Saturday, October 31, 2009

really, really don't want the rest of us to have the kind of health care they have

Bachmann Calls For Health Care Protest Rally In DC Next Week: ‘We’re Going To Have A Big Party’
(Think Progress)
Funny how it is now "tyrannical" to try to give everyone health care! Weird how meanings of words change over time!

extremely extreme right-wingers taking over the repug party

no ideas are the "right" ideas?

Friday, October 30, 2009

Friday Beagle Blogging

Yes, it's been a while, but here is a pre-Howl-oween photo of the spoiled Harley on his silk pillows!

this was good - check it out

Jon Stewart rips FOX


close Gitmo

Colbert signs petition to ‘Close Gitmo Now.’
(Think Progress)
Sign the petition here.

the American public is not as stupid as it once was

Americans trust Obama and Democrats more than Republicans on health care.
(Think Progress)
...or, at least, people have learned from their past mistakes.

Fox finds violent rhetoric funny

hyperbolic persecution complex

Pat Robertson on hate crimes bill: ‘The noose has tightened around the necks of Christians.’

Yesterday on the Christian Broadcasting Network, televangelist Pat Robertson aired a segment slamming President Obama for signing the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law. Extending hate crimes protection to the gay and transgendered community, Robertson argued, was a targeted attack on homophobic Christians like himself. Robertson said the new law is the latest example of a “noose” tightening around “the necks of Christians.” Later in the segment, he implied Democrats in Congress were “opposed to many of the fundamental Christian beliefs”:

PAT ROBERTSON: The noose has tightened around the necks of Christians to keep them from speaking out on certain moral issues. And it all was embodied in something called the Hate crimes bill that President Obama said was a major victory for America. I’m not sure if America was the beneficiary. [...] We have voted into office a group of people who are opposed to many of the fundamental Christian beliefs of our nation. And they hold to radical ideology, and they are beginning put people sharing their points of view into high office. And not only that, they not only have control of both houses of Congress.

(Think Progress)
Does he really think that anyone will believe that a majority of Congress isn't still white, christian men? Even those that are not white or men are still mostly christian. Does anyone really think that these christians are trying to persecute other christians?

Freakin' ridiculous...

Santorum - of all people - stating facts about Afghanistan and the bush administration

more absurd repug fear-mongering

the party of no ideas

stimulus working

Gov't says stimulus saved or created 650,000 jobs

WASHINGTON – About 650,000 jobs have been saved or created under President Barack Obama's economic stimulus plan, the White House said Friday, saying the president's goal of 3.5 million jobs by the end of next year is on track.
Man, what would McCain/Palin have done to the economy? I shudder to think...

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Orwell has nothing on the repugs!

well, I would hope so!

House Health Reform Bill Outlaws Treating Domestic Violence As A Pre-Existing Condition
(Think Progress)
It is sickening that insurance companies can legally claim this these days - thank goodness this is being outlawed!

obstructionism is all they have

these people are truly twisted

repugs really love Limbaugh

During House hearing on concussions, Rep. King defends Limbaugh and demands Goodell apologize to him.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell testified to the House Judiciary Committee today about “legal issues related to football head injuries.” However, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) decided to use the hearing as an opportunity to defend Rush Limbaugh and quiz Goodell on why the hate radio host couldn’t become an owner of a team, even while “offensive” musicians like Fergie and J-Lo (who have “alleged that the CIA are terrorists and liars” and “used…verbal pornography”) can. “In fact I don’t think that anything Rush Limbaugh said was offensive,” added King. Although he requested that Goodell apologize to Limbaugh, the NFL commissioner never did so, repeating his belief that Limbaugh’s comments about Donovan McNabb were offensive and inappropriate.

(Think Progress)
Wow - how weird that this came out of nowhere in Congress! Is this really want the repugs are worried about? How out of touch are they?!

another contrast to bush

Obama honors fallen Americans at Dover

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. – Standing in the pre-dawn darkness, President Barack Obama saw the real cost of the war in Afghanistan: The Americans who return in flag-covered cases while much of the nation sleeps in peace.

In a surprise midnight dash to this Delaware base, where U.S. forces killed overseas come home, Obama honored the return of 18 fallen Americans Thursday. All were killed in Afghanistan this week, a brutal stretch that turned October into the most deadly month for U.S. troops since the war began.

The dramatic image of a president on the tarmac was a portrait not witnessed in years. Former President George W. Bush said the appropriate way to show his respect for war's cost was to meet with grieving military families in private, as he often did, but he never went to Dover to meet remains coming off the cargo plane. Obama did so with the weight of knowing he may soon send more troops off to war.

For all the talk of his potential troop increase — maybe 40,000, maybe some other
large figure — Obama got a grim reminder of the number that counts: one.


despite his flaws, thank goodness we got Obama and not McCain leading this country

Economy grows in 3Q, signals end of recession

WASHINGTON – The economy grew at a 3.5 percent pace in the third quarter, the best showing in two years, fueled by government-supported spending on cars and homes. It's the strongest signal yet that the economy has entered a new, though fragile, phase of recovery and that the worst recession since the 1930s has ended.


