Excerpt: Billy Tauzin, Washington's epitome of the legislator-turned-lobbyist,
resigned from his job as PhRMA’s
chief hustler this week. According to the New
York Times, Tauzin surrendered his lavish expense account
and $2 million salary because his bosses in the
pharmaceutical industry believed he had somehow failed to
safeguard their interests sufficiently while
killing real healthcare reform. So he has gone off to pursue other
interests, as they always say, but let us note
that his firing reeks of ingratitude. Not only did Tauzin protect
the industry from hundreds of billions of dollars
in potential cost savings for consumers and taxpayers,
but he managed to draw the Obama White House
(meaning chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and his deputy
Jim Messina) into a deal that discredited the
reform effort -- and damaged the president's reputation.
C'mon guys, I'm so old I remember when Toyotas
were absolute crap.
When a stiff crosswind could pop the door skin
I remember those early cars.
The doors weighed about 5 pounds each.
I still think the "quality mystique" of Toyota
came from early buyers
trying to justify cheaping out on an automobile.
I do not believe in Japanese infallibility any
more than I do the Pope's.
Anyone can fuck up, I mean, These are the people
who picked a shooting fight in 1941.
How did that work out for them?
Seriously, I think I'm only a year or two older
than you so surely you remember those cars.
And while I am not rabidly nationalistic or anti-Japanese
I can't pass up a chance to both
be a smartass or make a valid observation about
Excerpt: "I was wondering why every time I told people
I was a Teabagger they kind of started giggling,"
said Tracy Klugian, a Teabagger from Elyria,
Ohio. "I should use the Google and see what this is all about."
After Mr. Klugian Googled the word "teabag," he
was shocked by what he discovered and shared
his info with the Teabaggers' leadership, who
are now actively looking for a new name for the group.
It has come to my attention that the head of the
Republican Party, Michael Steele, in defending tax cuts
for the rich said that "a million dollars
is not a lot of money." Mr. Steele obviously does not
live in Arkansas.
The average income per capita in Arkansas is $20,780
according the the Census Bureau.
That means that one would have to work, without
paying any expenses at all, 49 years to make a million dollars.
Mr. Steele and the Republicans clearly live on
Wall Street and not Main Street.
While most of us struggle with health care costs,
unemployment and just living day to day,
Mr. Steele worries about his millions "not being
a lot of money."
I guess Republicans really don't know, or care,
very much about Arkansans.
Wolf Grulkey, Alma, AR
Excerpt: Only 12 percent of the public say that Obama
has lowered their taxes, despite the fact that
the White House's stimulus package cut taxes
for 95 percent of Americans, a new poll shows.
The rather remarkable number was part of a poll
released on Friday and provides a somewhat
dispiriting window into how the recession has
altered political preceptions throughout the country.
A tax cut of historic nature, passed by Congress
last winter, has yielded few political benefits
(and, some economists would argue, few economic
ones as well).
In addition, the poll found that 24 percent of
respondents said that their taxes had
actually increased under the Obama administration
-- which is, again, not true.
Well, we can't fault the Democrats this time.
For the public to know what's going on, someone would have to tell
And since telling them would require standing up and speaking out,
that's not something our Democrats can do - so it's not their fault.
To clarify the status of Sam Clauder, he has other
lesser charges pending,
so the total bail is still currently around $100,000.
You can verify this from
the Case Report on the SB Superior Court Web
site by including
"Defendant's Other Cases" or doing a defendant
search for Sam Clauder.
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"The Democrats are already in such bad shape
among independents, they may as well go ahead and (pass
health care) and give their base something
to get excited about. Dems' approval among independents is
19 percent. What more do they have to lose?" -- Nate Silver, Link
Well, South Korea is just a few miles west of
which means that North Korea is -- um -- immediately
north of that.
Since North Korea is a certified element of Obama's
Bush composed tripod of evil,
and since America never really gave Japan back
to the Japanese (we've just been
renting it to them for the past half century
or more) after the last wartoendallwars,
we just gotta' make sure that there are plenty
of fire-bombs stockpiled nearby.
And then of course, there's China just next door
and to the south ...
the American Empire also has to keep tabs on
that smoldering Dragon.
But now that North Korea has nukes, why are we there?
So we can nuke them after they kill 10,000 of our soldiers?
Excerpt: Joe the Plumber is no longer a fan of either
Sarah Palin or John McCain, it seems.
Joe, who never was a plumber, told an audience
in Pennsylvania this week that McCain "is no public servant."
"McCain was trying to use me," Plungerboy said,
according to public radio correspondent Scott Detrow.
"I happened to be the face of middle Americans.
It was a ploy.”
"I don’t owe him shit," Plungerboy continued.
"He really screwed my life up, is how I look at it.'"
