Under The BigTop …

The biggest circus on earth came to town on 20 January 2017, and its cast of characters just keeps expanding.  The latest to put on the clown suit and perform is none other than Steve King, U.S. Representative from Iowa.  Mr. King first came under Filosofa’s watchful eye in March 2017, more than two years ago, when he was awarded the coveted Filosofa’s Idiot of the Week award.    Ever since, he has remained on the radar for one thing or another, the most frequent and troublesome being his blatant and very public racism.  It finally became such an embarrassment to his fellow members of Congress that this past January, Mr. King was stripped of all his committee assignments in Congress.steve-kingThis week, Mr. King hooked up with two other members of this circus, Lynette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, aka Diamond and Silk. Diamond and Silk are two African-American women who are ardent and very vocal Trump supporters.  Though they prefer not to be called African-Americans, as Ms. Hardaway explains …

“You ain’t gotta call me African American ’cause I ain’t never been to Africa. You can call me black.”

Diamond-Silk-2So, the thing that brought Mr. King and the dynamic duo together this week was King’s promotion of a new bill he has proposed in the House of Representatives.  The bill, dubbed ‘The Diamond and Silk Act’, aims to punish so-called sanctuary cities by re-directing federal appropriations to homeless people and veterans.  I’m not quite sure why Mr. King even bothered proposing this bill, since it stands almost zero chance of passing in the democrat-controlled House, but perhaps he thought he would win some brownie points with the head clown, Donald Trump, who has been threatening to pull funding from sanctuary cities for as long as I can remember.Diamond-Silk-1So, where do Diamond and Silk fit in?  Apparently, Mr. King who is still fuming over being kicked off of his committees, thought it might help offset his carefully crafted image as a white supremacist if he had a couple of African-Americans by his side, showing support for his heinous legislation.  It was truly more like a circus act than a news conference.  As often as not, when a reporter asked Mr. King a question, Diamond and Silk literally stepped in front of him and answered for him, as he happily handed the microphone over to them.  One example …

A reporter asked the question, “You’ve been stripped of your committee assignments. What makes you think Republican colleagues will even entertain this?”  Diamond turned to King and asked, “Can I answer this?”  King replied with delight, “Sure”.  Diamond then went on a rant about members of Congress living in mansions, the attempt by environmentalists to ban plastic straws, and concluded with …

“So this ain’t about no Steve King. This is about our homeless, our veterans and Americans.”

Okay, but it didn’t even begin to answer the question, did it?  Another reporter asked Diamond and Silk what they thought of King retweeting white supremacists, and the two women went into what was reminiscent of a rehearsed script …

Diamond: What is the definition of white supremacist?

Silk: You don’t know, do you?

Diamond: Why would you talk that?

Silk: I’m tired of you all playing the race card.

Diamond: Stop calling everybody a racist.

Here is the video, which is truly a circus sideshow, complete with the sound of a horse or horses snorting and snuffling in the background, and a man walking down the street with a box covering his head at approximately the 8:00 mark on the left side of the screen.  The only thing missing was the peanut vendor. I recommend you turn on the Closed Captioning, for the street noises tend to drown out Mr. King’s voice, though it would take a small army to drown out Diamond and Silk’s.

It’s comical that Diamond and Silk go on a tirade, saying “We got Americans living on the streets, we got Americans living in tents okay, we have homeless people …”  Diamond and Silk have a reported net worth of approximately $3 million, and yet there is no record of them donating a single penny to any charity to help the homeless, or anybody else for that matter.

Diamond and Silk are a joke.  They have been in hot water more than a few times for such things as calling Hillary Clinton a ‘slave master’, saying she was responsible for Russia acquiring nuclear weapons (which happened 70 years ago when Hillary was two years old) and falsely stating under oath that they hadn’t been paid by the Trump campaign when, in fact, they had.Diamond-SilkAs for Mr. King, he seemed to be more than happy to turn the Q&A over to ‘the girls’ while he rather shrunk behind them.  He knows his bill is not going to see the light of day, and the only reason I can figure for this little street scene at midday is to prove that he can be seen with black people and not don his KKK hood.

circus-2Come on, people!!!  Mr. King is supposed to be a government official, a lawmaker, and he resorts to publicity stunts like this?  We don’t have a damned government any more, we just have one big circus in multiple acts.  We have a bunch of snake oil salesmen like Steve King, Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, Warren Davidson, William Barr, Betsy DeVos, and so many more!  This … THIS abominable clown convention is NOT what We The People are paying hard-earned tax dollars for!  Get these clowns out of office and let us hire some people who take the job seriously!

