Daily Archives: September 12, 2009

A Sign of the Times, an Editorial by Paul Begala

Democratic Strategist, Paul Begala

Democratic Strategist, Paul Begala

Paul Begala/Huffington Post—The sign said it all. It was not some last-minute message some meth addict scrawled in crayon on a scrap of cardboard. No, this sign was professionally printed. White block letters on a blue background, the four-word message was in all caps. Someone had to have thought this through. Someone wrote it, edited it, planned it, designed it, ordered it, paid for it. Someone approved it, printed it, distributed it. And then someone thought this was a message he or she wanted to convey to the world. Thank goodness someone had the courage to take a photo of it, and then Huffington Post had the guts to post it on its home page.

The sign made me nauseous, made me embarrassed, made me wonder if at long last there is no decency on the far right. The sign said:

“BURY OBAMACARE WITH KENNEDY”

Oh, I get it. Sen. Kennedy is dead, and these slugs want health care reform to be dead too. That is so clever.

Fourteen days after Edward Kennedy was laid to rest in the company of his fellow American heroes in Arlington, right-wing hate-mongers decided to use his burial to make a cheap point about their opposition to health care reform.

What would they have done if liberals had printed signs that equated Ronald Reagan’s burial with the hoped-for death of George W. Bush’s plan to privatize Social Security? Or Bill Buckley’s painful passing with the GOP’s loss of the White House in 2008? Or the demise of my right-wing former colleague Bob Novak with the expiration of the Bush tax cuts? You can’t imagine that, can you? Because, while we progressives have our moments of frustration and our occasional lack of couth, there is nothing I can think of that compares to the sick, savage sign that the teabaggers were waving in Washington.

The inmates have taken over the asylum. The ever-sunny Reagan is dead. The congenial Buckley is dead. The old-school conservative Novak is dead as well. In their place is the party of Joe the Shouter and Joe the Plumber and Sarah the Death Panel Screecher.

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Boy, Oh, Boy, an Editorial by Maureen Dowd

NYT Columnist Maureen Dowd

NYT Columnist Maureen Dowd

NYT/Maureen Dowd—The normally nonchalant Barack Obama looked nonplussed, as Nancy Pelosi glowered behind.

Surrounded by middle-aged white guys — a sepia snapshot of the days when such pols ran Washington like their own men’s club — Joe Wilson yelled “You lie!” at a president who didn’t.

But, fair or not, what I heard was an unspoken word in the air: You lie, boy!

The outburst was unexpected from a milquetoast Republican backbencher from South Carolina who had attracted little media attention. Now it has made him an overnight right-wing hero, inspiring “You lie!” bumper stickers and T-shirts.

The congressman, we learned, belonged to the Sons of Confederate Veterans, led a 2000 campaign to keep the Confederate flag waving above South Carolina’s state Capitol and denounced as a “smear” the true claim of a black woman that she was the daughter of Strom Thurmond, the ’48 segregationist candidate for president. Wilson clearly did not like being lectured and even rebuked by the brainy black president presiding over the majestic chamber.

I’ve been loath to admit that the shrieking lunacy of the summer — the frantic efforts to paint our first black president as the Other, a foreigner, socialist, fascist, Marxist, racist, Commie, Nazi; a cad who would snuff old people; a snake who would indoctrinate kids — had much to do with race.

I tended to agree with some Obama advisers that Democratic presidents typically have provoked a frothing response from paranoids — from Father Coughlin against F.D.R. to Joe McCarthy against Truman to the John Birchers against J.F.K. and the vast right-wing conspiracy against Bill Clinton.

But Wilson’s shocking disrespect for the office of the president — no Democrat ever shouted “liar” at W. when he was hawking a fake case for war in Iraq — convinced me: Some people just can’t believe a black man is president and will never accept it.

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Teabagger’s Gone Wild


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More Pictures from 9/12 Teabagger’s who insist this is only about healthcare & deficits and has nothing to do with race….

