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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Why is the 17th Amendment Suddenly Controversial?

Seriously, America, what the hell? Why would anyone want to repeal the 17th Amendment? Why would you want to make things less democratic?

I don't know, but  apparently a lot of people do. Just type "17th Amendment" into Google and see what comes up:

Republican Candidates Call for Repeal of Seventeenth Amendment ...


Nov 1, 2010 ... One of the clearest measures of anti-Washington feeling this election year is the attack on a little-remembered, century-old amendment to ...
www.foxnews.com/.../republican-candidates-repeal-seventeenth-amendment/ - Cached

Repeal the 17th Amendment

Oct 25, 2010 ... This web-log calls for the repeal of the 17th Amendment and addresses the hegemony committed by the US Senate. The first significant step to ...
repealthe17thamendment.blogspot.com/ -

Repeal the 17th Amendment? - By John Yoo - The Corner - National ...

John Yoo writes on NRO: One popular idea making the rounds among some conservatives and Tea Partiers is a call for the repeal of the 17th ...
www.nationalreview.com/corner/.../repeal-17th-amendment-john-yoo

Repeal the 17th Amendment – Tenth Amendment Center

Oct 24, 2008 ... The 17th Amendment caused a failure in the federalist structure, federal deficit spending, inappropriate federal mandates, and federal ...
www.tenthamendmentcenter.com/.../repeal-the-17th-amendment/ -  
and it goes on and on. I don't get it. what is the motivation for wanting to go back to having senators appointed by state legislators? So I checked out d=some of their arguments:

The 17th Amendment caused a failure in the federalist structure, federal deficit spending, inappropriate federal mandates, and federal control over a number of state institutions.
The amendment has also caused a fundamental breakdown in campaign finance issues with respect to United States Senators. As to United States Senators, campaign finance reform

Also, it has caused plagues and pestilence, earthquakes and famine and the cancellation of Deadwood.


The first significant step to remove the domination and unmistakable corruption deriving from the Federal Government is to repeal the 17th Amendment. Americans should fear the steady hegemonic growth by the Senate oligarchy because the US Constitution cannot be spoiled by bombs, the courts, or the President, but only through malevolent legislation.
Because nothing puts a stop to corruption faster than state governments having the ability to appoint senators.
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The most efficient method of regaining the original constitutional balance is to return to the original constitutional structure. If senators were again selected by state legislatures, the longevity of Senate careers would be tethered to their vigilant defense of their state's interest -- rather than to the interest of Washington forces of influence.
Right, because now if the voters aren't happy with the job their senators are doing, they have absolutely no recourse. Oh, if only there were some way, some method by which voters might effect change in Washington. If only there were some sort of mechanism by which the voters could say, replace their current senator with a new one.  If only there was some sort of process by which every, oh say six years or so, senators would have to go back to the voters of their states and ask to be sent back to Washington for another term. And if the voters weren't happy with the job their senators were doing they would have some way of saying "no, Senator! We are going to send this fellow in your place, as we suspect that he might better serve our interests." Well, a guy can dream can't he?

Oh, the last little bit of unassailable logic comes not from some random weirdo with a blog, but from very serious commentator Tony Blankley

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Blankley justifies his absurd position  absurdly, going on to say:

Senators still would be just as likely to be corrupted. But the corruption would be dispersed to the 50 separate state legislatures. The corruption more often would be on behalf of state interests.
The time effort and expense it would take to amend the Constitution would be a small price to pay to acheive the re-location of government corruption.

The corruption more often would be on behalf of state interests. And its remedy would be achievable by the vigilance of voters for more responsive state legislative seats (typically, about less than 50,000 residences per state legislator), rather than Senate seats (the entire population of the state -- usually millions.)

So, if there was a problem with a senator, all the people would have to do is vote in a bunch of new state legislators, who would then hopefully appoint a somewhat better senator. That's much simpler than having to um, vote for a new senator. 

