Pete Stark: “Our borders are quite secure, thank you”

posted at 3:58 pm on June 29, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

When we last looked at Rep. Pete Stark’s idea of constituent outreach, he was expounding on the virtues of urine conservation — by telling a voter that he “wouldn’t dignify you by peeing on your leg. It wouldn’t be worth wasting the urine.” See how much of this latest example you can stomach from Stark, who manages at once to be smug, rude, condescending, and completely flat-out wrong, all while explicitly refusing to perform the constitutional duty of securing the nation’s borders. Bookworm Room and the Boss Emeritus both have the nine-minute-plus video:

Even when you get beyond the normal Stark lunacies, such as asking a constituent “How many people did you kill today?”, Stark is … well, stark raving nuts. He claims that the borders a “quite secure,” a status that not even the Obama administration claims.  He also tells his constituents that the bracero program for agricultural workers still exists, when it was shut down decades ago.  Stark also does a weird tango between accusing the so-called minutemen of mass murder for their attempt to patrol the southern border and alternately accusing his constituents of cowardice for not volunteering to secure the border themselves.

There probably isn’t much hope of replacing Stark.  He represents a San Francisco Bay district that includes Alameda, Hayward, and Fremont, which isn’t exactly an epicenter of Tea Party activism.  One might think that Democrats might want to replace Stark before he ends up alienating too many more of his constituents, though, and start creating a demand for someone a little more moderate, coherent … and sane.


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Pete Stark: The more illegals that get in, the more secure you are.

(Think about it…think about it…)

lorien1973 on June 29, 2010 at 4:00 PM

“We can send the Minutemen home.”

It seems that many in that room want you to go home.

shick on June 29, 2010 at 4:01 PM

Stark is … well, stark raving nuts.

Doesn’t that describe Most Leftists?

Chip on June 29, 2010 at 4:02 PM

These congressional clunkers need to be thrown out of the politburo.

tarpon on June 29, 2010 at 4:03 PM

dumb

blatantblue on June 29, 2010 at 4:05 PM

Pure, Class A, 100% prick. I couldn’t make it past five minutes of Stark’s constant references to killing people, I sure as he1l wouldn’t have sat in that room and listened to it. The man is insane and if he is doing anything more than puttering around his garden in his skivvies then I fear for this nation.

Bishop on June 29, 2010 at 4:05 PM

What are these people going to do when it’s determined that a major attack resulted from terrorists getting in across the “Secure” border?

Reichstag fire anyone?

Chip on June 29, 2010 at 4:05 PM

Ignorant, clueless moron.

IOW, a Democrat.

AZCoyote on June 29, 2010 at 4:05 PM

Dadgum, that kool-aid’s strong.

kingsjester on June 29, 2010 at 4:06 PM

really? Tell that to the new Mexica embassy I have up here in the great white north. And the influx of mexicans who can’t speak english… and this is in the last 3 months.

upinak on June 29, 2010 at 4:06 PM

Maybe he’s a Russian spy??

PatriotRider on June 29, 2010 at 4:06 PM

No plans to retire, that says it all.

fourdeucer on June 29, 2010 at 4:07 PM

When have democrats ever cared what their constituents thought or said, ever?

flytier on June 29, 2010 at 4:07 PM

Pure, Class A, 100% ahole. I couldn’t make it past five minutes of Stark’s constant references to killing people, I sure as he1l wouldn’t have sat in that room and listened to it. The man is insane and if he is doing anything more than puttering around his garden in his skivvies then I fear for this nation.

Bishop on June 29, 2010 at 4:07 PM

“I see dead stupid people but they don’t even know they’re dead stupid.”

shick on June 29, 2010 at 4:08 PM

The Greeks want to sell islands to the highest bidder to help with their deficit. Can’t we just sell San Francisco to help with ours? Seriously who would miss it?

txmomof6 on June 29, 2010 at 4:08 PM

Sure it is.

Bee on June 29, 2010 at 4:09 PM

Maybe Stark didn’t read those new signs.

