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GOP: the unemployed are insignificant “small amount of people”

By: David Phillips
Las Vegas Democrat Examiner 

Why are so many republicans so quick to kick a man or women whose down on their luck because they lost their job? Why do so many republicans find it so easy to target this group by continuously voting against Job Bills and unemployment extension?

Maybe its because demographically the unemployed voter block is small. Maybe that’s why Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) in an interview with The Hill yesterday classified the unemployed as being “the relatively small amount of people who will be affected by this delay”, referring to the current $9 billion unemployment extension that he has so proudly said he will block along with all future unemployment extensions because he wants it to be paid for with money from the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP), the $700 Billion that former President Bush used for bailouts for Wall St.

Senator Coburn said, “The easiest thing in the world is to pass this bill unpaid for, but consider the millions of Americans whose financial futures would be damaged, versus the relatively small amount of people who will be affected by this delay," Coburn went on to say, "Now you tell me which vote takes the most courage.”

No Senator, now you tell me which voter needs your help, not your so-called courage. You and your Party show NO courage when you vote No on everything, what you do show is your disloyalty to our nation by putting your Party first.

According to Coburn the “financial futures” of Americans will be in jeopardy if another $9 billion is spent on an extension, and the money will only affect an insignificant and “relatively small amount of people” or in GOP political speak, a small block of voters who will most likely not vote.

Senator Tom Coburn’s actions will cause at least 200,000 Americans to have their benefits “interrupted” this week. Coburn’s fellow republicans have also said they support his action. Surprise, surprise.

Why else would republicans, even those here in Nevada, such as Senator John “ man have I got ethics problems” Ensign (R-NV) and Rep. Dean Heller (R-NV) vote “No” on every Bill that helps to create jobs both for Nevada and our nation along with Bills to help the Unemployed and help with COBRA subsidies.

Even the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, aka the Obama Stimulus Bill, which helped save our country from financial ruin and prevented another Great Depression, each and every republican voted NO. Then back in their home States at least 114 Republicans praised the Obama Stimulus Bill for creating jobs and paying for worthy projects in their districts. But the republican leadership claims that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act did not create any jobs, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) are some of those 114 republicans who praised the Obama Stimulus Bill to their local media and at ribbon cuttings.

The republicans have said they want to see President Obama Fail, Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) said that the Health Care Reform Bill was suppose to be President Obama‘s “Waterloo“. What they don’t say is that they want to see President Obama Fail, even if that means we have to watch America Fail. And they are doing just that, watching. Their actions and their words clearly show that they put their Party above you, your family and our country.

Republicans find the unemployed insignificant and merely a “relatively small amount of people’ because they think that that voting block is merely a “relatively small amount of people” so why bother trying to help them


GOP to President Obama, its our way or nothing at all
By: David Phillips
Las Vegas Democrat Examiner

President Obama this past Sunday announced plans for a Health Care Summit in an interview with Katie Couric for CBS News.

This summit will be with the Republican leadership and it will be televised on C-SPAN. And will take place on February 25 at the Blair House across the street from the White house.

The Republican leadership is calling for the President to scrap both the House and Senate Bills that have been passed by both chambers of Congress, but the White house has said that President Obama has no plans for starting from square one.

President Obama said to Couric, “What I want to do is to look at the Republican ideas that are out there, and I want to be very specific: “How do you guys want to lower costs? How do you guys intend to reform the insurance market so people with preexisting conditions, for instance, can get health care? How do you want to make sure that the 30 million people who don’t have health insurance can get it — what are your ideas specifically?"

But the Republican responses to the summit have suggested that the only way the GOP will support Health Care Reform is if the President and the Democrats tear up their Bills and use the Republican ideas ONLY.

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) :

"After going it alone on health care reform for nearly a year, President Obama has decided he wants to bring Republicans into the conversation. Here’s the problem: unless the President and Speaker Pelosi are willing to scrap their government take over and hit the reset button, there’s not much to talk about."

"Republicans believe the status quo is unacceptable, but so is any health reform package that spends money we don’t have or raises taxes on small businesses and working families in a recession. To that point, House Republicans have offered the only plan, that will lower health care costs, which is what the President said was the goal at the start of this debate."

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) :

"If we are to reach a bipartisan consensus, the White House can start by shelving the current health spending bill,"

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) :

"The best way to start on real, bipartisan reform would be to scrap those bills," , the Washington Post reports.

It is astounding that the Republican leadership can look the camera in the lens and say that in order to get a BIPARTISAN consensus the Democrats and the President have to agree with their ideas only.

The summit between the President and the Republicans will certainly be good political theater and if this turns out like last months meeting at the GOP House Issues Conference in Baltimore, MD., the Republicans will again be seen as the obstructionists that they have shown themselves to be for the last year. They better come prepared and they better have some REAL ideas, otherwise they will be walking away with egg on their faces, again.


President Obama interview with Katie Couric:


GOP Senator scared off from any televised meetings with Obama
By: David Phillips
Las Vegas Democrat Examiner

After last months televised GOP House Issues Conference in Baltimore, MD. where 140 Republicans and their families met with President Obama for some question and answer time, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) said yesterday that the Republicans in the Senate, will not meet with the President like the Republicans in the House did.

Senator Cornyn was asked by Politico if he and the Senate Republicans will accept President Obama’s invitation to get together and he said, ; "We’re always happy to hear from the president but I don’t really feel any compelling need to do it [on camera]."

Who could blame him, those pesky camera’s make everyone look ten pounds heavier.

When Politico asked him why, Cornyn said; "For what purpose? Was it for photo op or is it serious? The president can invite Mitch McConnell, John Boehner or anybody he wants for a serious talk about issues."

The dialogue between President Obama and the House GOP last month was a win for the American people who watched it, both sides were able to state their case (the GOP questions were preceded by political talking points) and highlight their major disagreements as well as spotlight (narrow beam) areas that both sides agree on, and it was some of the best political theater in decades.

