Out of the Mountains
Ramblings from a relocated and under-employed Southeastern Kentuckian. Liberal politics, art, music, movies, books,sports, games, whatever else strikes my fancy....Sad and strange the days that are no more...
Monday, August 31, 2009
Neiwert | How Hate Talk Radicalized The Right
David Neiwert's new book is out and has struck a cord with all the people who've been wondering where hate talk radio is going, where the crazies at town halls came from, where their instructions come from and what the (Never)Rightwing is going to do and/or scream about next. Here David is in an interview discussing the book:
Some Odds & Ends About Republicans, And Jenna, Oh My
A few random nuggets:
Top Ten signs you're not a Libertarian.
"If you think Ron Paul isn't conservative enough and Fox News is fair and balanced, you might not be a Libertarian."
Five Symptoms of Republican Schizophrenia
"Keep Government Out of Medicare."
Another reason to avoid "The Today Show"; No guys, not just because it's an info-tainment show targeted at women. The dumbest President ever's daughter Jenna has been hired to talk about ed-jumacation and stuff:
Unqualified nepotism: Conservative values at their very best.
For Republicans(as if you didn't know) bi-partisanship is a one way street - their way.
Bi-Partisanship is Hurting Democrats
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Kennedy: ‘The Cause of My Life’
Oh, And Orrin Hatch; Either support your "Dear friend" Ted's health care plan or STFU about your BFF Ted! Thank you..
"Heartbroken parents pleaded with the doctors: What chance does my child have if I can only afford half of the prescribed treatments? Or two thirds? I've sold everything. I've mortgaged as much as possible. No parent should suffer that torment. Not in this country."
Ted Kennedy, Newsweek: ‘The Cause of My Life’
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Movie Trailer | "Moon"
Ted Kennedy Services | Some Great Oratory, And Other Moments
Whew! I'm back. It's been a few days. Let me dust out some of the cobwebs here...there, we go. Good as new.
If you're like me; A political junkie, history nerd(talk nerdy to me), good speech lover and especially a proud Democrat(as was Ted). Ted Kennedy's passing has provided quite a bit of it all. And I believe he would have LOVED it all.
I watched a good part of the services last night and most of the funeral this morning. I've embedded a few of my favorite speakers below, most from last night but also Obama's eulogy from today. This isn't all though follow the link. Last night alone was a cornocopia. Even Orrin Hatch had a nice speech.
Chris Dodd is one of my favorites. Maybe because it sounds like he and Ted were really old close friends:
Mass. Governor Deval Patrick did well and it was the first time I've seen him speak:
Former Senator John Culver of Iowa who was a classmate and friend of Kennedy told a wonderfully funny, and touching story from their days at school:
Finally, with today's eulogy is President Barack Obama. Done(as always) really well:
My least favorite speech was John McCain's. He did passibly well but then blatently snubbed Vicki Kennedy at the end of his speech(Boo!).
Three former Presidents, the eulogy by the current President, former and present vice-Presidents, the cream of the crop(depending on how you look at it) in today's American political scene. What a funeral! Way to go Ted!
Even dubya behaved himself.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Thom Hartmann | Lower The Retirement Age To 55
Can Ted Kennedy's Death Bring Good National Health Care?
The "Least Influential People"
Damn it. I just HAVE to be on the list this year!
Time Releases Annual List Of "Least Influential Americans"
Did Harry Reid make the list again?
RIP Ted Kennedy, The Last Of "Camelot" Is Gone
The Lion is gone.
Thousands will say it far better than I, and so I'll let them. But I'll quote Joe Biden(who had a very heartfelt statement this morningby the way), who paraphrased Shakespeare, "I don't think we'll see his like again".
Godspeed as they say Teddy. You did your best with all the pain and loss thrust on you. I still remember your brothers and what might have been. I'm a proud agnostic, but if you DO get to meet John and Bobby again give them a BIG hug from ALL of us.
Here's something from those days that meant a lot:
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Breaking: "Joementum" Lieberman STILL A Corporate Whore!
Remember when Joe sleaze was electioneering For John McCain in '08? Me to.
Lieberman: Worry about uninsured after the recession is over
Why is this corrupt manwhore still getting air time?
Oh, and speaking of John McCain. That other corporate douchebag with EXCELLENT government health care RIGHT NOW, whines(as if you cared) about the little people not needing that silly old gubment insurance:
McCain: Obama must drop public option
Don't you watching two weasels working together? Someone tell Johny that "Matlock" is on.
Bobblespeak Translations: Today's "Meet The Press"
Bobblespeak translates the pundit shows: Here's what they had to say on Dancin' David Gregory's show today:
Meet the Press - with Mullen, Eikenberry, Smiley and Scarborough - August 23, 2009
Gregory: do we need more troops to defeat these crafty Afghans?
Mullen: could be
Gregory: but President McCain says we do
Mullen: actually Obama won the election
Gregory: what?!? [ starts sobbing ]
Friday, August 21, 2009
Final Words For The Day
"Let us cross over the river, and rest under the shade of the trees.."
