"Today, Reagan would be too moderate for what is left of the Republican
-- Briseadh na Faire, Link
The GOP keeps moving right.
In 1976, Bob Dole was added to the GOP ticket
because they needed a nasty prick to attack Carter.
By the time Clinton kicked his ass in '96 Dole was
considered to be one of the nicest Rethugs around.
By 2006, Reagan had become "the appeaser."
"What do you do to correct this kind of thing?
You’re told one thing, you’d have so much and you didn’t. These are the kinds of things we heard
after Katrina during a previous administration." -- Bob Schieffer, blaming
Obama for the failure of that French company to deliver enough H1N1 vaccine
on time, Link
It's my understanding Bush made a deal with this French company
last summer to deliver the vaccine on time.
Under Bush, his crooked cronies got paid, regardless if they
delivered the goods or not.
60 Minutes asked the same questions last night and they
suggested the French company was
doing their best but they had run into problems and things are
working better now.
How does Schieffer hold Obama accountable
for a deal Bush made in 2008?
Oh, that's right - Bob Schieffer is a senior
Excerpt: The moderate Republican nominee for a vacant
U.S. House seat here unexpectedly withdrew from the race Saturday,
bowing to a revolt led by conservative activists
that badly split the national GOP leadership and is likely to influence
shape of the party heading into next year's midterm
With campaign funds drying up and support in public
polls eroding significantly, Dede Scozzafava suspended her campaign
three days before Tuesday's special election
in New York's 23rd Congressional District. Her move paves the way for a
conservative third-party candidate, Doug Hoffman,
in his effort to deny Democrats a seat that has been Rethug for more than
Scozzafava's sudden departure represented a clear
victory for the right flank of a fractured Republican Party that is trying
itself nationally after consecutive losses in
2006 and 2008 left the White House and both branches of Congress in Democratic
The sudden turn of events in this Upstate New
York district sends a signal to Republican candidates across the country
populist forces are prepared to exercise their
muscle against GOP candidates they regard as insufficiently conservative.
"The grass roots of the conservative movement
just claimed a scalp before anyone even voted," said Mark McKinnon.
'The conservative movement is alive, well, kicking
hindquarters and taking names. And if you don't measure up, look out.'"
"What does Obama want when it comes to health
care in this country? What does he want in the bill? The White House is backstabbing Harry
Reid on the public option. I think the president would sell his soul for some republican support
at this hour. Mr. President, don't cave."
-- Ed Schultz, Link
Excerpt: Where Democrats are concerned, journalism's vaunted
ethical code quit functioning as anything but camouflage
during Clinton's first term. Out of scores of
examples Joe Conason and I documented in "The Hunting of the President,"
the easiest to explain briefly may be a 1995
ABC "Nightline" broadcast in which a creatively edited video clip was used
to insinuate that Hillary lied about "Whitewater"
After excising the words "I was what we called
the billing attorney" from the first lady's remarks, ABC's Jeff Greenfield
suggested that concealing that very fact explained
"why the White House was so worried about what was in Vince Foster's
office when he killed himself."
The phony quote then showed up everywhere: on
CNN, in New York Times editorials, Maureen Dowd's column, etc.
William Safire used it to predict Mrs. Clinton's
indictment. After all, as Newsweek's Michael Isikoff wrote,
"It is Foster's suicide that lends Whitewater
its aura of menace."
Ancient history? Maybe so. But there was Jeff
Greenfield on CBS News last week (he's worked for everybody),
making the obligatory Nixon comparison and assuring
Katie Couric that "if Fox is feeling any pain from the
White House's stance, it's crying all the way
to the bank."
As do they all.
See, while Fox News acolytes remain convinced
of "liberal media bias," the reality is that celebrity journalists rarely,
if ever, get hurt for abusing Democrats. Mistreat
a name-brand Republican, however, and ...
Well, remember "60 Minutes'" Dan Rather?
Democrats complain; Republicans get even.
Hence "mainstream" political journalists, who
cower like beaten dogs for fear of ending up on Roger Ailes'
enemies list, haven't had to fear the Obama White
House. Last week's collective cringe makes it abundantly
clear how badly they'd like to keep it that way.
"I'm a fan of tequila - Patron Silver. You
know what my favorite thing is about Patron Silver? The next morning, other alcohols leave
you with hangovers. With Patron, you're still drunk!" -- Wanda Sykes, whose
new talk show starts this Saturday night on the dreaded FOX network
Watch her show, but don't patronize any
of the FOX sponsors
Excerpt After being informed at Parkland Hospital that
Kennedy was dead, Johnson raced back to Air Force One,
where he waited for Mrs. Kennedy and the body
of the slain president, and made preparations to take the Oath of Office.
Jackie wanted to leave Dallas, but the pilot
said he had orders to wait.
