The Last Word – Gitmo vs food stamps GOP hypocrisy exposed

I believe the GOP doesn’t care about their apparent hypocrisy.  Their House caucus has gerrymandered enough districts in this country to assure majorities in the House for a while.  Meanwhile, The Last Word reports on said “hypocrisy”…

Thank A Liberal – Redux

Thank a liberal

From dKosopedia

If you do not have skin cancer, and have ever stood outside without having a peeling sunburn within moments, thank the ozone layer, thank the ban on CFCs, and thank a liberal.

If you have not died in a heat wave, drought, hurricane, flood, wildfire, or other climate change disaster, and like the idea of your children and grandchildren not living in desert wastelands, thank a liberal.

If you have ever breathed clean air or drank clean water, thank a liberal.

If no woman you know has died or been maimed in a back-alley Abortion, thank a liberal.

If you have never been lynched, or had your children firebombed in a church, thank a liberal.

If you are glad we don’t live in a right-wing dictatorship along the lines of what conservatives overtly and covertly created in IranGuatamalaNicaragua, the Dominican Republic, the CongoChileBrazilEl Salvador, the PhillipinesIndonesia and many others, thank a liberal.

If you have ever used Medicare, thank a liberal.

If you have not gotten cancer from radiation, thank the Nuclear test ban and thank a liberal.

If you have ever sat on a public seat, drank from a drinking fountain, stood on a bus, or done anything in public without worrying about being beaten up for being in the wrong section for your skin color, thank a liberal.

If you’ve ever driven on an interstate highway, thank a liberal.

If you grew up in a family of less than 12 kids, like the idea of being able to choose if you have 12 kids or not, if you don’t live in an overpopulated third world slum, or just think birth control is a good idea, thank a liberal.

If your family benefited from the GI Bill of Rights, FHA Mortgages, and so forth, thank a liberal.

If you have ever bought anything from Europe, and are glad the Marshall plan kept it from remained a bombed-out shell or falling to communism or neo-fascism, thank a liberal.

If you are glad that the Nazis don’t control half the world (conservatives opposed joining World War 2 until it was forced on them) thank a liberal.

If you have ever eaten food (agricultural subsidies), flicked on a light switch (rural electrification) or benefited from the Tennessee Valley Authority, thank a liberal.

If you ever drank a beer or a glass of wine without being thrown in jail, thank a liberal.

If you are not a land-owning white male, but have voted, thank a liberal.

If you have not died from tainted meat, been prescribed something useless or poisonous by a quack doctor, have not given your children cough syrup which turned out to have heroin as its secret ingredient, thank a liberal. (and Nixon)

If your workplace is safe and you are paid a living wage, including overtime; if you enjoy a 40-hour week and you are allowed to join a union to protect your rights without being lynched, thank a liberal.

If you’ve ever seen a national park, and it hadn’t been strip mined and clearcut into a desert wasteland, thank a liberal.

If you have never suffered from an economy of massive deflation, and have never even heard of an economic phenomenon called a “panic”, thank a liberal.

If your children go to school instead of working in coal mines, thank a liberal.

If you’re a Native American and have not been killed or died in a concentration camp, or if you live near Native Americans and are not at war with them, thank a liberal.

If you have an industrial or high-tech job – or really, any job other than those available in a slave-powered cash crop economy (ie, a third world economy) thank a liberal.

If you’re not a slave or “indentured servant” (white slave), don’t think protection of slavery belongs in the constitution, if you’ve never been chained to a boat where half the passengers die, been whipped, had your family split up, been forced to “breed” with another slave you’ve never met, been raped by your boss, or killed for not being profitable, thank a liberal.

If you oppose political parties starting massive wars to destroy America, just because they lost the election, and killing hundreds of thousands of Americans in process – if you just don’t have that much fanatical hatred of Lincoln’s policy of to restricting slavery to states where it already existed, thank a liberal.

