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Friday, January 22, 2021

The Lincoln Project is well known for its attacks on President Donald Trump. But after the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, the group has turned its attention to another well-known politician: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

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Cruz makes McCarthy look like a choirboy. He makes my skin crawl. He's the epitome of what I hate about living in Texas. Stupid, backwards, hateful, purposely ignorant, and proud of it.

#1 | Posted by madscientist at 2021-01-22 06:21 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

While proclaiming to be a Christian, his god is actually money. Another Texan trait that makes me ill.

Keep those gigantic F250s coming and the McMansions erecting.

#2 | Posted by madscientist at 2021-01-22 06:23 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

It will be appropriate to film anti-Cruz ads in a reptile house.

#3 | Posted by Zed at 2021-01-22 07:17 AM | Reply | Funny: 4

Or as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman said in Full Metal Jacket: "[He is] nothing but [an] unorganized grab-asstic piece of amphibian s--t!"

#4 | Posted by madscientist at 2021-01-22 08:49 AM | Reply

Incidentally, my first vehicle was a '72 Chevy 1500 Stepside with a straight 6 engine. It got a whopping 9 miles to the gallon. It had the old-style standard H shift on the column. It actually had a wooden bed in the back. I got it for $1000. It was bright orange/red and at least once a week someone would ask to buy it from me.

The point is, that standard Chevy 1500 full-sized pickup would look like a toy compared to the ridiculously oversized pickups for sale now. They're so big they can barely fit into a parking space. It makes my '02 Chevy Ranger XLT look like a kids ride at a carnival.

Weren't we supposed to try to get off foreign oil. Even though there is a ------- of it still in the ground, it's a non-renewable resource we're wasting. It's stupid.

#5 | Posted by madscientist at 2021-01-22 09:00 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

While proclaiming to be a Christian,

I'd like to think of the christian right as mostly being people that were easily lied into believing these asshats represent the teachings of Christ, but in the past 20 years the "Christian" right have become a hateful bigoted mob that would more likely drive you off the road into a canyon than turn the other cheek.

Anointing a rapist, liar, thief, cheater, philanderer, sexual assaulter, hateful bigot as their savior in 2016 was the final nail in their coffin.

The pastor on the Sunday before election day made this part of his homily "If you do not vote for Donald Trump, don't bother to come to church here again." I made sure to tell him on my way out that I will be taking myself, my family and my tithing elsewhere from now on. Last week I got a phone call from our parish outreach program asking if we were okay that we have not been in church for a while (their way of saying "we miss your weekly check") and I told them what the pastor said and my response. Their response was "Oh he didn't mean it". I told them I want a public apology by him in his homily specifically for that comment. He so far has refused.

#6 | Posted by Nixon at 2021-01-22 10:45 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

No one likes him Cruz-I-am.

Not in the Senate or the House

No one likes him with a mouse!

Not with my pet goat or on a boat

No ones like Trumptilians that gloat.

Especially when he reads green eggs and ham.

No one likes him Cruz-I-am.

#7 | Posted by donnerboy at 2021-01-22 10:57 AM | Reply

#6

Nor should you ever go back to that church and I hope you never do.

Literally your ex pastor worships Satan himself.

#8 | Posted by bocaink at 2021-01-22 11:00 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Death by a thousand cuts.

#9 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2021-01-22 11:10 AM | Reply

Metaphorically speaking of course... not really do it... althooooooough...

#10 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2021-01-22 11:12 AM | Reply

Keep those gigantic F250s coming and the McMansions erecting.

#2 | POSTED BY MADSCIENTIST

That was my biggest beef when I lived there.

It's amazing how often you'd drive by large tracts of land that were clear cut and bulldozed to put up developments filled with the same four house plans.

The best, though, was people I knew who demanded gas be kept cheap (even by foreign interventions militarily) because they wanted it to be cheap to fill their full sized pickup that was clean enough to eat of off.

#11 | Posted by jpw at 2021-01-22 11:39 AM | Reply

JPW, you're absolutely right. They don't realize our massive military especially the US Navy is there to protect oil tankers from being piratized on the high seas. Imagine all the money that's spent to do this. People just don't know how to connect the dots, or simply don't care.
They want the biggest ------- vehicle they can afford and the biggest, but in actuality shoddiest built house they can afford. They extend themselves with ridiculously high mortgages, car payments, credit cards, etc. Living check-to-check, getting little sleep worrying about bills, etc.

