Equalizer Jazz wallpaper – They Love The Misery of Others and They’re Organized

Equalizer Jazz wallpaper

There is no secret smiley-faced fascist movement to destroy an American government that is by and for the people. On the contrary the Right, the conservative movement, is pretty brazen about their goals. As is typical of the various brands of authoritarianism modern Republicans are distinguished by their desire to weaken the Constitutional guarantees set forth in the Bill of Rights – for everyone but them. The Right also displays an inordinate amount of pleasure in the suffering of others, the celebration of schadenfreude – from trumped-up wars to torture to someone getting kicked out of their home to a firefighter taking a pay cut and children denied a good education. What is authoritarianism without power. Conservative economic policies from Regan to Clinton and GW redistributed most income and property to the top one percent. In the USA money is power. The conservative media has power, but it mostly exists to protect and promote the plutocracy. While Europe’s far left of the early 20th Century engaged in its share of eliminationism, eliminationism is the gold standard of American conservatism from the pro-slavery element of the Antebellum south to modern-day conservative homophobes and immigrant boogeyman bed-wetters. They may seem like a big barrel of crazy, but the Right is organized. DeVos, Koch, Scaife, Walton, ALEC, AFC: The Corporate Royalists and Right-Wing Groups Propelling the GOP’s Assault on the Middle Class

AFC is ramrodded by Betsy DeVos, whose right-wing bona fides are rock solid. Raised in the wealthy, ueber-conservative Prince family (her brother is Erik Prince, founder of Blackwater, the infamous private war corporation), she married Dick (son of Richard) and has been a major donor/fundraiser for the GOP, for religious-right political groups, and for a national web of school privatizers. Also, she and the larger DeVos klan are longtime co-conspirators in and co-funders of the Koch brothers’ plutocratic political network. [Bonus tidbit: The DeVoses reportedly helped finance the Citizens United case that the Supreme Court used last year to unleash secret, unlimited corporate money on our elections.]  ( note: quote from DeVos on the money she directs towards Republicans – “”We expect a return on our investment.”)

[  ]…”With nearly 2,000 members” explains a brochure of this secretive organization, “ALEC( AMERICAN LEGISLATIVE EXCHANGE COUNCIL) is the nation’s largest nonpartisan, individual membership association of state legislators.” Maybe your very own local lawmaker is one of them–but you won’t get that information from ALEC, which hides its list of legislators from public view.

Which brings us to the organization’s pose as an association of legislators. The “exchange” in ALEC’s name is not between lawmakers, but between lawmakers and such behind-the-scenes powers as Altria, AT&T, Bayer, Coca-Cola, ExxonMobil, GlaxoSmithKline, Intuit, Johnson & Johnson, Koch Industries, Kraft Foods, Peabody Energy, Pfizer, Reynolds American, State Farm Insurance, UPS, and Walmart. These giants form ALEC’s “private enterprise board,” and they are among the self-interested corporations that put up its money and shape its agenda. ( note: very little legislation at the state or federal level does not have ALEC’s finger prints on it, especially if the bill originated with a Republican. Not a secret. No Glenn Beck-ian conspiracy laden rants required)

[   ]…Today, the bands of nouveau corporate royalists (with coats of arms bearing such names as Coors, DeVos, Koch, Scaife, and Walton) are determined to take back those middle-class gains of yesteryear. They are working to achieve this through a coordinated, long-term campaign to (1) crush the ability of working people to unionize, (2) bust America’s middle-class wage structure, (3) eliminate job security, and (4) emasculate government as a force capable of controlling corporate avarice and arrogance.

These latter-day royalists are employing a more sophisticated thuggery than brute force (though don’t think they wouldn’t resort to it). Instead, their goons are more likely to be in Gucci’s than brogans, using dollars and computers rather than clubs and guns.

While there are exceptions – Lone Wolves: A Recent History of Violent Right-Wing Extremism – the modern Right are not exact reincarnations of Germany or Italy’s fascists. Why bother with the jack boots, the internment camps, the street riots, the general thuggery when all that is obviously required is to strip the average US citizen of their economic power. Many Americans of modest to average means are perfectly willing to not only fall in line, but to help dis-empower themselves. The tea bagger conservatives are a fairly good example – The NYT tea party profile: old white dudes with money who think poor people and black folks are getting over. They want and think they deserve their Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment benefits, workman’s compensation, public worker pension plan, veteran’s health benefits – they just don’t think that person over there deserves it. With such willing toadies in economic classes – low middle to middle-class, that should avoid conservatism like the plaque, there is no need to have black shirted patrols. They use draconian laws irregardless constitutionality, to accomplish what the brown and blackshirts used to do.

Speaking of eliminationism. Do not combine with bed-wetting as the stench is both overwhelming and silly, Rand Paul Worried Legal Immigrant Students Will Attack Us. Rando recently advocated arresting anyone at a “radical” political rally. He has yet to arrest himself.

Don’t ya hate when that happens, God Caught Backing Multiple GOP Candidates for President

Cain(Herman) has also heard from God more directly, as he told a tea party rally in April:

Cain told the crowd about his battle with cancer in 2006, saying he’s been “totally cancer free” for the past five years.

“You want to know why? God said, ‘Not yet Herman,'” Cain told the crowd. “God said, ‘Not yet. I’ve got something else for you to do.’ And it might be to become the president of the United States of America.”

[  ]…As Karen Santorum told CBN’s David Brody in May about her husband’s(Rick) decision to run for president, “It really boils down to God’s will. What is it that God wants? … We have prayed a lot about this decision, and we believe with all our hearts that this is what God wants.”

[  ]…”If I felt that’s what the Lord was calling me to do, I would do it,” she(Michele Bachmann) answered. “When I have sensed that the Lord is calling me to do something, I’ve said yes to it. But I will not seek a higher office if God is not calling me to do it. That’s really my standard.

“If I am called to serve in that realm I would serve,” she concluded, “but if I am not called, I wouldn’t do it.”