McHugh did not know that Johnson was onboard.
If LBJ was on the plane, McHugh wanted to see for himself.
Since he had not seen Johnson in the aisle --
McHugh assumed that he must then be in the bedroom or bathroom.
What McHugh claimed to have witnessed next was
shocking. "I walked in the bathroom, and there LBJ was hiding,
with the curtain closed," McHugh recalled. He
claimed that LBJ was crying, "They're going to get us all. It's a plot. It's a plot. It's going to get us all.'"
According to the General, Johnson "was hysterical, sitting there alone."
But how credible is McHugh's account?
First, if true, LBJ's reaction was probably normal.
When the president is murdered right in front
of you, how can you not think "conspiracy?"
Second, this story comes to us via wehateclintons.com,
a site not exactly known for honesty.
And they're quoting Steven Gillon, resident historian
of the History Channel, which is only slightly to the left of FOX.
Jesus, is there any reporting we can trust
"If only Limbaugh really were "just an entertainer."
Then we could dismiss him as a clown. But "entertainers" don't have audiences of "dittohead" acolytes
who absorb their every word as gospel truth. "Entertainers" don't make condemnations of half the country as being
the "enemy within" and actually stand -- and actually stand a chance of
the other half nodding its head in agreement.
This, of course, is how you whip up violence: You scapegoat, you demonize, you dehumanize, and most of all, you paint
a target on people's backs and say they're they Enemy."
-- David Neiwert, Link
Excerpt: McChrystal was the head of Special Operations
command in Afghanistan during Pat Tillman's death. McChrystal was the one
who approved paperwork awarding Tillman a Silver
Star despite knowing (or at least suspecting) that he had died in fratricide
and not, as originally determined, enemy fire.
This was once a big embarrassment for the army
and, to a lesser extent, McChrystal himself (though he has copped to making
an innocent mistake). But when the general was
elevated to top spot in Afghanistan this past spring, nobody revisited
That may change. On Sunday, journalist Jon Krakauer
joined the Meet the Whore panel to discuss his new book on Tillman.
Krakauer offered a harsh assessment of McChrystal's
conduct during that period and even stressed that the General's
explanations upon reflection were "preposterous"
"What's going on in the special election in
NY-23, I think, is a remarkable phenomenon that could affect our politics for years to come. Palin
was kind of playing the role of pied piper in Republican politics, which I'm quite comfortable with --
basically hanging a 'moderates need not apply' sign."
-- David Plouffe, crediting Palin with driving the sane Republican
out of that NY race, Link
Excerpt: Federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald declared
in the Valerie Plame affair that "there is a cloud over the vice president."
Last week's release of Cheney's FBI interview
underscores why Fitzgerald felt that way.
On 72 occasions, Cheney equivocated to the FBI
during his lengthy May 2004 interview, saying he could not
be certain in his answers to questions about
matters large and small in the Plame controversy.
The Cheney interview reflects a team of prosecutors
and FBI agents trying to find out whether the leaks of Plame's
CIA identity were orchestrated by Cheney and
carried out by, among others, "Scooter" Libby, Cheney's crooked chief of
Among the most basic questions for Cheney in
the Plame probe: How did Libby find out that Plame worked at the CIA?
Libby's own handwritten notes suggest Libby found
out from Cheney. When Libby discovered Cheney's reference to Plame
and the CIA in his notes — notes that Libby knew
he would soon have to turn over to the FBI — the chief of staff went
to the vice president, probably in late September
or early October 2003.
"I have a note that I had heard about Plame's
CIA identity from you," Libby says he
told the crooked vice president.
Bart, I read the comment by Ross in #2420 about
having swine flu.
Ugh, I got it this week, Bart.
One day fine, and literally next day my lungs
were burning and I was spasming with coughing.
Went to doc yesterday because I couldn't breathe.
Steroids, inhaler, antibiotics, codeine cough
I thought I was a tough cookie Bart, but this
shit kicked my ass.
The pain was making me squeal like Barbie Doll
on a snake hunt.
Watch your ass. This ain't an easy flu.
Anybody that gets it, you or Mrs. Bart, get thee
to a doctor if your lungs get involved, QUICK.
My blood air was down to 93--not killer, but
Good luck and swing the hammer, dude!
I'm glad you're feeling better.
I'm taking the swine flu very seriously.
The good news is I "work" from home, so I don't
meet many people and I meet zero kids.
When I go to the store or whatever I wash my
hands and use the Purell.
I was hospitalized twice this year for pneumonia
and I don't want to go back.
"Lieberman is drowning in campaign contributions
from the insurance industry, the health care industry, the pharmaceutical industry - more
than $2.5 million...So I think what you’re seeing here is the kind of legalized corruption, legalized bribery
that runs the United States Senate; only in this case it’s particularly sleazy and transparent because Lieberman
is ready to gut the major initiative of the Democratic Party."
