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NJ Wingnuts

Funny, how many children of prominent wingnuts go into the family business, huh? Andrew Schlafly (son of Phyllis) is leading the team suing the state of NJ to recall Sen. Bob Menendez for voting for the health care bill.

You may also remember him as the guy leading the team to rewrite the Bible “without liberal bias.” Uh huh.

Anyway, the hearing is today.


Imagine. The Tea Party members are too wacky for Rick Santorum!

HARRISBURG – Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, a potential Republican presidential candidate, warned Monday that conservatives should be wary of the libertarian strain of thought in the tea party movement.

Santorum was responding to a question about Kentucky Republican Senate nominee Rand Paul, who last week said he disagreed with the idea that the federal government should have a right to bar private businesses, such as restaurants, from discriminating on the basis of race, as it did in the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

“I don’t think the libertarians have it right when it comes to what the Constitution is all about . . . or when it comes to our history,” Santorum said at the Pennsylvania Press Club. “When there are clear wrongs in society, injustice in society – sure, you handle it at the local level if you can – but when the local and state governments are in cahoots with the injustice, then the federal government has to step in and do something.”

Accidents Will Happen

Rand Paul, the gift that keeps on giving:

In the face of the environmental catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico, Paul rushed to the defense of BP on Good Morning America. When George Stephanopolous asked, “But you don’t want to get rid of the EPA?” Dr. Paul’s diagnosis was that the Obama administration was persecuting the oil giant and the American free enterprise system. Accidents, he insisted, “happen”:

“No, the thing is is that drilling right now and the problem we’re having now is in international waters and I think there needs to be regulation of that and always has been regulation. What I don’t like from the president’s administration is this sort of, you know, “I’ll put my boot heel on the throat of BP.” I think that sounds really un-American in his criticism of business. I’ve heard nothing from BP about not paying for the spill. And I think it’s part of this sort of blame game society in the sense that it’s always got to be someone’s fault. Instead of the fact that maybe sometimes accidents happen. I mean, we had a mining accident that was very tragic and I’ve met a lot of these miners and their families. They’re very brave people to do a dangerous job. But then we come in and it’s always someone’s fault. Maybe sometimes accidents happen.”

Away from Planet Paul, however, Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, whose company is facing possible criminal charges over its Upper Big Branch disaster that killed 29 miners in West Virginia, testified before Congress Thursday. And while public rage against BP’s negligence and duplicity mounted this week, its executives last week made very clear that they may not pay for the spill. As CBS reported, any compensation from BP beyond “legitimate claims” was a “question mark”.

Sent To The Naughty Chair

Translation: “But because you’re white college grads and one of you is fortunate enough to the offspring of a U.S. Attorney, we’ll just slap you on the wrists, send you to nuisance court and call it a day. Since I called this an ‘extremely serious crime’ and made an Extremely Serious Face, no one can accuse me of favorable treatment.”

Doesn’t seem quite enough, considering what we’ve seen from James O’Keefe to date:

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge had strong words for four conservative activists who initially were accused of trying to tamper with the phones in Sen. Mary Landrieu’s New Orleans office, but ruled the misdemeanor charges against them can be resolved before a magistrate instead of a judge.

U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. said Wednesday he isn’t exercising his right to hear the case even though the four defendants are charged with an “extremely serious” crime involving a security breach at a federal building.

“Deception is alleged to have been used by the defendants to achieve their purposes which in and of itself is unconscionable,” Duval wrote. “Perceived righteousness of a cause does not justify nefarious and potentially dangerous actions.”

James O’Keefe, Stan Dai, Joseph Basel and Robert Flanagan are scheduled to appear before Magistrate Daniel Knowles III on May 26 for arraignments on misdemeanor charges of entering a federal building under false pretenses. Duval said he has reviewed their plea agreements.

The Year of Rand Paul

The fact is, libertarian arguments are often intellectually shallow and simplistic. You literally can’t have a rational discussion with someone who believes the government has no legitimate role in your life. (And as with most true believers, it really is about emotions, not facts.)

Of course, life was often brutal, nasty and short in the days without government regulation. But was that such a bad thing?

It Would Be Irresponsible Not To Speculate, Part 2

Of course the wingnuts are too humorless to get that I was making fun of their typical wild accusations by insisting a Glen Beck listener had to be responsible for the Times Square bombing attempt. They invariably make all kinds of ungrounded speculation, but squeal like stuck pigs if anyone else does it.

Why, just today, another wingnut did it again!

At Instapundit, Glenn Reynolds puts the burden on federal authorities. He admits it’s only “speculation” to suppose that feds “rushed the arrest” because of “pressure from the Administration to generate some militia-threat headlines precisely at the time that the ‘militia threat’ was the talking-point of the day. But it’s not unreasonable speculation, based on what we know so far . . .”

Wingnuts don’t understand that the headline I used was a parody of a statement made by Peggy Noonan in which she talked about rumors that Bill Clinton was being blackmailed. She said some people might think it was irresponsible to speculate, “but it would be irresponsible not to speculate.”

Hence, the headline. Silly wingnuts!

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