By tmcbpatriot | September 30, 2010 | 1 Comment
I was just reading an article on ThinkProgress about Republican Senate candidate and World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon (CT). The article points out that McMahon is against raising the minimum wage. I know, it’s crazy right? What the hell aren’t republicans against when it comes to helping people? The kicker is when asked what exactly the minimum wage is McMahon of course had no freakin clue.
From CT News Junkie: Asked if she thinks the current minimum wage is appropriate or if it should be raised, McMahon said, “you know what guys? I’m just not going to comment any more.”
Ha! Jesus Christ on a popsicle stick! These are our future leaders ladies and gentleman. McMahon continued:
“Don’t take away this morning that I’m saying that we should scrap minimum wage,” she said. “That is clearly not my position.”
Oh fantastic! Whew! Nice to know you don’t expect people to just work for FREE! Thanks for clearing that up. Wholly cow! So I am reading this and wondering how the hell can a person be this evil. How is it possible to just be so sadistic in your thinking that you would consider $7.25 too high a wage to pay someone for an hour of back breaking work?
So then I started staring at her photo from the article. And I am trying to understand a person like this and what makes them tick. Then it comes to me like Col. Kurtz in Apocalypse Now: I realized… like I was shot… like I was shot with a diamond… a diamond bullet right through my forehead. Of course! This woman is not just a republican she is also a corporatist. And the people who vote for her are corporatists too. The others, those poor working class numbskulls whose minimum wage she is talking about cutting and who will vote for her anyways, are not corporatists. They are simply stupid and full of false rage at the socialist kenyan in the white house and the SEIU, whatever the hell that is. Believe me they don’t know. They will vote for this woman regardless if she says she will cut their minimum wage because they do not understand that part of the story and would not hear if it were screamed at them through a bullhorn.
McMahon is a true Cruella Deville of the highest order! A true monocled elitist who has the monopoly guy over for dinner. She does not actually see people who make less than her. And when I say she doesn’t see them I don’t mean they are not there. They most certainly ARE there! They physically take up space around her, washing her cars, mowing her lawn, cleaning her house, raising her kids, etc. But they are not really people, you see. She has no ability to visualize them as living, feeling emotional sentient beings. You follow?
To her, the minimum wage is not associated with anything tangible outside of a number on a spreadsheet. She sees bottom lines, bar graphs, votes and quid pro quos from her corporatist endorsers. And as such, she is able to separate herself from any emotion. Which is what makes her a true republican and a true corporatist. This goes back to the early days of the barons. The men who saw only textiles, raw materials, profits, government connections…I.E. blind power! To them it is not possible to see what that brings along with it; to the very people who enabled them to become power brokers in the first place.
Her only concern, as is the only concern of any true corporatist is to look at the businesses and how it affects their bottom line, and their stockholders bottom line.
McMahon: “I think we ought to look at all of those issues in terms of what mandates are being placed on businesses and can they afford them. I think we should get input from our business community. We should listen to our small business operators and we should hear what it is they have to say and how it’s impacting their businesses and make some of those decisions.”
Forget getting input from actual workers and how they feel about it. That is counterproductive to the corporatists worldview. And make no mistake. This is not about capitalism either. If McMahon was a true conservative she would not want the government getting involved in minimum wage issues. That would be best left to the companies themselves to decide, right?
Bottom line is McMahon is correct to STFU about minimum wage issues. You can’t really blame her for saying what she did though. She was just excited about an endorsement. From Thinkprogress:
“The National Federation of Independent Businesses, a “prominent business interest lobby” that also takes issue with unemployment insurance, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Family Medical Leave Act.”
Being a corporate shill as she and every republican is means never having to think about the not rich guy…ever! Unless of course there are reporters in the room and they pickup on the significance of your new endorsement. In that case, McMahon just did what every red blooded republican would do and is doing. They are either leaving reporters in their dust or going on FOX. Wake up folks! November is right around the corner.
By tmcbpatriot | September 30, 2010 | 1 Comment
I was reading the blogs this morning and think that someone needs to start a website called “Republicans are always wrong!” It would be so easy to get going. All it need contain are bullet points of republican conspiracies starting on the day they bring it out to the day it is debunked. To clarify further, I am talking about when FOX gets a hold of something, for example, and it becomes a new scary narrative for republicans and retarded sign holders at public events.
Think: Black Panthers, headless bodies in the Arizona desert, death panels, gays marrying animals….you get the point.
Yes, Politifact is the closest thing we have to this idea. It’s a great site. Don’t get me wrong. But it is more about lies and the liars who tell them on a daily basis. It is more about talking points than conspiracies. The blogs do a good job individually, but I think we need to see it in one place so we can keep track and organize them. Like a file cabinet for conspiracies and how long it took for them to be proven false.
Take for example ACORN. This was a huge conspiracy right? A giant campaign to scare and spread doubt about Democrats. Remember?
The House Judiciary Committee member described the ACORN saga as “the largest corruption crisis in the history of America.”
Rep. Steve King: ACORN scandal bigger than Watergate.
How long did that take to debunk? Six months?
So when a conspiracy appears we can feign interest and shock and then start the clock. Yes! That would be cool! The website could have a timer that starts next to each new bullet point and is stopped when it is ruled false and a lie. Similar to Politifact but with timers in place of the “Truth-o-Meter”.
What do you think? All I am asking for is someone with alot of time to create this new site. It will be very popular and you can take all the credit for the idea. I will be looking out for it. Please hurry!
