Sunday, October 31, 2010
There were so many to choose from at yesterday's Rally to Restore Sanity / Keep Fear Alive, but this was one of the best (note the jug of corn syrup). Favorite signs were -- among hundreds of great ones -- "Tea Parties are for little girls," "Down with Zippers," "Having a Sign Makes Me Right," and "I Think We Can All Agree that Boobs Are Awesome." Here's more.
Former half-term Alaska Gov. Winky You Betcha is miffed that her anointed Senate candidate Joe "Brawny Man" Miller's slipped into third place, after acknowledging that he lied to his former employer about unethical computer use. She's particularly mad at the CBS affiliate, which she says stands for "Corrupt Bastards Club," apparently not realizing that "club" doesn't start with "S."
Well, Winky bounced around several schools before grinding out a "sports journalism" degree at the U. of Idaho, where she must have earned her intellectual stripes. As preznit, she wud be jes grate, if she don't kwit!
"A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel."
These are times when one should not be fearful about pushing back against and calling out the lies and liars of the fringe Right. There simply isn't an equivalence between what's going on in the Rethuglican/ tea party/ Fux New Nutwork/ hate radio noise machine and the push back on the left. There isn't. And Jon Stewart should be aware enough to know it.
Another pre-postmortem of possible results on Election Day comes via Steve Benen who helpfully compares polls of "registered" voters versus "likely" voters. Since most if not all pundits are using the "likely" voters model, the predictions have been dire for Dems. But if those "registered" voters got off their asses and showed up on Tuesday, the results would be quite different. Ah, repose on Tuesday, repent for the next two years.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
As far as what to expect from a Rethug-majority House, Paul Krugman (linked by Steve Benen) has the dire forecast.
Today on the Mall, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and thousands of others (including Silver Spring bureau chief Brian and his lovely wife Chi) will be rallying to the cause of Restoring Sanity and Keeping Fear Alive (?!). If you're regular viewers of the Daily Show and Colbert Report, you know all about what's going on -- and if you don't, you're keeping company with the "concerned," humorless media who have multiple critiques of the rally, but who, gosh darn it, just don't get it. Counted among the latter are such pearl-clutchers as Kaplan Daily's reliably "moderate" Anne Applebaum, and critics Paul Farhi and Carlos Lozada. We must be reminded, these are Serious People, whose panties must be disentangled from their posteriors whenever decorum is breached.
As Ryan Kearney notes, the rally "has few opponents outside the Fox news studio." Few opponents, yes, but the usual share of Concerned Thoughtful Voices.
UPDATE: If you look at the crowd pictures (eg., at Huffington Post, MSNBC, etc. it appears that the gathering was an order of magnitude greater than the Boo Hoo the Hoot nutfest in August - looked like several hundred thousand to our Silver Spring bureau chief who was live on the scene; packed from one side of the Mall to the other from before 3rd Street to beyond 7th Street. Let's see how it (down)plays with the "mainstream media" tonight and tomorrow.
UPDATE II: HuffPo reports CBS and Canada's CTV are pegging the crowd at over 200,000 (more than double CBS' estimate for the Boo Hoo the Hoot Nutfest in August).
We had to share this hilarious WaPo story on the San Francisco Giants' pitcher Brian Wilson, who's quite a character on a team of characters. Here's the opening paragraph:
"One day in late August, the local Fox Sports channel in the Bay Area was conducting an interview with Brian Wilson, the San Francisco Giants' notoriously flaky closer, who was at his home on a webcam. Wilson, holding his pet dog on his lap, was in the middle of an answer, when all of a sudden the TV host, and the entire viewing audience, got an unexpected eyeful. A man appeared in the background, naked except for a leather thong, leather harness and leather mask. 'What was that!?' gasped the flabbergasted host. After first playing dumb, Wilson finally deadpanned, 'Oh, that's the Machine. He lives next door. He doesn't say much. He comes over for sugar every once in awhile.'"
"Their first baseman, Aubrey Huff, has been known to parade through the clubhouse in a red "rally thong" for laughs. Their ace pitcher, Tim Lincecum, has become a counterculture hero in San Francisco, in part because of an offseason marijuana-possession arrest - which has led proponents of Proposition 19, a proposed statute that would legalize marijuana statewide, to use his face on placards and T-shirts that say, 'Let Timmy Smoke.'"All we can say is, GO GIANTS!
(photo of Brian Wilson by E. Risberg, AP -- cooool man!)
