Ah, the smell of Treasonous Congressional Bribery in the morning. And afternoon. And on and on, 24/7/365, our Teapubbie overlords suck in the cash, and reward those who bribe them. In this case, the Bribing Bastards are Wingnut Israel “supporters” from this and other countries. Remember Tehran Tom and his million-dollar payoff? Turns out he’s not alone: Israeli’s Teabagger equivalents have showered GOP politicos with millions more to buy their loyalties.

WASHINGTON — As the proposed agreement over Iran’s nuclear program is debated in coming weeks, President Obama will make his case to a Congress controlled by Republicans who are more fervently pro-Israel than ever, partly a result of ideology, but also a product of a surge in donations and campaign spending on their behalf by a small group of wealthy donors. One of the surprisingly high-profile critics is Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas, who burst to prominence with a letter signed by 46 Republican colleagues to leaders of Iran warning against a deal. Mr. Cotton, echoing criticism by Israeli leaders, swiftly denounced the framework reached on Thursday as “a list of dangerous U.S. concessions that will put Iran on the path to nuclear weapons” — words, his colleagues say, that expressed his deep concern about Iran’s threat to Israel’s security. But it is also true that Mr. Cotton and other Republicans benefited from millions in campaign spending in 2014 by several pro-Israel Republican billionaires and other influential American donors who helped them topple Democratic opponents.

And while it is true that Dems get cash from these agents of a foreign power, the “Republicans” who have been writing letters and backstabbing our President and troops are getting paid handsomely for said treacherous behavior:

Absolutely, it is a factor,” said Marc Felgoise, who manages the Philadelphia Israel Network, a campaign fund-raising group, and whose own contributions have shifted to Republicans, though he still supports many Democrats. “They are trying to cater to people who are ultimately going to support them.” Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, saw his donations from pro-Israel donors soar to about $285,000 in the 2014 election cycle from less than $100,000 in 2008, during his previous election, the analysis by MapLight shows. Pro-Israel contributions to Senator Richard J. Durbin, Democrat of Illinois, plummeted to less than $150,000 in 2014, when he was also re-elected, from nearly $300,000 in 2008, according to this count.

Follow the money, Gentle Reader. These sons-of-two-strangers have been bought by supporters of another country. And they are delivering for their foreign masters. We have been sold out by the Teapublican Congress. Our government has been stolen from us and handed over to the worst of Israel’s extremists. Why are the Boehner Brigade and Marching McConnells allowed to stay out of prison?

In fact, why are they allowed to remain in office?

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

And the “news” media is, as usual, ignoring his criminal status. Larry Klanman  Klayman is an adjudicated, documented,  child molester and advocate for a violent coup against our nation. These facts are not in dispute. The man is a pedophiliac insurrectionist.

So when a traitorous pervert criticizes HRC for doing completely legal things with her email, one would think media outlets would ignore him. After all, what validity does Larry Klanman Klayman’s opinion have? “None” you would say, and you’d be right.

So why give the loathsome preeve airtime? Maybe it’s because most of our “news” media is owned by his fellow Teapublicans.  So anything  that bashes Dems, they’ll happily endorse. No matter who does the bashing. No matter if it’s a pack of lies.

Larry Klanman Klayman did horribly illegal things to his own children. Hillary did perfectly legal things to her own email. But the Infotainment Industry ignores his crimes and pretends that she is a criminal.

And people wonder why so many Americans are so ill-informed. Christ on a Teabag.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

“Speech” is the latest extraconstitutional workaround for anything illegal that Repubs want to get away with. Citizens United is the most egregious example: by defining money as “speech”, the Roberts Court removed almost every restriction against political spending, AKA bribery. It also means that those people with more money have more “free” speech.

See how it works? By sneaking something odious and corrupt under the protection of the First Amendment, Teapublicans make said odious thing almost impossible to control or even keep track of. That is how the criminal enterprise known as the GOP rolls.

So this morning, Mr. B & C was driving to The Place That Pays Him To Go There, and heard a Babtist preacher on the radio further attempt to add discriminatory practices against LGBTQ citizens to the list of activities  protected by the First Amendment. Specifically: he claimed that a cake was “speech”.

Again: Teavangelicals want wedding cakes classed as speech. Christ on a Kitchen Aid. This is ridiculous, but sadly not all that unusual. The Babtist Boyo says that a baker (or pizza maker, florist, etc.) is providing speech via their pastries and such. Thus it would be a violation of a baker’s free speech rights to have to bake a cake for a gay person. Seriously, he says that. Click the link and listen for yourself.

Teapublicans clearly wouldn’t know “speech” if it bit them on their wedding tackle. But then, they don’t really care about our Constitutional rights: they want to overthrow our current system of government and replace it with a theocracy. And this is just another step on their way to that goal. Anyone other than White male Teavangelicals is at risk.

