Monday, 2/15/10, Public Square


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26 responses to “Monday, 2/15/10, Public Square

  1. Monkeyhawk

    Good news (I hope).

    Obama is ginning up executive orders, etc., to break through congressional obstructionism.

    It’s occurred to me the President spent his first year trying to manage the country.

    But what we need is a leader.

    Barack on!

  2. fnord

    It’s another indication of how far our country has sunk that a good man with great plans for Americans is marginalized just so he won’t accomplish anything good and perhaps gain a political advantage.

    A system so corrupt that saying NO, building a wall of opposition to everything gains a political advantage. And a political advantage is much more important than Americans.

    I don’t want to understand that kind of evil stupidity.

  3. fnord

    There’s a post at Jammer’s place you should read.

  4. fnord

    Swill Baby, Swill! Palin Hits Sin City.

    “What better way for your favorite Tea Party talker and her down-to-earth wholesome Christian values to make a splash, than by headlining at a booze conference in the heart of Sin City! That’s right, Sarah Palin will be delivering the keynote address at this year’s Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America conference in (where else) Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada! We never knew she was THAT kind of winer too.”

    more at:

  5. fnord

    Steele Courts Tea Partiers

    Seeking every last bit of support ahead of the 2010 midterm elections, the Republican leadership is reaching out to Tea Party activists who may still be wary of falling in line with the GOP. Many members of the Tea Party movement still feel that to remain true to their grassroots identity, they cannot affiliate too closely with the political establishment. But Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, who was denied a speaking slot at an April Tea Party protest, is meeting with 50 Tea Party leaders from at least a dozen states this week in an effort to convince them that the Republican Party, too, is a grassroots organization. “It is not a melding [of the movement with the GOP],” said Karin Hoffman, founder of a South Florida Tea Party group called DC Works For U. “It is not an effort to absorb it. We’re still maintaining our autonomy.”

    The bold emphasis is so you won’t miss the ‘fact’ that the Republican Party is a grassroots organization. Or just about anything else you desire it to be in order to garner your vote. What they truly are is the worst case scenario — in all scenarios!

  6. itolduso

    So funny. The Dems hold the WHiteHouse, they hold (or did until a couple of weeks ago) a fillibuster proof majority in the Senate, an overwhelming majority in the House of Representatives, and they blame the Republicans for not being able to do their jobs. POS. All of them. Kinda like a dictator in a small country. Steals the country blind, then blames the poverty of the people on their enemies.

    • fnord

      Oh but the only despot who needed to be removed was in Iraq! And they found his hidey hole…


      Well, it won’t matter who is president, who is elected to the Senate — as long as filibuster is the acceptable political ploy nothing will pass the Senate. Where it previously was used for legislation that had a big impact, today it is business as usual.

      Much has passed the House and languished in the Senate. They should all be so proud of their lack of accomplishments! Will we ever go back to the way government was supposed to work? I see no way. What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

  7. tosmarttobegop

    Itoldyouso point is valid, until Brown the Democratic could bust any filibuster.
    Making the filibuster a useless tool and the Republicans in need of Viagra to function.

    The downfall was not with the Republicans it was that herding cats is not an effective way of Governing.
    Perhaps President Obama was not so going wrong with courting the Republicans for support.
    He was not getting faithful support from the Democratic.

  8. tosmarttobegop

    Evan Bye (D) to announce his retirement!

    • indypendent

      I thought he was going to run for president? Maybe that is his plan or probably there is a lobbyist job just waiting for his expertise

  9. fnord

    Yes, if the democrats simply followed an ideology, and marched in lockstep they certainly could have passed anything.

    But passing legislation doesn’t appear to be what the Senate — all of them — consider the business they were elected to accomplish.

    Wonder what they consider their job? Getting reelected?

    • fnord

      If getting reelected is their job, we’ll probably help them accomplish their goal. American voters haven’t accepted their responsibility, why should we expect our politicians to accept theirs?

  10. fnord

    I found this op-ed piece an interesting “take.”

