“Truckers Ride for the Constitution” Oct 11th, Plan to Clog DC, Arrest Congress

Truckers to Shut Down America, a group claiming to support the Constitution but with an organizer who believes Obama is the Anti-Christ and might declare martial law, have big plans for October 11, 2013:

Tractor-trailer drivers will intentionally clog the inner loop of the Washington, D.C., beltway beginning on the morning of Oct. 11…Earl Conlon, a Georgia trucker who is handling logistics for the protest, told U.S. News tractor-trailer drivers will circle the beltway “three lanes deep” as he rides with other participants to Congress to seek the arrest of congressmen for allegedly disregarding the Constitution.

Because nothing says you love America more than screwing up the morning commute, though Conlon is offering up a little bit of relief– D.C. commuters who wish to be allowed past the convoy, which will be observing the 55 mph speed limit, must have “T2SDA” – an acronym for the event’s original name, “Truckers to Shut Down America” – written on their vehicle. Conlon says:

Everybody that doesn’t have a supporter sticker on their window, good luck: Nobody in, nobody out. It’s going to be real fun for anyone who is not a supporter, [and] if cops decide to give us a hard time, we’re going to lock the brakes up, we’re going to stop right there, we’re going to be a three lane roadblock.

And it just gets zanier. Conlon, an author and  Tea Party member (which has me confused because aren’t there are lot of Teapartiers in Congress who are screwing things up for America?) is calling for a citizens grand jury, a pool of jurors convened without court approval, as the mechanism for indicting government officials who he wants arrested:

We’re asking for the arrest of everyone in government who has violated their oath of office….We want these people arrested, and we’re coming in with the grand jury to do it. We are going to ask the law enforcement to uphold their constitutional oath and make these arrests. If they refuse to do it, by the power of the people of the United States and the people’s grand jury, they don’t want to do it, we will. … We the people will find a way…What we want to do is go in nice and peaceful and keep it as peaceful as possible… but if they decide to get ugly with us we’re going to do what we have to do,” he said. “If all I get is one or two congressmen walked out of there in handcuffs, that will be a shot across the bow that will ripple across all branches of government. … I hope they are all civil enough and brave enough to step out onto the congressional steps.

High on Conlon’s list of potential arrestees? Nancy Pelosi and Dianne Feinstein. And maybe even Obama. Conlon says

Obama committed “treason” by allegedly funneling weapons to al-Qaida-linked rebels in Syria. Members of Congress who support arming Syrian rebels, Conlon said, are accessories to the alleged crime.

Arresting members of Congress may not be legal, in fact it could be considered kidnapping.

Truckers for the Constitution’s Facebook page has almost 50,000 likes. Truckers protesting is nothing new but Conlon brings a special kind of crazy to the convoy. At Tea Party Command Center he writes:

i’ve always believed Obama to be the Anti Christ from the day i first laid eyes one him.. not to mention the dreams i have had for the past 15 years showing me a man in office who i’ve never heard of before. then comes  2008 and the dreams get more detailed and intense… you figure it out..

maybe i am crazy?

And this:

THINK OF IT LIKE THIS:  if Obastard declares Marshal Law. we will then Know WHO and where they are.. and then we will have a clear knowledge of who supports them and WHO TO SHOOT..

Late Night: One Thing the Shutdown Was Good For

Farewell, panda-cam and octopus-cam, much beloved perks from the National Zoo which went dark with the government shutdown. Yosemite is closed on its 100th birthday, tens of thousands of government employees are out of work. It pretty much sucks. Except for this:

A planned Ku Klux Klan rally at a historic landmark of American history won’t happen due to the federal government shutdown.

The Confederate White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan event at Gettysburg National Military Park was approved  for Saturday, October 5. But the gubmit went and canceled their all-white sheet-head party. Clearly it’s some grand conspiracy engineered by Obama and libruls to keep them from rallying. Eleventy dimension chess, ya know.

Park officials  granted the permit because

they have a responsibility to make the land available for citizens to exercise their right to freedom of speech, even if the views expressed are contrary to those of most Americans.

