Pfizer, Walmart, Apple Claim Religious Objection to Paying Taxes
The world's most profitable companies banded together today to note that their religions look upon paying taxes as "an abomination in God's eyes." The announcement came just minutes after the Supreme Court ruled that private for-profit companies can opt out of laws requiring them to do that which they find religiously objectionable, because "corporations are people, too," according to Justice Alito.
The decision pertained to an arts and crafts company, Hobby Lobby, an absolutely ridiculous name, owned by a family who religiously objected to methods of contraception which they mistakenly decided cause abortions.
Exxon Mobil announced that it had religious objections to cleaning up oil spills. It also announced that, as a person, it would appreciate it if people would be courteous enough to hold the door for it when it was rushing to get on the elevator. It added that it was fairly certain that some people actually punched the "close doors" button just to prevent it from getting on.
Companies all over the world revealed that they had deeply religious affiliations holding that government regulation is "against God's will," and that God believed that the market will take care of everything. "That's why He created it," said Samsung, who was on its way to pick up a sandwich at a local deli.
Chase Manhattan Bank explained that God wanted it to do whatever it wanted to do without government interference, and that from now on, it would be charging a minimum of 30% interest on loans and delinquent credit card payments from now on. It also noted that it would indeed threaten to break anyone's legs who didn't "give the dough to Vinny when I send him around."
Felicity Daniels of Minnesota criticized the Supreme Court decision, because, among other things, corporations are always eating off her plate when they go out to dinner, or bragging about their kids in annoyingly loud cell phone calls when she's behind them in line at the supermarket.
"Now they'll just be insufferable," she sighed.
Bush, Cheney, GOP Call Upon Obama To Invade Iraq Again
In the wake of new violence in Iraq, Former President Bush, Dick Cheney, and other Republican leaders called upon President Obama to "exercise the same good judgment that we did when we went into Iraq in the first place." They insisted that Obama should send U.S. military forces into Iraq immediately.
Bush told reporters that Obama should "emmuhlate" his decision in 2005 to invade Iraq again, noting that "whoever has been in charge of Iraq for the past ten years sure has made a mess of it."
Sen. John McCain (R. - Hypocrisy) faulted Obama for failing to overcome Iraqi President Nouri al-Malik's refusal to permit U.S. troops to stay past 2011. "He should have sent the troops over to al-Malik's house to make him 'an offer could not refuse,'" McCain told reporters. When reporters laughed, McCain responded angrily, saying, "I'm serious."
Americans in all of the red states agreed, faulting Obama. The opinion of Ted Filibuster of Kansas is typical: "I don't know why we don't take over the whole fucking Middle East," he said, adding that the U.S. would be better off fighting wars in Iraq, Iran, Syria, Egypt, Libya, Afghanistan, and EuroDisney. "The troops could get R&R at EuroDisney when they need it," he offered.
Dick Cheney agreed.
N.B. Dick Cheney never disappoints: five days after I wrote this, he and his diaghter Liz penned an editorial in the Wall Street Journal saying of Obama, ""Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many." I thought he was finally apologizing for George W. Bush.
Republicans Proposing New "Some Men Left Behind" Rule
Republicans in both the House and the Senate are considering legislation that will require the government to evaluate the worth of soldiers before deciding whether or not to rescue or recover them.
"The Bowe Bergdahl trade has made it clear that we should reconsider this "No Man Left Behind" rule, said Sen. Kelly Ayote (R. - N.H.). In response, Ayote proposed creating panel of conservative Republicans to review what they call a soldier's "liberty credentials." The ratings given any particular soldier would not be subjective, she insisted, but instead based on a point system. For instance, the point system would take into account the physical appearance of the soldier's parents; as an example, soldiers whose fathers have frightening beards would lose ten points.
Speaker of the House John Boehner agreed, noting that "it's clearly not worth risking the lives of a bunch of good god-fearing soldiers on, say, an atheist."
It is uncertain how most Americans feel about the proposal. A survey found that a majority of Americans were too busy watching reality television to answer questions on the subject.
