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Thursday, December 31, 2015



It all makes sense now

Extreme Nutter Katrina Pierson, Clownstick's mouth piece - facts are emerging that Pierson is a unemployment cheat and agenda 21 conspiracy theorist.

While much of the recent attention surrounding Katrina Pierson has focused on her bullet necklace, the national spokesperson for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has also come under scrutiny for both improperly claiming unemployment benefits and pushing the “Agenda 21” conspiracy theory.

According to the National Journal, Pierson received $11,440 in benefits between 2012 and 2013, when she did volunteer work for Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) run for office. However, state rules say that anyone receiving unemployment should be actively looking for a paid position while doing so.

The Texas Observer reported last year that in 2011, Pierson led classes for Waco Tea Party members warning them about “Agenda 21,” a popular conservative conspiracy theory claiming that a nonbinding plan approved by United Nations officials in 1992 was really a vehicle for the organization to seize control of the US.

Pierson told the Observer that she led similar discussions in Arizona, Washington D.C., Kansas and several other states and considered it her full-time job, arguing that “[when] you realize that you’ve been lied to your whole life, it’s an eye-opening experience.”

The Journal also noted that Pierson turned against Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) for supporting Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) bid for the GOP nomination, just two months after publicly praising him to fellow Tea Party supporters.

Pierson complained on Twitter that Gowdy “lost all cred­ib­il­ity when he nom­in­ated John Boehner for Speak­er so he’s per­fect for Marco Ru­bio.” But on Oct. 26, an email in Pierson’s name went out seeking help “drafting” Gowdy to become House Speaker, despite the fact that Gowdy stated he was not interested in the position.

“These outside groups use members’ names, not just his, without their knowledge and mislead people to think they support or are connected to a group when they are not,” a spokesperson for Gowdy said after reading the email.

Pierson joined Trump’s campaign two weeks after that email was sent.

[h/t addicting info]

Roger West

Wednesday, December 30, 2015


Fuckface Von Clownstick Nutter Katrina Pierson Wearing Bullet Necklace

Fuckface Von Clownstick Nutter Katrina Pierson responded to criticism over her fashion decision to wear a necklace featuring bullets during a CNN interview, the spokesperson for Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign sarcastically suggested that she might wear a fetus around her neck during her next TV appearance.

Katrina Pierson, whose appearances on TV representing the billionaire businessman only seem to add more controversy to his campaign, stopped by CNN”s “The Lead” to discuss Trump’s decision to go after former President Bill Clinton while wearing the necklace made up of interlinked bullet cartridges.

While little attention was paid to her message, her choice of jewelry became a topic of discussion on social media with some wondering if she was pandering to the NRA for her boss.

Writing on Twitter, Shannon Watts, the Founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, asked: “Surely @KatrinaPierson wore bullet necklace on #CNN to bring attention to 90 Americans fatally shot daily #gunsense.”

Pierson responded almost immediately, writing, “Maybe I’ll wear a fetus next time& bring awareness to 50 million aborted people that will never get to be on Twitter.”

Via Twitter, Shannon Watts, the Founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, asked: “Surely @KatrinaPierson wore bullet necklace on #CNN to bring attention to 90 Americans fatally shot daily #gunsense.”

Pierson responded almost immediately, writing, “Maybe I’ll wear a fetus next time & bring awareness to 50 million aborted people that will never get to be on Twitter.”

To date, every time this asshat has had an appearance on CNN she has brought the lunatic fringe from the insane asylum - the type of lunacy that brings outrage to those with an IQ above negative 500 -  which can be attributed and associate with every political tactical move the Trump campaign makes.

Pierson recently criticized the other GOP presidential candidates over their reluctance to commit to using nuclear weapons on America’s enemies, glibly stating, “What good does it do to have a good nuclear triad if you’re afraid to use it?”

In another appearance she dismissed criticism of Trump’s since retracted proposal to ban Muslims — including American citizens — from the U.S., saying: “So what? They’re Muslim.”

Pierson’s douchbaggery is matched by none, as nothing is beyond the pale of this nutter. For this effort, Katrina has earned today’s worst person in the world award. Enjoy nutter!

Roger West

Tuesday, December 29, 2015


Van Jones obliterated Cuyahoga County, Ohio Prosecutor Timothy McGinty on Monday for what he called his office’s failure to find any reason to charge two police officers in connection with the death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice last November.
“That is completely preposterous on its face,” Jones said. “And yet, this prosecutor went above and beyond the call of duty to spend extra money and took extra time to get these cops off. Prosecutors do not act this way under ordinary circumstances. Usually, they throw the book at you and then they tell you, ‘You explain to a judge and jury why you’re innocent. This particular prosecutor did the opposite of most prosecutors in this case.”
McGinty announced on Monday that a grand jury decided not to indict officers Frank Garmback and Timothy Loehmann, who drove close to the boy as he wielded an air pellet gun. Video of the incident shows Loehmann shooting and killing Rice almost instantly after jumping out of his patrol car.

However, Jones said, McGinty brought experts in to testify to the jury on behalf of the officers, a marked departure from the norm.
“To say that nothing happened here, nothing happened that should go to a jury — how about this: no medical aid after the kid is killed? How about criminal medical neglect?” Jones asked. “How about the fact that, under ordinary circumstances, a police officer would never put themselves in peril and then shoot their way out? The fact that the police officer drove into peril and then shot his way out — there’s not a traffic ticket you could issue? There’s not a misdemeanor here?”
“Perfect storm of human error” my ass! This story reeks and is most disgustingly putrid. Killing the kid within seconds of arrival is bad enough, failure to launch if you will - failure to prosecute these killers is beyond the pale of human decency!

Roger West

Monday, December 28, 2015


Saying a Donald trump presidential nomination will bring out “the unusual suspects” at the GOP convention in Ohio this summer, a Republican strategist said down-ticket candidates running for Congress will skip the convention altogether to avoid being linked to the controversial frontrunner.

Appearing on CNN’s State of the Union, Ana Navarro — who doubles as a CNN analyst — told host Jake Tapper that a Trump nomination is “going to put a lot of us in a funky mood.”
“I think you’re going to have a bunch of unusual suspects at the convention if it ends up being Donald Trump,” she explained. “You know I’ve said that a Donald Trump nomination would be very bad for some of the senators, some of folks running statewide in some of the purple and blue states. People like nutter Kelly Ayotte and nutter Rob Portman. I’m not sure how much of the traditional Republican mainstream usual suspects who go to a convention you would see if that’s the case.”
Pressed by Tapper to predict whether candidates would avoid the convention, Navarro reiterated her point, adding Ted Cruz’s name for good measure.

