Remembering Ronald Reagan (February 6, 1911– June 5, 2004)

June 4, 2010 at 1:45 am | Posted in Bush, God machine, Historical, palin, politics straight up, Reality Bites | 2 Comments
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St. Ronnie

Campaign poster, 1984 (Library of Congress)

What we saw during the Bush/Cheney administration was not a fluke or an anomaly, but the murderous crest of an authoritarian/plutocrat movement that was born in sin and began its aggressive descent into ignorance, bigotry and willful blindness not five months or five years ago…but was well underway 40 years ago, was radically amplified by a man named Ronald Reagan, and had been gaining barbaric force and momentum ever since.

It was, after all, none other than Ronald Reagan — the very Fountainhead of all Conservative Good Things — who first blew up the deficit. Wheee!

It was Ronald Reagan who rode to power over the bodies of civil rights workers, in the back of the imaginary Cadillac of a fictional welfare queen, to the thunderous applause of Klansmen, Birchers and theocrats.

It was Reagan who kicked the door open and invited the crazies onto the dance floor. Reagan, who opened the floodgates to the GOP lining its electoral pockets by demonizing gays. And uppity women. And minorities. And imaginary hippies.

It was Reagan who crushed residential mental health programs, programs to provide legal help to poor people, food programs, unions, you name it.

It was Reagan who unleashed Total Class Warfare aimed squarely at those citizens who were poorest, weakest and least-able-to-defend themselves.

It was Reagan who began the Republican War on the Middle Class that is now approaching its Gettysburg.

It was Conservative icon Saint Ronald Reagan who supercharged the efforts to methodically transformation of the Party of Lincoln into the Party of Jefferson Davis begun under Conservative Richard Nixon. Who oversaw the cynical escalation of the cultural war from Conventional to Nuclear.

It was Reagan who conducted a flatly illegal war and told his critics to fuck off when his crimes were discovered. It was Reagan who dallied with terrorists and laundered their money to pay for that illegal war. And it was Reagan’s vice president who 20 fucking years ago turned the despicable Lee Atwater loose to run one of the most nakedly racist campaigns in modern presidential history, and who then went on to make sure that all of Reagan’s criminal co-conspirators got pardons.

All of which and so very much more has been whisked down the memory hole by Mr. Sullivan, because his particular shell game only works as long as everyone agrees to pretend that the Palinites, the Bushies, the Cheneyites and all the other slavering, wingnut zombie hordes from which Mr. Sullivan now cringes in horror are some random freaks of recent vintage …

It’s also a function of Fox News creating a national ideology through a national propaganda arm of the RNC. Well, they will reap what they sow. At least I hope so if real conservatism is going to one day find a comeback in American political discourse.

Sister Sarah

… and not a generation of stunted, smug, pig-ignorant Conservatives who were deliberately spawned and suckled by the Republican Party in the radioactive wasteland created by Mr. Sullivan’s beloved Reagan Revolution.

Because any Acknowledgment of Paternity which establishes Ronald Reagan’s as the political father of George Bush, Dick Cheney and Sarah Palin would completely fuck up Mr. Sullivan’s lucrative scam.

So, shhhhhh!

Driftglass, 2/8/10

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Pink Elephants On Parade

May 15, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Posted in palin, politics straight up, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I haven’t been posting. It’s just all too depressing.

But this delightful Disney clip from Dumbo was just too much fun and nicely demonstrates how completely stupid Sarah Palin is:

“Look out, Washington. There’s a whole stampede of pink elephants coming.”

Thanks, Mudflats!

Sarah Palin: National Laughingstock

February 9, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Posted in journalism, palin | Leave a comment
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Thanks, TPM!

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Sarah Palin plays by different rules

February 8, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Posted in palin, politics straight up | Leave a comment
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Chuck Todd explains away Palin’s “palm pilot”:

Sarah Palin explains away Limbaugh’s repeated use of the word “retard”:

John McCain is a very bad man

January 12, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Posted in palin, politics straight up | Leave a comment
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It is simply jaw-dropping that McCain is able to go on TV and describe himself proud of the lack of vetting of his vice-presidential running mate.

Next time he has the balls to talk about someone else not taking responsibility for their actions, he should be tied to a chair and forced to watch that piece of videotape on a loop.

Thanks, Mudflats!

