Monday, May 6, 2013

Ten Crazy Things the Right Did During The Week Of May 3, 2013

The right wing rarely rests and this week has been no exception. Here’s ten stories from just this week illustrating just how extreme, out of touch, and just plain offensive that conservatives can be.

  • Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) said she voted against equal pay for women because we already have enough laws. The embattled Granite Stater said the laws we already have are sufficient even though women still only make 77 cents on the dollar.
  • Former Bush press secretary praises the Nazis’ respect for the laws of war. Former Bush flack Ari Fleischer defended keeping the prison at Guantanamo Bay open by praising the Nazis’ respect for the laws of war compared to the terrorists we are fighting today.
  • State legislator attacks hero victim of Boston bombing in order to advance conspiracy theory. New Hampshire State Rep. Stella Tremblay (R-NH) said that Jeff Bauman, who lost both his legs and heroically identified the bombers after he awoke in the hospital, looked too calm to be in shock, which she claims is proof that the government is behind the bombing. You can take a look at this photo of Bauman and see if you think he’s part of a government conspiracy (warning: it’s extremely gruesome).
  • Ohio Republicans want to punish colleges for helping students vote. Ohio Republicans floated a plan to punish any state university that helps students register to vote in Ohio (simply by providing a form) by refusing to allow them to charge those students out-of-state tuition. This comes despite the fact that a 1979 Supreme Court case reaffirmed the right of students to register and vote where they attend school.
  • Mysterious conservative group launches dirty tricks in South Carolina special election. A mysterious outside group launched a push poll targeting Elizbeth Colbert Busch, the Democrat running against former Gov. Mark Sanford in next Tuesday’s special election for South Carolina’s first Congressional district. The push poll calls suggested that she had had an abortion, been in jail, and racked up massive debts, among other things.

BONUS: A group founded and funded by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg used both its left-wing and right-wing subsidiaries to launch ads in favor of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. In an introductory column launching the group, Zuckerberg said that the group would be dedicated to “building the knowledge economy,” which he contrasts to “the economy of the last century… primarily based on natural resources.” Zuckerberg added, “there are only so many oil fields, and there is only so much wealth that can be created from them for society.”

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