Weekly Address: Tragedy at Fort Hood

Via Briefing Room

The President condemns the "despicable" attacks at Fort Hood, honoring those who were killed and injured. He also commends those who stood up to help and console those affected: "even as we saw the worst of human nature on full display, we also saw the best of America."

Read the Transcript

Tom Tancredo Will Not Sit And Let This Communist Blogger Insult Him!

Via Wonkette

There is no reason, ever, to invite racist ex-Congressman failure Tom Tancredo onto any television show, or at least the political ones. So thank you Tom Tancredo for graciously acknowledging your unimportance and leaving the set mid-interview!

The fun starts around 2:45 when Tancredo suggests that everyone in the military past or present hates their free government health insurance. Then that mean blogger Markos Molasses says, I was in the military, unlike you, who got a deferment from fighting in your beloved Vietnam War, because of sadness. Tancredo responds, yeah, well fuck this, I’ve got borders to patrol.

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"The 11-3 Project"

Via The 11/3 Project

Jon just loves Glenn Beck's digestive and immune system so much, and he fears for it.

Terrible Congressman Comically Screws Up Pledge Of Allegiance

Via Wonkette

This one is a beauty. Congressman Todd Akin, speaking before the Bachmaniacs at the Super Bowl of Retardation, delivers a glib lecture about the Pledge of Allegiance, its history, and its awesome inclusion of “Under God.” He asks the crowd to join him in the Pledge, because it “drives the liberals crazy.” And then he screws it up.

The stumbling and awkward muttering between 1:59 and 2:02 is a comical gift from Allah. But Allah is a generous deity and has many, many treasures — like this, the Akin office’s official response:

Akin spokesman Steve Taylor said the congressman acknowledges having had “a little bit of a Justice Roberts type of moment,” blaming it on “a little echo of the speakers.”

“It is not a problem with knowledge or understanding,” Taylor said. “Everyone at some point in their life will have some difficulty with execution or elocution.”

Yeah maybe, but usually not after pompously bragging for two minutes, before a crowd of thousands, on Capitol Hill, about how well you know it and how much you love it, five years after you “proposed the Pledge Protection Act to keep federal courts from ruling on its constitutionality.”

Rep. Todd Akin’s Pledge botch [Politico]

Check Out What The Christian God Did Today

Via Wonkette

So that horrific killing spree put a real damper on the day’s comedy prospects, although we’re sure Wolf Blitzer’s trying his inadvertent best to make us all laugh again. But know that before the sadness in Texas, God painted the teabaggers a rainbow. And then someone in an office took a picture of the Teabaggers’ Rainbow and e-mailed it to K-Lo, the end. [The Corner]

A Few Awesome Comments from "Mr Brink"

Via Mr. Brink in comments over at Cesca

You don't storm in to office like Che Guevara and within the first few months outlaw banking and bankers, the federal reserve, corporate profits, pollution, international commerce, and capitalism in general. You don't round up George Bush and Dick Cheney and put them on trial for warcrimes. Congress had their chance to respond during those years. The way I remember it, it's been a group effort that fucked this country up ever since Reagan.

America is a mixed bag of aggressive interests and this president's job doesn't involve ignoring the role of congress and capitalism to do what Ralph Nader and Bill Maher wants to do.

America has been held hostage for years and Obama is thee Hostage Negotiator In Chief.

He's doing an outstanding job considering the dynamic of frothing nuts wishing him dead and gone.

Some people need to chill out. We're in good hands. Maybe the best hands ever.

"I love Obama. FDR he is not."~Gottverdammt Klaus
What would FDR do about terrorism?

Arab Internment camps?

Nobody's perfect.

FDR also got pretty much everything he wanted in his first 100 days from congress. What would he do about Blue Dogs?

FDR used radical means, sometimes unconstitutional, to stabilize the nation's banking and labor sectors and it didn't happen overnight-- or even within the first term. Obama's making better progress than FDR in this area.

Side bar: This isn't the first time unemployment was 10%. People need to remember that Reagan presided over 10% unemployment and his poll numbers in 1983 were 35%. 35%! We went from being the nation's foremost creditor nation to the world's foremost debtor nation under Reagan while the deficit exploded to unprecedented levels for peacetime, and he's considered one of the greatest presidents of all time. Go figure.

FDR led a massive war effort that aided recovery and soothed unemployment, but it obscured the realities and actual effectiveness of his economic policies which have been argued to have "preserved the worst evils of capitalism," despite all the good that came of them.