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

beck is really crazy

Glenn Beck Rants About Serving Kids Vegetarian Food, Bizarrely Praises PETA, Screams At Al Gore For Not Eating Tofurkey

On Tuesday, in more bizarre, nonsensical ranting that has become Glenn Beck's M.O., the Fox News anchor jumped on a story about the UK climate chief stating that not eating meat was better for the planet.

Beck proceeds to interpret this as though he'll somehow be personally forced to stop eating meat. He then becomes horrified about the "indoctrination" of school children in Baltimore, which has instituted a Meatless Monday lunch program. The "controversy" of serving vegetarian food in schools has also been described by Lou Dobbs as a "political storm in the making".

He then praises PETA for its consistency on climate change policy (though it is an animal rights organization) and demands that Al Gore put down his cheeseburgers.

(Huffington Post)
Is it too "liberal" to be logical and have a linear thought pattern?

about freakin' time!

unlike the previous famous event, in this case, the statement is true

eBay does the right thing

eBay refuses to allow auction for Roeder’s defense fund.

The Kansas City Star is reporting that eBay has decided to prevent a planned online auction organized to support the defense fund of Scott Roeder, the accused murder of Dr. George Tiller. EBay said that the auction violated its policy against “offensive material” and would not be allowed. EBay made its announcement on the same day the family of Dr. George Tiller issued a personal appeal to the company to intervene and prevent the scheduled auction:

“These materials contain hate messages, glorify violence against abortion doctors who provide constitutionally protected medical services, and instruct on means of violence, including bombing, of abortion clinics,” said Lee Thompson, an attorney for the Tiller family, in a letter sent to eBay on Tuesday and approved by Tiller’s widow, Jeanne Tiller. “We urge you to deny access to the resources of eBay for this reprehensible and vile ‘auction.’”

The decision by eBay followed a week of increasing national criticism. Anti-choice activists organized the auction to help fund Roeder’s defense, and items being donated included “an Army of God manual, a prison cookbook compiled by a woman doing time for abortion clinic bombings and arsons, and several autographed drawings submitted by Roeder.”

(Think Progress)


pretty obvious

Fla. man says Home Depot fired him over God button

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – A former cashier for The Home Depot who has been wearing a "One nation under God" button on his work apron for more than a year has been fired, he says because of the religious reference. The company claims that expressing such personal beliefs is simply not allowed.

C'mon - he was trying to get fired if he broke their rules this flagrantly. Of course you can't have religious displays at work.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

anti-science repug

because repugs don't have anything better to do than kiss ass to modern day Benedict Arnolds

House Republicans Pander To Tea Party Movement With Frivolous Resolution Inflating 9/12 Protest Numbers
(Think Progress)
Kind of amazing how 60,000 people change to 1.7 million in the eyes of extremists.

right-wing bigots

crazy, violent right-wing christians

I'm sure that will be super popular!

Rep. Paul Broun Proposes Bill That Would Privatize Medicare
(Think Progress)
Wow - this sounds like a career ender!

when are we (well, the repugs) going to stop the absurd hyperbole

Perino: Obama’s Criticism Of Fox Is Akin To Chavez’s Tactics, Sets A Bad Example For ‘Emerging Democracies’
(Think Progress)
Of course, the bush administration was much worse, but why let little things like facts get in the way of a ridiculous rant?

probably the longest they spent on it

rebutting cheney

Hatch bucks Cheney: ‘I would never want to call my president dithering.’

Despite his own failures in Afghanistan (namely turning valuable resources away from the war and invading Iraq), former Vice President Dick Cheney attacked President Obama this week, saying he is “afraid to make a decision” on the war in Afghanistan and that he’s “dithering.” Today on CNN, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) disagreed with Cheney’s assessment. “Well, I would never want to call my president ‘dithering,’” Hatch said, adding, “And I know it’s a tough position that he’s in.” Later, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) was far more blunt in criticizing Cheney’s remarks:

BROWN: Look, to listen to Dick Cheney who was the mastermind of the most failed decade of foreign policy that this country has had, at least in my political lifetime, perhaps my whole lifetime, perhaps my parents’ lifetime too. I mean to listen to him when he talked about dithering when their mistake was to attack Iraq and lose sight of Afghanistan as President Abdullah, sorry as Dr. Abdullah, presidential candidate Abdullah said that eight years of failure of Karzai implicitly is also eight years of failure of dithering by that administration, so just take Dick Cheney’s advice off the table.

(Think Progress)
Boy, cheney sure had a different view of criticizing the president a year or so ago, didn't he?

Sunday, October 25, 2009

McCain against net neutrality

hannity tries to create controversy where there is none

Uninformed Hannity Tries To Provoke Culture War Over NYC Subway Atheist Ads
(Think Progress)
His claim that christians cannot advertise is absurd - there are countless christian and religious ads everywhere you look. There are so ubiquitous that they don't even stand out any more.

what are we doing there any more?

Saturday, October 24, 2009

isn't this illegal?

