Here's a long quote from another guy who wanted his country back:
“The national government will maintain and defend the foundations on which the power of our nation rests. It will offer strong protection to Christianity as the very basis of our collective morality. Today Christians stand at the head of our country. We want to fill our culture again with the Christian spirit. We want to burn out all the recent immoral developments in literature, in the theatre, and in the press– in short, we want to burn out the poison of immorality which has entered into our whole life and culture as a result of liberal excess during the past years.”
“The National Government will regard it as its first and foremost duty to revive in the nation the spirit of unity and cooperation. It will preserve and defend those basic principles on which our nation has been built. It regards Christianity as the foundation of our national morality, and the family as the basis of national life.”
~ ADOLPH HITLER, 1933
-- ACORN is not a criminal enterprise.
-- ACORN has not engaged in voter fraud of any kind.
-- When ACORN has discovered its staffers doing anything that smacks of illegality, the staffers have been fired.
-- Republikkkons and rightwingers hate ACORN because the organization works -- successfully -- on behalf of poor people, whom Republikkkons and rightwingers hate.
ACORN's major campaigns -- all of which have been successful -- were (1) raise the minimum wage; (2) curtail predatory lending practices by banks; and, (3) expand the electorate to include people who frequently do not vote.
The Reupblikkkons and rightwingers cannot tolerate any of these three successes because: (1) they want to keep working people as poor as possible; (2) they and their supporters and donors profit from sleazy banking practices; and , (3) they want to make certain that the only people who vote are white folks from the Baptist church and country club.
In a 24 Septmber Washington Post column, Harold Meyerson lays out the facts -- and describes how the national media has, once again, failed:
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For ACORN, Truth Lost Amid the Din
By Harold Meyerson Thursday, September 24, 2009
So what does ACORN actually do, anyway?
The embattled community organizing group is much in the news these days, thanks to the idiocies of a handful of now-suspended staffers having been filmed and YouTubed by a right-wing sting squad. Most of the stories present ACORN as, at best, a shady organization up to no good in America's inner cities, not to mention the nation's primary source of voting fraud.
What's been obscured amid all the polemics, or the polemics passing as news reports, is what ACORN is and does. Founded in Little Rock in 1970 as an organization agitating for free school lunches, Vietnam veterans' rights and more hospital emergency rooms, ACORN has grown in the past four decades into the nation's largest community organizing group. Based in low-income neighborhoods, it has nearly 500,000 dues- paying members, recruited by door-to-door canvassers, with chapters in 110 cities in 40 states. Nationwide, it has more than 1,000 staffers.
What are the projects on which all these staffers and members work? Raising the minimum wage, for one. ACORN conceived and led the successful initiative campaign to raise the wage in Florida in 2004 and in four more states in 2006. In the past four years, it successfully pressured seven legislatures in other states to raise their minimum wage as well.
Another major campaign has been to limit the interest and fees that banks charge homeowners. In the 1990s, ACORN spearheaded a number of legal actions, often joined by states' attorneys general, that compelled such lenders as Citigroup to change many of their practices. The group has led successful drives to outlaw the most egregious predatory lending in nine states. It also counsels thousands of inner- city homeowners and home buyers.
ACORN's third focus has been to expand the electorate. In the 2007-08 election cycle, it registered 1.3 million new voters in the nation's inner cities. This activity particularly vexed many Republican politicians, who have repeatedly accused the organization of massive voter fraud. The Bush administration's politicization of the Justice Department -- its widely reported firing of U.S. attorneys for their failure to bring voter fraud indictments (all of them looked and could find scarcely any instances of same) -- stemmed from the administration's apparent desire to depress minority turnout, a goal it sought to accomplish by demonizing ACORN.
Now, how much of this would you know from following the stories about ACORN that have been running in even the best of the media? Little to nothing, as Peter Dreier, a professor of politics at Occidental College, and Christopher R. Martin, a professor of journalism at University of Northern Iowa, just concluded in an exhaustive study of news coverage of ACORN. Looking at the 647 stories on the group that ran in leading newspapers and broadcast networks in 2007 and 2008, they found that not only did a majority of such stories focus on allegations of voter fraud but also that 83 percent of the stories that linked ACORN to those allegations failed to mention that actual instances of voter fraud were all but nonexistent.
