Sunday, October 31, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Among the things Newt was able to do once he took control was effectively neuter the committees. The committee chairmen’s roles were diminished, their staffs were slashed, and virtually all power in terms of policy and legislative initiatives was centralized in the speaker’s office. The only committee Newt had any use for was the Rules Committee, which would often rewrite legislation in the dead of night and bring it up for a vote the next day. Consequently, members from both sides of the aisle had no idea exactly what they were voting on, which made it easier to hide earmarks and other special interest provisions from scrutiny.There’s no way Boehner can hope to get away with that sort of thing. It’s clear that the Republicans in line to be committee chairmen are not prepared to be potted plants. They are going to reinvigorate the traditional committee system and make it once again the pipeline through which legislation flows. And if nothing else, the many Tea Party members expected to be elected will want to see more legislative transparency and strongly resist the sort of heavy-handed methods that were used to ram legislation through during the Gingrich era.Another important difference between 1994 and today is that presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton and Democrats in Congress had already done the heavy lifting of getting the federal budget onto a sustainable path. In the 1990 and 1993 budget deals — both enacted against the strenuous opposition of congressional Republicans — taxes were raised and strong deficit controls put in place that led naturally to surpluses so long as the budget remained on auto-pilot, with no big new spending programs or tax cuts. Under these circumstances, gridlock was just what the doctor ordered.It should be remembered also that Republicans had the very good fortune to take power right on the brink of the 1990s technology boom, which raised the real gross domestic product 4.7 percent in 1995, 5.7 percent in 1996 and 6.3 percent in 1997 — which sent tax revenues cascading into the Treasury.But today the situation is quite different. The economy is in the tank and the budget is clearly on an unsustainable path, in large part due to actions taken by Republicans when they were in power. They completely dismantled the deficit controls put in place by the elder Bush and Clinton so that they could cut taxes willy-nilly without paying for them, and in the process thoroughly decimated the government’s capacity to raise adequate revenue to fund its essential functions. Adding insult to injury, Republicans enacted a massive new entitlement program, Medicare Part D, without paying for a penny of it on top of every pork barrel project any Republican ever imagined.The point is that gridlock under today’s circumstances will not be benign, as it was in the late 1990s, but toxic, preventing our political system from grappling with problems that demand action and will only get worse the longer it is delayed.Ex-Comrade Bruce Bartlett - Expelled from the GOP for Counter-revolutionary activities
Friday, October 29, 2010
"After November 2, it's my hope that some gutsy legislators in Congress will begin to look at this and other legally dubious actions by this president to determine if we may have high crimes and misdemeanors here on the part of this despotic man,"~ Matt Barber, Liberty Counsel, in a tizzy about....... Gay Folks.
It Strikes again.
A Recent Poll has found that:
just 27 percent, see her [Sarah Palin] as qualified for the presidency, also essentially unchanged. Sixty-seven percent say she’s not qualified; this peaked at 71 percent in February.
This is a spooky proposition.
Of course 27% represents the number of any given population that is stark raving mad. Which, by the way, is exactly the percentage of Registered Voters who believe that Sarah Palin is Qualified to for the Presidency.
A better question would be to ask just how many Americans think that Sarah Palin is qualified to manage a Walmart in Wasilla.
I know the answer and I’m thinking 27%.
"I'm a Texan, I'm an engineer, I'm an Aggie engineer, I'm an honest person, I speak the truth as I know it. Sometimes that's good. Sometimes it does ruffle feathers."
When you talk about thousands of scientist most of those are not original creator (sic) thinkers. They are implementers. They are facilitators. There are … only fifty to one hundred in the world that are in that are in the top tier and more and more it is appearing that they have engaged in either a conscious, uh, effort to withhold the truth from the world …. uh or maybe…. or maybe, maybe …. they’ve decided, uh, without realizing it that they have become so …ideology committed that they lost sight, lost track of the true scientific method… I don’t know, but its something that really does need to be investigated and I don’t make any apologies for trying to get that investigation started.”