“You know, it depends on what the venue would be …”

December 11, 2009 at 10:37 am | Posted in environment, palin, politics straight up, Reality Bites | Leave a comment
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Safe clothes for women workers. Illustrating what the well-dressed women in search of a war job should NOT wear, pretty Eunice Kimball, Bendix Aviation worker, pauses at the entrance to the plant employment office where potential workers are interviewed. Though clothes may not make the woman, they ARE an indication of qualifications for a job, and Eunice's sweater, high-heeled and open-toed slippers, jewelry and loose hair-do are not improving her chances of employment. To contrast the inappropriateness of her costume, note trimly-dressed Alice Tripp, Bendix guard. Bendix Aviation Plant, Brooklyn, New York. 1943 Mar. Ann Rosener, photographer (Library of Congress)

Sarah Palin is mind-blowing. Just when you think she couldn’t possibly say something any more ridiculous or insane, she tops herself.

This unfortunate blight on the American public believes that it doesn’t matter that she is bone ignorant on every important public policy question, by golly, her opinion trumps even science!

As you may have read elsewhere, as part of her ongoing effort to position herself as a “serious person,” the Quitta from Wassilla has posted another ghostwritten piece on Facebook and a ghostwritten op-ed in the Washington Post, the subject this time is climate change, and she does not appreciate the pushback, people, so quit it!

They don’t want to listen to some reasonable voices in this. And that was proven with the publication of this op-ed, where they kind of got all we-weed up about it and wanted to call me and others deniers of changing weather patterns and climate conditions. Trying to make the issue into something that it is not.

But Laura Ingraham apparently didn’t get the memo concerning the inviolacy of Palin’s mental bubble and asked her if she would be willing to debate Al Gore!

OMG! Hilarious, right? It would send the price of popcorn stock into the stratosphere, which is ironically immediately below the endangered ozone layer of earth’s atmosphere.

But, sadly — and predictably — it isn’t going to happen. Oh, Sarah Palin is perfectly willing, she just doesn’t think Al Gore would be.

Oh, he wouldn’t want to lower himself, I think, to, you know, my level to debate little old Sarah Palin from Wasilla.

Via Watertiger and Think Progress

Watch out, Sarah! You have competition!

July 16, 2009 at 10:31 am | Posted in palin, politics straight up, public safety | Leave a comment
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Catherine Crabill, the Republican Party Nominee in the 99th House District of Virginia, tells her supporters on July 15, 2009 that if they don’t like election results, they are justified in engaging in armed insurrection.

“I swore to steadfastly and doggedly guard the interests of this great state like a grizzly with cubs”

July 15, 2009 at 5:56 pm | Posted in palin, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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White people with bear cub (Alaska) between c.1900 and 1930 (Library of Congress)

"White people with bear cub" (Alaska) between c.1900 and 1930 (Library of Congress)

In her State of the State Address on January 22, 2009, Sarah Palin said:

When I took my oath of office to serve as your Governor, remember, I swore to steadfastly and doggedly guard the interests of this great state like a grizzly with cubs, as a mother naturally guards her own. Alaska, as a statewide family, we’ve got to fight for each other, not against and not let external, sensationalized distractions draw us off course.

As an exciting year of unpredictable change begins, we, too, have our work cut out for us. And we’re all in this together. Just like our musk ox, they circle up to protect their future when they are challenged. We’ve got to do the same. So now, united, protecting and progressing under the great North Star, let’s get to work.

From Sarah Palin’s statement of resignation on July 3, 2009:

And so as I thought about this announcement that I wouldn’t run for re-election and what it means for Alaska, I thought about how much fun some governors have as lame ducks… travel around the state, to the Lower 48 (maybe), overseas on international trade – as so many politicians do. And then I thought – that’s what’s wrong – many just accept that lame duck status, hit the road, draw the paycheck, and “milk it”. I’m not putting Alaska through that – I promised efficiencies and effectiveness! ? That’s not how I am wired. I am not wired to operate under the same old “politics as usual.” I promised that four years ago – and I meant it.