The Republican-orchestrated shutdown of all non-essential government services caused the park to rescind all permits.

Meanwhile the San Diego Zoo offers live panda-cam.

Jeffrey Katzenberg Throws Hollywood Muscle, Money Into Kentucky Senate Race

Hollywood mega-mogul and major Democrat donor Jeffrey Katzenberg, the guy who dined with Obama the night he was last on The Tonight Show, wants to make it rain in Kentucky, hoping his efforts will produce clouds and curtains for the KY Republican Senator Mitch McConnell.

The really rich, really powerful uber-producer–CEO of Dreamworks Animation, former chairman of Disney Studios who reportedly raised $15 million for Obama at a 2012 fundraiser held at George Clooney’s Los Angeles home, and who personally donated a total of $3 million to the pro-Obama PAC Priorities USA Action–has made unseating conservative Senate Minority Leader McConnell his top political priority for the 2014 mid-term elections. McConnell has already raised $10 million dollars, so Katzenberg & Co. has some catching up to do.

Putting his mouth where is money is, Katzenberg’s thrown his name behind Kentucky secretary of state Alison Lundergan Grimes’ effort to unseat   McConnell, sending out a letter Tuesday urging his thick Rolodex of wealthy Los Angeles Democrats to turn out on Grimes’ behalf during a Sept. 25 and 26  fundraising visit she’s making to the City of Angels. Katzenberg, who has already maxed out his  personal donations to Grimes’ campaign, said in a letter obtained by the Hollywood Reporter:

Alison is the antidote to McConnell and all he represents. She can win, and she will win if she gets the support she needs. Despite McConnell’s name recognition and long tenure, an August 1st Public Policy Poll actually showed her leading by one point — 45 percent to McConnell’s 44 percent. …There is no more important election being held next year in this country. As the Senate’s minority leader since 2007, McConnell has used the filibuster 420 times to block legislation and appointments that were supported by a clear majority of senators. … We are talking about outright obstruction of the democratic process.

Katzenberg is asking his pals to also max out their donor levels, suggesting individual donations of $5,200 and $10,000 per couple. On the agenda so far, a luncheon at Il Moro restaurant with more presumably star-studded events  to be announced.

Thing is, having been to Kentucky, I can safely say that having Hollywood types meddling in their state’s affairs might not be looked at kindly; it’s sorta like having a revenuer take a stroll in your woods.  Kentucky is also a heavily red state, with McConnell winning every race since 1984.

McConnell vs Grimes battle for Senate in 2014

In Congress, Everyone Claims to Be a Believer

angel_patriotic_2117112244_std.thumbnail.jpgIt seems Congress is far more religiously aligned overall than their constituents–or at least more elected officials claim an actual faith than the population as a whole.

While over 16.1% of the U.S. population surveyed by Pew Research claimed to be unaffiliated with a specific faith, no members of Congress were churchless, though a weensy one per cent (5 members) said that they are "unspecified, "refused to state or  "don’t know" their faith. Congressman Pete Stark where were you?

I wonder what would make someone refuse to state? How can you not know what religion you are? And does unspecified mean "witch"? (One hopes!)

Christians, that combo platter of Catholics and the multiple denominations of Protestants, make up the majority of faiths on Capitol Hill and in America, according to the new report from Pew Research.  Mormons, though they would like to be considered Christians, were given their own category in the survey. "All other faiths" made up 4.5% of the U.S population, but only 3.3% of Congress, with the majority of "other" in the House.

The breakdown shows that there are four times as many Jews in Congress than in the U.S. population as a whole (8.4% vs 1.7%), as well as a higher portion of Mormons in Congress than in the U.S. population (2.6% vs 1.7%). Pluralism and ecumenical spirit are wider spread in the Senate than in House, with Mormons, Jews and other faiths accounting for 20.2% of the Senate, while the House has just 12.1% non-Christians (including Mormons).

None of the Senate (0 out of 100!) claimed they were  "unspecified,  refused, don’t know" though 1.1% (5 of 435) of the House claimed non-affiliation with a faith.

And by the way, a poll conducted last year had an openly gay person more likely to be elected President than a declared atheist.