March 2010 "Awake The State" Rally

So... About Those Unemployment Figures

Via MiseryIndex

Here's some more perspective since so many like to tie Obama to unemployment numbers, the right's most popular lagging economic indicator:

Reagan and Obama inherited roughly the same 7.6% unemployment figures and climbing, (although what we got from Bush was hemorrhaging at a much faster rate 0.5 million jobs per month on Day 1 and the three months following).

Obama policies stemmed losses which peaked at 10.1% within 10 months and had them back down to 9.6% within 21 months (where we are now).

Reagan policies ballooned his up to peak at 10.8% after 24 months (his mid-terms), and he didn't have them back to the same 9.6% (where Obama does now) until a full 30 months into his 1st term.
We'll see how Obama does with unprecedented obstruction and renewed commitments for "zero compromise" from our friends across the aisle to help get America's jobs back.

However, Reagan didn't have his unemployment numbers back down to 7.6% (what he inherited) until 40 months into his 1st term.
And yet they want to blame Obama for the way things are at this point... after a record like that from the Consrev-a-Jesus himself?

Let's give Democrats as much time as Reagan had.
Vote the Democratic ticket on November 2nd!!

#Twittergate - Hilarious! But As Implicated... Not Me

Via @Shoq

Apparently, some conservatives are having a tiff with a twitter user named @wingnutwatch. They made some convoluted youtube movie about it called "Twittergate". For reasons I cannot really figure out, two of my tweets are in this video. As best I can tell,my tweets merely mention words and concepts I'm known for, and try to explicitly or implicitly connect them to whatever bizarre effort — real or imagined — the video addresses.

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DITTO! Also too...

Via pumpybeanis

Ladies and Gentleman, I present to you... @GregWHoward

Behold the awesome power of stupid, in all it's teabagging wingnut glory.

GOP ‘Young Guns’ House Nominee Loves Playing Nazi Dress-Up

Via Ken Layne

Heil Ohio!

What this year’s crop of insane GOP/Teabagger candidates had lacked, so far, was really only a Tea Party-backed Republican nominee hand-selected as one of Eric Cantor’s “Young Guns” who also spent all his spare time dressed up like an actual Nazi Waffen SS soldier playing German Invasion in the woods around Toledo. And now, the story of the GOP Resurgence is complete, because the dress-up Nazi has been located. Meet Rich Iott, your new teabagger congressman from Ohio!

Joshua Green of The Atlantic brings us this charming tale of a man who simply loves history, that’s all:

Iott, whose district lies in Northwest Ohio, was involved with a group that calls itself Wiking, whose members are devoted to re-enacting the exploits of an actual Nazi division, the 5th SS Panzer Division Wiking …. Iott confirmed his involvement with the group over a number of years, but said his interest in Nazi Germany was historical and he does not subscribe to the tenets of Nazism. “No, absolutely not,” he said. “In fact, there’s a disclaimer on the [Wiking] website. And you’ll find that on almost any reenactment website. It’s purely historical interest in World War II.”

Whatever, Hitler.

It only took a day for this very promising Nazi candidate to be removed from Eric Cantor’s heroic “Young Guns” group of 40-and 50-something GOP creeps chosen to be the Republican Party’s sexy new face:

Until last night, the GOP included the candidate, Rich Iott, on a list of promising potential members called Contenders — a notch below their so-called Young Guns. Now he’s gone, without a trace.

You can get away with a lot in conservative politics these days, but it turns out spending your weekends dressed as a Nazi, celebrating the brave Waffen 5th SS Panzer Division is still a bridge too far.

Haha, Talking Points Memo, always with the jokes. [The Atlantic/TPM]

Donald Duck Discovers Glenn Beck in “Right Wing Radio Duck”


Donald’s life is turned upside-down by the current economic crisis and he finds himself unemployed and falling behind on his house payments. As his frustration turns into despair Donald discovers a seemingly sympathetic voice coming from his radio named Glenn Beck.

Answers For Glenn Greenwald; Yes, We Are At War

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Crony Capitalism: Wall Street’s Favorite Politicians

Via Zach Carter

A full 90 members of Congress who voted to bailout Wall Street in 2008 failed to support financial reform reining in the banks that drove our economy off a cliff. But when you examine campaign contribution data, it’s really no surprise that these particular lawmakers voted to mortgage our economic future to Big Finance: This election cycle, they’ve raked in over $48.8 million from the financial establishment. Over the course of their Congressional careers, the figure swells to a massive $176.9 million.

