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Monday, March 27, 2017

Just when you thought the far-right fringe couldn’t possibly connect abortion with the stock market, or equate the LGBT Pride flag with a white supremacist symbol, they just, well, go ahead and do that. It’s “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the shameful, racist, and hateful speech of the increasingly illogical right wing. Starting with one of our regulars:

5. Pat Robertson

PatRobertsonScreenshotSure, Pat Robertson, an organization that provides women’s reproductive health services is to blame for the recent stock market slide. The conservative televangelist said this week that “Black Monday” was God’s punishment for legal abortion and the federal government’s funding of Planned Parenthood. As anyone who watches Robertson’s The 700 Club (or who reads “This Week In Crazy”) knows, the host typically blames any negative incident, natural disaster, or preventable tragedy on abortion, same-sex marriage, or the LGBT community in general. In his usual fire-and-brimstone style, Robertson said:

We will pay dearly as a nation for this thing going on…. And possibly if we were to stop all this slaughter the judgment of God might be lifted from us. But it’s coming, ladies and gentlemen. We just had a little taste of it in terms of the financial system, but it’s going to be shaken to its core in the next few months, years or however long it takes and it will hurt every one of us.


I’m no economist, but I’m pretty sure Monday’s selloff had something to do with the cyclical nature of capitalism and China’s devaluing of its currency, which caused instability in global markets. Planned Parenthood has been accused of some vile things, but manipulating currency is not one of them.

No matter to Robertson, who likes to play financial advisor, warning viewers that troubled times are ahead. “You don’t know where to go, there is no place to hide financially except in the Lord,” he said. “The Lord is the ultimate refuge.”

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75 Responses to This Week In Crazy: Twisted Logic And Right-Wing Blame Games

  1. The only thing that keeps coming from Pat Robertson is evidence of advanced senility or inhumanity. First he told us about the heathens in Haiti who got what they deserved when a natural disaster killed hundreds and left hundreds of thousands homeless and starving…all in the name of a mythical, unspecified, God who we will be fortunate to never meet. Now he is blaming the turmoil affecting the global economy, and stock markets worldwide, on the existence of Planned Parenthood?
    What is troubling is not so much what an old man like Pat Robertson says, but the fact that millions of Americans believe what he, and others like him, say.

    • It’s even harder when you’re related to some of them, I try not to respond anymore, it’s futile. I’ve already heard from one that the recent market correction was predicted as the sign of end times. Am I worried? Yes, about all those who fall for this stuff.

      • I know. Members of my immediate family are Tea Party advocates, evangelicals, believe the African Americans shot 8 times by police officers deserved to be killed because their Ninja skills threatened the lives of innocent, defenseless police officers; they oppose abortion even when the life of the mother is at stake because that’s the will of God; they believe same sex marriage has nothing to do with equality, but that it is instead a manifestation of depravity and evil; illegal immigrants are, in their minds, criminals and rapists who should be executed instead of deported; the death penalty is the will of God; gun control is a plot to promote tyranny; and they are convinced that the U.S. economy is going to be destroyed by Armageddon caused by President Obama’s policies, especially the ACA. They proudly acknowledge that Rush Limbaugh is the only honest broadcaster in America, that Sarah Palin and Donald Trump are the best candidates we ever had, and that Reagan and W are the best U.S. Presidents in history.
        Like you said, the best thing to do when we hear stuff like this is to keep our mouths shut and press on. Trying to convince those consumed by fear of change, prejudice, and greed is a lost cause.

        • It’s why I hang around here (NM) I need the dose of sanity it provides. Also why I switched to attending a UU church where I can get a more balanced prospective of people’s spiritual journeys and beliefs.

        • I knew Tea Partiers and Evangelicals were some really mixed up people – but some of the beliefs you just related really blew my mind. I have no clue how any rational Christian could believe that God would oppose an abortion in order to save the mother’s life – or that God would actually champion the death penalty. Nothing I can think of in the bible even remotely supports such beliefs. God certainly has never abdicated his right to be the judge of others – making it clear – THAT WE are not to judge.

          I know you couldn’t care less about a lot of this, but to those of us who try to be Christian, supposed Christians believing the things people in your family believe is just more evidence to us that the Devil has infiltrated many of the world’s mainstream religions. And is putting very nonChristian ideas in the minds of people who think they are Christians but clearly ARE NOT! Including their misguided notions about immigrants and gays.

