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This Week In Crazy: #Benghazi Caused The ‘Charlie Hebdo’ Attack, And The Rest Of The Worst Of The Right

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This Week In Crazy: #Benghazi Caused The ‘Charlie Hebdo’ Attack, And The Rest Of The Worst Of The Right

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Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the wildest attacks, conspiracy theories, and other loony behavior from the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five:

5. Curt Schilling

Curt Schilling

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On Tuesday, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced its four-member class of 2014: Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, and Craig Biggio. Former Red Sox star Curt Schilling received 39.2 percent of the vote from the Baseball Writers Association of America, leaving him well short of the 75 percent threshold for induction. And he thinks that he knows why:

“I think he got in because of [Greg] Maddux and [Tom] Glavine. I think the fact that they won 14 straight pennants. I think his ‘Swiss army knife versatility,’ which somebody said yesterday, I think he got a lot of accolades for that, I think he got a lot of recognition for that. He’s a Hall of Famer,” Schilling said of Smoltz, while comparing their cases during a Wednesday interview. “And I think the other big thing is that I think he’s a Democrat and so I know that, as a Republican, that there’s some people that really don’t like that.”

That’s right: The liberal sports media is blackballing Schilling from the Hall because he’s a Republican!

Unfortunately for Schilling, his case is pretty thin. For one, his statistical case for enshrinement is pretty borderline. Furthermore, if Major League Baseball has any political leanings, they are decidedly conservative. And contrary to Schilling’s accusations, Smoltz is actually an outspoken Republican who has donated thousands of dollars to the GOP and campaigned for far-right candidates such as Ralph Reed and Karen Handel.

But that’s not to say that Schilling’s political leanings couldn’t hurt his Hall of Fame case. For example, following his high-handed opposition to government bailouts with a plea for a government bailout for his own failing company couldn’t have thrilled Hall of Fame voters who are tasked with evaluating candidates based on their “integrity” and “character.”

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Henry Decker

Henry Decker was formerly the Managing Editor of The National Memo. He is currently an Online Associate at MRCampaigns.

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39 Comments

  1. latebloomingrandma January 9, 2015

    Rush is making less sense than usual. Has he been hanging out with Sarah?

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    1. idamag January 9, 2015

      That would be some conversation to listen to, wouldn’t it?

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      1. James Bagley January 10, 2015

        I envision an urgent desire to rip one’s own offending ears off just to make it stop.

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    2. Dominick Vila January 11, 2015

      I think he needs to change suppliers…

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    3. ikihi January 19, 2015

      you must watch msnbc

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  2. FT66 January 9, 2015

    These Radio people especially Rush Limbaugh and John Gibson are totally bogus. They are telling people we will die sticking to our believes of freedom of speech. These two never take a pen/pencil and draw Prophet Mohammed according to their thinking. People need to ask themselves, how many minutes does it take to draw anyone according to your thinking on a sketch? And why not a single day Rush and John Gibson have shown their drawings of Prophet Mohammed, during their shows, but still they are encouraging everyone to do so. Folks, use your brains, you do it, you will end up losing your life, and with them, they will continue to live.

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    1. ikihi January 19, 2015

      bill maher defended rush limbaugh and called liberals who attack him babies

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  3. idamag January 9, 2015

    It won’t be long before the name-callers get on here. We have always had wackos. A person in our community covered all his windows with foil and only felt safe when he sat under a triangle. They were more amusing than someone to listen to. Schafley’s half as many women allowed to go to college and twice as many men – less women to rape, I guess. And the dip blaming the reporters for their own deaths sounds like the old “blame the victim” when a girl was raped. Her manner of dressing asked for it. I never did figure out how the 10-month-old baby, that was raped, asked for it.

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  4. Gary Miles January 9, 2015

    Ignoring them will do more to make them go away then promoting their stupidity to ensure that the faux political divide continues. I’d bet a there’s a Right wing site doing the exact same thing, except showing liberal idiocy. Yet, the circle jerk continues.

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  5. Gary Miles January 9, 2015

    Where are all those who believe in a woman’s right to do with her body as she chooses now? Speak up and support this young ladies freedom of choice: http://personalliberty.com/update-connecticut-supreme-court-rules-teen-must-continue-receiving-treatment-will/

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    1. charleo1 January 10, 2015

