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Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Pat Robertson needs to clean his own house first 

What a dolt. AT A MINIMUM, priests have made at least 10 times as many gay people as coaches and guidance counselors combined.

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Conversation with a non-lberal 

I recently had a fascinating Facebook conversation with a friend of a friend, David, seemingly aligned with Republican Ron Paul.

I'm rather sympathetic to Paulites as they seem to want the best for everybody, but their commendable idealism is mired in the fact that there's a lot more natural born assholes in the would than they admit. We need a government to regulate these people before they destroy the banking system again.

My friend's freind may take issue with being introduced as anything other than "Pro Liberty," so I'll repost without further comment our exchange on Facebook. I'm in blue, he's in red.

There are lots of people at these rallies today protesting the bailout. Which did bailout large corporations ... Fox news is not the pro liberty movement.

So David, teabaggers like you strategically waited half a year after TARP became law to protest it? Tee hee!

Half a year? These types of protest have been occurring for a year or more. Ah David, why don't you explain to me why Obama is expanding the war in the Middle East, expanding the government's ability to use wiretaps on American citizens, why Obama supported H.R.1955 and why Obama pretended this collapse was a surprise and the bailout bill needed to passed ... this is about your love for the man Obama and his manufactured mythology.

Hardly, David. I'm only a fan of Obama as far as his presidency is a reasonable stepping stone on the way to Sharia law. A salaam alaykum.

Here is a video showing a CNN reporter skipping over folks at one Tea Party, holding "Republicans Suck! End the Fed" signs so she could spew the "these events are anti-Obama" nonsense. It's all right here. Watch what happens after her camera shuts off. Lets call a truce and work together http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dd2tg8gxCDU

A "truce"? I don't see anybody fighting other than a few thousand loony right wingers. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eMkth8FWno

Of course you do, because that's what CNN told you to think/see :) I think we all get that now. Those damn cell phone cameras!

Sorry, no TV. I formed my impression from flickr. http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=72248&id=676374106&ref=mf Is flickr in on the conspiracy to cover up the troof? Clearly, there were few teabaggers other than low intelligence, conspiracy minded and uninformed right wingers. I don't think I understand what you're saying the troof is.

I suggest you use a better research tool. Flickr doesn't cut it. Lets hear about those conspiracies. Federal Reserve being a private bank? Global currency? New World Order? H.R. 1955? Expanding war in the Middle East? New operations in Africa? Bailout money saving bankers? Hundreds of expert economists predicting this collapse and disagreeing with Obama on the solution? Which one? I suggest you research these before you comment. I wouldn't start with flickr or CNN.

or you could just accept Americans are angry ... To think you can place millions of Americans who started feeling this way under Bush in a little "anti-obama" box is silly. This is much, much bigger than Obama, Democrats or Republicans.

I believe if you review, you're the one claim I'm saying the protests were primarily anti-Obama. I'm stating the obvious: the majority of participants were carrying signs saying some variation of "I'm so stupid, I'm out here protesting my tax cut," or "the USSR still scares me." Most of the rest were equally split between "stop deficit spending," "democrats suck," "government sucks", "God and the Constitution are awesome!" or "Obama is a Muslim from Cuba." You seem to be casting your lot of grievances into a pool with these people and in turn feeling like I'm dismissing your grievances as loony conspiracy theories. You only list two or so loony conspiracy theories!

Sorry Erik, you are wrong. You are protecting the image of a man. Obama. You have cast aside reality. You can't address the issues I posted. Either you don't understand them or they tarnish the image of Obama. There are millions of Americans who don't care about Obama or Bush, they care about their families and their freedom. This movement, made up... Read More of all parties, started years ago. This is easy to verify. You obviously have been afraid to do that. If you think, the democratic party can contain the growing rage in this country, you are mistaken. For that rage is growing in democrats also.Good luck, Erik. As the wars expand, the bailouts continue, the Federal Reserve operates without any oversight and our taxes rise, you will see the hostility grow. You can sit back and make fun of the crazy "right wingers" all you want. That will still be delusional. I predict, in the next six months, you, Erik, will feel this rage. Then you will understand, it never had anything to do with Obama.

Uh, I'm not talking about Obama, you are. The tea parties are hardy a sign of anything new or growing - if you want to show me how these freaks afraid of the USSR, taunting the ATF to grab their military weapons or protesting their tax cuts are somehow enlightened, are something new have at it. If you want to talk about your own hot button issues, maybe another thread or by email would be appropriate.

You're not making much sense, Erik. Over two hundred and fifty thousand people protested yesterday. The majority were NOT right wing. Angry at some of Obama's policies, yes. That doesn't make them "crazy" or "freaks". That sounds like Bush era talk. How ironic. It seems you have to believe "we" are fanatics, gun lovers, etc. How absurd. Lets talk in six months, Erik. I'll be curious to see how you feel.

I've no response to your litany of issues because they're only tangentially related to the topic, which is that yesterday a bunch of lunatic numskulls protested against their own tax cuts and for the rich getting richer, bringing along to them their pet right wing issues, be they anti-immigrant, pro-God n guns, anti-USSR ... that you brought your own set of issues, reasonable as some may be, speaks nothing to the idiocy of the protest in general.

Erik, I think you're missing the big picture. Who do you think pays for the expanding war in the Middle East and Africa? Over a billion dollars a month. We do, Erik. Our taxes. How about the bailouts? A historic amount of money that was borrowed by the US government and given to private banks. Who will pay that back? We will and our children. See, ... Read Morethis is reality, Erik. Your fantasy of this pro liberty movement being a bunch of red necks in the back of a pick up, is just that, a fantasy. Where do you think Obama will get the money to create national health care? America is bankrupt.Yet, we continue to spread our empire across the globe. Stop cowering behind a mythological figure and challenge your candidate. Stop sitting on the sidelines heckling the individuals that aren't enamored by his party or color.The Obama administration is supporting and creating real policies. All the "pet issues" I listed for you are REAL. Do something. Oh and Erik, answer me this. Are we in the Middle East fighting "terrorists" or securing natural resources and pipelines?

David, there were a sizable number of people complaining about the bailouts, but not as many as were there to protest any and all taxes. That's a fact. Anyway, I'm simply not gong to engage you on all these non-related questions/challenges here. I'll send a friend request and t can happen elsewhere.

"any and all taxes"? again, that is not accurate. Erik, you will NEVER have the funding for the social programs you want if the Obama administration continues to expand the wars in the Middle East and now Africa. America is already bankrupt now. I guess we will just have wait a few months, Erik. This will become clearer. You keep being a Patriot and pay those taxes. Lets just end with you not answering my questions. I get it.

National Tax Day Tea Parties
Source: www.youtube.com
Thom confronts Andrew Langer of the Institute for Liberty about the anti-Obama conservative protests www.instituteforliberty.org Check out www.thomhartmann.com.

5:23 is exactly why you have individuals from all parties coming to these tea parties. To cherry pick some nuts that showed up is silly and the CNN video proved what the media was up to. Hartman knows these tea parties started years ago, lead by Libertarians and Independents. They are trying to divide the American population and it's a shame. Does anyone else notice how quiet the Democrats have become on the expanding wars? Do they consider how much money these wars cost? Is this where they want their tax money to go? Or are they going to defend policies they would have protested under Bush?

