"This president's instincts are right. I really
do like him. I have nothing but admiration. I would
like to make him as successful as he wants to be....within
-- Lindsay Graham (SC-Regressive), Link
Funny how those last two words negated everything else he said.
Excerpt: A few minor muffs aside, the speech was well-written
and well-delivered, public communications skills being an
essential but often underrated ingredient in
political leadership in the 24-hour news cycle. It was a skill the little
never worked to master. His eyes jerked from
one TelePrompter to the other, fearful of missing a word, and sending
accidental signals of insincerity and not knowing
his material: I'm reading this word for word.
Obama read his lines word for word too. But he
did so flawlessly, turning his head smoothly side...to side, all the while
reading off the TelePrompter but allowing his
adoring congressional majority and many others to totally forget it...
Compared to all those ambitious ambitions and
ideas, poor, not-so-old Bobby Jindal was toast before he walked down
that lonely hallway in the governor's residence
in Baton Rouge as the Republican responder. It was a hopeless assignment
even if the personable, popular 37-year-old wasn't
a rookie on the national stage.
When will the PR handlers of these responders
-- whatever their party -- realize that coming from an historic, effusive,
applauding Capitol Hill gang to one guy/gal talking
alone to a staring camera and a gaggle of bored TV technicians
earning evening overtime doesn't work?
"Ballots that Norm Coleman wants to count took
a beating in testimony on Tuesday, while ballots he thinks are illegal
were protected by the judges hearing the U.S. Senate trial," -- Political Wire,
I have one good thing to say about that Norm Coleman prick - he's
Most Democrats (not saying anything about Franken) would've surrendered
That said, it's time for Coleman to accept the facts and move
to FOX News.
After eight years of mangled words and crude expression,
how refreshing was it to witness a president
who was quite the opposite? Last night Obama
was inspiring, not insipid, direct and yet not threatening,
forceful while still conveying gentle optimism
and encouraging words of hope. Compared to what we had
it was like air conditioning on a 100-degree,
humid day. To not see the scowl of Cheney in the background
or to hear the many references to war, terror,
enemies. It was wonderful.
The moment that was most revealing -- in a disturbing
way -- was when Obama said "America does not torture."
It was an eerie moment with the sense that everyone
in the chamber knew that over the last several years we did
exactly that, tortured, despite Bush/Cheney's
denials and wordplay around the matter. It was an unspoken,
accepted belief in the room that we had tortured
and after Obama spoke those words, everyone rose to their feet
and clapped, acknowledging that a shameful period
of time had finally passed, but recognizing also that crimes
were committed and nothing was or has been done.
Excerpt: A California state assemblyman from San Francisco
has introduced legislation that would legalise and tax marijuana,
a move he hopes will help shore up the state's
The bill by San Francisco representative Tom Ammiano,
would legalise the cultivation, possession and sale of marijuana
by people 21 and older. It would charge growers
and wholesalers a $5,000 (£3,400) initial franchise fee and a $2,500
annual renewal fee, and would levy a $50 per
ounce fee on retailers.
The law, which would make California the first
state to legalise marijuana, would inject an estimated $13bn a year in
revenue into California's empty coffers. Governor
Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday signed a $130bn budget that
raises sales and income taxes, and dramatically
slashes spending. States across the country are facing massive revenue
shortfalls, as income and real estate tax receipts.
It's the biggest cash crop in the state.
Repeat: It's the biggest cash crop in the state. I heard yesterday California pot brings in more cash than the next
4-5 crops combined.
You could legalize it and tax it and make tons of cash for the state
OR you could keep it illegal and let the street gangs make all that money.
Did alcohol prohibition not teach us anything?
How much longer should we let the religiously insane set policy?
Excerpt: Tennessee and Georgia may turn down some of the
economic stimulus money if the restrictions
outlined in the package cause budgetary hardship
in the future, the governors said Monday.
After meeting with Obama, Tennessee Gov. Phil
Bredesen (D) said some provisions in the package
would force states to expand their programs permanently,
even though the stimulus funding only lasts for two years.
"We are evaluating this piece of money, whether
it makes sense for us to take it,” he said.
'We may well be one of the states that say we
can’t take on that portion of it.'"
This reminds me of North Korea - rejecting offers
If the GOP wants to go Kim Jung Il on them, the
voters might remember that in 2010.
And why is Bredesen, a Democrat, stabbing his
president in the back? Because he's a Democrat, that's why!!
There are people out there who don't think that
people making over $250,000 a year are rich.
That's over $20,000 a month. That's like a person
who works 40 hours a week making $120/hour.
Most people making over $250,000 a year don't
pay as high of a tax rate as the working class
because a lot of their money comes from investments
and capital gains that are taxed at a lower rate.
I think the rich should pay their fair share
and $250,000 is definitely rich.
Although the rich are hurting too in this economy
they aren't hurting as bad as minimum wage earners.
The people who make less than $250,000 a year
won this election and it's our turn to get a break.