By tmcbpatriot | September 28, 2010 | 2 Comments
So the GOP Pledge came out last week. How’s it working out? Let’s take a look at what the right has been saying about the Pledge:
• Christian Science Monitor: “Republican ‘Pledge’: slightly smaller government and much bigger deficits”
• Mike Pence: “What we have in this proposal is not necessarily new”
• House Minority Leader John Boehner: “The Pledge is not about potential solutions, but rather just serves to highlight the problems”
Hmmmm…..Maybe I need to read the pledge again. I thought they were offering groundbreaking new ideas to save the country. As I was reading it I came across this:
“We make this pledge bearing true faith and allegiance to the people we represent, and we invite fellow citizensand patriots to join us in forming a new governing agenda for America.” (Emphasis mine)
So just last week this was a “new governing agenda for America.” But then people, including FOX “News”, called them on it and suddenly this week it is really just an outline about how they imagine they would do things if they get back into power. Don’t take it too literally people. It’s just a proposal. It’s nothing new! C’mon! Why do people always get lost in the details? Sheesh! How on earth does anyone paying even a little bit of attention vote for these guys? It boggles the mind.
Well, ok, so they have a plan that is not really a plan. It is merely an outline of what they want to do that is not really new, but we should vote for them anyway because they were so good at it the first time, and we should right our mistake and vote them back into power. Whew! Ok. I will give them the benefit of the doubt and look at the highlights of their non-pledge promise proposal:
- Cutting taxes for the rich – From politicalaffairs.net: “According to the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), the Republican Party’s plan would kill as many as 1.1 million jobs.”
- Republicans are Deficit Hawks – “The GOP proposal reduces the federal deficit by a mere 5 percent. To reach this lofty goal, “non-military spending would have to be gutted by some $350 billion. Oh and “say good-bye to investments in expanding broadband access, research and development in clean energy alternatives, improved healthcare infrastructure, improved roads and bridges, new mass transit, improvements in waste management, environmental clean-up, higher quality education, additional community health centers, and anti-poverty protections for unemployed workers and their families.” You know, entitlement programs.
- Did I mention deficits? – “The pledge adds $629 billion to the deficit.”
Of course the republicans have not and will not say exactly what they will cut when they are voted back into power. But no worries. I am sure they will do what is best for the country as a whole and also be strict Constitutionalists like they always have been. Stop laughing. I am serious!
You know that quote?: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Nobody on the right seems to like this pledge because anyone with half a brain knows that it is the same shit over and over again with no new results. The only people this can fool are folks who do not know how to read or who blindly vote republican no matter what. For everyone else, get the word out everyday until November!
The “pledge” that is not really a promise but rather a thesis is all the republicans have to go on right now. In reality they got nuthin’. What we have been fed for the past 18 months had nothing of substance. We had ACORN, Birthers, Mosques, Mexicans, Black Panthers, and on and on. Nothing of real value that lasted longer than a sound bite or a single news cycle.
It is vital to remember that Republicans do not govern! It is not what they do. What they do is fear and loathing and “pledging” while Dems on the other hand get busy governing and trying new things. Really, when you think about it this is nothing new. It is the same thing over and over……wait…..oh no! The same thing over and over again?…where have I heard that before?
Take it away Mike:
By tmcbpatriot | September 28, 2010 | 1 Comment
The title of this post comes from a book about how awful software design is because it is being designed by the wrong people, namely engineers when it should be done by actual designers. Now, just for fun I took the description of the book from Amazon and replaced some key words to see what would happen. I swapped engineers for Republicans, business executives for voters and hi-tech industry for America. Look what I got.
From Amazon (with my changes in place):
The Inmates are Running the Asylum argues that, despite appearances, voters are simply not the ones in control of the country. They have inadvertently put republicans in charge, leading to products and processes that waste huge amounts of money, squander customer loyalty, and erode competitive advantage.
Pretty cool right? Or is it sickening? Folks, November is right around the corner and so far it is not looking good for Democrats. Forget for a moment that democrats really suck bad at winning elections and STILL do not seem to get that they are losing the popular vote. I am scared, actually scared about the prospect of some of these characters being in charge of the government. I mean, when I watch someone like Rand Paul or Newt Gingrich speak about anything I get scared. I am more scared of them and their ilk than any boogie man muslim terrorist any day of the week. And even scarier is that voters are buying what they are selling! How can it be?
Today, I heard a woman say that she feels that Obama needs to do a better job at getting republicans to the table to get things done. It is moments like this when it hits me hard in the face. THIS is the voting public! I am on the computer all day and I read about politics all day. But most people are not like me. They watch TV and read newspapers and listen to what people like David Gregory and Bill O’Reilly tell them. To these folks, Obama is failing because of some made up story about his lack of leadership. But we of course know the truth: Republicans will not work with any democrat ever for any reason whatsoever for one very simple reason. They want to to take the power back! It is politics 101 for anyone paying attention. But unfortunately, not that many people actually are.
To the average voter politics means getting the two sides to work together. To do what is right for the country and to put aside our differences to get it done. To the average voter our govt. is a functioning body that thinks about what is best for the people as a whole. I know, it sounds funny. But that is the reality for many people. For them it is simply about Obama stepping up to the plate and being a strong leader. They believe the lies because they have nothing else to go on. It makes me feel as if I live on another planet where reality is some underground movement.
History will likely look upon this year as the election season when politics went off the rails. When insanity became mainstream and when voters, who just 18 months prior elected a black man to the presidency, would go on to elect some of the most insane and unqualified nutcases in American history. And make no mistake about it. If these folks get into power all that talk about sticking to the Constitution and getting out of our lives will be turned on its head once these nuts decide to change the Constitution and invade our lives with anti-gay marriage laws, anti-abortion laws, anti-freedoms of anything except Christianity laws, you name it. If they don’t like it then Constitution be damned!
If I had a wish it would be to get through to one republican, to be able to pull back the veil that is their thousand yard stare and say to them you are being hoodwinked. Nothing you are seeing is real. If you vote for these people you are not winning anything for yourself. Nothing! In fact, things will get much worse for you than they already are.
I know it is not going to happen any more than a republican is going to convince me that a community center is really a terrorist meeting place. But a guy can dream can’t he? Come November regardless of what happens, some crazies will become Senators and Congressman of the United States of America. They will be muslim hating, gay bashing, anti-abortionist Christian zealots who will want placate their base. And they will succeed because don’t forget the media LOVES em’ some crazy!