Enjoy the pictures. I’m not sure which is funnier, the signs, the costumes, or the post rally hi-jinx. The teabaggers are trying to inflate the number in attendance from the true number (DC Police estimate a crowd of 70K) to one or two million. They even sent the right-wing bloggers pictures of todays crowds, with only one small problem, their picture is sunny and bright, and today’s weather in DC is clowdy and raining. More info on the crowd scam here.

Demonstrators take photos of an Obama sign placed under droppings from a police horse.

Demonstrators take photos of an Obama sign placed under droppings from a police horse.


The final product.

The final product.


Sign referencing Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), a leader of the 1960s civil rights movement.

Sign referencing Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), a leader of the 1960s civil rights movement.


We came unarmed...this time

We came unarmed...this time


Where's my gun?

Where's my gun?


Another  We came unarmed...this time

Another We came unarmed...this time


Ok, this one is a toss-up. I can’t decide which is more disgusting. Is it the picture of poor deceased Terri Schiavo, the actual picture of someone’s grandmother in their coffin, or using a graphic photo of the Twin Towers in flames. Maybe its the fact that they had the nerve have an American flag and a quote from the Bible on this entire piece of crap.

So now Nancy Pelosi is a Nazi too?

So now Nancy Pelosi is a Nazi too?


The sign was held by a 16 year old kid.

The sign was held by a 16 year old kid.


According to Andrew Sullivan the protestor is comparing an attempt to privately ensure millions of people currently uninsured is the equivalent of this:

According to Andrew Sullivan the protestor is comparing an attempt to privately ensure millions of people currently uninsured is the equivalent of this:

Action T4 (German: Aktion T4) was a program, also called Euthanasia Program, in Nazi Germany spanning October 1939 until August 1941, during which physicians killed 70,273 people specified in Hitler’s secret memo of September 1, 1939 as suffering patients “judged incurably sick, by critical medical examination”, but described in a denunciation of the program by Cardinal Galen as long-term inmates of mental asylums “who may appear incurable”.

Wouldn't be a teabag party with out a birther sign

Wouldn't be a teabag party with out a birther sign


more birther fun

more birther fun


Just in time for Halloween, it's the hearse from the Munsters

Just in time for Halloween, it's the hearse from the Munsters


Shout-out to Dick Cheney

Shout-out to Dick Cheney


Just had to give this sign an honorable mention...

Just had to give this sign an honorable mention...


Anybody stupid enough to carry a “Wilson for President”…..

ThinkProgress’ Victor Zapanta produced a video from the rally today, and ThinkProgress reader Vikrum Aiyer submitted several photographs.
Watch it:

The following quote from Democratic Tribune’s diary “Unprincipled Dissent” sums up the day.

I have no problem with principled, respectful conservative ideology. This nation wasn’t meant to operate under one line of thought – and regardless of how we may feel about various viewpoints, spirited debate featuring pluralism makes for a more robust polity.

That being said, the level of classlessness on display at the conservative D.C protest, while not entirely unsurprising, continues to be appalling and completely useless to the process of formulating and implementing public policy solutions – particularly where the health care reform debate is concerned.

Now for a little sanity…

Obama Takes On “Socialism Label” At Health Rally In Minnesota Today

One pro-healthcare reform man braves the crowd, it was a good thing the police were protecting him, because the crowd was ready to mob him.

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“Bury Obamacare with Kennedy?”

Keep it classy baggers…

Teabagger's in Washington on 9/12

Teabagger's in Washington on 9/12

DKos diary
ABC News
Think Progress
Huffington Post

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Kentucky GOP Pol Found With Slit Wrists After Shooting Death Of Ex-Fiancée

Kentucky Herald Leader

Lexington Herald Leader—After months of trying to use the legal system to protect herself from her former fiancée, 29-year-old Amanda Ross was found shot to death early Friday outside her home in downtown Lexington.
Hours later, the man she feared, former state representative and one-time gubernatorial candidate Steve Nunn, was taken into police custody at the edge of the Hart County cemetery where his parents are buried.

