"They'll probably force this through." -- Dick Armey, predicting victory for
Obama/Dems on the
health care bill,
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"I've been to birthday parties that drew more
people. More people attended my wedding than went to the tea party
kill the bill rally on the hill." -- DNC's Brad Woodhouse, on the crowd at the D.C.
Code-Red Tea Bagger rally,
Excerpt: The White House claims it's above worrying about
the politics of health care -- they just want a bill passed this week.
Good thing, because politics in Washington could
become a lot more ferocious and partisan, whether their plan flies or not.
"If they pull off this crazy scenario they are
putting together, they are going to destroy a lot of the comity in the
said Brian Darling, an idiot from the conservative
Heritage Foundation. "Even in the current, highly partisan atmosphere,
it can get a lot worse."
Obama's latest version of his health care overhaul
has attracted no Republican support, as always,
so Democrats will try to pass it with narrow
House and Senate majorities.
The long-contemplated move has sparked hard feelings
on both sides, with Democrats saying they tried
with no success to work with Republicans, and
Republicans complaining they are being railroaded.
So, the Rethugs are going to stop being so nice to Obama? Because
he won the election and
- how did George Bush put it - he has "some
political capital and he's going to spend it."
Screw what the GOP wants - do the right thing and don't look back.
If you could help me spread this blog post, I'd
It contains a video showing a group of right-wing
scumbags mocking a man with Parkinson's disease.
Since my sister is afflicted with it, you can
imagine my reaction. The
post is here:
"Angry old idiot John "Walnuts!" McCain is
probably going to lose his Senate seat this year and then be forced to actually live in
Arizona, which he hates, so he’s even more desperate and crazy than usual. What kind of maverick-y
bullshit stunt can he pull to remind Arizona voters just how shamelessly he’ll beg for re-election?
He’s bringing the Snowbilly to the desert! Grifter broadcast clown Sarah Palin hasn’t appeared with
Walnuts since he vetoed her big idea about giving her own personal concession speech on Election
Night, 2008... And now she’s going to campaign for McCain." -- Ken Laybe,
The passage of the jobs bill is a good start offering
tax breaks to small businesses that hire new workers.
But I have another idea. Why not create a similar
tax break for people who start new businesses?
New businesses could be the way we grow out of
this recession. There should be incentives to help people
who are unemployed to figure out how to work
for themselves. A one person business is as much of a job as
working for someone else. I think that people
who can't get a job should seriously consider working for themselves.
I've been self employed for over 30 years and
I can tell you it beats working for someone else.
Excerpt: Tea Baggers from across the country have come
to Washington for a three-week long “Take The Town Halls
to Washington” rally, an effort to lobby undecided
House Democrats to vote against health care reform. At a press
conference Friday, the Daily Caller spotted signs
and buttons clearly paid for by the Republican National Committee.
Activists distributed “red-white-and-blue buttons
and signs emblazoned with the words 'Listen to Me!'" - an official
RNC slogan - with disclaimers at the bottom of
the signs reading "Paid for by the Republican National Committee:"...
The Tea Party movement claims to be an independent,
grass roots coalition unrelated to either party, but this is not
the first time activists have been caught using
materials or logistical support provided by Republican operatives or
Republican-aligned corporate front groups. For
example, many large Tea Party protests have used signs and buses
provided by groups like Americans for Prosperity.
Doesn't it seem likely that this will backfire
on the Rethugs?
The country is pretty evenly divided and they're
diluting the racist voters.
"Who in the GOP was the genius that said that
now that we have identified the fastest-growing demographic in America, let’s go out
and alienate them?...The Republican Party is the most naturally talented party at losing its natural
constituents in the history of the world. This party was born with the emancipation proclamation and can’t
get a black vote to save its life. How do they do that?" -- head Teabagger Dick Armey,
Hey Dick, the Emancipation Proclamation was 147 years ago.
Since then, the GOP has done everything they could to keep Blacks
"Right now, Senator Ensign is a ticking "time
bomb" for Republicans that is waiting to explode. I'm afraid this "time bomb" is set to detonate
in the faces of Nevada Republicans adjacent to the midterms. If Republicans don't see this coming, then they have
to be the most myopic creatures on the planet. It would behoove every Republican in the race for U.S. Senate
in Nevada to write a letter demanding that John Ensign resign immediately. -- Mark Anderson,
Sir Bart, you know why we're still in Afganistan...right?
The Military Industrial Complex needs to make
more money by making ever more weapons to kill...
400 Billion Stars...so little time...
Subject: Why we're in Afghanistan...
I thought it was common knowledge among
us liberals as to why we're there in Karzai country.
He was put in place by BushCo to be our puppet
while we defend UNOCAL workers building a gas pipeline
through Afghanistan. Karzai was a consultant
for UNOCAL before he automagically became the PM/Puppet.
Subject: Why we're in Afghanistan...
I believe we are in Afghanistan today for the
same reason we went in in the first place:
we want payback, resolution, closure, for 911.
I didn’t think then, and I don’t think now, that
we will or can find what we’re seeking there,
but we haven’t found anyplace else to express
our pain and anger, so we’ll stay until we’ve forgotten;
until the cost of continuing is stronger than
our memories of loss.
Recall your first response: glass them.
