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 Thursday,  January 7, 2010   Vol 2450 - See how they run

Quote of the Day

"Obama still refuses to use the word 'terrorism'." 
      -- Rep Peter King, who gets wood 
          when he hears the word "terrorism."    Link
 

  
 

In Today's Tequila Treehouse...
Arrow Terrorized by the media HOT
Arrow Democrats fear disaster ahead   
Arrow Tale of two Presidents  
Arrow Progressive Manifesto  HOT
Arrow Knee Jerk Journalism  
Arrow Whore CNN, whore FOX HOT
Arrow GOP - name one thing 
Arrow Eliza Dushku turns 29  


 



 




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"Democrats are dropping like flies." 
     -- Whore ABC News headline,    Link
 

"In the House, 14 GOP incumbents have decided not to seek re-election, while 10 Democratic 
incumbents have made the same announcement. Does this mean Republicans are 'dropping like flies'? 
In the Senate, six Republican incumbents have decided not to seek re-election, while two Democratic 
incumbents have made the same announcement. Is this evidence of a mass Democratic exodus?"
     --  Steve Benen,   Link
 

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Terrorized by the media
Failed bombing shows how little we need to fear al-Qaida 
 by Gene Lyons

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 Excerpt:
TV news broadcasters dote upon melodrama. The fact that would-be terrorist Umar Abdulmutallab 
struck on Christmas Day, one of the slowest news days of the year, sent the media into overdrive. 
For CNN, Fox News and the rest, the catastrophe that blessedly didn't happen spurred them to do 
what they do best: gather a terrific amount of information in a short time and inform us about what 
happened aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253 -- and, equally important, what didn't, such as a 
coordinated attack by multiple terrorists.

(Was I the only one who wondered whether the heroism of Dutch tourist Jasper Schuringa, 
who threw himself on Abdulmutallab, preventing the bomb in his pants from detonating, 
got relatively short shrift because he wasn't an American?)

Moreover, the rapidity with which the media had gathered crucial information about the would-be 
terrorist only underscored the magnitude of the intelligence failure. How, in the age of Google, 
can the Transportation Security Administration not have an instantly searchable database containing 
every suspect who has come to the attention of the CIA or FBI, much less one whose father warned 
U.S. embassy authorities about his son's growing radicalism?

Obama has demanded an answer. 
Congress needs to make sure Americans get one, even if that means having to endure McCain 
and Holy Joe Lieberman's unique blend of smugness and solemnity for weeks at a time.

However, we could all do without the sky-is-falling hysteria. If anything, Abdulmutallab's failed 
atrocity attempt demonstrates, once again, how little America as a nation actually has to fear from 
al-Qaida. Everyone reading this column is far more likely to die in an automobile accident or an 
influenza epidemic than at a terrorist's hands.
 

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Democrats fear disaster ahead
They tried so hard to fuck up - and they succeeded

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 Excerpt:
What a difference a year makes.
 Last January, Democrats were streaming into Washington eager to celebrate not just the 
inauguration of Barack Obama as president, but also their party's ascendancy from coast to coast.

They'd gained ground in once-Republican turf such as the Mountain West and the Border South, 
added to their majorities in Congress and topped it all by seizing the presidency. 
"Yes, we can," a triumphant Obama trumpeted, and the country seemed to cheer in agreement.

Now, the country seems to be yelling back, "No, you can't," and putting the Democrats on the 
defensive heading into next fall's elections, when the entire House of Representatives, 37 seats 
in the Senate and 39 governor's offices are up for election.
 

The blame belongs to President Kumbaya.
His goal was not to lead, but to be liked by rabid dogs.

Then he got bit a hundred times but still he reaches out to them.
 

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Tale of two Presidents
 Obama vs Iceland's Grimmson 

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 Excerpt:
Americans woke up on September 15, 2008 to find their economy on the brink of systemic failure.

