Rep.Ilahn Omar makes a joke, rightwing nutters go berserk

The rightwing side of the Internet is going batshit crazy, claiming that Omar has threatened people with “shawarma,” which appears to be some sort of course or a form of sharia law.

Well, not exactly. Shawarma is a Middle Eastern meat preparation based on the döner kebab of Ottoman Turkey. Originally made of lamb or mutton, today’s shawarma may also be chicken, turkey, beef, or veal, cut in thin slices and stacked in a cone-like shape on a vertical rotisserie.

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More at this link.

Goddam but these rightwingers are insane fools.

Not a single mile of border wall has been built under Trump. NOT. ONE. MILE.

Courtesy of the Washington Examiner

The Trump administration has not installed a single mile of new wall in a previously fenceless part of the U.S.-Mexico border in the 30 months since President Trump assumed office, despite his campaign promise to construct a “big beautiful wall.”

In a statement last week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the federal agency overseeing border barrier construction, confirmed that all the fencing completed since Trump took office is “in place of dilapidated designs” because the existing fence was in need of replacement.

The agency said that it had built 51 miles of steel bollard fence with funding that was set aside during fiscal 2017 and 2018. But while the funding was meant both to replace outdated walls and to place barriers where there previously had been none, the government has only completed the replacement projects. The projects to secure areas with no fence are still in the works.

Keep in mind that Trump has repeatedly bragged that there have been miles of new border wall built since he took office. 

Not one single mile has in fact been built. 

A message to my Trump supporting friends:

The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land.  If you don’t like it, you can leave.

Roe v. Wade is the law of the land.  If you don’t like it, you can leave.

Same-gender marriage is the law of the land.  If you don’t like it, you can leave.

Desegregated schools are the law of the land.  If you don’t like it, you can leave.

Ditto for desegregated hotels, motels, restaurants, public restrooms . .  .  If you don’t like it, you can leave.

See — it works both ways.

Further proof of just how stupid Trumpistas really are: $1.50 for a plastic straw

There is nothing that Trump and his supporters enjoy more than ‘owning the libs’ and they will go to no ends in order to achieve their dreams.

This includes contributing to the planet’s plastic problem because Trump’s team doesn’t like the fact that paper straws are now a thing and plastic straws are slowly being phased out.

On the merchandise section of Trump’s official website, supporters can now purchase a pack of 10 red plastic straws with the word “Trump” printed on it for the pricey sum of $15.

Yup, that’s right, that’s $1.50 per straw.

Or, if you’re from the Uk, £1.20.
Which, we’re going to ahead and point out is more than the recommended retail price of a can of Coca-Cola.

Now we know: Trump is a closet Klansman

“If they don’t love it, tell them to leave it” – that was US President Donald Trump’s message about four Democratic congresswomen at a rally in North Carolina, where supporters called for one of four female politicians – who was born overseas – to be “sent back”.

“Let ’em leave,” Mr Trump said of the four women. “They’re always telling us how to run it, how to do this, how to do that. You know what? If they don’t love it, tell ’em to leave it.”

And where did Trump come up with the phrase “Love it or leave it?”

A billboard in North Carolina circa 1970s

You knew this was coming: Louisiana cop says Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez should be shot

A Gretna, Louisiana, police officer posted a comment on his Facebook page this past week calling U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a ‘vile idiot’ who ‘needs a round, and I don’t mean the kind she used to serve,’” NOLA reported Saturday.

“The comment, which alludes to the freshman Democrat’s past work as a New York City bartender while apparently saying she should be shot, comes amid increasing scrutiny of racist and violent social media posts by police officers in departments across the country,” NOLA added.

The officer, Charlie Rispoli, has been on the force since 2005.

“I’m not going to take this lightly and this will be dealt with on our end,” Chief Arthur Lawson said. “It’s not something we want someone that’s affiliated with our department to make these types of statements. That’s not going to happen.”

https://www.rawstory.com/2019/07/cop-says-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-should-be-shot-following-trumps-racist-targeting-of-the-squad/|

No doubt he’ll be promoted.

Michelle Obama is most admired woman in the world. Guess where the Trumps are.

Courtesy of New York Daily News

To some, she’s the “Forever First Lady” but across the world, Michelle Obama is the “most admired.”

According to a recent YouGov.com poll, which surveyed 42,000 people in 41 countries, the former First Lady topped the list as the “Most Admired Woman in the World.”

Mrs. O even beat out her pal, media mogul Oprah Winfrey, who came in second.

Academy Award-winning actress and human rights activist Angelina Jolie landed in third place, while Queen Elizabeth II was fourth on the list.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — another former First Lady — clocked in at number 8 while pop diva Madonna ranked at number 11.

For those wondering Melania came in at number 19 out of 20. 

For the men’s side Barack Obama finishes second to Bill Gates, and Trump is way down at number 14. 

