Bill Clinton Supports Same-Sex Marriage, Four Terms Too Late

The same president who authored DOMA, (Defense of Marriage Act) has reversed his views on same-sex marriage.  While at the Campus Progress National Conference in Washington DC, President Bill Clinton was asked if he supported same-sex marriage.

“Yeah … I personally support people doing what they want to do. I think it’s wrong for someone to stop someone else from doing that [same-sex marriage].”

Perhaps, after finding not a lot of love from the GLBT for DOMA, the Clintons have come a long way to begin shaking our hands in support.  Clinton went on the record to be against California’s Prop 8 bill saying it was unfair and wrong.  On the other hand,fruitfly21 he snubbed protestors by crossing the picket lines at San Diego’s Manchester’s Grand Hyatt Hotel to deliver a six figure speech last year.  (It was the hotel’s owner Doug Manchester, who funded Prop 8 by donating $125,000.)

Last May, when confronted with the question about same-sex marriage, Clinton said “his views were evolving.”  Unfortunate: Clinton’s evolutionary clock runs so much slower than everybody elses’.

Liberal Press: Caught padding their Editorial “Letter of the Day’ with GOP Trash

Awww – Poor Star Tribne!  Did you ever wonder why the Strib is bankruptcy court?  Could it be: “Pandering to the Right Wing means lower sales?”  Now here’s a newspaper that has diminished itself into obscurity while doing it willingly – with eyes wide open.

In today’s Editorial Page, the Star Tribune’s “Letter of the Day” was written by Senator Norm Coleman’s former Press Secretary, Andy Brehm.  Now it’s the content of that letter that I want to look at, but it’s ironic that the Star Tribune seems to be in the habit of publishing Mr. Brehm’s letters whenever he pleases!  For example; in Jan 11, 2008 – the Star Tribune highlighted Andy Brehm’s work titled Republicans Must Retrun to their Reagan Roots.

Q: “Why would any “liberal” newspaper bother publishing anything from a Republican in the first place?!”

A:  “Because the Star Tribune is nothing but a tool-job for the Republican propaganda machine!”

On April 13, 2008 – Andy gets highlighted again on a piece titled; “Actually, We’d do just fine without Earmarks“.  OH!!  And let’s not forget January 2006 when the Star Tribune published Andy Brehm’s piece “Replace the Dome or Lose Twins“. And then there was that time on Februrary 2007 when the Star Tribune printed Andy Brehm’s letter – Wait…Lemme get it – Oh! Here it is!  Filed by those Communist Sinners over at Lberal Elite blog titled: “Hack Alert: Andy Brehm“. Even Michael Brodkorb, Minnesota’s favorite GOP hack, crows about the Star Tribune’s love of publishing Right Wing Nutjobs’ letters in their Editorial Pages. fruitfly21

When the Star Tribune says Andy Brehm is a student at the U of MN Law Center, can we safely assume that the Strib is actively involved in helping Brehm with his homework too? (Please don’t tell the Strib Editorial staff that Mr. Brehm is no longer a “student” – with his current employer being an associate over at Dorsey & Whitney LLP.) Is it any wonder that Andy Brehm’s Facebook page lists the Minneapolis Star Tribune has one of his favorite “Products”?  The Star Tribune’s over-exposure would garnish him a far better pay-grade than he’s worth?!

Andy Brehm on a good day

Andy Brehm on a good day

Today is nothing new in this “news” paper.  Andy Brehm gets published as the Star Tribune’s “Darling of the Day” with this piece of garbage:

In his Tuesday night news conference, President Obama responded to questions about the colossal impact his budget will have on the federal debt the same way he always does: remind Americans that he inherited the current budget shortfall and that some Republicans critical of his deficit spending advocated in favor of President Bush’s. We’ve heard this again and again, and we get it, Mr. Obama. The previous administration was not particularly conservative when it came to fiscal matters, and recovering big spenders like Mitch McConnell and John Boehner are not ideal spokesmen for the GOP on this one. I think most Republicans would agree. I certainly do.

But this is 2009, not 2008. Obama is no longer a candidate, he is the president. His insistence on arrogantly brushing aside serious and legitimate questions about his ballooned budget with political potshots is irresponsible at best, and cowardly at worst. The truth of the matter is that under the president’s proposed budget plan the national debt would more than double over the next decade, adding $9.3 trillion in red ink to Washington’s balance sheets by 2019. In fact, Obama’s budget would create more federal debt than that produced by all of his 43 presidential predecessors, combined. No commander in chief in American history has proposed doing this much damage to the national bottom line.

