Summer break is over and Paulie Madman and Jimmy Reefercake are coming out the gate strong with another ATH PODCAST, this one on the issue that is on everyone’s mind lately, Syria.
Glad to see the administration is finally reading my blog posts…
Digby says Obama should be running around with this white board Ross-Perot-style and I have to agree. All this Millionaire Welfare is bleeding the nation dry.
“We can't let the people who've been hit the hardest by this recession, and who need to create the jobs that will get us out of it, foot the bill for the Democrats' two-year adventure in expanded government.” – Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Can't go to bed without pointing out the jackassedness of this comment by the ranking GOP Senator. He is of course referring to the expiration of the Bush tax cuts for fools earning over $250,000 a year. Just let that sink in… “the people who've been hit the hardest by this recession“…
That's right, asshole. Them rich folk done been hit so hard they can barely afford to pay the MARGINAL TAX ON ALL DOLLARS EARNED OVER $250,000. Meanwhile, in the real world…
Forty-four million people in the United States, or one in seven residents, lived in poverty in 2009, an increase of 4 million from the year before, the Census Bureau reported on Thursday.
The poverty rate climbed to 14.3 percent — the highest since 1994 — from 13.2 percent in 2008.
Over the past two years these scumbag Senators have managed to thoroughly crush any delusions I once had about the possibility of national crisis giving birth to transformative change in this country. And I mean the good kind of change, not the teabag variety that is currently suffocating the last vestiges of moderation in the Republican party. [Note to you Mainers – Olympia is next].
What I'm trying to say is, the expiration of the Bush tax cuts are the only thing I care about politically these days. There's really nothing else on the horizon that's going to elicit more than indifference or disgust out of me. The class divide gets greater every day and it's completely unsustainable for a healthy society. I'll have to dazzle you with charts and graphs some other time, but for now I'll just say, NO MORE TAX CUTS FOR YOU RICH MOTHERFUCKERS.
Who am I kidding, here's a chart…
What this says to me is, if the Democrats really feel the need to be total pussies about this, then they better at least give me a new marginal tax bracket at $500,000, which is where the real highway robbery begins to kick in. Otherwise I don't want to hear any more bullshit about “deficit reduction”.
America, your republican candidate for senator of Delaware…
Who sez the culture wars are over? I just wish I could be there to see it when Rand Paul introduces O'Donnell to Aqua Buddha in Senate Chambers.
This guy just got me fired up for the midterm elections! WINNER TAKE ALL!!!
AND A MASTER'S DEGREE IN COMMUNICATION!
WHO SAID THAT??
Everybody needs to read this dispatch from Mother Jones about BP and the beaches.
Welcome to your future, America. Poor people continuously raking the same patch of sand into bags for $10 an hour… not so much to clean the beach as to salvage the oil.
BP needs to be taken down. It might be time to promote this guy to Secretary of the Interior, so that he can implement his plan to nuke the leak shut. I’m beginning to come around… all the response actions thus far have been about preserving BP’s fucking investment, damn the environmental consequences. It’s an outrage.
Teabaggers are on the march in Maine! It seems the Maine GOP recently voted to update its old state party platform with a bunch of raving loon tea party gibberish.
The document calls for the elimination of the Department of Education and the Federal Reserve, demands an investigation of “collusion between government and industry in the global warming myth,” suggests the adoption of “Austrian Economics,” declares that “‘Freedom of Religion’ does not mean ‘freedom from religion'” (which I guess makes atheism illegal), insists that “healthcare is not a right,” calls for the abrogation of the “UN Treaty on Rights of the Child” and the “Law Of The Sea Treaty” and declares that we must resist “efforts to create a one world government.”
It also contains favorable mentions of both the Tea Party and Ron Paul. You can read the whole thing here.
Dan Billings, who has served as an attorney for the Maine GOP, called the new platform “wack job pablum” and “nutcase stuff.”
Despite the document’s crazy content, Maine Republican Party Chair Charlie Webster insisted to the AP that all of the elements in the platform are things that Republicans support. He claimed to the Press Herald that these issues reflect the values of working-class Mainers.
Every time I hear stuff like this, I’m reminded of this classic post, likening the conservative “Movement” to a “controlling parasite astride its enfeebled Republican host”. And since true symbiotic relationships are the exception rather than the norm, it is only a matter of time before the enfeebled host is destroyed. In the meantime, we can expect to see more delightful stories like this one:
The Republican State Convention was held at the Portland Exposition Building, which is on Park Avenue, near the middle school. Party members from Knox County caucused in a classroom used by eighth-grade social studies teacher Paul Clifford.
When Clifford returned to school on Monday, he found that a favorite poster about the U.S. labor movement had been taken and replaced with a bumper sticker that read, “Working People Vote Republican.”
Later, Clifford learned that his classroom had been searched. Republicans who had attended the convention called Principal Mike McCarthy to complain about “anti-American” things they saw there, including a closed box containing copies of the U.S. Constitution that were published by the American Civil Liberties Union.
This story is only shocking until you realize that the actual REPUBLICAN PARTY PLATFORM calls for eliminating the Dept of Education. They hate public schools! Why not trash the social studies classroom? God forbid our children learn about the Constitution.
These people are scum.
They fucked with the wrong Mexican…
I came across this via Digby, who also has a must-read post today about the ludicrous discussions going on in Congress about the need to strip Americans of their citizenship if they are suspected of supporting terrorists. The freedom-lovers on the right feel that this is gravely important to secure the homeland. But when Mayor Bloomberg points out that people on the watch list are currently free to buy guns… suddenly their heads explode and the 2nd amendment must not be abridged at any cost.
Just so we’re all clear:
(1) American citizen + terrorist sympathizer + deny guns = BAD
(2) American citizen + terrorist sympathizer + strip citizenship/torture/deport = GOOD
It’s a miracle we’ve made it as a country as long as we have. I get the strong sense that it’s mostly been inertial forces that have kept our civil rights intact up until now, but those forces are just about spent. Creeping authoritarianism has really taken a toll if elected officials can have these discussions with a straight face.
Since we’re on the subject, read this too: If the TSA Were Running New York
– All vans or SUVs headed into Midtown Manhattan would have to stop and have their contents inspected. If any vehicle seemed for any reason to have escaped inspection, Midtown in its entirety would be evacuated;– A whole new uniformed force — the Times Square Security Administration, or TsSA – would be formed for this purpose;– The restrictions would never be lifted and the TsSA would have permanent life, because the political incentives here work only one way. A politician who supports more open-ended, more thorough, more intrusive, more expensive inspections can never be proven “wrong.” The absence of attacks shows that his measures have “worked”; and a new attack shows that inspections must go further still. A politician who wants to limit the inspections can never be proven “right.” An absence of attacks means that nothing has gone wrong — yet. Any future attack would always and forever be that politician’s “fault.” Given that asymmetry of risks, what public figure will ever be able to talk about paring back the TSA?