Friday, July 30, 2010

GOP Denying Aid For Heroes

I just don't understand these people:

GOP opposes medical funding for 9/11 victims

We're left with Republicans, in an election year, taking a bold stand against funding for medical care for 9/11 heroes.


Rep. Anthony Weiner doesn't understand them either:

Anthony Weiner's Spitting Mad Rant Against Republicans On The House Floor
The House was debating a bill last night that would provide up to $7.4 billion in health care aid to rescue and recovery workers who have faced health problems since their work in the wake of the September 11 attacks. The bill ultimately failed to get the needed two-thirds majority, 255-159, and Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) was not happy about it. Not one bit.

I'd say he was really ticked.


Thursday, July 29, 2010

A Reminder

To be a Liberal, as John F. Kennedy said in 1960:

This is my political credo:

I believe in human dignity as the source of national purpose, in human liberty as the source of national action, in the human heart as the source of national compassion, and in the human mind as the source of our invention and our ideas. It is, I believe, the faith in our fellow citizens as individuals and as people that lies at the heart of the liberal faith. For liberalism is not so much a party creed or set of fixed platform promises as it is an attitude of mind and heart, a faith in man's ability through the experiences of his reason and judgment to increase for himself and his fellow men the amount of justice and freedom and brotherhood which all human life deserves.

I believe also in the United States of America, in the promise that it contains and has contained throughout our history of producing a society so abundant and creative and so free and responsible that it cannot only fulfill the aspirations of its citizens, but serve equally well as a beacon for all mankind. I do not believe in a superstate. I see no magic in tax dollars which are sent to Washington and then returned. I abhor the waste and incompetence of large-scale federal bureaucracies in this administration as well as in others. I do not favor state compulsion when voluntary individual effort can do the job and do it well. But I believe in a government which acts, which exercises its full powers and full responsibilities. Government is an art and a precious obligation; and when it has a job to do, I believe it should do it. And this requires not only great ends but that we propose concrete means of achieving them.

Our responsibility is not discharged by announcement of virtuous ends. Our responsibility is to achieve these objectives with social invention, with political skill, and executive vigor. I believe for these reasons that liberalism is our best and only hope in the world today. For the liberal society is a free society, and it is at the same time and for that reason a strong society. Its strength is drawn from the will of free people committed to great ends and peacefully striving to meet them.
"I think it is our task to re-create the same atmosphere in our own time."


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Additional Afghanistan War Funding Passed

Congress has passed another supplemental funding bill for the Afghanistan war:

H R 4899

Yeas - 308
Nays - 114
NV - 10

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Obama Signs Unemployment Bill

The unemployment extension bill has finally been passed, and signed by President Obama.

Checks Are Coming: Obama Signs Unemployment Bill

Checks coming soon: Obama signs hard-fought extension of long-term jobless benefits

Federal checks could begin flowing again as early as next week to millions of jobless people who lost up to seven weeks of unemployment benefits in a congressional standoff.

President Barack Obama on Thursday signed into law a restoration of benefits for people who have been out of work for six months or more. Congress approved the measure earlier in the day. [...]

At stake are up to 73 weeks of federally financed benefits for people who have exhausted their 26 weeks of state jobless benefits. About half of the approximately 5 million people in the program have had their benefits cut off since its authorization expired June 2.

They are eligible for lump-sum retroactive payments that are typically delivered directly to their bank accounts or credited to state-issued debit cards.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Breitbart: Pants On Fire

Breitbart spews BS. Again.

White House, You Were Punked By Andrew Breitbart:

Sherrod belonged to an organization set up during the civil rights era specifically to help black farmers. So, yes, she had some reservations the first time she was approached for help by a white farmer. Then she sent him to a white lawyer for help, because she thought the white lawyer would help one of his own kind. But she learned an important lesson that day: When you're poor, no one wants to help you, no matter your race!

Because the entire point of Sherrod's story was to illustrate how her eyes were opened to that fact, she went on in her speech to explain that she "eventually worked with the man over a two-year period to help ward off foreclosure of his farm and ... eventually became friends with him and his wife."

This has been corroborated by the actual discriminated-against white people in question.

