Saturday, February 06, 2010

Whoooooosh! . . . . . . . . .

This has to be a good omen.

Sarah Palin's campaign against the derogatory usage of the word "retard" collided with her campaign to maintain her popularity with conservatives today, with confusing results.

Gee! Never thought I'd see the words 'retard', 'Palin' and 'confusing' used in the same sentence of a mainstream news story about the Wasilla Quitta. Will wonders never cease! Lol.


Meeting of the minds -- one small, one not so small . . .

There was a lot of static in the blogosphere air this past week about Jon Stewart of Comedy Central's The Daily Show strolling in to enemy territory and doing a 2 night sit down interview with Fox's Bill O'Reilly.

True to form, Fox edited and cut the interview in a feverish, yet fruitless effort to make big head O'Reilly appear as if he held his own in the back and forth intellectual fisticuffs with Stewart.

Fortunately Fox posted the entire, unedited interview on their website and some enterprising bloggers downloaded it and excerpted the exchanges that didn't make it on the air for the Fox zombie viewers to see.

Here's a clip with a couple of those exchanges:

Now you know why Fox decided to leave those portions of the interview on the cutting room floor. I highly doubt that a Dick Cheney interview would get the same judiciously abridged treatment. For Fox it's all about controlling the message to their sheep.


Teabaggers Inc. - A soon to be wholly owned subsidiary of the GOP

From the never would have guessed it department:
In a bid to advance the tea party movement from holding rallies to holding office, the leaders of the anti-establishment groups announced a new political organization Friday that they say will "endorse, support and elect" conservatives across the country.

I honestly cannot fathom how anyone who pays studious attention to this stuff was wholeheartedly of the belief that the Teabagger movement was truly a genuine "grassroots" movement that transcended both party and ideology. If you were of that belief, I can only surmise you are either a disingenuous tool or a clueless clod.

To reduce it to it's base element - the Teabaggers are simply fucking pissed, to the detriment of their own mental health, that the skinny Democratic mulatto from Chicago pummeled the war hero and his fundamentalist, hockey mom sidekick in the last election. That's it kids. That is the unadulterated, uncomplicated genesis of Teabaggerdom.

"But krazee!" some will say, -- "the Teabaggers are America loving patriots who just want the best for their country!" And to that woeful plea I would respond politely but firmly in quoting the inimitable Colonel Sherman Potter -- "Horse Hockey!"

The same people that are currently running around with Obama is Hitler, Obama is a commie, Obama is a Muslim foreigner, Obama wants to tax you to death, and Obama wants to kill your grandpa and grandma signs are the same fucking people who stood by silently during the first 8 years of the new millenium wearing their made in China American flag lapel pins, waving their made in Taiwan mini-American flags and blissfully watched and cheered as Bush, Cheney and the GOP rat-fucked this country into it's present state of dysfunctional impotence.

So yeah, even though I'm just as pissed as the next guy at what's happened to our economy and a host of other issues, call me a cynical bastard for not having an iota of interest in hitching my wagon to the Teabagger mule team. The bottom line is that all available evidence at this juncture indicates that the leadership ranks of these Teabagging assklowns are in it for themselves and they are nothing more than a bunch of soulless, hateful, closet John Bircher foot soldiers in servitude to the destructive, regressive, and hopefully some day in the not too distant future, irrelevant movement they represent --- right wing conservatism.

Prove me wrong...

...if you can.


Friday, February 05, 2010

Sarah, Sarah, au contraire-ah . . .

Andrew Sullivan writing in The Atlantic with krazee's observation in [brackets and italicized]:

Did she really just call for Rahm Emanuel to be fired because he allegedly used the term "fucking retarded" to refer to fellow Democrats in a private meeting? Last summer? Did she really?

[Haha! Yes Andrew she did. I know - fucking amazing huh?]

I don't like the term myself. I think it is offensive. I think Rahm Emanuel is offensive. But at least he's real. And he has now apologized. And at least he used the term metaphorically.

[Precisely the point - but don't expect the conservatards (oops, now I need to apologize!) to think that deeply about it.]

