Excerpt: The GOP;s most toxic asset did more than commit
war crimes, lie the nation into an unnecessary war, and mount
wholesale attacks on the Constitution and Bill
of Rights during his string-pulling stint in the White House. Dick Cheney
was also a champion and defender of George W.
Bush's fiscal madness.
Cheney supported Bush in forging public policies
that drained the Treasury to provide tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans
and ran up record deficits while spending at
rates that exceeded LBJ's pace. Johnson, at least, raised taxes to pay
Cheney and Bush preferred to create billions
of dollars of debt to finance their military and nation building experiments.
In late 2002, Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill
argued another round of massive tax cuts would result in staggering deficits
warned Bush the move would harm the economy.
Cheney, infamously, cut off O'Neill snarling, "Reagan proved deficits don't
O'Neill persisted in urging caution thus committing
an unforgivable sin in the Bush administration - speaking the truth.
A month later, O'Neill was fired. Dick Cheney,
not the cowardly Bush, told O'Neill he was getting the heave-ho.
The last voice of fiscal restraint in the Bush
administration and only cabinet member with the guts to say deficits do
was unceremoniously sacked. In Bush world, no
one ever again, within earshot of Dick Cheney, would dare utter the
heresy that debt financed tax cuts create problems.
This is what Clinton did while raising taxes on the super-rich.
Too bad we couldn't get one Democrat to point to the facts.
Every time the Fascist dogs said, "Tax breaks
for the super-rich work," the Democrats looked down and kicked the dirt instead of speaking up.
Excerpt: Bill Clinton saw the core of his domestic agenda
come to ruin, his political support collapse, and his failure
spawn a massive Republican resurgence that made
progressive reform impossible for a decade to come.
What does that mean?
Clinton failed to stop the Democrats from back-stabbing
Jimmy Carter saw the exact same thing happen to
In Obama's case, as with his predecessors, the
prospective culprit is the same: Democrats in Congress, and especially
At a time when the country desperately needs
a coherent response to the array of challenges it faces, the congressional
arm of the
Democratic Party remains mired in fecklessness,
parochialism, and privilege. Obama has made mistakes, as did his predecessors.
Yet the constant recurrence of legislative squabbling
and drift suggests a deeper problem than any characterological or tactical
failures by these presidents: a congressional
party that is congenitally unable to govern.
When Bush stole power, his party demanded that we get
behind him and the Democrats, as always, agreed.
When Obama was elected, his party looked for ways to screw their
president, as always, and they've succeeded.
Excerpt: Markos Moulitsas Zúniga, owner of the
DailyKos website, now admits that he spent six months in the employ
of the US Central Intelligence Agency in 2001,”
writes Holland. “In a one-hour interview on June 2, 2006
‘Kos’ admitted that he was a CIA employee and
would have ‘no problem working for them’ in the present."
Lately I'm feeling sorry for Kos.
He's really took a beating when the economy crashed.
Kos's online income is down to roughly $150K per month.
I don't know how he's going to survive on that tiny pittance.
I'll bet Kos has enough money saved up,
he could be ...a Republican.
Excerpt: Judging by the fatalistic declarations after
this month's collapse of newspapers in Denver and Seattle,
the industry is morosely drinking in its closet,
wondering what went wrong.
Most newspaper post-mortems insist that decreased
ad revenues brought on by the Internet and the recession caused
journalism's problems, not self-inflicted wounds.
If that was entirely accurate, then readers might lament newspapers'
decline as a loss of must-read content. Instead,
Pew polls find many Americans wouldn't care a lot if local papers folded.
In light of that, allow me to use these dwindling
column inches to float an alternate hypothesis: While technological
and economic forces certainly battered newspapers,
journalism also delivered a one-two punch to its own jaw.
David Sirota is lecturing us about honest
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Subject: Saving the American
One thing I think would help save the auto
industry is if all 50 states suspended the state sales tax
on car purchases for 6 months. Here in
California that would be a 10% price cut. Yes the states would
loose some tax revenue but is it worth
it to save the jobs and unemployment that the states would end up
paying if they don't do it?
Suspending the sales tax on cars might save the auto industry.
