Saturday, April 30, 2011

Time for a walk

Say hello to your next bubble

Tiny Tim Geithner has once again ridden to the rescue, of his Bankster buddies who were about to be cruelly forced into exchanges to provide transparency (a/k/a the bright light of day) to their dealings.
Zach Carter reports on a blow to efforts to regulate the runaway derivatives market. Just as most derivatives are set to be put onto clearinghouses, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner exempted a large group of derivatives, foreign currency swaps, from the regulations...

Even beyond the foreign exchange market’s problems post-Lehman, which are well-documented, simple common sense would dictate that you don’t keep a $30 trillion segment of the market unregulated. When I wrote about this possibility in March, I said just that: “It’s obvious that whatever financial innovation exists in the shadows will be the one used most frequently to maximize risk. So it’s not the type of instrument but how well-regulated it is relative to others that matters.”

The other fear is that derivatives traders could attain an exemption simply by attaching a ForEx trade to their standard derivative deal. So this decision could be a cro-bar to pry the entire derivatives market away from regulation. Before long the entire market could wind up back in the shadows. And your humble blogger isn’t the only one saying this: it’s the argument of CFTC Chairman Gary Gensler, the guy who would be responsible for regulating the derivatives market.
At a stroke, Tiny Tim has given his Wall St. buddies a bypass to all useful regulation called for in Dodd-Frank. The only question now is how soon the Banksters can drive us off the cliff this time.

The Dept. of Transportation wants its money back

And now Secaucus Fats has a choice.He can repay the $271 Million advanced to New Jersey for the cancelled train tunnel project, either all at once or with a repayment plan. Or he can fight it in court and end up paying twice as much when he ultimately loses the battle. I'm thinking Fats will fight it, he is a wasteful pig.

So that's the reason

According to notorious racist and asshole Tom Tancredo, the real reason President Obama held off for so long before revealing his birth certificate was to sucker the Republican/Teabaggers into taking target practice on their own feet. As if that bunch of crack smoking loonies running the party couldn't do so on their own. Methinks Tom Thumb Tancredo underestimates the powers of his own people.

Andrew Breitfart slanders again

But this time the victim's employer stands behind its employee and says that Breitfart is full of shit, as usual. Kudos to University of Missouri-Kansas City officials for recognizing the slanderous deceit of that lying sack of shit Breitfart for what it is.

Remember the Orange Boner's favorite jet engine?

The one that cost a ton of money and nobody wanted? Mother Jones has a look at why it took 5 years, 3 Presidents and 2 Secretaries of Defense plus an expenditure of $3 Billion to kill it. Just another story of how Insider Washington works.

Another recall begins

This one in Michigan where Governor Rick Snyder will face a recall election if enough signatures can be collected in the next 90 days.
Snyder is being targeted for promoting a series of initiatives that, in the language of the petition, “take authority and funds from local government and school districts,” gives emergency financial managers “the power to invalidate legal and binding contracts,” and “sought tax increases upon retirees and lower income families (and) large new tax cuts for corporations and businesses.”
Gov. Snyder is facing recall, in part, because of his preference for appointed Commissars over elected municipal governments. And in keeping with Republican/Teabagger dislike of democracy, the dirty tricks have already begun.

The first instances of possible sabotage are already occuring in the form of posting false petitions online. On Friday April 29th posted a download-able .pdf of a scanned recall petition. Please be aware that NO online petitions are valid. NO petitions will be made available for download. If you sign one of these false petitions your name can also be removed from the genuine petition. The genuine petitions will have a union stamp on them and will be printed on both the front and back sides. More details on this identifying mark later. In the mean time, NO petitions are available until it is noted on this site.
The site mentioned is Check in with them if you live in Michigan or want to help Michiganders regain their freedoms.

She's got ways

Yes, I know you saw this on Skippy's blog

But it is way too funny to leave in one place.

Losing traction

Charles Blow looks at the Donald's birtherism and its underlying racism as part of the smoke and mirrors used by the right wing power structure to hide its march toward oligarchy in our country.
Donald Trump is still playing to suspicions of President Obama. And it’s no longer theoretical. It’s theological. For the detractors, truth is no longer dependent on proof because it’s rooted in faith: faith that American exceptionalism was never truly meant to cover hyphenated Americans; faith in 400 years of cemented assumptions about the character and capacity of the American Negro; and faith that if the president doesn’t hew to those assumptions then he must be alien by both birth and faith.

This is how the moneyed interests — of whom Trump is one — want it. That is how sleight of hand works: distract and deceive. They need this distraction now more than ever because the right’s flimsy fiscal argument — that if we allow fat cats to gorge, crumbs will surely fall — is losing traction...

It all loses traction as more Americans begin to see the far right for what it truly is: a gang of bandits willing to sacrifice the poor and working classes to further extend the American aristocracy — shadowy figures who creep through the night, shaking every sock for every nickel and scraping their silver spoons across the bottom of every pot.
So the big money needs to separate people who have a common interest so they don't make common cause against their true enemy. Whether they use racism, misogyny, anti-unionism or what have you, they will keep you from working for your best interests in favor of your slaving for theirs.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Political parties pass legislation to benefit their supporters

Which makes the answer to the question, why is the Republican/Teabagger Party trying to defund IRS tax enforcement.
The U.S. government loses around $300 billion in revenue each year because of tax cheats, some of whom hide their earnings in offshore accounts or disguise them using complicated business structures, according to the Internal Revenue Service. Since 2001, tax evasion has cost as much as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Bush tax cuts and the 2009 stimulus combined, according to the financial-services analysis firm The Motley Fool.

In February, the Obama administration requested $339.3 million in additional funding for the Internal Revenue Service in 2012 to chase this costly tax evasion. According to the IRS, that extra funding would be paid back twice over with the additional revenue brought in through enforcement.

Most outside economists agree.

"There is no question that the IRS agents are able to produce enough extra revenue to be a good return on that investment," said Wayne Angell, a conservative economist who is a former governor of the Federal Reserve Board and has previously worked for Bear Stearns.

Yet instead of supporting increased enforcement, the GOP has been trying to cut IRS funding. In March, the House GOP sought to strip $600 million from the IRS budget as part of the continuing budget resolution. IRS commissioner Douglas Shulman told a house subcommittee those cuts would cost the government $4 billion in lost revenue. The final budget deal left the tax collection agency's annualized budget unchanged at $12.1 billion, $486 million less than the Obama administration had requested.
This is a rather long post to get to the obvious answer. The supporters of the Republican/Teabagger Party are a bunch of tax dodgers and cheats. While the Party hopes one day to eliminate taxes for their best buds, until then they can evade and cheat all they want with the Orange Boner's blessing.

Now that Gen. Dave is getting promoted

His departure from the shitty little war in Afghanistan had to be on a positive note. In keeping with that need, the Pentagon put out a report on how things are going over there.
“Tangible progress” has been made in expanding security across Afghanistan, the Pentagon reported on Friday, saying that successes on the battlefield over the past several months could be attributed to the 30,000 additional troops sent to the war by President Obama.