A "truce"? I don't see anybody fighting other than a few thousand loony right wingers. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eMkth8FWno.

Of course you do[n't], because that's what CNN told you to think/see :) I think we all get that now. Those damn cell phone cameras!

Sorry, no TV. I formed my impression from flickr. http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=72248&id=676374106&ref=mf Is flickr in on the conspiracy to cover up the troof? Clearly, there were few teabaggers other than low intelligence, conspiracy minded and uninformed right wingers. I don't think I understand what you're saying the troof is.

I suggest you use a better research tool. Flickr doesn't cut it. Lets hear about those conspiracies. Federal Reserve being a private bank? Global currency? New World Order? H.R. 1955? Expanding war in the Middle East? New operations in Africa? Bailout money saving bankers? Hundreds of expert economists predicting this collapse and disagreeing with Obama on the solution? Which one? I suggest you research these before you comment. I wouldn't start with flickr or CNN.

Or you could just accept Americans are angry. Angry because their money is paying for a perpetual war. Angry because a central bank created a flawed monetary system, which started this collapse and now they get to create another one that still serves "them" and we paid for it. To think you can place millions of Americans who started feeling this ... Read Moreway under Bush in a little "anti-obama" box is silly. This is much, much bigger than Obama, Democrats or Republicans.

I believe if you review, you're the one claim I'm saying the protests were primarily anti-Obama. I'm stating the obvious: the majority of participants were carrying signs saying some variation of "I'm so stupid, I'm out here protesting my tax cut," or "the USSR still scares me." Most of the rest were equally split between "stop deficit spending," "... Read Moredemocrats suck," "government sucks", "God and the Constitution are awesome!" or "Obama is a Muslim from Cuba." You seem to be casting your lot of grievances into a pool with these people and in turn feeling like I'm dismissing your grievances as loony conspiracy theories. You only list two or so loony conspiracy theories!

Sorry Erik, you are wrong. You are protecting the image of a man. Obama. You have cast aside reality. You can't address the issues I posted. Either you don't understand them or they tarnish the image of Obama.

There are millions of Americans who don't care about Obama or Bush, they care about their families and their freedom. This movement, made up of all parties, started years ago. This is easy to verify. You obviously have been afraid to do that. If you think, the democratic party can contain the growing rage in this country, you are mistaken. For that rage is growing in democrats also. Good luck, Erik. As the wars expand, the bailouts continue, the Federal Reserve operates without any oversight and our taxes rise, you will see the hostility grow. You can sit back and make fun of the crazy "right wingers" all you want. That will still be delusional. I predict, in the next six months, you, Erik, will feel this rage. Then you will understand, it never had anything to do with Obama.

Uh, I'm not talking about Obama, you are. The tea parties are hardy a sign of anything new or growing - if you want to show me how these freaks afraid of the USSR, taunting the ATF to grab their military weapons or protesting their tax cuts are somehow enlightened, have at it. If you want to talk about your own hot button issues, maybe another thread or by email would be appropriate.

You're not making much sense, Erik. Over two hundred and fifty thousand people protested yesterday. The majority were NOT right wing. Angry at some of Obama's policies, yes. That doesn't make them "crazy" or "freaks". That sounds like Bush era talk. How ironic. It seems you have to believe "we" are fanatics, gun lovers, etc. How absurd. Lets talk in six months, Erik. I'll be curious to see how you feel. Oh and I noticed you had no response to the very real issues I listed. I find that interesting. Fantasy is such a fickle medium. When reality enters, poof, it disappears.

I've no response to your litany of issues because they're only tangentially related to the topic, which is that yesterday a bunch of lunatic numskulls protested against their own tax cuts and for the rich getting richer, bringing along to them their pet right wing issues, be they anti-immigrant, pro-God n guns, anti-USSR ... that you brought your own set of issues, reasonable as some may be, speaks nothing to the idiocy of the protest in general.

Erik, I think you're missing the big picture. Who do you think pays for the expanding war in the Middle East and Africa? Over a billion dollars a month. We do, Erik. Our taxes. How about the bailouts? A historic amount of money that was borrowed by the US government and given to private banks. Who will pay that back? We will and our children. See, this is reality, Erik. Your fantasy of this pro liberty movement being a bunch of red necks in the back of a pick up, is just that, a fantasy. Where do you think Obama will get the money ... Stop cowering behind a mythological figure and challenge your candidate. Stop sitting on the sidelines heckling the individuals that aren't enamored by his party or color.

David, there were a sizable number of people complaining about the bailouts, but not as many as were there to protest any and all taxes. That's a fact. Anyway, I'm simply not gong to engage you on all these non-related questions/challenges here. I'll send a friend request and t can happen elsewhere.

"any and all taxes"? again, that is not accurate. Erik, you will NEVER have the funding for the social programs you want if the Obama administration continues to expand the wars in the Middle East and now Africa. America is already bankrupt. The government needs every tax dollar it gets and then some, just to keep it's bloated bureaucracy afloat now. I guess we will just have wait a few months, Erik. This will become clearer. You keep being a Patriot and pay those taxes. I'm sure the women and children in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia and Pakistan appreciate the bombs and bullets you help purchase and create. There is nothing to debate, Erik. Lets just end with you not answering my questions. I get it.

National Tax Day Tea Parties

... To cherry pick some nuts that showed up is silly and the CNN video proved what the media was up to. Hartman knows these tea parties started years ago, lead by Libertarians and Independents ...

David, you just accused someone of "cherry picking" in the same sentence you claim one video segment "proves" what every news outlet was up to. I commend your lack of self awareness, it's very charming!

I'm glad you think it's charming. Of course, you still haven't answered my questions. Again, in six months, Erik, as the collapse worsens, Pakistan falls into chaos, unemployment hits historic numbers, the bailouts fail and taxes begin to rise, lets talk. I'd like to see how far the arrogance of the liberals has taken them. How many Americans the Democrats have attracted to their party. You and your party are making a monumental mistake. I am not "right wing" and I have been to rallies with thousands of people and the majority were not "right wing". The pro Liberty movement is real and it will explode in this environment. Good Luck and let me know when you think Obama should stop expanding the bloodshed/wars in the Middle East and Africa. I'd like to know when a liberal Democrat has had enough.

Why would we need to talk about current events in six months when today you can both see the future and know my opinion on everything before I give it? Is it some sort of Jedi mind trick? Tell me now, because if I find out later, I'm going to be real pissed.

Conservative Republican Congressman being Booed at Tea Party in Greenville. This is not about Obama.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QsY2r7HbTM

David, Paulites are the same phenomenon as extreme right wngers- they are few in number but very loud and never let facts get in the way of their ideology. Per example, you were so excited to find an instance of a Republican being booed at a tea party, you hurried to post it here before googling. The reason the winger Republicans were booing was because unlike 99% of his Republican colleagues ... (drumroll) ... http://www.palmettoscoop.com/2009/04/07/obamas-stimulus-gets-new-champion-in-barrett/

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Class warfare at the teaparty 

My 2009 Stimulus Act tax cut just showed up in my paycheck. Hurray for the muttonhead winger freaks duped by billionaires to protest across-the-board tax cuts for everybody making less than $250K a year! Conservatism at it's finest.

