Archive for July, 2009

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”.

-mg

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.

-mg

William Shatner reads Sarah Palin.

Jul 28, 2009 in Uncategorized

Comic genius:

I think Shatner does it justice.

-mg

Best line evar.

Jul 27, 2009 in Uncategorized

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

-mg

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

Canadians continue to wonder WTF Republicans are talking about.

Jul 22, 2009 in Health Care

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

While Republican horror stories about public health care tend to focus exclusively on Canadian and British versions, and completely ignore:

a) French health care
b) German health care
c) US health care

– there exists zero possibility of Canadians wanting to trade their system for ours. The thought of going into bankruptcy upon facing a health care emergency is too horrific to tolerate. Yet Republicans expect Americans to continue doing so, and won’t even pay the issue lip service.

Oh, but they’re very concerned about you, not their HMO election contributors!

-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.

-mg

Feeding the crazies.

Jul 22, 2009 in Uncategorized

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

-mg

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.

-mg

Follow the money.

Jul 21, 2009 in Disappointing Dems, Health Care

Some Democrat Senators still do things the old way:

At the table on May 26 were about 20 donors willing to fork over $10,000 or more to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, including executives of major insurance companies, hospitals and other health-care firms.

“Most people there had an agenda; they wanted the ear of a senator, and they got it,” said Aaron Roland, a San Francisco health-care activist who paid half price to attend the gathering. “Money gets you in the door. The only thing the other side can do is march around and protest outside.”

As his committee has taken center stage in the battle over health-care reform, Chairman Baucus (D-Mont.) has emerged as a leading recipient of Senate campaign contributions from the hospitals, insurers and other medical interest groups hoping to shape the legislation to their advantage. Health-related companies and their employees gave Baucus’s political committees nearly $1.5 million in 2007 and 2008, when he began holding hearings and making preparations for this year’s reform debate.

Top health executives and lobbyists have continued to flock to the senator’s often extravagant fundraising events in recent months. During a Senate break in late June, for example, Baucus held his 10th annual fly-fishing and golfing weekend in Big Sky, Mont., for a minimum donation of $2,500. Later this month comes “Camp Baucus,” a “trip for the whole family” that adds horseback riding and hiking to the list of activities.

To avoid any appearance of favoritism, his aides say, Baucus quietly began refusing contributions from health-care political action committees after June 1. But the policy does not apply to lobbyists or corporate executives, who continued to make donations, disclosure records show.

Dear Max Baucus: You don’t have to do business this way anymore, taking corporate checks and offering polished turd answers while pretending you can still serve the interests of the public.

Max Baucus is not presenting us with worthy counter-arguments, or public outrage, or better ideas. He’s playing the old politician’s game. You can’t get too mad at him…that’s how he was raised.

For Democrats to expect their Senators to hold remotely Democratic sensibilities, among which “health care for all” cannot be discarded, they have to help them get money in new ways.

Harry Reid can bark at Max, but what would be smartest is for grassroots organizations to promise him fundraising support if he agrees to listen to all the people, not just the ones who can pony up $10K.

-jb

You liked the centrists but now you hate them!

Jul 18, 2009 in Disappointing Dems, Health Care

No, but I don’t have to accept poor arguments from anybody on this planet.

What’s especially galling is the hypocrisy of their claimed reason for delaying progress — concern about the fiscal burden. After all, in the past most of them have shown no concern at all for the nation’s long-term fiscal outlook.

Case in point: the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003, which denied Medicare the right to bargain for lower drug prices, locked in overpayments to private insurance companies, and did nothing, nothing at all, to pay for its proposed outlays. How many of these six self-proclaimed defenders of solvency voted no on the crucial procedural vote? One. (Joe Lieberman, to my surprise.)

And let’s not forget that Ben Nelson, who appears to be the ringleader, has fought tooth and nail against competition from a public option — which would almost certainly save a significant amount of money, as well as providing much-needed competition.

