ONE MAN'S OPINION  6:00 pm June 30, 2011

Lobbyists Being Treated Like Holocaust Victims In Massachusetts

by Kirsten Boyd Johnson

this is also a very creepy photo.It is that time of the day again when some U.S. politician, somewhere, decides to make some disturbing, illogical analogy involving Hitler and the Jews. Massachusetts state representative John Binienda is your man today, a man so upset about a congressional push for ethics reform that would require lobbyists to wear special identifying badges when they enter the Statehouse that he went ahead and… hey, you know where this going! Yes, he compared lobbyists sporting badges identifying them as dirty lobbyists to Hitler forcing Jews to wear tattoos in concentration camps to identify them to the Nazis. Lobbyists and genocide victims, they are the same people in this analogy.

The Boston Globe reports:

Binienda, who heads the House Rules Committee, said Wednesday that a Republican proposal for a rule change to force lobbyists to wear badges while talking to lawmakers smacked of tattoos that Jews were forced to wear.

“The idea of the badge by lobbyists to me, I kind of find that revolting,” Binienda told the State House News Service in article posted this morning. “Hitler during the concentration camps tattooed all of the Jewish people so he would know who was a Jew and who wasn’t, and that’s something that I just don’t go along with.”

Binienda has already apologized. So there you have it, because it is nice to know how loyal our nation’s politicians are to their lobbyists, when they defend them against genocide.  [Boston Globe via ThinkProgress]

 
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nounverb911 June 30, 2011 at 6:03 pm

"force lobbyists to wear badges"
Were they yellow stars that said "Juden"? If not, then go F**K yourself, Binienda.

Lascauxcaveman June 30, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Der Judenlobbi

Lascauxcaveman June 30, 2011 at 6:27 pm

No, no. Binienda is absolutley right. This is as bad as requiring police officers to wear a uniform (AND A BADGE!) while on duty. This is as bad as pressuring people to wear a "Hello, My Name Is ____" sticker at corporate seminars and school fund raisers. This is as bad as making the checkout clerk at Safeway wear a name tag, even on casual dress day.

In other words, it's exactly like being put to death in a gas chamber.

finallyhappy June 30, 2011 at 7:33 pm

fuck his apology.

horsedreamer_1 July 1, 2011 at 1:14 pm

This is as bad as pressuring people to wear an "Hello, My Name Is _____ " stickat at corporate seminars.

Not even Eminem is willing to tread on the Jews. Unless you consider his back-&-forths with Paul Berman to be anti-Semitic.

Grief_Lessons June 30, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Assholes like this guy should have to wear bright red fully functional Drudge sirens on their heads at all times, in order to identify them to the rest of us.

nounverb911 June 30, 2011 at 6:07 pm

That would certainly be a boost for the Drudge Siren industry.

ArmoredBore June 30, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Great idea! It identifies assholes and creates jobs! BOOM! YAY CAPITALISM!!

Grief_Lessons June 30, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Asshole identification is the key to our prosperous future. And to potty training a toddler.

Chet Kincaid June 30, 2011 at 6:46 pm

I had a friend who liked to put on a toy fireman's helmet with battery-operated siren and spinning lights, darken the room, and terrorize the family's excitable little dog. Though the intended audience reaction is the same, I think his discourse was at a higher intellectual level than Drudge's.

Doktor Zoom June 30, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Sorta like the old B. Kliban cartoon with the guy driving a car with a flashing yellow gumball light on the roof, and on the doors, a big label: "ASSHOLE: Official Use Only."

EDIT: Same thing would work for lobbyists, come to think of it.

Chet Kincaid June 30, 2011 at 6:41 pm

I apologize if it has already been stated that "The Drudge Sirens" is the greatest band name ever.

Biel_ze_Bubba July 1, 2011 at 5:42 am

I thought the Drudge Sirens were Coulter, Bachmann, and Palin.

neiltheblaze June 30, 2011 at 8:16 pm

I'd settle for a dunce cap.

Rarian Rakista June 30, 2011 at 8:56 pm

They are called crosses, see one on a chain and back away slowly.

Barb June 30, 2011 at 6:07 pm

Like Hitler, this guy has no balls.