Palin, in contrast, called her own campaign prop "her retarded baby" in private, according to an eye-witness account from the father of her own grandson who lived in her house for months and knew her intimately. "I was just in shock the first time I heard it," Levi Johnston told CBS. Unlike Sarah Palin, Johnston has not been caught in multiple indisputable lies. I believe him over her. In fact, in any factual dispute, I believe anyone over her.

[The mainstream media is terrified to call Palin out on her bullshit and lies. Terrified of the conservative media and Limbaugh backlash on one hand but also fearful of alienating the media cash cow/bride of Frankenstein they've created.]

Just saying . . .


Thursday, February 04, 2010

The Zen of Dumb . . .

Glenn Beck thinks too hard and pops his pea-sized brain like a zit:

BECK: This is when he changes his name. He changes his name from Barry -- because he's trying to fit in as Barry. Then he meets Frank Marshall Davis. He then changes his name to Barack. Why? To make a statement. And to fit in.

Ummm -- just one tiny problem with your blindingly brilliant thesis there Glenn - you stupid fuck - Barack is Obama's birth name. Barry was a nickname he picked up during childhood and into his teen years. He never "purposefully" changed his name from Barry to Barack. But why ruin a good, lying Teabagger/Birther narrative - eh?

My muted appreciation of what attracts the lizard brains to Glenn Beck grows exponentially by the day.


The Rude Pundit

The Rude Pundit deftly summarizes what happened when our adult President decided to have an adult conversation with some immature, snotty Republican brats.

The Pleasures of a Presidential Pimp-Slapping:
The Rude Pundit is a bit late to the comment party about President Barack Obama's splendiferous showing at the GOP House Issues Conference last Friday, and he's not going to parse the whole damn thing. It was truly a beautiful moment, and the Rude Pundit masturbated so furiously to it that the chafing left his cock unable to be touched all weekend. It wasn't gleeful, fun self-pleasuring. Instead, it was the kind of desperate jacking off one might do to one's porn stash before getting rid of it because one's lover doesn't want you to keep it anymore. He didn't know when he'd get that chance again. So while the Rude Pundit's weary of trying to figure out what the fuck Obama is up to (getting rid of NASA programs? Really?) he wants to make one observation that may not have been explored in the mass orgasm on the left over Obama handing Republicans their asses and telling them to smell their own farts.

What Obama did was to show the GOP House members a respect that they have failed to show him. He treated them like grown-ups, not the worthless obstructionist bags of shit they are. In essence, he gave them a shot, on their terms, at trying to take him down. And they couldn't do it. In simple terms, he was rubber, and they were glue, motherfuckers.

Indiana's Mike Pence opened his question with a reminder that "House Republicans said then we would make you two promises. Number one, that most of the people in this room and their families would pray for you and your beautiful family just about every day for the next four years. And I want to assure you we're keeping that promise." You got that? The first thing the Republican hosting the meeting wanted the President to know is that almost all of them ask God to look over the Obamas. Or, more likely, Jesus may save, but we wanna kick your ass. So at a political gathering, the first thing invoked is mass prayer for Obama. That's some creepy shit. For what fucking purpose? To absolve Pence from being a lying asshole, which he immediately was?

Pence looked like he was going to vomit, though, when Obama immediately took his question and, instead of playing nice, ripped off Pence's arms and beat him in the head with them. Talking about the stimulus, Obama replied:

"The package that we put together at the beginning of the year, the truth is, should have reflected -- and I believe reflected what most of you would say are common sense things. This notion that this was a radical package is just not true. A third of them were tax cuts, and they weren't -- when you say they were 'boutique' tax cuts, Mike, 95 percent of working Americans got tax cuts, small businesses got tax cuts, large businesses got help in terms of their depreciation schedules. I mean, it was a pretty conventional list of tax cuts. A third of it was stabilizing state budgets.

"There is not a single person in here who, had it not been for what was in the stimulus package, wouldn't be going home to more teachers laid off, more firefighters laid off, more cops laid off. A big chunk of it was unemployment insurance and COBRA, just making sure that people had some floor beneath them, and, by the way, making sure that there was enough money in their pockets that businesses had some customers."

