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Ignorant Right Wing Memes

Flock of sheep

The Right’s ability to brainwash its sheep is amazing; of course, it helps when your voting base is too lazy to do their own fact checking. There are some truly ridiculous things out there, and the right wing rage is palpable.  Here are a few graphics I’ve seen on the internet lately:

Hillary

In prison for what exactly, an embassy attack that was a partially due to Republicans cutting their security dollars?  The “scandal” of using her personal email for government business, something Colin Powell, Scott Walker, Jeb Bush, and Marco Rubio have done? My God, if we didn’t put Bush and Cheney in jail, nobody deserves to go.

drug testing

First of all nimwits, EMPLOYERS drug test employees because it’s a liability issue among other things, and THE COMPANY pays for it. Second of all, states that have instituted drug testing of welfare recipients have actually lost money on the program for little result: Think Progress reports seven states’ testing results as of 2014:

Missouri: 48 out of 38,970

Oklahoma: 297 out of 3,342

Utah: 29 out of  9,552

Kansas: 11 out of 2,783

Mississippi: 2 out of 3,656

Tennessee: 37 out of 16,017

Arizona: 3 out of 142,424

 Then there’s Florida: 108 out of 4,046

Interesting bit about the Sunshine State, as Forbes reported:

 … Rick Scott pushed mandatory drug testing—provided, in part, by his wife’s company, Solantic. Scott transferred his $62 million stake in the company to his wife only a few months before mandating drug testing for state employees and welfare recipients.

Gee, that’s quite a coincidence.

… statistics show that applicants actually test positive at a lower rate than the drug use of the general population. The national drug use rate is 9.4 percent. In these states, however, the rate of positive drug tests to total welfare applicants ranges from 0.002 percent to 8.3 percent, but all except one have a rate below 1 percent.

Yet the Right chooses to whine about the non-existent problem of drug use by welfare recipients rather than their tax dollars are being spent for nothing more than a political feel-good exercise.

One would think folks who yammer about the Constitution all the time would recognize this drug-testing plan as a violation of the 4th Amendment, but it seems they never made it past the first two. Luckily, courts in Florida actually followed the law on this one.

food stamps

According to the website SNAP to Health (my emphases):

The SNAP Restaurant Meal Program is a federal option selected by five states. It allows an exception to the SNAP prohibition on hot, ready-to-eat foods for elderly, disabled and homeless SNAP participants only. In three of the five states, this program is not available statewide but rather offered in specific counties or on a pilot basis. Qualifying restaurants must offer low cost or reduced price meals and meet other SNAP requirements.

It’s not like they’re reserving tables at Manhattan’s Four Seasons; eligible “restaurants” are places like Chick-Fil-A and Sonic. There’s another distinction: Prepared food is allowable under TANF, or Temporary Assistance For Needy Families, not under SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (aka “Food Stamps”).

guns

Some FACTS from GunCite (my emphases):

Gun control, the Law on Firearms and Ammunition, was introduced to Germany in 1928 under the Weimar regime (there was no Right to Arms in the Constitution of 1919) in large part to disarm the nascent private armies, e.g. the Nazi SA (aka “the brownshirts”)… Gun control was not initiated at the behest or on behalf of the Nazis – it was in fact designed to keep them, or others of the same ilk, from executing a revolution against the lawful government…

The Third Reich did not need gun control (in 1938 or at any time thereafter) to maintain their power. The success of Nazi programs (restoring the economy, dispelling socio-political chaos) and the misappropriation of justice by the apparatus of terror (the Gestapo) assured the compliance of the German people. Arguing otherwise assumes a resistance to Nazi rule that did not exist. [Read more Facts here.]

ignorant folk

This one is so ridiculous I don’t even know what to say other than: There is a certain bloc of the Right’s voting base that simply chooses to not be part of the United States. They live in an alternate universe that stands still while time and progress pass them by. They are either too ignorant, or too afraid, to join the real world. When you only seek information from those media sources that echo your own opinions, guess what… you’re always right. Problem is, socially backward parents tend to raise socially backward children.