So who better to leave you with than the masters of crazy, the Tea Party. This video clip is of Randall Terry. He is the founder of an organization that applauds when abortion doctors die. While he may not become a law maker, I think he nevertheless epitomizes how far we have come this election season towards giving the keys to the inmates. Watching this video may be amusing at first, but give people like this the keys to the ship and then it is not so funny anymore. Did I mention I was scared?
By tmcbpatriot | September 24, 2010 | No Comments
Why does the media always refer to Jon Stewart as a mock newsman or worse: “fake news”?
Here is the first line from an early release of a USAWeekend article for Stewart’s new book:
“It takes a brave man to report fake news of the world every night and do it well…”
Fake News? Huh? What is fake about the news he reports? Let’s clarify this. The Onion is fake news, albeit funny. We can all agree to that. It is fake. There is no mistake about it. That it what they do and that is called parody. However, what is fake about the news Stewart is doing? Can someone explain it to me?
Every night when he reports stories they are factual, real and truthful. How is that parody? Even the other guys on the show, while very funny, are not making up news. They are talking about things going on right now, topical. So again why is this “fake news”? Sure they take some things out of context, but who in “real” news doesn’t do that?
To be honest, when I look at the so-called “real” journalists in the main stream media I am not all that impressed. Katie Couric is real? Wolf freakin Blitzer? Charles Gibson??? Larry god damned King? RU shitting me?
Here is what Katie Couric has the nerve to put on her bio on twitter:
“True journalism separates fact from fiction. Passionate about discovering what makes the world tick. I’m a Journalist, Anchor, Single Mom, Straight Shooter.”
And her tweets are riveting:
“On the shuttle delayed forty minutes….arrrrrrgh. Big stories: obama on ahmadinejad, mr. colbert goes to washington, eddie fisher has died.”
“Today the FDA meets again to discuss genetically engineered salmon.”
That’s some cutting edge “real” news Katie. Kudos!
And lets not forget these nail biters:
- When was the last time you lost your temper – and what came of it?
- What’s the biggest mistake you’ve ever made – how did you recognize it-and what did you do to change course?
- What’s the worst piece of advice you’ve ever given another person?
Seriously, these are real questions Couric asked of Presidential candidates in 2007. Was she interviewing them for the HR department? Why does this make me so mad? Because by calling The Daily show “fake news” we give people like Couric and CBS and, god forbid, CNN legitimacy. Stewart even plays along and calls his show “fake news.” It’s right in the Daily Show tag line. He did it on O’Reilly the other night.
Mr. Stewart I get it. Wink wink. But it’s only funny to the initiated. To your fans. It is actually embarrassing when the rest believe this to be the case. When you go on FOX, FOX! and yuck it up with O’Reilly about your fake newsiness it makes me sad. By doing that you in the same moment make Glen Beck, O’Reilly, Couric and…..jesus christ…..Larry King, that much more REAL! Can you stop doing that please? Pretty please?
Well….in any event, here is some fake news strictly for enjoyment purposes. Please pay no attention to its news value. After all it’s fake:
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c|
|Postcards From the Pledge|
By tmcbpatriot | September 23, 2010 | 3 Comments
Today’s the day that Obama and the Dems Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and related Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, enacted by Congress in March 2010 goes into effect. So of course, if you pay attention then you just wait to see what the other side is going to do to distract from this monumental accomplishment.
Insert music from Jeopardy here….
Ding! Here it is from the NYTimes:
Capitol Hill Republicans, eager to offer a positive vision for the direction they would take the country if they seize control of Congress, will present their “Pledge to America” at an event in Virginia this morning.
From CBS: “House Republicans plan to release their legislative agenda for the next Congress Thursday morning during an event at a hardware store in Sterling Va…..The agenda will focus on five areas: jobs, spending, health care, national security and reforming Congress itself.
Finished laughing yet? Yes, the republicans have released their “Pledge to America.” Their absurd promise to do things differently than what these nearly exact same players did for the past 8 years. To even be taking this seriously shows we are displaying a shockingly short term memory.
Republicans are going to be unveiling it officially today at a hardware store in Virginia because, you know, republicans can really relate with these guys. I could go into lengthy facts about how ironic this “pledge” is considering they destroyed each of those five areas they claim to be focusing on this time around.
But what is important here is not the document. Even conservative nuts don’t like it. This document is being released and was written for ONE reason ONLY! Obama made health care a little tiny bit better today than it was yesterday and republicans know how much that sucks for them and how great it is for the country. In fact, they are claiming in this new “pledge” that one of the first things they will do is repeal the entire thing if they get back into power. Anyone who takes this seriously is an ardent Obama hater or a part-time voter who only hears what CNN or FOX “News” tells them while they are texting and flipping between Dancing with the Stars during the commercials. This document is nothing more than political posturing during an election season and hollow in its promises.
Thinkprogress did an extensive review of the document and found:
“The document provides almost no specifics about what the party would do to control health care spending, improve quality, or pay for its reforms. And at least 7 of the GOP’s ideas on health care are already included in Obama’s health care law.
This is a joke. The republican party, already reeling from losses to insane Tea Party folks are scrambling to find a voice and a way to have some relevancy with the insane clown posse that is their voter base. It is not working. Obama is doing more in a year than these guys EVER accomplished, unless you are one of the mega wealthy in this country.
It makes me want to make an emergency call:
Ring Ring….Hello? Short term memory? Can I have a word with you? Republicans are promising to do what they had eight years to do and DID NOTHING in that time! Now, short-term memory, I know you can’t really focus on things for too long and I don’t blame you for that. It is our culture. It is in our blood. But if you could, before you make a disastrous decision this November and put these folks back into power, please short-term memory name ONE thing republicans have EVER done for the 99% of the country that are not mega-rich.
Insert music from Jeopardy here….Ding!
Short-term memory: They gave us all a $500 refund check.
Oh right. Good one short-term memory! How’s that working out for you today?
By tmcbpatriot | September 22, 2010 | 10 Comments
Ever see the movie Billy Madison? Here is a quote that I think should start off this post:
“Mr. Madison, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.”