The MSM is fully prepared to treat these six as martyrs of reason, independence, and non-partisan thinking. This holds a certain allure for all parties involved, but when you put the test of reason to their claims, all you have is the typical Democrat cowardice, hinged on the fear that Republicans will say mean things about them. Ever is there the absolute fear of employing reason, facts, and techniques of persuasion to stand up, wield a pair, and trust in the power of a principled stand.

This world will confound you with competing claims. Reason separates the wheat from the chaff. Knowing that it will not follow that truth earns surrender, you are left trusting the multiplicative force of persistence. If those who persist in the pursuit of junk claims can sway, all the more powerful is the implacable will of those emboldened with truth.

The reality is that Democrats are on the right side of this issue at the right time, and if some are going to revolt, they better-

a) have rock solid arguments on their side and
b) not entertain for a second allowing a Republican filibuster. Vote how you will, but let us have the vote!

-jb

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?

-mg

I love how you love how I love you.

Jul 17, 2009 in Music

Amanda Palmer of The Dresden Dolls covers, with appropriate balance of whimsy and pathos, the most amazing artist/songwriter you’ve never heard of, Momus.

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Bit of a cut-off at the end, but you’ll survive.

Momus himself isn’t much of a video maker, but this one is charming:

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I’d throw a little love towards The Dresden Dolls but they don’t like people seeing their videos, so good luck to them with that, um, other approach.

-jb

The House Health Care Reform Bill.

Jul 16, 2009 in Health Care

Ezra Klein breaks it down. It isn’t single payer, but it seems pretty attractive, as Ezra says.

In the first year, it accepts those without health insurance, those who are buying health insurance on their own, and small businesses with fewer than 10 people. In the second year, it accepts small businesses with fewer than 20 people. After that, “larger employers as permitted by the Commissioner.”

If I were a small business employer being forced to provide my employees health insurance, I wouldn’t be able to wait to offload them to the public system. The tiny tax increase would be well worth the savings.

If I were a small business employee, I wouldn’t be able to wait to get on a public plan so that I could have some job mobility instead of being stuck at my job for fear of losing coverage.

Why do Republicans insist on weighing down the free market with health care? Put health in the public realm, where it belongs, and let business be business.

-jb

UPDATE: Holy smokes…looks like Big Pharma is working the Senate well:

The missing items include two planks of Mr. Obama’s campaign platform: allowing cheaper drugs to be imported from Canada and giving the federal government the right to negotiate Medicare drug prices directly with pharmaceutical companies.

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?

-mg

Things that get left out of arguments.

Jul 15, 2009 in Health Care

You’re supposed to assume public health care would impact research.

Where is the supposed threat to America’s medical R&D establishment? It’s not like insurance companies and family practice groups are funding or performing the basic research that keeps us in our current leadership position. Medical research is dominated by government agencies, non-profit NGOs, universities, and multi-national pharmaceutical and medical equipment companies, none of which stand to suffer based on any of the proposals I’ve read.

But it’s so darn fun for Republicans to say it!

Kevin Drum:

This is actually the only objection to national healthcare that I find sort of interesting. But here’s the problem: the reason it’s hard to find a convincing rebuttal is because the argument itself is purely speculative in the first place. Sure, it’s possible that the only thing keeping medical innovation alive is the (approximately) one-fourth of global healthcare spending accounted for by the quasi-private portion of the American market. But that’s all it is: possible. There’s no real empirical argument at work here, and given the current state of the global healthcare market, there probably can’t be. That makes it pretty hard to construct an empirical rebuttal.

So I guess I’d reframe this. Instead of simply suggesting that innovation will die if America adopts national healthcare, how about breaking that down into three or four very specific arguments about what kind of innovations we’re talking about and why they’d be destroyed if the feds funded 80% of American healthcare instead of the current 45%? Let’s hear some details and some proposed mechanisms. Then maybe we can take a crack at having a discussion about it.

Yet this speculation is regarded as a truism in mainstream debates.

-jb

We all feel better in the dark.

