…In Case Radiator Fluid in Your Toothpaste Wasn’t Enough

From the Washington Post today:

A Last Push to Deregulate

The White House is working to enact a wide array of federal regulations, many of which would weaken government rules aimed at protecting consumers and the environment, before President Bush leaves office in January.

The new rules would be among the most controversial deregulatory steps of the Bush era and could be difficult for his successor to undo. Some would ease or lift constraints on private industry, including power plants, mines and farms.

Those and other regulations would help clear obstacles to some commercial ocean-fishing activities, ease controls on emissions of pollutants that contribute to global warming, relax drinking-water standards and lift a key restriction on mountaintop coal mining.

Once such rules take effect, they typically can be undone only through a laborious new regulatory proceeding, including lengthy periods of public comment, drafting and mandated reanalysis.

Bush is going to be like your X-boyfriend/X-girlfriend. You’ve already had the fight, you regret saying some of the things that came out of your mouth, you’re still pissed off at the whole thing and you feel hurt that you’re back to being single again. It’s that time when your X won’t get the hell out of your apartment and you’re still seeing him/her everyday…you’re sharing the remote… and-the-bitch-just-won’t-move-out!

It wasn’t enough to de-regulate the Savings and Loan Industries, to de-regulate the Airline Industry, nor was it enough to deregulate the Banking Industry! Bush is determined to prove this “compassionate conservatism” by going on ahead with deregulating other industries that have not yet gone defunct!

The nightmare goes on:

“They want these rules to continue to have an impact long after they leave office,” said Matthew Madia, a regulatory expert at OMB Watch, a nonprofit group critical of what it calls the Bush administration’s penchant for deregulating in areas where industry wants more freedom. He called the coming deluge “a last-minute assault on the public . . . happening on multiple fronts.”

White House spokesman Tony Fratto said: “This administration has taken extraordinary measures to avoid rushing regulations at the end of the term. And yes, we’d prefer our regulations stand for a very long time — they’re well reasoned and are being considered with the best interests of the nation in mind.”

They admit freely an unabashedly: “We want to be the tattoo you wish you never had!”

Are you terrified of Bush yet? It gets worse:

…the administration has begun to issue regulations of great interest to industry, including, in recent days, a rule that allows natural gas pipelines to operate at higher pressures and new Homeland Security rules that shift passenger security screening responsibilities from airlines to the federal government. The OMB also approved a new limit on airborne emissions of lead this month, acting under a court-imposed deadline.

and…

One rule, being pursued over some opposition within the Environmental Protection Agency , would allow current emissions at a power plant to match the highest levels produced by that plant, overturning a rule that more strictly limits such emission increases. According to the EPA’s estimate, it would allow millions of tons of additional carbon dioxide into the atmosphere annually, worsening global warming.

A related regulation would ease limits on emissions from coal-fired power plants near national parks.

A third rule would allow increased emissions from oil refineries, chemical factories and other industrial plants with complex manufacturing operations.

These rules “will force Americans to choke on dirtier air for years to come, unless Congress or the new administration reverses these eleventh-hour abuses,” said lawyer John Walke of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Let’s all remember that it was Michele Bachmann who complained that the Big Financial Debacle was a direct result in “Hyper-Regulations“! So, she’ll be front and center talking about how good of a job Bush is doing with this more recent act of an American Terrorist President.

Hapy Halloween And Very Scary Nightmares To Come True

h/t to Howie Klein

Ugly People (?) Escorted out of McCain Rallies

From dKos, people who are showing up at McCain Rallies are being asked to leave – simply because they “don’t look right”. (Assumed – they don’t look “right” is a political pun.)

“I saw a couple that had been escorted out and they were confused as well, and the girl was crying, so I said ‘Why are you crying? and she said ‘I already voted for McCain, I’m a Republican, and they said we had to leave because we didn’t look right,’” Elborno said. “They were handpicking these people and they had nothing to go off of, besides the way the people looked.”

Cheeze-n-crackers..! McCain kicking out anybody from his campaign equates to double-digit percentages of the entire audience! His staffers kicked out, say…”four people” and that’s 25% of his entire audience!

Laura Elborno, who is a student, went on:

Elborno said after seeing the people who were asked to leave, she was concerned that McCain’s staffers were profiling people on appearance to determine who might be a potential protester.

“When I started talking to them, it kind of became clear that they were kind of just telling people to leave that they thought maybe would be disruptive, but based on what? Based on how they looked,” Elborno said. “It was pretty much all young people, the college demographic.”

Ouch. I guess it’s curtains for me. I waxed my wings and shaved my legs once and I was refused service at a BP trying to buy a Pearson’ Salted Nut Roll! I couldn’t imagine what kind of treatment I’d get if I tried to attend a McCain Rally looking the way I do today…

Sheeshe!! What a bunch of elitist jackasses!!

Wack Job

She started off being called “Sexy”. She called herself “Pit-bull with lipstick” and “Hockey Mom”. Soon, folks within the GOP started calling her “maverick“, eventually saying she was “going rogue“. That laid out the ground work to calling her “a diva“. Now, McCain’s senior advisors are calling her a “wack-job“.Wow… You just can’t write anything that tops that!

Sarah Palin “pals around” with Guilty Felon like US Sen. Ted Stevens

From MSNBC:

BURLINGAME, Calif. – Sarah Palin defended her claim that Barack Obama “pals around with terrorists,” saying the Democratic presidential nominee’s association with a 1960s radical is an issue that is “fair to talk about.”