Georgia Republicans Send Political Mailer Disguised As ‘Official’ Census Survey
(Think Progress)
The questions would tip off anyone who was reasonably intelligent, but of course, the repugs are going for the less-than-intelligent crowd who will fall for their lies.

the proper response to this stupidity

still an idiot

Bush: I regret standing in front of the ‘Mission Impossible’ banner.
(Think Progress)
As TP notes, bush's banner actually said "missions accomplished", though "mission impossible" was probably more apt, though I doubt that bush understands his Freudian slip...

that wacky "liberal media" can't get enough of McCain

McCain To Make His 15th Appearance On A Sunday Show This Year
(Think Progress)
Compare this to Kerry and Gore's lack of appearances when they lost and try to tell me about our "liberal media"...

god news for a change

The Senate voted 68 to 29 yesterday to “extend new federal protections to people who are victims of violent crime because of their sex or sexual orientation.” The hate crimes measure, “attached to an essential military-spending bill,” now needs the signature of President Obama, who has said he will sign it.

(Think Progress)

repugs never wants anyone else to have what they have

repugs think that stealing another's identity is a good political idea

After Twitter shuts down GOP accounts impersonating Dems, party complains of ‘free speech’ infringements.
(Think Progress)
The repugs really have no morals or ethics, do they?
I guess when lies are all they have, they don't have a lot of choices for tactics...

once again, it was ok when bush did it but not Obama

Malkin: The content of Obama’s off-the-record meeting with liberal journalists ‘ought to be disclosed.’
(Think Progress)
Of course, none of the many talks that bush had with extreme right-wing "journalists" and talk show hosts were ever made public, but I suppose that's different, though no one knows why...

cheney wants Obama to f'k up as much as the bush administration

Cheney: Obama Should Stop ‘Dithering’ On Afghanistan And Just Copy The Bush Administration’s Strategy
(Think Progress)
Can you imagine anyone taking military advice from cheney or bush?! Yikes! Maybe doing the exact opposite of their advice might work, but that's about it...

again, not even trying to make sense

Bachmann Says Dole And Frist Represent A ‘Non-Pro-Freedom Agenda’ Because They Want Health Reform
(Think Progress)
No matter what you think of the need for health care reform, how does supporting it mean that you are "non-pro-freedom"?! Are you only "pro-freedom" if you don't want Americans to have access to health care? What's the connection here?

And this is another hilariously illogical statement:
Bachmann replied that although she does receive a lot of mail, it is “because Nancy Pelosi has made me a top target.” Ingraham then began mocking Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) — the first female Speaker of the House of Representatives and the highest-ranking female politician in American history — by making hissing and cat noises, then shrieking, “she doesn’t like powerful women.”
The most powerful woman in the country has a problem with powerful women!
Do these loons really not see how absurd they sound or do they just not care?

once again, rove either has a very short memory or is hopng that everyone else does

Rove: ‘People Would Go Nuts’ If Bush Had Campaigned Against NBC, New York Times
(Think Progress)
Of course, they did attack these very news organizations, despite the fact that the organizations defended bush and his insane actions far more than they derided them.
And, of course, it is well known that all of Fox "News" is highly conservative oriented and has always been a regurgitater of repug talking points.
So, the comparison is hardly "fair and balanced".

Franken proving to be a smart and effective senator

i guess he thinks a marriage is between a white woman, a white man and his prostitute

Vitter dodges question about interracial marriage in Louisiana.
(Think Progress)
I mean, really, this is a no-brainer. Is he really worried about offending his racist constituents?

it might be easier to follow his "logic" if he ever bothered to explain himself

Beck says ‘progressives’ share ideological kinship with ‘tyrants’ and ‘slave owners.’
(Think Progress)
It still amazes me that the repugs and conservatives have the imagination to come up with these non-sequitur styled comparisons. Of course, they don't bother to explain, so I guess it is simply a game of saying "progressives/liberals are like..." and throwing in some word that people don't like. It doesn't matter if it doesn't make sense or have any reasoning behind it - it's all just sound bytes.


depends on your definition of "close", I suppose

extremist repug nutcase thinks that believing in the science of global warming is traitorous!

Pennsylvania state lawmaker: Veterans who support climate change legislation are ‘traitors.’

A coalition of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, under the name Operation Free, is on a 21-state bus tour to alert the public about the dangers of global warming and its threat to national security. Upon hearing about the group’s visit to Pennsylvania, State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R) blasted the veterans as “traitors” and compared them to Benedict Arnold:

As a veteran, I believe that any veteran lending their name, to promote the leftist propaganda of global warming and climate change, in an effort to control more of the wealth created in our economy, through cap and tax type policies, all in the name of national security, is a traitor to the oath he or she took to defend the Constitution of our great nation!” Mr. Metcalfe’s email reads. “Remember Benedict Arnold before giving credibility to a veteran who uses their service as a means to promote a leftist agenda. Drill Baby Drill!!!”

Rep. Metcalfe, who served in the U.S. Army from 1980-84, today defended the remarks, saying that “if the type of policies that an individual promotes undermines the Constitution and the law of the land in our country, then they are not patriots.”

Global warming is inextricably linked to national security, with the potential to “aggravate existing problems such as poverty, social tensions, environmental degradation, ineffectual leadership and weak political institutions” around the world, which “could increase the pool of potential recruits into terrorist activity.” In the past, Metcalfe has refused to support Domestic Violence Awareness month in Pennsylvania because the resolution referenced domestic abuse suffered by men, which Metcalfe interpreted as part of a “homosexual agenda.” He also opposed a vote to “honor the 60th anniversary of a Muslim group in the state, because ‘Muslims don’t recognize Jesus Christ as God.’”

