Sunday May 19, 2013, 10:25 am
Bill Maher has a unique way of telling the truth, using side-splitting humor to distract folks from the noticing the discomfort of actually learning something. When my sides stop shaking, I find I know more than I did before. However, when this funny man gets serious, it’s worth being particularly attentive to what he has to say.
Sunday May 19, 2013, 10:35 am
Great post, Tom - I love Bill Maher and his refusal to be intimidated or hushed - he sees to the heart of a matter and tells it like it is. And I agree - all the obstructionists are committing treason in my book, too.
Sunday May 19, 2013, 3:25 pm
I agree 100% with Tom on this: "..Instead of treason, it is sedition. For all intents and purposes, the difference between the two is that the Constitution requires a formally declared state of war to indict for treason, while sedition carries no such restriction. To punish these seditionists, it would be most appropriate to impose a sentence of unemployment for them, and extinction for their party."
While I love elephants, the GOP is NO friend of intelligent life of any sort!
Sunday May 19, 2013, 9:31 pm
Are you, Maher and Moore the only ones with the gonads to tell it as it is? When will people stop listening to the InsaniTea and start listening to sanity by getting their priorities straight and making well informed, balanced decisions?
Last week, we had a provincial election here in BC. The provincial Liberals, which are pro business etc, were falling behind in the polls to the New Democratic Party which is definitely left leaning. Their campaign used a lot of nasty personal attack ads against the NDP leader, but he decided that a clean campaign was the way to go. Of course there were telemarketing calls from all parties and all reports indicated a lot of NDP support. When the election was over, the Liberals won a majority government. Many who said they were voting NDP didn't. Likewise, as is the cases in both countries, voter turn out was low. But at least we don't have the voting problems experienced in the US of late. So why are people not engaged in the running of their province and country?
One good thing is that the premier, Christy Clark, was defeated in her riding, while the NDP leader, Adrian Dix, was elected. Now, if Clark is to remain as premier, she has to ask an elected MLA to resign and a special by-election will be held with her as the candidate. Of course that will happen in a very safe riding but we haven't heard yet which one. The other option is for the Liberal Party to elect another party leader either from the already elected members, or from outside and go through the by-election process. There was supposedly a Liberal group called the "8:01" that was prepared to oust Clark from the leadership at 8:01 on election night because they don't like her leadership. Don't know how real that threat is as nothing has happened yet, but we will see what happens in getting the premier named.
Everybody needs to stay engaged, no what nation, and be involved in knowing the issues and the candidates, and getting out to vote. Interesting to note that countries who are just getting democratic reforms, are more likely to stand in long lines to vote; more likely to fight for the right to cast a ballot. Are we too complacent? Well I would suggest that with the American Republican/Teabaggers and Canada's federal Conservatives, we better get off our complacent butts, and fast, or suffer the consequences.
Thank you for reminding me of the word 'sedition' TC! You are right – and the Repuglicons preach sedition every time they open their mouths as they will block any good bill in order to try and hurt President Obama. They are completely demented!
Monday May 20, 2013, 9:06 am
The repubs are talking impeachment, wouldn't that make them all so happy and giddy. They are the ones who should be impeached, every single one of the obstructionist bastards. Funny tho, today I heard Obama's numbers are up. Karma!
Monday May 20, 2013, 9:11 am
Okay there are times I want to hit Bill over the head with my shoe several times and then there are other times I want to shake his hand and give him a hug. I am not a fan of Michael Moore. The man is an opportunist who twists facts to make a buck just like the rest of them. He's also terrible to work for and treats his employees like crap.
The point being missed is that when the GOP was in power the Dems were just as obstructionist as the GOP are today. How do you think the sub prime loan situation became so exacerbated? Pelosi, Frank and Reid were the prime motivating forces that brow beat Bush into submission; not that he wasn't amenable to it. It after all served the general plan for America. Under Obama and the TARP bailout Americans were shocked and appalled at the big banks and firms getting their bailout money. I'll bet many of you didn't know that Deutsche Banks and Credit Suisse were the two biggest recipients of TARP money? Surprise!!!
It's merely the Puppet Masters using the necessary power puppets required at any given time to achieve the goal of playing both sides against the middle in order to wreck the country and rape it of its resources. It's actually quite Machiavellian.
Perhaps the best thing for the American people would be to emasculate both parties and dump them into the irrelevancy bin they deserve to be deposited in. Get rid of the Electoral College. How about finance and political campaign spending reform? How about a real elected panel of independents who want to deal with the issues rather than personal attacks? How about an elected panel that will govern for and by the people and not the people on Wall Street or the boys at Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse?
Monday May 20, 2013, 10:37 am
Thanks everyone. I'm only partially back. All I wrote today is an open thread, which I shall upload momentarily. If anyone thinks that the Democrats were just as obstructionist during the Bush Regime, they vould compare the numbers of bills filibistered and nominees blocked between the two. That demonstrates there is no such eq
Monday May 20, 2013, 10:39 am
Welcome back dear Tom!
What Yvonne and Beverly said. They are all intent on destroying our governmental system and do things that ARE either A) Seditious or B) Treasonous. Either way they ALL need to be indited for it and brought to trail (yeah, I know, like that will ever happen in Fascistland) then to prison they would go to ROT. I like Maher and Moore. 99.9% of the time they are right. But, just my 2/100ths, I really wish they both would start calling them what they truly are and that is FASCISTS. Wish Bill would drive that home every chance he gets.
Funny, we fought a World War to get rid of Fascism.....and here we are once again being assaulted by it...this time in our own front yard and no one...no one of import that is listened to will call it what it is. Sad.
Monday May 20, 2013, 12:35 pm
Of course the 4th reich hates america! That's why they're here. They've been here since the end of WW2. Now we're seeing Rumsfeld and Cheney back on TV. Rove is still, the alive and well, architect. The 4th reich still has its heavy boot in our door.
Monday May 20, 2013, 1:26 pm
"For all intents and purposes, the difference between the two is that the Constitution requires a formally declared state of war to indict for treason, while sedition carries no such restriction. To punish these seditionists, it would be most appropriate to impose a sentence of unemployment for them, and extinction for their party."
This is the future of the republican party as we know it. They are aging out as the country grows more diverse with each election cycle, caucasians as a percentage of eligible voters drops each cycle. Soon people of color will be a majority in this country and though they do manage to trick a few minorities into their fold (with promises they cannot and never will, keep) we are witnessing the last gasp of dying party. Can't happen soon enough for me, obstructionist is about the nicest thing you can say about this bunch of do nothing foolhardy bigots. We'll be a better country when they're gone.
Tuesday May 21, 2013, 7:27 am
These seditionist Jim Crowe clones need to be out of public office. Please remember this come election day. We can't afford these dinosaurs any more. They are killing this country.