Friday, July 31, 2009

Wingnut Wrapup

I am afraid it's time to go over the rules of Wingnut Wrapup, for those conservatives who still don't understand. Listen, guys, to earn the coveted honor of a place here, your posts must incorporate lies, belligerence, and above all a suitability for quick ridicule. Just one of the three won't do! Come on now, many of your friends have mastered the skill. If you're still confused, look at Pam Atlas or Joseph Farah for guidance. They are the best.

Now, onward:

Greg Hengler, Town Hall: "MSNBC Anchor Says Thought Of Newt's 2012 Run Is "Scary"

For Republicans, maybe. For us Dems, it would be a dream come true.

Bob McEwen, Town Hall: "Obama Turns On Freedom Around the Globe"

Which apparently consists of Honduras, Iran and the United States. That's it. Where did all those other countries go? My son was in Japan a couple of weeks ago. I'm sure glad he got back before it vanished.

Jonah Goldberg: "The God Who Bleeds"

Apparently that's Obama. Jonah has this to say:

"Well, now he's the god who bleeds, and once you're the god who bleeds, it's hard to get the divinity back in the tube, as it were."

You know, Jonah, Jesus bled on the cross. Hard to get the divinity back after that, I guess.

The Employment Policies Institute: "Pay hikes hurt workers"

Ha ha. Nothing stings like a raise, huh? Who might these guys be, I wonder:

From Sourcewatch: "The Employment Policies Institute (EPI) is one of several front groups created by Berman & Co., a Washington, DC public affairs firm owned by Rick Berman, who lobbies for the restaurant, hotel, alcoholic beverage and tobacco industries."

Okay. Now we know.

Vicki E. Murray, Pacific Research Institute: "School Choice Would Satisfy Hunger for Change "

Who needs all the rest of it, the health care reform, the action on the environment, the new emphasis on consumer safety, the stimulus, the rejection of military threats as our only answer to the world's problems. No, all we need to be happy is school vouchers.

A few of Pacific Research Institute's Contributors, in case you are interested: Altria, Chevron, Texaco, Cypress Semiconductor, Exxon Mobil, Microsoft, Pfizer, PhRMA, SBC (now AT&T), Verizon.

Erick Erickson, Red State: "Senate Democrats Discourage Hiring Poor and Disabled Workers"

By passing the minimum wage hike. Right you are, Erick. The bastards!

Pam "I'm Stupid, so Sue Me" Geller, Atlas Shrugs: "Obama's Stimulus $$ Funds Horror Porn"

Actually something that got funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. I never saw it, but I'm willing to bet that it couldn't really be described as "porn." By a sane person, anyway.

Stella Lohman, Renew America: "As a fully engaged Christian, Sarah's decisions come from an inner compass — her faith in Judeo Christian values and a personal relationship following Jesus Christ."

Yes, Jesus is the one who tells her to lie every time she opens her mouth. Jesus is the one who tells her that it's a good idea to pander to the worst side of human nature. Jesus is the one who tells her to preach the virtues of hate and greed. Blame him.

World Net Daily: "Obamacare called 'euthanasia bill"

By who? Who called Obamacare a euthanasia bill? Well, a guy named Matthew Staver, the founder of an organization called "Liberty Counsel."

And are they a reliable source? Here's a little fact that might help you decide how you feel about them:

From Wikipedia: Liberty Counsel has been criticized for intolerant and excessive tactics in pursuit of their causes including threatening legal action against a public library for awarding certificates involving Harry Potter books, because "the certificate of witchcraft endorsed a particular religion".

Okay, I'll keep that in mind.

Phil Kline, American Spectator: "Obama Appoints U.S. Attorney Who Contributed to His Campaign"

The horror! Obama is engaging in the most gross corruption! He appointed a Democrat to a Federal position. How Dare He!

Matthew Vadum, American Spectator: "The Franken Meltdown Begins"

Here it is, the beginning of the end for Al:

"Franken, who was seated talking to someone else, did not stand when (T. Boone) Pickens said hello. Instead, Franken began to berate him about the billionaire's financing of the Swift Boat ads in 2004."

Right on, Al, and I'm only sorry that you didn't punch him.

Larry Kudlow, National Review Online: "It’s a New Bull Market.. Resilient capitalism is pushing back against Obama"

Every day the market goes down, it's Barack's fault. But if it goes up, it's in spite of him. Sure, Larry.

You know, I'm surprised that this guy still has the nerve to stick his head out of his front door.

The Astute Bloggers: "RECESSION EASING - NO THANKS TO PORKULUS!"

Do these guys know that their caps lock key is stuck on? Anyway, they continue:

"AND ONLY 10% OF THE STIMULUS HAS BEEN SPENT."

So, let's give the rest of it back to the rich. Hey, knuckleheads, if 10% of the stimulus has eased the recession, don't you think it might be a good idea to let the rest do its work? No, of course not. Because then the public might discover that, unlike your conservative bull, liberal ideas actually work! And then, where would you guys be?

Island of Doom

Just in case you don't have enough to worry about today, how about this:

"Will Krakatoa rock the world again? Last time, it killed thousands and changed the weather for five years, now it could be even deadlier..."

Change We Can Believe In, continuing

From CQ:

"House Passes Sweeping Food Safety Bill

On its second try, the House passed a sweeping food safety bill that would create new traceability requirements for the food supply chain and strengthen facility inspections."

Here's a big surprise:

"Republicans still withheld their support.

“This bill would go too far in trying to produce food from a bureaucrat’s chair in Washington,” complained (the Agriculture committee's) ranking Republican, Frank D. Lucas of Oklahoma."

Think we would have gotten this bill through a Republican congress?

Excellent News from Congressional Progressives

This very good news, from The Hill:

"Liberal Dems have 57 votes against Blue Dog plan

Liberal lawmakers who oppose a deal House leaders cut with centrist Blue Dog Democrats have gathered signatures from 57 lawmakers who say they won't vote for the plan."

Two can play at this game, and this action is essential to giving Barack Obama the ability to go to the Blue Dogs and tell them that no health care reform legislation without a public option is going to pass.

These Blue Dogs always claim that they have to vote the way they do, because they live in relatively conservative districts, and they will be in danger if they do the right thing. Well, Obama can now make them face the prospect of their intransigence precipitating a total failure on health care reform. Let's see how they do, running as Democrats, after that, particularly when the party will have every reason to cut them off without a penny, the next time they run.

No mercy for them.

When Can We Call Them Brownshirts?

This is, I believe, a most important and disturbing story, from Think Progress:

"This morning, Politico reported that Democratic members of Congress are increasingly being harassed by “angry sign-carrying mobs and disruptive behavior” at local town halls. For example, in one incident, right-wing protesters surrounded Rep. Tim Bishop (D-NY) and forced police officers to have to escort him to his car for safety.

This growing phenomenon is often marked by violence and absurdity.... much of these protests are coordinated by public relations firms and lobbyists who have a stake in opposing President Obama’s reforms.

A leaked memo from Bob MacGuffie, a volunteer with the FreedomWorks website Tea Party Patriots, details how members should be infiltrating town halls and harassing Democratic members of Congress...

Patients United, a front group maintained by Americans for Prosperity, is currently busing people all over the country for more protests against Democratic members. Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX), chairman of the NRCC, has endorsed the strategy, telling the Politico the days of civil town halls are now “over.”

There is more at the site, including excerpts from the memo mentioned above, and links to more information. If you read anything today, I urge you to click on the link and read the rest of this article.

Now, why is this important? First, a warning- anyone that is going to be upset if I talk about Nazis had better start screaming now and get it over with as soon as possible. Well, here goes. This is exactly how the stormtroopers got started. Their original purpose was to disrupt events of other parties. Yelling and threatening and marching around the halls soon turned violent, after Nazi leaders decided that, in the words of the guy above, "the days of civil town halls are now over." One thing led to another, and soon they decided that, since they could not win elections fairly, they would take power through violence toward anyone who opposed them. It was this violence that Hitler used to manipulate the German government into making him Reichschancellor, in the foolish hope that if they were "bipartisan" with him, he would abandon his undemocratic behavior.

