Remember This When you Head Out to Vote

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Nov 012010
 

As you head out to vote tomorrow (if you haven’t already), I’d suggest watching this. It’s about remembering which party took a record surplus and turned it into a record deficit, which party thinks the rich need tax cuts, and that big corporations don’t have enough freedom to pollute and send us contaminated food. Remembering which party wants to end Social Security, and which party started a needless war in Iraq, and which party was in power when Wall Street was given a no-strings-attached bailout.

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Sep 282010
 

It appears that little Ms. “I dabbled in witchcraft” says she wants to stop everyone from having sex. This from the lady who’s claimed publicly to have had sex on a satanic altar. Personally, she would just be a side-show idiot, were people not willing to vote for her to sit in a seat in the Senate of the United States of America. She’s a Palin favorite, but that comes as no surprise, since, like Sara, she just makes up the truth as she goes along.

The thing that really disgusts me is that in this video she claims to be chaste at 30, but on other occasions she’s claimed she boozed it up in college and woke up with a different man every morning. So the truth is whatever it needs to be for the audience and the message she’s making up at the moment.

She reminds of a Milton Berle joke, “I knew Doris Day before she was a virgin.”

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I get it though. The Republicans believe in freedom. The freedom to stop people from having sex, the freedom to come into your bedroom, the freedom to vote for which religion you can follow, and the list of freedoms the republicans believe in goes on and on.

I realize most Republicans don’t read books, but for those of us who read Orwell, I believe, if memory serves, in “1984” he wrote about the totalitarian state having a “youth anti-sex league.” Maybe the Republicans could form one of those, and they could have uniforms (the Republicans love uniforms), and they can be sure and make them wear flag pins on their lapels.

Alan Grayson’s New Congressional Ad

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Sep 272010
 

Unfortunately Alan Grayson is not my representative in Congress, but I sure wish he was. I don’t have anything against Cathy Kastor, my current representative, except that she’s the typical milquetoast Democrat. Alan Grayson doesn’t mind speaking truth to power, and he calls out the talibangelist views of his tea bagger opponent in this ad. And this guy has tried to pass some of his extreme religious views into law in Tallahassee. Democrats should take note, this is how the game has to be played for now.

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In fact, maybe Alan Grayson should become head of the Democratic Party.

Alan Grayson's New Congressional Ad

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Sep 272010
 

Unfortunately Alan Grayson is not my representative in Congress, but I sure wish he was. I don’t have anything against Cathy Kastor, my current representative, except that she’s the typical milquetoast Democrat. Alan Grayson doesn’t mind speaking truth to power, and he calls out the talibangelist views of his tea bagger opponent in this ad. And this guy has tried to pass some of his extreme religious views into law in Tallahassee. Democrats should take note, this is how the game has to be played for now.

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In fact, maybe Alan Grayson should become head of the Democratic Party.

Crazies out in Force Friday

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Jun 262010
 

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-1st TX) speaking on the floor about the terrorists babies coming to destroy our way of life. He reports a conversation with an un-named “retired” FBI agent who claimed terrorists were gaming our system by sneaking in pregnant women to have their babies here, then taking them back (and they don’t even have to pay anything for the babies) and raising them in the “terrorist way of life,” so they can send them back in 20-30 years to destroy our way of life.

I can only hope (but I doubt) that other Republicans think to themselves, “Oh shit Gohmert is speaking again.”

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Louie, the only thing stupid we are doing is continuing to elect people like you to public office.

Beware of the Power of HypnObama-May Result in Educational Diligence

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Sep 082009
 
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See the full HypnObama at Zaius Nation (but beware).

It is just astonishing to me the complete crap that has been stirred up over the President of the United States offering an address to school students at the beginning of the school year to encourage to stay in school and work hard. Really, does it get any more anti-American than that? Well, if you’re are a conservative Republican it doesn’t, but there really is logic to the Republicans taking the position they have.

Facts are facts, and the fact is that, statistically speaking, the less education a person has, the more likely they are to vote Republican. The states with highest teen pregnancy rates, the highest dropout rates and lowest performing schools, statistically, are considered Red states. Given that, this tactic makes perfect sense. Why would the Republicans want children to succeed in school?