Rant over.

Steve King Strikes Again!

Back when I was still doing my Idiot of the Week posts, in March 2017 to be exact, I awarded Filosofa’s Idiot of the Week award to a member of Congress named Steve King of Iowa.  Mr. King apparently appreciated the award so much that he keeps flitting across my radar, begging to be given some additional recognition, it would seem.  All I can say is that he’s lucky I don’t live in his home state of Iowa!

Let’s face it … any representative that earns a score of zero from the Humane Society, but an ‘A’ rating from the NRA is not somebody you’re really going to look up to!  Now, King has a reputation, well-earned, of being a racist and a bigot.  He is firmly against LGBT rights, has spoken cruelly against Mexicans in general, against Muslims, was against President Obama because of his ethnicity, loves Donald Trump, supports racial profiling, is a climate-change denier and … need I go on?  There is a word for people of his ilk … it starts with a ‘J’, ends with another word for a donkey, and if I have to tell you what it is, then you are in the wrong blog!

So, what has King done now, you ask, to ruffle the Filosofa’s feathers? Back in 2005, when Hurricane Katrina hit both the Florida and Louisiana coasts and nearly devastated much of New Orleans, as parts of the levee system were breached, King was one of 11 members of Congress who voted against a federal aid package for New Orleans.  On Thursday, 14 years after the devastating hurricane that took the lives of at least 1,500 in Louisiana alone, King spoke at a Town Hall meeting in his district.

“Here’s what FEMA tells me. We go to a place like New Orleans, and everybody’s looking around saying, ‘Who’s going to help me? Who’s going to help me?’ We go to a place like Iowa, and we go, we go see, knock on the door at, say, I’ll make up a name, John’s place, and say, ‘John, you got water in your basement, we can write you a check, we can help you.’ And John will say, ‘Well, wait a minute, let me get my boots. It’s Joe that needs help. Let’s go down to his place and help him.'”

What. A. Jerk.  FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), by the way, denies his claim. It should be noted that King’s state, Iowa, is predominantly white, whereas New Orleans is 60% African-American.  If New Orleans were predominantly white, King would almost certainly not have made such a ridiculous statement.

Once again, as has happened multiple times in the past year, his fellow republicans took him to task.  Representative Steve Scalise, whose district includes parts of New Orleans, said …

“His comments about Katrina victims are absurd and offensive, and are a complete contradiction to the strength and resilience the people of New Orleans demonstrated to the entire nation in the wake of the total devastation they experienced.”

Last weekend, King came under fire for this Facebook post …Steve-King-fb-post

Nice, huh?  And in January he was stripped of his committee assignments in the House for white supremacist remarks he made.  When asked about an apology for his remarks, he refused to apologize.  Even Mitch McConnell condemned King’s remarks …

“There is no place in the Republican Party, the Congress or the country for an ideology of racial supremacy of any kind. I have no tolerance for such positions and those who espouse these views are not supporters of American ideals and freedoms. Representative King’s statements are unwelcome and unworthy of his elected position. If he doesn’t understand why ‘white supremacy’ is offensive, he should find another line of work.”

The late night hosts didn’t miss the opportunity …

The people of Iowa have elected this doofus nine times now!  This nation is undergoing a very tense, divisive time and the very last thing we need is an obnoxious white supremacist with a loud mouth in Congress, for we already have one in the White House.  Iowans … PLEASE remove your heads from your patooties, wake up, and vote Mr. King out of Congress next year!!!

Idiot of the Week – Kellyanne Conway

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Here it is, February 4th already, and we have not had a single Idiot of the Week post all year!  I have been remiss in my duties.  Today, however, my idiot-detector went crazy … lights flashing, alarm bells ringing … and I knew that an idiot was somewhere out there just begging for recognition.  So, without further ado, let me present this week’s Idiot of the Week … none other than Ms. Kellyanne Conway!  Kellyanne has been begging for this award almost since the day she signed on as Trump’s campaign manager, and since the inauguration her idiocy has reached new levels.  Let us look first at her latest, the thing that set off the idiot-detector.

