Sunday, February 28, 2010


All this discussion of best interest decisions has left me pondering this question....

If someone's best interest is "that which they deem to be so," why is it that the Cult, a collective that champions individual defense of one's property through the right to bear arms, happily gives up that right to the Federal authorities in the form of acknowledgment that our armed forces do, in a fact, know what is in all of our best interest to defend us?

Friday, February 26, 2010

Best Interest

An interesting exchange came up in the comments of my "Cult" post and I thought I would bring it out front to illustrate a very key point.

We begin with a comment from blk.

The genius of the right is its ability to convince people to go along with them in direct conflict to their own best interests. This is usually done by dredging up some unrelated hot button issue, linking the two and then get people to support something that will directly harm them.

This is unequivocally true. Unless someone is making an ass load of money, the current form of the GOP is basically about making certain private industry continues to rape the shit out of people financially who, in turn, thank them for it. Never is this more true that with an issue like health care, for example.

Next we have this comment from just dave.

Quick, quick, BLK, what are 'My' best interests? Or my interests in general, for that matter... Therein lies part of the problem…contrary to popular liberal belief, I rather feel that I am more attuned to what is or is not in my best interests than you.

At first glance, it would seem that dave has a point. Why should someone else tell him his best interest? If he wants to stand in front of a oncoming train and be smashed, what of it? At closer inspection, however, we can see how misconceptions regarding liberals come up. It's not that liberals want to tell dave what his best interests's that it's terribly obvious what they are and, if dave were logical and looked at facts, he would follow them. If we see dave standing in front of an oncoming train, I think we can all agree that it is in his best interest to move. We won't tell him to move...he may not move...but it is in his best interest to move out of the way. So, blk's statement is one of fact.

Knowing dave the way I do, he believes that our government should only be funding defense and minor amounts of infrastructure. In other words, social programs such as health care are not good. dave believes that the free market can sort out this health care boondoggle and the government is going to only screw things up more than they already are. In fact, if you were to ask dave which of these phrases are more likely to occur...

The Federal Government can solve much of the health care crisis.

The Federal Government will create death panels and pull the plug on Grandma.

...he would, more than likely, choose the latter. Am I right, dave?

dave, like many on the right, has fallen victim to The Cult. He has withdrawn into the group and has quickly shown that he distrusts the outside world--most of which he considers to be ultra liberal. He is convinced that liberals manage his life in an extremely totalitarian way. Remember the cult has a pathological hated of government while also having a 12 year school girl crush (see: the Twilight series) on private corporations. Call them on it and you are a Marxist! How dare you say ANYTHING bad about US corporations!! They are wonderful...they are pure...they are beautiful.

So, then we get comments like this

That Mark thinks there is any answer other than, "your best interests are those you deem to be so" is... revealing.

Yes, it is revealing...revealing in the sense that we can see the excellent work that The Cult has done. In their eyes, we should all be "rugged individualists" who account to no one and, FUCK YOU!, we can do whatever we want. So, in addition to being 12 year old girls with crushes on the corporations of America, they are also 8 year old boys who are self involved to a fault. The problem with this attitude is that we live in something called a...society.

If dave decides to not have health insurance, for example, that affects me through rate increases due to a diminished pool of insurees and hospital bills that someone will have to pay if dave gets sick. Again, that someone is me.

So, dave's actions regarding his "best interests" regarding health care affect the rest of us. He is not an island. He is a participating member of US culture. I'm not sure how much dave makes a year but if he is like most people, he will get a tax cut due to President Obama's policies. And yet, he does not support him because he has been convinced by the Cult that Obama is raising his taxes and forcing him what exactly?

At the end of the day, this whole line of thought from dave and anonymous comes down to a child like tantrum. They don't like the rules we have in our culture that have created collectivity or a community. Because, as well know, the word "community" is pretty darn close to that other "C" word and that would lead to this:

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

News On The March!

I'm going to start "quick hit news" type postings under this heading. I've always enjoyed those old news reels from the 1940s and this affords me the opportunity to make quick comments about something I see as I am perusing the news online. And, of course, see what you all think.

First up, we have this little ditty from the New York Times.

Fearing Obama Agenda, States Push to Loosen Gun Laws

When President Obama took office, gun rights advocates sounded the alarm, warning that he intended to strip them of their arms and ammunition. And yet the opposite is happening. Mr. Obama has been largely silent on the issue while states are engaged in a new and largely successful push for expanded gun rights, even passing measures that have been rejected in the past.

Gun control advocates say, Mr. Obama has failed to deliver on campaign promises to close a loophole that allows unlicensed dealers at gun shows to sell firearms without background checks; to revive the assault weapons ban; and to push states to release data about guns used in crimes.

He also signed bills last year allowing guns to be carried in national parks and in luggage on Amtrak trains.

Asked by reporters about the Brady group’s critical report on the Obama administration, a White House spokesman, Ben LaBolt, pointed out that the latest F.B.I. statistics showed that violent crime dropped in the first half of 2009 to its lowest levels since the 1960s.

“The president supports and respects the Second Amendment,” Mr. LaBolt said, “and he believes we can take common-sense steps to keep our streets safe and to stem the flow of illegal guns to criminals.”

Still, gun rights groups remain skeptical of the administration.

“The watchword for gun owners is stay ready,” said Wayne LaPierre, chief executive of the National Rifle Association. “We have had some successes, but we know that the first chance Obama gets, he will pounce on us.”

Um....huh? He's been in office for more than a year, has had plenty of chances, and still has increased gun rights. I can't call them paranoid, though. Then they'll play the victim card and it will all go down hill from there. Ah, the cult...

Regardless of Mr. Obama’s agenda, gun dealers seem to be reaping the benefits of fears surrounding it.

