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Bachmann's Obama jihad
by Kevin_Foley
March 26, 2013 10:27 AM | 1600 views | 20 20 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Rep. Michelle Bachmann, a short-lived Republican presidential candidate last year, barely survived re-election in November. She won by just 4,000 votes in a heavily Republican Minnesota district and her Democratic opponent is thinking of running against her again in 2014.

 

With her stock dropping, Bachmann is desperate.

 

First, she offered legislation to repeal Obamacare, "the law of the land," according to House Speaker John Boehner. That fizzled, so at CPAC she charged the president with living a lavish life style on the taxpayer dime.

 

He has Air Force One chefs, a dog walker, and all the other presidential perks, she huffed.

 

That won her a few minutes of TV news time but it's not the first such attack on Obama. The far right has characterized Obama as lazy and inclined to party with black celebrities and hip hop artists before, so livin' large on the public buck fits the stereotype Bachmann is pushing.

 

It's more jive from a conservative politician with little to show for her years in congress and nothing much to offer today. When confronted by a CNN reporter about her dog walker remarks, Bachmann ran like the wind from the microphone.

 

By the way, I'm fine with Bachmann blowing the racial dog whistle.

 

Let Michelle run her silly mouth. Let her chase away more minorities from the GOP. Let Bachmann continue to damage the conservative brand even more than she has, and more power to her.

 

But even Fox News is getting fed up with her. Primetime blowhard Bill O'Reilly took Bachmann to task last week.

 

“Every other president in history has lived in comfort," Billo opined, "and it looks like President Bush the younger had a bigger White House budget than Barack Obama does. This is a trivial pursuit and Michele Bachmann made a mistake pursuing it.”

 

Well, Bill, Bachmann is pretty trivial, so what do you expect?

 
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CobbCoGuy
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April 18, 2013
And therein lies the beauty of free markets.

Instead of a Gubmint bureaucrat determining, based on sketchy Gubmint statistics, what constitutes a "small" risk, the insured decides for himself and buys the policy with the deductibles best suited for his situation.

For those who are truly destitute and/or have very high risk health issues, states could create a high-risk (or assigned risk) pool, not unlike what's available in the auto insurance market.

Of course, careful thought would be required to come up with good workable definitions of "destitute" and/or "high risk."

See, conservatives do belive in safety nets. It's just that we don't want the safety net to become a backyard "hammock." Know what I mean?

Emigre Ivutin needs a political education
by Kevin_Foley
March 18, 2013 01:33 PM | 1310 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
While I admire Oleg Ivutin's entreneurship, he has a lot to learn about America as evidenced by his recent interview with Jon Gillooly of the MDJ.
 
The Russian-American has, without a doubt, demonstrated he's made of the strong stuff immigrants bring to the country. He's worked hard, built businesses and showed that the American dream is alive and well.
 
What Mr. Ivutin doesn't understand is that America is unique in the world, that we afford the blessings of success on those who earn them, but as part of the social contract, we help those who need it.
 
"Many Americans have a skewed understanding of what capitalism and communism are, Ivutin believes," according to Gillooley's article. “A lot of Americans think China is communist and America is capitalist. But when you go to China, you realize that it’s vice versa. In China, if you don’t work, you don’t eat...There is so much more socialism here than I’ve seen in the Soviet Union.”
 
I've been to China. It's an abysmal place where I saw a tiny number of connected people doing extraordinarily well because they play pussyfoot with the anti-democratic military thugs that run the country. There is a small number of what we would call middle class. Then there are hundreds of millions of people living hand to mouth. The poor are everywhere you look and, Ivutin is right, if you can't work, you starve. I saw starving people in the streets of Beijing.
 
The Chinese government doesn't care about worker's rights or safety, the environment, human rights, or basic economic fairness. It only cares that its leaders are enriched and that everyone else stays in their place. When they don't, you get atrocities like

Tiananmen Square or "re-education camps."

Is this the tea party vision for America? They want a country that looks like China?