Vote the “Republicans” out. All of them. And that soon.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

On this April Fool’s day, let us call out some fools. Let us call out some serious fools. Yay and verily, Cranky Brothers and Sisters, let us call out some seriously destructive fools that infest our country. Because their folly is not a joke. It’s not even worthy of a giggle. They are, in brief:

ANYONE AND EVERYONE WHO ENABLES TEAPUBLICANS TO HOLD OFFICE. Yes, Boehner, Pence, Cotton et.al. are scumbuckets par excellence, but they can do their scumbucketing in office only because fools voted them into said offices. Today, let’s list the four main categories of such fools:

Number A: Anyone who votes for a Teapubbie. By the way, there is no longer any difference between the Teabaggers and the “Republicans”. Just as happened with the “Christian Conservatives” in the last century, the party has been taken over by the extremists. So if you vote for anybody from the GOP, you are voting for Ayn Rand-worshipping, homophobic, racist, bigoted, Constitutionally-challenged, seditious mother***ers.

Letter 2: Anyone who COULD have voted but failed to do so. Electoral math in our corrupted, twisted “democracy” is binary. D or R. No other choice matters, because no one can get anything done unless they are a member of one of the two parties that Adams and Washington warned us against, or if they caucus with one of those parties. So a non-vote is equivalent to a vote for Teapublicans. Oh, and shove the “conscience” and “ideology” arguments, because neither one matters when the votes are tallied up. The only things that count on election night are ballots.

Thirdly: Anyone who does not cast their ballot so as to defeat all Teapublicans. Electoral math in our corrupted, twisted “democracy” is binary. D or R. No other choice matters, because no one can get anything done unless they are a member of one of the two parties that Adams and Washington warned us against, or if they caucus with one of those parties. So a third-party/protest/cartoon-character-write-in vote is equivalent to a vote for Teapublicans. Oh, and shove the “conscience” and “ideology” arguments, because neither one matters when the votes are tallied up. The only things that count on election night are ballots.

Finally: The “News” media. It is so far in the Teapubbie Tank as to be part of the RNC’s Communication department. Even allegedly “liberal” outlets like MSNBC and NPR frequently regurgitate Repub talking points whole. No wonder so many people are foolish: even smart people can be fooled, if the media “catapults the propaganda” often enough.

How to not be a fool: Vote so as to defeat each and every Teapublican in each and every race, in each and every election.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

Proof may be found in Indiana, where a load of “Christian” hatemongers passed a law that basically makes anyone other than straight white Fundagelicals second-class citizens. True to form, these Teabagging legislators deny that they hate gays: nononono, they are merely protecting the “religious freedom” of fellow Teavangelicals. Riiiiiiiight.

It also can be found in Ohio, where a load of “Christian” hatemongers passed a law that basically makes anyone other than fetuses second-class citizens. True to form, these Teabagging legislators deny that they hate women: nononono, they are merely protecting the “rights” of unbornTeavangelicals. The fact that they laugh at stories of rape is meaningless. Riiiiiiiight.

Proof abounds in Michigan, where a load of “Christian” hatemongers are pushing a law that basically makes anyone other than Teavangelicals second-class educators.True to form, these Teabagging legislators deny that they hate non-“Christian” teachers: nonono, they are merely going back to the “true intent of education”, which was to teach kids how to read Scripture. Riiiiiiiight.

On and on it goes: from calls for a violent “Christian uprising”, to Teavangelical racism, and pretty much every sin listed in the Ten Commandments and the Greatest Commandment. These sickos crap all over the teachings of Rebbe Yesuah bar Josef while proclaiming their loyalty to Him.

This, Gentle Reader, is why the Constitution forbids the establishment of a government-sanctioned religion. Theocracies always crash and burn, spectacularly. Because they are based on premises of faith that cannot be proven.

Instead of being wrong like the Religious Right, let’s actually try being, you know, right. Let’s try actually treating all of us as being truly equal. Like the Constitution says.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

And if a non-Moslem German does it, it’s “Mental Illness”.


Mr. Blunt and Cranky


From the ever-awesome Betty Bowers.

First of all, remember that Phil Robertson is himself a rapist, of the Statutory variety. He managed to avoid prison by marrying the 15-year-old girl he’d impregnated (possibly when she was only 14), but ask any father of a young teen girl how he’d feel about an adult male molesting her, and most parents would reach for their shotgun. And not to make him marry their child, either.

He also urges other men to seduce underage girls, thus making them rapists like him. Really? No, seriously, really? Could a man be lower than a molester of young women?

Yep, Phil can get lower than that. Low like world-champion-at-moral-Limbo low. He shared one of his personal rape fantasies at a prayer breakfast, with children in attendance:

I’ll make a bet with you. Two guys break into an atheist’s home. He has a little atheist wife and two little atheist daughters. Two guys break into his home and tie him up in a chair and gag him.

Then they take his two daughters in front of him and rape both of them and then shoot them, and they take his wife and then decapitate her head off in front of him, and then they can look at him and say, ‘Isn’t it great that I don’t have to worry about being judged? Isn’t it great that there’s nothing wrong with this? There’s no right or wrong, now, is it dude?