Senator Cornyn asked “Was it for photo op or is it serious?” regarding the invitation by the President. Anyone and everyone who watched the House meeting with the President will tell you it was the latter. Although there were photo opportunities for the republicans to have their picture taken with the President.

Senator Cornyn has his tale tucked between his legs like a scared little dog. He is afraid to meet with the President of the United States with camera‘s broadcasting the Q & A live, obviously its to transparent for him..

While Cornyn says no to the Presidents invitation, the House Republicans on the other hand say they want a rematch. I give them credit for that, when you get thrown off the horse, the best thing to do is get right back on it.

Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) said, "I would hope that he would repeat such a thing on a periodic basis," and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) added, "I think it'd be great," and the White House has voiced their interest in doing the Q & A on a regular schedule.

I hope they do make it a regular feature, it would be good for America and it would be even better for America if the Senate republicans were to join in.


James O’Keefe wiggles and squirms in Hannity interview
By: David Phillips
Las Vegas Democrat Examiner

James O’Keefe one of the four arrested last week for trying to interfere with the telephone system in Sen. Mary Landrieu's office in the Hale Boggs Federal Building in downtown New Orleans, gave a few ‘exclusive’ interviews to most of the Fox opinion channel talking heads yesterday.

The four men, James O'Keefe, Joseph Basel, Stan Dai and Robert Flanagan are currently charged with “entering federal property under false pretenses with the intent of committing a felony“. As the investigation moves forward further charges may be added.

In the interview yesterday with Sean Hannity, O’Keefe reasoned that what he and the others did was OK because, “it’s the people’s office”.

Hannity asked O’Keefe if he and the others dressed up as telephone repairmen and misrepresented themselves in her office, and O’Keefe said. “Yea, we did, yes”.

So because she is an elected official who has an office in a Federal building its OK to misrepresent yourself and attempt to mess with the phone system for her office and the entire building when seeking the truth because “it’s the people’s office”.

Hannity also asked him if he or the others had any electronic equipment or recording devices and if they were trying to bug the phones, and O’Keefe said, “no”.

Then Hannity asked in an indirect way; “You did record the entire incident?” And O’Keefe replied, “yes”. But he said he had no electronic equipment or recording devices.

Throughout the interview when Hannity’s questions required exact answers from O’Keefe, his reply was “Its an ongoing investigation so I cannot comment”.

When Hannity asked him about the report that he and his crew tried to gain access to the buildings main phone line box, O’Keefe used the “I cannot comment” card.

James O’Keefe and his merry band of cavilers are facing some serious jail time, and for O’Keefe to give interviews and to make comments on Twitter about his case, which can and most likely will be used against him, well, lets just say that its not a wise thing to be doing. And the other three men that were arrested are probably wishing that he would just shut up and let the lawyers handle it..


You can watch the two part interview with O’Keefe here.


Liz Cheney: Civil terror trials led to 9/11

Liz Cheney seems to have forgotten about a presidential daily briefing that said Osama bin Laden was determined to strike within the U.S. The daughter of the former vice president believes that military tribunals for terrorists following the 1993 World Trade Center bombing would have resulted in important intelligence that could have prevented 9/11.

"What you have is a situation, unquestionably we went through a period in the nation's history we dealt with terrorism as law enforcement matter," Cheney explained to Fox News' Chris Wallace Sunday.

"As Attorney General Mukasey pointed out when we prosecuted and convicted people after the '93 World Trade Center bombing and East Africa bombing, what it got us was 9/11 and 3,000 dead Americans."


Bachmann has previously wondered why Democrats don’t like her. We’ve collected some of the reasons

Bachmann Crazy Overdrive

November 23, 2009: In an recent interview with the St. Cloud Times, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) expressed bewilderment that the Democrats don't like her. "I grew up a Democrat in a Democrat family," she said, and "in some ways I don't understand why the Democratic Party would be opposed to me, because I stand for the same values that my parents stood for when we were Democrats." Here at TPM, we take pride in our exhaustive coverage of Michele Bachmann and her long and antagonistic history with Democrats, so we can only conclude that she's simply forgotten. So consider this a friendly reminder...

November 5: Viva La Revolución! Bachmann makes a speech at her Capitol Hill Tea Party against health care reform: "It was Thomas Jefferson who said a revolution every now and then is a good thing. What do you think?" This is not the first time Bachmann has touted revolution. Back in March, she called for "orderly revolution" because "we can't let the Democrats achieve their ends any longer." She continued: "Where freedom is tried, the people rejoice. But where tyranny is enforced upon the people, as Barack Obama is doing, the people suffer and mourn." In response, the Minnesota DFL chairman said: "Michele Bachmann must have missed the memo: The revolution already happened. The old way of doing business -- her way of doing business -- lost."

October 8: On The O'Reilly Factor, Bachmann weighs in about why the left hates her so much: "It may bother them that conservative women are happy and don't need government in order to be successful in life." "I have a great husband, great kids. I had a great career as a federal tax attorney. And I don't need government to be successful. And it seems like they have a stereotype for women and I don't fit in their stereotype."

September 16: In a House floor speech, Bachmann suggests that since President Obama has pushed to curb energy use, the next logical step is...limiting food consumption: "President Obama said we can't eat as much food as we want and think the rest of the world will be okay about that -- as if that matters to freedom-loving Americans. Well, we just heard last week that the Federal Government now under the Obama administration is calling for a re-ordering of America's food supply. What's that going to mean? Now will the White House decide how many calories we consume, or what types of food we consume?"

September 14: In the wake of Rep. Joe "You Lie" Wilson's outburst in a joint session of Congress, Bachmann comes to his defense, saying that he "spoke truth" on the House floor. She also defends the "death panel" meme that had created some controversy in the health care debate: "But there's been a confusion about death panels. 'Death panels' isn't just about end-of-life counseling. Death panels are the bureaucracies that President Obama is establishing, that will -- where bureaucrats will make the decision on who gets health care, and how much. Who will have access to doctors? How quickly? What will the delays be? Because we know, this bill will include rationing."

September 4: Saboteur! Bachmann accuses the Dems of undermining her because they're scared she might become the first female president: "They want to make sure no women, no woman becomes president before a Democrat woman, and so they're doing everything they can to, I think, sabotage women like Sarah Palin, perhaps women like myself, or similarly situated women, to make sure that we don't have a prominent national voice."

September 1: Bachmann gets kind of graphic on health care reform: "What we have to do today is make a covenant, to slit our wrists, be blood brothers on this thing. This will not pass. We will do whatever it takes to make sure this doesn't pass." She continues: "Right now, we are looking at reaching down the throat and ripping the guts out of freedom. And we may never be able to restore it if we don't man up and take this one on." Interestingly, on August 20, she appeared on Sean Hannity's radio show and declared that she was going to tell Democrats that "under no certain circumstances will I give the government control over my body." If Michele Bachmann wants to slit her wrists, the government had better stay out of it!

April 6: Here's a doozy: In response to a recently-passed national service bill that expands Americorps, Bachmann expresses concern that this could lead to mandatory service for young people, and what she describes as "re-education camps," where "young people have to go and get trained in a philosophy that the government puts forward and then they have to go and work in some of these politically correct forums. It's very concerning. It appears that there's a philosophical agenda behind all of this, and especially if young people are mandated to go into this. As a parent, I would have a very, very difficult time seeing my children do this. Again, a huge power-grab, at a cost of billions of dollars."

March 23: Bachmann again whips out the violent rhetoric, this time about an energy tax. She calls herself "a foreign correspondent on enemy lines" just telling everyone about "nefarious activities that are taking place in Washington." Bachmann says she wants "people in Minnesota armed and dangerous on this issue," because "we need to fight back." This continues Bachmann's, er, crusade against environmentalism. On August 12, 2008 she spoke out against Nancy Pelosi's "global warming fanaticism" that has come "to the point where she has said that she's just trying to save the planet." According to Bachmann, "we all know that someone did that over 2,000 years ago, they saved the planet -- we didn't need Nancy Pelosi to do that."

October 17, 2008: And of course, this classic: During the 2008 campaign, Bachmann appears on Hardball, rails against "leftist liberal views," and declares that she is "absolutely" concerned that Obama is Anti-American. She goes on to say that "the news media should do a penetrating expose and take a look, I wish they would, I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress find out are they pro-America or anti-America."


The top ten quotes from the right wing lunatic fringe 2009

By: David Phillips

Las Vegas Democrat Examiner

There were plenty to choose from, here are some of the more memorable ones, enjoy.

1. "This president I think has exposed himself over and over again as a guy who has a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture....I'm not saying he doesn't like white people, I'm saying he has a problem. This guy is, I believe, a racist." -Glenn Beck on President Obama, sparking an advertiser exodus from his FOX News show

2. "The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama's 'death panel' so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their 'level of productivity in society,' whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil." –-Sarah Palin, in a message posted on Facebook about Obama's health care plan, Aug. 7, 2009

3. “You Lie.” Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) to President Obama during a speech before Congress and the Nation.

4. "Rush Limbaugh is an entertainer. His whole thing is entertainment. Yes, it's incendiary. Yes, it's ugly." --Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele

"I have enormous respect for Rush Limbaugh. I was maybe a little bit inarticulate. There was no attempt on my part to diminish his voice or his leadership." --Steele, two days later

5. "Everywhere I go in my district, people tell me they are frightened. … I share that fear, and I believe they should be fearful. And I believe the greatest fear that we all should have to our freedom comes from this room — this very room — and what may happen later this week in terms of a tax increase bill masquerading as a health care bill. I believe we have more to fear from the potential of that bill passing than we do from any terrorist right now in any country.” Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) from the floor of the House of Representatives

6. “This cannot pass,” (referring to health care reform) …“What we have to do today is make a covenant, to slit our wrists, be blood brothers on this thing. This will not pass. We will do whatever it takes to make sure this doesn’t pass.” Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) wing Independence Institute in Denver, CO

7. "If we’re able to stop Obama on this (Health Care Reform) it will be his Waterloo. It will break him," Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC)

8. "There is some fear because in the House bill, there is counseling for end-of-life,"... "And from that standpoint, you have every right to fear. You shouldn't have counseling at the end of life. You ought to have counseling 20 years before you're going to die. You ought to plan these things out. And I don't have any problem with things like living wills. But they ought to be done within the family. We should not have a government program that determines if you're going to pull the plug on grandma." Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) speaking at a Town hall earlier this year.

9. "I would be honored if the Drive-By Media headlined me all day long 'Limbaugh: I Hope Obama Fails.' Somebody’s gotta say it." --talk radio host Rush Limbaugh

10. “I find it interesting that it was back in the 1970s that the swine flu broke out then under Democrat President Jimmy Carter. And I’m not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it is an interesting coincidence.” Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) in an interview with PajamasTV


Bachmann tied for voice GOP insiders most want to ‘mute’
By Paul Schmelzer

Hotline On Call gives a sneak preview of National Journal’s new survey of beltway insiders on “the member they’d like most to shut up, the brightest thinkers and strategists in their parties and much more.” Topping the list of GOP voices these insiders would like to “mute” is Minnesota’s Rep. Michele Bachmann — but there’s a five-way tie. Eleven percent of Republicans polled would also like Fox’s Glenn Beck, Iowa Rep. Steve King, Sarah Palin and Georgia Rep. Tom Price to pipe down.

Sixteen percent of Republican congressional insiders — a list of 65 senators and representatives, including Bachmann and Rep. John Kline — said they didn’t want to mute anyone.