          • Thanks for the reminder. As you mentioned it, I believe I did read something about that being voted on in a red state. To me, it only consolidates my feeling that Republicans are just constantly trying to move their states to being the equivalent of a 3rd world nation. I clearly remember signing a petition to the government of a 3rd world country that was going to imprison or maybe execute a woman because her baby was still born.

            It’s appalling to me that states would be so fixated about banning abortions (which don’t reduce abortions) while they were already leading the nation in babies and women dying during childbirth.

          • Congratulations!! We clearly need to be doing much more of that: waking up right-wing biased people about how disastrous to their own well being, the GOP has become.

  2. Pat Robertson: You said you are economist but you are also no Christian. What you are is a snake oil salesman.
    Donald Trump: Well TrumptyDumpty you are the face of the new Regressive Party, formerly known as e Republican party. A party of hate, fear, intolerance and racists.
    Dr. Keith Ablow: Physician, heal thyself. Turn off Faux News and the little voices will go away.
    Casey Davis: No marriage equality is not a war on Christianity it is a war on
    discrimination.
    Dinesh D’Souza: Why is this jackass still relevant? He is the perfect example of “you can’t fix stupid”.

  3. I read through all five of the stories and I gotta say that this is a typical Friday. I look at America over the last 6 1/2 years and I see an auto industry that was saved, a banking industry that’s more regulated, unemployment way down, business confidence up, the Dow going gangbusters until this China burp, budget deficits decreasing, and a lot more people with health insurance….or as the Republicans put it—-let’s talk about homosexuals and abortion!

    Maybe they can be forgiven. I mean, to talk about what’s psychologically wrong with the political right is sort of like talking about what’s logically wrong with crayfish. Is there a point?

      • Yeah, they’re pretty easy going about those kinds of things. Crayfish would make poor Republicans. You know, I get the feeling that Republican men, secretly, aren’t really against abortion. They just don’t think that women should be allowed to make those types of choices. If women armed themselves with AR-15’s to protect their reproductive rights, Republicans would pass an assault weapons ban tomorrow.

    • Bear in mind that the reason they are all focused on issues such as illegal immigration, abortion, and same sex marriage is precisely because of the socio-economic progress made during the last 6.5 years. The most remarkable part of this is how much was achieved in spite of the policies of obstructionism acknowledged by none other than Mitch McConnell.

  4. Can’t fix stupid, they born that way, and people like Roberts and the entire Grand Old Psychos’ and some Demoncrats cashing in on them. They laugh all the way to the bank, and stupid feed them. Yes Faux News is their Bible and Fear is their God.
    Trump is right on one thing – All politicians are stupid.

    • What you say is definitely true. But even more frightening is that many of these sociopaths, including Congress people, actually believe their delusions are real!!! I’m still trying to figure out how call people delusional when they talk to imaginary friends and hear voices telling them to do things but somehow this mental illness is excused if you’ve given your imaginary friend the name god?

  5. Both lesbians and homosexuals are quite barren.
    Why would they even want abortions?
    Margaret Hoover, of the Hoover Foundation, is for gay marriage.
    Hoover Foundation black money?
    Ever read about the MOUNTAIN MEADOWS MASSACRE?
    The murder, of children, by Mormons?
    Ever hear of the Hughes loan?
    Black money?

    • These religious dipshits haven’t figure that out yet. With them, sex is only acceptable in marriage between a man and a woman, plus a few other “extra” women and a whole lot of Bible thumping after the “hit and run” routine.

  6. Casey Davis:
    > “They have no right to tell us, the state of Kentucky, that our law that was voted with what was 70 percent of the people that it was wrong; they had no right.”

    It’s amazing how quickly RW’s forget their daily rant how the US are “not a democracy” and how being a Constitutional republic prevents the majority from oppressing the minority.
    In short: “Court agrees with me, majority doesn’t => we’re not a democracy
    Majority agrees with me, court doesn’t => will of the people ignored”
    In short short: “I should be God Emperor of the United States!”

  7. Dinesh:
    It’s quite a hoot how a brown-skinned guy with a funny Muslim-foreign-sounding name acts like a white supremacist when talking about a brown-skinned President with a funny Muslim-foreign-sounding name.
    Personally, I believe Dinesh looks at Obama and thinks “he’s just like me, but I’m more intelligent, so I should be Prez, it’s unfair, I hate him!!”. Like a 5-year-old basically.

    • Get your facts correct. Dinesh is a Hindu first name and D’Souza is a Christian [Anglo_Indian] last name. Just because of your Islamophobia, don’t think that every idiot is a Muslim. By the way, Bobby Jindal is a Hindu converted to Evangelical Christian and adopted “Bobby” as his first name to Christianize himself for his political ambitions. Don’t go by the names or color of the skin. Look at the character of the person.

