"I spend a lot of time thinking about Katrina,
and whether I could have sent in the federal troops right away,
even though it was against the law," -- Bush, on why he let 8,000 Black
people die - because he always obeys the law, Link
me, Pickles, I'm obeying the law
by letting those darkies drown..."
Butt George, if you were (in your words) willing to break the
why did you let them drownn for 5 days before taking any action?
Besides, you said Brownie did "a heckuva
That's when America finally realized you were a delusional liar.
Excerpt: Obama declared the swine flu outbreak a national
emergency, giving his health chief the power
to let hospitals move emergency rooms offsite
to speed treatment and protect noninfected patients.
The declaration, signed Friday night and announced
Saturday, comes with the disease more prevalent
than ever in the country and production delays
undercutting the government's initial, optimistic estimates
that as many as 120 million doses of the vaccine
could be available by mid-October.
Health authorities say more than 1,000 people
in the United States, including almost 100 children, have died
from the strain of flu known as H1N1, and 46
states have widespread flu activity. So far only 11 million doses
have gone out to health departments, doctor's
offices and other providers, according to the CDC officials.
That's a good move, but why not take it to the
Why not insist/demand that every school and
every public building have Purell or
some kind of anti-bacterial tissues at every
entrance and in every classroom?
They say kids are spreading this deadly disease
- so let's close the schools for 3-6 months.
What's worse - losing a few months of school
or losing a few classmates?
This epidemic is either serious or it's not.
Why is our government doing nothing in a crisis?
Why call it "a national emergency" but not ask
the nation to take any action?
"I have trouble listening to what he says sometimes
because of the blood that drips from his teeth while he's talking...by the way, when
he was done speaking, did he just turn into a bat and fly away?"
-- Rep Alan Grayson, calling Cheney a goddamn vampire,
Almost every time I get a letter like this, I
send back this reply:
Carnaby, if you have something
to say, I'll give you 200 words. Lots of people will read
it, just keep it clean. bart
But it's so rare that one of them takes me up on the offer.
Why are these loud, extra-opinionated people so quiet when you give
them a forum to speak?
If the vulgar Pigboy offered me three uniterrupted minutes on his hate
show, I'd keep it clean
and I might even raise a few questions in the minds of his double-digit-IQ
(The single-digiters are already too far gone - they can't be saved.)
And I get that not everybody wants to defend their politics in public,
but why don't the loud, extra-opinionated people want to?
How can they be so angered by a threat they can't define?
Excerpt: Republicans needn't trouble themselves to nominate
a presidential candidate in 2012.
No matter what, President Barack Obama will be
running against George W. Bush...
Obama clearly wants Bush to be the Hoover to his
FDR. Since his predecessor left office with 34 percent job approval,
Obama understandably feels moved to scorn and
berate him. But Obama's perpetual campaign against Bush is graceless,
whiny, and tin-eared. Must Obama always reach
for the convenient excuse?...
When Obama first burst on the scene, he seemed
to respect the other side. That refreshing Obama is long gone.
Now, he impugns his immediate predecessor with
classless regularity, and attributes the worst of motives --
pure partisanship and unrestrained greed -- to
those who oppose him. Their assigned role is to get the hell out of his
The acid test of the White House inevitably exposes
a president's character flaws:
Obama in the crucible is exhibiting an oddly
Funny how Lowry was unable to list the litany
of personal insults Obama has cursed at Der Monkey Fuhrer.
He didn't list them because they don't exist
except for in the imaginations of FOX News and handjob birthers.
Excerpt McCain's bill, the Internet Freedom Act, seeks
to do the opposite of what its name implies by ensuring that
broadband and wireless providers can discriminate
and throttle certain traffic while giving preferential treatment
to other traffic. Basically, those in power or
those who pay more will have better access. Apparently we have
different definitions of ‘freedom'.
According to the text of the McCain bill, the
FCC "shall not propose, promulgate, or issue any regulations
regarding the Internet or IP-enabled services."
Isn't that what the FCC does? Isn't that sort of like introducing
a bill to prohibit the Treasury from printing
money, or a bill to prohibit the IRS from collecting taxes?
Isn't it sad that we live in a country where Republican senators have
but the Democratic senators are totally and completely helpless?
"That's been the difficulty since day one.
They should have come down with a very clear template in terms of what they were expecting. From that,
we should have had hearings and the Congress should have legislated. And, having done it the reverse way
with these five different bills percolating up through committees, it's really difficult to see even what
we are voting for."
