McCain is hosting a dinner with Palin, thereby making the Arizona wingnut voters' heads explode.
McCain is hosting a dinner with Palin, thereby making the Arizona wingnut voters' heads explode.
FRANKS: In this country, we had slavery for God knows how long. And now we look back on it and we say "How brave were they? What was the matter with them? You know, I can't believe, you know, four million slaves. This is incredible." And we're right, we're right. We should look back on that with criticism. It is a crushing mark on America's soul. And yet today, half of all black children are aborted. Half of all black children are aborted. Far more of the African American community is being devastated by the policies of today than were being devastated by the policies of slavery. And I think, What does it take to get us to wake up?
Abortion. BAD. Slavery. Not as bad.
And where did he get this "half of ALL black children are being aborted" crap? Does Meatface here have the proof?
There really is no other way to interpret all this since he's obsessed with abortion and other bullshit that he'll never have to worry about, being a dumb white guy.
John Boehner revealed at CPAC today that his feelings got hurt at a White House meeting when that mean old Barack Obama scolded him.
Poor kid. Being called out by the grownup and taking it like a four year old.
Really, John. You really should get on your knees and be thankful he didn't kick you in what's left of your balls.
They talk tough when they're in their side of the playground, but turn to protoplasmic goo when they're in front of the teacher. Pussies.
Michael Steele and Sarah Palin love those poor forlorn teapartiers...and the money they're willing to fork over for their bullshit.
"I’m a tea partier, I’m a town-haller, I’m a grass-roots-er” is how Steele put it in a recent radio interview, wet-kissing a market he hopes will buy his book. Palin has far more grandiose ambitions. She recently signed on as a speaker for the first Tea Party Convention, scheduled next month in Nashville — even though she had turned down a speaking invitation from the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, the traditional meet-and-greet for the right. The conservative conference doesn’t pay. The Tea Party Convention does. A blogger at Nashville Scene reported that Palin’s price for the event was $120,000.
The entire Tea Party Convention is a profit-seeking affair charging $560 a ticket — plus the cost of a room at the Opryland Hotel...
Last week a prominent right-wing blogger, Erick Erickson of RedState.com, finally figured out that the Tea Party Convention “smells scammy,” likening it to one of those Nigerian e-mails promising untold millions. Such rumbling about the movement’s being co-opted by hucksters may explain why Palin used her first paid appearance at Fox last Tuesday to tell Bill O’Reilly that she would recycle her own tea party profits in political contributions. But Erickson had it right: the tea party movement is being exploited — and not just by marketers, lobbyists, political consultants and corporate interests but by the Republican Party, as exemplified by Palin and Steele, its most prominent leaders.
Tea partiers hate the G.O.P. establishment and its Wall Street allies, starting with the Bushies who created TARP, almost as much as they do Obama and his Wall Street pals. When Steele and Palin pay lip service to the movement, they are happy to glom on to its anti-tax, anti-Obama, anti-government, anti-big-bank vitriol. But they don’t call for any actual action against the bailed-out perpetrators of the financial crisis. They’d never ask for investments to put ordinary Americans back to work. They have no policies to forestall foreclosures or protect health insurance for the tea partiers who’ve been shafted by hard times. Their only economic principle beside tax cuts is vilification of the stimulus that did save countless jobs for firefighters, police officers and teachers at the state and local level.
The Democrats’ efforts to counter the deprivation and bitterness spawned by the Great Recession are indeed timid and imperfect. The right has a point when it says that the Senate health care votes of Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana were bought with pork. But at least their constituents can share the pigout. Hustlers like Steele and Palin take the money and run. All their followers get in exchange is a lousy tea party T-shirt. Or a ghost-written self-promotional book. Or a tepid racial sideshow far beneath the incendiary standards of the party whose history from Strom to “macaca” has driven away nearly every black American except Steele for the past 40 years.
I turn on the news for the first time since Friday, and was shocked...SHOCKED to find that the GOP has changed their minds on political correctness.
You remember. They hated political correctness. Hated it. Hated it. HATED it. REALLY hated it. We could die from it. They sing about how it's killing us. It's too gay. It's sacrilegious. It's death. It killed soldiers. It's Marxism. It's torture.
They will NEVER embrace political correctness.
Unless it means screwing a high-ranking Democrat.
Any of their own would be hailed as a hero for their honesty if they said the same dumb thing. But Harry Reid must resign.
The fading GOP seems to have this lapse soooo conveeeeniently. America's pest mayor chimes in on how Bush didn't have to deal with a domestic terror attack. This is really strange.
