Wednesday, December 30, 2009

wow...

repugs hate frivolous lawsuits unless they are doing them

APNewsBreak: 13 AGs threaten suit over health care
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Repugs will do anything to keep Americans from receiving health care...

Yemen trying to eradicate al-Qaida

Yemeni raid on al-Qaida hideout sparks gunbattle

SAN'A, Yemen – Yemeni forces raided an al-Qaida hideout and set off a gunbattle Wednesday as the government vowed to eliminate the group that claimed it was behind the Christmas bombing attempt on a U.S. airliner.

The fighting took place in an al-Qaida stronghold in western Yemen, haven for a group that attacked the U.S. Embassy here in 2008, killing 10 Yemeni guards and four civilians. A government statement said at least one suspected militant was arrested during the clashes.

"The (Interior) Ministry will continue tracking down al-Qaida terrorists and will continue its strikes against the group until it is totally eliminated," Deputy Interior Minister Brig. Gen. Saleh al-Zawari told senior military officials at a meeting in Mareb, another province believed to shelter al-Qaida fighters.

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when are we getting out?

well, I would freakin' hope so!

well, I would freakin' hope so!

I'm sure his constituents think this is a great idea

but it was magically different when bush was in office

Cheney Joins Hypocritical Attacks On Obama’s ‘Low Key Response’ To Failed Terrorist Attack
For the past few days, Republicans such as Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-MI), Rep. Peter King (R-NY) and former Bush adviser Karl Rove have been aggressively criticizing the Obama administration’s response to the failed terrorist attack on Christmas Day. “I’m disappointed it’s taken the president 72 hours to even address this issue,” said King on Monday. As ThinkProgress and others have noted, such attacks are supremely hypocritical considering that no Republicans complained when it took President Bush six days to comment on the similarly failed shoe bomber attack.

(Think Progress)
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It still amazes me that they are not even embarassed by their blatant hypocrisy.

WTF?

Madden defends GOP’s hypocritical attacks: Obama’s in Hawaii, which ’seems like a foreign place.’
(Think Progress)
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Logic doesn't even come into consideration in their arguments, does it?

only those who are trying to score political points by taking the comment out of context

Analysis: Many question 'system worked' comment
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Officials insist the assertion, made by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and White House press secretary Robert Gibbs Sunday on television talk shows, referred only to heightened security procedures scrambled into place after the incident.

They say it is being purposely taken out of context by partisans playing politics with near-disaster.

They note Obama ordered two reviews, of the nation's multilayered terrorist watch list system and of airport security procedures, something he clearly wouldn't do if he believed there were no flaws.

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Gawd, I hate modern politics and how the media will report this "some say" nonsense as stories when they are obviously partisan BS.

Of course, the fact that bush didn't put as much money into securing our airlines as has been recommended certainly plays a part here...

"rush"?!

GOP senator says Dems trying to rush TSA nominee
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"Rush"?! He was nominated in September and is universally considered to be qualified.
This is just more repug obstructionism and putting politics ahead of America's security, as usual.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

because the truth wouldn't get him back on Fox

oh that "liberal media"

Most frequent ‘Meet the Press’ guest in 2009: Newt Gingrich.

On Sunday, former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich was on NBC’s “Meet the Press” where he said he suspected that “every Republican running in ‘10 and
again in ‘12 will run on an absolute pledge to repeal” the health care reform legislation. The Washington Monthly’s Steve Benen points out that Gingrich has been the show’s most frequent guest in the past year:

[Sunday]was Gingrich’s fifth appearance on “MTP” just this year. In fact, Newt Gingrich, despite not having held any position in government for over a decade, was the single most frequent guest on “Meet the Press” in 2009 of any political figure in the United States. Literally.

From March to December, Gingrich appeared on “MTP,” on average, every other month. No one else in American politics was on the show this often. [...]

Keep in mind, “Meet the Press” didn’t have the actual Speaker of the House on at all this year. It also featured zero appearances from all of the other living former House Speakers (Hastert, Wright, Foley) combined.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has also appeared on more than a dozen Sunday talk shows this year even though he “is not president, he chairs no Senate committees, he represents two percent of the U.S. population, he lacks a strong constituency even among his own party.”


(Think Progress)

sick...

for the zillionth time, repugs placing politics over America's safety

Continuing his war on labor, DeMint blocks nominated TSA chief.

In the aftermath of the attempted Christmas airplane bombing, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) is unrepentant about his hold on President Obama’s nomination for the head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the division of the Department of Homeland Security that handles airport security. Obama nominated Erroll Southers — a former FBI special agent, the Los Angeles World Airports Police Department assistant chief for homeland security and intelligence, and the associate director of the University of Southern California’s Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events — to run TSA in September. Southers’ nomination was approved by two Senate committees, but DeMint has placed a hold on Southers “in an effort to prevent TSA workers from joining a labor union“:

Instead, the post remains vacant because Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) has held up President Obama’s nominee in an effort to prevent TSA workers from joining a labor union. DeMint, in a statement, said Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s alleged attempted attack in Detroit “is a perfect example of why the Obama administration should not unionize the TSA.”

DeMint claims unionization of TSA workers would give “union bosses” the power “to veto or delay future security improvements at our airports.” Officials actually concerned with passenger safety disagree with DeMint’s hold. “Friday’s terrorist attack on U.S. aviation makes it all the more imperative,” Marshall McClain, the president of the Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association, said, “that there be no further delays in filling this crucial position.”

