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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the wildest attacks, conspiracy theories, and other loony behavior from the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five:

 

Erick Erickson

Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey’s (R-PA) compromise bill to expand gun sale background checks produced a number of furious reactions from the political far right, but none was more random than that of Red State blogger and Fox News contributor Erick Erickson.

On Wednesday evening, a furious Erickson took to Twitter to rant about how background checks will somehow prevent Christians from buying weapons.

 

 

Putting aside Erickson’s impressive right-wing triple play — promoting a conspiracy theory, lying about gun control, and attacking doctors in one fell swoop — it’s unclear why Erickson suddenly believes that Senator Toomey is anti-Christian. Unfortunately for the rest of us, however, Toomey’s background check deal isn’t nearly tough enough to prevent crazies like Erickson from stocking up on firepower.

  • atc333

    Strange how the Right Wing Acorn haters have forgotten just which Political Party’s operatives were caught doing exactly what they continuously accuse ACORN of doing, voter fraud.

    Hint: It was not the Democratic Party.

    • angelsinca

      Sure, and it was the republicans that bugged McConnell’s office this week. Got it.

      • It sure wasn’t a Democrat in that room where that video was taken. It had to be a Republican/Tea Bag who took it and sold it to Mother Jones. Don’t forget, there are more Republican/Tea bags on food stamps and welfare in their red states than Dems in blue states. Republican/Tea Bags are not beneath exploiting themselves for a few ends.

        • angelsinca

          Ah so the increase in food stamp use is a bad thing now because republicans are compelled to use the enttitlement. Is there ANYTHING you a liberal won’t flip-flop on if it makes a conservative look bad? Thought you were the party for ALL people. Hypocrisy.

        • MichaelFarese

          Yeah, this is about the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. So you’re saying that federal welfare entitlements are bad? Awesome, we agree with you… let’s get rid of them all now.

      • plc97477

        When the fbi went in to look for a bug they couldn’t find one. So it was obviously not a repugnic that did it they would not have been able to do that good a job.

        • BDC_57

          They forgot about water gate didn’t they

        • BDC_57

          of course I forgot they got short memory

        • angelsinca

          Nope-get your facts straight and look up Jacob Conway, who is on the executive committee of the Jefferson County Democratic Party. Pay attention to his admission of the incident..

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    Richard Cheney, alias Darth Vader, is a wine that has turned to vinegar over time. His influence base is gone. All that remains for Cheney is mouthing off at any possible opportunity. It’s a pathetic attempt for the King of Control Freaks to maintain his imperial position in his party. When you look at it right, his state is one of the Porkers who bloated the federal deficit by eroding tax revenues.

  • Does Barton run around saying things like: turn off the wind, turn off the wind – we’re gonna run out!!!!!! Where do these idiots come from – hahahahahaha

    • Dana Es

      Gee, I wonder if there’s something wrong with whatever valve controls the wind — there have been a lot of days the wind has seemed downright unregulated!

      • silas1898

        The GOP will stand against any attempt to regulate the wind.

        • robthom

          Libs will try to find a way to tax it.

        • angelsinca

          Democrats have beat them to it by taxing its capture.

    • BDC_57

      From the teaparty

  • David Turrentine

    Another Aggieinsulting Aggies.

  • latebloomingrandma

    Hmmm-I wonder why Republicans are afraid of any mental health component to a gun safety law?

    • wesley rasmussen

      Because then they would be forever denied a gun permit.

      • RobertCHastings

        They SHOULD be denied a birth permit.

        • angelsinca

          You want to deny birth permits based on political reasons. YOU are the reason we need gun control laws.

          • RobertCHastings

            Interesting, although a complete non-sequitur. And you would not support the mental health component to gun control? We have in the past wrestled with mandatory sterilization for the feeble-minded, why not for Republicans, who are basically in the same category? I suppose my response should have been something along the lines of, by all means, eliminate ANY requirements for a gun permit. Would that make you happier?

          • angelsinca

            Wrong, the two are closely related. Think lunatics running the asylum. Your remaining assertions are so incredibly ignorant, I’ll save the thoughts for more uselful endeavors. Thanks for the confirmation that those that see themselves at the top of the intellectual heap are, in actuality, only the vacuous pointed cap that sits on top of the dunce.