Sorry, folks, I am not just one more blabber ready to shout "Hitler" at anyone who opposes me. I know what I am talking about, and I tell you with utter assurance that what we are seeing here is disturbingly familiar to anyone who understands what was going on in Germany around 1922 or 1923.

Conditions in this country are not as bad as they were then in Germany, so maybe it will all come to nothing. But, maybe not.

Update: Here's the original article from Politico. Lots more horror stories, if you can stomach it. This is not going to end well.

Fun With the Kos Poll

This being Friday, it's time to take a look at the weekly Daily Kos tracking poll.

Obama essentially unchanged at 62% positive; Pelosi and Reed up slightly, at 34% and 32% respectively, Boehner and McConnell down slightly at 18% and 13% (!) Yes, thirteen percent of the American people view the Republican Senate leader positively. Way to go guys.

Party ratings? Both down 2, leaving the Dems at 45 % and the Republicans at a new low of 19%!

Even worse when they look at congressional ratings- Congressional Dems +2 at 41% positive, and Congressional Republicans -2 at (get ready for this one, I saved the best for last) a massive positive rating of (are you sitting down?) 10%. You read that right. One person in every ten approves of congressional Republicans this week!

Way to go, guys. You are really on that comeback trail I keep reading about.

Now, this amusing chart from Kos:













I think this should give the Republican party something to think about.

But, of course, it won't.

Much more, with some interesting analysis, at Daily Kos. If you are not a regular reader of the single most influential left wing blog, this would be a good opportunity to take a look.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Wingnut Wrapup

An extremely poor showing today- I guess the wingnuts wore themselves out yesterday. Guys, you've got to pace yourselves. You've still got seven and a half more years of Obama.

Jillian Bandes, Town Hall: "Liberal Bloggers Perpetuate Birther Conspiracy"

Aha, it's all their fault. Of course, up until three days ago, it was the most important issue in the country. I guess the liberals didn't get the Republican talking points yet.

Debra Saunders, Town Hall: "No Thin Line Between Murder and Hate"

If congress passes hate crimes legislation, it's just the same as murdering people at the Holocaust museum, or shooting doctors in church. I can see how you guys would buy into that line of thinking. Unfortunately.

Red State: "Lamar Alexander to Support Sotomayor – A Knife in the Back of Republicans, the Constitution and Conservatism"

That's what it is if a Republican votes to confirm a Democrtatic Supreme Court pick. It says right in the constitution that Republicans have to vote the way they are told. Wait a minute, I'll find it here....

Erick Erickson, Red State: " The Four Democrat Blue Dogs Who Sold Out America...keep in mind that these are the four Blue Dog Democrats who decided to cut a deal with the liberals in the House of Representatives."

On the other hand, it is just as bad when Democrats vote with other Democrats! Actually, if you look in the Constitution, you will see that it is illegal to not vote the way Republicans tell you to. I know it's in there somewhere.

Oleg Atbashian, Pajamas Media: "Obama Regresses to Cold War Mythology … and Switches Sides"

Huh? He's working for the Soviet Union now? And they won't even pick up his paycheck. Cheap bastards!

Sher Zieve, Renew America: "Despite the indications that many of our Congressional leaders now report to Dictator Obama and no longer to We-the-People we must keep fighting the growing Marxist oppression inherent within the current tyrannical administration."

Uh huh, Sher. Boy, the wingnuts are running short of lies. This one sure comes from the bottom of the barrel.

Chris Adamo, Renew America: "Why Sarah Palin threatens the "establishment"

They're going to choke to death laughing at her? No, I guess that wasn"t Sher's point:

"Palin's faults, or more precisely, those qualities about her which critics attempt to manufacture into faults, are trivial at worst."

What, being a lying, ignorant, corrupt demagogue, willing to pander to the worst instincts in the American people, and hungry for power without having the least concern about the responsibilities that go along with it? Hey, nothing wrong with that, right? At least she's not b.... bl.... Well, you know what I'm saying. Now that would really be a fatal fault, huh?

World Net Daily: "Vanished: Obama exposer disappears off Net"

What, Obama personally garroted him?

"Shannon says he spent 60 to 70 hours a week on his efforts and received only $240 in the entire two years despite displaying prominent donation buttons. The home page now just has a logo and the words, "Closed. Lack of support."

Oh. Sorry, guy. And just when you were on the verge of breaking the biggest constitutional crisis in history. Tough luck there. $240 in two years, huh? I could get more than that with my appeal for the Rabid Wolverine Rescue Shelter.

Newt Gingrich, Human Events: "America Needs a Take-Home Pay Raise"

I.e. a corporate tax cut. Fancy that. Who would ever think Newt would get behind that one?

Andrew McCarthy, National Review Online: "The birth-certificate controversy is about Obama’s honesty, not where he was born."

Oh sure. Nothing to do with you lunatics who spewed this garbage out for the last year. You were proud to take credit for it until you noticed that it was making you all look like idiots. Now, all of a sudden, it's Obama's fault.

The Astute Bloggers: "THE COLLECTIVIZATION OF HEALTHCARE IS THE END OF PERSONAL HEALTH: UNDER OBAMACARE, YOUR DEATH IS FOR THE COMMON GOOD!"

Don't you just overflow with trust when you get ready to read something that is WRITTEN ALL IN CAPITAL LETTERS? Well, anyway, here we go again. THE DEMOCRATS ARE GOING TO KILL YOU!!!!!

The Astute Bloggers: "THE OBAMA CRIME WAVE CONTINUES TO BUILD: More Than A Dozen Shot In Chicago Overnight"

And what a pathetic alibi. He claims he slept in the White House last night. Who is going to buy that one? Anybody knows he could have sneaked out the back door after dark.

And finally, this important announcement. the prestigious Green Eagle World Records Bureau can now confirm that World Net Daily has once again smashed its previous world title, by posting yesterday TWENTY SIX articles on Obama's birth certificate. This is an earth shaking event in the realm of world records, beating the old record by five posts. Congratulations to you! Green Eagle knows you can reach thirty!

Apparently, just like liberal bloggers and Obama, WND didn't get the "cool it guys" memo either.

Arizona Avoids Tax Increase

What a world:

"Desperate State May Sell Capitol Building, Others
Under GOP plan, government would pay to lease back most of the sites.
Call it a sign of desperate times: Legislators are considering selling the House and Senate buildings where they've conducted state business for more than 50 years."

But, by God, they aren't going to raise taxes! Responsible citizenship, Republican style!

End the Tyranny

Total sense from Kos:"

"Time to end the tyranny of the long-serving chairmanships

Republicans have instituted term limits for their chairman, meaning they can't monopolize top committees for decades and giving other members of their caucus a chance to hold leadership positions. Democrats, on the other hand, work on a seniority system that rewards the longest-serving members and converts them into corrupt, arrogant and unaccountable autocrats.

There's no better example of this dynamic in action than Sen. Max Baucus and his Senate Finance Committee, where he and three of his best buddies are working to overrule the will of the entire House and virtually the entire Democratic caucus in the Senate while vacuuming up huge dollars from his lobbyist friends. But he doesn't give a shit, because there's nothing anyone else can do about it.

Except that some in the Democratic caucus are tiring of this arrangement."

This is a great post, with more good stuff in it, and I strongly encourage you to read the whole thing.

WE HAVE ALREADY WON

Read the papers or watch cable news these days, and you would think Obama is on a fast train to oblivion, and the Republican lie machine has succeeded in smashing health care reform to smithereens. All the usual sources, like Chris Matthews, have abandoned their supposed new awareness, and returned to being robot vendors of corporate spin, and all you hear is that it's over for the public option, and Democrats are going down with the ship.

As usual, a pack of lies. Let me explain to you where we are now, and what is going to happen next:

Yesterday, Henry Waxman and Nancy Pelosi revealed that they have enough votes in the House, where there is no filibuster, to deliver what 76% of the American people want- a health care reform bill with a public option. Republicans and the gutless, corrupt blue dogs can postpone it for five weeks and call that a victory, but the votes are there.

Now, regardless of what the Senate does, that means that we are going to see two different bills go to a conference committee to reconcile them. This is a venue that the blue dogs cannot control, and it is going to determine what is in the final bill.