I don't doubt Ivutin's sincerity, born of a tough life in a regime that had no regard for the individual. But that's not to say we should forget the individual. People matter in America. We give them a hand up here, we don't leave them behind. That's why we have wildly popular "socialist" programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
 
It's offensive for Mr. Ivutin to make cracks about "400 pound" people who don't work, playing into a cheap stereotype of unemployed Americans - and I'm pretty sure we all know who he's alluding to. His party wrecked the economy and put a lot of those people on the street.
 
Mr. Ivutin's poor understanding of politics in America is reflected by this comment:

“I didn’t trust the guy (Mitt Romney), and I wanted us to win the election,” he said. “Romney was the weakest candidate we could produce. Whether it was Herman Cain, whether it was Ron Paul, we would have won the election with this economy.”

No, sorry. It wasn't the package. It was the product. Americans emphatically rejected the stuff Republicans were pushing.

"I believe that the more laws we pass, the less freedoms we have, because every single law that they pass, they take away more freedom," says Ivutin "If they would concentrate on getting rid of a lot of laws, they would do a lot more good for us.”
 
So we shouldn't have speed limits? We should just led corporations pollute the sky and water? We don't need to have our food and medicines inspected?
 
Thankfully, America is a nation of laws.
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The people spoke, Ryan doesn't care
by Kevin_Foley
March 12, 2013 04:59 PM | 1331 views | 15 15 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Eddie Munster seems to believe the 2012 election, in which he and his running mate were decisively trounced, never happened.
 
In an Electoral College landslide, Americans rejected Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and all their little ideas. A big part of what they said no to was the celebrated Ryan budget, which Mitt characterized as "marvelous" when he brought the young congressman onto his ticket.
 
Upon further review, however, the public came to understand Ryan's budget would eviscerate the social safety net while sparing the wealthiest Americans any sacrifices at all.
 
But that was four months ago. We're moving on, right? Wrong.
 
Ryan unveiled his so-called "Pathway to Prosperity" budget today and it's nearly identical to the one voters nixed. It will cut spending by $4.6 trillion through 2023 by killing or maiming most everything Obama has been able to do since taking office in 2009.
 
You have to admire Ryan's arrogance. He represents Wisconsin's 1st District, a blighted Rust Belt backwater, but thinks he's Master of the Universe.
 
Ryan lunched with the president last week as part of Obama's charm offensive with select members of congress and reportedly the two had a productive meeting.
But now Ryan is behaving like he's the one in the White House and it's Obama with his cap in hand. Ryan says it's about time for Obama to stop "campaigning" and come over to his way of thinking.
 
Then Ryan, who fancies himself presidential material in 2016, started campaigning. "People do not find happiness in grim isolation or by government fiat," he opined. "They find it through friendship — through free, vibrant exchange with the people around them. They find it through achievement. They find it in their families and neighborhoods, their places of worship and youth groups. They find it in a healthy mix of self-fulfillment and belonging.”
 
How would Ryan know any of this? He's been inside the Beltway since before he graduated college 20 years ago, feeding at the public trough and producing budgets his fat cat benefactors call marvelous.
 
What Ryan's budget does do is eliminate Obamacare, which even House Speaker John Boehner calls the law of the land. So that's D.O.A.
 
Medicaid would lose almost a trillion dollars. Food stamps and agricultural subsidies would be cut by $31 billion. Pell grants would be chopped. Ryan was forced to back off his threats to voucherize Medicare. He'd prefer you shop for health insurance with your $6,000 government voucher when you're 88 years old, but that'll have to wait.
 
No mention anywhere of closing tax loopholes for wealthy Americans or big corporations, so those deductions for private jets are safe if Ryan gets his way.
 
Fortunately, his budget proposal is as meaningless as Ryan's presidential ambitions.
 
The tax increases Obama wrested from Republicans in January along with sequestration cuts are already putting a dent in the deficit. The Senate will present its budget next week, one that's sure to be in line with what the majority of Americans think is reasonable.
 
