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Carly Fiorina Is Pro-Life’s Version of an “Authentic Feminist” . . . What Do They Know?

June 15, 2010
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The Susan B. Anthony List (the home of supporters of pro-life women candidates) referred to Carly Fiorina as an “authentic feminist” and a “strong pro-life alternative to Barbara Boxer.” Since when did being a feminist include making a snarky comment about her opponent’s hair? Since when did feminism include a denial of reproductive rights for every female? Since when did being a feminist mean a refusal to embrace gay rights? (Not only does Fiorina not embrace gay rights, she’s been involved with an evangelical church which “requires any gay or lesbian members to practice celibacy” . . . and not only is that cruel and heartless, but it also makes no sense — the fact of being “gay or lesbian” automatically includes same-sex sexual activity; if they quit having sex altogether, they’d be neither gay, lesbian nor heterosexual . . . they’d just be celibate.) Since when did feminism include an elitist view of healthcare reform and a rejection of the healthcare reform bill that would provide healthcare to millions of Americans? Nah, Fiorina summed it up as “”a cynical and partisan piece of work that was hastily written.” In fact, she wants to repeal it.

Feminist? Sheesh . . . more like another mean-spirited Palin type who looks at her own fairly privileged lifestyle and from that extrapolates that any woman can make motherhood work, can afford healthcare, and absolutely, positively, shouldn’t be allowed to be gay. Raped by a family member? Must be God’s plan. Raped by a stranger? Suck it up — give that baby life. A teenager impregnated by a man 20 years her senior, who will of course abandon her the moment she announces her pregnancy? Don’t be selfish — ruin your life so that baby can be born . . . but, of course, don’t depend on government to help you (or, for that matter, the likes of Palin and Fiorina). In fact, Fiorina can’t even manage her own “house” . . . she was rated one of the “Worst CEOs in America” and walked away from HP with a “golden parachute” after laying off at least 24,000 people. So yeah, don’t look to Fiorina to help you with that pesky unwanted pregnancy, and the resulting lifelong responsibility you may not be ready, or willing, to undertake. On the other hand, though Fiorina wants to deny you and I reproductive rights, she’s all in on letting people on the no-fly terrorist watch list buy guns. What a gal.

I am so friggin’ sick of these self-proclaimed feminists telling me what I should do with my own body — or, more accurately, since I’m past child-bearing years, what my daughter should do with hers. I’m sick of quasi-feminists like Palin forcing women to buy their own rape kits in Alaska — and then screaming indignantly about “equal treatment of women” for herself when rumors abound about whether she had breast implants. I’m sick of the cutesy phraseology embodied in “Mama Grizzly” . . . a newly-coined right-wing term meaning “feminist.” I’m sick of conservative women thinking all it takes to be a feminist is the proper anatomy — and that the strides in feminism over the past decades can be blown away by simply coining some new cutesy phrases while simultaneously stripping women of the rights “true” feminists have fought to acquire.

Do we really want women in office who throw other women under the bus to advance their own political, ideological, or religious agendas? Carly Fiorina screwed over a lot of HP workers — and got rich in the process. Is she really someone we want making rules for us?

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The “Bush” name Conjures Up A Neo-Con Mindset . . . But Are the Bush Women Blazing New Trails?

June 15, 2010
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Well, well, well. Even though the name “Bush” calls to mind an ultra-conservative, neo-con, mindset, the women in the family — including former First Lady Laura Bush, and her daughter, Barbara Bush — aren’t toeing the party line. They’re taking a brave stance, considering the climate of the right-wingers these days, who react to anything outside the tent as traitorous.

Young Barbara Bush stated in an interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday that she guesses she’s “glad the [health care reform] bill was passed,” and went even further by stating that she believes access to healthcare is every person’s right.

“Why do basically people with money have good healthcare,” Ms. Bush said, “And why do people that live on lower salaries not have good healthcare? You know, health should be a right for everyone.”

Despite her monied background and family resources, it appears that Ms. Bush is very much in touch with the average person’s plight — in fact, she’s President of Global Health Corps, an organization that “champions global health equity.”

