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.
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?!
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.
Let’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…
If George W. Bush wants some useful occupation for those long, post-presidential workdays, Dallas’ own Elliott’s Hardware has an offer ready: Come be our greeter!
Elliott’s advises of the offer in a press release, but they assure us that they have already directly appealed for the former president and new Highland Park resident directly:
“[W]e are offering the position to Mr. Bush in all sincerity,” said Kyle Walters, Elliott’s Hardware president & CEO. “We think it would be a great fit for him as he settles back into life in Dallas.”
Can you imagine walking into Elliott’s Hardware and seeing GW standing there waiting for the opportunity to shake your hand. If I find out he’s working there, I swear to God, I’ll find one of those hand buzzers and drive to Dallas myself and find this store.
Really, it’s a match made in heaven. GWB is a people-kinda-guy with a great memory for names and faces – exactly the sort of person to make you feel welcome when you’re looking for a toilet flange or a socket wrench.
Nice! Actually, I was thinking of a ball-peen hammer, electric hedge-clippers, a garden hose, a car battery complete with jumper cables and an outdoor grill. Seeing GWB standing there grinning at me while holding all of those hardware purchases would make me feel really welcome! Really!
Why am I not surprised? I’m channel surfing while eating my Cheerios this morning and I whizzed by the CBN (Christian Broadcasting Network) that apparently shares airtime on the Disney Channel. Just enough to see that famous Hate Monger Pat Robertson on the 700 Club break away to an interview with Peggy Noonan. Now you know me – If there’s a “liberal journalist” out there, I wanna hear what they have to say!
Scott Ross, the 700 Club geek gets to conduct the interview – Let’s see what this “liberal journalist” has to say, shall we?
Peggy: I am patriotic. I like these days, to draw the line between patriotism and nationalism. Patriotism is love of county. Nationalism is breast beating ‘we are number 1 and we can kick your butt.’ Look, politically, we want to be a great nation. We want Washington to stop, breathe in, resettle itself, and realize we are in a key moment.
Scott: OK, can we give Barack the benefit of the doubt at this point?
Obama has been in office less than sixteen days and they’re wondering whether or not they should cut him some slack?
Peggy: Look, he is a new president. Fifty-three percent of people voted for him, 46 did not – and did not in the time of two wars and economic collapse. So, you’ve got to realize that’s a lot of not support for Obama – 56 million people. What do you owe your new president? Grace. Give him a chance. Pray for him, seriously. Hope that as he prospers, we prosper. Hope that a new wisdom will come upon him as sometimes happens with a president.
Now you can go look at the original transcript and you can see for yourself that the word “not” is in italics and it’s been inserted in the wrong location. Grammatically, the sentence doesn’t make any sence. “…That’s a lot of not support for Obama”? She either said “that’s a lot of non-support for Obama” or she said “That’s a lot of support for Obama” and I’m betting she said the latter. The idiots at the 700 Club screwed it up when they wrote the transcript.
Scott: Where does this leave the GOP? It was probably ‘76 the last time they were beaten this bad in the polls. And the differences between now and then – does this leave the GOP out in the wilderness?
Scott: They’re out?
Peggy: They are refiguring. There are times in life, in your life and mine, but also in political lives, where a great party has suffered a series of defeats – ’06, ’08; where it has perhaps lost touch with the American people, and where you have to settle down and redefine yourself.
They’re “reconfiguring”!?! They’re not reconfiguring, Honey – THEY’RE DYING!
But Scott’s worried and you see it in his word-choice:
Scott: What are the positives now for the republicans?
Peggy: What are the positives? Well, in a cheap way, you can sit back and criticize the other guy for his stupid decisions. And let’s face it, a republican congress and a republican president have made plenty of mistakes. The fun is also, look – regeneration.
Scott: How do your personal spiritual beliefs inform what you write?
Peggy: I think they inform me as a human being; they inform everything I see and everything I think. I think about God more than I go to church, if you know what I mean. And I think that’s true of so many Christians. God’s on my mind. I ought to pray as much as God’s on my mind, because then I’d pray a lot. All I can tell you is God is real and so that infuses everything.
Ahhh…Now we know why Peggy Noonan has been on the 700 Club some twenty-eight times in the past six years! She’s a right-winger like the rest of the lot! She’s a shill for the Right Wing Machine!