(Think Progress)


I really think that it is about time to require people to go through a sanity test - such as, they must recognize reality as defined by science - before becoming a political representative.

I'm sure that loonies think that they should be represented as well as sane people, but this is a bit much.

beck completely wrong on net neutrality

Following Kerpen’s Lead Again, Beck Claims That Net Neutrality Is An Attack On Freedom Of Speech

In September, ThinkProgress dissected how Glenn Beck’s successful character assassination campaign against former White House environmental adviser Van Jones was fueled by Americans for Prosperity’s Phil Kerpen, who had taken credit for notifying Beck of some of Jones’ past comments. On his Fox News show yesterday, Beck followed Kerpen’s lead once again, this time in an assault on net neutrality.

In a segment featuring Kerpen last night, Beck warned his audience that the Obama administration “just might be trying to take over the media.” “This is a big week, isn’t it, for freedom of speech?” Beck asked Kerpen, who said that it was because “the FCC on Thursday is going to decide what the future of the Internet looks like”:

KERPEN: It is a very big week because the FCC on Thursday is going to decide what the future of the Internet looks like, if it looks much like the past 10 years where you have private competition and pretty much people can do what they want on the Internet or whether we have a much, much heavier government hand. And they’re going to take the first step on that Thursday.

BECK: OK. I want to start just real quick – Net neutrality, because it happens on Thursday. This is that everybody should have free Internet, right?

KERPEN: Well, essentially. You know, they dress it up the way they dress up a lot of their things. They turn it upside-down by saying that evil corporations, phone and cable corporations are going to block what we can do block or we can say.

Beck then used net neutrality as a jumping off point to outline how he believed the Obama administration was trying to shut down freedom of speech. “You have a freedom of speech or the government. You can’t really have both,” said Beck.

When he introduced Kerpen, Beck described him as “the chairman of Internet Freedom Coalition,” an alliance of conservative groups that opposes all taxes and regulations related to the internet. Kerpen’s group released a Beck-like conspiracy chart today that attempts to expose the so-called “Obama Information Control Hierarchy.” Hours before Kerpen appeared on Beck’s show, he pushed the idea that net neutrality is a threat to freedom of speech in his daily podcast, warning that regulation would lead to “a government-owned and controlled network” and eventual “content restriction” that would “decide that certain speech is out of bounds.”

Beck also appears to have no idea what net neutrality actually means. Science Progress aptly explained it last year:

At the most basic level, net neutrality is the principle that Internet users should be in control of what content they view and what applications they use on the Internet; all content on the Internet is equally accessible, and once a person pays for access to the Internet, they alone get to choose how they use it. This means that providers should not be allowed to block access to certain sites or applications, or charge different customers different amounts for services.

Kerpen, from whom Beck apparently cribbed his understanding of the concept, claims that there is no reason to be concerned about internet service providers blocking access or charging customers differenty. “Proponents of net neutrality rely on the scare tactic that big bad cable and phone companies will block access to Web sites and cause other mischief unless the benevolent federal government rides to the rescue, and soon,” wrote Kerpen on earlier this month. “But they’ve been ringing this alarm for the better part of a decade and none of the horrors they warn us about have happened.” In fact, in 2007 it was revealed that Comcast had disrupted peer-to-peer file-sharing traffic on its network, leading to an FCC investigation. There was also an incident where “Verizon Wireless denied Naral Pro-Choice America, an abortion rights group, access when the group asked to the carrier to allow Verizon customers to sign up for text-messaging alerts.”

(Think Progress)

still more of the usual repug hypocrisy

what a ridiculous question

Human Evolution: Are Humans Still Evolving?
Of course evolution is still occurring - what a weird concept for an article.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

in what possible way?

Glenn Beck Slams Obama Encouraging Volunteerism: "Almost Like We're Living In Mao's China" (VIDEO)
(Huffington Post)
Really? Do you really think so? I can't imagine how....
Seriously, does even Beck know what he is ranting about any more? It is not like he tries to explain it to his viewers...

sounds like a great idea!

Gingrich Calls On The Country To ‘Rise Up’ To ‘Repeal’ Health Care Reform If It Passes
(Think Progress)
If we get a real reform bill, the Dems couldn't ask for anything better in 2010 than the repugs threatening to repeal it, since the majority of Americans favor real reform.

still more violent repug rhetoric

Maddow shows that Cheney is the one who is - and has been - afraid

impeachment is too absurd for even far right-wingers

Impeach Obama Effort Is Too ‘Ridiculous’ Even For Rep. Dana Rohrabacher

It’s telling that for Rohrabacher –- who once said global warming was caused by dinosaur farts and dismissed torture as “hazing pranks from some fraternity” –- impeaching Obama is an idea that is just too absurd to support.

(Think Progress)
If even this nut thinks it is too far-fetched, then it is pretty damn far-fetched!

the right response

Spurned couple responds: ‘If it wasn’t for interracial couples today, we wouldn’t have our president.’
(Think Progress)
There is hardly a case against interracial couples nowadays, is there?

Monday, October 19, 2009

so, they are not going to prosecute people for OBEYING the law? That's good...

Obama Administration: We're Not Going to Arrest Sick People for Smoking Pot.