The angry workers, mighty in their numbers, are marching irresistibly against the arrogant. They are shaking their fists at the sons of privilege. They are laughing at the dainty affectations of the Leawood toffs. They are massing at the gates of Mission Hills, hoisting the black flag, and while the millionaires tremble in their mansions, they are bellowing out their terrifying demands. "We are here," they scream, "to cut your taxes."

Thomas Frank
What's the Matter with Kansas? p 109

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Motherfucking articulate! 

Incredibly, I found this clip of a right-winger being pwned on a right-wing blog.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Chuck Norris for President 

Dumbass Hollywood winger is excited about awakening "cells" of revolutionaries and,

You really have to almost laugh at some of this. For eight years, progressives were lambasted -- in the face of the most unpopular and arguably the worst American president since the Civil War -- as victims of "Bush derangement syndrome" or as "Kos Kooks." That was largely because in the face of a government that invaded another nation on bogus pretenses and violated laws on core issues like torture and domestic spying, a few people advocated impeachment, a deliberative process under the U.S. Constitution, and a tiny handful talked about things like moving to Canada.

Meanwhile, less than two months into the Obama administration, right-wingers are stocking the basement pantry, piling up the shotguns and organizing "cells," all with the help of a talk-show host who coincidentially became unhinged after he drove down the ratings at CNN Headline News, something that most people didn't think was possible. There's a lot to hash out in this country over the next few years but it's becoming more and more clear who respects the Constitution, and who does not.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

CNN turns over stones in WY on inaguraton day 

I wonder of they're airing quotes from these cretins,

Janet Anderson, 57, returned to Cheyenne after a career in the oil business in Texas. She worries about the federal government bailing out businesses.

"The Obama administration is taking consequences out of our nation."

She says, "If you go make a bad business decision and you lose your shirt, you just go to the government and get some money."

At lest they're not blaming Slick Willie.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Our new Republican Party 

Background if you need it. Republcans react.

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Biblical teachings and ideology: BOO! Science YEA! 

I was too caught up in partisan rhetoric at the time to realize my passion for knocking on doors was primarily driven by a desire to hear an announcement like this from the president-elect. Awesome. YAY! We did it!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

UPDATE: Me & McCain & his once thoughtful idea 

A while ago, I commended McCain for promulgating a policy on the mortgage/credit crisis that was,

to immediately buy up the bad home loan mortgages in America and renegotiate at the new value of those homes -- at the diminished value of those homes.

Ends up what McCain meant was he wanted to pay banks for the face value of mortgages before renegotiating with the mortgage holder at the diminished value.

I incorrectly interpreted McCain's meaning of "mortgage holder" - the mortgage holder is the bank and not the homeowner as I understood.

It's the opposite of a good plan: reward the banks for issuing shaky mortgages and renegotiate terms with homeowners for somewhere between the current value of their house and what they borrowed for it.

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Yes, you are too stupid to know what's good for you 

A LTE, published just two months ago,

Yes, the egomaniacal left pretends to stand for free speech and freedom, yet hates debate, because it's out of new ideas, even while claiming it's time for "change."

Truly it's an article of faith for the left that they try to force their beliefs on the rest of us (the majority), especially through the court systems (judicial fiat), because they feel that folks like us are too stupid to know what's good for us! We're so dumb (they think), some of us even believe in God!

I don't know whether the writer is a member of some sort of perceived majority or not, but do know he's too stupid to be trusted to look out for his own welfare.

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Sunday, October 05, 2008

Go shopping, or Party's over? 

Adding to my claim that the Bush policy to increase home ownership contributed to this crisis, I'll reference a wider observation on how other Bush policies got us to where we are now economically. Andrew J. Bacevich writes.

From the very outset [of Bush's"War on Terror], the president described the "war on terror" as a vast undertaking of paramount importance. But he simultaneously urged Americans to carry on as if there were no war. "Get down to Disney World in Florida," he urged just over two weeks after 9/11. "Take your families and enjoy life, the way we want it to be enjoyed." Bush certainly wanted citizens to support his war -- he just wasn't going to require them actually to do anything. The support he sought was not active but passive. It entailed not popular engagement but popular deference.

...[The Bush Administration] sought no additional revenue to cover the costs of waging a protracted conflict. It left the nation's economic priorities unchanged. Instead of sacrifices, it offered tax cuts. So as the American soldier fought, the American consumer binged, encouraged by American banks offering easy credit.

... Bush seems to have calculated -- cynically but correctly -- that prolonging the credit-fueled consumer binge could help keep complaints about his performance as commander in chief from becoming more than a nuisance. Members of Congress calculated -- again correctly -- that their constituents were looking to Capitol Hill for largesse, not lessons in austerity. In this sense, recklessness on Main Street, on Wall Street and at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue proved mutually reinforcing.

The laissez-faire economy can do no wrong ideology which has engulfed the Republican Party for three decades has quite possibly lead our country on a road to ruin --- and it seems for now the Party itself. For decades, fueled by anti-government and anti-regulation big money sponsors, conservatives have groomed their new leaders from every avenue - from campus organizations to local politicians' campaigns to K Street lobbyists into embracing the ideology of laissez-faire economics.

The current economic crisis seems to have undone in just a few weeks the decades-long effort by GOP patrons to turn our nation's economy into an naked aristocracy with big business at the helm. Party's over?

To unlock the mystery of the earlier [Wall Street bailout] bill's stunning rejection, consider two numbers: 82 and 0. The first is the percentage of retiring Republican representatives who voted for the bill. The second is the percentage of Republican freshmen who did.

... The new guard is fiercely stubborn, gutsily insubordinate, drama-loving and -- compared with the 82-percent-for-compromise old guard -- unadulteratedly ideological. And it could take the GOP off an even higher cliff than the one the party lurched off two years ago.

The 2007 presidential primary promised to provide a swift survival-of-the-fittest test for the competing new visions. When Sen. John McCain prevailed, it seemed that the winning philosophy was one that, in the main, dumped Republican orthodoxy in favor of solutions-oriented practicality. (In case you've been living in a spider hole this year and haven't heard, McCain likes calling himself a maverick, a doer, a wooer of independents, a post-partisan.)

But McCain's triumph actually hid the fact that, at the lower levels of the party, the emerging center of gravity is more conservative, not less. In the House, such young members as Jeb Hensarling (Tex.), Mike Pence (Ind.) and their ideologically purist soulmates on the Republican Study Committee (which absorbed most of the GOP freshmen) began to influence the party's agenda from the right, clamoring to make pork-busting the GOP's focus, demanding legislation to lower taxes and even mounting a prank revolt on a war-funding bill in May, just to flex their muscles. "The American people thought Republicans weren't acting like Republicans," Hensarling explained.

Yes, I agreed with House Republicans on their "NO" vote, but upon completely different reasoning. And yes, the blogosphere is rife with bloggers who worship big business as the new messiah, but then again somewhere around a quarter of Americans still approve of Bush's job performance.

