Sunday, May 30, 2010

Memorial Day

Remember those who served and at what cost....


Saturday, May 29, 2010

Hey Republicans And Fox News... Have A Cup Of Shut The F**k Up!

I am consistently amazed at what Republicans and Fox News thinks an Obama administration scandal is. Today and every day for the last week it has been the Joe Sestak "scandal" 24-7 as though they had uncovered the next Watergate.

Here's the Scandal... Joe Sestak was on a phone call with Bill Clinton, who is close friends with with the congressman. In this call Clinton, with Obama's consent, offered Sestak a non-paying Presidential advisory job if he stayed out of the Senate race with Arlen Spector. Even though Sestak wasn't even in the race yet he still said no dice. Clinton said I thought you might say that" and that is the end of the story....

No, not even close. According to the ever vigilant Republicans and the dogged news hounds at Fox this is a scandal of epic proportions where federal laws were broken and special prosecutors/F.B.I. need to be assigned to get to the bottom of this vile corruption.

The problem for Republicans and Fox is that the White House came out today and said "We offered Sestak a job to stay out of the race'. In essence they are saying "So what and big whoop-tee-do"! It wasn't against the law and nothing went on except politics as usual. In essence the GOP's and Fox's whole argument was rendered Moot.

At this point one would think Fox would cease and desist just so they would stop looking foolish for beating a dead horse. Alas, this is not the case.

Today (A Saturday even!) I watched a straight unadulterated hour (before I sickened of it and turned it off) of Sestak, Sestak, and more Sestak the whole hour... every minuet... every second... non-stop. Like a dog with a bone they are going to run with this one until even their viewers tire of the inane ranting.

Fox News It's is time you had a big ol' cup of "Shut The Fuck Up"!!!!

PS - I personally feel that this is a weasel move on Obamas part. Obama ran on being the change candidate. An outsider who would run Washington and the government in other ways than business as usual. This kind of backstage political bargaining is antithetical to that ideal. That being said this incident is such a slight infraction it doesn't even measure on the richter scale set by Bush and Cheney!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Glenn Beck Is An Embarrassment...

Here is a snippet of some inane idiocy Glenn Beck spewed on his radio show today concerning President Obama and his observance of Memorial Day:

"Obama is skipping out on a Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington Cemetery because he'll be in Chicago on vacation. I'm sorry, I don't ever, ever question the president's vacation. I didn't under Bush, I didn't under Clinton, I don't under Obama. . . . I have no problem with the man taking a vacation. But I am sick and tired -- sick and tired -- of people believing the lie that this administration has respect for the police or has respect for the soldiers of our country. I'm tired of it."

Here are the facts concerning Obama and his Memorial Day duties...

Instead of visiting Arlington cemetery, Obama and the first lady will participate in a Memorial Day ceremony at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Ill and on Monday, the Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden will participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery."

By the way not every president has spent Memorial Day at Arlington.

• In 1983, President Reagan was at a summit meeting, and the deputy secretary of defense -- not even the veep! -- placed the wreath.

• In 1992 President George H.W. Bush passed off the wreath to Vice President Dan Quayle (who had used family connections to get a slot in the National Guard during the days of the Vietnam War draft).

• In 2002 George W. Bush spoke at a Memorial Day commemoration in Normandy, France.

• And in 2007, Vice President Dick Cheney took on the wreath mission, while President George W. Bush was in Texas, perhaps clearing brush.

Beck it seems is just reading off the rights never-ending talking points to persuade Americans that Obama doesn't care about U.S. troops and is weak on national security.

Glenn Beck Is An Embarrassment...

Friday, May 21, 2010

Obama And His Oil Spill

If President Obama fails to respond to the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico it will destroy his legacy if not his entire presidency.

For all the good he has done and all the accomplishments he might achieve in the future his inability to respond to the oil spill will be the defining moment in his political career.

