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"Acting like a Latin American caudillo
Obama continues to thumb his nose at Congress, daring Republican members of the House
of Representatives to begin impeachment proceedings against him." -- Teabagger Matthew Vadum, on Obama making recess
"Bush (W) did 170 recess appointments during
his time in office. THAT is not the story here, regardless of how the media will play
this out. The story here is that Obama is finally admitting he's done with trying to get along
with his opposition. It's ok...the truth will set you free!" -- RedState teabagger Dave Poff, Link
Excerpt: A recent Harris poll asked whether each of 15
statements about Obama is true or false. In every case,
the less schooling people had, the more likely
they were to believe that false things are true.
For example, 18 percent of Americans with high
school or less education think that the president may be
the Anti-Christ. That's right, nearly one out
of five people who are eligible to vote, same as you, believe
Obama is the bad guy in The Omen. But only 13
percent of people with some college believe that; and
9 percent of college graduates; and down to 4
percent of people who've had some post-graduate education.
It's the same descending scale with "He is doing
many of the things that Hitler did." Twenty-four percent of
high-school-or-less say yes; 20 percent of some-college;
18 percent of college grads; but only 10 percent of
post-grads. "He was not born in the United States
and so is not eligible to be president": 32, then 22, then 21, then 7.
"He is a Muslim": 43, 30, 24, 9. "He wants to
turn over the sovereignty of the United States to a one world
government": 37, 28, 21, 12. You get the idea.
I blame the Democrats for refusing to set the record straight.
Also, our side has no FOX News spewing lies and hate 24/7 "because
that wouldn't be right.".
Up until the 2008 election, young people didn't
show up at the polls to make a difference.
Old people showed up to vote and that's why politicians
protect Medicare and Social Security.
But in 2008 the youth showed up to vote and got
involved in the election and Obama won.
Because of that the banks no longer get a cut
of the money allocated for student loans.
Pell grants are way up. Students can now stay
on their parents health insurance policy till they are 26.
Now those running for office are going after the
youth vote because the youth showed up and voted.
That is why it is important for young people
to get politically active and stay active. When you show up
and volunteer, when you organize students, when
you show up and vote, when you make a difference in
the outcome of elections then you get the benefits
you are seeing now.
The elections continue every two years and the
fight never ends. You who are now 2 years older
than you were can now train someone else who
is now old enough to get active and vote.
Voting is working for the young. I ask you to
keep it up
Excerpt: A glimpse into the sexual proclivities of California
Republicans: "Eyepatch" underwear,
a post-gay-club drunk-driving incident, and now,
"a bondage-themed nightclub featuring
topless women dancers imitating lesbian sex,"
with Michael Steele on the RNC dime.
Buried in a Daily Caller smackdown on Steele's
choices of fancy hotels and flights
while on the speaker and donor-stroking circuit
is this little tidbit:
Once on the ground, FEC filings suggest, Steele
travels in style. A February RNC trip,
for example, included a $9,099 stop at the Beverly
Hills Hotel, $6,596 dropped at the
nearby Four Seasons, and $1,620.71 spent at Voyeur
a bondage-themed nightclub featuring topless
women imitating lesbian sex.
Houston in Seattle brought up a great point.
More Japanese cars are produced in the U.S. now
than by the "American" car companies. I
read a couple of years ago that America's number 1 auto
employer in the U.S. was Honda, followed by Toyota.
They produce parts and assemble them here.
Meanwhile GM, Ford, & Chrysler all headed
to other countries (Canada, Mexico) to save a few bucks.
So when you buy an "American automobile" you
are only lining the pockets of the owners and board of
the company and very few workers here.
On the other hand, yes, when you buy a "Japanese" car
Mr. Toyoda may get some money, but a heck of
a lot of American employees actually get paid.
I remember my first new, off-the-showroom-floor
car was a 1992 Chevy Camaro. At the time, the tv ads
for the Camaro announced "From the country that
gave you rock-n-roll" and the GM ads stated
"The heartbeat of America". My Camaro was
made in St. Therese, Quebec.
So I guess Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Rush, and
Neil Young invented Rock-n-Roll
and our collective heartbeat was in the french
section of Canada?
Tony the Razorback
Excerpt: The fact that the Tea Party is almost exclusively
white doesn't make it necessarily white supremacist,
but like the KKK, the Tea Party, and their newfangled
leader, Sarah Palin, oppose moderate Republicans
in state elections in much the same way the Klan
organized a southern resistance to Reconstruction using intimidation.
The difference, of course, is that the KKK spoke
openly about racism and anti-semitism, and that they didn't
just use violent imagery, or threats. They actually
killed those Republicans whose politics were thought to be
progressive, meaning those southern Republicans
who favored emancipation. Tea Partiers, by contrast, hide
behind code phrases, but when they speak of the
expansion of "big government," and say that the public option
is really reparation for slavery, the underlying
meaning is the same.
Buddy Miller is one of the best guitarists Plant
has ever worked with, and
I'm only leaving out one other to be nice to
you. Miller was a mainstay of
Emmylou Harris's Spyboy band for over a decade,
emulating Daniel Lanois's
parts on the classic WRECKING BALL tracks.
