In our time, nothing was bigger than the nearly
3,000 killed on September 11. But anyone who got involved
with the development of public policy then knows
that for the next seven years the battle never stopped over
the details of the Patriot Act, the Foreign Intelligence
Surveillance Act, then Guantanamo, then waterboarding,
renditions and secret prisons and all the other
issues that for some could be summed up in two words: ‘Bush-Cheney.'...
Now everyone thinks the call was obvious. But
it wasn’t so obvious before the tragedy. Not if for years you
have watched a country and its political class
in rancorous confusion about the enemy, the legal standing of the enemy,
or the legal status and scope of the methods
it wants to use to fight the enemy.
"The main reason I can’t march along with the
right wing blogosphere any more is that most of them have succumbed to Obama Derangement Syndrome. One
'nontroversy' after another, followed by the outrage of the day, followed by conspiracy theory after
conspiracy theory, all delivered in breathless, angry prose that’s just wearying and depressing to read...I realized
that there just wasn’t very much in common with many of the bloggers on the right. And then, when most
of them decided to fall in and support a blogger like Robert Stacy McCain, who has neo-Nazi friends, has written
articles for the openly white supremacist website American Renaissance, and has made numerous openly
racist statements on the record." -- Charles Johnson,
of Little Green Footballs, best known for getting that idiot Dan Rather
Equal pay regardless of their gender, race, or
age(S.181); American Recovery and Reinvestment Act;
expanded National and Community Service H.R.
1388; improved enforcement of securities and commodities fraud
and financial institution fraud S.386; reduce
no-bid defense contracts and improved the organization and procedures
of the Department of Defense for the acquisition
of major weapon systems S.454; Credit CARD Act of 2009 H.R.627;
Cash for Clunkers; Veterans Health Care Budget
Reform and Transparency Act of 2009; repealed previous Executive
Orders in removing Barriers to Responsible Scientific
Research Involving Human Stem Cells, disallowing unrelated add-ons
in government procurement, revoking Executive
Orders concerning detention or the interrogation that undermined the laws
of the United States and the Geneva Conventions;
instituted a policy (by Executive Order) whereby every appointee in every
Executive branch agency has to sign an Ethics
contract banning Lobbyist gifts and barring them from coming from, leaving
and contracting with Lobbies for 2 years; has
begun dismantling the detention center at Guantánamo Bay Naval Base;
has begun posting all White House visitor records
on line; his international diplomacy has mended strained relationships
our allies, cornered our enemies, has heads of
state around the world talking about a new era of multilateralism, which
resulted in the exposure of a secret Iranian
nuclear facility and a Nobel Prize; all while improving his golf, bowling,
basketball games, and opening the White House
itself to American families and children at an unprecedented pace.
What did your favorite President accomplish
in his first 3 quarters?
Excerpt: The Republican National Committee’s health insurance
plan covers elective abortion – a procedure
their platform calls “a fundamental assault on
innocent human life.”
Federal Election Commission Records show the RNC
purchases its insurance from Cigna.
Two sales agents for the company said that the
RNC’s policy covers elective abortion.
Informed of the coverage, RNC spokeswoman Gail
Gitcho told POLITICO that the policy
pre-dates the tenure of current RNC Chairman
“The current policy has been in effect since
1991, and we are taking steps to address the issue,” Gitcho said.
Translation: We've been "murdering babies" for 18 years before you guys caught our
A spokeswoman for the National Republican Congressional
Committee – the campaign arm for the House Republicans
– said it does not include coverage for elective
abortions in its employee insurance policy.
“The policy does not cover abortions unless..."
So, they're saying abortion is murder on
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
but it's an effective and needed medical tool
on Tuesdays and Thursdays?
The truth is Rethugs get just as many abortions
as Democrats and non-political types do.
Remember Bob Barr, anti-abortion, right-wing
Larry King: So why did you pay for your wife's
abortion, Rep. Barr? Bob Barr: We have a joint checking
account - why does it matter who signs the check?
That's how seriously they take this subject.
Republicans use abortion as a scare tactic to
get money from the religiously insane.
When the Rethugs need an abortion, they go to
Montreal, Toronto or Vancouver
to lessen the odds that they'll be discovered.
