Oh man, we’re sobbing. You have absolutely have to see all of this.
Most devastating critique of the Obama administration yet.
Actually, to his credit... it doesn't appear to be his mother's basement.
Oh man, we’re sobbing. You have absolutely have to see all of this.
Most devastating critique of the Obama administration yet.
Did they get you to trade
Your heroes for ghosts?
Hot ashes for trees?
Hot air for a cool breeze?
And cold comfort for change?
This video from Eric Spiegelman compresses 130 sequentially taken photographs of Barack Obama with visiting foreign dignitaries Wednesday during the U.N. meeting into 20 seconds. His smile is immobile and identical in each one. It is creepy.
Here we are, still together
We are one
So much time, wasted
Playing games with love
"The tension at B. Bernice Young Elementary School escalated to such a degree Thursday that the school was placed temporarily on lockdown after its principal received death threats over a YouTube video that showed nearly 20 children being taught songs lauding the president, though back-to-school night events continuing as planned Thursday night at the school."
Death threats over a YouTube video. And how did people find out which school to threaten? Well from stalker of small children Michelle "shiksa" Malkin of course. Now this idiot is a mother. I wonder how she might feel if the school that her child/children attended went into lockdown because of death threats? Might she be very upset and worried? I would wager yes.
That is what these people now do when they cannot find a doctor to murder or a hate-crime to commit. This is the story, not the stupid YouTube video which clearly had nothing to do with Obama or his administration or government or anything other than some stupid individual doing a very stupid thing. Moreover, Fox News removed the above death threats and school lockdown from their story. Why?
Well if you are trying to sell hate, you certainly don't want to include the consequences of your product in the brochure.
The police better arrest whomever it was that made these threats and put them away for a good long time. Remember, this is an elementary school, not a political carnival, complete with AK47s.
Oh and in case that teacher who taught those kids that song is worried, let me be the first to tell her to arm herself quickly. Malkin and others like her are busy digging into the woman's life and posting her private information on the Internet.
Remember that poor university chancellor that Michelle Malkin stalked, whose private information she put online and told her gang to "badger?" And what did the freaks do? They stalked and threatened the woman until Denice Denton killed herself.
How many more people have to be murdered and/or stalked into suicide before Malkin and her brood are finally seen for what they are? What are they? A gang of racist, ultra-nationalistic, hate-pushing thugs. Or for short - terrorists.
We all know that Chuck Norris lives in a bizarro world, where Mike Huckabee would be the perfect President.
However, I think when Chuck sobers up, he is going to regret posting the following on his blog, titled, "Don't Tread on Me!".
From Chuck Norris's blog (emphasis mine):
As 9/12 concluded, we all heard many ways to keep this revolutionary movement going. But I was sitting back thinking there's one way we can take a daily stand and declare that as for me and my house, we will serve God and the republic as the Founders did.
If that describes you, then I suggest you fly some revolutionary flag in lieu of your 50-star flag over the next year. Post the 13-star Betsy Ross flag, Navy Jack or Gadsden flag ("Don't Tread on Me") or any representation that tells the story of Old Glory and makes a stand for our Founders' vision of America.
Of course, patriots know that the 50-star flag truly represents one nation under God and our Founders' republic, but modernists simply don't get it. So what do you say we make a statement by flying a different flag and educate our neighbors when they ask us, "Why are you flying that flag instead of the contemporary Stars and Stripes?" (If you insist on posting a modern USA flag, too, then get one that is tea-stained to show your solidarity with our Founders.)
As long as our soldiers are coming home in coffins draped with the 50-star American flag, it is disrespectful to these men and women, and the nation that they died to protect, to fly a desecrated flag, or fly an alternate U.S. flag in its place.
What's the matter, Chuck? Do you hate America and the flag that much, that you'd rather fly a flag spoiled with a tea stain, than to respect our flag like our Founders did?
What do you say to the military families whose son, daughter, wife, or husband has made the ultimate sacrifice to protect your right to desecrate our flag? Do you tell them that you are ashamed of what their loved ones died for?