Every election continues a long-term process of brand definition. In fact, the Tea Party can itself be understood as an exercise in branding: “That Bush guy? He’s not us. The housing bubble and financial crisis? Not our fault. TARP and bailouts and deficits? We’re against them.”But branding can also be done unintentionally. Oldsmobile never intended to create an image as “your father’s Oldsmobile.” Things just added up that way. The Republican party does not want to send a message: Not white? Go away.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
After the election, there will be several internal GOP battles that will be fun watching--one will involve the economic populists versus the oligarchs, another will set the neoconservative military interventionists against the libertarian isolationists (whether to stay in
is the likely battlefield). Republicans tend not to fight amongst themselves with the joy and bloodlust that marks the Democratic tong wars; but these battles should be fascinating, especially as the GOP struggles to find a presidential candidate in 2012. Afghanistan
More to the point, once having had their say at the polls, will the teabaggers go peacefully back into the closet and allow the “grown-ups,” such as they are, run the show?
I don’t know the answer to that question however I don't think RINO hunting season will be ending any time soon.
Former Comrade Bruce Bartlett has worried that unholy teabaggery could turn on rich folks once the rhetoric of balancing the budget meets with the reality of deep cuts to programs the unwashed masses consider their entitlement. Now that would be rich. Teabaggers demanding tax increases on Wealthy folks instead of mean-spirited cuts to grandma’s social security and medicare and Ketchup Soup in the school lunch room.
But yes it should be fun to watch.
How the Hell Did I Miss this: Fred Barnes Postmortem on the Bush Administration?
The postmortems on the presidency of George W. Bush are all wrong. The liberal line is that Bush dangerously weakened
's position in the world and rushed to the aid of the rich and powerful as income inequality worsened. That is twaddle. Conservatives--okay, not all of them--have only been a little bit kinder. They give Bush credit for the surge that saved America , but not for much else. Iraq
He deserves better. His presidency was far more successful than not. And there's an aspect of his decision-making that merits special recognition: his courage. Time and time again, Bush did what other presidents, even Ronald Reagan, would not have done and for which he was vilified and abused. That--defiantly doing the right thing--is what distinguished his presidency.
Bush had ten great achievements (and maybe more) in his eight years in the White House……..
Here’s Barnesy’s List followed by a Wingnutspeak (bold Barnes) to English Translation [mine]:
1. He stood athwart mounting global warming hysteria and yelled, "Stop!" – i.e, Denying Scientific Consensus on Global Warming.
2. Enhanced Interrogation Techniques - i,e., Torture.
3. Rebuilding of presidential authority - i.e., If the President does it, then by definition it is Legal.
4. Unswerving support for
- i.e, No Translation available. The Army is Still Stuck in Mesopotamia Last I heard. Israel
5. No Child Left Behind – i.e., Federally Mandated Standardized Testing and the like.
6. The Freedom Agenda – i.e., Insisting on elections in
(and Hamas victory – See Number 4, above). Gaza
7. Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit, i.e, Medicare Part D which was fixed by the PPACA.
8. Justices Roberts and Alito – i.e., loyal and relatively young apparatchiks on the High Court.
9. Strengthened Relations with India Japan,
South Koreaand Australia– i.e., Strengthened Relations with India, Japan, South Koreaand Australia.
10. The Surge, i.e., The attempt to achieve Political Reconciliation in
by sending more troops, switching to counter insurgency tactics, and paying Sunni-Militias to switch Sides. Iraq
In other words Barnes is as much as admitting that the Aughts was a Lost Decade.
Word is just in that John Boehner (R-OH) is on board to attend a campaign rally to celebrate the candidacy of Nazi Re-enactor and Republican Candidate for Congress Rich Iott.
Not a good idea.
Rule of Thumb: When attending Rallies involving Nazis, make sure you are with the Counter Protesters and not the Nazis or those who may be sympathetic toward them. That is all.
