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Neil Gaiman Is Worth 45,000 Matt Deans

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 4, 2011

Witness as, in the course of his attacks on the popularly-mandated Minnesota Legacy Amendment, a man not worthy of being Neil Gaiman’s bootscraper struts like a little peacock, attempting to lob ridiculously ripe stinkbombs at one of the finest living novelists in the English language:

House Majority Leader Matt Dean said he reminded Urdahl of the “importance of making sure he has [Republican] caucus support” for Legacy funding for arts and cultural heritage projects, an area of spending that Dean acknowledged had rankled some Republicans. “MPR, it’s safe to say, has been a concern in the past,” said Dean.

Dean also singled out a $45,000 payment of Legacy money that was made last year to science fiction writer Neil Gaiman for a four-hour speaking appearance. Dean said that Gaiman, “who I hate,” was a “pencil-necked little weasel who stole $45,000 from the state of Minnesota.”

What is your major malfunction, Matt Dean? I mean, really? Are cheap shots wrapped in non sequiturs your strong suit, or what?

Are you jealous that Gaiman’s fantasy writings are much better than your party’s fantasy writings — such as that pathetic excuse for a budget bill your party had Accenture write? And for this they put you in charge of the House? And as for your partners in crime at the StarTribune, who are trying to stick up the state’s taxpayers for $791 million for a new Vikings stadium (that works out to 17,577.77 four-hour appearances by Neil Gaiman, or 17,250.77 more appearances than the Vikings will make in that stadium during its likely thirty-year lifespan), they should be ashamed of themselves for their hypocrisy as well as their facilitating your idiocy.

What’s next, attacking Terry Pratchett?

(Crossposted to MyFDL and Renaissance Post.)

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Tea Partier Plans to Go to Madison Posing as Union Member So He Can Start Fights

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 21, 2011

While the national media is busy yammering about nonexistent “chaos” even as the Madison cops still haven’t found anything that rates writing out an arrest warrant, a really stupid teabagger named Mark Williams wants to get together with his buddies and go to Madison to cause actual trouble while posing as SEIU members:

we are going to target the many TV cameras and reporters looking for comments from the members there (5) we will approach the cameras to make good pictures… signs under our shirts that say things like “screw the taxpayer!” and “you OWE me!” to be pulled out for the camera (timing is important because the signs will be taken away from us) (6) we will echo those slogans in angry sounding tones to the cameras and the reporters.

[…]

Our goal is to make the gathering look as greedy and goonish as we know that it is, ding their credibility with the media and exploit the lazy reporters who just want dramatic shots and outrageous quotes for headlines. Even if it becomes known that we are plants the quotes and pictures will linger as defacto truth.

This is exactly the sort of thing right-wingers love to do. See, for example, Mitch Berg and his buddies at “Protest Warrior”. So it’s no surprise that they’re trying the same old agent proschlockateur silliness.

Posted in libertoonians, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, Republicans as cancer, rightwing moral cripples, Silly Republicans, Tea Party | Tagged: , | 23 Comments »

Hey, Vicki McKenna: Pics Or It Didn’t Happen

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 16, 2011

So I was tootling along minding my own business, when I saw this in my Twitter feed:

Whoa! A right-wing radio nutter claims that “LIBERALS CALLING TO ASSASSINATE SCOTT WALKER”! You know, Wisconsin’s newly-elected right-wing wackaloon of a governor? Heavy stuff.

So I go click on the link which she screamingly pushed in CAPSLOCK mode, and find her own Facebook page, adorned thus:

That’s right — on her own Facebook page, she’s claiming the following:

Posting on facebook today:

OK, If you knew what a royal pain Walker was going to be…Would you have arrange a nice slow convertible ride for him while he was in Dallas? Is there a book depository in Madison?”

Interestingly, she fails to provide either a screen shot of the alleged post or even a link to the alleged Facebook page. C’mon, Vicki! Pics or it didn’t happen. I can’t believe you don’t know how to make a screen shot.

