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Happy Friday Widdershin friends. Here’s hoping your Friday is going better than John Boehner’s Thursday went, but then again, it would have to be better.

Sad Boehner

There are some days when these posts just write themselves. This is one of those days. Given my pronounced lack of imagination, there is no way I could come up with the storyline of the last twenty-four hours in the House of Representatives. And given the outrageous turn of events, neither could the writers of House of Cards, Game of Thrones, or for that matter, Veep. Yesterday for John Boehner was a real FUBAR — fudged up beyond all recognition.

Imagine for a moment, it was the first day for your new management team given Eric Cantor’s defeat in last month’s Virginia primary. If you are John Boehner, you have a new Republican Majority Leader in Kevin McCarthy and a new Majority Whip in Steve Scalise. While it was their first day on the job, it was also their last day before their 5-week August recess/vacay.

Just the day before, Boehner had passed legislation enabling him to sue the President for his “lawlessness” in signing Executive Orders. All the House had to do was pass a simple watered-down bill to address that pesky refugee problem on the southern border and then it was off for some much deserved R&R for being the least productive Congress in history. What could go wrong?

Emboldened and hearing the call of the sun to bring back that irradiated orange glow, Boehner even held a press conference to say of that pesky refugee problem, “Congress must act because it is better to do something than do nothing.” Then fifteen minutes later — fifteen minutes — John Boehner and his newly minted leadership team did nothing — they pulled the bill. And to add further humiliation, members of the House blamed the President saying he should deal with the problem through executive authority. This after having voted less than 24-hours previously to sue him for using executive authority.

Sneaky Ted Cruz2How could all this happen? Look no further than that meddlesome Canadian, nee Texan, Ted Cruz. It seems as though Cruz held a pizza party for the Tea Party types on Wednesday night and played the game, How Mean Can We Be to Children (or UACs in the vernacular, standing for “Unaccompanied Children” because to actually say children is quite unseemly). Cruz, a McCain proclaimed wacko bird, has once again infused himself in the do-nothing Tea Party caucus as some phantom Speaker to purposefully and needlessly blow-up the process but for no other reason than self-aggrandizement.

Of course Ted Cruz isn’t a solo act. He is acting at the behest of the Heritage Foundation and cheerleaders like Bill Kristol of the Weekly Standard. You know — the same intellectual jug heads who brought us the Iraq War, the government shutdown, Iran war mongering, and constant caterwauling for military intervention in Syria, Libya, and the Ukraine.

So what does Cruz want for all this mischief? He wants the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) implemented by Obama to be repealed. DACA allows children, who were brought here by no act of their own and have been here since 2007, to apply for temporary relief from deportation and work permits. Operative words: Apply for temporary relief.

These children, knowing no other country than the U.S. and who are Americans by all accounts except those on paper, are innocent victims in all this. They broke no laws. They were brought here by their parents. Many have enlisted in the armed services and served with distinction.

But innocence is no inoculation to being used as a pawn for the political maneuvering of Cruz and the thirty to forty Tea Children in Holding CellPartiers who are causing all these problems. If for a moment these intellectual pygmies could see through the miasma of hate for these “others,” they would realize their actions will brand them as nothing more than the “deportation party.“ They want to deport, without a hearing, the thousands of children who have found their way north from Central America and for good measure, additionally deport hundreds of thousands of children who have grown up American whose only sin are to have parents who wanted them. In their Tea Party lexicon written by Frank Luntz, deportation has become “reuniting children with their parents in their home country.”

After the drubbing Mitt Romney took in the 2012 election, the Republican Party realized in their autopsy report they had to come to grips with immigration. What the RNC never seemed to fathom is something has to be dead to perform an autopsy. In the wake of that report, the Senate passed a comprehensive bipartisan immigration bill, but it still sits growing moss in the House of Representatives. Now with thousands of children sitting in the balance, John Boehner has once again fallen victim to the maniacal machinations of the self-serving Ted Cruz.

Why is this happening? A year and a half ago we said on these pages that impeachment would be the Republican bumper sticker rallying cry for these midterm elections. The Boehner lawsuit is the first step in the process. Cruz knows with money running out for the care and housing of these refugee children, Obama will have to act and therefore, Executive Orders concerning immigration will become the predicate for yet another trumped-up impeachment circus.

Unaccompanied-Minors-Chart1-640x748Once again these radical conservatives may have gone too far though. Just this week the Public Religion Institute released a poll finding 70% of Americans support aiding the refugee children as we determine who qualifies to stay in the U.S. Only 26% support summary deportation. Even George Will in all his crotchety, “get off my lawn” lily-white translucency is in favor of giving these children safe haven from the war lords, drug cartels, and sex traffickers.

