After a long hiatus from this once regular feature, yours truly had originally intended to wait for a truly momentous occasion for the 100th ACOTW (such as a year-end retrospective). But after the week the GOP (hereafter referred to as Chuck's Toddlers) just had, how could your prehistoric porcine resist?
Especially when the ring on the seedy side of the tracks is piled high with jester's caps?
And, while several of the GOP presidential hopefuls are on the list, several others who don't have POTUS pretensions made the grade in this anniversary edition, such as Gordon "Chaps" Klingenschmitt (6), who somehow mustered up enough concern for Ireland's gay marriage vote all the way from Colorado he's wishing we could reanimate St. Patrick; Josh Duggar (1) for helping to coin the new word "Duggaring" and former House Speaker Denny Hastert (2) for unwillingly revealing the real
reason he became a high school wrestling coach.
So squeeze yourself into the already-crowded GOP clown car and let's take a spin through this week's Crazy Base World and much, much
10) Ted Cruz
While it would be expected for Rick Perry to take credit for calling on God to relieve Texas of its drought problem of four years ago, this spot is dedicated to Ted Cruz for demanding flood relief for the Lone Star State after Perry's prayers got a delayed, albeit epic "Response
". You might recall in October 2012 Cruz voted against Hurricane Sandy relief for the New York and Jersey shore, saying the measure was “symptomatic of a larger problem in Washington – an addiction to spending money we do not have.”
There's so much to unpack from this steamer trunk full of dildos, KY, porno and crazy undies but let's start with Greg Abbot and Texas wingnuts being literally up in arms just a couple of months ago over Jade Helm 15
, or the Muslim Kenyan Socialist takeover of the state of Texas. But now suddenly Uncle Sam's presence is welcome when Ted Cruz needs to posture and preen for the Texas voters.
"Yeah, y'all, uh, we're gonna put our secession on the back burner over that there ObamaCare and Medicaid expansion at least until we get that flood relief. Oh, an' could you hurry up with them there FEMA camps
we used to make such a big fuss about?"
If President Obama really had a sense of humor, he could offer this solution to the flooding to his wouldbe successor.
Yeah, you got it. Suck it, Seuss boy.
9) Fox "News"
Media Matters recently did an analysis
of CNN's, MSNBC's and Fox's coverage of the Josh Duggar sex scandal and... Well, the graph speaks for itself. Over a period of four days, the Sons of Roger Ailes reported on the story for less than a minute and a half. That averages 30 seconds a day.
To make this worse, media critic cum right wing nut job Howard Kurtz went after the rest of the media for "piling on" and having the effrontery to mention the Duggars' complex ties to right wing politicians, including virtually every Republican presidential candidate and hopeful. And that's Fox's version of a media critic: To criticize the media for doing its job.
8) Bill O'Reilly
Yeah, I've every confidence Fox showed this much restraint during the Clinton sex scandal of 1998, which involved two consenting adults and no children.
I'm sure we all still remember Mitt Romney's comments about the 47% at a fundraiser in 2012. Well, it seems America's most beloved wife beater was channeling President Magic Fruit-O-The-Loom when he got wind of a recent Gallup poll
that found Americans are evenly split (31%-31%) between liberal and conservative ideology. This led O'Reilly to pronounce
bile delivery system
The O'Reilly Factor that 50% of Americans are "simpletons."
As in "pinheads."
After balefully inflating his neck wattles to cartoonish proportions, O'Reilly then made a strange strangled gurgling sound and blamed Hollywood for dumbing us down and keeping us from formulating a "philosophy of life" that apparently somehow involves neatly dividing people into "Pinheads or Patriots". Because Bill O honestly cannot conceive why anyone
would think liberally.
Shorter Anger Management Class Dropout, "If you don't think like me, you're a simpleton who deserves to be dragged down a flight of stairs by the neck
It's hard to understand why, with Huckabeesque tenacity, TLC still hasn't shitcanned the Duggars
after the pedophilia scandal involving one of their stars came out. True, TLC executives decided to pull all episodes of 19 Kids and Counting
from their lineup but that's a far cry from actually cancelling the program. And it's not as if, in a contagious wave of corporate bottom line damage control, sponsors aren't pulling out faster than Josh Duggar when Daddy catches him in the act.
And while sponsors weigh financial liability, while right wing politicians weigh political and religious primacy and while TLC weighs financial and PR liability, no one, it seems, is weighing the effect that Duggar's actions had and will continue to have on those poor little girls he'd victimized and molested in their sleep. And until TLC does the right thing, moving as swiftly on 19 Kids and Counting
as they had over Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
, we should ceaselessly say TLC stands for "Touching Little Children."
6) Gordon "Chaps" Klingenschmitt
God only knows why the media pay so much attention to an obscure state lawmaker. I'm referring, of course, to former Karl Rove vestigial twin, Colorado state rep Gordon Klingenschmitt. Maybe it's like a train wreck or stopping for an extra beat while looking at a truly memorable freak at the sideshow.
Less than two months after getting stripped of one of his committee posts
in the Colorado legislature, Gordon "Chaps" Klingenschmitt put himself back in the news less than a week after Ireland ratified by popular vote the legalization of same sex marriage. On his radio program, "Giant Man-Fetus Talk About God Real Good", "Chaps" compared gay people to snakes
and wished that St. Patrick would make a Herbert West-style reanimation comeback so he can pull all them long, hard, supple, sinewy, spitting snakes out of the Emerald Isle.
Oh no. No identity issues there, Gordo.
Look, a word to the wise: Stop worrying about a lawful referendum in Ireland and Gerry Adams promises not to tell you how to be a fucking national embarrassment in Coors Country, OK?
