by Dan Quinn

On this last day of our annual review of the most outrageous things we heard from the right over the past 12 months, here is our final installment of Potluck Nuttery. (Click here for previous posts on what we heard from the right in 2015.)

“The Left hates the Duggars because they have standards – even if they fall short – they have standards. The Left will not tolerate that”

– Texas state Rep. Bill Zedler, R-Arlington, tweeting that the famous Duggar family – with 19 children – was being unfairly persecuted after revelations that the oldest son, Josh Duggar, repeatedly molested little girls (including his sisters) when he was a teenager. News reports indicated that after Josh’s parents learned about the molestations, they delayed seeking counseling for their son for 16 months and that the statute of limitations had run out by the time police began an investigation. Josh, who stepped down as executive director of the religious-right group Family Research Council Action, later admitted to cheating on his wife on the Ashley Madison website and having sex with strippers.

“I am not accusing anybody, I am raising questions. If the United States says, ‘Here, Palestinian terrorist groups, we want… Read More

by Dan Quinn

As we wind down our annual review of the most outrageous things we heard from the right over the past 12 months, the remaining quotes fall into our Potluck Nuttery category. We will have a second round of Potluck Nuttery tomorrow. (Click here for previous posts on what we heard from the right in 2015.)

“We had Confederate Heroes Day before there was a Martin Luther King Jr. Day, why can’t they change theirs? I have no problem with them both being celebrated on the same day because most of the people who celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day don’t celebrate Confederate Heroes Day.”

– Reta Brand, director of the Texas Society Order of Confederate Rose, on a proposed bill by Texas state Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, to change Confederate Heroes Day to the more inclusive Civil War Remembrance Day.

“Hiroshima is coming. Greg Fenves will rue the day.”

– Kirk Lyons, a lawyer for the Sons of Confederate Veterans, on the removal of the Jefferson Davis statue at the University of Texas at Austin campus.

“There is a penalty to be paid for what the beatniks, who morphed into the hippies [did]. You say what… Read More

Right-wing activists will get their rage on at the Conservative Texans Political Action Conference (CTxPAC) this weekend in Austin. No surprise: it looks like anti-government, religious-right radicalism will dominate the confab.

Sponsored by the Austin-based organization New Revolution Now, the event will feature speakers from Liberty Institute (the Focus on the Family affiliate in Texas), the anti-government (and Koch brothers-funded) Americans for Prosperity, and True the Vote, a spin-off of the vote-suppression/Tea Party organization King Street Patriots in Houston. You might recall that last fall King Street Patriots hosted a speech by a right-wing writer who has argued that registering poor people to vote is un-American and like “like handing out burglary tools to criminals.”

New Revolution Now has also waded into the textbook wars in Texas. In 2010 the group helped pressure (successfully) the Texas State Board of Education to politicize social studies curriculum standards for public schools. The conservative Fordham Institute subsequently criticized the “ideological manipulation,” historical revisionism and contempt for expertise apparent throughout the standards.

We figure this weekend’s event will draw plenty of folks who lie awake at night worried about the global warming conspiracy undermining… Read More

Say what you will about Texas state Rep. Leo Berman, R-Tyler, you have to give the man credit for becoming a master at moving the goal posts.

Unless you were nowhere near a TV or computer on Wednesday, you missed the big dose of widely verified reality the White House dropped on the world when it released President Obama’s long-form birth certificate proving what most rational people already knew: President Obama was, in fact, born in the United States.

Maybe not surprisingly, that still doesn’t satisfy Rep. Berman, who filed a bill (HB 295) this year requiring that presidential and vice presidential candidates present an original birth certificate to qualify for the Texas ballot. But after President Obama presented his birth certificate to the nation yesterday, Birther Berman flipped the switch and got those goal posts a-movin’ out of the stadium and all the way out into the parking lot.

The Texas Tribune wrote the following about Berman:

He said he’s now seen two birth certificates: the Hawaiian one released by Obama this morning, and one he said indicates Obama was born in Mombasa, Kenya. And he claims the hospital Obama lists on his birth certificate… Read More

It's getting harder and harder to feel shocked at the extremism emanating from right-wing groups in American politics. But a bizarre, ham-handed and paranoid press release today from a Houston-based group called Patriot PAC should be shocking. The press release touts "Operation Black Storm," which supports the candidacy of 15 African-American Republicans for Congress. (Seriously? That's the name they chose for such a project?) It quotes a leader from one of a coalition of far-right groups supporting the project: "Today marks the beginning of the end of playing the race card to silence conservative voices and keep blacks voting opposite their core values." "Voting opposite their core values"? We aren't told what "core values" African Americans have been voting against. The spokesman goes on: "It's finally time for our nation to get past racial barriers in politics, and with Operation Black Storm we intend to send a message to Washington that--above all--Americans of all backgrounds, colors, and decent faiths want their God-given right for SELF-RULE." "Decent faiths"? Are there other kinds? We're not told which "faiths" qualify here -- but you probably know. [Hint, hint. Wink, wink.] But the most corrosive bile comes when you click on the press release's link to the Operation Black Storm website. Viewers find a video identifying the worst of the murderous dictators of the 20th century, including Hitler, Stalin and Mao. (They throw in Saddam Hussein and Hugo Chavez for good measure.) We're told of freedom extinguished and millions slaughtered under those regimes. True enough. But then the video descends into lunacy, comparing the policies of those dictators to those of certain American presidents: Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, Jimmy Carter and -- surprise! -- Barack Obama. Accompanied by martial background music and the red label "Progressive" stamped on the screen, the video darkly notes: "Theodore Roosevelt supported eugenics." "Woodrow Wilson brought us the Federal Reserve System." "FDR's 'New Deal' saw income taxes rise as high as 94%." "[Lyndon] Johnson's 'War on Poverty was a war on success." Read More

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