"Only a handful of the stories in the New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal," Dreier and Martin note, "mentioned that actual cases of voter fraud were very rare" -- even though all three papers had covered the firings of the U.S. attorneys for their failure to find such cases. But the steady drumbeat from right-wing pundits and journalists about ACORN and voter fraud, the authors conclude, eventually set the terms of discussion even at elite mainstream media.
Nonetheless, the mainstream media have also come under attack for not giving greater play to the most recent round of alleged ACORN scandals because the stories were first aired on the TV broadcasts of such right-wing polemicists as Glenn Beck. On Sunday, The Post's ombudsman, Andrew Alexander, wrote that "one explanation may be that traditional news outlets like The Post simply don't pay sufficient attention to conservative media or viewpoints." Dreier and Martin's study makes clear that in the case of ACORN, the reverse is true.
Dreier and Martin also note that newspapers in cities where ACORN has long been active against predatory lending and in voter registration -- they studied the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the Cleveland Plain Dealer -- provided more balanced stories and relied less on partisan sources than the national papers did. But with some national newspapers shuttering their domestic bureaus, the truth about ACORN -- the nation's premier tribune for the poor -- may be harder and harder to find.
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Meanwhile, here's something they don't want you to see.
The CBO sent a letter to Senator Max "I Don't Have A Clue About Health Insurance" Baucus with estimates of the cost of his bill.
Buried in the CBO letter was this parenthetical remark:
“(The proposed co-ops had very little effect on the estimates of total enrollment in the exchanges or federal costs because, as they are described in the specifications, they seem unlikely to establish a significant market presence in many areas of the country or to noticeably affect federal subsidy payments.)”
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Middle of page 5.
This photo from the 12 Spetember "tea party" in DC captures the true essence of opposition to President Obama.
It's NOT about taxes, federal spending, or any of the other excuses. It's pure racist hate. These people cannot stand the fact that a black man is President of the USofA.
The only thing missing here is a Klan robe and a burning cross.
The "tea party"protestors who descended on DC on 12 September to protest against "Obama's socialism" and public funding of health insurance need to understand some facts:
-- They traveled on publicly-funded and maintained roads;
-- And on publicly-monitored airways;
-- They marched on publicly-funded and maintained sidewalks, streets, and parks.
And when they left, DC government employees will clean up their trash.
Check the photos:
This one is too good to pass up. The "tea party" protestors profess their patriotism and denounce President Obama as an alien, a "socialist," a "communist," and worse. But here's what the "tea party" protestors think of the American flag:
Yep -- after their "tea party" was over, they tossed the American flag in the trash. "Real Americans" my ass.
A few weeks ago, the Washington Post published a paper that the 34-year-old McDonnell wrote in a course at Pat Robertson's University in Virginia Beach, VA. Here's a link to the WaPo article
And here's the first paragraph from that article:
At age 34, two years before his first election and two decades before he would run for governor of Virginia, Robert F. McDonnell submitted a master's thesis to the evangelical school he was attending in Virginia Beach in which he described working women and feminists as "detrimental" to the family. He said government policy should favor married couples over "cohabitators, homosexuals or fornicators." He described as "illogical" a 1972 Supreme Court decision legalizing the use of contraception by unmarried couples.
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Here's a link to McDonnell's paper (PDF):
Now -- to the point -- turns out that Ol' Bob may not be the squeaky-clean, born-again christian that he claims to be. In a radio interview on Friday, 11 September 2009, McDonnell let fly with the F-bomb -- of course, when a Republican does something like this, it's no big deal -- he'll be forgiven -- right?? Still, the word "hypocrite" comes to mind.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Bob McDonnell, the normally-disciplined Republican candidate for governor in Virginia, mistakenly blurted out the F-bomb during a live radio interview on Friday.
Appearing on Washington-area radio station WTOP, McDonnell was sparring with host Mark Plotkin on the topic of transportation funding.
Plotkin asked if McDonnell would consider an increase in the state gasoline tax to help fund the transportation budget. McDonnell said no, and uttered the expletive during his response.
"So no tax will be raised during your four-year term?," Plotkin asked.
McDonnell answered: "I'm going to find other ways to be able to fund transportation. I've outlined twelve f—ing funding mechanisms that are creative, that are entrepreneurial." The remark was first flagged by the Virginia Democratic blog NotLarrySabato.
McDonnell is running against Democrat Creigh Deeds in the governor's race, one of two marquee political battles in 2009 along with the New Jersey governor's race.