The complete list of these Crony Capitalists is below, along with the money they pulled in from Big Finance, according to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics ( The career data goes back to 1989. Of the 69 House members who voted with Wall Street on both the bailout and financial reform, 60 are Republicans, while nine are Democrats. All 21 Senators who voted with Wall Street on both issues are Republicans, and Republicans raked in over 90 percent of the total campaign contributions. Here’s a chart showing Wall Street’s total contributions to this crowd for the 2010 cycle, by political party:

And here’s one showing total Wall Street contributions over the course of their careers:

These aren’t the only politicians carrying water for Wall Street—only the most flagrant. Some of the bank lobby’s savviest servants on Capitol Hill do their dirty work early in the legislative process. They push through technical amendments and deploy complex procedural tricks to defang a bill, but when the final vote comes, they can still create the appearance of taking a stand against Wall Street’s interests. Rep. Melissa Bean, D-Ill., is a master of this technique, and Tea Party favorite Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., was able to claim credit for voting in favor of reform after demanding—and receiving—a host of big bank giveaways in return for his vote.

Nor are Republicans the only recipients of Wall Street largesse. Bean, for instance, has pulled in over $773,000 from Wall Street in the 2010 cycle alone, while working overtime to carve loopholes into new consumer protections (she’s scored $2.4 million over the course of her Congressional career). And the Democratic leadership has received millions as well.

When it comes to dealing out economic damage, no special interest group has been able to wreak more havoc that Big Finance. After inflating an $8 trillion housing bubble and sparking a recession that has cost the economy over 8 million jobs, public pressure to crack down on Wall Street was intense. And the public is still clamoring for Wall Street accountability—after two years in office, the Wall Street reform bill remains the most popular legislative effort championed by President Barack Obama, and getting tough on Big Finance has been a reliable re-election strategy for embattled incumbents.

But harnessing the Wall Street beast proved a tortuously long and difficult process, taking nearly two years despite its economic urgency. And while the bill that Congress approved this year has plenty of virtues, many of the most critical reforms were simply not addressed by the legislation. The too-big-to-fail financial behemoths that taxpayers bailed out in 2008 are even bigger today, banks can still gamble with taxpayer money, and the foreclosure crisis continues to ravage neighborhoods across the country. Until these issues are addressed, the U.S. economy will remain beholden to Wall Street’s bonus-crazed whims.

But if you follow the money, it’s obvious why so much work remains to be done on financial reform. This year alone, Wall Street spent a staggering $251 million fighting financial reform. According to a separate analysis of campaign contributions performed by Public Citizen, lawmakers who voted with Wall Street on both the bailout and reform received nearly triple the campaign cash of those who opposed Wall Street (figures in the Public Citizen study don’t correspond to those I’ve compiled, as Public Citizen examined contributions from 2007 through July of 2010).

Despite the popularity of Wall Street reform, 90 members of Congress didn’t even want to publicly pretend to support reining in almost universally reviled banks. When you’re trying to decide which bums to throw out in November, here’s one place to start. These members of Congress are okay with setting up economic calamities, and they don’t mind paying for them with your tax dollars.

Here’s how Wall Street’s contributions break down among Wall Street’s 21 Senate Cronies. For 2010:

For their careers:

And here are all of the Cronies, along with their Wall Street hauls:

Senator2010 Wall Street CashCareer Wall Street Cash
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)$1,600,000 $4,900,000
Sen. Robert Bennett (R-UT)$1,500,000 $2,600,000
Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO)$333,600 $3,300,000
Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC)$1,500,000 $3,300,000
Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)$2,500,000 $3,500,000
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK)$451,700 $1,200,000
Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN)$3,100,000 $3,300,000
Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)$3,200,000 $4,700,000
Sen. John Ensign (R-NV)$1,300,000 $2,600,000
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)$1,100,000 $2,000,000
Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH)$233,200 $1,100,000
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT)$1,400,000 $2,600,000
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX)$1,400,000 $4,700,000
Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA)$1,500,000 $4,200,000
Sen. John Kyl (R-AZ)$2,800,000 $3,800,000
Sen. Dick Lugar (R-IN)$412,200 $2,500,000
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)$947,600 $34,000,000
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)$4,300,000 $5,300,000
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)$268,200 $909,700
Sen. John Thune (R-SD)$1,600,000 $3,900,000
Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH)$435,200 $2,800,000
21 Republicans

