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Orrin Hatch: 108 years young.

Dec 04, 2009 in Politics, Uncategorized

If only Republicans had majorities in Congress and occupied the White House we might be able to “get this country under control.” One can only dream of such a day.

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The party of 9/11.

Nov 25, 2009 in Journamalism, National Security, Uncategorized

I thought they were going to start firing staff for on-air flubs?

I hadn’t been paying attention to the semantics but it’s no surprise that the Republican party’s cable network would try to assert that George W. Bush’s tenure began after September 11th and that the Fort Hood shootings constituted a terrorist attack. Republicans have been praying since last January that something would happen that they could point to as an example of Obama’s lack of diligence and God answered them with Fort Hood (or Allah since there wouldn’t be a story had the shooter been Caucasian). Never mind the fact that men and women actively serving in the military can’t by definition be considered victims of terrorism. What’s important is that Obama wasn’t there to stop the bullets Jack Bauer style and has therefore not “kept the nation safe”. It’s a not so subtle shuck; you have to insinuate that Obama is blameworthy for Fort Hood yet at the same time excuse Bush who was clearly forewarned prior to 9/11. But then again, Flight Suit Boy wasn’t responsible for anything that happened after 9/11 so why should he accept responsibility for anything that happened before?

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The Matt Foley Show.

Nov 18, 2009 in Media, Uncategorized

It just occurred to me that Matt Foley has all it takes to become a right wing media personality. He comes from a humble background and has a checkered past. He’s not much to look at but has a resonating baritone voice. And most importantly, he’s one of us! A simple man with a simple message. All he needs is to fine tune his inspirational speaking message to include scatter shot “conservative” commentary.

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I’m back from the UP.

Nov 18, 2009 in Sport, Uncategorized

That’s upper peninsula for the uninitiated; land of guns guns guns! We fished for trophy walleye on Little Bay de Noc until the wee hours of the morning with terrific success. Here’s a twenty eight incher I caught earlier in the evening:

I almost got seasick this time. I say almost because I was definitely green but not enough to pollute the icy cold waters of Green Bay and consequently ruin everybody’s appetite. It must be because I’m getting older because earlier this year I was motion sick after just one ride at a local amusement park which hasn’t happened to me in thirty years. I’ve also never experienced motion sickness on a boat before this weekend and since I’m not accustomed to the feeling I always forget to take dramamine previous to my excursions. Luckily I was able to stave off nausea long enough to land this ten and a half pound, thirty inch monster:

Congratulations were exchanged, pictures were taken and cans of half warm Budweiser were raised.

I didn’t get into any politics with the locals but for an excruciating twenty minutes I endured the Glen Beck program. A female audience member was lamenting how you’re unable to engage in a civilized discussion about Barack Obama’s policies without him calling you a racist. Judging by the thundering applause I guessed that the audience agreed with her assessment. What color is the sky in their world?

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It’s Pledge Week in Kabul!

Sep 03, 2009 in Uncategorized

Why is it that the hazing rituals our macho, he-men devise always turn out to be completely fucking gay?

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National Truancy Day.

Sep 02, 2009 in Uncategorized

Hey kids! Obama’s making a PSA speech on September 8th about staying in school, serving your country, etc.

The right-wing response? RAAAAAAAAAAAGE!!!!!!!!!!!! Here are some actual comments from AmericanElephant.com:

“When I first read this on Drudge I thought it was a hoax. I cannot believe how this administration is trying to intrude in every aspect of our lives. I guess we now have the perfect excuse to take an extra long holiday weekend. Excellent post.”

“And this is why we homeschooled our kids! I did’nt want Bush, Clinton, Bush directly addressing my kids and if I had kids in school now I would keep them home ! The arrogance of any politician “addressing” children without the parents consent and presence is mind-boggling!”

“Good start — now if everyone would truly take responsibility for their kids and take them out of school not just on Sept 8th, but every day after that, we might actually end up with an educated society!”

“Our country is unrecognizable. I find myself wondering if this is how the Jews felt in Germany in the 1930s.”

“I’m sure his ‘FIRST’ address to school children will be quite subtle and strictly about education but, as I said, it’s his ‘FIRST’ address; The making of precident for future indoctrinations. . He is bringing Hitler and Mao’s tactics upon our children. I am keeping my child at home on that day.

