Sunday, May 31, 2009

will the repugs start attacking Petraeus now?

Gen. David Petraeus: "We have taken steps that have violated the Geneva Conventions"
(Daily Kos)
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Petraeua disagrees with Cheney and Limbaugh - when will the repug attacks begin?
Of course, they will have to deny their previous statements of support for his judgment, but since when has hypocrisy been a problem for repugs?

amazing that we now have a government that is investigating rather than ignoring these issues

Follow the Money: Kerry to Look Into International Criminal Enterprises

Kerry is a great person to be handling this, with his background in the BCCI investigation. Can't wait to see what he digs up!

May 29 (Bloomberg) -- John Kerry has never run for sheriff. As chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee he is starting to act like one, and the world is his jurisdiction.

The Massachusetts Democrat is wielding his gavel with an investigative zeal, and plans to take on Iran’s nuclear program, gun-running on the Mexican border, terrorism, narcotics and human trafficking, all through the prism of money laundering. He has hired a former investigative reporter, an ex-CIA agent and a one-time managing director of Bear Stearns Cos. LLC to help him.

“There are lots of big pieces out there that depend on money moving,” he said in an interview in his office in the Senate, where he is serving his 24th year.

Kerry, who was a prosecutor and attorney in Massachusetts before starting his political career in 1982, said the lack of congressional oversight during the Bush administration left behind a target-rich environment for his panel. The Treasury Department “has its hands full” and is “inadequately resourced” to pursue these inquiries, he said.

“For the last eight years we’ve had an administration that has done its utmost to protect, hide, obfuscate, neglect, void, simply not even care about these issues,” said Kerry, 65.


(Crooks and Liars)

did the bush administration do anything responsibly?

So No One Was Watching the Contractors As They Sucked Up Government Dollars

It's probably not news to you that BushCo essentially outsourced the government, getting in return much higher costs - and much lower quality. But then, government outsourcing was never meant to be efficient, except as a way of funneling money to friends and contributors:

The U.S. Special Operations Command, which has Army Special Forces units worldwide, has been criticized by the Pentagon inspector general for not providing adequate oversight of $1.7 billion in logistic support contracts at 20 locations and for allowing contractors to perform what are considered "inherently government functions."

Federal government rules and regulations prohibit the hiring of contractors who perform actions reserved for government employees, yet a Special Operations Command unit managing the contract with L-3 Communications Integrated Systems permitted contractor approval of such matters as overtime and acceptably completed work, according to a report by the Pentagon inspector general released this week.

The contracts called for L-3 Communications to provide logistic support for Special Forces equipment including repair, maintenance and support that between 2003 and 2008 involved 2,148 separate tasks. The Special Operations Forces Support Activity, which administered the contract, designated one government employee to be the contracting officer for the contract. But the IG report noted that "it is not feasible for one individual to effectively oversee 2,148 task orders requiring surveillance in 20 locations."

No L-3 Communications official was available to comment on the report.

The report pointed out that no quality-assurance plan was developed for tasks that typically would guide contracting officers in determining whether contracting tasks were being completed as required. Instead, the IG report said, the Special Operations Forces unit relied on complaints from those receiving the contractor services.

One example cited by the IG report was chipping and flaking paint on six helicopters because of poor preparation before painting. "These aircraft needed to be repainted and, therefore, reduced the warfighter's ability to support military operations as scheduled," according to the report. The contractor charged the government an additional $225,000 to repaint the aircraft.


(Crooks and Liars)

repug leadership killing California

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is finally going to finish off California

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's budget cuts will finally finish off our state.

The cuts Mr. Schwarzenegger has proposed to make up the difference, if enacted by the Legislature, would turn California into a place that in some ways would be unrecognizable in modern America: poor children would have no health insurance, prisoners would be released by the thousands and state parks would be closed.

Nearly all of the billions of dollars in cuts the administration has proposed would affect programs for poor Californians, although prisons and schools would take hits, as well.

“Government doesn’t provide services to rich people,” Mike Genest, the state’s finance director, said on a conference call with reporters on Friday. “It doesn’t even really provide services to the middle class.” He added: “You have to cut where the money is.”

In less than two weeks, the administration has gone from warning residents that a vote against the budget measures would send the state — some $24 billion in the red — into utter turmoil to sanguine acceptance that “the people have spoken” and that the government must move on.

It gets worse.

These proposals, as well as those that would make cuts to state parks, the prison system and other state agencies, are winding their way through Sacramento now, where they will be voted on by committees and eventually the full Legislature.

If lawmakers sign off on closing the health insurance program for children whose families make too much to qualify for Medicaid, California would be the first state in the nation to close the popular program. Begun in 1997, the program, known as S-CHIP, reimburses states at a higher rate than for Medicaid to deliver health insurance to children and teenagers. With the cuts to Medicaid, the state would probably increase its number of uninsured people by nearly 2 million, the California Budget Project says.

But Gray Davis just had to be recalled.

(Crooks and Liars)

Down With Tyranny details Arnold's lies and the choices he had and vetoed.

more on today's pro-life terrorist killing

Pro-life terrorist opens fire in church, kills doctor

Thank God that the Obama administration caved last month to religious right and GOP demands that it withdraw a new domestic terrorism report that indicated, among other things, that radicals might use abortion as a justification for committing acts of domestic terrorism. Now a man is dead, and an American church has been shot up during services. Which leads to the question as to whether the Obama administration plans to do anything about the terrorist threat posed by religious right extremists, or whether typical Democratic spinelessness will lead us to now ignore this brutal murder, since that is the message that was sent last month, just weeks before this act of terror.

Note that had Obama held firm in the face of the criticism last month, he'd be riding high right now and the GOP would be cowering in shame for having basically enabled this terrorist act. But Democrats rarely look to the future, nor do they see benefit in having a spine or doing what's right. And now a man is dead.

Remember what I wrote only a month ago about the religious right demanding the right to kill. Today, in church, they exercised that right. As they have in the past. As they will in the future.

