Archive for the ‘Contemptible’ Category

The Appearance Police Are on the Job in Alabama

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Wow, does Alabama’s new immigration law bring the haters out of the woodwork.  And I’m not talking about this woman:

Tiffany R. Morales of Jasper, who certainly appears to have some mental and criminal issues, called Gov. Bentley’s office on September 29 and told the person who answered the phone, “Tell the governor he has a bullet with his name on it.” She says her fiancé is an undocumented immigrant who has fled the state, and she’s unhappy with the passage of HB56.

Now, let me hasten to say that no one should be threatening anyone else’s life.  There’s no way to excuse this, although I suspect she’d benefit a lot more from some top-notch mental health care than she will from the possible five years in prison she’s facing.

However, her actions are no excuse for the vitriol that’s coming her way at al.com and the Montgomery Advertiser site.  One al.com commenter posted a link to the original Advertiser account in an attempt to get the others to see that she has a history of attempting violence in what can only be described as particularly self-destructive circumstances.  I mean, trying to stab a sheriff’s deputy while another deputy is STANDING RIGHT THERE? This woman’s not exactly a master criminal.

Unfortunately, the Advertiser story included a photo of the woman, and commenters were quick to go after her appearance. You see, she not only made the mistake of threatening the governor, she did it while not looking like a supermodel. Apparently her looks and her weight are fair game for anonymous folks who don’t have their own unflattering photos displayed next to their screen names.

Alpharaptor: That obese heifer psycho is angry because the only man that would have her heifer butt is an illegal Mexican alien jumping bean chupacabra!!

BelleII: Aw…Tiffany is just mad because she is afraid she will lose her “caliente latino lover”

Did Troy King succeed in closing down those toy stores? I think I’ll look into getting Miss Tiffany a gift certificate, if not. The Viagra problem is this folks: We have too many desperate, oversexed, overweight women in our state. Most of us that are somewhat normal will not give Jose or Javier a second glance….but then, you have Tiffanys everywhere, dressing up in Lane Bryant lingerie and beckoning Jesus over to her double-wide.

hueytown007: I would say jack the jail up and put her under it ! ….But I don’t think you can jack a jail up that high.

nosweettea: The illegal fled to keep from waking up in the morning looking at that thing. And a nut job is a direct threat to every one.

curvebo: If that hag likes mexicans so much then she should take her butt on down to mexico so she can have all of them she wants.

aubie86: I’ve seen some fine looking Mexican women as in HOT! Her husband needs glasses and the women is obviously a psycho.

I bet every one of those commentrs will be sitting in a pew tomorrow morning, professing their love for Jesus and their fellow man.

In a comment that’s much more relevant to the matter at hand, cluelessfossil wins the Comment of the Day Award:

I don’t condone what Ms. Morales allegedly said or did, nor do I condone threats and /or violence in any form, but I can’t help but think that if she had simply told the governor’s office staff that she was ready to “empty the clip and do what has to be done” she wouldn’t be in such a mess. Seems statements like that are perfectly acceptable in Montgomery. Or is that only when they are uttered by powerful Republicans and directed toward a powerless group of people? The irresponsible rhetoric emanating from those in positions of power and authority in this state sets a tone that fans the flames of hate and distrust and creates a smokescreen that hides the REAL problems facing the state and the nefarious schemes of the people in power.

Well said, cluelessfossil. I think you should change your handle to “clued-in”.

 

What an Ass!

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

New Jersey governor Chris Christie, who has taken some heat for going to Disney World while New Jersey was snowed in by a not unexpected blizzard, just dug the hole a bit deeper:

“I would have been doing the same thing here as I would have been there,” Christie said. “I would have been in a room someplace. I would not have been out, like, driving a plow.”

Good to know, Gov. Christie.  I don’t think anyone expected you to drive a plow, but they probably didn’t expect you to be an asshole about it either.  Or maybe they did.  That’s no excuse.

Gov. Christie also praised the work of Democratic Senate President Stephen Sweeney, who was stuck dealing with the mess when the governor and lieutenant governor took off for warmer climes (the lieutenant governor went on a cruise with her ill father), but I doubt anyone with a dead family member would appreciate his words:

“We did not have any significant loss of life,” Christie said, calling it an “extraordinary accomplishment.”

Yeah, I’m sure the family of the man who died of a heart attack after rescue workers had to use sleds to get to him really appreciates that sentiment.  Wait, aren’t Republicans all about sanctity of life?

Christie also went after local mayors who complained about his absence:

When asked about the hundreds of people trapped in their homes for days, Christie said unless they lived on state roads, it’s not something his administration would have been able to change.

“If someone is snowed into their house, that’s not our responsibility,” Christie said.

When asked about mayors who said they were forced to divert their resources to unplowed state roads instead of clearing local roads Christie said, “I know who these mayors are and they should buck up and take responsibility for the fact that they didn’t do their job.”

Christie, who thinks none of this is his responsibility, is nonetheless requesting FEMA funds to help cover the cost of the disaster. Yeah, that federal teat is evil until you need it.

