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April 29, 2016 7:13 AM

April 29, 2016 6:59 AM

During a Wednesday evening speaking gig at Stanford University…former Speaker of the House [John Boehner] absolutely ripped into his ex-nemesis Ted Cruz, likening him to Satan…. “I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life,” he said, according to The Stanford Daily. “The Bible says beware of false prophets. And there are people out there, you know, spreading noise about how much can get done. I mean this whole notion that we’re going to shut down the government to get rid of Obamacare in 2013—this plan never had a chance,” Boehner said. At a Republican fundraiser that same year, Boehner reportedly referred to Cruz as “jackass.”

It’s astonishing that a man almost universally regarded with disdain and revulsion by his colleagues and so clearly objectionable, dogmatic, and thoroughly self-absorbed is one of three remaining candidates for the GOP Presidential nomination. How could someone that John Boehner, normally (at least publicly) someone who errs on the side of diplomacy, calls “a miserable son of a bitch” be running such a strong campaign? How can someone so undeniably unlikable, smarmy, and hyper-religious be seriously considered a possible GOP nominee? How is it that a Senator in the clutches of a Messiah complex and possessed of undeniably sociopathic tendencies is even able to sniff the possibility of sitting behind the big desk in the Oval Office? Somehow he’s managed to garner the support of something in the neighborhood of 1/3 of GOP primary voters. Are Republicans really so undemanding…or are they truly happy to find someone so inflexibly hyper-religious? Could it be that White Christian America really is just that hateful, intolerant, and afraid of those not like themselves?

To mention Cruz in the same breath as Satan hardly seems a stretch when you consider some of his positions and tactics. From virtually the moment he set foot on Capitol Hill, Cruz has- perhaps deliberately, perhaps not- alienated virtually every sentient being even tangentially associated with Congress. He seems to specialize in burning bridges, double-dealing, and placing his own self-interest above any and all other considerations. His dishonesty and utter lack of integrity are breathtaking.

I suppose you can do that sort of thing when your father and wife are convinced- and have convinced you- that you’re The Chosen One ©, the one person who can turn America back onto the path of godliness and righteousness. That you’re promising to bomb the Middle East to find out if sand glows as part of that process seems but a mere quirk that serves only to humanize you, no?

Cruz may claim to be a man of God and a true Christian, but when a former Speaker of the House openly refers to him as “Lucifer in the flesh,” it might be a clue for Republican voters to look at him a bit more critically…something which has yet to occur. To characterize Cruz as a “false prophet” doesn’t begin to do justice to a man who ultimately worships nothing more than himself and his own self-interest. I’m not certain even God would claim him as His own. Not that such a thing would stop him from claiming the imprimatur of the Almighty, of course. That’s the sort of thing one does when the Prime Directive revolves around the pursuit of power and control by whatever means necessary. Being an almost universally despised (barely) human being just adds to the challenge.

April 29, 2016 6:37 AM

April 29, 2016 6:29 AM

Have you all signed up to help the American Family Association boycott Target? It’s the hottest thing right now! Over 500,000 people have signed a pledge saying that, due to how Target says it is okay for people to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity, they will never ever darken the doors of a Target, not never again! (As if they were not already redneck Walmart loyalists who think Target is for liberals.) And as is the case with these sorts of things, wingnuts are out in public saying hilariously stupid things about it.

Sometimes stupid people say and/or do stupid things for stupid reason. Sometimes hateful people say and/or do hateful things for hateful reasons. Sometimes those people are one and the same. Sometimes those people have gigs as talking heads on Fox News Channel (FNC), where they’re paid handsomely to spew their particular brand of stupid and hateful to brain-dead acolytes eagerly awaiting instructions on whom they must hate and fear. In the case of Dr. Keith Ablow, we should probably be beyond frightened that this intellectual/moral misfit is telling people he’s a doctor, a certified mental health professional (who is himself certifiable). I’m not certain I’d be comfortable with him prescribing Band-Aids…much less helping people figure out why they’re so messed up.