Friday, October 29, 2010
Although the Beltway media has virtually ignored hate media's instigation of violence on the teabagger right, Think Progress reports that wingnut Charles Wilson, a man charged with threats against Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), was apparently inspired by Boo Hoo the Hoot Beck. According to court documents, Wilson's family said he "came under the spell" of Boo Hoo's unhinged paranoid rants against health insurance reform legislation:
"He became basically housebound due to illness and his small world became even smaller. His brother got him a computer and he was able to stay connected with family. And he watched television and found Glenn Beck… I understand how his fears were grown and fostered by Mr. Beck’s persuasive personality."To say demagogues like Boo Hoo, Limpballs, and others in hate media are responsible for inciting violence is taboo among the Beltway media poobahs, who are courageous when ferreting out waste in government programs aiding the poor, but terrified of the reactionary bully who threatens to punch him. And if another Oklahoma City occurs, they will spend hours of airtime "analyzing" the root causes and conclude that Obama should have compromised more.
This Kaplan Daily story caught our attention. Astronomers at the University of California-Berkeley are estimating that the Milky Way galaxy alone may contain billions of Earth-sized planets. They also determined that there were 166 solar systems within 80 light years from Earth, which would make exploration more feasible. Whether any have livable environments similar to Earth is another question.
Humans may never make physical contact with these other planets -- we may destroy ourselves first. But the fact that we're able to increasingly understand and appreciate the immense neighborhood we live in is progress -- and humbling.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
California Rethug candidate for Governor Meg "Mega Bucks" Whitman has made one of the biggest political gaffes of this election season with a statement in her own campaign ad: "You know, 30 years ago, anything was possible in this state."
True, and the Governor 30 years ago? Her opponent, Jerry Brown. Now, Brown has turned it into a devastating campaign ad. Maybe Mega Bucks' campaign staff isn't familiar with "the Google." BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!
(Image: How true)
Teatard favorite and Alaskan Senate candidate Joe "Brawny Man" Miller admitted in a 2008 e-mail that he lied about his use of government computers for political purposes while working in local government in Fairbanks:
"I lied about accessing all of the computers. I then admitted about accessing the computers, but lied about what I was doing. Finally I admitted what I did."The e-mail was part of a number of documents released under court order by a judge after former Fairbanks mayor Jim Whitaker raised the issue of Brawny Man's ethics while employed under him.
Brawny Man's Kool Aid-drinking right-wing supporters are impervious to their candidate's flaws, but it may hurt him among Alaska's independents, who are keeping Sen. Lisa "Murky" Murkowski's hopes alive for a write in ("Let's see. . .Mir. . .cow. . .)
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Colorado Rethug candidate for Senate Ken "*uck" Buck has opined on the issue of separation of church and state (you know, First Amendment), joining with tea bagger luminaries Sharron "Obtuse" Angle, Christine "No Dildos" O'Donnell and no doubt countless other American talibangelists in denying this fundamental premise of American democracy. While there has always been a push and pull with those, mainly on the right, who want to have (Christian) religion integrated into every aspect of American civic life, this election cycle seems to have brought out more than the usual number of numbnuts running for office who claim adherence to the Constitution but who have no real idea of what the Framers intended and what the courts have upheld over the course of two centuries.
We would be happy, if he doesn't "agree with the concept of separation of church and state," to direct Mr. Buck to a few countries where no separation exists and see how comfortable he is living there.
Police are trying to identify the thugs from video shot at the scene. Let's hope they're found and arrested. And let's hope that Sprinklerhead's supporters have nothing to celebrate on election day.
UPDATE: It looks like the thugs have been identified, and one held a position in Sprinklerhead's campaign. Figures.
Monday, October 25, 2010
UPDATE: As if further proof would be needed, here's what Missy McConnell has to say.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
-- Via Steve Benen, we get a peek at one Jesse Kelly, a Rethug wingnut running for Congress in Arizona's 8th district. Kelly has some "interesting" views on the government's role in ensuring food safety (not to spoil the read, but he's one who safely falls under the category of "E. coli conservative"). Apparently, this crackpot has a good chance of winning.
-- Gail Collins has a piece in the NY Times on Wisconsin's Sen. Russ Feingold, who's doing battle against yet another Randian Rethug millionaire, Ron "Tiny" Johnson. The strong possibility that Feingold, a man of principle and integrity, could lose to someone like Tiny reminds us of Steve Benen's line in the above blog: "I can only assume the vast majority of the country has no idea what they're about to elect."
