As Americans, we not only need to open our hearts to the families of the victims, we’ve got to stand united against this kind of terrible violence, which has no place in our society. We have to keep coming together, across faiths to combat the ignorance and the intolerance, including anti-Semitism that can lead to hate groups and violence because we are all children of God.
Delegate Robert G. Marshall has said that disabled children can be God’s vengeance against women who have had abortions. He has described incest as sometimes voluntary, and he has questioned the sexuality of a Supreme Court justice who has favored marriage equality.
But unlike W. Todd Akin, whose offhanded reference to “legitimate rape” cost the GOP a winnable Senate seat from Missouri in 2012, Mr. Marshall is unbowed over his history of controversial rhetoric as he seeks a seat in Congress representing Northern Virginia.
“I don’t care. I mean, if I say something in public, I say it in public,” Mr. Marshall said Thursday.
Stories to Watch: 4/4/14
A former colonel and Medal of Honor winner points out the obvious — if every one’s armed during a mass shooting like the one that occurred at Fort Hood, that’s a bad thing, not a good thing. “The situation that existed at Fort Hood the other day, in a circumstance in which everybody has weapons, could very easily result and probably would have resulted in an enormous mass fratricide, and you would have this all the time,” Col. Jack Jacobs told a gun lobby tool on MSNBC. “Arming everybody in a civilian situation like at Fort Hood would result in a terrible, terrible tragedy, larger than this one.” The shorter version: when bullets are flying, more gunfire does not make the situation safer. Duh.
Good news for cable news talking heads who love pulling stuff out of their butts: the motive of the Fort Worth shooter may never be known — they may be able to engage in baseless speculation forever. I know, it was violent video games!
Eric Cantor talks about jobless benefits and gives no indication that he has any clue as to what the benefits are even for. Seriously, if you didn’t know he was bullshitting, you’d naturally assume he was just stupid.
Meanwhile, the perpetually buffoonish Rep. Louie Gohmert stuns the world by saying something both lucid and rational.
If there’s a silver lining to the Republican War on Voting, it’s that the GOP is all but admitting that their base is drifting off into demographic oblivion and they have absolutely no confidence of being able to win future elections fair and square. Unless Republicans change their positions to become more relevant, voter suppression efforts are pretty much that party’s death throes.
Paul Ryan admits that Republicans can’t come up with anything as good as Obamacare.
Finally, despite the best efforts of God-fearing Republicans to preserve inequality and discrimination, Ohio may be the next state to fall under the Iron Boot of the Homosexual Menace. Courage.
[cartoon via McClatchy Newspapers]
Stories to Watch: 4/3/14
Ted Cruz likes to brag about that one time he won a lawsuit to keep “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. Needless to say, it’s bullshit.
I didn’t think it was possible, but Florida gun laws are about to get even weaker, stupider, and softer on crime.
It’s too early — not to mention unfair — to fault PTSD with the Fort Hood shooting.
However, if you watch Fox News, then you know the real cause: that veterans are “ticking time bombs” because of immigration and welfare. I have no words…
Mississippi’s GOP governor signs a lbill into law that would basically be a license to discriminate against gays and lesbians. The law is completely unconstitutional and will have the lifespan of a fruitfly in court. I love how Republicans claim to be the only ones who truly understand the Constitution — while pulling authoritarian and discriminatory crap like this.
Speaking of people who love them some discrimination: Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich resigns after his support for California’s unconstitutional Prop. 8 discrimination law became public. Mozilla is the designer of the popular Firefox browser. You’d think people in the innovation business would be a bit more forward-looking.
Arctic sea ice was the fifth-smallest coverage of the seas in 2014.
David Letterman announced during taping of tonight’s show that he plans to retire in 2015. He’ll leave The Late Show as the longest running late night talk show host in American history.
Finally, bison aren’t fleeing Yellowstone to escape a looming and massive volcanic eruption there. But hey, if you really want to worry about a disaster of humanity-threatening proportions, we’ve already got one. It’s called climate change.
[cartoon via Truthdig]
In a more just world, the smear-happy prick would be sued on a daily basis until he was just another indigent street corner babbler.