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Newt Gingrich is a glutton for punishment, no? Because even though the Trump campaign cast him out after he offered some gentle criticism in regards to the super racist things he says about Judge Gonzalo Curiel, he is still going on the TV talking about how wonderful he is!

Yesterday, Fox and Friends interviewed both Gingrich and Rudy Giuliani on what they thought of Donald Trump’s speech about Orlando — and surprise! They thought it was great! Two thumbs up! They laughed, they cried, it became a part of them. Though Rudy Giuliani, for his part, would not necessarily require that the president resign for failing to say “Radical Islamic Terrorism.” Although he did tell the Fox and Friends gang that he “respects [Trump] for saying it.”

Giuliani then went on some diatribe about how Trump will totally take down ISIS just like he took down LA COSA NOSTRA in the 1980s, and then launched into a truly weird criticism of Bill de Blasio taking police officers out of mosques.

Via Politico:

“There is no minister, there is no rabbi in this city nor are there some imams that object to having police officers in their congregation. In fact, they want them there,” Giuliani said. “They want them to learn the message. It’s enlightening for them.”

“So you’ve got — if you’ve got nothing going on there but a beautiful religious service, why in His name would you not want to have police officers there?” he asked.

Yeah! Who doesn’t want their church service to be a police state? So pleasant! And certainly, if anyone were going to plan a terrorist attack, they would do it in the middle of a religious service, in front of some cops! It’s not like they’d wait and do it someplace else entirely! Quite frankly, as horrified as I am by, say, the Army of God and other Christian Terrorist organizations that bomb abortion clinics and threaten workers, I am not stupid enough to think that they would plan these acts during regular church services open to anyone.

Gingrich, for his part, had another cool idea for the new American surveillance state! Bringing back the House Un-American Activities Committee!

“We originally created the House Un-American Activities Committee to go after Nazis,” Gingrich said. “We passed several laws in 1938 and 1939 to go after Nazis and we made it illegal to help the Nazis. We’re going to presently have to go take the similar steps here.”

Ah yes, the House Un-American Activities Committee! That sure isn’t a black mark on America’s soul or anything! That went really well! No one is embarrassed by that! Remember what a good time it was when all those people were banned from working in Hollywood because some people thought they might be COMMIES? That, friends, was when we first learned the true character of one Ronald Reagan, who gleefully “named names” during the investigation.

It’s not like we still expect teenagers to read The Crucible in order to better understand what a terrible idea that whole thing was, or anything. Certainly, this is a thing we should bring back. And while we’re at it, let’s check into some of Nixon’s programs for investigating the American Left, shall we? Maybe he had some good ideas! And Joseph McCarthy, he sure was a great American person. What would he do in this situation?

BRB, gonna go look for some conservatives complaining about how “political correctness” is turning our country into a George Orwell novel and Obama is gonna put us all in FEMA camps.

[Politico]

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  • Nounverb911

    When did Newt get back from being president of the moon?

    • BouncyFlyer

      Even the Mooninites have standards.

      • The Wanderer

        Ignignokt ran against him.

  • Dr.Zoidberg

    You know, I’ve always regretted the many missed opportunities to accuse others of being un-American…

  • Lulu Mac

    This will end well…

  • fawkedifiknow

    Newt and Rudy – how many delegates did the two of them amass in the 2012 Republican Presidential primaries? About 2? Or, was it 3?

    • The Wanderer

      As I recall, Don Ridolfo didn’t run; he had his ass handed to him in 2008. Man or Astroman did win a few states, but Romney’s “Kill it with fire!” campaign strategy finally crushed him.

  • SnarkOff

    Are you now, or have you ever been, a TOTAL FUCKING ASSHOLE?

  • Creepoman

    An because it was such a resounding, All-American success, why not put re-treads on Manzanar? It even sounds muslimy.

  • Nounverb911

    Newt, have you no shame?

    • Msgr_Moment

      Is that a rhetorical question?

      • JH Marx

        The Dok noes!

    • Jonny On Maui

      Oh Thank you! That’s the best laugh I’ve had in a while.

  • Bird Law

    Ann Coulter devoted an entire chapter in one of her books to defending and glorifying Joe McCarthy. I don’t have a joke to go with this.

    • Randy Riddle

      Please … enough about Coulter’s sex toys.

    • Lizzietish81

      Other than the joke which is Anne Coulter

  • Zippy W Pinhead

    In the meantime, Bamz just ripped Drumpf a new one, calling him and his apologists a bunch of petulant man babies with no answers whatsoever beyond childish demagoguery and empty slogans

    • SnarkOff

      …which won’t do a thing to dissuade Trump’s idiot hordes, alas.