I think it's awfully nice of them to promise not to arrest sick people who are trying not to puke their guts out:

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration will not seek to arrest medical marijuana users and suppliers as long as they conform to state laws, under new policy guidelines to be sent to federal prosecutors Monday.

Two Justice Department officials described the new policy to The Associated Press, saying prosecutors will be told it is not a good use of their time to arrest people who use or provide medical marijuana in strict compliance with state laws.

The new policy is a significant departure from the Bush administration, which insisted it would continue to enforce federal anti-pot laws regardless of state codes.

Attorney General Eric Holder said in March that he wanted federal law enforcement officials to pursue those who violate both federal and state law, but it has not been clear how that goal would be put into practice.

(Crooks and Liars)
And this is a change from the previous administration who wanted to prosecute those who were not breaking the law?
Amazing what Obama has to do to rectify bush's insanities...

more repug craziness

Pennsylvania GOP Uses Hammer And Sickle Symbols For O-bama
(Crooks and Liars)
How can anyone even have a rational discussion with people who are this wildly over-the-top?

this certainly didn't start with Obama

Perino admits the Bush administration essentially froze out MSNBC ‘towards the end.’
(Think Progress)
I think that the bush administration had a much more adversarial relationship with press that they didn't agree with than any other administration - and certainly much more than this one!

standard repug hypocrisy

easy for a rich man to say

Kristol: ‘Thank God Most Of The Workforce Isn’t Unionized’
(Think Progress)
Of course, if all employers were fair to their people, no one would need unions, but obviously, that is not the case.
I've never belonged to a union but have always had jobs where I was treated reasonably well. But, without unions, most workplaces wouldn't be as decent as they currently are.

common sense advice

Rahm and Axelrod tell media: Don’t let Fox News influence your coverage.
(Think Progress)
I think this advice would be worth taking no matter who you are!

showing why he left the repugs

Specter rips GOP: ‘A Party of obstructionism.’

Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA), who until late April of this year was a lifelong Republican, castigated his former party this morning on Fox News. Specter ripped the GOP for refusing to be a good-faith negotiator in the health care debate:

On the Republican side, it’s no, no, no. A party of obstructionism. … You have responsible Republicans who had been in the Senate — like Howard Baker, Bob Dole, or Bill Frist — who say Republicans ought to cooperate. Well, they’re not cooperating.

Specter also indicated he would fight hard for the public option. “I’m not prepared to recede at all. I think the public option is gaining momentum,” he said. “I am not going to step back a bit. I am going to fight for the best public option.”

(Think Progress)
Obviously, Specter is far from a liberal, but he shows that he does not toe the repug party line, which explains why he left them, since they do not appreciate dissent.

on the offensive

Obama rips health insurance lobby as ‘deceptive,’ ‘dishonest,’ ‘bogus.’
(Think Progress)
We need tough talk from Obama - and even more, we need real action from him, as well.
Hoprefully, he will continue in this vein...

so much for bi-partisanship

Maddow and Olbermann respond to George H.W. Bush’s attack on them as ’sick puppies.’
(Think Progress)
And this was immediately after inviting Obama to speak at an event and calling for civility!

Friday, October 16, 2009

opposing racists is now racist!

Limbaugh whines that NFL is an outpost of ‘racism and liberalism.’

Hate radio show host Rush Limbaugh’s bid to purchase a minority stake in the St. Louis Rams failed yesterday, after players, a team owner, the head of the players union, and the commissioner publicly expressed concern about his joining the league based on racist comments he had made in the past. Today, Limbaugh addressed the controversy on his show, saying it was all a ploy by Democrats to villainize him and calling the NFL “outpost of racism and liberalism”:

LIMBAUGH: They [Democrats] have to have a villain to advance everything, because they cannot sell their ideas. They had to demonize me with false, fake, made up quotes. To protect their precious little — National Football League as an outpost of racism and liberalism, which is what it is.
But as Media Matters points out, NFL teams, owners, players and personnel gave overwhelmingly to GOP since 1989. Limbaugh fans are rallying behind him, with some proposing a boycott of the NFL. A RedState blogger strongly supported the hate radio host in a post titled “Tonight… We Are All Rush Limbaugh.”

(Think Progress)
And really - "tonight we are all Rush Limbaugh"?! Yeck!

Thursday, October 15, 2009


Romney adds to the absurdity

Romney: Public Option ‘Is Absolutely Death, I Think, Across This Country’
(Think Progress)
I certainly hope that if we finally get a real health care solution, that the Dems will remind everyone of the repugs' absurdly ludicrous statements...

completely nutz

Rep. Shadegg: ‘We’re getting full on Russian gulag, Soviet-style gulag healthcare.’
(Think Progress)
So now Obama plans to change our health care system to a concentration camp?
Even for these loons, there's no logic here.

2 part answer - "no" and "are you crazy?"

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

really - who thought this guy was a good spokesperson?

Steele: I’m The ‘Cow On The Tracks’ Trying To Block The Health Care Train
(Think Progress)
Or is he a Democratic plant just to make the repugs look even worse than they would otherwise?

selective memories at Fox

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

I actually had to check to see if this was real

Alternate Reality Reporting

For those who have followed the health care reform debate over the past several months, a moment of comic relief -- the lede from a Politico article by Carrie Budoff Brown:

In the health care reform debate, where playing nice has been the rule ...

