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RNC Chair Steele on His Own Party: 'No Reason, None, to Trust Our Words or Our Actions at This Point.'»


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: RNC Chairman Steele, Republicans, Glenn Beck, Fox News, corruption, voters don't trust republicans )

Blue
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Steele: The reality of it is, you are absolutely right. You have absolutely no reason, none, to trust our word or our actions at this point. So, yeah, it's going to be an uphill climb.



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Blue Bunting (855)
Friday February 13, 2009, 3:43 pm
On Glenn Beck’s Fox News show this evening, Beck told RNC Chairman Michael Steele that conservatives are “pissed” at Republicans because they don’t “expect socialism” from them. “Why should we even think twice of pulling a lever again?” asked Beck. Steele responded that he was right and that voters have “no reason” to trust the GOP “at this point”:

STEELE: Yeah, no, Glenn. I’m not gonna, look, I’m not going to soft pedal this with you. I’m not going to try to blow smoke either. The reality of it is, you are absolutely right. You have absolutely no reason, none, to trust our word or our actions at this point. So, yeah, it’s going to be an uphill climb.

Watch it:
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Friday February 13, 2009, 4:08 pm

Republican Rep. Pete Sessions: Taliban Is 'a Model' for How GOP Can Become An 'Insurgency.'»



Republican Senator David Vitter: GOP Senators Are "Scared To Death" Of Obama And His Polling Numbers


Bob Cesca: Operation Zero Credibility

Regardless of the differing ideas about the details of the recovery bill, there's one thing that most of us can agree about: the Republicans can't be
trust

Gregg: Obama Was Never Going To Get GOP Stimulus Support

Judd Gregg Now Voting Against Stimulus

Republicans Say They'd Support the "Right" Stimulus Bill, But Stimulus for Them Is Only More Tax Cuts


GOP Group Threatens to Campaign Against Republican Stimulus Backers


The National Republican Trust PAC is threatening to provide financial support for primary challengers to any stimulus-supporting Republican in the next election.

(GOP) Genuinely OBstructionist Party : You're With US or Against us ... Party before Country.
 

Kit B. (276)
Friday February 13, 2009, 4:13 pm
And this guy is not the one to get people to suddenly trust them again either. So far 'same song, second verse, same as the first' I wonder if they realize how foolish they look. I wonder why Beck even pretended that this was not a "set-up" interview.
 

Marion Y. (322)
Friday February 13, 2009, 4:17 pm
A$$wipe$ . . .

Steele is perfect as RNC Chair. And he's right: you can't trust them...him included.

Obama better drop this partisanship dream of his now before it gets any worse. He's way ahead of the game right now and doesn't need this anti-Americans dragging him down.

Judd Gregg...I knew when Obama first nominated him that he was corrupt. I wish I was Obama's bull$hit detecter. I could give him the 4-1-1 on these nutjobs before they make a fool out of him.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Friday February 13, 2009, 5:49 pm

Virginia Republican Chairman JEFF FREDERICK MAKES A NAME FOR HIMSELF


"Darwin, however, is best known for the theory of evolution, arguing that men are not only, quote, are only, not, not created, but they are not equal, as some are more evolved." ..... Seriously, how does one even start to respond to a guy like this?
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Friday February 13, 2009, 5:51 pm

Bob Cesca: Operation Zero Credibility


Regardless of the differing ideas about the details of the recovery bill, there's one thing that most of us can agree about: the Republicans can't be
trusted on the economy and they can't be trusted to meddle with the recovery bill.
 

Cynthia Davis (340)
Friday February 13, 2009, 6:29 pm
I wonder if Obama is as naive about bipartisanship as people think he is or is he very very wise. If he plays this right and I think he is, he could destroy whats left of the Reboobliaon$.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Friday February 13, 2009, 8:32 pm
GOP Group Threatens to Campaign Against Republican Stimulus Backers



The National Republican Trust PAC is threatening to provide financial support for primary challengers to any stimulus-supporting Republican in the next election.
 

Marion Y. (322)
Saturday February 14, 2009, 3:32 pm
Cynthia ~ Good observation. As Blue Bunting points out, the GOP continue to use the same old methods that are sinking their ship. By the time the primaries roll around, there may not be any Repukes to threaten...
 

Tamara P. (68)
Sunday February 15, 2009, 12:01 pm
Republican mantra- tax cuts. Lets see, if there were certain taxes being collected (for some purpose) and then they are not collected, how does the initial program get funded. Well, either do away with the program, or BORROW. Tax cuts- the Republican phrase for borrowing.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Sunday February 15, 2009, 4:04 pm
Let's take a good hard look at EXACTLY what the RepubliCON$ support and what they did NOT complain about during the idiot Bu$h's admini$tration:


Following are Bush's 'central accomplishments' according to writer Kelly Kramer:
Shattered record for biggest annual deficit in history;

Set economic record for most private bankruptcies filed in any 12 month period;

Set all-time record for biggest drop in the history of the stock market;

First year in office set the all-time record for most days on vacation by any president in US history;


After taking the entire month of August off for vacation, presided over the worst security failure in US history;

In his first two years in office over 2 million Americans lost their jobs;

Cut unemployment benefits for more out of work Americans than any president in US history;

Appointed more convicted criminals to administration positions than any president in US history;

Signed more laws and executive orders amending the Constitution than any president in US history;

Presided over the biggest energy crises in US history and refused to intervene when corruption was revealed;

Cut healthcare benefits for war veterans;

Set the all-time record for most people worldwide to simultaneously take to the streets to protest a sitting American President, shattering the record for protest against any person in the history of mankind;

Dissolved more international treaties than any president in US history;

First president in US history to have all 50 states of the Union simultaneously go bankrupt;

Presided over the biggest corporate stock market fraud of any market in any country in the history of the world;

First president in US history to order a US attack and military occupation of a sovereign nation;

Created the largest government department bureaucracy in the history of the United States;

Set the all-time record for biggest annual budget spending increases, more than any president in US history;

First president in US history to have the United Nations remove the US from the human rights commission;

First president in US history to have the United Nations remove the US from the elections monitoring board;

All-time US (and world) record holder for most corporate campaign donations;

Biggest life-time campaign contributor presided over one of the largest corporate bankruptcy frauds in world history (Kenneth Lay, former CEO of Enron Corporation);

Spent more money on polls and focus groups than any president in US history;

First president to run and hide when the US came under attack (and then lied saying the enemy had the code to Air Force 1);

Took the biggest world sympathy for the US after 911, and in less than a year made the US the most resented country in the world (possibly the biggest diplomatic failure in US and world history);

With a policy of 'disengagement' created the most hostile Israeli-Palestine relations in at least 30 years;

Fist US president in history to have a majority of the people of Europe (71%) view his presidency as the biggest threat to world peace and stability;

First US president in history to have the people of South Korea more threatened by the US than their immediate neighbor, North Korea;

Changed US policy to allow convicted criminals to be awarded government contracts;

Set all-time record for number of administration appointees who violated US law by not selling huge investments in corporations bidding for government contracts;

Failed to fulfill his pledge to get Osama Bin Laden 'dead or alive';

