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

YOUR DIEING ME! 

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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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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Winger's purplexed 

And incohairent, I add.

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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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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Maybe enough debunking of global warming denier claims for 2009 

Over the last few years, my reaction to claims by climate change deniers has gone from angry to amused. Here is enough amusement to last a year.

My favorite part was the alert to a claim that the rise in sea levels "has been shrinking since 2005" as illustrated by the blue part of this graph,

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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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Friday, January 16, 2009

Who'd have guessed Bush would be confronted with all these diffcult decisions? 

I have followed my conscience and done what I thought was right. You may not agree with some of the tough decisions I have made. But I hope you can agree that I was willing to make the tough decisions.

- George W. Bush
January 15, 2009

Bush and Cheney are on a whirlwind media blitz to frame their disastrous polices of choice as either/or decisions,

Who would have known when Bush/Cheney entered office in 2000 that they'd be confronted with the choice of fabricating a case for invading Iraq or not?

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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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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Jabba the Hut endorses McCain 

Althogh I've never asked, I frequently wonder why right-wing Christians don't just welcome themselves into right-wing Heaven by offing themselves.

After all, there's no chance they'll suffer under a Muslim presidency in Heaven. And their bliss would overcome any hated, repetitive and obsessive thoughts of those who were violently opposed to the Vietnam War. I mean, in Heaven, Bill Ayres wouldn't even be a minor irritant, just another minion in Hell.

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

McCain's brownshirt problem 

McCain: I admire Senator Obama and his accomplishments, and I respect him...
Audience: "Boo! Boo! Boo!"

McCain: [Obama] is a person you don't have to be scared of as President ...
Audience: "Boo! Boo! Boo!"

My Obama bumper-sticker was rudely removed and torn up in Wisconsin a few months ago. Since, far more serious attacks by vandals have occurred in California, Michigan, Utah, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Ohio, Florida, Tennasee Indiana, and Minnesota.

Right-wing anger has been stoked by Republicans for years. And specifically and recently by the McCain campaign against Obama. The successful results have been showing up at McCain/Palin campaign rallies. God is on their side, so all this is of course justified.

Look for it getting worse, even and particularly after the election.

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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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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

"That one" seems racist to me 

It seems the immediate take-away point of the debate was when McCain referred to Obama as "that one." If it doesn't immediately seem racist, turn who said it around.

Karen and I both looked at each other and exclaimed something like "What the ... huh?"

The most substantive instance of the grumpy, ornery McCain, I believe, is when he bizarrely interrupted Obama to "thank" him for saying "McCain suggests that somehow ... he's somber and responsible," only to have Obama continue his response which effectively turn McCain's criticism about Obama "announce[ing] that you're going to launch an attack into another country."

OBAMA: Sen. McCain, this is the guy who sang, "Bomb, bomb, bomb Iran," who called for the annihilation of North Korea. That I don't think is an example of "speaking softly."

This is the person who, after we had -- we hadn't even finished Afghanistan, where he said, "Next up, Baghdad."

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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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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Future Shock and the Force 

Captain Ed, holder of Glen Greenwald's single funniest blog post he ever read title is forced to hand over the cup in little more than a week.

(Greendwald makes the identical point in the Update as was made a few posts down here at approximately the same time, "the Right has become such a sewer of self-parody that they are destroying actual political satire." Certainly there has been been a great disturbance in the Force.)

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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, September 12, 2008

A day late, but 

Via Crooks and Liars.

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

I can hear you, the rest of the world can hear you and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon. 

Forget the diversion of the invasion of Iraq for a moment. Forget it ever happened.

The seventh year after 9/11 has been the bloodiest for our troops in Afghanistan.

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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

For what it's worth 

McCain isn't baptized,

His wife and two his children have been baptized, but McCain has not. "I didn't find it necessary to do so for my spiritual needs," McCain explained.

If Obama wasn't baptized, it would be a major scandal, don't you think?

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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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Even a broken clock ... 

Byron York,

If the Obamas had a 17 year-old daughter who was unmarried and pregnant by a tough-talking black kid, my guess is if that they all appeared onstage at a Democratic convention and the delegates were cheering wildly, a number of conservatives might be discussing the issue of dysfunctional black families.

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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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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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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

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, 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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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

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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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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Thursday, July 03, 2008

Jonah Goldberg: idiotarian 

Jonah Goldberg cries that a call for volunteerism from Barak Obama is tantamount to serfdom,

[T]he American revolution was all about escaping from the European model of servitude .... Incredibly, Barack Obama somehow believes that advocacy of a return to European style serfdom is a good way to celebrate the American Declaration of Independence from the oppression of English tyranny.

I especially liked this part of Obama's speech:

when I'm President, I will set a goal for all American middle and high school students to perform 50 hours of service a year, and for all college students to perform 100 hours of service a year. This means that by the time you graduate college, you'll have done 17 weeks of service. We'll reach this goal in several ways. At the middle and high school level, we'll make federal assistance conditional on school districts developing service programs, and give schools resources to offer new service opportunities.

So 17 weeks of service is sort of like European serfdom. I can't imagine what Goldberg would say had he wanted to write a snarky article about Bush's 2002 State of the Union address,

My call tonight is for every American to commit at least two years, 4,000 hours over the rest of your lifetime, to the service of your neighbors and your nation.