So, sure let's go back to the old ways. Senators appointed by  state legislatures, only white, male property-owners get to vote, and hey, why don't we restore the monarchy? That used to work pretty well.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Terrible Marketing Campaigns -- Miller Lite

Miller Lite certainly isn't the first product to use the "if you don't buy our product, you're not a real man" approach, but usually it's somewhat less blatant than this:



I don't know what's more ridiculous, the whole "If you don't like Miller Lite, you're probably just some big ol' pansy" approach or the initial premise that a person might actually walk up to a bar, order a beer, and then say "No, I don't care what it tastes like." Who would say that? What would be the motivation for saying that?  Of course, maybe the most absurd facet is the idea that someone who cares about the taste of their beer would order Miller Lite. What, were they all out of aquarium water? No saline solution around? Run out of Pruno?

But yeah, if you're not interested in Miller Lite, you're probably all gay or something. Or European! And we all know how silly and effete Europeans are!



And I don't know what the Hell is supposed to be going on here:



I guess they just went to all that trouble so they could get away with sorta calling the guy a "pussy?"

Well This is Insane!

You thought it might be a good idea to maybe not destroy the entire planet? Wrong, Heathen! You're just another tool of the Green Dragon! The Green Dragon will destroy us all and send us all to hell or something equally unpleasant! And it has the nerve, the nerve! to use Fear-Mongering! Why aren't you scared yet? They'll force your children to um, recycle things! And they'll convince you to I don't know, drive a hybrid or something! Afraid yet? No? What if I told you the One-World Government was involved? Would you be scared then? Well so what if the One World Government is just a figment of the fevered imaginations of paranoid conspiracy buffs? Does that make them any less terrifying? Oh, it does? Oh. Okay. Well, it's still pretty scary, know why? 'Cuz it's a dragon. No, not a real dragon, that would be silly, but still we're calling it a dragon, so ergo ipso facto, it must be pretty goddamned scary, don't you think? Here, just check it out:


Resisting the Green Dragon full promo from Cornwall Alliance on Vimeo.

(via Wonkette)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Here's a Shock! Thomas Sowell Gets it Completely Wrong!

I don't know whether I've ever mentioned what a despicable turd of a human being Thomas Sowell is. But he is. And in their ongoing attempt to increase the velocity of their downward spiral from respectability, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution keeps reprinting this turd's columns. Here's the latest:a

Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell

Deficit Reduction 

Another deficit reduction commission has now made its recommendations. My own recommendation for dealing with deficits would include stopping the appointment of deficit reduction commission

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 Ooooh, good one!

Deficit commissions make it politically possible to spend money first and get somebody else to recommend raising taxes later. They are a virtual guarantee of never-ending increases in both spending and taxes.
Okay, good point. Except that the recommendations of the Debt  Comission include:

Tax Reform
Goals:
! Lower Rates
! Simplify the Code
! Broaden the Base
! Cut Spending in the Tax Code (Tax Expenditures)
! Improve Compliance (Tax Gap)
! Make America the Best Place in the World to Start
and Grow a Business
! Reduce the Deficit

And this:

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Yeah, lowering the top rate from 35% to 23%, that sounds like "never-ending increases in both spending and taxes."

So, Thomas is engaging in one of two types of dishonesty. Either he hasn't bothered to read the commission's recommendations and is basing his argument on what he assumes they probably are, or he has read them and is just flat-out lying about them. 

But being honest or getting things right or using sound logic are not among the requirements for the recipients of wingnut welfare. As long as Sowell keeps churning out columns complaining about taxes and big government and how the darn liberals are just ruining everything his position at the Hoover Institution will not be in any jeopardy. And his bullshit column will continue to run as long as the Hoover Institute and the American Enterprise Institute, and Heritage Foundation, and the Manhattan Institute, and the Cato Institute etc., etc., etc. are around to keep pressure on media outlets to move further and further rightward, lest they be accused of *gasp* LIBERAL BIAS!!!!!!


So why is it that these righties don't just argue their case honestly? Could it be that they know they can't win an honest debate? Um, yes. Yes, I think that's exactly why. That's why they turn to scumbags like Frank Luntz.


