Truthed Enough Already

Tennessee teabaggers present their demands to the state legislature:

The material calls for lawmakers to amend state laws governing school curriculums, and for textbook selection criteria to say that “No portrayal of minority experience in the history which actually occurred shall obscure the experience or contributions of the Founding Fathers, or the majority of citizens, including those who reached positions of leadership.”

Fayette County attorney Hal Rounds, the group’s lead spokesman during the news conference, said the group wants to address “an awful lot of made-up criticism about, for instance, the founders intruding on the Indians or having slaves or being hypocrites in one way or another.”

Hmmm… Let’s try “All White Landholding Men Are Created Equal.” That work?

Tea parties issue demands to Tennessee legislators [Memphis Commercial Appeal, via ThinkProgress]

Hillbilly jibberish never sounded so unfuckingbelievably stupid till the Teabaggers showed up.

What about the Founding Mothers? I’ve often wondered about this.

“an awful lot of made-up criticism about, for instance, the founders intruding on the Indians”

He’s got a point there – anybody who describes the process as “intruding” (rather than, say, “nigh-genociding”) needs to lift the teabag out of their face and stop making shit up.

A well-meaning FB friend just posted today that he was inspired by Obama’s speech to return to more civility and as a result was not going to deal with any more political discussions that were negative or cynical. I just responded with this story and asked how he expected to discuss this in a positive and compassionate way rather than just, you know, calling them fucking morons.

@flippin eck: Somebody out there noted that Obama said “civility and truth.” Proceed accordingly.

@flippin eck: Example:

“You, sir, are a degenerate moron, and I mean that in the kindest possible way.”

In other words, the Tennessee teabaggers want to raise the Founding Fathers to demigod status?

Whooda figgered!


“I shit, sir, on your argument: Its’ premise, the logical (if one can apply the word here) development of said argument, the conclusion you reached, and the elocution involved in the entire process (to say nothing of the spelling). However, I want to assure you that I hold you and yours in the highest regard and would enjoy an amiable kaffeeklatsch (with little finger sandwiches and dainty hats, perhaps) with you- while, as I mentioned earlier, I shit upon the abominable and excremental argument you present herein.”

ALSO: I have a problem with the use of pissing Calvin, as I hold Bill Watterson in very high regard, and he never licensed the use of this image. Not a BIG problem, just a quibble, really.

@nojo: Voltaire is said to have written: “I am in the smallest room in my house. I have your letter before me. Soon, it will be behind me.”

Anyone think to ask Mr. Rounds (presumably acquainted with the law) to explain Article 1, Section 2, Paragraph 3 of the United States Constitution:
“ Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons.

That little beauty was written by those swell guys the founding fathers, wasn’t it? It’s so genteel they didn’t actually use that harsh word “slaves”.

@Dave H: I would like to be one of these Indians not taxed. Fucking self-employment tax pisses me off.
/grumble grumble . . .

@redmanlaw: Just mailed mine this morning. Yikes!

ADD: For you wage slaves, my self-employment tax averages 25 percent of net income. I’m still waiting for Republicans to throw me a bone.

@nojo: I got an email from our HR folks this morning saying that payroll deductions for social security will go down this year but our benefits will be unchanged. Can you explain to me how that can be so?


It’s part of the “No Millionaire Left Behind” tax bill that just passed – the payroll deduction rate is dropping with the gap supposedly filled by funds from general revenues. Or in other words, the GOP gets to blow up Social Security in a few years just like they’ve always wanted!

@al2o3cr: Yeah, I guess the feds will make up the difference with revenue from all the OCS oil and gas drilling they are about to permit. No problem there.

@Dodgerblue: @al2o3cr: Retirement age being raised to 75. Enjoy your bonus!

I will not be gloaty about the return I expect. Being that I am gloaty about almost everything, however, I may have a bit of a time with that….

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