Thursday, April 30, 2009

maybe not the best strategy

GOP reminds us 9/11 was under their watch
(Daily Kos)

Go Maine!


what a surprise - a lying repug

becuase repugs think it is a bad thing to be prepared

Brownie Attacks Obama Administration’s Response To Swine Flu: Officials Are Just Crying ‘Chicken Little’
(Think Progress)
But I'm sure he thinks that bush's absurd color coded threat-downs every time something went wrong for the repugs made perfect sense.
And, of course, Brownie is such a reliable source!

a majority of Americans do not believe in bigotry

why they're called repugs

who could imagine why?

Fox not granted a question at Obama’s press conference.
(Think Progress)
Beck: ‘What a surprise,’ Obama didn’t call on Fox News during his press conference.
Why would he call on Fox? They weren't even airing the press conference! They didn't think it was news, why should Obama think they are a news organization?

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

revolting repug

wouldn't it be nice if we could stop the silliness and all act like adults?

the party of no continuing their obstructionism

sure, let's add yet another Democrat

Fox Nation responds to Snowe’s op-ed: ‘Don’t let the door hit you…’
(Think Progress)
Of course, there is the obvious point that just changing the "R" after your name to a "D" doesn't necessarily determine how you will vote on any issue, but I like the symbolism anyway.

all talk - we can now see (as if we needed further proof) Palin's principles

TP on 100 days of obstructionism

bush losing the few fans he still had

Americans feel less ‘positive’ about Bush since he left office.
In January 2009, just as former President George W. Bush was leaving office, the Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found that 31 percent of Americans viewed him somewhat or very positively. In their latest poll, positive views of Bush have dropped to just 26 percent. In roughly the same time period, positive views of former Vice President Cheney dropped from 21 percent to 18 percent.

(Think Progress)
Hardly surprising, as people learn more and more about bush & his policies and as they see what a real president, who is intelligent, articulate and diplomatic, can accomplish.
I'm kind of amazed that anyone who is not totally insane can still care for bush or his policies at all.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

I know that traditionally repugs don't have a sense of humor, but c'mon!

Colbert Study: Conservatives Don't Know He's Joking
(Huffington Post)
It's not like Colbert isn't obvious - it would be almost physically impossible to take him seriously!

typical of repugs

repugs driving moderates out of their party

Specter To Switch Parties And Run As A Democrat In 2010
(Think Progress)
The repugs are just going to be a extreme right-wing party from now on, apparently.
Who knows, maybe a real third party alternative will emerge from this madness.

Snowe says GOP isn’t ‘encouraging’ of ‘moderates,’ will she follow Specter?
(Think Progress)

per repugs, you shouldn't talk about anything that you have experience in

Kilmeade: McCain ‘Should Not Be Allowed To Talk On Torture’ Because ‘He Was Tortured’
(Think Progress)
I guess that this explains that repugs' philosphy - don't talk unless you have no idea what you're talking about!

bush thinks that he & his administration should be prosecuted for war crimes

repug lies about reconciliation

Monday, April 27, 2009

well, this is sure promising (promising that nothing will happen...)

parody site Red State going over the top

RedState editor: Obama is trying to goad terrorists into attacking the United States ASAP.
(Think Progress)
I'm still not convinced the RS is not a parody, but this is going a bit too far for anyone. This is truly sick and demented and more of something that a repug (like bush, for instance) might wish for in order to enact unpopular policies (or wars under false pretenses) but Obama is far too popular for that sick type of rationale and is far too patriotic to want something like this.

repugs can't be realistic about Obama

Dem congressmen standing up for Darfur

5 US lawmakers, others arrested at Darfur protest

WASHINGTON – Five members of Congress have been arrested while protesting the expulsion of aid groups from Darfur in front of the Sudanese Embassy in Washington.

They were among eight people led away in handcuffs Monday after crossing a police line.

They urged world leaders to take a stand against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir's decision to expel 16 aid agencies from Darfur, where the United Nations says up to 300,000 people have died in fighting that began more than six years ago.

The arrested lawmakers are Democratic Reps. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, Jim McGovern of Massachusetts, John Lewis of Georgia, Donna Edwards of Maryland and Lynn Woolsey of California.

Ellison says it's wrong to deny aid to what he calls "the most vulnerable people on our planet."


repugs ridicule for important funding coming back to bite them - again

Karl Rove, conservative Republicans, and Susan Collins opposed money spent on pandemic preparedness

Now that we're in the middle of a public health emergency, the media might want to be asking the Republicans some questions about this:
When House Appropriations Committee chairman David Obey, the Wisconsin Democrat who has long championed investment in pandemic preparation, included roughly $900 million for that purpose in this year's emergency stimulus bill, he was ridiculed by conservative operatives and congressional Republicans....

[T]he arguments former White House political czar Karl Rove advanced in February to frame opposition to the stimulus package Obey crafted in the House....

Rove specifically complained that Obey's proposal included "$462 million for the Centers for Disease Control, and $900 million for pandemic flu preparations."
Who helped lead the charge against emergency disease preparedness in the Senate? None other than Maine Republican Susan Collins, who Joe has always argued is a conservative in moderate's clothing:
Famously, Maine Senator Susan Collins, the supposedly moderate Republican who demanded cuts in health care spending in exchange for her support of a watered-down version of the stimulus, fumed about the pandemic funding: "Does it belong in this bill? Should we have $870 million in this bill No, we should not."