These are different times with numerous recurring problems that the president inherited 100%. Obama does have the benefit of drawing on FDR and every president since to stabilize the economy and restore confidence in America again. To "save capitalism" and protect labor and manufacturing is a shit shoveling job. But we've also got environmental concerns, outdated social injustices, trade policies, hostile nuclear pursuits in unstable regions, and a foreign policy that cannot be decided by a few guys in a room sipping cognac and martinis over a map of the world.

We went from FDR until Reaganomics without a billion dollar bailout. Conservative policies are poison. It seems to be a lesson easily forgotten or white washed.

Obama is more respectful of the constitution than FDR, but FDR gets all the glory?

I don't want an FDR today. That would scare the crap out of me. Too radical too fast.

I just want his financial regs restored and updated.

"True, Obama is far more respectful of the Constitution, and that is no small point. However, FDR didn't bother to bend over backwards to appease the Liebermans and Snowes of his day. And he pushed his agenda despite the millstone of Southern Democrats around his neck."~Gottverdammt Klaus
I don't really see how Obama isn't pushing his agenda.

I do see him pushing uphill, though.

It can't be easy when you're president of a country where corporate greed has so systematically compromised the media, congress, and even the supreme court-- manipulating what we think we know about the history of America and our role in the world along the way.

It can't be easy when the senate is chock full of unreasonable partisan obstructionists, religious extremists, bigots, and lying attack dogs.

It can't be easy being president in a country where 40% of the population thinks Sarah Palin should have been the next president.

It can't be easy resisting the urge to unilaterally usurp the constitution and states rights to force his agenda for expedience sake.

Usurp is a funny little word. Usurp

But despite the mighty forces that have been building and manipulating since their failed attempt to overthrow FDR, Obama's gotten a lot done within the constraints of a constitutional republic.

He is pushing his agenda, despite "leaders" like Harry Reid and "friends" like Lieberman.

And FDR wasn't a black man trying to persuade Southern Republicans who still wave the Confederate flag.

Olbermann Rips Glenn Beck For Exploiting 9/11: "Go To Hell"

Via Nick Graham

Keith Olbermann slammed Glenn Beck last night for invoking 9/11 in his opposition to health care reform. Beck launched into a rant about how he could have shouted for years about Osama bin Laden and warned of the attack and still no one would have taken the precautions necessary to stop it. Olbermann was having none of it:

Beck, you and the 9/12ers have the nerve to exploit 9/11 for your lousy TV raitings? You cannot make light of 9/11, nor bandy about as if your petty political grievances are comparable to it and still be an actual, patriotic American. In short, Glenn, 9/12ers, if you're invoking 9/11 just to oppose health care reform, go to hell.


Today's Vote Will Tell Us Nothing About Barack Obama

Via RudePundit

On today's Morning Starbucks with Joe over on the MSNBC, the thirty or so people on the air were talking with Republican Minnesota Governor Tim "My Name Sounds Like Something Elmer Fudd Would Say" Pawlenty about the upstate New York congressional race. It's where the Republican was chased out by right-wingers, like Pawlenty, who support Conservative Party candidate Doug "I've Been Endorsed By Everyone You Hate" Hoffman. Begoateed White House correspondent Chuck Todd asked Pawlenty what the minimum basic requirements were for a politician to be welcome as a Republican. Pawlenty went through a litany of what ex-candidate Dede Scozzafava voted for as examples of what a Republican can't do (even though Scozzafava was supported by the NRA and Newt Gingrich). In other words, Pawlenty didn't answer.

Then Joe Scarborough jumped in to ask Pawlenty if he thinks Republican Senator Olympia Snowe is welcome in his vision of the GOP. While Pawlenty allowed that he's glad that Maine elected a Republican, he refused to say that Snowe should be "in the big tent" of the party. He did say that Snowe "can't deviate" on too many issues and still be in that mythical tent, which more and more seems to be KKK-robe white. Scarborough explicitly asked, "Do you want Olympia Snowe in your Republican Party?" And Pawlenty, who was once considered presumptively moderate, became the flaccid cock of the GOP weasel, and he would not say he did.

Or, to put it simply, moderate is no longer conservative enough for the GOP. Conservative is moderate. Scrawl-with-your-own-shit crazy is conservative. So, essentially, the only way to be fringe on the right is to want to blow shit up, and even then it depends on what the target is.

The media, mainstream and not, is all abuzz over what the results of today's elections, especially the gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey and that 23rd district congressional race in New York, will tell us about whether or not Barack Obama and the Democrats have lost momentum and power. And the Rude Pundit's calling bullshit.