Let me divert my comments a little at this point, to talk about FDR. Although he has a reputation today as a hard core liberal, this was not true when he took office. FDR was actually a centrist, and spent the early part of his term, including the famous "first hundred days" enacting a series of bills that were tailored to gain the approval of business and banking. The compromises he was forced to make, naturally, rendered most of his actions inadequate to address the real problems. As the 1936 elections approached, Roosevelt was faced with steeply declining popularity. At that point, he had to face up to the fact that he could not serve the American public and sate the greed of the rich at the same time. He had to make a choice, and he chose to stand with the people. It is once he made that choice that he began to support social security, real economic stimulus, savings insurance, and the other things for which he is still ranked as one of the greatest of American presidents.

Obama is about to face his Roosevelt moment. If he really wants to be a great president, if he really wants to deliver groundbreaking legislation to the American people, here is what he will do:

He will call the three miserable blue dog Senators who are collaborating with the insurance companies and the Republicans, and here is what he will tell them: If you prevent the Senate from passing a health care bill with a public option, we are going to go to that conference committee and put it in anyway, regardless of the screams and moans of the Republicans and the Chris Matthews' of this world. And then, I will see to it that you corrupt politicians, having sold your souls to the insurance companies, will never, ever get one cent or one second of help from the national party, for the rest of your lives. So, this is your choice. We are going to have a public option. All you have to decide is whether you want to stay in the Senate.

That's hardball. That's what it will take to get this legislation passed, and that's all it will take. This victory is Obama's if he wants it. And you know what? He does. Obama knows everything I have said here; he figured it all out long before me, as usual. And this is what we are going to get.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Finally, An Explanation for Why the Birth Certificate is So Important

There are times when single articles are so crammed full of idiocy, that they smash through the confines of Wingnut Wrapup, and demand to receive their own, individual dose of ridicule and contempt. Why, you may ask, do these heads-above-the-rest specimens of lunacy so often come from Renew America?

I don't know, but here is another skull-exploding wonder from them. I have to warn you that what follows is so sputteringly incoherent that it may cause deep dizziness and nausea:

"Why the birth certificate?
By Helen Valois"

Helen starts out with a bang, I must say:

"Referencing existing German law specifically excluding the commission of euthanasia, Bishop Clemens von Galen thus reminded his countrymen, during the summer of 1941, that the ignominious hospital-based murders being perpetrated by the Third Reich were, in fact, illegal...
Hitler and his brown-shirted cabal had appropriated the authority to determine what would and would not be allowed...."

Wonderful. We're on to the Nazi thing in the first sentence. It's going to be great to see how this relates to Obama's birth certificate, huh?

"As it became popular in Nazi Germany to believe, "It is not your job to determine if something is true, but if it is in the spirit of National Socialism." Isn't this how Sonia Sotomayor essentially understands her own job description?"

It is? I missed that one. Maybe we should have had more testimony from the firemen.

"Last week, Lou Dobbs called widespread attention to de facto President Obama's lingering lack of supporting documentation for something as basic as his very status as an American citizen. Why this wasn't done a long time ago (for example, before Obama's name was permitted to be printed on any presidential ballot whatsoever) remains a mystery. Like a mole that has lately altered in color and shape, it may not seem like much, but of what invisible internal processes is such "change" ominously symptomatic?"

"A mole that has lately altered in color and shape." feel yourself spinning off into the zodiac yet?
"Of what invisible internal processes is such "change" ominously symptomatic?" God, how can you even make fun of this? But this is what they "believe."


"During the administration of Bush 43....we saw the "non-birther," "pro-choice-about-the-equitable-application-of-the-law" mentality egregiously on worldwide display as Judge George Greer pitilessly put Terri Schindler-Schiavo to death by starvation and dehydration — a method most favored by Nazi executioners..."

Well, leaving out that they really favored mass shootings, and when that was insufficient, the gas chambers (who expects these people to really know anything about their subject,) no, I don't see the similarity. You see, unlike Terry Schiavo, the victims of the Nazis did not have brains that had turned to liquid.

"One cannot help thinking in this regard of what Obama supporter Professor Gates allegedly spluttered at the....Cambridge police officer who had the painful duty of interacting with him last week."

When thinking of Terry Schiavo, one can't help thinking of Professor Gates acting rudely to a policeman.

Well let's see where we've gotten to now: From Hitler to Sonya Sotomayor, to Terry Schiavo, to a rude Professor... I can hardly wait to see what's next.

"Last May, a priest who is a retired professor of theology and philosophy at the Catholic University of Louvain made some stunning, if underreported, remarks. Addressing a plenary assembly of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, Father Michel Schooyans, referring specifically to the person and policies of our nation's Chief Executive said, and I quote: "We are witnessing the emergence of a politico-legal terrorism without precedent in history."

Even WORSE than the Nazis, or Stalin! If we stop the insurance companies from screwing us, WE ARE WORSE THAN THE NAZIS!!!!!!!

"Father concludes that the United States is "well on the way to totalitarianism," and in danger of dragging the rest of the world down the path of diabolical destruction, too."

Diabolical, huh? After all, what's worse than the Nazis? Of course! Why didn't I realize it sooner! SATAN!!! OBAMA IS SATAN!!!!!!

"Choice," so defined, and the cattle cars packed with human cargo, are but two sides of the same coin, two stages of the identical ideological process."

HEALTH CARE IS THE SAME AS MASS MURDER! WHEN ARE YOU FOOLS GOING TO SEE THAT!

"Are we merely to ignore the fact that the very crimes denounced by Bishop von Galen (who spoke out against the Nazis- G.E.) are about to be implemented in America today — starting this very week, if Rahm Emanuel gets his way? The Obamacare bill, if passed (like the so-called stimulus package) would....impose a crime against humanity upon every state in the Union....countless people stand to be snuffed out....None of us then will be sure of his life."

I've talked about this before, but VOTE DEMOCRAT AND DIE!!!!

"...it's time for those among us still placidly insisting that "it can't happen here" to wake up and smell the Zyklon-B. And that, in short, is why Barack Obama must be legally compelled to produce his long-form birth certificate or its functional equivalent..."

And so that's why we must see Obama's birth certificate.

Let's try to go over this argument once again:
Nazis were bad.
Sonya Sotomayor is just like the Nazis.
Obama is a color-changing mole with invisible internal processes, i.e. a Nazi.
Terry Schiavo was killed like the Nazis killed some people.
Professor Gates yelling at a policeman is just like the people who killed Terry Schiavo.
Giving people a public option for medical care is just like putting them in cattle cars and taking them to gas chambers.
If we let health care reform pass, the world is going to face diabolical destruction.
A public option for health care means everyone dies.
So, we need to see Obama's birth certificate!

There you go! Right wing thinking in a nutshell.

An Addendum to Wingnut Wrapup

I mentioned in Wingnut Wrapup yesterday that, all of a sudden, in a single day, many right wing websites that have been supporting the birther idiocy suddenly turned against it. I talked to someone who asked for some examples, so here are eight web posts since yesterday. I thought that was enough to make my point, although I am sure I could have found more:

Red State: "Taking Down the Birthers"

Town Hall: "Close Encounters of the Absurd Kind"

Don Surber, via Instapundit: "I call them birfers. Like 9/11 troofers only dumber. Others call them birthers. They are the people who believe that President Obama was born outside the United States and therefore is constitutionally barred from being president."

Confederate Yankee: "And the Obama Birth Wars Continue..."

Gateway Pundit, "Forms of Madness"

Matt C. Abbott, Renew America: "Obama 'birthgate' ain't goin' nowhere"

Joel B. Pollack, American Thinker: "The political alchemy of Birtherism"

The Editors, National Review Online: "Born in the U.S.A."

Once again, I would like to suggest that you think about how it happens that these guys all turn on a dime at the same time.

Note: I'm not going to bother linking to any of this junk. They are all major websites, and you can find them easily enough by yourself if you are so inclined.

Wingnut Wrapup

Not much in the way of surprises today, just the usual lunacy. It's amazing how they never fail to provide us with this sort of junk, day after day:

Newsweek: "Why Obama should make George W. Bush his Mideast envoy."