There is a strange amnesia permeating through the Republican ranks lately. On November 24, George W. Bush's former press secretary, Dana Perino, told Fox News's Sean Hannity, "We did not have a terrorist attack on our country during President Bush's term." Spit take! This was followed about a month later by GOP strategist Mary Matalin, who said of the Bush administration, "I was there, we inherited a recession from President Clinton and we inherited the most tragic attack on our own soil in our nation’s history." Guffaw! Now Rudy Giuliani, surprisingly, seems to be jumping on the "9/11 never happened or at least not on Bush's watch" bandwagon. Speaking to Good Morning America's height-challenged George Stephanopoulos this morning, Giuliani weighed in on Obama's response to terrorism:What he should be doing is following the right things that Bush did. One of the right things he did is treat this as a war on terror — we had no domestic attacks under Bush, we've had one under Obama.
How do I do this again? I guess I type here and it goes out there, right?
Hope you all had a great Christmas, Chanukah and Festivus. After a December of traveling and reconnecting with real life, I wanted to check in. So many of you have sent messages of kindness, wanting us to crank this bad boy back up again - and we will as 2010 starts cranking up too.
I had to pass along this little bit of encouragement from behind the lines of the radio business. Seems Republicans are stepping up the attacks - on Republicans. The tolerance has hit a new low which flies directly in the face of mainstream America. Here's the unbelievable story from Radio-Info.com:
Illinois Republican Senate hopeful Andy Martin runs "anti-homsexual" radio adsPublished about 9 hours ago
Martin has bought time on Chicago’s WGN (720), WLS (890) and WBBM (780), which aren’t permitted under federal election rules to censor or alter paid political ads. CBS Radio’s all-news WBBM actually posted the copy for Martin’s commercial, which quotes a Republican leader saying there is “a solid rumor that [10th District House Rep. Mark Kirk] is a homosexual.” State GOP leader Jack Roeser is quoted saying that Kirk is part of a Republican Party homosexual club. And Lake County Republican leader Ray True is referenced, saying that Kirk has surrounded himself with homosexuals. Columnist Robert Feder notes on Vocalo.org that Martin’s radio ad has been denounced by the Kirk campaign, which calls it “not true and degrading to the political process.” Kirk is believed to be the leader in the six-person field for the Senate seat now held by the appointed incumbent Roland Burris.
So I was going to ask if I missed anything. Obviously not. Happy new year if you can stand it.
Hey - they mean that in a good way. Y'all know what they mean. Pinching pennies is now a commendable thing. Just like them wealthy Jews.
Two Republican party chairmen from South Carolina, in trying to defend Sen. Jim DeMint's (R-SC) practice of not using earmarks, said DeMint "is watching our nation's pennies," just like "the Jews who are wealthy."
Edwin O. Merwin and James S. Ulmer, chairs of the Bamberg County Republican Party and the Orangeburg County Republican Party, respectively, wrote an op-ed in the Times and Democrat this Sunday.
"There is a saying that the Jews who are wealthy got that way not by watching dollars, but instead by taking care of the pennies and the dollars taking care of themselves," they wrote. "By not using earmarks to fund projects for South Carolina and instead using actual bills, DeMint is watching our nation's pennies and trying to preserve our country's wealth and our economy's viability to give all an opportunity to succeed."
The only reaction I can muster is "holy shit." I know I should come up with something more reasoned and empathetic, but "holy shit" just keeps rising to the surface.
That's the headline of a story where Elder Bush calls Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow "sick puppies."
Okay, Olbermann would wear that like a medal on his chest. But Maddow? Really? Quite possibly the most sane, most fair and most researched of anyone on cable news?
And that said while not naming by name any right wing nut like Beck, Savage, Hannity, Levin, Limbaugh, Gallag...
...oh, forget it. They LIKED his ugly kid. Some things just explain themselves.
That would be a huge surprise to Jackie Robinson...if Jackie Robinson was alive to refute that claim.
Hell, why not go all-in? John F. Kennedy was another GOP hero. So was Martin Luther King, Jr. And how about that heroic Republican, Batman? Superman...BIG Republican booster. And Pat Tillman could have been a TERRIFIC GOP patriot if he wasn't lied to and blown up by the policies of errrrrrr, Republicans.
A tough (and well-deserved) smackdown of war's number one cheerleader by Frank Rich...reminding us what we'd be dealing with if the teabaggers, radio geniuses, teevee pundits and stupids got their way last November.
