Thursday, August 18, 2011

Headlines - Thursday August 18

Atheists can't really be blamed for anything, since there are none in Congress to start wars or wreck the economy.
And another thing: If the average Tea Party member believes Muslims attacked us on 9/11, wouldn't that mean they are now less popular than those who supposedly attacked us on 9/11? They may want to reconsider their views on the subject.
TPM: Rove Group To Attack Obama For Using Same $1.1M Bus GOP Candidate Will Use
Gee, who do you think is going to win this battle? So the people who got us into this mess have to be giddy about kicking the rest of the country once again. Yet somehow, we keep electing these people. CNBC
President Obama Creates New Jobs for Speechwriters to Write Speeches about the Need for New Jobs
The robber barons are stealing the post office from the American people.
Christine O'Donnell storms off set on Piers Morgan.


@GovernorPerry forgot to mention that part. That Texas Miracle that Rick Perry pretends is all his doin'? Yeah, turns out that most of the jobs are government jobs that are fueled by war spending. Yes. George W. Bush started two wars and wrecked the economy of the nation as a whole, but by golly, Texas did Just. Fine. Go figure.
Any excuse to get a man to handle your junk... 
Morford: I wanna be your exorcist
"Palin would be my first choice, but Rick perry is strong. He's the quintessentila Texan, he's got great hair, he's a good-looking guy, he stands tall and he talks directly. A Palin-Perry ticket would be fine with me." - Torin Archbold, a member of the Austin Tea Party,   Link

You see what we're up against?
Teabaggers want a good-looking Texas-monkey with great hair.

is why we have to vote for the timid surrenderer in the White House.

Tour Manager saved Sugarland - She held them back as they were taking the stage Link
It came down to seconds and one instinctive decision that may have saved the lives of country duo Sugarland and others at the Indiana State Fair where five people died when a stage collapsed.

Tour manager Hellen Rollens looked at the sky and decided to hold the band backstage. A minute later, 60 to 70 mph wind gusts toppled the roof and the metal scaffolding holding lights and other equipment on Saturday night in Indianapolis. It crashed into the audience, killing four instantly and fifth later at a hospital. Dozens were injured, some critically.

Update: Someone saw an opportunity to lie for Jesus, so they've changed the story.

Now they're claiming PRAYER saved them, because they do a "prayer circle" before they go on, so they've chosen to credit the non-existant Invisible Cloud Being in the sky instead of their tour manager who made a logical and smart decision to hold them back a few minutes.

If there was a God, why would he want you to lie to make him look better?

Michele Bachmann Linked To Uganda's Pastor Martin "Kill The Gays" Ssempa

The Atlantic reports that Peter Waldron, the campaign aide who steered Michele Bachmann to her first place finish in Iowa, has quite the shady past, including an arrest for terrorism in Uganda where he boasts a friendship with Pastor Martin Ssempa. Ssempa, as most of you probably know, vigorously backed Uganda's proposed death penalty for homosexuality.
The evangelical organizer who helped Michele Bachmann win the Ames Straw Poll in Iowa Saturday was previously charged with terrorism in Uganda after being arrested for possession of assault rifles and ammunition in February 2006, just days before Uganda's first multi-party elections in 20 years. Peter E. Waldron spent 37 days in the Luriza Prison outside Kampala, where he says he was tortured, after being arrested along with six Congolese and Ugandan nationals for the weapons, which were described variously in news reports as having been found in his bedroom or a closet in his home. The charges, which could have led to life in prison, were dropped in March 2006 after a pressure campaign by Waldron's friends and colleagues and what Waldron says was the intervention of the Bush administration.
Warren Throckmorton provides the link to Waldron's relationship with Ssempa.
The American doctor also says he is a friend of the first family and a friend of Pastor Martin Sempa, according to the article, written by one Stuart Price. [snip] "They embrace Americans here," he said enthusiastically. Indeed, as we sat together, a steady stream of young admirers who had seen Waldron in church came up to greet him. They made complicated handshakes, the way Ugandans do, and Waldron boasted to me that he had met privately with President Museveni and his born-again wife." "It struck me that, for many Americans of faith, Uganda – a country where homosexuality and abortion are outlawed, where politicians freely mix church and state, and where outward displays of religious devotion are the norm – represents a kind of haven." Waldron is said to have talked to several high-ranking government officials on arrest including some powerful ministers.
Just so we're clear here, Rep. Michele Bachmann, a leading Republican candidate for the presidency of the United States, has a top-ranking employee who was arrested for allegedly smuggling assault weapons to a foreign regime that is presently working to legalize the executions of gay people. Everybody got that?

