Apr 202012

Before we get to today’s Friday Night Cartoons, there is an opinion piece in todays Washington Post that I’d like you to peruse. It was penned by Eugene Robinson and pretty much hits the nail right on the head. Here are a few pertinent excerpts…

Republican rhetoric over the top

Not all overheated political rhetoric is alike. Delusional right-wing crazy talk — the kind of ranting we’ve heard recently from washed-up rock star Ted Nugent and Tea Party-backed Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) — is a special kind of poison that cannot be safely ignored.

Let me be clear: I’m saying that the extreme language we hear from the far right is qualitatively different from the extreme language we hear from the far left — and far more damaging to the ties that bind us as a nation. Tut-tutting that both sides should tone it down is meaningless. For all intents and purposes, one side is the problem.

This is what distinguishes the flame-throwers of the far right from those of the far left. Nugent and his ilk seek to deny their political opponents the very right to believe in a different philosophy. Agree with me, he says, or be stomped.

There is no symmetry here. The far left may hurl insults at the right but doesn’t scream “fascism” whenever a Republican proposes privatizing Medicare.

So this is what I want to know: Mitt Romney, do you agree with your prominent endorser Ted Nugent that the Obama administration is evil and hates America? House Speaker John Boehner, do you agree with your star freshman West that “78 to 81” of your colleagues are card-carrying communists?

Speak up, gentlemen; I didn’t hear you.

You can click on the article’s title to read the whole thing.

Nov 282011

Herman Cain denies that he had a thirteen-year affair with Ginger White. Meanwhile, his attorney released what appears to be a very strange denial…

“This appears to be an accusation of private, alleged consensual conduct between adults – a subject matter which is not a proper subject of inquiry by the media or the public. No individual, whether a private citizen, a candidate for public office or a public official, should be questioned about his or her private sexual life,” attorney Lin Wood said.

I’ll bet that Bill Clinton would have loved to have had Lin Wood as his attorney. His “private, alleged consensual conduct between adults” got him impeached. But, then, Democrats and Republicans… apples and oranges.

Nov 172011

I’m sure you’ve heard the news by now about the deranged 21-year-old kid from Idaho who thought it would be fun to shoot a rifle at the White House. Well, the president of the College Republicans at the University of Texas thinks assassinating the president would be a cool joke…

Texas College GOP Leader: Obama Assassination ‘Tempting’

Lauren Pierce
Lauren Pierce

Hours after Pennsylvania State Police arrested a 21-year-old Idaho man for allegedly firing a semi-automatic rifle at the White House, the top student official for the College Republicans at the University of Texas tweeted that the idea of assassinating President Obama was “tempting.”

At 2:29 p.m. ET, UT’s Lauren E. Pierce wrote: “Y’all as tempting as it may be, don’t shoot Obama. We need him to go down in history as the WORST president we’ve EVER had! #2012.”

Pierce, the president of the College Republicans at UT Austin, told ABC News the comment was a “joke” and that the “whole [shooting incident] was stupid.” Giggling, she said that an attempted assassination would “only make the situation worse.”

“Insofar as she’s a representative [of the College Republicans], maybe it shouldn’t be said, but she’s made a positive statement in a way, ” said Cassie Wright, the group’s vice president.

“I don’t really see anything wrong with it,” Wright added. “It’s just a personal comment, not representative of any group. Just freedom of speech, you know?”

Cute. I hope Lauren enjoys her interview with the Secret Service. Oh, and I have a bit of news for her… The worst president we have ever had left office in January of 2009. Our current president is still trying to clean up his mess.

NOM misrepresentation

 Posted by at 18:11  Politics, Republicans
Oct 262011

You have to see this to believe it. Jeremy Hooper at Good as You has discovered that the National Organization for Marriage (which campaigns exclusively against equal marriage rights) has used photographs of Obama rallies to make attendance at their own rallies appear larger. He provides two blatant examples. [Here and here.]

Given the tactics employed by this group and others like it in the past, I do not find this all that unbelievable. Still, though, it is difficult to understand how they would think they could away with something this obvious. I mean, look closely at the first photo. You can even make out candidate Obama standing at the podium.

If these people had any credibility whatsoever in the past (which I doubt they did), they most certainly do not now.