(Americablog)

Nev Gov - part of the party of no

Jim Gibbons: Gov. Veto
He’s set the state record for vetoes. Some were expected; others have Carson City surprised, even perplexed

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As usual fo repugs these days, he's just saying no just to say no. There seems to be no rhyme or reason....
Who actually voted for this corrupt moron?

f;king sick, twisted crazies at it agian

Wichita police: Slaying at abortion doc's church

WICHITA, Kan. – Media outlets are reporting that late-term abortion doctor George Tiller has been shot and killed at his church in Wichita, Kan.

Anonymous police sources told The Wichita Eagle and other media that the 67-year-old doctor was killed Sunday morning at Reformation Lutheran Church.

Police spokesman Gordon Bassham would not confirm the victim's identity pending notification of relatives but said a 67-year-old "high-profile individual in the community" was shot and killed.

Tiller has been among the few U.S. physicians performing late-term abortions. His clinic has repeatedly been the site of protests for about two decades and he was shot and wounded by a protester in 1993.

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Murdering actual, living, human beings in the name of "pro-life"? How does that make any sense to anyone? But, of course, this is another sick, twisted and mentally unbalanced person that has been used by sick & twisted religious loons.
WTF is wrong with people....

Sunday Beagle Blogging


Harley shakes his paw and says "no pictures, puparazzi!"

Saturday, May 30, 2009

the repugs' blatant racism is boggling

Bob Shrum explodes over Pat Buchanan's racism as Limbaugh uses MLK against Sotomayor
(Crooks and Liars)
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This is a fairly astounding tactic for a party that is floundering as badly as the repugs are these days.
They do realize that there are a limited amount of rich, old, white men, don't they?

WTF is wrong with people?

Paper Apologizes For Publishing 'Assassinate Obama' Ad

WARREN, Pa. — A northwestern Pennsylvania newspaper is apologizing for running a classified advertisement calling for the assassination of President Barack Obama.

Warren Times Observer Publisher John Elchert says the ad appeared Thursday. It read, "May Obama follow in the steps of Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley and Kennedy!" The four presidents were all assassinated.

Elchert tells The Associated Press that the newspaper's advertising staff didn't make the historical connection.

He says the newspaper turned information over to police and that the Secret Service is investigating the person who placed the ad.

A note in Friday's paper says the newspaper "apologizes for the oversight."

(Huffington Post)

boy, what a surprise

GOP belittles Democrats' climate change proposal
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The Dems propose a reasonable and conservative policy so, of course, the "party of no" has to object. Not based on reality, of course, but just because that's all they have...

Friday, May 29, 2009

yeesh!

Obama needs to make a change now

they have no arguments based in facts so they resort to vile racism and sexism

G. Gordon Liddy On Sotomayor: ‘Let’s Hope That The Key Conferences Aren’t When She’s Menstruating’

Yesterday on his radio show, conservative host G. Gordon Liddy continued the right wing’s all-out assault on Judge Sonia Sotomayor. First, just like Tom Tancredo, Liddy slammed Sotomayor’s affiliation with the civil rights group La Raza — and referred to the Spanish language as “illegal alien“:

LIDDY: I understand that they found out today that Miss Sotomayor is a member of La Raza, which means in illegal alien, “the race.” And that should not surprise anyone because she’s already on record with a number of racist comments.

Finished with the race-based attack, Liddy moved on to denigrate Sotomayor’s gender:

LIDDY: Let’s hope that the key conferences aren’t when she’s menstruating or something, or just before she’s going to menstruate. That would really be bad. Lord knows what we would get then.

Finally, Liddy disputed the entire idea that there’s anything wrong with the paucity of women and total lack of Hispanics on the Court:

LIDDY: And everybody is cheering because Hispanics and females have been, quote, underrepresented, unquote. And as you pointed out, which I thought was quite insightful, the Supreme Court is not designed to be and should not be a representative body.


(Think Progress)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

absolute looney-tunes

Tancredo Claims Sotomayor In "Latino KKK"
(Huffington Post)
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Of course, his claim is a complete lie but repugs can't let anything like facts get in the way of their rants...

their right to legally enforce bigotry is being trampled on!

is Obama trying to piss off gay supporters?

some things never change

but it's ok for repugs

hidden health care costs

“The average family with health insurance shells out an extra $1,000 a year in premiums to pay for health care for the uninsured,” a new report by Families USA finds. The group concludes that this “hidden tax” demonstrates the urgency of “extending coverage to all the 50 million Americans who are now uninsured.”

(Think Progress)

because an apology would be ridiculous

No apology, but Obama says Vegas is good getaway
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Who actually thinks that Obama should apologize for saying that corporations who are receiving bail out money should not use that taxpayer money to take corporate trips to Vegas for fun? Seems pretty uncontroversial to me and to anyone who actually can comprehend spoken words.

on top of everything else we have to worry about

US, SKorea militaries gird for NKorean provocation

SEOUL, South Korea – The U.S. and South Korea put their military forces on high alert Thursday after North Korea renounced the truce keeping the peace between the two Koreas since 1953.

The North also accused the U.S. of preparing to attack the isolated communist country in the wake of its second nuclear bomb test, and warned it would retaliate to any hostility with "merciless" and dangerous ferocity.

Seoul moved a 3,500-ton destroyer into waters near the Koreas' disputed western maritime border while smaller, high-speed vessels were keeping guard at the front line, South Korean news reports said. The defense ministry said the U.S. and South Korean militaries would increase surveillance activities.

Pyongyang, meanwhile, positioned artillery guns along the west coast on its side of the border, the Yonhap news agency said. The Joint Chiefs of Staffs in Seoul refused to confirm the reports.

The show of force along the heavily fortified border dividing the two Koreas comes three days after North Korea conducted an underground nuclear test and fired a series of short-range missiles.