It’s clear that Obama, who seems to embrace liberal European-style economic initiatives, wishes to take this country in a drastically different direction. I’m not a sore loser; he won the election in November and has every right to pursue an agenda of his choosing. But he also owes those of us deeply concerned with his feckless fiscal policies a better explanation than simply pointing to the past. Younger citizens like me who will have to pay for the White House’s proposed short-term spending spree throughout our lifetimes deserve more details and less demagoguery.

Can you smell the hypocracy from across town?

He’s got all of the sexy buzzwords embedded into the piece too: “liberal”, “European-style economic initiatives”, “ballooned budget”, and “deficit spending”.  Why, it seems that the Star Tribune would once again – give Law Student Andy Brehm an A-Plus and three gold stars!

On October 6, 2006, Senator John McCain, who was the GOP’s Presidential hopeful at the time, blamed President Clinton for North Korea’s sub-mountain nuclear explosion.  McCain said:

I would remind Senator Clinton and other Democrats critical of Bush administration policies that the framework agreement her husband’s administration negotiated [with North Korea] was a failure. Every single time the Clinton administration warned the Koreans not to do something—not to kick out the IAEA inspectors, not to remove the fuel rods from their reactor—they did it. And they were rewarded every single time by the Clinton administration with further talks.

To Diane Sawyer of ABC News, McCain threw the Clintons under the bus with:

“Having said that, during the Clinton administration years, here we concluded an unenforceable and untransparent agreement, which allowed [North Korea] to keep plutonium rods in a reactor … in order to make them nuclear material,” McCain said. “[His negotiations] would put them on the path to develop nuclear weapons. … And we did nothing but more talk.”

Fox Trash quoted McCain by saying:

“I would remind Senator (Hillary) Clinton and other Democrats critical of the Bush administration’s policies that the framework agreement her husband’s administration negotiated was a failure,”

Fox Trash follows up with this little gem:

The agreement to which McCain referred was the 1994 U.S.-North Korean Agreed Framework which called for the construction of two light water reactors in North Korea and the delivery of large quantities of heavy oil to help meet energy demand. In exchange, the North agreed to allow in U.N. inspectors

But the agreement collapsed in 2002 when North Korea decided to revive activity at a nuclear plant which had been frozen as part of the 1994 agreement. U.N. inspectors who had monitored the freeze were then expelled.

Oops… The agreement that was built between the Clinton Administration and North Korea collapsed under Bush’s watch – But Clinton deserves to get blamed anyway.

FruitFly 6Let’s re-group for all of the GOP readers out there who are a little slow:  The Clinton Administration has been gone for six years and the Republicans are still blaming him for the world’s problems, but Andy Brehm is bawling about the Obama Administration blaming Bush only two months after the Bush Administration is gone?   And this my friends – wins the Star Tribune’s “Letter of the Day”!

Compare and Contrast: “Six Years” versus “Two Months”.  Compare and Contrast…

Republicanville: Tent cities springing up everywhere

Coming to a town near you!

Copying the days of the Great Depression of the 1930’s, tent cities (a.k.a. “Hooverviles” have begun to spring up everywhere in the United States.

Today, tent cities are popping up everywhere, and I’m going to insist that we call them Republicanvilles.  In Reno, NV:080918-tent-cities-bcol1pstandard

“…more than 150 people were living in tents big and small, barely a foot apart in a patch of dirt slated to be a parking lot for a campus of shelters Reno is building for its homeless population. Like many other cities, Reno has found itself with a “tent city” — an encampment of people who had nowhere else to go.

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Nearly 61 percent of local and state homeless coalitions say they’ve experienced a rise in homelessness since the foreclosure crisis began in 2007, according to a report by the National Coalition for the Homeless. The group says the problem has worsened since the report’s release in April, with foreclosures mounting, gas and food prices rising and the job market tightening.

Other cities have reported ten cities (a.k.a. “Republicanvilles”) have sprung up in Chattanooga, TN, San Diego, CA and Columbus, OH.

In Seattle, which is experiencing a building boom and an influx of affluent professionals in neighborhoods the working class once owned, homeless encampments have been springing up — in remote places to avoid police sweeps.