          • plc97477

            How are we supposed to know if the lunatics are running the asylum, you haven’t told us which one you are in yet.

          • BDC_57

            angelsinca is a lunatic

          • angelsinca

            You should revisit the TOS. Pay attention to the section on ad hominem attacks.

          • angelsinca

            Sure she is.

          • angelsinca

            Clearly, you have the market cornered on dumbass remarks. The kiddies are out again.

          • idamag

            And, you- you being a summa cum laude from Harvard can readily tell what a dumbass remark is.

          • angelsinca

            Your accusations of lunacy are dumb if not clinically inaccurate. You libs are so predictable. You always first toss insults at intelligence. Next comes the casting of doubt on sanity. And finally, you call it a wrap with, “it’s none of your business!”. Quite boring, actually. Try to be be more spontaneous and interesting. The world could use a better version of the left.

          • idamag

            Cool the angry rhetoric. I am not a lib. I do not believe in political parties. They are tearing this nation apart. You are an example. Instead of putting out a policy that you do not agree with and telling why you don’t agree with it, everything the President does is bad. If you can find no good it is pure prejudice. This last election I voted strongly Democrat after I read the ugly signs the t-party was carrying. I never insulted you for your intelligence because I haven’t noticed it yet. Yes, your extreme right views are part of the problem.

          • angelsinca

            I’m not angry. Just amused by the welcoming wagon here that treats unlike sentiments with unecessary personal attacks. The backhanded insult at intelligence reveals your true composite, despite your claim to the contrary. Dishonest.

            Please clarify all the ‘extreme right views’ that are ‘part of the problem’ that I am supposed to have, if able. Better yet, please define ‘the problem’.

            I believe there was a total of 3 derragatory signs displayed at Tea Party rallies vs. millions of angry democrats over those few signs. Overreaction and genuine dishonesty.

            I don’t believe ‘everything’ Obama does is bad. I just don’t trust the man based on numerous deceptions, hurtful political ploys and the dubious agenda. Nevermind the repeated disregard for law & order. What is there to be prejudiced about except the plethora of mostly unwanted change?

          • idamag

            angelsinca, makes me wish her mother had believed in abortion. She, and Lana would be against a mental health check.

          • angelsinca

            You sissies don’t take criticism very well. It exposes your propensity to lie and behave like assholes.

    • Dana Es

      Well, for one thing it could probably deprive the NRA of some of its more radical members.

    • robthom

      I wonder why libs are so fixated on pushing gun laws nationally,
      when its only lib communities that are always having problems with crime.

      • RobertCHastings

        And I suppose that you have actually researched that statement. I seriously doubt that all red states or communities are on the lower end of the gun violence spectrum.

        • droptheBS

          Your doubts have no bearing on the facts. Compare, for example, Detroit and Austin, TX.

          • RobertCHastings

            The facts have been established in a recent report by the Journal of the American Medical Association. The incidence of gun violence is greater in those cities and states that have laxer gun control, and, not surprisingly, the states with weaker gun control are red states (states that have voted Republican for president most of the time over the past four election cycles). Considering Chicago’s size, and the population ranking of Illinois, that community’s incidence rate is not that bad. Houston and Dallas both appear (along with Miami, Birmingham, Detroit, and Charlotte) frequently on the crime reality show “The First 48”. These are big cities (except for Detroit and Chicago) in red states. There ARE cities which, for whatever reason, do NOt appear on “The First 48”, but probably should because of the number of murders by gun that occur in them. Interestingly, most of the states that are red are more rural than urban.

          • droptheBS

            Trying to attribute gun incident rate by political party doesn’t prove much since it is known that republicans aren’t afraid to exercise the 2nd.