By the time Obama got to talking about spending on infrastructure and how dozens of the gathered Republicans had "gone to appear at ribbon-cuttings for the same projects that you voted against," it was over. In war terms, all that was left was for Obama to walk among the bodies and see who still was moaning or moving before shooting them between the eyes. He worked with Republicans, again and again, gave them things they wanted, and they still chose to vote against the Recovery Act because it was something Obama wanted.

Really, he could have spent the rest of the time answering every question with, "That would be a valid complaint if you guys weren't such enormous douchebags." And when he started mocking the rhetoric Republicans use against him, John Boehner actually lost color in his face and Eric Cantor had shit himself, as if thinking, "We've made a terrible mistake."

If one could actually read tea leaves with this president, it would seem like he is laying the groundwork for abandoning working with Republicans. There's only so many times a dog can bite your hand before you muzzle that fucker. And what did he get for his trouble? By Sunday, Mitch McConnell and John Boehner had already stated that Obama can shove his bipartisanship up his ass.

In fact, the way Boehner put it on Meet the Press made as much a case for Democrats passing things as it did for Republicans blocking them: "[A]s a political party and in the minority on the Hill, we have an obligation to the American people to stand on principle...the American people sent us all here to Washington to, to do what we can to help solve the problems we have in our country."

Thanks for reminding us, Johnny Minority Leader, that that's why we voted for Democrats a little over a year ago.

Classic! IMAO.


Reality --- what a concept!

This Gene Lyons op-ed strikes mercilessly and directly at the heart of what motivates conservatives to oppose any and every policy proposal from the Obama administration and why Obama and the Democrats need to simply drop every pretense of their being such a thing as "bipartisanship" and simply do what Bush and the GOP did when they controlled all three branches of government --- ram the legislation down their throats and then go on t.v. and piously claim that you offered a bipartisan solution but the other side refused to cooperate (although it must be pointed out that in the case of Obama and the Democrats it would be an entirely accurate claim).

Anyhow, Lyon's article is worth reprinting in it's entirety:

If President Obama's recent face-to-face meeting with congressional Republicans had been a prizefight, they'd have stopped it: Obama by TKO. It was such a mismatch that Fox News, unofficial network of the GOP, basically conceded defeat by cutting away 20 minutes before it ended. Other networks showed it all.

Republicans appeared to make the elementary mistake of believing their own ... um, propaganda. Believe it or not, Obama's use of Teleprompters has convinced GOP stalwarts that he's kind of thick. I get frequent e-mails to that effect from people who marveled at the wit and wisdom of George W. Bush.

I know, I know. That's what they think, is all I'm saying.

House Republicans shouldn't have allowed the encounter to be televised. But then believing their own disinformation is basically what makes them Republicans.

So anyway, up jumps freshman Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas.

"You are soon to submit a new budget, Mr. President. Will that new budget, like your old budget, triple the national debt and continue to take us down the path of increasing the cost of government to almost 25 percent of our economy? That's the question, Mr. President."

Hensarling appeared to think he'd posed a real zinger. Obama's runaway spending is an article of faith among the Rush Limbaugh/Glenn Beck crowd. Karl Rove, Bush's cynical political guru, pushes it the way Lenin pushed "the withering away of the state."

Obama jumped on it. "With all due respect," he said, "I've just got to take this last question as an example of how it's very hard to have the kind of bipartisan work that we're going to do, because the whole question was structured as a talking point for running a campaign ...

"The fact of the matter is, is that when we came into office, the deficit was $1.3 trillion. $1.3 trillion. So when you say that suddenly I've got ... a monthly deficit that's higher than the annual deficit left by Republicans, that's factually just not true, and you know it's not true.

"And what is true is that we came in already with a $1.3 trillion deficit before I had passed any law. What is true is, we came in with $8 trillion worth of debt over the next decade.

