By tmcbpatriot | April 27, 2012 | No Comments
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By tmcbpatriot | April 22, 2012 | 4 Comments
Things I can buy legally in the U.S.:
Mako Glock to Carbine (PDW) Conversion Kit with Folding Stock
“Convert pistols to compact PDW weapons. Increases effectiveness of pistols in a concealable package smaller than a Micro Uzi. Designed for use with or without suppressor. Disclaimer : If you own a host pistol and buy this product, your pistol will become a short-barreled rifle. You must first register your pistol with the ATFE using ATFE Form 1.”
“During 2006-2007, a total of 25,423 firearm homicides and 34,235 firearm suicides occurred among U.S. residents. These national totals include 4,166 firearm homicides and 1,446 firearm suicides among youths aged 10–19 years; the rate of firearm homicides among youths slightly exceeded the rate among persons of all ages.”
Things I Can’t Buy Legally:
“Cannabis has psychoactive and physiological effects when consumed. Aside from a subjective change in perception and, most notably, mood, the most common short-term physical and neurological effects include increased heart rate, lowered blood pressure, impairment of short-term and working memory. Long-term effects are less clear.”
“Deaths associated to cannabis overdose are exceptionally rare.”
By tmcbpatriot | April 22, 2012 | No Comments
This past week we also saw another “legend” in the news. I am talking about Ted Nugent. That I mention him in the same breath as the other two is mere coincidence. But this week Uncle Ted, who normally gets a pass from me in terms of wasted effort belittling him on his insanity and ignorance, crossed over into new territory with his Obama threats. For that I have to say a few things, if for nothing else then to feel good belittling him. It’s been a long time coming. I am sure he won’t read this, but who cares? It will feel good.
I have never owned a Ted Nugent record, nor have I ever known anyone who has. My Ted Nugent knowledge never got further than Wango Tango and Cat Scratch Fever, and that was only because in 1985 MTV played whatever it could get its hands on. You can’t blame them really.
Now if this makes me sound like a music snob then to that I say you have never really listened to Ted Nugent, have you? To consider someone a music snob who doesn’t like Ted Nugent’s is like calling someone a food snob because they don’t eat at Popeye’s. I have always considered myself someone with good taste when it comes to music. I will not list my favs here, but suffice it to say Ted Nugent is not one of em’.
Another important thing to note about “The Motor City” Douchebag is that Ted wants you to think he really care about our country and will do anything to protect it. For example, this past week Ted threatened President Obama by saying he would either be “dead or in jail this time next year” if Obama is elected President and that if that happens America will be a suburb of Indonesia next year.
Now, when I heard this I thought:
- Nugent seems to have forgotten that Obama has been President these last four years and has not yet turned us into a suburb of Indonesia, nor has he taken away Ted’s right to threaten a sitting President and not get thrown into jail as a result.
- Ted does not see the irony in the fact that he is making incendiary comments on a live radio show while being simulcast on video about a President who wants to take everyone’s guns away at a fu**ing NRA convention! Did any of the morons standing there notice this irony? Of course not! That gun loving, small penis brigade would first have to know what that word meant!
- Ted is sincere in his threats, but just takes a long time to get it done. These first four years were just the planning stage. It’s those next four year we have to worry about. RIght Ted? UhHuh. I thought so.
Referring to [then] Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm, [Nugent] would frequently interject “Jennifer Granholm, kiss my ass” into his songs, and shoot an arrow at her likeness [during performances]. In a 2007 interview, in discussing running for governor of Michigan, he stated that Granholm “is not doing an ugly job, but as the perfect woman, she is scrotumless”.
“That would be beautiful,” Nugent said when asked if he would run for governor of Michigan in 2010. “I have threatened to do so and I was sincere.”
Turns out, “threatening” to run for office is the same for Ted as threatening to make a decent record. Neither will ever happen.
Another group Ted loves to threaten is that of the animal world. Surprisingly, as an animal killer Ted is quite good…well sort of.
Ted has been threatening animal life for some time. An avid bow hunter, Ted wants you to believe he is a master of the outdoors. He even has a show whose title I will not name or link to here. But in it he shoots all kinds of things until they are no longer a threat to him. He kills elephants, mountain lions, tigers, deer, and even bears. In fact, he recently had to pay a fine for killing one illegally.
Nugent, 63, was on Alaska’s Sukkwan Island in May 2009 filming an episode of his Outdoor Channel television show. According to court documents, he was bow hunting near a bait station designed to attract black bears when he fired an arrow that wounded a bear, which then ran off.
Nugent failed to locate and harvest the wounded black bear…and then four days later, he shot and killed another black bear at one of the registered bait sites and then transported it off the island.
The problem: Alaska hunting regulations say the first wounded bear fulfilled his bag limit; the second one was an illegal kill. Transporting it off the island made it a violation of the federal Lacey Act.
Ted is very much like any typical, modern-day, tough guy, hunter. He hunts with the most sophisticated weapons and is so out of shape that he will never track an animal or actually “hunt” it. Instead, he and his buddies will sit around waiting for game to come to them. But even doing that Ted manages to do it poorly:
August 20, 2010, MARYSVILLE, Calif. — Ted Nugent says he should have been better informed about California game laws after pleading no contest to misdemeanor charges of deer-baiting.
