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Friday, August 31, 2012

Mitt Romney: “America is the Greatest Company In The World”

OOPS.  He said it.  Mitt Romney actually referred to the United States as a company.  This has to be the mother of all Freudian slips.  Let’s make it the Freudian slip that sank a presidential campaign.

At an event in Florida this morning, Romney told the audience:

“Paul Ryan and I understand how the economy works, we understand how Washington works, we will reach across the aisle and find good people who like us, want to make sure this company deals with its challenges. We’ll get America on track again.”

Uhh, quick question:  If Mitt Romney becomes the CEO of America Inc., then what will all of our  governors, mayors and county administrators be?  Department heads?  Branch managers?  Supervisors?

And what are the hundreds of millions of American citizens?  Customers?  Employees?  Independent contractors?  Third party subcontractors?  Rival corporations?

Stay tuned…


Thursday, August 30, 2012

Paul Ryan: Lying Sack of Shit

Paul Ryan’s acceptance speech last night was nothing but the same regurgitated Republican Big Lies that have already been parroted by millions of inbred stooges.  But he’s forceful and articulate and he tells these lies so convincingly.

Where to begin…

He blamed Obama for America’s credit downgrade by Standard & Poor.  It was congressional Republicans who brought us to the brink of default.  Anyone who follows the news already knows this.  Republican dunces on the other hand…

Ryan also blamed Obama for not following the recommendations of the Simpson-Bowles Debt Commission.  Paul Ryan was a member of that commission and he himself voted against the commission’s recommendations.

And the most colorful of all:  Ryan blamed Obama for the closure of a GM plant in Janesville, Wisconsin.  Uh, one small detail — the plant closed in 2008 when George W. Bush was still president.

At least Ryan didn’t regurgitate the “you didn’t build that” soundbite that was reverberating throughout the Republican convention.  He probably figured those four words had been regurgitated enough already.


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Chris Christie: the Right Speech for the Wrong Candidate

Chris Christie made some good points in his keynote speech at the Republican National Convention:

“You see, Mr. President — real leaders don’t follow polls.  Real leaders change polls.”

Well said.  But maybe he forgot which candidate he was campaigning for — Mitt Romney.  “Real leaders don’t follow polls,” LOL.  If Chris Christie actually meant that, WTF is he doing campaigning for the most flipflopping pandering empty suit EVER?!?

Mitt Romney is anti-abortion, pro choice, against Obamneycare, in favor of Obamneycare, in favor of clean energy, a prostitute for the oil and coal industries, against the stimulus, in favor of the stimulus, against the Wall Street bailout, in favor of the Wall Street bailout — it just depends on which audience he’s talking to.

This is “leadership???”


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Introducing Mitt Romney 2.0: The Human

The GOP’s current task is to give Mitt Romney an image makeover.  Good luck with that.  Anyone can flipflop on the issues and express every opinion that’s ever been expressed.

Changing your persona — not quite so easy.  Ask Al Gore.

Republicans can spend billions of dollars on attack ads, but I don’t think there’s enough money in the world to transform Mitt Romney from R2D2 into a humanoid specimen.  Let’s see if they can actually turn Mitt Romney into an affable likeable Regular Joe with whom voters would like to go out and sip cognac and talk about derivatives and deferred-interest debt.

Even if Romney reads his conversational spontaneous-sounding script from a Teleprompter, he’ll need to wear earphones so his handlers can prompt him on his tone of voice, body language, when to act like he means it, etc.

“As I was saying in the car elevator on the way to the yacht club [MITT!  Pause!  Smile!  Make eye contact!], it just seems, I mean, gosh, President Obama has had almost four years to [MITT!  Pound the podium for emphasis.  Glare!  Pretend you feel something]…”

We’ll see.  I don’t think they can pull it off.

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Paul Ryan: the Rapper

It’s too bad Paul Ryan has been typecast by the media.  Yes, he’s the “sad-eyed man from the north country” (in Jon Stewart’s words) who wants to steal everything you have and give it to the Koch Brothers.

But there are so many other sides to the multifaceted Paul Ryan.

Ladies and gentlemen:  Introducing — Paul Ryan aka Gangsta P90X.

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Leaked Bain Documents: More Romney Sleaze

“Romney Sleaze” — excuse the redundancy.