Sarah Palin made a choice to quit as governor of Alaska without first finding out whether Joe Schmidt, who, as third in line, would be moved up to lieutenant governor, was willing to take on those responsibilities. Turns out he’s not. As a result, it’s going to cost the citizens of Alaska $125,000 (or more) to convene a special session to confirm her subsequent nominee. That’s money that could be used to rectify this appalling situation:

Eskimo medicine man and sick boy  between ca. 1900 and ca. 1930 (Library of Congress)

"Eskimo medicine man and sick boy" between ca. 1900 and ca. 1930 (Library of Congress)

(McClatchy) ANCHORAGE — State programs intended to help disabled and elderly Alaskans with daily life — taking a bath, eating dinner, getting to the bathroom — are so poorly managed, the state cannot assure the health and well-being of the people they are supposed to serve, a new federal review found.

The situation is so bad the federal government has forbidden the state to sign up new people until the state makes necessary improvements.

No other state in the nation is under such a moratorium, according to a spokeswoman for the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. [emphasis mine]

The crisis in the rural villages is as yet not even close to being resolved. And of course there is the problem of homelessness. “The discovery of seven dead men in woods, parks and illegal camps” is an indication of the difficulties facing the “nearly 3,000” homeless people in Alaska which one would expect a competent governor to recognize and address.

River and mountain scene  Nome, Alaska, c.1920 (Library of Congress)

"River and mountain scene" Nome, Alaska, c.1920 (Library of Congress)

The “big blobs of mystery goo floating off the Alaska coast” are also apparently of no interest to the almost-former Governor of Alaska.

She saw the choice as “having fun as a lame duck” or walking away from responsibilities which she asked the people of Alaska to give her.

Someone explain to me again why she’s considered a “serious” candidate for president?

Palin Time Capsule: August 30, 2008

July 6, 2009 at 3:38 pm | Posted in palin | Leave a comment
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When I hear a statement like that coming from a woman candidate with any kind of perceived whine about that excess criticism or, you know, maybe a sharper microscope put on her, i think, man, that doesn’t do us any good, women in politics, women in general wanting to progress this country. I don’t think it bodes well for her, a statement like that, because, again, fair or unfair, it is there, I think that’s reality. And i think it’s a given. I think people can just accept that she is going to be under that sharper microscope. So be it. I mean, work harder, prove yourself to an even greater degree that you’re capable, that you’re going to be the best candidate. And that, of course, is what she wants us to believe at this point. It bothers me a little bit hearing her bring attention to herself on that level.

Sarah Palin, speaking to Karen Breslau, Newsweek San Francisco bureau chief, August 30, 2008

“What most recommends the Palin boom is that she is … as celebrated by the GOP right wing as she is reviled by the Democratic left wing.”

July 4, 2009 at 2:27 am | Posted in palin, Reality Bites | Leave a comment
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TITLE:  Birds. Turkey (gobblers head) I      Theodor Horydczak Collection (Library of Congress)

TITLE: Birds. Turkey (gobbler's head) I Theodor Horydczak Collection (Library of Congress)

Eight months after the election, the governor is as natural and gifted a presidential candidate as anyone since Huey Long. The farther she stays away from Washington and the longer she pushes away those sharpies clamoring for her to raise PAC money, to prepare gray-bearded policy positions, network at the barbecues in Iowa and New Hampshire and South Carolina (well, maybe not South Carolina right now), the more box-office irresistible she will be to Republican primary voters. What most recommends the Palin boom is that she is now, 40 months to the election, as celebrated by the GOP right wing as she is reviled by the Democratic left wing.

John Batchelor said that. It will be fun to follow his arc of disappointment.

What Batchelor expresses is what is fundamentally broken about Republicans and conservatives. He and his fellow travelers have no respect or consideration whatsoever for the people of this country or the Constitution. Bipartisanship? That was just bullshit when the Republicans were in the majority, that was just bullshit for the campaign season. What it’s always meant to that crowd is “do it my way or not at all.”

But how much do you have to hate your fellow Americans to choose as your candidate for the office of president the person who the other party “reviles.” People like Batchelor want total war at every level all the time. Chaos and confusion keep the political Ponzi scheme afloat.

I blame Survivor for giving these morons a lot of bad ideas.

I don’t think it is too far-fetched to worry about outbreaks of real violence if she and/or her husband do end up facing federal corruption charges. I sure hope it doesn’t get to that, but her lack of awareness of the effect her violent rhetoric has on her supporters scares the crap out of me. Right-wing commenters frequently suggest that President Obama should be assassinated. A patriot at Michelle Malkin’s blog reacted to the thought of an Obama second term with the comment: “You presuppose he will fill his first term…”

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