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Rightwing wackadoodle websites passing off old photos as photos of 12 Sep "Tea Party" on the DC Mall
The tea baggers are Ku Kluxers in polo shirts and polyester trousers. They are protesting because there's a black man in the White House. Period.
Now, let's get to the point.
As soon as the protestors started to assemble, the rightwing blogosphere went crazy claiming that as many as 2 million teabaggers were in DC. Michelle Malkin even posted on her blog a photo that she claimed was from a DC traffic webcam showing the huge crowd. Her claim was picked up immediately and the 2 million figure became a matter of faith on the rightwing blogs.
IN FACT -- all news media (except, of course, Fox -- which is not news media) is reporting the crowd was 60 - 70,000, which is the number being used by the DC fire and police departments -- who know a little something about crowds.
Meanwhile, the rightwing blogs are posting old photos, claiming that they are photos of today's march.
Here's one photo that the rightwankers are trying to pass off as today's tea baggers in DC: http://twitpic.com/hhlju
And here's the original of the photo -- it's from 1997: http://onnidan1.com/forum/index.php/topic,23417.msg76797.html#msg76797
Another dead giveaway is that the sun is shining brightly in the photo -- 12 September 2009 was overcast in DC.
Then, we have this photo which claims to show "2 million" at the tea party -- this is one that Michelle Malkin is hyping: http://www.theminorityreportblog.com/story/steve_foley/2009/09/12/dc_...
The photo allegedly was taken by a DC traffic webcam of the tea party crowd at 14th and E this morning.
But check out the live feed from the real DC traffic webcam at 14th and E at this link: http://www.trafficland.com/city/WAS/camera/9087/index.html
Save the two photos to your hard drive, open them side-by-side in Photoshop and notice:
-- Trees in the real time traffic webcam are more full than in the photo that claims to be of the tea party crowd.
-- The view from the real time traffic webcam is a wider angle than in the photo that claims to be of the tea party crowd.
-- The view from the real time traffic webcam is taken from a different angle -- focus on the dome on the building along the right edge of the photo -- note that in the fake photo the dome protrudes above the neighboring building -- in the real traffic webcam the dome does not stick up above the roof of the adjacent building -- the photos were taken from different angles.
Not to be cruel or anything -- but -- a couple of observers reporting from the "Tea Party" remarked that the crowd was mainly over 60, ENTIRELY white, and mostly overweight -- maybe the 60,000 WEIGHED as much as 2 million and that's where the rightwing bloggers are confused. Who knows.
Keep your eyes peeled for our ever vigilant media to jump on this one – yeah, right.
A vehicle at 15 mpg and 12,000 miles per year uses 800 gallons a year of gasoline.
A vehicle at 25 mpg and 12,000 miles per year uses 480 gallons a year. So, the average clunker transaction will reduce US gasoline consumption by 320 gallons per year.
They claim 700,000 vehicles – so that's 224 million gallons / year.
That equates to a bit over 5 million barrels of oil.
5 million barrels of oil is about ¼ of one day's US consumption.
And, 5 million barrels of oil costs about $350 million dollars at $75/bbl.
So, we all contributed to spending $3 billion to save $350 million.
How good a deal was that ???
They'll probably do a great job with health care though!!
First, they didn't even get their own arithmetic right because 5 Million X $75 is not $350 million, it's $375 million. However, more important, they got the production figures wrong.
A barrel of oil produces only 19.5 gallons of gasoline, so that 224 million gallons of gasoline requires 11.5 million barrels of oil. At $75 per barrel, that amounts to $862,500,000 per year saved.
That means in 3.4 years we break even on gasoline savings alone.
However that doesn't include the hidden costs of pollution and accidents that will be reduced by more fuel-efficient and safer cars. Nor does it include the jobs created which then go on to contribute taxes and consumer spending.
I wouldn't be surprised if this paid for itself in 2.5 years or even less if we allow for cars with fuel economy greater than 25 mpg being purchased, or annual mileage more like 15,000 miles per year.
Why did the Republicans select "Lord Charles" Boustany (R, LA) to respond to President Obama's health insurance reform speech ??
In addition to the fact that his response received NO media coverage, there are other facts we need to examine about "Lord Charles" -- and when we look into his background we find more proof of just how big a piece of shit the entire Republikkkon Party really is.
"Lord Charles" Boustany is bugfuck crazy.
