The Pink Flamingo is terrified of extremes. I see the growing extremism and irrational behavior of the tea parties as just that. It did not start out this way, but it is getting there. The very real problem is the fact that the people involved in the tea parties are failing to weigh the biased information they are receiving from their tin-plated gods like Glenn Beck.
If something is not done to put some of these people in check, and explain the facts of life to them, via American history, we are in for a very terrifying ride, abjectly terrifying. How long will it be before some idiotic tea party twit who is seriously unstable does something like what happened in India over the weekend?
Perhaps it is time for we the normal Republicans of the United States to demand the Tea Party “patriots” quit harassing and lying about our good elected Republican officials. Maybe they need to apologize to US!
NOTE TO LINDSEY: Don’t you dare give into the irrational and dictatorial spoiled demands of the tea party “patriots” who obviously don’t remember that there is such a thing as freedom of speech in this country. They want to promote the Constitution, but get rid of all those pesky amendments that annoy them.
Don’t you just love those adorable little tea party “patriots” who go around proclaiming their love for freedom of speech and the Constitution – as long as they repeal a few amendments and only allow freedom of speech for those they think are pure?
If you check the “recent comments” list on the right, you might just find a whole slew of comments from a “Republican” from South Carolina who goes by the name “Working Tommy C.”. As with many tea party acolytes, he can’t use his real name. It’s all about freedom and independence, right?
The following is a copy of an article written by Spanish writer Sebastian Vilar Rodrigez and published in a Spanish newspaper on Jan. 15, 2008. It doesn’t take much imagination to extrapolate the message to the rest of Europe and the rest of the world. It comes from a viral email sent to me by a friend. I think on this day, it is a good time to take stock on what we are doing in the world and modern reactions.
ALL EUROPEAN LIFE DIED IN AUSCHWITZ
” I walked down the street in Barcelona, and suddenly discovered a terrible truth – Europe died in Auschwitz…We killed six million Jews and replaced them with 20 million Muslims. In Auschwitz we burned a culture, thought, creativity, talent. We destroyed the chosen people, truly chosen, because they produced great and wonderful people who changed the world.
The contribution of this people is felt in all areas of life: science, art, international trade, and above all, as the conscience of the world. These are the people we burned.
In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
By the REPRESENTATIVES of the
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
In GENERAL CONGRESS assembled.
WHEN in the course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation.
For some strange reason, libertarians hate Lindsey. The roots probably go back to his contempt for Ron Paul, Glenn Beck and other hysterical conspiracy nuts, then again, Lindsey is a very real Reagan Conservative. The man has courage. He is fighting in the face of tremendous lies against him, from the far right and the far left.
He is being so up front about what he is trying to do that he is putting a risk to his political career to do what is honest and honorable.
One thing you gotta love about liberals is their way to out-manouver the right every time. During a long weekend when we need to be going after Obama, they decided to offer up Lindsey for the far right to crucify with their usual far right class. Few conservatives have the courage to admit that Lindsey is right. But then again, the whole idea is to spend the weekend beating up on Lindsey Graham rather than Barack Obama.
The Pink Flamingo was thinking about politics and baseball. They are both related. Baseball has a fantasy league, so why can’t we have fantasy politics.
I have a dream.
Just think how much fun it would be to create my own version of hearing in the House. I could get to select who I wanted to take on the Dems, and interrogate them in a dog and pony show, humiliating them the way they do those poor souls they put on the hot seat.
There would be no opening statements. There would be no pontificating, only cold, hard questions. Those who are being interrogated must provide concrete answers or they will be held in Contempt of Congress (and they are contemptible).
The following comes from an email. It was one of those “my gosh” moments. I’ve always been impressed with Steve Pearce, but this is incredible!
I know several “decorated” heroes from different branches of service; Army Rangers, 5th Special Forces, SOG groups, 82nd Airborne, Navy SEALS and the like. I’m not sure just how many I know – but it’s a bunch. It is not very often that you are asked by a fellow Veteran to review his military record and make a comment or two. My friend, and former Congressman Steve Pearce, a candidate for the 2010 U.S. House of Representatives, District 2, from New Mexico – asked me to do just that; in part because we were stationed at the same base in Vietnam “…back when…” and in part, because he wanted a second set of eyes to set the record straight about a subject he keeps to himself – the way most heroes do.