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Duh 

Voluntary regulation,

The last six months have made it abundantly clear that voluntary regulation does not work.
- SEC Chairman Christopher Cox

Also breaking: Disarmed bomb fails to explode, engineless car won't start.

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

$700B bailout doesn't sit pretty with me 

Having only read the main articles in the NYT and WaPo for over a week, it seems to me a really shitty bad idea to buy $700B in shitty investments from the banks who made the shitty investments. I appear to mostly agree with Republicans in the House at the moment - as far as that the bailout is a bad idea. Their offered alternative that tax cuts are the solution is baldly ludicrous, but predictable. I can think of a number of better ways to spend $700 billion and government is still sort of by the people so I think my government should come up with a better idea.

Among my better ideas of what to do with $700 billion would be creating a single-payer health care plan available to all Americans, paying off 7% of our national debt, or even giving it to the banks who haven't gotten themselves in deep trouble by acting like imbeciles.

The roots of the problem are the mortgages that shouldn't have been issued and the banks that made those mortgages possible. These banks aren't Krugman's "marble building" banks, but investment banks - banks that have an army of actuaries that certainly could (and maybe did) advise that such-and-such a percentage the mortgages their employers were investing in would go into foreclosure. And these are the banks the proposal mainly aims at bailing out.

Secondly, the administration claimed we had to bail out Bear-Stearns to avoid something like this happening, then that we had to seize Freddie and Fannie to avoid something like this happening, yet it happened. I certainly wouldn't want a doctor who had two failed plans to prevent a catastrophic illness to do emergency surgery on me once the illness came.

Thirdly, there are a lot of homeowners currently behind in mortgages or in foreclosure; assuming the risk of the bad debt banks currently hold isn't going to do anything about the bad debt coming down the pipe. I find it dubious that the bailout would prevent an extended recession or depression.

I would support legislation allowing judges to rewrite the terms of mortgages along lines laid out in the legislation. I may also support creating a special fund and allowing investment banks offer debt to the government that the government could accept or reject - and some on the Hill are suggesting something along those lines. Making this $700 billion available "as widely as possible" as the White House is pushing appears ripe for abuse and smacks of free money for bankers who screwed up.

Almost forgot: we need to reinstate the regulation of banks that's been dismantled over the decades of Republican ascendancy in Washington.

So that's that I think now based on the limited reading I've done since the crisis exploded.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

How many mortgages does $85 billion make? 

It could buy outright half a million $175K homes. The number of defaulted mortgages $85 billion could have prevented is beyond my guesstimating more accurately than being sure it's at or beyond the metaphor "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

Reposting an excerpt from my excerpt from the NYT Editorial Board's editorial yesterday,

Preventing foreclosures is the key to stanching the crisis, but policy makers have been unconscionably slow to address that aspect of the crisis.

Hindsight is a lot better than Dick Cheney's aim.

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GOP embraces socialism in a big, big way 

According to my math, the FED just spent about $5000 per taxpayer on a gambit to save our asses in exchange for 80% of a company whose worth nobody knows. If you pray, pray now that this is the first crisis Bush/Cheney, Inc. gets right for the whole country. That said, the damage done may be beyond divine intervention.

I don't want my promised tally to be a running tally, so I'm indefinitely postponing it as events unfold.

ADDENDUM:

[AIG's] management will be replaced, though Fed staffers did not name the new executives.

Who has Sarah Palin's number?!?!?!?!

PRIVATIZE THE PROFITS
SOCIALIZE THE RISK

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Monday, September 15, 2008

Two from the NYT 

An "editorial" from some old guy in Boca Raton that makes sense what we're read about the sub-prime crisis, bail-out of Bear Stearns and the past three days' whirlwind. Sort of like a Cliff Notes of 6 months of financial headlines.

And from the editorial board (which at some point in the recent past applauded deregulation of the financial industry, I'm sure),

As long as foreclosures continue, housing prices will continue to decline and banks and other financial firms will continue to suffer losses. Continuing losses, in turn, could force more taxpayer bailouts, by reigniting fears that ongoing failures may threaten the entire financial system. Preventing foreclosures is the key to stanching the crisis, but policy makers have been unconscionably slow to address that aspect of the crisis.

It will require political will, but is not too late to try to decrease foreclosures by allowing homeowners to restructure their unaffordable mortgages in bankruptcy court. It is also not too late to stimulate the economy with intelligent government support, like aid to state and local governments, rather than campaign-year gestures like the tax rebates for virtually everyone that dominated the first stimulus package.

And it is certainly not too soon to look beyond the current crisis to the flaws and fallacies of the anti-regulatory ideology that has held Washington in its grip since the Reagan years and allowed the financial excesses that are now stressing the system to the breaking point.

Making and enforcing new rules is necessary, but that will not be enough. The nation needs a new perspective on the markets, one that acknowledges the self-destructive bent of unfettered capitalism and its ability, unchecked, to wreak havoc far beyond Wall Street.

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Chickens coming home to roost in a big way 

We want -- we want money being spent to help people buy homes. That's what we want ... Or if you're a consumer, maybe thinking about buying a house, if you look on your TV screens that say "March to War", you're not so sure you want to buy the house then, because you're not sure what the consequences of marching to war will be. Now we're marching to peace. We're marching to peace and the world is better off. We've overcome that obstacle ... Our nation's 68 percent home-ownership rate is the highest ever. More people own homes now than ever before in the country's history, and that's exciting for the future of America ... I set a good goal, which is adding 5.5 million new minority homeowners in America by the end of the decade.

- George Bush 3/26/2004

The Federal Reserve peeled out $300 Billion to bolster financial markets in the days after the 9/11 attacks. Maybe tomorrow I'll make a gruesome tally of what's been doled out since March in the last-second veer to avoid the impact of the GOP's attack on our economy under the flag of supply-side laissez-fair economics.

Here's an article mentioning the "d" word.

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

A crony, too 

No doubt,

Gov. Sarah Palin lives by the maxim that all politics is local, not to mention personal.

So when there was a vacancy at the top of the State Division of Agriculture, she appointed a high school classmate, Franci Havemeister, to the $95,000-a-year directorship. A former real estate agent, Ms. Havemeister cited her childhood love of cows as a qualification for running the roughly $2 million agency.

Ms. Havemeister was one of at least five schoolmates Ms. Palin hired, often at salaries far exceeding their private sector wages.

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Friday, September 12, 2008

A day late, but 

Via Crooks and Liars.

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Democrats way more organized this year 

The GOP's success in getting out the vote has been a pillar of their electoral success. This time around, it seems McCain is employing his same strategy as his foreign policy: shoot from the hip ... no overall strategy

I just received a well worded email from someone in my state precinct asking for help knocking on doors, replied and got a response in a few minutes.

Obama is simply more exciting than the yellow-toothed McCain. The media likes a close horserace, but the dynamics of this election tilt overbearingly to Obama.

