Monday, May 31, 2010

BP damage control (only on PR, not on actual damage)

how does this guy stay on the air?

Beck Accuses Jewish Social Justice Worker Of Advocating A New Holocaust
(Think Progress)
I mean, I know his schtick is to be as outrageous as possible, but c'mon. He really does cross the line of decency here.

and bush even managed to f'k that up

utterly vile

c'mon now - isn't this against the law?

Right-Wing Radio Host On NY Mosque: ‘I Hope Somebody Blows It Up’
(Think Progress)
This kind of right-wing incitement to violence really should not be tolerated. This is something that should cause someone to be removed from the airwaves.
Of course, I believe in free speech and he in entitled to think this and say it privately but promoting this level on violence from a radio show is something else entirely.

and another WTF?

this is truly crazy

Rand Paul Endorses Obviously Unconstitutional Plan To End Birthright Citizenship
(Think Progress)
I would think that even the nutcases would see obvious problems with this.
How far back would you have to go to determine who was a citizen then? Two generations? Three, more?

WTF? (again)

Ohio Radio Station Runs Contest To ‘Spend A Weekend Chasing Aliens’ In Phoenix
(Think Progress)
How could any marketer possibly have thought this was a good idea?



Rove Finally Admits That Bush Really Blew It During Katrina
(Think Progress)
Of course, Rove's analogy was completely off the mark, but funny how he is finally admitting how badly bush screwed up Katrina.

right-wing's violent rhetoric has consequences

Report: More than 113 Census workers threatened and attacked this month.
(Think Progress)
How anti-American do you have to be to not want an accounting of your populace?
These freaks are just nutz...

more right-qing bigotry

typical repugs

GOP won’t allow ideas to raise taxes on new site, but Hitler references and anti-Hispanic rhetoric are ok.

House Republicans launched a new website (America Speaking Out) yesterday to “listen” to Americans’ policy ideas in order to craft a new Party agenda. However, the site is not an open forum for just any idea. Project leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said the GOP will stick to its “principles” — meaning they won’t incorporate any idea they don’t already agree with. Moreover, the new site comes with some caveats. “Someone who wants to come on and make the suggestion on how to raise taxes, for example,” said Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL). “They are welcome to do that, [but] that’s not something that we are going to take up.” Also discouraged? “Suggestions on amnesty or a path to legalization for illegal immigrants and anything pro-choice.” However, it appears that references to Hitler are just fine. In addition to mentions of Hitler, the Washington Post’s Dana Millbank reports some other rather odd and offensive suggestions the GOP has allowed on America Speaking Out:

End Child Labor Laws,” suggests one helpful participant. “We coddle children too much. They need to spend their youth in the factories.”

“How about if Congress actually do thier job and VET or Usurper in Chief, Obama is NOT a Natural Born Citizen in any way,” recommends another. “That fake so called birth certificate is useless.” [...]

“Don’t let the illegals run out of Arizona and hide. … I think that we should do something to identify them in case they try to come back over. Like maybe tattoo a big scarlet ‘I’ on their chests — for ‘illegal’!!!” (Filed under “job creation.”) [...]

“I oppose the Hispanicization of America,” said one. “These are not patriotic people.” Another contributor had parody in mind (we hope): “English is are official langauge. Anybody who ain’t speak it the RIGHT way should kicked out.”

The Wonk Room’s Andrea Nill observes some other friendly suggestions on the website, such as: “Why support illegal immigration to bring this country down to the level of Mexcico [sic]? Whe [sic] to the Hispanics just go home?”

(Think Progress)

and still more anti-stimulus hypocrisy

gun lovers don't care about the consequences

but sex ed is a bad thing?

Gov. Bob McDonnell Brings The NRA Into Virginia Elementary School Classrooms
(Think Progress)
Why is it still ok to advocate violence to the young? I mean, I understand that if there are guns in the house then kids need to know to respect them and stay away from them, but this just seems a bit twisted.

this amount of hubris and lack of irony never fails to amaze me

Liz Cheney: 'We've Got a President Now Who Thinks That Saying Something Makes it So'
(Crooks and Liars)
How a Cheney can say something like this with a straight face just a year & 1/2 after the last administration is still incredible to me.

Friday, May 28, 2010

first baby step towards ending DADT

Congress moves to end ban on gays in military
Of course, we still have a long way to go since Congress moves painfully slowly, and of course, the repugs are freaking out and revelling in their bigotry, but at least we are finally - finally - starting to move in the right direction.