If you’re part-Irish, Catholic, Jewish, or for that matter anything not Anglo-Saxon Protestant, and are allowed to live in America, and are not harassed and attacked for failing to be born Anglo-Saxon Protestant, or if you’ve ever bought or used anything built by a non-ASP American, thank a liberal.

If you kind of like freedom of speech, and don’t want the state government to be able to censor you – (you think the 14th amendment is a good idea) – thank a liberal.

If you have ever bought or sold anything transported by the transcontinental railroad, or eaten food from a farm created by the railroad, thank a liberal.

If you think the US constitution is pretty cool, and have ever traveled too or done business with a country whose democracy was inspired by the American revolution, thank a liberal.

If you have not been drafted and used as cannon-fodder in some war caused by some petty insult between nobles, clan leaders, or other various overfed dictators, or suffered rape or looting in one of those countless wars, thank a liberal.

If you have not been tortured to death in a religious inquisition, thank a liberal.

If you don’t have to walk though ankle-deep sewage in the streets (because sewers are big gummint), thank a liberal.

If you have ever done anything that is a religious or superstitious taboo (ie, done anything at all) without being stoned to death or cast out as a heretic, thank a liberal.

If you have never been raped, and then had the rapist escape punishment on the grounds that he marry you, thank a liberal.

If you are not a slave toiling to build a pyramid for some lazy dictator who’s so spoiled he thinks he’s god, and won’t even see it until he’s dead, thank a liberal.

If you have not been killed as a human sacrifice in the name of some god, thank a liberal.

In short, if you’ve ever enjoyed anything of the post-stone-age world, thank a liberal.

…And if not, become a conservative.

“Liberal policies made America the freest, wealthiest, most successful and most powerful nation in human history. Conservatism in power always threatens to undo that national progress, and is almost always frustrated by the innate decency and democratic instincts of the American people…” – Joe Conason

Sarah Palin releases Iowa ad to make sure you’re still paying attention to her

Daily Kos

Oh for the love of…

No, I don’t think Sarah Palin is going to run for president. And even if she was, she’s too late to gain any traction, because all the people who would support her would likely keep supporting Bachmann, Cain, Perry, or any of the other nuts that do what Palin does, only better.

But Palin’s entire public existence relies on people thinking she might one day again be a relevant political contender. If people don’t think that, the money stops rolling in, and she may have to start looking for a real job rather than having people pay her to take extended “vacations” in a bus with her name plastered on the side.

Why are we paying attention, you ask? Because it’s just so damn fun, of course! Nothing’s better than watching Palin snipe from the sidelines as she travels around the country staging events to step on every other Republican’s big day. She’s like a photobombing prairie dog of patriotism.

Judging the commercial as a commercial: Hmm. We’ve got carnival rides, pigs, corn, butter on a stick, tractors, the Constitution printed on a t-shirt, and a fisheye lens effect to give everything a creepy, possibly-breathing-in-toxic-bus-fumes sort of vibe, while everyday people and national media figures give their opinions on JUST HOW FREAKING GREAT SARAH PALIN IS SO PAY ATTENTION TO ME DAMN IT. And then we cap the whole thing off with a roaring bear. Is the bear meant to represent Palin? Is it supposed to represent the various threats to America, like gay people or Sharia law? Is the roar simply meant to provide counterpoint to Palin’s own speeches in the commercial, to wit: “Yeah, I may say incomprehensible, angry-sounding things, but check out this bear! It’s also loud and pissed off, but it can’t even speak English! Don’t I look pretty presidential compared to that?

Please keep not-running for not-president, Sarah Palin. We’ll miss you when you’re gone… eventually… someday.


Former Republican Senator Alan Simpson has said many shocking things recently, some of them I have actually taken offense to.  However this time, I agree with him totally.

Think Progress

Former GOP Sen. Alan Simpson blasted his intransigent GOP colleagues on the hill today for failing to reach a deal on the deficit.

