03/18: Sunday morning’s more or less interesting things


  • President Obama repeats call to end subsidies for Big Oil - “… at a time when big oil companies are making more money than ever before, we’re still giving them $4 billion of your tax dollars in subsidies every year. Your member of Congress should be fighting for you. Not for big financial firms. Not for big oil companies. In the next few weeks, I expect Congress to vote on ending these subsidies. And when they do, we’re going to put every single Member of Congress on record: They can either stand up for oil companies, or they can stand up for the American people. They can either place their bets on a fossil fuel from the last century, or they can place their bets on America’s future. So make your voice heard. Send your representative an email. Give them a call. Tell them to stand with you.” 
  • Medicare fight is not over yet – Rep. Steve Israel - This Republican Congress of Chronic Chaos is dusting off last year’s same failed playbook — where seniors would lose their Medicare while Republicans give more tax breaks to millionaires and Big Oil companies. I have one response: Bring it on. Tone-deaf House Republicans are preparing a budget that will — again — protect millionaires over Medicare. As with their last budget, House Republicans are giving Americans a window into their souls. And the American people don’t like what they’re seeing: Republicans’ relentless, reckless promise to protect the ultrawealthy at the expense of the middle class and seniors. Republicans might stand for those failed priorities, but middle-class families and seniors won’t. Medicare is a sacred bond with seniors that cannot be broken.


  • Rick Santorum: If I win the Illinois primary, I win the nomination – “This is a primary, and turnout is everything. You do your job, you do your job, then this is the pledge,” Santorum said. “If we’re able to come out of Illinois with a huge or surprise win, I guarantee you, I guarantee you that we will win this nomination.” Illinois has largely been predicted to favor Mitt Romney for Tuesday’s primary. The vote is expected to be driven by Chicago and its surrounding suburbs, pegged as unfavorable territory for the former Pennsylvania senator’s brand of conservatism. But in areas like Effingham, hours south of the Windy City, Santorum hopes to fire up a Republican base that is often overshadowed by its Democratic counterparts to the north.

  • Ahead of Ill. primary, Romney blasts Obama on gas prices, defends his own wealth -  Romney accused three administration officials—Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson— of working to push up energy prices. He said they should either resign their offices or be fired by the president. [...] He ended the event with a defense of his business success, which has helped him amass a huge personal fortune. “I am not in this race to make money,” he said to rising cheers from the audience. “I’ve already made enough… I’m not embarrassed about being successful, but I’m embarrassed for people who think there’s something wrong with that.”


  • Why Conservatives Are Still Crazy After All These Years – But are right-wingers scarier now than in the past? They certainly seem stranger and fiercer. I’d argue, however, that they’ve been this crazy for a long time. Over the last sixty years or so, I see far more continuities than discontinuities in what the rightward twenty or thirty percent of Americans believe about the world. The crazy things they believed and wanted were obscured by their lack of power, but they were always there – if you knew where to look. What’s changed is that loony conservatives are now the Republican mainstream, the dominant force in the GOP. [...] conservatism continues to thrive. That’s because power begets power: Democrats can be counted on to compromise with conservative nuttiness, and the media can be counted on to normalize it. And it’s because there will always be millions of Americans who are terrified of social progress and of dispossession from whatever slight purchase on psychological security they’ve been able to maintain in a frightening world. And because there will always be powerful economic actors for whom exploiting such fear, uncertainty and doubt pays (and pays, and pays).
  • San Diego Tea Party activist Michael Kobulnicky. Screenshot via Vimeo.Tea party leader suspected of sexual assault - San Diego tea party spokesperson Michael Kobulincky was placed into custody and accused of abduction and sexual assault on a 56-year-old woman in February. Authorities say the woman was pulled into a car and assaulted before she was dropped off. Surveillance cameras and a picture released to the public led to Kobulincky being identified as a suspect. The San Diego Tea Party released a statement, citing that Kobulincky has been relieved of his spokesperson’s role and has been inactive since January. He is facing a myriad of felony charges, including kidnapping, sexual assault and sex with a foreign object.