Ummm ... what?

(Daily Kos)
What debate has this person been watching over the last 6 months or so?

and yet some people continue to deny reality

why should the Dems "scramble"?

Dems scramble after warning from health insurers
I guess the Dems now know that they need to put more cost container into the measure since the insurance companies are already planning massive cost increases, but other than that - which was needed anyway, why should Democrats "scramble"?
Does anyone think that the insurance companies are going to be truthful at this point?
More from Think Progress:
Insurance Industry Report Promises To Increase Premiums By 111% Under Health Reform

wait a minute - THIS administration's foreign policy is "radical"?!

Liz Cheney takes on 'radical' W.H.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney’s eldest daughter Liz will launch a new group aimed at rallying opposition to the “radical” foreign policy of the Obama administration which it says has succeeded only in undermining the nation’s security.
The new group, Keep America Safe, will make the case against President Barack Obama’s moves to wrench America away from Bush era foreign policy on issues from detaining alleged terrorists at Guantanamo Bay to building a missile shield in Eastern Europe.

“The policies being proposed by the Obama administration are so radical across the board,” Cheney said. “Whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat, you want the nation to be strong and so many steps this president is taking are making the nation weaker.”

Wow! Everyone else in the world is thrilled by the changes that Obama has made in foreign policy - to the point of him winning the Nobel Peace Prize - so maybe that is a "radical" change - compared to the war- mongering of bush, anyway.

And double-wow for this offensive quote:
“The Left has dozens of organizations and tens of millions of dollars dedicated to undercutting the war on terror,” said Kristol, a seasoned partisan warrior. “The good guys need some help too.”

So now war-mongers are the "good guys"?! What a wacko world these people live in!

Monday, October 12, 2009

and you think this is ok somehow?

"mount" attack? What have they been doing so far?!

Insurers mount attack against health reform
Of course the insurance companies do not want reform, but they should be the last people that anyone listens to on this issue!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

I'm days late on this one, but well worth watching

Keith Olbermann's Special Comment on Health Care
(via Daily Kos)
Olbermann has become one of the better spokespeople of our days. He is passionate, articulate and can be extremely humorous, when the situation calls for it.
This is a very personal story for him and it is heart-wrenching, especially when he tells of friends who are not as financially fortunate as him and their health care trials.

standing up to the repugs and remembering why Dems won

(Daily Kos)
Click on the link for 2 great videos of Democrat Alan Grayson remembering that he is a Democrat, that people voted for Democrats to change the system and calling out repugs and spineless Dems who are not listening to the American people.
We need way more Dems like this one!

certainly not a controversial statement

then it's time to step up to the plate

Obama Stands By His LGBT Nominees Under Attack From The Right: ‘I Will Not Waver In My Support’
(Think Progress)
I believe that Obama still supports the LGBT community, but it is time to stop stalling and take care of some of the simple steps such as repealing DADT and DOMA. These are politically popular ideas - there is no downside to doing this and he will receive a much needed boost from his most ardent supporters.

Gingrich complaining about repug obstructionism

typical repug

y'know, you would have more credibility if you could name one impeachable offense

Friday, October 09, 2009

beck thinks the Peace Prize should go to violent Anti-Americans

Beck: Obama should turn down the Nobel and give it ‘to the Tea Party goers and the 9-12 Project.’
(Think Progress)
Of course, he isn't being serious, but wow...
Wait a minute - beck's statement is that the tea partiers should get the prize for stopping Obama from achieving his goals in making the world more peaceful! So, he thinks a peace prize shoud go to anti-peace activists?!

yet another violent repug

classier republicans' repsonses

Pawlenty: The ‘appropriate response’ to Obama winning the Nobel is to say ‘congratulations.’
And Obama's statement:
“I do not view it as a recognition of my own accomplishments, but a recognition of the role of American leadership” in the world, Obama said in remarks moments ago. “To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures” who won in the past, he added. “I will accept this award as a call to action, a call to all nations to confront the common challenges of the 21st Century.”

(Think Progress)

i guess that it makes sense to hire a sexist to judge this pagent

Miss America pageant selects sexist Rush Limbaugh to judge its competition.
(Think Progress)
I guess this old-fashioned pagent requires someone who thinks like a 1950's conservative to judge it...

Obama wins Nobel Prize

President Barack Obama awarded Nobel Peace Prize.
The Nobel Committee announced early this morning that President Barack Obama has won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.” Obama has “created a new climate in international politics,” the committee said in its announcement, referencing Obama’s agenda to reduce the world’s nuclear stockpiles through international institutions, restart peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians, and build greater alliances with the Muslim world. The announcement was “a stunning surprise,” given that much of the agenda remains a work in progress. “Obama took office less than two weeks before the Feb. 1 nomination deadline,” and he was chosen over 204 other finalists. Thorbjorn Jagland, the chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, said the committee wanted to “enhance Obama’s diplomatic efforts so far rather than reward him for events in the future.” Obama is the third sitting U.S. President to win the award. “Woodrow Wilson was awarded the prize in 1919, after helping to found the League of Nations and shaping the Treatise of Versailles; and Theodore Roosevelt was the recipient in 1906 for his work to negotiate an end to the Russo-Japanese war.” (Jimmy Carter won the award after leaving the presidency, and former Vice President Al Gore won in 2007 for his work on climate change.)