Even now, Collins continues to use her official website to highlight the fact that she led the fight to strip the pandemic preparedness money out of the Senate's version of the stimulus measure.
This part is especially bad:
Obey and other advocates for the spending argued, correctly, that a pandemic hitting in the midst of an economic downturn could turn a recession into something far worse -- with workers ordered to remain in their homes, workplaces shuttered to avoid the spread of disease, transportation systems grinding to a halt and demand for emergency services and public health interventions skyrocketing. Indeed, they suggested, pandemic preparation was essential to any responsible plan for renewing the U.S. economy.

Once again, the repugs prove that they care nothing for Americans - only for the ultra-wealthy who can pay for things like flu treatments no matter what. Thank goodness that Dems care for the rest of us...

Sunday, April 26, 2009

how quickly they come crawling back

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Obama determined to pass health care reform

validating the DHS report on conservative extremists

Teabagger arrested for threatening to turn the Oklahoma City capitol steps into a bloodbath

A number of us have been saying for a while now that the Republicans' extremist, anti-American rhetoric was going to push someone to violence. And it almost just did. From WIRED:
Daniel Knight Hayden, 52, was arrested by FBI agents who identified him as the Twitter user CitizenQuasar. In a series of tweets beginning April 11, CitizenQuasar vowed to start a "war" against the government on the steps of the Oklahoma City Capitol building, the site of that city's version of the national "Tea Party" protests promoted by the conservative-leaning Fox News.

"START THE KILLING NOW! I am willing to be the FIRST DEATH!," read a tweet at 8:01 PM that day. "After I am killed on the Capitol Steps, like a REAL man, the rest of you will REMEMBER ME!!!," he added five minutes later. Then: "Send the cops around. I will cut their heads off the heads and throw the[m] on the State Capitol steps."

Hayden's MySpace page is a breathtaking gallery of right wing memes about the "New World Order," gun control as Nazi fascism, and Barack Obama's covert use of television hypnosis, among many others.
Wow, you mean a potential domestic terrorist was associated with gun issues. Funny, but that's exactly what the Homeland Security report said - the one the Republicans and the religious right wanted us to ignore.


high school protests against extremists

good news for NY

Friday, April 24, 2009

repugs continue to stop Minnesota's senator from being seated

MN-Sen: Score One for the Obstructionist GOP

The Minnesota Supreme Court has released the calendar for Norm Coleman's (R-Sore Loser) appeal, and there's a lot more to celebrate for fans of Team Obstruction than fans of Team Democracy.

The court adopted the proposed briefing timeline from the Coleman campaign, allowing them more time to formulate their arguments: Coleman's brief is to be submitted by next Thursday, April 30; Team Franken will submit its brief by May 11, and a reply brief from Coleman is to be submitted by May 15.

On top of that, oral arguments have been scheduled for June 1 -- a month and a week from today.

Team Franken had called for a much quicker schedule, on the grounds that greater speed was needed in order to seat a second U.S. Senator from Minnesota, and that Coleman had already had plenty of time to come up with his arguments. But the court didn't go for it.

Apparently the MN Supreme Court is fine with taxation without full representation.

As NPR reminds us, it's been 171 days since the election.

(Daily Kos)

hell, i think that I'd join in on that!

opposing a nominee because she agrees with the majority of Americans

latest Gingrich flip-flop

more repug lies re: DHS report that the bush administration requested

have the repugs ever heard of the term "moderation"?

Bachmann: CO2 ‘is a natural byproduct of nature.’
(Think Progress)
Just because something is "natural" doesn't mean that it is necessarily a good thing - or good in excess.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

even Steele can't go along with this bit of repug insanity

Republicans angry that Steele won’t call Obama a ‘socialist.’

State Republican party leaders are incensed that RNC chairman Michael Steele isn't labeling President Obama a "socialist." "We don't see this president so much as a socialist as we see him as a collectivist," Steele said earlier this week. At least 16 state leaders are now backing a resolution that would pressure Steele to adopt their partisan rhetoric by calling on the Democratic party to rename itself the "Democrat Socialist Party":

RESOLVED, that we the members of the Republican National Committee call on the Democratic Party to be truthful and honest with the American people by acknowledging that they have evolved from a party of tax and spend to a party of tax and nationalize and, therefore, should agree to rename themselves the Democrat Socialist Party.

The Washington Times writes, "It is the first time in memory that a sitting national
leader of the Republican Party has faced a public challenge over his ideological leadership by conservative members of his own national committee." Both Oliver Willis and Steve Benen see the resolution as "evidence of broader trouble for Steele."

(Think Progress)
These freaks have really gone off the deep end.
With everything that is going on in this country, this is what they are spending their time on?!

name one!

repug says that facts belong to the Democrat party

incredibly insulting

Shimkus: Capping CO2 a greater ‘assault on democracy’ than 9/11.

Yesterday, Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) described President Obama's energy plan as "the largest assault on democracy and freedom in this country that I've ever experienced." Speaking at a hearing on the Waxman-Markey Clean Energy and Security Act -- which caps global warming pollution to build a clean energy economy -- Shimkus said that he feared this legislation more than the Clinton impeachment trials, the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001:

I think this is the largest assault on democracy and freedom in this country that I've ever experienced. I've lived through some tough times in Congress -- impeachment, two wars, terrorist attacks. I fear this more than all of the above activities that have happened.
Earlier this year, Shimkus argued that carbon dioxide is just "plant food" and that God will prevent global warming.

(Think Progress)
What a grotesque, insulting statement! Saying that helping the planet and our future is worse than the unjust wars that bush started and the terrorist attacks that bush allowed to happen is just sickening.

repugs continue their obstructionism

are we really doing any good over there?

Suicide attacks kill 76 as Iraq reports arrest

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Two suicide bombers wearing vests full of explosives blew themselves up in separate attacks on Thursday, killing 76 people, including many Iranian pilgrims, in what appeared to be Iraq's bloodiest day in over a year.