-Dying words of General Stonewall Jackson
".. Death threats, bellowing disruptions, a few brawls here and there, and for all intents and purposes, an important national debate between political leaders and the public was shredded by right-wing activists - many of whom don't have health insurance - who shouted themselves hoarse because they don't like the president. These "protesters" have been filled with a bewildering budget of lies and misinformation by the organizers behind these protests, and by national Republican leaders who seem to think derailing health care reform will win them some elections, and be damned to the people themselves..."
-William Rivers Pitt, truthout
Winkers Jeans? Coming To Butts Near You..
Video | Jon Stewart Takes On Betsy McCaughey(Part I)
I don't say "Must see" very often, but Jon Stewart's dismantling of Insurance shill(I'm assuming) Betsy McCaughey is a thing of beauty. I saw it this evening on The Comedy Channel(Ironic isn't it?) and found it on Current tv. McCaughey resorts to mechanical repeats of lame talking points.
Warning; Commercial, but it's short):
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
|Exclusive - Betsy McCaughey Extended Interview Pt. 1|
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Video: Jon Stewart On The Sadness Of Being CNN
Jon Stewart takes on the desperate antics of the once respectable CNN. Actually some of us haven't watched CNN(Conservative News Network anyone?) for more than 20 seconds since the early 90's.
On the other hand CNN isn't actually blocked on my remote like Faux News, so I don't even have to go through them while I channel surf.
ANYWAY, here's Jon
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
|CNN's Just Sayin'|
Video: Barney Frank Takes The Correct Approach
I've always liked Barney Frank(at least most of the time), and here's a BIG reason why. He doesn't suffer fools gladly. A good approach when dealing with crazed wingnuts.
Oddly this woman looks like she should be smarter than this. His last line should have been;
"Ma'am PLEASE watch less Faux News!"
Rachel Maddow on the alternate universe of Republicanism.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Police Stop Bob Dylan For Acting Suspicious?
Cereal Mascot Reunion?
Tom Tomorrow Latest | If Democrats Were More Like Republicans
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Saturday's Video | Rob Thomas
Friday, August 14, 2009
Photo-Crashing Ground Squirrel
Flying Through Galaxies | The Hubble Ultra Deep Field In 3D
A pretty good video which explains and then enhances using 3D imagery one of the most amazing photos ever made by humanity. The Hubble ultra deep field image
"We pointed the most powerful telescope ever built by human beings at absolutely nothing, for no other reason than because we were curious, and discovered that we occupy a very tiny place in the heavens"
Netroots Nation | Watch Live
Howard Dean, Harsh Words For The GOP Deadenders
I caught this interview with Howard Dean on Olbermann last night and wanted to throw it up when I had the chance. Chores done, check - Some daily resumes uploaded, check - Dreams of a good job still ongoing, check - Booyah, here it tis.
Note: Unlike Doctor Dean I wouldn't write of that "irrevelent" GOP yet. Obama and the Dems STILL damn well determined to be "bi-partisan". The GOP still has their own cable "News", a wingnut stranglehold on radio, and "FAUX" News still has a LOT of watchers(just look at the townhall shouters). We CAN dream though can't we Doctor?
Another reason I'm still a political junkie. Can't wait to see how it plays out.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
A Disaster Area? No, It's That American Non-Guvment Health System
Another view of that premium US health care system that the Wingnut teabaggers(or as MSNBC describes them "senior citizens") - many of whom are on medicare, Veteran's benefits, and/or other guv-ment programs - love to crow about in front of those townhall corporate media cameras.
"..looking at a make-do clinic in that "remote area" known as American health care.."
Patients receive dental care inside the Forum arena at a free health clinic on August 11, 2009 in Inglewood, California. Hundreds of people, most without either health or dental insurance, waited outside much of the night for the first day of the clinic.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Jon Stewart On The Teabaggers And Wingnut Townhallers
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Best Line About The Townhall "News" Coverage Today
Comes from Atrios:
"Used to be the "crazy people" at these things were single payer advocates, and the media ignored them."
It's been full blown wingnut "teabagger" coverage all over the corporate "newsies" today.
I told my sister that the wingnutter carrying the pistol outside Obama's townhall today - IF he plays his cards right could be the next "joe the Plumber", remember him?
The "teabaggers" and other wingnuts at these events are the puppets. Who are the puppeteers?
Inside Story on Town Hall Riots: Right-Wing Shock Troops Do Corporate America's Dirty Work
-Adele M. Stan, AlterNet
Astronomy Pic Of The Day | Coiled Galaxy, Looking At Us
From the NASA Image of the Day, galaxy NGC 1097:
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has imaged a wild creature of the dark -- a coiled galaxy with an eye-like object at its center.The 'eye' at the center of the galaxy is actually a monstrous black hole surrounded by a ring of stars. In this color-coded infrared view from Spitzer, the area around the invisible black hole is blue and the ring of stars, white.
The galaxy, called NGC 1097 and located 50 million light-years away, is spiral-shaped like our Milky Way, with long, spindly arms of stars.
The black hole is huge, about 100 million times the mass of our sun, and is feeding off gas and dust, along with the occasional unlucky star. Our Milky Way's central black hole is tame in comparison, with a mass of a few million suns..."
