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The server at this link seems to be having some issues, but in pictures and words the way things really occurred between a patient President Obama and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer(R). The latter seeming to be having what my grandparents would call a temper tantrum. In the south that finger wagging stuff is generally taken as patronizing and insulting.

It is amazing that conservatives can say garbage like this with a straight face – Romney Blasts Obama’s ‘Assaults’ on ‘Life’, ‘Religion’ and ‘Marriage’.

Romney, once a stalwart defender of Roe v. Wade, said President Obama shows a “disregard for the sanctity of human life [that] is absolutely appalling” and is leading an “assault on life” by rescinding the Mexico City Gag Rule, which bars the government from funding NGOs that use their own finances for family planning which include abortion services or referrals. Romney also distorted Obama’s statement marking the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, claiming that the President thinks pregnant women “can get rid of the child and therefore have an equal opportunity,” when actually Obama concluded his statement by saying that “we must also continue our efforts to ensure that our daughters have the same rights, freedoms, and opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams.”

He went on to say that Obama is conducting an “assault on religion” through the administration’s opposition to employment discrimination on religious grounds and attempts to ensure that women cannot be refused birth control coverage in their insurance plans or medical procedures because of loopholes, calling it “an assault on religion unlike anything we have seen.”

The very same day those words hit the news wires – Why Evangelicals Don’t Like Mormons

According to a CNN exit poll of South Carolina Republican primary voters, Newt Gingrich, a thrice-married Catholic, won twice as much support from evangelical Protestants as Mitt Romney, a Protestant. And among voters for whom religion meant “a great deal,” 46 percent voted for Mr. Gingrich and only 10 percent for Mr. Romney.

Liberals have issues with Mormon dogma and history that is racist, but most do not have an issue with Romney based on his Mormonism. While one can find plenty of differences of opinion on Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) among the Democratic base the fact that he is a Mormon doesn’t bother anyone.  A huge difference over the divide between Romney and conservative fundamentalists. A minister and Perry supporter Rev. Robert Jefferies has been one of the more prominent cultural conservatives to call Mormonism a cult. If Romney and the conservative base is looking for attacks on religion and intolerance they only need to look in the mirror. Democrats in Congress tend to be fairly small c conservative when it comes to religion. The base has not changed much in the last twenty years, having a live and let live attitude. Conservatives tend to whine and attack to pacify a base constantly shrouding itself in victim-hood. That base considers tolerance and inclusiveness an attack on them. That is not a political issue, it is a psychological one.

This is a fair example of the kind of tolerance that conservatives do not have and once again demonstrates their fundamental contempt for the foundations of our democratic republic – Student Faces Town’s Wrath in Protest Against a Prayer

She is 16, the daughter of a firefighter and a nurse, a self-proclaimed nerd who loves Harry Potter and Facebook. But Jessica Ahlquist is also an outspoken atheist who has incensed this heavily Roman Catholic city with a successful lawsuit to get a prayer removed from the wall of her high school auditorium, where it has hung for 49 years.

A federal judge ruled this month that the prayer’s presence at Cranston High School West was unconstitutional, concluding that it violated the principle of government neutrality in religion. In the weeks since, residents have crowded school board meetings to demand an appeal, Jessica has received online threats and the police have escorted her at school, and Cranston, a dense city of 80,000 just south of Providence, has throbbed with raw emotion.

So she defends the Constitution and the separation of church and state, a principal that protects everyone’s beliefs, and she gets threats. Only in a country where conservatives have convinced a lot of people the very document that keeps us free is just a piece of paper, could this happen.

Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, and imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch toward uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one-half the world fools and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth.  — Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, 1781-82

Ron Paul signed off on racist newsletters in the 1990s, associates say. Toward the end of some commentary on that news this blogger makes a good point – No One Left To Lie To

As I’ve said before, we all must make our calculus in supporting a candidate or even claiming he is “good” for the debate. But it must be an honest calculus.

If you believe that a character who would conspire to profit off of white supremacy, anti-gay bigotry, and anti-Semitism is the best vehicle for convincing the country to end the drug war, to end our romance with interventionism, to encourage serious scrutiny of state violence, at every level, then you should be honest enough to defend that proposition.