Shortly after the two attacks, the authorities in Baghdad said they had arrested the purported leader of an al Qaeda-affiliated insurgent group, Abu Omar al-Baghdadi. His arrest, which has been reported before, could not be confirmed.

The blasts occurred as apprehension grows in Iraq ahead of a pullout by U.S. troops from city centers in June, and after warnings from officials that insurgent groups may try to take advantage of that to launch attacks

I wonder about the cliche that the insurgents are taking advantage of the fact that we will be withdrawing. It's not like we're stopping the attacks while we're there - what difference will it really make?

Go Connecticut!

another terrific move towards decreasing teen pregnancies

FDA eases access to morning-after pill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Seventeen-year-olds will soon have access to emergency contraception without a prescription, U.S. health regulators said on Wednesday, complying with a court order to ease restrictions on over-the-counter sales of the so-called "morning-after" pill.

Last month, a U.S. court ruled the Food and Drug Administration under the Bush administration had allowed politics to cloud its decision-making process regarding availability of the Plan B drug which had been restricted to those 18 and older.

It ordered the agency to allow nonprescription sales to 17-year-olds, and to reconsider its decision regarding over-the-counter access to Plan B.


And the bush administration using politics to cloud its judgement?! Heaven forbid!

Americans are realistically optimistic for the first time in years

AP Poll: Americans high on Obama, direction of US

WASHINGTON – For the first time in years, more Americans than not say the country is headed in the right direction, a sign that Barack Obama has used the first 100 days of his presidency to lift the public's mood and inspire hopes for a brighter future.

Intensely worried about their personal finances and medical expenses, Americans nonetheless appear realistic about the time Obama might need to turn things around, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. It shows most Americans consider their new president to be a strong, ethical and empathetic leader who is working to change Washington.


I still shudder to think what a mess we'd be in if McCain/Palin had won. I guess it took a direct hit to people's personal finances for the country to wise up, but thank goodness it did!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

oh boy, armed crazies now...

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

multi-divorced Giuliani wants to be the supporter of the "sanctity of marriage"

cheney attacking Obama, then saying he didn't

Cheney: 'It's Important Not To Personally Attack The New President. I've Never Done That'

Since leaving office, Vice President Cheney has launched unrelenting and baseless attacks on President Obama -- a stark contrast from his former boss, President Bush. Last month, he told CNN that Obama is "making some choices that...raise the risk to the American people of another attack," referring to the President's decisions to close Guantanamo and end torture. He then suggested Obama was deceiving the American public:

Q: Is the president of the United States trying to brazenly deceive the American people?

CHENEY: Well, I think they’ve taken liberties, if you will, with the arguments.

In an interview with Fox News's Sean Hannity last night, Cheney continued his diatribe against the President. Echoing a frequent right-wing talking point, Cheney said Obama was "so busy apologizing for past U.S. behavior" abroad in recent weeks, and he criticized Obama's conversations with Hugo Chavez. Some highlights from the interview:

-- "But what I find disturbing is the extent to which he has gone to Europe, for example, and seemed to apologize profusely in Europe, and then to Mexico, and apologize there, and so forth."

-- "We've seen a lot of decisions made, especially in this administration with respect to the war on terror, which is no longer a war on terror, it's an overseas contingency operation."

-- "You have millions of people all across South America who are watching how we respond. And if they see an American president sort of cozying up to somebody like Daniel Ortega or Chavez, I think it's not helpful. I think it sort of sets the wrong standard."

But Cheney then offered a particularly puzzling assessment of his recent media appearances. "I think there is -- it's important not to personally attack the new president. I've never done that," he claimed.
In an interview with Politico shortly after Obama's inauguration, Cheney suggested that Obama officials were "turning the other cheek" against terrorism and were unwisely following “campaign rhetoric” on detainee policy. Cheney claimed that administration officials were "more concerned about reading the rights to an Al Qaeda terrorist than they are with protecting the United States."

But apparently, none of this is "personal" in Cheney's eyes.

Update - Cheney defended the Bush administration’s record, claiming, “I don’t think we’ve got much to apologize for.”

(Think Progress)


Judge nixes Costa Rica trip for ex-Ill. governor

CHICAGO – A federal judge dashed indicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's reality TV dream Tuesday, refusing to give the ousted Democrat permission to travel to Costa Rica to tape a show in the jungle.

U.S. District Judge James Zagel refused to modify terms of Blagojevich's bail to allow him to leave the United States, saying he needs to remain in the country to help his attorneys formulate a strategy for his defense.

The judge said that would give Blagojevich a better sense of the gravity of the legal problems he faces — including allegations he tried to auction off President Barack Obama's former U.S. Senate seat.

Ya gotta say this for the man - he keeps us entertained!

maybe some justice will be done

Obama open to prosecution, probe of interrogations

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama left the door open Tuesday to prosecuting Bush administration officials who devised the legal authority for gruesome terror-suspect interrogations, saying the United States lost "our moral bearings" with use of the tactics.

