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Mr. Flip-flop says the President is ‘ineffective’

The former governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney,  is calling Barack Obama “one of the most ineffective presidents” he’s ever seen, and says he thinks he can beat him next year.

Yeah, OK. That’s assuming two things; first, that you can win the Republican Tea Party (GOTP) nomination, and currently are trailing – of all people – Rudy Giuliani in the latest poll; and second, the GOTP far-right religious fanatics will allow a Mormon to be their standard bearer. The first I believe you can over come, the latter, not so sure.

In an interview with NBC, Romney said that while the President wasn’t responsible for the recession he inherited, “he made things worse. He’s failed.”

Exactly in what universe did he make things worse? He saved the auto industry from collapsing, which would have been a financial disaster of monumental proportions costing hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars; he used the stimulus to rebuild a badly neglected national infrastructure, saving hundreds of thousands of jobs; the unemployment rate is dropping (albeit very slowly – but still dropping); the stock market has come back to strong numbers, and we’re creating jobs each month. You, Mitt, are a two bit, flip-flopping used car salesman.

Romney also said the President lacks “a cogent assessment” of world affairs. The GOTP hopeful claimed, “The Arab spring came, one of the greatest opportunities we’ve seen in decades, and we’ve been flatfooted.”

What exactly should he have done? I understand under the Bush/Cheney presidency it was the “doctrine” of the United States to meddle in other country’s internal affairs; but that’s not our job. That’s none of our business. I find it very interesting how quickly conservatives want to tell other countries how to do things, but cry “foul” if anyone dares to even suggest anything to the U.S.

Romney, who says he’s planning to formally announce his candidacy later this week, also said he doesn’t think his Mormon faith will be an obstacle to winning the GOTP presidential spot, “we’re not electing a pastor in chief, we’re electing a commander in chief.”

Yeah, that’s going to play well in the Bible Belt; a Mormon cracking wise about electing a pastor-in-chief. Have you forgotten Mitt how fast you fell from political grace when Huckleberry started that whisper campaign in Iowa about you being a Mormon? Face it, you’re running a very tough uphill battle to convince the rabid far-right to nominate you, and if they do? Well, it will be because they see you as the proverbial sacrificial lamb, hoping to finally be rid of you. Oh, and beyond the religious hurdle, your own fellow GOTP types are going to skewer you on your Romney-care plan.

Good luck Mitt old boy, you’re going to need it.

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Posted by on May 31, 2011 in 2012 Election

 

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President mocks GOTP immigration stand

A few weeks ago, while visiting El Paso, TX, President Obama countered Republican Tea Party (GOTP) calls to focus on border security saying their demands had been more than met by his administration but “they’ll never be satisfied.”

On his first trip to the U.S.-Mexico border since becoming president, Obama boasted of increasing border patrol agents, nearing completion of a border fence, and screening more cargo.

“We have gone above and beyond what was requested by the very Republicans who said they supported broader reform as long as we got serious about enforcement,” Obama said. “But even though we’ve answered these concerns, I gotta say I suspect there are still going to be some who are trying to move the goal posts on us one more time.”

“Maybe they’ll need a moat,” he said mockingly to laughter from the crowd. “Maybe they’ll want alligators in the moat.”

“The question is whether those in Congress who previously walked away in the name of enforcement are now ready to come back to the table and finish the work we’ve started,” he said.

But of course the GOTP immediately disputed the President’s contention, “The president’s off talking about comprehensive reform. We’ve been down that road before,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, GOTP -Va., told reporters. “I believe, in turn, we should do things that actually produce some progress and results.”

Rather than continue to make deals with conservatives who believe they have some kind of mandate – and to try to talk to some GOTP members of Congress who once supported a comprehensive overhaul have turned against it – The President has taken his argument directly to the country.

“I am asking you to add your voices to this,” President Obama said in El Paso. “We need Washington to know that there is a movement for reform gathering strength from coast to coast. That’s how we’ll get this done.”

He said what was at stake was nothing less than the basic American idea: “You make it here if you try.”

The far-right conservatives of the GOTP don’t care what this President will ever offer up on any subject. They will oppose whatever this President puts forward. So, the President has done the only thing he can, he’s taken his arguments to the people. But, to the GOTP immigration is just one of the many topics they’ve decided is a watershed topic to exploit rather than to fix. They’ve decided that legislation such as the Arizona “show me your papers” law is the way to go. They’ve no desire to help the reportedly 11 million illegal immigrants already here to ever have a chance at becoming a citizen. Apparently for the far-right, only their “kind of people” have a right to live here. You know – the far-right conservative, white, Christian kind.