Daggett on June 29, 2010 at 4:09 PM

Dadgum, that kool-aid’s strong.

kingsjester on June 29, 2010 at 4:06 PM

I’m thinking he is mainlining Everclear.

katy the mean old lady on June 29, 2010 at 4:09 PM

The Greeks want to sell islands to the highest bidder to help with their deficit. Can’t we just sell San Francisco to help with ours? Seriously who would miss it?

txmomof6 on June 29, 2010 at 4:08 PM

Screw it….just sell CA

PatriotRider on June 29, 2010 at 4:11 PM

Pete Stark has also been one of the few admitted Communists in the U.S. Congress.

The man is and has been a traitor for his adult life. What better poster child for the modern Democrat party?

CrazyGene on June 29, 2010 at 4:11 PM

Screw it….just sell CA

PatriotRider on June 29, 2010 at 4:11 PM

No one would buy it, it is infested with vermin.

CrazyGene on June 29, 2010 at 4:12 PM

One might think that Democrats might want to replace Stark before he ends up alienating too many more of his constituents, though, and start creating a demand for someone a little more moderate, coherent … and sane.

Stark is essentially a member of the American Politburo just like Robert Byrd was. The voters are too apathetic, dumb, and brainwashed to even care and Stark will keep his seat as long as he wants.

Django on June 29, 2010 at 4:13 PM

Sure it is.

Bee on June 29, 2010 at 4:09 PM

“The Department of Homeland Security has dedicated unprecedented manpower, technology and infrastructure resources to the Southwest border over the course of the past 16 months,” DHS spokesman Matt Chandler said. “Deployment of CBP/Border Patrol and ICE personnel to various locations throughout the Southwest border is based on actionable intelligence and operational need, not which elected official can yell the loudest.”
This from your link, Matt Chandler must have a direct line to Pete Stark.

fourdeucer on June 29, 2010 at 4:15 PM

It is really sad that some people want him representing their interests. Between that whack job and Pelosi, it’s no wonder CA is a mess.

search4truth on June 29, 2010 at 4:18 PM

Wish we could replace Pete Stark with… Tony Stark!

psrch on June 29, 2010 at 4:18 PM

STARK-RAVING-MAD!!!!!!!

canopfor on June 29, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Hopefully Petey Boy will have the extra time to start that ladder company all by himself.

Sasnak on June 29, 2010 at 4:22 PM

The SF Bay area should be ground zero for resuming nuclear testing.

infidel4life on June 29, 2010 at 4:22 PM

Big Sis likes Stark.

Border? What border?

BobMbx on June 29, 2010 at 4:23 PM

This guy used to be my Congressman. Complete whack-job. Also, only atheist member of Congress. Once again, atheists really have the heavy-hitters representing their case.

amerpundit on June 29, 2010 at 4:23 PM

What an arrogant SOB! This guy is paid for with our tax money!

GrayDog on June 29, 2010 at 4:23 PM

Stark is … well, stark raving nuts.

Actually, he is usually drunk off his A$$.

He is a living, (barely) breathing, personification of what the democrats think of all of us.

dirtseller on June 29, 2010 at 4:23 PM

What are these people going to do when it’s determined that a major attack resulted from terrorists getting in across the “Secure” border?

Reichstag fire anyone?

Chip on June 29, 2010 at 4:05 PM

“Inherited this attack from the previous administration..”

BobMbx on June 29, 2010 at 4:24 PM

Rep. Pete Stark is the perfect example of why we need to vote the Democrats out of office for at least the next 50 years so we can get this country back to being the United States of America. That man is a complete idiot!

afotia on June 29, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Every breath they take and exhale is how does it benefit
the Liberal Party!!!

Seriously,is ALL POLITICS!!!!

The time is coming,that the Liberal Party will,by their own
hand,force Americans to turn their backs on them,and simply
just stop listening to them!!!

