s witnesses and documentarians are seen as a threat by Iran’s conservatives. It is always the same, those that desire rule by authority do not want anyone distorting the narrative they want the world to believe, Unrest in Iran Sharply Deepens Rift Among Clerics

There was no verifiable accounting of the death toll from the mayhem on Saturday, partly because the government has imposed severe restrictions on news coverage and warned foreign reporters who remained in the country to stay off the streets.

It also ordered the BBC’s longtime correspondent in Tehran expelled and ordered Newsweek’s correspondent detained.

State television said that 10 people had died in clashes, while radio reports said 19. The news agency ISNA said 457 people had been arrested.

Vowing not to have a repeat of Saturday, the government on Sunday saturated major streets and squares of Tehran with police and Basij militia forces. There were reports of scattered confrontations but no confirmation of any new injuries by evening.