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Dear Herman Cain,

You know, if it's the truth and it's in your history, it's called 'research', not 'a lynching'. How dare you use such loaded words instead of taking responsibility for your behaviour? I mean, 'uppity Negro'? Really?

If you'd apologised for your behaviour then and owned up to it, I'd have more respect for you than now, a decade later, you still trying to pretend you didn't use your Rich Male Priviledge to try to get away with stuff.

Comparing yourself to the why-did-HE-get-away-with-it Clarence Thomas isn't the most flattering, either.

Neocons trying to destroy Bill Clinton's presidency didn't let him get away with consentual-yet-inappropriate behaviour (they also humiliated the country that they so pretend to love); don't play a race card thinking that you can avoid your actions. You git.
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Quote:
"It's time for us to send a message to Washington — we're sick and tired of big-spending, high-taxing, career politicians," Hoffman said in a statement Saturday after Scozzafava's announcement.

Let's see, it's almost the end of the first year of Democratic leadership which has already, apparently, yanked the economic auger-into-the-ground out of its nosedive after the administration supported by the same people helping Hoffman's campaign ran the National Debt into truly dizzying numbers. Isn't that 'big spending'?

And he's being supported by Sarah 'I like the attention this gig brings me' Palin. Isn't she the definition of a career politician?

Welcome, Hypocrisy Party, to the spotlight. Let's hope you can draw out all the whackos and let the Repugnicans go back to being merely slightly disagreeable.

Today's indignation brought to you by the Associated Press by way of AirAmerica.com.


P.S. Muahahahaha.
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(Sorry, I couldn't resist the theatrical play on words.)

From Friday, Oct. 9: MSNBC's Rachel Maddow explains why President Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and marvels at the inability of some Americans not to feel pride at the honor.

This video segment of her show runs about 11 minutes, and I felt it was extremely well put together and worth the time. I won't bother asking why the venom and irrationality exist; I won't ask why the nutcases are the ones getting the airtime, since 'if it bleeds it leads' still holds true; I won't even ask how they can live with such hypocrisy themselves, or lead others to believe it's a valid mindset. I don't think any of you can answer it anyway. It is, however, good to have solid arguments against the frothing, tooth-gnashing fanatics, in hopes that the more moderate will quietly take home food for thought. (This also might remind you about some of the other awardees, some of whom have a lot less to work with than an American president.)

For those of you who have problems with video for whatever reason, the show very courteously posts transcripts, which I have quoted here for your convenience:
[begin transcript] )
Wow, Bo's a year old already?
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Video clip and commentary at the Huffington Post

I wish he were from my district. At least he's from my state - that feels like rebalancing of some sort.



BTW, this is also the anniversary of the release of Serenity. Time to re-watch it if you haven't done so recently.
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Democrats slap Wilson; Republicans accuse Democrats of hypocrisy
...“If we are going to march Members down to the well of the House to apologize, Joe Wilson is going to have to get in line behind Nancy Pelosi, who attacked the intelligence community who protects us, Charlie Rangel who cheated on his taxes, Jack Murtha – a walking scandal, and we all know how the Democratic leadership tried to protect William Jefferson. Democrats don’t want an apology. They want a side show – something to shift the focus away from their government-run experiment on health care.”
(My bold.)

Ah. I see. So it IS hypocrisy to call out an elected member of a body run by specific rules of procedure (who are expected (at least, expected) to act in a professional manner) when he behaves neither procedurally nor professionally; but it is NOT hypocrisy to refer to a former legally-elected President disrespectfully? (Two, actually - they attacked Jimmy Carter not that long ago, as apparently they hadn't expended sufficient venom for the swelling in the glands to reduce.) Yet once again it IS improper to refer to a former Vice President with the least crumb of informality?

Somebody please explain their rules to me, because it seems like a lot of 'We can say what we want about you, but you can't say anything back to us.' Somebody explain how this isn't hypocrisy, how they justify this to themselves, and... oh yeah, how they sleep at night. Please?
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From the AP article:

...The former vice president's voice appears to carry even more weight than it did in the waning days of the Bush administration.

Some people want him to be quiet and disappear. Others are cheering the public relations tour that Cheney began halfway through President Barack Obama's first 100 days, defending the Bush administration's harsh interrogation tactics and other anti-terrorism policies....

...In first television interview after leaving office, just 54 days after Obama was sworn in, Cheney said that it's not fair to blame the economic woes on the Bush administration. Cheney said it was a global financial problem that he feared the new administration could use to justify a massive expansion in the government and meddling in the private sector....

Sure, they're taking aim at their feet sometimes with the, erm... teabagging *cough, look at ceiling*. But you get enough of the tinfoil-hat thinkers in one spot, and some of the less extreme still get dragged along in the wake.

I'm worried about a persistent erosion effect, similar to the humiliation they exposed us to during the Clinton Presidency. Then all they'll need to to is buy a couple more Floridas and Ohios....

