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Jeb Bush, Asshole of the Day for September 17, 2015
During last night’s Republican debate, Jeb Bush claimed that Obama created ISIS by withdrawing troops, and then under criticism from Trump, he defiantly proclaimed his brother George W. Bush “kept...

Jeb Bush, Asshole of the Day for September 17, 2015

During last night’s Republican debate, Jeb Bush claimed that Obama created ISIS by withdrawing troops, and then under criticism from Trump, he defiantly proclaimed his brother George W. Bush “kept us safe.”

And today he didn’t walk away from that ridiculous statement– instead he doubled down on Twitter:

Boy, he’s really proud of this one. And it sounds great if you can forget

  • 9/11 in which thousands died on American soil. Jeb even puts 9/11 in the photo in tweet. That happened on his brother’s watch. And don’t tell me you blame that one on Clinton, but then blame Obama for the troop withdrawal that his brother signed in 2008. You could make an argument that Clinton is to blame for 9/11 or that Obama is to blame for the troop withdrawal, but you can’t pretend that George W. Bush isn’t responsible for either.
  • The Iraq War, which also led to the deaths and wounding of thousands of American.s
  • Letting North Korea develop nuclear weapons
  • All the Americans who were left to die in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
  • The botched Iraq occupation which let terrorists thrive in new country
  • Letting Iran start a nuclear program
  • And of course he never caught Bin Laden

So no, his brother did not keep us safe. And for saying he did, proudly, all pleased with himself, Jeb Bush is the Asshole of the Day.

It is Jeb Bush’s second time as Asshole of the Day. In the first he also blamed something his brother did on Obama.


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Gene Alday, Asshole of the Day for February 17, 2015
How can you tell if someone’s being racist? I suppose that’s a complicated question, but when they are starting sentences with “all the blacks”, then they are certainly on the road to Racist Town,...

Gene Alday, Asshole of the Day for February 17, 2015

How can you tell if someone’s being racist? I suppose that’s a complicated question, but when they are starting sentences with “all the blacks”, then they are certainly on the road to Racist Town, even if they eventually turn off.

Rep. Gene Alday of Mississippi claims he’s not a racist, but then he said this:

The comments in question refer to African-Americans in his hometown of Walls, a small community in DeSoto County. Alday, 57, told Clarion-Ledger investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell that he comes “from a town where all the blacks are getting food stamps and what I call ‘welfare crazy checks.’ They don’t work.”

He also said that when he went to the emergency room one time, “I liked to died. I laid in there for hours because they (blacks) were in there being treated for gunshots.”

He would later claim he wasn’t being racist and was being quoted out of context. That seems impossible, because the only way the speaker of this quote isn’t racist is if he’s quoting a racist. These were his words, and his statement was racist.

Finally today he apologized, saying

Addressing the House of Representatives, Alday acknowledged he made a mistake without repeating his original comments.

“I didn’t do it with intent, but I am deeply sorry for my recent statements and I was wrong to say what I did and there is no excuse for my behavior,” Alday said. “I value the relationships I’ve made with everyone in this House.”

It’s great that he apologized, but it’s also to our way of thinking an admission that he is in fact the Asshole of the Day.


This is Rep. Alday’s first time as Asshole of the Day.

Full story: The Clarion Ledger


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David Moore, Asshole of the Day for February 16, 2015
Montana Rep. David Moore was the victim of a crime last year, and that crime was seeing a few naked bicyclists. True story.
But a member of the legislature doesn’t have to take this sitting down,...

David Moore, Asshole of the Day for February 16, 2015

Montana Rep. David Moore was the victim of a crime last year, and that crime was seeing a few naked bicyclists. True story.

But a member of the legislature doesn’t have to take this sitting down, he can do something, and so he has:

Moore, who is upset that group of naked bicyclists pedaled through Missoula last year, decided that what his state really needs right now is tighter regulations on trousers. His proposed bill, HB 365, would outlaw not just nudity, but also “any device, costume, or covering that gives the appearance of or simulates the genitals, pubic hair, anus region, or pubic hair region.” Per the Billings Gazette:
The Republican from Missoula said tight-fitting beige clothing could be considered indecent exposure under his proposal.
“Yoga pants should be illegal in public anyway,” Moore said after the hearing.

That’s right– yoga pants. Of all the problems in America today, yoga pants is where Rep. Moore decides he has had enough. 

