"I've been in the room and they've been scared
-- Michael Tom Steele, feeling that GOP racism,
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"Who calls a shot like that? Who makes a decision
like that? It's a disturbing trend." -- Sarah palin, hard
at work on the premier issue of the day - who moved "In God We Trust"
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Excerpt: Last Thursday there was a rally outside the U.S.
Capitol to protest pending health care legislation, featuring large signs
showing piles of bodies at Dachau with the caption
"National Socialist Healthcare." It was grotesque - and it was also ominous.
For what we may be seeing is America starting
to be Californiafied.
The key thing to understand about that rally is
that it wasn’t a fringe event. It was sponsored by the House Republican
- in fact, it was officially billed as a G.O.P.
press conference. Senior lawmakers were in attendance, and apparently had
with the tone of the proceedings.
True, Eric Cantor, the second-ranking House Republican,
offered some mild criticism after the fact. But the operative word is "mild."
The signs were "inappropriate," and the use of
Hitler comparisons by such people as Rush Limbaugh, said Mr. Cantor, "conjures
images that frankly are not, I think, very helpful."
What all this shows is that the G.O.P. has been
taken over by the people it used to exploit.
The state of mind visible at recent right-wing
demonstrations is nothing new. Back in 1964 the historian Richard Hofstadter
an essay titled, "The Paranoid Style in American
Politics," which reads as if it were based on today's headlines: Americans
on the far right,
he wrote, feel that "America has been largely
taken away from them and their kind, though they are determined to try
to repossess it and
to prevent the final destructive act of subversion."
But while the paranoid style isn’t new, its role
within the G.O.P. is.
THANKS for the mention of Kimberly Munley.
The news items I watched
didn't mention her at all, Bart, I had no idea.
Why wasn't she mentioned more?
AND DAMN STRAIGHT that if conservatives had their
way, she never would have been there.
Thanks for saying what nobody else has.
Women can be as deadly, aggressive, brave and
passionate as any man, Bart.
Remember the old argument? "Well, if a
woman can't carry a 250 lb man out of harm's way,
she has no business being: (a policeman)
(in the army) (a pilot) (serving in combat)(a fireman)."
Sgt. Munley just shot that theory all to hell.
Two shots of Chinaco, I say.
That was more than just "doing her job."
"What may they feel about an elderly person
who doesn't have a whole lot of productive years left. In order to save government money,
government health care has to be rationed...then this elderly person that perhaps could be seen as costing
taxpayers to pay for a non-productive life? Do you think our elderly will be first in line for limited health
care?" -- Sarah Palin, still
singing her nutty 'death panel' song because the Dems refused to slap her
down for it,
Excerpt Rep. Joseph Cao (R-LA) was solely responsible
for dashing the Republican leadership’s hopes of having all 177
of its members vote against historic health care
legislation on Saturday. Cao broke with his party and voted with
Democrats after speaking personally to President
Obama and pressing for more federal funds for his district,
which is still struggling after Hurricane Katrina...
The reaction to Cao from the right wing has been
swift and fierce, with some comparing the only non-Hispanic
minority in the GOP caucus to Mao Tse Tung and
calling him racial epithets. Rep. Don Young (R-AK) - who has
defended Cao’s vote - had to stand beside him
during Saturday’s roll call, "fending off his GOP colleagues who
might have twisted Cao’s arms." Last week, RNC
Chairman Michael Tom Steele made clear that moderates who
don’t walk the Party line have no place in the
"This recession may be a good thing for my
generation. Perhaps this is what we need to build
a little character."
-- Arkie handjob Denny Robertson, no doubt wishing Bush
still here to provide more "character" for the dead economy,
Excerpt: Is Barack Obama's cool style of governing fundamentally
incompatible with the furnace of modern politics?
Bipartisan conclaves, bringing industry to the
table(s), relative transparency, accommodation and consensus meetings
are all ornaments of the Obama brand. But political
parties, built around existing alignments of interests, tend to get excited
about fighting. Base-tending is crucial to political
husbandry. Obama has a gourmand's disdain for populism and picking fights.
This is, in some ways, a presidential sickness
(or salutation, depending on your point of view.) Der Fuhrer Bush fashioned
above politics in early 2001. His tax cut aside,
he spent much of his time before September pushing his party to accept
new education entitlement, No Child Left Behind.
He was a uniter, not a ... etc. The Bush political machine was focused
broadening the Bush coalition from 2000, which
consisted of, among other constituencies, conservative Democrats,
and a healthy measure of true independents. The
tax cuts had not forestalled the onset of a recession.
After 9/11, the brass knuckles came out. Karl
Rove's instincts were unleashed. The base furnace kindled; the world become
"us" versus "them," and the Democratic Party
was too loyal and not enough opposition. The Bush White House picked fights,
and razzed conservatives. Bush's political strategists
succeeded in pushing independents to make a choice between parties
and helped to reduce the partition of unaligned
independents to about 8% of the electorate by 2004.
But Democrats aren't scared of the Obama White
House. Republicans, after 2002, were very scared of the Bush White House.
The price of being independent -- especially
in these times -- is worth the disapproval of the White House.
That the DNC/Organizing for America organization
didn't score upset victories on Tuesday night
will probably persuade other Democrats that they
don't need too much help.
