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Will The Malkintents Do It Again?

Badtux, the snarky penguin, wonders if the “Reich wing” will loose the hounds on the latest child, a toddler, who is an example of the good SCHIP can do?

Of course, they’ll do it – they are scorpions, it is their nature.

The GOP view children as props. They are to be used when necessary and then ignored. They know that normal people view all children as precious beings to be loved and nurtured, so they are useful for PR, but they take forever to earn their keep.

If you hop into the Wayback Machine to last year, Tom Reynolds [R-NY26], then head of the GOP House election committee, shows how the GOP uses children. Faced with a press conference about the Mark Foley mess and his actions, he used them as “human shields” to prevent the reporters from asking questions about the sex scandal. His supporters, the parents of the children, didn’t seem to have a problem with their children being used to prevent their Congresscritter from answering questions about misconduct with teenagers.


1 Fallenmonk { 10.17.07 at 6:24 am }

Very true. They just can’t seem to grasp the fact that the children are all we have to take humanity into the future. I guess they think they are indestructible and will live forever. Never mind that the reality is that at some point they will be old and infirm and that the children they ignore today will be the caregivers.

2 Frederick { 10.17.07 at 11:11 am }

Ideological suicide bombers do not care about human shields.

3 Badtux { 10.17.07 at 11:54 am }

No, I don’t wonder whether the Rethuglicans will loose the hounds upon a two year old girl born with a hole in her heart. They already have. Our Lady of the Concentration Camps (Stalkin’ Malkin) already has her “people” digging through the trash cans and peering through the windows of this latest poster family for SCHIP. My question is who they will *next* loose the hounds upon. My suggestion: A cute fuzzy kitten. I mean, that’s the only way they can go lower than they already have, right?

4 Bryan { 10.17.07 at 12:53 pm }

You almost expect them to start replacing the oxygen in neonatal units with Zyklon B or start cruises to club baby seals. They have a serious gap in their genetic make-up that manifests itself in their total lack of compassion.

It may be time to ask for proof of rabies vaccination.

5 Steve Bates { 10.17.07 at 3:14 pm }

How can they attack a cute fuzzy kitten? I mean, haven’t they already bitten its head off?

Here in Harris County, TX, the local GOP just went on record as opposing a state bond proposition funding cancer research… right in the middle of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and right in the middle of one of the nation’s most respected cancer research communities. Local Democrats are making political hay out of this one; the GOP may wish it had kept its mouth shut. Note this astonishing quote:

“By this stance, we in no way are implying or should it be construed that we are against solving cancer,” said Ron Brunner, precinct chairman for the Greenway Plaza area, who raised the motion.

Brunner says it’s “financial folly” for the state to borrow against taxpayer dollars to give out grants with no assurance of a return on investment.

“Loans get paid back, but grants are gone and lost forever,” he said.

Right… money spent on cancer research is lost forever. Sure. Except that cancer is a leading cause of death, and the progress made in Houston, TX alone in the past two decades enhancing the survivability of many kinds of cancer has repaid that money in increased longevity for many, many people, who probably don’t immediately think of their survival in political terms.

Sometimes, I wonder how these people get out of bed in the morning… and once they do, how they can bear to face themselves in the mirror.

Full disclosure: I’ve worked for at least three different cancer research institutions over the years. I’m not objective about this, and it’s not impossible I would benefit financially in the future from these bonds if I were to resume such work. Personally, I see such work as charity in the old sense of the term, not that I do it for free, but that it qualifies as good works, and is an expression of compassion. I suppose I’d feel differently if I were a Republican… it seems they can’t bear to see public moneys used for the public good, and they wouldn’t know their own political advantage if they met it walking out of the Petroleum Club.

6 Steve Bates { 10.17.07 at 3:21 pm }

(In fairness, I should mention that the above story is a reflection of local, not state, GOP idiocy: even Gov. Goodhair supports the bond proposition. I love the smell of Republicans fighting in the morning.)