Even if the House acts today at some point, the outcome will be more punitive than charitable, more xenophobic than tolerant, and certainly more politically calculated than generous in spirit. Not to worry, Ted Cruz playing “Slow White” to the thirty “intellectual dwarfs” of the Tea Party will have fled the stage leaving in his wake the telltale signs of mean-spiritedness, vengefulness, and the suffering of child refugees just to make sure we know he played his part.

As a people, we are better than that — or at least some of us are.

This is an open thread.

Good afternoon Widdershin friends.  I hope you celebrated the birthdays of George, Abe, and the others in fine fashion yesterday.  I’ve always found it interesting we commemorate the lifelong work of great historical figures by taking a day off — but go figure.

I’m posting late today so I won’t belabor you with my usual wordiness as is my prolixous nature.  Just some observations that have pricked my consciousness in the last few days.

First a couple of things from the Sunday news shows.  On Fox News Sunday, Mike’s son, Chris Wallace engaged in Rabbit and Top Hata departure from the usual format.  Usually at the end of the show he profiles a “Power Player of the Week” — an unsung individual engaged in something sympathetic to the wishes and whims of Roger Ailes, the grand potentate of all things suitable for airing on Fox.

Last Sunday was different.  Chris Wallace filled the segment with a mentalist — a fancy magician who had bedazzled him with tricks at a Washington, D.C. power party.  Now I ask you my Widdershin friends, is there anything more appropriate in the conservative world than the “Power Player of the Week” being someone who makes his living by pulling tricks on unwitting patsies who have knowingly suspended their disbelief?  At least to me, it sounds like his name should have been Tommy Tea Party.

The other Sunday show event of note was on Meet the David Gregory where Bill Nye, the science guy, squared off with Rep. Marsha Blackburn, the bloviating belle from the Seventh District of Tennessee.  They were debating climate change.  Bill Nye was fresh off his turn debating evolution at the Creation Museum.  The same Creation Museum where they believe The Flintstones was a multi-part documentary.  I do think it is somewhat shameful, leaving more than a little primordial goo on the face of Progressives, that we have left such issues to be debated and defended by a guy who played a scientist on teevee, but I digress.

Head in SandDuring the debate between Nye and Blackburn, her course of attack was to seem all reasonable while taking impossibly unreasonable positions.  Her position, like all conservatives since 2003 when Frank Luntz first divined their position, was to say, “The science is still out on climate change.”  Given the 97% of all scientists who say climate change is real, I suppose we are either waiting for the Thorazine to kick in or the obituaries of the remaining three percent.

In any event, during the debate Blackburn wanted to throw a feint to the science guy and show him that she could be all “sciencey and numbery”.  While reading from her cheat sheet, she said something to the effect, “The amount of carbon particulates in the air has only increased from zero point zero three two parts per million to zero point zero four parts per million so the change is very slight and insignificant.”  To which Nye responded, “What Congressman Blackburn is calling very slight and insignificant is really an increase of carbon pollutants from 320 to 400 parts per million or an increase of 30% in a very short timeframe.”  In a subsequent interview, Nye made it even more understandable, “No matter how hard the climate deniers try, there is still a difference between a 3 and a 4.”

In the last year we have had over $170 Billion in losses due to natural disaster catastrophes directly attributable to climate.  We are living in a time of 100-year storms, 100-year fires, 100-year floods, and 100-year droughts.  Something is happening and no matter what the ultimate cause the willing suspension of disbelief won’t magically make it disappear.

Jordan Davis 1995 - 2012

Jordan Davis
1995 – 2012

The last point is one I touched on Friday before the jury returned in the trial of Michael Dunn for the killing of Jordan Davis.  Saturday evening, eerily like the jury in the Zimmerman trial, the jury came back “hung” on the murder charges, but found Dunn guilty of attempted murder of the three surviving teenagers.

Many commentators waxed Solomonic at the “split the baby” decision whereby Dunn could face 60-years in prison for the three charges of attempted murder.  To those people, I only have words inappropriate to write in a post since such words are the only ones approximating the disgust I feel.

The illogic and heinous nature of the verdict is this:  Had Michael Dunn stopped firing after the first three shots that killed Jordan Davis and not fired the other six shots, Michael Dunn could have been found not guilty.  In other words, Florida‘s “Stand Your Ground” law might as well be entitled the “don’t cry over spilt milk” law — making it legislatively permissible to claim fear after the fact of a killing and statutorily reasonable to look the other way as another black teenager’s light is forever snuffed out.