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I'm just glad that we now have a sane leader in these dangerous times.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

the current repug policy

SCOTUS: Right Wing Objections To Sotomayor In A Nutshell

Here we have the very essence, the core if you will, of right wing objections to Judge Sotomayor's nomination. I give you the intellectual stylings and logical superiority of Judicial Watch's Tom Fitton:

David Shuster: "What evidence do you have that she would put her feelings and politics above the rule of law?"

Tom Fitton: "Because President Obama chose her."

She was nominated by a Democratic President. Ergo, she must be unacceptable without any factual foundation as to why.

Taaaa daaaaaaaaaah.

(Firedoglake)

desperate for outrage

Krikorian: People should stop pronouncing Sotomayor’s name correctly.

Mark Krikorian of the right-wing Center for Immigration Studies blogs on the Corner today about his outrage over people “[d]eferring” to Sotomayor over the “unnatural pronunciation” of her own name:

Deferring to people’s own pronunciation of their names should obviously be our first inclination, but there ought to be limits. Putting the emphasis on the final syllable of Sotomayor is unnatural in English (which is why the president stopped doing it after the first time at his press conference), unlike my correspondent’s simple preference for a monophthong over a diphthong, and insisting on an unnatural pronunciation is something we shouldn’t be giving in to. [...]

[O]ne of the areas where conformity is appropriate is how your new countrymen say your name, since that’s not something the rest of us can just ignore, unlike what church you go to or what you eat for lunch. And there are basically two options — the newcomer adapts to us, or we adapt to him. And multiculturalism means there’s a lot more of the latter going on than there should be.

What’s next? Should people with “unnatural” names “adopt a name just for identification purposes that’s easier for Americans to deal with“?

(Think Progress)
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Man, these people are pathetic...

Reid wising up to reality

per rove, a "C" student is better than top of the class

hannity trying to convince Mancow to deny reality

Mancow: Hannity Called Me After I Was Waterboarded And Said, ‘It’s Still Not Torture’
(Think Progress)
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I'd say the person who can talk from experience is the more reliable source.
Hannity simply continues to be a coward...

utterly bizarre team up

Ted Olson to team up with Bush v. Gore foe to challenge Prop. 8 in federal court.
(Think Progress)
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So, even ultra partisan repugs can have a heart...

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Nevada's embarassment of a governor

wow...

the arguments just get weirder and weirder

Homophobes in Maine claim gay marriage will cause straight people to commit adultery

It's bizarre. But it does show how twisted - and sexually screwed up - the religious right is. Who knew that so many religious right leaders were just aching to cheat on their spouses.
How does your neighbor’s same-sex marriage undermine your marriage?

Traditional societies depend on shared morals. Unfortunately, in modern times, democracies have traded absolute truths and collective morality for personal freedom.

Legal recognition for openly non-monogamous gay unions would effectively destroy the taboo on adultery. The result is a continual downfall of families and society.

Stanley Kurtz, a research fellow at Stanford University explains: “What we need to understand — but do not — is that gay marriage will undermine the structure of taboos that continue to protect heterosexual marriage — and will do so far more profoundly than either the elimination of sodomy laws, or the general sexual loosening of the past thirty years. Above all, marriage is protected by the ethos of monogamy — and by the associated taboo against adultery. The real danger of gay marriage is that it will undermine the taboo on adultery, thereby destroying the final bastion protecting marriage: the ethos of monogamy.”
Note how the bigots assume that gay marriages are per se non-monogamous, and that straight marriage are. It's the same argument the religious right's racist forefathers used to try to ban inter-racial marriages and support slavery, among other things (i.e., black men are lustful animals, they're not like you and me).

It really is fascinating, however, how quickly the religious right has pivoted from arguing that gays don't deserve civil rights because we're all sexbots, to now arguing that if gays are given incentives to be monogamous, straights will become sexbots.

Basically, they got nothin'.
(Americablog)

because they can't win telling the truth and straw men are much easier to fight

Frank Luntz: It doesn’t matter what Obama’s health care plan says, we’ll still call it ‘government takeover.’

In an interview with the New York Times, GOP wordsmith Frank Luntz — who recently penned a health care messaging memo instructing Republicans to attack President Obama’s health reform efforts by criticizing the deficiencies in foreign health care systems — concedes that Republicans will label Obama’s reform effort a “government takeover” of health care, regardless of the actual proposal:

Is it a correct description of the president’s plans for reform?
We don’t know what he is proposing. We want to avoid “a Washington takeover.”

But that’s not at issue. What the Democrats want is for everyone to be able to choose between their old, private health-insurance plan and an all-new, public health-insurance option.
I’m not a policy person. I’m a language person.

Indeed, “rather than challenging the tenets of American reform proposals, Luntz establishes a straw man argument against a non-existent health plan.” As Democratic strategist Paul Begala observes in a recent retort to the Luntz memo, “Because they know they cannot win the argument honestly, Republicans are resorting to mendacity.”

(Think Progress)

how long until his former repug fans will start attacking?

California behind the times for a change

Obama picks a highly qualified Supreme Court nominee. Guess what the "party of no" does?

Obama To Name Sonia Sotomayor As His Supreme Court Nominee
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Right-Wing Interest Groups Driven By Financial Motives In Attacking Obama’s Court Pick
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Conservatives Blast Obama’s Hispanic SCOTUS Nominee As ‘Not The Smartest’ And An ‘Intellectual Lightweight’
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Limbaugh on Sotomayor: ‘Do I want her to fail? Yeah.’
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Breaking with the party line, Gonzales tells the truth:
Gonzales on Sotomayor: ‘By any measure, she is well-qualified.’
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Inhofe worries that Sotomayor may allow ‘undue influence from her own personal race, gender.’
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Hatch brushes aside his 1998 vote for Sotomayor: ‘Now we’re talking about the most important court on Earth.’
(all from Think Progress)
And a reminder from Americablog:
Remember, Republicans are viscerally opposed to filibustering judicial nominees
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Monday, May 25, 2009

frightening

Liz Cheney considering run for public office?