First Lieutenant Randall Lee Ashby
317th Engineer Battalion,
69th Armor Regiment,
3d Infantry Division (Mechanized)
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to First Lieutenant (Corps of Engineers) Randall Lee Ashby, United States Army, for gallantry while serving as the Platoon Leader of Second Platoon, Company B, 317th Engineer Battalion, 2d Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 3d Infantry Division (Mechanized).
NOTE: The Pink Flamingo must have the blasted book ready to send to her publisher first thing this morning. I don’t have time for a full post, so I’ve put a few things together. Tomorrow things will greatly improve. The clip art is on purpose.
If the Tea Party twits do not behave themselves they are going to make a mess of things this November.
“…So, if November comes and Tea Party candidate after Purist candidate goes down to defeat and very vulnerable Democrats (cough…Harry Reid…cough) continue to serve in office, then those of us within the party who are not Tea Partiers or Purists need to put our foot down and take a stand. No more accommodating, no more coddling, no more trying to incorporate people who don’t want to be incorporated. If the Tea Party/Purist wing of the Party doesn’t want to be team players, then they have got to go. …”
“The year’s at the spring,
And day’s at the morn;
Morning’s at seven;
The hill-side’s dew-pearled;
The lark’s on the wing;
The snail’s on the thorn;
God’s in his Heaven –
All’s right with the world!”
Is it possible the Far Right is suffering from a congenital nervous break down? Perhaps it is time for all of us to take a breather, and look at the world around us. The Pink Flamingo is as guilty as everyone else, so this little lecture is for me, as well.
One of The Pink Flamingo’s favorite movie lines is uttered by the late, immortal David Niven. “I shall yell tripe whenever tripe is served!” It comes from the adorable classic Please Don’t Eat the Daisies, based on writer Jean Kerr’s inspirational book by the same title. I say “inspirational” because it is one of those books that helped to inspire The Pink Flamingo to become a writer. In it, the author mentions the reason she became a writer was because writing was the only career where a person could sleep late on a regular basis! Bingo – career path chosen.
One of the things that amazes me the most is the tea party “patriot” and their desire to nominate and vote for men and women who have either no political experience, or no real world experience, or are abject idiots and frauds. Take the State of Florida, please. Have you heard about the tea party tempest there?
“...Of course, Graham suggested, that doesn’t mean President Obama is likely to fire Vice President Joe Biden. But “he can tell him to shut up.”
On Fox and Friends this morning, Graham said that he agrees with the President’s decision to oust McChrystal. He also took a couple of shots at civilian leaders there, saying that Karl Eikenberry, “the current Ambassador to Afghanistan, has a broken relationship with President Karzai” and that “Ambassador Holbrooke is a fine man who has got some friction between him and President Karzai.”
“…”I’ve been a military officer most of my adult life, and there are lines you don’t cross,” Graham said. “Those lines were crossed. It was poor judgement, it was beyond poor judgement. It made it virtually impossible for the general to stay in his job.“…” Lindsey Graham
The Pink Flamingo was actually on time for the Wednesday 5:30 service today. (I had Altar Guild). The Feast Day of the Nativity of John the Baptist is on the 25th, exactly 6 months before Christmas. Our most excellent new priest, Judy Burgess, had a great little homily about John the Baptist. (In all fair disclosure, I picture John the Baptist as Newt Gingrich, the voice crying in the wilderness).
The message of today was that John the Baptist repeatedly told everyone he was not The One to Come, that he as a messenger, but not the Messiah. He had no problem being number two, of not being the important one. He was strong enough to know that there was another, the Messiah. The lesson is that there are men and women who are capable of being number two because they know being number two is important.
“Under NASA’s very close direction, every manned U.S. spacecraft has been built by commercial companies. In fact, 83% of NASA’s budget goes to commercial entities. Depending on commercial companies is not new. That process has included strong NASA control, oversight and safety concerns. It is a procedure developed over many years and with great care. It has worked well. Change should be made with utmost caution and only if it brings some major advantage.
What is new is placing 100% confidence in smaller, less experienced companies if the Shuttles are retired, with no backup, for extremely complex missions. I am glad to see multi-company interest in commercial space development, but at this early stage of their experience they should be phased in only after they demonstrate a high degree of competency and reliability, particularly with regard to safety concerns.” …” John Glenn
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NOTE: A photo of Jack Singer could not be found. The Pink Flamingo is using one, instead of Marine Sgt. Eddie Ryan who is the recipient of Jack Singer’s incredible decency.