            These stats have been floating around the net for the past week or so :
            Chicago / Houston
            Concealed Carry Gun Law: no / yes
            Number of gun stores: 0 / 84 dedicated plus 1500 sporting goods
            Homicides, 2012: 806 / 207
            Homicide per 100K people: 28.4 / 9.6

          • RobertCHastings

            And just what does what you have said have to do with the issue of gun control? Sounds like you are one of those who believes more guns =safer streets. Once again, the report from the JAMA clearly demonstrates that those places that have stricter gun control regimes in place have a lower incidence of gun violence. NONE of the statistics you quote indicates anything about the efficacy (or lack thereof) of effective gun control, especially universal background checks. There are, currently, about as many guns in this country as there are people, which has not made us one bit safer. Strict gun control measures, such as that instituted in Australia in 1996, DO make a country safer. While no one in DC is advocating such drastic measures, universal checks WOULD greatly reduce the availability of guns to those who should, for reasons of criminal records or mental defect or other reasons, not have access to a firearm. This move is not intended to eliminate gun violence, only reduce it since, as somany on the right seem to believe, only the sick or criminal engage in this type of behavior.

    • angelsinca

      No, Republicans fear that competency for gun ownership would be run by politically motivated liberal ideologs that are willing to declare all conservatives ‘too crazy’ to own a weapon. Sound familiar? Someone, somewhere is about to purchase a Big Gulp. Shouldn’t you be dialing 9-1-1?

    • idamag

      Kind of obvious, by the example of some who write on this board.

    • BDC_57

      Because they have mental problems

  • Fairplay4

    I don’t think Erickson would pass the sanity test and that is upsetting him.

  • wesley rasmussen

    “…Barton’s citation of the Great Flood isn’t even his most embarrassing attempt to invoke religion as a way of denying climate science; that honor would go to his argument that wind power will speed up global warming, because “wind is God’s way of balancing heat,” and if we use too much wind power we may run out of it.”
    Doesn’t he know that, if you believe in the Bible, that God created an abundance of everything for the exclusive use of Man? In the case of using up too much wind, that would be why He created Republican congressmen…

    • dazednconfused1

      YES! And we all are so behind on conservation! When you have the resources, don’t waste them! Reguardless where you belive they came or come from.

  • For all those who are apposed to background checks, and restrictions on the sale of high capacity magazines, semi-automatic rifles and hand guns, I have something to say.

    GROW A PAIR!!

    IF YOU BELIEVE ANY NUT CASE WITH ENOUGH CASH TO BUY THESE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION SHOULD HAVE THAT RIGHT, THEN YOU SHOULD HAVE ENOUGH GUTS TO FACE THE PARENTS OF CHILDREN MURDERED BY THESE COWARDS.

    Go ahead. Tell the parents and siblings, “IT REALLY SUCKS THAT YOUR KID GOT BLOWN AWAY, BUT, HEY, THAT IS JUST THE PRICE THAT YOU HAVE TO PAY IN ORDER TO PROTECT OUR RIGHTS!!”

    If you aren’t willing to do that, then YOU ARE A COWARD!!!

    • robthom

      “GROW A PAIR!!”

      Typed the lib tough guy on the internet.

      • angelsinca

        Jimmy Meyers must be allergic to gun powder. Another foolhardy tough guy that actuially believes the gun control rhetoric. If they have their way, you won’t be allowed a gun unless you are a gay minority registered democrat that denounces religion.

    • BDC_57

      No they will not they would rather hide behind the internet and say stupid things

  • pemmons

    It’s more than a triple play. You forgot to mention the religious sanctimony that he shoehorned in there, too. Crazy doesn’t imply stupid: he is obviously an resourceful and experienced tweeter. We old timers may recall being introduced to the art of writing a “précis” in high school English. It could be a fascinating exercise, but not one with much immediate use– until Twitter.

  • july860

    It’s unbelievable that people like Barton are running these committees….actually it’s frightening!

    • plc97477

      But sooo funny.

  • CrankyToo

    Somebody please tell me how a moron like Joe Barton could possibly have ascended to any position of authority within the United States government, let alone one as a representative of the people! It staggers my imagination to think there could be a majority of dumbasses in a given Congressional district – enough to propel a complete frickin’ idiot like him into the United States Congress. Are you shitting me, people?

    Now, in my 20 years in the Air Force, I bumped into a few inept civil servants (we called them “feather merchants”), but none on the order of magnitude of Barton, or Louis Gohmert or Michelle Bachman or Pete Sessions or Ted Cruz or any number of other Repugnican wingnuts and shitbags which come all too easily to mind.

