January 26, 2010

The Tattlesnake — His Majesty O’Keefe: Karma Chameleon Edition

There are just some stories that warm the cockles and whatever else is in the Tattler’s heart — this is one of them.

Remember this phony Republican ‘Simp Pimp’ that I wrote about in December 2009 in “Why the GOP Hates ACORN and the Poor”?


Well, now he’s in the pokey for committing a federal felony in attempting to bug the offices of Louisiana Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu. I can’t wait to read the right-wing blogs reaction to their ACORN Golden Boy turned latter-day Watergate Twit, and it would also be interesting to read the reaction of real pimps in the Graybar Academy when presented with this pathetic dweeb. When they’re finished laughing, that is. Don’t drop the soap, Little Jimmy!

Here’s an excerpt from the MSNBC story today:

Activist filmmaker arrested in senator’s office


October 4, 2009

Video Proves Glenn Beck’s On-Air Crying Jags Are Faked

Of course, anyone who has followed Beck’s career knows that just about everything this self-confessed ‘rodeo clown’ does in public is a fraud, but here’s proof, thanks to Adele Stan at AlterNet and YouTube, that when Glenn is ‘crying for his country’ his tears are a product of Vick’s VapoRub under his eyes rather than any sincere emotion.

See the video ‘Glenn Beck EXPOSED Crying on Cue’ here.

September 12, 2009

The Tattlesnake – Stossel Gets Foxed Up and ‘Lord’ Boustany Fizzles Edition

Plus: Obama’s Playing Health Care Reform Chess with the Death Party – and He’s Winning

It’s About Time: Pretend journalist and right-wing dipthong John Stossel and his gay-porn-star-mustache have joined Fox News, his ideological home for the past twenty years anyway. Actually, the AP article says he’ll have a regular show on the moribund Fox Business Channel – which has an audience of about 150 poor wretches employed by owner Rupert Murdoch – and pop up on Fox News occasionally. The story-behind-the-story? ABC News couldn’t wait to get rid of this strutting little pimple and they’ve been gently pushing him out the door for the better part of a decade. After years of bellowing the tiresome “Give me a break!” to the point where some of his viewers volunteered to administer one to his neck, Stossel is finally getting his – hee, hee — ‘big break’ on Fox. The spoiled Stossel’s lowest and most hilarious moment at ABC came when ‘Mr. Honest Libertarian’ admitted on-air that he had a luxury vacation beach house that had been flattened by a hurricane that he then had the evil government pay to rebuild through just the kind of program for rich idiots like himself that he railed against on a regular basis on ABC’s “20/20.” Hey, he didn’t like stealing the taxpayer’s money, but as long as the program was available, what the hell? And he’d do it again, too, he said, because he really loved that luxury beach house. Never occurred to his hypocritical ass to pay for it out of his own fat wallet. Give me a f*cking break indeed. Have a nice time working for Rupert and Roger Ailes, Johnny – maybe you they’ll let you trade quips with Glenn Beck and Orly Taitz about Obama’s birth certificate and do in-depth interviews with ‘morans’ at teabag rallies — you know, real news.

The GOP Sleep Doctor: Why did the GOP pick a potato-headed southern doctor in a bad suit who resembles a Hicksville undertaker to give the Republican response to Obama’s health care speech? Easy, they knew they didn’t have anyone with the firepower to outdo BHO, so they went the other way and dredged up this boring drone named Charles “Lord” Boustany who by some cosmic accident was elected to a Congressional seat from Louisiana. Well, at least the Republicans avoided the embarrassment of another humiliating pratfall by a Bobby “Big Checks!” Jindal, the lame Louisiana governor who is now running around the state taking credit for Obama’s stimulus money that he once indignantly said he would refuse. Most viewers probably ignored Boustany, the same way you’d turn away at a whiff of formaldehyde, but he was actually entertaining, in a demented GOP way – the Republican’s puny rant was obviously written before Obama addressed Congress, so Lord B. was getting pissy over things Obama had already clarified in his speech. Not that truth has ever been any hindrance to GOP BS, but seeing it in such stark contrast to what Obama had just said a quarter-hour before was hilarious.


