Bring on Da Crazy

The Indomitable Max Blumenthal via Cliff Schecter

"Good grief" is about all I can muster after getting two minutes into this video. The lady at about 1:00 represents everything that scares me about the religious right in this country. You have a overwhelming minority of the population that identifies with these peoples values, and yet they have changed the face of politics so drastically that we have current Republican presidential candidates "flip-flopping" on former beliefs faster than a Formula-One car running on jet fuel.

People listen: Theocracies are bad (Iran, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan under the Taleban...), and these folks make no effort to hide the fact that a theocracy is exactly what they desire for our country. The sad thing is that most of the shepherds of this flock our simply corrupt, power hungry, hypocritical, sycophants duping these people out of house and home while leading incredibly licentious and lavish lifestyles. However, their followers believe, and what's worse, they vote.

Unless we want to have the next Ted Haggard telling us the homosexuality is an abomination to God just after he has finished doing meth and snookering gay prostitutes, we had damn well better start telling our friends to get off their asses and vote.


Must Read...

This is a great post by Ed Brayton about teh Command Guy's spending policies.

Unfortunately, I don't think will be hearing to much about this story in the MSM aside from the McClatchy article.

Ed is right, and this observation is particularly on point (my emphasis):

Oh, and that's not to mention that issuing all that debt has given foreign governments, China in particular, a multi-trillion dollar leverage point over us. If you ran a corporation that way, you would be in prison. Our government does this year after year and we return 90% of them to their jobs every two years. Wake up, America. You're being screwed and they aren't using any lube.

Hmmm...prison? Maybe we should start seriously considering that option.

Top Ten via DU...

As always, conservative ass-hattery in full force...


Friday Afternoon Fun...

Sorry about missing last week...

To teh funny...

SNL is really starting to not suck these days. I'm not really sure why this is funny. I guess it's the slapstick element that has me laughing.

Zombie Dance!

This one is going up again...I'm in a mood for it. Not funny, but still awesome. And I'm lazy and running out of other peoples' material...

Best show ever...Georgie Boy...

More Genius...

We're doin' five this week. Hellooooooo!

Good times...gooooood times!

And, we couldn't call it a week without a shout to our buddy from the "Potato State"...Hold that thought. You know what...I'm starting to feel bad for this guy...Ahhh, screw it...

Peace out biznatches..."Operation Kick Buckeye Ass" is in full swing.

For the rest of you who aren't Penn State fans...Have a good one? I guess?


Breaking News...

The wildfires in SW CA are Bill Clinton's fault.

Don't laugh...they really are!

Bonnie Erbe via FDL (my emphasis)...

Commentator Mary Mostert, on the conservative Web site RenewAmerica.US/ tries to blame the Sierra Club and forest-preservation policies for California’s wildfires. She writes: “It has been known for many years by those actually involved in the forests that the Sierra Club policies which became public policy in the 1990s under Bill Clinton, would cause exactly the kinds of fires we are now experiencing …. I identified the real culprit in the growing forest-fire problem in an article in 2002 entitled, Our Burning Forests — the Legacy of Radical Environmentalism.” Right, extra trees caused California’s wildfires, not the Southwest drought.

Figures. He fucked up on Bin Laden. He used his weather machine to bump Katrina up to a CAT 5 just before landfall in the knick of time to activate the weather tractor beam to make sure it hit just off of NOLA. His fiscal policies are responsible for the current income gap between the rich and the middle class/low income not rich incomes. He even made the Mets blow it just before the post season. Good Grief...will anything satiate his uncontrollable lust for mayhem? S.O.B!

Is Dana Perino a FemBot?

via Wonkette

Dana Perino: Global Warming Helps the Cold, Poor

…this is an issue where I’m sure lots of people would love to ridicule me when I say this, but it is true that many people die from cold-related deaths every winter.

Oh, for Jeebus sake! It's hard to tell if Dana Perino really believes that shite that comes out of her mouth on a daily basis. At least with Tony Snow, he didn't even try to hide the fact that he was lying - short of coming out and saying, "Yeah, this is all total bullshit", you could tell by his laughter that he wasn't exactly being forthright. But with Perino, she seems like a true believer, a "thousand yard stare" person. It's either that, or she's a cyborg.