Because you sell more magazines when the world is really screwed up? I sure can't think of any other reason why you would saddle us with that malicious incompetent again. Maybe you really do believe Obama is trying to destroy the country- this would be about the quickest way to bring that about.

Senator John Kyl: "The health insurance industry is one of the most regulated industries in America. "They don't need to be 'kept honest' by the government."

Oh, no. No, the insurance industry is the most honest, caring business in the country, and would never do anything that is not in our best interest.

You want to see Senatorial corruption in action? Well, here it is.

Walter Williams, Town Hall: "How can political commentators, politicians and academics get away with statements like "Reagan budget deficits," "Clinton budget surplus," "Bush budget deficits"

Who gave them the right to tell a lie like that? We need to put a stop to that sort of thing right now!
















"Where in the U.S. Constitution is Congress given the authority to do anything about the economy?"


Oh, I don't know, maybe in this part: "promote the general welfare" It's in the first sentence, dimwit.

Little Pammy, Atlas Shrugs: "Sarah Palin's Commencement Address"

Pammy, here's a concept that has apparently escaped you: You have a commencement when you graduate, not when you drop out. Look it up.

Little Pammy, Atlas Shrugs: "Dump Schumer rally"













Here it is! That's Pammy in front there, with the red hair. Doesn't look like you got as many people as those marches in Iran, huh? Maybe you should have served tea.

Newsmax: "Bolton: Israeli Attack Best Option on Iran"

Best option for whom, jackass? The people in Israel that will be killed in the war, or you mindless, belligerent warmongering assholes, who can make some more money going on Fox News during the fighting?

Jim Myers, Newsmax: "Poll: Nearly 80% Support Palin 2012 Run"

This was a Newsmax online poll. Just in case you want to spend some time considering how accurately the poll represents American public opinion, here is another question from it:

"6) Do you believe Barack Obama "bought" the White House by outspending McCain?
Yes: 72 percent
No: 28 percent"

World Net Daily Exclusive: "Obama 'like Romans who destroyed Jewish Temples"

How? HOW? Slow day for idiocy in the news, huh?

Washington Times: "Obama still cashing in on Bush's failings"

God, I wish we could all cash in on Bush's failings. We'd all be living on yachts in the Caribbean.

Ben Stein, The American Spectator: "The Oil Shortage Hoax"

Like Ben's other stories, "The evolution hoax," "The Global Warming hoax," and probably next, "the Obama Won the Election hoax."

Michelle Malkin, Human Events: "Bully Boys: A Brief History of White House Thuggery"

Very brief. Names she left out: Karl Rove, David Addington, Dick Cheney, Alberto Gonzales, John Yoo. Well, you get the idea. Apparently nobody ever thought of thuggery until Obama. Thanks a lot for your helpful contribution, Michelle.

Michael Prell, American Thinker: "Why public health care is philosophically wrong"

What, it violates the Hegelian dialectic or something? When it makes demonstrably inconsistent claims about the nature of causality? No, here's the reason:

"You should have the power to choose whichever option serves you best."

Except the public option. Translation of the above remark, for the slow witted: "You should have the power to choose whichever option makes the most money for the insurance companies."

But wait, there's more:

"What we desire is liberty...That is what America stands for. That is what the first Americans fought and died for"

Liberty for insurance companies, anyway. Washington, Jefferson, Hancock- that's what they fought for. We know it's true. After all, we read it at "American Thinker."

Stephen Spruiell, National Review Online: "It won’t be the fault of the GOP or the Congressional Budget Office if Obama doesn’t get the health-care plan he wants."

No, of course not. Nothing is ever the Republicans' fault. Thanks for reminding us of that, Stephen.

Republican Honesty in Action

H. R. 3309- the "Small Business Job Security Act"

What does it do? Prevent the minimum wage from being raised for another year.

Keep Government Out of Medicare!

From the Washington Monthly, a funny article:

"Rep. Robert Inglis (R-S.C.) recently hosted a town-hall meeting, at which a man insisted, in all seriousness, "Keep your government hands off my Medicare." The constituent, apparently, didn't appreciate the irony."

Conservatives are apparently so committed to their delusions about health care, that they are managing to convince themselves that medicare has nothing to do with the government.

The whole article is well worth a read, and will provide you with a couple more good laughs.

Superhero

Would you want to see what a real life superhero looks like?










From Talking Points Memo:

"House Retains Public Option In Compromise, But Delays Vote Until September....Substantively, leadership seems to have given up very little, but, Blue Dogs succeeded at slow walking the bill, which won't get a vote until after the August recess. The public option hasn't gone away, and remains intact."

Yes, Henry Waxman has beaten the blue dogs to their knees, keeping what the American people want and need in this bill, while giving up peanuts in return. A couple of days ago, I mentioned a comment by some idiot wingnut asking why anyone would vote for this guy. Well, wingnut, here's your answer.

Now, where is the senator who is going to do the same thing?


Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Wingnut Wrapup

Some good quality lunacy today, so let's just dive right in:

Thomas Sowell, Town Hall: " After many a disappointment with someone, and especially after a disaster, we may be able to look back at numerous clues that should have warned us that the person we trusted did not deserve our trust...When that person is the President of the United States, the potential for disaster is virtually unlimited."

Talking about Bush there, I assume. No, Obama? Oh, I understand now. The disaster under Bush was not "potential," it was unfortunately real. Too bad you didn't object back then.

Debra J. Saunders, Town Hall, "All American Kooks"

The birthers. After months of encouraging them, all of a sudden, in one single day, wingnut websites all across the internet are calling them crazy. Think of this, the next time you are tempted to think that there isn't someone behind the scenes pulling these guys' strings.

Ray Walser, The Heritage Foundation: "Honduras's Conservative Awakening"

I.e. military coup. How wonderful for them to be awake, after spending all those years sleeping through democracy.

Dennis Prager, Town Hall: "10 Questions for Supporters of 'ObamaCare"

I have only one question: Who in their right mind is going to listen to a compulsive liar like Dennis Prager?

Red State: “Who are the idiots that keep re-electing Henry Waxman?”

I don't know, maybe the idiots who like a good congressman. What fools, when they could have had someone like Michelle Bachmann.

Andrew Klavan, Pajamas Media: "In Praise of Racial Profiling"

Here's the picture that was part of this article: Here's a question for you: Where do they get these black guys to write this kind of racist crap? Or do you think they just found a picture of any old black guy in a suit, and put it on an article that was really written by Karl Rove?

Frank J. Fleming, Pajamas Media: "Why All the Smart People Say Obama Is a Great President"

Because he is, Frank. That's why.

Gateway Pundit: "Local Deaf Student Asks Dem Officials: Will Disabled People Like Me Get Shut Out Under Obamacare?"

Unfortunately, when the Dem official told him the truth, he couldn't hear the answer. Not because he was deaf- because he was a Republican.

Gateway Pundit: "Change!... Israelis Protest Obama in Jerusalem...The protestors brandished banners that read: "Obama: the country of the Bible belongs to the people of the Bible."

Wow! There are ignorant religious wackos in Israel too. Who would have ever guessed?

Newsmax: "Israel's Lieberman Calls for UN Sanctions on Iran"

Does every country have a Lieberman? Oy vey.

Barry Farber, Newsmax: "It's time to recall my most unforgettable moment on radio in 49 years...It was Cold War time, the mid-1970s...On that magic night the main guests were two far-left American historians"

Once again, wingnuts have to go back to the 1970's and something said by someone nobody even remembers, to criticize the left. God, I find 15 stupid things a day that you guys say, and I don't even have to look that hard.

Tim Dunkin, Renew America: "Will the Republicans snatch defeat from the jaws of victory?"

Dream on, Tim. Right now, the Republicans seem to be intent on snatching defeat from the jaws of defeat. At least that's something they've had practice at, the last few years.

Dan Popp, Renew America: "Myth of the middle class- There is no "middle class" in America. It's not because George W. Bush killed it. There has never been a middle class in America."

The middle class never existed. Kind of like Obama's birth certificate, huh? Boy, these guys will believe anything. What a bunch of losers.

