Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Rolling Stone At A Tea Party Rally

I know the teabaggers hate it when non-teabaggers describe what they actually experience at one of the various Tea Party rallies across the country so I am sure that they will love this observation by Matt Taibbi from his visit to a rally in Kentucky published over at Rolling Stone Magazine.
Scanning the thousands of hopped-up faces in the crowd, I am immediately struck by two things. One is that there isn't a single black person here. The other is the truly awesome quantity of medical hardware: Seemingly every third person in the place is sucking oxygen from a tank or propping their giant atrophied glutes on motorized wheelchair-scooters. As Palin launches into her Ronald Reagan impression — "Government's not the solution! Government's the problem!" — the person sitting next to me leans over and explains.

"The scooters are because of Medicare," he whispers helpfully. "They have these commercials down here: 'You won't even have to pay for your scooter! Medicare will pay!' Practically everyone in Kentucky has one."

A hall full of elderly white people in Medicare-paid scooters, railing against government spending and imagining themselves revolutionaries as they cheer on the vice-presidential puppet hand-picked by the GOP establishment. If there exists a better snapshot of everything the Tea Party represents, I can't imagine it.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Maybe That Is Why They Are Atheists?

A new survey by Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life found that atheists and agnostics were more knowledgeable on the bible, Christianity, and other world religions than those professing to follow those religions.
Researchers from the independent Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life phoned more than 3,400 Americans and asked them 32 questions about the Bible, Christianity and other world religions, famous religious figures and the constitutional principles governing religion in public life.

On average, people who took the survey answered half the questions incorrectly, and many flubbed even questions about their own faith.

Those who scored the highest were atheists and agnostics, as well as two religious minorities: Jews and Mormons. The results were the same even after the researchers controlled for factors like age and racial differences.
The more you know...?

Monday, September 27, 2010

Noem Claim Debunked By FactCheck.org

FactCheck.org did what it does, fact checks political claims and this time around they took on the GOP claims that the stimulus didn't add any jobs. Their findings?
Yes, the stimulus legislation increased employment, despite false Republican claims to the contrary
And
Simply put, more people would be unemployed if not for the stimulus bill. The exact number of jobs created and saved is difficult to estimate, but nonpartisan economists say there’s no doubt that the number is positive
Certainly politicians running for office "mis-remembering" facts is nothing new but this time around one of those specifically called out for being a little loose with the truth by the FactCheck folks was none other than our own Kristi Noem.
Kristi Noem, a Republican House candidate from South Dakota, calls the measure a "jobless stimulus."
According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget office, Noem's "jobless stimulus" actually lowered the employment rate between 0.7 and 1.8 percentage points and increased the number of those employed by between 1.4 million and 3.3 million. Not earth shattering by any means but whether or not you think we got enough bang for our buck, it still was not exactly "jobless" like Noem claims.

The ad in question is below.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

DADT - Change Obama Style

In case you hadn't heard, the Dems tried to overturn the military's policy on ignoring gays otherwise known as "Don't Ask Don't Tell" by attaching it to the National Defense Authorization Act.

Earlier this week the Senate attempted to put the bill up for debate and as has been the case with most legislation in recent memory, the GOP filibustered, the Dems cowered in fear, and President Obama whom had earlier said overturning DADT was a priority sat back and said almost nothing. In other words, business as usual in Washington.

Cartoonist Rob Tornoe has now chimed in with this in honor of our fearless leader's willingness to back up his promises with actions.



Change we all can believe in...

Friday, September 17, 2010

Political Math?

Leafing through the election news from the recent primaries brought to my attention an interesting tidbit from the Connecticut GOP primary. It seems that the winner of that primary, Linda McMahon, spent somewhere in the neighborhood of $22 million of her own WWE money to garner the win in the 3 person field.

My question is why would anybody spend that much money (plus likely much more between now and November) to win an election to a job that pays $174K a year? At that pace it would take 126.5 years in office just to break even, a feat that even Strom Thurmond was not able to achieve.

The fringe benefits package must be killer...

Before She Was Delaware's Tea Party Candidate

Christine O'Donnell is the latest poster child for the Tea Party after her senate primary win the other day in Delaware and many heads in the GOP including Karl Rove are still exploding over that result. Being so far away from Delaware I hadn't kept up on why she was a Tea Party fave but now I know...



She'll fit right in with the Sarah Palin crowd.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Friday Funnies

I had to laugh a bit when the War College linked to an ABC story about Kristi Noem's appearance on GMA that referred to Noem as South Dakota's Sarah Palin. With the GOP's relentless pounding of Stephanie Herseth Sandlin on her association with Nancy Pelosi, maybe the Dems should be playing up the Noem/Palin comparison's considering this is what she is being compared to...

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Drill Baby Drill!

Deja Vu all over again...

GRAND ISLE, LA - An offshore oil rig has exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, west of the site of the April blast that caused the massive oil spill. Coast Guard Petty Officer Casey Ranel says the blast was reported by a commercial helicopter company about 9:30 a.m. CDT Thursday. Seven helicopters, two airplanes and four boats are en route to the site, about 80 miles south of Vermilion Bay along the central Louisiana coast.