“What’s happening in Seattle is what’s happening everywhere else — on steroids,” said Tim Harris, executive director of Real Change, an advocacy organization that publishes a weekly newspaper sold by homeless people.

Photoblogs from the San Francisco Gate on the growing population of Repbulicanvilles can been seen by clicking here.

Meanwhile, Robert B. Zoellick, president of the World Bank, sounds an awful lot like our own President Barack Obama who said after announcing a massive shrinkage in a global economy and global trade:

“This global crisis needs a global solution and preventing an economic catastrophe in developing countries is important for global efforts to overcome this crisis,” Mr. Zoellick said in a statement. “We need investments in safety nets, infrastructure, and small and medium-size companies to create jobs and to avoid social and political unrest.”

The World Bank said:

The World Bank said in a new report that the crisis that began with junk mortgages in the United States was causing havoc for poorer countries that had nothing to do with the original problem.

Those junk mortgages came from the Republican Party and the Bush Administration with the the 1999 Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act which:

…broke down barriers between banks, securities firms, mortgage lenders and insurance companies. That deregulation repealed Great Depression-era bank regulations with the approval of former president Bill Clinton.

Even though the Act has Republican names on it, and the President was being impeached at the time, the Republican Party will swear it was Clinton’s fault. It was former US Senator Phil Gramm (R-TX) who was the chief architect of that bill that has shoved Ms. Tammy Day into homelessness just four days ago in Sacramento, CA.

In other exciting news, Paris Hilton goes “clubbing” with Ellen Degeneres, RNC Chair Michael Steele has taken down his new “hip-hop” blog (because the Republican de factor leader told him to take it down because there were too many PDF files linked in it and there wasn’t enough child-porn) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) admits to being a whopper of a Welfare Queen when it comes to spending for his state, but hates everybody else’s earmarks (and John McCain hates Lindsey Graham’s SC earmarks). The New York Times is reporting over 600,000 jobs were lost in February, John McCain (R-AZ) and Richard Shelby (R-AL) are delighted to watch mega-banks fail and think it would be good for all of us to “learn our lesson”, and Charles Krauthammer (R-Shill) continues to get paid for being able to pout and whine better than anybody else.

FruitFly 6Oh!  And I almost forgot the most important news of the day!  Matt Damon and his sexy Spandex.  I’ll assume by those photos that Matt was definitely born a male child.  So when a Republicanville shows up on the outskirts of your town, be sure to act like a true Republican and remind them that it was their fault they’re living underneath a nylon roof.

Gimme s’more a’dat “Liberal” Press!!

vomitNBC, ya know!! Gotta love ’em! They just can’t crank out enough of that conservative propaganda bull-crap! Recalling only two years ago, that it was Katie Couric who had Governor Howard Dean on the Today show trying to make the claim that Democrats took money from that slime-ball Jack Abramoff.

COURIC: Hey, wait a second. Democrats took — Democrats took money from Abramoff too, Mr. Dean.

DEAN: That is absolutely false. That did not happen. Not one dime of money from Jack Abramoff went to any Democrat at any time.

After she heaved her lunch up on Howard Dean, she concluded with:

COURIC: Well, we’ll obviously have to look into that and clarify that for our viewers at a later date. Howard Dean, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Mr. Dean, Governor Dean, thanks so much for talking with us.

Which of course, she never bothered to clarify for the viewers. NBC, CBS, CNN and ABC have been following in Fox Noise’s footsteps like drunken sailors trying to one-up each other on who can be more conservative ever since.

NBC’s Ann Curry is now front and center spewing utter lies about Obama’s pick for “minister du jur” for his Inauguration Day, Rick Warren. It’s bad enough to have Obama pick that filthy little Hate Monger to bloviate about how much God Almighty hates gay and lesbian people, but to let Ann Curry run around supporting that ass just makes NBC news look even dumber.

Yesterday on MSNBC Live, Curry said about Rick Warren and California’s Prop 8 bill while in a conversation with Contessa Brewer:

CURRY: It’s interesting. You know, one of the answers he has to that is that the pro — the idea of gay marriage was so well-funded in terms of, groups had come forth and had basically said, you know, “We’re gonna fund the fight against this ban,” that he felt that it was his responsibility to come out and say, “Wait a minute. We need to also — we need to create a balance here so that people hear both sides.”

