School Yard Tiffs at Faux News...

(via Newshounds. They watch Fox so we don't have to - thank God for that!)

This is too damn funny:

Kilmeade calls O'Reilly "gutless" for dissing Doocy on tape

Awwww! Waaaahhhh! They are thick as thieves over there at Faux and Friends, Billy. You'd better watch yourself, or you won't be getting any "Sloppy Cronkites" at this year's Christmas party.

Referring to his upcoming "most bizarre" interviews (would that be ones where he shouts down his guests, or where he simply cuts their mics?) he snarked that they would not include segments with Steve Doocy. Sound effects indicated Doocy'd been punched, and Gretchen Carlson assured him that meant O'Reilly likes him - flashback to grade school, anyone? Then Brian Kilmeade said, without his grin but surely (?) in the joking spirit, that it was "a little gutless, because he does it on tape when you can't even respond."

Yeah, ya big jerkface. How dare you talk about somebody when he can't defend himself. Gutless bastard. (Side note: I was going to take the time to link every word in that next to last sentence to an instance of the terrifying trio doing just that, but I simply don't have the ambition or energy to subject myself to such a task.) Let's see what has got Bri-Bri fired up:

Ooooooooo! I'm tellin' ya Billy - don't mess with the Kilmeade. As my mother would say, "You're cruisin' for a bruisin' mister*." You've been warned.

*No, my parents did not beat me - as much as I'm sure they wanted to at times.

Leahy Uses Logic, Law to Get Rove in Front of Congress

A small departure from the usual sarcasm saturated post. Today, Sen Patrick Leahy specifically acknowledged that W had no involvement in the U.S. Attorneys' firings, thereby throwing the bullshit flag on W's executive privilege claims regarding M.C. Rove and Harriet "I don't know anything about anything so I'm the perfect choice for a Supreme Court Justice" Miers.

Leahy had this to say about the E.P. claim (CNN):

The executive privilege claim "is surprising in light of the significant and uncontroverted evidence that the president had no involvement in these firings," Leahy, D-Vermont, wrote in his ruling. "The president's lack of involvement in these firings -- by his own account and that of many others -- calls into question any claim of executive privilege."

Yeah, I'd go with that. Of course, I'm guessing even if the do testify the score will be:

"I Don't Recalls": 45, 358
Pissed Off Leahys: 1

"I Don't Recalls" win in a landslide.

Mind Numbing Dumbassery and Despicable Journalism

(via C&L)

I'm speechless. Here's the headline of a front page WaPo article today:

Foes Use Obama's Muslim Ties to Fuel Rumors About Him

What? Did Rupert Murdoch purchase the Washington Post? Just read this - it's infuriating:

Despite his denials, rumors and e-mails circulating on the Internet continue to allege that Obama (D-Ill.) is a Muslim, a “Muslim plant” in a conspiracy against America, and that, if elected president, he would take the oath of office using a Koran, rather than a Bible, as did Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), the only Muslim in Congress, when he was sworn in earlier this year.

I was trying to calculate just how outrageous this rumor (which the Post has pretty much turned into a full fledged allegation) is when my WTFuckulator exploded in my hands. Luckily, I was wearing a full body protective suit and asbestos gloves because I suspected something like that might happen.

So rumors (or "blatant lies" as BarbinMD puts it) about a person's religion are going to get printed as front page news in the so called bastion of "liberal media" that is the Washington Post? Well then you know what I heard:

- Rudy Giuliani is a hermaphrodite, which would explain his past wardrobe indiscretions.

- Mike Huckabee is secretly a high ranking official in the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

- Fred Thompson died three years ago. The man running for president using his name is Sam Waterston in a Fred Thompson mask.

- Mitt Romney believes that Jesus Christ preached to the Native Americans...Oh wait, that's actually true.

- Ron Paul is Ron Paul.

I'll be contacting WaPo shortly with this information. I expect we'll be seeing it on page A01 tomorrow.