Failed to capture the anthrax killer who tried to murder the leaders of our country at the United States Capitol building. After 18 months he has no leads and zero suspects;

In the 18 months following the 911 attacks he successfully prevented any public investigation into the biggest security failure in the history of the United States;

Removed more freedoms and civil liberties for Americans than any other president in US history;
Entered office with the strongest economy in US history and in less than two years turned every single economic category straight down.
This is, of course, an edited list. It omits the deliberate lies Bush told in order to wage a war of aggression against the people of Iraq. If so much as one person had died as a result of his lies and the war of aggression that followed, Bush would be subject to the death penalty under federal law, specifically, US Codes, Title 18, Section 2441. But, in fact, Bush death toll, his murder count, is at least 1.5 milllion Iraqi civilians who are dead as a direct result of US aggression. Former LA prosectuor Vince Bugliosi makes still another case that because Bush perpetrated a deliberate fraud in order to commence war, every death of every US soldier is one count of murder. Then, of course, there is evidence that deaths occurred as a result of the acts of torture that followed from Bush's orders. That Bush tried to make these acts legal ex post facto should be compelling evidence that his orders were planned and deliberate. They are punishable by death.
 

Roseann D. (178)
Sunday February 15, 2009, 6:25 pm
We need to turn this into the dawn of the post-Republican era...there's no reason any of those corrupt, treasonous traitors should ever attain power again.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Sunday February 15, 2009, 10:35 pm

The Ultra-Radical Republicans
TV talking heads treat the Republican over-use of the filibuster as the natural way of things, but it is really a radical deviation from the way American democracy has worked, writes Robert Parry.

The GOP's Jihad on Obama
With self-described Taliban tactics -- and a hand-me-down playbook from 1993 -- the Republicans are determined to crush the Obama presidency in its infancy, reports Robert Parry.

CALL THEM OUT ON EVERY SINGLE LIE and PIECE OF PROPAGANDA you see, hear or read!
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday February 16, 2009, 12:43 am
Frank Rich: They Sure Showed That Obama

In the stimulus battle — just as in the presidential campaign — Barack Obama has once again outwitted the punditocracy and the opposition.

Charlie Crist, the moderate Florida governor who appeared with the president in his Fort Myers, Fla., town-hall meeting last week, has Obama-like approval ratings in the 70s. Naturally, the party’s hard-liners in Washington loathe him. Their idea of a good public face for the G.O.P. is a sound-bite dispenser like the new chairman, Michael Steele, a former Maryland lieutenant governor. Steele’s argument against the stimulus package is that “in the history of mankind” no “federal, state or local” government has ever “created one job.” As it happens, among the millions of jobs created by the government are the federal investigators now pursuing Steele for alleged financial improprieties in his failed 2006 Senate campaign.

This G.O.P., a largely white Southern male party with talking points instead of ideas and talking heads instead of leaders, is not unlike those “zombie banks” that we’re being asked to bail out. It is in too much denial to acknowledge its own insolvency and toxic assets. Given the mess the country is in, it would be helpful to have an adult opposition that could pull its weight, but that’s not the hand America has been dealt.

As Judd Gregg flakes out and Lindsey Graham throws made-for-YouTube hissy fits on the Senate floor, Obama should stay focused on the big picture in
governing as he did in campaigning. That’s the steady course he upheld when much of the political establishment was either second-guessing or ridiculing it, and there’s no reason to change it now. The stimulus victory showed that even as president Obama can ambush Washington’s conventional wisdom as if he were still an insurgent.

But, as he said in Fort Myers last week, he will ultimately be judged by his results. If the economy isn’t turned around, he told the crowd, then “you’ll have a new president.” The stimulus bill is only a first step on that arduous path. The biggest mistake he can make now is to be too timid. This country wants a New Deal, including on energy and health care, not a New Deal lite. Far from depleting Obama’s clout, the stimulus battle instead reaffirmed that he has the political capital to pursue the agenda of change he campaigned on.

Republicans will also be judged by the voters. If they want to obstruct and filibuster while the economy is in free fall, the president should call their bluff and let them go at it. In the first four years after F.D.R. took over from Hoover, the already decimated ranks of Republicans in Congress fell from 36 to 16 in the Senate and from 117 to 88 in the House. The G.O.P. is so insistent that the New Deal was a mirage it may well have convinced itself that its own sorry record back then didn’t happen
either.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday February 16, 2009, 2:01 pm
In Praise of New Republican LeadershipWith
the kind of inept leadership that would make even Merrill Lynch shudder, the Republican Party has nowhere to go but down, even though, at 19% approval, there is not much of a cushion left.

 

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday February 18, 2009, 10:57 pm

CA Lt. Gov. Garamendi: GOP An Infection 'Spreading Across the Nation' : Updated


The Republicans in the California legislature are trying to close down the entire state. As everyone across America watches with awe how
f*&ked up these idiot Republican politicians are acting, finally we hear someone step up to the plate and get at the
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Friday February 20, 2009, 11:51 am

The Bush Recession : Economic Meltdown Deepens: Worst Since 1933
The Federal Reserve reports today that total industrial production declined over the past eight years for the first eight-year period since the eight years ending in 1938. The Census Bureau also reported today that new starts and new permits to build ho
 

Marion Y. (322)
Friday February 20, 2009, 12:18 pm
Recession?

We've been in a Depression since December 2008. Paul Krugman, the Nobel Winner economist, said this morning this economic collapse will last for at least 10 years.

10 YEARS, FOLKS!

It was hard work, I know. But it took Bush 8 years to F*** Up our economy and nation. It didn't happen overnight, so don't expect a recovery overnight.

10 YEARS, FOLKS!

Hang on to your hats. It's going to be a bumpy ride!!!
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday February 24, 2009, 9:53 pm
Michael Steele on punishing 3 GOP senators: 'I'm always open to everything, baby'
 

Cynthia Davis (340)
Thursday February 26, 2009, 11:22 am
Republicans never cease to amaze me. Now they are turning on each other. I wonder what that could be a sign of? Doesn't that usually mean instability.
 

Marion Y. (322)
Thursday February 26, 2009, 11:37 am
Blue ~ Not only is Steele open to everything, he will sell out to the highest bidder...which is what it appears he has done. He's worse than useless.

Cynthia ~ There is no loyalty where the principles are not sound and based on the good of the whole. Crooks trust no one, because they cannot be trusted. Therefore, when the going gets bad, the bad get going.

In 2003 when some of us knew the Iraq War was illegal and Bush was a war criminal, I knew the repukes would eat each other alive as they are beginning to do. If we ever do prosecute Bush, Cheney and others, I promise you this: they will turn on each other to lessen their sentences and penalties. Criminals are such cowards in the end.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Friday February 27, 2009, 10:51 pm
Marion ... it begins ...

GOP Senator Bunning Threatens To Resign To Hurt His Party
 

Marion Y. (322)
Saturday February 28, 2009, 6:03 am
Thanks Blue. So predictable. Bunning is going where the money is. It's too bad the majority of people don't have the time or wherewithall to follow these crooks. These people should know what a sell-out Bunning is and let his career die a RepublicOn death.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday February 28, 2009, 6:08 am
Marion ... how the RepubliCON$ do whine and whine and whine ...
 