“I think you’re going to see some of the folks running in blue and purple states running away from our nominee if it is Donald Trump, maybe even Ted Cruz,” Navarro asserted.

Let’s hope Navarro is correct and that Trump wins the nomination. Win-Win for everyone! 

Roger West

Sunday, December 27, 2015


The United States will break its recent promise to approximately 200 countries to join in the fight against climate change if nutter Ted Cruz is elected president.

That’s according to Cruz himself, who on Tuesday said he would withdraw the U.S. from the historic climate agreement reached in Paris earlier this month. That non-binding agreement saw nearly 200 leading nations unanimously embrace a plan that would leave most of the world’s fossil fuels unburned, thereby limiting global warming “to well below 2°C [3.6°F] above preindustrial levels.”

According to the Washington Post, Cruz said the international agreement was disingenuous — not really to fight climate change, but to gain “more and more government power.”

“Barack Obama seems to think the SUV parked in your driveway is a bigger threat to national security than radical Islamic terrorists who want to kill us. That’s just nutty,” Cruz said. “These are ideologues, they don’t focus on the facts, they won’t address the facts, and what they’re interested [in] instead is more and more government power.”

Though the Department of Defense and other security agencies do consider climate change a security threat, the Paris climate deal was intended to fight other harmful impacts of global warming, including catastrophic food shortages, sharply increased extinction rates, and irreversible sea-level rise, among other things.

Cruz, however, fervently denies that those impacts exist. Earlier this month, Cruz held an entire hearing to discuss what he believes to be inaccuracies in scientific data surrounding climate change. Unfortunately, Cruz seemed to willfully misinterpret data — he conflated the Antarctic with the Arctic to make it seem like ice melt predictions were incorrect; he cited the work of a scientist who has publicly insulted Cruz for misusing his research; and he even discredited the scientific method by comparing climate scientists to flat-Earthers.

Though Cruz’s denial of mainstream climate science is in line with many members of the Republican party, his desire to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement is not. A Reuters poll released Wednesday showed that a majority — 58 percent — of U.S. Republicans support working with other countries to solve the problem of global warming.

And here is why nutter Cruz won't be President. 

Roger West

Saturday, December 26, 2015


Two Brazilian men said they were filming a video for their YouTube comedy channel when an irate white woman pulled over because she mistook them for terrorists.

“I was filming a sketch for youtube in front of a local airport, when a racist woman stopped her vehicle on the side of the road and started calling my friend and I terrorists,” performer Uhoh Nick wrote on Facebook. “Being that I’m an inspiring filmmaker, I pulled out my camera and started recording the incident. I honestly never thought this would happen to me.”

In the video, the woman immediately begins hurling racial insults as soon as one of the men pulls out his cell phone to begin filming.
“I said you were a scum bag, you’re child pedophilers [SIC], faggot bitches that turn into terrorists,” she rants, adding several other anti-gay slurs. “You’re turning terrorists now because you hate yourself so much. Now you’re taking pictures in front a plane to remind you of 9/11.”
“You’re American terrorists!” the woman insists after exiting her SUV. “And God told me so. God is your brain and your brain.”

Peppering her rant with homophobic slurs, the woman yells at the two men about Jesus, 9/11, hoverboards before insisting that the two Brazilian men “are Middle Eastern” and then getting back in her vehicle.

“You want little Middle Eastern boys like you to get raped and go to hell!” she yells as she drives away.

Uhoh Nick lamented on his personal Facebook page that people “like her need to be shunned out of society, because that’s the mentality that keeps us from progressing.”

NFTOS reached out to Uhoh Monkey about whether this encounter was part of this comedy routine, but the performers did not respond by the time of publication.

Roger West

Friday, December 25, 2015


From our family to yours, have a very Merry Christmas

Roger West

Thursday, December 24, 2015


Less than a month after taking office, Kentucky’s newly elected Republican Gov. Matt Bevin reversed a move by his Democratic predecessor that had restored the voting rights of about 140,000 former felons.

Those impacted - who are overwhelmingly African American and lower income, had already completed their felony sentences but remained permanently disenfranchised. The order excluded those convicted of violent crimes, sex crimes, bribery or treason.

Bevin’s move Tuesday night goes against promises he made during the campaign to keep the restoration of voting rights in place. He even told reporters in November that he would stand up to his own party on the issue and convince them it was the right thing to do. Now, thanks to his order, tens of thousands of Kentuckians will not only lose the opportunity to regain their voting rights, they will also be permanently unable to serve on a jury, run for office, or obtain a vocational license.

The only explanation Bevin offered for the reversal is that he believes “it is an issue that must be addressed through the legislature and by the will of the people.”

Kentucky is one of a tiny handful of states where former felons have to individually petition the governor to restore their civil rights after they have fully completed their sentences — a process that can be arbitrary and humiliating. As a result, one in five African Americans in the state are disenfranchised. Studies have found that ex-felons who have their voting rights restored feel more invested in their communities and are less likely to end up back in the criminal justice system.

In another executive order this week, Bevin reversed former Gov. Beshear’s move to raise the state’s minimum wage for government workers and contractors to $10.10 an hour, bringing it back down to $7.25 an hour. About 800 state workers who have already gotten raises will be able to keep them, but new hires will now have to start at the lower pay rate. In the order, Bevin hinted that he would prefer the state have no minimum wage at all: “Wage rates ideally would be established by the demands of the labor market instead of being set by the government,” he said.

Bevin also used his new executive power to grant the wish of Kentucky clerk Kim Davis to remove all clerk names from marriage licenses to accommodate religious objections to same-sex marriage. Though all gay and straight couples retain the right to marry, thanks to the Supreme Court, LGBT rights groups in the state lament the governor’s move. “It’s a clear signal to Kim Davis and her camp that if you object to doing portions of your job — even if you’re an elected official — the executive branch will give you an out,” said Chris Hartman with the Fairness Campaign.

Others claim the governor is overstepping his legal bounds and inviting lawsuits by making unilaterally changes to the state marriage license form.

Bevin, who has previously said he believes legalizing same-sex marriage could lead to parents marrying their children, was swept into office in November in an election marked by dismally low voter turnout. Less than a third of the state’s eligible voters cast a ballot. Had the state’s former non-violent felons been able to vote, they could have easily swayed the election.

Matt Bevin, even with Trump being the ass that is Fuckface Von Clownstick, you sir are this week’s worst person of the week! Congrats numbnutz, you earned it!

Roger West

Wednesday, December 23, 2015



An anti-gay extremist who has pledged his support for Donald Trump denied that he was anything like Islamic State militants — and to prove it, he called for armed raids of yoga studios to “Christianize the land.”