Unfortunately, and not surprisingly, one of the idiots leading the charge is giant hypocrite and leader of the Florida Republican Party, Jim Greer. Greer issued a statement claiming, among other things:

“indoctrinate America’s children to his socialist agenda.” He added that Obama “has turned to American’s children to spread his liberal lies.” Greer’s hysterical press release said the very idea of a political figure taking a political message to school children is “infuriating” and “an invasive abuse of power.”

I guess Mr. Greer isn’t savvy enough to know about Lexus searches and the like. Unfortunately for Mr. Hypocrite Greer, the Orlando Sentinel did a little digging, and here’s what they found:

There once was a political operative who loved to tell crowds he had a simple way of explaining to children the difference between Republicans and Democrats.

“Republicans get up and go to work,” he would tell his son. “Democrats get up and go down to the mailbox to get their checks.”

This man not only talked to his son about Republican values, he went into public-school classrooms and talked about them as well.

One Seminole County mother, Barbara Wells, remembers the day Greer spoke to her son’s sixth-grade class. “My son said he made some sort of Hillary Clinton joke,” she recalled.

So when asked if had run his pro-Republican message by parents and school officials before he talked to school kids, you most likely won’t be surprise by his answer,”That was different,” Greer said.

Never mind that In 1988, Ronald Reagan pushed his anti-government, low-tax ideology in a speech broadcast to classrooms nationwide, adding that he had supported “Negro” educational institutions. Here’s excerpts:

Hat Tip to Daily Kos

The deranged ranting just defies belief.

The great grand irony here is that, as all know when it comes to kids, all the fuss around this means the kids are going to go on-line and make absolutely sure they see what it was all about…so I find it great fun that kids are going to be going on-line to watch a video about doing good in school.

As a public service, to do my part to advance the cause of communism/facism/nazism/name your evil ‘ism, here’s the text the President’s speech from today. Continue reading »

Crazy Is In The Air

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Sep 052009
 

The crazy’s were certainly out in full force this week.

Let’s just go ahead and get started right here at home in good ole Florida. Jim Greer, head of the Republican Party here in Florida has gone out fuming about Obama giving a speech to school children about such anti-American activities as: working hard; setting goals; and being good students. Now you think this all sounds crazy, but this is a real strategy for Republicans. It is an academically researched fact that Republicans do better in the less – educated demographics. So of course they wouldn’t want children indoctrinated into the well-educated classes of this country.

But if you listen to Mr. Greer, he apparently thinks that if kids play Obama’s speech backwards, he convinces that socialism is the best thing for them. Let’s see, I think Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush did something similar, and wasn’t George W. Bush sitting in a classroom right here in Florida when the planes hit the WTC?

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Mr. Stephens here gets the award for craziest. It seems that Mr. Stephens was shopping in a Walmart in Stone Mountain, GA. When he’d had enough of a crying baby, and after having already threatened the mother, he decided to slap the baby around a little to make it stop crying, and this was a stranger. Stupid thing to do, but, I admit to their having been a few times in public places when I wanted to slap a parent or two.

The tea-baggers just can’t allow there to a civil discussion on health care reform in this country. Rep. Frank Pallone tried to host a town hall meeting in his New Jersey district. The crowd could only shout that his mother should have had an abortion instead of having him. Disgusting as it is on the surface…how stupid when one of the the complaints of the tea-baggers is that the reform plan might pay for abortions. They’re stupid and dumb.

But it went beyond just childish and silly at Rep. Pallone’s meeting when the crowd shouted down a woman in a wheel chair who wanted to ask legitimate questions.

The woman, Marianne Hoynes, described how the forum was invaded by organized teabaggers from New York, “so this wasn’t even their town-hall meeting.”

Hoynes: There was a large group of people who showed up that night for the purpose of making sure that questions couldn’t be asked, and we couldn’t hear information. I don’t know how to describe it any other way.

… You know, you could tell that they were very organized. They came in groups, they had signs ready, which — outside they were chanting, but as time went on, and certainly by the time we got into that room, which held about 500 people, they got more and more verbally violent — I don’t know how else to describe it.

They began by just screaming and yelling at Congressman Pallone that he should have been aborted, and that his mother should have had an abortion, that he was a domestic terrorist.

… What they did was completely un-democratic. I wanted to learn more about this health-care system. We were allowed to either ask a question or make a statement, and I wanted to share with Congressman Pallone what it was like to be sick in America today. And I had that right, I thought. They really tried to scream me down — and everybody else, too, not just me. And I felt bullied, and I was not gonna take it. I was going to finish what I had to say, and it was very upsetting. It was very un-democratic, and very un-American.