There are even signs that some Republicans in the House have begun growing backbones, sick of the self-serving games guys like Ryan are playing. Chances are good a true bipartisan budget could be forged, one that continues to reduce the deficit without putting the entire burden on the poor, elderly and middle class.
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Lib in Cobb
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March 19, 2013
@Marie: Being prepared for any debate is always a good idea. Reading from what is written is not out of the ordinary to emphasize any point, it is permitted in every debate I have witnessed. Reading the text of let's say a newly minted law, ensures accuracy.

Accuracy is not something you are familiar with.

DHS to launch offensive on America...not
by Kevin_Foley
March 06, 2013 10:07 AM | 2323 views | 23 23 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
At my recent gun safety debate with former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr, we took questions from the audience. I was asked by a guy to explain why the government had purchased 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition.

I said I was unaware of such a claim and added that I had no idea if it was true.

Well, it turns out it is true. The Department of Homeland Security purchased the ammo, but not to be used against American citizens as my questioner was clearly suggesting.

The bullets are intended for the 90 federal agencies and their 70,000 agents and officers the DHS oversees

Organized by the Bush administration in the wake of 9-11, DHS is responsible for U.S. Customs, ICE, the Coast Guard, the National Law Enforcement Training Center and so on.

Such a bulk buy of ammo for training and use in the field to save taxpayer dollars makes perfect sense...except to the black helicopter watchers, who rushed to ascribe all sorts of nefarious motives to the DHS purchase.

So it was the other night Lou Dobbs, who has successfully transitioned from respected business journalist to a monger of nutty conspiracy theories, played to this delusional paranoia by declaring on his Fox Business show that, along with all the ammo, the DHS had also bought "2,700 light armored vehicles."

Let's see: 1.6 billion rounds of ammo plus 2,700 light armored vehicles must equal Obama tyranny!

Dobbs then asked his guest, the NRA's Wayne LaPierre (of all people), "What in the world is going on at the Homeland Department -- the Department of Homeland Security seems to be arming up and the administration is trying to disarm American citizens?"

Except the Obama administration isn't "trying to disarm American citizens" and there is no evidence to suggest it is.

And the DHS didn't buy the light armored vehicles. The U.S. Marine Corps did.

Dobb's bogus information, like so much of what Fox News reports, came from a discredited blogger famous for making sh...I mean stuff up, the Gateway Pundit.

There are many other such hacks and they're a rich source of unsubstantiated and slanted "facts" for right wing media outlets and tin foil hat wearers.

It's a sad but routine formula for Fox News hosts and other such pundits in today's instant news cycle: Grab something, anything, that will affirm the viewers' or listeners' prejudices, dispense with fact-checking, present it as authentic, bounce it around with a kooky guest like LaPierre or Orly Taitz or Victoria Jackson, and then move on, the damage done.

It's also irresponsible and unprofessional, as Mr. Dobbs well knows.

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Kevin Foley
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March 14, 2013
@ Nettie Stemm - Spare me your righteous indignation. My M.O. is different from Press', who must play nice because he's a Beltway insider who won't get invited to the better DC cocktail parties if he's not.

When people like Rand Paul or the other tea party hack Ted Cruz make a mockery of the U.S. Senate, they deserve nothing less than disdain, which I am all too happy to heap on them.

So don't get your hackles up because I push back on these people. They richly deserve it. And, BTW, "nutcake" is very tame compared to some of the names I've been called.

CPAC reprises clown show
by Kevin_Foley
February 27, 2013 02:12 PM | 1501 views | 24 24 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is a conservative heretic. His sin? Appearing with President Obama in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy as the two inspected the widespread destruction along the Jersey shore.

 

This is the same Christie who, just a few months earlier, was the toast of the GOP, hailed as one of its leading lights, a man who could help conservatives win back the White House.

 

"EXCLUSIVE: Chris Christie to Headline CPAC Chicago in June,"  the conservative Townhall web site breathlessly announced last spring.

 

But this year, Christie hasn't and probably won't be invited by the American Conservative Union to its national confab in Washington. Optics like those of last fall, a Democratic president and a Republican governor putting aside political differences to confront a huge natural disaster, can mean only excommunication from the conservative movement for Chris Christie.

