Got Asprin??

I’ve given myself a headache and a possible concussion today just from reading the news.  Wanna know why???  Well, take a stroll with me through the headlines to see what I’m talking about.

First up is the fact-checking group Politifact that can’t seem to get their facts straight.

Eric Cantor says the federal deficit is “growing”

During an interview on Fox News Sunday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., took aim at red ink in the federal government.

Cantor said, “What we are trying to do is fund the government and make sure also that we take away the kinds of things that are standing in the way of a growing economy (and) a better health care, and all the while keeping our eye focused on trying to deal with the ultimate problem, which is this growing deficit.”

There’s one problem: The federal deficit isn’t “growing.” At least not now.

[…]

Our ruling

Cantor said that the federal deficit is “growing.” Annual federal deficits are not growing right now, and they are not projected to grow through 2015, a point at which the deficit will have shrunk by three-quarters since 2009. By this standard, Cantor is wrong. However, unless policies are changed, deficits are projected to grow again in 2016 and beyond, according to the CBO. On balance, we rate his claim Half True.

Ok, so to get this right, Cantor said the deficit is growing, Politifact states more than once that it’s not growing, but Cantor’s statement is rated half-true.  Really???  What kind of effed up, twisted logic does one use to say a statement is half-true when you’ve stated it’s not??  C’mon man.

Then, there’s this little gem coming from the Commonwealth of Virginia by the GOP Lt. Governor candidate.

In a local radio interview this morning, Virginia Republican lieutenant governor nominee E.W. Jackson said the Democratic Party is “anti-God” and that Christians should leave it.

Jackson has said in the past that he thinks believing in God and voting Democratic are fundamentally incompatible, so WLEE host Jack Gravely asked if he still believes it. Gravely explained that he’s a Christian and tends to vote Democratic, just like his parents and family. Jackson didn’t back down.

“You are saying for us, we’re all wrong, leave that party. And all I’m saying to you is, if you said it before, you still have to believe it, why did you say it?” Gravely asked. “Oh, oh, oh I do believe it,” Jackson responded.

He continued: “I said it because I believe that the Democrat Party has become an anti-God party, I think it’s an anti-life party, I think it’s an anti-family party. And these are all things I think Christians hold to very dearly.”

Now, given the stats from a poll done by the Pew people, they found that 77 percent of Dems surveyed by Pew last year said they “never doubt the existence of God.” Sixty-two percent of Democrats also agreed that prayer is an important part of their daily life, and that “we will all be called before God at the Judgment Day to answer for our sins.”

Add the fact that E. W. Jackson is a Baptist preacher, I had one swift reaction…

Moving to the west coast in an effort to avoid stupidity, I fell right into the stupid trap.

From Stevenson, WA:

A father with children in the house who was preparing for “the Rapture” blew up his family’s Labrador Retriever because the devil was inside the dog, court documents showed.

Christopher Dillingham, 45, allegedly attached an explosive device to his dog and detonated it around 4 a.m. Sunday outside their home.

[…]

A slew of 911 calls sent deputies to Dillingham’s home. They found the remains of the dog strewn about the yard and arrested Dillingham on the spot.

[…]

Dillingham faces charges of second-degree malicious mischief, reckless endangerment and possession of explosive devices, but not animal cruelty. The prosecutor said that charge is used if the animal would have suffered, but the dog died instantly. He’s being held on $500,000 bail.

So, this man blows a dog into a million pieces, and the dog didn’t suffer???  Really???  He doesn’t have to face animal cruelty charges???  C’mon prosecutor man..  Mike Vick didn’t blow up a dog, and he did prison time.  The fact that there were children present doesn’t help you out either.  Wow, somebody should charge the prosecutor with reckless stupidity.

Then, there’s this about one of my areas of interest, campaign finance.

Since January 1, 2009, 32 generous donors have donated $586,000 to political campaigns. Interestingly, these generous donors are all dead.

According to a USA TODAY investigation of Federal Election Commission filings, a lack of a pulse does not mean lack of a purse.

Why don’t we just quit the charade and allow our politicians to prostitute themselves to the highest bidder?  Our system is so corrupt due to outside money influence that we should be ashamed of sticking our nose into the business of other countries and talking about their elections.  Most of our elected officials in this country are one step above hookers and escorts.  While they don’t outright offer sex, they make sure their financial donors screw this country to their heart’s desire.  To top things off, there is another campaign finance court case headed before the Supreme Court in their next session.

McCutcheon v FEC will be argued to challenge the caps on the total donations to groups or campaigns during the two-year cycle.  If the SCOTUS decides to, they could conceivably do away with limits on all donations.  If we have ethical lapses now with supposedly tame limits, imagine what will happen with those limits removed.  Then again, when the dead are donating half a million to candidates, why have limits anyway?  That kinda jibes with the whole “over regulation” thing anyway.  Let’s just turn the hands of time back to the 1800s and let people fend for themselves, government be damned.  It doesn’t seem like the FEC gives a rat’s ass about America anyway based on their prudent oversight to date of campaign finance.

And these are just the tip of the iceberg.  There’s plenty more out there, but for the sake of saving my brain, I quit reading the news today.

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