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Teabaggers unite – It’s convention time in Nashville

The for-profit National Tea Party Convention kicked off Thursday in Nashville, Tennessee at 3 p.m.  Thousands Hundreds showed up to register for the 3:00 – 6:00 registration period.

From 7 – 8, the Teabaggers gathered for a Meet and Greet with hors d’oeuvres.

I wonder what they noshed on during this hour – Slim Jims, hot dogs, American flags?

Said one attendee – ‘Why do I want to meet and greet with some whores?  And what the hell is a d’oeuvres?’

I’m sure the crowd looked similar to the 2008 Republican Convention but with a much lower income level.

Tom Tancredo was the kickoff speaker.  I agree that he was the perfect choice.  The former Colorado Representative and failed 2008 presidential candidate ran on a single issue – screw illegal immigrants.  He will be replaced by Lou Dobbs in the 2012 Republican primary.

He said that President Obama won the 2008 election because “we do not have a civics, literacy test before people can vote in this country.”

This is a bigoted remark because he is implying that blacks, Hispanics and immigrants lack the intelligence to pass a literacy or a civics test.  Interestingly, people who most support this inane comment would have a greater likelihood of scoring lower than the people Tancredo was referring to.

So far, the biggest news to come out of the Tea Party convention is the fact that former Congressman Tom Tancredo apparently pines for the era of Jim Crow restrictions on voting rights. (The Tennessean

“Thank God John McCain lost the election,” Tancredo said.  He felt that McCain was shaping up to be a repeat of ‘Bush 1 and Bush 2.”   I actually agree with Tancredo here.  Where are my pills?

He also preached to the choir by saying that America “put a committed socialist ideologue in the White House … Barack Hussein Obama.”

At least Tancredo didn’t call him Barry like opening night singer Lisa Mei in her Teabagger classic hit “Where’s the birth Certificate, Barack Obama.”

Obama ,tell us where were you born?
‘Cause the media won’t do their job anymore
You’re grandmother in Kenya said you were born on foreign shores
So Barry tell us where oh where were you born?

And Mei, his first name is spelled with just 1 ‘r’.  It’s not ‘Barrack’.

On her blog, she describes herself as ‘a wife, a mother, a Christian conservative.”

Also from her blog“I decided to work on my own music and really turned the heat up during last Fall’s election cycle with my tribute YouTube video to Governor Sarah Palin and a campaign song I co-wrote with my friend “Big Dawg”.  We have written several new conservative/patriotic songs (many of which were #1 songs at www.soundclick.com) inspired by the Tea Parties and we have more in the works to help get the message out – that NOW is the time for all true Patriots to speak out.”

Ray Stevens was the other singer.  I listened to his political song ‘We the People” and found it quite humorous and enjoyable.  Stevens has been on the music scene for over 5 decades and in 1962 recorded the top 5 hit ‘Ahab the Arab’.  I took the time to listen to a couple of his songs and particularly enjoyed ‘Mississippi Squirrel Revival’ about a squirrel that gets loose in a church. 

Then Teabaggers were rewarded with the Teabagger movie – Tea Party, The Movie.  This 2009 documentary (?) chronicles the Teabagger movement.  Of course it seems as though they are the first group to protest government since the Revolutionary War.  They obviously ignored the grass roots movement that overwhelmed the election process in 2008.  Many of us got into blogging during that grass roots movement.

Friday’s breakout speaker was author, conservative thinker and anti-environmentalist Steve Milloy. 

“But the left is well-entrenched. They own almost every university in this country. We have a battle because the left has become entrenched and it’s because we let it happen. But we need to get active on the local level and get in schools. Don’t let your schools show An Inconvenient Truth unless they show the other side too. We just need to get involved in every institution.” – Milloy on Fox News

Universities open our minds up to new ideas, creative and individual thought and intelligent debate.  This is what the so-called ‘left’ has done to our universities.  Obviously, Milloy would like the opposite of that – minds closed to new ideas, no debate and definitely no individual thought. 