Theodore Shoebat, a right-wing video blogger who appeared in an anti-LGBT film with Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee, fantasized in a recent post about the wrathful judgment he would unleash on the world’s Hindus should he somehow be declared dictator, reported Right Wing Watch.

Shoebat, the son of fraudulent “terror expert” Walid Shoebat, complained that he is often compared to ISIS because he calls for the killing of gays and others who refuse to convert to Christianity.

He wished earlier this month for a Trump administration that would execute Muslims who didn’t convert.
“We need a Christian supremacist society or else these things are going to continue to happen,” Shoebat said of a Muslim judge sworn in on the Koran instead of a Bible. “God willing, if Donald Trump wins, and I think he will win, he will put a cap on things like this.”
He turned his attention this week to the more than 1 billion Hindus living in India.
“You need to Christianize the land,” Shoebat said. “We need to destroy these false religions, end of story. Hinduism is an evil, demonic, anti-Christ religion. It needs to be uprooted from the earth and it has no place in the world.”
Shoebat, who was recently named a “pro-family hero” by another anti-gay extremist, said the U.S. should invade India to rid the world of Hindus — and he urged U.S. officials to crack down on American yoga practitioners.

“Yoga? Outlawed, and anyone who teaches yoga? Punished by the state,” Shoebat said. “I think the U.S. government needs to crack down on this evil, demonic thing called yoga … You’re teaching yoga, have the SWAT team bust open the doors to that place and just arrest everybody.”


An apparent supporter of Donald Trump‘s was arrested over the weekend after someone reportedly tipped off police that he may be planning a violent act against the Muslim community.

CBS San Francisco reported that on Thursday local authorities were tipped off that William Celli was making explosive devices to use on Muslims. Police evacuated Celli’s neighborhood in Richmond, California on Sunday, and after finding and detonating a suspicious device, Celli was arrested and jailed later in the day.

While police said they couldn’t elaborate on the threats or if the device was active or not, the tipster reportedly said that Celli was planning a threat against worshipers of Islam. According to Celli’s Facebook account, the self-employed plumber had a history of blaming immigrants for taking away business, as well as expressing support for Trump.

And we’re worried about five year old Syrian refugees and Muslim’s? I think both Theo and William should be fitted for strait jackets and placed in the proverbial padded cells!

Congrats Theo and William, you both are this week’s “Trumps Nutters” of the week. Enjoy asshats!

Roger West

Tuesday, December 22, 2015



Republican Nutter, Fuckface Von Clownstick [aka Donald Trump] used a campaign stop in Michigan on Monday to make astonishingly sexist attacks against Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.

At one point, Clownstick told the Grand Rapids crowd that Clinton got “schlonged” by President Obama during their 2008 Democratic primary race.
“Even her race to Obama. She was going to beat Obama. I don’t know who’d be worse. I don’t know. How does it get worse? She was favored to win and she got schlonged. She lost. She lost,” Clownstick said.

“Schlong” is a well-known reference to a man’s genitals. There are no alternative definitions for the word, according to Merriam-Webster.

Clownstick also used his speech to attack Clinton for using the bathroom.

Discussing her brief disappearance during Saturday’s Democratic debate while she was using the lavatory, Clownstick told the crowd, “Where did Hillary go? They had to start the debate without her. Phase two. Why? I know where she went. It’s disgusting. I don’t want to talk about it. It’s too disgusting. Don’t say it, it’s disgusting. We want to be very, very straight up.”

Roger West

Monday, December 21, 2015


Martin Shkreli, the pharmaceutical executive facing U.S. charges of securities fraud, lost control of his Twitter account to hackers on Sunday, hours after he took to Twitter to plead his innocence, his spokesman said.
“It was hacked,” Craig Stevens, a spokesman for the former chief executive of Turing Pharmaceuticals, said in an email. “We have been working with Twitter to get it fixed.”
Shkreli, who gained notoriety this year when Turing hiked the price of an anti-infective drug often taken by people with AIDS, was arrested on fraud charges on Thursday and released on bail. He has actively defended his business practices on Twitter, tweeting as recently as Saturday that the allegations against him were “baseless.”

Stevens said he was checking whether Shkreli’s YouTube live stream, which he had been broadcasting from a day after leaving jail, had also been hacked.

A series of seven tweets at midday EST on Sunday from Shkreli’s account included: “Anyone want free money? Willing to donate hundreds of thousands to charities before I go to prison …”

Another read: “I am now a god”, while as others contained expletives.

A Twitter spokesman said the company does not comment on individual accounts for privacy and security reasons. YouTube representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Shkreli stepped down as CEO of Turing, the company said on Friday, a day after he was charged with securities fraud, securities fraud conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy related to his management of hedge fund MSMB Capital Management and biopharmaceutical company Retrophin Inc. The maximum sentence for the top count is 20 years in prison.

The government charges do not include activities at privately held Turing.

Turing had incited outrage over drug prices earlier this year after it raised the price of the drug Daraprim to $750 a tablet from $13.50.

[cross-posted from Reuters]


Sunday, December 20, 2015



None of the nine escape mockery.

Right after the last Democratic presidential debate of 2015, SNL looked back at the last GOP debate with all nine candidates represented — but with ex-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former-HP CEO Carly Fiorina on the receiving end of the most brutal mockery.

Taron Killiam’s Ted Cruz was suitably smarmy, admitting that everybody –Democrats and Republicans alike — hates him because he has a “punchable face.”

Darrell Hammond’s Donald Trump was very Trump-esque, continually insulting Beck Bennett’s jittery and frantic Jeb Bush.

After a sniveling Bush complains that Trump is a bully trying to “insult his way into the White House,” Trump returns fire.
“Oh realy, jughead?’ Trump replies. “Cuz I’m at 43 and you’re at three — Jeb, you’re a nice guy, but you’re a lightweight, and I know for a fact that you pee sitting down.”
Cast member Cecily Strong turned in a brutal takedown of Fiorina, as she explained that she knows Russian strongman Valimir Putin because she once sold him an HP printer.
“I know Valdimir Putin personally,” she claimed. “I sold him an HP printer and now he hates my guts. It doesn’t work, it never worked. And when Putin calls me to complain, I just smile that classic Carly Fiorina smile,” she continued while grimacing painfully.

Roger West

Saturday, December 19, 2015



"What good does it do to have  nuclear weapons if you're afraid to use it"? Let this sink in a bit before reading just how fucked up Ms. Katrina Pierson is.

Fuckface Von Clownstick's spokeswoman lashed out at his fellow Republican candidates for saber-rattling about war — inferring that they are all talk and no action — before wondering whether it does the U.S. any good to have nuclear weapons if our leaders are afraid to use them.

