Republican Party favorability
All 21 67
South 48 37
NE 6 87
Midwest 10 78
West 12 75
Striking, yes? So, not only are the National numbers absolute trash, but they conceal an even harsher truth: Outside of the defeated Confederacy, the Repuglicans are as popular as an STD.
And yet! They are given a national platform in the media that far outweighs their popularity or representation. Every story has to have a "Conservative" opinion; there are entire news corporations dedicated to this incredibly small and hateful minority; on and on.
We're living in some hallucination right now, but it's clearing. Do your part. Speak to this truth.
Iron, on Mars.
Just discovered by that plucky explorer, Opportunity. It's amazing the rovers are still working - well worth the paltry few dozens of millions of dollars we spent to send the two rovers there. We should be covering the planet in more.
As such, Dear Readers, you can count on this blog to keep you up-to-date on any and all breaking fan news. Like this nifty new fan, from Dyson. I've got a Dyson vacuum cleaner, which is awesome, and my office has a Dyson hand dryer, which is awesome as well, so, based on precedent, this fan looks to be awesome. BUT!
Not many people understand my addiction. I know there are others out there like me, but there's so few of us, and many ARE ashamed. And so no one speaks to our needs: Is it loud?
Initial reports indicate: As loud as a normal fan. I will not vouch for this report, however, until I have a chance to hear it myself. If anyone out there in Interweb land has heard it, please let me know.
What is interesting about this photo, and this contest, is we have our first real example of Wingnut v. Wingnut with this election. Hoffman is a Tea Bagger. The Tea Bagger's think Dede is a RINO, or a Dem-Lite. So they won't support the Republican candidate for the spot. And now, parachuting in from across the country, are Tea Bagger Command: Dick Armey, sitting down for local newspaper intereviews with Hoffman. Here's a recap of how that interview went:
A flustered and ill-at-ease Mr. Hoffman objected to the heated questioning, saying he should have been provided a list of questions he might be asked. He was, if he had taken the time to read the Thursday morning Times editorial raising the very same questions.
Coming to Mr. Hoffman's defense, former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, R-Texas, who accompanied the candidate on a campaign swing, dismissed regional concerns as "parochial" issues that would not determine the outcome of the election. On the contrary, it is just such parochial issues that we expect our representative to understand and be knowledgeable about, if he wants to be our voice in Washington.
Got that? Dick Armey - from Texas - is telling the local newspaper (The Watertown Daily) that "parochial" issues are not the main concern. For "parochial", read "local".
This is a perfect distillation of what we're up against. Dick Armey is one of the leading figures of the Tea Bagger movement, though he'll deny the association. His "Think Tank" - the laughably named "Freedom Works" - is bankrolling most of the Tea Bagger efforts. Dick Armey has been involved in most of the slime of the past twenty years. And here he is, in upstate NY, working on behalf of the guy working against the Republicans, telling the local paper "parochial" matters are not his concern. And why's that? Because actually governing is not his concern -- it never is to the Wingnuts. Power. Control. Money. That's all they want.
And it seems we now have a rift, and it is being shown in NY-23. Newt and Orange John Boehner are for Dede, the (R); Dick Armey, Rick Santorum, Sarah Palin, and now the laughable Gov. of Minnesota, have all come out in support of Hoffman, the Conservative Party candidate. Here's what T-Paw had to say about Mr. Hoffman:
We cannot send more politicians to Washington who wear the Republican jersey on the campaign trail, but then vote like Democrats in Congress on issues like card check and taxes. After reviewing the candidates’ positions, I’m endorsing Doug Hoffman in New York’s special election. Doug understands the federal government needs to quit spending so much, will vote against tax increases, and protect key values like the right to vote in private in union elections.
T-Paw gave this riveting quote to the leading lights of the Tea Bagger movement, a wingnut blog. It's all so hilarious, and I actually have a hard time believing this is all happening, like it is. I mean, do these idiots have an iota of clue?
This is a nice big step towards the destruction of the Republican Party as it exists today. Hooray!
Ooops, meant Redskins. What a team! Change your name.
