Sunday, April 19, 2015

Well look who finally acknowledged that Trig had a birthday.

From Bristol's Enjoygram account:

happy 7th birthday trig paxson!!! #daylate #cutest #mybrotherhasmorechromosomesthanyours

As of this post Sarah herself has not yet bothered to acknowledge the milestone.

 In the past it seems she has managed to get to it sometime on the 18th. I guess when you are no longer useful as a prop, sometimes you just get ignored.

Right Track?

Australia bans all religious exemptions for vaccinations.

Courtesy of the Guardian:  

Doctors will be given incentive payments so that parents stick to their children’s vaccination schedule, and the one religious exemption to vaccinations will end, as part of a push by the federal government to boost the immunisation rate. 

Social services minister Scott Morrison on Sunday announced that the only religious group currently able to claim religious exemptions for vaccinations, Christian Scientists, will no longer be able to do so. 

Morrison said the exemption, in place since 1998, “is no longer current or necessary and will therefore be removed”. 

“Having resolved this outstanding matter, the government will not be receiving nor authorising any further vaccination exemption applications from religious organisations,” he said. 

Families will still be able to claim exemptions to vaccinations on medical grounds. “This will remain the sole ground for exemption under the Coalition government,” Morrison said.

I think this is a stellar idea, and America needs to follow suit. 

To my mind there should never be any objection based on faith to practices that positively impact the well being of the community as a whole, or the individual personally.

This also goes for the Jehovah Witnesses refusal of blood transfusions, choosing faith healing over scientific medicine, and buying truckloads of weapons and ammunition in deference to that religious text known as the 2nd Amendment.

Facts should dictate our choices in all things, not superstition or fear of angering somebody's god.

Sarah Palin tries to convince the handful of subscribers to her internet channel that they have influence and forced the former head of the ATF to step down.

Click look of self satisfaction to play video.
"Well you sure made a difference for the 2nd Amendment, and you're still making a difference. Just weeks after your public comments and your public outrage caused the ATF to back off their ridiculous ban on a popular kind of rifle ammunition, the ATF director is stepping down. And now Congress is taking a look at ways to shrink the ATF’s authority. Good! That’s your influence! Like every branch of government, the ATF, if it exists at all, should exist to protect constitutional rights, not to violate them. The Second Amendment protects private gun ownership, and it also protects the right to own ammunition! It’s pure common sense. But I suppose it takes a federal agency stocked with lawyers to ignore common sense, ignore the Constitution, and really overstep its bounds.But they don't always get what they want do they? The government doesn't always win. You can make  difference. You are making a difference."

Yeah probably not.

First off B. Todd James, the former head of the ATF, is leaving to fill the newly created job of disciplinary officer for the NFL. A job that you have to know is going to pay a HELL of a lot more money than his ATF position.

Secondly, as Wonkette points out, the ATF is NOT a "branch of  government." It is a law enforcement agency, like the FBI or the CIA.

Thirdly the bullets that the Obama administration wanted to ban is ammunition for the AR-15 that can pierce body armor and place law enforcement personnel at risk while doing their jobs. What kind of a law abiding citizen would want or need those anyhow?

Fourthly nowhere in the 2nd Amendment does it say that citizens should have access to EVERY KIND of weapon, nor EVERY KIND of ammunition. When the amendment was ratified they had muskets for fuck's sake!

And lastly, who in their right mind would actually believe that the morons who send Palin their couch seat money each month had ANY impact on this decision to drop the push to ban those AR-15 bullets or Jones decision to take a better job?

No the reason that the bullet ban did not go through is because the NRA got their members to flood the agency with e-mails and phone calls, and the NRA contacted their butt boys in the Congress and told them to stop this bill or they would not longer let them give them blowjobs in the broom closet.

Nothing, and I mean NOTHING, that Palin and her handful of paint chip eating morons did had any affect whatsoever.

But hey I get it. One way to help yourself feel relevant, is by convincing the dipshits hanging around you that you make them relevant as well.

Oregon lawmakers propose legislation on gun ownership to keep their citizens safe. NRA Ready to release winged monkeys any minute now.

Courtesy of Mail Tribune:  

Two days after Oregon senators passed legislation expanding background checks to cover most private gun sales, lawmakers heard testimony Thursday on a proposal making it a crime for adults to endanger minors by letting them gain unsupervised access to firearms. 

