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Rising GOP Star Calls Hillary Clinton And Elizabeth Warren ‘Old, Rich, White Males’

There have been some hilarious–and frightening–moments at this year’s CPAC meeting, which is meant to highlight the best and brightest of the conservative wing of the Republican party. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker claimed he could fight ISIS because he had taken on unions in his state. Chris Christie repeated his infamous “Sit down and shut up!” line. And Jeb Bush was booed heartily at times.

But leave it to the GOP circus organizers to save the best for last, which in this case took the form of Tomi Lahren, a so-called TV host from South Dakota. Quite unaware that she was being used by Republicans as eye candy for the guys in the audience, Ms. Lahren got up and said not all young women are Democrats. And not all Republicans, she continued, are “old, rich, white males.” Once she got cranked up, Lahren decided to take a swing at every stereotype she could:

“Let’s see, one: Old. Well, I’m 22 years old. And rich, which almost makes me laugh out loud. I grew up in South Dakota, so that’s smack dab in the middle class in middle America. And white? OK, you got me there. But unlike my friends on the left, I’m not going to stand up here and apologize for being white, because I am what I am, and I’m sorry, you can keep your white guilt. And lastly, male. Hm. The so-called ‘War on Women’ is somewhat problematic for someone like me, because last time I checked I don’t hate myself and I’m not at war with myself. Ladies, can we agree on that? Anyone?”

Not having suitably embarrassed herself enough, Lahren then decided to dig her hole of ignorance a bit deeper and wallow around in it:

“See, women like Sandra Fluke will have you believe the only way to be pro-woman is to lobby for free birth control. But, sorry, hun, I’m a Republican, and I can take care of myself. And besides that, I don’t know about you, but I don’t really want the government anywhere near my body or my health choices, because have any of you seen how Obamacare or ‘healthcare dot dud’ has been working out?”

Keep in mind, this is one the rising stars of the GOP! They placed her at the podium in a prime speaking opportunity. They wanted people to see and hear her. And with her last act of desperation, Lahren self-immolated with this zinger-turned-moment of cluelessness:

“So, I think we’ve gone through this: Old, rich, white males. I want to remind you, let’s look at the top three Democrats for 2016. You’ve got Hillary, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden? Old, rich, white, and if the pantsuit fits, male too?”

Yes, Tomi Lahren is indeed the perfect representative of a party that has no direction, no policies, and no future. Instead, they have talking points, pathetic one-liners, and some blond-haired eye candy that will either be on Fox News within six months or attempting to run for Congress.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.

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Scott Walker’s Budget Eliminates Reporting Of Campus Sexual Assault

If Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is indeed planning to run for President in 2016, he might not want to count on getting the votes of anyone who considers campus sexual assault to be a problem. In his most recent budget submission, Walker has deleted all language which requires colleges and universities in the state to report sexual assault statistics to new students or the Department of Justice (DOJ).

All universities in the Wisconsin higher education system are currently required to report sexual assaults to the DOJ. But Walker’s latest proposal would eliminate that reporting, and would also do away with the requirement which statesany university employee:

“…who witnesses a sexual assault on campus or receives a report from a student enrolled in the institution that the student has been sexually assaulted report the assault to the dean of students.”

In addition to deleting the sexual assault requirement, Walker’s budget has also drawn fire for cutting $300 million from education in the Badger State.

Walker’s press secretary, Laurel Patrick, attempted to defend the elimination of the reporting requirements by saying:

“Throughout his time in office, Governor Walker has made protecting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault a top priority. In his last budget, he increased funding for sexual assault victim services while also providing significant funding to support partnerships and state initiatives to shelter and protect victims of domestic abuse. His recent budget proposal increases funding to continue protecting victims and their families.”

Maybe the next time Ms. Patrick is asked to respond, she’ll actually make an attempt to answer the question rather than dancing around it.

Scott Walker is quickly alienating huge groups of potential voters. He need not bother expecting support from union members or their families, women, college students, or anyone who thinks campus sexual assault is a serious issue. Pretty soon you’ll be able to fit Walker supporters into one small room.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.

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Senator Inhofe Throws Snowball On Senate Floor, Says It Debunks Global Warming

Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe may not be a scientist, but he doesn’t mind playing one on TV. And on the floor of the Senate Thursday, Inhofe once again proved just how ignorant he really is when it comes to the science of climate change.

Bringing out a snowball which was encased in a plastic bag, Inhofe proceeded to toss the snowball onto the Senate floor and declare:

“I ask the chair, you know what this is? It’s a snowball, just from outside here. So it’s very, very cold out. Very unseasonal. Mr. President, catch this.”

It’s snowing in Washington, D.C., Inhofe suggested, as it is in many parts of the Northeastern United States, so that totally disproves the scientifically proven fact of global warming. Keep in mind, this guy is chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. I know what you’re thinking: We are so screwed.