The question of whether to bring charges against those who devised justification for the methods "is going to be more of a decision for the attorney general within the parameters of various laws and I don't want to prejudge that," Obama said. The president discussed the continuing issue of terrorism-era interrogation tactics with reporters as he finished an Oval Office meeting with visiting King Abdullah II of Jordan.


the repugs will do anything to protect their extremists

Michael Savage sues Napolitano for right-wing extremism report.
(Think Progress)
It is amazing how closely these repugs want to align themselves with neo-nazis, white supremacists and domestic terrorists.
Can you imagine the media's response if any prominent liberal defended any similar group? Of course, they wouldn't, because that is against everything that liberals stand for, but still...Just the false claim of Obama "palling around" with Bill Ayers sent the media in a tizzy, but they are ignoring the fact that these major repug stars and even House members are defending actual terrorists.
That's our "liberal media" for ya!

because lies are all they have - a never-ending repug saga

this is just becoming a sad, pathetic joke

Rep. Tiahrt Backtracks, Bows Down: Limbaugh 'Is A Great Leader Of The Conservative Movement'
(Think Progress)
Do the repugs really want to solely align themselves with the far-extreme right-wing side of their party and exclude everyone else? Do they really think that rush is the be-all and end-all of the repug party?

Monday, April 20, 2009

isn't he breaking the law by not prosecuting those who perpetrated war crimes?

“The Obama administration opposes any effort to prosecute those in the Justice Department who drafted legal memos authorizing harsh interrogations at secret CIA prisons, White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel said yesterday.” Speaking with George Stephanopolous on ABC’s “This Week,” Emanuel said, “But those who devised the policies…should not be prosecuted either.”
(Think Progress)

thanks to repugs, it's easier than ever to die from a crazed gunman

Sunday, April 19, 2009

great post on the teabaggers in particular and the right wing noise machine in general

repugs don't understand the concept of song ownership

Don Henley sues Senate candidate over song use
And they really can't wrap their heads around the fact that liberal musicians don't want their music used to profit right-wing extremism.
But, of course, repugs don't believe in the rule of law or of personal privacy.

still more on the anti-American, looney-tune, repug extremists

WTF did they think this would accomplish?

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was waterboarded 183 times in one month.

Marcy Wheeler digs through the recently-disclosed Office of Legal Counsel memos authored by the Bush Justice Department and finds these startling statistics: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was waterboarded 183 times in March 2003 and Abu Zubaydah was waterboarded 83 times in August 2002. Wheeler concludes, “The CIA wants you to believe waterboarding is effective. Yet somehow, it took them 183 applications of the waterboard in a one month period to get what they claimed was cooperation out of KSM. That doesn’t sound very effective to me.”

(Think Progress)
This averages to more than 6 times a day! How could he even recover enough to tell anyone anything at all?!

sounds like Meghan McCain wants republicans to become Democrats

Meghan McCain: ‘Most of the old school Republicans are scared shitless’ of the future.

In an address to the Log Cabin Republicans yesterday, Meghan McCain said that her recent public disagreements with conservative figures including Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham have reinforced her belief that most “old school Republicans” are “scared shitless” of the future. McCain said that the Republican party must challenge “the mold and the notions of what being a Republican means” by embracing what she called being a “progressive Republican“:

So tonight, I am proud to join you in challenging the mold and the notions of what being a Republican means. I am concerned about the environment. I love to wear black. I think government is best when it stays out of people’s lives and business as much as possible. I love punk rock. I believe in a strong national defense. I have a tattoo. I believe government should always be efficient and accountable. I have lots of gay friends. And yes, I am a Republican.

Despite the fact that the Log Cabin Republicans advocate on behalf of gay and lesbian interests in the Republican party, McCain only tangentially addressed her own views on gay rights. She expressed her hope that all people could live “in full equality with each other.”

(Think Progress)
Overall, this sounds like she is describing the Democratic platform. I wonder why she considers herself a republican, other than her father. None of the items that she listed describes any current republican and certainly not the current republican party.

trying to explain plain english to wacko repugs

Napolitano stands by DHS report conclusion that right-wing extremist groups are targeting vets.

Last week, the Department of Homeland Security released a report finding that right-wing extremist groups inside the United States may be gaining new recruits and that they are targeting veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. Since then, conservative criticsled by Fox News — have been up in arms, with some claiming that the report shows that the Obama administration is waging a “war on veterans.” Today on CNN, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano said that she regrets the politicization of the report that has ensued, but stands by its conclusion:

NAPOLITANO: Here is the important point. The report is not saying that veterans are extremists. Far from it. What it is saying is returning veterans are targets of right-wing extremist groups that are trying to recruit those to commit violent acts within the country. We want to do all we can to prevent that.

(Think Progress)
Of course, any mildly intelligent person knows that is exactly what the report says, but the extremist repugs are counting on the fact that most people won't read the report and will believe their lies about it.

gee. ya think?

White House says GOP should be more constructive

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama wants Republicans to return to Congress this week from their spring recess with a more constructive attitude toward health care, energy and other administration initiatives. GOP lawmakers say they have ideas, just not the ones the president may want.

"When you're the party of no, when you're the party of never, when you're the party of no new ideas, that's not constructive," White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel said Sunday. "The challenge will be, will the Republicans come to the table with constructive ideas?"


Saturday, April 18, 2009

another sick and twisted Limbaugh lie

sickening - Iran needs to at least come into the 20th century

extreme anti-Americanism from tea-baggers

VIDEO REPORT: ThinkProgress Reports From Virginia Tea Parties
(Think Progress)
These crazies are far more extreme than the hippies, yippies, weathermen and other 60's groups. These loons are not protesting violent or illegal or immoral government activities (as the 60's groups did and as people did under the bush administration) but are simply upset that the ultra-rich will be returning to the tax rate that they had under Reagan!

Well, that and they are bigots who are pissed that we have an intelligent, sane, competent black man as our president.

Could you imagine the outrage if elected officials were calling for revolution and secession during the bush presidency?! There would be no end to the condemnation from the media of everyone involved. Now, the media is either ignoring these anti-American, reactionary, extremists screeds or they are encouraging them!