But among GOP “political insiders” — an even bigger group that includes the likes of Gary Bauer, Ed Gillespie and Charlie Crist — the most-mutable figure was Sarah Palin. Twenty-eight percent of people in this group wanted her to shut up; 12 percent selected RNC chair Michael Steele.

Democrats in both groups, congressional insiders and political insiders, would prefer Joe Lieberman be muted, getting 22 and 23 percent of the vote, respectively.

Other results worth noting:

Among GOP political insiders think Sen. John Thune of South Dakota has the “brightest future,” with 32 percent of the vote.

The figure getting the highest vote in all the results revealed by Hotline On Call call was Newt Gingrich. Forty-one percent of GOP congressional insiders and 53 percent of GOP political insiders think he’s the “most creative thinker” in the party.


Tea Party Tea Baggers to unite for convention

By: David Phillips

Las Vegas Democrat Examiner

The first Tea party convention for tea baggers has just been announced on the Tea Party Nation (TPN) website. This February 4-6 tea baggers across the nation will unite at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, TN.

The keynote speaker is former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and Rep. Michele Bachmann has also confirmed that she too will speak at a breakfast.

No word yet if Glenn Beck, the man who is credited with starting the tea bagger movement on his Fox opinion show with the 9-12 project will appear at the convention.

As you may recall upwards of 80,000 tea baggers showed up in Washington DC this past summer to protest everything about President Obama and the Democrats that Glenn Beck and the Fox opinion channel could invent.

The Fox opinion channel will certainly be promoting this over the next three months as they have promoted all the other protests and rallies against the Democrats and the President of the United States.

According to the TPN website Topics and workshops will include:

  • Conservative Activism
  • Using Social Media to advance our cause
  • How to Coordinate efforts with other groups in your state
  • How to get Youth involved in Conservative Activism

There will also be two discussion panels:

  • How to Defeat Liberalism
  • Where the Tea Party Movement Goes From Here

The cost for the convention is $549.00 dollars, which does not include hotel, air fare or meals.


The GOP purity and purge test

By: David Phillips

Las Vegas Democrat Examiner

This coming January the Republican National Committee (RNC) will vote on whether to adopt a new “Purity” test to see if those who want to run for office are pure enough to be real republicans or if they should be purged from there party by not lending any backing from the RNC for campaigns.

We saw this unfold earlier this month in the congressional race in New York’s 23rd congressional district, where the local republicans picked their candidate Dede Scozzafava (R-NY) to run against Bill Owens (D-NY). But the conservatives in this country led by the ultra right wing the Club for Growth promoted their own candidate Doug Hoffman (C-NY).

Suddenly ultra right wingers such as Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck threw their hats into backing the conservative and not the republican. Michael Steele the Chairman of the RNC originally backed the republican candidate Dede Scozzafava, who dropped out of the race a few days before the election and asked her supporters to back the Democrat. The congressional seat being contested had been held by republicans since the civil war. The democrat won the election.

So now, Chairman Steele pushed by the ultra conservative wing of the GOP will vote this January at their meeting in Hawaii on whether to make it mandatory for anyone who wants to receive the RNC’s backing to take a test to see if they are pure enough to be a republican or it they should be purged based on a ten question “purity test“. Those that take the test must agree on at least 7 of the 10 questions in order to pass the purity test.

The 10 principles in the proposed resolution are:

(1) We support smaller government, smaller national debt, lower deficits and lower taxes by opposing bills like Obama’s “stimulus” bill;

(2) We support market-based health care reform and oppose Obama-style government run health care;

(3) We support market-based energy reforms by opposing cap and trade legislation;

(4) We support workers’ right to secret ballot by opposing card check;

(5) We support legal immigration and assimilation into American society by opposing amnesty for illegal immigrants;

(6) We support victory in Iraq and Afghanistan by supporting military-recommended troop surges;

(7) We support containment of Iran and North Korea, particularly effective action to eliminate their nuclear weapons threat;

(8) We support retention of the Defense of Marriage Act;

(9) We support protecting the lives of vulnerable persons by opposing health care rationing and denial of health care and government funding of abortion; and

(10) We support the right to keep and bear arms by opposing government restrictions on gun ownership.

The purity test was unveiled by conservative committee members yesterday, emphasizing the split between different wings of the GOP party, and how to move forward.

The GOP is truly the Pup Tent party.


Dana Perino” No “terrorist attack” while Bush was President

By: David Phillips

Las Vegas Democrat Examiner

During an interview yesterday on the Fox opinion show “Hannity“, former White house Press Secretary Dana Perino said, “We did not have a terrorist attack on our country during President Bush’s term.” She obviously forgot all about September 11, 2001.

As you will see in the interview Sean Hannity didn’t even blink and eye as she said that statement, and he just kept right on going without the slightest attempt to correct her.

Dana Perino who has shown in the past that she knows little about the history of our country or history in general when as Press Secretary she showed that she did not even know what the Cuban Missile Crisis was about.

Dana Perino, a frequent guest on various Fox opinion shows is never short on words to demean President Obama and to glorify her former boss, President Bush.

And to think President Obama has offered her a job on the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which is made up of both Democrats and Republicans that oversee Radio Free Europe, the Voice of America and any other non military broadcasts that are sponsored by the federal government.

Here is the Sean Hannity interview.


Poll: Rush Limbaugh the most “influential conservative” in America

By: David Phillips

Las Vegas Democrat Examiner

In a poll conducted by the CBS show “60 Minutes” and Vanity Fair magazine that was conducted November 6-8, respondents said that the conservative talking head Rush Limbaugh, was the most influential conservative voice in America.

The question asked:

Who among the following do you think is currently the MOST INFLUENTIAL CONSERVATIVE voice in America?

26 percent choose the man with the golden microphone, Rush Limbaugh by more than a 2 to 1 margin to Glenn Beck who received 11 percent of those polled..