Hard to imagine what this country would be like if we actually had liberals in positions of power. This shit would have been done ages ago, along with many other important changes. Unfortunately, even a right-of-center moderate like Obama is reviled as a "far-left liberal", so I don't see this ever happening in my lifetime...

Sunday, May 23, 2010

isn't this kinda the job of journalism?

because the truth has a liberal bias

I know that reality makes him look bad, but so does denying it

when is Grayson going to run for president?

but, Palin says that the WH is "in bed" with big oil - so which is it?

Paul Calls White House Pressure On BP ‘Un-American,’ Says That ‘Sometimes Accidents Happen’
(Think Progress)
Besides the absurdity of saying "accidents happen" during the biggest man-made catastrophe in this nation's history, how can this guy complain about the pressure the WH is exerting on BP while at the same time Palin says that they've been to easy on them?

They really gotta get their stories straight...

and even more sick, violent repugs

cuz it's ok if you're a repug

they don't really think this through, do they?

for the sake of the kids, I sure hope so


Palin accuses Obama of being in bed with Big Oil
The "drill baby drill" baby accusing someone else of being tight with oil companies?! Yeesh!

Of course, her accusations are nonsense, but still we have to listen to this moron...When will her 15 minutes be over?

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

some things you are not free to do

yet another anti-gay repug turns out to be gay

How The Rekers ‘Rent Boy’ Scandal Could Undermine Prop. 8 Supporters’ Court Battle
(Think Progress)
I think at this point it would turn out to be news if one of these self-loathers turned out to be straight!

wishful thinking in the extreme


another "great" repug idea

thank goodness the governor is sane

typical repug


Alabama teacher uses a hypothetical assassination of Obama in lesson on ‘angles’ and ‘parallel lines.’
(Think Progress)
How can someone this sick and twisted actually be a teacher and not be fired for something this demented?
I don't care who he was talking about - asking students to contemplate an assassination is beyond the beyond. There is no way this person should keep their job.

an honest republican stating the obvious

Monday, May 17, 2010

what do they base this on?

NRA Members Echo Fiery Right-Wing Anti-Obama Rhetoric: ‘He Hates The Second Amendment’
(Think Progress)
Even though gun control hasn't even been on Obama's radar in his campaign or while he has been in office, this bizarre conspiracy theory continues to take hold. I know that Fox does their job in spreading this myth, but doesn't anyone ever look for themselves to see what reality is?

I guess that's a silly question...

sick bigotry

more lies about Kagan

Scarborough Repeats Debunked Claim That Kagan ‘Violated The Law’ While Dean Of Harvard Law
(Think Progress)
I can't even imagine how crazy the right-wingers would go if an actual liberal was ever nominated for anything...

yeah, cuz no way this woman deserves to win a beauty pagant

Right Wing Reacts With Rage To First Muslim American Miss USA: ‘An Odd Form Of Affirmative Action’
(Think Progress)
I certainly don't follow this, but first thing I thought when I saw her picture in passing was that an uncommonly pretty woman won for a change instead just another blond who actually looks air-headed...


even NRA members don't agree with the NRA

just wow...

Brit Hume Shrugs Off Oil Spill: ‘Where Is The Oil?’
(Think Progress)
The worst oil spill in our history and he asks this?

um no, not really

Palin urges other states to follow Arizona’s example on immigration: ‘We’re all Arizonans now.’
(Think Progress)
What a bizarre concept...
No, we're not all a bunch of racist assholes who favor police-state-styled actions....

more typical repug hypocrisy

and Perry thinks this is funny

Gov. Perry's temporary digs costs Texas big bucks
He's ok with bilking Texas taxpayers for his luxurious living while asking for cuts throughout the state's budget.
Typical repug...

how is this relevant in any way?

Should we ask if Supreme Court nominee is gay?
And why is anyone even asking something this trivial in 2010?

Sunday, May 16, 2010

just how crazy are these people?

repugs really lack maturity

Maine GOP Forced To Apologize After Convention-Goers Vandalize An Eighth-Grade Classroom
(Think Progress)
It's pretty bad when grade schoolers are giving repugs a lesson in maturity...

obstruct, obstruct, obstruct

ANALYSIS: The GOP’s Use Of Frivolous Sex And Porn Amendments To Kill Substantive Bills
(Think Progress)
This is all they have because the repugs know if the Dems are allowed to get things done, the American public will vote them in again.
This way, the repugs can claim that the Dems didn't do anything, even though it was due to the repugs...

good luck with that

insane bigotry

as usual, Obama making a common sense argument

Obama to Republicans: ‘You can’t drive!’

