I've been thinking a lot about how the Democrats and Republicans have been able to make the "debate" on health care so incredibly dumb. The Democrats have descended into "why do you hate poor people!!!111!!!" territory, whereas the Republicans have brandished their ignorance proudly, generating lots of heat, but no light.ShareThis
Lie #1: We are pro-life.
Yup, that's a big fucking lie right there. Are they anti-war? No. Are they anti-death penalty? Hey-ell no. Thus, they are not pro-life in any meaningful sense of the word. What they are is anti-choice. But remember they're not anti-THEIR choice; they're anti-YOUR choice, wimminz. They think you are evil because of some ridiculous story about a snake and an apple tree. For an illustration of this insanity, see the fact that until very recently, the RNC's Cigna health plan covered elective abortions...until their rabid anti-choice base found out and put a stop to it. Sort of.ShareThis
November 3rd is next Tuesday, and there are quite a few women running for election throughout the country. (So sorry, Mr. Derbyshire!) Is there one that strikes your fancy? Deserves, perhaps, $5 or an hour of phone banking?
Here are some lists to get you started.
Non-partisan: Women's Campaign Forum Endorsed Candidates for 2009
Non-partisan: Smart Voter by the League of Women Voters (This site lists all candidates by state and gives lots of useful voting information)
Democratic only: Emily's List (not separated by election year, but most are 2009 or 2010)ShareThis
but darn it, some DINOs (and Republicans) don't like him. Why, I wonder? He's funny!
Ah, but I digress. Anywho, you remember that story we covered on October 9th? The one about how Al Franken had won real bi-partisan support for his anti-rape amendment - including that of the newly-crowned Queen of the Senate and All Things Health Care Related, Olympia Snowe?
Well, apparently 68 votes, plus feel-good, liberal, woman-friendly legislation, plus vindication for Jamie Leigh Jones and all her less-famous but equally suffering sisters, don't add up to much compared to a nice, fat defense contract.
An amendment that would prevent the government from working with contractors who denied victims of assault the right to bring their case to court is in danger of being watered down or stripped entirely from a larger defense appropriations bill.ShareThis
A bill to make violence against gays and lesbians a federal crime cleared the Senate Thursday and is headed to the White House for final approval.
The 68-29 vote was a victory for civil rights groups that have been fighting for years to expand the federal hate-crimes law beyond attacks motivated by bias based on religion, race, national origin or color. The new bill, which President Obama is expected to sign, includes penalties for assaults based on a victim's sexual orientation, gender, disability or gender identity.ShareThis
THE SCENE: A swank TV studio, with all the zoomy, whizzy lights, giant flashing screens, deep-pile royal blue carpeting, poreless, lacquered newsbots, and hysterical black-clad assistants one could ever desire. We are in the back of the studio, in the glass-enclosed center of all the action. EDITORS 1, 2, 3 and 4 are all sitting in their leather chairs, directing the action by talking to each other, pointing at their MacBooks, and shouting into their wireless headsets. They are all in their 20's and have just been promoted after their more experienced bosses "aged out of the business."
EDITOR 1 (swigging a Red Bull): What's new on Twitter? We've gotta have something for the next segment.
EDITOR 2 (nervously): Let's see...Demi and Ashton just tweeted...
EDITOR 3 (yawning): Oh please. They tweet when they pee!ShareThis
SCENE I: A busy urban street. Two middle-aged white men, BOB and JOE, are waiting at a stoplight, having a spirited political discussion. They have been friends for years and the discussion has the feel of ritual.
BOB: Look, I just don't trust the government to run my health care. In fact, I don't want 'em doing anything for me at all. I just want to live my life without government interference. What's wrong with that? Besides, the American health care system is the best in the world!
JOE (sighing): Oh, forgawd'ssake, BOB, give it a rest already. I wish just for once you could live in that Libertarian Paradise you're always talking about. I'd bet you'd be begging for government to come back in about half a second!
(The light changes. BOB and JOE start walking across the street, too absorbed in their conversation to pay much attention to where they're going.)ShareThis
THE SCENE: Dick Cheney’s secret bunker, erm, house. It is lushly appointed in Modern Dungeon, with grey walls mimicking the look of concrete, medieval torture devices tastefully displayed in gleaming mahogany cabinets with recessed lighting, and an old electric chair given pride of place in a prominent corner. Pictures of Cheney with Nixon, Kissinger and other reviled figures of the American past are positioned artfully on the walls. There are some obvious empty spaces where the pictures of Dick and Dubya used to hang. On the mantle over the stone fireplace are family pictures in black ebony frames; the 75-inch flatscreen TV is perpetually tuned to Fox News. The whole place seems like a museum, and a rather uninviting one at that.
