"People say the right has taken over the Republican
Party - but no one can say what we’ve done. We’ve been closeted for the last eight
years; it’s time for the right to come out of the closet."
-- Michael Reagan, revealing for the first time that the right wing
is gay, Link
Excerpt: Every Supreme Court nomination is not only a
strategic presidential opportunity but a clear measure of the nation's
current political dispensation. For Barack Obama,
the anticipated chance to replace Justice David Souter has arrived
at a time of massive political and ideological
shifting that this decision can underscore. Glancing over the latest list
potential nominees, there is at least one highly
qualified jurist whose selection would emphasize change -- and might well
lure the Republicans into yet another of the
foolish mistakes that have done them so much damage.
The name of that particular nominee would be Sonia
Sotomayor, daughter of a working-class Bronx family
from Puerto Rico, who now serves on the Second
Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals.
Sotomayor represents everything that a president
choosing his first justice in his first term could desire. As a female
her elevation would begin to bring gender equity
to a forum where historically men have exercised far too much
unchallenged power over the lives of the women.
As a Latina, her rise would symbolize the next stage in the full
enfranchisement of immigrants whose language,
status and poverty have too often turned them into scapegoats
for the cultural and economic costs of globalization.
Specter is the sole inventor of the single bullet
theory. As a lawyer working for the Warren Commission,
Specter demonstrated a long and consistent pattern
of distorting and/or concealing all of the evidence that
disproved the official lone assassin story.
He was instrumental in the entire fabrication and is no possible
explanation for his behavior that does not involve
his active participation in the cover-up. Specter was clearly
a willful co-conspirator in the JFK assassination
cover-up. I don’t want him in the Democratic Party.
Maybe a non-traitor Democrat can beat him in the
primary. If so, look for Specter to run as an independent.
He would rather switch to independent coming
out of a Democratic primary instead of a Republican primary.
But seriously, we need Specter like we need Bush.
The Democratic Party should tell him that it
doesn’t want him.
Excerpt: Jeb Bush said Saturday that it's time for the
Republican Party to give up its "nostalgia" for the heyday of the Reagan
and look forward, even if it means stealing the
winning strategy deployed by Democrats in the 2008 election.
"You can't beat something with nothing, and the
other side has something. I don't like it, but they have it,
and we have to be respectful and mindful of that,"
Mr. Bush said.
Jeb, often mentioned as a potential candidate
in 2012, said President Obama's message of hope and change
during the 2008 campaign clearly resonated with
"So our ideas need to be forward looking and relevant.
I felt like there was a lot of nostalgia and the good old days
in the [Republican] messaging. I mean, it's great,
but it doesn't draw people toward your cause," Mr. Bush said.
In THE THIN WHITE LINE, author Craig DiLouie presents
a terrifying vision about how
a pandemic might unfold, focusing on the Canadian
experience but relevant to any country.
Reading as if it were a non-fiction book describing
a pandemic that has already happened,
THE THIN WHITE LINE presents a realistic, meticulously
"Craig DiLouie provides us with a clairvoyant
glimpse of life during the coming influenza pandemic. . . ." —Grattan Woodson, MD, FACP
author of THE BIRD FLU MANUAL
"The Republican National Committee is this
tiny group of people, some of whom have been there 20 years or more. And they all think
they're precious. And they all think they should be taken care of. And they all think that the job of
the chairman first of all is to make the RNC members happy."
-- Newt, being snotty to his own party for no apparent reason,
...but maybe he's attacking Michael Tom Steele for being Black.
"The earlier cases do not prove that waterboarding
as practised during the Bush administration was illegal, only that waterboarding carried out
in certain ways and under certain circumstances has been successfully prosecuted.
-- Clive Crook, explaining why Bush's CIA burned their torture tapes,
Excerpt: Arlen Specter upset pro-life advocates again
over the weekend. He blamed the death of Jack Kemp
on pro-life policies that he claimed are anti-science.
Kemp died over the weekend about a bout with cancer.
Now, Specter has, as some pro-life advocates say,
"shamefully" used the occasion of Kemp's death to justify his political
"Well, I was sorry to disappoint many people.
Frankly, I was disappointed that the Republican Party didn't want me as
he told the dogs on "Face the Whore."
"But as a matter of principle, I'm becoming much
more comfortable with the Democrats' approach. And one of the items that
I'm working on,
is funding for medical research," Specter added.
"If we had pursued what President Nixon declared in 1970 as the war on
cancer, we would
have cured many strains. I think Jack Kemp would
be alive today. And that research has saved or prolonged many lives, including
What's keeping every gay couple in America from getting married?
I think there are four states now where it's legal - so what's holding
The reason we don't run off to one of the states
that have legalized gay marriage is simple, it wouldn't count
in our state when we returned home. If you got
married in Vermont, your marriage would still be recognized in Oklahoma,
mine wouldn't so why bother. I don't think anyone
has run any statistics yet on New York, but I do know personally several
couples who did run off and get married when
the Gov. there said the state would recognize them. If my state of North
said they would recognize gay marriages from
another state, my girl friend and I (we've been living together for 12
would be on the next plane outta here.