Disgusting. Why don't they just leave if they don't love our country?!?!?


Robertson: DHS Official Behind Extremism Report Must Be Someone Whose ‘Sexual Orientation…Is In Question’
(Think Progress)
How can anyone say something this outrageous on nation-wide TV and not have the host say "wha, wha, WHAT?!" and ask for an explanation? Oh, our "liberal media"!

the Conservative News Network thinks it's ok for governors to deny their state much needed funding

Friday, April 17, 2009

Afghan doing the right thing

Afghan government will change marital rape law.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai told CNN yesterday that his government will change a law legalizing marital rape, after hundreds of Afghans took to the streets to protest the law:

Karzai told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria that he and others were unaware of the provision in the legislation, which he said “has so many articles.” Karzai signed the measure into law last month.

“Now I have instructed, in consultation with clergy of the country, that the law be
revised and any article that is not in keeping with the Afghan constitution and Islamic Sharia must be removed from this law,” Karzai said.

(Think Progress)

I can't imagine why!

EPA doing its job again

EPA finds greenhouse gases pose a danger to health

WASHINGTON – The EPA on Friday declared that carbon dioxide and five other greenhouse gases sent off by cars and many industrial plants "endanger public health and welfare," setting the stage for regulating them under federal clean air laws.

The action by the Environmental Protection Agency marks the first step toward requiring power plants, cars and trucks to curtail their release of climate-changing pollution, especially carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels.


improving relations with Cuba

OAS, US warm up to Cuba after Raul Castro overture

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad – The head of the Organization of American States said Friday that he will ask its members to readmit Cuba 47 years after they ousted the communist nation. And in another step toward improving relations, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Cuban President Raul Castro's latest comments a "very welcome gesture."

After a series of overtures by U.S. President Barack Obama, Castro said Thursday that he is ready to talk with the U.S. and put "everything" on the table, even questions of human rights and political prisoners.

That prompted a warm response from Clinton: "We welcome his comments, the overture they represent and we are taking a very serious look at how we intend to respond."

As leaders of 34 nations converged on Trinidad for the Summit of the Americas — an OAS-sponsored gathering that includes every nation in the region but communist Cuba — expectations were soaring for a thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations that have been largely frozen since the Cold War.


Thursday, April 16, 2009

NY taking a stand against bigotry

so "real Americans" want to leave America?

our government spying on other members of our government

this is the type of repug that was offended by the DHS report on right-wing extremists

Rep. Mark Kirk suggest shooting Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn because of higher taxes.
(Think Progress)
Don't these people think before speaking, especially in light of the recent right-wing-inspired violence?

Obama tackling another issue bush essentially ignored

Obama Heads to Mexico as Drug Violence, Trucking Dispute Loom

April 16 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama travels to meet with his Mexican counterpart, Felipe Calderon, as the U.S. and one of its biggest economic partners grapple with a trade standoff and escalating violence stemming from drug trafficking.

Obama begins his first trip today as president to Latin America in Mexico City, where he and Calderon are likely to discuss border security, a conflict over Mexican trucks delivering goods inside the U.S., the global economic crisis and energy-related issues, including climate change.

Obama’s meeting with Calderon is meant to reinforce his commitment to working with Mexico on issues that pose a threat to the economic and public security of both countries. While Mexican officials have said they are pleased with Obama’s attention to the country, they are seeking more support in the drug fight and an end to the trucking dispute.


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

cuz this worked so well before

anti-American, treasonous repugs

facts just get in the way

repug lying about DHS

Goldberg falsely claims that DHS reports never “use the all-purpose term ‘left-wing.’”

Joining the chorus of conservative voices that are hyperventilating over the recently-leaked Department of Homeland Security report on “rightwing extremists,” National Review’s Jonah Goldberg wrote yesterday that though “DHS has done reports on anti-war, environmental, and other groups,” it was his “understanding is that they didn’t — and wouldn’t — use the all-purpose term ‘left-wing’ to describe those threats.” Later in the day, when a reader pointed him to an April 2001 DOE report titled “Left-Wing Extremism: The Current Threat,” Goldberg replied that he didn’t know of a report that “came out after 9/11.” But this too is wrong, considering the January 26, 2009 DHS report, “Leftwing Extremists Likely to Increase Use of Cyber Attacks over the Coming Decade.”

(Think Progress)
Once again, because lies are all they have...

CNBC's teabagger


another reading challenged repug

Scarborough: Obama Is ‘More Focused On Targeting Veterans’ Than Fighting Al Qaeda
(Think Progress)
These crazed cons are so busy defending dangerous, right-wing extremists that they don't even understand what the report actually says.
Pretty pathetic...

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Olbermann's great take on the teabaggers

Great stuff from Countdown, showing the absurdity of the "grassroots movement" claim as well as showing Fox's incessant and obvious pushing for these events.
I do disagree with Keith, though, when he predicts that no one will show for these events - with as much publicity as Fox has been giving these, and with all of the Fox stars making appearances, there will be conservative groupies who will show up and want to make an appearance on one of the many Fox TV cameras.
These won't be like Obama rallies or something but repugs will show.

lots more on Fox News' tax day teabagging parties

conservatives self-identifying with extremists

Conservatives indict themselves with shrieking over DHS report on right-wing terrorism

My my my. The right, led by Michelle Malkin, is up in arms over the Department of Homeland Security's internal intelligence report on right-wing extremism and its post-Obama resurgence.

Malkin's headline wails:

"The Obama DHS Hit Job on Conservatives Is Real"

So, I have a question for Malkin: Are you saying that mainstream conservatives are now right-wing extremists?

