Doh! Those Darn Libruls… Always Right About Everything…

August 20, 2009 at 11:18 pm | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

including global warming

The average water temperature worldwide was 62.6 degrees, according to the National Climatic Data Center, the branch of the U.S. government that keeps world weather records. June was only slightly cooler, while August could set another record, scientists say. The previous record was set in July 1998 during a powerful El Nino weather pattern.

At a full degree above the 20th century average of 61.5 degrees, “the global ocean surface temperature for July 2009 was the warmest on record,” the center said.

Warmest on record. So much for global cooling…

Imagine That, a Popular Government Program – Cash for Clunkers

August 20, 2009 at 9:21 pm | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

Love it. They label it the “popular” Cash for Clunkers” program. And it was. And it did its job. It stimulated the economy. Ford and GM have been racking up huge sales. Imagine that. A government program actually does its job. Of course, it had its problems, like anything else (those who think private industry does any better ought to look at the 50 worst cars of all time list and rethink their criticism of all things government).

Trying to Have A Discussion With A Stupid Conservative Is Like Trying To Converse With A Dining Room Table

August 19, 2009 at 3:16 pm | Posted in American politics | 3 Comments

Well said Congressman Frank

Conservative Stupidity On Full Display

August 19, 2009 at 6:15 am | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

the logical conclusion of their stupidity, a fictional account in a Wall Street Journal Op-Ed. Fiction is their new reality.

Why Howard Fineman is Stupid

August 18, 2009 at 5:35 pm | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

He asks: “Why has Obama messed up?” As if the current debacle debate on health care is somehow Obama’s fault. The reason Howard Fineman is stupid is because he answers his own question, and he admits in the answer that it has nothing at all to do with Obama!

How did a gifted, charismatic young Democrat — who won the White House by a large margin and brought in huge congressional majorities — manage NOT to enact fundamental health care reform, a goal his party has been seeking since Truman?

I still think Obama is going to get a bill, just not one very worthy of the name. Why?

Well, Republicans and their conservative and corporate allies are a big part of the explanation. Health care is one-seventh of the economy. You can’t expect to rewire it easily. There are going to be losers, and they are not going to go quietly.

Also, there are no moderates left in the GOP. Only conservatives who want to deny Obama success or legitimacy. They’ll oppose anything he proposes and call it principle.

Exactly. Of course Mr. Fineman also forgets the elephant in the room. And no, it is not the GOP. His employer. GE. News Corp. CBS Corporation. Walt Disney Company. Time Warner. The media, particularly the 24/7 group allow for the most stupid and vile language to permeate the political discourse. “Death Panels?” Seriously. “Pulling the plug on grandma?” Please. Does Mr. Fineman really think that if the media didn’t press the “Death Panels” story so strongly, people wouldn’t have as much doubt on health care as they do? Mr. Fineman seems to think Americans are as cynical as he is about the news industry, but there is still a significant portion of the American public that gives some trust to the news industry to get it right. It is sad that they do, because people like Mr. Fineman will continue to lie to them with no punishment for their grievous actions.

Don’t Negotiate with Republicans

August 18, 2009 at 10:52 am | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

They don’t negotiate in good faith, and as the article nicely shows, prefer to muddle and confuse the issue so much that no one knows anymore what’s going on. It doesn’t help, of course, that Democrats in Congress are insufferably terrible at allowing Republicans to dictate the course of this bill, even though Republicans are sorely in the minority.

So a message to Congressional Democrats, don’t negotiate with Republicans. They are not negotiating with you in good faith, but would rather find any way possible to undermine your efforts.

Maybe Movie Going Audiences Don’t Want To See “The Hurt Locker” Because It Has To Deal With Iraq

August 18, 2009 at 9:28 am | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

Just saying, Mr. Ebert. I can only speak for myself, but at this moment in time, I have no interest in a movie that is supposed to “entertain” me that takes place in Iraq.

The obvious implication is, younger moviegoers don’t care about reviews and have missed the news that “The Hurt Locker” is the best American film of the summer. There is a more disturbing implication: word of mouth is not helping the film in that younger demographic. It has been Hollywood gospel for decades that advertising and marketing can help a film to open strongly, but moviegoers talking with each other are crucial to its continuing success. That has been Summit Entertainment’s game plan for “The Hurt Locker,” which opened in a few theaters and has steadily increased its cities, becoming a real success without ever “winning” a weekend or benefiting from an overkill marketing campaign.

