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Wednesday, October 26, 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:

5. Cliff Kincaid

Cliff Kincaid, via Accuracy In Media
Cliff Kincaid (Accuracy In Media)

Everyone does stupid things at some point in life. But while many of us move on and grow, it turns out that President Obama’s well-documented and fully copped-to dalliance with marijuana as a young man was not the sort of indiscretion one can simply sleep off. According to Cliff Kincaid, Obama is still under the spell of that reefer madness, and the whole country is paying the price. When young Barack’s guard was down, smothered in a cannabinoid haze, apparently he was brainwashed into communism.

Kincaid is the director of the Accuracy in Media Center for Investigative Journalism, the same conservative media watchdog that thought Fox News was too liberal, so his relationship with reality might be best described as “complicated.” Still, the baroque paranoia at work during his Tuesday appearance on Rick Wiles’ TruNews radio show is something:

He was a heavy marijuana user. That had to have an effect on him. Maybe it’s clouded him some way, it enabled [activist and poet Frank Marshall] Davis to brainwash him. Of course we know he was raised partly as a Muslim. These are the ingredients that went into the combustible material that we see in the White House today, and the whole thing is threatening to explode.

Right Wing Watch has the audio.

4. Mike Bocchino

Oh, boy. After a long day of legislating, nothing takes the edge off like a good rape joke, huh? A Connecticut state senator, and presumably failed comedian, made an off-color remark about sexual assault while discussing a bill meant to prevent that very thing. (It was a timely joke, you see.)

Republican lawmaker Mike Bocchino made his comment during a Tuesday committee meeting for a bill that would require “affirmative consent” from both partners (similar to the “yes means yes” legislation that passed in California last year). Speaking to the sometimes ambiguous nature of college sexual encounters, Bocchino raised his concerns thusly: “Because at the end of the day there are no witnesses. At least if there are, it’s a really great party.”

Ha. Ha. Ha.

WFSB 3 Connecticut


3. Bobby Jindal & Doug McKelway

Want to protect your state against climate change? It might help to admit that such a thing exists. Then again, according to a Wednesday Fox News report, that might just be the feds forcing you to “get in line ideologically by the power of the purse.”

New FEMA rules will ask states seeking federal money for disaster preparation to summarize the future hazards facing them, and that includes mentioning the “changes in weather patterns and climate” that pose a threat.

Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal sees this as an example of “inmates running the asylum” and “coercion.” You see, FEMA isn’t asking states to be responsible and gather the most reliable scientific evidence — it’s trying to force climate skeptics to “submit to [Washington’s] liberal ideology.” Never mind that this “ideology” is mainly based on sensible risk assessment, and helping states “adapt to changing conditions and prepare for, withstand, and rapidly recover from disruptions caused by a hazard.” The fact that the new guidelines take the dreaded phrase “climate change” as a given is enough for Jindal.

Thankfully, Fox News producer Doug McKelway has Jindal’s back. Appearing on Special Report with Bret Baier, McKelway lamented that Jindal — whose state could lose up to $2 billion over 5 years — is being “held hostage to what many consider to be the deeply politicized science of climate change.”

Maybe he should just take Florida governor Rick Scott’s approach and ban the mention of “climate change” altogether.

It’s a tough call: Embrace reality, or potentially let a lot of people die. Hmm…

Via Media Matters

2. Ben Carson

Ben Carson, the neurosurgeon who turned into an ultra-conservative nut garden and Tea Party patron saint, was the subject of a long, unsettling profile by Jason Zengerle in the April 2015 edition of GQ. The piece shadows Carson as he tours Israel, watches the State of the Union address, and gears up for a possible (and alarmingly plausible) run for the presidency despite having no experience in government and a history of kooky, ill-considered outbursts.

There are so many gems from the article that one could credibly fill this whole list with Carson, but where would be the fun in that? The good doctor visits Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum in Jerusalem, which inspires him to double down on his likening of Obama’s America to the Third Reich. An explanation of the parliamentary democracy at work in the Knesset baffles him, and he earnestly inquires as to why they don’t simply drop everything and adopt our two-party system. He confuses the roles of Fed chairman and treasury secretary. His handlers have to dissuade him from calling the president a psychopath on CNN. It’s just a treasure trove of Carson.

All in all, the article paints a portrait of a man who is just unhinged, uninformed, incurious, and foolhardy enough to win his party’s nomination.

Read the full article at GQ.