Now watch this video and tell me this quote does not sum up the content of this conversation perfectly:
Now, for those of you who ignore FOX, congratulations. For the rest, this clip needs some explaining. Chris Coons is the guy running against that sexually repressed hottie from Delaware, Christine O’Donnell, who thinks about NOT masturbating all day. Well, of course the right wing is humping her leg fiercely this week after her win over the incumbent Senator Mike Castle, who by the way before this week had not lost an election in Delaware for over forty years. I’m not kidding. Anyways, the right is looking for anything to try to get this nutty woman into the hearts and minds of the republican base in Delaware. In other words they feel that the three people who vote republican in Delaware need some more convincing.
So they go with this creative gem of a story: Chris Coons is a self-proclaimed Marxist. I know. I know. For the right this is not really creative, but it works. Although you cannot find a single person on the right to tell you what a Marxist is, it sounds scary.
Now let’s talk about what Coons actually said. Here is a quote from an article in 1985 from his college newspaper. In the article Coons discusses his ”previously-held political beliefs and “America” during his time at Amherst, including a semester spent in Kenya.” (quote taken from Media Matters)
“Going to Kenya was one of the few real decisions I have made; my friends, family, and professors all advised against it, but I went anyway. My friends now joke that something about Kenya, maybe the strange diet, or the tropical sun, changed my personality; Africa to them seems a catalytic converter that takes in clean-shaven, clear-thinking Americans and sends back bearded Marxists.”
Did you get that? He claimed to be a Marxist after returning from Kenya. Huh? What? You disagree? That is not what he said? Are you sure? Read it again. I think you misread it. I’ll wait…..
No? You still disagree? He did not say he was a Marxist, but was rather just relating something that his friends said jokingly about what they feel happens to people who visit Kenya? Hmmm…..Interesting. Well, if you are on FOX news or watch FOX news or listen to FOX news you actually read that same exact quote but heard this:
“Africa was a catalytic converter that took me, a clean-shaven, clear-thinking American and sent me back a bearded Marxist.”
Watch the cip above again and watch how they ignore what Coons actually said and just go with their narrative. The conversation that follows is so inane and asinine that it is a sight to behold. A true Billy Madison moment.
America, we are currently facing dangerous times. A time where republicans are voting for folks who are so unbelievably unqualified for political office that we might as well elect Billy Madison. The name even sounds presidential doesn’t it? Listening to conversations like the one above as they twist reality so easily is fascinating. Knowing that FOX has the largest viewership of any cable news channel is downright horrifying. They know what they are doing and they know that their audience does not. It is classic bait and switch and true snake oil salesman tactics on a massive scale. And lest you be fooled, it is working very well. Christine O’Donnell was a nobody last week, like Sarah Palin was once. An opportunist empty vessel who would jump onto any bandwagon for their own personal gain. And they are gaining. They are winning in the popular vote and in today’s breakneck media pace that is all that counts.
In November, when Dems get to vote as well, it is my prayer that we show up and show up strong. We cannot allow people like O’Donnell or anyone that FOX promotes to become powerful. To do so vindicates the Billy Madison’s of the world and makes those who criticize them the stupid ones. It turns the world upside down and to right it will take a herculean effort. We have to stop it from happening and say this November as loudly as we can: Billy we’ve ”had to listen to your jawing for too long…Blah, blah, blah! Just shut up!”
By tmcbpatriot | September 21, 2010 | 1 Comment
Most people do not know it, perhaps because Democrats are too intelligent or too stupid for their own good, but in two days the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and related Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, enacted by Congress in March 2010 will go into effect.
What does this mean? Alot!
The following are reforms that begin for plan years that begin on or after September 23, 2010. And just to drive the point home, I took these bullets from the FOX Business website who in turn got it from Insure.com. Because let’s face it, there is no way to get around this even for FOX.
So what happens in two days that so many on the right are vehemently opposed to and are promising to repeal if they get back into power?
1. No pre-existing condition exclusions for children under age 19: Nuff Said!
2. No arbitrary rescissions of health insurance: Rescission is a widely criticized practice whereby insurers have been able to rescind insurance when a patient becomes sick. The rescission is based on an unintentional mistake on the initial enrollment paperwork by either the patient or employer. Health care reform eliminates this practice, except in cases of patient fraud or intentional misrepresentation. All insurers are subject to this new rule.
3. No lifetime limits on health insurance coverage: Over 100 million Americans have plans that set caps on the total amount of coverage. The caps expose patients to the risk of exhausting coverage in the midst of a costly procedure, when they need it most. For example, a leukemia patient in need of aggressive chemotherapy, a bone marrow transplant and hospital stays could exhaust the typical $1 million dollar lifetime limit in less than a year. The new provision prohibits lifetime limits on any plan issued or renewed after Sept. 23.
4. No annual limits on coverage: Similarly, annual limits will be gradually phased out beginning Sept. 23. Initially, health insurance plans will not be able to set annual limits lower than $750,000 per year. That minimum limit rises to $1.25 million next year on Sept. 23, 2011, and $2 million the following year. Beginning Jan 1, 2014, annual limits will be prohibited for most health plans.
Anything else? Um….yeah:
These measures remedy some of the most controversial practices in the health industry. With the Sept. 23, 2010, effective date, the reform legislation ensures that patients who need care the most — those recently diagnosed with or currently battling serious illness — have the health insurance they need.
On Sept. 23, 2010…..provisions will strengthen patients’ access to medical care, particularly preventive services.
1. Protecting choice of health care provider: Patients will have the option to select and keep a primary care doctor from among the insurance company’s participating provider network. In addition to promoting a long-term relationship between patient and doctor, this provision encourages patients to seek preventive care, which lowers hospitalization rates and costs. The rule also prohibits insurers from requiring a referral for obstetric or gynecological care.
2. Improved access to emergency services: Health insurance companies will no longer be able to deny coverage or demand that patients pay co-insurance for the use of out-of-network emergency services. This protects patients who become ill on the road or far from a network hospital.