One other thing: Don’t wear a Brown Shirt. Oh, two other things: Swastikas are bad, too. Also, three: avoid the confederate flag too. That is all.
Yesterday I caught a segment on Foxnews on Voter Fraud with a Foxnews Info Babe* interviewing the sweet and gentle soul known as Michele Malkin. Now I only caught a moment of the segment, but this was enough, in my opinion to lend a hearty shout out to Foxnews.
Why does Foxnews deserve a shout out?
During the Malkin segment where she spouted rage over the imaginary voter fraud sweeping the Country (I think Washington State in particular), the Foxnews split screen was displaying the actual rate of voter fraud from past elections showing Washington’s Voter Fraud rate at 0.00004. Now I am not a rocket scientist, but a rate that low equals 4 improper votes out of every 100,000 cast.
Foxnews was simultaneously showing Malkin barking about (imaginary) voter fraud while providing the statistics to show that this “fraud” was practically non-existent. Anyone watching with half a brain could surely put two and two together and see that she was the one engaging in the FRAUD.
God Bless Foxnews. Now if they would do something about the hosts of Fox and Friends. Perhaps they could send them to go live on a farm somewhere.
* Info Babe is a term used by Rush Limbaugh to described talking heads on Cable News. Since Rush is always right, no wingnut could possible object to this term without being suspected of being a vile RINO.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
I’ve looked through thousands of documents from the ACORN archive at the Wisconsin Historical Society and used them to piece together the tangled story of Obama’s involvement with the group, along with ACORN’s own larger-than-even-I-expected role in the origins of the financial crisis.
Stanley Kurtz – NRO Guy
Ah HA. So ACORN was responsible for the Wall Street melt down and global financial crisis and not greedy Wall Street Bankers, Deregulation and Lax Oversight! I knew it!
Or probably not. The Country of Iceland did not go bankrupt in 2008 because ACORN helped a poor fellow buy a house on the wrong side of the tracks when he couldn’t afford it. But these folks would have you believe otherwise. What can you say other than these NRO guys are predictable.
Kurtz, by the way, is the father of the Kurtz Fallacy for his conspiracy theory which holds that American Socialists do not try to implement measures to bring about Socialism as we know it nor do they advocate Socialism because unlike European Socialists, American Socialists apply deliberate stealth (i.e., they are tricky) to their efforts to implement Socialism. Thus one can not tell an American Socialist is a Socialist merely observing what they do or say (i.e., they are tricky).
The Kurtz Fallacy is this:
If Socialism requires the presence of sufficient levels of X, Y, and Z. The absence of sufficient levels of X, Y, and Z does not preclude the presence of Socialism if Kurtz says so. In other words, Socialism with respect to any country is what Kurtz defines it to be at that point in time.
If there had been a mainstream conservative--conservative--candidate [in
]. So let me put it this way: right-wing freaks don't email me going "you're a RINO, you're a RINO." Nevada
. . . The fact that Republicans put Sharron Angle up is the only reason this race is within 10 points.
: we know, Mike Castle, right now Mike Castle would be measuring curtains and we would be talking about a Republican majority in the United States Senate. Delaware
I hope that Sarah Palin, and other people--Pat [Buchanan] is laughing--but I really hope that Sarah Palin is proud of herself. I really hope she is.
Because let me tell you something, Pat.
When Barack Obama selects his next Supreme Court justice, and Democrats are in charge by one, and it's Pat Leahy that's going to be running the Supreme Court nomination processes, I hope social conservatives like you are staring at Sarah Palin and saying "thank you, Sarah Palin, because you just made sure the person running this committee would be Pat Leahy from Vermont instead of someone from the Republican party."
Joe Scarborough, a Deranged Republican in Name only, in name only (RINO in name only).
Sounds like Joe Scarborough is a RINO. He has caught the fever - RINO Derangement Syndrome. The only cure known to man is banishment.
