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Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Liberals freed the slaves, got women the right to vote, and fought for the worker rights and protecions that created the great American middle class. And conservatives fought them every step of the way. Everything good about America, equal opportunity, environmental protection, upward mobility, public education, civil rights, racial equality & due process exists because of our work and despite theirs.
Here's the bottom line, conservatives have been working on behalf of the plantation owner since this country was founded. And to this day, unless you're a transnational CEO, a war profiteer, a billionaire, or a Chinese factory owner conservative public policy is a God-damn-national-disaster.
Monday, January 30, 2012
Grover Norquist is Mr GOP. Listen to him. They mean it. They impeached Clinton for nothing. They will do it again.
But whether it's impeachment, going to court to say Obama is not president because he was born in Africa (cause, you know, he's black) or the constant Republican efforts to rob all manner of poor, elderly, and minority Americans of the right to vote, it's pretty clear they can't stand democracy. If you value yours, best you work to keep Republicans from power.
Vitter's right. There are few similarities. Newt had consensual affairs with women who were not prostitutes. That's not illegal. Vitter is reported to have arranged appointments with hookers where the hookers say he got off on wearing diapers. And of course soliciting prostitutes is illegal. Never the less, his Republican colleagues not only didn't call for his prosecution (much less his resignation), but the first time he showed his face after the scandal broke, they gave him a standing ovation.
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Raw Story: Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus thought Sunday morning that President Barack Obama merited being compared to Francesco Schettino, the captain of the turned over cruise ship in Italy.
When Obama took over from Preibus's team GOP we were losing nearly 800,000 jobs a month, the stock market had crashed down to 7000 and we were all watching the news to see when we were going to have to run down to the bank and pound on the glass to try and get our money out before the entire system collapsed. Things are far better today. So in reality Obama is like the crew that remained to save the people on the ship after Preibus and his Republicans put it upon the rocks. Preibus is just trying to lie his way into making people believe otherwise.
First of all this guy needs to adjust his headgear and deal with reality of the company he keeps. There is a reason that out of 535 members of congress he's the only black Republican. The GOP is the party of The Southern Strategy and well, like we said, Allen West is black. We suggest Mr West stop projecting and self hating and maybe talk to a therapist. He obviously has some issues.
As for what he said, history records that it was northern liberals that defended the nation after southern conservatives made war on the United States to preserve slavery. So southern conservatives already tried to get the hell out of the US. They already made war on the US. They already betrayed the US. And lest anybody think that ancient history, the fact of the matter is, to this day the philosophical and geographical power base of the Republican party is the confederate south. To this day most of the Republican base prefers the confederate battle flag to the American flag. To this day they are still very much the party the built on the back of The Southern Strategy. So on a personal and political level his demand is logically and historically ridiculous.
Friday, January 27, 2012
In 1992, this is where Joseph Ozment, the man whose photo is on the reward poster, gunned down a store clerk. He was sent to prison for life, and no one imagined they'd hear from him again. In this small town, south of Memphis, Tennessee, his picture is back up and people are wondering how someone who committed such a brutal crime could be pardoned by their former Gov. Haley Barbour -- and law enforcement authorities can't seem to find Ozment.
"It's just an every minute, constant, in the back of your mind, where is he, what is he doing?" said Mary McAbee, the sister of Rick Montgomery, the store clerk shot to death by Ozment.
"I'm fearful. He's a cold-blooded murderer to do what he's done and if he thinks that he may go back to prison, what's he got to lose?" she said.
In addition to being the Governor of Mississippi and the GOP's favorite super-lobbyist, Boss Hog has been both chairman of the Republican Party and chairman of the Republican Governors Association.
Funny, he puts kidnappers and rapists in with doctors who provide abortions, because his Republican party would force a woman who was abducted and raped to have that rapists' baby. Barbarians.
Republican Rep. Larry Pittman, who was appointed to the District 82 House seat in October, expressed his views in an email sent Wednesday to every member of the General Assembly. [...]
