Never pass up a chance to sit down or relieve yourself. -old Apache saying

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Al Franken

What a guy! Minnesota should be proud.

Reality-Based Intellectual

Took a silly quiz...and I am a....

Quiz: What Kind of Liberal Are You?

My Liberal Identity

You are a Reality-Based Intellectualist, also known as the liberal elite. You are a proud member of what’s known as the reality-based community, where science, reason, and non-Jesus-based thought reign supreme.

Cat humor

Time to change the pace a little.

I got the pics below from a friend. Since we recently got a kitten (and Luna is growing and doing just fine, thank you, except for the time she fell in the toilet and then rolled around in her cat litter and then spread it all over the 2nd floor), this item is "cuter" now than it was before we had the kitten.

This is how I heard YOUR day was going...

First, you had trouble getting out of bed

You had a stiff neck

You washed your hair and couldn't do a thing with it

Your new diet really doesn't seem to be working out

You pulled a muscle when you tried to exercise

Your new hat looked better on you at the store

You keep losing things

You got caught in the rain at lunchtime

Then the lunch you had didn't seem to agree with you

You feel trapped

Uninvited guests showed up at dinnertime

On top of that you think you're coming down with the flu

And finally, you're alone in the house at night when you think you hear a noise in the basement


Handle every stressful situation like a dog. If you can't eat it or play with it, just pee on it and walk away.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Screwed again

Screwed again. Sometimes, I sure feel this way. I want to give Obama the benefit of the doubt, but time after time he compromises far too much (health care reform, financial reform), or doesn't even advocate the right things at all (public option, stop the Drug War, stop the Asian wars). He talks and talks. And talks and talks. And very little changes. I know he has a solid wall of Republican opposition, and I know there are far too many corporatized Democrats, but still....he is failing at that elusive "leadership."

No, I don't think Obama is a covert Muslim determined to destroy America. That's just ludicrous bullshit from an unprincipled, insane opposition. No, Obama is much more corporatized than we thought he was. Perhaps it's all our fault for being fooled so easily and expecting too much, but I sure don't see much "change I can believe in."

Screwed Again
For OpEdNews: Rob Kall - Writer

We've been stabbed in the back again.

We're screwed again. Obama and the democratic congress did it again-- created legislation that is labeled reform, but is so diluted it is worthless and won't prevent another financial meltdown.

On Monday, the mainstream media will congratulate Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Chris Dodd and Barney Frank and Barack Obama for passing landmark financial reform legislation.

But the real truth of how effective the legislation is was shown by investors, who bid up stocks three percent on friday, celebrating the financial industry's escape from serious regulation. We the people of the US lost.

The Wall Street Journal expects that the legislation will be called the Dodd Frank bill.

Good!! Put their names on the bill. Make it clear who created the better-than-nothing, highly diluted, watered down, full of loopholes legislation. Dodd and Frank are sellouts who betrayed US consumers, betrayed the majority of their own constituents.

I spent at least an hour yesterday, reading article after article in the Wall Street Journal that breathed sighs of relief that the legislation was not as bad as the financial industry feared. The tough reforms-- Volcker, Lincoln-- were all gutted and watered down, with loopholes added.

There's only one conclusion. The bill is another sham reform, a gift to the finance industry, just like the health care reform bill was a gift to insurers, hospitals and big pharma. I assure you that built into this new "reform bill" will be new, expanded protections and extensions of privileges for finance companies. There may be some small changes that could have been passed in a far less extensive bill-- some minor tweaks-- but this bill is no great achievement.

The bill is another chimera of real change, guided by the faux change president, Barack Obama.

We now know that Obama is a staunch defender of big corporations, of lobbyist interests-- not of consumers, not of the people who worked so hard, with such hope and faith to elect him.

Personally, I'm going to do all I can to primary as many of the perpetrators of the Finance and health reform legislation as I can.

I'm going to work to make sure that Obama is a one term president.

We'll be seeing energy legislation soon. We can be certain it will be weak, diluted, watered down, with loads of loopholes.

Legislation for Unions? expect the same trademark Obama/Democratic congress trademark profile-- diluted, watered down, loaded with loopholes.

Improving regulation of Oil drilling? Expect the same.

Obama is a failure as a leader-- his response to the Gulf oil disaster demonstrated this.

