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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Rand Paul: Obama has his “boot heel on the throat of BP”

May 21, 2010 at 10:13 am | Posted in environment, journalism, Reality Bites | Leave a comment
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Rand Paul wants to know where his honeymoon period is. He seems to be under the mistaken impression that he has already won the Kentucky senate seat. The first seven minutes of Stephanopolous’ interview of Rand Paul covers his views on civil property rights, after which we learn that Rand Paul believes the federal government has a right to regulate, but enforcement is apparently a step too far.

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Watch this video to see how the jack-booted government thugs are digging their heels into BP’s throat. Katie Couric, apparently chastened by Palin’s criticism, politely ignores that the United States Coast Guard is acting as private security for BP to stop journalists from documenting oil from BP’s “accident” on a public beach in South Pass, Louisiana:

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(HuffPo) This is not the first report of such an incident. There have been other reports of camera and video equipment being confiscated or banned. In fact, Lauren Valle, a Greenpeace Volunteer, who was turned away by BP contractors when taking members of the media to the affected areas along the coast stated, “they’re trying very hard for people not to see it. We’re here to bear witness.”

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!

Kill The Pigs!

March 28, 2010 at 1:58 am | Posted in health, terrorism | 1 Comment
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Apparently Ted Nugent is under the mis-impression that the Affordable Care Act creates universal, single-payer health care.

And yeah, I can’t imagine how anyone would be upset by a discussion of killing pigs with a bullet through the head and declaring that the president, members of the House and Senate and his fellow Americans are pigs and should be taken out and shot. Oh, yeah, no, that was definitely satire.

Personally, I think Nugent’s speech and that of his fellow travelers (I’m looking at you, Sarah Palin — wink, wink) is terrorism:

Terrorism (noun)

  1. the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, esp. for political purposes.
  2. the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization.
  3. a terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government.

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Back in June 2009 Canada was considering a law allowing victims of terrorism to sue perpetrators of the attacks and their supporters. I can’t imagine there would be a prohibition against suing terrorists here in the United States. I hope Roger Ailes, Glenn Beck, Ted Nugent, Sarah Palin, John McCain and a large number of leading Republicans are putting money aside to pay judgments against them when the time comes.

Thanks to Crooks & Liars for the video.

“New Law Would Ban Marriages Between People Who Don’t Love Each Other”

February 16, 2010 at 11:18 pm | Posted in civil rights | Leave a comment
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In honor of Sarah Palin I am inaugurating a new tag — “retarded” — to use in place of “satire.”

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”:

Why do “conservatives” hate America?

February 8, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Posted in Bush, Historical, politics straight up | Leave a comment
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People made a lot of excuses for George W. Bush and his inability to speak coherently, but consider how successful he was at harming the country.

As the World Trade Center towers were burning in New York, Bush was in a Florida elementary school classroom reading “The Pet Goat."

“Our enemies are innovative and resourceful – and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people – and neither do we.”

George W. Bush at a signing ceremony for a $417bn defense bill on August 5, 2004, in Washington DC

If Sarah Palin ever somehow manages to get herself installed in the Oval Office, you can bet the farm that she will deliver failure to a degree that will make Bush look like Washington, Lincoln and FDR all rolled into one.

“Now like a lot of you, perhaps, I have spent the last year thinking about how — how to best serve. How — How can I help our country? How can I make sure that I, that you, that we’re in a position of nobody being able to succeed?”

AFP/Getty photo by Jim Watson / October 13, 2008

Excerpt from Sarah Palin’s Keynote Speech at the Inaugural Tea Party Convention, February 6, 2010.

OMG!!!11!! The President uses a teleprompter!

February 7, 2010 at 3:21 am | Posted in politics straight up, Reality Bites | Leave a comment
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Yeah, that’s pretty rich coming from a woman who read her speech word-for-word from papers on the podium.

Sarah reading her Palm Pilot during the Q&A

But the most hilarious part of all of Talibunny’s performance at the TP convention was the crib-notes scribbled on her hand to aid her during the pre-screened Q&A.

Seriously, who does that?

One of my favorite tweets is by David Waldman who wrote:

Even odds her hand actually said, “Yell ‘blearrrgh!’ and then start throwing cats.”

UPDATE: HuffPo has a close-up of Palin’s hand during the speech-reading portion of her performance where her crib notes are legible to one and all.

Closer inspection of a photo of Sarah Palin, during a speech in which she mocked President Obama for his use of a teleprompter, reveals several notes written on her left hand. The words "Energy", "Tax" and "Lift American Spirits" are clearly visible. There's also what appears to read as "Budget cuts" with the word Budget crossed out.

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!

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