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Monday, May 31, 2010
GOP darling and Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship hates liberals and calls Democrats and their public policy "evil." But he's also famous in the coal industry for running unsafe mines in order to maximize profit. In March his decision to put profit over people killed 29 minors. Hopefully he and those he bought off get held to account. And hopefully someday less Republicans in elected office will clear the way for the rest of us to transition to clean energy.
They're pretty much correct that racist, inhumane laws and the backlash against them is what led to the civil war. But framing their displeasure in those terms seems to indicate they feel the confederacy was unjustly opposed in their fight to keep slavery.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Oh yeah? Is there some Republican betraying the country like Reagan did with Iran and making deals with BP to keep the spill going until it damages Democrats in the election? Unlikely in this case, but Reagan did collude collude with Ayatollah Khomeini to keep the hostages until Carter got beat. And then he sold them munitions of war.
The Republican candidate for President Obama's old Senate seat, Mark Kirk, has admitted to inaccurately claiming he received the U.S. Navy's Intelligence Officer of the Year award for his service during NATO's conflict with Serbia in the late 1990s.So it appears both Democrats and Republicans, for some stupid reason like to lie about their war record. The difference voters need to consider is Republicans actually lie to send the country to war, which is pretty much the worst crime possible.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Predictably the right-wing is up in arms defending billionaires right to be rich tax free. But we have to ask, if not the rich then who? The poor? The ever shrinking middle class perhaps? The tax burden on the rich is just about as low as its ever been, the rich are richer than ever before, we're 10 trillion in debt, and we're spending 4 billion dollars a week on war. Somebody's got to pay. Besides, when Bill Clinton taxed the rich it gave us excellent economic results.
Yeah, he needs to speak to his own party about that. Not only is his team currently doing all they can to prevent BP from being held accountable but for three decades Republicans have made it their mission to destroy any regulatory agency capable of holding industry to account, to defeat all regulatory and environmental laws, ignore clean energy, and drill baby drill. It's Jindal's political philosophy that's responsible for this mess so unless he's ready to switch parties he really should just shut up.
Transnational corporations are like sharks. We don't really blame sharks for hunting. That's just what they do. Part of government's role is to protect us from the sharks. But when the government just throws us to the sharks, then they just eat us up. That's why people like Rand Paul and Dick Cheney and all the other deregulating Republicans are unfit to serve in government and why we always get chewed up when they do.
Friday, May 28, 2010
If by "economy" he means Blackwater, Halliburton, Bechtel, etc, he's right. But otherwise Iraq and Afghanistan have cost the taxpayers a trillion dollars, with much of that mind numbingly large sum going right into the pockets of crony GOP corporate war profiteers. And while some in the GOP might actually believe war is good economic policy, the fact of the matter is after 7 years of their wars they were thrown out of power with the economy in meltdown.
Perhaps it's fitting he chose a TV network from Vladimir Putin's Russia on which to continue his assault on our freedoms. So to try and sum it up, Rand Paul Republicans don't like the 14th amendment, the fourth amendment, the fifth amendment, the eigth amendment, the 17th amendment, the Civil Rights Act, the establishment clause or due process. Perhaps Mr. Paul would be happier running for public office in another country.
Of course they will. They impeached Clinton for nothing and they'll impeach Obama just the same. They've already begun the effort. People who are clearly hostile toward democracy can be expected to attack it when given the chance. Fans of democracy would do well to keep them out of government.
The link above will rightly tell us that donating to to a group that advocates bible based killing of gays is a bigger story than the campaign finance violation. But the even bigger story people inside and outside of Minnesota need to know is that much of the GOP base agrees with Tom Emmer and Bradlee Dean and would like to see our constitution replaced with the bible.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
We've not been drilling this deep since 1969 so so much for that perspective. There was "a big oil well problem" in the Gulf of Mexico in 1979. And all around the world these rigs blow up and burn all the time. For sure things like this mega-catastrophe don't happen every day but when they do they destroy entire oceans and that's unacceptable.
Again, if that's true it's only because he should have known Rove, the GOP, and their big oil cronies would sell out the whole region. Fact of the matter is the drill baby drill, deregulate, deregulate, deregulate Republicans and their big oil backers are responsible for this disaster. It's encouraging however, that Rove seems to finally admit it was his administration defunding the levies and not mother nature that destroyed New Orleans. Both disasters along with Iraq and the financial meltdown are stark examples of how dangerous it is to let Republicans run government.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
If the bottom of the ocean is the "safest place" you can think of then this stuff is obviously too dangerous to produce in the first place. These guys think the earth is just one big dumpster for their cronies to contaminate. Instead of supporting clean energy they fight against it and advocate dumping radioactive waste in our oceans. Since the oceans are necessary to life on earth it would be best to vote against this agenda.
The clause Reuters is reporting on was made law by a Democratic congress in 1990. We have no doubt that any attempt to make such law today would meet with a Republican filibuster.
All those named as signing the request are of course Republicans. They continue to shill for their corporate cronies even in the face of national disaster. Meanwhile, their efforts to keep us away from clean energy continue.
Welcome to the results of 30 years of Republican efforts to dismantle every regulatory agency in government. For sure it works for their big oil and big bank cronies, but not for the rest of the country.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
While this further highlights the nature and history of the GOP base we still think the bigger story is the one about Rand Paul Republicans having common cause with people who are looking to replace our constitution with the bible.