I think I'll let this one pass without further comment...:)

Closely related to this issue....

Ariz. lawmakers: Verify citizenship of candidates

Hey, that's Kevin's back yard!

Nearly half of the Arizona Legislature wants to force President Barack Obama to show his birth certificate to state officials if he runs for re-election.

He did. A million times.

Anyone want to mention to them that you can be born somewhere else (like John McCain) and still be a US citizen? Anyone? Bueller?

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Cult

One of my favorite programs of all time was M*A*S*H. In fact, I patterned much of my view of the world after Hawkeye Pierce although I do admit to being more hawkish than him--no pun intended. After all, he didn't have hirabis to deal with in Korea.

Two of my favorite characters were Frank Burns and Colonel Flagg....the former, a weenie who essentially made up whatever he wanted, wrapped himself in the flag, and claimed to be a patriot...the latter, an ultra nationalist, xenophobic psychotic who was so far over the top, he didn't seem believable...even as a fictional character. In watching both the Tea Party and CPAC conventions in the last week, I must sadly conclude that Major Frank Burns and Colonel Flagg are alive and well.

Even though they are fictitious characters, their vision has created a cult.

On last Friday's Season 8 premier of Real Time with Bill Maher, Bill proclaimed that the tea party movement wasn't a "movement" at all but a cult. He then set about proving it quite well.

Ever since I have started this blog, I have been searching for answers. Why do people listen to the base? What is it about them that gets ordinary folk to chuck all reason and logic out the window and believe anything Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, or Rush Limbaugh has to say? What is the one umbrella that all of this fits neatly under? Answer: A cult.

Expanding on what Maher had to say, I submit that the majority of the people at both the CPAC and the Tea Party conventions have fallen, along with millions of others across this country, into a mass cult. Consider the characteristics of a cult:

1. Quickly withdraw into the group and distrust the outside world.

Never a more pure example of this is seen at The Smallest Minority. Anyone who does not jibe with their ideology is labeled a "liar." Further, the left is portrayed as being bent on the socialist destruction of our nation. This is especially troubling when you consider that much of the left has been bought off by Wall Street.

Essentially, they don't trust anyone except cult-approved information outlets (townhall, hot air, the american thinker, worldnet daily, pajamas tv etc). Anything that will probably help them (ex: the health care bill) has been spun by cult leaders to be immediately NOT trusted and offered as proof of the coming destruction of the United States).

2. Driven by some large, unattainable goal.

This would be the return of our government to that which was "envisioned by our Founding Fathers." So, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Education funding and anything the funds any sort of "agenda" are gone. All that remains would be the military. I would assume this means that a woman's right to vote will be taken away and blacks will return to being 3/5ths of a person.

3. Have their own vocabulary (aka "If I say it, then it's true.")

Maher's examples were: Freedom=Guns, Diplomacy=Weakness, Elitist=Reading a Book. I say they have their own entire, and quite bizarre, language. Take this line from Mitt Romney at the CPAC convention. He screamed that "liberal, neo-monarchists" were in charge of our country. Huh?

He went to say the following

Americans will not endure government run health care, new and expensive entitlements, and inexplicable and surely vanishing cuts in Medicare.


And how about Keynote speaker Glenn Beck who said that the only job of the Constitution was to protect us from "bad" guys. The pre-amble to the Constitution states

Establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.

Anyone from the cult want to explain what that means to them? Perhaps Kevin Baker can explain it as he found Glenn Beck's CPAC speech to be "excellent."

4. Attach problems to one simple explanation.

Well, this one is easy: The Left, with its Hiterlesque leader, Barrack Hussein Obama, are the cause of every problem everywhere for ever and ever until the end of time.

5. Use fear.

Every speech was riddled with fear mongering. Keynote speaker Glenn Beck said our country was headed for "economic holocaust" citing debt to GDP and hilariously, in the same breath, praised Ronald Reagan who left office with a debt of 51 percent of GDP. He also said that progressivism was designed to "destroy the Constitution" (even though it was progressive movements like women's suffrage that added to it).

6. Accuse people outside of the cult of being brainwashed and/or in a cult.

LMAO all over the mother fucking hizzy! This happens to me constantly here, at TSM, in email, or in discussions. I'm a "perfect example of the Left" and yet I just got screamed at over the last few days for supporting President Obama's decision to fund nuclear power. I get hollered at at least once a month for degrading women with my "foul language." I state, in unequivocal terms, that I support our effort in AfPak and thus, get endless shit from the naive peaceniks. And yet, I am a "perfect example" of the left. I couldn't figure out why this gross mischaracterization was happening but now I know.

t's because they are in a cult.

Further proof of this can be seen in this CBS/New York Times poll

78 percent don't know that President Obama CUT taxes for 95 percent of working families? Are you kidding me? Now you see why I keep talking about the "minority" party. The fact that they have brainwashed people into believing this is absolutely mind boggling and demonstrates, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that some serious de-programming needs to be done.

And, no cult members, that does not mean I am advocating Re-Education Camps.

This poll also states that "Of people who support the grassroots, "Tea Party" movement, only 2 percent think taxes have been decreased, 46 percent say taxes are the same, and a whopping 44 percent say they believe taxes have gone up."

Amazing. Simply fucking amazing. A group whose center issue is taxes doesn't have a clue about....fucking taxes!

Not surprising, though, when the spirits of Frank Burns and Colonel Flagg embody what is so very clearly a CULT.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Stack Update

Just saw this come across the wire...

Daughter says pilot in Texas IRS crash was a hero

The daughter of a man who crashed his small plane into a building housing offices of the Internal Revenue Service called her father a hero for his anti-government views but said his actions, which killed an IRS employee, were "inappropriate."