Wednesday Hero has been mainly about honoring the Men & Women of the United States military and bringing to light what they do for us, but it’s also honored those who’ve done something to help those same Men & Women.
This week I want to introduce Jack Singer of Warwick, N.Y.
You see, Jack recently celebrated his 10th birthday, and he did something very cool for a very good cause.
My father always said if you have an employee who thinks they are indispensable, fire ’em before they ruin your business. It looks like Obama needs to can McCrystal. Sorry, but I’m taking Obama’s side here. He is the Commander-in-Chief, no matter how we dislike it. You don’t show this amount of disrespect and not expect to be job hunting in the very near future.
The man voted for Obama! He now apparently is pitting Hillary against Obama.
“It is for real,” says Hayworth, who is currently challenging Sen. John McCain in Arizona’s Republican primary. “Now look, I understand the skepticism, in part because President Reagan used to say the greatest contradiction ever uttered was, ‘I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.’”
Why would Mitt Romney end up donating something like $42,000 to a candidate for governor in South Carolina. Well, first, Gresham Barrett endorsed Fred Thompson in 2008. This is NOT about putting the BEST person into office, it is about Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin manipulating the primaries to get the person THEY think will deliver SC’s extremely important POTUS primary vote in 2012.
Nah, it isn’t about tea parties, patriotism, or even who’s on first. It is about 2012, and the battle to get the nod from the Governor of SC to promote their Presidential ambitions.
SC could be the most pivotal of all primary states. The endorsement of the state’s governor is a big fat hairy deal. We all know Gresham probably won’t endorse either Palin or Romney. Ergo – they gotta go with Haley, shampoo and all.
What are all these endorsements about other than political brownie points?
There are times when The Pink Flamingo is rather pleased to be an Episcopalian, even with all of our problems.
According to the Archbishop of York, John Setamu, we women are not good enough to be either priests or bishops, even though Christ was not exactly discriminatory when it came to calling women. Fact is, the very first Christian – the first person to see the Risen Christ was a woman!
The real problem is the hard-liners within the Anglican Communion who are from African countries who are dominated by women hating Muslims.
Neo-Nazi J. T. Ready (pal of Russell Pearce, Sheriff Joe, and J. D. Hayworth) is reporting for duty! To The Pink Flamingo, the real question is whether or not, the tea party “patriots” in Phoenix have severed their relationship with him.
“…The past president of the Mesa Community College Republican Club and current Maricopa County Republican precinct committeeman, Ready is deeply involved in mainstream conservative politics. He’s also an outright neo-Nazi. Ready spoke at a rally put on by the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement in Omaha, Neb., last September (where he was billed as an “Arizona Republican activist”) and appeared at the neo-Nazi National Vanguard’s “Winterfest” gathering in Phoenix last December. He regularly posts to white nationalist online forums, including NewSaxon, where last December he offered this charming observation on the root causes of illegal immigration: “The truth is that negroids screw monkeys and rape babies in afreaka [sic]. Then stupid white man who licks kosher jew rear lets negroids in. … Stop Negroid immigration and integration now!!! Nature will take care of the rest.”…”
Just a little Google screen shot of J. T., Pearce, and his little friends)
There are a few ethics complaints about Nikki Haley’s income tax returns. She has staggering leadership problems, but that doesn’t matter. She is a woman, ergo she is better and more worthy than Gresham Barrett. Yea, it sounds dirty to me. Gresham and Natalie donated over $20,000 to charity last year. Haley donated $971 dollars. Even to SC Democrats that sounds cheap and just a little selfish.
Nikki Haley is LOSING the cash race. Gresham is being funded from within the state of South Carolina by normal Repubicans who cannot stomach another term of Mark Sanford nothing. So, Nikki’s little friends must come in from out of state and prop up what could be a floundering campaign.
Last week The Pink Flamingo told you if Nikki Haley wins the run-off, you will see many Republicans privately backing the Dem nominee for governor, Vince Sheheen.
“…“I think there’s certainly going to be financial support from Republican donors for Sheheen,” said Chip Felkel, a longtime GOP operative based in Greenville. “Many in the [S.C.] House and the [S.C.] Senate leadership simply don’t think they can work with Nikki Haley. They have very strong feelings about Rep. Haley and how she has dealt with them, and I don’t think there’s any enthusiasm whatsoever for her to be sitting in the governor’s office.”…”