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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

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Pediatric Cancer Cluster in The Acreage

The Florida Department of Health confirmed that The Acreage in Palm Beach County is encountering a higher than normal number of brain and central nervous system tumors and cancer in children, especially girls.

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) and other state lawmakers are calling for a probe to determine the cause.   One environmental expert said that the cancer cluster did warrant national attention.

Health officials state that they may never be able to determine the cause.  Dr. Alina Alonso, director of the Palm Beach County Health Department, said that there are currently no plans to conduct environmental tests.

“We really don’t have one thing,” said Alonso.  “From what we’re seeing now, there is nothing that is going to say, ‘Aha this is the cause of the cancer.’”

Nelson said environmental tests should start “as soon as possible.”  He pledged to work with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to get them to “lend their resources and expertise to the investigation.”

“Residents still don’t know a cause or what’s responsible for these cases of cancer,” Nelson wrote to Florida’s surgeon general on Tuesday.  “And we can’t work to fix the problem or hold someone accountable until we can answer these questions.”

“We need to give them the resources to make sure they can identify a cause,” said State Representative Joseph Abruzzo (D-Wellington).

Environmental tests will not occur until the department finishes analyzing the interviews over the next two months. 

Authorities have identified 13 cases of brain cancer or tumors among children and teenagers in the community from 1993 and 2008.

There was a significant jump in the number of cases after 2002 said Tammie Johnson, a state epidemiologist.  There is enough data available thus far to label these cancer cases a cluster.

Two more children were diagnosed with brain tumors in late 2009 generating fears that the cancer cluster is continuing to grow.

Homeowners should insist on federal assistance said Peter deFur, president of Environmental Stewardship Concepts in Richmond, Virginia.   He added that the CDC should conduct a health assessment which would include reviewing residents’ medical records and performing blood and environmental analysis.

The Acreage is a semirural community in northwest Palm Beach County.  As the name would suggest, homes are built on at least a single acre lot.  There are farms in the area and farm equipment is stored on those lots. 

Quick aside:  I looked at the area a dozen years ago about a year before my divorce.  I really have to say that I liked the rural feel of the community and loved the idea of hiring and working directly with the builder that would construct my home.   I suspect it is this reason that I have been watching this story develop.  My daughter was 6 years old when I looked at the community.

The state Department of Environmental Protection, which is not part of the cluster investigation, isn’t planning to conduct any tests, spokeswoman Cristina Llorens said Tuesday.  The agency randomly sampled 50 wells last year and declared that ground water quality in The Acreage was “generally good,” despite some elevated levels of radiation that could come from natural causes.

Excessive radiation can cause brain cancer.

Environmental concerns in the area:

  • Farm chemicals
  • Well-water quality
  • Pratt & Whitney toxic-cleanup site
  • Possibly contaminated fill dumped from other locations
  • Cell phone towers
  • Naturally occurring radioactive substances in rock

deFur said that The Acreage may be experiencing a “cumulative risk situation” where stresses on top of stresses exceed  what people’s systems can handle.

The fact the health department found a greater disparity in girls than boys raises a question of whether a hormone-disrupting chemical could be involved, he said.

“For everybody to have a comfort level, you need to know the source,” said Michelle Damone, board president of Indian Trail Improvement District.  “Without knowing the cause of it, how do you go and correct it?”

Next phases:

The state health department expects to complete the second phase of the study by mid-March, 2010.  They plan to conduct interviews with 12 of the 13 families and review the cancer rates using updated population data.  Note:  The thirteenth family could not be located as they have moved from the area.

If a third phase occurs, it may include environmental tests which would take up to one year to complete.

A fourth phase would be a large-scale federal or university-based project.

As mentioned earlier, additional studies are not currently planned.

“Everybody is exposed to a multitude of things,” said Becky Samarripa, whose 15-year-old daughter had a tumor removed in 2008.  Still, so many of these children went to the same schools, play in the same soil and drink the same well water that tests in at least one of those areas should be warranted, she said.