Apparently God likes to play tricks with right-wing egos and delusions. Bush 43 said God told him to invade Iraq. Maybe the god the Right listens to is calling with a phone made of two tin cans and some string. Might be time to get the inflated egotism out of their ears, they might get a clearer moral message.

Limbaugh asks me what it’s like to live in a dreamworld. I bring up Oxycontin. (now w/audio link)

Rush:  You are so wrong.  The stimulus wasn’t 1/3 tax cuts.  Do you really believe the government can spend money better than the private sector?

John Stewart made the claim that the stimulus – the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – was composed of 1/3 tax cuts. Politifact checked out the numbers and found the stimulus was 28% tax cuts. Stewart and normal people mostly right, Limbaugh the draft dodging addict would be mostly wrong.  This is meritocracy Republican style. Limbaugh is typically mostly or completely wrong, and is rewarded in the millions for dispensing his twisted punditry. As long as I’m tearing down right-wing demigods, The Great Tax Cutter? Obama, Not Reagan.

 

“Boondoggle”: Fox News Derides Vital Manufacturing Jobs Initiative. Fox and Michelle Malkin seem to take a perverse pride in knowing squat.

 

 

 

Caribbean Summer wallpaper – We Know Them By Their Sleazy Attacks: Modern Republicans

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In case anyone has not noticed, you can always tell what the rabid Right is actually doing by paying attention to the accusations they hurl at Democrats. Today provides a couple good examples. Right-wing hack Jennifer Rubin has been calling the Obama administration racists for not pursuing the ridiculous trumped-up allegations of voter intimidation by the New Black Panther Party – Bipartisan agreement: Fox-hyped New Black Panthers case is a phony scandal. Even if the NBP had unnerved a few voters on that one day that does not make it worthy of a federal level inquiry and prosecution by the Department of Justice. Local law enforcement is perfectly capable of handling isolated local incidents. Rubin and the right-wing obsession with the NBP, who I agree are jerks, is besides racist in its own right, ironic in its call for big government involvement. Rubin has been jawboning her obsession and hurling these bizarre accusations for some time. A few days ago Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman-Shultz remarked that Republicans ( several governors) were supporting voting restrictions comparable to Jim Crow. Wasserman-Shultz did apologize and while the analogy was a couple of degrees over the line, it is a fact that the voting restrictions which Republicans are pushing create undo hardships for minorities, students and senior voters. Wasserman Schultz And The GOP War On Voting

But while the analogy was inappropriate, Wasserman-Schultz was absolutely right that Republicans have used their new majorities in statehouses to erect institutional barriers to voting that are more likely to disadvantage Democratic-leaning constituencies, minorities in particular. Recent Republican proposals have or would put in place onerous voter ID requirements, curtail early voting, and prevent students from casting ballots where they go to school. These proposals are costly and could disenfranchise hundreds of thousands if not millions of voters, but most of those affected are more likely to vote for Democrats. Republicans have invoked the specter of voter fraud to justify the restrictions, but the type of voter fraud these laws are designed to address are extremely rare — the Bush administration, despite pursuing the issue vigorously, never produced more than a handful of voter fraud prosecutions.

There’s also something rich about Republicans lecturing Wasserman-Shultz on historical perspective. After all, they’ve spent the last several years building an absurd narrative of white racial grievance, sometimes drawing explicit comparisons between America under Obama and Jim Crow. Nowhere has this manifested more absurdly than in association with the New Black Panther Voter intimidation case, which conservatives used to allege a conspiracy between the White House and a black separatist group. Jennifer Rubin, who was at the forefront of publishing such innuendo and has spent the last two years tossing outrageous accusations of racism at the Obama administration, now insists that Wasserman-Schultz didn’t go far enough in retracting her analogy, writing that restating the “Republicans are racists” line in less flashy terms “is still a slur.” This is coming from the same person who suggested Attorney General Eric Holder was guilty of racism when he pointed out, accurately, that the New Black Panther case was not at all comparable to what black people faced in the South prior to the 1960s. Rubin really doesn’t have much room to lecture Wasserman-Schultz on historical perspective — or even on tossing around frivolous accusations of racism.

It’s important to remember that Jim Crow wasn’t about having to fill out an extra form to cast a ballot, the entire system was underpinned by violence, real and threatened. Wasserman-Schultz’s analogy was inaccurate, but at least she was describing an actual systemic problem. The voting restrictions supported by the GOP will affect millions of people; Republicans couldn’t find a single voter intimidated by the NBPP in Philadelphia in 2008. Nevertheless, they attacked Attorney General Eric Holder for pointing out that comparing the NBPP incident to the Jim Crow South was offensive.

Rubins charges of racism are like a neon sign on a dark road warning that a warped spin is taking place. As Republican pump up the faux outrage they themselves are engaging in both racism and agism. While this kind of preemptive mud-slinging has a long conservative tradition, it is also right out of the Unka Karl playbook. Democrats are the egalitarian party, the truly big tent. Rove’s solution to the well substantiated extremist tendencies of the conservative movement was to accuse Democrats of things that would counter their strengths in the public view. I have not seen anything in the last ten years to suggest this tactic has been effective. The Right are not all racists, but racismmisogyny, agism and Antisemitism continue to be a big part of conservatism.

Example two, class warfare. Republicans are always accusing Democrats of engaging in class warfare. This is short for blue-collar, the working class, median income households, the middle-class and the working poor are just envious of the wealthy. The class warfare accusations also contain was of the most popular myths of our time: wealth is created by the top 1%. Or everyone should be grateful for the plutocracy. Not a few Democrats have also bought into this raft of pure BS. Workers create wealth as a product of their labor and by way of demand for products and services. One could open a business – say making yachts – that depends solely on millionaires for customers. Note there are very few yacht makers. Republicans, as part of movement conservatism philosophy and the cultist worship of supply-side economics, declared class warfare decades ago. That war continues as they try to gut Medicare. Selling said radical agenda as the kind of tough adult decisions that have to be made. For rational human being there is nothing tough or adult about giving America’s seniors and children the shaft. We’re in our current deficit and debt straights because of four things: two wars, the Bush tax cuts (How The Bush Tax Cuts Blew Up The Deficit And Debt) and the Great Recession. The latter largely due to conservative economic policies( yes some Democrats played a role by embracing those policies). The latest front in class warfare comes Tim Pawlenty, sounding a lot like Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, Who is really waging “class warfare”? Tim Pawlenty says Obama is stoking anger against the wealthy. His plan? Bigger and better tax cuts — for the rich!