UPDATE: Abe Sauer of The Awl (he who birddogged Tom Emmer’s Wisconsin relatives) points out that the source of the alleged Facebook comment is none other than McKenna herself. Once again, Vicki-poo: Pics or it didn’t happen. C’mon, put your back into your slanderous accusations! The least you could do is create a fake Facebook page.

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The True Reagan Legacy

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 9, 2011

I spent so much time on this comment I made over at Renaissance Post, that I felt it deserved a post of its own:

The Reagan presidency is one of the many poisoned fruits of the deliberate rejection, by the various moneyed interests that back the people that rule us, of anything the least bit edifying.

Many business tycoons went along with FDR’s New Deal creation of universal public education from kindergarten through high school because they wanted an educated workforce. Then in the 1960s, they saw what happened when you gave tens of millions of kids a decent primary education and good preparation for college: They learned enough to see a) who was screwing who, and b) how to organize to stop it. As a result, big business largely stopped backing universal public education (the bogus “A Nation at Risk” report and the burying of the Sandia study debunking it shows the increasing hatred of the ruling classes for public education), and in fact stopped supporting non-ideological science and research unless it provided a direct financial benefit.

Not only did big business turn its back on schools and science, but on basic human decency as well. The whole point of the “Southern Strategy” is not that it plays on the bigotry of people, many but by no means all of whom live in the former Confederate states, but that Corporate America is allied with the persons inflaming the bigotry, and sees it as a tool for financial gain. They sell cutting taxes (especially for the rich), and thus cutting social programs, as a way to hurt blacks and other nonwhites. As Reagan strategist Lee Atwater put it in 1981:

”You start out in 1954 by saying, ‘Nigger, nigger, nigger.’ By 1968 you can’t say ‘nigger’ — that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states’ rights and all that stuff. You’re getting so abstract now [that] you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is [that] blacks get hurt worse than whites.

”And subconsciously maybe that is part of it. I’m not saying that. But I’m saying that if it is getting that abstract, and that coded, that we are doing away with the racial problem one way or the other. You follow me — because obviously sitting around saying, ‘We want to cut this,’ is much more abstract than even the busing thing, and a hell of a lot more abstract than ‘Nigger, nigger.”’

Bigotry isn’t just a mental habit of certain white working-class Southerners or even white-flight exurbanites; the very worst bigots, and the most dangerous ones, are, like the Koch brothers, extremely rich and not at all interested in using their money to help those who are less fortunate. That’s why Ayn Rand is so popular in these circles: She tells them through her writings that they are superior, that greed is good, and that they are justified in grinding the rest of us beneath their boot heels.

They turn their backs on education, on knowledge, on culture, on science, on simple human decency, all so they can justify living their lives without any type of restriction on their throbbing, over-gratified ids.

Posted in conservativism, corruption, libertoonians, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, Republicans as cancer, rightwing moral cripples, Silly Republicans | 4 Comments »

Who Ended the Cold War? Russia and East Germany. (Sorry, Reagan Fetishists.)

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 6, 2011

The Politico, one of the many vectors for creating and maintaining conservative dominance of the media and cultural conversations in the US, has its obligatory puff piece on Mister Death Squadder this morning:

Bently Elliott, Reagan’s top speechwriter in his first term, recalled an interview his old boss gave at the end of his time in the White House.

“He didn’t say he wanted to be remembered as the president who turned around the economy or the president who brought down the Evil Empire,” Elliott recalled. “He said he wanted to be remembered as ‘the president who made the American people believe in themselves again.’”

Except he did neither.

Contrary to conservative myth, Ronald Reagan didn’t do jack to bring down Russia or East Germany; they were falling apart all by themselves. Even the aid given to the mujahideen in Afghanistan — aid that helped sustain them during the long war of attrition that sapped Russia’s strength and was the final blow to the régime — was not essential to the mujahideen’s success; the Saudis, conservative Sunnis similar to the mujahideen, were already funding them quite extensively, as were Pakistan, China, and various other nations and entities, and would have given them even more aid had we not done so.