Marion Y. (322)
Saturday February 28, 2009, 7:08 am
That they do. Right now, the RepubliCON$ are lost in the desert without a plan. Complaining without a solution does nothing. Americans are tired of the complaining and fighting. We want SOLUTIONS ONLY. We want cooperation and input. The people are now two steps ahead of the politicians. The Democrats have figured this out and are trying to give us what we want and need. Mostly need right now because we are in dire straits.

The Democrats sense the public will not tolerate much more of their games. We are at the point where we are ready to throw out both parties which appear to be two different sides of the same coin. I, for one, am tolerating the Democrats just until the next election. If they don't stick to their word and stay left of center, I'm going with the Green Party...which is where I will eventually go anyway.

I want leaders who cannot be bought, sold and are not motivated by the almighty dollar.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday March 9, 2009, 4:28 pm
HOUSE REPUBLICAN EXPLAINS PARTY'S 'GOAL'.... What's that line about "Michael Kinsley Moments"? As I recall it's when politicians commit a gaffe by accidentally telling the truth.

"We will lose on legislation. But we will win the message war every day, and every week, until November 2010," said Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., an outspoken conservative who has participated on the GOP message teams. "Our goal is to bring down approval numbers for [Speaker Nancy] Pelosi and for House Democrats. That will take repetition. This is a marathon, not a sprint."

The quote certainly won't surprise anyone who's paid any attention to the House Republican caucus over the last several years. Of course their goal is to bring down Democrats' approval numbers. Of course they're more concerned with winning the daily "message war" than shaping public policy.

But as Greg Sargent explained,
McHenry's candor nevertheless has salience for Democrats on the Hill:
"It's likely that Dems will grab on to the quote today to bolster their
charge that Congressional Republicans aren't interested in playing a
constructive role in governing and see their hope for political revival
in the eventual failure of the Democratic majority's policies."

Quite right. Most of the time, Republican leaders will maintain the fiction, at least in public, that they're serious about good-faith negotiations with the majority party. They'll say how willing they are to engage in a constructive debate, with the goal being improved public policy.

But once in a while, they'll drop the facade. We hear one GOP lawmaker say the party will emulate the insurgency tactics of the Taliban. We hear another say the party should position itself as "freedom fighters" taking on the "slide toward socialism." We hear another say the party's principal "goal" is to bring down Democrats' poll numbers.

As a practical matter, if Congress and the White House work together to pass meaningful and popular legislation, voters will be pleased and Democrats' approval ratings will probably improve. As such, if we take McHenry at his word, Republicans can't be constructive, they necessarily have to be destructive.

Again, I can appreciate why all of this seems to be in the water-is-wet category for obviousness, but it's a reminder of why Democratic leaders are making a mistake if they plan on looking to the minority party as credible and sincere governing partners. As Joe Klein recently argued, the president "should have no illusions about the good faith of his opponents."
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday March 9, 2009, 5:43 pm
Now He's Done For
Samuel "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher denounces Michael Steele.
 

Cynthia Davis (340)
Monday March 9, 2009, 7:08 pm
It's not Rush it's the Plumber that heads the GOP.
 

Cynthia Davis (340)
Monday March 9, 2009, 7:13 pm
And who was that guy remember that Nute Gingrich guy I'm guessing he'll be making a come back.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday June 11, 2009, 10:47 am
The Right Wing Media Has Unleashed a Race War that Threatens Our Democracy and Our Personal Safety



The right wing media has unleashed what is becoming an armed rebellion of white males. The likes of FOX, Limbaugh, Savage and the whole crew has lit the match of the White Power movement.
 

Marion Y. (322)
Thursday June 11, 2009, 11:14 am
The FCC is controlled by the right wing. We need to require the Limbaughs to be licensed where everything they say must be fact-check by them before they say it. "3 strikes and your out!" should be the law. Heavy penalties should go with it. If they are caught lying, inciting racism or terrorism which causes harm or death of others, they need to be sent to prison with hefty sentences.

Anything involving racism needs to be cut off at the knees. This country has suffered greatly because of it, and is doomed to failure if it continues. Limbaugh and the rest should be in jail right now. Pressure must be applied on Congress and Obama to do this.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday June 11, 2009, 11:17 am
HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE for inciting violence and hatred and domestic terrorism!

Write to the President, every day:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

Click Here For Contacting Congress State by State.

Look up your members of Congress and call them now:http://my.barackobama.com/callcongress
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday June 11, 2009, 12:19 pm
here’s the big question: Will “mainstream” conservative politicians stop knowingly fanning the flames of hatred and bigotry? (I think we know the answer to that)http://theplumline.whorunsgov.com/president-obama/in-wake-of-dc-shooting-whither-gop-reps-pushing-birther-bill/

Progressive Blog Digest: All roundup, all the time
 

Marion Y. (322)
Thursday June 11, 2009, 1:26 pm
Thanks for the links on writing, Blue. I have sent my letters repeating my message above. I'm spitting mad over the recent domestic terrorism in this country (Dr. Tiller, Holocaust Museum and others). Why are we worried about terrorism coming to this country when its already here? We brought it here! It's homegrown!! America is a violent, ugly country that has begun to turn its terrorism on itself.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday June 11, 2009, 1:33 pm
Michael Steele continues his sad, pathetic descent into a man who will say ANYTHING

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2009_06/018558.php

In an interview with CNN's Campbell Brown on Tuesday, the Republican Party leader insisted that white males would not be granted even-handed jurisprudence under a Court with Obama's nominee.

"God help you if you're a white male," said Steele. "If you're seeking justice, this may not be the bench you want to go before." . . .

[Steve Benen] Got that? On May 29, Steele saw no value in attacking the Supreme Court nominee with racial politics . . .

Goofy too

http://minnesotaindependent.com/36567/not-a-big-tent-gop-is-a-hat-says-steele

[Paul Schmelzer] Here’s more evidence that the GOP is still struggling to find fitting metaphors to talk about itself. The party was likened to a miffed Eminem by Gov. Tim Pawlenty at the College Republicans’ national confab over the weekend, while at another of the convention’s sessions, RNC chair Michael Steele was coming up with imagery of his own. Steele told the audience that “no one knows what the hell it means” when the GOP refers to itself as a “big tent.”

So he offered another analogy: The GOP is a hat. . . . [read on]

The GOP can’t defeat the Sotomayor confirmation, but can they delay it?

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2009/06/graham-republicans-have-the-leverage-to-delay-sotomayor-confirmation.php


[Brian Beutler] Time will tell how Republicans actually respond, but just because Republicans probably won't filibuster Sotomayor doesn't mean they won't drag the process along, raising money and attacking the nominee along the way. . . .

Did we need a poll to tell us this?

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2009-06-09-poll-parties_N.htm

[USAT] Who speaks for the GOP?

The question flummoxes most Americans, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, which is among the reasons for the party's sagging state and uncertain direction.

