Archive for August 28th, 2008

With Us On Everything Except The War

Pachacutec calls them on it:

We’ve been hearing from the Senate leadership since 2006 that Joe Lieberman is “with us on everything but the war.” We asked Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin to offer an example a piece of critical legislation the Senate had passed with Joe Lieberman’s assistance. The role of the Majority Whip is to count caucus votes and enforce party voting discipline.

Senator Durbin pointedly declined to answer the question and characterized it as illegitimate, ultimately putting his hand in front of the camera and asking me to account for my whereabouts and clothing as of three o’clock yesterday afternoon, as an example of – from his perspective – putting someone on the spot unfairly.

I’m not so sure he’s used to answering questions from people who do … journalism.

Putting him on the spot unfairly?  If Lieberman is with us on everything except the war, then all Durbin had to do is think of one vote about something other than the war.  Surely he should be able to do that in his sleep, right?

I mean, unless it’s total bullshit, of course.

August 28th, 2008 at 10:17pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Blogosphere,Democrats,Iraq,Lieberman,Politics,Republicans,Wankers,War

So Many Wankers, So Little Time…

Probably not the same guy…

I’m not sure he can top today’s WOTD, but McCain’s healthcare adviser is pretty damn bad:

John Goodman, president of the National Center for Policy Analysis, thinks the numbers put out by the Census highlighting Texas’ [health insurance] plight are “misleading:”

But the numbers are misleading, said John Goodman, president of the National Center for Policy Analysis, a right-leaning Dallas-based think tank. Mr. Goodman, who helped craft Sen. John McCain’s health care policy, said anyone with access to an emergency room effectively has insurance, albeit the government acts as the payer of last resort. (Hospital emergency rooms by law cannot turn away a patient in need of immediate care.)

“So I have a solution. And it will cost not one thin dime,” Mr. Goodman said. “The next president of the United States should sign an executive order requiring the Census Bureau to cease and desist from describing any American – even illegal aliens – as uninsured. Instead, the bureau should categorize people according to the likely source of payment should they need care.

“So, there you have it. Voila! Problem solved.”

That’s right. John Goodman’s solution to the health care crisis in America is to change the definition of “uninsured” so that magically, everyone is insured.

Brilliant!  Everyone can get free healthcare… once it’s too late to help.  Either that, or the threshold for visiting the ER gets so low that people start dropping like flies in overcrowded waiting rooms.

Goodman’s phony solution is a textbook example of the Republican power-of-words, we-create-our-own-reality strategy of solving problems by defining them away.  Just like how the Bush administration’s “eliminated” illegal torture, detentions, and wiretapping by bullying Congress into making them legal, or toyed with the idea of reclassifying fast food work as “manufacturing,” or when the Reagan administration famously tried to turn school cafeteria ketchup into a vegetable.

But wait, the wankery doesn’t end there!  It sounds like this charming Goodman fellow is probably a fan of today’s WOTD:

Here is the variation in life expectancy among ethnic and racial groups in the United States and as you can see, it’s all over the map. […] but doctors just don’t control our over eating, over smoking, and shoot outs in the hood.

Fascinating.  Apparently the neverending gang wars that all minorities participate in contribute just as much to their mortality rates as substandard healthcare.  Not that Republicans would be interested in doing anything about that either, other than locking up anyone who even looks like they might be wearing gang colors.

August 28th, 2008 at 07:36pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Healthcare,McCain,Politics,Racism,Republicans,Wankers

Wanker Of The Day

WorldNetDaily’s Craig Smith, who has apparently never seen Barack Obama or George W. Bush in action:

…Barack Obama will be our first hip-hop president.

I can only imagine how the world will embrace the leader of the free world when he introduces other foreign leaders with, “give it up for my man Vladimir.” Giving “props” for joining us in a treaty. Or the first lady Michelle talking about “my man” the “daddy of my babies” when referring to the president. That should go over well everywhere from 10 Downing Street right on down to the streets of the Middle East.

The use of ghetto slang during the primaries and even today may be a clear indication just how the Obamas intend to “roll” if given the privileged seat in the Oval Office. Of course, having no sense of decorum and awe is nothing new to Democrats. Bill Clinton did a masterful job of disgracing the office, and I expect no less from Obama if given the chance.

But he will be so fly!

I can see it now. Air Force One decked out with “22s” and spinners. Maybe even a set of hydraulics. Watching the hip-hop president in the Oval Office with his baseball cap on backward coping a gansta lean in the big chair. Should be really pimp, don’t you think? Cool man, real cool. Instead of giving away presidential cuff links to guests, as is the custom, he will offer “bling bling.”

Wow. That wasn’t racist or insane at all, was it? What campaign has Smith been watching for the past year? What presidency has he been watching for the last seven? Did he miss Dubya giving a most unwelcome backrub to the president of Germany, or interrupting and swearing at the PM of Great Britain with his mouth full and addressing him as “Yo, Blair”? There has never been a president with less gravitas or respect for the office.

Meanwhile, Obama is running gracious, eloquent and dignified rings around John McCain. But I guess because he’s a black man, he automatically fits into every right-wing ghetto stereotype, and is simply keeping his “true” nature under wraps until it’s too late.

But even if all Smith’s racist madness (which I’m sure will be explained away as “satire”) were true, I bet the world community would still prefer to deal with a “gangsta” than a war criminal.

August 28th, 2008 at 11:49am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Elections,Media,Obama,Politics,Racism,Republicans,Wankers

Xenophobic Jerome Corsi Enabler Accosts Michelle Malkin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0GLj3YpeTo

Hmm, Alex Jones, Alex Jones, where have I heard that name before…  Ah, here we go:

On August 4, author Jerome Corsi, appeared on the syndicated radio program The Alex Jones Show — the host of which is described on his website as “considered by many to be the grandfather of what has come to be known as the 9/11 Truth Movement” — to promote his book The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality (Threshold Editions, August 2008). During the interview, Corsi baselessly claimed that as a child, “Obama got Islamic instruction, and it wasn’t mainstream Islamic instruction,” after which host Alex Jones asserted that “we should not have anybody as president who — both their parents aren’t Americans,” saying “this allows infiltration.” After further discussing family members of Obama’s who are Muslim, Jones asserted of Obama: “He is a ringer, folks. He’s meant to take a dive for John McCain. So this is nonpartisan. The facts are in. He will be destroyed in this election.”

…Which makes it even more ironic that his biggest beef with Malkin is that she wrote a book advocating the imprisonment of Muslim-Americans in internment camps.  Needless to say, the right-wing bloggers are saying that Jones is a leftist.  I guess this is what happens when they can’t get any actual progressives to attack them.

Am I the only one who thinks Jones & Malkin deserve each other?

(h/t Gavin)

1 comment August 28th, 2008 at 07:08am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Blogosphere,Politics,Racism,Republicans,Wankers


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