Apr 302011

Recommended reading: “Silliness and Sleight of Hand” by Charles M. Blow.


For the detractors, truth is no longer dependent on proof because it’s rooted in faith: faith that American exceptionalism was never truly meant to cover hyphenated Americans; faith in 400 years of cemented assumptions about the character and capacity of the American Negro; and faith that if the president doesn’t hew to those assumptions then he must be alien by both birth and faith.

This is how the moneyed interests — of whom Trump is one — want it. That is how sleight of hand works: distract and deceive. They need this distraction now more than ever because the right’s flimsy fiscal argument — that if we allow fat cats to gorge, crumbs will surely fall — is losing traction.

It’s losing traction with families as the national average price of a gallon of gas is nearing $4, while oil companies are reaping record profits while taking billions of dollars in government subsidies.

(There’s something immoral about giving handouts to entrenched corporate interests with armies of lobbyists while seeking to cut those to hungry children, struggling families and frail seniors.)

It all loses traction as more Americans begin to see the far right for what it truly is: a gang of bandits willing to sacrifice the poor and working classes to further extend the American aristocracy — shadowy figures who creep through the night, shaking every sock for every nickel and scraping their silver spoons across the bottom of every pot.

This is not to say that all Republicans are tolerant of this behavior. Far from it. But the party has taken the strategic position that in some cases it’s politically advantageous to allow demagogues and xenophobes, sectarians and homophobes to not only see the party as a sanctuary but as a place to rise to its top.

In the last several months, Republican state lawmakers and party officials have said the most reprehensible things about Hispanics, gays and blacks.

The language and methodology are different, but the goal is the same: to deny, invalidate and subjugate, to distract from real issues with false divisions.

Could it be that America is finally waking up to what the Republican party really is?

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Weekly Address 04-30-11

 Posted by at 09:00  Politics
Apr 302011

“Ending Taxpayer Subsidies for Oil Companies”

From the White House weblog:

At a time of high gas prices and massive oil industry profits, the President renews his call to end the $4 billion-per-year subsidies for oil and gas companies and invest in clean energy.

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Apr 292011

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As always, our thanks go to the talented and observant cartoonists who, each week, help us smile through the pain.

Apr 282011

I just watched the following clip from last night’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell in which he takes on his employers at NBC for enabling the fraud now being perpetrated upon the American people by Donald Trump. I encourage you to take the time to watch this clip. It is definitely television worth watching.

This is definitely “the last word” you will read on this particular blog about Donald Trump unless and until he formally announces as a candidate for the presidency of the United States of America. Oh, he’ll undoubtedly turn up in some of the Friday Night Cartoons, but I’ll not be posting anything about him or the vulgar and hateful fraud he is pulling off. Enough is enough.

UPDATE: CBS News anchor Bob Schieffer calling it what it is…


Apr 272011

In response to all the stupid noise that many in this country have been making about the place of our president’s birth, the White House released President Obama’s long form birth certificate this morning. (see below) Along with the birth certificate, White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer released this statement:

In 2008, in response to media inquiries, the President’s campaign requested his birth certificate from the state of Hawaii. The state sent the campaign the President’s birth certificate, the same legal documentation provided to all Hawaiians as proof of birth in state, and the campaign immediately posted it on the internet. That birth certificate can be seen here (PDF).

When any citizen born in Hawaii requests their birth certificate, they receive exactly what the President received. In fact, the document posted on the campaign website is what Hawaiians use to get a driver’s license from the state and the document recognized by the Federal Government and the courts for all legal purposes. That’s because it is the birth certificate. This is not and should not be an open question.

The President believed the distraction over his birth certificate wasn’t good for the country. It may have been good politics and good TV, but it was bad for the American people and distracting from the many challenges we face as a country. Therefore, the President directed his counsel to review the legal authority for seeking access to the long form certificate and to request on that basis that the Hawaii State Department of Health make an exception to release a copy of his long form birth certificate. They granted that exception in part because of the tremendous volume of requests they had been getting.

Correspondence with the Hawaii State Department of Health can be seen here (PDF).

At a time of great consequence for this country – when we should be debating how we win the future, reduce our deficit, deal with high gas prices, and bring stability to the Middle East, Washington, DC, was once again distracted by a fake issue. The President’s hope is that with this step, we can move on to debating the bigger issues that matter to the American people and the future of the country.

Here it is, folks. Click to enlarge…


President Obama held a news conference this morning to accompany the certificate’s release. I’ll post video of his statement here as it becomes available. He appeared understandably upset with those who have dragged this nonsense on for so long.

UPDATE: Here is the promised video of the President’s remarks. Transcript follows the break.

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Barbour out

 Posted by at 20:53  Election 2012, Politics, Republicans
Apr 252011

It’s always fun when somebody who didn’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell in the first place makes a big deal out of dropping out…

Barbour rules out 2012 presidential run

JACKSON, Miss. — Republican Gov. Haley Barbour bowed out of presidential contention Monday with a surprise announcement just as the 2012 campaign was getting under way in earnest, 18 months before Election Day. The Mississippi governor said he lacked the necessary “absolute fire in the belly” to run.

Barbour’s declaration, unexpected because he had been laying the groundwork for a campaign for months, thins a Republican cluster of no less than a dozen potential candidates to take on Democratic American President Barack Obama.

Any bets on who will be next?



Weekly Address 04-23-11

 Posted by at 09:31  Politics
Apr 232011

“Stopping Oil Market Fraud, Beginning a Clean Energy Future”

From the White House weblog:

The President lays out his plans to address rising gas prices over the short and the long term, from a new task force to root out fraud and manipulation in the oil markets to investments in a clean energy economy.

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Apr 222011

We have been doing this for a long, long time. You should know the routine by now. If not, feel free to ask the person on your left.

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As always, our thanks go to the talented and observant cartoonists who, each week, help us smile through the pain.

Texas math

 Posted by at 22:05  Politics, Republicans
Apr 212011

Gail Collins, op-ed columnist for The New York Times, has a must-read column published in today’s edition of that paper: “The New Anti-Abortion Math.

You should go read the entire column. I’ll excerpt a few bits from it here to whet your appetite (if that is necessary).

These days in the budget-strapped, Tea-Party-besieged State Capitol, you can be grateful for any funny anecdote, no matter how badly it reflects on Texas politics in general. Like the time Gov. Rick Perry defended the state’s abstinence-only birth control program by saying that he knew abstinence worked “from my own personal life.”

Right now, the state is wrestling with a fiscal megacrisis that goes back to 2006, when the Legislature cut local property taxes and made up for the lost revenue with a new business tax. The new tax produced billions less than expected to the shock and horror of everyone except all the experts who had been predicting that all along.

Governor Perry blames the whole thing on President Obama.

Texas’ problems are of interest to us all because Texas is producing a huge chunk of the nation’s future work force with a system that goes like this:

• Terrible sex education programs and a lack of access to contraceptives leads to a huge number of births to poor women. (About 60 percent of the deliveries in Texas are financed by Medicaid.) Texas also leads the nation in the number of teenage mothers with two or more offspring.

• The Texas baby boom — an 800,000 increase in schoolchildren over the last decade — marches off to underfunded schools. Which are getting more underfunded by the minute, thanks to that little tax error.

And naturally, when times got tough at the State Capitol, one of the first things the cash-strapped Legislature tried to cut was family planning.

There is more. Go. Read. The link is at the top of this post. I especially love the quote attributed to State Representative Randy Weber (R-Pearland).

“There’s been research done. … It actually shows the highest abortion rate is among women actively using contraceptives.”