Obama has betrayed the tens of millions who voted for him. His sell-outs in favor of the biggest industries have become routine and predictable.

The Democratic congress does more of the same. They use good cop bad cop games to pretend that there are some good legislators, but the way the progressive caucus folded in the face of pressure from Obama showed us that we the people are not represented in congress. We the people do not have anyone fighting for us.

When democracy fails, when it is sabotaged by a supreme court that is the most aggressive at changing the rules in recent history, when elected officials are owned and operated by lobbyists and big corporations, it is time for a revolution. The tea partiers (don't call them tea-baggers-- they're fighting back just as progressives should be doing.) are on the right track. It is time for progressives to stand up resolutely and say no more. Dodd read the writing on the wall and realized he'd sold out his constituents so badly they wouldn't re-elect him again. Barney Frank should receive the same treatment from the constituents he's stabbed in the back and betrayed.

A good place to start is withe the disaster in Afghanistan. The war there is immoral and insane. It is bleeding American dry financially. I'm telling my congressman that I won't vote for him if he supports any more funding legislation that does not include a firm withdrawal schedule.

We have an emergency here in the US, in the Gulf, that requires all of our emergency resources. We can no longer afford an endless war. We can no longer afford a congress or white House that have written off the interests of the American middle class.

It is time for more action than any seen since the sixties. It is time for us to rise up and speak out. It is time for us to throw out ALL the legislators who have sold us out. The tea partiers are going for purer ideological candidates. We on the left need to do the same. We need to stop supporting bluedogs and even "progressives" who fold when it really matters. It is time. We are facing a world that I don't want my children to live in.

The original is here.

Morford: BP Apocalypse

Oh well, so much for soccer! Just when we were getting interested!

Let's get back to more relevant, pressing issues.

BP welcomes you to the apocalypse

Please do not worry. Please do not fret about that one thing you always fret about, or that other thing, or even that third thing that might have something to do with erupting oil, dead pelicans and that sickening feeling in your gut that
Something is Very Wrong Indeed.

I come bearing fabulous news. There is no longer any need to concern yourself with pesky trifles like love, a mortgage, child rearing, planting a garden, dreams, money, shoes, wristwatches, parking spaces, mysterious rashes, foreign policy, baseball, bridge tolls or generally caring about much of anything in particular.

I am delighted to report it will all be over soon. If not sooner. It's true.
And it's a good thing, too, because I was just reading up on six of the worst-case scenarios resulting from the BP spill, all sorts of horrors and tragedies, abuses and unspeakables, from dire seafood shortages to horrifying ecosystem destruction, wildlife mutilation to all the years and decades before the gulf region will be anywhere near recovered. These scenarios all were, in a word, bleak. They were, in three more, thoroughly f--ing depressing.

They were also, whoops, from about two months ago. So I clicked around and quickly found another, far more recent worst-case scenario article, and boy, were its scenarios worse indeed. So awful that they effectively made the earlier batch seem meek and laughable and even sort of quaint.

So it's come to this. Every day in the media, a sort of deranged, comical footrace to figure out which worst-case scenario is really the worst, because every day comes a new stat, prediction, photo, possibility for abject horror we hadn't even conceptualized yet because, well, we've never exactly been here before, not at this scale. How bad can it all get, really? No one has a clue. Joy!

But I'm not at all worried. Because the fact is, almost none of those worst-case scenarios will actually come to pass. Do you know why? Because there are two or three even worse worst-case scenarios that easily trump any you might be reading about anywhere. Ultra, mega, super worst-case scenarios that make all the rest seem like a little splotch on your pretty new iPhone 4.

So, just what are these supermegaworst-case scenarios? They all have one thing in common: Each one of them, all by itself, spells the end of modern life as we know it. Utter annihilation. The End. I am so not kidding. OK, maybe a little. But only until we all die. After that, not kidding at all.

BP Will Kill Us All Scenario #1: Everyone knows that, early on in the spill, BP was thoughtful enough to pump millions of gallons of a horrible chemical dispersant called Corexit 9500 into the gusher, a violently toxic compound so notoriously lethal it's been banned for years by the European union. Obama & Co finally caught on to BP's tactic and told them to knock it off.