Under the measure, gun owners who keep firearms on their premises could be punished with up to a year in prison or a $6,250 fine if a minor gets access to a gun that wasn't locked up. There are exceptions for firearms that are stolen and for temporary transfers done while hunting or for target practice. 

Those found guilty of allowing an unsupervised minor to access to guns would also barred from owning a firearm for five years. 

"It's not about prohibiting gun ownership or limiting gun ownership. It's simply about keeping guns out of the hands of children who are often the victim of unintentional injury or death from misuse of firearms that are left unsecured," said Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, a Beaverton physician. 

If the bill passes, it would require gun dealers to prominently post a notice of the new requirement to lock firearms up around children.

Okay now I realize that I am just a regular guy whose sense of masculinity is not defined by how many dangerous weapons I have in my possession, but this seems incredibly reasonable to me.

I mean come on how could anybody not want to support laws that protect our most vulnerable citizens like this? And yes of course I ask this knowing full well that there are many.

Courtesy of Fox News:  

An Oregon sheriff said Tuesday that he will not enforce an upcoming state law that expands gun background checks to include private sales, The Herald and News reported. 

Sheriff Dave Daniel, from Josephine County, which sits on the border with California, told the paper that it appears that the law is not in line with the county’s charter and said he does not have the personnel to pursue violators committing a misdemeanor.

Of course I am sure that the sheriff will have no problem issuing tickets for speeders, or for jaywalkers, but heaven forbid they utilize precious police resources to enforce a law that would make it much easier to determine who purchased a gun used in a violent crime.

You because that's a huge waste of time.

As for that proposal calling for gun owners to be held accountable if their weapons fall into the hands of young children, well that makes so much sense that even an NRA member could understand it.

But of course they won't even try.

They will just scream about the 2nd Amendment while stroking the barrel of their rifles lovingly and promising that nobody will ever come between them.

Domestic terrorist Timothy McVeigh's anti-government philosophies have now metastasized within the Republican party itself.

Journalist Leonard Pitts discussing our horror when Timothy McVeigh blew up the Murrah building in Oklahoma City: 

And maybe you remember, too, that sense of vertiginous shock some people felt when we got our first look at the man who planted the bomb and discovered him to be, not a swarthy Muslim with a heavy beard and hard-to-pronounce name, but a clean-cut, apple pie-faced young white man named Timothy McVeigh. People could not have been more nonplussed if Richie Cunningham had shot up a shopping mall. 

But the tragedy was to contain one last surprise. It came when we learned why McVeigh committed his atrocity. It seems he hated the government. 

That revelation was our introduction to a world whose very existence most of us had never suspected. Meaning the so-called patriot movement, the armed, radical right-wing extremists who refuse to recognize the authority of the nation's duly constituted and elected government. Maybe you remember the news reports of how they spent nights and weekends drilling in the woods, playing soldier in anticipation of the day ZOG -- the Zionist Occupied Government -- ceded the country to the United Nations and soldiers of the New World Order came rappelling down from black helicopters to seize everybody's guns. Maybe you remember how crazy it all sounded. 

But that was then. Twenty years ago, the idea of anti-government resistance seemed confined to a lunatic fringe operating in the shadows beyond the mainstream. Twenty years later, it is the mainstream, the beating heart of the Republican Party. And while certainly no responsible figure on the right advocates or condones what he did, it is just as certain that McVeigh's violent antipathy toward Washington, his conviction that America's government is America's enemy, has bound itself to the very DNA of modern conservatism.

Pitts goes on to quote a number of politicians and pundits who are now spouting the exact same language that once issued forth from the likes of Timothy McVeigh, Ted Kaczynski,  and Randy Weaver of Ruby Ridge fame.

It is not often that I read something that is so obviously true that I am shocked I did not realize it myself, but this is one of those articles.

Yes that is exactly what is happening today, the ravings and rantings of paranoid lunatics has now become the language used, not just by Tea Party protesters, but also supposedly serious candidates for public office. Including candidates running to be the next President of the United States.

Gee no wonder some of these conservative candidates have argued so aggressively against DHS for identifying the sovereign citizen groups as the most dangerous to the American people. They already know that, but they don't want the rest of the country to recognize that their supporters are also our greatest threat.

Stephen King makes a very valid point about the GOP 2016 lineup thus far.

Look as you all know I loves me some horror books and films, and I can honestly say that I have yet to read or watch ANYTHING as frightening as the very real possibility that any of these assholes would end up in the White House.

Not even joking.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Bill Maher calls Republicans who deny climate change to keep donations flowing "prostitutes." Which personally I think is an insult to prostitutes everywhere.