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Luntz is the man who brought focus-group marketing techniques into politics. Which is like being responsible for introducing sewage into the drinking water supply. Luntz knew that if you refer, correctly, to the estate tax as a tax that heirs pay on money and/or property which they did nothing to earn; if you say, correctly, that the tax only applies to very large estates so most Americans will never be affected by it, it's a little tough to convince people that this tax ought to be abolished. It's not an easy sell to say "Paris Hilton should not have to pay any tax on the money handed to her by her late grandfather, but you should pay income tax on the money you earned by the sweat of your brow." You're just not gonna get a lot of takers on that.

But if you call it the "Death Tax," people suddenly look at it as something fundamentally unfair. Which it would be if it were really a tax on death. If an IRS agent showed up at your death-bed demanding payment from you before you were allowed to drift into the sweet hereafter, that really wouldn't be fair. So now every conservative refers to the estate tax as the Death Tax. And support for abolishing this perfectly reasonable tax is pretty high. 

So a proposal to allow more clear-cutting is named the "Healthy Forests Initiative," and allowing more air pollution is the "Clear Skies" something-or-other. And someone decided that the word "Democrat" used as an adjective, sounds worse than "Democratic." So now every conservative refers to the "Democrat Party" or says "My state has a Democrat governor." I don't know why, I guess it sounds sort of dismissive?

And it's not just the word games. it's BS like "Raising taxes on the rich will hurt the economy." or "Social Security is insolvent." It's a crock of lies of course, but say it often enough and people start to believe it. Almost everyone now thinks that Social Security is going bankrupt. It isn't. And it won't. But most people think it is. Thanks to scumbags like Frank Luntz and Thomas Sowell.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Mike Huckabee Doesn't Understand How Government Works

Huckabee was asked what role the president could play in keeping the courts in check. “A president has certainly got to respect a ruling of a court, but if a ruling of the court is wrong, and you have two branches of government that determine that it’s wrong, then those other two branches supercede the one,” he said,

 Really? Really? The other two branches supercede  the one? Really? You know, if you're going to be running for president - AGAIN- you might want to take a high school civics class.

I Think Maybe We All Owe Gary Condit An Apology?

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US jury convicts Salvadoran immigrant Guandique of murdering Washington intern Chandra Levy

Uh-oh! Dick's Not Looking Too Good!

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Quickly! A Virgin!

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AHAHAHAHAHAAAA!!!! I rise again!!!!

President Obama again Fails to Grow a Pair


Yes, that US chamber of Commerce. You know, these guys:
 According to tax records unearthed by Bloomberg News, the health insurance lobby secretly gave $86.2 million to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 2009 to try to prevent the health care bill from becoming law. This year, the chamber raised nearly $33 million in secret donations for political ads in the midterm elections, almost all of which was used to elect Republicans who have vowed to repeal the health care law. 
 So they spend over $100million to try and derail you, time to fight back, right?
After months of all-out political war with the nation's most powerful business lobby, President Obama appears to be on the verge of launching a dramatic peace offering to the president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Tom Donohue.

Sure, why the hell not go make a speech at their little shindig?  Maybe if you're really super nice to them, they'll stop picking on you! Have you really still not figured out that there is no "peace offering," no olive branch, no appeasement you can offer these guys that they will not spit on then smack you in the face with? How are you the only person in the world who does not get that? 

The only way this speech idea makes any sense is if A: the speech contains the phrase "go to hell you little rat bastards!" or B: if you go Samson on them - you know, like the guy in the Grateful Dead song, just pull the whole building down on their heads. 

http://themangolds.files.wordpress.com/2008/01/samson-pillars.gif?w=340&h=332 

Just promise me you'll think about it.

The Disgraceful State of the Media

Seriously, there is nothing funny about Bush and Harris stealing an election.



Why are they looking back at this nostalgically like "boy, those were the days, huh? Remember how Jeb Bush, Katherine Harris and the Supreme Court drove a stake through the heart of Democracy? Good times!"

