Thursday, December 31, 2009

Boomerang Effect

From MSNBC:
Is he faking it? Moreover, who cares?

I'm sure many folks will be inclined to give Limbaugh the same compassion and respect he displayed toward Michael J. Fox.

What goes around comes around.

Truth to the Point

I just love James Carville:

"Wild-Eyed Mob: If you ask me, 2010 is going to be the knockdown, drag out campaign of all time. Tea bag wing nuts, delusional birthers and all sorts of right-wingers are frothing at the mouth about the President's agenda for moving America forward and swimming in cash from some of the country's biggest corporate interests. Their all consuming obsession is to take down President Obama and take over Congress by any means necessary. We know Republicans have zero interest in taking on the big challenges facing America."

The statement comes via Carville from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), and couldn't be more right on the money.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Denial Mission

The pathetic truth from the White House blog, dated 24 December 2009 and written by White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer:

Once the [healthcare] bill hit the Senate floor, Republicans passed up the chance to offer constructive amendments. Instead they chose to obstruct votes and offer six separate motions to essentially start from scratch.

The sad truth is that Congressional Republican leaders decided early on that their best move was to "delay, define, and derail" reform – not to find common ground on a bill both parties could support. They made clear their hopes that health insurance reform would be President Obama’s "Waterloo" and that it would "break him" politically.

In the process, they lost sight of the fact that this was never about President Obama – it was about the families struggling to keep up with skyrocketing premiums; the small businesses forced to choose covering employees and staying afloat; the 15,000 Americans who lost insurance every day this year. Today's vote was a victory for them.


It's the bitter and embarrassing truth.

Anyone rallying for the GOP in their demented mission of denial should be ashamed to call themselves true Americans.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Blither Blather

This man will go bitter to his grave over last year's election loss:
The "Maverick" dogs the President at every turn, no matter what the issue is. If Obama said the sky was blue, McCain would claim it was red. The man is as obvious in his resentment as the day is long.

McCain's fake smile abounds, but what has he really accomplished since the election besides a load of codswallop rooted in jealousy and bitter disappointment?

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Posturing Anew

And it continues:
Does the GOP think drastic statements validate their "concern" about healthcare reform? That if they are willing "lay down in traffic to stop the bill" that their opposition has genuine merit? Perhaps in the minds of those easily swayed, but not with the general public.

Where was the GOP when thousands upon thousands were queuing for the free healthcare clinics?

The right-wing's only interest is in protecting insurance company profits, and therefore their own pockets, rather than the welfare of the American people.

In the Dark

These people are desperately uninformed and nonsensical:
On the other hand, their lack of real knowledge is embarrassing which in turn makes them scary. They actually believe what they spew.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Money Pit

Here we go:
I'm of the opinion that institutions suddenly paying back Uncle Sam think such actions will justify their multi-million-dollar executive bonuses.

In other words, now that they've repaid their federal debt they can begin the process anew that helped get us into an economic mess in the first place.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Right Wing Bubble

Is it just me, or is the lack of right-wing purpose growing instead of dissipating?
Good grief – the GOP needs to get over it, already!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Grains of Duplicity

Oh, the hypocrisy of it:
Where was the GOP during the Bush years? Off in la-la land with their heads buried in the sand?

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Another Call Out

White House response to Charles Krauthammer's article in the Washington Post:
I've never thought highly of Krauthammer or his illogical observations, so the article is not such a surprise. Besides, he commentates for Fixed News. That says it all.

Witty Thanks

This is very funny but also very accurate:
My first laugh-out-loud reason was: "We're (not) thankful Dick Cheney has elected to move from his undisclosed location to the media spotlight."

Happy Holidays…

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Church & State

In a perfect world, religion has no place in politics:
Patrick Kennedy has been barred from receiving communion at a central Rhode Island Catholic church by its bishop because he supports abortion rights. However, Kennedy can receive communion elsewhere (re: in another state).

I was born and raised Catholic, but do not agree with the Church's position on abortion. (See my post Pro Choice from 04/22/09). No religious body or individual has the right to direct another person's medical choices, plain and simple.

People who claim to be against abortion are given the right to their own views, so please return the favor.

Cloture Vote

Finally, the Senate makes a bit of progress:
Mind you, this is just a vote to debate healthcare legislation, not an actual vote on the legislation itself.

To see how your own senator voted on the issue, have a look at the MSNBC map below:


I don't understand why the right-wing objects to a mere debate on healthcare. Trying to send a message, are they? The only point I receive from their stupidity is they will object to any and all Obama-related legislation even as it hurts their constituents.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Dobbs-o-phobia

Is this man completely out of his mind?

I certainly did not intend to go on about this windbag of a loser, but can anyone honestly imagine the words "Senator or President Dobbs"? Good God!

However, importunate nuts from the right-wing might just be stupid enough to take Dobbs' delusional rhetoric to another level.

That's okay, though, as the more Limbaugh-Beck-Cheney-Palin types they throw into the mix, the better for the Democratic Party.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Healthcare Notes

The program Sick Around the World is a real eye-opener for those who still have doubts about healthcare reform in the United States.

From Frontline/PBS:

In Sick Around the World, FRONTLINE teams up with veteran Washington Post foreign correspondent T.R. Reid to find out how five other capitalist democracies - the United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, Taiwan and Switzerland - deliver health care, and what the United States might learn from their successes and their failures.

Another illuminating phenomenon is the National Association of Free Clinics program that took place over the weekend in New Orleans, to be followed by stops in Little Rock (11/21/09) and Kansas City.