Too late. Obscure Russian scientists tell us Corexit's deadly compounds are now breaking up and evaporating into North American rainclouds, which will shortly begin raining down complete toxic hell on us all, poisoning all crops, babies, cats, Christians, Starbucks baristas and none-too-bright redneck videographers -- though it will somehow magically spare the really good jazz clubs in Louisiana and that one guy who scored the goal for the USA in the World Cup, because he's a freakin' hero.

These scientists say the toxic rain could be so poisonous, it will destroy the entire food chain and plunge North America into chaos, rendering the entire region unlivable, with any straggling survivors crawling desperately up to Canada, where they will be promptly made into slave labor to build hockey arenas and drink lager and fade into the woods.
Does that sound dubious? Totally implausible? Fine. No problem. For there is another, even better backup apocalypse scenario, even more melodramatic and wickedly cinematic, and therefore much more likely to come to pass.

BP Will Kill Us All Scenario #2: Apparently, deep in the ocean floor, just beneath the gushing oil, lives a massive bubble of methane gas the size of... oh, let's just say Texas. Maybe Oklahoma. South Carolina. Someplace gassy and slightly rancid and always ready to explode at the poke of a big phallic stick.

This is the drama: All our mucking around on the ocean floor could trigger a methane explosion so gargantuan, it will cause a tsunami. Not just any tsunami, mind you, but a "supersonic tsunami" so ultra-awesomely massive it will effortlessly wipe out the much of the gulf coast states, killing millions and completely destabilizing the nation and inducing zombie riots in the streets as everyone wails over the loss of Florida. Or, you know, not.

So there you have it. Toxic rain and supersonic tsunamis, the end of North America as we know it. Done. Finished. Certainly, one of those two scenarios is guaranteed to come to pass, right? Maybe, if we're really lucky, even both?

All right, fine. In the off-off chance that invisible Russian scientists and nutball doomsayers are wrong (impossible!), well, there is one more glorious mega scenario to consider. There is a backup to the backup to the backup. Hey, we're Americans. When it comes to dorky apocalyptic visions, we got you covered.

Here is your grand finale: A new survey says that a disturbingly large percentage of Americans -- 40 percent, to be exact -- actually believe Jesus will return by 2050, likely riding on the back of a flaming asteroid (30 percent think one will hit us by then), waving a cowboy hat and yodeling as he careens toward our hapless blue dot of inequity, pain and lousy AT&T reception.

Jesus will then crash land in Texas, wink at Dubya and Sarah Palin, and then sweep up all the True Believers in their beige Dodge minivans just as the earth shudders and implodes, just like one of those swirling black holes in "Star Trek."

How cool will that be? Answer: It will be very cool indeed. It is so cool, in fact, it totally wipes out the need to care much about anything at all. See how easy? Now, who wants pie?

You can find the original, and links to Mark's other columns here.

Friday, June 25, 2010


Try to watch this and not get a lump in your throat.

Oliver Stone

after watching the video, go here.


With the USA team advancing to Stage 2 (the "Round of 16"), there is a lot of renewed interest in football, er, soccer. Even though a score may end 0-0, it is exciting to watch. Moreso when your home country is advancing.

I am very impressed with the functionality of the website, the "Federacion Internationale de Football Association. It apparently is funded by the UAE, the United Arab Emirates, and they have spared no expense on the website. And, let's face it, they have no end to their funds over there. The website is very well designed.

Check it out here if you haven't already.
The USA plays Ghana Saturday at noon Central to see who advances to the Quarterfinals. If the USA wins, they will play the winner of the Uruguay-South Korea match to see who goes to the Semifinals.

CEO to jail

See? Some CEO's DO get sent to jail.

But, do you see this guys error? He tried this manipulation so that the EMPLOYEES could get greater compensation. Idiot! You don't help the little guys! You ONLY help the big dogs! To JAIL with him! (Plus, he's Hispanic!)

Meanwhile, the CEO's of Goldman, Chase, etc, get millions in bonuses while they create hardship for millions. More BONUSES for them!

Justice is broken.

Former CEO of Brocade gets prison time

SAN FRANCISCO - A federal judge on Thursday sentenced Brocade Communications' former CEO to 1½ years in prison for failing to disclose - and then covering up - a plan to alter the date of stock option grants so employees could reap greater compensation.