LowProfileinGA June 30, 2011 at 6:52 pm

That was Goebbels; I know what a stickler you are for correctness:

Göring has only got one ball
Hitler's [are] so very small
Himmler's so very similar
And Goebbels has no balls at all
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hitler_Has_Only_Got_

SexySmurf June 30, 2011 at 6:07 pm

You know who else made a "you know who else…" joke?

nounverb911 June 30, 2011 at 6:08 pm

The frumious Bandersnatch?

genxr June 30, 2011 at 6:11 pm

all of them, katie

mumbly_joe June 30, 2011 at 6:18 pm

All of us, today.

BarackMyWorld June 30, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Glenn Beck?

flamingpdog June 30, 2011 at 7:14 pm

SexySmurf?

Radiotherapy® June 30, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Godwin?

Radiotherapy® June 30, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Pretty much every regular commentor @ Wonkette.

KenLayIsAlive June 30, 2011 at 11:01 pm

Why I never… okay, but just those three times.

metamarcisf June 30, 2011 at 6:07 pm

You know the Nazis made the Jews wear pieces of flair.

BarackMyWorld June 30, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Hey, I wanted to be the one who said it!

tihond June 30, 2011 at 6:08 pm

This is like the time Blockbuster cut up Joe Biden's membership card after he returned "Uncle Buck 2" a few months late. He compared the situation to Stalin's purges.

Rarian Rakista June 30, 2011 at 9:00 pm
SayItWithWookies June 30, 2011 at 6:08 pm

I thought that's what the BMWs were for.

mumbly_joe June 30, 2011 at 6:09 pm

You know who else had to wear badges at work…?

Me. That's who. Go fuck yourself.

Amo_of_Bogio June 30, 2011 at 7:22 pm

me too! fuck all y'all non-badge-wearers

finallyhappy June 30, 2011 at 7:35 pm

me too- and now I have to wear two badges!

Radiotherapy® June 30, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Even on teevee shows they wear name badges.

weejee July 1, 2011 at 1:06 am

We don't wear no stinkin' badges, at least here. But then anyone who comes through the door who isn't a pinko gets pantsed and run into the john for a swirly. Other places do make us show their badges, or the bar codes tattooed on our foreheads, or the ones on our bums, or whatever.

natoslug June 30, 2011 at 8:11 pm

I rarely even wear pants to work.

starfanglednut June 30, 2011 at 9:01 pm

You iz blogger?

natoslug June 30, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Some day I aspire to such lofty heights. For now, I am a lowly software engineer. Or as a realist would put it, software "engineer." I still haven't figured out how to get the trains into my keyboard.

emmelemm July 1, 2011 at 2:19 am

I also am a software "engineer" (ahahaHAH whatever), and I figure any day I wear both pants and a clean T-shirt with no holes in it, I'm ahead of the game.

(P.S. I don't work at home.)

Sue4466 June 30, 2011 at 6:10 pm

When I worked at McDonald's I had to wear a tag. McDonald's, Hitler. Same thing apparently.

Barb June 30, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Man, I'd kill a lobbyist for a Shamrock shake right now.

nounverb911 June 30, 2011 at 6:17 pm

Where do I send it? Do I get to pick the lobbyist?

Rarian Rakista June 30, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Let's just gas the whole population of them, just to make sure.

Doktor Zoom June 30, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Arbeit Macht Freis with that?

GunToting[Redacted] June 30, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Oh, THAT'S good…

user-of-owls June 30, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Satan just put a Reserved sign on the Doktor's table.

Steverino247 June 30, 2011 at 7:02 pm

I was just going to post, "You want fries with that Arbeit?" when I thought I'd see if somebody beat me to it. Well done, Doc.

starfanglednut June 30, 2011 at 9:02 pm

more upfisties if I could!

OhNoGuy June 30, 2011 at 10:19 pm

You're cookin' now!

Doktor Zoom July 1, 2011 at 5:21 pm

….with gas?

PsycWench June 30, 2011 at 7:08 pm

A lot more calories at a McDonald's.

starfanglednut June 30, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Groan….

zhubajie June 30, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Does McD's have medical marijuana shakes anywhere?

Sue4466 June 30, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Dunno, I worked there about 25 years ago.

Fuck, I'm old.

ganmerlad June 30, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Why do I get the feeling he talks to a LOT of lobbyists and wants to keep that fact on the down-low?

SexySmurf June 30, 2011 at 6:12 pm

"Badges?! We don't need no stinkin' badges!"