To be honest I’m really surprised that he made the list at all. 

Alabama goober, running for the Senate, says gays are responsible for “no more good tv shows”

John Merrill, the current Secretary of State of Alabama, recently asserted, among other bizarre and archaic ideas, that people are “too interested in homosexual activities” and that’s why he can’t find any good television. As reported by Yellowhammer News, an Alabama-based publication, Merrill went on to clarify that by good TV, he has shows like The Virginian, Bonanza, and I Love Lucy in mind.

“That’s what we’ve allowed to happen,” he said on the loss of golden TV… and the rise of homosexuality?

Merrill, by the way, is running in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate in 2020. Yup: Doug Jones’s seat. He’s actually one of five Republicans looking to oust Jones; the list stands at former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, Representative Bradley Byrne, former university football coach Tommy Tuberville, and lastly, state Representative Arnold Mooney.

But back to today’s story.

The answer came about because Merrill was participating in a town hall in Dekalb County over the weekend. One audience member asked Merrill about cultural shifts, and how our country’s principles have “eroded.” While a question that’s probably clearly coded for this sort of response, Merrill’s doesn’t shy away from hate.

“We’re too interested in homosexual activities,” he replied. “We’re too interested in seeing how this family’s finding a way to mess on this family or to see how people are trying to date on TV, or having wife-swapping on TV. That’s what we watch. When we push back against that, and we quit allowing it to be in our homes – that’s how those changes have occurred because we’ve allowed them to slowly but surely come into our lives.”

“I meant what I said,” Merrill said in response to AL.com, where he had the generous opportunity to clarify his obviously offensive words. “People are too interested in anything that is not uplifting, edifying. They’re too busy being preoccupied with homosexual activities and the wife swap shows.”

Merrill lamented he can no longer find shows “that are based on biblical foundations. … shows that promote family and culture with a father, a mother, and children based on biblical teachings and biblical principles on which our nation was founded.” Yikes.

He also doubled down on his point in an interview with NBC News, when he criticized coverage of the U.S. Women’s National Team. “The national narrative began to be one of divisiveness,” he claimed to NBC, “and if you can’t support these young ladies because they’re gay and because they want to wear the LGBT flag on their uniform, as opposed to just appreciating the great talent that they have, and the unbelievable athletic accomplishments that they produce, that’s a problem.”

Trump declares an end to the First Amendment

“Trump said Friday that criticism of the United States is unacceptable and that the four congresswomen “can’t get away with” it.

‘I can tell you this, you can’t talk that way about our country, not when I’m the president,” he told reporters outside the White House.”

OH YES WE CAN! OH YES WE CAN!

For a guy who holds the highest office in America, trump is ignorant of what it means to BE an American. It means that we Americans are free to criticize our government, the president, and the laws of the land. Period.

Trump doesn’t know how to be an American. He only knows how to be a dictator, like the leaders of Russia and North Korea that he admires.

The four minority Congresswomen who criticize him and his government are better and more knowledgeable than trump is.

Thousands of men and women, since the founding of this country, have died protecting our right to criticize the government and the president.

Just how bizarre do you have to be to be a “christian?”

The city of Mount Vernon, Ill., recently issued an extraordinarily strange and highly problematic proclamation. In a statement signed by the mayor, the city announced June 20, 2019, to be a day to “recognize God in our City.” Further, Mount Vernon took the step of officially recognizing “the biblical five-fold ministry of apostles, prophets, teachers, pastors, and evangelists.”

Beyond the plain violation of the First Amendment’s protection against government-established religion, why, you may ask, would the local government even feel the need to proclaim a day of godly recognition in a state that is over 70 percent practicing Christian? The recognition day is crucial to the community, said Mayor John Lewis (not to be confused with the current member of Congress and civil rights icon), in order to “renounce the spiritual attacks over [the] city.” It is unclear from the statement what on earth he is talking about.

Although the proclamation’s intent is, without doubt, to take a sledgehammer to the separation of church and state mandated by the Constitution, the mayor felt the need to spell it out so no person could misinterpret the city’s goal. “Mount Vernon, Illinois stands with the church,” is the opening sentence to the document under which Lewis penned his signature. In other words, the city unilaterally decided to discard the separation of church and state in favor of the mayor’s preferred vision of a Christian theocracy.

Eric Burton, the president of Groundbreaker International, a ministry affiliated with the Assemblies of God denomination in Columbus, Ind., wrote in a Facebook post that he was “at a loss for words” for how successful the “recognize God” day had been for the city. According to Burton, not only were “people’s bodies [sic] healed including, thyroid lumps, fibromyalgia pain, bronchitis, and many other ailments,” but also four people were “filled with the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues.”

Unfortunately, no proof was provided of these miracles apparently brought about through legalized, government preference of Christianity other than his Facebook post.

Nutty and bizarre.