      • Callyson

        No, but if it wakes up the mushy middle that will be enough.

      • Astraea

        Dems need to motivate our own base.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      No Fucks Given Bamz is terrific!

    • Astraea

      Where was this?

  • Oneofthebobs

    “We originally created the House Un-American Activities Committee to go after Nazis,” Gingrich said.” And how many Nazis did we find?

    • beatbort

      Actually, HUAC was created to go after members of the Nazi Bund (mostly American citizens) and members of the Communist Party. As usual, Newt rewrites history to suit his purposes. He is a douchebag, but then you knew that.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        For a supposed historian, he sure gets lots of it completely wrong

    • Nounverb911

      They seemed to have missed Charles Lindbergh…. by a mile.

    • Blank Ron

      ‘Darn it, we’ve looked everywhere! Did you check under the couch cushions again?’

      • willi0000000

        they’re hiding behind the WMDs again!!!!!

  • Indiepalin

    The House Un-American Activities Committee should focus on the hippies first.

    • SnarkOff

      Damn kale-eaters.

    • Duke

      Herbert! Herbert!

    • Thaumaturgist

      Stop and think. Gays, hippies, mooslims, Messicans, planned parenters, the list could be endless.

      • Creepoman

        With the most un-American of all being HUAC itself.

    • TJ Barke

      First they came for…

  • Villago Delenda Est

    All you need to know about Newt:

    • elviouslyqueer

      Bet Calista got lucky that evening.

      • SnarkOff

        She gets lucky every evening.

        • Jonny On Maui

          he sleeps in the guest room.

          Sorry. It just looked like it needed that ending.

          • SnarkOff

            [rimshot]

          • borninatrailer

            I’d prefer you steer clear of any use of “rim” when discussing the Gingrich’s hump activities.

          • SpideySenser

            UGH! Brainbleach – STAT!

          • Gayer Than Thou

            I was going to say – I think we should agree on what “lucky” means in this context.

      • Hairstrike Alpha

        Why did you just inject that image into my brain? Am I not nice to you? I’ll bet there isn’t enough Cialis in the world to get those two into twin bath tubs anymore…

      • Lizzietish81

        Newt fell asleep before he could start groping her?

      • Caepan

        Guess not. Newt’s still breathing.

    • beatbort

      Are you fucking kidding me?
      This is not Photoshopped?

      • Villago Delenda Est

        Not photoshopped. Downloaded from Time.

        • beatbort

          I can’t get my mind around how fucked up that photograph is. Just…it boggles and buggers and really fucking pisses me off. Happy little lovebirds billing and cooing outside a cathedral of genocide. FUcking fuck. How do these people live with themselves?

          • Zippy W Pinhead

            talk about tone deaf

          • Blank Ron

            Money and power are surprisingly good insulators, I hear.

    • SnarkOff

      That looks Photoshopped.

    • borninatrailer

      Oh! I see Newt finally got that dream job in upper management. Seems like he’s not available for VP.

    • Hairstrike Alpha

      That’s his picture standing outside the new Trump compound in Europe…Donnie T is a complete history buff.

    • tehbaddr

      Is that where they honeymooned?

      • Beaumarchais?

        Yeah, it was a gas!

        • tehbaddr

          Uuuuuggghhhhhh.

    • QHarp

      It amazes me that Donald Trump has yet to use the phrase ‘Work makes you free’ with regard to welfare reform. Is it just because no one has asked him about it yet?

    • Little Lulu

      From the Gingrich Instagram (I suspect The Neuter’s had some “work” on his eyes):

      • borninatrailer

        Baron Harkonnen and his human.parakeet hybrid look quite happy.

  • Msgr_Moment

    They’ve finally answered the obvious question: Have you no shame?

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      Zero

    • Creepoman

      Is it possible to quantify shame with negative numbers?

    • Hairstrike Alpha

      I thought they answered that like, 20 years ago when Gingrich impeached Bill Clinton for fucking an intern while he, himself was fucking an intern….

  • Scooby

    I guess Gingrich just heard Edward R. Murrow died.

  • Nounverb911

    An oldie but goodie….

  • Callyson

    Oh, good God. I didn”t live during the 1950’s, but I know enough history to know I sure as hell don’t want our country to return to those (Un)Happy Days FFS…

  • Mpeg

    Rudy and Newt should stick to monitoring with enforcement and keeping contained the pitiful ideas congregating in those turdbuckets they pass for brains.