-- Sen Jim Webb, saying Obama has done a poor job on health care so far,
There was an article in Wired that explained
the whole phenomenon of umpires missing calls.
I can't find it but I'll do my best to explain
what it said...
Light travels faster than sound, which means humans
see things before they hear them. The brain compensates for this
input discrepancy by deliberately postponing
sight processing for microseconds so it'll synch up with sound processing.
Which means ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING YOU SEE is
after it happened.
When we're dealing with baseball calls that actually
deal in microseconds, it's possible for a human umpire
who is closer to the action than a video camera
to see things ever so slightly different. Just a slight bit of erratic
synaptic syncopation and the umpire actually
sees the foot leave the base earlier than the camera does.
He's not crazy or even mistaken. It's just the
way the brain works.
And, of course, a genuine scientific excuse for
getting rid of umpires in professional baseball.
Your Bartship, I wrote you about how the Military
uses news media and "good-news-all-is-rosy" bullshit
to make young people feel that enlisting is the
"right" thing to do. Here is a recent report in a rag by vets, for vets.
Army fixing recruitment numbers
to justify SURGE in Afghanistan? And wouldn't
that surge be "Obama's surge?" (that's an innocent question.)
Excerpt: Amid charges from Cheney and other Republicans
that Obama is taking too long to make a decision on sending
more troops to Afghanistan, Correspondent Fred
Kaplan of Slate says that the Army's claims to have exceeded
its 2009 recruiting goals have been exaggerated.
The numbers are very fishy, and it is what the Pentagon IS NOT
telling the American people, Congress, and their
Commander-In-Chief that is highly irregular.
Some Pentagon officials claim success was due
to high unemployment, while others to a spurt in civic-mindedness
in response to Obama's call for national service.
However, scrutiny shows that fewer people joined the Army this year
than last year and the Army lowered its recruitment
Gee, if we could trust the whore press, maybe
we could get some answers.
If the Pentagon is lying to us, somebody big needs to be fired.
Thanks to Bikertrash, Fred Kaplan and anyone else
who's demanding honesty and transperency.
I am appalled that conservatives are attacking
the Obama Administration's courageous fight against the alien global media
that is indoctrinating us with its un-American
values (reality shows, sockpuppet shows (Fox News), song and dance competitions
European imports all) ! Has Fox really
bought off the teabaggers, Minutemen and oathkeepers with the Glenn Beck
comedy hour ---
at what discount have they sold their souls ?
How can real Merkins sit idly by while Emmitt Smith and Lawrence Taylor
the screen wearing bowler hats ! Why are
the Republicans refusing to defend us from the aliens with their strange
language and twisted
logic (e.g., Rupert Murdoch from Australia and
Tim McCarver from the Lesser Magellanic Cloud[?]) ?
We must stand tall and united behind the President
as he takes back America and its airwaves, cable lines & satellite
Fox's one-world programming agenda or else we'll
be drinking drink warm beer that doesn't taste like treated wastewater
Marxism) and watching two-day cricket tests and
even World Cup soccer ! If you're not with Obama then you're with
Simon Cowell !
Excerpt: Conservatives claimed the media had an inherent
This was important for a few reasons; it made
it possible for Republicans to shrug off reporting which showed
their agenda was not what the public wanted,
it played a victim meme which dovetailed nicely with the nefarious
Southern Strategy (e.g. conservatives were victims
of the liberal press just like white working folks were victims
of liberal policies) and perhaps most importantly
it allowed the creation and legitimating of the Right Wing Echo chamber...
This all came into its own during the Clinton
Using the whipped up scandals and the one real
one of the Clinton Presidency, they fanned the flames of their base
with lurid tales of drug dealing out of the White
House and the supposed murder of Vince Foster. As the Republicans
overplayed their cards with impeachment, the
next step in the echo chamber was coming to life, Fox News. From its
inception it was clear they were pointed towards
the farthest right of the right. Any network that has to tell you over
and over and over they are "Fair and Balanced"
is anything but.
When FOX cries "Fair and balanced,"
it reminds me of those crooked plumbers who
have that Christian fish decal on their back window to make the easily-led
think he's honest.
Over the weekend, Mom confessed. She said it was all planned two weeks in advance.
That's like pulling 99 fire alarms.