Because, you know, the report -- which in fact is perfectly accurate in every jot and tittle -- couldn't be more clear. It carefully delineates that the subject of its report is "rightwing extremists," "domestic rightwing terrorist and extremist groups," "terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists capable of carrying out violent attacks," "white supremacists," and similar very real threats described in similar language.

Nothing about conservatives. The word never appears in the report.

Because, you know, we always thought there was a difference between right-wing extremists and mainstream conservatives too. My new book, The Eliminationists: How Hate Talk Radicalized the American Right, does explain that the distance between them has in fact shrunk considerably, thanks to the help of people like Malkin.

(Crooks and Liars)

they are past parody

the repug smears are more desperate each day

Palin friends are as classy as her family

people no longer believe cheney

72 percent of Americans disagree with Cheney’s claim that Obama has made the U.S. less safe.
(Think Progress)
Of course, I have no idea why anyone would have ever believed this serial liars, but that's another story...

Franken won but repugs refuse to concede

so much for their claim of objectivity

anti-tax repugs in the minority

Gallup: Views of income taxes are ‘about as positive as at any point in the last 60 years.’
(Think Progress)
Since Obama's plans help the average person, this shouldn't be very surprising.

Monday, April 13, 2009

these people are nutz, a never-ending saga

more on Obama's success in his first natonal security test

Obama beats first national security test

As Chris and Joe have both mentioned, in freeing the US hostage held by the Somali pirates, and capturing a pirate, Obama has passed his first national security test with flying colors.

Obama's handling of the crisis showed a president who was comfortable in relying on the U.S. military, much as his predecessor, George W. Bush, did.

But it also showed a new commander in chief who was willing to use all the tools at his disposal, bringing in federal law enforcement officials to handle the judicial elements of the crisis.

The rescue appeared to vindicate Obama's muted but determined handling of the incident.

Let's not forget Obama's Republican predecessor's first national security test. You remember, when George Bush capitulated to China and apologized after they took our airmen hostage. Then there was Bush's second national security test, stopping bin Laden from striking America. That one didn't go so well either. And in eight years, Bush never did catch bin Laden, nor did he give any indication that he cared to.

And more on the repugs absurd talking points:
Right-wingers who hit 'President Pantywaist' have egg on their faces after U.S. forces killed pirates
(Crooks and Liars)

Americans continuing to wise up

lots to do but a great start

Obama: Stimulus transportation projects ‘under budget,’ ‘ahead of schedule.’

Today, President Obama and Vice President Biden will be speaking at the Transportation Department along with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to celebrate the 2,000th transportation project funded by the stimulus package. “Just 41 days ago we announced funding for the first transportation project,” Obama said, according to his prepared remarks. “I am proud to utter the two rarest phrases in the English language — projects are being approved ahead of schedule, and they are coming in under budget.” Administration officials say that billions in road and bridge money is going “farther” and being used “faster” than expected.

(Think Progress)

Fox lying for repugs again

who would have thought that pirates would be Obama's first real security test?

Somalian insurgents fire at U.S. congressman.

Marking the first visit to the country by a senior American politician in years, Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ) flew into the Somalian capital of Mogadishu today to “discuss ways the international community could help the government, and the issue of piracy.” Payne, who was flanked by six bodyguards on the trip, came under attack before he was about to leave:

Somali insurgents fire mortars toward U.S. Congressman Donald Payne during a visit to the Somali capital, Reuters reported.

“One mortar landed at the airport when Payne’s plane was due to fly and five others after he left and no one was hurt,” Abukar Hassan, a police officer at Mogadishu airport, told Reuters.

The attack on Payne came just “hours after a pirate leader threatened retaliation against America for killing his men during an operation to rescue a kidnapped US captain.”

Update - Bloomberg reports, "The U.S. military is considering attacks on pirate bases on land and aid for the Somali people to help stem ship hijackings off Africa’s east coast, defense officials said."

(Think Progress)

the EPA to start doing its job again under Obama

The Obama administration plans to “ratchet up pressure on Congress to pass climate change legislation this year by declaring its authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions through the Environmental Protection Agency.” In 2007, the Supreme Court said the EPA could regulate CO2 emissions, and Obama “has given the EPA the green light” to declare them a danger to public health and welfare.
(Think Progress)

repug hypocrisy knows no bounds

Krugman Calls Out GOP Hypocrisy On Job Creation And Defense Cuts

In February, only three Republican senators broke party ranks to vote for the economic recovery package. Zero House Republicans voted for passage. Part of their opposition centered around the belief that an increase in government spending would do nothing to create jobs:

– “And first off the government doesn’t create jobs. Let’s get this notion out of our heads that the government creates jobs. Not in the history of mankind has the government ever created a job. Small business owners do, small enterprises do. Not the government.” [RNC Chairman Michael Steele, 2/2/09]

– “Instead of focusing on three major issues — job creation, housing and compassion for Americans who have lost jobs through no fault of their own — to boost the economy, this bill has morphed into a bloated government giveaway.” [Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), 2/10/09]

– “When it comes to slow-moving government spending programs, it’s clear that it doesn’t create the jobs or preserve the jobs that need to happen.” [House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), 1/21/09]

However, when Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced plans to end production of the F-22 at the current 187 planes — down from the 381 planes the government was expected to order — many of these same conservatives were up in arms over the jobs that would be lost.

Chambliss, in particular, said that he was concerned people in his state would lose jobs if F-22 production was cut, because “when it comes to stimulating the economy, there’s no better way to do it than to spend it in the defense community.” Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA), who also voted against the economic recovery package, similarly said, “I also believe that it is unacceptable that this administration wants to eliminate 2,000 jobs in Marietta and potentially 95,000 jobs nationwide at a time when unemployment rates are rising across the country.”