Friday, November 19, 2010

Marlo Thomas

Apparently, you, dear readers are the target market for Marlo Thomas.Com, because she put an ad on my blog. I guess the dozen or so people who remember who Marlo Thomas is must all be Daily Irritant followers. I'm so proud!

marlo thomas.com It's about us... you and me!

Oh really? Who's going to break the news to Phil? 

Let's see what Ms. Thomas has to offer.


LAUGH OF THE DAY

If weather reports were always this funny, I'd be watching them every night! –MT ... See Today's Laugh
 Oh My God, do you know how old this clip is? Joel McHale is sick of this clip. Everyone has seen this clip, Marlo! Everyone's mom has forwarded this clip to them already. 
What else ya got?


  • A Personal Story Red

    A Personal Story: Red

    This story is so wonderfully inspirational – it’s from a woman who lost the color in her life, and how she got it back.
    Oh, that might be interesting, let's hear the story.

 It was March 17, 2001. To many, it was just another Saturday. For me, it was the day I surrendered to a world of sameness. I changed the color of my nails from the perfect shade of red to a simple, but quiet, French manicure.

What? That's how you lost your color? You changed nail polish? How is that. . . you know what, forget it. I've already lost interest. I can't imagine even marlo finds this story the least bit interesting.

Marlo Thomas

I love this story about recovering your vibrancy, your zest. Have you ever had a time in your life when you felt as if you'd lost your own red? How did you get it back                                         I can't wait to hear from you.
Love,
Marlo

Oooookayyyyy. . .  if you're like Marlo and you find this sort of self-indulgent tripe fascinating, you can read the rest of the story here: LINK Although, you can also get there by clicking on the ad Ms. Thomas has placed on the Irritant. Then she has to pay me a couple of bucks. Something to consider!

 

And speaking of self-indulgent drivel, here's one of Ms Thomas's most popular articles:

Most Popular

My Favorite Nail Style: French Manicure - Marlo Thomas

 I love the way my nails look when they have a fresh new manicure, and I indulge in a mani/pedi as often as I can. I never use color polish, because it's so noticeable when it chips off – and I'm so busy that it always does

 Oh, my God seriously? Busy? Busy doing what? Trying to exhume your acting career? (zing!)

  • Where to Find Me My Crazy Schedule

    Where to Find Me
    My Crazy Schedule

    I'm traveling the country this fall talking about my new book and this new site – I hope you come out to meet me! Check out my calendar of upcoming events, as well as videos of my TV appearances.

    Oh. Touche! Sitting down to talk with Regis or the View ladies, yeah, that must be hell on the old manicure!

    So if you are not like Marlo and you actually have a little time to spare in your busy day, why not click on to Marlo Thomas Dot Com. You'll be glad you did! Or wait, not "glad." What's the word, um. . . regretful? Yeah, that's it1 You'll be regretful!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

The American Family Association Continues its campaign to be the Worst Organization in America


And of course, it's Bryan Fischer leading the way!

He starts out this entry in the looney-toons batshittery championships sounding relatively sane. In football, this is known as a "juke." Gets you thinkin' he's goin' one way, then bam! he's gone the other!

Ignoring the insane headline, the article begins thusly:

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 10:18 AM
Bryan FischerThe Medal of Honor will be awarded this afternoon to Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta for his heroism in Afghanistan, and deservedly so. He took a bullet in his protective vest as he pulled one soldier to safety, and then rescued the sergeant who was walking point and had been taken captive by two Taliban, whom Sgt. Giunta shot to free his comrade-in-arms.

Okay, sounds like a straight news story about a soldier acting heroically. But with the AFA, no news story is ever really "straight." Everything is secretly, villainously gay. The gays, they're everywhere! Help!

Oh, here's the headline we skipped over:


The Feminization of the Medal of Honor

Yeah. He's serious.
But I have noticed a disturbing trend in the awarding of these medals, which few others seem to have recognized.
(here's a good rule of thumb, Bryan. If you're the only one who recognizes a trend, that trend probably doesn't exist. Your track record is really not good in this area.)
We have feminized the Medal of Honor.