Thankfully his fellow legislature don’t share his passion on this issue, and so it’s been tabled. But Asshole of the Day isn’t an award about results, it’s about intentions and statements, and I think we can all agree, Rep. Moore is the Asshole of the Day.


It is David Moore’s first time as Asshole of the Day.

Full story: Mother Jones


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Thomas Corbin, Asshole of the Day for February 15, 2015
Now I suppose reasonable adults can have conversations about the pros and cons of various domestic violence legislation. However, if you’re opposed to increased protections for battered women,...

Thomas Corbin, Asshole of the Day for February 15, 2015

Now I suppose reasonable adults can have conversations about the pros and cons of various domestic violence legislation. However, if you’re opposed to increased protections for battered women, you should perhaps lay off the jokes about women not being equal to men.

And yet, that’s exactly what happened last week. While discussing pending criminal domestic violence legislation, South Carolina Senator Thomas Corbin has this conversation:

At one point in the conversation – which quickly escalated into a confrontation – Shealy is said to have angrily asked Corbin where he “got off” attacking women.

“Well, you know God created man first,” Corbin said, reportedly smirking at Shealy.  “Then he took the rib out of man to make woman.  And you know, a rib is a lesser cut of meat.”

Given this other incident where he wants Sen. Shealy to leave the room, she being the only woman in the Senate, he clearly thinks that women aren’t equal to men, or he’d have no problem making his bizarre criticism of Common Core in front of her.

But this statement is really over the top, and joke or not, reflects how he really feels about the place of women in society. And for that, he is the Asshole of the Day.

UPDATE: Sen. Shealy didn’t think it was a funny joke.


It is Sen. Corbin’s first time as Asshole of the Day.

Full Story and photo: FITS News


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Mike Huckabee, Asshole of the Day for February 9, 2015
Last week President Obama spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast and continued his assertion, stated often, that ISIS and other Islamic terrorists do not represent their entire religion, and that...

Mike Huckabee, Asshole of the Day for February 9, 2015

Last week President Obama spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast and continued his assertion, stated often, that ISIS and other Islamic terrorists do not represent their entire religion, and that evil done in the name of Islam is no different than evil that has been done in the name of Christianity, not just throughout world history, but specifically American history with regards to slavery and Jim Crow. Here’s what the president said:

Lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.

The facts of Christianity being used in service of those evils is 100% accurate, as Ta-Nehisi Coates goes at length to show.

But apparently bringing up facts is unforgivable. And, while many conservatives responded with crazy talk, it’s Mike Huckabee we’re highlighting today, for his was particularly ugly and he is running for president. Here’s Huckabee’s response:

“Everything he does is against what Christians stand for, and he’s against the Jews in Israel,” he said on “Fox and Friends.” “The one group of people that can know they have his undying, unfailing support would be the Muslim community. It doesn’t matter whether it’s the radical Muslim community or the more moderate Muslim community.”

Huckabee makes two assertions, both objectionable. So let’s take them in order:

#1 “Everything he does is against what Christians stand for.”

So which one of these things that Christians stand for does Obama act against?

  • Helping the poor?
  • Treating others the way he would like to be treated?

Or is it that in Mike Huckabee’s very narrow view of his own religion all that Christians stand for is persecuting gays and oppressing women?

Please recall that Obama is a professed Christian, and that during the 2008 election, members of Mike Huckabee’s party tried to make it unacceptable that Obama attended the Christian church run by Rev. Wright. Ring a bell?

#2 “The one group of people that can know they have his undying, unfailing support would be the Muslim community.”

Look, during his presidency Obama

  • Prioritized killing Bin Laden
  • Increased drone attacks against Islamic terrorists
  • Began bombing ISIS
  • Negotiated to keep Iran from getting nuclear weapons

That doesn’t sound like undying and unfailing support to me.

But Mike Huckabee doesn’t care about that. He expects the president of a constitutionally secular country will unconditionally put Christians above all others, and by Christians, those who hold the narrow view of the faith that Mike Huckabee has.

And even more than that, Mike Huckabee knows that this line of attack plays to the portion of American racists who believe Obama to be a secret Muslim. And for that, Mike Huckabee is the Asshole of the Day.


It is Mike Huckabee’s sixth time being named Asshole of the Day. Previous wins were for

Full story: Talking Points Memo


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More rape talk!

