Delusion is a funny thing. With less than a week left in the New Jersey senate race, Republican Steve Lonegan is 12 points behind Cory Booker but that didn’t stop Lonegan from saying the following.
“When I win, Obama will fold. [...] My victory in this election on Wednesday will send a message to Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi that the American people want an end to Obamacare and the rest of the President’s radical agenda,” said Lonegan. “Republicans need to hold firm because seven days from today when Bob Menendez escorts me down the Senate aisle for my swearing in, the message about what our party should do will be clear for all.”
The relevant thing to note here is that Lonegan got ‘Barack Obama’, ‘Harry Reid’, ‘Nancy Pelosi’, ‘Obamacare’ and ‘radical agenda’ all into the same sentence. This is important because when addressing right-wing loons, there is no need to bring up real ideas on how to solve the big problems. A little trash talk on how you’ll take down Obamacare by your mere presence in the Senate and a mention of Obama, Reid and Pelosi as dangerous individuals out to destroy your beloved country and you’ve made your little Fox-bots content and secure.
Poll numbers indicating that Lonegan will be crushed next Wednesday by Booker can be conveniently ignored…as can every other fact that messes with a winger’s narrative. Very much like Republicans who believed that their internal polls showed Romney defeating Obama last November, Lonegan has his own internal poll numbers that have him edging out Booker. And once that happens, well hey, the dynamics on the shutdown and Obamacare will shift dramatically. President Obama and Reid will no doubt relent, get down on their knees and repeal the Affordable Care Act rather than have to deal with the mighty and invincible Steve Lonegan in the Senate.
And that’s how it’s going down next Wednesday…if not in everyone’s mind, at least in Steve Lonegan’s.
I voted for the Black Obama, I think he would even more likeable if he dyed his hair blonde.
Bush on the Constitution: 'It's just a #$%$ piece of paper'
Capital Hill Blue/DOUG THOMPSON | December 9 2005
Last month, Republican Congressional leaders filed into the Oval Office to meet with President George W. Bush and talk about renewing the controversial USA Patriot Act.
Several provisions of the act, passed in the shell shocked period immediately following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, caused enough anger that liberal groups like the American Civil Liberties Union had joined forces with prominent conservatives like Phyllis Schlafly and Bob Barr to oppose renewal.
GOP leaders told Bush that his hardcore push to renew the more onerous provisions of the act could further alienate conservatives still mad at the President from his botched attempt to nominate White House Counsel Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court.
“I don’t give a #$%$,” Bush retorted. “I’m the President and the Commander-in-Chief. Do it my way.”
“Mr. President,” one aide in the meeting said. “There is a valid case that the provisions in this law undermine the Constitution.”
“Stop throwing the Constitution in my face,” Bush screamed back. “It’s just a #$%$ piece of paper!”
I’ve talked to three people present for the meeting that day and they all confirm that the President of the United States called the Constitution “a #$%$ piece of paper.”
And, to the Bush Administration, the Constitution of the United States is little more than toilet paper stained from all the @#$% that this group of power-mad despots have dumped on the freedoms that “#$%$ piece of paper” used to guarantee.
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, while still White House counsel, wrote that the “Constitution is an outdated document.”
Many Americans #$%$ Obamacare Prevents Them From Being Screwed By Insurance Companies
Written by: Sarah Wood
Well, it’s true, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, is booting some people off their existing insurance plans and people are #$%$.
Now instead of paying hundreds to thousands per month and having a deductible also in the thousands while having a plan that barely covers anything people will now have the opportunity to get better coverage. It’s outrageous is what it is.
Under the new health law, health insurance companies are being forced to use the money for coverage instead of profit. President Obama obviously hates insurance company CEOs and American citizens’ right to be screwed over.Free Wood Post caught up with a few outraged citizens:
“My current health plan is being dropped and now I’m forced to find a new plan,” said Judy Forrestsmith. “Before I was paying $1500 per month with a $5000 deductible and barely any prescriptions covered, and now this president made it so I have preventative coverage included, prescription benefits, I can’t be denied, I get a subsidy to pay for my care, there’s no cap on coverage, and I won’t have to file for bankruptcy if something happens to me. I mean really, who does he think he is? What if I want to pay those insurance companies $18,000 per year, $5000 more out-of-pocket, and be denied coverage if I seem too expensive? Now I don’t have that choice!”