Rambo Kitty

Oh thanks Ann Curry!! You’re such a trashy liar you don’t even know what you’re lying about! Rick Warren never came out and tried to “look for balance” and he did everything in his power to make sure people did NOT hear both sides! What a lying little whore!

I need to write a blog entitled:

“Die Ann Curry, Die Die! DIE!”

Curry goes on (to bury herself in more lies):

One of the issues he said is that, you know, he cannot — he was concerned that there would be an infringement on his freedom to speak about it, because if, in fact, he came out — he was worried that this Proposition 8 would prevent him from getting up on the pulpit and speaking out against same-sex marriage.


Like I’ve said: Curry doesn’t know what she’s talking about. There was nothing in Proposition 8 that took Rick Warren’s Homophobic Hate-Mongering Ministry away from him. Proposition 8 was not a bill about giving out “gag orders” to Hate Mongers. What is wrong with these people?!?

Trust me, people: People like Rick Warren aren’t afraid of anybody or anything taking away their rights to speak about anything. These people will spew their hatred towards anybody they please and run behind the United States Constitution crabbing about their “right to free speech” and their insistence on a separated Church and State until the cows come home. When it comes to the Church legislating morality in this country, they’re all for it.

Ann CoulterNow we can all look forward to January 6th when NBC’s Today show will once again – play host for the Queen of Mean, Ann Coulter who will get lots of air time to promote her brand-new book: “Guilty: Liberal Victims and their Assault on America.” …Because – NBC is run by a bunch of “liberals ” you see.

Coulter has made a number of highly controversial remarks during her appearances on NBC-owned channels. On NBC programs alone, Coulter has called former Vice President Al Gore a “total fag” and has called former President Bill Clinton a “latent homosexual.” Elsewhere, Coulter repeatedly likened Obama to Adolf Hitler in media appearances and in her syndicated column in 2008 and written that, without affirmative action, African-American Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) couldn’t get a job “that didn’t involve wearing a paper hat.” She has also said of Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens: “We need somebody to put rat poison in Justice Stevens’ créme brulée.” Indeed, Coulter has repeatedly mused about potential acts of violence against people she doesn’t like or with whom she disagrees.

Media Matters goes on to note that MSNBC, NBC and CNBC has played host to Ann Coulter and her dribble 194 times between April 1997 to Oct. 2007. Do you think a liberal like Michael Moore has been on MSNBC, CNBC or NBC one hundred and ninety four times?

One of the few good news journalists we have, CBS News’ Chief Foreign Correspondent, Lara Logan was on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” last July. While on it, she was asked if she watched American News. She flatly denied that she does. Repeatedly she said “No, I do not watch American television news.” She leaned in on Stewart and said; If I were to watch the news that you’re hearing in the United States, I’d just blow my brains out. ‘Cause it would drive me nuts.

Ya think?!

In an Op Ed piece in the Wall Street Journal, Bernard Goldberg wrote an homage to Tim Russert who had recently passed away. Goldberg and Russert spent a great deal of time talking about bias in the media. And in his piece honoring his friend Russert, Goldberg wrote:

“Why the closed-mindedness when the subject comes around to media bias?” I asked him.

“That, to me, is totally contrary to who we’re supposed to be as journalists. . . . If someone suggested there was an anti-black bias, an anti-gay bias, an anti-American bias, we’d sit up and say, ‘Let’s talk about this, let’s tackle it.’ Well, if there’s a liberal bias or a cultural bias we have to sit up and tackle it and discuss it. We have got to be open to these things.

His many friends in journalism — the ones who spend their lives inside that comfortable, elitist bubble — would do well to take those words to heart. Facing up to their biases and making a conscious effort to get rid of what Tim called “preferred positions” on important social issues (for abortion and against guns, for example) would be a lasting tribute to Tim.

FruitFly 6Lara Logan is absolutely correct: We don’t have “news” in this country. What we have is bubble-headed bimbos like Ann Curry blabbing utter  jibberish about  gay rights being yanked away in an effort to protect a fat man’s Constitutional right to spew hatred across this country.

And when NBC parades the likes of Ann Coulter out on their Today Show stage to blab about her personal hatred towards liberals, you just don’t get that “Free Pass” on calling the news “Liberal” anymore!  You just don’t!