But if nobody comes out and speaks up on behalf of injustice, then nothing will ever be accomplished," she told ABC. "But I do not agree with his last action with what he did. But I do agree about the government."

Wait...but I thought he wasn't an anti-government crazy?

The Return of Corporate Abuse Part the Second

Yesterday, I updated the CenterPoint Energy meter inspection story in Minnesota. As I expected, questions regarding my sanity cropped up in comments. While I respect nearly all of the opinions that are posted here, I disagree that my cheese, in fact, has slipped off my cracker. And here's why.

Other than the reason of safety, which I agree is certainly a reason to check out a gas meter, what other reason could CenterPoint have for demanding access to my home? BLK answered it quite well in comments yesterday.

It is probably not the case that Big Bad government is forcing the gas company to do useless inspections. My guess is that the gas companies demanded the ability to do this because they want to be able to read meters so that they can charge you for the gas you use.

Bingo! So, is it really all that crazy to say that my theory is just that CenterPoint wants to make sure that they keep making tons of cash? No, it's not. So let's go back to the original question, posed by juris.

"What specific power has a corporation used to abuse you?"

Centerpoint Energy is forcefully demanding access to my home to make certain that they are getting every last penny they can out of me. Centerpoint knows full well that the old meters, like the ones I have, aren't as reliable as their new ones. They also know that they can't just say, "We demand more of your money so either let us in your home or we will get a court to force us in." Instead, they found another way to get in...a legitimate one, mind now they can honestly say, "It's for safety."

Thus, Centerpoint Energy is forcing their way into my home so they can abuse me financially.

BLK raises another interesting point.

Corporations operate completely behind the scenes, we can never really know who is really behind the passage of laws. Corporations hire independent lobbyists, who talk to lawmakers behind closed doors. And of course, lobbyists are very frequently also involved with raising campaign contributions (usually with "bundling"). Depending on what state you live in you may or may not be able to find out how much corporations are spending on lobbying your representatives.

I have been asked several times to point to a specific example of corporate abuse. Even though I have done so above, I still about all of it? The ENTIRE system. With the recent SCOTUS ruling in the Citizen's United case, can anyone honestly say that corporations DON'T now run everything? But hey, I'm a reflective guy so I'm going to give all of you another example of corporate abuse: the financial industry.

Elizabeth Warren, current chair of the TARP committee, was the first guest on Real Time with Bill Maher last Friday night. Ms. Warren stated, in no uncertain terms, that it was business as usual for financial services in this country. "The problem couldn't be more obvious," she said, "the solutions couldn't be more obvious. Lobbyists from the financial service industry, in numbers I have never seen, descend upon our representatives 2-4 times a day...writing position papers for them...and making certain they are in line.

"The financial institutions of our country are still trading in the high risk instruments that sent us into this recession in the first place," she stated unequivocally. So, my bank can still take my money and gamble it on air. Great.

Tell me again...who's the entity using force again?

In looking at all of this, one has to wonder...what in the fuck are people like the Tea Partiers talking about when they say that the government is taking over everything? It's obvious to me that the government hasn't done shit. Any time President Obama makes even the slightest noise about bank restrictions, the 12 year old girls that are the financial services industry begin to whine and cry. This, in turn, sets off a cascading effect which trickles down to folks like the commenters at TSM or the Tea Partiers who then respond with the outrage, paranoia, and fear bomb.

When you think about it, it's truly an ingenious way of controlling the way people think.

Private industry is beautiful....all corporations love you....they are golden, warm and snuggly....they only wish to raise quality of life....anyone who doubts this is a commie and wants to steal your guns and hard earned tax Ayn George Orwell...the government is bad....the government is bad....the government is bad....the government is bad....the government is bad....

It's sort of like...a cult.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

The Return of Corporate Abuse (in 3-D!) Part One

Last November, I wrote a piece entitled Corporate Abuse that caused quite a stir. For those of you new to NFTF, I'm sure you have wondered about the references (in comments) regarding how I "failed" to demonstrate that corporations are the ones with the real power in this country and the government is simply their stooge. These references and ensuing comments are quite typical of what transpires here and over at TSM.

Basically the pattern goes something like this:

1. Mark offers a viewpoint backed up by facts.
2. Some of the readers, many of which basically belong to a cult (more on that in the coming days), don't like it.
3. Rather than disprove it, they call me "stupid," "Marxadelphia" and a "liar."
4. Following this is a seemingly endless series of comments which "prove" that I have "been beaten." They go on in such perpetuity that one really has to wonder...if I am "wrong," why do they keep talking about it?
5. (and my favorite one) I'm secretly a Marxist who wants to cede my rights to a collectivist government.

This pattern, however, is part of a much larger one which I will illustrate through an update of the Centerpoint Energy Meter Inspection project that was the subject of my last post. For those of you who don't know, Centerpoint is the company that I purchase gas from to heat my house. They sent me a card, which I showed in my last post, which ordered me to allow them access to my house otherwise they would take legal action. It is the only company that I can get heat from in my area. I do, of course, have the choice of burning wood in my house but I think that most of us can agree that's not really "the free market" now, is it?

Take a look at this column from last December.

Gas Co. May Get Court Orders For Meter Inspections

Now, in my first column I was told that it was actually the government driving these inspections, not Centerpoint, due to safety and regulation. While it is true that there is a regulation that Centerpoint Energy must follow federal laws regarding safety, I'm wondering why the company themselves has to get the court order. If the government is the one doing the forcing, why don't they have them already? And where are the fines that we heard would happen if Centerpoint didn't follow the law?

To me, the company is the one driving this show, not the government. Further proof of this can be seen in the last line of the column.