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Palin is unaware Pakistan is an ally 

That Palin doesn't know what the Bush Doctrine is is readily apparent in her first national interview. But watching the video a third time, it became obvious to me that Palin thinks Pakistan is not an ally, but an enemy,

As for the right to invade, we're going to work with these countries, building new relationships - working with existing allies - but forging new also, in order to, Charlie, get to a point in this world where war is not a first option ... We must not blink, Charlie, in making those tough decisions in where we go and even who we target.

UPDATE: Although a few ridiculous interchanges are mentioned, the Gray Lady publishes a faux obective account of the travesty. The full interview:

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Saturday, September 06, 2008

Good job Joe 

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Friday, September 05, 2008

RNC convention focused on turning out their base 

The RNC convention was focused on making Obama appear to be an unacceptable choice. http://voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix/2008/09/mccain_manager_this_election_i.html,

"This election is not about issues. This election is about a composite view of what people take away from these candidates."
- McCain's campaign manager

By the time of a party convention, presidential candidates should be at the point of reaching out to the swing vote - as the Democrats did. The extreme partisan theme to the RNC convention shows they're still trying to shore up their voting base.

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Thursday, September 04, 2008

Not much to it 

I honestly don't remember any of McCain's speech up to the point where he alluded to about a dozen policy particulars without doing more than mention all of them without explanation. About a quarter of them had to do with taxes.

We can assume the specifics have been promulgated in detail over the last eight years, so maybe no explanation was necessary. As his audience thundered for Bush, perhaps no explanation was necessary.

It seems obvious to me that this speech, along with Palin's of yesterday aimed to fire up the base of 20% of voters who really still dig Bush. So maybe the events of the last week primarily intend to reassure Republican donors' dollars haven't gone completely to waste ... "We fought the good fight".

PS: Reading TPM, they caught a bizarre backdrop from one point of the speech: Does this mean to convey McCain stands up for the good people of Margaritaville during their two and a half weeks of vacation? Luxury leaders, they are.

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Next up: McCain 

Dan Bartlett: McCain needs to introduce a "forward looking agenda".

Crowd goes wild for reference to Bush ... eager for 4 more years apparently ... and 9/11. Seconds round of Olympics style "USA! USA!"

Cindy is made up to look like Paris tonight. Just saying.

Third "USA!" ... something going on in audience.

Aimed at the "Washington crowd", McCain says change is coming. Spoken truly by a lifetime Washington insider.

Implies fighting pork earmarks will help Americans put food on our tables and gas in their tanks. Well, whatever, same thing, stealing from Peter to pay Paul.

Says he's fighting a lot for Americans, no specifics. Followed by much admirable and more or less specific criticism of other Washington Republicans.

Obama passed a corporate welfare bill benefiting big oil?

Tax cuts, globalization, spending, tax cuts, vague mention of affordable health care for individuals, tax cuts for business, doubling child tax credit, reduce government programs to reduce taxes, more globalization, changing unemployment from system designed for the '50's, find new job for those whose job went overseas - give lower paying jobs while retrained, equal access to education for all - give parents school choice (seems to be speaking of vouchers).

Stop sending $700 billion to oil states. ("USA!")

New offshore drilling. Build nuke plants, clean coal, renewable energy, natural gas.

Obama against new nuclear power plants?

Last three paragraphs grazing a dozen or so policy agendas were 5 minutes of the 40 minute speech so far.

Pretty much described Russia's invasion of Georgia as what we did to Iraq.

(Had to pee)

... picking up, seems to be promising less war later by more war now.

We must catch up to history and change the way government does everything.

Obama doesn't have the scars to prove he can change America (???!).

Promises to appoint Democrats and independents.

Says he's blessed by not being able to avoid being shot down in Vietnam.

The reminiscing "reluctant" POW has now gone on about his POW years longer than his hap-hazard hits on issues of national importance.

"USA! USA!"

"... IF YOU'RE UNHAPPY WITH OUR GOVERNMENT, MAKE IT A BETTER ONE ..." Dangerously close to "My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right."

Good lord, canned "raising McCain" song. YEEEEEEE HAAAAAAAAA!!!! "We're all just-a-raising McCain!" This means if he dies, he has a second shot at it before Sarah Palin?

"USA! USA!"

Didn't mention "God" but two or three times I noticed. Possibly his death knell.

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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Earmarks 

Earmarks have a bad rep. For example, it's a good idea to shuffle education dollars from richer states to poorer states - to help kids in poor states have an education approaching that of affluent communities. Or help build a dam in one state that will provide energy for several. Congressional earmarks are a way we can move funds between states.

At the same time, the are easily abused: they can be used to reward campaign contributors with pork that doesn't benefit anyone but the campaign contributor.

Those two points noted, Sarah Palin was loquacious for earmarks before she was decidedly against them. (link from acceptance speech to be added below once she says it).

Here it is: "That bridge to nowhere? I said thanks, but no thanks. I said if we wanted a bridge, we'd build it ourself".

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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Tell us something we didn't know 

McCain's campaign manager accidentally reveals their thinly veiled strategy,

This Election is Not About Issues.

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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Republicans: on the job training nothing new 

Here's the Republican response to the last major hurricane to hit the Gulf Coast.

katrina birthday

This time, they seem to be sending up trial balloons indicating they realize the political fate resulting from a a split screen hurricane/convention coverage scenario.

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Friday, August 29, 2008

In mysterious ways 

It appears possible that God may still answer right-wing conservatives' prayer for rain, but at a time and place of His choosing.

Gustav's projected path

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

But Republicans aren't that stupid 

Following up my last post which referenced Republican voters' general lack of intellectual depth, I'll now brin g up something that has puzzled me for weeks. McCain is asking voters not to vote for Obama claiming that Obama will raise "your" taxes. Anybody paying the slightest attention knows that a key Obama campaign promise is to lower taxes for 95% of workers.

An effective false smear has to have at least some plausibility of truth. The 2004 swift-boat smears about Kerry succeeded because Kerry himself spoke of his service in Vietnam, giving the outrageous claims some measure of believability, however slight, for those dispositioned to wish to believe them. But the claim Obama will raise "your" taxes is completely ungrounded by even the most distorted take on anything Obama has ever said or done.

Unless you're not middle or lower class. Which McCain has defined as everybody making less than $5 million a year - this a smear with the plausibility of belief because McCain actually said it, even if clearly in jest. The believability of the $5 million smear sinks in to those wishing to believe it because it's buttressed by the demonstrable fact that McCain's campaign promises would indeed favor the very rich over everybody else. McCain's lavish life has also truly and demonstrably placed him out of touch with the un-rich: reference his sincere claims that no American would pick lettuce for $50/hr and that "You could make an argument that there's been great progress economically over" the Bush years.

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Ha 

What she said.

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Krugman on Republicans 

Krugman,

[I]n the world we actually live in, pro-corporate, inequality-increasing Republicans argue that you should vote for them because they're regular guys you'd like to have a beer with, while Democrats who want to raise taxes on top earners, expand health care and raise the minimum wage are snooty elitists.

If there's anything else we need to understand about the economics of the 2004 elections, I don't know what it would be. The queer phenomenon of down-and-out social conservatives gathering at the gated communities of their corporate overlords pitchforks and torches in hand, bellowing, "We are here to lower your taxes!!" is described in detail by Thomas Frank in his phenomenal book What's the Matter with Kansas.