"Doctor" Boustany (as he prefers to be called) is an interesting choice for the GOP rebuttal. After all, not only does he seem to enjoy seeking legal redress for some colorful problems, he's also been the defendant in at least eight malpractice suits.
Here are two of Charles Boustany’s more colorful lawsuits:
-- He sued two con artists who told him he could become a British Lord; and
-- He sued a construction company for “mental anguish” over a pool resurfacing job.
But let's not let his suits overshadow the fact that Boustany has been sued for medical malpractice by eight patients.
Since 1992, Boustany has been sued for malpractice by eight separate patients. Boustany was found in fault by the state Medical Review Panel.
BOUSTANY WAS FOUND AT FAULT by the Louisiana Medical Review Panel twice – including a two-year old child Boustany performed an unnecessary and debilitating heart operation on and a woman whose right leg was amputated as the result of complications from surgery – and patients were awarded damages totaling nearly $2 million.
-- Boustany was sued for medical malpractice for surgery performed on a child and found in fault by the state medical review board. The plaintiff received $600,000 in compensation as a result.
-- Boustany was sued for medical malpractice after a cardiac operation he performed resulted in the patient requiring her leg to be amputated. According to the state medical review board, Boustany fell below the standard of care in treating the patient, who was later awarded more than $1.2 million in damages.
In another case -- Melanie Malagarie sued Boustany for medical malpractice stemming from surgery performed on her young daughter, Leonette. When Leonette was an infant she underwent heart surgery for a condition called Tetrology of Falot. The surgery was described as being a “good result,” according to court documents. Shortly before Leonette turned three, Boustany recommended surgery described as a “complete repair of Tetrology of Falot.”
After surgery, Leonette was reported to have suffered multiple severe damages including acute renal failure, acute respiratory failure and evidence of post-operative infections.
In 1992, the court dismissed the case because Malagarie failed to file a complaint with the state’s medical board.
Two years later, she submitted the case to Medical Review Panel, which found in her favor. The case was later dismissed after the parties settled the matter, awarding Malagarie $600,000 in compensation. Boustany’s insurer offered her $100,000 on his behalf and the Louisiana Patient’s Compensation Fund provided the other $500,000. (Melanie Malagarie v. Dr. Charles Boustany, Dr. Shannon Turney, Dr. Geeta Dalal, Lafayette General Hospital et. al, Case No: 92-5260, 15th Judicial District Court Parish of Lafayette)
Congressman Boustany once attempted to buy an English Title. There was one small problem ... it was a fraud.
Apparently, two con artists hoodwinked dumb wealthy Americans like Congressman Boustany that they could buy an English Title, which would give them all sorts of goodies like being called Lord Boustany and a seat to ride in the Queen Mum's 100th Birthday celebration back in the mid-1990's.
Most millionaires like Congressman Lord Boustany would let the money go. But not Congressman Lord Boustany. Noooo.
He filed a lawsuit that never went anywhere in Lafayette Parish, and it is available to the public. Here is a link to all three pages of the complaint, but the most relevant one is page 2, which shows how much he paid for the Title - $18,500 - and lists both his name and that of his wife in the pleading, and why they are filing suit.
On the other hand, maybe the Republikkkons selected Lord Charles for their response because of his familiarity with the health insurance industry. As the watchdog group Public Campaign documented before the speech, Boustany has raked in $1.25 million from health and insurance interests since being elected in 2004.
Lord Charles was also a co-sponsor of legislation that included provisions for end-of-life care, or the so-called "death panels" that helped inflame opponents of the Democratic health bill.http://thinkprogress.org/2009/09/08/boustany-boehner/
-- Eight malpractice lawsuits against him. In two he was found at fault and in one he settled out of court.
-- Then he falls for a scam in which he tried to buy a British title.
-- A major portion of his campaign funds comes from medical insurance companies.
No wonder the Republikkkon Party likes Lord Charley.
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Today, he's the hyena who disgraced himself, his party, and the House chamber by screaming "YOU LIE!" like an 8 year-old during the President's eloquent speech on the most critical challenge facing our nation.
There's something we can do to let Joe Wilson know what we think of his childish approach to a serious problem -- we can help out Rob Miller.
Rob is an Iraq War vet -- a Marine who came back to South Carolina to try and restore dignity to South Carolina's Second CD, where Joe Wilson was selling out the district by voting for unfair trade deals and corporate giveaways.
Despite being a relative unknown, being outspent by a substantial margin, and a general Republican lean to the district, Rob came within just 8 points of knocking Wilson off in 2008. And we're lucky to have him running again.