They're paying Michael Steele well to be there so Republicans can say things like what Newt said yesterday. But that doesn't change the fact the modern Republican party was built on a foundation of racism, constantly panders to racists, depends on an ever more racist base and at the moment boasts not a single African American in congress.
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) is set to introduce on Tuesday afternoon a bill that would fully eliminate any cap on the amount of economic damages that oil companies would have to pay for spills they've caused. Republican Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) has said he will filibuster the legislation.
Even after this disaster Republicans are still lining up to carry dirty water for big oil. It was exactly this kind of corruption that created the conditions that made this catastrophe possible in the first place. Voting Republican is just asking for more of the same.
Valerie Plame ran a decades in the making spy network that tracked nuclear material and technology with the aim of keeping it away from people who would use it to attack the United States. It was one of most important national security assets in the history of this country. And the Republicans burned it on purpose to try and intimidate the guy who was exposing their fraudulent case for the Iraq war. Well, that's treason, and anybody who defends it or tries to minimize it is not acting in the best interest of the United States.
Monday, May 24, 2010
The new Republican party shows no signs of slowing its headlong rush to the outer reaches of the lunatic fringe. Any vote for any Republican anywhere is another step toward enabling this agenda.
Despite spending millions on multiple investigations the Republican party has failed to find any evidence of individual voter fraud. Since it doesn't exist, stopping it can't be their motive. And since the poor and minority voters these efforts will disenfranchise generally vote for the Democrats, it's difficult to escape the conclusion their real motive is to intentionally rob these people of their vote.
So Sarah drill baby drill Palin goes on the Saudi owned mouthpiece of the GOP to accuse the proponents of clean energy, government regulation, and environmental protection of being bought by big oil. It's a wonder she found the time given that she spends so much of hers fighting for dirty energy, less regulation, and less environment laws. These people would shoot you in the back and then blame you for bleeding.
Lead us toward a future of clean energy, energy independence, a clean environment, the next economic boom, a healthy sustainable plant for future generations? Hell no, why do that when you can profit by selling out the country to big oil. So it goes when Republicans get elected.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
So why wasn't the next question: are you comfortable with people who have that "philosophical position" serving in government? Rand Paul can believe in the right to discriminate or flying space monkey's from Mars if he wants to. But if he does, he's not fit to hold public office. That's the point.
Either are the words "right-wing psychopaths" but doesn't mean they don't exist. What is in the constitution is the establishment clause of the first amendment, and unless the Republicans are ok with the government teaching their kids Islam they had best embrace it.
The crazy train rolls on.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Good thing the powers that be in Arizona are only planning to ask Mexicans for their papers. Seems white, right-wing gun types don't react well to such things.
Not only that, but every Republican should be made to agree with them or not. As well should they be asked about his comments on the oil spill and why he cavorts with people who are looking to replace the constitution. Fact of the matter is a great many elected Republicans and just about their entire base agrees with Rand Paul. This is the new Republican party and the more people get to see it the better the Democrats will do in November.
This disaster is a result of Republican energy policy, regulatory policy, and Dick Cheney big oil corruption. The responsible parties are David Vitter, Dick Cheney and the drill baby drill Republicans who profited financially and politically by creating the conditions that caused this disaster in the first place. And short of arresting people, once that rig blew a mile down the region was ruined and there was nothing anybody could do about it. Lastly, David Vitter is said to get off by putting on diapers and uh, well you know, in the presence of prostitutes. How he isn't humiliated enough to just quit is beyond us.
So the new Republican party is continuing their jihad against the constitution, presumably to replace our democracy with some kind of corporatist theocracy. And while we already know they don't like minorities, to have their corporate wing bring these people here so the racist wing can demonize them is ridiculous and not something they should be allowed to get away with.
Friday, May 21, 2010
Wonder how that GOP deal to get people to come swim in the oil in Mississippi is working out. Seems like everything these guys do leads to death.
Transnational corporations are like sharks. We don't blame sharks for hunting. That's just what they do. Part of government's role is to protect us from the sharks. But when the government just throws us to the sharks, then they just eat us up. That's why people like Rand Paul and Dick Cheney and all the other deregulating Republicans are unfit to serve in government and why we always get chewed up when they do.
Perhaps. But to build the party they have today, Republicans engaged in a decades long effort to use the fact the CRA was a Democratic bill, passed by a Democratic president, to lure all the racists out of the Democratic party and turn them into their base. They called it "The Southern Strategy." And it worked. The political phenomenon by which the confederate south became the philosophical and geographical power base of the Republican party is called "realignment," and it's in effect more than ever today.
Stoning anyone? The new Republican party is full of people pushing for a Christian theocracy. It was Sarah Palin that went full party of God earlier this month.
We already have a constitution and it's based on democracy not theocracy. It stands to reason then that anybody who is a fan of democracy would do well not to vote for people who are looking to replace ours with something more in line with what they run in Iran.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
By now the whole world has seen Rand Paul defend property owners rights not to serve black people. But race aside, since Paul's list of things he doesn't feel the government should be involved in includes just about everything, we have to ask what exactly he intends to go to Washington to do? Nothing? Neither the mob nor the corporation can be permitted to rule and therefore neither can Rand Paul and the new GOP.