    How stupid are we?

    PS Sorry, I’m a little cranky today.

    • JDavidS

      I thought you were doing fine… Maybe I enjoy “cranky”? Cheers.

    • latebloomingrandma

      I boggles the mind. I don’t think even Stephen King could come up with such characters in his horror stories.

    • plc97477

      Sometimes I think people just vote for them to get them out of the state.

    • robthom

      “Somebody please tell me how a moron like Joe Barton could possibly have ascended to any position of authority within the United States government,”

      you do realize that obama is president right?

      He may not be the dumbest man in the world,
      but its seems pretty obvious that the only qualification needed for the top office in this country is the ability to read an agenda and hum an al green tune.

      • CrankyToo

        Let me see if I understand you, Robthom: you’re comparing Joe Barton to our President? Listen up, Squire. Barack Obama is one of the most respected and admired men on the frickin’ planet. You’d know that by now if you didn’t have Rush and Glenn and Bill-Oh chattering in your ear all the time like so many monkees.

        That said, I understand that not everybody loves Obama. Racists, for example. They hate him. As do zenophobes, and homophobes, and Sunday School conservatives, and country club conservatives, and neocons, and Tea Party lizards, and CEOs, and hedge fund managers, and others who have an ox to gore, and even some who are just plain ignorant. Doubtless you fit into one of more of those categories.

        Whereas Joe Barton will be reviled in the annals of American history – if he’s remembered at all – Barack Obama will be fondly and respectfully regarded by the majority of Americans, and by most people around the world, as one of the half-dozen or so best Presidents in our history.

        Mark these words, and read them back to yourself when you’ve matured enough to overcome your prejudices. By then, the history books will substantiate what I’m telling you. And you’ll realize just how stupid you were back in 2013.

        • BDC_57

          You got that right Obama is better than anything that republicans has.

        • droptheBS

          Get a room.

      • angemon3690

        “but its seems pretty obvious that the only qualification needed for the top office in this country is the ability to read an agenda and hum an al green tune.”

        It’s absolutely obvious you’re a dumbass.

        • plc97477

          Also seems obvious he will never make it to the top office. The qualifications are too strict for him to make it

    • Erik Nash

      Have you ever been to a rural part of Texas? If so, then here’s your sign.

    • angelsinca

      You skipped the queen of whack, Pelosi.

      • CrankyToo

        I didn’t even know you existed until just now. All hail the Queen of Whack, angelsica!

        • angelsinca

          There seems to be a lot you don’t know, cranky. Twenty years in any civilian job would’ve had you branded as a loser, being Peter-principled a dozen times over. How many gov’t pensions are you mooching from the system?

  • dazednconfused1

    I belive their is and will be a conspiracy forming now and definitly comming in the future. You only need to realize there are the “LOVERS” but there are also the “Haters” who don’t really know much about society than their own lives. Out of fear they support any group that will let them in.

  • JDavidS

    I really do look forward to this particular piece every Friday. This week my favourite is that we may run out of wind. Thank you, Mr. Barton but there’s really no need to worry. As long as we have people like you on the Hill, we’ll never run short of “wind” or “hot air”.

    As far as Beck never sending his kids to college…I just heard a collective “thank God” from intelligentsia world-wide.

  • bellagram08

    Mr Erickson’s assertions amaze me. I fully believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, which only adds to my belief that guns should be regulated.

  • Pamby50

    Wow what a week. Erick Erickson who thinks Jesus would be upset if our gun rights were taken away. Crazy!!! Jesse Benton will do anything the help Mitch McConnell. Even if it means bringing up the ghestapo. Glenn Beck, please don’t send your kids to college. Then they could grow up just a crazy stupid as you are. Family Research Council that still believes ACORN sitll exists. The democrats allowed them to be defunded. And last but not least Mr Barton. I would like to know what the put in the water, oh the wind, in Texas. They have the most looniest people in congress.

    • plc97477

      Texas is special that way.

      • neeceoooo

        Now that is one state I hope I never have to live in.

        • angelsinca

          You wouldn’t fit in there anyway. They eat the sheep.

      • angelsinca

        What ‘special place’ do you hail from, Toto?