1. Gordon Klingenschmitt

Ah, Gordon Klingenschmitt, welcome back. The Colorado state representative who heads up the overtly theocratic Pray In Jesus Name project never stays off the list for long.

This crank for Christ has said many, many stupid things over the years: He likened gay marriage to slavery, warned us there were demons in marijuana, and promised that Jesus would personally nullify same-sex marriage by sending gay men to hell. And then this week, he took the shameful tack of blaming a sickening act of violence on God’s wrath against legal abortion.

On Wednesday, in a response to a horrific attack against a pregnant woman, Klingenschmitt invoked the Book of Hosea, which foretold of such violence occurring to the people of Samaria because they had rebelled against God. “I wonder if there’s prophetic significance to America in that scripture,” Klingenschmitt pondered. “This is the curse of God upon America for our sin of not protecting innocent children in the womb. And part of that curse for our rebellion against God as a nation is that our pregnant women are ripped open.”

Lest we forget, Klingenschmitt is no ordinary raving loon — he’s an elected representative who carried nearly 70 percent of the vote in his district in 2014.

We may need to give him his own feature: This Week In Repulsive.

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  • Grannysmovin

    Cliff Kincaid – sounds like you are still a heavy user.
    Mike Bocchino – “Have you ever listened to someone for a while and wondered…“who ties your shoelaces for you?” Source:
    Bobby Jindal & Doug McKelway- This pair of idiots could make a set of book ends.
    Ben Carson – “Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.” –Anonymous
    Gordon Klingenschmitt – No you and others religious Zealots are God’s practical joke on America.

    • These right wing pigs are nothing but bought off trash. Everything that comes out of their retched mouths are lies and deceit. The Rethug party has become the closest thing to Nazism since WWll. As far as I’m concerned, it’s time we all declared war against these Neo-Confederate slime balls. They have literally destroyed everything that we accomplished economically during the fifties and sixties. Their lies about Marijuana is just more of the same where their drug war loving propaganda is concerned. Pigs, pigs, pigs, all of them.

      • Charlotte Sines

        Please stop insulting pigs. They are highly intelligent, social animals who care very deeply for each other. Nothing like Republicans. Pigs are better.

        • Joseph R. Davis

          There was a time when GOP stood for Grand Old Party, my party. Now…I don’t recognize it, and GOP stands for Gaggle Of Peckerwoods.

          • Paul Bass

            Gaggle of Peckerwoods – I love it!

          • More accurately, G.O.P. defines the three greatest values of the party:


          • Independent1

            Great analogy!!

      • itsfun

        nothing like some name calling to prop up your side of an issue.

        • highpckts

          If not “names” then what do you call a bunch of right wing lunatics? If you agree with all of the above statements, then you are one of them!

          • itsfun

            Calling names doesn’t help or solve anything. It just makes one dig in even more.

          • Independent1

            Say weasel!! Why don’t you just go back in your trailer and shut the door!!! No body here wants you or your opinion!!

        • For those of you unfamiliar with tea-bagger whore rhetoric, whining about name-calling is what they do when they have absolutely nothing in their defense and hope instead to derail the conversation entirely until everybody forgets what they were talking about.

          It is a tactic they have tried hundreds of thousands of times with a success rate of 0%, but one they are intent on falling back on over and over again anyway.

          Not going to work, tea-bagger. Everything that was said of the people you are whoring yourself out to is 100% true whether you like it or not.

          • itsfun

            name calling is what the leftist do when they have no intelligent response to an issue.

        • Charles Winter

          Please explain why you think that Johnny Z is inaccurate.

  • dtgraham

    Sometimes it’s helpful to combine the pearls of wisdom of the right, in order to tie up the loose ends and bring it all together into one grand unified theory. For example, it’s no wonder that Ben Carson thinks Obama’s America is exactly like the Third Reich. As Kliff Kincaid correctly points out, in his youth Obama smoked a few joints, was fond of one particular poet, and spent part of it living in a Muslim country—which of course made him combustible exploding material. I mean, come on! Give me a break. That has Nazi Germany written all over it. Sure, on their own both claims may have dubious merits, but put them together and……..

    I wish a polling firm would question the voters in Gordon Klingenschmitt’s district. “What part of the Klingenschmitt platform attracted you the most to his campaign?” “Was it his pledge that atheists should undergo exorcisms, or his warnings that gay soldiers’ treacherous sin causes them to lose control of their bowels and soil their diapers, or that Obama is ruled by demons, or that exorcism once cured a woman of her foul spirit of lesbianism, or that God routinely rips open pregnant women?” “Can you narrow it a little for us?”