“Now go, run along, and poke your finger into the eye of the true, silent, side-line sitting masters of this whole facade. Keep rousing us to anger and when we’ve finally awoke, say goodbye to your little utopian socialist dreams!”

“HIS ARROGANCE IS OVERWHELMING!!!! THIS SHOULD BE ILLEGAL. ALL THIS HOPE AND CHANGE IS A LITTLE TOO MUCH TO BEAR. ARE WE LIKE SHEEP BEING LED TO THE SLAUGHTER?”

“This is the first step to getting our children to “like” him so they can turn their parents in to the authorities later. Look at the election…he woed so many with his smooth talk…a child has no defense against his charm. Many teenagers think their parents are clueless as it is…with little effort they would turn on their own parents. The Bible even mentions that children will be disobey their parents.”

“This does not sound like Hitler. It sounds like Stalin.Even more like Mao and Pol Pot.
Children will be pressured to become informers, or will be bullied by mobs of their former friends. Wait for summer training camp for the Young Obamists.”

Pure, unadultered, bat-shit crazy hysteria.

You’d think that sooner or later the Hebrew community would get annoyed by the constant equating of Obama’s agenda to throwing Jews into to ovens at Dachau.

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PS> My favorite quote:

carolina gal
September 2, 2009 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

Kids today are a product of the “time out” generation. I feel sorry for our teachers…there are still a few good parents left out there but they are losing all their rearing rights to the government. The government needs to stay away from our children. I don’t want my 5 year old learning about same sex relationships when he should be learning his ABC’s.

I don’t know if this is more a reflection on the school he goes to or the parents but if your kid doesn’t know his ABC’s by the time he’s 5 years old then he’s missed too many days at school already.

Hanson beats NOM (Burgmeier).

Sep 02, 2009 in Uncategorized

A victory for equality.

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Et tu, WSJ?

Sep 02, 2009 in Uncategorized

Sadly, the Rupert Murdoch owned Wall Street Journal has decided to spread liberal propaganda about Obama’s economic stimulus package:

WASHINGTON — Government efforts to funnel hundreds of billions of dollars into the U.S. economy appear to be helping the U.S. climb out of the worst recession in decades. …

Economists say the money out the door — combined with the expectation of additional funds flowing soon — is fueling growth above where it would have been without any government action.

Many forecasters say stimulus spending is adding two to three percentage points to economic growth in the second and third quarters, when measured at an annual rate. The impact in the second quarter, calculated by analyzing how the extra funds flowing into the economy boost consumption, investment and spending, helped slow the rate of decline and will lay the groundwork for positive growth in the third quarter — something that seemed almost implausible just a few months ago. Some economists say the 1% contraction in the second quarter would have been far worse, possibly as much as 3.2%, if not for the stimulus.

And Iowa’s using that stimulus money to repair infrastructure that would normally be put on the back burner during hard times:

Iowa ranks second nationally in using federal stimulus dollars allocated for highway and bridge projects, a congressional committee reported today..

Eighty-five percent of the federal money granted to Iowa has already been awarded to contractors, with 75 percent of the work underway. Eighty-seven percent of the money has been assigned to road projects sent out for bids, according to the U.S House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

I think the tea-baggers should go protest contractors that have accepted stimulus money financed projects. Ya know, show those construction workers the courage of their convictions.

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Grassley removed from the death panel?

Aug 31, 2009 in Uncategorized

I never quite understood the wisdom in insisting on a bipartisan bill with someone who has admitted that they’ll oppose anything that is put in front of them regardless of its content. So hearing that Grassley might potentially be kicked to the curb is the best news I’ve heard yet during this arduously long and embarrassingly stupid month.

Honestly, could you imagine the Sunday talk shows in 2004 discussing the probability of a Republican bill passing based upon whether or not Chuck Schumer found it bipartisan enough?

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The consumer wins!

Aug 27, 2009 in Uncategorized

One incidental benefit of online music distribution is the fact that artists are now forced to tour to make a buck. That’s terrific news if you enjoy traditionally studio oriented acts like the Pet Shop Boys. And unless the government steps in on behalf of private industry and devotes millions of dollars and man hours to enforcement the trend is unlikely to change.

“Golfing buddies”.

Aug 27, 2009 in Uncategorized

Literally:

One of President Obama’s golfing buddies Monday was a top donor to his campaign and the president of a bank at the center of a U.S. investigation into illegal tax shelters.