U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer also fined Gregory Reyes $15 million. Reyes is to report to prison Sept. 10. Reyes' lawyers said he is considering an appeal of his March conviction.

Reyes stood up to read a prepared statement, but he began crying so hard that his lawyer had to do it.

The statement apologized to Reyes' family and friends for the emotional toll his case has taken on them.

original is here.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Republican traitors

If people were only paying attention...and if we had a real, responsive media...

STABENOW: REPUBLICANS 'WANT THIS ECONOMY TO FAIL'.... With Senate Republicans poised to kill the tax-extenders/jobs bill today (and it died) -- it has 58 supporters, who will be denied a chance to vote, up or down, on the legislation -- Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) participated in a conference call this afternoon, and was understandably outraged by the GOP tactics.

"It is very clear that the Republicans in the Senate want this economy to fail. They see that things are beginning to turn around.... In cynical political terms, it doesn't serve them in terms of their election interests if things are beginning to turn around."

She added that she's "outraged about what has been happening," and described the likely defeat today as "extremely serious."

Of particular interest, Stabenow said Senate Republicans are "counting on the fact that no one knows what's going on here."

That's clearly true -- if the public realized the consequences of a successful GOP filibuster of this bill, I suspect there'd be quite a backlash.

But in some ways, that's the pernicious beauty of the cynicism, at least as far as Republicans are concerned -- they deny the Senate a chance to vote, the bill dies, the economy gets worse, and Democrats get blamed because they're in the majority. Americans suffer, but for the GOP, that's a small price to pay for a bump in the polls. Public confusion, coupled with inadequate media coverage, will mean rewards for those who were wrong, and punishment for those who were right.

I'm delighted this is starting to generate some real attention today -- alas, it's probably too late, unless voters in Maine and Massachusetts start calling Sens. Snowe, Collins, and Brown in huge numbers -- but I still don't think folks fully appreciate the consequences of failure here. As of tomorrow, 1.2 million jobless Americans will lose unemployment benefits. That number will grow by hundreds of thousands next week, and the week after, and the week after that. That's not only devastating for those immediately affected families, but it undermines the economy -- unemployment benefits tend to get spent, which makes them stimulative.

As a result of this bill dying, at least 200,000 jobs will be lost on just the measures in this bill related to Medicaid. The overall number is likely closer to 900,000 job losses. In a fragile economy, with a weak job market, it's unconscionable that 41 Senate Republicans and Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) have the capacity to save those jobs, and chose not to act -- indeed, they choose not to even let the Senate vote.

Republicans continue to insist that the country simply can't afford this legislation, but it's already been scaled back so severely, the entire thing is paid for except for the unemployment benefits, which not only constitute emergency spending, but generally have been considered emergency spending by Congresses run by both parties.

This is nothing short of crazy. I've been watching this for weeks, and part of me still can't believe it's actually happening.

WonkRoom, Suzy Khimm, Ezra Klein, Joan McCarter, and Annie Lowrey have pieces on this that are worth checking out.

from Political Animal

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Krugman for OMB

Whattayasay Obama? How about throwing the left a bone for once?

Paul Krugman for OMB

by Simon Johnson
MIT professor and co-author of 13 Bankers

This post originally appeared on The Baseline Scenario.

The president should nominate Paul Krugman to replace Peter Orszag as director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). (Orszag resignation details are here.)

We have previously reviewed Krugman's outstanding qualifications for this (or any other top level) job (link to details). The main reason Krugman himself has been reluctant in the past relates to a potentially difficult Senate confirmation hearing -- for example, if Krugman had been put forward to replace Ben Bernanke.

But for the OMB position, the dynamic of a hearing would be terrific for the president's specific agenda and broader messages. Krugman, of course, is the leading advocate for continued (or increased) fiscal stimulus. This is exactly President Obama's message to the G20 this weekend.

Plus, when Republicans push back against Krugman on this issue, he will let them have it full blast on fiscal policy during the Bush administration. Krugman has, again and again, been an outspoken critic of the Bush era fiscal policy. He has precise chapter and verse on where the Bush team went off the deep fiscal edge.

