Day: January 5, 2011

Remedial Readers & Tea Party Party

Randi Rhodes, progressive talk show personality, is hilarious.  I subscribe to her podcasts.  She’s a New Yawker like me, so I can tolerate her accent on air. 

Randi Rhodes

It’s a good thing the debate to be the new chair of the RNC isn’t an episode of Jeopardy, because Republicans wouldn’t do too well on “Great Literature” (video below). When the candidates were asked to name their favorite book, chair hopeful Ann Wagner thought they asked for her favorite bar, and said “probably my kitchen table.”

 When the question was explained to Wagner, she said her favorite book was “George Bush’s new book.” The sad thing is I would vote for a person who sits and drinks at their kitchen table over anyone who would read George Bush’s book.

But Michael Steele actually topped Wagner. He said his favorite book was “War and Peace.” Then he quoted Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities” by reciting “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Well, call me Ishmael! Does Michael Steele really read Tolstoy? He seems more like a Dostoyevsky guy, but then for some reason I’m thinking of “The Idiot.” One thing is for sure—no matter who wins, the Republicans are going to get the leadership they truly deserve.

In news of Republican idiots who already have jobs, the House Republicans are going to be doing more investigations than the TV character “House.” Except the House Republicans are never going to find the answers they’re looking for. I don’t want to say that all of these bogus investigations are just fishing expeditions, but they should be conducted wearing hip waders and a hat loaded with lures.

Darrell Issa sent out a letter asking big business which regulations they want him to try and get rid of. Well, you can’t say that Darrell Issa is not listening to his constituents. What exactly was the header on the letter that Darrell Issa sent to all these businesses? “To Foxes, Re: Henhouse.”

Finally, some incoming freshman Republicans are throwing a lavish fundraiser tonight that is being seen a major embarrassment to Republicans. Even John Boehner has said that he plans to skip the event. Well, that just makes me think that there’s obviously no open bar. Don’t worry, John. You can always drink at Ann Wagner’s kitchen table.

Watch:

King Won’t Give Up His Government Health Care, But Applauds Those Who Do ‘For Standing On Principle’

Steve King

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Republicans (and more than a few Dems) in Congress: What a bunch of bald-faced hypocrites…

Think Progress

As ThinkProgress has noted, despite spending the past year and a half railing against government healthcare, just five Republican members of the 112th Congress have been willing to forgo their own government healthcare coverage, which is provided to them as federal employees. Rep.-elect Joe Walsh (R-IL) is one of those Republicans who will opt out of his congressional health package, even though his wife will have difficulty finding coverage due to her pre-existing condition (that is, until portions of President Obama’s health care law barring insurers from discriminating against people with such conditions take affect in 2014).

Asked tonight about Walsh’s suggestion that it’s hypocritical for GOP congressmen fighting Obama’s health law to keep their own government coverage, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) didn’t seem to disagree. King told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that he gives Walsh “a lot of credit for standing on principle,” even though King himself won’t forgo his government coverage:

BLITZER: [H]e thinks to accept the federal government’s health insurance program would be hypocritical, do you accept the federal government’s health insurance program for yourself

KING: Well, I’m on it now, like other federal employees are –

BLITZER: Will you stay on it?

KING: I don’t intend to pull off of it, but I give Joe a lot of credit for that. I went to Joe to help him in the campaign and I give him a lot of credit for standing on principle.

Watch it:

Walsh explained his decision by saying, “My wife and I now are going to have to go through the struggles that a lot of Americans go through, trying to find insurance in the individual market and having to deal with problems of preexisting conditions.” As of 2008, 12 percent of King’s constituents lacked coverage. Apparently King doesn’t think he should have to face the same struggles as them.

Sarah Palin confused about her stance on ‘don’t ask’?

Caribou Barbie seems confused again…

Raw Story

Online pundits are trying to interpret Sarah Palin’s stance on “don’t ask, don’t tell” after she echoed an Internet post by a conservative lesbian commentator who slammed the opposition to the policy’s repeal.

Tammy Bruce wrote Monday on Twitter that “this hypocrisy is just truly too much. Enuf already — the more someone complains about the homos the more we should look under their bed.”

Palin’s retweet of the post raised questions about her own stance on the military’s policy, which was repealed by Congress late last year. The former 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee hasn’t spoken about the policy except to say last February that she was surprised at President Barack Obama’s support for a repeal because it was not a priority at the time.

Palin representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment Tuesday, but Politico said the retweet is a hint that Palin supports the repeal. Gawker said Palin is not “in the context of her party, rabidly homophobic,” then wondered if perhaps she didn’t understand the tweet or pushed the wrong button.

And the Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart said Palin might really support the repeal, but he added “it’s easy to support something that has already happened and costs you little to speak about.” Capehart noted, however, that Palin was silent in November after her 16-year-old daughter Willow used a gay slur against a Facebook user who criticized her mother’s documentary series “Sarah Palin’s Alaska.”    More…

Rep. Darrell Issa asks businesses to name onerous government regulations

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has shown his true colors by writing to over 150 business executives in order to find out which federal regulatory practices “inhibit” them in their day to day operations.

Just like the Supreme Court Justices Scalia, Roberts and Thomas have openly advocated and supported Conservative causes and Corporate interests, so too have the GOP politicians in the 112th Congress.  These congressmen and Senators no longer hide behind the phrase : “The American people want/need…” this or that.  They have blatantly embraced big business and dare to be challenged on it.

In the very near future we will have to name Representatives and Senators by their corporate sponsors rather than their home states.  For instance, Rep. Darrell Issa, R- Duke Energy.

Los Angeles Times

Rep. Darrell Issa used to be an entrepreneur. Now he aims to use his position to help business owners reverse what they see as onerous federal regulations.

As the new head of the House’s top investigative committee, the conservative Republican from Vista, Calif., recently sent letters to more than 150 business leaders asking for their wish list of rules they think are too burdensome. 

Issa’s effort also is aimed at setting up him and his GOP colleagues as business-friendly lawmakers who want to clear obstructions to job growth and competition.   More…

Huffington Post

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the incoming chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, sought council from more than 150 big business associations, trade organizations, and corporations concerning which of the Obama administration’s regulations he should target in the 112th Congress, Politico reports Tuesday.   More…

Tucker Carlson Backtracks On Michael Vick: ‘Of Course I Don’t Think He Should Be Executed’ (VIDEO)

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Tucker Carlson is such a jerk…

Huffington Post

Tucker Carlson returned to “Hannity” on Monday and walked back his statement that footballer Michael Vick “should’ve been executed” for his abuse of dogs.

He had made the statement on last Tuesday’s show after it emerged that President Obama had spoken with Vick. Sean Hannity joked that he’d read that Carlson was “destroying the show” during his break and asked him to explain his comments.

“This is what happens when you get too emotional,” Carlson said. “I’m a dog lover…I love them and I know a lot about what Michael Vick did…I overspoke. I’m uncomfortable with the death penalty in any circumstance. Of course I don’t think he should be executed, but I do think that what he did is truly appalling.”

Watch (skip to 4:09 for Vick segment):

Hannity noted that Vick had gone to prison for what he did and paid a heavy public price, and that he has done work with many animal rights groups since his release. “Shouldn’t we believe in redemption?” he asked.

“A convicted child molester doesn’t get to adopt kids,” Carlson responded. He quickly added that he wasnt comparing Vick to a child molester, but wanted to point out that just because he worked with animal rights societies didn’t mean that people couldn’t be “disgusted” at his actions.