"Now I listened to those tapes and I'm not
going to hide my affinity for this guy. I never met him before but to me we have become such a trivial place
that we will impeach a man for having sex, or lying about having sex with a woman. In California we
will impeach a guy because he raises taxes on license plates, because energy gets out of control. We'll
impeach a guy for saying some things on tape. But a man can take us to war and lie and we won't do a damn
thing about that. That makes me so mad."
-- --D.L. Hughley, on Rod Blagojevich's impeachment, Link
as I'm speaker, impeachment
is off the table ...unless
Obama gets out of line."
Excerpt: For President Obama to treat individual Republicans
with civility is one thing. Etiquette, however, has its limits.
Embracing bipartisanship as a political goal
can be a snare and a delusion.
It has certainly seemed so of late, as GOP congressmen
responded to Obama's friendly overtures by voting
unanimously against his desperately needed economic
stimulus, persevering in their party's cultlike faith in tax cuts
and aligning themselves with a bombastic radio
talker who brags that he wants the president to fail.
"I admit it
- I want this president to fail."
The last time we had a new Democratic president,
essentially the same thing happened. Republican congressmen voted against
Bill Clinton's 1993 tax and budget proposals,
uniformly predicting doom. Raising marginal income tax rates a few points
wealthy, they charged, would lead to economic
ruin. Instead, the exact opposite happened. Over the ensuing eight years,
the nation witnessed the creation of 25 million
new jobs, a balanced federal budget and steadily rising prosperity.
Today, an act of historical memory is required
to recall that when Bush took office in 2001, people actually worried about
paying down the national debt too fast. No problem.
The new president embraced what it's tempting to call Limbaughnomics,
the absurd belief that tax cuts invariably lead
to greater government revenues and more and better jobs.
Instead, Bush presided over a sluggish economy,
the worst record of job creation since World War II, growing inequality
and the current banking crisis, a direct result
of "free market" deregulatory fundamentalism combined with a speculative
real estate bubble that sustained the illusion
of prosperity until it burst. Oh, and yes, runaway budget deficits, thanks
mainly to the combination of Bush's tax cuts
and the war in Iraq.
When you list the facts, our side is unbeatable.
Why can't we get our yellow-bellied Democrats
to list the facts?
"This is a defining moment that establishes
a new president as a strong leader or a feeble one. If Obama falters, Republicans will
smell blood in the water and they'll oppose everything he does between now and the 2010 midterm, no
matter how conciliatory he tries to be. If he prevails on this bill and succeeds in mobilizing the public
and the Congress, he will be 10-feet tall and harder to stonewall." -- Robert Kuttner,
If Obama let's the minority bullies push him around on this stimulus
they'll push him around for the next two years and the GOP will
seats in 2010 and we could lose in 2012.
Hey Barack, the time to fight back is
And if you need to slap some pansy-ass Democrats
around to get it done,
count on me and a couple of other bloggers
to back you up.
Bart, I listened to President Obama make
a couple of excellent speeches promoting the stimulus bill.
He should have done this sooner. Instead, the
GOP jumped quickly and used the whore media to spout
all kinds of negatives about the bill, while
Dems remained fairly silent. Now Obama has has to play clean up
and try to get momentum back. Is it too late?
Obama tried the bi-partisanship way and it FAILED.
The Rethugs have no interest in working with
Obama on this bill.
They have made that crystal clear. (I hope it
is now clear to our President).
I don't think he gets that.
I think he's going to be "Mr Nice Guy" for a
In fact, the Rethugs are acting like they are
still in charge. WTF?? I never saw such hubris!
This is going to be tough fight.
It might help if ALL Dems in Congress got behind the President
- you know, like the Rethugs do when they want
something? It's a concept Dems do not seem to (want to) learn.
I want to see Obama come out on top on this. The
country needs for him to come out on top in this.
We don't need the GOP - the minority party -
co-opting the stimulus bill into their more-of-the-same-mess bill.
"I believe that Obama intends to craft a new
nationalism, using the disassembled timber of our traditional values to build
a new, more collectivist and less individualistic ship of state. The planks will look vaguely familiar,
but the ship will be quite different. It is as if he would disassemble the warship Old Ironsides
and build with its timbers a collectivist's ark." -- Tony Blankley, Newt's former Chief o'
Staff, trying to make sense,
True Fact: Blankley has the exact same strain of syphilis that Rush
What are the odds?
Excerpt: For all his high-minded talk of bipartisanship
and common purpose, Barack Obama was always aware that Republicans
weren't going to simply set aside their philosophical
differences and embrace the new President's ambitious agenda. But he had
reason to hope that Democrats would at least
give him a honeymoon. So it must be a bit of a jolt these days for Obama
himself so out of step with Pelosi.
On nearly every major issue - from the auto bailout
and the stimulus bill to tax cuts and the delicate question of whether
investigate the Bush bastards - Pelosi has voiced
and even pushed through the House differing positions from the President,
at times to the embarrassment of Democrats.
