Posts filed under ‘Teabaggers’
Checkout the tweets Buzzfeed assembled sent by people who are fed-up with the United States and all the “socialism” going on around here thanks to the Supreme Court’s ruling on Obamacare this morning.
Here’s a taste:
Now, welcome to the Canadian Health Care’s website:
Canada’s health care system is a group of socialized health insurance plans that provides coverage to all Canadian citizens. It is publicly funded and administered on a provincial or territorial basis, within guidelines set by the federal government.
Under the health care system, individual citizens are provided preventative care and medical treatments from primary care physicians as well as access to hospitals, dental surgery and additional medical services. With a few exceptions, all citizens qualify for health coverage regardless of medical history, personal income, or standard of living.
Here are some things I heard about today that I thought were interesting but I’m too tired to put an individual post up about:
France’s new government will flesh out plans to cap the pay of top executives at state-controlled companies by mid-June, laying down a marker in a Europe-wide debate fuelled by waves of austerity and rising unemployment.
Elected this month promising to curb the privileges enjoyed by France’s wealthy and powerful, Socialist President Francois Hollande pledged during campaigning to limit senior executives’ salaries [paid by taxpayer's money] to a maximum of 20 times that of their lowest-paid employee.
The tax dollars French citizens are paying are funding these “state” firms so no question about it. Executives shouldn’t reap huge salaries paid for by tax dollars. A no brainer imho. I mean, let’s cap the executive pay of defense contractors wo suck off of the boob of the U.S. tax payer. The scary –yikes! – Socialism can be a good thing.
Ah yes. Republicans. Always looking for a way to protect the corporatocracy and to rip We the People off:
North Carolina science people have determined that coastal sea levels are expected to rise 1 meter [3.28 feet] by 2100 — far more than they’ve traditionally risen, due to the expected impacts of climate change. But developers in 20 coastal counties, see, have determined that such a rise would be bad for development prospects. So they’ve lobbied the state to lower that forecast to only 15 inches instead, because why not? Fifteen’s a nice number. Arbitrary, sure, but can’t the scientists just shut up already?
The difference between 3.28 feet and 15 inches isn’t all that much right? [Yikes!] So hey, WTF. Everyone involved will be dead and buried (w/millions passed on to their ALEC-member-kids who will control the world my neighbor’s 3-year-old boy will live in.)
The sound of casseroles, or banging on pots and pans, has become a common sound of Montreal’s nightlife for the past week or so.
Tonight, the sound is spreading to the rest of the nation as protesters in over 60 cities across Quebec and Canada (and some international locations like Brussels, London and Madison, WA). Organizers want to emulate Quebec’s casseroles movement, which has its roots in the Chilean cacerolazos, anti-goverment protests in the 1970s and ’80s. Tonight’s Facebook page humourously dubs the event “Casseroles Night in Canada.”
The movement in Montreal was sparked by the ongoing opposition to tuition fee hikes and the introduction of Bill 78. Protesters gather on neighbourhood street corners during the evening, clanging pots, pans, and anything else they can grab, and march all over Montreal. Supporters along the way join in by making noise from their balconies, front doors and windows.
One of the things Canadians are protesting is a new law — designed to quash protests (crazy gets normalized) — requiring them to submit a map outlining their protest route eight hours in advance.
This is the map they submitted last Wednesday:
Thumbs up casserole people oh, and if I were you, I wouldn’t buy a home on the Florida coast.
Wow, North Carolina is moving back to the 1950s with lightening speed. Having just passed a constitutional ban on gay people loving each other, now every single white person is invited to a good ol’ fashioned cross
KKK Flier in Reidsville Invites ‘White People Only’ to ‘Cross Lighting’
The Ku Klux Klan protested in Eden last week, and this week some of its members have been passing out fliers inviting people in Reidsville to a cross-burning.
The fliers were placed in and around Sherwood Drive, Linville Drive, Reids School Road and Poplar Street in the city.
Annie P. Pinnix and her husband were among the residents who received the flier.
“I’m a little bothered by it,” Pinnix said.