  • beatbort

    Newt is a dumbass’s idea of a smart person.
    Fuck you, Newt.
    That is all.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      and Rudy 9/11 is a tiny little old man desperately trying to portray himself as a tough guy. IRL he’s a decrepit old coot barely 5 feet tall and 98 lbs who probably can’t open his own juice box without help from a personal assistant- it’s solely because of the flattering camera angles that people don’t realize that he’s just Grandpa Simpson yelling at clouds

      • jmhm

        the pictures of he and Al D’Amato dressed up as street thugs for an undercover drug bust (before Al asked Rudy to let some gentlemen of respect walk on criminal charges and they parted ways) is priceless.

  • chascates

    ABC just reported an active shooter in a Walmart in Amarillo. Two deaths and hostages taken. My nephew is a homicide detective there.

    • Creepoman

      So, Tuesday then.

      • proudgrampa

        Just another day that ends in “y”.

    • Creepoman

      And snark off, hoping your nephew and family stay safe. Everyone really.

      • SnarkOff

        I know we’re not supposed to snark, but I can’t help thinking that all of the open-carry civilians who are surely shopping there no doubt will be able to stop the bad guy with their guns.

    • The Wanderer

      Shit.

    • Astraea

      Dammit.

    • Lizzietish81

      Hope he’s ok.

      Now for snark, he’s looking for the underground tunnels

    • Justno

      Damn.

    • Jen_Baker_VA

      No problem with guns though, too soon to talk about how easy it is to get whatever fucking gun you want

      • The “too soon” clock is reset back to zero.

        • Blank Ron

          Has it ever had a chance to get past the ‘1’?

          • willi0000000

            are you kidding . . . first *tick* puts it into “too late, old news” country.

            [ it ticks about once a week ]

    • Swampgas_Man

      AH GODDAMMIT

    • Hope your nephew is safe. He’s probably going to have a bad day.

    • Great Holy Mary Mother of God, when the fuck is this going to stop?

    • OddMan

      OT slightly.
      Another mass shooting happened over the weekend in Roswell, NM. A man killed his wife and four daughters. Totally ignored. He got away but was captured in Mexico.
      Also another man was shot and killed in Roswell within the last couple of days.
      http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/found-shot-death-mexico-home-39794266

      Dirt poor little town in SouthEast New Mexico has an incredible murder rate.

  • beatbort

    Whoah…did someone exhume Rudy G.? Or did someone say “9-11” and he woke up?

    • elviouslyqueer

      Fox and Friends probably caught him on the way back from returning the frock he wore to the Tony’s.

      • Nounverb911

        • Beowoof14

          Well at least he can poop in Trump Tower.

    • The Wanderer

      Yeah, I heard Don Ridolfo’s dulcet throat-warbling earlier today.

    • SayItWithWookies

      Rudy saw a coattail going by and just glommed onto it.

  • The Wanderer

    Supposedly Newton has read history.
    When I hear him talking this shit up, I am reminded of Talleyrand’s verdict on the Bourbons: “They have forgotten nothing, and learned nothing.”

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Newt was a history professor. Who failed to get tenure, admittedly…

      • The Wanderer

        I’m not surprised.

  • Randy Riddle

    “Quite frankly, as horrified as I am by, say, the Army of God and other Christian Terrorist organizations that bomb abortion clinics and threaten workers, I am not stupid enough to think that they would plan these acts during regular church services open to anyone.”

    It’s part of the community potluck after communion.

  • Relativicus

    The reemergence of Newt Gingrich may not be the worst aspect of the Trumpdidacy, but there’s nothing about the Trumpdidacy that is worse than the reemergence of Newt Gingrich.

    • snigsy

      Shouldn’t that be “Trumpiduncey”?

    • Gingrich is like the comic book supervillain of the political world. No matter how thoroughly he seems to have been destroyed, he always comes back for a brand new story arc.

  • Beowoof14

    Well there was this one guy shot in Church but republicans aren’t interested in protecting folks such as him: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/01/us/01tiller.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

  • JVisconti

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znUHAXfL3J4
    sadly, some voices die too young.

  • Hairstrike Alpha

    I still await the day when someone gets Rudy to say, “She sells sea shells by the sea shore”…hopefully the person asking will have a tarp on.

  • I AM DALTON TRUMBO!

  • Lizzietish81

    I’m sure the black churches in New York would love to have cops standing in their services while they preach about equality and freedom from oppression

    • TJ Barke

      We’re gonna protect and serve the shit out of you.

      • OddMan

        “It’s a Cookbook!”

  • Hairstrike Alpha

    Newter….that’s not even close to right. HUAC was originally the Dies Committee and they always existed for red baiting. They went after Nazi’s allegedly in the same way that Glenn Beck allegedly raped and murdered a woman in the back of his van in 1990…

  • Gayer Than Thou

    Revive HUAC? Pfft! Why stop at half measures? I bet former East Germans could help him rebuild Stasi.