Pelosi is a partisan warrior who must tend to her caucus, while Obama got
elected as a postpartisan healer, implicitly
attacking the old ways of Washington and striving to appeal to a broader
Maybe Denny Hastert, the sweaty wrestler, would be easier to work with
Did Hastert ever say, "Impeachment is off the table?"
Heroic pilot Sully Sullenberger did what he did
because of years of top-quality
education and training - sprinkled with large
dashes of reason, logic and rationale.
No invisible deity was present as Sullenberger
guided his plane gently down onto the Hudson River.
Everyone on board was saved by a team of calm,
highly-trained professionals who just stuck to the rules.
So if no god is required in an emergency, then
why would one be needed at any other time? Hmmm....
I could go on.... and often do.
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"Obama revealed his thinking about talk radio
in his recent attack on Rush Limbaugh, in which he urged Republicans not to
listen to the popular host.
That's not true - this guy has to lie to
make his pretend point.
Obama urged Republicans not to follow Rush
off the Cliff of Failure.
This indicates how much trouble Obama
thinks talk radio is for his agenda, which may mean that his interest in using the Fairness
Doctrine to shut it down will be high. The coming years, then, are fraught with hope and peril
for First Amendment rights - not just the right to speak, but also the right to listen."
-- Peter Ferrara, General Counsel of the ACLU, liar and whore,Link
Why is the ACLU lying to attack our new president?
Why can't they attack him on something truthful?
Is the ACLU following NPR into GOP hell?.
If I was a member, I'd demand they fire this asshole or I'd quit.
I just finished BC 148 and it was really good.
What a story.
What’s funny is as you tell your story, you think
“Man, this sounds so surreal while in reality,
you can’t make this shit up.”
Same as the shit my family is going through.
Anyway, all the best to you and Mrs. Bart.
I stumbled upon this and thought you’d be interested.
This somehow makes her performance on the SAT
seem kind of impressive.
* Call Eric Holder today at 202-514-2001 and tell
him to appoint an Independent Special Prosecutor
to Investigate the Crimes of the
* Continue to call Eric Holder for one week each
and every day restating your demands.
* On every outgoing email place a note at the
bottom with Eric Holder's phone number
and email AskDOJ@usdoj.gov
asking the recipient to either call or email him our demands..
Hmmm, Sarah Palin with an IQ of 83? That actually rings kind of true.
Palin may have 19 points on me,
buy I'll bet she can't name all 50 states.
Excerpt I'm not sure how many thousands of questions
have been asked over the years at White House press briefings,
but I would suggest NBC's Chuck Todd may have
recently asked one of the most inane.
On January 23, when the topic was Obama's stimulus
package and whether the administration, which was hoping for
a bipartisan effort on the legislation, would
be disappointed if the bill passed with little Republican support. And
when Todd asked if Obama would veto his own
bill if it didn't garner enough Republican votes.
It's hard to imagine that a reporter for an elite
news outlet, operating at the pinnacle of his profession as a White House
correspondent, would ever ask that question,
would ask if a president would take the step of vetoing his own legislation
because not enough politicians from the opposition
party had voted in favor of it.
No, it's easy to believe because NBC only promotes the sickest
GOP sycophants in their "news" department.
How to you think Tim Russert rose to the top?
He did it by obsessing over Clinton's zipper.
How to you think David Gregory rose to the top?
He did it by dancing with Karl Rove.
How to you think Chris the Screamer rose to the top? He did it the old fashioned way.
Excerpt: Ignorance and mythology are out-shouting facts
and wisdom in public discussion of Obama’s stimulus plan.
Excessive airtime is devoted to the prejudices
of cable hosts and radio personalities who regurgitate ideas they
barely understand and who haven’t entertained
an original thought since the Reagan era. Urgent action that could
prevent enormous suffering and damage is delayed
by all the same old agendas that have dominated Washington
for the past three decades...
At the top of the myth list is the Republican
faith in tax cuts, particularly those designed to benefit wealthy investors.
Anyone who has been paying attention knows that
for every problem, conservatives have a consistent solution that
involves reducing corporate or capital-gains
taxes, or lowering the top rate, or instituting a regressive flat tax or
consumption tax. (They like spending, too, on
certain favored contractors, notably in the defense sector, that
donate generously to Republican and right-wing
In a country where one person equals one vote, the super-rich constantly
out-vote the poor and middle class. This can only happen when the idiot Democrats refuse to list the facts.
Why doesn't our side want to win?
For our brain-dead elected Democrats, it's like being on Jeopardy
where THEY KNOW the answers but they refuse to buzz in.
there's a lot you don't know about politics..."
The Republicans are describing the trillion dollar
stimulus saying, "If you started the day Jesus Christ was born
and spent $1 million every day since then, you
still wouldn’t have spent $1 trillion." True enough. But let's look at
the bigger picture. The reason we are in this
mess is because of the Republican spending under Bush where they
took the position that "Reagan proved deficits
So if you applied the same calculation to the
Republican's spending it wouldn't be one million dollars a day,
it would be over five million dollars a day.