Republican says rape can be ‘beautiful’ if it produces child

A Republican state lawmaker in West Virginia said on Thursday that while rape is horrible, it’s “beautiful” that a child could be produced in the attack.
According to Huffington Post, Charleston Gazette reporter David Gutman was on the scene when Delegate Brian Kurcaba ® said, “Obviously rape is awful,” but “What is beautiful is the child is that could come from this.”

And this isn’t even original. He’s basically plagiarizing this:

Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said that while sexual assaults are unfortunate, the resulting pregnancy is a “gift from God.”

That’s from 2012, and that quote lost Mourdock the election. But they can’t stop talking about rape. And here’s a good explainer on why they can’t stop: Why Republicans can’t stop talking about rape


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Brian Greene, Asshole of the Day for February 4, 2015
How long will it take before people understand that consent is required to have sex and that it is not enough that “they didn’t say no”? And to that end, unconscious people can never, ever...

Brian Greene, Asshole of the Day for February 4, 2015

How long will it take before people understand that consent is required to have sex and that it is not enough that “they didn’t say no”? And to that end, unconscious people can never, ever consent. A few months back it was CeeLo who didn’t get this, and now it’s a Utah state legislator.

Rep. Brian Greene is trying keep a law in Utah from defining sex with an unconscious person as being rape:

If an individual has sex with their wife while she is unconscious … a prosecutor could then charge that spouse with rape, theoretically,“ said Rep. Brian Greene, R-Pleasant Grove. "That makes sense in a first date scenario, but to me, not where people have a history of years of sexual activity.”

Green later made clear that while he did not support having sex with unconscious people, he questions whether sex with an unconscious person was “rape in every instance — dependent only upon the actor’s knowledge that the individual is unconscious. That’s the question. That’s what I struggle with.”

Frankly I don’t even know how it matters whether the rapist is aware of whether the person is unconscious– if the person you’re having sex with is unconscious and you can’t be bothered to notice, then that’s rape too in my book.

But back to his main assertion that in a marriage that it could be OK to have sex with an unconscious person and therefore not be rape. How could it possibly matter? So what if you’re married? It’s not like the marriage vows include a line about allowing sex while unconscious. Getting married doesn’t mean a lifetime of rape.

But Rep. Greene, I guess he doesn’t care about wives consenting to sex. He’s more worried that some husband might get charged with rape for forcing himself on an unconscious wife. And for that, he is the Asshole of the Day.


It is Brian Greene’s first time as Asshole of the Day, but one of many for saying horrible things about rape.

Full story: Talking Points Memo

Photo via Salt Lake Tribune


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Rick Brattin, Asshole of the Day for December 17, 2014
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Republicans clutch the pearls and cry foul every time someone suggests there is a war on women. But, if they are so in tune with the needs of women, why is...

Rick Brattin, Asshole of the Day for December 17, 2014

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Republicans clutch the pearls and cry foul every time someone suggests there is a war on women. But, if they are so in tune with the needs of women, why is there a neverending parade of Republicans who say awful things about rape and are always trying to limit women’s access to abortion and contraception?

Today’s episode of Republicans being assholes about rape and abortion comes from Missouri, where State Rep. Rick Brattin thinks men ought to get a say in whether women can get abortions:

Rick Brattin, a state representative from outside Kansas City, filed the bill on December 3 for next year’s legislative session. The proposed measure reads, “No abortion shall be performed or induced unless and until the father of the unborn child provides written, notarized consent to the abortion.”

The bill contains exceptions for women who become pregnant as the result of rape or incest—but there are caveats.

“Just like any rape, you have to report it, and you have to prove it,” Brattin tells Mother Jones. “So you couldn’t just go and say, ‘Oh yeah, I was raped’ and get an abortion. It has to be a legitimate rape.”

Brattin adds that he is not using the term “legitimate rape” in the same way as former Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.), who famously claimed that women couldn’t get pregnant from a “legitimate rape” because “the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down.”

“I’m just saying if there was a legitimate rape, you’re going to make a police report, just as if you were robbed,” Brattin says. “That’s just common sense.” Under his bill, he adds, “you have to take steps to show that you were raped…And I’d think you’d be able to prove that.” The bill contains no provision establishing standards for claiming the rape or incest exceptions. It also doesn’t state any specific penalties for violating the law nor say whether a penalty would be imposed on the woman seeking the abortion or the abortion provider.

