Vintage World Map 1626 – Another Day In Twisted Morality From Conservatives

Vintage World Map 1626

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Murray Is Chosen as a Leader of Deficit Panel

Senator Patty Murray, Democrat of Washington, will be co-chairwoman of a powerful new Congressional committee that is supposed to recommend at least $1.5 trillion of additional deficit-reduction measures, the Senate majority leader announced Tuesday.

The leader, Senator Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, also appointed two other Democratic senators, Max Baucus of Montana and John Kerry of Massachusetts, to the panel.

Mr. Baucus is chairman of the Finance Committee, which has authority over Medicare, Medicaid and taxes — three prime areas of attention for the new 12-member panel, the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction.

Mr. Kerry, the Democrats’ presidential nominee in 2004, is chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee.

Mrs. Murray, who won a tough re-election race last year, is a member of the Senate Democratic leadership, the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Budget Committee. Her selection raised eyebrows among Republicans because she is also chairwoman of the Senate Democrats’ campaign arm, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

In that role, Mrs. Murray recently attacked Republican candidates, saying they wanted to turn Medicare “into a voucher program run by for-profit insurance companies in order to pay for more giveaways to oil companies and the very rich.”

Mr. Reid said Mrs. Murray, a senator since 1993, had deep knowledge of budget issues and had shown an ability to “work across party lines.”

That skill will be useful in the joint committee, which will be evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans, with a seven-vote majority needed to make recommendations. “The world is watching the work of this committee,” Mr. Reid said.

While the math fumblers at S%P have given the U.S. a downgrade, the Republicans debt ceiling theatrics have come back to haunt them. The public, perhaps only slightly better at math than S&P, has downgraded the conservative movement. New CNN Poll: Majority want tax increase for wealthy and deep spending cuts. As one could have expected from following the talks and news of the offer of Obama’s Grand bargain, there would have been more spending cuts if only conservatives would allow some little increase in revenue through tax reform and closing loopholes, Obama’s poll numbers look better than anyone’s. We can disagree on how hard who fought for what, but at the end of the day, who in fact looked like the most reasonable person in the debt ceiling debate. If Republicans are the chess masters they claim to be they should have seen the consequences of their actions a few moves back. They were determined not to let anything that even hinted at Obama’s signature on a debt plan be put to a vote. They said they were going to pass the best spending cuts bill available. Obama signs off on a plan that Republican leadership claimed was better than Mom’s apple pie – Boehner said he got 98% of what he wanted. The public is left with the jaw dropping impression that yet another conservative caused economic train wreck was narrowly avoided. If this continues, and there is no reason to think Republicans will get a sane grown-ups booster shot, we could save the nation millions by having an unchallenged presidential election in 2012, as its is already a done deal. The choices are six to eight kinds of crazy or one guy that may not be the next FDR, but has shown no tendency to punish millions of American families in the name of some wacky urban myths about excessive federal spending. The CNN poll also means conservative golden boy Eric Cantor is still tone-deaf to what the American people want – Eric Cantor’s Pseudo-Economic Rationale.

The last good thing John McCain did for the U.S. was the McCain-Feingold law of 2002. The rest of the time he is a semi-regular pontificator on the Sunday talk shows. He has no particular expertise on anything – he doesn’t even know how many homes he owns. Has nothing of real value to contribute to the public discourse. Oh, wait, that’s it. Such qualities make him the perfect conservative and darling of the Beltway press. There is one good thing to be said of this dinosaur of empty-headedness, he looks good compared to some of his constituents, McCain heckled by Tea Partiers over ‘Agenda 21′

It’s angry Tea Party town hall month in America and, in Arizona yesterday, Senator John McCain got a taste of the kind of crazy that colored Colorado’s gubernatorial race last year. The longtime public servant and one-time GOP presidential nominee was called out of touch by Tea Partiers who were shocked McCain didn’t know about United Nations “Agenda 21,” a plan that will see a world government take over the United States by wresting control of its farms.

“First our firearms, then our farms,” one of the Tea Partiers called out, amid the hullabaloo, according to the Arizona Republic.

Baffled, McCain said no Congress would allow that to happen but few cared to hear it.