Besides, it's a privacy issue - right?
"These days, (after
8 years of GOP borrowing money from the Chi-Coms
to give tax cuts to the super-rich)
seems like everybody has a second job." -- Nick Stokes, when
why a TV Weather girl from Barstow was selling her body in Las Vegas
Excerpt For right-wing Republicans, the presidency of
George W. Bush began as a dream come true. People calling themselves
"conservatives" ran everything in Washington.
Even before the GOP won both houses in 2002, Congress gave Bush
everything he asked for. Republican apparatchiks
controlled every agency from the Pentagon to the Treasury Department.
Fox News savants expressed intermittent outrage
that dissent was permitted. Rush Limbaugh's interviews of Dick Cheney
sounded like a high-school girl gushing over
the Jonas Brothers.
To rational minds, the resultant disaster could
hardly have been more comprehensive: a lagging economy (the worst job
creation since Hoover), yawning budget deficits
(Bush doubled the national debt in eight years); two unfinished wars,
costing thousands of lives and hundreds of billions
of dollars -- one completely unnecessary, the other so forgetfully
prosecuted that Gen. Stanley McChrystal warns
the United States and NATO could yet lose it...
By the time the make-believe cowboy retired not
to Photo-Op Ranch, but to the Dallas suburbs, his approval ratings
hovered in the mid-20s. That they were so high
testified to GOP team spirit. But what on earth were Republicans smoking?
Courtesy of Palin, Beck, Bachmann, Limbaugh
and a passel of pusillanimous GOP congressmen, we're definitely finding
With the alternatives being rethink or go crazy,
much of the GOP base has chosen the comforts of delusion.
"I went to Santa Barbara and I found out that
it was a big party school and I just didn't
seem to fit in."
-- extra-serious student Carrie Prejean, in her swimsuit, in a big, dark
room full of strange men,
parading her fake breasts in a sex contest while her porn tape is being
downloaded online, Link
"I don't see anywhere in the Bible where it
says you shouldn't get breast implants."
-- Prejean again, Link
"I don't see anywhere in the Bible where it
says you can't masturbate to internet porn."
-- Howard Stern,
Eric from Boston had a great thought - ask all
congressmen who want no public option to cede theirs.
Label them hypocrites, on air, until these idiots
allow that those who pay their health care can intelligently
elect to pay for our own. How can the Democrats
not get that message out?
It's really that simple. (I know - dems
are both clueless and spineless.
But isn't Michael Moore using your material for
his next movie????
We need press time.)
But bartcop - would you please rerun that graph
showing the history of the marginal rate?
Seems to me that if we want to control the avarice
of CEOs, the best way to do it is to say
'OK, go ahead and pay yourself 15M$/yr, but ask
your stock holders to come up with 150M$/yr
to do it.' After the first million or so,
anyone 'scalping' money from their stockholders or company
R&D is not looking for the longevity of their
company - they're in it for a quick buck.
Let's go back to running industry for longevity,
not for a CEO's 1 year gain.
Excerpt: I was listening to Chris Plante, a Rush-wannabe
radio talk-show host who appears on a D.C. station. He was going on
and on about how the Fort Hood shootings have
driven the nation apart. An agitated Plante noted that 9/11 had brought
the country together, but that in the wake of
the horrific Fort Hood attack there's been no unity. Why? Because Democrats
and liberals have been "trying desperately to
convince America" that Nidal Hasan was "just a crazy guy who spent too
time around deployed soldiers and caught [post-traumatic
stress disorder] and oh he happened to be a muslim [sic], but we
should ignore that. We shouldn't jump to conclusions."...
Over at Fox News, Sean Hannity, too, has been
busy exploiting the Fort Hood horror. He proclaimed, "There is a chance
our government knew all about" Hasan and "did
nothing because nobody wanted to be called an Islamophobe." This is --
to use a technical term -- dumb. The U.S. government
has pursued numerous terrorist cases against radical Muslims.
It has broken up alleged cells of Muslim radicals.
And the Bush and Obama administrations have used drones to blast
Islamic extremists in the nether-regions of Pakistan.
No one in charge of these activities seems to fear being branded a bigot.