In fact, not only did Reagan not bring down Russia, it is a well-documented fact that neither he nor his CIA knew what was going to happen until it was already happening. Just as the CIA of today was caught totally off-guard by the lightning-fast spreading of revolutionary fervor in various Middle Eastern dictatorships, they were caught totally off guard by the equally-rapid collapse of the Soviet bloc, as former CIA official Mel Goodman relates:

The collapse of the Warsaw Pact and the Soviet Union created an entirely new international setting and totally surprised U.S. policymakers, the Central Intelligence Agency providing no strategic warning. President George Bush stated that he had no idea that the Berlin Wall was coming down and was surprised by the coup attempt against Mikhail Gorbachev in
1991.[1] His national security adviser, Brent Scowcroft, could not recall receiving any CIA warning about the Soviet demise. President Ronald Reagan’s last national security adviser and Bush’s chairman of the joint chiefs, General Colin Powell, recorded in his memoirs that CIA specialists “could no longer anticipate events much better than a
layman watching television.”[2].

Former CIA Director Admiral Stansfield Turner recorded that the agency’s “corporate view missed by a mile” and that it “should not gloss over the enormity of the failure to forcecast the magnitude of the Soviet crisis.”[3]

The memoirs of former Secretary of State George Shultz offer the best evidence of CIA’s failure to track the Soviet decline and the revolutionary impact of Gorbachev’s leadership. Shultz believed that “CIA analysis was distorted by strong views about
policy” and accused CIA director William Casey with providing “bum dope” to the president. He told national security adviser Frank Carlucci in 1987 that, even “when it became evident that the Soviet Union was in fact changing”, the CIA line was
that the changes wouldn’t really make a difference. [4]

Shultz had “no confidence” in the CIA and warned the White House that the agency was “unable to perceive that change was coming in the Soviet Union.”[5].

He accused acting CIA director Robert Gates with trying to “manipulate me” and reminded him that the CIA was “usually wrong” about Moscow and had dismissed Gorbachev as “just talk, just another Soviet attempt to deceive us.”[6]. Shultz,
Turmoil and Triumph, p. p. 864.

CIA’s failure to recognize the weakness of the Soviet Union and the importance of Gorbachev had serious implications for U.S. interests. The Reagan administration unnecessarily increased defense spending, dragged its feet on arms control, and missed opportunities to resolve regional confrontations. The tab for CIA funding and support for Islamic militants in order to drive the Soviets out of Afghanistan now includes the bombing of the World Trade Center in New York and attacks on U.S. bases in Saudi Arabia.

Oh, yes: The brave mujahideen the CIA helped fund? Osama bin Laden was one of them, as were the persons who would go on to become the Taliban rulers of Afghanistan. Ironically enough, Condoleeza Rice, as an alleged specialist on the subject of Soviet Russia, has tried to engage in some classic neocon revisionism by claiming that she and her PNAC buddies knew all along that the Soviet involvement in Afghanistan was what would weaken and eventually bring down the USSR, all the while not recognizing that Osama bin Laden was and is using that very same game plan against us by keeping us bogged down in Iraq and Afghanistan. (As Mel Goodman points out, she too was totally taken by surprise by the 9/11 attacks, attacks even the CIA saw coming and about which they had tried in vain to warn Bush and his neocon friends.) And make no mistake, we’re still in deep up to our hips in Iraq, except it’s through the use of “private security firms” (aka privateers or mercenaries) like Blackwater (now Xe), whose troop levels are harder to ascertain than those of the Army, Marines, Air Force or Navy.