Media Matters and Think Progress have full-time staffs to keep track on and research all the myths and conspiracy theories these conservative dip sticks come up with and they’ll never keep up. As soon as one is exposed another takes its place. Conservatives must carry them like sleeping spores. It is just a matter of the right amount of moisture, heat and state of mind, than another piece of crackery comes to life. That McCain has to personally put up with this craziness is small comeuppance for the disastrous policies he has supported over the years, from which millions of Americans have suffered as a result.

National Review: Obama Secretly Supports Violent London Rioters

Violent riots have swept London all week. The Washington Post reports that last night, “Rampant looting and raging fires engulfed swaths of London on Monday as the wave of civil unrest that has gripped this sprawling capital escalated sharply.” Tonight, 16,000 police officers will take the streets to try to control the situation.

This morning in the National Review, Stanley Kurtz suggests that President Obama privately supports the violent protesters. Here’s how Kurtz makes his case:

The London riots have already kicked off the latest version of the seemingly never-ending debate over whether such events should be seen primarily as political protests by the powerless, or as out-and-out lawbreaking and vandalism. Back in 1992, Obama clearly leaned toward the former.

I found the press release Obama issued to get Project Vote rolling, in the ACORN archives at the Wisconsin Historical Society… Said Obama in 1992: “The Los Angeles riots reflect a deep distrust and disaffection with the existing power pattern in our society.” That’s Alinsky-speak for “We’ve got to use the power of the angry underclass to put capitalism in check.” […]

I certainly don’t think President Obama would openly speak about events in London the way he spoke about the L.A. riots nineteen years ago. What he thinks to himself is another matter.

What better way to figure out what Obama thinks about the riots in London than sifting through 20-year-old press releases in the ACORN archive?

Kurtz didn’t let the fact that nothing in the ACORN archive even begins to support the conclusion that Obama supports people who are burning down buildings and smashing store windows in London. He simply translates the press release into “Alinsky-speak” and the logic of his conspiracy theory is complete.

I’ll get to some specifics about the London riots in a moment. It appears that like many such phenomenon they started out as a mix of genuine protesters who had no intention of doing any property damage or cause harm to any persons. Like the L.A. riots those few legitimate protesters were over shadowed by people who used events as an excuse to riot. This is one of the reasons I’m not big on street protesting. Your perfectly legitimate agenda is easily compromised by zealots or the opposition looking to make your side look bad. After reading the above – see the proper nouns, the pronouns, the adjectives, the verbs: Obama, riots, sympathizes, leaned, the former, LA riots, London riots, direct parallels drawn, ACORN. Kurtz  reads the TPro write-up and he say he did not say what he said,

I see that a liberal blogger out there is claiming I think Obama “supports” the London rioters. No way do I think that, nor did I say that in my original post. My point was that Obama in 1992 saw the L.A. riots as a kind of political protest, a view quite similar, by the way, to the argument now being made by former London mayor Ken Livingstone, who thinks the British riots are implicitly a protest against the government’s austerity measures. Here’s a post from a blogger at Forbes who correctly criticizes the mischaracterization of my argument.

I was just casually observing that Kurtz engages in the kind of parallels Goebbels drew between the Jews and the decline of German power. But I really was not saying that. You can’t catch me making obtuse meaningless comparison because there are secret thoughts inside my head I didn’t use in the post which would clearly prove what I said was not what I meant. I would never engage in such Orwellian propaganda techniques because that would be unsportsmanlike conduct. This two young women have deeper insights than into the U.K. riots than Kurtz will ever hope to have – London riots: ‘A generation who don’t respect their parents or police’

Plenty of local young people, of course, were not involved – and many had little sympathy for the disturbances. “I think it was opportunism,” said Sarah, 17, who lives behind the Pembury. “I can understand why people would riot in Tottenham but here? I just thought it was a chance for them to cause havoc. It’s just an excuse.”

“But there is a problem,” interrupted her friend Ally, 21. “Growing up here, a lot of young boys, they are constantly harassed and stop and searched. The people, not just young people, they don’t like the police. They don’t get along with the police. They say the police are no good. They feel like they don’t help them. So what was happening, they were just trying to give the police the runaround. Just to piss them off.”