August 26, 2009

Sen. Ted Kennedy Dead at 77


Tireless crusader for liberal causes Sen. Edward ‘Ted’ Kennedy (D-MA) is dead at 77 from complications of a cancerous tumor in his brain. From a wealthy, famous, and well-connected family, Sen. Kennedy was perhaps one of the last practitioners, both personally and politically, of ‘noblesse oblige’ in America, the concept that those who have been fortunate in life have a moral obligation to be generous and kind to those less fortunate. (Literal French translation to English: “Nobility obligates.”)

“From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded.”
– Jesus, Luke 12:48.

Over the next few days you’ll hear all sorts of eulogies and encomiums to Kennedy, but the best way his colleagues could honor him would be to pass a health care reform bill with a public option covering those who can’t afford insurance, something he strongly advocated during his more than 40 years in politics.

U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy Dies at 77
NBC News & news services

August 7, 2009

Embracing Change: Moving Forward as the Majority

Filed under: Commentary,News,Opinion,Uncategorized — Greg in cheeseland @ 6:58 pm

AM 1090 in Seattle is one of the leaders in liberal talk radio. For the past three years this station has organized a town hall forum in which various talk show hosts form a panel and discuss topics and issues that are pertinent to the progressive movement. See for more information. Thanks to my brother who lives near Seattle, I have the opportunity to attend this year’s forum.

This year is somewhat monumental, because for the first time since the advent of progressive talk radio, we have a democrat in the White House and a democratic majority in the House and Senate. The title of this year’s forum is “Embracing Change: Moving Forward as the Majority” and one of the questions that will be posed to a panel consisting of Stephanie Miller, Thom Hartmann, Bill Press, Mike Malloy and Ron Reagan is: “We have the power to forge a different path, but how?” I am sure regular bartcop readers would have many suggestions.

I think the key to the success of the Democratic party is to redefine itself as the party of the people and clearly differentiate itself from the Rethuglican party. Trying to remain defined as a centrist party was a recipe for failure in 1992 and things are no different now. Almost everyone has heard someone say “there is not much difference between either party” or “all politicians are the same.” That perception leaves the door open for the fascist dogs to sneak back in. Despite what the right-wing noise machine and the corporate media would like people to believe, the truth is that progressive ideas are more widely accepted now than they have been in generations. There has been a clear shift to the left in public opinion and it is time for the Democratic party to seize this opportunity and move in that direction.

There are several things I would like to hear when that question is addressed. First and foremost is how to convince the pink tutu Dems in congress that they actually DO have the power to forge a different path, with or without the cooperation of the minority party and with or without special interest money.

Here are a few more things I am hoping to hear from the panel:


July 21, 2009

Baucus and the Health Care Lobbyists

Filed under: Commentary,News,Open Thread,Opinion,Quote,Uncategorized — Greg in cheeseland @ 7:21 pm

This article may not be news to a lot of regular Bartcop readers, but ask yourself how this will look to any of the overwhelming majority of voters that support a public health care option:

“As his committee has taken center stage in the battle over health-care reform, Chairman Baucus (D-Mont.) has emerged as a leading recipient of Senate campaign contributions from the hospitals, insurers and other medical interest groups hoping to shape the legislation to their advantage. …said Aaron Roland, a San Francisco health-care activist who paid half price to attend the gathering. ‘Money gets you in the door. The only thing the other side can do is march around and protest outside.’”

How is anything significant supposed to get done with health care reform when the chairman of the finance committee is bought and paid for by the health care, insurance and drug companies? It is no surprise that a public option has not received support from Baucus’ committee, even though Obama supports a public option.

DINOs like Baucus need to go down in the next election. I think that the Democratic party needs to clearly set itself apart from the GOP in the eyes of voters by moving farther to the left. A centrist approach leaves the door open to a return to power by the Republicans.

I also think Baucus’ office deserves a flood of phone calls!