      • I guess you didn’t get what I was trying to say. I’m not an Islamophobe and we weren’t talking about Jindal but about Dinesh being a hypocrite (along with being a racist).

        • I get what you are trying to say. However, you could have made your point without referring to his name as “Muslim-foreign-sounding-name”. That shows your Islamophobia. Bobby Jindal is an example that you can’t attack people by their names.

          • Dude, who really cares what the made up sky fairy name Dinesh has created his delusions around? The moron is C R A Z Y!!

          • I was pointing out the irony from his RWNJ followers’ POV in case you missed it. They are the ones obsessing over Muslims and “foreign-sounding” names.

      • Hey, just because the man is a Christian, doesn’t mean lots of people don’t think he is a Muslim. We see it all the time with Obama.

  8. Old Pat Robertson just a scam artist.
    “You don’t know where to go, there is no place to hide financially except in the Lord,” he said. “The Lord is the ultimate refuge.”
    The only thing missing is “And please don’t forget to send the check.”

  9. Robertson, you have driven more people away from church than the devil every did, you senile old coot.
    Ablow, it wasn’t Obama who used every evil and unlawful tactic to keep minorities from voting in Fulton County, Georgia.
    Davis, if you are allowed not to adhere to the law because of your belief in the Leviticus Laws, then should business be allowed not to serve your wife, after she gives birth – 33 days isolation for a boy and 66 days isolation for a girl? Should the DMV clerk be allowed to not issue her a drivers’ license if she is in her mensus?
    Souza, one flag represents peace and harmony and the other hate and racism. Those bigots, in the south, just might be biased against you because your name is not anglo-saxon.

  10. As a person who was raised Catholic but left as soon as I developed reason left all religion, I always maintain that Christians don’t have the cross as a symbol of Jesus’ crucifixion but rather as a place they can crawl up on every time someone contradicts their beliefs.

  11. Jim and Tammy Bakker, Jimmy Swaggart, Jim Jones, Pat Robertson and now the newest member of the swaggering, drawling snake oil salesmen, Joel Osteen…every one of these guys are predatory crooks. Ever notice how when it comes to them having to roll up their sleeves and DO actual charitable works of mercy, they are never around? Ever notice how every religious word out of their mostly “ignernt” mouths costs their “followers” per word the minute these crooks pass the plate around?

    Time and again, we’ve seen more males go religious after decades of “misspent youth.” And their repentance is never really their own. They make others do it for them. By rattling their gums which these buffoons of religion call “preaching.” The back rooms of their auditoriums are full of female groupies paid to keep their mouths shut about these hormone raging jerks “religious awakenings” and “Getting religion,” sexual affairs.

    Give a man a little power and a lot of money and sex is the only other wasteland he feels the need to conquer. When he gets bored with sex, it’s on to the ultimate conquest: taking over the world. Dream on teenage kings.

    • And, the polygamous sect that raises daughters for each other. Warren Jeffs is in prison because he married a twelve-year-old and taped their nuptials. David Koresh was raping girls and young as ten and when the authorities went in to remove these children, he blew them all up and the fascists blamed the government.

      • I find it so odd that men from red states have the same mentality regarding women as the young males in ISIS who think women have one purpose only…male satisfaction.

        Blaming anyone but themselves is what these mentalities do best and how they validate their pathetic existences. The rest of us see this as a bizarre form of immature irresponsibility you’d expect from an 8 year old..not grown men.

        • If their statistics are based on the divorce rate, it could be that women, in Blue states are more likely to get an education so it is possible to leave an abusive husband.

          • You are so on the mark. Women who have very little education become all too financially dependent on an abusive husband. Women who are educated have no fear of striking out on their own, even when they know our salaries won’t match mens in business. We simply have no fear of supporting ourselves or our kids. Obviously, if two Presidents, Clinton and Obama, were both raised by single Moms, these moms had no fear of making it on their own.

          • Despite how things may appear, fact is, that of the 26 states with 10 or more people/1,000 saying they’re divorced, 19 of them are clearly red states, 6 are purple states and only 1 is a ‘true’ blue state – Oregon. See my note to Ida above.

          • Great posts like your prove that we all learn something new every day. I suspected that the divorce rate in red states was higher than blue. Just not as high as your numbers prove.