While the crisis was averted by massive taxpayer-funded bail-outs, the burden of losses was transferred 
on to the shoulders of middle class Americans. Unemployment and foreclosures rocketed, and the government deficit ballooned.

To avoid systemic economic failure, and in defiance of the dogma of the Chicago School of Economics, 
private Wall St. losses were nationalized and bankers were not just protected but cosseted.

After September 15, 2008, Icelanders woke up to find their banks failing, their currency devalued, 
and their economy effectively bankrupted. Many citizens and all of their bankers faced massive losses.

What happened next? Well, both countries held elections, and both elected progressive politicians as leaders. 
But now the paths followed by the leaders of these two countries have diverged. One has stood up to the bankers, 
and refused to nationalize private losses. The other faces a precipitous decline in political support as he bows to the 
bankers, and effectively victimizes taxpayers.

Unsurprisingly, Wall St. profits and bonuses have soared under Obama's watch and that of Fed Chairman 
Bernanke, while the monopolization of Wall St. has intensified. Worse than that, the bankers have been invited in
-- to both the Treasury and the Congress -- to stall and undermine proposed regulation of the sector.
 

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Quotes

"We have to do better, and we will do better. And we have to do it quickly...The system has failed 
in a potentially disastrous way. Our intelligence community failed to connect those dots which would 
have placed the suspect on the no-fly list. It is increasingly clear that intelligence was not fully analyzed 
or fully leveraged. That's not acceptable, and I will not tolerate it." 
      -- Obama,    Link
 

It's my understanding that we don't even get a list of passengers 
until the plane is headed our way - what kind of bullshuit is that?

Why don't we make the list public so the airlines can check it when Hadji tries to buy a ticket?

And what's the jet supposed to do when they get near Detroit and they're told 
they have a possible terrorist on board and he's not welcome in our country?

Seems like a low-IQ Okie could devise a better system.

BTW, do we trust the Nigerian DMV?
How do we know the terrorist is who he claims to be?
 

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Subject: Mike Lester -piece of shit 

I was flabbergasted when I saw you run a Mike Lester cartoon. Now, maybe your point in posting it 
was that airport security is a big hassle these days, but I just wanted to point out that Mike Lester is one of 
the most reprehensible right-wing cartoonists around. Note, too, that during the Bush administration, 
Lester was singing a different tone on security - see the attached image. 

Now that a liberal is President, though, suddenly nosy security checks are bad news. 
He's a hypocrite, which is bad enough, but seriously, man, if you aren't aware of the sort of bile 
he hacks up into newspapers around the country, do a Google image search for "Mike Lester" 
and check out what the man stands for. He's a grade A piece of shit. 
 -The Cubelodyte
 

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Subject: California cannabis initiative

I saw you mention the Colorado ski towns that have legalized pot. 
It looks like we Californians will be voting on legalizing pot this November. 

As I understand the initiative, anyone over the age of 21 
will be allowed to possess up to an ounce of cannabis. 

Local governments will have the power to tax and regulate the sale of cannabis. 
If it passes, perhaps a Hollywood pokerfest in 2011?
 
Keep hammering,
Andy in Bakersfield CA
www.taxcannabis.org
 

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Subject: love your site 

I heard it said more than once that we have a better chance of being struck by lightning 
than killed by a terrorist yet I hardly ever hear about the financial terrorists (wall street, mega banks). 

We are being hit continuously from all sides. I know I'm not the only one eating shit, it's so sad to see 
the country being spiked in the toilet like a touchdown for the GOP. Kill that goddamn fillibuster. 
Now to change my underware. Thanks for your site, much welcomed humor.   
 Gene,     San Rafael, Ca. 
 

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Subject: blockading Iran 

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First off, stating that Iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons is “Assuming facts not in evidence.”  
 