According to Bill McGurn of the Wall Street Journal, every Medal of Honor awarded during these two conflicts has been awarded for saving life. Not one has been awarded for inflicting casualties on the enemy. Not one.
How can you be heroic if you're not killing anyone? Just saving someone else's life, that's not masculine. Girls do that! I mean seriously, look at these namby-pamby Mr. Fancypants girly-men:

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 http://1000firestations.com/Images/StLouisFirefighter.jpg 

http://www.tridentpharm.com.sg/user/cimage/heli-rescue.jpg 

I mean, what is this, a Village People reunion?

When we think of heroism in battle, we used the think of our boys storming the beaches of Normandy under withering fire, climbing the cliffs of Pointe do Hoc while enemy soldiers fired straight down on them, and tossing grenades into pill boxes to take out gun emplacements.

That kind of heroism has apparently become passe when it comes to awarding the Medal of Honor. We now award it only for preventing casualties, not for inflicting them. 
Goddammit, I want to see some fuckin' carnage! 'Cuz that's what Jeezus would want.

By the way, if you read the first paragraph of your own article, Bryan, you'd see that Sgt. Giunta " rescued the sergeant who was walking point and had been taken captive by two Taliban, whom Sgt. Giunta shot to free his comrade-in-arms."
So shooting two enemy guys is not enough for ya? And according to the President's speech, "He leapt forward. He took aim. He killed one of the insurgents and wounded the other, who ran off."
Is that really not enough to satisfy your blood-lust?


So the question is this: when are we going to start awarding the Medal of Honor once again for soldiers who kill people and break things so our families can sleep safely at night?

I got nothin'! I just don't know how to respond to such an insane and awful question.
I would suggest our culture has become so feminized that we have become squeamish at the thought of the valor that is expressed in killing enemy soldiers through acts of bravery. We know instinctively that we should honor courage, but shy away from honoring courage if it results in the taking of life rather than in just the saving of life. So we find it safe to honor those who throw themselves on a grenade to save their buddies.
 
Oh, my God, I wish that was true! I think the world would be a better place if we really were squeamish about honoring violence and eager to honor those who save lives (or as you say, Just the saving of life.) 


Jesus, in words often cited in ceremonies such as the one which will take place this afternoon, said, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lays down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). So it is entirely right that we honor this kind of bravery and self-sacrifice, which is surely an imitation of the Lord of Lord and King of Kings.
 
Okay, stop. Just stop right there. That actually was pretty sane and you didn't sound like a total asshole. Just end on that note and. . . Oooooohhh.  . . you're gonna say more things, aren't you?
 
“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lays down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). So it is entirely right that we honor this kind of bravery and self-sacrifice, which is surely an imitation of the Lord of Lord and King of Kings.

However, Jesus’ act of self-sacrifice would ultimately have been meaningless - yes, meaningless - if he had not inflicted a mortal wound on the enemy while giving up his own life.
 
Oh, yeah. That was my favorite part, when Jesus is all "yo, St. Peter, throw me that sword!" And then he kills Pontious Pilate and he says "do unto others, Bitch!"
Okay, Okay, I know that by "the enemy" you mean the Devil, or "sin" or whatever, and by "Mortal wound" you mean, um, I'm not really sure. Because you're not saying that the Devil is dead, are you?
 
Don't worry, I'm Fine! 
 
The significance of the cross is not just that Jesus laid down his life for us, but that he defeated the enemy of our souls in the process. It was on the cross that he crushed the head of the serpent. It was on the cross that “he disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in it” (Colossians 2:15).
So, let me see if I got this straight. You're equating a symbolic victory in which the victor is the only one who dies with an actual real-life victory in which the victor kills the other guy?  And then the authorities get disarmed? I don't get it.
The cross represented a cosmic showdown between the forces of light and the forces of darkness, and our commanding general claimed the ultimate prize by defeating our unseen enemy and liberating an entire planet from his bondage.