The long lines of hundreds and thousands desperate for medical attention are just more examples that demonstrate the need for universal healthcare in this country.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Dobbs Be Gone

Oh boo hoo: Longtime anchor Lou Dobbs leaving CNN.

I doubt anyone believes the claptrap that Dobbs chose to leave CNN without a prod from the top. He was probably not given a choice in the matter, but considering he was at CNN for such a long time they more than likely allowed him to "leave" before his contract expired in order to save face.

A bloody liar and hypocrite to the bitter end…

POSTSCRIPT 11/16/09: Dobbs says CNN departure was amicable and CNN paid Lou Dobbs $8 million to quit.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Bull's-Eye

I couldn't have said it better myself:

"I got mine, you get yours" seems to be the creed by which today's Republican Party operates. And, it is this Republican Party that has opposed every initiative, every policy and every program President Obama has proposed since assuming office in January.

The paragraph was included in an e-mail newsletter from Rhode Island representative Patrick Kennedy via the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Please Read!

Will the people brainwashed by GOP propaganda PLEASE read this?
Please, please read it!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Bits & Pieces

I can't believe so much time has passed since I last posted, but I've been rather busy. Besides, the political news – especially coming from the right – has been consistently redundant and nothing to write home about.

However, these headlines at Think Progress caught my eye this morning:
I recall seeing Ohio representative John Boehner on television recently, wielding the 1,000-page-plus Democratic healthcare plan as if to imply it was impossible to decipher because of its size.

To begin with, the healthcare issue is complicated and requires great attention to detail. Second, isn't that the job Boehner and his right-wing cohorts were elected to do – craft legislation to meet the needs of the American people? Does he have something better to do? Perhaps actual work-time might cut into his allocation at the press podium, where he continually spouts nonsense rhetoric?

So it stands to reason that the GOP's alternative healthcare plan "will not prevent insurance providers from barring clients based on preexisting conditions."

And another headline:
God forbid we should benefit from a healthcare system that treats everyone, and not just the privileged few. If everyone were to vote Democratic, cutting loose a bunch of useless GOP representatives and senators would not be such a great loss.

Perhaps the prospect of losing their own premium healthcare coverage and having to look for a real job might make them think twice about their actions in the future.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Media Dreamscapes

This would be a dream come true:
Let's get all the bigots and blowhards together on one network. What a road and pony show that would be, and might be worth watching if only briefly for a quick laugh. All Fixed News needs to do now is get Limbaugh on board and their vaudeville routine will be complete.

Last year I wrote a blog entry about various political analysts, party strategists, campaign advisors, journalists and other commentators' during the election campaign via television. This is the comment I penned about Lou Dobbs at the time:

There is only one phrase for this self-proclaimed "independent." He is nothing but an overblown windbag with a pink face and up-in-the-air-Republican nose who cannot hide the fact that he hates Barack Obama.

Click here to read the entire blog entry (Long Media Season).

On a similar note:
I'm glad someone in a visible position at the White House finally came out and acknowledged that Fixed News is not a legitimate news source. Or, as White House communications director Anita Dunn said: "But let's not pretend they're a news network they way CNN is."

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Moot Mob

I am disgusted by Republican reaction to President Obama's receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize, although I shouldn't be. Their typically unpatriotic response to anything Obama isn't a surprise, but there is always hope looming deep in the soul that the right-wing mob will finally see the light of day.

But, as I've said before, when a group of people remain in denial and spread hatred and lies to promote character assassination, it's hard for them to change paths. Since they have nothing to offer otherwise, I suppose it's a moot point.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Anti-American

This pretty much says it all:
In what other country would one political party be happy about losing an Olympic bid? The right-wing are so completely frozen by their own vitriol not only can't they do their jobs, they jump on a frothing bandwagon that makes them appear not to have America's best interests at heart.

Is that really a surprise to anyone? The GOP's non-action in regards to legislature and their aimless rhetoric paints them as anti-American in almost every sense, and they keep digging themselves into a deeper hole as each day passes.

Angry Stir

I will never understand certain people. While it is obvious the right-wing is desperate to keep the current healthcare system in place in order to keep the money flowing in their direction, how can the average American not see the corruption and furiously demand answers from their legislators?

I'm of the firm opinion that the collective legislative bodies see their constituents as uneducated and uninformed, and therefore easily led, deceived and decidedly susceptible to fear-mongering.

Why do people put up with it? We elect legislators to office, meaning they are sent to Washington to do a job and not to further their own interests. When are people going to say enough is enough and start taking control of their destinies?

I hope I live to see the day.

What do we really have to lose at this point but a slew of useless politicians who amply compensate themselves with hefty salaries and top-quality healthcare while the rest of us flounder?

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Call Out

Democrats.Org has a feature entitled "Call 'em Out" which includes debunking lies spread by the right-wing.

The header of the page contains a quote from the President:

"I will not waste time with those who have made the calculation that it's better politics to kill this plan than improve it... If you misrepresent what's in the plan, we will call you out.”

So far, there have been call-outs on House Minority Leader John Boehner and Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty.

Both men have perpetuated lies about healthcare reform, and have been duly called out for it.

The White House Blog also frequently clarifies right-wing fallacies about healthcare reform.

Good Giggle

This was good for a laugh:
Foot-in-mouth RNC Chairman Michael Steele remains a public joke, but at least the White House is able to make light of his remarks.