At the conclusion of a speech delivered on Tuesday outlining his goals for the U.S. economy, Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty said some hurtful things about Barack Obama.

Regrettably, President Obama is a champion practitioner of class warfare. Elected with a call for unity and hope. He’s spent three years dividing our nation. And fanning the flames of class envy and resentment. To deflect attention from his own failures. And the economic hardship they have visited on America.

But class warfare is not who we are.

From the left side of the political aisle, the proclamation that Barack Obama has practiced class warfare is likely to be met with a sarcastic “if only.” Heck, if there’s one thing Tea Partyers and progressives agree on, it’s that Obama’s administration has been too solicitous of Wall Street, at the expense of Main Street.

Tim Pawlenty went on to pull some future tax brackets out of that part of his anatomy where the sun never shines. Matt Yglesias points out that Pawlenty’s math is fuzzy at best. Also via Andrew Leonard,Jon Chait points out, it’s the same “basic supply-side pixie dust”. And an analysis of pixie dust from the Economic Policy Institute

… the tax cuts for the wealthy never trickled down to middle-class families: Inflation-adjusted median weekly earnings fell by 2.3 percent during the economic expansion from 2001Q4 to 2007Q4. While real wages fell for most Americans, the top 1 percent of earners captured a whopping 65 percent of all income gains, leaving just 13 percent for the bottom 90 percent…

What concerns Democrats, a point that the Right just walks or talks its way past, is that of the value, the capital created by the economy, the vast majority of Americans are not being fairly compensated for their work. That compensation can come in two ways. It can come from indirect compensation such as public universities, a well-trained and equipped fire department, bridges and highways in good repair and the social safety net among other things. The other kind of compensation is plain wages.

This is what Republican class warfare and supply-side economics looks like

How Koch Became An Oil Speculation Powerhouse – From Inventing Oil Derivatives To Deregulating The Market

Charles Koch, the CEO of Koch Industries who is worth a reported $22 billion, likes to call his business an example of something he describes as the “Science of Liberty.” In reality, his company’s deregulation crusade has contributed to rolling blackouts, consolidation and monopolies in financial markets, and economy-wrecking oil price spikes. In comments to the CFTC, the reform-minded nonprofit Better Markets noted that, “the history of these markets is a history of anti-competitive, self-interested, predatory conduct that serves the interest of the exclusive few at the expense of the many and the system as a whole.”

If these conservative-libertarians ever had to really compete without the benefit of market manipulation, an army of lobbyist and directly buying influence, one has to wonder if they would survive a month.

What Glenn said, The joys of repressed voyeuristic titillation

There are few things more sickening — or revealing — to behold than a D.C. sex scandal.  Huge numbers of people prance around flamboyantly condemning behavior in which they themselves routinely engage.  Media stars contrive all sorts of high-minded justifications for luxuriating in every last dirty detail, when nothing is more obvious than that their only real interest is vicarious titillation.  Reporters who would never dare challenge powerful political figures who torture, illegally eavesdrop, wage illegal wars or feed at the trough of sleazy legalized bribery suddenly walk upright — like proud peacocks with their feathers extended — pretending to be hard-core adversarial journalists as they collectively kick a sexually humiliated figure stripped of all importance.  The ritual is as nauseating as it is predictable.

Glenn is mostly referencing the MSM, but the same is true of the right-wing media ( blogs and pundits like Andrew Breitbart and Fox). Republicans have been up to their eyeballs in serious scandals for a long time. Sure you have to sign the pledge to be an unrepentant hypocrite to be a conservative, but the self-righteous hypocrisy has reached new lows in the Rep. Weiner scandal.

Republicans Set to Save America From Healthy Children, History, The Recovery Act And Teens That Tweet

The only thing I don’t like about this article – Cutting kids’ healthcare will grow the deficit – by David Sirota is he uses the old saying that Republicans are cutting off their noses to spite their faces. That is true, but Republican attacks on children’s health care is typical of the conservative movement’s lack of appreciation for and lack of understanding of value.

In the name of curtailing deficits, politicians across the country are hacking away at programs that aim to make children healthier. In Congress, for example, House Republicans are spearheading a budget that eviscerates funding for food assistance and effectively defunds the wildly successful Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Similarly, from Texas to California, state lawmakers are chopping children’s health programs in the face of budget shortfalls. In all these initiatives, the rhetorical leitmotif is “fiscal responsibility.”

Like clockwork, this has set off the now-standard ideological debate over values, with liberals arguing that it’s immoral to deny healthcare to today’s kids and conservatives countering that it’s even more immoral to saddle the next generation with debt. But as highlighted by a new National Bureau of Economic Research report, both sides are ignoring the most important non-ideological fact: Any so-called deficit reduction plan that cuts child health programs is almost certain to increase deficits.

The NBER study compared British and American illness rates, controlling for both demographic differences and risk factors like smoking and drinking. It found that a) we have “much higher” childhood illness rates than our English counterparts, b) “the transmission rates of higher rates of childhood illnesses into poor health in [adults is] higher in America compared to England” and therefore, c) “the origins of poorer adult health among older Americans compared to the English traces back right into the childhood years.”

In other words, America’s broken private healthcare system allows kids’ medical afflictions to become far worse in adulthood than they become in England — a nation with a government-sponsored universal healthcare system.