Some leaked documents are providing a glimpse into the methods used by super-wealthy tax dodgers.  950 pages of audits and financial statements from twenty-one funds — most of them affiliated with Bain Capital — have revealed that Mitt Romney is even sleazier than we thought.

There’s no smoking gun; nothing illegal.  He’s just slippery.  Very slippery.

As we already know, most of Romney’s fortune is tucked away in the Cayman Islands, Bermuda and Switzerland.  A writer from Gawker said:

“The documents reveal the mind-numbing, maze-like, and deeply opaque complexity with which Romney has handled his wealth, the exotic tax-avoidance schemes available only to the preposterously wealthy.”

Some of these funds make use of “blocker entities.”  This isn’t exactly a household name unless you’re a multimillionaire frantically trying to hide your money so you can weasel out of paying taxes.

Other funds have financial statements saying the fund “intends to conduct its operations so it will … not be subject to United States federal income or withholding tax …”

So this is the “successful” career Romney is touting.  Take over a company, lay off most of the workers and then sell the company at a huge profit.  Rinse and repeat.  And then squirrel away your ill-gotten fortune in offshore accounts so you don’t have to pay any taxes; don’t have to help contribute to the infrastructure that made your success possible.

Whatever anybody thought of the corporate takeover barons of the 1980s and ‘90s — Carl Icahn, T. Boone Pickens, Charles Hurwitz, etc. — did ANYBODY seriously think one of these people should be President of the United States?!?!?!?

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

2012 Republican Party Platform: Even Worse Than You Thought

It’s bad enough to have Todd Akin’s retarded blubberings engraved in the Republican Party Platform of 2012.  Yes it’s 2012 and the Republican Party is still trying to turn the clock back to the 1950s.  Or is it the 1850s?

It’s even funnier to watch Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan trying to distance themselves from Todd Akin by pretending to be shocked and offended by his “legitimate rape” comment.  Other than having a better grasp of that birds and bees thingy, Ryan and Romney agree wholeheartedly with Todd Akin on what to do about them uppity womenfolk.  When they express outrage at Todd Akin’s outburst, what they’re really saying is “SSSHHHHH!!!  You weren’t supposed to say that ‘til AFTER the election, Dummy!!!”

But the Republican Party Platform gets even worse.  The ridiculous paranoia and hysteria over U.N. Agenda 21, black helicopters and globalist thugs — it’s not just for bone-stupid inbreds any more.  It’s right there in the 2012 Republican Party Platform.

Mass transit, environmental protection, sustainable growth:  They’re all part of a sinister United Nations plot to take over America and herd all of us into UN-approved housing centers.

The following resolution was added (quietly!) to the Republican Party Platform last January:

“The United Nations Agenda 21 is being covertly pushed into local communities throughout the United States of America through the International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) through local ‘sustainable development’ policies such as Smart Growth, Wildlands Project, Resilient Cities, Regional Visioning Projects, and other ‘Green’ or ‘Alternative’ projects.

The Republican National Committee recognizes the destructive and insidious nature of United Nations Agenda 21 and hereby exposes to the public and public policy makers the dangerous intent of the plan.”

What the Hail is that there Smart Growth and Resilient Cities mumbo jumbo???  That does it, Ahm gittin’ mah gun.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

God’s Weather Forecast: Fire and Brimstone on Republican National Convention

Pat Robertson hasn’t made a speech yet, but God apparently does NOT want any billionaire oligarchs — i.e. the rich men who can’t get to Heaven, the moneylenders whom Jesus drove from the temple — to gather in Tampa, FL next week.  And He doesn’t want their legions of inbred enablers there either.

The Republican National Convention is being held in Tampa early next week.  And Hurricane Isaac will be arriving in the Tampa area around the same time.

It's an Omen!

Bring on the fire and brimstone.  We’ll see which sinner’s wife gets turned into a pillar of salt.

The Lord works in mysterious ways.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Republican Party Platform: “We Are All Todd Akin”

The 2012 Republican Party Platform is calling for a Human Life Amendment that would ban ALL abortions.  None of that there whining about “Waaaahhh, I was raped.”  No exceptions.  Period.

These are the same schizoids who were outraged — shocked! — when Senate candidate Todd Akin said all abortions should be banned, with no exception for rape victims.  His immortal words again were:

“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

The facts of life according to Todd Akin:  no orgasm, no stork.