What it'll tell us is that, in Virginia, if you field a shitty candidate, that shitty candidate will lose. In New Jersey, Jon Corzine will more than likely win, so will the press say, "Hey, look, Obama's still popular"? And in NY-23, a place that's almost entirely white, where they elected two previous Republicans, where Bush barely received a majority in 2004 and Obama won in 2008?

If anyone who voted for Obama there decides to vote for Doug Hoffman and against Democrat Bill Owens because they think Obama is betraying American values or some such shit, then fuck them. They weren't real Obama supporters to begin with. And they are fickle idiots who are mesmerized when Sarah Palin sashays her magical Alaskan ass and Glenn Beck spins his hypnotically nutsy eyes in front of them. Because right now Obama isn't doing anything he didn't campaign on, the very things that are presumably why NY-23 voters, you know, voted for him. To shift to Obama-hating at this point, before any of his major efforts have actually been done, seems self-defeating at best and an eruption of suppressed latent racism at worst.

Oh, and by the way, Tim Pawlenty must have loved John McHugh, the Republican representative who was there in NY-23 before Obama nominated him to be Secretary of the Army. McHugh voted against Republicans on many issues, especially when it came to the environment, health care, and jobs. He was actually a moderate. Oh, and the guy who preceded McHugh? Republican Sherwood Boehlert? Big fuckin' environmentalist who voted against Republicans repeatedly. He works with Al Gore now. Good luck with that fuckin' tent.

DearCitizen: Despicable Racist

Via Twitter

This is the tweet sent to @Tourex originally.

And in that tweet is this shortened link... http://bit.ly/11wrPH

When that link is expanded or clicked on, it goes to:

"Agitprop" is a Russian term for a political strategy in which the techniques of agitation and propaganda are used to influence and mobilize public opinion. It is used by DearCitizen on Twitter frequently. In other words, this horrible lynching image is hosted on his personal blog site.

(Oct 18th - Added: The above image link has now been altered by the "AgitProp" site owner, which now depicts a clown. The image that was in it's place before is the one seen below. The site owner says in a comment below that @DearCitizen is not associated with his blog. I can only take him at his word that this is true.)

This is the kind of racist stuff seen in #tcot and #iamthemob repeatedly. Here's a few of his peers who defend him and his despicable behavior: @KEVINLORIGO, @NaiveAbroad, @ConservativeInd, @AlinskyDefeater, @twiggyoh, @dynomitethings, @kamaainaInOC, @GregWHoward, @gopminority, @justsnapd8, @justplainbill, @gopbabs, and @patdollard.

In an attempt at reverse logic, he wants to now imply that this was used in an attempt to associate HIM with the white people in the photo as a murderous mob. But does he go on to explain this connotation to Tourex, an MSNBC host that he also claims is "racist" in the bottom tweet with his friend, @JTlol?

No. He just leaves the image and the context of his tweet to do all the work for him.

How in the world would Tourex see this or interpret this any other way than highly offensive, with no previous context of the meaning he now claims?

And by the way, what did Tourex do to draw his vile attack from DearCitzen?
Let's take a look... http://is.gd/4qb6T

On Morning Meeting with Dylan Ratigan, he reported what NFL players felt about Rush Limbaugh. Not his own sentiments at all. He (did his job) reported what the NFL players were saying, which by the way, is also not racist by any means.


Very apropos indeed.

(Oct 18th - Corrected: @ConservativeInd is upset by my wording in the original blog as captured by her here: http://twitpic.com/m34yw. She would like it to be known that she is not personally a despicable racist, but merely a defender of one, which I have now indicated correctly in my post.)

"She couldn't hack it, she couldn't finish."

Via Maddow

Princeton University Prof. Melissa Harris-Lacewell talks with Rachel Maddow about the final stretch for the governor races in New Jersey and Virginia ahead of election day and what the results of those elections will say about the Democratic political machine.

The thing about Sarah Palin, that I suspect both of these Republican candidates are moving against in both New Jersey and Virginia, is not even so much her far right credentials, but the fact that she was someone who is so ill-suited for governing, so unwilling to do the difficult work, take the hard hits, make the compromises required for governing, that she quit her job before her term was out.

These are both Republican candidates who for whatever their problems, want to be taken seriously as potential lawmakers, Governors, administrators, chiefs of their state. They don't want to run next to someone who when she had the job they have, she couldn't hack it, she couldn't finish.

