Monday, January 27, 2014

Mitch McConnell: We'll Be Taking a Hostage But Don't Worry The Gun Won't Be Loaded

Fox News' Chris Wallace had on Sen. Mitch McConnell to discuss how Republicans would be planning on messing up the economy in 2014. McConnell once again brought out the old standby, taking the debt ceiling hostage:

“We ought to attach something significant for the country to [Obama's] request to increase the debt ceiling. That’s been the pattern for fifty years, going back to the Eisenhower administration. I think it’s the responsible thing to do for the country. I think he’s the one being irresponsible by saying, ‘Oh, just raise the debt ceiling. We’re not going to do anything about the debt or anything else that’s important to the country.'"

We'll ignore McConnell's comments on major items being attached to debt ceiling hikes in the past (which is true, but not remotely close to what's going on right now because prior to 2011, no one threatened to default if their demands weren't met) as well as the minor detail that destroying the global economy by defaulting would probably count as being "irresponsible", and instead highlight something else he said in the same interview just moments later:

"We're never gonna default. The Speaker and I have made that very clear, we've never done that."
And just like that McConnell admits that he won't shoot the hostage. Not the best way to go about extracting concessions from your enemies, Mitch.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Oklahoma Republicans Find Creative Solution To Keep Gay Marriage Illegal

Gotta give these guys points for innovation:

State lawmakers are considering throwing out marriage in Oklahoma. 
The idea stems from a bill filed by Rep. Mike Turner (R-Edmond). Turner says it's an attempt to keep same-sex marriage illegal in Oklahoma while satisfying the U.S. Constitution. Critics are calling it a political stunt while supporters say it's what Oklahomans want.

"[My constituents are] willing to have that discussion about whether marriage needs to be regulated by the state at all," Turner said.

Other conservative lawmakers feel the same way, according to Turner.

"Would it be realistic for the State of Oklahoma to say, ‘We're not going to do marriage period,'" asked News 9's Michael Konopasek.

"That would definitely be a realistic opportunity, and it's something that would be part of the discussion," Turner answered.

Yes, you read that right. Oklahoma conservatives are in fact, willing to make "traditional" marriage illegal if it means keeping Gay marriage illegal. Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face. These guys have turned pettiness into an art form.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Republican Candidate Calls For Obama To Be Hanged

What better way to celebrate Martin Luther King day?

Florida House District 68 candidate Joshua Black tweeted Monday that president Barack Obama should be executed by hanging for treason.

 Interestingly, the act of treason that Black wanted to execute the president for didn't have to do with Obamacare for once:

Hours after the tweet, Black defended his comment. Obama should be held responsible for ordering a drone strike that killed a U.S. citizen overseas, he said.

"He should be executed for treason," Black said. "I think the appropriate punishment is death. They killed Benedict Arnold. (Obama) shouldn't be allowed to kill Americans without a trial."
 I guess that's something.

To their credit, members of the Florida GOP rebuked Black's incendiary comments:

The tweet caught the attention of Chris Latvala, a Republican candidate for House District 67.

"You aren't seriously calling for the killing of Obama are you?" Latvala replied. "I know you are crazy but good heavens. U R an embarrassment."

Latvala added: "I make it my business when so called GOP candidates become an embarrassment to my beloved party."

Pinellas GOP Chairman Michael Guju said Black doesn't know the secret details of the drone strike. "It is impossible to accept this statement," Guju said. "This is wholly unacceptable and unduly provocative."

But alas, the re-branding effort continues.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Melissa Harris Perry Mispronounces Marines Motto, Conservatives React As You Would Expect

Man, that Melissa Harris Perry is just a lightning rod for controversy. Just a few weeks ago she came out against the idea of interracial adoption, and now she focuses her contempt at our beloved marine corps. Take it away, Mark Finkelstein at Newsbusters:

In a segment on the role of the US military during her MSNBC show this morning, Harris-Perry, quoting the Marine Corps motto, pronounced it Semper "Fee."  Marines of course pronounce it "fye".  Harris-Perry surely meant no disrespect. But it is a mark of just how detached she and so much of the liberal media is from military culture that she could make such a mistake. 