OhNoGuy June 30, 2011 at 10:26 pm

A great movie! This is always the quote (inaccurate but close) but watch the fight early on. It's in black and white and (for these days) not very on screen graphic but brutal enough. That and (as I recall) "Nobody messes with Fred C. Dobbs!!" Watch Humphrey go mad, nobody that I've seen does it better.
OK, back to dick jokes.

gvvt July 1, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Badgers?

V572 [SSAN] June 30, 2011 at 6:12 pm

Shouldn't they wear suits with dollar signs on them, like that question-mark-suit guy in the infomercials?

Nixon_So_Fine July 1, 2011 at 1:16 am

O! To upfist this a million times would be a wonderful thing! What a delightful, current reference…what was that d00d's name? I'd Google it if I cared enough (or were somewhat sober…) Now…off to drunkenly read/hate Sully, again.

Limeylizzie June 30, 2011 at 6:13 pm

No, I am kind of on board with this, yellow star for Jews, pink triangle for the gheys, so a really big dick for the male lobbyists and a huge gaping maw of a vagina for the girls.

V572 [SSAN] June 30, 2011 at 7:03 pm

Earl Grey for the teabaggers, ballcock for plumbers, TruckNutz for Wonketteers…

MissusBarry June 30, 2011 at 7:17 pm

I've never wanted TruckNutz, but if this is the new designation, I'll order a brass set.

Steverino247 June 30, 2011 at 7:03 pm

How about being encrusted with diamonds from Tiffanys? Or is that only if you're there to see Newt?

PsycWench June 30, 2011 at 7:08 pm

Photographs or sketches for the last two?

BloviateMe June 30, 2011 at 7:12 pm

…huge gaping maw of a vagina for the girls?

If you need a model, I can offer up my ex-wife's phone number. I'm guessing her hole has been pounded into a misshapen, flobbidy, torn up set of meat curtains by now.

Just trying to do my part.

V572 [SSAN] June 30, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Time to move on! (but I know how it feels).

deanbooth June 30, 2011 at 9:29 pm

A guilty-feeling upfist for you and your ex.

user-of-owls June 30, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Well, if we're looking for at least one positive outcome of your separation, I think we'd all agree that the phrase "meat curtains" would be it. I know I feel a sense of lack of closure.

BloviateMe July 1, 2011 at 7:52 pm

That did come off looking a touch bitter I guess. Truly not, been years. But when I think of "gaping maw of a vagina" she just comes so readily to mind…the little dickens.

CthuNHu June 30, 2011 at 10:58 pm

Rudy? That you?

genxr June 30, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Have you been to the Lobbyist Museum in D.C.? It's very moving. I left almost in tears after seeing what was done to them. Taxing their corporate jets, herding them all into K Street offices like cattle? Never again, I say. Never again.

MissTaken June 30, 2011 at 6:38 pm

HEY! I work only 4 blocks away from the Lobbyist Museum. Too soon!

finallyhappy June 30, 2011 at 7:37 pm

and what about the horrible things they are forced to eat and eat in huge quantities in places like the Capitol Grill or Michel Richards Central or the Palm.

Trannysurprise June 30, 2011 at 7:57 pm

I too wept during my visit to the United States Lobbyist Memorial Museum. They gave us cards to role play – pretend we were one of the persecuted just to get that day-in-a-life feeling. My journey through the mock up of the C street house was chilling. I got Jack Abramoff and we all know he didn't make it out. Sobering.

LEAVE THEM ALONE YOU NAZI BASTARDS!

user-of-owls June 30, 2011 at 10:22 pm

I had a similar experience. The exhibit with piles upon piles of Guccis torn asunder from those naked-but-for-their-Brooks-Brother-suits, hands cupped over their gold Tag Heurs as they were led into the Texas legislature's "Armed & Lobbying" line, well, it still makes me shudder.

chascates June 30, 2011 at 6:13 pm

It could be worse. Here in Texas people who have concealed carry permits can bypass the normal security inspection at the state Capitol and walk right through. Most of the lobbyists got the permit even if they don't carry to speed up their whoring.

A lobbyist with a gun is pretty frightening.

SayItWithWookies June 30, 2011 at 6:22 pm

Wait — so the people without guns have to be checked, but the people with guns can go right on through? Perry must've gotten his security detail from Huey Long.

chascates June 30, 2011 at 6:26 pm

AUSTIN, Texas – Everyone from lobbyists to lawyers and journalists is rushing to get permits to carry guns inside the Texas Capitol, where legislators already often tote pistols in boots and purses or stow them away inside their desks.