When I say value that is not to be confused with values( Republicans have values they just happen to be abhorrent values). They frequently think of ways to cut imminent costs. We can all do that. We could all sell our cars tomorrow, end our phone plans and wear nothing but t-shirts from the thrift store. Those things will safe a lot in the short term. In the long term making such cuts might endanger our jobs, alienate our friends and family, and keep us from working in white collar jobs that require a dress code. This is the answer to Republicans if one assumes they are sincere about cost cutting. They are to the extent they want to cut anything Democrats are in favor of. A review of Republican history and the deficit – their political and economic resume says they are not sincere about the deficit and are consistently two faced about spending. Of our last five presidents three were Republican and they are responsible for 90% of the deficit. These are the same people who thought it gloriously patriotic to send over 4,000 Americans to their deaths over non-existent WMD. If lying Americans to their deaths doesn’t make them break a sweat then certainly lying about the economy and their plans for same is just another day in lalaland.

Who is dimmer Sarah Palin or her groupies? Palin’s fans rewrite wiki history of Paul Revere. In order to make Palin’s bungled history look like fact, her toadies are using her quote as the source. Not Paul Revere’s actual retelling of what happened. No “British” were warned. When Revere was caught by the British he got a little braggadocio and warned or taunted the British with talk about getting their comeuppance one day. Palin apologists are trying to claim that was what she was talking about. Nice try.

Tea Bag Republican Governor Rick Scott of Florida Accepts Federal Stimulus Money He said Was Evil He Would Never Take

When asked why he didn’t veto the stimulus money, Scott reverted to his standard talking point — bashing the federal government. But when pressed by the Miami Herald reporter, Scott said he went through every line of the budget and considered each through the lens of job creation. “That’s the filter I used,” he said. “So if the stimulus money helps creates jobs, then it’s okay?” the reporter replied. Scott immediately reversed himself and denounced stimulus money again, saying, “I think it’s a mistake. It’s taxpayer money and we have to watch how we spend all that money.” “But you okayed it,” the reporter pointed out.

Scott’s staffer then stepped in to try to end the interview. Scott walked away hedging about how he would need more detail about which lines the reporter was talking about, again contradicting himself by suggesting he didn’t know which lines of the budget contained stimulus money.

Good concise article about Elizabeth Warren – The Warren Court

Given the intensely partisan nature of Washington these days, the demonization of Warren and the C.F.P.B. is all too predictable. But it’s profoundly misguided, because Warren is far from the anti-capitalist radical that her critics (and some of her supporters) suppose. Indeed, an empowered C.F.P.B. could actually be a boon to business.

The core principle of Warren’s work is also a cornerstone of economic theory: well-informed consumers make for vigorous competition and efficient markets. That idea is embodied in the design of the new agency, which focusses on improving the information that consumers get from banks and other financial institutions, so that they can do the kind of comparison shopping that makes the markets for other consumer products work so well. As things stand, many Americans are ill informed about financial products. The typical mortgage or credit-card agreement features page after page of legalese—what bankers call “mice type”—in which the numbers that really matter are obscured by a welter of irrelevant data. There’s plenty of misinformation, too: surveys find that a sizable percentage of mortgage borrowers believe that their lenders are legally obliged to offer them the best possible rate.

Liberals don’t like to go to far Right sites, but they are informative in their own limited way. Day after day the article writers, bloggers and commenters are half crazed with the absurd idea that Democrats and progressives are radical socialist leftists. I have actually never meant a real live socialist, much less a Democrat or progressive that subscribed to socialism. On the contrary most of them want a something like a real capitalist society. One that is not rigged. One that is fair to consumers, investors, home owners and consumers. That conservatives think the corrupt plutocracy we have now is capitalism is a lot like the delusions Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann have about U.S. history.

This right-wing writer shares the Right’s common allergy to even the most basic fact checking and contradicts himself,WEINER’S TALE UNRAVELING

But according to data provided exclusively to The Daily from TweetCongress.org, a nonprofit website that captures each member of Congress’s Twitter feeds in real time, the shot seen round the world was transmitted using TweetDeck — a popular Adobe desktop application that links up with social networking sites. A review of Weiner’s Twitter stream from May 27, the day of the crotch pic, shows that Weiner had been posting only from TweetDeck — one of many ways to post messages to Twitter — that entire night.

Chet Wisniewski, a senior security adviser at security software company SophosLabs, said the TweetDeck stamp “does make it more plausible that it did come from him.”

Weiner used TweetDeck frequently, but he often also posted from the Web directly or from his BlackBerry. A widely circulated explanation for how Weiner’s Twitter account could have been hacked by email would also seem to be incompatible with the fact that the message in question originated on TweetDeck. If email had been used, the message probably would have originated via the photosharing site Yfrog, where the infamous picture was posted.

Notice something obvious. The lies just never stop, do they? – A journal called The Daily has reconstituted a false argument first offered by The Mighty Seixon in order to “debunk” what I said about the Yfrog exploit.

Let’s knock this one down quickly, shall we?

I revealed in this blog — long before the Daily published its “exclusively” provided “data” — that Weiner used TweetDeck that night. But so what?

The poor schlub writing for the Daily — his name is Daniel Libit — doesn’t understand that Seixon’s entire “TweetDeck” argument was based on the presupposition that the congressman used TweetDeck or some similar app EVERY SINGLE TIME. Thus, he never established a Yfrog account.

Yet even the Daily stipulates that this was not the case.

So there goes the argument. Poof.

Furthermore, TweetDeck and similar apps (such as the divinely-named Twitterberry) always append an identifying signature: “via TweetDeck” and “via Twitterberry.” Something like that. Weiner’s previous photos didn’t have that data. They were labelled “via Yfrog” and “via Twitter.”

Let’s take it a step further. Suppose Weiner had used TweetDeck and nothing but TweetDeck during his entire career as a twitterer. Again: So what?

TweetDeck automatically establishes a Yfrog account for you. When you try to send a pic, it even flashes a message: “Sending via Yfrog.” Don’t take my word for it. Download the app for yourself and try it out.

I downloaded TweetDeck and had one of my fictional creations send a pic to another. “Chalice153” had never set up a Yfrog account — and yet one was set up for her. Here it is. (That’s Angela, my model. Pretty, isn’t she?) That account was open to the very same exploit which I pointed out in my post. ( My note: you can see Joseph’s experiment at the link on his post.)