3. Preventive services covered: Beginning Sept. 23, all new or renewed health insurance plans must cover preventive services such as vaccinations, mammograms, colonoscopies, and nutrition counseling for obese patients. These services must be free to the patient, with no applicable deductible, co-pay or co-insurance. (Emphasis mine.)
4. Adult children covered to age 26: Children will have extended access to health insurance coverage under their parents’ health insurance plan until age 26, unless they qualify for health insurance through their employer.
Amazingly, there are people who read this and STILL hate it and want it to go away. And Democrats are no exception. All over the country so-called Democrats are unbelievably running away from this accomplishment or are being advised to. And the reason’s for this are simple, if you are following the narrative:
1. This is an election year and as usual fear and ignorance rule the day. Health care is big. It’s huge. And it’s complicated. It is not a simple wedge issue like abortion, mexicans and gays. It takes thought and discussion to understand it all. And most importantly, it will make life better for many Americans. So what is a republican to do? Well, they throw in “death panels” and “rationed care”, ol’ standby France and of course Canada. The result is a recipe for fear, ignorance and naturally, alot of republican votes.
2. Health reform is a good thing for America and republican leaders know it. They also know that huge health care corporations hate it. And anyone who does not live under a rock knows that republicans are always on the side of capitalism and short term gains. So they want to repeal it. It makes them look like they somehow care about Americans by lying about the bad things it will do when in fact they are scared to death of all the good things it will do. If they just ignore it then Democrats win big for years to come because 99% of the population will benefit from it.
Let’s face it, if these reforms were really a bad thing, really really bad, republicans would be letting it happen so we can all watch it fail miserably. Then they can say they told us so. Think of Iraq. I believe Dems voted for it because they HAD to in terms of American sentiment at the time and also because they knew it would fail so badly that they could then blame it on the party in power in the next election cycle. And that is exactly what happened. When dealing with republicans failure is an easy bet. Much harder to do when Dems are in power though and as a result republicans can;t just watch it fail because again it won’t.
In the end, and after the 23rd comes and goes and death panels don’t materialize and ignorant scared sheeple find their health benefits better than ever, will they still want to reform it? Probably. So I have a suggestion. Let’s add a check box on the enrollment form where anyone who wants to can opt-out and keep their current plan. And this will not be retro-active.
Of course you can opt-in the following year. Just watch how many so-called conservatives decide to. Once their misplaced anger of imaginary scary things dies down they will find that they actually benefit from these reforms. And if they are sick by that time? No worries. Just sign up and all those pre-existing condition issues that you worried so much about will magically disappear.
And if any of your conservative friends call you a sell out or a marxist or a socialist for opting in just tell them to stop complaining. It is bad for their health and they cannot really afford to get sick.
By tmcbpatriot | September 20, 2010 | 1 Comment
Every now and then I come across something on the web that has to be shared. Aside from politics, my other passion and hobby is listening to good music and finding cool sites that share it.
Back in the day, when I was a kid, there was only radio and this was one of the best. The King Biscuit Flower Hour was an interview and concert show on FM radio. It was the ONLY place to hear your favorite rockers talk and perform. There was no Youtube, MTV, no nuthin! You had to use your imagination. These were the days when to just see your favorite rocker move was something. There are some awesome interviews and concerts.
I was excited to find it. Maybe you will be too. Enjoy!
Here is a taste and one I particularly enjoyed:
By tmcbpatriot | September 16, 2010 | 7 Comments
Glen Beck said on his radio show the other day:
“We have 30 million people in our footprint…that’s 10% of the population…Here’s the good news. This 10% is going to be the shelter for the other 90%…out of this 10% will be the leaders of tomorrow.”
You have to love this guy for his ignorance. Well, not really love him but you know what I mean. Huffington ran a story back in March about the number of babies being born in the U.S. in 2010. For republicans, who let’s face it, count overwhelmingly on white people to get votes, this is very bad news.
The Huffington article says this:
“Demographers say this year could be the “tipping point” when the number of babies born to minorities outnumbers that of babies born to whites.”
Ouch! Terrible news indeed! Afterall, they have tried to court minorities on a few different occasions. But the result is always the same. Republicans just cant help themselves. They are really hateful racists at heart. Before they even realize it they are getting rid of Mexicans in Arizona and scaring the bejeezus out of folks because some Black Panthers did something or other. Who even knew there were still Black Panthers? Republicans sure did and they made sure to let their followers know about it. Is this shocking news to anyone? If so, please remove the rock that you have been sleeping under and come out into the fresh air of reality.
Just yesterday, former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer, a guy who last year was a “Obama is indoctrinating out children” nut job came out publicly and said this:
“In the year since I issued a prepared statement regarding President Obama speaking to the nation’s school children, I have learned a great deal about the party I so deeply loved and served. Unfortunately, I found that many within the GOP have racist views and I apologize to the President for my opposition to his speech last year and my efforts to placate the extremists who dominate our Party today. My children and I look forward to the President’s speech.”
Of course the moment after he said this republican heads everywhere exploded. You may have mistook it for thunder. Here is a sample of what the republican blogosphere had to say:
“Hey Greer, guess what? Nobody cares about your opinion. Stop acting like a petulant child and STFU!”
“Says the crooked fat man who with the notable lack of black friends? Are you talking about your own racist views, Greer?”
The GOP is in defense mode. And naturally, Greer is being thrown under the bus. Not to mention the fact that he is also facing fraud and money laundering charges. He must have just lost his mind. Afterall, we all know that republicans were the party of Lincoln. How can they be racist?
It is important for republicans to never let on that they are in fact the same southern democrats from the civil war. And the same folks who Lyndon Johnson understood that Dems would lose forever when he passed civil rights laws. It is vital to keep the facade. It is why a black man is their party chairman and why Glen Beck seems to think white people own MLK day as much as black people do. To get votes, to get listeners, to get viewers, republicans NEED white folks. White folks are the main ingredient in successful elections and in making money.