From holding up nominees to proposing frivolous amendments and gumming up committee hearings, the Republicans have tried nearly any tactic they could conceive to block progressive reforms. Last night, President Obama delivered a pointed and sharp political critique of Republicans. Employing a variety of metaphors to describe the GOP’s strategy of obstruction, Obama first likened Republicans to fussy supervisors. “We’ve got our mops and our brooms out here and were cleaning stuff out and they’re sitting there saying, ‘Hold the broom better, that’s not how you mop.’ Don’t tell me how to mop!” Obama said. “Pick up a mop!” The president then compared Republicans to bad drivers who once drove the car into a ditch and now want the keys back:

OBAMA: After they drove the car into the ditch, made it as difficult as possible for us to pull it back, now they want to keys back. No! You can’t drive! We don’t want to have to go back into the ditch. We just got the car out.

“You would have thought at a time of historic crisis that Republican leaders would have been more willing to help us find a way out of this mess,” Obama added. “Particularly since they created the mess.”

(Think Progress)

who can blame them

just because you're a homophobe doesn't mean everyone is

McCain has no credibility at all any more

Oklahoma really hates women

who could have possibly seen a backlash to bigotry?


how could anything go wrong with this?

yet another repug calling for violence against Dems

California GOP Candidate Wants To ‘Issue Hunting Permits’ For Conservatives To ‘Thin’ The Liberal ‘Herd’
(Think Progress)
What is up with the extreme violent rhetoric coming from the right? We certainly never had that when the repugs were destroying the nation, as much as they actually deserved it.
Fuckin' sick bastards...

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


no, it doesn't work that way

Boehner aide: 290,000 jobs created last month ‘despite’ Obama’s economic policies.
(Think Progress)
No, you can't admit that things have gone well with Obama's policies but say that somehow his policies weren't responsible.

Arnold gets it

more implied violence against Dems

Sunday, May 09, 2010

they don't need a real excuse - any made up nonsense will do in order to continue their obstructionism

Cheney lies again because the truth would invalidate her "arguement"

how petty is this?

and why would we want to continue this practice?

because they can't admit that Obama did something good

Pence and Boehner ignore Cantor’s claim that ‘job growth is always a good thing, period.’
(Think Progress)
I'm sure we'd be in even better condition if the stimulus hadn't been watered down to try to be "bi-partisan" by including repug proposals that did nothing to help the situation...

WTF is up with Florida?

another anti-woman proposal

Kansas lawmaker proposes levying sales tax on abortions.
(Think Progress)
This country is moving backwards so quickly that it is barely comprehensible. These anti-women bastards just make me sick...

I'm sorry, but 1000 conservatives does not a Woodstock make

The ‘Woodstock’ of Tea Parties planned for 9/11 anniversary.

Last year, the Tea Party movement gathered in Washington, DC for a widely publicized rally on Sept. 12. Fox News host Glenn Beck, the brains behind the march, implored people to attend by saying that they “may be the only thing that stands between freedom and slavery.” Instead of recreating the patriotic unity that characterized the country following the 9/11 attacks, protesters carried signs reading “Bury Obamacare with Kennedy.” This year, Tea Partiers have decided to just have a rally on Sept. 11:

An event described as the “Woodstock” of tea parties is planned for Sept. 11 at the Monona County Fairgrounds in Onawa in western Iowa.

Craig Halverson of Griswold, who is helping to organize the event, said supporters hope to attract at least 1,000 people from Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota and other states. He said they are inviting prominent conservative speakers and plan to have bands perform patriotic music.

The event will have a “Take back our country” theme, Halverson said.

Halverson added that “organizers don’t plan to spend the day reflecting” on the 9/11 attacks.