Robert Wolf, the president of UBS Americas, a Swiss-based bank, joined Obama at the elite, and difficult, Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs. Deputy press secretary Bill Burton described the two men as “friends.”

Barf.

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Right-wing blogging in a nutshell.

Aug 27, 2009 in Uncategorized

From Emily Geiger of The Iowa Republican:

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), a group famous for putting millions of dollars into the campaign to overturn gay marriage by public referendum in California, has, according to Clayworth (so who knows if he’s actually done his research… particularly given than there haven’t been any disclosures lately), spent over $86,000 helping Stephen Burgmeier with his election efforts.

It should be noted that $86,000 would be a huge amount of money for a congressional candidate to spend on both radio and TV in the days before an election. Burgmeier is a lowly statehouse candidate who certainly doesn’t live in a high priced media market. Therefore, I highly doubt that this $86,000 figure is even accurate. Too bad our friend Jason didn’t dig a little deeper into the accuracy of this claim.

From the comments section:

There was a report filed: https://webapp.iecdb.iowa.gov/publicview/ind_exp/nom-08-19-09.pdf
It lists the amount of the expenditure as $86,080.

You’re the worst writer on this website.

A couple comments follow up with a predictable “oh yeah well librulz do it too!!!” defense (just like when torture is okay because al Qaeda does it) but the zeitgeist fizzles quickly.

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First they came for the tea-baggers…

Aug 27, 2009 in Uncategorized

John McCain ordered his jack-booted thugs to silence a woman at his town hall meeting. Can you blame him, though? Everybody knows that such behavior is only acceptable when the town hall is organized by a Democrat.

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NOM seeks to curtail civil liberties in Iowa.

Aug 26, 2009 in Uncategorized

The National Organization for Marriage, a New Jersey-based group with ties to the Mormon Church has begun funding a project called “Reclaim Iowa” on behalf of wealthy out-of-state extremists with the goal of influencing a special election in Iowa’s House District 90. Predictably, NOM is shielding their donors from outside scrutiny by refusing to release their names of those who are behind the financing. One Iowa has this to say:

The secretive New Jersey-based group, known for its multi-million dollar investment to pass California’s Proposition 8, reported making an $86,080 independent expenditure on behalf of candidate Steven Burgmeier, a vocal opponent of civil marriage equality. A special election is set for September 1 in Iowa’s House District 90…

…“The Mormon Church and NOM have invested millions of dollars to spread lies and fear in California and now they have their sights set on rural Iowa,” said Carolyn Jenison, Executive Director of One Iowa. “This raises the question: Has Burgmeier been bought and paid for by out of state religious extremists? If not, he should reject this divisive ad.”

“NOM has a history of funneling money from the Mormon Church into anti-gay measures, while refusing to disclose the source of their funds. NOM should release the list of those contributing to the ads airing in Iowa,” said Jenison.

Burgmeier’s website is unbelievably uninformative regarding policy positions beyond typical boilerplate Republican slogans about high taxes and “crippling” regulations. Notably absent is any mention of his ties with well-heeled, anti-gay Mormon extremists. No doubt because of the shameful nature of his association with such reactionaries and because it would be obvious to potential voters that initiatives involving the state of Iowa should be left to Iowans and not out of state interest groups.

Here’s an ad from One Iowa:

You can help here.

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Baby, I’m back.

Aug 25, 2009 in Uncategorized

My recent dearth in posting can be blamed on my fishing expedition to Puget Sound and trip to finally meet my new nephew.

Dash Point.

That’s low tide off Dash Point. People were having some luck casting hot pink Buzz Bombs but I didn’t have the patience to wait in line for a place to cast. Thanks to my considerate brother-in-law we were able to rent a fishing boat from the Point Defiance Marina. Turns out Puget Sound is a pretty big body of water when all you’ve got is a ten horse outboard motor strapped to the back of a fiberglass boat.

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Finally Saw the Rest of the Barney Frank Town Hall

Aug 20, 2009 in Uncategorized

Wow, did he make you loons look stupid or what? If you felt half as stupid as you looked, I feel bad for you!
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How Not to Do The Whole Activism Thing

Aug 20, 2009 in Uncategorized

A new study by SurveyUSA puts support for a public option at a robust 77 percent, one percentage point higher than where it stood in June.