Colbert Explains How Diabolically Evil Hillary Clinton Is
Ohhhh, she's clever:
NJ Port Authority Chief Admits He Diverted Malaysian Plane
During tense questioning by investigators into the closure of lanes on the George Washington Bridge, the Chief of the New Jersey Port Authority, David Samson, suddenly blurted out that he had diverted the missing Malaysian plane. "Oops," he said.
He said that he and his "minions" had diverted the plane as an experiment to see whether the technique he and his team used could be applied to planes carrying New Jersey officials who failed to back Christie during his 2013 re-election campaign.
He declined to describe the technique that he and his group of "henchmen" used, saying that he was applying for a patent on it.
Samson refused to elaborate on the location of the missing plane "on the advice of my attorneys," he said.
Malaysia Misplaces Search and Rescue Teams
The Malaysian government today revealed that it was not sure where its search and rescue teams were and that they and lost radio contact with them entirely. "We are not really sure where we sent them," said Idris Jala, a Malaysian government official.
Jala admitted that they had given the search and rescue teams so many conflicting accounts of where the missing Malaysian plane was last seen or was expected to be, that the government itself had lost track of all of the locations. "They could be anywhere, really," said Jala.
Search and rescue teams are now searching for the missing search and rescue teams. To prevent the government from losing the new search and rescue teams, they have been equipped with the same flags on long sticks that Malaysian tour guides use to assist tourists in find them in crowded museums.
"Those always work," Minister of Tourism Ng Yen Yen stated. "We haven't lost a tour group in weeks."
What are you giving up for Lent? I'm giving up hoping. . .
I'm giving up hoping that the Democratic Party grows a spine.
Obama to Delay Affordable Care Act Until Cancer Cured and Pigs Fly
President Barack Obama issued an executive order today delaying the implementation of the Affordable health Care Act indefinitely, saying he wanted to delay its implementation long enough to give voters a chance to forget that it ever existed.
"There have been some headaches in implementing the Act," said Obama, "and we want people to be able to get treatment for those headaches under the insurance plans they have now." Obama urged those without insurance to go to their local hospital emergency rooms.
While often hailed as the signature achievement of his administration, critics have claimed that the Act puts onerous requirements on small businesses, large businesses, multinational corporations and "other people," as Senator Mitch McConnell put it.
More to come....
Ten Thirteen Fifteen GOP Demands to Avoid Government Shutdown
1) Defund Obamacare.
2) Require that every freshman congressperson wear a beanie with a propeller during their first year in office.
3) Require that every child eat his or her peas.
4) Eliminate Medicare.
5) End Welfare.
6) Do away with any other government program ending in "care" or "are."
7) Get rid of any other government program that is, like those other programs, supported by a majority of Americans.
8) Drown government in a bathtub.
9) If you can't drown government in a bathtub, just start with the Senate Majority Leader and work your way up.
10) Crown Senator Ted Cruz King and make Rep. Eric Cantor his Queen (who will also be known as "his bitch.") A bunch of other Senators can also be crowned queens. They know who they are.
11) Every Tuesday in Congress will henceforth be Bingo night.
12) Rename the Navy Bean Soup served in the Congressional Commissary "Our Brave Men and Women of the Armed Forces Who Place Themselves in Harm's Way Every Day to Protect Our Liberties" Bean Soup. Anyone who opposes this is a communist.
13) Tilt the country on its side so that all the poor people slide off into the sea.
14) Make that horrible rap and community-threatening hip hop illegal.
15) Reshoot Breaking Bad so it's about a teacher who gets cancer and decides not to cook meth, but instead decides to rely on his Healthcare Savings Account, which he's built up to $5000 over the course of the preceding three years. Make it have a happy ending and make it seem like it at least makes the slightest bit of sense.
U.S. Military Apparently Run by Very Horny People, Says FBI
The FBI today revealed that an investigation which had first revealed that CIA Chief General Petraeus was having one or two affairs, or possibly six, has now implicated other military figures in what an FBI spokesman called "ridiculous amounts of sex."