"With a special election to fill an open House
seat in New York today the NRCC is running an ad attacking Democrat Scott Murphy over his having said
that he opposes the death penalty, even in terror cases. The video kicks off with the words "September
11, 2001" shown onscreen. Images of the attackers are then shown over audio of a radio interview
in which Murphy discusses his views." -- Alex
"The Republican party truly is LOST in the
PAST. How many years can they keep 9/ 11 'terror' alive? I'm just surprised they did not
superimpose a fetus over the top of the photos." -- Bernbart,
We have the right criticizing Obama because he's
Obama, and we have
the left criticizing him because he's being too
much like GW. Lovely.
Folks, he's been in office for about two months,
i.e. a fairly short time.
Most of us who voted for him knew he was an enormous
improvement over the intellect of
the previous guy in office, not to mention the
alternative (McCain). Can we now at least have
a tiny bit of faith that Obama is not completely
clueless and may in fact know what he's doing,
or is at least making the best decisions possible
under the circumstances?
That's not to say we must stifle dissent or blindly
follow our leader, not at all.
When Obama screws up or does something I disagree
with, I'll be there to criticize.
However, with regards to much of what he's rightly
spending his time on, that being the economy
and the financial crisis, the proof in the pudding
will not be known for many months from now,
so I'll refrain from harsh words until some real
evidence becomes known as to whether it's working or not.
Until then, I'll just exercise some faith.
Excerpt: If Obama will only listen to the Right Wing -
the day will be saved. He must begin the recovery by lowering taxes on
It’s the same trickle down nonsense they’ve been
brainlessly promoting for decades. It is astonishing that they still don’t
get it! Or do they?
Americans, particularly of the republican persuasion,
should open their eyes, turn off Fox News and Rush Limbaugh and come to
with the fact that their party is an extremely
destructive force and a detriment to the nation‘s health.
The conservatives are screaming like banshees.
Obama is a socialist, Obama is a fascist, Obama is a communist and he’s
destroy the nation. Obama is actually performing
in just the manner the republicans hoped he would. He’s handing the taxpayer’s
over to the banks and asking for nothing in return.
When the public became incensed over executive bonuses no one in Washington
knew what to do. “Oh, woe is us,” the nation’s
political leaders moaned. “Our hands are tied!” Those executives who are
taxpayer cash were promised those bonuses. What
a strange business, that showers millions on the screw-ups who brought
the house of cards that used to be the U.S. financial
industry. In France the same thing was going on, but when the French people
got fighting mad, their government simply announced
a decree. No more executive bonuses. Problem solved.
Hmmmm, I have no idea what Jon Faulkner is trying to say.
He seems to dislike Republicans and Obama's recovery plan.
"Democratic activists are on a mission
to demoralize the enemy - us. They want to ensure that President Obama is not subject to the same coordinated, facts-be-damned,
multimedia takedown they employed over eight long years to destroy the presidency - and the humanity
- of George W. Bush...So now that the right is vanquished and thoroughly out of power, why doesn't it learn from its
conquerors and employ similar tactics? The answer is obvious. The right,
for the most part, embraces basic Judeo-Christian
ideals and would not promote nor defend the propaganda techniques that were perfected in godless communist and
-- Andrew Breitbart, A.K.A. Mr. Horseshit, on why the right
restrains itself when attacking Democrats, Link
Gee, you'd think there were 150 horses in
The Nazi right plays too nice?
Excerpt: Perhaps you heard the story of the nine-year-old
girl in Brazil, impregnated by her stepfather, whose family was informed
the Catholic Church that the girl's mother and
her doctors would be excommunicated from the church for making the decision
to abort the twins the child rape victim was
carrying. At nine years old, the pregnancy was considered a threat
to her life.
Police say the girl was sexually assaulted for
years by her stepfather. Declaring that "life must always be protected,
Vatican cleric has defended the Catholic Church's
decision to excommunicate the child's mother and doctors.
Jose Cardoso Sobrinho, the archbishop of the diocese
where the little girl lives, has said that the child-molesting stepfather
who impregnated the girl would not be thrown
out of the Church. Although he had allegedly committed "a heinous crime,
the Church took the view that "the abortion,
the elimination of an innocent life, was more serious.
That child molester is still a member in good
standing of the Catholic Church, and the girl's mother and her doctors
Hmmm, do you think Rush Limbaugh might secretly be Catholic?
