Tuesday, March 30. 2010
Thousands gather for 'Tea Party Express' event in Harry Reid's hometown
Las Vegas Journal
"We're Republican by registration, but I'd even vote for a communist right now if they would start to change the way we're running the country," Halfpenny said, adding he thinks Democrats in power are leading the nation toward socialism, a Tea Party lament. "We need to get our Constitution back."Perhaps all this "difference of opinion" might be solved if we came up with a federal program to buy everyone a dictionary, so that people can understand the words they are using.
Dude, let me restate what you just said in a manner which might make the absurdity of what you said a bit easier to understand.
"I would vote for a Soviet commissar before I would vote for a British Member of Parliament."
Thursday, March 18. 2010
Every now and then, someone tells me, through email, or comments, or in person, that bottomfeeding is an unworthy pursuit. Why, I’m asked, do I write about people who post to places like Free Republic, or Redstate, or Andrew Breitbart’s Big Government? They’re all crazy! Irrelevant! Who cares what they say?
And then I learn that CNN has hired Erik Erickson as a “political contributor.”
Because, you see, he’s an “agenda-setter whose words are closely watched in Washington.” He’s an “opinion leader” and an “important voice.”
This is the man who tweeted that Supreme Count Justice David Souter was a “a goat f*cking child molester.” The guy who called Michelle Obama a “Marxist harpy.” The blogger who suggested that people should beat politicians “to a bloody pulp.”
His is such “an important voice” that he now has a gig on CNN.
How did this happen? The answer lies in the power of what many call “Teh Stupid.” How “Teh Stupid” works is often a mystery to liberal and conservative non-Stupids, who imagine that rules of logic within reasoned argument are as iron-clad and impossible to circumvent as physical laws like gravity and matter. To them, Erickson’s elevation to a national outlet is as baffling as watching an anvil fall up.
And this is the advantage of my hobby of bottomfeeding. It offers an overhead view of Teh Stupid, how it works, and from whence it derives its diabolical power. Those readers who get dizzy and a bit nauseated when they attempt this kind of scuba diving might as well give up reading this right now, because we’re going to go on a quick tour of the depths. Unpleasant, yes, but Erickson’s recent promotion indicates it’s not a total waste of time. We’re going to investigate how Teh Stupid emerges and survives to the point where, like "Hitler was a liberal," “Obama is a Kenyan,” and “John Kerry is no war hero,” it starts to bob to the surface of mainstream politics:
1. The Unveiling of Teh Stupid: “Robert Gibbs is sending secret signals of solidarity to the SEIU by wearing a purple rubber bracelet.”
We begin with the unveiling of Teh Stupid, in this case, a post by one Kyle Olson (“vice president of Education Action Group Foundation, a non-partisan non-profit organization with the goal of promoting sensible education reform and exposing those with a vested interest in maintaining the status quo”) entitled “Robert Gibbs’ and Andy Stern’s Purple Bracelets a Mark of Clintonesque Solidarity?” Olson had spotted a sinister similarity in accessorizing between White House spokesman Robert Gibbs and SEIU president Andy Stern. To be specific, both were shown wearing little purple bracelets. Olson did what he could to get the word out:
The bracelet is kind of a signal to tell Stern that the administration has it under control and ObamaCare will be delivered. Just a few more Democrats need to be shown the Chicago way.
Of course, he’s a responsible writer, so he adds just the faintest soupcon of skepticism to his premise that White House officials are sending secret messages to union officials by wearing colored rubber jewelry. “Am I making too much out of nothing?” Olson muses.
“Maybe,” he says, narrowing his eyes thoughtfully and pursing his lips. “Who knows.”
2. The Frenzy: OMG...!
His readers, of course, know exactly what to make of this. “Those cutsey little Purple Bracelets?” asks the first commenter “That is how they recognize each other in lieu of the secret handshake, or the more familiar Zeig Heil!? Remember, everything is relevant”
Another commenter wails in anguish at the blindness of Americans who fail to see this obvious sign of collusion.“What other evidence to people need to see that this President is corrupt? Really? Is it that hard to see?”
I mean, my God, if the White House Press Spokesman wearing a purple bracelet doesn’t wake people up, what will it take?
A commenter who lost his wife to ovarian cancer does pipe up with the observation that purple bracelets are a gesture of solidarity not to union bosses, but to cancer victims. He’s quickly assured by a commenter called “motley” that even this would indicate something nefarious. See, it’s a mistake to assume that anyone who works for the Obama administration could possibly be motivated by empathy. “…these guys are users,” says motley “and would where one of your bracelets to get a rise out their enemies, which are Americans.”