The Larger question is this: will this deadly dangerous disease, RINO Derangement Syndrome, infect more people after November's election leading to more denouncements and recriminations? I suspect yes. There will be large numbers of those deemed insufficiently pure. These "vile" RINO's as they are referred to amongst the Teabag Express Crowd, will see their number grow as the outbreak spreads. Perhaps the imaginary FEMA interment camps can be used for RINOs. I don't know, it's just a suggestion.
It looks like Salt of the Earth Sarah is good for something after all. Bless her heart then.
Word has it that a Muslim Truck Driver has sued his former employer, a Trucking Company, after being fired due to objections over transporting booze.
Question: Is Sharia Law is Right around corner or are Muslims entitled the same protections under the law on Religious Accommodation as all other religious practitioners?
Answer: It is Sharia law, baby. Because before you know it, there will be no trucks on the Road delivering Booze due to the risk of offending the random Muslim Truck Driver. And when this happens, how long do you think it will be before booze is banned all together? It’ll be Prohibition all over again.
Wait a minute. That prohibition thing was due to a different group of religious fundamentalists – not law abiding Muslims under Sharia. Never mind then about the Sharia Law prediction. But be very afraid anyway. Very Afraid.
Looks like it to me. John McCain who rose to fame as a Mavericky Media darling who put “Country First,” has been exposed, since his presidential run, as a shallow mean old man who cares very little other than looking out for number 1.
Here’s J-Mac slipping the shiv to Lincoln Cafee:
Chafee was a one-term centrist GOP sentor who opposed the war in
Iraqin contrst with McCain ( ), who was one of its chief supporters. But the former senator said that when McCain campaigned for him in 2006, he spoke about "more troops needed in Ariz. ." And at an event with a group of environmentalists, McCain called for more nuclear energy. Iraq
"You talk about cold, calculating political opportunism — that's the way I felt at the time,'' he said on WPRO Radio, according to the Providence Journal. "At the time, it certainly wasn't helpful ... Those words were used against me.''
Chafee spoke in detail about how McCain upset him in 2006.
"This was when my whole campaign was based in opposition to the war in Iraq and my opponent, Sheldon Whitehouse, used those comments against me in a debate: 'Linc Chafee, you stood shoulder to shoulder with John McCain [while] he called for more troops in Iraq,'" he said.
"I could see [me] losing those environmental votes in front of my eyes, and I said to myself ... John McCain's coming here for John McCain 2008 presidential campaign."
McCain was preparing for the 2008 Primary Season and Chafee was a speed bump. What a guy.
That was then. And of course today, McCain, mavericky no more, is unapologetic in his support of unholy teabaggery having recently said something to the sort of [paraphrasing] - the crazier the teabagger the better - in terms of new congressmen coming to D.C. next year.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Quote of the Day
"The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president"
~ Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on GOP Priorities during the Obama Administration.
Not Getting Folks Back to Work
Not Protecting the Country from Terrorism
Not Protecting our Troops in
Not Ending the Housing Crisis
Not Shoring up the Economy
Not Fixing the Mess on Wall Street
None of these things. The number one priority of the GOP is to bring down an American President. I could see why terrorists would want to do this, but why also the GOP?
If this does not qualify as nihilism, what does?
There is an Arizona Case that has been bouncing around for quite a while involving a state requirement for citizens to present documentary proof of their citizenship status when registering to vote, and further requiring qualified and registered voters to present additional identification at the polling place on Election Day.
In other words, it is another law that requires Latinos in
Well today, Justice O’Connor cast the deciding vote on this issue and ruled in favor of……. George Bush.
Just kidding. Actually O’Connor joined a 2-1 Ninth Circuit of Appeals opinion which found that
I know what you are thinking, didn’t she retire? So what is she doing ruling and deciding on cases and such now? And that is just what Big Ed Whelan, Resident Law Expert over at the NRO and President of the Wingnut Welfare Outfit known as the Ethics and Public Policy Center, wondered a couple of weeks ago, too.
