Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell recently accused the Obama Administration of “explicitly” trying to “make people believe that Congress can’t get anything done” by pushing legislation the president knows won’t receive the Republican support needed for passage.
In yet another spot-on critique, the Washington Monthly’s Steve Benen analyzes the “chutzpah” of McConnell’s claim by citing examples when the Kentucky Republican himself has shamelessly confessed to employing a strategy of unified Republican opposition to essentially every policy Democrats and President Obama have proposed.
Beyond blatantly admitting that making Obama a one-term president is the No. 1 goal of the Republican Party, McConnell has given further explanation of the GOP’s strategy not only to unseat the president, but to rally Americans against the Democratic Party. It calls for unified opposition to any and every policy Obama proposes – including those the party has previously supported – because unified Republican opposition, even if it is only symbolic, has the effect of “shifting American public opinion” against the Democratic agenda and “necessarily mak(ing) Democratic ideas less popular,” as Benen puts it.
“McConnell’s willingness to blame the president for McConnell’s own deliberate strategy is plainly insane,” Benen states.
I would add that the long list of partisan bills Republicans have pushed in the last 10 months is a far greater factor in shaping public sentiments about how “Congress can’t get anything done” than any policy the president has proposed.
Whenever Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly meet to rekindle their bromance on live TV, Stewart consistently pins “The O’Reilly Factor” host into a corner – then proceeds to beat him over the head with context, facts, perspective and the general “reality” O’Reilly just can’t seem to grasp.
I enjoy the exchanges, the theatrics, the beatings and the odd fascination these TV show hosts have for one another. Their meetings feel like a modern version of the Vidal-Buckley debates – only funnier, less snobbish and in color.
What bothered me about their latest debate over tax increases was that Stewart, an intellectual giant compared to Billo, balked at the moment when he could have knocked O’Reilly out of the studio.
Further to John Cole’s post on South Dakota’s proposed law over at Balloon Juice (and my post about it below), consider this map (via Pleated Jeans), compiled from Census data:
41. South Dakota: highest rate of forcible rape 76.5 per 100,000
There’s that “forcible” word again.
I followed the links to try to determine what “forcible” means. I’ve spent fifteen minutes on teh Google thus far, and the answer is, “I don’t fucking know.” The map references census information; the census information provides a link, which sends you to a PDF download, which, in turn, sends you to a dead link about dinosaurs. I searched the FBI’s website and found that there seems to be some dispute about the definition of “forcible rape.” I dug a little deeper and found that dispute relates to whether or not to include men as victims. (They should be.) There seems to be no clarification about the word “forcible”: Continue reading
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Tagged abortion, abortion rights, Angry Black Lady, Asshats on the Right, die in a fire, lady stuff, misogyny, rape, South Dakota, violence against women, Why do you hate women?
The only happy trail she’s concerned about is the money trail
OMG, you guyz!! The Virgin Saint of Financial Mismanagement is going to investigate leftist socialistlibrulists groups because GEORGE SOROS and JEWS, that’s why:
Failed GOP Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell is back, and she’s telling supporters she wants her newly formed political action committee ChristinePAC to “investigate and counter attack leftwing groups.”
O’Donnell, who wrote that her losing campaign sent “shockwaves” throughout the nation, said in an e-mail to supporters Tuesday that her group will look into the groups “funded with one million dollars or more from billionaire leftist George Soros.”
“The Left keeps after me because they consider strong, Republican women a danger to their status quo,” O’Donnell wrote. “Your donation also enables me to speak out in many venues from Coast to Coast, thereby helping support a nationwide effort. This is a way that will help me counter attack our opponents and bring the battle to them.”
ChristinePAC is based out of O’Donnell’s Delaware home, raising concerns for ethics groups given that O’Donnell is already under investigation for alleged misuse of campaign funds.
Christine, honey — you’re never going to achieve full Palinosity until you stop running your PAC from your fucking house. You should totally demand that Fox News build you a house! They built Sarah her own studio! Aren’t you, like, totes jellis!? Well, you should be. I heard Palin talking shit about you during the pep rally. I heard from this one chick that Sarah calls you thunder thighs behind your back, like, all the time. I know! What a slutbag! What’s her damage, anyway?
Run along, now. Aren’t you late for your weekly virgin sacrifice? Here: you can borrow my pentagram pendant.
[cross-posted here at Balloon Juice]
So he would have been 100 years old — so what? He was still a disaster — as this book will remind you — so let’s stop fellating him already.
