Archive for May 16th, 2008

Quotes Of The Day

Just some things that made me smile today.

Hans von Spakovsky:

Dear President Bush:

It is with great regret that I write to request that you withdraw my nomination to be a Commissioner on the Federal Election Commission.  My nomination has been pending for almost two and one half years in the Senate without any resolution.  This process has been extremely hard on my family, and quite frankly, we do not have the financial resources to continue to wait until this matter is resolved.  I also agree with my former colleague Robert Lenhard, who recently withdrew his nomination, that it was past time that the FEC was reconstituted – the agency that is tasked with policing our campaign finance system needs to be operational during a presidential election year.  Ths opposition to my nomination (however unfair) is preventing that from happening.

He actually makes a very commendable point at the end there (aside from the “however unfair” part), so it appears that he does feel some rudimentary sense of civic responsibility then again, his vision of what the FEC should be doing during a presidential election year is very different from ours.

In case you’ve forgotten why he’s a total bastard who should never have been allowed within 3000 miles of the FEC, check out the roundup at the end of this TPMMuck post.

John Conyers:

We’re closing in on Rove. Someone’s got to kick his ass.

Tom Davis, by way of Peggy Noonan:

The party, Mr. Davis told me, is “an airplane flying right into a mountain.” Analyses of its predicament reflect an “investment in the Bush presidency,” but ‘the public has just moved so far past that.” “Our leaders go up to the second floor of the White House and they get a case of White House-itis.” Mr. Bush has left the party at a disadvantage in terms of communications: “He can’t articulate. The only asset we have now is the big microphone, and he swallowed it.”

Jay Leno:

Huge political fireworks today after President Bush went to Israel and he talked about American politicians who might want to talk with Hamas or other leaders. Politicians who would sit down and appease terrorists. He said he would not do it. He would not put up with it. He would never talk to terrorists. And then he flew to Saudi Arabia to spend a couple of days with the Saudi royal family.

Jon Stewart (while showing footage of Dubya biking, fishing, and dancing):

You know what?  Pictures matter.  Image is everything.  And when you ask military families to sacrifice so much — through stop-loss, or multiple tours without proper stateside rest, or refusing to fund a proper GI Bill, the least you can do is not force them to see you dicking around like you don’t have a care in the world.

Awesome.

(h/t All-Seeing Eye Of Froomkin)

May 16th, 2008 at 08:23pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Elections,Iraq,Politics,Quotes,Republicans,Rove,Terrorism,Wankers,War

Wankers Of The Day – Religious Right Edition

Shooting at Democrats is hilarious!!!

Yes, that’s right – Mike Huckabee finds the idea of an assassination attempt on Barack Obama amusing.  I’m sure Jesus made assassination jokes all the time too.

But hey, at least he doesn’t think Jews have “dead souls” and that the Holocaust was actually a good thing:

In his 2006 book “Jerusalem Countdown”, [notorious McCain endorser Pastor John] Hagee proposed that anti-Semitism, and thus the Holocaust, was the fault of Jews themselves – the result of an age old divine curse incurred by the ancient Hebrews through worshiping idols and passed, down the ages, to all Jews now alive….

(…)

In the following audio sermon, which I have put into a video [and that includes other viciously anti-Jewish statement from John Hagee], Hagee says:

– Jews are not “spiritually alive”.I have a copy of John Hagee’s “Prophecy Study Bible”, which makes quite clear Hagee is talking about all Jews now living – whom Hagee singles out, from among all other non-Christians on Earth, to note that they specifically do not have living souls. Indeed, Hagee says the souls of all Jews now living are dead. Dead souls. McCain endorser John hagee says Jews have dead souls.

– Hitler and the Nazis were sent by God, to chase Jews back to the land of Israel. Because that’s where God intends them to be. So, the Holocaust was a gruesomely inefficient system of divine “persuasion”, and Hitler and the Nazis were doing “God’s work”. But Hagee also depicts this divine ethnic cleansing imperative as a future project: it will happen [see bolded section of transcription, below].

– In Hagee’s 2006 “Jerusalem Countdown”, Hagee says anti-Semitism, and the Holocaust, were and are the fault of Jews – a divine curse for worshiping idols.

Shorter Hagee: Ethnic cleanliness is next to godliness.

Ya know, if there ever is a Rapture which comes and takes all the right-wing fundamentalists away, they won’t be heading in the direction that they expect.

1 comment May 16th, 2008 at 07:06pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Huckabee,McCain,Obama,Racism,Religion,Republicans,Wankers

Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

This week’s quote is from the truly remarkable blaxpo film, Soul Vengeance – about a guy who gets out of prison after being wrongfully convicted, and gets revenge by strangling everyone who put him there.  But, um, not with his hands…

I mean if you come around that corner with one nickel less than twenty dollars, I’m gonna take my wig offa my head and beat you to death!

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s cats…

The shadowy and mysterious Codename B. encounters her evil twin.

May 16th, 2008 at 11:16am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

Republicans Supporting Our Troops, Episode CXLVII

Well, let’s see.  There was voting against updating the GI Bill to give troops a college education…

And then there was the VA’s Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder program coordinator sending an e-mail to VA staff recommending that they not diagnose PTSD if they can possibly avoid it, and that they should diagnose “Adjustment Disorder” instead.  Because too many troops had been seeking compensation.

It also appears that the military is calling troops with mental ailments “malingerers” and giving them a General Discharge that disqualifies them from collecting on their GI Bill payments. They can’t even recover the money that they had to invest in the GI Bill fund.

Yep, Republicans sure do love our troops, and spare no effort or expense to make sure they’re treated well and rewarded for their sacrificed.

May 16th, 2008 at 07:27am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Iraq,Republicans,Wankers,War


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