Greg in WI

Sen. Max Baucus, (D-Mont.)

DC Office: 511 Hart Senate Office Building, 202-224-2651
State Office: Billings, 406-657-6790; Bozeman, 406-586-6104; Butte, 406-782-8700; Great Falls, 406-761-1574; Helena, 406-449-5480; Kalispell, 406-756-1150; Missoula, 406-329-3123

Email:  not available

May 18, 2009

The Tattlesnake – Suspicious Minds Edition

Big Media ‘Pandemania’ Hides More Important News

Instead of ‘Swine Flu’ how about ‘Hamthrax’? **

For a couple of weeks in late April and early May, American news consumers were fed a near-constant diet of panic-stricken speculation by the US Big Media of an approaching Swine Flu bug that could have killed millions. Yes, it could have, but it didn’t. As tragic as it is that any have died from the H1N1 flu virus, only three Americans, and fewer than 100 people worldwide, have been killed by this flu. Many more die of car accidents, malaria and tuberculosis in a month than have expired from H1N1, yet cars are not banned and extraordinary precautions are not prescribed to save us from the ravages of malaria and TB. For that matter, about 3,000 people die each month of complications from conventional flu in this country.

One moment for a definition of terms: News is a declarative statement that ends in a period: Such-and-such happened to so-and-so at this-or-that place due to these conditions. The old ‘who, what, when, where, why, and how.’ Speculation, on the other hand, ends in a question mark. News is supposed to be what already happened, and the facts thereof. Speculation considers the endless possibilities of something that happened, or might happen in the future. That’s not news; that’s basically gossip. Look at how much of the ‘news’ these days on the cable channels and in the broadcast media ends in a question mark, especially where the H1N1 virus is concerned.

Our if-it-bleeds-it-leads Big Media love this kind of doomsday scare story: they can invite on legions of junk scientists trailing random letters of the alphabet after their names to nod sagely at how awful things might turn out in the various ‘worst case scenarios,’ engage in endless solemn crosstalk between earnestly-doltish anchor-jocks and speed-freak peppy anchorettes designed to make them appear as if they were born with frontal lobes, and suck in those viewers who don’t pay any attention to the world around them unless terrified by Hollywood disaster-movie plots, thereby cranking up ratings for the bottomless pit of ennui that is the cable TV 24/7 news cycle.

But there’s another aspect to this Swine Flu distraction that is little noted by the overpaid glitz-blisters and schlockmeisters who have floated to the top of the American media septic tank.


December 17, 2008

Where’s my Flying Car?

Filed under: Commentary,News,Opinion — Obi Zen Folksinger @ 12:35 pm

Where’s My Flying Car? (A Question For The Big 3 On The Occasion Of Their Bailout)

Flying car

I live in the future. I can tell; I have a telephone in my pocket and I am typing this on a home computer. So, where’s my flying car?


November 15, 2008

League of the BartCop Bloggers “Cartoons and Heroes”

Filed under: Commentary,News,Opinion,Quote — Obi Zen Folksinger @ 5:23 pm


League of the BartCop Bloggers


Episode One:


“Cartoons and Heroes”


Nazis Suck!


Welcome, Gentle Reader. The League of the BartCop Bloggers welcomes you to our Forum. On behalf of Bart and all the crew we say, “Welcome!”




More after the break …



November 4, 2008

McCain Concedes

Filed under: Commentary,News,Opinion,Quote — Obi Zen Folksinger @ 11:54 pm

At twenty minutes past the hour John McCain gave it up. He came out with a very nice speech.  His fans only booed when John called for conciliation and cooperation. Promising to help Barry govern tells us that he’ll be running for re-election for at least one more 6 year term. I’m sure he sees some role for himself in the new paradigm.

I would like to point out that sunny, dry, blistering hot Arizona drags ass in solar energy exploitation. No big solar farms, no solar rebates, no solar manufacturing or installation jobs. There is no oil in Arizona. Why Does John McCain sing “Drill Baby, Drill” when there is more energy that falls on the ground for free all over his nice office in Mesa?