Excerpt: An Italian judge has convicted 23 American CIA
agents for the 2003 kidnap of a Muslim cleric.
The agents were accused of abducting Hassan Mustafa
Osama Nasr, known as Abu Omar, from Milan
and sending him to Egypt, where he was allegedly
tortured. The trial, which began in June 2007,
is the first involving Cheney's "snatch and torture"
So, do these men have an international bounty
on their heads, like Roman Polanski?
If they travel to Europe or the Far East, will
other governments grab and hold them to be sent to Italy?
Or is that kind of kidnapping only done by the
US, because we have the biggest military?
"It's extremely unlikely to have been a fake." --Hany Farid, director of
the Neukom Institute for Computational Science at Dartmouth,
the infamous photograph of JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald holding a rifle
in his backyard
been nearly impossible to fake, as Oswald alleged, Link
Of course that's a fake because back in the sixties,
the CIA had yet to master that tricky scissors technology.
I give you my official Nancy
Grace Guarantee that nobody could have
cut Oswald's face from another photo and pasted
it in this picture.
And if you're wondering why the shadows of his nose and body don't
well, some people forget we had two suns back in the sixties.
"'Why did he do it? Why did he do it?' I cannot
believe I've been hearing that question all weekend. Why did a Muslim in touch with
Al-Qaeda open fire on US military personnel? Why did he do it? I tell you something, folks:
political correctness is going to lead to our downfall."
-- Der vulgar Pigboy, saying all Muslims are murderers,
Wouldn't it then follow that all
Protestants are members of the KKK?
Excerpt: Tonight, after months of conferences with top
advisors, President Obama has settled on a new strategy for Afghanistan.
David Martin reports that the president will
send a lot more troops and plans to keep a large force there, long term.
The president still has more meetings scheduled
on Afghanistan, but informed sources say he intends to give
Gen. Stanley McChrystal most, if not all, the
additional troops he is asking for.
McChrystal wanted 40,000 and the president has
tentatively decided to send four combat brigades plus thousands
more support troops. A senior officer says "that's
close to what [McChrystal] asked for." All the president's military
advisers have recommended sending more troops.
But they also have warned that troops alone will
not win the war unless Afghan President Hamid Karzai cleans up his government.
So Obama is going to travel the same road as Johnson, Nixon and Monkey
He's going to try to conquer mountains and goat herders with military
How will he know when he's achieved victory?
We both know eventually the public will demand that we get out, so why
not get out now
and save the lives of the thousands of soldiers that will die between
now and, say, the summer
of 2012 when he brings the troops home just before the election?
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Subject: Obama - LBJ
bart, you wrote:
> "So far we could use a little more LBJ with
Obama - threatening, cajoling... > And I think that's something that
he's going to have to learn some more of." > -- Doris Kearns Goodwin,
on Obama's nice-guy leadership style
Doris seems to have forgotten that LBJ served
in the House from 1937 - 1949 and in the
Senate from 1949 on. He knew where the
badies were buried, hence could twist arms like no other.
Obama, OTOH, was in the Senate for two years,
he barely knew where the cloakroom was
let alone the bodies, buried or otherwise.
Doris is usually spot on but on this while her
sentiment is sound, the logic of his learning
in 1 year that which took LBJ 20 years is a tad
Keep up the good work buddy.
Bob in Orlando
Granted, Obama doesn't have LBJ's mid-20th-century cunning, but maybe
he doesn't need that.
I'm not asking Obama to be another Machiavelli,
tho that would be nice.
I'm just asking him to come to work and do the job he promised
Why fight so hard for a job if you don't want to come to work?
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Subject: Bart, what's up with
Jonah Goldberg's mom?
Bart, you run that cartoon of Jonah Goldberg's
mom blowing LBJ.
What's up with that?
Well, John, I wasn't there like Naomi Judd was when evil Bill
Clinton ravaged the innocent virgin Monica,
but history suggests that Lucianne Goldberg was LBJ's "Monica" and
I chose not to engage in that cover-up.
I realize that the facts aren't in Jonah Goldberg's favor, but maybe
he'd draw less fire if he
wasn't such a lying Nazi whore, paid for by the super-rich to steal
from those with nothing.
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"HBO is running a documentary about the election
of Barack Obama called 'By the People.' After this they have a documentary
about the election of George W. Bush. It's called, 'By Mistake.'" -- Letterman
Excerpt: In a piece published by The Las Vegas Sun on
Friday, Perry said that Tyler had quit the band following
a recent concert in Abu Dhabi, though he didn't
seem to know the reasoning behind the decision.
"Steven quit, as far as I can tell," Perry told
the newspaper. "I don't know anymore than you do about it.
I got off the plane two nights ago. I saw online
that Steven said that he was going to leave the band.
I don't know for how long, indefinitely or whatever.
Other than that, I don't know."
Perry's comments were in reference to an interview
Tyler gave to British magazine Classic Rock,
in which he said that he had canceled all remaining
Aerosmith dates and was focused on pursuing a solo project.
Regardless, things haven't been rosy in the Aerosmith
camp for some time. In August, the band canceled the
remainder of their tour while Tyler recovered
from injuries sustained after he fell off a stage in Sturgis, North Dakota.
And just last month, Perry told MTV News that
the band was on "indefinite hiatus."
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