0 Democrats

Senate Total$31,881,700 97,209,700
House Member2010 Wall Street CashCareer Wall Street Cash
Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-La.$106,500 $422,300
Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala.$611,600 $4,400,000
Rep. Gresham Barrett, R-S.C.$20,400 $806,700
Rep. Marion Berry, D-Ark.$24,900 $663,700
Rep. Judy Biggert, R-Ill.$395,000 $1,900,000
Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.$1,200,000 $3,800,000
Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio$1,300,000 $3,700,000
Rep. Jo Bonner, R-Ala.$90,400 $702,200
Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Calif.$190,000 $733,400
Rep. John Boozman, R-Ark.$257,700 $491,000
Rep. Dan Boren, D-Okla.$123,100 $722,200
Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va.$92,700 $1,400,000
Rep. Charles Boustany Jr, R-La.$226,300 $934,600
Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas$157,000 $840,500
Rep. Henry Brown, R-S.C.$35,700 $494,000
Rep. Vernon Buchanan, R-Fla.$336,800 $1,400,000
Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Calif.$180,300 $940,300
Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich.$588,000 $1,700,000
Rep. John Campbell, R-Calif.$413,400 $1,200,000
Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va.$2,100,000 $4,400,000
Rep. Mike Castle, R-Del.$749,100 $3,200,000
Rep. Howard Coble, R-N.C.$23,400 $502,500
Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla.$110,000 $686,000
Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas$161,500 $711,800
Rep. Ander Crenshaw, R-Fla.$86,100 $717,000
Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas$90,600 $606,900
Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa.$177,900 $881,000
Rep. Chet Edwards, D-Texas$324,200 $1,900,000
Rep.Vernon Ehlers, R-Mich.$8,500 $292,200
Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Mo.$143,900 $904,400
Rep. Mary Fallin, R-Okla($1,000)$340,700
Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J.$86,200 $840,300
Rep. Jim Gerlach, R-Pa.$251,600 $1,800,000
Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas$140,000 $1,100,000
Rep. Wally Herger, R-Calif.$171,500 $1,100,000
Rep. Peter Hoekstra, R-Mich.($1,000)$300,600
Rep. Bob Inglis, R-S.C.0$572,800
Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y.$173,900 $1,600,000
Rep. Mark Kirk, R-Ill.$1,900,000 $4,200,000
Rep. John Kline, R-Minn$170,900 $989,100
Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Calif.$31,800 $748,000
Rep. Daniel E. Lungren, R-Calif.$147,700 $622,500
Rep. Howard McKeon, R-Calif.$132,100 $1,100,000
Rep. Gary Miller, R-Calif.$144,500 $902,000
Rep. Harry Mitchell, D-Ariz.$130,900 $558,000
Rep. Sue Myrick, R-S.C.$93,600 $1,200,000
Rep. Soloman Ortiz, D-Texas$40,200 $381,700
Rep. George Radanovich, R-Calif.$24,900 $462,000
Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala.$128,200 $1,000,000
Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky.$50,200 $468,000
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla.$127,000 $986,000
Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.$531,500 $1,900,000
Rep. Jean Schmidt, R-Ohio$121,900 $519,700
Rep. John Shadegg, R-Ariz.$39,700 $1,200,000
Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa.$30,700 $403,600
Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Ind.$20,500 $266,900
Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo.$112,500 $524,200
Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas$258,900 $1,300,000
Rep. Mark Souder, R-Ind.$40,500 $405,800
Rep. Zack Space, D-Ohio$169,300 $476,300
Rep. John Sullivan, R-Okla.$79,200 $494,800
Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb.$202,600 $1,400,000
Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas$42,500 $603,400
Rep. Patrick Tiberi, R-Ohio$555,500 $2,800,000
Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich.$81,700 $929,400
Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore.$180,700 $732,400
Rep. Zach Wamp, R-Tenn.0$715,700
Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C.$155,500 $580,200
Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va.$90,400 $1,100,000
60 Republicans$15,873,400 $72,443,800
9 Democrats$1,108,400 $7,233,000
House Total$31,881,700 $97,209,700

Douchebag James O’Keefe Tries To Get CNN Reporter Onto His Dildo Lube Boat

Via Jack Stuef

CNN is doing a documentary on the three or four people who are young American conservative activists, so they decided they would follow around that criminal James O’Keefe, the guy who made those ACORN videos and tried to rape Mary Landrieu’s phones. But you know the one thing they weren’t expecting? They weren’t expecting James O’Keefe to try to lure CNN reporter Abbie Boudreau alone onto a boat filled with dildos and lube and a “condom jar” and “fuzzy handcuffs” and “an obvious sex tape machine,” so this is precisely what he did. Presumably it was to record himself raping her, of course, but O’Keefe says it was just a goof. Huh?

