Archive for October 21st, 2010

The War On Terror Really Is Global!

Joe “You lie!” Wilson defends himself against his opponent’s accusations that he’s taking vacations at the taxpayers’ expense:

In one ad, Miller accuses Wilson of taking congressional junkets to locales such as France, Costa Rica, Greece, and Italy.

Wilson said Tuesday the trips “were all military trips to support our troops in combat zones and to show respect for veterans. Every trip that I’ve been on has been to support our military. It’s been with the Foreign Affairs Committee to learn of how I can back up our efforts to make sure our troops are protected around the world.”

He added, “When you arrive in country and you are presented body armor, this is not a vacation. Obviously, I consider it an insult to me, it’s an insult to our troops. If I’m on vacation (visiting the troops) the implication is the troops are on vacation. They are not. They’re defending the families here at home, by defeating the terrorists overseas.”

Ah yes, the deadly combat zones of France, Costa Rica, Greece and Italy.  Rob Miller should be applauding Wilson for his courage in visiting these dangerously unstable locales!

Oh, and bonus chutzpah points for pretending Miller’s ad insults the troops more than using them as vacation props does.  Well played.

October 21st, 2010 at 05:57pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Elections,Politics,Republicans,Terrorism,Wankers,War

The Tea Party’s Totally Rational Climate Denialism

Someone tell me again how the teabaggers are some kind of spontaneous populist uprising that reflects America?

Here’s one reacting to Baron Hill (not exactly a raging liberal as Democrats go) saying that man-made climate change is an indisputable scientific fact:

A rain of boos showered Mr. Hill, including a hearty growl from Norman Dennison, a 50-year-old electrician and founder of the Corydon Tea Party.

“It’s a flat-out lie,” Mr. Dennison said in an interview after the debate, adding that he had based his view on the preaching of Rush Limbaugh and the teaching of Scripture. “I read my Bible,” Mr. Dennison said. “He made this earth for us to utilize.”

Ah yes, Rush Limbaugh the noted climate expert.  And other than the great flood, the Bible doesn’t really address climatology a whole lot.

This one is my personal favorite, though:

“This so-called climate science is just ridiculous,” said Kelly Khuri, founder of the Clark County Tea Party Patriots. “I think it’s all cyclical.”

“Carbon regulation, cap and trade, it’s all just a money-control avenue,” Ms. Khuri added. “Some people say I’m extreme, but they said the John Birch Society was extreme, too.”

Umm… yeah.  But hey, if you really want to use that as your defense, I am willing to stipulate that the Tea Party movement is no more extreme than the John Birch Society.

But it’s not just me.  Let’s go to the polls:

Those who support the Tea Party movement are considerably more dubious about the existence and effects of global warming than the American public at large, according to a New York Times/CBS News Poll conducted this month. The survey found that only 14 percent of Tea Party supporters said that global warming is an environmental problem that is having an effect now, while 49 percent of the rest of the public believes that it is. More than half of Tea Party supporters said that global warming would have no serious effect at any time in the future, while only 15 percent of other Americans share that view, the poll found.

And 8 percent of Tea Party adherents volunteered that they did not believe global warming exists at all, while only 1 percent of other respondents agreed.

Oh yeah, they sure are mainstream all right.  As the NYT story points out, they believe what the energy companies that fund their movement want them to believe.  On the plus side, at least they’ve read up on what to do when the entire planet is underwater.

October 21st, 2010 at 02:20pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Energy,Environment,Politics,Quotes,Republicans,Wankers

Obama Administration Obligated To Defend All Laws, Except When They Don’t Feel Like It

Yet another reason why I have nothing but contempt for Obama.  At the same time they’re insisting that they simply must defend DADT against Judge Phillips’ ruling that it’s unconstitutional, here they are not appealing another ruling that, I guess, they don’t mind so much.

So when gays go to court and win, the Fierce Advocate’s administration automatically appeals.  When Christian conservatives go to court and win… not so much.

And as Teddy points out, the Obama administration refuses to call DADT unconstitutional, and they won’t contemplate not enforcing it (funny how the Obama administration refuses to prosecute torture or foreclosure fraud, but they absolutely must enforce DADT because the alternative is chaos).  It sure looks to me like Obama is trying to get credit for lip-service support for DADT repeal while actively working to prevent it.

October 21st, 2010 at 01:18pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Constitution,Obama,Politics,Teh Gay,Wankers

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