(P.S. - Speaking of Wisconsin, Wisconsin 31, Iowa 30)
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
The H.M.S. Astute, a British sub with "stealth" technology, recently ran aground on a mud bank off the Scottish coast. "Astute?" Bloody 'ell! No one will say that name again without snickering. Better they should re-christen the ship the H.M.S. Asstoot, in honor of the great... um, "fraternal" tradition of the British Navy. Just a thought.
(Photo: I say, which one of you chaps was pedaling?)
Thursday, October 21, 2010
We admit to being mystified over the creepy telephone message left on Prof. Anita Hill's phone by teabaggin' tornado Ginni "The Ninny" Thomas, who of course is the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence "Long Dong" Thomas. Nineteen years ago, during Long Dong's confirmation hearing, it was revealed by Hill that she had been sexually harassed by Long Dong. She produced several credible, contemporary witnesses who backed up her story, and also some from Long Dong's past who said it was consistent with earlier behavior. A desperate Long Dong, when faced with the prospect of career death, went on the offensive and played the race card ("high-tech lynching" comes to mind).
Here's Dahlia Lithwick's take in Slate on The Ninny's bizarre phone call:
"It's also not clear why Ginni Thomas believes that re-arguing Thomas v. Hill 19 years later could possibly benefit Clarence Thomas. Yes, the Internet is buzzing today with claims that Prof. Hill, who never wanted to testify against Thomas in the first place and hasn't sought out any of these Desperate Housewives-style battles, is a liar and always was one. But the Washington Post has already found a former girlfriend of Justice Thomas' who claims that Hill's account of Thomas' behavior in the early 1980s is consistent with the Clarence Thomas she once dated. A new generation of Americans is being reminded of the fact that Hill took a polygraph test at the time of the hearings while Clarence Thomas did not. Anyone who ever read Strange Justice, by Jill Abramson and Jane Mayer, is recalling the exhaustive research they put into establishing that Anita Hill had been smeared."
There's speculation that what drove The Ninny to make the passive-aggressive call was the impending story about her teabagger organization receiving several hundred thousand dollars in anonymous contributions, which could raise questions about Long Dong's impartiality if a teabagger issue came before the Court. Whatever the reason, we now know that Long Dong isn't the creepiest one in the Thomas household; The Ninny has just edged him out.
(photo: "I believe Clarence. I also believe that people will take me seriously in this headgear.")
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
The New York Times is reporting that some of America's wealthiest individuals have been invited to a strategy meeting in Palm Springs next January to "outline a vision of how we can foster a renewal of American free enterprise and prosperity." The sponsors? The ultra-right wing Koch brothers, who fund extremist advocacy groups established to protect their own vast wealth and prerogatives.
Clearly, the oligarchs are rubbing their hands at the thought of reversing progressive policies of the past two years and beyond. Their infusion of cash into anti-Dem attack ads as well as their funding of right wing "think" tanks that produce bogus research on everything from climate change to outsourcing jobs is paying off. Meanwhile, the "U.S." Chamber of Commerce defends outsourcing jobs overseas while funding ads that accuse Dems of "job killing" policies, while receiving money from overseas companies. Need any further evidence that we face a serious challenge in November and beyond?
While the hamfisted attempt to discourage the Latino vote failed this time, it demonstrates the utter shamelessness of the Rethugs, who as a Party stand firmly against immigration reform and path to citizenship proposals, and who regularly demonize Latinos to their white voter base. It's also despicable to suggest that Latino Americans shouldn't exercise their right to vote, a right purchased with the blood of countless Latino American servicemen and women.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Delaware's witchy woman and teatard candidate for Senate Christine "No Dildos" O'Donnell caused some big laughs earlier today in a radio debate with Dem Chris Coons. No Dildos, who favors teaching "creationism" in public schools, asked Coons "where in the Constitution is the separation of church and state." After the laughter subsided and No Dildos yammered on, Coons reminded the self-appointed Constitutional scholar that it's found in the First Amendment, and is one of the basic guarantees under the Constitution. No Dildos was still incredulous. Seriously. Clearly, No Dildos hasn't gotten beyond the "we the people" part (she wasn't familiar with other amendments to the Constitution, either).
Thankfully, this nitwit's fifteen minutes of fame is just about up.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Throughout recent (20th century) history, times of economic stress have seen a rise in right-wing "populism" in America and other Western democracies. This is currently being borne out in the tea party movement in this country, as well as in the rise of similar phenomena in Western Europe, where it is often manifested as anti-immigrant "populism" due to the additional threat of home-grown terrorism (eg., in the UK with the tea-tardish English Defence League, in official government actions in France and Italy to expel gypsies, and in France's banning veils in public).
