No Sense in Nonsense

June 5, 2013

(Illustration found here).

In the midst of mid-week and the crisis of life is far from ending — beyond America’s past, pastime being full of shit, especially if our First Lady scolds a heckler, or White House workers using ‘secret’ e-mail accounts,  and Chrysler refuses to recall some Jeeps just because there’s a possibility of people being burned alive.
And the GOP should be up in total-whacked-arms about a New York high school’s “cutest couple” yearbook selection, but then again, Republicans are such a fevered, hateful lot that it’s really hard to pinpoint where their next bullshit-alarm will go clamoring.

Of course, Republicans don’t need much to completely bullshit themselves.
Via Firedoglake:

The other day “Teen Beat on the Hudson“ reported that a group of “young Republican Activists” unleashed a study demonstrating that the GOP needs to get over their bigotry so they can move on to the important task of grinding the poor into a fine paste.

And a big reason is this: The “outrageous statements made by errant Republican voices.”

And these ‘outrageous statements‘ comes from all of the GOP’s three-cornered places, i.e., Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on why US schools are in such bad shape:

“I’m going to get in trouble. You want me to tell the truth?
Should I tell you the truth?
I think when both parents started working. When the mom’s in the workplace – it’s not a bad thing, I’m going to get in trouble, I can see the e-mails tomorrow – but now both parents are working, they’re pursuing their careers, it’s great,” Bryant said.

Yep, it’s the working moms — Pew Research recently reported in a survey that 40 percent of American households now have the female as the principal bread winner, and oddly, Pew also revealed: Curiously, 79 percent rejected the idea that women should return to their “traditional roles.”
And, of course, Bryant is a Republican, which his question above should read, ‘Can I tell you the truth?

Last night on her show, Rachel Maddow pondered the small-stretch that the GOP is in total love with nonsense.
Via Raw Story:

Conservatives have long searched for a “smoking gun” that would take down President Barack Obama, she said.
Their latest “smoking gun” was the claim the IRS commissioner visited the White House more than 150 times.
“This is what your uncle who has been watching Fox News all day has been screaming at the television recently,” Maddow remarked.
“This is what he’s on about.”
But it turns out the commissioner visited the White House only eleven times — at the most.
However, conservatives have still gone on claiming that the commissioner was at the White House an unusual number of times.
“Fox News has now reacted to the story being debunked by continuing to lead with it as a smoking gun story,” Maddow said.
“They have decided this is just too good of a story to give up on just because it’s not true.”
The situation wasn’t much better for conservative lawmakers.
She noted that House Republicans had scheduled two votes to defund the non-existent group ACORN and have futilely attempted to repeal Obamacare 37 times.
Maddow concluded Republicans were no longer interested in policy.
They were only interested in messaging and fundraising.
Faced with the real problem of student loan rates, Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) inexplicably blamed Obamacare.
“The Republican Party has a nonsense problem when it comes to policy and it comes from the top,” Maddow explained.

Greg Sargent at the Washington Post says the situation is even worse than a GOP diarrhea mouth:

For instance, Dr. Sheldon Goldman, a professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts who focuses on judicial nominations, has developed what he calls an “Index of Obstruction and Delay” designed to measure levels of obstructionism.
In research that will be released in a July article he co-authored for Judicature Journal, he has calculated that the level of obstruction of Obama circuit court nominees during the last Congress was unprecedented.
Goldman calculates his Index of Obstruction and Delay by adding together the number of unconfirmed nominations, plus the number of nominations that took more than 180 days to confirm (not including nominations towards the end of a given Congress) and dividing that by the total number of nominations.
During the last Congress, Goldman calculates, the Index of Obstruction and Delay for Obama circuit court nominations was 0.9524.
“That’s the highest that’s ever been recorded,” he tells me.
“In this last Congress it approached total obstruction or delay.”

Total obstruction!

And during this week’s US Senate armed services committee hearings on military sexual assault, the horror of nonsense is made in clear, open daylight — the BBC‘s Katty Kay rants about assholes:

Gee whiz, there’s a hook-up culture in the US military, where hormones are running rampant and before you know it, these things happen.
Sew together the comments of a couple of elderly white men in positions of power (the US Senate and the Pentagon) and that’s the grossly misleading picture that emerges of sexual assault in the American armed forces.
US Senator Saxby Chambliss, the 69-year-old Republican from the US state of Georgia, is the latest person to utter absurdities about what is being correctly described as a “cancer in the US military”.
Here is what he said at the Senate armed services hearing today:

“The young folks who are coming into each of your services are anywhere from 17 to 22 or 23.
Gee whiz, the hormone level created by nature sets in place the possibility for these types of things to occur.”

I’m not sure what’s more offensive, the boys-will-be-boys “gee whiz”, or describing groping, rape and sexual assault as “these types of things”, or the idea that somehow hormones make this inevitable.
Now I confess I don’t have a hotline to the inner workings of Senator Chambliss’s brain, and maybe he didn’t mean to suggest that, but it certainly comes across that way.

Katty, the shithead is a Republican — what else needs to be said?

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