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Sunday, February 28, 2010

The health care summit summarized

I couldn’t watch the health care summit live, but I finally caught up this weekend. In case you also missed it, here’s a quick summary:

The participants arrive, ready to discuss this vital issue in good faith…
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Republican leaders take a brief moment prior to the president’s arrival to prepare…
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Democratic leaders huddle briefly…
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Posted by Betty Cracker on 02/28/10 at 08:07 AM
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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Leader Boehner:  We’re Going to Crash Health Reform Party

Yes, John Boehner announced today that Republicans intend to “crash the party” that Obama’s putting on this Thursday.

OK cool.  But, um.  Soooo.  Didn’t President Obama very explicitly invite the Repubs to the Health Care Summit?  So, I mean, how do you crash a party you’re invited to?  Boehner goes on to say that they haven’t actually accepted any invitation yet.

Boehner explained that leaders are waiting for a response from White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel to a letter they sent earlier this month that asked a series of questions on the bipartisan summit.

“It’s our intent to be there on Thursday. We’re waiting on a response and we’re hopeful that we’ll receive one soon,” Boehner explained.

So is not RSVP’ing, then showing up anyway, the new “party crashing”?  But there’s no point in trying to decipher what he meant by any of this.  It’s just more Republican silliness, joshing and shoving each other and shifting from one foot to the next because, truthfully, they don’t know how to handle this whole summit idea.

Dan Pfeiffer, writing on the White House website, couldn’t resist thumbing his nose a little over the failure of the Repubs to post their comprehensive solutions to the health care crisis.  To which they responded “We did!  We posted this!”  Like, about, last October or something.  And it’s the House Republicans *plan*, Senate Repubs not involved.  But anyway it’s not as LONG as the stupid Dem/Pelosi Wicked Takeover plan. 

Um, what’s that?  You say “long” isn’t the issue any more?  Oh yeah, that’s right.  Now the Democrats plan is too short.  Freaking bunch of Goldilocks, I swear.

But the people who brought us this health care plan are complaining that the White House proposal is too short?

  * Number one: let families and businesses buy health insurance across state lines.
  * Number two: allow individuals, small businesses, and trade associations to pool together and acquire health insurance at lower prices, the same way large corporations and labor unions do.
  * Number three: give states the tools to create their own innovative reforms that lower health care costs.
  * Number four: end junk lawsuits that contribute to higher health care costs by increasing the number of tests and procedures that physicians sometimes order not because they think it’s good medicine, but because they are afraid of being sued.

That plan’s palm sized, is what it is.

Expect lots more of this before Thursday.  Bring popcorn.

Posted by marindenver on 02/23/10 at 10:00 PM
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Monday, February 22, 2010

Manchurian Mannequins

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Casual observers may believe Obama beat McCain because of things like effective organization, disgust with failed Republican policies, a VP candidate who wasn’t a booger-eating moron, etc. But the GOP poobahs know better: The party that transformed an addled, daddy-dependent, AWOL, prep-school cheerleader into Commander Codpiece understands the power of image.

Before McCain had even delivered his concession speech in 2008, the people who really run the GOP (hint: the money people, not the tea party yahoos, dittoheads, Paultards, etc.) identified the cause of the loss and were busily engaged in developing a new strategy.

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Posted by Betty Cracker on 02/22/10 at 08:36 AM
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Monday, February 15, 2010

In latest “gaffe,” Biden injures two beloved American Olympic icons

Admit it: We were all worried when Obama chose the gaffe-prone Biden for the VP slot:

VANCOUVER - Former U.S. Olympians Peggy Fleming and Vonetta Flowers were slightly injured Sunday in a collision involving the van they were riding in as part of Vice President Joe Biden’s motorcade, Biden’s office said.

Luckily, Fleming and Flowers survived the latest Biden gaffe and were seen enjoying the games while seated near the Vice President and Second Lady after the incident.

I sure hope the rumors aren’t true about Hillary Clinton retiring and Biden taking over the State Department in a second Obama administration. Secretary of State Clinton, your country needs you: That next Biden gaffe could come in the form of a mushroom cloud.