Crap nobody else is talking about…

Typically, the summer heat leaves folks with an easier schedule. An easier schedule leaves more time to blog. The opposite has been true for me. I’m swamped! Broke and swamped. I’m so broke these days, I can’t even afford to pay attention anymore.

Meanwhile, there have been a bazillion things I wanted to note that has happened in recent weeks. Cherry-picking information from here and there rounds up some interesting things once the pieces were laid out in front of me. I have about two hours before I’m off and running again…Got an outdoor grilling for roasted corn on the cob, burgers on the grill and bowl full of laughs.

The Tennessee Shooting

Just a few weeks ago, there was a shooting in Knoxville, Tennessee inside a church. While services were going on, a stranger barged on in and killed a few parishioners, yelling about how much he hates (political) liberals. Few bothered to note the horrible scene, except a few liberal bloggers and a fifteen-second mention on national news. (NBC mentioned the story, but if I recall – they failed to mention the shooters hatred for liberal people. CBS and ABC, that I’m aware, didn’t bother mentioning it at all.)

Pieces I found interesting, came from:

Joe.My.God

Joe, one of my favorite bloggers, noted that

The man who ministers to East Tennessee’s largest gay and lesbian congregation says his church won’t rest easy until members know what Jim David Adkisson wrote. “The more clarity, the better,” said the Rev. Bob Galloway, pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church in West Knoxville. “We need to know what we’re dealing with. Is it just liberals he was targeting? Is it just gays? Was it all these things mixed together? We need to know.” Galloway said his church serves about 180 people from around East Tennessee, about 85 percent of them gay or lesbian. Some of his parishioners turned around on the way to church and went home Sunday morning when they heard a man had shot up a liberal, gay-friendly church on the west side of town. “They thought it was us,” Galloway said.

The temptation here is to write fictional a piece and inverting everything as it relates to the players in the story. Think about it…

A gay man, waring a pair of bubble-gum pink patten-leather boots with a four inch spiked heel, walks into an ultra-conservative church with a 12-gauge shotgun and screaming like a nellie-queen, blowing away everybody in the sanctuary.

Do you think that story would be really big news? Do you think CBS and ABC would spend more than thirty minutes talking about it? Do you think Fox News would spend three weeks worth of “Special Reports” on the horrors of “the gay lifestyle” while James Dobson would be screaming on his Focus on the Family show why “the gays” are a menace to society?! It’s the patent hypocrisy from the media that seems to piss me off the most. It’s laughable to hear people like Rush Limbaugh and [insert your GOP family members’ names here] go on month-long gripes about a “Liberal Media”. The part that’s the most laughable – Rush Limbaugh is the media!

Knoxville News

Somewhere else, I spotted someone complaining about the contents within Adkisson’s home. Rather than spending a half-hour finding it, I’d rather cut-to-the-chase and go right to the source. Remember, I have burgers and roasted corn in a few minutes.

Inside the house, officers found “Liberalism is a Mental Health Disorder” by radio talk show host Michael Savage, “Let Freedom Ring” by talk show host Sean Hannity, and “The O’Reilly Factor,” by television talk show host Bill O’Reilly.

The shotgun-wielding suspect in Sunday’s mass shooting at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church was motivated by a hatred of “the liberal movement,” and he planned to shoot until police shot him, Knoxville Police Chief Sterling P. Owen IV said this morning.

Adkisson, 58, of Powell wrote a four-page letter in which he stated his “hatred of the liberal movement,” Owen said. “Liberals in general, as well as gays.”

For some reason, all of this pushing for “Hate Crimes” to be put in the books, seems to be a waste of time. We don’t need Hate Crimes legislation, we need to include Hannity, O’Reilly and Michael Saveage to stand trial for coercion.

A brilliant piece on the story was written and posted on CommonDreams.org – I highly recommend it.

Ferragamos

Do you remember the “Bill Clinton haircut” story from back in 1993? The story was absolutely false, and started from the Right Wing Propaganda machine, and hailed by the conservative pundits until people ended up believing the story as true.

Now do you remember “The John Edwards $400 haircut” story? Technically, that story was also not true – it was two haircuts totaling over $400 for both. But, that’s splitting hairs. The point being that the Right Wing Propaganda machine loves to show how vain and arrogant Liberal and Progressive politicians appear in the public sector.

Absolutely no attention is spent on the reason Edwards had his hair cut for $225 in some town in Iowa.