Today on ABC’s This week, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman called out this hypocrisy:

KRUGMAN: What’s so wonderful is watching Republican congressmen saying, “But this will cost jobs!” The very same Republican congressmen who were denouncing the stimulus, saying government spending never creates jobs, but cutting defense spending costs jobs. It’s wonderful.

Military correspondent David Axe has pointed out that it’s possible very few workers will lose their jobs because of Gates’s announcement. In fact, thousands of workers will likely be “snapped up for active production lines churning out F-16s, F-35s, C-130s and modernized C-5s for Lockheed, not to mention the prospect that industry rivals Boeing and Northrop might lure Lockheed workers for their own active production lines for the F-15, F/A-18 and others.”
(Think Progress)
Do these people ever even listen to themselves?
They claim the government has "never" created any new jobs and then claim (falsely) that a government is "eliminating" jobs.
Do they just hope that no one remembers the last thing they said so that they can contradict themselves endlessly?

Sunday, April 12, 2009

BTW - Happy Easter!

well, this ruins the repug talking point about ignoring the pirates

Captain Richard Phillips Freed From Somali Pirates
(Huffington Post)
More from Think Progress:
Before Capt. Richard Phillips was rescued from Somali pirates, President Obama twice authorized the military to use force to rescue him. “Obama first gave permission around 8 p.m. Friday, and upgraded it at 9:20 a.m. Saturday,” expanding the order “to encompass more military personnel and equipment that arrived in the Indian Ocean to engage the pirates.” The AP writes that Obama passed his first national security test.
And more from Americablog:
Obama passes the initial foreign test

a "tea party" by a group with real injustices to protest

Gay Activists Plan Their Own Tea Party At Boston Harbor

Tea party protests won't be limited to the rightward-leaning, anti-spending, anti-tax crowd come April 15. In Massachusetts, the LGBT community is planning to reenact the Boston Tea Party to protest the tax code's unequal treatment of same-sex couples. Similar protests are also planned for post offices across the country.
(Huffington Post)
Unlike the crazed right-wing teabaggers, who will do better under Obama's tax plan, this group actually has injustices that need to be righted.
Hopefully, some of our "liberal media" will cover these protests instead of just giving right wingers more coverage of their hatred and silliness...

problems with Obama's extended family

Obama's half-brother refused visa to Britain: reports
Funnily, this article from Reuters which was hilighted on Huffington Post is something that Red State is claiming that the "liberal media" is trying to hide!
Hiding in plain sight, I suppose...

for the idiots who have the audacity to claim that Obama is a bad speaker

Letterman revisits the greatest hits of the Worst President Ever
I couldn't be more grateful that we no longer have this embarrassment as our president.
Who actually voted for this moron? Who actually wants an idiot to lead us?

thank god! (so to speak)

Dobson concedes that the far right has ‘lost’ the culture war.

In a farewell address to the staff of Focus on the Family, James Dobson conceded that evangelical conservatives had lost most of the recent so-called “culture war” battles. Attributing the right’s recent failures to the “internet” and the election of Bill Clinton, Dobson said, “Humanly speaking, we can say that we have lost.” He added that the nation is now “absolutely awash in evil“:

The battles that we fought in the Eighties now, we were victorious in many of those conflicts with the culture, trying to defend righteousness, trying to defend the unborn child, trying to preserve the dignity of the family and the definition of marriage. We fought all those battles and really it was a holding action. […]

[W]e made a lot of progress through the Eighties but then we turned into the Nineties and the internet came along and a new president came along and all of that went away and now we are absolutely awash in evil. And we are right now in the most discouraging period of that long conflict. Humanly speaking, we can say that we have lost all those battles, but God is in control and we are not going to give up now, right?

Steve Benen writes, “[W]hether Dobson and his cohorts give up now or not, his assessment about their lack of success is nevertheless accurate.”

(Think Progress)


Of course, this country is a much better place and more people have more rights because they have lost these battles.

Unfortunately, we still have a long ways to go to eradicate these extremists' negative influence on our country and our progress.

WTF is this shit?

Defending Bush, Obama admin. appeals decision allowing detainees to challenge imprisonment.

Recently, Judge John Bates ruled that some prisoners at the Air Force base in Bagram have a right to challenge their imprisonment in U.S. civilian courts, saying the detainees are “virtually identical” to detainees at Guantánamo and so they have the same constitutional rights granted in Boumediene vs. Bush. Siding with the Bush administration, however, the Obama administration is appealing the court decision:

The Obama administration said Friday that it would appeal a district court ruling that granted some military prisoners in Afghanistan the right to file lawsuits seeking their release. The decision signaled that the administration was not backing down in its effort to maintain the power to imprison terrorism suspects for extended periods without judicial oversight. In a court filing, the Justice Department also asked District Judge John D. Bates not to proceed with the habeas-corpus cases of three detainees at Bagram Air Base outside Kabul, Afghanistan.

Tina Foster, the executive director of the International Justice Network, which is representing the detainees, condemned the decision in a statement. “Though he has made many promises regarding the need for our country to rejoin the world community of nations, by filing this appeal, President Obama has taken on the defense of one of the Bush administration’s unlawful policies founded on nothing more than the idea that might makes right,” she said.

In September 2006, Obama said on the Senate floor that “restricting somebody’s right to challenge their imprisonment indefinitely is not going to make us safer. In fact, recent evidence shows it is probably making us less safe.” Glenn Greenwald notes that an ACLU lawyer is now calling Bagram “in some sense the new Guantanamo."