5) Paul LePage
It may be that in a more enlightened age, Maine will look back and ask itself why it ever elected Teabagger Paul LePage as their Governor. Then again, that may be too much to expect of New England's most consistently conservative and embarrassing state. Consider LePage's nearly hour-long honey badger press conference
This bloated product of an unholy ménage à trois between Ralph Kramden and Chris Christie essentially pulled an almost hour-long temper tantrum because the blue meanie Democrats wouldn't pass his nominee Bruce Williamson for Maine's Power and Utilities Commission (cue President Obama to say, "How does it feel, bitches?"). Therefore, in a masterpiece of Republican obstructionism, LePage threatened to veto every single bill with a Democratic sponsor until he got his way. Oh and he also wants to do away with Maine's income tax. And why can't Krispie Kreme deliver, Goddamnit?
Then, after scarfing down the rotting carcass of a garter snake, Governor Honey Badger wiped his mouth on his sleeve and said House Speaker, Democrat Mark Eves, who's from California, should "go back home" and that Senate Minority Leader Justin Alfond "should be put in a playpen."
Oh, projection, thy name is Paul LePage.
4) Mike Huckabee
It's a given that in politics, the nanosecond one person or the other is tainted with scandal, the first instinct for politicians is to snap their fingers at the mention of their name and to deny having known or befriended the one who's fallen from grace. Or at least, that's the way it used to be. Much has changed in Crazy Base World since Tom Delay pretended he didn't know Jack Abramoff existed.
And if there's anything that trumps the Republican Party Brotherhood and political survival, it's religious primacy and loyalty no matter the cost. And when the Josh Duggar scandal hit the airways and social media, presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee waddled to his steampunk computer and hammered out a defense of Duggar
on his Facebook wall. In tried-and-true right wing fashion, he blamed the "bloodthirsty media" for reporting a news item that has repercussions throughout the entire GOP. Since, you know, Josh Duggar likes to crawl into bed with Republican politicians almost as much as his little sisters.
Mind you, this is coming from the same waddling wad 'o fuck who lambasted the Obamas' parenting skills
for letting Sasha and Malia listen to superstar Beyoncé. This is also coming from the same guy who blocked an Arkansas State Police investigation into his own 17 year-old son for torturing and killing a stray dog
while a camp counselor. Nowhere in his lengthy and rambling screed had Huckabee, as with Duggar's other right wing apologists, shown the slightest sign of sympathy or concern for the oldest Duggar son's five underaged victims.
Which is also a tried-and-true hallmark of Republican misogyny.
3) Scott Walker
In an amazingly straight-faced article, Business Insider
gave us the story of how Scott Walker went to New Hampshire and doubled down on his very troubling statement on the Dana Loesch show about how "cool" ultrasounds were. This was, of course, right after Fox's Neil Cavuto
gave Walker the chance to double down on those same statements in which Walker, typically, took swipes at the "leftist" media for quoting him with his own words.
His incredibly ignorant and misogynist statements wouldn't have been as inflammatory if in 2013 Walker didn't sign into law a bill that mandated ultrasounds for women seeking abortions in Wisconsin. Of course, him saying ultrasounds (and you know
he was also referring to the invasive and humiliating transvaginal variety) can only come from a male whom we can be reasonably sure never had one.
One day someone ought to ask these Women Warriors for their thoughts on a law that forces men to have a probe stuck down their cock holes whenever seeking a vasectomy.
2) Dennis Hastert
Blackmail, n- A conspiracy involving an extortionist, a politician and a known whore, making one in all. -Robert Crawford, The Misanthrope's Manual
America. What a country. It's one in which a simple high school wrestling coach in the Midwest can rise to second in the line of succession to the presidency. It's also a country of opportunity where that same House Speaker can make enough pelf as a lobbyist to pay $3.5 million in hush money
to shut up a sexual abuse victim.
Yes, just days after the Josh Duggar sex scandal broke, it was revealed that former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, a man who, like his predecessor Newt Gingrich, went after Bill Clinton for a blowjob only to find himself mired in a sex scandal of his own that saw him getting blackmailed for five years. It all started with accounting irregularities that saw Hastert recently indicted by a grand jury for what the IRS calls the crime of "structuring". In the indictment, it showed Hastert funneling unreported funds for $1.7 million in hush money that apparently went to one of his
students then-underaged victims.
1) Josh Duggar
“Our family is like the epitome of conservative values.” Confessed child molester Josh Duggar
Apparently, conservative family values to the Duggars means, "The family that molests together covers up together."
Some years ago, one of Josh Duggar's victims wrote about her molestation in a letter that she'd apparently never shared with anyone and instead shoved into a book that was then loaned to a member of the Duggars' church. That letter was then sent not only to the police but to Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Studios which was then sent to the Department of Human Services.
Even after that disclosure, it still took many more years for the facts to be made to the public. That's because when Jim Bob caught his son walking out of his sisters' room one night, he took him to see Joseph Hutchens, an AR state trooper who's since been sentenced to 56 years in prison for possession of kiddie porn. Hutchens never filed a report.
Josh was then supposedly sent to a rehab facility in Little Rock that was not for sex offenders. And still, the coverup continues, climaxing with a judge who then ordered all records pertaining to Josh Duggar to be destroyed with no rhyme or reason. And after all this, Duggar will never see the inside of a jail cell or even a courtroom because Arkansas' statute of limitation for child molestation is an absurdly brief three years, meaning Duggar was safe from any legal prosecution by at least a decade even after fondling the breasts and vaginas of five (so far) victims often while they slept.
As with so many evangelical families, the Duggars proved that if they look too good to be true, they are.