Frothy Mix: Gays Wrecked The Economy

"Letting the family break down and in fact encouraging it and inciting more breakdown through this whole redefinition of marriage debate, and not supporting strong nuclear families and not supporting and standing up for the dignity of human life. Those lead to a society that's broken. [snip] And you can't say that we're gonna take morality out of the public square, morality out of our schools, God out of our schools, and then expect people to behave decently in a country that requires, capitalism requires some strong modicum of moral consciousness if it's gonna be successful." - Frothy Mix.

Dear America: An apology from Texas

KENTUCKY: City Floats Massive Tax Break To Creationism Theme Park

Kentucky's Ark Encounter theme park, whose replica of Noah's Ark will be "actual size," just got a huge present from the city.
The city of Williamstown in Grant County has agreed to give a biblically themed amusement park a property tax discount of 75 percent over the next 30 years. Mayor Rick Skinner said the offer is laid out in a memorandum of agreement that will be followed by a formal tax-increment financing deal with Petersburg-based Ark Encounters LLC in coming months. The tax deal is in addition to almost $200,000 given to the company by Grant County's economic development arm as an enticement to keep the project located there, along with 100 acres of reduced-price land. And that's not counting the state's promise of $40 million worth of sales tax rebates and a possible $11 million in improvements to the interstate near the project that would be financed by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
No matter how shitty the economy, there's always money for Jeebus.



Texas Republicans like George W. Bush and Rick W. Perry really hate government employees and government spending. Except at the state level where the size of government has grown significantly during the last 20 years.

They hate government except when they're running it.

Bob Cesca:

Along with Ashby dozens of other writers, I've been obsessively blogging about Republican socialism and Republican government spending. But, admittedly, I never thought to formulate this narrative into a political strategy for passing additional stimulus.

But Steve Benen did. You probably heard Rachel praise it on her show. It boils down to this: pass stimulus spending by supporting all of the (big government) spending projects that Republicans are proposing.

It's brilliant. Possibly the best political idea of the year so far. It would be very difficult for Michele Bachmann and others suddenly oppose the spending requests they've signed their names to. It's almost fool proof, though we're dealing with some serious fools who are actually capable of denying support for money they directly requested.

Either way, the Obama Team at is on board. Go here to lend your support.


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Maybe someone at the White House should have been listening to that "political rookie" Paul Krugman instead of trashing him. This is pretty bad. Seriously bad:

A new low of 26% of Americans approve of President Barack Obama's handling of the economy, down 11 percentage points since Gallup last measured it in mid-May and well below his previous low of 35% in November 2010.
Trend: President Barack Obama's Approval Ratings on the Economy, February 2009-August 2011
Obama earns similarly low approval for his handling of the federal budget deficit (24%) and creating jobs (29%).

They ignored all of us who said focus on jobs. Oh no, they had to talk about the debt because that's what Republicans wanted to debate. Well, look where it got him. Guess that genius strategy of being the adult in the room didn't quite pay off this time.

Only 53% of Democrats and just 23% of independents approve of Obama's handling of the economy. That's got to improve a whole lot by November of 2012, especially since the economy will probably be the top issue for voters.

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