A unique loophole in a new security procedure means a gun permit is like a special-access pass into the domed building, allowing people who are certified to carry a gun to bypass lines at the metal detectors that were set up after a shooting incident earlier this year.

"Nobody wants to be the one standing in line behind three hundred kids wearing the same colored T-shirt," said University of Texas political scientist Jim Henson. "If you're trying to get in and out really quick and there's going to be choke points, well, people don't want to have to deal with that."

There's now a frenzy for folks to get trained and licensed to carry a firearm, especially before the legislative session begins in January. It's not required that people have a gun to enter the Capitol through the express lane. Merely holding a valid permit, and presenting it at the entrance, will get them expedited entry.

"Everybody is doing it or is planning to do it," said lobbyist Bill Miller, who has taken the required training and is waiting for his license to arrive in the mail.

The metal detectors were installed at the Capitol's four public entrances in May, a few months after a man fired off a few rounds outside the doors of the main entrance. No one was harmed.

Republican Gov. Rick Perry, who is known to sometimes carry a .380 caliber pistol, vehemently objected to the metal detectors, saying he didn't want to see airport-like security logjams at a Capitol known for its open and freewheeling culture.

genxr June 30, 2011 at 6:40 pm

You're not required to carry a gun to enter the Texas capitol, but why the heck wouldn't you? If you need me I'll be in the top row of the observers' gallery with a high powered rifle.

Doktor Zoom July 1, 2011 at 5:25 pm

See, if Kennedy had been carrying at Dealy Plaza, he would have at least had a fighting chance.

GunToting[Redacted] June 30, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Hey, at least TX still requires some version of training before people can carry concealed. Here in AZ all you need is a pistol and a pocket.

MissTaken June 30, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Obviously the solution to being stuck behind three hundred kids wearing the same colored T-shirt is to give all three hundred of them all a gun so they don't have to wait in the security line.

Come here a minute June 30, 2011 at 8:00 pm

I sure hope that UT political scientist sounds like Kermit The Frog.

Biel_ze_Bubba June 30, 2011 at 10:30 pm

It had to take someone named Jim Henson to explain the Texas Legislature to us. (Because there are no Kafkas on the faculty.)

BarackMyWorld June 30, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Just the white people, though, right?

chascates June 30, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Most people of color entering the Texas Capitol use the service entrance.

V572 [SSAN] June 30, 2011 at 7:06 pm

This is great, and a lesson to gun fetishists and pols who cater to them all across the land. The government cannot deny the rights of gun-toters, but it can impose burdensome restrictions on everyone else. Pretty soon you'll have a separate line at the bank for people with guns, which is terrific for everybody but the teller in that line.

starfanglednut June 30, 2011 at 9:08 pm

"This is a hold up! Give me 500 million dollars in unmarked bills or I'll blow your head off!"

"Sorry sir, you want the other line."

zhubajie June 30, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Lobbyists and legislatures shooting it out? Might be good for the people of Texas!

CthuNHu June 30, 2011 at 11:07 pm

Screw Texas. Here in NH lobbyists have been forced to wear orange badges for years, and anyone can bring a gun into the State House.

unclejeems July 1, 2011 at 12:14 am

So in New Hampshire, the targets are already marked. Very nice.

Negropolis July 1, 2011 at 2:11 am

This is the state that killed Kennedy, after all.

Rotundo_ June 30, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Idiot politicians who go around comparing every two bit thing like this to the holocaust should be forced to wear little brown circles with asterisks hand drawn in them like Kurt Vonneguts' hand drawn assholes so we can identify them before they open their mouths and prove the point.

Geminisunmars June 30, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Or surveyor's marks.

flamingpdog June 30, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Better yet, tattoo the little brown circles on their arms.

hagajim June 30, 2011 at 6:14 pm

I think all lobbyists ought to wear shock collars and we should get to blast them every time they shill for some rich fucks trying to get more tax breaks.

genxr June 30, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Shock collars. And every taxpayer gets a remote control. I like it.

Geminisunmars June 30, 2011 at 6:47 pm

It would look like St. Vitus's Dance all the time in Congress.

AnarchyWolf June 30, 2011 at 8:44 pm

I think they'd probably die after about five minutes. Not that I really have a problem with that.

ManchuCandidate June 30, 2011 at 6:14 pm

I'd hate to ask what is going to happen when the Boy Scouts visit the Masshole legislature.

