I love Roseanne, and Ted Nugent is an asshole:
When will these people learn? White people can’t be terrorists!
Now that Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., has assumed the chairmanship of the House Homeland Security committee and is promoting hearings on Muslim “radicalization,” there’s been a burst of media coverage surrounding his decades-long support for the IRA, the Irish terrorist group, which he broke with only recently, in 2005.
But for Tom Parker, an official at Amnesty International in Washington who hails from Britain, the distaste for King is personal. As Parker notes in a new Op-Ed, and explained further in an interview with Salon Thursday, he survived an IRA terrorist bombing in 1990 when he was 21.
“I have no problem with his support for a unified Ireland. What really bothers me is the hypocrisy of the man,” says Parker, who is now policy director for terrorism, counterterrorism and human rights at Amnesty International USA.
It was King’s designation of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as a terrorist that prompted Parker to go public. Parker himself is critical of Assange, “but to call him a terrorist when you have supported people who actually blow stuff up, it seemed to me that that was really beyond the pale,” he says. “This is a guy who is happy to bully other people when he has a whole crowd of skeletons in his closet on this issue.”
I forgot to mention they sent a Lincoln Towne car to pick me up to be on the teevee. My life is so schizophrenic, isn’t it?
It’s not a blizzard, just a couple of inches. But I’ll take any excuse to post this Trip Shakespeare song:
Yes, the moneychangers are back! And by the way, Mike Fitzpatrick isn’t a “freshman” — he was the incumbent Bucks County PA congressman who was ousted by Patrick Murphy, and then beat him again in the mid-terms. So no, this isn’t a little mistake made by a newbie:
News broke today that two House members, Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) and freshman Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), may not have actually been properly sworn in to the House yesterday. They were at the Capitol Visitors Center–and just holding up your right hand while watching it on TV may not do the trick. That’s still being debated.
More importantly, though, is why they missed the swearing in to begin with. As Ryan Grim at the Huffington Post reports, they weren’t able to take their oath live from the House floor because they were holding a fundraiser in the Capitol while others were being sworn in. Seriously. This could, according to the Committee on Standards and Ethics, very well be unethical and maybe even illegal.
Roll Call comes to Fitzpatrick’s defense:
Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (Pa.) was attending a celebration in the Capitol Visitor Center with supporters that his campaign bused in from Pennsylvania. A spokesman for Fitzpatrick said the event, titled “Fitzpatrick’s Swearing-in Celebration,” was not a fundraiser and that no contributions were collected.
“There was a bus available for people that wanted to ride it down,” spokesman Darren Smith said.
Fitzpatrick’s campaign website listed a $30 fee for transportation costs for the swearing-in festivities. In addition, more than 200 people who did not ride the buses attended the event for free, according to Smith.
CVC space may not be used for “political activities, including political campaign, political party, or political action committees activities,” according to a copy of rules for using CVC rooms.
Oh, okay! Big misunderstanding, right? Even though a screenshot of his webpage (which has since been taken down) offers check boxes for larger “donations” and included the line: “Please note that your donation will appear on your credit card statement as “Campaign Financial Svcs.”
Welcome back, Republican thieves and liars. We kind of missed you!