Fox’s Chris Wallace Conducts Sycophantic, Softball Interview With Rush Limbaugh

Via CountDown

When the White House snubbed Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace of an interview with President Obama in September, Wallace defended his program by claiming it is a “truly fair and balanced show.” This morning, he had an opportunity to demonstrate his fairness, but failed miserably.

During his 30-minute on-air interview with Rush Limbaugh, Wallace did not ask a single critical question of the hate radio host, nor did he ever seriously challenge Limbaugh’s views at any point in the interview. Wallace relished engaging in a hostile interview with President Clinton in 2006, arguing afterwards that, “My instinct is to go after them with the high hard one.” He showed none of those instincts this morning.

Instead, Wallace teed up a series of softball questions, allowing Limbaugh to offer unchallenged accusations of Obama.

Vitter Confronted By Rape Victim Over Franken Amendment Vote

Via Sam Stein

Last month, Senator David Vitter (R-LA) opposed a congressional measure to prohibit the government from working with contractors who deny victims of rape or assault the right to bring their cases to court.

And now, the issue isn't going way. Vitter, who was one of only 30 Republicans who actually voted against the amendment, was pilloried in local newspapers, and has also seen the issue become an early focal point of his re-election contest.

At a town hall meeting this past weekend, meanwhile, the Senator was confronted by a constituent who, after recounting her tale of being raped, demanded to know why he opposed Sen. Al Franken's (D-Minn) amendment.

The exchange was contentious, heart wrenching, and potentially damaging.

WOMAN: It meant everything to me that I was able to put the person who attacked me [behind bars]. And what allowed me to do that was our judicial process. I showed up in court every day to make sure that happen

VITTER: And I'm absolutely supportive of any case like that being prosecuted criminally to the full extent of the law.

WOMAN: But there are rape victims who are being kept silent.

WOMAN: But how can you support [a law] that tells a rape victim that she does not have the right to defend herself?

VITTER: Ma'am The language in question did not say that in any way shape or form.

WOMAN: But it is unconstitutional to have a law that says a woman does not have a right to defend herself.

VITTER: You realize Mr. Obama was against that amendment that his administration was against that amendment

WOMAN: But I'm not asking Obama. I'm asking you.

VITTER: Do you think he's in favor in rape?

WOMAN: I'm asking you Senator. What if it was your daughter who was raped? Would you tell her to be quiet and take it? Would you tell your daughter to be silent?

Vitter's excuse here doesn't exactly hold water. While the Obama Defense Department raised concerns about the reach of the Franken amendment, the White House itself said it supported "the intent" and was working to make sure it was "enforceable."

The Senator has yet to pacify constituents with a satisfying explanation. On Monday morning, the Opelousas, La., Daily World published a rather-scathing editorial taking Vitter to task for his vote.

Let's assume Vitter and his [29] colleagues sincerely believe federal intrusion into employment contracts is a dangerous wrong.

Let's assume the Defense Department and the White House sincerely believe that they had no legal way to intervene.

We're still left with the uneasy feeling that a military adventure on which we embarked to protect Americans has resulted in the victimization of at least one.

Monday - Tune of the Day

Beck - E-Pro

See me comin to town with my soul
Straight down out of the world with my fingers
Holding onto the devil I know
All my troubles'll hang on your trigger

Take your eyes and your mind from the road
Shoot your mouth if you know where you're aiming
Don't forget to pick up what you sow
Talking trash to the garbage around you

Sunday - Tune of the Day

Tom Waits - Chocolate Jesus

Don't go to church on Sunday
Don't get on my knees to pray
Don't memorize the books of the Bible
I got my own special way
I know Jesus loves me
Maybe just a little bit more
I fall down on my knees every Sunday
At Zerelda Lee's candy store

Well it's got to be a chocolate Jesus
Make me feel good inside
Got to be a chocolate Jesus
Keep me satisfied

Well I don't want no Abba Zabba
Don't want no Almond Joy
There ain't nothing better
Suitable for this boy
Well it's the only thing that can pick me up
Better than a cup of gold
See only a chocolate Jesus
Can satisfy my soul

When the weather gets rough
And it's whiskey in the shade
It's best to wrap your savior
Up in cellophane
He flows like the big muddy
But that's ok
Pour him over ice cream
For a nice parfait

Well it's got to be a chocolate Jesus
Good enough for me
Got to be a chocolate Jesus
Good enough for me
Well it's got to be a chocolate Jesus
Make me feel good inside
Got to be a chocolate Jesus
Keep me satisfied

Going Rouge...The Movie

Via Shannyn Moore