Or for that matter, the Gippers legacy.

Idiot.

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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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Friday, June 27, 2008

An unusual lack of understanding of what has been considered cruel 

Those right-wingers who congratulate themselves as the keepers of the Constitution in the end have superficial and wrong ideas about our nation's history. David Limbaugh offers a pile of slop for our consumption,

The Supreme Court's barring of the death penalty for child rapists in Kennedy v. Louisiana underscores the hazards in the court's abandonment of moral absolutes in favor of "evolving standards of decency" and the court's unbridled arrogance in substituting its subjective judgment for the legislatively enacted will of the people.

A United States Supreme Court with a majority of Constitution-respecting justices would have evaluated the Louisiana statute in light of the originally understood meaning of the cruel and unusual punishment clause.

I'll pick evolving standards of decency over static moral absolutes any day:

No cruel and unusual punishment is to be inflicted; it is sometimes necessary to hang a man, villains often deserve whipping, and perhaps having their ears cut off; but are we in future to be prevented from inflicting these punishments because they are cruel?

Rep. Samuel Livermore
House of Representatives debate on Amendments to the Constitution
August 17, 1789

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Blackwater wants US Courts to apply Islamic law 

Via TPM .... well, just go get the link from Josh's introduction.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

New blogs 

I started a couple special purpose blogs recently, The Imaginary Liberal and McCain Senility Watch.

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Rabbi Elchonon Kirshentaun 

"We're here to share in the pain of Lebanese people and to express our belief that authentic Jews have been against the State of Israel since day one and has no right to exist and it's against the Jewish faith ... Judaism is a religion of peace, Jews have been loyal citizens of whichever country they have lived in over the years and have lived in peace with Arabs in the Arab lands for thousands of years, we would like to continue to do so. The only problem is Zionism and Zionists. It's neither Jews nor Arabs, it's not Judiasm or Islam ... [Zionism] is only 50 to 100 years [old]."

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Obama is not a Christian, but a "false prophet" 

Cal Thomas told me so.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

I read the IAEA reports 

During the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, I read the IAEA and UNMOVIC reports. That is how I came to know Iraq had no WMD. Those only reading the US press - or more likely only listening to Bill O'Reilly had a different opinion.

It baffles me that most of those pushing the obviously unfounded Iraqi WMD lies still have the same jobs.

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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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Friday, May 16, 2008

McCain erndorser is freak. Freak 

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

McCain must ExPlain 

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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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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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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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Thursday, January 24, 2008

No, I don't want my $600 

In days when I served as a left wing agitator on right wing message boards, I was repeatedly asked for the $300 I got from the Bush tax cuts. Yes, there are many people that clever.

This new bi-partisan free $600 is a stupid idea. It's just that much more debt we're collectively racking up. When government spends money on credit - tax cuts or rebates, earmarks or wars - it does indeed artificially give the economy a short-term boost. But that boost is no different than the boost a small business owner gets when he pours more money into a failing business by putting expenses on a credit card.

The economy is unpredictable beyond the fact it runs in cycles. I just wanted to go on the record now so I have something to point to should any of my left wing comrades offer to take my $600 if I don't want it.

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Monday, December 10, 2007

Rudy Giggliani! 

From the veracifier.

Q: Why did your firm do business with friends of Kim Jong Il?
Rudy: Tee hee hee!

Q: Why did your firm do business with a friend of the Sept 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Muhammad?
Rudy: Ga ha hee hee!

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Monday, December 03, 2007

The TEXAS INQUISITION 

Official gets the rack for speaking ill of Intelligent Design Creationism.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Stick (it) in there, Larry 

Today was a major step in the legal effort to clear my name. The court has not issued a ruling on my motion to withdraw my guilty plea. For now, I will continue my work in the United States Senate for Idaho.

Yea Larry, go go go! Larry Craig is fighting for the seat in the Senate he previously "intended" to resign from.

I believe the hand and foot signals he used should be considered protected speech - if they're not, one may as well claim we can ban all flirtatious signaling, including verbal. It was his choice of venue and audience that was clearly offensive. It's fitting to discipline anyone who solicits anything from the guy in the stall over.

Craig's misdeed was minor; an argument could be made that mental health counseling is the most appropriate response to the misdemeanor. Seeking to socialize with a guy who almost certainly placed himself wherefore precisely to avoid any kind of social activities is a clear indication of a seriously maladjusted personality.

I do sympathize a bit with Craig, he's from a different era - but being that he's chosen to be outrageously public about being in the closet, I'm all for him keeping his seat and basking in hypocrisy. Good luck, Larry and thank-you for the peak into the extreme right-wing's ingrained comfort with even the most monstrous and obvious dishonesty.

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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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Those zany right wingers 

In level of difficulty differentiating sincere political commentary from satire, Mark Levin's bleatings are only rivaled by his fans. Commenting on a Levin article asserting that playing footsie with the guy in the next stall is not a sexually overt act and demanding "the photos, the video, the audio" that would pass muster as actual proof of Senator Craig's secret longings, a commenter adds,

BTW, we all know why Sen Craig was embarrassed about the hand under the stall divider issue. He was probably wiping off some residue from the nasal cavity.

BTW, the grand finale of Levin's essay on Craig's bathroom foibles is a round-up kick to the jaw of the Imaginary Liberal,

Let's call it what it is - modern liberalism.

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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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