Bush Feigns Sorrow at Ft Hood, Conservatives Swoon

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George Bush showed something resembling empathy at his attendence at Ft. Hood memorial services and the far Right swoons, Missing George W. Bush

A couple of days ago I heard the news that George and Laura Bush paid a private visit to the wounded soldiers at Fort Hood. They specifically requested that the base commander not inform the media of their visit. They came. They comforted the wounded soldiers and the Fort Hood community for a couple of hours. And then they left. And they never had their pictures taken saluting the troops or holding their hands.

[   ]…It hurts to hear about an American President who cares deeply and sincerely about wounded soldiers and soldiers murdered in a terrorist attack and know that he is not the American President.

[   ]…But at least you always knew that Bush loved America and that he loved Americans. You knew that he valued America’s allies even if he didn’t always do right by them. You knew that his values were American values. – (Some more conservative tripe in the same price range here – Thank you former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush)

Just as Bush and Cheney suffered from cognitive dissonance about their behavior and policies, their genuflecting devotees continue to suffer from the same allergy to reality. Bush was the only modern era few presidents that did not attend the memorial services of any fallen soldier or Marine. Its understandable that neither Bush or Cheney could feel any empathy for those that actually saw combat since both of them went out of their way to avoid active military service in another war they supported, Vietnam.  Maybe the Right loved and misses the trashy story Bush told about giving up golf in remembrance of those that died in Iraq( another lame lie). Or maybe Bush’s conservative apologists miss the way Bush and Cheney treated the military – as always with conservatives pay attention to what they do not what they say,

Soldiers in the field, say veterans who have been there, have a lot more on their mind than whether or not the President has been photographed with a flag-draped coffin. But for those vets’ rights activists who have not only noticed but begun to demand answers from the Bush Administration, the President lost the benefit of their doubt by his actions over the past six months. “I was really shocked that the president wouldn’t attend a funeral for a soldier he sent to die,” said Pollack, who is board president of Veterans for Common Sense. “But at the same time I’m not surprised in the least. This Administration has consistently shown a great deal of hypocrisy between their talk about supporting the troops and what they’ve actually done,” he added.

“From the cuts in the VA budget, reductions in various pays for soldiers deployed . . . to the most recent things like those we’ve seen at Fort Stewart, where soldiers who are wounded are not being treated well, the Administration has shown a blatant disregard for the needs of the soldiers.” Pollack was referring to 600 wounded, ill and injured soldiers at a base in Georgia who were recently reported to be suffering from terrible living conditions, poor medical treatment and bureaucratic indifference. During a recent stop at Fort Stewart, President Bush visited returning soldiers but bypassed the wounded next door.

“Bush’s inaction is a national disgrace,” said one Gulf War I vet, speaking off the record. “I’m distressed at the lack of coverage — amounting to government censorship — of the funerals of returning U.S. service members.

Bush loves to go to military bases near fundraisers,” he continued. “The taxpayers pay for his trip, then he rakes in the cash. Soldiers are ordered to behave and be quiet at Bush events. What a way to get a friendly crowd! The bottom line is that if Bush attended a funeral now, it would highlight a few things: 1) There’s a war going on, stupid; 2) There are bodies flying home in coffins censored by the Pentagon; and 3) Bush is insensitive to families and veterans.”

It was not just Bush and Cheney, but the Republican leadership which controlled Congress that treated the military like old dogs with mange. The Missing Bush writer does not miss the reality, but the fantasy fetishist version of the Bush White House. Bush and the conservative movement sent off American troops to die, be wounded and maimed for a lie about WMD and fairy tale connections between Iraq and al-Qaeda. Its impossible to love one’s country and send your countrymen to die for one’s delusions. Bush and the neocons were the abusive parents of love of country. They beat it till it literally bleed and still cannot understand why they’ll held in such contempt.

My solemn meeting on Veterans Day with President Obama at my friend’s resting place in Arlington

President Obama simply stuck out his hand and asked for my name as he stepped toward me amid a bone-chilling drizzle in the Gardens of Stone.