So let’s talk about the Ferragamos. Another piece from Joe.My.God was spotted one John McCain. It’s all about the shoes, Baby – It’s all about the shoes.

Did you hear anything in the news about John McCain wearing a $520 pair of loafers while on a golf outing?!

Christopher Hayes of The Nation says it beautifully:

If I were a right-wing blogger, and I found out that Barack Obama was wearing Ferragamo loafers that cost $520, I would spend about 50% of my waking hours making sure everyone knew this. I would mock him for being an out-of-touch elitist and make jokes like, “If you think that’s a lot, you should see how much his purse costs ” I would send the link to Drudge and wait for Instapundit to pick it up, and then watch gleefully as Fox News ran segments about how Barack Obama’s $500 loafers vitiate his entire economic platform. But of course, I’m not a right-wing blogger. And the $520 shoes belong to John McCain. And frankly, I don’t think how much his shoes cost matters one whit for how he’d govern the country.

Makes ya kind of smirk when you think about the Right Wing Propaganda machine when they were crawling all over Nancy Pelosi for wanting a bigger airplane! Yeah – that story was debunked, too.

Women Hating

Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed the Paycheck Fairness Act. This bill was to force employers to shore up the discrimination of pay for women to equal that of their male colleagues. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi wrote in her blog The Gavel:

The House has just passed the Paycheck Fairness Act, H.R. 1338, by a vote of 247-178. Although the wage gap between men and women has narrowed since the passage of the landmark Equal Pay Act in 1963, gender-based wage discrimination remains a problem for women in the U.S. workforce. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, women only make 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man. The Institute of Women’s Policy Research found that this wage disparity will cost women anywhere from $400,000 to $2 million over a lifetime in lost wages. Furthermore, loopholes created by courts and weak sanctions in the law have allowed many employers to avoid liability for engaging in gender-based pay discrimination. The Paycheck Fairness Act, introduced by U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), will strengthen the Equal Pay Act and close the loopholes that have allowed employers to avoid responsibility for discriminatory pay.

Nice job, don’t you think?! Congratulations go to Congresswoman DeLauro!

Senator John McCain skipped the Ledbetter Fair Pay act last year which reinforced the issue. McCain, typical for a male chauvinist pig, stated that the act wasn’t necessary. He said that the disparity in pay was the woman’s fault, not the fault of the employer.

They need the education and training, particularly since more and more women are heads of their households, as much or more than anybody else,” McCain said. “And it’s hard for them to leave their families when they don’t have somebody to take care of them.

“It’s a vicious cycle that’s affecting women, particularly in a part of the country like this, where mining is the mainstay; traditionally, women have not gone into that line of work, to say the least,” he said.

He’s right you know… Employers shouldn’t be expected to pay “stupid chicks” the same he would pay for his buddies…

But that isn’t necessarily the interesting piece about this story. The interesting piece is to look at who voted AGAINST this bill!

Here in Minnesota: Michele Bachmann (R-6th CD)

I don’t understand why any woman would vote her politics over her sex. But when I consider Michele Bachmann and her Loony Tune antics while she’s been in the House… Well, maybe that’s not so hard to understand after all.

Other self-loathing women who voted against this bill?

  • Marilyn Musgrave (CO-4th CD)
  • Judy Biggert (IL-13th CD)
  • Candice Miller (MI-10th CD)
  • JoAnn Emerson (MO-8th CD)
  • Heather Wilson (NM R-1st CD)
  • Sue Myrick (NC-9th CD)
  • Virginia Fox (NC-5th CD)
  • (Mean) Jean Schmidt (OH-2nd CD)
  • Roberta Latta (OH-5th CD)
  • Deborah Pryce (OH-15th CD)
  • Mary Fallin (OK-5th)
  • Marsha Blackburn (TN-7th CD)
  • Thema Drake (VA 2nd CD)
  • Cathy Rogers McMorris (WA-5th CD)
  • Barbara Cubin (WY-0 CD)

I have a suggestion for Speaker Pelosi: Hold another vote to cute these women’s paychecks to reflect the discrimination as appropriate. Fascinating that these are women who’ll choose their political affiliations over their sex and the women of their district. Rather than doing the right thing, they’ll decide to vote whatever the GOP tells them to do.

I say; “Cut their pay as Congress-critters and tell them that as their employer, Speaker Pelosi doesn’t feel they’re neither educated , nor trained well enough to receive the same pay as their Congressional counterparts.” That’ll learn them!