To appreciate this crowd’s spotless record of failure, consider its noisiest standard-bearer, John McCain. He made every wrong judgment call that could be made after 9/11. It’s not just that he echoed the Bush administration’s constant innuendos that Iraq collaborated with Al Qaeda’s attack on America. Or that he hyped the faulty W.M.D. evidence to the hysterical extreme of fingering Iraq for the anthrax attacks in Washington. Or that he promised we would win the Iraq war “easily.” Or that he predicted that the Sunnis and the Shiites would “probably get along” in post-Saddam Iraq because there was “not a history of clashes” between them.
What’s more mortifying still is that McCain was just as wrong about Afghanistan and Pakistan. He routinely minimized or dismissed the growing threats in both countries over the past six years, lest they draw American resources away from his pet crusade in Iraq.
Two years after 9/11 he was claiming that we could “in the long term” somehow “muddle through” in Afghanistan. (He now has the chutzpah to accuse President Obama of wanting to “muddle through” there.) Even after the insurgency accelerated in Afghanistan in 2005, McCain was still bragging about the “remarkable success” of that prematurely abandoned war. In 2007, some 15 months after the Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf signed a phony “truce” ceding territory on the Afghanistan border to terrorists, McCain gave Musharraf a thumb’s up. As a presidential candidate in the summer of 2008, McCain cared so little about Afghanistan it didn’t even merit a mention among the national security planks on his campaign Web site.
He takes no responsibility for any of this. Asked by Katie Couric last week about our failures in Afghanistan, McCain spoke as if he were an innocent bystander: “I think the reason why we didn’t do a better job on Afghanistan is our attention — either rightly or wrongly — was on Iraq.” As Tonto says to the Lone Ranger, “What do you mean ‘we,’ white man?”
Along with his tribunes in Congress and the punditocracy, Wrong-Way McCain still presumes to give America its marching orders. With his Senate brethren in the Three Amigos, Joe Lieberman and Lindsey Graham, he took to The Wall Street Journal’s op-ed page to assert that “we have no choice” but to go all-in on Afghanistan — rightly or wrongly, presumably — just as we had in Iraq. Why? “The U.S. walked away from Afghanistan once before, following the Soviet collapse,” they wrote. “The result was 9/11. We must not make that mistake again.”This shameless argument assumes — perhaps correctly — that no one in this country remembers anything. So let me provide a reminder: We already did make that mistake again when we walked away from Afghanistan to invade Iraq in 2003 — and we did so at the Three Amigos’ urging. Then, too, they promoted their strategy as a way of preventing another 9/11 — even though no one culpable for 9/11 was in Iraq. Now we’re being asked to pay for their mistake by squandering stretched American resources in yet another country where Al Qaeda has largely vanished.
Toothpaste out of tube. Horse out of the barn. GOPer makes "a mistake." You know the drill.
South Florida Republicans held a weekly meeting at a gun range, shooting at targets including cut-outs of a Muslim holding a rocket-propelled grenade launcher.
The GOP candidate to replace U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz fired at a full-body silhouette with "DWS" written next to its head.
Wasserman Schultz declined comment, but the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee called the Tuesday event "extremist" and "sexist."
Robert Lowry, who's vying for Wasserman Schultz's seat, initially described his target as a joke. Minutes later, he called it a mistake.
Oopsie. Move along now.
Batshat craziness in the House. Seriously. Rep. Louie Gohmert went off the deep end.
Obviously, they took the low road...despite this:
Apparently no one read the tweet from former Bush flack Scott Stanzel.
"Note to GOP officials/consultants - resist the temptation to pile on about Chicago losing the Olympic bid just because Obama made the pitch," he wrote, advice reportedly passed on by Former Mitt Romney spokesman Kevin Madden.
Too late. They lost Chicago just like they lost New Orleans...by completely not giving a shit about the feelings of those who live there, just to score points with the stupids.
Krugman's absolutely right: The GOP has officially become the party of Beavis and Butt-Head.
Bet you never knew that. Neither does the medical community. But Rep. Paul Broun (R of course - GA) let a constituent who was suicidal in on that fascinating bit of info.
We could make a recommendation of our own, like keeping your pie hole shut on topics you know nothing about, but since we know nothing about Rep. Paul Broun except that he's a medical retard, we'll keep our pie hole shut.
Holy. SHIT! He schtupped the wife of a guy then helps him get a plum job as payment for said schtupping! HOLY. SHIT!!!
What makes this so insane is that we're probably not going to do a fucking thing about this scumbag! I dare you to prove me wrong. I'll never be happier to have anyone take up that dare.