(Think Progress)

Hopefully, Reid will come through though:

Reid Will Force Confirmation Of TSA Chief Back Into Motion

(Huffington Post)

Monday, December 28, 2009

this is so commonplace that I think it would be news to find a repug that was NOT doing it

we could only hope

Asked if GOP should campaign on repealing health reform, Mitch McConnell refuses to answer.
(Think Progress)
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This would surely be a winning proposition - for the Dems!

the lies are getting more and more outlandish

Mary Matalin claims President Bush ‘inherited’ the September 11th terror attacks.
(Think Progress)
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How do they expect anyone (over the age of 9) to believe this? This isn't exactly ancient history!

They are so desperate to defend bush that they will claim that his administration didn't ignore all of the warnings his was given from the Clinton administration (as well as his own) and that bush didn't allow this travesty to happen.

They are truly nuts...

on the attempted terror attack

guess that means there is something good in it

more from the obstructionists

Senate Fails To Confirm Some Of Obama’s Key Progressive Nominations
(Think Progress)
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Hard to believe that it's been a year and they still won't let Obama complete his administration.

repugs will do anything to screw over Americans

Will Obama Block Sen. McConnell’s Attempt To Dismantle Legal Services For The Poor?
(Think Progress)
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Obama had better step up on this one...

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Xmas!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

obviously, his home life can't be too good these days, so he doesn't care about others who are more well adjusted

John Cleese's version of the Night Before Xmas

From Crooks and Liars.
Good stuff, of course!

gawd forbid that children learn to take care of the planet

well, thank goodness

even without any government programs, this is still somehow "government-run health care"?

Conservatives Attack Health Bill Passage As A ‘Gift That Keeps On Taking,’ Threaten To Take Down X-Mas Tree

Early this morning, the Senate passed comprehensive health care reform legislation by a vote of 60-39 — with Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY) not voting — ending more than four weeks of acrimonious floor debate. “This morning is not the end of the process,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) reminded progressives dissatisfied with the Senate bill. “It’s only the beginning.” Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV), the longest serving federal lawmaker in U.S. history, cast his vote saying, “Mr. President, this is for my friend Ted Kennedy. Aye.”

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As CAP President and CEO John Podesta noted, health care reform “would extend health care coverage to a record 31 million Americans who are currently uninsured, bringing the total insured population to 94 percent.” However, every single Republican opposed the legislation. RNC Chairman Michael Steele immediately put out a statement blasting the legislation as a “gift that keeps on taking”:

This morning, as millions of Americans prepared to gather with their families in celebration of Christmas, President Obama and Harry Reid gathered with their liberal allies in celebration of government. Mr. Reid and company honored President Obama’s Christmas wish for increased federal control and passed their government-run health care experiment out of the Senate. [...]

As we move forward, America can look forward to watching Nancy Pelosi conduct the arm-twisting needed to convince her most liberal colleagues that the Senate version is the best Trojan horse possible to hide a true single payer system, which is what this debate has always been about. This Christmas, the Democrats and President Obama have given America the one gift that keeps on taking.

Conservatives have been aggressively trying to portray health care reform as an assault on Christmas and Christian values. Fox News even said that senators voting against reform are doing so because they understand “the true meaning of Christmas.” Today on the floor, Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO) said that Americans would be getting “a lump of coal” this Christmas. Apparently, this meme is catching on. TPM notes that today on C-SPAN, a caller — “Bunny” from Kansas — was so upset over the health care bill’s passage that she said she would be taking down all her Christmas decorations. “I have taken my Christmas wreath off my house. I have taken all the lights down,” she said. “This is supposed to be a nation under God, and it isn’t. They absolutely have ruined Christmas.”
(Think Progress)
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Despite all the capitulations to the repugs and removing anything remotely helpful from the bill, the repugs still think that somehow magically a "single payer" option is going to appear?
If only!

average repug hypocrite

to say the least

cuz it worked so well in Iraq

can't imagine why

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

because that's exactly the same thing...

they really don't understand the Constitution or the laws of our land, do they?

wackos

they can't give up their talking points, no matter how absurd

frightening

Gingrich: If GOP takes back the House, Bachmann would become a committee chair.
(Think Progress)
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Wow - giving a psychopath like Bachmann a committee chair?
Repugs really don't care for qualifications - or even sanity - do they?

sick SOB

Senate Republicans have agreed to end their filibuster of health care reform “early Christmas Eve morning, allowing for a vote on the package at 8 a.m.” Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) told the Oklahoman that “the vast majority” of Senate Republicans supported ending the filibuster in order to go home for the holiday. “We’ve had all the fun we’re going to have” debating the bill, said Inhofe.

(Think Progress)
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The repugs think it is "fun" to deny Americans health care - once again proving that they care nothing for the American public.

stating the obvious

Baucus: Not A Single Republican Senator Has The ‘Courage’ To Work Together To Pass Health Reform
(Think Progress)
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But that's because the repugs don't give a shit about the American people - only about politics.

doesn't sound like much of a loss

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

these people are sick and delusional

World Net Daily poll on what to get Obama for Christmas: an ‘arrest warrant’ and a ‘ticket back to Kenya.’
(Think Progress)
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Man, what would these nutz be doing if Obama was actually accomplishing what he said he was going to do instead of capitulating to the repugs and watering down every policy?
Obama has been painfully conservative in everything that he has done - what could they possibly want?

