"Falling in love with you could really fuck up my plans for becoming President." -- John Edwards, to Rielle Hunter,
Today's Tequila Treehouse...
is Benny the Rat?
kids in Ireland, too
remains no for now
Unwilling To Fight
Blacks: Drop Dead
'crushed' by Toyota
Monroe in Salinas
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"Tell that to someone who just lost their job,
their retirement, their health care and their home -
that we're moving too quickly." -- Chris Dodd, after Rethugs demanded that he delay
action on a bill to rewrite the nation's financial industry,
Excerpt: Despite inquires from the Cincinnati Enquirer
and Plain Dealer, Rob Portman's campaign won't directly answer
the question of whether he believes that Obama
is a citizen. (Obama is.) So now, we're up to five Republican Senate
candidates -- major ones, not including J.D.
Hayworth in Arizona for the moment -- who have flirted with Birtherism.
Several of these candidates have later corrected
their initial hesitation, but it is precisely that initial hesitation that
so much information about what Republican candidates
fear right now. No doubt that Portman and Marco Rubio know
that Birtherism is bullshit. The gap between
their private beliefs and how they articulate them publicly is fairly wide.
a fan of stories that begin with X 'refuses to
denounce' Y -- I usually skip them. I make an exception here because the
accusation is so reckless, so tied to race and
culture, and so stupid that those who try to Wink at the Birthers are adding
potency to a poison that everyone is forced to
Back in the nineties my father owned a Camry.
One day while on driving on the interstate with the thing
on cruise control it started to speed up.
It proceeded to slowly go faster and faster adn he couldn't get it to stop.
After taking it out of gear (with the engine still
revving) he was able to kill the engine. When he went to the dealer
they looked at him like he was crazy and said
he must have done something wrong. It was a jarring enough
experience that he sold it and bought a Taurus.
At some point, our government will stop dragging
their feet and give us some answers.
"The image of having the members of one branch
of government standing up, literally surrounding the Supreme Court, cheering and hollering
while the court - according the requirements of protocol - has to sit there expressionless,
I think is very troubling. I’m not sure why we are there." -- John Roberts (R-Whiner) accusing
Obama of "cheering and hollering" at him at the State of the Union,
John, you are there because you were appointed by the most crooked
president in history.
"Do you think John Roberts knows or cares how
people get elected? I think we've had enough of them. I think what we need are people on
that bench who have been legislators, people who are lawyers, people who are academics. You look
at our Supreme Court and all these people, all they know is working with people in black robes.
We have got to change that." -- Harry Reid,
"I don't know why they'd feel uncomfortable,
they made the decision. Look, the president disagreed, and polls show 80 percent of the country
disagrees with that decision. The president would have said that in that room had they been sitting
in that row or not been there at all." -- Robert Gibbs,
For the record, the topic is the whore court's decision to give
First Amendment rights to, among others,
foreign-owned corporations. This will change our elections
and not for the better.
I got my census form yesterday and I filled it
out except that I refused to answer questions 8 and 9
because I think that asking what race you are
is a racist question. The way I see it if you go back in time
we all come from Africa and humans are not very
genetically diverse and there's no reason to use race to
distinguish people. Most people are mixed race.
How, for example would President Obama answer the question?
Is he black or white? What about Tiger Woods?
Is he black or asian? And what race are Tiger's kids?
The time has come to lose racial identity to end
racism and start seeing ourselves as fellow humans and not
to assume that you can determine anything from
the color of someone's skin other than the color of their skin.
I don't want to give the government information
so that they can make decisions based on race. If the government
doesn't know what race you are then all people
are equal. I urge everyone to write in "human" for the race answer
or just refuse to answer it.
Excerpt: Catholics have been on the defensive in Germany
since January, when at least 50 cases of sexual abuse from
the 1970s and '80s were reported at Canisius
College, in Berlin - with two priests linked as alleged perpetrators.
That was the catalyst. Within weeks, dozens of
victims came forward with accusations at other Catholic schools.
With up to 200 allegations of abuse, 22
out of Germany's 27 Roman Catholic dioceses have been affected.
Benedict himself has been linked to the latest
controversies. In the early 1980s, a priest suspected of abuse was
transferred to the Pope's former archdiocese
in Munich - and that case has raised further awkward questions about
the Church's handling of abuse allegations. Last
Friday, the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising confirmed that
"serious mistakes were made in the 1980s" after
the priest, known as "Father H," was moved from Essen to Munich
and was allowed to continue with his pastoral
work. According to the SÜddeutsche Zeitung, Father H had been
transferred from Essen after he allegedly forced
an 11-year-old boy to engage in oral sex.
