By tmcbpatriot | April 18, 2013 | No Comments
When I read about the Senate killing all hopes of greater checks and balances for guns an image popped into my head. It was the moment when OJ Simpson was acquitted of murder. There was a split screen on the T.V. showing black people cheering for a killer and white people looking forlorn and shocked. Remember?
The gun debate and the Senate throwing in the towel this week on background checks could have had the same split screen. Although race is not at play here, the reaction towards the guilty party would be exactly the same. After word came down that the Senate had failed to pass any sensible gun legislation you had one half cheering for the gun and the other half looking similarly forlorn and quite shocked that a killer will get off scott-free.
But again, like in OJ’s case, all is not lost. Justice will eventually be served, although it may take some time and perhaps more criminal activity before anything sticks. But rest assured, as with all true criminals their luck eventually runs out.
By tmcbpatriot | April 16, 2013 | No Comments
Amidst all the craziness, some craziness…but in a good way.
By tmcbpatriot | April 16, 2013 | No Comments
This Boston bombing has really brought out the best in journalists and Republicans alike. One is blaming Muslims surreptitiously while the other is convicting them of this crime outright. So in keeping with this theme of putting blame before we really know anything, I want to weigh in and accuse Ted Nugent of perpetrating this atrocity in Boston. If you stop to consider it, it is as plausible as any other theory out there. Let’s review the facts.
First, this bombing occurred on April 15th which is to the day that Uncle Ted promised us he would be dead of in jail by this time a year ago. Perhaps the Nuge was either expecting to be blown up yesterday or caught afterwards and thrown in jail. Why not? Isn’t Massachusetts considered the “most liberal” state in America by Republicans? Isn’t it also the birthplace of Obamacare?
Now, I am not saying Ted Nugent definitely placed two bombs in Boston. I am just saying that the FBI should ask him where he was yesterday. Is my accusation any more asinine then Wolf Blitzer’s? Is it that I need to get paid in order to be a hack? Fine. Somebody send me a check.
By tmcbpatriot | March 29, 2013 | No Comments
A while back I created a link on my blog called Music for the Soul. It was intended to be a respite from all the politician talk and a place to go when politics takes you to the brink and you need a way back. Music does that for me and I love to share. Well, I decided to bringing it forward to the main blog. Hopefully you will enjoy my taste in music. If so, please let me know.
Here is the first installment inspired by N. Korea’s soon to be spanking. Enjoy!
By tmcbpatriot | March 29, 2013 | 1 Comment
Hola! It’s Miguel! Hope you are all doing very well. Even since Señor Romney lost, we Latinos have been working tirelessly to ensure that Congress does not forget about us. As you might recall, Romney promised great things for Latinos, including encouraging Latinos to return to their homeland and bring prosperity there as a result of our American experience.
Sadly, his Presidency was not to be. But do not lose hope. Congress has taken up the fight and things are looking up. In recent months Congress has promised to take up immigration reform. The time has come for our people to finally have the respect we deserve.
In fact, a recent survey show that “a majority of Latinos — 56 percent — had a favorable view of Congress, up from about 35 percent who held such a view in November 2011. That could be in part thanks to work on immigration reform, an issue most Latino voters support and place high on their list of priorities.”
This is truly an exciting time. And while some of you might still be in doubt with all of the talk of us being “illegals,” I think you will find that this Congress is starting to change its canción. For example, just this week Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) said:
“My father had a ranch; we used to have 50-60 wetbacks to pick tomatoes…It takes two people to pick the same tomatoes now. It’s all done by machine.”
You see? Republican’s know that picking tomatoes is important work and want to see us doing it while learning new technology too! What a country! And although machines cannot compare to an endless day of hard labor, it is important that they remember what our ancestors provided. And what is the big deal about calling us wetbacks? It is what we call each other. I always saw it as a term of endearment.
So get on board mi amigos! Republicans and Congress are looking out for us. Once the gay people are able to get married it won’t be long before we Latinos can marry this great country! Vaya con dios. Adios!