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

hardly surprising

Americans Judge The Bush Decade: ‘Awful’ And ‘Not So Good’
(Think Progress)
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I've come through this decade doing fairly well, myself, but it certainly has been mighty depressing overall and sad what bush did to our country. Hopefully, the next decade will be better - if the Dems can just bring themselves to do what they American people have asked them to do for a change...

how pompously insulting

CNBC’s John Harwood tells liberals to ‘lay off the hallucinogenic drugs.’
(Think Progress)
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Yeah, wanting a better America is equivalent to being on hallucinogens.
Maybe so since we have so many obstructionist repugs who hate the American public...

Go Franken!

Obama signs Franken’s anti-rape amendment into law.
(Think Progress)
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He's already been more productive than all of the obstructionist repugs put together.

improving Americans health is now "flipping the bird to the American people"

McCain is just a lying asshole these days

McCain hits Obama for failing to reach out to Republicans, while Snowe praises Obama for outreach.
(Think Progress)
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What happened to McCain? He used to be reasonable and now he spouting these easily disproven falsehoods for no reason other than to appeal to the fringe lunatics of his party.

WTF is this all about?

Top U.S. Commander: Women Who Become Pregnant While On Active Duty Face Jailtime
(Think Progress)
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This is like something from an Islamic fundamentalist, not from America. I certainly hope this is overturned immediately.

lying and extreme hyperbole

Matalin slurs health reform advocates as ‘health care jihadists.’

Yesterday on CNN, Republican strategist and CNN contributor Mary Matalin railed against Democrats for pushing forward with health reform efforts. “They’ve been on this jihad for 70 years, and they’re going to throw over all their competitive seats to do it,” she said, adding:

And I don’t know what kind of party that is. That leaves left in the Democratic Party the urban centers, this is tyranny of the minority. Two-thirds of the country don’t want this. And one-third of these jihadists, these health care jihadists do. I guess that’s how democracy in the Obama era works.

Moments later, she smeared the prior efforts to establish Social Security and Medicare as “entitlement jihads” as well.

(Think Progress)
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Besides the fact that at least 2/3's of Americans DO want health care reform, calling an attempt to improve the health of our nation a "jihad" is showing an extreme misunderstanding of what a jihad actually is.

Or else she's just a sick and twisted asshole...

sick wacko

Sen. Coburn: ‘People Ought To Pray’ That A Senator ‘Can’t Make The Vote Tonight’
(Think Progress)
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Great - encouraging people to pray that harm comes to a Senator so that the US cannot get health reform. What kindness!

only an idiot would think this was making a point of any kind

Drudge Report: ‘Obama Races Home For Blizzard’
(Think Progress)
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I hope that they just thought this was slightly humorous and not that this was a serious point...

Sunday, December 20, 2009

I can't imagine how a sane judge could consider this for a millisecond

Judge mulls pivotal issues in Kan. abortion trial

WICHITA, Kan. – A judge is weighing a critical legal question in the case of a man who confessed to killing one of the nation's few late-term abortion providers: Can the man claim at his trial that the slaying was justified to save the lives of unborn children?

Scott Roeder, a 51-year-old Kansas City, Mo., man, is charged with one count of premeditated, first-degree murder in Dr. George Tiller's death and two counts of aggravated assault for allegedly threatening two ushers during the May 31 melee in the foyer of the doctor's Wichita church.

District Judge Warren Wilbert has yet to rule on a bevy of court filings that will set the course for the Jan. 11 trial, and will consider some of them in court Tuesday. But the documents offer a glimpse at the unfolding legal strategies in a case played out amid the rancorous debate over abortion.

Since the killing, Roeder has confessed to reporters that he shot Tiller, while his anti-abortion allies have urged Roeder to present the so-called "necessity defense" in hopes that an acquittal could turn the larger debate over abortion in their favor.

"I choose this action I am accused of because of the necessity defense," Roeder told The Associated Press in November. "I want to make sure that the focus is, of course, obviously on the preborn children and the necessity to defend them."

If the judge rejects that defense, Roeder and his attorneys would not be allowed to make that argument to jurors at his trial. Similar efforts to use such a strategy in cases involving abortion-related violence have generally been banned — perhaps most relevantly at the 1993 trial of an Oregon woman accused of shooting and wounding Tiller.

Roeder, who has pleaded not guilty, confessed to the shooting on Nov. 9, telling The Associated Press he has no regrets for killing Tiller and suggesting the necessity defense should be the only contested issue of his trial. Roeder declined to say when asked if he would kill another abortion provider if he were acquitted.

The so-called "necessity defense" has rarely been successfully used in abortion cases. Roeder's attorneys — while arguing that their client has a right to present his theory of defense — have so far kept their own strategy secret.

Legal experts and others close to the case have suggested his public defenders may actually be aiming at a conviction on a lesser offense such as voluntary manslaughter — defined in Kansas as "an unreasonable but honest belief that circumstances existed that justified deadly force."

That would be an easier argument to make to jurors than a necessity defense, which is unlikely to win, said Melanie Wilson, a University of Kansas law professor. A necessity defense, also known as the "choice of evils defense," requires proof that the defendant reacted to an immediate danger, an argument that is undermined by abortion's legality.