Veritas78 June 30, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Any lawmaker who leaps to the defense of lobbyists has tipped his hand on who he thinks he works for. Would he mind if their tag includes their title: "BOSS"?

Grief_Lessons June 30, 2011 at 6:15 pm

In his apology he said he was sorry to Republicans and to the citizens of the state, but not to, you know, Jews or Poles or Gypsies or whatnot. All class, this fucking guy.

Guppy06 June 30, 2011 at 6:50 pm

Who he should really be apologizing to are the lobbyists themselves, whom he effectively called Jews.

Limeylizzie June 30, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Oh good grief, this cunt is a Democrat.

nounverb911 June 30, 2011 at 6:23 pm

No one in my family has voted for a republican since Nelson Rockefeller ran for Governor for the twelfth time, but I might consider contributing to his opponent next election time.

BarackMyWorld June 30, 2011 at 6:29 pm

The probability a Democrat will say something horrifyingly stupid is slightly less than a Republican, but not that much less.

Guppy06 June 30, 2011 at 6:51 pm

The only difference between a Democrat and a Republican is their ability to get away with it. Generally, Democrats aspire to be Republicans one day.

V572 [SSAN] June 30, 2011 at 7:08 pm

In Texas a Democrat is still a Texan and therefore very different from, say, Barney Frank. Remember that it was Democrats running the Jim Crow South all those years.

Ah, good times!

Limeylizzie June 30, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Yes, but this clown is in Massachusetts.

V572 [SSAN] June 30, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Ah, I got sidetracked by the Texas gun-fetishist discussion, which blows my mind.

user-of-owls June 30, 2011 at 8:18 pm

Ah, sweet girl, step back a moment and consider the context. Mass politics has always given cesspools a bad name and Mass politics has always been run by Democrats. Ergo, it actually should come as little surprise that when someone proposes painting the teats that elected criminals suck on so earnestly with green and read neon paint, their normally irreproachable comport might be disturbed.

Limeylizzie June 30, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Hello there Owls. I am just a little steamed today due to Mark Halperin's lack of taste and respect. Just trying to imagine how the chips would have fallen had Al Sharpton called George W. Bush a dick on Fox News.

CthuNHu June 30, 2011 at 11:15 pm

Correction:

Mass politics has always been run by "Democrats".

Sometimes they've been Democrats by belief, sometimes they've been Democrats just because that's the way to get ahead.

Massachusetts had a string of moderate GOP governors precisely because people didn't trust the slimy "Democrats" on Beacon Hill. The string of Mass. House Speakers being convicted of felonies suggests they were right.

One such Speaker, Tom Finneran, was law partner with William O'Brien, an active Democratic donor until he skedaddled to NH where he became the ultra-ultra-right-wing GOP Speaker of the NH House. So you can guess how much earnest Democratic concern for the little guy there was in that duo.

Rotundo_ June 30, 2011 at 7:10 pm

No party has an absolute monopoly on stupid, but the safe bet is that if it's stupid or racist or greed soaked it probably sources from the (R) folks. It doesn't mean that (D) folks can't be assholes, as this marvelous human is, but the probability drops a good bit.

ganmerlad June 30, 2011 at 7:13 pm

And the idea for ethics reforms came from Republicans. Did Romney break Massachusetts or somethin?

glamourdammerung June 30, 2011 at 8:28 pm

I actually knew he was a Democrat because he apologized instead of doubling down on the stupid.

Negropolis July 1, 2011 at 2:20 am

Given that Democrats hold 80% of the seats in the Mass. state house, the sheer probability that this would be a Democrat is insanely high. It reminds me of Detroit where in order to get elected, you have to at least be nominally a Democrat, but it doesn't necessarily make you one. I'm convinced the current council vice president is a Republican, for instance. He was willing to wipe out what's left of public transit and parks programs in Detroit because of the deficit. He sounds downright tea-baggish.

horsedreamer_1 July 1, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Wipe out the (remaining) parks? Sounds like he wanted to codify Devil's Night.

/pops purple pill
//pupils dilate

OkieDokieDog June 30, 2011 at 6:18 pm

OMG! Lobbyists being treated like concentration camp Joos!

I'd bet a good 99.9% of them should be in jail.

ifthethunderdontgetya June 30, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Badgers? We don't need no steenkin' badgers!