But herein lies the problem. FOX “News” is one of the most watched networks on Earth and also has the oldest audience in all of cable, not to mention the most Christian. What does that mean? Well, we all know that FOX is the mouth piece for the republican party. As FOX goes so goes the republican voting block. Therefore, taken together, FOX and the Republican Party have an life expectancy problem. Over time, their viewers are going to die and according to factual data they are not making enough babies to make up for that loss. Sure, there will be plenty of hateful white folks to go around for some time. But republicans, as it always the case, are not capable of thinking long term.
Think about this for a moment:
“Census projections suggest America may become a minority-majority country by the middle of the century.”
Add to this the well known fact that latino and black women have multiple babies in their lifetimes while white women are having less. This could be one reason why John Gibson pleaded to his audience back in 2006 on his now cancelled show to “make more babies.” No really….he did. Don’t believe me?
See for yourself:
Hard to watch, I know. Make no mistake that republican’s are scared. They know the deal. They have done so much damage to minority relations that there is no turning back. Sure they may relate to Christians and to white people….er….old white men, but what about black or latino men who may also be Christian? Well…not so much. With an ongoing strategy of winning battles but never the war, republicans are going to find themselves more and more isolated in the decades to come. Let’s face i Mexicans scare them, as do black people. And they make sure to remind their followers of this every single day.
Before I commandeered the slogan for my website, the Tea Party loved to say they wanted to “take my country back!” Of course the Tea Party and the Republican Party are exactly the same people and they mean exactly the same thing. They mean to take the country back from a black president, from mexicans, from anyone NOT white and NOT Christian. It’s a losing battle of course and their only hope is to plead with their followers to make more babies.
Sadly for them and thankfully for the rest of us, the message seems to be falling on deaf ears.
By tmcbpatriot | September 15, 2010 | No Comments
Hey Republicans? I am concerned for you. Obama spoke to OUR children the other day. You know, the day he gives a speech to children who are going back to school? Now, I know you have been busy. There is a scary former coat store turing into a bomb factory, Mexicans are cutting off heads in Arizona, gays are marrying horses, and of course, an election is coming up. But I wanted to remind you to get back to basics. Obama just spoke to YOUR CHILDREN!!! What happened to indoctrination? Isn’t that what he was up to just least year?
The Surburban Chicago News said today
“In District 203, the response from parents this year was “much, much, much less” than last year, said Russ Fletcher, interim director of communications.”
I wonder why? Was his speech any different or was it that FOX “News” forget to tell you to be upset about it? Please Republicans, you have to try to find outrage on your own because just listen to this from Obama to our kids:
“Nobody gets to write your destiny but you. Your future is in your hands. Your life is what you make of it. And nothing — absolutely nothing — is beyond your reach,” Obama told students. “So long as you’re willing to dream big. So long as you’re willing to work hard. So long as you’re willing to stay focused on your education, there is not a single thing that any of you can’t accomplish.”
OMG!!!!! Have you ever read such socialist communist fascist marxist (did I forget one?) clap trap in your life?? FOX was so outraged that they could not ever get themselves to tell you about it long enough to make you outraged. Shame on FOX for allowing this muslim to hypnotize our kids AGAIN without so much as raising the threat level to peach. Who does he think he is?
Well, please be sure to mark your calendars for next year. Don’t wait for FOX to give you marching orders. If you wait for them to tell you what to be mad about then how are you supposed to be mad at anything on our own? It seems futile. Remember when anger was something you could have on your own? Those were the good ol’ days. You could base anger on your own thoughts and feelings. If FOX is now your conscious the least they can do is be consistent, right?
At least you’ll always have the memories:
By tmcbpatriot | September 12, 2010 | 1 Comment
The other day I got an email. It was sent by a third party and the email read in part:
“A MUST SEE FOR ALL. PASS IT ON TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS.”
Seeing this in any email throws red flags immediately. But it also compels me to read it. I HAD to know what this person found so vitally important that every citizen MUST see it! And it was, of course, a blistering tirade against everything muslim.
First there was a link to this video. Please watch it and share with me what the heck is so dastardly about it. I have watched it a few times and I still cannot figure it out:
But the plot thickened. The next email contained an image of the middle east with the caption “End the Unjust Jewish Occupation of Arab Land! Ah ha! Now I see. This has nothing to do with moooosleeems at all. It’s about how bad the Jews have it. Full disclosure: I am a Jew! A Jew who is sick and tired of listening to these folks wine all day long about how everyone is against them. Poor Jews! Everybody is evil except the poor defenseless Jew! Why can’t everyone just leave them alone and give them whatever they want. It is so simple. Ugh. Sorry, I had to vent.
Now, let’s look for a moment at reality. Jews HATE muslims and vice versa….period! This is not news really, unless you have been living under a rock for say….eternity! And now with “Obama the jew hater” in the White House, wholly moses watch out! It’s the end of the world for the Jews and the muslims are the reason. They are comin’ ta gitcha! Ma Lawd!
But unfortunately it did not stop there. The next email, there are four all together, has a photo of I don’t know what. It appears to be a mob of women in full burqas each holding up in the air what look like 5 ft long 2×4′s. Under the photo is a list of exactly thirty-four Sharia laws that, according to the all-day-every-day-fox-channel-viewer proves that Imam Rauf made a false claim.
If you are confused by now, it’s ok. It is hard to follow the logic of these folks, but try to follow along anyway.
Here is a line from the email just prior to the hate filled list:
“Imam Feisal Abdel Rauf claims that the U.S. constitution is Sharia compliant. Now let us examine below a few laws of Sharia to see how truthful Imam Rauf is.”
As you can imagine, by now I am sick and also sad for the person who sent these. It is so clear that there are people who literally do nothing except watch and probably listens to FOX related “news” all day long. Nowhere else can a person get so lost in anger and hatred that they would take the time to even email stuff like this to people they know.