Seriously, are you the same guy that was all over Barack Obama for not wearing a U.S. flag lapel pin? Are you the same guy with the "America: Love it or Leave it" bumper sticker on your "pick-em-up" truck in the 1970's?
Didn't any of your fake soldier roles like:
"Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection"
"Missing in Action 2: The Beginning"
"Braddock: Missing in Action III"
"Logan's War: Bound by Honor"
teach you anything about respect for the United States flag?
Is your allegiance to Glenn Beck and the GOP, or the United States? Which is it, Chuck?
I think if "Walker, Texas Ranger", heard about this, he’d kick your sorry, hypocritical ass.
Via Rachel Maddow
Occidental College politics professor Peter Dreier who authored a studyhow myths about ACORN were manufactured and how easily the mainstream media (not just the right wing media) was led into reporting falsehoods.
...complete with misspelled chalkboard conspiracy theories and references to commu-Nazis
Via The Ed Show
Ed Schultz rubs a lot of people the wrong way.
Some of my liberal folks on Twitter even call him "unwatchable"
But this is why I love Eddie right here...
My God, Democrats... what's WRONG with you...?
You can't DEAL with these people... AT ALL!!
Because there's a monster living under my bed
Whispering in my ear
There's an angel with a hand on my head
She says I've got nothing to fear
WASHINGTON — The FBI is investigating the hanging death of a U.S. Census worker near a Kentucky cemetery, and a law enforcement official told The Associated Press the word 'fed" was scrawled on the dead man's chest.
The body of Bill Sparkman, a 51-year-old part-time Census field worker and occasional teacher, was found Sept. 12 in a remote patch of the Daniel Boone National Forest in rural southeast Kentucky. The Census has suspended door-to-door interviews in rural Clay County, where the body was found, pending the outcome of the investigation.
Investigators are still trying to determine whether the death was a killing or a suicide, and if a killing, whether the motive was related to his government job or to anti-government sentiment.
Investigators have said little about the case. The law enforcement official, who was not authorized to discuss the case and requested anonymity, said Wednesday the man was found hanging from a tree and the word "fed" was written on the dead man's chest. The official did not say what type of instrument was used to write the word.
FBI spokesman David Beyer said the bureau is helping state police with the case.
"Our job is to determine if there was foul play involved – and that's part of the investigation – and if there was foul play involved, whether that is related to his employment as a census worker," said Beyer.
Beyer declined to confirm or discuss any details about the crime scene.
Lucindia Scurry-Johnson, assistant director of the Census Bureau's southern office in Charlotte, N.C., said law enforcement officers have told the agency the matter is "an apparent homicide" but nothing else.
Census employees were told Sparkman's truck was found nearby, and a computer he was using for work was found inside it, she said. He worked part-time for the Census, usually conducting interviews once or twice a month.
Sparkman has worked for the Census since 2003, spanning five counties in the surrounding area. Much of his recent work had been in Clay County, officials said.
Door-to-door operations have been suspended in Clay County pending a resolution of the investigation, Scurry-Johnson said.
The U.S. Census Bureau is overseen by the Commerce Department.
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of our co-worker," Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with William Sparkman's son, other family and friends."
Locke called him "a shining example of the hardworking men and women employed by the Census Bureau."
Via Jed Lewison
When Fox finally cut Qaddafi short, 'reporter' Eric Shawn immediately said "the top news" of Qaddafi's speech was that "he kept on calling Barack Obama 'our son'...because of the President's African heritage."
FOX ANCHOR JON SCOTT: Wearing his regal robes, Muammar Qaddafi gets ready to speak to the United Nations General Assembly. I'm Jon Scott along with Jane Skinner.
[ fast-forward through 90 minutes of Qaddafi rambling ]
FOX REPORTER ERIC SHAWN: Let me start with what is probably one of the top issues that he raised, the top news, in the sense that he kept on calling Barack Obama "our son." Muammar Qaddafi referred to him as "our son." He called the President of the United States "my son." He says this because of the President's African heritage.