Bin Laden knew he could easily provoke the Reagan-Bush PNAC crowd into an armed response to a terrorist attack (as opposed to the far more sensible and effective response by Bill Clinton to an earlier attack on the World Trade Center, a response that actually collared the perpetrators and didn’t inflame the Middle East against us). He knew he could easily lure them into a ruinous two-front war even as Bush’s tax cuts for the rich were wrecking America’s ability to sustain the expense of these wars. It’s almost as if PNAC and the George W. Bush administration were run by Al Qaeda sleeper cell agents, so closely did they follow bin Laden’s plans for their behavior.

(Crossposted at Renaissance Post.

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Typical Teabaggery

Posted by Phoenix Woman on December 30, 2010

One of the things Big Tobacco’s favorite congresscritter is doing as a sop to the Koch Tea Party wing of the GOP: having readings of the Constitution and making sure each new bill has a cite of the requisite Constitutional authority.

So what do actual constitutional scholars think?

Akhil Reed Amar, a constitutional scholar at Yale Law School, said he supports the reading. “I like the Constitution,” said Amar, author of “America’s Constitution: A Biography.” “Heck, I’ll do them one better. Why only once in January? Why not once every week?”

But he added: “My disagreement is when we actually read the Constitution as a whole, it doesn’t say what the tea party folks think it says.”

Amar argues that the Constitution charters a “very broad federal power” and is not the narrow states’ rights document that tea party activists present it as.

No kidding. What the teabaggers really think they want isn’t the Constitution, but the Articles of Confederation.

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Sexism On Parade!

Posted by Phoenix Woman on October 22, 2010

News concerning Men Behaving Badly has flooded into my mailbox this morning:

– Congressman Ken Calvert (R-CA), he who is currently in the news for blatantly breaking the law forbidding using taxpayer funds to send out political mailings, has a history of breaking the law and getting away with it. Here’s how Ken Calvert first came to the nation’s notice:

In 1993, Calvert was caught by police with a prostitute in a parked car in California. Subsequently, Calvert repeatedly attempted to cover up the incident for nearly a year, publicly denying that it ever occurred.

But a year later, a court order forced the release of the police report, which revealed how Calvert was clearly caught in the act and attempted to run from the police. From the police report:

I observed a male subject in the driver seat…As I made my way to the driver door, a female immediately sat up straight in the front passenger seat. It appeared as if her head was originally laying in the driver’s lap. … I noticed that the male subject was placing his penis into his unzipped dress slacks, and was trying to hide it with his untucked dress shirt.

As the male subject covered up crotch area with his left hand and shirt, he started his vehicle and placed it into drive and proceeded to leave. I ordered him three times to turn off the vehicle, and he finally stopped and complied…The male identified himself as Kenneth Stanton Calvert.

That wasn’t all Calvert tried to cover up. “We’re just talking, that’s all. Nothing else,” he nervously explained to the police as he “continued to cover his unzipped pants with his hand.”

– Meanwhile, Ginny Thomas’ ill-considered phone call is backfiring in ways she could not have imagined. The latest news: It’s caused her husband’s ex-girlfriend, Lillian McEwen, to speed up her decision to finally step forward after nineteen years of silence:

In an interview with the Washington Post, Lillian McEwen says Hill’s allegations fit a pattern:

“He was always actively watching the women he worked with to see if they could be potential partners,” McEwen told the Post, adding that he was particularly “partial to women with large breasts” and even would ask woman about their bra size.

“He was obsessed with porn,” McEwen also said of Thomas, a claim that is particularly relevant to Hill’s allegations that the then-chairman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had repeatedly relayed scenes from pornographic movies to her. “He would talk about what he had seen in magazines and films, if there was something worth noting,” McEwen continued.