Posted by Betty Cracker on 02/15/10 at 10:09 AM
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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Joe is wrong about one thing…

Dick Cheney is not a “fine fella:”

A true creature of the Senate—back when “comity” was a trademark of that legislative body—Biden is famously loathe to “impugn a man’s motives” as Gregory points out. He comes close when he says he can understand Cheney’s impulse to “rewrite history.”

I’ll spell it out: Displaying a unique combination of cowardice and greed, Bush and Cheney panicked after 9/11 and then seized on the country’s understandable shock, grief and fear to lie us into a ruinous war with a nation that had nothing to do with the terrorist attacks, subvert the Constitution and breach the long-standing international agreements that formed the framework of our moral authority in the world.

The Bush administration ruled through fear-mongering for seven straight years, shamelessly upping the terror alert level to swing elections and playing the terror card at every opportunity. Cheney is afraid that if the citizens of this country ever come out from under their beds long enough to assess the damage he and Bush wrought, they will denounce them as the war criminals and inept, corrupt servants of the rich that they are.

That is Cheney’s motive. Obama can personally hog-tie Osama bin Laden and completely stamp out al Qaeda, and Cheney will continue to call him an effete weakling. It is the only card Cheney has ever had and the only one he will ever play. The only question is how long will he get away with it. Sadly, the answer seems to be forever.

H/T: HuffPo

Posted by Betty Cracker on 02/14/10 at 10:30 AM
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Friday, January 08, 2010

Can I call you “O’Biden” ... oops ... “Joe”?

This made me laugh very, very hard because it proves, once again (everyone repeat after me) SARAH PALIN IS A BOOGER-EATING MORON:

Palin had a reflexive tendency to refer to Biden as “O’Biden,” [McCain campaign strategist Steve] Schmidt revealed. He says other people on the campaign staff came up with a solution. “It was multiple people—and I wasn’t one of them—who all said at the same time, ‘Just say, ‘Can I call you Joe?’’ which she did.”

p.s. How much do you think it’s killing Palin not to lash out at Schmidt on Facebook yet?  I’m sure it’s driving her batshit insane to wait until after the 60 Minutes broadcast on Sunday to go for his throat, which she most certainly will.

Posted by Kevin K. on 01/08/10 at 02:16 PM
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Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Auto-Tune the News #8 w/ Michael Vick, Chuck Grassley, Joe Biden, T-Pain & geese

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

White House Reveals Obama Is Bipolar

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Krugman on Repubs: “Demanding that the gov’t stop standing in the way of a possible depression.”

A relatively optimistic Paul Krugman on the economy:

All in all, then, the government has played a crucial stabilizing role in this economic crisis. Ronald Reagan was wrong: sometimes the private sector is the problem, and government is the solution.

And aren’t you glad that right now the government is being run by people who don’t hate government?

We don’t know what the economic policies of a McCain-Palin administration would have been. We do know, however, what Republicans in opposition have been saying — and it boils down to demanding that the government stop standing in the way of a possible depression.

Posted by Kevin K. on 08/10/09 at 08:50 AM
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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Headline FAIL

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Did you know Joe Biden writes for The New Agenda blog? I bet he would be surprised by it too, especially with that flaming example of headline FAIL attached to “his” post.

Or maybe it’s not headline FAIL. It’s hard to believe anyone could be so obtuse as to accidentally pair that photo with that headline.

 

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Posted by Betty Cracker on 06/30/09 at 11:14 AM
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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Huge Rallies Opposing the Disputed Election Results Continue in Iran

The Lede, the New York Times blog, is continuing to publish photos and information as it comes in.  Updates are being posted every 15 or 20 minutes.  The photos coming out are amazing - check these out from the rally earlier today:

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And clearly they know these pictures are being viewed around the world!

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Here’s Mousavi addressing the crowd (his presence at the rally has been confirmed):

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Here’s a video uploaded to YouTube for a real flavor of the rally:

It’s not clear if it’s the same location as the pictures or another one but you can see large green banners being carried in the first picture.

