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Fall in line!


No shocker here. First Read is telling us that the GOP members of the house have had their heads temporarily removed from their asses to get new orders:Line up behind McCain.

Standing with GOP House leaders John Boehner, Roy Blunt, and Adam Putnam, McCain said that he met with the group this morning and agreed that there was a lot of work to be done towards uniting the party.

This after Mr. 28% has, once again, lied to the American public and said that McCain is a “true conservative”. Of course, anyone who is unfortunate enough to be represented by those 3 already know that having their own thoughts goes against everything being an elected GOP politician is all about.

Because this is what the Washington post reported this morning:

At the request of his campaign, McCain (Ariz.) will visit the House Republican Conference, whose members include some who have said they felt physically ill at the prospect of the senator heading the ticket.

Isn’t that an endorsement? I wonder if they changed their tunes because Cheney offered to take them on a hunting trip. Or maybe the Washington Post was incredibly wrong:

House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) will endorse him, citing his role as chairman of the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis. House Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), whose rural district went heavily for former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee on Feb. 5, will also decline to endorse, as will House Republican Conference Chairman Adam H. Putnam (R-Fla.), who has stayed neutral since his first choice, former senator Fred D. Thompson (Tenn.), dropped out. Only the chief deputy whip, Rep. Eric Cantor (Va.), is on the McCain team.

Notice some similar names there? Talk about a 180 in less than a few hours.

Why Mike Huckabee Should Never Be President

Same reason Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton should never be president. We have a separation of church and state in our Constitution. We do not have a religious requirement for a person to become president. We should never entertain the thought of a religious leader, no matter the religion, to become president. This means that several of my family members and friends should never be allowed to be president.

I’m okay with that.

I just want those people who feel that Huckabee is a good idea for a president because he’s a minister to think about their hypocritical feelings if Huckabee was a rabbi or an imam. Think of all those idiot Republicans and GOP media types who make a big deal of Senator Obama attending a Muslim school as a child, in a Muslim country and the lies and idiocies they spread about the Christian Senator wanting to turn this secular country Muslim. Not just your average run-of-the-mill Muslim, but a psychotic-beheading-jailing-the-rape-victim sort (I had to throw in the beheading so you won’t think I was talking about, Bill O’Reilly). Then think about how you feel when I say: Huckabee as president is dangerous because he is a Baptist minister and would turn this country into something out of A Handmaid’s Tale. Or worse.

GOP Debate tonight

Those stone-aged, zany, torture loving Taliban GOP candidates have decided to come out of hiding and actually do the CNN/YouTube debate. You’ll remember that after the Democrats did their CNN/YouTube debate, the Taliban GOP candidates all quickly decided that having regular people ask them questions was more than they should have to deal with and all of a sudden “scheduling conflicts” arose.

If you read CNNs website, you’d be under the impression that Serious People have been doing Serious Research in filtering what questions will be shown. If you watched the Democratic debate, you’ll see that the Serious People were more interested in showing clips from people who seem to get their news from Faux, repeating old lies and distortions. Which makes this statement all the more interesting:

“This debate is to let Republican voters pick from among their eight candidates,” said David Bohrman, Washington bureau chief and senior vice president for CNN. “We are trying to focus mostly on questions where there are differences among these candidates.”

I seem to recall more than a few Republicans asking questions of the Democrats (click here for a link to all shown questions) and even looking at the submittals, I wonder how they determine how the people are registered. Very few of them claim a side, they generally go straight to their question. One can only assume from this that one of the negotiating points for the GOP candidates to actually show up, is if they get only Taliban GOP-friendly questions.

This should make for an interesting evening regardless. I know that each Taliban GOP candidate is nutso in his own special way, some of them crazy in 5 different ways, but each debate allows you to learn just how bass-ackward these dudes are. Hey, maybe tonight we’ll learn that none of those white males on stage think that women shouldn’t be allowed to vote, or people of color should be given an education.

Al Hubbard to resign

MSNBC had a ticker on it’s site that Al Hubbard (BFF of Bush from his Havard biz school days) is resigning. As you know, Al Hubbard is the Director of the National Economic Council. If you managed to go about your life not knowing Al Hubbard exists, then you’re in company with maybe 90% of the rest of the world. But that means you missed this from 2005. Mr. Rose Colored Glasses explains the economy to the masses. Or you may remember him from his full of liesl op-ed on the SCHIP that ran recently in USA Today.

But does it matter? All we need to wonder about is how much is he going to get for his book?