A 52% majority of those surveyed couldn't come up with a name when asked to specify "the main person" who speaks for Republicans today. . . .

Of those who could, the top response was radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh (13%), followed in order by former vice president Dick Cheney, Arizona Sen. John McCain and former House speaker Newt Gingrich. . . .

"We cannot be a party of balding white guys," says former Republican Party national chairman Ed Gillespie . . .

Dissatisfaction with the GOP extends to within its own ranks. Among Republicans, 33% had an unfavorable impression of their own party. In contrast, 4% of Democrats had an unfavorable impression of their party.

Heh: http://theplumline.whorunsgov.com/political-media/gallup-official-only-05-say-sarah-palin-speaks-for-gop/


Less Than 0.5% Say Sarah Palin Speaks For GOP . . .

You say that like it’s a GOOD thing

http://thinkprogress.org/2009/06/10/krauthammer-alternative-reality/KRAUTHAMMER: What Fox did is not just create a venue for alternative opinion. It created an alternate reality. . . . [read on]
 

Marion Y. (322)
Thursday June 11, 2009, 2:02 pm
Michael Steele is the GOPs Uncle Tom. Yep...sad and pathetic. Several republicans are now distancing themselves from the right-wing rhetoric (Limbaugh, O'Reilly, Hannity, Beck etal). They see the writing on the wall and how dangerous this environment it is.

The psycho talk has got to stop.

 

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday July 14, 2009, 9:31 pm

GOP chair: We'll lure blacks with 'fried chicken, potato salad’
 

Cynthia Davis (340)
Wednesday July 15, 2009, 9:20 am
Michael Steele the Magnificent Clown.
 

Marion Y. (322)
Sunday July 19, 2009, 11:07 am
"GOP chair: We'll lure blacks with 'fried chicken, potato salad’"

LMBAO (laughing my black ass off)!!! Blacks have enough problems without Steele joining the ranks.Who needs Buchanan and Limbaugh when we have Steele to contend with?
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday July 20, 2009, 12:49 pm
Leahy To GOP: "Stop The Racial Politics" On Sotomayor
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday July 20, 2009, 12:50 pm
GOP TRYING TO TORPEDO HEALTH REFORM


Kristol: "This Is The Week" To "Go For The Kill"...



Steele: Health Care Is Obama's Waterloo...



Obama Hits Back
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday July 20, 2009, 1:03 pm
Bigotry and Racism in America: What Harvey Left UsWe need the past to inform us why we're the way we are. Without that we will never change. And without change our hatreds may eventually destroy us.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday July 20, 2009, 1:44 pm

House GOP Promotes Video Of Rep. Saying Obama's Mother Might Have Aborted Him
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday July 20, 2009, 3:22 pm
Steele's Health Care Speech Coached By Consultant

$teele = the $tupid RepubliCON! ROTFLMBO!
 

Cynthia Davis (340)
Monday July 20, 2009, 6:34 pm
Some where deep down in a basement there sits soaking in alcohol this great big brain with telepathic thought waves, what ever it thinks it is relayed to all other Republicans. This must be true because if one says something they all repeat it. They have got to be pluged up to the same brain some way because they all sound the same. They repeat the same things over and over and none have ever had an original thought.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday July 20, 2009, 6:57 pm
RNC Chair Michael $teele : "I don't make poilicy" and I'm not here on this discussion of HEALTH CARE REFORM policy to discuss policy ... I'm just here to mouth the propaganda they $cripted for me

RepubliCON Party is in the $ewer!
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday July 20, 2009, 7:05 pm
Oh, and ... the RepubliCON$ don't have a POLICY PROPOSAL on HEALTH CARE REFORM on the table ... they don't have a solutionl, just lots of criticism and obstructionism ...

RepubliCON$ ... the Party of NO ... the Party of HATRED ... the Party of Greed and WAR!
 

Cynthia Davis (340)
Monday July 20, 2009, 8:55 pm
Amen to that Blue
 

Marion Y. (322)
Tuesday July 21, 2009, 8:55 am
Double that amen!! The republiCON$ are shooting themselves in both feet.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday July 21, 2009, 10:04 am

Internal RNC Memo: "Engage In Every Activity" To Slow Down Health Care Reform

WHY DO REPUBLICON$ HATE OUR COUNTRY?
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday July 21, 2009, 12:09 pm
From ‘Socialized Medicine’ To ‘Dead Baby Juice,’ GOP Moderate Faces Down Rabid Right-Wing Conspiracies

Rep. Castle and the other Republicans who supported clean energy reform have been branded “cap and traitors.” The Meetup-organized conspiracy theorists attacking them are being fed a constant stream of misinformation and incitement from Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Prison Planet, Americans for Prosperity,and the rest of the right-wing machine. Today’s conservative movement refuses to make any room for old school Republicans like Mike Castle.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday July 21, 2009, 12:27 pm
NOTHING SECRET ABOUT IT.... The Huffington Post's Sam Stein obtained a copy of a private RNC memo, detailing the party's strategy for defeating President Obama's health care reform campaign. As Stein noted, "While documents like these commonly are passed around behind the scenes by like-minded partisans on both sides of the aisle they usually don't make their way into the public."

That's true. What I found interesting about the memo, though, was just how few surprises there were. The Republican strategy against health care reform is entirely transparent. It's like watching a football team that doesn't bother huddling to call a play in advance, but instead just tells the other team exactly what they're about to do.

Reading over the 12-page RNC memo, we learn that there are key phrases Republicans are supposed to use ...

Obama's plan for health care is deemed an "experiment" and a "risk" that could bankrupt the country and dangerously change the doctor-patient relationship.

... while trying to slow the reform process down so they can kill legislation ...

"The Republican National Committee will engage in every activity we can to slow down this mad rush while promoting sensible alternatives that address health care costs and preserve quality," the memo affirmatively declares.

... while resisting the very idea of reform itself.

As for a Republican alternative to the president's agenda, the RNC memo doesn't offer much in the way of details, save to make the argument that the status quo isn't as bad as it is being painted.

In other words, Republicans are saying the same things in private that they're saying in public -- and they're effectively daring the majority to overcome their opposition.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday July 21, 2009, 1:08 pm
Republican Party Chairman Steele Struggles To Name His Own Health Care Provider

The RNC Chairman stumbled during an appearance on CNN on Tuesday when he was asked to name what type of insurance he has and who exactly is his health care provider.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Friday July 31, 2009, 6:01 pm
Right-Wing Harassment Strategy Against Dems Detailed In Memo: ‘Yell,’ ‘Stand Up And Shout Out,’ ‘Rattle Him’
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday August 3, 2009, 10:28 am

Republican Right Wingers : The Faces of Ignorance and Hate


Philadelphia, Pa, August 2: This afternoon, at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, I saw the face of ignorance and hate--and it wasn't pretty.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday August 3, 2009, 12:02 pm
Dems Have Expanded Advantage Over GOP Since Election: Gallup
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday August 3, 2009, 5:55 pm
The ghost of Lee Atwater is back as the Conservative movement tries to tear the country apart
 

Marion Y. (322)
Monday August 3, 2009, 10:10 pm
Yes, it's getting ugly, Blue. But the liberals and dems are calling the Rethugs, Dogs (both prostitutes) out so everyone can see their dirty laundry. These lizards have everything to lose so they're ready for a fight. It's what they do best. However, with the economic collapse, this isn't the right time for their games. The masses won't tolerate it. Prostitutes...for the elites and corporations. Nowhere do these so-called politicians work for the people that pay them and provide them with healthcare.

