The Obamahaters On The Left – A Breakdown!

I saw this comment over at Bob Cesca’s Awesome Blog! Go! by “Dan Halen” and just had to share. He does a pretty good job summarizing the composition of the small group on the left who hate President Obama. Go here to see the post and all the comments at Bob Cesca’s blog. And subscribe to The Bob And Elvis Show podcast at iTunes. In the search bar, just start typing “Bob and Elvis” and it will pop up. You won’t regret it. Here is “Dan Halen’s” comment…

I have come across four types on the left who seem to be hostile towards Obama.

One: The Revenge liberals – They want or wanted a Democratic president who behaved like Bush, but for progressive causes. They are upset by Obama’s attempts to govern with civility.

Two: The Hippie Liberals – They want absolutely no war and no confrontation what so ever. Iraq and Afghanistan were supposed to be ended the day after inauguration.

Three: The Unknowing Racist – They are progressive but never really wanted or thought Obama could handle the job. They don’t hate minorities, but can unknowingly hold them too much higher standards then those like themselves.

Four: The Professionals Left – Who yes, look to profit or further their careers off of stoking anger in progressives.

There maybe other, but these are the people I have come across.

I don’t think I’m an Obamabot, because I really don’t like how close he appears to be with Wall Street. But, I have been impressed by his long-game abilities and have a wait and see attitude. He continues to play chess while we think we’re playing checkers.

Posted by: Dan Halen at March 23, 2011 11:53 PM


The “American People” Don’t Want Spending Cuts – They Want Rich People To Help Just A Little!

Poll after poll after poll show that the vast majority of people responding, want Washington to focus on jobs and the economy with spending cuts coming in a distant second. The Republican party’s bait and switch during the last election was very blatant.  They talked about the economy and jobs and are now trying to sell spending cuts as the “mandate” handed to them in November. I have never personally believed in the “mandate” concept that the media likes to trot out every damn election cycle. Whether it is a Democrat or a Republican, it doesn’t matter. People get elected to work within our structure of government and these phantom “mandates’ are not real. It is that gray area that the media and politicians create to project their opinions on to. They try to project all sorts of issues onto the electorate when in reality, people show up and vote for the person they think will do the best job, one of the candidates wins and they take their position within our structured system of governing and do their jobs. Any deeper messages supposedly sent by a collection of individual votes is pure conjecture. People vote for many different reasons and trying to read the tea leaves of election results is just stupid. Steve Benen has a great post, of course, about this subject…

Asked specifically which is more important, cutting spending of creating jobs, 63% said job creation should be the top goal, with 26% saying spending cuts should be the priority. As absurd as this seems, congressional Republicans are desperate to side with the 26% minority over the 63% majority, even after promising for two years to focus on jobs.

Indeed, 68% of Americans don’t agree on much, but they agree that lawmakers aren’t spending enough time focused on bringing down unemployment.

And yet, one-sided results like these still won’t change the debate. Policymakers and the very-serious media voices will continue a foolish debate — whether to cut a little or cut a lot — while the public clamors for a jobs policy that isn’t even on the table.

The reality of what has happened in the last two plus years is that Republicans have been actively trying to destroy jobs. Remember how they wanted the auto industry to just die off in America, even with estimates of 2.5 million job losses if it were to happen. It provides us with yet another example of Republican hypocrisy with them now trying to take credit for the bailout. They have no shame. Jeff Pelline has the details on his blog…

“The irony of the Republican lawmakers’ presence wasn’t lost on the workers who attended the ceremony; they booed Tennessee Republican Bob Corker, and one UAW official made clear from the stage that the union still remembered which politicians had voted to rescue Wall Street but opposed an auto industry bailout.”

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker —
Then: “This administration has decided they know better than our courts and our free market process how to deal with these companies….This is a major power grab.” – March 30, 2009.
Now: “At the end of the day we all have to feel good about what we did,” said Corker, who did attempt to negotiate the failed 2008 aid package. “I contributed to strengthening the auto industry in this country.”

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander —
Then:”This is not the right direction: taxpayer money down the drain, and Washington politicians trying to run auto companies. The sooner the politicians get out of the way, the sooner auto jobs and taxpayer dollars will be secure.” – March 30, 2009.
Now: “The center of the auto industry is still moving to Tennessee and the mid-South,” Alexander told WSMV-TV.

I recently posted a piece about polls showing how the “American people” want millionaires to pay there fair share. 81% of the people responding to an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll think that millionaires should pay more taxes to help with the economy and deficit. A growing economy and rising employment will only help business, why do Republicans hate jobs and working people so much. Everything they say and do is the opposite of what should be done to create jobs. They are very consciously trying to stop President Obama from having any success at anything…and who is paying the price for their hatred of America, the American people.

Where Are The Jobs Boehner And Cantor?