"The defendant has a right to a defense and so if he can put forth evidence that shows adequate facts to support such a defense, well then he should be allowed to do so," Wilson said. "I suspect that is what the big fight is going to be at the motions hearing."

A wild card is Roeder's close relationship with Iowa anti-abortion activist Dave Leach, who has been separately crafting a necessity defense for Roeder — including writing motions that could be used if Roeder were to represent himself. Leach said the goal is to encourage states to criminalize abortion again or at least bolster a defense that would allow activists to block clinic entrances without fear of arrest.

"My strong conviction is that this case presents an opportunity, through education of both the public and the courts, to end abortion," Leach said.

Prosecutors want to block such notions, citing a criminal trespass case involving an abortion clinic in which the Kansas Supreme Court ruled that allowing someone's personal beliefs to justify criminal activity would be "tantamount to sanctioning anarchy."

Roeder's two public defenders responded that Roeder's case differs because trespassing at an abortion clinic is just a potential temporary interruption of the practice of abortion, whereas Roeder succeeded in shutting down Tiller's clinic.

If convicted of first-degree murder, Roeder faces a life sentence with the possibility of parole after 25 years. A conviction for voluntary manslaughter for someone with as little criminal history as Roeder could bring a sentence closer to five years if the judge follows state sentencing guidelines.

Roeder's public confession notwithstanding, prosecutors have overwhelming evidence against him — chiefly the eyewitnesses who identified Roeder as the shooter during a preliminary hearing in July. Legal experts say the prosecution will likely want to keep the case limited to a straightforward murder case and avoid a discussion of abortion.

"The defense would rather have it be a trial of abortion — particularly late-term abortion — and not a trial of the killing of Dr. Tiller," said Richard Levy, a law professor at the University of Kansas. "It is often a sound defense strategy to go after the victim."

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This sick and twisted, cold-blooded, violent murderer should never see light of day again. He won't even say that he won't murder again if he was ever let free!


How can any sane person defend this scumbag? He murdered an innocent doctor who was performing a much-needed - and very much legal - medical procedure and this maniac has caused irreparable harm to who knows how many women who can now not receive the doctor's medical attention.

Just f'k'ing sick...

Sunday Beagle Blogging


Just cuz I haven't gotten around to this for a long time!

notice that he didn't compare him to bush

McCain: Obama Created More Partisan Environment Than Bill Clinton

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) ripped into the president on Sunday for abandoning his pledge to foster bipartisanship in Washington, accusing Obama of creating a more toxic political environment than that which existed during the Clinton administration.

"In some ways, of course, yeah," McCain told Fox News Sunday when asked if the Obama White House was more partisan than Bill Clinton's. "At least under Hillarycare they tried to seriously negotiate with Republicans. There has been no effort that I know of -- of serious across the table negotiations -- such as I have engaged in with other administrations. And that was the commitment that the president made."

McCain, who squared off against Obama during the 2008 campaign, harped on two main issues: the deal the White House made with the pharmaceutical industry to secure its support of health care reform, and the fact that no C-SPAN cameras had been brought into Senator Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) office as the majority leader tinkered with the health care legislation.

"There has never been serious cross-the-table negotiations on any serious issue that I've engaged in -- and that I and others have engaged in -- with other administrations both Republican and Democrat," said McCain.

If blame for the partisan environment was to go mutually to Republicans as well as the president, McCain wasn't offering it. The Arizona Republican never mentioned the role played by the GOP (nor was he asked by host Chris Wallace) in overtly trying to derail health care reform. He was, however, asked if he had grown more conservative and combative in the 11 months since the election.

"I, unfortunately, have always been combative," he said, adding that's he's always been conservative as well.

(Huffington Post)
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And to think I once respected McCain....
Imagine what kind of offensive rhetoric would be flying around if Obama and the Dem had NOT capitulated to every repug whim on health care and weakened the bill to the point where it is almost not worth passing...
The repugs have won everything here and they are still bitching. They will only be happy if the can stop the Dems from doing any and everything that they want, not matter how watered down the repugs make it in the process.
Pretty sickening....

But, it is almost funny that he doesn't compare Obama's "partisanship" (in which Obama has constantly - and annoyingly - reached out to and capitulated to repugs on everything he has ever done) to bush, who just flipped off the Dems and shat on them every step and the Dems just said "thank you sir, may I have another"...

Saturday, December 19, 2009

a way to make evangelism work

what the hell is wrong with these nut cases?

we voted for change, not more of the same

Newt flip-flops on CO2 emissions

admitting the truth

Coburn Admits Republicans Are Just Trying To Kill The Bill: ‘The American People Want To Hear Us Say No’
(Think Progress)
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The repugs just don't want the less fortunate to have access to health care.
What a terrific Christmas sentiment! Even Scrooge wanted Tiny Tim to have health care!

I like the Germans!