Somebody's going to have to go to prison,
unless this Henne guy is a big-time Republican donor.
"The White House hosted a secret, off the record
briefing for Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow. They spent spent more than two hours
with Obama. Why is the press corps giving the White House a pass for behavior it never would
have tolerated from other administrations? I believe it‘s simple bias."
-- Tucker Carlson, pretending Bush never met with right-wingers like Beck
and the Pigboy, Link
"Bush has had the good grace to go into seclusion
and not stand on the sidelines second-guessing every move
made by his successor. Cheney, by contrast,
has taken it upon himself to serve as the chief critic of the Obama
administration and chief defender of the
Bush administration, even if it requires rewriting history."
I think they run those Cheney quotes just to watch the Democrats
Excellent guard dog. Owner cannot afford to feed him anymore, as
there are no more R wing scum, Wall Street CEOs, AM radio blow hards, neoconservative
thieves, republican murderers, or Faux news molesters left in the neighborhood
for him to eat.
crew was napping What else can he say and keep his job?
Excerpt: The first officer of the Northwest Airlines jet
that missed its destination by 150 miles says there was no fight
in the cockpit, neither he nor the captain had
fallen asleep and the passengers were never in any danger.
But in an interview with The Associated Press
two days after he and a colleague blew past their destination
as air traffic controllers tried frantically
to reach them, pilot Richard Cole would not say just what it was that
led to them to forget to land Flight 188.
"It was not a serious event, from a safety issue,"
Cole said in front of his Salem, Ore., home.
"I would tell you more, but I've already told
you way too much."
The minute he tells the truth his career is over, so no wonder he's
playing Tommy Dimwit.
And where were the stewardesses?
For instance, it takes less than 3 hours to fly from Tulsa to Las Vegas.
If I'm on that plane for 4 hours, I'm going to be asking the flight
attendents what's up.
Does the cockpit have a doorbell they can ring to wake the sleeping
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"The GOP needs to shed its image as the 'old
white guy party'. We need a more welcoming message. We just can't be the party of no.
Republicans need to offer solutions to these problems."
-- Jeb Bush, talking like a sane man (for a Bush), Link
Excerpt: Branch recounts being the lone Clinton defender
on one of the last "Meet the Press" shows of Clinton's term,
when all the other guests were still obsessed
with the president's cock. It was bad enough on camera, but during
commercial breaks Russert and his friends
gossiped about alleged new Clinton girlfriends and sang "Who let the dogs out?" tapping their
pencil along to the woof-woof chorus.
I wonder if Russert had any shame at all when he admitted, under oath,
that he was for sale?
Excerpt: Just before the band came on stage, a roadie
calling himself Rocco got up in front of the crowd of 96,000 and said,
"Tonight, you are the ones making history, in
North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and Antarctica.
Tonight, we need to hear your voices, and to
hear you sing. Can you do it?"
In response, the crowd roared its agreement, and
indeed, throughout U2's approximately two hours on stage, there were
several emotional moments when Bono stopped singing
and let the audience take over the vocals. These were truly
awe-inspiring moments, as there is very little
on Earth like the sound of nearly 100,000 people singing together.
Hmmmm, nothing in my mailbox about the biggest concert ever.
I guess I was the only one who watched it?
Tech-wise, I'd give it an A-.
There were a couple of mini-glitches near the start, but even then,
the sound kept coming.
Performance-wise, it was A+
all the way. Bono had a great night.
Curiously, I didn't see the "300M African lives saved" graphic
on the big screen.
Did I miss it or did they decide that was too political for a worldwide
"These days, you can find out what's happening
at just about any event by turning to Twitter. But at the Rose Bowl, this wasn't the
case. It turned out that there was nearly no connectivity, and so there seemed to be a dearth
of tweets sent from inside the concert." Link
That's because iPhones don't work in large crowds.
Why doesn't Apple fix this glaring and dangerous flaw?
Excerpt: Former TV star Bill Cosby will receive the nation's
foremost humor prize Monday at the Kennedy Center in Washington.
Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock and other top entertainers
will line up to honor him with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
It's a prize Cosby has turned down twice before
because he said he was disgusted with profanity
and N-words thrown around by performers honoring
Richard Pryor, who was the first recipient in 1998.
"I told them flat out no because I will not be
used, nor will Mark Twain be used, in that way," he told The Whore AP.
The Nation magazine is facing "a daunting million
Boo f-ing hoo.