Joseph Farah, World Net Daily: " Think about this: Do you believe Joe Biden actually believed Barack Obama was constitutionally eligible?"

Actually, yes I do. Fancy that. I guess that makes me a sucker, huh?

World Net Daily: "Why eligibility story is still alive"

Because you won't shut up about it. That's the reason. That, and the fact that there are a lot of really stupid people in this country.

Human Events: "Michelle Malkin Latest Victim of 'Post-Racial' America"

She went on Fox News, and got a bunch of hate mail because she is Asian. And somehow, that's the liberals' fault. Go figure.

Enough already. Bye!

Some Jihadists are Ours, Like it or Not

This story, from the AP, doesn't seem to be getting much attention yet:

"RALEIGH, N.C. — A North Carolina man trained in Pakistan and Afghanistan has been charged along with six of his alleged recruits with conspiring to support terrorism and traveling overseas to participate in "violent jihad," according to an indictment unsealed Monday."

Boy, wait until the wingnuts get hold of this, right?

"The indictment said Boyd, a U.S. citizen, trained in Afghanistan and fought there between 1989 and 1992 against the Soviet Union before returning to the United States..."

That would be during the presidency of George Bush the first, when the jihadists were supported by the United States, and these lunatics were our guys. I wonder if the man who got his terrorist training in Afghanistan will be allowed to point out that we were financing the people who trained him?

Blowback is a bitch. Green Eagles's first principle of International Relations: Supporting the bad guys always ends up badly, even when the bad guys are fighting with other bad guys. Barack, think about that, when you try to figure out what to do about Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

Home Prices Up

And this news:

"NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- The value of U.S. homes grew on a monthly basis in May for the first time in nearly three years, according to 20-city index released Tuesday."

Since, according to Republican jackasses around the country, Obama is now totally responsible for the economy, I guess he is responsible for this, too.

Obama Puts Down a Stick

Here's a small story from the New York Times. I'm sure it will get no attention, but to me it's symbolic of a lot:

"The Obama administration has pulled the plug on an electronic billboard outside the American diplomatic mission in Havana that was used to tweak the Cuban government with pro-democracy messages and became a symbol of the bad blood between the two countries.

When the billboard went up in 2006, some saw it as an innovative diplomatic stick in the eye of the government of Fidel Castro."

A diplomatic stick in the eye. Look it up- putting a stick in someone's eye is the very definition of diplomacy.

Insignificant as it is, this story perfectly demonstrates the difference between having adults in the White House, and having Republicans there.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Traitors Attack

From the AP:

"WASHINGTON – After weeks of secretive talks, a bipartisan group in the Senate edged closer Monday to a health care compromise that omits a requirement for businesses to offer coverage to their workers and lacks a government insurance option....

The senators involved in the negotiations are all members of the Senate Finance Committee, and include Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., the chairman, and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the senior Republican. Others participating are Democratic Sens. Kent Conrad of North Dakota and Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico, and Republicans Olympia Snowe of Maine and Mike Enzi of Wyoming."

Let us be clear: This is not a compromise. It is a sellout to the ghouls who see our health as nothing but a source of profit. We expect no more from Republicans, who are one and all crooks, owned by big business.

The three Democrats involved in this malicious charade need to be cut off immediately from any shred of support from their fellow Democrats.

Max Baucus, Kent Conrad and Jeff Bingaman: Here is my warning, no matter how pathetic it may seem to you. If you do not support a public option for health care in this country, such as those which have long been offered in every other industrialized country in the world, I will do whatever I can to see that you never win another election of any kind as long as you live. And I know I am far from being alone. If you are not going to be a Democrat, we are not going to pay to keep you in office.

Don't think we are going to forget this promise, or what you do on this issue. We don't need 60 Senators when some of them are power hungry, morally bankrupt clowns who have sold out to the same people who run the Republican party, and who have run this country into the ground. I'd rather spin the wheel, and try to win with a real Democrat.

Jeans

I try to never steal from Sadly, No! but I couldn't resist this find. I justify my criminal behavior by my addition of the pictorial evidence.

From National Review Online:

"Washington Post fashion columnist Robin Givhan was brutal in her assessment of “the unfortunate dungarees President Obama wore to throw out the first pitch at the All-Star Game in St. Louis.” According to Givhan, President Obama will occasionally need to wear casual clothing, but “[t]he blousy polo shirts will not do. And neither will those beloved jeans. They may be comfortable and they may be neatly pressed, but they are not in the least bit presidential.” So George Will may be incorrect in claiming that adults in general should avoid jeans, but it is pretty clear that presidents should not wear them."

Wingnut Wrapup- Governor Sarah Palin Memorial Edition

The best of a bad lot. I'm almost starting to feel sorry for Republicans. Their hearts just don't seem to be in it these days:

Matt Lewis, Politics Daily: "(Palin) sought to undermine criticism that she was "quitting" by ending her term early."

Without much luck, one might think, given as how "ending her term early" is pretty much exactly the same thing as "quitting," isn't it? Or have I forgot how to speak English?

Olivia Offner, Town Hall: "Pelosi Doesn't Care If You Like Her-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is the most unpopular political figure in America."

I don't know how much Pelosi cares about how much I like her, but here are some numbers on the subject:

Daily Kos tracking poll, July 20, 2009: Pelosi 33% favorable; McConnell 19% favorable; Boehner, 14% favorable.

They just can't resist lying about anything, can they?

Harry R. Jackson, Jr, Town Hall: "Has Rodney King Moved to Cambridge? "

Yeah, because he just got hired as a Harvard Professor.

Dimwit.

Bruce Bialosky, Town Hall: "What They Really Want"

The "they" is Democrats; the "what" is communism. Boy, we are really going to get far with that sort of contribution to our national discourse. Thanks so much, Bruce.

Regular Folks United: "If all life is not valued, no life is valued"

Don't go stepping on any ants, then, guys.

Center for Individual Freedom: "CFIF Joins Coalition Urging Real Health Care Reform, Not ObamaCare"

The "Center for Individual Freedom." You can imagine where their money comes from. Anyway, here is the real health care reform they believe in:

"The organizations signing the letter expressed that we stand united against:

* Giving bureaucrats any decision-making authority over American families’ health care.
* Increasing the deficit.
* A government health insurance plan.
* A government health insurance exchange.
* A government-designed co-op.
* An individual mandate and an employer mandate.
* Rationing health care."

"Real health care reform" turns out to be no health care reform at all! Surprised?

Red State: "The Rules Have Changed. Sarah Palin Changes Everything."

You go on believing that. The only thing Sarah Palin changed is how many ignorant things a politician has to say, before we all admit that they are stupid.

Little Pammy, Atlas Shrugs: "What An American President Should Sound like "

Like Sarah Palin, as it turns out:

"This is a Great American. First and foremost thanking our brave men and women defending this great nation."

Yes sirree, it takes real bravery to thank our troops, particularly when they have exactly zero to do with the subject of her quitting, and are only being used as a pathetic diversion, to keep people from thinking about her own betrayal of her responsibilities.

"And Palin rips the media a new one and warns: "In honor of the American soldier, quit making things up!"


In other words, a jingoistic, irrational liar. That's what Pammy wants from her president:

She invokes America's pioneering spirit. She urges us to resist enslavement to big central government: "Be wary of accepting government largess".
She embodies what an American is. She is what Washington, Jefferson, and Franklin envisioned when they carved out the American idea.

What Washington, Jefferson and Franklin envisioned: apparently, a nation full of ignorant, greedy, power hungry liars.

Clarice Feldman, American Thinker: "Just how smart is Obama?"

It would seem that he is really stupid.

The Astute Bloggers: "OBAMA'S SCRAWNY SKINNY-ASS LEGS!"

And he has skinny legs.

Henry Makow: "...modern feminism is a direct outgrowth of American Communism"

Well, mark up something for Communism then. Unfortunately for Lenin and Stalin, Mr. Makow is a wingnut, and so of course he is lying.

Militants Attack

From the BBC:

"Dozens of people have been killed after Islamist militants staged three attacks in northern Nigeria, taking the total killed in two days of violence to 150."