Now if you would excuse me, I have a picnic to attend…

The Clintons Are BFF With Rev Jeremiah Wright Too?

So while all of those “Hillary Lovers” out there are yucking it up over Obama having to defend his personal and religious beliefs, here comes the Photo Op of the week on the NYT – courtesy of the Obama campaign staff.

Clinton With Jeremiah Wright

Among those in attendance, was the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., who is seen shaking hands with Mr. Clinton in a photograph provided today by the Obama campaign. Mr. Wright’s relationship with Senator Barack Obama, as his longtime pastor, has been the subject of considerable controversy in recent days because of incendiary excerpts of sermons Mr. Wright gave at their church, Trinity United Church of Christ, in Chicago.

In providing the photograph to The New York Times, the Obama campaign appeared to be trying to divert some attention to the Clintons after a week in which Mr. Obama’s relationship with Mr. Wright has left him facing one of the biggest challenges of his campaign. There is nothing in the picture or the note that addresses whether Mr. Clinton had met Mr. Wright prior to the White HouseOxygen meeting or whether he or Mrs. Clinton knew anything about Mr. Wright’s views.

Anybody out there holding their breath that Hillary will give a stump speech defending her religion? Email me and I’ll make sure you get a nurse and an oxygen tank ASAP.

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Clinton/Obama Promises Offered On NAFTA: Fact? Or Fiction?

clown politiciansYou shouldn’t believe everything a politician tells you. As with attorneys and meteorologists, politicians are paid to be professional liars. When Bill Clinton was running for President in 1991, he promised to over-haul the credit system and make it a little more accurate and harder to invade from outsiders. He never lifted a finger. The entire credit card system is a disaster to this day and banks are still using it to make decisions on loaning money to their customers.

In last week’s debate between Clinton and Obama, the subject was brought up on their views about NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement. Both of the Senators agreed that NAFTA would be either renegotiated or at least “reviewed”. According to the original transcripts, Clinton said:

You know, I have been a critic of NAFTA from the very beginning. I didn’t have a public position on it, because I was part of the administration, but when I started running for the Senate, I have been a critic. I’ve said it was flawed. I said that it worked in some parts of our country, and I’ve seen the results in Texas. I was in Laredo in the last couple of days. It’s the largest inland port in America now. So clearly, some parts of our country have been benefited.

She continued on:

So what I have said is that we need to have a plan to fix NAFTA. I would immediately have a trade timeout, and I would take that time to try to fix NAFTA by making it clear that we’ll have core labor and environmental standards in the agreement.

Her final thoughts on NAFTA were…

So I would hope that, again, we can get to a debate about what the real issues are and where we stand because we do need to fix NAFTA. It is not working. It was, unfortunately, heavily disadvantaging many of our industries, particularly manufacturing.

Obama stepped into the conversation, first by disagreeing with Senator Clinton’s claim she’s “always been against” NAFTA, but did offer his thoughts on the subject:

I have to say, Tim, with respect to my position on this, when I ran for the United States Senate, the Chicago Tribune, which was adamantly pro-NAFTA, noted that, in their endorsement of me, they were endorsing me despite my strong opposition to NAFTA.

And that conversation that I had with the Farm Bureau, I was not ambivalent at all. What I said was that NAFTA and other trade deals can be beneficial to the United States because I believe every U.S. worker is as productive as any worker around the world, and we can compete with anybody. And we can’t shy away from globalization. We can’t draw a moat around us. But what I did say, in that same quote, if you look at it, was that the problem is we’ve been negotiating just looking at corporate profits and what’s good for multinationals, and we haven’t been looking at what’s good for communities here in Ohio, in my home state of Illinois, and across the country.

And as president, what I want to be is an advocate on behalf of workers. Look, you know, when I go to these plants, I meet people who are proud of their jobs. They are proud of the products that they’ve created. They have built brands and profits for their companies. And when they see jobs shipped overseas and suddenly they are left not just without a job, but without health care, without a pension, and are having to look for seven-buck-an-hour jobs at the local fast-food joint, that is devastating on them, but it’s also devastating on the community. That’s not the way that we’re going to prosper as we move forward.

Sounds like we’re all in agreement with how both of our Presidential Candidates feel about NAFTA?

