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Sunday, October 22, 2017

What Fresh Hell? for October 21-22, 2017: Bannon, Ben Stein, Bob Pittenger, MOTUS welfare, & worshiping God on his greatest creation: the golf course

Addressing the California state Republican convention, Steve Bannon finally admitted former President Obama-is-the-worst-president-ever is just another Donald Trump lie:
Bannon, speaking to a capacity crowd at a California Republican party convention on Friday night, said Bush had embarrassed himself, didn’t know what he was talking about, and had no idea whether “he is coming or going, just like it was when he was president”.
“There has not been a more destructive presidency than George Bush’s,” Bannon added, as boos could be heard in the crowd at the mention of Bush’s name.
The Guardian predicts the speech will fall on deaf ears outside the hall:

Bannon is promoting a field of primary challengers to take on incumbent Republicans in Congress. But in California, the GOP has been fading for years.
The state has become a kind of Republican mausoleum: GOP supporters can relive the glory days by visiting the stately presidential libraries of Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon, but today Democrats control every statewide office and rule both chambers of the Legislature by commanding margins.


Career dilettante Ben Stein is temporizing again. Not for him Coach Mike Ditka's chesty dictum that America has been racism-free since 1917.

No, the Ferris Bueller cameo star and son of President Nixon's chief economic advisor says racism in America flourishes as it ought under Republican rule: as a purely private sector, free-market thing, unregulated by spite-killing laws:
During Saturday’s broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “Cavuto on Business,” economist and former presidential speechwriter Ben Stein rejected what many NFL players have proclaimed to be the justification for their pre-game National Anthem protests. 
According to Stein, there was no longer “institutional racism” in America and those players were “a bunch of sulking big babies.” 
“You know, these guys are a bunch of sulking big babies,” Stein said. “They don’t know what they’re talking about. There’s no institutional racism at all in America anymore. If they want to do their free speech thing, God bless them. Let them do their free speech thing. But let’s ignore them from then on. Let’s just ignore them like they’re bad babies and we don’t want to hear them crying off in the corner … yes, there’s racism in every human being’s heart. There’s no institutional racism in America anymore. It’s gone.”

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North Carolina Congressman Bob Pittenger wants everyone to know that he is working on being the Ivory Soap of Trumpism ("WWJD?" accounts for the impurities):

“How silly these guys are, grasping for anything,” he said. “Let’s take a reality check, OK? No. 1, look at the record. My record in voting [with] Trump. I have 95.6 percent. Higher than Congressman Mark Meadows, OK? So let’s be clear on that.”

Pittenger ticked through a long list of conservative endorsements he’s notched over the years, including the National Rifle Association and National Right to Life, and noted his efforts on economic and anti-abortion measures underway on Capitol Hill right now.

His campaign staff also passed along a document titled “Rep. Robert Pittenger: Unapologetically Pro Trump,” which detailed the “over 200” media appearances, six rallies, nine town halls and other instances in which Pittenger has offered robust defenses of the president.

“My conservative credentials are impeccable,” he said. “This is simply a little power play by a few people who are gaming this. I’ve stood for conservative principles. I will win this election because my positions, what I’ve stood for, will be validated, regardless of what type of smoke other people try to throw up there. Pure nonsense.”

Pittenger's primary opponent is the occasional pastor of Charlotte's First Baptist Church. Mark Harris has spent the last four years, however, seeking to be a counselor rather than a prophet: he has run twice for Congress and once for the US Senate.


Speaking of false piety, here are today's *residential tweets in lieu of church attendance:


MOTUS recently complained it's time to roll out welfare queens in Cadillacs and President Reagan's. But at the same time, he's rolling out a limited pre-paid legal services program for his staff. 

The *resident will spend $430,000 on Russia investigation legal costs incurred by his hapless courtiers out of his pocket. Like the $25,000 jackpot for the dead soldier's father that went months unpaid until the fake news truly shamed him, one presumes.

But he will offset his largesse by not reimbursing the Republican National Committee, which is using money donated by his much-vaunted small contributors to pay the legal fees of the billionaire leader and his son.



“Beware of first-hand ideas!” exclaimed one of the most advanced of them. “First-hand ideas do not really exist. They are but the physical impressions produced by life and fear, and on this gross foundation who could erect a philosophy? Let your ideas be second-hand, and if possible tenth-hand, for then they will be far removed from that disturbing element — direct observation. Do not learn anything about this subject of mine — the French Revolution. Learn instead what I think that Enicharmon thought Urizen thought Gutch thought Ho-Yung thought Chi-Bo-Sing thought Lafcadio Hearn thought Carlyle thought Mirabeau said about the French Revolution. Through the medium of these ten great minds, the blood that was shed at Paris and the windows that were broken at Versailles will be clarified to an idea which you may employ most profitably in your daily lives. But be sure that the intermediates are many and varied, for in history one authority exists to counteract another. Urizen must counteract the scepticism of Ho-Yung and Enicharmon, I must myself counteract the impetuosity of Gutch. You who listen to me are in a better position to judge about the French Revolution than I am. Your descendants will be even in a better position than you, for they will learn what you think I think, and yet another intermediate will be added to the chain. And in time” — his voice rose — “there will come a generation that has got beyond facts, beyond impressions, a generation absolutely colourless, a generation seraphically free from taint of personality, which will see the French Revolution not as it happened, nor as they would like it to have happened, but as it would have happened, had it taken place in the days of the Machine.”


GA State Rep. Betty Price, whose husband, disgraced HHS Secretary Tom Price, is also a doctor with a taste for bellying up to the government trough, is doing her bit to lay the groundwork for the 2018 GOP Culture Wars Offensive by dusting off old antigay memes and then claiming she was misreprented. So she doubled down to make her point clear:

Georgia Rep. Betty Price, in a statement to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Saturday, said her comments on people with HIV that ignited a national firestorm this week were “taken completely out of context.”
Price, the wife of former U.S. health secretary Tom Price, was in a study committee Tuesday when she asked a state health official whether people with HIV could legally be quarantined.

Price said she was just being “provocative.” She said she is not in favor of a quarantine but made the “rhetorical” statement because she was sad and troubled that “too many of our fellow citizens who have HIV are not compliant.”


Protesters who block Kentucky streets could be charged with a crime, while motorists who run into them could be held criminally and civilly immune, under a bill pre-filed Friday by a Republican state lawmaker. 
The language written by Rep. C. Wesley Morgan of Richmond would add to Kentucky’s laws on riots and disorderly conduct. 
One part would make it a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail, to interfere with the flow of traffic on a public road during a protest or march for which a permit has not been granted. Another part would specify that motorists “may not be held criminally or civilly liable for causing injury or death to a person” who is blocking traffic during such an event, unless it is proven that the motorist ran into the protesters deliberately. 
...Morgan, first elected to the Kentucky House last year, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Sunday. He represents central Madison County. 
Morgan was criticized during the 2017 legislative session for filing a number of bills that would have benefited himself as the owner of liquor stores and a houseboat with a lien against it. He also failed to pay property taxes on that $350,000 houseboat for more than a decade, denying school districts and local governments thousands of dollars each year, according to public records and interviews with officials.

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