Nov 252009
 

Cal Thomas 

This is about liberal Democrats realizing their decades-old dream of complete control of our lives. Every move you make, every breath you take, they’ll be watching you. Except, of course, when it comes to terrorists who want to destroy America faster than the liberals do.

Cal Thomas

Apparently, Cal has forgotten that it was the conservative Republicans that compelled sheep-like citizens to take off their shoes for the good of the Fatherland, er, Homeland. That an incensed flock of conservative chicken hawks waged war all over the globe. That conservative Republicans rammed the horribly named PATRIOT act down our throats while pushing those who objected into “Free Speech Zones,” cages located off the beaten path. That self-professed freedom-loving conservatives created CIA prisons and tortured anyone — anyone! — they chose to without taking any “personal responsibility” for their own crimes.

Cal has every right to be an idiot and to make his idiocy well-known. Sadly, each column he writes now is a loaded rifle tossed into the hands of an even bigger idiot who sees himself as saving the nation from blacks, browns, women, gays, hippies, the young, Democrats, whatever. To these dangerous fools, the nation is only what they accept and nothing more and they will kill to have their way. Thomas, Krauthammer, Beck – is Lush Limbaugh still around? — Palin, ad nauseum, are the rabble rousers. Blood will be on their hands.

 Posted by at 7:47 pm on Wed 11/25/09
Nov 242009
 

I sure hope Utah Senator Buttars wasn’t watching the American Music Awards on Sunday. We would have heard about his aneurism by now.

It’s sad that Adam wants to be a male Lady Gag-gag, particularly since she seems like nothing so much as a drag queen’s spoof of disco-porn. No doubt, someday the pendulum will swing away from public eroticism back to romance. When you’re young and at the front of the stage on top of the world, it’s easy to find someone to suck anything; it’s much harder to find people who really care about you. Turns out, Adam blew it.

 Posted by at 1:55 pm on Tue 11/24/09
Nov 242009
 

I’ve quoted Quigley before. He’s an insightful writer.

ABQJOURNAL UPFRONT: In Afghanistan, the Question Is Everything 

By Winthrop Quigley
Journal Staff Writer
      As President Obama weighs his options in Afghanistan, the disquiet that Afghanistan will become another Vietnam grows.
    If the United States is to avoid another Vietnam in Afghanistan, the Obama administration needs to understand the short-term failure in Southeast Asia (short-term because Vietnam became a trading partner and regional ally of the United States) was a result of our complete lack of understanding about Vietnamese culture and society. American policymakers, products of a Western, rationalist, future-oriented culture, kept pushing buttons and pulling levers that connected to nothing in Vietnam’s Confucian, animist, ancestor-focused culture. The Americans could never find the buttons and levers that did connect to something.
    Afghanistan’s culture and society could not be less like our own.
Until Barack Obama is certain he knows what buttons and levers connect to something in Afghanistan’s tribal, multilingual, Islamic culture (and there is not a lot of evidence that he does), additional troops won’t accomplish anything useful there.

ABQJOURNAL UPFRONT: In Afghanistan, the Question Is Everything

 Posted by at 1:40 pm on Tue 11/24/09
Nov 202009
 

From week to week, you never know which conservative is going to say the most outlandish or stupid thing – even as their numbers dwindle, the competition seems to expand. But, we have quite a WTF?! with Virginia Foxx.

Think Progress » Foxx: Republicans ‘Passed Civil Rights Bills Back In The 60s Without Very Much Help’ From Democrats

During a debate on the House floor today over designating 21 miles of the Molalla River as “wild and scenic,” Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), who opposes the legislation, tried to claim a progressive environmental record for her party. “Actually, the GOP has been the leader in starting good environmental programs in this country,” said Foxx.

Foxx then extended her claims of the GOP’s progressive history to the issue of civil rights. “Just as we were the people who passed the civil rights bills back in the ’60s without very much help from our colleagues across the aisle,” said Fox. “They love to engage in revisionist history.”

Think Progress » Foxx: Republicans ‘Passed Civil Rights Bills Back In The 60s Without Very Much Help’ From Democrats

It is especially important to remember that the major opposition to civil rights came from southern Democrats  – the same people who now constitute the hard core of the Republican Party.

[updated 11/20/09]

Think Progress » New Missouri billboard tells Americans to ‘prepare for war’ against the government. 

Missouri GOP Billboard

This billboard replaces one that warned that the socialist “Obama-Nation” is “coming for you.” It’s unclear who the owner of the billboard is, but the first one was the work of a “Missouri businessman.” (HT: Oliver Willis)

Think Progress » New Missouri billboard tells Americans to ‘prepare for war’ against the government.