Can we invite the tea party tinfoil-tri-cornered-hat people to every liberal function? People take one look at the news and say “whatever I am, I know I’m not a Republican.” Thank you, Flying Spaghetti Monster, for the unhinged right, really showing the unhinged left a thing or two about how to take a hammer to the hinges and get rid of them once and for all!
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Slow down thar, boy!

Aug 17, 2009 in Uncategorized

Kent Conrad has been doing some mouthing off about the public option without knowing what he’s talking about.

In short: No Democrat in their right mind with any hope for surviving a primary would filibuster the public option, and Conrad sure as hell can’t claim there aren’t at least 50 Democrats who will vote for the bill if it has a public option.

So what the hell does he think he’s doing, besides earning some HMO campaign donations? Is he scared of being called teh Nazi for expanding Medicare?

-jb

Dream ticket!!!!

Aug 17, 2009 in Uncategorized

Palin/Bachmann 2012!

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The Web’s Dirtiest Site (that is…if you don’t get out at all)

Aug 13, 2009 in Uncategorized

Douglas Rushkoff writes how nefarious 4chan.org is. For instance:

Back in the day—like, last year and before—the 4Chan’s “/b/rothers”, as they call themselves, got famous for their hacking, and also inventing and spreading some of the Net’s most loved and hated visual memes, including Lolcats (those pictures of cats engaging in human activities with clever captions) and Rickrolling (a user clicks on a link they hope is bringing them to some controversial footage, like Michelle Obama saying “whitey,” but actually goes to a music video for 1987 Rick Astley song “Never Gonna Give You Up”).

So now you know what Lolcats and Rickrolling are all about! Nutty, huh? Oh, and child porn is the new punk!

I’m sure 4chan enjoys Rushkoff using explicitly banned material as an example of their edginess. I understand he gets paid for such valuable insights.

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PS… I’m done with classes this semester so I’ll be able to devote a little more time to my beloved hobbies; gardening, spending time with Mia, fishing, taking on home improvement projects, and destroying the moral fabric of Eastern Iowa by spreading insidious Communist propaganda. March on, comrades!

Slaves to their own base.

Aug 13, 2009 in Uncategorized

Some teabaggers.

And I’m sure these fine gentlemen have eschewed Medicare in favor of their own far superior private health insurance plans.

One thing is for certain: the Republicans have the aged and angry, white male voter demographic locked up which was great news twenty or thirty years ago. Not now. What was accepted as fact by David Broder and Co. just one year ago, that young people, blacks and Hispanics are apathetic and can’t be relied upon to show up at the polls, can no longer be held as conventional wisdom. And regardless of whatever dingy Rasmussen poll shows Obama doing poorly on a day to day, the Democratic party as a whole still fairs much better in segments of the population that show any type of growth than do the Republicans. What Republicans are increasingly left with is pandering to a base that is at this point so reactionary that they wont accept the slightest deviation from their tribal beliefs. Republican candidate John McCain being met with hostility for suggesting that candidate Obama was not a Muslim is a high profile example. Now that Republicans actually need those African American or Hispanic votes they can’t publicly appeal to them because the types of guys featured in the above picture would go ballistic. Literally and metaphorically.

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So long ago…

Aug 13, 2009 in Uncategorized

Remember when Obama was responsible for the stock market?

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Still not about race!

Aug 12, 2009 in Uncategorized

Your liberal media.

Aug 12, 2009 in Uncategorized

Via TPM:

Yesterday, Tea Party Patriots national coordinator Jenny Beth Martin sent an email, obtained by TPMmuckraker, to a Tea Party google group. Martin told the group: “We have a media request for an event this week that will have lots of energy and lots of anger. This is for CNBC.”

She then asked: “So, where are the big events this week and where can TPP best be represented on the news?”

Later that day, a Tea Bagger named Pat Wayman responded with a suggestion, also obtained by TPMmuckraker: “This one should be a riot! literally….” he wrote.

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WOLVERINES!!!!

Aug 12, 2009 in Uncategorized

Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy

Classic rightwing.

Aug 10, 2009 in Uncategorized

“‘Keep the guvmint (sic) out of my medicare,'” our friendly narrator observes. “Not so sure about that one.”

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Ice-T does Mac tech support.

Aug 09, 2009 in Uncategorized

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You can’t tell the players without a scorecard!

