June 27, 2011 The Perfect Conservative Vacation Destination
May 30, 2011 Theocracy Now!
in a May 19th interview with Greta van Susteren of Fox News Sarah
Palin said -- over and over again -- that she
has a "fire in her belly" for a presidential run
in 2012. Her repeated and enthusiastic use of
this somewhat coarse expression attracted a lot of media attention. But as it turns out,
the fire in her belly may be religious rather
than political. Sarah Jones of
Politicususa.com fills in the blanks:
I’ve been saying for a while now that the
mainstream media doesn’t “get” Sarah Palin. Last
week, when the astute Lawrence O’Donnell equated
her with Trump, I understood his reasoning, but disagreed with the premise. Sarah Palin
isn’t Donald Trump, and when she speaks of a
“fire in her belly” she’s not using that term
politically, but religiously. She means she has
a fire of God in her belly to lead the country
to Jesus. She means she is anointed to lead us.
Most social conservatives Like Sarah Palin (and Art Robinson) believe that the United States was founded as a Christian nation.
Dominionists" believe that over that last
two hundred years United States has strayed from
its Christian roots. They advocate a return to
what they believe was the founder's original
intent: a nation governed on Christian
principles. They cling to this belief in spite
of all evidence to the contrary including the
historic context of the founding of the United
States and the words of the Constitution itself.
The following video, which is part of a series
of libertarian-oriented videos* on the U.S.
Constitution, addressed the concept of the "wall
of separation between church and state."
While it may go to far when it asserts that laws
shouldn't provide reasonable accommodation for
religious belief, it provides a good overview of
the historical context of the principle of
separation of church and state and directly
addresses some of the more common Dominionist
arguments opposing church-state seperation..
disagree with libertarians on many economic
issues, but we're mostly on the same page when it comes to religious
2011 - Update We recall this
video from 2005 when Sarah Palin was running for
governor of Alaska. Palin, who appears at about 7:10
into the video, receives a blessing for
protection against witchcraft and to "bring
finances her way."
2011 Clerical Error Gives America's Schools
Enough Money to Educate Students
The Onion, America's finest news
source, reports that a massive clerical error took $80 billion
from defense and gave it to America's
schools allowing students to receive a proper
education for the first time in decades.
According to bewildered and contrite
legislators, a major budgetary mix-up this week
inadvertently provided the nation's public
schools with enough funding and resources to
properly educate students.
Sources in the Congressional Budget Office
reported that as a result of a clerical error,
$80 billion earmarked for national defense was
accidentally sent to the Department of
Education, furnishing schools with the necessary
funds to buy new textbooks, offer more academic
resources, hire better teachers, promote student
achievement, and foster educational
excellence—an oversight that apologetic
officials called a "huge mistake."
House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan
(R-WI), expressing remorse for the error. "I
want to apologize to the American people. The
last thing we wanted was for schools to upgrade
their technology and lower student-to-teacher
ratios in hopes of raising a generation of
well-educated, ambitious, and skilled young
Yes, we know this is satire.
May 12, 2011 Fair and Balanced? We Report, You
Doing what it does best, Fox News decides to
create a controversy around the rapper Common's
appearance at a White House poetry reading.
Comedy Central ...
Draw you own conclusions.
May12, 2011 - Update Fox News called him "vile" and a
"thug." Click HERE to see the "vile thug" performing a poetry
reading at the White House.
Did you hear that President Obama ordered the
American flag to be taken down before his visit
to Ground Zero. It must be true because it's all
over the right-wing internets, and Obama is a socialist
Islamofascist Muslim Christian radical who hates
America. Just ask any of your conservative
WTF at WTC? Obama Has American Flag Removed From
Ground Zero Site Moments Before Photo Shoot!
This administration and, by extension, the
Democrat Party are now so thoroughly divorced
from the history, traditions and morals of
America that we might as well admit the Marxist
left has executed a successful coup d'état on this Republic.
Except it's not true. Not a bit. But to the
right wingers that's not important. Because
Obama is a socialist Islamofascist Muslim
Christian radical who hates America.
One problem. It isn't true. Multiplephotosshow that
the flag was on full display when Obama arrived at Ground Zero.
Tapper's tweet was posted at 6:30 pm -- hours after the
President had left. In all likelihood, Tapper was saying that
the flag was being removed before his live shot for ABC
World News when he made his tweet.
Later most of the right-wingers who disseminated
this misinformation admitted that it wasn't
exactly technically true, but as Doug Ross later wrote, that's not the point. President
Obama is still a socialist Islamofascist Muslim
Christian radical who hates America, and that's
more important than actual facts. And besides
that, "leftists" are idiots.