California game wardens watching [Nugent's hunting show] saw Nugent kill an immature buck during the hunt in Northern California. Investigators found that the deer had been eating bait before being killed. Baiting wildlife is illegal in California.
Was Nugent planning to use bait to lure President Obama to his demise too?
“And in my mind, I’m going why can’t I just shoot this [Hate Krishna] guy in the spine right now; shoot him in the spine, explain the facts of life to him. — WRIF-FM, Detroit, Ted Nugent as guest D.J., Sept. 28, 1990
“You want to know how to get peace, love and understanding? Who doesn’t know this? The Ku-Klux-Klan? The Black Panthers? Child rapists? How do you get peace, love and understanding? First of all you have to find all the bad people. Then you kill them.”
You see, Ted likes to threaten people all the time. He is a regular tough guy. But the question I keep asking myself is, how can someone who threatens so many with death be such a damn wuss?
Then I realize that Ted Nugent is very much representative of the typical American. He is loud and rude, he won’t go off to fight a war (a must read by the way), he has never run for public office even after “threatening” to do so, and doesn’t have the stamina or the brains to outsmart a deer without luring it to within fifty feet using bait. This does not sound to me like the rock god, tough guy, killer Ted wants you to think he is.
In reality, and at the end of the day, Ted is nothing more than a loud, angry old man luring non-thinkers at NRA conventions in for the kill, much like those poor animals unlucky enough to find his bait. What nobody seems to notice though is that this emperor is wearing no clothes, not even a loincloth.
In fact, when Ted doubled down on his Obama threats by saying he was like “a black Jew at a Nazi-Klan rally, and the Secret Service felt it time to pay him a visit, Ted responded by walking back his threats saying that “by no stretch of the imagination did I threaten anyone’s life, or hint at violence or mayhem…Metaphors needn’t be explained to educated people.”
In other words, don’t expect to hear any threatening words coming out of Ted’s mouth about the President or anyone else in power anytime soon. Seems the one group who Ted loves to act tough around told him to STFU and, by god, he STFU’d! Go figure.
An elephant can’t fight back. A tiger is dead before it even knows what hit it. As for people, Ted is no more a killer than you or I. He dodged the draft and never spent a day fighting for his country any more than I have. He is just another nutty guy with a microphone and an audience who simply can’t resist his bait.
Wang Dang Sweet Poontang!
By tmcbpatriot | April 19, 2012 | 1 Comment
Farewell to a great musician, singer, songwriter, drummer…You made Turkey Scratch proud!
By tmcbpatriot | April 12, 2012 | No Comments
If that sky is any indication, Mitt might actually be one of the four horsemen. Or maybe he is riding in to help the unemployed, or just to hang with the regular folks…if it were 1850!
But he does love horses. Here he is talking about them with Sean Hannity. If you haven’t seen it, it is a must.
Hey Republicans! Are you paying attention? Here is a caption for you: “Mitt Romney rides his horse up to the pump to protest the high gas prices that Obama is forcing down our throats.”
By tmcbpatriot | April 12, 2012 | No Comments
Friess: “Ok, Mitt. Let’s get this over with as quickly as possible. And hold the Santorum.”
By tmcbpatriot | April 12, 2012 | No Comments
I need to take a minute to talk about studies. You know, those things universities do to discover or to confirm fascinating things about the world around us? I love studies, and by love I don’t mean in a scientific, professorial kind of way. I mean in more of an absurd, total waste of time and money kind of way.
Allow me to explain…
While there have been some important studies done over the years that have advanced society, improved medicine, taught us more about psychology, etc., let’s face it, studies like that are rare. More often, what you generally find are studies that could have easily been filed under the category of “nothing better to do” and tucked away neatly in the “no sh*t!” department.
For example, here are some of my personal favorites:
Ok, so that last one might be useful to know. But otherwise, c’mon! I mean, how much money was spent studying a bunch of stoners driving down the freeway? Don’t get me wrong. This must have been hilarious for the folks doing the study, but do we really need to study this sort of thing? Hell, I could have told them that being stoned makes you drive slower.
And do we really need a study to determine that meth babies will have problems later in life? I don’t know how much this study cost, but I could have saved them a whole lot of time and money if they had just asked me.
Which brings me to this next study. It was released this past week and its findings are absolutely astounding…and a total waste of time and money. Here it is: Conservative Politics, ‘Low-Effort’ Thinking Linked In New Study.
Hard to believe, right? Conservatives are low-effort thinkers. Wow! This is groundbreaking. I wonder if the people doing the study expected some other outcome?
From the study:
Data suggest that political conservatism may be a process consequence of low-effort thought; when effortful, deliberate thought is disengaged, endorsement of conservative ideology increases.
When time and effort are in short supply, emission of responses consistent with conservative ideology should increase.
Conservatives are more likely than liberals to make dispositional attributions in numerous domains, including obesity, misfortune, poverty, unemployment, and intelligence.
We predict that restricting people to simple and basic modes of thought will lead to the acceptance of conservative attitudes and values. Taxing, limiting, or otherwise disengaging effortful, deliberative thought should increase endorsement of conservative ideology.