Presumably, most other Republicans have a slightly stronger grasp of how babies are made.  (Or do they?)  But other than that, there’s absolutely NO difference between Todd Akin and the Republican “leadership” that was squirming and gasping with embarrassment over Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment.

All voters need to remember:  Republican equals “if she got pregnant, she done liked it.”

And here’s another even scarier reminder that Republican = Todd Akin.  According to a poll taken yesterday — AFTER Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment was all over the news — Todd Akin is STILL polling ahead of his Democratic opponent, Claire McCaskill.

Again:  AFTER being bombarded 24/7 with Todd Akin saying “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down” — Missouri voters are STILL planning to send this retarded dickwad to the U.S. Senate.

Earth to Missouri:

Hello!?!    Anybody Home?!?!?!?

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Two Tales of Crime and Punishment

“Liberty and justice for all,” “Equal protection under the law” — Let’s have a look.

In the first instance:  You’re the owner of Toyo Automotive Parts factory in Franklin, Kentucky.  You’ve knowingly and willingly violated dozens of workers’ safety regulations, and this has caused one of your workers to get burned to death by flammable chemicals.

Your penalty?  At first it looks like you’ll be cited for sixteen violations, resulting in a fine of $105,500.  But don’t worry.  The Kentucky Labor Cabinet’s Department of Workplace Standards will dither, drop the ball, and all of your penalties will simply vanish.  Poof.  Gone.

We hope you’ve learned your lesson and will provide safer conditions for your workerbees.  Or not.

On the other hand, if you’ve been skateboarding on the wrong side of the street, four LAPD inbreds will go all Rodney King on you.

Ronald Weekley, Jr., a 19-year-old college student, was either on the wrong side of the street or Skateboarding While Black.  He now has a broken nose, broken cheekbone and a concussion after being held down and pummeled by LA’s Finest.

The “Wanted:  Dead or Alive” list — i.e. the names of the four LAPD thugs — hasn’t been publicized yet.  It’s also not known whether any disciplinary action will be taken against them.

Is there ANYBODY in the LAPD whose parents AREN’T first cousins?

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

GOP candidate Todd Akin: “What are these ‘birds and bees’ you speak of?”

Todd Akin is Missouri’s Republican (make that teatard) nominee for the U.S. Senate.  He’s already (in)famous for being against the school lunch program, wanting to ban the morning after pill, and describing student loans as “stage three cancer of socialism.”

And on top of all that, it seems Todd Akin never received a certain, uh, “lecture” — “son, let’s have a little talk” — that most people are given sometime around sixth grade.

Todd Akin may not understand how fetuses are made, but he worships them unconditionally.  He wants to ban abortion, period.  No exceptions.  There should be no exception for rape because if a woman was “genuinely” raped — as opposed to asking for it — then she can’t possibly get pregnant.  Because, you know, she has some sort of inner mechanism “down there” that would prevent conception if she had been genuinely raped.

Anyway, straight from the horse’s ass’s mouth:

“People always try to make that one of those things, ‘Oh, how do you slice this particularly tough sort of ethical question.’  It seems to me, first of all, what I understand from doctors is that’s really where—if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

He heard that from a doctor????

And that’s not all:

“Let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work, or something.  I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.”


Missouri voters:  you can NOT possibly send this bone-stupid inbred mouth-breather to the U.S. Senate.

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Swiftboat Veterans For Truth — Now Under New Management

Swiftboat Chickenhawks Bending Over for Karl Rove, or whatever their name was, is back under a new name.  Introducing:  Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund Inc.

This group is supposedly non-partisan; they’re just angry over President Obama’s “handling” of the Osama bin Laden capture/execution.  They’ve already released a 22-minute video attacking Obama.  Now mind you the attack is being done in a non-partisan manner.

Funny, they didn’t seem to have any complaints when George Dumbya Bush allowed the 9/11 attacks to happen on his watch and then spent seven years NOT finding Osama bin Laden.

There’s at least one clear cut difference between Switfboat Veterans and OPSEC yada yada:  we knew who the Swiftboaters’ donors were.  They included T. Boone Pickens and construction magnate Bob Perry.  This new “special ops” group, on the other hand, is using the same slippery tactic as Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS:  they’re pretending to be a tax-exempt “charity” group so they don’t have to reveal their donors.