Scott: There are major issues that become political, but are really moral: abortion, stem-cell research, homosexual marriage. Do you write about these things? Will you write about these things?
Peggy: Oh, sometimes. I wrote most recently about abortion when Obama and McCain were in the Rick Warren interview. However, you remember, there was that key moment when Rick Warren said to each candidate, ‘tell me, at what point does a fetus deserve human rights?’ (Obama video clip: Obama said, “to answer that question with specificity is – above my pay grade.’) I just thought, above your pay grade? Abortion is the issue that will never go away. And every kid in America who buys a condom knows when life begins – do you know what I mean? Buying a pack of condoms tells you, you know exactly when it begins!
WHAT?!?! Just a few seconds ago she said about Barack Obama: “What do you owe your new president? Grace. Give him a chance. Pray for him, seriously.” Seriously – You’re criticizing the President for something he said before he was President and you want us to give him a chance?! Peggy Noon: You’re a freaking idiot!
And you’re wrong Peggy Noonan: Every kid in America buying a condom doesn’t know when life begins, nor does the kid really care. The only thing going through that overly-hormoned kid when he’s buying a condom is thinking he’s going get laid and see what his girlfriends boobies look like outside of that training bra, you stupid stupid Little Shill.
Shortly after John McCain (R-AZ) announced Sarah “the Pit Bull/Barracuda/Grizzly Mom” Palin (R-AK) last September, Peggy Noonan was at a luncheon where the topic of McCain’s choice was brought up. She was heard saying that McCain’s “campaign was “over”. She went out on a retraction by saying:
She doesn’t believe McCain can’t win. Indeed, in a message she sent out after the conversation on the MSNBC set made it onto YouTube, she noted that “at an on-the-record press symposium on the campaign on Monday, when all of those on the panel were pressed to predict who would win, I said that I didn’t know, but that we just might find, ‘This IS a country for old men.’ That is, McCain may well win. I do not think the campaign is over, I do not think this is settled …”
Oh Sweet Jesus… She’s not only a Press Whore for the GOP – She’s a certifiable moron.
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They just can’t get their act together. The GOP has 41 seats in the US Senate and they’re barely hanging on to what they have at that. We’re just about to finish our first week in President Obama’s new administration and it’s all over the Internets that five Republican Senators are ditching their offices in the upcoming 2010 election.There are 19 Republican-held seats scheduled for the election compared to 15 Democratic-held seats.
Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX) is leaving to persuit a career as Texas’ new governor. (Apparently, current governor Rick Perry (R) isn’t good enough, Senator Hutchinson is planning on teaching him a thing or two on governing Americans crappiest Hell hole. So it’s a step-up for her, you see.)
Kit Bond (R-MO) is leaving the Senate because he’s older than dirt he wants to “step aside”. Specifically;
“I have decided to step aside, not to retire, but to pursue other things and do things which I think can be worthwhile,” Bond said. “I don’t have any plans now. I’m going to finish my official duties, and then I’ll see what pops up.”
It’s a kind of B.S. answer – but everything the Republican Party does is pretty much a B.S. We would be arrogant to expect anything more from them.
George Voinovich (R-OH) announced the day before Obama’s inauguration that he was ditching the US Senate. What was his excuse?
“I must devote my full time, energy and focus,” he said, “to the job I was elected to do, the job in front of me, which seeking a third term – with the money-raising and campaigning that it would require – would not allow me to do.”
Thrilling, don’t you think? Yeah, it didn’t make any sense to me either. I’m guessing he made that announcement after his liquid lunch and half of those consonants were so slurred, he could have been arrested for DWB… (Drunk While B.S.-ing.)
Mel Martinez (R-FL) on Tuesday (Inauguration Day) has announced his leaving the US Senate. Martinez has complained that he wants a less scheduled life and more free time. Martinez’s reality-grip isn’t based on his lack of free time, but rather his unpopularity in Florida. Quoting Chris Cilliza of The Fix:
President-elect Barack Obama’s victory in Florida last month coupled with Martinez’s ties to the unpopular outgoing president made him a major target for Democrats heading into the 2010 cycle. A Quinnipiac University poll conducted last month showed 36 percent of Florida voters thought Martinez deserved a second term while 38 percent did not
Ouch! That hurt me, and I’m not even being shot at by a Cuban gang-banger mistaking me for a German tourist in an Enterprise rental!
