by Goldy, 04/28/2008, 9:35 PM

36 Responses to “Open thread”

1. Roger Rabbit spews:

“Did Sen. Hillary Clinton win the Pennsylvania primary in any meaningful way?”

Six days later, we know the answer, and it is “yes” in a big way. A new AP poll shows Hillary achieved a breakout and now leads both McCain and Obama among all voters by hefty margins.

http://www.newsweek.com/id/131390

2. Roger Rabbit spews:

Good News and Bad News

The good news is that one of the Democratic candidates has pulled ahead of John McCain by almost 10 points in the latest polls.

The bad news is that the Supreme Court upheld Indiana’s voter ID law.

3. Roger Rabbit spews:

Parsing the latest Newsweek on-line edition, I saw an ad that’s absolutely precious. It says: “Military pay often meets or beats comparable civilian job.”

If you’re game, you’re supposed to go to a website called Military.com.

Okay, I’m game — let’s consider the job of infantryman. You can get a similar civilian job with Blackwater or several other outfits that pays roughly $150,000 a year, give or take. The standard job title is “mercenary” although nowadays it’s usually called “security contractor.” The comparable military job pays about an eight or tenth of that. But that’s not all: The G.I. Bill isn’t what it used to be, either.

“Decades after the GI Bill transformed American society after World War II, another generation of veterans is returning home — more than 800,000 as of last summer. What they find is quite different from the comprehensive benefits that once covered all the costs of an education, from undergraduate straight through Harvard Law. The current GI benefit covers just half the national average cost for tuition, room and board, veterans’ advocates say. ‘It falls dramatically short,’ said Eric Hilleman of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.” — Quoted from Newsweek; link omitted due to technical difficulties.

The Bush administration: Fucking over soldiers one at a time.

4. Roger Rabbit spews:

For a while now, our wingnut friends have been cawing about Obama’s ties (however tenuous) to Chicago developer Tony Rezko. Well, guess who else is tied to Rezko — and in a much more meaningful way? Karl Rove. It seems Rezko and Rove worked together to get rid of U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, who sent Scooter Libbey to prison for perjury (as a proxy charge for treason).

Say, didn’t a pulp writer named Ann somebody-or-other write a book called “Treason”? Wasn’t that about how Republican traitors blew a covert CIA operation that took 25 years to put together and exposed one of the CIA’s most important NOC agents for no better reason than sheer political revenge? And Rove and Cheney didn’t even hang for it. Truth is stranger than fiction.

5. mark spews:

I threw up in my mouth a little. Apparently
were the only State not affected by the recession caused by the democrats taking control of congress? 133 fake ballots added to
the 10,000 other fake ballots produced by the Acorn workers who thankfully are in PRISON
but there is no Fraud. Hell, Cantwell lost
as well but they stole that one too. Hope all
involved get ASS CANCER.

6. Roger Rabbit spews:

For months now, our feathered wingnut friends have been sitting on their phone wire and cawing about how the “surge” is working. Meanwhile, the supposedly-secure U.S. “Green Zone” is under siege by daily mortar and rocket attacks, and workers are sleeping in shelters.

7. The Real Mark spews:

I loved the “every child counts” phrase. It is because of WEA and the Dem monopoly of Olympia that they were forced to dump the math WASL. Perhaps if they were less interested in teaching “alternative” math… if they spent more time on the “three R’s” instead of political indoctrination…

8. Roger Rabbit spews:

@5 You’re funny, in the sense that being so full of shit you’ve got diarrhea pouring out of both your ends is funny.

9. michael spews:

Great ad! I really hope they have permission to be using U2′s music.

10. YLB spews:

but there is no Fraud.

Yep, two million plus dollars of Republican money could not persuade a Republican judge in a hand-picked jurisdiction to throw away an election.

11. HOHO spews:

Hillbilly is in the last stages of a death throw.she is done,stick a fuck in it.i meant fork

12. Roger Rabbit spews:

From Slate comes a superbly well written essay about the GOP’s absurd attempts to strip Obama of his American identity and portray him as a foreigner:

“Peggy Noonan’s Litmus Test – Does Obama love Sutter’s Mill? America demands an answer.

“By Timothy Noah

“When I think about all the hoops Barack Obama is being made to jump through in order to prove he’s a patriotic American, I feel nostalgic for the days when the press thought Obama’s biggest negative was his supposed inexperience relative to Hillary Clinton ….

