Saturday, October 3

Cheerleading for Failure: The True Face of the Defeat-Monger Cons Revealed

Crossposted from Dailykos

This week Rush Limbaugh got his ultimate wish - Barack Obama Failed! Let the Trumpets Sound and Horns Blair - Huzzah! But you know what else happened? America Failed too.



This is the true face of who these people are - petty, vindictive and apparently really into a "Socialist" country like Brazil. YAY SOCIALISM!!

We haven't seen such inappropriate celebration since dozens of Black Kids Lept up in elation at the reading of the Firxt OJ Verdict exactly 14 Years ago TODAY!



Anybody remember that? Anyone remember the Outrage? I think a lot of people still do - and it might even be argued that at least *some* of the Backlash against Barack, and against those who benefit from the so-called "Race Card" - helped fueled yesterdays reaction.

Blacks Cheered and Whites Raged!!


To many of them Obama is just another "Black (Kenyan) Guy who Got Away with It (Winning the Presidency)", y'know - like OJ got away with it, for awhile. We may still be experiencing the slow burn of the "White Riot" against Black Priviledge.

Or of course, they simply hate Democrats like the White-Hot Core of a Supernova!

Oh - but wait, there is some argument that America's Failure in this doomed Olympic endeaver may actually have been - George W. Bush's Fault.

In the official question-and-answer session following the Chicago presentation, Syed Shahid Ali, an I.O.C. member from Pakistan, asked the toughest question. He wondered how smooth it would be for foreigners to enter the United States for the Games because doing so can sometimes, he said, be “a rather harrowing experience.

A “harrowing experience” may be an understatement. Immediately after 9/11, the Bush Administration began requiring fingerprints and photographs of tourists from all but 28 countries entering the US. President Bush required that all foreigners register online within three days of travel. Thirty-five (mostly European) countries now participate in the US Visa Waiver program, however tourists from the rest of the world still have to jump through the following hurdles:

* Pay hefty visa processing and issuance fees.
* Undergo an interview by a visa officer at the US Embassy.
* Provide evidence which shows the purpose of the trip, intent to depart the United States, and arrangements made to cover the costs of the trip may be provided.
* Present convincing evidence that an interested person will provide financial support if the applicant does not have sufficient funds to support him or herself.


The idea that America has become more onerous to foreign travelers (and their economy boosting dollars) than Communist China was just last year - should be a daunting thought.

But then again maybe that's unfair to pin all of this on Bush, the No Fly Lists, shoe removals and dumping of beverages before the inevitable wanding and question - many countries that have experienced terrorism have upped their security requirements and tightening their Visa requirements.

Maybe it's not all Georgie's fault - it's Mitt Romney's.

The scandalous behavior of IOC members and Salt Lake City Olympic bidders in the 1990s triggered reform that effectively banned the gifts and favors. The reform effort also made it difficult to apply legitimate politicking to the bidding process. This not only hog-tied the savvy political operatives in Chicago, it also minimized the role of President Obama, the Olympic bidder-in-chief.

The tough bidding rules established after the Salt Lake City scandal made it impossible to conduct even the most fundamental political campaign. IOC members are not permitted to visit bidding cities and even meet with the bidders, except under very limited and controlled circumstances.


The rampant glad-handing and corruption of process that led to the Salt Lake City Olympics may have tainted the waters for America, and for our ability to use similar tactics in the future.

Isn't this Blame Game Fun?

Maybe we all should have jumped up and Cheered that Bush Lost Us Another One - on top of the Two Wars he failed to Win, the failure of his Administration at anticipating, stopping or capturing the Al Qeada Leadership, the skyrocketing deficit and broken American Economy.

Yeah - We're #1 (in National Debt and Unemployment!)

Cue the Streamers!!!

None of this should be a surprise, as the Lord-God-King-Bufu of the Con-Americans already announced this is what he wanted.



It doesn't matter to Rush that Obama didn't take over the Banks, the Car Companies and the Mortgage Companies - GEOEGE W. BUSH DID - or that beside the fact neither of them really had a viable choice since all those agencies utterly failed as a result of unregulated crony capitalistic greed, that none of those corporate entities could ever be deemed "The Middle Class".

Down with CHICAGO! Down With CHRYSLER! DOWN WITH CITIBANK! DOWN WITH FORD! Down with - America!

Yeah, good times.

Rush still wants Obama - and hence the Banks, the Car Companies and the Mortgage Companies - To Fail because that's what's "Good" for America. And when they all go down - he and the rest of the cons will Cheer! YAY - Up Yours OBAMA!

