Category Archives: Crazy Talk

CPAC’s Sad Spectacle

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Checking in at CPAC.

Wayne LaPierre

“It’s gonna be people like you and me. That’s who they’re tracking. That’s who they’re after. The names of good, decent people, all across this country, who happen to own a firearm, to go into a federal database with universal registration of every lawful gun-owner in America. That’s their answer to criminal violence? Criminalize 100 million law-abiding gun owners in a private transfer? Build a list of all the good people? As if that would somehow make us safe from violent criminals and homicidal maniacs? That’s their answer? Are they insane?”

Crazy, crazy man.

Mitt Romney

“As someone who just lost the last election, I’m probably not in the best position to chart the course for the next one.”

Correct. Bye.

Donald Trump

“I’ve made over 8 billion dollars…I’ve employed tens of thousands of people and yet I’m continually criticized by total lightweights all over the place. It’s unbelievable. It really is unbelievable.

“I think if Mitt made one mistake — and I like Mitt a lot — it’s that he didn’t talk enough about his success,”

Eight billion dollars. Lovely..but the pic below is all you need to know about Trump’s CPAC appearance and the lack of respect even conservatives have for this clown.

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Rick Perry

“The popular media narrative is that this country has shifted away from conservative ideals, as evidenced by the last two presidential elections. That’s what they say,” Perry said. “That might be true if Republicans had actually nominated conservative candidates in 2008 and 2012.”

Keep on pushing those conservative ideals, Rick. It worked really so well for you guys last time around.

Rand Paul

“Does it really take $3 million to discover that monkeys, like humans, act crazy on meth?” Paul asked to laughter from his audience.

Any mention of science is always good for a laugh or two at a conservative gathering.

If you missed Louie Gohmert’s “Vietnam was winnable” comment, see here.

Bottom line: Obama won a second term because of these clowns and Hillary is going to win a couple more for the very same reason.

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The Mayan 5 Day Weather Forecast

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You can count on survival stores making a killing on sales of generators, ‘survival seeds’ and emergency crank radios. For some, there has never been an apocalyptic prediction they didn’t embrace after watching a ridiculous History Channel special on the latest doomsday scenario. If that’s you, and you want to know what to do after the the gamma ray burst or the displacement of the earth’s crust hits the planet on the 21st, you’d better hurry down to Where To  Survive 2012 and read up on how to pack that survival kit. More important, you’ll learn the best place on the planet to survive the Mayan apocalypse.

(Spoiler alert: It’s Turkey. Something about it being free of oceans and volcanoes…and has a high elevation with “friendly native populations” and lots of natural resources and wild animals. Sounds like heaven, doesn’t it?)

And then along comes NASA to spoil the fun. Enjoy. I’m off to check out my flight reservation to Ankara.

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The Right’s Irrational Hate

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Now that Republicans have been soundly beaten at the federal and state levels, and President Obama has won a decisive second term, will the right allow compromise and reason to enter the political process?

Don’t count on it.

 

They’re filled with pure irrational hate. There’s no reasoning with them. There’s no…hell, let me just quote Kyle Reese from the film Terminator.

Listen, and understand. That terminator is out there. It can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead.

Same thing.

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Thurston Howell Romney

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I’m not a big fan of conservative writer David Brooks but kudos to him for nailing this one.

In 1980, about 30 percent of Americans received some form of government benefits. Today, as Nicholas Eberstadt of the American Enterprise Institute has pointed out, about 49 percent do.

In 1960, government transfers to individuals totaled $24 billion. By 2010, that total was 100 times as large. Even after adjusting for inflation, entitlement transfers to individuals have grown by more than 700 percent over the last 50 years. This spending surge, Eberstadt notes, has increased faster under Republican administrations than Democratic ones.

Romney, who criticizes President Obama for dividing the nation, divided the nation into two groups: the makers and the moochers. Forty-seven percent of the country, he said, are people “who are dependent upon government, who believe they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to take care of them, who believe they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it.”

This comment suggests a few things. First, it suggests that he really doesn’t know much about the country he inhabits. Who are these freeloaders? Is it the Iraq war veteran who goes to the V.A.? Is it the student getting a loan to go to college? Is it the retiree on Social Security or Medicare?

It suggests that Romney doesn’t know much about the culture of America. Yes, the entitlement state has expanded, but America remains one of the hardest-working nations on earth. Americans work longer hours than just about anyone else. Americans believe in work more than almost any other people. Ninety-two percent say that hard work is the key to success, according to a 2009 Pew Research Survey.

It’s important to note that Romney’s words (“My job is is not to worry about those people.”) could easily have been spoken by almost any member of the Republican Party. Their job, as they see it, is not to worry about the poor, the aged or an entire middle class. Their job is to create an environment where the rich get richer. Romney is simply the current front man for the right’s agenda.

Michael Tomasky:

In a way, it’s not even mostly Romney’s fault. It’s the fault of the party and movement that introduced and spread this toxic propaganda in the first place. When Romney is licking his wounds on Nov. 7, that party and movement will fire all its arrows at him. He’ll deserve a lot of them. But they will have buried him with the ignorance and rage they demanded he adopt. His chief crime will have been his weakness in failing to confront them.

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Political Debate – Jordanian Style

Complain about politicians and politics in the U.S. all you want but know this: it could be much worse.

I’m assuming the guy in the middle in the following clip is some Jordanian David Gregory type. The man on the left is a political activist and the lovely gentleman on the right is a Jordanian member of Parliament. The real fun begins at about the 1:30 mark.



Sunday morning viewing in Jordan: Meet The Shoe and Face The Gun. Wonderful.

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