Well, you can now add a disturbingly large segment of Germany to the list (funny how the UK, France, Italy and Germany all have conservative-led governments). Perhaps responding to her "base", German Chancellor Angela Merkel recently told a meeting of her Conservative Democratic Union party that
"This multicultural approach, saying that we simply live side by side and live happily with each other has failed. Utterly failed."
What a warm, welcoming sentiment from Frau Merkel! How sensitive to the historical burden Germans bear from past, um... "issues" with cultural purity. What's next for Frau Merkel and her supporters? This?
(Photo: Angela Merkel - Ich bin ein sour Kraut!)
Porno is only one of a number of teabagger candidates who have tried to play off the fears and disappointments of a public trying to get through an economic recovery. But when you look at them and listen to their reactionary message, it's hard to believe that a significant minority takes them seriously at all. Porno's deficiencies are constantly on display, as are Delaware's "No Dildos" O'Donnell, and Nevada's Sharron "Obtuse" Angle. Whether it's dabbling in witchcraft or telling people to exercise "their Second Amendment rights" if they don't like a politician, these nutjobs aren't fit to govern, much less vote.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Few tea bagger/ Rethug candidates better demonstrate the disconnect between their idiotic, Randian rhetoric ("get gummint off my back!") and the reality of their willingness to take government benefits that they're entitled to (but think others aren't) than Alaska's "GI Joe" Miller. Matt Taibbi has an amusing piece in Rolling Stone about the...um, hypocrisy of these would-be rugged individualists (Sharron "Obtuse" Angle is another teatard example) who happily take their government benefits (Good Welfare) while railing against the "parasites" who take their unemployment insurance and other forms of social safety net benefits (Bad Welfare). All of which leads to our observation that you don't need a GPS to locate a tea bagger/ Rethug; all you need to do is plot where stupidity, selfishness, and lack of self-awareness intersect.
(Photo: "GI Joe" Miller, self-made hypocrite)
Badger football fans (us included) are celebrating last night's huge win over #1 ranked Ohio State. The final score was Wisconsin 31, Ohio State 18. Wisconsin's David Gilreath set the tone for the night when he returned the opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown, and #18 Wisconsin led the rest of the game behind the running of John Clay and James White, and quarterback Scott Tolzien. Great effort all around.
Here's their famous fight song (apologies in advance for the shameless boosterism and to our family's Michigan grads)
Saturday, October 16, 2010
As we noted below in "Wingnut Violence, Cont'd.", unstable right-wingers are more than willing to use violence against anyone that's been deemed a "progressive," "liberal," "Islamosocialist," "Democommie," [fill-in-the-blank crackpot epithet]. Now one of the targets is pushing back hard.
Drummond Pike, CEO of the Tides Foundation, a favorite bugaboo of demagogue Boo Hoo the Hoot Beck, has written a letter to 10 of Boo Hoo's corporate advertisers asking them to remove their advertising from the Fox "News" Nutwork. This follows the arrest this summer of Byron Williams, an avid listener of Boo Hoo's, who was on his way to San Francisco to kill as many Tides Foundation staff (and ACLUers, if possible) as he could. If there's one passage in Pike's letter that should get the corporate heads' attention it's this:
"No one, left, right or center, wants to see another Oklahoma City... The next 'assassin' may succeed, and if so, there will be blood on many hands."
Boo Hoo has already lost over 100 advertisers because of his incendiary rhetoric. Let's see if this effort causes a few more to drop this dangerous moron.
(Image: Boo Hoo, emphasizing our point)
Friday, October 15, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
"Constant repetition of anti-government rhetoric in our political echo chamber has dulled Americans into overlooking an important and perhaps surprising fact: We have just lived through one of the more notable successes of government intervention in modern times - the auto and bank rescues that almost surely saved the country from another Great Depression."
He goes on to say that Obama and Democrats should stop apologizing and running away from this success story. That, however, would require more political savvy and larger sacs than many Democrats seem to possess around election time. Pity.
The Kaplan Daily has a piece that discusses the actual injuries suffered by Harry "Bullseye" Whittington, the guy that former (Vice) President The Dick (a.k.a. Dead Eye Dick) peppered with a shotgun blast in February 2006 while on a hunting trip. As it happened, Bullseye was more severely injured than was "reported" at the time (typically, reporters failed to dig into the story, accepting the White House version -- see: Iraq War rationale, U.S. Attorney firings, etc.)
Bullseye suffered wounds to his face and neck, with lead shot narrowly missing his carotid artery, and the chest, where lead shot is still lodged close to his heart. In fact, Bullseye suffered a mild heart attack while in intensive care for a week, and still has multiple pieces of lead in his body from the shooting.