And is it me, or are there a plethora of really crappy teams this year, way more than normal? In no order, the crappy teams of NFL 2009:
I'm sure I'm missing some teams too. Is this a pre-reaction to the looming "no cap" year?
Due to heavy doses of Repuglican FUD, many people don't know what the Public Option is. Well here you go, it's very simple: If you wanted to, you could purchase (with your money!) health insurance from a Government run agency. That's it. You then use that health insurance wherever a doctor or hospital accepts it (which I assume will be the vast majority). Due to the available pool of subscribers, AND (most importantly!), the Government will not be running the PO as a profit center, costs should be relatively low. Note, this is not a "government takeover of medicine", there are no "government doctors" you'll have to see, etc, etc.
Now, the real wonderful dynamic to this, in my opinion AND from my perspective, is this will not only break the Insurer's monopoly in health insurance, and thus reduce costs/increase service for everyone, but it means you (and I!) don't have to be tied to a company's health care plan anymore. I don't know much about this subject as I've been luckily healthy most of my life, but I've always assumed if I did not have a job, I would not have health care, end of story.
With the PO, however, I could choose to purchase insurance even with no employer, or self-employed. I'm no longer chained to one company - freedom of labor: It's what Captialists say they want (shocker of course the Repugs are against this, right?).
So, join me, won't you? In the future, when we can all be insured, and then follow our respective crazy dreams.
But they'll probably win this lame World Series regardless, due to this disturbing trend:
The Yankees have won 26 championships. Of those, 19 came in Democratic administrations. The Yankees dominated during the Roosevelt years. They were still great under Truman. They were excellent under Kennedy. They were bad for part of the 70s, but as soon as Carter took over, a new dynasty began. That ended when Reagan came to power, but the Clinton years were hell on Yankee haters. And now, after 8 years when Yankee evil was waning, it has come back with a vengeance under Obama.
Of the 7 Republican titles, 3 came under Eisenhower, which just goes to show that he wasn't a real Republican to begin with. The other four came in the Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover years, when they were just another team and before their real evil was made known to the world
The real exception to this rule in Lyndon Johnson. The Yankees did not win a World Series in the Johnson years. I think this goes to show just what a great president Johnson was. The Great Society and Yankee sucking. How can one beat that? Moreover, this totally makes up for Vietnam.
That leads to another question--is the sacrifice of 58,000 Americans worth a bad Yankee team?
The answer is obviously yes.
So, get your money on the table now, if you're into that illegal sports wagering thing.
Strange picture indeed. I don't think it would be possible to guess what this is without being given a hint or a dozen.
Because, at last, the spell has been broken, and people are talking about it. The News organizations specifically. Now, there's a lot of ignorance that has to be burned through first. Witness this quote by a hapless Washington Post writer:
Where the White House has gone way overboard is in its decision to treat Fox as an outright enemy and to go public with the assault. Imagine the outcry if the Bush administration had pulled a similar hissy fit with MSNBC. - Ruth Marcus
Just imagine! Oh wait, no need to imagine: The Bush Admin repeatedly stated that MSNBC and NBC were paying the price for their "viewpoint". That was straight up payback; The Obama Admin has stated they will continue to go on Fox news, there just not pretending its a news station, but rather an opinion/partisan media outlet. Which is fine -- that's the whole point. There are plenty of partisan news groups out there on both sides. However, none of them, except for Fox news and its allies, pretend they are "Fair And Balanced". Which is Doubelspeak at it's finest.
Regardless, this is gonna shake things up. And it's going to further expose the rest of the absolutely terrible and corrupted Washington media corp. Watch morans Jake Tapper and Mark Halperin (and others) rush to Fox's defense; witness the hyperbole of the Becks and Hannitys; observe how this "debate" plays out in the Newscorp media world (WSJ for example).
It's a mess out there. But, like with most things so far, I believe Obama has maneuvered his opponents into a lose-lose position.
Also, a reminder of what good propaganda can look like. Take some notes, Repuglicans.
Fun to note: The Boogy Woogies should really be protesting theories of gravity rather than evolution. No one really knows what gravity is at all, whereas evolution is well understood with tons of proof. Their craziness would be on firmer ground, though I'm sure that's beside the point.
