Saturday, June 16, 2012

Quote of the Day

"What this man did yesterday is something new, to me wrong and unusual. I think it is probably the result of the growing incivility of the times, the competition among reporters and news organizations to be noticed not only for the work product but for the theatrics of the gathering…and there is one more factor, let’s face it: Many on the political right believe this president ought not to be there – they oppose him not for his polices and political view but for who he is, an African American! These people and perhaps even certain news organizations (certainly the right wing talkers like Limbaugh) encourage disrespect for this president. That is both regrettable and adds, in this case, to the general dislike of the press on the part of the general public."
~Sam Donaldson on The Daily Caller's Neil Munro's interuption (some call it heckling) during President Obama's prepared remarks on immigration policy in the Rose Garden.

For those unfamiliar with this reporter's debacle on behalf of Tucker Carlson's hack website, here's some edited video.

Of course, to save what little face he has left, Munro said he mistimed the question, thinking the President was finishing his remarks. The video obviously shows his disrespect and disdain for the Commander in Chief. Had he mistimed his question, it would make sense that he wouldn't continue the interruption after being corrected by President Obama.

How many times are we going to witness the unbelievable disrespect on the part of the right wing and GOP, not only in an attempt to delegitimize President Obama in the eyes of their lemmings, but a continual insolence to the office of the presidency itself? From birthers to tea party troglodytes, it just never stops.

This Quote of the Day was followed up by the Tweet of the Day:

And for those who aren't familiar with that story, I suppose 65 year old Mitt Romney is still in high school prank mode.

Must Reads

Ben Cohen: Is Glenn Greenwald Aware of How Smug he Sounds?

Jess Zimmerman: Giant dog adopts baby chimpanzee

Bob Cesca: Millions of Old People Are Benefitting from Obamacare, But Are Voting for Romney Anyway and A Reality Check in the Progressive Civil War

Mark Gruenberg: Firefighters formally endorse Obama

Jim Wright: The Only Thing To Fear…

Robert Reich: Why The Economy Can’t Get Out of First Gear

Paul Krugman: We Don’t Need No Education

Andy Kroll: Getting Rolled in Wisconsin:  Why Electoral Politics Sold Out the Popular Uprising in the Badger State -- and Why It’s Not All Over

President Obama's Weekly Address - June 16, 2012

Ending the Stalemate in Washington

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Another Republican Coward

Former Florida Governor and once Presidential hopeful (until George W. put a stake through the heart of the Bush name) Jeb Bush, was recently in the news doing what some would describe was "standing up" to Grover Norquist and his ridiculous tax pledge...
“If you could bring to me a majority of people to say that we’re going to have 10 dollars of spending cuts for one dollar of revenue enhancement – put me in coach,” Bush told the House Budget Committee. “That would be wonderful. Let’s see it. That’d be spectacular.”
A week later he posited that today's GOP would have been too extreme for his father, George H.W., as well as invoking St. Ronald's name.
"Ronald Reagan would have, based on his record of finding accommodation, finding some degree of common ground, as would my dad – they would have a hard time if you define the Republican party – and I don't – as having an orthodoxy that doesn't allow for disagreement, doesn't allow for finding some common ground," Bush said, according to the website Buzzfeed... 
..."Back to my dad’s time and Ronald Reagan’s time – they got a lot of stuff done with a lot of bipartisan suport," he said. Reagan "would be criticized for doing the things that he did."
But all it took was a little bitchslapping from Norquist to set Jeb back in line and blame partisanship on... you guessed it, President Obama. This despite the fact that unless you've been living under a rock for the last three and a half years to completely miss the overt musings of GOP leaders making an Obama election loss their primary goal, you'd know who was trying to "find common ground" and seek bipartisanship, and who was flipping the bird at compromise.
Earlier Tuesday, Bush used Twitter to say his remarks were taken out of context. He told the AP that he was talking about partisanship in Congress as a whole.
"Both parties are at fault. Rep. Paul Ryan is one of the few who has shown courage. He proposed a well thought-out budget as a starting place for real discussions," Bush told the AP.
"What was he met with - incredible criticism from both parties. But, I hold Democrats more accountable because they control two of the three offices - president & Senate. Over the last four years, they have had multiple opportunities and have opted to take the politically expedient route over working together to find a policy solution."...
..."I don't believe it's a party that doesn't allow for disagreement among members - but that is often what it sounds like," he said.
A spine! A spine! My kingdom for a Republican with a spine!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Quote of the Day

"You can pretty much put their campaign on a tweet and have some characters to spare."
~President Obama on the GOP's campaign tactic for this presidential election.

Breitbart Knight Painting a Photoshopped Video Game Character

Boy, these conservatives sure do love their copyright infringement.

Wonkette: So, you know that painting by David Bugnon of Dead Guy Andrew Breitbart as a Teutonic Knight in Heaven, ready to take on commies, liberal scumbags, and innocent Department of Agriculture employees from beyond the grave?... The painting which The Patriot Update bravely calls, “The Painting Obama Fears?” Yeah, it’s not so much a painting as a Photoshop mashup of a stock photo of Andrew Breitbart and a character from the copyrighted computer game Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, with a pretty sunset-and-clouds background that probably also came from some stock photo website — no doubt somebody will find that soon, too.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Must Reads

Theresa Riley: How to Spot Income Inequality From Space? Count the Trees

Greg Sargent: Mitt Romney: We don’t need more cops, firefighters or teachers

Pat Garofalo: Governor Christie Cheers Firing Of Public Employees: ‘That’s The Right Direction’

Christopher Brauchli: The Nuns, the Butler and the Pope

Jill W. Klausen: David Axelrod Got It All Wrong: How He, The President, And All Progressives Need To Address Obama's Economic Record

Justin Rosario: Standard Right Wing Propaganda: Evolution Disproves Homosexuality! Not That Evolution Is True…