Dammit Arlen

Seriously dude, WTF?

..."(Citizens Against Government Waste) CAGW provides taxpayers with the information that Congress wants to keep under wraps: a convenient, searchable database of earmarked spending,” said CAGW President Tom Schatz. “With our more transparent format, pork gems such as $882,025 for 25 'abstinence education' programs in the state of Pennsylvania...

What does this have to do with Specter?

What nefarious conservative put in all 25 earmarks? Why, “moderate” Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter. Money well spent, sir.

Christ, Jesus H. Just when I thought I was starting to come back around on Arlen because of his teaming up with Kennedy on pulling in the Preznit's state secrets claims, I read something like this and immediately remember why this guy is bad news: He's either very slippery or a senile dumbass. I can't decide, but I'm leaning toward the slippy slip. He gets press coverage as a "moderate" in turn enticing Democrats on issues like FISA and SCHIPS, and then slips in back door earmarks for programs that to appeal to religious fundies - by the way, these programs have generally proved to be complete frickin' disasters.

Here's another trick that Arlen likes to pull: He gets his face all over the television by taking strong stand against Bush policies in public only to turn around and vote with his caucus when bills opposing such policies hit the floor of the Senate.



Rudy Giuliani's 9/11's Balls...

...are made of brass fuckin' titanium.

Giuliani, the Republican presidential front-runner, last month pledged to “get rid of” so-called earmarks, which cost taxpayers about $13 billion this year, saying his party should promote “fiscal discipline.” Just weeks later, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP won $3 million worth of projects for its clients in defense-spending legislation. […]

In all, Bracewell & Giuliani sought federal earmarks for 14 companies this year, 11 of which hired the firm after Giuliani joined in March 2005, Senate records show. Giuliani, 63, isn’t registered as a lobbyist. The firm paid him $1.2 million last year, according to his personal financial-disclosure form.

The defense-spending legislation approved this month by Congress contained funding for three of those clients, according to Taxpayers for Common Sense, a Washington-based advocacy group that opposes special projects that lawmakers insert in spending bills without public debate.

So unbelievable that my only initial response was to giggle.

Honestly, this guy's arrogance is starting to rival that of Bush/Cheney if it hasn't already surpassed the dynamic duo's. If the MSM ever gets its collective head out of its ass (minus KO), this guy is done (not bloody likely, I know). And just for a moment pretend he wins the primary, this kind of shite should just absolutely end any chance of a Republican 2008 presidential victory.

(Bloomberg via C&L)


Another Awesome Endorsement...

...for the Huckster. His campaign has really decided to class things up. This time Mike has teamed up with Rick Flair in the hopes that all other "A - list" celebrities will jump on board the Baptist express (CNN via C&L...):

Now, Huckabee is getting ready to rumble: wrestler Ric Flair, a.k.a. The Nature Boy, is supporting the former Arkansas governor in his bid for the White House.

CNN has learned the WWE wrestler is on board with Huckabee, and will co-host a campaign tailgate with the candidate at the South Carolina vs. Clemson football game on Saturday afternoon in Columbia, South Carolina. More details are forthcoming.

Hysterical laughter ensues

Hold on a sec...I need to catch my breath and dry these tears from my face. So before we go any further let's take a look at some of the more classic moments of Huckabee's celeb endorsers.



(Huckabee, a former Baptist minister, accepts that guy's support. Wow.)


Hey, he's the CHAMP! Ahhhhhhhhhh!

Yes, Huckabee is clearly the best hope for the "Moral Majority" and "Family Values" party.

I'm gonna go laugh some more...In fact, I'm going to be laughing about this for days.

Good luck, Mike.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.


Total Douchebag

Just when I think those fuckwits at Faux & Friends couldn't get any worse, they do something so stunningly egregious as to completely set a new standard low (since they are currently pretty much the standard for all things suck) in the "WTF?" department:

from C&L, download the video here.

