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A Canadian in the White House? Ted Cruz Announces His Presidential Bid

Ted Cruz Presidential Bid

Senator Ted Cruz of Texas announced his bid for the Republican presidential nomination before a packed auditorium at Liberty University.

The Republican made it clear to the sea of youthful faces that individual liberty for all Americans* was the key theme of his presidential campaign announcement – although  attendance at the speech was mandatory for “Liberty” University students.

* Some restrictions apply. See candidate for details.

“God’s blessing has been on America from the very beginning of this nation, and I believe God isn’t done with America yet,” the Texas senator said. “I believe in you. I believe in the power of millions of courageous conservatives rising up to reignite the promise of America, and that is why today I am announcing that I am running for president of the United States.”

The rest of the speech covered the typical Tea Party talking points, with Cruz asking listeners to “imagine” an America run by him and his Evangelical Christian values.

“Imagine a president that finally, finally, finally secures the borders,” he said, and “imagine a simple flat tax,” before inviting the crowd to “imagine abolishing the IRS”.

Yes, “imagine” an American President who:

  • Denies that humans are contributing to climate change because it snowed in New Hampshire.
  • Wants to recriminalize abortion and shut down Planned Parenthood.
  • Incorrectly believes that emergency contraception causes abortions.
  • Thinks the possibility of Sharia Law being imposed on America is an “enormous problem” in the United States.
  • Supports the teaching of creationism in public schools
  • Calls same-sex marriage “tragic and indefensible.”
  • Would veto any gun control legislation even if it had the support of 90% of Americans
  • Tries to repeal Obamacare with quotes like this: “When Americans tried it, they discovered they did not like green eggs and ham and they did not like Obamacare either. They did not like Obamacare in a box, with a fox, in a house or with a mouse. It is not working.”

While Ted Cruz is a great candidate for those who don’t think Rand Paul is quite crazy enough for them, is he American enough to run for president?

Rafael Eduardo Cruz was born a proud Canadian to an American mother and a Cuban father before moving to the United States at the age of four. Does this mean the beloved birther movement will be reborn?

The answer is no. Because Cruz was born to at least one American citizen who had spent more than a year in the US, he is considered a natural born American citizen.

So then why all the birther nonsense when Obama ran for president? Even if he was born in Kenya, his mother was still American, right? Yes, but Obama is back and his middle name is Hussain… so things went a little differently.

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Cruz to the Future with the Ted Cruz Colouring Book… And Other News

Ted Cruz Colouring Book

Finally a comic colouring book about a real superhero: Ted Cruz!

Just in time for Christmas, Really Big Coloring Books, best known for their Islamophobic 9/11 children’s tales, has released a new comic colouring book featuring U.S. Senator Ted Cruz. The colouring book is described as “a non-partisan, fact-driven view of how Texas Sen. Rafael Edward ‘Ted’ Cruz became a U.S. senator and details, through his quotes and public information his ideas for what he believes will help America grow.” It also states that Ted Cruz’s failed stand against the Affordable Care Act “was so important because millions of citizens believe Obama Care is worse than any war. At least American soldiers have weapons with which to defend themselves.” Wait, is this a colouring book for children or a colouring book for illiterate Tea Party members? Think Progress

Clooney UkraineGeorge Clooney has a new non-Darfur, non-cocktail waitress related pet project: the Ukraine. The movie star released a one-minute YouTube video on Monday in support of the anti-government protesters in Ukraine. “We here in the United States have great affinity for those seeking democracy,” Clooney says in the video. “We learned through trial and error that true democracy cannot exist without a free and fair and honest election.” Praising the “brave citizens of Ukraine who are struggling to look forward and not back,” Clooney called on President Viktor Yanukovych to listen to the people of Ukraine, and hold “free and fair elections.” Or just send in more riot police. Either one works. MSNBC

saturday-rebecca-black-friday-sequelYesterday was Friday, today is Saturday! Or at least it is in Rebecca Black’s latest hit Saturday, the follow-up to 2011’s much-beloved/mocked Friday. Following the release of Friday, which was unanimously agreed upon as the worst song ever, Black left her California high school to be home-schooled after she was bullied for her music video. But things are about to change because… it’s Saturday! The viral star released her new video for Saturday on YouTube and it’s already racked up millions of views. Slightly more edgy than Friday’s waiting for the school bus theme, Saturday features plenty of twerking – just in case you needed the reminder that it was made in 2013. While not as offensive to the ears as Friday, Rebecca Black still doesn’t have anything on Canada’s Rojo Caliente. CTV News