            For women, financial independence has to start as early as possible. Otherwise, we create a nation of men carrying the entire financial burdens that only grow with the cost of each birth. I read in one of the NY Papers last year that the cost of one child from birth to full emancipation is more than $200,000 at today’s rates.

            This might explain why more children in the US live in poverty than Europe or Scandinavia. But, it isn’t the full picture. Only the US has certain men who so divide the country on women’s issues. How many American men would accept the rule that exists in Sweden, for example, where women, not men are “heads of households?”

            This is why women in Sweden earn equal pay to men. It’s also the reason their government gives back for the 52% of taxes they pay. These women can take up to 2 years for maternity leave. But, so can men. In addition, the Swedish government doesn’t throw single moms and their children to the four winds as they do here in the US.

            It’s a sad fact of US life that slash and burn cuts to programs that are needed the most are turning the US into a 3rd world country.

            I have no idea where the GOP EVER got the idea that our taxes are solely the domain of corporations to use to keep them in existence. Shouldn’t that be the job of the business owner, considering they do not hire Americans and pay American wages?

          • Ida, actually, it’s red states that have the highest divorce rates. Of the 21 states where 10 or more people/1,000 identify as being divorced, only one of them is a ‘true’ blue state – Oregon. 16 of the other 20 are clearly red states with four: NV, ME, MO and VT being at best purple states that have had GOP governance recently.

            Here’s the 21 states with the number/1,000 saying they’re divorced: AK-14; AL-13; AR-13;KY-13;OK-13;NV-12;ME-11;GA;11;TN-11;MS-11;TX-11;AZ-11;WV-11;MO-10;MT-10;NM-10;NC-10;IN-10;WY-10;VT-10;OR-10.

            The high incidence of divorce in these states may result because in 24/7 Wall Street surveys, all 10 of the states they’ve recognized as being the ‘Most Miserable’ to live in and in a separate study – having the ‘Worst Quality of Life’ – are all red states.

    • For the real truth about these charlatans, get a recording of Ray Stevens’ “Would Jesus Wear A Rolex On His Television Show?”

    • Eleanore!!! I enjoyed having sex with all those women who were using what avid gave them to improve their position in life. Speaking of that, what was your favorite position?

  12. Other than provide abundant illustrations of the need, what has the GOP (ever) done to promote better mental health care, or health care of any kind?

    • Let me extend that question a little – since Teddy Roosevelt was in office, what has the GOP ever done that was in any way beneficial to the majority of Americans?? Aside from Eisenhower (who wasn’t a true Republican), pressing for the creation of the interstate highway system, and Nixon’s creation of the EPA. Aside from these two events, I can think of nothing that GOP has done in 100 years that has actually been beneficial to other than corporations and the ubber wealthy.

      • Republicans and Democrats are just two sides of the same coin, they are tools to get MORONS like you to team up, Red Team – Blue Team, there are jobs The Powers That Be Need Done and with the party system they have a TOOL for every job and MORONS to cheer for every job they want done.. This is a very fine example of what I am talking about. I’ll bet you just Love Rachel Maddcow, Well this just happens to be the BEST, Most honest show she has ever done and I think it demonstrate plainly that both sides are working in tandem towards the very same ends, and that all you Left Right paradigm MORONS are just TOOLS, otherwise know as useful idiots… Enjoy…

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtPBPSVaf4w

        • Like I’ve said in the past Max – you have to really be mentally disturbed to believe these fabricated RWNJ-contrived videos on youtube!!

          • Right wing nut job? CONTRIVED? Yeah Ha ha They got Rachel Maddow To do a Right Wing Nut Job Show Ha ha ha Just how blind can ya get, Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil, Unless you can Pin it on a Republican..
            Ha ha What a Goof..

          • By the way, I couldn’t be bothered to waste my time listening to the contrived rot in that youtube video, but from the caption, it appears that somehow they’ve contrived the video to make it look like Obama is promoting for stricter longer sentences, when nothing could be further from the truth.

            From CNN:

            The President has made overhauling the nation’s criminal justice system one of his top domestic priorities as his time in office wanes.

            “My goal is that we start seeing some improvements at the federal level and that we’re then able to see states across the country pick up the baton, and there are already some states that leading the way in both sentencing reform as well as prison reform and make sure that we’re seeing what works and build off that,” Obama said Thursday.

            The drive comes two decades after former President Bill Clinton enacted strict new federal sentencing rules which helped jam pack the nation’s prisons in the ensuing years.

            Clinton admitted his role in the problem this past May in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.