But the optimistic tone of the report was tempered by assessments from senior officials in Kabul and Washington that the Taliban and other insurgent groups were expected to attempt spectacular counterattacks — perhaps in the near future.
While "Tangible progress" can't hold a candle to "the light at the end of the tunnel" and can't even be called a new twist on "The Turning Point", is sure beats the shit out of FUBAR. Now Gen. Dave can call the CIA a promotion instead of a punishment tour.

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Why is there only one Bernie Sanders in the Senate?

Bernie the Mensch has done it again and called for action against a major source of our economic miseries, mad money speculators going long in the commodities market and badly distorting the true value of those commodities.
Sen. Bernie Sanders has joined the increasing call for a crackdown on speculation in the oil markets. His letter to Barack Obama, which I’ve added at the end of this post, calls on the President to inform the Commodity Futures Trading Commission that they must impose strict limits on oil speculation, which is required in the Dodd-Frank law. He also wants Obama to ask for the immediate resignation of any CFTC commissioner who won’t impose these position limits on oil trading.

The position limits were supposed to be put into effect on January 22 of this year, but CFTC delayed their rule for a year. They also weakened the limits so that one speculating Wall Street firm could control up to 25% of the oil spot market, and four of them could corner it.
That 25% limit is the only thing keeping any one of the Banksters from controlling the entire market of any one item, they have the money to do so. How kind of the CFTC to require 4 of them to collude in our impoverishment.

I could not say it any better than this

From the very accurate pen of Ben Sargent

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Wall St. Masters of the Universe under investigation

In Europe, naturally. In this country Attorney General Holder is still trying to find his ass with either hand. The Europeans are looking into the necessity of an MOU controlling everything because in Europe they still enforce laws against that sort of stuff.
European Union antitrust regulators announced on Friday two sweeping antitrust investigations into the world’s largest banks and their roles in a market for derivatives where a small number of companies control trillions of dollars of financial instruments.

The European officials are looking at whether banks, including Barclays and Goldman Sachs, have harmed rival organizations that could compete in markets for providing information and clearing a form of transaction that had become critical to the smooth functioning of the entire economy.

“Lack of transparency in markets can lead to abusive behavior and facilitate violations of competition rules,” the European Union antitrust commissioner, Joaquin Almunia, said in a statement. “I hope our investigation will contribute to a better functioning of financial markets and, therefore, to more sustainable recovery.”

We wish the European Union the best of luck in their investigation, though it is not clear where they will go when they have sufficient evidence.

And on a final note, AG Holder reminds people not to be fooled by his bumbling appearence. If he catches you smoking medical marijuana your ass will be in jail.

Mich. gov. prefers Commissars to elected officials

Because it is so much easier to work with people of your own choosing. Rachel Maddow has the story of how Michigan is being hijacked by a man who ran for governor but prefers to be a ruler.

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He liked both officers

So when two of the deputies on duty at the Erie County Correctional Facility with over 55 years of experience between them, started fighting over a bag of chips, he tried to stop the fight.
Wipperman said the disagreement began over "what appears to be the dissemination of food products." A source familiar with the event said a bag of potato chips somehow sparked the fight. He asked to remain unidentified because he lacks permission to disclose information about the facility.

Wipperman said the inmate told internal investigators that he got involved because he likes both officers and didn't want them to lose their jobs.

The inmate was taken to the prison infirmary and then Erie County Medical Center before being returned to the correctional facility, Wipperman said. He would not confirm that the inmate lost a tooth nor describe the extent of his injuries, citing federal privacy regulations.
It might not be a bad idea for the deputies and the inmate to trade places for a few days.

It was "the light at the end of the tunnel" 40 years ago

Now it "The Turning Point". Same shit, different bodies.

Alison and the Boys have some fun

Which is only fair given how well they sing and play.

Pakistan is our friend

Except when they are not. Like when we blow up their people with or without their OK. Or when we don't approve of their giving aid and comfort to our enemies. Therefore it is with a giant fuck you to the Pakis that we now will have Dave Petraeus in the CIA.
The appointment of Gen. David H. Petraeus as director of the Central Intelligence Agency puts him more squarely than ever in conflict with Pakistan, whose military leadership does not regard him as a friend and where he will now have direct control over the armed drone campaign that the Pakistani military says it wants stopped.

Pakistani and American officials said that General Petraeus’s selection could further inflame relations between the two nations, which are already at one of their lowest points, with recriminations over myriad issues aired publicly like never before.

The usually secretive leader of the Pakistani Army, Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, has made little secret of his distaste for General Petraeus, calling him a political general. General Petraeus has privately expressed outrage at what American officials say is the Pakistani main spy agency’s most blatant support yet for fighters based in Pakistan who are carrying out attacks against American troops in Afghanistan.

Officials on both sides say they expect the two nations’ relationship to become increasingly adversarial as they maneuver the endgame in Afghanistan, where Pakistan and the United States have deep — and conflicting — security interests.
Or to put it another way, some group of assholes with influence in DC thinks that we can play in The Great Game and win. Amateurs always do but other people get killed for their foolishness. And we can no longer afford an empire.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

If you are out of work, the Fed has a word for you

And the word is, Meh! Paul Krugman gives us his take on Ben Bernanke and the Fed after the press conference.What he sees is a Fed Chairman intimidated by those who fear what might be at the expense of what is. Which means the Fed, like the rest of government won't do shit about high unemployment. Why should they, they all have jobs. health care and pensions too.

An American treasure

He just happens to have the same name as the one in India.

Your Daily Cenk Shot

Cenk follows up with Nicole Sandler who was brutalized by Teabagger Thug Allen West's private police at his dog & pony show.

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Your Dylan Dally Moment

Despite his interruptions, Dylan and Dan Dicker provide the best explanation of high gas and commodity prices yet seen on TV.

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A sign that he really does care

From the pen of Tome Toles

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I guess because he is black

He has to out crazy the white crazies in the Republican/Teabagger Party to prove he is one of them.His latest shot at inclusion.
It can't be easy defending your party's plan to cut and privatize Medicare in retiree-heavy Boca Raton, Florida, but Rep. Allen West gave it his best shot on Wednesday. Questioned by constituents about the budget at a town hall, the freshman Republican warned that everyone is doomed with Medicare as is.

"I gotta tell you something: if you support Medicare the way it is now, you can kiss the United States of America goodbye," West said, according to local station WPTV.
He never will be one of them. Just another useful idiot to serve their ends, with the emphasis on serve.

Cuban terrorist finally dies

The sad part is that he was one of our cubans, in exile in Miami and a vicious murderer who thought nothing of blowing up planes in mid flight. And to the shame of the US we did not deport his sorry ass to Cuba to pay for all the bombs he loved to plant.
“Orlando Bosch lived a life of unrepentant terrorist violence,” said Peter Kornbluh, director of the Cuban Documentation Project at the independent National Security Archives, which has declassified intelligence documents about the bombing. “The verdict of history, rendered by formerly secret C.I.A. and F.B.I. intelligence reports, and court records is that he was a mass murderer masquerading as a freedom fighter.”
May you burn in Hell for eternity.