Yingluck out of luckThai protesters finally got the best of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. After refusing to resign, Yingluck has caved amid country-wide protests and dissolved the nation’s parliament, calling for new elections. The anti-government protesters have accused Yingluck of running a puppet government – the pupper being Yingluck and the puppet master being her brother, former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who was removed from power by the military and convicted of corruption… The opposition parties are no fan of Yingluck and her powerful connections either. Thailand’s main opposition party announced its members would resign from Parliament and join the antigovernment demonstrations. New York Times

Singapore RiotRiots in Ukraine, riots in Thailand, and now riots in… Singapore? The notoriously obedient country experienced a rare riot on Sunday, sparked by the death of an Indian national. A 33-year-old man was hit and killed by a private bus in Singapore’s little India district (also known as hell on earth), prompting 400 foreign workers to take to the streets. The rioters set police cars and an ambulance on fire and threw railings at the police. 27 people were arrested and 18 people (mainly police officers) were injured after the Sunday incident. Police say it was the first rioting in Singapore for more than 30 years – which is not surprising considering the punishment is up to seven years in prison plus caning. BBC News

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The Apple Doesn’t Fall Too Far From The Cruz Family Tree

Rafael and Ted Cruz

It should really come as no surprise, but Rafael Cuz, the father of Senator and Anti-Obamacare Crusader Ted Cruz, is a little nuts.

Since his son’s rise to political fame, the Cuban-born evangelical minister Rafael Cruz, has been out and about promoting his son as a “political savior” and spewing other words of wisdom.

During his son’s Senate campaign last year, Rafael Cruz told a tea party group he thinks President Barack Obama is an “outright Marxist” who “seeks to destroy all concept of God.” He then urged the audience to send him “back to Kenya.” Interesting choice of words coming from an actual Cuban immigrant who actually fought for Communist Fidel Castro in the Cuban Revolution and has a Canadian-born son

In other clips found of the elder Cruz, he can be seen declaring America a “Christian Nation” and blasting Obama for being on the side of the Muslims.

Now, everyone gets embarrassed by the crap that their parents say every now and then – but not Ted Cruz. He considers his father a political asset and often cites the Cuban-born Rafael Cruz as an example of the American dream (the LEGAL American dream) when discussing immigration. And Ted Cruz doesn’t just use his father’s story for political gain – he also campaigns with him and lets him speak to tea party and Republican groups in Texas as his replacement.

Rafael Cruz has now because a Tea Party idol in his own right – and his craziness, extreme conservatism, and Christian fundamentalism show no signs of stopping. Just a few weeks ago he told a gathering of Republicans in Colorado that Obamacare mandates “suicide counseling” for the elderly, and that gay marriage is a plot to make “government your god.”

This explains a lot about Ted Cruz… I don’t think the apple even left the tree.

Via: Huffington Post

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NSA Head to Step Down… And Other News

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The NSA is getting re-branded!

Army General Keith Alexander will step down after eight years on top of the NSA. The White House downplayed suggestions that Alexander’s decision to retire was because of the damage done to the NSA’s reputation after the Edward Snowden leak fiasco. But there’s nothing like a fresh face to win over the American public! As for Keith Alexander, you can add in a happy retirement note to your next email – he’ll find it. Fox News

Wrecking ballBreaking news: Ted Cruz is a sore loser. As Minority Leader Mitch McConnell took to the Senate floor to announce the bipartisan compromise to end the shutdown, Cruz marched up to the TV cameras outside the Senate chamber and started complaining about the deal McConnell had just negotiated. After causing a mass amount of wreckage to his party, the economy, and his own political career, Ted Cruz still won’t let it go: “The American people rose up and spoke with an overwhelming voice and at least at this stage Washington isn’t listening to them,” Cruz said. “But this battle will continue.” Washington Post

stenographerAnother victim of the government shutdown: the House stenographer loses it! Amid all the chaos of the last-minute Senate deal to end the government shutdown and extend the debt ceiling, the House stenographer had what appeared to be a public mental breakdown. Dianne Foster Reidy calmly went up to a microphone and began screaming: “Do not be deceived. God shall not be mocked. A House divided cannot stand!” She was quickly escorted out by the Sergeant-at-Arms, leaving House members and aides speechless for the first time in two weeks. “I don’t know, she just snapped,” said a GOP aide. CNN