After all the yelling and screaming during the election about how the Republicans need to win so they can get down to the business of creating jobs, we now see that all that screaming was of course, bullshit. Because Republicans aren’t really concerned about jobs, unless you count destroying them as somehow concerned. The Raw Story has a great article spelling out what the Republicans really care about…

Republicans won dramatic victories last November by promising to mitigate high unemployment. “This coming election is about one issue: jobs,” to-be Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said weeks before election day. “It’s about jobs that were promised to the American people by the current administration, and were never delivered.”But in the three months since taking over the House and expanding their voices in the Senate, Republicans have yet to pass a jobs-focused bill, instead prioritizing numerous social and cultural issues that are unrelated to job creation — and have little or no chance of becoming policy.

Here are six such legislative goals they’ve been hard at work on.

1) Curtailing Abortion Rights

2) Defunding Planned Parenthood

3) Defunding NPR

4) Investigating American Muslims

5) Declaring English As America’s Official Language

6) Reaffirming The “In God We Trust” Motto

Many of us have said all along that the Republicans are more interested in killing jobs for political reasons than creating them and it is the damn truth too, not just partisan sniping. These boneheads have even thrown their own right-wing economists under the bus, just ignore the facts and go with the repetition of populist platitudes like “governments don’t create jobs, it’s the private sector”. Which runs completely counter to them blaming President Obama for the lack of jobs…I thought government didn’t create jobs. And considering that the massive corporations that run the GOP are sitting on TRILLIONS of dollars of profits from the last few years, I don’t really see those corporations creating too many jobs, except maybe in China, India and Mexico. If the private sector creates jobs, let’s see some jobs, people. If Republicans really wanted to create jobs, you’d think they would call up their buddies with record profits sitting in offshore banks and tell them, hey dudes, how about some jobs?

Is Bradley Manning Really Being “Tortured”?

I know I run the risk of alienating a lot of my readers, but I have to call it how I see it. We must be living in a Twilight Zone, really. If you Google the words “Bradley Manning” and “naked”, you will get over 6 million hits. It may be true that the last 4 million of those hits will be pornography, but is it any different than the first 2 million hits? Everyone seems to be thinking about Bradley Manning standing naked. I knew the internet was full of people who only think about naked people, but the names on these results aren’t your usual suspects. They are liberals who probably paraded around naked at Woodstock and called it freedom. I would have been one of those people, if I had been old enough to go to Woodstock. And a whole lot of the hits you will see if you Google those words will include the word torture or imply it in some way. Is it really torture to make a person accused of a crime stand naked for 3 minutes in a prison cell (a brig)? In my humble opinion, it doesn’t even come close to torture. I’ve spent some time reading about his detention and found the 11 page letter that Bradley Manning wrote about his detention. What he says doesn’t even come close to what Glenn Greenwald and Jane Hamsher have been saying to get those oh-so-wonderful clicks that put more money in their pockets. I found this on his lawyers website and have snipped it up, go read the whole thing…(dated December 18, 2010)

The guards at the confinement facility are professional. At no time have they tried to bully, harass, or embarrass PFC Manning.

At 5:00 a.m. he is woken up (on weekends, he is allowed to sleep until 7:00 a.m.). Under the rules for the confinement facility, he is not allowed to sleep at anytime between 5:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

He is allowed to watch television during the day. The television stations are limited to the basic local stations. His access to the television ranges from 1 to 3 hours on weekdays to 3 to 6 hours on weekends.

From 7:00 p.m. to 9:20 p.m., he is given correspondence time. He is given access to a pen and paper. He is allowed to write letters to family, friends, and his attorneys.

Each night, during his correspondence time, he is allowed to take a 15 to 20 minute shower.

On weekends and holidays, he is allowed to have approved visitors see him from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.

He is allowed to have any combination of up to 15 books or magazines. He must request the book or magazine by name.

Due to being held on Prevention of Injury (POI) watch:

At night, if the guards cannot see PFC Manning clearly, because he has a blanket over his head or is curled up towards the wall, they will wake him in order to ensure he is okay.

He is not allowed to have a pillow or sheets. However, he is given access to two blankets and has recently been given a new mattress that has a built-in pillow.

He is only allowed to have one book or one magazine at any given time to read in his cell.

Torture? Really? From all that I’ve read, and I spent a lot of time looking into it, I haven’t seen anything that constitutes torture. Matt Osborne at OsborneInk, about the only other person on the left who sees what bullshit this whole “nontroversy” really is, has this to say about it…

Like Bradley Manning, I have processed through a MEPS center and been inducted into the US Army. I had to get naked in the basement so a doctor could examine me for anything out of the ordinary. Was Bradley Manning being “tortured” then? Like Manning, I also went through Basic Training where I showered with lots of other naked men. Were we being tortured? We thought so at the time, but mostly because we were constantly being harassed into exercise by drill sergeants. Many of us had already been naked-showering with other guys since Junior High P.E.