After ‘Truth Squad’ Fizzles, Der Spiegel Reporter Tells Inhofe: ‘You’re Ridiculous’
(Think Progress)
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The absurd talking points don't work as well with other countries' media, who expect people to make sense and explain what they mean, and not just accept inanities.

once again, the repugs show their disdain and contempt for the troops

After Falsely Accusing Obama Of Politicizing The Military, GOP Filibusters Defense Bill To Kill Health Reform

Over the past few days, Republican senators have seized on a false story manufactured by a former Republican operative at The Weekly Standard. The unfounded rumor alleged that sources in the White House had told Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) to vote for health reform, or else the Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska would be closed. Using the story, Republican senators quickly accused the President of politicizing the military:

SEN. KIT BOND (R-MO): “The rumors out there, we haven’t confirmed it, but the rumor keeps coming back that he’s threatened to close a major air base in Nebraska. It is total blackmail. It’s the worst kind of Chicago politics.” [WND, 12/17/09]

SEN. BOB BENNETT (R-UT): “This would be one of the most outrageous demonstrations of presidential power I’ve ever seen.” [The Hill, 12/17/09]

LETTER FROM 20 GOP SENATORS: “We do not want to see the name of a base from our state on a BRAC list and think it has been put there to settle partisan scores.” [The Hill, 12/17/09]

Talking to reporters, Nelson blasted the phony story as “yellow journalism at its worst” that came from “inside-the-Beltway partisans who only want to derail health care reform.” But last night, in the middle of their own campaign to portray Obama as politicizing the military, Republicans performed a stunt of galling hypocrisy.

In order to obstruct health reform, Republican senators moved to politicize the nation’s national security by holding the Defense appropriations bill hostage. The Washington Post reported on this “unusual” tactic:

Senate Republicans failed early Friday in their bid to filibuster a massive Pentagon bill that funds the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, an unusual move designed to delay President Obama’s health-care legislation. On a 63 to 33 vote, Democrats cleared a key hurdle that should allow them to approve the must-pass military spending bill Saturday and return to the health-care debate. After years of criticizing Democrats for not supporting the troops, just three Republicans supported the military funding.

Explaining his opposition to military appropriations, Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) said bluntly, “I don’t want healthcare.”

In their desperate bid to kill health reform, Republicans are using the military as a political football. Not only are they making up a story about a nonexistent base-closure threat, but they tried to hold up the funding of the military as part of a cynical plot to slow the health reform debate.

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They have to lie about Obama, but their actual actions are truly despicable. They vote against funding our troops in a war just so that they can deny Americans health care. Wow! They truly hate the people they are supposed to be representing, don't they?

More from Crooks and Liars:
Yep. The 'Party of No' Blocks War Funding To Delay Health-Care Bill.
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Friday, December 18, 2009

guess he's actually sane

a blow to bigotry

WHAT?!

DeMint Laughably Claims Republicans Have Been Acting In ‘Good Faith’ To Improve Health Care Reform
(Think Progress)
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By obstructing every step of the way and stating flat out that they are trying to kill any bill that comes up?
THAT'S "good faith"?!
Wow....

WTF?!

Fox News: Ben Nelson Opposes Health Reform Because He ‘Understands The True Meaning Of Christmas’
(Think Progress)
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What a spectacular leap of "logic"!
Truly insane...

and the fact that he's a sexist asshole

why isn't this guy on Fox?

Matthews: The netroots ‘get their giggles from sitting in the backseat and bitching.’
(Think Progress)
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I know that occasionally he leans mildly left, but c'mon!
Markos from Daily Kos gets a chance to respond:
Ed Schultz Brings on Markos Moulitsas to Respond to Matthews Netroots Insult
(Crooks and Liars)

huh?

these obstructionist pricks are really making me sick

Thursday, December 17, 2009

I would really love to see some evidence of their accusations

Tea Party hires a plane with 100-foot banner reading ‘OBAMA STOP DESTROYING OUR COUNTRY’ to fly over DC.
(Think Progress)
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I mean, I know that Obama is not fulfilling his campaign promises that a majority of Americans want, but I don't see how he is "destroying our country", especially considering the destruction that bush wrought.

but repugs think that there shouldn't be any regulation

Blue Shield of California threatens to revoke the coverage of customers who miss a single payment.
(Think Progress)
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But now BS is backtracking due to bad publicity and media attention:
Blue Shield of California reverses course on its cancellation policy.
(Think Progress)
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Good job, Think Progress!

they can't argue on merits so they obstruct

this guy loves being in the spotlight - even though it's for being an asshole who should be run out of office

showing that our actual liberal media is making a difference

Dick Armey sneers at ‘a woman named Maddox’ who ‘has a Ph.D. in something that doesn’t matter.’

During today’s AFP-sponsored “Code Red” anti-health reform rally on Capitol Hill, one of the speakers — former House Majority Leader and current corporate defender Dick Armey — derided MSNBC host Rachel Maddow. Armey was prepared to introduce Sen. Tom Coburn (whom he bizarrely referred to as “Doc Colbin” a couple of times), but Coburn wasn’t there yet. So instead, he told a story that was a shot at Maddow:

ARMEY: The last time [Coburn] and I were together, I had the amazing opportunity to watch him receive a lecture on health care from a woman named, uh, uh, uh, “Maddox.” A television personality. Who I’m told has a Ph.D. in something that doesn’t matter. Who knew she was qualified to lecture the good physician on health care in America because she had actually gone to a doctor once.
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For the record, Maddow is a Rhodes scholar and an Oxford Ph.D. in political science. Her doctoral thesis was titled, “HIV/AIDS and Health Care Reform in British and American Prisons.” (Armey has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Oklahoma.) Armey is apparently referring to a Meet the Press roundtable that he sat on with Maddow and Coburn this past August. During that segment, Maddow took Coburn and Armey to task for condoning the “threats of violence” in the course of the heated health care debate.