Edgar Millonsty said, “All I want is to have the ability to be denied again and pay way more than I receive back in coverage. Is that too much to ask? I’m getting really tired of this dictatorship telling me I should be paying less and receiving more. It’s just undercover Marxism.”
“First they’ll make sure we have health care then what’s next, maintaining our voting rights? Allowing homosexuals to be seen as equal and not get taxed more? Use money for education instead of war?” said Larry Belittleton. ” I can’t believe we would have a president who cares more about the people than profit. It sickens me.”
The new health care law going into effect has people who enjoy being screwed over extraordinarily angry, and they should be. Now, with health insurance companies being forced to actually provide coverage people will no longer just be throwing their money away and padding the pockets of insurance company CEOs’ pockets.
Mitch McConnell guarantees no more shutdowns because ... uh ... it makes donors really mad?
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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks to reporters at the U.S. Capitol in Washington September 24, 2013. Washington faces two looming deadlines, with the Democrats and Republicans far apart on a solution. The U.S. government runs out o
"Your checkbooks are safe with me."
Boy howdy, there's nothing like standing up for a principle:
Mitch McConnell isn’t going to have another government shutdown on his watch.
Right on, Mitch! You're not going to let the extremists in your own party cost this country another $24 billion, put hundreds of thousands of federal employees out of work, cause hardship for children, cancer patients, veterans and ... wait, what's that you say, Mitch?
The attendee said McConnell "said everything that needed to be said" to help tamp down growing concern among bundlers and donors over how the GOP continues to be paralyzed by anti-establishment members like Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah). Neither lawmaker attended the event.
Oh. Well. Whew. The bundlers and donors have been reassured.
So, how is McConnell going to ensure that the Ted Cruz wing of the party doesn't seize control again?
"He didn’t get into specifics about what they are doing and how they are going to do it ... "
Glad he cleared that up. (And somewhere, Ted Cruz laughs and laughs and laughs ...)
But she did say many of those millions of people who are getting kicked off those #$%$ insurance plans will
very likely get better plans FOR LESS. Many of those people got those high deductible plans because of their low premiums. They got them because that was all they could afford. Anyone with two brain cells and an attention span that longer than a fruit fly knows that aside from the 60 or so million Americans who were uninsured there was another equally large group of people who were UNDERINSURED by these #$%$ plans the ACA has deemed unfit. Insurance or rather QUALITY insurance was for roughly 1/3 of our population simply unaffordable.
So millions of Americans will be booted off their #$%$ insurance plans and will be forced to buy a plan from an exchange which will have better benefits and very likely will get govt subsidies to help pay for a portion of those plans.
Better AND more affordable plans (once subsidies are factored in). Can't get any bettern this!
Good post, Vinnie. Deficits have been cut in half since President Obama's Inauguration, unemployment is going down, the economy - including the real estate sector - are rebounding, the number of foreclosures and bankruptcies are back to normal levels, the size of government has been reduced by over 700,000 civil servants, and taxes are at record lows and have not contributed to economic growth or job creation.
Our biggest problem is the fact that neither the public nor the private sector are investing enough to influence economic growth and job creation. Republican leaders remain obsessed with the idea of depriving our economy of the investments it needs for sustainable growth to score points with the most partisan and ignorant members of our society mostly Faux Noise watchers.
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report) — Responding to the firestorm of controversy over its spying on European allies, the head of the National Security Agency said today it would do everything in its power to avoid being caught doing it in the future.
“There are two important jobs for every spy agency: spying on people and avoiding detection,” said the N.S.A. chief General Keith Alexander. “Unfortunately, at the N.S.A. we have only done the first job well.”
“We have abused the trust of some of our closest allies,” he said. “And none of this would have happened if they hadn’t found out.”
General Alexander said that the agency was instituting strict new practices that amounted to “a zero-tolerance policy on getting caught.”
