In this winter episode, we freeze our jibbles off as we expose the hypocrisy and lies behind the moronic proposed NYC Horse Carriage Ban and after David Cross puts down my song I Challenges David Cross to a song-writing battle.
She thought she would be president, instead of just the wife,
Of the horny president who acted like a jerk,
But In both public and private sectors in real life,
You are required to use the email address that they give you for work,
But Hillary, showed everyone she was above all that,
She’s a fancy pantsuit lady, she’s a big old fat cat,
Her privacy is more important than just the average schmuck,
She’ll do what she pleases and she don’t give a fu…!
Please understand, I stand behind the woman’s liberation,
I’d be happy to see a different woman run this nation,
And I find it a comical to excuse her and blame it on her staff,
as if it wasn’t her decision, man, thats quite a laugh,
Yes Hillary, showed everyone she was above all that,
She’s a fancy pantsuit lady, she’s a big old fat cat,
Her privacy is more important than just the average schmuck,
She’ll do what she pleases and she don’t give a fu…!
no sweet sweet Hillary.
I purposefully decided not to mention the email address thing, Next week I will have a song, specifically about the email address thing and I am leaning towards believing this is most certainly the end of Hillary’s candidacy and why that is a GOOD THING FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY……HOWARD DEAN STYLE AAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am making an effort to acknowledge my own arrogance and tone it down….but its one thing to be arrogant and correct, as I am in favor of legalization, but its quite another to be arrogant and wrong. Introducing Bill Scher.
@JimmyReefercake I think expecting legal pot to spark broader ideological shifts is asking a lot
There were a few other tweets scattered about, but notice the fact that I refrained from calling Bill a hypocrite. That’s what this web site is for.
Bill Scher, are you a hypocrite? You think its not a pressing problem that our prisons are overflowing? At the same time you argue for increased surveillance. Try connecting the dots ever? Did you support this during Bush too? Actually, maybe he isn’t a hypocrite. Maybe he did support spying under Bush. But the biggest problem with Bill Scher is that he is uncaring. He doesn’t have the ability to put himself in someone else’s shoes. He doesn’t care about the fact that people have rotted in jail for no reason. In fact, lets face it, deep down, maybe Bill Scher thinks people who smoke pot are scumbags.
Bill if you have the time, please read the following anonymous note-this was posted on Diane Russell’s facebook wall, I just had to grab it. I think it says a lot.
Thank God for you Diane,I pray you are successful in your efforts to legalize marijuana. The citizens of Maine are very fortunate to have an open minded and progressive thinking leader like yourself representing their interests and future. I’m a citizen of South Carolina,probably the least progressive state in the union,here we will probably still be in prohibition long after every other state in the union has legalized,it is a sad situation,I personally only smoke a very small amount each day,approximately what you could pack inside a thimble,I don’t do it to break the law,or to get high,or party down. I smoke that small amount each day because I suffer from severe depression,according to my doctor,mine is one of the worst cases she’s ever encountered.depression runs in my family,my uncle Steve (father’s brother) committed suicide from it in 2005. My doctor also told me that people with depression as severe as mine often commit suicide by age 26. I am 45 now,and I attribute my survival to that tiny amount of marijuana I smoke each day. But my survival comes with a pretty heavy price down here in S.C. Here there is no tolerance for those who need or use marijuana,there is no legal medicinal,there is no de criminalization,and it certainly won’t be legal for recreational use anytime soon. Penalties,and fines are very high if one is caught,but worse than that,I can’t even apply for any descent job that anyone would hope to have,due to the unfair methods of current drug testing,which mainly only pick up marijuana users,since harder drugs (which I don’t do or approve of.) such as cocaine or Meth or crack,will pass out of your system in a couple of days,while marijuana is still detectable several weeks to a month or more,depending on the individuals body fat percentage after the effects of smoking it have long since worn off and pose no problem towards the person being able to do their job safely. So I and others like me have to take bottom of the barrel jobs,the ones no one else would do,and I’ve done so for years. The stereotype that pot smokers are lazy,is bull. And if you knew me personally you’d know that I’m telling the truth. I was raised on a farm,raised working hard,and I’ve done so all my life.there is nothing lazy,about me. But it is heart breaking to have to hide the fact that I smoke (marijuana) like it’s a dirty secret,and it is heart breaking to be treated like the lowest form of criminal for no other reason than that. I actually had a police officer who found a small amount of marijuana on a friend of mine once call us scum. The prejudices against those who use or need marijuana are awful,undeserved,and based mostly on our own governments propaganda and misinformation. I am a veteran,and a man who raised his son,alone as a single parent for years after my sons mother left us. I did it by working my butt off on some of the worst jobs S.C. has to offer,because my thimble full of marijuana use daily,which by the way,I only do in the evening,after my work day is done,supper is cooked,and any chores around the house have been attended to,makes me a criminal of the worst kind according to the laws of my home state. Again,it is heart breaking,I have always tried my best to be a good person,and a good citizen,but to SC Politicians and law enforcement,as far as they are concerned, if caught,I’m scum,and if not,then despite the fact that I’m actually quite intelligent and capable of so much more,I’ll always be doing the dirtiest,hardest,and most undesirable jobs that no one else would want,because a nicer job would require a drug test which would disqualify me from employment if it picks up a trace amount of marijuana in my system.
