April 9, 2010

The C Street Gang: A GOP Scandal That Won’t Go Away


April 8, 2010

Gov. Bob McDonnell, Southern Partisan Cracker Cover Boy


April 6, 2010

Anti-Obama urologist interviewed by Colmes

Filed under: Uncategorized — Greg in cheeseland @ 11:02 am

This may be a boring topic, but I do have to write some local articles. You may have heard about the urologist in Mt. Dora, which is near where I am in FL (for now), who posted an anti-Obama sign in his office. The local Orlando Sentinel made a huge deal out of this and totally obscured it to the right, citing their push polls as an example of Florida voters turned off by “Obamacare.” The truth is, I don’t think anyone really gives a damn around here.

Anyway, here’s an excerpt:

The Mt. Dora urologist, Dr. Jack Cassell, who posted a sign stating that, “If you voted for Obama…seek urologic care elsewhere,” was interviewed by Fox New’s Alan Colmes on Friday.

The Orlando Sentinel made much ado about Cassell’s sign, running stories last week and touting polls that showed support of the urologist. It appears, however, that it did not occur to any reporters or editors for the paper to ask Dr. Cassell how much he actually knows about “the changes to your healthcare [that] begin right now.”

In the Colmes interview, Dr. Cassell revealed the extent of his knowledge of the changes in healthcare when he said, “I can’t tell you exactly what the deal is.”

Colmes: But if you don’t know what the deal is why are you speaking out against something you don’t know what the deal is?
Cassell: What I get online, just like any other American. What I’m supposed to understand about the bill should be available to me.
Colmes: It is; it’s been online for a long time; it’s also been all over the media…

It may be rare when anyone from Fox News gets anything right, so Colmes must be given credit in that he pointed out to Dr. Cassell that the Home Care Association of Florida praised the new healthcare legislation and that the entire Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has been posted online since at least August of ’09 for any American to read.

Aside from an assertion, of course, that common sense may suggest that anyone or anything like Dr. Cassell and his sign do not deserve national media attention….Would common sense tell you to trust a doctor that is opinionated about anything that he admittedly knows little about, with information at hand that he failed to research?

I hope for the sake of all the patients that continue to purchase services from Dr. Cassell that he was able to find and read his medical textbooks, journals and online publications with more aptitude than he was able to find and read the health care bill.

And thanks to the Orlando Sentinel for more remarkable journalism – the kind that is used is universities as an example of how journalism should not be done. Nice work! Getting scooped by Fox News is not a great selling point.

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Sarah Palin Will Split the GOP Apart in 2012


April 5, 2010

The Impossible Cheney Dream?

Filed under: Commentary,Opinion,Toon — Tags: , , , , , , , , — RS Janes @ 6:18 am



April 4, 2010

The Tattlesnake — The Teabaggers Should Thank Liberals Edition

Aging Tea Partiers a Jaw-Dropping Example of Stupidity and Ingratitude

“It’s the same with narrow-minded people as it is with narrow-necked bottles: the less they have in them, the more noise they make in pouring it out.”
– Anonymous, from Planet Proctor 2010-7.

Most of the gray-haired Teabaggers are snapping, snarling and filled with rage but, like a dog driven mad by rabies, they are mindless in their wrath and blinded by their disease. They should stop and think who they have to thank for that Social Security check they receive at the beginning of every month. (Hint: it’s not the pretentious pecksniffs of the faux-populist GOP or the bedeviled bellowers of the Right-Wing Noise Machine they so assiduously follow.)

Steve Benen’s piece below is consistent with my own anecdotal exposure to the Teabaggers – they are mainly retired whites who watch Fox News and then gripe bitterly about the government from the comfort of their La-Z-Boy loungers while they collect their Social Security checks, pay their doctor bills via Medicare, and take advantage of housing and other discounts for seniors subsidized by the taxpayer. Many are also ex-military and not only received a government check while they were on active duty, but live off vets benefits provided by the government they despise. They especially loathe the evil liberals who proposed and passed that legislation so that they wouldn’t be eating out of garbage cans, dependent on their children, or dying in poor houses in their old age. All of the things that provide them a relatively comfortable and independent life in retirement were vehemently opposed by conservatives in the past, and the cynical Talk Show Hosts and crass Republican Politicians they currently worship would be against every single ‘socialist’ program – Social Security, Medicare, etc. — that keeps them going were it presented for a vote in Congress today.

Instead of hating liberals, they should be thanking them. Theirs is arguably the most colossal case of ingratitude in American history, and they should be ashamed of themselves rather than enraged.

Unaware of the Contradiction

Steve Benen
Political Animal
The Washington Monthly
March 28, 2010

There’s an old joke that goes something like this: my neighbor went to public schools before joining the military. He went to college on the G.I. Bill, bought his first home through the FHA, and received his health care through the V.A. and Medicare. He now receives Social Security.

He’s a conservative because he wants to get the government off his back.

I mention the joke because a surprising number of right-wing activists don’t seem to appreciate the humor. We talked the other day, for example, about a radical libertarian activist who encourages his allies to throw bricks through the windows of Democratic offices to protest the Affordable Care Act. He hates government involvement in the lives of citizens — but his main income is taxpayer-financed disability checks sent to him every month by the federal government.

This is not uncommon. The NYT reports today on some of the well-intention[ed] folks who’ve been caught up in the Tea Party nonsense. Take Tom Grimes, for example.