#12 | Posted by madscientist at 2021-01-22 11:46 AM | Reply

Lincoln Project? So are they actually emulating Lincoln by admitting that racist talk is fine as long as your actions are right? Lincoln was a big racist and said many racist things on record. He should be emulated because actions are what matters, words are words and don't hurt anyone unless that person allows the words to hurt them. It wasn't until the 21st century that Liberals started wanting to control speech that diminished Lincoln's legacy. So you either accept that Lincoln's rhetoric is OK because his actions were what mattered or you accept that Dems think Lincoln is a racist POTUS who should be cancelled. You can't have it both ways.

#13 | Posted by humtake at 2021-01-22 12:03 PM | Reply | Funny: 3

Re 13

Poor hummer. The Lincoln project done kicked his rumpy so hard he don't know which way is up. Left him just a babbling pile of poo wondering what happened.

And No...YOU don't get it the way YOU want it it for the next 2 years.

Have you heard the news yet? I hear it travels slow on the Qanon wires. But sorry. Trumpy lost. Elections matter remember?

So we get it our way. For at least 2 years.

Maybe 4 or even 8 years if Biden & Co do as well as I think they will.
enjoy!

#14 | Posted by donnerboy at 2021-01-22 12:15 PM | Reply | Funny: 2 | Newsworthy 2

Lincoln Project? So are they actually emulating Lincoln by admitting that racist talk is fine as long as your actions are right? Lincoln was a big racist and said many racist things on record. He should be emulated because actions are what matters, words are words and don't hurt anyone unless that person allows the words to hurt them. It wasn't until the 21st century that Liberals started wanting to control speech that diminished Lincoln's legacy. So you either accept that Lincoln's rhetoric is OK because his actions were what mattered or you accept that Dems think Lincoln is a racist POTUS who should be cancelled. You can't have it both ways.

#13 | Posted by humtake

The project was named for the time back when republicans had principles. It's meant to remind everyone how far your hateful racist cult has fallen since the times when it actually stood for something ethical and good.

The fact that the name upsets you so much means it's working.

#15 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-01-22 12:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Lincoln Project? So are they actually emulating Lincoln by admitting that racist talk is fine"

Protip: They're Republicans.

#16 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-01-22 12:30 PM | Reply

Anyone that can lick the balls of the man who publicly called his wife ugly is not worth the oxygen he breathes.

#17 | Posted by Nixon at 2021-01-22 12:31 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Even if she really is ugly?

I'll accept Eberly's answer.

#18 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-01-22 12:38 PM | Reply

A man who will not defend his wife over cheap insults leveled against her by an orange-faced loudmouth deserves to be reviled, at home and out of doors. Rafael Cruz is certainly out for only himself. He watched Trump's conduct, and thinks that by going one better in all areas of life that he can capture votes from a mouth-breathing, illiterate red-hat mob.

The age-old system of running scoundrels out of town on aa rail should be revived in the case of this awful person...

#19 | Posted by catdog at 2021-01-22 01:16 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

"The pastor on the Sunday before election day made this part of his homily "If you do not vote for Donald Trump, don't bother to come to church here again."

^
That church needs to have their tax exempt status revoked.

#20 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-01-22 01:34 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

They aren't a church, they are a political action group.

#21 | Posted by Corky at 2021-01-22 01:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I think the pastor has a right to speak his mind. Does he have that right from the pulpit? As long as the congregation puts up with it. This pastor however IMHO effectively proved himself to be un-Christian. Both in stating his direction to his flock and his inability to recognize his failure as a Christian after. He is the exact type of person that is too typical in all religions. In short the man is either not a true Christian or has gone astray. Certainly not someone to listen too.

To be clear, I do not consider myself religious at all. I have done an amateur's bit of study on religions and religious history. While the message of Christ was something I wish people would listen to the religion that followed is all about power of man over fellow man. You can find fine pastors and priests who are and act as Christians. Knowing a few personally, I think they are more the exception than the rule though.

#22 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2021-01-22 04:13 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"You can't have it both ways."

