I'm sure you know what the answer is, but for just how wrong Dino Rossi is about Washingtonian wealth, click through to the link above for the number. Now we just have to decide whether Dino is stupid, lying, or a stupid fucking liar.Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) has embraced the Obama administration’s proposal to allow the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest two percent of Americans to expire, while renewing those for the lower- and middle-class. Rossi, though, wants to extend all of the cuts, saying that allowing those for the rich to expire is a “class warfare program”:Rossi argued that 2 1/2 million people in Washington benefit from the 2001 Bush tax cuts, the extension of which will be a major issue in Congress this fall. Rossi described as “this class warfare program” the Obama administration’s plan to extend the cuts enjoyed by middle-income taxpayers, while repealing tax cuts for high-income households.There are about 6.7 million people in Washington state, so for Rossi’s number to be accurate, he’s either claiming that Obama and Murray want to raise taxes on people that they don’t, or he is claiming that more than one-third of the state’s population is making more than $200,000 per year.
Speaking of other stupid fucking liars for Senate, let's have some vintage Sharron Angle:
For anyone familiar with the mantra of fundamentalist Christians, what I'm about to share will not surprise you. What might surprise you, though, is how doggedly Sharron Angle pursued the question of a high school football team wearing black jerseys for one homecoming game.
Back in 1992, Sharron Angle waged her very first public campaign -- against black football jerseys. After the local favorites had been defeated by an upstart team of newbies from a neighboring county in 1991, the coach came up with this for the following year:Springing ahead, Jones came up with an innovative idea to fire up his charges for their 1992 homecoming game against Laughlin. Utilizing the “darkest day” theme, he suggested the Muckers could wear black jerseys to remember the previous year’s debacle.All politics is local, and nothing ratchets up the heat faster than high school sports, schools, and religious zealots. There were two factions opposing the coach's idea. Those who objected to any color but school colors on the field, and Sharron Angle's group, who objected on these grounds:Also opposing the black jerseys was another group including Angle, a member, if not its leader.
They argued against our charges wearing black on religious grounds.I cannot quote scripture as they did to justify their point but the gist of their argument was that black as a color was thoroughly evil, invoking the supernatural and especially the devil my take from dictionary definitions and not from scripture .Angle's weird and extreme position comes from the theology of light and dark articulated throughout the Bible. It's based on a literal reading of Scriptural passages invoking metaphorical applications of light and dark, culminating in Jesus' proclamation that he is the "light of the world".
Yes, that's just the kind of reasoning the Senate needs. She reminds me of the dumbshits in my community who pitched a fit over our high school basketball team, charmingly named the Sand Devils. Y'see, Arizona's team is the Sun Devils, cuz it's the Valley of the Sun, and so we called our team the Sand Devils, cuz we lived in a place where, when the wind blew, you could step outside nekkid for a quick and vigorous exfoliation. It was cute and clever and led to endless angst from the Bible-thumping crowd, who freaked out over the name of the team (ZOMG devils!!1!11!!!) and the mascot (a cute, fat little cherub-devil sort o' thing). Our mascot/logo had to be encased in a whirlwind because the fundies freaked when it was redesigned to show the whole devil. Somehow, a devil in a dust devil didn't excite their fury quite so much as a non-dust-deviled devil. Go fucking figure.
We used to laugh our arses off at their rabid batshit insanity, and I guarantee you we'd not for an instant have taken one of them seriously as a prospect for Senate. When folks freak this badly over the ball team, you know they're a little too god-delusioned to serve in a public capacity without going off on ridiculous crusades. What's sad is that Sharron Angle actually makes our frothing fundie mascot-haters look reasonable in contrast. At least they weren't freaking out over a mere color.
Keeping with the theme of religious inanity, someone hasn't been paying attention to the "render unto Caesar" part of their Bible:
This, of course, will make it necessary for them to fleece the flock for the cost of the fines. Now, I'm all for the burning of books - when there's a living author who stands to make a profit off of other people's dumbfuckery, and we're talking mass-produced items rather than one-of-a-kind manuscripts. But in this case, the copyright's run out, the original author has been dead for well over a thousand years, and all they're doing is wasting paper while they prove what dickheads they are. It's a pointless excercise - we already know they're stupid fucking jackasses. A demonstration in this case is overkill.The ironically named Dove World Church — whose pastor, Terry Jones, has written a book called “Islam Is Of The Devil,” which is also emblazoned on a sign outside the institution — is planning to host “International Burn A Quran Day” on September 11. But the radical church ran into a new roadblock yesterday as Gainesville city officials “denied a burn permit” for the church for the event, effectively telling them doing so would be illegal. The church, undeterred, sent out an e-mail to supporters promising to hold the burning event anyway:Gainesville officials denied a burn permit for a church that plans to burn copies of the Quran on the ninth anniversary of the September 11 attacks. The Gainesville church, the Dove World Outreach Center, has a history of inflammatory comments and campaigns against Islam and remained defiant despite the burn permit denial.In an e-mail sent out Wednesday, the church said, “City of Gainesville denies burn permit – BUT WE WILL STILL BURN KORANS.”
Maybe they should listen to Ted Olson, a conservative who, in some cases, isn't a jackass at all. But I've the sad feeling they'd burn him, too.