Thursday, September 26, 2013

Tea Party Senator, Mike Lee (R-UT) Implicitly Says It's Okay To Be a Health Care Moocher

So CNN did its obligatory bi-weekly quota of legitimately good journalism yesterday. Jake Tapper, host of The Lead (a show that I had no idea even existed until yesterday) interviewed Ted Cruz's main lieutenant in the fight against Obamacare, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT). Tapper did a pretty good job holding Lee's feet to the fire, but the best moment came towards the end. Tapper asked Lee a very simple, straightforward question, that isn't asked nearly enough as it should be: “When did Republicans start saying, ‘That’s okay, you can freeload?’”



Just to quickly review, Tapper was referring to the Republican Party's post-2009 position of being against the individual mandate. See, when people who don't have insurance go to the emergency room, people who DO have insurance generally wind up picking up the tab in the form of higher insurance premiums. This was the original rationale for the idea of the individual mandate created by the ultra right-wing think tank, The Heritage Foundation, which was enacted by the most recent Republican presidential nominee before he was informed that it was a Godless, socialist atrocity.

Lee provided an extremely pathetic defense by saying: "I don’t think that’s a fair characterization of the Republican position on this at all", without ever bothering to address how that wasn't the case (damn you, followup questions!). Lee never wound up explaining how any Republican alternative to Obamacre would address this problem.

I always enjoy seeing right-wingers confronted with this question since it's always, always, always hilarious to see them try and square their hatred with the moocher class with their hatred of Obamacare. I mean, it wasn't too long ago that we had an election where one of the main themes was the Republican party's hatred of freeloaders that apparently made up roughly half the country. But when it comes to Obamacare, suddenly the 47% aren't really as vile and contemptible as they used to be.

Dear liberal media, bring this up more often, please!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Yes, Thanks To Michelle Obama, Conservatives Have Now Become Anti-WATER

If nothing else, you should give these people credit for constantly exceeding expectations:


Last night, Bill Maher made a joke that may have just become reality. During a discussion about the GOP’stendency to “blacktrack” (Maher’s term) on long-held positions just because President Obama happens to agree with them, the host suggested that the White House may be testing Republicans with First LadyMichelle Obama’s new public health campaign.
“I saw in the news that Michelle Obama has a new program,” Maher said. “You know she tried to get kids to eat better and Republicans were against that. And now she wants people to hydrate more, I’m not kidding, she says ‘Drink more water.’ I think this is a test to see if the Republicans will come out against water. That’s not water, that’s socialism juice!”



The riff got a huge laugh for Maher’s liberal audience, and also from his one conservative guest, former RNC chairman Michael Steele. The idea that anyone could criticize Michelle Obama for promoting hydration is preposterous, right? Well…


….

Some conservatives have been quick to jump on Michelle Obama for her “scientific” claims, pointing to a POLITICO story that quotes experts who claim there are discernible benefits from drinking one extra glass of water a day. Rush Limbaugh called it “just more command-and-control” from the Obama White House. The Washington Times went after the “the nation’s most prominent anti-obesity crusader” for misleading the public. And the Washington Free Beacon blasted the headline, “Michelle Obama’s Drink More Water Campaign Based on Faulty Science.”


The only thing I'll add here is that I hope the First Lady also happens to have a pro-breathing initiative in the works.

Update:

Okay, I've been getting a lot of responses from conservatives saying that I'm stupid because Rush and his ilk aren't literally telling other conservatives not to drink water. Rather, they're simply complaining that this is yet another instance of the Obamas' dictatorial overreach (note to everyone following along: this is supposed to be their defense).

First off, all you right-wingers can settle down. No one ever claimed that El Rushbo said that he was going to boycott all forms of H2O from now on (the title was intentionally exaggerated, even if was, ever so slightly). Hell, if Rush ever did claim such a thing, there wouldn't be nearly as short a blog post as there was. Instead it'd be plastered with celebratory gifs of Barack and Michelle laughing all over.