Since they have so far resisted all attempts to ease the plight of average Americans, it's no surprise the GOP dismisses the possibility of creating 315,000 new full-time jobs in America.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Two-Faced Guise

I was never impressed by Rudy Giuliani. Plain and simple, I don't like him. Not just because he is a Republican mind you, but because his behavior continually smacks of contrivance, even during the horrors of 9/11.

So I found this You Tube video interesting, as presented by New York City firefighters:
I was irretrievably turned off by Giuliani during the Republican convention last year, when he mocked the fact that Barack Obama was once a community organizer. Leave it to a right-wing nut to degrade work that helps those less fortunate in society. To me it was just another example of the low-class ethics and false sense of undeserving entitlement from the right.

Besides, what kind of man is content to be estranged from his own children, for God's sake?

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sunday Reads

What I read this morning with my first cups of coffee:
As for President Obama skipping Fixed News as part of his weekend interview schedule, I'm assuming he prefers to talk with legitimate news sources to clarify serious issues. Many people have become confused and angry by the goings-on in Washington, in part due to Fox Noise and their misrepresentation of the facts.

The right-wing clamors for more definition of the President's policies, saying he has not explained himself well enough. Now that he has appeared on multiple television programs to clarify his position on the issues, the conservatives are bleating that he is "overexposed." There's no making them happy, so why waste any more time trying?

Take from it what you will.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Class & Glimmer

There is one word that defines the glaring difference between President Obama and his heckling, right-wing opponents: class.

While the President is calm, measured, respectful and articulate, his right-wing counterparts come off as deranged and uneducated country bumpkins with serious racial overtones.

Their acceptance and encouragement of imperceptive behavior, blatant disrespect for the office of the President and their perpetuation of vile public demonstrations shows the GOP – finally – for what they really are.

In essence, those who identify with the current rabble signal they are not interested in patriotism. They could care less about the average man, woman and child walking down Main Street. More importantly, they have no real concern for those Americans living without health insurance who may, in some cases, die from lack of coverage. The right-wing protest against healthcare reform simply validates what most of us already know: as long as people have their own insurance security, they don't give a damn about anyone else. The sentiment reeks of anti-Americanism.

Addressing the race issue is now a moot point. It's as obvious as the day is long. However, those citizens who reject Barack Obama as their President for such reasons, despite the overwhelming election in his favor, have since stated their case as unpatriotic Americans who don't have a Christian bone in their bodies.

President Obama's natural high class is not comprised of empty rhetoric or false understanding of the issues at hand. He remains above the fray because he is a decent human being who wants to improve the lives of Americans rather than crush their hopes or fan their fears with lies and scare tactics. His intelligence and grasp of the work to be done is essential not only for the success of his Presidency but for the betterment of the nation as a whole.

Class and decency are not words commonly associated with certain members of the Republican party. Ethical character flaws and hints of bigotry aside, one might think the real needs of the American people would be paramount to the GOP and the extreme right-wing rather than the blatant attempts to destroy the moral values and good intentions of our President.

Given the last few months of acrimony, outright lies and mostly-feigned anger at summer town hall meetings, I would be reluctant to trust a member of the GOP legislative body at the moment.

However, if they were to pull themselves out of the bitter and hateful mire of their own making there still might be time for Congress to work in harmony to engender practical solutions for the American people on a myriad of issues. It sounds crazy, I know, but one can always dream. And dreams are free.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed, but the glimmer of hope is fading fast.

More Duplicity

An article well-worth the read:
The piece is the third installment in Think Progress' series Meet Your Insurance Company Executive.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Voice of Truth

Former President Jimmy Carter hit the nail on the head:
And it's bound to continue as long as the right-wing nuts continue to purposely add fuel to the fire.

Is that the kind of America people really want? I don't think so.

More Right-Wing Bunk

The right wing can't even tell the truth about their little rallies:
The initial claim that 1.5 million attended the ludicrous Beck-driven event was typical bunk. I might accept that "tens of thousands" showed up, comprised of mostly white people, but it is still an irrelevant faction of the 300 million-plus Americans in the United States who want real healthcare reform.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Freaky Saturday

I will never understand why people listen to Beck or watch his television program:
Has all logic and reason fled a certain portion of the population?

And more to the point:
Is it a surprise most of the "marchers" were white and hail from the south? And despite Senator Jim DeMint's statement that attendees were "informed and outraged," they were anything but.

Willingly brainwashed is more like it.

If residents of select southern states are so unhappy, why not do what they have threatened for years and just secede from the union and be done with it?

We would all be better off for it.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Hot Collar Backlash

Here are a few comments floating around about the behavior of Congressman Joe Wilson, the moron who shouted out during the President's congressional address last night:
  • House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) responded to Joe Wilson's heckling of the president last night by saying that Wilson 'took our state's reputation to a new low.' "I thought Mark Sanford had taken it as low as it could go, but this is beyond the pale," said Clyburn. (From: Think Progress).
  • The most effective part of Obama's speech last night might not have been what he said but rather what Joe Wilson yelled: "You lie." It could be an incredibly important moment for the president and the congressional Dem leadership because it does a couple of things: 1) paint a picture of the Republicans as ornery and hard to work with, and 2) remind conservative Democrats that they may not want to line up with folks like Joe Wilson when casting votes. Let's be honest: Wilson did more to undermine the GOP's efforts to come across as reasonable opposition as anything any conservative cable host has done in the past few months. In short, he gave voice – literally - to the president's attempts to paint some of his opponents as shrill. (From: First Read).
  • Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate, predicted that Wilson's outburst would have consequences. "The person who said it will pay a price," Durbin said. "I think the average American thinks that the president and the office deserve respect, and that was a disrespectful comment. They'll pay a price in the court of public opinion." (From: Politico).
I was still hot under the collar when I posted my Piggy GOP entry earlier (or rather late last night), but I still think right-wing legislators are completely useless. They are not working for the American people, obviously. Instead, they are obsessed with bringing down the President with falsehoods, hate-speech and barely-veiled bigotry no matter the cost to their own constituents and other citizens in the United States.