  • Breaking: “First Degree Homicide Of The Unborn Child Bill” Passes CO House On Second Reading –  Horrible news for women’s rights from the state House tonight. From State Rep Daniel Kagan (D): “…we were unable to prevent the Republican majority in the House from passing on second reading the First Degree Homicide of the Unborn Child bill. Under some circumstances, it makes both termination of pregnancy and the use of the morning after pill a homicide. It also confers personhood on a newly fertilized egg.” Kos readers may believe this bill will be stopped in the Senate. Tea Party legislators have been successful in passing 135 bills nationwide to limit women’s reproductive rights this year. To assume it cannot happen in Colorado is a dangerous assumption…
  • Violence Against Women Act Divides Senate - But Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, the senior Republican on the Judiciary Committee, found multiple reasons to oppose the bill when it came up for a formal consideration last month. The legislation “creates so many new programs for underserved populations that it risks losing the focus on helping victims, period,” Mr. Grassley said when the committee took up the measure. After his alternative version was voted down on party lines, the original passed without a Republican vote. Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, one of two women on the judiciary panel, said the partisan opposition came as a “real surprise,” but she put it into a broader picture. “This is part of a larger effort, candidly, to cut back on rights and services to women,” she said. “We’ve seen it go from discussions on Roe v. Wade, to partial birth abortion, to contraception, to preventive services for women. This seems to be one more thing.” [image: leftish]


  • Yet another income redistribution scheme. Notice the GOP never recommends more revenue with a tax increase to the one percent? Medicare bill would hike costs to federal workers – Four Republican senators have introduced legislation designed to improve Medicare, but with federal employees paying a price. Under the Congressional Health Care for Seniors Act, Medicare recipients would enroll in the Federal Employees Health Benefit Program (FEHBP). Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ken.), the main sponsor of the bill, said it would save taxpayers $1 trillion over 10 years. He acknowledged, however, that the legislation would result in higher premiums for federal employees… An organization that represents older Americans on Medicare and federal employees does have arguments against the legislation. “This is a kill-two-birds-with-one-stone kind of proposal that would both bring down Medicare as we know it and threaten the stability of the FEHBP,” said Joseph A. Beaudoin, president of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association.
  • A Senate Republican plan to replace Medicare – For years, Republicans have insisted that they would not end Medicare as we know it and that any changes to the program would not affect those in or near retirement. In the span of 20 minutes Thursday, they jettisoned both promises. [...] But DeMint and his colleagues think the time to end Medicare is now — with a cold-turkey conversion to a private program, effective in 2014. … Paul says his plan would cut funding of Medicare by $1 trillion over 10 years and reduce Medicare’s liabilities by $16 trillion. It would do that by enrolling Medicare recipients in the health plan now used by federal workers. The government would pay 75 percent of the insurance premium on average but 30 percent or less for those who earned more than $100,000 a year. The eligibility age would gradually be raised to 70 from 65. If seniors can’t afford their share of the premium, they can apply for Medicaid, the health program for the poor. || The GOP has always been against Medicare — remember THIS?
  • Ryan Budget to Include Firewall of Defense Sequester – President Obama and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta have stated they want defense spending to be part of a larger budget deal on taxes and spending. The sequester mandates that both defense and discretionary spending will take a hit beginning next January. Defense spending would account for $600 billion of all mandated cuts over 10 years. Some Republicans not wanting to flirt with national security have said they want to keep defense out of the negotiations surrounding the sequester, which are expected to last until after the November elections. Panetta has stated any further cuts could be “devastating,” but has insisted Congress should negotiate on taxes and spending in a comprehensive way without pulling defense. [...] But by firewalling defense from further cuts, House Republicans would need to pay for those expected cuts another way. At a House Budget Committee hearing, Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told Panetta he felt entitlement spending should be on the table. [chart: MotherJones « click for larger image]


  • Mossad ‘agrees with U.S.’ on Iran nuclear goals - Israel’s intelligence service Mossad agrees with US assessments there is no hard evidence that Iran has decided to build a nuclear bomb, even though Israeli leaders have talked about Tehran’s plans to acquire nuclear weapons, The New York Times reported. “Their people ask very hard questions, but Mossad does not disagree with the US on the weapons program,” the newspaper quoted an unnamed former senior US intelligence official as saying. “There is not a lot of dispute between the US and Israeli intelligence communities on the facts,” the former official said. The Times reported last month that the latest assessments by US spy agencies are broadly consistent with a 2007 intelligence finding that concluded that Iran had abandoned its nuclear weapons program.
  • BUT THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE! Record highs set Wednesday. Open circles indicate records were tied, circles with an x indicate records were broken. (National Climatic Data Center) Temperatures more characteristic of June have broken hundreds of temperature records over the last several days and promise to continue into the next week in many areas. In some places, temperatures have been an eye-popping 30-40 degrees above normal, nearing or surpassing the warmest temperatures ever recorded so early in the season. Since Sunday, an amazing 943 new record highs have been broken or tied across the U.S. compared to just 9 record lows On Wednesday alone, an incredible 400 new record highs were were broken (307) or tied (93). Record heat spanned from Florida to Montana.  [...] The backdrop for these warm weather records is an atmosphere that’s bulking up. Levels of carbon dioxide and methane (two key greenhouse gases) are higher than they’ve been in at least 800,000 years, and global temperatures over the last decade are unsurpassed in the modern climate record. All 11 years of the 21st century rank among the 13 warmest globally since 1880 according to NOAA. 

