Archive for August 2011 – Page 2

Eric Cantor was against offsetting disaster funds before he was for it


As my 72-year-old friend (now 73) @42bkdodgr said yesterday, “Rep. Cantor, start acting like a ‘mensch’ and stop being a ‘putz’”. He's asking the impossible:

Rep. Eric Cantor has proven again he doesn’t live in the real world. Following the earthquake on the east coast, where the epicenter was in Rep. Cantor’s Congressional district, he assured his constituents that Congress “will find the monies” to assist earthquake victims in his district.

Their was one caveat, that “those monies will be offset with appropriate savings or cost cutting elsewhere”. Rep. Cantor basically said the same thing regarding funds that will be needed, resulting from damages caused by hurricane Irene.

So in time of need, Rep. Cantor is willing to hold emergency disaster relief funds hostage unless cost cutting is also done.

Seems Eric Cantor is a bundle of contradictions, or as I like to call him, "Hypocridiot-O'-The-Day. Via First Read:

Now, Sam Stein at Huffington Post points out that, in 2004, Cantor actually voted against a bill that would have done exactly what he's now calling for:

"[A] bemused Democratic source notes that in October 2004, Cantor voted against an amendment to an emergency supplemental bill for disaster aid that would have "fully offset" the cost of that supplemental with "a proportional reduction of FY05 discretionary funding" elsewhere. Funding for defense, homeland security, and veterans was exempted from the proposed cuts. But the amendment, introduced by Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), would do precisely what Republican leadership is proposing to do now."

Cantor spokesman Brad Dayspring chalks it up to the ballooning national debt for the apparent change of heart.... "We are living in different times."

And Eric is living on Planet Nice Try.


The saga of invited, uninvited, reinvited, uninvited Christine O'Donnell


That caption should say, "I'm expelled."

I don't know about you, but I'm getting whiplash, or light headed, or whiplash headed, or lightlash, or.... Christine O’Donnell was invited, then uninvited, then re-invited, to an Iowa tea party event. Are we dizzy yet?

Drum roll....  She has now been re-uninvited:


According to NBC, Tea Party of America president Ken Crow said "I had to cancel O'Donnell," and is trying to lure Palin back to the event.

You see, Sarah the Wonder Mouth had called the event organizers liars. At the very least, they're tea baggers who are even more inept than what we've become accustomed to. Maybe Iowa should uninvite them.

Meanwhile, I need a Dramamine. My head is spinning.


Poll-itics: Approval of Labor Unions Steady at 52%


A new Gallup poll shows support of labor unions remains steady:

In a year of contentious negotiations between state governments and public employee unions, 52% of Americans approve of labor unions, unchanged from 2010. At the same time, Republicans and Democrats are more sharply divided in their views than they have been over the past decade.

Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Scott Walker.


Sarah Palin: Iowa tea party event organizers are liars


Via watchingelection2012

If this is how the tea baggers perform when they're in charge, why in the world does anyone still want to vote them into office?

First, Christine O'Donnell was invited, then uninvited, then re-invited, to an Iowa tea party event. I can picture it now, a GOPbagger in the Oval Office, throwing some big "do", opening the White House doors to a bevy of world leaders, then abruptly slamming the door in their faces, then making apologies, calling them back in, then wham! Slam! Closed! Locked! Psyche!

Via The Washington Independent:

A source close to Plain was even more blunt with The Wall Street Journal, saying Palin’s appearance was “no longer confirmed” and citing “continual lying” from event organizers that involved not only the O’Donnell appearance but fundraising and unapproved logistical changes. The source said there could possibly be another event scheduled in Iowa this weekend, or Palin could ultimately decide to appear at the Indianola event.

Harumph! That'll show 'em.

Mayhaps Former Half-Gov Moody McPointFinger doesn't want to share the stage with a witch.


