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    But Levesque saved the greatest conspiracy theories of them all for his conclusion: "Why doesn’t Obama answer the questions about his citizenship? Why doesn’t he answer questions about his faith? Why doesn't he answer the questions about his bisexuality, his homosexuality, his drug use?" Why, Levesque insists? "Because he has a mouth speaking great lying things."

  • comment on a post Obama Is The Anti-christ over 2 years ago

     

    http://www.religiondispatches.org/dispatches/sarahposner/4539/group_behind_king_james_bible_congressional_resolution_thinks_obama_might_be_antichrist/#more

     

    in the late 1990s, activists Gary Bauer, then of the Family Research Council, and Peter LaBarbera of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality, urged Christians not to use the KJV because, Bauer said, "it was commissioned by a homosexual."

  • comment on a post Obama Is The Anti-christ over 2 years ago

    I report, Jesus Zombies decide:

    http://www.godhatesshrimp.com/

    Shrimp, crab, lobster, clams, mussels, all these are an abomination before the Lord, just as gays are an abomination. Why stop at protesting gay marriage? Bring all of God's law unto the heathens and the sodomites. We call upon all Christians to join the crusade against Long John Silver's and Red Lobster. Yea, even Popeye's shall be cleansed. The name of Bubba shall be anathema.

     

     

  • comment on a post Debt Ceiling Frameshop over 3 years ago

     

    How Stupid Are Dems? Stupider than a knot-hole in a mud fence post, according to Kevin Drum  http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2011_04/028962.php I'd like to think this is absurd on its face. The analogy is admittedly imprecise, but imagine a family was in debt and struggling with its finances, and the breadwinners declared, "We'll be better off if don't bring any additional money. Indeed, maybe we should ask our employers to cut our pay." Alex Seitz-Wald explained this well.     As a share of GDP, government revenue in 2009 (the most recent year available) was at its "lowest since 1950." ... But even before the recession, there simply wasn't enough money coming into the federal government to cover costs, forcing the government to borrow 40 cents of every dollar it spends, as Republicans like to remind Americans so frequently. [...]     There wasn't "too much revenue" in 2001, and there's far less today. To reduce a budget shortfall, the government needs more money coming in, less money going out, or some combination of the two. The Republican solution in 2011 is to ensure the government has less money coming in, which isn't one of the sane options. Are we really supposed to believe that Obama and the Democrats are too fucking stoopid to push back on all of the patently insane shit coming out of the mouth of Republican spokesholes? Are Democrats required by law to eat stupid for breakfast, lunch and dinner?

    Stupider than a knot-hole in a mud fence post, according to Kevin Drum:  http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2011_04/028962.php

    I'd like to think this is absurd on its face. The analogy is admittedly imprecise, but imagine a family was in debt and struggling with its finances, and the breadwinners declared, "We'll be better off if don't bring any additional money. Indeed, maybe we should ask our employers to cut our pay."

    Alex Seitz-Wald explained this well.

        As a share of GDP, government revenue in 2009 (the most recent year available) was at its "lowest since 1950." ... But even before the recession, there simply wasn't enough money coming into the federal government to cover costs, forcing the government to borrow 40 cents of every dollar it spends, as Republicans like to remind Americans so frequently. [...]

        There wasn't "too much revenue" in 2001, and there's far less today.

    To reduce a budget shortfall, the government needs more money coming in, less money going out, or some combination of the two. The Republican solution in 2011 is to ensure the government has less money coming in, which isn't one of the sane options.

     

    Are we really supposed to believe that Obama and the Democrats are too fucking stoopid to push back on all of the patently insane shit coming out of the mouth of Republican spokesholes? Are Democrats required by law to eat stupid for breakfast, lunch and dinner?

     

  • comment on a post Debt Ceiling Frameshop over 3 years ago

    From National Journal:

    http://www.nationaljournal.com/whitehouse/obama-casts-lot-in-middle-of-decades-old-american-debate-20110414

    "President Obama is casting his lot in the middle of a debate as old as America itself: Are we rugged individualists pulling ourselves up by the bootstraps? Or are we a nation of community, all connected and counting on one another?

    The answer is both, Obama says, and he's right. "Don't Tread on Me" and "It Takes a Village" are two conflicting themes deeply embedded in the American DNA, and they're rearing their oxymoronic heads in the budget fight."

    Hillary was spot on with a fundamental and deep seated meme that threatened the DLC Dems. Is the Main Street vs. Wall Street frame too esoteric for Obama to understand? 

    Money Quote:

    "The America I know is generous and compassionate; a land of opportunity and optimism," Obama said on Wednesday as he outlined his vision of a deficit-reduction plan. "We take responsibility for ourselves and each other; for the country we want and the future we share."

    Obama and the Democrats can ram both of these memes right down the throat of the GOP and freepers is they want to. Should the top 1% and Wall Street take responsibility for their mistakes or dump them on Main Street?  Are we a single nation or are we still fighting the Civil War? 

    Are you kidding me? Does anyone think nanobot is smarter than Obama? Is Obama too stupid to realize how stupid he is? Is Obama on Obama's side or Main Street's side?

     

     

     

  • comment on a post Adam Smith Thinks Donald Trump Sucks over 3 years ago

    Charlie Cook agrees, Donald Trump is A Joke  http://www.nationaljournal.com/columns/cook-report/the-cook-report-trump-s-a-joke-20110414

    It’s downright embarrassing,” confessed one former Republican House member, when apprised of the results. Of course, Trump’s chances of winning the GOP nomination are exceedingly remote, to say the least, and his poll numbers are all about name recognition.

