Thursday, February 24, 2011

Headlines - Thursday February 24


At least according to its smell, it seems space would be an attractive gathering place for Republicans.


"All across the Middle East in the streets, people are demanding democracy. It's amazing. In America, the only way you get people to get worked up like that is to threaten to give them health care." - Bill Maher
"There's almost a conspiracy of silence if it's an anti-American government. If you're the Iranians, if you're the Libyans ore the Chinese, you are able to suppress your people, and the American government stays quiet." - Newt, suggesting Obama get involved so the dictators can blame shit on America,  Link

Hey Newt, that's why you'll never be president.
You're a f-ing moron that nobody trusts, especially your third wife.

Just think, Newt - America voted for a NEGRO into the White House but there's no way in Hell they'll never vote for you!
If you're a racist like Newt, that's gotta suck.

Whoa, I thought we weren't supposed to experience a magnetic polarity shift until 2012 or something.

Congratulations to the LGBT community! DOMA may not be dead, but it's dying.

House Speaker John Boehner's spokesman just issued this terse statement: "While Americans want Washington to focus on creating jobs and cutting spending, the President will have to explain why he thinks now is the appropriate time to stir up a controversial issue that sharply divides the nation."

Sometimes you just have to love these guys, don't you? We have Republicans voting to defund Planned Parenthood just last week and their jihad continues apace. They are very seriously threatening to shut down the government in the next week. And GOP Governors across the nation are engaged in a coordinate union breaking movement that has people in the streets as we speak.

And Boehner is lecturing the president about "stirring up controversial issues?"

This is something you would never see a Republican president do -- support something which they do not personally agree with, but feel that it is best for the country anyway. The president doesn't have to agree with gay marriage, nor does anyone else, but you do have to stand up for the rights of others even if their lifestyle does not mirror your own. Again, that is something Republicans, and conservatives in general, do not agree with. Americans need to remember that the next time they go to the polls.

How many jobs will Boner create by shutting down the government?


Divine Intervention - A federal judge on Tuesday threw out a lawsuit claiming that the requirement for all Americans have health insurance violates the religious freedom of those who rely on God to protect them. Maybe Jeebus is protecting them by telling them that they have to have health insurance? Morons. (AP)
Billboard Angers City Politicians

New York City leaders are furious about a race-baiting anti-abortion billboard just posted in Soho.
Public Advocate Bill De Blasio demanded the billboard be taken down. "This billboard simply doesn't belong in our city. The ad violates the values of New Yorkers and is grossly offensive to women and communities of color," said De Blasio. The anti-abortion nonprofit organization behind the billboard said its goal is to shock people and spark discussion. The spokesperson for Life Always, Marissa Gabrysch, said the group is trying to highlight its belief that Planned Parenthood targets minority neighborhoods with the 300,000 abortions it performs each year. "There's a grave disparity and just a huge disproportion that African-Americans represent 13 percent of the U.S. population yet represent 36 percent of abortions in the United States," said Gabrysch.
NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn issued a press release this morning.
"This billboard is nothing but a pathetic attempt to discredit Planned Parenthood. To refer to a woman's legal right to an abortion as a 'genocidal plot' is not only absurd but it is offensive to women and to communities of color. Every woman deserves the right to make healthcare decisions for herself and I will continue to fight to protect this basic right and against this sort of fear mongering. What's more unfortunate is that this billboard directs women to Crisis Pregnancy Centers, which are non-medical facilities that often mislead women about both their reproductive health and their reproductive rights. To give women as much information as possible about their own heath, I fully support local legislation to require Crisis Pregnancy Centers to clearly post what services they offer. Offensive rhetoric and deceptive actions against a woman's right to choose will not be tolerated in our city."

Lying Liars At Fox News Reverse Gallup Poll Result On Collective Bargaining

Media Matters quotes the actual poll:

Americans strongly oppose laws taking away the collective bargaining power of public employee unions, according to a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll. The poll found 61% would oppose a law in their state similar to such a proposal in Wisconsin, compared with 33% who would favor such a law. Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Republican legislators in Wisconsin have proposed cutting union rights for most state government workers and making them pay more for benefits. Ohio, New Jersey, Indiana, Iowa and other states with Republican governors are considering similar laws.
Don't expect Fox to issue a retraction.

Accomplice Ignored Plea of Victim, 9: 'Please Don't Shoot Me'
Brisenia and Raul Flores

In a unanimous decision, a jury in Tucson handed down the death sentence yesterday for right-wing anti-immigrant vigilante Shawna Forde — founder of Minuteman American Defense, an offshoot of the national Minuteman movement — who was found guilty last week in the double murder of Brisenia Flores, age nine, and her father, Raul, 29. (See photo, right.) The father and daughter were killed — and Gina Gonzales, their wife and mother, respectively, was seriously wounded — in the early hours of May 30, 2009, when Forde and an alleged accomplice, Jason Bush, posing as uniformed authorities, entered their trailer home in remote Arivaca, Ariz., searching for drugs. More here.


CNN's Fareed Zakaria came under attack by no other than Glenn Beck.

"He's one of the useful idiots who's being used by the Left to come against me."

I didn't think anyone could possibly use the words idiot and Zakaria in the same sentence regardless of political views. Fareed is one smart and informed dude.  Beck proved me wrong.

I was having a chat with a someone the other day who was going on about Beck's great intellect.  The thought that came immediately to mind as this guy babbled on was the line, "an idiot is a genius to another idiot." So true.


