Thursday, July 28, 2011

Headlines - Thursday July 28

Limbaugh: People Believe In Global Warming Because Air Conditioners Make Their Homes Cool
Fun fact: 3,000 new records were set for high temperature in US cities last week

Despite what the GOP keeps telling us, Bruce Bartlett has compiled a list of 19 different polls taken since January that demonstrate that Americans support increasing taxes in order to reduce the deficit and inequality. Americans may not love tax increases, but they understand their necessity for deficit reduction.


Hypocrite: Like many members of Congress, Rep. Michele Bachmann has been a fierce critic of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, blaming the government-backed loan programs for excesses that helped create the financial meltdown in 2008.

And like millions of other home purchasers, Bachmann took out a home loan in 2008 that offered lower costs to the borrower through one of the federally subsidized programs, according to mortgage experts who reviewed her loan documents.

Just a few weeks before Bachmann called for dismantling the programs during a House Financial Services Committee hearing, she and her husband signed for a $417,000 home loan to help finance their move to a 5,200-square-foot golf-course home, public records show. Experts who examined the loan documents for The Washington Post say that they are confident the loan was backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac.

Bartcop sees three problems with this:

1. Teabaggers don't care. Bachmann could claim Havana was the true capital of the US and her fans would love her even more.  She could get caught strangling puppies on the White House lawn and her contributors would send even more money.

2. America's whore press won't write about GOP abuses or their crimes. Bush & Cheney lied 5,000 soldiers into their graves, but who cares? Did you see those Anthony Weiner photos?

3. The Democrats refuse to list the facts so the voters remain ignorant.


This is What Hope Looks Like...A must read!

Tim DeChristopher's sentencing statement


The biggest election scandal of the season is blazing away behind the Zion Curtain. Jon Huntsman's salty language--or more specifically, his use of the "bull manure" word--is causing a media firestorm in the Beehive State:

I'd much rather hear politician say the word bullshit than to hear one say he wants America's 'house to come down'


A Wisconsin woman recorded the process of getting her son an ID to vote. She discovered that the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) could refuse to issue the constitutionally-mandated ID card if the voter's bank account did not show enough "activity."


Apple has pulled their iTunes store from a Christianist site that funds anti-gay hate groups like the Family Research Council. This move comes after pressure from petition site convinced other major companies such as the BBC to end their affiliations as well.


Right-wing extremism continues.

Officials with Planned Parenthood confirmed that their McKinney clinic was the target of violence sometime last night.

Holly Morgan, director of media relations and communications for Planned Parenthood in Dallas, said their McKinney health center located on Eldorado Parkway was "attacked" between 10 and 11 p.m. Tuesday with an incendiary device.

The person or persons involved in the attack threw a Molotov cocktail, consisting of diesel fuel in a glass bottle with a lit rag, at the building. Morgan said the device did not penetrate the front of the clinic but did cause some serious damage.

Remember when the far-right shamed Homeland Security about its report on Right-Wing Extremism, and then it became a wingnut punchline? Maybe the government should have told them all to piss off. That would've been nice for a change.


Economic terrorists

While speaking to conservative radio host Laura Ingraham today, House Speaker John Boehner finally admitted what many of us have already come to realize — that some members of his own party are hell-bent on causing serious harm to the nation in an effort to achieve their goals.

BOEHNER: Well, first they want more. And my goodness, I want more too. And secondly, a lot of them believe that if we get passed August the second and we have enough chaos, we could force the Senate and the White House to accept a balanced budget amendment. I'm not sure that that — I don't think that that strategy works. Because I think the closer we get to August the second, frankly, the less leverage we have vis a vis our colleagues in the Senate and the White House.

From the mouth of the Speaker himself — they want to cause chaos to achieve their political goals. That sounds a lot like terrorism to me.

1. the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.
2. the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization.
3. a terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government.

The Tea Party and some establishment Republicans may be under the belief that because President Obama has been gracious and reasonable, that means they can intimidate him, but I think you would be a fool to agree with them.