Nunn had slit his wrists after placing mementos on his parents’ graves, officers said.

Nunn and Ross attended the governor's Kentucky Derby party in 2008.

Nunn and Ross attended the governor's Kentucky Derby party in 2008.


Nunn was charged with six counts of wanton endangerment of a police officer after police say he fired a .38-caliber handgun when officers began arriving at the cemetery. Nunn, 56, was listed in fair condition in a Bowling Green hospital late Friday.

Lt. Douglas Pape, Lexington police spokesman, said Nunn was a person that detectives “would like to talk to” in relation to Ross’s death.

No charges had been filed in the slaying as of late Friday.

There were no witnesses to the early-morning shooting, though neighbors in Ross’s gated townhome complex said they heard five shots fired and heard Ross scream.

Lexington police received a call about the shooting at Opera House Square Townhomes at 6:34 a.m. Officers arrived at 541 West Short Street minutes later and found Ross lying in the back corner of the parking lot.

After finding Ross, police had issued an alert to other police agencies for Nunn, who is the son of the late Gov. Louie B. Nunn and was a candidate for governor in 2003.

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Profile of Steve Nunn
Profile of Amanda Ross
Statement from Amanda Ross’s family
Audio clip of Nunn in court in August
Nunn’s citation
Summary of complaint against Nunn
Original EPO order against Nunn
Extended EPO order against Nunn
Contempt of court order
Amended domestic violence order
Nunn’s pre-trial order
Nunn pleads not guilty to domestic-violence charges
Former gov. candidate Nunn to face arraignment
Nunn resigns cabinet position

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President Obama’s Saturday Youtube Address 09/12/09

white house gov logoWhite House–The President discusses a staggering new report from the Treasury Department indicating that under the status quo, around half of all Americans under 65 will lose their health coverage at some point over the next ten years. He pledges not to allow this future to unfold: “In the United States of America, no one should have to worry that they’ll go without health care – not for one year, not for one month, not for one day. And once I sign my health reform plan into law – they won’t.”

Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
The White House
September 12, 2009

On Wednesday, I addressed a joint session of Congress and the American people about why we need health insurance reform and what it will take to do it.

Since then, I’ve continued to hear from many Americans across the country about why this is so urgent and important.

I’ve heard from Americans who can’t get health coverage; men and women who worry that one accident or illness could drive them into bankruptcy.

And I’ve heard from Americans with insurance who thought that “the uninsured” always referred to someone else – but between skyrocketing costs and insurance company practices; they’re beginning to worry that they could find themselves uninsured too.

It’s an anxiety that’s keeping more and more Americans awake at night. Over the last twelve months, nearly six million more Americans lost their health coverage – that’s 17,000 men and women every single day. We’re not just talking about Americans in poverty, either – we’re talking about middle-class Americans. In other words, it can happen to anyone.

And based on a brand-new report from the Treasury Department, we can expect that about half of all Americans under 65 will lose their health coverage at some point over the next ten years. If you’re under the age of 21 today, chances are more than half that you’ll find yourself uninsured at some point in that time. And more than one-third of Americans will go without coverage for longer than one year.

I refuse to allow that future to happen. In the United States of America, no one should have to worry that they’ll go without health insurance – not for one year, not for one month, not for one day. And once I sign my health reform plan into law – they won’t.

My plan will provide more security and stability to those who have health insurance; offer quality, affordable choices to those who currently don’t; and bring health care costs for our families, our businesses, and our government under control.

First of all, if you are among the hundreds of millions of Americans who already have insurance through your job, or Medicare, or Medicaid, or the VA, nothing in my plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have.

What my plan will do is make the insurance you have work better for you. We’ll make it illegal for insurance companies to deny you coverage because of a pre-existing condition, drop your coverage when you get sick, or water it down when you need it most. They’ll no longer be able to place some arbitrary cap on the amount of coverage you can receive in a given year or over a lifetime, and we will place a limit on how much you can be charged for out-of-pocket expenses – because no one should go broke just because they get sick.