 

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Omar Bin Laden, Sea Burial Demeaning, Killing ‘Criminal’?

So, allegedly Bin Laden’s son, Omar, has issued a statement denouncing the al Qaeda leader’s killing as “criminal” and claiming his burial at sea had humiliated the family.

Hey Omar, first, no one cares what you think about how your father died, or how he was buried; and second, when you – or any member of your family – addresses the United States of America the words “criminal” and “humiliating” should not be used. On top of all this, if memory serves, President Bush allowed members of your family to fly out of the U.S. after 9-11, when no one else was allowed to fly, when they should have been held for questioning. Be thankful your father attacked us and not some other country which would have thrown your whole family into prison, or worse. Your father was a coward, a criminal, and a two-bit thug, and he was treated exactly as he deserved to be treated.

Oh, and about you – or your family – thinking about taking legal action against the United States, yeah OK, whatever. Do yourself, and everyone else a favor and shut your pie hole, and go away.

Oh, and you want a clarification of what happened to your dad? OK, here’s a clarification. He was taken out with extreme prejudice by rough men who stand ready to do violence so their fellow Americans can sleep peaceably in their beds at night. He took a number of bullets, including at least one to the head, while hiding behind one of his wives; then his body was dropped into the deepest abyss, where it was crushed by extreme pressure into a mass of goo, which was then fed upon by multiple types of sea life.

Sic semper tyrannis – thus always to tyrants, and to thugs like your father. George W. Bush may have taken his eye off the ball and allowed him to escape, but Barrack Obama did not.

 
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Posted by on May 28, 2011 in War on Terror

 

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No Waiting to get Gun, Must Wait 72 Hours in South Dakota to get an Abortion?

So, in South Dakota you can go out and buy a hand gun with no waiting period, but if a woman wants to have an abortion – doesn’t matter for whatever reason – she has to wait 72 hours, and sit through countless lectures from anti-abortion critics; if your wive, daughter, mother or any woman in South Dakota is raped and becomes pregnant, or who is the victim of incest and becomes pregnant, or might die … too bad no abortion for you, that is, not until you sit through the right-wing re-education training.

But, hey, look on the bright side, you can buy a gun without waiting …

So, big government is bad – according to Republicans – unless it’s limiting abortion?

Under the Supremacy Clause of the US Constitution, once the Supreme Court ruled in Roe v Wade, SD cannot limit abortion. It is Federal Law, and that trumps state law, but when has that ever stopped the current crop of right-wing demi-gods?

It isn’t just the waiting period that’s troubling to me, it’s that woman wanting abortions in SD, on top of the waiting period, have to sit through hours of far right-wing lectures before being allowed

So, it begs the question, why can you buy a gun with no waiting period, but have to wait 72 hours to have an abortion? That’s right, there’s no waiting period on buying a hand gun, but don’t you dare have an abortion? There’s something wrong there.

Problem here is the state of South Dakota is trying to condemn any woman wanting an abortion, under the guise of “education”.

Why is it not OK for government to interfere in all kinds of things – according to conservatives – such as safety, environment, etc … but it is OK for it to interfere with abortion rights? This is another case of conservatives wanting their cake and eating it too. Either conservatives are for limited government, or they’re not, you can’t have it both ways.

Many on the right – excepting Sarah Palin, who couldn’t think of a single Supreme Court ruling she disagreed with – believe Roe v. Wade was legislating from the bench, pure and simple. Of course, most educated people know and understand that the Judiciary – aka the Supreme Court – has had the authority to “legislate” from the bench – aka judicial review – since Marbury v. Madison in 1803, which opens another can of worms about how conservatives will bemoan “legislating from the bench until the court rules in their favor as in the infamous Citizens United case; a horrible ruling wherein at least one – if not more – conservative justices (Thomas) should have excused themselves from hearing or ruling on it.

I think if someone wants to buy a gun in South Dakota they should have to sit through 72 hours of lectures from the far left-wing talking about the evils of guns, and alternative ways to defend yourself. It’s only fair. No one will be denying anyone’s Second Amendment rights, we’ll just be making sure they presumed gun owner is fully educated before making the purchase; that’s all.