We rightly honor those who give up their lives to save their comrades. It’s about time we started also honoring those who kill bad guys.
 
Seriously, Bryan, Jesus never killed anyone. I spent a lot of hours in Sunday School and Bible classes, and not once did Jesus ever kill anyone. He raised a couple of people from the dead, maybe that's what you're thinking of? He yelled at a few jerks, and knocked over some tables once, but he never killed anybody. I don't think Jesus was a big fan of killing. I'm pretty sure it's one of the things he said that we shalt not do. But I guess in your twisted, stupid, hateful little world, it's better to be a stone-cold killer than to be a bit, you know, "femmie?" A little "light in the loafers?" Better that you should live with the horror of having killed a fellow human being than that you take a chance on accidentally catching the gay. Because in your horrible little world, there's nothing worse than that.




Wednesday, November 17, 2010

This is the Dumbest Beck Conspiracy Theory Yet.

I guess Beck is starting to run out of Soros-related material.



Putting aside the fact that the "Tower of Babel" probably never existed, putting aside the fact that if it did exist, there is certainly no record of what it might have looked like, what would be the point of replicating the Tower of Babel? How would this benefit the nefarious villains of the EU? If you're going to posit a wild conspiracy theory, you at least have to put in a little effort into coming up with a goal for the conspirators. How would building a replica of the Biblical tower of Babel help them take over the world or amass large sums of money, or whatever their ends are? Geezus, Beck, you're not even trying anymore!

On a side note, the Tower of Babel story is one of the stranger stories to make it into the Canon. A bunch of people start building a tower. I don't really know what the point was of building a tower, what purpose a huge tower would have served a primitive nomadic hunter-gatherer society, but for whatever reason they start building.

Now somehow God, the all-knowing, all-seeing deity, doesn't really know what they are up to, so he has to come down from his cloud to have a look-see.

Gen. 11:5 - But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower that the men were building. 

And when he sees what they are building, he apparently feels a little intimidated.

Gen. 11:6 - The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”

 Of course, if he really wanted to put a stop to all this tower-building activity, I could think of a simpler solution:

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That'd be the last tower those punks ever built!


Where the Hell is My Government-Run Healthcare Which I totally Oppose?!?!

GOP frosh: Where's my health care?

A conservative Maryland physician elected to Congress on an anti-Obamacare platform surprised fellow freshmen at a Monday orientation session by demanding to know why his government-subsidized health care plan takes a month to kick in.

Really? Aren't you the guy whose website says this:
the answer to the ever-rising cost of insurance is not the expansion of government-run or government-mandated insurance but, instead, common-sense market based solutions


And isn't this you also?

Defund, repeal, & replace federal care with free market.

Harris signed the Contract From America
The Contract from America, clause 7. Defund, Repeal, & Replace Government-run Health Care:
Defund, repeal and replace the recently passed government-run health care with a system that actually makes health care and insurance more affordable by enabling
Source: The Contract From America 10-CFA07 on Jul 8, 2010

Repeal any federal health care takeover.

Harris signed Club for Growth's "Repeal-It!" Pledge
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Republican Andy Harris, an anesthesiologist who defeated freshman Democrat Frank Kratovil on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, reacted incredulously when informed that federal law mandated that his government-subsidized health care policy would take effect on Feb. 1 – 28 days after his Jan. 3rd swearing-in.


“He stood up and asked the two ladies who were answering questions why it had to take so long, what he would do without 28 days of health care,” said a congressional staffer who saw the exchange.

What indeed? Whatever will you do for health insurance for those 28 days? I would think you would be grateful that at least for those 28 days, you would be free from the oppressive tyranny of government-run socialist death-panel healthcare.
 
How awful it must be for you! I can't think of anyone else who has ever faced such a daunting. . . oh, wait. I can think of about 51 million people who could empathize. 
 