The Washington Monthly’s Steve Benen has been keeping a close watch on Liz Cheney, noting that the ubiquitous daughter of the former vice president “practically lives on cable news” these days. “She also lies routinely, accuses the president of helping terrorists, and is so mindless in her attacks on the nation’s elected leadership, she’s something of a national embarrassment,” Benen writes. And according to close friends of hers, she may be the next Cheney to run for office:

“She’s awesome. Everyone wants her to run,” said a close friend. [...]

“She’s a chip off the block!” said a longtime friend. [...]

“It’s a two-fer. She comes off a bit better than he does sometimes,” a conservative consultant said.

Asked about the possibility that Liz Cheney might make a run for office, Republican operative Karl Rove responded, “She might!”
(Think Progress)
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That's all we need - a cheney dynasty as well of the devastating bush dynasty that has destroyed this country and destabilized the world...

this is all we need right now

Defying world powers, N. Korea conducts nuke test

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea defied world powers and carried out an underground test Monday of a nuclear bomb Russian officials said was comparable to those that obliterated Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The incident drew condemnation from Washington to Beijing and set the communist regime up for a showdown with the United Nations.

The U.N. Security Council was meeting later Monday in New York to discuss what President Barack Obama called Pyongyang's "blatant defiance" of resolutions banning the regime from developing weapons of mass destruction. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown condemned the test as a "danger to the world." Russia's Foreign Ministry called it "a serious blow to international efforts" to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons.

French officials said they would push for new sanctions, and even traditional Pyongyang ally China said it was "resolutely opposed" to the test, which Russian officials estimated yielded a powerful 10- to 20-kiloton blast — enough to flatten a city and far more than North Korea managed in a 2006 atomic test.

Pyongyang's unprecedented defiance raises the stakes in the mounting standoff over its nuclear program.

Last month, Pyongyang launched a rocket despite international calls for restraint, abandoned international nuclear negotiations, restarted its nuclear plants and warned it would carry out the atomic and long-range missile tests.

"We're heading for a full-blown crisis with the North," said Peter Beck, a Korean affairs expert who teaches at American University in Washington.

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Along with all of the other disasters bush left us, the way he ignored N. Korea's nuclear proliferation is now coming back at us, as well.

Thanks a lot, bushie!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

really trying to find a victory in the "war on terror"

Foiled Terrorist Plot? Not So Much...

Robert Dreyfuss in The Nation:

By the now, it's maddeningly familiar. A scary terrorist plot is announced. Then it's revealed that the suspects are a hapless bunch of ne'er-do-wells or run-of-the-mill thugs without the slightest connection to any terrorists at all, never mind to Al Qaeda. Finally, the last piece of the puzzle: the entire plot is revealed to have been cooked up by a scummy government agent-provocateur.

I've seen this movie before. In this case, the alleged perps -- Onta Williams, James Cromitie, David Williams, and Laguerre Payen -- were losers, ex-cons, drug addicts. Al Qaeda they're not. Without the assistance of the agent who entrapped them, they would never have dreamed of committing political violence, nor would they have had the slightest idea about where to acquire plastic explosives or a Stinger missile. That didn't stop prosecutors from acting as if they'd captured Osama bin Laden himself.

Of course, as has been pointed out, we know that--irrespective of facts--this case will be held up as some great triumph in the War on Terror™, a frighteningly close call thwarted by those (implicitly, in the previous administration) who understood the nature of the threat. Mmmm'kay....

Preying on these losers, none of whom were apparently actual Muslims, the "confidential informant" orchestrated the acquisition of a disabled Stinger missile to shoot down military planes and cooked up a wild scheme about attacking a Jewish center in the Bronx.

It gets even more pathetic:

The only one of the four suspects who appears to have aroused any suspicion was Payen, a Haitian native who attended the Newburgh mosque. Assistant imam Hamid Rashada said his dishevelment and odd behavior disturbed some members, said the assistant imam, Hamid Rashada.

When Payen appeared in court, defense attorney Marilyn Reader described him as "intellectually challenged" and on medication for schizophrenia. The Associated Press said that when he was asked if he understood the proceedings, Payen replied: "Sort of."

Despite the pompous statements from Mayor Bloomberg of New York and other politicians, including Representative Peter King, the whole story is bogus. The four losers may have been inclined to violence, and they may have harbored a virulent strain of anti-Semitism. But it seems that the informant whipped up their violent tendencies and their hatred of Jews, cooked up the plot, incited them, arranged their purchase of weapons, and then had them busted. To ensure that it made headlines, the creepy informant claimed to be representing a Pakistani extremist group, Jaish-e Muhammad, a bona fide terrorist organization. He wasn't, of course.

(Crooks and Liars)
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Is this really the best "victory" that anyone has been able to claim?

the increasingly rare sighting of a sane republican

GOP lawmaker slams RNC video mocking Pelosi as ‘reprehensible.’
(Think Progress)

As opposed to most others:

RNC makes "pussy" joke about Speaker Pelosi

Seriously. They've just launched a new video called "Pelosi Galore," a take off of the Bond film "Pussy Galore." From Politico:
The wisdom of equating the first woman speaker of the House with a character whose first name also happens to be among the most vulgar terms for a part of the female anatomy might be debated – if the RNC were willing to do so, which it was not. An RNC spokesperson refused repeated requests by POLITICO to explain the point of the video, or the intended connection between Pelosi and Galore.

But what isn’t open to debate is that the waterboarding conflict has been accompanied by a cascade of attacks on the speaker, not as a leader or a legislator, but as a woman.

Earlier this week, Pittsburgh radio host Jim Quinn referred to the speaker on his program as “this bitch”; last week, syndicated radio host Neal Boortz opined “how fun it is to watch that hag out there twisting in the wind.”

There has also been a steady stream of taunts about the speaker’s appearance, and whether it’s been surgically enhanced. On CNN’s “State of the Union,” Republican strategist Alex Castellanos said, “I think if Speaker Pelosi were still capable of human facial expression, we’d see she’d be embarrassed.”
And Ben Smith notes that, contrary to what the RNC is claiming, the video has not been taken down.