But that part isn't in the clip that Breitbart posted.

WATCH: Full Video Of Sherrod's Speech [43:15]

White farmers at the center of Shirley Sherrod controversy: ‘No way in the world’ she is a racist.

More Context On How Shirley Sherrod Became The Latest Right Wing Media Victim

NAACP president: "We were snookered" by Fox and Breitbart

Andrew Breitbart is a Liar. Let's Not Forget That One.

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Elephant Poo Déjà Vu

Hasn't this country already suffered enough harm from their crap?

Seeing the Elephant

William Rivers Pitt:

The Republican Party has become a preposterous farce, dominated by the likes of Sarah Palin and Michael Steele. The Tea Party movement is basically nothing more than a Trojan Horse filled with hard-core GOP base members whose views on everything from religion to the constitution to freedom of choice is not shared by roughly 75% of the general population.

They are the Taliban of American Christianity, and the only reason they have gotten so much ink is because the national press corps likes to take the easy way out whenever possible. Add to this the fact that the Tea Party has shot the GOP in the foot several times already by running off electable Republicans and nominating the cast from One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest. [...]

If people need a reminder, one is readily available. We are, of course, in the middle of a gut-twisting recession that a lot of smart people believe is about to get worse again. The response of the GOP and the far right, of course, is to offer up a repackaged version of trickle-down Reaganomics that would, if enacted, char the economy to cinders. Not to worry, because the very rich would get theirs, but the rest of us would wind up standing in soup lines and selling apples to stay alive.

If people need a specific reminder, they can look to the obnoxious drama that has been unfolding in congress over the last several weeks. Democrats in the Senate have been trying to extend unemployment benefits to millions of Americans who desperately need help. Senate Republicans have filibustered the extension of these benefits at every turn, insisting that these benefits be paid for by either tax hikes or spending cuts. This view is shared by virtually every Republican in the Senate.

But wait, there's a solution right in front of them: the bloated, unaffordable Bush-era tax cuts for rich people are about to expire, and the GOP is in a tizzy. Democrats want to keep those tax cuts in place only for people making up to $200,000-$250,000 a year, and dump the tax cuts for anyone making more. This would generate billions in revenue that could pay for, among other things, extending unemployment benefits for Americans who have been screwed out of their jobs and homes by Bush-era economic policies.

But no, says the GOP, we have to keep those tax cuts as they are. Their desire to make sure unemployment benefits are paid for does not extend to making sure these Bushian tax cuts are paid for. If Senate Republicans get their way, the unemployed will get screwed and the super-wealthy will keep getting pornographically huge slices of revenue we absolutely cannot afford to give them. As it stands, the GOP's filibuster of these benefits is already screwing the people, and if the Republicans were in the majority, well, we've read this script before.

Been there. Done that. Didn't work.

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Sunday, July 04, 2010

Happy Fourth


Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.

~George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
"Maxims: Liberty and Equality," 1905

Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.

~Louis D. Brandeis

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Saturday, July 03, 2010

Crazy Train

They just keep on keeping on. Month after month, week after week, day after day, the crazy train keeps on rolling along.

I Timed It: One Can say "The GOP Is Nuts" At Least Fifteen Times in Thirty Seconds
Fri, 07/02/2010

"What is, Because one can be boundlessly crazy and not pay a price for it?"


"Alex, I'll take 'Republican Antics' again, since all the correct question-answers in this category appear to be identical."

That seems to be the best and notionally shortest response to Chris Matthews' and Eugene Robinson's co-bewilderment last night, as they sat and pondered why, for heaven's sake why, Republican pols and their ideological allies persist in ratcheting up the lunacy. [...]

What, again, was your question, Messrs. Matthews and Robinson? Something about why Republican pols are behaving like unmedicated lunatics? Because one can be boundlessly crazy -- or at the very least reflect the otherworldly views of the boundlessly crazy -- and not pay a price for it. [...]

And we'll stay on this downward trajectory, right up to a replanted lunatic majority in Congress -- with subpoena power, no less -- until Democrats nationalize the election with one simple but endlessly repeated observation, floating superimposed over Barton, Boehner & Co. insights: The GOP is nuts.


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