Also, what exactly does someone who is an ‘anti-environmentalist’ stand for?  How can you be against the environment?

After Milloy there are a couple of breakout sessions.  Dr. Rick Scarborough from Vision America will discuss “Why Christians Must Engage.”  This is an obvious attempt to try to bring onboard the far right fringe Evangelical Christians that have thus far resisted this movement.  Scarborough’s 2006 book is entitled ‘Liberalism Kills Kids.’  Enjoyable and uplifting.

Concurrently, there is the SGP (Smart Girl Politics) session “How to do Voter Registration Drives and Where to Find Conservative Voters” and “Women in Politics.”  I wonder if they’ll discuss ACORN – Hmmmm.

At 11:15, there will be 3 simultaneous sessions:

Young Americans for Freedom will discuss “How to Involve the Youth in the Conservative Movement” (I remember that from the 1980’s);

Numbers USA will present “5 Easy Fixes to the High Cost of Mass Immigration” (anyone see Lou Dobbs?);

Dr. B. Leland Baker will discuss “US Government Bankruptcy – Facts for Citizens Who Don’t Have Finance Degrees” (In other words people they can spew their bullshit to).

After lunch you can vomit to the speaking of Judge Roy Moore and Tom Fitton from the extremely conservative and hate-filled Judicial Watch.  If you have some time, you may want to check them out. 

In the afternoon, there will some more fun-filled breakout sessions that I know I need to see.  Hopefully, they’ll share these on YouTube or HateTube or TeabaggerTube.

Tomorrow is pretty much more of the same starting with Ana Puig’s presentation “Correlations between the current Administration and Marxist Dictators of Latin America.”  Wow, that’s a mouthful.  These are the types of discussions that make for some great Daily Show segments. 

The convention concludes tomorrow night with a banquet and a keynote address from the Queen Teabagger, Sarah Palin.

This past week, I went through the arduous debate between going to Nashville, spend $558 to attend the convention and banquet and listen to racist, hate-filled bullshit or stay home with my wife, drink topical drinks (it’s going to be in the 80’s this weekend) and possibly catch a movie.

I guess I could still catch a flight tomorrow to Nashville and spend $358 for the dinner with Sarah Palin.  I better get a signed copy of Going Rogue – and a freakin’ wink – and a damn ‘you betcha’. 

Better yet – I think I’ll stay home and start Friday night martinis now.  My brain hurts just researching and writing this post.  No wonder why only dumbasses fall for the Teabagger movement.

Additional sources:

National Tea Party Convention site

Tea Party Fireworks: Speaker rips McCain, Obama, ‘Cult of Multiculturalism’ – ABC News

 

Lisa Wei with Jim Robinson, founder and CEO of Free Republic

A-Hole of the Year Award – Joe Wilson

Granted there have been many nominees this year.  The most recent was Kanye West , courtesy of his inappropriate comments at last night’s MTV VMA’s.  Serena Williams also deserves some accolades for her outburst directed at a U.S. Tennis Open lineswoman which landed her a $10,000 fine.

But the hands down winner has to be South Carolina Representative Joe Wilson.

58272460During President Obama’s address to Congress last Wednesday (09/09/09) Joe Wilson yelled ‘You lie’ directed at the president’s comment that the Healthcare Reform bill will not provide coverage to ‘illegal aliens.’

In the history of our great county, no one has ever displayed such disrespect to the president while he was addressing Congress.

People from both sides of the aisle quickly spoke up and said that Wilson should apologize to President Obama (including Senator John McCain).

Rep. Wilson quickly released a statement and phoned The White House passing his apologies along to Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

But Wilson’s A-Hole nomination entry didn’t end there.

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When I was a kid, I was taught to take responsibility for my own actions.  I knew to apologize when I screwed up and then work hard to mend any fences I may have broken.

This, unfortunately, is not how bullies operate.

“I’m done apologizing.”  – Joe Wilson – 2009-SEP-10

What occurred during the next 24 hours may have set the foundation for the direction Wilson took and allowed him to walk away with the A-Hole of the Year Award.