This catastrophe will destroy the Gulf Coast, the Gulf Of Mexico and quite possibly all of Florida's coastline. Obama can't afford to let this happen. It will stain his carer and more importantly destroy a vital part of America's wetlands, as well as the tourism and fishing industry in that portion of the country.

My guess as to why he may be taking such a lackadaisical stance to the problem is that he might believe it is a no win situation. He may think that once he stakes ownership of the spill cleanup anything that goes wrong after that will be blamed solely on him.

What Obama is failing to see and understand is that he is being blamed anyway. The American people look to their president for leadership in a crisis and if their was ever a crisis that required leadership, this oil spill is it!

A Brief History Of Socialist Plots

Here is a great editorial cartoon from artist Matt Wuerker. He is the editorial cartoonist and illustrator for Politico and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in editorial cartooning.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Souder's Hypocritical Walk In The Park

Married Indiana Republican and eight-term congressman Mark Souder is resigning over an affair with a female aide, identified as Tracy Jackson. According to reports Jackson would accompany Souder to events, record ads at a Christian radio broadcast station and prepare moralistic audio and video productions posted on his website.

What makes Souder's dalliances so much more hypocritical is that he was elected as a family values conservative as part of the Republican revolution in 1994, is an ardent proponent of Abstinence Education and an admitted devout Evangelical Christian.

In Souder's prepared statement he chose to blame “THE POISONOUS ENVIRONMENT OF WASHINGTON DC” (Yes, all in Caps) for making him do the do with his lady friend. That is right... Washington is so naughty and evil it practically made Souder put his ding dong in Mrs. Jackson's hoo hoo!

Souder survived a tough re-election challenge in 2008 and survived a contested primary two weeks ago despite anonymous reports that Souder was regularly meeting his girlfriend for romantic trysts in state parks.

Souder bid his adieu with a flourish by saying "As I leave public office, my plans are focused on repairing my (36 year) marriage, earning back the trust of my family (three adult children and two grandchildren) and my community and renewing my walk with my Lord,"

Just as long as your walks with the "lord" are well away from state parks!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Kiss The Gulf Coast Goodbye

Hope you enjoyed it while you could because the Gulf Of Mexico is history. If you want proof just look to Prince William Sound where Exxon's ship the Valdez dumped 250,000 barrels of oil onto their coastline. 20 years later their economy and ecological system still hasn't returned to normal.

Now look at the gulf coast disaster. The destroyed Deepwater Horizon rig is dumping somewhere between 60,000 to 70,000 barrels of oil a day into that body of water. That is the equivalent of 1 Exxon Valdez tanker every four days. It would be naive to think their was any coming back from this scale of devastation.

Just to kick them when they're down, the Purdue University in Indiana just reported today that even these terrifying amounts of oil spillage may be underestimated

In other upsetting news the Republicans just yesterday blocked a vote to lift the cap on damages oil companies would have to pay so that the taxpayers wouldn't be on the hook for the cleanup bill. Thanks GOP!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

In Case You Were Wondering If Arizona Is A Racist State Or Not

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed a bill targeting a school district's ethnic studies program.

The measure prohibits classes that advocate ethnic solidarity. For example, in the Mexican-American Studies program, an American history course explores the role of Hispanics in the Vietnam War, and a literature course emphasizes Latino authors.

About 1,500 students at six high schools in the district are enrolled in the program. Elementary and middle school students also are exposed to the ethnic studies curriculum. The district is 56 percent Hispanic, with nearly 31,000 Latino students.

State schools chief Tom Horne said he believes the Mexican-American studies program teaches Latino students that they are oppressed by white people.

Y'know, like if a Governor of a state signed a bill that ignited international backlash because the measure would encourage racial profiling of Hispanics. That kind of thing.

Horne has been trying to restrict the program ever since he learned that Hispanic civil rights activist Dolores Huerta in 2006 told students that "Republicans hate Latinos."