(Americablog)

rove out-right lying again

Rove: Legal ‘Mess’ at Guantanamo Is Obama Administration’s Fault
(Think Progress)
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Wow - does he really think that anyone in the world could possibly believe this outrageous lie?
This is right up there with the person who said that bush inherited 9/11!

And, as if we had any doubts of rove's sanity:
Rove sides with Cheney, says he would pick Limbaugh over Powell.
(TP)

Nev Dems making some progress, despite caving to repugs

NEVADA LEGISLATURE: Gibbons' veto of tax bill looms

Bill raising hikes to $1 billion on governor's desk

CARSON CITY -- Who won? Who lost? And is it all over?

Those were the questions on a sunny Saturday at the Legislature, the day after the frenzied passage of the budget and taxes.

With state spending for the next two years and tax hikes to fund it waiting for Gov. Jim Gibbons' veto, legislators don't have the business that usually occupies them for the last week of the session, set to end June 1.

The centerpiece of the budget compromise, a $781 million package of increases to existing taxes, landed in Gibbons' office around 4:30 p.m. Friday

The bill cleared its final hurdle when Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford, D-Las Vegas, gave in to Senate Republicans on their condition that the increases to sales, payroll and business license taxes expire after two years.

Including higher room taxes in Reno and Las Vegas, already approved, taxes in the next biennium would increase by some $1 billion.

"It was certainly a chaotic finish," said Assembly Speaker Barbara Buckley, D-Las Vegas.

"But in the end, stepping back, I'm pleased we were able to avoid implementing the governor's vision for our state: closing down UNLV, Draconian cuts to K-12 education, shutting mental health clinics. We made severe cuts but we also added revenue, and I think we achieved the best result for the state."

(LV Review Journal)

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And, as uual, despite the Dems caving to the repugs' wishes, most repugs still voted against the bill!

Thank goodness that the Dems are in power, but, as in Washington, DC, it seems like someone has to keep reminding them that they are in power and people want them to override the repugs.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

repugs are way out of their league when they try to attack Barney Frank

Glenn Beck tries to sandbag Barney Frank, but he's the one who got played

The Glenn Beck show tried to sandbag Barney Frank with one of their roving reporters or producers or whatever they are, but they messed with the wrong guy. ACORN is Beck's villain of the hour and Biff Jenkins asked Frank if he'd hold hearings on ACORN because the right hates them. He got an answer he didn't expect.

Frank: As you know, the Bush administration, every year of the eight years of the Bush administration gave them well over a million dollars for housing counseling, and nobody has shown me any sign that any of that federal money was misspent. You know, I think people are being somewhat unfair to President Bush and his secretaries of HUD who consistently funded ACORN for, as I said, for a total of about 14 million dollars during the Bush years. If someone has evidence that the money that President Bush made available was misspent -- that's what I have jurisdiction over, I don't have jurisdiction over election activities by another ACORN organization -- but if anyone has any evidence, and no one has sent it to me yet, that the Bush administration ignored the misspending of that $14 million, I'll look into it.

Biff: Yes, sir, but would you hold hearings or an investigation ...?

Frank: I think you're being very unfair to President Bush.

OK, his name is not Biff, it's Griff. Frank used this against Michelle Bachmann and when you hit them with facts like this, they really have no response other than to ignore what Barney Frank said and continue with their smears.


(Crooks and Liars)

typical of repugs

Oh, so NOW the wingnuts are all worried about losing our freedoms

The hallmark of the paranoid, according to Richard Hofstadter, is their propensity for projection: Seeing in others, deservedly or not, their own very worst behaviors and predilections.

Well, we already know that Michelle Malkin is a paranoid, but it's always worth noting when she gives voice to something we're hearing from a whole bunch of right-wing quarters: Barack Obama and the liberals intend to destroy America by taking away our freedoms under the Constitution.

She was on Glenn Beck's show earlier this week (when the LSDM himself was out with The View flu), and told the fill-in host, Judge Napolitano, that "We've lost plenty of our liberties" already under Obama -- indeed, that "every inalienable right -- life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" had been diminished under his presidency.

How so? Apparently, the best example she can come up with is "the freedom to innovate" and limiting health-care choices.

Jaysus. These people sat and nodded through eight years of wiretapping, torture, reduced reproductive choices, and constant assaults on our civil liberties.

And now they're shrieking -- which is Malkin's style -- about "drawing the line" at limited doctor selection?

Are they insane?

Wait, don't answer that.

(Crooks and Liars)

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We know that the repugs don't really care about anyone's rights - other than the ultra-rich, of course - they just need some made-up "controversy" that only exists in their heads.

still another first

which is why no one is proposing that right now

GOP: Alternative energy alone won't meet US needs
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Of course, we do have to move away from oil and coal because those are finite resources and we need to be prepared when they are depleted.
Not exactly rocket science, is it?
But the repugs and their pals in dirty energy want to only focus on those and f'k the future.
Good thing they're not in charge any more!

because the "liberal media" loves the "controversy"

Don't call ex-Vice President Cheney a has-been
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No one other than the extreme 19%-ers agree with Cheney on anything and everyone else wishes that he would just go away, but the media has to pretend that he is still relevant - as other than the deposed dark lord who was oversaw the worst disasters of our time.

this is news?

RNC's below-the-belt shot at Pelosi
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You know that the repugs have gone far over the line if even Politico is calling them on it!
This is pretty spectacularly revolting, though.
Of course, they can't debate the merits of the argument, so they fall back on insults, as usual.

Friday, May 22, 2009

again, this has to be a parody, right?

Once again, Red State has me convinced that it is a parody site.
Erick Erickson has a post complaining that Obama staged his speech in front of the Constitution and thereby harmed it because of the lighting used for the speech.
He then is told that it was a copy of the Constitution - duh - and so he then says that was appropriate for this president!
I refuse to believe that there is anyone who is dumb enough to believe that anybody - even the president - can display the actual Constitution in a way that would harm it.
And, it's not like this is bush, who regularly used the Consitution to wipe his ass when he ran out of copies of "Bin Laden to strike in the US".
Obama is an educated man who believes in the rule of law and the Consitution of this country and who understands history and preservation.