WCCO-TV also checked with Xcel Energy, which has about 600 customers with indoor meters that still need to be checked. At this time, an Xcel spokesperson says the company is not considering court orders.

What? Why? Now, I was assured by several commenters here that if companies weren't compliant that BIG BROTHER was going to descend into their offices and nationalize them. So, why is Xcel Energy being so lackadaisical?

Because the government isn't the all powerful beast members of the cult claim it to be. They might make regulations but enforcing them? Forget it. It's not going to happen. In fact, I'd be willing to bet--just like Xcel is betting--that the government is so inefficient and weakened right now that this regulation would probably not be enforced in all of our lifetimes.

Thus, we see how this larger pattern works...a pattern of propaganda, if you the comments start to roll in on this post. I will be told that while I see a company obtaining court orders, it's actually the government driving this whole thing in one massive power grab. I will be told that while I actually only have one company to choose from for my heating needs, I really do have a choice and am not being forced by any legalized monopoly to buy their product. Again, the government will be blamed. I will be told to not pay attention to Xcel Energy as that is not relevant. And so on and so on...This is but a small example of how the cult works.

(cue theremin)

President Obama has taken away your hard earned money through tax increases (even though he has cut taxes for 95 percent of working families)....President Obama has taken away your hard earned money through tax increases....President Obama has taken away your hard earned money through tax increases.....President Obama has taken away your hard earned money through tax increases....

The question does remain, though, why does Centerpoint want to get into my home? No doubt, safety is a concern. Knowing corporations the way I do, I'm fairly certain there is another reason and that will be the subject of Part Two.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Hitch Your Wagon To This Star

"We're planting the flag on constitutional ground, and if you try to take our freedoms, we will fight back."

----Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty at the CPAC conference yesterday.

"I have a message for President Obama and my message is this: Mr. President, no more apology tours and no more giving Miranda rights to terrorists in our country."

----Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty at the CPAC conference yesterday.


I'm fighting back.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Deafening Silence

Yesterday, A. Joseph Stack III got into a small plane, took off, and crashed into a building housing the IRS in Austin, TX. The software engineer left an angry manifesto blaming the US government for a myriad of problems. He spoke of "Big Brother" and fumed that nothing would change with the IRS unless "there was a body count." Much of Stack's rants are similar to the every day posts over at The Smallest Minority. Kevin Baker, the site's host, declared last October

I say we take off and nuke the site from Orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

in reference to the US Education system in this country.

I have stated previously that it was only a matter of time before people who think like Stack start committing acts of violence. If President Obama and the Democratic controlled Congress pass health care legislation with reconciliation, it will be a virtual certainty. As has been said many times at TSM, "the time for reasoned discourse has passed." As a Holocaust survivor once said, "When someone says they want to kill you, believe them."

What strikes me as more interesting than these sad facts is the finest example of hypocrisy I have ever seen on display. I want you to imagine for a moment that Joseph Stack is Abdullah Mohammed and he just crashed his plane into the same building. Do you suppose we would have the deafening silence that we have now in terms of the base's response to this? Kevin Baker has a "Moment of Zen" post up today that I absolutely guarantee you would be a chest thumping, nationalistic screed against extremism had Stack been a Muslim.


No shit.

Actually, tons of in they are full of it. So how many disgruntled, anti government engineers flying airplanes into buildings will it take before people wake up and see how similar they are to Al Qaeda?

Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Real Slide To Tyranny

From the Times article I talked about yesterday:

But their vision of the federal government is frequently at odds with the one that both parties have constructed. Tea Party gatherings are full of people who say they would do away with the Federal Reserve, the federal income tax and countless agencies, not to mention bailouts and stimulus packages. Nor is it unusual to hear calls to eliminate Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. A remarkable number say this despite having recently lost jobs or health coverage. Some of the prescriptions they are debating — secession, tax boycotts, states “nullifying” federal laws, forming citizen militias — are outside the mainstream, too.

The article goes on to say that these folks view most government institutions as tyrannical entities who seek to "grab power," control our lives, and piss away our tax dollars.

I've been thinking a lot about Social Security of late. Remember back in 2004 when the base wanted to privatize Social Security? The argument was that the federal government was inefficient in managing your money and that the program was a failure. There were cries of "Ponzi scheme" and calls to invest all the money with the private financial institutions of our country. My question to all of you who supported this notion is quite simple:

What would've happened to all that money had we done that?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Cleaning Their Guns and Getting Ready for the Big Show

For quite awhile on this blog, I have been talking about how the conservative base of this country has essentially gone off the deep end. This troubles me because they are well organized, well funded, far more numerous than the left's loonies, and most assuredly have a much greater supply of armaments. I mean...seriously...what's a far left winger going to do...throw a granola bar or radio tuned to NPR at you? That's, of course, if you can find one. Yesterday's post regarding the Congressional Black Caucus proves that Maher was right...the Democrats are now the party the GOP used to be (corporate owned and bought) and the Republicans are...well....


In Indiana, Richard Behney, a Republican Senate candidate, told Tea Party supporters what he would do if the 2010 elections did not produce results to his liking: “I’m cleaning my guns and getting ready for the big show. And I’m serious about that, and I bet you are, too.”

Folks, these are not isolated loonies anymore. Read the whole article. This is officially a very large movement of well armed people spend their days like this:

Pam Stout wakes each morning, turns on Fox News, grabs coffee and an Atkins bar, and hits the computer. She is the hub of a rapidly expanding and highly viral political network, keeping a running correspondence with her 400 members in Sandpoint, state and national Tea Party leaders and other conservative activists.

Mrs. Stout forwards along petitions to impeach Mr. Obama; petitions to audit the Federal Reserve; petitions to support Sarah Palin
; appeals urging defiance of any federal law requiring health insurance; and on and on.