“Special Ops” — LOL.  “I can parachute behind enemy lines and kill ten machine gun-toting opponents with one hand, but please pleeeeaase don’t make me reveal who’s donating money to me.”

One of the organization’s founders is a birther.  Maybe he can rappel up a skyscraper in the dead of night, break into the secret office where the Trilateral Commission (or is it the Illuminati?) is hiding Obama’s Kenyan birth certificate, and America will be safe once again.

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Paul Ryan: Anti-Abortion, Anti-Birth Control, Homophobic

Yes, there’s so much more to Paul Ryan than the one-dimensional budget nerd portrayed by the liberal media.  Now that the “media” has decided to focus on “serious” issues (i.e. the economy) to the exclusion of everything else, Paul Ryan’s Salem Witch Hunting mentality is pretty much off the public radar.

Millions of voters are fiscally conservative but liberal/hands-off on social issues.  Do these people even KNOW about Paul Ryan’s Bible-humping fertilized-egg-worshiping fetishes???

Hopefully a lot of bloggers and non-mainstream news sites will keep hammering away at Paul Ryan’s Spanish Inquisition tendencies, since the mainstream “media” wants to keep it a secret.

And WTF is up with all the Ayn Rand comparisons with Paul Ryan?!?  Ayn Rand thought the poor, the incapable, should fall through the cracks and die.  And so does Paul Ryan.  Therefore, Paul Ryan and Ayn Rand are synonymous.

I kind of like that passage from the Bible about “Let he among you who is without sin cast the first stone.”  I guess that makes me a devout Christian.

I read The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged a long time ago.  I can’t seem to remember any sort of sanctimonious Bible-pounding sentiments among Ayn Rand’s characters, but like I said, that was a long time ago.  Oh wait, it’s starting to come back…Yes, it’s all so clear now:

Remember when Howard Roark said to Dominique Francon:  “Birth control pill?  Just put an aspirin between your knees and hold it there.  Slut.”  And who could forget all those book-burning ceremonies that Hank Reardon took part in?  And John Galt going through that exorcism and then handling all those venomous snakes?  Remember??????

Yeah, me neither.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Vladimir Putin versus Pussy Riot

Vladimir Putin, one of the most powerful politicians in the world, is being driven up the wall — Gaslighted — by a female punk rock band.  Three members of Pussy Riot have an upcoming trial and will probably receive long prison sentences.  Their song lyrics are offensive to the Russian powers that be.

Several other band members (who aren’t on trial) told Reuters:

“Three wonderful girls who were an inspiration for this group are in prison right now.  It is hard for us without them. We feel it, but it means only one thing: We should be even stronger, maybe even bolder.  Please put your balaclavas on. I would like to urge other girls — put your balaclavas on, go out on to the street, to work, to your office, to the shop, go to the theatre in your balaclava, become a Pussy Riot. Stage your own riot.”

“We made our choice. Of course there is danger and we feel it. Obviously, we want to avoid any bad situations in the future but I'm afraid that every one of us - it is quite scary - is ready for such consequences.  It is really strange to talk about because until this wave of support formed, it wasn't prestigious but provocative, it was dangerous.  Now there are very many pussy riots all over the world, people who are donning balaclavas and giving us support.”

The more Putin tries to suppress this group, the more international support they get.  Madonna and Bjork have expressed public support for them.  The mayor of Reykjavik, Iceland, waved a banner that said “Free Pussy Riot” (while one of the band’s songs was playing) during a parade in Reykjavik.  And later this week, there will be supporting rallies in at least two dozen cities around the world.

No doubt Putin thinks he can use his immense power to just sweep this little problem under the rug.  The Shah of Iran probably thought the same thing in 1979 when those annoying Muslim protesters started gathering in the streets.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

“Game of Thrones” Author Kicks Some Republican Butt

I don’t know anything about “Game of Thrones.”  I don’t even get HBO.  But the author behind the TV show, George R.R. Martin, has some fairly strong opinions on that gang of neckdrooling inbred shitstumps formerly known as the Republican Party:

“I would be remiss if I do not at least make passing mention of how depressed, disgusted, and, yes, angry I’ve become as I watch the ongoing attempts at voter suppression in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Iowa, and other states where Republicans and their Teabagger allies control key seats of power.  It is one thing to attempt to win elections.  But trying to do so by denying the most basic and important right of any American citizen to hundreds and thousands of people, on entirely spurious grounds… that goes beyond reprehensible. That is despicable.”