There is no way that this is not someone playing a part and purposely holding himself up for ridicule...

you mean besides his 2 books, his work in the Senate, and his zillion interviews?

Steele: Obama ‘Was Not Vetted Because The Press Fell In Love With The Black Man Running For The Office’
(Think Progress)
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Kind of twistedly funny coming from a guy who was hired strictly as a response to Obama's skin color.

isn't it sad that it is now necessary for a president to make such an obvious statement?

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Thursday night Beagle Blogging


Pooped pooch!

incredible repug hypocrisy - a never-ending series

Americans are getting smarter

but then, he is an inhuman monster that doesn't care for human beings at all

Cheney: Concern About Torture Is ‘Contrived Indignation And Phony Moralizing’
(Think Progress)
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This reminds me of something I was just thinking about this morning - the biggest difference between liberals and conservatives is that liberals care about people and human rights and conservatives only care about money & power.

possibility of justice for bush's law-breakers?

oh, that Obama and his logic, reality and facts!

Obama Reiterates Promise To Close Gitmo, Urges Congress Not To Make Decisions In A ‘Climate Of Fear’

Speaking in front of the original U.S. Constitution at the National Archives this morning, President Obama delivered a lengthy, detailed speech outlining his approach to national security. Obama criticized Bush’s legal system at that convicted only three terrorists in seven years. He said it was “clear” that, “rather than keep us safer, the prison at Guantanamo has weakened American national security.”

Discussing the problem of what to do with the detainees currently imprisoned at Guantanamo, Obama reminded the audience that the problem was caused by the erroneous decision to open the extra-legal prison camp in the first place:

Indeed, the legal challenges that have sparked so much debate in recent weeks in Washington would be taking place whether or not I decided to close Guantanamo. For example, the court order to release seventeen Uighur detainees took place last fall — when George Bush was President. The Supreme Court that invalidated the system of prosecution at Guantanamo in 2006 was overwhelmingly appointed by Republican Presidents. In other words, the problem of what to do with Guantanamo detainees was not caused by my decision to close the facility; the problem exists because of the decision to open Guantanamo in the first place.

He also seemed to mildly rebuke Congress — which yesterday barred the use of any funds to transfer detainees to the United States — for making “decisions within a climate of fear.” He challenged them to remember their oath:

As our efforts to close Guantanamo move forward, I know that the politics in Congress will be difficult. These issues are fodder for 30-second commercials and direct mail pieces that are designed to frighten. I get it. But if we continue to make decisions from within a climate of fear, we will make more mistakes. … I have confidence that the American people are more interested in doing what is right to protect this country than in political posturing. I am not the only person in this city who swore an oath to uphold the Constitution — so did each and every member of Congress. Together we have a responsibility to enlist our values in the effort to secure our people, and to leave behind the legacy that makes it easier for future Presidents to keep this country safe.
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Obama said that his administration “will seek to transfer some detainees to the same type of facilities in which we hold all manner of dangerous and violent criminals within our borders.” He disputed conservatives’ claims that U.S. prisons could never accommodate terror detainees as “not rational.”


(Think Progress)

i'm not holding my breath!

When will the right wing insist the NYC synagogue bombers are ‘too dangerous’ for U.S. prisons?

Last night, “an elaborate sting operation” resulted in the arrest of four men accused of plotting to bomb a synagogue and shoot down airplanes. The New York City Police Commissioner said the four men “stated that they wanted to commit jihad,” and said the men were part of a “homegrown terrorism” movement. Given conservatives’ recent hysterical declarations that U.S. prisons are unfit to handle terrorist suspects, Hilzoy challenges the right wing’s talking points in regards to the imprisonment of these “homegrown” terrorists:

This raises the difficult question: what should we do with these would-be terrorists while they await trial? And if they are convicted, what then? I assume that if it’s too dangerous to move people at Guantanamo to the United States, it must be much too dangerous to allow these jihadists to run loose in our prisons. After all, they might provide financing for other jihadists from their supermax cells, or radicalize other prisoners, or use special Terrorist Mind Control Techniques to create a whole army of brainwashed convicts under their complete control.


(Think Progress)

because the truth would interfer with their talking points

good - we're behind the times enough already!

maybe just a little overboard?

Steele declares that ‘liberalism will kill you.’
(Think Progress)
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What a whack-job!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

I laughed out loud

Bristol Palin Tells People: "If Girls Realized The Consequences ... Nobody Would Be Having Sex"
(Huffington Post)
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Is she really that dumb? Did SHE not know that it was possible to get pregnant by having sex? In that case, she is the poster child for mandatory sex ed classes!

I wouldn't mind being that kind of "middle class"

O’Reilly: ‘I Consider Myself A Middle Class Guy’ Even Though I Make $10 Million A Year
(Think Progress)
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What a jackass...
What actual middle class person would listen to this guy's condescension?

never-ending repug hypocrisy - a never-ending tale

good spin and a good point

even the repug infighting is extreme these days

repug redefinition project at work again

one of Obama's biggest disappointments so far

Pentagon: Obama has not ordered military to work on repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.
(Think Progress)
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Obama really needs to start listening to the American people on this issue. He only loses - as does the military and hence the American people - if he continues to ignore the calls for repeal.

more and more proof for Pelosi's assessments

Reid listening to repug talking points

what is up with the repugs' obsession with pedophilia?

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

another amazing evolutionary find

47-million-year-old human link revealed

NEW YORK (AFP) – Scientists in New York unveiled Tuesday the skeleton of what they said could be the common ancestor to humans, apes and other primates.

The tiny creature, officially known as Darwinius masillae, but dubbed Ida, lived 47 million years ago and is unusually well preserved, missing only part of a leg, or five percent of the skeleton.