Thought for the day: Throughout the history of humankind, there have been Redshirts, and there have been "Commanders". Most people are Redshirts, very few are Commanders.
What are you?
Note for future oppressors: The trick is to convince the Redshirts they're kinda Commanders.
Ha ha. Remember at the beginning of the year, when the stock market was falling through the floor, how it was all Obama's fault? Don't remember? Here's some quotes:
Dear Mr. President,
Unfortunately, it’s true. The stock market doesn’t like you.
Only one month in and investors are giving up. Another 30% haircut would put the Dow at 5000.
And that level wouldn’t just put a crimp into your presidency. The ensuing collapse in savings and the U.S. pension system would destroy it.
Now, some advisers may tell you not to worry about the stock market. That it will take care of itself. But that’s wrong. Especially today.
At its core, the market is a measure of belief — the belief that investors can make money by buying a slice of America.
And a plummeting Dow means they really don’t believe in the country. Or in you.
- Evan Newmark, Wall Street Journal, 02/23/09
So on Wednesday, the Dow drops about 486 points. It's down 346 points today. But of course, according to the drive-bys, these two events have nothing to do with each other. It's just a coincidence. The market's down today because of the jobless numbers. That's how the drive-bys see it. We have the largest market plunge after an election in history. Thank you, man-child Barack Obama.
- Rush Limbaugh, 11/6/08
"The president certainly remains popular, but his policies are becoming less and less popular," Boehner said, citing the continuing slide in the financial markets. "Certainly the stock market hasn't acted very well" since Obama's inauguration.
As the markets continue to falter, Republicans are becoming more confident in their criticisms of the president — some have already taken to using the phrase "the Obama economy."
John Boehner, 3/4/09
Dow 10,000 just isn't that big a deal, House Republican leader John Boehner said Wednesday morning. ... "At the end of the day, the American people aren't looking at the stock market in terms of putting food on the table," Boehner said. "They want jobs, and they want them now."
John Boehner, 10/14/09
So, got that? When the stock market is falling, the day after his election, or his inauguration, it's Obama's fault. When, a half a year later, the stock market is robust and picking up steam, it's not important, no big deal, must be the "Bush Recovery".
I've said it before and I'll keep on saying it: These Repuglicans are craven and shameless with no principles or convictions other than lying, stealing, and generally doing whatever they deem necessary to gain power or to obstruct those in power. All Americans - heck, all global citizens - of good conscience MUST do everything they can to oppose them.
To be clear: I am not a registered Democrat and will never be one. I am not cheering on the Democratic Party out of any tribal rooting interest. Rather, I STRONGLY feel the current incarnation of the Republican Party is an actual cancer on America and thus the rest of the world, and it must be removed. I will do everything I can to make this happen.
I do love Obama though, for reals.
Ah, Repuglicans -- it seems there's little they can actually do right. Yesterday - a great day in political comedy on many fronts - featured the rollout of the new GOP website. It was a spectacular failure, across the board - from the laughable content, to the numerous technical issues, to the security issues (they posted admin passwords) to.... well, it's across the board.
And it reminded me, very succinctly, how terrible they've become at everything. Which makes sense since they have devalued intellect over faith and "proper thinking". And this led to a warm, comforting thought: It's just gonna get worse and worse and worse for them, until they fundamentally change.
Well, there's ZERO signs any fundamental change is on the way. So, strap yourselves in, sports fans, as the next 3 years are gonna be a laff-riot.
Note to those not yet hip to the FSM: The joke is very simple: Put in the Flying Spaghetti Monster anywhere God or Jesus or Allah or whatever other religious figure would appear normally. Then, consider the ridiculousness of it. That's the joke -- that all Gods are jokes, so why not have one made of spaghetti and meatballs? Makes as much sense as any other God.
Apparently, Sen. Snowe just voted to let some Baucus Bill go to the Senate floor. It's all arcane Senate Wizard rules in my opinion, and I have not been paying much attention to the health care debate, since:
1. Most facts in the news are lies.
2. Obama wants it. I trust he will make it happen.
So, I think this vote is good news, or it could all be a trap. Nonetheless, witness a giant snowoman!