The economy slowed in the 1st quarter

Dropping to 1.8% after achieving a 3.1% rate the previous year. As usual, news reports attributed the drop to all manner of reasons.
When the year first began, economists had been expecting a much more robust growth rate of about 4 percent, only to be barraged by bad report after bad report as the days wore on. Turmoil in the Middle East set off a jump in oil prices. Winter blizzards shuttered businesses and delayed construction, causing investments in nonresidential structures like office buildings to fall by 21.7 percent compared with an increase of 7.6 percent at the end of 2010. Imports, which are subtracted from output, surged, and military spending sank.

Still, economists expect many of these problems to fade later in the year. Last quarter’s dismal news was, hopefully, “a pause, not a trend,” said Kathy Bostjancic, director for macroeconomic analysis at the Conference Board.
Trus these reasons all had their effect, but with so many people still out of work, running out of unemployment benefits, foreclosures still rising, there is no demand. Without demand, Wall St. can play with money all they want but the economy just won't grow.

Secaucus Fats can't build a rail tunnel

That would contribute much to the economy of New Jersey and the region, but he has no problem giving up a huge part of New Jersey's revenue stream to help a private developer resuscitate a white elephant.
The Christie administration, lenders and a new developer have reached a deal to revive the vast Xanadu entertainment and retail complex, which sits forlorn and unfinished along a stretch of New Jersey highway after having burned through two owners and $1.9 billion, people involved in the negotiations said Thursday.

The plan: make it even bigger, give it a new name and slap a new skin on the much reviled exterior walls of the 2.4-million-square-foot complex.

The new developer, the Triple Five group, will invest more than $1 billion in the seven-year-old project. And Gov. Chris Christie has agreed to provide low-interest financing and to forgo most sales tax revenue for a period of time, according to those involved in the negotiations, who declined to be named because they did not want to be seen as upstaging the governor.

They added that Triple Five, a Canada-based conglomerate owned by the Ghermezian family, would rechristen Xanadu as “American Dream@Meadowlands.”
For some strange reason Fats believes that state aid to a mall in a town with Sunday blue laws banning Sunday sales, next to Giant Stadium which provides restriction on game days and owned by a foreign company is good for New Jersey. But then again, Fats believes that going through life fat, loud and ugly is good.

The wonderful Terror Watch List

That backbone of our defense against terrists has a small flaw. While it may keep you from flying or collecting benefits under the Zadroga Act, there is one small area it does not have any effect over.
More than 200 people suspected of ties to terrorism bought guns in the U.S. last year legally, FBI figures show.

The 247 people who were allowed to buy weapons did so after going through required background checks as required by federal law.

It is not illegal for people listed on the government's terror watch list to buy weapons. For years, that has bothered Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., who is trying again to change the law to keep weapons out of the hands of terrorists.

The secret, fluid nature of the terror watch list has made closing what Lautenberg calls a "terror gap" in the nation's gun laws a challenge. About the same number of people suspected of ties to terrorism also successfully purchased guns in the U.S. in 2009. The FBI provided the new numbers to the Government Accountability Office, Congress' investigative arm, and the figures were obtained by The Associated Press.
For this curious oversight we can blame the National Gundealers Association (NRA) and their bought and paid stooges in Congress who provide their unique style of hysterical opposition whenever a limitation on firearms for the public good is brought up. The public be damned, gun dealers must be able to sell anything to anybody at anytime.

"I don't want to nitpick..."

But when Jon Stewart is dealing with nitwits, it is hard not to and funny, as well.

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A wedding of American Royalty

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Ron Paul declares for the Presidency

And then announces that he has no intention of winning. Specifically he told Cenk Uygur that he intends to kill Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Watch it here.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Harry Reid to force a vote on the Lyin' Ryan budget

Including the part about ending Medicare and giving geezers a coupon to help buy private insurance. The American public, having made its feelings known on this matter, will be waiting to see if the Republican/Teabaggers in the Senate are willing to cut their throats for party unity.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) confirmed on a conference call with reporters Wednesday that he'll force Senate Republicans to vote on the controversial House GOP budget.

"We're going to have an opportunity in the Senate to vote for the [Paul] Ryan budget," Reid told reporters, to "see if Republicans in the Senate like the Ryan budget as much as their colleagues [in the House] did."

That budget, which passed in the lower chamber with near-unanimous GOP support, includes a policy agenda that would phase out Medicare, dramatically slash Medicaid, while reducing the tax burden on the wealthiest Americans. It has become the source of significant heartburn for vulnerable House Republicans, who have had to face down angry constituents in their districts during the current two-week recess.
I hope this vote gives them more than heartburn, I hope it gives them terminal cancer of the Republican/Teabagger Party.

Lila Downs Amarga Navidad

And in the shitty little war over there

Another Afghan has turned on the Americans that were supposed to train him and killed 9 of them.
A statement issued by the U.S.-led NATO coalition said authorities “received notification of small-arms fire” and sent a quick-reaction force to respond. Eight NATO service members and one contractor were killed, according to the statement.

In accordance with its policy, NATO did not release the nationalities of the dead. But U.S. officials later confirmed that all nine of those killed were Americans. The service branches of the slain troops were not immediately specified.

An Afghan air force general said that after he heard the gunfire on the compound, his offices were locked down for hours as both American and Afghan troops converged on the scene.

He said the pilot who opened fire was believed to have been in the air force for 20 years
Curiously there is no mention in reports of the fate of the shooter. Was he killed, captured or did he get away?

The cover up has begun

As the crews put the final pieces into the repair of the runaway gas well that spewed thousands of gallons of proprietary toxicity into the surrounding watershed, the EPA is already making the required poo-poo noises about the damage.
Workers replaced a damaged portion of a natural gas well Monday night that had spilled thousands of gallons of chemical-laced water into fields and a stream last week, the well's owner said, and officials said early tests show the spill had little effect on the environment but an investigation is continuing.

Also Monday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it has directed the well owner, Chesapeake Energy Corp., to give information by Tuesday about the discharge, including details on the fluids used in the drilling process, as well as the effects on water, land and air, and any soil sampling data collected in the area before and after the spill.

Such requests are a common fact-finding tool, an EPA spokesman told the Patriot-News of Harrisburg, but this is apparently the first time the agency has made them for the Marcellus Shale, the newspaper reported.
However, if the EPA finds any proprietary pollution, they will be required by law to keep quiet lest they give away trade secrets.

The scorn and contempt of Jon Stewart is palpable

As he figuratively spits upon Rep. Cliff Stern.

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The President has Hawaii release the long form birth certificate.

So now the Birthers have two choices to continue their complaints. A.) The form isn't long enough. or B.) We just don't like nigras. My money is on A because honesty does not become the Birthers.