By tmcbpatriot | March 22, 2013 | No Comments
By tmcbpatriot | March 16, 2013 | No Comments
This week a gay man woke up from his coma at CPAC and wondered aloud what the hell he was doing there? Realizing, as if for the first time, that he and his gay friends were not welcome, he reacted the way any gay man in a room full of haters would. He became embarrassed.
Yes, this week while a bunch of racist and totally insane people gathered in Maryland to be crazy together, a gay Republican named Jimmy LaSaliva and his adorable club called GOProud was excluded from the festivities. As a result, Jimmy got his lace panties in a twist:
“I’m embarrassed to call myself a Republican right now,” Jimmy LaSaliva, co-founder and president of the gay conservative group GOProud, said at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., on Thursday. The gay Republican was referring to GOProud’s exclusion from participation at CPAC for a second year in a row, banned as an official sponsor. LaSalvia attended CPAC as a guest of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a sponsor of CPAC which hosted a panel Thursday on which LaSaliva appeared, “A Rainbow on the Right: Growing the Coalition, Bringing Tolerance Out of the Closet.”
Ok, two things: That CPAC is happening in a place call “Mary-Land” is ironic and funny in and of itself and Jimmy should have brought that up. Second, that Jimmy is embarrassed by Republicans who are more embarrassed by him than he is of them is even funnier and should be the only reason for Jimmy to be embarrassed.
Being openly gay and a Republican is silly and, I would imagine, downright confusing too. It is a phenomenon I just need to learn more about. So I am heading down the street to the “He Man Woman Haters” convention. Sally Silverstein, member and president of HeManicures is protesting her snub at that convention for the third year in a row. Come to think of it, maybe she and Jimmy can meet and cry over their Mint Julep’s together while Sinatra sings Only the Lonely. If anyone understands loneliness, it’s Frank, trust me.
By tmcbpatriot | March 15, 2013 | No Comments
My favorite part of this yearly Republican calamity is the snubbing on the only guy who shows any promise for the GOP in 2016, Chris Christie. The CPAC charman said this about Christie this week in response to questions about the Governor not being invited:
“Chairman Cardenas…defended the conference’s snub of New Jersey governor Chris Christie, indicating that the conference focuses more on “national matters than anything else” and that other governors had a “more excellent conservative record” worth highlighting.”
Funnier still is that this same guy defended Donald Trump’s inclusion as:
“a billionaire who creates jobs” and is “not afraid to talk about the failures of the Obama administration.” He said that Trump, who has spoken previously at CPAC, is “a persuasive speaker” who was brought “back by public demand” and that “the crowd here loves him.”
You can’t make this shit up. Nobody would believe you! In an event that promotes itself as finding the next Republican hero to save the Republican party from itself, the one guy who stands any chance of doing that job was not invited!
Like I said, you just can’t begin to understand the stupidity and short sightedness of Republicans. But who am I to ruin a good thing? Keep it up fellas. The country depends on it.
By tmcbpatriot | March 15, 2013 | No Comments
With the Crazy People Are Conservative (CPAC) convention in full- on insanity mode this week, this next story seemed most appropriate. Republicans, as most of us know, live in a world of denial and fantasy. In their world Obama is a socialist, all blacks are on food stamps, gays are sodomites and pedophiles and latinos are, well, latinos. Most often, in this fantasy world, Republicans find themselves constantly challenged by a pesky thing called reality. It is a reality that is slowly, but surely, swallowing them up.
This week we saw yet another example of that as another Republican reversed his stance on gay marriage because, surprise, surprise, his son is gay. I am talking about Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio). Now, before you get any ideas, Portman did not make this decision overnight. It took him two years.
Portman said of his two year long change of heart on gay marriage:
“It allowed me to think of this issue from a new perspective, and that’s of a Dad who loves his son a lot and wants him to have the same opportunities that his brother and sister would have — to have a relationship like Jane and I have had for over 26 years.”
How touching, except of course for the fact that as recently as 2011 Portman was ”openly hostile” to gay’s and gay rights. In fact, his opposition of the gay “led to hundreds of students at the University of Michigan objecting to the senator speaking at the school’s graduation ceremony.” But hey, he’s come around. He’s now among the reality based. There’s hope for him, right? Well…
Portman, you might recall, was once considered to be Mit Romney’s running mate. In fact when a reporter asked asked why Romney chose Paul Ryan over him he assured the reporter it had nothing to do with the gay stuff.