Than there is the other very obvious problem – the photo that ended up on Congressman Weiner’s Twitter stream has no metadata. This is a run down of all the Conservative bloggers who have latched on to this story like mindless blood sucking leeches – Rightbloggers E*aculate Over the Women of Weinergate. Imagine one of really bad college freshman sex comedies – the straight to $5 dollar DVD variety. That is about the level of discourse you’ll find.

TBogg has a write up of Patterico’s Pontifications ( who reportedly has a job on the public payroll as a DA in California) long post which consist mostly of some teenage girls tweeting back and forth about Congressman Weiner. PP actually thinks he has broken open some kind of wild hijinks. Like A Dog With A B*ner

Now, Patterico his own bad self is working the Weiner beat and he could have spent a lovely Southern California day with his wife and kids doing stuff in the sunshine. But, no. Because he can’t let this penis go, he spent the day creating timelines and using his mad Google skillz (with which we have personal experience) and reading between the lines and possibly even checking the kerning on notes passed amongst  some tweens who think Anthony Weiner is Bieberiffic.

So lets say you’re accused of murder. PP presents as evidence a string of Twitter feds of people talking about you. Ah ha, proof you’re guilty, take the accused to the electric chair forthwith. Andrew Breitbart is also mentioned in the PP post as having some new breaking story which alleged that Rep. Weiner traded inappropriate photos with another woman. He’s off to a bad start – they traded photos? Last i heard consenting adults can do stuff like that. I’ve gone over there and checked several times and so far all he has is a pic of Rep. Weiner holding up a sign that says “me” – fully dressed.

Update: I don’t agree with everything Jack Shafer says in this article. For one most bloggers never said that Brietbart hacked Weiner’s Twitter account, but that Breitbart relayed what was unsubstantiated material as a fact. Shafer does nail a lot of what Weiner defenders are feeling about now, Anthony Weiner’s Semantic Satiation

Weiner owes me no apology for his serial lies because I understand that that’s what politicians do when they’re cornered by their fibs or unseemly behavior. I’m not even sore with him for scapegoating the press over a problem of his own making. That, too, goes with the territory. Nor am I outraged that he went onto national television to attempt to cover up his lies, telling Rachel Maddow that he wasn’t “trying to be evasive” and he just didn’t “know” whether the Tweeted drawers photo was of him. For me, when the mass of lies equals the mass of apologies, the whole package congeals into some new sociopathic form for which there is yet no name. (Weinerite, perhaps?) That he was caught lying about his personal life, and not about public policy, doesn’t really matter to me. By demonstrating that he’s as good a liar as he is an apologizer, Weiner tells us everything we need to know about him.

I’m less judgmental about the “sin” that Weiner confessed to this afternoon, of sexting his junk or his chest shots to six women over three years. If you’re as old as Weiner (46) and have never done something naughty but still legal, you’re probably immune to the power of human desire, have no sense of fantasy, and have been living in a locked veal cage in a convent basement. You don’t have to be a libertine to not care about a politician’s kinks, as long as those kinks don’t get in the way of his job.

Within that torrential cascade of apologies he could or should have included his wife and family. At this point Rep. Weiner has shown more class and humility than John Ensign (R-NV), Tom Coburn (R-OK) who helped Ensign with the cover-up and David Vitter(R-LA).

Glass City wallpaper – Republican Medicare Lies Continue

Glass City wallpaper

Republicans demand TV station yank ad claiming GOP plan would `end Medicare’

Attention, people, this is important: The battle over whether it’s true that the Republican plan would “end Medicare” is about to play out in a critical way in New Hampshire.

The National Republican Congressional Committee, which oversees House races for the GOP, has written a sharply-worded letter demanding that a New Hampshire TV station yank an ad making that claim. Whether the ad gets taken down could help set a precedent for whether other stations will air Dem TV ads making this argument, which is expected to be a central message for Dems in the 2012 elections.

Here we are 7 months after the mid-term elections and Republicans, who made job creation a center of their platform, have yet to introduce a jobs bill. What they have done is voted twice to end Medicare.

Unfortunately as we mark the 150th day of Republican control of the House today, Republicans have yet to bring a jobs bill to the House floor. In fact, the only votes this Congress has taken to create jobs have been on Democratic bills, which were either voted down by Republicans or which Republicans voted against even considering:

An American jobs effort to end government contracts rewarding corporations that ship American jobs overseas. [Vote 19]

Build America Bonds to Create Jobs Now Act – leveraging public dollars to strengthen the private sector, growing our economy by rebuilding America’s schools, hospitals, and transit projects, supported by American businesses, the construction industry, mayors and governors. [Vote 38, Vote 30, Vote 189]

American Jobs Matter Act – to give preference in federal contracts to U.S. manufacturers that create jobs here at home. [Vote 257]

National Manufacturing Strategy Act, which calls on the President to lay out a plan to help ensure American manufacturers can compete, grow, and thrive. [Vote 279]

Advanced Vehicle Manufacturing Technology Act to help ensure the cars of the future are built here in the U.S., by investing in a broad range of near-term and long-term vehicle technologies to improve fuel efficiency, support domestic research and manufacturing, and lead to greater consumer choice of vehicle technologies and fuels. [Vote 310]

Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act to provide our government with effective tools to address unfair currency manipulation by countries like China, which could help create 1 million American manufacturing jobs by leveling the international playing field for American workers and businesses. [Vote 9, Vote 199]

Have Republicans stooped to new lows in parsing out the meaning of words. I wish that were true. They were just as bad when it came to lying about WMD and the economy during the Bush years. Imagine someone took the warhead and rockets boosters off an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile. Would we still call that a missile or just a very expensive metal shell that used to be a missile, What’s In A Name?

As Greg says, this is important — because if they can get away with this, it will amount to a serious infringement of free speech, preventing people from running truthful ads.

Because the fact is that Republicans are trying to end Medicare. The program we now call Medicare is one in which the government acts as your insurer, paying your major medical bills; coverage is guaranteed to all seniors. The program Republicans want gives you vouchers and tells you to go buy your own insurance, if you can. That’s not at all the same thing.