Its getting to the point,where Liberals will have to be
saved from themselves!!!

canopfor on June 29, 2010 at 4:26 PM

…as secure as an old sieve…

Schadenfreude on June 29, 2010 at 4:27 PM

HE NEEDS HIS *SS KICKED!!

canopfor on June 29, 2010 at 4:30 PM

The problem with Stark’s district is that the middle-class that makes up the southern part is heavily non-citizen (not necessarily illegal, just lots of immigrant tech workers), the middle is heavily Hispanic (legal and otherwise), and the north is a chunk of West Oakland specifically gerrymandered onto the district to make sure that it stays loony.

JEM on June 29, 2010 at 4:35 PM

Hey Pete, could you pull your pants up any higher?

portlandon on June 29, 2010 at 4:36 PM

I used to live in his a-hole’s territory. This vid doesn’t even show 1/10th of his depravity. This guy is a hardcore blowhard. He knows he can get away with anything because although he represents the creme de la creme
of the Silly-con valley, those are not the people who actually make up the bulk of his voters. But they do host all his fundraisers at their homes.
Stark’s bulk voters come in busloads on election day , with suspect IDs. They vote early and by mail and every possible method they can use and get away with
Nothing this guy says ever makes any sense. His arrogance is legendary and his disdain towards his constituents is well known.
For example, follow his own words :
he says the border is secure
and then he says if we build a wall at the border, mexicans will use a bigger ladder to get in.
He is a lunatic alright but his constituents are p*$$ies no less. He’ll win again.

macncheez on June 29, 2010 at 4:37 PM

Rep. Pete Fortney Stark must be voted out of office in 2010!

Rep. Stark is 79 years old. It is well past time for him to retire!

Chris Pareja, who appeared in the video above, is running against Rep. Stark as an Independent.

Chris Pareja needs 9500 signatures by August 6 to get on the November ballot as an Independent.

Review Chris Pareja’s website here:
http://www.chrispareja.com/index.html
Chris looks like an impressive candidate with common sense positions on the issues.

Based on a website comparison, Chris Pareja looks like a stronger candidate than Forest Baker who won the Republican Primary on June 8.

Review Forest Baker’s website here:
http://www.forestbakerforcongress.com/

Rep Stark only got 48,603 votes (as of 6/29) in the June 8 Democrat Primary.
http://vote.sos.ca.gov/returns/usrep/1359.htm
With so few votes from his Democrat base, Rep. Stark will be vulnerable in 2010.

If you live in Rep. Stark’s District (CA-13), please let us know your thoughts on Chris Pareja and Forest Baker.

wren on June 29, 2010 at 4:37 PM

The people who elected this moron are the ones you need to worry about!

GFW on June 29, 2010 at 4:39 PM

Exhibit A of the geniuses that are the current democrat party!!

desertwanderer on June 29, 2010 at 4:42 PM

His arrogance & disrespect for these people, his constituents, is totally over the top. I don’t think that I could have sat there and maintained my cool.

Fire this guy!

ORrighty on June 29, 2010 at 4:42 PM

When I look at petty bureaucrats like Stark, Conyers, Byrd (rest in Hell), Pelosi, etc., what I really lose respect for are their constituents, not the bureaucrats, themselves. It’s the idiots that insist on voting for them that I could spit on. This is aggravated by the fact that time-and-again he is insulting and condescending to the people at the meeting; so much so, that had I been there and been subjected to that verbal abuse from an old loser like himself, or saw him verbally abusing someone close to me, the proceedings would’ve come to an immediate end, and the police would’ve had to been called. This is a classic example of the Classical Liberal. Deranged bureaucrats of the 60s New Left that haven’t died off, casting themselves in roles of royalty, and the true source of an imperial government in the United States.

Then, you have this moron constantly talking about “arming” the Minutemen, and having them “shoot” the illegal aliens, something else I see Ed is too timid to talk about. Do you really think the Minutemen would survive as an organization, ad-hoc, or not, the mass killings of illegal aliens? While I certainly would not be adverse to repelling this invasion of criminals with deadly force and dedicating hard resources to tracking them down and incarcerating them in state and privately-run prisons throughout the United States, I know that just won’t happen. We’ve a half-assed Manchurian Candidate for a president and clueless, corrupt, terror-supporting AG that allows foreigners of Mexico to join them in suing the State of Arizona. What makes you think they won’t quickly outlaw the Minutemen, painting them as deranged, racist serial killers, and a branch of the Dead Byrd’s Ku Klux Klan or Skinheads. With his insistence on throwing insults and dodging questions, it would’ve been funny if someone that had a loved one murdered by one of these alien criminal scumbags was present, and got to be on the receiving end of his condescending put-downs.