Certainly most of those who see “The Hurt Locker” become enthusiastic advocates of the film; but apparently those younger viewers who have seen it haven’t had much of an influence on their peers. While the success of the film continues to grow as it steadily increases its number of theaters, the majority of younger filmgoers are missing this boat. Why is that? They don’t care about reviews, perhaps. They also resist a choice that is not in step with their peer group. Having joined the crowd at “Transformers,” they’re making their plans to see “G. I. Joe.” Some may have heard about “The Hurt Locker,” but simply lack the nerve to suggest a movie choice that involves a departure from groupthink.

Fuck America’s Health Insurance Companies

August 17, 2009 at 8:22 pm | Posted in American politics | 28 Comments

That’s all I have to say about that.

Time To Completely Ban The Death Penalty

August 17, 2009 at 7:23 pm | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

Seeing that you are now unable to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that one is the real criminal over another.

Scientists in Israel have demonstrated that it is possible to fabricate DNA evidence, undermining the credibility of what has been considered the gold standard of proof in criminal cases.

The scientists fabricated blood and saliva samples containing DNA from a person other than the donor of the blood and saliva. They also showed that if they had access to a DNA profile in a database, they could construct a sample of DNA to match that profile without obtaining any tissue from that person.

“You can just engineer a crime scene,” said Dan Frumkin, lead author of the paper, which has been published online by the journal Forensic Science International: Genetics. “Any biology undergraduate could perform this.”

If Glenn Beck Is An Entertainer, Then I Shouldn’t Take This Seriously

August 15, 2009 at 7:06 am | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

After all, he’s only joking, only kidding.

Call Them Liars, And Hypocrites

August 15, 2009 at 6:45 am | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

Well done, Mr. O’Donnell. Keep up the good fight. Don’t let these bastards think they can just go on national television and lie with impunity to the American people.

Maybe We Won’t Defeat The Taliban

August 14, 2009 at 6:30 am | Posted in American politics | 2 Comments

Secretary Gates says it will take years to defeat the Taliban. What if we don’t actually accomplish that goal? Remember, we’re undertaking this effort at quite a prohibitive cost ($60 billion per year). Can we maintain such a cost for years? Particularly when the end result won’t be what we really envision? Is it really worth the effort? Just look at the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka. 33 years after they formed, they were finally defeated.

Maybe I’m underestimating the American military. But after Vietnam and Iraq, I have to underestimate their ability.

White Republicans Rip Up Rosa Parks Poster

August 13, 2009 at 4:31 am | Posted in American politics | 2 Comments

Yeah, this will go over REAL WELL with blacks. Here is more context. Put simply, the woman should not have had the poster with her. She rolled it up. A reporter came by and asked to see what poster she had. She showed the poster to the reporter and some crazed fucked up white man came over, took the poster out of the black woman’s hands and ripped it up. Yeah, oooh, I’m a big man! The man was eventually arrested, and the black woman simply removed from the event.

Go ahead, Republicans. Make yourselves into a whites only party. That will work real well for you.

Why Lindsey Graham?

August 12, 2009 at 8:02 pm | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

New York Times has an odd piece up on the storm going on behind the scenes of the fairly professional Today Show, NBC’s morning show. What is fascinating to me how conventional and SOP’d the whole operation has become. You can see this every morning. The same exact thing, with little if any surprise. Bill Clinton took a quick trip to North Korea. Who should Matt Lauer discuss this with? Why a Southern Republican Senator of course! Surely then when George Bush did something NBC had on as their usual guest a Northern Democratic Senator, right? Right? Heh, that’s not Standard Operating Procedure. If a Republican president does something internationally, SOP says you should have a Southern Republican Senator on to talk about the subject. If a Democratic president does something internationally, SOP says you should have a Southern Republican Senator on to talk about the subject. See. Very simple. Newt Gingrich is fairly free these days. Why not get him talking? John Bolton is fairly free these days. Senator McCain is fairly free these days. Sarah Palin quits her governorship. Who should you call to discuss it? Why Bill Kristol of course, the man who groomed Sarah Palin and convinced McCain to pick her as his VP. It just makes sense of course.