Pinnix said the flier was found in her and her neighbors’ driveways, rolled up like a newspaper and tied with a yellow rubber band. Reidsville Police Chief Edd Hunt confirmed other residents found the fliers in a similar fashion.
The flier reads: “Join us, the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, for a rally and cross lighting, Saturday, May 26, Harmony, North Carolina. Free Admition (sic)-White People Only. No alcohol, drugs, fighting, glass bottles or weapons. Free on site camping-all major motels in area. Souvenirs. Vendors. Food and beverages for Sale. Cross lighting at dusk-a white unity event. Live country band. Security provided by LWK.”
The flier also provided contact information for those wanting to attend the event.
North Carolina is reminding us of what the mythical “good old days” that the Republicans want to take us back to looked like.
Remember when Teapartiers were rallying against “government handouts” and bailing out the banks and then in 2010 they elected all those ahem, patriots to congress who were going to kick some ass?
Well lookie here. What a difference two years make:
Tea Party favorites such as Stephen Fincher of Tennessee were swept into Congress on a wave of anger over government-funded bailouts of banks.
Now those incumbents are collecting thousands of dollars for re-election campaigns from the same Wall Street firms whose excesses they criticized. They have taken no significant steps to curb them or prevent future taxpayer-financed rescues.
Republican freshmen have made clear their disdain for expanding government, and openly opposed a financial regulatory overhaul enacted by Democrats in 2010 before the newcomers arrived in Washington. Their ranks include ten Tea Party-backed freshmen on the House Financial Services Committee, part of a force that won election in a populist backlash to government spending that included emergency lending to major banks and bailout of firms including U.S. automakers.
The political action committees of those institutions have distributed $169,499 through March 31 to the campaign coffers of the ten freshman Tea Party-backed lawmakers on the House Financial Services Committee, according to an analysis of campaign finance disclosure records.
Fincher, a gospel musician from Frog Jump, Tennessee, has received $11,500 from the political action committees run by Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo. Citigroup’s political action committee had not contributed to the lawmaker through the end of March.
Two other members of the committee not listed as members of the Tea Party Caucus yet who won election to the House with Tea Party support are Representatives Steve Stivers of Ohio and David Schweikert of Arizona. Both ran ads attacking bailouts.
A group of Tea Party House members had a little get-together on Tuesday to talk about conservative issues and the 2012 election:
And when Texas Representative Louie Gohmert [R] chipped in his two cents, he not only confirmed the lack of excitement and growing desperation, he accidentally slammed Romney for his excessive flip flopping on the issues.
“If you’re not sure about whether to support Mitt Romney, whether you’re liberal, or whether you’re very conservative, you ought to be excited, because he’s been on your side at one time or another.”
Talk about dumbed down. I can see the new political strategy now: Be for everything at one time in your life (flip flipping is good!) so you can appeal to virtually everyone because you’ve been on everyone’s side “at one time or another.”
Aye yie yie.
If you care about the Constitution, Michigan is blinking red right now.
The Republican-controlled legislature and the Republican governor are literally operating in an unConstitutional manner — “radical, over radical, over radical” — though natch, they’re wrapping themselves in the flag while doing it.
And if the media is so “liberal,” how has this been allowed to go on for soon long without it being front page news? Michigan is like a separate country, being run by dictators. Liberally. It’s Un. Believable.
To all of you who oppose the “individual mandate,” here’s my Tweet of the Day:
Really? REALLY? My Tweet of the Day:
We’re supposed to believe that? That there are “many places in this country” where people “proudly” call themselves a “coon ass?”
Heehee, I’m a coon ass.
I don’t think so.
Andrew Breitbart is a leader of the American right-wing
[Ohio Governor] John Kasich’s not getting any more popular. 33% of voters approve of him to 53% who disapprove. Only a little more than half of Republicans think he’s doing a good job (58/25), while Democrats (9/80) are almost universal in their disapproval. If voters could do the 2010 election over again they’d vote for Ted Strickland by a 20 point margin, 56-36, numbers that not coincidentally track closely with the Senate Bill 5 repeal result from last fall.
