There are, frankly, so many kinds of stupid in the news today that it is really, really difficult to know where one should begin. I reckon I could begin with William Gheen, who is an ignorant redneck.
Gheen represents an organization called “Americans for Legal Immigration,” a political action committee which in part states as its mission the following:
We are dedicated to fighting against illegal immigration and amnesty for illegal aliens and seek a peaceful solution to the crisis that involves Americans of every race, Party, and denomination working together.
Here is Gheen, doing something that he calls “outing” U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Go on. Play it. You’ve got to see it to believe it.
Now. As Thom Hartmann explained to William Gheen today, it’s not “outing” unless you have some evidence. Otherwise, it’s just a reckless charge. And, as this writer knows from personal experience, just because a fellow is middle-aged and never married, that isn’t evidence that said fellow is teh ghey. And I fail miserably to see how making said information public true or not somehow convinces Graham to change his thinking regarding immigration reform.
Believe me, I’m no Lindsey Graham fan. This is a guy who held a press event to show people what the menu was like at Gitmo to prove that holding people there without access to a barrister was really just fine actually because mmmmmm…salmon. However, I don’t think it’s fair to ambush a guy from the closet if he’s perfectly comfortable there, and doing so in the pursuit of public policy interests is just a soft form of terrorism. Moreover, I hope I hope I hope I hope I hope that one day we’ll live in a country where whether or not a guy likes guys or gals just won’t matter anymore. It shouldn’t matter. After all, Gorge Dubya Boosh was straight as an arrow, and lookit.
Second stupid, filed under “by the time I get to Arizona…” Attention, white people in Arizona: If you choose to relinquish your rights under the Fourth Amendment, that applies to ALL OF YOU, not just to the brown-skinned people. Morons. Don’t come crying to me when Deputy Sheriff Baker decides he doesn’t like your bumpersticker and decides to have a little fun with you and you’ve allowed your governor to withdraw any recourse you might have. Duh.
Third stupid, and this is just the kind of stupid that you just want to HUG, it’s so stupid, and I’m just going to copy and paste directly from Talking Points Memo if you don’t mind:
Sue Lowden, the front-running Republican challenger to Sen. Harry Reid, yesterday doubled down on her idea that health care could be paid for using the barter system.
Last week, when Lowden suggested “that bartering is really good,” it seemed that she may have been talking about haggling prices and just had her vocab mixed up. It happens to everyone.
But yesterday, on a local news program, Lowden seemed to double down on the idea. Asked whether the statement made her seem disconnected, she shot back that it’s Reid who’s disconnected for not knowing “that this is already happening in our state.”
“Let’s change the system and talk about what the possibilities are. I’m telling you that this works. You know, before we all started having health care, in the olden days, our grandparents, they would bring a chicken to the doctor. They would say I’ll paint your house,” she said. “[That’s] what people would do to get health care with their doctors. Doctors are very sympathetic people.”
“I’m not backing down from that system,” she added.
Wow. Wow. Wow wow wow wow wow wow wow. And this woman is leading in the polls over Hairy Reed. Holy shit. We are in serious, serious trouble people.