Absolute nonsense, Lincoln spoke in the way people spoke back then. We have since decided that certain words denigrate an entire race and society, not just Democrats, have decide that is is exptremely crass and disrespectful to use such words.

#23 | Posted by danni at 2021-01-22 04:14 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"I think the pastor has a right to speak his mind."

Absolutely. And if he wants to engage in political activity and break down the wall between church and state, then then he can pay taxes to secure that right. Just like the rest of us.

#24 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-01-22 04:18 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"In short the man is either not a true Christian or has gone astray."

I agree with this too.

But you must understand, the Court is never going to establish some kind of litmus test for what makes someone a "True Christian." Doing so is just asking for problems.

#25 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-01-22 04:20 PM | Reply

"I think the pastor has a right to speak his mind."

Absolutely.

Yup. Why do republicans always seem to forget about the responsibility part for and the consequences of our actions.

It's against the law so that pastor has the right to the consequences of his actions like we all do. If you turn him in. Too bad they never seem to fine churches or hold them responsible for violating that particular tax law.

The law for churches that is supposed to prevent them from "directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office". (www.clergytaxnet.com)

Americans have the right to hold them accountable.

Like Americans have the right to hold Trumpy responsible for the consequences of his actions and the consequences of his speaking to and inciting a riotous mob to attack the US capitol on Jan 6, 2021.

Another date that will now live in infamy.

#26 | Posted by donnerboy at 2021-01-22 06:03 PM | Reply

Some of us actually work our F250. Mine pulls a 3400# trailer plus never less than 1200# up to 2000# in the bed 5 days a week. Funny thing is, I get the same awesome 8-9 MPG loaded, or empty....just takes longer to get places loaded.

#27 | Posted by LiquidCake at 2021-01-22 06:03 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Some of us actually work our F250.

As a percentage, how many do you think that would be? Rough guess? Out of all sold?

#28 | Posted by REDIAL at 2021-01-22 06:16 PM | Reply

Liquidcake, I had in mind a skinny 100 lb woman or a 140 lb man double-parking at WalMart or Pier 1. Maybe they have a big assed boat or camper they use it for, but damn, they damn-near need a step ladder to get into the thing.

I used to work with a guy that made the observation: Every time you see a woman in a big ass SUV, they're always fine as hell. I tested his observation and he was correct in about 90% of the cases. I laugh every time I see it now.

I just don't understand the obsession with huge vehicles with 5.7 Liter V8s to go shopping or picking up some shirts from the cleaners in.

#29 | Posted by madscientist at 2021-01-22 06:39 PM | Reply

I just don't understand the obsession with huge vehicles with 5.7 Liter V8s to go shopping or picking up some shirts from the cleaners in.

Safety is the marketing ploy. You are risking your children's lives if you get in a collision with a larger vehicle.

#30 | Posted by REDIAL at 2021-01-22 07:00 PM | Reply

You are risking your children's lives if you get in a collision with a larger vehicle.

Which is why we should all be driving tanks.

#31 | Posted by ClownShack at 2021-01-22 07:07 PM | Reply

Which is why we should all be driving tanks.

I always think that when I see people raving about huge upticks in gun purchases by first time buyers.

Do they not grasp that once everyone has one no one has an advantage?

And before anyone starts with the "You have to know how to use it" crap, just shut up.

#32 | Posted by REDIAL at 2021-01-22 07:15 PM | Reply

I kinda like the idea of a Simon and Simon bumper on the front of my Ford Ranger.

#33 | Posted by madscientist at 2021-01-22 07:16 PM | Reply

arms races always end well

#34 | Posted by truthhurts at 2021-01-22 07:17 PM | Reply

Simon and Simon

Argh. Sometimes the past is best forgotten.

#35 | Posted by REDIAL at 2021-01-22 07:19 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

I just don't understand the obsession with huge vehicles with 5.7 Liter V8s to go shopping or picking up some shirts from the cleaners in.
#29 | POSTED BY MADSCIENTIST

You didn't play with Tonka trucks when you were a kid?
This is the grown-up version.
It's really that simple.

#36 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-01-22 08:08 PM | Reply

As a percentage, how many do you think that would be? Rough guess? Out of all sold?

#28 | POSTED BY REDIAL AT 2021-01-22 06:16 PM | REPLY | FLAG:

It used to be 65-70% a few decades back. Now days, I don't know, 50%.

I worked at a large Ford dealership in my 20's. Fleet sales are the bulk of F250/350/450 sales. Somewhere, I had read recently (last year) Ford was planning to cease production of passenger cars and focus on trucks, but I still see cars in the dealerships.

#37 | Posted by LiquidCake at 2021-01-22 08:13 PM | Reply

F250s and above are far more likely to be work trucks than F150s.

I'd guess about 10% of F150s on the road today are work trucks.

Top Gear had a statistic several years ago. If you took all F150s ever built and lined them up, the line would circle the earth twice. Kicker is, thats lined up door to door, not bumper to bumper.

#38 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-01-22 08:21 PM | Reply

I just don't understand the obsession with huge vehicles with 5.7 Liter V8s to go shopping or picking up some shirts from the cleaners in.

#29 | POSTED BY MADSCIENTIST AT 2021-01-22 06:39 PM

Fashion.

I take pleasure in knowing their ride is very rough. It takes a load in the bed of about 1000#'s before the ride begins to smooth out enough that you start to feel you won't need a kidney transplant at 40K miles. :)

#39 | Posted by LiquidCake at 2021-01-22 08:22 PM | Reply

"I always think that when I see people raving about huge upticks in gun purchases by first time buyers"

Now that's a 10-4. (Sorry that's all I've got. I was just a kid in the 70s)

I just don't understand the mindset.

Who sees a society arming itself up in fear of the worst, and thinks it hooray!
How does this bode well for the future, near or long term?

Can anyone explain that to me?

I have my theories.

But I'd really like someone who takes pride in increased gun sales to tell me why it's such good news.

#40 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-01-22 08:29 PM | Reply

F250s and above are far more likely to be work trucks than F150s.

That's a fair point. F-150s and their GM/Ram equivalents sell way more and come in much higher trim levels since they ride better and you don't need much more to haul a boat or RV down a highway.

In my world, the big 250/350 brute trucks are either used by industrial contactors to pack equipment or overpaid kids to pack big tires and light bars. The only cargo the latter haul are little girls that like guys with big trucks.

#41 | Posted by REDIAL at 2021-01-22 08:30 PM | Reply

You didn't play with Tonka trucks when you were a kid?

Funnily enough, I had a bright yellow Tonka Forklift that was built Ford tough. Little did I know that 14 years later I'd be driving the real thing for hours around a chemical warehouse loading tractor trailers.

#42 | Posted by madscientist at 2021-01-22 08:37 PM | Reply

"But I'd really like someone who takes pride in increased gun sales to tell me why it's such good news."

Why? You can't read between the lines? Or just read Boaz. He's never been circumspect about his fetish for the opportunity to murder his fellow countrymen.

#43 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2021-01-22 08:43 PM | Reply

I'd guess about 10% of F150s on the road today are work trucks.

Define work truck lol.

The two people I'm thinking of mostly drive their trucks to work.

One is a civil engineer who drives to an office. I guess occasionally a work site? Truck is clean enough to eat off.

Other drives to a helipad in LA to fly offshore. So he drives 8 hours to and from work in an extended cab, 8ft bed Chevy.

Not work trucks I would assume?

#44 | Posted by jpw at 2021-01-23 09:55 AM | Reply

Truck Bros are everywhere near me.
Why?
Cause you ain't a man if you ain't a Truck Bro, and you cain't be a Truck Bro if you ain't got no truck.

Ford's marketing department has to have one of those 'composite character of your target market' constructs:
"We call him Billy. He's 35 and he's willing to take out a second mortgage* for a totally awesome trim package on his F-150"

*Don't worry, Cody and Dakota are eating just fine. Now to be clear, those are the dogs, not the kids. The kids stay with Jenny's mom.

#45 | Posted by schifferbrains at 2021-01-23 10:37 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Define work truck lol.

I'd say if you could use a Toyota Yaris for the same function, it's not a work truck. I suppose "working truck" might be a better descriptor? I've been using a company Ram 1500 for over ten years but I don't consider it a "work truck". It's never had a hitch installed and the only thing that's ever been in the box is snow. It's just a vehicle that I use to go to work and back.

#46 | Posted by REDIAL at 2021-01-23 01:34 PM | Reply

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