Then “motley” adds, with positively supernatural prescience, that Gibbs probably put on the purple rubber bracelet on purpose to upset people like motley…:
…Then laugh and show how wrong and trivial we are by showing it is an ovarian cancer band. It is all a set up. It is all orchestrated mind games and we are walking right into the trap. They are going to have the biggest laugh and constitutionally illiterate Americans are not going to want to associate with us buffoons. They will have been programmed that the purple and gold guys are the smart, sane, non-judgmental, wise Americans. But make no mistake, Purple and Gold are their country's colors.
As you can see, there’s already a teensy bit of awareness that this could turn out to be an embarrassing online pratfall and motley is provide early cover for that by reminding everyone that the notion of an Obama official caring about someone with cancer is just plain ridiculous. For heaven’s sake, it’s not like Obama administration officials are human beings with human feelings like Big Government readers.
And the purple bracelet is not just a secret signal. It is an obvious, deliberate, intolerable affront to patriotic Americans that Gibbs commits at his own peril. As a commenter who seems to be trembling with rage puts it:
I am getting sick and tired of all their smug faces even though I know the smugness is orchestrated to get an emotional, irrational response from us so we are at a deficit arguing logically. It is classic head games and I know it and it bugs me. You know the look.....the kind our mothers would have slapped us for and when we asked why the slap when we did not even say anything, the answer was, :Well, you were thinking it!".
After which, one presumes, she’d backhand Robert Gibbs hard across the kitchen before returning to the pot she was stirring over the stove, muttering curses around the ever-present, lipstick-stained cigarette still tightly clenched in her thin, embittered mouth.
So, here we have it. Teh Stupid has been set out, Teh Stupid is being gobbled up and digested by the faithful. To those unfamiliar with how Teh Stupid works, this looks like a house of cards about to be blown down by..
3. The First Whiff of Reality
Robert Gibbs took a second or two to twitter an explanation:
Some chatter on my bracelet http://bit.ly/9Yu7eX it's for 9yr old daughter of friends she is bravely fighting cancer - say a prayer for her
So the supposed secret signal being sent by Gibbs is simply a gesture of solidarity to the sick child of some friends. No doubt Mr. Olson will admit his mistake, and there’ll be some embarrassment and apologies on the blog as Olson and his fans acknowledge the lesson they’ve learned about jumping to nasty conclusions.
Anyone who imagines this just doesn’t know how Teh Stupid works.
4. When Faced with an Undeniable Screwup – Brazen It Out!
Olson’s reaction is to say, in the words of Pee Wee Herman:
“I meant to do that!”
He publishes an update with a headline denouncing Gibbs for taking two seconds to respond to the rumor Olson was floating:
Braceletgate Update: Left, White House Actually React to Silly ‘Doubtful’ Theory
And congratulates himself on the amount of justified derision he generated.
I scored the lefty trifecta: MediaMatters, DailyKos and a blogger for Salon.com all responded.
The “hysteria” of course, being largely comprised of hysterical laughter.
Now, people unfamiliar with Teh Stupid might point out that Olson’s original posting of the “silly theory” generated 301 (at this count) comments, a large portion of which were from loyal readers who not only embraced this “silly theory,” but dramatically expanded on it.
Aren’t those folks a little insulted? Aren’t a few of his commenters, reading a theory described as “silly” that had earlier inspired them to write agonized posts about the bracelet as proof of the insidious depravity of the Obama administration, going to scratch their heads and say “heyyyy….?”
This presumes that “Teh Stupid” has some sort of linkage to either logic or reality. What it’s all about is the Stupids looking around at all the other Stupids, ie, the mass, the powerful gestalt that is “Teh Stupid,” and making sure everyone’s got their story straight. If other Stupids aren’t embarrassed or ashamed, why should they be?
Some of the commenters just echo Olson’s premise that Gibbs responding to a 334 word post (not to mention the thousands of words in comments expended by Olson’s excitable right wing readers) with a polite, 24-word explanation on Twitter is evidence of suspiciously thin-skinned defensiveness that borders on incompetence. The same commenter who invoked secret handshakes and insisted “everything is relevant!” bobs his or her head vigorously and declares, apparently with a straight face:
…with all the attention the White House, Bob Gibbs, Andy Stern are paying to your thread, tweeting and blogging, they sure do not exude a lot of confidence. Are you sure these are the type people WE should entrust Health Care, and 17% of the economy to?
