Thursday, September 30, 2010

Christine O'Donnell

She has nothing to do with anything important on a national level; she's running to be Senator of Delaware. But she's been such a cartoonish figure since the national spotlight hit her, that we just can't stop looking. Kinda like passing a bad car accident. That's Christine O'Donnell, Regressive Senate candidate.

She has claimed she "dabbled in witchcraft."
She has some weird sex hangups.
She would stop everyone from masturbating, if she could.
She wonders, "if evolution is real, why don't we see monkeys turning into humans today?"
She believes we have mice-people running around.

UPDATE: New quotes from Christine as of Oct 4, 2010:
She would have become a Hare Krishna (they're vegetarian) but she loves meatballs.
She claims she had classified intelligence about China plotting to take over the US.

Not making any of this up. Now she claims to have gone to several colleges that have no record of her ever attending. "Christine who?" is becoming the usual response. That's been the case with Claremont Graduate University as well as University of Oxford and Farleigh Dickinson University.

Christine who?

Last weekend, Saturday Night Live opened the show with cast member Kristen Wiig playing the part of Christine O'Donnell. It's a riot.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Republicans Unveil their Plague on America

Calling it a "pledge to America," the Regressive Party unveiled a super-secret, 21 page magic formula to fix the economy they broke in the first place with massive, unnecessary tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans and two unwinable, unpaid-for wars.

What's in this new "pledge"?

"Cut spending, slash taxes," blah blah blah. Cut what, exactly? Who knows. Their plan doesn't say. But they do say the first thing they want to do is eliminate the new Health Care Reforms that went into effect today.

As of today, 9/23/10, insurance companies
  • can no longer drop children because of pre-existing conditions
  • cannot cancel your coverage if you get sick
  • must allow young adults (up to age 26) to be covered on their parents' health care plan
  • cannot deny your right to no-cost preventative care. That means you won't have to pay out of pocket to go and get a flu shot, physical, or a mammogram
  • must rescind lifetime limits on coverage

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Republicans Refuse to Fund American Troops

Lt. Dan Choi, Arab Linguist, Iraq Veteran, West Point Graduate, Infantry Officer... fired under Don't Ask Don't Tell

They hate gay people and Hispanics so much, they VETOED a bill that would have funded the troops, because an amendment to end "Don't Ask Don't Tell" and an amendment called the "DREAM Act," were part of the bill.

The DREAM Act (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act) would have provided more paths to citizenship for children of illegal immigrants by letting them earn residency and eventual citizenship after serving in the US Army or graduating from college.

And despite the vast majority* of Americans favoring the end of institutionalized discrimination against patriotic American gays and lesbians in the armed forces, including the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Defense Secretary Robert Gates agreeing it should end, Regressives in Congress vetoed the bill today.

*In a 2008 Washington PostABC News poll, 75% of Americans – including 80% of Democrats, 75% of independents, and 66% of conservatives – said that openly gay people should be allowed to serve in the military.

A February 2010 Quinnipiac University national poll shows 57% of American voters favor gays serving openly, compared to 36% opposed, and 66% say the current policy of not allowing openly gay personnel to serve is discrimination.

A CBS News/New York Times national poll done at the same time shows 58% of Americans favor gays serving openly, compared to 28% opposed.

Too Much Caffeine? Or just plain crazy?

He's been a Republican in times good and he's been a Republican in times bad.

Enjoy these 6 minutes.

The REAL Culprits of the Record-Breaking Deficit

Chart based on numbers from the Congressional Budget Office.

It's not the paltry sums used for unemployment benefits or stimulus programs as the Regressives would have you believe. (Economists agree the best way to stimulate the economy is to provide continued unemployment benefits to those out of work.) People who have no jobs tend to SPEND EVERY DIME that comes in on things like food, electric, mortgage payments, etc., and put the money back into the system. But giving wealthy people special tax cuts just means they stash more away and invest more.

No, the real causes of the huge deficits are Bush's unnecessary tax cuts and the unnecessary wars. The chart shows, in light and dark brown, the real culprits of the record-breaking deficit.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Saturday, September 11, 2010

2 Polar Bear Ads

One for an electric car from Nissan, the other for the Environmental Defense Fund.

Uh... Who Signed What?

From the Pew Research Center:

In numerous polls, the public has voiced their displeasure at the much maligned bank bailout, but most don't know which president signed the controversial act into law. Only a third of Americans (34%) correctly say the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) was enacted by the Bush administration. Nearly half (47%) incorrectly believe TARP was passed under President Obama. Another 19% admit they do not know which president signed the bank bailout into law.

Repeat a Lie Often Enough...

... and the most gullible among us will believe it.

Just to show how easily the American public can be manipulated into believing ANYTHING, check out the poll.

CBS News poll

Of course, the Teabaggers have the highest number of geniuses who think the President either was born in some other country or simply don't know...

New Gallup Poll

America agrees with President Obama.

Despite the lies that the far rightwing mouthpieces like to spread, most of America wants to end the tax cuts for the rich and keep the tax cuts in effect for the middle class.

You could read the poll verbatim and see that 44% want to dump tax cuts for the rich and keep tax cuts for everyone making und $250,000 a year (that's 97% of Americans).

You could combine the top two numbers and see that 81% want to keep tax cuts for the middle class (with or without tax cuts for the rich).

And you could combine the bottom two numbers and see that 59% want to dump tax cuts for the rich (with or without dumping cuts to the middle class).

Friday, September 10, 2010

Another Fox Channel Lie

Seems like there's a new one every day.

In this one, careful editing makes it look like President Obama is promising to raise taxes on everybody! This is a direct quote from President Obama's speech in Cleveland on Sept. 8 of this year: "Under the tax plan passed by the last administration, taxes are scheduled to go up substantially next year. Now, I believe we ought to make the tax cuts for the middle class permanent." Fox News broadcast an edited film clip of the speech that showed President Obama saying only, "taxes are scheduled to go up substantially next year." They, then, went on to declare that President Obama wants to raise everyone's taxes.

Nobody can make it as funny as Jon Stewart of The Daily Show on Comedy Central. Watch and see how he teaches msnbc to "selectively edit" and "shape the news" the way Fox does.

Click here and scroll down to watch the video:

Jan Brewer (R) "Has Did" Her Best

It's only been a few months since she automatically became Governor of Arizona, after Governor Janet Napolitano resigned and joined the Obama Administration, but it's seemed like years. Now she's running to actually be elected. Here she is, acting as if she's dealing with an infamous "gotcha!" question, but in actuality, reading her prepared opening statement -- and going blank. How is it possible to be this bad when you're not ad-libbing, but simply reading what's written on your script which is right in front of your face?

Watch and cringe with Jan as she goes silent for 15 seconds:

My favorite part is the nervous laugh followed by the line, "We have did what was right for Arizona. I have really did the very best anyone could do..."

Yep. You sure done did it.

The debate was so embarrassingly horrific, she declared she would not done-did-do another debate. Ever.

This is the same Jan Brewer (R) who claimed that because of illegal immigrants, "law enforcement agencies have found bodies in the desert either buried or just lying out there that have been beheaded." In reality, no law enforcement agency has actually found any bodies with the heads cut off. And when asked about her bizarre claim, this happened: