Ken Kookinutti is wrong again

Virginia’s rabid right-wing attorney general makes the uninformed and factually-challenged claim that “the new law’s provisions that require individuals to carry health insurance violate the Constitution because ‘at no time in our history has the government mandated its citizens buy a good or service.’”

The facts at this web site prove our whack-job AG to be wrong.

What it all means is that the Republicans, in the wake of the passage of the health care bill, are throwing temper tantrums, determined not to let the Democrats or the President win — thus making all Americans lose (except for the wealthy, whom they’re trying to protect).

Don’t believe me?  Check this out.

The Good Ol’ Republican Bait and Switch

You should read this piece by Gene Lyons over in Salon.  It’s all about Republican fundraising scams — which also, it appears, is how they foment right-wing furor with their true-believer base.  As any good grifter knows, every scam has a mark — the simple, unsuspecting target from whom money shall soon be parted.  In this case, the Republican mark is, basically, the people of America:

The key to raising cash from small donors, according to a PowerPoint presentation given by RNC operatives Rob Bickhart and Peter Terpeluk at a retreat in Boca Grande, Fla., is to dazzle them with scare talk about “Socialism,” images of President Obama as “the Joker,” Nancy Pelosi as “Cruella de Vil” and other bright, shiny objects. The idea is to exploit “visceral” emotions, “fear” and “extreme negative feelings” toward Obama.

Unfortunately, their tactics are working.  Pelosi is hated by many, including some of my friends, who know nothing about her, and, in all honesty, can’t even spell her name correctly.  The President — well, you can see for yourself how reactionary and insane — should I mention racist? — the right-wing’s feelings are.

It’s a shame there aren’t any facts to back up their crazy beliefs.

I think it’s about time everyone took a good look at the Republican smear machine.  To defeat the enemy — and the current GOP is not the enemy of Democrats or Liberals: it’s the enemy of all Americans who aren’t rich or industrialists — we must know them, first.

Then, we have to use their tactics against them.  It’s war . . . and it’s a war they’ve started against regular people like us.

Republican Ding-Dong School is Open

This isn’t about conservatives. This is about Republicans: the elected clowns in three-piece suits who dare to wear flag pins while they turn traitor against our president and our country. This is about the spoiled little brats who lost the election and who will do and say anything to insure that President Obama fails, that we hear all their lying catcalls and, with luck, fall for their infantile nyah-nyahs and beat up on the other guy like a gang of drooling bullies.

And this is about the Republicans who follow them mindlessly. Who want to see blood spilled in our political forums like it was the Springer show. Who play follow the leader blindly, believing all the while that their belief in the American Way and God will protect them as they stomp on their own sisters and brothers in the name of low taxes, states’ rights and, the holiest of holies, freedom.

Republicans have no monopoly on God, nor on every American’s Constitutional rights. Both are as much the property of Democrats, Liberals, and the United Federation of Planets as they are of anyone else, but that won’t stop the vast right-wing conspiracy from rewriting the Bible in their own image. Nor will it stop the Republitards from trying to make end-runs around the President and kow-tow to today’s would-be Castros. Nor will it stop the racial hatred, nor the childish insults and lies, and the anti-American government hatred…a government they’re part of.

It’s all the temper-tantrum behavior of spoiled brats who can’t get what they want: the return to complete and unlimited political power.

Paul Krugman gets it absolutely right in the New York Times. He knows how the 12-year olds are trying to break into daddy’s liquor cabinet and blame the other guys at the party. Joe Conason gets it right over at, where he says what no one else is saying about the Republican bullshit: “a cascade of slurs, threats and rhetorical violence that reanimates all of the worst themes of the bad old [Clinton] days.”

Just how bad are the catcalls, the insults, the slurs, the lies, the mocking, and the juvenile, incoherent hatred aimed at anyone who is not a Republican? Here. Read for yourself how the Democratic candidate for governor here in Virginia is being treated. Watch the video. Judge for yourself if children who behave like this should ever be given charge of our sandbox.

Frankly, the little bitches need to be spanked.

I’d like to say to the Republicans, “Shame on you.”

But I can face the facts.

They have no shame.

The jury is still out on their humanity.

UPDATED: Oklahoma Wingnuts on Parade

HEADLINE: Oklahoma Republicans Ready To Blame The Recession On ‘Debauchery’

Dave Weigel at the Washington Independent catches a bizarre resolution introduced by Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern (R) in Oklahoma, whose state legislature he describes as a “petri dish for wingnuttery.”

The proposed “Oklahoma Citizen’s Proclamation for Morality” would blame the economic crisis on moral collapse.

Here’s the whole crazy story.

UPDATE _____________________________

Ed Brayton, over at Dispatches from the Culture Wars, notes that two of the quotes crazy lady Sally Kern uses are fakes.

Oklahoma’s favorite wingnut legislator, Sally Kern, is now trying to pass a “proclamation for morality” in that state. Predictably, it includes several of those now-infamous fake quotes that David Barton has thrust upon the world.

Those quotes are supposedly from James Madison:

“We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government…but upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God”

and Patrick Henry:

“This great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians”

If you go here, you will see for yourself where — and how — this quote was attributed to Patrick Henry, when it actually was written about 200 years after the Revolution.

A big reason why this quote seems to have taken off is because conservative Christian writer David Barton used a portion of it in his 1988 work, The Myth of Separation. After he was called out for this and other misquotes, he was forced to admit that they were bunk and vow to stop using them (even if, in most cases, he danced around taking full responsibility for his poor research). Unfortunately Mr. Barber doesn’t seem to have taken such a vow.

The bastards are lying to us again

The Republitards want us to believe the big lie that President Obama is a socialist. He’s nowhere near that, and most of America knows it. Even the quote below, from a conservative think-tank, presents the facts and effectively denies their partisan claims. Here’s a good piece about how we, as Americans, are being played by the right-wing sore losers.

…according to Brian Reidl of the Heritage Foundation, Obama’s budget would increase government spending from 20 percent of GDP to 22 percent. Is it really possible that a society is capitalist when government spending represents 20 percent of GDP–but socialist at 22 percent?

"President Obama Is Driving Republicans Insane"

There are three websites I go to every day. The Drudge Report, for the conservative slant on news; the Huffington Post, for the liberal slant; and Fark, for the wild, weird, unexpurgated truth.

This guy, Bob Cesca, a writer and blogger on HuffPo, does something that is beyond me. He writes smart and funny at the same time. When I try that, I just get a headache, and fat little Rush Limbaughs swim cartoon-like around my head, urging me to eat a Twinkie.

This is his latest post, and it’s great. It’s politicians and commentators at their craziest.

I love it.