For some, the very denial arouses suspicion that Olson’s theory about secret signals is in fact true. “Textbook example of ‘doth protest too much,’ one of them sagely observes. “Remember the old Elementary school saying, ’Whoever denied it, supplied it?’'” asks another.
Others ridicule the gesture itself as unmanly:
I'm still snickering at rich, powerful, presumably adult men going on TV wearing pastel plastic bracelets, and not as some sort of comedy sketch or MTV gender-bender schlock. Sure, I loved my jelly bracelets, spent a lot of "riding my bike around picking up pop cans" money on them....when I was an 8 year-old girl.
Gibbs, thin lips, weak chin and a 'purple bracelet', not a good look for 'man'. Does Andy Stern own a coat and tie? We all 'get it'. The comrade look, communists shiek, 'man of the people', street mob[ster], more like a 'gamin'.. a street urchin... a person that will say or do anything for a buck... it's right here in this alley, don't be afraid...
Others decide to denounce the cancer bracelet campaign as a Democratic pro-union conspiracy. One commenter posts:
Weren't the cancer bracelets made popular by Lance Armstrong yellow? Why the change in color to purple, the color of SEIU evil? And most important...how does wearing a purple bracelet help a little girl with cancer? This is just like the democrats saying they support the troops yet hardly any of their actions prove this.
While another says:
Wow. That bracelet actually represents everything that the Obamacare campaign is about: SEIU (color); Baby Human Shields; and Medical Sob Stories. We are talking synthesis on an epic scale.
And some even denounce Gibbs for making the gesture for a sick little girl instead of a soldier. “Why doesn't he wear a bracelet with the name of a soldier killed in action?,” asks one. And another asks; “How about Gibbs wearing a bracelet for 1LT Michael Behenna, who is now serving a sentence at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, for SERVING his country honorably????”
In short, Teh Stupid – as demonstrated by this little online kerfuffle -- is completely undeterred by facts, decency, or shame. No matter what is revealed, no matter how damning their own behavior, Teh Stupid marches serenely on. That makes it a powerful tool for the GOP.
Which is why Erickson is now working for CNN. Sure, the commenters on Olson’s blog will probably never get a gig on any nationally broadcast cable network other than Fox.
But the man who inspires them and eggs them on just might.
If Eric Erickson can make it…
Wednesday, March 10. 2010
On Monday, Rush Limbaugh created a bit of a stir by announcing that if the healthcare bill passes, he’s going to go to Costa Rica.
My guess in even in Canada and even in the UK, doctors have opted out. And once they’ve opted, they can’t see anybody Medicare, Medicaid, or what will become the exchanges. They have to have a clientele of private patients that will pay them a retainer and it’ll be a very small practice. I don’t know if that’s been outlawed in the Senate bill. I don’t know. I’ll just tell you this, if this passes and it’s five years from now and all that stuff gets implemented — I am leaving the country. I’ll go to Costa Rica.
Today, he clarified his statement by explaining he wouldn’t actually move to Costa Rica, which provides universal healthcare coverage to all of its residents.
I’ve had to patiently explain, today, to people who do not bother to stay informed on this stuff, what the genesis and the primary context of my comment was, I salute their insurance companies who don’t want to be put out of business. We’ve talked to them on the program, I’ve talked to them privately, they are establishing healthcare clinics with quality doctors in places like Costa Rica, they’re going to continue to sell policies to people who have the ability to fly down there and get treatment…I’ll got to Costa Rica for treatment, not move there.
See, he’d just visit there – Costa Rica, a country that’s established a hybrid of government and private healthcare and offers universal coverage -- if he got sick and needed care.
Which, of course, changes everything.
What interests me is not only the spectacle of Limbaugh fleeing from Obama’s relatively modest version of healthcare reform to a clinic in country that actually offers its citizens universal healthcare. I’m also intrigued by this bit about insurance companies establishing clinics in Costa Rica to care for the deprived American masses who are in need of healthcare and can afford to pay, not only their high monthly premiums, but the cost of a plane ticket to Central America.
After all, hasn’t one of the big arguments from insurance companies been that establishing universal healthcare in the US would drive them out of business? Why, then, are they able to do business in a country that’s done that very thing?