Brian Kilmeade: "“They should taze this guy!” [snip]

“…Why do they think they’re going to continue to be politely escorted out. At one point with security so high and tensions on edge, don’t you think they’re going to get at the very least tazed or beaten to a pulp by somebody?”

No, Bri-Bri. I don't think peaceful protesters exercising their freedom of speech should be beaten or tazed. At the very least, I think people should start questioning why you're still on television. You sir, are a dipshit.


F&*k Chuck and Huck

This is just awful...


Conservative Television

I'll tell you what, it's a good thing we have people like Bill O' watching out for us when it comes to TV smut...

When are people going to wake up? Quite frankly, it's getting rather old writing about shit like this.

Top Ten via DU...

Whole lotta shitheadiness...


Friday Afternoon Fun...

Yep, it's Friday.

There is not a whole lot I can say about this...

...other than "Leave Britney Alone You Bastard Ass-faces!!!". (That is probably the most horrible punctuation of all time.) I'll tell ya what, you gotta respect Chris Crocker's willingness to put himself out there.

I'm not even sure why I think this is so funny.

I'm gonna kick your ass. Mike Judge cracks me up.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Announcing Peter Griffen bringing you Shipoopie...

I'm really glad I found this as an embeddable clip. Most of the Family Guy clips have been pulled from YouTube because...Well, I'm not sure, but I'm sure there is a lot of money involved. Wankers.

One more...Not the biggest fan of Sasha Cohen but this is pretty damn hilarious. I think I first saw this on Feministing to give credit where credit is due.

One minute and fifty seconds into the clip, and I'm ROFLMAO. (Giggle) "This going on the telly."

Alrighty, peace out and have a great weekend.

Later peeps!


New Word

At least I've never seen this until now, but then again I spend most of my time with my head up my ass when it comes to internet speak so humor me:

(via Gavin at SadlyNo!)


That's a "What The Fuck Calculator". That's also some funny shit.


I just watched this video on Wonkette and now I feel like stabbing my eardrums out with a dull, rusty nail so that I may never again be forced (or force myself) to suffer such a horrible commentary. I should have taken Wonkette's warning more seriously:

WARNING:Wonkette takes no responsibility for personal injuries the viewer inflicts upon him or her self after watching this video. Readers are recommended to keep all guns, knives, razors, nooses and other methods of suicide at a distance; when the chairman of the Iowa Federation of College Republican, Benjamin Johnson, speaks his first line — “I don’t know why every student isn’t as politically active as I am” — self-torture is unavoidably the first recourse. Wonkette, for example, had a fork next to itself while watching this video, and now that fork is in Wonkette’s eye.

What tree did this fuckwit just fall out of? You know I was going to transcribe the ending of that interview and then interject some comments, but what he says about the war and 9-11 is so unfathomably stupid that I can't find the words to describe how I feel right now.

Well that, and this nail lodged in my head is starting to cause some real issues with my cognition.

Update: Christ, Jesus H. Please, make this stop. There's more...

To borrow a bit from Shakes:

Mike Rogers says: "I have no scientific proof it works, but on a scale of 1 to 10, my gaydar tripped a 15!"

It's good to post this now, so when, after a meteoric rise in national politics as a GOP prodigy, Senator Benjamin Johnson is discovered blowing Senator George P. Bush in the Senate toilets while wearing a wetsuit with a condom-covered dildo up his ass, we can say we knew him when.

It's like a stroll up memory lane.

My colleagues and I are in the office and we're getting ready to seek out scientific proof that a gaydar can actually trip a 15. We designed a series of experiments of showing this video with no sound to self-proclaimed conservatives (Boy howdy do we have a shitload of 'em around here!) and we plan to monitor various body functions with some very serious looking medical equipment.

Results will be posted at Townhall immediately following the tests.


This is why it matters...

...that the GWA is on strike:

Hell yes. As much as it sucks not having new "The Daily Show" or "Colbert Report" episodes every night, I understand and appreciate their cause. I wish them the best of luck. Stay in the fight!

