The Pardu

The Pardu
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Showing posts with label Anti-gay Santorum. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Anti-gay Santorum. Show all posts

Friday, March 30, 2012

The Daily GOP Ignominious: Did Santorum make a Freudian Slip (almost)?

Is this the candidate who quipped about President Obama's use of a Tele Promopter?"
I awakened this morning very typically, reluctantly, but clear necessary.  After a cup of my favorite java (Kenya AA),  my morning routine  got under way with a check my news sources.  After running through my standard linked super heavy weight news links (Huff Post, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, The, Reuters, and yes,,, I noticed a partially hidden headline from the pages of The Examiner.  The headline led me to an article by Robby Sobel, writer for The Orlando Liberal Examiner, with the following headline:

Did Rick Santorum call President Obama the N-word? 


Monday, March 12, 2012

The Daily GOP Ignominious

Wilson (R) North Carolina
Rep. Walter B. Jones (R-NC) 
Does the insanity and ignorance never end? OK, so it never ends, but is isn't it absolutely crazy how the stuff flows with every passing day.

Walter B. Jones of North Carolina has introduced a bill to pave the way for impeachment of President Obama related to war powers.

Stephen B. Webster of The Raw Story
“When you talk about war, political parties don’t matter,” he told The New York Times last year. 
While not directly calling for impeachment, the bill would declare “that it is the sense of Congress that, except in response to an actual or imminent attack against the territory of the United States, the use of offensive military force by a president without prior and clear authorization of an act of Congress violates Congress’s exclusive power to declare war… and therefore constitutes an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor under Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution.” 
In other words, the bill would, in effect, serve as a trigger mechanism for impeachment proceedings.
Webster's article places Jones' wasteful and misguided efforts squarely in perspective.
Following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Congress handed President George W. Bush blanket authority to make war, and the battlefield has since been classified as anywhere in the world, even on U.S. soil. Both the Afghan and Iraq wars were launched under this authority, and President Obama continues to claim the same executive power to carry on theaters of conflict in other regions. 
Similarly, Congress committed the U.S. to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in 1949. Following the 9/11 attacks, troops were deployed under NATO authority following a United Nations resolution which declared the late Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein to be in breach of the U.N.’s terms. Congress did not specifically authorize those invasions, but Republicans were adamantly supportive of the president.
It is a true shame people such as the Representative from North Carolina does not spend his time, effort and legislative authority on jobs, or on improving the US economy.   But, we are talking about the GOP here!

Santorum (How seriously silly is this?)
Huffington Post-Politics : "TelePrompters should be Illegal"


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Daily GOP Ignominious

How about the latest from the State of Indiana?

Girl Scouts?  Really?

A Republican  representative from Indiana has launched the latest ignominious comments from the former Grand Ol Party.   A few sentences from an article in  the (Fort website, will make my point.

 .....Fort Wayne lawmaker's rant against the Girl Scouts went viral Monday after he called them a "radicalized organization" that supports abortion and promotes "homosexual lifestyles."

.....Morris said he did some Web-based research and found allegations that the Girl Scouts are a tactical arm of Planned Parenthood, that they allow transgender females to join, "just like any real girl," and encourage sex. 


Sunday, January 22, 2012

Southern Strategy and Gingrich: Win in South Carolina!

Illustration source reveal at end of this article

A headline capture from a Facebook feed.

BREAKING: Mitt Romney loses the South Carolina primary after enjoying a nearly 20-point lead over Newt Gingrich in the state.

I am amazed there is even a story a circumscribed premise the headline sentence.  Did we witness a candidate win a primary in the heart of the GOP South?  Did we not hear the audacious Juan Williams (A black man) 'dare' bring-up matters on Gingrich's  'southern strategy' at one of this week's debates?  Did we not  have John, CNN, King, throw Gingrich a softball question that even I could have hit a 'grand-slam' base clearing home run?  I mean really to start a debate with a question about a GOP candidate's promiscuous past?   King really should hide his face in shame, but then what would one expect from a conservative CNN commentator. King knew exactly what he was doing and he accomplished his mission with the skill of an agenda driven conservative. And, he did so in a superior manner than any of the 'bobbing-heads' evening show personalities over at Fox News.

So, two conservative members of the media provide a 'rhetoric' platform for Gingrich who is clearly playing the race card in a region of the country where it, unfortunately, still works.  Alas, the "southern strategy" lives! IT'S ALIVE! Alive as surely as did Dr. Frankenstein bring his monster to life (only to be eventually killed by his subject).

The "southern strategy," how did it come about?  A brief probe revealed it roots in the Nixon quest for the Oval Office, through Reagan's capture of 1980s federal governance to the Karl Rovian success with George W. Bush.  As you read the last sentence did you notice anything that made you wonder a bit about the ultimate outcome of the "southern strategy"?

During the heated confrontations over the Civil Rights and Voting rights Acts, the dismantling of Jim Crowe and the after of LBJ's Great Society, people such as Harry S. Dent, Sr. leveraged regional resentment and hatred into a formidable (regionalpolitical force.  

George Tames/The New York Times
Harry Dent in 1969 with President Richard M. Nixon, back turned, and Representative George Bush.
Harry S. Dent was to Richard Nixon what Lee Atwater become for Ronald Reagan.  Both men are the "Fathers of the "Southern  Strategy": A political force comparable to some aspects of Hitlerian strategies for Germany in the mid to late 1930s. 