Courtesy of Mediaite: 

Bill Maher ended his show tonight  (Actually last night.) by going after Republican “zombie lies” on the environment and basically calling them “prostitutes” for denying climate change just to satisfy donors. 

He ripped into candidates like Rick Perry, Jeb Bush, and Ted Cruz for raising serious questions about established science on climate change, before saying the whole thing was “never about facts to begin with.”

I loved this:

" In 2013 an MIT professor studies almost 11,000 peered reviewed articles about climate change. And there were only two dissenters. So yes, there is a scientific community that doubts climate change. But it could fit on a motorcycle."

I think that is one of the best metaphors I have ever heard to explain just how vast and overwhelming the research is that supports the fact of climate change, and that the change is the fault of man.

The sad fact is we no longer have the luxury of arguing about this anymore, we have to act.

And the even sadder fact is that we have spent so much time arguing, that what we do now will have limited impact on reversing the damage that we have already caused.

Happy 7th Birthday Trig Paxson Van Palin!

Most recent picture I could find courtesy of Bristol's Enjoygram account.
Seriously is there ANY seven year old on the planet whose birth, and the pregnancy leading up to his birth, has attracted as much scrutiny as Trig's?

I seriously doubt it.

And there are some who argue that after all this time, in the words of Hillary Clinton, "What difference at this point does it make?"

And that is actually a good question.

Personally I think that we here at IM have done a pretty admirable job of proving, beyond what I think is a reasonable doubt, that Sarah did not give birth to Trig on April 18th, 2008.

Some of that proof can be found here, here, and here.

I have just one more lead that I am chasing right now, and it is a humdinger. But to be honest it will still proof insufficient to convince those who simply refuse to entertain the possibility that ANYBODY, Sarah Palin included, would ever attempt to pull off such an audacious hoax.

And once again there are those who wonder does anybody really even care anymore?

So I put it to you my friends, do you think it is still worth the effort?

And if I do manage to gather a few last pieces to the puzzled which proves that she faked the pregnancy, what then?

Feel free to speak your mind. After all this is the place for it.

Even in Texas murdering a local cat and sharing the picture on social media will get you fired. And being a veterinarian is no excuse. (Warning: Graphic picture.)

Courtesy of HuffPo: 

A Texas veterinarian was fired after a Facebook photo showing her with her "first bow kill" -- a local cat -- went viral. Dr. Kristen Lindsey bragged online that she killed a "feral" cat in her neighborhood in Brenham. 

She posted a photo on Wednesday, which shows her holding up the dead cat by an arrow protruding from its head, according to KBTX.

And if that was not bad enough, and really it should be, it turned out that the "feral cat" was in actuality a beloved house pet.   

Lindsey apparently didn't know that the "feral tomcat" she bagged was actually Tiger, a 6-year-old orange Tabby who went missing earlier on Wednesday. A Facebook page titled "Justice For Tiger" was quickly set up and called for Lindsey to be charged with a crime.

It has not yet been decided if Dr. Cat Murderer will be charged with a crime, but it is unlikely she will be practicing veterinary medicine in the area, or perhaps anywhere at all.

Now pardon me for my ignorance, I'm not from Texas, but how is it possible that this woman vet did not recognize that killing cats for sport would make people unlikely to trust her with the lives of their pets?

I mean that would be like having a doctor in the area that sat on the hood of his pickup truck with a high powered rifle picking off inmates as they attempted to escape from the local prison on his days off.

Sarah Palin is now using her Facebook page as a platform for anti-Hillary attack ads.

That video is featured in Palin's post along with this text:

America - you ready for the real Hillary? Some of us are; join us and begin here...

In answer to that question it appears that most Americas ARE ready for Hillary. To vote for her that is.

And if that ad is any indication the people who are not ready are the anti-Hillary folks on the Right Wing.

The ad is created by the Super Pac America Rising, which was formed by Mitt Romney's former campaign manager Matt Rhoades, and according to their about page played a significant part in 2014 by attacking progressive candidates and creating misleading attack ads.

It is said to be the only PAC focused on opposition research.

Now that Hillary has officially declared it appears they are solely focused on taking her down, using soundbites and gaffes going all the way back to her days as First Lady of Arkansas. And apparently Palin is getting a little something in her kitty to help.

Much like their previous ads this one is full of misrepresentations and selective editing, which creates a false reality quite removed from, you know, actual reality.