This was Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery. I wasn’t there as a reporter, but to visit some friends and family buried there when Obama made an unscheduled stop – a rare presidential walk among what Lincoln called America’s “honored dead” – after laying a Veterans Day wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

What I got was an unexpected look into the eyes of a man who intertwined his roles as commander in chief and consoler in chief on a solemn day filled with remembrance and respect for sacrifices made – and sacrifices yet to be made.

I’m sure the cynics will assume this wasjust anotherObama photoop.

If they’d been standing in my boots looking him in the eye, they would have surely choked on their bile.

His presence in Section 60 convinced me that he now carries the heavy burden of command.

I had stopped at Arlington to see the resting place of Ken Taylor, Ed Lenard and Dave Sharrett. Ken and Ed survived their service, in World War II and Korea, and died as old men. Dave did not leave Iraq alive. He was 27.

Obama arrived just before noon at the serene Section 60, where many of the dead from Iraq and Afghanistan are buried together – and where many more heroes will undoubtedly be laid to rest before this President leaves office.

It’s a section typically bustling with those visiting loved ones. Every time I go there, more and more graves have been dug into the earth.

The President and First Lady Michelle Obama emerged from their armored limousine hatless in the frigid downpour and took a slow stroll into the soggy rows of white marble headstones.

They stopped first at the grave of Medal of Honor recipient Ross McGinnis, an Army private who threw himself on a grenade in Iraq three years ago to save four buddies.

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On Veterans Day, Conservative Mike Savage claims “a lot of girls” join Navy “just to get pregnant because it’s a guaranteed passport to an easy life”


New York Times Blames Workers for Unemployment?


Rick ‘Coocoo” Perry Caters To The Far Right: Obama Is ‘Interested In Punishing Texas’ And ‘Hellbent’ On Socialism

The Weakly Standard, The Gateway Xenophobe, Matt Sludge, Big Gov’Mint and the Chorus of Health Reform Lies

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There was super secret contest this weekend among conservative pundits to see who could spin the lie about Speaker Pelosi not posting the House’s version of the health care reform bill 72 hours in advance. Among the contestants were The Weakly Standard, The Gateway Xenophobe, Matt Sludge, Big Gov’Mint and of course the big daddy of right-wing misinformation Fox News. Right-wing media falsely claim Pelosi broke pledge to post health care bill online 72 hours in advance

Right-wing media are claiming Speaker Nancy Pelosi broke a pledge to post the “final” House health care bill online 72 hours before it comes to a vote, echoing a Weekly Standard blog post that claimed amendments allowed by the House Rules Committee the day prior to the vote will change the bill. However, Pelosi’s office posted both the text of the bill and the “manager’s amendment” — which The Sunlight Foundation called an “extra final version of legislation” — 72 hours in advance; those actions meet guidelines set by a House transparency measure that Pelosi told the Weekly Standard she “absolutely” supported.( A pdf of the bill HR 3962 is here, but since the bill will now go into reconciliation with the Senate the link may go dead eventually)

Of course if the House waited 72 hours after every dot on every i was changed we’d never have any legislation pass. Stephen Moore of Rupert Murdock’s Wall Street Journal said, “I’m shocked. You know what, Greta, I am surprised because of the brazenness of this and the arrogance of Speaker Pelosi to say we’re not going to let the American people see the bill. I’m just–I am shocked by it.” [On the Record, 11/05/09]. Stephen is shocked by something that only happened in his fetid imagination.

Conservative columnists for the New York Times are hatched apparently. Hybrids of sorts who are too lazy to do basic research. Someone tell Ross Douthat that President Obama visited the Berlin wall in 2008.

That Lindsay Graham (R-SC) is now considered a moderate by the media and a secret liberal by the Beck-Palin wing of conservatives is a mystery based on substance. Though if he and Joe Lieberman manage to kill the public option or force it out of the main health care reform bill to get a separate vote might not be a bad thing. That all may sound like heresy, but its the reality of politics. Lieberman will be gone in two years – before any major amendments to health care reform. Graham will have a tougher fight being elected because he comes off as an obstructionist reactionary disliked by the few remaining moderate Republicans and not far Right enough for the direction the conservative movement is headed – off a cliff.