Both young women are currently looking for work, without success. “My dad talks about his generation, it was hard for them, but I think it’s worse for us,” said Ally.

Definitely some people are just taking a riot that was for injustice and turning it to something that hasn’t got anything to do with it. But maybe it’s a cry for help as well. People are doing it to be noticed, because there’s a problem.”

I watched some video from the networks and the net. There is no excuse for what the rioters are doing. I saw one young man throw some bottles at the police than turn and hit an elderly man who was just trying to get past. I also saw a lot of young people, those most discouraged by the U.K.’s austerity plan condemn the riots. One thing the National Review, Kurtz, Fox and the right-wing pundits could do to get the “left’s” take on the riots is to listen to what the ‘left” actually says. Britain’s Labour Party is, unlike America’s Democrats, truly left of center. Ed Miliband: No excuses for rioting

Labour leader Ed Miliband has said there can be “no excuses” for the violent behaviour which broke out in London and spread to other cities.

Visiting Peckham in south London, where shops were looted, he said restoring public order must be the priority.

He urged the government to provide resources to help people who have lost their homes and businesses.

The PM cut short his holiday to chair a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee in Downing Street on Tuesday.

And this from another Labour MP(Member of Parliament) – People need reassurance that the police have the resources they need to keep streets safe

Yvette Cooper MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, commenting on police numbers in London and across the country, said:

“The 16,000 police on the streets of London made a big difference last night in restoring calm. This is further evidence that the Tory-led Government needs to urgently rethink its cuts to police officers and police budgets. Now is not the time to cut over 16,000 police officers across the country.

“It is shameful that it has taken these appalling events to force Boris Johnson to realise people are concerned about police cuts, as he has already cut 900 police officers from the Met in the last year and the Mayor’s own plans mean 1,800 officers are expected to go in total over the next few years. The police, communities and campaigners have been warning that these cuts were unsustainable for many months. It should not take awful criminal violence on the scale we have seen for those warning voices to be heard.

“People in London and across the country need reassurance that the police have the resources and officers they need to keep the streets safe and maintain law and order. Now is not the time for 20 per cent budget cuts that make it harder not easier for the police to do their jobs.

 

We can all depend on the Right to give us just as accurate view of events in the U.K. as we can of Michelle Bachmann(R-MN) giving us an accurate history of the treasonous Confederacy and the institution of slavery – Bachmann’s ‘Must-Read’ List Included A Book That Claims Blacks Were ‘Better Off In Nearly Every Way’ Under Slavery. When they meet for lunch do the slavery was great conservatives have the same flavor kool-aid as the “Agenda 21” conservatives or the Obama loves a good riot conservatives.

Congratulations to the citizens of Wisconsin in turning back the tide of Republican fanaticism – Wisconsin wrap up, a real victory, and we fight on. The Democratic party of Wisconsin should be hounding the DOJ to investigate election fraud – Koch Group Mails Suspicious Absentee Ballot Letters In Wisconsin

 

Mr. Kurtz may have been enough twisted logic and right-wing propaganda for one day. For those who can stomach a little more, RNC Chair Blames Obama For GOP’s Unpopularity

Democrats Ride Wave, Conservatives Clueless

Finally

NYT editorial, The Next President

His triumph was decisive and sweeping, because he saw what is wrong with this country: the utter failure of government to protect its citizens. He offered a government that does not try to solve every problem but will do those things beyond the power of individual citizens: to regulate the economy fairly, keep the air clean and the food safe, ensure that the sick have access to health care, and educate children to compete in a globalized world.

Its not that hard to understand. For almost fifty years the Right has swore by the sweeping lie that liberals want to turn the nation into a nanny state that rewards laziness. That was never the case. Liberals acknowledged our basic humanity, that sometimes people don’t need a free ride, they need a helping hand. Conservatives in corporate America and in Congress got a free ride on corporate welfare and a market tilted by special special interests. They didn’t break a sweat working, they feed like hogs at the K-Street trough. On would think that the beating Republicans got in the 2006 election cycle would have given them a clue – America had been lied to, swindled and used. What kind of campaign do they run, McCain jacked up on Rovian steroids. Mccain, up until the nomination of Sarah Palin as his VP had made seriousness about governing and experience the centerpieces of his campaign. After the novelty wore off and only the idolaters were left she was nothing but dead weight. She was in fact, as McCain’s first major presidential level decision and offered voters some insight into the real McCain, voters noticed,

GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin didn’t do well in exit polls. Sixty percent of those polled said the Alaska governor is not qualified to be president, if necessary; 38 percent said she is.