-John Boehner’s approval was 26/52 on our last national poll and it’s not much better in his home state of Ohio at 28/54. Boehner has a similar situation to Kasich where Republicans are meh to him (53/28) while Democrats pretty much all dislike him (8/74). He also does badly with independents at 28/55.
In 2010 Ohio voters elected a Republican Governor and went GOP in many House races, helping to elect a new Republican Speaker of the House from their state. Now they regret the Governor and don’t like the Speaker. It’s hard for me to imagine that buyer’s remorse isn’t going to work to the benefit of Barack Obama and other Democrats in the state this fall.
These guys will probably have unlimited money when they run again (thank you Republican activists on the Supreme Court) but hopefully — fingers crossed! — the people will vote them out anyway. Then again, Ohio isn’t known as the fairest, most transparent place to cast a vote…
Last week the New York Times published an article titled: Activists Fight Green Projects, Seeing U.N. Plot:
Across the country, activists with ties to the Tea Party are railing against all sorts of local and state efforts to control sprawl and conserve energy. They brand government action for things like expanding public transportation routes and preserving open space as part of a United Nations-led conspiracy to deny property rights and herd citizens toward cities.
They are showing up at planning meetings to denounce bike lanes on public streets and smart meters on home appliances — efforts they equate to a big-government blueprint against individual rights.
What struck me about the article wasn’t the UN conspiracy theory angle; that’s been around for a long time. What I noticed was the accompanying photo:
Check out the age demographic.
Figures made available to The Associated Press showed Romney was spending $2.8 million to air television commercials in the final week of the Florida campaign. In addition, a group supporting him, Restore Our Future, was spending $4 million more, for a combined total of $6.8 million.
By contrast, Gingrich was spending about $700,000, and Winning Our Future, a group backing him, an additional $1.5 million. That was about one-third the amount for the pro-Romney tandem.
Only nine more months to go!
* It isn’t like me to refer to the former head of the Grand Old Party (i.e., the GOP) as the “former Republican party leader.” But given that 50% of Republicans have no idea who the GOP is, I’m thinking it’s a good idea to refer to Republicans not as the GOP, but as Republicans. I mean, if I have to hold their little hands so they’ll know what their party’s up to, I’ll do it.
Sarah, you’re kidding right?
Seems like just yesterday that Palin was the “grifter” who hadn’t “been properly vetted.”
Herman Cain will deliver the Tea Party Express response to President Obama’s State of the Union address.
Tea Party Express, a political action committee, announced on Thursday that the former presidential candidate would be the speaker. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), who also ran for president, was the Tea Party Express speaker in 2011.
“We are excited to have Herman Cain deliver the 2nd Tea Party State of the Union response next week,” Tea Party Express chief strategist Sal Russo said in a statement.
So, in other words, per the corporate lobbying groups who fund the Tea Party Express, Herman Cain is their guy.
I wonder who the grassroots members would pick. Maybe Cain. Maybe not.
(* Snark alert: How is it that the Tea Party folks bought a bus, they hired a company to create the graphics on the outside, they reviewed and approved those graphics, they hired a company to paint the bus, and yet that chain missed the fact that the word judgment was/is misspelled? Oy.)
Last week, “Americans for Prosperity” the Tea Party group founded and funded by the Koch Brothers, released its “112th Congress Mid-Term Review Key-Vote Scorecard.” The review, “ranks Members of Congress based on their votes on the most important free market issues,” meaning it ranks members of congress based on votes that will benefit the billionaire Koch Brothers.
I would think Todd would be more of a Santorum fan:
Rachel Maddow just reminded me that Todd was supposed to be the First Dude. So the former First Dude, who has been banished to
Siberia Alaska, endorsed Gingrich, the wannabe dude who was banished by the House.
Gawd. Are we living in crazyland or what?
Regulars to this blog know that I have posted quite a bit about about the goings on in Colorado Springs (here, here and here). It’s a fascinating place to watch because shrink-government, Tea Party-types run the place and yep, they’re shrinking government alright, all the way down to firing cops and asking cab drivers to be on the alert for criminal activity.