Rob's a fair trade Democrat who supports the Employee Free Choice Act. He's a breath of fresh air for a state that desperately needs new leadership. And we can help him tonight, as the nation sees what an immature loser his opponent is.
Let's chip in to help Rob -- with early financial support, and with the notoriety Wilson has brought on himself, we've got a chance to help send Joe Wilson packing -- and to bring maturity and decency to South Carolina politics.
Wilson is the wackjob who shouted "YOU LIE!!" at President Obama during Obama's speech Wednesday night.
Wilson's opponent in 2010 is Democrat Rob Miller who got 46 percent of the vote in 2008. Here's Miller's site -- make a donation to his campaign and let's get Wilson out of Congress:
Joe Wilson (R, SC) is the one.
Here's what happened. Obama was talking about the lies that have been told about health care reform legislation. One of the many lies is that illegal aliens will be covered under current legislation. That's a lie -- every piece of legislation being considered specifically prohibits coverage or payments to people not in the country legally.
President Obama stated that illegal aliens would not be paid or covered -- at which point Wilson shouted "YOU LIE!"
The Old Redneck is so pissed off he can't see straight.
Wilson is a fucking disgrace. Oh, he'll be re-elected, no doubt -- his constituents more than likely are as stupid as he is. After all, he's from South Carolina.
I'm sending an email to his office -- you may want to do the same.
Here's his website's email:
Let him have it.
The Republicans responded in their typical way -- by going crazy!!! The chairman of the Florida Republican Party proclaimed that the speech is nothing but "socialist indoctrination" and Republicans everywhere are urging parents to keep their children out of school that day.
Here's something the lunatics planning to boycott President Obama's stay-in-school speech should have considered before getting all wingnutty about it: On the eve of the 1992 presidential campaign -- 1 October 1991 to be exact -- President George H. W. Bush pitched his education plan in a speech broadcast live to school classrooms nationwide.
McDonnell has a long record in Virginia politics as a far-right, radical reactionary who is wedded to the most egregious rightwing, "Christian fundamentalist" nonsense. Essentially, McDonnell has built his political career on God, guns, and gays -- supporting God and guns and bashing gays.
Now, however, in light of massive Republican losses in 2008 because the public finally rejected the hate spewing from Sarah Palin, McDonnell is scrambling to re-invent himself as a moderate, fiscally-conservative, big-tent Republican.
It won't work.
On Sunday, 30 August, the Washington Post surfaced a paper that McDonnell wrote while he was a student at Pat Robertson's CBN University (CBN = Christian Broadcasting Network).
Here are links to the PDF copy of the paper and to the Washington Post article.
Instead of the Old Redneck telling you what's in the paper, you need to read it for yourself.
Now, McDonnell will try to distance himself from this paper and it's radical "keep the women barefoot and pregnant" proclamations by claiming that this paper is but the musings of a youth. But he wrote the paper WHEN HE WAS 34 YEARS OLD.
If you look at the 15 action articles he lists in the paper, then, review his political track record, it is clear that he has not deviated one inch from the radical reactionary philosophy presented in his paper.
McDonnell is now in a real bind:
-- If he stands by the paper, he loses Northern Virginia, women, and anyone else who can read and think.
-- If he denounces the paper -- or even distances himself from it -- he loses his fundamentalist base.
Here are some of McDonnell's positions as stated in his own words.
"Leaders must correct the conventional folklore about the separation of church and state," he wrote. "Historically, the religious liberty guarantees of the First Amendment were intended to prevent government encroachment upon the free church, not eliminate the impact of religion on society."
He argued for covenant marriage, a legally distinct type of marriage intended to make it more difficult to obtain a divorce.
He advocated character education programs in public schools to teach "traditional Judeo-Christian values" and other principles that he thought many youths were not learning in their homes.
He called for less government encroachment on parental authority, for example, redefining child abuse to "exclude parental spanking."
He lamented the "purging of religious influence" from public schools.
He criticized federal tax credits for child care expenditures because they encouraged women to enter the workforce: "Further expenditures would be used to subsidize a dynamic new trend of working women and feminists that is ultimately detrimental to the family by entrenching status-quo of nonparental primary nurture of children," he wrote.
He went on to say feminism is among the "real enemies of the traditional family."
The Old Redneck sheds no tears over McDonnell's bind.