That ‘Less Government Regulation’ Thing? Hmmmm…Better Read the Fine Print

Particularly where Marco Rubio – and his backers – are concerned.

Back in September Marco Rubio attended a rally with 200 evangelicals near Orlando, and he picked up the endorsement of one in particular, Texas evangelist David Barton. Barton is a slavery advocate and the man orchestrating the push to change textbooks in Texas.

A couple of days ago, Barton was doing a radio program when he called for the government regulation of homosexuality.

Barton said this (from Right Wing Watch):

So if I got to the Centers for Disease Control and I’m concerned about health, I find some interesting stats there and this should tell me something about health.

Homosexual/bi-sexual individuals are seven times more likely to contemplate or commit suicide. Oooh, that doesn’t sound very healthy.

Homosexuals die decades earlier than heterosexuals. That doesn’t sound healthy.

Homosexuals have an HIV prevalence sixty times higher than the general population.

Homosexuals are less than three percent of the population but they account for sixty-four percent of the syphilis cases.

I mean, you go through all this stuff, sounds to me like that’s not very healthy. Why don’t we regulate homosexuality?

Since Rubio has been endorsed by Barton, rallies with him, and may have even received contributions from him, I think voters might want to know if he shares the same radical views that Barton does.

Does Marco Rubio think that homosexuality should be regulated?

Sounds like warmed-over Marlin 'sue schools on the tort theory of exposing children to the danger of homosexuality' Maddoux to me.

But, Barton is alive – and has the ear of a future teabagging senator.

That 'less government regulation' thing that the teabaggers are stirring up a fake frenzy over?  I guess that only white, christianist (professed) heter males – and the corporations that are now equal to them in law – will actually benefit from it, eh?

'Tis a good thing we have a 'fierce advocate' in the White House to stop any of the nonsense that Sen. Rubio might sneak into bills, eh?

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Government Seeding Americans With Gay-Causing MSG In Juice Boxes, Claims Rational Texas Radio Host

Texas-based radio host Alex Jones, of The Alex Jones Show, knows America's real problem isn't with more gays on television, but more gays in real life. Who's to blame? The government, of course: Jones says he's seen the documents proving the feds are engaged in a "chemical warfare operation … so that people don't have children." And how are they feeding distributing these nefarious nelly chemicals? By putting MSG in juice boxes! It makes dudes want to wear skirts and put on lipstick! Mr. Jones also happens to operate the websites Infowars.com and PrisonPlanet.com, which alternate between attacking Lady Gaga fans and pumping up gold prices. (Update: Appears this clip has been circulating for a few months.)

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Sharron Angle On The Violent Overthrow Of The Government: Anything Is Possible

Asked about her warning earlier this year that a “Second Amendment solution” may result if the teabaggers don’t get their way, Sharron Angle told a reporter that she hopes it doesn’t come to that, “but anything is possible, I suppose.”

Joe. My. God.

—  John Wright

Some census facts … and another reminder

census2010The 2010 Census is the 23rd since the nation’s inception. The census has been conducted in the United States every decade since 1790, as required by Article 1, Section 2, of the U.S. Constitution.

· The 10 questions posed in today’s census aren’t very different from the six questions posed in the 1790 Census, except this time they aren’t asking how many slaves you own.

· Thomas Jefferson was the first director of what would become the Census Bureau; James Madison developed five of the six questions posed in the first census.

· The U.S. Census was the first census used to determine political representation for communities. Previous censuses — going back to Biblical times — were used mainly for tax-collection and conscription for labor and soldiers.

· Federal law prohibits the Census Bureau from sharing its information with any other agencies, including the IRS and Immigration.

· It’s a legal obligation to complete your Census form, but it’s also your civic duty. And by completing your form and mailing it back, you’re saving the government money — it costs the U.S. government 44 cents if you mail back your form. If you don’t, the government spends an average of $57 for each house to hire temporary workers to visit your house to get the information.

So if you haven’t already done so, mail in your damn form! It takes 3 minutes to fill out! If you did not receive a form, call 866-872-6868.

—  David Taffet

Happy Census Day

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About half of all census forms have been returned nationwide.

And who’s lagging the country in complying? Texas, of course, Dallas is particularly bad. Yes, our bitch-about-federal-spending culture will help cost the federal government $1.5 billion when enumerators are sent out to count those who refuse to send in their forms.

So if you haven’t done so yet, send in your damn form. It takes about 3 minutes to fill out. Postage is paid. And for you Tea Party-Glenn Beck protesters, it IS in the constitution. And they’re due today.

The census is easy this year. It’s the shortest census form in more than 100 years. The questions are easy. No research required. But here are some examples of what has been asked in the past:

In 2000, if you got the “long form” it was 38 pages with questions that required some research. Like how much did you spend on electricity last year? And gas? You had to go through your bills and checkbook to figure it out. And they wanted the answer to the exact dollar.

This year — no long forms.

—  David Taffet