Oh, they’re also trying to stop anyone from calling it a voucher plan — but that’s what it is.

What about the claim that the Ryan plan actually does guarantee coverage, because it says that insurers can’t turn you down? That’s based on word games. What the plan says is that you can’t be turned down because of medical history — it imposes community rating. But it says nothing about requiring that insurers sell coverage at a price you can afford. And the Congressional Budget Office analysis of the Ryan plan makes it clear that it would put insurance coverage beyond the financial reach of many seniors.

The shell that Republicans would leave is what they would like to call Medicare. Just like they call torture just “enhanced integration”. Just as Sean Hannity will never live up to his bet to be “interrogated”, we will never see seniors clambering to have a half empty shell of health care. yea but Ryancare/Wing-nutcare will not kick in for years so old folks have time to get their Canadian citizenship or some how gather the same guaranteed resources they will need down the road. Not true, Republican Medicare, Medicaid proposal would hurt current seniors, too

You know that whole schtick from the Republicans about how anybody over 55 won’t be affected at all by their draconian budget and Medicare elimination scheme? They’re lying about that two. That’s according to analysis by Tim Fernholz writing at the National Journal.

“The retirees are going to be taken care of; there’s no ifs, ands, or buts about it,” House Speaker John Boehner vowed in an interview with CBS last month. The plan’s architect, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, has said time and again that the changes wouldn’t affect anybody getting close to retirement. “We propose to not change the benefits for people above the age of 55,” Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, insisted last week.

There’s only one problem with the strategy: It’s not true.

The policies in the House GOP budget, if enacted, would begin affecting millions of seniors almost immediately by increasing their costs for prescription drugs and probably long-term care. Further, Medicare costs could rise over time if healthier seniors choose to abandon the traditional benefit program.

[  ]…Some 9 million seniors qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid benefits, and about two-thirds of all nursing-home residents are covered by Medicaid. The GOP budget proposes cutting some $744 billion from Medicaid over 10 years by turning the system into block grants that limit federal contributions and give states more choice in structuring benefits. No one knows exactly which Medicaid services states would choose to cut back, but senior citizens account for a disproportionate share of Medicaid outlays and would almost certainly bear some of the burden.

“We know that two-thirds of the dollars in Medicaid go to people who are disabled or over 65, so this is the big funder of long-term care in this country,” said David Certner, AARP’s legislative-policy director. “We also know this could have an impact on home- and community-based care, which is the kind of care individuals prefer the most [and] often the ones that will be cut first.”

Final piece of Orwellian doublespeak to deal with: Ryancare is just like ObamaCare. No it is not. This one is silly beyond words. If they are the same, why repeal one and try to replace it with the other. Children trying to get away with something make up better lies on the fly than the average Republican.

Democrats(see the above on jobs agenda) do seem to be trying to create jobs. Because they are the minority party in the House they cannot even get bills up for a vote. Just as the public saw that FDR could not solve the problems of the Great Depression in one term, Democrats and President Obama cannot fix the loss of $17 trillion dollars of the nation’s wealth by Republicans in four years. Democrats need to get out the message they are the party that is trying and obviously the Republicans are the party of obstruction. For most readers that snip of bills that Republicans stopped is probably the first you have heard of those job creation bills. A suggested recipe for Democrats, A Path to Democratic Ascendancy on the Economy. I disagree with the recommendation to stop reminding people where the economic calamity started and why it is still with us. It is possible to look back and forward in the messaging. We have hard time learning or remembering lessons in this country. Supply-side economics and the insane contempt for regulation that protects workers, consumers and investors keeps failing and keeps coming back like a zombie.

 

Everyone has probably read these by now but just in case, CASE CLOSED! CONGRESSMAN WEINER WAS FRAMED!

The screencap of Congressman Weiner’s page — the one featuring the infamous “crotch shot” — lacks the URL. As far as I can tell, the only way to create that anomaly is when someone other than the account holder places an image on Yfrog, using the simple strategy outlined above.

[   ]…The only way to create a URL-free header is to have someone else send a pic to one’s Yfrog address. Milowent did just that. You can see the result: The header now has a blank space beneath Dowson’s name.

Why does Yfrog work that way? I don’t know. Ask their programmers.

The important point is this: The anomaly in the header indicates that the image was not sent by Weiner. It had to have been sent by someone else.

Not only that. Believe it or not, when an outsider sends a pic to someone else’s Yfrog account in this fashion, the action creates a message in the “twitterstream.” The message seems to originate with the Twitter account holder — but it doesn’t. It comes from somewhere else — from someone mailing a picture to the account holder.

This is a serious security flaw in the design of Yfrog and Twitter. It allows a malicious outsider to “spoof” a tweet that seems to come from someone else.

ABC reported on the exploit described by that blogger and have since closed that security hole. The full post gives you all the ins and outs of the technical aspects. it boils down to anyone with the knowledge of this exploit being able to post to someone’s Twitter account via e-mail. Someone did some forensics on the photo, New Forensic Details About Weinergate Photo

Farid confirmed that the photo known to have come from Weiner’s camera was “inconsistent” with the controversial photo. In fact, Farid says, the photo appears not to have come from a Blackberry at all. But here’s the even stranger part: The controversial photo does not match any camera in Farid’s database, which consists of about 15,000 kinds of cameras, phones, and tablets.

It is important to remember that Breitbart, all the right-wing conservative blogs and pundits have not produced a single shred of evidence that Congressman Weiner posted that photo. If you’re visiting a site that insists that Weiner still did something wrong, ask for proof. They will not produce any because there is none. The arguments seem to have boiled down to Rep. Weiner’s oddly worded denials or they just “know” it is true. That does not pass any legal or logical benchmarks. Andrew Breitbart is even backing off, throwing “Dan Wolfe’ under the bus and a Tommy Christopher is trying to claim that Breitbart had nothing to do with any of this. Which is just ridiculous as the screenshot taken after Weinergate broke shows, Big Government was all Weineragte all the time, Andrew Breitbart’s Employees Are All-Penis, All-The-Time. Besides the basic premise of this cooked up scandal be completely fabricated, Breitbart is afraid he has hooked up with a couple of right-wing perverts, The Dark Past Of The “Weinergate” Co-PilotTwitter avenger Mike Stack not your typical conservative agitator

The Twitter user who first floated the rumor that a lewd photo scandal was brewing for Representative Anthony Weiner is not your typical conservative avenger, an investigation by The Smoking Gun has determined.