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Progressive Manifesto
 by Brent I-hate-Hillary Budowsky 

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 Excerpt:
The Progressive Caucus in Congress can save Democrats from a disaster in the 2010 elections that 
could destroy any semblance of a governing majority and erase any hope for the mandate for change 
that voters gave Democrats in 2008.

Nothing has changed. Lobbyists dominate the town. Money dominates the legislation. 
Democrats repeatedly fail to fight for first principles. Voters are angry. Democrats are now 
the party of incumbency in a nation that again demands change.

It is astounding that Republicans, who adopt nihilism as a strategy and banana-republic obstruction 
as a tactic, who hope that America fails as a plan and who have popularity at rock-bottom levels, 
could win a major election victory over Democrats.

With a president who remains on the sidelines and a majority that becomes a mockery, the Senate 
looks like the movie "Casablanca" without Bogart or Bergman. The 60-vote rule is not respected as 
the result of a mandate for change, but exploited as a tool of legislative extortion that brings humiliation 
to one of its prime practitioners, who is now down 30 points in the polls back home.
 

Hey Brent, do you think Hillary would've refused to fight?
Do you think Hillary would've remained on the sidelines?
Do you think Hillary would've squandered her first year trying to get rabid dogs to like her?
Do you think Hillary would've turned her presidency over to Reid, Pelosi and Glenn Beck?
 

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Knee Jerk Journalism 
 by Joe Conason

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 Excerpt:
The latest atrocity attempted by Al Qaeda seems to be yet another example of history reprising 
a great tragedy as farce. What make the misadventure of the underpants bomber on Flight 253 seem 
darkly ridiculous, however, is not only his incompetence in setting himself on fire, but the hysteria and 
hypocrisy of the reactions set off on the right by his painful squib. Then again, the Republican exploitative 
response to terror is as predictable as Al Qaeda’s urge to kill...

If we lived in a confident, politically mature society, (Should he bother to finish that sentence?) we would 
be able to see that tabloid hysterics and direct-mail posturing will do nothing to defeat Al Qaeda. We would 
understand why Obama prefers to engage Islam in dialogue rather than demonize a billion Muslims. We would 
realize that even as we endeavor to destroy a nihilistic enemy that perverts faith, we ought to maintain our composure, 
our values and, at the very least, our capacity for honest debate. But that would require an opposition loyal to 
something bigger than itself.
 

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Subject: whore CNN

Bart,
That is the most important post you've printed lately. No one seems to notice what CNN actually does. 
Common wisdom has it that FOX is the right-wing outlet, and supposedly MSNBC represents the left 
(though Morning Joe and Matthews seem to balance out Schultz, Keith and Rachel). 

This leaves CNN as the voice of reason and balanced presentation. What utter bullshit. 
Every story is presented with a negative slant on the administration and Democrats. Every story. 
Every headline and "tease" is framed the same way. You can't find one liberal voice on the network, 
except for a few minutes here and there for Begala and others. Every anchor leans heavily to the right. 

For months on end, every ten minutes day in, day out there was a commercial from either the insurance 
company front groups or the Chamber of Commerce slamming health care reform with flat-out lies. 
Then there was John Roberts or Blitzer scratching their heads and wondering why public opinion of 
health care reform has slipped so much. They never mention the multi-million dollar ad campaign that 
pays for their salaries. I think they're the worst part of a media that is destroying our country. 
I could go on and on and on about these assholes. FUCK 'em. And then, FUCK 'em again.
 Dan L

CNN is not in the news business - they're in the revenue-generating business.

FOX, like the Washington Times, exists to push the GOP propaganda, money be damned.

BTW, I taped the replay - that'll be in BCR 161 which I'm working on today.
 

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Whore CNN, whore FOX 

I keep CNN on while I'm working and I heard their commercial claiming that
for ten years, they've had more viewers than FOX and it made me think:

FOX does better in the ratings, but they're only broadcasting in the US, right?

Could FOX broadcast in other countries?
Or would their avalanche of misinformation just be laughed at by

the countries that actually keep up with the factual news?