Frank Rich on the far Right versus the even further far Right. The Night They Drove the Tea Partiers Down. Sure the internal slap fights of the Right are fun to watch in a train wreck kind of way – its actually not good for the country to not have an honorable loyal opposition, but Democrats should not be over confident. The persistence of high unemployemtn and the continuation of Wall Street decadence has the potential to produce a lot of unfocused backlash at whoever is in office, regardless of party.

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Fox News owns the extremist images featured at Capitol Hill rally it promoted

In aggressively promoting Rep. Michele Bachmann’s November 5 anti-health care reform rally on Capitol Hill, Fox News has chosen to associate itself with the offensive and extremist rhetoric emanating from that event. This rhetoric includes the disturbing signs — such as one of a pile of Holocaust victims’ bodies captioned “National Socialist Health Care, Dachau, Germany – 1945” — displayed at the event.

Media Matters has the photo. Even blurred Nazi death camp pictures are not for the squeamish. There is also a picture of a tea smoker with a sign comparing President Obama to Mao. It might make it easier to think the tea smokers were not short a few essential neurons if they did not keep accusing Democrats, Obama and the few remaining moderate Republicans of being simultaneously at opposite ends of the political spectrum. One cannot be both a communist and a fascist. Wikipedia is not perfect, but they do manage to note the Nazis gathered up the communists along with the Jews, intellectuals, etc and put them in death camps like Dachau. Maybe that is all it takes to be tea bagger, a narrative of history and current events that has no resemblance to reality. Imagine there was a death camp in the U.S. that killed a person every 12 minutes. President Obama is fighting the tea bagger movement/mentality to close that death camp. The fact is that what conservatives are trying to do, keep the death camp open for business, Study links 45,000 U.S. deaths to lack of insurance

Nearly 45,000 people die in the United States each year — one every 12 minutes — in large part because they lack health insurance and can not get good care, Harvard Medical School researchers found in an analysis released on Thursday.

“We’re losing more Americans every day because of inaction … than drunk driving and homicide combined,” Dr. David Himmelstein, a co-author of the study and an associate professor of medicine at Harvard, said in an interview with Reuters.

If these so called true conservatives want to make hyperbolic comparisons, they come out closer to being advocates for the continuation of an American Dachau then those who has trying to pass health care reform. Is there something the tea smoking conservatives are good at. They absolutely excel at denialism. I am genuinely amazed they are able to stay so ill informed in the age of 24/7 cable and the internet. Remember, Remember The Fifth Of November — A Day With The Tea Partiers

“They’re evil,” she said of the people in the Capitol Building that rose before her. “I never used to think that of my government, but that’s what happened — they’ve turned evil.”

Where was Dorothy when Bush and Cheney were lying us into a war that has taken over 4,000 American lives and cost three trillion dollars. Obama wants to help the middle class with a reform bill that is likely to save its costs and she thinks that is evil. You’ve entered the Tea Party Zone where evil is good and good is evil.

Keith, a disabled veteran from Goldsboro, NC, was somewhere in the middle of those two views. He was wandering around the Hill with an empty suit hanging from a pole and an airhorn. (Asked if the suit was meant to represent a specific member, he just said, “pick one.”)

“The lights are on, but there’s nobody home in there,” he said, pointing at the Capitol Dome. “These people don’t know what’s going on out here. We have to tell them.”

Keith, who served his country ( thanks Keith) and gets government health care thinks his lights are on. All the Keiths first need to call Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and ask him to stop acting like a petulant child and take his hold off of your benefits. Tommy Boy is another one of those let’s pretend to support the military conservatives. Then tell the AMA and AARP why and how in explicit detail please, why they are wrong to endorse health -care reform.

The highly watered down health reform bill, if anything does not do enough soon enough.

Glenn Reynolds Inadvertently Proves Conservative Super Stars Not So Super

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Antique North and South America map 1698. The little illustrations on the sides are a kind of travelogue narrative describing trade in the Americas and the indigenous populations.


For those that might not be familiar with him Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit, he is a far right conservative blogger – his protestations that he is an independent libertarian can be safely ignored based on years of posts and links that prove otherwise. In most ways Reynolds was never a blogger, but rather a Twitterer before there was a Twitter. He wrote posts that excelled in the thoughtful equivalent of the bumper sticker. Those insights or lack of, in combination with his Bill Kristol like propensity to be wrong about just about everything from WMD in Iraq to privatizing social security was bound to pay off; conservatives being such cherrios for the concept of compensating based on genuine merit. The instapundit now gets published by that steaming pile of Murdock dung called the New York Post. The Obama magic has faded – By GLENN HARLAN REYNOLDS ( those caps are NY Post, not mine.)