What an ass!

Mike Tyson: Hero?

Sunday, May 18th, 2008

I opened up the intertubes a little while ago to find this headline staring at me from my AT&T homepage:

“Boxing great Tyson tells all in film at Cannes”

Part of me would like to ignore the larger message and simply concentrate on the lack of proper capitalization in a title. I’d like to write a post about the tiny tomatoes that appeared on my Early Girl this week. But I can’t ignore a report that Mike effin’ Tyson, convicted rapist Mike Tyson, ear-biting Mike Tyson, got a “prolonged ovation” at Cannes this week.

“I lived a wild and extreme life,” the former heavyweight champion told reporters Saturday. “I used drugs. I had altercations with dangerous people. I slept with guys’ wives that wanted to kill me. I’m just happy to be here, you know. It’s just a miracle.”

The 41-year-old former boxer got a prolonged ovation at the Cannes screening for “Tyson,” directed by his old friend James Toback (“Fingers”).

Seems he managed to overcome a difficult childhood to grow up and become a rapist and an abuser, and we’re supposed to cheer for that. He still denies responsibility for the rape, saying he was unfairly convicted. Well, of course. Anyone who earns adulation by living the life he’s lived must think he’s entitled to take what he wants, without consequences.

But on one issue, he still refuses to take responsibility. He insists he is innocent of the 1991 rape of an 18-year-old beauty queen for which he served three years in prison.

“I’ve been abusive to women before in my life,” he acknowledged. But in this case, “I thought (the conviction) was wrong, I thought it was unfair.”

Oh, poor baby. He only serves three years for a rape, and he’s whining about fairness?

Color me unimpressed. With him, and with the people who glorify him.

Private War

Monday, August 27th, 2007

There’s been some attention in the blogosphere this weekend to an AP article detailing government punishment of whistleblowers –we’re talking military confinement and “aggressive” interrogation techniques, not lost jobs. It’s a must-read, but I’d suggest starting with some more background first, in particular “The Great Iraq Swindle”, which details the corruption and profiteering that has gone on from day one in Iraq.

If you’ve read Imperial Life in the Emerald City, or even the excerpts that were published elsewhere, you already know part of the story, but the articles referenced above pick up where it left off. Private contractors have made a fortune off the backs of the American people and to the detriment of our military, and they walk away with no accountability for the millions they’ve stolen or the lives they’ve destroyed.  Meanwhile those who try to bring public attention to the corruption find themselves in the line of fire.

Go read, but I don’t recommend eating first.  This will make you ill.

Rove Defies Senate Subpoena

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

Again with the shock.  I don’t know how many more surprises my poor heart can take.  The White House claimed executive privilege for Rove, but, surprisingly, allowed Scott Jennings to appear.  He’s up now on C-Span 3.  I just clicked over, and it sounds like Jennings is “declining to answer”.

Stunning

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

Bush is expected to prevent Karl Rove and Scott Jennings from testifying before Congress.  I know you’re all shocked at his disregard for the law.

/snark

Telling Comment of the Day

Friday, July 27th, 2007

Tony Snow, continuing White House attempts to denigrate Congressional oversight:

On CNN’s The Situation Room, Snow said the White House “will respond in due course” to the Rove subpoena. But he added, “Let me point out that we have actually made Karl Rove available to that committee under conditions where he’s going to tell the truth.” [emphasis mine]

Right.  Rove would tell the truth if those meanies in Congress didn’t force him to swear that he’s telling the truth.  And force him to tell it on the record.  Pull the other one, Tony.

Breaking: Leahy Will Subpoena Rove

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

So reports MSNBC.  More later.

Breaking: House Judiciary Committee Approves Contempt Citations

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

The Committee voted 22-17 to issue contempt citations against Harriet Miers and Josh Bolten.  Now the recommendation goes to the full House, with a vote likely to take place after the August recess.  It was a party-line vote, and I must say I’m disappointed in the Republicans on the Committee, who continue to enable Bush’s efforts to avoid actual oversight.

You know, I think I’d like to see Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid cancel that August recess and keep Congress in session while W takes a month off in Crawford and the Iraqi Parliament heads for villas on the Mediterranean.  If our troops have to keep fighting, maybe our government should keep working.

House Judiciary Committee Voting on Contempt Citations This Morning

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

They’ll vote on whether to cite former White House Counsel Harriet Miers and White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten for refusing to honor congressional subpoenas.  As usual, TPM Muckraker has great coverage.  And you can watch (online or TV) on C-Span 3.  The extensive report prepared by the committee supporting the charges is here (PDF).

Republicans on the committee are doing everything they can to distract from the issue at hand.  Right now some dude is going on about Internet predators and how Congress is wasting its time trying to defend the Constitution and the separation of powers.  Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) is slapping that down, saying that the committee wouldn’t have to spend so much time on this issue if the Republicans would stop offering “dilatory amendments”.  Word.

And isn’t it interesting that Bush says he never discussed the US Attorney firings with his staff, and they say they never discussed them with him, but he wants to claim executive privilege?