It wasn’t just that America thought we needed a new executive; they thought we needed a sea change and voted in five new Democratic Senators and 18 new Representatives in the House.

A little reading of the history of the last few decades, a look around and some honest assessment, a reasonable person regardless of partisanship might get a clue and to be fair some Republicans have, but not all,

Republican crybaby

With a documented 175 lies, McCain easily wins the most accomplished liar award. We’re near the end of a Republican administration that lied so much most of America is suffering from outrage fatigue.

“Perfectly timed” housing and financial crisis? Maybe this guy could get together with the 9-11 truthers and buy their tin foil wholesale.

The media did it? Now I’m bored. The Right will be repeating this in a cult like chant into infinity. Much like the shin bone is connected to the knee bone, blaming the media is directly connected to the Right’s allergy to accountability.

We’ve had Nixon, Reagan, Bush One and Bush Two – Conservatism put into action always produces governance that is the antithesis of Democracy. Conservatives suck at being guardians of the economy and the middle-class.

Republican blogger and Bush loyalists AJ Starta demonstrates the extraordinary ability of so many Republicans to deny reality, The Day After, Published by AJStrata at 8:41 am under 2008 Elections, All General Discussions

And please, don’t blame Bush – that is one of those idiotic things that repulses a lot of people and garners zero respect. Bush’s remaining supporters (like myself) are definitely not far right, we tend to sit more towards the middle. Blaming Bush because other conservatives cannot attract voters is a lame excuse of denial. There were upsets yesterday, it can be done regardless of Bush. The Dems failed to get their veto proof senate. Moderate democrats are still beating the GOP. This is not a Bush phenomena.

And pieces of the moon make a great blue cheese dressing.

John Derbyshire at The National Review, Sour Loser   [John Derbyshire], Wednesday, November 05, 2008

What won this election was the packaging skills of David Axelrod, the swooning complicity of the media, the ruthless opportunism of Barack Obama, and the unprincipled thuggishness of his supporters.

What lost this election was the cloth-eared cluelessness of George W. Bush, the timid squeamishness of John McCain, and the deep lack of interest in conservative principles among Republican primary voters.

Derbyshire must take shooting lessons from Dick Cheney. He aims his twelve gauge at the problem and one pellet hits one target, Dubya. Though he can’t get the reasons right. This is not by way of concern trolling, the Right can sit and spin as much as they please – there is a car wreck quality about it all, one can’t help but take a quick look. Its courageous in an odd way of Derby to call voters names, but wasn’t dumping down the national discourse the Right’s stock and trade.

It’s No Joke Fed Hires Failed Bank Executive

Michael Alix was head of risk management for Bear Stearns for two years until the institution imploded this spring, a victim of its (risky) subprime-mortgage related investments.

Last Friday, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York quietly announced it had hired Alix to advise it on bank supervision.

“You’re kidding me,” said economic policy expert Dean Baker, of the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Economic Policy and Research. While he didn’t know Alix personally, he said, “You would think [his record] would be a big strike against him.”

Conservatives hate government, except for using it to enrich themselves, so it doesn’t matter if they reward failure, or whether their plans work. They get to say – see government is always, in every situation, bad – we told ya so.

Lincoln Memorial wallpaper.

Palin Was Against Darfur Divestment Before She Was For It

“When I and others in the legislature found out we had some millions of dollars in Sudan, we called for divestment through legislation of those dollars to make sure we weren’t doing anything that would be seen as condoning the activities there in Darfur.
–Sarah Palin, Vice Presidential Debate, October 3, 2008.