Friday, February 26. 2010
"The majority vote is tyranny of the minority."I believe the great philosopher Spock once said, "The needs of the many, outweigh the needs of the few. [Or the one]". Rather sad when this concept falls into disrepute, especially considering that it is pretty much the foundation of that whole "Christianity" thing.
Wednesday, February 10. 2010
You never met him either. You know, you never met him either. Do you think you're making your father proud? Do you really think you're making your father proud? Pam Geller of Atlas Shrugs telling Ron Reagan he never met his father, Ronald Reagan
Don’t underestimate stupidity.
Especially stupidity that makes the national news. Stupidity that catapaults someone like Sarah Palin into national prominence. Stupidity that grows so comfortable with being stupid, so brazen and unself-conscious about it, that it can sit on a nationally televised show, tell someone he never met his own father and didn’t know him well –
And then, instead of its intended audience being embarrassed and edging away, that audience lauding it and citing it as a victory.
No, don’t stop laughing at it. But don’t just treat it as a joke. Stupidity needs to be confronted. It needs to be systematically taken apart in public. Like its close relations, cruelty and deception, it needs to be humiliated. If that’s not done soon enough, it becomes embedded as practically the norm.
And that’s exactly what’s happened in this country. The sense of shame that kept people Glenn Beck, or Bill O’Reilly, from rising to any level above small right wing fringe talk-radio stations has vanished. Stupidity has gone from being a sort of side-effect languishing on the fringes of American politics, to the central tactic of a major political party.
“It’s really hard for you to argue with the offspring of a guy and say that you know more than he does,” says Joy Behar to Pam Geller. No, actually it’s not hard at all.
What’s to prevent Geller? She’s physically capable of saying something so insanely stupid and malicious, and there is no meaningful societal pressure left to give her any second thoughts about doing it.
That’s some powerful and dangerous stupidity.
Tuesday, January 26. 2010
Obama Administration To Propose Freezing Non-Military Discretionary Spending
Talking Points Memo
President Obama will propose freezing non-security discretionary government spending for the next three years, a sweeping plan to attempt deficit reduction that will save taxpayers $250 billion over 10 years.This pretty much guarantees the economy will tank since it will be cutting off fiscal oxygen at a time when it is already in intensive care. Hello President Palin!
Exempted from the freeze would be Pentagon funding, and the budgets for Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security.Because we must keep the military industrial complex fed, and we can't encourage young men and women to walk into the buzz saw if we cut back on veteran's care.
The officials said the process is "healthy," and framed it as similar to how families make decisions about where they put their household dollars.Apparently, somebody was out of class the day they explained the differences between "macro" and "micro" economic processes and decisions. We are talking about the WORLD economy, not whether Aunt Bea can afford a new hat.
Congratulations to the Obama team, they have now blazed new trails into the realms of stupidity.
Wednesday, December 9. 2009
Another passenger from the infamous Airtran Flight 297 came forward yesterday. Brent C. Brown, founder and CEO of Chesley Brown Companies, Inc. says that Tedd Petruna is full of it, but that the incident was “extremely tense” and involved passengers “of obvious Middle Eastern descent.” How this Middle Eastern background was “obvious” is not explained. Was it their physical appearance? The language they were speaking?
I ask because a couple of years ago, in the building where I work, a visitor approached me to express his concerns about a man he’d seen entering the building who was “obviously middle eastern,” and looked furtive and angry. It took me only a moment to ascertain that the co-worker of mine he’d seen entering the building was not in fact, an Arab terrorist filled with hate and rushing to plant a bomb in the men’s restroom. He was Hispanic, late for a meeting, and preoccupied about it.
So when someone describes another person in this context as being “obviously” middle eastern without explaining what was obvious about it, I’m a bit skeptical. Some Americans define any dark-complected person with an accent as “middle eastern,” and anyone who is middle eastern as “muslim” and therefore, in their minds, an incipient terrorist.
Which is part of why the Tedd Petruna email is a bit worse than merely a fantasy that got out of hand. I’m not putting all the blame on poor Mr. Petruna, who was just daydreaming out loud and is now in the nightmarish position of having to defend BS he never intended to publicize outside his circle of friends and family. It’s what that daydream has revealed and fed into that worries me.
Right wing blogger Debbie Schlussel eagerly pushed the scenario of the incident as a “hijacking dry run” early on, which has resulted in an entertaining liberal pile-on in the comments section. My own favorite response is from “parker fiesta.”
