Thoughts and Prayers

The following is a list of Congress Critters who took at least $3K (that we know of) from the NRA in the last election cycle and then tweeted ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ to Las Vegas victims.

  • Roy Blunt (R-MO)
  • Barbara Comstock (R-VA)
  • Richard Burr (R-NC)
  • Mike Coffman (R-CO)
  • Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
  • Will Hurd (R-TX)
  • John Katko (R-NY)
  • Rand Paul (R-KY)
  • Bruce Poliquin (R-ME)
  • Rob Portman (R-OH)
  • Marco Rubio (R-FL)
  • Lee Zeldin (R-NY)
  • John Hoeven (R-ND)
  • Rod Blum (R-IA)
  • Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)
  • Ron Johnson (R-WI)
  • Don Young (R-AK)
  • Martha McSally (R-AZ)
  • John Boozeman (R-AR)
  • John Culberson (R-TX)
  • John Faso (R-NY)
  • Paul Ryan (R-WI)
  • Bill Shuster (R-PA)
  • Lloyd Smucker (R-PA)
  • Claudia Tenney (R-NY)
  • Tom Cole (R-OK)
  • James Lankford (R-OK)
  • John Thune (R-SD)
  • Don Bacon (R-NE)
  • Jack Bergman (R-MI)
  • Mike Crapo (R-ID)
  • Mike Gallagher (R-WI)
  • Richard Hudson (R-NC)
  • John Kennedy (R-LA)
  • Brian Mast (R-FL)
  • Markwayne Mullin (R-OK)
  • Steve Scalise (R-LA)
  • Richard Shelby (R-AL)
  • Lamar Smith (R-TX)
  • David Young (R-IA)
  • Ken Calvert (R-CA)
  • Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
  • Pete Olson (R-TX)
  • Tim Scott (R-SC)
  • Charlie Dent (R-PA)
  • Barry Loudermilk (R-GA)
  • Patrick McHenry (R-NC)
  • Tim Walberg (R-MI)
  • Robert Aderholt (R-AL)
  • Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
  • Dave Joyce (R-OH)
  • Jason Lewis (R-MN)
  • Michael McCaul (R-TX)
  • Scott Taylor (R-VA)
  • Scott Tipton (R-CO)
  • David Valadao (R-CA)

Data via OpenSecrets.org.

Thoughts and Prayers

Roy Moore: Lawless Theocratic Lunatic

Any report about Roy Moore that doesn’t specifically refer to him as a right-wing extremist is not worth your time. No more “firebrand.” No more impotent yap about his “controversial views.” Roy Moore is an extremist or the word no longer has meaning. If, as appears likely, he gets elected to the Senate from Alabama, then a majority of Alabama voters are extremists, too. If he gets elected, then the Republican Party ever more should be referred to as an extremist party. That, of course, is if we’re being honest about what’s really going on in this country in 2017.

And, no, when it comes to the people who voted for Moore, I don’t have to “respect their beliefs.” I don’t have to “understand where they’re coming from.” I don’t have to “see it from their side.” These people are preparing to make a lawless theocratic lunatic one of 100 United States Senators, and that means these people are about to inflict him and his medievalism on me, too. If you think that Roy Moore belongs in the Senate, then you are a half-bright goober whose understanding of American government and basic civics probably stops at the left side of your AM radio dial. You have no concept of the national interest and very little concept of your own, unless, as I suspect, you’ve made your own fears, and hating people and hawking loogies in all directions, the sum total of your involvement in self-government. You are killing democracy and you don’t know it or care. If you had any real Christian charity in your hearts, you’d keep Roy Moore in the locked ward of your local politics and not loose him on a nation that deserves so much better than him.

Why do I not have to “respect their beliefs,” besides the fact that most of those beliefs belong in a cage? I don’t have to “respect their beliefs” because the U.S. Senate to which they are preparing to send him is in the process of screwing them with their pants on and they could care less.

Roy Moore: Lawless Theocratic Lunatic

Pear Shaped

Didn’t Debbie Wasserman die? Or at least go away?

When a computer expert who worked for congressional Democrats was accused of stealing computers and data systems in February, members of Congress cut him loose within days, leaving Imran Awan with no supporters five months later.

Except for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

The Weston Democrat has not explained in detail why she continued to employ Awan until Tuesday when she fired him — after he was arrested on bank-fraud charges at Dulles International Airport in Virginia attempting to board a flight to Pakistan.

And she has not elaborated on what work Awan did for her after he lost access to the House computer network.

She declined to answer questions about Awan in Washington on Wednesday, and her spokesman, David Damron, accompanied her to the House floor while instructing a reporter that Wasserman Schultz would not take questions about her former employee.

So…she didn’t die. Sure sounds like she should have though.

But months after Awan was fired by everyone else, Wasserman Schultz grilled Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa in May over why computer equipment was confiscated from her office as part of the investigation into Awan even though she was not under investigation.

“Under my understanding, the Capitol police are not able to confiscate a member’s equipment when the member is not under investigation,” Wasserman Schultz said. “It is their equipment and it is supposed to be returned.”

Verderosa told Wasserman Schultz that he couldn’t return the equipment without the permission of the investigation.

This is just bizarre. I mean, more bizarre than normal for a member of Congress.

One suspects that perhaps, just perhaps, Awan has something nefarious on Wasserman. Or perhaps Wasserman was actually using Awan as a cat’s-paw. For what? Well, that’s the $63 question, n’est-ce pas? However, knowing Wasserman, it sure wasn’t something totally above-board that has now gone all pear-shaped.

Of course the simplest explanation in this instance may obtain: Wasserman is so out of touch she had/has no idea what Awan was doing.

Pear Shaped

Best Congress Money Can Buy

…The Republican-controlled Congress is not “dysfunctional.” It would “function” perfectly well if there were an occupant in the White House who gave the Republicans everything they wanted. With divided government they act like petulant children. Voices in the press decrying “dysfunction” render invisible the corporate oligarchy that has bought off the institution.

Whether attacking Planned Parenthood and women’s reproductive rights, trying to privatize everything from the Veterans Administration to the U.S. Postal Service, handing over Social Security to Wall Street, selling off federal lands, obstructing everything President Obama does, or the million other hidden giveaways to banks, corporations, and the National Rifle Association — all these actions drive home the point that we have the worst Congress money can buy…

Best Congress Money Can Buy