How would a clown like Glenn Beck be perceived in England or France?

When Murdoch sells his fake news in London and Australia, is he laughed at?
Or are there enough religiously-insane monkeys to make fake news profitable?
 

Sidebar:
The Simpsons in twenty years old, whiuch means FOX is at least that old,
so when is FOX going to be a real network and have 3 hours of prime time programming?

Sidebar:
Does Gore still have a TV network?
It's so lame, I can't even remember the name of it.

Too bad Gore decided against forming a factual news network.
I mean, why tell the truth when there's so much shit on the airwaces?

Gore - in 2000, he chose to treat the most popular politician in America like a leper
and it cost him everything and changed history and turned America into Torture Nation.

He chose Lieberman as his running mate to shame and ridicule Clinton.

Gore - so lame he couldn't even carry Tennessee.

He chose to lay down in his fight for the White House during the campaign
and again in Florida when he told Democrats to stay away, which meant the
only people on TV were religiously-insane, anti-science handjobs screaming
at Gore to get out of Cheney's house..

What was the last good choice he made?
 

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GOP - name one thing they've done

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MATTHEWS:  Name one thing they`ve done for this country in 15 to 20 years. 
     You`re having a hard time giving me an answer. What has the Republican Party...

HARRIS: No, no. I`m...not

MATTHEWS: It`s a good question.

HARRIS: Chris, I`m not having...

MCMAHON: Squandered the surplus.

HARRIS: ... a hard time giving you an answer.

MCMAHON: Don`t forget, squandered the surplus.

HARRIS: When I decide to write a book about the history of the last 20 years 
     of the Republican Party, I`ll be happy to talk to you about that.

MATTHEWS: No, just give me one...

HARRIS: My job is to win elections -- my job is to...

MATTHEWS: Just give me one.

MCMAHON: He doesn`t have one. He doesn`t have one!
 

The last good thing the GOP did was raise the speed limit.
Ever tried driving to Vegas going 55 MPH? 
 

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Subject: Marijuana is so great

YEAH..SURE...I SMOKED A MARAJUANA CIGARETTE.....ONCE.....I BECAME EXTREMELY DIZZY ..
SICK AND DISORENTED ..NOT TO MENTION THE CHEST PAINS......THIS TERROR WENT ON FOR OVER 4 HOURS....
ABOUT A MONTH LATER ...I BECAME DIZZY AGAIN.....AND FROM THAT DEVELOPED AGRAPHOBIA ...
THIS WENT ON FOR A YEAR......I WAS DIZZY ALLLLL THE TIME....I COULDNT GO A LOT OF PLACES 
FOR FEAR I WOULD PASS OUT........I WENT TO A DOCTOR WHO JUST GAVE ME TRANQUILIZERS.....
FINALLY ONE DAY AT THE LIBRARY...I READ A BOOK ABOUT AGRAPHOBIA..WHERE THE SYMPTOMS 
WERE JUST LIKE MINE....I BECAME  SO MAD AT MYSELF....THAT I TALKED MYSELF OUT OF MY DIZZY SPELLS.....
I BLAME IT ALL ON THAT ONE MARAJUANA CIGERETTE.....IT MESSED UP MY MIND....NOW I AM SANE....
I THINK .AND I WILL NEVER SMOKE THAT CRAP AGAIN...I DO BELIEVE IT CAN KILL PEOPLE....
CAR ACCIDENTS..LUNG CANCER...ETC......I DONT THINK THINK IS A 0 CHANCE OF DEATH..BY..USING IT....
 CB
 

CB, it's OK if you don't like it but no way the effects last a year.
If that was true, an ounce would last a lifetime.

And of course, I wouldn't want a pilot, babysitter or school bus driver smoking it.
But compared to almost every other drug, it's relatively harmless.

And even if you don't like it, as a liberal you should want others to have the freedom to use it.
 

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