Exhume PresBrazil is bringing up the past – literally. The Latin American country is exhuming two former presidents, João Goulart and Juscelino Kubitschek, to settle the claim that they were assassinated in 1976. Digging up dead bodies is becoming quite the norm in Latin America. A Chilean judge recently ordered the body of poet and diplomat Pablo Neruda to be exhumed to determine whether or not he was poisoned. Francisco Caamaño, a guerrilla leader and former president of Domiincan Republic has also been ordered to return from the grave in order to be placed in Dominican Republic’s pantheon of heroes. And of course in 2010 Hugo Chávez famously dug up the remains of Simon Bolivar to try and prove that Colombians poisoned him. They did not. New York Times

AspergerMexican man with the autistic condition Asperger’s has won the right to make key decisions about his life without parental consent. Before the ruling, Mexican legislation banned him from doing simple tasks by himself, such as applying for a passport, and all papers had to be signed by his parents or legal guardians. But now he can do all the simple tasks he wants – without his parents approval! Now if only Britney Spears could do the same… BBC News

greenpeace actA week after Vladimir Putin lost the Nobel Prize to some chemical weapons inspectors, eleven Nobel prize-winners are asking the Russian president to drop the piracy charges against 30 Greenpeace activists and journalists. Are they trying to rub their prizes in his face or just trying to teach him how to win for next year? Either way, Russia isn’t budging. Message received: Moscow will not tolerate attempts to disrupt its development of its precious resource-rich Arctic. Reuters

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Current Event Cat of the Day: Rival Budget Plans

Current Event Cat - Rival Budgets

Because no one likes to work together, the two chambers of US Congress have been working separating to put together two rival budget plans to extend the debt limit and reopen the federal government.

The Democratic-dominated Senate spent all of Canadian Thanksgiving cursing Canada for giving them Ted Cruz and running a negotiation marathon. They are reportedly close to a deal but word on the street / common sense has it that the Republicans won’t be thrilled. The Senate measure would reopen the government through Jan. 15, thereby taking some of the pressure off the debt-ceiling crisis and its Oct 17 deadline. The Senate deal may also make a few concessions on the issue of Obamacare. The Senate proposal would invoke a two-year delay on a per-employee tax paid by companies and labour unions on workers’ healthcare plans.

“There are productive negotiations going on with the Republican leader,” Speaker Harry Reid said as he opened the Senate Tuesday. “I’m confident we’ll be able to reach a comprehensive agreement this week in time to avert a catastrophic default.”

However, Obama and the congressional Democrats have made it pretty clear that they are unwilling to negotiate changes to Obamacare… so we’ll see what happens there.

On the other side of the spectrum, House GOP leaders have crafted their own rival budget plan, which raises also the debt ceiling until January and (big surprise) modifies Obamacare. The counter plan involves suspending a new tax on medical devices used to pay for healthcare subsidies for two years.

But again, while the Republican’s rival budget plan is a far cry from the original assault on “Obamacare” that Tea Party enthusiasts demanded, Obama may not be willing to make any concessions on Obamacare.

Breaking Update: Obama just said no. The White House rejected the House’s proposal, labelling it an attempt to appease a small group of conservatives. Obama thought the Senate plan was ok though.

Luckily, Republicans have a backup plan to their rival budget plan: impeach Obama! At a Monday night Tea Party rally, Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst called for the president to be impeached. Dewhurst, who lost a Senate race to Ted Cruz, strongly believes Obama “should be held accountable for Washington’s failure to secure the border and the gross overreach of the federal government under Obamacare.” There’s only one small problem with this plan: disagreeing with a president’s policies or actions does not mean that they warrant impeachment. 

Via: BBC News & Current Event Cats

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Current Event Cat of the Day: Government Shutdown

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The U.S. government could shutdown on Tuesday if Congress can’t reach a deal on a temporary spending budget bill, costing more than 700,000 jobs and $200 million a day in the Washington area.