“We need to make the death penalty a real deterrent again by actually carrying it out. Every appeal that can be made should have to be made at one time, not in a serial manner,” Pittman wrote in the email. “If murderers (and I would include abortionists, rapists, and kidnappers, as well) are actually executed, it will at least have the deterrent effect upon them. For my money, we should go back to public hangings, which would be more of a deterrent to others, as well.”
If you're a woman thinking of voting Republican, you had better know this: if you do, and you get raped, and you get pregnant, the GOP will force you to have that rapists' baby. Even if it puts your life in danger. If they're in charge they will make that happen. It's not only what people like Larry Pittman say they will do, but it's a plank in the Republican party platform. Chose wisely.
Reagan was an actor, Lincoln was a lawyer, but indeed, George Washington owned a plantation. On which he was able to really lower his labor cost. He owned 124 slaves. Apparently in GOP world this is a business model to be admired.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
You don't have to be Bill Gates to figure that out. You just need to have an ounce of common sense and some decency. Republicans have neither.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Ah yes, nothing like watching the party of the Southern Strategy try and bury history. Can't blame them though. History hits them pretty hard. Southern conservatives took up arms against the United States to fight for slavery. Northern progressives defended the United States against those traitors and fought to end slavery. And to this day the philosophical and geographical power base of the Republican party is the confederate south. To this day most of the Republican base prefers the confederate battle flag to the American flag.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
By all accounts Newt really turned it around in South Carolina during the last five days when he 1) starting calling Obama "the food stamp president," 2) said he would tell black people that earning a paycheck is better than being on food stamps, and 3) when he "put Juan Williams in his place" during one of the debates. His victory is just more evidence that the way to get over on the GOP base is to be a racist. Such is life in the party of The Southern Strategy.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
"What is his real agenda here?" he said. "Is it to educate the public about the dangers of money and politics, and what's going on? Or is it simply to marginalize the Republican Party? I think if I were a Republican candidate I would be concerned about that."
The successful Republican efforts to strike down anti-corruption laws is what has corrupted the political process, not Steven Colbert. Corporate personhood and decisions such as Citizens United have led to government by the Koch brothers instead of government by the people. Chuck Todd, being a right-wing tool, and his employer, being the corporate media, would rather accept the billions of dollars in ad revenue they get from the current arrangement than report the truth. So it's no wonder he's upset that Colbert is pointing it out.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) turned down on Thursday a $37 million grant that would have helped to provide health care services for tens of thousands of Wisconsinites, saying he would rather deny his citizens treatment if it means he is resisting the “encroachment of ObamaCare.”
The money would have been used in Wisconsin to implement health care exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, meant to pool insurance resources to drive the cost of policies down for individual citizens and people with pre-existing conditions.
Translation: I'm a corrupt son-of-a-bitch and I won't do a Goddamn thing that will hurt the massive profits of the insurance companies that bankroll my grip on power. I would rather let people in my state die than negatively impact my cronies in the for-profit health care industry.
The Republican party can't be trusted to run elections. They stole the 2000 presidential election in Florida and they did it again in Ohio in 2004. This time they tried to do it to one of their own. The GOP establishment wants Romney. The reason we have such ridiculous explanations for the results in Iowa is that they tried to steal for him an election that he didn't win. They do a lot of that.
Republicans have been deliberately trying to destroy the tax base since Reagan. As a result we're losing everything that made this country great. This week it came out that Romney indeed pays a lower tax rate than his secretary. Now we have news the Willard, a man that got filthy rich by bankrupting American companies, screwing American workers out of their pensions and destroying American jobs, is actually paying even less than that because he's hiding income in the Cayman Islands and cheating his country out of much needed and owed tax revenue. That makes him a good Republican but a bad American.
Monday, January 16, 2012
The tea party speaker also drew a comparison between Adolph Hitler and President Barack Obama, but admitted that the current White House resident would not have caused the Holocaust.
“The only difference between Adolph Hitler and Barack Obama is that Barack Obama not overtly ethnically challenged with regards to various groups and religious paradigms,” he said. “But socialism is alive and well in Washington.”First, Hitler was a right-winger, his party was socialist in name only, and anybody in the Reich that pushed socialism was soon tortured and killed. This speaker is also a right-winger, and if you follow the link and listen to him you will find he has a lot more in common with Hitler than Obama ever could.