Appearing on The O’Reilly Factor, Clownstick's spokesperson Katrina Pierson hammered at the other candidates while covering for her boss who, in a recent debate, was stumped when asked the country’s nuclear strike capability known as the “nuclear triad.”


“What good does it do to have a good nuclear triad if you’re afraid to use it?” Pierson asked. “And that’s where we are today and we need to fix these problems. Not just complaining and name-calling about who started this and who started that.”
Pierson’s comments stunned conservative columnist and Desert Storm veteran Kurt Schlichter, who got into a contentious argument with Pierson over her boss’s ignorance on nuclear matters.
“The point of the nuclear triad is to be afraid to use the damn thing. You want to scare the hell out of the other side,” Schlichter excitedly yelled. “And frankly, my side will be more scared if Donald Trump gets his finger on the button.”
In a previous television appearance, Pierson defended Clownstick's much-criticized proposal to ban Muslims from entering the country, telling a horrified S.E. Cupp of CNN: “So what? They’re Muslim.”

And this is why Fuckface Von Clownstick doesn't get access to nuclear key codes!

Congratulations Katrina, you are today's asshat of the day. Enjoy!

Roger West

Friday, December 18, 2015


Evangelical faith healer Andrew Wommack warned women this week that they could have a miscarriage if they failed to obey God’s rules about being too emotional.

On the Wednesday edition of the Gospel Truth TV program, Wommack cautioned that psychology was in direct opposition to God’s teachings.
“They are dealing with things from only a physical, natural, humanistic standpoint,” he explained. “This is one of the reasons that people’s emotions are so messed up today is because instead of approaching it from God’s standpoint, where it says control your emotions, don’t let your heart be troubled, rejoice in the Lord always.”

According to Wommack, emotions were like a horse because “once you ever let a horse just go and get a full head of steam, the best thing for you to do is jump off.”
“Most people will get down and wallow in the unbelief and in the fear and all of this and they let things be conceived on the inside of them that they never intend to act out.”
The faith healer added: “Well, you’re either going to have to have a miscarriage or an abortion along the way. And neither one of those things are desirable. This is not the way God wants us to live.”

Wommack reminded his audience that Jesus ordered his followers to “be of good cheer.”

“That’s a command,” he insisted.

Congrats Andy, you are today's worst person of the world. Enjoy numbnutz!

Roger West

Thursday, December 17, 2015


Rachel Maddow went from amused to alarmed on Wednesday as she highlighted several false claims by Republican presidential candidates during their debate a night earlier.

“It was that kind of night,” Maddow repeated, with growing frustration.

For example, Maddow noted, Carly Fiorina insisted she would bring back what she called the “warrior class” — former generals she said retired because they told President Barack Obama “things that he didn’t want to hear.”

After explaining that David Petraeus and Stanley McChrystal both resigned because each became embroiled in a controversy, Maddow played a clip of ex-Army vice chief of staff Jack Keane confirming to Fox News that Obama couldn’t have forced him to retire, because he served in George W. Bush’s administration and retired in 2003.

“This is freaking amazing,” Maddow said as she introduced Keane’s rebuttal.

The host also pointed out that, despite what New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie claimed, Obama did not “invite Russia into Syria” during his administration — Russia has actually had an outpost there for more than 40 years.

“Gosh darn you, Barack Obama, for traveling back in time and inviting Russia into Syria when you were 10 years old in 1971,” Maddow quipped. “That was so reckless.”
But she was less enthused after playing footage of Republican front-runner Donald Trump stumble through an answer regarding the country’s “nuclear triad.” For the country’s national security policy to advance, she said, both major political parties need to be skilled in the issue.
“Can the Republican Party hold up its end of the debate?” she asked. “What would the Republican Party become on national security after the disaster of Bush and Dick Cheney? Huge question. Huge, important question. Please, God, let this not be their final answer.”

Roger West

Wednesday, December 16, 2015


Fuckface Von Clownstick’s campaign took an even uglier turn this week as one of Clownstick’s supporter was heard yelling “Sieg heil!” as a protester was dragged from the room by campaign security.

According to MSNBC, several supporters of Fuckface were screaming at protesters who were being manhandled and ejected from the rally held at the Westgate Hotel and Resort.

While it had previously been reported that one black protester was assaulted by security as a Clownstick supporter shouted, “Light that motherfucker on fire!” a reporter from MSNBC said a large middle-aged man shouted, “Sieg heil!” — a Nazi-era salute — while one protester was hauled away.

In video from NBC (see below), the shout can clearly be heard.

Another man — described as wearing a “glittering black suit” — was heard yelling, “He’s a Muslim! He’s a Muslim!” as a protester was escorted from the ballroom.

As the protesters were being hauled away, Fuckface Von Clownstick continued speaking to the crowd, complaining that the only time the media films the large crowds at his rally is when they are being interrupted by protesters.


“Light the mother fucker on fire”

Always a good time to be had at a Clownstick rally, kind of like the conservative going to a family reunion to meet their next bride.

Roger West

Tuesday, December 15, 2015



Right wing nutter actress Janine Turner asserted to Bullshit Mountain Business News on Monday that Darth Vader’s costume was black because Star Wars movies were based on the Bible.

Over the weekend, MSNBC host Melissa Harris Perry had suggested that there was a racial component to Darth Vader’s character because he was dressed in black and voiced by a black man. But after the character turned away from the Dark Side, Darth Vader was revealed to be a white man.

Turner responded to Harris Perry on Monday by warning that “political correctness is going to be responsible for killing more Americans.”
“Regarding Darth Vader, please!” she exclaimed. “The Bible talks darkness and light. This is about evil and good. Darkness and light.”
“This doesn’t have anything to do with anything else, this goes back to biblical times,” she continued. “It’s been discussed in the Bible, Jesus talks about it. It’s about darkness and light, evil and good.”

Turner pointed out that it was “always” that way in the movies: “Evil people come up on the black horses, the good people come up on the white horses. I mean, you know, this is darkness and evil.”
According to the actress, the discussion of racial issues in Star Wars is the kind of rhetoric that is “ruining our country and putting us in this clear and present danger.”
Turner said that she had found a clause in the Constitution (Article I, Section 10, Clause 3) that would allow “the states to take this back into their own hands.”

Because the states were facing “imminent danger” they could come together and form their own union to deal with immigration and other issues, she advised.
“We’re in clear and present danger, we’re beyond imminent,” Turner opined. “So the states can legally and constitutionally come together to defend the American people.”

Hey Janine, lets leave constitutional law to the professionals please. 