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2011 in Abortion

 

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Ed Schultz suspended for calling Laura Ingraham an immoral woman?

Progressive talker Ed Schultz was wrong. There is no justification for calling a woman, any woman, even Laura Ingraham, a slut, and he was rightfully suspended from his MSNBC television program, The Ed Show. That said however, let’s not be naive. Ingraham is, in the very least, an extreme right-wing conservative talker who prostitutes herself daily in order to appeal to her listeners who have been fed rabid conservative thought each and every day from her, Limbaugh, Hannity, etc.

Schultz was wrong to say what he did, but Ingraham is anything but a pure vessel when it comes to the lies and misinformation she espouses each and every day.

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2011 in Right Wing Radio

 

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Oklahoma GOTP Lawmaker Claims ‘Blacks’ Don’t Work As Hard As White People?

The far-right Republican/Tea Party (GOTP)-controlled Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a proposed constitutional amendment yesterday eliminating Affirmative Action in state government. The so-called “official” GOTP way of thinking for the change is that even though “discrimination exists,” “I don’t think Affirmative Action has been as successful as we like to believe,” the bill’s sponsor, state Representative T.W. Shannon (GOTP), explained. But then extremist right-wing wacko state Representative Sally Kern (GOTP) chimed in with her reasons for ending the system helping minorities advance: “blacks” simply don’t work as hard as whites:

Kern, said minorities earn less than white people because they don’t work as hard and have less initiative.

“We have a high percentage of blacks in prison, and that’s tragic, but are they in prison just because they are black or because they don’t want to study as hard in school? I’ve taught school, and I saw a lot of people of color who didn’t study hard because they said the government would take care of them.”

But she didn’t stop with commenting on why Black-Americans earn less, according to Kern, women earn less than men because “they tend to spend more time at home with their families.”

While Kern has a very long history of making dim-witted statements on the floor of the state house — in the past she’s claimed everything from homosexuality is more dangerous than terrorism to introducing legislation to force teachers to question evolution — her far-right ignorant and bigoted comments reflect a disturbing trend among even mainstream conservatives to blame valuable social safety net programs for creating a culture of dependency or even “slavery.”

“We have heard tonight already that in prison there’s more black people. Yes, there are, and that’s tragic, it’s tragic that our prisons here in Oklahoma, what are they, 99% occupancy? But the other side of the story, perhaps this is something we need to consider: is this just because they are black that they’re in prison or because they don’t want to work hard in school?” Kern asked. “White people oftentimes don’t want to work hard in school, or Asians, oftentimes. A lot of times, that’s what happens. I’ve taught school for twenty years, and I saw a lot of people of color who didn’t want to work as hard, they wanted it given to them. As a matter of fact I had one student who said, ‘I don’t need to study, you know why? Because the government is gonna care of me.’ That’s kind of revealing there. Equal opportunity, not equal results.”

Well isn’t that the standard southern white racist nonsense? I grew up in the south listening to this kind of nonsense almost on a daily basis. My Mom used to make disparaging comments about African-Americans, claiming they would go to work each day – in the federal government – and just sit there knowing they couldn’t be fired. Many times she would use the “N” word, especially when anyone would talk about Dr. Martin Luther King.

But wait, there’s more pearls of wisdom from Miss KKK, “You see, women usually don’t want to work as hard as a man, because, now I mean, now get me, wait a minute, now listen to me, women, hang on, women tend to think a little bit more about their family, wanting to be at home more time, want to have a little more leisure time, that’s all I mean. I’m not saying women don’t work hard. I think women work very hard, so don’t take that the wrong way. But that’s fact as you have to keep in mind, okay? Women like to be willing to have a moderate work life with plenty of time for spouse and children and other things like that, that’s all I meant, okay. They work very hard. But sometimes they aren’t willing to commit all their life to a job like a lot of men do. That’s all I meant by that. All right.”

(Use southern accent here) Why I declare Miss Kern, you’re just as smart as a June bug aren’t you?