“When” she found out? Palin is lying, but in the realm of politics discourse could be interpreted as taking credit where not due. Portraying herself as being out in front of the issue of Darfur divestment when she was more a follower. Palin twists the facts on Darfur

In January 2008, a bill known as HB 287 was introduced into the Alaska House of Representatives restricting investments in companies that do business with Sudan. During a committee hearing in February, a Palin administration representative, deputy revenue commissioner Brian Andrews, testified against the legislation on the grounds that it would do nothing to help “the afflicted in Sudan,” and would add to the fund’s administrative costs.

While acknowledging that the legislation was “well-intended” and “the desire to make a difference is noble,” Andrews warned that “mixing moral and political agendas at the expense of our citizens’ financial security is not a good combination.”

A Republican blogger called Lonewacko(I’m not name calling that’s the name of his blog) sites this ABC story Record Refutes Palin’s Sudan Claim and that  OMG a Democrat said that Palin was against divestment before she was for it. Thus the story isn’t true. That was the strongest point of his argument though he provides about a dozen links that provide no credibility to his version of events. Alaska state representative Les Gara, D-Anchorage and state Rep. Bob Lynn, R-Anchorage are more or less background to the piece. The fact remains that a Palin official opposed the move to divest. The resolution thus died on delivery. That being the case Palin cannot in full honesty claim credit for acting on divestment when she “found out”. She later supported the resolution, good for her. She was against it before she was for it. WaPo only gave her two out of four Pinnochios and that seems about right.

Palin is nothing like Bush

Rich ‘There is no right to privacy’ Lowry at The National Review,

I’m sure I’m not the only male in America who, when Palin dropped her first wink, sat up a little straighter on the couch and said, “Hey, I think she just winked at me.” And her smile. By the end, when she clearly knew she was doing well, it was so sparkling it was almost mesmerizing. It sent little starbursts through the screen and ricocheting around the living rooms of America.

Politics aside, I’m genuinely embarrassed for the guy. Donklephant gets at the creepiness factor,

Well Rich, you may not have been the only male who had those thoughts, but you’re certainly the only one who has a well-read blog and was willing to make yourself sound like a 13 year old boy watching Madonna’s “Like A Virgin” video for the first time.

The National Review crowd are among many on the Right claiming the serious mantle when it comes to issues and governance. A big thanks to Rich and the gang for throwing another shovel of dirt or rather pubescent fantasies on that mythical persona.

Off the beaten path, this kinda makes my day, O.J. Simpson guilty of armed robbery, kidnapping – all 12 counts.

Florida is an important battleground state in which at one point McCain was leading or tied in some polls. In Florida’s Economic Pain, Obama Gains Ground

Jim Piccillo lost his job as a bank vice president in August, applied for food stamps to support his two young daughters and swore off a life of loyalty to the Republican Party. He now volunteers here in Pasco County for Senator Barack Obama of Illinois.

Madeline Aquanno’s change of heart came more recently. Two weeks ago, she said, she had planned to vote for Senator John McCain of Arizona, the Republican, who impressed her with his knowledge of the world. But as the economy began to scare her more than terrorism, she reconsidered.

“Obama is more for the people,” she said, near the pool at her middle-class retirement community in Broward County. “I’m worried about the jobs that are being lost, for my son, my daughter, my granddaughter. You have to look down the line.”

Here in a swing state of severe economic hurt — a leader in foreclosures where empty offices now litter strip malls — there are signs that Mr. Obama is gaining ground. In interviews and surveys, voters across Florida said the debate in Washington over how to fix the credit crisis had fueled frustration with the Bush administration and pushed them away from the Republican ticket.

The four most recent polls from late September put Mr. Obama ahead of Mr. McCain by three to eight percentage points, a sharp swing from the previous six weeks, when Mr. McCain led by as much as 10 points.

Pollster.com has Obama ahead by 1 point in Florida, a statistical tie, but shows voters trending his way.

Bush 2000 = Palin 2008

Olbermann reported that “the people around [Palin] — the top-level campaign staffers crafting her message of change and reform — are almost all from the inner-circle of the same Bush campaigns and administration from which she offers that change.”

Those on the Palinmania Express who really believe she represents some new kind of Republican reform will filter out the similarities. Idolatry has a tendency to do that.