Jul 15, 2009 in Music, We'll post whatever we goddamned want to

As we grow older, this grows truer:

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From the greatest concert video of all time, the Pet Shop Boys Performance. Every single number had its own costume change, theme, and moves. Integrating the avante garde with the common, rarely has such effort been mustered to dress up some terminally stiff white boy rapping. The results elevate it to a very honest sublimity.

-jb

This next trick I shall perform blindfolded.

Jul 15, 2009 in Global warming

Conor Clarke identifies the fundamental features a solution to climate change must possess. I shall attempt to engage them, doing so before reading them because if I can’t, then I must suck.

1. Any solution to climate change must have a theory for what the present generation owes future generations. That’s hard. How do we weigh the interests of people that don’t yet exist?

My suggestion: Barring a leap or degradation in evolution, rank them equal to us, yet in greater number, with no end in sight.

2. Any global solution to climate change must take account the fact that the costs of warming will be borne unevenly around the world. Parts of the northwestern United States will actually benefit from a warmer climate. Bangladesh will not. But why should the U.S. care what happens in South Asia?

The heart of the matter is in the rapidity and unpredictability of the change. The northwestern United States may benefit, but unleashing a rapid worldwide change in climate will have unpredictable consequences, which are unlikely to be beneficial. This is not to say some won’t benefit, but rather to say we can not know for sure who will benefit, and who will suffer immensely.

3. Any solution should account for the fact that the responsibility for global warming is also borne unevenly. The developing world will bear most of the costs, but the developed world bears most of the responsibility. (My understanding is that this will change at some point in the next 50 years.)

What is to add? We possess the resources to explore the options. When we find solutions that make sense for developing countries, we will, furthermore, have greater capacity to enable integration of said solutions. How it could possibly work in reverse, I do not know.

4. Related to #2, the world’s ability to adapt to a changing climate is distributed unevenly. It would surprise no one to learn that wealthy nations will have an easier time adapting than poorer ones. So should we allow poorer nations to pursue the most rapid growth possible, before the consequences become dire? Or should we pursue a solution that achieves the maximum possible reduction in global emissions?

No, and yes. Barring some exceedingly innovative explanation as to how option #1 relates in any way to modern climate research, which suggests our window for action is already eclipsing, next!

5. There is a great deal of uncertainty about what will happen. To be sure: There is no (repeat, no) scientific uncertainty as to whether or not the climate is warming. It is. But the question is, By how much? And when? Will the temperature increase by two degrees Celsius over the next 100 years? Three degrees? Seven degrees? The differences matter.

In that the consequences range from bad to really terrible, and the solutions range from mildly unpleasant to greatly enhancing our lifestyles, sure.

6. Climate change has an incredibly long time horizon. Any small cost or small chance of a catastrophic outcome must to weighed across hundreds or thousands of years. There is also one-way ratchet here: It isn’t clear everything we change about the climate can be reversed.

And one day the sun shall consume Earth. In the meantime, shall we attempt to hew to the earth’s natural progression, and accept what we cannot change? Preferably by trying our best and seeing what doesn’t give?

7. Global warming asks us to weigh economic factors — growth, GDP — against non-economic ones, like the diversity of species and the amount of arable land on the planet. I have absolutely no clue how to do that.

These “non-economic” factors can absolutely impact the economic ones. A planet losing genetic variety and arable land is losing the potency of its food chain, not to mention the reciprocative benefits of medicinal solutions discovered within the present cornucopia of biological diversity.

Risking severe disruption of these things will all but guarantee a greater disruption of our precious yearly GDP gains.

*ahem*

So how did I do?

-jb

Sarah Palin segues into punditry fail.

Jul 14, 2009 in Clueless Conservatives, Energy, Sarah Palin

People keep telling Palin she’s some kind of important voice on the right. Result: She publishes an op-ed, naturally in the Washington Post, of complete ignorance on cap and trade.

Her position is best summarized as, “Oh nooo teh cap and trade will destroy the economy!” which correctly translates as, “Republican stooges will say whatever the energy companies who line election coffers hypnotize them into thinking.” The relevant chart:

Sarah’s knowledge of energy comes from being Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Chairwoman, a position she also quit.