(Think Progress)


And yet some repugs still call Obama "liberal"....

will this be different from his over the top hystronics on his tv show?

Happy Easter Beagle Blogging

At some point Harley will rise in honor of Easter...

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Stewart & Colbert again hilight the absurdity of the conservative mainstream media

The Daily Show and The Colbert Report Mock the Obama Bow Dust Up
(Crooks and Liars)
The "controversy" about Obama showing some semblance of respect to another leader was so absurd that I wasn't even going to mention it, but Stewart and Colbert do a great job of showing the inanity of our media...

why would he start now?

Bartlett: Bush not sitting around thinking, ‘Shoulda, woulda, coulda.’
(Think Progress)
It's not like he ever cared about the human consequences of his actions while he was president. If anything, he probably cares even less now, if that is possible. Now he doesn't even have to pretend to care about solutions for the disasters that he caused.

more vet issues left over from bush's administration that Obama needs to clean up

crazy and paranoid

I guess no one likes cheney any more

Cheney planning to skip Bush administration reunion next week.
(Think Progress)
I do think it's funny that they're already having a reunion - it's only been a couple of months. Have they even had a chance to miss each other yet? I would think that they would want to disassociate themselves from each other as much as possible for a long time to come...

Fox News media says the media isn't covering what it is covering

VIDEO: Fox News Signs On To Tea Party Agenda, Aggressively Promotes Anti-Obama Protests

Organizers of the radical anti-Obama “tea party” protests have been trying to claim that the events are rising up spontaneously. Many of these organizers, such as Eric Odom, are claiming that the tea parties are being held by “regular American[s] in protest of government spending and extreme taxation.”

However, as Media Matters recently documented, Fox News has been aggressively promoting the anti-tax protests:

Specifically, Fox News has in dozens of instances provided attendance and organizing information for future protests, such as protest dates, locations and website URLs. Fox News websites have also posted information and publicity material for protests. Fox News hosts have repeatedly encouraged viewers to join them at several April 15 protests that they are attending and covering.

The network has also been pushing the movement’s talking points, saying that people are “angry,” “upset,” and “feeling disenfranchised,” which is why they’re organizing this “nationwide grassroots movement.” Promising “fair and balanced” coverage, hosts such as Glenn Beck, Neil Cavuto, and Sean Hannity are all planning to broadcast live from the events. The Fox broadcasts are in turn being used by the tea party organizers to promote their protests.


Fox News isn’t the only right-wing organization involved in building up these so-called “grassroots” events. The tea parties have been heavily backed by corporate lobbyists. The principle organizers of many of the local events are actually the lobbyist-run think tanks Americans for Prosperity, Freedom Works, and Newt Gingrich’s American Solutions. The groups are heavily staffed and well funded, and are providing all the logistical and public relations work necessary for planning coast-to-coast protests.

With its aggressive advocacy for the anti-Obama protests, it looks like Fox is quickly dropping its “fair and balanced” slogan to become the “voice of opposition” to the Obama administration.

(Think Progress)


Check the link for the video of Fox heavily promoting these so-called "grassroots" protests (so-called by Fox, of course).

Friday, April 10, 2009

great repug teabagging segment on Rachel Maddow Show

Steele again showing how out of touch he is

same old repug plans - tex cuts for the wealthy, increase taxes on the poor

Rep. Paul Ryan: GOP Tax Plan Is ‘Progressive’

On April 1, the House Republicans released a budget plan fitting of the holiday, promising to revoke the stimulus, freeze all spending, and slash taxes for the wealthiest Americans and corporations. Last night on Fox News’ “Hannity,” Rep. Paul Ryan (D-WI) — the plan’s lead author — declared that the GOP tax proposal was “progressive”:

HANNITY: You talk about the demonizing: This has become a mantra, tax cuts for the wealthy, Republicans don’t care about the poor. They’ve been very effective in their bumper stickers and slogans and propaganda. How do you convince people that this benefits everybody…when the Democrats are out there saying you don’t care about the poor, which I know is a lie. But what’s the answer?

RYAN: Well, look, what we’re proposing is we’re going to give taxpayers a choice. You can have the current tax code with all of its loopholes and bells and whistles, or if you want a simplified system that fits on a postcard, two rates, 10 percent and 25 percent. It’s progressive.
If by “progressive,” Ryan means “overwhelmingly favoring the rich while hurting the middle class,” then yes, the GOP plan is indeed “progressive.” As the Citizens for Tax Justice found, the GOP plan would slash taxes for the richest Americans while poorer families would have to pay more:

–Over a third of taxpayers, mostly low- and middle-income families, would pay more in taxes under the House GOP plan than they would under the House Democratic plan in 2010.

– The richest one percent of taxpayers would pay $75,000 less, on average, in income taxes under the House GOP plan than they would under the Democratic plan in 2010.

– The income tax proposals in the House GOP plan…would cost over $225 billion more than the Democratic plan’s income tax policies in 2010 alone.

Indeed, the GOP’s “progressive” plan would give the average CEO a $1.5 million tax break. What’s more, the poorest Americans would be forced to pay more taxes under the GOP plan.

Americans have already witnessed the damage wrought by a tax plan that overwhelmingly favors the wealthy. After the passage of the Bush tax cuts — which Ryan’s plan would make permanent — “the richest Americans’ share of national income…reached a postwar record,” with the top 1 percent earning more than 21 percent of all income in 2005. President Bush, however, shrugged off the massive increase in inequality seen under his tenure. “First of all, our society has had income inequality for a long time,” he said.

(Think Progress)
Once again, the repugs show where their loyalties lie...