Please keep fighting Diane,and God Bless you for doing so. It won’t help my situation down here,but it will help others like me in your own state. We don’t deserve to be treated this way.
The Choakely loss is the best thing that could have happened to this horrific healthcare reform effort. I say that for no other reason than that it will push us across the finish line. We’ve been subjected to this shit for the last 9 months, drowning out all the other (major, growing, worsening) problems like unemployment, foreclosures, wars, you name it. It’s time to put it to bed and move on. Sad as it is, I find the new political calculus to be extremely clarifying. Here are the facts as I see them:
The Senate bill is nothing short of a major disappointment for all right-thinking progressives everywhere.
Given GOP obstructionism, there is absolutely no way in hell another comprehensive bill gets to the Senate floor for a vote. That ship has now sailed. Permanently and forever.
Congressmen are worthless assholes.
Granted, all three of these points are major negatives. However, thanks to number 2, the issue is now binary: is the Senate bill better or worse than the status quo? We no longer have the luxury of debating the relative merits of various proposals. There is only one choice left. Does the House pass the Senate bill or not?
Consider that the Democrats will never again have the kind of majorities they have right now. No matter what happens, it’s as good as gone in ten short months. They took half-assed measures to combat a horrible economic climate, and for that they will be rightfully punished. More accurately, we’ll all be punished, with Republicans. But before that happens, they have to leave the people with something meaningful. Otherwise they serve no purpose – why even have two political parties? Can they really be that pathetic as to pass nothing at all?
Alarmed by the nonstop posts from Josh Marshall about House Democrats in disarray, I called my Rep yesterday to find out where he stood. The intern had the gall to tell me that Sarbanes is a strong supporter of the public option and is waiting to see what happens to the bill after it comes out of conference. Look, pal, I hate to spoil this for you, but I hope the conference bill is made out of two-ply so the Republicans won’t chafe their asses when they use it to wipe. Even though they already passed one bill, the Senate still requires another cloture vote for the merged bill, and the Republicans have made it eminently clear that it’s not going to happen. Therefore, who gives a shit what happens to it in conference? I shudder to think how much worse the bill would have to become in order to get a Republican vote. I’m guessing drastically reduced subsidies for the poor, because what else is there left to take?
So back to the question at hand: does the Senate bill improve the current state of healthcare for Americans or make it worse? And there’s really no question that for tens of millions of unlucky bastards, it’s an improvement. So if you’re a Democrat in the House, you have to take the teabags out of your eyes and pass this fucking bill. Right now they’re acting like Ron Burgundy when first presented with a plate of cat poop: denial. I’m here to say, you put that cat poo in your mouth! The insurance company hacks managed to drag this thing out long enough and by god, they did it. They killed the public option! It’s fucking dead. Recriminations all around. But guess what. The so-called “public option” that was on the table was never anything more than a progressive fig leaf, something to distract from the absence of true single payer. The proposals on the table were all weak as hell and were always going to require additional legislation to improve and expand. So it is with this bill. And the Senate bill puts us in a better future position than no bill at all.