Six UN human rights experts released a statement earlier Tuesday expressing concern about the measure. All people have the right to learn about their own cultural and linguistic heritage

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Latest News On Anti-Gay Activist Christian Leaders Who Have Sex With Male Prostitutes

George Rekers

Anti-gay activist George Rekers, who was caught last week returning from a 10-day trip to Europe with a male escort he found on Rentboy.com, has decided to terminate his association with the board of the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality, or NARTH.

Rekers claimed the reason behind his resignation is "to allow myself the time necessary to fight the false media reports that have been made against me,". Rekers goes on to say "With the assistance of a defamation attorney, I will fight these false reports because I have not engaged in any homosexual behavior whatsoever," he said. "

I am not gay and never have been."Where have I heard that before... "cough" Larry Craig "cough"

Ex-preacher Ted Haggard

In other hypocrite news just four years after resigning from church leadership amid a gay sex scandal Ted Haggard has taken a first step toward resurrecting a ministry by incorporating a new church.

Haggard's wife, Gayle, registered St. James Church as a nonprofit located at their home address on Old Ranch Road, according to documents filed with the Colorado secretary of state's office. Haggard says that he doesn't rule out the possibility that St. James will become a full church in the future.

Haggard was forced to resign as senior pastor of the 14,000-member megachurch in 2006, when it became public that he had been involved with a male prostitute.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Obama Taps Elena Kagan For Supreme Court

An anonymous source has leaked that President Barack Obama will nominate Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court.

If the source is correct, the move positions the court to have three female justices for the first time in history.

Friday, May 7, 2010

The Christian Homophobe And His Gay Lover

George Alan Rekers, of North Miami is one of America's most rabid anti-gay activists. Rekers, a Baptist minister who is a leading scholar for the Christian right

On April 13, Rekers and a gay male escort was photographed arriving at Miami International Airport on Iberian Airlines Flight 6123. the male escort was treated to a ten-day, fully subsidized trip to Europe with Rekers.

Rekers wouldn't deny he met his "escort" at Rentboy.com and originally claimed he had hired this specific "Rentboy" because recent surgery means "I can't lift luggage."

The only glitch in this story is that to arrive at the "escorts" site, Rekers must have accepted Rentboy.com's terms of use, thereby acknowledging he was not offended by graphic sexual material. He then would have been transported to a front page which features images of men in undenyably homo-erotic situations.

Both men originally denied having sex on the trip, and emails exchanged between the two before their jaunt are cautiously worded. The escort, after learning of Rekers anti-homosexuality stance, now says Rekers is indeed gay, and that Rekers paid him to perform daily nude body rubs during their European jaunt.

Rekers allegedly named his favorite maneuver the "long stroke" -- a complicated caress "across his penis, thigh... and his anus over the butt cheeks," as the escort puts it. "Rekers liked to be rubbed down there," he says.

Rekers has a new explanation for the trip. "I deliberately spend time with sinners with the loving goal to try to help them," he said in a statement posted on Facebook. has claimed he took Lucien to Europe to inspire him to accept Jesus into his heart and renounce his homosexuality.

Here Is a list of Rekers accomplishments against the gay community...

For decades, George Alan Rekers has been a general in the culture wars, though his work has often been behind the scenes. In 1983, he and James Dobson, America's best-known homophobe, formed the Family Research Council, a D.C.-based, rabidly Christian, and vehemently anti-gay lobbying group that has become a standard-bearer of the nation's extreme right wing.

Rekers is a board member of the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), an organization that systematically attempts to turn gay people straight.

As a professor of neuropsychiatry at the University of South Carolina, Rekers has published papers and books by the hundreds, with titles like Who Am I? Lord and Growing Up Straight: What Families Should Know About Homosexuality. Shaping Your Child's Sexual Identity.

Rekers testified as a state's witness in favor of Florida's gay adoption ban as an expert witness in favor of gay adoption bans in both Arkansas and Florida.

Rekers frequently takes in foster children and that four years ago he adopted a 16-year-old boy. We found the boy, who is now Lucien's age, on Facebook. He declined to be interviewed.