Yes, he really does say “legitimate rape”. It would seem that once you’re explaining what you mean by “legitimate rape”, maybe you should reconsider your argument, but not for him. He just keeps on going.

Now there are two objectionable things here– the consent of the father, and his views on rape– so let’s take them one at a time.

Legitimate Rape. He asserts that if it really is a rape, you have to be able to prove it. This assumes that if you can’t prove it, it isn’t legitimately a rape. But when there only witnesses are the rapist and the rape victim, proof isn’t going to be perfect every time. Yes, there is some physical evidence, but what if it isn’t conclusive or there isn’t enough of it? Then, according to this asshole, it’s not legitimate. The legal standard of proof is such that we err on the side of the presumption of innocence. But his standard here will be to err on the side of not believing there was a rape. And the clock is ticking on getting this abortion, so if you can’t prove it fast enough, you’re still stuck with the rapist’s baby!

Consent of the Father. I suppose it sounds nice to say that men should get a say in whether the baby comes to term, but it’s a false fairness. Women don’t get an option in whether they or the man carries the baby to term, so giving the man more say in what happens without giving the woman more options is just one more burden on her. But I suspect that Brattin really doesn’t care about the woman. He wants to outlaw abortions, and if he can’t, then harassing women will do for now.

So, for giving women more burdens without giving them more options, along with his lack of empathy for rape victims, Rep. Rick Brattin is the Asshole of the Day.

It is Rick Brattin’s first time as Asshole of the Day.

Full story: Mother Jones


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Peter King, Asshole of the Day for December 4, 2014
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Whenever something awful happens where the victim is black and the perpetrator white, there are always apologists. So we can’t act too surprised when people...

Peter King, Asshole of the Day for December 4, 2014

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Whenever something awful happens where the victim is black and the perpetrator white, there are always apologists. So we can’t act too surprised when people spring up to defend the policeman who used an illegal chokehold to kill Eric Garner over a petty crime.

And yesterday after the grand jury refused to indict the policeman, they were out in force. But usually the apologists have just one awful thing to say. Like Gretchen Carlson, who worried what protests over police brutality might do to the Tree Lighting Ceremony. Yes, she said that.

But Rep. Peter King took the cake, making not one, but distinct two offensive statements. At one point he blamed Garner’s obesity, rather than the policeman who used a chokehold that has been banned by the NYPD for over 20 years:

“You had a 350-pound person who was resisting arrest. The police were trying to bring him down as quickly as possible,” King said in an appearance on CNN’s “The Situation Room.” “If he had not had asthma and a heart condition and was so obese, almost definitely he would not have died from this. The police had no reason to know he was in serious condition.”

“I have no doubt, if that were a 350-pound white guy, he would have been treated the same,” King told CNN.

Look, asshole, the NYPD banned the chokehold precisely because people sometimes die from it. So you can’t blame people for dying when policemen aren’t supposed to use it. And beyond that he’s saying you have to keep yourself in good shape so that you don’t die of police brutality.

But that wasn’t even the worst of it. On Facebook he wrote:

While the death of Eric Garner was tragic, all New Yorkers should respect the decision of the Staten Island grand jury not to indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo.

During this tense time in New York, it must be noted and remembered that no organization has done more to safeguard the lives of young African Americans in New York City than the NYPD.

It is time for all New Yorkers - and indeed all Americans - to acknowledge this fact.

It must be noted and remembered that no organization has done more to safeguard the lives of young African Americans in New York City than the NYPD. From these protests it’s pretty obvious that African Americans don’t think this is true. And they would know, wouldn’t they? And there are more. Off the top of her head, my friend @GirlGetALife suggested that “these guys would disagree with King’s statement about no one doing more than the NYPD to protect black lives/black men”:

Discriminating against and brutalizing a population is not defending it. And I’m just sick of people assuming that harassing and harming minorities is the only way to maintain law and order. I’m thinking of people like Ray Kelly and others who say things like this:

Former New York Police Department Commissioner Ray Kelly predicted last year that “no question about it, violent crime will go up” if the city were to move away from stop-and-frisk policing. He was wrong. Stop-and-frisks, which almost exclusively targeted black and Hispanic men, are down 79 percent through the first nine months of 2014. And instead of descending into chaos and crime, New York has also seen less violent crime. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday the city’s crime rate fell 4.4 percent in the first 11 months of the year.