“I had a meeting with my top people today and said, ‘I want you to put the same energy you put into spying on Germany, France, and Spain into keeping them from figuring out what we’re up to,’ ” he said. “ ‘Anything less than that will be unacceptable.’ ”
General Alexander also offered a heartfelt apology to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a prime target of the agency’s eavesdropping. “I know how upsetting it must be for you to know that your closest ally has been listening in on your phone conversations for the past eleven years,” he said. “I give you my solemn promise that in the future you won’t know."
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If This Is What 2016 Is Going To Look Like, The GOP Is In Big Trouble
October 28th, 2013 3:13 pm Jason Sattler
“In your lifetime, much of your potential — or lack thereof — can be known simply by swabbing the inside of your cheek,” Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) said at Liberty University on Monday, during a rally for the Virginia GOP’s nominee for governor, Ken Cuccinelli. “Are we prepared to select out the imperfect among us?”
The senator was making an argument against abortion rights by conjuring eugenics, a pseudo-science of genetic improvement that resulted in sterilization laws across America in the 20th century. And he was possibly plagiarizing from Wikipedia to do it.
If Cuccinelli were leading in polls — even his own poll — appealing to the far right with abstruse arguments that have almost no appeal to swing voters probably wouldn’t be a very good idea with only eight days until the election.
But Paul — a Tea Party favorite — was in Virginia to shore up Cuccinelli’s support among libertarians currently trending to the Libertarian Party nominee Robert Sarvis, who refuses to identify as anti-abortion.
Until the government shutdown and polls that show him losing by as much as 17 percent, Cuccinelli had veered away from social issues, attempting to avoid pointing out that he opposes same-sex sex even as a majority of America accepts same-sex marriage. But at this point the Republican nominee is just trying to hold on to his base, hoping the electorate resembles 2010 much more than 2012.
Meanwhile, Bill Clinton is crisscrossing the state with his old friend, Democratic nominee for governor Terry McAuliffe. And as he did when he barnstormed for President Obama in the final days before the last presidential election, Clinton was aiming right down the center.
Fox's Williams Calls Out Fellow Pundits For Claiming US Has The Best Health Care System
Posted: 28 Oct 2013 07:00 AM PDT
Fox's Williams Calls Out Fellow Pundits For Claiming US Has The Best Health Care System
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Every once in a while, Fox;s Juan Williams gets one right, and this segment from Fox's Cashin' In this Saturday was one of them.
No, Hoenig and Fields, The U.S. Health Care System Isn’t Even Close To Being The Best.
On today’s Cashin’ In, the fat-cat conservatives fearmongered about the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) by discussing how the problems of its co-ops could leave taxpayers on the hook for a billion dollars. Not surprisingly, it was left to liberal Juan Williams to point out how the co-ops’ problems are largely the fault of Congressional restrictions put in place after lobbying from the insurance industry – and thanks to budget cuts demanded by Republicans. Instead, the Fox News conservatives suggested it was all because President Obama had somehow impeded our country’s fabulous free market health care.
In the middle of the debate, Williams was asked by regular Jonathan Hoenig, “Didn’t we have a free market health care before the Affordable Care Act?”
As Brian went onto explain in his post, the right-wingers are the ones who have their facts wrong when it comes to where the United States ranks compared to other countries and our healthcare outcomes.
Did Fields do any research on the subject before she shot from the hip? If so, how did she miss the World Health Organization’s ranking of the U.S. as number 37 in overall ranking, which included 15th in overall performance and first in overall expenditure per capita? Or the Commonwealth Fund’s ranking of seven countries – in which the U.S. came in dead last? (Business Insider, June 2012)
So Fields and Hoenig are the ones who were “factually untrue.”
By the way, France came in first in the WHO ranking, with Italy second. In the Commonwealth ranking, Australia and Canada came in first and second, respectively. Almost all the countries ahead of the U.S. have some government-funded insurance.
Of course they're lying. It's a feature, not a bug.
States are running out of the lethal injection serum, which is just another reason why Obama's death panels have been a complete disaster.
What about America's team?, watching the boys lose in the final minute was like watching the Supremes win Obummercare for our fine president. Go Cowboys!
WASHINGTON — #$%$ Cheney said Sunday that Republicans need to look to a new generation of leaders as the party deals with poor approval ratings following the government shutdown.