Unfortunately, she has contracted the GOP disease of believing that the world may very well end if she doesn’t shut up for five seconds and wait until there’s something important to say.

-jb

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

Frank Ricci: serial litigator

Jul 12, 2009 in Clueless Conservatives

I can’t wait till they haul this guy in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

But flash back, if you will, to January 25, 1995, when, according to the Hartford Courant Ricci was singing the opposite tune: “A decorated firefighter has filed a lawsuit against the city, saying he was not hired because he is dyslexic.”

The lawsuit, filed recently in federal court, could shed light on the selection process used by the city, which has been beset with criticism over politics and nepotism.

Frank Ricci charges in the lawsuit that the city violated the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities.

Ricci, a Wallingford native who now lives in Maryland, was one of 795 candidates who were interviewed for 40 openings. Ricci told interviewers that he has a learning disability, the lawsuit says.

Fire commissioners have said that although Ricci was qualified, many others also were qualified because they passed the Civil Service examination.

Two years later, that case was resolved. “In a confidential settlement, struck two years later, Mr. Ricci withdrew his lawsuit in exchange for a job with the fire department and $11,143 in attorney’s fees.”

The online devoted have wasted no time in pointing out that the insidious Librulz ™ are making “the press jump through hoops”. Rick Moran, a self-described thinker, links to one article on Slate to prove how the media hyenas has descended on Ricci. Moran’s second link is to an innocuous write up in the NYT about another fire-fighter; Ben Vargas. Evidence that falls far short of the claim that Democrats are asking the press to smear Frank Ricci.

The author of the Slate article, Dahlia Lithwick, makes a damn fine point; that Frank Ricci is the type of plaintiff that entertainers like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity have built careers vilifying but the obvious hypocrisy is ignored because IOKIYAR. That or they’re just so wrapped up in their own victim mentality that they’ve become that stupid. Whichever it is, the fringe dead-enders have predictably gone into full-on victim mode. Frank Ricci is their new pariah, a lunch-box hero who has suffered the sharpened barbs and hooks of latte-sipping, Volvo driving liberals for daring to tell the truth about the radical, hate-mongering and racist Sonia Sotomayor. He’s so important, in fact, that stooges like Moran will openly misrepresent why the promotion test was initially discarded:

In this case, the victim is firefighter Frank Ricci from New Haven, CT who sued after he was denied promotion when test results were thrown out because no minority fire fighter passed. This case was going to be a prime topic of testimony during the upcoming Sotomayor confirmation hearings and the liberals want to make sure that Ricci can’t damage the far left judge’s chances.

The test was thrown out because it was shown to have a disparate impact on blacks and Hispanics. What Moran is practicing is desperate and shameless race-baiting that, while it might be successful in getting the Sarah Palin fans riled up, will fall to pieces once Ricci’s career as a serial plaintiff is exposed. Ricci, after being used like a tool by the GOP, will be quickly discarded and his story will fade into paranoid stormfront.org lore.

-mg

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

Vicious media attacks!

Jul 09, 2009 in Clueless Conservatives

Sean Hannity gets really steamed when the media goes after somebody with an agenda:

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I think when rightwingers talk about the “media attacks” on Sarah Palin, they assume that news outlets approach the task with as much aggressive dishonesty as they themselves employ in the pursuit of propaganda.

-jb

I had no way of knowing this would happen.

Jul 08, 2009 in Clueless Conservatives, Sarah Palin

One of the main reasons Palin gives for her resignation turns out to be false. This is totally unlike her, and I wish somebody could explain.

*ahem*

See, because this is reported, the media is liberal. When they learn to take whatever Republicans say at face value, that’s fair and balanced. Journalism = liberal. Stenography = conservative.

I’m happy to see this understanding ingrained into the public mind. It shouldn’t be true, but if Republicans wish to keep branding themselves according to their dishonesty, it keeps bad policies from being enacted. When they decide to start being honest, all the better for America.