Others in the poll question included Sarah Palin who received 10 percent of those polled, Dick Cheney 10 percent, Sean Hannity 8 percent, and John Boehner who received 4 percent.

For months Democrats and Liberals and even the Whitehouse have claimed that Rush Limbaugh is the most influential person in the Republican Party and the unofficial official leader of the GOP, while republican politicians have denied it.

This year alone we have seen several republicans politicians kowtow to Rush Limbaugh and beg for his forgiveness after he trashed them on his radio show.

RNC Chairman Michael Steele earlier this year was quick to run to Limbaugh and ask for his forgiveness after Steele said Limbaugh was "Incendiary" and nothing but an "Entertainer".

Limbaugh went on a tirade against Steele on his radio show, here is an excerpt:

“I’m not in charge of the Republican Party, and I don’t want to be. I would be embarrassed to say that I’m in charge of the Republican Party in a sad-sack state that it’s in. If I were chairman of the Republican Party, given the state that it’s in, I would quit. I might get out the hari-kari knife because I would have presided over a failure that is embarrassing to the Republicans and conservatives who have supported it and invested in it all these years”

Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) criticized Limbaugh, but then called into the Limbaugh show to apologize after receiving a slew of complaints from Limbaugh dittoheads. "I regret and apologize for the fact that my comments have offended and upset my fellow conservatives,” Gingrey told Limbaugh.

Several others have had to crawl on their hands and knees to kiss the feet of Limbaugh and even more are a afraid to speak out against him because of his microphone. Limbaugh and his mouth are formidable, but the first republican that grows a pair and stands up to him will garner a lot of respect from moderates and independents across the country.

Till then, Rush Limbaugh whether you like it or not is the unofficial official of the GOP.


Karl Rove memoir coming in March

NEW YORK (AP) — Karl Rove's memoir has a title, "Courage and Consequence," and a release date — March 9, 2010.

Rove, the mastermind of George W. Bush's two successful presidential runs and a top White House aide, signed in 2007 with Threshold Editions, a conservative imprint of Simon Schuster that has published best sellers by commentators Glenn Beck and Mark Levin.

Threshold also will release former Vice President Dick Cheney's memoir.

"Courage and Consequence," according to Threshold, "frankly responds to critics, passionately articulates his political philosophy and openly explains the reasons behind his decisions in campaigns and the White House."

Rove, who became synonymous with ruthless but effective campaign tactics, said in a statement Threshold issued Wednesday that his book would be "a frank account of what I witnessed and my often-controversial role."

Memoirs from former President George W. Bush, former first lady Laura Bush and former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld are also scheduled for next year.


Glenn Beck America’s “savior”

By: David Phillips

Las Vegas Democrat Examiner

This past Saturday, hundreds of Glenn Beck fanatics (Beckerheads) turned out in Tampa Bay, FL for a Glenn Beck book signing at Borders Books. According to a local Fox affiliate hundreds showed up waving and wearing American flags. The customary right wing signage that we have seen at rally’s promoted by Beck over this past summer were proudly displayed by the hordes of tea baggers who worship Glenn Beck and his muddled conspiracy theories.

According to the Fox affiliate, people started lining up before dawn to pay homage to Beck.


Bob Antoinette, a Glenn Beck fanatic said to MyFox Tampa Bay, "I don't want to say he's our savior, but he's pretty close. I don't think he's on target. I think he's on bullseye."


Another Beckerhead, Patty Blackburn said, "We don't like the White House at this point. We're taking our country back."


Glenn Beck said he has a “100 year plan” to combat the “progressive movement” that has taken over America. But will the Beckerheads be willing to wait "100 years" for his plan to work?


Beck plans to announce his “100 year plan” on his show today. Tea baggers across America are waiting with bated breath; because their “savior” has a “100 year plan” to take back that which has played out over “the last 100 years” according to Beck, and which has culminated with the election of President Barack Obama, the first African-American to be elected President.

Beck's plan should give him plenty of time to continue his reign as the “savior” of the tea baggers throughout America.


Here are a couple of video’s that you will want to watch, but don’t forget the popcorn.


Lou Dobbs On Whether He’s Thought About Running For President: ‘Yes Is The Answer’

Lou Dobbs Last week, rumors spread that former CNN anchor Lou Dobbs might challenge Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) in 2012. But in an interview on Fred Thompson’s radio show today, Dobbs said that he is actually considering a run for the White House:

THOMPSON: Lou, one way to have a voice — you’ve already had a big one, but another way to have a voice is in public service. Have you given any thought to perhaps running for president?

DOBBS: I’m talking — yes is the answer. And I’m going to be talking some more with some folks who want me to listen to them in the next few weeks. You know, I, so I just don’t even what to tell you in terms of where I’m leaning because right now I’m fortunate to have a number of wonderful options. I do know this, I’m going to have the best advice. I may make a terrible decision, but I’m going to have great advice.

Listen here:

In 2008, Dobbs was rumored to be considering a shot at becoming the governor of New Jersey. When Dobbs announced he was leaving CNN, he said that “some leaders in media, politics, and business have been urging me to go beyond the role here at CNN and to engage in constructive problem-solving.”

Dobbs gave no indication of what, if any, party affiliation he would campaign under. A self-described “independent populist,” Dobbs would likely run as an Independent candidate. “I think something on the order of an independent movement will come if these two parties fail the American people again,” he said in 2007.

There are already multiple Draft Dobbs for President websites, although the “Lou Dobbs 2012″ site will soon be shutting down due to a lack of funds.


It smells like socialism

By: David Phillips

Yoda’s World

Enquiring Minds over at Fox wanted to know what Obama’s flatulence smelled like, and if it was anything close to arugula or a coffee latte...Hannity says he needs a follow up to when Obama put mustard on his hamburger which he claimed was disrespectful to the beef industry, and he wants to know if Obama's farts smell un-American...

