Fear of Clowns

"Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable."
- H. L. Mencken
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Sunday, July 19, 2009

I'm so glad people like thus only exist on the Internet 

Read an idiot argue that tax brackets ought to be indexed to inflation.

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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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Monday, April 06, 2009

But liberals made fun of him! 

Right-wing propaganda site is up in arms that liberal bloggers would remind their readers that Glenn Beck is sympathetic to conservatives who go on killing sprees after being called names by liberals.

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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, September 16, 2008

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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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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Monday, August 25, 2008

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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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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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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Monday, March 17, 2008

Vitter comes clean ... 

Senator Vitter humbles himself by comparing his patronization of high priced prostitutes to Gov. Spitzer's more recent patronization,

"Anybody who looks at the two cases will see there is an enormous difference between the two of them. The people that are trying to draw comparisons to the two cases are people who've never agreed with me on important issues like immigration and other things."

Immigration, certainly - probably taxes and the Republican deficit too. Plus, of course, huge, huge differences between Vitter's sexual indiscretions and those of the liberals who brought Katrina to New Orleans. You know, the anti-family values contingent. He's not one of them, so there has to be some sort of enormous difference somewhere. Doesn't there?

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Monday, October 08, 2007

Makes sense to me 

Beth sends me this:

Participants were college students whose politics ranged from "very liberal" to "very conservative." They were instructed to tap a keyboard when an M appeared on a computer monitor and to refrain from tapping when they saw a W ...

Analyzing the data, Sulloway said liberals were 4.9 times as likely as conservatives to show activity in the brain circuits that deal with conflicts, and 2.2 times as likely to score in the top half of the distribution for accuracy.

In other words, one of the reasons conservatives have such difficulty understanding the nuanced issues that affect our world is that they're still struggling with the alphabet while their liberal peers are prepared for college.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

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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Saturday, September 01, 2007

It's all about voting against liberals 

Beth ends as agrily as she starts,

Okay, something else that bugs me. When scientists come up with a theory, it's like gospel truth for some people, but if other scientists who come up with opposing theories they are wrong. Why can't people accept that the opposing view could be the accurate one?

I've not a definate grasp on who exactly Beth means by "some people", but am confident she means "liberals".

Scientists don't ever "come up with a theory", they come up with hypotheses. Theories are hypotheses which have stood up to repeated scrutiny and best fit the observations.

Right-wingers such as Beth base their outrage, as we have seen, on imaginary people who hold imaginary opinions, although there may indeed be at least some people holding at once all the opinions they find foul. But in order to view themselves as the silent majority as they do, the imaginary segment becomes in their minds a monolithic force in which all of their grievances are encapsulated as one.

Here, I can imagine that Beth is thinking of scientists who believe Man's activities influence the increased greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and that evolution can produce divergent species no longer able to produce fertile offspring. But that is just a guess. But I really can't argue with her as the only certain assertion she makes is that she's pissed off.

Being pissed off that scientists can confidently say Man attributes to climate change is maybe something Beth could understand if she tried a bit, but it sadly seems that everything Beth sees as wrong with the world can be remedied by voting Republican. She knows that Republicans are angry with liberals, and and that's enough for her. Even if the next Democratic presidential candidate didn't fake a Purple Heart, she still has resons to vote for the opposition.

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It's so easy to be a right-winger 

Beth was on a tear,

Well, it didn't take me long to think of another frustrating idea. Some on both the left and right want to give amnesty to illegal immigrants, citing that these people just want to make a living for themselves. Yet, they deny the right to unborn children to make a living EVER. So, just because these illegal people are HERE in this country, they should just automatically be granted citizenship, but a child in the womb of an American woman is HERE (and always has been) in this country but is not a citizen until born.

It wasn't hard for her to "think of another frustrating idea" as her only guiding principal was to get pissed off.

First, she thought of immigrants and their supporters - not the west-bound Ellis Island or Plymoth Rock type of immigrants who made us great, but those who ooze northward, unbalancing the westward perfection.

Then she thinks of baby-killers and instead of acting to stop the perceived genocide, she thinks about the liberals who both support legal abortion and allowing undocumented immigrants with jobs to stay at their jobs.

See, it's easy to be a right-winger. You can just sit there and imagine being really pissed off - you don't have to think of solutions to your complaints as you already know it's all the fault of liberals.

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Sunday, August 26, 2007

More Imaginary Liberals 

Beth continues to pontificate from the suburbs,

Further illogical ideas: the liberals who denounce free market capitalism. They say how dare the Wal Mart heirs get money for doing nothing but sitting on their butts. Nevermind the fact that they get said money from you and I paying for items at Wal Mart which we consume. But the lefties have no problem giving welfare money to people sitting on their butts doing nothing, where you and I give our money in taxes and get NOTHING in return for that money we gave. Meanwhile the lefties ignore the fact that the Walton family has a foundation, and that Wal Mart has programs that also give back to the community.

I frequently cite the WalMart heirs as an example when someone tries to claim we live in a meritocracy or that excessive wealth is OK because those with it perform excessively valuable work. So, that's probably me she's thinking of, an actual person.

She goes of the track of reality rather quickly though. I don't typically shop at WalMart. Around the year 2000 I bough a spatula at a WalMart because my car broke down near one and I needed coin to make a call. The plastic part separated from the wooden handle the first time I used it. Last summer, I moved to within 1/4 mile of a WalMart: Since that time, I've bought 2 aquarium air-stones there. I recall on that visit I picked up a bag of cookies or chips.