Second, if you’re one of the more than thirty million American citizens who can’t get coverage, you’ll finally have quality, affordable choices. If you lose your job, change your job, or start your own business, you will be able to get coverage.

And as I have said over and over again, I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits – period. This plan will be paid for. The middle-class will realize greater security, not higher taxes. And if we can successfully slow the growth of health care costs by just one-tenth of one percent each year, it will actually reduce the deficit by $4 trillion over the long term.

Affordable, quality care within reach for the tens of millions of Americans who don’t have it today. Stability and security for the hundreds of millions who do. That’s the reform we seek.

We have had a long and important debate. But now is the time for action. Because every day we wait, more Americans will lose their health care, their businesses, and their homes – but also the dreams they’ve worked for and the peace of mind they deserve. They are why we have to succeed.

So if you’re willing to put country before party and the interests of our children above our own; if you refuse to settle for a politics where scoring points is more important than solving problems; and if you believe, as I do, that America can still come together to do great things – then join us. Give us your help. And we will finally get health insurance reform done this year.

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Joe Wilson Outburst Leads to Boycott: Black Newspaper Publishers to Cancel Mid-Winter Conference in South Carolina

Clowngressman Joe Wilson (SC)

Clowngressman Joe Wilson (SC)

EUR—*In response to Rep. Joe Wilson and his “You Lie!” outburst during President Barack Obama’s health care address to a joint session Wednesday night, at least one group has decided to make the congressman’s entire state pay the price.
“The National Newspaper Publisher’s Association (NNPA) announced in a press release Thursday that it will not hold its January 2010 mid-winter conference in South Carolina, and is joining the NAACP economic boycott of the state that has been in effect since July 1999 when the South Carolina NAACP called for it as a protest of the flag atop the State House and inside the House and Senate chambers.

NNPA Chairman Danny J. Bakewell Sr.

NNPA Chairman Danny J. Bakewell Sr.

“As African-American newspaper publishers we stand in solidarity with the NAACP and fully support the economic boycott of South Carolina,” stated NNPA Chairman Danny J. Bakewell Sr. “Rep. Wilson’s remarks were racist, disrespectful, and a disingenuous violation–not only of President Obama–but to the institution of the presidency and only solidified our position and the importance in not spending Black dollars where Black people are not respected.

“The continued public and blatant disrespect of President Barack Obama by members of Congress will not be rewarded with our dollars nor will a state that continues to uphold America’s shameful past by flying the Confederate flag.”

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Watch a Special Comment by Keith Olbermann, as only Keith can do.

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Michael Savage’s flagship station drops him

Michael Savage joins unemployment line

Michael Savage joins unemployment line

ThinkProgress.org—Earlier today, the conservative blog Patriot Axom noted that far-right radio host Michael Savage has been taken “off the air” from his San Francisco-based flagship station, Talk 910 KNEW. Now, a representative from the station has issued a statement explaining why it will no longer air Savage’s show:

I’m going to answer the very first question many of you have.

“Why did you take Michael Savage off the air?”

Here’s your no-spin direct answer; we have decided to go in a different philosophical and ideological direction, featuring more contemporary content and more local information. The Savage Nation does not fit into that vision.

910 KNEW’s decision is the latest blow to Savage’s efforts to spread hate. Last winter, following a campaign by the Council On American-Islamic Relations and Brave New Films, numerous advertisers ended their relationship with Savage, including Geico, Union Bank of California, and ITT Technical Institute. Savage has in the past advocated killing 100 million Muslims, compared President Jimmy Carter to Hitler, and has said that the U.S. Senate is “more histrionic than ever” because of the addition of female senators.

