GOPers ally with another NUT

From last night’s Rachel Maddow Show:

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Egads.  This whackjob Engel appears to be certifiably bugfuck insane (Religious Dispatches ran an article on Engel last year).  If this is the kind of lunacy the GOP has become comfortable with, Rachel is right to wonder what’s next.

UPDATE: From Right Wing Watch, here’s a few minutes from the “prayercast” Rachel talked about.  It starts with a hyperbolic prayer from Shirley Dobson (female appendage of James, the dog beater).  Daddy Dobson then chimes in with an even more hysterical prayer full of dire holy-rollin’ warnings about dead babies and the destruction of marriage.  Says Dobson: “I just pray that you will frustrate the plans of the Evil One and revive us again with conviction and forgiveness” — I’m not sure who he meant by “the Evil One”, the devil or the president:

It’s utterly astonishing to me that with the economy, unemployment, 2 wars, global warming, and the impending collapse of their empire, all these people are interested in is abortion and gay marriage.  They’re becoming caricatures of themselves.

19 Responses to “GOPers ally with another NUT”


  1. 1 balbulican Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Eight years ago my wife finished her doctorate in biology. She was invited by a member of her thesis committee to join the Faculty of the University of Illinois at Chicago. We talked about it. I love architecture, history and the blues, and I can work anywhere. But we decided, not without debate, that the US was a little too weird to move to.

    If there’s one thing that could prompt me to abandon atheism and agree that there is, in fact, a god, it would be that moment of clarity that kept us from moving to the States. Those people are FUCKED.

  2. 2 JJ Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    balb – No kidding, eh? I had a similar close call when I was in advertising — an opportunity to transfer to NYC, which would have been awesome for my career, but which I passed up for pretty much the same reason.

    I’ve been watching their struggle for health care reform with great interest, partly because the same people fighting reform in the US have got their eye on our system. It’s amazing how totally owned most USian politicians are by insurance corporations. Maybe what they need before they can pass a decent health care bill is some kind of campaign financing reform.

    The whole thing is very disheartening, not just because they need decent health care reform, but because of what it says about the human condition. There’s something radically wrong with a country where half the people care so little for their fellow citizens. I can’t even begin to imagine being okay with my neighbour going bankrupt because he got sick 😦

  3. 3 J. A. Baker Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    Since we’re on the subject of crazy teabaggers…

  4. 4 Barry Friday, December 18, 2009 at 9:26 am

    Ugh. These people are insane. It seems that Obama’s election just caused them to ratchet up their noise machine. They don’t seem to no or care that their ideas suck.

    On another note, I was “lucky” enough to meet Michelle Bachmann in November. Just before I had my picture taken with her, she was bragging about the number of procedural delays the Republicans had used against the health care bill in the House.

    http://isitluck.wordpress.com/2009/11/07/lovely-saturday/

  5. 5 Barry Friday, December 18, 2009 at 9:27 am

    On another note, my one visit to Canada was an absurdly lovely trip. British Columbia is gorgeous. Love it.

  6. 6 Bene Diction Friday, December 18, 2009 at 10:51 am

    I burst out laughing at one of the videos.

    They aren’t praying, they are preaching.
    They are playing to the camera.
    Isn’t the piousness special?

    Fine.
    They have their reward.

    That having been said religious right alert has mentioned Engle.
    He came to Canada this year to do “The Cry” which is the Canuck equivelent of “The Call.”

    Faytene Kryskow and crew brought him up.

    Yes, it’s insane.

  7. 7 Bene Diction Friday, December 18, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Oh. P.S.

    Have you noticed that since James Dobson announced he is ending his radio show he has thrown off his respectable mainstream cloak and is more openly associating with his friends in the fringe?

  8. 8 Parliament Shill Friday, December 18, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Is Lou that bonkers anti-abortion crusader from “Jesus Camp”? I think he is!

  9. 9 JJ Friday, December 18, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    JAB – I caught that on Olbermann 😆 God, these people are fucking stupid.

  10. 10 JJ Friday, December 18, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Barry

    They don’t seem to no or care that their ideas suck.

    They don’t have any ideas, other than “put the GOP back in power”. I don’t recall seeing any teabaggers out protesting when Bush burned through the budget surplus Clinton left him and then blew the debt & deficit up into the gazillions.

    Also – I live in BC and it really is insanely beautiful, glad you enjoyed it. Americans are always welcome to come here as long as they don’t try to bring us democracy 😉

  11. 11 JJ Friday, December 18, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Bene D – OMG, that guy is involved with the Cry? 😯 Holy cow.

    Have you noticed that since James Dobson announced he is ending his radio show he has thrown off his respectable mainstream cloak and is more openly associating with his friends in the fringe?

    I had noticed that he seemed to be out in the media just as much as usual, but now that you mention it, that’s right. I doubt if he would have been seen publicly associating with someone like Engel before he retired. Interesting. I wonder who else we’ll see him with.

    Actually it sort of goes with the flow of the more extreme rightward direction the entire US right wing is taking. One of the sponsors of the upcoming conservative CPAC convention is the John Birch Society 😯 and nobody in the GOP has even blinked about it.

  12. 12 JJ Friday, December 18, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Parliament – I never saw Jesus Camp, but from what I’ve heard about it, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if Engel was in it. Raising the Fascists of Tomorrow!

  13. 13 mouthyorange Friday, December 18, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    “It’s utterly astonishing to me that with the economy, unemployment, 2 wars, global warming, and the impending collapse of their empire, all these people are interested in is abortion and gay marriage.”

    But that’s exactly it. It’s a top notch avoidance mechanism. Psychotic, dissociative, and delusional — and hateful — but avoidance just the same.

  14. 14 J. A. Baker Friday, December 18, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Parliament – I never saw Jesus Camp, but from what I’ve heard about it, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if Engel was in it. Raising the Fascists of Tomorrow!

    Wikipedia says that he was indeed in Jesus Camp. Why, oh look, here he is! (About 3 mins in)

    Also.

    Lovely person, eh?

  15. 16 JJ Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 11:06 am

    mouthyorange

    But that’s exactly it. It’s a top notch avoidance mechanism.

    So in other words, you think they know these other problems exist, but choose to avoid dealing with them by throwing up these other issues as a deflection?

    I agree that they know these other problems exist, but in their own minds on an urgency scale of 1 to 10 they’re a 2, compared to abortion and gay marriage which are 11s.

  16. 17 JJ Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 11:08 am

    JAB – Thanks! UGH, what a disgusting slug that guy is.

  17. 18 JJ Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 11:10 am

    Bene D – Aw, the whole movie! Thanks a lot! I’ve been wanting to watch this movie for ages, but never remembered to rent it when I was in town and we never had it at the store where i work. Good stuff, thanks again.

  18. 19 mouthyorange Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    JJ – “So in other words, you think they know these other problems exist, but choose to avoid dealing with them by throwing up these other issues as a deflection?”

    I think that when we’re in denial about something, in some part of ourselves we know what’s what, what’s real, and what we’re denying. I think they either don’t consciously know that these problems exist, but do know very deep down that they do, or else they do know consciously. Either way, they choose not to look at or deal with these problems and instead, to follow a decoy. I think they must honestly believe in the everyday level of their minds that abortion and gay marriage are more disturbing than the real problems of the day, the ones that threaten all our lives and futures and the meaning in our lives, but I still think they use these things to serve a very twisted — so twisted it’s almost unrecognizable — way of avoiding that which they’re most deeply frightened of. And I’m willing to bet, if all their neurosis and psychosis was stripped away, that it’s not abortion or gay marriage that frightens them the most.

    That’s the best I can do right now with it.


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