Republican idiocy

Ham-handed Stam calls for volunteers to help DHHS

Training? Who needs training:

This is a WIN-WIN opportunity!! You will win by gaining first-hand experience with how the Food Nutrition System (FNS) operates and gain valuable experience processing claims.
The BIGGEST winners will be the many people who are waiting to get assistance. By helping them complete their applications, you will expedite them getting the necessary assistance they need to feed their families.

According to State Senator Earline Parmon (D-Dist32) who serves on the oversight committee for NCDHHS, “It is totally inappropriate for the legislative assistants to be asked to volunteer. There is the privacy issue. There is the fact that they have not received training to complete this work. To ask L.A.s to do the work for another department, that has already spent millions on over-time is ridiculous.”

There's also a shortage of OB-GYNs in NC: "Don't miss out on this GREAT opportunity! Get scrubbed and let's go DELIVER SOME BABIES! Everybody's a WINNER, and the first volunteer to get five notches on their baby belt will get to bang Tillis' big-ass gavel on the first day of the short session!"

Flynn jumps off the Tea Party crazy train

Causing his tens of fans to bang their radios in frustration:

"Though deeply appreciative of every gift and effort made on behalf of this campaign, I have failed to secure the depth of funding essential to continue in this primary race,” he told Dome in a statement. “Washington’s deficit spending approach can be no part of a senate campaign dedicated to conservative principles.”

Flynn, a Winston-Salem area talk radio host, entered the race later than his competitors and becomes the first to depart. In a crowded race, Flynn had trouble distinguishing himself from the handful of other candidates seeking to wear the tea party mantle.

Translated: "There's no way in hell I'm going into debt for a Primary race I can't possibly win. Wasting other people's money is one thing, but I have to draw the line at my own money. I need to conserve that, because I'm a true Conservative. I actually need more, if I'm going to get that boat I've been looking at."

Ranting Rabon tries to educate puppy mill advocates

He really seems to care. About what, I have no idea:

Rabon: We were informed that that bill would never leave the House.

Withers: How did this bill get through the House?

Rabon: Because the nature of the beast of the House, they are a bunch of "PUSSIES" (screaming). They got political heat. They said we can no longer sit on this. We know the senate will not pass it because it is a piece of crap, so we will send it to them and they will take the heat. Ladies and gentlemen, that is politics 101. They are the big boys and girls. We will put it in their lap. Let them get their butts kicked. Let them take the heat. They passed the bill on to the Senate to take the heat. They knew it would not pass the Senate.

I've read the entire transcript, under the mistaken assumption it would help me understand Rabon's position on this issue. Frankly, I'm not sure he even understands his position. Except maybe that the Universe is Rabon-centric and all matter revolves around him:

Tuesday Twitter roundup

We'll begin with a head-scratcher:

If you want to talk about "poorly managed", I'd say allowing an out-of-state company who disguises massive interest rates by selling people appliances at nearly twice their retail value would be a good place to start. As to a pension plan that has performed well above average, quoting a dubious study with laughable observations like this:

Tuesday Twitter roundup

As the GOP's misguided tax "reform" package begins to kick in, the debate of such ensues on Twitter:

And when the Legislature's own researchers tell the truth:

Burr tries to flog the Benghazi dead horse

Apparently "feelings" are now a credible intelligence resource:

This bipartisan report is a step forward in our understanding of these events, but should not by any means be viewed as a final verdict. To the extent this report is incomplete, it is not due to the Committee's unwillingness to investigate, but the State Department's intransigence.

Despite the Committee's best efforts to investigate all relevant threads of information, I still feel strongly that there remains a disappointing lack of accountability. It is my hope that this bipartisan report will serve as a foundation to continue the discussion and search for answers."

Of course it could have been avoided. This was not a natural catastrophe, it was man-made, and any such situation would have different outcomes if behaviors had been different. But serving in any capacity (journalism, NGO volunteer, diplomatic corps, etc.) in a post-war, post-revolution environment is inherently dangerous. And Republicans' obsession with this particular incident, which had a relatively small loss of life (not downplaying it, it's a fact), is drawing attention away from numerous other threats that still exist. And that negligence rests safely on the backs of those who are trying to generate political capital from what happened in Benghazi.

President accosted by strange man claiming to be Governor

An anonymous source on the security detail was quoted, "Look, these things happen from time to time, we can't be everywhere. Heads will roll."

“In the short time I had on the tarmac I took advantage of every minute,” McCrory said in an interview at N.C. State University, where he attended Obama’s speech. “I talked about wanting to build a relationship with the White House in dealing with complex issues from unemployment to Medicaid to food stamps and also offshore drilling.”

“He immediately, to his credit, introduced me to his energy secretary and I’m setting up a meeting in February with the energy secretary with other governors to explore and hopefully move forward offshore drilling, at least for natural gas off our coast,” McCrory continued.

At which point Secretary Moniz gave the President a dark look and said, "Thanks."

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