On a side note, quick question for Dana: If the number of people dying from cold-related deaths is cause for concern at the White House, then why the hell are you guys trying to do this?


No...Just Plain: NO!

via Think Progress:

Fox News: Al Qaeda is causing the CA wildires

I bet you'll never guess which show was promulgating this idea. If you said Fox & Friends, win.

Now if you could just make the hurt stop, I'd give you a wooden nickel. Great point by Think Progress commenter Fan of Man:

well if it was alqaeda (laughable) then the whole “fighting them over there so we dont have to fight them here” has just been blown out of the water…..

Yup! I have to be honest with you, I'm really surprised they haven't tried to pin this on Iran yet. I mean hell, we're already fighting "teh evil doers". I thought these guys wanted to scrap with some Persians?

Of course, I'm only just kidding...Well...Ehhhhh...Let's not go there.

Undefinable Compassion...

This is just beyond deceitful:

Using the pathetic trick of releasing the mean-spirited announcement on a Friday evening, the week's lowest-buzzing moment of news coverage, the Bush Administration wants to cut the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), a move which will literally leave 30 million low-income households in the cold this winter.

No, I'm not talking about releasing this information on a Friday evening (a pathetic political trick nonetheless, but one that has been employed since the birth of the modern media). I'm talking about the expressed desire to cut heating assistance to 30 million poor families. Jeebus, that is ten percent of the country's population! Not to beat a dead and decomposing horse, but way to go main-stream-media. The announcement is made on Friday, and someone, who happens to spend at least three or four hours a day reading news, is just now finding out about from Dan Brown via the Huffington Post on Wednesday morning. Superb!

If you're not pissed off yet, there is plenty more in this post that should get your rage-o-meter pegged:

The president's fears of middle-class freeloaders getting government help do not apply here. The households using LIHEAP are poor by any American standard. About two-thirds of the households that receive LIHEAP assistance have annual incomes of less than $20,000. One day Bush says "poor kids first," and then the next, moves to shut off their heaters. And you can be sure that no one who supports Bush's cutback has ever himself spent an icy winter without access to heat.

In a stirring Boston Globe editorial, Deborah A. Frank and Joseph P. Kennedy II point out a devastating statistic:

"Young children in poor families who receive energy assistance through the federal LIHEAP are 32 percent less likely to require admission to the hospital on the day of their visit to the emergency room than eligible families who do not receive LIHEAP."

This program lets people live. How can the Bush Administration propose to cut it by 44% from its 2005 funding level? Don't they have money for this vital program?

The answer is yes, they certainly do.

Frank and Kennedy illustrate, "the federal government collected $10 billion dollars in royalties from oil and gas companies in fiscal 2006 - a small fraction of the $77 billion that oil and gas companies received from the sale of oil and gas produced from federal lands and waters."

That's right..."...federal lands and waters." I'm no expert on land ownership rights, but I'm pretty sure that FEDERAL lands and waters belong to all Americans, just not the fucking oil companies, which seem intent on destroying these environments, and their cronies in Washington. What would happen if these poor families started chopping down fuel wood and hunting game on federal lands so they could provide food and heat for their kids? Their asses would be outrageously fined and probably thrown in jail.

The thing that truly saddens me about this entire episode is just thinking about how many of these people, who will be left out in the cold if Bush gets his way on this proposal, will still rally themselves together as ardent Republicans never even considering casting a vote for a Democratic candidate. Fuck, I bet through their master manipulation and flat out lying, the Republicans can even get the majority of the media to somehow start blaming this impending crisis on the Democrats.

Kudos for that, shitheads. You "compassionate conservatives" truly are the masters of fucktastic fuckery.


With Friends Like These...

Well, we can pretty much kiss Fred Thompson's ass goodbye if this story ever makes it to cable news. Although, at this point that's asking a lot:

AP via Mustang Bobby

Thompson was hired for a mid-1980s legal case in Kansas on the recommendation of Margie Phelps, daughter of Westboro founder Fred Phelps.

The Topeka, Kan.-based church is now best known for protesting at soldiers' funerals, claiming their deaths are retribution for the nation's acceptance of homosexuality.


Church members released an open letter to Thompson this week, saying he had discussed his views on homosexuality with them while handling the case of a woman who had sued the state's Republican attorney general for sexual harassment.