Thanks any way, John. Lets see if the coming investigations into the latest national Republican  economic melt down reveal anything more about Sen. McCain’s involvement in the deregulation of the derivatives market and if it has any impact on his next campaign. Disposing of retirement income is a big part of Arizona’s economy.

Obi Zen Folksinger

Camera Phone Voter Verification

Filed under: Commentary,News,Open Thread,Opinion,Quote — Obi Zen Folksinger @ 10:55 am

As I stood in the voting booth this morning(1) I carefully marked every Democrat I could and a Libertarian when I couldn’t.(2)  When I got to the Vote Verification screen I took out my camera phone and my voter card and took a shot.(3)  Viola! Instant vote verification!

Yeah, I shoulda’ thought of this a week ago and made some waves. Why didn’t you think of it?   n’ya!

 Remember! Use the Phone, Luke!

Obi Zen Electorate

  -<( Secret Knowlege)>-

(1) Hey even a grass dealer I know voted the first day of early voting because on my ranting about if.   I just got careless; “Oh, I’m soooo busy!” I think that I may have missed an electrician when I was out today.

(2) Just no Green ticket in Texas. I have an opinion on that

(3) also took one before leaving the house but I can walk to my polling place.

October 28, 2008

Happy birthday, Lady Liberty

Filed under: News — Peregrin @ 6:17 am


Dedicated 1886

 Hang in there a few more months, girl.

October 26, 2008

McCain guarantees victory

Filed under: News — Peregrin @ 11:34 pm

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he can “guarantee” a win on Nov. 4 in a squeaker victory that won’t be clear until late that night.

Translation:  They’re going to steal it.

October 25, 2008

LDF Secures Voting Rights That Protect Foreclosure Victims

Filed under: News — Peregrin @ 6:05 am

NAACP working against rigged elections BEFORE election day!

NEW YORK, Oct 24, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ — Today, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (“LDF”) settled the lawsuit it filed just two days ago in Indiana state court to ensure that eligible voters with property subject to foreclosure proceedings or evictions cannot have their right to vote challenged during the upcoming November 4th election. In settling the case, the Plaintiffs and Defendants, Marion County Election Board, and non-parties Marion County Democratic and Republican parties, agreed that such challenges are not permitted under Indiana law.

“Foreclosure has no bearing on one’s eligibility to vote. Today’s settlement ensures that the current foreclosure crisis gripping the nation will not be exploited to strip the right to vote away from those who are among the financially vulnerable among us. Challenges based on foreclosure are the kind of voter suppression tactic that threaten our efforts to move towards an open and equal Democracy,” said John Payton, LDF President and Director Counsel.

Whole story

October 18, 2008

Pre-Osama gun sale

Filed under: News — Peregrin @ 4:24 am


Joe the Plumber not vetted either

Filed under: News — Peregrin @ 3:17 am

Although ol’ Phoney Joe has been interviewed more than Palin, he wasn’t vetted any better.

Joe “the Plumber” Wurzelbacher related to Charles “the Crook” Keating. Oops.

October 15th, 2008 . by Marty

John McCain did great tonight in the debate. But every time John mentioned “Joe the Plumber,” some of us in the campaign banged our heads against the wall. If Steve Schmidt had any hair left, I hear he would have been pulling it out tonight. He reportedly screamed at John’s debate prep team tonight (out of earshot of reporters, of course). “You idiots – he’s related to Charles Keating… of the Keating Five scandal!” They thought they had a real live Joe Six-Pack who’s spurned Barack Obama’s tax plan. But what they forgot to do was check on Joe Wurzelbacher’s background.

Turns out that Joe Wurzelbacher from the Toledo event is a close relative of Robert Wurzelbacher of Milford, Ohio. Who’s Robert Wurzelbacher? Only Charles Keating’s son-in-law and the former senior vice president of American Continental, the parent company of the infamous Lincoln Savings and Loan. The now retired elder Wurzelbacher is also a major contributor to Republican causes giving well over $10,000 in the last few years.

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