House approves Paul Ryan's latest budget by a vote of 219-205. 12 Republicans defected, and though they included West Virginia's David McKinley, North Carolina's Walter Jones, and New Jersey's Frank LoBiondo, most of the Republican defectors thought the Ryan budget wasn't severe enough. In a few years, they'll be calling Paul Ryan a moderate! All 219 "yea" votes should lose their jobs in November, but I doubt Democrats would run ads about the Ryan budget even in competitive districts. Like Paul Ryan's.
Hank Aaron, arguably the most popular home run king in baseball history, compares Republicans to the KKK over their treatment of President Obama. I've long said Republicans treat Mr. Obama so badly because he's a Democrat, not because he's black -- but I've also long argued that I can understand why people would think they're doing it to him because he's black, because of the sheer disrespect they show the man. I fear that, at some point, this may all become a wave/particle thing.
An "environmental research organization" faults the "fear-based appeals" of folks trying to avert climate change, blaming said appeals for "denial, fatalism, and polarization." See that? Once again, when folks try to keep us on the road to disaster, it's not their fault -- it's our fault, for trying to change things for the better! Spoiler alert: they also misread someone else's research to support this point.
Heritage Foundation President/former U.S. Senator Jim DeMint tells a right-wing radio host that "no liberal is going to win a debate that big government freed the slaves." Because nothing says "small government" like a pair of Constitutional amendments. He also says "the conscience of the American people" freed the slaves, as if our government couldn't possibly be a vehicle for that conscience -- indeed, those aforementioned Constitutional amendments kinda support that notion. And as for the radio host's straw-man "liberal" "saying" "that Founding Fathers thing worked out really well, look at that Civil War we had eighty years later" -- right-wingers might do well to listen to a few liberals, if only so they'll know what we really sound like. It might even result in fewer on-air circle jerks.
Finally, Mike Huckabee is "beginning to think there's more freedom in North Korea sometimes than there is in the United States." He cites TSA pat-downs as a reason -- in North Korea, I can almost hear Yakov Smirnoff saying, they pat you down in the cab to the airport! -- and then he compounds his error by suggesting that maybe you should get TSA-style pat-downs before you vote! I liked Mike Huckabee when he ran for President -- what other Republican or Democrat said their party didn't deserve to win a Presidential election if it wouldn't get serious about corporate crime? -- but he's absolutely gone off the rails since President Obama won. What a damn shame.