The expletive-prone co-chairman of President Obama’s bipartisan fiscal reform commission slammed Republicans for kowtowing to American for Tax Reform head Grover Norquist (“Republicans can’t be in thrall to him”) and pushed Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner to stand fast on the August 2 deadline.

Surveying the lay of the current fiscal land, Simpson said “We’re at 15 percent revenue, and historically it’s been closer to 20 percent.” “We’ve never had a war without a tax, and now we’ve got two,” he added. “Absolute bullshit.”



Palin Emails to be Released

This ought to be very interesting…

Anchorage Daily News

The state of Alaska will release thousands of Sarah Palin’s emails from her first two years as governor today, a disclosure that has taken on national prominence as she flirts with a run for the presidency.

The emails were first requested during the 2008 White House race by citizens and news organizations as they vetted a vice presidential nominee whose political experience included less than one term as governor of Alaska and a term as mayor of the small town of Wasilla. The nearly three-year delay has been attributed largely to the sheer volume of the release and the flood of requests.

The state is releasing the more than 24,000 pages of emails in paper form only and asking news organizations to pick up several boxes’ worth of documents in Alaska’s capital city, accessible by only air or water. Reporters from several news organizations have already begun arriving in Juneau and are making various plans to disseminate the emails to the public.

Palin told Fox News Sunday that “every rock” that could have been kicked over to uncover things in her family has been. But she also said “a lot of those emails obviously weren’t meant for public consumption” and that she expected people might seek to take some of the messages “out of context.”

Read more…

Quoted: Piper Palin speaks out

The Washington Post

“Thanks for ruining our vacation.”

 — Piper Palin, 10, to a Time photographer, part of the media scrum following Sarah Palin’s is-it-an-exploratory-campaign-or-what PAC-financed bus touralong the East Coast.

 They grow up so fast! Read earlier: Reliable Source 2008 People of the Year: Piper Palin and Sasha Obama, 12/24/08


America Blog

Someone needs to explain to the Palin kids that they come in a distant second to mommy’s ego (even when they’re hours away from being born).


Family values? Seriously?

I was going through my blogroll list and came across this site

There was no text to go with the pictures but none was actually needed. 

I will say that the so-called Family Values  family (Rick Santorum’s picture) and the Obama family, who is viewed by the right wing as just the opposite of a family values  family, show a vast contrast in that way of thinking.

Just saying…

The Conservative Lie


Health Care Repeal Vote Passes House

In a symbolic attempt to appease the Tea Party faction of the GOP, the Republican majority in the House voted to repeal Health Care.  The vote was 245-189. 

Since the 2010 midterm elections, when the GOP picked up more than 50 seats in the House, they are now the majority and can easily pass bills that they favor, with ease.

Of course the bill will die in the Senate, which still remains in Democrats’ control, therefore having no chance of actually passing both houses.

Huffington Post

House Republicans voted unanimously on Wednesday to fully repeal health care reform, though Senate leaders have said they will not take up the lower chamber’s bill. Instead, the fight will move to the less glamorous arenas of funding and rule writing. The vote was 245-189, with three Democrats — Dan Boren (D-Okla.), Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.), and Mike Ross (D-Ark.) — voting for repeal.

The vote to repeal health care was initially delayed by a parliamentary debacle in which two House Republicans skipped the swearing-in ceremony for a Capitol fundraiser, yet voted despite not being official members of Congress. It was delayed an additional week as the House paid tribute to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and other victims of the Arizona massacre.

The health care bill that the House would repeal allows parents to keep children on their health plans until the age of 26, bars insurers from denying service due to preexisting conditions, expands Medicaid funding dramatically and extends coverage to some 30 million uninsured Americans by 2019. It’s the largest piece of social policy the Democratic Party has enacted in decades. “It is a big deal, as Joe Biden said, in other words,” Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told progressive media Wednesday morning.