The finding, described Tuesday in the PloS ONE scientific journal, was displayed at a press conference at New York's Natural History Museum, and is due to be the subject of a documentary on the History Channel, BBC and other broadcasters.

Organizers said that scientists led by Norway's fossil expert, professor Jorn Hurum, worked for two years on Ida, first discovered in 1983 by private collectors who failed to understand her importance -- and split the bones into two lots.

The monkey-like creature was preserved through the ages in Germany's Messel Pit, a crater rich in Eocene Epoch fossils.

Although bearing a long tail, she had several human characteristics, including an opposable thumb, short arms and legs, and forward facing eyes.

She also lacked two key elements of modern lemurs: a grooming claw and a row of lower teeth known as the toothcomb.

"This is the first link to all humans -- truly a fossil that links world heritage," Hurum said in a statement.

David Attenborough, the renowned British naturalist and broadcaster, said the "little creature is going to show us our connection with all the rest of the mammals."

"The link they would have said until now is missing... it is no longer missing," he said.

Ida gives a glimpse into a time when the world was just taking its present shape. Dinosaurs were extinct, the Himalayas were forming and a huge range of mammals thrived in vast jungles.

According to the international team, Ida had suffered a badly broken wrist and that this might have been her undoing. The theory is that while drinking from the Messel lake she was overcome by carbon dioxide fumes and fell in.

"Ida slipped into unconsciousness, was washed into the lake, and sunk to the bottom, where the unique conditions preserved her for 47 million years," a statement said.

Her last meal shows she was a herbivore. Gut contents revealed remains of fruits, seeds and leaves.

"This fossil is so complete. Everything's there. It's unheard of in the primate record at all. You have to get to human burial to see something that's this complete," Hurum said.

The press conference was unusually strongly hyped for a scientific event and the announcement was tied into a media campaign including the release of the documentary.

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Steele the comedian

Steele vows to take Obama 'head-on'

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele vowed Tuesday that the GOP will confront President Barack Obama more aggressively and directly, regardless of his popularity in the polls.

“We are going to take the president head-on. The honeymoon is over. The two-party system is making a comeback, and that comeback starts today,” Steele said in remarks to an RNC meeting in Maryland.

“The president is personally popular. Pity the fool who paid for a poll to figure that out,” Steele said. “So…what’s the loyal opposition to do with this popular president? We are going to speak truth to power. We are going to speak directly, and we are going to take him on.”

Steele said that he has heard from many advisors suggesting that he take on less popular Democrats than the president, but the RNC chair said that the party will no longer “avoid confronting” Obama.

“They suggest that instead we should go after Nancy Pelosi, whom nobody likes. Or Harry Reid, whom nobody knows. Or this Tim Geithner fellow, whom nobody believes. Or maybe even Barney Frank, whom nobody understands,” he said.

“We are going to challenge those policies that we believe are wrong, and we are going to do so without apology and without a second thought.”

While promising a more aggressive approach, Steele also insisted that Republicans will show “class” in countering Obama.

“We are going to take this president on with dignity,” he said. “This will be a very sharp and marked contrast to the shabby and classless way that the Democrats and the far left spoke of President Bush.”

Steele also said that the “corner has been turned” for the GOP and predicted a Republican resurgence.

The Republican comeback has begun. It is underway, and it is not in Washington,” he said.

In traveling the country, Steele said he has seen a stronger party than the one portrayed in Washington. He credited last month’s anti-tax “Tea Party” protests with providing a boost to the party’s grassroots.

“This change comes in a tea bag,” Steele declared.

In addition to cheering the grassroots Tea Party movement, Steele urged the party to find fresh ideas and new strategies. “Our success will not be found in dusting off old campaign manuals from the 70’s and 80’s,” he said. “Our success will be found in speaking directly to the American people about a rebirth of the American Dream for this generation and generations to come.”

“The Republican Party is again going to emerge as the party of new ideas,” he added. “It will take some time, for sure, but it is beginning now.”


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This is hilarious on so many levels!
The repugs have been the "party of no" and nothing but obstructionists to everything that Obama (and the American people) have been trying to do since January. What are they going to do more agressively than to say "no" to every idea Obama has?

Then he says that they are going to show "class" immediately after taking cheap pot-shots, lies and insults about the major Democratic players.

And I'm sure it is going to take some time to become the "party of new ideas" since no repug seems to have any ideas whatsoever at this point - other than cheap pot-shots, lies and insults. And, of course, saying "no" to everything.

I'm sure that will continue to serve them well!

great news!

never-ending repug hypocrisy

their arguments are getting more and more absurd

do these people even listen to what they are saying?

you shouldn't ask for something that you don't want

Scarborough issues a torture challenge: ‘If you have any evidence that it is not effective, let me know right now!’
(Think Progress)
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Of course, TP picked up the challenge and gave him plenty of evidence.

Monday, May 18, 2009

cuz heaven forbid the truth is actually exposed

are we talking about the same President Obama here?

Alan Keyes denounces President Obama as "the focal point of evil"
(Crooks and Liars)
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These people are completely insane. Obama - OBAMA - as the "focal point of evil"?! Whew!

it really is all that they have

‘Party of No’ Chairman on whether health care reform will pass: ‘Noooooo.’
(Think Progress)
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Hopefully, the Democrats will stand up to the obstructionist party and actually get this much needed reform done this year.

kinda obvious to most people

Gates: ‘I wished I hadn’t said’ that Obama was more analytical than Bush — but it’s true.

In March, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that President Obama is “somewhat more analytical” than President Bush. In an interview with Katie Couric for “60 Minutes,” Gates said, “That’s something I wish I hadn’t said.” But when asked to describe the two presidents, he seemed to reaffirm the dichotomy, again suggesting that Obama is more analytical than Bush:

COURIC: What three words would you use to describe President Bush?

GATES: Committed, questioning, eager to make a decision and move on.

COURIC: What about President Obama?

GATES: Deliberative, decisive and calm.


(Think Progress)

here comes another apology to rush!

to repugs, talking about torture is worse than torturing

hahahahahaha

one of the reasons that Obama is loved so much!