Hrm… Well, Alaska’s US Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) was found guilty on seven counts of giving false statements! So, does Sarah Palin plan on disavowing Senator Stevens actions?! She’s apparently very close friends with the Convict…
Quite a lot of photos between this Vice Presidential Candidate and this convicted felon, don’t you think?

The Dallas Morning News is musing around the idea that Governor Sarah Palin should ask for Ted Stevens’ resignation immediately – but she probably wont’. Here’s a “Love Fest” between the two;

They just can’t share enough love between themselves, can they?!

Senator Stevens endorsed Sarah Palin for her run for Governor!

In fact; Sarah Palin, while in St Paul, listed her position as “director” of Ted Stevens’ personal 527 PAC:

Palin’s name is listed on 2003 incorporation papers of the “Ted Stevens Excellence in Public Service, Inc.,” a 527 group that could raise unlimited funds from corporate donors. The group was designed to serve as a political boot camp for Republican women in the state. She served as one of three directors until June 2005, when her name was replaced on state filings.

What were are all of those accusations against Barack Obama’s “associations” about again?! I forgot… Hrmmm..

While I’m typing, CNN has Sarah Palin’s public statement on the subject where she finished by saying she “Hoped Senator Stevens would do the right thing for the people of Alaska.” You mean like “Resign”?!?!

MRE: MICHELE BACHMANN BUNGLES HER OWN APOLOGY – She does it for “your children”

Hoping to smooth the ruffled feathers of a disgusted Minnesota public, Michele Bachmann (R-MN) of the 6th Congressional District rolls out an ad that makes her best attempt at humility. Please note: She can’t apologize for her McCarthyism on Hardball last week. Apologizing is for heathens, non-Christians and liberals. As a neo-con, you follow the rules and you Never Apologize for Anything.

From The Scoreboard:

“Once again, our nation is at a crossroads, and it’s a time for choosing. We could embrace government as the answer to our problems or we can choose freedom and liberty,” Bachmann says in the ad.

“I may not always get my words right, but I know that my heart is right. Because my heart is for you, for your children and for the blessings of liberty to remain for our great country.”

What a crock! “For your children…” Ohmygawd!

The State Childrens Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP) was a roll-out by the Democratic Party in Congress last year. It was to give free health care to all children living in American households making $80,000 or less. Bachmann voted against it the first time around, and in an attempt to override Bush’s veto, she voted against it a second time! The roll-call vote is here, courtesy TMP.

…for your children.” Oh dear God… Michele Bachmann couldn’t give one whit for your children.

In Matthew 19:14, Jesus said:

Suffer Little Children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

Michele Bachmann read that and took it literally. She thinks Christ meant; “Let the little children suffer until they die — and end up going to heaven.”

…For your children!! Oh dear God….

Support El Tinklenberg!! And please be generous. We have to vote “Cruella de Vil” out of Congress. …For your children’s sake.

Republicans for Obama

When I was a kid, my Mom made us eat her asparagus. She steamed the hell out of it, and on my fork it looked like a green shoestring. It was disgusting. She boiled the hell out of the spinach too. On my plate it was a snowbank of green slime that tasted disgusting.

As an adult, I learned that asparagus, drizzled with olive oil and lightly grilled topped with sprinkles of sesame seeds was delicious! I also learned that freshly washed spinach as the base to a hearty cobb salad was not only extremely nutritious, but quite good!

Finally, I have found a Republican website that doesn’t taste like my Mom’s asparagus and her green slimy goo called spinach. It’s called; Republicans for Obama <dot> org.

Check out their catchy little YouTube ditty here!

Cute, wouldn’t you say?! Little guitar music an some of the most highly respected members within the Republican party! Nice!

I jammed with Cheryl Crow while I read Kelly Thomas’ blog McCain’s Favorite Mistake, I relished Randall Leverette’s blog entry “Where Do We Go From Here” an his reflecting on Colin Powel’s interview last Sunday on MTP. Mr. Leverette has some deep thoughts that I can respect and salute!

How can/do we re-establish ourselves so that we have the crossover appeal of an Obama? Will our party use an Obama win, if it comes to that, as a lesson or will we start pointing fingers yet again?: Obama had more money, he had a better organization, etc. Or will Reaganites blame Neocons and Neocons blame McCain’s “campaign” leaving McCain to blame them all.

More troublesome is the seemingly “ugly” side to our party — the base. By definition base is the foundation and if the foundation is not reflective of a vast number of its members, how can or do we change the direction of our party? If they don’t leave, or aren’t pushed aside, where do we go, you know, those of us who are “un-American,” “un-patriotic” and who have “no moral values”? Are we destined to ride the middle only to find ourselves in the “predicament” of going back and forth between Democratic and Republican candidates to vote for and support the lesser of two evils or do we permanently join the ranks of Independents? The thought of abandoning the party is a frightening prospect for me, not because I fear change or loathe Democrats. My fear bubbles to the surface because I like the political ideals of our party: personal responsibility, low taxes, strong defense, fiscal responsibility and when necessary, and let’s face it it’s always necessary, compassion for those less fortunate.

I’m right there with ya Mr. Leverette! That’s some bipartisanship I can get behind right now! I can’t recall a time when I respected a Republican point of view so much. I thought the entire lot had gone into the ditch!

Any liberal, progressive or Blue Dog Democrat out there believes we have “all of the answers” are just as arrogant as the Republican neocons. We don’t. And, we need Right Wingers to help all of us think this through intelligently and work these disasters out…Together!