  • Nounverb911

    Trey Gowdy Benghazi Committee libelz!

  • Wes Grogan

    No reason at all to point out that the House Un-American Committee was started by a Congressman who spied for Russia and read speeches prepared by them. Nope. No reason at all. Nothing to see here.

  • proudgrampa

    Where is Edward R. Murrow when we need him?

    • willi0000000

      dead . . . damn it!

  • elviouslyqueer

    The HUAC was all about ruining people’s lives and demanding mindless conformity. Basically, it’s today’s GOP.

    • Jeff Ackerman

      In the 1950’s we lived in Skagway Alaska. My father (a Democrat) hunted with a friend that was a Communist. Because of his friendship, my father was very thoroughly investigated by the HUAC, two geeks from the FBI made the rounds with many questions for everyone. Work was suddenly very hard to come by for my father. If it wasn’t for commercial fishing we would have starved, as it was we had a very lean 10 years or so. Fuck those people…. with votes…

  • SayItWithWookies

    Awww, the porch dogs of the counterrevolution still think anyone but Fox gives a shit about their opinions. I must admit, it is rather quaint hearing their police-state nostalgia — as long as they’re nowhere near a position of power.

  • Fly

    It’s still OK to wave the confederate traitor flag in state government buildings, so don’t worry.

  • anwisok

    Hmmmm . . .UnAmerican Activites . So, things like shutting down the federal gov’t? Or refusing to pass a budget? Or wasting gov’t resources repeatedly trying to overturn a popular law that benefits everyone? Maybe refusing to vote on a nominee to fill an empty spot on the Supreme Court? They may have a point, after all.

    • Jen_Baker_VA

      How about sending letters to foreign heads of state telling people not to bother talking to the president or dealing with him because he is not really a real president?

      • Shouldn’t those assholes be prosecuted for sedition or defamation or treason? Something along those lines? Too bad they can’t be prosecuted for being flaming assholes.

        • Courser

          Absolutely!

          But the GOP owns both houses of Congress and is holding the Supreme Court hostage. Face it, all of the fuckers should be charged with treason but it’s not going to happen.

          • Thanks. I really wasn’t sure, even though it seems glaringly obvious that those fucksticks should be charged with something.

  • Well they’ve already spent the last thirty years trying meticulously to recreate the Gilded Age so why not?

  • marxalot

    So anyway, 2015-2016 was obviously the wrong year to try staying sober.

    • Next year will be better when President Trump takes office.

      • Lance Thrustwell

        Oh please. Then I’m gonna need one of these:

        • jodyleek

          Just one?!?

    • Grizz1y
    • clubseal

      So anyway, 2015-2016 every year, ever, was obviously the wrong year to try staying sober.

      Fixed.

  • Ikimizi

    Un-American activities? Oh, shit. I used to play soccer.

    • AB316

      Talking about used to!?
      I literally just watched MEXICO play in a soccer match yesterday. I am so fucked.

      • Ikimizi

        Oh, I still watch. Just not the pathetic MLS.

        • clubseal

          American soccer libel.

          • OrdinaryJoe

            I have tix to the Chelsea v. Liverpool game at the Rose Bowl this summer. Just a clever way of rounding us up?

          • SeeTrain65

            Objection: Assumes facts not in evidence.

            Seriously, I’ve covered high school games that were more interesting.

    • Robin

      It was good knowing you.

      • Blank Ron

        Knowing who? Never heard of him or her in my life. Nope. Not at all.

        • Robin

          You’re right… they sounded mighty ur-o-peen if you ask me.

    • OrdinaryJoe

      As your counsel I urge you to use the word futbol and blame your parents for making you watch PBS. I can get you off with 5-15 years in a re-education facility.

  • Jen_Baker_VA

    Thought we had a body to tell us what was and was not un-American already. Thought it was called GOP.

    • willi0000000

      the gop had declaring unAmericanism taken away by the tealabangelical party.

      [ they want it back! ]

  • Ilgattomorte

    A number of you have brought up Joe McCarthy.
    Let me just say, JOE MCCARTHY WAS A SAINT!

    … that would be Saint Drogo, the patron saint of repulsive, unattractive people.

    • Robyn Pennacchia

      And coffeehouses!

      • Ilgattomorte

        Yes, but I’m sure only the ones that serve really bad coffee.

  • SDGeoff

    Rudy and Newty gasping for air and grasping for relevance.

  • Oblios_Cap

    HUAC was probably the most un-American activity of its time.

    • Brewerofbeers

      It is right there in the name! I love it when they say the name of the movie in the movie!!