Think Progress » New Birther Billboard In Colorado Features Picture Of Obama And Asks ‘President Or Jihad?’ 

Today, a new birther billboard went up above Wolf Automotive off I-70 in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. The sign has a picture of President Obama wearing a turban, asking, “President or Jihad?” and exhorting, “Wake up America! Remember Fort Hood”:

Obama Billboard

ThinkProgress spoke with Phil Wolf, the owner of the car dealership. He said that the billboard is his personal project because he believes the American people have a right to know the facts about the president …

Think Progress » New Birther Billboard In Colorado Features Picture Of Obama And Asks ‘President Or Jihad?’

 Posted by at 2:00 pm on Fri 11/20/09
Nov 202009
 

From week to week, you never know which conservative is going to say the most outlandish or stupid thing – even as their numbers dwindle, the competition seems to expand. But, we have quite a WTF?! with Virginia Foxx.

Think Progress » Foxx: Republicans ‘Passed Civil Rights Bills Back In The 60s Without Very Much Help’ From Democrats

During a debate on the House floor today over designating 21 miles of the Molalla River as “wild and scenic,” Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), who opposes the legislation, tried to claim a progressive environmental record for her party. “Actually, the GOP has been the leader in starting good environmental programs in this country,” said Foxx.

Foxx then extended her claims of the GOP’s progressive history to the issue of civil rights. “Just as we were the people who passed the civil rights bills back in the ’60s without very much help from our colleagues across the aisle,” said Fox. “They love to engage in revisionist history.”

Think Progress » Foxx: Republicans ‘Passed Civil Rights Bills Back In The 60s Without Very Much Help’ From Democrats

It is especially important to remember that the major opposition to civil rights came from southern Democrats  – the same people who now constitute the hard core of the Republican Party.

[updated 11/20/09]

Think Progress » New Missouri billboard tells Americans to ‘prepare for war’ against the government. 

Missouri GOP Billboard

This billboard replaces one that warned that the socialist “Obama-Nation” is “coming for you.” It’s unclear who the owner of the billboard is, but the first one was the work of a “Missouri businessman.” (HT: Oliver Willis)

Think Progress » New Missouri billboard tells Americans to ‘prepare for war’ against the government.

 Posted by at 2:00 pm on Fri 11/20/09
Nov 202009
 

prayobamamerch2[1]Religion inspired the best in us all? Yeah, right.

 Think Progress » New Right-Wing Craze Prays That Obama’s ‘Days Be Few’

Commentators have noted that it’s unclear whether the intent is to hope for an end to Obama’s time in office — or an end to his life. But a look at the lines in the rest of the psalm hint at the latter:

Let his days be few; and let another take his office.
Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.

Think Progress » New Right-Wing Craze Prays That Obama’s ‘Days Be Few’

Let me know when someone on the Right denounces this one. I won’t hold my breath.

Update 11/21/09: Still waiting for Conservative condemnation of this one, but Cafe Press has done the right thing.

Think Progress » Cafe Press Bans All ‘Pray For Obama: Psalm 109:8? Merchandise 

Yesterday, Cafe Press announced that it was again reversing itself and removing all the merchandise in response to strong public pressure:

The public debate started with questioning if the design was simply intended to be criticism of the President or something much worse. The discourse was surprisingly civil online, given the heated nature of the topic. Given that, and the positions of groups like the ACLU and the Anti-Defamation League, we decided to let the dialogue play out publicly before making a final decision.

Last night we posted a poll on our blog, read through the emails we’ve received and weighed the nature of the calls we’ve received on the topic. In the process we also learned that many of the original designers of the Psalm 109:8 designs had already decided to remove them on their own.

General consensus has proven that the design does point to a broader interpretation of the Psalm and thus has been deemed inappropriate for sale at CafePress.

The results of the Cafe Press poll were 76 percent calling the slogan “overly inflammatory and inappropriate” and 22 percent saying it was fair.

Think Progress » Cafe Press Bans All ‘Pray For Obama: Psalm 109:8? Merchandise

 Posted by at 11:20 am on Fri 11/20/09
Nov 202009
 

LOL?

Think Progress » Utah lawmaker claims he doesn’t ‘mind’ gays, but ‘I don’t want ‘em stuffing it down my throat all the time.’

BUTTARS: I meet with the gays here and there. They were in my house two weeks ago. I don’t mind gays. But I don’t want ‘em stuffing it down my throat all the time. Certainly not in my kid’s face.

Think Progress » Utah lawmaker claims he doesn’t ‘mind’ gays, but ‘I don’t want ‘em stuffing it down my throat all the time.’

 Posted by at 11:15 am on Fri 11/20/09