Looks like Senator Ted Cruz found something that was a bigger job killer than Obamacare: himself.

The Democrats and Republicans have been going back and forth on this bill – adding funding for Obamacare (Democrats), removing funding for Obamacare (Republicans), reciting children’s books for 21 hours for no reason (Ted Cruz), re-adding funding for Obamacare (Democrats), etc.

The political bickering isn’t just limited to Democrats vs. Republicans. Fighting has occurred within the Republican party as well, between those who hate Obamacare so much that they’d be willing to shutdown government and those who don’t hate it that much and realize that the economic and political consequences of a Republican-induced shutdown would probably be worse than requiring Americans get health insurance.

Congress has until midnight tonight to get their sh*t together and pass the temporary spending bill in order to avoid a shutdown and continue funding the federal government’s operations, employees, and services.

But as of now the ball is in the Senate’s court. At 2pm on Monday, the Senate will take up the House-approved spending bill, which delays implementing Obamacare for another year. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has already vowed to reject the House bill and its new amendments, saying “the American people will not be extorted by Tea Party anarchists” and any changes to Obamacare would be a deal-killer. So once again, they’ll take out the anti-Obamacare stuff and send it back to Congress. And this process will continue until the Republicans agree to it or until 12:01am when everything goes black.

And to make matters worse, the debt ceiling crisis is back and is far more worrisome than some temporary spending bill… but let’s just deal with one government showdown at a time.

Via: CNN & Current Event Cats

Ted Cruz’s Faux Filibuster Goes On and On and On and On…

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The Republicans (well, mainly Ted Cruz…) are at it again, trying to get rid of Obamacare once and for all. Their motto: if at first you don’t succeed, try again for the 42nd time.

Senator Ted Cruz is now into the second day of his marathon speech in an attempt to block Obamacare funding. The Texas Republican kept talking though Tuesday night, beating out Rand Paul’s epic 13-hour filibuster in March. Although technically Cruz’s all-nighter Obama health care rant isn’t really a filibuster – Wednesday’s Senate vote is happening whether he likes it or not. So I guess he’s just having a bit of fun grandstanding?

I intend to speak in support of de-funding Obamacare until I am no longer able to stand,” Cruz, sporting running shoes, said when he began his marathon speech on Tuesday afternoon.

Cruz has been leading the charge on the effort to defund Obama’s 2010 health care law and is determined to do it even if the entire government shuts down. Congress has until October 1 to pass a temporary budget bill to keep federal agencies running but Cruz is trying to tie de-funding Obamacare to the spending measure. The Democrat-controlled Senate will obviously take it out the defunding health care nonsense but when they send it back to the Republican house, who knows what will happen…

Well, there are only three things that can happen: The government shuts down because they can’t pass this thing, Obamacare gets defunded and Ted Cruz jizzes is pants, or everyone realizes Ted Cruz is a crazy Tea Bagger and the funding for Obamacare continues. Option 3 is most likely, especially considering many Republicans are already opposed Cruz’s plan and would rather avert a government shutdown than have one blow up in their faces.

And if they need any extra convincing that Ted Cruz might be a bit of a nutcase, they should just tune into his speech. Cruz started speaking Tuesday at 2:41 p.m and jumped right into comparing President Barack Obama’s health care reform law to slavery during the Civil War and Nazis during World War II. After repeatedly referring to Obamacare as a “jobs killer”, Cruz passed some time quoting Duck Dynasty as well as lyrics by country singer Toby Keith. Then he moved on to Dr. Seuss, reciting Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham on the Senate floor.

Green Eggs and Ham has some applicability, as curious as it may sound, to the Obamcare debate,” Cruz said once he had finished. Americans “did not like green eggs and ham, and they did not like Obamacare either.”

Hmm. I guess Ted Cruz never finished the book. The story ends with the narrator agreeing to try green eggs and ham, and guess what? He likes green eggs and ham! But Cruz is right about one thing – the story does have some applicability. It shows that Republicans are afraid that once the public actually tries Obamacare and all of the conservative horror stories don’t come true, the public will end up liking Obamacare.