Second, we don't want to try and say this guy is a prominent Republican or he speaks for the Republican party. But if you follow the link and watch the video, you will see a room full of Republicans give him a standing ovation upon the conclusion of his remarks. This is the GOP base. If you're thinking of voting GOP in November we beg you first consider the company you keep.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Putting aside the hypocrisy and disdain this clown displays for (other peoples) civil liberties, one would think Republicans might want to encourage people to impair their judgement. Given the historical results of their public policy Americans would have to be drunk to vote GOP.
So, who wouldn't be surprised to find out this guy goes out late at night to hook up with transvestites? It's almost always the case that those who get so worked up over such things are being driven by the fact they're gay themselves. The rest of us just don't give a rip.
Definitely suspect coming from the party of the confederate flag. Of course even a minor student of history would know the Democratic Party was the party of the KKK, before the Republican party employed the self named Southern Strategy to suck all the racists out of the Democratic party and with them, build their base. And to this day the philosophical and geographical power base of the Republican party is the confederate south. While we don't imagine it's in their best interest to bring it up, we always appreciate the opportunity to see them get smashed by the sledge hammer of history.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
An aide said the GOP candidate gave the supporter "what he had on him" - about $50 or $60.
Great. Outsource millions of American jobs, hollow out our economy, and devastate the middle class, and then when somebody complains about it, give them 50 bucks and tell them to shut up. Marie Antoinette would be proud.
Yes Obama had to spend money to reverse the meltdown Romney's team one 1% left us in. But the solution to that isn't to return team 1% to the Whitehouse, that's what caused the meltdown in the first place. The solution to that is to never let their public policy come back into effect again.
It does go to the complete lack of honesty and character on the right though, that they would set the house on fire and then blame Obama and the Dems for the cost of putting it out.
Friday, January 13, 2012
Actually, since young people mostly vote for Democrats and progressive public policy that history has shown to be a proven winner, and against Republicans and conservative public policy that history has shown to be a national disaster, they appear to be paying plenty of attention. Old, white, Republicans that watch Fox News all day on the other hand, need to get a clue before they take us all down. And of course, it's no surprise that yet again we have Republicans trying to get people not to vote. They pretty much hate democracy.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
This is what happens when we give power to a political party that deliberately built its base with racists. Slavery is over. Conservatives need to let it go.
This along with their obvious disdain for democracy makes quite clear the Republican party is all about corporate rule. If you're the CEO of a transnational corporation and you can afford everything from your own private security and food safety inspectors to your own private cancer care, it might make sense to vote GOP. In the interest of self preservation, everybody else should think twice.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Willard Romney: I like being able to fire people who provide services to me.
Monday, January 9, 2012
“Government is a little bit losing jobs, and that’s something that we see as a positive because we want government to lose jobs to get more in-line with the private sector,” she explained during an appearance on America’s News Headquarters.
It's either government by the people or corporate rule. It's clear team 1% prefers the latter. Since the corporation will sell you out quicker than you can say "I have cancer," it would be wise to vote for people who actually believe in a strong and capable government by the people.
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Cute, but not entirely true. Team 1% has created tons of jobs... in China, and in India. But while their public policy is fantastic if you're a transnational CEO or a Chinese factory owner, here at home it's a God-damn-national-disaster.
Because in GOP world it's elitist snobbery to want everybody to have the chance at a good education, but it's not elitist snobbery to restrict that opportunity to the children of the rich. Attacking, restricting, and denying public education is a major way in which Republican party public policy reduces upward mobility, making America very much less the land of opportunity. But it's no surprise. Fact of the matter is conservatives have been working on behalf the plantation owner since this country was founded.
Friday, January 6, 2012
Raw Story: Failed Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s endorsement of current candidate Mitt Romney may being doing more harm than good.
At an event in South Carolina Thursday, the Arizona senator managed to confuse the candidate he was supporting with Democratic President Barack Obama.
