Archive for March 5, 2010
Keep an eye on the Arizona primary — John McCain v. Tea Partier J.D. Hayworth:
Hate to break it to you but facts are facts: Deficit to Average $1 Trillion Per Year Over the Next Decade due to tax cuts rammed through via reconciliation by George W. Bush and and his friends.
Again. Facts are facts folks.
From TBTM Julie, over at the DailyKos, who was in the audience on Tuesday during Palin’s appearance on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno:”
They added laughter where there was none during uncomfortable portions. Well, there was some laughter. Mine, of derision. During those pregnant pauses in her performance I was laughing long and loud, couldn’t help myself as much of what she was saying was utterly surreal, ridiculous, hypocritical – nonsense, spewed platitudes, pushed buttons. I was seriously thinking of leaving as it was getting hysterically unfunny.
After sitting through the taping of the show in the studio I can recount many portions where there was little or no laughter or response, but at the later broadcast they are smoothed over with applause and laughter that WERE NOT THERE at the taping. Groans, hoots, grumbling, or just dead silence – all missing.
This is so low on Leno’s part. If the live audience isn’t laughing, chances are very good that the television audience isn’t laughing either. Make it real Jay. When a Sarah Palin cracks “jokes” that are ignorant or inappropriate, don’t legitimize her, or her jokes, by inserting a laugh track. If the audience didn’t laugh, it wasn’t funny. As TBTM Julie wrote, it’s “reality hacking.”
For the record, Vitter, Ensign and Sanford are all Republicans who were (and maybe still are) involved in sex scandals but they’re still on the job.
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Another step backward, toward the Dark Ages: Virginia Attorney General Instructs State Colleges to Stop Protecting Gay Students from Discrimination.
Millionaire Jon Scott Ashjian is the Tea Party of Nevada’s candidate for U.S. Senate; he’s running against Harry Reid (D-NV). Per an interview he gave to the Las Vegas Sun, Ashjian,
a small-business owner, has an IRS lien on his property because he owes more than $200,000 in back taxes, according to the county recorder.
He said he’s working with his accountant to clear up all problems, which, he said, should be accomplished in the coming weeks.
In fact, he said, the struggles of small-business men like himself were the impetus for his campaign.
“This elitist crowd doesn’t have any clue about the pain and suffering experienced by the average American,” he said. “Every small-business owner is in the same boat.”
How out of touch can a person be? Mr. Ashjian is the elite. My husband and I are middle class, but based on the taxes we owe for 2009, we would have to fail to pay our taxes for 67 years in order to rack up a tab of $200,000.
Robert Byrd (D-WV) compares the reconciliation and health care coverage in his local newspaper to “barkings from the nether regions of Glennbeckistan.”
Love it! Glennbeckistan. My favorite new word. That’s where we’re headed if we don’t get a better media.
No, I don’t think polls are the be all, end all but I do think they provide a snapshot of what’s going on out there. Here’s the latest on health care reform from Gallup. Take it or leave it.
Judd Gregg (R-NH), the ubiquitous Republican who rails against the use of reconciliation to pass health care reform, on February 4, 2010: Reconciliation is Not Representative.
Judd Gregg (in the video below) on March 15, 2005, explaining how reconciliation is just a “rule of the Senate, and all it does is allow a majority of the senate to take a position and pass legislation. Is there something wrong with majority rule? I don’t think so.”
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I just heard on the CBS radio news that Scott Brown (R-MA), the guy who the Tea Partiers campaigned for in Massachusetts, is in Arizona campaigning for John McCain. That’s going to piss the Tea Partiers off because McCain’s opponent, J.D. Hayworth, is their guy.
Calling themselves “Repent Amarillo” a group of self-identified “Christians” connected with Raven Ministries has organized a Militia Group which has been going around town stalking and harassing “Sinners” (i.e. Gays, Muslims, Swingers, Liberals)…
This is nothing short of the American Taliban.
Representative Eric Massa (D-NY) is going to resign from congress.
I hear his district a very conservative so chances are good a Republican will replace him. Then again, will the governor appoint someone? More soon.
Here a list, published by the New York Times, of all the House Democrats who voted against the Health Care Bill. It’s interesting in that it’s pact with information about each of their districts.