Yes, Melisssa Harris Perry, history's greatest monster, mispronounced the "Fi" in "Semper Fi", thus continuing the liberal tradition of hating the troops.

And it wasn't just Newsbusters that reported this. Breitbart, Free Republic, Biz Pac Review and other right-wing sites hopped on the outrage bandwagon as well. As is always the case, the comments provided the type of level headed criticism that you would expect from right-wingers:

"Oh, well, give them an F for eFfort. If it's not her with this blooper, then it's Obama with Marine Cprpse (Corps), or Dukakis (sp) with his tank ride and earflaps flapping. They cannot help it. They are unfamiliar with, and have no interest in our military, except to keep their sorry asses safe."
"WhyTF is this liberal hag speaking my beloved Corps' motto????"
"Melissa, you ignorant slut."

"My local cable provider’s program description lists her as a political scientist. If she’s a political scientist, I’m a rocket scientist (the pointy end goes toward the sky)."

"And to think she almost got tenure at Princeton.
Better to keep your mouth shut than to advertise your low IQ."

"I am beginning to find that when a woman wears glasses with big ugly black frames, it’s a message that says, “I’m a leftist,” and “I don’t care if this is ugly, I’m so confident that the right sort of lefty man will find me attractive even if I’m deliberately making myself ugly.”

Stay classy, guys.

For the record, it's probably worth pointing out that Semper Fi is short for Semper Fidelis, which is pronounced "fee-delis". But even if one doesn't accept this excuse because MHP used the short hand version, which has a different pronunciation, the point remains that this is quite an idiotic thing to whine about (even for conservatives).

Monday, January 13, 2014

Conservative Economist: "Trickle-down Economics Doesn't Exist Because No Conservative Ever Used That Term"

Thomas Sowell, a conservative economist wrote a piece recently offering a rather interesting defense for the concept of trickle-down economics:

While there have been all too many lies told in politics, most have some little tiny fraction of truth in them, to make them seem plausible. But the “trickle-down” lie is 100 percent lie.
It should win the contest both because of its purity — no contaminating speck of truth — and because of how many people have repeated it over the years, without any evidence being asked for or given.

Years ago, this column challenged anybody to quote any economist outside of an insane asylum who had ever advocated this “trickle-down” theory. Some readers said that somebody said that somebody else had advocated a “trickle-down” policy. But they could never name that somebody else and quote them.

Well, there you have it, folks. Apparently, because no one on the Right has used the term "trickle-down economics", that clearly means the concept itself doesn't exist. Indeed, Sowell spends a good chunk of writing space gloating about how liberal rags like the New York Times and the Washington Post have constantly trotted out the phrase, yet were never able to cite a single person who specifically used those words.

Not really the most convincing argument, in my opinion.

Sowell never gets around to actually explaining how the policies conservatives like him advocate differ from the liberal caricature. My understanding of modern day Republican economic thought was as follows:

"We need to lower the tax burden on the job creators so that they would have more money to invest in their companies, thereby eventually benefiting their employees, and thus everybody wins!"

Would any person on the Right disagree with that description? I wouldn't think so, and neither would anyone on the left. The only difference is that liberals like myself would insert "trickle-down" in there somewhere. Yes, it's pejorative, and no one on the left will deny that (that's the point, after all), but it also has the benefit of being accurate.

The closest Sowell comes to offering some actual substantial defense was by quoting some prominent leftists who all seemed to agree that at some point, high taxes would prove to be counterproductive. Of course, I'm pretty sure no one on the left disagrees with the idea that taxes at  SOME point would be too high and thus might end up harming the economy. But the bigger problem is that conservatives seem to think that taxes are ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS too high. When the economy is bad? "Let's cut taxes!" When the economy is good? "Let's cut taxes!"

