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PERRY ON BERNANKE: ‘I DUNNO WHAT Y’ALL WOULD DO TO HIM IN IOWA BUT WE WOULD TREAT HIM PRETTY UGLY DOWN IN TEXAS’

There may be some merit in Governor Rick Perry’s premise that printing more money now, may cause some problems.  However, the larger issue from his statement begs for answers.

I wonder what Perry was talking  about when he said: “If this guy prints more money between now and the election, I dunno what y’all would do to him in Iowa but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas.

Was he referring to the unusually high rate of capital punishment?  By an off-chance, could he be referring to Texas’ history of violence such as lynching and dragging people chained to a pick-up to their death?

I’d sure like the Governor to expound on his statement…

Think Progress

Texas Governor Rick Perry, who entered the presidential campaign on Saturday, appeared to suggest a violent response would be warranted should Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke “print more money” between now and the election.

Speaking just now in Iowa, Perry said, “If this guy prints more money between now and the election, I dunno what y’all would do to him in Iowa but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas.

Printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost treasonous in my opinion.” Treason is a capital offense.

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Matthews Yells At Tea Party Leader: Why Is ‘Balloon-Head’ Bachmann Speaking For You

I saw this segment on Chris Matthews’ Hardball last night and found Matthews’ heightened frustration with the Tea Party leader Sal Russo, amusing and justifiable.

Mediaite

Chris Matthews was nearly apoplectic in his questioning of Tea Party Express co-founder Sal Russo on the topic of Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and her controversial re-imagining of history where the founding fathers found a way to end slavery in their lifetime. Repeatedly calling Bachmann a “balloon head,” Matthews demanded to know why Russo and the Tea Party wanted Bachmann to give a response to the State of the Union address or, more generally, why they ever wanted her to open her mouth in the first place?

Given that Russo was eager to steer the topic away from what Bachmann does or does not know about slavery, the “interview” ended up being just Matthews berating Russo with questions like “do you know how little this woman knows about American history” and “what is she talking about?” Joan Walsh was also a guest for the segment, but there was a little time for her, since it was clearly much more entertaining watching Matthews scream at Russo “are you hypnotized – can you answer a question,” whenever Russo struggled to defend Bachmann.

Watch:

Senate votes to overturn military gay ban

 

This is long over due!

Yahoo News

In a landmark for gay rights, the Senate on Saturday voted to let gays serve openly in the military, giving President Barack Obama the chance to fulfill a campaign promise and repeal the 17-year policy known as “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

Obama was expected to sign it next week, although the change wouldn’t take immediate effect. The legislation says the president and his top military advisers must certify that lifting the ban won’t hurt troops’ fighting ability. After that, there’s a 60-day waiting period for the military.

“It is time to close this chapter in our history,” Obama said in a statement after a test vote cleared the way for final action. “It is time to recognize that sacrifice, valor and integrity are no more defined by sexual orientation than they are by race or gender, religion or creed.”

The Senate vote was 65-31. The House had passed an identical version of the bill, 250-175, on Wednesday.

Repeal would mean that, for the first time in American history, gays would be openly accepted by the military and could acknowledge their sexual orientation without fear of being kicked out.

More than 13,500 service members have been dismissed under the 1993 law.

Rounding up a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate was a historic victory for Obama, who made repeal a campaign promise in 2008. It also was a political triumph for congressional Democrats who struggled in the final hours of the postelection session to overcome GOP objections on several legislative priorities before Republicans regain control of the House in January.   More…

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Online:

Pentagon study: http://tinyurl.com/23lxc49

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network: http://www.sldn.org/

Information on the bill, H.R. 2965, can be found at http://thomas.loc.gov

Fox News: Obama Wants White People in the Back of the Bus

Fox News talking heads are like the”stepford wives” (the men and women.)

Mario Piperni

I’m happy to report that the entire cast of clowns at Fox News read their talking points memo for the day – the one that dealt with what President Obama really really meant when he said:

Finally we got this car up on level ground. And, yes, it’s a little beat up.  It needs to go to the body shop. It’s got some dents; it needs a tune-up.  But it’s pointing in the right direction. And now we’ve got the Republicans tapping us on the shoulder, saying, we want the keys back.

You can’t have the keys back. You don’t know how to drive. You can ride with us if you want, but you got to sit in the backseat. We’re going to put middle-class America in the front seat.  We’re looking out for them.

If you thought that the car analogy meant that the citizenry should be wary of letting Republicans retake control of the economy – yes, the economy they effectively smashed into the ground – then you obviously have not been watching Fox.

Beck:

So is this the back of the bus kind of analogy? Is that where — is that where the enemies go now, in the back? Because I’m just wondering.

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Why can’t I sit in the front seat? Why can’t I sit in the front seat, Mr. President? Why am I sitting in the back seat? Why are you saying you have to punish your enemies? Are we looking to settle old scores, here? Is that what’s happening, Mr. President? Because I’m just wondering. It sounds like there is a time to settle old scores, which sounds to me like you’re inciting people.

Hannity:

“talk about sit in the back of the bus…I wonder if I, as a talk show host and a conservative commentator made such a reference.”

Dana Perino in response to Hannity:

“[You] would be fired.”

Fox analyst Peter Johnson:

“…a peculiar and strange and haunting and really backward reference that we’re seeing by the president and what we’re really seeing is a reference to the notion of being in the back of the bus, and that’s a matter of sad American history, embarrassing American history.”

Stuart Varney:

“when I looked at that, being foreign born, I know the association that that was bringing to the public mind … It’s unpresidential.”

They’re a creative bunch of asses if nothing else.  Actually, I think the President is being much too kind in asking Republicans to sit in the back seat of the car.  The trunk would be a more fitting place for the bums.