Bye-bye Republicans

I was thrilled last week when I found out that zanyMike Ferguson was not going to seek reelection. He had to resort to all kinds of dirty campaign tricks to win in ‘06. Funny, I had always assumed (yet another) gay scandal would have done him in. Then of course Dennis Hastert is done. The act that despite being a Republican he has kept his word and handed in his resignation yesterday has me positively giddy. But the one that had me happier than a pig in shit is the surprise announcement of Trent Lott’s retirement. That’s one less klansmen in the Senate, so that means there’s only 67 more left! Kidding. Sorta.

Ant any rate, I think Lott’s announcement now brings the total up to 18 or 19 GOP party boys who don’t like to actually do any work when they can’t just rubberstamp the president’s desires. Nice work ethic there guys and congrats to the 3 of you who managed not to be involved in a gay sex scandal. That’s not to say it didn’t happen, it’s just that you didn’t get caught.

Polls are stupid

No, acutally the people who respond to these polls are stupid. I understand the average American, or rather most Americans either willfully don’t pay attention to politics or pretend that they know something based on a 30 sec clip run on CNN. I got that. That being said, it doesn’t help that pollsters decided to waste money on incredibly dumb and pointless polls. Why? Because people fall for the majority answer all the time, not wanting to be “left out”. Americans are conformists at heart. That why people fell for that stupid GOP paid “poll” over who’d they prefer to have a beer with. Sheeple never even bothered to see who requested and paid for the poll and then regurgitated, “Well, I’d rather have a beer with Bush.” like they thought of it or something. (I should note that I almost got into a fistfight with two guys at Yankee Doodles in Santa Monica over this subject, and yes, I started it.)

Which brings me to the AP-Yahoo! poll. The headline on Yahoo!says that people think that Obama is more likeable than Guiliani. That’s a duh. That’s like asking “Would you prefer a fine 7 course meal or the stale french fries under my kid’s carseat?”. In reading the responses from some of the people you get this:

“I’d rather have a president that’s going to get in somebody’s face if he’s got a problem with them or another country,” says Stokes.

Guess what he’s registered as? :\

Oddly enough, Stokes (who is a Republican) has fallen for the Guiliani 9/11 myth, though he would prefer to bring John Edwards on a family vaction (WTF???). There’s other dichotomies, such as the Obama supporter who would prefer to go bowling with Romney. I’m not even going to wonder how that subject came up. Is beer too ‘99? I’m dying to know the actual questions asked of the respondents. I’m sure they had to pick someone from the other camp to fill in the blanks of the political Mad-Lib.

Naturally, since the media decided months ago that Clinton and Guiliani are the frontrunners, they have a pretty poll that proves them right. People seemed resigned to this finality, probably not realizing that the media decided our nominees back in March.

The poll apparently covered a lot of points, even going so far as to ask the respondents to rate themselves on their outlook on life. So apparently all 8 Huckabee supporters are deliriously happy. Meanwhile, Clinton supporters, we’re told, are mostly low-income so they’re a pretty sad lot.

And I’m left wondering, “How the flaming flapjack is any of this important?”

Fuck Scott McClellan

Now, he’s saying the WH lied about the Plame leak. What’s with all this unethical Republicans that only get the nerve to speak up after they “retire to spend more time with their families”? And how is it possible that all the people who decide to finally speak up after the Constitution and this government have been shredded manage to never to be at fault for their own unethical actions and downright lies?

Oh wait, they got books to sell.


Ron Paul (R-CrazyTown)

Yes, I’ve ignored Paul’s huge online haul. I’m not dazzled that he’s managed to swindle Americans (probably the same sort that voted for Bush with gusto) into giving him money.

I am impressed by the American public’s general willingness to be swindled. Many people like Paul because he’s against the war. That’s nice. Many people, like me, were against the war before it started. Many people realized in 2003 that the war was a bad idea and the Bush Adminstration had no idea what it was doing. Paul has been a staunch detractor of the war. I’ve seen some great speeches by him on the floor of Congress stating how bad the war is and how terrible it’s been managed. That does not make me want to give up my rights as a woman, as a black person to someone who happens to agree with me on one thing.

Granted, I am a proud liberal and I could never vote for anyone with an R or I behind their name just because they agree with me on one thing. Hell, I haven’t ever voted for fucking Dianne Feinstein (D[ha!]-CA) because she votes with the GOP on most of the issues that are important to me.

Ron Paul’s supporters are quick to defend him with, “He won’t take away your rights. He’s for state’s rights!”. Yeah, Le Shrub ran saying he was for state’s rights too. Remember? That was his answer on just about everything that the couldn’t or wouldn’t give a solid answer to. “[Whatever] is a complicated issue. I’m for state’s rights.” He was for state’s rights as long as they fell in behind his administrations poorly planned and pro-corporatists interests. Paul strikes me as one for state’s rights as long as it’s not affecting him personally. Oops, guess that’s all libertarians.