In the grand tradition of the Hippocratic Oath

Doctors have, through the centuries, used their skills to cure ills and heal the injured. In the upstart ideology of "Compassionate Conservativism" military doctors working at Guantanamo managed to turn this tradition on its head.
US Department of Defense doctors and psychologists whose duty was to care for inmates at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, concealed evidence of intentional harm and torture, said a study.

The findings, published in the peer-reviewed journal PloS Medicine, come in the wake of a host of secret US documents released by WikiLeaks, shedding light on conditions in the US military prison in Cuba.

Co-authored by a retired army brigadier general and an expert with Physicians for Human Rights, the study is based on a review of the medical records and legal files of nine inmates at the US "war on terror" facility.

The authors call into question whether military doctors, who like their civilian colleagues generally adhere to the Hippocratic Oath to do no harm, should have done more when confronted with potential signs of abuse or torture.

Military doctors noted the sudden onset of post-traumatic stress symptoms in some inmates who had no history of mental problems, heard stories of rape and documented bone fractures, contusions and lacerations, but they did not question the cause, the study said.

"The medical doctors and mental health personnel who treated the detainees... failed to inquire and/or document causes of the physical injuries and psychological symptoms they observed," it said.
Sometimes when you hear no evil and see no evil, you condemn yourself to do evil. At that point you can no longer call yourself a doctor or a man.

High Flying Bird

Richie Havens

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Your Daily Cenk Shot

Today Cenk talks oil company subsidies with Cong. Blumenhauer & Katerina van den Heuvel

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The Brilliance of Republican/Teabagger political thought

From the pen of Michael Lukovich

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John Stuart Mill was right

And Ezra Klein provides proof of the stupidity of Conservatives by revealing the true positions of Barack Obama.
Perhaps this is just the logical endpoint of two years spent arguing over what Barack Obama is — or isn’t. Muslim. Socialist. Marxist. Anti-colonialist. Racial healer. We’ve obsessed over every answer except the right one: President Obama, if you look closely at his positions, is a moderate Republican of the early 1990s. And the Republican Party he’s facing has abandoned many of its best ideas in its effort to oppose him.

If you put aside the emergency measures required by the financial crisis, three major policy ideas have dominated American politics in recent years: a plan that uses an individual mandate and tax subsidies to achieve near-universal health care; a cap-and-trade plan that attempts to raise the prices of environmental pollutants to better account for their costs; and bringing tax rates up from their Bush-era lows as part of a bid to reduce the deficit. In each case, the position that Obama and the Democrats have staked out is the very position that moderate Republicans have staked out before.
The Republican/Teabagger Party, the party that would cut off its nose to keep the nigra in the White House from succeeding. And your nose too; shared sacrifice and all that.

Are you a public employee with a pension?

Your best bet for achieving security for the rest of your days would be to shoot and kill your governor/mayor/legislator who is looking to steal all that you paid into your pension fund to deal with problems that they probably created. Life without parole gives you room & board, medical & dental care, a clothing allowance and no bills or taxes to pay. That is far more than most politicians are willing to leave you for your life's work.

The next time a Republican/Teabagger speaks out against something

The relevant authorities should arrest the sumbitch for what ever crime he was denouncing, be it pedophilia, marijuana, adultery, drunk driving or whatever. Chances are very good they are currently breaking the law or soon will be in a position to be caught conspicuously breaking the law.
Robert Watson, a high-ranking Republican state legislator in Rhode Island, is in hot water after being charged with driving under the influence of marijuana and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Drug charges alone would be bad enough for a public official, but Watson, Rhode Island's House minority leader, is still remembered for his controversial anti-drug, anti-gay and anti-immigrant remarks.

In February, Watson said the Rhode Island legislature had their priorities right "if you are a Guatemalan gay man who likes to gamble and smokes marijuana."
This also applies to legal activities they do not approve of such as being gay and getting abortions. Most male Republican/Teabaggers can't have an abortion but they do like it when someone reaches in to rescue the gerbil.

Monday, April 25, 2011

The Great Escape in the Shitty Little War

No motorcycles for the Taliban or even desperate measures to hide the dirt. No, the Taliban just dug a tunnel from outside the prison into the wing holding all their buddies and let them out one night while the guards were asleep.
The Taliban staged an audacious prison break here early Monday, freeing at least 476 political prisoners through a long tunnel, according to the warden, Gen. Ghulam Dastagir Mayar.

He said that security authorities had discovered in the morning that the prisoners from the political wing of the building were gone, and that the authorities had just found the tunnel...

It was the second major prison break at the Sarposa prison, the largest and most substantial prison in southern Afghanistan. The prison houses Taliban who were captured in Zabul, Oruzgan and Kandahar, including some senior Taliban figures as well as many lower level Taliban, according to security officers working with the prison.
What a waste of time and people and money this shitty little war is.

Krugman talks budget again

And there is really only one way to talk about it. First you look at the House of Horrors budget proposed by Paul "Lyin" Ryan.
Consider the Ryan budget proposal, which all the Very Serious People assured us was courageous and important. That proposal begins by warning that “a major debt crisis is inevitable” unless we confront the deficit. It then calls, not for tax increases, but for tax cuts, with taxes on the wealthy falling to their lowest level since 1931.

And because of those large tax cuts, the only way the Ryan proposal can even claim to reduce the deficit is through savage cuts in spending, mainly falling on the poor and vulnerable. (A realistic assessment suggests that the proposal would actually increase the deficit.)
And then, to be fair to all parties you need to include the President's proposal.
President Obama’s proposal is a lot better. At least it calls for raising taxes on high incomes back to Clinton-era levels. But it preserves the rest of the Bush tax cuts — cuts that were originally sold as a way to dispose of a large budget surplus. And, as a result, it still relies heavily on spending cuts, even as it falls short of actually balancing the budget.
And then Paul does something anathema to the Beltway Bright Lights, he includes a budget proposal that would actually work.
And that’s why the only major budget proposal out there offering a plausible path to balancing the budget is the one that includes significant tax increases: the “People’s Budget” from the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which — unlike the Ryan plan, which was just right-wing orthodoxy with an added dose of magical thinking — is genuinely courageous because it calls for shared sacrifice.

True, it increases revenue partly by imposing substantially higher taxes on the wealthy, which is popular everywhere except inside the Beltway. But it also calls for a rise in the Social Security cap, significantly raising taxes on around 6 percent of workers. And, by rescinding many of the Bush tax cuts, not just those affecting top incomes, it would modestly raise taxes even on middle-income families.

All of this, combined with spending cuts mostly focused on defense, is projected to yield a balanced budget by 2021. And the proposal achieves this without dismantling the legacy of the New Deal, which gave us Social Security, and the Great Society, which gave us Medicare and Medicaid.
And finally Paul nails the reason why the only viable budget proposal will get no consideration at all.
The answer, I’m sorry to say, is the insincerity of many if not most self-proclaimed deficit hawks. To the extent that they care about the deficit at all, it takes second place to their desire to do precisely what the People’s Budget avoids doing, namely, tear up our current social contract, turning the clock back 80 years under the guise of necessity. They don’t want to be told that such a radical turn to the right is not, in fact, necessary.