The exact same thing happened to me on the crosstown bus yesterday. Some dude was watching porn on his laptop in the back. Another dude was up front mouthing off on his cell phone. I got nervous and put a third guy in a chokehold because he looked at me and said, “You infidel dog,” although he may have said, “Can you tell me the stop?” I didn’t completely hear him. The bus driver kept pulling over and sometimes some of these jokers/people would get off and others would get on. Sometimes it was men, sometimes women. They were all fully attired in their various attire. It seemed all very organized. It was definitely a dry run, and the porn was definitely taped the night before, also.
Pretty comic -- until you fight your way down to the earliest comments and discover just how little “parker fiesta” needed to exaggerate:
It is disgusting how many TSA agents at Washington Dulles International Airport are Muslim wearing their headscarfs. When I was flying to Europe this summer, I couldn’t believe how many more there were at Dulles than just a few months before. This is part of their jihad. They enjoy making non-Muslims uncomfortable because they think it places them above us, and they do anything they can to reach positions of power, whether in the TSA, the FBI, the CIA, police departments, the military, etc. They want to make us submit, and by our nation becoming PC, we have submitted.
Americans react only when a situation becomes intolerable. We then react in a colossal fashion. The day will certainly dawn when the jihadists evoke our unrestrained wrath. Many are the muzzies who will roast in the depths of the giant slor on that day, I can tell you!
It’s unfortunate that more passengers didn’t join in with Mr Petuna and the texan. What needed to happen is for a few dozen passengers to beat the living hell out of those scumbags.
I am horrified. Not only would I have deplaned, I would have punched those bastards in the throat on my way out. I am appalled that officials continue to stick their heads in the sand and choose to admit there is an insurgance going on here in the US. It is viral and covert. Wake the F up!!!!!!
And then of course, there’s the always reliable Free Republic. The Freeper response to the story is, unlike Schlussel’s, undiluted by liberal skeptics. Before it abruptly falls silent with the news that Petruna wasn’t actually on the flight, the thread provides one of the best working examples I’ve seen of what psychologists call “projection.”
It is probably a matter of days until the next terrorist attack. Why else would janet neopolitan be “warning” AQ today? The biggest of our worries is what the obamatrons will do. Probably detain a lot of Americans. Keep yer powder dry and yer rifles ready!
The more I hear of stuff like this the more I think the Islam SHOULD be outlawed and ALL Muslems deported and the known radicals should be tried and shot on the spot. Like other Americans, I will not go quietly, sitting in my seat. I WILL fight back.
Never fear, however – a Freeper who calls himself “Bad Jack Bauer” hastens to reassure everyone that he’s prepared:
When I fly, I carry on my person a ceramic knife that has never failed to make it through security. Not one single passenger has ever been endagered because of this. I WILL not go cowering in my seat.
Another poster has a different suggestion:
It makes no sense to me that we don’t use the Kryptonite for Muslims on them - pig. Isn’t that supposed to stop them dead in their tracks?
And yet another, who’s apparently been giving the issue some careful thought:
If a person wanted to, he could easily make a lethal instrument out of a toothbrush. And it would look just like a toothbrush. Until you pulled it apart.
“Bad Jack Bauer” apparently feels he hasn’t been clear enough:
The thing about a ceramic knife is that they can be shapened to a ridiculously honed edge. Any slashing type cut with it would slice down to the bone, cutting tendons and nerves. The cuts would be not only disabling but also especially gruesome, always an edge. Slice across a neck with enough force with a ceramic knife and you cut all the way through to the spine.
Another Freeper prefers the less obvious approach:
I prefer something that I can explain away like a a carabiner that I can fit my hand thru or a gerber LX 3.0 flashlight ie: instant brass knuckles or a short stick ( fist load). A masterlock that a large handkerchief can be tied through the hasp gives you a blackjack. All these items raise virtually no alert. A stout hickory cane is classed as a medical device and cannot be confiscated plus with a little practice can be used liked a rifle with a bayonet at close quarters.
But “Bad Jack Bauer” loves his knife:
The knife is hidden in such a way that it is virtually undetectable. I am comfortable with the knife. I have trained in knife fighting and competed in forms with the Sai which translates to a knife very well. I have defended myself against a guy that had a gun with a knife and came out on top so I am very comfortable with a knife. The fact that I have used one in a real world scenario also takes away the bit of hesitation that one might have.