I don’t know if he would even make an attempt to explain his way out of that.

Virus-X on June 29, 2010 at 4:43 PM

Look up the following term in the dictionary: TERM LIMITS
This is what you’ll see.

Tom66 on June 29, 2010 at 4:43 PM

Fortney’s Complaint: “Don’t confuse me with facts when I can baffle them with bullchit.”

ya2daup on June 29, 2010 at 4:51 PM

The only logical explanation for this moron to still be in office is that his constituents think that his vocalizations are a funny ha-ha joke.

TinMan13 on June 29, 2010 at 4:52 PM

ourdeucer on June 29, 2010 at 4:15 PM

Is that supposed to be comforting?

Bee on June 29, 2010 at 4:54 PM

When I was a kid, where I grew up, that kind of stuff would get you a punch to the chops. What an A$$.

Badbrucskie on June 29, 2010 at 4:54 PM

He represents a San Francisco Bay district that includes Alameda, Hayward, and Fremont, which isn’t exactly an epicenter of Tea Party activism.

There are signs of hope in the San Francisco Bay Area!

The Bay Area Patriots are leading a very active Tea Party movement here!
http://www.bayareapatriots.com/

If you are in the area, please join the Bay Area Patriots! See the website for details.

wren on June 29, 2010 at 4:54 PM

fourdeucer on June 29, 2010 at 4:15 PM

Sorry for butchering your name in the quote above? :)

Bee on June 29, 2010 at 4:54 PM

He really does reveal the personality disorders and arrogance of the Bay Area populace… he represents them PERFECTLY.

Forget about running against Pelosi or Obama– run this idiot’s videos in every Republican campaign this year. Then his district will see how he helped throw them out of power and maybe phase him out.

leftnomore on June 29, 2010 at 4:55 PM

Sorry for butchering your name in the quote above

?

.:)

Bee on June 29, 2010 at 4:54 PM

omg. I’m leaving now. haha.

Bee on June 29, 2010 at 4:55 PM

Just disregard everything I’ve said in this thread except my first comment. Thanks! :D

Bee on June 29, 2010 at 4:58 PM

The people who elected this moron are the ones you need to worry about!

GFW on June 29, 2010 at 4:39 PM

As the saner elements across the pond have already noted:

“The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America . Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.”

Archimedes on June 29, 2010 at 5:02 PM

Hey Stark, the Vice Pres is calling you…calling you an asshole…

right2bright on June 29, 2010 at 5:02 PM

Is that supposed to be comforting?

Bee on June 29, 2010 at 4:54 PM

Heck no it isn’t comforting, thank-you for the link, it just shows how out of touch this administration, Pete Stark and the rest of the lunatic fringe are.

fourdeucer on June 29, 2010 at 5:02 PM

oops, let’s try this again…
Hey Stark, the Vice Pres is calling you…calling you an A$$hole!

right2bright on June 29, 2010 at 5:04 PM

Reprehensible arrogance. I wondered how he can get away with it, so I went to wikipedia. There I saw his stunning margins of victory. As long as the people of this nation continue at their stunning level of political ignorance, incompetence, or corrupt self-interest, there is little hope for renewing our foundations.

Stark, btw, is the first avowed atheist to serve in congress.

paul1149 on June 29, 2010 at 5:07 PM

There is nothing stopping Brewer from deputizing the minutemen as state police, highway patrol, and placing them on the border.
She can’t control the National Guard anymore, but it’s still her state.

docjohn52 on June 29, 2010 at 5:08 PM

The 13th district isn’t nearly as liberal as its neighbors. It’s very working class with a lot of military retirees.