National Journal's Major Garrett reports House Republicans are planning to offer a short-term spending bill designed to cover their asses in the event of a government shutdown.
A  little history of labor unions:

On May 2nd, 1933, the day after Labor day, Nazi groups occupied union halls and labor leaders were arrested. Trade Unions were outlawed by Adolf Hitler, while collective bargaining and the right to strike was abolished. This was the beginning of a consolidation of power by the fascist regime which systematically wiped out all opposition groups, starting with unions, liberals, socialists, and communists using Himmler's state police.

Fast forward to America today, particularly Wisconsin. Governor Walker and the Republican/Tea Party members of the state legislature are attempting to pass a bill that would not only severely punish public unions (with exception for the police, fire, and state trooper unions that supported his campaign), but it would effectively end 50 years to the right of these workers to collectively bargain.

The crux of the biscuit is this:


When Hitler abolished unions in 1933, it was followed by a 25% drop in real wages ...

Can you afford to have your income cut by a quarter?


And if you remember one thing about unions,
remember this:
... The states with the highest percentage of union workers are the richest states: California, Washington and New York. The states with the fewest – Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas – are the poorest.
"The only thing that I've heard is if you take a plastic bottle made of Bisphenol A and put it in the microwave and you heat it up, it gives off a chemical similar to estrogen. So, the worst case is some women may have little beards."
Republicans really hate women.
How hard could it be?
Most of them were politicians:

The U.S. Army illegally ordered a team of soldiers specializing in "psychological operations" to manipulate visiting American senators into providing more troops and funding for the war, Rolling Stone has learned – and when an officer tried to stop the operation, he was railroaded by military investigators.

The orders came from the command of Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, a three-star general in charge of training Afghan troops – the linchpin of U.S. strategy in the war. Over a four-month period last year, a military cell devoted to what is known as "information operations" at Camp Eggers in Kabul was repeatedly pressured to target visiting senators and other VIPs who met with Caldwell. When the unit resisted the order, arguing that it violated U.S. laws prohibiting the use of propaganda against American citizens, it was subjected to a campaign of retaliation.

"My job in psy-ops is to play with people's heads, to get the enemy to behave the way we want them to behave," says Lt. Colonel Michael Holmes, the leader of the IO unit, who received an official reprimand after bucking orders. "I'm prohibited from doing that to our own people. When you ask me to try to use these skills on senators and congressman, you're crossing a line."

Lotta lines been crossed in the last 10 years.
"Yes, General Caldwell, I'm way too smart for psy-ops to have any effect on me.  So, tell me more about the additional $2 billion you need to train 70,000 Afghan troops."

Phylus Schlafly has written another screed about feminism. The HuffPo have a Q&A, and I could not help but notice this exchange:

Where were conservatives when the divorce rate got out of hand?

Phyllis: They were quietly raising their own families.

Let's fact-check that one:

  • Twice-married Saint Ronnie–divorced Jane Wyman and married Nancy "Just Say No" Davis (pregnant, so obviously she sometimes said yes). Never attended his children's weddings.
  • Twice-married Grandpa Walnuts–divorced wife #1 after she was disfigured in a car accident to marry booze heiress that he affectionately calls The C-Word.
  • Triple-married Rudy Giulianni–he loved his family so much, he even married his cousin. Between marriages he shacked up with some gay pals. Estranged from his children.
  • Triple-married Newtie Gingrich–serial adulterer, he always cheated on the current wife with the next incumbent. The man had standards, but clearly the wives did not. Calista Blow Job Queen #3 converted him to Catholicism.
  • Quadruple-married Junkie Limbaugh–the less said the better.



395 years later - how littlle has changed
On February 24, 1616, the Catholic Church declared the writings of Copernicus, who concluded from astronomical observations that the earth revolved around the sun, were "in error" and not to be read or discussed.

The idea that the earth was not the center of the world directly contradicted church teaching of biblical scripture and was therefore heretical.

This declaration led directly to the 1633 trial of Galileo on charges of heresy.

In 1758 the Catholic Church dropped the general prohibition of books advocating heliocentrism from the Index of Forbidden Books. It did not, however, explicitly rescind the decisions issued by the Inquisition in its judgement of 1633 against Galileo, or lift the prohibition of uncensored versions of Copernicus's De Revolutionibus or Galileo's Dialogue. As a result, the precise doctrinal status of heliocentrism remained unclear, and many Catholic scientists continued to pay lip service to the view that it could only be treated as a hypothesis.
As late as 1990 - just 21 years ago - Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict the XVI, refused to exonerate Galileo.

Read that again - 21 years after man landed on the moon, the man who is now His Popey Rapeyness would not admit that the Church was wrong about the earth being the center of the universe.

How exactly does this differ from the freakazoid success in virtually eliminating the scientific fact of evolution from being taught in public schools?


Julian Assange can be tortured by the Americans, U.K. court rules

A British court ruled on Thursday that Julian Assange is an international INTERPOL Amber Alert Threat and must be extradited to Sweden immediately, so that he doesn't miss his connecting flight to Bagram. (How many hours of "hanging on a meat hook" will it take before Julian confesses that he is Un-American, just like Scotland Yard sleuth "Sarah Palin" hypothesized, on the Twitter?) Julian is "not concerned about the United States" or being FedExed to Gitmo, according to a former Wikileaks colleague, but he is "very scared of going to prison in Sweden." We'll just have to wait and see what the teevee pundits say will happen! [NYT]


Poor Lou.

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