Friday, February 25, 2011

Audience Member Asks Congressman, "Who is going to shoot Obama?"

At a town hall event held by Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) on Tuesday an audience member asked the congressman, "Who is going to shoot Obama?"

Broun's press secretary, Jessica Morrissays, has said that Congressman Broun found the question was inappropriate, so (he) moved on. Broun issued a statement as well in which he claims he "was stunned by the question and chose not to dignify it with a response."

This would be acceptable but unfortunately for Broun it is a lie.

It turns out that two witnesses have told Talking Points Memo that Broun laughed after the question was asked and that the question got "a big laugh" at the event.

According to the two witnesses after having a good laugh Broun went on to answer the man's question saying: "The thing is, I know there's a lot of frustration with this president. We're going to have an election next year. Hopefully, we'll elect somebody that's going to be a conservative, limited-government president that will take a smaller, who will sign a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare."

So rather than confronting the questioner or condemning the question, Broun instead acknowledged "frustration" with Obama. This is a far cry finding the question was inappropriate and moving on.

Oh Republicans, don't you ever get tired of being gutless pukes?

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Pranked By Fake Right Wing Billionare David Koch

The Media and the interwebs have dubbed this prank the "Koch Whore" incident. That being said this is how it went down....

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is trying to eliminate his states unions right to collectively bargain will not take any calls from democrats who want to discuss the subject. This led editor Ian Murphy of the online newspaper The Buffalo Beast to wonder just who's call Walker would take.

Buffalo Beast Publisher Paul Fallon said: "Basically what happened was, yesterday morning (Murphy) was watching television about this Wisconsin stuff and he saw a report where he saw Walker say he wasn't going to talk to anybody," Fallon said. "And he said, 'I bet he would talk to somebody if he had enough oomph behind him.'"

This is what led him to entertain the idea of assuming the identity of Billionaire right wing political activist David Koch to see if Walker would take his call.

Having given millions of dollars to help Walker get elected you would be correct in assuming that Walker sure did take that call!

Here are the calls...

Withholding Democratic lawmakers' paychecks... Each day, we're going to ratchet this up a little bit."..."one of us."... threatening state workers with layoffs... planing to lie to Senate Democrats and pass the bill while they are not aware of the vote... planting fake protesters to cause trouble among the real protesters. Only 3 months and Walker is already comparing himself to Reagan. Old Scotty sure has no self esteem trouble does he?

For me the most telling part of this event is not so much what was said during the conversation but that Scott Walker took the call from "Koch" proving that without a doubt that he is bought and paid for.

For the entire transcript of the call click here.

Poll Finds People Oppose Taking Away Collective Bargaining

A new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll Found that Americans strongly oppose laws taking away the collective bargaining power of public employee unions. The poll found 61% would oppose a law in their state similar to such a proposal in Wisconsin, compared with 33% who would favor such a law.The poll had Republicans like Florida Governor Rick Scott, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Ohio Governor John Kasich, who originally supported the strategy, back peddling on the issue.

This in effect leaves Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker twisting in the wind. Enjoy the ride Scott!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Obama's New Haircut

Officially one of the cutest pictures of a public figure I've ever seen!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Birther Embarrassment!

President Obama's birth certificate
(click image to enlarge)

If at this point you believe that the Obama family hatched a conspiracy close to 50 years ago to get a Muslim in the White House at the very least you shouldn't be allowed to vote... Either that or an extended stay in a rubber room and constant meds!

That being said please read the below survey findings.....

A new Public Policy Polling survey suggests that a majority of Republicans are now birthers:

Birthers make a majority among those voters who say they're likely to participate in a Republican primary next year. 51% say they don't think Barack Obama was born in the United States to just 28% who firmly believe that he was and 21% who are unsure.

The poll goes on to say:

The GOP birther majority is a new development. The last time PPP tested this question nationally, in August of 2009, only 44% of Republicans said they thought Obama was born outside the country while 36% said that he definitely was born in the United States. If anything birtherism is on the rise.

2012 GOP Favorability Trendline

At, Nate Silver has produced a net favorability chart for 11 potential candidates of the 2012 GOP presidential field.