Church officials in Munich said Benny the Rat
was Archbishop of Munich from 1977 to 1982, and was involved in
the decision to house the priest at the archdiocese
so he could receive therapy. Father H was convicted in 1986 of
sexually abusing minors, receiving a suspended
prison sentence and a fine. Despite the jail sentence, the priest
controversially carried on with his pastoral
It seems the Catholic higher-ups are addicted
to child rape.
How many events have to occur before it's no longer a coincidence?
This child rape addiction occurs in every country that has Catholics.
Isn't anybody going to insist that it stop?
Excerpt: Ireland's senior Roman Catholic, Cardinal Sean
Brady, said Monday he would not resign despite admitting
he helped the church collect evidence against
a child-molesting priest — and never told police about the crimes.
Brady, as a priest and Vatican-trained canon lawyer
in 1975, said he interviewed two children about the abuse
they suffered at the hands of the Rev. Brendan
Smyth. He said both children were required to sign oaths promising not to tell anyone outside the church
of their allegations.
Smyth went on to molest and rape scores of other
children in Ireland, Britain and the United States before British
authorities in neighboring Northern Ireland demanded
his arrest in 1994. The Irish government of the day collapsed
amid acrimony over why Smyth was not quickly
extradited to Belfast.
Smyth abused at least 90 children in Ireland,
Britain and in Rhode Island and North Dakota from 1948 to 1993.
If I had a son that was molested by these monsters
I'd probably get violent.
But then, I'm not stupid enough to turn my kids
over to child molesters.
Statistically, there are parents reading this
who have sons in a Catholic school right now.
When your son turns quiet and moody and then
eventually tells you he was attacked,
what will you say?
"Sorry, I should have acted sooner?"
The band Garbage had a recording studio in Madison, WI that recently
John B was nice enough to go inside the shuttered building and take
a few pictures
and he even grabbed some pieces of plaster from the walls as a physical
which he sent to me - thanks for that, John.
I've had to store the plaster chunks in the tequila drawer
because the cats, mostly Rusty, find the plaster delicious!
John, send me an e-mail so I can fix you up with some Bartcop Radio.
graph shows that the simpler time that "Tea Baggers" long for only
exists in their minds.
The periods of American prosperity and recession
are inversely related to the highest tax rates for the wealthy.
It appears from the chart that if you want to
improve the economy then you raise taxes on the wealthy.
The 1950's not only saw a huge boom in the economy
but also a huge increase in the number of "middle class" families.
Ironic that the income tax on the wealthy was
at 91 percent, guess "trickle down" was all in Ronnie's demented
We need to raise taxes on the wealthy NOW
to get the economy rolling.
Jim in Utah
Clinton showed us how to get the economy moving - you raise taxes on
"They're right on the cusp of losing their
image as a news organization. Do they want to be the go-to place for conservative populist
ideas on television, or do they want to be a news organization? Ailes has done a good
job of doing both." -- TV analyst Andrew Tyndall,
on Glenn Beck dragging down the "fair and balanced' image of Fox News,
Excerpt: California is one of the key reasons that Toyota
is the wealthiest carmaker on the planet.
Toyota is paying the state back with the foulest
form of ingratitude.
The company is planning to shut down the assembly
plant in Fremont, Calif., that makes Corollas
and the Tacoma compact pickup. The plant closure
will throw 4,700 experienced, highly skilled and
dedicated employees onto the street during the
worst job market since the Depression, and it will
jeopardize nearly 20,000 other jobs around the
It is a cold and irresponsible act on Toyota’s
part, a decision that was not necessary from a business standpoint and that completely
disregards the wave of human misery it is setting in motion.
So - we want Toyota put out of business - but
we want them to keep making cars?
What did you think would happen after you scream
every day for a month?
And if they didn't shut down for business reasons,
tell us, Bob, what was the "real" reason?
Excerpt: In response to Palin's attack on Rep Grayson,
Grayson actually complimented Palin. Grayson praised Palin
for having a hand large enough to fit Grayson's
entire name on it. ha ha
He thanked Palin for alleviating the
growing shortage of platitudes in Central Florida.
Grayson added that Palin deserved credit for getting
through the entire hour-long program without quitting.
Grayson also said that Palin really had mastered
Palin's imitation of Tina Fey imitating Palin. Grayson observed
that Palin is the most-intelligent leader that
the Republican Party has produced since George W. Bush.
Make him stop!