Oh, for God's sake...

This guy can literally shape his turds to form 9-11 (on the way out too!). Sorry for the grossitude, but at the moment, I can't think of any other way to frame Rudy's 9-11 Tourette's.

If this guy becomes our next president, how long do you think we'll have before Canada puts up a border fence?

Here ya go Dennis...

Sorry for the language and have a nice day!


Quick hit...

Jillian at SadlyNo! brings up an excellent point:

(She is talking about Japanese officers convicted of war crimes after WWII, they were convicted of torture - one of the methods employed was waterboarding.)

So, here we go, then:

If you honestly do not think that waterboarding is torture - and I’m looking at you, Matt Margolis - then have the intellectual honesty necessary to argue that men like Yukio Asano ought to have their convictions overturned and their wartime records posthumously cleared.

It’s time, big boys. Put up or shut up. Have the courage of your convictions, or shut the hell up and go home. If waterboarding is not torture, then Yukio Asano received an inadequate defense at his trial for war crimes, and his family deserves to have his name cleared. If you’re not prepared to say that, then you don’t really believe the nonsense you write about waterboarding not being torture. Or, you don’t really believe in abiding by the rule of law when it’s inconvenient for you. So, which is it?

'Nuff said. I can't wait to see what the counter argument is. This should be good.

Fun for Everyone

Okay, not really. But attentions must be gathered, and Americans need to take note of today's news from the WaPo, which I am sure will garner only the smallest modicum of regard from other MSM sources.

'Hidden Costs' Double Price Of Two Wars, Democrats Say

The economic costs to the United States of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan so far total approximately $1.5 trillion, according to a new study by congressional Democrats that estimates the conflicts' "hidden costs"-- including higher oil prices, the expense of treating wounded veterans and interest payments on the money borrowed to pay for the wars.

That's right, $1,500,000,000,000. According to the post, this is about $20,000 per American family of four.

That amount is nearly double the $804 billion the White House has spent or requested to wage these wars through 2008, according to the Democratic staff of Congress's Joint Economic Committee. Its report, titled "The Hidden Costs of the Iraq War," estimates that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have thus far cost the average U.S. family of four more than $20,000.

Of course the Republicans have something to say about this (You know because this is a "Democrat" report and all):

Brian Hart, a spokesman for Sam Brownback (Kan.), the committee's senior Republican senator, said, "The Democrats didn't bother to run this report by any of their Republican JEC colleagues or staff."

"We'll see what they come up with, but it sure seems that the Senate leadership is trying to protect their continual proclamations of defeat instead of working for bipartisan progress," Hart added.

Is he serious? This "proclaiming defeat" and "(not) working for bipartisan progress" schtick is getting rather fucking old already. Six years of a "rubber-stamp" Congress and here you have these assholes running around saying that the Dems aren't playing fair because they commissioned a report on their own rather than bringing up the idea in committee (where I'm sure it would have remained indefinitely).

Hold all incoming calls and get the goddamn whaaaaambulance down to Brownback's office, STAT. His feelings might be fractured.

The ridiculousness gets even more ridiculous:

Robert D. Hormats, vice chairman of Goldman Sachs (International) and a member of the National Security Council staff under Presidents Nixon, Ford and Carter said he agrees that the war is far costlier than the publicly stated price tag but said some of the report's measures are problematic. He said he thinks it would be hard to show that the Iraq war has caused oil prices to skyrocket...

Well then the $1.5 trillion price tag is worth every penny because this guy says it would be "hard to show that the Iraq war has caused oil prices to skyrocket".

Next paragraph:

Oil prices have more than tripled since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003, the report notes, to a peak of more than $90 per barrel.

D-oh! In all fairness, Hormats does seem like a pretty reasonable guy, but he's missing a concept that reasonable people use quite readily called inference. We invade Iraq, oil prices triple. There might not be a 1:1 corollary, but all signs point to some sort of connection. Remember when Wolfowitz said Iraq oil production would pay for the war in six months...Good times.