In fact, the elections underscored Obama’s political weakness just one year after his triumphant victory over Republican moderate John McCain. The Obama invincibility that was so much in evidence then seems to have lost its power. People can argue the reasons why these elections, all in places Obama carried handily, were so close. But if he were the political marvel he was thought to be, these races wouldn’t have been contests, but walkovers. So one consequence of this Election Day is the end of his special political magic. That’s no surprise — as that magic was a largely substanceless froth whipped up by campaign consultants and compliant big-media cheerleaders.

If there was a certification for “substanceless froth”, Reynolds would be Captain Crackerjack of the Substanceless Brigade. So maybe we should all pay attention to the master. The only people that ever thought Barack Obama was “magic” were conservatives. Is a tried and true tactic, build someone up so tearing them down seems like an even bigger fall. Reynolds wants to make these little special elections races all about Obama. Yet as is Reynolds habit it cannot bring himself to be intellectually honest – he might be constitutionally unfit for the task. Nor would he, much like the typical con lower himself to do some actual research, Exit Polls

* Per CNN, voters in Virginia did not see their state’s gubernatorial race as an opportunity to voice opposition to Barack Obama. A 55 percent majority of voters said that the President was not a factor in their vote, and an additional 18 percent indicated their vote in Virginia was one of support in the President. Just 24 percent of voters indicated that their vote was one of opposition to President Obama. The numbers out of New Jersey are not terribly different, with 60 percent saying that Barack Obama played no role in their gubernatorial vote, 19 percent saying that their vote was one in support of the President, and 20 percent saying that their vote was in opposition to President Obama.

Concludes CNN, this is not a referendum on Barack Obama.
* Chuck Todd reports that Barack Obama’s approval rating among Virginia voters stands at 51 percent (just under the 52.6 percent of the vote he received in the state last November) and 57 percent in New Jersey (almost exactly the same as the 57.1 percent of the vote he earned in that state last November). In other words, exit polling indicates President Obama has not really lost supporters over the past year.

Reynolds obviously could not handle the NY-23 race head on so we get dry toast.

Dede Scozzafava was a bizarre choice, bizarre enough to inspire a seemingly quixotic third-party run by Doug Hoffman.

Scozzafava, with the exception of a couple cultural issues a far right Republican in a red-purple district. Can we hold Reynolds to the fact that the preferred candidate of Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, Michelle Malkin, former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas) and GOP presidential hopeful for 2012 Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty was “quixotic”. That’s some serious trash talk about the judement of a circle of people who are currently pushing the conservative movement’s agenda. Under the circumstances would it be fair to say that five of the super star opinion makers of the Republican Partay have lost their “magic”. Glenn’s lasting message to America is that any conservative hack can make their way to the top of the wing-nut welfare machine writing tripe.

Since I have friends and family in Virginia just a short take on the governors race. One old definition of insanity is a person that keeps banging their head against the wall hoping for a different result with each bang. Conservatives typify that mentality daily and Virginia’s new governor is a potential poster boy, VIDEO: MCDONNELL REITERATES SUPPORT FOR FAILED BUSH ECONOMICS. McDonnell hide his Salem Witch Trials cultural agenda during most of his campaign, but got the heretic hunters off their ass during the last weeks. Creigh Deeds owes at least part of his loss for running as a Republican-lite candidate. That said young Virginia Democrats and independents were the key to Deeds winning. To their credit they tend to be idealistic, but the downside to that idealism is lack of pragmatism. Sometimes you have to be pragmatic and vote for the less then ideal candidate – a rule in the Republican playbook that has paid off for them and one which young Democrats might want to consider. Given a few months of Bushnomics revival and the reintroduction of the conservative culture of hate from McDonnell, most Virginians will be suffering buyers regret. Though McDonnell, out of the three high profile races is the one Democrats should ponder. never under estimate the conservative movement’s ability to gain traction on divisive cultural issues and the public’s two week long memory when it comes to placing blame for their economic problems.