-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

News flash: Harry Reid shows early signs of growing a pair.

Jul 07, 2009 in Barack Obama, Clueless Conservatives, Disappointing Dems, Health Care

Tells Democrats to “stop chasing Republican votes,” says no public option will lose 15 Dem Senators.

Perhaps the magic 60 number is enough to get some Democrats to stop quaking in their boots that Karl Rove will eat their lunch. Max Baucus, who was trying to butter up Charles Grassley, got the hint quickly.

On the executive front, there is still some flak going on over mixed signals (blame Rahm Emanuel, congratulate Howard Dean and Bernie Sanders for fighting back) from the White House on the public option…which is a failure of message control. But, behind the scenes, Obama is using the grassroots machine he built during the election to whip voters towards the finish line.

JB —

As we speak, key committees in Congress are weighing options and making final decisions about how to tackle health care reform. This could be one of the last opportunities to shape the legislation before it’s written.

The behind-the-scenes committee negotiations aren’t front-page news, but the lobbyists trying to block reform are following every detail, and they won’t miss a day. If the final plan is to uphold President Obama’s principles of reduced costs, guaranteed choice — including the choice of a robust public insurance option — and quality care for all, your voice must be heard.

Please write a short letter to the editor of your local paper expressing your support for President Obama’s three principles for real health care reform, and asking your Congressional representatives to do the same. You can write and submit your letter in just a few minutes using our simple online tool.

Write a letter to help pass health care

These letters are an easy but powerful way to make a difference. The letters section is one of the most-read parts of the newspaper, and decision-makers in Congress and the media watch it closely to gauge where the public stands.

Good letters are usually just two or three short paragraphs. You can just explain that you’re a local resident who knows we need real health care reform following the President’s three principles, and we need it now. If you have a personal experience with the health care system that motivates you, that will make the letter even more powerful.

The opponents of real reform have deep pockets and insider access, and they’re holding nothing back in their drive to derail progress before the plans go public.

Your letter, submitted at this time, can help remind your representatives that the American people are counting on them to stand up to special interests and deliver the comprehensive reform we so desperately need.

http://my.barackobama.com/healthcareletter

Thanks for all that you do,

Mitch Stewart
Director
Organizing for America

Meanwhile, Moveon.org is flanking, getting their base riled up for public health care and smacking Emanuel around some more. Let’s hope President Obama reinforces the message to Emanuel personally.

As soon as people realize that the public option is already a compromise, the fear and the furor will die down. Republicans obviously won’t back down because that’s how cults behave. Every Democrat and an overwhelming majority of the middle, however, will be able to move the country forward and finally get something real done about health care. It won’t be single-payer, which would be the ideal solution. It’s a compromise. Those who believe in the free market as the solution to all ills cannot subsist on the case that it won’t be “fair” for the government to handle health care more affordably. They have already surrendered, they’re just stalling while we sit around trying to figure out that we won already.

-jb

Without missing a beat.

Jul 07, 2009 in Uncategorized

John Boehner on Sunday:

When U.S. House Minority Leader John Boehner told a newscaster Sunday that not a single stimulus-funded road contract in his home state of Ohio had been let, he was wrong.

The Ohio Department of Transportation has OK’d 52 stimulus-funded road and bridge projects at a cost of nearly $84 million.

Boehner told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace that in “Ohio, the infrastructure dollars that were sent there months ago,” as part of the economic recovery package, “there hasn’t been a contract let, to my knowledge.”

John Boehner on Monday:

The entire process has been absurdly slow moving just as Republicans warned it would be when we called for an economic recovery bill based on fast-acting tax relief for small businesses and working families,” Boehner said in a statement.

So when the stimulus idea was floated it represented a march towards Soviet-style Communism. Now that the stimulus has passed Boehner can’t get the money fast enough.

I think that it would prove effective for Ohio Democrats to erect road signs before every stimulus funded project reminding drivers that their senator voted against it.

-mg

Disclaimer.