“Portman, who was ultimately passed over as the GOP vice-presidential candidate in favor of Rep. Paul Ryan, said the fact that his son is gay was not the deal breaker for Romney. How does he know? “Well, because they [Romney's campaign] told me,” said Portman.”
LMAO! Just as I was thinking Portman was one of us, it seems he still has one foot firmly planted in the rabbit hole.
By tmcbpatriot | March 12, 2013 | 2 Comments
Andrew Brietbart is still dead! That much is true. Not much else coming out of his namesake’s “news” blog may be though. For the second time in a month, Breitbart.com posted a false story that was later taken down after it turned out to be totally untrue.
Apparently, a story about Paul Krugman going bankrupt vent viral, getting picked up and reposted on the popular conservative website. Turns out, the story was satire, invented by a blog called The Daily Currant. Who knew? Well, Breitbart.com should have. However, before it was proven to be a non-story, it also wound up on Boston.com, which is actually a serious news source. Asked why Breitbart picked up the story in the first place without first vetting it for accuracy, they replied it was because Boston.com was a “trusted” news source. Great answer. It would later come out that Boston.com posted the story “by accident” while Brietbart did it on purpose.
It should come as no surprise that a hyper-partisan website like Breitbart.com would post satire as truth, especially when it is a story that bashes a well known liberal like Krugman. I am pretty sure too that the folks over at Breitbart wanted to believe this story, even if perhaps they doubted its veracity.
As a result, is it any wonder that our so-called news organizations are considered to be so untrustworthy? Additionally, can we even call them news organizations when stories such as this one trumps actual news stories that are actually true and virtually ignored?
For example, just this week a report came out saying that about $8 billion was wasted or unaccounted for that was suposed to be used for reconstructing Iraq. Sure, we could file this story under “No Shit” and move on, but it also begs the question: Are we in danger when supposed news organizations report made up stories as truth simply because they want it to be true or are we screwed because we, as readers, seem to care more about made up stories even after we know they are not true while ignoring the ones that are?
The answer is a bit unclear, but if this latest media screw up is any indication, I am pretty sure of what the answer most likely is.
By tmcbpatriot | March 11, 2013 | No Comments
Joe Lieberman has a new job. He will be co-chair of the American Enterprise Institute’s “American Internationalism Project,” let by former Senator Jon Kyl.
Of the AIP, Kyl writes: ”Fiscal constraints, weariness with war and isolationism are eroding the American will to lead. The nation has often chafed “at the burden of our obligations.” But what once appeared to be a truism of an earlier era – the willingness to shoulder “the burdens of leadership in the free world” – has ceased to resonate with many Americans. American internationalism has never been simply a response to threats, but an expression of who Americans are and what kind of world we want to live in.”
So Joe Lieberman, a man once considered for V.P., who turned his back on Democrats when they needed him most and who still pretends to be an Independent, is now going to work for a Republican think tank to help them find new ways to start wars, all in the name of bipartisanship.
Seriously, how does this guy sleep at night?
By tmcbpatriot | March 10, 2013 | No Comments
When I think if the GOP, I often hear the voice of Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore as he sits in the helicopter looking down at the carnage he is dropping onto that vietnamese village. In a forever frustrated voice, he utters, as only he can: “Don’t these people ever give up?”
Well there’s that voice again because Paul Ryan is at it again. He is making the rounds in his forever lame attempt to remain relevant while touting yet another budget plan, same as the old plan, that promises to make the world a better place, provided of course that Obamacare is not part of it. Ugh. I feel you frustration Bill.
Thing is though, this boring regurgitation of repealing Obamacare, while tired and rote, continues to provide returns for the GOP and will for years to come. Obamacare is much like those other pesky liberal initiatives, like Medicare and Civil Rights, and much like those we intelligent people understand that Obamacare is here to stay while Republicans need to pretend it’s not. Politicians like Ryan need to play dumb in order to maintain support among their fast dying, brain dead followers who need to believe otherwise.