Roger West

Monday, December 14, 2015


A “mock mass shooting” held adjacent to the campus of University of Texas at Austin was drowned out by a much larger group of counter-protesters armed with fart guns.

The mock shooting was organized by a ammosexual group that advocates for the open carry of guns on campus under the banner of the website The group bragged that the event, which was sparsely attended, “went perfect.”


After the event, the small group held a march with “several members openly carrying real assault-style rifles.”

But the mock shooting was largely eclipsed by a large group of counter-protesters making farting sounds. The “mass farting” was organized by UT alumnus Andrew Dobbs who billed the dueling events as “a choice between fear and a little bit of good humor.”

While just a handful of people attended the mock shooting, Dobbs counter-protest attracted about a hundred people shouting slogans like “We fart in your general direction.”

Under Texas law, licensed gun owners will be able to “openly carry their handguns” on campus starting in 2016.

Murdoch Pizgatti, who organized the mass shooting, was openly carrying a handgun on Saturday. Pizgatti “repeatedly cited a law passed in 2013 that protects those who ‘accidentally’ expose their concealed gun. ‘Whoops!’ he said, laughing.”

Roger West

Sunday, December 13, 2015


Kate McKinnon of SNL did a turn as Faux News host Greta Van Susteren attempting to interview GOP candidates Ted Cruz, Chris Christie and Ben Carson — only to be baffled and frustrated by their babbling and incoherent responses.

Castmate Taran Killam offered up a suitably smarmy Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who opened with, “Hello, Greta. A friend of mine wanted to say hello to you. I think you’ve heard of him. He’s the U.S. Constitution,” before giving her a condescending smirk.

Attempting to get Cruz to go on the record as to whether he agreed with Donald Trump’s plan to ban Muslims from entering into the U.S., Cruz offered up, “Nyes.”

“Nyes?” a puzzled Van Susteren questioned. “Is that a no or a yes?”

“Exactly,” Cruz replied — once again smirking.


Cast member Bobby Moynihan portrayed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, saying of Trump, “Alright, look. This guy Trump is a clown, okay? He’s a total joke! The last thing anyone wants is some loudmouthed bully from the Tri-State area who hurls insults at people like a fat-headed jabroni!”

Reprising his portrayal of a somnolent Ben Carson, cast member Jay Pharoah’s Carson complained about his tumbling poll numbers after returning from the Middle East where he visited “Jordans” and met with both “Shiites and He-ites.”

As Van Susteren shook her head and protested, Carson continued, “I talked to them all about radical groups. The hummus, ISIS, Is-Is, even Al Gator.”

Roger West

Saturday, December 12, 2015


The candidate’s rise has been achieved with a campaign manager known as ‘a bomb thrower’ and a spokeswoman who has warned of UN takeovers in Texas...aka the nutters

The Manager

Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s aggressive campaign manager, has been described as a bomb thrower ” with “a knack for spectacle, an eye toward making money and a proven willingness to defy the Republican Party”. He has duly overseen a campaign which has consistently surprised both the party and pundits. An experienced New Hampshire operative who last worked for Americans for Prosperity, part of the Koch brothers’ conservative political network, Lewandowski cut his teeth running a fiery if unsuccessful Senate campaign for outsider Bob Smith. He travels to almost every campaign event with Trump and is constantly by his side.

The Adviser

Sam Clovis is a long-time conservative activist from Iowa who has run unsuccessfully for US Senate and state treasurer. He started the 2016 campaign as a supporter of former Texas governor Rick Perry, writing of Trump in a private email that he had “no foundation in Christ, which is a big deal”. Before Perry dropped out, however, Clovis signed on with Trump as national co-chair and senior policy adviser. An economics professor at Morningside College in Sioux City, Clovis has helped Trump craft policies including his proposed ban on Muslims entering the country.

The Spokeswoman

Katrina Pierson has long been a fixture on cable news, often defending Trump, although she only officially joined his campaign in November. A professional activist who has warned Tea Party members of UN plans to take over Texas, she has worked for the Tea Party Leadership Fund, one of the most prominent “ scam Pacs ” – groups, mostly on the right, that spend almost all the money they raise on themselves. In 2014, she mounted an unsuccessful primary challenge to veteran Texas congressman Pete Sessions. Her campaign was damaged by the revelation that while preparing her run and doing consulting work for the Senate campaign of Ted Cruz , she was receiving government unemployment benefits .

The Conspiracy Theorist

Unveiling his plan to ban all Muslims from entering the US, Trump cited a poll conducted by a think tank run by the controversial Frank Gaffney . A Reagan administration defense official, Gaffney was squeezed out of government, then founded the Center for Security Policy. He has since become a prominent conspiracy theorist, claiming for example that Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin and top conservative activist Grover Norquist are agents of the Muslim Brotherhood. Gaffney, who also warns frequently of an electromagnetic pulse attack on the US, has become persona non grata in much of the conservative movement.

The Hip-Hop Mogul

Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons has described himself as a longtime friend of Trump. However, the strains of the campaign seem to have caused a rupture. Simmons this week said in a public statement : “I want to begin this tough criticism by reminding you that I am the chairman of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, whose sole mission is to fight bigotry of all kinds.” He added: “You are a generous, kind man who has built a career on negotiating deals where everybody wins. Now, you seem like a one-man wrecking ball willing to destroy our nation’s foundation of freedom.”

[Cross posted from the guardian]

Roger West

Friday, December 11, 2015



Frothy conservative wing-nut Susan DeLemus believes everyone is lying to her except Fuckface Von Clownstick [Donald Trump], and that’s why she’s supporting the Republican presidential candidate.


In an interview with CNN, DeLemus emphatically said she’s never been into politics until now, because she believes everyone is “lying to me, straight to my face!”

UPDATE: Trump-loving Republican lawmaker caught lying in unhinged rant about Obama’s lies
“We’ve got people in positions of power who I know for a fact are liars. Liars!” she said. “I watch the TV — My president comes on the TV and he lies to me! I know he’s lying. He lies all the time.”
She said she doesn’t believe “any one of them” except Mr. Clownstick.
“I’m telling you, he says what I’m thinking!” she went on. “Never been involved in politics, never had an interest in any of it. Now suddenly, he is resonating. He is resonating with the people and he’s speaking our minds. Our minds!”
Please keep guns away from Susan, who is more frightening the ISIS! Maybe a straight jacket is in order for Susan?

Susan DeLumas, congratulations numb-nuts, you are this week’s wacko-bird of the week.

Roger West

Thursday, December 10, 2015


The man who was arrested for killing three people at a Planned Parenthood clinic last month appears to have admitted his guilt, calling himself a “warrior for the babies” and saying that there should be no trial.