(Yeah, and all of youse beat me to the 'you know who else', too. Damn you!!!)
~

Fox n Fiends June 30, 2011 at 6:27 pm

But I thought 9/11 changed everything?

Doktor Zoom June 30, 2011 at 6:28 pm

OK, I'm willing to compromise. Lobbyists can just wear budgies, instead.

tihond June 30, 2011 at 6:29 pm

Ironically, the badge makers industry lobbyist was also against this rule.

facehead June 30, 2011 at 6:29 pm

Awful timing, Holocaugust is still a month away.

__kth__ June 30, 2011 at 6:29 pm

I have a better idea: make the legiscritters (like the douche, sadly a Dem, making this obscene analogy) wear badges, that have the name of their largest contributor on them and how much.

BaldarTFlagass June 30, 2011 at 6:38 pm

They should wear jumpsuits with all the logos, like the NASCAR drivers. Someone else had this idea, but I can't remember where I saw it…

__kth__ June 30, 2011 at 6:48 pm

yeah, that was a good one. I saw that suggestion at the Think Progress link in the OP, don't know if it originated there but haw haw.

V572 [SSAN] June 30, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Heard old Dan Schorr espouse it once on NPR, or something like it: he imagined senators and congressmen wearing lapel pins with logos of their contributors and making discreet speeches promoting their projects in the duller moments on CSPAN.

Yeah, I know, how could you tell which moments on CSPAN are less dull than others?

user-of-owls June 30, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Well, I for one found the hearings on the wildly controversial proposal to relocate the twelve member Task Force on Elevator Safety Standards in the South Dakota Branch Office to offices in a new building that were held before the Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia to be positively riveting!

V572 [SSAN] June 30, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Luckily I’d TIVOed it. Couldn’t tear myself away.

DaSandman June 30, 2011 at 6:30 pm

So would Jewish lobbyists wear 2 badges?

JoshuaNorton June 30, 2011 at 6:33 pm

In other news:

Glenda Beck is gone. And just like that, the measure between batshit crazy and regular crazy at Fox News is actually balanced.

Barb June 30, 2011 at 6:37 pm

No more Beckerhead, huzzah!

AnarchyWolf June 30, 2011 at 8:48 pm

He'll just yell twice as loud from somewhere else where he isn't at risk of being fired.

LowProfileinGA June 30, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Someone will arise to fill the "batshit" slot.

BlueStateLibel June 30, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Skoal Rebel would be perfect.

genxr June 30, 2011 at 7:04 pm

You can still watch his Intertoobz program, for only $9.95 a month!

zhubajie June 30, 2011 at 7:41 pm

He's not heading for WWCR or TBN?

Redhead June 30, 2011 at 6:36 pm

I would have thought the lobbyists would be more like the Nazis in this analogy.

oinonio June 30, 2011 at 6:40 pm

“The idea of Massachusetts state representative John Binienda representing me, to me, I kind of find that revolting,”

ifthethunderdontgetya June 30, 2011 at 6:40 pm

At my last corporate event, they took my badge away.

And invited me never to return.
~

user-of-owls June 30, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Just like Treblinka. Wait, no, what?

Goonemeritus June 30, 2011 at 6:49 pm

I’m not saying that I agree with lamp shades and soap made from Lobbyists (That’s a little too far). But a central housing arrangement might aid in keeping track of them.

HarryButtle June 30, 2011 at 7:19 pm

And if the showers occasionally spewed poison gas, who could complain?

Goonemeritus June 30, 2011 at 7:32 pm

It’s not like the government should be involved in shower safety after all were in the Constitution is that power enumerated.

zhubajie June 30, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Make them wear those Mark of the Beast radio bracelets, so they can be tracked at all times!

MissTaken June 30, 2011 at 6:49 pm

I hate the badge I have to wear at work to get into the building and to use the ladies' room (only the ladies' room, the men's room is a badge-free zone). I hate that damn badge because it was really cold on picture day and my nips are incredibly noticeable. Just like how Hitler tattooed all the Jews in the concentration camps.

BaldarTFlagass June 30, 2011 at 6:59 pm

"it was really cold on picture day and my nips are incredibly noticeable."

*peels away mature non-sexist liberal-minded outlook on life like Ethan Hunt pulling off a disguise*

I really don't see the downside to this.

*puts back on*

Sorry! Weekend drinking has begun!

genxr June 30, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Requests for job applications come flooding in 3… 2… 1…

V572 [SSAN] June 30, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Pics or…you know the rest.