Asshole, you ran into the spotlight like you were
Paula Jones. Back in 2008, every whore
in the media (which is all of them) pretended
you were hot shit and you went on some TV shows
to prove what an ignorant brainless fool you
You were a ignorant brainless fool when Obama
knocked on your door
and you're an ignorant brainless fool today -
so what's yer beef?
"The Muslim nations of Iraq and Afghanistan
are opposed to homosexuality. Changing "Don’t ask, don’t tell" would
offend the terrorists in such a way that could put soldiers - and America -
at risk of further terrorist attacks." --
Gary Nodler, running for Roy Blunt’s GOP seat, Link
It's getting harder for me to understand these racist tea-baggers.
We should discriminate against gays ...to please the terrorists?
Spent the weekend before the Super Bowl in Vegas.
We stayed at Hooters Hotel & Casino
(next door to the Tropicana and across the street
from the MGM) for $19/night.
I get monthly emails from the Luxor, begging
me to stay there for $40/night.
Imperial Palace is $34/night, and it's right
across the street from Caesars.
Does the Motel 6 actually pay you to come stay
at their place?
Hooters wasn't The Wynn, by any stretch, but it
They have a decent prime rib dinner for $9.95,
with mashed potatoes and corn-on-the-cob.
They also had $3 blackjack and $.50 roulette
24/7. I imagine if there were enough of us,
they may set us up with a private poker room.
It's cheap to fly to Vegas right now, if you travel
on the right days. That'd be my vote.
OTOH, I don't partake of God's flowers, so I
understand if I get out-voted.
Keep me posted on what you decide,
Big Orange Jeff
Someone pointed out that the cheapest room in Breckenridge would probably
It's also more expensive to fly to Denver than Vegas (for most) and
Denver's airport is
maybe 100 miles from Breckenridge so we'd need to rent a car or take
the $80 shuttle.
It would've been expensive to smoke one in Breckenridge - Vegas not
Our free tickets expire in May so we have to make a decision soon.
Excerpt: John Edwards is going to make his mistress his
missus, according to a report in the National Enquirer.
The lousy liar has proposed to his baby-mama,
Rielle Hunter, and is even setting her up in a swank
$3.5 million beachfront mansion, The National
Enquirer reported Wednesday.
It makes sense to buy her a home.
If she didn't, she'd just sue him and win so
this makes sense.
But an Edwards spokeswoman, Joyce Fitzpatrick,
says that the report was "absolutely untrue."
Edwards has absolute zero credibility on any claim
The Enquirer - which so far has been mostly on
target on the Edwards affair - says Edwards popped
the question last month, shortly before he issued
a statement admitting paternity of two-year-old Frances Quinn.
Six days later, his wife Elizabeth walked out
- paving the way for the ex-senator to make Rielle, 45, his wife.
What a mess this idot has created.
Poor Elizabeth - told she'll die early, she has
to face that nightmare without her husband.
This is the America that the tea-baggers want back.
"I don’t think a president can make a judgment
like that on the basis of politics. The stakes are too high, the consequences
too significant to be treating those as simple political calculations." --
Cheney, telling Palin you don't go to war unless you absolutely must,
like with Iraq's WMDs, Link
Baylor University is going to name Ken Starr as
As a graduate, I am so disappointed in my university.
There are good people connected with the university
that will disapprove.
This is just another attempt by the far right
to make Baylor a bible school rather than a real university.
I know people have thought that for a long time.
There have been good thinking people
that have come out of it....progressive Christians
as well: Ann Richards, Mark White,
Bob Bullock, Leon Jaworski (special prosecutor
for Watergate...who is probably
rolling in his grave), Keven Reynolds (director).
I'm afraid it's reputation will be ruined...just
as bad as if it had gotten the GW library.
The wing nuts have won.
Bart, the best theory I've ever seen says that
just before he was killed, Kennedy signed an order
removing the power to print money from the Federal
Reserve, giving it back to the Treasury Department.
Look at old money and you will see two types
of bills - United States Notes and Federal Reserve Notes.
Whoever prints money controls the economy, both
in how it runs and who benefits from it. And whoever
controls the economy controls the government.
One of the first things LBJ did after taking
over was rescind that order, returning the mint to the control of the
Federal Reserve, a private organization controlled
by the banks. Our money has been printed by them ever since.
I suspect RFK died because, as president, he
would have had the power
and the motivation to nail the bastards who killed
his brother. Simple as that.
Excerpt: On Feb. 9, 2009, Obama said: “I am the eternal
optimist. I think that over time people respond to — to civility and rational
Since then, the right has tried to block him at
nearly every turn,
and the far right has formed a movement fueled
by irrational anger.