“The people behind these efforts at disenfranchising large groups of voters (the young, the old, the black, the brown) are not Republicans, since clearly they have scant regard for our republic or its values. They are oligarchs and racists clad in the skins of dead elephants.  And don’t tell me they are libertarians either. No true libertarians would ever support a culture where citizens must ‘show their papers’ to vote or travel. That’s a hallmark of a police state, not a free country.”

I second the motion.

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Paul Ryan: Deficit Chickenhawk, Lifetime Bureaucrat

Conservatives are having a mass orgasm over visions of Paul Ryan mercilessly cutting, slashing and whacking away at America’s bloated wasteful spending.  When they get through gasping in ecstasy, maybe they’ll look at the facts.

The Far Right’s swashbuckling deficit hero played a huge role in creating George W. Bush’s record deficit.  And now he wants to slash deficit spending?!?  He’s like the arsonist who sets a fire and then comes charging in to put out that same fire; and ends up getting swoons and gasps of relief from grateful bystanders.

How did Congressman Paul Ryan vote on George W. Bush’s plans for bleeding the treasury dry?  The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the multi-billion dollar Medicare prescription giveaway to the pharmaceutical industry, the Bush tax cuts:  Yes, Yes, Yes and Yes.

And every one of those fiascos was rubberstamped with absolutely zero thought of  where the money would come from.  Now of course we can’t put out a raging wildfire or repair a collapsed bridge without first specifying exactly where the funding will come from and cutting that exact amount of money from another government program.  But Republicans didn't develop this mentality until that Kenyan socialist took over the White House.

As David Axelrod said:

“This was a guy who rubber stamped every aspect of the Bush economic policy, including not paying for two wars, a Medicare prescription plan, two big tax cuts.  And now he wants trillions of dollars of more budget busting tax cuts skewed to the wealthy. He really isn’t in a strong position to talk about this problem.”

And what about the Right’s worship of the private sector and contempt for faceless meddling government bureaucrats?  Do they know anything about Paul Ryan’s work history?  Other than a brief stint as a “marketing consultant” for a family business, Paul Ryan’s entire career has been in government.  Before he got elected to Congress in 1999, he was a congressional aide.  Or to paraphrase Sarah Palin:  “Sort of like a congressional aide, but with responsibilities.”

Sunday, August 12, 2012

The EPA fiddled while Bees Went Extinct

We already know that Clothianidin — a pesticide used by corn growers — is the cause of the mass honeybee die-off.  There’s also a rumor that Clothianidin was known for years to be the culprit, but the information was covered up; but we’ll never know…

The Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to declare an emergency and suspend the use of Clothianidin, but so far they’ve refused to do this.  The EPA is still accepting public comments on this issue.  If they don’t take action at the end of this comment period, the entire issue won’t be considered again until 2018.

By then it’ll be too late.

Please Click Here and tell the EPA to stop the honeybee die-off by banning Clothianidin.

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Mitt Romney: “Truce! Uncle!”

Mitt Romney is asking President Obama for a “truce” that would put Romney’s Bain Capital career and his tax returns off limits during the campaign.  And in return, Mitt would…oh, it doesn’t say.

That’s funny, I always thought the word “truce” meant something that, you know, went BOTH ways.  Romney’s unspoken message was:

“OUCH!  You’ve found my Achilles’ Heel.  Please stop hitting it.”

His actual words were:

“Our campaign would be — helped immensely if we had an agreement between both campaigns that we were only going to talk about issues and that attacks based upon — business or family or taxes or things of that nature.”

An incomplete sentence and a run-on sentence all in one — Romney’s high school English teacher must be turning in his/her grave.

But wasn’t it nice of Mittens to agree not to attack Obama’s vulture capitalism career, his hidden tax returns or his secret bank accounts in Switzerland and the Cayman Islands —  especially since Obama doesn’t even have any of those skeletons.


Thursday, August 09, 2012

Joining the Ku Klux Klan: Do YOU Meet Their Rigorous Admission Standards?