The "political force" lives today. The 2012 GOP campaign has shown a willingness of Santorum, Gingrich and a segment of Ron Paul's supporters (not Paul per se), to use the strategy. The problem is, 1968 was a Jurassic Era compared to today's availability of information, instant access to information,  and an ability to share said information.

While the 'southern strategy' may have roots that pre-date Lee Atwater's "coming to Washington D.C.," those roots withered to almost nil until Atwater resuscitated its vile and deceitful tenets.

A bit of history on Mr. Atwater from WIKI....

(Many links are for point of reference. The theme of this piece can be gleaned without clicking each link. But, you understanding of the southern strategy could be enhanced view taking the time to "link-up".)


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

GOP Debate # 16: Down to Five Stooges

No comment about the affect of this photo, but I must direct you to the shoes.

As I watched as much of the debate as I could stomach last evening, two things came to mind. 

First, I watched the GOP Debate far longer than any previous GOP Debate.  I suspect that is because it was more palatable then most previous debates.  The inimitable Herman Cain is gone along with his bombastic and sickeningly minstrel aura. Also, the zany Michelle Bachmann is no longer on the debate stage; Fact-checking will grow spider webs unfortunately.  I should also mention Huntsmann is gone and while I miss his civility and presidential aura, I still find he reminds me of a major Obama blunder: reaching across the isle for centrism.

Second, The debates are actually starting to appear as true debates. 

Before I move to the central theme of this piece, Juan Williams and his softball opportunity for Gingrich to hit a home-run standing ovation, I want to touch on a couple of debate items.  

  • Is Mitt Romney so comfortable in his lead or naive that he could not see that Santorum was leading him to a 'catfish on a hook' related to felony offenders and voting rights.  The issue is so out of touch with anything relevant in society, a high school debater could have foreseen the trap. The questioning was so topically trite, I twice reached for the remote; The Cartoon Channel was offering a much more interesting show.  Yet, I hung-in and low and behold Romney the 'vulture-capitalist;' bit on the hook.  Question, If an offender serves his/her time and is granted a parole, I personally see no harm in allowing the voting privilege.  But, I am glad that I did not change channels and was able to view the classic, "gotcha".  Now, how about Romney dealing with Putin, or Ahmadinejad?

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Constitution, God and Bigotry

Separation of church and state is doctrine written into the First Amendment of the US Constitution.  The precautionary doctrine in the Constitution speaks  volumes about the dangers of religion as it relates to the governance of people. The "Crafters" of the Constitution were wise in many ways and equally selfish and self perpetuating in other ways.  While I refuse to refer to the men as "Founding Father", our Constitution  recognizes the downsides of interlacing religion with governance.  They seem to have recognized both the failings of religion and the non-governing benefits of a person's beliefs in a higher spiritual order. R.P. Nettelhorst Wrote an interesting article abut the 'Crafters' of the Constitution and existential concerns about religion. 

 A 'higher spiritual order' existentially connects to foibles in people that place the factual basis for government in a 'polar opposite' realm.  


Saturday, December 31, 2011

Ed Schultz, Santorum; The point?

Yes, I sat last Thursday and watched the '24/7 coverage hungry' MSNBC Host, Ed Schultz, as he sat through a Rick Santorum Town-Hall meeting and a posting meeting interview. 

The need to break-away from MSNBC's solely Left leaning political coverage is real, but I wonder about the relevance of Schultz's segment. Do Progressives need re-enforcement regarding our political preference? Are conservatives going to spend even one minute watching the Ed Show. If there are conservative watching his show, they are the ones who consistently vote 5% on his daily cell surveys, or they are watching as a monitoring entity.  The state of mind of any conservative Ed Schultz interviewed (in the segments below) has about as much relevance to me as listening to Dick Cheney speak about national defense or integrity in US Politics. These are the very same people who elected G. W. Bush and Dick Cheney. But, I suppose even MSNBC has to capitalize on the 'hot items' in the-political realm, so "I get it".


Friday, December 16, 2011

GOP Debate #17: "It CONTINUES!"

The last 2011 Republican Presidential debate ended last evening with the rising smoke of a heated battle.  The debate was more substantive then many (and there have been many) previous debates. That said, previous debates were close to bottom-dwelling events of no real substance.  Of the 16 to 17 debates in 2011, the most memorable moments were: boos, 'cat-calls, jingoist applause and damning statements about the less fortunate.  Well I have to admit that Perry's major lapse regarding a target government agency (EPA) stands tall in my mind. Of ghosts past, Herman Cain's "nine,nine, nine."

The obvious conscience strategy for the debate was a focus on President Obama.  In between a few heated confrontations between Bachmann and Gingrich, Paul and Bachmann and Romney "tippy toe' attacks on Gingrich, most candidates took a perfunctory  swing at Obama.

The three (3) minute Huff Post Highlight video provides a humorous (not intended to be funny) look at the debate.

Friday, December 9, 2011

The Nasty Mr. Santorum

Cross posted from

Here’s Mr. Family Values guy talking about what he’d do with illegal immigrants and their families.