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The Republican wrecking crew 

From the Strib,

Vandals broke three plate-glass windows and a glass door early Sunday at presidential candidate Barack Obama's state headquarters in St. Paul.

Here is what someone thought of my Obama bumper sticker (purchased at said Obama headquarters) that I displayed at a golf resort in Wisconsin a few weekends ago.

UPDATE: A billboard outside of the MSP airport welcoming the kerrfluckers' overlords:

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

American politics 

That's one of the back porches off the master bedroom in one of the mansions owned by the presidential candidate who's running a campaign highlighting the accusation that his African-American opponent is "elitist".

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Liberal media finally attacks McCain 

Hardly.

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Monday, August 18, 2008

MN Senator would skip Minneapolis/St. Paul convention 

Heh, "Stay away".

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Monday, August 04, 2008

Republicans come out against properly inflated tires 

Good Lord, kill me now. Jesus Christ at a waffle bar.

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Friday, July 25, 2008

Damned if you do or don't 

The McCain campaign feebly attacks Obama not only in a ridiculous manner but in a ridiculous manner that is equally applied to McCain.

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

FOX push-polling 

I've gotten used to the fact that FOX NEWS is a crypto-Republican public relations firm, but even unscrupulous public relations firms stay away from push-polling. The assimilation of FOX News into the Republican party apparatus is now complete.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

McCain knows what the Iraqi PM really REALLY wants deep down inside 

Iraqis are begging for us to stay, nomatter what they may say. McSame,

"I have been there too many times. I've met too many times with him, and I know what they want."

Full interview (with commentary) is a hoot.

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Republican myth vs reality II 

The goal of the "Iraq surge" was to give breathing room to Iraqi political leaders to find political reconciliation. Republicans are not claiming the surge has succeded.

Although violence is down, the mission has failed.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Republican myth vs reality 

Reality.

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This is about par for the course 

"I believe 9/11 could have been prevented if we'd had a Republican president at the time."

- Mike Meehan
Republican Voter

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

SC Governor on economic differences between Bush and McSame 

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Degree of candidates' liberalness depends on who they're running against 

Steve Sauerberg,

Dick Durbin has become the most divisive and liberal Senator in the entire Senate.

Or John McCain,

Democratic Rep. Dan Boren of Oklahoma said Tuesday Barack Obama is "the most liberal senator" in Congress and he has no intention of endorsing him for the White House.

Both Senators from Illinois are the most liberal in the entire Senate.

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Teen pregnancy and national debt up, military stretched! 

It's no wonder that an anti-government party's legacy would be failure at obtaining their stated policy goals following their most ascendant point.

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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

A step back from Republican rhetoric 

We hear it in Republican rhetoric so often it easily slips by, but the entire Republican brand centers on the claim that Republicans love their country and Democrats do not. In a Bush fundraising email I just received, it's first claimed that Republicans will retain the WH and take back the Senate and House. Then the explanation,

The reason that I am confident about Republican success is because when the American people look at our ideals versus the ideals of the Democrats, the people are with us.

Our ideas and values are those embraced by the American people. They may not be the ones who the pundits listen to, but they are the ones who are out working every single day to make America a great and hopeful place.

That this type of Real Americans are with Us appeal has worked well for Republicans is a testament to the fact their base is an emotionally pliable shallow group easily motivated and angered by buzzwords. It's the same thing every election: flag flying vs flag burning, your kids vs your kids being converted to homosexuals, you opening up a storefront in your retirement years vs being sent to a labor camp by communistic Democrats ...

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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

But McCain's a Republican 

From The Strib,

The head of the Minnesota Gambling Control Board said that a solicitation for funds on the national website of the Barack Obama presidential campaign may constitute a raffle, which is a violation of Minnesota gambling laws.

Tom Barrett, executive director of the board, said he will ask the state Department of Public Safety to look into the matter.

... The Obama website, which is soliciting funds of up to $2,300, says anyone who makes a contribution to the Obama campaign of $5 or more between now and July 31 "could be one of 10 supporters chosen to meet Barack backstage" in Denver.

From John McCain's website,

Be the lucky supporter to ride with John McCain on the Straight Talk Express on an upcoming bus tour. Everyone who donates between now and June 30th is eligible.

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Fauxtrage! 

Right-wingers freak out over David Addington's appearance before a congressional hearing, claiming the hearing revealed his persona which has never been a secret to anyone. This, from the same folks that tried their best to defend the leaking of an actual covert CIA agent.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Reagan vs McCain 

Reagan on meeting with adversaries,

"We had quite a meeting there with [Gorbachev] and his people. I can remember a few things about that because of the oddity of it. We decided that the subject of the summit meeting would be mutual reduction of armaments and he agreed on that ...

"Then the first meeting with him, real meeting, it was going to be the first meeting in a big home along Lake Geneva and at a table like this only a little longer he and his team on one side and me and my team on the other to deal with the weapons.

"I told my people what I was going to do so they wouldn't be surprised. As everybody started to sit down, I looked across the table at him and I said, 'Why don't we let our two teams start this discussion about the reduction of the weaponry and all, and why don't you and I get some fresh air? He was out of his chair before I finished that sentence, and there he was. So, he and I left and we walked about a 150 yards down across the lawn to the lake where there was a beach house, and again I had told our people about this.

"It was cold, a real wintry day and that beach house had a big roaring fire going in the fireplace. We entered and in there were the two translators. I stopped him before we even sat down and looked right at him and I said, 'I'm going to give you a quotation that's not mine. Someone else has said that we mistrust each other because we're armed.' I said, 'I believe we're armed because we mistrust each other.'

"Then I said, ... 'wouldn't it be fine if we would spend just as much time trying to find out the reasons for our mistrust?'… I said to him that we should do this and I said, 'The only alternative to this is we resume the arms race.' Then, looking him right in the eye, I said, 'That is a race you can't win. There is no way we're going to permit you to be superior to us in weaponry.'

"So he took that and we sat down and the meeting went under way for an hour and a half. Then, I figured that we'd better get back up to the rest of our people, so we got up and we started back up the hill."

McCain on meeting with adversaries,

Republican presidential contender John McCain on Friday said he would meet with leaders of Iran and North Korea only if the encounter would guarantee a U.S. win.

"The logic is, you don't want to do something that enhances the image and prestige of someone who is your adversary, OK?" McCain told reporters traveling with him on a four-day campaign trip to New Hampshire's northern regions.

The Arizona senator said there could be disastrous results if the outcome of meetings with any hostile leaders were not predetermined.

"Are you going to accomplish something? That's the key. If you're going to go in and you're confident you are going to accomplish something, fine, do it," he said. "Know what the outcome is going to be so you're not embarrassed by the person you're taking to walking out and embarrassing (you) and enhancing their own prestige."

The further irony is that the Reagan quote is from a deposition he gave regarding his administration's effort to improve US-Iranian relations by arming them with US weapons.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

HELP! HELP! WON'T YOU PLEEEEASE HEEELP MEEEEE! 

From the tone of the email John McCain just sent me, it seems he's likely to bow out before Clinton,

Never in memory have the Democrats, liberal special interests groups, labor unions and unregulated "527" soft-money groups come together with so much money and so much determination toward one purpose: Defeating Republicans.

