Friday, August 13, 2010

The GOP Platform Built On The Backs Of Others

Keeping women in their places, holding back minorities, spreading misinformation, not upholding one of their principles while in office.

This has worked for decades, but the tide is turning. New voters and young voters know better.

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"Feminist" A Bad Word?

It can’t be any more obvious that we live in a patriarchal society if ”feminist” is a bad word.Ellen Page
Idiots like Rush using terms like Femi-nazis. So sad. It's all about control and power for some people.

Democrasy Or Capitalism

"Personally, I’m in favor of democracy, which means that the central institutions of society have to be under popular control. Now, under capitalism, we can’t have democracy by definition. Capitalism is a system in which the central institutions of society are in principle under autocratic control."

— Noam Chomsky

When we bail out corporations with public money, capitalism does not exist.

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Elephants' Selective Memories

If only it were not so painfully true. United States of Amnesia.

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FL Tea Party Candidate Marg Barker: I Am An Idiot, Hear Me Ramble

Wants to build camps for deportation like in the 50s. Well played.

Does not know how the actual political post works, so does not how she will actually do her proposals.

Then on cue, someone yells "2nd Amendment", she quickly notes the coded message and with Palin-esque grammar gushes, "We got to have guns".

Lowest common denominator politics in effect.

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The Copenhagen Wheel

Designed by the MIT’s SENSEable City Lab, it is designed as a simple addition to give any bike an electrical boost and recently won an award from James Dyson, the creator of Dyson wonder-products.

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Bruce Bartlett: The Modern GOP - The Greedy Sociopathic Party

"In my own mind, I have the same political philosophy I've always had--basically libertarian but tempered by Burkean small-C conservatism. But I am no longer a member of the Republican Party and no longer consider myself part of the "conservative movement." 

That's not because I changed, but because I believe that they have. The Republican Party of today is not the party of Jack Kemp and Ronald Reagan that I was once a member of; it stands for nothing except the pursuit of power as an end in itself, with no concern whatsoever for what is right for the country. 

In a recent interview with The Economist magazine, I characterized the Republicans as the greedy, sociopathic party. I stand by that,"
- Bruce Bartlett, economic adviser under Reagan and H.W. Bush.

Source: The Daily Dish

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Reagan Insider: GOP Should File For Political Bankruptcy

Stockman rushes into the ring swinging like a boxer: "If there were such a thing as Chapter 11 for politicians, the Republican push to extend the unaffordable Bush tax cuts would amount to a bankruptcy filing. The nation's public debt ... will soon reach $18 trillion." It screams "out for austerity and sacrifice." But instead, the GOP insists "that the nation's wealthiest taxpayers be spared even a three-percentage-point rate increase."

In the past 40 years Republican ideology has gone from solid principles to hype and slogans. Stockman says: "Republicans used to believe that prosperity depended upon the regular balancing of accounts -- in government, in international trade, on the ledgers of central banks and in the financial affairs of private households and businesses too."

No more. Today there's a "new catechism" that's "little more than money printing and deficit finance, vulgar Keynesianism robed in the ideological vestments of the prosperous classes" making a mockery of GOP ideals. Worse, it has resulted in "serial financial bubbles and Wall Street depredations that have crippled our economy." Yes, GOP ideals backfired, crippling our economy.

Stockman's indictment warns that the Republican party's "new policy doctrines have caused four great deformations of the national economy, and modern Republicans have turned a blind eye to each one:"

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Reagan insider: "GOP Destroyed US Economy"

"How my G.O.P. destroyed the U.S. economy." Yes, that is exactly what David Stockman, President Ronald Reagan's director of the Office of Management and Budget, wrote in a recent New York Times op-ed piece, "Four Deformations of the Apocalypse."

Get it? Not "destroying." The GOP has already "destroyed" the U.S. economy, setting up an "American Apocalypse."

In the wake of Friday's disappointing jobs report, Neal Lipschutz and Phil Izzo discuss new predictions that it could be many years before the nation's unemployment rate reaches pre-recession levels.

Yes, Stockman is equally damning of the Democrats' Keynesian policies. But what this indictment by a party insider -- someone so close to the development of the Reaganomics ideology -- says about America, helps all of us better understand how America's toxic partisan-politics "holy war" is destroying not just the economy and capitalism, but the America dream. And unless this war stops soon, both parties will succeed in their collective death wish.