There are ten pages of this stuff! And it comes complete with charts and four pages of references too. Nevertheless, regardless of how earth shattering these findings are, what I really want to know is how long did this study take to complete? My guess would be no more than a half-hour watching Fox and Friends or no more than a few minutes listening to Rush Limbaugh.
The reality of course is much, much funnier, and far more scientific:
- Study 1: “Alcohol intoxication was measured among bar patrons; as blood alcohol level increased, so did political conservatism.”
- Study 2: “Participants under cognitive load reported more conservative attitudes than their no-load counterparts.”
- Study 3: “Time pressure increased participants’ endorsement of conservative terms.”
- Study 4: “Participants considering political terms in a cursory manner endorsed conservative terms more than those asked to cogitate; an indicator of effortful thought (recognition memory) partially mediated the relationship between processing effort and conservatism.”
You really can’t make this stuff up, I swear. With that, I propose a toast. Here’s to you, scientific study! You make things that are so painfully obvious seem much more scientific than they need to be. You provide laughter on late nights as I am trolling the news for something funny or absurd to write about. You solidify with charts and fancy lingo facts that are already well known to anyone paying attention.
So with that let’s raise our glass and drink. But don’t drink not too much. We don’t want to become conservative.
By tmcbpatriot | March 30, 2012 | No Comments
I have said it before that I will never attempt to wade into the legal issues surrounding The Supreme Court of The United States’ deliberations over the Affordable Heath Act of 2012, herein known as ACA. But nevertheless, I feel there is an important question that needs to be asked.
Is Obama really that smart?
Before he was President, Barack Obama was a constitutional law professor, or ”senior lecturer,” whichever title you prefer. Regardless, the implications of that are interesting. Why would someone who studied law at Harvard, was President of the Harvard Law Review, and then lectured on the Constitution at one of the most respected universities in the country, stake his political career on a push for a health care overhaul which included an “individual mandate” that was unconstitutional? That simply does not make sense.
Now some might argue that there is no way for the President to have known that this would wind up at the Supreme Court level. But to that I say hooey! The “individual mandate” was always a slippery issue and one that I am sure came up a million times during administration meetings around how to put the ACA together. And now that it is in the corrupt hands of the Supreme Court and all the talk is about the individual mandate, it has me wondering if the administration had planned this all along.
Think about it. ACA, for all it’s supposed imaginary evils, actually does more than a few positive things that voters can easily wrap their heads around. For example, the simplest and most memorable is the removal of denial for pre-existing conditions. This one is huge. Most people would have been satisfied if that was all the ACA accomplished. But there is more. People who were unable to get insurance before due to those pre-existing conditions can now get healthcare. Parents can keep their children on their insurance plans until they are twenty-six. Insurers cannot rescind your insurance coverage if you become a medical liability — think “Great Benefit” from The Rainmaker. You also have your prescription drug discounts for seniors, and much more. What the ACA doesn’t have is of course death panels or any of the other asinine nonsense that the propagandists at FOX and those on the right in general hoped you would believe.
And here in lies the rub. Republicans, as we know, are not the sharpest tools in the shed. They may actually think that striking down the ACA will mean they have won; that somehow this would be a huge win for the right and they can take it all the way to victory in November. To that I say — if I may quote W. — bring it on! Because unless Obama is actually a complete idiot, then that is exactly what he is hoping for.
Let’s break it down:
1. The first scenario has SCOTUS striking down the individual mandate while leaving the rest of the plan in place. If this happens then Obama wins. Sure, Republicans will think they scored a huge win here, but Obama can and should go on talking about the good things that still remain, like the pre-existing condition piece and what seniors are going to still get from the plan. Talking points aide, what Republicans will have accomplished is exactly nothing, except to play right into the Presidents hands.
2. The next scenario has SCOTUS striking down the entirety of the ACA as a result of the individual mandate being unconstitutional. Ok, but Obama still wins. The court will be seen as totally partisan by not only the left, but also by anyone who does not watch FOX “news” on a regular basis. In other words, those so-called “independent” voters we hear so much about during an election season.
Obama then takes it on the road and goes on the offensive, blaming Republicans for your no longer having that exemption from pre-existing conditions. He is already starting to do that. In Maine today, the President told voters they “would have a choice between his policies and Republicans’ “you’re-on-your-own economics.”
3. The third, and most unlikely of these scenarios, is that the corrupt and totally paid for SCOTUS will leave the whole thing as it is. I think this is pretty much impossible at this point. If you were paying attention to the proceedings this past week, the lack of willingness of the Justices to even read the ACA should be enough for you to give up all hope in our legal system completely. Yeah, I know. It’s the best legal system in the world. But compared to what?!
Point is, no matter which way this goes, Republicans will find, as they often do, that they have painted themselves into yet another corner. And when they finally realize it I like to think the last thing that will go through their heads…other than their defeat…is to wonder how the hell Barack Obama ever got the best of them. (Hat tip to Shawshank Redemption for that line.)
I just hope that Obama is really that smart. (beat) I hope.
By tmcbpatriot | March 28, 2012 | 1 Comment
The NRA has a new product out and it is not to be believed. Our good friend hoodie would be appalled. Here it is. I think it speaks for itself.