Here, we can do that for you

Some funny commentary about the racist Obama bumper sticker currently circulating:

Just another proud exercise of First Amendment rights: To be fair, I’m sure these aren’t quite the words Mitt Romney would have used, Bill Maher said something racist once, and liberals criticized George Bush.

Yep. That covers all the typical arguments from the slimy depths of the rightwing psyche. BOTH SIDES DO IT!

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!


Heh. “Shock Blob” Rush Limbaugh.

Today’s GOP in one GIF

Source: godwears-gucci

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin prays for rain, drought worsens: how mad is God?

Via Think Progress:

On July 17, Governor Mary Fallin asked all Oklahomans to set aside time to pray for rain. The drought actually worsened afterwards in the following two weeks:

Is God mad at Mary Fallin or Oklahoma? Maybe Pat Robertson has some thoughts on why God thinks Oklahoma and Mary Fallin deserve this drought?

Or maybe some of the extremist right wing preachers who worked with Rick Perry for his Prayer Rally this past week can explain it. I mean, if Japan’s earthquake WAS caused by their Emperor having sex with a demon, then what in God’s name is going on in Oklahoma and Texas? Seriously.

Two completely different people, similar Passover message…

With WILDLY different reactions from the RWNJs:

Person A:

This year, that ancient instruction is reflected in the daily headlines as we see modern stories of social transformation and liberation unfolding in the Middle East and North Africa. Against the backdrop of change, we continue to pray for peace between Israel and her neighbors, while reaffirming our enduring commitment to Israel’s security.

Person B:

Today, in the same region where the story of Exodus took place, Arabs suffering under despotic regimes are seeking their own freedom and self-determination. As Jews in Israel, the Middle East’s only liberal democracy, gather for Passover, we hope for the spread of freedom and peace throughout the region.

Here’s what RWNJs Jim Hoft (Gateway Pundit) and Pam Geller (Atlas Shrugs and the Angriest Woman in the World) had to say about Person A’s message:

Geller: “Ultimate Insult to the Jews on Pesach.” and “wicked, vicious” for praising the “the rise of Islamic annihilationists in Middle East and “how sick [their] soul is” and “hard not to hate this [Person A].”

Hoft: called Person A “tone deaf” for their statement.

Still waiting for Geller and Hoft to comment on Person B’s message…

How to spot a Teaparty Zombie

Keep… yur… gov’mint… hands… off… my… Medicare… ehhuunnnnnnggggh!

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Regarding: THIS


James O’Keefe is still calling himself a journalist

To summarize: A fake website about Muslims created by right-wing bloggers confirmed everything right-wing bloggers believe about Muslims.

– Salon reporter (and MoJo alum) Justin Elliott, breaking down “journalist” James O’Keefe’s latest attempt to take down NPR and Islamofascism.

via motherjones

O’Keefe is the very definition of a one-trick pony.

UPDATE * * * * * *

  • schiller #1 Last night, NPR’s Senior Vice President for Fundraising, Ron Schiller, pushed up his resignation two months. The changed was caused  by the release of a gotcha video clip. He’s now resigning “effective immediately.”
  • schiller #2 The CEO of NPR, Vivian Schiller, who’s unrelated to Ron, has resigned herself in the wake of the news. That was fast. Point to James O’Keefe: Your guys went past “finish him!” and scored a fatality on NPR. source

All because an employee one week into his two weeks notice refused to take a 5 million dollar check in exchange for positive reporting, then was honest with his opinions (most of which I agree with) about xenophobia and racism leading the Tea Party.  If NPR continues this, they’re going to alienate a large percentage of their previous audience.

(via shortformblog)

UPDATE II * * * * * *

Michael Steele: “there’s nothing wrong with a government shutdown”

Anyone think the Republicans aren’t building up to the “big reveal” next week? There will be a government shutdown because… [something here] is the Democrats fault.

“I personally think there’s nothing wrong with a government shutdown. I’ve been an advocate for it over six, seven months now for the simple reason it is the shocker. It is the reality check that the spenders need to have, that those who are trying to chart a different course need to have, whether they are Republicans or Democrats in the Congress.

“Republicans right now have an opportunity to put down some bright-line markers here on spending. I hope they do. I haven’t seen it yet. I’m hoping that we will see it in the next week.”

