Friday, February 26, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
You thought Carrie Prejean was an idiot? This beauty contestant says gays should be put to death. She's quick to add that she has "gay friends" but she doesn't hate them. She just thinks they should be killed for being gay, that's all.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Family, friends and the police are asking for help.
There are reports from some friends and family members that he had been depressed in the days before his disappearance. He was due to take a flight back to the US on February 16th, but wasn't on it.
Anyone with any information is being asked to call the Vancouver police at (604) 717-2534.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
The current right wing teabag meme is that Obama "lectures" us, and that's something to make fun of. But I'm watching Glenn Beck give the keynote at CPAC to loud cheers, fawning worship and applause, but what is he doing? Lecturing using a chalkboard! (Oh, and reading from his notes, putting his glasses on all scholarly-like.)
Do these idiots even recognize their ridiculous hypocrisy?
Remember the story of the medical breakthrough that researchers said they'd made, in which a brain-damaged man, thought to be brain-dead, was "communicating" to the outside world?
Turns out not to have been real. They were being scammed.
It seemed to be a medical miracle: the car crash victim assumed for 23 years to be in a coma who was suddenly found to be conscious and able to communicate by tapping on a computer.
The sceptics said it was impossible – and it was. The story of Rom Houben of Belgium, which made headlines worldwide last November when he was shown to be "talking", was today revealed to have been nothing of the sort.
Dr Steven Laureys, one of the doctors treating him, acknowledged that his patient could not make himself understood after all. Facilitated communication, the technique said to have made Houben's apparent contact with the outside world possible, did not work, Laureys declared.
"We did not have all the facts before," he said. "To me, it's enough to say that this method doesn't work." Just three months ago the doctor was proclaiming that Houben had been trapped in his own body, the victim of a horrendous misdiagnosis, and only rescued from his terrible plight thanks to medical advances.
Friday, February 19, 2010
Too soon, Tim Pawlenty. Too soon.
Pawlenty: "Take a nine iron and smash a window out of big government." A day after a suicide bomber struck an IRS building after penning an anti-government manifesto, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty took up the theme of violence against the state -- albeit in a metaphorical way. He joked that the most important event going on in America on Friday is Tiger Woods' impending press conference. "We can learn a lot from that situation. Not from Tiger, but from his wife. So she said, 'I've had enough.' She said, 'No more,'" he said. "I think we should take a page out of her playbook and take a nine iron and smash a window out of big government in this country. We've had enough."
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Teabagger calls for Democratic opponent to be hanged.
Isn't this shit against the law? Why is this teabagger not in jail?
A tea party gathering in Asotin County, Washington turned more than a bit ugly on Saturday when a featured speaker actually called for the hanging of Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash), the fourth ranking Democrat in the Senate and a vulnerable re-election candidate.
"How many of you have watched the movie Lonesome Dove?," asked an unidentified female speaker from the podium. "What happened to Jake when he ran with the wrong crowd? What happened to Jake when he ran with the wrong crowd. He got hung. And that's what I want to do with Patty Murray."
The argument over the stimulus bill is over -- it worked.
Imagine if, one year ago, Congress had passed a stimulus bill that really worked.
Let’s say this bill had started spending money within a matter of weeks and had rapidly helped the economy. Let’s also imagine it was large enough to have had a huge impact on jobs — employing something like two million people who would otherwise be unemployed right now.
If that had happened, what would the economy look like today?
Well, it would look almost exactly as it does now. Because those nice descriptions of the stimulus that I just gave aren’t hypothetical. They are descriptions of the actual bill.
Just look at the outside evaluations of the stimulus. Perhaps the best-known economic research firms are IHS Global Insight, Macroeconomic Advisers and Moody’s Economy.com. They all estimate that the bill has added 1.6 million to 1.8 million jobs so far and that its ultimate impact will be roughly 2.5 million jobs. The Congressional Budget Office, an independent agency, considers these estimates to be conservative.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
GOP nutcase (former talk show host, natch) JD Hayworth hints that Obama might be an "identity thief."
Hayworth seems to be arguing that maybe some guy stole the identity of a "Barack Obama" so he could be the president!
Holy fuckballs, right wingers are absolutely batshit crazy.
McCain supporters are sending around a clip of Hayworth's appearance on CNN last night, in which the onetime congressman refuses to flat-out disavow the birther conspiracy movement and even suggests that, in the age of identify theft, questions about President Obama's citizenship are legitimate.
"All I said was this, and I'm responding to what constituents write me about. And they are looking respectively at every office, from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to city council," said Hayworth. "All I'm saying is, for every race cross the country, especially with identify theft in the news, it would be great that people can confirm who they say they are."
Monday, February 15, 2010
Rush Limbaugh, once again, belittles our troops -- the men and women putting their asses on the line for this country.
Even as our troops are being wounded and killed in Afghanistan on an offensive against the Taliban, Limbaugh declares "there's no war on."
He also declares that Obama is worse for the country than World War II, a conflict in which nearly half a million American troops were killed, and some 60 million people died worldwide.
Rush Limbaugh is the Hate Blimp. He is a fat sack of rancid meat. He is a bad case of e coli in the digestive tract of America. His mansion in Florida is roach-free, not because he's clean, but because roaches don't want to associate with him.
If there's anyone on this planet I would wish cancer on, it would be Rush Limbaugh.
The GOP demanded that the White House post their health care overhaul proposals online before the summit meeting. So the White House did. And then the GOP attacked the White House for posting their health care overhaul proposals online.