New York law firm, Weitz & Luxenberg, affiliated with environmental activist Erin Brockovich, has been conducting water analyses since late last year. 

 

Public meeting:

Officials plan to discuss the investigation at a public meeting.

Date:           February 9, 2010

Time:          6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Location:   Seminole Ridge High School

                    4601 Seminole Pratt Whitney Road

                    Loxahatchee

 Sources:

Link to study:  Acreage SIR Recalculation Population Estimate Methods and Results

Cancer cluster designation rattles The Acreage

New data confirms Acreage cancer cluster; health official puzzled on cause of children’s ailments

 

SCOTUS Kills Democracy

Actually, they have reshaped it.

In case you missed it, our fine United States Supreme Court led by Justices John Roberts, Samuel Alito,  Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Anthony Kennedy ruled in a 5-4 vote that corporations cannot be restricted on political contributions in candidate elections.

The majority said that this was a vindication “of the First Amendment’s most basic free speech principle — that the government has no business regulating political speech.”

But since when did corporations become citizens?  Yes, I know that they pay taxes but not the way citizens are required to.  We definitely don’t have the same loopholes.  Nor do they have the same bankruptcy laws.  Nor do I have shareholders that invest in me.

So far the media has been relatively quiet about this.  Surprisingly so considering the magnitude of this decision.

President Obama called it “a major victory for big oil, Wall Street banks, health insurance companies and the other powerful interests that marshal their power every day in Washington to drown out the voices of everyday Americans.”

For the first 24 hours following the decision, I was furious.  I came to the conclusion that Americans were no longer part of the election process.  As it was, corporations wielded a mighty big sword by utilizing corporate lobbyists to do their bidding for them in Washington.

Add the money they can now freely contribute and there is no way common Americans can have any quality time with our politicians.

I envisioned our election process being taken over by corporate interests.  Debates, primaries and caucuses get sponsorships.  (McDonalds Super Tuesday)

Whichever candidates best supported the corporate needs would receive hefty campaign contributions and a chance to represent their state or district for the next term. 

And it really isn’t difficult to “drown out the voices of everyday Americans” as President Obama put it.  The corporate lobbyists are always in the politicians faces and politicians are oblivious as to what we are saying outside the Beltway.

Initially, I believed that Republicans would now win every election.  But that isn’t true.  Many Democrats also put corporate interests ahead of American citizens.  So in that regard much wouldn’t change.

What would change are the politicians who nobly put their constituents before the corporate interests.  Their reelections would be in doubt. 

And unless you have the corporate political machine behind you, you can forget any political aspirations you may have.

The point to remember is that we are a Representative Democracy.  We elect people to represent us in the political process.

The added dollars coming from corporations will mean that ‘We the People’ will only be made aware of the candidates engulfed in that machine.

And as a Representative Democracy, the Supreme Court has determined who ‘We the People’ will rely on for determining which candidate we will ultimately vote for. 

But isn’t that the way it seems to be anyway?

Justice Kennedy wrote for the majority:

“When government seeks to use its full power, including the criminal law, to command where a person may get his or her information or what distrusted source he or she may not hear, it uses censorship to control thought.  This is unlawful. The First Amendment confirms the freedom to think for ourselves.”

This will also ensure that Fox News can provide 24 opinion on their ‘news’ station. 

What is bizarre is that this does not explain how restricting corporate campaign contributions would use censorship to control thought.  Campaign finance restrictions didn’t dictate the message, it just attempted to balance the process so ‘We the People’ had our voices heard – not ‘We the Corporations’.

In fact, stronger campaign finance restrictions were necessary in order to give our elections back to the people and really permit our voices to be heard.

Today, pork projects are given to districts so the politician can get support for his reelection.  Watch how the pork projects will go to districts where the corporate dollars are flowing in from. 

I hear Honda needs a new automotive facility in Alabama.

Anyway we spin this, this is bad for democracy.  It’s bad for the country.  And worst of, it will be bad for Americans.  The Supreme Court has failed us. 

United Corporations Supreme Court - Great job, fascArt {h/t BuzzFlash}

Massachusetts: What were you thinking? Or were you thinking?