DICK is seated in a leather armchair by the fireplace, waiting impatiently, sipping on a bourbon and water. He is half-drunk, as usual. Finally, his wife LYNNE enters the room with another woman, in her early sixties, and well-put together.
LYNNE: Dick, here she is. What did you say your name was again, honey?
WOMAN: Mrs. Cheney, my name is Frances Wood – I’m here to help Dick with his book.
LYNNE: Well now, Frances, I think you’re going to work out just wonderfully. I’ll leave you both to your work. I just know it’s going to be a huge best-seller!
Forty years ago today, men walked on the moon for the first time. It was an amazing accomplishment, and one that people told President John F. Kennedy would not, and should not, ever happen. But he did not listen to the naysayers. He believed that government could accomplish big, sweeping things; and furthermore, government should challenge itself to do so.ShareThis
For all those of you who doubt the title assertion, I must ask you to consider this: Where would we be without Vice President Joseph Robinette Biden? He seems to be the only politician these days who tells the truth about anything, and yet, no one appreciates him for it. Why the lack of warm fuzzies for this cuddly, bright-toothed gaffester, America? He's just being honest, and I, personally, love him for it!ShareThis
At Violet Socks' place, there is an incredible discussion going on regarding why mainstream feminists trashed Sarah Palin so viciously, and even made up lies about her to justify their hatred. There are about 300 comments in response. I highly recommend that you read it if you have the time.
Make no mistake, soon-to-be-ex-Governor Palin can easily be legitimately criticized on the issues. As a liberal, I don't agree with her on much. But the amount of manufactured outrages that were passed around, from Trig's parentage (still going on, at least in Andrew Sullivan's diseased mind) to the rape kit smear to the banning books smear, all passed on by feminists...it is utterly baffling to Dr. Socks. Why all the hatred and vitriol for this woman? Why couldn't they just tell the truth about her and have done with it?
Although there was no doubt some elitism involved (her accent! her lack of Ivy leage education! that hair!), to me, the answer is clear, and comes down to one word: Pro-Life.ShareThis
A lot of us are thinking about independence on this historic day. What does it mean for us as Americans, that despite our efforts to change the direction of the country by our traditional method of electing a President and Congress from a different Party, the country is still heading in the wrong direction at breakneck speed?
Many Democrats and people who lean to the left are realizing that Barack Obama is not whom he pretended to be. Leading the pack is the LGBT community, which is planning a massive protest on October 11th. But where, I must ask, are the pro-choice women, and the men who support them?ShareThis
I subscribe to Harper's Magazine. Although the editors and contributors drank the Kool-Aid many moons ago, it is still a genuinely left-leaning publication, with a left-leaning perspective and many fascinating articles for us librul types to peruse. Imagine my shock when the July issue arrived in my mailbox, with the words "Barack Hoover Obama: The Best and the Brightest Blow it Again - By Kevin Baker" displayed prominently on the cover.
Intrigued, I started reading. (Apologies to non-subscribers, but the link is pay-only.) The usual nauseating, opinion-masquerading-as-fact, obligatory fawning and drooling ensued.ShareThis
Note...This post was originally written on Memorial Day, but never made it to Partizane.
As we head into Memorial Day, a day when we should remember the horror and devastation that war inflicts upon both the victors and the defeated, my mind turns to World War II, and the terror, tragedy and ultimate triumph of the Allies over pure evil.
And yet, there seems to be a determined effort by our corporate media, our President, and the American left to minimize or obscure one of the great lessons learned in that war: Anti-Semitism, when allowed to flourish unchallenged, can lead to catastrophe.ShareThis
Pippin: Is there any hope, Gandalf, for Frodo and Sam?
Gandalf: There never was much hope. Just a fool's hope.
The above quotation has been banging around in my head for days now. It seems to capture so perfectly the despair I have been feeling since Obama was elected, and every single prediction I made about him has come true. But the truth I thought I knew is both more sinister than I ever could have believed, and far beyond the scope of my imagination.
I understood in 2007 that Obama had the same type of personality as Bush: narcissistic, swaggering, fundamentally incurious, far too attached to the religious right, and scornful of anyone or anything that would presume to stand in the way of his pursuit and retention of power. I wrote this comment on the post I linked above:ShareThis
See if you can spot the ObamaNation talking points scattered throughout the propaganda piece. (Don't worry, I'll help you out.)
Bill Clinton loves to shop. On a March day in an elegant crafts store in Lima, the Peruvian capital, he hunted for presents for his wife and the women on his staff back home. He had given a speech at a university earlier and just came from a ceremony kicking off a program to help impoverished Peruvians. Now he was eyeing a necklace with a green stone amulet.
Standing all by himself, the former president of the United States moved his eyes methodically across shelves of wooden carvings, jewelry and sculptures as he searched for something distinctive to bring his wife. “She used to look forward to me coming home from wherever I’ve been,” he mused with a laugh. “Now I’m afraid I’ll be second fiddle to whatever world leader she’s just met.”