The militants are followers of a cleric named Mohammed Yusuf:

"Mr Yusuf's followers in Bauchi are known as Boko Haram, which means "Education is prohibited".

Just thought you might like to know.

I'm sure that this is Israel's fault, somehow.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

A Country Gone Off the Rails

A pretty picture:

"Executives and other highly compensated employees now receive more than one-third of all pay in the U.S., according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of Social Security Administration data — without counting billions of dollars more in pay that remains off federal radar screens that measure wages and salaries. Highly paid employees received nearly $2.1 trillion of the $6.4 trillion in total U.S. pay in 2007, the latest figures available. The compensation numbers don’t include incentive stock options, unexercised stock options, unvested restricted stock units and certain benefits."

Is there anyone who still wonders what has gone wrong with our economy? Or, for that matter, with our whole society?

It is time for the government to step in and take a large part of these people's ill-gotten gains, amassed through decades of paid corruption, lying conservative pseudo-economic theory, and good old fashioned criminality.

News of the World for Parrots

From Haaretz:

"Cockatoo stolen from kibbutz identifies owner, screeching 'Dad!'

We don't let these things pass by unnoticed here on Green Eagle.

Right On, Nancy

Nancy Pelosi really seems to be getting the hang of that leadership thing:

"The top House Democrat says she is standing by her support for a public health insurance option as part of a broader overhaul of the nation’s health care sector.

“No, no, no, no,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in an interview that aired Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union when asked whether she had softened her position on the public option.

Pelosi also rejected the idea of using a trigger to kick in a public option....

“I think the private insurance industry has had a long enough time to have a trigger. We know what happens left to their own devices,” the California Democrat said."

This is the kind of forthright position we need from Washington. Who in their right mind would trust the insurance companies, at this point, to do the right thing? Congratulations, Nancy, for coming out on the right side of this issue.

Your turn, Harry. We're waiting.

Wingnut Wrapup

What a load of crap, as usual. I think I'm going to have to start paring this down a little:

Austin Hill, Town Hall: "Why Aren't Americans Obeying Obama?"

You see, Austin, it's this way. We liberals don't believe it's our responsibility to obey the President. That's why we feel free to disagree with him. It's sort of a Republican thing to mindlessly follow orders.

Doug Giles, Town Hall: "Did anybody else notice feces fumes coming off Obama’s head during his last presser?"

Keep it classy, Doug. We need your sort of detailed political analysis.

Gateway Pundit: "There's more proof today that the Democrat's health bill promotes euthenasia."

No there's not. But here it is again, "Support Democrats and Die!"- the only argument you have left.

Gateway Pundit: "Hundreds of Tea Party Patriots attended the rally yesterday in Alton, Illinois just north of St. Louis:"

Hundreds. Hundreds. The might of an awakened people makes its presence felt! We're quaking in our boots now. Here comes the revolution.

Gateway Pundit: "Unreal!... OBAMA CUTS AID To Hondurus For Ousting Leftist Thug"

I.e. Obama cuts aid to country that replaces its legitimately elected leader with a military coup. How could he violate that grand old American tradition of supporting dictators?

Gateway Pundit: "ACORN Thugs Threaten Tea Party Prostesters"

Acorn Thugs:

"4 ACORN workers showed up to 40 Tea Party Patriots-- complete with signs, banners, flyers, stickers, posters and a loud voices."

Four people with banners and stickers- and loud voices! That spells thugs to me alright.

And they showed up at your mighty protest which attracted- wait, did it say 40 people? That can't be true can it? They must have meant 40,000, or maybe 40 million. After all, the mighty People's Uprising Against Fascist Socialist Muslim Communism couldn't have attracted a mere 40 people! It's the most important thing since the American Revolution!

Newsmax: "Gingrich: Country on 'edge of catastrophe"

Because of the Republican depression, or the miserable Republican health care situation, or the Republican real estate collapse? No:

"Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says the United States needs a dramatic increase in defense spending or it will risk a national catastrophe -- from a nuclear or biological attack -- that could kill several million Americans"

Now, we already spend almost as much on our military as the whole rest of the world put together, but it isn't enough. Military contractors need more, more, MORE! Or you will all die! Die! DIE!!!!
MORE OR YOU DIE! DO YOU HEAR ME NOW? MORE!

World Net Daily Exclusive: "Savage: I'm banned because I'm Jewish"

Actually, Michael, you're banned because you are a lying racist pig.

World Net Daily: "Professor Gates held fundraiser for Obama"

Oh my God, the inhumanity! One black professor held a fundraiser for another black professor. Do you need any more proof of the racist black conspiracy against rich white people, that threatens to destroy our democracy?

World Net Daily Special Offer: "Navy sailors discover biggest heart breakthrough of century"

Who needs doctors or scientists?

Let's get Joe the Plumber working on a cure for lung cancer.

World Net Daily: "No clear plan to stop aliens from enrolling in government health plan"

This is a complete lie, of course. The bill specifically excludes them from the plan. But what's a little lie between friends, huh? Republican friends, anyway.

American Thinker: "Sarah Palin may become the great champion of liberty in an era when it is under threat as never before. "

Ha ha. She quit, guys. Deal with it. She went for the money. Some champion of liberty. The liberty to not do your job.

National Review Online: "Henry Louis Gates — the V.I.P. — was the author of his own misfortune"

By committing the inexcusable act of entering his own front door without prior police permission. Not allowed for black men. Didn't he know that?

A little note: Because there are a number of misspellings in the quotes today, I want to make it clear that they were all cut and pasted from the original sources. I'm not these guys' fourth grade teacher (if any of them made it that far,) and I guess I'm just too lazy to write 'sic' every time they misspell something. So the ignorance can just stay in. It's all part of the package, after all.

Pakistan- Still a Threat

Lest we forget:

"The Taliban's power in Pakistan continues to grow and it now has entire towns under its control. Under US pressure, the Pakistani army is fighting the Islamists -- with limited success. Pakistani intelligence says the Americans are doing more harm than good."

Things may seem to have quieted down in Pakistan, but don't be fooled: the threat still exists
.

These are religious lunatics with guns who are less than a hundred miles away from nuclear weapons.

Unfortunately, the same thing could be said about people on military bases all over our country.

Bad News and Good News about Global Warming














Courtesy of The Guardian, the above photos, showing "Satellite images of polar ice sheets taken in July 2006 and July 2007 showing the retreating ice during the summer."

The Guardian continues:

"Graphic images that reveal the devastating impact of global warming in the Arctic have been released by the US military. The photographs, taken by spy satellites over the past decade, confirm that in recent years vast areas in high latitudes have lost their ice cover in summer months."

These photos, taken in July of each year off the coast of Point Barrow, show the frightening decrease in polar ice coverage that is taking place.

None of this will be news to most of the people who find their way to this blog. The real reason I want to direct you to this article is this:

"The pictures, kept secret by Washington during the presidency of George W Bush, were declassified by the White House last week. President Barack Obama is currently trying to galvanise Congress and the American public to take action to halt catastrophic climate change caused by rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere."

Kept secret during the presidency of George W. Bush.

Once again, I want to point out how much we accomplished when we put a serious person, dedicated to our country's welfare, in the White House, in place of the lying, thieving crooks who held it for eight years.

Global warming: bad news. The fact that we finally have a President that is not going to just sit there until it kills us all: good news.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Wingnut Wrapup

I think the wingnuts are so infuriated today about the idea that a black man is allowed to be a professor in this country, that they didn't have much time to maunder on as usual. Sorry, I've run out of patience with reading their nonsense. After all, it is Saturday. Here we go- the best of a bad crop.

Bill Kristol, Washington Post: "So on health care, I’d be surprised if the president changed any minds, because he never seriously tried to address criticism of his proposal on the merits."

Bill, when you guys come up with some criticisms on the merits, instead of a bunch of lies and smears, get back to us and we'll deal with it. I promise.

Jonathan Garthwaite, Town Hall: "ObamaCare Struggles, Dow Soars "

Aha! The Dow has gained 39% since early March. We can't admit that it could be Obama's doing. Let's think up some sort of lunatic explanation where he's the bad guy. That'll work.

