Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Beat me again

I can only assume that the majority of people in North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama either don't read newspapers or have no internet access. In the worst economic times since the great depression the senate today set out to get something done about unemployment that's about to run out for millions of Americans. The "No" party has held up this bill for over three weeks now with the threat of a filibuster. Today however senate democrats got a vote for cloture which simply puts an end to the "No" partys' nonsense. The vote was 87 to 13 meaning that the debate is over something that shouldn't have been in the first place. The 13 were of course from those you'd expect, our wonderful obstructionist "No" party. Sessions, Demint, and Grahm voted against. How can these people live with themselves? I'm certain that if you went boating with one of these guys and you fell overboard they'd throw you an anchor rather that have to perform CPR. But I really wonder about the people who put these guys in office. These are states that have some of the worst unemployment, the worst healthcare and refused federal funds to help their economies. Do the people of these states like getting beaten or what? Vote for me and I'll screw you over, steal your money and when you dead on the street I'll complain about your corpse cluttering up the sidewalk.

Photo by Robert Rouse

Then there's Joe LIEberman who's threatening to hold up healthcare reform. If the people of Conn. don't wise up and throw that bum out of office the next election cycle then the Dems should strip him of any power. Let him sit with the "Nos" and he can sink on their Titantic.


Robert Rouse said...

Don't wait until Connecticut cuts bait and runs from Joey. Get rid of his Homeland Security Chair right now! Tell him he is persona non gratis if he doesn't start towing the line - NOW!!!!

PS, thanks for the credit.

The Blog Fodder said...

This post and your previous one really make me wonder about your "democratic" system.

The Economist ran an article recently on electoral fraud but failed to mention the 2000 USA presidential election which was won by depriving Florida citizens of thier right to vote and influencing Florida judges.

Nor did it mention the 2004 USA presidential election which was won again by depriving Florida citizens of their right to vote and by rigging electronic voting machines in Ohio. It was no surprise that the Ohio results were late in being reported.

Holte Ender said...

LIEberman is feathering his own nest, he loves the attention he gets, I agree with Robert, force him out now, to hell with him.
South Carolina has shocking unemployment figures, how wonderful of their representatives to Congress to attempt to cut them off at the knees.

MRMacrum said...

Did you expect anything different? In today's heated partisan atmosphere, neither side seems as concerned with what the country needs, just beating or fighting the other side. I blame the Republicans for the deep and vicious divide we have now. They continue to play disruptive politics just to screw up the works. And they like to present themselves as patriots. What a bunch of clowns.

As Blog Fodder noted, our democratic system is anything but. It has become a battle of two gangs.

Anonymous said...

Since when did ability and honesty have anything to do with the amount of votes a politician gets?

Randal Graves said...

Kent Brockman was right, people. But don't worry, we'll get it right next time, I promise.

an average patriot said...

You have to wonder how they keep screwing the people and gain reelection unless the only ones that vote are the benefactors of their crap. We are really so screwed in this facade of a Democracy!

Tom Harper said...

These corporate-owned Republicans love Jesus and hate homosexuals and communists. That's all it takes to win the hearts and minds of red state voters.

BBC said...

Left, right, it's a house of magic, bullshit and mirrors.

America is flat ass busted and the queen of denial.

Do you know how much of our money China holds? I don't recall the first figure but there is a hell of a lot of zeros behind it.

And we asked for it, can't fix it with politics, just do the best your can to cover your own ass. Do whatever it takes and be thankful for it.

If you lose your home that isn't the end of the world, just find a cheap camp trailer to live in and be thankful for it, it's better than some will have.

Oh, and get a porta-pottie, they come in very handy.

Brother Tim said...

I say, not only strip Holy Joe of all his power, kick his flabby Zionist arse out of the caucus. What good does he serve, when he's slinking in dark corners wielding a knife? His reelection is too far off to depend on the Connecticut voters. That *sswipe can do a lot of damage in 4 more years.

Dave Splash said...