Wade Michael Page — the NRA’s poster boy who committed mass murder at the Wisconsin Sikh Temple — once considered joining the KKK.  In 2004 he was fired from his job at a Harley Davidson shop, and he left behind a KKK application form.

Did he have what it takes?

About the only information the KKK requires is your name, address and whether or not you’ve ever been a member of any other “secret” organization.  (The KKK is particularly wary of the Freemasons.)  You also have to disclose whether you’ve ever worked in law enforcement.  And last but not least, you have to affirm that you’re a white Christian.

Some application forms ask:  “Do you believe all men are created equal?”  (psssssstt — the answer is NO).

And that’s about it.  Not a single question about education level, job skills, work history, outside interests, whether or not you have a criminal record…

The application fee is $20.  The application process is mostly a means to raise money, rather than a way to weed out “undesirables” (whatever that would be).  As the linked article says:

“No one knows the overall acceptance rate, but the Klan doesn’t appear to be very selective.”

LOL.  Ya think?

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Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Mitt Romney’s Business Practices: “Too Shady for Italy”

That was Jon Stewart’s description of Bain Capital on last night’s episode of The Daily Show.  According to a Bloomberg report, Bain Capital — when Romney was still CEO — took over a company in Italy, made over a billion dollars in profits, and weaseled out of paying any taxes by laundering their money through a subsidiary in Luxembourg.

The Bloomberg article also suggests that Bain’s scorched earth practices in Italy were the reason Romney didn’t include Italy on his European trip.

Jon Stewart said:

“Wow, Mitt Romney’s business practices are too shady for Italy.  Mitt Romney has to say to Italy, ‘I’m a legitimate businessman.’ Italy, a country where the prime minister, the head of the country’s largest media conglomerate and the host of their finest ‘bunga bunga’ parties is the same fucking guy.”

He also described Luxembourg as “a country that exists solely as the world’s financial dialysis machine.”

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Tuesday, August 07, 2012

The Campaign

I had already added this movie to my NetFlix queue, after just seeing a brief description.  It’s a spoof on well-funded sleazy political campaigns.  But there’s more:  Dan Aykroyd and John Lithgow play the slippery billionaire Motch brothers (three guesses), who are financing the congressional campaign of their empty suit candidate.  Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell are the two rival candidates.

And the real life Koch brothers are upset by the movie.  They’ve already purchased the government, but they still don’t have enough money or influence to stop Hollywood from mimicking them.  Not yet anyway.  However, if any of the above-mentioned actors should have a mysterious “accident”…

Koch Industries’ PR hooker, Phillip Ellender, said:

“We disagree with his uninformed characterization of Koch and our beliefs. His comments, which appear to be based on false attacks made by our political opponents, demonstrate a lack of understanding of our longstanding support of individual freedom, freedom of expression, and constitutional rights.”

Cry all the way to the bank, Kochsucker.

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Monday, August 06, 2012

Voting Rights Act — Happy 47th Birthday

Forty-seven years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law.  This was supposed to put an end to poll taxes and other Jim Crow tactics that prevented blacks from voting.

Riiight.  So much for that theory.  The Party of Lincoln has mutated into the Party of Sheriff Bull Connor.  Rightwing politicians are doing their KKK ancestors proud by waging the largest voter suppression drive since the early 1960s.

Not only are they trying to require a photo I.D. in order to vote, but there’s mass confusion over which types of I.D. are acceptable.  Driver’s license?  Maybe.  Student I.D. card?  Don’t count on it.  In Texas, the same I.D. card that will enable you to buy a gun will NOT be accepted at the voting booth.

Some of the red(neck) states are even trying to get the Supreme Court to overturn the Voting Rights Act.

And requiring an I.D. card in order to vote is only the tip of the iceberg.  Whatever actual problems there’ve been with non-citizens trying to vote, this problem will NOT be solved by squelching voter registration drives, eliminating early voting and making absentee voting more difficult.

The more things change…

Forty-seven years after the passage of the Voting Rights Act, the President and Attorney General of the United States are both black.  And “mainstream” Republicans have lurched so far to the right, they make Bull Connor and George Wallace would look like flaming liberals.