Robert Lewis Dear was scheduled to be formally charged on Wednesday. According to a CBS reporter, he made an outburst in the Colorado courtroom before the charges were read — one that strongly hints at a potential motive for his crimes.
“I am guilty. There will be no trial. I am a warrior for the babies,” Dear reportedly said.
“You’ll never know the amount of blood I saw in that place,” he continued, according to a reporter who was in the courtroom. “Seal the truth, kill the babies, that’s what Planned Parenthood does.”

The news of Dear’s outburst comes after several weeks of speculation about why he went on a shooting spree at a Colorado Springs health clinic the day after Thanksgiving. The mainstream media and U.S. lawmakers have been reluctant to label the crime as a terrorist act, saying that it’s important to wait for more information.

Reproductive rights proponents, on the other hand, have been insistent about the fact that Dear fits into a larger pattern of violence targeted at abortion clinics. They say he was clearly influenced by extreme rhetoric stemming from the anti-choice community, and have been pressuring the government to classify the shooting as domestic terrorism.

There are some other pieces of evidence pointing to Dear’s anti-abortion ideology. According to recent reports, Dear asked for directions to the clinic on the day of the shooting. And after he was in custody, he told investigators, “No more baby parts” — an apparent reference to inflammatory videos released this summer that accuse the national women’s health provider of illegally selling fetal tissue.

It’s not uncommon for anti-abortion activists to refer themselves as “warriors” for the cause. The language choice reflects the fact that many abortion opponents see themselves as engaged in spiritual warfare to rid society of the procedure.

In a statement released Wednesday, Vicki Cowart, the president of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, emphasized that Planned Parenthood’s doors will remain open. But she also issued a call to tone down extreme rhetorical attacks against the national women’s health organization.
“We know that words matter. It is time to put an end to the dangerous rhetoric that has permeated our political conversations,” Cowart said. “Enough is enough — this violence, whether inflicted with words or with weapons, cannot become our normal.”

[cross posted from thinkprogress]


Wednesday, December 9, 2015


Trevor Noah came away from a discussion with correspondent Hasan Minhaj on Tuesday – and was somewhat unsettled regarding Fuck face Von Clownstick [Donald Trump’s] possible motivations for pushing a ban on Muslim immigration into the US.
“I think this is where the evidence points: Donald Trump is an extremist leader who came out of nowhere,” Minhaj explained. “He’s self-financed, recruits through social media, attracts his followers with a radical ideology to take over the world, and is actively trying to promote a war between Islam and the West.”
Oh my God,” Noah replied. “He’s white ISIS.”

When the host asked him how to combat the threat of “WHISIS,” Minhaj was more candid.


“Where are all the moderate white conservatives?” said the correspondent. “I mean, come on. They’ve got a responsibility to step up and speak out against WHISIS, because I’m sick of this.”
At the same time, though, Minhaj agreed with the real estate mogul that Muslims should stay out of the US — but only because they are in danger.
“One third of a major political party in America is backing a racist maniac,” he said. “This place is scary right now.”
For his part, Noah slammed the proposal, calling it “flatly discriminatory.”
“Like a Pokemon, Donald Trump has evolved into a more gruesome form of himself,” Noah argued.

Roger West

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Mr. Clownstick Proposes Complete Shutdown To Muslim’s Entering The Country

Fuck Face Von Clownstick [aka Donald Trump], has gone beyond opposing the entry of Syrian refugees to wanting to stop all Muslims from emigrating into the US, NBC News reported.

Clownstick’s campaign said in a statement that he is calling for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”

The campaign used a study by the conservative Center for Security Policy to argue that “there is great hatred towards Americans by large segments of the Muslim population.” The group, which is led by former Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense Frank Gaffney, and has claimed that there is a “global jihad movement” underway with the goal of installing “sharia law” around the world.

According to the statement, Gaffney’s organization released a study stating that 25 percent of respondents felt that “violence against Americans here in the United States is justified as a part of the global jihad.”
“Without looking at the various polling data, it is obvious to anybody the hatred is beyond comprehension. Where this hatred comes from and why we will have to determine,” Trump stated. “Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life.”
The statement does not mention that Gaffney hosted Clownstick and several other GOP candidates earlier this year for a “Tea Party Patriots” rally opposing the proposed nuclear weapons agreement between the US and Iran.

Clownstick stated earlier this year that he would deport any Syrian refugees if elected president. Last month he drew criticism for refusing to dismiss the idea of special “databases” for American Muslims.

A spokesperson for Clownstick’s campaign, Hope Hicks, heavily suggested to The Hill that his proposed immigration ban would also apply to American Muslims currently living outside the US.

“Mr. Trump says, ‘everyone,'” Hicks said via email.

Meanwhile, Sen. Bernie Sanders immediately criticized Clownstick’s idea in a statement released on Tuesday evening.
“Demagogues throughout our history have attempted to divide us based on race, gender, sexual orientation or country of origin. Now, Clownstick and others want us to hate all Muslims,” the Democratic presidential candidate said. “The United States is a great nation when we stand together. We are a weak nation when we allow racism and xenophobia to divide us.”

Roger West

Monday, December 7, 2015


Marco Rubio said Sunday that people on the U.S. government’s No-Fly list should still be able to purchase guns, because the list is full of “everyday Americans” who are on the list by accident.
“The majority of the people on the No-Fly list are often times people that just basically have the same name as somebody else, who doesn’t belong on the No-Fly list,” he said on CNN’s State of the Union. “Former Senator Ted Kennedy once said he was on a no-fly list. There are journalists on the No-Fly list.”
Rubio’s comments were in response to host Jake Tapper referencing a statement by President Obama, who said Saturday that he thought it was “insane” that people who aren’t allowed to board commercial airplanes can purchase guns. Obama is also set to address the nation in the wake of attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California, on Sunday night.
“Right now, people on the No-Fly list can walk into a store and buy a gun. That is insane,” Obama said Saturday. “If you’re too dangerous to board a plane, you’re too dangerous, by definition, to buy a gun. And so I’m calling on Congress to close this loophole, now.”
Rubio, however, doesn’t agree with the president’s sentiment.
“These are everyday Americans that have nothing to do with terrorism, they wind up on the No-Fly list, there’s no due process or any way to get your name removed from it in a timely fashion, and now they’re having their Second Amendment rights being impeded upon,” he said.
And, when Tapper said he didn’t think it was accurate that a majority of people on the No-Fly list were there by mistake, Rubio said he thought it was a “very significant number.” That’s why, he said, he joined colleagues in the Senate in blocking a bill last week that would have prevented people on the Justice Department’s Terrorist Watch List from buying guns. Every Senate Republican except Sen. Mark Kirk voted against the bill.