7 Bryan { 10.17.07 at 4:49 pm }

So, down in the state of confusion that is Florida, as the Shrubbery was running around vetoing funding for stem cell research, his brother was pushing to supply public money to get a bio-tech research center to locate in the state. This was in response to other states, most with GOP governors, backing state efforts to fund, or at least protect the research the Shrubbery was opposing.

The two best ways to avoid being slimed are to incorporate or register with the GOP.

On a happier note, most of the feral kittens in my area are quite capable of having the people doing the sliming for lunch at about 8 weeks, although I not sure that the Cheeto dust would be good for them.

8 Badtux { 10.17.07 at 5:12 pm }

Ah yes, good ole’ Harris County. Back in, hmm, summer of ’91, I met the man behind the Bug Man (the man who ran Tom Delay) at a Republican Party fundraiser. This was back when funding equalization was the big deal and he was upset as hell that money was going to be taken from his district to equalize funding with the low-income district next door (the so-called “Robin Hood Plan”). He was giving me that line about how the problem was that all these irresponsible people were making bad choices, and how it wasn’t the job of government to bail them out.

I shrugged and said, “okay. But what about their children?”

He started out on a long spiel about how people should not have children unless they have plenty of money yada yada yada and I said, “okay, but they did have children. What do we do to make sure that the children are educated so they’ll be a net gain to the economy, rather than a net drag to the economy?”

“Well those children should have just made better choices.”

I stared at him. “What are you talking about? They didn’t ask to be born to poor parents.”

“Sure they did.”

“Excuse me? You say that these children chose their parents?”

“Of course.”

I just stared aghast. These people simply live in a different reality from what the rest of us live in, where the normal rules of human reproduction do not apply, and fetuses chose for themselves whose wombs to embed themselves in.

When I moved back to Louisiana in ’92, I re-registered as a Democrat. I’d been cured of Republicanism once and for all. They ought to be in a fuckin’ nuthouse, not running our nation. And the Harris County Republicans are the looniest of all. As far as I know that guy is still pretty much running the Harris County Republican Party, despite being loonier than Daffy Duck and Elmer Fudd combined.

— Badtux the Former Republican Penguin

9 Badtux { 10.17.07 at 5:15 pm }

Oh, Bryan, why do you hate feral kittens? You *know* that fatty foods are bad for kittens, and wingnuts are, like, 99% blubber (especially inside their head). Why are you wishing clogged arteries upon poor helpless little feral kittens? Oh the horror!

– Badtux the Snarky Penguin

10 Bryan { 10.17.07 at 5:25 pm }

Hey, I intervened to save the Jehovah Witnesses, the Repubs are on their own. They’ll be on a diet of doves and Mormon missionaries for a year, but it’s the price they pay for bad attitudes.

11 Steve Bates { 10.18.07 at 12:35 pm }

The chair of the Harris County GOP is named… I am not making this up… Jared Woodfill. When I first heard the name, I thought it was a description of the contents of his head. I hope they made his nose out of real wood, considering how long it must have grown in the past few years. Believe me, you wouldn’t want to feed this guy to your cats.

Decades ago, I was an independent, but quickly found that in Texas, independent status is a ticket to political irrelevancy. Despite all conventional wisdom, the notion that we can (in the words of the slogan) “turn Texas blue” is not a complete fantasy. I may live to see it happen. Or not.

Children choose their parents, eh? I wonder if that fellow has noticed that such notions are not new, but are also not rightly… Christian? 😈

12 Bryan { 10.18.07 at 1:02 pm }

Having started my long slog through the education system [375 credit hours and counting] at an institution created by dedicated Baptists [including a distant {in time} relative], I have read the Bible multiple times and studied it [tests included] under the watchful eye of people sitting in endowed chairs [I received excellent scores on the Book of Job, but by that time I identified strongly with Job].

It never ceases to amaze me at the number of absolutely absurd interpretations people who proclaim themselves to be religious to a fault make of passages that are in no way obtuse.

It is amazing how many of these people apparently believe that Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain wrote in the Bible, because I have heard on multiple occasions quotes from both gentlemen identified as coming from Proverbs.

I have come to the conclusion that most who claim to be “holier than thou,” tend to have brains that are holeyer than most.