 

Compromisers need not apply.

 

Instead, in the center ring, CPAC will present the very same people who helped Republicans lose the 2012 presidential election, starting with Mitt Romney.

Newt Gingrich, Michelle Bachmann, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Paul Ryan, and the man who put the clown show together, GOP Chairman Reince Priebus, will all be speaking.  

 

The CPAC sideshow will include failed vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, unhinged Obama conspiracy theorist Wayne LaPierre, and one-term Florida representative Allen West.

 

“As we extend our second round of invitations to these conservative leaders, it is easy to see why CPAC 2013 is shaping up to be one the best conferences yet,” said ACU Chairman Al Cardenas.

 

If you say so, Al.

 

Meantime, Christie's snub by the ACU is the perfect prism through which to view today's American conservative movement. When you lose an election, you should become introspective and examine and question what it was the voters rejected. You should look in the mirror and see what the voters saw: anger, intolerance and intransigence. You should consider modifying or moderating past positions.

 

Not this crowd. They believe you do the same thing over again and, this time, expect a different result. So Christie is out. Romney is in.

 

Good luck with that.
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CobbCoGuy
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March 08, 2013
If you have information about something Carson said, or wrote, or did, please share. Maybe I'll join you in your disdain for the man.

Verbal, written - good call. You got me.

Ill-informed opinion vs. inconvenient facts
by Kevin_Foley
February 20, 2013 03:30 PM | 1326 views | 5 5 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
I notice a lot of far right reactionary types fail to comprehend when they read my columns. This is a trait common to the breed; when the thesis presents arguments supported by evidence they don't like, they "react", disregarding the evidence and lashing out at the thesis.

 

Comes Pete Borden, an aforementioned far right reactionary, with his latest assault on another one of my columns (Friday's is sure to commence Pete's blood to boiling), this time on my essay concerning the failure of the Republican-led House of Representatives to pass re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act.

 

"In Kevin Foley’s column of last Friday, the 15th, entitled 'Women second class citizens in GOP’s world', he used scare tactics intended to frighten women."

 

Well, Pete, women should be scared if the tools to protect them from domestic violence no longer exist. Somebody has to warn them.

 

Pete: "The 1994 version of the VAWA did very little to address the problem, which is a real threat to women."

 

National Association of Attorneys General: "Since its passage in 1994, VAWA transformed the response to domestic violence at the local, state and federal level, reducing domestic violence rates by 50 percent."

 

Pete: "Of course, what Mr. Foley fails to mention is that the program is still in effect, so nobody is in danger yet."

 

17 House Republicans: “Now is the time to seek bipartisan compromise on the reauthorization (Pete does not understand that reauthorization means VAWA was allowed to expire so it's not "in effect").

 

Pete: "What he also failed to mention is that the GOP controlled House passed its own bill eliminating the changes made by the Senate. The Senate has not approved  that bill (Pete doesn't understand that the Senate doesn't "approve" House bills. It reconciles House bills with Senate bills and vice versa. The House bill excluded protections for same-sex couples and battered undocumented immigrants - Pete also doesn't understand that "illegal alien" is considered a racial slur by many Hispanics and Latinos).

 

Foley column: "This week, Republicans in the Senate helped pass a VAWA bill, 78-22 with all 20 women senators (Republicans) voting for the bill. The legislation adds protections for gays, lesbians and immigrants."

 

So, what we have here is ill-informed opinion clashing with inconvenient facts. Thanks for playing, Pete.
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Lib in Cobb
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February 21, 2013
@DA: I will disagree with you Kevin is very factual. When discussing anything with you or Borden, an ill-formed opinion is expected.

Pebble Beach "salutes" military, showcases economic disparity
by Kevin_Foley
February 11, 2013 03:15 PM | 1417 views | 11 11 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Over-the-top patriotic demonstrations at sporting events reached a new low this weekend, when servicemen and women were on exhibit at Pebble Beach during the PGA tour stop there.

There was something vaguely obscene about watching an enlisted person earning a little more than the poverty level standing at attention while a bunch of rich kids played golf for a $6.5 million purse.

