Archive for August 31st, 2009

Jerry Nadler Also Speaks For Me

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…By stating the bloody obvious:

Former Vice President Cheney is essentially saying that any acts performed by members of the CIA – no matter how illegal or abhorrent – are ok, and must never be the subject of a criminal investigation. No matter what anyone in the CIA may do, it need not be subject to the law. This is outrageous, and violates just about every traditional American concept of liberty and justice.

It is remarkable that this even needed to be said. And depressing that it is seen as some kind of leftist fringe position.

August 31st, 2009 at 11:05pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Cheney,Constitution,Democrats,Prisoners,Torture

WWJPFTDO? (Who Would Jesus Pray For The Death Of?)

This is just beyond appalling – I don’t understand how declaring that you hate Barack Obama and want him to die of cancer can be considered Christian in any way.

A Phoenix-area pastor has started to draw protesters to his congregation after he delivered a sermon titled, “Why I Hate Barack Obama,” and told his parishioners that he prays for President Obama’s death.

Pastor Steven Anderson stood by his sermon in an interview with MyFOXPhoenix, which reports that the pastor continues to encourage his parishioners to join him in praying for the president’s death.

“I hope that God strikes Barack Obama with brain cancer so he can die like Ted Kennedy and I hope it happens today,” he told MyFOXPhoenix on Sunday. He called his message “spiritual warfare” and said he does not condone killing.


In Anderson’s controversial sermon, delivered at his Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe before Obama arrived for a speech in Phoenix earlier in the month, the pastor said he wants the president to “melt like a snail” with salt on it.

“I’m gonna pray that he dies and goes to hell when I go to bed tonight. That’s what I’m gonna pray,” he told his congregation.


The Anderson sermon also drew concern after it was reported that one man carrying an assault rifle outside the Phoenix arena where Obama spoke was a member of Anderson’s church.

Anyone recall any liberal pastors praying for Dubya to die of cancer?  Anyone?  Bueller?  Anyone?

August 31st, 2009 at 09:53pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Obama,Religion,Republicans

Paul Krugman Speaks For Me

It is a very telling indictment of our present-day political system that Richard Nixon was probably to the left of many Democrats:

[T]he Nixon era was a time in which leading figures in both parties were capable of speaking rationally about policy, and in which policy decisions weren’t as warped by corporate cash as they are now. America is a better country in many ways than it was 35 years ago, but our political system’s ability to deal with real problems has been degraded to such an extent that I sometimes wonder whether the country is still governable.

As many people have pointed out, Nixon’s proposal for health care reform looks a lot like Democratic proposals today. In fact, in some ways it was stronger….


We tend to think of the way things are now, with a huge army of lobbyists permanently camped in the corridors of power, with corporations prepared to unleash misleading ads and organize fake grass-roots protests against any legislation that threatens their bottom line, as the way it always was. But our corporate-cash-dominated system is a relatively recent creation, dating mainly from the late 1970s.

And now that this system exists, reform of any kind has become extremely difficult. That’s especially true for health care, where growing spending has made the vested interests far more powerful than they were in Nixon’s day. The health insurance industry, in particular, saw its premiums go from 1.5 percent of G.D.P. in 1970 to 5.5 percent in 2007, so that a once minor player has become a political behemoth, one that is currently spending $1.4 million a day lobbying Congress.

That spending fuels debates that otherwise seem incomprehensible. Why are “centrist” Democrats like Senator Kent Conrad of North Dakota so opposed to letting a public plan, in which Americans can buy their insurance directly from the government, compete with private insurers? Never mind their often incoherent arguments; what it comes down to is the money.


Every desperately needed reform I can think of, from controlling greenhouse gases to restoring fiscal balance, will have to run the same gantlet of lobbying and lies.

I’m not saying that reformers should give up. They do, however, have to realize what they’re up against. There was a lot of talk last year about how Barack Obama would be a “transformational” president — but true transformation, it turns out, requires a lot more than electing one telegenic leader. Actually turning this country around is going to take years of siege warfare against deeply entrenched interests, defending a deeply dysfunctional political system.

In other words, both Republicans and Democrats used to be animated more by their competing visions of what was best for America than by blind loyalty to their corporate campaign donors.  The institutionalized corruption has become so deep and so pervasive that Congress is now almost totally incapable of putting the country, the Constitution, or even the planet ahead of the corporations.  And the results are as predictable as they are disastrous.

4 comments August 31st, 2009 at 08:52pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Elections,Healthcare,Media,Politics,Wankers

The Return Of Netroots Nation Convention Center Photoblogging

Okay, I think this is the last of the convention center photos – next up, the closing keynote.
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Pretty damn cool, as elevators go.

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A nice empty corridor.

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Close-up of the tubes and lights in the big hall.

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The overpriced concession stand.

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Umm… Ceiling thingy? Possibly the underside of the escalator.

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Hey, look who beamed in! Uh, twice, apparently.

August 31st, 2009 at 06:36pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Netroots Nation,Photoblogging,Pittsburgh

Monday Mummenschanz Muppet Media Blogging

What could be more awesome than Mummenschanz on The Muppet Show?

August 31st, 2009 at 11:20am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging

More Netroots Nation Progressive Impact Panel Photoblogging

Jane Jesturing Edition:

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As if!

August 31st, 2009 at 07:15am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Netroots Nation,People,Photoblogging,Rabid Lambs

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