Ms. Bush’s comments come on the heels of her mother, Laura Bush’s, support of Elena Kagan as a Supreme Court nominee, which also represented a sharp departure from the right-wing party line. Also appearing on Fox News, former First Lady Laura Bush said that she thought Elena Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court is “great . . . I’m really glad that there will be three [women] if she’s confirmed. I like to have women on the Supreme Court.” The former First Lady also, in an interview with Larry King on CNN, professed support for both abortion rights and gay marriage. Perhaps it’s because she was raised as a Democrat, but for whatever reason, it’s refreshing to see conservative women veer away from the narrow world views of political figures such as Sarah Palin and other female Tea Party candidates.

We need more conservative women of substance, women who are humanitarian and compassionate (unlike those of the Jan Brewer ilk), and unafraid to speak out. Be curious to see how the right-wingers react to the Bush women “going rogue.”


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New Rule: Discussions of Female Politicians’ Looks Are Off the Table . . . Of Course, Every Rule Has Exceptions

June 13, 2010
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I wish Sarah Palin hadn’t dignified the breast implant rumor by responding to it. It would have stayed a rumor and she would have maintained a little dignity. Plus, a lot of bloggers (okay, myself included) wouldn’t have been absolutely forced to write about it. (Gather and I seem to concur, though, that she wouldn’t have had the time to recuperate from breast implant surgery.) Frankly, I’m more concerned about the fact that it looks like she’s wearing a black bra under a white shirt. But that’s just me.

But here’s the thing: Conversations about the breasts of female politicians — or any other body parts (and hair) for that matter — should really be off the table. The fact that Palin can’t rest until each and every comment made about her in the blogosphere is addressed sort of keeps the rumor mill running in her case. In general, though, criticism or commentary about a female politician’s looks is just not something we should talk about.

Let’s start with the most recent “meow” from right-winger Carly Fiorina, who was caught on an open mic calling Democrat Barbara Boxer’s hair “so yesterday.”

Going back to 2008, Ann Coulter talked about Hillary Clinton’s “chubby legs.” Larry King brought “image consultants and fashion reporters” on his show to discuss Hillary Clinton’s appearance, with comments like, “. . . her legs are too short, her arms are too long.” Writer Tina Brown actually attributed Clinton losing her cool in a professional setting to her having a bad hair day. Sheesh.

Moving forward a bit . . . right-wing radio host Neal Boortz compared Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan to Shrek. I don’t think it was meant as a compliment. Radio talk show host Michael Savage said that Kagan’s appearance is “personally grotesque” and she “looks like she belongs in a kosher deli.”

Half of the blogs you read about First Lady Michelle Obama center around what she wears, beginning with the dress she wore in Chicago the night her husband was elected President.

And there’s not enough room in the blogosphere for the myriad smears of Nancy Pelosi’s appearance, from has-been comedian Dennis Miller likening her face to a “lizard laying on a hot rock” to speculation about Pelosi having had implants, or, “Since when has she had such GINORMOUS hooters?” Charming. (It bears noting that I didn’t hear Pelosi, unlike Palin, going on any talk shows to refute this speculation.)

Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris was mocked mercilessly for her truckloads of makeup. Harris jokes abounded.

So okay — I’m making up my rules as I go along, and here’s my new one: Criticizing the physical appearance of female politicians or public political figures (and that includes clothes, hair, body, face, makeup and nail polish color) is off the table (unless the politician in question brings it back to the table by talking incessantly about it, particularly if she talks about it on Facebook or Twitter — then it’s fair game for discussion). This, by the way, goes for political figures on the right and the left.

And you have my word — this is the last time I will ever mention Sarah Palin’s implants.


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Sarah Palin Responds to Implant Rumors . . . Why Oh Why?

June 13, 2010
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My first thought was, why are we talking about Sarah Palin’s breasts at all? Unless her brain function is contained there, there is absolutely no reason to speculate about whether or not Palin had breast implants.

But here I am, talking about it. Because there Palin is, talking about it.

In my own defense, I’m not really concerned with the fact of the implants — though personally, I don’t see how she could have had it done, considering that she’s in the public eye almost daily spewing some new Palinanity. When would she have had time? Maybe she just gained weight. On the other hand, she practically gave birth to her last child during a cross-country flight, and didn’t tell people she was pregnant until she was about to deliver, so there’s that.