Talking Point: Bill's a girl! He likes to shop! He's totally emasculated by Hillary's appointment as Secretary of State. Obama Roolz, Clinton Droolz!
The advent of a new Democratic administration, with his wife in the top cabinet slot, has opened a new chapter in the eventful life of the nation’s 42nd president. No longer in exile, yet not exactly in the inner circle, Clinton is trying to define his role and find his place in the Age of Obama. He agreed to some limits on his activities to satisfy the good-government advocates around Obama, but he is still traveling the globe, pushing his favorite philanthropic programs, collecting six-figure checks for speeches, dining with foreign leaders and in his own way speaking for America again. A couple of weeks ago, he agreed to serve as the United Nations special envoy to Haiti.
Talking Point: See? Obama has only been in office five months and already he's got an Age. An Age, I tell you! He is the most historical-est, bestest Preznit EVAH! And did Bill have a clothing line and his own TeeVee station? I don't THINK so! Obama Roolz, Bill Clinton Droolz!ShareThis
THE SCENE: It's 3:00 (in the afternoon) at the White House. Fresh from his second workout (and fourth cigarette) of the day, an energized PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA sits in his private quarters with his Chief of Staff and closest confidant, RAHM (RahmBo) EMANUEL. The room has been overdecorated, butofcourse, in Louis XIV WannaBe.
As the lights come up, OBAMA and RAHMBO are relaxing and chatting in overstuffed, purple velvet chairs with gold braid around the edges. It's time for their daily chore of listening and responding to OBAMA's messages on the Red Phone, which is so tricked out, it would look right at home on the bridge of The Enterprise.
OBAMA (with his trademark grin): Well, Rahmbo, are ya ready? Today's messages should be great.
RAHMBO: Fuckin' A! Can't wait to see how your "Balls of Steel" national security speech went over.
(RAHMBO hits "Play". The phone beeps and begins playing back the messages.)
RED PHONE (in mechanical male voice): Message One. From: Richard Cheney.ShareThis
Not now, not ever.
I'm so done with this President. I'm so done with NOW and NARAL and Planned Parenthood and Ms. Magazine, who pretended Barack Obama was a feminist superhero. Even Hillary Clinton, in her forced-reconciliation tour-de-bullshit before the election, emphasized Iraq and the economy as reasons to vote for Obama. She never claimed that he'd be the male version of Bella Abzug, Gloria Steinem and Elizabeth Cady Stanton combined. I assume those were words that neither Party loyalty nor political self-interest could force the core of her being to choke out.ShareThis
Continuing his bizarre morphing into Dr. Evil, President Barack Obama has apparently decided that one Guantanamo Bay isn't enough. He wants another one - a Gitmo "Mini-Me;" a kinder, more Barackian place where he can continue the military tribunals, dispense with habeas corpus and due process, and hold "suspected terrorists" without a trial for an indefinite length of time.
I found this little gem tucked away inside Rick Klein's article in The Note (linked to by Gary in today's Morning Widdershins), whch details the many ways in which Obama has been leaving the Left Behind:ShareThis
SCENE ONE: The President of the United States, BARACK OBAMA, is sitting in the back of his plushly-appointed limousine. A TV screen showing constantly looping DVD's of OBAMA'S greatest speeches is strategically placed in front of his eyes. It has a calming effect on him in these days of stress and strain. OBAMA is smoking a cigarette to further relax him in preparation for the meeting he is about to attend.
LIMO DRIVER: Where to, Mr. President? We've been driving in circles for 15 minutes now.
OBAMA: Is anyone following us, Frank?
LD: Just the usual photographers and Secret Service, Mr. President.
OBAMA: Ditch the photogs, Frank. The Secret Service knows where we're going.
LD (with slowly dawning realization): Ohhhhhh. We're going THERE. (impressed and determined) Hang on, sir. I'll get you there in no time.ShareThis
FAIR WARNING: This is a rant. With swear words and everything. Caution, earmuffs and burn cream are recommended before proceeding.
Oh my Goddess, did you read what our Dear Leader said last night? (I’m assuming that most of you didn’t watch, lest you die from Obama Narcissism Overload, or at the very least, overdose on the saccharine ejaculations of the chattering classes over the Bestest, Most Melanin-Enhanced Preznit Evah.) Did you fucking read what this condescending, preening creep said about being pro-choice in America?ShareThis
Abortion rights: the term is everywhere these days.
Let me ask you, feminist females who are in the pro-choice camp. Do you want abortion rights? Are you going to go around carrying a sign saying, “My body, my abortion?”
I don’t think so.
I believe that this meme is classic rightwing ratf*cking from the Gingrich school, and to use it is giving the He-Man Woman-Haters’ Club yet another victory in the framing wars.ShareThis