Here is the product description: (Emphasis mine)
We want concealed carry to fit around your lifestyle – not the other way around. That’s why we developed the NRAstore™ exclusive Concealed Carry Hooded Sweatshirt. It’s the only garment of its kind we know of! Made from a pre-shrunk, heavyweight 50% cotton / 50% polyester blend, we’ve taken a standard 9 oz. fleece sweatshirt design and added a full-body polyester lining for added warmth, durability, wind resistance and weight distribution. Inside the sweatshirt you’ll find left and right concealment pockets. The included Velcro®-backed holster and double mag pouch can be repositioned inside the pockets for optimum draw. Ideal for carrying your favorite compact to mid-size pistol, the NRA Concealed Carry Hooded Sweatshirt gives you an extra tactical edge, because its unstructured, casual design appears incapable of concealing a heavy firearm – but it does so with ease! Includes drawstring hood, cotton/spandex ribbed cuffs and waistband, two front pouch pockets and a discreet black zipper. Includes one Velcro® holster and one Velcro® mag. Made in USA.
Made in USA, Indeed. We have gone off the rails folks. Hang on for dear life.
By tmcbpatriot | March 27, 2012 | 1 Comment
Hello. Hoodie here. Now don’t be alarmed. I am not here to hurt you. I simply wanted to take this opportunity to set the record straight on a few things involving me, in light of the recent news events in Florida. Now to start with, I know what you are thinking. I am up to no good, right? But that is what I wanted to talk to you about. You see, despite what you have been hearing these past weeks, the hoodies of America are not all that bad.
The other day I was watching FOX and saw this horrible man with a thick mustache saying how we were somehow responsible for the shooting death of this poor kid, Trayvon Martin. I was so saddened and quite appalled that this odd looking fellow would say such a horrible thing about us. What did we ever do to him, or to anyone for that matter?
I mean, do we not keep you dry in the rain? Do we not offer breathability for runners on a cool spring morning? Do we not offer pockets and a means of something quick to throw on late at night when throwing out the garbage? Do girls not look totally hot wearing noting but us after sex? I mean, why are we getting such a bad rap for such a senseless killing?
I remember back when I was young. It was such a simpler time. Back then we were called sweat jackets or pull-overs. Remember that? I sure do. We were just benign articles of clothing used by athletes and young kids who wanted something they could easily tie around their waists when they got overheated. Something changed though as I got older. Personally, I blame P. Diddy, or whatever he calls himself now. He made us into some sort of fashion article. I have even seen sweat jackets selling for hundres of dollars because of that guy. Can you believe that? A sweat jacket going that much? I would never have imagined.
After that things started to change for us. We started to become “cool” to wear, and by cool I don’t mean lightweight in the fall. Then, somewhere along the line someone changed our name to “hoodie.” Sure we have a hood and it is very versatile and practical, but it was never meant to be something sinister! And “hoodie”? Really? That sounds like we are from the ghetto. Or perhaps it was meant as a nod to the criminals of old known as “hoods,” for all you youngsters out there.
Ok, sure, our pockets have always been convenient repositories for dime bags, but I ask you, is that our fault? As far as I am concerned, and you can call me an old sweater, but we are still the same innocent, comfortable, simple old sweat jackets.
So I ask you, how can anyone blame us as the reason a kid was shot to death? If you recall, Rocky wore into the ring before his many fights with Apollo Creed and we cheered him on. Jesus wore us too and we are still talking about him. Heck, the Unabomber wore us and nobody even noticed that he was leaving mail bombs on people’s doorsteps!
Sure we will always have our rotten apples like the Evil Emperor, Darth Maul and the Grim Reaper. But we knew they were evil. Personally, I always hated that they chose to wear us instead of vampire capes or something. But again, is that our fault? At the end of the day we are just cotton people!
Look, all I am trying to do here is to try and change the public’s perception of us by speaking out during this troubled time. It is simply wrong to accuse us of having anything to do with people dying. We might be inanimate objects, but even inanimate objects have feelings! So please, Geraldo, and all the other haters out there, give us a chance! Try us on! Experience our comfort and convenience for yourselves. Go so far as to even try on our hoods. Pull on our drawstrings. You know you want to. I guarantee you will feel cozy, secure, and most of all, non-threatening.
However, if after that you are not completely satisfied then just return us. We would rather be back on the rack than be owned by haters, or worse, shot at by people who have no idea what they are missing.
Thanks for listening. Hoodie out!
By tmcbpatriot | March 26, 2012 | 1 Comment
Geraldo Rivera: ”I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was.”
That explains everything! Pontius Pilate was a neighborhood watchman. Of course!
By tmcbpatriot | March 26, 2012 | No Comments
Ok, so I am not a lawyer or a legal expert by any means, but I do watch TV and follow politics. That is quite enough to qualify me to guess the outcome of the SCOTUS’ decision on President Obama’s Health Care Reform Law.
Prediction #1: Health Care Reform Law Declared Constitutional
Republicans go into freakout overdrive and claim the court is ruling from the bench and that we need to reform the way Justices are chosen. After that they do an expose on the Justices who voted in favor of it and give out their home addresses and phone numbers. The ones who voted against it are brought onto FOX “news” programs and every right wing radio show to pan the courts ruling and to promote their new books.
Prediction #2: Health Care Reform Law Declared Unconstitutional
Republican rejoice and say that this is a great day for justice in the United States. The Justices who voted in favor of this ruling are brought on FOX “news” programs and every right wing radio show to promote their new books. A parade is planned outside FOX studios in NYC.
