Archive for September, 2009

30
Sep
09

do we have the votes to pass comprehensive health care reform?

Well, do WE?!? According to the Hill one Senator appears to believes that we do. Sen. Tom Harkin does, in fact, believe that the Senate has the requisite 51 votes to pass the public option. Crooks & Liars has an overwhelmingly positive write up on the situation, citing several bloggers that claim that the public option is far from dead, but rather looking better than ever.

Unfortunately, not everyone seems to be sharing in this enthusiasm: yesterday public option crusader Sen. Chuck Schumer dolefully claimed that the Senate simply didn’t have the requisite 60 votes to pass a public option…

Wait a minute, sixty votes? Gadzooks, I though we only needed 51 (which is true, it’s called parliamentary wrangling to avoid a filibuster and pass a vote with simple majority, boo yah)?!?! Looks like some people should be taken back to the basics:

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30
Sep
09

giant over-tanned boner says stupid things to press

House tanorexic Minority Leader John  Boehner has come out and blasted Barack Obama’s unfair ability to travel quickly and efficiently around the world to lobby for another American hosted Olympics because there is “serious debate” going on at home. I’m sure that what Boehner meant to say is that Barack Obama is missing House and Senate Republicans masturbating frantically and flinging poo at the left side of the aisle, while the boobs and crooks on the left continue to squabble over how much money they can individually squeeze out of the Insurance industry for their reelection funds like a bunch of greed filled schizophrenics.

Don’t worry, Barry, I’d take the trip to Copenhagen (like the president’s of every other country nominated to host the Olympic games did) over being around this shit-storm of unbelievable proportions.

Boehner’s complaints have been symptomatic of a greater push to demonize and trivialize the President’s push to host the Olympics in America’s third most densely populated city. The move seems bizzare because hosting the Olympics is usually a huge honor not just for the individual cities, but to the rest of the country as well, just ask this guy.

You can read the full story on Politico, here.

30
Sep
09

bring me the head of John L Perry

John L Perry is a hitherto unremarkable right wing puddin’ head and apparently a columnist for the hitherto unheard of website: NewsMax. Despite his old age, egg shaped head and apparent penchant for Tom Clancy glasses, Mr. Perry fancies himself a radical revolutionary. He crusades for the rights of America’s often neglected military, and shuns the evil autocrat Obama’s desire to bring actual health care to the American people through modest reform! He towers over the squabbling boobs restraining to keep their heads in the face of the impending Obama/Ayers/Marx/Muhammed takeover, proudly blogging the Truth from his moth ball smelling retirement home. But now this baby eating turd flinger has gone TOO far, so far that even the always irreverent NewsMax has pulled its content.

Mr. Perry has been making waves amongst people who care about this kind of thing for publishing an article that glows at the totally manufactured possibility that Obama could be thwarted by a military coup. One could imagine his small, turtle-like head a buzz as he furiously pounds in things like:

There is a remote, although gaining, possibility America’s military will intervene as a last resort to resolve the “Obama problem.” Don’t dismiss it as unrealistic.

America isn’t the Third World. If a military coup does occur here it will be civilized. That it has never happened doesn’t mean it wont. Describing what may be afoot is not to advocate it.

Or maybe the shit eating grin on his face as he drives this little doozy home:

Imagine a bloodless coup to restore and defend the Constitution through an interim administration that would do the serious business of governing and defending the nation. Skilled, military-trained, nation-builders would replace accountability-challenged, radical-left commissars. Having bonded with his twin teleprompters, the president would be detailed for ceremonial speech-making.

And then imagine this brave little retiree furrowing his brows in noble anguish as he taps taps taps away at this ungodly dino dropping:

Military intervention is what Obama’s exponentially accelerating agenda for “fundamental change” toward a Marxist state is inviting upon America. A coup is not an ideal option, but Obama’s radical ideal is not acceptable or reversible.

Unthinkable? Then think up an alternative, non-violent solution to the Obama problem. Just don’t shrug and say, “We can always worry about that later.”

Then, and only then could the Buck Turgidsons of the world have their way! Think about it, there are a seemingly endless amount of countries to needlessly invade! And think of all the fun our boys in the Air Force would have flying their limitless wings of F-22s over the poor, starving and huddled masses of uninsured Americans.

Then again think of John L. Perry’s “skilled, militiary trained, nation builders…” that would take over Perry’s twisted fantasy government. Would these be the same nation builders employed in Iraq? How about Afghanistan? Would the military be here for another century imposing marshal law? And, why did John Perry completely ignore the seemingly positive image Obama has amongst military types? Because he’s an idiot, that’s why.

I don’t think “nation building” is what John really wants. You see, even though he didn’t write it, I can tell John’s a pretty pragmatic guy, I think he meant to say that he wants the military to drive Obama and his multi-colored pinkos from their commie-Czar offices and then build a giant time machine back to the 1950s, when the milkshakes were thick, the schools were segregated, and the fear of nuclear war with a comparable superpower kept everyone like John Perry on the lookout.

(Via ThinkProgress & Media Matters)

30
Sep
09

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL), you are an American hero

Your state may be a swampy mess of corruption, but this speech does America right:

And this time no-one yelled: “YOU LIE!”

(Via ThinkProgress)

29
Sep
09

no i am not obsessed with Matt Drudge

Okay, so Matt Drudge’s cranky dissent into tabloidy obscurity has been a fascinating one. As his retro-styled conservative fan-page/news aggregater declines in readership and in influence, it’s become (like the American conservative cause) increasingly bizzare, louder and more obnoxious. The Drudge Report has gone from being a website that dictates the agenda of discussion in the mainstream media to being the newsmedia equivalent of a monkey flinging turds at his zoologically inclined captors. The only ones left listening to Drudge’s increasingly asinine “newsmaking” have been fringe wingnuts and dingbats like Rush Limbaugh and Michelle Malkin.

Take for instance the most recent headline on the site: OLYMPIC SPIRIT: VIDEO SHOWS BRUTAL GANG MURDER IN CHICAGO. The video in question is the terrible footage of a teenage Chicagoan being beaten to death by other teenagers, Gawker had an excellent write up on the moral implications of the video itself, here. The context in which it’s being used by Matt Drudge is ugly, racially charged, paranoid and exploitative.

The screaming headline banner comes less than 24 hours after Drudge “broke” a story about someone (maybe this Barack fella?) quashing stories that might cast the UNITED STATES’ effort to host the 2016 Olympics in the presidents hometown. The 2016 Olympics have become a strange source of conservative controversy as of late, which Salon had a nice write up on, here. Now this story is being manipulated to fit this new, and very strange, form of obstructionism from the right wing, with universal ass hat Matt Drudge leading the charge.

Before today, this kind of lunatic conspiracy theory was acceptable as one of those harmless self marginalizing tactics that the right so often pulls out when drowning in a sea of their own bullshit, but it seems that in the wake of a sixteen year old’s violent death (one caught on camera and paraded around news outlets and the Internet), that maybe using the blood of someone innocent for an obviously wrongheaded cause is beyond tasteless.

Maybe posting a blurry image of black kids charging savagely at a soon to be killed child (who is off camera) and framing it within your increasingly obvious racially charged paranoia and political ideology, just isn’t the best idea. I’d like to be the first to remind Mr. Drudge that he’s running dangerously close to his monthly quota on posting blurry photos of black kids beating someone up as his banner illustration.

26
Sep
09

looking into the heart of darkness

Mark Tapscott, the low level boob who was given a laudatory link by right wing head-case Michelle Malkin, wrote a fantastic little piece for the free daily DC ‘bloid The Washington Examiner warning everyday Americans to watch out for the “Stalin in progressives hearts” (that’s actually the title of the story, you can’t make this stuff up anymore!). This is one of the most depressing and telling articles I’ve stumbled across so far since Joe Wilson made me lose my mind a couple of weeks back and here’s why: Mark Tapscott, the little shit, is probably getting paid to write this drivel, and worse than that, I’m willing to bet that the filthy little dead tree rag that employs this blithering blunderbust probably averages more than eight readers a day like my blog.

I mean, how far can hyperbole in a (relatively) mainstream publication go before it drives any unsuspecting sane readers completely over the edge. Honestly, after reading this piece of shit I wanted to go to my nearest drug dealer, buy a massive quantity of marijuana, smoke it all at once, grow my hair out, fuck a tree, burn a car, throw fake blood on an innocent fur wearer (while calling him a bourgeois bastard) and run around my neighborhood in a crudely made Uncle Sam Costume banging one of those one-man-band back-pack-bass-drums whilst holding up a paper mache effigy of George Bush shouting “Bush Lies! FREEDOM FRIES!” That’s really how I felt, honest to God, if you’re still reading, here’s why:

• Mark Tapscott believes that trying to get terribly sick and broken Americans access to legitmate healthcare is a hop, skip and a fart away from Stalinism:

Forcing all of us to buy officially approved health insurance is essential to a functioning government-run system. As Obama told Congress, “many of insurance reforms we seek – especially requiring insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions – cannot be achieved” without the individual mandate.

Why? Because the politicians and bureaucrats who will manage the government-run health care program know that, without the force of government behind them, they won’t be able to make the rest of us do what they tell us to do.

Once the power is granted, the question becomes how severe will the enforcement be. Fines will suffice, for Obamacare, for now. For Stalin, the first choice was usually the Gulag, or a bullet. It’s just a matter of degree.

•Mark Tapscott taps noted policy non-maker and renowned boob Times columnist Thomas “Suck On This” Friedman to tell us which way the wind blows in Obama’s America

Consider New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman’s telling admiration for the communist thugs who run the Chinese government:”One-party autocracy certainly has its drawbacks. But when it is led by a reasonabley enlightened group of people, as China is today, it can also have great advantages. That one party can just impose the politically difficult but critically important policies needed to move a society forward in the 21st century.”

That in a nutshell is the totalitarian temptation that plagues all who would use the power of the state to impose their vision of the good society on the rest of us.

•Mark Tapscott believes in FEMA will set up re-education camps in the desert at the behest of Obama crony Bill Ayers:

And if the dissenters won’t be quiet, Bill Ayers, Obama’s once-and-future colleague, can always dust off his copy of that old Weather Underground plan for FEMA re-education camps in the desert southwest.

•Mark Tapscott believes that climate change legislation (Waxman-Markey) is part of Obama’s rise to despotism:

It’s the ever-present Stalin whispering in the progressive ear: “Ignore those reactionary, loud-mouthed, ignorant Tea Party protesters and decree Obamacare, Waxman-Markey, and all the rest of it. Do it now while you have the power!”

And lastly:

•Mark Tapscott is a dishonest nincompoop:

But that is what government always does as it becomes more costly, intrusive and intolerant of dissent. As if to drive the point home, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a gag order this week telling all private companies participating in the Medicare Advantage program to shut up. Violators would face fines and jail time. Forget the First Amendment.

The gag order was issued after Humana Corp. sent a letter to its policyholders who participate in Medicare Advantage telling them the facts about Obamacare’s effect on the program. The companies were ordered “to end immediately all such mailings to beneficiaries and to remove any related materials directed to Medicare enrollees from your website.”

The bureaucrats added this blunt threat: “Please be advised that we take this matter very seriously and, based upon the findings of our investigation, will pursue compliance and enforcement actions. ….”

Those, my friends, are the words of soft tyranny. How much longer before it becomes a hard tyranny?

You can read the two or three sentences not reprinted here. Be forewarned, however, the comments section is not for the faint of heart.

25
Sep
09

are the Blue Dogs transmogrifying into human beings?

Sometimes I wonder, guys. Actually, I generally never wonder because conservative members of an already way too centrist party are guaranteed turds, but they might (just might!) not ruin this generations one chance to fix our broken health care system. The Huffington Post is reporting that the Blue Dogs are about “evenly split” as to whether or not would kill the public option. Appearently their top priorities are not moviong faster than the Senate (zah?), keeping the price tag under $900 billion, and getting the military up to Universal Soldier standards.

Read the HuffPo story here.