Wilson’s 2008 challenger for the U.S. Representative seat was Rob Miller – who is also running in 2010.  Miller quickly rose over $100,000 in contributions in the hours following Wilson’s despicable action.  He is now hovering around $1.5 million.

Chief Bully and unofficial head of the Republican Party, Rush Limbaugh vehemently supported Wilson’s ‘you lie’ comment stating that Wilson shouldn’t have apologized and that Wilson said what ‘everyone was thinking.

Rush’s comments aren’t exactly true.  Personally, I loved that President Obama was trying to set the record straight.  When I heard Wilson’s ‘you lie’ comment, my first thought was ‘who was that asshole.’

Since Rush declared Wilson a hero – sentiments followed by bully Sean Hannity and Bill Krystol – Wilson took to the offensive.

He has been actively tweating and posting on his website.

Here is a sample of his tweats:

“Stand with me against liberal attacks.  Today I need your help more than ever before.  I’ve been under attac.” [sic]

“Over 8,500 Americans are standing with me against the liberal attacks.”

“The Democrats are playing politics.” Fox News Sunday

“I have been named the #1 target by the Democrats and MoveOn.org.”

His website has posted a new video entitled – ‘We Will Not Be Muzzled.’

I’m not seeing much remorse or fence mending.

Just like a bully, Wilson removed the foot from his mouth and went on the offensive.  He is trying to put the Democrats on defense when Wilson was clearly out of line.

Before concluding I’d like to point out, if he disagreed with Obama, he had the right to speak up but to do so in that venue was totally inappropriate.  To take that action and go on the offensive and cry martyr is reprehensible.

Congratulations Joe Wilson – A-Hole of the Year.

Sarah Palin – the next Ivan Drago?

The dust has settled a little on the news of Sarah Palin’s surprise resignation as governor of Alaska as well as the news that she will not seek re-election next year.

In a Tuesday morning news conference she followed up on some points that really – make no sense.  It’s true that the Republicans will spin this into some phenomenal political strategy that is as out-of-the-box and forward thinking as . . . as . . . say . . . John McCain picking Sarah Palin to be hipalin1s running mate.

In referring to her resignation she said, “That caught people off guard. . . . It’s out of the box and unconventional.  That’s what we are as Alaskans and certainly how I am as a public servant.” 

First of all, did she say that all Alaskans quit in the middle of a job?  I know that’s not what she meant but let’s face it, that’s what she said. 

And about the ‘public servant’ part – in a few weeks, you aren’t one any longer.   The best way she could be a public servant is to actually have a job.

The problem with someone in the political arena with presidential aspirations catching everyone off-guard – you tend to come off as spontaneous and impulsive.  That’s a scary combination when you have access to ‘the button.’

“I’m not going to take the comfortable path.  I’m going to take the right path for the state.” 

She took the comfortable path.  She believes that by staying on as governor, she will be continually hounded by the MSM and charged with further ethics violations.  So rather than be hounded and attacked (in her mind), she quit.  That seems like the comfortable path to me.  The tough path for her would have been to stay on and take on all challengers.

I do have to agree with her that stepping down is best for the state.  First of all, it has to suck for the state to have your governor charged with so many ethics violations and to be mocked so fiercely.  Secondly, maybe Sean Parnell will be able to bring respect back to the Alaska governor’s mansion.  (Of course, Republicans will take exception to that statement, but I had researched Palin dating prior to August 29th.  There were questions about her integrity prior to the MSM coming on board.)

Then addressing the comments from the media that her political career is over with her resignation, she pulled out one of the best lines from Rocky IV – with a Palin twist.

“If I die, I die.  So be it.”

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Drago

Steele called Obama . . . . a Celebrity

When I was in high school we used to joke that being conservative meant a lack of originality and doing the same tired things over and over again.