The evils of the New Deal are brought back into the conversation for the week while Mitt, Rick, Newt and that other guy say that FDR was Hitler and that Obama is Stalin. Not that that would be news to the FOX “news” crowd.
Prediction #3: Health Care Reform Law Declared Partly Unconstitutional
The “individual mandate” is struck down as unconstitutional, overruling “decades of precedent going back to the New Deal.” The Justices who did not vote in favor of its unconstitutionally are hung in effigy, their children are made fun of, and Rush Limbaugh calls Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg a slut.
The part of the law which remains constitutional becomes the subject of scorn by the right wing. Commercials appear on TV with Mitt, Newt, Rick and that other guy shooting the Constitution while skeletons appear to speak as they say how they would still be alive if the whole of “Obamacare” were stuck down.
So there you have it. My predictions for the SCOTUS ruling later this week on “Obamacare.” Updates to come.
By tmcbpatriot | March 26, 2012 | 4 Comments
The other day I read that Allen West, Congressman from Florida, said this about the killing of Treyvon Martin: “I have sat back and allowed myself time to assess the current episode revealing itself in Sanford, Florida involving the shooting of 17-year-old Treyvon Martin…The shooter, Mr Zimmerman, should have been held in custody and certainly should not be walking free, still having a concealed weapons carry permit…This is an outrage.”
Did I say mad as hell? I meant outraged. It’s a funny thing though. The incident in Florida vaguely resembles another by someone Mr. West might know:
December 13, 2003
U.S. officer fined for harsh interrogation tactics
The commanding general of the 4th Infantry Division on Friday accepted a U.S. military investigator’s recommendation and ordered administrative action against Lt. Col. Allen West, who was accused of using improper methods to force information out of an Iraqi detainee [Emphasis mine]. Following a military hearing, West was fined $5,000 over two months.
As CNN reported about the incident:
“Maj. Gen. Raymond Odierno, the 4th Infantry’s top general in Tikrit, could have rejected the recommendation and ordered a court martial. If he were to be found guilty at a court martial of the two articles against him, West could have faced 11 years in prison.”
As it turned out, no charges were ever filed. Mr. West was given the choice of court-martial or retirement. He chose the latter, along with a full pension and his concealed weapons carry permit securely in tow, I assume.
As for the shooter in Florida, Mr. Zimmerman, no charges have been filed against him either. He told police he acted in self defense. There is a law in Florida called the Stand Your Ground Law, a law invented by gun loving Republicans like Mr. West, that actually allows someone to kill someone else in cold blood and claim self-defense.
My guess is that Mr. Zimmerman will simply say he was a “concerned citizen” protecting his neighbors from dastardly deeds. I wouldn’t be surprised if he said something like:
“I know the method I used was not right, but I wanted to take care of my neighbors…If it’s about the lives of my neighbors at stake, I’d go through hell with a gasoline can.”
Of course this is not something Mr. Zimmerman said. But it is however nearly verbatim to what Allen West actually said when asked to answer for his misconduct in Iraq. The difference here is that in Florida a man was actually killed in cold blood. In Iraq, West only pretended he was going to do the same thing, while allowing soldiers to beat the man for twenty-five minutes.
Republicans usually reward tough guy behavior, especially during war time. Many on the right have defended Allen West, so much so that he was rewarded for it in 2010 by being elected Congressman. So why then isn’t Congressman West defending Zimmerman?
West explains it thusly:
Let’s all be appalled at this instance…because a young American man has lost his life, seemingly, for no reason.
So to get it straight, Congressman West is outraged because of senseless violence. But what about all the senseless violence that happens every day in America, especially with guns? On that topic, West blames the left. No, seriously. He has said that “the left…uses [gun] violence as a call to eliminate 2nd amendment rights.”
Here he is saying it:
For people like Congressman West, senseless violence is the result of welfare and the left’s master plan to “take our guns away.” So then why the sudden outrage? Why is a Tea Partier, a proud 9MM gun owner, a hummer owner, a proud supporter of the NRA, and a man who committed a criminal act in Iraq and walked away scot-free, guns in tow, outraged?
Could it be because Congressman West — after having “sat back and allowed [himself] time to assess the current episode in Sanford, Florida” — was really just waiting to see how the FOX “news” crowd would respond to this story first? After all, this is a political opportunist. This is a man who nearly killed another man in cold blood and walked away with a pension. This is a man who supports racial profiling of muslims. This is a man who said that anyone “challenging me on my support to [Paul Ryan's] visionary plan to restore our economic security will be signing up for a suicide mission.”
The press reports on Congressman West’s outrage as if it is nothing more than an interesting news tidbit. Truth is, West and the shooter in Florida actually have some things in common. They both committed unlawful acts “using improper methods,” both got away with it, and both got to keep their guns. One even became a Congressman.
Now, if that is not an outrage then I dont know what is.
By tmcbpatriot | March 20, 2012 | 21 Comments
I enjoy watching Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell fairly regularly on MSNBC online. I don’t have cable, so I watch these shows a day later at MSNBC.com. The great thing about watching online is that there are less commercials. That is to say, there is basically one commercial that is played over and over again before each new segment of the respective programs.