Thankfully, Boudreau was tipped off by O’Keefe’s female colleague, Izzy Santa. (Haha, IS HE SANTA? IS HE?)

“I noticed [Santa] had a little bit of dirt on her face, her lip was shaking, she seemed really uncomfortable and I asked her if she was OK,” Boudreau said. “The first thing she basically said to me was, ‘I’m not recording you, I’m not recording you. Are you recording me?’ I said, ‘No, I’m not recording you,’ and she showed me her digital recorder and it was not recording.”

Santa told Boudreau that O’Keefe planned to “punk” her by getting on a boat where hidden cameras were set up.

Haha, “punk’d,” that is a thing hip young people say in 2010.

CNN got hold of a document that supposedly is O’Keefe’s plans.

“Instead, I’ve decided to have a little fun. Instead of giving her a serious interview, I’m going to punk CNN. Abbie has been trying to seduce me to use me, in order to spin a lie about me. So, I’m going to seduce her, on camera, to use her for a video. This bubble-headed-bleach-blonde who comes on at five will get a taste of her own medicine, she’ll get seduced on camera and you’ll get to see the awkwardness and the aftermath.

Oh, we get it! It’s because all attractive women want to have sex with James O’Keefe. How can you resist that O’Keefe charm? CNN won’t like it very much when their reporter is forced to have sex with him on a boat! (Forced as in forced by her amazing sexual attraction to him, not rape or anything like that.)

This is why CNN should not employ women. They’re too liable to want to fuck James O’Keefe.

Also included in this story? This hilarious list of items in the boat!

Equipment needed

a. Video

1. hidden cams on the boat

2. tripod and overt recorder near the bed, an obvious sex tape machine

b. Props

1. condom jar

2. dildos

3. Music

a. Alicia keys

b. 80s romance songs, things that are typically James

c. avoid Marvin Gaye as too cliche

4. lube

5. ceiling mirror

6. posters and paintings of naked women

7. playboys and pornographic magazines

8. candles

9. Viagra and stamina pills

10. fuzzy handcuffs

11. blindfold

Looks like journalism to us, James O’Keefe. [CNN]

A Political Blowjob

Via Ian Millhiser

On Fox News Sunday this morning, host Chris Wallace noted that the GOP’s “Pledge To America” has been widely panned even by conservatives. In response, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who played a lead role in drafting the Pledge, claimed that two publications praised his plan:

WALLACE: Congressman McCarthy, a number of conservatives aren’t buying this. Let’s take a look at what Erick Erickson, of the conservative website RedState had to say about this document. He said “it is full of mom-tested, kid-approved pablum that will make certain hearts on the right sing in solidarity. But like a diet full of sugar, it will actually do nothing but keep making Washington fatter before we crash from the sugar high.”

MCCARTHY: But National Review says it’s bolder than the Contract of ‘94. Wall Street Journal says it will do more to shrink the federal government. It’s like when the Contract came out. There’s going to be attacks on both sides.

Watch it:

McCarthy misrepresents the right-wing Wall Street Journal editorial page’s reaction to the Pledge. In truth, the WSJ gave a the Pledge a decidedly mixed review, stating that the pledge is “less specific in offering new ideas than was the GOP’s 1994 Contract with America,” and it attacks the Pledge for its unambitious approach to earmarks, health care and tax policy.

The conservative National Review did indeed praise the Pledge, as “compelling,” “praiseworthy,” and “a shrewd political document,” but that’s only half the story. As ThinkProgress noted yesterday, the National Review’s hagiographic editorial was prearranged with GOP leadership. One Republican aide called the editorial a “political blowjob.”

There’s a reason why McCarthy could only cite one source that wholeheartedly endorses his party’s trainwreck of a plan. The National Review’s political fellatio aside, public reaction to the GOP Pledge has been almost universally negative.

Jon Stewart Highlights the GOP's Groundbreaking Same Old Ideas

People don't seem to be particularly impressed with the Republican Party's new Pledge to America, do they?

The way I see it, at least it got the Republicans recycling…