The kicker is that while The Dick acknowledged "responsibility" 4 days after the shooting (which wasn't revealed to the lazy press until the next day), he's apparently never apologized to his human target. Pathetically, Bullseye apologized to The Dick for intercepting the 200 lead pellets with his body (the Rethugs do observe their royal pecking order).
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Frothing fundamentalist Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association has uncovered a secret plot to impose Sharia law in the United States!! The plot involves the introduction of 15 Campbell's Soup flavors that are halal-certified!! Sweet Jesus on a cracker, call out the militia! Wait... what? The soups are only being marketed in Canada? You mean our kindly neighbors to the north? Are they aware of this imminent danger?!?
Watch out Canada, lest you become Canuckistan!
(Photo: Bryan Fischer, soup Nazi)
(h/t Sadly, No!)
So, it's no surprise that they, and their corporate members, want the Government to return to the laissez faire, corporate tax cutting environment that the Rethugs love. What is surprising is that the Dems haven't made the clear connection between the Rethug / Chamber axis and foreign businesses that are contributing to Rethug campaigns -- and who directly benefit from outsourcing U.S. jobs. Think Progress' article on this topic should be mandatory reading for every Dem up for election/reelection and for the White House.
And while the mainstream media tut-tuts the foreign money issue, make the issue about the Chamber's support for policies that encourage outsourcing, and link that support to their support for Rethug candidates. It's simple, right? Sadly, the Dems fumble with their message and waste valuable time.
It's less than two months until the midterm elections. Let's play a game called "Where's the disconnect?" Check out these numbers from a new Kaplan Daily-Kaiser-Harvard poll (via the Kaplan Daily) and see if you can spot the disconnect:
57% of independents say the federal government has the wrong priorities.
53% of independents say the federal government hasn't really helped their families.
71% of independents say someone in their family has received unemployment benefits, mortgage interest credit, or Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security payments in the last two years.
These are independents, mind you, not the typical Rethug wingnut "moran." We're doomed.
(Image: the M-16 is a nice touch)
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Kim Jong Nam, the "playboy" 39-year-old eldest son of Kim Jong Il, has spoken out against the hereditary succession of his younger brother ("Young General" Kim Jong Un) to be the next Dear/ Fearless/ Whatever Leader of North Korea. Speaking to TV Asahi from China, the inveterate gambler Kim said he was "against third-generation succession." He also said, "I have no regrets about it. I wasn't interested in it and I don't care." He then said, "Is the craps table open yet?" (No, we made that last quote up.)
Kim Jong Nam fell out of favor with his father when he tried to enter Japan in 2001 with a fake passport. He said he wanted to see Disneyland Japan.
We really only noted this story because we wanted to run this picture of the "playboy" (hee-hee), which only goes to show you how low the standards are in North Korea!
(Photo: Kim Jong Nam: "Hey buddy!")
It's a longshot, but Dems think that Houston Mayor Bill White has a shot at unseating secessionist Rethug Gov. Rick "Hair" Perry in Texas. They're running an ad that takes the photogenic but vapid Governor to task for wanting to require pre-pubescent girls to get a highly controversial vaccination for the human papilloma virus, a proposal that was shot down by the Texas legislature.
Like all right-wing hypocrites, Hair Perry is all for getting the Gubmint out of your lives, except in the most personal and confidential areas: sex, religion and family.
(photo: "Was it something I said?")
Monday, October 11, 2010
Id Iott is trying to 'splain everything by saying it's harmless historical fun, all except the Holocaust, which they manage to leave out of the re-enactment. The rightward lurch of the Rethuglican / New Confederate Party accelerated with the failure of their economic philosophy and the election of the first black President. Who would have imagined the total nutjobs and loons that the teatard base would foist on the Rethug establishment, who must wonder from time to time if the tiger they're riding will eat them some day?
Reactionary Rethug Sen. Richard "Smell Me" Shelby (Confederate-AL) has been doing his small part to help the Rethugs gum up the gears of government, and then blame Democrats when things don't work. One of the wrenches Smell Me has thrown into the gears is his hold on the nomination of Peter Diamond to be a member of the Federal Reserve Board. Smell Me's objection? Why, Diamond lacks the qualifications! That would be the same Peter Diamond who just won the Nobel Prize for Economics.
(Photo: "Nobel Prize? Why - ain't he got a bell?")