Now, for everyone on the right who hates MSNBC and thinks they are the liberal version of FOX, you can leave the room now. This post is not for you because it is going to dispel that myth post-haste. This idea of MSNBC being the liberal FOX equivalent is of course totally ludicrous and a bald face lie for a million reasons. But perhaps my favorite reason is the one where you look at the commercials shown between segments on both of these programs.
I won’t get into the ones for Merck because that is another story entirely, but if you want to suffer through it, be my guest. The one I want to discuss, however, is the one for Exxon Mobil’s Oil Sands project. Each time it comes on I cringe, and I am sure I not alone.
Here is the narration in its entirety:
America is facing some tough challenges right now. Two of the most important are energy security and economic growth. North America actually has one of the largest oil reserves in the world. A large part of that is oil sands. This resource has the ability to create hundreds of thousands of jobs. At our Kearl oil sands project in Canada, we’ll be able to produce these oil sands with the same emissions as many other oils, and that’s a huge breakthrough. That’s good for our country’s energy security and our economy.”
On its face this commercial seem innocuous enough. There is a nice black man with a pleasant speaking voice telling me over and over again in the span of a single episode of Maddow and O’Donnell how great oils sands are and all the wonderful things they will provide for our country’s future.
Sounds great right? Only, here’s the thing…
The narrator, nice black man, and “star” of the video campaign, is a man named Artis Brown. He is labeled on the commercial as an “engineer,” but here is his bio:
Artis Brown graduated from the University of Alabama in May 1996 with an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering. He was hired by Exxon as a Project Engineer in Houston. He relocated to Richmond, VA, and then to Memphis, TN, where he received his MBA in Finance. After holding several marketing positions in Fairfax, VA, and Boston, MA, Artis moved back to Fairfax for his current assignment as the Global Recruiting Coordinator for ExxonMobil’s Fuels Marketing organization. Artis currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia.
Ok, so no conspiracy here. The guy is successful at Exxon. But isn’t it a bit misleading to say he is an “Engineer” without also disclosing that he is now coordinating marketing efforts for the conglomerate and a shill for fuels such as oil sands? The things coming out of Artis’s mouth are also unbelievably right wing for such a left leaning channel as MSNBC, not to mention vague and downright misleading.
Artis says: “America is facing some tough challenges right now. Two of the most important are energy security and economic growth.” As ThinkProgreess pointed out back in August, the spot “deliberately ignores any mention of the third related challenge that tar sands development affects: global warming.” Isn’t global warming a liberal thing? Why not mention it then on MSNBC? Right wingers? A little help on this one please?
Artis then says: “North America actually has one of the largest oil reserves in the world. A large part of that is oil sands. This resource has the ability to create hundreds of thousands of jobs.” Hasn’t this lie been thoroughly debunked already many times? Is the idea just to keep saying the same lie again and again until people start believing it? With the number of times Artis says it during one episode of the Maddow and/or O’Donnell’s show, I am guessing that is the idea.
Artis continues: “At our Kearl oil sands project in Canada, we’ll be able to produce these oil sands with the same emissions as many other oils, and that’s a huge breakthrough. That’s good for our country’s energy security and our economy.” Can you be more vague here Artis? The same emissions as “many other oils”? Hmmm…Do you mean lamp oil? Crisco oil? Olive Oil? Bath Oil? What “other” kinds of oils are we talking about exactly?
According to Imperial Oil’s EIA, “The [oil sands] project will be responsible for average emissions of 3.7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per year, which equals the annual greenhouse gas emissions of 800,000 passenger vehicles.”
From Environment Canada: “The oilsands are Canada’s fastest growing source of GHGs.” The oilsands now produce more annual greenhouse gas pollution than all cars on Canadian roads and almost as much pollution as all of the light-duty trucks and SUVs in Canada…Canada’s deteriorating record on climate is well known and tarsands is a major reason for that. Rather than heed EPA’s concerns and address the problem in Canada, they have continued to lobby at the expenses of their own credibility.”
Cough, cough, cough…So let me make sure I understand all of this. Liberal MSNBC is giving airtime, albeit paid airtime and alot of it, to Exxon Mobile for them to push a message and an agenda that convinces an unknowing public to support oil sands for no other reason than to make Exxon Mobil even more money at our expense? Do I have that right? And this has been going on for some time. How Maddow and O’Donnell never mention this irony is quite frustrating for me, and I am sure I am not alone.
Nevertheless, to all you right wingers who say that MSNBC is the liberal’s version of FOX “news,” I give you oil sands and MSNBC’s blatant support for it.
Tell me again how this is liberal? Oh I almost forgot! Right wingers, you can come back into the room now. We’re done.
By tmcbpatriot | March 19, 2012 | 1 Comment
I will be guest blogging again tomorrow night, along with Michael Stickings and friends, over at The Reaction for a play-by-play of the Illinois primary. In anticipation of that, I want to share my thoughts on what will actually occur.
Spoiler alert! Stop now if you do not want to know how this ends. Although it is really not that exciting.
Mitt Romney is going to win the Illinois primary handily tomorrow. Write it down and then forget where you put the piece of paper you wrote it on because Illinois is simply not going to vote or anyone else. Sure there will be no short supply of Santorum lovers and a few Ron Paul nuts. Gingrich might even manage to get a few votes as well. But this is the mid-west and Illinois is as “mid” as the west gets.