(Think Progress)
I was surprised at this as well and I agree that though Obama has helped mend the wounds that bush created, he hasn't done nearly enough at this point in his presidency. Hopefully, this will spur him to continue his efforts and finish some of the out-standing projects that he has delayed tackling.

lying hypocrite

isn't it about time to move on from this ridiculously over-the-top rhetoric?

Broun calls Pelosi a ‘domestic enemy of the Constitution.’
(Think Progress)
I mean, really - this is just getting embarassing...

crying because American won't - and can't - forget what bush did to this country

Jeb Bush: The Country Needs To Put On Its ‘Big-Boy Pants’ And Leave My Brother Alone

This morning on Fox News, the Fox and Friends hosts and former Florida governor Jeb Bush joined together to gripe about the fact that the country won’t forget what President Bush did to the country for eight years. They said that since it’s already been a whopping 10 months, everything that’s happening is now basically the fault of the Democrats:

KILMEADE: It’s been 10 months. Should Leader Hoyer be looking backwards, and is he accurate?

BUSH: I was on the plane coming up to Washington yesterday, and I heard someone complaining that their child’s acne was because of George Bush. Of course, last week the Olympics didn’t come to Chicago — that was my brother’s fault. And at some point, people are going to have to put on their big-boy pants and assume responsibility for the great challenges and opportunities our country has. I don’t know how much longer leaders — responsible leaders in Congress — can continue to say these things.
No, President Bush is no longer in office making decisions. But Obama and Democratic leaders are forced to make many of their decisions based on what they inherited from Bush. Eight years is a long time, and the consequences of Bush’s actions didn’t disappear just because he went back to Texas. Ron Brownstein of the National Journal recently noted what the country is still dealing with, according to recent Census figures, after Bush’s two terms:

On every major measurement, the Census Bureau report shows that the country lost ground during Bush’s two terms. While Bush was in office, the median household income declined, poverty increased, childhood poverty increased even more, and the number of Americans without health insurance spiked. By contrast, the country’s condition improved on each of those measures during Bill Clinton’s two terms, often substantially.

(Think Progress)

Thursday, October 08, 2009

the perfect response

more reports of crazy right-wing violence and calls for violence

REPORT: ‘We Will Overthrow The Government’ — Calls For Violence Repeatedly Stoked By Conservative Voices
(Think Progress)
Can you imagine how fast someone would have been sent to Gitmo if anyone had said these things under the bush administration?!
These are scary, violent loons who are capable of anything. It's amazing what bigotry will produce.

i literally laughed out loud

O’Reilly to Bachmann: You ‘drive the far-left crazy’ because you’re ‘good looking.’
(Think Progress)
Wow - really?! That's why O'Reilly thinks that progressives think that Bachmann is certifiably insane? Nothing to do with her wildly insane statements?
She would simply be a laughable clown, except for the fact that somehow this lunatic got into a position of power and some other loons actually listen to and believe her wacked-out ramblings.


New Oklahoma law will publicy post details of women’s abortions online.

On Nov. 1, a law in Oklahoma will go into effect that will collect personal details about every single abortion performed in the state and post them on a public website. Implementing the measure will “cost $281,285 the first year and $256,285 each subsequent year.” Here are the first eight questions that women will have to reveal:

1. Date of abortion

2. County in which abortion performed

3. Age of mother

4. Marital status of mother(married, divorced, separated, widowed, or never married)

5. Race of mother

6. Years of education of mother(specify highest year completed)

7. State or foreign country of residence of mother

8. Total number of previous pregnancies of the mother

Live Births


Induced Abortions

Although the questionnaire does not ask for name, address, or “any information specifically identifying the patient,” as Feminists for Choice points out, these eight questions could easily be used to identify a woman in a small community. “They’re really just trying to frighten women out of having abortions,” Keri Parks, director of external affairs at Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma, said. The Center for Reproductive Rights is challenging the law, arguing that “it violates the Oklahoma Constitution because it ‘covers more than one subject’ — a challenge that previously worked to strike down an abortion ultrasound law.”

(Think Progress)
How can this possibly be legal?! WTF is wrong with Oklahoma?!

denying reality again

still another phony "controversy"

Coburn Ignores His Own Committee, Says We ‘Don’t… Have The Answer Yet’ On Legality Of Obama’s ‘Czars’
(Think Progress)
They really have to stretch to find anything - no matter how ridiculous - to find outrage in these days. This is so far-fetched that the repugs are having a hard time getting anyone concerned at all - especially since bush made his "czars" so famous. The repugs always hope that the American public has a really short memory, but this is a tough sell even for them.


it would help their cause if they had one impeachable offense

Notorious GOP Activist Starts Obama Impeachment Drive
(Huffington Post)
Unfortunately for them, you can't impeach a president just because you don't like him! He actually has to do something impeachable - of course, in bush's case, even that didn't matter at all.
These clowns are seriously deranged and have completely lost touch with reality.

how did someone this clueless get on the Supreme Court?

