This Guy Just Doesn’t Get It

For the most part, “birthers” and the like have either toned down their rhetoric about President Obama being born in Kenya, or they have gone quietly into the night to regroup for 2012.  Either way, this guy, standing outside the White House is apparently “clueless.  Photographed by The New Republic’s   Ben Birnbaum in front of the White House.

H/t Oh For Goodness Sake!




Once They Know Suspect Isn’t A Teabagger, Relieved Republicans Go Back To Whipping Up Hysteria

Everything the right-wing does is designed to accomplish one of two things. Either
(a) transfer wealth from everyone else to the rich, or
(b) distract everyone else from the fact that (a) is occurring.

The above meme, written by Blast The Right’s Jack Clark tells us that the right-wing is constantly trying to create “straw men” in order to keep  the average citizen, right or left,  from seeing what’s really happening in the corporate world, which they (the GOP leaders and shills) have bought into, hook, line and sinker.

Their latest attempt at distracting us from the horrors of the gulf coast oil disaster, is to instill fear over the terrorist incident in NYC.   They don’t want Americans seeing the absolute failure of the “drill, baby drill” fiasco, so they shift to the ” terror, terror, be very afraid…” drumbeat, to distract us from the corporate disaster that BP has become. 

Since the GOP is deeply connected to the oil industry and since they advocated less regulations and supported Cheney’s private meetings with “big oil”, it would be an electoral disaster for them if the focus remained on the BP crisis in the gulf.

Instead, this is what they give us, en masse!

Crooks & Liars:

Yes, now that the Republicans and their assorted right-wing soul mates have been reassured that the main suspect in the Times Square bombing attempt isn’t a teabagger, they are (of course) back beating the drums of panic:

Yesterday, when the primary suspect in the attempted bombing of Times Square was a middle aged white guy, Republican leaders were the picture of calm, sober leadership. High ranking Republicans on committees related to national security like Pete Hoekstra and Peter King urged people not to jump to conclusions, while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell praised New Yorkers for not succumbing to fear. Likewise, hawkish Senator Joe Lieberman, who has tended to side with Republicans on national security issues, issued a statement yesterday saying, “More than anything, terrorists want to instill terror. They want to create a wide and broad sense of fear among ordinary people. The resilience shown by New Yorkers robs terrorists of that power.”

That was yesterday. Today, as in the aftermath of the failed underwear bombing on Christmas Day, Republicans are eager to give that power back. With the Justice Department announcing the arrest of Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistani-born American citizen and Connecticut resident in connection with the failed plot, Republicans have returned to their usual script. Contrasting McConnell’s careful statement from yesterday, Rep. Eric Cantor complained that Americans really don’t live in the kind of perpetual panic that the threat of terrorism necessitates:

Cantor complained that the public “goes on heightened alert” after such incidents for “hours and days rather than permanently” and thatObama aides “tend to give these warnings due attention only in limited spurts.”

Senator John McCain, appearing on the Imus show, warned the administration against reading Shahzad, an American citizen, his Miranda rights:

“Obviously that would be a serious mistake until all the information is gathered,” McCain said during an appearance on “Imus in the Morning” when asked whether the suspect, 30-year-old Faisal Shahzad, a naturalized American citizen from Pakistan [should be read his rights.]

Not content to be merely opposed to due process for foreigners accused of terrorism, McCain wants to deny American citizens their rights to due process as well. Indeed, McCain and Lieberman recently introduced a bill that would allow the government to hold U.S. citizens indefinitely without charge. Needless to say, things like Mirandization were non-issues for McCain during the Bush administration, when more than 403 convictions were secured through the civilian justice system.

In the meantime, MSNBC reports that the suspect “told neighbors he worked on Wall Street.” In which case, I can understand the panic! After all, Wall Street bankers have destroyed more of this country than any bomb.

Have Conservatives Gone Mad?

In a word: yes!  The push for an ultra conservative GOP has, in my opinion gone beyond the pale.