But, it isn’t, as the progressive budget proposal shows. We do need to bring the deficit down, although we aren’t facing an immediate crisis. How we go about stemming the tide of red ink is, however, a choice — and by making tax increases part of the solution, we can avoid savaging the poor and undermining the security of the middle class.
Let's face it, the Republican concept of governing is very much like the concept of medicine to the 16th century Barber/Surgeon. O, the patient has a cough, let's bleed him. Now the patient has a fever, too, let's bleed him again. Now the patient has a bad cough and pale color, we must bleed him again! And history records that the only patients that survived were the ones who chased away the quacks before they were bled dry.

Happy Dyngus Day

It's a great day to be Polish

So Ladies and Gentlemen, get your pussy willows and water balloons and have at it. And when you are done get ready to polka when 'til you drop. The beer is cold, the sausage is hot and the galumpkis are Mommas best.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Time for a Road Trip

Be going away for the weekend to spend some time with family and friends. If possible I will ressurerect my attitude. Stop by next week and find out.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL) - Bull Goose Asshole of the Week

Everyone knows that Congresscritters are always tacking on shitty little amendments to important bills to get them passed when most people won't touch them. Our winner this week gets the award for tacking on to the James Zadroga 9/11 Health And Compensation a truly meaningless, demeaning and shitty little amendment.
Medical providers will soon inform 9/11 first responders about a provision in the James Zadroga 9/11 Health And Compensation law that requires them to be run through the FBI's terrorism watch list before they can receive health care benefits.

According to a letter obtained by Michael McAuliff of the Huffington Post, Dr. John Howard, director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, is instructing health care providers to tell their patients about the provision before they can begin to receive benefits in July.

The provision was tacked on by Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL) during the contentious fight over the bill in December, which was blocked by Republicans at the time. Stearns' amendment adds a paragraph stipulating the "disqualification of individuals on the terrorist watch list," and requiring each potential beneficiary to be run through the list.
Because no good Republican will ever pass up a chance to demean or diminish the working man.

A glimpse of things to come

Don't make us work until we die

Another way of saying it

Republican old fart and attention whore John McCain in Libya

Quick, someone lend him a jet so he can do what he does best, get shot down. I would be curious to see how long it would take the Ghaddafis to get him to make anti-American broadcasts

Can't let go of those dreams of empire

And so they still plot and plan to keep some US troops in Iraq. 10,000 is the number this time.
US and Iraqi officials are looking into keeping 10,000 US troops in the country beyond a year's end deadline for a complete withdrawal, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

The talks are politically sensitive for both countries, with Americans keen to end their involvement in Iraq and Iraqis concerned that prolonging the troop presence could fuel sectarian tensions and protests, it said.

The paper, citing unnamed officials, said US military commanders believe that leaving at least 10,000 troops beyond 2011 could promote greater security and prevent Iran from expanding its regional influence.

However, such a plan would require presidential approval, and US President Barack Obama -- a critic of the 2003 invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein -- has not yet said whether he would sign off on it.

"We have conversations with the Iraqis constantly about security issues," it quoted an Obama administration official as saying.

But the official added: "The Iraqis haven't made a request for us to keep troops, and we haven't offered."
10,000 is too few to do any good in that country, but it is enough to be a big, fat target for those Iraqis who want their country back. Only a fool would keep us there. Let Obama know how you feel, the e-mail is free.

Why isn't this fur faced fuck in jail?

Attention whore Terry Jones is so desperate for someone to notice him that he discharged his shooting iron in the parking lot of a TV station.
Terry Jones had a appeared on Fox 2's Let it Rip program along with Hassan Al-Qazwini, the leader of Deaborn's Islamic Center of America, prior to the incident.

"After the show wrapped, the imam was chatting in the rear of the building while Terry Jones and [assistant pastor] Wayne Sapp walked with police officers out the front door to their car," reported. "As the pastor gets into the car to leave for the night, suddenly there's a loud 'boom.'"

"Officers heard a gunshot, approached the vehicle, asked Mr. Jones if he was OK," Southfield Police Lt. Nick Loussia told The Detroit Free Press. "He was, and they also observed he had a gun in his hand."

That .40 caliber handgun and another firearm found in the car were briefly confiscated by officers.

"Based on the facts of the investigation it did not appear a crime had been committed," Loussia said. Jones and Sapp were allowed to leave after the weapons were returned to them.

"It was definitely accidental," Jones later said. "I actually have no explanation, no excuse."
It was accidental and Jones is stupid beyond belief. And the police were negligent in letting the old fool either deliberately or negligently discharge a firearm and keep his weapons. They should have been confiscated as evidence and returned to him after he was bailed out and on his way back to Florida.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Goodbye John Ensign

Just as we were about to get to know all about you. Damn!

Red Molly

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How to say "Your Momma!" in Republican

A little family feud on the Republican/Teabagger side between discredited TV host/douchbag Glen Beck and TV huckster/preacher Mike Huckabuck.
Glenn Beck has seriously irked fellow FOX News host Mike Huckabee, whom he labeled a "progressive" on his radio show yesterday over the once-obese governor's support for Michele Obama's campaign to promote children's health. A clearly upset Huckabee fired back at Beck today with a statement that not only addressed the individual incident but broadly condemned the host's trademark fearmongering against the left.

"This week Glenn Beck has taken to his radio show to attack me as a Progressive, which he has said is the same as a 'cancer' and a 'Nazi,'" Huckabee said. "What did I do that apparently caused him to link me to a fatal disease and a form of government that murdered millions of innocent Jews? I had the audacity -- not of hope -- but the audacity to give respect to the efforts of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move campaign to address childhood obesity."

While noting that he's "no fan of her husband's policies for sure," Huckabee said Beck misrepresented the First Lady's program "either out of ignorance or out of a deliberate attempt to distort them to create yet another 'boogey man' hiding in the closet that he and only he can see."
May the sniping continue without end, Amen!

Is Dick Durbin a true blue Democrat?

Or just a big purple DINO? TPM looks at what DD has said about various budget items that the Gang of Six is looking to slash and his record is not very reassuring.
One big tell was his official public response to the House Republican budget, which doesn't meaningfully touch Social Security but basically obliterates Medicare and Medicaid, while not raising any new revenue, and lowering taxes on wealthy Americans.

In an official statement reacting to the plan, Durbin said "The Ryan Republican budget has three pillars: reduce Medicare benefits by more than half; reduce Medicaid benefits for seniors in nursing homes; and reduce taxes on the wealthiest Americans. America can resolve its budget crisis without punishing the elderly and poor while rewarding the very rich."

Elsewhere he went further: "The Republican budget proposal ends Medicare as we know it and tries to balance the budget on the backs of the most vulnerable in our society," Sen. Durbin said. "Any proposal to solve our fiscal crisis needs to reflect our priorities as a nation. We can control spending without sacrificing our values."

Republicans have been clear that there's almost no common ground between the parties on health care issues. That's why their budget places such a heavy focus on health care entitlements, and punts on Social Security, where they hope to be able to strike a bipartisan deal.