"He smartly plans to ignore the media's fetishistic
obsession with how he balances optimism and realism. If Republicans weren't sufficiently worried
about the size and reach of Obama's megaphone before Tuesday night, they should ramp up their concern now...Obama
truly believes he is at the beginning of four-year teaching moment for the American people – and that his students
are mature enough and interested enough to actually learn. The man can give a heck of a speech – and
has a close to perfect record of delivering at big moments." -- Mark Halperin
Excerpt: Oh, to live in Rethugtopia - a magical land where
millionaires are a protected species, union workers are
the enemy of the economy, fluttering fiscal fairies
fart free-market fixes and GOPee prosperity trickles down
upon us all from the Rigged Rock Candy Mountain.
Where else but in Rethugtopia could John "Bronzer"
Boehner drop the 1,200 page stimulus bill on the House floor
in a manner so melodramatic that Joan Crawford's
heirs are demanding a royalty? Where else could Lindsey Graham
crank up the cornpone and give hisself the vapors
while uttering, "If this is...bipartisanship, the country is screwed?"
Where else could perpetual loser Alan Keyes declare,
"Obama is a radical communist?"
You don't need a paypal account to buy stickers, magnets or shirts!
"Everybody trashed Bobby Jindal. I never
heard the media, both sides, conservative and liberal, dump on a response like they did last
night. I love Bobby Jindal, and that did not change after last night. Nothing that happened last night changed
my mind." -- the pigheaded Pigboy, sticking with Jindal no
matter how awful he was Tuesday
In February 1996, the first e-mail newsletter went out to a half-dozen old friends from Prodigy and soon people started forwarding it to their friends. Perkel discovered it, and turned it into Rush Limba, Lying Nazi
That became Bartcop.com We start our 14th year fighting Fascist dogs today
Subject: On Bobby Jindal's
Just caught this on MSNBC
Republican strategist Kevin Madden on Jindal's
"It was like following Led Zeppelin with nothing
but a harmonica."
I had a hunch you might enjoy that comment.
Dave in Joisey
Excerpt: Frankly, I was afraid something like this might
Attorney General Eric Holder thinks we're "a nation
of cowards" if we don't want to sit around talking about race all day.
In a speech marking Black History Month, he told
Justice Department employees, "If we're going to ever make progress,
we're going to have to have the guts. We have
to have the determination, to be honest with each other. It also means
have to be able to accept criticism where that
Very well then, to be perfectly honest, I think
President Obama's election and Holder's own confirmation as the nation's
first African American attorney general indicate
great progress. So how about we give racism a rest for a while? Personally,
I'd rather hear Holder's plans for restoring
the rule of law after the Bush administration's ransacking of the U.S.
than for interracial group therapy
Dang, it's like Gene Lyons heard an advance copy of BCR
I recorded 149before I read Gene's latest, great column.
Greetings from NJ.
Longtime reader of your site here and I just
want to say thank you for giving me some much needed
laughter during the darkest days of the AWOL
Cokesnorter’s eight year debacle. Last episode’s picture
of the GOP public bathroom sign made me laugh
and also inspired me to email this story…
Over these eight years I’ve done virtual battle
with brainwashed Foxbots.
We've come up with an effective method of dealing
with these flying monkey neocon posters who haunt
our political message boards. Instead of trying
to reason with them or refute their insanity, we fire back
various Larry Craig posts at them in rapid succession
and without pause to address any of their nonsense.
They don’t seem to know how to react to this.
I guess Rush hasn’t devised a talking point to minimize
the impact of a homophobic rightwing GOP moralist
getting caught looking for man-love in a public toilet!
Thanks again and keep hammering away!
PS. Free Larry Craig! End public toilet entrapment!
"There are two models that Republicans are
looking at. One is 1990, when Herbert Herbert Bush got together with the Democrats at
Andrews Air Force Base, raised taxes and lost the next election. The other is 1993, Democrats tried
to reform healthcare. Republicans voted no and regained the House and Senate."
-- Grover Norquist, who is famous for this quote:
But Grover, 1993 only worked out for you because the yellow,
backstabbing Democrats agreed that the Clintons were out-of-control Stalinists and
needed to be reigned in.
Now, instead of health care being 1/7 of the economy, it's 1/5.
I know - let's wait another 15 years so it'll be every third dollar!!!!
I am lovely and cute,Accomodative,caring,Affectionate
and very lively,I am of
the school of thought that believes in the maxim
that says It is good to love
and be Loved.Love should be sharing ,True,Honest
and caring.I need a man who
posses all this Attributes and Qualities.I have
all the Qualities that a man
desires and Craves in a woman.
Excerpt: Theda Skopcol said "In such marked contrast to
the timid triangulation of Clinton, Obama offers a strong,
positive statement of the role of U.S. government
in national development, past and for the future. Government
does not "substitute" for business or individual
action, but it is an essential 'catalyst.'"
From Obama's speech: "As soon as I took office,
I asked this Congress to send me a recovery plan that would
put people back to work and put money in their
pockets, not because I believe in bigger government -- I don't
-- not because I'm not mindful of the massive
debt we've inherited -- I am..."
I say this not in criticism of Obama, but in criticism
of Skopcol's blind hatred of Bill Clinton. What Obama said
in his speech last night is he is LIKE Bill Clinton,
but the circumstances we face require bigger government.
