Thursday, April 16, 2009

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Heritage Foundation Sound the Trumpets to Fail!

If they continue to fail to innovate, the Right will continue to lose.

Heritage Foundation President Ed Feulner delivered these remarks to Heritage members attending the Fall 2008 President's Club Meeting at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC.

Given the results of the election, it's obvious that Congress and the White House won't be receptive to many conservative ideas. So we'll be playing a great deal more defense. And there will be plenty of defense to play as liberals try to redistribute wealth, abolish the right of workers to cast secret ballots on union elections, nationalize health care, bankrupt energy companies that use coal — the list just goes on and on.

Sorry guys, but if you don’t think greater access to affordable health care, raising the bar on environmental standards, and making measures to protect the lower and middle classes from the CEO’s who are begging for a bailout so they can continue gang-banging us, would be good for the economy, THEN YOU DON”T GET CLAIM TO BE ECONOMIC EXPERTS ANYMORE.

You never really were.

More from the Heritage meeting:

If you want to see when conservatives were in trouble, go back 35 years to 1973, the year Heritage set up shop…

At that time there were no cable outlets like Fox News. There was no conservative talk radio, because the Fairness Doctrine was still in effect, preventing conservatives from having their own programs. Rush Limbaugh was a disc jockey. Sean Hannity was in the seventh grade. Laura Ingraham was in the fifth.

It doesn’t matter how many FOX News producers you are in cahoots with, the people are pissed at your incessant bullshitting.

If you practiced some genuine interest in actually helping the people who you represent (ya know, like what Obama has done for the last year,) then you may get some popular support back.

If not, you are just isolating yourselves.

The speech goes on to define what conservativism is and how the US is a center-left nation because:

Look at our popular culture and you will see still more roots of conservatism.

Americans are still a people who feel a sense of reverence and gratitude when we hear songs with titles like:

* God Bless America;
* The Star Spangled Banner;
* America the Beautiful;
* God Bless the USA; and
* Stars and Stripes Forever.

We are still a nation that pauses tomorrow on Veterans Day, on Independence Day, on Memorial Day, and on Thanksgiving to thank God for the blessings of freedom.


Here is why I am barfing: Nationalism, as shown by the SUV with a yellow ribbon on it, the one driven by the flag-waving Neanderthal that thinks Obama is a Muslim and the earth is 6,000 years old, has nothing to do with real patriotism. Real patriotism is the courage to question and fight the status quo when you see the status quo is hurting your people. The conservative’s watered down version of patriotism and loyalty are like the failing neon sign that accidentally reveals your real agenda.

Conservatives have lied, cheated, and stolen elections, started fake wars, incited fear, flung us into the worst credit card debt in all of human history, gone on witch-hunts, shredded the Constitution and legality, slandered the planet, and more, all in the name of the status quo. This is why the country lifted a mighty middle finger to the Bush administration, the Republican Party, and conservativism on Nov 4th.

The people saw the chance for change and jumped at it.

I don’t want to see the chasm widen. I don’t want to see the people bamboozled. I want the human race to step up to the challenge and collectively fix our problems. The only way for the Rs to do that is to get some integrity as demonstrated by results, not demonization.

If you rely on your opponent’s mistakes to win, you haven’t played your best game, nor have you demonstrated competent governance.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

What does history tell us and where is he likely to go?

Some answers may be in the following clip from a panel Naomi Klein and Jeremy Scahill did in Florida that was broadcast on C-Span. The clip is 10:00 long and begins with the question of how much power Barack really has to change course. The Q&A ends with the third party question.

No matter how you feel or where you stand in the two-party spectrum, what these two say about economic conditions and the lawlessness of the outgoing administration is worth paying attention to and anyone who sees cultural and economic viability in human rights should take a look.

The challenge for Obama supporters is to stay involved. It is only our check that can balance corruption.

The Shock Doctrine author Naomi Klein’s site is here.

Author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army, Jeremy Scahill’s sites are here, here, and here.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

7 Year Old Hits the Nail on the Head

This is too good.

My mom told me that I shouldn't base my election analysis on "feelings" (I like him/her) or "beliefs" (I share his/her beliefs) but on logical arguments. She asked me to create my own rational explanations for my support of Obama. Here is one of my arguments:

McCain and Palin are not be qualified to be President / Vice President of the U.S. The President's job is to do good for the country and the world. To do good for the country, the President must make smart decisions on important situations.

Governor Palin believes the world is 6000 years old. This is absurd. This is not a rational belief. This is a mistake. Scientists, experiments and evidence have shown this to be completely false. Therefore, she is not rational. If she is not rational, she should not be allowed to be President or Vice President.

Please vote for Barack Obama.

I couldn't have said it better.

h/t Crooks and Liars

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

New York Post Special Edition: Wars Are Over

This morning my text message inbox was flooded with strange messages about pick-up times and drop-off locations in Manhattan. Yesterday, I rcvd an email about meeting at Union Square instructing me to bring a large bag with which I can haul as many newspapers as possible. I forgot that a few months ago I signed up to receive updates from The Yes Men.

Here is their press release and below are some pricelessly insightful excerpts of their work:
November 12, 2008


* PDF:
* For video updates:
* Contact:

Early this morning, commuters nationwide were delighted to find out
that while they were sleeping, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan had
come to an end.

If, that is, they happened to read a "special edition" of today's New
York Times.

In an elaborate operation six months in the planning, 1.2 million
papers were printed at six different presses and driven to prearranged
pickup locations, where thousands of volunteers stood ready to pass
them out on the street.

Articles in the paper announce dozens of new initiatives including the
establishment of national health care, the abolition of corporate
lobbying, a maximum wage for C.E.O.s, and, of course, the end of the

The paper, an exact replica of The New York Times, includes
International, National, New York, and Business sections, as well as
editorials, corrections, and a number of advertisements, including a
recall notice for all cars that run on gasoline. There is also a
timeline describing the gains brought about by eight months of
progressive support and pressure, culminating in President Obama's "Yes
we REALLY can" speech. (The paper is post-dated July 4, 2009.)

"It's all about how at this point, we need to push harder than ever,"
said Bertha Suttner, one of the newspaper's writers. "We've got to make
sure Obama and all the other Democrats do what we elected them to do.
After eight, or maybe twenty-eight years of hell, we need to start
imagining heaven."

Not all readers reacted favorably. "The thing I disagree with is how
they did it," said Stuart Carlyle, who received a paper in Grand
Central Station while commuting to his Wall Street brokerage. "I'm all
for freedom of speech, but they should have started their own paper."

If you have time during your busy day of slave waging, please enjoy some of the following shenanigans here and on youtube:

That’s pretty awesome.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Links to the GOP Rebuild

I want to share with you some links and ideas that are floating around the Republican online activism networks.

Its nothing unexpected or scary, they are just planning to take over the world.

First, the chatter about the overall rebuild. Their first (and really only) priority is building an online infrastructure to rival the Left's. My favorite part is near the end when they talk about the “inherently conservative idea” of inclusion that was apparently manipulated by the Obamatons.


Somehow I can’t see many people consciously choosing to be a part of a group that relies on marginalizing either the “fiscal” proponents or the religious extreme of the party in order to get anything done. How could any libertarian “maverick” worth her salt possibly tolerate taking orders from a flat-earther?

Then there is the Palin fan-club who want to see her or someone like her rise to the occasion by 2010 or 2012.

Fuck those assholes.

And finally, because I have been following it, Personhood Colorado is going national with PersonhoodUSA. They are intentionally targeting states with low-thresholds to get the eggmendment on other ballots.

God sent out the memo that a crushing 73% defeat was not His will so, onward Christian soldiers!!!

Child abuser and eggmendment supporter Bob Enyart said:

``Part of our goal was to overturn Roe v. Wade, but it's not reasonable to expect an institution to correct its error,'' he said. ``Our goal is to increase the social tension over abortion.''

(On) What would Jesus spend?

Demoralized Republicans, please click a link to choose your favorite flavor of fail and they will gladly furnish the signs that read if you aren't with us, then you're with the terrorists and you can run with it from there.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


Her price went up but her value plummeted.

She didn't know what countries were in NAFTA or that Africa is a continent.

The analysis of Barack's surge in the above clip is at first attributed to the day when McCain said that the fundamentals of the economy are strong. Then Shepherd Smith goes on to say that it was the Couric interview that boosted Barack-- like it was the "snark" of the liberal media that was the driving force behind the shame that is known only as Palin.