Sunday, October 10, 2010
"'I do enjoy Glenn Beck,' Williams also says, 'and the reason why I enjoy that is because... no other channel will speak about the same things that he's talking about, and if you go and investigate those things you'll find out that they're true.' Unfortunately for Beck, this satisfied viewer currently resides at the Santa Rita Jail near Oakland and stands accused of a freeway shootout with police. Williams pleaded not guilty to four counts of attempted murder of a police officer. But according to court documents, he said he had been on a mission to kill people at the liberal Tides Foundation, which happens to be a favorite Beck target." -- Kaplan Daily's Dana Milbank, referring to shooter Byron Williams and his favorite TV personality. The mainstream media largely thinks this kind of thing will go away on its own, and that Beck's just an "entertainer." There are other Byron Williamses out there waiting for their opportunity, waiting for the word from Beck.
-- There's a far-right British group calling itself the English Defence League that is fighting the "Islamification" of British cities. These fearful souls are concerned about Sharia law being imposed in the UK and are forging links with the crackpots in this country with similar pathologies (hello, Krazy Kat Bolton and Pammy Jugs Geller).
-- Our dear friends in Canada apparently have their own Richard Nixon in the form of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, according to "Harperland," a book by journalist Lawrence Martin. Harper "is a leader of bad faith...who will put politics ahead of the national good every single day of the week," according to Martin. Plus he's got a nasty, vindictive streak that sounds more Nixonian than Canadian.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
On Thursday, New Jersey Rethug Gov. Chris Christie canceled the largest public works project in the nation, the rail tunnel under the Hudson River to New York City. After a firestorm of criticism, He's now reconsidering the decision. Paul Krugman has a great take on Christie's move, and what it represents about the current political climate.
(Image: He needs to tighten his own belt before he cancels any more projects)
Friday, October 8, 2010
-- A few days ago, there was a piece on PBS Newshour about the Senate race in Kentucky pitting Democrat Jack Conway against Rand "Sprinklerhead" Paul. Gwen Ifill interviewed a "businesswoman" at a Paul event and she managed to capture in a sentence or so exactly what the Rethug ethos is all about. Paraphrasing her, she asked why a productive, wealth-producing businesswoman like herself should be forced to have her wealth redistributed to those who are less productive. This at a time of unprecedented and growing income disparity between the middle class and the wealthiest Americans. We will hereby update our "Consequences" blog post to reflect this common far right Rethug view that there is no such thing as a social contract among Americans and that it's everyone for themselves, i.e., the Social Darwinist view of society. That's pure Paultard/ Ayn Rand nonsense, and it's disturbing -- but not terribly surprising -- that such a large swath of the Rethug base selfishly subscribes to it.
One of Fux News' reporters in New York City has been arrested on charges of sexual assault of a minor, according to Gawker. And by minor, we mean a 4 year-old girl. Charles Leaf, who was one of Fux's most enthusiastic bashers of the proposed mosque in lower Manhattan near "ground zero," is being held on $250,000 bail and will be arraigned on November 4.
(photo: We'd support Sharia law in this instance)
The red bars represent the job situation under Preznit Dumbya, while the blue bars show the situation under President Obama. We were losing nearly 800,000 private sector jobs per month as Dumbya and The Dick exited. Now, while slow and painful, the jobs have been coming back, despite every obstruction the Rethugs could throw in the President's path. So Dems, here's a suggestion: Remind the voters, show this graph, and ask them if they really, really want to go back.
(source: Washington Monthly)
While it's not a poll reflecting a 2010 race, TPM reports on a poll taken among Connecticut voters regarding Sen. Joe Lieberliar's chances when he's up for re-election to the Senate in 2012. The results for holy Joe? Grim.
Among Connecticut voters overall, Lieberliar has a miserable 31% approval rating; among Democrats it's a dismal 20%. If the election were held in November, Lieberliar would lose in a landslide. That would be a fitting outcome for someone who was on the Dem ticket with Vice President Al Gore in 2000, but who was denied the Dem nomination for Senate in 2006, and who actively and enthusiastically campaigned for the Rethug Presidential ticket in 2008. After receiving support from a gracious President Obama to retain his Senate Committee positions, Lieberliar turned around and fought real health insurance reform, holding back his vote in order to defeat a public option. He can usually be counted on to block progressive legislation, teaming up with the likes of Ben "Dover" Nelson. But thankfully, it appears as though we won't have holy Joe to kick around after 2012.
(photo: Consider it done, sir!)