No, the reason I’m talking about it is because Palin — who can never let sleeping dogs lie, and keeps her Facebook and Twitter feeds busy night and day giving us way too much information — responded to the implant rumor in an interview with Greta van Sustern on Fox News.

” . . . A report like that is about as real and truthful as reports that [my husband] Todd and I are divorcing or that I bought a place in the Hamptons or that [my son] Trigg is not my own child.”

But, here’s the thing: For all we know, she and Todd ARE getting a divorce, she’s decorating her place in the Hamptons as we speak, and Trigg is really Bristol’s kid. In order to believe Palin’s implant denial, we have to also believe that those other denials are true. Given Palin’s often slippery hold on the truth, believing all those other assertions — or, in fact, much of anything she says — is a stretch.

Therefore, the implant story, which was previously just an idle rumor, has just been given new life . . . by Palin herself.

Will that woman ever learn?


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Chicago Rapper MPulse . . . A New Generation of Rap

June 10, 2010
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Okay, look — I’m an uber-lib, a politically left-wing idealogue, a feminist and someone who’s trying valiantly to shed partisan “gang colors” and engage with different idealogies. I’m also a mom . . . and my 18-year-old son’s a rapper. This piece is both a plug for him (he’s in Atlanta right now producing his debut mix tape with well-known DJ Don Cannon) and a commentary on how nice it is to listen to rap that doesn’t talk about “ho’s” and guns and crime. (Okay, there’s some language, and an occasional no-no comment about women, but I remind people he’s not rapping for Disney.) If Mpulse is any barometer, the industry’s changing.

I’ve listened to rap for a long time — and a lot of it is personally offensive, misogynistic, violent . . . everything my political bent rails against. But I’m a huge fan of Mpulse, and not just because he’s my kid. He’s got a lot of fans who don’t listen to rap: My 70-year-old mom loves his music; my sister calls him “easy listening rap.” This is his second trip to Atlanta with Don Cannon — you can view his “Forever” video made in January, here.

Mpulse is an old school craftsman — he writes all his own lyrics, with a pencil, in a lined notebook, never on the computer. He raps about life, about the industry, about how tough it is to make it, about optimism, about love and family — and he wrote a passionate, emotional song for my dad, his grandfather, who died in January 2010. His beats are hot, his lyrics well thought out and meaningful . . . new school rap using an old school process.

Check out Mpulse — you can hear “Car of Life” here, “I’m Next” here, “I Am Pulse” here, and watch his Chicago-based group, TCU’s, “Death of Dances” video here.

True to his craft, true to his rap idealogy, a kid from the suburbs . . . he’s not your regular rapper, but he’s in Atlanta, with a famous producer and a mix tape coming out this month. Giving props to Pulse . . . kick ass, kid.


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MICHAEL STEELE ACCUSES WHITE HOUSE OF “BACKROOM CHICAGO STYLE POLITICS,” CALLS FOR RAHM EMANUEL TO RESIGN

June 7, 2010
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I saw RNC Chairman Michael Steele’s little hyper-GOP speech on worldstarhiphop.com. I guess we can all be thankful that Steele managed to get through a speech without once using the word “brother” or breaking into a rap freestyle. But he had some strong words, dripping with pre-scripted and manufactured moral uprightness, with respect to the alleged job offers the White House made to Democratic Senate candidates Joe Sestak and Andrew Romanoff in exchange for dropping out of their respective primaries.

Hold on a minute . . . are we really going to take Steele seriously as someone who can preach morality, a guy with a past full of financial shenanigans? Isn’t this the same guy who (even before Bondage-gate) had a grand old time chartering private jets using donors’ money, redecorated his office to the tune of over $18,000, and whooped it up in Honolulu at a winter meeting at the same time the rest of the country was mired in an economy that rivaled the Great Depression? And wasn’t Steele the same guy who hired crook Alan Fabian to be his finance chairman in his 2006 Senate run — the same Fabian who’s now in jail for fraud to the tune of almost $40 million?

