Open thread

George H. W. Bush was, seemingly, a traitor in the Wingnut War on Empathy™:



  1. 1

    Richard Pope spews:

    Since this is an Open Thread, my own modest suggestion:

    David Goldstein for Seattle School Board!

    Looks like Cheryl Chow, who (if I am not mistaken) represents District 7 in south Seattle where Goldy lives, has all of a sudden announced on Wednesday that she will not be seeking re-election:

    This is quite a shock, since candidate filing starts on Monday, and there are no announced candidates for District 7 at the present time.

    Goldy has written numerous posts on the injustice of various Seattle School Board decisions, and how they have adversely affected his neighborhood and his own family.

    Now is the perfect opportunity for Goldy to do something about it, and see if the people of Seattle will put his ideas into practice.

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    correctnotright spews:

    Would a judge who said this “empathetic” statement be qualified to be on the Supreme Court?

    When I get a case about discrimination, I have to think about people in my own family who suffered discrimination because of their ethnic background or because of religion or because of gender. And I do take that into account.

  3. 3

    YLB spews:

    1 – I like it. We could use someone like Goldy to stir things up. Too bad the foul language issue would all but sink him.

  4. 4

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    From the NY Daily News:

    Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity rule talk universe
    By David Hinckley

    Wednesday, April 8th 2009, 4:04 AM

    Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity remain way ahead of the field in their two-horse race for the most talk-radio listeners, according to the trade magazine Talkers.

    Talkers’ latest semiannual figures say Limbaugh has “a minimum” of 14.75 million listeners who tune in at least once a week. Hannity is second with a minimum of 13.75 million.

    Both are heard locally on WABC (770 AM).

    Talkers bases its figure on “a national sampling of Arbitron reports supported by other reliable indicators.”

    Tied for third in the Talkers survey are Glenn Beck, Michael Savage and Dr. Laura Schlessinger, with a minimum of 8.25 million weekly listeners.

    Beck and Savage are heard locally on WOR (710 AM), Schlessinger on WMCA (570 AM) and WNYM (970 AM).

    In sixth place are Laura Ingraham and Mark Levin, both heard locally on WABC, with a minimum of 5.75 million.

    Mike Gallagher and Michael Medved of WNYM clock in at 4.75 million, Bill Bennett of WNYM at 3.5 million, Ed Schultz of WWRL at 2.5 million and Don Imus of WABC at 2 million.

    Poor Ed Schultz–
    Bottom of the heap. Not even a pimple on the ass of talk radio.

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    Mr. Cynical spews:

    It is difficult to imagine a Blogger who is in love with the “F-word” being elected to the School Board, ain’t it.
    I think Goldy would add some color to the boring meetings….however the meetings would last twice as long cuz Goldy does have an affinity for loving to hear himself talk.

    I can just hear Goldy referring to students as “those little F’ers!” and teachers as “those big F-ers”!

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    YLB spews:

    At least 10 million right wing crapheads receive their brainwashing at least once a week. No wonder – they really NEED their delusions to be reinforced in the face of reality.

    I low ball it because a good portion of the rest tune in just for giggles.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @2 That depends on whether the judge decides the case according to the law, or ignores the law (and/or Constitution) and decides according to his/her own personal predilection.

    You don’t understand how judges operate. Just because a pitcher is thinking about beaning the home plate umpire doesn’t mean he’s going to do it. Judges think about all sorts of things at work, just like other workers do. Hell, a few of them have even been caught jerking off under their robes. Hey, I’m not saying that’s good courtroom decorum, but the fact a judge’s mind wanders during the course of a long work day doesn’t automatically make him/her a bad judge. To determine that, you have to look at the judge’s decisions.

    And this is where the rightwing arguments fall apart. They’re looking at a statement made outside the court room, off duty, by a judge speaking as an individual and offering that as proof of judicial unfitness. I say, it doesn’t prove anything at all unless it affected the judge’s decisions, so show me in the judge’s decisions whatever it is you’re trying to prove.

    If you can’t do that, then all you’ve demonstrated is that judges are human, and have human feelings and thoughts. If that’s your criterion for judicial selection, it eliminates everyone, including all of the people your party has appointed to the bench. So, if that’s the route you want to go, let the impeachments begin.

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    YLB spews:

    Man it sure does suck to be a right winger these days. They get little to no traction on their same old, same old “ideas”. Their attacks dry up and blow away a week after they’re launched.

    How did they cling to power for so many years?

    Only one answer – war and fear of the other skinned.

    Ronnie Raygun had the specter of the Soviet Union and the Iranians. Dumbya had the gift of al-Qaeda.

    I caught a little of C-SPAN yesterday and some right wing military geeks at the Hudson Institute were ginning up fears of the Chinese.

    The GOPP is the party of FEAR!

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    The wingnut argument is the same thing as saying a Boeing airplane designer who tinkers with ornithopters in his spare time should be fired for having unprofessional thoughts in his personal life.

  10. 12

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @4 And this proves what? That Republicans travel and graze in herds? I already knew that.

  11. 13

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @10 “Talking about the party that ISN’T in power.”

    We like this arrangement much better than talking about Republicans who are in power.

    I should add, however, that Republicans do have some veto power, and they’re trying to exercise it. If they can’t govern, they want to keep Democrats from governing. If they can’t fill Supreme Court seats with wingnut freaks, they would rather keep the seats vacant. Earlier this year, as we saw, if they can’t write economic policy they would rather have a very depressed economy or maybe even no economy at all. The point of this discussion is to prevent Republicans from using the veto power that minority parties ordinarily enjoy as irresponsibly as they used governing power when they were the majority party.

    And, of course, to keep them from becoming the majority party ever again.

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    ByeByeGOP spews:

    Well I can see why cum-drunk cowards like CYNCYN don’t want to talk about the meat of Ed’s point. AGAIN and AGAIN and AGAIN and AGAIN we catch the hypocrites on the right attacking Dems for things that the right thought were just fine not so long ago. Don’t these stupid fucks realize that we have media now? Don’t they realize that we can prove they are ass-licking liars? But hey – whatever. Go for it. If the best you can do is tout the fact that a few million extremely nutty fools sit in the audience of chickenshit chickenhawks like Handjob Hannity and Lush Flimbaugh go for it. They can’t get elected and neither can any of the candidates they support so how impactful can they be?

  13. 17

    Rujax! spews:


    It is…it is just fucking amazing. It’s like the last oh…10-12 years NEVER HAPPENED.

    geez louise…they never heard of fucking…Google? YouTube???

  14. 18

    Broadway Joe spews:

    Cyn, the population of the US is (as of April 2009) about 306.2 million. 14.75m dittoheads may be more than any liberal talker’s audience, but they couldn’t save Grampy McSame and the Wasilla Whackjob.

    It must suck to be you. Enjoy the selective amnesia, traitor.

  15. 19

    GBS spews:

    Mr. “I hate the troops” Cynical.

    Those are impressive numbers that Limbaugh and Hannity have as listeners.

    Here’s the bad part. Add them all up, have them vote for Republcians and you know what you get??

    You still have marginalized, regionalized shrinking, minority party status.

    Big Fucking DEAL!!

    Take all the ratings you want, we’ll take the VOTES of the American people.


    Baa haa haa haa