Justice Scalia Defends Cross On Public Land, Says It Represents Everyone
(Huffington Post)
Seriously - this is someone on the Supreme Court who can't understand a simple matter like this? This isn't exactly rocket science - it is pretty freakin' obvious!

exceeding expectations

Obama loan relief plan hits goal early

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration's mortgage relief program has hit its goal of helping 500,000 borrowers, almost a month ahead of schedule.

The government in July gave the lending industry a Nov. 1 deadline to meet that goal for the $50 billion program, which is designed to reduce foreclosures by lowering borrowers' monthly payments to more affordable levels. The lenders hit the government's goal on Oct 6, officials said Thursday.


Wednesday, October 07, 2009

but they never would have

Fox - proud to be Anti-American

Franken already doing good work

seriously crazy

how long is he going to have a job at Fox?

Fox’s Shep Smith Takes Down Fox News Talking Point On Public Option: ‘It’s Not A Government Takeover!’
(Think Progress)
This isn't the first time that this Fox employee has spoken the truth. Fox isn't going to like that!

because lies are all they have - the never-ending saga

couldn't happen to a "nicer" guy

amazing what getting rid of bush did

Global survey says U.S. rises to most admired country in the world.
(Think Progress)
I guess the world prefers a semi-ineffectual Democrat to a repug who was determined to bring about the end of the world!

that's sure a winning idea!

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

desparately trying to make Jesus a republican

typical repug hypocrisy

a judge actively involved in the proceedings? What a surprise!

repugs love their nazis!

GOP Senate candidate: My campaign is like fighting the Nazis in World War II.
(Think Progress)
When will people stop comparing every little thing to the Nazis? Besides being incredibly insulting, it is becoming ridiculous.

good for Apple!

it what conceivable way?

Kristol Compares Obama’s Olympics Pitch To ‘George W. Bush-Like’ Bullying
(Think Progress)
And since when are the conservatives decrying bush's tactics? They loved them for 8 years!

pissing off and disappointing the American public

Obama’s National Security Adviser won’t say when Obama will take on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
(Think Progress)
This is an absolute no-brainer that a vast majority of Americans are for and that would be an easy - and much-needed - political win for Obama.
If he won't even take on these absurdly simple and obvious issues, then there doesn't seem much hope for the bigger picture.
It's starting to look like the campaign rhetoric was all words - wish that he would actually do some of the stuff that he said he would do. There's no way that he will get a second term acting like this!

another repug scandal

Jon Kyl Refuses To Defend John Ensign In Midst Of Ethics Scandal

Late last week, the New York Times documented new ethics problems for Sen. John Ensign (R-NV). In an effort to cover-up an affair he was having with the wife of one of his top staffers, Ensign asked his corporate allies to give that aide — Doug Hampton — a lobbying job. Despite rules that prohibit congressional staffers from lobbying for one year after leaving their government position, Ensign nevertheless helped Hampton line up lobbying clients and then “repeatedly intervened on the companies’ behalf with federal agencies.”

Ensign “could be legally at risk” if he knew that Hampton was violating the one-year ban, or if he aided and abetted him in doing so. Law enforcement officials told the Times that the F.B.I. is “likely to open a preliminary investigation” into the new accusations to determine whether a full investigation is warranted. The FBI inquiry would take precedence over a Senate ethics inquiry.

This morning on CNN’s State of the Union, Senate ethics chair Barbara Boxer (D-CA) announced “there’s a preliminary investigation going on, and we will look at all aspects of this case.” When asked whether Ensign can continue to “serve effectively,” Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) — a member of the Senate Republican leadership — refused to lend his support to Ensign. We should simply “wait and see what happens,” Kyl said.

(Think Progress)

Jindal putting politics ahead of Louisiana

Jindal turns down $300 million in stimulus funds for high-speed rail.
(Think Progress)
I guess this project makes way too much sense and helping his constituents would be anti-repug, and obviously, it is party first!

criminally naive, or just plain lying

yet ANOTHER treasonous repug

DeMint Defiantly Leads GOP Delegation To Meet With Illegitimate Honduran Post-Coup Government
(Think Progress)
Do any repugs actually care about this country?
How is it that these traitors are not convicted of their anti-American acts?

And more on repug traitors from Rachel Maddow via Crooks and Liars:
The Rachel Maddow Show: Going Rogue

Monday, October 05, 2009

more anti-American repugs

VIDEO: Mission Accomplished For Conservatives Who Rooted Against America
Weekly Standard deletes reference to ‘Cheers’ in their office after Chicago lost Olympic bid.
Bush Administration’s Tourist Visa Policy May Have Cost America The 2016 Olympics
Conservative conference attendees erupt in cheers when the U.S. is eliminated as Olympics site.
(all from Think Progress)
Their insane Obama-hatred extends to treasonous and anti-American sentiments and wishes that this country fails in every way and in every endeavor.
People hated bush because he was destroying the country - the exact opposite of these sick repugs, who are hoping to destroy this country which, in their twisted minds, thinks will help them politically.
They truly hate this country and everything it stands for...why do they even live here?

showing again that repugs don't want Americans to be healthy

this is who the anti-reform people are working for

why would any woman be a conservative or a repug?

the repugs health care plan in a nutshell


Newsmax removes column that called for military coup to resolve the ‘Obama problem.’
(Think Progress)
The violent rhetoric just gets crazier and crazier....

what kind of "logic" is this?


let's freakin' do it then!