Steele spent his minutes-long speech alluding to shady dealings and cover-ups (something he’d know something about, I’ll give him that). And athough the White House counsel’s office did acknowledge that they used former President Bill Clinton as an intermediary to talk to Sestak (Clinton and Sestak are close friends, by the way), it was a vague offer of an unspecified appointment to an unpaid position on a presidential advisory board.

Steele boldly questioned whether President Obama knew about the conversations that took place around these two candidates — despite the President’s claim that he knew nothing. Come on, Steele, throw it down: When you very nearly accuse the President of the United States of lying, you’d better have more to back it up than vague insinuations that it’s just “part of a larger pattern of backroom Chicago style politics.” Steele flatly stated that Romanoff “was offered a choice of one of three jobs by Rahm Emanuels’ deputy Jim Messina” if he would drop out of the primary, a claim that both the White House and Romanoff have denied.

Steele also called for the resignation of Rahm Emanuel if he “has been offering government goodies” as some sort of quid pro quo. But legal experts have stated that there’s little basis for charges that these conversations, even if they took place, were illegal. Even Richard Painter, a former Bush ethics advisor, “repudiated [the] claim that Romanoff discussions were illegal, and legal experts have denied the statute applies in similar cases . . . [Painter] said that it is a ‘real stretch’ to say the White House’s conversations with Romanoff violated the law. Moreover, in analyzing the Sestak case, legal experts have repudiated the claim that 18 U.S.C. § 600 applies even in cases where a job offer was actually made.”

Takes cojones, doesn’t it, for Steele to call for the resignation of another political figure, considering that he himself narrowly escaped having to resign over the RNC’s Bondage-gate? When Steele was on the hotseat, I seem to recall him shamelessly comparing himself to President Obama and claiming the calls for his resignation were race-driven. How this guy could look anyone in the eye and take a moral high road is beyond me.

But blatant hypocrisy didn’t stop Steele from demanding that the “Department of Justice must step in and assign an impartial referee . . . either . . . a special investigator or an independent counsel . . . .”

Loyola law professor Richard Hasen said on Fox News, (after ripping Fox’ coverage as “pretty breathless”), “It seems to me that this is really much ado about nothing . . . I went back and looked at this Section 600, the one that says about these job offers. That seems to be a statute that’s really aimed at preventing patronage appointments. That is, you know, giving people who have done political favors for you jobs where they make money. I can’t find a case where it’s ever been applied in this way, and I think there are some good reasons why it probably shouldn’t be. What we have here, really, is a political deal. It’s a deal to say in order to strengthen the party, one of the two people competing should step aside. It’s the kind of thing that happens all the time, and it’s the kind of thing that probably is not what the statute was really designed to prevent.”

Steele wrapped up his self-righteous speech with, “All we have right now is a series of transparent cover-ups. So much for change you can believe in.”

By the way, what’s a “transparent coverup?”


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Boehner Calling for McCartney’s Apology? Who’s Gonna Call For Boehner’s?

June 6, 2010
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Does too much time in a tanning bed cause a loss of brain cells? Not sure — but watching House Minority Leader John Boehner in action makes one think so. Boehner, on his high horse once again, is demanding that Paul McCartney apologize for his comment, made while accepting the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song presented by President Obama, that, “After the last eight years, it’s great to have a President who knows what a library is.” Boehner said he was “surprised and disappointed by the lack of grace and respect he [McCartney] displayed at the White House,” and went on to say that he hopes McCartney apologizes “for his conduct which demeaned him, the White House and President Obama.”

Oh, that’s rich, coming from a guy who claimed the President’s agenda on healthcare reform would bring about the end of the world. I figure if I jumble all of Boehner’s past rhetoric together, with a little editorial license tossed in, he’d have one great teabagging speech — might even trump Sarah Palin’s. So I gathered some of Boehner’s richer comments and put ’em together (and yeah, he did really make the quoted comments — follow the links to his actual statements), and just hope he asks me permission before he steals this speech for the next teabagging event:

“I’m gonna whine a lot now because I don’t like a President in the White House who’s not one of “us,” and I’m really mad, too, because in February President Obama “slapped the table,” wagged his finger and scolded me at a recent White House meeting. I mean, how can he scold me when he’s the one who took a trip to Copenhagen to try to win the Olympic bid for the U.S., even when he knows we didn’t like it (and I screamed loudly about it, let me tell ya) and we said he should stay put and concentrate on “the problems we have here at home.” Hell, we knew the problems weren’t going away, but we also knew that if the U.S. had gotten the Olympic bid, President Obama would have looked really good, and would have been on hand to bask in the glory. We can’t have that — staying home worked for us.

