Archive for April 16th, 2009

I Guess This Means The Civil War Was All Lincoln’s Fault

According to Rush, Rick Perry’s talk about seceding from the Union is a reflection on the Union, not Rick Perry:

Now this is not insignificant when the governor of Texas talks about “we could secede. I don’t think it’s going to happen. I hope it doesn’t, but we could.” When the governor of Texas starts talking about this because of the abuse of government on his citizens and on his state, and forcing his state to take federal money when he doesn’t want it.

….I’m wondering at some point how much of the excesses of the media are going to finally start causing other people to have lights go on in their head and say, “Hey, something’s not quite right here when you have the governor of Texas start talking about the possibility of getting out of all of this because of the abuse of government.” That’s going to cause — ’cause this guy is not a fringe kook. This guy is nowhere near a kook in any way, shape, manner, or form.

Nope, totally not a kook at all, talking about secession is perfectly reasonable and normal, it’s just a sign of how badly Obama has fucked up America in three months.

1 comment April 16th, 2009 at 10:40pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

Straight Line Of The Day

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour’s take on the tea parties:

If we’re not the low tax party, then what are we?

So many answers, so little time.

April 16th, 2009 at 09:56pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Politics,Quotes,Republicans

Conservatives Switch Sides In War On Terror

Apparently it is now unacceptable for the DHS to focus on violent extremists if even a handful of them are troops and veterans.

Republicans are now arguing that, for politically correct and politically expedient reasons, we should ignore this possible domestic terror threat identified by George Bush’s FBI and George Bush’s Department of Defense.

I understand that it’s politically correct, and fun political fodder, for Republicans to express false outrage over a new Department of Homeland Security report that noted, among other things, that right-wing extremists were trying to recruit US military members. But are the Republicans really now saying that Homeland Security should not keep an eye on terrorists’ efforts to recruit former US military members?

Yes, they are.

(…)

The Bush administration’s FBI and DOD documents thousands of cases of US soldiers being members of far-right extremist groups. Yet the Republicans are now saying that our anti-terror organizations should not keep an eye on this potential domestic terror threat because it wouldn’t be politically correct.

….Republicans don’t think the Dept. of Homeland Security should be paying any attention at all to domestic terrorists’ efforts to recruit members of the US military, because they think “defending the military” will earn them political points, even if it means risking another Oklahoma City style terrorist attack, killing hundreds of thousands of Americans in the process. Saving the country from another Great Depression or another major terrorist attack has taken a back seat to earning political points.

In other news, prominent conservatives have objected to repeated descriptions of the sky as “blue,” arguing that it is the height of presumption to claim that the heavens themselves lean Democratic.  House Minority Leader John Boehner has demanded an immediate halt to this baseless attack on the Republican Party’s legitimacy.

April 16th, 2009 at 08:44pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Politics,Republicans,Terrorism,War

Secession Is The Sincerest Form Of Patriotism

Glenn Beck loves America so much that he doesn’t want America interfering with it!

Van Susteren brought up Governor Rick Perry’s statement earlier in the day, after speaking at that same protest, in which he suggested to reporters that Texas might have to secede. “Governor Perry has some pretty harsh words for the federal government right now,” she said. Another wild cheer broke out at those words.

Beck responded by saying he had talked to the governor and while he didn’t know how popular Perry is (another big cheer), “His words rang true to an awful lot of people, not just in Texas, but I think a lot of people all around the country.” Speaking figuratively to the federal government, Beck said, “You need to back off!” That brought on another burst of loud approval.

“I don’t want to be too dramatic,” Van Susteren said, “but it almost seems like Texas is looking to secede from the rest of the nation.” Now there were cheers, applause and banner-waving.”

Beck didn’t disagree. He asked the cameras to get a shot of a large banner of the Texas flag with the words, “Texas Independence” on it. That prompted what were probably the loudest, longest cheers yet.

Bragging about how well he understands Texas (because he lived there for four years), Beck said, “These people love America (more cheers). They just think Texas does America best.”

The crowd erupted into a “USA!” chant.

Because nothing shows your love for America like seceding from it.  I especially love the “USA!” chant in response – apparently they’ve forgotten what the “U” stands for.  But that’s all okay, because Texas is the real America, and everything else is just eggheads and drug addicts and hippies.

Personally, I’d be thrilled if Texas seceded so it could live the dream of becoming a wingnut utopia (and see how well that works out)… but only if I could get my friends out first.

1 comment April 16th, 2009 at 11:24am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

Why Does Dubya Hate Patriotic Conservative Americans?

Remember that DHS report on right-wing extremists that came out on Monday and which conservatives took remarkably personally? I know it’s hard to believe that it took more than a couple of months to slap together, but it’s true:

Fox News’s Catherine Herridge revealed that the report, along with an earlier report on radicalized left-wing groups, was actually “requested by the Bush administration” but not completed until recently:

HERRIDGE: Well this is an element of the story which has largely gone unreported. One looks at right-wing groups, as you mentioned. And a second is on left-wing groups. Significantly, both were requested by the Bush administration but not finished until President Bush left office.

Herridge’s reporting undermines her network’s own “reporting” over the past 24 hours. Since news of the DHS assessment broke yesterday, Fox anchors and guests have been seizing upon the report as evidence that the administration is trying to intimidate tea party goers or “stifle speech”:

– ANDREA TANTAROS: It’s free speech and the Obama administration is trying to shut it down.

– JAY ALAN SEKULOW: The Obama administration here under Department of Homeland Security has allowed a new regime to come into place that basically says this: Our focus is going to be on the right-wing groups.

– SEAN HANNITY: What do you think of that interpretation, especially coming from a guy that started his political career in the home of an unrepentant terrorist who bombed the Pentagon and capital and sat in Reverend Wright’s church for 20 years?

– DANA PERINO: If Bush had done that we would be having a very different conversation. It wouldn’t have taken a week to find it out. There would have been a special prosecutor. We would have had to come out and apologize.

Because it’s totally inconceivable that right-wing extremists could actually pose a threat (I mean, when have right-wing extremists ever harmed anyone?), so therefore this must be a liberal political hit job.

And if you need further proof that conservatives have absolutely no understanding of what these DHS reports are actually for, check out Tantaros complaining that the DHS report on left-wing extremists doesn’t include ACORN or Code Pink.

April 16th, 2009 at 07:16am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Media,Republicans,Terrorism


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