Rotundo_ June 30, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Darn difficult not to be a pig when hearing something like this, but I will liken it to drivers license photos that always make the already horrifically repulsive me even more so. Pity you can't "burka-ize" it with a sharpie or something. Perhaps an unotrusive sticker (amurkin flag? kitten? smiley face?) might fly, I s'pose it depends on how tight arsed they are.

MissTaken June 30, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Honestly I just keep it turned around at all times. Instead everyone gets to see my super duper Clipper card for Bay Area transit.

user-of-owls June 30, 2011 at 11:05 pm

Oh, way to go. Now of course all of us boner-Americans are going to demand legislation requiring big blowup badges of all nippled-Americans be taken in appropriately pre-frozen rooms.

mavenmaven June 30, 2011 at 6:49 pm

You know what's not like the Holocaust? Lobbyists. That's it. Everything else is Hitler, 24/7.

Numbat_Dundee June 30, 2011 at 6:50 pm

First they came for the lobbyists and I said nothing, which was a mistake. I should have cheered more loudly.

DerrickWildcat June 30, 2011 at 7:00 pm

And this Man refused to wear the badge just like Rosa Parks!

AnarchyWolf June 30, 2011 at 8:50 pm

He's a corporate rights hero.

simplyblue7 June 30, 2011 at 7:01 pm

and because Lobbyists live in filthy rich ghettos that the government has forced them to live on.

Arken June 30, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Cops not only wear a badge, but a yellow star. Cops are like holocaust victims too!

MissTaken June 30, 2011 at 7:03 pm

Once, just once, I would love to see someone who compares shit like this to the Holocaust actually say that to a group of actual Holocaust survivors.

PsycWench June 30, 2011 at 7:11 pm

and post video of it.

comrad_darkness July 1, 2011 at 7:22 am

They really don't deserve it.

MinAgain June 30, 2011 at 7:03 pm

Doesn't go far enough. We ought to require them to wear a scarlet L on their chests like the harlots they are.

comrad_darkness July 1, 2011 at 7:21 am

And leather chap pants to properly finish the ensemble. Also, the lobbiests should have bags of colored powder on their wrists so the politicians have to go around marked all day for shaking hands with them, like sheep in the midst of a ram in heat.

PsycWench June 30, 2011 at 7:05 pm

I had to wear a badge at our reception for graduating seniors and their parents, because our secretary said so and you don't make trouble for the secretary. For two hours I knew what it was like in a concentration camp, a really special one with cookies and beer.

PsycWench June 30, 2011 at 7:06 pm

It's a real apology only to the extent that the word "if" figures prominently.

Fare la Volpe June 30, 2011 at 7:09 pm

I support this proposal only if the badge in question is a nail.

Driven through their junk.

Hey, now they're just like Jesus on the cross!

FraAnima June 30, 2011 at 7:23 pm

"Hey, now they're just like Jesus on the cross!"

Who was also a Jew. Coincidence? I think not!

flamingpdog June 30, 2011 at 7:16 pm

The BM's, Dubya.

mookwrthwilson June 30, 2011 at 7:25 pm

All the lobbyists in Maryland wear a big tag that says "LOBBYIST"…none of them have been shipped off to Buchenwald yet.

mumbly_joe June 30, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Here's the real question: suppose Benienda is "hiding" a lobbyist, under his desk, and the Ethics Gestapo knocks on his office door. Is he willing to lie to keep the lobbyist from being genocided? At least long enough for said lobbyist to finish up his or her "persuasive advocacy"?

__kth__ June 30, 2011 at 7:57 pm

see, now you're insinuating that lobbyists perform sexual favors for politicians, which is anti-Semitic.

natoslug June 30, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Is it okay to be anti-Semitic if you're being pro-semenic?

comrad_darkness July 1, 2011 at 7:19 am

Is the lobbiest wearing a blue dress?

ttommyunger June 30, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Thank Jeebus somebody is standing up for the poor downtrodden Lobbyists. This public servant is a genuine hero for going out of his way to prevent this horrific wrong from being perpetrated. I believe we should all chip in as much as we feel is appropriate to make a campaign donation to this brave Legislator so that we an insure he stays in office forever. Anybody got change for a fucking Penny?…..Must….take……break……..Sarcasm overload…….

user-of-owls June 30, 2011 at 8:03 pm

My budget this month is going to be awfully tight, what with donating to the oppressed corporate jet people and now to those poor, victimized lobbyists. I guess I could skip my insulin and anti-retrovirals for July. And Henry tells me he found a new dumpster that's loaded with spoiled fish behind that Korean market, so there's some savings too.

ttommyunger June 30, 2011 at 8:14 pm

You could do more, if you had some empathy for others, asshole!