There is no magic there.

This is an open thread.

Dear Widdershinners,

Been a busy week. Have had family in visitin’. They is from Texas. Bein’ all environmental, they drove their hybridHillbilly letter... Humvee. They drove the one with the bumper sticker what said, “My other vehicle is a M1 Tank.”

Fed them plenty — fixed a turducken, well without the turkey and duck since they ain’t in season. Ran short of tin foil so I had to raid the satellite dish for extra foil so I ain’t spent a whole lot of time surfin’ the intertubz on the googlin’ machine either, but still wanted to catch you up on the news. Here’s what I got off the teevee.

Those Lipton lovin’ Tea Drinkers who are always wantin’ to party had a big howdy-doo up to Worrshington, D.C. I love the way they dress — just like everyday is Halloween back durin’ the Revolution agin King Georgie.

Anywho, I didn’t know they had a clown college in Worrshington. Evidently, it is a big’un too! They had pert’near the whole clown faculty a’talkin’ to those Lipton lovers. Seems as though those Lipton lovers are all upset about the high prices at Wal-Mart and Costco cuz they was a’carryin’ yeller flags sayin’ “Live Free or Die!” Seems like this particular day they were a’havin’ a migraine headache about ‘migration. Don’t know why cause they all seem pretty much convinced we are all headin’ in the same direction — to hell in a handbasket.

I was a’worried that those poor Lipton lovers would get hungry after all that speechifin’ by the head clowners, but that nice Bachmann lady from Minniesoota fed them a big old word salad. They ate it up. Seems as though she was upset about more people gettin’ AMEX green cards. Be careful about starin’ too long at those Bachmann crazy eyes cuz they give me the swimmey head.

Before the clown car broke down...

Before the clown car broke down…

Then that man from Texas, Louie Gohmert, I don’t know why they just don’t call him Gomer and go on about their business, but he was still upset about “someone ‘accastin’ asparagus about him.” Seems like someone from the FBI had cast doubts about his asparagus and he was there to let them know his asparagus was just fine — thank you very much. Gomer didn’t allow as how his asparagus would get picked without the migraine workers, but he seems not to worry about little things like 11 million people.

Then they let that dry alcoholic drug addict talk — I think his name is Glenn Beck. Boy howdy, he picked a bad day to go dry. For my two cents, he came off the sauce a little too soon. Somebody needs to get him back on the right kind of pills!  Up here in the hills we have all kinds of clinics where you don’t even have to trouble yourself with doctors, they have pads and pads of prescriptions all signed up and ready to go at the drivethru. All I can say is that if Charlie Sheen takes another world tour inspectin’ meth labs and stripper poles, that Beck boy can take his place on “Anger Management.”

Seems like the Lipton lovers were mad at that nice Rubio feller from Florida. I thought they liked him. The teevee people said they were booin’ every time his name was mentioned, but what I seen was different. Seems like every time they said, “Marco,” the Lipton lovers were a’screamin’ back, “Polo,” but what do I know?

Before the clown jamboree last week, some nice men on the Judiciary Committee passed a bill. I know they were nice men cuz they were all concerned about the wimmenz folk even though they weren’t any wimmenzes there at the meetin‘. They passed some bill about a waitin’ period before you could go wadin’ for fish roe,” or “Roe Wadin” as they called it. Seems like they knew what they were doin’ was all wrong since Diana Ross and her backup singers, the Supremes, had sung some song about it, but that didn’t stop them cuz they were only a’thinkin’ about the wimmenz folk.

Me and my brother, Prolix III, he's the one with the big ears...

Me and my brother, Prolix III, he’s the one with the big ears…

One man said something’ about how sad it was that “rape doesn’t end in more children bein‘ born,” or something’ like that and they changed the subject pretty quick. Since he was the guy who had thunk up the idea about goin’ against Roe Wadin’ in the first place, they had to get someone else to talk up the bill durin’ the big Clown College meetin’.

Well, that nice lady from the Volunteer State up and volunteered to talk nice about the bill. It was really good of her since she hasn’t always been someone to be partial to her own kind — wimmenz that is. Seems like she voted against a thing called the “Violence Against Wimmenz Act” — I guess she figured wimmenz could take care of themselves. She also voted against a bill called, “Equal Pay Act,” but I can see why since she’s from the Volunteer State and all. Anywho, I’m sure all the good wimmenz from Tennessee will want to make sure and thank that Marsha Blackburn lady — she sure does know what’s important to Tennessee wimmenz.

Oh, my — I’ve just carried on something awful here and run on way too long.

Hope your week has been a good one and your weekend is an even better one.

Your cousin,


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