Giuliani Proves That Patriotism Truly Is the Last Refuge of Draft-Dodging, Adulterous Scoundrels

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Samuel Johnson said it 240 years ago: “Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.” Rudolph Giuliani proved it last week at a fundraiser in New York for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker when he exhumed commie-baiter Sen. Joe McCarthy by asserting that while he and Republican fatcats like himself were America-loving patriots, Pres. Obama and his family were not.

“I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say,” Giuliani said, “but I do not believe that the president loves America. He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country.”

In the media frenzy that ensued, Giuliani — who spent $50 million campaigning for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008 only to win just one (1) delegate to the Republican convention — embarked on a victory lap of right-wing media outlets during which he doubled down on his petty spitefulness.

That seemed to come to a halt yesterday when he issued a banal non-apology, which included this delicious tautology: “My bluntness overshadowed my message.” Bluntness was his message. After all, when you’re accusing the president of being anti-American, why be polite?

Obama’s Job Approval Surges in California As Optimism Rises among Democrats
Marine One lands at the Sand Hill Field landing zone in San Francisco, California, after President Barack Obama returned from the Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection Summit in Palo Alto, Feb. 13, 2015. The Golden Gate Bridge is in the background. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Marine One lands at the Sand Hill Field landing zone in San Francisco, California, after President Barack Obama returned from the Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection Summit in Palo Alto, Feb. 13, 2015. The Golden Gate Bridge is in the background. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

A Field Poll of California voters out this week [PDF] found Pres. Obama’s job approval rating has rebounded in the state to 57 percent — up 12 percentage points from five months ago when his approval rating was 45 percent.

By party affiliation, the president’s job approval rating was 84 percent among Democrats, 54 percent among independents and 18 percent among Republicans. Overall, just 36 percent said they disapproved of the president’s job performance.

Analysis by Field pollsters suggests that approval of the president’s handling of the economy and optimism about the overall direction of the country among California Democrats is behind the surge in Obama’s polling:

Like ISIS, US Christian Extremists Advocate Killing Gays – But ISIS Is Actually Doing It
ISIS executes a gay man by pushing him off  of a rooftop

ISIS executes a gay man by pushing him off of a rooftop

While ISIS has been barraging the world media with horrific images — burning a Jordanian pilot alive and beheading journalists, aid workers and, most recently, 21 Egyptian Christians — it has also been executing gay men by hurling them to their deaths off of rooftops and other high places. Two men were also reportedly crucified for being gay.

ISIS appears to be handling these two kinds of public murders differently. It seeks international publicity for hostage executions because they seek to stoke outrage, fear and horror in order to lure the civilized world into an Armaggedon-like conflagration in the Middle East. The executions of gay men are handled with less fanfare because they have a different purpose — based on the their interpretation of the Koran, ISIS is murdering these men in order to carry out God’s judgment for the sin of homosexuality.

Most Americans view this sort of barbarism toward gays with detachment — it’s a faraway Muslim death cult acting out its extremist views. In fact, on the issue of homosexuality, ISIS is aligned with Christian extremists right here in the United States, many of whom also interpret God’s law as calling for the execution of gays.

There is a key difference, of course. While Christianists advocate killing gays, ISIS is actually doing it.

Terrible Deeds: Thousand of People Have Been Burned Alive in Christ’s Name
Templar Knights leader Jacques de Molay being led to the stake where he will be burned alive

Knights Templar leader Jacques de Molay being led to the stake where he will be burned alive

The right wing’s anti-Obama outrage-du-jour comes in reaction to the president’s comment at the National Prayer Breakfast yesterday about the excesses of religious extremism:

You’re More Likely to be Killed by a Gun than a Car

The good news is cars and driving are getting safer, thanks to better construction, a trend away from younger drivers, and maybe even because of harsher penalties for things like texting while driving or not wearing a seatbelt.

The bad news is you’re more likely to take a bullet, especially if you’re under 25.

How to Improve Your LDS-dar, In One Easy Lesson
Is Mainstream Media Hiding Mormon Behavior Because of Mitt?
A photo of the Strack family, whose parents and three youngest members were recently deceased. The photo was published in the Deseret News.

A photo of the Strack family, whose parents and three youngest members were recently deceased. The photo was published in the Deseret News.

Mitt Romney’s thinking of running for president again. That means it’s time for the mainstream media to sweep the truth about how zingy Mormonism is under the rug.

Here’s how you know “legitimate journalists” are talking about Mormons.

Hank Green Says It’s Not OK for the Mainstream Media to Snipe at YouTube Stars
But the Reason Isn't What You Expect -- He Even Calls Out Jon Stewart
Bethany Mota's post-interview selfie

Bethany Mota’s post-interview selfie

If you missed it in the post-game coverage of the recent State of the Union speech, Pres. Obama broke new ground beyond perfecting presidential ad libs. He also agreed to one-on-one interviews with three YouTube stars, and one of them, Hank Green, isn’t happy with the way the “legacy” press corps treated the endeavor. Green’s article, posted on Medium, is titled “Holy Shit, I Interviewed the President.” It might have been better named, “Holy Shit, the Mainstream Media is Killing Democracy.”