Now we have this:
According to the Colorado Springs paper, tomorrow is the deadline for that city’s open-to-the-public contest for a new logo. Designed around the city’s awesome and totally original new slogan, “Live it up!”
We’ve followed the ongoing budget problems in arch-conservative El Paso County off and on again for some years now with car-accident gawker fascination, since it’s a useful example of what happens when ideologues who run for office on a platform of “shrinking government” get the fullest extent of their wish–the real consequences of “drowning government in the bathtub.”
The result? A conservative masochist’s paradise: in 2008, El Paso County was forced to cut its suicide prevention program–even though Colorado Springs had the second highest suicide rate in the nation. El Paso County has experienced chronic jail staff shortages, and has had to ration sheriff patrols. The county has cut child protective services, and has even considered selling off its parks. The city of Colorado Springs was forced to temporarily shut off about one-third of the city’s streetlights to balance last year’s budget. The county health department was noncompliant for restaurant inspections, though we’re told this has recently improved somewhat. Eat it up!
With all of this in mind, we came up with some entries of our own for the “Live it up!” logo contest.
And this would be my favorite:
See more logo suggestions here.
Geezus, talk about pandering:
Last night during a tele-town hall hosted by Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition, a caller asked Newt Gingrich if he would consider choosing Sarah Palin as his running mate if he wins the Republican nomination:
Gingrich: She is certainly one of the people you would look at. I am a great admirer of hers and she was a remarkable reform governor of Alaska, she’s somebody who I think brings a great deal to the possibility of helping in government and that would be one of the possibilities. There are also some very important Cabinet positions that she could fill very, very well. I can’t imagine anybody who would do a better job of driving us to an energy solution than Gov. Palin, for example. Tell her that she would certainly be on the list of one of the people we would consider.
Listen to the audio here.
Yeah, rrright. Newt, you expect us to believe this?
Geezus. This is par for the course in terms of what Republicans have to offer to help alleviate the suffering going on around here during this God awful
Two South Carolina legislators say state employees shouldn’t have to answer the phone with Gov. Nikki Haley’s mandated cheery greeting unless it’s truly a great day in South Carolina.Democratic state Reps. John Richard King and Wendell Gilliard have filed legislation saying no state agency can force its employees to answer the phone with, “It’s a great day in South Carolina,” as long as state unemployment is 5 percent or higher. Their bill also would prohibit requiring the greeting as long as all South Carolinians don’t have health insurance.At a September meeting, Haley ordered her Cabinet agencies to embrace the greeting, saying it could help change the mood of state government.A Haley spokesman says the Republican governor stands by the greeting.
In early December, folks on the Internet found a hateful post, dated June 25, 2010, on the Facebook page belonging to the new, Tea Party affiliated mayor of Troy, Michigan, Janice Daniels. It read:
“I think I am going to throw away my I Love New York carrying bag now that queers can get married there.”
On December 5, a married lesbian couple attended a Troy City Council meeting with their two young daughters and they addressed Ms. Daniels:
What a powerful, powerful message. And I love how the audience erupts in cheers at the end.
Tea Party Republican Rep. Joe Walsh held a townhall at Uno Bar and Grill in Gurnee, Illinois, over the weekend. When the topic of banks and the collapse of the economy arose, the congressman flipped out.
“QUIET FOR A MINUTE! OR I’M GOING TO ASK YOU TO LEAVE. YOU NEED TO LISTEN!”
Wow. Talk about being a wholly owned subsidiary of the banking industry…
Look at this pitiful thing:
(Video via TheHermanCain, Now is The Time for Action! campaign.)
Smoking a cigarette? What’s with that? And the look on Cain’s face at the end? OMG.
Hah! This would be our Tweet of the Day:
Here’s the Republican crowd at last night’s GOP debate in Las Vegas cheering Herman Cain’s statement that if you’re poor and unemployed, it’s your own damn fault:
The level of ignorance there is just mind blowing.
This man is what Rush Limbaugh refers to as “human debris:”