Open call to anyone in Massachusetts:

Did you vote for Scott Brown over Martha Coakley because of any of the following reasons?

  • The Curt Schilling remark (from Coakley)
  • Coakley’s dullness
  • Browns’ daughter’s appearance on American Idol
  • Brown’s wife being a journalist
  • Brown’s truck
  • Brown’s nude spread in a 27 year old magazine
  • Coakley’s finger conducting of Happy Birthday.

If you answered yes to any of the above list, you ought to be ashamed of yourself.

Did you want to punish Coakley because it seemed as though the Democrats took this race for granted?

This is a major election. 

You don’t vote for the person who says that they’ll put TV’s in the school cafeteria. 

You don’t vote for the popular kid who makes us laugh. 

You vote for the geek with the pocket protector who knows the US Constitution backwards and forwards, understands the needs of Americans and has the will and determination to make sure that We The People are provided with the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. 

Any research would have easily shown that Brown does not support equality and does not believe that all Americans have that unalienable right of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Teabaggers: This country belongs to all of us!

If I hear just one more time the following “We’re taking back our country” I am going to thoroughly lose it.

The last time was from a good friend of mine – who is a Republican – who posted this on a Republican website (which I read as well).

These F*^king people think the country belongs to them.  They are less than 30% of the country and they believe that the other 70% don’t matter.

‘We’re taking back our country.”  Look at what you did with that country since you took control of it in 1994.  Add the presidency in 2001 and you really sent us into the toilet. 

Now you’re resisting every attempt to fix your mess.

Are you familiar with the following?

We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. 

All Men are created equal. 

We have the Unalienable Right of Life, Liberty AND the pursuit of Happiness.

But all you hear is ‘creator’. 

And then you misinterpret His words.  It’s pathetic.

President Obama hadn’t even completed the swearing in ceremony and the f*^king teabaggers were obstructing, insulting and criticizing everything. 

Instead of addressing what Obama was saying, the teabaggers were saying that he talked too much.  That would be so their stupid lemmings would tune out mentally.

The President of the United States talks to students as other presidents have done and the right wing claims that it is indoctrination.  You can’t have the president talking to the children.  They may realize that their parents are ‘morans.’

The fact is – because of the Neo-Cons (remember them?) this country has an out of control deficit, in a war that we should never have been in, are in an insane amount of debt to China, still dependent on foreign oil and without any sort of healthcare reform.

We have a little banking (Wall Street) problem and people are losing their homes at a frightening pace.

We have a Supreme Court that now believes that the rights of the corporation outweigh that of the person.  (Hey SCOTUS – all men are created equal not all corporations are created equal)

Bigotry is on the increase and the division of opinion has never been greater. 

Teabaggers talk about the Constitution (only really the Second Amendment) but definitely don’t care about equality. 

I’m still trying to understand how Teabaggers don’t see that Fox News and Rush Limbaugh deliver right wing propaganda but believe that the rest of the media is liberal. 

How can the Teabaggers be so lazy?  Pick up a newspaper.  Read the internet.  Fact check your Fox News resources.  You will find out as I did in the early 2000’s – that Fox News is full of shit. 

Not all Teabaggers are dumb.  I know this.  They are just lazy.  It’s easier to believe Fox News.  After all, it has the word news in it!  And Rush Limbaugh agrees with them.  And Drudge posts it on the internets.

If Rush and Sean say it often enough and convincingly enough the Teabaggers will believe it.  The Neo-Cons had seen a ton of waning support and changed their name to Teabaggers and their lemmings are so dumb that they couldn’t tell the difference.  At least I know Liberals and Progressives are the same. 

One final plea:  Teabaggers – stop being ditto heads.  Start thinking for yourself.  Research what they say.  You will find, as I did, that much of what they say is pulled right out of their backsides.

 

Party Problems – Democrats and Republicans need to take control of their parties

Republicans and Democrats have lost control of their respective parties.  Democrats to the spineless and Republicans to the Teabaggers.