(Note: Phil said more, but this blogger will not reprint that vile filth. Even Jeffrey Dahmer wouldn’t have thought of some of Phil’s sick criminal sex fantasies.)

Of course, to Phil, rape is not wrong. He committed that crime himself and got rewarded instead of punished. He is not an Atheist, but he clearly doesn’t know right from wrong, even with his Teavangelical “faith”. Or maybe he loves him some rape because of said Teavangelical “faith”.

Gentle Reader, this is sick enough already; but it gets even worse. The audience of Vero Beach “Christians” did not object to Phil shouting his Rape Porn at their children: indeed, from the audio, it sounds like they were in agreement with him, showing their approval for said Rape Porn. Teavangelical parents liked having Duck Daddy telling their own children all about rape, decapitation, genital mutilation, and other truly revolting crimes.

That says a LOT about contemporary American “Republican” “Christians”. And what it says is not good, not good at all. Fathers, keep those shotguns handy. Whether the potential statutory rapist is an avowed Atheist, Christian or anything else. Rape freaks are rape freaks.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

Regular readers know that Mr. Blunt and Cranky has had long careers in business and the arts, and is therefore not at all opposed to making money. Indeed, Adam Smith is frequently cited here: the man was a firm believer in a WELL-REGULATED free market. Because he was smart enough to see the harm that unchecked profits can cause.

Profits are not inherently bad: in the right measure, they can do a lot of good. But anything can be overdone: and the Teapublican “greed is good” mantra is an object lesson. Here, then, are three examples of the horrors that can be wrought by profits:

Number A: America’s profit-centered “health care” system kills lots of people. Including this writer’s only son. Yes, Aetna has death panels: people are denied care based on profit margins. That is why my son was kicked out of the hospital just a few hours after awakening from a coma. PROFITS CAN AND DO KILL. PROFITS KILLED MY KID.

Letter 2: American industry is constantly pushing for less (or no) regulation, in order to increase profit. Thence came disasters such as massive oil spills, poisoned rivers and aquifers, and destructive, deadly industrial accidents. Profits can and do destroy.

Thirdly: American politicos are taking bribes in record quantities to enhance the profitability of private businesses with taxpayer dollars. Yes, they call them “contributions”, but c’mon: these are bribes. Bribes that result in the theft of our hard-earned. Profits can and do corrupt.

Once again, Gentle Reader: your humble correspondent is not, repeat NOT opposed to profits. But not everything has a free-market solution. Some things are better divorced from a financial profit motive. Some things must be non-profit in order to succeed: things like health, education, public safety, and so on.

It’s long past time we put the final nail in the coffin of Reagan/Bush voodoo economics and its resulting death, destruction and corruption.

Reality is calling, America: better pick up the phone while we still can.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

And f*** the rest of us. Most Americans think the Constitution is the current one, as adopted by the representatives of We the People. Here’s a link to it. But ask a Teapublican like Ted Cruz, and you’ll get a completely different definition of “Constitution”: the old, flawed one from the 1850’s. The earlier version of the Constitution that allowed the Civil War to happen.

That’s because the “Republicans” are still fighting the Civil War, and they haven’t given up yet. Here’s your “Republican” idea of the Constitution: an Antebellum version, stripped of all those bits about equality of the sexes, creeds and colors; all but wealthy white landowners stripped of voting rights: indeed, a “Constitution” that would once again make many of us into slaves and chattels. It would allow the South to re-play the Civil War, and perhaps win this time. White Power on a grand scale.

And it is 100% Teabagger in nature. Racist, sexist, homophobic, plutocratic, and generally anti-American in every respect. In their own words:

The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law will focus on invigorating protections of the Ohio Constitution due to well-founded fears of a stark shift in how federal courts protect constitutional rights because our new President has expressed a preference for judges who are sympathetic to those who are vulnerable, those who are powerless, those who can’t have access to political power, and he prefers judges who have the empathy to understand what it’s like to be a young teenage mom, to be poor, or African-American, or gay, or disabled, or old. Mr. Obama will have the authority to handpick federal judges who share his constitutional jurisprudence, and will do this early and often.

The 1851 Center will also commit itself using the Ohio Constitution to provide a safe harbor from leftward-moving federal courts. With the Buckeye Institute, and the contributions of Ohio citizens, the 1851 Center will spur the pendulum to swing away from government intrusiveness, and back towards the ethically superior state of freedom.

Got that Gentle Reader? A Constitution that allows the states almost unlimited rights to do with its “citizens” as they will. A Constitution that allows some of us to be 3/5 human. A Constitution that is, in sum, unconstitutional. That is what Ted Cruz, Antonin Scalia, John Boehner and the rest of the “Republican” party have in mind.

Government of the wealthy white males, by the wealthy white males, for the wealthy white males.

Vote, God-F***ing-Damnit. Vote while you still can. And vote AGAINST the Teapublicans who want to wipe out your rights.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky


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