Senator’s Aid After Affair Raises Flags Over Ethics
Early last year, Senator John Ensign contacted a small circle of political and corporate supporters back home in Nevada — a casino designer, an airline executive, the head of a utility and several political consultants — seeking work for a close friend and top Washington aide, Douglas Hampton.
“He’s a competent guy, and he’s looking to come back to Nevada. Do you know of anything?” one patron recalled Mr. Ensign asking.
The job pitch left out one salient fact: the senator was having an affair with Mr. Hampton’s wife, Cynthia, a member of his campaign staff. The tumult that the liaison was causing both families prompted Mr. Ensign, a two-term Republican, to try to contain the damage and find a landing spot for Mr. Hampton.
In the coming months, the senator arranged for Mr. Hampton to join a political consulting firm and lined up several donors as his lobbying clients, according to interviews, e-mail messages and other records. Mr. Ensign and his staff then repeatedly intervened on the companies’ behalf with federal agencies in Washington, often after urging from Mr. Hampton.
While the affair made national news in June, the role that Mr. Ensign played in assisting Mr. Hampton and helping the clients he represented has not been previously disclosed. Several legal experts say those activities may have violated an ethics law that bans senior aides from lobbying the Senate for a year after leaving their posts.
In acknowledging the affair, Mr. Ensign cast it as personal transgression, not a professional one. But an examination of his conduct shows that in trying to clean up the mess from the illicit relationship and distance himself from the Hamptons, he entangled political supporters, staff members and Senate colleagues, some of whom say they now feel betrayed by Mr. Ensign.
For example, a longtime fund-raiser and Republican Party campaign official who came through with help says Mr. Ensign misled him about why Mr. Hampton needed a new job. The senator also put his chief of staff at the time, who had raised concerns that Mr. Hampton’s activities could violate the one-year ban on lobbying, in charge of dealing with him.
And Mr. Ensign allowed Senator Tom Coburn, a friend and fellow conservative Christian, to serve as an intermediary with the Hamptons four months ago in discussing a multimillion-dollar financial settlement, to help them rebuild their lives.
...but since there are laws which say restaurant food cannot be called "home made" unless it's made in a home...and laws which prohibits you from making "lowest prices in town" claims if they're not...
...there should be some regulation of television which stipulates you cannot call yourself a "news channel" when all you dispense is one very strong ideology.
An ideology which gives politicians the idea that being friendly to said network means success in the party that network is aligned with.
It'll never happen because that party has become the biggest bunch of crybabies in the history of politics and no one has the balls to shut them up.
– In a truly unexpected move, the Washington, DC-based political action committee “American Solutions for Winning the Future” (ASWF) has named Calif. Allison Vivas, President of the adult entertainment studio Pink Visual, recipient of its Entrepreneur of the Year award for 2009.
The organization, which is headed by noted conservative politician Newt Gingrich, notified Vivas of the honor via fax on Wednesday, September 9.
“I’m honored, and more than a little surprised, to receive this prestigious award,” Vivas said. “It never occurred to me that Newt Gingrich, one of the principal architects of the conservative ‘Contract with America’ in the 1990’s, would be willing to brave criticism from the far right of his party in order to recognize good work done on the part of an adult entertainment professional.”
According to the notice from ASWF, should Vivas attend a private dinner being held on October 7 at the historic Capitol Hill Club in Washington, she will “dine privately with Newt,” who will then take the occasion to present Vivas with her “well deserved award” and pose for a photo with her.
The notice from ASWF also informed Vivas that Gingrich is “looking forward to finally meeting you (Vivas) face to face – and get your thoughts on Cap and Trade and Obama’s Tax Policy.”
“Rest assured, I’ll take the opportunity to inform Mr. Gingrich of some of the major challenges facing the adult entertainment industry in the current market,” Vivas said. “From obscenity prosecutions to content piracy, I’ll make sure he walks away from that dinner educated about the realities of the online porn market. While else would they have invited me but to hear such feedback, right?”
In addition to a certificate recognizing her as Entrepreneur of the Year, ASWF stated that Gingrich will also be presenting Vivas with a replica of the “gavel that changed
,” whether she attends the dinner or not. America
No word yet on whether the gavel will be put to use in a future video from Pink Visual, although Vivas acknowledged that it would “make for a pretty cool prop for a ‘Couples Seduce Teens’ episode.”
Tim Pawlenty pushes the big lie.