We're supposed to feel humbled by these young people who "protect our freedom" on the sunny shores of the Monterrey Bay, where some of the nation's wealthiest 1 percent enjoy undisturbed splendor in their heavily guarded and gated enclaves.

We're supposed to pay homage to the sacrifice and dedication of those service personnel while, at the same time, we watch people named named Brandt, Keegan and Tag smack a little white ball around for the entertainment of corporate swells ensconced in their hospitality pavilions swilling fine wine while whining about paying a few percentage points more on their income taxes.

We all know how these guys really feel.

Mitt Romney gave voice to their disdain of the 47% who don't pay taxes. That number includes, by the way, most of the same enlisted men and women they were "honoring" at Pebble Beach.

As long as he breathes, CBS seems determined to trot out the doddering Clint Eastwood as the face of the tournament, who eclipsed his performance as the Man With No Name with his shamefully embarrassing Obama chair-talking shtick during the Republican National Convention last summer.

Like Romney, Clint evidently has it in for the president and those working poor and disabled folks who don't make enough to pay income taxes, let alone afford the price of admission to cruise 17 Mile Drive through Pebble Beach.

I wonder how those enlisted men and women felt about being used as props by a giant TV network making a pile of advertising dollars, or if the sad irony ever occurred to any of them.

Maybe they should have asked for a slice of that CBS pie, but that's not how it works in Carmel, where such uniformed folk are perceived the same way the gardener or delivery man are regarded, hired help to be seen but not heard.

Those servicemen and women, you see, have an important role to play in the CBS show when the camera cuts away and we see them, naively unaware of being exploited, shaking hands with a series of millionaire golf pros who were instructed to recognize them, look grateful, and then move on to the next tee. Thus, the PGA, CBS and the viewer all bask in the reflected glow of their selflessness and heroism. Meantime, their commanding officers and entourages enjoy free admission to the shindig.

Ostentatious military displays have become de rigueur at televised sporting events. We used to sing the Star Spangled Banner and let it go at that.

Now, we must have fighter jet fly overs, American flags the size of the field, the singing of God Bless America at half time, and, of course, soldiers, sailors and marines in uniform to remind us that "freedom isn't free," never mind that all the jingoistic showboating renders real patriotism cheap and real courage meaningless.

But the offensive travesty at Pebble Beach gets first prize for its naked hypocrisy not to mention its showcasing of the symbolic economic wall between the have mores and have almost nothings.

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Lib in Cobb
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February 15, 2013
@DA: In order to have an opinion, one need not serve in the military. My brother served in the military and he doesn't have the sense to have a opinion. Others have served in the military because no one else wanted them. What's your excuse DA? You have mentioned your military service a number of times and not once did I ever feel that we were safer because of it.


Senate endorsement: Dr. Paul Broun
by Kevin_Foley
February 08, 2013 12:36 PM | 1185 views | 7 7 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

I love Paul Broun. I dearly hope he wins the Republican senate primary in 2014. I'll even vote for him because there are very few politicians in these parts who could make Phil Gingrey and Tom Price look positively moderate.

Tea partier Broun is a conservative.
No, wait, Broun is beyond conservative. He's an extremist.
But that doesn't quite cover it either. Broun can be described at the rarest of breeds, an extreme reactionary, so far out on the right wing fringes, not even Karl Rove can stomach him. In fact, Rove's Conservative Victory Project is promising to smother candidates like Broun in the crib before they get a chance to run.
Broun says science is Satan's work even though he practices a profession firmly rooted in the physical sciences like molecular biology and physiology. At least I think he does. Fortunately, I'm not a patient of his so I won't have to find out if he's bleeding the sick with leeches.
If Broun were running for pope in the 13th century, he'd have a very good chance of winning. In 2014, as a United States Senate candidate out of the benighted corner of Georgia from which he hails, he will probably even attract votes from the snake handlers, tongue speakers and willfully ignorant in those parts.
But as a statewide candidate, even in Georgia, his views will likely be judged, well, a teency bit too radical.