It's been said by several others before and it's worth repeating now: If you ran a company like these people have run the government for the past six and a half years, you'd be in prison! No ifs, ands, or buts. (Well maybe some butts - sorry my infantile mind couldn't resist.)

Although war costs have risen each year and the fiscal 2008 funding request is the highest so far, the direct and indirect costs of Iraq and Afghanistan are much lower than the costs of World War II and are just passing those of the Vietnam War. World War II is estimated to have cost $4.9 trillion in today's dollars. According to Congressional Research Service reports, the Vietnam War cost $600 billion in today's dollars and the 1991 Persian Gulf War cost $80 billion.

WTF is the point of this paragraph? Please tell me this isn't some sort of half-assed comparison between terrorists and Nazis. (Horowitz alert!) I guess the financial comparison can be made, but it's a wee bit out of context considering that in WWII we were fighting two (three if you want to count Italy) military superpowers. Last time I checked, al Qeada didn't have a carrier fleet or U-boats.

Oh geez, I should have read the entire article first.

The nation's economy is so large that it "disguises the costs and doesn't impose any hardship on the American people," allowing the government to sidestep normal budgeting processes, Hormats said. He said the country has borrowed all the money it has needed for the wars because taxes have been lowered and the wars have been funded largely by supplemental appropriations, with few budgetary sacrifices.

That guy IS a fucking r-tard. I don't think these people understand the concept of borrowing. When you "borrow" money, you have to pay it back. It's not like stealing your playmates shovel in the sandbox. You borrow a couple billion dollars from a foreign power, they're gonna want it back...With interest. And what WaPo piece would be complete without someone from the Brookings Institute's two cents:

"A lot of (the war cost) is debatable, but there are costs that will in the near future be attributable to Iraq that haven't been accounted for yet."

Yeah. Like more dead people, but that really doesn't matter when we're talking 'bout the dollars now does it?


Top Ten via DU...

Surprise, surprise. Another week chocked full o' conservative dipshits. In fact, number eight on this week's list is so particularly amusing to me that it's going up:

Climate Skeptics

Last week the Journal of Geoclimatic Studies released a new report "pointing to ocean bacteria as the overwhelming cause of global warming," according to Reuters. Chaos ensued:

Skeptics jumped on the report. A British scientist e-mailed the report to 2,000 colleagues ... Another from the U.S. called it a "blockbuster." Blogger skeptic Neil Craig wrote: "This could not be more damaging to manmade global warming theory ... I somehow doubt if this is going to be on the BBC news."

Even Rush Limbaugh trumpeted the story on his radio show. But there was just one problem: the whole thing was a hoax. There is no "Journal of Geoclimatic Studies," and the authors of the study don't exist. The whole thing was a big trick to expose climate skeptics as the non-scientific propaganda-pushers they really are. In an interview, the apparent author of the spoof study wrote:

Its purpose was to expose the credulity and scientific illiteracy of many of the people who call themselves climate sceptics. While dismissive of the work of the great majority of climate scientists, they will believe almost anything if it lends support to their position.

Apparently so. Well done, sir.

Oy vey. You really gotta hand it to global warming deniers. I'm pretty sure these guys could manage to fuck up a one float parade. Bravo!


Mike Huckabee Sucks, So does Bob Schieffer

He's on Face the Nation right now, and I think I just threw up in my mouth when Bob Shithead asked him about the primaries. He also just said that he wishes he had Pat Robertson's endorsement. So Do I. Now he thinks Bushie has done a good job re: Pakistan. A seven minute interview and Shithead asked Huckabee one real question. Good Job boys.

Alright, now the Paul, Ron is on talking about all the moolah he raised last week with his Paul-bots. I will say this, the man preaches a decent message but the fact that he may very well be a dominionist or reconstructionist is very disconcerting.

God help us all. At least he's not talking about bombing the shit out of the Middle East!