Their lack of respect is appalling and disgusting, and merely confirms my opinion that members of the GOP are nothing more than the lowest class in the dregs of society.

Besides, they are currently in the minority. Why do they assume that any of their clouded demands should be met or even considered?

Piggy GOP

This is the sickness that is known as the GOP:
While I felt President Obama's address to Congress was moving, inspirational and a shot in the arm for healthcare reform, the typical ugliness of the Republican party was made evident by the sour and piggish presentations of old, white men in their undeserved and stinking seats.

They reek of southern racism and bigotry in general which is decidedly un-American and definitely non-Christian. The majority of them do not belong in the public eye, much less in public service for the American people.

If anyone should be booed off the political stage, it is the right-wing adult schoolchildren with wrinkled and bitter faces who hold dear their useless careers rather than the wishes of the people who elected them to do a job.

At this stage in the game, no one is really interested in their deliberately obvious distractions of twisted and blatantly malicious playground antics.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Thursday Dose

As the folderol over healthcare and President Obama in general continues, I am more convinced than ever that America is the shameful home of a consistently growing number of bigots, racists and non-Christian religious fanatics.

In all truth, bigotry and racism has been scarcely banked for decades and is now coming fiercely to the fore disguised as displeasure with the Obama administration and its plans to benefit the American people.

How can anyone who wishes death on the President or dismisses the plight of others profess to be a true Christian, or a real American for that matter?
The ever-increasing desensitization, selfishness and priggishness of the Republican party is embarrassing. Is it any wonder that America is mocked and derided by other nations as the right-wing displays its true colors in full view of the world?

The days of rational discussion and logical debate between parties are over. The divide has always been there, but since President Obama's election the gulf has increased beyond repair. None of the divisiveness is President Obama's fault, however. He has tried repeatedly to bring members of the right-wing into ongoing issues but they will have none of it. It has become par for the course.

In my own life, I have a high disregard and distrust for people who squirm out from the right-wing woodwork. They cannot be trusted, frankly. I will not make room for the intolerant, the bigoted or the self-serving. Part of this stems from my own experience with people, while most of it comes from the aforementioned unbridgeable gap between political parties that does not allow for reasonable discourse.

The latest propaganda about President Obama's upcoming speech to schoolchildren being presented as nothing more than indoctrination is another sign of the instability and massive paranoia of the right wing.

Where are the lucid voices of the conservative political party? They are lost in a sea of hatred, bigotry and self-serving maneuvers where working together for the common good is not even an option.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Top 5 Lies About Healthcare Reform

Please pay attention:
The article may even crack the brainwash encasing those seemingly too far gone into right wing nuttery.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Pulpit Madness

I'm all for freedom of speech, but this freak needs to be placed in a psychiatric hospital for observation:
And here I thought all nut jobs spawned from the south…

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Dip Stick Anchors

More proof that the right-wing is comprised of a complete array of dip-sticks:
Gee, is such a revelation a true surprise?

Don't these people ever become embarrassed by their own lack of education, basic incredibility and excessive bigotry?

Irish Funny Bone

My favorite part of the Irish wake held for Senator Kennedy yesterday:
I laughed so hard listening to John Culver that tears were streaming down my face by the end of his sixteen-minute eulogy. It was an example of a perfect Irish wake.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Mirrored Inhumanity

From the London Times:
Gordon Brown is facing a Labour revolt over plans to cut the benefits of the poorest families by up to £15 a week, The Times can reveal.

What is it about the self-described upper echelons in America and across the pond that drives them to further humiliate the disadvantaged or the less financially endowed? Why not take away entitlements from the snoot-nosed politicians and grumblers nestled in the armpit of the far right?

For lack of a better idiom, the scum of the earth hath no conscience.

Inspired Loyalty

A wonderful article about Senator Kennedy's extraordinary staff:
That Ted Kennedy inspired such loyalty and work ethics in the poisonous political climate currently at play is nothing short of miraculous.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Hate Train

GOP hypocrisy and hate rhetoric rolls on:
McCain appeased the attendee with: "You're exactly right. That's why I want to make health care insurance available and affordable to you sir." Last night, during an interview on Fixed News, McCain said: "America just is not ready for quality government-run health care."
In other words, disadvantaged former residents of New Orleans are "debris" in Boortz's eyes, and more than likely viewed the same by bigoted right-wingers. What a lovely group of people they are! However, President Bush's ineptitude during the actual Katrina crisis in 2005 was already a glaring red flag to the dismal and hateful character of the GOP.

To me, Republicans represent divisiveness, bigotry and non-action. They have no intention or desire to help working Americans, mainly because they are consumed with vicious hatred for President Obama and are determined to see his policies fail whether they benefit the American people or not.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Honoring Kennedy

A perfect idea:
I've written about the tragic loss of Ted Kennedy on my primary blog Irish Eyes: Another Iconic Passing.