Sam Brownback (R-KS) already made it clear in St Paul, MN at the 2008 RNC convention while talking to the Kansas delegation: “I ain’t running”. Instead, he’s looking to being the Kansas’ newest governor while the current governor — Kathleen Sebelius; plans to run for Brownback’s chair in the US Senate. (And when the music stops, whoever doesn’t have a chair has to give Dick Cheney his sponge bath and shave his back-hair.)
So now we have five Republicans who are ditching the US Senate for the upcoming 2010 mid-term election: Do you think the GOP would be in full throttle-mode ensuring that they don’t lose anybody else?
Some Republicans are privately urging Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) to step down at the end of his term amid growing concerns that he can’t win reelection in 2010.
According to two GOP sources, leading Republican fundraisers in Kentucky are hesitant to raise money for Bunning and have told him he should not seek a third term.
“They want him to realize he’s had a good run but that it’s time to move on. These people want to win, and they realize he could easily lose this seat,” said one leading Kentucky Republican operative who requested anonymity to speak candidly.
While national campaign officials usually urge their incumbents to remain in office — recognizing it’s tougher to defend an open seat — even leading Republicans seem unconvinced Bunning can win reelection.
That’s right larva and pupa: They’ve got six US Senators who are leaving their party like rats on a Spanish galleon set on fire – but now they’re crawling around kicking other party members out of the Senate Love Boat that they think will lose anyway! This head-count means that in the 2010 mid-term elections and almost 33% of the Republicans are vacating their seats. A worst predicted election than the GOP had in 2006 and 2008 combined.
The final act of political cannibalism wraps up with this little caveat:
In another signal that the state GOP political establishment isn’t lining up behind Bunning, not a single member of McConnell’s 2008 reelection team has signed on to assist Bunning’s bid for a third term.
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Sorry – I just couldn’t help myself…
There was a story, a few months ago, where the good folks in the San Francisco area had a local (human) water treatment plant to be officially named “George W. Bush Sewage Plant“.
The recent elections revealed the true Oddity: Californians voted against renaming their shit-stool after GW Bush and yet they favored hate legislation on Proposition 8: Allowing gay folks to marry their life-partners..
Genious At Work, indeed!
Let’s just cut to the chase and see what the Weasel-Meter looks like when it’s pointed at GW Bush…
From AP – Yahoo News:
Late on Election Day, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced a Dec. 19 auction of more than 50,000 acres of oil and gas parcels alongside or within view of Arches National Park and two other redrock national parks in Utah: Dinosaur and Canyonlands.
Arches National Park appears on the Utah license plates…
Now it will be surrounded by oil rigs within a four mile radius.
But it gets worse: Nobody bothered to tell the National Park Service.
The National Park Service’s top official in the state calls it “shocking and disturbing” and says his agency wasn’t properly notified. Environmentalists call it a “fire sale” for the oil and gas industry by a departing administration.
“We find it shocking and disturbing,” said Cordell Roy, the chief Park Service administrator in Utah. “They added 51,000 acres of tracts near Arches, Dinosaur and Canyonlands without telling us about it. That’s 40 tracts within four miles of these parks.”
Derk Kempthorn, Bush’s (Cabinet) Secretary on the Department of the Interior all claims life is grand between the two agencies. Yet, the Bureau of Land Management continues to patronize the National Park Service with snot like this:
“I’m puzzled the Park Service has been as upset as they are,” said Sierra.
“There are already many parcels leased around the parks. It’s not like they’ve never been leased,” she said. “I don’t see it as something we are doing to undermine the Park Service.”
While the country is visiting the voting booths voting for their next President of the United States, current President George W Bush was busy laying out plans to shit all over Utah by holding auctions to sell off the land including their most cherished an scenic National Parks.
I wonder if the good folks in Utah are chanting “Drill Baby, Drill!” as much as they were just a few months ago when they were here in St Paul?!? They probably figured Californians and those Floridians would be first and they simply chanted louder than everybody else that night….
DRILL BABY!! DRILL!