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 Christmas Eve-Monday Dec 27,  2009 Vol 2445 - Nogged Up 

Quote of the Day

"Interesting Similarities. Bush: Brought down 
  by full weight of failures of Bush policies. 
  Obama: Brought down by full weight of 
  failures of Bush policies."
      -- John Marshall,     Link

 Isn't it a little early to give Obama's eulogy?
 He's still in Year One, you know...

In Today's Tequila Treehouse...
Arrow Imperfection is a start HOT
Arrow Bachmann: Welfare Queen 
Arrow The Decade that Sucked 
Arrow Colbert Dishes On WHCD HOT
Arrow Blizzard Paralyzes Oklahoma 
Arrow That flawed HC bill HOT
Arrow Ben Nelson: Dick of the Year 
Arrow Jessica Alba Tweets



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"The way HCR has proceeded somehow reminds me
  of the way slavery got built into the Constitution."
     --  NPR Marketplace contributor Will Wilkinson,   Link

 What does health care have to do with slavery?
 You hate progress so much you don't even have to make sense?

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Imperfection is a start
 The current bill establishes universal care



Here are a few truths: First, we've been living in a one-dollar, one-vote corporatized democracy for a long time.
If this is news to you, then you're probably also shocked to learn that the U.S. Constitution, by awarding two senators
to each of what H.L. Mencken called "the cow states" was deliberately crafted to make fundamental change difficult.
Who made "moderates" like Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Joe Lieberman of Aetna (ha ha) mini-presidents?
Alas, the founding fathers did.

Living in such a polity, anybody who thought entrenched interests like the insurance, pharmaceutical and hospital industries
weren't going to find ways to make money off healthcare reform probably wasn't paying attention back at the beginning,
when Obama said that despite the abstract appeal of a Canadian-style single-payer system, it was a political non-starter.
As Greenwald points out, that told you right there that the White House was going to settle for the best corporate compromise it could get.

Sure, there's a risk of backlash. The problem is no universal or near-universal health-insurance plan - public or private
- can be voluntary. Mandates are, well, mandatory to prevent opportunists from gaming the system: Buying insurance
only after they get sick. Nobody can insure "previously existing conditions" if clients come and go at will.

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"I don't honestly know what this president believes. But I believe if he doesn't figure it out soon,
  he's going to set back the Democratic Party and the progressive movement by decades.  What we're
  seeing is weakness, waffling, and wandering through the wilderness without an ideological compass."
      -- Drew Weston,

 That may be but you have to admit - he's being nice and polite.

 Do you get the feeling the Democrats fight like girls while the Rethugs fight like soldiers?

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Subject: those Blackwater bastards

Your Bartship, being the busy guy I know you must be, you probably missed the so-called "news" media
flapping their sewers that the unelected Moron was renewing not only BlackWater's contracts in Iraq and
Afghanland, but hundreds of other contracts to fuck up Obama's act.  He made them long term on purpose.

If the Dems had any balls (Should I finish?) they could have, and still can, legally argue that since the Iraq
occupation is illegal to begin with, all contracts are thereby cancelled, and all troops pack up and come back Stateside.
But, knowing the Party of Jellyfish, it ain't gonna happen.

By the way, a Happy Holiday season to you, Mrs. Bart and all the furry alarm clocks at your homestead.

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Michele Bachmann: Welfare Queen


Michelle Bachmann hates "socialistic government handouts" - unless she's getting them.
Turns out Bachmann is something of a welfare queen, herself.  That’s right, the anti-government
insurrectionist has taken more than a quarter-million dollars in government handouts thanks to
corrupt farming subsidies she has been collecting for at least a decade.

A search has found that Bachmann is perfectly at ease with profiting from taxpayer largesse.
According to the Environmental Working Group organization’s records, Bachmann’s family farm
received $251,973 in federal subsidies between 1995 and 2006...

However, Bachmann doesn’t think other Americans should benefit from such protection and assistance.
She voted against every foreclosure relief bill aimed at helping average homeowners (despite the fact that
her district had the highest foreclosure rate in Minnesota), saying that bailing out homeowners would be
"rewarding the irresponsible while punishing those who have been playing by the rules."

That’s right, the subsidy queen wants the rest of us to be responsible.

