Friday, November 12, 2010

Headlines - Friday November 12


Rush Limbaugh: The "white, racist leadership of the Democrat Party" should give Rep. Jim Clyburn a new position: "Driving Ms. Nancy."

The Republicans want to decrease the debt while lowering taxes at the same time. And then they'll lose weight by eating ice cream.- Will Durst
"The reality is that Nancy Pelosi is politically toxic."- Rep Mike Quigley, (D-Ill), Link 

After what she did to Obama's health care plan - who would want her back?
You'd think Obama would be calling for her head but he likes everybody
and he wants everyone to like him in return.   Ain't today's liberalism grand?
"Exercise is irrelevant....   One of the reasons I know is that I know liberals, and I know liberals lie, and if Michelle Obama's gonna be out there ripping into "food desserts" and saying, "This is why people are fat," I know it's not true."- Pigboy the Hutt, on why he's so healthy and Michelle is so fat,  Link  


Behold the power of music.
Depression era billboard - 'Jobless men keep going, we can't take care of our own'
Wisco: GOP = No Jobs II
"[I]n America, it's far more shameful to owe money than it is to steal it." Matt Taibbi

Exactly right, and shamefully so.


See how well you do with a Hitler quiz here.


I found this tweet by Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher amusing.

Bush not class act, destroyed GOP, jailed Ramos & Compean, left us bailouts, gave more power to fed gov & China.

A class act he is not. Agreed. But more relevant than any damage Bush might have done to the GOP brand (tarnished as it already was), was numbnut's destruction of the economy, an immoral war responsible for the death of hundreds of thousands of innocent lives and his staining of the United State's international image.

And for the record, Bush did not do his work single handed.  He had the aid of a Republican Congress for six of his eight years of madness.  In addition he had the support of a conservative media who for the most part applauded his every misdeed.

I chuckle at teabaggers and conservative politicians who suddenly find it appropriate to claim that their criticism is directed at both parties – that Republicans were guilty of betraying conservative principles during the first eight years of the decade.  They tell us now how upset they are about it all.  Bullshit.  Where was the criticism then?  I don't recall hearing a single teabagger who now screams about rising deficits complaining two years ago about Bush having increased the national debt by $4 trillion dollars.  Why is that?

It's because they didn't give a damn as long as a Republican sat in the White House.  That's why.  So fine, have Republicans criticize George W. Bush now that he's out of office.  It's a bit late, assholes.  If you really did care, you would have been displaying your disapproval long before he lied his way, and a nation, into war and debt.

Forgive me if some of us find your criticism as less a reflection of heartfelt sentiment and more of a ruse and another example of self-serving politics.



Tell us something we didn't know:


Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, of course, had a head start. After being ousted from office in 2005 by Angela Merkel, Schröder immediately set to work penning his memoirs, a document called " Decisions: My Life in Politics" which, when it came out in 2006, was not particularly complimentary towards US President George W. Bush.

He said Bush used "almost Biblical semantics" and, in reference to the US president's repeated mentions of his faith, wrote: "The problem begins when the impression is created that political decisions are a result of this conversation with God."

On Tuesday, the day that Bush's own presidential memoirs, "Decision Points," finally hit the shelves, Schröder went even further. "The former American president is not telling the truth," he said on Tuesday in Berlin.


Ya think?


Schröder isn't the only one this week to have cast doubt on the veracity of Bush's book. British officials have rejected the former president's assertion that waterboarding, an interrogation method considered to be torture, led to information which "helped break up plots to attack American diplomatic facilities abroad, Heathrow airport, and Canary Wharf in London, and multiple targets in the United States." The line is a reference to the interrogations of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks in the US. [my ems]


So, we have world leaders and statesmen calling him a liar and he admitted to being a war criminal in his book. Can we take him away now?

And on a related item:
Fuck you, Jon Stewart.