Which brings us to Social Security, where Durbin's rhetoric is remarkably different. As a member of the White House fiscal commission, Durbin voted for the Simpson-Bowles proposal, which brought Social Security into long-term actuarial balance with a mix of benefit cuts, including a slow increase in the retirement age, and revenue increases. And he recently refused to endorse a resolution authored by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) holding that Social Security benefits should not be cut as part of a debt reduction plan.

"I think Bernie is going too far with his language," Durbin said critically.
Nice and progressive until he gets to Social Security and then Dick the Douche appears. The best thing Dick Durbin could do is blow up the Gang of Six and walk away. But Senators almost never do what is best.

Vibrators are coming out of the nightstand drawer

And proudly taking their rightful place in the American sexual landscape.
For years, vibrators were bought quietly in sex shops, and later online, arriving in discreet unmarked packages. They were rarely discussed, other than perhaps during a late-night girl-talk session fueled by many glasses of pinot grigio. But now you can find them advertised on MTV and boldly displayed at Duane Reade, Walgreens and other mainstream drugstores, mere steps from the Bengay and Dr. Scholl’s.

The newest model on the shelves is the Tri-Phoria ($39.99), created by the condom company Trojan after a study the company conducted in 2008 in partnership with the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University revealed that over half of American women had used vibrators, and of that group, nearly 80 percent had shared them with their partners. James Daniels, vice president for marketing at Trojan, said: “The idea really came from consumers. They kept telling us vibrators, vibrators. And we just laughed. And then we realized they were serious.”
They are more than just 2 D-cells of fun these days.

Kloppenburg calls for recount

As is her right.There are enough questions about this election to require a recount to reestablish the voters trust in the electoral system.
Final county tallies compiled last week showed Prosser held a 7,316-vote lead over the little-known state attorney. The margin is within one-half of 1 percent of the total votes cast, entitling Kloppenburg to a statewide recount at local governments' expense.

Kloppenburg said at a news conference that her campaign detected "widespread anomalies" in the election around the state. She didn't directly answer questions about whether she felt she could make up 7,000 votes, saying instead she wants to shine light on how the election was conducted.

"Wisconsin residents must have full confidence that these election results are legitimate and that this election was fair," Kloppenburg said.
Prosser will contest the rcount request because fair recounts almost never favor Republicans.

30 year mortgage rate drops 11 basis points

In another indication that the economy is going nowhere, at any speed.
The rate on the 30-year mortgage fell last week, staying below 5 percent. But low rates have done little to lift the struggling housing market.

Freddie Mac says the average rate on the 30-year loan declined to 4.80 percent from 4.91 percent the previous week. It hit a 40-year low of 4.17 percent in November.

The average rate on the 15-year fixed mortgage fell to 4.02 percent from 4.13 percent. It reached 3.57 percent in November, the lowest level on records dating back to 1991.
Perhaps, if the Orange Boner and His Band of Bozos would put up a jobs bill or two.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

I don't approve of violence

But I do have a soft spot in my heart for justice. It seems the Westboro Baptist Loonies were planning to do their shit at a Marine's funeral in Brandon, Mississippi. It never happened. The description of events online can not be improved on.
A couple of days before, one of them (Westboro protestors) ran his mouth at a Brandon gas station and got his arse waxed. Police were called and the beaten man could not give much of a description of who beat him. When they canvassed the station and spoke to the large crowd that had gathered around, no one seemed to remember anything about what had happened.

Rankin County handled this thing perfectly. There were many things that were put into place that most will never know about and at great expense to the county.

Most of the morons never made it out of their hotel parking lot. It seems that certain Rankin county pickup trucks were parked directly behind any car that had Kansas plates in the hotel parking lot and the drivers mysteriously disappeared until after the funeral was over. Police were called but their wrecker service was running behind and it was going to be a few hours before they could tow the trucks so the Kansas plated cars could get out.

A few made it to the funeral but were ushered away to be questioned about a crime they might have possibly been involved in. Turns out, after a few hours of questioning, that they were not involved and they were allowed to go on about their business.
No doubt Fred's family shysters will get to work on this, but as the news report so eloquently put it. "There isn’t a jury in Mississippi which will see things his way." And yes I know this is what they used to do to civil rights workers, that's why they were so well practiced. But this time it was for a good cause.

A potential Republican/Teabagger Jobs Program?

Such a sweet song for such a misery.

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The Army gives up on winning the shitty little war

And they have signaled this by removing the one man who best knows that giant litter box. His replacement will be someone better able to put some lipstick on that pig and sell it to Congress.
No U.S. general has spent more time in Afghanistan than Lt. Gen. David M. Rodriguez.

He is the primary author of the U.S.-Afghan war plan, a 600-plus-page classified document that is a catalogue of the lessons he has taken from three years of fighting the war. He can rattle off from memory the number of Afghan bureaucrats manning a lonely outpost in Zhari district. “Four months ago, we had one district governor and a bad police chief,” he said. “Now there are 13 people and a good police chief.”

Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the former top commander in Afghanistan, calls him the “best combat leader I have ever known.”

But Rodriguez will not be leading the war in Afghanistan anytime soon. This summer he will be returning home to the United States to take over U.S. Army Forces Command, a four-star job in the Army’s vast stateside bureaucracy. The decision to bypass Rodriguez for the top job reflects a determination among senior Pentagon officials that the war needs a commander who can make the case for the increasingly unpopular conflict to Congress, the news media and skeptics in the White House.

In Washington, Rodriguez is seen as a savvy fighter but a so-so salesman
But the Pentagon sees no need to sell the American people because we have no say in the continuing of this shitty little war.

Just in time for summer scream season

From these people

Once an attention whore, always an attention whore

And the worst part is that like a drug addict, an attention whore needs larger and larger doses of attention to satisfy his need. Such is the case with Terry Jones, pastor manque of that nuisance Florida hate cult.
A Detroit prosecutor has filed a petition in district court to stop a Florida fundamentalist Christian preacher, who recently caused riots in Afghanistan after he burned a Koran, from holding a rally outside a large Michigan mosque.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said the threat of violence was too great to allow Terry Jones to hold the planned gathering on Friday near the Islamic Center of America -- the largest U.S. mosque -- in the heavily Muslim Detroit suburb of Dearborn.

A hearing on Worthy's bid to block Jones and his supporters from holding the rally at the mosque will be held on Thursday in a Dearborn court. The petition is dated April 15.

Prosecutors argue that the planned gathering by Jones could incite a riot, citing hundreds of email death threats against the preacher.
Jones and the boys will be armed, so he says, so there is a clear indication he is looking for trouble.

Michelle Bachmann no longer a birther?

Well, she did accept the premise that the document provided by the State of Hawaii was sufficient when asked directly by George Snuffolopogus.
The Minnesota Republican told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos Wednesday that the certificate of live birth released by then-candidate Barack Obama in 2008 should satisfy “birthers” who don’t believe he is a natural born U.S. citizen.