Here too is what you won’t see. You won’t see a repeat of last week’s bumble-f**kkk in the southern racist enclaves of Alabama and Mississippi. No sir. No how. Illinois is much more straight laced in their conservative creds than in the south and Illinoisans always vote with their wallet in mind. Social issues? Please. Illinois is as corrupt as it gets. Illinoisans looking for a politician with moral convictions is like South Carolinians looking for a candidate who is sane. It is just impossible to find.
In addition to that, Illinois is also a pretty blue state. They voted for Obama in droves and have a huge black and latino population. But for all its blue state creds, Illinois has some fairly red ones as well. The state has no helmet law, smoking in bars was banned only after years of opposition, the city is one of the most racially segregated in the country, and guns run rampant on Chicago streets like it’s some old time western town. Chicago is also the home of the Chicago Merc where workers gleefully tautned the Occupy folks last fall.
Point is, red or blue, no matter where you live in the state, anything can be yours for the right price. In other words, in Illinois the pocketbook rules, period! Illinois is also a real working town. It is not a place where people get too hung up on social issues like abortion, gays, porn, or contraception. Sure you will get some of that in the burbs. But at the end of the day, Illinoisan’s are taxed so much and nickel and dimed to death so regularly that they vote only for whom they think will provide the most bang for their tax dollars.
Today Rick Santorum was in Rockville, IL and actually said out loud to the folks in attendance that ”the issue in this race is not the economy.” Talk about out of touch! This is a man who knows nothing about the state he is trying to win. Illinoisan’s are not dreamers. Nobody imagines a Republican president or any politician for that matter doing a darn thing about the rampant crime, the shootings, fixing the crappy public schools, or lowering their taxes at all. Illinoisan’s have had multiple opportunities to vote for a Republican and even when they do nothing ever changes.
For Rick Santorum to even consider that Illinois Republicans care at all about the over reach of Government proves he is out of his league on this one. Government over reach in Illinois is what keeps the state going! Tomorrow’s primary election is not going to be about principles or morals. Illinois politics is devoid of it. It is simply going to be about voting for the guy who seems the most sensible in terms of dollars and cents. In Illinois it is the only thing that really matters. In Illinois it is about the economy, stupid. And with that there is no viable alternative to Mitt Romney than Mitt Romney. And that is how it will play out.
Now, for the record I want to emphasize that my prediction is in no way a vote for Romney, or any of the other Republican clowns at this or any time. I am only saying that Romney will win tomorrow and will go on to win the nomination. These are the cold hard facts. And just like with Illinois, the cold hard facts are something you simply cannot ignore.
Please join me and my friends at The Reaction tomorrow evening for live blogging of the Illinois primary and it’s outcome. Hope to see you there.
By tmcbpatriot | March 13, 2012 | No Comments
Live blogging over at at The Reaction Blog for tonight’s Alabama, Mississippi Republican primaries. It’s a hoot! Check it out!! Happening right now!
Come on over and join in!
By tmcbpatriot | March 13, 2012 | No Comments
By tmcbpatriot | March 11, 2012 | 1 Comment
Hi! It’s me, Ann Romney! How are you all doing out there in bloggerland? I don’t go on the computer much, I have to admit. Tagg showed me how to “log on”, as he called it. I am so square. My family makes fun of me.
So I decided to try this blogging thing after I heard about Kathy Limbaugh doing it. Can you believe all the problems her and her husband Rush have been having? Poor Rush. The message was clear enough, but my husband Mitt and I agree that Rush should have used a different choice of words. I asked Mitt if he would talk to Rush about it and he said he would. I think he called him a few times, but Rush hasn’t returned his call yet. Turns out, Rush is not an easy person to reach.
Anyway, after hearing about Kathy’s response to her post, I asked tmcbpatriot if I could have some space to talk directly to the American people. He was very receptive to the idea and said he would “throw me a length of rope,” as they say. I am very thankful for the opportunity.
It is so exciting to be here and to be riding this wave of excitement and support that you all have shown for my husband Mitt. I have to tell you, these past eight years haven’t been easy for us. I feel like we have been running for President forever. I remember when we started. At the time our third home had not even been renovated yet. It’s funny. Somehow I can remember dates and events by which house we were renovating at the time. But you should see the house now. It is really something.
And I am proud to tell you we do not employee a single illegal alien! Our entire staff, in every one of our homes, including the maids, gardeners, drivers, even the people who tend to our horses, come signed sealed and delivered, 100% Grade A legal! In fact, just the other day I was speaking to one of our staff. I can’t recall her name, but she told me how proud she was to be in America legally. I kindly told her “you’re welcome.” Isn’t that great? The American Dream is alive and well in our homes and we are so proud to be a part of it!
My family is so proud to be able to employ so many hard working people. It is a testament to who we are as a family and who my husband is as a man and as a candidate. I tell you, sometimes with all the people around us doing all their daily activities, I don’t even feel rich. Sometimes I feel like I am down there in the trenches with all of them. Sometimes I even help out. For example, the other night I was helping our chef open a wine bottle and we got to chatting about his family. His wife works two jobs! Isn’t that such a uniquely American story? I told him I also have two jobs. I look after my husband, which let me tell you, is a full time job in and of itself, and I am also a mom to my five wonderful children. It is the hardest job you’ll ever love, I always say. It really humbles me. And it is that experience that I will bring to the White House as your First Lady.