Nevertheless, Hannity has tried to use the Fort
Hood tragedy to depict Obama as weak on terrorism. The facts, however,
don't fit the smear. As The Washington Whore
Post reported, Hasan came to the attention of not one but two terrorism
task forces after he corresponded by e-mail with
a radical imam named Anwar al-Aulaqi. But this happened in late 2008,
when Bush and Cheney were in charge. The government
then took no action, because an analyst concluded that Hasan's
contact with al-Aulaqi was consistent with research
Hasan was conducting. Still, Hannity has blasted Obama for not catching
Hasan before his killing spree, bellowing, "What
does it say about Barack Obama and our government?" Actually, it says
nothing about Obama.
Rush Limbaugh also blamed Obama for the Fort Hood
Then he denounced the president for not referring
to the attack as an act of terror.
There is always a lot of bogus info when it comes
to the auto industry.
Here is a web site that make excellent comparisons
between the domestic and foreign autos.
For the record, I am a former member of the UAW
and worked in a plant in St. Louis that made Dodge Ram Trucks.
I lost my job during the Chrysler bankruptcy
program. I try to only purchase American made products.
We can see the effects of not buying America.
I say it's very simple. Buy American or
Excerpt: This must sting a bit. Sarah Palin's newest conspiracy
theory on the "disturbing" redesign of U.S. coins
was too much, even for Fox News -- on Tuesday
night, Fox fact-checked Palin.
Last Friday, while speaking at a Wisconsin Right
to Life fundraising banquet -- attendees were barred from
bringing cell phones, cameras, laptops -- Palin
rolled out the latest: an anti-Christian conspiracy in the redesign
of U.S. coins. Palin waded into the subject by
remarking that there had been a lot of "change" of late -- for example,
the redesign of U.S. currency which moved the
once-centered text "In God We Trust" to the edge of coins.
"Who calls a shot like that?" Palin demanded
on Friday. "Who makes a decision like that?"
As Fox News anchor Bret Baier noted: President
Bush, that's who.
Baier commented on the not-so-hidden subtext of
Palin's speech: "Unsaid but implied was that the Obama
White House was behind such a move to secularize
the nation's currency." Baier added: "In actuality the coin's
design was commissioned in 2005, when Republicans
controlled congress, and was approved by President Bush."
MLK I have no believable information on, but all
of the Kennedy deaths can be laid squarely at Bar-bar Bush's feet.
She's on record, a number of times, BOASTING
that HER family dynasty was going to be THE family dynasty,
and people would "forget all about those goddamn
Herbert-herbert's black-ops CIA was on-scene and
on the clock at every murder.
The Cuban connection was money-laundering, like
Johnson was a mother-raping son of a bastard,
and political expediency was his two middle names,
but murder outright wasn't his style. His
rep was for setting his enemies up with a whore with multiple
venereal diseases, and dropping a dime to the
news agencies as to when and where.
So yeah, Johnson was operating on the "shut up
or it gets worse" premise.
Oswald was a psychotic who should have been locked
up by his own military bosses, if they had
had a brain cell between them themselves.
Of COURSE he was easy to use as a patsy.
The Dallas police were in the same box as Johnson.
Whatever they knew, telling it would not only bring down
a national shitstorm, but also Herbert's black-ops
CIA on them personally. When your children are picked up
at school by strangers, and delivered safely
a few hours later, that's a message. No crime commited.
No charges, no prosecution. But cops, especially,
would get the message.ou
"Sarah Palin is promoting her new book on the
Oprah Winfrey Show. Sarah and Oprah. On the one hand, a very powerful woman qualified to
be President of the United States, and on the other hand, you have Sarah." -- Letterman.
Bart.. The four times I bought a new American
car I was happy once. I think the '78 chevy pick up was reliable.
The other three (all later than '78) were
unbelievably bad. The thing that really pissed me off was that these
manufacturers depend on patriotism to sell
their cars to Americans. Then they turn around and laugh as you drive away
all proud in your new Detroit Iron with the starter
that was made in China ready to take a dump before 50,000 miles.
Then your plastic radiator craps out and overheats
the engine at 60,000 miles and the aluminum cylinder head is never
the same giving you blown head gasket after blown
head gasket. And the transmission that's not going to last 70,000 miles.