Ken Layne’s Wonkette post convinced me to check out Paul Slansky’s e-book called The Clothes Have No Emperor. I’m about one hundred pages in, and it’s fantastic. It’s essentially a timeline of the Reagan years broken down into bite-size pieces. (You can read portions for free here — you’re going to want to buy it. Trust.)
As a child of the eighties, I remember not liking Reagan (it was a reflexive reaction having been raised by sociofascist hippies) but I was a little fuzzy on all the details. I remember watching the Iran-Contra hearings, and being annoyed that it was interrupting General Hospital – hey, I was like 10 years old. Anyway, this book fills in those fuzzy details, and after reading only a chapter, one gets the grave sense that the history of this man’s presidency was being re-written as it was happening. It’s disturbing.
From the website for The Clothes Have No Emperor: Continue reading
Fuck these people. Seriously.
Fresh off the heels of the Republican effort to redefine rape, Georgia Republicans have begun their latest assault on women1: Representative Bobby Franklin (R-GA) has introduced a bill to change the state’s criminal and civil codes so that victims of rape, stalking, and domestic violence can no longer be called “victims” but must be called “accusers” until the defendant has been convicted.
Let that sink in for a minute. If your brain hasn’t exploded already, proceed with caution. I make no guarantees about the intacted-ness of your grey matter upon reading the rest of this post.
The downgrading of “victim” to mere “accuser” applies only to rape, as far as I can tell. If you’ve been mugged, or robbed, or defrauded, you’re still a victim. (And poor you, by the way.) If some person has violated you sexually without your consent, however, you’re just an accuser: we don’t quite believe you yet; we need to know how much you had to drink; we need to determine whether you were wearing slutty boots, fuck me heels, or booty shorts; we also need to know whether or not you’re just saying you were raped because he didn’t call you the next day.
According to the language of the bill, its purpose is: Continue reading
Posted in Culture Critic, Lady Bits, Legal Shenanigans, Miscellany, Political Shenanigans
Tagged asshats, Asshats on the Right, Bobby Franklin, Georgia, lady stuff, legal mumbo jumbo, misogyny, rape, Republicans, violence against women, Why do you hate women?
R.I.P. Civil Discourse. We hardly knew ye. ::pours malt beverage on curb::
Glenn the Batshit is at it again. This time he’s spinning tales about 78-year-old CUNY professor Frances Fox Piven, charging her with “intentionally trying to collapse the economic system”:
On his daily radio and television shows, Glenn Beck has elevated once-obscure conservative thinkers onto best-seller lists. Recently, he has elevated a 78-year-old liberal academic to celebrity of a different sort, in a way that some say is endangering her life.
On Jan. 5, 2010, Glenn Beck delivered one of several attacks on Richard Cloward, now deceased, and his wife and collaborator, Frances Fox Piven, who wrote about ending poverty.
Frances Fox Piven, a City University of New York professor, has been a primary character in Mr. Beck’s warnings about a progressive take-down of America. Ms. Piven, Mr. Beck says, is responsible for a plan to “intentionally collapse our economic system.” Her name has become a kind of shorthand for “enemy” on Mr. Beck’s Fox News Channel program, which is watched by more than 2 million people, and on one of his Web sites, The Blaze. This week, Mr. Beck suggested on television that she was an enemy of the Constitution.
She must be stopped before she destroys these united states! Seize her!
Except the basis for his crazy is an article written by Piven and her husband back in 1966: Continue reading
Posted in Balloon Juice Cross-Posts, Culture Critic, Please Die in a Fire, Political Shenanigans
Tagged asshats, Asshats on the Right, Balloon Juice, die in a fire, Fox News, Frances Fox Piven, Glenn Beck, I fucking hate Fox News., Public Enemy, violent rhetoric, Welcome to the Terrordome
Hilarities ensuing hither and yon
If you haven’t heard of The Onion, you’re dead to me.1
Considering Fox News is Faux News, it’s no wonder that Fox Nation cannot differentiate between fake news and real news, and it’s no wonder that Fox News Teat Sucklers can’t either.2
Here’s a bit of the article posted at The Onion; it’s entitled Frustrated Obama Sends Nation Rambling 75,000-Word E-Mail, and seriously? If you can’t tell that the article is satire, even upon a cursory reading, then there’s probably a village that has already filed a missing persons report because it is wondering where the hell you are: Continue reading
Posted in Balloon Juice Cross-Posts, Criminally Stupid, Fox News Fvckery, Please Die in a Fire, What the Crap!?
Tagged asshats, Asshats on the Right, die in a fire, Fox News, hilarity, no seriously that just happened, Obama, politics, President Obama, The Onion