Rubio’s fellow Republican presidential candidate John Kasich, however, disagrees with Senate Republicans.
“Well, on the No-Fly list, we probably could keep them from getting guns and ought to ban them,” Kasich told Tapper on Sunday.
But he also noted that the U.S. needed to be careful not to tip off people on watch lists.

“We want to make sure that we can exploit all the information that we possibly can get. So if all of a sudden you tell everybody who’s on the watch list that you can’t do this or that, then guess what happens?” he said. “Then we lose our ability to track, we lose our ability to gather information, so I think we have to be careful.”

Roger West

Sunday, December 6, 2015


Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. urged more students to carry guns on Friday, arguing that if the victims of Wednesday’s attack in San Bernardino, California were armed, they would have been able to protect themselves from the attackers.

“Ive always thought that if more good people had concealed-carry permits, then we could end those Muslims before they walked in and killed them,” he said during the school’s convocation, before teasing the students about his own gun.
“If some of those people in that community center had what I have in my back pocket right now…,” he said. “Is it illegal to pull it out? I don’t know,” he joked, to laughter and loud applause. “I just wanted to take this opportunity to encourage all of you to get your permit. We offer a free course,” he said. “Let’s teach them a lesson if they ever show up here.”

Falwell later told the Washington Post that he decided to carry a .25 pistol following Wednesday’s attack, which authorities are ascribing to two individuals who may have been radicalized by the foreign terrorist group ISIS. The son of the late religious leader Jerry Falwell Sr. also clarified that his reference to “those Muslims” was short hand for Islamic-inspired terrorists. “That’s the only thing I would clarify,” Falwell told the Post. “If I had to say what I said again, I’d say exactly the same thing.”

Virginia residents who complete training and satisfy state requirements may apply for a concealed weapons permit. Students and faculty members at Liberty University may carry concealed weapons on campus but not in the residence halls. The Christian college is closely aligned with conservative politics, but is at odds with major religious groups, who overwhelmingly favor stricter gun safety measures.

Research also shows that armed civilians are unable to successfully intervene in mass shootings and that higher gun ownership actually correlates with higher instances of firearm-related deaths. One recent study found that for “every 1 percent increase in gun ownership, there was a 1.1 percent increase in the firearm homicide rate and a 0.7 percent increase in the total homicide rate.”

Roger West

Saturday, December 5, 2015


A lawyer who’s representing the family of Syed Farook raised Sandy Hook truther conspiracy theories to question the official account of the San Bernardino mass shooting.


The 28-year-old Farook and his wife, 27-year-old Tashfeen Malik, were killed Wednesday evening in a gun battle with police, hours after they opened fire on his colleagues during a holiday party at the Inland Regional Center.

Attorney David Chesley said investigators had suggested that the shootings were part of a workplace dispute by a disgruntled employee, but he suggested authorities had planted evidence or made up claims about the couple’s actions, reported the Daily Mail.
“It doesn’t seem plausible to us that this petite woman (Malik) would be involved in this sort of hyper-caricatured, Bonnie and Clyde crazy scenario,” Chesley said. “There were a lot of questions drawn with Sandy Hook and whether or not that was a real incident or not. But, I mean, obviously these things were found there, how they got there we don’t know.”
Conspiracy theorists such as Alex Jones and some firearms advocates have claimed the Dec. 14, 2012, school shootings that killed 20 children and six teachers were an elaborate hoax intended to usher in stricter gun control laws.
“There has been a lot speculation about it is all I would say,” Chesley said, when asked if he was a Sandy Hook truther. “There’s a lot of people that said it happened, but hasn’t happened in the way that it was purported to have taken place. There’s no question that incidents have taken place and evidence was found but we just question some of that.”

Roger West

Friday, December 4, 2015


Larry Wilmore used a roller coaster metaphor to explain the media coverage of and the public reaction to the epidemic of mass shootings.

The “Nightly Show” host said we’re pulled up to the top of the “Big Thundering Mountain of Emotional Exhaustion” by the initial reports of an “active shooter,” and then comes the questions and guessing.

“Everyone on the coaster’s trying to guess what the shooter looks like at this point,” he said, showing a clip of Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly asking why authorities won’t release descriptions or other information about the suspects during the breaking news event.
“Yes, what are the ethnicities?” Wilmore said. “Can’t they see we need to know who to hate?”
Wilmore said the initial release of the suspects’ description was a particularly scary part of the emotional roller coaster.
“Everybody’s praying that their type isn’t the one at the bottom of that drop,” he said. “If you’re like me, you’re like, ‘Lord, don’t let them be black, don’t let them be black — please.’ Even white people are like, ‘God, I never ask you for anything — you know, because I’m white and everything. But please.'”

He said the San Bernardino shootings yanked our emotions back and forth as the initial reports indicated the shooters were white, but then authorities said the suspects were a Muslim couple.

President Barack Obama issues statements condemning the shootings and lamenting their frequency, but Wilmore said nothing was ever done to prevent them.

“That’s because we’re about to take a hard right,” he said, showing video of various conservative lawmakers and pundits saying that mass shootings had nothing to do with gun control or even guns themselves.
“I’m starting to get sick,” Wilmore said, as he rolled video of the familiar litany of evasions and excuses. “Oh no, here comes the craziest part of the ride — the Fox News loop-de-loop of loopiness.”

Fox News host Steve Doocy asked a guest whether the San Bernardino shooters had deliberately targeted an office Christmas party, and legal analyst Peter Johnson Jr. connected the dots on another program by asking: “Is it a literal war on Christmas?”
“I knew this was going to make me throw up,” Wilmore said.
He said cable news networks too often filled airtime with guesses and speculation as mass shootings unfolded, rather than waiting for facts to be revealed.
“They get into this game of speculation and conjecture, or as I like to call it: premature conject-ulation,” he said.
Wilmore said each mass shooting was carried out for singularly awful and usually bewildering reasons, but they all had something in common.
“The only thing we can be sure of is, as we get off this ride, we’re a little queasy, our legs are a little wobbly and, in the pit of our stomach, we know that it’s not going to be long before we get on this ride again,” Wilmore said. “And the scariest part about this whole thing is that it doesn’t surprise us anymore. We’re actually getting used to this.”
“That’s not good — and this is not just my opinion,” he added. “This is how it was reported by the BBC (on Wednesday): ‘Just another day in the United States of America — another day of gunfire, panic and fear.’ Just another day.”