Jul 05, 2009 in Uncategorized

We here at Iowa Liberal are very, very afraid of Sarah Palin.

-jb

Just a friendly reminder…

Jul 04, 2009 in Clueless Conservatives

Republicans continue to be very angry that Sarah Palin isn’t in the White House waiting for McCain to drop dead so that she could be leader of the free world.

-jb

Non-political holiday posting.

Jul 04, 2009 in Uncategorized

Alright…I was promised an iPhone Hulu app many months ago and it still isn’t here. What gives? You haven’t seen The Office until you’ve seen it on a tiny-ass screen, folks!

-mg

Use The Force, Sarah!

Jul 03, 2009 in Uncategorized

Erick son of Erick gets all Episode Four on our asses:

I’ve had this running thought all day, perhaps because I was watching it on TV in HD for the first time, that this is kind of like Ben Kenobi letting Darth Vader strike him down. Palin is not going to run in 2012, but by doing this she can now become Barack Obama’s worst nightmare, and help rebuild the opposition to Obama. How? Because were she to remain a 2012 contender, she’d keep having stories by anonymous McCain campaign staffers and other 2012 contenders going after her and her family. Take that ambition off the table and it neutralizes a lot of that. So she can focus on candidates and ideas without an ulterior motive focused on 2012.

I can understand a homicidal, conflicted, seven foot tall cyborg with asthma being a suitable metaphor for The Liberal Media but Obi-Wan as Sarah Palin? Come on. She has neither the wisdom or the midichlorians. She’s just a whining professional victim who quit because she’s too busy trolling for tabloid headlines to do her job as governor of Alaska.

This metaphor may make sense if you’ve gone utterly out of your gourd and live in a galaxy far, far away called Republicanland. Sarah Palin as Obama’s worst nightmare? Erick Erickson needs to quit whacking it to pictures of Palin in runner’s shorts and realize, once and for all, that Sarah Palin was one of the reasons Obama crushed McCain. She’s a lightning rod of infamy, every bit of bad attention she has garnered because of her own relentless lack of class and intelligence, mixed with an overindulgence of vanity and grandeur. Her fans share in these delusions, convinced that Sarah Palin is Juggernaut, who just needs to get up to speed to become unstoppable. Being on the presidential ticket and the governor of Alaska didn’t quite do the trick, but if she could just get one…more…push…

Obi-Wan? Blasphemy. Sarah Palin is Jar-Jar Binks. Yousa betcha!

-mg&jb, in that order.

Hell…it’s Friday night. Why not?

Lockheed Martin accused of fraud…AGAIN.

Jul 03, 2009 in Uncategorized

I can’t believe that a defense contractor would try to rip off the good-ole US of A!

-mg

Liberals are scared to death of Sarah Palin! Epilogue.

Jul 03, 2009 in Uncategorized

Remember that one from not too long ago?

A spectre is haunting the liberal elites of New York and Washington–the spectre of a young, attractive, unapologetic conservatism, rising out of the American countryside, free of the taint (fair or unfair) of the Bush administration and the recent Republican Congress, able to invigorate a McCain administration and to govern beyond it.

Under their slimy, sweaty skins liberals are scared to death of Sarah Palin. They can see that disregarding her firm grasp on the issues of today, the general public likes and approves of her. That is basically all they care about, as the actual mechanics of governing are beyond their ability to understand, and thus, in their tiny minds, irrelevant (Is that you, Art Downs?). It is high school and popularity that motivates the liberal assessment of individuals.

So enamored they were with her ability to wink at the camera her cheerleaders predicted landslide victories. Now that she’s become the biggest flame-out in political history they’re forced to fall back on that old Republican chestnut; the librul media forced her out! Really, is there anything they won’t blame on someone else?

The Palin phenomenon showed just how desperate Republicans were to carry on George W. Bush’s presidency another four years. Palin displayed the same folksy, aw-shucks affectations that captivated them in 2000. She was a religious fundamentalist who excelled at conveying glittering generalities and slogans in the face of nuance. And, like Bush, she was petty and sarcastic when faced with adversity. Republican strategists thought so lowly of the female electorate that they foolishly assumed that since she was a woman she would automatically garner the female vote and that men would vote for her simply because she was pretty. They were half right.