KOAApparently, the camp counselors from both Clinton’s and Obama’s KOA have already been dialing up the Canadians and telling their Prime Minister that they were just “joking”. You know…”kidding”! …Just “joshing around”. Says the Canadian-based CTV.com:

Barack Obama has ratcheted up his attacks on NAFTA, but a senior member of his campaign team told a Canadian official not to take his criticisms seriously, CTV News has learned.

Both Obama and Hillary Clinton have been critical of the long-standing North American Free Trade Agreement over the course of the Democratic primaries, saying that the deal has cost U.S. workers’ jobs.

Within the last month, a top staff member for Obama’s campaign telephoned Michael Wilson, Canada’s ambassador to the United States, and warned him that Obama would speak out against NAFTA, according to Canadian sources.

The staff member reassured Wilson that the criticisms would only be campaign rhetoric, and should not be taken at face value.

But Tuesday night in Ohio, where NAFTA is blamed for massive job losses, Obama said he would tell Canada and Mexico “that we will opt out unless we renegotiate the core labor and environmental standards.”

Late Wednesday, a spokesperson for the Obama campaign said the staff member’s warning to Wilson sounded implausible, but did not deny that contact had been made.

The Clinton KOA has been peeing in the same swimming hole on the topic too:

“Senator Obama does not make promises he doesn’t intend to keep,” the spokesperson said.

Low-level sources also suggested the Clinton campaign may have given a similar warning to Ottawa, but a Clinton spokesperson flatly denied the claim.

During Tuesday’s debate, she said that as president she would opt out of NAFTA “unless we renegotiate it.”

On the subject of NAFTA; it appears that the only politician that wasn’t lying about the damages it would do to those of us in the United States was Ross Perot. Perot told all of us to “listen for the giant-sucking sound of jobs headed over the border to Mexico should NAFTA be ratified.”

updated3 The NAFTA story is a hoax. According to Political Radar,

During a debate in Ohio this week, where NAFTA is blamed for job losses, both Obama and Clinton said that as president, they would opt out of the trade deal unless it could be renegotiated.

When asked about the CTV report, Obama’s said today, “It wasn’t true.”

Today Bill Burton of the Obama campaign told ABC News no senior Obama campaign representative called the Canadian embassy. “The news reports on Obama’s position on NAFTA are inaccurate and in no way represent Senator Obama’s consistent position on trade,” Burton said separately in an email.

“When Senator Obama says that he will forcefully act to make NAFTA a better deal for American workers, he means it. Both Canada and Mexico should know that, as president, Barack Obama will do what it takes to create and protect American jobs and strengthen the American economy — that includes amending NAFTA to include labor and environmental standards. We are currently reaching out to the Canadian embassy to correct this inaccuracy.”

This afternoon the Canadian embassy in Washington, D.C., sent out a press release to deny the CTV report.

“The Canadian Embassy confirms that at no time has any member of a Presidential campaign called the Canadian Ambassador or any official at the Embassy to discuss NAFTA,” the statement read. “Last night the Canadian television network CTV, falsely reported that such calls had been made. That story is untrue. Neither before nor since the Ohio debate has any presidential campaign called Ambassador Wilson or the Embassy to raise NAFTA.”

The Canadian embassy is pro actively reaching out to the campaigns “all the time,” Norton said, to try to meet with aides who might form the foreign and economic policy teams of any future administration.

“We talk about the whole range of Canada-U.S. issues which we think it’s critically important that the presidential candidates be aware of including the number of jobs that depend in the United States on Canada-U.S. trade.”

The Canadian Embassy says there are more than seven million jobs in the U.S. that depend on trade with Canada.

“We discuss our view that NAFTA has been very good for all three participating countries and has made the continent more competitive in the face of China, India, Brazil,” Norton said.

Dammit. This is what happens when your read that trash Republican “Daily-Kos” wanna-be website. I read this story originally here and here. Redstate is now pushing out the conspiracy theory that the Canadian government doesn’t want to be seen as an agency involved with US politics. Redstate is pushing this YouTube from this link:

FruitFly 6On Blogs4McCain, a blog-site where Nursing Home patients learn how to use a computer mouse and “Monitor” can sometimes mean a “tee-vee” screen, they’re publishing something completely out of touch with the Obama/NAFTA story with this (piece of crap).

I knew I should have stayed in bed this morning. It’s what I get for reading Redstate without wearing my radiation suit and UV goggles on…