Friday, December 18, 2009

McCain the Hypocrite

Cue the Fake Republican Outrage!

McCain pretends he never heard of Senators having to abide by the ten-minute speaking rule in the Senate. But earlier that same day, another Senator who wanted to stall and waste time was cut off after his ten minute speaking period was over. And John McCain HIMSELF objected a few years ago when a Senator wanted a few extra seconds to speak. What a hypocrite.

From Think Progress:

Yesterday, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), acting on the orders of the Senate leadership, refused to grant Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) an "additional moment" to continue speaking on the Senate floor after his 10 minutes expired. Franken’s objection caused Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to groan about how Franken’s move was unprofessional, unprecedented, and disrespectful:

McCAIN: I’ve been around here 20-some years. First time I’ve ever seen a member denied an extra minute or two to finish his remarks. … I just haven’t seen it before myself. And I don’t like it.

Unfortunately, McCain’s memory is suffering. In fact, McCain has engaged in the very same behavior that he was criticizing Franken for yesterday.

On October 10, 2002 — The Senate rushed a debate on a war authorization giving President Bush the power to use force against Iraq.

During the course of the frenzied floor debate, then-Sen. Mark Dayton (D-MN) spoke in favor of an amendment offered by Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) that would have restricted Bush’s constitutional powers to wage war against Iraq. After a minute and a half, Dayton ran out of time, prompting this exchange:

The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Senator’s time has expired.

Mr. DAYTON. I ask for unanimous consent that I have 30 seconds more to finish my remarks.

Mr. McCAIN. I object.



Thursday, December 17, 2009

Great "Daily Show" Segment


...from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Comedy Central.

In this clip, Jon points out how Fox manipulated statistics to suit their purposes (as originally posted here on Dec 8). Then, he exposes how Gretchen Carlson from their morning show dumbs it down "to connect with an audience that sees intellect as an elitist flaw." Very funny segment. Enjoy!

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-december-8-2009/gretchen-carlson-dumbs-down

A Good Story About Elephants

The way they should live.


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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Disgusting Ringling Brothers Circus Comes Back to Disgrace Florida

The most despicable bunch of abusers in the business will be back in South Florida soon, and eventually in your city, wherever you live. There are new pictures of actual elephant training sessions that are now available, not from undercover animal activists, but from a guy who worked for Ringling Brothers and trained elephants for them for years! There was an article in today's Washington Post about these highly abusive training techniques as well. If you know anybody who has kids and might take them to the circus, send them the following links and warn them never to give a dime to Ringling Brothers.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/gallery/2009/12/15/GA2009121504987.html


Here's the story:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/story/2009/12/15/ST2009121505174.html?sid=ST2009121505174


Here's the complete set of pics:
http://www.ringlingbeatsanimals.com/

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Funniest Protest Signs of 2009




Yes, that last one does say "Crisis of Competnce." Just a sample. More on Huffington Post.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/09/21/the-funniest-protest-sign_n_292342.html

Friday, December 11, 2009

Republicans Don't Care if Last Year's Financial Disasters Happen Again

Not a single Republican voted for a House measure that would restructure regulations to preclude future disastrous financial failures like all the ones that happened last year, nearly destroying the US economy.

From the Associated Press:

WASHINGTON – The House passed the most ambitious restructuring of federal financial regulations since the New Deal on Friday, aiming to head off any replay of last year's Wall Street failures that plunged the nation deep into recession.

The sprawling legislation would give the government new powers to break up companies that threaten the economy, create a new agency to oversee consumer banking transactions and shine a light into shadow financial markets that have escaped the oversight of regulators.

The vote was a party-line 223-202. No Republicans voted for the bill; 27 Democrats voted against it.

Again we ask: Why do Republicans hate America?

Read more here:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091211/ap_on_bi_ge/us_financial_overhaul;_ylt=Ap4fIWAyQkRSGBsgDZAl6QOs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTNscnJzMDVtBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMDkxMjExL3VzX2ZpbmFuY2lhbF9vdmVyaGF1bARjY29kZQNtb3N0cG9wdWxhcgRjcG9zAzEEcG9zAzIEcHQDaG9tZV9jb2tlBHNlYwN5bl90b3Bfc3RvcnkEc2xrA21ham9ybWFrZW92ZQ--

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Fox Comedy Channel Uses Fraudulent Stats to Claim Climate Change is Fraudulent

It's not double talk. It's what they did -- yet again. Of course, it's just another one of Fox's "convenient mistakes," like labeling every Republican criminal or Republican adulterer with a (D) after his name. Predictable mistakes.