I'd like to concur with the sentiments of Brother Tim, except he had to throw a little anti-Semitism into the mix and fuck it all up. If this were my blog, Bro, you'd be banned. What exactly does Lieberman's "Zionism" have to do with health care? I support the most liberal health care plan out there - single payer - and I am a Zionist. I believe in the concept of a Jewish state. Wow. How horrible. Only anti-semites use Zionist as an attack word.

Attack Lieberman on policy and leave his religion out of the mix.

Brother Tim said...

Well, Dave, you claim to be a Zionist, but apparently have little knowledge of Zionism. I would recommend you read the book Der Judenstaat, written by Theodor Herzl, considered to be the founder of Zionism.

Zionism is NOT a religion, nor is it a nationality. Zionism is a political movement. Ask any Orthodox or Reform Jew, or any Haredi, Neturei Karta, or Satmar (Hasidic) Jew. Although most Zionists are Jewish, most Jews are NOT Zionists. Calling someone anti-semitic because they dislike Zionism is a cop-out, meant to try and silence any criticism of the movement. It's been a Zionist tactic and sound-byte for over 100 years.

Using anti-Zionism and anti-semitism as interchangable synonyms is analagous to saying anti-neoconservativism is the same as anti-Americanism.

I too, support a Jewish state; but Zionists are more racist than the KKK, and ten times more murderous. That behavior I cannot support.

I'm sorry that I hurt your feelings, but looking at your avatar, I fully understand where you're coming from.

Peace and Grace.

Demeur said...

Gee I thought we were talking about a politician who was bought off by the insurance companies and his lies to the American public. Just three years ago he was all rah rah for a public option. Now that his pockets are stuffed with our insurance dollars it's a different story.

Dave Splash said...

looking at your avatar, I fully understand where you're coming from.

This, my friend, is doubtful. Not sure what you could surmise from my avatar, other than I think it is funny that Tom Delay was on Dancing with the Stars.

Using anti-Zionism and anti-semitism as interchangable synonyms is analagous to saying anti-neoconservativism is the same as anti-Americanism.

I did not say the two were interchangeable, but I can see that you don't really care what I say, you already have your pre-packaged answers at the ready. When polite anti-semites want to express their bigotry, they say they are attacking Zionism and not Jews. I will take you at your word that you simply object to some policy or another of Israel's and that you are not anti-semitic. However, a better analogy for this is when racists attack "quotas" or affirmative action, yet they are really trying to attack African-Americans.

Believe me when I tell you that I don't wish to engage in a battle over Israel. But your information is dead wrong. If the definition of Zionism was what you believe it is, that it is "more racist than the KKK" (the single most ridiculous claim made by anyone, hands down, in 2009) than no one would self-identify. The actual definition, "the national movement for the return of the Jewish people to their homeland and the resumption of Jewish sovereignty in the Land of Israel" is accurate, and non-controversial to most. Why is it okay for every other ethnic or religious minority on earth to engage in some form of ethnic pride or even nationalism, but it is akin to the KKK for Jews to do it? The intellectual inconsistency of anti-zionists is sometimes shocking.

Point of fact, though, it was Nathan Birnbaum that started the Zionist movement and coined the phrase. He and Herzl worked closely until they had a falling out a few years later over policy. Birnbaum wrote the paper entitled, "The National Rebirth of the Jewish People in its Homeland as a Means of Solving the Jewish Question" and much of it was later adopted by Herzl.

Regardless of who founded the movement, it is beyond the pale to conflate being a Zionist to being a member of the KKK, and you weaken your overall argument by making such outlandish comparisons.

I still don't see what Zionism has to do with health care reform, but I really don't feel like hearing about some international conspiracy of Jews who are trying to keep medical care for themselves (or some other silly paranoid theory).

Regardless, have a good one, man.

Holte Ender said...

The fire that Zionists feel, both secular and non-secular, about the need and necessity for a Jewish homeland, can only be matched in its intensity by the Palestinians. Here lies the problem. Hatred has become so personal and so deep, that even a misunderstanding over language, about the use of one word "Zionist" can lead to insults and anger, and if we lived next door to each other much worse.