Of course, we can depend on the Democrats to keep this quiet.
Why bother scroing political points when you're in politics?

When the poor get welfare, that's "wasting money."
When the already-rich get welfare, that's "a tax cut."

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Our Democrats in action

Democrats are like the idiots in the "Scream" movies.

You know how I'm always saying, "Just list the facts?"
The Democrats can't list the facts because that'd be like someone in a horror movie saying,
that the about-to-be-victims should be on the lookout for the escaped slasher/killer.
They know the slasher is in the area, yet they still walk into the room without turning on the light.

That's our Democrats in action.

If Democrats would say, "Health care is bankrupt, we need to fix it," that would make sense.
Instead, just to keep the movie premise justifyable, they say everything BUT what needs to be said.

Remember The China Syndrome?
When they came close to a total meltdown, they asked Jack Lemmon what happened
and all he could do was sputter and stammer, "There was a vibration!"

That's our Democrats in action.

Remember Contact?
When Jodie Foster testified about her time travel, she failed to list the facts
and she came off like some loon who made it all up.

That's our Democrats in action.

Anyone else tired of the Democrats refusing to list the bullet points that people can remember?
The Rethugs have bo trouble with sound bites, but our Democrats and so stupid
they can't even figure out monkey see, monkey do.

I need a drink.

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Subject: Pokerfest Colorado

We're thinking about mid-March - anyone know when Spring Break is over?
We might as well go after the winter hotel rates have dropped.

Our man on the ground arrives there Jan 15th or so.
Should have details in time to give you 60 days notice.

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Subject: Russ Feingold

Bart, Indeed, russ told the truth but I'll save my shot.
If he feels so strongly about the public option, perhaps as strongly as Ben Nelson feels about anti abortion,
then why didn't he pull a kissyface and just announce he will not sign the bill without a public option.
He announces that he will sign the final bill even without it and goes on to blame Obama.

Sure Oboma is being a douche but there's plenty of blame to go around 60 of them assholes are voting
for it without a public option and they can all kiss my ass I blame them all for this piece of shit legislation.

Russ makes alot of noise but he's a pussy and won't fight the fight any better than the rest of em.
When are you gonna take fuckin Inhofe's job so someone can kick some ass?

Stay well man, it's your best health care option.
I believe the herb helps keep me out of the doctors office.
My 2 cents worth for whatever a minnesota hick with a 67 IQ is worth.

P.S. I hope you saw the vid  of Franken denying kissyface additional time to speak.
       A shot for Al Franken


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Kathy Griffin live with Anderson Cooper
on CNN New Years Eve

Last year, some guy heckled her and she replied, on CNN live,
"Do I come to your job and knock the dicks out of your mouth?"

CNN didn't like that - but they asked her back on the condition
that she returns her paycheck if she says anything really bad.

Prediction: That's a license to curse - screw that paycheck.
Kathy could be the top search on New Years Day.

Also, AMC is doing a Three Stooges Special on New Years
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Blizzard Paralyzes Oklahoma


Dozens of cars and trucks are stranded on Interstates, turnpikes and highways around Green Country.
ODOT crews say the sheer volume of stranded vehicles is the biggest obstacle in getting the roads clear.

Tulsa turned into a ghost town in a matter of hours. On major interstates, drivers just gave up.

Martin Stewart of ODOT said, "People were getting stuck, getting scared to drive in it, visibility was low.
They were just getting out and leaving their vehicles."

Not me.
I was home with Mrs Bart and the kitties.
We had plenty of food and liquor and God's flowers and heat.

Tulsa gets paralyzed, swear to Koresh, by two inches of snow.
Snow is so rare here nobody knows how to drive on it.

That blizzard was Thursday.
Here it is Monday and the streets and highways still aren't clear.

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They used to do it behind closed doors.


"It is not the first obnoxious thing he said. I mean, the guy gives new
  definition to the word obnoxious. You know. He says outrageous things."
    -- Tom Harkin, talking about Michael Tom Steele,  Link

 But he could've been talking about the vulgar Pigboy,
 or Glenn Beck, or Jim Inhofe, or Mitch the Bitch or Kissyface.

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The Decade that Sucked
 If only Gore had embraced Clinton...


Certain pundits are struggling with finding an appropriate name for the decade now mercifully coming to an end.