Pointless Displays

I am so unmoved by the continued idiocy displayed at town hall meetings that I find no reason to cite them anymore. They have quickly become redundant, not worth mentioning or contemplating in serious discussion.

Thus the lack of blog posts over the last several days.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Must Reads

Two articles I encourage everyone to read, especially if you have real concerns or doubts about healthcare reform:
I wish people could be reasonable in the face of serious issues rather than trying to drown out the truth with myths and deliberate misinformation. The American people are the ones suffering for it, not the right-wing fanatics who are only interested in the financial bottom line instead of the right to decent healthcare.

Frank Response

Good for Barney Frank:
It's about time someone fought back against the nut jobs and faux "grassroots" groups being purposely bussed into various town hall meetings.

Most elected officials don't have the courage to directly respond to freaks in the crowd in fear they won't be reelected, but Congressman Frank seems to have no problem in speaking the truth and dismissing those who would detract from the real issues at hand.

And he's funny to boot.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Work for Health

I wish there was a program like this where I live:
I had major surgery with an extended hospital stay in June 2008, and I'm still trying to pay off the hospital, as well as various doctors, labs and anesthesiologists. I have insurance, but the amount I was left to pay is still astronomical. I would be willing to work it off in the form of web design or other computer tasks, but the medical community in my area does not offer such options.

Unfortunately I live in a Republican-dominated state, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised.

Poll Be Damned

I find the results of this poll very hard to believe:
However, this makes perfect sense:

The South, unlike the rest of the country, appears to have their TV dials stuck on "FOX NEWS." Except for the youth, that is. 82 percent of 18-29-year-old respondents never watched FNC.

No wonder these people remain uninformed and ready to believe anything coming from the mouths of hate-mongers at Fixed News. I cannot look at the supposed "news channel" without becoming infuriated by the inaccurate reports and the obvious loathing anchors and guests have for President Obama.

Who can watch that kind of crap? People born and bred in the south, naturally – it certainly explains the poll numbers.

I'm perfectly happy to stick with MSNBC so I can receive accurate reporting without the obligatory hate-commentary. Objective people want facts, not the biased gobbledygook offered by Fixed News.

Unless you're from the south, of course.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Right-Wing Disregard

If this isn't a glaring sign that we need healthcare reform as soon as possible, I don't know what is:
Thank God for RAM (Remote Area Medical). What other options are available for the people flooding the LA Forum to receive free healthcare? None, of course - or they wouldn't be there in the first place.

Right-wing legislators need to get off their politically-motivated stumps and work for the people of America instead of encouraging misinformation and creating public divisiveness.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Telling Census

Take a look at the new MSNBC/Newsvine Poll:
As of 11:30 a.m. today, 52.3% of poll-voters think "A Republican Party/conservative movement -- less than seven months removed from the White House – is stoking anger in hopes it will return them to power."

Smart Ads

Too bad more companies don't yank their advertising from substandard television programs:
According to Think Progress, other companies have also withdrawn their advertising from Beck's offensive program, including Proctor & Gamble, Progressive Insurance, Lexis-owned Lawyers.Com, Men's Wearhouse and Sargento Cheese.

Good Marks

President Obama did an excellent job at his town hall meeting in New Hampshire yesterday.

He debunked the ridiculous myths circulating about healthcare reform with ease and clarity. His steady-hand makes the right-wing faux protesters appear even more absurd in their continued fanaticism.

It's unfortunate not all town hall meetings can be conducted in such a civilized and productive manner.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Blurred Litany

Is it any wonder Sarah Palin can't be taken seriously?
The fact that she commends Michele Bachmann in her statement is another red flag as to her intellectual density, although it fits into the right-wing fear-mongering party mould. Palin and Bachmann are cut from the same warped cloth. Anyone who listens to either of them and believes what they say is most likely uneducated, gullible, and predisposed against President Obama in the first place. It has naught to do with solutions or working together as Americans. Frankly, Palin's divisive nature and lack of intellect leads me to believe she has no idea what it is to be an American.

There is no such thing as a "death panel" in President Obama's healthcare plan, but Palin and her ilk continue to press the issue despite the facts.
An explanation of "end of life" care in the President's plan:

"This provision, which has been supported by the AARP, would allow senior citizens access to a professional medical counselor who will provide them with any information they might need about preparing a living will, providing medical power of attorney, and—if they are seeking this kind of advice—end of life decisions. These counseling sessions are not mandatory; they are simply made available to those who wish to use the service because they are unable to receive the information from another source. This means that if a senior is seeking such advice and guidance, Medicare would cover it. This measure would allow Medicare to compensate doctors for discussing with their patients the most difficult care choices—those that happen at the end of life. It would actually empower individuals to make the best decisions for themselves and their families, and better ensure that their wishes will be followed."

To get the real facts about the proposed healthcare plan, peruse the Health Insurance Reform Reality Check web site.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Discord or Die

Yet another conflict-ridden offering from Fixed News:
I don't know why I even bother mentioning the latest round of aid-and-abet right-wing antics. They are now so transparent in their divisive and hypocritical dealings that it's commonplace, perhaps a future footnote when history attempts to describe their laughingstock of a party.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Trickle of Acuity

CNN's "report card" on the second one hundred days of the Obama administration is interesting. Almost every category in the report – including the behavior of the media – received poor to failing grades.

However, "votes" submitted to form the report card were cast by a minuscule portion of the population so it's hard to take the statistics too seriously. For example, only 8,384 people voiced their opinion on President Obama's second one hundred days in office (rendering a C+ average grade).