  • comment on a post Congress Passes FY 2011 Budget Accord over 3 years ago

    From another National Journal article on the same page,  Obama Casts Lot in Middle of Decades-Old American Debate

    http://www.nationaljournal.com/whitehouse/obama-casts-lot-in-middle-of-decades-old-american-debate-20110414

    President Obama is casting his lot in the middle of a debate as old as America itself: Are we rugged individualists pulling ourselves up by the bootstraps? Or are we a nation of community, all connected and counting on one another?

    The answer is both, Obama says, and he's right. "Don't Tread on Me" and "It Takes a Village" are two conflicting themes deeply embedded in the American DNA, and they're rearing their oxymoronic heads in the budget fight.

    Money Quote:  

    "The America I know is generous and compassionate; a land of opportunity and optimism," Obama said on Wednesday as he outlined his vision of a deficit-reduction plan. "We take responsibility for ourselves and each other; for the country we want and the future we share."

     

     

  • comment on a post Debt Ceiling Frameshop over 3 years ago

    We Can't Win the Fight if We Can't Tell the Story

    From The Nation http://www.thenation.com/blog/159895/we-cant-win-fight-if-we-cant-tell-story

    Whatever one thinks of the foreign and domestic policy outcomes of the past two years, it is clear that the Obama administration has stumbled in its ability to tell a compelling story.

  • comment on a post Debt Ceiling Frameshop over 3 years ago

    Robert Scheer:

    http://www.thenation.com/article/159906/false-debate-debt

     

  • comment on a post Debt Ceiling Frameshop over 3 years ago

    Well somebody has to post comments.

     

  • comment on a post Obama Sucks over 3 years ago

    From Slate:

    http://www.slate.com/id/2291117/pagenum/2

    Liberals will love the president's defense of the welfare state. But Obama's political posture was still aimed at the middle. As the Washington Post's Ezra Klein points out, this is not a liberal budget. The president's approach is founded on the suggestions of his Deficit Commission, which received several Republican votes.

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    Hat Tip to Daily Howler

    http://www.dailyhowler.com/dh041311.shtml

  • comment on a post Obama Sucks over 3 years ago

    Kevin Drum at MoJo:

    http://motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2011/04/public-and-debt-ceiling

    Really unpopular? Here's a poll in January showing that 71% of Americans oppose increasing the debt ceiling. Here's a pollin February putting the number at 62%. Here's another onefrom March putting it at 60%. And here's one from April that put it at 62% after it was explained that raising the debt ceiling meant the United States might default on its debt.

    Now, I don't think these numbers will stay this high once the debt ceiling fight takes center stage and everyone gets a better idea of what it really means to refuse to raise it. Still, like it or not, liberals have long since lost the public opinion battle over the deficit. Poll after poll makes it clear that most people want to cut federal spending and don't want to raise the debt ceiling. Sure, it's a vague sentiment, and it falls apart when you ask them what they want to cut, but the fact remains that the public is largely on the Republican side of this battle right now.

     

  • comment on a post Obama Sucks over 3 years ago

    Glen Greenwald is also underwhelmed
    http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2011/04/13/obama/index.html
    When I first began blogging five years ago, I used to write posts like that all the time. I'd lament that Democrats weren't more effectively opposing Bush/Cheney National Security State policies or defending civil liberties. I'd attribute those failures to poor strategizing or a lack of political courage and write post after post urging them to adopt better tactics to enable better outcomes or be more politically "strong." But then I realized that they weren't poor tacticians getting stuck with results they hated. They simply weren't interested in generating the same outcomes as the ones I wanted.
    It wasn't that they eagerly wished to defeat these Bush policies but just couldn't figure out how to do it. The opposite was true: they were content to acquiesce to those policies, if not outright supportive of them, because they perceived no political advantage in doing anything else. Many of them supported those policies on the merits while many others were perfectly content with their continuation. So I stopped trying to give them tactical advice on how to achieve outcomes they didn't really want to achieve, and stopped attributing their failures to oppose these policies to bad strategizing or political cowardice. Instead, I simply accepted that these were the outcomes they most wanted, that Democratic Party officials on the whole -- obviously with some exceptions -- weren't working toward the outcomes I had originally assumed (and which they often claimed). Once you accept that reality, events in Washington make far more sense.
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    UPDATE: Obama gave a speech today on the budget that many liberals seemed to like -- some more than others.  It was a fine speech as far as it goes -- advocating, among other things, defense cuts and a repeal of the Bush tax cuts and vowing to protect the poor from the pain of deep entitlement reductions -- but I've long ago ceased caring about what Obama says in individual, isolated speeches: especially an Obama now formally in re-election mode.  As I said above, he can be expected to oppose Paul Ryan's plan and "pay lip service to some Democratic economic dogma."  If this becomes a sustained bully pulpit campaign to rhetorically sell these principles to the citizenry accompanied by real action to defend them, that will be one thing:  I'll be pleasantly surprised and will be happy to say so.  But what matters is actions and outcomes.

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    All of the internets Exalted M$M Poobahs just loooove Obama: Reaction roundup: Part II by DemFromCT over at Daily Kos  http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/04/13/966695/-Reaction-roundup:-Part-II David Frum EJ Dionne Aaron Blake Andrew Sullivan has a nice roundup of his own, including Ezra Klein, Paul Krugman,  and Jonathan Cohn Stephen Stromberg nanobot sez:  Are you kidding me?

    All of the internets Exalted M$M Poobahs just loooove Obama:

    Reaction roundup: Part II

    by DemFromCT over at Daily Kos  http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/04/13/966695/-Reaction-roundup:-Part-II

    David Frum

    EJ Dionne

    Aaron Blake

    Andrew Sullivan has a nice roundup of his own, including

    Ezra Klein, Paul Krugman,  and Jonathan Cohn

    Stephen Stromberg

    nanobot sez:  Are you kidding me?

     

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