The Definitive Guide to Bigotry in the 2012 GOP Primaries (So Far)


I’ve gotten to know someone recently, someone who I’ve posted about here before. Her name is Sally Kohn, and I suggest you keep your eyes open for her work. She’s an up-and-comer, is more and more visible on the Tee Vee Machine, is a wonderful commentator, a nice person, sharp as a tack, and should– and probably will– have her own show.

Please click over to her latest post. Here’s a tease (with permission):

You may be among the Americans who have lost faith in Obama or the Democratic Party and pondering a step to the right. Faulty as the Democrats may be, read this guide and remember that liberals still believe abolishing slavery was a good idea and that women should not be confined to the kitchen—which is not something you can say about all of the Republican contenders.

Rick Santorum, Former Senator from Pennsylvania: In 2003, then-Sen. Santorum conflated being gay with bigamy, incest and having sex with farm animals, then said, “That’s not to pick on homosexuality.” Really? [...]

Michele Bachmann, Representative from Minnesota: ... In 2006, then State Sen. Bachmann hid behind a bush to spy on a gay rights rally, crouching with her husband Marcus who runs a cure-away-the-gay reparative therapy organization of which she is “extremely proud.” [...]

Herman Cain, Former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza: ... an otherwise ridiculously under-qualified black conservative is only a contender for the Republican nod because mildly self-aware conservative voters think they can cover up their profound racial resentment ...

Rick Perry, Governor of Texas: ... Perry’s relationship with David Barton, a pseudo-historian and close ally of Glenn Beck who has argued that the California wildfires and Hurricane Katrina were “God’s punishment for tolerating gays.” [...]

Ron Paul, Representative from Texas: The libertarian member of Congress has said plainly that he would have voted against the 1964 Civil Rights Act. And a newsletter Paul published in 1992 says the Los Angeles riots only stopped when blacks went to “pick up their welfare checks.” [...]

Mitt Romney, Former Governor of Massachusetts: . In the past, Romney has used the racial epithet “tar baby” to demean government programs... Now, to prove his homophobic bona fides, he’s signed an anti-gay marriage pledge by the National Organization for Marriage.[...]

Jon Huntsman, Former Governor of Utah and Ambassador to China: Huntsman has far too few overt or even veiled racist, sexist or homophobic rants under his belt to gain popularity with today’s influential right wing voters.

Oh, and I’ve skipped Newt Gingrich, because he’s a joke even to Republicans.

There's a lot more. Please read the rest here.


President Obama to unveil new jobs plan Sept. 7; DoJ files antitrust lawsuit to block AT&T's merger with T-Mobile.


Several email alerts came my way just now:

President Obama plans to unveil his new job-creation plan in a speech to a joint session of Congress on the evening of Sept. 7, the White House has announced.

More soon at

More from CNN:

President Barack Obama has sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid requesting the opportunity to lay out his jobs plan before a joint session of Congress at 8 p.m. ET on September 7.

"It is my intention to lay out a series of bipartisan proposals that the Congress can take immediately to continue to rebuild the American economy by strengthening small businesses, helping Americans get back to work, and putting more money in the paychecks of the Middle Class and working Americans, while still reducing our deficit and getting our fiscal house in order," the president wrote. "It is our responsibility to find bipartisan solutions to help grow our economy, and if we are willing to put country before party, I am confident we can do just that."


The Justice Department filed a complaint on Wednesday to block AT&T’s proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile, a deal that would create the largest carrier in the country and reshape the industry.

The complaint, which was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, said that T-Mobile “places important competitive pressure on its three larger rivals, particularly in terms of pricing, a critically important aspect of competition.” The complaint also highlighted T-Mobile’s high speed network and its innovations in technology.

Read More:

CNN's email:

The merged companies would be the largest wireless company in the United States, combining AT&T's 95 million customers with T-Mobile's 34 million users. Along with Verizon Wireless, the merged companies would combine for more than two-thirds of the wireless market and account for 78% of the wireless industry's revenue.

"The combination of AT&T and T-Mobile would result in tens of millions of consumers all across the United States facing higher prices, fewer choices and lower quality products for mobile wireless services," the Justice Department said in its announcement.


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