Aug 09, 2009 in Uncategorized

It’s time once again for “Wingnut Playbook.” When tens of thousands (that’s the conservative estimate) show up to protest a war of aggression, those people are dangerous wackos. But when pharmaceutical companies send hired representatives to act like Springer show guests at town hall meetings, that’s dissent, not transparently scared-of-the-actual-voice-of-the-people cynicism.

Poor sad wingnuts trying to pretend they understand what protest is. It’s like Pat Boone doing Ozzy. Technically, yeah, that’s “Crazy Train,” but it’s not what people liked about “Crazy Train.” Let everybody know when you’re capable to protesting something using any technique other than “shout real loud.” I’ll be over here with a century’s worth of effective leftist protest experience, laughing at how stupid you’re making yourselves look & rubbing my hands together at what the mid-term elections will tell you about your tactics.
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Rick Scott: Tea-bagger Commissar and unrepentant criminal

Aug 06, 2009 in Uncategorized

Watch and listen. He doesn’t even bother denying that he defrauded the government out of billions:

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Don’t Look Down

Aug 06, 2009 in Uncategorized

Oh no! Obama’s popularity rating is down to 50% If this keeps up for another twenty-seven downward-moving percentage points, he might beat Bush’s record! Of course, it’s important to remember that when a Republican is in office, polls are meaningless constructions of the liberal media, and besides, it would be wrong to govern by poll. The only time when polls are to be considered valid and meaningful is when they reflect poorly on the opposition. In those circumstances, a poll is to be considered an accurate barometer of the public sentiment, which sentiment should be treated with respect and reverence, unless & until it reflects badly on Republicans, at which point we are to again reverse our opinions about polling & the public generally. Everybody clear? Good!
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Stay classy, tea-baggers.

Aug 05, 2009 in Uncategorized

Some tea-baggers mock Chris Dodd’s cancer:

“take painkillers and wash it down with Ted Kennedy’s whiskey”

ZZZZZING!

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Fine, fine…two lives are saved BUT…

Aug 05, 2009 in Uncategorized

I see that it didn’t take long for CNN to start fretting over what John Bolton thinks about President Clinton’s successful trip to North Korea. Sometimes I feel like I’m watching a bunch of little junior high students afraid to say anything before they know what the popular girl thinks.

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Can’t Stop Laughing

Aug 03, 2009 in Uncategorized

Haaaaaahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. BAAAAhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. Oh, man. Let me catch my breath. You’re killin’ me, here. Oh man. AHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAHHHHHHAHAHAHAHA. Man oh man oh man. I — wait, what? WAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

You gotta let up. My sides hurt. My face hurts. On the serious tip, though: if you know somebody who buys into any of this, do the world a favor and try to prevent him from siring any children. Birthers are a direct threat to the gene pool.
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Best Craigslist ad evar!!

Jul 31, 2009 in Uncategorized

Josh needs a place to crash.

my name is josh i just got kicked out of my house me and the old lady just split up i have noware to go and to top that off i am on house arrest 4 child support so all i need is a home phone that house arrest people can call and make shure that i am there.i also need 70 a week to keep up on my child support .

You’re under house arrest and I gotta float you seventy a week? Very tempting. Especially considering I’d make a “very good friend” with the nickname “donkey”.

I know it’s rude and unfair to pick on the slow kids but…

Jul 30, 2009 in Clueless Conservatives, ethics, Uncategorized

…can you blame me when they make it so easy?

Iowa’s own village idiot Brian Pickrell posts what he thinks is another concrete example of liberal bias:

Late to the party, as usual, the New York Times wants an investigation of Congressman Murtha. Not because they think he did anything wrong, but because — surprise — they don’t want the Dems to lose the majority next year.

And the left still claims the press isn’t biased in their favor…

Putting aside the fact that the article disingenuously linked to by Iowa’s most infamous Sinatra cover artist makes no personal or favorable judgment either way as to the current majorities enjoyed by the Democratic party in both the House and Senate, the NYT has reported on Murtha’s ethical lapses quite frequently in the past. Quite exhaustively, I might add. A simple Google and/or NYT site search yields the following:

Murtha’s Nephew Named a Lobbyist for Marines

House Heavyweight Feels Threat to Power

Backing Murtha Is Risky for Next House Speaker

Following Mr. Murtha’s Money

Would Electing Murtha Restore the Culture of Corruption?


