Stark Raving Lunatic

Rep. Pete Stark (D.-California) is spewing again. During the recent SCHIP bill debate, which was rightfully vetoed by President Bush, Stark let go with another one of his rants.  In the middle of his diatribe he screeched about funding the “illegal” war but not spending money on children, and ‘kids’ sent to Iraq to “blow people up” and “get their heads blown off” for “his (President Bush’s) amusement.”

Said Stark:

“Where are you going to get that money? Are you going to tell us lies like you’re telling us today? Is that how you’re going to fund the war? You don’t have money to fund the war or children. But you’re going to spend it to blow up innocent people if we can get enough kids to grow old enough for you to send to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the president’s amusement.”

Link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsGaNR9dVPM

He also thanked his faithful “constituents” at the DailyKos for their support:

Thanks!

Hey folks. I wanted to drop by, say hello, and thank you for your kind words of support.

We’ve got to provide health care to children — and we’ve got to end this war!

by Congressman Pete Stark on Thu Oct 18, 2007 at 10:25:58 AM PDT

Link: http://www.dailykos.com/comments/2007/10/18/12258/878/312#c312

Whats’ next? A personal, hand written Valentine to Osama Bin Laden?

There’s more lunacy where that came from:

The facts are still in dispute about what happened in last Friday’s committee meeting to mark up pension funds legislation. At the time, Democrats objected to Thomas, R-Calif., whisking through approval by voice vote on a bill Democrats have said they had not had a chance to review. The standoff ended with Thomas calling the police to remove the Democrats from the committee library and Democrats storming to the House floor to offer a resolution disapproving of Thomas’ actions.

Not in dispute over the events that led up to the House debate that ensued are the heated remarks by Stark, D-Calif., who was left in the committee room to hold down the fort while Democrats strategized on their game plan.

While no cameras recorded the event, a stenographer took down every word Stark uttered. Republican Rep. Kenny Hulshof recited them back on the House floor.

“‘You little fruitcake, you little fruitcake, I said you are a fruitcake,'” Hulshof, R-Mo., read from the unofficial transcript.

Stark directed the word — considered by some to be a gay slur —- at Republican Rep. Scott McInnis, who is married and by all accounts not gay.

Republican sources also claim that during the chaotic scene in the committee, Stark fired another gay slur in the direction of Chairman Thomas. The word is too vulgar to print in full, but the last half of it is “sucker.”

Now, one Republican wants to know where is the outrage at the Democrat for his seemingly intolerant remarks.

“This isn’t the first time. That’s the problem here. The Democrats fail to recognize this is an ongoing problem,” said Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla.

Stark has a long history of making outrageous remarks. He once called Republican Rep. Nancy Johnson “a whore,” and said former Health and Human Services Secretary Louis Sullivan is “a disgrace to his race.”

…..And instead of condemning Stark, Human Rights Campaign (Gay Rights group) seemed to agree.

A spokesman from the gay activists group, usually quick to condemn hints of slight or slur against the gay community, defended the hot-headed lawmaker, saying he probably used the word to mean McInnis was nutty.

“I think Congressman Stark’s use of the word, he probably regrets having used it. I think he meant nothing by it, but I think in the 2003 context, it’s probably a poor choice of words. But it’s also important to note that Congressman Stark is one of the gay community’s staunchest allies,” said Winnie Stachelberg, political director of the Human Rights Campaign.

…..Democrats are still complaining that Thomas acted improperly by calling police to evict them from the library, and have said that the rights of the minority party are being trampled.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,92537,00.html

Yoooohooooo, New York Times, where the hell are you?  No outrage? No righteous gay/lesbian/bi sexual/transgender/politically correct/liberal indignation? All things considered, Barney Frank fits the epithets regurgitated by Stark.

Pete also shows how much he “supports” the troops:

When Daniel Dow returned home Thursday evening, he noticed he had a voice mail message. To his great surprise, it was left by his Congressman, Pete Stark (D-CA), in response to a fax he had sent in an hour earlier.

But to Dow’s even greater surprise, the message was a smarmy smear, one in which Congressman Stark essentially called him stupid and implied that the enlisted man, who had just returned from Kosovo, did not care about enlisted men and women.

Thursday evening, the House voted on one of its typical resolutions supporting the troops in Iraq, but also condemning the prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib and calling for a full investigation. 16-term San Francisco liberal Pete “Fortney” Stark was one of 50 Congressmen to oppose the non-controversial resolution.
Daniel Dow wrote an intelligent, though strongly worded letter expressing his outrage and faxed it to Rep. Stark’s office at 4:30pm PST. Dow stepped out for some errands, and upon returning home, he listened to his voice mail.

This is what he heard:

“You don’t know what you’re talking about.” Stark then informs the enlisted man, “So if you care about enlisted people, you wouldn’t have voted for that thing, either.”

“Probably somebody put you up to this, and I’m not sure who it was, but I doubt if you could spell half the words in the letter and somebody wrote it for you. So I don’t pay too much attention to it.”

…..“But I’ll call you back later.” …..to let you tell me why you think you’re such a great, god-damned hero.”

Stark did not call back.

http://archive.frontpagemag.com/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=13080

Luckily, Dow kept the message and passed it on to KSFO, a talk radio station in San Fransisco.

Pete Stark is a certifiable asshat. His imbecilic rant rates right down there with Murtha and Durbin’s usual acrimonious speeches.  Like many of his unhinged Democratic colleagues, he moved the line and crossed it, without so much as a peep from the Fifth Column.

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