Why, just look at those figures! According to the very credible Fox channel, 94% of Americans think scientists falsified research. Add that to the 26% who said that wasn't very likely, and you have results from 120% of the people polled! Wow. Now that's what we call results.

Media Matters figured out how they fiddled with the figures.

According to the poll,
35 percent thought it very likely,
24 percent somewhat likely,
21 percent not very likely, and
5 percent not likely at all.

What fox decided to do was ADD together the "very likely" and "somewhat likely" numbers to reach 59 percent, and called that new group "somewhat likely." Then, for some reason, they threw in the 35 percent "very likely" AGAIN as its own group. So that 35% is charted TWICE.

http://mediamatters.org/blog/200912080002

Right Wing Idiot: Obama the Muslim Hates Snoopy












What won't these desperate idiots say next. This is a mayor in Tennessee, named Russell Wiseman, who called the President a Muslim and claimed Obama timed his speech to pre-empt the Charlie Brown Christmas Special on CBS. Here's what he said exactly:

"Ok, so, this is total crap, we sit the kids down to watch 'The Charlie Brown Christmas Special' and our muslim president is there, what a load.....try to convince me that wasn't done on purpose. Ask the man if he believes that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and he will give you a 10 minute disertation (sic) about it....when the answer should simply be 'yes'...."

That's what he wrote on his Facebook page, complete with a misspelling of "dissertation." Now he claims, haha, it was all a joke. However, this right wing genius also had this to say:

"...you obama people need to move to a muslim country...oh wait, that's America....pitiful."

Wiseman is a member of the Sycamore View Church of Christ in Memphis. Them is some very Christian statements from you, Mister Mayor.

Why this guy is still in office is baffling.

http://kdka.com/national/Mayor.Russell.Wiseman.2.1357568.html


(Note: "A Charlie Brown Christmas" was not only on CBS last week but will run on ABC twice -- on Dec 8 and Dec 15. I guess our Muslim President is going have to schedule two more speeches real fast.)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Republican Jackass of the Week

His name is Judd Gregg. He's from New Hampshire. ("Pepp-ridge Fahm Remembuhs") And he wants the Republicans in Congress to use every possible tool to keep Health Care Reform from passing. You may recall the Republicans ran Congress for 12 years and did absolutely nothing to reform health care in America. Now that Democrats run Congress, the Republicans' only goal is to stall and keep health care reform from passing. That way, during the mid-term elections next year, they can say "the Democrats didn't accomplish anything. Vote Republican." Of course, they are to blame for blocking health care.

Here's an excerpt from the Huffington Post:

Sen. Judd Gregg, (R-NH) has penned the equivalent of an obstruction manual -- a how-to for holding up health care reform -- and has distributed the document to his Republican colleagues.

Insisting that it is "critical that Republican senators have a solid understanding of the minority's rights in the Senate," Gregg makes note of all the procedural tools the GOP can use before measures are considered, when they come to the floor and even after passage.

He highlights the use of hard quorum calls for any motion to proceed, as opposed to a far quicker unanimous consent provision. He reminds his colleagues that, absent unanimous consent, they can force the Majority Leader to read any "full-text substitute amendment." And when it comes to offering amendments to the health care bill, the New Hampshire Republican argues that it is the personification of "full, complete, and informed debate," to "offer an unlimited number of amendments -- germane or non-germane -- on any subject."

Monday, November 30, 2009

It's Official (Again): We Let Bin Laden Escape


A new Senate study shows what we've known for years, and what Senator John Kerry stated many times: that US forces had Osama Bin Laden within their grasp, and allowed him to escape.

From Salon.com:

According to the report, then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld turned down requests for a larger American troop presence to block escape routes from Tora Bora. The study contradicts the claim of former Vice President Dick Cheney, who said that it wasn’t conclusive at the time where the terrorist leader was. In fact, according to the report, bin Laden was clearly in reach at Tora Bora. Even he thought it was already over: Expecting to die, he wrote up a last will and testament.

Read more here: http://www.salon.com/politics/war_room/2009/11/30/bin_laden

http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/american-life/Report-Blames-US-Military-Leaders-for-Missing-Bin-Laden-in-2001-78086347.html

Could She Possibly Be Dumber Than Her Boss?

Is it possible?