Number of uninsured Americans rises to 50.7 million
By Richard Wolf, USA TODAY
 
But don't worry, if you work hard at it, you can have that damn government healthcare bill repealed by the time your government healthcare kicks in. 
Asshole!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Conservatives Get Even More Pathetic

Apparently, there is an actual movement afoot on the interwebs to make Bristol Palin the winner of "Dancing With The Has-Beens." Why? Why would anyone besides Bristol's awful awful family care? Apparently, according to Jezebel, it's because if she wins this stupid dancing-poorly-to-bad-music competition, it will mean a great triumph for conservatives and piss off the Democrats? Or something?

Seriously, I typed "vote for Bristol Palin" into the Google and got over one milllllllllllion results!
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This is from a website/blog/thingy called "Hillbuzz":


Call-in Number:  1-800-868-3407

Please don’t forget to vote for Bristol Palin on Dancing with the Stars tonight.
The call-in number is above.
You also need to vote for her online afterwards…at www.ABC.com on the Dancing with the Stars page.
You can start calling the moment the show starts…and you can call as many times as the phone will let you.  After that, use someone else’s phone to call the maximum times on that.  Then — and I am not telling you to do this — it would not be a bad thing to randomly knock on neighbors’ doors and use their phones and call, call, call, and then call some more.
Then vote like nuts online with all of your email addresses.

If you haven’t heard, the fact we’ve been all doing this for Bristol has been driving the Left NUTS.  People magazine, Huffington Post, and other Lefty sites have all been going bonkers over the fact that Palin supporters have been burning up the phones to keep Bristol in the competition through the finale…despite the judges giving her shockingly low scores to try to eliminate her.
Of course the judges are conspiring against her. Of course they are.

This is from "Conservatives4Palin"

To vote for Bristol, call 1-800-868-3407.

Text-in code - 3407.

Vote online here: http://abc.go.com/shows/dancing-with-the-stars/vote

I have no idea how many times you're allowed to vote. Just vote until they won't let you vote anymore.


This is from someone named Tammy Bruce:


James O'Keefe Continues to be Beneath Contempt


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What kind of pathology does it take to be James O'Keefe? What could possibly have gone wrong in this little ratfuck's life to make him decide "I'm going to dedicate my life to defaming and harming people who are trying to do a little good in the world?"


James O’Keefe’s latest victim: A special ed teacher

As happens with many a bar story, the story itself was apparently false. But in telling it, Ploshnick used the N-word herself.
Ploshnick had no idea that she was being audiotaped. A couple of months later, O’Keefe ambushed her outside her apartment with a video camera, demanding to know whether she’d ever used the N-word. The secretly made audiotape became a central part of an O’Keefe video called “Teachers Unions Gone Wild,” filmed in the same bar during a statewide teachers convention.
(In the O’Keefe video below, the Ploshnick segment begins at 0.25 minutes. The video opens with a secretly taped phone conversation between an assistant school superintendent and an actor who falsely complains that his child had been called the N-word.)
Alissa Ploshnick risked her life to save the lives of a dozen Passaic schoolchildren. She threw herself in front of a careening van to protect her students and landed in the hospital with broken ribs, a fractured wrist, a badly bruised pelvis and glass cuts in her eyes. She could have died.
The president of the United States, Bill Clinton then, sent her a letter. It read:
"I recently heard about your act of heroism and wanted to commend you for your selflessness. True heroes are rare in today’s world. And, all too often, those who are really making a difference in our communities go unnoticed and unrewarded. I am delighted to be able to give you the recognition you deserve. You are an example for all of us, and I applaud you for your sense of duty.’’
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Alissa Ploshnick, a special education teacher from Passaic, had her conversation about teacher tenure videotaped without her knowledge. It was posted on the internet.

So that's who O'Keefe is targeting this time. A woman who not only spends her days teaching special-needs children, but once risked her own life to protect some of them. And this little bag of shit James O'Keefe, a man with all the dignity and bearing of a volunteer janitor at a Japanese porn studio, this pathetic little man is going after her. And of course, it works:

Monday, November 15, 2010

How the Hell is This a Show?