So crime went down, and so did the harassment of innocent minorities. I just hope DeBlasio doesn’t stop there; the police still need fixing. But the point is that police don’t need a blank check to enforce the law.

And people like King should just stop with their police defense at all costs, no matter what they do. It’s crazy, and insults the intelligence of everyone. People have bad days at work. Police are people, and they have bad days too. Days when they are not at their best. Days when they make mistakes. Should they be fired for a bad day? I guess it depends on what happened, but they should be held accountable. Just like everyone else.

And we all know that some people don’t just have bad days– they’re lazy, sloppy, reckless, abusive. They should be fired. We resent when those coworkers aren’t fired. So, why, I ask, is it OK to hold everyone but cops to this standard? Especially when someone dies because of them?

Finally, it’d be nice of police were willing to criticize another policemen for horrific behavior now and then, especially when it’s caught on tape. But they never do. Code of silence and shit. But then they and their district attorney friends complain about African Americans refusing to snitch? Please. Try leading by example.

So, for claiming that NYPD defends African American lives more than anyone, despite all the evidence to the contrary, Peter King is the Asshole of the Day.

It is Peter King’s first time being named Asshole of the Day.

Full story: Talking Points Memo.

Related reading: 10 Ways the System Is Rigged Against Justice for People Wrongly Killed by Cops.


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Tom Coburn, Asshole of the Day for November 20, 2014
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Tonight President Obama will outline his immigration executive order, which is expected to defer deportation of at least 5 million undocumented immigrants...

Tom Coburn, Asshole of the Day for November 20, 2014

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Tonight President Obama will outline his immigration executive order, which is expected to defer deportation of at least 5 million undocumented immigrants already in the US.

Despite what you may hear the shrieking xenophobes claim about this order, what remains true is this:

As Julia Preston observes: “Congress has provided only enough funding for the administration to carry out about 400,000 deportations each year. Mr. Obama, to the dismay of immigrant-rights advocates, has met that goal.” That is a small fraction of the 11 million undocumented immigrants. The question is: How should the enforcement bureaucracy choose who belongs to that small fraction, and how far can he go in setting down guidelines for determining that?

So Obama can only deport 400K per year because that’s all Congress has funded, so no matter what 10.6 million won’t get deported this year. So all Obama is doing with this executive order and the one in 2012 is spelling out that of the 400K he can deport, some categories won’t be pursued. That’s all. And if Congress wants to deport all 11 million, then they should fund that, but they haven’t.

But that’s not enough for Sen. Tom Coburn, who describes what Obama will announce as a huge overreach of authority sure to be greeted by an uprising of the people:

he accuses Obama of acting like “an autocratic leader that’s going to disregard what the Constitution says and make law anyway.” He says changes in immigration policy require passage by Congress, not just the president’s signature — a charge the White House disputes and on which legal experts disagree.

“Instead of having the rule of law handling in our country today, now we’re starting to have the rule of rulers, and that’s the total antithesis of what this country was founded on,” Coburn says. “Here’s how people think: Well, if the law doesn’t apply to the president … then why should it apply to me?”

“The country’s going to go nuts, because they’re going to see it as a move outside the authority of the president, and it’s going to be a very serious situation,” Coburn said on Capital Download. “You’re going to see — hopefully not — but you could see instances of anarchy. … You could see violence.”

Sorry, Senator, but you’re wrong. And you could sponsor a bill to fund deporting all 11 million, but you haven’t. So please stop acting like Obama deciding that 5 million aren’t a priority is the end of freedom in this country.

Look, even Megyn Kelly acknowledges that nothing sinister is happening here, despite what gets shouted on Fox News:

On the November 19 edition of The Kelly File, Kelly acknowledged that the president is not actually pursuing “amnesty,” because “amnesty is citizenship and that’s not what [Obama] is talking about.” Kelly also explained how conservatives purposely misuse the word “amnesty” for political gain: “That’s a hot-button term that the right uses to sort of get people upset.”

So, for pretending that Obama has the power to deport all 11 million undocumented immigrants, when in truth he only has the power to deport 400,000, Tom Coburn is the Asshole of the Day.

It is Tom Coburn’s third time as Asshole of the Day. Previous wins were for fundraising on the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy after voting against aid to Sandy victims and asking for aid for Oklahoma tornadoes after voting against aid for hurricane victims.

Full story: USA Today.


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