The Party of No.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
I totally get all the arguments against the death penalty. And generally, I'd be willing to sign petitions calling for its end. But then I see stories like this, and it reminds me why there's always been a part of me that believes sometimes, sometimes the death penalty is the only rational answer. When I see stories like this, I want the people who committed those acts to die. Not as any kind of deterrent, but just because I cannot help but think such people really do deserve to die.
Daugherty's stepfather said she often traveled on her own by bus from her home in Mount Pleasant to Greensburg, about 10 miles away, for dental or counseling appointments. After she hopped onto a bus Monday, she called her folks later in the day seeking permission to spend the night at "Peggy's" house.
It was the last time she would talk to them.
Daugherty went willingly to the apartment where she was killed about 30 miles east of Pittsburgh, according to police, who wouldn't discuss a motive or details on how the visit turned deadly.
She was beaten with a towel rack, vacuum cleaner hose and a crutch, and her body was bound with Christmas decorations, an affidavit said. Police said she was fed vegetable oil, medications and spices in addition to soap and urine.
She was stabbed multiple times with an unknown weapon in the neck, chest and head, Westmoreland County Coroner Kenneth Bacha said. Authorities said they found the victim's belongings in the building's attic, as well as items that had been used to clean up blood.
New poll shows who Americans think is to blame for the current state of the economy, and it isn't Obama. They know it's Bush.
While the president is showing signs of vulnerability on his handling of the economy — a majority of respondents say he has yet to offer a clear plan for creating jobs — Americans blame former President George W. Bush, Wall Street and Congress much more than they do Mr. Obama for the nation’s economic problems and the budget deficit, the poll found.
They credit Mr. Obama more than Republicans with making an effort at bipartisanship, and they back the White House’s policies on a variety of disputed issues, including allowing gay men and lesbians to serve openly in the military and repealing the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
There's a story that the judge presiding over the Prop 8 trial in California is gay, and religious groups are demanding that he recuse himself because his homosexuality presents too much of a bias.
But if that's true, wouldn't a heterosexual judge be likewise biased, since the religious groups have always claimed that their fight is all about "protecting marriage" -- i.e., straight marriage?
Just goes to show you the level of Obama Derangement Syndrome. They don't even believe their own rhetoric. Yet, if they keep spewing it, some nutcase will take it seriously enough to attempt to assassinate the president.
Maybe that's what they want.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
When Obama reads from notes or a teleprompter, it's because he's stupid and "can't talk without one." Never mind the fact that he trounced a roomful of hostile Republicans with no notes or teleprompter.
Yes, it's Obama Derangement Syndrome coupled with Palin-worship in full flower!
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Sarah Palin hit on the "teleprompter attack" on Obama again because the right wingers have nothing else to offer. She probably wasn't watching when Obama trounced a roomful of Republicans without a teleprompter or even any notes.
And I noticed Sarah read her speech, looking down at her notes, and after it was over took pre-approved questions.
So, Sarah, what were you trying to get at with the teleprompter dig? Would you be willing to answer questions, without notes, from a roomful of Democratic lawmakers? I dare you.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
The White House is signaling that President Obama is ready to go head to head with Republicans again after the recent Q & A at the Republican Retreat in Baltimore.
Robert Gibbs said, "I believe we have been invited to speak to the Senate Republicans, and we will do so."
But here's betting that this time, Republicans will absolutely FORBID any cameras, any press, any recordings.
Monday, February 1, 2010
President Obama keeps appealing to the Republicans to show some bipartisanship. He adopts some of their ideas. He compromises with them.
In return, the Republicans continue to vote no, and to condemn Obama for not being bipartisan. Not to mention accusing him of being Hitler, Stalin, wanting to kill your grandmother and turn us all into gay Muslim socialist Nazis.
Today, the Republicans filibustered a completely innocuous, middle of the road nominee for solicitor general of the Department of Labor. Why? Because Obama nominated her. That was their only reason.
How can you expect bipartisanship from people who hate this country and want to see it fail, so long as "that one" is in the White House? They don't care about this country at all. They only care about scoring political points and being pugnacious because they lost the election in 2008.
I wonder if other Republican politicians think Sarah should spend more of that money her PAC is raising to help GOP campaigns than on her own book sales
Beyond new staff and donations, what else is Sarah PAC spending money on? Books -- her own book -- according to ABC News:
The former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate had her political organization spend more than $63,000 on what her reports describe as "books for fundraising donor fulfillment." The payments went to Harper Collins, her publisher, and in some instances to HSP Direct, a Virginia-based direct mail fundraising firm that serves a number of well-known conservative politicians and pundits.
Sarah PAC spent another $8,000 on colorful bookmarks designed by a Nashville-based event branding firm. And her committee paid her publisher $20,000 for what appears to have been the cost of sending her personal photographer and another aide along on her book tour.
Hotline offers a more detailed breakdown of the former governor's expenditures.
How many copies of "Going Rogue" would $63,000 buy? It depends. Without knowing how much sales tax was paid on the books or if the former governor bought them at a bulk rate, Palin's group could have bought anywhere from 2,173 (at suggested full retail price of $28.99) to 4,666 copies (at a steeply discounted Amazon rate of $13.50).
Right wing pundits are suffering terribly from Obama Derangement Syndrome -- a psychological condition in which one is forced to obsessively attack Obama over everything he does, even if those attacks are contradictory.
For example: After the State of the Union speech, all we heard was about how Obama was "arrogant." But today, the attack is all about how much he "bows" and "grovels."
Blowhards -- MAKE UP YOUR MINDS!