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Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty Has Become a Tenther

Minnesota Governor (and Tenther) Tim Pawlenty

Minnesota Governor (and Tenther) Tim Pawlenty


Posted by Audiegrl

Doesn’t the idea that Republican Governors can block health care reform in their state, sound really familiar? Oh, yes, they were going to block Stimulus money coming to their states too. That is, they wanted to ‘say they werent’t taking it’, but they really didn’t mind handing out those big ole checks.
Yes, I’m talking to you Governor Jindal.

Bobby Jindal holds a "check" sending stimulus dollars to Vernon Parrish in Louisiana.

This just illustrates what crazy-ass-backward times we are living in. When I was growing up, the politicians who got good things for their constituents were the politicians who stayed in office longest. Now with Republicans, the more their Governors turn down things (that are undoubtedly helpful to the voters), the more the base loves them. Its a very confusing time in politics, so I will defer to Amanda Terkel’s expertise in explaining this matter.

Amanda Terkel/ThinkProgress—Yesterday in a conference call with right-wing activists, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) joined the tenther movement by questioning whether federal health care reform is constitutional. When a caller asked, “I want to know if any of the governors are willing to invoke the 10th Amendment if the health care bill is passed,”

Pawlenty replied:

“Depending on what the federal government comes out with here, asserting the 10th Amendment might be viable option, but we don’t know the details. As one of the other callers said, we can’t really even get the president to outline what he does or doesn’t support in any detail. So we’ll have to see. I’d say that’s a possibility.

You’re starting to see more governors, including me, and specifically Gov. Perry from Texas, and most Republican governors express concern around these issues and get more aggressive about asserting and bringing up the 10th Amendment. So I think we could see hopefully a resurgence of those claims and maybe even lawsuits if need be.”

This tenther argument is increasingly gaining steam with the far right. State lawmakers in both Florida and Georgia have brought up legislation that would allow their states to opt-out of any federal health care system. Even federal lawmakers like Sens. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) are saying that health care reform may be unconstitutional.

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Whenever I hear Republican’s talk about what is and what is not in the Constitution, and how we should use it to literally guide our nation’s policy. I always have to smile. If we went strictly by what was written by the Founders in 1776, as a woman, I would not be able to vote, but that point is moot, because my whole family would still be slaves.

So come on guys, lets all just admit that although the Founders gave us brilliant documents as a guideline, there are many things we are confronting in the 21st Century, that they could not even imagine.

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Joe Wilson’s Strange Friends

Clowngressman Joe Wilson (SC)

Clowngressman Joe Wilson (SC)

By Max Blumenthal/The Daily Beast
The controversial congressman has been a member of Sons of Confederate Veterans. Max Blumenthal, author of the just-published Republican Gomorrah, asks: Did he remain so even after it became a hate group?

Since Republican Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina bellowed at President Barack Obama, “You lie!” during the president’s nationally televised speech on health care, the fourth-term backbencher has emerged as a hero for the conservative grassroots. One of the most enthusiastic endorsements of Wilson’s histrionics came from the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV), a group that Wilson has belonged to according to his own biographical materials.

“Mr. Wilson, never apologize for allowing your love of truth to overrun your desire to be polite,” the SCV Tea Party declared on its website. “It is the liar who must apologize, not the one who identifies the liar!”

SCV leader Kirk Lyons harbored dream of creating a seemingly benign front group for a more sophisticated version of the Ku Klux Klan.

Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party by Max Blumenthal

Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party by Max Blumenthal

Who are the SCV? A once-proud organization of Confederate history buffs and Civil War re-enactors that traditionally spent its money to restore battlefields and Confederate cemeteries. By 2006, however, the SCV had been substantially taken over by an organized cadre of white supremacists (read here for more background) who sought to turn the nation’s oldest Southern historical society into what the veteran white supremacy activist Kirk Lyons called “a modern, 21st century Christian war machine capable of uniting the Confederate community and leading it to ultimate victory,” had seized much of the SCV’s leadership positions, the Southern Poverty Law Center released an extensive list of SCV officials who belonged to “hate groups.”

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