No, kiddies. The point about the whole "anti-water" thing was that we had yet another instance where the First Lady attempts to offer an utterly innocuous suggestion (in this case: drink more water) which once again resulted in you idiots collectively losing your shit.

Did I mention that this was a suggestion? Not a bill being contemplated by congress. Not an executive order that Obama secretly signed while everyone was busy watching the most recent episode of Honey Boo Boo. Not anything that would be enforceable in any way. Just a fucking SUGGESTION.

But no, even something like that is a step too far, and results in "MY FREEDUMZ" being infringed upon.

And that kids, was the original point of this post. So you guys can take solace in the fact that the actual complaint from Limbaugh and his minions was only slightly less idiotic than the misinterpreted one that you guys picked up.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Well, I'm Totally Shocked At This...

Well, look it what we got here! Today, I came across something that I'm sure will no doubt, shock everyone.

Teaparty.org posted a piece about how Chairman ObaMAO continues to defile the office of the presidency, by daring to put his feet on the presidential desk! As tragicomedic as this latest complaint was, I found that there was something interesting about this particular post.

See, whoever posted this referred to a link from Glenn Beck's site, The Blaze. As it turns out, the Teaparty.org post curiously left out some key elements from the original link. Notably, pictures of previous presidents, previous REPUBLICAN presidents, doing the exact same thing:


And this:






...and this:



...as well as President Kennedy clearly showing a similar level of disrespect:



And yet, for some strange, inexplicable reason, Teaparty.org doesn't seem to show those images. Almost as if they didn't want their idiot target audience to see something that would undercut the thing they were bitching about.

Kudos to Dave Urbankski for at least attempting to play fair.

Meet The Newest Right-Wing Scandal: PRONOUN-GATE

Have you guys heard of the latest, hip, new scandal that all the conservative kids are hyping up nowadays? Allow me to introduce you guys to Pronoun-gate:

On August 30, President Obama informed the American public that the U.S. military is at his personal disposal. And today at the G20 summit, Obama reiterated to the world that all our American armed forces are belong to him.

And look that. The writer even managed to include a reference to them vidya games (probably the last one he played, in fact).

Yes, it seems Republican land is pissed off that the dirty Kenyan socialist dared to refer to the military as "his". Never mind that whole "commander-in-chief" thing. Here's a few outraged tweets (click here if the pic below doesn't embiggen properly):



That tweet by the Wall Street Journal's, James Taranto, in particular, caught my eye. "The world's military"? Guh?

Anyway, I wish that conservatives would spread out their scandals in a longer period of time. I mean, we just had desk-defilement-gate a few days ago!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Republican Congressman On Obama's Citizenship: "No Comment"

Chris Matthews invited Republican congressman Ted Yoho (R-FL) to offer his opinion on Syria for some reason. But it wasn't his commentary on Syria that was noteworthy:


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For those of you that can't watch the clip, here's the gist of it:

-Yoho doesn't support the idea of intervention in Syria, and his rationale is so anti-conservative (he says we should attempt "diplomacy" and even getting approval from the U.N!!!) that it leads Matthews to ask Yoho if he questions Obama's legitimacy as commander-in-chief.
-Yoho claims he doesn't question Obama's legitimacy, and even attempts to brag about how he ignored the birther crap spewed by his constituents during his town halls, even though he said he would support the idea of birther legislation, during those very same town halls.
-This in turn, Matthews to ask the follow up question: "So you accept the fact that he was born American?"
-To which, Yoho responded with a stupid chuckle, followed by saying "No comment."
-This, of course, led Matthews to believe that Yoho didn't think Obama was legitimate after all, to which, Yoho responded that that wasn't what he meant, only to confirm mere seconds later that yes, that was in fact, what he meant.
-Yoho then finishes off the segment in astounding fashion by refusing to confirm whether he was in fact, a birther himself.


Your Republican congress, ladies and gentlemen.


Oh, and for those of you unfamiliar with the congressman, he's the same nimrod who claimed that Obamacare's tanning tax was racist against White people.

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