      The case of, “Cassandra C.” the 17 year old who has petitioned the Connecticut Courts for the Right to refuse Chemo treatment for her Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, is interesting, and of course, compelling. Due to our instinct to take her side, and accommodate her wishes in every way possible. However, the law is clear about the State’s interest in protecting the minor child, “Cassandra.” Even on the cusp of her reaching the age of majority. That responsibility extending even over her own personal decisions, that these judges may well feel is not in her best interests, and moreover, irreversible if she’s wrong. And according to the law, which cannot be specific, but must be arbitrary, and blunt, by its nature. The Courts really have no alternative here, but to find Cassandra’s decision, beyond her capacity as a minor to make. And it follows, illegal for her doctors to honor, and for the State to allow. In the same way the State would surely hold her parents accountable, if they were insisting their Parental Rights extended to refusing to allow the treatments. Laws settled long ago on this matter, appealed to the highest courts, have upheld the State’s authority to step in on the side of the child. And whether, “Cassandra,” is a child in her own mind is irrelevant. In the eyes of the law, she remains just that, a child. And to go a bit further. While the case is emotional, it is not, as the author in the article attempts to make it out. A good example of how Big Brother, or, “Black Robed, Jack Booted Judges,” are eviscerating individual freedoms in this Country. And pointing out inconsistencies in the way the law treats minors, doesn’t further the assertion that this case is proof positive of a.”Liberal agenda.” That the law sometimes decides to prosecute minors as adults, something I have reluctantly came to agree with, is widely supported on the Right. Or, that underage girls may consent to an abortion without their parent’s knowledge, or consent (something, as a Father with two daughters, now grown,) As a Lefty, I do not agree with at all. No, “Cassandra’s,” case remains what it is, and no more. A better area of the State’s power to rally against, would be the State’s denials of an adult’s individual Right to decide when, and how it’s best to end their lives with dignity, and in the spirit of the personal liberties the Constitution itself champions.

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      1. Gary Miles January 10, 2015

        I’m mostly in agreement with you on this matter and in all honesty think the judge made the correct decision. There are lots of ways of looking at this subject, none of which are likely to matter. I have always questioned the laws when it comes to how it is applied under different circumstances. This case shows the odd hypocrisy of legal thinking (and I don’t see this as a political subject). Why is the age of consent 16 but choice about personal health not? This is just an example. Then again, in this case, there doesn’t seem to be any attempt to fix her health issues naturally and the Judge may see her decision as a form of suicide. Using this thinking, the Judge is certainly correct.

        In this case, I expect the pro-choice folks to remain mostly silent. I expect pro-lifers to use this against them down the road (I hold no position on abortion other than it’s none of my business). That should be fun to follow, if nothing else. I’m with the Judge in this case. I wonder what will happen the day she turn’s 18? I guess we will hear about it, maybe she will change her mind and choose to fight the cancer and live. Let’s all hope so!

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        1. charleo1 January 10, 2015

          Okay, is the occasion of you and I mostly agreeing on a subject, a sign we should probably be preparing for the apocalypse, or some other great cataclysmic event? Checked the Mayan Calendar. Nothing there since 2012. The Doomsday Clock remains un-changed, a few clicks short of Midnight. Still a huge asteroid may have just received a very unfortunate nudge out there somewhere…..

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          1. Gary Miles January 10, 2015

            ROFLMAO! Nothing wrong with agreement. All the media whores from both sides of the political spectrum were too busy with the France issue to convolute this subject. I we could discuss subjects without that outside influence, you would be quite surprised at how much we could agree on. I haven’t been much of a political person, more of a “mind my own business” person. I have been reading articles here for quite sometime. Probably well over a year, not quite sure. I read lots of stuff from different site of all political views. To be honest, my opinion is that not one Right leaning or Left leaning site is honest, AT ALL.

            It’s winter and colder than normal this past week, I would have preferred to have been bow hunting deer all week. This morning was 8 below with a wind chill somewhere close to 30 below. 20 years ago, I might have given it a go, I have the equipment. Not now, too old for that young man stuff. So I thought I’d comment here, since I read the articles and pass some time. I’m not to impressed with how people communicate with one another. I have found myself playing the same game in defense, which I’m not happy with myself for acting in such a matter, I’m better than that. Calling people disrespectful names just because one’s opinion is different baffles me. I’ve been attacked by perfect strangers who I nothing about and they know nothing about me (not physically, but I’m sure you know what I mean).

            Where is this mindset coming from and why does it seem that we have to fight each other over dumb issues that none of us have any control over? I’ve been called racist, although I probably have far more friends of color than the person that makes that claim by 100 fold.. I don’t even know a racist, personally. I’ve never really met one, regardless of skin color. As a Union rep for the Teamsters in the 2000’s at a large hospital, I represented many blacks, and in one case, the white manager was demoted for trying to pin her mistake on a young lady who was doing what she was told. I never once thought of skin color as any part of the whole experience. The young black woman, around 22 years old was pregnant and due in days. She was married and a great employee since she became employed there 3 years earlier. The whole issue had me so pissed off I actually raised my voice in the meeting with management, because they wanted to fire her. I had a personal rule about raising my voice in these meetings, but being a redhead took over and I basically went off. I really dislike dishonesty.

            In the end, the young girl gave birth to a beautiful baby girl (in the same hospital we worked), she kept her job and got a raise. The manager has managed since. That was 2009. I’m not sure why I’m even telling you all of this. It just seems like the right thing to do at the moment. We may not agree on to many political subjects, but I’m hoping to at least add to my list of folks who are willing to chat respectfully about the many subjects that come about. It’s so much more fulfilling to share opinions without the insane name calling. I really prefer to talk with grown ups, not immature cowards who would never say what they say online face to face. You in?