Yesterday evening, Conway was interviewed on CNBC’s Hardball program, where she said:

“I bet it’s brand new information to people that President Obama had a six-month ban on the Iraqi refugee program after two Iraqis came here to this country, were radicalized and they were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre. Most people don’t know that because it didn’t get covered.”

Ahem … most people don’t know about it because it never happened, Ms. Conway.  First, President Obama did not ban Iraqi refugees:  we stopped processing Iraqi requests temporarily based on a specific threat, not a broadside general ban.  Second, there was never a massacre, nor even a threat of one, in Bowling Green!  That is why it did not get reported – it never happened! Two Iraqi men arrested in 2011 did live in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and are currently serving life sentences for federal terrorism offences. But there was no massacre, nor were they accused of planning one. The US department of justice, announcing their convictions in 2012, said: “Neither was charged with plotting attacks within the United States.”  Nice try, Kellyanne.

Then there was her now-infamous attempt to clean up after Trump and Spicer when they claimed the inauguration had the largest turnout of any inauguration, which was a blatant lie, but Kellyanne referred to it as “alternative facts”.  The world is still having a field day with that one! But let us look at some of the other “Kelly-isms” from the past few months (As always, my snarky remarks are in blue):

  • “When I see Twitter feeds, when I see words that are people are using to describe Donald Trump, it is incredibly disrespectful to the office.” No disrespect to the office, only the “man”. Respect is earned … or not, as is the case here.
  • “The question is are you loyal to the agenda that [Donald] Trump, that President-elect Trump has put forward in terms of his view of the world and the person to which the secretary of state would function.” Huh?
  • “I went out on my own, years ago, to try to create some additional choices in a parallel universe.” Would that be the universe of alternative facts?
  • “My children are 12, 12, 8, and 7, which is bad idea, bad idea, bad idea, bad idea, for mom going inside…” I repeat:  huh?
  • “Nearly two and a half million people die every year that are on the voter rolls. So it takes time to get dead people off the voter rolls.” Shouldn’t the people who died be accountable for canceling their voter registration, Kellyanne?
  • “Donald Trump just has always elevated women to the highest echelons.” Echelons of what???
  • “Usually based on an economic agenda, white working-class voters don’t buy into this whole biology-chemistry-abortion-gender agenda as much as they want more take-home pay. They want affordability.” Once again … huh?
  • “The campaign is over. The people have spoken. And this man [Donald Trump] busted through a blue wall that nobody expected. He won states like Wisconsin and Michigan and Pennsylvania, which should have been Hillary Clinton’s the whole time. And they were his because of the message, because of the way he’s a master communicator and a master connecter.” Did she just say … he’s a … master communicator???  Has she seen any of his Twitter messages???  The man cannot string a simple sentence together and she calls him a master communicator? I guess that makes me Shakespeare!
  • “Because we’re not as serious about terrorism as we can be, people all across the globe feel like they can just murder innocent people.”  She needs to look at the statistics for gun-related deaths in the U.S. that have no connection to terrorism.
  • “I don’t think that we need to see [Donald Trump] tax returns to verify his financial acumen. I walk into the Trump Tower every day and I’m like, this guy did pretty well for himself before I got here.” Somebody please inform her how many times his businesses have been unsuccessful, how many bankruptcies, how many people he shafted to get where he is!
  • “Foundations exist to help charities, to help those in need. And Mr. Trump has been incredibly generous throughout his career.” Can’t believe she could utter this statement without choking.
  • “[Donald Trump] does have a thick skin, frankly, as someone who works very closely within, that was in that room today, directly beside him. I will say this though. That’s not what the meeting was about.” Glad to know there wasn’t a whole meeting about the thickness of his skin.
  • “It is completely irresponsible, if not worse, for members of the media to be calling our press secretary a liar and worse. On Twitter and Facebook and elsewhere. And in articles. That is not the way to start relationships with the press.” Splutter … splutter … splutter … did she not see Spicer’s first press briefing where he ranted at the press for not believing his lies and then stormed off without taking a single question???
  • “If you heard 40 times in a day that Newt Gingrich takes the wings off of butterflies, eventually you’d believe it.”  Newt does THAT?  I knew there was something about him that I didn’t like!
  • “Women are still congenitally Democratic – and I’m the Republican pollster saying that.”  It’s congenital?  Who knew?