Here is the generated a LOESS regression trendline based on recent favorability surveys:

Ouch... I'd say it's starting to look good for Obama and the Dems in 2012.

Friday, February 11, 2011

40% of Fox News Focus Group Belives President Obama Is A Muslim (Video)

Last night on the Sean Hannity program Frank Luntz gathered a focus group of Iowa's GOP caucus to discuss President Obama's reaction to the protests in Egypt. During the discussion the topic turned to President Obama's religion. When asked one member of the focus group expressed her opinion that she believed that the President was a Muslim.

This in turn led Luntz to ask the group how many believed President Obama was a Muslim. In an embarrassing display of ignorance 40% (10 out of 25) raise their hand.

In an even more bizarre turn of events other members of the focus group expressed their belief that the President's religion is "liberalism". One man then proclaims that "liberalism" is the most "intolerant religion of all."??????

Skip to 0:53 for the breathtaking stupidity...

President Obama has always said that he is a practicing Christian much like Ronald Reagan (who never attended church during his presidency). Despite these facts, as the focus group demonstrates that a large part of the population still believes the President is a Muslim.

The sad truth is that the polls actually show that Luntz's group is fairly representative of the GOP population as a whole. One Pew poll from last year found that 46% of Republicans believe President Obama is a Muslim, while a much smaller percentage of the overall population takes such a view.

This begs the question as to why these rumors persist. and why they have grown over the last two years (as most polls show).

Two words... Fox News. The network routinely questions the President's faith through direct statements as well as innuendo.

P.S. - You know that these are the same people who were outraged by Barack Obama's Christian church's pastor Reverend Jeremiah Wright!Anyone remember him?

Thursday, February 10, 2011

13 States Have Introduced Bills To Ban the Non-Existent Threat Of Sharia Law

In a painfully transparent attempt at creating a boogeyman out of the Muslim religion the wingunt right has decided to outlaw the non-existent threat of Sharia Law.

Legislators in at least 13 states across the country have introduced or passed bills designed to protect us from the imminent takeover of our court system by Sharia law.

Here is a list of the bills being introduced around the country:

• ALASKA: Rep. Carl Gatto (R) has introduced SB 88, which invokes the Constitution to make sure that “foreign law is prohibited.”

• ARIZONA: Arizona’s anti-Sharia law is HB 2582, the “Arizona Foreign Decisions Act.” In addition to banning the implementation of Sharia law, the bill would also ban “canon law, halacha and karma.”

• ARKANSAS: Arkansas’s anti-Sharia bill is SB 97, which says that the “the recognition and enforcement of a foreign judgment or ruling is limited to the extent that its 33 enforcement would not directly conflict with the public policy of Arkansas.”

• GEORGIA: Rep. Mike Jacobs (R) has introduced a bill that would “ban the use of Sharia law in state courts.”

• INDIANA: Indiana’s SRJ 16 would make it so that courts could not enforce a “law, rule, or legal code or system established and either used or applied in a jurisdiction outside the states of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the territories of the United States if doing so would violate a right guaranteed by this constitution or the Constitution of the United States.”

• LOUISIANA: Louisiana passed a law guarding against “international law” being used in its courts in June 2010.

• MISSISSIPPI: House bill 301 was introduced to ban “Mississippi courts from using foreign laws, including Sharia law, which is a guide to Islamic religious practice.”

• NEBRASKA: Legislative Bill 647 aims to “prohibit Nebraska courts from using foreign laws in decisions.”

• SOUTH CAROLINA: In South Carolina, Sen. Mike Fair (R) has introduced legislation to ban the implementation of Sharia law, saying there is “a need to clarify that cultural customs or foreign laws don’t trump U.S. laws.

• TEXAS: State Rep. Leo Berman (R) recently introduced a constitutional amendment “prohibiting a court of this state from enforcing, considering or applying a religious or cultural law.”

• SOUTH DAKOTA: South Dakota’s anti-Sharia bill is HRJ 1004, which says that no court “may apply international law, the law of any foreign nation, or any foreign religious or moral code with the force of law in the adjudication of any case under its jurisdiction.”

• UTAH: Rep. Carl Wimmer (R) introduced a bill banning Sharia but then shortly withdrew it after being warned it could harm “international business,” admitting it was “too broad.” He is still looking for ways to ban Sharia.