By the way, remember that the same Fox News that just gave Qadaffi a 90 minute platform to spew his propaganda attacked President Obama earlier this week because a U.N. seating chart may end up seating President Obama near the Libyan leader during a Security Council meeting.
You and I are lovers
When night time folds around our bed
In peace we sleep entwined
And your love flows through me
Via Andrea Mitchell
Rachel Maddow discusses US Troop Strategy in Afghanistan in very measured analysis.
Also, Bill Clinton's rebuttal to Jimmy Carter's remarks on racism apparent in opposition to President Obama's policies.
"You show that Tom DeLay video yet? That's just disturbing.
It's disturbing! "~Jack Cafferty
In a satiric video from Funny or Die, Will Ferrell, Jon Hamm, Olivia Wilde, and other celebs band together to "protect" insurance company profits from the evils of health care reform.
"People are saying a lot of mean things about health insurance companies and their executives and it's gotta stop," pleads Thomas Lennon.
"These great business men are American heroes," says Linda Cardellini.
"So why is Obama trying to reform health care when insurance companies are doing just fine making billions of dollars in profit?" Will Ferrell asks.
Funny or Die has history of using celebrities and humor to take a stance on political issues. Last year they released "Prop 8: The Musical" starring Jack Black, Neil Patrick Harris, Margaret Cho, and more satirizing the push for a ban on gay marriage in California.
This "Insurance PSA," paid for by and produced with MoveOn.org, ends with a call to action, asking people to call their congressmen and tell them we need a strong public option.
Via Jeremy Mayer
Democrats, led by the Congressional Black Caucus and former President Jimmy Carter, are blaming racism for the virulent criticism of President Barack Obama. Republicans are outraged at the accusation, claiming it is just an attempt to insulate Obama from legitimate criticism.
Let’s take a step back and ask a different question: Would America’s first Jewish president face the same issue?
Imagine that Joe Lieberman had been inaugurated this past January, as an independent with a neocon foreign policy that infuriated Democrats and a domestic health care plan that enraged Republicans. We’d surely see some posters at anti-Lieberman rallies showing hook-nosed bankers meeting in cabals planning the invasion of Iran or the destruction of the American health care system.
The fringes of both the left and the right of American politics have elements of anti-Semitism in them. In that sense, the first Jewish president would have to deal with what our first black president deals with today: ugly stereotypes utilized by angry demonstrators.
But the mainstream leadership of both parties would immediately react to even subtle appeals to anti-Jewish sentiment. One reason Pat Buchanan ended his long career in Republican politics as an obscure third-party candidate was his consistent tendency to cozy up to neo-Nazis, former Nazis and other anti-Semites. When former Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.) and those closest to her spouted anti-Semitic rhetoric, mainstream Democrats largely abandoned her.
The same ostracism just doesn’t happen with a lot of anti-black rhetoric. Mark Williams, the organizer of the national tea party movement, called Obama, on national television, a “welfare thug,” while marchers at a recent rally carried pictures of Obama as an African witch doctor. I think that’s pretty close to calling a Jewish president a “cheating landlord” or “kike banker” while carrying signs depicting Lieberman in a yarmulke running the world’s media. But there has been no outcry among Republicans, no pledges to avoid Williams and his movement.
Williams is far from alone. Republicans across the country have compared Michelle Obama with an escaped gorilla, put President Obama’s face on new food stamps covered with watermelons and fried chicken and alleged that Obama was going to tax aspirin, since “it’s white and it works.” The most prominent voice in Republican politics, Rush Limbaugh, even tried to whip up white resentment against blacks and Obama by linking the president to a school bus beating, in a way we haven’t really seen in mainstream American politics since George Wallace.
Does GOP stand for “Guilty of Prejudice”? Probably not.
These few incidents cannot alone support Carter’s claim that the “overwhelming portion” of intense opposition to Obama stemmed from the fact that “many” whites were not comfortable being led by a black president.