What you should not do is claim that Ron Paul “legislated” for Martin Luther King Day, or claim to have intricate knowledge of Ron Paul’s heart, and thus by the harsh accumulation of  evidence, be made to look ridiculous.

As much as I agree with that assertion One cannot help but wonder at Paul’s ability to garner so much support from enlisted military. Ron Paul has no lessons for me in morality unless I succumb to some severe brain damage. Yet the Democratic establishment and its consultants would be wise to look at the Paul phenomenon in regards thinly justified foreign intervention. I’m not an isolationist, but it is troubling that Democrats are only a few degrees away from being neocons in terms of foreign policy. One can safely disregard conservative accusations of Democrats being too soft or terrorist sympathizers, that likely the result of sniffing too much boot polish while shining up the old jack boots.

I wasn’t going to post on yet another study showing that on average and as a group, conservatives tend to have issues in regards ethnocentrism. Than I found this funny write-up in which the blogger notes that conservatives read the news summary of the report and then turned around and called themselves guilty of things the study never claimed, Seriously, This Is Just Too Easy, By Hart Williams

And so, WHO draws themselves up in high mor(on)al dudgeon?

I’ll tell you who:

Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit: Canadian Professor: Conservatives Are Dumb Racists
BigFurHat / iOwnTheWorld.com: Now Wait A Damn Minute
John Hinderaker / Power Line: Yahoo News Casually Smears Conservatives
GottaLaff / The Political Carnival: Confirmed: Low IQ, conservative beliefs linked to prejudice, per study
Matthew Balan / NewsBusters.org blogs: Yahoo Trumpets Study Supposedly Linking Conservatism to Low IQ
Thers / Whiskey Fire: Going to Be a Scream

Somehow, the words “Low IQ & Conservative Beliefs Linked to Prejudice” caused the elite of the Rightie Blogosmear to use their protean command of logick to formulate the logical statement (Low IQ) + (Conservative Beliefs) = Prejudice and instantly turn it inside-out into the strange self-insult (Conservative) = Stupid + Racist.*

That study does stipulate that as a group the researchers found a tendency. That does not translate into all conservatives are racists or all conservative are idiots. There are Democrats, independents and assorted others who are not pure as the driven snow when it comes to absence of any prejudices or that are intellectual giants. These points were also suggested in the general news write-ups. If conservatives ( some of the bloggers above are Democrats who were being ironic by the way – the generally great satirists at  Whiskey Fire for one) want to think to advertise, exaggerate and celebrate their flaws that would confirm future studies that show a greater than average tendency towards self-flagellation. This video sheds some light on the conservative desire to pretend we’re still living in the age of Saint Ronnie and the southern strategy will still work, The GOP’s Racial Politics


The general substance of this report is disturbing – Gingrich: Gay Marriage a ‘Perfect Example of What I Mean by the Rise of Paganism’ says the guy who asked his second wife for an open marriage with his mistress, though it is the right-wing conservative power of denial that caught my attention.

Jim Garlow: We are in a situation that is so crisic in America, I’m actually stunned that President Obama could do this much destruction to the nation in a three year span. I never anticipated that this much harm in the moral and economic arenas of our nation could be brought on by one particular president.

Don Wildmon: This is not a typical election. This is an election unlike any ever held in our country. We’re not just voting for a president; we’re voting for the continuation of Western Civilization. If those who are listening think that what we enjoy, the freedoms we enjoy, the right to practice our Christan faith, is merely an accident and is there, it’s not, people paid for it. And we can lose it, and we will lose it, if we lose this next election. What’s at stake is everything that the human race, Western Civilization, has fought for for the last two thousand years.

That’s right folks Armageddon Day will be January 20, 2013 if a conservative is not sworn in. What a relief to millions of Americans. Everyone can stop paying their credit card bills, stop making car payments and since the end of civilization is near they can go whole hog on the hedonism and paganism. The only reason President Obama has not destroyed western civilization in his first term is that Steven Spielberg told him audiences like for the suspense to build before the big finish.

Sen. Bernie Sanders blasts U.S. wealth gap: “How could anybody defend the top 400 richest people in this country owning more wealth than the bottom half of America, 150 million people?”

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