Some right-wingers seem unable to distinguish Latin from English

As you probably know, the phrase “E Pluribus Unum” appears on most U.S. currency. But if you’re a political wingnut, you might not recognize that phrase as Latin rather than English. Take, for example, THIS SITUATION: The rightist wing of the Republican Party (aka Tea Party) has never been shy about making fools of themselves, particularly with regard to popular culture. An advertisement by Cheerios that featured a biracial family was a recent example of this as the conservative wackos went ballistic over a tweet that correctly predicted they would hate the ad. Following that, Coca-Cola incited wingnut rage by committing blasphemy with a multilingual rendition of “America the Beautiful” during the Superbowl. Not content to growl menacingly at heart warming celebrations of America’s diversity, Tea Party factions are now claiming that their bigoted tantrums have won them a victory over the liberal multiculturalists in charge of the international soda conspiracy. Breitbart News is reporting that Coke has “surrendered” to the Tea Party after complaints that their commercial offended right-thinking conservative xenophobes who are unable to tolerate people who show their love for America in a variety of languages. It is the evidence of this surrender that is so strikingly preposterous. The Coke ad was reworked a bit when it was broadcast during the opening ceremonies of the Olympics. A short segment was added to the beginning of the ad with the words “E Pluribus Unum. Out of many, one.” It is that modification that the BreitBrats are asserting is proof that their vilification of human harmony was successful. So let’s get this straight. Coke, they said, “bowed to conservative critics” who insist on English-only by inserting a short phrase in — Latin. These are the same rocket scientists who carried signs to their Tea Party rallies saying “Government hands off of my Social Security.” They are the same people who pledged to burn their Obamacare cards (which do not exist). And now they think that appending a Latin phrase onto an ad is a testament to their strength in getting a cold corporation to acquiesce to their demands for an English-centric...

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Vicious backlash against Bill O’Reilly for supporting immigration bill

When THIS RIGHT-WING WEB SITE reported that Fox News host Bill O’Reilly now favors pending legislation on immigration reform, the reaction from readers was overwhelmingly negative, and some of it was downright nasty. Here’s a sampling  (including original spelling and punctuation): –I’m done with The O’Reilly Factor. I’ve watched The Factor every day for the last 5 years, but I’m done…What happened to “We report. You decide”? What happened to “Fair and Balanced”? –O’reilly has become just another stooge. Someone who said he doesn’t like bloviating, has become the biggest bloviator of them all. –O,Reilly is a dupe, Stop telling us your a big picture guy unless its a big picture of a clown. –Gasbag Bill, the blowhard of the century, isn’t qualified for anything but picking up dog crap in central park and being a blabbermouth a hole on cable. Boycott anything to do with this excuse for a journalista. Hey Bill go somewhere hot and hellish. –who gives a sh*t about the bloviating O’Reilly… –So yeah, good ole Bill is on board with the back-stabbing traitor Rubio. Not gonna affect his life one bit, well, maybe he gets his lawn mowed cheaper and his new roof won’t be so expensive. For the rest of us, a super-sized crap sammich. –Foxnews is RINO , establishment GOP , party line . It only goes conservative when the GOP establishment wants them. We need an real conservative cable news network. –O”Reilly is a Democrat turned independent and holds beliefs counter to Republicans. –People like O’Rielly are the reason why conservatives are losing this war (it is a war for the heart and soul of the American way of life). Bill Gives every benefit of the doubt to Rubio (known liar) and Obama (also a known liar) and yet he rarely challenges the extreme “wacko bird” liberals who NEVER giver the benefit of the doubt. The liberals fight dirty and we sit back and play nice and give the benefit of the doubt over and over and over and….O’Rilly is fighting this war like Obama is making our brave soldiers fight his wars, with one hand tied behind their back. –When Obama won the election, O’Reilly was critical of Rush Limbaugh and a few others who were critical of Obama in his first weeks in office. All of us already knew Obama was a Chicago thug. Obama associated with racists, criminals, thieves, communists, marxists, socialists, terrorists, etc. We did our homework. O’Reilly’s response was, “Let’s give President Obama a chance.” Bill O’Reilly was an ignorant moron then and is now. –O’Reilly is a pompous jerk who is an amnesty shill for Roger Ailes. –BOR is not a conservative. He will be the first one to tell you. BOR is a Fingerinthewinder. –Bill O’Reilly is an ill prepared Doofuss Democrat, who is no longer worth watching. He has a research staff that are either afraid of him or that he doesn’t listen to and he just phones it in. He does not do his homework and the way he got destroyed by Laura Ingraham on his own show, last night demonstrates this so well! –O’Reilly is a naive moderate, the kind that “give the benefit of doubt” to “good intentions” of socialists and communists obsessed with “fundamentally transforming” the America they hate,...