For anyone working in healthcare, you know that Obamacare is moving forward and is already deeply enmeshed in how things will work going forward. Repeal is virtually impossible at this point and Republicans know it. Nevertheless, they need to continue with the repeal meme in order to give their voting block something to hope for. It is a good plan because Republican voters are that ignorant and refuse to face reality. For the rest of us, we’ll just keep dropping liberal bombs on their heads until they finally surrender. Sadly, I don’t see it happening anytime soon.
Maybe they should just title his clip “Here Comes The Democrats With Obamacare.”
By tmcbpatriot | March 9, 2013 | No Comments
Not much to say before you play this clip except that those who watch FOX are retarded! It’s been said many times before, but it must be said again…and again and again. FOX “news” is a channel for retarded people, and Republicans are retarded people!!
Now, by retarded I do not mean to insult mentally retarded people with down syndrome. They probably never watch FOX. What I mean are people who are grown-ups, who maybe went to college, but probably not, and who now live with the mentality of a small child who was possibly left back in grade school and who were slow learners who rode the short bus. I am also pretty sure their parents were equally as dumb and passed it on to their children who now make up FOX’s demo…a demo FOX understand very, very well.
So, if there is still any doubt who FOX’s audience is, this video should put an end to the debate. Period. Exclamation Point! End of Sentence!! Over and Out!!!
By tmcbpatriot | March 7, 2013 | No Comments
While Rand Paul filibustered for thirteen hours against Obama’s kill-anyone-with-a-drone-on-U.S.-soil policy, the state of Kansas was busy pointing their drones at women’s vagina’s all across this great land.
The Kansas state House Federal and State Affairs Committee passed a 70-page bill that would tax abortions, establish life beginning at fertilization, require doctors to say that abortion causes breast cancer and prohibit state employees from performing abortions during the workday. The bill also would require doctors to tell women that abortion causes breast cancer, even though the claim defies scientific fact. The bill is likely to pass.
So for all of you so-called libertarians up in arms over what Obama is not doing, you might want to stop with the bullshit and actually pay attention to what people are actually doing. Imaginary drones are not going to drop out of the sky on your house. However, if you are a woman, I would be protecting those lady parts about now. Your freedom is about to go up in smoke. Will Rand Paul filibuster on your behalf? That’s a rhetorical question of course. But the answer is no.
By tmcbpatriot | March 7, 2013 | No Comments
Here we go again folks. Last week it was Bob Woodward looking like the fool while trying to boost sales of his book. This week it’s none other than shrub brother himself, Jeb Bush, making the rounds to sell his. I won’t mention the title of the book as I don’t want to help him sell any. However, I will offer that Jeb Bush has made a fool of himself by saying the exact opposite of what he wrote in his book on the topic of immigration. As a result, brother Bush has succeeded in his intended goal. You see, playing the fool on T.V. is all it takes these days to sell your wares. Fail to do that and you will come and go without nary a mention.
Case in point, in trying to promote his book this week, Bush did a complete 360 in his belief about what we should do with illegals. In his book, Bush wrote:
“It is absolutely vital to the integrity of our immigration system that actions have consequences — in this case, that those who violated the law can remain but cannot [emphasis mine] obtain the cherished fruits of citizenship.”
The “cherished fruits of citizenship”? Is he kidding? Is that supposed to be poetic? Anyway, while promoting his book, Bush went on MorningJoe and CNN to basically say the exact opposite of what he wrote. On CNN he said:
“I have supported both — both a path to legalization or a path to citizenship — with the underlining principle being that there should be no incentive for people to come illegally at the expense of coming legally.”
To recap, Jeb Bush wrote in his book that if you are here illegally you can forget about eating any of our cherished fruit, however, as he said publicly this week, if you are already here illegally he would support your partaking in the cherished fruit. We just need to make sure that anyone else thinking of coming here illegally should not get the wrong idea. After all, we don’t just hand out cherished fruit…even though he would support such a policy. Ya folla?