One thing I’ll say about the rude awakening that Democrats received this week, it shook everyone out of their comfort zone. Nothing wrong with the noises I’m hearing about fixing this or that poison pill in reconciliation. The House seems so righteously pissed about having to eat the poop that I think odds are better that they’ll actually make it right. Probably wishful thinking, but put it this way… if the Senate bill does in fact have as many shitty parts as everyone lets on, then there’ll be that much more motivation to fix it. Hell, things got so hot for Nelson over his “Cornhusker Kickback” that he’s been preemptively begging them to take it out. How often does that happen?
Here’s another reason I like the new situation, as opposed to what we were facing a mere week ago. With 60 votes off the table, Nelson and Lieberman and the rest of the jackass caucus become instantly irrelevant. I can’t be the only one who fully expected Lieberman to screw us over and turn Republican at the final cloture vote, WWF-style, with a folding chair to Harry Reid’s head as he crossed the aisle. The supermajority actually empowers too many assholes, and in fact emboldens the GOP to be completely obstructionist. Because after all, “Dems have 60 votes, it’s not our fault they’re incompetent!” is pathetic, but had a point. Now I think (hope) we’ll see more legislation that forces them to make tough votes. For instance, I dare them to filibuster bank reform.
OK, now I’m rambling. All I’m saying is, despite all the angst coming from the netroots this week, I actually expect the Democrats to absorb these blows and come out swinging after Wednesday’s State of the Union address. If they do, it will take everyone by surprise, and they’ll get that much more credit for doing something that should have been a goddamn given all along. And if they don’t, well… I’m Ron Burgundy. Go fuck yourself, America.
Apropos of nothing, I’m sitting here watching Festival Express on netflix as I type. Highly recommended… I was going to link Don’t Ease Me In until I realized Pinky posted the very same clip a year ago. So Buddy Guy gets the nod instead. Band is hot, so crank the volume up as loud as it goes for this one…
Let’s be honest. Who here thinks they’re ultimately going to fuck up healthcare reform? There’s so many ways for this to go wrong, I hesitate to even speculate. The noises coming from the administration recently have all been of an oinking quality. Obama has downplayed the importance of the public option, as did Gibbs and Sebelius on the sunday yakathons. Seriously, how crappy must the likely bill be if the insurance industry, AMA, and Big Pharma are all on board with it?
It’s just amazing to me how something that should be a political no-brainer (universal coverage) could be transformed by Democrats from gold into lead. I’ll grant, the opponents of reform are vocal and angry and batshit insane, but it’s the weak-kneed opportunism of mushy Democrats that fills me with the most contempt.
Fortunately, this seems to be the week that progressives are finally getting some pushback on the narrative. I suspect the lefties may have put their heads together for some strategery at last weekend’s Netroots Nation conference, but the Gibbs and Sebelius statements provided the perfect opening for a burgeoning shitstorm. Here’s a typically insightful post from Digby responding to Dean Baker’s claim that mandates without a public option will inevitably be portrayed as “the insurance companies’ employees [Congressmen] … taxing workers to line their bosses pockets.”
That’s certainly how it will be framed by the right — and I can’t see how anyone could argue with them. Insurance “reform” will end up being defined as the government acting in concert with the insurance companies to force Americans to buy their expensive product — and it will play perfectly into the right wing populist argument that’s gaining currency. Without a public plan as a low cost option, this thing looks a lot less like reform and a whole lot more like a shake down. I could see the new Newtie Populist Republicans using that against all these Blue Dogs and Corporate Senators in their districts next time and taking them out. Personally, I’d be hard pressed to say they were wrong.
It was never going to be easy to sell mandates, but they are making it substantially harder if they tank the public plan. They’re another bullshit compromise anyway, made before anyone even got to the table, just like single payer — health care should be paid for by higher taxes on the wealthy scumbags who are the only ones winning in this godforsaken economy anymore and the elimination of health insurance’s obscene profits. But in the interest of “going to the middle” the reformers went with mandates and now, without the public option, they’ll be stuck with a regressive tax that’s going to be very politically difficult to defend.
Couldn’t have said it better. Let me close with a solid clip of Rep Anthony Weiner making the STRONG case for single payer. Relish the moment when he nails witless Joe on the question of what insurance companies actually bring to the table for their $230 billion profits. Note that his single payer bill will actually get a vote when Congress reconvenes, something you may like to call and remind your Congressman about.
