Spinal transplant

 Posted by at 11:22  Democrats, Politics
Feb 122010

Howard Dean gave the Democrats a spine way back in 2003/04 when he taught them how to stand up to the extremists who were then in charge of the federal government. Unfortunately, they have allowed it to evaporate since then. He appeared as a guest on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show last night to encourage them to get it back…

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Watch. Listen. Learn.

Here is Rachel’s complete segment on why the filibuster in the Senate needs to be eliminated…

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The Bipartisan Myth

 Posted by at 22:43  Politics, Republicans
Feb 102010

This video is from MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, broadcast Feb. 9, 2010. If you watch only one video today, it should be this video.

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They are not embarrassed. Charging them with hypocrisy, appealing to their better, more practical, more what’s-best-for-the-country patriotic angels is like trying to teach your dog to drive. It wastes a lot of time, it won’t work, and ultimately the dog comes out of the exercise less embarrassed for failing than you do for trying.


Double standard

 Posted by at 14:57  Politics
Dec 302009

More Republican hypocrisy…

President Obama takes the heat President Bush did not

Eight years ago, a terrorist bomber’s attempt to blow up a transatlantic airliner was thwarted by a group of passengers, an incident that revealed some gaping holes in airline security just a few months after the attacks of Sept. 11. But it was six days before President George W. Bush, then on vacation, made any public remarks about the so-called shoe bomber, Richard Reid, and there were virtually no complaints from the press or any opposition Democrats that his response was sluggish or inadequate.

That stands in sharp contrast to the withering criticism President Barack Obama has received from Republicans and some in the press for his reaction to Friday’s incident on a Northwest Airlines flight heading for Detroit.

Democrats have seized on the disparity and are making it a centerpiece of their efforts to counter GOP attacks on the White House. “This hypocrisy demonstrates Republicans are playing politics with issues of national security and terrorism,” DNC spokesman Hari Sevugan said. “That they would use this incident as an opportunity to fan partisan flames … tells you all you need to know about how far the Republican Party has fallen and how out of step with the American people they have become.”

The Democrats’ counterattack is aimed largely at two Republican congressmen who have been particularly critical of Obama, Reps. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) and Peter King (R-N.Y.). But neither GOP lawmaker concedes applying a double standard to Obama.

But the similarities between last Friday’s incident and the attempted shoe bombing in 2001 are striking.

This year’s attack came on Christmas. The attempt eight years ago took place on Dec. 22. Obama was on vacation in Hawaii when the suspect, Omar Abdulmutallab, allegedly used plastic explosives in his try to blow up the Amsterdam-to-Detroit flight. Bush was at Camp David when Reid used similar plastic explosives to try to blow up his Paris-to-Miami flight, which diverted to Boston after the incident.

Like the Obama White House, the Bush White House told reporters the president had been briefed on the incident and was following it closely. While the Obama White House issued a background statement through a senior administration official calling the incident an “attempted terrorist attack” on the same day it took place, the early official statements from Bush aides did not make the same explicit statement.

Bush did not address reporters about the Reid episode until December 28, after he had traveled from Camp David to his ranch in Texas.

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The following video is from MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, broadcast Dec. 29, 2009.

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Oct 102009

Rachel Maddow, October 9, 2009:

“The American President just won the Nobel Peace Prize. By any reasonable measure, all Americans should be proud.”

I do not believe our Republicans could have made bigger fools of themselves this week if they had tried. (Though who’s to say they didn’t?)

The 9/12 DC Tea Party

 Posted by at 16:19  Politics, Republicans
Sep 142009

Presented without comment (though you may if you feel so inclined)…

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Parental consent

 Posted by at 19:30  Religion, Republicans
Sep 082009

This is unbelievable…

Ky. school trip to church that included baptisms raises questions


LOUISVILLE — A mother is angry about a trip led by the head football coach at Breckinridge County High School took about 20 players on a school bus late last month to his church, where nearly half of them — including her son — were baptized.

Michelle Ammons said her 16-year-old son was baptized without her knowledge and consent, and she is upset that a public school bus was used to take players to a church service — and that the school district’s superintendent was there and did not object…

“Nobody should push their faith on anybody else,” said Ammons, whose son, Robert Coffey, said coach Scott Mooney told him and other players that the Aug. 26 outing would include only a motivational speaker and a free steak dinner.

“He said it would bring the team together,” Robert, a sophomore, said in an interview…

Mooney, contacted by phone, said school district officials instructed him not to comment.

But Superintendent Janet Meeks, who is a member of the church and witnessed the baptisms, said she thinks the trip was proper because attendance was not required, and another coach paid for the gas.

Meeks said parents weren’t given permission slips to sign but knew the event would include a church service, if not specifically a baptism. She said eight or nine players came forward and were baptized.

Breckinridge County High School required that students present a permission slip signed by a parent before they were allowed to watch today’s speech by the President of the United States, yet no permission slip was required when they were taken to a church by their football coach and school superintendent and baptized.

Does this seem kind of bass ackwards to anyone besides me?

Jun 242009

Governor Mark Sanford of South Carolina just finished a news conference in which he explained his five day disappearing act by admitting that he was in Argentina with his mistress from that country. More Republican family values…

Republican Gov. Sanford admits extramarital affair

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Mark Sanford

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford admitted Wednesday that he has been engaged in an extramarital affair with an Argentinian woman.

The news conference followed days of speculation surrounding his whereabouts. Sanford’s staff had said the governor was hiking in the Appalachian Trail, but Sanford was spotted Wednesday in Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

The South Carolina governor instead had been in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Sanford also said Wednesday he was resigning as chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

He apologized to his wife, children and staff and asked for forgiveness.

Apparently this type of behavior is okay if you’re a Republican. Not so much if you’re a Democrat.

Family values. At least he spared his wife the embarrassment of having to stand by his side.

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Without doubt, it was the gays and their insistence on equal rights that destroyed the sanctity of Mr. Sanford’s marriage. (Governor Sanford firmly believes that marriage should be between one man, one woman and another woman in Argentina.)

P.S. Besides the adultery, there is the governor’s abrogation of his responsibilities to the people of South Carolina. As much as he may want to, the governor of a state simply cannot fall off the face of the earth for five days. Let’s face reality. Had this been a Democratic governor gone AWOL, the Republicans would be on the rooftops right now demanding his or her resignation.