Take for instance that James Carville quote; "There's one set of rules for the Clintons, and there's another one for everybody else."

In fact Carville was defending Hillary on Andrea Mitchell Reports against attacks from the Right Wing. His point was NOT that in fact there are different rules for the Clintons, his point was that the conservatives hold them to higher standard than anyone who shares their conservative ideology.

 So once again I have to say this is weak tea coming from the conservatives, and if they think this is going to sway any voters who recognize the devastation caused in this country by Republican Presidents, then 2016 is going to be a rude awakening indeed.

As for Sarah Palin......well she has now been reduced to a D-list former politician who will desperately attempt to link her name to anything that might get her even a smidgeon of recognition.

It might be time to trot out that sex tape Sarah. Oh you know the one I'm talking about.

ESPN reporter suspended for being rude to tow truck company employee seems to have an idol.

Here is more courtesy of CNN:  

On the roughly one-minute long video that was captured by a surveillance camera, McHenry says to an employee at a register: "I'm in the news, sweetheart. I will (expletive) sue this place." 

The employee tells McHenry she's being recorded, but it doesn't stop her from continuing her rant. 

"That's why I have a degree and you don't," she says. "I wouldn't work at a scumbag place like this. Makes my skin crawl even being here." 

Later McHenry says, "maybe if I was missing some teeth they would hire me, huh?" 

The employee apparently says something about McHenry's hair and the color of her roots. 

McHenry sasses back, saying, "Oh, like yours, 'cause they look so stunning, 'cause I'm on television and you're in a (expletive) trailer, honey. Lose some weight, baby girl."

Wow that got ugly fast!

In response ESPN suspended McHenry, however interestingly enough the tow company does not want McHenry punished. This from People magazine:  

On Friday, Advanced Towing Co. released a statement about the incident – and confirm they do not wish to see McHenry punished for her comments. 

 "Parking enforcement is contentious by nature. At the same time, neither Gina, our lot clerk, nor our company, have any interest in seeing Britt McHenry suspended or terminated as a result of her comments," the statement begins. 

"Ms. McHenry is our neighbor, and, as she said, to paraphrase, made remarks that were out of line. She is human and errors in judgement can be made in the heat of the moment. Gina is a single mother of 3 children who works a difficult job to provide her family. Gina holds no ill will toward Ms. McHenry," the statement continues. 

Well that's nice, though keep in mind that the towing company released the video to the public in the first place.

McHenry has since apologized, however Deadspin claims that McHenry has a history of being......let's say unpleasant.

Deadspin also uncovered this interesting photograph.

Oh yeah, I think we all saw that one coming a mile away didn't we?

Ted Cruz misinterprets the 2nd Amendment as the right to take up arms against a democratically elected government. And remember kids, HE wants to be the head of that government.

Now turn your barrel and cough.
Courtesy of TPM:  

It's a given that every Republican presidential candidate will run for president as a strong supporter of gun rights. 

But Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is arguing that the Second Amendment includes a right to revolt against government tyranny, a point of emphasis uncommon for mainstream presidential candidates. 

"The 2nd Amendment to the Constitution isn't for just protecting hunting rights, and it's not only to safeguard your right to target practice. It is a Constitutional right to protect your children, your family, your home, our lives, and to serve as the ultimate check against governmental tyranny -- for the protection of liberty," Cruz wrote to supporters in a fundraising email on Thursday, under the subject line "2nd Amendment against tyranny." 

This "insurrectionist" argument, as Second Amendment expert and UCLA law professor Adam Winkler calls it, is popular among passionate gun owners and members of the National Rifle Association. But major party candidates for president don't often venture there. 

"Most presidential candidates who support Second Amendment rights focus on self defense. In the past many have also emphasized hunting," said Winkler, author of the 2011 book Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America. "It's pretty rare for a presidential candidate to support the right of the people to revolt against the government."

For those who are confused about, or may have forgotten, exactly what the 2nd Amendment says:

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

Now some interpret this to mean that every citizen should be allowed to own and carry on their person any weapon of their choosing in case their government got a little uppity. But other folks, let's call them "rational," believe the forefathers simply wanted to ensure that "well regulated militias" had access to weapons in order to quell unrest within their states or to defend against attack from a foreign government.

You know I would agree with Ted Cruz only if I was assured that the very first government representative to have a gun shoved in their face by a freedom loving patriot was Ted Cruz himself.

I wonder how many bullets he would have to dodge before completely rethinking this position?

Is it wrong that I would like to find out?

Okay well that clears things up.