Other "grades" included the performance of the Democratic Party in Congress (57% in the right direction based on 1,010 votes) and Republican leaders in Congress (53% in the wrong direction based on 1,010 votes).

As for President Obama personally, 72% of 1,026 votes indicate he inspires confidence while 53% felt he has clear plans for solving the country's problems.

The report card perhaps gives a hint of public evaluation, although I would be more apt to take it seriously if the number of participants numbered in the millions rather than the thousands.

Mob Misrule

The deliberate interference of recent town hall meetings reminds me of the McCain-Palin rally attendees during last year's election. In news clips, most of the disrupters appear as uneducated, uninformed and southern-drawled. I also believe many of the incoherent exhibitions are racially motivated because there is a certain faction of the population who still refuse to accept Barack Obama as President.
Some of the "protesters" are now inciting unchecked violence, another reminder of the McCain-Palin rallies. It doesn't take much effort to whip-up the easily-led into aimless frenzies, even displays that border on "mob" mentality.

As is typical, the right-wing would rather spread fear and lies through staged outrage instead of offering their own viable solutions. They also seem intent on stopping other people from making their own choices, whether it has to do with healthcare, abortion or other social issues.

If any group of people projects from a Nazi-like stance, it is the extreme members of the GOP who scream and shout over anyone who doesn't agree with them. Promoting real progress and rational discussion is beyond the scope of their abilities at this point, which renders them virtually ineffectual in the scheme of things.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Pretense Be Gone

You had to know this was coming:
The GOP doesn't even make a pretense of working anymore.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Desperate Doings

The right-wing cannot even conduct or take part in honest town hall meetings:
GOP desperation has reached a ridiculous level. I'm sorry to say it's not at all surprising.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

GOP Autocracy

Again, Republicans are trying to take away free choice:
Isn't it bad enough that the GOP is trying to take away our rights to obtain an abortion and block choices in same-sex marriage? What's next? A ban on religious freedom?

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

In the Money

As the economy slowly becomes more solvent, Republicans still can't resist lambasting the President on the merits of his Stimulus Package. They attacked it six months ago, and they are still bemoaning its existence despite their lack of action or direction in providing solutions of their own.

Considering that only about 25% of the stimulus package money has been spent, how can anyone determine the full affects of economic recovery at this point? The right-wing prefers to fan the flames of impatience by suggesting the plan is not working because its impact was not instantaneous.

Why not shed light on the Republican governors who refused stimulus money to extend unemployment benefits? And why weren't the right-wingers on top of the situation when Bush initially drove the economy down the drain with his governing practices, or when he injected the first stimulus package into the economy?

The following New York Times article written by Vice President Joe Biden perhaps explains it best:
Such as:
[And] those hardest hit by the recession are getting extended unemployment insurance, health coverage and other help to get through these tough times. The bottom line is that two-thirds of the Recovery Act doesn't finance "programs," but goes directly to tax cuts, state governments and families in need, without red tape or delays.
In another NYT article (President Urges Public Patience on Economy), White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel said: "I think the public knows three things: We inherited a total mess; we're working hard on it; and we're not going to get out of it overnight. Here's the deal: The key to what this year is about is rescuing the economy from falling off the cliff and trying to put in place the building blocks of recovery."

I feel most informed Americans understand the gradual process of economic recovery, especially the time it will take to chip away at the mountain of debt initiated by former president Bush.

Dunce on Air

I find it incomprehensible that this idiot is allowed on the airwaves:

Glenn Beck "Obama is a Racist": This president has exposed himself, I think, as a guy, over and over and over again, who has a deep-seated hatred for white people, or white culture. He has a, this guy is, I believe, a racist.

If Beck is the best Fixed News has to offer, they are more seriously damaged and bigoted than everyone realizes. Their "unfair and unbalanced" reporting is glaringly obvious on a daily basis, but when they let loose a moron like Beck they merely deepen their irrelevance as a cable news source.

There's more: After saying Obama has hatred for white people Beck claims: I'm not saying that he doesn't like white people.

I just have one question: Why is this even an issue? The right-wing seems determined to keep distrust between the races alive and thriving.

Beck is a typical Mormon Republican who claims to represent Christian values but feels justified in slurring the President of the United States with baseless accusations and outright lies.

Like most members of the GOP, he seems to have nothing better to do.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Gangrenous Brew

Members of the Democrat and Republican parties have always been known to go after one another. It's a fact of life, and the cornerstone of national politics.

During the eight-year horror known as the Bush Circus, gobs of Democrats went after President Bush on political talk shows and in print media. They had good reason. The man was – and is - an idiot, plain and simple. Almost single-handedly Bush put the United States into the worst economic mire since the Great Depression by giving preference to the wealthiest of citizens in the tax structure. He ignored human suffering in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, and he knowingly gave false purpose to the American people for initiating the war in Iraq.

That's just the tip of the iceberg. However, during the worst moments of Bush Junior's presidency the Democrats may have bemoaned his stupidity but in my recollection they never attacked him with the bitter hatred and divisiveness that the right-wing now heaps upon President Obama on a daily basis.

The anger is very much alive in the GOP, and is akin to a bitter, simmering and gangrenous stew. The right-wing simply won't accept Barack Obama as their President. They are in a constant fervor to try and bring him down, no matter that their political rhetoric, propaganda and non-action hurts the very people they were elected to represent.

