Category Archives: Please to grow up

Well, THIS was an unfortunate choice of words…

A Texas Republican urged an insurance group to act ethically toward their customers, and not to “Jew them down.” For what should be obvious reasons, he apologized quickly, but Texas state Rep. Larry Taylor is the favorite to win a state Senate seat in 2012. That’s a year away and who knows what other gems will drop from Rep. Taylor between now and then?

You can read a bit more here. And thanks, Sis. Jennifer, for the link.

Is Herman Cain’s sexual harassment/fundraising bonanza disturbing?

Why yes. I believe that it is.

Republican presidential candidate is fending off accusations of sexual harassment from former female colleagues, but that gave his fundraising a huge boost.

What’s that say about our culture? Not much, says the Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, at the Washington Post’s On Faith blog. She writes:

Money talks, people say. And this week, I believe, money being given to the Cain campaign was speaking very loudly to women and what it was saying is that sexual harassment against women in the workplace is no big deal. But these days we may need to go even further. The spike in financial support for Cain could not only be interpreted as a rejection of the historic gains women have made in terms of workplace discrimination, but also be seen as part of the wide-spread pattern in the United States today of the acceptance, even promotion, of inequality across the board.

And thanks, Sis. Sensible, for the link.

No, seriously. This stuff just writes itself.

Acting on a tip from Sis. CTLW, I found this: A Nevada candidate for Senate (Sharron Angle) has equated government programs with idolatry.

Rats. Why didn’t I think of that?

Utah sees Arizona’s hand, and raises them…something

A list went out to Utah law enforcement officials and members of the media that included quite a lot of detail about 1,300 Utah residents, some with Hispanic/Latino/a last names. The list was titled “Illegal Immigrants.”

The list came from people calling themselves “Concerned Citizens of the United States.” The detailed information contained in the list has worried officials. One sheriff said:

“These are individuals who have no ability to defend themselves from the accusation. We live in a country of laws. I, for one, would not want to be branded with something without some sort of due process and that is what this seems to be.”

And thanks, Sis. Sharon, for the link.

The mind boggles

And thanks, BuzzFeed, for the link.

Glenn Beck to the mountaintop

God is speaking to the Pillsbury Dough-Pundit. Can someone please make him stop? Glenn, that is. God’s free to speak as much as She wants.

And thanks, Sis. Sharon, for the link.

Why does Rush Limbaugh (and others) embrace slavery?

By all means, examine verrrry closely a Supreme Court nominee’s qualifications, but if you’re going to slam her/him, then get your facts right.

Here’s the Thurgood Marshall quote in question, spoken by the esteemed Justice in 1987 on the 200th anniversary of the Constitution:

…I do not believe that the meaning of the Constitution was forever “fixed” at the Philadelphia Convention. Nor do I find the wisdom, foresight, and sense of justice exhibited by the Framers particularly profound. To the contrary, the government they devised was defective from the start, requiring several amendments, a civil war, and momentous social transformation to attain the system of constitutional government, and its respect for the individual freedoms and human rights, we hold as fundamental today. When contemporary Americans cite “The Constitution,” they invoke a concept that is vastly different from what the Framers barely began to construct two centuries ago.

For a sense of the evolving nature of the Constitution we need look no further than the first three words of the document’s preamble: ‘We the People.” When the Founding Fathers used this phrase in 1787, they did not have in mind the majority of America’s citizens. “We the People” included, in the words of the Framers, “the whole Number of free Persons.” On a matter so basic as the right to vote, for example, Negro slaves were excluded, although they were counted for representational purposes  at threefifths each. Women did not gain the right to vote for over a hundred and thirty years.

You can get your quotes right, or you can just be like Rush. And thanks, Sis. Cynical, for the link.

Birthers persist, yet weirdly, soften

A full 20 percent of Americans still maintain that Pres. Obama was born abroad, yet of those, 31 percent approve of his job performance.

Go figure. Is this something that would happen only in America?

Seriously, Bro. Franklin:

Put a cork in it.

I say that with love.

AG wants to get back to state business

Bro. Tod sends this, an update on Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, a frequent topic on this blog, and most recently because he wanted to clothe — just like John Ashcroft! — the Roman deity Virtus in the state seal.

Cuccinelli said media attention to the robing was distracting, and he’s going to stop wearing the more modest label pin he had special-made. Of the attention paid to his pin, Cuccinelli said:

“This is simply a media-made issue that has become distracting to the work of my office. I am going to end this distraction by discontinuing future use of the pin.”