“I have the president’s certificate right here,” Stephanopoulos told her. “It’s certified, it’s got a certification number. It’s got the registrar of the state signed. It’s got a seal on it. And it says ‘this copy serves as prima facie evidence of the fact of birth in any court proceeding.’”

“Well then that should settle it,” she said.

“So it’s over?” the ABC host asked.

“That’s what should settle it.
However we can expect her to bring it up again the next time she is in the comforting arms of a Teabagger rally because she knows who her friends are.

If Republican/Teabaggers kill Medicare

How will you pay?

From the DCCC

The Flower and the Fire

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Now that the Soviet takeover of elected American governments

Has begun in the Soviet Socialist State of Michigan, it only makes sense that the Supreme Leader would have a means of training his Commissars.
As many as 400 accountants, lawyers, school employees and city workers will start classes in Lansing today on topics including “Dealing with the Unionized Workforce,” navigating municipal bankruptcy and negotiating contracts for sewer, water and other utilities. It’s a “rare” example of preparing people in advance for potential fiscal difficulties, said Michael Imber, a principal in Grant Thornton LLP’s corporate advisory and restructuring services group.

“Management is usually in denial and waits until it’s too late before they reach out, and here was a state saying, ‘We need help,’” Imber said. He is on the international executive board of the Turnaround Management Association and was among about 50 initial graduates of Michigan’s February course. “It enables qualified professionals to walk around cities and towns in Michigan and say, ‘How can I help?’”
Despite all the happy-face words, their task is to destroy American democracy without scaring the natives. No bulluy-boys these people, unless they have to be.

Jan Brewer really did get it right

When she vetoed the bill expanding handgun carry to school campuses. She said it was so badly written that kindergarteners would be allowed to pack heat. And, as if anyone needed it, along came this news story from the AP to back up her position.
A kindergartener who brought a loaded gun Tuesday to his Houston elementary school was among three students injured by fragments when it fired after falling from his pocket as he sat down for lunch, officials said.

One bullet was fired about 10:35 a.m. in the Ross Elementary School cafeteria, spraying fragments at the students, said Houston Independent School District Assistant Police Chief Robert Mock.

"Either some type of chips off the floor, or it could be pieces of the round that discharged," Mock said. "They had some cuts and stuff on their legs, they don't appear to be life threatening."
And because the rest of America can not let a "teachable moment" like this get away, the parents of the students considered what to do next.
While some said it's not the fault of the school and the responsibility for what happened falls on the parents of the child who brought the gun to school, other parents said that the incident has made them think twice about safety and they wonder if additional security measures, including extra officers and even metal detectors, are needed.
Neither of those steps is really necessary prior to the third grade. Until then, a simple TSA style area irradiator and a full TSA frisking should be enough.

Bradley Manning to be moved

Because of the trouble caused by being so available to DC and its denizens, the military is moving Bradley Manning from Quantico's Richrad B. Cheney Detention and Abuse Center to Fort Leavenworth.
U.S. officials say the Army private suspected of giving classified data to WikiLeaks is being moved to Fort Leavenworth in Kansas in the wake of international criticism about his treatment during his detention at the Marine Corps base at Quantico, Va.

The officials say an announcement that Army Pfc. Bradley Manning will be moved is expected Wednesday at the Pentagon.
According to Firedoglake, Leavenworth has two facilities
The United States Disciplinary Barracks, the nation’s only maximum security military prison and home of death row; and the new Midwest Joint Regional Correctional Facility, a military prison that holds convicted military members for 5 years or less, as well as those awaiting trial.
Manning should be housed in the latter but there are many in the government who consider the former as too mild for him.

Calling all Wisconsin Teabaggers

Here is a little bit of information about that great man Koch Poodle Scott Walker that you elected as governor.
One of the most important ideological commitments of the modern conservative movement is an opposition to tax increases. It is with this ideology that then-Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Scott Walker signed Americans For Tax Reforms’ “Taxpayer Protection Pledge,” a vow not to raise taxes on the people of his state.

Yet in his newly proposed budget, now-governor Walker appears to have already broken this pledge. While the budget would lower taxes overall — it includes $83.3 million in tax cuts “primarily for businesses and investors” — it would make up for lost revenue by eliminating tax credits and exemptions that primarily benefit the poor and even some in the middle class.

Wisconsin’s Legislative Fiscal Bureau — the state’s equivalent of the Congressional Budget Office — finds that this would amount to a $49.9 million tax increase on people who receive these credits over the next two years.
Not even a year in office and he is measuring up his voters for use as flagstones down his garden path. Will the Teabaggers change their motto to "Please tread on me"?

Karl Rove said attack your opponents greatest strength

And you should do so with your greatest weakness. Remember what TurdBlossom did to John Kerry's military record in support a that shitweasel who deserted his post in time of war? Well now we know why The Donald is so wedded to the birther concept.
Trump was born in South Africa. His father was there on business (buying diamonds) and conceived Trump with a woman he met there. You can see her Dutch genes in Trump, the light reddish hair and very fair skin is Low Country Dutch. Donald Trump was raised in Cape Town according to strict Dutch customs which are very socialistic. (This is where he developed his great relationship with "the blacks.")
So the Greatest Hair the World has ever Known was actually born on South Africa. This should be no impediment to the birthers. After all, Trump is white. He was born in a country ruled by whites. And as a bonus the ruling whites did a good job keeping the kaffirs in their place, something you couldn't say about Kenya. Nope, it won't matter a lick to the birthers.

The Dude tunes up

Having made people believe he was a country western singer in Crazy Heart, Jeff Bridges will now try to do it in real life.
Jeff Bridges is working on a new album that will be his major-label debut.

The Oscar-winning actor has signed with EMI's Blue Note Records and is working with his "Crazy Heart" collaborator T Bone Burnett on an album that will include original material and the work of other songwriters.

A news release issued Tuesday says Bridges was inspired by his work with Burnett on "Crazy Heart," which earned Bridges an Oscar for best actor and Burnett a best original song trophy.

Bridges has been a musician much of his life and has previously released recordings on his own. He first met Burnett on the set of "Heaven's Gate" 30 years ago when they were introduced by Kris Kristofferson.

Guests will include Rosanne Cash and Sam Phillips.
I wonder if he will do a bowling song?

To prevent Arizona from becoming the laughingstock of America

Gov. Jan Brewer has vetoed the Foreskin as Proof bill passed by the state legislature to require proof of natural born citizenry to be president..
Legislation that requires presidential candidates to prove they are natural born American citizens before their names can appear on the Arizona ballot was vetoed by the state's Republican governor on Monday.

"I never imagined being presented with a bill that could require candidates for President of the greatest and most powerful nation on earth to submit their 'early baptismal or circumcision certificates,'" Governor Jan Brewer said. "This is a bridge too far. This measure creates significant new problems while failing to do anything constructive for Arizona."

The bill, H.B. 2177, would have required presidential candidates to submit a certified copy of their birth certificate that includes their date and place of birth, the names of their mother and father, and the name of the hospital they were born at. In addition, candidates could provide other documents, early baptismal or circumcision certificates, to prove they were natural born citizens.
Her comments are a nice way of telling the legislature, Jesus Christ what the hell are you buffoons trying to do?