The Atlantic: 

Serious thinkers on the right have finally gotten around to a full and open debate on the epistemic closure problem that’s plaguing the conservative movement. The issue, to put it in terms that even I can understand, because I didn’t study philosophy much in college: has the conservative base gone mad.  More>>>


WaPo: Anger over health-care reform spurs rise in threats against Congress members



What is it about the angry Teabaggers and militia groups who just can’t accept the new Health Care Reform bill?  

Is this really about health care reform or is it something deeper than that?

One has to wonder with all the talk about confederate proclamations  from southern Governors and racist and homophobic attacks toward members of Congress. 

The hate messages sent to even more members of Congress have been non-stop since the passage of the bill.    Actual death threats  to members of Congress have heightened. 

Is this really about health care reform or is it something deeper than that?

Obama Derangement Syndrome: 

  • 67% believe Obama is a socialist.
  • 57% believe Obama is a Muslim.
  • 38% believe Obama is “doing many of the things that Hitler did.”
  • 24% believe Obama “may be the Antichrist

Anger over the health-care overhaul has led to a nearly threefold increase in recent months in the number of serious threats against members of Congress, federal law enforcement officials said.

The lawmakers reported 42 threats in the first three months of this year, compared with 15 in last three months of 2009, said Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Terrance W. Gainer, who had information about threats involving both chambers.

“The incidents ranged from very vulgar to serious threats, including death threats,” Gainer said. “The ability to carry them out is another question and part of an investigation to determine what, if any, appropriate steps to take.”

Nearly all of the recent threats appear to come from opponents of the health-care overhaul, said Gainer, who also served four years as chief of the U.S. Capitol Police. And, he said, there have been “significantly more” threats against House members than against senators.

The threats, which have led to at least three arrests, have not abated since President Obama signed the measure into law March 23. The Capitol Police have contacted the FBI about such threats even more often since the law was signed, said Lindsay Godwin, an FBI spokeswoman.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) became the best-known of the recently targeted lawmakers Wednesday, when authorities accused a man in San Francisco of making dozens of threatening calls to her home and her husband’s office.

In response to the threats, Capitol officials have been working to ensure that the 454 Senate offices across the country are secure. Some of the offices, a quarter of which are in federal buildings, are receiving additional equipment to help with the screening of mail. In other instances, law enforcement officials are recommending new locks and surveillance cameras.

A few members have reacted to the threats by lowering their public profiles. Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) canceled an event at a Youngstown community health center because he received a threatening letter, his spokeswoman told a local television station.

But most lawmakers haven’t altered their routines, devoting their two-week spring recess to the typical district meetings, town halls and campaign events.  

A day before Gregory L. Giusti was charged with threatening Pelosi, Charles A. Wilson was arrested near Yakima, Wash., and charged with “leaving expletive laden threatening messages” on multiple occasions at the office of Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), including a recorded message that said, “I want to kill you.”

On March 29, a Philadelphia man was charged with threatening in a YouTube video to kill Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and his family. Prosecutors say the suspect, Norman Leboon, has multiple personalities and is not competent to stand trial.

Some lawmakers say the real change in recent weeks has been that members aren’t keeping such incidents private anymore. “Normally, we don’t give publicity to this,” said Rep. Dan Lungren (Calif.), the ranking Republican on the House committee that oversees the Capitol Police.


Think Progress: Vandals hit at least five Dem offices nationwide, threaten to ‘assassinate’ children of pro-reform lawmakers.

I have a dire prediction.  Even before I saw Think Progress’ headline today, I’ve been thinking for a few weeks now that something terrible is going to happen and that “something” will be perpetuated by a “teabagger”.

When one hears Rush Limbaugh’s rhetoric, “we need to get rid of every last one of those bastards…” and Glen Beck wildly animating similar rants on TV, what else is there to think?

The lies, disinformation, ad hominem attacks are like marching orders to every psychopath that has a death wish out there.  I guarantee you that BEFORE the fall elections, something ominous is going to happen to an innocent person or people.  I believe  Beck and Limbaugh knows this as well.  Yet they refuse to let up on the hate talk and in fact. have ratcheted their hate talk up a few knots in recent days.