Ablow is the sort of doctor who, if he was a family practitioner, would be bleeding people with leeches and practicing phrenology. He’d be treating cancer by cutting off limbs. If he was a mental health professional, he’d be telling patients to get over themselves and stop sniveling.

Oh, wait…Ablow IS (allegedly) a mental health professional. Be afraid. Be VERY afraid.

The moral of the story: Even someone with an M.D. behind their name can be a Grade A, world class moron.

April 29, 2016 5:46 AM

April 29, 2016 5:38 AM

A preacher in Alabama wants you to know that sex will kill your brain cells, make you homeless and was brought by God as a means of punishing people, so you really shouldn’t be enjoying it as much as you do. Many right-wing religious have deep and profound problems with sex. They want to regulate when you can have it, how you can have it and who you can have it with…. “Sex has never been ordained by God,” he says sitting behind two phallic lighthouses. “In fact, it was the first sin, Adam and Eve and the serpent. And you see what happened to the serpent on that. But, like I say, sex is the problem. If you don’t mention sex, two men or two women can live together, share a place, have a place, and one can leave whatever she got, and they can have a ‘merge partner,’ they call it.”…. “I say this to the young people: Sex is a very dangerous thing. As dangerous as can be. As dangerous as cocaine or anything else. If you start, say as a young person, and get hooked on that, and it’ll paralyze your mind where you won’t learn very well like you ought to, most time. And it’s gonna create all kinda problems.”

The ways in which Conservative Christians seek to control our lives never seem to end. It’s almost as if they’re so concerned with what others might be doing that they fail to exercise even the barest minimum of self-awareness. In this case, if Rev. Bubba T. Justus could dial it back just a wee bit, he might just recognize how thoroughly absurd his anti-sex diatribe truly is. To say that “[s]ex has never been ordained by God” is laughable. I get that Rev. Bubba may have some serious hangups when it comes to sex, but that’s his challenge- not something that emanates from the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Some folks simply can’t handle the thought that others may be getting far more nookie than they could ever hope to…and I’m guessing Rev. Bubba last got laid during the Reagan Administration. (The good new is that he apparently isn’t breeding.)

That said, spreading fear and loathing of sex is to be selling repression and denial of a very basic human need, not to mention something that can be a helluva lot of fun. Asceticism may be how Rev. Bubba feels he can demonstrate how uber-Jesus-y he truly is, but it’s not a great marketing ploy.

April 29, 2016 5:22 AM

April 29, 2016 5:06 AM

April 28, 2016 4:59 AM

On December 19, 1998, the House of Representatives impeached Bill Clinton on two charges related to his extramarital affair with Monica Lewinsky. (The charges were for perjury and obstruction of justice.) The historic vote, and subsequent trial in the Senate, involved the work of three men who were elected Speaker of the House Of Representatives by the Republican majority, Newt Gingrich, Bob Livingston and Dennis Hastert. Almost 17 years later, with the federal indictment of Hastert for illegally concealing up to $3.5 million in hush-money, we finally have a more complete understanding of the men who led this effort.

Once upon a time, in a land not so very far away, three very powerful men, who also happened to be very Conservative Republicans, impeached a President for the “high crime and misdemeanor” of having an affair with an intern. While all three claimed the mantle of righteous moral outrage (How DARE the President sully his office by putting his johnson into an intern’s mouth??), it didn’t take long before two of three revealed their own “zipper issues.” The third would take a fair bit longer, but his indiscretions would turn out to be actual crimes- you know, the kind you go to prison for. All three hated William Jefferson Clinton Just. That. Much. Like many other Conservative moralists on Capitol Hill in those days, they were willing to do literally anything to embarrass and shame him and drive him from office.

The hypocrisy, the double standards, the two-faced moralizing, and the dishonesty behind the effort to impeach President Clinton was in their minds a case of the ends justifying the means- if they reflected upon it at all. They hated the President and considered him an embarrassment- and besides, they weren’t the ones whose semen was found on Monica Lewinsky’s blue dress.

Yesterday, the last legal domino fell, and we were reminded all over again that the real moral reprobates were in Congress, not the White House.

April 28, 2016 4:41 AM

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