“First Obama had to distance himself from some bizarre comments made by his former pastor. Then he had to explain why he doesn’t wear a flag lapel pin often enough to suit Charlie Gibson of ABC News. Then he had to distance himself from a former member of the Weather Underground to whom he was introduced when he decided to run for the Illinois Senate but with whom he has since had scant contact. Then he had to distance himself from Hamas, a terrorist organization he has repeatedly condemned, simply because its chief political adviser, Ahmed Yousefat, expressed admiration for him. Now Peggy Noonan of the Wall Street Journal demands that Obama demonstrate he carries sufficient love within his breast for … Sutter’s Mill. I’m not making this up. Here is what Noonan wrote:

“‘Hillary Clinton is not Barack Obama’s problem. America is Mr. Obama’s problem … has he ever gotten misty-eyed over … the Wright Brothers and what kind of country allowed them to go off on their own and change everything? How about D-Day, or George Washington, or Henry Ford, or the losers and brigands who flocked to Sutter’s Mill, who pushed their way west because there was gold in them thar hills? …’

“Let me pause here to point out that if Barack Obama were ever to refer to the ’49ers of the California gold rush — even with affection — as ‘losers and brigands,’ then Sean Hannity would demand his immediate impeachment from the Senate, Bill Kristol would cite it as evidence that Obama was a member of the Communist Party, and Noonan herself would grieve over this condescension toward the starry-eyed dreamers who constitute the heart, soul, and viscera of this proud land.

“I’m sure Obama is as sentimental as the next guy about the Wright brothers and D-Day and George Washington (to whom he is distantly related). Henry Ford is a harder case … he was a raving anti-Semite. … Ford’s rants about the international Jewish conspiracy, published in book form, were a formative influence on Baldur von Shirach, leader of the Hitler Youth, according to von Shirach’s testimony at the Nuremberg Trials. One of [Ford's] books … has been posted online by the American Nazi Party. …

“But I digress. Of this golden history, Noonan continues:

“‘John McCain carries it in his bones. Mr. McCain learned it in school, in the Naval Academy, and, literally, at grandpa’s knee. …’

“Please note the presumption that it is impossible to acquire affection for the history of the United States in the states of Illinois, Massachusetts, or Connecticut …. Conservatives long ago managed to establish as unchallengeable fact that the real America cannot be found in the places where a majority of its population resides. … No, America’s authentic heart beats only in the states where people are scarce, for the simple reason that the few people you do find there tend to be Republicans.

“One would think this widely accepted (if faulty) proposition would benefit Obama, since he hails from the sparsely populated state of Hawaii. But conservatives don’t recognize Hawaii as the real America (Vermont has this problem, too) because its inhabitants tend to vote Democratic. Never mind that Hawaii was the most recent place in the United States to be attacked by a foreign power.

“Noonan continues:

“‘Mr. Obama? What does he think about all that history? Which is another way of saying: What does he think of America? That’s why people talk about the flag pin …. They wonder if it means something. …[W]hat about Obama and America? Who would have taught him to love it …?’

“Noonan is beating about the bush here. When people complain that a flag pin is too often absent from Obama’s lapel — and I am not convinced very many people do — it’s for the same reason that Henry Ford complained that a yarmulke was too often present on Bernard Baruch’s head. …

“Noonan is ready for this line of attack:

“‘Another challenge. Snooty lefties get angry when you ask them to talk about these things. They get resentful. Who are you to question my patriotism? But no one is questioning his patriotism, they’re questioning its content, its fullness.’

“If you object to having your patriotism questioned on the basis of your religion, or your foreign parentage, or your having lived in a foreign country, or your having lived in Hawaii, or your harboring ‘lefty’ beliefs, then according to Noonan you are ‘snooty.’ Calm down, Noonan says. I’m not questioning whether you’re patriotic. I’m questioning whether you’re patriotic enough. …”

(Quoted under fair use)

Snooty Rabbit Commentary: Okay, let’s get something straight right up front: I just don’t believe the home-schooled offspring of uneducated hillbillies and female goats can make judgments about candidates as competent as mine, even though I’m only a fucking rabbit. If that makes me a snob, so be it.