I could spit!
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday August 3, 2009, 10:13 pm
Marion, could you really "spit"?

I always wanted to learn, LOL!

When you do, would you teach me?

LOL!
 

Marion Y. (322)
Monday August 3, 2009, 10:20 pm
Blue...I learned years ago as a little girl from the old men playing dominoes at Venice Beach. When thoroughly pissed, save up a wad and spit as far as you can. It works better with tobacco juice in your mouth, of course.

Olbermann: Legislators for Sale (Prostitutes)
Olbermann is thoroughly pissed and has put our legislators on call.

The fight is on...
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday August 3, 2009, 11:42 pm
Marion ... it's been too many years since I watched the old men playing dominoes at Venice Beach!!!

So, thanks to Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), Speaker Pelosi says she will bring a vote to the floor on single-payer after the recess. Are you all ready to make those phone calls and write those letters?

Nancy's contact info..http://speaker.house.gov/contact/

Send our speaker an e-mail of encouragement.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday August 4, 2009, 12:51 pm
For The Modern GOP, It's A Return To The "White Voter Strategy"
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday August 5, 2009, 11:40 am

Republican Party Has Become "Cash for Clunkers" : GOP TRAILING IN 42 STATES!
The Republican Party is disintegrating in front of our eyes. The latest Gallup Poll has them leading in party identification in six states and tied in two. That means they're trailing in 42 states!
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday August 5, 2009, 11:47 am

Republican Party Has Become "Cash for Clunkers" : GOP TRAILING IN 42 STATES!
The Republican Party is disintegrating in front of our eyes. The latest Gallup Poll has them leading in party identification in six states and tied in two. That means they're trailing in 42 states!
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday August 5, 2009, 12:55 pm
Tales from the Lobotomy Ward: The Stupidest Republican Talking Point I've Heard in a Long Time

It's moronic for conservatives to believe that they will derail a proposed universal health care system by likening it to a program whose only problem is that the public loves it far too much.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday August 5, 2009, 1:10 pm

The Ugly Racism of the Right Will Be Their Undoing


Every day it gets harder to think of the whiny Republican hate speech as sheer coincidence. Instead, it's beginning to look inevitable -- so much so that maybe the real question is, What is it about health care that brings out the latent racism in the GOP?
 

Cynthia Davis (340)
Wednesday August 5, 2009, 9:31 pm
All Republicans Come from a lobotomy ward if you ask me. I loved that. Thanks Blue
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday August 5, 2009, 10:28 pm
Steele Distances Himself From Town Hall Mobs: ‘We’re Not Encouraging People To Be Angry’

Boehner Cheers Townhall Shout-Downs
House Minority Leader John Boehner's office has chimed in cheering on the campaign.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday August 6, 2009, 1:45 pm
HCAN Playbook For Thwarting Town Hall Protesters
How to deal with the crazy GOPers.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday August 6, 2009, 2:17 pm
Revealed: SS Nazi sign carried at town hall protest Update: Swastika pic surfaces, Rush likens Obama to Hitler
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday August 6, 2009, 2:29 pm
The Texas GOP’s endorsement of these tactics joins remarks by Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) that the “fear” and “anger” of Americans over health care reform present “real opportunities” for the Republican Party.

The Texas GOP isn’t alone in encouraging the mob protests, though. On a blog post titled “Here’s to Mob Rule,” Connecticut Republican chairman Chris Healy yesterday listed off the times and locations of several health care town halls. In the post he wrote that “one perrson’s [sic] mob is another person’s concerned’s citizen’s group” and remarked that if members of Congress “get upset because people are shouting at them, maybe they should listen.”
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday August 6, 2009, 2:59 pm
Contrary to Steele’s Claim, State Republicans Are Actively Promoting Town Hall Mobs and Violence
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday August 6, 2009, 3:26 pm

VIDEO: Republican Right-Wing Rage Cultivated At McCain-Palin Rallies Being Harnessed To Oppose Obama's Agenda Today


Some attendees admit they don't live in the Congressman's district, so why attend the meeting? The wave of unfounded, anti-Obama hate found legitimacy through the McCain Presidential campaign last year. Republicans are actively supporting the hate...
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday August 6, 2009, 3:51 pm
Maddow calls out Republican operatives behind healthcare mobs
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday August 6, 2009, 9:14 pm
Missouri's Republican Rep. Akin and other conservative leaders have whipped up the right-wing base with a combination of lies and rage, and the results have bordered on dangerous. One Democratic lawmaker has received death threats because he supports health care reform. Another Democratic lawmaker was "physically assaulted." Far-right activists have registered their misguided, uninformed fury with everything from nooses to tombstones to signs with Nazi "SS" lettering.

Akin opposes health care reform; I get that. He's a far-right lawmaker who probably finds right-wing mobs comforting. But under the circumstances, maybe now would be a good time to skip the lynching jokes?
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday August 6, 2009, 11:08 pm
WATCH: Glenn Beck Jokes About Putting Poison In Nancy Pelosi's Wine
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday August 6, 2009, 11:22 pm
Beck fans turn health forum into 'near riot'
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Friday August 7, 2009, 3:46 am

Right-Wing Turncoat Gives the Inside Scoop on How the GOP Is Screwing Its Healthcare Baby


The GOP is willing to disrupt the health care debate if they can't win it. Yesterday in Tampa, a mob of Glenn Beck supporters nearly caused a riot. The Republican is an uncaring idiot who cares for no one but itself? To hell with the guy in the street!
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Friday August 7, 2009, 1:30 pm
Anti-Reform Group Takes Credit For Helping Gin Up Town Hall Rallies

Conservatives for Patients’ Rights, the operation that’s running a national campaign against a public health care option, is now publicly taking credit for helping gin up the sometimes-rowdy outbursts targeting House Dems at town hall meetings around the country, raising questions about their
spontaneity.

CPR is the group headed by controversial former hospitals exec Rick Scott that’s spending millions on ads attacking reform in all sorts of lurid ways, a campaign that’s being handled by the same P.R. mavens behind the Swift Boat Vets.

In response to my questions, a spokesman for the group confirmed that it has undertaken a concerted effort to get people out to the town hall meetings to protest reform. The spokesperson, Brian Burgess,
confirmed that CPR is emailing out “town hall alert” flyers, and schedules of town hall meetings, to its mailing list.

These efforts — combined with CPR’s effort to enlist Tea Party-ers, as reported yesterday by TPM — provide a glimpse into the ways anti-reform groups are trying to create a sense of public momentum in their favor.

CPR spokesman Burgess confirmed that the group had set up a list serv designed to reach out to “third party groups” involved in the health care fight, including the Tea Party activists. And in a statement emailed to me, Scott, who was ousted as a health-care exec amid a 1990s fraud probe, took credit for the town hall showings.