Mike Stack, a 39-year-old New Jersey resident, is known as “goatsred” in the Twitterverse, where he has helped lead a months-long assault on the New York City politician. Stack was joined at the hip in this pursuit by “patriotusa76,” who gave his name as “Dan Wolfe” and was the online avenger who happened last Friday night to discover the notorious tweet emanating from Weiner’s account.

As TSG reported yesterday, “Dan Wolfe” has conveniently evaporated in the wake of “Weinergate.” In fact, today Wolfe’s entire Twitter page was deleted.

But Stack, the other Twitter Twin, remains online. An examination of his background has discovered:

* Stack, who aggressively pushed the story about Weiner’s underpants shot, has worked as a moderator on a pornography web site, and been a regular commenter on several other X-rated sites. Stack describes himself as a “Pervert” on one site, where his avatar, captioned “Antichrist,” is a drawing of President Barack Obama as Jesus Christ.

One of the family values centered activities of this bunch of conservative stalkers – Wolfe, Stack and apparently a few women – did was harass some of the teenage girls who were Rep. Weiner followers. We await the media to do a couple things it should have done in the first place: The MSM picked up the story as a he said she said kind of story without any inquiry into hard evidence that Congressman Weiner had done anything inappropriate. At this juncture the Congressman and the country should be getting an apology for the shoddy reportage they consider journalism. We also await the same media to use it’s considerable resources to work holding Wolfe, Stack, Breitbart and assorted accomplices to account.

William Jacobsen, or at least this one – So Now All These People Will Apologize to Sarah Palin About Paul Revere, Right? – believe it or not is a conservative law professor who works at Cornell. He post this as, one would assume, jury ready proof that Palin was correct,

I observed a Wood at a Small distance, & made for that. When I got there, out Started Six officers, on Horse back,and orderd me to dismount;-one of them, who appeared to have the command, examined me, where I came from,& what my Name Was? I told him. it was Revere, he asked if it was Paul? I told him yes He asked me if I was an express? I answered in the afirmative. He demanded what time I left Boston? I told him; and aded, that their troops had catched aground in passing the River, and that There would be five hundred Americans there in a short time, for I had alarmed the Country all the way up. He imediately rode towards those who stoppd us, when all five of them came down upon a full gallop; one of them, whom I afterwards found to be Major Mitchel, of the 5th Regiment, Clapped his pistol to my head, called me by name, & told me he was going to ask me some questions, & if I did not give him true answers, he would blow my brains out. He then asked me similar questions to those above. He then orderd me to mount my Horse, after searching me for arms ( Paul Revere)

Clearly that is Revere’s account of what happened after his famous ride. Here is what Palin said,

PALIN: He who warned, uh, the British that they weren’t going to be taking away our arms uh by ringing those bells and making sure as he’s riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be secure and we were going to be free and we were going to be armed.

There were no bells ringing or shots fired. At the time we were all British. He rode with two other men and they were all caught and either escaped or were released afterwards. The goal was to quietly deliver a warning to John Hancock and Samuel Adams that the British Army was going to arrest them. Palin’s actual words are that Revere’s ride was to warn the British. Palin was incorrect.

In this undated letter, written at the request of Jeremy Belknap, corresponding secretary of the Massachusetts Historical Society, Paul Revere summarizes his activities on 18-19 April 1775: he recounts how Dr. Joseph Warren urged him to ride to Lexington (to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams of British troop movements); how he had previously arranged with some fellow Patriots to signal the direction of those movements by placing signal lanterns in the steeple of Old North Church; and how he left Boston from the “North part of the Town,” was rowed across the Charles River by two friends, and there borrowed a horse and began his ride.

The manuscript letter includes some interlineations, apparently in the hand of Jeremy Belknap. In printing the account in Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1st series, vol. 5 (1798), Belknap assigned to it the date of 1 January 1798. At the end of the document, Revere signed his name but then, apparently choosing to remain anonymous, wrote above it “A Son of Liberty of the year 1775” and beside it “do not print my name.” Either he changed his mind or Belknap ignored his request, for the two phrases are crossed out in the original document, and the name is included in the printed version.

Revere fills most pages of his letter to Belknap (pages 2-6) with the description of his ride. He writes of avoiding British soldiers and reaching Lexington, where he conveyed information to Hancock and Adams and where he met up with William Dawes. After Revere and Dawes set off for Concord, they were joined by Samuel Prescott, who helped them “allarm all the Inhabitents.”

Borrowed a horse? Sounds like socialism. Why didn’t he make one by himself from weeds and tree bark the way Palin would have.

Brazen and Arrogant Republicans

Republicans have become so brazen about their determination to gut Medicare one has to wonder if they read polls or pay attention to election results anymore.

It doesn’t take much political savvy to note that Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) Medicare-destroying budget plan hasn’t panned out all that well for the GOP. But a new poll out from advocates for the Democratic health care law shows that the Ryan budget fail goes even deeper than embarrassed presidential candidates and special election upsets.

During both the Regan and Bush 43 administrations conservatives drink enough of the kool-aid to start believing their own propaganda that debates with them usually ended up trapped in circular logic. Inventing reasons for invading Iraq were so ill defined the very same reasons could have been used to invade Canada. Who knows what Canada might do some day? It was the Karl Rove school of being in love with the sound of one’s own mendacity. It’s a conservative opinion so it must be right. If polls and studies show it is a bad idea that does not mean conservatives should pause to consider the substance of their goals. It simply means they have not wrapped their crap in a pretty enough package. Case in point, Rove recently took to the open arms of the WSJ to say there is nothing wrong with the Republican plan to destroy Medicare, they just need a bigger red bow on top,

Next year, Republicans must describe their Medicare reforms plainly, set the record straight vigorously when Democrats demagogue, and go on the attack. Congressional Republicans — especially in the House — need a political war college that schools incumbents and challengers in the best way to explain, defend and attack on the issue of Medicare reform. They have to become as comfortable talking about Medicare in the coming year as they did in talking about health-care reform last year.