• WYOMING: State Rep. Gerald Gay (R) says his bill banning Sharia law is “a ‘pre-emptive strike‘ to ensure judges don’t rely on Shariah [sic] in cases involving, for example, arranged marriages, ‘honor killings’ or usury cases.”

This is a blatant case of pandering to the lowest common denominator. Unfairly singling out the Muslim religion to create a straw man for the right wing whackos so they have someone to blame for all the ill of the world. Let's not forget that Barack Obama is a Muslim!

Council on American-Islamic Relations spokesman Ibrahim Hooper told USA Today: “In another time, this would be laughed out of... Legislature.” Yet unfortunately, leading conservatives continue to lend support to the sensationalist anti-Sharia movement.

In an interesting and embarrassing side note, along with Sharia law, Arizona has included the banning of Canon law, Halacha law and... Wait for it Karma (law?) in an attempt to not appear racist. YES.... KARMA... Ain't that a bitch!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

O'Reilly Doubles Down On Stupid

After O'Reilly's declaration that he knows god exists due to the fact that "the tides come in and go out with no miscommunication" he has now proceeded to double down on the stupid with this hysterical rebuttal. Enjoy!

Fox News Has shaky Grasp Of Geography

Yup... That's Iraq, not Egypt.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Republican's Try To Redifine Rape!

Early last week the Republicans tried to restrict a women's access to abortions by attempting to redefine... Wait for it... Rape. This is so tax payers wont be on the hook for women who become pregnant as a result of rape and don't want to carry the pregnancy to term or women who might die as a result of their pregnancy. I am so repulsed by this that I couldn't immediately write about it.

I recently saw Jon Stewart and Kristen Schaal's take on the subject on The Daily show and it more than adequately sums up my disdain for Republicans the subject of redefining rape through eviscerating mockery.

Here is the clip ...

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Glenn Beck's Insane Caliphate Theroy

Lately Glenn Beck has been ramping up fear about the Communist, Socialists and radical Muslims joining forces to "bring about" the Caliphate. According to Wikipedia (yes, I had to look it up) the Caliphate "refers to the first system of government established in Islam, and represented the political unity of the Muslim nation." In other words America will very soon, according to Beck, be a Muslim nation all because the Communist, Socialists and radical Muslims (working hand in hand) will make it so. This apparently only became clear to Beck after he saw what was happening in Egypt.... Which, I guess, was fomented by... Communist, Socialists and radical Muslims?

Here is Beck On his radio show defending his position and doubling down on the crazy...

As I watched Beck rant about this on his show last night I could only form three thoughts.

1) This man needs medication... I'm not kidding

2) Beck's recent slide in the ratings is making him really really reach to scare people nowadays!

3) Is there a guy on a middle east television channel that rants about how radical Christians want to "bring about" the rapture in which Jesus comes back and all non believers of Christianity will be obliterated from the face of the earth.

You know it's just as crazy if you put the two theories side by side. That is accept for the fact that one of them is actually true.... Can you guess which one?

Senate Republicans Vote On Health Care Repeal Fails

The Republicans dream to repeal the health care reform law ended in defeat in the Senate on today. The vote was 47-51.

All 47 repeal votes came solely from Republicans.

Regardless of the the vote President Barack Obama had vowed to veto any total repeal of his signature legislative accomplishment.

Despite their failure Republicans said they had accomplished their objective of forcing rank and file Democrats to take a position on the issue.

Apparently rank and file Republicans didn't realize that they to have now been locked into a position on the very same issue.

Republicans are now on the record as being for an insurance company's right to:

• take away a child's right to get health insurance

• kick people off their policy for preexisting conditions

• kick kids off their parents' health insurance

• take away seniors' rights to a free wellness check

Two federal judges have ruled the law is partially or in its entirety unconstitutional citing a requirement for individuals to purchase coverage and pay a penalty in taxes if they fail to do so. Two other judges have upheld the law.

This means the Supreme Court will eventually be left to render a final verdict on the constitutionality of the bill.

I think Sen. Ben Nelson said it best... "The repealers already have health care. But they're ready, willing and eager to take it away from hundreds of thousands of Nebraskans."