It's quite remarkable how Sowell's thesis on how something doesn't exist as long as you call it something else perfectly describes the modern day conservative movement.

Friday, January 10, 2014

So Superman's A Dittohead Too?

I'm very disappointed to say I discovered today that Dean Cain, the guy who played Superman in the 90s T.V. series, Lois And Clark, is in fact, a right-winger. He was on Fox and Friends to talk about his new show about Bigfoot or the Lochness Monster or something, and he was asked to respond to the President's comments about unemployment benefits leading to job creation:

Well, I go back to the old thing: government doesn't create jobs. They just don't. That's not the government's business. They can create a climate where jobs can be created, but they don't create jobs. Every time I hear "this'll create jobs", "this'll create jobs", I just, I go deaf.

Sigh. First Hercules and now Superman. All I need is Tommy from the Power Rangers coming out and defending Phil Robertson, and the destruction of my childhood will be complete.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Mitt Romney: How Dare The Government Force People To Buy Insurance!

On Sunday, failed Republican presidential nominee, Willard Mitt Romney was invited to Chris Wallace's show...for some reason. The first topic of discussion was unsurprisingly about Obamacare, and Romney wasted no time in criticizing the program with the well thought out arguments that helped him cruise to victory in November 2012:

WALLACE: As you watch the rollout of ObamaCare from the botched website to the broken promise of "if you like your plans you can keep your plans" to all the questions of cost and coverage. Governor, what bothers you the most?
ROMNEY: Well, it's not just that the president tells people that they have to buy health insurance, it's that he tells them what health insurance they have to buy. The idea that the government knows better than the American people what kind of insurance they have to have makes no sense, that it's something which I think the American people are rejecting in large numbers. And I think it's going to hurt the president and hurt the country and a lot of families.
People don't want to be told what type of insurance they have to have.
Wow. Even for Romney, that was quite a whopper. After all, the single greatest (and probably only) accomplishment from Romney's tenure as governor was signing into law the blueprint for Obamacare. Indeed, even Chris Wallace had to politely point out to the former governor that Romneycare did in fact, do the same thing he's complaining about.

Romney tried to defend himself by moving the goal post and argued that he never supported the idea of forcing people to buy "gold-plated" health insurance plans. But of course, neither does Obama. Unless I missed some new, last minute tweak by HHS, there is nothing in Obamacare that mandates people to buy the most expensive policies on the exchanges.

A part of me missed seeing Romney's shenanigans, but on second thought, he should go slither back into obscurity.

So This Is How Curt Schilling Spends His Free Time Nowadays

It's been a good while since I last heard from my man, Curt Schilling, about the shenanigans regarding his bilking of the taxpayers in Rhode Island to the tune of $75 million. So I decided to browse his twitter feed to see if there were any updates. While I unfortunately didn't find anything about the 38 Studios fiasco, I did manage to get a consolation prize:

Yes, Schilling posted some bastardized Peanuts comic from a Facebook page called Libtards. Posting a random right-wing comic would generally be no big deal, but the fact that Schilling chose to post this particular one was interesting.

In the comic, Lucy plays the annoying liberal criticizing conservatives for being gun toting, racist, homophobic, sexist, religious fanatics. Admittedly pretty strong accusations. Linus, who plays the plucky, freedom loving Republican, cleverly responds by pointing out that liberals like Lucy seem to have no problem defending Muslims who seem to believe in the same things that Republicans do, thus proving that she (and by extension, all liberals) are hypocrites. HAHA, OWNED!

But while the point of the comic may have been to highlight the supposed hypocrisy of the left, what I found particularly amusing was the unintentional point it made. After hearing Lucy's accusations, you would think the proper response from Linus would be to dispute said accusations. But he doesn't do that. Instead, he basically admits that Lucy was correct with her indictments, but hey, the MUSLINS are guilty of the same things! In other words, his defense is that the MUSLINS are just as bad as they are!

This of course, once again demonstrates why Right-wingers should not be in the business of doing comics.