Then again, maybe we just plain lost the Olympics not just a city, not just a country- but An Entire CONTINENT that has never before hosted an Olympic games while the U.S. has hosted at 8 Times already (Los Angeles Twice, Salt Lake City, Lake Placid Twice, Atlanta, Squaw Valley & St Louis) so granting us our Ninth Olympics versus South America First is a pretty tough argument to beat.

We've had our turn, over and over again - now it time for someone else to shine.

But instead of being gracious in defeat we have this...



Not exactly "Country First" is it? Why do the CONS Hate America so?

Vyan

Thursday, October 1

I've HAD IT up to my Left Eyeball with this "Socialism" Crap!

Over and over, from the Bailouts to the Health Care Debate we've heard the repeated complaint of "Socialism" used against Democrats and the President. Time has come to slap this ridiculous canard down hard.

This started out with of course, Sammy-Joe the Unlicensed Plumber-Pundit who said "That Sounds Like Socialism" to then Candidate Barack Obama.

Does anybody even remember what that conversation was really like?



Joe Said he was going to buy a company - He wasn't. He said he was a Plumber. He doesn't have a License (And therefore couldn't buy or operate the company). He said it made about $250,000. It didn't. Barack told him that under his plan He'd get a tax Cut! And otherwise his taxes would go back to where they were under Bill Clinton.

So this is "Socialism"?

Under Bill Clinton we had more people reaching the American Dream than ever before, more Millionaires, more new business and at the same time we Balanced The Budget and put programs like Social Security on a path toward solvency - all of which was ruined by George W. Bush's Tax Cuts for the People that Don't Need Them.

All the Wingers talked about was Barack saying he wanted to "Spread the Wealth Around" - but what he clearly meant by that was return us to an America where more people had a opportunity to become wealthy rather than just a few people getting richer and richer while the rest of us fall further and further behind them. All of their arguments were CRAP and we know it. America was NOT a "Socialist" nation between 1992 and 2000, and going back to that tax plan won't make it one.

But don't just take it from me according to Bloomberg News - if all of Wurzlebacher's bogus claims had been true - this is how badly Obama's Tax Plan would "Hurt" Him.

Bloomberg reports that "one other problem in making Wurzelbacher a symbol of the overtaxed" is that — even if he did earn an adjusted gross income of $280,000 — "he would pay just $773 more in taxes under Obama’s plan than McCain’s." That amount would hardly deal a crippling blow to his potential small business.


That's about $2 per day. Ouch, break my back why don't ca.

Then there was Sarah Palin who argued vehemently against Barack The Wealth Spreader.

"And Alaska—we’re set up, unlike other states in the union, where it’s collectively Alaskans own the resources. So we share in the wealth when the development of these resources occurs. ... It’s to maximize benefits for Alaskans, not an individual company, not some multinational somewhere, but for Alaskans" stated Palin.

Alaska is sometimes described as America’s socialist state, because of its collective ownership of resources—an arrangement that allows permanent residents to collect a dividend on the state’s oil royalties.


As former 1/2 Term Governor of Alaska, Sarah "Death Panels" Palin oversaw the Redistribution of Wealth from Alaska Oil Companies to it's populace to the tune amounts as high as $3,000 per citizen.

So wasn't Sarah Palin Spreading the Wealth Around by taxing the Oil Companies and giving away checks to the people? Sounds a whole lot like WELFARE to me.

Speaking of taxes how about this - the tax rate over the last half century - and the split between the most wealthy and the rest of the Country has looked like.



When George W. Bush left came into Office he had a Surplus, when he left there was a $1.3 Trillion Deficit. That was NOT Barack Obama's Fault!

It was George W. Bush who passed the Wall Street and Automaker Bail Out Plans. He Originally wanted to spend ALL OF IT IMMEDIATELY and do so with no questions asked.

Congress asked questions, and restricted his ability to only spend half - leaving the other half for the next administration.

Yes, Obama followed up with the Stimulus Package - and although it did increase the deficit (mostly because of it's Tax Cuts) - and it's clear the recovery from the Bush Bust has a long way to go - but so far the result has been This!



On Health Care we've had accusations that Democrats want a Big Government Socialized Medicine Take-Over - and they've followed that up with these kind of comments.