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How to turn a wingnut (whether lefty or righty) into a moderate

Harvard Law School Professor Cass Sunstein WRITES HERE of a fascinating study conducted by Philip Fernbach and a team of academics at the University of Colorado whereby political extremists are turned into comparative moderates: Their central finding is that if you ask people to explain exactly why they think as they do, they discover how much they don’t know — and they become more humble and therefore more moderate. The study came in four stages. First, people were asked to state their positions on a series of political issues, including a cap-and-trade system for carbon emissions, a national flat tax, merit-based pay for teachers and unilateral sanctions on Iran for its nuclear program. They were asked to describe their position on a seven-point scale whose endpoints were “strongly in favor” and “strongly opposed.” Second, people were asked to rate their degree of understanding of each issue on a seven-point scale. The third step was the crucial one; they were asked to “describe all the details you know about [for example, the impact of instituting a ‘cap and trade’ system for carbon emissions], going from the first step to the last, and providing the causal connection between the steps.” Fourth, people were asked to rerate their understanding on the seven-point scale and to restate their position on the relevant issue. The results were stunning. On every issue, the result of requesting an explanation was to persuade people to give a lower rating of their own understanding — and to offer a more moderate view on each...

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As stocks hit record high, wingnuts demand Obama’s impeachment for wrecking the stock market

You can’t make up stuff like THIS: Today, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 15,056, an all-time record. For one conservative group, this can only mean one thing: it’s time to impeach President Obama. That was the message Capitol Hill Daily, a conservative publication based out of Baltimore, sent to Citizen United’s listserv today. They accused President Obama of “wreck[ing] the stock market” and asked readers to take a poll about whether he should be impeached as a result. (Snip) When Obama took office on January 20, 2009, the Dow Jones was at 7,949. Over the last 4 years, it has gone up approximately 90 percent before reaching a new high today. It’s important to remember that the health of the stock market is very different from the health of the overall economy. Middle class wages are stagnating and millions are still unemployed or underemployed. But when a conservative organization claims ignores reality in such a blatant way, one can’t help but quote former Rep. Barney Frank: “On what planet do you spend most of your...

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Scandal: Obama was quicker to tweet about Roger Ebert’s death than about Margaret Thatcher’s

The satirical political blog Wonkette REPORTS that certain wingnuts are plowing new ground in the fertile fields of Obamaphobia: Thanks to the completely sane coverage at the “Christian News Service,”we know that the Chicago thug tweeted a brief message in response to the death of fellow Chicago thug Roger Ebert within 30 minutes of the news of Ebert’s death, while it took an unpardonable two hours for the White House to issue a statement in response to the death of Margaret Thatcher. Even worse, the White House Twitter feed did not link to the emailed statement until 40 minutes after the statement was released, precious minutes during which the Delta Force could have saved American lives. But Barack Obama stood idly by, doing nothing. IMPEACH! The only logical conclusion is that Barack Obama has some seriously twisted priorities, and will probably come in the night to take your guns, indoctrinate your children, and insist that you watch “Citizen Kane” in a movie theater because that’s the only way to experience it. CNS News does not appear to have considered the possibility that a statement on the death of a movie critic takes far less time and requires fewer passes through the White House communications apparatus than a statement on the death of a former foreign leader, because only liberals ever watched “The West...

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