Thanks for asking, I'm sure there are lots of
your readers who are wondering the same thing.
I love it how republicans are now referring to
themselves as independants or libertarians.
They are so completely ashamed of their party
that even in so obviously a partisan letter, they still can't call themselves
"President Bush. I met him personally and liked
him very much. He was honest and straightforward,
and that is very important. I may not have agreed with all his
policies, but I thought he was very honest and a very good leader."
-- The Dalai Lama, Link
I hade no idea the Dalai Lama was crazier than a runover dog.
Excerpt: Speaking of Joe the Plumber ... the conservative
faithful continue to manufacture evidence to support a charge
once aggressively advanced by the McCain campaign:
that liberal Democrats and NBC News have an elitist's
disdain for ordinary people like Joe.
Next to pictures of Joe the P, Miss California,
and a couple of teabaggers, Fox Nation yesterday asked :
"Why Does NBC News Attack Average Americans?"
The question linked to a short post that links to a
muddled Newsbusters rant -- parsed nicely by
News Hounds -- accusing David Schuster of advancing an
"attack campaign" against Carrie Prejean, the
"average American" who recently expressed her support of
"opposite marriage" to Miss USA judges and a
John Hawkins at Pajamas Media similarly complains
of the "intrusive, public scrutiny" given to Joe the Plumber,
"a private citizen who merely asked an inconvenient
question to Barack Obama." Ordinary Joe and Average Carrie:
icons of the real America who are unfairly attacked
by liberals. Come again?
The GOP has gotten away with "We want tax cuts
so the average guy has more money in his pocket." for years.
It's always been a sham because the tax cuts
always went to the super-rich.
But it was the poorest people who voted to give
the super-rich more money - people from MS, OK, AL and UT.
I blame the Democrats for refusing to list the
Excerpt: The incredibly clueless stewards of the incredibly
shrinking Republican Party would do well to recall that it was
supposedly Abe Lincoln, a Republican, who said
you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.
Not only has the G.O.P. spent years trying to
fool everybody in sight with its phony-baloney, dime-store philosophies,
it’s now trapped in the patently pathetic phase
of fooling itself.
The economy has imploded, the auto industry is
in danger of being vaporized and more than half of all working Americans
are worried that they may lose their jobs in
the next year. So what’s the Republican response? To build a wall of obstruction
in front of efforts to get the economy moving
again, and then to stand in front of that wall chanting gibberish about
government, lower taxes, spending cuts and Ronald
It’s not a party; it’s a cult. I’m no fan of Arlen
Specter, but if I were a Republican, I wouldn’t be shoving him out the
and waving good riddance. This is the party of
Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, and the dark force
who can’t seem to exit the public stage or modify
his medieval ways, Dick Cheney.
The Republicans refuse to admit there's anything wrong with being whores
As long as they continue to fight for torture, 2012 should be a cakewalk
for our side.
Excerpt: Here's a question to ponder this morning. It's
one I've been pondering for some weeks now:
Is it worth your time and effort trying to engage
in rational discussions with the increasingly nutty and frantic mouth-breathers
on the political right? Or are were they all
genetically wired at birth to become hybrids of Grandpa Simpson and Mr.
The only reason I mention this is that last night,
as is my ritual, I settled in with the Wall Street Journal for my daily
into conservative "Neverland," - a blame-free
zone where the words, "Wow, we were sure wrong about that!"are never uttered.
I was doing fine, until I reached Neverland's
dark heart, the WSJ Editorial Page - a vortex of swirling nonsense where
neo-cons rhetorically goose step in a tight clockwise
circle - much like that roiling red spot of hot gas on Venus that roils
but never seems to move or change.
In yesterdays editorial the editors were wringing
their hands over all things Obama, in particular his budget and related
economic rescue spending. Here's how they ended
"Mr. Obama is more popular than his policies,
and sooner or later the twain shall meet. For now, we are living in
another era of unchecked liberal government.
The reckoning will come when Americans discover how much it costs."
The sheer chutzpah of it staggers the mind of
anyone not on heavy doses of anti-psychotic drugs.
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somebody gives you 100 dollars, give them 5%
of any winnings you make, etc. etc.
-- Mike the Dealer.
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"So now we have to get a female Hispanic on
the Supreme Court? I just sit here and laugh about it, because it's a great illustration of
what the left has done to our entire culture. Merit doesn't matter; pandering to minorities is everything." -- Der vulgar Pigboy, explaining why Bush the Smarter
put Clarence Slappy Thomas on the high court,
Excerpt: The more often Americans go to church, the more
likely they are to support the torture of suspected terrorists, according
to a new analysis.
More than half of people who attend services at
least once a week - 54 percent - said the use of torture against suspected
“often” or “sometimes” justified. Only 42 percent
of people who “seldom or never” go to services agreed, according the analysis
Wednesday by the Pew Forum on Religion &
How can they believe Christ was crucified AND support torture?
And wouldn't Bush's crooked lawyers have found a way to crucify people
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