Krugman also stands for responsible medium-term fiscal policy -- he wrote the original definitive work, after all, on balance of payments crises. But the point is not to engage in precipitate and panicky fiscal austerity (as announced in the UK today), but rather to put the overall debt onto a sustainable path. It is very hard to do that when the people claiming the represent "fiscal prudence" are actually the ones who created this massive mess in the first place. Krugman can set the public record straight on this -- it would be great television and very good economics.

This is exactly what the debate on our current deficit and future debt path needs. The Obama administration lost the narrative on this point also (as well as on banking and much more). Paul Krugman can get them back on track.

find the original here.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Move to amend

"We the corporations"

On January 21, 2010, with its ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are persons, entitled by the U.S. Constitution to buy elections and run our government. Human beings are people; corporations are legal fictions. The Supreme Court is misguided in principle, and wrong on the law. In a democracy, the people rule.

We Move to Amend.

We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United, and move to amend our Constitution to:
  • Firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.
  • Guarantee the right to vote and to participate, and to have our votes and participation count.
  • Protect local communities, their economies, and democracies against illegitimate "preemption" actions by global, national, and state governments.

Signed by 83,260 and counting . . .click here.

Obama address

Obama needs to hit these themes over and over and OVER! As well as the rest of the Democrats. That is, that the Republicans are solely pro-business, pro-rich, anti-progress, and they will trash the economy if elected again in November 2010, as they trashed it for eight years under the dismal Bush.

From the Democratic side, we are frustrated that Obama continually tries to be bipartisan and attract Republicans, even though they continue to oppose and block everything.

From the Republican side, you hear that Obama and the Democrats have "shut out" the Republicans from decision-making. This is amazing and absurd.

This has to get through to Obama: even with all the attempts to be bipartisan, they STILL oppose everything. They are radical and extreme in their opposition. So, push your agenda, Obama, regardless of the consequences. Republicans will oppose it, no matter which way you go.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Saturday, June 19, 2010

E.J. Dionne

I am currently on vacation, out of town, so ...

snip from the recent E.J. Dionne column...

"Why does it so often seem that Republicans are full of passionate intensity while Democrats lack all conviction?"

I wish I could answer that.  

Two things, probably:  an adversarial press (FOX News is the worst, but most of the rest is still corporate-controlled and is not sympathetic to traditional Democratic urges), and a current pathetic crop of Democrats (with very few exceptions like Alan Grayson, Al Franken and Bernie Sanders) who are either too timid to fight or too deep in the pockets of the corporations to do what's right for the American people).

Dionne: Democrats need bold acts 
to counter talk of malaise

A weird malaise is haunting the Democratic Party.

That's a risky word to use, I know. It's freighted with bad history and carries unfortunate implications. So let's be clear: President Obama is not Jimmy Carter, not even close. And Obama's speech on Wednesday was nothing like Carter's 1979 "malaise speech" in which Carter never actually used that word. Obama gave a good and sensible speech that was not a home run.

What's odd is that Obama was seen as needing a home run. This is where the Democratic malaise comes in.

Democrats should feel a lot better than they do. They enacted a health care bill that had been their dream for more than 60 years. They pulled the country out of a terrifying economic spiral. They are on the verge of passing the biggest reform of Wall Street since the New Deal. The public has identified enemies that are typically seen as Republican allies: oil companies and big bankers. And given the Republicans' past policies, the Gulf oil spill is at least as much their problem as Obama's.

On top of this, the GOP seems to be doing all it can to make itself unelectable, veering far to the right and embracing a tea party movement that, at its extremes, preaches the need for revolution. That sounds more like the old New Left than a reinvigorated conservatism. Oh yes, and can you think of one thing Republicans stand for right now other than cutting spending? Never mind that they are conspicuously vague about what they'd cut.

Yet it is Democrats who are petrified, uncertain and hesitant — and this was true before the oil spill made matters worse. Obama's bold rhetoric about "the need to end America's century-long addiction to fossil fuels" was not matched by specifics because he knows that nearly a dozen Senate Democrats are skittish about acting. Why does it so often seem that Republicans are full of passionate intensity while Democrats lack all conviction?

The month's most important document may prove to be a poll done for National Public Radio by the Democratic firm of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner and the Republicans at Public Opinion Strategies. In the 70 most competitive House districts, 60 of them held by Democrats, the pollsters concluded that the Democrats "face a daunting environment in 2010."