“I am confident with the leadership and backing of the American people, President Obama will turn this country around,” McCain told the Charleston crowd before Romney and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley both stepped in to remind him who he was campaigning for.
The only time Republicans are right about such things is when they mistakenly say the opposite of what they intend. Obama already turned this country around after Romey's team 1% left us is economic and fiscal meltdown. Any vote for a Republican is a vote for economic devastation. We all lived it. Let's not live it again.
Thursday, January 5, 2012
And we'll tell Republicans it's more than difficult to get a job, much less an education, if you're starving. Pretty much every Republican party policy has the effect of reducing upward mobility, making America very much less the land of opportunity.
Huffington Post: MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry hit President Obama for ending the Iraq war and pulling out U.S. troops -- carrying out a Status of Forces Agreement first negotiated between the Bush administration and the Iraqi government. "I would send troops back into Iraq," he said ... Perry added, "We're going to see Iran, in my opinion, move back in at literally the speed of light. They're going to move back in, and all of the work we've done -- every young man that has lost his life in that country will have been for nothing. Because we've got a president that does not understand what's going on in that region."
The Sunni/Shia strife has gone on in Iraq for a thousand years. It will go on for another thousand. Republicans know this. They want us spending taxpayer money in Iraq forever because the military-industrial complex turns around and uses some of it to bankroll the Republicans grip on power. It works out for them; they spend some of their billions of get Republicans elected, Republicans start bullshit wars, they get even richer, tens of thousands of Americans get killed and maimed.
As for the part about Iran moving in, that's true. With a majority Shia population, that outcome was ordained the minute the GOP power structure decided to get rid of Sadam. Perry and his fellow Republicans handed Iraq and the worlds second largest oil reserves to Iran on a silver platter. But that's certainly not a reason to vote for them.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
The implication being that long standing GOP lie that the media is Liberal. Garbage. We could go all the way back to the way the corporate media treated Bill Clinton over a marginal lie about sex vs the way they kept their hands off Bush/Cheney for lying us into a disaster of a war in Iraq, but we don't even need to do that. The proof is more immediate. If the media was anything but a tool for the monied interests, they would be telling us every day that Republican party public policy results in economic and fiscal disaster. Because that's what the evidence shows. They don't say that. Case closed.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
[A]ccording to Boddy’s “Corporate Psychopaths Theory of the Global Financial Crisis,” these men were “able to influence the moral climate of the whole organization” to wield “considerable power.”One of the most important differences between Democrats and Republicans is that Democrats understand we need a big and capable government by the people to regulate these psychopaths. Republicans on the other hand, not only want to destroy governments' ability to watch over these transnational robber barons, they want to let them rule.
They “largely caused the crisis” because their “single- minded pursuit of their own self-enrichment and self- aggrandizement to the exclusion of all other considerations has led to an abandonment of the old-fashioned concept of noblesse oblige, equality, fairness, or of any real notion of corporate social responsibility.” [...] These psychopaths “present themselves as glibly unbothered by the chaos around them, unconcerned about those who have lost their jobs, savings and investments, and as lacking any regrets about what they have done. They cheerfully lie about their involvement in events, are very convincing in blaming others for what has happened and have no doubts about their own worth and value. They are happy to walk away from the economic disaster that they have managed to bring about, with huge payoffs and with new roles advising governments how to prevent such economic disasters.”
Monday, January 2, 2012
Raw Story: Legislation introduced to the Indiana Senate would make it a crime to stray from approved lyrical or melodic guidelines while performing the national anthem at any event sponsored by public schools and state universities.
The bill was proposed by Sen. Vaneta Becker (R). She told The Indianapolis Star that it was inspired by a constituent who emailed her after being upset by a parody of the “Star-Spangled Banner.”
Republicans only want small government when it comes to things that promote the greater good and upward mobility, education, healthcare, the safety net, emergency response, etc. They want big government when it comes to controlling your personal life, who you can marry, what you can smoke, what language you speak, and now apparently, how you sing.