    Cheney’s Real Enemy Is Bush

  11. fnord

    Praying for Obama’s Death

    Pastor Wiley Drake kicked off this Presidents’ Day Weekend with an email blast to his supporters saying “Imprecatory Prayer is now our DUTY” and announcing a daily teleconference call to advance the cause. Drake has been an enthusiastic advocate of imprecatory prayer since he announced that God answered his call with the murder of Kansas abortion clinic doctor George Tiller in church last May. “George Tiller was far greater in his atrocities than Adolf Hitler,” Drake said at the time, “so I am happy. I am glad that he is dead.” This emboldened him to add “the usurper that is in the White House … B. Hussein Obama” to the list said in his church on Sundays.

    “And so I began to pray what the Bible teaches us to pray and that is imprecatory prayer. An imprecatory prayer is very strong. Imprecatory prayer in Psalms 109, for example, says if you have an evil leader above you, you pray that Satan will stand by his side and you ask God to make his children fatherless and his wife a widow and that his time in office be short… Other Psalms say when they speak evil, God will break out their teeth and when they run to do destruction God will break their legs.”

    To those offended by the idea of praying for death, Wiley shrugs. “I’m praying the word of God. I didn’t write it. Don’t get mad at me.”

    • indypendent

      This Drake guy must be a Pat Robertson dittohead.

      Remember good ole Pat told his followers basically the same thing – to pray certain (not all of them now) but certain Supreme Court Justices to die.

      These Bible thumpers should take a good look at their Bibles and read all the parts. Especially that part about the evil in men’s hearts.

      Maybe somebody should target Drake as one of those ‘evil leaders’ that need to be eliminated.

      I often wondered why the Tiller supporters did not go out and picket each and everyone of those anti-abortion protesters at THEIR churches and at THEIR place of employment.

      After all, what is good for the goose is good for the gander.

      • indypendent

        clarification: by targeting this guy, I mean using the same prayer that he claims to have used against Tiller.

        I did not mean to leave the impression that I believe in violence against nutjobs.

  12. itolduso

    Pastor Wiley Drake, whomever he is, is a pathological nut case.

  13. itolduso

    There are just a lot of nutjobs, Unfortunately.

    • indypendent

      Agreed, nutjobs are everywhere but this particular nutjob obviously has followers – which is why I said ‘religion racket’.

    • fnord

      Also makes this nutjob a hypocrite! And one of the people who calls himself Christian and then goes out into the world to prove he is not!

      • indypendent

        Arrogant people never see themselves as being hypocrits. They prefer to think of themselves as being the only one that is ‘right’.

        Even when facts prove them wrong.

  14. fnord

    Evan Bayh’s retirement speech sure sounded a lot like a campaign speech.

  15. indypendent

    Bayh might be considering a run for president in 2012 but his wife’s close connection to the health insurance industry might prove to be a hot issue with Democrats.

    Perhaps he is thinking about a grassroots movement of his own to go head to head with those tea partiers. He basically has the same mantra, fiscal conservative, but he can do without all the clown costumes?

  16. fnord

    According to Reuters, “Fiery conservative Republican J.D. Hayworth launched a bid on Monday to run for the U.S. Senate in Arizona, unleashing the most serious challenge yet to incumbent John McCain and highlighting deep divisions in the party, analysts said.”


    Will Joe the Plumber (who isn’t named Joe and isn’t a plumber) who now says McCain ruined his life and has also turned against Palin since she is campaigning for McCain offer his services to this new challenger? Will the Arizona conservatives let McCain know they expect someone who walks the talk?

  17. fnord


    From The Onion

    “WASHINGTON—Organizers of the Tea Party movement, a group opposed to the federal government’s attempts to alleviate the ongoing financial crisis through increased spending and taxation, announced today that their members have split down reactionary lines into those who are apoplectic in regard to the Obama administration and those who are merely enraged. “This rift is absolutely irresolvable,” screamed red-faced events coordinator Daniel Hume, head of the movement’s apoplectic faction. “We believe that now is simply not the time to be irrationally furious about unprecedented economic policies that have had little more than a year to start showing any signs of effectiveness. Now is the time to be foaming-at-the-mouth, incoherently livid about them.” A third camp of angry protesters had reportedly emerged from the recent upheaval, but its entire membership tragically died from massive brain aneurysms shortly after the group formed.”