Was it his personal style — or his lifestyle?

Conservative, outspoken, even confrontational, Richard Grenell was presumed GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s national security and foreign policy spokesman for less than a month.

Accused of sexism for snarky tweets about the appearance and style of women like Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, talk show host Rachel Maddow and Callista Gingrich, Grenell had strong support from policy conservatives like former UN ambassador John Bolton — but his own sexual preference was a multiculural bridge too far for Republican social conservatives, who reportedly exerted pressure on the Romney campaign to throw him on the fire.

From the Washington Post

Gay Romney aide steps down, citing backlash over sexuality

That’s just how Ted is, don’t you see?

Some of the talking heads tell us, ‘Oh, Ted probably didn’t really mean his threat. He’s just like that.’

Precisely.

This is a aging hasbeen — a mediocre, crotch-grabbing fret grinder whose playing is the guitar equivalent of hearing a meth-addict grind away his teeth — a buffoon long laughed at by other musicians — yet whose endorsement the Romney camp not only crowed about for days, but had actually courted for months.But the talking heads tell us, ‘Well, you have to expect Ted to be Ted. Everyone knows how he is.’

Precisely.

This is a man who was arrested for wearing a loin cloth that didn’t cover his privates in public, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

This is a man who urinated on a nun.

This is a man whose gung ho cheerleading has accompanied every Republican twitch toward the trigger of war and destruction — yet who, when threatened with being drafted to fight in the Vietnam War, fouled his own trousers for a week to convince army doctors they didn’t want him. And they didn’t.

So why does Mitt?

What can that possibly say about his judgment?

Mitt Romney’s illegal voter problem… will it put him in a Massachusetts prison for 5 years?

The Daily Caller has called attention to a little problem from 2010 that might come back to haunt Mitt Romney.

Though he was once governor of the state of Massachusetts, it appears that Romney registered illegally to vote in the election to replace Ted Kennedy as one of that state’s U.S. Senators.

Romney, who owns a number of mansions, beach houses, and other residences, claimed he was living in his son’s unfinished basement in order to register.

But Massachusetts voter registration laws state that a residence, for registration purposes, is “where a person dwells and which is the center of his domestic, social, and civil life.”

As a former governor, Romney may have a hard time pleading ignorance of the state’s law.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/03/23/romney-voter-fraud-allegations-loom-as-general-election-liability/#ixzz1sQq7BmeZ

Ted Nugent, patriot

Ted Nugent is a patriot.

That’s what he’ll tell you. That’s what the Romney campaign said during their long courtship of Nugent in their ultimately successful attempt to win and endorsement from the aging 70s rocker.

And it must be true because at a recent NRA convention, Nugent promised the faithful that if the incumbent President of the United States was reelected in November, he, Nugent, would be ‘either dead or in jail’ this time next year, a thinly veiled promise to attempt to assassinate the President of the United States.

That takes a lot of patriotism.

Just as it took a lot patriotism for Nugent to — by his own admission in an interview in the outlaw drug culture magazine, High Times — engage in an elaborate ruse to get a medical deferment to avoid serving during the Vietnam War. Nugent says he soiled his trousers for a week to convince military doctors that he was unfit to serve.  (Of course, many young men avoided service in Vietnam. But most of them did not then become tireless promoters of war and belligerent US policy — unless, of course, they became Republican politicians.)

Other colorful exploits from Nugent have included urinating on a nun and being arrested for indecent exposure for wearing a loin cloth on a city street that did not cover the body parts that people in Little Rock, Arkansas, expect to see covered.

Get the goods on Ted in this article from 2006 in the UK’s Independent:

Ted Nugent: Off his rocker?

And remember — it took a lot of effort for Mitt Romney and his team to get that Nugent endorsement. They really thought they had a coup there. That’s how people smart Mitt Romney and crew are.

Let’s not let this be swept under the rug too quickly.

Secret Service scandal: “Boys will be boys”? Don’t send them to do an adult’s job.

‎”Boys will be boys”? Then don’t send them to do the job of an adult.

Turns out that, in addition to the 12 US Secret Service agents attached to the presidential detail supporting President Obama’s trip to Columbia who were dismissed from the mission and reportedly suspended, there were also 5 Department of Defense service officers stationed permanently in Columbia who were attached to the detail and involved.

It doesn’t take a Columbo or Monk to speculate that the 5 soldier-types assigned “in country” were likely the guides who led the SS boys (term used advisedly) to the hookers.

How did this all come to light?

One of the SS men apparently stiffed his hooker.

Let me rephrase that. The prostitute accused him of not paying his tab and went to the authorities. (There are legal prostitution districts in Cartagena, where the incident occurred.)

So, for what was probably no more than a few hundred dollars, this guy took down his own career and those of 16 other individuals. Not, of course, that they were blameless. But, man, I’ll bet he’s not going to be popular around the water cooler. If any of them make it back to the water cooler.

Anyone want to speculate that alcohol was also involved?

Executive Order

A lot of misinformed ninnies reading far right and left wing rumor sheets like World News Daily are getting all twisted up in knots about an executive order signed Friday.

Maybe some of these dummies ought to read the REAL news and they might not get all tweaked out over veritable non-events — like the updating of a 6 decade old law that adds little except clarification and updating to include government agencies the last time it was updated.

Search for this on Google news — and virtually all you’ll find are far right and far left rumor sheets thinking they’ve uncovered something deep and dangerous.

What nonsense.