In addition, Gov. Brewer also vetoed the Pack You Heat on Campus bill because it was a very poorly written piece of shit. The language was so sloppy it could have allowed kindergarteners to pack a hogleg. While the governor said she looks forward to the day that parents send their kids to Arizona colleges with a kiss, a hug and a 9mm, she admitted that this POS wasn't the bill to do it.

Oklahoma passes bill to restrict Westboro Baptist

And the miserable attention whores will will find some way to turn this into more TV time for themselves.
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed a bill into law Monday that restricts members of the Westboro Baptist Church from protesting at military funerals.

The new law, introduced by Republican State Senator Josh Brecheen, prohibits protests two hours before or after a funeral. It also restricts protesters from being within 1,000 feet of a funeral, up from 500 feet under a previous law.

"Protesting a funeral for political purposes is an abhorrent and disgusting practice," Fallin said. "While such distasteful protests have been ruled constitutionally protected and cannot be legally prohibited, this legislation will help protect grieving families from people who are looking to exploit their suffering."
Frankly we need to surround the Westboro Church with pickets every day. Probably be more than enough people willing to keep it going for years.

Bluesday Classic

Tracy Nelson when she sang with Mother Earth dripped more talent from her songs than most people ever have.

Monday, April 18, 2011

The ex Sheriff of Wall St. still shooting straight

If Holder can't prosecute Goldmine Sachs he should resign.

Because it is working so well in Michigan

At least to the point that no one in Benton Harbor has yet shot their Central Committee imposed commissar, now we see Notorious Koch Poodle Scott Walker planning a Central Command economy for Wisconsin, also with unlimited powers for his appointed Commissar.
Following the lead of Michigan GOP Governor Rick Snyder, Walker is said to be preparing a plan that would allow him to force local governments to submit to a financial stress test with an eye towards permitting the governor to take over municipalities that fail to meet with Walker’s approval.

According to the reports, should a locality’s financial position come up short, the Walker legislation would empower the governor to insert a financial manager of his choosing into local government with the ability to cancel union contracts, push aside duly elected local government officials and school board members and take control of Wisconsin cities and towns whenever he sees fit to do so.

Such a law would additionally give Walker unchallenged power to end municipal services of which he disapproves, including safety net assistance to those in need.
Hey Wisconsin Teabaggers, the Koch Poodle is planning to tread all over you stupid fucks.

Republican/Teabaggers getting their "come to Jesus" moment

And it is the business and financial heavyweights who bought them that are delivering those moments in velvet words that cover the steel fist underneath.
Financial industry executives, business leaders and Treasury Department officials are visiting the freshmen in their offices, briefing them in small groups and even cornering them at dinner parties. It’s all part of a behind-the-scenes campaign to school congressional newcomers in the economic stakes of Washington’s next big fiscal fight: over the debt ceiling...

Industry officials said they have been warning lawmakers that a failure to act would reverberate not only through the bond markets, but across America. The government would no longer be able to pay for its commitments, such as Medicare and Social Security.

The officials said they try to make clear to lawmakers that raising the debt limit does not spur new spending. Instead, it enables the government to pay off maturing debt, or spending obligations already made.

And, they point out, if the nation goes into default, its borrowing costs would spike.

“We say: ‘Guys, if we breach it, if we default on our debt, it would make it even harder to pay it back because of the interest costs. And we know that’s not your goal, so just FYI,’ ” said one financial industry executive who, like some others interviewed, spoke on the condition of anonymity to recall private conversations with lawmakers.
The Teabaggers may kick in their stalls but it is difficult to believe they aren't learning the facts of DC life, close up.

Kosher Mouse looks at S & P downgrade of US debt

And proclaims to the world that this proves he is right to try and destroy the credit of the US. Kosher Mouse never was the sharpest tack in the box.

So that's what happened to Richard Nixon

As only Bruce Cockburn can tell it.

McChrystal cleared by in-house inquiry

The Inspector General's office says he did nothing wrong, leading one to assume that being a complete asshole and not very good at your job is not a flaw for general officers. It is part of the job description.

Voters let the cat out of the bag

And, as the New York Times so well puts it, that cat is a man eating tiger that enjoys killing for the fun of it.
Six months after voters sent Republicans in large numbers to Congress and many statehouses, it is possible to see the full landscape of destruction that their policies would cause — much of which has already begun. If it was not clear before, it is obvious now that the party is fully engaged in a project to dismantle the foundations of the New Deal and the Great Society, and to liberate business and the rich from the inconveniences of oversight and taxes.

At first it seemed that only a few freshmen and noisy followers of the Tea Party would support the new extremism. But on Friday, nearly unanimous House Republicans showed just how far their mainstream has been dragged to the right. They approved on strict party lines the most regressive social legislation in many decades, embodied in a blueprint by the budget chairman, Paul Ryan. The vote, from which only four Republicans (and all Democrats) dissented, would have been unimaginable just eight years ago to a Republican Party that added a prescription drug benefit to Medicare.

Mr. Ryan called the vote “our generation’s defining moment,” and indeed, nothing could more clearly define the choice that will face voters next year.
Lyin' Ryan may be right about the "defining moment" if America comes to its senses and extirpates this radical anarchist party from our body politic. It would have to be complete partycide to prevent these bastards, like fleas, from coming back carrying the germ of their plague inside them.

Even though they don't know fuck-all about credit

Standard & Poor has made another of their scientific wild assed guesses and downgraded the outlook for US credit because of the whackdoodle Republican/Teabaggers in Congress.

A shitty little war with a big ass price

On this last day to file your tax return, whether you are paying more or getting back your overpayment, you might want to consider where too much of your tax dollars are going, The Amalgamated George W Bush Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Pretty important sounding name for a pair of shitty little wars that never should have begun. The group Rethink Afghanistan has compiled the figures.

The group, a project of the Brave New Foundation, has created a Cost of War calculator, allowing Americans to figure out how much of their tax dollars are going toward the war, based on their income and filing status.

For example, a single person making $40,000 in 2010 essentially paid $1,694 for the war. A married couple filing jointly and earning a combined $100,000 has $4,757 of their tax dollars going toward the effort.

The United States is spending more than $100 billion a year in Afghanistan, amounting to about $2 billion a week.

The Defense Department received $513 billion in funding in the FY 2011 continuing resolution, approximately $5 billion above last year's level. Another $158 billion is provided for overseas contingency operations (emergency funding). The war in Afghanistan will receive $108 billion of that funding, while the war in Iraq will receive $50 billion.

According to one Member of Congress, "We can't pay our bills here, yet we're spending $8 billion a month in Afghanistan," Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.). Think how many people could be fed, clothed and housed, as Jesus would want, if we brought that money home. How many people could be educated, roads and water and sewer systems rebuilt if we weren't wasting $100 Billion a year in an ungovernable shithole run by thieves of our own making.

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