Since the time of her departure from the Supreme Court, retired justice Sandra Day O’Connor has decided cases as a member of various panels of the regional courts of appeals, supposedly pursuant to the authority of 28 U.S.C. § 294. In this post, I will tentatively sketch an argument that Justice O’Connor’s participation in those cases has been unconstitutional. (The post continues below the fold; click either the title or “Full Story” to read the entire post.)
I emphasize that my argument is tentative. That’s in part because there may be facts unknown to me that would alter my conclusion.
Sigh. Looks like that not only do these miserable sons of bitches have issues with the honorable and decent Judges appointed by President Obama, now they’re after Reagan appointed Judges, too. Oh well.
Since we are on the topic of judges, or Reagan appointed judges to be exact, what ever happened to the Gay Marriage Judge, Vaughn
Big Ed accused him of corruption:
Applying Ockham’s razor, I will readily presume that
Walker’s wild course of misconduct in the anti-Prop 8 case was driven entirely by his ideological fervor for same-sex marriage and that wasn’t also trying to feather his own post-judicial nest. That said, if he were trying to feather his nest, his high-profile invention of a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, including his remarkable (and overturned) denial of a stay of his judgment pending appeal, would be one way to build a lot of goodwill among many prospective San Francisco employers. Walker
You really can’t win with these guys. There is nothing you can do that’ll keep them from griping and complaining and carrying on. I tell you it’s getting to where you can’t live with them and you can’t round ‘em up and send them off to an imaginary FEMA camp using President Obama’s soon to be created Gestapo-like security force either.
Wingnut melt down in FIVE, FOUR, Three, two, o………
[h/t - ElectionLawBlog]
Despite having been captured on Video, Police have not yet apprehended the assailant(s).
So far the wingnut-O-sphere has remained silent on the attack with the exception of Comrade Instapundit who post this:
CLAIM: MoveOn Supporter Beaten By Rand Paul Supporters. So far — see, e.g., Ken Gladney — the violence has come from the left, but it’s possible that this is true and not a setup. Whoever did it should be prosecuted, preferably with greater severity than Gladney’s assailants got.
Translation from Wingnutspeak to English [mine]:
The video is true but they are still meaner so it is OK for you, dear reader, to consider yourself the real Victim. Nothing to See here,
Move Onmove along.
I’m still waiting for these Baggers to adopt a dress code or some sort of uniform. The risk of bagger on bagger violence due to mistaken identity seems pretty high. If the baggers all adopted a uniform it would reduce the risk of being mistakenly identified as a Move On activist or other dangerous liberal.
Something for them to think about.
UPDATE: Apparently I missed Comrade Gateway Pundit who posts:
Another day… Another unhinged leftist stalks and tries to harass a Republican leader. MoveOn.org activist Lauren Valle wasn’t counting on this reaction by Rand Paul supporters... Look for the state-run media to make her into some kind of saint by the end of the day.
Contrary to Comrade Gateway Pundit, I suspect someone is going to jail for battery.
Reason 4,519: Nathan Deal (R-GA)
A strange breed of Republican Office Holder comes from
Monday, October 25, 2010
“At some point, people will learn to stop taking Newt Gingrich seriously...Newt is utterly unconcerned with the welfare of the country. ... He cares about (a) Newt and (b) power for Newt.”Former Rep. Mickey Edwards (R-Okla.), who served with Gingrich for 16 years.
Miller: [paraphrasing] I have always been not a Witch and I’m You. When I elected a vow to do things that need to be done even if they are really really crazy.
McAdams: [paraphrasing] Alaska is a new state lacking infrastructure - we need more help from D.C. [Hint-Joe Miller is crazy.]
Murkowski: "Scott is not ready to lead. Joe is not fit to lead. I have been leading this state --I have been leading this state for 8 years. And I will continue to do so, bringing the seniority that I have built, the work ethic that I have built, and the passion for a state that I love." [Hint-Joe Miller is crazy.]