I'm trying to get my head around the mentality of someone who thinks like this and I just can't do it. Anyone out there want to help me out? I have no doubt that, if there was a way, this woman would love to see President Obama ousted and Sarah Palin immediately installed as president. Don't think she is serious?

Not long ago, Mrs. Stout sent an e-mail message to her members under the subject line: “Revolution.” It linked to an article by Greg Evensen, a leader in the militia movement, titled “The Anatomy of an American Revolution,” that listed “grievances” he said “would justify a declaration of war against any criminal enterprise including that which is killing our nation from Washington, D.C.”

Remember, these are the same people who accuse liberals of harboring unrepentant domestic terrorists. As I have said many times, listen to the words of the base and how they characterize the left. Almost always, they are talking about themselves.

I've said many times that the fringe has now become the base. Here what Richard Mack, conservative activist, had to say about this movement.

He said he has found audiences everywhere struggling to make sense of why they were wiped out last year. These audiences, he said, are far more receptive to critiques once dismissed as paranoia. It is no longer considered all that radical, he said, to portray the Federal Reserve as a plaything of the big banks — a point the Birch Society, among others, has argued for decades.

People are more willing, he said, to imagine a government that would lock up political opponents, or ration health care with “death panels,” or fake global warming. And if global warming is a fraud, is it so crazy to wonder about a president’s birth certificate?

“People just do not trust any of this,” Mr. Mack said. “It’s not just the fringe people anymore. These are just ordinary people — teachers, bankers, housewives.”

Here we have confirmation from a member of the movement themselves that proves everything I have said all along. It's mainstream now to accept all of this nonsense. And it's growing.

I posted this link on the FaceBook page of a conservative friend of mine. He compared these folks to Cindy Sheehan, the anti war protester who referred to President Bush as Hitler. He then wondered what was going on with her as we never here about her anymore in the media (would that be the "liberal" media?).

I thought of his comparison. Cindy Sheehan's son was killed in Iraq, a war which clearly was not one vital to our national security and was, in fact, waged purely for profit. No one has died in regards to the "government takeover" of our lives and yet these people are "bracing for tyranny."

It's absolutely insane. There's no way to sugar coat it. They have lost their fucking minds.

Oh, and Cindy Sheehan? She was arrested on October 5, 2009 for protesting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She also protested President Obama in Oslo when he received his Nobel Peace Prize. Anyone see this on the news anywhere? The liberal media? Anyone? Bueller? Must've been a huge crowd of crazed leftists!

She said:

I think the mood of the country and the mood of our movement is getting a little bit more desperate, and (that) this will be the time to be able to translate our tireless activism and work for peace.

Unrepentant liberal commie terrorist.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Liberal Media Watch (Onyx Edition)

As I enjoyed one of my very simple pleasures in life last Sunday morning (cracking open the Sunday edition of the Times), I was surprised to find the following rather lengthy expose. Isn't the New York Times a pinko commie liberal rag?

Yeah, not so much.

I haven't done a Liberal Media Watch in awhile though Lord knows I've had the opportunity. A few months back they had a piece enshrining the glory that is Dick Armey. I thought of just dave's vehement assertions that the Times never glorifies people on the right. They've also done a number of pieces on a variety of conservative economists regarding our enormous deficit. But this one really gave me pause.

The next time someone throws the "GOP is all about big business" meme, show them this article. The CBC gets lavish amounts of money from donors like Wal Mart, Coke, and AT & T. It might be nice to think that this money is doing the work for the people.

The bulk of the money has been spent on elaborate conventions that have become a high point of the Washington social season, as well as the headquarters building, golf outings by members of Congress and an annual visit to a Mississippi casino resort.

First of outings? WTF???!!!! So basically, groups like the CBC spend years ripping the old white man party of the GOP for playing golf and not paying attention to our country's needs only to FUCKING PLAY GOLF THEMSELVES!!!!

Most of you who know me personally have heard me, ad nauseaum, complain about the sport of golf. To put it simply, I loathe it. As Mark Twain once said, "Golf is a good walk spoiled." The fact that President Obama plays it now as well...instead of basketball...makes me fucking sick to my stomach. In fact, I'm going to go on record and say that for this reason alone he has lost a good deal of my respect.

Golf is a sport that wannabe short fat men with floppy boobs wearing dorky visors play...ignoring their three kids and hot wife's they can have time to pretend to be athletes whilst sexting their dim witted and mildly disgusting mistresses. I guess it should come as no surprise that this lifestyle has now become culturally diverse.

Equally as shocking as this sickening embrace of golf is this hypocrisy

“We’re unbossed and unbought,” said Representative Barbara Lee, Democrat of California and chairwoman of the caucus. “Historically, we’ve been known as the conscience of the Congress, and we’re the ones bringing up issues that often go unnoticed or just aren’t on the table.”

Bull fucking shit.

The board of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation includes executives and lobbyists from Boeing, Wal-Mart, Dell, Citigroup, Coca-Cola, Verizon, Heineken, Anheuser-Busch and the drug makers Amgen and GlaxoSmithKline. All are hefty donors to the caucus.

Some of the biggest donors also have seats on the second caucus nonprofit organization — one that can help their businesses. This group, the Congressional Black Caucus Political Education and Leadership Institute, drafts positions on issues before Congress.

This also proves another one of my long standing arguments...corporations at virtually every level via every political our country. That's where the power is, folks. And see how clever they have been in incorporating progressivism?

I recommend reading the whole article. It's a little long but the details paint quite a picture. With SCOTUS ruling that corporations have the same rights as an individual regarding campaign donations, even the ghost of Paul Wellstone is being brought to you by Nike.