Judging by the way the Republican Party has been operating, no doubt the GOP falls under our definition of conservative.

michael steeleMost recently, GOP Chairman Michael Steele said the following while describing President Barack Obama:

“He’s young. He’s cool. He’s hip … he’s got all the qualities America likes in a celebrity, so of course he’s going to be popular.” … But “this is not American Idol. This is serious … and we are going to take them on.”

Last year, John McCain ran some ads during his failed presidential campaign where he called Obama ‘a celebrity.’

How did that work out for McCain?

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“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. – Albert Einstein.

So why would Steele repeat the point from McCain’s ads?

I can only guess that Republicans are both Conservative AND Insane.

einstein

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Job loss numbers continue to rise – no end in sight?

January, 2009 will go down on record as the third worst for job loss in American history reaching 598,000! Frighteningly, it is the third consecutive month where the U.S. has lost more than half a million jobs.

Unemployment now sits at 7.6% – the highest level since 1992.

For the full report read: US economy sheds 598,000 jobs in The Financial Times.

The total number of job losses since the recession began in December 2007 has now reached 3.6m, with half of this decline occurring during the last three months, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Meanwhile, the partisan bickering continues over the stimulus package.

Every Republican in the House voted against the stimulus package. Rush Limbaugh, John McCain and the rest of the Republicans (excluding Republican governors) have spoken out against the package.

President Obama took a hard stance Friday.

These numbers demand action,” Obama said. “It is inexcusable and irresponsible for any of us to get bogged down in distraction, delay or politics as usual while millions of Americans are being put out of work. Now is the time for Congress to act.”

He warned that “if we drag our feet and fail to act, this crisis will turn into a catastrophe.” The American people “did not choose more of the same in November,” he said. “They did not send us to Washington get stuck in partisan posturing, to try to score political points. They did not send us here to turn back to the same tried and failed approaches that were rejected. . . . They sent us here to make change, with the expectation that we would act.”

From the Financial Times:

Few industries were spared from losses last month. The manufacturing sector lost 207,000 jobs, a 1.6 per cent drop and the biggest monthly decline since October 1982. Construction shed 111,000 jobs, the retail sector lost 45,000 and 42,000 jobs in financial services disappeared. The healthcare and private education sectors added jobs in the month.

A bright note was that hourly earnings rose 0.3 per cent in January and are up 3.9 per cent on the year. However, few economists expect this to last.

I strongly believe that infrastructure jobs are a necessity at this time. With the tanking of the housing market, construction companies and workers can work on projects related to road, bridges, rebuilding levies, etc.

One key way to bring jobs back to this country would be to offer tax breaks to businesses that return jobs to the states that had been outsourced overseas.

I see that as logical yet I don’t hear anyone suggesting it.

Friday (05-FEB-2009), saw an additional 3,700 jobs lost while Thursday lost 19,000.

CNN Money has a great webpage that lists all of the company’s that have had layoffs in 2009. It does appear to be updated daily.

FIRST-QUARTER LAYOFFS: Selection Of Job Cuts By Major Companies

Additional source:

Obama Raises Stakes for Senate’s Economic Stimulus Bill – Washington Post

Joe the Plumber heading to Israel

I think peace is now at hand.  Joe the Plumber is going to Israel. 

Thousands of years of fighting in a war that seemingly has no end.  Both sides say they’re right and outsiders have strong opinions one way or the other.

I have my opinions but have made a point to keep them clear from my blog.  As heated as the Republican – Democratic debates get this is nothing compared to religious differences that date back to the beginning of religion. 

The Christian right and Republicans blindly say that they support Israel and their right to defend themselves without fully understanding the conflict or why they support Israel.

The Democratic fringe argues that the Palestinians are right because Israel’s might dominates a people who solely want their freedom and they always side with the underdog of the moment.

Those in the middle fall on either side and stand behind their positions.

In college – more than 20 years ago – I took a fantastic course called The Israel – Palestinian conflict.  In it we studied both perspectives in historic and modern times.  And I still keep quiet on my position.

But Joe the Plumber who proudly proclaimed that a vote for Barack Obama was a vote for the death to Israel, is now off to the Holy Land in an attempt cover the war.