Fox White house correspondent Major Garret asked Press secretary Robert Gibbs what the Presidents flatulence smelled like and Gibbs said “they smell like a desert breeze“...

Matt Drudge of the Drudge Report posted the headline “Obama Farted while ignoring the Economy“...

Orly Taitz said she wanted to know if the flatulence smell like Kenyan food...

Meanwhile Over on the Bill O'Reilly Show The Factor with Bill O'Reilly, his guests Ann Coulter and Michelle Malkin were arguing, with Malkin saying that is farts probably smell like Muslim farts and Coulter countered with for liberals his flatulence smell like the Messiah...O'Reilly jumped in and said that his flatulence prove that he has an agenda to remove Christmas from our schools...

Greta Van Susteren said, all I can tell you is that Sarah Palin’s flatulence smelled like the great State of Alaska and that there is no way Obama’s flatulence can smell as nice…

But it was the early morning show Fox and Friends whose Steve Ducey said that they most likely smell like the flatulence of a socialist, echoing the same earlier claim by Glenn Beck who also pointed out that Obama’s farts are more proof that he wants to destroy the constitution and take guns away from all Americans…

Sean Hannity told his audience today to make sure they watch his special expose’ on Hannity’s America this weekend where he shows undercover Fox reporters capturing the Presidents gas in a bottle without the knowledge of the Secret Service and then examine the gas at an independent laboratory sequestered deep in the sub levels of the Fox building at Rockefeller Center.

Hannity went on to say, that if the White house wants to throw accusations that Fox is not a reliable News source he will prove them wrong this weekend on his special Expose’ titled “If Obama Farted and no one knew, would it still smell”…


White house uses fake reporter, slams News outlet

By: David Phillips

Las Vegas Democrat Examiner



The Obama White house has recently gone on the attack against the GOP’s propaganda channel Fox News, saying that they don’t give any news just opinions designed to promote the Republican agenda.


The pundits over at Fox are outrage; actually they love the attention and have even opened all their TV and radio shows with the so called attacks to promote their shows as they feign outrage. Hannity said today, “this has never happened in our history”, he went on say, “could you imagine what liberals would have been saying had Bush attacked a News outlet.”


Well, the Bush White house did attack a News outlet, it was NBC (see video below). Bush also planted fake reporters in the White house press corps, you might remember him, he went by the name of Jeff Gannon who is a also male escort (to put it politely) when he’s not writing fake news.


Bush also paid Armstrong Williams a radio and TV host under the table (payola) to promote the contentious No Child Left Behind Act. USA Today reported in January 2005 that the White house paid him $241,000 dollars (tax dollars) to promote Bush’s contentious education reform.


That same January the Washington Post revealed that Universal Press Syndicate columnist Maggie Gallagher was paid $21,000 dollars to promote abstinence and sex only after marriage to teens.


These are just the two we know about, who knows how many more Bush paid off to promote his agenda.


But Fox new is outraged because no president has ever attacked a news outlet.


Fox has proven that they only have one agenda and that’s to get rid of President Obama and all other democrats, and they are willing to say anything and lie about everything to promote the GOP. They want to make sure nothing passes in congress and they don’t care how many Americans have to suffer.


Fox news is un-American and they are lucky to be in the United States because in dozens of countries they would have their tongues cut out. They have promoted guests on their shows who have advocated for another attack on US soil, a nuke no less, thinking that that is the way to win back the White house and congress.


But Fox news is outrages that the White house called them an opinion channel for the GOP, and not a news channel.


Real justice for their un-American activities would be to pull their license to broadcast. They don’t care how divided our country becomes; it’s all about getting the GOP back in power.


Here are a couple of videos:


The Orly Bird Catches the Worm…I mean, a Fine

Federal District Judge Clay D. Land [appointed by George W. Bush] has slapped top birther Orly Taitz with a $20,000 fine for wasting the court’s time, among other issues, with her constant filings after he, last month, dismissed her lawsuit against President Obama’s right as commander-in-chief to deploy the military because he allegedly isn’t legally president.

Because he didn’t get rid of her the first time, he’s hoping she gets the message this time from the barbed language in the 43-page order he issued Tuesday.


UK far-right party to allow nonwhite members

LONDON – The far-right British National Party agreed Thursday to change its constitution to let nonwhite people become members.

The party opposes immigration and says it fights for "indigenous" Britons.

A government-backed rights body took it to court, claiming the party's constitution is discriminatory.

At a court hearing, a lawyer for the party said leader Nick Griffin would ask members next month to change the constitution so it did not discriminate on the grounds of race or religion.

In an order issued at the Central London County Court, the BNP agreed to use "all reasonable endeavors" to revise its constitution to comply with the Equality Bill, which bans discrimination on the grounds of race, gender or religious belief.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission, which brought the case, said it would be watching to see whether the BNP complied.

"Political parties, like any other organization, are obliged to respect the law and not discriminate against people," said the commission's John Wadham.

There are few indications, however, that nonwhites would like to join.

The BNP has been encouraged by recent electoral success and has sought to shed a thuggish imagine and enter the political mainstream. Earlier this year it won two seats in the European Parliament.

Richard Barnbrook, the party's representative on the London Assembly, said he believed members would vote to change the constitution, because "trying to fight this court case would bankrupt the party and we have more important issues to deal with, including elections."

Rush Limbaugh missed the bus on this one...


Specter rips GOP: ‘A Party of obstructionism.’

Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA), who until late April of this year was a lifelong Republican, castigated his former party this morning on Fox News. Specter ripped the GOP for refusing to be a good-faith negotiator in the health care debate:

On the Republican side, it’s no, no, no. A party of obstructionism. … You have responsible Republicans who had been in the Senate — like Howard Baker, Bob Dole, or Bill Frist — who say Republicans ought to cooperate. Well, they’re not cooperating.