But I'm sticking by my "Marxist coup d'état"
Update III: Why the Leftists commenting here are
idiots: (a) the next retraction one of the
Left-leaning media sources makes will be their
first (e.g., "Terror Wiretaps plus Invasion of
Iraq plus Rendition plus Waterboarding Led to
Bin Laden"); (b) Obama's on-again/off-again
flag-pin patriotism; (c) and his well-documented
failures to show respect to the flag -- all make
it clear that Tapper's tweet would be utterly
believable in the original context.
How gracious of Ross to admit his error.
30, 2011 President Obama at the 2011
White House Correspondents' Dinner
Click HERE to watch Seth Meyers at
the 2011 Correspondents' Dinner.
Carl Rove, George W. Bush's chief political
strategist (also known as "the architect" or "Bush's brain"), has
a low opinion of birthers.
In an interview on Fox News he was asked about
Donald Trump's recent statements questioning
President Obama's citizenship. He responded
by dismissing the birther's conspiracy
theories and calling birthers the "nutty right,"
even though more than half of Republican voters are birthers.
Rove thinks the White House is deliberately
encouraging birthers to discredit Republicans.
April 16, 2011 Rush Limbaugh: Obama supporters are
"... vile ... walking human debris ... savages
April 14, 2011
March 27, 2011
Can Ian Murphy Has Congress?
March 25, 2011
Joh Stuart to Fox News Anchor Bret Baire: "I was
not aware that ratings equaled quality."
March 4, 2011
Fox News, Hypocrisy On Display
A Conversation About Violent Political Rhetoric
November 5, 2010
Rachel Maddow: "An alternate self-contained
right-wing media universe"
October 4, 2010
Republicans Can't Name Any Spending They Want to Cut (Again and
Again) UPDATE - October 18, 2010
UPDATE - November 3, 2010
UPDATE - November 4, 2010
UPDATE - November 5, 2010
UPDATE - November 7, 2010
UPDATE - November 10, 2010 Happy New Year!
UPDATE - January 6, 2011
Republicans love the idea of cutting government, but they can't
name any specific programs that they would cut. They know that cuts
that are large enough to make a difference will affect extremely
popular programs like the Department of Defense, Social
Security, and Medicare, and will be unpopular with voters.
So they speak in broad generalities and hope no one notices.
That doesn't always work:
Speakers in order of appearance are: Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX),
Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ), California GOP Senate nominee Carly
Fiorina, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), House Minority Leader John
Boehner (R-OH), Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Rep. John Boozman
(R-AR), Gregg, and Sen. John Cornyn (R-AZ). Via Crooks and Liars.
UPDATE - October 18, 2010 Even Chris Wallace of Fox News can't get a straight
answer on what programs should be cut. Here he challenges Carly Fiorina. Surprise, he never gets an answer.
UPDATE - November 3, 2010 House minority whip won't answer "The Question":
UPDATE - November 3, 2010 More ...
UPDATE - November 4, 2010 Anderson Cooper asks Michelle Bachmann "The Question."
Rather than answering, she tries to change the subject by
bringing up the
completely false claim that President Obama's upcoming 10 day
trip to India will cost $200M per day. When Cooper challenges
Bachmann on the cost of the trip she can only say that "it was
reported in the press." What she didn't say it that the press
consists of the right wing media, and the claim has no basis in fact.* When
Cooper presses her again about the programs she would cut, she of
course can't answer. All she can say is that there needs to
be "across-the-board" spending cuts.
* After the interview CNN checked into the $200 million per day
figure and verfied that it's a completely flase.
UPDATE - November 5, 2010 Apparently Anderson Cooper wasn't at all happy
that Michelle Backman (R-MN) tried to use his show to spread a
Republican lie about the cost of Preskdent Obama's trip to
India. He addresses it in detail in a segment titled "The $200M
Myth." Too bad it wasn't tltled "The $200M Lie."
UPDATE - November 7, 2010 Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) won't answer The
Question at all. Senator elect Rand Paul (R-KY), when pressed, said
he wants to cut Social Security benefits for future retirees and
raise the retirement age, cut federal employee's pay by 10
percent, repeal health care reform (that the non-partisan
Congressional Budget office estimates will save $140 billion over 10 years), and cut defense
spending. But he refuses to even consider raising taxes on
By the way, DeMint's and Paul's statements
that federal workers are paid twice as much as equivalent
workers in the private sector is a flasehood that we hear repeated over and over again
from the right.
UPDATE - November 10, 2010 Senator elect Rand Paul (R-KY) is back on the
hot seat. When pressed by Eliot Spitzer to say that programs
he would cut and how much he would cut them, Paul bobs and
weaves around the question and tries to run out the clock by
filibustering the discussion. At the end he gets huffy and says
he's through with the interview.
UPDATE - January 6, 2006 Now that the Republicans have control of the
budget process you would think that they would be willing to
name some specific cuts that they would like to make.