“We have invested a lot of time, energy and resources into educating Americans over the past several months about the dangers of government-run health care and I think we’re seeing some of the fruits of that campaign,” Scott said, though he claimed outrage was spontaneous.

Similarly, America’s Health Insurance Plans, or AHIP, the insurance industry group, has stationed employees in 30 states to track local town hall events.

The question is whether these uprisings are actually helpful to the anti-reform cause, or whether their raucus agitprop will work againt them. Dems have blasted out to reporters examples of protestors harrassing House Dems.

“The more you dig the more you learn that this is a carefully orchestrated effort by special interest lobbyists and the Republican Party, who are using fringe elements on the right to protect insurance company profits and defeat health care reform,” said House Dem leadership aide Doug Thornell. “The anger at these events looks very similar to what we saw at McCain/Palin rallies in the fall.”

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Update: The White House attacks CPR for manufacturing anger.

This blog’s homepage is here.

Posted by Greg Sargent | 08/04/2009, 12:12 PM EST | Categories: House Dems, health care, political advertising
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday August 8, 2009, 6:02 pm

Mel Martinez and the Last Nail in the Republican Diversity CoffinMartínez's
move can been seen as another accomplished person of color flipping a metaphorical middle finger at all the Republicans have devolved into: The party of the "angry white voter."




Readmore...


 

Blue Bunting (855)
Sunday August 9, 2009, 8:36 pm
Question for GOP Leaders: What Would It Take for You to Condemn the Hatefulness?
With all of this hateful and violent rhetoric going on, I haven't seen one Republican leader asking for people to cool their rhetoric, or heard them condemn any of these tactics.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday August 10, 2009, 11:25 am
Wherever there's a RepubliCON angry mob ... alway$ follow the money ...

Coal Lobby’s ‘Purest Form Of Grassroots’ Delivered By GOP Voter Fraud Company

Paid staff will both call people already on the group’s list and talk to other people at public events, asking them if they want information or T-shirts or would be interested in asking a question at a town hall meeting. “This is the purest form of grassroots,” Lucas said. “It’s facilitating constituents to talk one-on-one with members of Congress.

The new project will use 225,000 volunteers dubbed “America’s Power Army.” They will visit town hall meetings, fairs and other functions attended by members of Congress and ask misleading questions about energy policy.

Anti-Reform Group Takes Credit For Helping Gin Up Town Hall Rallies
Conservatives for Patients’ Rights, the operation that’s running a national campaign against a public health care option, is now publicly taking credit for helping gin up the sometimes-rowdy outbursts targeting House Dems at town hall meetings around the country, raising questions about their spontaneity.

CPR is the group headed by controversial former hospitals exec Rick Scott that’s spending millions on ads attacking reform in all sorts of lurid ways, a campaign that’s being handled by the same P.R. mavens behind the Swift Boat Vets.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday August 11, 2009, 11:07 am
Countdown Special Comment: STOP THE LIES! The Clear & Present Danger Isn't Obama's Agenda; It's GOP Talking Points


Keith Olbermann calls out the dangerous rhetoric and lies of Sarah Palin and her other GOP cohorts--such as Glenn Beck and Sen. John Cornyn--scaring the populace with their outrageous fear mongering over health care reform.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday August 11, 2009, 12:58 pm
Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Lou Dobbs Enflame Scary Right-Wing Rage The conservative playbook has been laid bare, and it's ugly. How long until their overheated
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday August 11, 2009, 1:45 pm

Countdown Special Comment: STOP THE LIES! The Clear & Present Danger Isn't Obama's Agenda; It's GOP Talking Points
US Politics & Gov't (tags: Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Fear Mongering, Glenn Beck, health care crisis, health care reform, Healthcare Reform, John Cornyn, MSNBC, Olbermann, Sarah Palin, Special Comment )

Blue
- 2 hours ago - crooksandliars.com
Keith Olbermann calls out the dangerous rhetoric and lies of Sarah Palin and her other GOP cohorts--such as Glenn Beck and Sen. John Cornyn--scaring the populace with their outrageous fear mongering over health care reform.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday August 12, 2009, 9:38 am
Whistleblower: Insurance firms behind town hall disruptions
Man arrested at Obama event had loaded gunHeld in police custody; was also carrying pocket knife...
Stewart recalls conservative attacks on anti-war protesters
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday August 12, 2009, 2:26 pm
Obama-Nazi Sign Made By Ill Woman On Medicare

Outside, the gathering verged on a street brawl. The opposing forces lined up like screaming armies on either side of the street, about 1,000 people a side. Diane Campbell of Kingston, N.H., held a sign with Mr. Obama's face superimposed on a Nazi storm trooper, a sign, she said, that was made by her chronically ill mother.

Her mother's hereditary autoimmune disease is treated with expensive transfusions of gamma globulin, paid for by Medicare. Her sister, Louise, was born with no arms and one leg, and is also covered by Medicare, the government-run, health-insurance program for the elderly and disabled.

Read the whole story: Wall Street Journal
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday August 12, 2009, 3:46 pm
* A conservative activist held a "Death to Obama" sign at a town-hall event in Maryland today.

* Another Republican official sending racist emails and assassination jokes? Imagine that.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday August 12, 2009, 8:51 pm
California councilman joked about assassinating Obama
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday August 15, 2009, 1:35 pm
* After all the fuss about every lawmaker reading every word of the health care bill, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) of Kentucky opposes reform despite not having read the legislation.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday August 15, 2009, 2:30 pm
Where Do the Republican Health Care Lies Come From? Liberty Counsel Document
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 5:34 pm
WATCH: Man Who Brought Assault Rifle To Obama Rally Was Part Of Radio Stunt

The man with the semi-automatic (referred to in interviews as "Chris," no last name) was spotted at the protest by CNN news cameras, in the middle of a Q&A. Today, his interviewer -- Ernest Hancock of conservative talk radio show Declare Your Independence With Ernest Hancock -- went on CNN and explained to host Rick Sanchez that he and Chris were actually in the middle of a radio broadcast. Hancock, also packing heat at the rally, had invited Chris to come down the protest with his rifle to be interviewed. The two men had known each other for two years, through their work for presidential hopeful Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas).

During the segment on CNN, Rick Sanchez said, "the more we look into this, the more it appears that it was really planned." Hancock concurred: "Oh, it's more planned than you think." In addition to scheduling the interview, Hancock had also informed the local police force.

As the interview continued, Rick Sanchez loudly exclaimed, "This was a publicity stunt!"

"Oh absolutely," Hancock responded.

Sanchez pushed on, "isn't there something terribly disingenuous about putting people on like that? And isn't there also something a little bit... dangerous about playing these kinda games--"

"Oh, it's not a game," Chris interjected.

"---with what I imagine is a loaded weapon," Sanchez continued.....