Why are they doing this? Why do they hate Americans so much, while protesting their (jingoistic) patriotism and protectiveness for the country as a whole?
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http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/04/15/tea.parties/

They're objecting to bailouts and 'increasing goverment intrusion' because y'know, somebody else's job isn't important and the Patriot Act was highly respectful of privacy.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] alicebentley: Oh, these dirty dirty boys.
sff_corgi_lj: (Politics - President Bartlet's debate)
Look at the date on this article they published last inauguration of a new (alleged) president:

Bush: 'Our Long National Nightmare Of Peace And Prosperity Is Finally Over'

January 17, 2001 | Issue 37•01

WASHINGTON, DC–Mere days from assuming the presidency and closing the door on eight years of Bill Clinton, president-elect George W. Bush assured the nation in a televised address Tuesday that "our long national nightmare of peace and prosperity is finally over."

nation nightmare

President-elect Bush vows that "together, we can put the triumphs of the recent past behind us."

"My fellow Americans," Bush said, "at long last, we have reached the end of the dark period in American history that will come to be known as the Clinton Era, eight long years characterized by unprecedented economic expansion, a sharp decrease in crime, and sustained peace overseas. The time has come to put all of that behind us."

Bush swore to do "everything in [his] power" to undo the damage wrought by Clinton's two terms in office, including selling off the national parks to developers, going into massive debt to develop expensive and impractical weapons technologies, and passing sweeping budget cuts that drive the mentally ill out of hospitals and onto the street.

During the 40-minute speech, Bush also promised to bring an end to the severe war drought that plagued the nation under Clinton, assuring citizens that the U.S. will engage in at least one Gulf War-level armed conflict in the next four years.

[snip here]



...wow. They really nailed it; 9 months early too.

Glad that's over for at least four years [glee!].
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...you'd think I'd have a higher X value. The 'moderate' part doesn't surprise me that much - I'm only radical in fairly specific directions.

Nicked from Crevette, whom I have sadly neglected [hangs head]. I haven't forgotten the tea, I'm just very very slow.

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sff_corgi_lj: (Comics - Hawkwoman: tetchy)
From Salon, 'Bill Ayers talks back':

One of the puzzling things during this campaign is that your wife totally disappeared from the narrative. Even though Bernadine Dohrn was certainly J. Edgar Hoover's favorite Weatherperson. And she certainly had a VIP role on the "Most Wanted" list. And her short skirts are still memorable to those of us from that era. But she disappeared from the narrative. Do you have any theories why?

I have no theory. Maybe it's sexism. I have no idea why. But there's no doubt that what you say is true: Bernadine Dohrn was the leader of the Weather Underground. She is my partner of 40 years. Mother of our children. And grandmother of our grandchildren. She's an extraordinarily talented and brilliant woman. She was on the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted" list. And, as you say, J. Edgar Hoover allowed his insanity to be based on whatever fantasies he had about her as a threat to America. He called her at one point "La Pasionaria of the Lunatic Left." I told her that she should put that at the top of her [curriculum] vita because what a recommendation.

Yeah, I don't understand it either. That I got picked out to play this role and put on the stage. It was a role that I refuse to play. And it is a dishonest and inaccurate role.

sff_corgi_lj: (Science!)
Dear Representative Ros-Lehtinen:

Congratulations on your election win. I hope you will be working hard this term to win me over for next time.

I am writing to you today to ask you to support H.R. 7234, currently in committee (http://thomas.loc.gov/home/gpoxmlc110/h7234_ih.xml), introduced by Rep. Miller of North Carolina. As I am sure you know, groundwater and the water supply in general are vital to South Florida's existence. Supporting a more efficient IRIS programme would ensure safer water for everyone here, as problems would be identified before wide-scale health impairment.

Thank you for your time,

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(click on the picture!)



Hmm, if Sorkin stays straight, can we get him a Cabinet post? Secretary of Life Imitating Art? (Yes, I know he'd left already, but still.)
sff_corgi_lj: (Tea-Mice)

The Treatment of Bush Has Been a Disgrace

What must our enemies be thinking?

By JEFFREY SCOTT SHAPIRO

Mister Shapiro's opinion )
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http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2008/11/merkley_declares_victory_thurs.html

([livejournal.com profile] in_the_blue says, not unlike Minnesota and Florida, that the urban areas are blue whereas the more rural parts of the state are quite red. Oregon was not a given.)
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http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/11/05/franken-not-conceding/

600 vote difference, a mandated recount, and some irregularities in Minneapolis precincts, there's a chance yet.
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Minnesotans likely will have to wait for a winner in the U.S. Senate contest between Norm Coleman and Al Franken.
...With 98 percent of the returns in, Franken and Coleman were in a virtual tie around 3 a.m. A winning margin of less than one half of 1 percent -- now almost certain -- would trigger an automatic recount and could delay a result for days while ballots are retabulated across the state.

By law, the losing candidate can waive a recount, but that seems highly unlikely in this race....



600-vote difference. Eeek.
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See the update on http://palinaspresident.us/

Bring tissues.
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