Today In Republican Derptitude

Actually, this happened yesterday:

Arizona state congressman (and national congressional candidate) Adam Kwasman intercepted a bus full of migrant children in Phoenix Tuesday, tweeting, “Bus coming in. This is not compassion. This is the abrogation of the rule of law.”

Or so he thought. Kwasman was caught short when Arizona Central reporter Brahm Resnik informed him the bus he lamented was actually full of YMCA campers, who another reporter said were “laughing and taking pictures of the media.”

“I was actually able to see some of the children in the buses. The fear on their faces…. This is not compassion,” Kwasman was telling the reporter when Resnik broke the news to him.

“You know that was a bus with YMCA kids?” Resnik asked.

“Well, they were sad too,” Kwasman said. A moment later, he conceded, “That was a mistake,” and deleted the tweet.

His opponent should run this clip from now till Election Day:

Putting The Right On Report

Nothing I could say on the matter of SGT Bergdahl’s return (and the lunacy of the howls of outrage from a right wing that just weeks earlier was praying for his return) would be better than what Chief Wright had to say, so I’ll point you to him:

“Nevertheless, Bergdahl has been condemned by the popular media, by social networks, by pundits and politicians, not because they know more about the situation than you or I do, but solely because they hate the president. If Obama was behind Bergdahl’s release, then Bergdahl is a traitor, Q.E.D. because the president must never, ever, be allowed even the slightest acknowledgement of patriotism. 

This condemnation isn’t about Bergdahl, it’s about Obama.

Please go read the whole thing – it’s as complete a dissection of the dishonest right wing as you’ll ever see.

Uncivil Defense

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Once again, the agency charged with protecting the president shows a (no longer) stunning lack of professionalism among some of its members:

Three Secret Service agents responsible for protecting President Obama in Amsterdam this week were sent home and put on administrative leave Sunday after going out for a night of drinking, according to three people familiar with the incident. One of the agents was found drunk and passed out in a hotel hallway, the people said.

The hotel staff alerted the U.S. Embassy in the Netherlands after finding the unconscious agent Sunday morning, a day before Obama arrived in the country, according to two of the people. The embassy then alerted Secret Service managers on the presidential trip, which included the agency’s director, Julia Pierson.

This, on the heels of the infamous Cartegena incident in 2012, raises some disturbing questions – questions that should be answered with all deliberate speed:

  • Why did these agents feel free to do this after rules were tightened after Cartegena specifically to prevent this behavior?
  • Is there a problem within the Counter Assault Team (not to mention within the Secret Service as a whole) with regards to this particular president?
  • What specific steps can be taken to insure that this never happens again?

This incident is damning, and should be of concern to everyone regardless of party.  We’ll see…

Risen Like A Phoenix. A Really, Really Stupid Phoenix.

Just when I’d sworn off reading anything concerning anybody with the last name Palin, here comes TBogg to draw me back in:

“When we last saw Sarah she was making announcements on her ShoutyFace page about making announcements on her ShoutyFace page about doin’ some heavy vettin’, some hard homeworkin’ , and being very discernmental about the folks she wants her fans to vote for,  if the good Lord is willin’ and the Hoverounds start up.

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But is that enough Sarah Palin for God’s Chosen Country?

Actually, it’s probably too much, but tough titties America, because Sarah Palin is going to get her own teevee network channel called Rogue TV and it will be in your cable box in your house and there is nothing you can do about it.”

The Boggster is in rare form as he theorizes about a channel lineup:

“And what kind of delightful programming  might we expect on this new addition to the other eight-hundred channels you never watch??

  • ‘America’s Top Meth Chefs’
  • ‘The Big Bang Theory Behind The Circle K’
  • ‘So You Think Bristol Can’t Dance, Well Screw You, She Does Just Fine, C’Mere Sweetie, Don’t Listen To Them’
  • ‘How I Met Your Mother’ hosted by Glen Rice
  • ‘Dr., Who Knocked My Daughter Up This Time?’

Something like that…”

Do yourself a favor and go read the whole thing – it’s as thorough a takedown of Grifterella as you’ll ever see.  Also, how sad is this:

 (TLC’s parent company, Discovery Communications, is an investor in Tapp.)

Idiocracy was a documentary, evidently…

D’ownfall

Looks like karma has caught up with 1% fluffer Dinesh D’Souza – AGAIN!:

Dinesh D’Souza, a conservative commentator and best-selling author, has been indicted by a federal grand jury for arranging excessive campaign contributions to a candidate for the U.S. Senate.

The candidate was Wendy Long, a Republican who sought to unseat Democratic incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand as New York’s junior senator in 2012, according to a person familiar with the case.

A lawyer for D’Souza said his actions were “at worst,” an act of misguided friendship.

D’Souza was charged in an indictment made public on Thursday with one count of making illegal contributions in the names of others and one count of causing false statements to be made.

The indictment said D’Souza directed individuals to contribute a total $20,000 to the campaign of an unnamed Senate candidate in 2012 and then reimbursed them for their contributions.

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Gillibrand, a 1988 Dartmouth graduate, ended up winning re-election to her first full term, collecting close to 72 percent of the vote.

In late 2012, D’Souza resigned his post as president of King’s College, a small Christian college in New York City, after admitting he had become engaged to a woman even though he was legally married, although separated from his wife. He has been an outspoken defender of traditional marriage.

This guy is like the Energizer bunny of stupid.  He just keeps going, and going, and going…and you have to love (and by love I mean despise) the lawyer’s attempt to pass this off:

Mr. D’Souza did not act with any corrupt or criminal intent whatsoever. He and the candidate have been friends since their college days, and at worst, this was an act of misguided friendship by D’Souza,” Brafman said.

So, he just happened, out of the goodness of his heart, to pay people to contribute to his candidate of choice, then repaid them for their contributions (thereby making himself the sole and illegal source of those contributions) in violation of campaign finance law, but he really didn’t mean it?  Besides the fact that “I didn’t mean it” stops working as an excuse for most sentient people in early childhood, this is just stupid.  I don’t think his pivot from “I didn’t mean it” to “I didn’t know it was against the law” is going to be particularly helpful.