Yeah, so they're making a movie about it, which of course will cause the 60% of the population yet to hear about 2012 to hear about it, and no doubt panic. So! Two things:
1. Yeah, I was warning you all about this back in the last Millennium - that's like a thousand years ago!
2. Time to open that folder named "Y2K" and update your investment portfolios. Hint: Look for Mormon companies.
Suffice it to say, New England fell under a spell from 2001-2007, where we won. We won all the time, at pretty much everything. Those days are over, and we will now return to our eras of perpetual heartbreak.
Interesting dynamic to the Bush Occupation....
Still have the evening gabfest of Beck, Hannity, et al, but it will be tough to beat this quote from the leader of the Repuglican party:
"Our president is a worldwide joke. Folks, do you realize something has happened here that we all agree with the Taliban and Iran about and that is he doesn't deserve the award. Now that's hilarious, that I'm on the same side of something that the Taliban, and that we all are on the same side as the Taliban."
Got it? Real American patriots - real muricans - are on the same side as the Taliban and Iran.
Incredible, eh? And yet, the MSM is playing along.
Hopefully, these incidents over the last couple of weeks will help open some people's eyes to the reality of the Repuglican party. They are not for America in any way, shape or form.
The Republican Party has thrown in its lot with the terrorists -- the Taliban and Hamas this morning -- in criticizing the President for receiving the Nobel Peace prize," wrote DNC Communications Director Brad Woodhouse. "Republicans cheered when America failed to land the Olympics and now they are criticizing the President of the United States for receiving the Nobel Peace prize -- an award he did not seek but that is nonetheless an honor in which every American can take great pride -- unless of course you are the Republican Party. The 2009 version of the Republican Party has no boundaries, has no shame and has proved that they will put politics above patriotism at every turn. It's no wonder only 20 percent of Americans admit to being Republicans anymore - it's an embarrassing label to claim."
- DNC Statement
"Madame Speaker, I have words for Democrats and Republicans tonight."
"Let's start with the Democrats"
"We as a party have spent the last six months, the greatest minds in our party, dwelling on the question, the unbelievably consuming question of how to get Olympia Snowe to vote on health care reform. I want to remind us all that Olympia Snowe was not elected President last year. Olympia Snowe has no veto power in the Senate. Olympia Snowe represents a state with one half of one percent of America's population."
"What America wants is health care reform. America doesn't care if it gets 51 votes in the Senate or 60 votes in the Senate or 83 votes in the Senate, in fact America doesn't even care about that, it doesn't care about that at all. What America cares about is this; there are over 1 million Americans who go broke every single year trying to pay their health care bills. America cares a lot about that. America cares about the fact that there are 44,780 Americans who die every single year on account of not having health care, that's 122 every day. America sure cares a lot about that. America cares about the fact that if you have a pre-existing condition, even if you have health insurance, it's not covered. America cares about that a lot. America cares about the fact that you can get all the health care you need as long as you don't need any. America cares about that a lot. But America does not care about procedures, processes, personalities, America doesn't care about that at all."
"So we have to remember that as Democrats, we have to remember that what's at stake here is life and death, enormous amounts of money, and people are counting upon us to move ahead. America understands what's good for America. America cares about health care, America cares about jobs, America cares about education, about energy independance, America does not care about processes politicians or personalities or anything like that."
"And I have a few words for my Republican friends tonight as well. I guess I do have some Republican friends."
"Let me say this; last week I held up this report here and I pointed out that in America there are 44,789 Americans that die every year according to this Harvard report published in this peer reviewed journal because they have no health insurance. That's an extra 44,789 Americans who die who's lives could be saved, and their response was to ask me for an apology."
"To ask me for an apology?"
"That's right. To ask ME for an apology!"
"Well, I'm telling you this; I will not apologize. I will not apologize. I will not apologize for a simple reason; America doesn't care about your feelings. I violated no rules by pulling this report to America's attention, I think a lot of people didn't know about it beforehand. But America DOES care about health care in America."
