The Cult of Fools – “McConnell Rolled by has own playbook” – July 31, 2022

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For quite some time Mitch McConnell has run a hyper-partisan playbook for everything – Fiscal Cliffs, Supreme Court seats, etc… He made it very clear that if Democrats moved forward with the Climate and Tax bill, then he would not support the U.S. high-tech manufacturing bill.

The broader bill stalled and faltered, and appeared to be dead.

This past week, McConnell and various other Republicans voted for the U.S. high-tech manufacturing bill. Once that had been passed, and that Republican leverage was gone, Manchin announces that they have agreement for the Climate and Tax bill and it is game on. It will be a comprehensive package of climate investments, tax hikes for the rich, and prescription drug reforms.


As Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) put it, “Looks to me like we got rinky-doo’d,” (FYI, “rinky-doo’d,” is a press friendly rhyming slang way of saying “screwed”).

The climate and tax bill is the bill that just might save our species from going extinct. The biggest threat our species faces right now is climate change, so getting that done means we really do have a decent shot at tackling climate change. Democrats get to play this scorched-earth ultra-partisan card once and could have picked anything from their wish list. The fact that it was Climate and the tax hikes to pay for it that they went for, truly was the right choice.

It has been rather clear for quite some time that the Republicans have no interest in doing what is right or best, hence it was delightful to finally see Democrats with the gloves off.

Manchin has often privately fumed at the way McConnell has run a scorched-earth ultra-partisan playbook, so this past week must indeed have been a truly sweet moment for him.

Meanwhile what happens now?

Perhaps Republicans will respond to this unprecedented escalation of political warfare by refusing to allow a hearing for a Democratic president’s Supreme Court nominee.

Oh wait.

Indeed yes, actions of consequences. To put that another way, you reap what you sow. It’s nice to see that the Democrats finally worked out that you can’t work with these extremists.

Moving on, below you will find my usual selection of some truly bizarre claims that have popped up during the last 7 days. Each is laced with my snarky commentary. With my usual hat tip to my main source, Right Wing Watch, let’s dive in.


Christian Nationalism

Christian nationalist pseudo-historian David Barton keeps claiming that the Constitution is full of “verbatim quotes” from the Bible.

Christian nationalist Andrew Torba, founder of Gab, declares thatBen Shapiro and other nonbelievers, they’re not allowed to have a prominent voice in our movement because they don’t share our values. … You gotta repent accept Jesus Christ as your lord and savior.

  • Today’s GOP … spends Mon-Sat vigorously hating liberals, then spends all of Sunday worshiping one.

Science is a Deep Mystery

Tim Barton, son of Pseudo-historian and Christian nationalist liar David Barton, remembers hearing warnings about acid rain and a hole in the ozone layer when he was young and wonders why he doesn’t hear about them anymore: “Did those things disappear, or were they never the problem they were pretended to be?

Nick Fuentes says we’ll never run out of oil because “oil is infinite” and was put here by God for us to burn: “We need to burn oil so that we can create a stronger atmosphere to keep carbon inside the atmosphere. This is all scientific.

  • WHAT, and I really can’t stress this enough, THE FUCK!
  • It really is challenging to work out what is trolling and what is an actual belief. So is he actually this stupid? … yes, yes I think he really is.
  • For the truly curious: Wikipedia – Abiogenic petroleum origin. The TL;DR; version – Bullshit.

Homophobia on Steroids

Tony Perkins says the Supreme Court should just go ahead and overturn marriage equality now because “there is going to come a point where we know this experiment is not going to work. … If we have the opportunity to correct it now, we correct it now.

  • I really don’t need to tell you this, but a) it’s not an “experiment”, b) it is working just fine, and c) there is nothing to correct.
  • Meanwhile, given the pitiful state of heterosexual marriage, isn’t it better to end it now, Tony?


White nationalist Tyler Russell heaps praise upon Tucker Carlson for using his Fox New program to spread their message: “He’s the last remaining media personality on TV who is our guy, and it is imperative that we make sure he stays there.

  • Tucker Carson might deny he is racist, but actual racists disagree and consider him to be “our guy”

Christian hate-preacher Joe Jones says people who take their kids to a Drag Queen Story Hour “ought to have their head chopped off.”

  • Guys like this really don’t know their bible at all … James 2:13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy
  • Guys like this usually have a Grindr account.
  • Republican Jesus: If you love me then slaughter and eat my sheep.


MTG: “They don’t want you to home school. They want your children in their govt run schools so they can brainwash them. ‘Guess what kids. After we finish up with Mother Goose rhymes, we’re gonna tell you how you can change your gender.’ That’s what these teachers are all about.

  • Number of teachers who said “we’re gonna tell you how you can change your gender” is exactly zero.
  • There are many gay people who were homeschooled.

Truly Bizarre

The Alex Jones rant from this past week is bizarre on steroids – future war with robots and AI, we will people the stars, and more. He has literally gone full Sci-Fi …

If you want to marry the person you love, not get shot, have access to healthcare, not subsidize oil companies, live in a democracy and NOT OWN A TIGER… the @GOP may not be right for you.

  • 134 Republicans voted against Banning Private Ownership of Lions & Tigers. They are literally now the Tiger King Caucus.
  • So how many single issue voters will this now trigger because they can’t own tigger?

Within the HuffPo, Susan Collins tells @JNicholsonInDC that same-sex marriage bill may be doomed now bc of what Dems did on the inflation reduction bill

  • Susan Collins Translation: “If you make it harder for the 1% to avoid taxes, lower the cost of prescription drugs and cut greenhouse gas emissions, then I will have no choice but to be medievally-intolerant of the LGBT community.”

The False Profit$

Hank Kunneman, a self-proclaimed “prophet” who repeatedly guaranteed that Trump would win reelection, rants yet again that “the election was stolen”: “You took almost 100 million of us—probably more—you took our vote, and you’re stealing our voice.

  • The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.” George Orwell, 1984
  • Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” – Matthew 7:15
  • 19 second mark in that clip, “I was talking to Mike Lindell” … ah, I see the problem here.

QAnon conspiracy theorist and self-proclaimed “prophet” Johnny Enlow declares that “the Supreme Court of Heaven already decertified the 2020 election” and that Trump “has never been out of his position as supreme governmental leader on the planet.

  • supreme …leader on the planet“… LOL
  • the Supreme Court of Heaven” … LOL again.
  • Trump lost, Biden is not just your president, he is Trump’s president. If you think Trump won, then you are in a cult.

Interesting Articles

Statistic of the week

We really are not as religious as you might think …

Meanwhile …

It really is now time for Jason to collect on his bet.

.. and yes, if you were wondering who it was, it was indeed Jason … :-) …

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