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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Back To The Laboratory

As Obamacare is upheld by the Supreme Court... The GOP's Dr. Frankenstein clumps back to the lab to tinker with its creature.
“We need to update our lower third, which may not be correct right now.”-Fox News

Down, but far from out, these xenophobes who claim to be patriotic Americans are tough to kill.
Their very reason for living is to hate Obama and make sure his policies and ideas fail.
No matter the cost.
No matter if it can help a few Americans.
No matter if it helps them.
The answer to any question from Obama has been "NO!"
Until today,
today the villagers were scurrying with torches and pitchforks when Justice Roberts (appointed by Junior) said "Yes"... "if I can call it a tax?"..."Then yes!"

Hmmmmm? That's FRANKENSTEEN!

*Cut to a podium, outside of the castle walls, with sign reading REPEAL OBAMACARE!*
Mitt Romney seemed sullen for a man who supports the single mandate...
"If we want good jobs and a bright economic future, for ourselves and for our kids, we must replace Obamacare,"--Mittens
Meanwhile, back at the castle...
. “The president’s health-care law is hurting our economy by driving up health costs and making it harder for small businesses to hire,” -John Boehner. “While I am disappointed in the outcome, there will be plenty of time to debate the Court’s decision; now we must focus on electing Republicans in November who will end ObamaCare and put Americans back to work.” -John Cornydog

Even Governor Ghoul got into the act,
"It's a stomach punch to the American economy."  "It is a shocking disappointment to freedom-loving Americans desperate to get our country back on track," Perry said in the statement. "Obamacare is bad for the economy, bad for health care, bad for freedom."  "Freedom was frontally attacked by passage of this monstrosity,"-Rick Perry.

 Later the governor bit the head of a wetback, slapped Igor, and retired to his secret library of gay porn, but that's what we expect from him.

I expect this election to be decided on this key issue, and if that's the case, then Obama should win...

One may argue that if the court had ruled against Obama, then it would actually strengthen his (Obama's) position due to the legalese of the ruling.

One may also argue that this ruling was a planned republican strategy and may actually hurt the President.
I mean, after all, now the republicans have exactly what they wanted.
A divisive issue to rally around and a way to generate more fear.


So remind me again - what aspect of affordable health care to Americans can Republicans take credit for? Zero. Less than zero. They even fought like hell against their own funding mechanism to ensure its failure. Fortunately, they have apparently failed.

Back to the lab...

Monday, June 25, 2012

100 Degree Wrangle

The Texas Progressive Alliance is in search of a shady spot and a cold beverage as it brings you this week's roundup.

Off the Kuff analyzes the Democratic DA primary and the race for HCDP Chair in Harris County.

WCNews at Eye on Williamson posts about striking janitors in Houston and tax payer give-aways to corporations: Texas is a cheap labor state, and it shows.

PDiddie at Brains and Eggs wonders out loud if the new chair of the Texas Democratic Party might have some explaining to do about the goings-on in Cameron County.

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme wants everyone to know that tort reform didn't lower health care costs.

At TexasKaos, Libby Shaw writes about what is obvious to everyone with half a brain. Sadly, it still has to be said: Voters voted for Jobs in 2010. The GOP Delivered Witchhunts.

Neil at Texas Liberal offered thoughts on the death of Rodney King.

Monday Funnies

Bushnesia--What Is It?

Bushnesia is a mental disorder that affects memory.

Many people developed this disorder late in 2008, early 2009 and it continues to spread. Most of the people with this affliction are Republicans and bush supporters. They complain about the huge national debt and the economic disaster that hit during the Bush Administration and they blame Preisdent Obama for the bad effects of Bush's heinous deeds.
The tea party was founded by people who were upset about out of control government and the huge national debt, however due to bushnesia, they're misdirecting their anger at Obama rather than the true source of the problem: George W. Bush and pro-rich Republicans!

In recent days, conservative media figures have been sounding the alarm, attacking President Obama and the Department of Justice (DOJ) for employing lawyers who previously represented terrorism suspects or supported their legal arguments in their private practices. It really is just the latest case of Bush-nesia, in which media conservatives block all memory of the Bush administration in an attempt to tar the Obama administration with politically motivated, half-baked smears.
The fact that President Bush's DOJ also hired lawyers who represented terror suspects hasn't fazed right-wing media shills.
Fox News host Sean Hannity led the charge on the conservative network, doing his best impersonation of Sen. Joe McCarthy, saying, "If you're going to work in our Justice Department ... and you represented Al Qaeda, I want to know who you are." He later stated, "Obama is weak. He's an appeaser. Obama is making this country and every citizen vulnerable to attack."
S.E. Cupp, a Fox News contributor, said, "If what these guys are doing is so great and they're so proud of it, then why can't they tell us who they are? I think they're -- the silence is a tacit admission that they're not doing -- that they're something controversial," later adding, "These are people who specifically make their bread and butter defending terrorists." Similarly, on the network's crown jewel, The O'Reilly Factor, Cupp's fellow Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer said, "These people chose to do, for free, defense work for people in Guantánamo, for people like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who not only was the architect of 9-11, but he boasts of slitting the throat of Daniel Pearl." He then said of Attorney General Eric Holder, "He's choosing at least nine people who chose that this is the work they are going to do on the side. That tells you there is some ideological affinity here," adding, "And that's very troubling, because it tells you why the Justice Department has ended up with some of the absurd decisions it's made in the war on terror."

Worse still, it appears Bush-nesia is highly contagious.
Copying Fox News and Investor's Business Daily, which both used headlines asking, "Department of Jihad?" CNN's The Situation Room ran a graphic with the same text and spent eight minutes asking if DOJ lawyers are "disloyal." (Wolf Blitzer apologized the following night.)
As the attacks from Fox News continued, media gadfly Liz Cheney's Keep America Safe produced a video attacking the DOJ attorneys, which prompted former head of the Office of Legal Counsel Walter Dellinger to pen an op-ed calling the smears "shameful."
Salon's Glenn Greenwald points out that the Washington Post editorial board -- which Fred Hiatt runs -- has now denounced the video attacking the Obama administration as a "smear" that plays on "ignorance and fear" at the expense of reason. Perhaps Hiatt and the editorial board could have taken just a moment to look inward, because one of their own opinion columnists, Bill Kristol, sits with Cheney on the board of directors for Keep America Safe -- the organization responsible for the disturbingly misleading video. Hiatt, whose op-ed pages have been plagued with problems of late, praised Kristol when he hired the neocon last year, saying, "I think he's a very smart, plugged-in guy," adding, "I thought he wrote a good column" at The New York Times, which tired of Kristol after only a year.
Perhaps there are media conservatives out there looking for a cure to Bush-nesia. If you or someone you know fits that bill, please consult your physician and be sure to read Media Matters' memo to right-wing media: Bush DOJ lawyers also represented terror suspects.

And they call it a "Liberal Media..."