So there’s a shred of hope.

BTW, anyone know who’s running against him?

The Ugly American on June 29, 2010 at 5:09 PM

Rep. Pete Stark is paid $174,000 per year of your Tax Dollars as a Congressman.

http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/uscongress/a/congresspay.htm

VOTE REP. STARK OUT OF OFFICE IN 2010!

wren on June 29, 2010 at 5:10 PM

If someone with editing skills can make a vid for you-tube :

String together clips of some of the most arrogant and hostile politicians ,
for example :
Pete Stark ( pee on voters, accusing them of murder)

Hare ( I don’t care about the constitution)

Biteme ( do you know my IQ, smarta$$ store-owner)

Pelosi ( astroturf T-partiers, patriotic illegal mexicans)

Boxer ( T-Partiers wear nice Brooks brothers clothing, call me senator, another black said this..)

That woman who laughed when a town haller wanted to recite the pledge of allegiance

That man from WA who was told by a Marine ” stay away from my kids ”

Maxine waters ( I will socialize everything, there is no problem with fannie and freddie)

Bawnee Fwank ( T-partiers are racists)

There are so many many more..

macncheez on June 29, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Just disregard everything I’ve said in this thread except my first comment. Thanks! :D

Bee on June 29, 2010 at 4:58 PM

Guess I should have said everything Pete Stark said and the quote from DHS would (as Hillary once said) require the willing suspension of disbelief.

fourdeucer on June 29, 2010 at 5:14 PM

Heck no it isn’t comforting, thank-you for the link, it just shows how out of touch this administration, Pete Stark and the rest of the lunatic fringe are.

fourdeucer on June 29, 2010 at 5:02 PM

Got it…and agree!

Guess I should have said everything Pete Stark said and the quote from DHS would (as Hillary once said) require the willing suspension of disbelief.

fourdeucer on June 29, 2010 at 5:14 PM

No no no…I meant my egregious typos!!! haha. I appreciate what you said, I was clarifying and kept embarrassing myself with errors. As usual. :)

Bee on June 29, 2010 at 5:20 PM

Archimedes on June 29, 2010 at 5:02 PM

I love that quote. It pretty much sums up what has gone wrong with America.

mrsmwp on June 29, 2010 at 5:20 PM

The Ugly American on June 29, 2010 at 5:09 PM

See Wren’s first post above. There is an independent and a Repub running.

mrsmwp on June 29, 2010 at 5:21 PM

Paraphrasing here: “OK, you tell me how high you want the wall built, so I’ll know how long the ladders need to be that I plan on selling to the people coming over the border” (about three minutes in).

What else do you really need to know about this guy? He thinks the border problem is a big joke. Not only does he deride the need for the federal government to secure the country’s borders; he openly admits that he’s one of those people who are acting to keep outsiders flooding in.

The country isn’t falling apart on its own; it’s being picked apart by human termites like this Pete Stark creep.

Aitch748 on June 29, 2010 at 5:25 PM

The biggest difference between Conservative nutjobs and Liberal nutjobs is that Liberals elect theirs to public office.

Pete Stark “raving mad” is a text book proof.

locomotivebreath1901 on June 29, 2010 at 5:35 PM

Wren posted above a link to Chris Pareja who’s attempting to run against Pete Stark as an independent.
http://www.chrispareja.com

Unlike a Democrat or Republican who needs only 40 signatures and a filing fee, Chris needs over 9K signatures to qualify for the ballot.

I’ve known Chris for about 7 years through the business he has built. He’s an extremely decent and thoughtful independent whose views lean conservative.

If you live in Pete Stark’s district and want him gone, please visit Chris’ website to sign a petition.

Mr. Stark doesn’t even have the decency to live in his district or own a home there. His home is in DC. How in touch can you be with your constituents when you don’t even stay in touch with them?

norcalgal on June 29, 2010 at 5:39 PM

Secure?
“‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’

’The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’

’The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master — that’s all.’”
— Lewis Carroll (Through The Looking Glass)

LarryG on June 29, 2010 at 5:41 PM

Stark is … well, stark raving nuts.
Doesn’t that describe Most Leftists?