Well, as you can see … she tends to “open mouth, insert foot”.  According to Cosmopolitan magazine, “Conway, 49, is a veteran political operative, who’s spent the last three decades advising Republicans on how to appeal to female voters. In fact, she was already doing this for the Trump campaign before he tapped her to be his campaign manager.” So, let me get this straight … she advised him to put down women, speak of women as if they were second-class citizens put on earth only for the pleasure of men, and that is supposed to help him appeal to women?  This man who judges women based on their looks, body shape, and once said an opposing (female) candidate couldn’t win because of her face? Kellyanne … let me give you a clue:  it did not work. I am a relatively normal woman and I am disgusted by him and frankly, would not even want to shake his hand.

Kellyanne actually has a law degree from George Washington University Law School. I am amazed. In 2005, Conway co-authored the book What Women Really Want: How American Women Are Quietly Erasing Political, Racial, Class, and Religious Lines to Change the Way We Live.  I have not read the book, nor do I have any desire to do so, but it brings to mind a question:  Does she really believe that Trump is the answer to what women in this country want, or has she sold out in favour of fame and fortune?  Either way …

So, based on everything you have said and done, Ms. Conway, I hereby honour you with the first 2017 most coveted Filosofa’s Idiot of the Week award!  No thanks are necessary.

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My Saddest Idiot of the Week Award – Rudy Giuliani

Idiot of the Week medalIn the hours, days and weeks following the devastating tragedy of 11 September 2001, aka 9/11, I developed an enormous respect for Rudy Giuliani, then Mayor of New York City.  Never before had a city mayor had to deal with such a traumatic disaster of such epic proportions.  He did so in the most calm, poignant and graceful manner, reassuring New Yorkers around the globe that life would go on, that he was one of us, and that his heart was in the exact same spot as our broken hearts. I thought this man had my undying devotion for life.  So it is with great sadness and a very heavy heart that today I must pronounce him Idiot of the Week.

Since I do not believe in robbing a person of accolades for the good they did, since I still vividly remember sobbing in front of the television and being comforted by seeing Rudy and believing he was one of us, and because 9/11 was very personal for me, I share a few images first of the Rudy I came to love and respect:

But today, Rudy, you seem to have forgotten all about that horrendous day nearly 15 years ago when our world, our security blanket came tumbling down.  That day when our hearts broke into a thousand pieces and we thought you were one of us. But today … today you said, “By the way, under those eight years before Obama came along, we didn’t have any successful radical Islamic terrorist attack in the United States. They all started when Clinton and Obama got into office.”  Rudy, President Obama was elected in November 2008, seven years and two months after 9/11.  How could you forget???  How could YOU FORGET????

 

 

I do not need to go in search of dumb things Rudy Giuliani has said before, during or after this single quote, as I generally do with Idiot of the Week posts.  I cannot, in fact, do so.  One of my heroes just came crashing down and I find that I neither need nor want to further his demise.  He has done so himself, with a single sentence.  So, here Rudy, please enjoy Filosofa’s Idiot of the Week award.  I hope you know that my Hero of the Century award was far more valuable … it was an award that you had and threw away.

Idiot of the Week #1 – Rush Limbaugh

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While I do not live for statistics on my blog, I do check them frequently.  I like knowing which posts were popular and which were “meh”.  One feature that I find to be very popular is my Idiot of the Week, but the really interesting thing I found in the past 3-4 weeks is that it is wildly popular when the Idiot of the Week is a female!  I am pondering the reason for this.  Are we indeed a society dominated by the male mentality?  Are the women just that more idiotic than the men?  Or am I over-thinking it and it is just based on timing?  I don’t know, but I think it is interesting.