I recall a great deal of animosity, expressed in extremely personal ways, toward President Bill “Bubba” Clinton when he tried to reform health care. And President George W. Bush’s opponents did not hesitate to get personal about his religion or his family’s background.
White presidents don’t get a free pass when it comes to vicious stereotypes and caricatures.
You don’t need a degree in psychology to understand that people often pick the most obvious avenues of attack in moments of anger. I remember well an ex-girlfriend with a bad mean streak letting me know post-breakup that I was short and balding. Did that mean she was prejudiced against the follicularly and height challenged?
But the difference is, anti-black prejudice remains a significant national problem, and American history is rife with racial violence. Attacking a president because he’s from a rural state (or an ex because he’s bald) is not the same as using race against a black man.
And why is it that both parties run from anti-Semitism as fast as they can, but one party seems to engage in race baiting and racial symbolism with sad frequency?
One clue may be that there’s almost no electoral downside for Republicans in being somewhat racially insensitive. Blacks almost never vote Republican, and many whites seem to find Limbaugh’s race baiting appealing.
By contrast, both parties try hard for Jewish votes and Jewish donations and would pay a significant price if Jews began to widely perceive that one party was even mildly tolerant of anti-Semitism.
If more blacks were part of the Republican coalition, there would be fewer attacks centered on race from the GOP.
But that is certainly putting the cart before the horse. There won’t be significant numbers of blacks in the Republican coalition until phrases like “welfare thug” attract the Republican outrage they so richly deserve.
I've got your kiss
Still burning on my lips
The touch of her fingertips
This love so deep inside of me, baby
The Wonk Room compiled some of the best and some of the most ridiculous amendments being proposed for the Baucus Plan. Here are some of the Republican amendments -- most of which are either torn from the Frank Luntz memo or the Glenn Beck show. Seriously.
|Kyl 371||Prohibit the federal government’s takeover of health care.||None required.|
|Ensign 409||Transparency in Czars.||None required.|
|Hatch 511||Prohibits authorized or appropriated federal funds under the Mark from being distributed to or used by ACORN.||No offset.|
|Ensign 543||Strike the word “fee” everywhere it appears in the bill and replace with the word “tax” .||No offset.|
|Roberts 137||To prevent Medicare payment policies which discourage physicians from fulfilling their Hippocratic Oath to maintain the good of their patients as their highest priority, and instead encourage the rationing of health care.||none.|
|Roberts 144||To ensure that if people like the hometown hospital they have, they can keep it.||To be determined.|
|Ensign 156||To ensure that the financial well-being of future generations is not compromised by the activities of the current generation.||none.|
Further evidence that the Republican cheese has fallen off the Republican cracker. When they're attempting to legislate language from Frank Luntz and Glenn Beck, they are not to be taken seriously. They're the Cartoon White Guy Party. They're self-satirical. Negotiating with them is like negotiating with Woody Woodpecker.
No offense to the comparative intelligence of Mr. Woodpecker.
This broke quietly in a Minnesota paper, but it could still make a bit of trouble for Tim Pawlenty in advance of the 2012 GOP primary.
Over the weekend the Star Tribune reported that Pawlenty quietly canceled a 40-year-old tax-reciprocity program with Wisconsin, under which residents of both states who work in the other state file a single tax return.
By nixing the plan, residents of both states will now have to file two returns — one for each state. And for various arcane reasons, Pawlenty’s nixing of the program would generate $131 million to close the Minnesota state government’s multi-billion-dollar budget gap.
But the rub is in the Star Tribune’s conclusion: Roughly 8,000 Minnesotan residents will have to pay $300 more in taxes per year.
Pawlenty has repeatedly pledged not to raise taxes, turning him into an anti-tax hero of sorts. But now he’s nixed a 40-year-old deal between the two states, effectively hitting some of his constituents with a tax hike in order to close the budget gap he’d pledged not to close with higher taxes.