Voting Rights Act


Sunday, August 05, 2012

Conservative Majority Fund

If there was a truth-in-labeling law for political organizations, the Conservative Majority Fund would have to call themselves Inbreds ‘R’ Us.  The Conservative Majority Fund is sort of a clearinghouse for anti-Obama tinfoil-hat conspiracy theories — a One Stop Shop for knuckledraggers.

Yes of course Barack Hussein Obama was born in Kenya — that’s common knowledge among people who move their index fingers slowly across the page while they read.  But there’s so much more.  The group’s one-minute TV commercial alarms us with these startling facts:

Obama’s college records from Columbia and Harvard are sealed.  His Selective Service record and his records as an attorney — Sealed!  And — [shudder] — he has a Connecticut Social Security number.  Oh God, not Connecticut!?!

At their website, the Conservative Majority Fund is urging everyone to sign a petition to “Stop the United Nations Gun Grab.”

A “gun grab” — not to be confused with Bobbing For Guns at the county fair.


Friday, August 03, 2012

John Boehner: “I’ve Never Been Sober a Day in My Life, for God’s Sake!”

During an interview last Tuesday, John Boehner (R—Jack Daniels) said:

“But the president has never created a job. He's never even had a real job, for God's sake.  And I can tell you from my dealings with him, he has no idea how the real world, that we actually live in, works.”

In the Real World According to John Boehner, life is an endless flow of booze, bribes from secret donors, booze, placing one’s hands around one’s ankles in order to earn those aforementioned bribes, and booze.

Whatever Boehner’s definition of “a real job” is, it doesn’t apply to Congress’ “work” during this current session.  The House has voted sixty times to name or rename a post office.  How many times has the House voted to rescue the U.S. Postal Service from its financial crisis, which was CREATED by Congress’ Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006?  ZERO.

And the House has voted thirty-three times — yes that’s thirty-three — to repeal Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

YOUR tax dollars at work.

But to his credit, John Boehner has probably created a few jobs himself.  If he were to suddenly quit drinking, God only knows how many bartenders would be out of work.

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Thursday, August 02, 2012

America: Saved by the Romney Boom

When the liberal media whines about Romney’s tax plan being “unfair” to the riffraff, they’re overlooking the Romney Boom.  (Not to be confused with Fa Down Go Boom.)

Yes, Mitt Romney will reduce taxes for wealthy job creators — did a poor person ever hire you?  Didn’t think so — and he’ll raise taxes for all the rest of those working-class dullards.  But this is only half of the story.  And now for the other half, which the liberal state-run media doesn’t want you to know about.

America’s economy has been strangled — murdered! — by cumbersome stifling regulations and by crippling taxes on our Job Creators.  These Job Creators can’t create jobs AND pay taxes on their yachts and investments.  And on top of all that, the Job Creators have to keep coddling their workerbees because of these ridiculous “safety” regulations.  And don’t get me started on those rabid environmentalists.

So, when Mitt Romney takes over the White House next January, he will bring his machete to the inauguration.  Socialized medicine, workers’ safety regulations, drilling and mining restrictions:  Whack!

And he’ll eliminate all taxes on the productive job creators whose only crime (if you’re a liberal) is being rich.

And on Day Two of Mitt Romney’s presidency, you just watch.  America’s poor imprisoned smothered economy will take off its shackles, stand up, stretch, take a few deep breaths, and start BOOMING.  The Job Creators — free at last from those crippling taxes and regulations — will immediately start doing what they’ve been yearning to do.  Millions of new jobs will be created so fast, our heads will be spinning.

The Romney Boom:  if only we didn’t have to wait ‘til January.


Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Gore Vidal

I’ve never read any of his books, but I remember a hard-hitting quote from him during an interview in the early ‘70s.  I don’t remember the exact wording — I Googled it but nothing came up — but he was talking about political corruption.  He said something like:  By the time a politician has even the remotest chance of getting elected, he/she’s already completely bought and paid for, and his/her election won’t make any difference.

At the time I thought that statement was too cynical, pessimistic; too jaded.  But he was absolutely right.

Another quote, which I just saw today for the first time:  “"Half of the American people have never read a newspaper.  Half never voted for president. One hopes it is the same half.”


And anyone who was around during the 1970s probably remembers Gore Vidal’s little dustup with Norman Mailer on the Dick Cavett Show.  Definitely one of Dick Cavett’s livelier episodes.  This video shows about four minutes of it.


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