– Speaking of Clarence Thomas, one of his most prominent defenders is none other than FOX News’ own Juan Williams. Seems that when he was defending Thomas against sexism charges in the Washington Post, Juan Williams was making life hell for around fifty women employed by the WaPo:

The disclosure came five days after a Williams column on The Post’s op-ed page in which he said that Anita Hill had “no credible evidence” for her allegations of sexual harassment by Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, but that Hill was “prompted” to make her charges by Democratic Senate staffers. The Post’s personnel inquiry had begun more than two weeks earlier, but the column angered many women in the newsroom, and several came forward to say that they had also had problems with Williams. Post editors say they decided to make a public statement after WRC-TV aired a report on the controversy.

[…]

Seven women said in on-the-record interviews yesterday that Williams had repeatedly made hostile and sexually explicit comments to them, in some cases over a period of several years. All of them said they believed the comments were meant to embarrass them, not an attempt to date them, and most said that Williams persisted despite their protests.

Jo Ellen Murphy, art director of the Weekend section, said that “he was obsessed with my sex life and that’s all he wanted to talk to me about . . . . I raised my voice at him and said, ‘Just don’t talk to me again.’ ”

Posted in Fox Noise, GOP/Media Complex, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, Republicans as cancer, rightwing moral cripples, sexism, Silly Republicans | 4 Comments »

Too many crazies, too little time, Florida 22 edition

Posted by Charles II on August 19, 2010

Allen West may very well have a seat in the next Congress!

Ron Klein for Congress.

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Alan Simpson Gives The Game Away: We’re All “Lesser People”

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 22, 2010

Just as Michael Steele touched off a huge furore when he admitted that the Southern Strategy, far from being something only Richard Nixon used, has been part of the Republican bag of tricks for four decades, Alan Simpson has sent his fellow Catfood Conspirators scrambling for cover as they fall over themselves trying to disavow his blunt statements concerning the Catfood — erm, Deficit Commission’s true goals:

By the way, the stuff Simpson’s spewing, particularly about the worker-to-retiree ratio, has already been debunked to a fare-thee-well. Here’s one debunking:

Myth: Social Security is a victim of the aging baby boom, reflected in the ratio of workers to retirees, which used to be 16 to 1, is now 3 to 1, and in 2030, will be 2 to 1.

Reality: Today’s projected deficit has nothing to do with the size of the baby boom or worker to retiree ratios. The 16 to 1 ratio is a meaningless factoid, plucked from 1950, a year when Social Security was expanded to cover millions of new workers. The ratio never influenced policy in the slightest. It is the kind of ratio experienced by all pension plans, public and private at the start when few workers have yet qualified for benefits; the 2 to 1 ratio is meaningful and does translate into higher costs, but those costs were addressed decades ago. Congress has enacted ten significant Social Security bills since 1950. Every enactment has taken into account the baby boom, and each has left the program in long-run actuarial balance. The most recent enactment was in 1983, when the program was in balance through 2057 – the year the youngest boomers, those born in 1964, will turn 93. How social security went from a projected surplus through 2057, when most of the baby boom will be dead, to today’s projected deficit involves a number of factors, mainly related to changes in assumptions about wage growth, productivity and disability rates. The change from surplus to deficit is totally unrelated to the number of baby boomers, as one would surmise. After all, no new baby boomers have been born since 1983.

Remember, Simpson comes by his upper-class arrogance honestly: He’s the spoiled-brat son of a former governor and senator, not the hard-bitten self-made man he’s implied to be. And his own son, Colin, is the Republican Speaker of the Wyoming House.

Posted in 'starving the beast', (Rich) Taxpayers League, deficit, propaganda, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, Republicans as cancer, rightwing moral cripples, safety net, Silly Republicans, Silver Spoon Squad, Social Security | Tagged: | 1 Comment »

Mitt Romney, Super-Genius

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 13, 2010

From brooklynbadboy at Daily Kos:

Mitt Romney, in an op-ed for USAToday:

In a time of national crisis, we look to our president to acknowledge, as Harry Truman did, that it is at his desk where the buck stops.

President Obama, two weeks before Mitt Romney’s op-ed:

I am the president and the buck stops with me.

Of course, nobody in USA Today bothered to correct Romney.

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