Ever wonder where your elected official's heart is? In Minnesota, it’s not with jobs; it’s with political ambitions. Last week, MN Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) issued an executive order that directs state agencies to opt out of discretionary aspects of the new healthcare reform law. And then he turned around and asked for 260 million dollars from job legislation funded by the stimulus he railed against to pay for Medicaid expenses.
It seems like every other week there is a new baseless rumor about when and where Sarah Palin will announce her 2012 presidential candidacy. The latest was that she would announce on 9/11 at an event in Alaska with Glenn Beck, but Palin took to her Facebook page to clarify that what is happening on 9/11 is just another Fox News on air talent cash grab.
The Right Wing is having a super hard time with this whole losing thing and it’s whipping them into a fury of potty-mouth tirades. From Rush Limbaugh to Sarah Palin, they’re obsessed with name-calling and sexual put-downs. Today Rush Limbaugh called Obama "hen-pecked," "imam-child," "wrecking ball," "agitator," and a "blithering novice," while Palin calls reporters “Impotent, Limp and Gutless”.
Just like a compulsive liar who can't keep their facts straight, Fox News slipped up again today by admitting something that everyone already knew. Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor rally was political, On Fox and Friends Andrew Napolitano said, "Glenn Beck assembles the largest gathering in political history the largest political gathering in 40 years."
"Only in the absence of certainty can we have open-mindedness, mental flexibility and willingness to contemplate alternative ideas."
Both top US commander in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus, and one of his deputies, Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, are warning Americans that burning the Quran will endanger the troops in Afghanistan (and around the world), who are there fighting a war started by Republican President George Bush. A fearful nation awaits a leader from the Republican Party to grow enough courage to take a stand for us and for our troops and their mission.
During his Labor Day remarks in Milwaukee, Wisconsin today President Barack Obama took aim at the Republican Party's November election strategy by labeling it no, we can't. Obama said, "Remember when our campaign slogan was "Yes We Can?" These guys are running on "No, We Can't," and proud of it. Really inspiring, huh?"
It’s a question of productivity versus happiness as the ultimate judge of the welfare of nations. Yes, this is an argument for a socially just Democracy, or as I like to call it, civilization. Nic Marks must surely be a socialist. At TEDGlobal 2010 he suggested that we would be better off to measure success by happiness rather than productivity. Cue the crazy jihad nut job dance from the Right (plus a Glenn Beck cry fest), but meanwhile, I ask you on this Labor Day, have you ever been to a country where they valued overall contentment of the people over their productivity? Because once you’ve seen it in action, it’s hard to deny the validity of Marks' inspiration.
Republican rhetoric has become so outrageous they have lost the ability to tell fact from fantasy. Clueless, they nod sagely while the rest of the world laughs.
A new CNN/Opinion Dynamics poll released today should provide some hope to Democrats and cause a bit of concern for the GOP ahead of the mid term elections. The poll revealed that a majority of Americans (53%) blame George W. Bush and the GOP not Barack Obama and the Democrats for the nation's current economic problems.
It’s a Union Tweetfest, peeps. Because nothing says Labor Day like honoring and celebrating this country’s proud heritage of unions. Union workers are the backbone of this country. They span from steel mill workers to Hollywood writers, nurses to auto workers. These are the Real Americans, working hard to provide for their families. The union created the middle class. The Union helped pass pro worker legislation like the Fair Minimum Wage Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Conservative columnist Michael Medved believes that God is on the side of the Republicans, but misses the point that whose side God might be on went out with the Enlightenment and its values upon which the US is established, namely liberty and individual human rights, and not the Bible.
Physicist Stephen Hawking who has raised the ire of every believer in Britain because of his new book, "The Grand Design." Hawking’s great sin is to suggest that God is not necessary for creation: "the universe can and will create itself from nothing." Of course, the religious zealots are going nuts, but here is why Hawking is right.
No one in Ohio likes John Boehner (R-OH) much. You know Boehner, the orange man whose tan resembles actor Hamilton, whom Obama referred to jokingly as "a person of color" at the 2009 White House Correspondent's Dinner. Ah, our President. His wit does fly a tad above the target. Out here in the real world, most people don't know who Boehner is, even in his home state band those that do don't think much of him. However, his tan is infamous and the voters in his state report that they would like him more if he spent less time on his tan.
The seduction of the Tea Party for the people on the ground is obvious; they feel politicians are betraying them. They don’t trust Washington. They’re threatened by change. These elements never change; they are always ripe for manipulation by the dirtiest politicians who appeal to fear. All they need is a scapegoat upon which to funnel their impotent rage.
Mobs are forming in America. It takes courage to do the right thing when it's the unpopular thing to do. A coward finds it easy to go along with the mob and it is the exceptional man who, like President Obama, will say, "Now, hold on just a minute..."
Tonight on his MSNBC program Countdown, Keith Olbermann spent some time reminding America that despite the best efforts of all the former Bush staffers in the media, of why we should not miss George W. Bush, "The true shadow cast by his presidency is who and what we miss because of Bush. What and who we could have been."
Yes, it’s another day in Republican land where naturally, such questions as, “What about the headless bodies?” are bound to come up. After all, nothing says Republican like wild, unfounded accusations. Oh, but wait, what about the general incompetence? Oh, that was here too. We had the whole show last night during a televised debate between Gubernatorial political opponents Incumbent Republican Jan Brewer and Democrat (current state attorney general since 2003) Terry Goddard of Arizona.
At his daily press briefing today White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was asked about Glenn Beck's attacks on Obama's Christianity. Gibbs said, "People are entitled to their own opinion as ill informed as it may be, but they're not entitled to their own facts. The president is a committed mainstream Christian."
Christians are supposed to express love for all human beings, but Christian conservatives are hypocrites and evil incarnate because they claim to be followers of Christ, but belie everything he preached and taught.