I wish this tour was hitting the northeast, but
NO, Plant is only playing
Okie-type bumfuck towns on this leg.
Or you can wait for OUTRIDER 2.
I can't stand country music unless it comes in a cute skirt.
"Texas officials are worried the Census will
undercount their population -- making them eligible for fewer federal programs & Congressional
districts because "anti-government conservatives may not fill out their forms to protest
against 'Big Brother' in Washington." -- Constant Weader,
"I like what we have in Massachusetts, despite
some flaws. But what I see in Obamacare is a very different piece of legislation
- and one that followed a very different track. In our case, our bill was carried out
in a bipartisan basis." -- Mitt Romney, getting it wrong again,
"Romney is exactly right. The only real difference
between Obama's bill and his is that Massachusetts Democrats worked with
their Republican governor Romney to pass their bill. Congressional Republicans, however,
refused to cooperate with the President." -- Ben Armbruster,
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Excerpt: Even though the Obama administration tried to
stress the bill's benefits to all families -- insurance for folks
with preexisting conditions, restrictions on
companies dropping you when you get sick, letting kids stay on
parents' policies until they're 26, as well as
subsidies that will mainly go to middle- and working-class families
(the poor are already covered by Medicaid) --
a Gallup survey found that 57 percent of white respondents
said that the bill would help the uninsured,
and 52 percent said that it would improve conditions for low-income
families. Only a third of whites thought it would
benefit the country, and shockingly, only 20 percent thought it
would benefit their family. (Nonwhites polled
were more likely to say the bill would help their families.)
Those doubts were especially pronounced among
white voters with less than a college education, Gallup found
-- the group that most resisted candidate Obama
in 2008. They're the least likely to say the plan would benefit
the country, even though they're more than twice
as likely to lack health insurance as college-educated whites.
We can shake our heads at their ignorance, perhaps
even racism, or we can try to understand the roots of their
doubt. Brownstein points to a Stanley Greenberg
poll that found these whites are reaching a tipping point that
could send them even more enthusiastically toward
Republicans this year. He also notes that among the 34
House Democrats who opposed the healthcare reform
bill, 28 percent come from districts with a higher than
average percentage of non-college educated whites
in their districts.
Excerpt: Milwaukee has now replaced Boston as the epicenter
of priest sexual crimes against children.
Nothing matches what happened in my city of Milwaukee,
with over 200 deaf boys repeatedly molested
and raped by Rev. Lawrence Murphy, a priest who
was never punished and who was buried, after a
lifetime of child rape, with full priestly honors.
Pope Benedict XVI now faces a major hypocrisy
test. He has been accepting resignations from bishops
around the world who failed to take action against
priest rapists. It is now no longer in dispute that he
himself is guilty of the same criminal negligence
in the Milwaukee case and in Germany when he was archbishop.
The pope can only serve the church by resigning.
If he were in charge of some secular institution,
he would be forced to resign and be subject to
criminal prosecution. He has no moral right to hide behind Vatican walls.
Does the Milwaukee District Attorney have a position
on child rape?
Excerpt: What I keep thinking of is a beehive. A modern,
high tech, highly politicized democracy is a busy beehive,
and sometimes the bees are angry, and sometimes
someone comes by and sticks a big sharp stick in the hive.
The biggest thing Washington should do right
now is stop it, stop poking the stick.
The beehive was already angry about a million
things a year ago, and most of those things, obviously, were not
the fault of the administration. People are angry
at their economic vulnerability. They are angry at the deterioration
of our culture, angry at our nation's deteriorating
position in the world, at our debts and deficits, our spending and
taxing, our threatened security in a world of
weapons of mass destruction. Their anger is stoked by cynical
politicians and radio ranters and people who
come home at night, have a few drinks, and spew out their rage
on the comment thread. It's a world full of people
always cocking the gun and ready to say, if things turn bad,
'But I didn't tell anyone to shoot!'
And yes, this mood, this anger, has only been
made worse by this yearlong, enervating, exhausting, enraging fight
over health care. The administration is full
of people who are so bright, and led by one who is very bright, and yet
they have a signal failure: They do not know
what time it is. They cannot see how high the temperature is.
They cannot for the life of them understand that
they raise it.
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"I think this is a safe haven for Eldrick.
They're all chauvinists themselves. It's a perfect fit. He'll be welcomed. These people have
a fundamental disregard for women. I don't think there will be any heckling or protests.
And if the media pursues the issue ... it's such a dictatorship, officials are completely capable of
barring any reporter from the tournament who brings it up at the pre-tournament interview." -- Martha Burke, on Eldrick running
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"I want to thank the Teabaggers for helping
us pass health care, for resurrecting the Obama presidency. I know they're saying,
'Why are you thanking me? I was so against it, I marched on Washington with tea bags
hanging off my Founding Fathers costume, with a gun on my hip and a picture of Obama
dressed as Hitler, screaming about his birth certificate.' And America saw that and said, 'I think
I'll go with the calm black man.'" -- Bill Maher
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