No surprise, but it's interesting to see the breakdown of the numbers. The "birthers" are mostly Republicans from the south. I call them the "white wing." In other words, the birther movement is a racist one, plain and simple.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Obama Derangement Syndrome watch:
The same people who are going around saying that Obama's health care reform is actually a secret plot to kill old people (no, I'm not making that up) are now criticizing Obama for the so-called "beer summit" this afternoon, are now latching on to a claim that it's a distraction from health care reform.
Never mind how crazy it is, that this is evidence that they want to attack Obama for anything, even if they have to contradict themselves to do it, what are they saying? That taking a few minutes to have a beer jeopardizes the entire government's work to reform health care? Are they saying that if a president is working on an issue, during that time he cannot have a beer, eat dinner, go to the bathroom, sleep, give a speech, or do anything else?
Excuse me while I lift my hand to my mouth to stifle a cough that sounds suspiciously like, "Katrina."
The GOP, not satisfied with hitching their wagons to the "birthers," are now also promoting a new conspiracy -- the "deathers." If I told you that the meme was, "Obama wants to kill old people! His health care reform is just a secret plot to murder senior citizens!" you'd think I was being satirical and making it up.
You'd be wrong.
Yes, there are white wingers actually promoting this idea, this new conspiracy theory.
What we are witnessing, ladies and gentlemen, is an entire political party that is slowly descending into insanity. Electing a black man, a Democratic black man, has driven them crazy. We watch as their heads explode one by one, like popping popcorn.
From Daily Kos:
Conservative: I don't believe you were born in the United States. I demand you show me your birth certificate.
Liberal: OK, here it is.
Conservative: I'm not going away, damn it. I demand to see your real birth certificate.
Liberal: I told you, it's right here.
Conservative: I demand you put it on the web, so everyone can see it.
Liberal: I already did. You can see it right here. Just look at it.
Conservative: Some guy in Mississippi says it looks fake. I demand you show me your secret birth certificate.
Liberal: I don't have a secret birth certificate. This is it. I put it on the web.
Conservative: Conspiracy! Conspiracy! I can see now you're hiding something! I demand to see your birth certificate!
Liberal: It's Right. F---ing. Here. Ten thousand people across the planet have printed it out.
Conservative: Those are copies. I want to see the original.
Liberal: Lots of reporters have seen the original. I can't bloody send it around to every conservative nutcase in America, one at a time, like a birth certificate chain letter.
Conservative: I don't believe you have a checking account. I demand to know your account number, routing number, pin number, and that you give me a blank check made out to "cash".
Liberal: Go to hell.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
The conservatives' answer to the pain and suffering around them is to blame the victims for their pain and suffering. It all comes straight out of Christianity. Ironically, the religion whose founder allegedly taught to care for the poor, is really all about blaming the poor for their plight. "If you were right with God, you'd be rich!" That's modern American Christianity. Some even take it so far as to blame the victim if they're injured in a car accident where someone else is at fault.
This kind of "magical thinking" is also found in the "positive thinking" meme as well. It is the dark side of it. One practitioner even went so far as to suggest that if the Jews had practiced more "positive thinking," the Holocaust wouldn't have been so bad. Somehow, it must have been the Jews' fault.
But if pain and suffering is really the fault of those suffering, then it would be "wrong" to help them. That's the bottom line.
And hence, conservatives have "solved" the financial and health care problems: "It's their own fault. Fuck 'em."
I'm reminded of the attitude of Barbara Bush, who seemed to be perplexed at the plight of the poor people caught in Hurricane Katrina, as if she could not understand why they just didn't go to their vacation homes for a few days to get out of the way.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Republicans don't give a shit about your health care, or what it means to Americans and to America. All they care about is opposing Obama. The country can go to hell. More proof that they snickered when they offered as a slogan, "Country first."
Taking the Party of No to new heights, Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), yesterday, during a conference call on health care reform:
If we're able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo. It will break him.
This perfectly encapsulates Republican thinking on health care reform; forget that it's an issue of vital importance to the overwhelming majority of Americans, forget that there are millions going without medical care, forget that people are dying because they can't afford to see a doctor ... to Jim DeMint and his ilk, derailing health care reform will hurt the President politically.
Friday, July 17, 2009
President Obama and crew on Air Force One watching a video of barechested men? Proof that Obama is not only a secret commie/socialist/nazi/eater of white christian baby hearts, but also, gasp, GAY? Was he really watching soft core gay porn with Willie Mays and Robert Gibbs, or was it something else? Right wing heads explode again!