"The results are a wake-up call for Democrats whose losses in the House could well exceed 30 seats," they declared. Two findings convey the whole: "Sixty-two percent of Republicans in Democratic districts describe themselves as very enthusiastic about the upcoming election" compared with only 37 percent of Democrats. And: "By 57 to 37 percent, voters in these 60 Democratic seats believe that President Obama's economic policies have produced record deficits while failing to slow job losses."

Paranoia is striking deep among Democrats, and this poll will only aggravate this disorder. In those competitive districts, Democratic incumbents will be tempted to hunker down, distance themselves from the president, urge their leaders to be cautious, and run for the hills to seek refuge from a looming Republican wave. But the numbers in the NPR survey are so bad that Democrats might pause before becoming lemmings. There is something preposterous about how the administration and Democrats have lost every major public argument that they should be winning.

They lost it on a stimulus bill that clearly lifted the economy, as Alan Blinder, the former vice chairman of the Federal Reserve, argued persuasively in Wednesday's Wall Street Journal. They are losing it on the health care bill, a big improvement on the current system enacted through a process that made it look like a tar ball on an Alabama beach. They are losing it on the deficit even as it was Republicans who cut taxes twice while the Bush administration was starting two wars.

Obama is often criticized for being too professorial. The irony is that Republicans who have little to say about how to solve the nation's major problems are dominating the country's underlying philosophical narrative.

From Plaquemines Parish to Wall Street, we are seeing what happens when government takes too hands-off an approach to private economic actors. Yet the GOP is managing to sell the idea that the big issue in this election should be - government spending.

Professor Obama and his allies ought to be ashamed of this. The cure for malaise, defined as "a sensation of exhaustion or inadequate energy to accomplish usual activities," is to have a self-confident sense of purpose, and to act boldly in its pursuit.
Dionne's e-mail address is

You can find the original here.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Obama is Frodo

Jon Stewart shows us candidate Obama vs. President Obama.  It's a damn shame.  Obama comes off as worse than Bush, but of course he's more eloquent.  Sometimes it feels like we got sold a bill of goods.  It's a little hard to watch.

How to Lock Your Car

Thanks for the tip, Red!

Snopes Approved --.Please share with everyone you know

How to Lock Your Car and Why - Not a Joke!

I locked my car. As I walked away I heard my car door unlock. I went back and locked my car again three times ..... Each time, as soon as I started to walk away, I would hear it unlock again!! Naturally alarmed, I looked around and there were two guys sitting in a car in the fire lane next to the store. They were obviously watching me intently, and there was no doubt they were somehow involved in this very weird situation. I quickly chucked the errand I was on, jumped in my car and sped away...

I went straight to the police station, told them what had happened, and found out I was part of a new, and very successful, scheme being used to gain entry into cars. Two weeks later, my friend's son had a similar happening....

While traveling, my friend's son stopped at a roadside rest to use the bathroom. When he came out to his car less than 4-5 minutes later, someone had gotten into his car and stolen his cell phone, laptop computer, GPS navigator, name it. He called the police and since there were no signs of his car being broken into, the police told him he had been a victim of the latest robbery tactic -- there is a device that robbers are using now to clone your security code when you lock your doors on your car using your key-chain locking device..

They sit a distance away and watch for their next victim. They know you are going inside of the store, restaurant, or bathroom and that they now have a few minutes to steal and run. The police officer said to manually lock your car door-by hitting the lock button inside the car -- that way if there is someone sitting in a parking lot watching for their next victim, it will not be you.

When you hit the lock button on your car upon exiting, it does not send the security code, but if you walk away and use the door lock on your key chain, it sends the code through the airwaves where it can be instantly stolen.

This is very real.

Be wisely aware of what you just read and please pass this note on. Look how many times we all lock our doors with our remote just to be sure we remembered to lock them -- and bingo, someone has our code....and whatever was in our car.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

When they lie

From Alan Grayson, probably the closest thing to a "real" Democrat we have.

My race is going to be tough, and my opponent is going to have a simple strategy: Lying.