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Bill Mahr’s latest observations, Is This as Good as It Gets From Obama?

Yeah, I’m disappointed, too. I thought we were sweeping into power; I thought change meant Change. I believed all that talk about another First 100 Days, a la Roosevelt. Well, that didn’t happen. The question is, is this as good as it gets from Obama, or is he pacing himself? He may have a four and eight-year plan and they included a first year of just gettin’ to know you and not gonna rock the boat too much. Well, Mission Accomplished on that.

I’m trying to be patient. The one obvious thing that President Obama has gotten wrong is the way he has gone about managing the economic recovery. Its actually Larry Summer’s recovery and to some degree Timothy Geithner’s, but the buck still stops in the oval office. Progressives would have put workers, homeowners and small banks ahead of Wall St. Its not that Summers’ way is sinking the economy, regardless of what the Party of Glenn Beck says, its a conservative elite’s recovery in which the trickle down will take years to get us back down to 4% unemployment. I’m a little disappointed in Ariana Huffington for her sensationalized headline lead into this story about the release of David Plouffe’s new book – Obama One Year Later: The Audacity of Winning vs. The Timidity of Governing. Obama was elected in November, but was not sworn in until January of this year. Huffington and some of the editors at The Nation ( which goes after Obama quite a bit) do serve a useful purpose; to keep the heat on the administration to not just live up to its promises – which were relatively modest in the details – but to pressure this administration to live up to its potential.

What with time constraints and a minor health issue that’s all I’ve got today.

Cheney Displays All the Integrity of a Gutter Rat

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Cheney ‘cannot recall’ almost anything about Plame outing. In the Conservative Field Guide it lists rewriting history as one of conservative’s favorite pastimes. Dick is hardly the kind of conservative to break any molds. If he wants to spend his last years of life blowing smoke up America’s backside, well, its not like most of us haven’t built up an immunity.

Cheney also said he “could not remember any reaction he had to the Kristof article at the time it was published,” did not follow subsequent newspaper coverage of Wilson’s claims, was not aware of whether reporters were asking his office about the trip, and only discussed the matter with Central Intelligence Director George Tenet once by phone.

When asked about Wilson’s New York Times editorial of July 6, 2003, Cheney stated that he was “relatively certain he spoke to someone about the article, but he cannot recall exactly who it was.” Even when shown a copy of the editorial with notes in his own handwriting in the margin, he indicated “he has no specific recollection of when he wrote the notes” and that “he cannot recall if he discussed the underlined portions of the editorial with any one.”

Emptywheel beat me to the blog post – Hanging Scooter Libby Out To Dry. That was my first thought, Libby took four felony convictions for the team. Cheney in particular. Bush ended up coming to Libby’s rescue, but now Cheney publicly damns Libby for the sake of Dick’s ego and lifelong habit of redacting what is already well established facts.

Does Glenn Beck understand the words that he sputters. If he does, does Glenn think his viewers are utter morons. If Glenn believes and understands what he says, and his viewers believe what he says, together they might be violating some kind of reality denial barrier hence to unknown to science. Net Neutrality May Be The Next ‘Death Panels’

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission voted to move forward with regulations to preserve the open architecture of the Internet. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is trying to make our current system’s “net neutrality” official by ensuring that broadband providers “cannot discriminate against particular Internet content or applications” and are “transparent about their network management practices.”

[  ]…Fox News host Glenn Beck has been fear-mongering on net neutrality for weeks, saying that the Obama administration is trying to shut down freedom of speech. “You have a freedom of speech or the government,” said Beck last week. “You can’t really have both.” He’s been getting his talking points from Phil Kerpen of Americans for Prosperity, who also fueled Beck’s campaign against former Obama adviser Van Jones. Some telecom companies — which, along with the cable industry, is driving opposition to an open Internet — have begun astroturfing efforts as well.

The only way to have free speech is for corporations to control the net? The only way to keep dry is to jump in the lake. The only way to keep your family safe is to run red lights. Lucky for Beck and his sycophants that Beck’s claims are not subject to the same rigors of proof we apply to even basic arithmetic.