– “Last week Democrats released a health care bill which essentially said to America’s seniors: Drop dead.” [Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-FL), 7/21/09]

– “They’re going to save money by rationing care, getting you in a long line. Places like Canada, United Kingdom, and Europe. People die when they’re in line.” [Rep. Steve King (R-IA), 7/15/09]

– “The Republican plan will] make sure we bring down the cost of health care for all Americans and that ensures affordable access for all Americans and is pro-life because it will not put seniors in a position of being put to death by their government.” [Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), 7/28/09]

– “That’s exactly what’s going on in Canada and Great Britain today…and a lot of people are going to die.” [Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA), 7/10/09]

– “One in five people have to die because they went to socialized medicine! … I would hate to think that among five women, one of ‘em is gonna die because we go to socialized care.” [Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), 7/15/09]


Yet when one Democrat finally throws their ridiculous Lies BACK AT THEM - pointing out that their meager proposals to implement buying across state lines and so-called "Tort Reform" would only benefit the pockets of the Insurance companies and would reward BAD DOCTORS while punishing GOOD LAWYER's for doing their job on Malpractice cases - the Republicans demand - DEMAND that he apologize for his "Outrageous Rhetoric!"



The simple fact is that 44,000 Americans Dying Every Year isn't a Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda - it's the Current Reality. And yes, it IS a Holocaust - just do that math all the way back to the 40's when Truman first proposed Universal Health Care.

That's clearly MILLIONS of people dead unnecessarily and prematurely - just like in the Armenian Holocaust. (Any Armenians out there screaming for an apology from Rep Grayson? Didn't think so!)

In exchange for jacking up prices and cutting expenses by dropping care for Millions of Americans - the Health Industries see profits like this:

Fortune 500's List of Most Profitable Industries for 2008 (Profit as % of Revenues)


1Network and Other Communications Equipment28.8%
2Mining, Crude-Oil Production23.8%
3Pharmaceuticals15.8%
4Medical Products and Equipment15.2%
5Oil and Gas Equipment, Services13.7%
6Commercial Banks 12.6%
7Railroads12.4%
8Entertainment12.4%
9Insurance: Life, Health (stock)10.6%
10Household and Personal Products10.2%


It's time to stop the BULLSHIT.

None of this is "Socialsm" - anybody who makes such a claim might as well tattoo "Fracking IDIOT" to their forehead.

Are the Nations Police Forces "Socialist" because they aren't privatized? They're paid for with Tax Dollars. Would it be better if people would only get the police protection they could afford to Pay For it? Those with money get protected from Rape and Robbery, those without money have to Suck it up?.

How about Fire Protection, people who've paid up their insurance get their House Saved - everyone else gets to watch their Home burn down?

"Socialism!!!!"

What about Paramedics? You got your payments up to date and they pull you out of the car-wreck - you don't and you bleed out on the pavement?

The fact is those scenarios are exactly what our actual Health Care Insurance System is like - We Already RATION our Health Care and let the poor suffer - and that's the way Republicans want to KEEP IT.
Corporations don't have a "Right" to get Rich by doing everything they can to keep America Sick, and yes - "Help them DIE FASTER."

Fighting against them isn't "Socialist" - it's Humanist!

The Constitution of the United States requires this...


Preamble: We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Under Article 1:

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes

To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.


The point is that Congress has the Power to pass all Necessary and Proper laws which will Regulate Commerce across the states - including how Health Care is delivered - in order to promote and protect the General Welfare of the Nation.

Only those people who currently benefit from the system being as broken as it is - and their lapdog syncophants - would dare call this "Socialist!"


Vyan

Wednesday, September 30

Fox News Contributor Bernie Goldberg Calls Out Fox for Lying

Crossposted from Dailykos.

Yes, believe it or not - in this segment from last nights O'Reilly Factor, Fox News Consultant Bernie Goldberg actually calls out other Fox Shows/Hosts - although he doesn't name names - for spreading "False Information" and for "Cheerleading at Rallies and Tea Parties".



You think maybe John Moody forgot include an Goldberg's cc on his daily memo to Fox Contributors to Ixny on the Ruth-thay!?

The gist of this is pretty simple, Goldberg doesn't think it's appropriate for a News Organization to have people becoming part of the story and advocating for a particular side of an argument, because THAT's NOT JOURNALISM.

He's been on Fox all these years and he's just now noticing this?

He also points out that much of the advocacy coming from these programs is based on completely False Information. Kinda like this stuff.



