Archive for February 23rd, 2010

Terrorism the Tea Party can get behind.

Feb 23, 2010 in Politics

My money is still on Limbaugh but it didn’t take these ghouls long before Dilbert’s last plane ride became a symbol of protest.

The way they see it, “he did the ultimate flipping of the bird to the man,” said JJ MacNab, a Maryland-based insurance analyst who is writing a book about tax protesters. “He stuck it to the man, and they love that.”

It is not surprising Stack would be portrayed as a hero on fringe Web sites such as stormfront.org, a forum for white supremacists. But admirers also are expressing their appreciation on mainstream sites such as Facebook, where a fan page supporting some of the things he said in his six-page manifesto had more than 2,000 members Monday.

Thank Allah that Stack wasn’t a Muslim or this story would have played out a lot differently. Has anyone heard of Stack being described as a suicide bomber? Has the liberal media been condemned as terrorist sympathizers for not condemning him fast enough? Has the president been accused of going soft on the enemy for not responding to the attack publicly? How many hours of air time has Fox News devoted to delving into the past of Stack and asking the administration why he wasn’t stopped before he decided to martyr himself?

-mg

“He should have focused on the economy.”

Feb 23, 2010 in Beltway-itis, Clueless Conservatives

Yglesias stops and takes a look at this never-quite-explained meme:

Are there any centrist Democrats or moderate Republicans who are going to claim that had Obama backed off on health care they would have voted for substantial additional short-term stimulus measures? Do any sources at the Federal Reserve think that had Obama not attempted health reform that Ben Bernanke would have implemented a more expansionary agenda? As far as I know, the answer to both of those questions is “no” so nothing was actually traded off when Obama decided to focus on health care. But even though everyone in the media is very interested in second-guessing Obama these days, nobody seems interested in looking in to these issues.

Obama and the Democrats were certainly a bit busy this past year. After all, Republicans managed to filibuster 80% of the bills Congress tried passing. Of course, I would have wanted a robust public works bill last year, but that would have been filibustered also. So what exactly are people talking about? As usual, so much noise, so few solutions.

-hw

Let’s start a pool.

Feb 23, 2010 in Clueless Conservatives

How many tea party folks liked Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story?

I got ten on “7-10%.” Given that 70% will probably refuse to watch it outright, I’d advise you to shoot low.

If you actually watch it, though, it nails all the things that are making them unhappy, but since teabaggers are mostly just Republicans, all they can come up with for a solution is, “Uh, no, just lower taxes CAPITALISM RULES OBAMAISTEHSOCIALIST!!!”

-hw