    • The Wanderer

      (cough) Palmer Raids (cough) Red Ark ( cough)

  • Joshua Norton

    I have a new headline for you:

    Newt Gingrich continues struggle to be relevant

  • chascates

    The Walmart shooter in Amarillo is apparently just good ole’ American workplace violence.

    It has been confirmed that there is one person armed with a gun inside Walmart and at least one hostage.
    We do consider this a work-place violence situation at this point.
    All agencies are on scene, including Amarillo SWAT, APD, RCSO, PCSO and DPS. The SWAT robot is currently being utilized.
    Although there were reports of shots fired when officers arrived on scene, there have been no confirmed injuries.

    At this time we have NO confirmed gunshot victims at Wal-Mart. Officers are inside. No shooting ongoing at this moment.

    • anna rampage

      Unfortunately the shooter is a Somali, I mean anti american, radical Islamic, mooslum jihadist terrorist….

    • Usedtobeyellerdawg

      There’s a guy holed up in the Amarillo Walmart? Just let Myrtle handle him. Myrtle needs toilet paper, and she needs it now.

  • Vecciojohn LLC

    If the Dems ever take back the House they can grill Newt first.

    • Beaumarchais?

      I hear he tastes like chicken.

      • Land Shark

        Too fatty for me.

      • Vecciojohn LLC

        Chickenhawk, perhaps?

    • SeeTrain65

      Charcoal or gas? Hickory chips or Mesquite?

  • JMP

    HUAC, child labor, Gingrich really loves trying to bring back atrocities from America’s past. What’s next, fucking slavery?

    • mrpuma2u

      I mean, do you really need to pay those kids? Their pay is learning how be a good worker for the 1%.

      Remember when this douche nozzle said that kids in city schools should work as janitors?

  • beavertank

    Great news, all those WWJD bracelets that are passe outside of a particularly cultish Christianist circles can now be handily repurposed into “What Would Joseph (McCarthy) Do” bracelets for the newest stupid passing wingnut fad.

  • Joshua Norton

    Why stop at the HUAC? Just bring back the Witch Trials already. Deep in your fetid black souls you know that’s what you’re really going for.

  • Notreelyhelping

    Ah. Perfesser Newt. Why not Back to the Manzanar?

  • clubseal

    No hint of hypocrisy here, from the people who were on their war horses about the IRS investigating right wing groups!!!1!!11 (was that really a thing? I never looked into it.)

  • goonemeritus

    I still maintain a list of people I’m willing to throw under a bus if ever I’m subpoenaed.

    • Tess

      At the top of the list:
      Gingrich
      Kissinger
      The Bushes
      The Palins

      • goonemeritus

        I love the story about Gerald Ford, when he was told of Nixon’s enemy list. He reportedly said “any man that needs a list to keep track of his enemies has too many enemies”.

        • Ghenghis McCann

          The list of Nixon’s friends would have been a lot shorter. But I suspect he wanted to prove something. .

          • ConnieHinesDorothyProvine

            I know that Tricky Dick was big buddies with Walt Disney. Probably counted John Wayne as a friend also.

            Surprisingly, he was not friends with Raygun.

  • MrBlobfish

    Politically Correct = Constitutional

    Remember that when you hear these ghouls say we are too PC.

  • Ulricii

    Back in the day, the committee said it was being maligned when called the House Un-American Activities Committee. It’s proper name, saith Joe and Crew, was the House Committee on Un-American Activities.

    So Newt has taken a baby-step forward with his naming. Progress always comes in inches with those guys.

  • MrBlobfish

    Newt and Rudy? What show was it? The Divorcee Hour?

    • Me not sure

      Space : 1999?

  • Mavenmaven

    Oh course, the retort “have you left no sense of decency? ” would be met today with some hot air about “we’re not PC”.

  • Bitter Scribe

    Do, say, the French worry about un-French activities? The English, about un-British activities? Etc.

    Or do those countries just consider the whole concept ridiculous and risible?

    • Teecha

      I’m British. If you’re English, you worry about people not understanding that you are furiously angry with them when you say ‘no really, I don’t mind’. The Scottish side of the family don’t seem to have this. Not sure about the Welsh or Irish parts of GB.

      But our nations are *quite* a lot older than the US, so maybe that’s why we don’t really have the same concerns. The French get really hung up on their language.

      • Bitter Scribe

        Yeah, no shit. A former business acquaintance who grew up in California but learned perfect French married a Frenchman and settled with him near Paris. When their first child was born, she started off speaking to her in English so the kid would have a grounding in both languages. But her in-laws and most of the other people they knew acted like she was committing child abuse, so she had to cut it out. (Not sure where her husband came down on the matter.)