He’s a fake plumber without a license who claimed to be purchasing a business with money he didn’t have.  He became the central figure in the John McCain – Sarah Palin presidential campaign which should tell you all you need to about the McCain – Palin ticket. 

Samuel ‘Joe the Plumber’ Wurzelbacher is planning on spending 10 days in Israel covering the fighting.

The below Average Joe the Plumber is going to (attempt to) communicate Israel’s ‘Average Joe’ opinion. 

This next part plumber cracks me up:  He is going to be a war correspondent for the conservative web site pjtv.com.  (Pajamas TV)  

Joe the War Correspondent.

Reflecting on the Biggest of 2008

2008 has come to an end and as usual it is time to reflect. The year has provided us with big stories, scandals, laughs and a few tears.

The big news stories of 2008

Barack Obama wins presidential election becoming 44th president. This is the biggest story of the year. Hope and Change better be comin’ because Hopeless and the Same old Shit really suck.

California rescinds the right to marry from gays and lesbians. This is scandalous but belongs with the news stories. On a day when our country elected a black man as president, 3 states voted to discriminate against an entire community. And these intolerant bastards have the balls to defend their actions. It reminds me of the old ‘some of my best friends are [fill in with minority of choice]’ bigotry. Our mission for 2009 must be to work to right this horrific wrong.

Bankruptcy, Bailouts and a Recession. We are watching businesses fail at an alarming rate. Circuit City, Linens and Things, KB Toys, Bennigan’s and many, many other companies have failed this year. The mortgage industry has collapsed thanks to sub-prime loans and the tax payer is taking it on the chin with this no-strings-attached bailout. The Big 3 auto manufacturers are struggling and had come to DC with their paws out. The newspaper industry looks to be on very shaky ground as the New York Times took out a loan and other papers are now terminating home delivery. Americans are losing jobs and their homes and less than 2 months before leaving office still-President Bush tells us that we’re in a recession. Really? I hadn’t noticed.

The New York Giants beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. This story was big for me in a couple of ways. I was born in New York and have rooted for the Giants forever – so the Super Bowl win is enjoyable to me. But as I grew up in Miami and went to Miami Dolphins games for many years, I was thrilled that the Patriots lost thus preserving the 1972 Dolphins as the only perfect season.

We are all Georgians. Did John McCain realize that he was talking about a country and not a state when he proclaimed that ‘we are all Georgians? Yes, since his foreign policy advisor is on the payroll to lobby on behalf of Georgia. Unlike Bush, maybe McCain didn’t see Putin’s soul? I suspect that this story will become much larger in 2009. And let’s not overlook the Israel – Hamas increased hostility in Gaza. PE Obama really will have his hands full – as will Sec. of State Hillary Clinton.

Is China Purposely Poisoning Us? My defunct website in 2007 used this as its page heading. I felt the media was missing key stories involving imports from China. Reports of tainted pet food, chicken and fish feed, toothpaste, imported fish, honey and tires were hidden by the MSM but linked by my old site. It wasn’t until our children’s toys proved to be tainted did this make headlines. That and the execution of the Chinese head of food safety in July, 2007. This story grew in 2008 but in my opinion it still isn’t getting the attention it deserves.

I have missed others like the Mumbai Hostage Crisis, the Burma cyclone and China earthquake. And did I mention that gas prices are now below $1.60. Is it a coincidence that the speculators bolted from the market beginning in July? Shouldn’t people be going to jail over this?

The big scandals of 2008

John Edwards lies about affair – thus destroying his political career. He spoke up for the poor. He could have been a great VP or head of the DOJ. It wasn’t the $400 haircuts that destroyed him; it was the affair that he lied about even after the National Enquirer discovered it. Meanwhile, David Vitter’s career goes on. Newt Gingrich is doing well. John McCain was just his party’s nominee for the presidency. They all cheated but didn’t suffer the same fate as Edwards and Eliot Spitzer.