Town-hall meetings are supposed to be exercises in democracy. But the teabaggers are turning them into exercises in para-fascist intimidation, eliminationism, and general thuggery.

Then another tea-bagger got his finger bitten off outside a town hall…and guess what? He relied to Medicare (you know…guvmet run health care) to get his injury taken care of…the very thing he there to protest. I wonder how many died of irony over that one?

And then there’s Michelle Bachmann. Congressman Bachmann is always good for a few laughs, and she obliged this week in a radio interview. Apparently she’s come to the conclusion that the Democrats all hate her and want to sabotage her because she might someday become President. (Please God, no!)

Tortured Logic on Torture

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Apr 262009
 

Wooden_stocks.jpgSen. John McCain was on Face the Nation Sunday morning, and the contortions he went through to let the previous administration off the hook for their illegal torturing was astounding.

He starts off reiterating that he and his (ahem) friend Lindsey Graham talked to Al-Qaeda operatives who said that U.S. torture was a main recruiting tool they used. He goes on to try claim that it was all just the result of some bad legal advice…despite being sure he took credit for passing a law prohibiting torture. So, it was important for him to get the bill passed, but not important for the Bush regime’s lawyers to read it?

They are still trying to get traction with the canard about it being all about settling political scores, and how we just move on and take care of the two wars we are in. Again, what score does Obama have to settle. He didn’t even serve a full term in the Senate, and he wasn’t running against Bush. And McCain has the gall, after the campaign he ran, to say, “We need a united nation, not a divided one.”

Early in the interview McCain makes the claim that he believes no other Administration will ever make the same mistake (of using bad legal advice…I guess), and torture again. But then he tries to use the Ford pardon of Nixon as a justification to move on. Obviously, not pardoning Nixon allowed the Bush administration to believe, as Nixon said, “if the President does it, it’s not illegal.” This is incredibly twisted logic.

But here’s the real kicker to it all. While McCain is arguing that there should be no retribution against the legal hacks of the Bush/Cheney Regime, he says (after admitting we violated the Geneva Conventions), “and by the way, those who say our enemies won’t abide by the Geneva Conventions…uh they will if they know there’s going to be retribution for their violation.”

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Healthcare: Government Bureaucrats or Insurance Company Executives

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Mar 082009
 

Choose your poison.

I don’t know the final best answer to the healthcare crisis in this country, but I know it’s a mess, and it has to be fixed. Bill Clinton tried, but the Republicans were having none of it. Obama is now trying it, and again, the Republicans are doing all they can to protect the status quo. In fact, even some of the Democrats are bought and paid for by the health insurance companies.

I know one thing that is an absolute certainty. This problem will never be solved until the insurance companies and their influence are removed completely from the process. They have every reason to keep things exactly as they are, and nothing to add to the conversation. They are the ones primarily responsible for the mess we have now.

I have heard some really stupid people who keep complaining that they certainly don’t want the government and some bureaucrat to be responsible for their healthcare. Neither do I. I want my physician making those decisions. The problem is, these people, stand around and ignorantly spouting their Rush Limbaugh talking points have no clue what they are saying.

They make these comments to support Republican positions for keeping things as they are. So what they are saying is that they would prefer to have an insurance company executive and/or (if they’re lucky) some med tech or some other low cost healthcare person, making the decision about their healthcare.

I want everyone who holds such beliefs to think about this…the insurance companies, all of which are publically traded, have absolutely no obligation (none, nadda, zilch) to get you or keep you healthy. Their only legal obligation is to increase shareholder value, and they do that by paying for the least amount of care for you they can.

So, when you all are out there mumbling about our great healthcare, and how you don’t want a governmentbureaucrat involved, just know that you’ve placed your help in the hands of a company that is considered to be in the “financial sector” of the enconomy…and how’s that working for you right now?

Gotta Love Chuck Schumer

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Feb 242009
 

Chuck Schumer is calling bullshit on these Republican Governors who are grandstanding on the stimulus bill. According to Talking Points Memo Schumer has written a letter to the White House saying the stimulus bill does not include any provision allowing Governors to pick and choose which parts of the stimulus money they want to take. Schumer is telling the Administration to tell the governors that it’s all-or-nothing.