Well, actually June bugs are a lot smarter, and I shouldn’t be so quick to throw the poor June bugs under the same bus. Sad truth is, Kern is a symptom of today’s conservatism, and in particular of the far-right political movements like the Tea Party. They’re very predominantly white, so-called Christians, who want to blame everything wrong with America on people of color. Doesn’t matter which color, as long as it isn’t white. Problem with this way of thinking is it’s what most far-right groups do. They blame the ills of society on everyone but their own white population. You know the groups; groups like the KKK, or the Nazis. Yes, I went there. And yes there are people within the Tea Party who are comparable to Nazis. They’ve beaten people up at political events, and carried threatening signs and made threatening statements. Sorry, but if the jack boot fits.

People like Kern don’t love America; at least not an America built on equality, and opportunity. Her views on woman are not all that surprising, especially coming from a conservative. I once coached a girl’s high school softball team, and when I discovered the team’s budget was being used to pay for items on the boy’s baseball team, I objected under Title IX. Very quickly it all hit the fan. The male athletic director – a 1950s style troglodyte – and many male coaches got angry, but what really surprised me was when woman began asking me why I was stirring that pot? They didn’t think it was unreasonable for the girls to have uniforms that were ten years old while the boys got news ones every two or three years; or why the boys had a batting cage and the girls didn’t; or why the boys basketball team got to practice in the gym at the school while the girls had to go to an old gym at the local catholic church. I would look at all of them and say, “Because it’s the law.” It’s because of views like theirs that Title IX was enacted.

This is why when conservatives say, “We have to take our country back”, everyone else needs to start asking them, “Take it back for whom, and to where”? The America they want is one where woman are not paid equally to men, and where you will be forced to carry your baby to term no matter what your reason for wanting – or needing – an abortion may be; it’s an America where Hispanics are all sent to Mexico – not just the illegal ones – but all Hispanics; it’s an America where only good Christian white men occupy the White House, not some uppity black Muslim; it’s an America where there are no Mosques, and where Jews know their place too; it’s an America where only the wealthy make decisions and where the poor work for near starvation wages; it’s an America where health care is available, but only if you can afford it; it’s an America where corporations are considered to be citizens, and control the political landscape. It’s not an America we need to go back to. It’s not an America we should ever want to go back to. It’s not an America any true American should ever want.

 
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Posted by on May 24, 2011 in Racism

 

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Cain enters 2012 GOTP presidential race?

So, the Godfather of pizza has decided he’s the right man to run as the GOTP presidential candidate? Spit-take (again), cleans off computer keyboard and monitor screen … Really? Seriously, Herman Cain, the man who saved a pizza chain by downsizing and putting thousands of its employees out of work; the far-right host of a talk radio show; the man who has never held a single elected office; the man who is a tea party favorite; wants to be president?

“In case you accidentally listen to a skeptic or doubting Thomas out there, just to be clear … I’m running for president of the United States, and I’m not running for second,” he told a crowd at Centennial Olympic Park on Saturday.

So, now we have another “businessman” running for the GOTP nomination. It just gets better and better. I wonder if any of his Tea Party followers will be requiring that he show his birth certificate? After all Hermann, I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but you’re like one of a hand full of African-Americans attending Tea Party rallies.

According to news reports, “Cain supports a strong national defense, opposes abortion, backs replacing the federal income tax with a national sales tax and favors a return to the gold standard. He said President Barack Obama ‘threw Israel under the bus’ because he sought to base Mideast border talks partly on the pre-1967 war lines, and criticized the Justice Department for challenging Arizona’s tough crackdown on illegal immigration.”

“We shouldn’t be suing Arizona,” he said to cheers. “We ought to send them a prize.”

Yeah, because legislation aimed at another race is definitely something that should be celebrated in America today. You’re joking right?

So far Cain has raised a whopping $16,000 for his bid. His “supporters” are hoping he’ll “tap into the Tea Party-fueled desire for plain-speaking citizen candidates”. What they – his “supporters” – don’t realize is what a vast majority of Tea Party members want is “plain-speaking white male Christian citizen candidates”.

Cain has a master’s degree from Purdue University and has worked as a mathematician for the Navy, worked at Coca-Cola, Pillsbury and Burger King, as well as running Godfather’s Pizza franchise. Well one thing his resume says is he’s ready for any number of jobs in the food service industry, but it doesn’t mean he’s ready for the White House.

The GOTP will never nominate him. Why? Because he’s Black; it’s as simple as that. Romney and Huntsman stand a better chance of winning the GOTP nomination as Mormons than Cain has of winning it as a Black man.

 

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