"We know what your position used to be on the homosexual question — and it was wonderful, and we saw eye to eye," church members said in the letter to Thompson.

Uh-oh. Somebody's got some splainin' to do. Anything else?

Phelps' sister, Shirley Phelps-Roper, said in a phone interview Wednesday that while Thompson might disagree with the church today, he didn't disagree then.

And yet, Phelps-Roper said, "He wouldn't dare stand up and say that when he's running for president."

I know this is all hearsay, but D-oh! Insert Law & Order sound...Here!


Top Ten via DU...

Whoa! There's been quite the turnout of conservative-dumb-assery this week, and Earl G has packaged up the biggest clowns into a nice little ten part sampling.



Friday Afternoon Fun...

Now that I've been in the last of the 5 million weddings I was involved with this summer/fall, I think it's time to get back to the funny.

I'll admit it - even I'm getting a little tired of hearing about Larry "I'M NOT GAAAAY!" Craig, but this new one is pretty funny (via Jesus' General):

Always gotta have a little of the SNL (Shakesville)...

Nothin' funnier than drunk animals...

Save it PETA. It's funny.

This is singlehandedly the funniest thing I've seen all week. I will warn you - I only got about thirty-five seconds into this clip before I had to pull the plug the first time. This is just so freaking weird. I think the lack of any kind of context. If this is some kind of contest, I think they need to narrow in on some screening skills.

Well, that's all for this week. Go State!

Peace out, bitchez.

On Ann Coulter...

From Jezebel...I was only going to post a wee snippet of this article, but you know what? F-it. The whole thing's going up (my emphasis):

All day long the news channels have been running this clip of Ann Coulter telling Donny Deutsch she wishes Jews would convert to Christianity to "become perfected," which amused me vaguely now that I'm pretty sure what she does qualifies as "performance art," until I saw the nine thousandth pundit come on and decry her "anti-Semitism" and finally felt compelled to point out what is really very obvious to anyone with experience as a self-hating Gentile: Ann Coulter seriously has a massive hard-on for the Jews.

She is so totally pro-Semitic she is dating a Jew, probably the latest in a long string of Jews, at least one of whom, down the line, had a mom who objected to her not on the basis of her batshit brand of batshitism but her supposed "Christianity," and when Ann looked into the whole conversion thing and realized how insanely complicated the Jews make it versus the whole "splash of water" method she thought, "Well for fuck's sake, we managed to eliminate the red tape here, and we're the biggest religion in the world. What's their excuse for making this like Soviet Russia??" Also, so you know: "We know we're all sinners" is basically tantamount to saying, "I, too, have had my share of abortions." Don't worry though, none of the unborn were potential Jews, because you can't be Jewish without a Jewish mother! Which, praise Jesus, Ann Coulter will never be. The "mother" part, especially.

Love it! Annie Asshat has become such a joke that even the MSM has finally stopped taking her seriously.


Another Hit From BNF...

Faux News is apparently launching a business channel. God help us. I imagine getting business advice from a Faux News spin-off would be akin to asking David Vitter or Rudy Giuliani for marriage advice. Enjoy...


This is what I've been trying to say...

Cliff Schecter points us to a post by a former Republican turned "isolationist", John Cole, that pretty much sums up what I've been trying to say for a long time. I have never even come close to saying it so perfectly though:

Seriously- what does the current Republican party stand for? Permanent war, fear, the nanny state, big spending, torture, execution on demand, complete paranoia regarding the media, control over your body, denial of evolution and outright rejection of science, AND ZOMG THEY ARE GONNA MAKE US WEAR BURKHAS, all the while demanding that in order to be a good American I have to spend most of every damned day condemning half my fellow Americans as terrorist appeasers.


That is why the Republican party is in shambles. The majority of us have decided that the movers and shakers in the GOP and the blogospheric right are certified lunatics who, in a decent and sane society, we would have in controlled environments in rocking chairs under shade trees for most of the day, wheeled in at night for tapioca pudding and some karaoke.

Cliff goes on to name a few things for which the party used to stand:

[Former GOP traditions] included fiscal responsibility, individual rights, separation of church and state, international alliances in foreign policy, respect for the Constitution and limited government.