What is there to say except that when Jeb wrote his book Republicans truly believed that Romney would be President. After Obama won re-election, it suddenly became clear the GOP was dying a slow death. If they are to survive they need to somehow grab a bit of that coveted latino love and start dolling out some of that cherished fruit before their supply rots. This foolishness also proves that in our 24/7 media mayhem there is no better place to do sell your wares than on CNN and Morning Joe, and all the other popular news shows. After all, who knows better about selling crap to the American public than them. So, as Bush proved this week and Woodward last week, if you have something stupid to say and something worthless to sell, they will give you all the time you need.
By tmcbpatriot | March 4, 2013 | No Comments
This whole business of spending cuts, for what it’s worth, may turn out to be a while lot of nothing and that will not bode well for Democrats. Today, for example, Janet Napolitano said that sequestration was causing airport delays. Oh No! The Horror! But then “the Federal Aviation Administration reported Monday there were no significant flight delays in either Los Angeles or Chicago.”
Ok, well, there must be something devastating happening as a result of the sequester because Republicans are running scared…
Americans for Prosperity, a conservative advocacy group founded by the Koch brothers, says that lawmakers should be commended for doing nothing to prevent billions of dollars in across-the-board spending cuts, known as sequestration.
“With the sequester, Congress made a promise to the American people to cut spending. They deserve to be congratulated for actually keeping that promise…It definitely wasn’t easy given the pressure from the White House.”
With all the hubbub surrounding these spending cuts and with Republicans doing nothing to stop it, it makes one wonder if this was their ace in the hole the whole time. Put simply, if these spending cuts are nothing but a blip on the rader then Obama looks like a fear monger while Republicans can say: “See? We told you cutting wasteful spending would not harm the economy.”
And with no problems to the economy, Republicans can stay true to form and tout a victory against reckless spending and out of control deficits while Dems look like they are hoping for an economic disaster just to prove Republicans wrong.
Time will tell who comes out the victor in this latest game of chicken. Republicans are currently 0-everything. Statistically speaking, they may be due for a win.
By tmcbpatriot | March 3, 2013 | No Comments
Sunday is game day and today we have a fun one. The game is called Guess Who Said It: Al Qaeda or Conservatives? Here how to play: I will post an image below and you decide who said it. It’s pretty simple.
Ok, ready? Let’s play.
Recently, a magazine printed an advetorial with a captions that reads: ”The Nation Standing on No Values,” along with a wedding photo of Barney Frank and a caption about President Obama’s “evolving” stance on marriage equality.
Here’s the image:
So who said it? Is this advetorial in the NRA’s magazine? A FreedomWatch newsletter? A call to action from that nutjob preacher Terry Jones? Or is this a page taken from Al Qaeda’s magazine “Inspire”?
Enter Jeopardy music here…
If you said all of the above you would almost be right. It is in fact from Al Qaeda’s latest edition fo their incredibly onion-like magazine “Inspire.” Inspire is a frighteningly hilarious read with articles such as “NO PARKING! Are there any safe parking lots out there?” and my favorite “Are you ready for an ambush? Following simple instructions, you can carry out a lethal ambush.” I clicked the link to the magazine and I am sure the FBI started a file on me immediately afterwards.
Well, thanks for playing! My next question is: I wonder what it must be like for Conservatives to know they share such similar beliefs and values with Al Qaeda?
I guess it just goes to show that conservatism and extremism are really not that hard to tell apart. Hilarious, if it wasn’t so damn frightening.
By tmcbpatriot | March 2, 2013 | No Comments
Mark Gongloff is not a Dilbert fan. Well, maybe that’s not true. He might like the cartoon, but he does not like the guy who draws it. In a scathing blog post, Gongloff tries to make short work of Dilbert creator Scott Adams as he argues against a theory Mr. Adams has about the stock market.
Mr. Adamas said: “My prediction is based on the observation that the stock market appears to move as if it is manipulated by a network of big players. They lure in the excitable small investors by allowing the market to show a year or two of solid gains then they sell their shares, spook the world with predictions of doom, and buy back into the market at the lower prices.”
Mr. Gongloff responded: “Still skeptical about Adams’s theory? “Think it lacks a certain, how do you say, logic? Perhaps you have doubted Adams’s judgment ever since his half-baked endorsement of one Willard M. Romney for the presidency, which Adams based on his anger over President Obama’s tough stance on medical marijuana…Maybe you think Adams is once again pulling something from the vicinity of his ass and holding it up for the world to view.”
