Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Bat Shit Crazy Report

I have regularly mentioned the bat shit crazy madwoman Michelle Bachmann many times before here at MTBN, but Talking Points Memo has come out with an excellent article about the other bat shit crazy loons on the right wing bench. Get to know Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX), Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA), Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC), Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), and Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) just a little better and try not to let their creepy insanity rub off on you.
Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX), who also co-sponsored the "Birther Bill," brushed aside Obama's birth announcement in a local newspaper as irrelevant, saying it's "like me sending out a birth announcement for one of my children."
Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) has ... said Obama's nationalized the country more than Hugo Chavez has nationalized Venezuela, and called Nancy Pelosi a "domestic enem[y] of the Constitution."

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Big Lie(s) - 1

"The vast majority of Americans are against health care reform (voted for President Bush/support the war/oppose giving milk to kittens)"

This is the right wing lie variety that most sets my teeth on edge.  The loathsome Mitch McConnell made the health care claim ["We urge you to abandon the use of reconciliation to pass a partisan bill that is opposed by the vast majority of Americans."] before the vote and it is a subtle kind of lie.  Though factually barely true according to the poll he was quoting, his innuendo was that Americans support his side of the argument.  The fact is that the opposition to health care reform was split into to very disparate camps, one that believed like McConnell that the bill went to far and another that was in complete opposition to McConnell that believed (like me) that the bill did not go far enough.  These two groups are fundamentally opposed to one another but in the continuing Big Lie to the American people, McConnell has made them one.  Again, the fact is that the "vast majority" of Americans didn't believe the bill went far enough and were opposed to the GOP's position.  McConnell is, at heart, a lying son of a bitch.

I remember hearing this same horrible man say that GWB had a "mandate" and that he was elected by the "vast majority" of Americans.  Shrub was (a) never elected legally and (b) even if the vote count was legit (which it was not as the Republicans were involved in massive vote fraud both elections) Shrub received a minority of the popular vote the first time around and the vote was split almost perfectly down the center the second time.  That is not a "vast majority" by any means and makes the GOP and McConnell specifically liars.

Though they have not said so on the record yet, if Obama or the Democrats wanted to pass a resolution saying that kittens should get a little bowl of warm milk the GOP would stand firmly against it and would claim that a "vast majority" of Americans were opposed by adding the people that think kittens should get a little warm cream, the people that think milk is bad for cats, and the people that hate cats together and claiming they think like right wing morons.

"You can't raise taxes during a recession."

This is the mantra of the right wing (including my own repulsive "Democratic" mayor, Jerry Abramson), descending directly from the "Voodoo Economics" lie of "Trickle Down Economics," once poo-pooed by true conservatives and anyone that could add.  What actually happens when we cut taxes (and regulation) on the rich and corporations?  We saw under Reagan, Bush I, and Bush II:  The economy tanks.  Why is this?  Perhaps it's because when you make life easier (as if it needs easing) for the ultra-megas you make it harder on the poor and middle class.  State and local governments must rely more on fees and regressive taxes like sales tax and lotteries which disproportionally effect the lower end of the economic scale to provide services that help most Americans in their daily lives.  Ultimately taxing the poor is not a good way to fund government and those same services are cut drastically (god forbid you should reduce the police patrols in the rich parts of the city) or eliminated completely in the name of a "balanced budget."

The way I look at it is if you're rich and you don't want to pay taxes get the fuck out of this country.  You don't want to pay a local income tax in Louisville, for instance, move to another city.  We don't want your worthless, cheap ass.  You are a leech on society and the community if you don't want to use a little bit of your wealth to improve it.  Better infrastructure, improvement and education programs for lower income individuals, housing for the homeless, mass transit, drug rehabilitation, and so many other publicly funded programs don't only improve the lives of the people they serve directly, the improve the lives of everyone in the community by beautifying the city, reducing crime, and building community. 

"America has the highest tax rates in the world."

"America has the best health care in the world."

Only if you are astonishingly wealthy.  Otherwise we're 37th, just below Costa Rica and a good bit below Morocco.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

If Obama Wanted a "Give Kittens Milk" Resolution...

Living in Kentucky is embarrassing in so many ways. Our public education system's motto is "Thank God for Mississippi," the inbreeding in the hills is not myth, and our Senators are the knuckle dragging Jim Bunning and the lying GOP mouthpiece (and bugeyed corpse) Mitch McConnell. It's hard to be proud of a people that would elect these two worthless bastards to Congress once, much less over and over as they have done for years now.  At least in Louisiana the crooks and nazis they elect are colorful.  Mitch McConnell is just an awful, repulsive man.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Updates and News

The blog posts here have been a bit few and far between of late.  Though I have opinions about recent events such as the surge in child fucking priests coverage (seriously, who didn't know this was going on?) most of these opinions are either deep and multi-faceted (i.e. it takes a long time to explain it) or I'm dealing with new information like Google Buzz being used by a White House staff member or something.  Ordinarily I would have given myself a couple of hours to write about these topics in a given week but these are not ordinary times.  That's more than a little overly dramatic as they're not that unusual.  I've just been a little busier than normal in the world of labor by which I earn money and much busier in the world of making music and art and stuff (in which I mostly spend money).  And you, dear reader, are left bereft of my wisdom and editorial cartoon addiction.  If you have been harmed by my inaction, I apologize.

One thing I have been doing that you might be interested in is a podcast called Modus Operandi or MOpod.  Each week I get together with my friend, Dr. David Overbey, and we record for an hour and a half or so talking about politics, culture, language, pets, sports, and the occasional fart joke.  We also keep a blog over there.  I mirror my content here over there and once in a while Overbey will post something.

So here are the last few podcasts, enjoy:

episode 12 4/4/2010

episode 11 3/26/2010

episode 10 3/12/2010

Onion on GOP Reaction to Health Reform

Republicans, Leukemia Team Up To Repeal Health Care Law

April 8, 2010 | ISSUE 46•14
Key Republicans and the blood cancer leukemia make a joint statement condemning the health care bill.
WASHINGTON—Citing a mutually shared vision of health care in America, congressional Republicans and the deadly bone-marrow cancer leukemia announced a joint effort Wednesday to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the historic new bill that extends health benefits to 32 million Americans nationwide.

"Republicans have no greater ally in this fight than leukemia," said Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), who was flanked by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), and the abnormal increase in white blood cells. "Denying insurance to Americans with preexisting conditions and ensuring that low-income Americans stand no chance of receiving quality health care are just a few of the core beliefs that the GOP and leukemia share."  [more]


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