Yes, the Republican/Bush deficit is at least 5 times bigger than
the stimulus package and the reason we have to
do it is to fix the mess the Republicans left behind.
It's time for Republicans to get out of the way
and let the grownups fix the problem.
San Bruno, CA.
I have an idea:
Maybe Obama should threaten to call for mass marches in our ten biggest
One million people - in ten cities - all chanting, "You GOP
bastards, stop blocking our progress," might look real good on the evening news and the Nazi cable channels.
Excerpt: Support for Obama's economic recovery plan has
fallen again this week. For the first time, a plurality of voters oppose
The latest poll says 37% favor the legislation,
43% are opposed, and 20% can't name our president.
Half the nation’s voters say the plan...may end
up doing more harm than good...
Obama's plan has no support because the You-know-whos refuse
the list the You-know-whats.
Excerpt: We can't delay, and we can't go back to the same,
worn-out ideas that led us here in the first place. In the last few days
we've seen proposals arise from some in Congress
that you may not have read, but you'd be very familiar with, because
you've been hearing them the last ten years --
maybe longer. They're rooted in the idea that tax cuts alone can solve
our problems, that government doesn't have a
role to play, that half-measures and tinkering are somehow enough.
That we can afford to ignore our most fundamental
economic challenges -- the crushing cost of health care,
the inadequate state of so many of our schools,
our dangerous dependence on foreign oil.
So let me be clear: Those ideas have been tested,
and they have failed. They have taken us from surpluses to an annual
deficit of over a trillion dollars. And they have brought our economy to a halt. And that's precisely what the election we
just had was all about. The American people have rendered their judgment. And now it is time to move forward, not back. Now is the time for action.
Keep hammering away,
RJ, nomadic pillar
I like that kind of talk.
All that's missing is a "Blow Me!" and "How much do you want
Listing the facts is always a good idea when you're in
"Did the witch doctors think that dropping
a virgin in the volcano would really bring good crops? No, but it kept them in their witch-doctor
jobs and gave them time in private with the virgins. And that, boys and girls, is how government
-- Randall Hoven, Link
Excerpt: If new Attorney General Eric Holder really means
what he said in his oath – that he will “support and defend
the Constitution of the United States” – then
he must give serious consideration to prosecuting crimes committed
by the Bush administration, including its torturing
And Holder might be advised to begin the process
at his own agency, the Department of Justice.
To paraphrase Shakespeare, Holder might start
by first jailing all of George W. Bush’s lawyers.
The logic of targeting former Justice Department
lawyers – the likes of John Yoo and Jay Bybee – is that they
were the linchpin for justifying acts that were
clearly illegal; they provided the paper cover for both the interrogators
in the field and the senior officials back in
Bush hired his friends so they'd give him the legal cover to kidnap,
rape, torture and murder.
That way, when asked why he's breaking the law and ignoring the Constitution,
Bush could say,
"All of this has been approved by the Justice
Yes, for those crimes they should go to jail then rot in Hell.
But since there is no Hell, we'll have to settle for life in prison.
If Holder doesn't do his job, future GOP presidential criminals will
follow Bush's lead.
Excerpt: Yurgil's parodies of lurid pulp magazines from
the 1940s and 1950s feature the familiar Executive Branch cast of characters
--Bush and Cheney are the recurring antiheros--engaged
in manly dramas that they apparently never quite outgrew.
These Photoshopped digital collages, adapted
from scanned old magazine covers, show an unerring instinct for
combining visual and narrative ideas in perfect
synch; it may sound like art-historical or political blasphemy to say so,
but they can be compared with John Heartfield's
scathing anti-Nazi photomontages of the 1930s and 1940s.
If Bruce Yurgil was a right-wing loon, some rich ass would send him
a production studio with a staff and top-notch equipment for him, but
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Subject: The Tulsa Beacon
As a Tulsa native, I wanted to catch up on my
hometown since moving out a decade ago.
I watched with dismay as Oklahoma lurched to
the right of Utah.
I knew that something must have happened in Northeast
Oklahoma (as Southern and
Western Okla. couldn't have gotten any more fascist)
and wanted an explanation.
While visiting Tulsa this week, I think I found
it in a Quik-Trip newsstand:
The Tulsa Beacon.
Holy Christ, that paper makes Rush Limbaugh look
like Ho Chi Minh.
Please, Bart, you gotta tell your worldwide audience
Badger in Colorado.
In a backwards hellhole like Oklahoma, it's impossible to get too far
to the right.
Not satisfied with a newspaper that always endorses the Fascist
dogs, some local handjob
recognized that appealing to the worst fears of the "forgotten" white
people could be a goldmine
so that "whites only" rag has become very successful.
Excerpt: Now calling an all in with 9 high doesn't seem
very good, but we're pot stuck, our aggressive raising has put us
in a spot where we now have to call.
Let's look at the pot. There is our 1200, the 200 from the small
and the 2400 from the big blind who's gone all
in, that's 3800 chips. It's only costing us 1200 to win 3800.
Even if we were dominated (Had our high cards
matching and our 2nd card was lower then the opponent's
second card) we'd be getting the right price
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