Monday, February 15, 2010

My Favorite Day of the Year

"I am rather inclined to silence, and whether that be wise or not, it is at least more unusual nowadays to find a man who can hold his tongue than to find one who cannot."

--Abraham Lincoln, our nation's BEST president.

"In the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal."

--John F. Kennedy, my FAVORITE president.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Chapman Nails It

I'm usually hot or cold with Steve Chapman, columnist for the Chicago Tribune, but he really hit the nail on the head with his latest column, "Palin Exposes the Partyers."

His basic assertion is that the Tea Party people--AKA "Classic Liberals"--basically use the Constitution only when it suits them.

Judging from the applause for Sarah Palin at its convention, the movement's suspicion of government power is exceeded only by its worship of government power.

I noticed that as well but had yet to formulate it so well.

Because if her speech made anything clear, it's that the shallow, ill-informed, truth-twisting demagogue seen in the 2008 presidential campaign is all she is and all she wants to be.

Hmm...I guess I'm not the only one who is "obsessed" with her.

When it comes to economic affairs, the tea partyers agree that — as Palin put it — "the government that governs least, governs best." When it comes to war and national security, however, her audience apparently thinks there is no such thing as too much government.

No shit. What a bunch of fucking hypocrites. I have to say that I am now finished with any amount of respect I have for these folks when they start talking about how they are "strict Constructionists." Come back to me when you actually give a shit about the Constitution. Until then, I have two words for you. "Fuck" and "off."

The conventioneers applauded when Palin denounced President Barack Obama for his approach to the war on terrorists. Why? Because he lets himself be too confined by the annoying limits imposed by the Constitution. "To win that war, we need a commander in chief, not a professor of law," she declares.

Is her point that Obama is allergic to the use of military power or can't bear to fulfill his responsibility as head of the armed forces? That would come as a surprise to Iraqis, who have seen Obama stick to President George W. Bush's timetable for withdrawal.

It would come as a surprise to Afghans, who have seen him embark on a massive buildup of U.S. troops in their country. It would come as a surprise to Pakistanis, who have seen an increase in U.S. drone missile attacks on their soil.

This would be the twisting of facts part that we have seen on this blog of late--President Obama is "weak" on terror. Like I have said many times, they just make whatever they want to fit their dream.

Her chief gripe, though, is that federal agents read the alleged Christmas Day bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, his Miranda rights shortly after his arrest, at which point, she claims, he "lawyered up and invoked our U.S. constitutional right to remain silent."

Not for long, he didn't. The FBI says Abdulmutallab provided a wealth of useful information under questioning after he got a lawyer. For that matter, as FBI Director Robert Mueller and National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair said last week, he is still being interrogated.

Really? Hmm, I did not know that he provided a wealth of information. And still is. Let's double check Steve's assertion.

What do you know? He's right. Gee, I'm shocked.

In addition, some of these tea partyers may be begging to have those rights if they ever decide to launch their own holy war. I wonder if they will bitch then about not being mirandized.

But facts have never been Palin's strong suit. Nor do they matter because what infuriates her is the mere idea that constitutional protections would apply to "a terrorist who hates our Constitution and tries to destroy our Constitution."

As well as many others I know who like to whack off to people being tortured even though it has been show by experts that this sort of interrogation is pretty much worthless.

This is not some bizarre paradox. Lots of people who despise our Constitution — Nazis, communists, Klansmen, Alaska secessionists — enjoy its protections. Does she think the Bill of Rights should apply only to people who share her views?

Yes, Steve, she and they do.

Besides, Obama didn't invent the heretical notion of accepting limits on the government's latitude with jihadists. The Bush administration turned hundreds of terrorism cases over to the federal courts, without audible complaint from the right. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the Constitution extends even to accused foreign terrorists held at Guantanamo.


The advantage of having a former law professor in the Oval Office is that he doesn't have to be tutored in such elementary realities. But Palin evinces a bitter resentment of any information that contradicts her blind faith in a benevolent, all-powerful security regime. She's more than willing to trade liberty for safety.

Didn't our very own last in line and just dave say several times on this blog that they were all too willing to allow the government to listen to their conversations? And yet they complain about their tax dollars spent in "un-Constitutional ways." Hmmm...

That went over conspicuously well in Nashville, where tea partyers cheered a leader who places excessive trust in government, disdains constitutional freedoms and promotes a cult of personality. So remind me: What is it they don't like about Barack Obama?

Right! Isn't that EXACTLY how they view Barack Obama? What a fucking riot...well done, Steve.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Proud to Be an American

Many of you who have been reading this blog for years probably think that I am a cranky, cynical fuck a lot of the time. If you know me in person, I'm not really that way. I use this blog to vent mostly but also to have a central hub for a lot of the issues that are going on in our country and hopefully provide a forum to discuss those topics.

One topic that has been on the minds of many lately is the closing of the Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. To many people, this is a good thing. Former Secretary of State Rice and current Secretary of Defense Gates lobbied hard to have it closed during the latter years of the Bush Administration. Regardless of what went on down there, Gitmo has become a powerful rallying cry for hirabis. Strategically, it makes sense to close it. We want to take away and/or erode the one weapon they truly have which is propaganda. Your average hirabis has heard of Gitmo and Abu Ghraib but not of the dozens of prisons that currently house hundreds of convicted terrorists.

Sadly, though, we have some in this country (and we all know who I am talking about) that think that closing the prison and moving the detainees to US soil is a sign of weakness. In fact, many of these people have said that if we do that, we are inviting attack. Well, the residents of Carroll County, Illinois don't think this is true...AT ALL. Thank God.