Nothing has changed that fundamental desire;
time will dim it, but it will never be completely satisfied.
Subject: Why we're in Afghanistan...
So girls can go to school there. And to make sure
it stays that way, we really DO have to smite all the Taliban,
or else they will swiftly come back and probably
kill all the girls that learned to read and write in the past decade.
I sympathize with those girls, but if we're staying until the religiously-insane
we'll never leave - but maybe that was the plan all along.
Excerpt: Living in these United States, there comes a
point at which you throw your hands up in exasperation and
despair and ask a fundamental question or two:
how much excess profit does corporate America really need?
How much bigger do executive salaries and bonuses
have to be, how many houses or jets or artworks can be crammed into a life?
After all, as Steven Spielberg said, when all
is said and done, "How much better can lunch get?"
But since greed is not self-governing, hardly
anyone raking in the dough ever stops to say, "That's it. Enough's enough!
How do we prevent it from sweeping up everything
in its path, including us?" Look at the health care industry
saying to hell with consumers and then hiking
premiums -- by as much as 39% in the case of Anthem Blue Cross
in California. According to congressional investigators,
over a two-year period Anthem's parent company
WellPoint spent more than $27 million dollars
for executive retreats at luxury resorts. And in 2008, WellPoint paid 39 of its executives more than
a million dollars each. Profit before
No wonder demonstrators outside that health insurance
meeting in Washington this week
surrounded the hotel with yellow crime scene
tape. The entire country is being mugged.
And those teabagging idiots are marching in the street
so Rethugs like WellPoint can continue to gouge them.
Excerpt: Look at the 37 Democrats who voted against the
bill in November, when the House passed its version; 31 of them
represent districts that John McCain won in 2008.
It would be hard for many of them to deny that how the vote will
shake out on the campaign is playing some part
in whether these members will switch from opposing the bill to supporting
Not surprisingly, all that drives aides to the
Democratic leaders in charge of passing the bill crazy. "Democrats listening
Mitch the Bitch on healthcare is like a chicken
taking advice from Col. Sanders," said Rodell Mollineau, a spokesman for
(whose own political fate looks murky, but who's
still aggressively pushing for the legislation). House Democrats don't
much more highly of the GOP advice. "Republicans
are about the last people any Democrat should be listening to, especially
since the GOP did absolutely nothing on healthcare
for 12 years while the number of uninsured grew and premiums skyrocketed,"
said Doug Thornell. "If you think healthcare
is such a political loser for us, why are you encouraging Democrats to
Which raises an interesting notion. If it does
begin to look like leadership will fall short on the Democratic votes
needed to pass the healthcare bill, might a few
Republicans want to vote "yes" to help push them over the abyss?"
That's a big stick Democrats could use.
"These eight men killed health care
for poor Americans" but will they use
Excerpt: Tiger Woods' choice of clubs includes his trustiest
irony. Woods has decided to launch his comeback
at Augusta National - home of storied, institutionalized
sexism - while at the same time seeking forgiveness
for his gallivanting, womanizing ways.
It's a decision that suggests a continued lack
of moral compass, but makes considerable logistical sense.
Augusta members, about 300 of them, will surely
embrace their wayward superstar and hold at bay
all reminders of a real world. This is headquarters
for the good old boys of golf and, after all,
good old boys have been known to stray.
Many battles against this place have been fought,
lost and largely forsaken. There are still no women members,
and fewer people bother with that cause now than
they did just a few short years ago.
Woods is just collecting on a debt owed him from
the past decade, when he carefully refused
to criticize the club or threaten a boycott of
the Masters unless a woman were invited to become a member.
It's hard to believe that, in 2010, there are clubs that don't allow
Why do the men of Georgia hate women so much that they ban them?
Eldrick, why are you promoting sexist, exclusionary rules?
Why is Ari Fleischer letting you insult women again?
You'd think a Black man would be a little sensitive about discrimination.
"The Massachusetts Supreme Court defined marriage
as simply, 'the establishment of intimacy.' Now how dangerous is that? I guess that
would mean if you really had affection for your horse, I guess you could marry your horse. It's just
the wrong way to go, and the only way to protect the institution of marriage is with that federal
marriage amendment that I support."
-- JD Hayworth (R-Man-on-horse sex)
First we had Rick Santorum bringing up man-on-dog sex,
now Hayworth is talking about sex with a horse?
"If you're not paying your own way and the
taxpayers are paying your way, and we are bankrupt and broke, the
taxpayers can't keep paying your way." -- Rush Limbaugh, explainging
how Bush's borrowed-from-China tax cuts bankrupted a super-power
Excerpt: Twenty-five pro-life Catholic theologians and
Evangelical leaders yesterday sent letters to Congress urging them
not to let misleading information about abortion
in the Senate health care bill block passage of sorely-needed reform.
Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, a Washington-based
advocacy group, said that the Senate health bill
upholds abortion funding restrictions and supports
The letter included a page by page analysis of
the Senate bill as it pertains to abortion. The group asked Congress
“to make an informed decision about this legislation
based on careful deliberation guided by facts.”
“We believe that longstanding restrictions on
federal funding of abortion have been maintained.
Furthermore, this bill provides new and important
supports for vulnerable pregnant women,” the letter states.
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