Rekers has without a doubt has caused more than his fair share of harm to gay and lesbian individuals as anyone in the last several decades. How fitting it should come to this.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Timeline Of Times Square Bomber Capture And How The GOP Is Twisting It For Political Gain

On Saturday, May 1st, a dark-colored 1993 Nissan Pathfinder rigged with a crude bomb st to go off in the heart of New York City's Times Square. These are the events as they unfolded after the car bomb was left to presumably detonate.

• The propane-and-gasoline bomb is discovered in Times Square when a street vendor notices tit is smoking. He reports it to a mounted police officer.

• Police evacuate the area and Times Square is shut down for 10 hours.

• Police say if the the bomb had detonated it could have produced "a significant fireball" and sprayed shrapnel with enough force to kill pedestrians and knock out windows.

• Investigators do not indicate wether they believe the bomber was homegrown or foreign.

• That night officials discover of the VIN on the engine block

• Investigators tracked the license plates to a used auto parts shop in Stratford, Conn., where they discovered the plates were connected to a different vehicle.

• The registered owner of an SUV told investigators he sold the vehicle to a stranger for cash three weeks ago, a law enforcement official said Monday.

• President Barack Obama telephoned handbag vendor Duane Jackson, 58, of Buchanan, N.Y., on Monday to commend him for alerting authorities to the smoking SUV.

• Authorities then identify the buyer of the SUV

• That night law enforcement officials said they were seeking a potential suspect

• The suspect is identified as 30 year old Faisal Shahzad, a naturalized U.S. citizen who recently spent five months in Pakistan. Shahzad is married with two children and lives in Bridgeport, Conn.

• After missing Shahzad at his home his name is placed on the federal "no-fly" list.

• Customs and Border Protection agents are put on on the lookout for Shahzad recognize his name on a passenger manifest.

• After buying a ticket with cash in his real name Faisal Shahzad is hauled off a Dubai-bound plane at Kennedy Airport.

• Shahzad, is arrested on terrorism and weapons of mass destruction charges for trying to blow up the crude gasoline-and-propane bomb.

• Attorney General Eric Holder said Shahzad has been providing valuable information even after the FBI reads Shahzad his constitutional rights

• Shahzad confesses to buying the SUV, rigging it with a homemade bomb and driving it into Times Square. He also admits to receiving bomb-making training in Waziristan, Pakistan, a region where the Pakistani Taliban operates with near-impunity.

• The arrest comes only 53 hours after Shahzad tried to blow up the crude gasoline-and-propane bomb amid tourists and theatergoers Saturday evening.

• Throughout the 53 hours and even after the arrest the GOP attacks President Obama for being weak on terrorism.

• On Tuesday the GOP use Faisal Shahzad arrest to renew Miranda rights debate even thought Shahzad was questioned before he was Mirandized under the "Public Safety Exception" which allows evidence gathering if concerns about public safety exist.

• On Wednesday Sen Joe Leiberman (on Fox News) proposes a bill that would strip American citizens of their citizenship if they are suspected of terrorism as to stripping their Miranda rights thus allowing the use of extreme interrogation (torture).

Florida State Senator caught Perusing Porn On Senate Floor

Last week, the Sunshine State News took video of Florida State Senator Mike Bennett looking at pornography on his government issued computer during a debate on an anti-choice abortion measure.
Bennett told the Sunshine State News it was "an email sent to him by a former court administrator.”

“I was just sitting there, bored as they were debating the abortion bill,” Bennett said.

“I opened it up and said holy s**t! What’s on my screen? and clicked away from it right away.”

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Is God An Environmental Whacko?

Rush Limbaugh in a recent radio broadcast claimed that he believed "environmental whackos" may have blown up the Gulf of Mexico oil rig to "head off more oil drilling."

Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) claimed on Monday that the oil rig explosion that caused a massive -- and still-expanding spill -- may have been "... an act of God"

Does that mean that either Rick Perry thinks god is an environmental whacko or that Limbaugh thinks environmental whackos are gods?