Roger West

Thursday, December 3, 2015


Even in right-wing looney land, radio hosts Alex Jones is a ‘special” kind of “patriot” who stands out. Where Rush Limbaugh offers a torrent of conservative views that largely align with Republican policy preferences, Jones labels 9/11 an “inside job.” Where Mark Levin touts radical constitutional theories that, nonetheless, have grown popular in Republican circles, Jones ties same-sex marriage on “the eugenicist/globalist view.” Jones is the king of fringe conspiracy theories. Among other things, he may be the nation’s most prominent proponent of the view that the Sandy Hook shooting that killed 26 people an elementary school was a “synthetic, completely fake — with actors, in my view — manufactured” hoax.

And one hour before another terrible mass shooting occurred in San Bernardino, California on Wednesday, Jones hosted a very special guest on his radio show — Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump.

The conversation between Trump and Jones was, in one reporter’s words, a “love fest.” Jones described the wealthy heir as a “self-made” man and a “true maverick.” Trump, in return, praised Jones.
“Your reputation is amazing,” the billionaire-turned-politician told the conspiracy theorist, adding that “I won’t let you down.”

Roger West

Wednesday, December 2, 2015


Young Turks host Ana Kasparian ripped conservatives on Tuesday who denied any link between anti-abortion statements and the physical shooting attack against a Planning Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs over the weekend.
“The only time the issue of abortion ever comes up — and you’ll notice this pattern – is when there’s a presidential election coming around. When there’s a presidential election, all of a sudden ‘Oh my god, we care so much about the babies,'” she said. “Babies this, babies that. You can’t kill any babies. It’s for political fucking gain. That’s all it’s about. That’s all they care about. It’s political gain — they don’t care about lives.”
Even as conservatives attack Planned Parenthood and accuse the organization of infanticide, she said, they rush to avoid any responsibility for possibly influencing the multiple attacks targeting the group since the release of the heavily-edited videos accusing it of profiting off the sale of fetal tissue.
“You can’t keep fucking saying ‘baby killer,’ because when you do that, crazy people will carry out acts of violence. That is violent rhetoric, and your violent rhetoric translates to violent actions,” Kasparian said. “If you don’t get that, you’re either in denial or you know it’s true and you just don’t want to admit it.”

While Republicans like Carly Fiorina — whose claim that the videos showed a “fully-formed fetus” was debunked — accused progressives of “hateful rhetoric” for criticizing her attacks on Planned Parenthood, co-host John Iadarola introduced a compilation of several extreme statements from conservatives like Newt Gingrich, Pat Robertson and Fiorina’s fellow presidential candidate, Ben Carson.
“Those statements came from the same individuals who are against providing health care to Americans,” Kasparian said. “It came from the same individuals who are against ‘food stamps,’ and governmental programs that help the poor to ensure that they stay alive, that they stay healthy. Those same statements came from people who deny our veterans — the same troops that they’re constantly talking about supporting — mental health care and things that would help them integrate back into society as healthy human beings.”

Roger West

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Colorado Planned Parenthood Shooter Is A ‘Transgendered Leftist Activist’…

….Says Republican wing-nut and presidential candidate Ted Cruz - who is just another GOP presidential candidate trying to downplay the role anti-abortion rhetoric may have played in motivating the Planned Parenthood shooting in Colorado Springs Friday afternoon.

When a reporter asked him at an Iowa campaign stop Sunday evening about suspect Robert Lewis Dear saying he was motivated by “no more baby parts,” Cruz countered that he’s also been reported to be a “transgendered sic leftist activist.”

Cruz explained, “We know that he was a man registered to vote as a woman.” This discrepancy on Dear’s voter registration was first reported by The Gateway Pundit, a self-described “right-of-center news website,” under the claim that he “identifies as a woman.” Conservatives have since run with the claim that Dear is transgender.

There is actually no evidence to suggest that he is transgender, nor a “leftist,” nor any kind of activist. In fact, all of the available information suggests he was none of those things.

As the New York Times explained, Dear was very much a recluse, the type “that preferred to be left alone,” living in various single-wide trailers and cabins since his divorce in 2000. Neighbors did not know him well, and if they did, it’s because he would lash out at them when they tried to interfere with his business, like reporting him for mistreating his dogs.

The Times’ profile also identifies him as “generally conservative,” having been raised as a Baptist, but as someone who did not discuss politics much. According to his ex-wife, “he believed wholeheartedly in the Bible” and believed that abortion was wrong. He also distributed pamphlets criticizing President Obama to his neighbors in Colorado. On the voter registration form with the gender discrepancy, his party is listed as “UAF,” meaning unaffiliated.

None of the people interviewed about Dear had anything to say about his gender identity.

Nothing about his appearance nor any past reports of his identity suggests that he identifies as a woman. The voter registration form identifying him as female is the only discrepancy, making it most likely a typo and nothing more.

But since before the shooting was even resolved on Friday, conservatives have been clinging to such discrepancies in an attempt to suggest that it had little to do with the issue of abortion. When a witness called MSNBC Friday afternoon and indicated that the shooting had come from the direction of the Chase bank, a building that was between her location and the Planned Parenthood, conservatives invented an entirely new narrative claiming that the incident was a bank robbery gone wrong and that the shooter had simply hidden in the Planned Parenthood when he was unable to get away. Colorado Springs police debunked this story before the situation was over, clarifying that he had not entered any other buildings at any point.

Dear’s reference to “baby parts” clearly refers to deceptively edited videos suggesting that Planned Parenthood was selling parts of aborted fetuses for a profit. The claims were quickly debunked; in fact, the cut footage from one of the surreptitiously recorded videos even shows the targeted doctor saying, “Nobody should be ‘selling’ tissue. That’s just not the goal here.” The myth, nevertheless, has persisted.

Other Republican presidential candidates have similarly tried to distance the shooting from anti-abortion rhetoric. Both Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump downplayed the connection Sunday, with Huckabee calling it “disingenuous” to suggest that people who are anti-choice would “retaliate by sending some mad man into a clinic to kill people.” Carly Fiorina went further, suggesting that it was a “typical left-wing tactic” to attempt to “immediately demonize the messenger because they don’t agree with the message.”

Cruz’s claim that Dear is transgender mirrors other attempts by conservatives to demonize transgender people. As was most recently seen in the successful effort to defeat Houston’s LGBT nondiscrimination protections, conservatives eagerly spread the myth that transgender people are somehow “dangerous” to women and children. Cruz’s implication that being transgender motivated Dear’s attack relies on the same myth. Transgender people have done nothing to earn such labels — indeed, transgender protections have taken effect across the country with zero impact on the safety of women and children.

[cross-posted from thinkprogress]