Chip on June 29, 2010 at 4:02 PM

Not sure – it’s a toss-up between them being nuts or evil, and I’m not entirely sure I’ve decided which category ‘most leftists’ fall into.

Midas on June 29, 2010 at 5:46 PM

People get the reps they deserve, and those idiots in San Francisco deserve the very best.

GarandFan on June 29, 2010 at 6:01 PM

this dufus is in my district, and this guy will get elected again regardless of what he does or says. The liberals are in love with this man here. It is so true that we deserve what we get when elect me like this. He is beginning to look like Al Gore and filling up with hot air.

mark24609 on June 29, 2010 at 6:13 PM

People get the reps they deserve, and those idiots in San Francisco deserve the very best.
GarandFan on June 29, 2010 at 6:01 PM

The idiots in San Francisco are represented by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who unfortunately damages the entire country.

Rep. Stark represents the 13th District in the East Bay portion of the San Francisco Bay Area.

There is more hope to defeat Rep. Stark in the East Bay.

wren on June 29, 2010 at 6:20 PM

norcalgal on June 29, 2010 at 5:39 PM
I’ve known Chris for about 7 years through the business he has built. He’s an extremely decent and thoughtful independent whose views lean conservative.

Thank you for your perspective Norcalgal!

Chris Pareja sounds like just the type of candidate we need to run Rep. Stark out of office in 2010! His positions on the issues do seem to be very thoughtful.

http://www.chrispareja.com/positions.html

wren on June 29, 2010 at 6:25 PM

Mr. Stark doesn’t even have the decency to live in his district or own a home there. His home is in DC. How in touch can you be with your constituents when you don’t even stay in touch with them?
norcalgal on June 29, 2010 at 5:39 PM

Here is the source that proves Rep. Stark actually lives in Maryland in a $1.7 million home.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2009/03/pete-stark-hous.html

According to the article:

He said they use her parents’ address in San Lorenzo to maintain their California voting eligibility.

If you know anybody who lives in Rep. Stark’s District, please help them to vote more carefully in 2010!

wren on June 29, 2010 at 6:41 PM

“How many people did you kill today?”

Sorry, I didn’t realize that was your border security plan Mr. Stark… How many people am I allowed to kill today?

Is there a bag limit on people, and what is the proper season?

Do I need a license? Is it restricted by does and bucks or is it open season on killing people? Any weapons limitations, do I have to use a bow or something?

I could go further, but I suspect I’m tiptoeing on the banhammer edge as it stands so I’ll end my questions here.

gekkobear on June 29, 2010 at 6:54 PM

Aww, Thanks ! Gosh I feel so much better now, thanks so much again Mr. Stark(Raving Mad)!

cableguy615 on June 29, 2010 at 8:21 PM

There must be many more people who want this joker as their representative than those who want to kick him out. Oh I forgot, he is from California.

miron on June 29, 2010 at 10:46 PM

as he goes out to his car to find his battery and hub caps missing.

johnnyU on June 30, 2010 at 7:03 AM

Pete Stark is just one of a long line of raving lunatic morons that makes you wish California would secede from the rest of the Nation, just so that they could stop sending certified nutcases like this to Congress.

pilamaye on June 30, 2010 at 7:32 AM

Rep. Stark has not changed since I left California to join the military in 1970.

Arrogant and liberal as ever. He never carried about others point of view and just has not stayed on top of anything regarding immigration and control of those who make it across.

The issue of anchor babies are not citizens unless at least one of their parents is a legal citizen at the time of birth.

MSGTAS on June 30, 2010 at 9:33 AM

Just validation that you get the government you ask for with your votes. Good ol’ “in-the-toilet” California. What would happen to California if all of the “white boys” moved out? HAH! It would return to the state it was in before whitey showed up – desert. No wealth and no welfare.

LarryG on June 30, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Those signs in the Arizona desert are really a government cover-up for our new secret ninja training facilities.

barnone on June 30, 2010 at 10:37 AM