      • HazooToo

        This is why I have to tell my friend three times that something is genuinely okay, and I’m not just saying ‘okay’ because I don’t feel like it, but I don’t want to inconvenience her. I love you people.

    • “Do, say, the French worry about un-French activities?”

      Yes, sadly. Google “hijab ban”. French fascists want COMPULSORY pork in school lunches because VIVE LA FRANCE, fuck the Mooslims (and the Jews).

      • puipui

        There’s a town in France that was called La Mort aux Juifs (“Death to the Jews”) until last year, because they refused all requests to change the name until they were basically forced into it.

        Sadly, this is not the most anti-semetic thing I’ve heard about modern-day France, by far.

        • Honestly, everywhere in the world, new Islamophobia is just old anti-Semitism in drag. After anti-Semitism became unfashionable after cousin Adolf took it too dang far (and in France the whole question of local fascists and conservatives enthusiastically jumping on the Holocaust train is still a touchy subject), the impulses to “persecute the scary minority” were just switched to the Muslims, with a kind of perverse “Christian Zionism” covering up for it – suddenly Jews were great, but only if they were in the Middle East shooting Arabs.

  • Jennifer R

    Sure, let’s put newt on the floor first. I got some unamerican things to do to him.

    • Magic Juan

      I think he’s a witch I say we dunk him and see!

      • willi0000000

        considering where his head is at . . . and the fact that he can breathe methane . . . it might take a long time to find out.

        [ . . . but he obviously weighs more than a duck ]

        • ConnieHinesDorothyProvine

          turned into a Newt, didn’t get better

  • CJTX

    “We originally created the House Un-American Activities Committee to go after Nazis,” Gingrich said.”

    If this is true, I don’t really know, than it perfectly illustrates the problem with policing ideas – it starts as something righteous and is then used to persecute people with different ideas about democracy, religion, politics, etc etc etc etc.

    We discussed the Skokie Neo-Nazi march in class today…a lot of people criticize(d) the ACLU for representing them, and maybe they’re right, but the problem is, where do you draw the line on prohibiting free expression? Today it’s the nazi’s, an almost universally loathed group. But tomorrow it’s atheists, gays, transgenders, christians, jews, muslims, or any other group.

    • Teecha

      It’s not true. It arose from earlier committees which were all about finding out those pesky Bolsheviks. It did later also investigate ties to Nazis as well as communists, but he’s talking out of his arse if he’s saying it was set up to deal with nazis.

      • Usedtobeyellerdawg

        Sure. The first ones it would have found would have been Henry Ford and Prescott Bush.

      • CJTX

        I should know better than to trust “Newt” on history…wait, wasn’t he some kind of history teacher?

    • jmk

      I remember one of my teachers saying that a society is only as just and as moral as the way in which it treats its most despised members…and that the most important civil rights in the country are those of the members of the most despised groups, because if you can violate the civil rights of the universally despised, then all any of the rest of us have are civil privileges.

    • puipui

      First they came for the Nazis, and I didn’t speak out because my irony alarm was going off too loudly for anything to be heard.

  • whitroth

    I agree with this, bring back HUAC. And have them start by investigating *Christianist* terrorists, and the NRA, who’s trying to encourage a treasonous revolt, and, by George (Washington, that is), let’s have them investigate the GOP!

  • AnOuthouse

    I heard America was great back then. I wish it were great again.

    • JustDon’tSayDittos

      Wanna buy a hat?

      • eddi

        And a head scarf for the missus?

    • OneDemin EOr

      You’re playing in the wrong sandbox.

    • thixotropic jerk

      To get back to greatness immediately, simply duck and cover over and over until you pass out and dream of the 1950s and never wake up.

  • SadDemInTex

    Holy hell

  • Jeff in the desert

    Un American activities – Religious discrimination, violation of right to privacy (aka Patriot Act), holding without charge and right to speedy trial. Cruel or unusual punishment.

    • Ghenghis McCann

      What version of the Constitution are you reading?

      • Land Shark

        The Raygun & Shrub Edition

      • Stulexington

        Not the King James version, that’s for sure.

        • Jeff in the desert

          Jeff in the Desert’s version where Dok Zoom’s banhammer hits Trump squarely on the head. And like David and Goliath slews the hooooge fucker.

          Edit: With votes.

          • jmk

            That’s not the one the members of the Talibundy carry around – I think Jesus helped evangelical Tom Jefferson write that one.

      • Jeff in the desert

        Who said anything about a constitution, those are decent moral things……oh wait….Newt is a Republican. and a small lizard, no?

      • He’s not reading from the Constitution. He’s reading from the double-secret probation legal memoranda drafted by John Yoo early in the Bush administration (otherwise known as the Torture Memos). I hear Trump is a fan.