Tim Pawlenty gave an extraordinary interview on Morning Joe today in which he repeatedly refused to say the “death panel” tale is false, and even said those who fear the death panels are not “irrational” to do so. And then, after getting pressed very hard, he finally conceded that there are no death panels in the health care proposals and acknowledged the elderly wouldn’t get pressed to relinquish their lives. But he still went on to say fears were not unfounded!
First, this shows that in the wake of Obama’s speech last night, in which he directly confronted the death panel claim, Republicans have no intention to let up on this particular brand of fearmongering. And second, the dance done here by Pawlenty perfectly illustrates the challenging balancing act GOP officials need to do when they want to remain viable with the GOP base — as Pawlenty does for 2012 — while still positioning themselves as vaguely mainstream and rational.
South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson released a fiery fundraising appeal late Thursday, calling himself a target of the left and vowing to push forward in his battle against President Obama’s health care reform effort.
“…I will not be muzzled. I will speak up loudly against this risky plan,” Wilson says in the video appeal on his campaign web site.
Wilson’s combative video appeared 24 hours after he shouted “You lie!” at President Obama during a joint session of Congress after the president called the idea that his reform plan would provide insurance to illegal immigrants a myth. Wilson immediately faced a chorus of criticism, including from many in his own party.
Rep. Joe Wilson. Drama Queen. Victim. Liar.
Please forget he was 100% wrong, completely out of order, and just plain stupid, and send him your money! Oh, and ask how you can get the site WE'RE paying for back up and running, okay?
Of course he's going to feel empowered now, since he spent all of yesterday getting fluffed by Hannity, Limbaugh and every other right wing media whore with a microphone and/or camera. Hope they didn't get their ties stained.
It is this week, evident that the greatest threat to the nation is not terrorism nor the economy nor H1N1 nor even bad health care. It is rank, willful stupidity. When did we come to extol stupidity ahead of information, and rely on voo-doo, superstition, and prejudice ahead of education?
How many Republicans believe in Death Panels and Brownies and Elves? When did we start to listen to elect the impregnably dense? I was almost too fearful of using the word "impregnably" because of the prospect that Governor Palin would go after me the way she went after Letterman.
The time has come to rise up and take this country back, to again make it safe. for people who actually completed the seventh grade. The crime of Wrong-Way Wilson was not reflected in his emotions, nor his disagreement, nor his inappropriate conduct, nor in his incivility. It was in his prideful wrong-ness.
There are many vague portions of this bill, but section 246 says it plain: "No federal payment for undocumented aliens." I defend Congressman Wilson's right to incivility. A little incivility six years ago might have stopped the Iraq war. He can shout anything he wants, at anybody he wants, in any circumstances he wants.
Providing that he is willing to suffer the consequences of his actions, I am willing to suffer him.
This nation can survive a president being disrespected by some nickel-dime congressman from Beaufort; the shame falls onto the shouter and not the one shouted at.
But this nation cannot survive the continued acceptance, the continued endorsement, the continued encouragement, the continued institutionalization… of stupidity
I think if Mr. Lincoln were alive he might re-cast his most famous imagery in the light of the truest of our present crises: A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half smart, and half stupid.
Section 246 is written expressly: there will be no health care funding for those who are here illegally; that there will be no mechanism created to establish such funding. I fear Section 247 will have to be reitten expressly: so that there will be a mechanism created to establish stupid panels.
Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) -- who heckled President Obama last night -- is heavily leveraged and his debts may even exceed his assets. The new filings reveal for the first time hundreds of thousands of dollars in previously unreported loans from federal credit unions and banks.
Sorry, bro. You tried to make a name for yourself last night on national TV. We're just obliging. Enjoy your new fame.
Here's what you got on his website last night:
And here's what you get today.
They must have gone to Colbert's people for some of that patriotic zazz.
We're talking to you, Rep. Joe Wilson. Factcheck.org:
False: Illegal Immigrants Will Be Covered
One Republican congressman issued a press release claiming that "5,600,000 Illegal Aliens May Be Covered Under Obamacare," and we’ve been peppered with queries about similar claims. They’re not true. In fact, the House bill (the only bill to be formally introduced in its entirety) specifically says that no federal money would be spent on giving illegal immigrants health coverage:
H.R. 3200: Sec 246 — NO FEDERAL PAYMENT FOR UNDOCUMENTED ALIENS
Nothing in this subtitle shall allow Federal payments for affordability credits on behalf of individuals who are not lawfully present in the United States.
Also, under current law, those in the country illegally don’t qualify for federal health programs. Of interest: About half of illegal immigrants have health insurance now, according to the nonpartisan Pew Hispanic Center, which says those who lack insurance do so principally because their employers don’t offer it.