(Think Progress)


Why would conservatives want to have their own Woodstock - isn't that against everything they stand for? Or do they even stand for anything any more?

economy continues to improve

The U.S. economy added 290,000 jobs last month, 100,000 more than economists had predicted. The unemployment rate rose to 9.9 percent “mainly because 805,000 jobseekers — perhaps feeling better about their prospects — resumed their searches for work.” The jobs numbers in February and March were also revised to show stronger improvement than previously reported.
(Think Progress)
Latest Jobs Report Refutes Republican Claim That Stimulus Created Only Government Jobs
(Think Progress)

no shame and no principles

Thursday, May 06, 2010

inconvenient to their racist meme

repugs trying to re-write history again

Sens. Kyl And Roberts Pretend Republicans Never Embraced The Slogan ‘Drill, Baby, Drill’
(Think Progress)
Y'know, if you're weren't on the wrong side of every issue, you wouldn't have to back-track on every statement that you make...

typical repug

geez, I would hope so!

he's got gall, I'll give him that

Fox News Host Takes Down Rove’s Claim That Obama Administration Didn’t Respond Fast Enough To Oil Spill
(Think Progress)
Complaining about anyone's reaction to any disaster after bush stayed on vacation for a week after Katrina hit sure takes balls!

another self-loathing gay man

Anti-Gay Activist George Rekers Caught With Male Escort
(Huffington Post)
I really can't understand hating who you are that much...

Sunday, May 02, 2010

no kidding

"postpones", not "cancels"?


Gates To Congress: Don’t Repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell This Year
(Think Progress)
Why block such a winning strategy in an election year? Just dumb...

let's cut back on this absurd rhetoric

Gov. Brewer: ‘Arizona has been under terrorist attacks’ with ‘all of this illegal immigration.’
(Think Progress)
This kind of offensive and over-the-top rhetoric does not help the discussion at all...

good for baseball!

wouldn't this be mandatory after a disaster of this magnitude?

makes sense, if you're a repug


ridiculously petty

Conservatives Mock Pelosi For Airbrushed Magazine Shot, Stay Silent On Laura Bush’s Retouched Book Cover
(Think Progress)
Huffington Post actually mocked the Laura Bush photo, which I thought was inappropriately petty, as well. What does any of this have to do with politics?


why is this so difficult for them?

a republican who gets it

McDonnell: Idea of always ‘carrying papers’ reminiscent of ‘regimes’ that weren’t ‘helpful to democracy.’
(Think Progress)
Health care for everyone isn't comparable to Nazis, but this certainly is...

if he had answered this either way, he would have offended some of his base, so I don't blame him for shying away from this issue

Cantor Afraid To Say Whether He’s For Or Against AZ Immigration Law, Calls It ‘A False Choice’
(Think Progress)
But this is a conservative, repug issue, so he will have to talk about it eventually...

WTF has happened to this country?

REPORT: Following Passage Of Arizona Law, At Least Seven States Contemplate Anti-Immigrant Legislation
(Think Progress)
This type of thing would never have happened in the country that I grew up learning about. What has happened to America's ideals?

I'm sure that would be really popular

yet another McCain flip-flop

kind of a good idea, but I don't it takes anything this elaborate to make them look crazy

doesn't anyone remember "innocent until proven guilty"?

Arizona Sheriff Says He Won’t Enforce New ‘Racist’ Anti-Immigration Law
(Think Progress)
So, does everyone in Arizona now have to carry their birth certificate or whatever you are given when you become a citizen at all times? How absurd is that?

crazily offensive repug

violence in one form or another is their answer to everything

yeah, I can't see anything that could go wrong with this

because they only care about government take-over in their fantasies, not in reality

hardly surprisingWall Street giants are ‘giving most of their campaign donations’ to the GOP.

a little over the top, don't you think?

Mining lobbyist: ‘The president has parked his tanks on our front lawn.’
(Think Progress)
Considering the number of miners that have died because of the mining companies lax safety rules, they might want to hold back on the violent rhetoric.

playing catch-up

Life is crazy once again, so posting will be less than usual, but I am trying to play catch up today, but, as usual, will mostly be posting the highlights that I see from Think Progress...

hopefully, this will make Obama rethink his drilling policy

Oil spill grows, with little success stopping flow
How ironic is this that this happens just a week or so after Obama said that he would free up off shore drilling? I think this really is the gods trying to tell him to stop pandering to the repugs and start listening to his base. It would do his career a lot of good if he did! Not to mention the careers of the Dems who need a boost this November.
And, I would hope so:
Gulf spill spells uncertainty for new drilling

another NY terrorist attack

Car bomb scares Times Square but fails to explode
Hopefully, they will find the psychopath who did this and prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law - as long as the repugs don't object to a terrorist trial in NYC!

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Yep, Reid made Lowden say these things several times and even defend them

Sue Lowden’s barter remark attacked in ad; she blames Harry Reid for controversy
(Las Vegas Sun)
Way to take responsibility, Lowden...