Things were groovy until one week after her canned speech in Denver when those insidious media liberals put a microphone in front of her and “let Sarah be Sarah”. After that people weren’t “scared to death of Sarah”. They just realized that they had heard her type of phony rhetoric before and decided that they couldn’t afford to make any more excuses for another megalomaniacal dunce in the Oval Office. Thank God for that.

Some feel sorry for her. I certainly don’t. She’ll be on Republican welfare for the rest of her life getting paid to tell the sad tale of a beauty queen/political hopeful struck down before her time by the evil-doers of the reprehensible Left. In all likelihood she’ll get picked up by Fox News. Good riddance.

-mg

Update: David Wallechinsky feels the same way. I’m sure it’s more than just Greta pulling for her.

Update: Yowza. Have you seen the press conference video yet? You should.

From the comments section:

This Woman is the Lib’s worst nightmare. She will now be free to raise money for Conservatives and torment Zero’s failing Presidency. We? can take congress back.

God Bless Sarah!

They just don’t get, do they?

The Party of Personal Responsibility Really Steps It Up

Jul 03, 2009 in Uncategorized

Some of the saddest laughs you’ll ever get. Here’s a woman whose marriage is in ruin because her husband had an affair. And whose fault is that? The liberals, of course! Nobody used to have affairs back in the good old days. Yep…when your Republican governor husband cheats on you, it’s a sure thing the liberals and the gays are to blame!

Really looking forward to the next election cycle, when people who desire the election of more Democrats can call the GOP “the party of Mark Sanford” over & over & over again until it’s the first thing you think of when you see an (R) next to some guy’s name.
-TT

Police are raiding gay bars in 2009?

Jul 01, 2009 in teh gay

You just wait…Republicans will take the side of the police over this ugly incident:

First, witnesses say the officers showed up ready to make arrests, their fists full of plastic zip-cuffs.

“They were hyped up. They were loaded for bear,” said Todd Camp, a veteran journalist who was there celebrating his birthday with friends. “They were just randomly grabbing people, telling them they were drunk.”

Camp told me he has been in bars during TABC/police “checks” before, “and it was never anything like this.” Usually, he said, officers discreetly walk through, looking for anybody who has had too much. This was different.

“They were shoving patrons,” Camp said, “asking, ‘How much have you had to drink?’ ”

Since when do cops go into bars and arrest people for being drunk anyway?

Nevertheless, the “check” was obviously a raid, and one man is in the hospital due to police brutality. The excuse? The police claim that patrons were hitting on them and groping them. While the claim is ridiculous on its face, the obvious bad faith with which the officers approached this “check” removes any chance at credibility they have with this story.

Unless you’re a Republican.

-jb

Activist judges legislatin’ from the bench!

Jul 01, 2009 in Legal

It’s Okay If You’re A Republican..

Republicans really have no judicial philosophy whatsoever. They’ve been repeating the phrases “activist judges!” and “legislating from the bench!” for years to protest decisions they hate for visceral, emotional reasons, primarily any regarding abortion or gay rights. Does anybody honestly think they’d care if the Constitution explicitly spelled out such rights? Of course not. They toss out the 9th Amendment and claim the Constitution to be an exhaustive, complete list of our rights in order to fight abortion and gay marriage, along with any other rights that interfere with their mission to control how you live your life. And it’s not exactly like they’re applying much seriousness to interpreting the Bible either in these hateful, soulless quests. They speak for effect, always.

Republican judges go wherever the hell their personal feelings and opinions guide them (being members of the human species faced with ambiguities), and if it requires being activist and legislating from the bench, then by Jeebus that’s what they’ll do. Odds are they don’t even realize they’re violating their own standards, because such standards don’t truly exist.

And if they do, they sure hope people don’t notice.

-jb