Specter also indicated he would fight hard for the public option. “I’m not prepared to recede at all. I think the public option is gaining momentum,” he said. “I am not going to step back a bit. I am going to fight for the best public option.”

Watch it:


Fox News Quote of the Week
Yoda's World
Last Thursday night at the GOP propaganda channel on Fox News, the show "Hannity" starring Sean Hannity, featured a conversation with two of the dozens of Fox News female "contributors", one of whom is named S.E. Cupp, and she made a brilliant statement that  made no sense, but it made Hannity proud.
The conversation moved to one of their illogical conspiracy theories about the fictional job postions in the White house held by advisors to the President which they have dubbed "Czars". There are no Czars in the White house, there are adivsors with long titles so they just call them Czars because they are to lazy to give the real job title and it scares the teabaggers when they hear the word Czar, because they first hink Russsia, then they think "communists are roaming the hallways of the White house "(a direct quote from the Tears of the Clown, Glenn Beck)
S.E. Cupp said:
"they have all these radicals in the shadowy corners doing their Czar stuff" ...
The collective mental prowess shown on the GOP propaganda channel Fox news is truly astounding.


Report: ‘No geographical limitations’ on CIA assassination program

By Stephen C. Webster

The Central Intelligence Agency’s secret assassination squad was allowed to operate anywhere in the world, including the United States, according to a Thursday report in The Washington Post.

“The plan to deploy small teams of assassins grew out of the CIA’s early efforts to battle al-Qaeda after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks,” the paper reported. “A secret document known as a ‘presidential finding’ was signed by President George W. Bush that same month, granting the agency broad authority to use deadly force against bin Laden as well as other senior members of al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups.”

Reporter Joby Warrick added: “The finding imposed no geographical limitations on the agency’s actions, and intelligence officials have said that they were not obliged to notify Congress of each operation envisaged under the directive.”

This revelation, buried in paragraph 12 of the Post’s report, was highlighted by Talking Points Memo’s Zachary Roth later in the afternoon.

“‘No geographical limitations’ presumably means that operations could potentially be carried out in countries, friendly or unfriendly, that are far from any war zone — including even the US itself,” he opined. “And it seems likely that they would be carried out without notifying the foreign country in question.”

Roth continued: “Of course, we’ve frequently, and quite openly, used the military to carry out attacks on specific Qaeda leaders — even before 9/11. But using the CIA to do so, and with such broad authority to operate anywhere in the world, as this program seems to have given the agency, would appear to take things into a different realm.”

‘Every president since Truman’

According to historian Christopher Andrew, under questioning by New York Times reporters and editors in 1975, President Gerald Ford explained that U.S. intelligence documents must not be revealed to the public because the revelations would “blacken the reputation of every President since Truman.”

“Like what?” he was asked.

“Like assassinations!” replied Ford, who later insisted the comment be kept “off the record.”

The discussion was held following Ford’s recent receipt of the CIA inspector general’s now-infamous report informally known as the “Family Jewels.” It revealed hundreds of CIA indiscretions ranging from experimenting on soldiers and prisoners with illegal, hallucinogenic drugs to assassination plots against South American leftists.

“The Times group returned to their bureau for a spirited argument about whether they could pass up a story potentially so explosive,” noted reporter Daniel Schorr. “Managing Editor E. C. Daniel called the White House in the hope of getting Nessen to ease the restriction from ‘off-the-record’ to ‘deep background.’ Nessen was more adamant than ever that the national interest dictated that the president’s unfortunate slip be forgotten. Finally, Sulzberger cut short the debate, saying that, as the publisher, he would decide, and he had decided against the use of the incendiary information.”

Schorr, who reported Ford’s comment for CBS News later that year, would later reveal that the president was not speaking about specific killings, but assassination conspiracies. In Schorr’s follow-up, then-CIA Director William Colby insisted that the agency had not been involved in assassinations since 1973.

However, on Sept. 21, 1976, Orlando Letelier, a leftist Chilean political figure-turned Washington, D.C.-based, anti-Pinochet activist, was assassinated in D.C. by a car bomb. The act of terrorism also claimed the life of his assistant, Ronni Moffitt.

The FBI would later determine that Michael Townley, a former CIA asset, organized the assassination, aided by a visa provided by Robert White, then U.S. ambassador to Paraguay. The hit was discovered to be part of Operation Condor, a program coordinated by South American governments which sought to eliminate leftist political figures.

White, it was revealed in 2001, discovered that a U.S. communications installation in Panama’s canal zone was being used “to co-ordinate intelligence information among the southern cone countries [involved in Operation Condor].”

He advised Secretary of State Cyrus Vance in a classified cable that the U.S. connection to the Letelier assassination could be revealed if the arrangement to facilitate Operation Condor’s communications were ever to be discovered.

According to Mark Zepezauer in his book “The CIA’s Greatest Hits,” the agency knew a “hit squad was in the US and headed for Washington.”

The hit was ordered by Chile’s Dirección de Inteligencia Nacional (National Intelligence Directorate), part of the country’s secret police under dictator Augusto Pinochet.

“After the bombing, the [CIA] purged its files of photos of the assassins,” Zepezauer added. “The CIA and DINA then began planting stories in the press suggesting that Letelier had been killed by leftists seeking to make a martyr of him. … The FBI figured out the identities of Letelier’s assassins within weeks, but didn’t charge them until the CIA’s cover-up unraveled several years later.”

He concludes: “Apologists argue that no one can prove that Letelier’s convicted assassins, ‘former’ CIA agent Michael Townley and two Cuban exiles, were acting under agency orders. But if they weren’t, why did the CIA immediately begin covering up for them?”