(Jill's take on Stewart)


FDA Wants Gruesome Smoking Warnings
The FDA has proposed changing the warnings on cigarettes to include photos of dead bodies and gruesomely emaciated cancer patients.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials said a new "comprehensive tobacco control strategy" would include not only these graphic photos but bold statements such as "Smoking Will Kill You." "Today, FDA takes a crucial step toward reducing the tremendous toll of illness and death caused by tobacco use by proposing to dramatically change how cigarette packages and advertising look in this country. When the rule takes effect, the health consequences of smoking will be obvious every time someone picks up a pack of cigarettes," U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg said in a prepared statement. "This is a concrete example of how FDA's new responsibilities for tobacco product regulation can benefit the public's health."

I hope they have the same for alcohol and junk food labels.

ZOMG! The Google is al Qaeda! It was taken over by Sharia law! AND ON VETERANS DAY! Isn't it just terrible how these Muslims are taking over every aspect of our lives? 
Today's honoree: Tata, who has some choice words for Obama voters who decided just two years after George Bush left this country's economy a smoking wreckage that the Republicans really represent them after all.

Money quote:
No one's interests change from country club to soup kitchen and back in an election cycle; people who vote like theirs do are fucking morons.
Funny Pictures - Cyoot Kitteh of teh Day

Cat-food Commission - Can you really call retiring at 70 "retiring?" How about working until you're dead. That and other suggestions are coming from the commission, including lowering the top tax rate to 23% (Hahahaha, Weepy is delirious with joy). (AP)

Obama begs South Korea to buy gross beef at Sinister G-20 Summit

The G-20 summit, before it was slaughtered to make your anus burger.

Barack Obama met with other Muslim world leaders in South Korea for the infamous G-20 economic summit, which is sort of like Bohemian Grove except Alex Jones is actually invited. (Who else is going to negotiate favorable Prison Planet DVD exchange rates?) Usually these economic summits are "trade this" and "currency that" and "blah blah blah," but Obama spiced up the proceedings and humiliated the Free World when he abruptly got down on his hands and knees and begged the South Korean delegates to buy more delicious American beef. But why should we share our cow anuses with these foreigners? (Did American farmers harvest enough beef this meat season, or was there an early frost?) Oh, there's plenty of meat, and now we will have to hoard it all in our National Meat Vault, because America and South Korea "failed to reach an agreement on a new trade pact." Darn it! In a few years we will have to drain the Atlantic Ocean and then fill it with all the surplus cow innards we have. This must be the One World Nation Barack Obama dreams about every night. [CNN/BBC]


Not a hero nor an object of pity, but a war criminal who did his nation permanent harm. The family of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is preparing to bring him home from hospital "within days", Israeli sources say. The 82-year-old has been in a coma since 2006, when he suffered a massive stroke. Sources told the BBC he could be moved to his farm in the Negev "as early as Friday" from his hospital in Tel Aviv. Nicknamed "the bulldozer", the former general was seen as a strong leader by Israelis, but reviled by Palestinians."


Prosecute Bush for war crimes. Do it now.

From TPM:

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) said Wednesday that President George W. Bush's recent admission that he approved the waterboarding of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was "a smoking gun" and renewed his call for Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate torture.

But Nadler, the current chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, doesn't expect Holder to act.

"Judging by the record of this Attorney General, he will not pay attention, he will not respond," Nadler said in an interview on MSNBC on Wednesday. "And that is shameful."

Bush said in an interview that waterboarding is legal because his Justice Department lawyers said it was. The CIA asked Bush if he could use waterboarding. "Damn right," Bush boasted in his memoir that he replied.

That statement "absolutely indicts the president," Nadler said.

"It is a smoking gun, I'm dubious that [Holder] will do it because this administration unfortunately has taken the opinion, taken the attitude that they're not going to look at any criminal actions by, within the prior administration," Nadler said. "They say 'let's look forward, not backward.' By that standard no one would be prosecuted for any crime."

The human rights group Amnesty International has called for Bush to be prosecuted due to his admission.

The One Babs Forgot to Abort thinks he's gotten away with it. What a gift to the nation, the world and our posterity if we can prove him wrong.


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