Chris is also featured in a YouTube video produced by the libertarian group Freedom's Phoenix. In this video he expounds further on his right to bear arms. He also explains that he is "absolutely totally against health care... health care in this way, in this manner, stealing it from people. I don't think that's appropriate."
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday August 19, 2009, 2:03 pm
GOP senators: Torture probe 'threatens US security'
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday August 22, 2009, 9:18 am
GOP Rep: 'Just say no to everything' is our new mantra

Ridge: I Was Pressured To Raise Terror Alert To Help Bush Win Re-Election

Johann Hari: The Republican Party Is Turning Into A Cult
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday August 22, 2009, 1:11 pm
Tom Ridge Did What He Was Told. We Don't Need to Buy His Book to Know That.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday August 22, 2009, 6:55 pm
Bu$h/RepubliCON$ can't "cut and run" thi$ time ...
YouTube - Coundown: The Bush Legacy-Eight Years in Eight Minuteshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLpkeDg7uyI&eurl=http://crooksandliars.com/
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday August 26, 2009, 1:06 pm
Gang Of Six Republican Admits He's Just Blocking Health Care Reform
Mike Enzi told a Wyoming town hall crowd that he had no plans to compromise with Democrats and was merely trying to extract concessions. Enzi's blunt portrayal of his real role in the negotiations makes bipartisan compromise that much less likely to emerg
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday August 26, 2009, 1:55 pm

WaPo War: Steven Pearlstein Rips Michael Steele Op-Ed As "Lies, Distortions And Political Scare Tactics"
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday August 27, 2009, 10:07 am
GOP Fundraising 'Survey' Outrages Some Recipients
 

Marion Y. (322)
Thursday August 27, 2009, 10:23 am
"GOP Fundraising 'Survey' Outrages Some Recipients"

This is EXACTLY why the GOP is going down in flames. We have entered an age of enlightenment and progress. These back-ass-ward dinosaurs have no understanding that lies and dirty tricks have no place in the world today.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday August 27, 2009, 7:55 pm
GOP Rep.: Republicans Struggling To Find "Great White Hope" To Lead Them Back To Power

 

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday September 1, 2009, 2:54 pm
College Republicans To Identify Liberal Professors At UT
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday September 2, 2009, 8:54 am
The "Intolerance" Party? GOP Strategists Worry Ideologues Are Bad For The Party's Future
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday September 2, 2009, 11:04 am

Republican Chairman Michael Steele: Meet Amanda Duzak Whose Mother Died From Cancer


At a student dialogue Tuesday, recent grad Amanda Duzak told Steele that her mother was unable to afford medication, and died recently of cancer. Steele turned his back on her, and the crowd applauded...
 

Marion Y. (322)
Wednesday September 2, 2009, 11:13 am
Steele is worse than a racist. He's a token n*gga like Clarence Thomas.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday September 2, 2009, 5:46 pm
When it comes to healthcare, there is no lie a conservative will not tell.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday September 2, 2009, 6:43 pm
* Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele, still an embarrassment to himself.
 

Marion Y. (322)
Wednesday September 2, 2009, 7:19 pm

Michael Steele gets grass-rooted
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Friday September 4, 2009, 1:56 pm
The Barack "School Yard" Panic: How Much A Racist Thing?

Chris Stigall, a Kansas City talk show host, said, “I’m not letting my next-door neighbor talk to my kid alone; I’m sure as hell not letting Barack Obama talk to him alone. -- Some Parents Oppose Obama Speech to Students (NYT)

I'm not saying the latest right-wing hysteria tactic -- demonizing Obama's outreach to school children -- directly parallels the McCain campaign ad below.

I do think it's interesting revisiting the post below, however, which I originally ran six days short of a year ago. Beyond all the "state indoctrination" and even Hitler Youth analogies being propagated by Obama's school chat, I'm wondering how much there is (or is also) a racist meme at play. It's something along the lines of: You can't trust your children alone with this man ... knowing how black men are. Wink, wink.
From: Sep 09, 2008: McCain Ad Ties Sex With Race

In today's trip to the swamp, the McCain campaign's latest attack video ostensibly targets the Obama's education plan.

... Except, the issue serves as nothing more than a foil to intimate that Obama -- shown in the screen shot with a smarmy grin and his coat looking frumpy -- desires to sexualize the lives of young children. More odious, however, it's also an example of the McCain campaign playing the race card, activating stereotypes of the black man -- seeming to gaze dreamily at something below (or shorter than) him -- as driven by sexual appetite.

(screen shot: McCain for President)

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Blue Bunting (855)
Friday September 4, 2009, 6:55 pm
Nothing I can say will prepare you for this (although in deference to Chi Dyke,* I will warn that it involves Glenn Beck. (This is just depressing. They're the optimists.) You might need The Window Cleaner to help wash your brain out. (Thanks to Anna.)
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Friday September 4, 2009, 7:45 pm
How desperate is Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) to impress the
right-wing base in advance of his presidential campaign? He's willing
to say some remarkably stupid things.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Sunday September 13, 2009, 9:23 am
No More Code Words: Racism is Public Again



Must read Kristof on health care, http://tinyurl.com/pg2og4
and Dowd on racism, http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/13/opinion/13dowd.html?ref=opinion
 

Marion Y. (322)
Sunday September 13, 2009, 1:45 pm
"No More Code Words: Racism is Public Again"

Yep, it's blatant racism now.

The gloves are off with the Klan. I'll come back and read the rest of these articles after I trim my pear cactus. That plant is over 6 feet tall with tiny thorns that hurt like hell. I learned duct tape works well to get the thorns out.
 

Marion Y. (322)
Sunday September 13, 2009, 1:47 pm
Some of the BEST voices are saying this rally, along with the birthers, death panels, town hall protests, disrespect by Republicans (Joe Wilson), President not talking to their kids is primarily people not accepting that a black man is President of the USA. That these people are using the argument of the "health care debate" and "government spending" as their protest. But they don't have an argument. Here's the transcript from a panel discussion last night on Bill Maher's show:

Maher: Okay, it's not the 19th century, it's the 21st century...to heckle the President, to shout at him during a speech...Would the heckler [Wilson]have done this if it was a white president? I don't think so. I think this is a southern guy who thinks "I can do whatever I want when it's a black guy speaking."

Richard Clarke: I think there's a right-wing strategy to delegitimize the President. It's not just the birthers...it's part of the whole pattern. It's sick bullsh*t and what we used to call Klan, John Bircher...they never went away. And this guy is part of that manure, and it's dangerous manure because some of them are not only dangerous, they're armed.

Maher: And some of them didn't want the President to speak to their children. No one who is sane would think the President was going to make a partisan speech to school children. And yet, there's something about that...I'm sorry, I know it drives Conservatives nuts when you accuse them of racism. But when you don't want the President just talking to your kids...Look, I grew up in an all white town in Northern New Jersey. Yeah, New Jersey. That's what bedroom communities were after WWII. And I remember hearing parents talk when I was a kid. They didn't want black people 'talking' to their kids. That's what this reminded me of.