-- Glenn Greenwald, about Kissyface's threat to filibuster the health care
bill if it contains a public option, Link
"Snoop Dogg has just been hired to do promo
commercials for the NFL pregame show on ESPN. Iet I, El Pigbo, am 'divisive'. I'm
thinking I better go out and commit some crimes and do some time -- then maybe the NFL and the Democrat
Party will have me."
-- the vulgar Pigboy,
Poor Rush, once again drowning in his self-pity.
Nobody likes you, Rush, except for the racist, birther handjobs.
If America has a choice between you and anybody else, anybody
else is always going to win.
> You can't reason with insane people like
Inhofe. > Like Reagan, he knows what he knows and
no evidence will change his stubborn mind.
I'd like to know from anyone, what empirical evidence
from a recognized, peer reviewed, scientific journal article,
substantiates the allegation that man-made CO2
is any way connected to global warming. My reading of the scientific literature
for the past ten years on the subject is absent
of any direct evidence. The only correlations that have been submitted
(IPCC and J.Hanson notwithstanding) come from
computer model extrapolations and not hard evidence.
And now for the past ten years the cycle has turned
into anything but a global warming which begs the question,
why weren't these advanced computers able to
predict this cooling phenomenon? This conjures up an alternate explanation
for the cause of man-made CO2 and global warming.
Surely there must be a corollary to a Bart Axiom which states "follow the
CC in FL
The year I was born, you needed a team of dogs and a sled to cross the
North Pole in Winter.
In 2009, you can get there by boat.
Polar ice is melting like crazy - you can't argue with that.
Something is causing the ice to melt - why disagree with the
Why would you want to agree with the most backward man in the entire
Note: Anybody have some empirical evidence for this guy?
Excerpt: By invading Iraq, Bush and the neocons gave three
key gifts to al-Qaeda: they shifted U.S. military focus away
from the Af-Pac border region where Osama and
other al-Qaeda leaders were hiding; eliminated rival Saddam;
and intensified anti-Americanism, which helped
al-Qaeda recruit more suicide bombers.
Beyond that, Bush and the neocons upgraded the
prospects for Islamic extremists to destabilize Pakistan,
whose collapse could deliver nukes to al-Qaeda
terrorists, exactly the nightmare scenario that Bush and
neocons cited to justify the invasion of Iraq.
How misguided the Bush-neocon Iraq strategy was
comes into focus in a recently released letter by Matthew Hoh,
who resigned his reconstruction post in Afghanistan
because he concluded that the drawn-out U.S. occupation
no longer made any sense, nor offered reasonable
hope of success.
Excerpt: You know what the super-rich want? They want
obedient workers . . . Obedient workers, people who are just smart enough
to run the machines and do the paperwork. And
just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shittier jobs
the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced
benefits, the end of overtime and vanishing pension that disappears the
you go to collect it, and now they’re coming
for your Social Security money. They want your fuckin' retirement money.
They want it back so they can give it to their
criminal friends on Wall Street, and you know something? They’ll get it
. . .
they’ll get it all from you sooner or later cause
they own this fuckin' place.
"A new poll from CNN found that more than 70%
of Americans said that Sarah Palin is not qualified to be president in 2012. When she heard
that, Palin was like, 'Yeah, but that still leaves 50%..."
-- Jimmy Fallon
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Excerpt: Even though candidate Obama pledged to end "the
practice of shipping away prisoners in the dead of night to be tortured
in far-off countries," his FBI has been rendering
kidnap victims to the U.S. The practice is still kidnapping, however; and
it's still illegal.
Unlucky victim No. 1 was Raymond Azar, 45, flown
from Afghanistan to Alexandria, Va., not to a foreign country. The construction
manager for Sima International, a Lebanese outfit
that did work for the U.S. military, Azar said he was tortured by his abductors.
He might just as well have been flow to Egypt
under the Bushies.
Interestingly, Azar was never charged as a dangerous
terrorist, only with conspiracy to commit bribery.
Is Helen Thomas still at the White House?
Someone should ask Obama about this on live TV - I'd like to see his
answers to those questions.
Bart, I have been against getting any deeper into
either of the wars that Bush the evil idiot started. Now we are hearing
and now George himself that they support more
troops for Afghanistan. If anybody out there still has a functioning brain,
they would know
that these two warmongering simpletons would
never come up with the correct conclusion. They have been wrong about everything.
If Obama does not do exactly the opposite then
we are really fucked. He has done nothing to give me any hope since he
has taken office.
We still have not gotten out of Iraq in any meaning
full numbers. We still have wiretapping, none of that has changed. The
ext eight years
are crucial to our survival as a functioning
economy. We can not afford to let the Repukes back into power in any way.
Obama had better step it up or he will be toast
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