They want the White House. They want Congress. They want total control of government. And with record-breaking fundraising and voter turnout in Democrat primaries and caucuses nationwide, the challenge to our Party is greater than at any time in modern history.

I truly believe the only way we can stop the Democrats is if dedicated Republicans, like you, step forward immediately and support the Republican National Committee's VICTORY 2008 project -- a grassroots effort that is the backbone of our entire Republican Party.

As our Party's presumptive nominee for President and as a fellow Republican, I am asking you personally to help the RNC's critical VICTORY 2008 campaign to strengthen our Party, to spread our conservative message, and to rally more Americans behind our Republican candidates.

Please help me kick-off the RNC's VICTORY 2008 project by clicking here to make a generous online contribution of $1,000, $500, $100, $50 or $25 or as much as you can afford to support our campaign efforts.

E, let me tell you why your help is so urgent.

The aggressive campaign being played out for the Democrat nomination is showing us one very crucial fact: The Democrats and their liberal allies are building the most massive political fundraising machine ever seen.

They are growing their mailing lists and phone banks, perfecting their technologies, developing their money-raising techniques -- from telephones to text-messaging to mail to the Internet to knocking on doors. And it is working.

With all the hype and media attention focused on their campaigns -- Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have managed to raise a staggering $425 million between them. Together they raised more than $60 million in the month of March alone. This is an unheard of amount of money in the history of American elections -- it's approaching a half a billion dollars.

The upcoming elections could be the most important in decades -- and have far-reaching implications for America's future security, growth, and prosperity.

If we fail to elect conservative Republican leadership in Washington, D.C. and all across the country, we face a return to the Democrats' tried-and-failed liberal policies that embrace higher taxes, more government spending, socialized medicine, and surrender in Iraq.

These are not the solutions to our country's greatest challenges.

That is why we are calling on our Party's very best -- individuals like you -- and getting them involved at the highest level in the RNC's victory-building campaign.

E, as someone who has done so much in the past for our Party, may we continue to count on your support at this very important time?

Your secure online gift of $1,000, $500, $100, $50 or $25 will be used for promoting our Republican agenda, identifying Republican and Republican-leaning voters, conducting voter education and Absentee Ballot programs as well as funding our vital voter registration program, with the goal of registering 2 million new Republican voters before Election Day.

With your help, the RNC will fight to make sure we have a Republican seated in the White House and strong Republicans in Congress and offices all across the nation who will push forward our conservative vision for America that includes lowering our taxes, reducing wasteful government spending, and ensuring victory in Iraq and Afghanistan.

We need you with us. I hope to hear from you soon and I look forward to working with you throughout this campaign.

Sincerely,

John McCain

P.S. The Democrats are assembling massive rallies, breaking records at the polls, and raising unprecedented campaign funds for their candidates. Every vote, every dollar makes a difference in this election. E, I'm counting on you, as a loyal Republican Party supporter, to answer this challenge and join the RNC's VICTORY 2008 by making a secure online contribution of $1,000, $500, $100, $50 or $25. Thank you.

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Sunday, May 25, 2008

An eulogy for movement conservatism 

In his wide-ranging essay The Fall of Conservatism: Have the Republicans run out of ideas?, George Packer observes,

In its final year, the Bush Administration is seen by many conservatives (along with seventy per cent of Americans) to be a failure. Among true believers, there are two explanations of why this happened and what it portends. One is the purist version: Bush expanded the size of government and created huge deficits; allowed Republicans in Congress to fatten lobbyists and stuff budgets full of earmarks; tried to foist democracy on a Muslim country; failed to secure the border; and thus won the justified wrath of the American people. This account - shared by Pat Buchanan, the columnist George F. Will, and many Republicans in Congress - has the appeal of asking relatively little of conservatives. They need only to repent of their sins, rid themselves of the neoconservatives who had agitated for the Iraq invasion, and return to first principles. Buchanan said, "The conservatives need to, in Maoist terms, go back to Yenan."

The second version - call it reformist - is more painful, because it's based on the recognition that, though Bush's fatal incompetence and Rove's shortsighted tactics hastened the conservative movement's demise, they didn't cause it. In this view, conservatism has a more serious problem than self-betrayal: a doctrinaire failure to adapt to new circumstances, new problems. Instead of heading back to Yenan to regroup, conservatives will have to spend some years or even decades wandering across a bleak political landscape of losing campaigns and rebranding efforts and earnest policy retreats, much as liberals did after 1968, before they can hope to reëstablish dominance.

The whole article is good. It lays out that movement conservatives have been replaying the 1972 election ever since and their anti-government views have necessarily made them ineffective at their elected responsibility: to govern.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

It fell because Republicans think taxpayers know how to spend their money better than government 

A report commissioned by the Minnesota legislature concludes,

For Pawlenty and MnDOT, the harshest criticism may have come in the report's finding that funding influenced decisions concerning the bridge. The decision to postpone a $13 million redecking -- and instead proceed with a $3.5 million overlay that was underway when the bridge fell -- meant "funding considerations deferred work on the bridge that would have improved its structural integrity, not just maintain its drivability," the report concluded.

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Thursday, May 01, 2008

Theives target recyclable items 

Oh, oh. I wonder if there were any Cubans involved.

In two states where US attorneys are already under fire for serious allegations of political prosecutions, seven people associated with three federal cases have experienced 10 suspicious incidents including break-ins and arson ...

In Alabama, for instance, the home of former Democratic Governor Don Siegelman was burglarized twice during the period of his first indictment ... the only items of interest to the burglars were the files in Siegelman's home office.

Siegelman's attorney experienced the same type of break-in at her office.

In neighboring Mississippi, a case brought against a trial lawyer and three judges raises even more disturbing questions ... The main target of the indictment, attorney Paul Minor, had his office broken into, while Mississippi Supreme Court Justice, Oliver E. Diaz Jr., had his home burglarized. According to police reports and statements from Diaz and from individuals close to Minor, nothing of value was taken and the burglars only rummaged through documents ...

The incidents are not limited to burglaries. In Mississippi, former Judge John Whitfield was the victim of arson at his office. In Alabama, the whistleblower in the Don Siegelman case, Dana Jill Simpson, had her home burned down ...

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Senile or stupid? 

Your guess as good as any.

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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Continuing to debunk "Over 400 Prominent Scientists Disputed Man-Made Global Warming Claims" 

Continued from here, comments on a few more expert scientist global warming skeptics lauded by easily influenced Republican sympathizers.

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I'll attack the source, thank-you very much 

In comments to a post over at 5ft3 referencing a report by Senate Republicans claiming there is no consensus on global warming between

Al Gore (who let us remember is NOT a scientist) and actual scientists

I mercifully pointed out that,

Seems to me you're chasing your own tail when you point out Gore is a politician not a scientist, then turn around and support your case by referencing a political document.

Beth responds,

It was from a Senate Report about 400 scientists who are coming out to say that the global warming alarmists are nuts, how is this not a commentary on scientific thought?

What would make me feel better is for you to address the content and not the source.