When Unka Karl is smoking his own ego does he use regular papers or banana flavored? The Right demagogued health care reform to the degree, part of  said demagoguery was the lie of the year. Health care reform, the ACA, will save people money and save lives. RyanCare will cost people money and lead to more bad health outcomes. Unka Karl was good enough to publish the playbook and now Republicans are moving according to plan,

House GOPer concedes Ryan plan could cost GOP the majority: A telling quote from GOP Rep. Phil Gingrey:

“To back away from this or to get skittish for fear of losing a few seats or even the majority would be pretty darn irresponsible,” Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) told The Hill.

Anyone want to send Gingrey a thank you note for epitomizing the right-wing mindset. They’ve created their Medicare bubble in the mold of their Iraq bubble, their deregulation bubble and their tax cut bubble and like the history of such hubristic bubbles, facts and the suffering they impose on others ain’t gonna change their minds no way no how.

House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan(R-WI) may not be around too much longer, Building a Race Against Ryan

Indeed, as Ryan’s national profile balloons, his 2012 re-election campaign in Wisconsin’s 1st district could be growing more difficult.

The seven-term Congressman is now the face of the GOP plan to transform Medicare, an issue largely blamed for an embarrassing Republican defeat in western New York’s special election last week. And recent polling suggests that Ryan’s popularity among independents and Democrats, a group he will need to hold his moderate district, is falling.

“The more he’s front and center on Medicare, the better chance I think I have,” Zerban ( businessman Rob Zerban) said.

Democrats certainly believe they have an opportunity to nationalize the Wisconsin House race, driving resources and energy from across the country into a swing district Ryan has held relatively comfortably since 1998. And they believe that fallout from New York’s GOP debacle will help.

Zerban created a federal campaign committee roughly six weeks ago but sent his first email fundraising solicitation only the day after the Empire State’s special election.

Trends in Wisconsin are currently favoring Democrats. With recently approved recall petitions Democrats are very likely to pick up a majority in the State Senate.

Rand Paul, Supposed Defender Of Civil Liberties, Calls For Jailing People Who Attend ‘Radical Political Speeches’. Which is kind of crazy since by Paul’s definition of what constitutes “radical”, Paul would have to arrest himself and throw himself in jail. Such thinking is pretty typical of Republitarians.

History it seems is ready to repeat itself. After a long and costly civil war that is eminent, and sure to be forced upon us, we are taking note of those who are responsible for the treason, and they will be held accountable. I advise the press to start getting it right from this moment on, and stop aiding and abetting un-American activities. Like the Tories of old, the worst shall be hung, most will be exiled, and I’m a contractor so I have a little bit of tar and feathers for those who are only partially guilty.

In closing, let me implore you to keep the torch of freedom burning bright, god bless the republic, death to the New World Order. We shall prevail.

It is actually treason to call for armed insurrection against the government of the U.S.

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.

Gov. Christie arrives at son’s high school baseball game in State Police helicopter

The governor had no public events on his schedule, offering no insight to where he might have been traveling from. He had a private meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Drumthwacket, the governor’s mansion, in Princeton. He is meeting with a group of Iowa donors who have publically expressed a desire to persuade him to run for president in 2012.

Christie was ferried to the field in a brand-new AugustaWestland helicopter, purchased at a cost to taxpayers of $12.5 million.

The State Police has received two of the five helicopters purchased so far, according to testimony from Attorney General Paula Dow during a May budget hearing. They were purchased to replace aging Sikorsky helicopters that the State Police have flown for about two decades.

The helicopters, which can reach nearly 200 miles per hour with its twin turbo-shaft engines, are designed for homeland security duties and transporting critically injured patients.

I would cut Christie some slack if the ballgame was between him and a distant appointment, but that was not the case. He used the helicopter because he had the power to use it.

Right-wingers really, really, really hoping Anthony Weiner story holds upAccusing the New York Democrat of impropriety without compelling evidence seems fair, if you totally hate him

Democrats would be all over this if it had happened to a Republican, and his proof is that the MSM was all over this when a Republican was actually convincingly proven to have done something like this:

I don’t think this is a colossal scandal, but the selective standards of the MSM drive me crazy. Recall that the NY-26 race we’ve just finished analyzing was a result of the fact that a sitting congressman had to resign because he sent a picture of himself without shirt to a woman on Craigslist. In 2006, Nancy Pelosi used Mark Foley’s scandal to help win back the Congress.

This makes sense only if you believe that it’s “fair” for Republicans to invent their own “Democrat sex scandal” as “payback” for Democrats capitalizing on what Chris Lee did to himself. Yes, Democrats jump all over it — or “sensationalize” it — when a Republican does something weird and scandalous. But… Chris Lee’s picture had his face in it, and the recipient of the picture confirmed the story. If you can’t understand why the MSM would treat these stories differently (hint: not “liberal bias”!) you are maybe guilty of substituting wishful thinking for analysis. (Also, Jonah, a Mr. Eric Massa would maybe like a word with you about how the MSM treats congressional Democrats accused of odd sexual behavior!)

Alex Pareene makes a good point about the general trend of scandals – Democrats do not have to make them up out of thin air – Foley(R-FL) really was making advances toward teenage pages. Ted haggard everyone knows about – well documented. Larry Graig the toe tapping restroom Senator and the list goes on. The reason they may have singled out Rep. Weiner is awfully coincidental to his calls for Justice Clarence Thomas to recuse himself from ruling on any challeges to the ACA. It also smacks of what Righties would consider payback for the Arnold Schwarzenegger scandal ( one that I would agree got more attention than it deserved). Republicans scandals of all sorts far out pace those of Democrats maybe they were desperate enough to play catch-up that a another Breitbart hoax was the order of the day.