  • Ninja0980

    I was still in elementary school when Newt and his band of right wingers came to power and thus I never fully understood what an asshole he was back then.
    Now I do due to actions like this.

    • ConnieHinesDorothyProvine

      I was also in elementary. I didn’t follow politics that closely, but I heard about what a slimeball Gingrich was.

    • jmk

      I was a grown-ass adult, and Newtie was one of the first people I distinctly remember wanting to punch through the TV set.

  • Magic Juan

    How can a guy that was a history teacher, hell and probably lived through a lot of that shit, propose we revive it. What a complete and utter dumb fuck.

    • Gregory Brown

      Newty is one of those people who is waaaaayy dumber than he looks.

    • Beaumarchais?

      Denied tenure, so now he’s trying to rewrite it.

    • jmk

      Because he liked it and thought it was a dandy-keen idea…bet he spent a lot of time cheering Tail-Gunner Joe on.

  • OrdinaryJoe

    Let’s just lay all the cards on the table. The fear mongering right wing longs for a police state because that really is how they roll.

  • LarryHoudini

    **HUAAC!!**
    Sorry. Had a gob of phlegm stuck in my throat.

  • Teecha

    I’m currently teaching The USA- A Divided Union to my GCSE students, we start with McCarthy and the HUAC and travel all the way through the civil rights movements up to Watergate. (Today was Phyllis Schlafly – maybe spelt wrong, but don’t care- and my 14/15 yo kids could not get their heads around her rank hypocrisy, but I digress.)
    I would welcome any of these chaps into my classroom to learn about the causes, actions and consequences of the HUAC, which my students would be happy to discuss as part of their ongoing revision homework. I realise that popping over to Qatar might be a bit tricky, so I’d be happy to email over the ppts and resources that I use with my second language students for them. The content is that same, but the English is simplified to make it more accessible for my little darlings.

    Seriously, HUAC? Are these men complete hardtards?

    • OneDemin EOr

      Yes, they are. Keep teaching, my friend. Although I am retired from that honorable profession, I am yours in solidarity.

    • Last Hussar

      Yeah, but you are obviously a American Hating Liberal, who spreads lies about nice white men.

    • eddi

      I lived through those times as a kid. Keep teaching the lessons learned lest some other kid has to listen to how many Freedom Riders died today on the news.

    • thixotropic jerk

      How have the Texas Textbookians not found you and blacklisted you for the anti-murrikan sacrilegious blaspheming of all those young and tender minds? Watch Your Back!

  • HanBarbara

    As the Republican Party said to Richard Nixon after his resignation, Newt, you’ve done enough already.

  • House0fTheBlueLights

    Are you now, or have you ever been a Radical Islamic Terrorist Wonkette commenter.

    • JustDon’tSayDittos

      There is no such thing as a Wonkette commenter.

      • Jeff in the desert

        You mean this is like the Matrix. A digital projection to keep us from knowing the true reality.

        • jmk

          Nah… just that Wonkette doesn’t allow comments.

          • Last Hussar

            I’m glad you reminded me – I might have tried to comment.

          • thixotropic jerk

            Stop your non-commenting non-commenting already!!!! RULES PEOPLE!!!!

  • OneDemin EOr

    I watched Barry today. A very controlled Barry. But a very, very pissed off Barry who isn’t gonna take it anymore from the GOP or their POS presumptive nominee. Barry is pissed and gives no fucks.
    If I were Truck Fump, I would keep my Aquanetted hair away from Barry. He wants to set you afire, Fump.

  • ConnieHinesDorothyProvine

    My first question to the Newt who didn’t get better:

    Are you or have you ever been a serial philanderer?

  • Last Hussar

    Newt may want to talk to the Ford family, who were sending money to the Nazis 6 months after Pearl Harbour and the declaration of war on the US by Hitler.

    • Thomas McCabe

      Or the Bush family who had quite extensive business connections with the Dritte Reich.

  • DT

    “And while we’re at it, let’s check into some of Nixon’s programs for investigating the American Left, shall we?”
    You joke, but shit, dude, that describes the policies Giuliani used to great effect, and Bloomberg continued, in the NYPD.

  • Kooolest G

    I think the imams of NY are sick of the NYPD and FBI coming to the mosque and interrupting the sermon by sitting next to all the young men there and whispering “do you want to buy a rocket launcher? I know a guy”

  • duckshoe

    Fun history fact: HUAC never went after American fascism. It focused on communists from its inception in 1938, and rejected a suggestion that they investigate the Klan. Nothing like objective fact-finding…

    • veska

      Additional fun fact: Charlie Chaplin was one of the Hollywood stars found guilty of un-American activities. He moved to England so he could continue making movies.