Maybe they should fire their attack-Obama-below-the-belt writers.
Subject: your comment about heart
Bart, you wrote:
> "If you have $100K worth of insurance and
you have a $250K heart attack, you better have > $150K in savings or you're filing bankruptcy
and losing your car and your almost paid-for home."
If you live in Massachusetts the first 500k of
your home is protected against any civil action except loans you took out
against the house. All you need is to file a
one-page form called a Homestead Allowance and you're protected.
But because America is stupidly fractured into
fifty sets of laws, hundreds of millions of us
don't have that protection. Wouldn't it
be great if we lived in The United States?
Also, all of your funds for retirement (IRA, Roth
Keogh, 401k, SarSep, Simple) are exempt from any civil action.
I hear that there is no limit in Florida on homesteads,
that's why so much dirty money is tied up in big houses there.
Bankruptcy judges aren't going to take your car
unless it is a Maserati. As long as you use the car to get to work
and it's reasonable, you're fine.
But the repo man can take it if you're late because
you haven't worked because you had the heart attack.
As Al Franken pointed out in that clip, Switzerland
and France and Germany have ZERO medical bankruptcies.
Too bad America is AFRAID of being as advanced
as Eureopean countries.
BTW, the IRS doesn't track wire transfers under
10k so you can build a litigation-proof nest egg .:
Just use after-tax dollars.
Well sure - but the trick is getting your hands
on nine thousand dollars in cash to get started.
And then you have to do that 16 more times
to be protected from that $150K
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Excerpt: Despite growing concern over Obama's safe school
"czar" Kevin Jennings, the White House
is refusing to directly comment on the controversy.
Instead, Robert Gibbs has decided to criticize
media outlets like FOX News for bringing the
scandal to light:
The truth, Robert, is that Jennings admitted he
was aware of a sexual relationship between a high school
sophomore — who now claims he was 16 at the time
— and an older man. It was Jennings who originally
said the boy was 15, and Jennings who admits
that he did nothing wrong.
The White House for turning a blind eye to the
Jennings saga. They also uncovered a 1997 speech that Jennings
gave in which he said, "One of the people that's
always inspired me is Harry Hay." Hay was a longtime gay rights
advocate and big supporter of the North American
Man-Boy Love Association or the group NAMBLA.
In fact, in a 1983 speech Hay said, "If the parents
and friends of gays are truly friends of gays, they would know
from their gay kids that the relationship with
an older man is precisely what 13, 14, and 15-year-old kids need more
than anything in the world."
It is time for Kevin Jennings to resign.
Wait - this is the "scandal" where Obama
has chosen to take stand?
The poor bastard that the right-wing echo chamber
will turn into NAMBLA's co-founder and president?
Excerpt: Advancing the newest ludicrous and bigoted attack
in a long series of failed efforts by conservatives to smear Education
Department official Kevin Jennings and force
his firing, Hannity and the Washington Times have insisted that Jennings'
past involvement with the AIDS Coalition to Unleash
Power (ACT UP) somehow disqualifies him from serving in the
Obama administration. But such arguments are
absurd, given that ACT UP, an anti-AIDS activist organization, has been
credited with both creating awareness of the
AIDS epidemic in America and facilitating more effective treatment of the
There's a world of difference between helping an anti-AIDS organization
to be "inspired" by a man who advocated that men have affairs with
13 year old boys.
How Catholic - how Limbaughian.
I don't think this is a fight we can win.
The last thing Obama needs to have added to his GOP-defined resume
is "Supports child molesters."
If I'm wrong on this, write and tell me why but this doesn't seem to
be the hill we want to defend at all costs.
With all the caving Obama has done, maybe he should've caved in one
more time on this one, too.
Of course, had he not caved in all those previous times, he would need
to take a strong stand now
to prove that he is capable of taking a strong stand when he
Did we get bamboozled again?
Sidebar: The question is not "Is Bart homophobic?" The question is "What can we successfully defend in today's near-civil
FOX and hate radio have already defined Obama as "determined
to destroy America." Obama's refusal to fight back - just like Kerry - has allowed his enemies
to define him for about 40% of America.
they're semi-successful at making Obama "the child
molester's friend," that charge cannot be defended
once it sticks and Obama's approval ratings could take a dive from
which he cannot recover.
The White House seems to be playing terrible poker - hand after hand.
That makes me think I might be a benefit to Obama's team.
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