At the nucleus of this self-imposed rancor and bitterness – disguised as a difference of political ideals – is a hatred steeped in racial bigotry. I am convinced of it. Very few people will say it aloud, but most members of the GOP are keepers of a fanatical racial split that should have died a natural death a long time ago, or rather never existed in the first place. They mask their prejudice with loudly spoken "differences of opinion and ideals," but they are fooling only themselves and the select uneducated right-wing masses who blindly cheer them from the sidelines.

It infuriates me. People as mentioned above are not true espousers of moral values. Instead, they are non-Christian enablers of mutual denial that manifest their ignorance with repugnant self-righteousness, fanatical behavior and nonsensical dialogue.

My biggest fear is that the most mentally unstable of the extreme right-wing, spurred on by continuous GOP mumbo-jumbo idiolect, might decide to take matters into their own hands by physically harming the President.

On a related note, during the inauguration of President Obama former vice-president Dick Cheney did not rise from his wheelchair for the duration of the event. The formal excuse given was that Cheney injured his back while packing boxes and was unable to walk without pain. What a load of codswallop. The angry and deranged little bastard was simply determined not to show his respect for the newly-elected President by rooting his useless arse in a wheelchair.

To me, the action began a shameful and loathsome derision against President Obama that permeates the right-wing to the present day.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Losers on the Beach

So keeping company with dipstick John Boehner is more important than passing healthcare reform for the benefit of the American people?
Have members of the GOP forgotten that the American people pay their salaries? The right-wing "beach party" is like a slap in the face to people waiting for some small sign that Republicans actually give a damn about the people of this nation rather than chasing their own twisted political agendas.

As they chortle over their self-claimed superiority, I hope they gag on their Mojitos and choke on their beach wieners-in-a-bun.

What a bunch of predictable losers.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

GOP Hypocrisy at its Finest

Another Republican hypocrite on the prowl:
Jindal's actions are hardly surprising since I've always felt he was a two-faced pantywaist governor, but how does he manage to face the people of Louisiana with a straight face?

Good Presser

I don't much care what the pundits – Democrat or Republican - have to say about President Obama's press conference last night. I thought he did a splendid job. He answered questions concisely and calmly, with an obvious deep knowledge of all the issues in front of him.

It stands to reason the right-wing, insurance and pharmaceutical companies are against him. If his proposed health care reform passes, it will mean less money in the greedy pockets of the aforementioned and the hell with actual benefits for the American people.

Whacko-Crawling

Anyone who believes President Obama is not an American citizen is simply quite deranged; or perhaps so full of hate and fear perpetuated by right-wing fanatics that their only response is to spew nonsense and ignore the truth.
Elected members of the right-wing will not participate in the business of serving the American people. Instead they spend their time – while on salary paid by the people – trying to convince the populace that the President is not an American citizen and out to destroy the country with his policies.

How do these idiots get elected in the first place? And from what hideous woodwork did they crawl from?

Monday, July 20, 2009

Predictable Noise

The typical guest-caliber at Fixed News:

Rather than report the news in a fair and balanced manner, Fixed News prefers to dredge-up a lowlife who feels "the Taliban can save us a lot of legal hassles and legal bills" by simply killing the American solider now in captivity.

Even if it is found that the solider in question walked away from his post, the extremism perpetuated by the right-wing once again sits square on the fanatical fence with little human regard for anyone who isn't as brainwashed as they are.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Judging Sonia

I've been listening to the confirmation hearings for Judge Sonia Sotomayor all week, impressed by her steady answers and relatively calm demeanor. Not even the most self-righteous of Republicans (re: Senator Lindsey Graham with the pantywaist-aura) seemed able to ruffle her feathers, although they had very little to fling against her in the first place.

Judge Sotomayor is perhaps the best-qualified candidate for the Supreme Court I have seen or heard in my lifetime of recall. The right wing may grumble, hem and haw but they know they have no concrete "mud" in which to credibly block her appointment. Besides, I believe their motivation in the hearings is not to piss off the Hispanic vote in reference to future elections rather than their mock disgruntlement over statements and judicial decisions she has made in the past.

I have always viewed the GOP as lacking in basic standards and integrity, but perhaps the absence of political direction within their own base will lead them down the right path this time.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Old & Jaded

Gee, what a surprise:
What is there left to defend in the Republican party? Their hypocrisy speaks loud and clear, and has for a long time in my opinion. The GOP is comprised of greedy politicians who prefer lining their own pockets rather than listening to and taking care of the people who elected them to office. They are also a predominant group of self-righteous fanatics who spend most of their time trashing President Obama because they have nothing to offer in the way of their own practical solutions.

How can rational, intelligent people still continue to support their jaded ideals and borderline extremism? It boggles the mind, but then nothing about the GOP surprises me anymore.

The uninformed and fearful seem to prefer hitching a ride to the nearest right-wing throng rather than using their brains to figure out the truth.

Friday, July 10, 2009

GOP Clutching

These people simply boggle the mind:
If it wasn't for false stories and ridiculous claims perpetuated by the Republican party, numb-nut Hannity and his ilk would not have their so-called jobs.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Right Wing Detach

When I saw this headline I knew it was connected to a Republican lawmaker even before I read the brief article:
Republican congressman Peter King from New York wonders why anyone cares about "a dead lowlife who may have been a good singer (and) did some dancing." He continued: "And to be giving this much coverage to him, day in and day out...what does it say about us as a country?"
What does it say about us as a country that an elected official can publicly scorn a man who was never convicted of a crime and who in fact was acquitted of all criminal charges? Will congressman King do the same to someone in his own constituency because of the way they look or behave in public?