"It seems that America's military leaders are almost as insatiable as members of Congress," Special Agent Vilmos Zladek told the press.
The FBI has been investigating to see, among other things, if improper relations between high ranking officials and civilians had resulted in the disclosure of sensitive information.
"What we're concerned with here is security, yes, but also a complete lack of productivity," said Zladek. FBI agents have discovered tens of thousands of pages containing emails between General John Allen, the top military officer in Afghanistan and Jill Kelly, an extremely buxom socialite from Tampa, prompting agents to wonder how General Allen had time to do anything else -- for instance, to direct military operations in Afghanistan, walk, or shave. The FBI has not yet concluded whether Allen was having an affair with Kelly because it is possible, Zladek noted, that they were too busy writing emails to have sex with one another.
Lily Fitzsimmons of Little Brisket, Wisconsin, agreed that the FBI was right to investigate Petraus, who is married with children; Broadwell, who is married with children; Kelly, who is married but with whom children refuse to be associated; and other military figures. "I'm actually not so worried about the security implications or whether these people were really doing their jobs," she said. "I'm concerned with whether these people have the capacity to think, feel, or reason."
The Romney Tax Plan, Explained.
I finally understand it, thanks to the fine people who set up this site.
HT to Larry Ray of The iHandbill.
Legitimate Rapists Back Akin
A new group calling itself the Association of Legitimate Rapists has publically endorsed Senate candidate Todd Akin and, in fact, the entire Republican party and platform. "Republicans are the party of legitimate rapists," said spokesman Mark Futter, " and probably, in fact, rapists everywhere."
After Akin's recent remarks on abortion -- that "legitimate rape rarely results in pregnancy" -- the association immediately made large contributions to the RNC, Mr Akin's campaign, and very large secret donations to SuperPacs run by Karl Rove and the Koch brothers. "We have to get behind these people," said legitimate rapist Steven McDonald. "These people are behind us; we have to get behind them." It was unclear whether McDonald's remarks were an expression of support or intimate desire.
There has been some controversy surrounding Akin's remarks, including great criticism from scientists (that pregnancy occurs at the same rate among criminally sexual practitioners as it does among consenting adults), women (that there is no such thing as a "legitimate rapist") and women scientists (that Todd Akin is a complete moron).
In response to calls for Akin to withdraw from the Senate race, fellow congressman Steve King, a prominent leader of the Republican party, expressed continued support for Akin and his candidacy. "I know that legitimate rapists exist," said King. "For one thing, they have an association."
Guns Don't Kill People, People with Freely Available Automatic Weapons with 100 Bullet Drum Magazines Do
Opinions You Should Have joins the scores of gun enthusiasts who insist that, if Colorado allowed its citizens to carry concealed weapons, there would have been far less bloodshed in Aurora -- not counting the additional people who would have been shot by civilians attempting to shoot the assailant in the dark in a completely crowded theater filled by panicked people trying to escape.
This has been an Opinions You Should Have incredibly brief editorial.
Romney Calls New Jobs Report "Very Disappointing"; Wishes More Had Been Laid Off
Mitt Romney told Fox News earlier that he found today's jobs report extremely disappointing, because the unemployment rate was simply not high enough to promote growth in American businesses.
"We all know the key to growing America's corporations is cutting the fat," Romney said. "Laying off lots and lots of workers is the key to maximizing profits and getting this economy back on its feet."
Romney explained that he wanted to help American workers by laying them off and giving them a robust economy where they could consume more goods and prop up more CEOs, "because well paid business executives are the people who create companies that create jobs that people can be laid off from."
George Poppadopomous, a former worker who lost his job last month, angrily questioned Romney outside the Fox News studios. "Can't you think of a better way to grow the economy besides firing workers?" he asked.
"Absolutely," answered Romney. " You can also cut medical benefits."
News from Yesteryear
BreakThruRadioTV reminds us that, in politics, January already seems like a long, long time ago.