            “The problem is the way it was written and implemented is we cast too wide a net and we had too many people in prison,” Clinton said. “And we wound up…putting so many people in prison that there wasn’t enough money left to educate them, train them for new jobs and increase the chances when they came out so they could live productive lives.”

          • Oh by the way you couldn’t be bothered to pull your head out yourAss long enough to watch one of you own say something that’s true for a change, I know you are relying on the idiots that come to this knowledge forsaken hellhole of a blog to read your symmetrization of my post and not watch Rachel Maddcow in one of her very rare lucid moments of honesty as she does the best show of her career..

            You fcking pitiful dis-info useless idiot P O S…. Ha ha …

          • Wow!! You are one sick puppy!! You just sit there like a Howdy Doody 3-year old and just suck up all those cut and pasted videos that take bits and pieces of Obama’s speeches and patch them together to make it appear that Obama is saying something he’s really never said. Just like the contrived video of the the supposed fetal tissue sales by PP that really never happened. But then these hateful RWNJs know they’ll always have gullible idiots like you to believe their lies.

            And with respect to privatizing prisons, that’s BY FAR a red state phenomenon; yeah there may be some in Blue states but it’s RED STATES or blue/purple states lead by a Republican, who have gone into them in a big way. And why? Because the GOP was panicing when it could balance it’s state budgets during the downturn and they were looking for anyway to get out of some expenses. And getting rid of prisons, also got rid of those pesky unionized government guards – another big seller for red states.

            But interestingly I was ready not too long ago about some red states that were finding themselves holding the bag, as the company running their private prisons were going belly up and dumping the prisons back in the state’s laps!!

          • That is Rachel Maddcow you fcking idiot!!! You know from MSLSD your favorite loony bin of complete fcking idiots, not one cut and paste at ALL!! you fcking MORON !!!!!

            You are completely insane with this Red State Blue State Bull $hit!!, IT IS NATION WIDE MORON!!!!! And DEMONCRATS are JUST AS FCKING BAD AS REPUBLICRATS!!! We live in a politically corrupt Country and anymore pretty much the entire WORLD, That is plain for any reasonable person to see, but you are a blinded politically religious zealot– in other words a FOOL!!..
            You truly are the dumbest people on Earth… Ha ha ha ..
            Entertaining though…

          • Wow!! If you can’t tell that that video has been severely doctored, you’re even more mentally disturbed than I first thought. That video is so ‘RIGGED AND MANUFACTURED’ that any idiot should be able to see it!!! Like I said in the beginning, you’re so mentally disturbed you can’t even identify a totally fabricated video – the fake editing and fabrication is so clear, it’s as clear, as the nose on your face!!!!!! Wake up clueless!!!!!!

          • If you can get your followers to believe that we’re in more trouble than anyone can possibly imagine, I watched the show live and if you want you can go to MSLSD and get the original, but we both know it’s real and you are just trying to play passers by, See folks this S O B thinks you’re all a bunch of idiots to be manipulated and played, that’s what the entire DNC leadership thinks of you as well…

          • The prison system is now a for profit prison system, States sign contracts promising to keep the prisons at 98% full all the time or pay the difference, They are now slave labor camps for profit and if you think that Clinton or the Democrats are innocent little angels in all this you’re much much more stupid than I thought… And I already thought you you were incredibly stupid.. How low can you go?

      • Teddy Roosevelt pushed for the creation of the National Park system, won the Nobel Peace prize for mediating the Russo-Japanese war, and he was the first to dub the executive mansion “The White House”.

        • Yes, my sense is that Teddy was the last Republican to have really cared for any Americans other than himself and his rich buddies; especially those who would funnel money to him under the table.

      • IIRC, Nixon passed the EPA and restored relations with China. Bush 41 passed the American with Disabilities Act. Today, they’d both be called RINOs…

        • It’s nice that Bush 1 signed the ADA legislation, but it wasn’t anything he pushed for. It was recommend that such legislation be crafted by the National Council on Disability and the legislation was crafted by a Democrat from Iowa, Tom Harkin.

          And I doubt seriously that Nixon was thinking anything about the average American when he tried to improve relations with China – my sense is that it was purely an effort to try and improve trade relations with China to help companies make more profits, and not something to really help the American worker.

          But thanks for bringing those out!

  13. The rainbow flag is about acceptance of all kinds of people and equality for a despised minority. D’Souza is a caricature out of Animal farm or 1984 when he equates that with the confederate battle flag. But, then again, the Republicans are incapable of grasping irony.

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