Meanwhile, as ThinkProgress notes, some Democrats are warming up to the idea of President Obama invoking the 14th amendment to raise the debt ceiling himself should the Tea Party get their way in successfully throwing the nation off a cliff.

LARSON: If a small group is really that intent on destroying government, and is intent on saying they don't believe there are any ramifications for their irresponsibility then we have to have a fail-safe mechanism, we believe that fail safe mechanism is the 14th amendment and the president of the United States.

CLYBURN: So I would say to the president, if that's what lands on his desk, a short-term listing of the debt ceiling — he should put it on his desk next to an executive order he will have drawn up. And with the same pen that he vetoes that short term debt ceiling extension, he should sign an executive order invoking the 14th Amendment to this issue. I am convinced that whatever discussions about the legality of this issue can continue.

The Whitehouse continues to downplay the idea of using the 14th amendment to avert disaster, but you would have a hard time convincing me that it is not something they are considering and keeping in their back pocket just in case.

I highly doubt the administration would admit to such until the absolute last moment, but hopefully it won't come to that.


"The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is."~Winston Churchill


Mario: Right-Wing Paranoia and Insanity Reaches New Levels


Mario: The One Chart Which Best Explains the Debt Ceiling Crisis


Like it or not, we're going to be seeing a lot of Marco Rubio the next six years as Republicans try to appeal to Latino voters. Here's what Jeb Bush said about him in his "Fifty Sexiest People in Washington" profile:

"He's the only guy I know on the scene today who can make grown men cry."

What could that possibly mean?


We can sum up the teabaggers "so be it" attitude in one tidy analogy: They don't care if they end up living under an overpass, roasting roadkill on a curtain rod over an oil drum fire -- so long as that guy over there doesn't even have a curtain rod.

This is how utterly fucked up the housing market is in this country. "Bank of America Corp. (BAC), faced with a glut of foreclosed and abandoned houses it can't sell, has a new tool to get rid of the most decrepit ones: a bulldozer. ... The biggest U.S. mortgage servicer will donate 100 foreclosed houses in the Cleveland area and in some cases contribute to their demolition in partnership with a local agency that manages blighted property. The bank has similar plans in Detroit and Chicago, with more cities to come, and Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC), Citigroup Inc. (C), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) and Fannie Mae are conducting or considering their own programs. ... Disposing of repossessed homes is one of the biggest headaches for lenders in the U.S., where 1,679,125 houses, or one in every 77, were in some stage of foreclosure as of June, according to research firm RealtyTrac Inc. of Irvine, California. The prospect of those properties flooding the market has depressed prices and driven off buyers concerned that housing values will keep dropping. "
2009 FBI Training Manual: 'Muslims Are Weird and Not Like Us'
also on the recommended reading list!
As recently as 2009, the FBI skkkool trained its new recruits about Islam with a little presentation titled "Things to use/consider for successful interviews/interrogations with individuals from the M.E. (Middle East)." Here's a little pop quiz with the answers from the presentation. Q: What is "Muslim 101″ information about Muslims? A: Islam "transforms a country's culture into 7th century Arabian ways." They love Renaissance Fairs too? Q: "Is Iran an Arab country?" A: "Iran is a Muslim country." Confusing! Q: Where are all the Muslims located? A: "They're standing right behind you." HAHA CREEPY okay not that last one, but the first two answers are verbatim from the training presentation. The third answer is implied if you do your reading carefully. READ MORE »
"redact" means something different in dentistry
Famous birther drag queen Orly Taitz is so frustrated right now, because no one will listen to her important ideas about Barack Obama's fake social security number. She can't even get justice in the court, probably because everyone there is a secret Kenyan with a fake social security number, too. Oh and also because she keeps "displaying her own stupidity," by not knowing how to redact information. Maybe they don't teach that sort of thing in Lunatic Dentist Lawyer College. But really, how can Orly Taitz be expected to properly redact a social security number when someone in the court is clearly sabotaging her case? READ MORE »

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