"God's word is true," said Dr. Broun. "I've come to understand that. All that stuff I was taught (at the University of Georgia and Georgia Health Sciences University) about evolution and embryology and the big bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of hell. It's lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior."

House Speaker John Boehner certainly liked what he heard because he appointed Broun to - of all things - the House Science Committee, where he will help oversee the nation's policies on things like global warming, green energy, the environment, DNA research, and space exploration.
Yes, I know, it seems like an awkward fit.
"You see," Broun told a religious group, "there are a lot of scientific data that I've found out as a scientist that actually show that this is really a young Earth. I don't believe that the earth's but about 9,000 years old. I believe it was created in six days as we know them. That's what the Bible says."
Serious scientists like physicists and geologists beg to differ, but they pretty much all agree the mountains of research they've collected over the last century or so proves the earth is actually 4.5 billion years old.
They also believe Darwin's theory, while a theory, is far more conclusive then evidence on which Broun is relying.
The big bang theory? Who knows? The Lord acts in mysterious ways.
“In order for (a Democratic victory) to occur, you have to get a decent candidate on the Dem side," Democratic strategist Stefan Turkheimer told Real Clear Politics. "But you also have to get someone coming out of the Flat Earth Society...on the Republican side, who’s seen nationally as being ridiculous.”
Stand up and take a bow, Dr. Broun.
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drunkin sailor
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February 12, 2013
Obama can provide food stamps for 47 million people and spend 2.2 billion dollars on Obamaphones, free phones for the 47 percent, but can't save our combat veteran's health care coverage?

There's some research for you all.

First Beck, then Boortz, now Palin
by Kevin_Foley
January 31, 2013 08:20 AM | 1624 views | 13 13 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Sarah Palin, the far right's darling, lost her soap box last week after Fox News let her contract expire.
 
It was a great ride while it lasted for the half-term Alaska governor, who was chosen by John "Country First" McCain as his running mate when the senator ran for president in 2008. It looked like a bold game changer at the time but it ended up backfiring on McCain. Big time.
 
Rather than attracting tens of millions of evangelical and women voters to the ticket, Palin almost single handedly destroyed McCain's presidential campaign, revealing on the trail her utter ignorance of important issues of the day and her contempt for serious reporters who refused to toss the would-be Veep softball questions.
 
When memorably asked by Charlie Rose to discuss the controversial Bush Doctrine, covered extensively by Fox and every other major news media outlets, Palin had no clue what the newsman was talking about.
 
Fortunately, Palin could rely on Fox News and others in the right wing media to prop her up through one public catastrophe after the next while she whined incessantly about those bad people in the "lamestream" media asking her "gotcha" questions.
 
Palin was a huge embarrassment, a monumental mistake, but the conservative and even some mainstream media continued to cover for her, spinning Palin as a maverick hockey mom who would cut through the Washington B.S. if she became vice president.
 
Thankfully she didn't.
 
The notion of a vapid, empty headed dolt anywhere near the nuclear codes was scary enough when W was president. That someone like Sarah Palin could have been just a heartbeat away from them was truly terrifying.
 
After McCain's failed bid, Fox News' boss Roger Ailes rushed to sign Palin to a big contract and put a camera in her Wasilla, Alaska home, where she could opine about the events of the day with incisive wisdom like "Nancy Pelosi is a dingbat" and, President Obama is surrounded by "Chicago thugs."
 
As Republican journalist David Frum noted after Barack Obama's decisive 2012 re-election victory, Palin was part of the "conservative entertainment complex" that wrecked Mitt Romney's chances, driving moderates, young voters, women, Hispanics and Latinos, gays, and African-Americans away.
 
Palin did her part, mouthing racist gems like, "President Obama’s shuck and jive shtick with these Benghazi lies must end."
 
Ailes must have gotten the message because he finally let Palin go. For her part, Sarah now says "conservatism didn't lose" in 2012 and that she no longer wishes to preach "to the choir." Instead, she promises to "shake up the GOP machine" in the months ahead.
 