At Salon it’s being reported that Clinton and Biden want Obama to take a stronger stand for the protesters.  I don’t know.  The Iranian government is already lashing out at foreign governments for interfering and, actually, nobody really is.  If Obama took a tough stance I think it could lead to much more bloodshed.  I think the Iranians are making their feelings known and we need to let this thing play out as it will. 

What do you guys think?  On this or anything else to do with the Iranian situation.

 

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Wednesday, May 06, 2009

This guy graduated from Harvard Law and teaches at Cornell

Jesus fucking christ. [via Steve M.]

MORE: Six updatesSix. About Obama asking for Dijon mustard.  Six.

WOO HOO!: More updates and we’re #7…

It is interesting to watch how unhinged many nutroots blogs have gone over this post. One thing that seems to have gotten under their skin is the use of the Obama Hope poster theme for Grey Poupon. I’d like to claim I thought up the idea, but actually it was used by a very pro-Obama writer at Vanity Fair (to which I linked in Update No. 5)

Dude, we’re unhinged?  You’re the one still writing about mustard. Stay tuned for our upcoming post “Yesterday Eric Cantor Ate Parsley.”

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Pete Souza: White House Photography Done Right

Granted, I don’t know anything about the history of official White House photographers, but there’s no doubt that photojournalist Pete Souza will go down as one of the best.  He’s uploaded a bunch of his photographs to Flickr and they’re quite stunning.  I’d go right to Flickr to check them out (better quality), but you can preview a smaller slideshow below if you’d like. Feel free to link to your favorites in the comments. [via Wonkette]

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Friday, March 27, 2009

Sotto Crapo

I know there’s tons of competition, but this just may be the dumbest thing ever aired on Fox News…

Just so you know, when Franzese’s saying “dem” he means “them,” not “Democrat.” And when he says Timothy “Timmy Two Times” Geitner is the underboss (please, stop giggling, this is serious), he clearly doesn’t know what he’s talking about because everyone knows the sotto capo is Joe “Joey Baloney” Biden. And how could they not talk about Rahm “Five Foot Fury” Emmanuel, the obvious consigliere? That’s just bullshit. [via Wonkette]

UPDATE: Okay, maybe this is dumbest thing ever aired on Fox News.  I give up.

MORE: An offer you can’t refuse ... assign mafia names to other Obama administration officials (and whatever other politicians you feel like) in the comments.

Posted by Kevin K. on 03/27/09 at 05:20 AM
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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

We are a nation that tortures people

Because of my illness I missed the brouhaha over the case of the Binyam Mohamed yesterday, but the Obama administration’s position on it is just plain wrong:

In a closely watched case involving rendition and torture, a lawyer for the Obama administration seemed to surprise a panel of federal appeals judges on Monday by pressing ahead with an argument for preserving state secrets originally developed by the Bush administration.

In the case, Binyam Mohamed, an Ethiopian native, and four other detainees filed suit against a subsidiary of Boeing for arranging flights for the Bush administration’s “extraordinary rendition” program, in which terrorism suspects were secretly taken to other countries, where they say they were tortured. The Bush administration argued that the case should be dismissed because even discussing it in court could threaten national security and relations with other nations.

During the campaign, Mr. Obama harshly criticized the Bush administration’s treatment of detainees, and he has broken with that administration on questions like whether to keep open the prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. But a government lawyer, Douglas N. Letter, made the same state-secrets argument on Monday, startling several judges on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. [...]

The court papers describe horrific treatment in secret prisons. Mr. Mohamed claimed that during his detention in Morocco, “he was routinely beaten, suffering broken bones and, on occasion, loss of consciousness. His clothes were cut off with a scalpel and the same scalpel was then used to make incisions on his body, including his penis. A hot stinging liquid was then poured into open wounds on his penis where he had been cut. He was frequently threatened with rape, electrocution and death.”

That last paragraph made me feel like curling up in a ball.

Obama had better reverse this bullshit asap. And good for Russ Feingold. I’m still relatively confident that Obama’s administration won’t engage in extraordinary rendition like the previous two administrations did (that’s right, I said two), but that doesn’t give him a pass on coming clean like he promised us he would.

MORE: Greenwald.

Posted by Kevin K. on 02/10/09 at 07:35 PM
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