News Roundup for 6/21/10

Phone with message - SarahPalinUSA You are dumb...
Sarah Palin's Blackberry

-Headline of the day-
"Fact Checking Sarah Palin: Joe Barton Reflects The Philosophy Of Over 115 Republicans."

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel told ABC's This Week that Smokey Joe Barton's apology to BP was no accident -- it was the result of core GOP principles.

"That's not a political gaffe, those were prepared remarks," Rahm said. "That is a philosophy...They see the aggrieved party here is BP, not the fishermen. And remember, this is not just one person. Rand Paul...said the way BP was being treated was un-American."

Well, Sarah Palin wasn't going to take that lying down! No siree Bob! She picked up her Frankenberry-phone-gizmo and tweetlepated the following; "RahmEmanuel= as shallow/narrowminded/irresponsible as they come,to falsely claim Barton's BP comment is"GOP philosophy"Rahm, u lie."

Turns out that, as much as it might seem to be impossible, you can fact-check a bowl of word salad like that. In fact, I'd already shot it down before Sarah's furious thumbs stamped her mini-tirade out. 115 members of the Republican Study Committee said the $20 billion escrow account set up by BP and the White House constituted a "shakedown" and was therefore the worst thing ever. That was the day before Smokey Joe made an idiot of himself by saying the exact same thing. The RSC makes up most -- 65% -- of the Republican house. That means that it's the majority philosophy of the house GOP.

Sarah,u lie (Think Progress)

-You too can be a welfare queen!-
If there's anyone who hates the government more than teabagger hero and Arizona senatorial candidate J.D. Hayworth, I don't know who it is. John Wayne reincarnated as an eagle, maybe. See, Hayworth knows the problem is that government spends way too much money, just giving it away to all the lazy good-for-nothing bums with their hands out. People should work hard for their money, not look to big gummint to fork over the bucks.

Here's Hayworth in 2007, demonstrating the problem:

You too can get free money from big gummint, just by asking for it! Yippee!

Wait, it gets better. Turns out this whole thing was just a big scam (there's a shocker, huh?). The report quotes a John McCain spokesperson as saying, "J.D. Hayworth lent his name and the credibility of the U.S. Congress to an obvious rip-off scam -- as demonstrated by the actions of the 24 attorneys general across the country, the Vermont attorney general, and KVOA-Tucson's investigative report exposing NGC's fraud." McCain, Hayworth's opponent in the GOP primary, has taken money from the company, but has since donated it to charity.

So remember Arizona voters, elect J.D. Hayworth to the US Senate and he'll protect you from welfare scammers -- like J.D. Hayworth. (Political Wire, Arizona Republic, YouTube)

-Bonus HotD-
"Departing RNC staff chief got $100K payout."

Want to know another get-rich quick scheme? Get a job with the Republican National Committee, pay a stupid amount of money for a bondage-themed lesbian sex show, get fired for it, then watch the bucks roll in.

It's just that easy. (Politico)

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