April 3, 2010

Young Rush: Talent On Loan From Space?



April 2, 2010

Higher gas prices…again

Filed under: Uncategorized — Greg in cheeseland @ 11:13 pm

Gas prices at the pump are slowly creeping up wards. A barrel of crude oil traded at a price of $85.31 today, April 2, 2010. Yet the demand for gasoline in the U.S. has dropped in the past two years.

President Obama recently opened up approximately 500,000 square miles of previously protected off-shore areas to oil exploration and drilling, including areas off the coast of Florida, thereby increasing potential supply.

There are no new wars in the middle east, nor have there been any hurricanes in the gulf that would drive oil prices up. Refiners that turn crude into fuel are operating at well-blow capacity.

Surging trade figures in China and a weaker dollar can have an effect in offsetting lower demand and helping drive prices up, but that effect is minimal at worst.

Anyone who believes in free market capitalism and markets regulating themselves through supply and demand should also believe that today’s economic circumstances would be a recipe for lower gas prices. But it is not.

So, what’s driving the price up? The same players that brought the American people $4+ gasoline in 2008: Wall Street speculators.

A report published by the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies puts it this way:

The first layer [of oil price discovery] is based on price assessments produced by oil reporting agencies. These prices are derived from relatively illiquid physical markets which lack transparency and are dominated by a few players. The second layer is the futures market which is more transparent, highly liquid and characterized by a large number of players with diverse expectations. A key issue in need of further analysis is the nature of the relationship between these two layers of price discovery.

In other words, the actual market, determined by supply and demand and based on actual production of gasoline from crude has little to do with how much Americans pay at the pump. An oil contract’s price today has nothing to do with free market concepts. The people who buy and sell oil on their PC screens do…and chances are, you’re not one of them.

A June 2006 US Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations report on “The Role of Market Speculation in rising oil and gas prices,” noted, “…there is substantial evidence supporting the conclusion that the large amount of speculation in the current market has significantly increased prices.” The Senate committee staff documented in the report a gaping loophole in U.S. Government regulation of oil derivatives trading so huge an oil tanker could sail through it. That seems precisely what they have been doing in ramping oil prices through the roof in recent years.

The Senate report was ignored in the media and in the Congress.

So, what can be done now?

The CFTC is weighing a proposal to put global limits on how many oil contracts any one market player can buy or sell, and legislation to revamp financial regulation that’s expected to pass Congress this year could force greater disclosure by oil traders to regulators.

Any regulation of big business, however, is perceived by the corporate media and the people that believe anything they see on TV or read in the paper as socialism or fascism, or whatever the talking heads tell them to think. There may be tea parties against regulating speculators, while the people that attend them pay more at the pump to attend them.

For the rest of us in America, there will be no imminent relief at the gas pump. Thanks to Wall Street, plan on spending more at the gas pump this summer.

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YOS Productions Presents: The All Too Well Known TAILS of Hands (Not So) Christian Anderson

Filed under: Commentary — Ye Olde Scribe @ 1:32 pm

With Apologies to Hans and all those good, well meaning, faithful priests out there
Image of Saint Handdownyourpants performing one of his ‘sacred’ ceremonies courtesy

A Semi-historical fiction biography: composite of several potential NAMBLA members. Courtesy of Benny the Rat and the pedophile protection racket set up by the last, and other, poops… ah, POPES.

He was born Hands “Christian” Catholicson.

If Not For Crazy, They Wouldn’t Have A Party At All


April 1, 2010

Steele Quits as RNC Head

Filed under: Commentary,Opinion — Tags: , , , , , , , , — RS Janes @ 3:12 am

Embattled RNC Chief to Step Down; Talk Show Host Named Replacement

Steele leaves to work on Palin presidential run

Moira Feynt
APS News Service
April 1, 2010

WASHINGTON – According to a press release from the Republican National Committee, Michael Steele, current chairman of the RNC, will step down Friday in order to “join the swelling ranks of Republicans” who would like former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to run for president in 2012.

Steele named Fox News talk show host Sean Hannity as his interim replacement, saying in the release, “I feel Mr. Hannity has the dignity, decency and financial smarts to lead our party to victory in the upcoming elections.”

The current chairman has recently been enmeshed in controversy after revelations that he had spent party donations on limousines, private jets, lavish hotel rooms and at least one $2,000 trip to “Voyeur,” a Los Angeles lesbian bondage club.

However, Steele denies in the press release that he is leaving due to those problems; rather, he says, “I have talked to Gov. Palin and felt it was time to put my full attention toward the task of obtaining the Republican nomination for her. I could not be Mr. Hyde for her while I was Dr. Jekyll for the RNC.”

Brad Sneerdrip, a spokesman for Hannity, said, “Mr. Hannity will bring to this position the same professionalism and honesty he shows in his best-selling books and his award-winning television news work.”


April Fool’s Year for the GOP


“I want to thank the Teabaggers for helping us pass health care, for resurrecting the Obama presidency. I know they’re saying, ‘Why are you thanking me? I was so against it, I marched on Washington with tea bags hanging off my Founding Fathers costume, with a gun on my hip and a picture of Obama dressed as Hitler, screaming about his birth certificate.’
And America saw that and said, ‘I think I’ll go with the calm black man.’”

– Bill Maher, h/t to

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