John Dean spoke of this in Conservatives Without Conscience, that is, how the values of the Republican party have shifted show drastically in the past 35 - 40 years - To that I would add that most of the media have followed. For God's sake, Dean was a senior adviser in the Nixon administration, and now the only program that gives him regular air time is Countdown.

This is what I have been complaining about (mostly in conversations in highly red areas) for the past few weeks: That the media is liberal is the biggest fraud perpetrated on the American public in the past 30 years. Respectable figures like John Dean and others have one hour a night to try to make their cases - yet people like Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter, Glenn Beck, Hannity, Rush, etc., seriously troubled people, are routinely piped into our homes on multiple networks on an almost nonstop cycle (which usually consists in them blathering about the evil liberal media, try to wrap your heads around that one!).

So what can we do? Well, lately I've just been telling people they're full of shit when they start regurgitating the last thing Bill O' or Ann say. Literally. It might be a little harsh at first, but that is how you have to get these peoples' attention anymore. They've been inundated with so much Faux News B.S., which has starting making its way to all the other networks, that they are almost lost to the dark right side forever. But there's hope for some of them. Don't give up. After getting their attention, try to calmly explain to them why you don't think the media is liberal, and use examples. There is probably no way in hell that you'll get them to switch sides, but anymore I feel like it's a huge victory for our side every time I can get a conservative to admit that the whole "liberal media" ethos is a total fallacy. Small steps, Elle. Small steps.


Via some extremely clever reader at SadlyNo!

The new RNC logo...

...Oh, I'm gonna be laughing at this one all day week. Thanks, Larry. You've been great.


Tooting of Mine Own Horn...

I know. I shouldn't be doing this...My mom always told me "Ye who toots his own horn runs out of wind", but Mom, give me a little leeway on this one. As soon as I heard this last night on Olbie's show, I knew this would be one of the first posts on C&L today:

John Dean speaking about torture laws...

"Not only should the congress not cede to their requests, they ought to extend the statute of limitations for another five years, make it a ten year statute of limitations so people would have vulnerability if these can be surfaced and dug out, because it’s the only way to make the point that indeed, these are real laws. Otherwise it’s a joke to even have them."

Right on. Unfortunately, I'm not as optimistic as Mr. Dean in that it seems as though this administration has already (And I'm stating the obvious here) decided that no law is more important than political and economical prosperity for their cronies.


Quick Question...

Is anyone else currently in or around the Middle Atlantic states a tad disconcerted that we are getting into the heart of October and the daily high temperature has been at or above 80 degrees Fahrenheit for the past week? Apparently, the temperature isn't going to go down anytime soon either. Don't get me wrong - I'm not complaining, but something doesn't seem quite right.

Autumn, fall, almost winter - 80 - 85 degrees...Pennsylvania? Huh?


Here's One That Will Knick Your Socks Off...

Bush Vetoes Child Health Plan

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush, in a confrontation with Congress, on Wednesday vetoed a bipartisan bill that would have dramatically expanded children's health insurance.

It was only the fourth veto of Bush's presidency, and one that some Republicans feared could carry steep risks for their party in next year's elections. The Senate approved the bill with enough votes to override the veto, but the margin in the House fell short of the required number.

The White House sought as little attention as possible, with the president wielding his veto behind closed doors without any fanfare or news coverage.

Surprising that the White House "sought as little attention as possible". Isn't it? I mean, if you watch Fox News this Sunday you'd think conservatives everywhere were cheering for such a pen stroke from their fearless leader:

(via emphasis)

"Well, first of all, whenever I hear anything described as a heartless assault on our children, I tend be - think - it's a good idea. I'm happy that the President is willing to do something bad for the kids. You do wonder about the Democrats, If I can just say. Putting a 12-year-old - I mean, how pathetic is that? A 12-year-old kid giving the radio address. Nancy Pelosi pretending she's praying for the President. You really wonder how stupid they think the American people are." - Bill Kristol. speaking about the President's threat to veto the SCHIPS legislation, FOX News Sunday, 9/30/07

Yepper! Compassionate Conservatism at its finest. I'm going to go ahead and save us some time and just give William "The Bloody" Kristol the next five WTF moments for that gem. He does have a point though, it's not like republican officials would ever do something so pathetic as to hide behind young children...

No. Never.


Top Ten via DU...

Click here.

I'm scared shitless by preferential to #5 this week. Who would've thunk it - Bush lied again.