Yet Beth is angry because I allegedly contribute to the enrichment of people I use as examples of the excesses of our free market.

She also fits in a welfare queen complaint even though those receiving welfare have been required to work for over a decade now. It's easy to be a pissed off right-winger when you allow yourself to create the reality you're pissed off about.

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

More RANT 

On a roll, Beth then reveals her lack of study of the Constitution while at the same time referring to it as if was divinely revealed,

What is the role of government anyway? Is it not meant to provide for the common defense? Then why is the world would we wish to reduce the budget at the Pentagon, without at least looking first to all the other budgets that have no Constitutional basis? But the backward thinking of the average lefty is to slash that defense budget first and foremost, but do keep that federal money pumping into the public broadcast system! We'd have no TV shows otherwise!

Of course, the Founders very intentionally left out the authority to support a permanent federal army, "those large and permanent military establishments which are forbidden by the principles of our free government" in the words of James Madison.

That Beth sees in the Founders' words an actual endorsement of our current war machinations reveals not only an ignorance of the actual text of the document, but also story of our nations founding - Minutemen vs. King George's Standing Army of redcoats. The complaint in the Declaration of Independence of King George "[keeping] among us, in times of peace, standing armies, without the consent of our legislatures."

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The Imaginary Liberal 

A very real right-winger circlejerks on a Sunday morn ... Beth congratulates "Uno",

Get out of my bedroom, but be in the boardroom, and other inconsistencies

Obob's thought for a Sunday morning got me thinking, especially Thought Uno,

"I am confident that the hottest places in hell are reserved for the soul of sick and brutal people who hold God's creatures in such brutal and cruel contept," he (Sen. Byrd) said. He's referring to dog fighter's not those who provide the warm and fuzzy service called partial birth abortion.

-Obob

Why is it that we are appalled by cruelty to animals, but not equally outraged by the dismembering of an unborn child in his mother's womb? How come we find mutilating a corpse disgraceful, but mutilating a living being in a womb acceptable? Hell, isn't it even a crime to tamper with a grave, and yet sending an unborn child to a garbage dump is a-okay?

This is the low-intelligence and lower-curiosity right-winger confabulation of all things liberal - liberal being a concept defined as is whatever is needed to infuriate the red horde enough to look away from real-world issues like our petroleum dependence or national debt.

Here, liberal means someone who donates to PETA, believes ending a pregnancy before term is morally acceptable, and who digs up graves in search of precious metals and stones. These liberals are determined to destroy long-cherished and common sense values such as not murdering babies and leaving graves intact. At least until we need a strip-mall more than a full cemetery.

The fiction of the Imaginary Liberal is so central to the world-view of individuals such as Beth who have invested in a lifetime subscription that it doesn't occur to them to check to see if Robert Byrd voted for or against the "Partial Birth Abortion" bill. In fact, he voted for it, meaning he voted against "dismembering of an unborn child in his mother's womb."

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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Prescient protest 

These signs were protesting Pawlenty's 2005 veto of the 2005 transportation bill because it copntained what would have been the first state gas tax increase in 20 years. The tax is levied as a number of cents per gallon, not a percentage.

road closed by pawlenty

In 1988 - when Minnesota last raised the gas tax from 17¢/gallon to ¢20/gallon - the price of a gallon of unleaded regular was about $0.95, in 2005 it was about $2.30.

Minnesota's transportation budget falls short by $1.8 billion a year. Opposing a gas tax increase can only be interpreted as opposing transportation or supporting a deficit in its funding. Or wing-nut excessive greed for accumulating a few more pennies for each gallon of gas spent.

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May 15, 2007: Tim Pawlenty: "VETOED" 

I have vetoed and am returning House File 946, Chapter 84, the Omnibus Transportation Finance Bill.

With more than $5 billion in tax and fee increases, this bill would impose and unnecessary and onerous financial burden on Minnesota citizens and would weaken our state's economy.

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Saturday, August 04, 2007

The people know how to spend their money better than governement? 

bush and the collapsed bridge

The Reagan conservative movement has been tremendously successful in spreading disdain for taxes and governmental spending on everything unrelated to war. One result in Minnesota has been a perennial $1.8 billion shortfall in transportation funding.

Gov. Tim Pawlenty followed through on his "won't raise taxes" promise each time a transportation bill including a tax increase came before him.

Minnesotans obviously didn't take the initiative to spend their tax relief wisely.

bush and the collapsed bridge

The bridge was known to need structural maintenance, but the MN Department of Transportation needed to do things on the cheap,

More than a year before the Interstate 35W bridge collapsed, a consulting firm advised the state of Minnesota that the aging bridge should be reinforced with steel plating.

Instead of following that advice, state officials asked the firm to come up with other options.

Six months later, the URS Corp. did just that.

It repeated its recommendation for steel plates, but offered an alternative described as "most cost efficient" -- the state could inspect the 40-year-old bridge for cracks and repair any it found.

The day it happened, emergency vehicles started passing me as I turned off I-35 on to 46th St. to pick up a friend on the way to the Twins game. Forty-sixth is about three miles south of the bridge. We didn't know exactly what had happened until we left the game - I had guessed there had been an industrial fire at the paint plant by the bridge as we saw helicopters and black smoke when approaching the Metrodome, just blocks from the bridge. Creepy to think had I not been going to the game, I wouldn't have written two personal letters after work and that may have put me in a bad window of space-time.

But I can be thankful the collapse will only add 10 or so miles to my commute and that my state taxes haven't gone up recently.

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