And he also has plans for the Tom Clancy novel he’s memorized and carries on every flight:
On airplanes I use a rubberband as a bookmark. It is good for keeping the book from opening up when you throw it ahead of you. You charge, throw the book as you close the distance, he ducks, you are on him, spill his guts, on to the next guy. Like a fullback after a good block on a lineman, you take on the linebacker next, then the safety.
Another Freeper still thinks pork products are the way to go:
The flight attendents should be armed with BACON. When a muslim jumps up and yells alla akbar just slap him with a slice of bacon. Even muslims know what bacon is. They just got swine all over their face and they believe that they will go to hell if they die in that condition. So now they can’t blow themselves up! I can only imagine the scream they would make.
Anyone with olive skin and black hair who’s planning to travel this holiday season is bound to be warmed by this comment by “Radiationromeo”:
I had an attempted mugging while in Europe. Turns out I like beating up muggers. These experiences have taken away any fear or hesitation. When I fly I walk through the entire plane looking for muslims and note where they are and watch them the entire flight. Allah help them if they try anything.
And indeed, those presumed “muslims” better think twice before getting up to go to the restroom while the “Please Stay in Your Seat” sign is still lit, because “Bad Jack Baeur” has more to say. See, he has a technique:
My technique is to charge, throw something ahead of me as a distraction then punch him in guts with a knife as many times as possible in a couple of seconds. I have learned one thing, the more vicious the attack, the more an assailants or terrorist buddies get shocked. I would try to make my attack on the first one as pants filling and bladder emptying for his observing buddies as possible.
It’s shortly after this that someone posts the news that Petruna was apparently not on the flight, and the thread ends rather abruptly.
Now, I realize that what’s been uncovered here is a treasure trove of the Walter Mittys/wannabe Jack Bauers who infest Free Republic. They crop up frequently, sagely exchanging advice on the minutiae of guns or hand-to-hand combat and keeping everyone apprised of the dried food and ammunition they’re storing for when the “obamabots” come to the doors disguised as census workers or meter readers.
What’s disturbing is the violence that underlies it, and the news that some of them are apparently not only smuggling weapons onto planes, but scoping out who they plan to use them on, whose tendons and nerves they will slice open, whose guts they’ll cut out.
Sneaking sharpened blades onto planes? Planning gruesome physical attacks on fellow passengers? Why it’s almost as if these guys were….were….
Yes, it's pretty funny. If my family and I were Muslims, however, or just people who could be mistaken for Muslims, I’d probably find it a lot less amusing.
Friday, December 4. 2009
Ok, so, this is total crap, we sit the kids down to watch 'The Charlie Brown Christmas Special' and our muslim president is there, what a load.....try to convince me that wasn't done on purpose. Ask the man if he believes that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and he will give you a 10 minute disertation (sic) about it....w...hen the answer should simply be 'yes'...."Arlington Tennessee Mayor Russell Wiseman, on his Facebook Page
And that’s apparently not the worst of it. Mayor Wiseman went on to observe in his rant that "you know, our forefathers had it written in the original Constitution that ONLY property owners could vote, if that has stayed in there, things would be different........"
What I find interesting about this is that A) he apparently imagined that all of the 1,600 people he’s friended on Facebook would keep this a secret and B) He thinks that pointing out the fact that an elected official believes that the President is a secret Muslim plotting against Peanuts specials, and that, by the way, those who don’t own property shouldn’t be allowed to vote is “mak(ing) a mountain out of a molehill.”
Tuesday, October 6. 2009
On October 1st House Minority Leader John Boehner, Republican from Ohio, said that he couldn’t find any American outside of Congress or the Obama administration, who supports a public option…
What was the man thinking?
I mean seriously, what was going through John Boehner’s mind when he said he hadn’t encountered any Americans supporting a public option? Did he honestly think all those Americans who support public option – many of them in his district, and some of whom had already contacted him about their support – wouldn’t be watching?
“I know I’m inviting them,” he said at one point. Well, that’s for damned sure. My guess is that public appearances by Mr. Boehner are going to be rather heavily vetted to prevent him from being confronted with irate Americans armed with their support for the public option and prepared to brandish it.
Did he believe what he was saying? Is the man truly that insulated and disconnected from reality?
I want to see some follow up in the press. I want to hear a reporter asking Boehner about what he’s heard from Americans since he made that statement.
And I don’t want to hear another #U(!D@! red-herring joke about “garlic milkshakes.”