rush-2Nonetheless, I am back to a male idiot this week. This one has been on my radar for a while, but I put him on the back burner and rather forgot about him.  I had several idiots lined up, but upon further research decided to leave a few alone for the moment, for one reason or another.  There are certain criteria to qualify for the award, and I do have to maintain my high standards, after all.  So today, let me present the much-coveted Idiot of the Week award to none other than Rush Limbaugh, an American entertainer, radio talk show host, writer, and conservative political commentator.  Though I have never heard his radio show, and never intend to, given the research I have done on this man, I would say “entertainer” is a bit of a stretch.  Perhaps his bluster and bile are entertaining to some folks at the lower end of the food chain, but it strikes me as merely offensive.  At any rate, let us hear directly from Mr. Limbaugh, as my idiots speak for themselves so much better than I ever could:

  • “Have you ever noticed how all composite pictures of wanted criminals resemble Jesse Jackson?”
  • “Take that bone out of your nose and call me back.” [To an African American female caller]
  • “Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women access to the mainstream of society.” (Filosofa growls)
  • “I prefer to call the most obnoxious feminists what they really are: feminazis. A feminazi is a woman to whom the most important thing in life is seeing to it that as many abortions as possible are performed.”
  • “There are more American Indians alive today than there were when Columbus arrived or at any other time in history. Does this sound like a record of genocide?”
  • “Too many whites are getting away with drug use…Too many whites are getting away with drug sales…The answer is to go out and find the ones who are getting away with it, convict them and send them up the river, too.” And then eight years later, “I am addicted to prescription pain medication.”
  • “It’s sort of like hazing, a fraternity prank. Sort of like that kind of fun. I’m talking about people having a good time, these people, you ever heard of emotional release? You ever heard of need to blow some steam off?” [Regarding torture and abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib by United States soldiers]
  • “Take guns out of the possession, out of the hands of liberals, take their typewriters and their keyboards away from ‘em, don’t let ‘em anywhere near a gun, and control their speech. You would wipe out 90% of the crime, 85 to 95% of the hate, and a hundred percent of the lies from society.” (Filosofa growls louder)
  • “You know how to stop abortion? Require that each one occur with a gun.”
  • “If you feed them, if you feed the children, three square meals a day during the school year, how can you expect them to feed themselves in the summer? Wanton little waifs and serfs dependent on the State. Pure and simple.”
  • lion roars“I mean, let’s face it, we didn’t have slavery in this country for over 100 years because it was a bad thing. Quite the opposite: slavery built the South. I’m not saying we should bring it back; I’m just saying it had its merits. For one thing, the streets were safer after dark.” (Filosofa ROARS!)
  • “You know who deserves a posthumous Medal of Honor? James Earl Ray. We miss you, James. Godspeed.”

Okay, Rush, that is all the time you get for tonight.

rush-3What brought Rush back into the spotlight this week?   A couple of things, but first and foremost was his ‘commentary’ of Donald Trump’s speech on his ‘economic platform’ in Detroit earlier this week.  Rush says “… some protestor started screeching like Hillary Clinton, and they had to drag her out of there. I felt like I was watching Bertha Butt being dragged out of there in the Troglodyte song. The security was dragging her out.  The audience was applauding this lone protestor being dragged out of the place.  She wasn’t being dragged.  They’re leading her out by the hand.”  Which is it, is she being “dragged” out, or led by the hand?  “Okay, five or six protestors have had to be escorted out of the Trump speech at the Economic Club of Detroit.  There goes the sixth now.  They’re all women.  They’re all white women … they’re dragging them out of there every time it happens.  And that’s great to see.”  Really, Rush?  It is great to see women being dragged out of a public forum for exerting their 1st Amendment rights?

In reality, I am not sure how much of what he spews he actually believes, and how much is simply for shock value, ‘entertainment’ value.  However, it is my belief that if you say it, you own it, and therefore if he says it, even just to make a buck, he believes it.  And I also questioned my own motives in naming him Idiot of the Week.  Did I do so because I truly think he’s an idiot, or simply because I find his comments crass and despicable.  I am still debating that one, but I think anybody who applauds seeing other people injured is, frankly, an idiot … a despicable idiot.  So with that said, here, Mr. Limbaugh is your Idiot of the Week award.  I hope you are pleased and proud.