What’s mostly interesting about Noonan’s rant is what it doesn’t contain: No discussion of how miserably Republicans have botched their Iraq military adventure, or of how badly they blew Katrina, or the royal fucking-over that ordinary Americans are getting from their economic policies. I mean, when was the last time bread prices made OPEC look like the Salvation Army?

This is typical of how lying, dishonest, garbage-can-lid-pounding Republicans try to “win” elections by distracting voters from the screwing they’re getting from the snooty Republican power elite — you know, those snooty people in tuxes and gowns who make you pay $5,000 just to shake your congressman’s hand. And don’t even try to get in to see your Republican congressman if you’re a nobody (i.e., a wage earner, you know, producers). Fortunately, Washington voters have this problem in only 3 of our 9 congressional districts, and hopefully the GOP’s tally of Washington House seats will be 0 of 11.* It’s already 0 of 3 for our senators and governors — even their vote-stealing machinery and expensive lawyers couldn’t pull those chestnuts out of the fire.

* Washington is expected to pick up 2 seats in the next census.

13. Roger Rabbit spews:

OK, let’s see if I can link that Slate essay without ending up several light-years away:

http://www.slate.com/id/2190129/?from=rss

14. Roger Rabbit spews:

@11 For a dead woman, she sure has a nice fat lead over McCain in the latest polls.

15. Roger Rabbit spews:

Unfortunately I can no longer post links to my sources on HA because they are all going into spam. What I’ll have to do is tell you where I got the article, then if you’re interested, you’ll have to search that source for it.

16. Snooty Roger Rabbit spews:

Hmmm, I have an idea … let’s see if this works.

http://www.slate.com/id/2190129/?from=rss

17. Roger Rabbit spews:

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18. Roger Rabbit spews:

Supporting the Troops, Part Umpty-Ump

I ran across an interesting fact about the tax rebates in Wikipedia. An obscure provision of the law says that if anyone listed on the return has an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number instead of a Social Security number, “no money is payable to any member of the family, including US citizens with valid social security numbers. As a result, many … overseas military families will not receive any payment.” That’s because soldiers stationed overseas often marry foreign nationals.

Sorry, guys, you’re shit outta luck. Ya shouldn’t have married that good-lookin’ German babe. But that’s the Bush administration for ya: Fucking over our troops, one family at a time.

19. Roger Rabbit spews:

The fake Roger Rabbit post @18 is the work of an impersonator. #16 was posted by me.

In case you’re wondering what’s going on, Goldy told me via e-mail that “Roger Rabbit” is a name commonly used by spammers and he can’t do anything about the fact his spam software is scooping all of my posts containing links. I tried altering my screen name to see if I could get around it, but it didn’t work; @16 went into the spam hopper too. There doesn’t appear to be a fix for this problem, short of giving up my beloved screen name, which I’m not about to do — hell, it’s iconic here on HA! So, I will continue to be Roger Rabbit, and you’ll just have to do without my source links. But when I post something, you can confidently take my word for it; I wouldn’t lie to you. Republicans would (and do), though — all the time.

20. Harold spews:

How’s the Rev. Wright meltdown working out for you folks? What kind of fool picks a guy like that as his mentor? Nice political judgment. Is this what they teach at Camp Wellstone too?

21. Roger Rabbit spews:

@23 Rev. Wright isn’t running for public office, so what does he have to do with anything? The only thing he’s relevant to is the fact you guys don’t want to talk about how badly you’ve fucked up Iraq, national security, the economy, and everything else you’ve touched.

22. Roger Rabbit spews:

Getting back to the fake post @18 and the subject of rabbit cocks, if any of you sexually-frustrated wingnut 13-year-olds want to try something exotic that you can brag to your friends about, call 1-900-SUCK-ROG! All proceeds go to the Help Roger Rabbit Live Like A Republican Fund.

23. Roger Rabbit spews:

I see the BIAW muffins are working late tonight.

24. Roger Rabbit spews:

Returning to Rev. Wright, the good preacher gave a speech yesterday to the National Press Club, and (according to Newsweek) here’s his response to the Republicans who so gleefully challenged his patriotism:

“My goddaughter’s unit just arrived in Iraq this week while those who call me unpatriotic have used their position of privilege to avoid military service.”

Enough said; the facts speak for themselves, and far more loudly than all the shrieking of all the country’s military-service-dodging wingnut hypocrites put together.