"(That) had nothing to do with anything that we had done. It had to do with the fact that in 2000, when there was a budget surplus of $200 billion, you had a Republican administration and a Republican Congress, and we had two tax cuts that weren't paid for, you had a prescription drug plan -- the biggest entitlement plan, by the way, in several decades -- that was passed, without it being paid for, you had two wars that were done through supplementals [i.e., off-budget appropriations] and then you had $3 trillion projected because of the lost revenue of this recession."

Read it and weep, because those are the facts. Two weeks before Obama was inaugurated, the Congressional Budget Office projected the 2009 deficit at $1.2 trillion, adding that due to the economic crisis the new administration also inherited, "collections from corporate income taxes are anticipated to decline by 27 percent and individual income taxes by 8 percent; in normal economic conditions, they would both grow." Mandated spending on unemployment insurance, food stamps, etc., increased.

A year later, little had changed. A December 2009 analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities concluded that the Bush administration's fiscal legacy "explain(s) virtually the entire deficit over the next 10 years."

Economic stimulus and all, new spending by the Obama administration amounts to roughly 10 percent of this year's deficit.

The GOP response to these incontrovertible facts amounts to boo-hoo-hoo. Republicans who stayed focused on Bill Clinton's zipper from 1998 until Bush's failures made necessary the promulgation of a new rule of Washington etiquette, now whine that decent people simply don't resort to arithmetic. The world began anew last January.

Obama promised miracles, they say, and he hasn't delivered. My view is that in pursuit of illusory bipartisanship, he's let congressional Republicans pout like children too long. Fiscally speaking, the GOP keeps promising voters an excursion to Big Rock Candy Mountain: lower taxes, higher revenue, prosperity all around.

Except it never happens. Multimillionaires get tax cuts, we get the bill. Virtually the entire national debt was run up by President Reagan and the two Bushes. Meanwhile, job creation under George W. Bush was the lowest since World War II. Then when Democrats take office, they style themselves "deficit hawks," and caterwaul about runaway spending.

It's like a carnival sideshow act. Except that it plays. Many readers know these things. Obama's political challenge, however, is that millions of ordinary voters don't have a clue. So he's got to find ways to tell them over and over again until they do. Republicans seem unlikely to furnish him another platform.


Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Right said Ed . . .

I've got a lot of mixed emotions about the health care debate. On one hand the bills that have been crafted by a handful of compromised, health industry bought stooges in Congress are shitty bills which do not directly address the core flaws of this country's current broken health care delivery system.

On the other hand, there's the moral question of the impact that continued inaction has on the lives of millions of our fellow citizens - human beings.

Having personally had a recent experience with a major health issue that required surgery and hospitalization, I cannot, with any level of certainty, say that I would have weathered that crisis very well without my employer provided health care plan. Approaching 50 years of age - that scares the shit out of me.

I'm not a religious person, but I gotta tell ya, the moral issue surrounding the unneeded suffering and economic impact that affects so many millions, due to simple lack of access to basic and affordable health care, weighs a lot heavier on my mind and heart than the monetary and government involvement factors. For as the nurse in this interview so succinctly put it -- "there but for the grace of god go I."

I think we ought to force every single Congress critter and Senator critter to spend an entire day at one of these roaming free clinics assisting the heroic health care volunteers to treat these people. If anything to just to plant the seed of reality in their tiny lizard brains as to what's really happening outside their insulated, worry-free Capitol Hill worlds. Might just change a few intransigent minds and soften a few hardened hearts.

Oh -- and btw -- I agree 150% with Ed Schultz -- Joe Lieberman is a world class fucking coward.

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Drowning America -- one city at a time . . .

More than a third of the streetlights in Colorado Springs will go dark Monday. The police helicopters are for sale on the Internet. The city is dumping firefighting jobs, a vice team, burglary investigators, beat cops — dozens of police and fire positions will go unfilled.

The parks department removed trash cans last week, replacing them with signs urging users to pack out their own litter.

Neighbors are encouraged to bring their own lawn mowers to local green spaces, because parks workers will mow them only once every two weeks. If that.

Water cutbacks mean most parks will be dead, brown turf by July; the flower and fertilizer budget is zero.