Toys tainted with 'date rape' drug recalled

Holy shit! R U kiddin' me? What's next? Bubonic Barbie?

Big thanks out to China, and all the bastard U.S. based to companies importing their shite toys. Bottom dollar keeps the profits soaring!


No Effin' Way!

This headline alone was enough to invoke a pretty good chuckle:

(via GottaLaff at Cliff's)

Pat Robertson wanted to assassinate one of Giuliani's lobbying clients

Jeebus! That's pretty extreme seeing as how just this morning Pat blessed 9/11 Rudy with his endorsement. What the heck is going on here?

HOUSTON - Rudy Giuliani’s law firm has received $100,000 to $200,000 since 2005 to lobby Texas legislators on behalf of Citgo Petroleum Corp., a Houston-based oil company ultimately controlled by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Ooooooo! Uh-oh. That's a pretty well established connection between 9/11 Rudy and Bin Chavez - wonder if Pat has ever had anything to say about the latter?

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) — Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson suggested on-air that American operatives assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to stop his country from becoming "a launching pad for communist infiltration and Muslim extremism."

"We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability," Robertson said Monday on the Christian Broadcast Network's The 700 Club.

Hell yeah, Pat. THAT IS "WHAT JESUS WOULD DO"!!! But wait a second. "(A) launching pad for...Muslim extremism"??? Pat's worried about a country that is 96% Catholic, 2% Protestant, and 2% Other becoming the next base camp al Qaeda? Wow.

You are truly blessed to have such a wise and thoughtful supporter, Rudy. Congrats!

Losers, Cheats, Oh yeah: ASSHOLES

These righties really have got their shit together when it comes to fucking people over. I mean this is really impressive.

(NYT via C&L)

Five authors have sued the parent company of Regnery Publishing, a Washington imprint of conservative books, charging that the company deprives its writers of royalties by selling their books at a steep discount to book clubs and other organizations owned by the same parent company.

In a suit filed in United States District Court in Washington yesterday, the authors Jerome R. Corsi, Bill Gertz, Lt. Col. Robert (Buzz) Patterson, Joel Mowbray and Richard Miniter state that Eagle Publishing, which owns Regnery, “orchestrates and participates in a fraudulent, deceptively concealed and self-dealing scheme to divert book sales away from retail outlets and to wholly owned subsidiary organizations within the Eagle conglomerate.”

[Richard] Miniter said, “It suddenly occurred to us that Regnery is making collectively jillions of dollars off of us and paying us a pittance.” He added: “Why is Regnery acting like a Marxist cartoon of a capitalist company?”

I don't know buddy - you tell me. You guys are the ones always bitching about us on the left being Burqah-loving, commie-hugging, fascists. Looks like the kind of capitalism you buffoons always trumpet as some kind of free market utopia has finally come around and nailed you right in the ass. You see unregulated free market societies have the same problems as all other societies: They are chocked full of greedy assholes who will do anything and screw anyone to keep the money flowing out of the workers pockets and into theirs. Hell, I'm surprised Regnery hasn't already out-sourced the job of writing their books to a third world nation by now. It's not like you guys have anything truly original to say, and I'm sure they could get some 14 year old to frame up the same talking points they hand you every time you get a book deal.

Gotta luuvvvvv that irony.


Top Ten via DU...

Here's the dumbness, and boy-howdy was there a lot of conservative wankery last week!


Friday Afternoon Fun


I'm going to do something I don't normally do here. That is, I'm going to post the creation of a very special kind of "right-tard" - Pam from Atlas Shrugs. And no, I'm not linking. This video is just awful(ly funny in a sad sort of way)! To quote Brad from SadlyNo!, "Basically the worst goddamn thing I've ever seen".

A warning to the squeamish, this is really pretty freaking hard to choke down the first time. It gets much easier (and certainly more hilarious) after multiple viewings.

Okay. Everyone still with us? Good.

A friend sent this to me about a year and a half ago, and to this day, when we're talking on the phone at least one of us quotes something from this clip. Funny as hell!