The creator of that meme would be surprised to learn that all of those things apply to me as well; I just don’t believe they define America… except the loving freedom bit, of course. Must say, I don’t get the skull.

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You Got Your Wish Senator Graham

If you recall, Lindsey Graham is known for the statement:

“The demographics race we’re losing badly. We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term.”

graham trumpNow that his party has become the exact demographic he wanted, Donald Trump is leading in the GOP polls, and poor Lindsey Graham has the sadz. In an interview with CNN:

Graham chalked Trump’s lead up to a “dark side of politics that Mr. Trump is appealing to.” He said Trump is channeling the same Republican primary voters who believe President Barack Obama is a Muslim and was born in Kenya.

“He is shallow, he is ill-prepared to be commander-in-chief, he doesn’t know what he is talking about in terms of how our laws work, he says the worst things possible about immigrants and women, and he’s a complete idiot when it comes to Mideast policy…

Luckily he specified he was was talking about Donald Trump, because the above description could fit any one of the GOP’s 2016 candidates. Graham added:

“So I think over time, common sense will prevail.”

Does he really. For the past 7 years, Lindsey Graham and his party have said and done nothing to inform their voters or improve their lives. They have stoked the GOP fires of racism, bigotry, and misogyny, while governing through blatant dishonesty. They’ve been happy to let their voters’ uneducated anger fester and grow.

It is Conservatives who have driven the wedge deeper and deeper into this country; now it has blown up in their face with Donald Trump’s candidacy. They have no message, they have no plan, and now they’ve lost any shred of legitimacy.

This is the party you asked for, Senator Graham:

Angry White Guys Montage2

Are you happy now?

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Donald Trump’s Fantasy Cabinet

trump clownDue to a large swath of imbeciles in the Conservative Movement, Donald Trump is currently leading the polls for the GOP’s 2016 Presidential nomination. So Mr. Trump, clown extraordinaire, is considering his tentative cabinet, should hell freeze over, pigs fly, it snows in summer, and he gets elected. It is a mashup of has-beens, never-weres, and egos the size of Texas.

Trump recently stated he would love to have Sarah Palin in his cabinet. I think a locked cabinet in someone’s basement would be better for the country but hey, what do I know. What cabinet post you ask? He didn’t say, but let’s think:

palin empty chairSecretary of Education? Don’t think so. Not only are her English language skills debatable, but her grasp of American history and geography hovers around 1st grade level.

Secretary of Labor? Hardly. Do the terms Sarah Palin and work go hand in hand to you?

Secretary of the Interior? She probably thinks that means redecorating the White House.

coulter scarecrowI have to admit, the Palin post is a stumper. Ann Coulter on the other hand, is volunteering to be Trump’s Secretary of Homeland Security. How about head of border security? He could just tie the emaciated witch to a post and prop her up on the border somewhere, sort of like an androgynous scarecrow. Nobody would come near that.

Trump also said he’d like to make Trey Gowdy Attorney General. He’s the little pinhead with the oversized ego in charge of the Republicans’ SEVENTH committee looking into Benghazi. Just the word Benghazi gives this guy a woody. FYI, the New York Observer reports:

trey-gowdyOver 13 months the Benghazi Select Committee has spent more than $3,500,000, exceeding the budget of the entire House Intelligence Committee.

Rep. Gowdy now states the committee will continue its work into 2016 raising its cost to taxpayers to more than $6,000,000…

He’ll probably end up old and senile, wandering around the nursing home muttering the word Benghazi, punctuated by occasional shouts of Hillary! like a Tourette’s sufferer.

I’m actually looking forward to the humor Trump’s “Cabinet picks” will provide, but you and I know the only cabinet he stands a chance of organizing in 2016 is his medicine cabinet.

1187819_SMJPG_7FU94092BJ1890229cross-posted at All Things Democrat

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