Of course I wish no harm on anyone and I REALLY hope my “sense” is entirely wrong.  However, recent history has shown us that there is a direct correlation between a call to “get rid of”,” eliminate” “has to go” type rhetoric inevitably leads to disaster.

Think Progress:

Yesterday, Think Progress reported that several Democratic offices around the nation had been vandalized in the days surrounding the House health care vote. Vandals have struck the Tuscon office of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), the Monroe County Democratic Committee headquarters in upstate New York, Rep. Louise Slaughter’s (D-NY) Niagara Falls office, the Knox County Democratic headquarters in Ohio, and the Sedgwick County Democratic Party headquarters in Wichita, KS. The local Rochester ABC affiliate now has more information on the upstate NY vandalism, including an assassination threat against the children of lawmakers who voted for health reform:

No one was inside when the brick was hurled through the Democratic Party Headquarters on University Avenue. Attached was a note quoting conservative Barry Goldwater: “Exremism [sic] in defense of liberty is no vice”. […]

[Rep. Louise] Slaughter has been at the center of the push for reform. Last Thursday she received a chilling recorded message at her campaign office. “Assassinate is the word they used…toward the children of lawmakers who voted yes.”

The FBI is now investigating.

Question, aren’t the teabaggers part of the “anti-abortion” “pro-life” movement?  Killing children is ok?  More hypocrisy, for sure.

Tea partiers heckle woman whose daughter-in-law died because she didn’t have health insurance

I will never understand the cruelty and heartless apathy that some people have toward each other.   In John Dean’s book Conservatives Without Conscience, Dean heavily relies on Dr. Robert Altemeyer research regarding Right Wing Authoritarianism.  It is Dean’s contention that the average conservative (not unlike the one’s shown in the video) have to be told what to do and how to do it.  They appear to be totally reliable on “leaders”.  These people were told to be rabble rousers at this particular town hall meeting.  (Just as they had been told to do the same throughout August 2009 at many town hall meetings.)

The following is an example of how these people act when there’s no one around that THEY look up to to say, “Chill.”  What they do to the woman speaker is just plain cruel.

First Daughters get H1N1 Vaccine! What Will That Do To The Fear Mongering Talking Points of the Right Wing Nuttery?

flu fearThe right wing nuts who claimed that there MUST be something wrong with the H1N1 flu shot because Sasha and Malia have not had their shot will have to find a new talking point against the vaccine:

CNN Political Ticker

First daughters Malia and Sasha Obama were vaccinated last week against the H1N1 flu virus, the White House announced late Tuesday in a post on the official White House blog.

“President and Mrs. Obama have not yet been vaccinated for H1N1,” Katie McCormick-Lelyveld, the first lady’s press secretary wrote, “and they will wait until the needs of the priority groups identified by the CDC – including young people under the age of 24, pregnant women, and people with underlying conditions – have been met.”

Wingnuts’ Heads Explode Over Obama Nobel Peace Prize

Well, since my orginal post this morning, I’ve gone to other sites to see the wingnut reactions.  I don’t go directly to wingnut sites, per se…I simply look at what liberal blogs are reporting, in reference to the Nobel Committee’s decision.  They are not happy.  The question has to be raised:  Why do these people hate America? 

(Via ThinkProgress.)

Then there was Fox News. As you can see from the video above, it was like Scanners on steroids on Fox & Friends this morning, with Brian Kilmeade noting that this was the third honoree whose name was not George W. Bush. (Maybe those Swedes’ “pure genes” got the better of them, eh?)

Even Michael Steele and the Republican National Committee got into the act:

“The real question Americans are asking is, ‘What has President Obama actually accomplished?’ It is unfortunate that the president’s star power has outshined tireless advocates who have made real achievements working towards peace and human rights. One thing is certain – President Obama won’t be receiving any awards from Americans for job creation, fiscal responsibility, or backing up rhetoric with concrete action.”

Blue Texan at Firedoglake has a nice roundup from around the wingnutosphere.

Meanwhile, Media Matters has compiled a handy video of the early reaction:

h/t: Crooks and Liars