Check out this slide show and accompanying audio over at First, moving the detainees there is good for jobs. Listen to the voices of the people in this presentation. They want the work. Second, security is not a concern. The prison is safe. Hear one resident chuckle at the thought of an hirabi getting lost. Third, the people there are not afraid much to the deep sadness of our own little version of Al Qaeda here in the states. Why aren't they afraid?

Y'see, folks, Carroll County was home to the Savanna Army Depot, a Defense Department facility that opened in 1917. It tested and manufactured munitions, though several wars, right up until the day it closed in 2000, putting 423 people out of work. Several generations of residents there understand what it's like to have their county be an actual target as opposed the boogieman one that is currently the product of our hyper paranoid "base." Nobody seems all that concerned about the prisoners being housed there. They have other, more pressing concerns like putting food on the table.

"Without understanding the nature of rural areas, it's harder to understand the devastating impact of losing 423 jobs," says Diane Kominskey, executive director for Savanna Depot Park, an organization that is trying to our economic development. Hmm...I guess the "base" doesn't understand rural America and their needs after all. Not surprising when their chief goal is to paint President Obama as "weak" on "terror." And to think that many of these people are probably part of the "Welfare State" now as well. Wouldn't these jobs take them off the government teat? What I am thinking? That just makes too much sense!

Anyway, this slide show honestly moved me. It goes beyond the MSNBC or Fox News version of this issue and let's the people be heard. As we say in the biz, they are primary sources. Their voices make me proud to be an American.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Shooting Themselves in Both Feet

As is usually the case, the reason why the Democrats have failed to pass health care reform is staring at them right in the mirror. No, I'm not talking about the failure to take Scott Brown seriously. I'm talking about the actually pieces of legislation themselves.

The Christian Science Monitor has a very insightful piece explaining all of this quite well. People are tired of finding out that a party that is supposedly for the little guy is...well...not...really.

In what may have been a fateful move, some touted what they had won for their states. For example, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) of Louisiana announced that reports that she had won $100 million for her state in exchange for a healthcare vote were inaccurate. "It's not a $100 million fix. It's a $300 million fix," she said on Nov. 21.

Well, that's nice. I'm sure she is looking out for the "little guy" in Louisiana (part of her job) but not the nation as a whole which will eventually affect everyone in every state. And the word "fix?" Not good.

Of course, Milk Toast Boy didn't help out much.

"There are a hundred senators here, and I don't know if there is a senator that doesn't have something in this bill that was important to them," he said in a Dec. 21 press briefing. "And if they don't have something in it important to them, then it ... doesn't speak well of them. That's what legislation is all about: It's the art of compromise."

And therein lies the problem. You can't say you stand up for the American people and seek to improve a broken system when in reality what you are doing is looking after the interests of your own state with taxpayer money. Does Senator Reid want us to believe that every Senator doesn't give a shit about the rest of the country except their own little corner?

Health Care reform has to be looked at from a bird's eye point of view. The Democratic majority in both the House and Senate was suppose to do that but they didn't. They failed to realize that, in this new information sharing age, people were going to be looking at these bills with mucho well they should.

So when Ben Nelson says...

This was never just about Nebraska. It was to be a placeholder to try to get [the Medicaid extension] fully funded for all states. My priorities are Nebraska first, Nebraska always – not Nebraska only.

...he's actually full of crap because his vote was secured by exempting Nebraska from paying a $450 million dollar fee over 10 years. People can find this kind of stuff out very quickly now. What was he thinking?

What were any of them thinking? This was their chance to fix health care. President Obama told them to get it done and they failed. It wasn't his Waterloo.

It was their Waterloo. And they're going to find out all about it this November.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Um...Mr. President?

Being bipartisan cannot mean that Democrats give up everything they believe in, find the handful of things that Republicans have been advocating for, and we do those things, and then we have bipartisanship. That’s not how it works, you know, in any other realm of life.

---President Barack Obama, Feb 9, 2010, commenting on his meeting with Republican leaders regarding bipartisanship.

Ah, but Mr. President, that is how it works in their "realm of life."

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Most Assuredly

I get a lot of grief on here whenever I put up a post that illustrates the complete insanity of the right. The responses I get are usually of the following

The left has just as many crazies!

Talk about the issues!!

Offer a solution instead of yelling!!!

You're being mean and letting your emotions cloud serious analysis!!!!

I still contend that serious discussions can't be had...truly had...until this situation is resolved. The numbers show that the left has nowhere near as many crazies, the right never talks about the issues, they have no real solutions, and operate exclusively on the emotions of anger and hate. I base these contentions on what they say and what they do not because "I just hate them."

Unlike most of my colleagues on the right, I am reflective. When you offer the above opinions, or something similar to me, I will listen. So when I saw this Daily Kos Research 2000 Poll, my first reaction was to not mention it at all on this blog. The Daily Kos is a left biased blog so was the poll truly accurate? And what purpose would it serve to list the results here?

So I ignored it for the last week but then a discussion over at The Smallest Minority regarding the BBC article I linked recently and the frustration that many on the left have in trying to explain reality to the right, I brought up the poll. I got the following response from Ed, a more regular poster here these days and most assuredly a conservative.

Actually, it appears to be a legitimate poll which was properly conducted. I didn't see any surprises in it.

So, the poll is properly conducted. Alright....

He then went on to say

So what?

In fact, we have tried to explain to Marxy over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and… (I gotta stop doing that) the facts and logic which lead us to the positions generally reflected in that poll.