What's the problem, I wonder? Are their word processor dictionaries redacted of all four-letter words?
I mean, I could think of a few dandies, right of the top of my head.

Short of the 1860s or 1930s, this was perhaps the most disastrous decade in American history,
and it deserves a good goddamed label to celebrate that fine achievement.

More on that below. Meanwhile, whatever the appropriate term, it's important to keep things in perspective.
I think the most crucial notion to understand about our time - and perhaps the only way to make sense of it
- is to see it as the point where the process of imperial decline shifted into third gear. That explains a lot.
I like to think that even Americans wouldn't be capable of the sick stupidity we've witnessed over these
harrowing years without the effects of rapid altitude decline and the loss of cabin pressure that the ship
of state has been experiencing during this era.

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"CPAC will be co-sponsored this year by ... drum-roll: The John Birch Society!
 It's a prefect match for today's conservatism: paranoid, angry, convinced of a
 Jihadist-Communist plot, and deeply deeply populist and, er, white. Genius."
     --  Andrew Sullivan, proud to be a Republican,   Link

  Is Sullivan a Rethug because he hates the Clintons so much?

"My backing for Dole in 1996 was entirely on character grounds:  I was fine with
  Clinton's substantive policies and preferred them to Dole's, but felt that Clinton's
  lying was so pathological that we couldn't risk another term.
     --  Andrew Sullivan, proud to be a Republican,   Link

 Clinton's a liar?  Really?
 Compared to who?

 How many thousands of soldiers did Clinton lie into their graves?
 How many truckloads of weapons did Clinton sell to terrorists?
 How many elections did Clinton steal or rig?

 Insane Rethugs - they want the jaywalkers punished
 while the murderers and rapists and war starters go free.

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Palin's Lie of the Year

That flawed HC bill


Many on the left have been bemoaning the passage of the Senate health care bill, believing it has been gutted to the point
where if anything it has become more of a Christmas gift to insurance companies, therefore better to sink it.

While there is much truth in this sentiment, the many positives in the bill have been seemingly tossed by the wayside,
receiving little if any well-deserved attention. Ezra Klein and Kevin Drum have both done yeoman's work in their efforts
to highlight many of the bill's pluses.

A key point Kevin makes is this imperfect attempt at reform is a move forward and essentially lays a foundation on which
to build, to years down the road not just modify what is in need of fixing, but to also pass measures that compliment existing
policy in the bill. Before you know it, a once severely compromised bill "matures" into an increasingly stronger bedrock of
reform -- much like how coral serves as the foundational base of a reef. If not for the coral, all that follows in terms of growth
and life forms taking hold would be impossible.

If anything, we should look at this bill as a first salvo or shot across the bow.

But they say it doesn't kick in until 2015.
By then, President Palin will be in her third year and she'll dismantle it.

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Colbert Dishes On Bush, Glenn Beck, and MSNBC


"When the dinner was over, "I don't think I'm dying. I go to sit down and nobody's meeting my eye.
Only Tony Snow comes over and says I'm doing a great job." Then Scalia came his way and told him he was brilliant.

"I said, oh, shit, don't let me like Antonin Scalia!"

Wondering what exit he should use, Colbert recalls being approached by actor Harry Lennix.
Colbert indicated that he sensed some of the audience wasn't happy. "And Lennix said, 'Fuck these people."

Hmmm, I don't know Harry Lennix but I like his style.

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Ben Nelson: Dick of the Year


The highest-profile Democratic hold-out on Obamacare, Nelson said last week, 'My vote is not for sale.'
He obviously meant that in the sense that he'd be righteously indignant at any suggestion that his vote
could possibly be bought for anything less than the low nine digits.

Nelson got the feds to pick up forevermore 100 percent of the additional Medicaid spending that will be
imposed on Nebraska by the bill. In stereotypically Orwellian fashion, the provision is called 'Equitable Support
for Certain States.' That, naturally enough, translates into special, inequitable support for three states, totaling
$1.2 billion over ten years. Vermont and Massachusetts argue they are due the funds for prior expansions
of Medicaid, but what's Nebraska's excuse?

By the standards of Washington, Nelson deserves to be named 'legislator of the year,' with distinction in gross
backroom dealing. His plunder perfectly encapsulates the current Democratic project in all its shameless audacity.

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