"Behind me painstaking barons burningly drug soldiers in huge piles of whale nets. Ohhh. Whoooo! Alright, that's one Jerry. Hey! Let's go for a curry."

A friendly PSA from Donny Baker.

One more from Mr. Seinfeld in honor of "Bee Movie" opening today, and with the hope that the cast gets together for one more scene (For those of you who missed The Daily Show last night - It's a possibility)!

Well, have a great and unsober weekend! Peace out!


Go Fist Yourselves

I honestly don't know what to say about this YouTube clip other than it could quite possibly be one of the most pathetic, piece-of-shit arguments I've ever seen.

via Wonkette

How weak is that crap. I wonder if we can find a counterpoint that will completely blow this bullshit propaganda out of the water? Yepper, that took all of 0.23 seconds on "Teh Google":

Funding Health Care with Tobacco Tax Won’t Work

One of the problems with the federal reauthorization of SCHIP is that money is tight. Congress and the President have been on a spending spree for the past few years (Sidebar: No shit?), and new budget rules require that any new spending be offset by spending cuts in other areas or an increase in taxes.

Makes sense. Hmmm. Are there any other areas where we could cut spending or raise taxes? Nah guess not. Well I guess those of us who are still stupid enough to smoke (Yes, I'm one of the a-holes in that category - probably the foundation of the pyramid that is my liberal self-loathing) will really have to crank it up if we're gonna get those working class families' kids the health care they need. Damn! Just when I was seriously considering another run at quitting.

Wait a sec...

While it may be unpopular to defend lower taxes for tobacco users, it is an issue of fairness and fiscal responsibility. It is poor tax policy to tax a certain group in order to deliver benefits used by a wider group of people. The only legitimate reason to tax a group is to offset any harm that group causes to society. And while many think that smokers impose a large cost on the government, studies have found that the cost of smokers to society is roughly thirty-two cents a pack. Ohio taxes cigarettes at $1.25 a pack and the federal government taxes them at thirty-nine cents a pack, so smokers are already paying more than their fair share.

Of course, there is also a practical reason not to impose such a tax. Tobacco tax revenue is a declining revenue source. As fewer people smoke, taxes from cigarettes and other tobacco products decrease. Government health care spending, on the other hand, increases almost every year. In Ohio, for instance, Medicaid spending went up 11 percent every year earlier this decade.

If you try to pay for an ever-increasing government program with a continually-decreasing tax base, the revenue will not there. That means there will be a need for other tax sources to pay for it. So when you hear those pushing this tobacco tax increase as the “solution” to SCHIP funding, skepticism is warranted. When a similar proposal was floated by anti-smoking groups in Ohio in 2005, state lawmakers wisely rejected it.

Ahhhhhh...horseshit! Stupid lawmakers. Sorry kids.


You can't make this shit up...

Members of One Clan Group To Protest Another in Cullman

That should be frickin' rich...

WTF Rudy?

Via Steve Benen at C&L

Here's your fuckin' liberal media not doing their jobs again...

Giuliani vows to lie with impunity

Nice Rudy. Real nice.

The Giuliani campaign unveiled a radio ad this week with a bogus claim about healthcare. They lied. They know they lied. And they know they got caught lying.

Are they going to backpedal? Not even a little.

Asked if Mr. Giuliani would continue to repeat the statistic, and if the advertisement would continue to run, [Maria Comella, a spokeswoman for Giuliani] responded by e-mail: “Yes. We will.”

I'm sure the nightly news will be all over this. My beating of this particular dead horse is getting clinically disturbing, but I'm going to keep saying it until I see some changes: Can you imagine if a Democratic candidate did this? The amount of faux outrage such a scandal would generate would have Republican congressmen everywhere breaking up their gay orgies in order to hold an immediate censure session condemning the evil "leeeeebrulll" Democrat who has no morals or ethics.

Of course once all is said and done it'd be back to the hotel room for a little man-on-man fun.