.....or at least this is what yet another Susan B Anthony List Candidate believes:
God is the reason that I’m running. If I didn’t believe that there were a cause greater than myself worth fighting for, if I didn’t believe that it takes a complete dying of self to make things right in this Election cycle I would not be running and when you die to yourself you rely on a power greater than yourself so prayer is what’s gotten us all through. The day that we saw a spike in the polls was a day that some people had a prayer meeting for me that morning for this campaign so I believe that prayer plays a direct role in this campaign and I always ask please pray for the campaign; please pray for our staff; please pray specifically that the eyes of the voters be opened.”
Christine O’Donnell, who is not a Witch, but is the Republican Candidate in
for Senate. Delaware
Ya, Ya, Ya that’s what they all say. But that last half of the last sentence would be really counter-productive, I'd think. Better that they not pray "that the eyes of the voters be opened" any more than they are already, because this lady is crazy with a capital K.
But that aside why do so many right wingers hold up Susan B Anthony as a role model on abortion and other right wing views on the family and church and state?
There is no evidence that Susan B Anthony was an anti-abortion activist, and I don’t think there is any evidence that that Susan B Anthony opposed the separation of church and state. As a matter fact let’s see what she had to say about the type of folks that use the Good Lord to justify their own political ideology:
“I dislike those who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires."
Yes, it really does, doesn’t it? And I suspect, with Christine, she doesn’t appreciate the difference between the two.
But I really like that the part of the interview where O’Donnell attributes a spike in polling data to a prayer meeting. Maybe its just the Elitist in me but I’d have to (without speaking for a historical figure) believe that Ms. Anthony would be spinning in her grave knowing that such a pack of yahoos (this is the elitist in me again) has adopted her as a paragon of right wing causes.
One thing I bet is that Susan B Anthony would be floored if she were to learn that there would be mice with fully functioning human brains in the 21st century as Christine O’Donnell has said the case to be. Anyway, file this under better be careful for you wish for because I can see that Prayer strategy backfiring big time.
Quote of the Day
That’s rather galling to me. They are not supposed to be in this country and are out trying to affect the public policy of this country?!?! They shouldn’t be empowered. They should be deported.
Erick Erickson, RedState Blog Honcho, huffing over the possibility that undocumented workers are involved in the GOTV effort this fall.
He is upset that minimum wage earning immigrants are knocking on doors to urge registered voters to vote for Patty Murray out in
However Erickson is not (apparently) upset with the Millions in Foreign Money flowing in from
Question: Why would the Chi-Coms, the Soviets and the Mad Mullahs of the
There are things we know and there are things we know we don’t know and still there are things we don’t know what we don’t know. I guess I just don’t know what amount Sovereignty the GOP is willing to bargain away to foreign powers that do not have
And I thought Erickson was a committed Teabagger. But it looks like he’s just an opportunistic Teabagger looking out for number 1.
Sad, sad fellow.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
On this day in History, October 23, 4004 BC at 9:00 am, the Earth was Created (according to certain elements within the GOP, including a fair amount of Teabaggers, I bet).
So that you don’t feel stupid, in case you run into a right winger today, I’ll let you in on the straight dope on just how we know that the Earth turned 6014 years old today.
The Bible says that the death of King Nebuchadnezzar of
In that year (4004 B.C.), the Sunday nearest to the autumnal equinox was October 23rd. According to wingnutopian lore, this is when the Earth was created. Quite Simply Done.
If you didn’t know any of this, don’t feel stupid. It’s OK, really. Now you know how the unwashed teabagging masses feel after listening to one of those damned Liberal Scientists prattle on about some stupid Natural Law or “Scientific" Theory and such which doesn’t match up with what Good Book or Foxnews says. Anyway, it’s good to put yourself in the shoes of others from time to time. It keeps you grounded.
So if you see a winger today, shout out:
Happy Birthday Earth!