Democrats Find Ethics Overhaul Elusive in House


Many Say Leadership Race Damages Democrats’ Image

In Race for Majority Leader, Pelosi Risks Early Setback

Uncle Sam and Uncle John

And on and on and on.

All of the above articles have to do with Murtha’s questionable priorities, some of which date back to 2006, so I think it’s fair to say that characterizing the New York Times as “late to the party” is somewhat of a misnomer. In fact, outside of his own personal cadre, John Murtha’s corruption is so legendary one would be hard pressed to find any “liberal media” outlet willing to stand up for the guy.

Now I know standards are pretty low for Republican bloggers. And that as long as you stick to worn out canards like The Librul Media MSM biaS!!! ™ nobody cares what you say. But you’d think that the importance of using a search function now and again to avoid embarrassment would finally sink in. But, in the words of Vonnegut, “so it goes, so it goes”.

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Will a public option protect against robots?

Jul 30, 2009 in Uncategorized

Red State values.

Jul 29, 2009 in Uncategorized

This isn’t as hilarious as the Mark Sanford mountain hike turned out to be but laughing at the pious and prim when they’re caught doing the devil’s business never gets old.

Republican Sen. Paul Stanley had maintained a low profile until his announcement late Tuesday that he was resigning from the state Senate effective Aug. 10, after his affair with a 22-year-old intern and a subsequent extortion attempt was revealed to the public.

Stanley, a 47-year-old evangelical Christian with two children, said in his resignation letter that he has “decided to focus my full attention on my family.

If things don’t work out I’m sure there’s a spare bedroom at 133 C Street SE for him. He’ll be amongst friends, at least.

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William Shatner reads Sarah Palin.

Jul 28, 2009 in Uncategorized

Comic genius:

I think Shatner does it justice.

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Best line evar.

Jul 27, 2009 in Uncategorized

“So, how ’bout in honor of the American soldier, ya quit makin’ things up?”

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PS – We here at Iowa Liberal are still “scared to death of Sarah Palin.”

Grandma’s gone.

Jul 25, 2009 in Uncategorized

I’m flying back to Iowa tomorrow, so I’ll be mostly without internet for two weeks. Though at the pace we’ve been blogging the past month, you might not notice the difference.

Grandma came to the U.S. from Malvern, England after WWII. I can’t imagine what our family farm looked like to her when she first arrived, but she tended to my grandfather, father and uncle loyally ever since, even if she never quite partook in their various forms of American crassness and vulgarity. In the end, I think her class, grace, and pride informed us all. She had little patience for the foolishness of us grandchildren when we were senseless brats, but as we grew and matured, she returned it with increasing adoration and kindness. My fondest memories will be sitting on her couch or rocking chair while she recounted stories of growing up in England.

I am deeply grateful she retained her wits until the end, and that the suffering was relatively brief.

-jb

“Dead baby juice and monkey kidneys”.

Jul 22, 2009 in Uncategorized

Mike Castle comes face to face with some of his more, ahem, conservative constituents.

Enter Sarah Palin. She would be the third party candidate these folks would rally around. I say bring it on.

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Feeding the crazies.

Jul 22, 2009 in Uncategorized

I guess this means that Chris Matthews is in on the cover-up:

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F-22 bites it.

Jul 21, 2009 in Uncategorized

Well, now they’ve just come right out and admitted that programs like the F-22 are more about heaping government largesse on the private sector than they are keeping us safe from the evil-doers.

F-22 supporters included lawmakers from many of the states where the plane’s components are manufactured, such as California, Texas and Georgia. Senators Patty Murray (Wash.), Christopher J. Dodd (Conn.) and other Democrats argued that killing the program would undermine the nation’s defense by idling highly trained engineers and mechanics.

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Fanatics.

Jul 17, 2009 in Uncategorized

I thought it was only the Knights of Columbus that wielded swords?

And aren’t they familiar with the samurai practice of Shudo?

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Question.

Jul 15, 2009 in Uncategorized

Why is Max Baucus working feverishly to appease a minority Republican party that thinks that the state of health care in this country is A-OK?

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How health insurance companies control the discussion about health care.

Jul 13, 2009 in Uncategorized

Twenty year health industry veteran Wendall Potter explains how health insurance companies define the terms of debate over health care and how dissident voices are dealt with:

Part one of the interview can be found here.

