April 2010

Did Michael Steele Cook The Books?

This morning, the suit and tie Republican conservative blog, The Daily Caller, strikes another blow at Michael Steele and at the Republican National Committee. (RNC) under his management. The Daily Caller was the blog that broke the RNC sex club scandal, and now it raises the question of criminality at the RNC. In a headline the Daily Caller shouts, "Former RNC official: Steele struck a deal with Michigan GOP to increase fundraising numbers, possibly to circumvent federal funding limits." (!)

Thank You, Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn

Much admiration and applause for the comments made recently by Oklahoma Senator Tom Courbon during a recent town hall meeting, and politicians should take notes.  His reason, civility and logic should be commended, and if others in the legislature take his stance a lot could be accomplished in Washington.  It is a great step in the right direction. 

Coburn, according to CNN, was quoted as saying, in reference to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, "Come on now, she is a nice - how many of you all have met her?  She is a nice person. Let me give you a little lesson here, I hope you will listen to me. Just because somebody disagrees with you doesn't mean they aren't a good person."

Things Never Meant To Be Fall Apart

One of George W Bush's many follies was the  attempt to nation build in Afghanistan, and to seat. Hamid Karzai or anyone into power,  in a country that is at its best ungovernable, and at its worse, is feudal, and whose politicians are corrupt. The US had an ally, the Northern Alliance, that at the time was perfect for Taliban removal, and for a very swift US exit.  Good judgment and common sense were in short supply when it came to Dubya Bush. He put together things that were never meant to be, and now they are falling apart.

The Bums, the Crooks!

From Business Week: "Toyota Motor Corp. 'knowingly hid a dangerous defect' that caused its vehicles to accelerate unexpectedly, the U.S. said, for the first time accusing the world’s largest automaker of breaking the law. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood proposed a record civil penalty of $16.4 million, the most the government can impose. The fine recommended yesterday escalates the confrontation between Toyota and LaHood, who initially praised the carmaker for its handling of recalls the company attributed to faulty accelerator pedals ... the department’s action showed “safety matters and they’re going to be tough as nails,” Joan Claybrook, a former head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said in an interview. 'That’s very appropriate. They caught Toyota red- handed.'.”

Tea Party: Fiscally Conservative? Nope.

There may not be any more hypocrisy than many reports coming out about the Tea Party.  The Tea Party, a group of individuals running around the country claiming this and that, have hammered the point at every stop about being fiscally conservative.  That is all fine and well, but they aren't practicing what they preach.

The group, however, has reportedly paid Sarah Palin $100,000 for her bumper sticker filled speech, and paid $18,000 for a private jet for the prolific speaker.  Is this fiscally conservative?  Please, do not go around the country telling people about wasting money, and then pay a political cheerleader that outlandish amount of money to speak.  It defies all logic, and sits in all that is hypocritical.

Steele Plays The Race Card?

My favorite Republican National Committee Chairman ever, Mr. Michael Steele, Esquire, said he won't resign, won't step down, folks can call for him to do so, but he understands "that he and other African-American leaders such as President Obama have a slimmer margin of error because of their race." The squire tosses the race card on the table.

Beyond Shameful Protesters

In an earlier blog I wrote on a group of shameful protesters, from the Westboro Baptist Church, who protest at soldier's funerals on the basis that it's God's way of punishing our country for tolerating homosexuality.

In 2006 they protested at the funeral of Lance Corporal Matt Synder's funeral, with sign's that CNN reports said, "You're going to hell," "God hates you" and "Thank God for dead soldiers."  Synder's family then filed a lawsuit for the alleging privacy invasion, intentional infliction of emotional distress and civil conspiracy.  The family won the case, but recently it was appealed by a higher court, and the deceased soldier's family was ordered to pay the group of protesters $16,000 in court fees. 

Call on Congress for Healthy Food

Healthy food, healthy farms… Aren’t these two things sort of granted in the modern age? Didn’t Upton Sinclair already help us realize how yucky and unhealthy the food industry was ages ago? If so, we shouldn’t need this conversation today… But we do, don’t we?

From antibiotics to crammed factory farming in the grossest conditions imaginable, our food’s journey to our tables is nothing short of vomit-inducing. In fact, most people (myself included) are either turned off meat forever or temporarily after witnessing footage from the meat industry—or even simply a movie like Fast Food Nation. We know what we eat is pretty damn disgusting, but given the choice to eat or not eat, we eat, don’t we? And given the choice to eat cheaply or to eat expensively, well, most of us opt for cheap out of necessity.

Has The Christian Right Placed The RNC on the list with Sodom and Gomorrah?

Tony Perkins, head of the right-wing, self-described Christian group, the Family Research Council, an influential group in right-wing politics, has pointed the self-righteous finger at the Republican National Committee, (RNC), because of the RNC spending nearly $2000 to entertain young donors at a topless, sex bondage nightclub in West Hollywood,  and has said in so many words, "Get away from me Satan!" Yes, he has said this in so many words. What he literally said was, as reported by the Washington Post and by other media outlets, "don't give money to the RNC."

Give the RNC no money? What is he trying to do? Shrimp of life style of the Chairman and staff of the RNC?.

The Impostor

I don't know how long I've been here. They... they won't let me near the windows. I have no idea why. There are bars on them. There are bars everywhere. The guards speak a dozen different languages through which they rotate in no particular pattern so I can't discern where I'm being held. They feed me irregularly. Sometimes every few hours, sometimes every day or so. It's so hard to tell. I can't imagine what kind of havoc has resulted from my imprisonment. For a long while, I pinned this one on Joe. From the moment I met him I sensed a kind of rage in Biden, a melancholy time bomb that would go off one day before he leaves this world. But now, now I'm not so sure. I have reason to believe that my old friend hasn't betrayed me, that this mess goes a lot deeper than simple revenge or blind ambition. My name is Barack H. Obama and the man you know as your President is an impostor.

Unbelievable: RNC Directed Donors to Sex Line

From ABC News: "The Republican National Committee inadvertently distributed fundraising mail earlier this month with a return number that leads to a phone-sex line offering to connect callers with "hot horny girls ... students, housewives, and working girls from all over the country We love nasty talk as much as you do," a woman's voice says on the sex-line's audio recording. The mail piece was produced by Burch Munford Direct, a direct-mail firm frequently used by the RNC, the committee's communications director, Doug Heye, said. The firm "will not be used for the foreseeable future," he said. The mix-up occurred when the direct-mail firm replaced the RNC's "202" area code with an "800" area code, Heye said."