"And if you're against it, then get out of the way. Just get out of the way. You can lead, you can follow or you can get out of the way. And I'm telling you now to get out of the way."
"American understands that there is one party in this country that is favor of health care reform and one party that is against it, and they know why."
"They understand that if Barack Obama were somehow able to cure hunger in the world the Republicans would blame him for overpopulation"
"They understand that if Barack Obama could somehow bring about world peace they would blame him for destroying the defense industry."
"In fact, they understand that if Barack Obama has a BLT sandwhich tommorrow for lunch, they will try to ban bacon."
"But that's not what America wants, America wants solutions to it's problems and that begins with health care, and that's what I'm speaking for tonight."
"I yield back the balance of my time"
- Alan Greyson (D-FL)
Except for the slight Maine bashing (don't blame Maine!), these words are stirring. They're entirely the truth, but somewhat shocking to hear.
Prediction: The Repugs will seize on the DNC statement to focus their latest hissy fit. You'll hear about demands for aplogies, blah blah.
Never forget it was just a brief time ago when to even sincerely question policy was enough to be branded a traitor. Some of these Repugs are outright making treasonous statements, but they don't see the problem. They must be broken, and Obama will do it.
This is but one example of the constant dialectic occurring on the Internet via blogs and discussion boards. It's a truly revolutionary form of communication for humanity, and kicks up our potential by several degrees. Kudos, Al Gore!
But! Mark my words: Every Wingnut news source, blogger, propagandist, etc, will rail against this, rail against the Nobel committee, rail against Europeans, rail against Peace. It's a pretty clear sign of how fucked up and upside down these nutjobs are. But even more importantly, watch how the MSM picks up these nutjob critiques and make that the news. That's our problem right now: The Mainstream Media enthralled to a very small minority of crazy people. Unfortunately, these crazies are backed by real money, and by ruthless, evil people. I don't know how we will break out of this dilemma anytime soon.
Regardless, way to go Obama!
It's totally cool if its Jesus crashing planes into buildings. He's got a good reason, of course.
Odd that so many "Christians" seem to get off on the concept that everyone they disagree with will spend an eternity getting tortured. Nothing says "Christian Spirit" like wishing eternal damnation on everyone not in your particular denomination.
Wait a sec. It's not odd at all. These people are nutjobs.
I assume this your typical north Florida Repuglican as well, but correct me if I'm wrong.
1. Framework against Liberal Bias: providing a strong framework that enables a thought-for-thought translation without corruption by liberal bias
2. Not Emasculated: avoiding unisex, "gender inclusive" language, and other modern emasculation of Christianity
3. Not Dumbed Down: not dumbing down the reading level, or diluting the intellectual force and logic of Christianity; the NIV is written at only the 7th grade level
4. Utilize Powerful Conservative Terms: using powerful new conservative terms as they develop; defective translations use the word "comrade" three times as often as "volunteer"; similarly, updating words which have a change in meaning, such as "word", "peace", and "miracle".
5. Combat Harmful Addiction: combating addiction by using modern terms for it, such as "gamble" rather than "cast lots"; using modern political terms, such as "register" rather than "enroll" for the census
6. Accept the Logic of Hell: applying logic with its full force and effect, as in not denying or downplaying the very real existence of Hell or the Devil.
7. Express Free Market Parables; explaining the numerous economic parables with their full free-market meaning
8. Exclude Later-Inserted Liberal Passages: excluding the later-inserted liberal passages that are not authentic, such as the adulteress story
9. Credit Open-Mindedness of Disciples: crediting open-mindedness, often found in youngsters like the eyewitnesses Mark and John, the authors of two of the Gospels
10. Prefer Conciseness over Liberal Wordiness: preferring conciseness to the liberal style of high word-to-substance ratio; avoid compound negatives and unnecessary ambiguities; prefer concise, consistent use of the word "Lord" rather than "Jehovah" or "Yahweh" or "Lord God."
There is so much idiocy here I don't want to even go into it. Suffice to say, these are the idiots who are poisoning our culture, and thus the world. It really is a battle of ignorance v. enlightenment, and I need not tell you what side the Wingnuts are on.