And about those problems here at home . . . the guy is just making “one big down payment on a new American socialist experiment,” and here’s the video of me proudly lambasting the President in 2009. One of my finest moments. (Video NBC’s Meet the Press, broadcast Sept. 20, 2009.)

If we keep trashing him, and maybe if we vote against all of his bills and proposals, we can even turn his base against him, because we can’t “let President Obama get away with asking his fellow Democrats to vote for this bill to save his presidency.” What bill was I talking about? Who cares? Let’s defeat it. Don’t I photograph well?

Whew, that health care reform bill was a real doozy to beat back, and no matter what I said — even when I came up with the clever quip that the next 24 hours are “armageddon” and tried to scare people silly with the claim that the Dems would “ruin our country” — the damn thing still passed. Can’t figure out why people screamed about the “Armageddon” comment, though — I mean, “Armageddon is just a word.” Doesn’t mean anything — except the end of the world as we know it, which as we all know already came when President Obama was elected.

You know, I can’t say I’m actually hoping for another terrorist attack, but it sure is a pisser that we’ve been lucky so far. We all know the President leaves us hanging out there, has no fear of the terrorists at all — I mean, the guy won’t even let us do that simulated drowning thing any more — and despite what the military experts say, I say President Obama has “failed to take our national security seriously,”
I keep pushing the idea that “luck is not an effective strategy for fighting the terrorist threat,” but the damn military experts keep refuting me. With I had some military experience of my own (well, except for that eight weeks of training followed by an honorable discharge for my bad back) so I could at least act like I know what I’m talking about, but I don’t, so I just keep pushing the fear of terrorists walking the streets, and hope it catches on.

This President is totally “irresponsible” to close Guantanamo Bay — I made it clear that the end result of this would be a big, scary mystery about where “terrorists and killers bent on murdering Americans and other friends of freedom around the world” will be housed. Could be in peoples’ own backyard, there could be terrorists wandering around neighborhoods just chillin’. Every chance I get, I talk about the President’s “pre 9/11 mentality,” hoping to imply that President Obama has a casual attitude about terrorists. Maybe if I keep talking about how the President is “putting the American people at risk” they’ll join me in my anti-President Obama crusade. Damn that approval rating — can’t get it much below 50%. What is it with this guy? The worst thing is, I heard President Obama has taken out more terrorists than Bush. Now that’s an unfortunate statistic — not much to work with there.

And I’m telling you, we don’t need a guy in the White House with all those czars. “He clearly is circumventing the Constitution, in my view,” and I just hope people quit counting how many czars other presidents — especially conservative ones — had. It makes it rough to paint the President as a scourge on our Constitutional society if he’s doing the same thing that, well, Bush was doing. Damn facts make it hard.

But the blitz approach sometimes works. If I combine the 9/11 fear tactic with the fact that President Obama is leaving us vulnerable to terrorists, and talk loudly and often about the end of the world and link it with the President’s agenda, maybe I won’t have to talk a lot about the “Chicago-style politics” which “is shutting the American people out and demonizing opponents [by] launching vicious political attacks demonizing opponents.” It’s my fervent hope that nobody notices that I’m shutting the American people out (with a hell of a lot of “no’s” in my party), and demonizing opponents (the Dems, and of course the President) by launching my own vicious attacks. People aren’t so smart, though. Look how many like Sarah Palin.

I had a grand old time when the teabaggers were outside the Capitol during the healthcare reform vote. Went right out there, talked to those good people, and got ’em all riled up. Now, the racist comments, anti-gay slurs and spitting (in front of cameras, no less) made me a little squeamish, because I wasn’t too fond of being publicly associated with all of that (that sort of stuff is usually not all that good for political careers), but it was worth it to keep painting the President as a socialist commie freak who’s not one of us.