When asked to comment about what effect Palin's
criticism might have, Grayson pointed out, "As the Knave's
horse says in Alice in Wonderland, 'dogs will
believe anything.'" Earlier Grayson said, "I'm sure Palin knows all
about politics in Central Florida, since from
her porch she can see Winter Park," which is Grayson's district.
Grayson said that the Alaskan chillbilly was welcome
to return to Central Florida anytime, as long as she brings
lots of money with her, and spends it. "I look
forward to an honest debate with Governor Palin on the issues,
in the unlikely event that she ever learns anything
about them," Grayson added, alluding to Politifact's
"liar, liar, pants on fire" evaluation of much
of what Palin has said.
Scientists are studying Sarah Palin's travel between
Alaska and Florida carefully.
They hope to learn more about the flight patterns
of that elusive migratory species, the wild Alaskan dingbat.
Damn, Alan Grayson is ready to kick some ass - I like this guy.
Excerpt: The House voted yesterday to deny the resolution
put forward by Dennis Kucinich that called for Obama to
bring the troops home from Afghanistan. The vote
was 356 against the resolution, 65 in favor, with nine not voting.
It was clearly a vote that showed that there is
one key issue in Washington where the Republicans and Democrats
largely agree and that is on endless war. Out
of the 356 votes to shoot down the resolution 189 of them were
Democrats and 167 were Republican. Only five
Republicans voted in favor of the Kucinich resolution.
Excerpt: Sen. Dick Durbin announced that he and Sen. Jeff
Sessions had reached a "compromise" in the Senate gym
over Durbin's bill, which would have eliminated
the 100 to 1 sentencing disparity for crack vs. powder cocaine...
The compromise was that Durbin would accept Sessions'
amendment to change the disparity from 100 to 1 to 20 to 1.
In return, Sessions offered to withdraw his amendments
that would have narrowed the circumstances under which
a judge could reduce penalties for offenders
who acted with "fear, impulse or affection," and would have imposed
a 10-year mandatory maximum for simple possession
rather than eliminating the five-year mandatory minimum for
simple possession entirely.
"My position is for one to one, equity and equality
in sentencing, but in order to get things done you have to be
prepared to surrender at every opportunity,"
Durbin said. 'That's what I have done."...
Instead of eliminating the crack/powder disparity,
the cowards opted to make the law one-fifth as racist as it used to be.
Excerpt: When Glenn Beck told his sheep that they should
"run as fast as you can" from any church that preached
"social or economic justice" because those were
code words for Communism and Nazism, he probably thought
he was tweaking a few crunchy religious liberals
who didn't listen to the show anyway. Instead he managed to
outrage Christians in most mainline Protestant
denominations, African-American congregations, Hispanic churches,
and Catholics--who first heard the term "social
justice" in papal encyclicals and have a little something in their
tradition called "Catholic social teaching."
(Not to mention the teaching of a certain fellow from Nazareth who
was always blathering on about justice...)
He also managed to bring the National Council
of Churches--once a powerful umbrella organization for Christian
churches--out from hibernation, in the form of
a withering response from leader Peg Chemberlin. Progressive
evangelical leader Jim Wallis, taking a page
from his conservative counterparts, is calling for Christians to boycott
Beck's shows. And Beck has given the folks who
come up with slogans every week for church signs plenty of
material to work with. After initially doubling-down
on his statements, Beck is now trying to walk them back
somewhat, making a distinction between religious
injunctions for individuals to help the poor and the broader
notion that society has an obligation to care
for the "least of these."
"I won’t leave the party. I'm more comfortable
here and still believe in a role within it for the right-to-life cause, but this bill
will make being a pro-life Democrat much more difficult. They don't even want to debate this
issue. We’ll probably have to wait until the Republicans take back the majority to fix this." -- Bart Stupak (D-Backstabber)
hoping the cave people will win and "fix" things, Link
Hey asshole, go ahead and leave the party.
We have too many backstabbers in the Democratic party as is.
"I believe that he has a right to his personal,
religious views, but to deprive his constituents of needed health care reform because
of those views is reprehensible." -- Connie Saltonstall, who will
challenge Stupak in the Democratic primary, Link
Excerpt: Lawyers for Pope Benedict XVI have asked US President
George W. Bush to declare the pontiff immune
from liability in a lawsuit that accuses him
of conspiring to cover up the molestation of three boys by a
seminarian in Texas, court records show.
The Vatican's embassy in Washington sent a diplomatic
memo to the State Department on May 20 requesting
the US government grant the pope immunity because
he is a head of state, according to a May 26 motion
submitted by the pope's lawyers in US District
Court for the Southern Division of Texas in Houston
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