Thursday, October 7, 2010
The main point is that the Rethug politicians and the elites they represent never met a real working-class West Virginian; even their multi-millionaire candidate running against Manchin maintains his residence in Palm Beach, Florida. They think West Virginians themselves buy the stereotypical image that the Rethug elites have of them. Sadly, some low-information voters will buy the Rethuglican garbage, but it's always good to see the mask slip away -- if only for a moment -- to reveal the face of the Rethug / New Confederate Party.
Hola and move over Mega Noggin Whitman! We have another Rethuglican hypocrite who has railed against hiring illegal immigrants only to be found to have... hired illegal immigrants. It would appear that all the while gasbag Loopy Lou Dobbs was making $6 million a year bashing people who employed illegal immigrants, he had at least 5 illegal immigrants tending to his estate grounds and to his daughter's champion show horsies. Yes, the same Loopy Lou who, night after night from his perch at CNN, bashed the government for letting those Messicans in, bashed businesses for hiring them, and most of all bashed illegal immigrants themselves in his own smug, pompous and, now we know, hypocritical way. So, from now on we can be certain that when Loopy Lou's lips are moving, he's lying.
(Image: Loopy Lou's shocked, shocked to discover illegal immigration in his establishment!)
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Yesterday, Think Progress published an investigative piece that exposed the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's funneling of foreign corporate contributions into campaign ads supporting Rethuglicans here in the U.S. Remember that the "U.S." Chamber fought hard against a Dem proposal to repeal tax incentives for businesses shipping jobs overseas; now we see the fuller picture.
The Rethugs, thanks to outfits like the "U.S." Chamber of Commerce, are rolling in contributions from corporate tycoons and the wealthy, who like things the way they were. Going into the final weeks of the election campaign, the Rethugs are outspending Dems by a margin of 6 to 1. In an interview with the Huffington Post, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi pushed back, saying that the Rethuglican love for big donors will end up boomeranging, once the public gets the message:
"If Democrats can't match them in spending, said Pelosi, the party would tar Republicans by connecting them to corporate cash. 'Of course, they all have euphemistic terms, 'For Seniors' or 'For Prosperity,' or whatever it is, but really it's just cover,' she said.Yes, and recognize the odor.
'Whenever you get hit with an overwhelming weight, you have to jujitsu it. So we want to turn it against them... I want to tattoo them right on to the Republican candidate,' she said, smacking her hand for emphasis. 'Big oil, big banks, big health insurance: We're going to tattoo you with that, so it's like doggy-doo stuck on your shoe. Wherever you go, people will know.'"
(photo: No one can say the Rethugs haven't been hard at work at something -- click on picture to enlarge if you dare)
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
"The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity." W.B. Yeats
That seems to be the meme so far for this election cycle. We'll wait until all the votes are counted in November to see whether or not enough Democratic "unexcited" votes can match or overcome the Rethug "excited" votes (an unexcited vote counts the same as an excited one, after all). In the meantime, reading the posting about the Orange Boner below reminds us of one of the consequences of a Rethug takeover. Here are, summarized, a few more:
Rewarding bad policy decisions past and future: In a case of mass amnesia, voters would be rewarding the party that "drove us into the ditch" a short two years ago. The Rethugs haven't learned a thing from the market collapse two years ago; if anything, they've painted themselves into a more extremist corner by taking up the outlandish positions held by the tea baggers and Club for Growth crowd: cut taxes for the rich, starve government, repeal health and financial reform. So, to summarize: the more dangerous and destructive our actions and ideas, the more you want to support us. Hmmm.
Rewarding bad behavior: Even occasional readers of this blog don't need to be reminded of the Rethugs' bad behavior over the past 18 months. The hate, innuendo, and fearmongering at both the level of Rethug officeholders (Bachmann, DeMint, McConnell, Boner, et al) and their surrogates (the teahadist nation, Fux "News" Nutwork, hate radio, etc.) has reached unprecedented levels from our 40-plus years perspective in political observation. Voters would be rewarding and asking for more obstruction, deceit, reactionary retrenchment, and unfettered access to pols via massive plutocrat and corporate campaign donations (thank you, John Roberts' court!). Again, hmmm.
Stopping reform dead in its tracks: Notwithstanding progressive angst about the flaws in the health care and financial reforms, and the efficacy of the stimulus, voters would be sending the message that they want these reforms rolled back or repealed, and don't subscribe to the notion that government has a role to play in stopping the economy from going off a cliff. That's a recipe for disaster the next time the economy implodes and, more immediately, for those who are just now starting to benefit from health reform.