    I’d read the results but I’m afraid part of my brain would die. Maybe my soul.

    • Wedge Shot

      Anyone that can even spell Islam, Koran and Muslim is suspect. The first time you say one of those words your brain is converted and you become a member of the Islamic faith.

      • Charles Winter

        That somewhat explains the right’s hatred of all government. Consider that the word “mails” is an anagram of “Islam”!

  • idamag

    The neo nazi groups are alive and well in the United States. Ben Carson, they celebrate hitler’s birthday. I suggest you read, “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.” You might see your kind in that book. They destroyed the democratic government from within. They were anti-government and anti-democracy to begin with. Ben Carson, physician heal thyself. Bobby Jindal and partner: Abbot and Costello were funnier. Kincaid: Reefer madness? I bet you pooped your pants when you were under two-years-old. Does that make you a stink pot now? God protect us from religious schizzos.

  • Allan Richardson

    GK is misreading Scripture if he thinks the sins for which Hosea and the other prophets were condemning Israel and Judah had anything to do with abortion. First of all, there were no medical procedures which COULD abort a fetus reliably and safely, and second, there was no demand to speak of from women wishing to undo a conception, or even to prevent one, since the world was not overpopulated in those days (in fact, the Middle East was underpopulated) and every conception (almost) was a blessing, even if it was a result of rape or adultery, except for that annoying little part of capital punishment for the woman (and SOMETIMES for the man also).

    The sins for which the two kingdoms were condemned were greed, the use of raw naked power to oppress people, and the belief that as long as they prayed and sacrificed the “correct” way they were OK with God regardless of how they behaved (and they were not always even doing THAT, but it wasn’t the main point). As the late Biblical translator J. B. Phillips wrote in the preface to his translation “Four Prophets,” (quoting from memory) the prophets were saying that God not only wanted you to give alms to the poor, but to ask yourself what your actions contributed to their BEING poor, as part of a society.

    Some of today’s “Christian” conservatives, along with a small number of ultra-orthodox and Zionist Jews who want perpetual war with the Arab nations, and a small number of gangsters using Islam to justify terrorism and mislead other Muslims into joining them, disobey the commandments to love their neighbors, or even to treat their neighbors justly, while enrobing their hatred in religion and patriotism. No one can love both God and Mammon, and the “religious” right today is worshiping Mammon while telling the victims of their collective legalized theft to have faith in God rather than rebel against the system.

    • Charles Winter

      Women have been trying to end unwanted pregnancies for millennia. The fact that the only methods available were unreliable and often fatal did not discourage women then any more than it does today.

      • Independent1

        Which would only goes to prove, that Republicans’ phobia with banning abortion – i.e., shutting down as many reliable places as they can, where women who have not been counseled on the downsides of abortion, can go to get a safe abortion; not only does not reduce abortions, it actually increases them and also increases the number of women dying from botched abortions. Despite the lies Republicans like to tell – Planned Parenthood and other ‘legal’ abortion clinics actually counsel women about the downsides of an abortion – with Planned Parenthood preventing almost 1/4 million abortions/year.

        And without those safe clinics to go to – women who can afford to travel – will simply go to a place where an abortion is still legal – while the poorer women, will as you point out, seek out whomever they can get to prevent that pregnancy – and as you also pointed out, end up sometimes dying from an abortion performed by a quack whose instrument of choice is a coat hanger. Back in the 50’s and 60s (before Roe vs Wade), accounts of finding women dead in back allies, warehouses and many other unsavory places from a botched abortion was commonplace in the news. Almost every week there were several stories of that happening in the country.

        By continuing their onslaught against legal abortions, Republicans will not decrease them, they will only increase the number of women dying because they can’t find a safe, legal place to get one – one that they are determined to get – whether abortions are legal where they live, or not. But then, what can you expect from the blatantly stupid, other than more stupidity!!!

        • Charles Winter

          Very sad, but true. We can expect more women’s bodies in alleys.

    • Daniel Jones

      Occurs to me that the legislators that preach piety then assist in the rich getting richer on the taxpayer’s quarter (forget dime) are in essence committing the sins Hosea and co. condemned.
      So Gordon is not only completely off base as usual, but actually backing the very folks he should be blaming if that attack had a damned thing to do with national sins.

  • Wedge Shot

    Feed the squirrels, feed them and hope that their population grows exponentially. Something has to gather up all of the nuts that are among us.