(In the above section John Stewart Points out how ridiculous the ACORN ATROCITY has become and contrasts it with the latest "Obama is Indoctrinator our Kids like the Khmer Rouge" Kerffule - only to show that Bush Did It Too with a group of kids singing about Hurricane Katrina and FEMA)

Yeah, there's a whole lot of False Information Out there.

O'Reilly's counter argument is that many of these people are Commentators who are simply providing Editorials which advocate for a point in the same way that the Editorial Page of the New York Times or Los Angeles Times might. In doing so he ignores the large number of Conservatives from Jonah Goldberg to Bill Kristol who have worked on the Editorial Pages of those papers - and fails to point out ANY Legitimate or Credible Liberal Voices on Fox - ones that real Libersls actually respect unlike the Token Porch Pseudo-Liberals they currently sport like Juan Williams.

And No, I didn't say that because Juan is Black, I'm Black too - he, Colmes and Kirsten Powers are political tokens - red-headed step children ready for their daily beating - who're only on the station to give cover to Fox's overt and over-the-top bias.

But then again, Media Bias is apparently perfectly fine with O'Reilly Now - as long as is properly marked as such, y'know - like SPAM.

But that's the other thing that O'Reilly Fails on, which is the fact that in papers such as the NYT or LAT there is a clear bright line between the News Journalists and Reports and the Editorialists. Is there really that big a difference between Chris Wallace and Sean Hannity? I mean really? They've both done Presidential Interviews of Bush, Cheney and Clinton. In exactly what ways did the approach those interviews differently?

What's the big difference between Fox News Commentators and Republicans in Congress? Glenn Beck talks crazy about ACORN and the next thing you know the issue is on the floor of Congress.

The last thing though, before we start a I (Heart) Bernie Goldberg Fan Club is to realize that these guys are just as likely to completely renounced everything they've both said here in the next 24 Hours and to take their mutual sign-off in this segment "It Shouldn't Get Personal" with a couple Tanker Trucks of Sea Salt.

You have of course the incredibly rude treatment that O'Reilly gave Joan Walsh of Salon over her opposition to the Shooting of Dr. George Tiller.



Bernard Goldberg is the same person who wrote "100 People who are Screwing Up America" who were nearly all Liberals or Conservatives who weren't Conservative Enough! That book served as a direct inspiration for the Knoxville Tennessee Church Shooter.

"This was a symbolic killing. Who I wanted to kill was every Democrat in the Senate & House, the 100 people in Bernard Goldberg's book. I'd like to kill everyone in the mainstream media. But I know those people were inaccessible to me.


One could argue that assigning blame to Goldberg for this would be like blaming Catcher in the Rye for the shooting of John Lennon or Jody Foster for the Shooting of President Reagan.

Except for this commentary from Goldberg when O'Reilly was criticized by papers such as the NYT in a way that they both currently claim is "Perfectly Acceptable" - Yeah, right.



Bernard Goldberg: If NY Times attacked me like it attacks O'Reilly, "I probably would have gotten a baseball bat and gone down to the New York Times with it and found the person that wrote the editorial, but that's me."


Yeah, so much for not getting "Personal" Bernie - I wonder if "Somebody Should Take Baseball Bat" to the Times for the things they've said, what do you really think should be done to those who've "Cheerled the Tea Partiers with False Information?" Would a Blow Torch be a little over the top - y'know considering we're now making these two things equivelent within the Fox Uni-mind?

Still all-in-all despite their past comments, this new perspective - if it lasts more than a nano-second - is an improvement. Maybe they've turned a corner, maybe not. Baby Steps.

Vyan

Sunday, September 27

On What Planet is the NOT a Hate Crime?

In the Murder of Census Worker Bill Sparkman we now know several key facts - he was naked, bound hand-and-foot with Duct-Tape, Gagged, Blindfolded, Hung (Lynch style) and the word "FED" written on his chest with Felt Tip Pen.



What I want to know is - where is the "America First Gang" who are always so all fired up to protect so many of our other Federal Employees and Government Workers - such as the Soldiers who committed Rape and Murder at Haditha or Moumudiya or the Cop who Arrested Prof Skip Gates for Breaking into his own House?

Where's their Holy Hell-Fire Outrage for the Murder of this man?

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Are those Crickets I Hear?

I have a variety of thoughts on this subject so pardon my meandering a bit.

It's clear the distrust and hatred for the Federal Government in area such as Rural Kentucky is nothing new, going back through prohibition and all the way to the confederation - but there's a reason you don't hear a peep from those who love to stand in front of the flag and Pimp it for their own ends.

