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Because We’re The Authoritarians And Criminal Degenerates

Rush’s talent for projection remains epic:

Coming off of a tone-deaf cartoon that compared the author of the stimulus bill with a crazed, shot-dead chimpanzee, it seemed likely that, for the time being, provocative political metaphors would be put on hold. But on his radio show Thursday, Rush Limbaugh pushed the envelope once more. As spotted first by Media Matters:

RL: This is… it’s about power, it’s about control. These people genuinely look out over this country from their lofty perches. They don’t like what they see. Otherwise…
Caller: So they can go somewhere else! Like, I don’t understand, why do they have to stay here? Like, leave us alone!

RL: At this point, at this point Gretchen, I don’t care about the why. They’re not going to leave. They’re trying to control it. At this point, the only thing is they must be stopped!

Caller: I agree…

RL: Within the confines of our Constitution, and the political arena of ideas, they must be stopped. I don’t care why they see this country the way they see it. I don’t care why a murderer does it. I don’t care why a rapist does it. I don’t care why this Muslim guy offed his wife’s head. The NOW gang is out there saying ‘oh, that’s not domestic violence, that’s just, uh, that’s just…’ what do they call it? ‘Culturally honor killing. Or this woman was going to divorce him, that’s against the law. That’s his diversity.’ I don’t care, I don’t care why anymore. If I figure it out, I’ll be glad to tell you because it’s interesting to know, but it doesn’t matter in terms of defeating them.

I am always amazed when the party of George W. Bush and the religious right accuses Democrats of authoritarianism; I guess because we want to force women to be allowed to have abortions if they so choose, and force gay people to have the option of getting married if they want to.  I guess that does make us just exactly like murderers and rapists – much more so than the party that brought us the Iraq war and Gitmo and Abu Ghraib.

1 comment February 19th, 2009 at 09:44pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

Construction Crane Photoblogging

More construction photos, with an emphasis on backlit cranes:

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February 19th, 2009 at 11:27am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Pittsburgh

Ain’t Post-Partisanship Wonderful?

Obama’s keeping most of Dubya’s US Attorneys:

Of the 93 U.S. attorneys who served under the previous administration, Gibbs said aboard Air Force One en route to Phoenix with President Barack Obama, 51 remain.

The White House also says that, at the start of the administration, all 93 were allowed to serve temporarily. Thirty resigned before Obama’s inauguration on Jan. 20, and 12 more have left since then. And the 51 still serving are technically there on a temporary basis — Obama hasn’t decided that all will remain.

Yet, during his campaign, Obama made it clear that Fitzgerald had his support. The corruption-buster also has the support of Illinois’ senior Sen. Dick Durbin. Durbin (D-Ill.) had said in November that he would recommend another term for the Chicago-based prosecutor. And Durbin’s office had recently made it known that Fitzgerald would be sticking around, as our colleagues at the Ticket noted.

“I will support what he wants to do,” Durbin said in November. “I think he has done an extraordinary job.”

I have no idea how this is going to play out.  Does this simply mean that Obama is taking his sweet time finding replacements?  Are the 51 holdovers all nonpartisan serious prosecutors, or are some of them Republican operative hacks who prosecute innocent Democrats and go soft on corrupt Republicans?  Was there any kind of review process to determine who was who (given the fact that he’s simply keeping everyone who hasn’t quit, it sounds like no)?

I’m sure some of them are fine prosecutors (like Fitz, whose retention I support 1,000%), but overall this just seems to be asking for trouble.

February 19th, 2009 at 07:21am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Obama,Republicans

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