The GOP is calling it the Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. Democrats, defending the bill, argued that covering 30 million additional people necessarily creates jobs in the health care sector and reduces the burden on small businesses. And repealing it would add more than $200 billion to the federal deficit, according to the Congressional Budget Office. “I want to just advise people watching at home playing the now-popular drinking game, if you take a shot whenever the Republicans say something that’s not true, please assign a designated driver,” Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) said.

Oprah On Palin Run: ‘I Believe In The Intelligence Of The American Public’…

…and so do I.

Huffington Post

Oprah spoke to Parade magazine for its latest issue, and one of the subjects that came up was a potential run by Sarah Palin for the presidency.

Oprah has dodged the question about her thoughts on Palin before, most notably in an interview with Barbara Walters, where she pointedly refused to answer whether she thought Palin was qualified. This time, she said the public would “fall in love” with Palin if they watched her reality show. The interviewer then asked if the thought of a Palin run scared her.

Oprah’s response? “It does not scare me because I believe in the intelligence of the American public.”

(H/T Political Wire)

Palin’s Book A Little Fuzzy On History

Cover of "America by Heart : Reflections ...
Cover via Amazon

Here we go again

Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Book Review: “America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag,” by Sarah Palin

Her fans will hail her new book as another folksy and forthright Palin put-down of the liberal elite. Her critics will dismiss it as tendentious tripe.

And many people probably won’t care one way or the other.

That’s too bad, because the book does tell us a lot — some of it good, some not so good — about a woman many believe has an eye on the White House.

It tells us she’s a loving wife and mother, professes deep respect for our American ideals of equality and freedom, and voices legitimate concern about the world we’re leaving our children.

It also tells us she has the courage of her convictions for standing by her anti-choice principles and giving birth to a baby with Down syndrome, even though she admits the prospect scared her until she actually held the baby.

The political Palin who emerges is prone to unsupported generalizations, wants simple answers to complex questions, has no sympathy with bipartisanship, mistakes sarcasm for wit, prefers derision to debate and, like other zealots of both the right and the left, fails to realize that the great heart of America is moderate, alternating pragmatically between just-right-of-center and just-left-of-center

One of the most interesting things “America by Heart” reveals about Mrs. Palin is that she seems to know less than she ought about our history.

This is not a minor point, because she makes a very big deal of using the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution as warrants for her political agenda.

Without judging her platform, a reader can legitimately ask: If she doesn’t know history as well as she should, what else doesn’t she know?

The former Alaskan governor informs us twice, on Pages 110 and 189, that John Adams took part in the Constitutional Convention and was “a leading participant.”


Adams wasn’t at the Constitutional Convention. He wasn’t even in the country; he was in England as U.S. minister to the Court of St. James’s.

This is like writing a history of early Christianity and saying that St. Peter was at the foot of the cross or St. Paul was at the Last Supper.

In another instance, Mrs. Palin gets a piece of history partly right but, misleadingly, leaves out the ending.

Casting herself as a defender of religion in the public square, which she claims is under liberal attack, the author tells us how Benjamin Franklin suggested that the Constitutional Convention begin each session with a prayer. She ends the story there, leaving the impression that the delegates adopted Franklin’s motion.

They did not.   

Nor are there simple answers when it comes to applying the great American belief that we’re all created equal, the bedrock of our national identity.

Mrs. Palin says that liberals unfairly accuse “patriotic Americans” of racism for opposing President Obama’s policies and for wanting “a smaller federal government and a return to federalism — otherwise known as states’ rights.”

Her defensiveness is understandable, but the concept of states’ rights does have a long, dishonorable and undeniable connection with racial injustice. Supporters of slavery and racial segregation routinely hid behind states’ rights.

Anyone who would have waited for the Southern states to end slavery or segregation on their own would have waited a mighty long time. The author acknowledges as much when she writes, “Ending discrimination against African Americans by some American states was one instance in which the federal government rightly stepped in and forced change.”

She then goes on to charge that “since then, advocates of increased federal authority have abused this noble cause to advance a big-government agenda.”        More…