As a citizen of the world who believes that No one nation can or should try to dominate another nation, I'm glad that the Obama White House's jingoist rhetoric and attempt to pay back Chicago cronies at the expense of undermining our relationships with our allies failed," he wrote.
McCormack's fellow conservatives joined in the celebration.
"Chicago and Tokyo eliminated. No Obamalypics," Michelle Malkin tweeted, following up with, "Game over on Obamalympics. Next up, Obamacare."
"Please, please let me break this news to you. It's so sweet," said Glenn Beck on his radio show.
"Hahahahaha," wrote Red State's Erick Erickson. "So Obama's pimped us to every two bit thug and dictator in the world, made promises to half the Olympic committee, and they did not even kiss him. So much for improving America's standing in the world, Barry O."
The Drudge Report announced the news like so: "WORLD REJECTS OBAMA: CHICAGO OUT IN FIRST ROUND. THE EGO HAS LANDED."
"The worst day of Obama's presidency, folks. The ego has landed. The world has rejected Obama," echoed Rush Limbaugh.
"President Obama fails to get the Olympics while unemployment goes to 9.8% Iran continues nuclear program. America needs focused leadership," Newt Gingrich tweeted. Then he added, "Somehow charm and oratory dont seem to work in foreign affirs but historians have warned that foreign policy is different than campaigning." (sic)
Awesome times, eh? In less than a year, these nutjob talking heads have switched from an attitude of any criticism of the USA and its glorious Repuglican leadership is high treason, to celebrating anything that appears to go against Obama, and America. It's striking, the dissonance.
Will the day come when patriotic general and flag officers sit down with the president, or with those who control him, and work out the national equivalent of a "family intervention," with some form of limited, shared responsibility?
Imagine a bloodless coup to restore and defend the Constitution through an interim administration that would do the serious business of governing and defending the nation. Skilled, military-trained, nation-builders would replace accountability-challenged, radical-left commissars. Having bonded with his twin teleprompters, the president would be detailed for ceremonial speech-making.
Military intervention is what Obama's exponentially accelerating agenda for "fundamental change" toward a Marxist state is inviting upon America. A coup is not an ideal option, but Obama's radical ideal is not acceptable or reversible.
Unthinkable? Then think up an alternative, non-violent solution to the Obama problem. Just don't shrug and say, "We can always worry about that later."
In the 2008 election, that was the wistful, self-indulgent, indifferent reliance on abnegation of personal responsibility that has sunk the nation into this morass.
- John L. Perry Newsmax column
“Obama’s first act as president of any consequence, in the middle of a financial meltdown, was to send taxpayers’ money overseas to pay for the killing of unborn children in other countries,” said Franks, a staunch anti-abortion activist who has been infuriated by President Barack Obama’s revisiting of Bush-era restrictions on the procedure.
“Now, I got to tell you, if a president will do that, there’s almost nothing that you should be surprised at after that. We shouldn’t be shocked that he does all these other insane things,” he added.
“A president that has lost his way that badly, that has no ability to see the image of God in these little fellow human beings, if he can’t do that right, then he has no place in any station of government, and we need to realize that he is an enemy of humanity.”
- Trent Franks (R- AZ) "Take Back America Conference"
If we had our guns, we would have fought a bloody battle. So, keep your guns, and buy more guns, and buy ammunition. [...] Take back America. Don’t let them take the country into Socialism. And I refer again, Hitler’s party was National Socialism. [...] And that’s what we are having here right now, which is bordering on Marxism.
- Kitty Werthman "Take Back America Conference"
Reasonable stuff, amirite? No, it's insane, and the insanity is growing. These Repuglicans are craven, and evil, and will do anything - anything - to "win", however they define winning (I assure you it does not contain the Public Good). Violence seems inevitable with this type of ever escalating rhetoric. I just pray the Obama's stay clear of it.
If you agree, it is your duty - DUTY - to fight this insanity in whatever way you can, that is, if you wish to see our country avoid a predictable doom into fascism. Ironic to note that these Wingnuts constantly referring to Hitler, Stalin, and Mao are using every one of their tricks in accusing Obama of the same (he is not, of course). Pure projection. And insanity.