Via: BBC News 

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Ted Cruz Doesn’t Want to be Canadian and Canadians Don’t Want to be Ted Cruz. And Other News…

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If Obama doesn’t have to be “Kenyan” then Ted Cruz doesn’t have to be Canadian!

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz said Monday that he will renounce his Canadian citizenship after a newspaper pointed out that he may still be a dual citizen. The Texas Republican and Tea Party favourite said “Nothing against Canada, but I’m an American by birth and as a U.S. Senator, I believe I should be only an American.” Ted Cruz was born in Calgary while his father was stationed there for work and moved back to America at the age of 4. Cruz is desperate to get rid of his “Canadian stigma” in anticipation of the 2016 Republican presidential primary. But considering the crap birthers put Obama through for having a Kenyan father (even though he was born in the US), Ted Cruz might have a bit of a ‘Blame Canada’ situation on his hands. CBC News

North Korea MethNorth Korea has a meth problem. This explains a lot… I mean, how else can unbridled devotion to Kim Jong Un be explained? While North Korea has been a meth factory for years, a new report by the North Korean Review has found that parts of North Korea are experiencing a crystal meth “epidemic” with an “upsurge” of recreational meth use and addiction in the country’s northern provinces. The study says that between 40 and 50 percent of the population in northern areas of the country are addicted to crystal meth. Whoa – that’s methed up! Native methed up! The report also details how meth production, which was once manufactured in big state-run labs for quick cash, has now shifted to home kitchens. Well, now the Dennis Rodman trip makes a little more sense…. Business Insider

Ketchup with Rodent FurWould you like some ketchup with your rodent fur? If you do, then Heinz ketchup is the ketchup for you! Brazilian health officials have banned a batch of Mexican-made Heinz ketchup after detecting traces of rodent fur. No word yet on the extent of the contamination, but if there’s even a little bit of rat fur in your ketchup, it’s pretty much ruined. But not to worry ketchup lovers – Mexican officials are on the case. The Mexican authorities have ordered their own inquiry into the rodent fur situation and have ordered an inspection of the factory where the batch was produced. Considering they’re still trying to figure out how to get worms out of tequila, I have a feeling this inquiry will be longer than a siesta. BBC News

Teen OklahomaWhat do teens do for fun in Oklahoma? They kill random people. Three Oklahoma teenagers were charged on Tuesday with randomly targeting and killing a 23-year-old Australian man as he was jogging. The three retards admitted to police that they shot the college student in the back because they were bored. James Edwards Jr., 15, and Chancey Luna, 16, were charged as adults with felony murder in the first degree. Michael Jones, 17, faces two charges — use of a vehicle in the discharge of a weapon and accessory after the fact to murder in the first degree. The prosecutor referred to the three as “thugs” and said Edwards, who had gotten in trouble with the law before the shooting too, “thinks it’s all a joke.” Well, the joke will probably be on them after they spend their entire adult lives in jail. CNN

Manning 35 YearsWell, that’s a little extreme…. Bradley Manning, the 25-year-old private convicted of leaking thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks, has been sentenced to 35 years in prison, a military judge ruled today. Prosecutors wanted at least a 60-year prison sentence, arguing it would send a pretty strong message to other potential leakers. The defence suggested a prison term of no more than 25 years so that Manning could get his life back together. So I guess 35 years is…ok? Well, I hope the three Oklahoma teenagers get more than that. Globe and Mail

Toxic Nerve GasMore bad news out of Syria – this time with toxic gas. Two Syrian rebel groups say hundreds (possibly 600!) were killed when government forces fired rockets with chemical warheads into Damascus suburbs. Syrian authorities are denying everything, dismissing the reports of a chemical attack as “baseless” and insisting the accusations have been fabricated to cover up rebel losses. But amateur videos show victims sprawled out on hospital floors gasping for breath and convulsing, with others being treated with hand-pump respirators. The attack, which involved rockets filled with toxic nerve gas, comes just one day after chemical weapons experts were sent to Damascus by the United Nations to investigate the government’s alleged use of nerve gas. Awkwaaard. Al Jazzera

Current Event Cat - SafariReagan is off on a safari to see the big cats of Africa (for research purposes obviously…) We will be back FULL TIME September 10th!

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