As you know, Section 1607(a) of the economic recovery legislation provides that the Governor of each state must certify a request for stimulus funds before any money can flow. No language in this provision, however, permits the governor to selectively adopt some components of the bill while rejecting others. To allow such picking and choosing would, in effect, empower the governors with a line-item veto authority that President Obama himself did not possess at the time he signed the legislation. It would also undermine the overall success of the bill, as the components most singled out for criticism by these governors are among the most productive measures in terms of stimulating the economy.

We have Governors like Bobby Jindal not wanting to provide increased unemployment benefits to people in his state, but he wants to take the money for infrastructure.

It’s interesting that the money they want to turn down is money that would directly help people in need. Jindal claims that his state can’t afford to maintain the extended benefits once the federal money is gone. What he hasn’t done is explain why his state couldn’t write law so as to limit the extension to the time covered in the stimulus…something that is perfectly legal.

These Republicans, especially the Governors with their eye on a presidential run, are playing politics at a critical time in the history of this country. I’m certain I could go through the stimulus package and find things I don’t like, but I’m smart enough to know that, on balance, the issue is getting people working, and getting money in their pockets to spend so that others can be working.

In the meantime, the Republicans are hoping to facilitate a complete crash of the world economy so they might regain a few congressional seats and maybe the White House in a few years. It’s so nice to know they have our best interests at heart. I hope the Obama Administration will quit pussyfooting around, and take up Schumer’s position.

Republicans Continue to Fall Back In It

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Feb 052009
 

photo21_elephant.jpgAs in “Shit and fall back in it.” The Republican plans were completely repudiated in the last election, they are scrambling to try to dress up the brand, and their only solution is to try and obstruct an economic recovery. It seems they went off to their big annual meeting, and applauded each other because every one of the Republicans in Congress voted No on the economic stimulus package.

Obama had given in way more than he should have, and that concerns me. On the other hand, it allows Democrats, if the plan works, to call out the Republicans on it. I suspect that, despite their public show, many of them are sweating behind the scenes. Probably, like Rush Limbaugh, hoping upon hope that Obama will fail.

What a great spokesperson and leader of the Republican Guard Rush is. His answer to current economic situation…let’s hope Obama fails (so we can fall into a depression of unheard of proportions), so we can try to get our majority back in government. What is unfortunate, a lot of people continue to believe the drivel.

The Republicans, claiming the only solution is to cut taxes, have come out with their own proposal, and guess what, Greg Sargent’s, The Plum Line Blog, is reporting that it’s been determined the Republican proposal will actually raise taxes on a number of people.

In 2008, 4.2 million Americans had to pay the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT). The Republican proposal would lower marginal tax rates for individuals, but would not reduce AMT rates. Current law requires you to pay the greater of the two rates, so many of those receiving this lower marginal rate would now be held liable for the AMT.

So they’re off to a great start.

Now they’re moaning because of language in the bill that prohibits use of the stimulus funds from being used for religious purposes. According to an article in Salon.com:

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) told the Christian Broadcasting Network, “Democrats are looking for every opportunity to purge faith and prayer from the public square. This will empower the ACLU with ambiguous laws that create liability for schools, universities, and student organizations. This is an attack on people of faith and I don’t think Americans will stand for it.” His spokesman, Wesley Denton, went even further, saying, “[A]ny school that gets funds to upgrade a student center or building where Bible studies or religious meetings may be held will be slapped with a lawsuit. This bill declares a war on prayer at college campuses in this country.”

In the Senate version, the language that has DeMint’s panties all in a wad is:

No funds awarded under this section may be used for… modernization, renovation, or repair of facilities (i) used for sectarian instruction, religious worship, or a school or department of divinity; or (ii) in which a substantial portion of the functions of the facilities are subsumed in a religious mission.

Turns out that this sort of language is actually absolutely standard, as has been point out to Faux News. The language doesn’t prohibit funds from going to religious schools; it just means they can’t use it on any of their facilities that are use primarily for religious purposes. Nor would it mean that public schools would have to keep things like Bible studies out of any buildings renovated with stimulus funding. This isn’t some secret, either — it’s legal principle dating back decades.

So, when your job vanishes, thank the Republicans for having no plan except to stall anything the Democrats want to do. Obama bares some responsibility too. He played this stupid “bipartianship game” and allowed the GOP to take control of the message.