  • Lovefacts

    Republicans never disappoint in their ability to embarrass themselves and their party and the humanity.

    • angelsinca

      Statements like this confirm so many suspicions.

  • BOC

    WHAT’S WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE???????

    These are one in the same people rushing to gun shops and outlets buying up all the ammo because the gov’t (big brother) just so happens to be replenishing their inventory. But to these people it’s the government stockpiling to go against them someday. These are the very people who pay taxes for this so-called enemy to operate on their behalf. Now how convoluted is this thinking. This is the ‘Tea Party’ for you……….Jeeeeezeee.

    • plc97477

      What’s wrong with these people is they are all batcrap crazy.

      • neeceoooo

        hehe

      • angelsinca

        It couldn’t possibly have anything to do with fear caused by the batshit crazy policies from this radical administration…nah, no way. The people must be crazy. Let’s play another round of take-away-something-else.

    • angelsinca

      When did taxes become voluntary support of the government?

  • BOC

    By the way, ACORN doesn’t exist as a going concern. It shut down April 2010, three(3) years ago, wake-up people. The ‘boogeyman’, really…………….

  • exdemo55

    Talk about this week in crazy!

    Health Care: As Democrats grow increasingly worried that ObamaCare will explode on the launch pad just as midterm elections get going, the Obama administration seeks to pin blame on Republicans. Good luck with that.

    Earlier this week, Health and Human Services head Kathleen Sebelius admitted that she didn’t realize how complicated getting ObamaCare off the ground would be.

    Sebelius complained that “no one fully anticipated” the difficulties involved in implementing ObamaCare, or how confusing it would be with the public.

    She wasn’t talking about the massive and impossible task of imposing central planning on one-sixth of the nation’s economy.

    Instead, she was trying to find a way to blame Republicans for ObamaCare’s failures when the inevitable problems start emerging.

    Rather than say “let’s get on board, let’s make this work,” recalcitrant Republicans have forced her to engage in “state-by-state political battles,” Sebelius said at a Harvard School of Public Health forum. “The politics has been relentless.”

    So let’s see if we get this. Democrats shoved an unpopular, expensive, ill-conceived and poorly written law down the country’s throat with no Republican support, and without bothering to see whether states would want to take on the thankless and costly task of helping the feds implement it.

    And now that many of these states are rebelling, it’s the Republicans’ fault?

    Sebelius’ fellow Democrat, West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller, had a more accurate take on the problem the administration faces: the law is “probably the most complicated piece of legislation ever passed by the United States Congress” and “if it isn’t done right the first time, it will just simply get worse.”

    Rockefeller, like a growing number of Democrats, realizes that ObamaCare is shaping up to be a political disaster for the party next November.

    The influential Cook Political Report noted earlier this month that almost all of the Democratic insiders they talked to “voiced concern about the potential for the issue to hurt Democrats in 2014.”

    And just what could explain these concerns?

    Maybe it’s because even Sebelius now admits that ObamaCare will force insurance claims up 32%.

    Or possibly it’s because, despite endless assurances that the insurance exchanges would be ready on time, the administration had to delay for a year a key feature meant to give small business a choice of health plans.

    Or because neither Sebelius nor the states have provided evidence they can get the rest of the exchanges ready by Oct. 1, when ObamaCare’s open enrollment begins.

    Or perhaps Democrats’ fears stem from state insurance commissioners warning of a rate shock once ObamaCare’s “community rating” rules and benefit mandates start. Or from rising evidence the law is hurting job growth as small businesses try to avoid its costs.

    None of this, mind you, has anything to do with Republicans. And if the GOP were smart, it’d be focused on making sure that, come next November, the public knows that, too.

  • howa4x

    It is not that these people say incredibly stupid things, that’s kinda standard stuff for republicans and their hangers on. It’s that dopey people really believe their outlandish lies are true

  • will

    When they first required background checks for hand guns, I felt they should have been for all weapons. I would rather be shot with 38 special than a 12 gauge shot gun or a 30-06 rifle. I’m a US Marine, and anyone who wants to call me anything but red blooded American better be man enough to do it to my face.

  • Mr. Oliveira, fuck your anti-semitic remarks. NEVER AGAIN!