Bush destroyed the US, Iraq and Afghanistan economies. Now we have the same GOP and Tea Baggers selling the same mistakes, accusing people of not being real Americans and wishing for Obama policies to fail so they can gain political office.

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Third Time Is The Charm

"Which one of your multiple marriages was the most sacred to you?"

-- a Commenter on Newt Gingrich's blogpost in which Newt, in reaction to the Prop 8 decision, waxes ineloquent about the sanctity of opposite-sex marriage.

Get married, cheat, get divorced, get married, cheat, accuse others of cheating while you're cheating, get divorced, become a Catholic, get married for the third time.

Feeling sanctimonious? Of course, Newt, you're a "big thinker" for the GOP.

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Tea Tards: Don't Mess With My Messing

Judicial activism is used to describe judicial rulings suspected of being based on personal or political considerations rather than on existing law.

So teatards are the real activists yet use this term as in insult for others. Classic.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

How It's Done: Jack Conway DESTROYS Rand "Accidents Happen" Paul

Kentucky senatorial candidate Jack Conway delivers a great speech, with a tight balance between highlighting his record, articulating his vision and ferociously attacking his opponent. All in all, this one is an excellent instructional video for Dem candidates:

Rand Paul and Republicans have a similar response to the BP spill in the Gulf, the mining accidents in WV, and Wall St wiping out 401Ks: accidents happen.

"Public office is a public trust" - Jack Conway

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The Eye Roll That Never Happened: The Odd Lies Of Sarah Palin

Palin claims the Left Media lies about her eye-rolling. Video evidence is not enough for her. I guess I did not see what I just saw.

The sign says: Worst. Governor. Ever.

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Hyphenated America

In this country American means white. Everybody else has to hyphenate.
Toni Morrison

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Ari Fleischer’s Bitch Ass Brother

By now you’ve read the whiny op-ed in the WSJ by Ari Fleischer’s brother, explaining that the evil government is to blame for him not hiring more employees. Putting aside the fact that Bogen’s main business is… as a contractor for various government entities (via), this comment at OTB was pretty informative:

The fact is that if Mr. Fleisher’s company has to buy an extra box of paper clips it will cause them to go belly up. He’s in not position to hire anyone regardless of tax policy.

The reason Mr. Fleischer’s company isn’t hiring has nothing to do with taxes or the policies of any administration. It’s because his business has been in decline for a decade. As the CEO, that decline is his fault. All his complaining about taxes and benefits is just a smokescreen for his own incompetence.

The world changed around them a decade ago and they failed to adapt. In 2000, their annual sales were 66 million dollars with cash on hand of 12 million. By 2003, sales were down to 55 million and cash was down to 6 million. That was before the financial crisis and under the allegedly pro business policies of the previous administration. In 2009, sales were down to 44 million and cash was down to 2 million. They manages to lose 17 million dollars that year and got a carry back refund of some 5 million dollar. Mr. Fleischer should spend less time complaining about taxes and more time thinking about how he can correct 10 years of mismanagement.

Don’t take my word for it, read the balance sheets yourself.

Can a brother get a “Heh-indeedy?” I think Mr. Fleischer should join the rest of the productive people out there and go Galt.

And on a serious note, it still amazes me that companies do not include the amount they pay in benefits (especially health insurance) on their pay slips to employees. You want to change the cost of health care- start mandating that be put on every employee’s paystub.

Republicans promised all their tax cuts, deregulation and cheap access to capital would produce a "ownership" utopia with jibs and homes for everyone.

When their zero oversight, 2 wars and unlimited hubris blew up in the face and f*cked America, now all of a sudden they want overnight change via Obama all the while mocking him and voting "no" every step of the way.

Bitch ass Republicans need to stop forgetting they had a big hand in the 2008 economic collapse. Expecting them to atone is the definition of futility.

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Monday, August 09, 2010

How Much More Obvious Can Republican Contradictions Be?

Senate Republicans will mount a new push this fall for a constitutional amendment to balance the budget, just when the war heats up over whether to extend the tax cuts for the rich.

This is all hype, these amendments have no chance of passing.

It highlights two obvious things:
1. Republicans want to extend tax cuts to the rich and add $3.1 trillion in debt.
2. They, on the other hand, want to push for reducing the deficit on every one else by cutting programs and spending for the poor and middle class.

Offering huge, deficit-creating handouts for the rich while cutting spending on the poor and middle class. In other words, spreading the wealth to people who don't need it. How does this make sense to 99% of America?