Ahh, my reliable Civic has taken me away from
all that. 190,000 miles and nothing but a broken speedometer and
probably another 50,000 miles left in her.
The Japanese corporations have pride in their cars and just for that I'll
take them over American junk. Once again American
corporations have devalued the American brand.
It might be just good, old-fashioned American greed.
I don't know when it started - maybe under Reagan - but there's a philosophy
among American business
that you're supposed to take the customer's last nickel or you're not
doing the job correctly.
Why make $10M profit when you can make $10M and $10 by screwing your
Excerpt: It's not easy to flip a congressional district
that's been Republican since the late 1800s, but after being willingly
by the right-wing media -- after getting steamrolled
by Fox News' embrace of third-party handjob Doug Hoffman -- Republicans
managed to hand NY-23 to Democrats last week.
And they did it just in time for the newly elected Democrat to help (barely)
push health care reform through the House of
Representatives during Saturday night's historic vote.
Doug Hoffman was, first and foremost, a media
creation, which means we are entering a very new and different realm
in American politics. We're entering a sort of
Fox News Era where media outlets -- where alleged news organizations
-- essentially co-sponsor political campaigns.
We've moved well beyond the time when Fox News, for instance, leaned right
and gave conservative candidates more air-time
and tossed them lots of softball questions. We're now watching unfold a
political reality where Fox News literally selects
candidates and then markets them through Election Day.
There's a reason Hoffman described Glenn Beck
as his "mentor" and pledged his "sacred honor" to uphold the
"9 Principles and 12 Values" of Beck's 9/12 Project.
There's a reason Sean Hannity wanted to "declare" Hoffman
the election winner, and why Fox News' on-screen
graphic read "Conservative Revolution?" when Hoffman was
being interviewed (i.e. prematurely crowned)
by Hannity on the eve of Election Day.
Hoffman's outsider bid, originally opposed by
the Republican Party, was a media production,
plain and simple, which means his loss was a
media loss, as well.
Excerpt: Voters are now more likely to select Republican
over Democratic to fill House seats in 2010, according to a poll.
Democrats had a six point advantage less than
six months ago, but it has become a four-point disadvantage in November.
It is the first time this year Republicans have
held a lead over Democrats on the generic ballot question.
Independents are growing more fond of the GOP:
More than half indicated they plan to select a Rethugs in 2010.
Just under one-third, however, said they would
opt for a Democrat.
That number marks a serious shift in political
mood: The GOP possessed a mere one-point advantage among
independents when asked in July, but Republicans
now have a more than 20 point advantage among this same group.
THIS is what happens when you pull-a-Kerry and
allow FOX, Palin, Beck and Bachmann to define you.
What will it take for Obama to come to work?
Is he waiting until that 20-point advantage turns
to a 30-point gap?
Why does our side always refuse to fight?
We go on vacation and let the Rethugs beat us up, saying,
"Voters are too smart to fall for that," but
voters are morons and the media's a whore.
If not the for October crash, McCain could be
As bad as Bush was, voters are ready for more
"By April 2008, Bush's disapproval ratings
were the highest ever recorded in the 70-year history of the Gallup poll for any president, with 69% of those
polled disapproving of the job Bush was doing as president and 28% approving. In September 2008, Bush's approval
rating ranged from 19%—the lowest ever—to 34% and his disapproval rating stood at 69%. Bush left the White House
as one of the most unpopular American presidents, second in unpopularity only to about-to-be-impeached Richard
Nixon." -- from Der Monkey Fuhrer's
Wikipedia entry, Link
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Excerpt; It seems the Democrats may have found a voice
in calling for Sen. Tom Coburn to release his hold
on S.1963, the veterans caregiver bill. It would
be nice if they would keep up the pressure on Coburn and others.
Too often in the last few years Democrats have
caved fearing an evangelical or right-wing backlash.
In reality, all they need to do is stand up to
There are too many Dems in the state Legislature
and political high-steppers in Congress like Dan Boren
willing to throw the needs of the people under
the bus in exchange for their own political mileage.
Wonder if anyone has a picture of Boren under
a Muskogee street lamp wearing high heels,
hot pants leaning in a car window talking to
In short, the Dems need to establish a platform,
a real platform not just mom, flag and apple pie.
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