25. Roger Rabbit spews:

Newsweek has quite a good lede article on Wright. He talks about pre-emancipation times when blacks had to pray in secret because slaves weren’t allowed to believe in God. This man has spent his life speaking out on behalf of the poor and dispossessed. If anyone has a right to be angry, he does. Our wingnut friends would do well the heed an old Indian saying: “Don’t criticize a man until you have walked a mile in his moccasins.”

The Newsweek article ends with, “Wright did not seek the national spotlight. It found him. His talk on Monday showed him to be a complex figure — a man of great intelligence and vision who … is refusing in spite of Obama’s declining poll numbers to stop preaching the message he’s preached all along. Wright continues to be relentlessly, one could even say aggressively, critical of the white establishment on behalf of his own constituency — a constituency that does not generally include the white, beer-drinking working-class Democrats who Obama so badly needs to woo and win. Wright showed himself to be both professor and preacher. What he’s not is what Obama now most needs him to be — and that is a politician.”

And that’s it in a nutshell. Wright is not a politician, and isn’t concerned with serving Obama’s political interests. He’s an impassioned man speaking from the heart, sometimes about the grievances of his race against the rest of us. He is not inclined to let the press, Obama, or anyone else tell him to shut up. Above all, he is not Barack Obama; and Barack Obama is not Rev. Wright. That’s the only answer we need to make to the Republican loudmouths who want to talk about anything except their own miserable record in office and the shambles they’ve turned America into.

26. Politically Incorrect spews:

I don’t see anything wrong with having to show ID when voting. Where I vote, they always ask for some form of ID, and everybody seems to have no problem with it.

They’re building too many houses in Gig Harbor. In 10 to 15 years, they’ll need a third Narrows Bridge. Oh wait, there won’t be any oil in 10 to 15 years, so never mind.

28. Puddybud spews:

More fun inthe sun:

blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/2008/04/gingrich-wright.html

29. Puddybud spews:

Looks like more of bybygoobers family members are being found:

http://www.suntimes.com/news/world/919149,CST-NWS-austria28.article

30. slingshot spews:

The Suntimes is a waste of ink. One might just as well reference the National Inquirer in one’s PH.D dissertation. Or, more fitting, one could use it to soak up cat urine and feces.

31. Roger Rabbit spews:

The fake Roger Rabbit post has now been deleted, along with a couple of fake YLB posts. I hope Goldy tracked down the impersonator and banned him.

32. rhp6033 spews:

Well, we all knew it was going to happen, it was just a matter of time.

Bush is blaming the country’s economic problems on the Democrats in Congress.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24366730/

Talk about historical revisionism!!!!!!

33. rhp6033 spews:

Well, we knew it was going to happen eventually. The Bush administration is blaming the “Democratic Congress” for the U.S. economic collapse after seven years and four+ months of collosal economic mismanagement by the Bush administration.

Bush Slams Congress

Republican Party: All slogan, no substance, even less ethics.

The same article points out that Bush has a lot of convincing to do. “Just 27 percent of the people questioned about Bush’s handling of the economy said they approved, in an Associated Press-Ipsos poll this month. It was his worst showing ever in the survey and was down 4 percentage points since March.”

34. rhp6033 spews:

Bush also rejected calls to temporarily suspend purchases of oil for filling of the U.S. Strategic Reserve, until the prices drop. Instead, he renewed his push for drilling of the Artic Wildlife Refuge, and called for opening old U.S. military basis as sites for new refineries, even though the oil industry has always said they weren’t located in the right places for refineries.

So we have what the Republicans advertised in 2000 as a “successful businessman” in the White House who buys when prices are at their peak, borrows money like a crack addict with a stolen credit card, and wants to build expensive infrastructure facilities in places without logistics access of either incoming supplies (i.e., at ports or near well heads), or outgoing shipment routes (pipelines)!

Look, I know Bush’s daddy was a VIP at the time, but the Harvard Business School has a lot to answer for, giving that idiot a degree!

35. Puddybud spews:

Anyone faking HAs clueless idiot needs remedial help!

Anyone faking Pelletizer needs their head checked.

Neither are worth your time faking…

36. mark spews:

@19 You could type in the link just regular
“style” instead of cut and paste, and let your
groupies cut and paste to open. This is why
I’m a conservative, practical solutions to
democrat problems. Thank you.