The answer to why Boehner said this might be found at the end of this clip. A tea partier explains it to the filmmaker
“No, your opinion doesn’t have to be based on facts.”
Thursday, September 17. 2009
Called this one yesterday.
So today, I read:
Asked at his daily press briefing about Carter's remarks, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said, "The president does not believe that the criticism comes based on the color of his skin. We understand that people have disagreements with some of the decisions that we've made ... I don't -- I don't think that, you know, the president does not believe that it's based on the color of his skin."
These people are complete idiots. Obama is so keen to worship at the altar of bi-partisanship that he doesn't even his own entrails burning on that altar.
Called this one yesterday.
So today, I read:
Asked at his daily press briefing about Carter's remarks, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said, "The president does not believe that the criticism comes based on the color of his skin. We understand that people have disagreements with some of the decisions that we've made ... I don't -- I don't think that, you know, the president does not believe that it's based on the color of his skin."These people are complete idiots. Obama is so keen to worship at the altar of bi-partisanship that he doesn't even see his own entrails burning on that altar.
Tuesday, September 1. 2009
Long-shot Idaho Gubernatorial candidate Rex Rammell on the publicity surrounding his “joke” about issuing permits for hunting the president:
"I think it will definitely be good for me -- when challenging an incumbent you need to have name recognition. Hopefully if there's people in Idaho that didn't know me than they'll know me now. I think I'll come out of this much better off." Rexburg Standard Journal 8/29/09
Hot damn! Lookit all them voters!
Tuesday, August 25. 2009
I’m sure that he respects the constitution of the United States. (Audience groans) I really do, I am absolutely convinced of it. I just believe, my friends, that there is a fundamental difference in philosophy and about the role of government. That’s why we have competition for public office, and competition amongst parties and competition about different ideas, visions for the future of America. I am convinced that the president is absolutely sincere in his beliefs. (More groans) Wait a minute! He is sincere in his beliefs, we just happen to disagree, and he is the President of the United States. Let’s be respectful John McCain Attempts to Explain the Concept of Having More than One Political Party to An Audience in Sun City, AZ
What poor John McCain has run up against here is what C.P. Snow referred to as “the Cynicism of the Unworldly" -- the tendency of naïve souls to conveniently assume the absolute worst of political figures they dislike. The Cynical Naifs groaning at McCain in this video flatly reject the notion that President Obama could be sincere, honest, and simply in disagreement with them. It’s much more glamorous to imagine something sinister afoot, to envision the president as a consciously evil conspirator out to destroy the country.
Otherwise, they’d have to actually listen to the other side, consider its points and attempt to argue rationally.
And what fun is that?
Wednesday, August 12. 2009
Speaking of history -- some months ago I wrote a piece about the ongoing efforts of right-wingers to redefine socialism. The title of my piece, written with tongue firmly in cheek was, “That Socialist Pinko, Otto von Bismarck” and included the observation that using the right’s current broad definition of socialism:
18th and 19th century Prussia (which, as William Shirer pointed out in his history of the Third Reich, regarded its economy as an instrument of military policy) was “socialist” and therefore, according to 21st century rightwingers, a buncha commie leftists – something that I’m sure most 19th Century Prussians would vociferously deny.
Someone once said that there’s no point in writing political satire in America because within months of writing it, you’ll be blindsided by reality. The truth of that came home to me recently when I heard the following from Rush Limbaugh:
Bismarck socialized medicine in the late 19th century in Germany – in typical lefty fashion he called it ANTI-Socialist legislation….
Yes, folks, that’s how far from reality we’ve gotten. Otto von Bismarck is now, according to Rush Limbaugh, a “lefty” who “had it on Saul Alinsky before Saul Alinsky was born.”
Monday, August 10. 2009
How House Bill Runs Over Grandma
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The British are praised for spending half as much per capita on medical care. How they do it is another matter. The NICE people say that Britain cannot afford to spend $20,000 to extend a life by six months. So if care will cost $1 more, you get to curl up in a corner and die.The titanic stupidity of these people is absolutely stunning in its scope.
Stephen Hawkings is a BRITISH citizen, and has lived in the U.K. his entire life. Apparently, the U.K. health service allowed him to die at some point, but due to his mastery of quantum mechanics, he continues to exist while dead, the first zombie Lucasian Professor of Mathematics.
Perhaps IBD would be better off sticking to stupid investment advice, instead of branching our into another area of incompetence.
(Hat tip to TPM.
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