Alas, there was one more email to read. This one was the pièce de résistance. So perfect in its ignorance that it was almost poetic. Needless to say it was also unbelievably insulting to anybody with even half a brain.
Under a photo of Rauf was this gem:
“Many Westerners appear to have a monumental confusion about the real purpose of this mosque (park51). Because of a lack of knowledge in Islamic history, they are unable to understand exactly why Muslims are planning to erect it just a few yards from the 9/11 site.” (emphasis mine)
It went on, but I was stopped cold after reading this. It was so sad to see the results of what FOX has done to the pliable minds in this country. For those who have not done so, I direct you to a MUST READ link because, hell, liberals have them too:
In the end I replied to these emails. I had to. But even after sending pages of facts, quotes, sound bites, video clips, you name it, to prove the wrongheadedness of this misplaced anger, the reply was a site to behold. Out of respect for the sender I will not post it here. But I will say this. After reading it I thought two things:
- This person seems to have calmed down after being bombarded with indisputable facts.
- How god damned sad and pathetic the response was.
How do you argue with people who hear and see only what they want? It is like trying to argue with a Klansmen or an American in 1955 about Russia, or further back about a chinaman. When does it end? Where does it end? Can it ever end? I look forward to late November when the election season closes, for at least until Christmas. We can deal with the aftermath, but at least the Mosque controversy will fade away. I can only guess what follows it in January as the right works towards their even bigger goal of retaking the presidency. I can hardly wait.
It is just so sad to watch people feel threatened by boogie men and so maddening to watch politicians and “news” shows fill their viewers vulnerable minds with so many lies and misdirection. The rest of us are left with opponents that we cannot debate or argue with. How do you debate with people who are factually deaf and reality blind? Republicans understand their audience with aplomb. It is impressive to watch. Their entire voter base are like gems that they polish to a high mirror finish. They are so good at it. Terrible at governing, but AWESOME at winning elections.
And here WE are. The seemingly perplexed intelligent few who spend our time questioning everything and looking at facts. We are willing to go against our chosen leaders and take them to task. But our enemy is just the opposite. Yes, I said enemy. That is exactly what they are. Sure, the politicians are without a doubt, but I DO mean the people who send emails like the ones above. They are the real enemy here and they should be feared. These, after all, are our neighbors, our family members, our friends (well…former friends if they send me emails like this). How do you reach your enemy if they are unreachable? How do you open minds so tightly closed during vital moments like we are in right now?
I don’t have the answers, but I do have a thinking and fact seeking brain. I will always at least counter these arguments in the best way I know how. I will research the facts and lob those over the wall in the hopes of defeating my enemy. Not with violence or hatred, but with knowledge. To get them to stop and think for themselves for a change. To retort with something other than what FOX has trained them to say. Needless to say, I am not optimistic. But what keeps me going is the knowledge that there is a right and a wrong and I will spend my time trying to discern between the two without having someone tell me what or how to think. I have that on my side. Win or lose, I will take that over fear and hatred any day.
By tmcbpatriot | September 11, 2010 | No Comments
Today that drunk pastor Terry Jones flew to NYC to declare “we have definitely accomplished that mission.” That mission must have been to get a free flight to NYC and a shit load of press time. Because if he is claiming anything else he is nuttier than we originally imagined. And that too would be another accomplishment on his part. Touche sir!
Then we get get: “A Florida pastor says his church will never burn a Quran, even if a mosque is built near ground zero.” WOW! What a turnaround. Isn’t it amazing what can happen when the Secretary of Defense, the FBI and the CIA start-a-callin’?
I can almost picture it now:
Ring….Ring…..”Hello this is Jones.”
FBI: Hello Mr. Jones. This is Mr. Smith from the Federal Bereau of Investigation and I have the Secretary of defense on the line as well……
You can imagine the rest.
Even cold hearted killer Sammy the Bull Gravano was scared to death to go up against the government. “These guys take over countries and now they are coming after me!”, he was once quoted as saying. This ignorant bastard was way out of his league and way over his head. Remember, this is a guy who was kicked out of a country for being too radical. Now in the U.S., he has a flock of about 50 members of his insane church. Not much a flock. More like the lunch crowd at the diner near my house. Seriously, Jones has done two things here. He made himself famous for a week and made a fool out of himself in that same week. And he will be forgotten sooner than Bristol Palin loses on DWTS.
But what we should never forget about this embarrassment is how dangerous people on the right can be. Every time a democrat is in charge these nuts ALWAYS come out of the woodwork. And this guy is no different. He is afterall after only one thing: To build his flock and fill their heads with the most insane shit anyone can come up with and make money doing it, of course. I am sure he will use his new found fame to gather donations and line his pockets as quickly as possible. He’d better hurry. His relevancy clock is ticking and DWTS begins next week.
By tmcbpatriot | September 9, 2010 | 2 Comments
I watch Olberman daily and enjoy your commentary. However, I want to address what is going on in politics that keeps getting ignored. If it were not ignored, we could more clearly understand why this country seems to be going in a totally insane direction. On yesterday’s show you and Keith discussed Ohio Republican House candidate Jim Renacci talking about making civil rights a local issue. Great story. Seems vital that we talk about this right? Well, no. It’s wrong actually and a waste of your time and our time.
Gene, you and I know what this is about. At least I assume you know. And as a result, I am confused why you do not touch upon it. Candidates, like this Renacci character, are not really interested in these issues. They are simply saying things that they know their voting public want to hear. They are after all politicians, and we are in an election season. It’s part of the job, part of the YouTube era plan to get on TV and get Pulitzer Prize winning writers like yourself talking and writing about them. You are putting them on the map by discussing what they are saying as important. But the thing is, it is not important and you know it. Right? Gene……right?
