Bad Deeds for 8-13-2010


For Newt Gingrich, “Family Values” is Just a Phrase He Likes to Use – According to Newt’s second wife Marianne Gingrich:

“He asked me to marry him way too early,” she revealed. “And he wasn’t divorced yet [from his first wife Jackie Battley]. I should have known there was a problem.”

Marianne Gingrich suggested that the former House Speaker found himself in the same relationship pattern eighteen years later when he sought to marry his current wife, then-congressional aide Callista Bisek.

“I know,” she explained. “I asked him. He’d already asked her to marry him before he asked me for a divorce. Before he even asked.”

“There’s somebody else, isn’t there?”

She kind of guessed it, of course. Women usually do. But did she know the woman was in her apartment, eating off her plates, sleeping in her bed?

She called a minister they both trusted. He came over to the house the next day and worked with them the whole weekend, but Gingrich just kept saying she was a Jaguar and all he wanted was a Chevrolet. “‘I can’t handle a Jaguar right now.’ He said that many times. ‘All I want is a Chevrolet.'”

He asked her to just tolerate the affair, an offer she refused.

He’d just returned from Erie, Pennsylvania, where he’d given a speech full of high sentiments about compassion and family values.

The next night, they sat talking out on their back patio in Georgia. She said, “How do you give that speech and do what you’re doing?”

“It doesn’t matter what I do,” he answered. “People need to hear what I have to say. There’s no one else who can say what I can say. It doesn’t matter what I live.”
Government by the Party, for the Party, and of the Party – Part 1a, The House that Newt Built


NH Democrat Makes Deplorable Comment on Facebook – Leaders from both political parties called on a Democratic candidate for New Hampshire’s House to apologize Wednesday for posting a death wish for Sarah Palin on Facebook. Republican state Rep. D.J. Bettencourt said Democrat Keith Halloran of Rindge was responding to Bettencourt’s post Tuesday about the plane crash that killed former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens. Bettencourt said Halloran wrote: “Just wish Sarah and Levy were on board,” an apparent reference to the former Alaska governor and her daughter’s ex-boyfriend, Levi Johnston. Mike Brunnelle, director of the state Democratic Party, said Democrats do not condone such rhetoric.


Article About How to Spot Lying Contains a LieIn Pamela Meyer’s article in the Washington Post she states, “Al Gore’s “I invented the Internet” is as risible as Clinton’s “I didn’t inhale,” and for the same reasons.” However, Al Gore never said “I invented the Internet” or anything that could reasonably be interpreted that way. So her article about lying contains a lie. Another lie spotting technique is to know or find the facts.


Hate of Muslims at Ground Zero Highlights the Lying Liars of the Xenophobic Right Wing – The conservative media lied about the location of the New York City Muslim community center project, they lied about Rauf’s background, they lied about the project’s funding, they lied about when the project would be built, and they lied about Rauf’s political beliefs. And it would have been one thing if it had just been a small group of people lying, but they had an entire cable news station to lie for them, and politicians who were willing to amplify their smears. This controversy isn’t about the “political climate.” It’s the fruit of a conscious, deliberate, and sustained effort.

The reason this became a national controversy is because Republicans see a political advantage in harnessing anti-Muslim sentiment, particularly if that forces Democrats to defend an unpopular minority group. Rauf and Khan are merely collateral damage in a larger political battle in which the rights of Muslims are forfeit as long as Republicans see some political interest in curtailing them or forcing their opponents to defend them.

This isn’t just a setback for religious tolerance and individual freedom; it’s a setback for the fight against terrorism, which demands that the United States marginalize violent extremists, not embrace their narrative and worldview.


Republican Candidates Across the Country are Running on the Same Platform This Year — Destroying Social Security as We Know It – Kentucky’s Rand Paul called Social Security a “Ponzi scheme.” Chuck Grassley, Richard Burr — these guys led George Bush’s campaign to hand over Social Security to Wall Street back in 2005 and they’re ready to lead it again.

Pn a November 8, 1954 letter Eisenhower sent to his brother:

“Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. Among them are H. L. Hunt (you possibly know his background), a few other Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid.”

Sadly, the “negligible” number of the “stupid” includes all of the current leadership of the Republican Party and most of their candidates for the US Senate this year and our very own Ron Paul.

Social Security is the most successful, popular social program in the history of the United States and Republicans[, who are rich and don’t need SS,] will stop at nothing to kill it. Cutting benefits, raising the retirement age — these are just first steps they want to take to destroy Social Security altogether.





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Texas A&M Aggie, Retired aerospace engineer, former union member, Vietnam vet, Demcratic Party organizer, husband and father.

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