Among the leading scientific minds Beth is staking the future of her descendants upon are,

The fact is there are generously perhaps a dozen or so legitimate scientists in relevant fields who continue to challenge the consensus view on the anthropomorphic influence on climate change and several dozen more who's livelihoods depend on arguing against the consensus.

The last scientific association to officially challenge the consensus was the American Association of Petroleum Geologists which now appears neutrally agnostic ("Although the AAPG membership is divided on the degree of influence that anthropogenic CO2 has ... the AAPG believes that expansion of scientific climate research into the basic controls on climate is important") yet supports "reducing emissions from fossil fuel use as a worthy goal."

Still, there are the 400 or so deniers among high school teachers and college dropouts discovered by a Republican Senate aide using Google.

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Dumbest of Republicans apparently no smarter 

I was looking at McCain's campaign site today. It's a cut and paste right wing propaganda job. His solution to every problem is lower taxes, more troops in Iraq, being more ready to blow up more things and not allowing any "legislating from the bench".

Dedicated Republican voters are Pavlovian dogs trained to jump to wrong conclusions upon hearing any one of over a dozen (but less than a score) key words and short phrases. For instance, when they hear "legislate from the bench" they think "dead babies" instead of "the process of creating precedent, creating that body of law known as case law." When they hear "climate change" they think "Al Gore's house is HUGE!" instead of, "God, I hope we're not absolutely screwed." When they hear "tax cuts" they think "Always good! Never bad! NEVER!" instead of "Haven't we already spent enough future generations' taxes?"

There's much anecdotal evidence that today, an unprecedented amount Americans are again accepting shared consensual reality over the keyword-induced mass hysteria spun by the "movement conservatives". And statistical evidence supports the anecdotal,

Call it the enthusiasm gap: In everything from voter turnout to campaign fundraising, Republicans are lagging in ways that could mean trouble in November.

Nationwide, the Democratic vote [in primaries] has swamped the GOP. While 10.9 million Americans have voted in Republican primaries so far, 15.7 million - 44% more - have voted in Democratic ones.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Go get 'em, Bill 

Ruthless, bravo!

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

MoveOn ad more weightly than Petreus' testimony 

Right-wingers get dimmer by the hour

On edit: More weightly than Petraeus' testimony, too

This afternoon, I got an email from RNC Chairman Mike Duncan. Before urgently asking me three times for "$1,000, $500, $100, $50 or $25 [to] get our message past the liberal mainstream media filter, he explained,

The radical liberals have taken over the Democrat Party ... This week [MoveOn.org] ran full page newspaper ads attacking the integrity of our top military commander in Iraq, General Petraeus, as he was testifying before Congress. And, the Democrat leaders have said nothing. Nothing! Are they complicit in these attacks by their silence?

Gee, Mike, I don't know. Is absolute silence in regards to a a $65K bad pun in the face of congressional testimony concerning an unpopular $2 billion a week war that has so far killed or maimed 30,000 Americans such a bad thing? I think not.

The RNC's idea that no Democrat leader has but breathed a whisper about the ad both contradicts its assertion that The radical liberals have taken over the Democrat Party and is, how do I put this ... completely made up by the RNC.

Googling for news items about moveon+ad turns up several salient articles at least a day old at the time the fire-brand GOP Chairman delivered his fatwa, including this,

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Monday expressed her disapproval of MoveOn.org's ad that referred to Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of U.S. troops in Iraq, as "General Betray Us."

"I would have preferred that they won't do such an ad," Pelosi said. The Speaker said it is not her prerogative "to say how people express themselves" and that the ad is "a demonstration of the frustration that people have about the war."

This,

"It is unfortunate that Republican presidential candidates are focused on generating a political sideshow instead of discussing the president's failed war policy," said a spokesman for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

"Sen. Clinton is going to keep her focus where it should be: on ending the war."

Former Sen. John Edwards said he "honors Gen. Petraeus' service and patriotism, but the general is wrong to believe that the American people or Congress should give President Bush's failed Iraq strategy more time," spokesman Eric Schultz said.

"Sen. Obama's question is not about Gen. Petraeus' patriotism. It's about his logic," said Jen Psaki, spokeswoman for Barack Obama.

This,

Chris Dodd, asked about the moveon.org ad: "This is not about the personality of General Petraeus. I have respect for him as a military individual here giving his best assessment. And even his assessments indicate this is not going to be easy at all, even under the best of scenarios they're describing here. So the debate ought not to be about the personalities. The debate is about the policy".

This,

Sen. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, called the ad "over the top."
"I don't like any kind of characterizations in our politics that call into question any active duty, distinguished general who I think under any circumstances serves with the best interests of our country," said Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential candidate and a decorated veteran.

"I think there are a lot of legitimate questions that need to be asked, a lot of probing that ought to take place; there's a lot of legitimate accountability that needs to be achieved. It ought to be done without casting any aspersions on anyone's character or motives," he added.

And this,

"The issue isn't General Petraeus," [Sen. Harry] Reid spokesman Jim Manley told FOX News. "He is a good man and a fine soldier. The problem is that he was brought in to administer a war that had already been badly mismanaged by President Bush."

"Serious questions have been raised, and will continue to be raised, about the veracity of some of the statistics that will be cited by the White House and General Petraeus. As General Petraeus himself said during his confirmation hearing in January, the objective of the surge was to provide Iraq's national government time to reach political reconciliation, and by every independent assessment made so far, that simply hasn't happened," Manley said.

The GOP apparently assumes the dirt they have left to plow consists mostly of incurious bitter partisan nitwits who can even forget what FOX News just told them as soon as a GOPer paints the specter of destruction imaginary liberals will reign down upon all that is Right and Good. In this case, they bring their destruction by being silent.

And guess what? Those who have bucked up throughout the GOP's hard times and stayed the course with their policy-embattled and corruption-encrusted party are justly rewarded: They don't have to think at all about what Petraeus and Crocker said this week! The important thing is that the Democrats dishonored them!

PS. Curiously, but not surprisingly, my favorite bitter-right-winger (who insists she doesn't repeat right-wing talking points yet miraculously comes up with the same twisted un-realities described in RNC propaganda) took the idea and ran with it,

Today we have the most disgusting politicians in the Democratic party that I find it hard to believe they are really fellow Americans ...

What ever happened to the idea of guilty [sic] until proven innocent [sic]? Well Democrats and organizations like MoveOn started a slander case against Gen. Petraeus ... I personally think they should resign!

When pressed in comments to reveal the precise names of the disgusting politicians she was calling on to resign, she burrows deeper into GOP la-la land,

Namely I think Nancy Peolsi and Harry Reid should resign, they were discrediting the General before he even spoke. And no Democrat pubically denounced the MoveOn ad that appeared Monday, also prior to the General's testimony.

Remember, these are her thoughts, not the GOP's. Eerie how similarly wrong they are. Gives me chills!

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GOP House leader on the ultimate sacrifice to one's country: "a small price" 

John Boehner of the Party Who Supports the Troops,

If 3,800 American lives and half a trillion dollars is a "small price", I shudder to think what we would be in for if Boehner was willing to make a modest investment.

Via Greg Sargent

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