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"I don't listen to talk radio, I don't look
at the blogs, and I don't watch cable news." --
Harry Reid, on why he's so clueless about everything,Link
"It's because of gutless bastards like Harry
Reid that we have had eight years of Bush illegality and the deregulatory debacle that grips
our economy. Run a progressive challenger to every Blue Dog Democrat or corporate sellout
like Reid. Enough of this nonsense!" -- GFR001,
Subject: Church of Reality
wins Trademark on "Reality"
The Church of Reality is officially the owner
of "Reality" in the "Counseling in spiritual and religious matters" category.
This is not an April Fool's joke. We are actually
the official owners of "Reality®".
What this means for us I'm not sure.
In theory, if a preacher talks about reality
and passes the collection plate, we should get a piece of it.
In practice, I don't know. But we should at least
have some serious fun with this.
What does it mean to be the owner of reality?
Does that make us the chosen religion?
I do know that if ICANN releases the .reality
level domain that we would be first in line to get it.
I'll be doing some sort of press release about
Would love to get on some late night comedy show
about this so looking for some publicity at least.
So spread the word and pass the link around because
once it is officially assigned then reality is ours.
And I think we deserve it.
Marc Perkel First One
Church of Reality ®
"If it's real it violates our trademark"
Excerpt: "Like many people in these desperate economic
times, Ms. Nowlin was laid off from work, lost her home and is destitute,"
said Michael Steinberg of the Michigan ACLU.
"Jailing her because of her poverty is not only unconstitutional, it’s
It is not a crime to be poor in this country
and the government must stop resurrecting debtor’s prisons from the dustbin
In December 2008, Ms. Nowlin’s 16-year-old son
was sentenced to the Bay Pines Center and Ms. Nowlin was ordered to pay
$104 per month for his lodging. At the time of
this order, Ms. Nowlin was homeless and working part-time. She told the
she was unable to pay the ordered amount, however
the judge found her in contempt for failing to pay. In addition, Ms. Nowlin’s
requests for a court appointed attorney were
I'm so old, I remember when the accused had a
right to an attorney.
Since March 3, 2009, Ms. Nowlin has been serving
her sentence at the Delta County Jail. On March 6, 2009, she was released
one day to work. Once released she picked up
her $178.53 check from work thinking that she now could pay the $104.00
out of jail. However, upon her return to jail
that evening, the sheriff forced her to sign over her check to the jail
to cover $120.00 for “room and board.” She was
also charged $22 for a drug test and the booking fee.
Coalition These traitors want Obama to fail
Ringleaders Include: Evan Bayh (D-IN), Tom Carper (D-DE)
and Blanche Lincoln (D-AR).
Backstabbers include: Sens. Mark Udall (D-CO), Michael Bennet
Mark Begich (D-AK), Kay Hagan (D-NC),
Herb Kohl (D-WI), Mary Landrieu (D-LA),
Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Claire McCaskill (D-MO),
Ben Nelson (D-NE), Bill Nelson (D-FL),
Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Mark Warner (D-VA).
Jimmy Page is an incredible guitarist. Absolutely
Better than Jeff Beck?
I think so, but that's just an opinion.
Beck is probably considered numero uno by most
every great player in the business.
I've never heard anybody say "Jeff
Beck is my favorite guitar player."
No disrespect to Jimmy, he is in the very top
of all the players.
Now you're making sense.
Bart - you need to do a bit more listening.
If our opinions differ it's because I'm ignorant?
Spend some time on Youtube and check out the live
Check him out live on "Day In The Life" and a
tremendous amout of tracks with various artists.
The Yardbirds spawned three greats, Clapton,
They are all great, and by the way there was this
guy named Jimi Hendrix....
I will attempt to educate you:
Here to see Page, Beck and Clapton play Tulsa Time together.
About a minute into the song they start trading
At 1:40, Page takes off like a rocket with some
When Page is done, (1:58) Clapton looks at Beck as if to say,
"Holy fuck, did you see that? We need to play
a lot better if we're going to keep up with him."
Clapton knew who the best guitarist was onstage that night.
BTW, at one point in this show (now sure which song) Andy Fairweather-Low
tells Page to play softer and it cracks me up every time I see it.
Andy Fairweather-Low has no business telling Jimmy Page anything
about playing a guitar.
"The Republicans released their budget counter-proposal
this week. It plans to address the deficit, global warming, healthcare, energy, massive tax cuts
for the rich. I'm not kidding. Also, there are no numbers in this budget. It's a budget plan without math. You
know, Obama should have saved that Special Olympics joke for these
-- Bill Maher,
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