Mahousu June 30, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Just like the Nazis pried the gold teeth out of the mouths of Holocaust victims, so members of the legislature pry campaign contributions out of the pockets of lobbyists. Perfect analogy.

user-of-owls June 30, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Somewhere, Pete Hoekstra is quietly weeping bitter tears of envy.

user-of-owls June 30, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Many moons ago, while I was off in college, my younger brother (who worked at a Cape Cod golf course) befriended an old guy who was in Mass politics so deep you couldn't see his head even if he wore a fez. Being indicted back there is like your debutante ball, and this guy had definitely had his coming out party. First time I meet him and he hears I'm off to grad school for Political Science and he tells me, half winking but mostly dead serious, "I'd rather have my daughter be a whore than have my son be a politician."

Ah, my native land.

neiltheblaze June 30, 2011 at 8:10 pm

We here in Taxachusetts didn't want to be left out of the clueless yokel politician sweepstakes, the current national rage. Our clueless yokels, though, tend to be Urban – so they've got a slightly different whiff about them – but they too are ignorant hayseeds.

And not for nothing – Salem is just down the road – he couldn't make a Scarlett Letter reference instead? I mean, he'd still be a douche, but he could at least pretend to be literate.

a_pink_poodle June 30, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Lobbiest raus!

DashboardBuddha June 30, 2011 at 8:39 pm

People…people! Can't we come together in agreement? I propose that lobbyists wear surveyor markers just like the kind that Sarah uses.

x111e7thst June 30, 2011 at 8:40 pm

I resolve to become a better person: a person who cares about all the lobbyists being shipped off to Concentration Camps.

deanbooth June 30, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Tattoos? Cloth badges are more appropriate in a concentration camp with a revolving door.

KenLayIsAlive June 30, 2011 at 11:05 pm

It is the dreadful combo of a lack of basic decency and a huge paycheck.

KenLayIsAlive June 30, 2011 at 11:07 pm

First they came for the lobbyists money, then they came after whoever the lobbyists told them too.

fuflans July 1, 2011 at 12:16 am

recently for a project, i have had to spend a lot of time with eyewitness accounts / first hand testimony from concentration camp survivors.

i can't really say anything funny here.

and i hope John Binienda has to spend some time with these accounts too.

Negropolis July 1, 2011 at 1:58 am

He just went right to the concentration camp. He didn't even start out at the Star of David badges, just straight to the killing fields. Sick fuck.

Well, I guess Democrats can get one, this time. When you're in perpetual power like they are in Mass, the pool usually gets wider than it goes deep. You start roping in quantity over quality.

He's from Worcester, so you can't expect too much, poor thing.

comrad_darkness July 1, 2011 at 7:18 am

The group victim mentality is strong in this one.

PubOption July 1, 2011 at 8:56 am

Lobbyarbeit macht geld!

johnnymeatworth July 1, 2011 at 8:56 am

Yeah, like how Anne Frank was forced to hide in that attic with her family after it was discovered she was lobbying for Monsanto.

horsedreamer_1 July 1, 2011 at 1:19 pm

How much Kennedy blood in this guy? Looks to be the illegitimate son of an illegitimate son of an illegitimate son of Ol' Joe (Kennedy Pere).

user-of-owls June 30, 2011 at 10:35 pm

Oh, I know dear thing. But hoping for anything remotely like what journalism and/or political commentary once was in these days of Black Mamba discourse is so terribly Sunnybrook Farm-ish. Take heart, though, my rapscallion, there is always a latent pool of writers, journalists and artists who will break through one day. Perhaps we ourselves will have an American Spring. Why not shoot for the fences…or the wickets…shall we?

user-of-owls June 30, 2011 at 10:52 pm

Oh god, I'm SO hard right now.

natoslug July 1, 2011 at 11:24 am

The biggest challenges to working at home are: 1. Remembering the little things (showering, brushing teeth, putting on clothes, not pissing in the sink), 2. Staying focused on sunny days, and 3. Not beating the children when they run amok behind you.

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