Obama: ‘One of the biggest mistakes…is this notion you have to dumb things down for the public.’
(Think Progress)
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How many of us have been waiting for a politician to talk to us like adults for decades?

ridiculous and, quite frankly, anti-American

Under Rumsfeld, Pentagon published Bible verses on top-secret intel reports.
(Think Progress)
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Did the bush administration ever care about the Constitution or the laws of this land?!

Uruguay more progressive than the US?!

who wouldn't support this - other than anti-science crazies?

Democratic support for climate bill broadens

WASHINGTON – Several key Democrats from industrial and oil states threw their support behind a draft climate bill Monday as a House committee began work on massive legislation that would impose the first nationwide limits on greenhouse gases.

While Democratic sponsors of the 948-page bill called it essential to shift the nation away from fossil fuels to cleaner energy sources and deal with global warming, Republicans argued it would send energy prices soaring and threaten economic growth.

"Our nation is at a crossroads," declared Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., the committee's chairman "We can continue to look the other way and leave these problems to our children, or we can adopt a new energy policy for America."


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It's pretty obvious that we need to make some plans before it's way past being too late. Repugs have nothing except "no" in their current arsenal, so they can't be taken seriously any longer.

good!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Sunday night Beagle Blogging!


Sleepy Harley has had a busy day!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

obstructionism is all they have anymore

Olbermann on Texas sucession

Countdown: WTF!! Texas Still Wants to Leave the Union
(Crooks and Liars)
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Apparently, they haven't thought this through very well - or, more likely, they are not the least bit serious...

Obama continuing to reach across the aisle

just being sensational - not trying to make any kind of sense

rush is a funny guy

Limbaugh thinks Pelosi should resign as House Speaker
(Crooks and Liars)
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Alright, I know that he's not even pretending to be serious here, but this is pretty hilarious after the last administration's league of criminals that have yet to be punished in any way...

Friday, May 15, 2009

oh yes, please listen to him!

very true

he can't be this clueless can he? He's purposely giving us stuff to write about, right?

O’Reilly: Americans should be able to go out in public without being harassed by people with cameras.
(Think Progress)
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There is no way that he can't see how obscenely ironic this is coming from him, of all people!

apparently, investigations are only for Democrats

Gingrich lashes out at Pelosi: She is ‘trivial,’ ‘vicious,’ ‘despicable,’ and ‘dishonors the Congress.’

Recently, the right wing has attempted to distract from the push for torture accountability by shifting attention to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Yesterday, Pelosi accused the CIA of “misleading the Congress,” saying — contrary to CIA accounts — that she was not told about waterboarding during a September 2002 briefing. In an interview with ABC radio today, Gingrich launched a vitriolic diatribe at Pelosi:

“I think she has lied to the House, and I think that the House has an absolute obligation to open an inquiry, and I hope there will be a resolution to investigate her. And I think this is a big deal. I don’t think the Speaker of the House can lie to the country on national security matters,” Gingrich said.

He continued: “I think this is the most despicable, dishonest and vicious political effort I’ve seen in my lifetime.” “She is a trivial politician, viciously using partisanship for the narrowist of purposes, and she dishonors the Congress by her behavior.”

Gingrich gleefully called for an investigation of Pelosi, while at the same time saying that an investigation into Bush’s torture architects could “get a lot of people killed.” And while Gingrich — who has previously defended Dick Cheney on torture — decried Pelosi’s “partisanship” in the interview, he also said that “left-wing Democrats don’t care about defending America.”


(Think Progress)
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He seems to think that only Democrats should be investigated and only for comparatively extremely minor issues (compared to the bush administration's horrific crimes).

And more from Crooks and Liars:
The Nancy Pelosi uproar is an absurd distraction from Bush administration culpability
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another possible Obama mistake

Obama Nominates Superfund Polluter Lawyer To Run DOJ Environment Division
(Think Progress)
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His "liberal" label is getting more and more absurd as time goes on. He really needs to stop these terrible decisions and stop moving to the far right and get back on track.

astute!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

you'd think she'd be higher that #93

can't imagine any problem with that compromise as no law to date restricts any religious group in this regard

desperately in need of a dictionary - and some lessons in the rule of law

a somewhat sane republican!

here comes another repug apology!

it's Obama's fault that he has to fix what the bush administration wrecked!

well, in his case it might be true

Glenn Beck Exhales And States: ‘Look How Much Pollution I Just Put Out!’
(Think Progress)
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His every utterance is pollution, but not because of the CO2.

another sick repug

very disappointing

Obama adminstration reverses itself, won’t release detainee abuse photos.
(Think Progress)
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Just another reminder that he isn't perfect and has some serious flaws that he needs to rectify.

And sounding eerily like the last administration (which is the last thing any American wants to hear):
Gibbs: ‘Nothing Is Added’ By The Release Of The ‘Sensationalistic’ Photos
(Think Progress)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

shows where his mind is at

crazier and crazier

Liz Cheney Compares Father's Waterboarding Fight To Al Gore's Climate Fight
(Huffington Post)
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Because torturing is the same as literally trying to save our world!
Honestly, they aren't even trying any more, are they?

they just don't get it

repug priorities

obeying the law helps the terrorists!

Rove: Ending Torture Gives Terrorists ‘A Tool To Make It More Attractive To Recruit People’
(Think Progress)
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How sick is it that this psychopath used to be in one of the highest positions of power in this world?

if only...

showing once again that she doesn't care about energy or the environment

hahahahahaha

Fox Condemns Sykes’s Act: If A Talk Radio Host Compared Obama To A Terrorist, He Would Be Fired
(Think Progress)
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...and immediately afterwards, he compared Obama to a terrorist!
Fox goes way beyond hypocrisy these days...

Obama needs to step up on this soon

they're not even trying to make sense any more

obstructionists til the end - and beyond

Liberman making sense

ultimate in hypocrisy

I think this is pretty obvious, except maybe to crazed extremists

by creating new jobs? How does this make sense?