This is politics 101. Find out who your audience is and give them what they want. Do this long enough and they will turn off FOX and go vote for you. This is what needs to be said every day to your readers and viewers. Drive this point home! Renacci and his ilk don’t give a hoot about civil rights issues. Let’s be serious here. They don’t care about what Muslims do in lower Manhattan either and they don’t care if gays marry. Heck, most of them are gay themselves. All they care about is power and winning and they need votes to do it. It’s a game to them. This is why some people go into politics. Like chess, they enjoy the strategy and will do anything to win. It is what makes a person capable of going into politics in the first place. Then, they hire people like Frank Luntz to make sure they know all the hot button issues. Then they simple say it, over and over. The people that believe this stuff vote for republicans, along with those pesky “independents” who pay attention just prior to election day and are none too bright to begin with or interested for that matter.
Next time you sit down to write or talk to Keith, think about that former drunk and morning zoo DJ Glen Beck and that drug addled overwight Limbaugh. Remember, they are multi-millionaires because they know who is listening and who is watching. Their living depends on it! Hell, I’d go on TV and say whatever Frank Luntz tells me to say if I was promised multi-millions in return. Sure, I might not be able to sleep most nights, but hey I would be super rich. Nothing a few sleeping pills can’t solve right? None of this is real Gene. Please stop acting like it is. You are too smart for that. Just call it out for what it is. It will help everyone to do that.
Sorry to go on so long, Gene. I would just like to see you and all the others with TV time and readers to stop wasting time and start using the mediums to inform. People who want power will say ANYTHING to get precious votes, period! In the end nothing is going to happen to civil rights. In fact, I promise you we will not hear about it again once the votes are in and republicans are back in power. It’s a dog whistle for those not really paying attention or too stupid to get it. It’s a call to vote and they are winning! Politicians count on the ignorance of the people. It is how the game is played and ultimately how it’s won. It needs to be exposed daily to awaken more people to the noise so they can recognize it and listen for it.
By seriously discussing the issues that these nuts spout you give them more energy to ratchet it up another notch. We are already at a fever pitch and the noise is deafening. Be an earplug Gene, please.
Check This Out:
By tmcbpatriot | August 30, 2010 | 1 Comment
This guy makes me sick! Anyone else? I know, its obvious to us right? Well, what about the people to whom it is not so clear? I was watching a clip on FOX over the weekend. Well, not actually watching FOX heavens forbid. No, I was watching the attached clip and my head nearly exploded. As an example, here is a sample of the exchange between journalist douchebag Chris Wallace and rodeo clown Beck:
WALLACE: One of the speakers at the event…talked about the injustice of people who live in poverty. John Lewis — then a student, now a congressman — said this at the event: “We need a bill that will ensure the equality of a maid who earns $5 a week in the home of a family whose total income is $100,000 a year.” The civil rights movement was always about an economic agenda.
BECK: Well, you know what, Chris? I think that is part of it, but that’s a part of it that I don’t agree with. I think the bigger part — the thing that we fail to recognize is that is the racial politics. The real agenda should be equal justice and equal shot. The dream was judge a man by the content of his character, not the color of his skin. That’s something that everybody can take part in. And I don’t know if we’ve actually done that…Everybody wants — everybody wants a shot. That we can all agree on. Beyond that, it becomes politics. I’m not talking politics.
Now, if have not been following this, Beck has been railing against Social Justice (An idea…”based on the principles of equality and solidarity, that understands and values human rights, and that recognizes the dignity of every human being”), for months on his TV and radio show. But in a matter of seconds he said that social justice is EXACTLY what this country is sorely missing due to the poor state of our political landscape.
Check this out:
Beck once said this about himself: “I’m a rodeo clown…It takes great skill.” Another name to add to this would be magician because he is also skilled at misdirection when it comes time to line his pockets. He sells fools gold to suckers through Goldline and makes $32 million doing it. He sells lies to unsuspecting and uneducated white folks. He is a dangerous man without doubt. And what this recent interview shows, and frighteningly so, is that his followers are not really paying attention. It is something that Beck the magician, snake oil salesman and outright charlatan counts on, lives on, thrives on.
By tmcbpatriot | August 28, 2010 | 2 Comments
So who’d a thunk it? Ken Mehlman is gay. Hmmmm……boy that’s a surprise. Oh wait. No it’s not! Who was it that said “That which we hate we secretly are”? It never fails to amaze me how so many republicans are gay. Has anyone tallied the results to see which side has more? Interesting. I will look into this.
Some of ou might be saying, big deal dude. So he’s gay. So what? Well, as a left leaning guy, normally I would agree. I could not care less who is and who is not gay…..except of course when it’s a Republican! How long will we have to endure watching these cocksuckers (no pun intended Ken) rail against gays and hide behind some imaginary argument about the sanctity of marriage?
Mormons marry many woman, some underage. Christians get divorced in record numbers. Are abusive marriages holy, sacred, or saintly? Is a polygamist holy? I am sure they think so. But not gays! No sir, no way! A gay man wants to marry. Egads! That’s against all that is holy and right. A few years ago Ken Mehlman would have agreed with that statement. Why? Because Republicans rely on the votes of backwards thinking Christians and old people who vote. And Republicans know this. They count on these ignoramuses to get back that power they love so much. Power that Ken Mehlman was no stranger to. Afterall, he was Bush’s campaign manager. He was “Mr. Inside”, hanging with the fellas and feeling pretty good about it. I don’t care who you are. You get welcomed into the inner sanctum and there aint no way you are screwing that up brother. No way!
Ken Mehlman sold out for power and influence. What else is new? People lose themselves in this. I bet that the guys he slept with at night, while railing against them during the day, were hot too. Even a gay liberal will sleep with a powerful insider like Mehlman even if just for the bragging rights.
But that is not even the best, or worst, of it. Nuh uh. This now free to be me Republican told the Atlantic’s Mark Ambinder that he “has decided to become an open advocate for gay marriage, and the moderation of the GOP on gay issues.”
Makes you wonder……Did he really feel the need to share this with the world because his heart told him it was time? Or is this just part of the marketing campaign for the Ken Mehlman book coming to a store near you? Once a whore always a whore.
Here’s Bill Maher outing this prick when it was not cool to do so. Larry, as usual, plays is dumb: