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Says It All

Posted in Politics on April 29, 2009 by gyma

Jim Morin of The Miami Herald:

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Tortured Logic

Posted in Politics on April 24, 2009 by gyma

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Apparently this isn’t considered torture by more than a handful of Americans.  Hmmm, that being the case, I wonder why the police aren’t allowed to use it to get confessions out of suspects? 

I hope Hannity bites at Olbermann’s offer, but I’m not holding my breath.  I’ve found the torture news of this week to be extraordinarily depressing.  I know I’m depressed when I can no longer get angry at or mock the wingnuts.

On the other hand, I think discussing what is/isn’t torture is preferable to talking about Michelle Obama’s biceps or summoning up some faux outrage over photoshopping a picture of the President taken in Hawaii.

UPDATE:  Now that I’ve had a day or two to think about it, I suppose waterboarding Hannity, even for charity, wouldn’t be right.  As much as I thought it would be good for Hannity to experience waterboarding so he wouldn’t take it so lightly, principles are principles and we shouldn’t be torturing anyone.  ‘Nuff said.

What Would Molly Think?

Posted in Culture, Politics on April 18, 2009 by gyma

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I miss Molly Ivins.

A Spot of Tea?

Posted in Culture, Politics on April 15, 2009 by gyma

teabaggingI’ve been trying to ignore the teabag protesters, but it’s been impossible to do.  I purposely didn’t watch the news tonight, but did read The Denver Post online to get a feel for the protest in Denver today.  They claim 5,000 folks showed up to wave a bunch of signs filled with nonsense like:

 

“God Gave You Big Ears – Please Listen”
“Obama Lied – The Economy Died”
“Just Say NO To Economic Suicide – Say Yes To Free Markets”
“No to Socialism – American Extremist”
“Welcome Back, Carter”
“Read My Teleprompter….”
“Send the Military – At Least They Are Good At What They Do – Vote 2010”
“Proud To B [sic] An American – NO 1) apologies, 2) bowling, 3) boot licking – Vote 2010”

That last one has to be my favorite.  And although I don’t want to take these folks seriously, I’m afraid that this protest represents how easily some people are led around by the nose and told what to think.  They throw around words like ‘fascist’ and ‘socialism’ without having a clue what they mean.  And the entire time BushCo was in power, these same folks were fine with the trashing of the Constitution, engaging in a war based on lies, cutting taxes for the rich while spending up a storm, ad nauseum.

Here’s what Bertha Holland, one of those protesters in Denver today, had to say:

[…] “It’s pretty sad that I’ve lived 65 years and never had a reason before to protest something,” said Bertha Holland, who carried a sign that read, “Don’t stimulate. Liberate.”

“What’s happening scares me,” she added.

Now Bertha lived through Viet Nam, Watergate, Iran/Contra, etc., and this is what has her riled up enough to protest?!  I guess Fox News wasn’t around back then to tell her what was worth protesting, huh?  And what in the hell does “Don’t stimulate. Liberate.” mean? 

[scratches head]

I Get E-Mail

Posted in Politics on April 7, 2009 by gyma

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Not sure how I got this particular email, but I found it interesting.  The subject line was “Send a Tea Bag to Washington, D.C. for $1” and it came from a group calling themselves Christian Response.

These guys want to send 1M tea bags to Washington DC on April 15th in protest of something or other.  Apparently they feel they are being taxed unfairly, however I seem to remember having my taxes cut just last month.

What I loved about this email was the variety of “protest” materials for sale.  For example, this graphic is known as the “party pack” consisting of 3 bumper stickers, 2 protest signs, and one yard sign.  The original price?  A mere $94.95, but right now, you can purchase this party pack for the reduced, super sale price of only $39.95 plus s/h. 

If this isn’t to your liking you can order a camo cap embroidered with “I’ll Keep My Guns, Freedom & Money, You Can Keep the ‘Change'” for only $19.95.  Or this t-shirt:

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or a variety of really asinine bumper stickers about impeaching Obama because he lied, or Obama being a socialist, etc.

Who are these people?  And what brand of Christian are they?!  Sheesh.

Misplaced Outrage

Posted in Politics on April 2, 2009 by gyma
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!OMG! Michelle Obama was wearing false eyelashes today when she spoke to a group of girls in London.  She spends way too much time on her looks, which is clearly sending the wrong message, blah, blah, blah.  Oh, did you know she likes to wear sleeveless dresses?  Imagine that?  A 40-something woman baring her arms – what must she be thinking?!  And look at that fist bump…. 

HaHaHa, wingnuts.  The joke’s on you, you morons.  After spending the last 8 years outraged by what BushCo. has done to this country, I’m pleased that the Obamas are so well received overseas.  These are truly classy people and they make me proud to be an American. 

Take that Rush Limbaugh, you ignorant pig.   And although I’m laughing at the wingnuts and their misplaced outrage, I’m with spork_incident on this one – at times it’s really hard to deal with the pettiness and ignorance.

These folks are truly laughable.

Good Luck With That, America

Posted in Economy, Politics on March 20, 2009 by gyma

cartman_pissed_offMatt Taibbi posted a new article yesterday on Rolling Stone’s website and it’s probably the best article on the global financial meltdown we are currently facing.  If after reading this, you aren’t pissed off and rummaging around in your garden shed for a pitchfork, then you aren’t paying attention.

I had been willing to give Tim Geithner a bit more time to sort out the mess he inherited, but no mas.  I now believe Geithner knows exactly what he’s doing and it isn’t being done to benefit the rubes living in the sticks.  He’ll be in government for only a short time, so his loyalties have to be with the Wall Street Wizards who got us in this mess in the first place, because that is where he’ll return to make his fortune after helping himself to the country’s coffers.  In this regard he’s no different from that creep, Hank Paulson.

Just go read what Taibbi discovered.  It will leave you speechless.