Oh well. At least he’s not a tyrant-in-training like Guiliani.

Sen. Chuck Hagel is retiring

Not particularly shocked, but it’s reported that Chuck Hagel (R-NE) is retiring from the Senate and won’t run for president. This is good for the Democrats because it means that the GOP will not only have to field a candidate in the district, but also throw lots of money at a seat they thought was pretty safe.

Hagel plans to announce that “he will not run for re-election and that he does not intend to be a candidate for any office in 2008,” said one person, who asked not to be named.

Hagel has scheduled a press conference for 10 a.m. Monday at the Omaha Press Club.

The GOP’s field of presidential candidates must be breathing a sigh of relief. On the face Hagel seems like your old-school non-extremist Republican. You know, the rare sane kind. The kind who didn’t accuse you of treason because you disagreed with him. The Republican Independent voters probably would have flocked to him if he decided to run for president, not to mention the surprisingly large number of so-called progressives who think Hagel is the cat’s pajamas for whatever inane reason.


Hagel, 60, was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996 and would be up for reelection in 2008.
Hagel, a decorated combat veteran of the Vietnam War, has emerged on the national stage as a vocal critic of the Bush administration’s Iraq policies.

Freedom’s Watch…or is that Freedoms Watch?

They certainly don’t seem to know what to do with their apostrophe, but I just thought I toss this out there to the few uninformed people who may stumble across my sad little blog.

First off, I will not link to the site. You can look it up yourself. I have no desire to add traffic to a propaganda site. I know I’m lagging on this, but I can’t just let this pass.

Freedom(’)s Watch is spending $15M on TV advertising in GOP strongholds to convince the sheeple Republicans that all is really, really hunky-dory in Iraq. This group is being fronted by former White House spokesmutant Ari Fleisher. I guess he really missed being the US Disinformation Minister. Or something. As I said, it’s just propaganda arm of the White House. Only the ignorant and gullible would believe this shit.

But my goodness, how low they will go on this. From their “about us” page:

Freedom’s Watch is organized as a nonprofit corporation and operated in a manner consistent with section 501 (c) (4) of the federal income tax laws. Freedom’s Watch is dedicated to educating individuals about and advancing public policies that protect America’s interests at home and abroad, foster economic prosperity, and strengthen families. (ed note: do people fall for this shit?) Through outreach and education, communications to key members of Congress, and bold public awareness initiatives, Freedom’s Watch is fighting for the ideals and policies that keep America strong and prosperous. We welcome all those who share our values to join our efforts.

I’m curious…, no make that bi-curious about “communications to key members of Congress”. Which “key members of Congress” are the Freedom(’)s Watch people talking to? I think we all have a right to know if our Congressional representatives are participating in this propaganda. I’d love for everyone to contact their Congress(wo)man and Senators and have them go on record if they’re working with this propaganda group.

More bullshit from this group:

Has America forgotten that there are terrorists around the world who wish to bring harm to our nation and its citizens? Have some forgotten the scars left on our nation by the events that took place 6 years ago? Have some forgotten the reason our troops are abroad, fighting to preserve the freedoms we enjoy? It would appear that they have. Even now, some are trying to put a stop to the war on terror, when the threat to our nation is still very real. (ed note: GASP! People are trying to stop a war! The horrors!)

Our military and their families have made great sacrifices, and they’ve made significant military progress. We must complete our mission and successfully stabilize Iraq so the Iraqis can safely run their own affairs. We must not quit now and hand a victory to those who seek to strike the American homeland. This cannot be allowed to happen. (GOP to normal people translation: SSDD - Cut and run, “We must stand up so the Iraqis can stand down”, bin LadenAl-Qaeda, Iraq=Vietnam…oh wait, no it isn’t…yeah it is!)

Okay, this is easy. So easy, even a Republican can follow it. I completely understand that Republicans are scared and love to live their lives in fear. I get that. What I don’t get is how “scars left on our nation by the events that took place 6 years ago” are logically tied to “the reason our troops are abroad”. That’s just not true. I laughed at the entire sentence actually, ” Have some forgotten the reason our troops are abroad, fighting to preserve the freedoms we enjoy?” You mean the freedom to have our phones taps by our goverment without a court order? The freedom to protest miles away from the president? The freedom to be arrested over a T-shirt? The freedom to get beaten to death if you’re gay, perceived gay, or not Christian? Those freedoms?

But the kicker in all this is the phone number. I saw the number and thought, “Now why is there a toll-free number for Congress? That’s weird. Turns out that number, the phone number on all the TV ads and on their website does not go to Congress. How’s that for typical GOP honesty? Funny thing is that your typical Republican is so sheeplike that s/he’d never even check to see if the number was legit.