From the transcript:

BILL MOYERS: So what did you think when you saw that film?

WENDELL POTTER: I thought that he hit the nail on the head with his movie. But the industry, from the moment that the industry learned that Michael Moore was taking on the health care industry, it was really concerned.

BILL MOYERS: What were they afraid of?

WENDELL POTTER: They were afraid that people would believe Michael Moore.

BILL MOYERS: We obtained a copy of the game plan that was adopted by the industry’s trade association, AHIP. And it spells out the industry strategies in gold letters. It says, “Highlight horror stories of government-run systems.” What was that about?

WENDELL POTTER: The industry has always tried to make Americans think that government-run systems are the worst thing that could possibly happen to them, that if you even consider that, you’re heading down on the slippery slope towards socialism. So they have used scare tactics for years and years and years, to keep that from happening. If there were a broader program like our Medicare program, it could potentially reduce the profits of these big companies. So that is their biggest concern.

BILL MOYERS: And there was a political strategy. “Position Sicko as a threat to Democrats’ larger agenda.” What does that mean?

WENDELL POTTER: That means that part of the effort to discredit this film was to use lobbyists and their own staff to go onto Capitol Hill and say, “Look, you don’t want to believe this movie. You don’t want to talk about it. You don’t want to endorse it. And if you do, we can make things tough for you.”

BILL MOYERS: How?

WENDELL POTTER: By running ads, commercials in your home district when you’re running for reelection, not contributing to your campaigns again, or contributing to your competitor.

BILL MOYERS: This is fascinating. You know, “Build awareness among centrist Democratic policy organizations–”

WENDELL POTTER: Right.

BILL MOYERS: “–including the Democratic Leadership Council.”

WENDELL POTTER: Absolutely.

BILL MOYERS: Then it says, “Message to Democratic insiders. Embracing Moore is one-way ticket back to minority party status.” …

BILL MOYERS: So your plan worked.

WENDELL POTTER: It worked beautifully.

BILL MOYERS: The film was blunted, right?

WENDELL POTTER: The film was blunted. It–

BILL MOYERS: Was it true? Did you think it contained a great truth?

WENDELL POTTER: Absolutely did.

BILL MOYERS: What was it?

WENDELL POTTER: That we shouldn’t fear government involvement in our health care system. That there is an appropriate role for government, and it’s been proven in the countries that were in that movie.

You know, we have more people who are uninsured in this country than the entire population of Canada. And that if you include the people who are underinsured, more people than in the United Kingdom. We have huge numbers of people who are also just a lay-off away from joining the ranks of the uninsured, or being purged by their insurance company, and winding up there.

And another thing is that the advocates of reform or the opponents of reform are those who are saying that we need to be careful about what we do here, because we don’t want the government to take away your choice of a health plan. It’s more likely that your employer and your insurer is going to switch you from a plan that you’re in now to one that you don’t want. You might be in the plan you like now.

But chances are, pretty soon, you’re going to be enrolled in one of these high deductible plans in which you’re going to find that much more of the cost is being shifted to you than you ever imagined.

-mg

I am a lawn Nazi.

Jul 12, 2009 in Uncategorized

Green carpet perfection, bitches.

The dandelions have been vanquished and the Creeping Charlie has been torn asunder. All that remain are some small pockets of crabgrass that know that their days of resistance are numbered. My Kentucky Bluegrass is marching in lock-step and will soon overtake them.

-mg

The Office Block Persecution Affinity.

Jul 12, 2009 in Uncategorized

I love Zooey Deschanel.

Jul 09, 2009 in Uncategorized

All The Real Girls cemented that for me, but now she sings. Bit of a free spirit…

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Crazy girl:)

-jb

“Hey, You Can’t Expect Perfection”

Jul 08, 2009 in Uncategorized

President Obama sees Bush’s “We Don’t Need No Stinking Rule of Law” power-grab and ups the ante. At some point, you have to admit that no amount of “keeping the pressure on” somebody is going to turn him into something he isn’t. What Obama isn’t: a President whose values align with the American understanding of justice and fair play. “New territory from a civil liberties perspective?” No explanation can soft-soap this garbage.

Don’t be fooled again. The only difference between Democrats and Republicans – the only one worth mentioning – is that you know the Democrats ought to know better. They are not worthy of any liberal’s support, next year or three years from now.
-TT