Pawlenty appears to be working overtime to position himself as viable to the right-wing base in advance of the 2012 primary. And in that race, even a back-door tax hike will be used as ammo against him. You watch…
Want to be a winner, want to be the man.
Want to drive yourself insane,
Join up with the band
Want to fall in love, want to make your mark
Want to get out in the storm, want to break
A thousand hearts
Via Glen Ford
Via Mike Laskoff
As a country with a rather horrific civil war in its past, its no easy to thing to bat around a concept like secession. It's filled with evil reminders of an unjust past that sought, amongst other things, to preserve slavery. And yet, sometimes the body from which a political party springs is so filled with bile and corruption that its healthiest components should seek to go their own way. A case in point is today's Republican Party.
This is supposed to be the party of Lincoln, but its two loudest voices are those of Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck. At worst, these gentlemen are unrepentant racists; at best they are crass, self-serving race-baiters. Under either circumstance, they have become the 'credible' voices of leadership in a party that has denuded itself of anything approaching centrism, rationalism or moderation.
The Republicans are also supposed to be the party of strong, conservative family values. And yet, this same party insists on standing by Governor Mark Sanford, an adulterer who almost certainly broke state law by letting the state fund trips to visit his mistress. He only refunded the money after getting caught. And while the governor's personal life is really none of my business or anyone else's but his family's, he has certainly behaved like an ass ever since. In doing so, he has robbed his state of credible leadership in a time of crisis. Refusal to resign has tangibly hurt the people of South Carolina. Despite this, Senator Lindsey Graham, as recently as today, defending Sanford just today.
Finally, the Republicans are also supposed to be the party of fiscal conservatism. That's why they don't want to lower the carbon footprint, reform the health care system, overhaul the financial system or invest in American education. And yet, these same people are all too happy to invest in Iraq and Afghanistan, the cost of which dwarfs anything that the current president is proposing to save the country. John Boehner seems to positively relish the idea of sending 40,000 more troops to Afghanistan. Apparently, he believes that supporting the corrupt government will allow us to stabilize the country, defeat Al Qaeda and quell the violence in Pakistan. (Representative Boehner apparently isn't a big fan of reading military history.)
In the midst of all this hypocrisy and nihilism, the ideals of responsible limited government, practical fiscal conservatism, and progressive values (of the sort embodied by Lincoln) are nowhere to be seen. That why I suggest that all the sound thinking, sane Republicans consider seceding from the GOP in favor of a new party, maybe the New Republicans.
To make this work, sane Republicans simply need to find themselves new and credible leadership capable of espousing ideas that rational conservatives can embrace. Liberal that I am, I nevertheless recognize that there are many smart, thoughtful political conservatives who are deserving of credible representation in government. Moreover, the country needs all kinds of smart ideas from across the political spectrum. It's hard for that to be possible when Rush Limbaugh is your mouthpiece.
So secede, regroup and then when you're finished, sue the puny rump of what's left of today's Republican party for your name back. This way, almost everybody wins.
- Archaic a peasant or farm worker
- a rude, awkward, or ill-mannered person
According to Noonan, Obama is a boor, because he's so in your face, all the time, with all his appearances on health care insurance reform. And the people so HATE a boor.
Implications over the flip:
UPDATE: H/T to BlueSue, via Daily Beast, video, even worse than depicted.
Yeah, she said "boorish", not "boring".
SECOND UPDATE: For those who think she's too stupid to know the difference between "boorish" and "boring", see her WSJ article,
THIRD UPDATE NOONAN NOW WITH MORE WTF HYPOCRISY
Hat tip to Clarknt67 who points out the FDL post quoting Noonan to the effect that the screamers at the town halls haven't gone too far, yet...while dismissing democracy as being pretty much the same as screaming.
...the health-care protesters have to make sure they don’t get too hot, or get out of hand. They haven’t so far, they’ve been burly and full of debate, with plenty of booing. This is democracy’s great barbaric yawp.