(Think Progress)

these people are truly crazy

Kentucky Tea Partiers Tell Sen. Bunning’s Staff Of Their Concerns About Fascism, Muslims, And Taxes

Today, Americans for Prosperity, the right-wing group founded by oil billionaire David Koch and run by astroturf lobbyist Tim Phillips, organized a “Code Red” lobbying day to “kill” health reform before a vote by Christmas. The organizers of the event are busing people in from as far as North Carolina and New York to listen to speeches from Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), and conservative radio host Laura Ingraham. Following the rally, protesters are expected to visit Senate offices to “pretend to die from our untreated illnesses and collapse on the floor.”

Earlier in the day, a small group of tea party activists went to the Senate office buildings to plead their case. ThinkProgress went with the delegation from Kentucky to visit Sen. Jim Bunning’s (R-KY) office. Despite the fact that Bunning’s staff told them that the senator would speak directly with them, the tea partiers were met by legislative staffers who listened to their impassioned grievances.

In the conference room, the very first protester to speak said that if the country dissolved, he would move to the first state that seceded. After his speech, fellow protesters began giving their views about fascism, the President’s birth certificate, and ways to avoid paying taxes. Some highlights of the concerns they raised while waiting for the senator and then in the conference room:

– “But the bottom line is Obama needs to resign and go join a liars club.”

– “We’re going to take from you and we’re going to give to those who don’t work. And on the other side of the coin, Adolf Hitler said the same thing.”

– “We have a lot of people who are ‘birthers,’ but if the President was a legal resident and he has documentation, if he were an honorable person and aboveboard, I think the first thing he would do is say, ‘Here it is.’”

– “Yeah, but then he went to the Middle East and all the Muslim countries and when he spoke he admitted he was a Muslim. He said the most beautiful sound he ever heard was the call to prayer, and he was speaking Arabic also.”

– “How can we withhold our taxes?“


(Think Progress)

more Beck bigoted rhetoric

WTF?

do they really think that we've already forgotten bush's presidency? (as if we could)

Perino: It’s ‘Demonstrably False’ To Say ‘Bush Was Too Triumphant In His Rhetoric’ About War
(Think Progress)
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The repugs' attempts to re-write history - recent history, in fact - is pathetic and ridiculous.
All they have is lies....

a "great" idea during a recession (or anyime, really)

Fox News’ New Idea For Fighting Unemployment: Decrease The Minimum Wage
(Think Progress)
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At a time when we are trying to stimulate the economy, they think that this is a good idea?!
What world do these clowns live in?

but it doesn't matter because they won't argue about the facts anyway

Monday, December 14, 2009

heartless

repug bigots at it again

this failed when the market was doing well - does he really think this is a good time to bring this up again?

climate deniers may destroy a country

amazing that this kind of "debate" can still go on

amazing that many members of Congress don't seem to understand our Constitution

I hope that they run on this platform so that every voter knows that the repugs want to take away their health care

Gingrich’s New Contract With America: ‘Our Commitment Should Be Simple…We’re Repealing’ Health Care
(Think Progress)
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Of course, the "reform" that we look like we'll get (if anything at all) will probably be negligible anyway, so it might not make a difference....

funny

that's an effective argument!

yeah, I'm sure they were "missing"

Bush E-mails Found: 22 Million Missing E-mails From George W. Bush White House Recovered
(Huffington Post)
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What a shock - they lied about another cover-up!

hardly surprising

Bush's Birth Control Policies Fueled Baby Boom In Africa
(HuffingtonPost)
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Yeah, abstinence really works, doesn't it?

WTF?

White House To Reid: Cut A Deal With Lieberman

Politico reported Monday afternoon that the White House is urging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to cut a deal with Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) to pass health care reform.

The White House is encouraging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to cut a deal with Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), which would mean eliminating the proposed Medicare expansion in the health reform bill, according to an official close to the negotiations.

But Reid is described as so frustrated with Lieberman that he is not ready to sacrifice a key element of the health care bill, and first wants to see the Congressional Budget Office cost analysis of the Medicare buy-in. The analysis is expected early this week.

The White House has denied the report. Senior communications adviser Dan Pfeiffer told Greg Sargent:

"The report is inaccurate. The White House is not pushing Senator Reid in any direction. We are working hand in hand with the Senate Leadership to work through the various issues and pass health reform as soon as possible."

Senate Democrats are holding an unusual caucus meeting at the White House on Tuesday.

Lieberman told Reid this weekend that he would vote against the reform legislation in its current form, objecting to a provision that would expand Medicare. Lieberman backed a Medicare buy-in proposal when he ran for vice president in 2000.


(Huffington Post)
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Hopefully, this is not true, because if so, Obama is guaranteeing that he will not be re-elected if he continues to act like this...
This is just becoming a major pisser - WTF is wrong with the Dems?

Friday, December 11, 2009

and yet repugs claim that there is not a problem...

why would either party agree to this?