Green: How does a democracy function with no credible system for informing its citizens?

CNN intro’d and outro’d every segment with Glozell [Green] in a bathtub full of cereal, as did ABC’s morning show…Even new media companies like Vice were dismissive:

“Think of it as a teeny-bopper AMA…The interviewers will be GloZell Green, who’s perhaps best known for sitting in a tub full of cereal; a 19-year-old who gives beauty advice named Bethany Mota; and Hank Green, a notorious YouTube ranter whose brother wrote The Fault in Our Stars.”

Obama Adds New Words to SOTU Lexicon

obama_1400-740x493Ben Smith of Northeastern University analyzed the language of President Obama’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night against every SOTU since 1790 and found Obama introduced a number of words never before used in the address. The list includes:

Now It’s Clear Why Tea Partyers Don’t Like Boehner

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He’s darker skinned than Pres. Obama. But seriously, if you missed the president’s State of the Union Speech last night, check out Matthew Iglesia’s take over at Vox.

The Curse of the SOTU Response

The Bobby Jindal slow-motion train wreck.

The Bobby Jindal slow-motion train wreck.

First Read suggests having pity on Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) for being picked to give the GOP response to President Obama’s State of the Union address. Why? Because of the curse of the State of the Union responders. Here are the last eight:

2007: Jim Webb (out of politics, although he’s making a quixotic presidential bid)

2008: Kathleen Sebelius (Obamacare rollout!)

2009: Bobby Jindal (uncomfortably awkward intro, his star has fallen)

2010: Bob McDonnell (felony conviction)

2011: Paul Ryan (losing VP nominee, though he’s still a top GOP voice)

2012: Mitch Daniels (out of politics)

2013: Marco Rubio (the great water incident, incident, maybe running for the White House)

2014: Cathy McMorris Rodgers (safe – so far)

Enumerati

  • 54%

    Of Republicans said that “Muslim” best described what President Obama “believes deep down,” according to Alex Theodoridis, writing in the Washington Post. Thirty percent of Republicans answered the way Gov. Scott Walker did, by selecting “I don’t know.” Only 9% selected “Christian” to describe what Obama likely believes. Interestingly, only 45% of Democrats chose “Christian,” while 17% said “spiritual,” 10% said “Muslim,” and 26% said they didn’t know.

  • 25%

    Gov. Scott Walker’s lead in Iowa of the 2016 Republican presidential pack — twice as high as his nearest rival, according to a new Quinnipiac poll. There is a horse race for second place, with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) at 13%, Ben Carson at 11%, Mike Huckabee at 11% and Jeb Bush at 10%. No other candidate is above 5% and 9% are undecided. Key finding: “Tea Party supporters make up 32% of likely caucus-goers and Walker gets 33% of that Tea Party vote.”

  • 25%

    Margin by which Scott Walker leads the Republican presidential field, followed by Ben Carson at 18%, Jeb Bush at 17% and Mike Huckabee at 10%, according to a new Public Policy Polling national survey. No other potential candidate gets more than 5% of the vote.

  • 46% to 40%

    Margin by which Hillary Clinton leads Jeb Bush in a possible presidential match up, according to a new Elon Poll in North Carolina.

  • 165

    Number of days Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), “who is flirting with a presidential run, spent in places other than Louisiana in 2014. “In 2013, he was gone about 74 days,” the Baton Rouge Advocate reports. “Only one of those trips seems to have been for official state business — an economic development foray to Asia.”

Poetic Justice

Here’s one from the archives:

Lord, save us from the Islamists,
And while you’re at it, the Christianists.
And save us from the Jews
And the holy rollers, too,
For we are humble zealot-fearing atheists, Amen.

Verbatim

  • If you have cancer, which I believe is a fungus, and we can put a pic line into your body and we’re flushing with, say, salt water, sodium cardonate, through that line and flushing out the fungus. These are some procedures that are not FDA-approved in America that are very inexpensive, cost-effective

    — Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore (R), who wants to ease health care rules because she has friends who left the country to find end-of-life treatments, Jon Ralston reports.

  • I would think, as we approach the 50th anniversary of Selma, that Republicans should be more sensitive about what they’re doing to this woman.

    — Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), quoted by Bloomberg, on the stalled nomination of Loretta Lynch as Attorney General.

  • I’m still trying to decipher if this is God’s calling. You’ve got to be crazy to want to be president of the United States. You’ve got to be crazy. To look at what it does to a person and a family, you’ve got to be crazy. But you should only do it if you feel that God’s called you to get in there and make a difference.


    — Gov. Scott Walker (R), quoted by the Wall Street Journal.

  • Every single day Joe Biden says something that would end my career if I said it once.

    — Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), quoted by NH Journal.

  • We’ve had presidents in the past who have abused power. But when that has happened: When Richard Nixon abused power, Republican senators stood up to him and said, ‘Mr. President, you’ve gone too far.’ In fact, it was Republican senators who went to the Oval Office, … and said, ‘Mr. President, it’s time for you to resign.’ What is strikingly missing are Democratic senators who have more commitment to the Constitution and rule of law than they do to their party.

    — Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), quoted by Business Insider.

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