Facts and logic. Alright, here are the "facts and logic' that I gleaned from the poll:

39 percent think that Barack Obama should be impeached

36 percent think that Barack Obama was not born in the US

63 percent think he is a Socialist

24 percent think he wants the terrorists to win

53 percent think that Sarah Palin is more qualified to be president

31 percent think that Obama is a racist and hates white people

23 percent think that there state should secede

77 percent think that the Book of Genesis should be taught in public schools

31 percent think that contraceptives should be outlawed

As Ed pointed out to me in his latest response, some of these are minority opinions. How, exactly, do facts and logic lead us to the conclusion that Sarah Palin is more qualified to be president than Barack Obama? First, this really an opinion based argument. But if one really wanted to look at simple facts...which one of them quit their elected post?

As the discussion over there degenerates into yet another debate about hyper paranoia and socialism, I am wondering here how it's possible to have any sort of serious discussion with a very large group of people who look at reality this way. I'm not sure what President Obama is hoping to accomplish in his sit down with Republican leaders on February 25th to discuss health care.

When a quarter of the people of the opposing party think that he wants Al Qaeda to win as our armed forces begin an assault an a key Taliban stronghold in Afghanistan, how can there be an sort of reality based discussion?

Monday, February 08, 2010

Rock On, Sarah

As I watched Sarah Palin's address to the Tea party convention last Saturday, I was reminded of a concert. "The Frightening Weakness of Obama", "Country In Danger", "The Thumb of Big Government", "Fascist Agenda", and "Death Panel" were all played and enjoyed mightily by the crowd.

The encore was "I ♥ Jonah Goldberg" which sadly left the crowd wanting more.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

The Budget

President Obama unveiled his budget last week and, predictably, the right went ape shit. The Times has a very detailed analysis of how the money is going to be spent. Click here to check it out. So, my first question to my fiscally conservative colleagues is this: what do you think about the 738 billion that is going to be spent on defense?

Personally, I don't have a problem with it. Defense spending creates jobs in addition to the very obvious funds we need to finish the job in AfPak. What I guess I'm curious about is the fact that defense spending represents one of the two largest chunks of money. If it was removed, would the classic liberal be happy? Or is it just the entitlement programs that are the problem?

I guess I'm trying to figure out why it's OK to defend our citizens against attacks-both foreign and domestic but it's not OK to defend them against pneumonia. This pathological hatred of the government, that we see from folks like the Tea Party people, doesn't make any sense when you seriously consider how our government is defined and how our culture has evolved.

Friday, February 05, 2010

How a Minority Wins An Argument.

Health care has come up again in comments and I thought I would point to an excellent (and short) piece written by Andy over at It's a perfect summation of some of the conundrums of health care legislation.

If people could walk around uninsured and then be able to sign up when they got seriously sick, many people would adopt precisely that strategy. For the average family of four, health insurance costs something like $13,000 a year. If a family expected its medical costs to be below $13,000 it rationally it would forego insurance. Then if a member got seriously ill, it would sign up for insurance and couldn't be refused. The consequence of this new law would cause healthy people to cancel their insurance until the insurance companies were just insuring sick people, which would cause premiums to skyrocket and more people to drop their insurance.

The only way to prevent astronomical premiums is to make sure the pool of insurees contains very large numbers of healthy people who pay premiums and don't file many claims. That is what insurance is all about, after all, sharing risk. That is why all other industrialized countries have mandates--everyone has to buy health insurance under penalty of law, to fill the pool with healthy people. Both the Senate and House bills contain mandates, which are unpopular but essential to prevent premiums from skyrocketing.

So my question do we prevent premiums from skyrocketing with no mandate? Can we really rely on having pools of health people?

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Ah Hah!

Last in Line will be happy to know that I finally have an answer to his question "Why can't you get anything passed with Democrats running both the executive branch and the legislative branch?"

My answer?

It only takes one person to cause a panic by yelling "Fire!!!" in a crowded theater.

The BBC's answer?

This brilliant article from the BBC.

For Mr Westen, stories always trump statistics, which means the politician with the best stories is going to win: "One of the fallacies that politicians often have on the Left is that things are obvious, when they are not obvious.

"Obama's administration made a tremendous mistake by not immediately branding the economic collapse that we had just had as the Republicans' Depression, caused by the Bush administration's ideology of unregulated greed. The result is that now people blame him."

No shit.

"You vote to strike a blow against elitism and you receive a social order in which wealth is more concentrated than ever before in our life times, workers have been stripped of power, and CEOs are rewarded in a manner that is beyond imagining."

Double no shit!!

The List

My friend Scott from the gym (an ultra conservative) made me promise him that I put this on the blog. He never reads it, barely checks email, yet was insistent that his thoughts be known to all of you. So, without further adieu, here is The List, by Scott, of the people/organizations that are destroying our country from within and without followed by a short explanation as to why this is so.

1. The Liberal Media-all of it is liberal including Fox News now. They seek to spread lies.

2. The Hollywood Elite-Scott hasn't seen a film since Titanic (or so he claims) because he refuses to fund the liberal agenda of Hollywood.

3. Democrats-well, we know why this is here.

4. Socialists/Communists-actually, just see #3.

5. Teachers-all liberal commie pinko faggots...thanks Scott!

6. Climate Changers/Environmentalists-they're all looney and want to take Scott's money.

7. Affirmative Action Supporters-taking away jobs from people who are more qualified. Also part of a commie plot.

8. ACLU-against all that is good and Holy about our country.

9. Unions-commies

10. U.N.-Anti American to the core.

11. Illegal Immigrants-go home. We don't want you.

12. RINOS-Republicans who, in any way whatsoever, support any of them previous 11 items.

Note: This list is real and Scott was very insistent that I put it down exactly like I did.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Export What?

President Obama recently announced that he wants to double the amount of exports from the United States. I'm curious as to what exactly he would like to export. And double.

Twice the amount of financial re-shuffling services?