Little Pammy Geller, Atlas Shrugs: "The low state of the world is a fact but so are great Americans that will fight tooth and nail to stop the coup. American is being tested in a way she never has. Treason in power. "

The Coup, Pammy? Honduras? No, you mean here? As in, a Democrat got the most votes in the election- COUP! TREASON!

Confederate Yankee: "Is Henry Gates A Crook?"
It's too soon to know for sure if Gates has done anything illegal...."

But that sure doesn't stop us from accusing him of being a crook, does it. I mean, evidence, schmevidence, right?

And here's the Wingnut Historical Delusion of the Day:

Professor Paul Rahe, Power Line: "I am old enough to remember a time in which conservatives, such as Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger, were inclined to think the advances made by the Soviet Union irreversible and to believe that we should pursue a policy of preserving as much as we could in the face of communism's approaching victory."

Ah, yes, you remember when Nixon and Kissinger were giving up to the communists. That must have been before you moved to this planet.

Gateway Pundit: "Congressman Will Introduce Resolution Demanding Obama Apologize to Cambridge Police Officer"

That has a big chance of passing.

Gateway Pundit: "Two Republican leaders in the House of Representatives are confirming reports that the health care restructuring bill the House is currently considering promotes euthanasia"

And torturing kittens and picking on the kids in third grade who wear glasses. Well, here's their evidence:

"Section 1233 of the House-drafted legislation encourages health care providers to provide their Medicare patients with counseling on ‘the use of artificially administered nutrition and hydration’ and other end of life treatments,'" the pair say."

Nutrition and hydration. Sounds like murder to me. Really, what kind of inadequate liars is the Republican party hiring these days, anyway? What happened to the glory days of Karl Rove, when Republicans really knew how to lie?

Ralph Reed, Newsmax: " Bring Youth Back Into GOP"

How, Ralph, how? It sounds like a good idea, but short of forced mass lobotomies, how do you think you are going to do that?

Sher Zieve, Renew America: "Dems ensure illegal aliens included in ObamaCare and other atrocities"

Sher, please: I couldn't bring myself to read your article, but I am wondering. What atrocities do Dems have in store for illegal aliens?

And besides, you're a wingnut. I'd think that atrocities for illegal aliens would be a good thing for you.

David Swindle, American Thinker: "Republicans can create a coalition of the Right and the Center. And they can do it without abandoning their principles."

Got to agree there, guy. They don't have any principles to abandon.

And last, but not least, some good news for a change:

Newsmax: "Pollster John Zogby tells Newsmax that the Republican Party could be "teetering on the brink" of extinction"

Oh boy. We've still got a chance in this country.

Constitution meant Nothing to Bush Administration

It's hard to believe, but it just keeps getting worse. From the New York Times, today:

"WASHINGTON — Top Bush administration officials in 2002 debated testing the Constitution by sending American troops into the suburbs of Buffalo to arrest a group of men....according to former administration officials."

Testing the Constitution. Really. Testing it by openly violating it and seeing if anyone had the guts to try to stop them.

"...Some of the advisers to President George W. Bush, including Vice President Dick Cheney, argued that a president had the power to use the military on domestic soil to sweep up the....suspects...."

Now a side light about the words I left out above. Yes, these guys were (however ludicrously) regarded as terrorism suspects. I didn't leave that out to hide the fact, but because it doesn't make any difference. The law is absolutely clear that what was proposed here is totally illegal, no matter what the excuse:

"....both the Constitution and subsequent laws restrict the military from being used to conduct domestic raids and seize property.

....In the discussions, Mr. Cheney and others cited an Oct. 23, 2001, memorandum from the Justice Department that, using a broad interpretation of presidential authority, argued that the domestic use of the military against Al Qaeda would be legal because it served a national security, rather than a law enforcement, purpose."

Sure.

"The memorandum — written by the lawyers John C. Yoo and Robert J. Delahunty — was directed to Alberto R. Gonzales"

Surprise, surprise! Who could have ever guessed that Yoo and Gonzales would be involved?

The material was "advanced by Mr. Cheney, his legal adviser David S. Addington and some senior Defense Department officials. "

Addington too. Was every right wing scum in the administration in on this?

"Senior military officials were never consulted, former officials said."

Why bother?

"Former officials said the 2002 debate arose partly from Justice Department concerns that there might not be enough evidence to arrest and successfully prosecute the suspects in Lackawanna. Mr. Cheney, the officials said, had argued that the administration would need a lower threshold of evidence to declare them enemy combatants and keep them in military custody."

Well, I guess that justifies it then. There wasn't enough evidence to convict them, so let's just seize them anyway and throw them in jail without a trial. That works, huh?

My God, and people still refuse to face how close we came to a police state with these guys running things. This is not a mindless slur like the wingnut claims that Obama is the new Hitler. It's the simple truth.

"The lawyers, in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, wrote that the Constitution, the courts and Congress had recognized a president’s authority “to take military actions, domestic as well as foreign, if he determines such actions to be necessary"

More of the brilliant legal logic of Berkeley Law Professor Yoo. You know, California is in a big budget mess. I've got an idea how to save $80,000 or so, really easily. Can you guess what it might be?

These people were nothing but criminals. They got into White House through Supreme Court corruption, and then proceeded to do everything they could to destroy this country. It is a sick perversion that they are not all in prison.

Blue Dogs

Boy, does this put things right on the table. From a blog that is new to me called They Gave Us a Republic:

"Blue Dogs, you see, are not Democrats. They are repugs, pretending to be dems in order to play little "centrist" games that so entertain the Beltway Villagers. Blue Dogs are diapered infants who have to be the center of attention. They don't care about party loyalty; they don't care about their constituents, they don't care about policy, they sure as hell don't care about deficits (every single one of them voted orgasmically for Smirky's trillion-dolllar tax cuts and trillion-dollar war "supplementals" that exploded the deficit.)

Blue Dogs are political sociopaths: utterly amoral users with no empathy, no conscience, no remorse."

Exactly right, and thank you for the concise statement of the truth.

"...utterly amoral users with no empathy, no conscience, no remorse." I.e, as you point out, Republicans.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Wingnut Wrapup

I mentioned in another post that there is a concerted attempt to convince people that Obama is failing, in the hopes of creating the right's own reality by manipulating public perception. I want to start out Wingnut Wrapup today with a few examples of this phenomenon. I don't think they need much comment, except to point out that they are, like all right wing claims, false:

Rich Galen: Bad Days in Obamaville
Pat Buchanan: Has Obama's Luck Run Out?
Charles Krauthammer: Why Obamacare is Sinking
Jennifer Rubin, Pajamas Media: “The air seemed to go out of the ObamaCare balloon Thursday.”
T. K. Farrow, Pajamas Media: “Obama's Popularity Falling — But Not Among Blacks”
A. W. R. Hawkins, Human Events: “Obama's Health Care plan is in trouble, and so is he.”
Fred Barnes, Weekly Standard: “Obama's Already Lost the Health Care Argument”

I could list plenty more if I wanted, but I think you get the point. Of course, the few points that Obama's favorability ratings have fallen are well within historical norms, and over 70% of the American people continue to support a public option for health care. Well, on with the rest of the nonsense:


Town Hall: "Schools to Compete for Stimulus Pork
The president will use the money to prod states to toughen academic standards and find better ways to recruit and keep effective teachers."

Tougher academic standards and better teachers. A virtual textbook definition of wasteful government spending, A.K.A. pork. Remember when Bush claimed to be in favor of things like this? I didn't hear any conservatives complaining then. Of course, just to be fair, maybe it's because they knew he was lying.

Hugh Hewitt, Town Hall: "New Media, New Activism, and a New GOP: Newt and the NCPA "

The new GOP- Newt Gingrich. Maybe you should try to bring back Herbert Hoover.

Town Hall: “Cop: Went By the Book for Gates Arrest”

Maybe they need a new book.

Brian Faughnan, Red State: “Waxman: I Won’t Tolerate Bipartisanship”

That's why we love you, Henry.