In 1976, President Ford issued an executive order banning U.S.-sponsored assassinations.
Beck Guest: "Only chance" US has "as a country" is for Bin Laden to "detonate a major weapon"


Shining Light On Cheney's Hideaway
Daniel Stone

This just in from Newsweek's Eleanor Clift, a frequent purveyor of political anecdotes. She bring us an enlightening one here regarding the (quote) undisclosed location (unquote) we heard lots about in the days after Sept. 11. Here's Eleanor:

Ever wonder about that secure, undisclosed location where Dick Cheney secreted himself after the 9/11 attacks? Joe Biden reveals the bunker-like room is at the Naval Observatory in Washington, where Cheney lived for eight years and which is now home to Biden. The veep related the story to his head-table dinner mates when he filled in for President Obama at the Gridiron Club earlier this year. He said the young naval officer giving him a tour of the residence showed him the hideaway, which is behind a massive steel door secured by an elaborate lock with a narrow connecting hallway lined with shelves filled with communications equipment.

The officer explained that when Cheney was in lock down, this was where his most trusted aides were stationed, an image that Biden conveyed in a way that suggested we shouldn’t be surprised that the policies that emerged were off the wall. Cheney has emerged as the leading critic of the Obama administration on national security, saying the president’s policies are making America less safe, and if there’s another attack, it will be Obama’s fault. This is tough stuff, but as the architect of the Bush administration’s policies on war and torture, he has a much bigger legacy to protect than the president he helped steer onto the shoals.   


Dick Cheney Hits Obama Again

In an interview on Fox News — portions of which aired Tuesday night — the former vice president said he is "very concerned" about where the Obama administration is taking the country economically.

"I worry very much that we're in a situation now where there doesn't appear to be any limitation whatsoever in terms of the spending commitments that this administration wants to make," he said. "Vast expansion in terms of the deficit, but it also says a lot about what they intend for the role of government in this society."

"I'm one of those people who believes that part of the greatness of the United States is our private sector. "It's what we do as private citizens for ourselves and our companies," he said, later adding, "I think we have to be very, very cautious. I think we've gone beyond what reasonably we could expect by way of intrusion into the private sector."

Cheney's comments are only the latest in a string criticisms he has publicly aired in recent weeks about the administration that succeeded his, though they appear to be his harshest words to date about the new president's economic policies.

In past interviews the former vice president has sharply questioned Obama's national security policies, telling CNN he thinks the country is less safe than it was under the Bush administration.

Cheney's comments have led to criticisms from Obama aides that he is confounding his role as an elder statesman, but, in the interview with Fox News, Cheney said people should not be surprised he is speaking out.

"I've been criticized because I've had the temerity to speak out and done a couple of interviews since I left office. I don't find anything surprising about that," he said. "I don't say — I've been careful not to get personal in terms of my criticisms for my comment, but I think the issues are simply too important for the future of the nation for us to operate as though those of us who disagree somehow shouldn't speak out and be heard. I think we need to be heard."


Gov. Perry of Texas

Texas is a unique place. When we came into the union in 1845, one of the issues was that we would be able to leave if we decided to do that," Perry said. "My hope is that America and Washington in particular pays attention. We've got a great union. There's absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, who knows what may come of that."


Physical Dimensions of Spiritual Warfare
December 1994 By Bobby Jindal/New Oxford Review

In 1994 when Jindal was in his early 20’s he wrote an article entitled, “Beating a Demon: Physical Dimensions of Spiritual Warfare.” In it he describes being present for what many would refer to as a spiritual exorcism. It involved his best friend  at the time “Susan.”  It is a truly captivating read full of talk of demons, screaming, praying, crosses, peace, etc. In many ways the whole experience left Jindal with more questions than answers but you can bet that if Jindal runs this topic will come up big time.

The Brody File has read the entire article but had to pay $1.50. To do the same, click here. However, The Brody File has provided a major excerpt of it below. This is in Jindal’s own words and it is essential reading.

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Limbaugh Attacks, Steele Kowtows
Yoda's World
March 2, 2009
Rush Limbaugh the right wing fringe talking head and the New face of the GOP leadership, just got done attacking Michael Steele the RNC Chairman on his radio show for his remarks over the weekend on the DL Hughley show....Steele said Limbaugh was "Incendiary" and nothing but an "Entertainer"...Well Limbaugh did not like either comments about him and chewed out Steele and all other Conservatives who disagree with him...
Limbaugh tells Steele to do your job and shut up, you do not represent the GOP...
Now the real question is:
How long before Steele calls Limbaugh to kiss his butt and apologize?
a) 48 hrs
b) 24 hrs
c) 12 hrs
d) Steele will NOT apologize because he is a conservative republican with integrity

Update: Turns out the answer was 5 hours
Keith Olberman talks about Limbaugh and Steele on his show today.


RNC Chairman Michael Steele Threatens Party Members

In a interview with Fox News' Neil Cavuto, Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele said he was open to primary challenges to the three Republican senators who voted in favor of the federal stimulus package --Arlen Spector of Pennsylvania and the two senators from Maine, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe. Spector is up for re-election in 2010.

"My retribution is the retribution of the voters in their state. They're going to have to go through a primary in their state," Steele said, adding that the RNC would follow the lead of the state parties in choosing which Republicans to back with campaign money. "When the state party says we're going to endorse a candidate, the RNC is behind them. When the state party says we have a problem with them, so does the RNC."

Some state parties are already punishing members who have crossed the aisle in recent weeks. The California Republican Party voted to withhold party funding in the 2010 election from the six GOP state legislators who voted in favor of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's compromise budget two weeks ago. The budget included the largest tax increase in the state's history to balance a $42 billion shortfall.

"The measure was "approved swiftly and without debate Sunday as the party's twice-annual convention wrapped up in Sacramento. An earlier version of the measure contained stronger language, calling for a censure," writes the Associated Press. "Supporters said Sunday's resolution sends a strong message to politicians that there will be consequences for breaking their no-tax pledge."

The Leader of the Pack...Rush "The Drug Addict" Limbaugh


CPAC 2009


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