George Bush's final spokesliar, the fast-talking-yet-slow-thinking Dana Perino actually said -- get this -- "We did not have a terrorist attack on our country during President Bush's term." Wow. This, right after jumping to the conclusion that the shootings at Fort Hood by US Army Major Nidal Hasan are to be classified a terrorist attack, despite the fact that the FBI has stated that they were not. Hasan had no connection whatsoever to any terrorist organization; he was just another nutcase with a gun.

Watch Dana blurt out possibly the biggest lie in Fox history while the guest and talking-points-parrot Sean Hannity sit there and let it slide.

And they still wonder why nobody takes them seriously.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Little Sarah Disappoints... Again

From Huffington Post:

Unhappy fans of Sarah Palin went rogue on the Alaska Republican during her book tour stop in Noblesville, Indiana on Thursday.

The local Borders outlet had handed out 1,000 wristbands to book purchasers; the wristbands were supposed to procure fans Palin's signature on their hardback copies of "Going Rogue." But several dozen people who had been promised signatures were turned away empty-handed after waiting hours in poor weather, a local news outlet, the Indy Channel, reported.

"We gave up our entire workday, stayed in the cold, my kids were crying," one man was quoted saying. "They went home with my wife. She was out here in the freezing cold all day. I feel like I don't want to support Sarah."

It just gets funnier and funnier. What did these silly, gullible people expect? Sarah "disappointed" the entire Republican party last year by being totally unprepared to answer even the simplest of questions and by being, in general, an airhead; she "disappointed" the people in Wasilla with all her corrupt cronies and inappropriate behavior; she "disappointed" the state of Alas-kah by quitting her governorship in the middle of her very first term. Did these geniuses expect her to live up to her obligations and take 2 seconds to scribble her name down?


Thursday, November 19, 2009

You Can Call Me Al


Saturday, November 14, 2009, RadioVegan meets the former Vice President of the United States, Al Gore.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Republicans Don't Trust the American Justice System

So the Obama Administration has decided to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and 4 others in New York City for their 9/11 terrorist attacks. Finally, the people responsible for the biggest terrorist attack in American history -- which happened during the Bush/Cheney Administration -- will go to trial. Putting these people on trial right in the city they tried to destroy, while the whole world is watching, is great news, right? Not for Republicans, the party of "no"... the party that finds that dark cloud on a sunny day. And why not?

Apparently republicans have no faith in the American Criminal Justice System, the one that they're always touting as the best in the world; the one the rest of the world should emulate.

Why do republicans hate America?

http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/11/15/terrorism.trial/

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jujZxVn--lj_j5uwTTzPRreHxX1gD9C0888O0

Wanda Sykes on Health Care

Wanda takes on the republicans in Congress who have health care (that you're paying for) that they don't want anyone else to have.

They got it; why should you?

Why do republicans hate America?

video

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Sarah: Too Mavericky for Words

She thought Katie Couric hit her with a "gotcha" question when asked which newspapers she reads; she couldn't tell a third grade class what a vice president does (although that was the job she was seeking); she couldn't name a single Supreme Court case she disagreed with; she was pissed because she wasn't allowed to give a concession speech on Election Night (no VP candidate ever gives a concession speech); she quit in the middle of her first term as governor to "do what's best for Alaska" (well, she got that one right); she's "written" a book and types on Facebook these days, and she's goin' on Oprah! You betcha.

Sarah Palin is lettin' it all hang out about that darn John McCain camp keepin' her bottled up and not lettin' her get on out there and plus in addition too not lettin' her be herself.

We hope she keeps writin', talkin', showin' up here and there, and never goes away. I have all my fingers and toes crossed hopin' that she's runnin' for president in 2012. Yer darn tootin'. You betcha.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-palin14-2009nov14,0,7821920.story?page=2&track=rss

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/02/mccain-campaign-manager-p_n_307523.html

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Fox Lies (Surprised?) to Make Protest Seem Bigger

...and they wonder why nobody takes them seriously.

Last week's far right-wing Teabagger protest against health care reform in Washington had thousands of people bussed in, literally, on 40 buses. The Fox Channel promoted it heavily. Still, only about 10,000 people attended according to the Washington Post. Not a bad turnout, but not the hundreds of thousands they expected.

Nonetheless, to make the crowd seem bigger, Fox used a dishonest editing trick. Watch Jon Stewart from The Daily Show on Comedy Central explain it. It's hilarious.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Cheney Opens His Creepy Mouth Again


From msnbc.com:

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. - Former Vice President Dick Cheney held back no criticism Thursday of President Barack Obama, strongly questioning the administration's policy in Afghanistan and its approach to combating terrorism.