I wish we had a better media than what we currently have, which is based more on entertainment rather than actual news reporting. America deserves better than this. And it is even more so painful for the Today Show, which I consider the most professional of the morning shows. It is painful to watch the same discredited characters come on to spout their lies. America deserves better than this. But America will not get better than this as long as news organizations are owned by large corporations whose self interest interferes with proper newscasting.

Surely Senator Grassley Has Cancelled His Government Run Health Insurance

August 12, 2009 at 6:44 pm | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

if he actually believes that the government will intervene with his grandma and kill her. How did Republicans and conservatives get so utterly and despicably stupid?

How to Be Brutal Like The Chinese Communists

August 12, 2009 at 3:24 am | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

That would be “Doc Jensen” and “Doc Mitchell”, the two bumbling idiots who profited on torturing for America. And the tragic point in all this is stated right at the beginning of the article:

Jim Mitchell and Bruce Jessen were military retirees and psychologists, on the lookout for business opportunities. They found an excellent customer in the Central Intelligence Agency, where in 2002 they became the architects of the most important interrogation program in the history of American counterterrorism.

They had never carried out a real interrogation, only mock sessions in the military training they had overseen. They had no relevant scholarship; their Ph.D. dissertations were on high blood pressure and family therapy. They had no language skills and no expertise on Al Qaeda.

But they had psychology credentials and an intimate knowledge of a brutal treatment regimen used decades ago by Chinese Communists. For an administration eager to get tough on those who had killed 3,000 Americans, that was enough.

They knew how to be brutal like the Chinese Communists. That’s all George W. Fucking Bush needed. Be brutal like the Chinese Communists, because that worked out so well for the Chinese Communists to be brutal. They knew nothing at all about Al-Qaeda. They knew nothing at all about interrogation. They had no scholarship on the subject. They had no language skills. They did know, however, how to be brutal like the Chinese Communists.

How did it ever come to this that a brutal Chinese Communist tactic is blessed and legalized by America?

Karl Rove’s Key Strategy To A Republican Majority

August 11, 2009 at 5:12 pm | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

Remember this as we get the US Attorney firings back on the front pages: Karl Rove had a strategy of a Republican majority. It was 50+1. And the way to do that was to use every tool at the Administration’s disposal to get it. If a district, or a state, was a political battleground, like New Mexico, or Missouri, key individuals were needed in the right spots, including the US Attorney office, so that unprovable, but political damaging investigations could be run against Democratic candidates just before elections so that doubt would be sowed among voters on the Democratic candidate. David Iglesias would not play ball, and the local Republicans were furious with him, that in a tight race in New Mexico, he would not bring up spurious accusations against the Democratic candidate, who barely lost to the Republican incumbent, Wilson by like 900 votes. It worked against David Siegelman of Georgia. Spurious allegations brought on by a corrupt attorney put Siegelman in jail until an appeals court saw how terrible the case was against Siegelman. But the damage was done, of course.

This is a reprehensible way to victory and, in the long run, unsustainable, the corruption eventually feeding on itself and destroying the party that used those tools.

A Healthy Debate on Health

August 11, 2009 at 7:58 am | Posted in American politics | 1 Comment

is possible:

Amazing when you remove the people who try to shout you down, you can actually have a real debate. Funny how that works.

Conservatives Are Stupid, Continued

August 10, 2009 at 12:56 pm | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

More proof.

People such as scientist Stephen Hawking wouldn’t have a chance in the U.K., where the National Health Service would say the life of this brilliant man, because of his physical handicaps, is essentially worthless.

uh… as others have pointed out, Stephen Hawking is a British citizen, lived in Britain his whole life. It seems he did indeed “have a chance in the U.K.”

Conservatives are stupid.

Sarah Palin Brings Her Down Syndrome Child Into Politics

August 10, 2009 at 12:31 pm | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

Of her own free will, without a gun pointed to her head. She chooses herself to inject her children into politics. Next time she rails on someone for daring to talk about her children, she ought to be kindly reminded that she made the choice herself, of her own free will, to talk about her own children, and use them as political tools.

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