Saturday, August 29, 2009

Headlines - Saturday

"Sailing on Mya with Vicki at my side and my dogs, Splash and Sunny, at my feet. And, of course, a Democrat in the White House and regaining our majority in the Senate."  Teddy, asked what his idea of happiness was - Link


Comments on Sarah Palin's Facebook page:

"This country is now much better off, one less socialist, anti freedom senator." 

"Now if we could just talk God into taking Spector, Reid and Pelosi, America would be Eutopia!" 

"good riddens" 

"I hope God makes him babysit all the aborted children for eternity." 

"Ted Kennedy dying has made my day...." 

"Good ridencance to a sorry person." 

"It's about time, we can only hope Pelosi and Ried  will be joining him very soon. All 3 of them should be buried in Moscow." 


Talking Sense to Crazies

Are you sick to death of the I-can-out-crazy-your-crazy screaming, the Obama-wants-to-kill-yo-mama infantilism, the he's-a-Kenyan-Nazi-Communist, America-doesn't-apologize, torture-shmorture, government-is-evil-except-when -it's-interrogating-Muslims, my-gun-gets-bigger-when-you-rub-it, and the O'Reilly-Beck-Hannity-Limbaugh Axis-of-Evil? If the answer is yes, I salute you. If the answer is no, I also salute you... with this one finger.

I have some advice for President Obama. Stop trying to get these people to realize how wrong they are and how right you are. Stop trying to apply reason to the profoundly unreasonable. Stop trying to mitigate or explain their collective temper tantrum. 
Stop trying to curry their favor, their votes, their attention. They don't care about truth, right and wrong, good or bad. They care about stomping feet, crying victim, and pointing fingers. Barney Frank had it exactly right, it's like arguing with a dining room table. Enough is enough. Fuck Kumbaya.


Palin backs out again
What's the opposite of "dependable?"


Organizers of an Anchorage event that has been billing Sarah Palin for weeks as a star speaker were left scrambling Wednesday after learning that the former governor won't be there for tonight's event and claims to have never been asked.

It would be at least the fourth time in recent months that an anticipated Palin speech has fallen through after the publicity whore and her camp disputed they had ever confirmed it. That includes the brouhaha over whether she'd speak at the annual congressional Republican fundraising dinner in Washington, D.C., this summer.  

Can you have a coincidence four times in four months?


A valuable lesson we've learned from this summer's health-care-reform town halls is how dangerous it would be to live in this country if it were a democracy.


"Obama wants to mandate circumcision ... And that means, if we need to save our penises from anybody, it's Obama." - the vulgar Pigboy, fantasizing about sex with a Black man, Link 

"Our penises?" How many do you have, Rush?


Rightwing shouters condemn Town Hall protesters

Yes, the rightwing talking heads are basically full of shit. But when you least expect it, they up and say something sensible. WTF???

Bill O'Reilly had this to say about these rowdy protesters who keep disrupting these town hall meetings:

"He wanted to disrupt the forum. And to me, I think he should be prosecuted…Look, the guy goes in there. He's totally inappropriate in every way…There isn't one appropriate thing the man did. He wants to disrupt the forum. Security has an obligation not to allow the forum to be disrupted."

You Go Bill.

Sean Hannity said: "This guy disrupted the event. He disturbed the peace."

You tell 'em Sean.

Glenn Beck also had some choice words for those loudmouth troublemakers — I don't have an exact quote.

Maybe it's just the "broken clock is right twice a day" syndrome. But let's give these guys credit for being impartial, for once, and calling things as they see them. Maybe there really is some common ground, and someday we can —

OOPS!!! My bad. Upon closer examination, the Three Stooges WEREN'T criticizing the recent town hall protesters. They were condemning that lone demonstrator who interrupted a John Kerry speech in September 2007. You remember — "Don't Taze Me Bro."

Nevermind. Well, that's totally different, isn't it.

So let me get this straight now. If a large group is shouting and drowning out a speech and yelling out threats, it's just hunky dory. Remember, democracy is messy and disorderly. But when a person is by himself and his only "crime" is continuing to talk after security guards have told him to stop talking — Taze that mofo!

OK, I've got it now.



Flushing Blackwater - by Jeremy Scahill

Blackwater, the private mercenary company owned by Erik Prince, has been thrust back into the spotlight by a series of stunning revelations about its role in covert US programs. Since at least 2002, Blackwater has worked for the CIA in Afghanistan and Pakistan on "black" contracts. On August 19, the New York Times revealed that the company was, in fact, a central part of a secret CIA assassination program that Dick Cheney allegedly ordered concealed from Congress. The paper then reported that Blackwater remains a key player in the widening air war in Pakistan and Afghanistan, where it arms drone aircraft. These disclosures follow allegations--made under oath by former Blackwater employees--that Prince murdered or facilitated the murder of potential government informants and that he "views himself as a Christian crusader tasked with eliminating Muslims and the Islamic faith from the globe."