Inhofe rambled on for several more minutes and even admitted he isn’t qualified to know if climate change is real or not:

“I’m not a scientist, and don’t claim to be. This is something that has been happening over a long period of time. And every time it does, everyone tries to say that the world’s coming to an end and somehow man is important and so powerful that he can change that.”

In the past, Inhofe has called climate change and global warming “the greatest hoax ever perpetuated on the American people.”

Despite repeated warnings from the scientific community that climate change is indeed taking place—and at an ever increasing rate—Senator Inhofe would prefer to play ostrich and keep his head planted in the ground. And I guess that figures. It’s much easier to deny there is a problem than it is to try and do something about it.

Besides, how often do you get to throw a snowball in the U.S. Senate?

Watch Senator Inhofe make a fool of himself in this video!

 

This story was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.

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Ann Coulter Says Americans Should Be More Afraid Of Illegal Immigrants Than ISIS

If you know anything about Ann Coulter, then you know she’s prone to running off at the mouth and saying ridiculous things. Which brings us to Wednesday of this week, when the dunderheaded Ms. Coulter decided to write a column for WorldNetDaily in which she declared that illegal immigrants are a bigger threat to the United States than the terrorist group ISIS.

Here’s exactly what Coulter wrote in her hateful, paranoid screed:

“ISIS has killed four Americans–in Syria. We’re not exactly talking about another 9/11. Here’s a tip: If you don’t want to be killed by ISIS, don’t go to Syria. Meanwhile, illegal aliens have killed, raped and maimed thousands of Americans-– in America. If you don’t want to be killed, raped or maimed by illegal immigrants in your own country, I have no tips for you. There’s nothing you can do. You’re on your own. Good luck.”

Not surprisingly, Ann didn’t bother to provide any documentation for her claims that thousands of Americans have been killed by illegal immigrants. She also didn’t take the time to mention that she is opposed to virtually everything President Obama or Democrats have suggested when it comes to the issue of immigration. No need to do that when all you’re really aiming to do is either scare people or confirm their biases.

Coulter proceeded to blame the media for not reporting on illegal immigration. Boy, that’s original, Ann! But she says it so much better than I could ever hope to:

“ISIS is not at our doorstep. Illegal immigrants are not only at our doorstep, but millions of them are already through the door, murdering far more Americans than ISIS ever will. But politicians and the media only want to give us war, while aiding the enemy in the war we’re already in, here at home.”

Does Coulter offer any solutions? Perhaps we should carpet bomb the U.S.-Mexican border, Ann. Would that make you happy? Or maybe you prefer using drones to shoot Hellfire missiles at women and children attempting to cross into the United States for economic and safety reasons.

Neither Coulter nor any of her right wing brethren have any answers other than more hate and fear, and there’s already way too much of that in America.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.

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Kansas GOP Wants To Make Teaching ‘Harmful’ Books Illegal

As it turns out, Ray Bradbury may have been more prescient when he wrote Fahrenheit 451 than even he could have imagined. Bradbury’s classic novel envisioned a society in which books were burned by firemen if they were deemed harmful to society. Now in Kansas, the GOP-controlled state legislature wants to criminalize the teaching of “sex, nude art, and harmful books.”

State Senator Mary Pilcher-Cook has introduced a bill that would allow the state to prosecute teachers and other school administrators who give lesson materials to students that are considered “harmful.” Specifically, Senate Bill 56 calls for misdemeanor charges to be filed against any teacher who uses lesson materials which depict:

 …nudity, sexual conduct, sexual excitement, or sadomasochistic abuse,” or that the “average adult person” believes “lacks serious literary, scientific, educational, artistic or political value.”

SB 56 would include an exclusion for universities, museums, and libraries. At least for now.

Mark Desetti, legislative director of the state’s largest teachers union, says the proposed law would have a chilling effect and make teachers afraid to discuss some subjects with students. Desetti states:

We’re going to self-censor to the point where nothing controversial is ever put before kids. How do we get kids to think critically and challenge ideas? Everybody talks about let’s think out of the box. No, let’s not. Let’s cram everybody into this little box and scare them into not doing anything that people might find an objection to.”

Introduction of the controversial bill was prompted when a middle-school teacher in Kansas City put up a sex education poster in a classroom which listed specific sexual acts. The poster was later taken down after complaints from some parents.

But where does all of this end? What if a teacher assigns The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn or The Catcher in the Rye to a class? Will he or she be prosecuted when a parent objects? Better yet, what if a teacher has the audacity to place Fahrenheit 451 on the reading list as a way of instructing students on the dangers of state censorship? What then? Does Kansas build a bonfire and burn everything a few people find objectionable?

Step aside, children, let the firemen through.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.