I’ve gotta tell ya, though, I don’t care much for the fact that the President is hitting back at us these days. What happened to the guy who we could treat like gum on the bottom of our shoe? Those were the good old days, when the President tried to talk to us and we snickered behind our hands and voted “no” every time anyway. But attacking US . . . “The president diminishes the Office of the President when he resorts to straw man arguments that willfully mischaracterize the views of others . . . All of the president’s talk of post-partisanship, reaching out and finding common ground reminds us that the country deserves better than his hyper-partisan speech today.” Maybe if I fly under the radar people won’t notice that my lecture accusing the President of hyper-partisan speech contains a lot of hyper-partisan speech. I’m trying to distract people, too, from realizing at any point that the President tried the whole bipartisan approach at first, but we slapped him down. What good would bipartisanship have done any of us, when all it would have done was lost us a very successful campaign to paint the President as hyper-partisan? We have a lot of laughs over that, the President coming over and allowing us the opportunity to put him in his place. When he quit coming around, we were quite bereft. This speech he gave at Carnegie Mellon University was pretty strong, and he made it clear that the midterms are pretty much a competition between “old, Republican ideas and a future led by his economic policies.” The “old Republican ideas” are tanking, and the economy’s improving some — we really want to stay away from discussions about his economic policies at present, as well as our old white guy party. Not the right approach, when he’s on the upswing. Better to concentrate on something else for now.

I love to watch myself on video, and one of my all-time favorites was me saying in April that President Obama’s liberal agenda makes me “want to throw up.” Just for fun, I threw in that thing about the President having “no plan for keeping America safe” again. Plays big with the teabagging crowd.”

Lost my train of thought. Now what were you saying, Boehner, about McCartney needing to apologize for that “library” comment?


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What, Is President Obama Supposed To Dive Down and Plug the Oil Leak Himself?

June 6, 2010
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I got an e-mail letter from President Obama today. I say, everybody needs to back off — enough with the criticism, the blame (when, in actuality, it was Bush and Cheney and that gang, with their love affair with the oil industry, who is largely to blame), the armchair quarterbacking — and let President Obama do his job:

“Julie —

Yesterday, I visited Caminada Bay in Grand Isle, Louisiana — one of the first places to feel the devastation wrought by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. While I was here, at Camerdelle’s Live Bait shop, I met with a group of local residents and small business owners.

Folks like Floyd Lasseigne, a fourth-generation oyster fisherman. This is the time of year when he ordinarily earns a lot of his income. But his oyster bed has likely been destroyed by the spill.

Terry Vegas had a similar story. He quit the 8th grade to become a shrimper with his grandfather. Ever since, he’s earned his living during shrimping season — working long, grueling days so that he could earn enough money to support himself year-round. But today, the waters where he has worked are closed. And every day, as the spill worsens, he loses hope that he will be able to return to the life he built.

Here, this spill has not just damaged livelihoods. It has upended whole communities. And the fury people feel is not just about the money they have lost. It is about the wrenching recognition that this time their lives may never be the same.

These people work hard. They meet their responsibilities. But now because of a manmade catastrophe — one that is not their fault and beyond their control — their lives have been thrown into turmoil. It is brutally unfair. And what I told these men and women is that I will stand with the people of the Gulf Coast until they are again made whole.

That is why, from the beginning, we have worked to deploy every tool at our disposal to respond to this crisis. Today, there are more than 20,000 people working around the clock to contain and clean up this spill. I have authorized 17,500 National Guard troops to participate in the response. More than 1,900 vessels are aiding in the containment and cleanup effort. We have convened hundreds of top scientists and engineers from around the world. This is the largest response to an environmental disaster of this kind in the history of our country.

We have also ordered BP to pay economic injury claims, and this week, the federal government sent BP a preliminary bill for $69 million to pay back American taxpayers for some of the costs of the response so far. In addition, after an emergency safety review, we are putting in place aggressive new operating standards for offshore drilling. And I have appointed a bipartisan commission to look into the causes of this spill. If laws are inadequate, they will be changed. If oversight was lacking, it will be strengthened. And if laws were broken, those responsible will be brought to justice.

These are hard times in Louisiana and across the Gulf Coast, an area that has already seen more than its fair share of troubles. The people of this region have met this terrible catastrophe with seemingly boundless strength and character in defense of their way of life. What we owe them is a commitment by our nation to match the resilience they have shown. That is our mission. And it is one we will fulfill.