      • duckshoe

        Making “The Great Dictator”? Spreads disaffction ‘mongst the masses…bad Charlie!

        • revenant

          “pre-mature anti-fascism”. basically, anyone who didn’t lick Hitler’s balls before Pearl Harbor was guilty of it

      • nick kelly

        Other fact: Robert Oppenheimer who chief scientist on A-Bomb had his security clearance revoked because he testified before the committee to having had socialist leanings as young man.

  • Bear OmNomNom

    Who better to lead a witchhunt? He’s got to find out who turned him into a Newt!

    • Enfant Terrible

      He *didn’t* get better.

  • Dinz6315

    I read that as “check into Nixon’s pogroms.”
    Well…not too far off, really.

  • Jerry Noneofyourbizz

    Tell me again…who is it that gets to decide what is and is not unAmerican? And is being a twice divorced, thrice married adulterer a prerequisite?

  • Jim

    Are you now or have you ever been at a bathhouse with me? Our mandibles locked. Your chitinous claws wrapped oh so tightly around my thorax.

    We both breathe deeply of the jasmine scented air before I release a satisfied sigh and open my lower carapace, allowing you to insert your ovum depositor

    • Enfant Terrible

      Waitaminute, don’t they use eucalyptus in that steam room?

      I’m out.

  • theblackdog

    A really great movie called Salt of the Earth, about Mexican-American miners who had to form a union and strike to get better working conditions in New Mexico, had to be made and processed in secret because the House Un-American Activities committee blacklisted the director and producers who made it, accusing them of being Communists. The film was later suppressed by Hollywood for the same reasons, even the Hollywood Reporter going so far as to say the film was made under orders by The Kremlin.

    Ironically it was selected in 1992 to be preserved in the United States Film Registry for its cultural significance.

    • thixotropic jerk

      I saw that film! Gritty, grim and realistic portrayal of how far workers needed to go to secure better working conditions and how ruthlessly their employers would act to prevent their success.

  • thixotropic jerk

    Yes, sure, absolutely Gnuwt, you fat fucking hippocrite shitmuncher on 7 multi-dimensional levels, let’s bring back HUAC because what-the-ever-fuck could go wrong with THAT brilliant idea? And as long as were on a roll, let’s re-institute the Inquisition, The Salem Witch Trials, and oh, how bout the Armenian Massacre by the Turks until we’re sure we’ve purged the entire country of Un-Amerikkan Class A Assholes like you.

  • For a professional historian, Gingrich has a very poor understanding of history.

  • Enfant Terrible

    Are Gingrich and Giuliani just the most adorable wankers ever?

    No???

  • Mehmeisterjr

    Those who do not learn history are doomed to believe Newt Gingrich.

    • cynmac

      And Gingrich has been a history professor so he isn’t ignorantly bringing this up. He’s actively projecting his fascism.

  • revenant

    “Mister we could use a man/ like J. Edgar Hoover again”
    (for the literal-minded wannabee troll sniffers in the audience, this is just a little change rung on “Those Were The Days”, a song that Archie and Edith Bunker sang at the beginning of every episode of “All In The Family”; not a direct expression of personal opinion, rather a rephrasing of the opinion expressed by The Worst Historian On This Or Any Other Planet)

  • cynmac

    Political Correctness!

  • going4baroque

    it doesn’t matter who goes to the mosques, the temples, the churches, the synagogues – you won’t find god there

  • Parchment Scroll

    I find it difficult to believe that Newt is actually promoting the return of the HUAC. Have we considered the possibility that he’s just become a bitterly sarcastic critic and people are taking him at face value, causing him to exaggerate his behavior more and more? Can that be what is happening? Please? I can’t take much more of this.

  • Celtic_Gnome

    One of the advantages of letting HUAC destroy people’s lives now is that we don’t have to worry about writers producing the quality of a Spartacus from getting screwed over by the committee. That quality of work isn’t evident in Hollywood anymore.

  • SeanT1001

    And we’re listening to Gingritch because…?
    How is he relevant to any conversation? He’s not in charge of anything except mining in Canada in an advisory capacity and leaving his wife after she gets cancer.
    You’ve got Trump acting like Roy Cohn, lizard-boy wants to resurrect HUAC, any Senators want to be Tail-Gunner Joe…?
    Oh, you do Mr. McConnell? Why am I not surprised?
    Where’s your list of Muslims? Oh, Trump’s holding that for you, good, good.
    Mitch you keep working Trump’s balls and Newt, you can work the shaft… I know it’s difficult with three-quarters of the GOP down there already, guys, but muscle in where you can.

  • nick kelly

    Who in the name of Christ names their kid after a slimy little lizard.

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