And of course, Obama is right.
But there's money to be made by mindlessly carping at the Clintons.
Excerpt: TMZ broke the story that Northern Trust of Chicago,
which got $1.5 billion in bailout money and then laid off 450 workers,
flew hundreds of clients and employees to Los
Angeles last week and treated them to four days of posh hotel rooms, salmon
filet mignon, concerts, a PGA golf tournament
at the Riviera Country Club with Mercedes shuttle rides and Tiffany swag
I would ask Northern No Trust: If you’re totally
solvent, why are you taking my tax dollars?
If you’re not totally solvent, why are you giving
my tax dollars to Sheryl Crow?
Coming in a moment when skeptical and angry Americans
watched A.I.G., Citigroup, General Motors and Chrysler - firms that
had already been given a federal steroid injection
- get back in line for more billions, the golf scandal was just one more
the bailed-out rich are different from you and
me: their appetites are unquenchable and their culture is uneducable.
Obama served them notice on Tuesday night in his
Congressional address, saying: 'This time, C.E.O.’s won’t be able to use
taxpayer money to pad their paychecks or buy
fancy drapes or disappear on a private jet. Those days are over.'"
Dang, it's like the Dragon Lady heard an advance copy of BCR
I recorded 149before I read Dowd's I-hate-everybody column.
Excerpt: Limbaugh brought up this poll yesterday on his
hate radio show, noting that women hate him.
His solution? To convene a summit of women to
find out why:
"We’ll perhaps devote an hour in an upcoming
program to calls only from women. I want some of these women to start telling
me what it is I must do to make them stop hating me. I own the men, and what must I do now to own
Hey, Pigboy - there are lots of reasons why women hate you.
There's also lots of reason why you can't keep a women in your bed
or in your home,
even when the job pays millions of dollars per year..
Maybe it's because you're a vulgar and racist piece of shit?
Maybe it's because you talk about "owning" women?
Other's Comments Because
Rush is tainted with the smell of young boys from Jamaica..
across as a bitter, misogynistic, oily slimy piece of shit who is gay and
a child molester and drug addict and he proved it long ago
rude sexist, racist, homophobic junkie with the manners of a farm animal
wonders why women don’t like him?
you’d become more popular if you just - like - DIED!
Ann Coulter and Katherine Harris will be there? oh, right - “dr.” Laura.
plan a Fecal Summit too, to figure out why you're such a shit.
Dude... I don't see anything racist in this misguided
Insubordinate, definitely. Racist, no... Unless
you consider his use of 'Hussein' to be so.
In that case, you are falling into that 'mind
reading' trap that you so aptly point out in others...
No one really knows with any certainty why he
used it. The bottom line is that his career is ruined
and he'll not be long for the military. That
is a good thing and of that, I'm certain...
I have a sixth sense when it comes to Nazi scum.
He loves Bush the lying deserter and hates the actually-elected intelligent
Excerpt: Patrick Leahy is quietly preparing plans to investigate
allegations of torture under Bush.
The Senate Rubberstamp Committee could announce
a hearing to consider plans to probe allegations
of torture as early as today, according to Salon,
citing Sen Rubberstamp and members of his staff.
Leahy's office told Raw Story Wednesday morning
that a press release would be sent out shortly.
"We're going to investigate!"
Wait, if you're going to do a cover-up, handjob whitewash,
how do you not invite Lee Hamilton to chair the crooked
If anything happens at all, look for Senator Rubberstamp to offer immunity
but even then, the bastards will lie and Leahy will rubberstamp those
lies and now we're done here.
Hey Bart, I'm a Mac user and you should
know how your listen/download page works for us:
There's no right-click on a Mac but your 'right-click
to download' option' opens in quicktime
and functions as the 'click to listen' option.
The cool thing is that the 'click to listen' option
automatically downloaded to my itunes library.
Your options work opposite for mac users. Nice
that I can put BCR on my IPOD.
Excerpt: I'm always looking forward to another new season
of "High Stakes Poker" on GSN.
The first of 13 new episodes is set to air at
9 p.m. Sunday.
The minimum buy-in for this season's
game is $200,000 and it includes Doyle Brunson,
Eli Elezra, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Laak and Antonio
Esfandiari. Newcomers include
Sam Simon (co-creator of "The Simpsons") and
writer/director Nick Cassavetes.
This is the big
one, the best poker show there is.
Gabe Kaplan is the best analyst and he's entertaining,
On this show, when they say "All in," it's often
a million dollars in cash.
My TIVO has recorded the first four season episodes
again and again
If I had half a brain I'd have them memorized
by now, but nooooo.
Each time I watch them like it's the first time.
Use this Amazon
portal to orderl and they'll send bartcop.com
cents from each dollar you
Just to throw a turd into the punch bowl, Led
Zeppelin is the most overrated band in history.
Led Zeppelin II was a pretty good album, but
there perpetual repetitive falsetto intonations are nerve grating.
Try Gemma Ward in your hotties. Carry on.
You're my favorite daily read.
James, it's too bad you don't get Zeppelin.
They were the best ever.
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