Relax. It's just Planet of the Apes. It's the scene where Charlton Heston and the other astronauts discover the waterfall and go swimming.
Someone tell Glenn Beck before he has a breakdown.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
A US marine, a follower of the "birther" nonsense, is suing to not be deployed to Afghanistan because, he claims, President Obama is not a US citizen and therefore is not the commander-in-chief.
Now, imagine, if you will, the screeching, blood-curdling screams of Hannity, Beck, Limbaugh, et al, had a US soldier refused to deploy to Iraq because Bush was not legally elected but was instead installed by the US Supreme Court in 2000.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Former Vancouver police officer Clyde Ray Spencer spent nearly 20 years in prison after he was convicted of sexually molesting his son and daughter. Now, the children say it never happened.
Matthew Spencer and Kathryn Tetz, who live in Sacramento, Calif., each took the stand Friday in Clark County Superior Court to clear their father's name, The Columbian newspaper reported.
Matthew, now 33, was 9 years old at the time. He told a judge he made the allegation after months of insistent questioning by now-retired Clark County sheriff's detective Sharon Krause just so she would leave him alone.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Is this what they mean when they say they need to "protect heterosexual marriage"?
TEXARKANA, Ark. – Jailed evangelist Tony Alamo "married" the underage girls he allegedly forced into sex, exchanging wedding vows and rings, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors made the claim as lawyers met Friday with U.S. District Judge Harry F. Barnes about Alamo's trial, slated to begin next week. The trial, scheduled to last two weeks, will put Alamo's lawyers in a delicate position of trying to tear into the credibility of the evangelist's alleged victims on the stand while trying to not alienate jurors in the conservative southwestern Arkansas town.
I didn't think it was a big deal, but some pundit heads exploded. A photo apparently caught President Obama along with French president Sarkozy leering naughtily at the nether regions of a 17-year-old girl. To some right wing pundits, this was more proof that Obama is a secret commie and drinks the blood of white Christian babies in secret satanic ceremonies in the White House basement.
But the videotape says no, and shows that Obama wasn't sneaking an ass-peek, but was turning to help a woman behind him. As for Sarkozy, the camera angle isn't wide enough to see what he was looking at.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
The Drama Queen, who's gone all Battlestar Dramatica on us time and time again, may have been lying about the key reason (or near as we can tell was the key reason from that rambling, disjointed, Red Bull-fueled press conference) for her resignation.
One of the chief reasons Sarah Palin has given for resigning as Governor of Alaska is that her state’s taxpayers are being forced to spend money defending her government against ethics complaints that would otherwise fund teachers, cops, and road repair.
But in response to our questions, a spokesperson for the Alaska governor’s office just gave us new information that casts serious doubt on this assertion. The revelation makes the resignation episode even stranger, and raises fresh questions about the real reasons for her abrupt departure.
During her resignation speech last week, Palin presented herself as a heroic defender of the taxpayer. She said that money being spent on government lawyers to defend against these “frivolous ethics violations” could be “going to things that are very important, like troopers and roads and teachers and fish research.” Palin repeated exactly the same point this week.
But David Murrow, a spokesperson for the Governor, said in an interview that much of this money was budgeted to the lawyers in advance and would have gone to them anyway, even if state lawyers hadn’t been defending against these ethics complaints.
Every time I hear Sarah Palin repeat the platitude about our troops "over there in Iraq fighting for our freedoms, like freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion and fair elections…" I wonder when the hell Iraq threatened our Constitutional freedoms here in the United States.
And what about our troops in Afghanistan, Sarah?
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Professional victim Sarah Palin continues her "woe is me" tour, and says that if she were in the White House, some all-powerful "Department of Law" would throw out any ethics complaints made against her.
Anybody else know of any "Department of Law" at the White House"? There's a Department of Law in Alaska, but no organization with that name at the White House.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
The answer is obvious, religious people: Outlaw atheism, and all your problems are solved.
Next up, you can outlaw other religions.
Then, you can outlaw versions of Christianity that are "heretical."
Then, when only your church is left, you can outlaw members who don't toe the line.
Orthodoxy is an ever-shrinking noose, and the search for heretics is never ending.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
A right winger has gone on Glenn Beck's paranoiac freakout fest show and begs Osama bin Laden to attack the United States again.
They have gone absolutely batshit crazy.
Glenn Beck nods and agrees with his guest Michael Scheuer that the only way to "save" the US (from illegal immigrants, of course) is for Osama bin Laden to succeed in detonating a weapon on America...