Rod Blagojevich tries to sell Barack Obama’s old Illinois Senate seat. Chicago politics at its finest. John Edwards has an affair and is gone from politics but Blago pulls a political stunt and is still around.

Eliot Spitzer and the high priced hooker. True, he was probably set up for this fall since he made significant enemies as Attorney General of New York. But that doesn’t excuse what he did. True, he did the right thing and resigned – and resigned quickly. Has anyone seen David Vitter’s resignation? David Paterson succeeded Spitzer and promptly announced to the world that both he and his wife had been unfaithful. You can’t make this stuff up.

The $150,000 wardrobe. Sarah Palin became the Republican VP nominee and went on a shopping spree. She bought clothes, clothes and more clothes. She spent more than Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. But she’s giving it back – after it’s worn? Uh, I mean, they’re giving the clothes to the poor. Just what a homeless person wants – a $5,000 dress. Screw a good meal, a warm shower and a job. They don’t even lie well.

The Ted Stevens Conviction. And he almost won re-election. Alaska seems to be the only place where the government officials are more corrupt than Chicago. Stevens will be going to jail unless Bush decides to pardon him. Don Young could be following in Stevens’ path in 2009. And I didn’t mention Trooper-gate.

The Ponzi Scheme – Remember the old pyramid schemes? Well this one takes the cake – or the $50 billion. The ponzi scheme was run be the former chairman of NASDAQ Bernard Madoff. It looks like he bilked investors out of $50 billion. This has the makings of one of the largest scandals of all time. One person has already committed suicide.

People / Things I hope stay in 2008 and never surface again.

Joe the Plumber. Screw his book. His story isn’t that riveting. And he can keep all the JTP knock-offs like Tito the Builder, Mario the septic tank cleaner, Sam the butcher, and Sarah the Governor.

Sarah Palin. I know she is due to surface in 2012 but I’m going to wish long and hard that she won’t.

Billy Mays. He first annoyed me with DiDi7 and now seems to market every gimmicky product. The kids mock him and I really wish his 15 minutes were up. Mighty Putty, OxiClean and that product that removes Dings from my car are just a few of the As Seen on TV products that he pitches. He is almost as bad as Kevin Trudeau. He is the clown who I first remember seeing sell that Mega Memory garbage. Thanks to a court order, he can not sell products only his BS books. So he is hitting us up with a barrage of books – Natural Cures, More Natural Cures, The Weight Loss Cure, Debt Cures – all coincidentally that ‘THEY don’t want you to know about.’ Trudeau is a con-man who has already pleaded guilty to larceny.

I’d love to see many, many other people fade away like Britney, OJ and Ken Blackwell (he’s running for head of the RNC). I am sick of reality programs and wish that they’d put programs on that are intelligent and make me think.

Companies / Products I hope don’t join us in 2009

Companies that want to buy my scraps of gold. This looks like a ploy to take advantage of seniors yet they also advertise on children’s channels (which I don’t get). How gullible must one be to send their scraps of metal and take their word on the value?

The Barack Obama coin / collectable plate and those mall kiosks that sell Obama’s t-shirt. Are there really that many people who purchase Obama merchandise? I guess now that the shirtless Obama pictures are circulating around the web, we’ll see a new set of products hit the market. And I’m sick of the World Trade Center / 9/11 products. Who thought of that 9/11 $20 crap? Ooh, ‘It’s the first time that the 9 and 11 were added up to total the 20 dollar value?’ Give me a break.

Time share calls. This one is a personal one. I don’t own a timeshare and I never have but somehow I have gotten on a ‘this guy owns a timeshare’ mailing list. I get multiple calls on a daily basis asking me if I wish to sell my timeshare points. I am on the Florida and National Do Not Call lists but it doesn’t seem to work nor does my repeated requests to get off of their mailing lists.

In case this is the last post you read from me in 2008 – May you have a happy and healthy 2009. May the change we voted for be what we need to get us back on the right track.

Hope to see you in 2009.

Gene – My 2 Buck$