Chuck Hagel: “Reagan wouldn’t identify with this party”

“Reagan wouldn’t identify with this party. There’s a streak of intolerance in the Republican Party today that scares people. Intolerance is a very dangerous thing in a society because it always leads to a tragic ending. Ronald Reagan was never driven by ideology. He was a conservative but he was a practical conservative. He wanted limited government but he used government and he used it many times. And he would work with the other party. … Now the Republican Party is in the hands of the right, I would say the extreme right, more than ever before. You’ve got a Republican Party that is having difficulty facing up to the fact that if you look at what happened during the first 8 years of the century, it was under Republican direction. … The Republican Party is dealing with this schizophrenia. It was the Republican leadership that got us into this mess. If Nixon or Eisenhower were alive today, they would be run out of the party.” former Sen. Chuck Hagel to Foreign Policy magazine 

Jon Stewart on comparing Limbaugh and Maher: tells Fox to Shut the F*%k Up (gifs / video)



images: drunkonstevphen

images: cognitivedissonance

This is exactly what I said yesterday. Hazzah!

Watch:

Heh. “Shock Blob” Rush Limbaugh.

It’s all fun and games until the guy who identifies with YOU goes on a murderous rampage

Bob Cesca explains:

As early as a few minutes after the Oslo attacker was arrested by authorities, reports crawled across my twitter timeline claiming that the shooter was a tall blonde man. We now know that was indeed the case, but that did not prevent virtually the entire Reich-Wing media-sphere from spending the next several hours speculating that it must be the work of Muslim extremists.

The ironic, and distinctly Freudian, thing is that the attacker is actually a christian conservative nationalist who believes President Obama is a Marxist and that his attacks were “necessary” to defeat liberal immigration policies and stop the spread of Islam. Sound familiar?

Related:

Credit for Sarah Palin’s recovery from being unfairly linked to the Tucson shootings has to go to her nurse, Sean Hannity.

Petty Woman

Jon Stewart:

“The victim our nation has been tracking so closely for the last ten days is making a miraculous recovery and is now apparently sitting upright and communicating.

Oh, I’m sorry. That was a bit of a misdirect, wasn’t it?”

(via)

Extremist Joe Miller also a hypocrite

Least surprising headline of the day. Is it hypocritical if you believe you’re one of the few who actually deserve federal subsidies? Because as a Palin pick, that’s probably where Joe stands on receiving money he’d call “welfare” for everyone else.

[emphasis added]

“JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller, who believes the federal government is on the brink of bankruptcy and has called for an end to the “welfare state,” received federal farm subsidies for land that the fiscal conservative owned in Kansas in the 1990s. The acknowledgment by the Miller campaign that he accepted farm subsidies follows a story by the Alaska Dispatch, which discovered through a Freedom of Information Act request that he got $7,235 in subsidies from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1991-97. It drew a sharp response from critics, including the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which headlined a news release: “Extremist Joe Miller also a hypocrite.””

- Miller acknowledges getting farm subsidies

ryking

Mainstream media has had a shift in news values

“The problem is that elite media gatekeepers have abandoned their moral mandate to stigmatize uncivil discourse. Instead, too many outlets reward it. In fact, it is an ironic token of the ideological confusions of our age that they do so in the service of upholding what they understand to be a cornerstone of civility: the notion that every public question must be framed in terms of two equal and opposite positions, the “liberal” one and the “conservative” one, each to be afforded equal dignity, respect — and (the more crucial currency) equal space. This has made the most mainstream of media outlets comically easy marks for those actively working to push public discourse to extremes. Don’t blame the minister and his bait-and-switch bonfire either. Once upon a time anticommunist book burnings and threats of book burnings were not unheard of. The difference is that Associated Press reporters did not feel obliged to show up. That shift in news values, not the rise of the Internet, is the most profound way that times have changed.

- Rick Perlstein via AZspot

Disabled & aging veterans cost too much

“The irony [is] that the veterans who saved this country are now, in a way, not helping us to save the country in this fiscal mess.” – Former Sen. Alan Simpson [R-WY]

Just fire this misanthropic, bitter old goat

Related:

When Fox News starts pinning this guy on Progressives, lets see if they mention this:

Programs must be developed to find solutions to stopping ALL immigration pollution and the anchor baby filth that follows that. Find solutions to stopping it. Call for people in the world to develop solutions to stop it completely and permanently. Find solutions FOR these countries so they stop sending their breeding populations to the US and the world to seek jobs and therefore breed more unwanted pollution babies. FIND SOLUTIONS FOR THEM TO STOP THEIR HUMAN GROWTH AND THE EXPORTATION OF THAT DISGUSTING FILTH! (The first world is feeding the population growth of the Third World and those human families are going to where the food is! They must stop procreating new humans looking for nonexistant jobs!) – James Jae Lee

ThinkProgress via Brooklyn Mutt