I think it says more about the antiquated disconnect within the Republican party, not only with people in general but in all aspects of American life, including our culture and musical heritage.

The last paragraph of the NBC New York article by Scott Ross perhaps sums it up best:
If this is part of King's strategy to position himself for a run at Kirsten Gillibrand's Senate seat in 2010, he may want to reconsider so viciously and publicly attacking a man who was second only to Elvis in the history of popular music.
And as I've said before, no matter what one's personal opinion of Michael Jackson, there was no denying that the man had extraordinary talent. If anything, people should respect the dead and let the man rest in peace.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Shallow Rubbish

By her actions and sheer lack of intelligence, Sarah Palin has set women in politics back an entire generation. Any influence she had in that direction was fortunately offset by the extraordinary talents of Hillary Clinton. Hopefully the Palin demolition is not permanent.
Her rambling, lurching and nearly-incoherent "resignation" on Friday was an embarrassment to women in politics and those attempting to gain entry into politics across the nation. I hope she finally exits the national stage and disappears into obscurity, where she belongs.

I'm not even curious about her future plans. Who really gives a damn, anyway?

Good riddance to shallow rubbish.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Dim-Witted Cluster

Leave it to the dimmest of the GOP governor cluster not to cooperate:
Can't they at least pretend they are working for the people in their collective states rather than following their own agendas?

Unlike they would have us believe, PP&J are not standing up to the stimulus as a matter of principle as much as they have their beady little eyes on potential political futures.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Afternoon Tidbits

Just in time to help pass healthcare reform:
And the following dipstick is always good for a spot of entertainment, although if he was the governor of my state I would be having a conniption fit right about now:
See what happens when I go away from my computer for a few hours?

Monday, June 29, 2009

Shiver Me Timbers

I hope he stays true to his word:
I cannot imagine a worse representative of the United States to the world than Mitt Romney, except perhaps for Sarah Palin or Bobby Jindal.

However, I'm confidant Romney will go back on his word and be amongst the candidates in the 2012 presidential election.

Southern Twist

Although somewhat unrelated to politics, I had an experience over the weekend that seemed to validate my opinion that many members of the so-called right-wing are indeed uninformed fanatics.

I have a page at Facebook where I keep in contact with family members and friends. On occasion I accept friend "requests" from people I don't know only if they happen to be existing friends of family members or other friends. Anyone who has a page at Facebook knows this is standard operating procedure. I try to be careful about it because I don't want some loony tune leaving me messages all the time. Thankfully, Facebook makes that impossible unless a friend request is accepted.

Over the weekend one of my so-called friends made a joke about the death of Michael Jackson, and I left a short comment that it was in poor taste. I'm not much of a celebrity-follower or fan of pop music (I lean toward rock and roll), but the "plastic" joke and lack of respect for the dead offended me. No matter what one's personal opinion of Jackson, there was no denying that the man had extraordinary talent. Besides, he was never convicted of any crime in a court of law. That used to mean something until tabloid reporting came to the fore.

At any rate, someone else left a comment following mine that ranted about Jackson being a pedophile and a sick pervert that deserved to die. This person went on to proudly proclaim that he was a SOUTHERN (uppercase used by him) conservative and that most southerners saw the world differently than the rest of us.

No kidding?

The "commenter" came off as bigoted, uneducated and blissfully oblivious. Like many people influenced by tabloid reporting and entertainment television media, he assumes Jackson guilty even though twelve jurors found him innocent of multiple charges four years ago. Rush to judgment and embellishment of the truth seems to be easier for the uninformed rather than digging for valid facts before speaking.

Kind of like Republicans in the political spectrum, aye?

Another convenient feature at Facebook is the ability to delete friends when the need arises.

Money Grub

Most of us already know about this:
Why can't we have a perfect world where specific members of congress and the senate go to Washington to carry out our wishes rather than to promote their own careers and line their pockets?

After all, we elected them to do a job. We also pay their overblown salaries. Is it too much to ask that they work for the people instead of themselves?

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Inequitable Stew

This particular example is the prime reason Fixed News remains a biased and non-legitimate source for current events:
But only after being prodded by Democratic strategist Bob Beckel.

Hannity claimed not to know where Senator John Ensign stood on "moral values" issues, although it is common knowledge Ensign claims himself as a protector of the institution of marriage.

Finally, Hannity admitted to Beckel: "If you're going to be a family-values candidate and a family-values politician, and you don't live up to that, I think you should resign."

Why didn't he just say that to start with? If the Senator in question had been a Democrat, you can bet your bottom dollar Hannity would have been all over it with his smug and uninformed posturing. It's hard to imagine that anyone can listen to his nightly spew and not question the accuracy of its origin or intent.

The man is a hypocrite in the truest sense of the word, which seems to go hand in hand with being a member of the Republican party.

Monday, June 22, 2009

GOP Goad

The continued insistence from the right that President Obama interfere in the goings-on in Iran presents itself as glaringly obvious.
Republicans want the President to interfere because they know it's the wrong thing to do. Perhaps in their delusional grandeur they believe people will listen to their misguided opinions and act rashly as a consequence.

All in all, it's a transparent and manipulative tactic: Goad people into thinking the President should intervene in Iran so that he looks bad if he doesn't, and appears inept if he does because it's a foolhardy move to begin with.