Michael Steele, former chairman of the Republican National Committee, today on ABC’s Top Line

It is amusing to hear Steele complain about ‘the spending’ and ‘the spenders’ when what the Republicans are defending happen to be their spending priorities (the wealthy) — priorities that they need everyone who is NOT wealthy to pay for.


Related: See all posts relating to Government Shutdown

On the Rightwing’s latest attempt to distance themselves from Glenn Beck

What John Cole says:

Let’s not forget- back just two years ago when CPAC was sufficiently conservative and not a bunch of liberal homo loving pansies or sharia loving Muslim infiltrators, depending on your brand of wingnut lunacy, Glenn Beck was the keynote speaker. And his psychobabble was wildly applauded.

Here’s an interesting sample of the ever-growing “Abandon the Beck ship!” warning that the Wingnut Faithful are beginning to broadcast everywhere:

It’s as if they’ve decided they’re afraid of something. Maybe Josh Marshall’s take on why Fox might ‘unload’ Beck isn’t so far off:

…I’ve heard something else from within the Fox-associated, right-wing-mediasphere. Basically a lot of chatter to the effect that as great as Beck has been in business terms, there’s a pretty total appreciation at Fox corporate at this point that he’s completely crazy — as in more than the normal run of Fox News personalities — and that they know that something either really awful or incredibly embarrassing will inevitably happen … and probably in the pretty near future.

The United States of Koch Brothers™

Apparently we can take almost any right-wing group (or GOP-Teaparty politician) and find that the Koch Brothers financed and/or created them.

GOP-Teaparty gloves

The schedule of events from CPAC: Friday & Saturday’s crazy train

Some of the speakers and events from the schedule (pdf):


  • 10:30 Hon. Mitt Romney – Marriott Ballroom
  • 11:00 Gov. Luis Fortuño (PR) – Marriott Ballroom
  • 11:15 Rep. Tom Price (GA) – Marriott Ballroom
  • 11:30 Rep. Marsha Blackburn (TN) – Marriott Ballroom
  • 1:00 Sen. John Barrasso (WY) – Marriott Ballroom
  • 1:15 Are We Superman? Using School Choice and Homeschools to Grow the Conservative Movement – Marshall Ballroom
  • 1:30 Sen. John Thune (SD) – Marriott Ballroom
  • 2:00 Sen. Mike Lee (UT) – Marriott Ballroom
  • 3:00 Hon. Tim Pawlenty – Marriott Ballroom
  • 3:30 Rep. Ron Paul (TX) – Marriott Ballroom
  • 4:00 Gov. Rick Perry (TX) – Marriott Ballroom
  • 4:30 Herman Cain – Marriott Ballroom
  • 7:30 RONALD REAGAN BANQUET – Marriott Ballroom, Master of Ceremonies: Phyllis Schlafly, Eagle Forum


  • 9:00 Andrew Breitbart – Marriott Ballroom
  • 9:30 Gov. Haley Barbour (MS) – Marriott Ballroom
  • 10:00 David Horowitz – Marriott Ballroom
  • 11:00 Rep. Connie Mack (FL) – Marriott Ballroom
  • 11:30 Bleeding America Dry: The Threat of Public Sector Unions – Marriott Ballroom
  • 1:00 Ambassador John Bolton – Marriott Ballroom
  • 1:30 The New Nuclear Threat: China and North Korea – Marriott Ballroom
  • 2:20 Presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award – Marriott Ballroom (Will it be … REAGAN? GWB? Cheney?)
  • 3:15 Jonah Goldberg – Marriott Ballroom
  • 3:45 Ann Coulter – Marriott Ballroom
  • 4:15 Rep. Peter Roskam (IL) – Marriott Ballroom
  • 4:30 Changing the Conversation: Winning with Minorities, Women and Independents – Marriott Ballroom
  • 5:15 Straw Poll Results – Marriott Ballroom
  • 5:30 Closing Speaker To Be Announced – Marriott Ballroom

You can watch here — the site does require registration / login.

Palin 2012 Button At CPAC | Oliver Willis

The retort, of course, is the same that was used with Goldwater when his supporters used this slogan: “In your gut, you know she’s nuts.”

Palin 2012 Button At CPAC | Oliver Willis The retort, of course, is the same that was  used with Goldwater when his supporters used this slogan: “In your gut,  you know she’s nuts.”

Because we’re told “both sides do it”

You have to wonder if these billboards were paid for by people from the far left or the far right… I guess we’ll never know.

.greenstate:  WAR?  ~ Sponsored by the right wing or left wing, I wonder. Because we’re told both sides do this.