Wow! See what I mean? He hates the Dilbert guy. But what is Gongloff so upset about? Why does he have such a hard time believing that perhaps the stock market is rigged? Does he not remember what happened two years ago when the S&P downgraded the U.S.’s credit rating? I wrote a post about it back then:
At the end of the day it is always, always, always about profits. Never, ever think otherwise. America is built on profit and it will always be that way. For anyone to tell you differently is lying to you and what we are seeing now may very well be one of the largest profits ever made in American history.
Unable to pay our debts, you say? Going broke, you say? Please. The almighty dollar is like a Dorito. You can’t eat just one and if you finish the bag, “don’t worry, we’ll make more!” Those with the lions share of the crispy delicious chips have nothing to worry about. As for the rest of us, our best hope is to get some of the crumbs at the bottom of the bag. Most likely though we will be left with nothing more than orange fingers and no napkin to wipe it off.
Maybe this Gongloff fellow needs to do some more reading and take the time to understand how the world of huge money really works. It might not make him any more money in the markets, but at least he won’t look so naiive.
By tmcbpatriot | March 1, 2013 | No Comments
Sickening, but true. In the days of declining newspapers and irrelevant print publications whose stories are already a week old by the time they hit newsstands, journalists are getting desperate. The internet age has brought with it insurmountable challenges for journalists and publishers which are being met, not with creativity, but with sheer desperation to remain relevant.
This past week we witnessed two high profile stories that may have jumped the shark in terms of desperate journalism. In one week we saw Bob Woodward’s made up stories on Hannity about veiled threats, Bill Ayers and seeming to not understand the constitution while Bloomberg Businessweek published their latest issue with not only a racist depiction of blacks and latinos, but also with perpetrating the lie that these same people caused the housing bubble.
Of course, when Woodward and Businessweek are called out on their blatant media whoring they then try to walk it back claiming that they either never said what we all heard them say or they didn’t realize that depicting blacks and latinos with hilariously exaggerated features while clutching money was offensive.
Of course, the media that reports these stories are also part of the problem. With 24/7 news demanded by internet users everywhere, it is required that they share every story, all the time. In doing so they perpetuate the cycle of desperate journalism and help increasingly irrelevant people like Woodward and dying magazines like Businessweek to create free viral marketing campaigns to sell books and magazines at the expense of anyone with a shred of decency.
Someone once said that bad publicity is better than none. I am inclined to believe that holds true more than ever in the crowded news market where dying, purist journalists are clinging to relevancy. In the words of a one-time relevant, but now totally defunct comedian, Dennis Miller: Of course, that’s just my opinion, I could be wrong.
Breaking: Wolf Blitzer is on CNN right now in black face singing mammy.
Nope! I’m not wrong.
By tmcbpatriot | February 27, 2013 | No Comments
There is an orgasm happening the Supreme Court of The United States this week and it’s gonna be a messy one. The conservative justices who make up the majority of the court are fixing to make it possible for white folks to screw black folks once more as the Voting Rights Act is about to be tied to the back of a pickup truck and dragged by republican drivers into oblivion.
From the HuffPost: “Justice Antonin Scalia suggested that the continuation of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act represented the “perpetuation of racial entitlement.”
Whenever you hear a conservative spouting off about entitlements you know the outcome will not be good.
“Whenever a society adopts racial entitlements, it is very difficult to get out of them through the normal political processes.”
Shorter Scalia: The damn coloreds are making it hard for conservatives to win elections these days!
But perhaps my favorite part of all this is the utter and sickening hypocrisy that these conservative justices dare to put upon us.
Justice Anthony Kennedy, often the swing vote between the Supreme Court’s liberal and conservative blocs, didn’t offer progressives much hope that he would find Section 5 constitutional, saying that while the provision was necessary in 1965, this was 2013. ”The Marshall Plan was very good, too — the Northwest Ordinance, the Morrill Act — but times change,” Kennedy said.
So, laws passed in 1965 are outdated? What about those from 1791? Maybe it’s me, but muskets seem more outdated than black people being able to vote more fairly. But what do I know? I am no Supreme Court Justice.