As I wrote yesterday, the death of Ted Kennedy can't help but affect the current debate on healthcare reform. A leader on many points, Kennedy made healthcare one of his signature issues. So it shouldn't surprise anyone that there are calls to name the final healthcare bill in his honor and, also in his honor, to make certain that final bill is worth the paper it's written on. It was practically inevitable.

Also inevitable was the Republican response to these calls. Never ones to resist their baser political instincts, the right has gone on a preemptive strike against Kennedy's memory. His death must not be politicized, they argue, because this would be... I don't know, it's not the best argument. The man dedicated his entire adult life to public service through politics, so how could his death be seen through any other lens?
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Pastor prays for president Obama's death on the eve of his visit to Arizona:


Next time a wingnut shrieks hysterically about tax cuts point out that President Obama has cut taxes for 98.6% of all working households.


Mormons' postmortem baptisms include serial killers and right-wing terrorists

Killers baptized by Mormons: Bundy (top left), Dahmer, Gein, Gacy, Bishop, McVeigh

Killers: Bundy (top left), Dahmer, Gein, Gacy (bottom left), Bishop, McVeigh

Mass murderers and serial killers are among the millions of deceased who have been posthumously baptized in temples owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). These names include the modern-day dictators and mass murderers — Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin, and Mao Zedong. Other multiple murderers have been posthumously baptized in Mormon temples, like prolific serial killer, Ted Bundy.

Bundy, who was once a Mormon, is one of the most infamous serial killers in U.S. history. His primary occupation in life was the murder and mutilation of young women. He also engaged in necrophilia, which is a sexual attraction to corpses. Bundy destroyed many innocent lives — and his victims may have numbered over 100. Nevertheless, Ted Bundy was baptized by proxy on May 28, 2008, in the Jordan River, Utah, (LDS) Temple. 

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Responsible christians should sign up for the post-rapture pet care


As they are being drawn up into the bosom of the Lord at the time of the Rapture, what do you think will go through the mind of Christians?

  • How will I locate my wife on Heaven's alabaster avenues?
  • Did I turn off the coffee pot?
  • Oh no! What will happen to Rover and Fluffy??!!

Well, worry no more, Christians! There is help for your pets after the Rapture in the form of Eternal Earth-Bound Pets USA:

You've committed your life to Jesus. You know you're saved. But when the Rapture comes what's to become of your loving pets who are left behind? Eternal Earth-Bound Pets takes that burden off your mind.

We are a group of dedicated animal lovers, and atheists. Each Eternal Earth-Bound Pet representative is a confirmed atheist, and as such will still be here on Earth after you've received your reward. Our network of animal activists are committed to step in when you step up to Jesus.

We are currently active in 20 states and growing. Our representatives have been screened to ensure that they are atheists, animal lovers, are moral / ethical with no criminal background, have the ability and desire to rescue your pet and the means to retrieve them and ensure their care for your pet's natural life.

It's relatively inexpensive ($115 per first animal, $15 for each additional pet), but it's only good if the Rapture occurs within 10 years.

The service is not available in Florida yet, and I admit I was tempted to take out a franchise. But then, when I thought about it, I decided my post-Rapture time would probably be better spent girding my loins for Armageddon.


Phillip Garrido was a man of God with a joyful story to tell.

"If you take this a step at a time, you're going to fall over backward and in the end you're going to find the most powerful, heart-warming story," he said.

"I tell you here's the story of what took place at this house and you're going to be absolutely impressed.

Oh, right. Here's his heart-warming story: in 1991 he and his wife kidnapped an 11 year old girl; they imprisoned her in their back yard; he raped her repeatedly; and she eventually gave birth to two children, who are now 11 and 15, and who were also confined to that small yard for their entire lives.

I am not impressed. I presume that what he thinks makes this a happy tale is that he was an enthusiastic god-walloper who was caught while handing out religious tracts, but you can read his blog and see that he was just nuts.

Update: The freakazoid is now under investigation for a series of prostitute murders.


DOJ may skirt court order on interrogation documents, go generic

We've all seen what a few disclosures about torture can do. They were revelatory, were they not? More are due out soon, but oh, wait a minute, er... well...

The Obama administration may circumvent the spirit of a judge's order to disclose hundreds of documents relating to the CIA's Bush-era interrogation program, delivering instead generic descriptions of the documents and legal arguments for continued nondisclosure. [...]

On July 20, Judge Allen Hellerstein of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that the government needed to complete a review of the documents for declassification in response to an ACLU Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by Monday, Aug. 31.


Ezra Klein points out that we ration healthcare in this country, namely by simply pricing millions out of the market:

The numbers are almost mirror images of each other. Twenty-seven percent of Canadians wait more than four months for treatment, versus only four percent of Americans. Twenty-four percent of Americans can't afford medical care at all, versus only 6 percent of Canadians. And the American numbers are understated because if you can't afford your first appointment, you never learn you couldn't afford the medicine or test that the doctor would have prescribed.

We ration. And if the numbers and the surveys don't convince you of the point, this is what it looks like when we ration.

Oh gee. The Pentagon lied. What a shock.  

They were lying all along and they have now admitted that they were denying access to reporters who were not willing to participate in promulgating Pentagon propaganda. Stars & Stripes:
The secret profiles commissioned by the Pentagon to rate the work of journalists reporting from Afghanistan were used by military officials to deny disfavored reporters access to American fighting units or otherwise influence their coverage as recently as 2008, an Army official acknowledged Friday.

What's more, the official said, Army public affairs officers used the analyses of reporters' work to decide how to steer them away from potentially negative stories.
What the Army and the Pentagon are looking for are propagandists, not reporters. They want people who will just regurgitate the stuff the Army puts out. What they don't want are reporters who will go look under the rocks and find out the real truth of the matter.

Maybe the Army and the Pentagon ought to dwell on what "freedom" and "liberty" are all about, for it seems that they have forgotten.



One year ago today, Mooselini was thrust into the national spotlight, thanks to the failing and flailing presidential campaign that Grandpa Walnuts was running. And in some sort of act of desperate daring-do, the old fart unleashed upon an unsuspecting public perhaps the greatest grifter and her clan of hillbillies in modern American history.

Besides the animal like Todd, we have:

  • Track: the alleged meth connection sent to Iraq to head off a criminal charge, and to clean him out, but it's pretty close to ground zero in the heroin supply chain.
  • Bristol: the single mother of Trip, ex-girlfriend of Levi and noted abstinance educator.
  • Willow: the mysterious Palin with a vacant Jan-Brady smile. bristol, Bristol, BRISTOL!
  • Piper: perhaps the one to keep an eye on, she might snap any moment now that she is the second-place human shield when her brother…
  • Trig/Algorythm: who may or may not be Mooselini's kid, and served as the campaign's prop and took first place as a human shield away from Piper. Trig is the likable Palin.
  • Levi: the handsome but stupid sperm donor and father of…
  • Trip: who probably is another likable Palin, because he is really a Johnston.
  • Sweet Jeebus? Only one year? Really?


You want a damned good reason for healthcare reform NOW?  One of the victims of the sick bastard who shot up the gym in Pittsburgh because he couldn't get a woman of his own had no health insurance.  Now she has hefty bills for the medical care that saved her life.  To help her pay her medical bills, her friends and family recently held a car wash.  I'm sorry  Car washes and bake sales are for new band uniforms and soccer equipment, not medical bills that run tens, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars.


In Salt Lake City today, Sen. Bob Bennett (R-UT) held a fundraiser with former Bush adviser Karl Rove (who should be in prison), where Rove declared that "Republicans will be defined this year by their effort to block Democrats' efforts for health care reform." "This year is going to be defined by Republicans and conservatives by what we oppose," said Rove. After Rove praised Bennett's health care plan, Bennett said that he agreed with Rove's goal of killing health care reform:

Rove said that he supports Bennett's work on the Healthy Americans Act - the health care bill Bennett is co-sponsoring with Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon - although he said it's "not exactly the bill that you or I would like each and every section."

Bennett said his bill is not a negotiating tool on health care, but it will be there as an alternative after Democratic reforms are blocked. "The No. 1 assignment in 2009 is to kill Obamacare," Bennett said.


Mike Huckabee says Obamacare would have killed Ted Kennedy forever

Mike Huckabee, being a douche on the radio! "[I]t was President Obama himself who suggested that seniors who don't have as long to live might want to just consider taking a pain pill instead of getting an expensive operation to cure them. Yet when Sen. Kennedy was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer at 77, did he give up on life and go home to take pain pills and die? Of course not. He freely did what most of us would do. He choose an expensive operation and painful follow up treatments." Let's make this CLEAR: Ted Kennedy was rich!

The rich will always be able to get the most expensive, boldest treatments — now, later, under any system. This is one of the advantages of being rich, which most people will never be. "Most of us" would have died well before Ted Kennedy did, if we had had his disease. It's just the way it is. So pass over the morphine tabs, a pistol, and one bullet — the good things in life.


The racists are getting so creative! Here's someone in an Obama mask, whipping an old man and a fetus:

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