Breaking: Arlen Specter Mauled By Wingnuts!
I caught a bit of Arlen Specter's town hall event this morning at the end of the Dylan Ratigan Show. Below is a clip from the beginning of the event. I saw the first of seven questions and it was all wingnut all the time. At one point when one said something particularly wingnuttia virtually the whole crowd stood up and cheered. That will give you some idea of the political aspect of the mob. One woman said she was 35 years old and identified herself(as if she needed to) as a "Republican conservative", and then proceeded to rant about the politicians(hint Obama) destroying our consitution. Where do you think this
Wingnutlady was when bloody dubya was wiping his behind with the document during the Cheney administration?
Many of those Rightwing conservatives I saw ranting about "government run healthcare" looked like they may well be well into Medicare, and/or other "government run healthcare programs"(just a minor observation).
My BIG question is; How are these people becoming like 80~90% of the audience at these events? Do they shove their way in ahead of people with intelligent questions and concerns, is there complicency with some of the organizers, does the 70%+- of Americans who want health care reform just not bother to show up? So many questions without answers.
Poor Arlen apparently was not the best guy to come back with pithy comebacks and revelations. A lot of his replies to Wingnuttia hysteria was something along the lines of, "ah, ah, ah, well, uh, uh, uh". Although he did throw in a zinger at the Bushistas after the 30something wingnut lady did her "poor constitution" whine.
I also realize that the conservative Repubs are already highly pissed at ol' Arlen for switching over to the heathens anyway. So they don't need to much prodding to hate him.
On a related note. I sort of like Dylan Ratigan's show, it's okay if you're a(Democratic) political junkie.
Monday, August 10, 2009
D.U's Top Ten
Sunday, August 09, 2009
Joan Walsh | Seriously, Obama Death Panels?
George W. Bush Invaded Iraq to Stop Gog And Magog?
Makes about as much sense as some of his other reasons.
We always knew that dubya was dumb as a post, but apparently he's religiously intoxicated to. Just like the 23%(hint, Republicans) who still think that there was ANYTHING good about the man.
Damn, we were lucky to survive..
A French Revelation, or The Burning Bush
JAMES A. HAUGHT
Incredibly, President George W. Bush told French President Jacques Chirac in early 2003 that Iraq must be invaded to thwart Gog and Magog, the Bible’s satanic agents of the Apocalypse.
Honest. This isn’t a joke. The president of the United States, in a top-secret phone call to a major European ally, asked for French troops to join American soldiers in attacking Iraq as a mission from God.
Now out of office, Chirac recounts that the American leader appealed to their “common faith” (Christianity) and told him: “Gog and Magog are at work in the Middle East…. The biblical prophecies are being fulfilled…. This confrontation is willed by God, who wants to use this conflict to erase his people’s enemies before a New Age begins.”
This bizarre episode occurred while the White House was assembling its “coalition of the willing” to unleash the Iraq invasion. Chirac says he was boggled by Bush’s call and “wondered how someone could be so superficial and fanatical in their beliefs....”
Friday, August 07, 2009
This Just In | Sarah Palin Dumber Than Fred Thompson!
And that's saying a lot..
"The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama's "death panel" so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their "level of productivity in society," whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil."
Yes, she actually calls a health care plan evil...
Secretary Of State Clinton Laughs At John Bolton
The sweet spot is when interviewer Fareed Zakaria brings up the name of far right conservative John bolton.
On the other hand when SecOS Clinton(discussing N. Korea) starts talking about;
"..certain countries who..I think are beyond the pale..of the rule of law...hold people and subject them to long prison terms that are absolutely unfair and unwarrented"
You think Hillary's heard of something called Gitmo, and CIA phantom prison sites? Or even our prison industrial war on drugs(users)?
Ben Stein Dumped(Finally) By The Times
Music For Friday Evenings | The National
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Joe Bageant | "The Bastards Never Die "
Kathy Griffin | "Gawd Dammit, And Pontius Pilote!"
Salon's Handy-Dandy Guide To Refuting The Birthers
A short break from the(apparently) endless job search.
Salon.com has a nice article up about the "birther" conspiracy theories. These are the same crackpots that show up at the townhalls to shout down ANY public discussion or discourse on health care. Played like puppets by the John Boehners, Rush Limbaughs, health/pharma/insurance corporations, etal.
Salon's handy-dandy guide to refuting the Birthers
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
White House Goes On Offensive Against RightWing Health Care Mis-information
I suppose Rightwing lies and Bullcrap would be better terms for it. The Drudge "Report" is number one in the sights right now.
There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care.
Here's one White House video:
If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moment Of Crazy | MSNBC "Interviews" Orly Taitz
Sunday, August 02, 2009
One More Sunday Video | "Breathe"
Heard this one just today. Telepopmusic with "Breathe":
Speaking of Michael Phelps; Now if he were listening to this video, I'd recommend the Kentucky Mountain Sinsemilla, probably the Afghan strain:-)
Gonna go look for one of those full time job thingies. Later travelers.