Goddamned Liberal Media giving Sarah Palin another forum from which to spread the stupid gospel of Sarah.




Also, how is "Track" out of the Army already?

Please Raise My Taxes!

Dear Mr. President, Madame Speaker, Senator Reid, etc.

Please raise my taxes. Don't get me wrong, I don't like paying taxes any more than the next guy. I won't enjoy seeing the bottom line figure on my pay-stub get a little smaller. But I'm an adult. And I know that raising taxes is something that has to be done if we are going to be serious about the debt.

I know, the last administration told us we could have our wars and our tax cuts too, but that's the sort of magical thinking that children engage in, and I thought that at least for the next couple weeks, the grownups were in charge.

Seriously, you can't listen to these spoiled children who scream and cry about the deficit on the one hand and then scream and cry about losing their tax cuts on the other. These are people who don't understand that you can't eat your cake and keep it too. They are people who refuse to look realistically at hard choices. They are children. You need to ignore the children and do what is best for the country. Let Bush's stupid tax cuts expire. All of them. When you are spending more than you take in, you need to take in more. Or spend less, but since you insist on throwing billions of dollars and thousands of lives into the senseless meatgrinders of Iraq and Afghanistan, I don't see how we can expect to spend less.

If you want to keep the tax cuts, end the wars. Ideally, you could do both, end the wars and let the tax cuts expire, but if I've learned one thing the last couple years, it's to keep my expectations low when it comes to today's Democrats. So since I have no expectation of you actually doing anything, may I suggest you do what you seem to be best at, nothing. Just do nothing and the Bush tax cuts will expire. Please. Raise my taxes.

P.S. Madame Speaker, I don't mean to lump you in with these two milquetoasts. I know you have done your part to improve things, but anything you do gets stymied by the Senate. I apologize, and thank you.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Surprising Revelations from Bush's Memoir # 2

George W. Bush's mother is Rick Santorum!


George W. Bush’s pro-life stance solidified when he was a teenager in Texas — after his mother suffered a devastating miscarriage and showed him the fetus in a jar.
“She said to her teenage kid, ‘Here’s the fetus,’ ” the shockingly candid Bush told NBC’s Matt Lauer, gesturing as if he were holding the jar during the TV chat.

Oh. My. God!
 Geezus, No wonder he became a drunk!

So This Is a Thing Now.

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It's "Cuponk!"

Apparently, Hasbro has turned Beer Pong into a kids' game. Good job, Hasbro!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Surprising Revelations From Bush's Memoir

Surprising revelation #1:

THIS
 
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is what Bush considers the low point of his presidency.

Not this

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Or this

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Or this

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or this

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But this:

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The low point of your disastrous presidency was getting your feelings hurt by Kanye West? Really? Are you sure you're not confusing your career with Taylor Swift's?

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Oh My God, It Just Never Stops With These People!

Now trash collection is too "socialist" for these insane idiots.

'Tea partyers' oppose changes to Fountain Hills trash collection
Edward Gately - Nov. 7, 2010 07:04 PM
The Arizona Republic

A decision by the Fountain Hills Town Council to hire a single trash hauler and begin a curbside recycling program has been met with angry protests from residents who accuse town leaders of overstepping their bounds and taking a leap toward socialism.

last week, a flier was circulated around Fountain Hills with an ominous icon and the phrase, "The Hills Will Have Eyes," and that claimed the "Fountain Hills Green Police" checked residents' garbage and recyclables, and as a result, "you are wanted for questioning."
On Thursday, a divided council approved a five-year contract with Allied Waste Services to be the single hauler and begin a recycling program. Residents currently can choose among five haulers and the town has no curbside recycling.
That single issue generated a nearly five-hour public hearing and council debate that went past midnight.


Peter Bardow, an opponent, said the issue isn't about politics, but about taking away his and other residents' right to choose their own trash hauler. "I feel like you're forcing homeowners-association regulation and homeowners-association enforcement on me," he said.

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