Five myths that must die

 Posted by at 21:24  economy, Politics
Oct 172011

It should come as a surprise to nobody who has visited here before… I have a subscription to Mother Jones. Yes, the print magazine. How old fashioned is that? Still, though, I do believe in the work they are doing and wanted to support it in my own small way.

In the issue that landed in our mailbox just the other day, Kevin Drum (yes, that Kevin Drum) has an excellent article that I highly recommend. You can read it online. It’s entitled “Rich People Create Jobs! (And five other myths that must die for our economy to live.)”.

Here’s a taste from Myth #3: Lower taxes are the best way to grow the economy…

There’s no greater orthodoxy in the Republican Party than unconditional fealty to tax cuts. In a recent GOP debate, when the candidates were asked whether they’d walk away from a deficit deal that included just $1 in tax increases for every $10 in spending cuts, every single hand shot up.

Taxes have been the third rail of American politics ever since the California tax revolt of 1978. Even Democrats are nervous about touching them: President Obama has famously called for letting some of the Bush tax cuts expire, but he’s always careful to make it clear that he wouldn’t change rates for anyone earning less than $250,000 per year. In other words, he’d repeal less than a quarter of the Bush tax cuts.

This fear is easy to understand. No one likes paying higher taxes. But do lower taxes actually spur economic growth? Bruce Bartlett, an economist in the Reagan administration, has compared tax rates in various rich countries in 1979 to each country’s growth rate since then. His conclusion? There’s virtually no correlation.

Recent US history backs this up too. Bill Clinton raised tax rates in 1993, and Republicans insisted it would cripple the economy. Instead, the economy boomed. In 2001 and 2003, George W. Bush lowered taxes and Republicans insisted the economy would flourish. Instead, we got the weakest expansion of the past century. Republicans are simply wrong about taxes: Within reason, high tax rates don’t hinder growth, and low tax rates don’t stimulate it.

I hope you’ll click through and read the entire article. Even better (and I get absolutely no compensation of any sort for saying this), I hope you’ll join me in subscribing to Mother Jones.

Oct 112011

As expected, the Republicans in the Senate have blocked the American Jobs Act…

Senate blocks Obama’s jobs bill

The Senate failed to advance President Obama’s jobs package, as Democratic leaders are expected to begin carving the $447-billion package into individual proposals that may have a better chance at passage.

The Senate was still voting late Tuesday, but Democrats did not have enough votes to overcome a filibuster led by Republicans. Most Democrats supported the bill while all Republicans were voting to block it.

Senators rejected the legislation on various fronts. Republicans opposed spending more money to hire teachers or give workers tax breaks to spur the economy.

This just reinforces an e-mail that was sent from the Obama/Biden campaign earlier today:

The U.S. Senate is supposed to vote on the American Jobs Act as early as tonight.

It’s a bill that will put people to work immediately, and it contains proposals that members of both parties have said in the past that they’d support.

But Senate Republicans want to block it. Not because they have a plan that creates jobs right now — not one Republican, in Congress or in the presidential race, does. They only have a political plan.

Their strategy is to suffocate the economy for the sake of what they think will be a political victory. They think that the more folks see Washington taking no action to create jobs, the better their chances in the next election. So they’re doing everything in their power to make sure nothing gets done.

(Emphasis is mine.)



Oct 112011

This cartoon landed on my desk this morning. Given what is going on in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, it is just too good to hold until Friday. If you need some background, please take a moment to watch this video. The cartoon will be right under the video.


My belief in the separation of church and state just grows stronger by the day.

Oct 102011

It seems that God told Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum and God only knows who else to all run for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. I am sure that if you asked Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman they would also tell you that God had a hand in their decision to run (even though, according to Rick Perry’s good friend Robert Jeffress, neither of them is a Christian). Now, it seems that God has called on yet another Republican to run…

Cain: God Told Me To Run

WASHINGTON (October 10, 2011)—GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain said Monday he didn’t want to run for president, but God called him to join the race.

The Republican candidate told CBN News that’s why he believes “God’s been in this from the beginning.”

Cain said that when he felt God calling him to run for president, he resisted just as Moses did after being called by God to lead the Hebrews out of Egypt.

Like Moses, Cain says he told God, “You’ve got the wrong person. You can’t be talking about me.”

Cain told CBN News that it took a lot of those “conversations with God” to overcome his reluctance to seek the presidency.

God does know that only one of them can win the nomination, right? Do you think He’s going to let us know who His final choice is?