Those people have spent just as much time screaming "America Love it or Leave It" as they have saying things like this...



Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann told the Washington Times that she and her family will not be fully filling out the 2010 census forms. Bachmann, a Republican, said her family will only be indicating the number of people in the household, because "the Constitution doesn't require any information beyond that."

Bachmann believes the upcoming census to be "very intricate" and "very personal" and expresses concerns about ACORN's involvement in the data collection. The community organizing program came under scrunity after charges of voter registration fraud during the 2008 presidential elections.

"I think what the threat of ACORN would be deluding the ballot box and the effectiveness of our vote," she said. "They will be in charge of going door to door and collecting data from the American public, this is very concerning."


It should be easy to blow this off as just so much Wing-Nutbaggery if it wasn't for the fact that two Neo-Cons with a Punk'd Fetish just managed to get Congress to Completely Defund Acorn! - although such a move may in fact be completely Unconstitutional if they don't similarly defund Criminal Contractors such as Blackwater/XE, KBR and WackenHut.

Be that as it may, it still isn't the worst of it - on HuffPo right now you can actually VOTE on which is the Craziest Census Conspiracy Theory of All.

For the Record we have so far...

. ACORN! (Bachmann)
. Internment Camps (Bachmann)
. Taking Away Property (Neal Boortz)
. Indoctrinating Our Children (Michelle Malkin)
. GPS Low-jack for Massive UN Roundup (AmericanDailyReview.com)
. Predator Drone Missile Targeting of U.S. Citizens (Infowars.com)
. Obama Power Grab (Washington Post)
. Takeover via Illegal Immigrants (Malkin)

Certainly it's premature to speculate presume than one, more or any of these particular theories may have been a motivation for this crime - but it's not unreasonable to ask the question, particularly since this is far from the first violent incident of this type.

We've had the Holocaust Museum Shooter who believed similar Conspiracy Theories involving Neo-Nazi Rhetoric, we had a Pittsburgh Cop Killer who allegedly believed "Obama is coming for my guns" and we have five people (two fatally) shot in Knoxville Tennessee by a man who wanted to Kill All The Liberals that Bernie Goldberg Told Him too.

Then of course you have Glenn Beck and his incessant Hate Speech against the President, Govenment and of course - Democrats.



Is there a firm connection in this case between all this Hate Speech and this obvious HATE CRIME?

No.

But I do think that rather than back slowly away from sounding such alarms we should be thinking hard, long and seriously about them as Nancy Pelosi did just a few days ago. We do have to wonder if the overall tone and intensity of this type of rhetoric doesn't pave the way for the greater "acceptability" of the most wild and outlandish ideas - isn't it a bit like shouting "GUN!!" in an already burning theater?

To be fair, it could be argued that Dkos has itself thrown more fire than water on this subject with photoshop cartoons of Joe Lieberman and Antonin Scalia that made Bill O'Reilly loudly proclaim "They're a HATE SITE, the worst of the worst..."

But I'm thinking even the most viotriolic poster Dkos has ever had hasn't got anything on Stormfront or ArmyofGod.com.

Nobody on this side of the argument ever advocated Lynching a sitting U.S. Senator or Supreme Court Justice simply because we disagreed with him. No one on this side ever did a Mock Poisoning of the Speaker of the House! No one on This Side of the argument every actually Killed Anyone, meanwhile on the other side - the pile of bodies is simply rising higher and higher...

It's not a matter of "when" it all will erupt into violence - it already has the only question is when will it go from lone actors as the cases in Washington, Pittsburgh and Knoxville have been to becoming the pre-meditated organized actions of like-minded violent group?

Then again, maybe we've passed that Rubicon already as well.

How many people does it take to truss up a grown man in duct tape and hang him from a tree?

Just wondering...

Vyan

Update: 9-26-09 2:37 pm Michele Bachman was confronted by Dave Weigel of the Washington Independent for her response on the killing of Bill Sparkman - being true to form and as outspoken as usual she Ducked and Covered!

After the speech, Bachmann had only a few minutes to sign autographs and collect a stack of CDs and books from fans who’d followed her into the lobby. I caught up to her as she headed outside and asked if she had any response to the murder of a Kentucky census worker, having noticed that the Census, a constant target for Bachmann, did not figure into her speech. Bachmann recoiled a little at the question and turned to enter her limo.

“Thank you so much!” she said.


Way to stand up for responsible free speech and against Hate there Michele.

Vyan