It's what Republicans do to Democrats. But the Republicans have never met anyone like me. And I'm going to run like a Congressman with Guts. Here's my first ad. I promise, it's nothing like you've ever seen from a political candidate:

It says everything that needs to be said. War. Poverty. Suffering. The Republicans didn't have a plan for healthcare. And, their plan for war is to keep funding it. Their plan for poverty is to give money to the rich. And, their plan to end suffering is to tell people they're on their own.  There is a better way.


Alan Grayson

Jesus struck by lightning

Hahaha.  It's a sign from GOD!!  No graven images!!  What part of the Ten Commandments don't you understand?!

6-story Jesus statue in Ohio struck by lightning

MONROE, Ohio – A six-story-tall statue of Jesus Christ with his arms raised along a highway was struck by lightning in a thunderstorm Monday night and burned to the ground, police said.

you can read the rest here.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Another nutbag

Seriously, WHERE do the Republicans keep coming up with these nutbags? I am beginning to think that damn near ALL of them are insane as hell.  It's a pretty simple case of Teabaggers coming home to roost.  The Frankenstein monster has been unleashed! 

It's no wonder they lie like dogs, because if the truth were to really reach the grassroots, they'd never make it to public office. The fact that some get close: Rand Paul, Sharron Angle (insert your own crazy here), speaks very poorly of the electorate.

This latest freak, Tim D'Annunzio, is in a runoff to be the Republican nominee for a North Carolina U.S. House seat against Harold Johnson on June 22. I hope Tim wins and gets wide airplay. That SHOULD guarantee his defeat in November against Democrat Larry Kissell.

We've always had crazies in the U.S.  Probably always will.  But come on, now!  Turn off FOX News!

North Carolina Republicans are circulating court documents that suggest a far-right Tea-Party-backed congressional candidate claimed to be the Messiah, tried to raise his stepfather from the dead, believed God would drop a 1,000-mile high pyramid as the New Jerusalem on Greenland, and found the Ark of the Covenant in Arizona.

Tim D’Annunzio also has written that he wants to abolish several key government departments, including the IRS. But there’s more going on here than just another wacky conservative politician. The effort by GOP leaders to stop D’Annunzio at all costs offers an intriguing test case of their ability to keep control of the party in the face of challenges from the Tea Party wing. Or as D’Annunzio himself has put it: "The power brokers in Raleigh and in Washington are willing to go to any length and use any unscrupulous tactic to try to destroy somebody. They think that they’re losing their control over the Republican party."

D’Annunzio is seeking the GOP nomination to take on Rep. Larry Kissell (D-NC) this fall. He was the leader in a primary earlier this month, but didn’t win enough of the vote to avoid a runoff in June. The state and national party is backing his opponent, former T.V. sportscaster Harold Johnson. And how.

"I consider Mr. D’Annunzio unfit for public office at any level," Tom Fetzer, the North Carolina GOP chair, told reporters recently. "What he could do to the party as our nominee is secondary in my view to what he could do to the country if he got elected." And a spokesman for the NRCC said: "The issue is, do we give Democrats a candidate that they can absolutely tear apart in the general election? I don’t think most Republicans want to see that happen."

To undermine D’Annunzio, the state GOP has been circulating records from his 1995 divorce and from a 1998 child support judgment. In the latter, as the Charlotte Observer reported Sunday, the judge called D’Annunzio "a self-described religious zealot," and wrote that D’Annunzio had "described the government as the ‘Antichrist’."

In the divorce case, Anne D’Annunzio said her husband had told her that "God was going to drop a 1,000-mile high pyramid" on Greenland, and also that he had found the Ark of the Covenant in Arizona, among other unusual beliefs.

In addition, a doctor wrote in the custody proceedings that D’Annunzio told him he had once received treatment for heroin dependence, and was jailed three times for offenses that included burglary and assaulting a police officer.

D’Annunzio says his personal problems are in all in the past. But the Born Again candidate still has some pretty extreme political ideas. On a blog he writes, entitled "Christ’s War," D’Annunzio declared [Teabagger delinked] earlier this year that he wanted to "abolish the Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Energy, Labor, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Transportation, Treasury, and Home Land Security," and the IRS, as well as "any appellate court that has shown an anti Constitutional activism." He also advocated giving control of Social Security and Medicare to the states… [emphasis added]

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Some Republicans appear to have functioning brains, as they are trying to keep D'Annunzio from office.  Click here.