City recreation centers, indoor and outdoor pools, and a handful of museums will close for good March 31 unless they find private funding to stay open. Buses no longer run on evenings and weekends. The city won't pay for any street paving, relying instead on a regional authority that can meet only about 10 percent of the need.

"I guess we're going to find out what the tolerance level is for people," said businessman Chuck Fowler, who is helping lead a private task force brainstorming for city budget fixes. "It's a new day."

Some residents are less sanguine, arguing that cuts to bus services, drug enforcement and treatment and job development are attacks on basic needs for the working class.

"How are people supposed to live? We're not a 'Mayberry R.F.D.' anymore," said Addy Hansen, a criminal justice student who has spoken out about safety cuts. "We're the second-largest city, and growing, in Colorado. We're in trouble. We're in big trouble."

Welcome to the conservative Republican world of governance. I mean honestly -- how do you have a rational conversation with people (conservatives, TeaBaggers, Fox News, etc.) who are incapable of even grasping the very uncomplicated concept that taxes pay for basic societal services such as Fire Departments, Police, public schools and libraries, mail service, parks and recreation, public transportation, roads and street maintenance, water system maintenance, electricity grid maintenance -- (and the list goes on)?

What is now happening in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and which will start happening to other U.S. cities unless attitudes change, truly should come as no surprise to those of us who've been paying attention to conservatives like Grover Norquist who a few years back boldly stated:
"My goal is to cut government in half in twenty-five years, to get it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub."
New Orleans was a just a test case drowning for these fuckers. And they were obviously quite pleased with the success of that exercise, so on with the plan for the rest of the country.


Tuesday, February 02, 2010

"We have met the enemy and he is us." -- prescient comic strip character Pogo

This is why I worry for the future of my country:

About 39 percent of Republicans think Obama should be impeached, and 29 percent aren't sure. This might be because 63 percent think he's a socialist, and only 42 percent think he was born in the United States.

More than 50 percent of Republicans think Sarah Palin is better qualified than Barack Obama to be president. About 24 percent believe Obama wants the terrorists to win, and 21 percent think Acorn stole the 2008 election (55 percent aren't sure). A solid 31 percent think Obama is "a racist who hates white people" and -- the coup de grace -- 23 percent think their state should secede from the United States.

Nearly 40% of Republicans think Obama should be impeached?? Really?? I'd love to hear all about the high crimes and misdemeanors Barack Obama has committed during his first year in office. What a scintillating discussion that would be no doubt. Speaking of "committed", I've become thoroughly convinced that is what needs to happen to about half of the Americans who still call themselves Republicans. Committed to an asylum for the fucking incurably insane.

Good lord these people are truly and scarily divorced from reality - much more than I had believed them to be!

I don't know -- maybe it's just me, and if so, that's fine - wouldn't be the first time. But honestly - this clip from Dr. Strangelove is, I think, a fairly accurate depiction of the mindset of your average far right, conservative, lizard brain Republican these days. Stanley Kubrick must have had some magical crystal ball that he used to peer into the future to get a glimpse of the present fear-mongering era of Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity. How else could he have come up with that General Jack D. Ripper character and that wonderful idea for a movie?

Just saying . . .


Overdue Smackdown . . . . long overdue

Thank you Jon Stewart once again.

Anytime anyone wades into the den of the GOP beast, confronts the bullying, conservative juggernaut directly, and effectively demonstrates for all to see what sniveling, dissembling blowhards they all are, it gets instant respect in my book. The fact that it was Obama doing it in this instance is, quite frankly, the proverbial icing on the proverbial cake.

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Monday, February 01, 2010

Monday M-Vloggin' -- with Dexy's Midnight Runners

Come On Eileen!

I remember this video vividly. Was stationed at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, Nebraska at the time it was released in 1982. MTV was only about a year old at that time and I remember we'd be sitting around at my buddy's off-base house just watching MTV hours upon end and this song was a staple of their playlist. I never could figure out though the dungarees and scarves outfits?? Must be an Irish thing. Anyhow it's a good, fun song and one of those ones that after listening to it, it stays in your head for a few days.