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      2. ExRadioGuy15 January 10, 2015

        Here in Oregon, we had a few cases in the past seven years or so where religious nuts would refuse to let their kids see a doctor for a treatable malady and those kids died from the lack of medical care. Church leaders, the Attorney General of the state and the State Legislature ended up with a law: if the child is under the age of 16, they must be taken to the doctor. However, once the child reaches that age, it is then up to the child as to whether he/she wants medical treatment or not. All states should pass similar laws.

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        1. charleo1 January 10, 2015

          I was not aware of this. Do you know if it was the Church leaders, the AG. or the State Legislature,
          who was most instrumental in passing what was
          I’m sure a lowering of the age of consent limitation?
          I’m not sure I agree. As 16 is still very young for such weighty, and possibly very complicated decisions. Although I do like the libertarian direction of Oregon’s decriminalization of pot. And the State’s creation of a process for legally assisted suicide. Very forward thinking.

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          1. ExRadioGuy15 January 10, 2015

            What happened was that the Attorney General made a deal with the Church first, then, the Legislature passed a law in the next session. And, “Firebagger” direction is not the way Oregon is going. Progressive/Liberal, yes…but not Firebagger. Firebaggers are too much like Republicans, anyway

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          2. charleo1 January 11, 2015

            Thanks! I had to read the origin of “Firebaggers.”
            I agree! So, double thanks!

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  6. ExRadioGuy15 January 10, 2015

    It took two DAYS for the FRWNJs of the Republican Party to link the French terror attacks to Benghazi?!? What took them so long! LMAO
    Therein lies just one of many examples as to why I can correctly say that one of the 10 Tenets of the GOP is insanity….

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    1. Michael Ross January 11, 2015

      It’s #2 on their list of values, right after hypocrisy.

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      1. ikihi January 19, 2015

        cnn and msnbc still spew “hands up don’t shoot” the biggest lie in history

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        1. dpaano January 30, 2015

          Please crawl back in your hole and leave intelligent conversation up to people who actually KNOW what they’re talking about. You’re just showing your gross ignorance with every post!

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  7. DoctorFaustroll January 10, 2015

    Things could be worse. We could have a representative democracy. Oh wait, my bad.

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  8. Independent1 January 10, 2015

    What makes Rush’s comments about Obama and Benghazi even more stupid and outlandish, is that the Muslim suspect brought to America for supposedly masterminding the attack, says that the video was in fact a factor in prompting the attack.

    See this:

    Benghazi Suspect Says Anti-Muslim Video WAS a Factor

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ba0ffnOC79s

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  9. Michael Ross January 11, 2015

    Hey Rush, where’s the bathroom?
    “BENGHAZI!”

    Hey Rush, what’s your favorite movie?
    “BENGHAZI!”

    Hey Rush, what’s your middle name?
    “BENGHAZI!”

    Hey Rush, what do you want for dinner?
    “BENGHAZI!”

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    1. ikihi January 19, 2015

      democrats are the party of hate

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  10. Frank KIng January 12, 2015

    The right wing’s continuing affair with Benghazi is just a cover for their gross criminal negligence prior to and during the attack on our own soil murdering 2983 of our people at work and unwillingness to accept responsibility and accountability for it. . Benghazi occured in an area of the world where wild Jihadists and crazed religious fundamentalists are more than willing to murder their own as well as foreigners. The only way Limbaugh and the right wing can “scapegoat” this incident is with their talent for hypocrisy.

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    1. dpaano January 30, 2015

      Apparently, Limpdick didn’t read the entire report….it clearly stated that the Benghazi chaos DID have some starting points with the movie, although it escalated from there by terrorists in the area who felt this would be a great opportunity.

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  11. atc333 January 13, 2015

    What else would Yoho expect? After all, Boehner is a Republican, Paypack is an ingrained response to any attempts to change the party, good or bad. Look at what happened during the Bush II adminsitration.

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    1. ikihi January 19, 2015

      democrats couldn’t run a lemonade stand

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      1. atc333 January 19, 2015

        But unlike the GOP under Reagan, Bush I, and Bush II with 10 Trillion in tax cuts for job creators deficits, and the Bush II Economic meltdown, , the Democrats have proven they can run this country, quite well.

        I have no problems with the Democrats not being able to run a lemonade stand.

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        1. dpaano January 30, 2015

          If they did, they wouldn’t just “run” it….they’d OWN it!!!

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      2. dpaano January 30, 2015

        Gee, I don’t know why not….it would be the perfect job for them!

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  12. Wedge Shot January 13, 2015

    WTF? Benghazi? Limbaugh has indeed lost what little mind he had left after abusing drugs.

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    1. ikihi January 19, 2015

      democrats always take his quotes out of context

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      1. dpaano January 30, 2015

        Why would we, as intelligent people, listen to his show! It’s ridiculous and nonsensical! So many sponsors have dropped out of his show…it’s amazing that he’s still on the air!

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  13. ikihi January 19, 2015

    democrats are the party of hate and racism

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    1. dpaano January 30, 2015

      Sure they are….and that’s why all the crazies listed above are Republicans!

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  14. dpaano January 30, 2015

    It just boggles my mind where these guys (and gals) come up with this nonsense!!! Don’t they realize how ridiculous they sound? It’s the “Conservative conscience,” which is an oxymoron in my way of thinking.

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