And if you need any more reasons to fear these consequences, let these names ignite whatever passionate intensity you may be lacking: (Senator) Rand Paul, (Senator) Christine O'Donnell, (Senator) Sharron Angle, (Senator) Joe Miller, Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, Jim DeMint, (Speaker) John Boehner, (Majority Leader) Mitch McConnell, (Chairman) Joe Barton, Eric Cantor, Dick Armey, Karl Rove, Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck...Enough?
New York Times columnist Bob Herbert has a timely reminder of what we would be getting with a Rethuglican takeover of Congress, specifically the House of Representatives. Rethug Minority Leader John "Orange Boner" Boehner would be the presumptive Speaker of the House, and the Orange man has a seedy history of taking big money from corporate lobbies, most notoriously from the tobacco industry. In one infamous episode in the mid-1990s, Orange Boner handed out checks from the tobacco industry to his Rethuglican colleagues on the floor of the House. He was later chastised by embarassed Rethuglican colleagues, who are shy about exposing their corporate string-pullers.
Over the intervening years, he hasn't changed his, um, colors. As Herbert notes, Orange Boner can always be counted on to deliver for business interests:
"The hack who once handed out checks on the House floor is now a coddled, gilded flunky of the nation’s big-time corporate elite.It's staggering to think that a hack like Orange Boner could wind up as Speaker of the House; the big business influence and insider dealings that his teabaggers allies supposedly abhor would be back in spades. Even more reason to get out and vote so that this doesn't happen.
When House Democrats were preparing for the first floor vote on financial regulatory reform, Mr. Boehner and other Republican leaders summoned more than 100 industry lobbyists and conservative activists to a private strategy session. One could be forgiven for thinking that behind those closed doors they may not have had the public’s best interests in mind. According to Mr. Lipton, Mr. Boehner told the gathering, 'We need you to get out there and speak up against this.'"
(photo: No checks this year for the Orange man)
Monday, October 4, 2010
To honor Druids everywhere, we would like to offer this evocative, dazzle-worthy musical piece by Britain's ultimate Druid band - Ginger-root Baker, Jack Spruce, and Eric Thunderclapton - a.k.a., Cream:
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Dana Milbank on Perfesser "Boo Hoot the Hoot" Beck's manufacturing "history" to conform to his crackpot worldview; * and
Frank Rich on Christine "No Dildos" O'Donnell's role as useful idiot to establishment Rethuglicans and their billionaire backers.
(Question to Hackwhackers readers: Is it just us or do you feel like you lose a few million brain cells as a result of reading about the Becks and O'Donnells of the world?)
*UPDATE: You must see this Glenn Beck meets Donald Duck cartoon before it disappears off the internet tubes!! Laff riot! (via Yglesias)
Saturday, October 2, 2010
The Chinese are so fearful of the embarrassment Liu's winning would cause them that they've warned the Nobel institute not to award Liu the Nobel. Now, that's not embarrassing, is it fellas?
[We're about to get borderline sanctimonious here, but stay with us anyway.]
The Chinese government must come to understand that intimidation doesn't work, whether at home or abroad. We fear it will be a long time before it learns that lesson in terms of its own people, but at least the world at large now has an opportunity to stand for the principles the Nobel Peace Prize embodies. Give Liu the Nobel.
After a cringe worthy interview on Sirius Radio, in which he implied that Jews controlled the major networks and that CNN was discriminating against him, afternoon CNN anchor Rick "Dirty" Sanchez was fired by CNN. Cuban-born Dirty's initial target was frequent tormentor Jon Stewart of the Daily Show, who occasionally runs clips of Dirty being himself -- clueless and hyper. That led into this statement referring to Jews:
"Yeah, very powerless people. [laughs] He's such a minority. I mean, you know, please. What are you kidding? I'm telling you that everybody who runs CNN is a lot like Stewart and a lot of people who run all the other networks are a lot like Stewart. And to imply that somehow they, the people in this country who are Jewish, are an oppressed minority?"Wow, that's some kind of hate speech there. In recognition, Hackwhackers is pleased to give the Aryan Anchor Award, Cubano chapter, to Dirty with a stiff-arm salute.
(photo: Dirty expresses regret over his statements)
Friday, October 1, 2010
As expected, "Rahmbo" Emanuel is leaving his post as White House Chief of Staff and all-around asshole to run for Mayor of Chicago (in the great Chicago tradition, we wish we could vote early and often against him). The powerful corporate Dem is being replaced by Pete Rouse (whose mother is Japanese American, making him the first Asian American WH Chief of Staff-- banzai!). Some are predicting the departure of the anti-progressive Rahmbo will enable Obama to move to the left in the remaining 2 years of his (first?) term. Let's hope so.
(Photo: Right back atcha, Rahmbo!)