Sarah Palin To Speak At A Fundraiser For A Socialist Canadian Hospital
(Think Progress)
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Of course, Palin would do this for the money, but why would the hospital want this nut associated with them?

more crazy repug violent rhetoric

not exactly clear on the concepts

Right-wing activists demand that Rep. Periello move office to make protesting him easier.
(Think Progress)
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Do they really think that "ease of protest" is a requirement of our elected officials?

unfortunately, there is more than enough to show

apparently, Obama has decided that he does not want two terms

2nd bombshell of the afternoon. White House shuts down Senate health care debate in effort to kill drug importation amendment on behalf of Big Pharma

(Americablog)
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I don't know how anyone can ever think that this administration is the least bit liberal. If Obama was a republican, he'd be considered - at the minimum - to be well right-of-center....

this isn't going to be any kid of "reform" at all, is it?

truly crazy climate denier

"The number of people being killed by this misplaced belief in climate change is, if anything, greater than the number of people killed by Hitler."


"The number of people being killed by this misplaced belief in climate change is if anything greater than the number of people killed by Hitler." - Viscount Monckton, the chief architect of climate change denialism.

He also said that young people who are pro climate change are akin to the Hitler youth. "I don't care whether the Hitler youth thought they were doing the right thing. I don't care whether the Hitler youth of today think they're doing the right thing. The consequences in both cases are deaths of people that we don't care about as much as we should."

This is who is leading the battle against climate change. We have a far larger problem than the fact that some people are denying climate change. Conservatives in this country have taken to a rather disturbing extremism that embraces McCarthyism (labeling everyone a socialist and a Maoist, and doing it with a straight face), and literally believing that climate change advocates are worse than Hitler - not just making the dumb comparison, but actually believing it. These people are certifiable. And dangerous. And they're the intellectual leaders of today's Republican party. And at some point, the Republicans are going to be back in office, with these people guiding them. And then we're all in trouble. (Oh, and this wasn't the first time he's done this. Here's some great video of when he did it previously, and accused a Jewish kid of being like Hitler youth.)


(Americablog)

can't hardly blame her

SC first lady files for divorce from cheating gov
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I would be surprised if she did stay with him after he publicly called another woman his "soul mate" multiple times.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

forcing their religion on innocents

how is this possible in this day & age?

Atheist May Be 'Not Eligible To Serve' In North Carolina
(Huffington Post)
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It's kinda sick that this unconstitutional law ever existed but for it to exist in 2010 is insane.

ridiculousness incarnate

s&m pervert has a weird definition of "deviate"

Rod Jetton Opposed Repeal Of Laws Against Gay Sex, Calling It "Deviate Sexual Intercourse"
(Think Progress)
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Apparently, beating women is fine, but gay sex is not...
Why are repugs all so sickly violent?

I think Grayson should run for president!

Hardball: Democrat Alan Grayson Tells Dick Cheney To STFU
(Crooks and Liars)
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I'd sure vote for someone this right-on and outspoken!

bizarre and ironic in many ways

The title of John Gibson's new book attacking liberals suggests the Swift Boaters are liars, too

John Gibson has a new book out hilariously titled How the Left Swiftboated America: The Liberal Media Conspiracy To Make You Think George Bush Was The Worst President In History, and he was touring his old haunts at Fox News yesterday -- first at Fox and Friends and then with Bill O'Reilly -- pitching it and showing off his Kewl New Look (like the goatee?).

His chief line: "They lied through their teeth!"

He meant the evil liberals who are tearing down poor George W. Bush's legacy, of course.

It should be entertaining to see how Gibson manages to translate "openly discussing Bush's actual record" -- from his manifest failures with Katrina to the destroyed economy -- into "lying through their teeth," but Gibson no doubt hired the best propagandists money could buy to ghost-write his book.

But the title is especially interesting in this context, because it's obvious now that Gibson equates "Swiftboating" with "lying through your teeth".

What's interesting about this is that, back in 2004, when the Swift Boat folks were appearing on Fox News en masse in real time and in fact lying through their teeth, John Gibson actually told his viewers they were telling the truth.

Not only that, Gibson attacked other media outlets for failing to run with the Swift Boat stories. He also carried "news" reports treating the Swift Boaters as credible sources.

So who was lying through their teeth back then, and who's doing it now? We suspect that John Gibson hasn't any idea how to distinguish them -- but he does know how to write a book that will sell red meat on the right-wing talk circuit.


(Crooks and Liars)
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Besides the irony in the title, bush hasn't even been gone for a year - does he think that we have forgotten already that he was the worst president in history? We're still feeling the effects of his failed presidency - it's a little too early to try to convince us that the reality we're living in isn't real!

how hilarious would this be?

Palin Refuses To Say If She’d Debate Gore On Climate Change: ‘It Depends On What The Venue Would Be’
(Think Progress)
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The pathetic, mindless princess against Gore? Wow! I think plenty of people would pay to see that!

c'mon now!

Republicans now arguing that the Senate health care bill isn’t long enough.
(Think Progress)
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The repugs are just taunting the media to call them on their bullshit at this point.
Unfortunately, we know that our "liberal media" will never do that.

unfortunately, congress doesn't care what we want

Poll: Strong majority of Americans still ‘favor’ a public option.
(Think Progress)
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They will "compromise" everything away just to please the repugs and their corporate masters...

yeah, that will be really popular

do people really not remember what Hitler actually did?

Activists Decried As ‘Hitler Youth’ For Crashing Americans For Prosperity’s Global Warming Event In Copenhagen
(Think Progress)
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It's really time to stop comparing everyone in the world to Hitler and Nazis....