Thank you,

President Barack Obama”


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And The “I Don’t Have Two Brain Cells to Rub Together” Award Goes To . . .

June 1, 2010
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Okay, so the competition for the “two brain cells” award was tough this month. First we had the nuts in Texas attempting to apply a right-wing religious spin to history. At first, it was a no-brainer — they got the award, hands down. But now, Texas history-remakers have been trumped, ’cause we’ve got a teacher in Alabama teaching geometry to kids, and basically painting a “grassy knoll” scenario to do it. According to al.com, “The teacher was appar­ently teaching his geometry students about parallel lines and angles, officials said. He used the example of where to stand and aim if shooting Obama.
 ‘He was talking about angles and said, ‘If you’re in this building, you would need to take this angle to shoot the president,'” one of the geometry students reported. The teacher isn’t gonna be fired, but the superintended is going to have a “long conversation” with him about what’s appropriate. Excuse me while I throw up: You need to have a conversation with a teacher to advise him that presidential assassination fantasies in front of a roomful of students isn’t appropriate?

What about the parents, though? Surely they’re outraged. Well, apparently not in Alabama. One parent of a student at the school said she “doesn’t be­lieve the teacher ought to be fired . . . We all make mistakes, and we should be able to learn from our mistakes . . . What he said was just wrong and inappropri­ate. Everyone’s got their own opinions, but we have to be aware of our sur­roundings . . . .” Aware of our surroundings — I guess that means, in Alabama, just be careful of who’s listening.


Obama Memorial Day Speech in Illinois Cut Short By A Thunderstorm . . . How Long Before We Hear It Was God’s Punishment?

June 1, 2010
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UPDATE: WHAT’D I TELL YA? SEE DRUDGE REPORT, “THE GODS ARE ANGRY,” HERE.

As reported by the Huffington Post, “Torrential rain, lightning, thunder and strong winds forced President Barack Obama to cancel a Memorial Day speech at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Illinois.” The President’s Memorial Day visit to Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery — instead of Arlington — has, of course, resulted in right-wing howling. Foxnews.com commented that “. . . some conservatives, still smarting over the criticism George W. Bush fielded for his frequent trips to Crawford, Texas, say Obama’s trip to Chicago over Memorial Day weekend is conspicuously poor in its timing.” Of course they think that. Of course, it’s not like Arlington Cemetery was lacking a White House presence — Vice President Joe Biden attended the ceremony there.

There’s really little to beef about here, but as we know, conservatives have committed themselves to an agenda — it’s kind of like the country song, “I really hate her [him], I’ll think of a reason later.”

If President Obama had been at Arlington, the right-wingers would most likely have grumped that he wasn’t on the Gulf Coast riding BP’s ass. If he’d been on the Gulf Coast, we would have heard an outcry that he doesn’t care about the military. And so it goes.

But I’m gonna preempt the right-wingnuts on this one. I’m predicting that somewhere in the blogosphere, the conservatives are gonna play this thunderstorm — which included torrential rain, lightning, thunder, the whole works, and which effectively canceled President Obama’s speech in Illinois — as the work of God smiting heathens or something. As noted by godweb.org, “There are plenty of Biblical passages that would suggest God does micromanage the weather, or other phenomenon of nature. The prophet Ezekiel believed that God used tremendous storms as a weapon to punish the unrighteous: ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: I will make a stormy wind break out in my wrath; and there shall be a deluge of rain in my anger.'” So there you have it: Even God him/herself is against the President.

It wouldn’t be the first time the right viewed President Obama as a tool of God’s wrath. As reported by the Tyler Morning Telegraph in April, Texas state Representative Leo Berman claimed that “Barack Obama is God’s punishment on us today . . . .” In December of last year, when a snowstorm hit Washington DC, RedState editor Erick Erickson said that “God hates the Democrats’ health care deform. With funding death panels and abortions, of course the Almighty would send a snow storm or, in Brian’s words, a snowpocalypse to shut down Washington.”

A snowstorm in December in DC, a rainstorm in May in Illinois — if you’re a right wingnut, you can’t view it any other way: God must hate President Obama.


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