Democrats have control of the House, Senate and White House yet they act like they are the minority party.  They are overdoing this compromise crap and refuse to stand their ground for what is the right thing to do.  They caved so much in the name of compromise that the healthcare reform bill will cost taxpayers a fortune, ensure that the status quo gets stronger and does nothing to reform healthcare in America.  And still the bill will probably fail.  And Democrats are proud saying that it’s better than nothing.

The Weak-ocrats cave to any pressure put on them by the far right fringe, Rush Limbaugh and Fox News rather than stand strong and call them out for what they are – obstructionists.

Instead of banding together to defeat the minority and pass the legislation on their agenda as the Republicans did for more than a decade, they fold, compromise and wilt at the sign of a GOP-led Senate filibuster.

During the Bush years, the Republicans threatened the nuclear option which would eliminate the filibuster as a means of stopping a bill.  In fact, the Republicans called out the Democrats at the mere mention of a filibuster stating that the bill or confirmation deserved an up or down vote.  Then they won with their majority by banding together. 

It’s time for the Democrats to stand up for the people and drive legislation through that will benefit this country and Americans.  And to hell with what the Right say about them and they need to call out those who stand in the way of progress.

On the other hand, I worry more about the real Republicans in this country.  Their party has been hijacked by a far right fringe that are known as the Teabaggers.  (I know it’s the Tea Party). 

The Republican candidate wasn’t ‘conservative’ enough in NY-23 for this group of right wingers that they put up their own candidate from the Conservative Party.

Lincoln Chafee has opted to run for Rhode Island governor as an Independent candidate and is avoiding a teabagger primary challenger.

In Florida, moderate Governor Charlie Crist is probably going to lose his primary challenge to teabagger Marco Rubio.  The fringe group has ousted the head of the Florida GOP who was a supporter of Crist.

This group offers no alternatives – just obstruction.  They scream loudly and bash the opposing point of view relentlessly.  They frequently misspeak and load up on the name-calling. 

They are the bully and squeaky wheel on steroids. 

The Republicans need to take back their party.  They need to call out these fringe teabaggers and start putting out candidates that can add to the dialog without making a mockery of the political process.

They can start by standing up to Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and all the teabaggers currently collecting a paycheck in Congress. 

I know I’m tired of having my tax dollars go to a fringe group that is setting back America more than a century. 

Replacing weak and scared is easy but replacing loud and nasty is not.  Our system is no longer politics as usual.  We need big changes.

 Gene

 

 

 

 

Hypocrite Joe Wilson celebrates MLK

Calling Joe Wilson a hypocrite is like calling Cold Stone’s Oreo Overload an incredibly delicious treat.

The man who went from obscurity to Teabagger Icon by yelling ‘you lie’ at President Obama as he gave a speech to Congress last September tweeted the following to honor the life and memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Today we honor a man who committed his life to ensuring equal opportunity for all Americans.”

“Although his life was cut tragically short, Dr. King’s message of freedom, equality and opportunity still thrives today.”

“Dr. King’s cause of justice inspired millions and today we celebrate noble life and memory.”

Those are great sentiments if I thought for one second that he believed them.

‘Opportunity for ALL Americans.’  ‘Message of freedom, equality and opportunity still thrives today.’ 

As part of the far right fringe, Wilson staunchly supports the position that gays cannot marry.  How is that for equality?

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision of Roe v Wade held the position that a woman could abort her pregnancy up until the “point at which the fetus becomes viable.”  Obviously, the United States Supreme Court’s decision is not good enough for Wilson.

Millions of Americans cannot get health insurance and others are unable to afford insurance thus risking financial ruin if they have a catastrophic illness.  It begs the question, why doesn’t Joe Wilson believe that all Americans should have access to affordable health insurance and quality health care as he and all members of Congress currently enjoy?  How does this honor MLK’s life and memory?

Dr. King was committed to ensuring equal opportunity for all Americans. 

Joe Wilson, using Twitter to share the above comments, is committed to obstruction, inequality and divisive politics and as such is a candidate for Hypocrite of the Year and we are less than 3 weeks into 2010. 

Gene