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Thursday, June 28, 2012

The donning of the tinfoil - wingnut style
Posted by Jill | 9:22 PM
Yes, I know, I've been known to fashion myself a tinfoil chapeau from time to time, especially between January 20, 2001 until January 19, 2009. I do believe, though, that it's not tinfoil if you turn out to have been right all along.

But watching the right-wing reaction to today's Supreme Court decision, something I'm just catching up on after working what is undoubtedly just the first of many 12-hour days I'll be putting in between now and the end of October, has been nothing short of hilarious.

It's hard to say whose response is more over the top, but the Dan Burton Memorial Shoot-the-Watermelon Award goes to Harry at ToBeRight, for this gem:
Someone got to Roberts. I bet they got to him and told him he has to vote this way or members of his family – kids, wife, parents, whoever – were going to be killed.

Later this afternoon, it’s going to come out that Roberts was coerced. A Secret Service agent overheard Obama and Axelrod discussing the Roberts blackmail. He managed to get them on tape discussing it. Later this afternoon, the whole story will come out, Roberts will issue his REAL opinion, and Obama and Axelrod will be taken away in handcuffs.
Well, it's around 9 PM, and it hasn't happened yet. Sorry, Harry. You'll have to adjust the pom-pom on that tinfoil tam o'shanter of yours.

But the Hyperbolic Batshittery Award has TWO winners. First, there's Indiana Congressman Mike Pence, who "likened the Supreme Court's ruling upholding the Democratic health care law to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to several sources present." Pence later had the good sense to retract his statement, perhaps realizing that allowing sick people to have medical care was nothing at all like over 2900 people meeting their deaths in two hours because of the neglect of the former Administration (see link in the first paragraph).

Pence shares his award with a guy who's bringing home TWO statues tonight -- the other one being the Refreshingly Uanbashed Racist award -- the pisher conservative, Ben Shapiro, who gives Pence a run for his money in the Hyperbole category, calling the decision "...the greatest destruction of individual liberty since Dred Scott." Dred Scott, of course, is the 1857 decision which ruled that people of African descent brought here and held as slaves, and their descendants, even those who were not slaves, were NOT protected by the Constitution and were NOT U.S. citizens. You've almost got to admire Shapiro for letting his racist freak flag fly that freely.

I keep envisioning a science fiction story where everyone is beautiful, and something happens to suddenly make the masks they usually wear disappear, revealing the hideously disfigured, stinking, rotting-from-within, pustule-oozing gargoyles within. I think today it came to life.

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Blogger D. said...
I think I've read that story, too. ;-}

That is one weird universe they live in.

OpenID Kiterea said...
Yeah, the crazy definitely came out of the woodwork. My fav comment was by Rand Paul,

"Just because a couple people on the Supreme Court declare something to be 'constitutional' does not make it so."

And these people want to save the Constitution? Big fail on civics there, dude.

Blogger PurpleGirl said...
An award is also due Sen. Rand Paul who has his very own version of the Constitution and belief about who and how they validate constitutionality. In his view the Supreme Court cannot decide constitutionality (he's never heard of Marbury v. Madison?) and the ACA is still unconstitutional.

Blogger Bob said...
I'm going to move to a stable western democracy that doesn't have coercive freakin' guvmin6 death squad health care. Let me check this list. Oh, there aren't any.