See how easy it is to make the case when you have a plan that makes sense?
Plus, Taibbi’s latest post is cathartic as well. The armchair pragmatism coming from liberal pundits is fucking-a ridiculous. These process geeks all write like they are the politicians, worrying about where the votes will come from and that kind of nonsense, when they should be using their writing platforms to APPLY THE PRESSURE. Instead we get a bunch of cautious wizards roleplaying Dungeons and Dragons: Healthcare Reform!
As I caught up on the ATH tonight, I couldn’t help thinking about RFK’s heart breaking and tragic run for the presidency. Before you read this quote, if you don’t know William Allen White, as I didn’t, please click the link so you’ll get the sarcasm.
I’m glad to come here to the home of the man who publicly wrote: “If our colleges and universities do not breed men who riot, who rebel, who attack life with all the youthful vision and vigor, then there is something wrong with our colleges. The more riots that come out of our college campuses, the better the world for tomorrow.” And despite all the accusations against me, those words were not written by me, they were written by that notorious seditionist, William Allen White. And I know what great affection this university has for him. He is an honored man today, here on your campus and around the rest of the nation. But when he lived and wrote, he was reviled as an extremist and worse. For he spoke, he spoke as he believed. He did not conceal his concern in comforting words. He did not delude his readers or himself with false hopes and with illusions. This spirit of honest confrontation is what America needs today. It has been missing all too often in the recent years and it is one of the reasons that I run for President of the United States.
For we as a people, we as a people, are strong enough, we are brave enough to be told the truth of where we stand. This country needs honesty and candor in its political life and from the President of the United States. But I don’t want to run for the presidency – I don’t want America to make the critical choice of direction and leadership this year without confronting that truth. I don’t want to win support of votes by hiding the American condition in false hopes or illusions. I want us to find out the promise of the future, what we can accomplish here in the United States, what this country does stand for and what is expected of us in the years ahead. And I also want us to know and examine where we’ve gone wrong. And I want all of us, young and old, to have a chance to build a better country and change the direction of the United States of America.
This morning I spoke about the war in Vietnam, and I will speak briefly about it in a few moments. But there is much more to this critical election year than the war in Vietnam.
It appears today that partisan politics and running the constant campaign is more important than literally everything.
The title of this post also comes from that RFK speech in Kansas (see previous link). In 1824, Daniel Webster opposed expanding the United States further into the Great Plains. Today I think the vast and worthless area is called the Democratic Party.
I’ve been fuming all week and was going to do a bunch of research, but Greenwald’s post yesterday summed it up perfectly, thanks for linking to that…
This Administration cannot sweep the crimes of the previous administration under the rug, we absolutely must attack every policy and action, we must be open with this process to heal our country and to restore our moral standing and credibility in the world. Photos of detainee abuse have already been released. The cat is out of the bag. If we continue to deny what happened we look like cowards, but worse we lose our moral standing in the world. There is no room for nuance and middle ground – torture, transparency, human rights…these are central to democracy around the world and to the core values of our country for generations.
If we are successful in reversing the direction of the W administration, then history books will put the Military Commissions Act alongside the Alien and Sedition Acts…misguided mistakes that we reversed in short order. We cannot adopt one single aspect of these horrible, hateful, and mindless reactions to terrorism – they must rejected completely or they will continue to fester in the hearts and minds of Americans and we will never recover. This nation will forever have the precedent of the Bush administration to allow the ends to justify the means. Our system of checks and balances will be forever broken, and Nixon/Cheney/Rice will be right – if the president does it then it must be OK.
We need a suite of new legislation that rolls back the abuses of the Bush administration, and we need to prosecute any illegal actions. It should be a no brainer. Partially adopting any of these shameful and ineffective debacles of the previous administration like the military commissions is completely unacceptable. Even if these tactics go un-used, without a complete reversal of this country’s direction in this regard the Obama Administration will be part of that disgrace. You can never cede the moral or philosophical high ground on these issues. If we do not prosecute torturers, we betray the many soldiers who had every right to want to exact revenge and take an eye for an eye, but held themselves to the higher standards espoused by their country.