Here’s an actual, SENSIBLE analysis of the order — undertaken in light of some of the outrageous nonsense the ignorant and misinformed fringe/conspiracy groups and crazy right wing rumor sheets like World News Daily are spouting:

http://hotair.com/archives/2012/03/18/national-defense-resources-preparedness-executive-order-power-grab-or-update/

Here’s another…

http://minx.cc/?post=327606

And — just for balance — here’s a nonsensical but breathless ‘analysis’ from the right wing fringes: http://www.examiner.com/finance-examiner-in-national/president-obama-signs-executive-order-allowing-for-control-over-all-us-resources

Inform yourselves people. Don’t run around like ignorant, headless chickens. THAT is how people control you.

Federal judge “sorry” — sorry his vulgar, racist chain email included his name.

The explosion of outrage over the chief federal judge in Montana,  a George W. Bush appointee, who sent a sexually vulgar and disgustingly racist joke by email chain is all over the media.

Now, the judge has apologized, in a manner of speaking — if people were offended — but not apologizing  for his own racism (which he denies) or his lack of judgment (which he’s apparently mum about) or  his lack of propriety (he excuses his action by saying he sent the “joke” only to six “old buddies”).

But we suspect what he’s really sorry about is that his old buddies didn’t remove his signature from the mass email before they forwarded it to their old buddies, political cronies and apparently just about everyone in Montana government with an email.

From the Los Angeles Times:

The [Great Falls] Tribune said it received the email after it had been forwarded several times in a chain that began at its original recipients. Cebull said he was “surprised” it had been passed along with his name attached to it, the newspaper said.

http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-montana-judge-admits-sending-racist-email-about-obama-20120229,0,2617317.story

Mitt Romney’s most outrageous campaign promise: assassinate Fidel Castro?

This writer’s jaw dropped when he saw Fox News quoting Mitt Romney, speaking to a number of presumably anti-Castro Cuban expatriates in the final days before Tuesday’s Florida GOP primary:

“If I’m fortunate to become the next president of the United States it is my expectation that Fidel Castro will finally be taken off this planet,” Romney said to emphatic applause from the crowd of 500 gathered at the Magic City’s landmark building, the Freedom Tower. “I doubt he’ll take any time in the sky. He’ll find a nether region to be more to his comfort.”

Those with a background in Christian doctrine will also note that the supposedly devout Romney, in addition to appearing to promise to break the sixth commandment, also was unafraid to indulge in the blasphemy of predicting another’s damnation.

read it all: http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2012/01/25/miami-romney-tells-hispanic-voters-if-hes-elected-castro-will-finally-be-taken-planet

Good news on internet freedom of speech… Obama admin goes on record opposing SOPA as currently written

Those who support freedom of speech on the internet have qualified reason to cautiously rejoice in a statement signed by 3 top Obama officials appearing to offer a firm commitment that the Obama administration won’t be drawn into support for the so-called Stop Online Piracy Act, which online freedom advocates have called draconian, an assault on the constitution and free enterprise, and crony legislation — largely drafted by Big IP lobbyists and lawyers and fronted by a bipartisan consortium of corporate lapdogs in the House and Senate.

Read about it in Ars Technica: Obama administration joins the ranks of SOPA skeptics

Latest research on marijuana unlikely to change minds…

Despite new research in the form of a quite extensive study finding that marijuana smoking does not damage lungs in the same fashion that tobacco smoking does, the Los Angeles Times posits that the scientific facts of the matter are unlikely to change the minds of those who insist that marijuana use — even medical use which supplants more dangerous prescription drugs — must remain illegal under all circumstances.

The study showed that lung function declined with increased exposure to tobacco smoke. However, that same pattern was not seen with marijuana smoke. There was no evidence of lung function damage with seven joint years (or smoking one joint a day for seven years.) After 10 years, there was some decline in lung function as measured by the speed at which a person can blow out air.

Advocates of decriminalization were quick to point out that lung irritation can be mitigated by alternate forms of ingestion…

“To those familiar with the science of cannabis, JAMA’s [Journal of the American Medical Assn.'s] findings should come as no great surprise,” said Paul Armentano, deputy director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, in a blog post. He adds that marijuana can be used in ways that avoid most lung irritation.

“. . .ingestion of cannabis via alternative methods such as edibles, liquid tinctures, or via vaporization — a process whereby the plant’s cannabinoids are heated to the point of vaporization but below the point of combustion — virtually eliminates consumers’ exposure to such unwanted risk factors and has been determined to be a ‘safe and effective’ method of ingestion in clinical trial settings,” Armentano said.

While a number of states in the US  have legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes, and have greatly relaxed the criminal penalties for recreational use, the anti-drug establishment — with both overt and covert support from those who profit from keeping marijuana criminalized, from Big Pharm (the hugely profitable prescription drug industry) to the violent criminal cartels that would vanish without the harsh anti-drug laws that essentially keep them in business — has barely moved an inch in the last half-century, maintaining the same arguments many who are now senior citizens heard in ludicrous and wildly unrealistic anti-drug hysteria films — arguments largely unsupported by scientifically arrived at facts…

However, the National Institute on Drug Abuse maintains marijuana is dangerous on many other levels, such as by impairing driving [...]

While it’s probably inarguable that it is possible to smoke so much marijuana that one’s driving is impaired — this writer can’t help but look at the big picture —  states which have legalized medical marijuana (despite the US federal government’s insistence that it has sole jurisdiction over marijuana criminalization) report a 9% reduction in fatal traffic accidents.

Read more in Time Magazine: Why Medical Marijuana Laws Reduce Traffic Deaths
Read more in the Los Angeles Times: Marijuana lung findings unlikely to change minds