Power Line: “As I've noted before, President Bush chose his words with great care, even when doing so made him seem halting in his delivery. As a result, he made fewer verbal mistakes--I'm talking about substance here, not minor stumbles--than any politician in memory.”

I know, I know. What can you say? But, just when you maybe thought that the biggest lie they could swallow was that Obama was a Muslim....

World Net Daily: “'Scofflaw' Obama has history with 'stupid' Cambridge police”

And what horrible crime did Obama commit that got him a 'history' with the Cambridge police?

Parking tickets. Parking tickets! That's his history with the Cambridge police. He got some parking tickets when he was in grad school. That's it. Man, why is the liberal media ignoring this story?

World Net Daily: “U.S. missile defense test 'a failure”

This story, which has been circulating around the conservative world for a couple of days, concerns a joint U.S.-Israeli test of a missile defense system.

Funny that, for twenty years, when every single multibillion dollar attempt at a missile defense system failed totally, the conservatives wouldn't hear a word of it. But, if a lack of a missile defense system could give us an excuse to bomb Iran, suddenly it's important news. Go figure, huh?

World Net Daily: “Lou Dobbs: Hawaii destroyed Obama birth certificate”

Lou, you're lying. They have the original in their vault and you know it damn well.

Human Events: “Boehner to the White House: I Don't Believe the Economy Has Been Rescued”

John, you don't believe the earth is older than 6000 years, either.

Jason Clemens, Human Events: “People are leaving the Golden State because it is over-taxed and over-regulated.”

Bye! Catch ya later!

Republicans' Alamo

The panic is thick in the air concerning health care reform in the left blogosphere today.

Yes, the Republicans are mounting their fully expected multimillion dollar lieapalooza in defense of their real constituents, the insurance companies. They are trotting out the same old falsehoods that have worked so well for fifty years, and engaging in an absolute orgy of obstructionism and betrayal of their responsibility, in order to prevent the American people from having the same quality of health care as the rest of the industrialized world.

As anyone could have predicted, the mainstream media have rushed back home to their corporate mamas and are manufacturing a 24 hour a day campaign to undermine confidence in Obama, and dissipate his momentum by focusing on any pathetic, irrelevant issues they can find, and generally declaring him dead in the water.

Od course, the insurance companies and the HMO's who eat a third of our medical expenditures in overhead, have spent millions in an attempt to buy the support of the miserable right-wing "democrats" who are concerned with nothing but their own jobs and power, and care no more for our welfare than Mitch McConnell or John Boehner.

Is there anyone who really thought that things would be any different? The passage of a health care bill with a public option will represent the greatest legislative victory for the American people since Roosevelt, and everyone knows what that means for Republicans and conservatives in general. This is their Alamo. If they don't win here, they're dead.

Now, call me a crazy Pollyanna, but I have faith in Barack Obama. Remember that this guy has been one step ahead of the Republicans and their collaborators, as long as he has been in Washington. This guy is not like the Harry Reids and John Kerrys, or even the Bill Clintons of our party's recent past. Believe it or not: he has this situation under control. Ride along with him, and he is going to take us to our destination.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Birthers- the Simple Truth

We've all had a good laugh about the birthers. Here is a spectacular interview with G. Gordon Liddy, from Hardball, via Crooks and Liars, which I think takes this beyond the status of a joke:



What I find so interesting about this is the way Chris Matthews confronts Liddy with so much evidence that Obama was born in Hawaii, but Liddy just doesn't care. He simply goes on repeating the same nonsensical and mostly clearly false claims, without the least concern for their total irrationality. my favorite is his distinguishing between a "birth certificate" and a "certificate of live birth," which is a birth certificate. I've heard a number of birthers make this same idiotic claim.

Well, here is what I am getting to here: There is not one single second when these people are in the least concerned with Obama's birth certificate- that's why they don't give a damn about regurgitating patently false claims.

What do they care about? Here's my conclusion: There are a large number of people in this country (otherwise known as the Republican base) who are never, never going to recognize that a black man is the president. That's it. They don't care how patently lunatic the evidence is, because it's only the conclusion that counts. No one can ever force them to admit that their "evidence" is bogus, and they know it full well. They've settled on their story and it's enough to satisfy their hate filled racist hearts.

What a country.

Update: I think I should have mentioned that Liddy's main piece of evidence, the supposed admission by Obama's step-grandmother that he was born in Kenya, is a long discredited lie. In fact, she stated that he was born in Hawaii.

Manny

Yeah!

Wingnut Wrapup

The wingnuts are out in force today, spreading lies about Obama's health care proposals. But, you've heard it all before, so I'll pretty well skip it. Here's what's left:

From Think Progress: "Gingrich agrees with Kristol"

Sorry to put you in here, Think Progress, but I loved the headline. Gingrich agrees with Kristol. Who could have ever predicted that?

Now, a few things from a new site for Wingnut Wrapup, OpenMarket. This site is from the "Competitive Enterprise Institute," which is funded by oil companies and car manufacturers, and is by far the largest sponsor in the world of anti-global warming propaganda. Here's some more of their contribution to our national discourse:

Wayne Crews, OpenMarket: "Doctors On Strike: What if They Just Said “No” to the Healthcare Hairball?"

Yeah, what if they just said no? Bye bye to those mercedes and golf club memberships, bye bye to those Hawaii vacations- Can't have those if you are earning a living flipping burgers. You know what, Wayne? I just don't think it's going to happen.

Wayne Crews, OpenMarket: "Antitrust is Anti-Economy"

Sure. Anyone can see that, right? Here's part of his argument:

"From this fresh perspective, one finds that even the most “despised” business behaviors—even collusion and mega-mergers—can be pro-competitive and pro-consumer."

Oh, of course. Selling poison food or cars that burst into flame or untested drugs, destroying the environment and leaving consumers to pick up the tab, or seeing to it that a few families own everything in America, or pretending that we have competitive markets, while allowing corporations to sneak around behind our backs and fix prices on everything...That's just great for consumers.

Of course, it would be a pretty good deal for the oil companies that pay your check, right, Wayne?

Iain Murray, OpenMarket: "America’s Worst Idea?"

Invading Iraq? Letting Wall Street rob us blind? No, that would be National Parks. Read on:

"National Parks have not been an unalloyed good. For the very reason that they explicitly reject private stewardship, they may even count as one of America’s worst ideas."

"Private stewardship." Would that be like drilling for oil in Yosemite Valley or something? Remind me, again, who did you say pays your salary?

Moe Lane, Red State: "Breaking: Hudson County (NJ) Democratic Party arrested."

All of them! Well, no, a few of them, and a couple of Republicans too. I'm going to give you a pass on this one, Moe. It's about as close to the truth as you ever get.

Erick Erickson, Red State: "Mitch McConnell Scores Huge...This morning, the NRA is announcing that it is going to score the Sotomayor nomination."

That's his huge score? Getting the NRA to go along with Republicans? Erick, please, listen to me. Don't you realize what it means when that's the biggest victory the Republicans can come up with? I have to work harder to get my kids to agree on where to go for dinner.

Dan Perrin, Red State: "Obamacare Outlaws Individual Insurance"

Oh sure. Listen, Dan, some advice for you too: The lies have to be a little more plausible than that. Really.

Pajamas Media: "Sneak Peek: Roger L. Simon Puts the New York Times on the Couch"

Green Eagle is so kind today, giving out all of this well meant advice. Roger, really. Haven't you been reading the news lately? This just isn't the right time for Republicans to talk about getting anyone on the couch.

Gateway Pundit: "Carter Syndrome Strikes: Media Loves Obama-- Investors Hate Him"

That's why the Bush stock market crash ended 48 days into Obama's term, and in the last four months or so, it's gone up from 6547 to 9069. That's +39%, in case you wondered.

Boy, those investors hate him.

Andrew Breitbart, National Review Online: "Cop who arrested Gates was profiling expert."

And his profile led him to arrest a Harvard Professor for "burglarizing" his own house. I think this profile thing may need a little more refinement.

Regular Folks United, The Bully Pulpit for Regular Folks: "Government run Social Security is fraudulent, misleading, and unconstitutional."

Working to destroy social security. By, that's really standing up for the regular folks. Way to go, guys.