Rieckhoff: There's a huge percent of people who don't accept him [Obama] because he's young, because he's an outsider, because he's black...and I think there's alot of folks in Washington, especially, who refuse to accept that he's really the President. And they don't show him respect whether it's in Congress or in the classroom...And the people who keep there kids out of school to avoid the President, THEY need to go back to school. We've got a high school drop out rate that's through the roof, and he's [Obama] one of the most inspirational people of our time, regardless of how you feel about his politics. If he wants to talk to your kid, it's probably a good thing. I mean, what else are they going to watch?

Maher: I do think some of the right-wingers are also dropping subliminally racist messages...

Clarke: That's because they can't win on the issues. This whole "health care debate"...have you noticed a health care debate? I haven't. I've noticed all sorts of craziness, but we haven't been talking about health care. We haven't been talking about the facts and statistics. They [right-wingers] lose when we have a real argument on the facts.

Maher: I just want to show you what I mean by subliminal messages that are racist. This picture is from the Drudge Report...we're not making this up...

[picture of Obama above bold type words: POLL HELL: OBAMA NEGS RISE]

Maher: "NEGS" is short for "negative". You know what, for a certain number of people "NEGS RISE" [means]...[Bill shakes his head]

[End of transcript]
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So, you can say whatever you want about the "activists" marching against government spending all you want. There is a majority of Americans, politicians, journalists and political advisers who see this for what it is: RACISM.

These racists are defining themselves for all Americans and the world to see. They are now seeing what blacks, hispanics, native americans and other minorities have endured for over 400 years in this country...the Land of the Free, Home of the Brave...RACISM that was never meant for everyone else to see...just minorities.

Now that these racists believe they have lost control, now that the party that supports their racist views -- Republican -- has lost power, they have gone batcrap crazy at the thought of a black man being the president. These people don't even realize what everyone else knows...they are racists and the rallying cry of minorities all these years that racism is blatant in America is now acknowledged for the world to see.

So, we have an embarrassing situation on our hands. A significant, yet not overwhelming, group of white racists fearing that blacks will overtake "their" country. What do they fear? That blacks will treat them as they have treat blacks all these years? Do they fear blacks will take their jobs, take their women and make them slaves?

That's all this is: FEAR. Cowards whose ancestors have bullied, enslaved and brutalized others over the years, as they themselves now continue to bully, murder and brutalize others through wars, corruption and racism. Blacks consist of less than 15% of the population. What's to fear? We've locked up many of them for crimes whites get away with. So that 15% is significantly less when you consider many black men are in prison.

And Obama...he is half black, half white like me. Raised by his white family (like me). His ties to black culture are what he has learned, just like whites, because he was not indoctrinated with the black culture like blacks. I'm not saying that is bad or good. It just is. But these racists are not considering that he is not what they think he is. The norms don't apply to him. He was raised in Hawaii for many of his formative years, so he has a world perspective much like Hawaiians: Eastern philosophy, laid back, nonaggressive, love everyone.

Think about it: Obama thinks more like a white Hawaiian. Being of mixed race, he sees both sides of the cultural battle through eyes that are understanding and nonjudgmental. He is probably one of the most intelligent, inspirational and shrewdest politicians and humanitarians we will ever know or hear about. But because we are a nation filled with FEAR, GUILT, IMMORALITY, GREED and yes, SEXUAL DYSFUNCTION, we want to categorize him like the black men we have demonized for years in the USA.

And while it was abhorrently wrong to classify and demonize black men, it is just as wrong to classify Obama through the eyes of a racist. These people, including some blacks, have no idea who Obama really is.

Frankly, he is a man who loves people and wants them to get along and love one another where we all can prosper. I think he is foolish to think this, but I have lived within a racist regime all my life and am not as optimistic as he is. We have been given a gift with Obama...another chance to pull this country and ourselves out of the abyss. Even if we all support him fully, there's only so much he can do because of the politicians, elites and corporations pulling his strings.

I'm not happy about the wars and want us to pull out now. We're losing lives, money badly needed here and we have no business in those countries. There are other things I don't approve of in Obama's agenda. But as a progressive, I can see he is doing what he possibly can to fix this crippled, sinking nation.

And here we are still living a lie because of what? FEAR...CHANGE...INSECURITIES.

Instead of helping him, we are fighting him. We are fighting ourselves. We are cutting off our noses to spite our faces.

I'll tell you straight out, those who fear change, fear minorities and fear losing control will be left out to dry. We have left our children and grandchildren a MESS because of our fears, racism and greed. They know it. In their anger when it's time to vote and tell us what they think, it will not be favorable to those of us who are stuck in 19th century thinking. They are going to CHANGE this country where you won't fit in or recognize it. Try surviving in a world at age 50, 60 or 70 and your children are telling you they won't tolerate your racism, your greed or dysfunctional ways. It's coming and you won't like it if you don't start looking within now and being honest with yourself. Your golden years could be a nightmare as your children leave you alone to suffer in your rigid, selfish ways.

I did the best I could in raising my own children. Now 30 and 40 years old, they are telling me where I went wrong and what I need to change in myself. I welcome their views because I am honest with myself and recognize they are right. Until we get honest with ourselves, we are not open to healthy criticism and become stuck in a hell of a world we cannot function in.

I'm not sorry for this lecture. It needed to be said.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday September 22, 2009, 2:07 pm
Scarborough denounces right-wing 'hatred'

....."You cannot say that the President of the United States ... hates all white people," Scarborough proclaimed. "You cannot call the President of the United States a racist. You cannot wallow in conspiracy theories -- as [Beck] did for about a month -- suggesting that FEMA might be setting up concentration camps and going on Fox & Friends and saying. 'I can't disprove it.' ... You can't stir up that type of hatred ... and then say, 'Oh, I'm just a rodeo clown.'"

....."Only recently have I watched portions of [Beck's] television program, as well as interviews with him, and heard parts of his radio program. And what I’ve seen should worry the conservative movement," Wehner wrote in an article published Monday. "I say that because he seems to be more of a populist and libertarian than a conservative, more of a Perotista than a Reaganite. His interest in conspiracy theories is disquieting, as is his admiration for Ron Paul and his charges of American 'imperialism.'"
 

Marion Y. (322)
Tuesday September 22, 2009, 2:20 pm
Scarborough and other sane conservatives are distancing themselves from Beck...fast.

DoD not allowing Fox News on military bases
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday September 22, 2009, 5:06 pm
Marion, there was a time (under Bu$h) that Fox Noi$e was THE ONLY STATION our armed forces were permitted to watch on base!
 

Marion Y. (322)
Tuesday September 22, 2009, 8:27 pm
The ONLY station? Frightening. Just so you know, this statement about Fox News not being permitted on bases is not official. The military member is not being identified. I'm going to watch this and consider it unofficial until proven otherwise.
 

Marion Y. (322)
Thursday September 24, 2009, 3:00 am
Hanged [Kentucky] Census worker had 'fed' on chest
He was hung on September 12.

I wonder what Rep. Michelle "I'm refusing to fill out the census" Bachman (R-MN) thinks about this hanging?

This comes after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi expressed worry that something terrible would come from the right-wing rhetoric and frenzy of the tea baggers...and the republicans laughed at her.

What has this got to do with Glenn Beck, the Tea Baggers, the RNC and the frenzy of lies?

Everything.
 
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