News Roundup for 7/9/09

Steve King
Rep. Steve King (JACKASS-IA)

-Headline of the day-
"Steve King: I Opposed 'Yet Another Bill' To Commemorate Slavery, In Order To Protect Judeo-Christian Heritage."

What a load this guy is. Yesterday, the House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution to include a plaque at the Capitol Vistors' Center (CVC) acknowledging that the capitol building had been built by slaves.

Wait, did I say "unanimously?" It would've been, if it hadn't been for Iowa Rep. Steve King. The bill passed 399-1. His reasoning? It'll make the baby Jesus cry.

"Last night I opposed yet another bill to erect another monument to slavery because it was used as a bargaining chip to allow for the actual depiction of 'In God We Trust' in the CVC," he said in a statement. "The Architect of the Capitol and liberal activists opposed every reference to America's Christian heritage, even to the extent of scrubbing 'In God We Trust' from the depiction of the actual Speaker's chair in the U.S. House of Representatives."

What the hell any of this has to do with slavery is anyone's guess. But King says the bill's "just the latest example of a several year effort by liberals in Congress to scrub references to America's Christian heritage from our nation's Capitol."

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee national press secretary Ryan Rudominer basically said that King is just insane. "This is the latest in a long line of erratic behavior from King that has made him an embarrassment to Iowans and to the Republican Party," he said. That "erratic behavior" is better described as out-and-out racism. Seriously, the guy's more of a xenophobe than Lou Dobbs and Tom Tancredo put together. Even Michele Bachmann was lunatic enough to oppose this.

After seeing that his weird religious defense wasn't flying anywhere -- even on the right -- King tried to spin it away with bullshit. "[O]f the 645,000 Africans that were brought here to be forcibly put into slavery in the United States, there were over 600,000 people that gave their lives in the Civil War to put an end to slavery," he told Radio Iowa. "And I don't see the monument to that in the Congressional Visitor Center, and I think it's important that we have a balanced depiction of history."

A couple of points here; one, the CVC display is about the damned building -- which slaves actually built. Two, you can't turn around in Washington DC without banging into some Civil War memorial. Seriously Steve, I think that period in history is pretty well covered.

Allow me a moment to speak directly to the people of Steve King's Iowa district -- Sioux City and Council Bluffs, I'm talking to you -- what the fuck is wrong with you people? (Talking Points Memo)

-It's all Obama's fault-
One of the more wingnutty blogs out there, Atlas Shrugs, says Sarah Palin resigned because Barack Obama sucks so much. "My take? If Palin is anything like I think she is (know she is), Obama's treasonous presidency is responsible for this," writes blogger Pam Geller. "She, like all patriotic Americans, is shocked by what is happening. Obama is destroying this country. She knows it. We all know it. We need a leader. She is answering our call."

Freakin' commie! Palin was forced to quit, so she could go out and fight Obama. Grrr! Teabags forever! w00t!

And here's the thing, Sarah Palin says exactly the same thing!

Well, not "exactly" -- in that she's not saying that she has to find a phonebooth so she can fight Lexx Obama over the streets of Metropolis. What Sarah's saying is that she had to resign because Barack Obama chased her out of the governor's mansion with an ax -- or something like that. In any case, Team Palin says that, far from fighting the Socialist Menace, they had to take off running from it. That kind of takes a lot of the heroism out it, doesn't it?

"[O]ne of the most interesting aspects of the story is how vehemently the Palin camp blames Barack Obama..." says Jay Newton-Small, who interviewed Palin for TIME. "That's the way they think about it: that these Alaskans filing ethics complaints have been hoodwinked by Obama operatives into wasting the Alaskan government's time and resources."

So here's the score: Commies-1, "All Patriotic Americans"-0. I'd advise panic. (Crooks and Liars, Political Wire)

-About those ethics complaints-
When Palin announced she was resigning, she listed as a key reason the cost of all those ethics complaints filed by those commie Obama stooges. "The state has wasted thousands of hours of your time and shelled out some two million of your dollars to respond to 'opposition research' -- that's money not going to fund teachers or troopers or safer roads.." she said.

Turns out that's a bunch of hooey. According to the report, "[T]he governor's own office conceded yesterday that money used to respond to the ethics charges are part of fixed costs that would have gone to the same lawyers, whether the charges were filed or not. The funds wouldn't have gone to schools, police, or transportation, as Palin claimed."

So I guess she was just lying.

I blame Obama's mind control ray. It made her lie. (Political Animal)

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