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

how nice of him

why does anyone still listen to this Dick?

Dick Cheney tells Hannity that Obama is more 'radical' than he first surmised, is 'aiding and comforting' the enemy
(Crooks and Liars)
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How anyone can believe that Obama is anything other than center-right after his first year in office is astounding to me.
He is so far from "radical" that it is almost pathetic and it is certainly a detriment to this country that he isn't more "radical" - to which repugs mean "agreeing with 90% of the American public".

ACORN innocent, but videographers may be guilty

cuz talk is cheap and gawd forbid they did something constructive

a big differnce in administrations - this one doesn't blatantly lie

how did so many wacko conspiracy theorists get elected?

progress

why does the media give credence to morons?

is Michael Steele 10 years old?

Michael Steele ducks a debate with Donny Deutsch: ‘Whatever, whatever. Next question.’

Speaking on the Senate floor earlier this week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said the GOP obstruction to health care reform reminds him of similar obstruction that played out during the civil rights debate. The GOP has used Reid’s comments to manufacture a faux media controversy. On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, co-host Mike Brzezinski called Reid’s remarks “unfortunate.” Her guest, RNC Chairman Michael Steele, said Reid needs to “check himself” and ripped him for being “out of touch,” “clueless,” and “ignorant.” But when MSNBC’s Donny Duetsch challenged Steele to defend his criticisms, Steele offered this weak and childish response:

DEUTSCH: I’m still trying to understand why the analogies he’s made are wrong. Obviously, the issue here is that any great change throughout history has the naysayers saying “it’s not time, it’s not time.” So why was that an irrelevant analogy?

STEELE: I won’t even dignify that with a response.

DEUTSCH: What do you mean, dignify? It’s a question, it’s a genuine question.

STEELE: Next question.

DEUTSCH: It’s a genuine question.

STEELE: Next question. Come on. I’m sorry, sir. I’m not going to sit here and say it’s an appropriate comparison to slavery.

DEUTSCH: He’s not. He’s comparing it to dramatic change, and the naysayers to change.

STEELE: Whatever, whatever. Next question.

DEUTSCH: That’s a great response. Very, very intelligent, brave response.

STEELE: It is. As was your question.


(Think Progress)

apparently, now you cannot be a repug without being an extreme conservative

even though his state has been reaping benefits from it

I thought that Fox now had a "zero tolerence" for these kind of mistakes

another viable alternative

obstructionism is all they have - the new never-ending saga

funny

hardly surprising

now let's do something about it

preparing us for another disappointment

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

saner minds prevailing - at least for now

Monday, December 07, 2009

i liked this


From Pharyngula - you can get Xmas cards made of this, also!

Saturday, December 05, 2009

this is disappointingly f'k'd up, coming from a Dem

the law doesn't matter to them

has he forgotten already?

Hatch: If GOP Controlled Government, We Would ‘Get This Country Under Control’
(Think Progress)
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Most of us can remember to a year ago when they controlled the government and for the 8 years before that when they almost destroyed this country completely and the effects of their governing is still being felt by us and we are still trying to get over it!
Not a very smart argument, but, as usual, they are hoping that the people who are listening are not very smart as they have such a low opinion of Americans...

that's practical advice for tens of millions of people

is it because these cities aren't part of his "real" America?

it's only bad when it is used against her

because repugs don't let a little thing like facts get in their way

well, except for pretty much ever other developed nation, that is

I'm pretty sure that Jesus never spoke about an estate tax at all, if I recall my Bible correctly

determined to shrink themselves into irrelevancy

REPORT: At Least 40 GOP Lawmakers Fail A Principle Of The ‘Purity Test’
(Think Progress)
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(Old news, but I posted this to the wrong place previously!)

you mean OTHER than the biggest one in this nation's history?

Dana Perino: 'We Did Not Have A Terrorist Attack On Our Country During President Bush's Term'
(Huffington Post)
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(Old news, but I posted this to the wrong place previously!)

Thursday, December 03, 2009

I guess because everyone knows that repugs are hypocrites, so why should anyone even bring it up?

yeah, maybe so...think anyone will?

good for Sweden

funny how repugs' opinions change when they are no longer in power

because they don't have any real ideas

so we need to stay there for "centuries"?

GOP congressman opposes timeline because Afghanistan extremists ‘wait centuries to get even.’
(Think Progress)
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What kind of "logic" is this? Or even what kind of argument does he think this makes?

blindingly obvious, but someone has to dispute the repugs' lies

as well they should

Democrats threaten to bypass GOP health bill changes
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Considering that the repugs have flat-out stated that all they want to do is delay and obstruct any real reform, the Dems should ignore them and just get things done, as the American people want and that would help our deficit as well as our health care system.

As an example of their obsturctionism:
“Republicans will stay until Valentine’s Day,” said Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, chairman of the Senate Republican Conference. “We know of no more important issue in this country than defeating this legislation.”

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They're not even pretending to be negotiating in good faith. They just want to stop the Dems for enacting a popular program.
This is their priority - defeating health care reform and the advantages that will bring to the American public. This is more important to them that anything else, because they know that this is a winning issue for the Dems and if they can stop the Dems from suceeding, it will help the repugs in the 2010 elections. They'll claim that the Dems weren't able to do anything while they were in power, even though the repugs obstructed everything that they tried to accomplish.