Too bad he didn’t “question the administration’s policy” when he was the administration. Maybe our troops wouldn’t have been stuck there for 8 years with nothing to show for it. This guy was invisible for his entire term, hiding under a rock or in his dungeon. He didn’t dare open up his big, crooked, creepy mouth. Until now. These days he can’t keep it shut. And the news media is to blame -- for covering every noise he makes. Look, he’s not vice president now. He’s nothing. He’s a private citizen. I don’t want to hear from him anymore than I want to hear from, say, George Bush.

He went on (and on) about a Department of Justice investigation into so-called "enhanced interrogations" used by the CIA and military on detained suspected terrorists.

"I find that absolutely abhorrent," said Cheney. "It bothers the heck out of me that we would go after those people who have been instrumental in preventing further attacks against the United States."

Hmm. Maybe it’s because “those people” acted illegally, and under your authorization, Mr. Cheney.
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By the way, for all of you who remember the 60s... Wasn't Benton Harbor the real name of radio character Chickenman? How appropriate, for a guy who loves war but found excuses to avoid it 5 times.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Big Deal: It Covers 3 Million out of 45 Million Uninsured


I couldn't have put it better than a recent letter to the editor in the Miami Herald:

Rep. John Boehner`s Nov 4 Other Views column, Republicans have a much better plan: The Republican leadership have finally come forward, albeit nine months late and at the 11th hour, offering a plan to address health care reform.

Unfortunately for Boehner, analysis of the Republican alternative by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office determines that the proposed plan will, over 10 years, reduce the number of uninsured -- currently 45 million -- by three million. This projects leaving a full 17 percent of our population lacking coverage by 2019, exactly the same rate of uninsured we have today.

According to the CBO, the Democratic plan will cover 12 times as many people and save approximately $36 million more than the Republicans' "better plan."

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Boehner's Latest Boner

Just what is it about republicans?

They can't tell the US Constitution from the Declaration of Independence. They can't recite the Pledge of Allegiance. They send the troops off to unnecessary wars, vote against military pay raises, shut down VA hospitals, and then claim Democrats "don't support the troops." They claim Democrats are "weak on terrorism," yet on 9/11 we had a Republican President, Republican Vice President, Republican House, Republican Senate, Republican Mayor of NY and Republican Governor of NY.

Well here's the latest gaffe from the Boner. He says he's quoting the Constitution, but it's really the opening lines of the Declaration of Independence. Wow. And he's even holding his tiny edition of the Constitution! Maybe too much time in the tanning salon fried his brains...

Michelle Bachman and Virginia Foxx don't seem to notice the screw-up either.


via videosift.com

Even First Graders Know the Pledge of Allegiance

It happened in front of a crowd of right-wing Teabaggers, shipped in on 40 buses paid for by right-wing billionaire CEO David Koch who runs the organization "Americans for Prosperity," which spends millions opposing health care reform.

Kicking off yesterday’s tea party protest at the Capitol, Missouri Republican Rep. Todd Akin tried to whip up the crowd to join him in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance because it “drives the liberals crazy.”

Then he botched it.

So eager to scream the words “one nation UNDER GOD,” Akin skipped right over the next word – “indivisible” – before stumbling into “with liberty and justice for all.”



Another Republican Storms Off the Set

Former Colorado congressman Tom Tancredo (R-of course) couldn't stand the heat, had an on-camera temper tantrum and walked off the set on MSNBC yesterday (11/6/09).

The subject was the republican leaders who attended, but did not condemn, the inappropriate, hateful signs held at an anti-health care rally. These, of course, were held by the Teabaggers who are "for" nothing and "against" everything that Congress and the President are trying to accomplish. Get this -- at this particular rally in Washington DC, these right-wing crazies were holding pictures comparing health care reform to the Nazi death camps. Great. To these sickos, giving a government option to people with no health care equals Hitler killing 6 million people. Bizarre.

Well, it was pointed out to Tommy Tancredo that the military itself uses government-run health care. Tancredo became flustered and, speaking for the veterans, claimed they would rather not have health care supplied by the US military! Markos Moulitsas from the Daily Kos reminded him that he, Moulitsas, actually is a veteran and Tancredo is not. (Tancredo pushed for the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and pushed for the war in Vietnam, although he used "depression" to get out of serving. Kinda like Chickenhawk Dick Cheney, who never met a war he didn't like, unless it was his turn to fight. Then he managed to pull off FIVE deferments to stay out of Vietnam.)

So what happens when you use truth and facts with a republican? They panic and run off. Watch for yourself.

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