We need someone like this in the U.S. Congress or maybe just more in the Idaho legislature….
During ‘morning rounds’ I happened upon this from Crooks & Liars. It’s an interview of Christopher Barron of GOProud by Cenk Uygur.* Apparently two groups have bowed out of the CPAC (Conservative political action community) annual meeting due to GOProud’s presence at the upcoming conference. Those two organizations: Concerned Women for America and the Family Research Council (bully pulpits of Phyllis Schlafly & Tony Perkins, respectively) – surprise! surprise! -and here, Cenk gets down to brass tacks.
“All right, Chris. First, let me get it out-of-the-way. Why on God`s green earth are you even a Republican?”
Here’s the response from Mr. Barron:
And I`m a conservative because while I was born gay, I wasn`t born to believe that government has all of the answers. In fact, I`ve seen throughout my life that, in fact, government is often the problem, because I believe in free markets, because I believe in a strong military defense, because I believe in the power of the individual. That`s why I`m a conservative Republican.
That’s fine – totally understandable. It’s all about him. He doesn’t get the connection between us but how it relates to his needs and his pleasure or fulfillment. As Cenk asks, where was he in the past when the Republican Party was (and still is, I might add) campaigning against ‘the likes’ of Mr. Barron.
BARRON: Well, first off, we`ve only been around for two years. So every year that we`ve been in existence we`ve participated in CPAC. Continue reading
Seen in a comment at Huffington Post:
The GOP has obstructed everything and has also stirred up Idio.t America into a religously (sic) charged frothing at the mouth crowd of gun-toting mor0ns.
Spot on – more later….
In other news:
“I am just a man who is trying to do what God has told us to do,” Fla. reverend in Quran flap says.
No. ‘He’ isn’t. I think G*d is smart enough to stay out of this shit storm.
7:00 pm (MST) ~ Attempts to reach miners trapped underground have been slowed by what the mine company’s CEO calls ‘seismic activities
Just saw this on the front page of CNN on the yellow banner. Murray has been adamant about there having been an earthquake which is in disagreement with seismologists there.
12:30 pm (MST) ~ “Three of the trapped men are Mexican citizens, Salvador Jimenez, Mexico’s consul in Salt Lake City, told AP.” Robert Murray is a Republican contributor; he’s contributed large sums to Mitch McConnell’s campaingns. Murray has ‘threatened’ MSHA inspectors by citing his friendship with McConnell and McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao – Labor Secretary, government umbrella of MSHA.
9:10 am (MST) ~ Around 9:10 am, I turned on CNN to check the news cycle and a news conference was just getting underway with Robert (Bob) Murray, owner of the energy company who owns and operates the mine. It is now 9:55 am. The man has been rambling on and on and on.
And he’s off again about “the lackeys of the United Mine Workers”
“The United Mine Workers of America is critical of the Crandall Canyon operation, which employs non-union miners.” (SL-Tribune)
He’s adjusted the ancestral origins of the miners as “3 are Hispanic, 3 are of mixed-European descent.”
Early yesterday, a coal mine in Huntington, Utah collapsed trapping six miners. Admittedly there wasn’t much news coming out at first. However as the situation rapidly deteriorated because that ‘window of opportunity’ for swift resolution was vanishing, more news filtered out and information turned up regarding the company, its safety records, its workplace violations. This story on Yahoo was disheartening enough if not for the headline alone, ‘Efforts to reach 6 Utah miners failing, and became even more so when I spotted this tiny paragraph in the middle of the article: Continue reading