I'm sure Republicans can't wait.
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Lib in Cobb
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February 03, 2013
@DA: I think you are too sensitive. The conservative movement needs the criticism, Bobby Jindal has explained why, ie, "Stupid Party". Without criticism, there can be no improvement, perhaps over the next 12 years the GOP will change enough not to be so insignificant on the presidential stage. The GOP decided to elect a tired old man with tired old ideas as their presidential candidate in 2008. That candidate then compounded the already failing campaign by picking Sarah Palin as his running dope. Just a brilliant move. In 2012 the best the GOP could do was Mittens and another toxic running mate. You don't see the need for criticism? OK, stay where you are and don't change at all.

Why gun nuts are deluded
by Kevin_Foley
January 22, 2013 02:57 PM | 1274 views | 8 8 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Pete Borden and other MDJ bloggers and columnists insist the government is coming to take their guns. This is a National Rifle Association-pushed paranoid fantasy and it's not new.
 
Every time the conversation turns to sensible gun safety legislation, as it has in the wake to the Netwon massacre, the NRA trots out its minions to flog the phony "gun freedom" line.
 
NRA board member and aging rock star Ted Nugent is the latest surrogate to mouth off. He's threatening armed insurrection, although as we'll soon see, Nugent has no appetite for real combat.
 
"I'm part of a very great experiment in self-government," proclaimed the self-enamoured gun slinger at a recent convention, "where we the people determine our own pursuit of happiness and our own individual freedom and liberty not to be confused with the Barack Obama gang who believes in we the sheeple and actually is attempting to re-implement the tyranny of King George that we escaped from in 1776. And if you want another Concord Bridge, I got some buddies."
 
And I've got the bus that will transport Nugent and his pals to Concord Bridge if they really want to face off against our armed forces. Maybe Nugent can do a show before the shooting starts. I'd pay to see the concert and the gunplay.
 
The Nuge, speaking for the NRA's Wayne LaPierre, has made no secret of his organization's contempt for Brack Obama, blaming the president for every evil imaginable.
 
"But here is what is wrong with America today," Nugent goes on. "We have a president, and everybody better write this down, and memorize this. The president of the United States goes to the Vietnam Memorial Wall and pretends to honor 58,000 American heroes who died fighting communism and then he hires, appoints and associates with communists. He pretends to pay honor to men who died fighting communism, and then he hangs out with, hires and appoints communists. He is an evil dangerous man who hates America and hates freedom. And we need to fix this as soon as possible."
 
Ah, Vietnam is it? Let's see, Nugent is of an age that he would have been drafted and likely had his opportunity to play Rambo in Vietnam.
 
But alas, this tough guy pooped his pants and generally abstained from all personal hygiene for more than a month before showing up at his draft board, where he was promptly rejected for service. Nugent nevertheless has the temerity to refer to America's real fighting men as his "borthers in arms."
 
This is the same punk who said at the NRA's annual meeting that he would be "dead or in jail" if President Obama was reelected to a second term, earning him the attention of the Secret Service.
 
Nugent backed down, of course, and probably pooped his pants again when the Service knocked on his door.
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Lib in Cobb
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January 27, 2013
@DA: It seems proof reading is a very difficult function for you when frothing at the mouth.

I love watching "Wing Nuts" losing control.

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Kevin Foley is a 1979 graduate of the University of Connecticut and a former newspaper reporter. In 1981, he began his 30-year career in public relations, working in account management for Burson-Marsteller and Ketchum, two international PR firms. In 1986, he launched KEF Media in Chicago, a firm specializing in broadcast and Internet public relations. He moved the company to Atlanta in 1993. His career has taken him around the world and to every major city in America. Along the way he has worked with celebrities and public figures like Hank Aaron, Jane Seymour, Bob Dole, Nolan Ryan and Ryan Seacrest. Kevin went into semi-retirement in 2009 to pursue his long delayed writing career. In 2008 he published his first novel, "Where Law Ends," and has three other novels in various stages of completion. Kevin serves on the board of directors at Pinetree Country Club where enjoys golf and tennis. He and his wife Susie live in Kennesaw. The couple has two grown children.

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