National Prayer Day

Ken AshfordGodstuff, Obama Opposition, Right Wing and Inept Media3 Comments

The rightwing just lies and lies and lies. Obama, like his predecessors, issued a proclamation(pdf) honoring today's "holiday."  What he didn't do is what Bush did — open up the White House and make it a public event.  Instead, he kept it a private event. And that's the full story. But that doesn't stop the lies: Rush Limbaugh said Obama tried … Read More

A Lie Can Get Halfway Around The World Before The Truth Can Get Its Boots On

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An interesting article by Michael Tomasky in The Guardian looks out how a conservative meme — one that is blatently false — gets started and circulated.  Tomasky was reading an interview with Newt Gingrich in which Gringrich said: "You have Obama nominating Judge Hamilton, who said in her ruling that saying the words Jesus Christ in a prayer is a sign … Read More

Deep In The Heart….

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I can't believe that discontent is so high that there's secession talk. What's startling is that this is coming from the usual suspects — armed "militia men" running around in the woods and hills of some back country state.  It's coming from the Governor of Texas: Texas Gov. Rick Perry isn't ruling out the possibility his state may one day … Read More

Memo To Tea Bag Protesters

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You can't whine about being pegged as potential rightwing extremists and also hold up signs like this: Imagine if that sign had been carried by a participant at a CAIR event?   UPDATE:  Again, I'm sure this doesn't speak for a majority of the Tea bag protesters, but still, this type of "America-loving" speaks for some of them:   Another … Read More

D.C. Teabag Event Poorly Planned

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This is almost sad: In Washington, D.C., protesters had planned to dump a million tea bags in Lafayette Square and even promised to put the bags on the tarps and clean up afterward. But their plans were thwarted after National Park Service officials said protesters didn't have the proper permit to dump the bags, NBC affiliate WRC TV reported. "We … Read More

Happy Teabag Day!

Ken AshfordEconomy & Jobs & Deficit, Obama OppositionLeave a Comment

I'll resist the urge of many of my liberal co-bloggers (as well as members of the librel drive-by media) to make snickering sexual references about the hissy-fit-a-thon being thrown across the country.  But I just wanted to remind you it is happening. The gist of the rather nebulous complaints by these teabaggers is that the government taxes and spends too … Read More

Tea Parties Explained

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I, like many others, have been confused as to what these tea party protests are actually about. Fortunately, a right wing blog weighs in: Much of the left,  Steve Benen serving as a perfect example, are missing an essential point about the tea parties planned around the country. They aren’t about the level of taxation now. Instead, those attending them … Read More

On Those “Tea Parties”

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Krugman notes: One way to get a good sense of the current state of the G.O.P., and also to see how little has really changed, is to look at the “tea parties” that have been held in a number of places already, and will be held across the country on Wednesday. These parties — antitaxation demonstrations that are supposed to … Read More

Republican Blowback

Ken AshfordObama Opposition, Sex/Morality/Family Values1 Comment

I (among many) have been noting the extreme rhetoric exhibited by the right wing pundits and Fox News.  Jon Stewart brought his A game last night to address this: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart M – Th 11p / 10c Baracknophobia – Obey Daily ShowFull Episodes Economic Crisis Political Humor To give you a sense of just how … Read More

The Right’s Beseigement Delusion

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About a week ago, the Senate easily approved legislation to expand national community service programs.  The bill increased the number of positions to 250,000 from 75,000 and created new cadres of volunteers focused on education, clean energy, health care and veterans. The House had already easily passed a similar measure, and the president is anxious to sign it into law. … Read More

Tea Parties And “Going Galt”

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Outside the Beltway's Alex Knapp: I’ve been following the growing “Tea Party” and “Going Galt” movements with no small amount of amusement, in part because there is really just too much sweet, delicious irony surrounding both of these groups of people (who, I might add, are largely the same people). Here’s a few observations: The “Tea Parties”, of course, started … Read More

Question Of The Day

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If conservative bloggers and pundits were to truly "Go Galt", wouldn't that mean they should not be blogging and punditating? Hilzoy looks into this. I must say, the conservative grassroots is just as bizarre as the conservative leadership.  Going Galt?  Tea parties?  Seems pretty heavy on the "no", and devoid of any solution-offering.

Birther Suit Smackdown

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Seriously fringe conservatives are still challenging Obama's citizenship in court.  This fringe group has been given the name "birthers", since the basis of their challenge is that Obama was not born a U.S. citizen, and therefore his presidency is unconstitutional. Birthers, who had lost previously in courts as well as public opinion, had pinned their final hopes on a federal case … Read More