There he was again this week, saying almost exactly
the same thing: “I am just an eternal optimist. ... And all I can do
is assume that over time, people are going to
gravitate towards the truth.”
So stubbornly sweet. So simply naïve.
If Obama is still clinging to this quaint concept
after the year he’s had,
it’s easy to understand why he’s in trouble.
Still, it’s not too late for him to change.
Sometimes, reading a new column is like reading bartcop.com
Obama would never allow this to happen.
He says punishing the guilty is "looking back." Can't have that.
Subject: how dumb is Obama
A lot of people are criticizing Obama for putting
(a little) energy into healthcare reform instead of
financial reform (or something else that would
generate jobs). Even Ted Rall has jumped on this.
OK, I call bullshit. How many of you on
the left genuinely believe that more work by Obama on jobs,
stimulus, or financial reform would have budged
even one of the senators blocking it? Give me a break!
You may have just nailed the problem.
No matter how hard Obama works, nobody moves.
Obama can't bring his own party to the table
and that's killing all of us.
If he could have done that, he could have gotten
healthcare through -- and, believe me, genuine healthcare
reform would do more good for the unemployed
than an extra month or two of unemployment, an extra
500 jobs in the U.S., or an extra five days to
pay their mortgage.
Obama came into office, pushed through the largest
stimulus package he could get through congress
(still hugely less than Bush's tax cut stimulus),
and then tried to get the next step of help for the poor and
unemployed. And you gripe! You call
yourselves reality-based liberals? (OK, Ted Rall isn't reality-based....)
The reality is that seven Republicans can cosponsor
a bill just to look into ways to reduce the deficit,
then vote against it when it comes to the floor!
If you believe that Obama could have gotten a larger
stimulus package through that senate, you probably
also believe he could have talked them into a robust
public option or even a Medicare-for-everyone
type of plan. And, if so, you're not living in reality.
Russ the Pillar
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"There's no way this world will change. There's
no way people are going to stop what they like. It's like the old song — how you going
to keep them down on the farm once they've been to gay Paris?"
-- Venetian owner Sheldon Adelson, after losing 90%
of his $40B fortune, Link
So, Adelson lost $36B under Bush?
I'll bet he wishes he gave more to Kerry's 2004 campaign
economic recovery A picture is worth a thousand words (via Josh Marshall)
If the Democrats were smart,
Should he bother to finish that sentence?)
they’d each carry a poster-size version of this image everywhere
they go — television appearances, House/Senate floor, press conferences, meetings, the bathroom…
They seem unable to articulate the fact that
they averted a far-more-nightmarish depression and that the recovery package (bigger as it should’ve
been) shielded millions of job losses — as any economist outside the Heritage Foundation would admit.
It’s understandable how hard it is to convince
an economically struggling nation that they should be happy things aren’t worse. For the people who lost
their homes, their jobs, their health care, their life savings, a graphic of any kind isn’t much of a consolation.
But Democrats have been too timid to say it
was the Republicans’ elitist, Reagan-inspired leap to the right that set the stage for this recession. America
hardly remembers because Democrats hardly care to remind them.
How easy and powerful it would’ve been to brand
this the Republican Recession. Either way, “things could have been worse”
isn’t going to save Dems in November. They need health care reform. They need a
new jobs bill. They need financial reform to prevent another
scenario like this.
Ultimately, Democrats need to prove they’re
capable of governing. They had 60 senate votes and they looked handicapped. They’ve slipped to 59
now and there’s almost a sense that they’re back in the minority. If they don’t step up and take control they
may as well prepare to relinquish power.
Some day, in the future, after reading old issues of bartcop.com
some history buff might ask his professor,
"Why didn't the Democrats
listen to Bart back in 2010?" All they had to do was try, maybe speak
up, maybe list the facts ...and they could've had it all."
Excerpt: Forget red and blue — color America white. There
was snow on the ground in 49 states Friday.
Hawaii was the holdout.
It was the United States of Snow, thanks to an
unusual combination of weather patterns that dusted the U.S.,
including Dallas, Atlanta and the Florida Panhandle,
where hurricanes are more common than snowflakes.
More than two-thirds of the nation's land mass
had snow on the ground Saturday,
and then it snowed ever so slightly in Florida
to make it 49 states out of 50.
Excerpt: Sen. Jim Inhofe’s [R-Okla.] family went so far
as to build an igloo during the snow storm that
crippled DC and other cities along the northeast.
The igloo, which was built near the Washington Mall,
had a sign accompanying it stating “AL GORE’S
NEW HOME” on one side and “HONK IF YOU [HEART] GLOBAL WARMING.”
The whole world is laughing at the religiously-insane
America the bully, in two wars and ready to start
more, runs on superstitious voodoo.
The whole world is afraid of the country where
"God talkers" have so much power.
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