Manning has allegedly been “tortured” by not being allowed exercise, but this charge turned out to be untrue as well. All of these charges have come through his attorney, David Coombs, and been amplified by the growing Greenwald-Hamsher chorus. The latest outrage: Bradley Manning is required to strip naked each night, which is exactly like waterboarding him. See how that works?

Arianna Huffington Conned The Left And Cashed In – Now Her True Colors Come Out!

I told you so, didn’t I? Nicole at Political Ruminations has the story…

Well, now she’s done it.

As if many of us haven’t been saying for years that Huffington is a fake Progressive, an opportunist in it for the money and fame, she had to go and prove us right, or at least make us feel like we were dead on right.

Arianna Huffington, formerly the Queen of the Liberal Political Kingdom online, has hired Conservative ideologue Andrew Breitbart, the same guy who spends so much of his time colluding with known con artist James O’Keefe, worked as an editor for the notorious Matt Drudge, worked for Ms. Huffington previously as a researcher, and helped her to launch The Huffington Post.

Go read the whole story at Political Ruminations.

Attacking Fox News On Fox News – A Tribute To Those Brave People

I just stumbled across this at Daily Kos and just had to share it with you. And it inspired me to go look for more people who called out Fox on Fox.

This one is pretty wild because it is Chris Wallace of Fox News doing the “calling out” which is unusual. Chris Wallace deserves some huge credit for this.

The good part of this clip is at 1:00 or so, Howard Dean gets a great plug in for Robert Greenwald’s documentary “Outfoxed”.

This one is really awesome. I hate to dredge up the Jeremiah Wright bullshit, but this is just amazing. He rips into Fox News and their techniques. I remember seeing this guy during the election but of course, I don’t watch Fox so I never saw this.


The Republican Manufactured Outrage Of The Week!

If only the Republicans spent as much time covering actual issues in this country, maybe all their viewers wouldn’t believe such crazy shit. The latest idiotic attack is about the President traveling to Brazil. The New York Times lays out what his trip is about, but of course they also play into Fox New’s meme with the headline “Amid Crises, Obama Lands In South America”…

BRASÍLIA — Behind the scenes here, President Obama on Saturday performed the most profound act of a commander in chief: sending American forces into conflict. Publicly, however, he kept to the schedule of his first visit to South America, hailing the United States’ growing economic and political ties with Brazil and predicting “a path toward even greater cooperation for decades to come.”

The two countries’ differences were also aired, if gently, as Mr. Obama met with the newly elected president of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, who has signaled a desire for closer relations with the United States.

Each president criticized the trade barriers of the other’s country even as they celebrated improvements in their relations, including an increase in trade that has created jobs in both places.

Now, let’s take a look at how Republican’s see his trip to South America via Steve Benen…

IT’S NOT A VACATION…. The good news is, the right has stopped obsessing over President Obama picking his favorites in the NCAA tournament. The bad news is, conservatives have moved onto something nearly as silly.

President Obama landed in Brazil Saturday to learn about its booming economy, but conservatives called the trip a distraction from worldwide turmoil. […]

“What is happening with the President while all of this is going on in the United States and around the world? He’s going on vacation. He’s going to Rio,” charged Steve Doocy, cohost of “Fox & Friends,” during Friday’s broadcast.

And The Washington Times fired off an editorial last week that declared “the President parties while the world burns.”

By some measures, those were some of the milder criticisms. Fox News’ Eric Bolling threw an on-air tantrum Friday night, insisting the president and his wife have been “spreading suntan lotion on each other” and “sipping caipirinhas on Air Force One — our Air Force One — while Rome burns.”

It really doesn’t matter what the president does with Republican bozos, they have no trouble twisting things and lying to make reality fit their latest outrage. It is just a way to throw red meat to their mindless followers. It really doesn’t matter to any of them whether it is true or not, they manufacture their own realities and bend actual reality (a polite way of saying the LIE) to fit within it. The ole “la la la la, I can’t hear you” technique. Steve Benen goes on to explain actual reality a bit…

This may be hard for conservatives to understand — when they think “Brazil,” they think “Carnival” — but Latin America has many quickly growing economies, and Obama is visiting the region to promote trade and open markets. The point is to take steps that will strengthen the U.S. economy, which the right should at least pretend to care about.

What’s more, the visit was scheduled months ago. It’s not as if the president woke up Friday morning and thought, “Fire up Air Force One; I’m in the mood to see Rio.”


What we’re seeing from the right, then, is criticism for the sake of criticism. The discourse has reached the point at which Republicans and their media figures have to be whining about something at all times. Obama is stopping in Chile, Brazil, and El Salvador as part of a broader economic agenda, so the right feels the need to pretend to be outraged.

It’s quite sad.