To give you another example about how normal we really are, I remember when Mitt worked in the private sector. He would come home concerned and depressed about all the layoffs that occurred as a result of some merger or takeover his company had to do that week. But my husband was and is resilient. By the next day he was singing to himself again, once more the usual chipper fellow I fell in love with. This is who he will be as your President. He is not distracted by pessimism. But he does have feelings and that is what I am trying to convey.
Too often Mitt gets a bad rap for being uncaring or cold. It is so false. But he takes it all in stride. At the end of the day Mitt understands that to make things better you have to have “creative destruction,” as he calls it, and then turn that into something better. That is his plan for America.
As my daddy used to say, you can’t enjoy mashed potatoes unless you first boil raw potatoes until they are soft, mushy and easily squashed. I never understood what he meant until my husband decided to run for Governor all those years ago. Now I understand it completely. America is that raw potato.
President Obama seems satisfied with America being a raw potato. But as Mitt always says, America needs to be transformed, turned into yummy mashed potatoes, as we often joke around the dinner table. As President, Mitt will ensure that America is turned into those mashed potatoes. To get there will take an entire nation working together to make it happen. I liken it to Mitt being the restaurant owner with all of you being the line cooks working hard in the kitchen.
Together we can turn America into a heaping bowl of mashed potatoes! Together we can make America yummy again!
Thank you all for reading. See you on the trail and God Bless America!
By tmcbpatriot | March 8, 2012 | 2 Comments
Paul Ryan is trying to instigate a fight with me. At least that’s the feeling I get when I see pictures of him in the news. Or maybe it’s just that he reminds me of this guy I knew in high school. I am sure you knew him too. This same face. A face that just had a way of making your blood boil when he walked past. A face that tells you everything you need to know about him.
For instance, I am pretty sure Paul Ryan drove this car to school everyday.
And those eyes. They don’t lie. This is a guy who, like my high school nemesis, had a shed in his backyard that became the “clubhouse,” the place where he and his completely obnoxious fraternity friends would hang out in summer and get baked while his parents were at work. It is also where he hid his pot and well-used bongs.
And like the guy I knew high high school, Ryan was also a wanna-be bully. He was scrawny, but he had a desire to be a tough guy because his fraternity friends were. However, as it always happened, those he tried to bully ended up handing him is a** because they were always stronger than he was. I am pretty sure his later years at the gym were a direct result of this too, that and his inferiority complex with having such a small you know what.
So here’s to you Paul Ryan. Thanks for being so damn obnoxious in photos that you remind me of one of the most hated people I knew in high school. I really appreciate it.
There, I feel better now.
By tmcbpatriot | March 6, 2012 | 1 Comment
Hi everyone. It’s me again! Kathy Rogers Limbaugh. The luckiest girl in tha world! Holla!! I wanted to write another post after my last one got such a great response. Plus, I wanted to give you an update as to how my husband is doing since he called that uppity college slut a whorebag.
I have to say, my husband has been having quite a week. All of those “liberal media elites,” as my husband loves to call them, have been going crazy over this whole thing. It is just to bizarre to me. Even a bunch of his advertisers have left the show, which is really weird because they are the ones who usually like what he has to say. I mean when Rush made fun of that guy from Back to the Future for having Parkinson’s disease nobody seemed to mind at all. When he said that the NAACP should have riot rehearsal and get a liquor store and practice robberies, nobody said anything then either! I mean, it’s not like alot of black people listen to his show. And if one happens to slip through the cracks, when they are not smoking it that is, then he just tells it like it is. I remember he told me about this one time a long time ago, some slutty black girl called his show to harass him. Rush told her to take the bone out of her nose. Lol! I mean, you can see why I married him.
So why is everyone so upset when he calls some college student who likes to have sex all day long a slut? And to make matters even worse, I am now being harassed! For example, I was shopping the other day for a new Prada handbag and this woman who I didn’t even know came up to me and asked if I was Rush Limbaugh’s wife. I asked her “Which wife are you thinking of because he has had four of them.” She looked at me like I just walked out of Banana Republic or something and stormed off. What a bitch, right?
My point is, I can’t even go into my favorite stores anymore without some slutty, contraception binging slut, wearing shoes from the Gap by the way, coming up to me and asking me things. It’s like I am being assaulted or even raped! I mean, my husband said he was sorry for calling that slut a slut. I told him he did not have to apologize to anyone for anything. I told him he should go onto the radio the next day and say that not only is that girl a slut, but that she also has no taste in clothes.
As usual, he didn’t listen to me. Later I tried to give him the cold shoulder when he came into the bedroom wearing nothing but his ratty EIB polo shirt. But he was feeling depressed as a result of all of this so I backed down. Plus he threatened to close my credit card account if I didn’t “give it up,” as he calls it. I mean, can you blame me? The cards are all in his name. I am not allowed to open one by myself. Sometimes that makes me so mad. But then, I am a girl. That’s just how it goes, right?
Oh well. Tootles!