The former vice president said Republicans have faced challenges before and it's healthy for the party to work to rebuild.
The GOP "got whipped" in the 2012 presidential campaign, when President Barack Obama won re-election over Mitt Romney, and the party needs to build its base of supporters and find "first-class" candidates and turn to a new generation of leaders, Cheney told ABC's "This Week."
Two nice quotes from guys you remember:
Speaking to Big Think in 2007, former Massachusetts Governor and aspiring presidential candidate Mitt Romney said this:
And you know I think I’m the only governor in America – frankly the only politician in America, along with my friends here in Massachusetts that found a way to bring down the cost of health insurance – the premiums of health insurance – to get everybody insured with free market insurance. Those that haven’t been insured now get free market insurance. And finally to do so without raising taxes or having the government take over health care. So what I did has begun a bit of a national revolution relating to health care.
Indeed it was a national revolution, Democrats like Van Jones say, as Romney's plan in Massachusetts - which included the individual mandate - served as the blueprint for Obamacare.
We have seen the progress of this idea play out on this very site. Fast forward to 2010. Speaking to Big Think on the subject of health care, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said this:
We would accept the libertarian argument that if you don’t want to buy health insurance, you could be allowed to post a bond or in some other way to be financially responsible...
Joe The Plumber: Democrats Lynch Black Americans
October 25, 2013 | Filed under: News Behaving Badly,Politics,Top Stories | Posted by: Alan
The person whose first name is not Joe and who is not a licensed plumber put out a hateful anti-Democratic Tweet accusing the political party of having a “history of lynching black Americans.” Included was a picture of the word “Democrat” with the last letter in the shape of a burning cross.
The burning cross photo came from The Black Sphere, a site run by a conservative African-American writer named Kevin Jackson, who originally published the picture as a response to comments Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) made comparing the Tea Party to the KKK. TPM reached out to Wurzelbacher to ask about the tweet and he emailed us statements from both himself and Jackson.
“I know the media doesn’t want to talk about it, but racism is/was/always will be part of the Democrat party. I have heard more racist thing out of liberal progressives then I have out of conservatives. I’m tired of the media giving them a pass,” Wurzelbacher wrote. “Myself and a few other conservatives will not allow the left to continue setting the narrative. Racism is wrong on so many levels and when political parties use it as a weapon they aren’t fighting racism they are encouraging it.”
…Wurzelbacher and Jackson made headlines earlier this month after Wurzelbacher published an essay written by Jackson on his website. That essay was entitled “America Needs a White Republican President.”
Two Jokes, and Two Parodies
Posted: 26 Oct 2013 02:00 AM PDT
Here are two political jokes: Michelle Bachmann and Sarah Palin. Now here are two jokes about them:
From the Freewood Press:
Michele Bachmann Wants to Ban Halloween Stating, “Sucking on Satan’s Candy Sacks Leads to Liberalism”
Michele Bachmann, Republican Congressional Representative to Minnesota and founder of the Tea Party Caucus, is at it again. She is calling for a ban on Halloween, stating, “This holiday is based in Satanism. It’s a Pagan ritual to worship Satan and call him forth to the earth and the liberal elites have added socialism to it. We are in the end days and we must purify our nation if we are to be welcomed into the kingdom of God.”
From the Daily Currant:
Sarah Palin claimed today that Jesus Christ celebrated Easter during his time on Earth.
In an interview with Fox and Friends this morning, the former Alaska governor promoted her new book about the left’s “war on Christmas” and argued that all Christian holidays should return to the traditional versions practiced by Jesus.
“It makes me so gosh darn angry,” Palin explained. “The liberal left in this country has targeted Christian holidays and is trying to secularize them right out of existence.
“When Jesus celebrated Easter with his disciples there were no Easter bunnies or egg hunts. There were no Easter sales at department stores or parades in the street. Easter was a special time of prayer and Christian activism.
Both of these articles are from parody sites. But if I put them up here in a link list along side Rick Santorum claiming that Satan controls the film industry or Cindy Jacobs babbling about a six-year-old’s prayer that stopped an assassination attempt, or Kevin Swanson saying something profoundly silly about girl scout cookies and lesbians, is there any way you could spot the parody?