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Auto-Tune The News - Bed Intruder Song – iTunes Version

Not sure if you have followed this meme, it's news footage taken from a Midwest crime and turned into a jam by the people at Auto Tune The News.

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Counter Inception

"When Cash Was Waved In Front Of Your Face, You Quit"

An Alaskan confronts celebrity muck-raker, Sarah Palin - in Homer, Alaska.

"Oh! You wanted me to be your Governor". Shallow, mocking and sarcastic to any opposing views. You know in here head, Palin is saying" I'm so much better looking than you, so I win".

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GOP: Fiscal Frauds

Hedge-fund manager Robert Barbera (above) nails Eric Cantor. He can't name one program he would cut except Social Security. Once a Republican repeats their "Cut Taxes" complete failure of a talking point, ad nauseum, they have nothing else to say. Zero.

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We Want Change. Republicans Want To Change The Constitution

"Via Greg Sargent, I see that Republicans are planning on pretending to push for a balanced budget amendment. There’s no chance it will pass, but they think it’s polling well right now.

By Jon Chait’s tally, that brings the total number of constitutional amendments proposed by contemporary Republicans to 8. Three more (they’ll get there) and it will be more than the number of amendments in the original Bill of Rights.

It’s easy to chalk this up to contemporary tetardism. Certainly, it’s true that the main appeal of these proposed amendments is that they will never be passed. But there’s nothing new here: the modern Republican party is based largely on opposition to Civil Roghts and Roe v. Wade. There’s more to this than the Glenn Beck fans waving copies of the Constitution at Congressmen."
 When Republicans told everyone to get over the Bush 2000 theft of the Presidency because of the Supreme Court vote, they themselves can NEVER get over the Roe v Wade vote from 1973.

You can also see how the Gay Marriage Amendment from 2004 was just a ploy to get more GOP votes. Worked like a charm. Republicans are amazingly good at creating a faux cause to get what they want. WMD anyone?


The Boston Globe reports that “Breitbarting” can now be defined as “intentionally taking a statement out of context for political ends.”

continue reading… mediaite 

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Boehner: The Classic Out Of Touch White Guy

Rounds of golf: 100 plus.
Golf expenses: $83,000.
Membership at all male club: $75,000.
Special interest travel including golf junkets: $159,000.
Raising the retirement age to 70 and voting to end unemployment benefits: priceless.

I know they all play golf, but Boehner's reputation of not working hard is known throughout DC.

Boehner's PAC has been indulging in these golfing junkets for some time. That may or not be an issue. What is important is that he's in favor of raising the age for Social Security, how he fought against extending unemployment benefits, and he and his party of no have been against every issue brought before them and fights hard for the rich and wealthy.

He wasn't so vocal about deficits when Bush got us into two wars, that were costing about $12 billion per month without any way to pay for it. And didn't have an exit strategy to get us out of them. He's an example of what's wrong with the GOP, they don't have any ideas except to try to hinder people who are at least making an effort to get us out of these messes.

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Global Sexism

All embryos start off as XX, or female. Eventually half become XY and become male. So we all start of as females. It's why men have nipples.

Brutal how badly we treat women even though we all come from women and start as women.

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Sunday, August 08, 2010

This Is Arizona. This is SB1070

And cops are always so cool about not abusing their power. The police always get the top students out of high school. Arizona must be so proud to have the lower percentiles acting out these new laws. Way to aim for the bottom.

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A Rotten Week For Wingnuts

With Proposition 8 overturned, the New York Landmark Committee ruling that the Park51 community center can proceed, and now the confirmation of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court in a 63 to 37 vote, it’s been a hell of a rotten week for Wingnutville.

They are now learning what it means to be a minority. How ironic...

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Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA): Pro-Life Yet Anti-Immigrant Life

"Chris Matthews did a pretty good job making Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) look foolish over his support for a change of “Birthright Citizenship” (amending the 14th Amendment). I took a couple of pieces from the segment, first of which is Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), who points out the heartlessness and hypocrisy of such a change. Then Mattews and Gingrey."

The Conservatives are "pro-life", they want every baby to be born. Then once it is born they want to dent it as many rights as possible.

The Conservatives also like the Constitution, but want to change or get rid of it all the time.

It's come down to white guys complaining how they are losing "their" America. Put an election in there and they get angry and vindictive with anything or anyone to help get votes from other white people. Your days are coming to an end.

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