Is the GOP becoming the American Taliban?! Let’s ask GOP Voters!

On July 26th, just weeks before the DNC would meet in Denver, Jim Adkisson of Knoxville, TN walk into the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Chuch, pulled out a shotgun from a guitar case and opened fire on the congregation while the children were performing “Annie” on the stage. Admittedly, the man was poor – about to lose his food stamps, but he was a hard-nose Repbulican . While firing off his shotgun killing two members of the congregation and injuring a half-dozen others, he vented his hatred towards “liberals” and “the gays”.

A four-page letter found in Jim D. Adkisson’s small SUV indicated he intentionally targeted the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church because, the police chief said, “he hated the liberal movement” and was upset with “liberals in general as well as gays.”

Following the attack, the police slipped to the media a letter written by Adkisson who…:

indicated … that he expected to be in there (the church) shooting people until the police arrived and that he fully expected to be killed by the responding police,” Owen said. “He certainly intended to take a lot of casualties.”

In other words: Adkisson was hoping to be a martyr for the Republican Party. (A photo blog of the incident, including those who were murdered can be seen here. It’s tragic and horrifying — but only if you insist…)

The following day, the police searched Adkisson’s home only to find the latest copies of Republican pundits, all of whom call for the killing of liberals and gays.

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.”

Two weeks after the Tennessee shooting, a man walked into the Arkansas DNC Party’s state headquarters in Little Rock and fired three shots killing Arkansas DNC Chair Bill Gwatney. Gwatney died at the ripe old age of 48. Unlike Adkisson, the gunman did not survive — the police simply thinned him from the herd.

Since the November elections, terrorism and terroristic plots have come to an all time high. In Tennessee, police arrested two Republicans plotting to kill school children, as well as President-elect Barack Obama.

While the allegations of the plot might seem too weird and half-crazed to ever succeed, these two gun-toting men wanted to shoot and decapitate fellow Americans, even children, expecting to die in the process of an act that qualifies as terrorism.

These stories from Republicans aren’t new. In October 2006, popular talk show host Melanie Morgan who’s a regular on Fox News and MSNBC complained about the New York Times Editor in Chief, Bill Keller by saying:

“If he were to be tried and convicted of treason, yes, I would have no problem with him being sent to the gas chamber,” Morgan told the San Francisco Chronicle.

The right-wing pundit Ann Coulter, never to be outdone, opined in her syndicated column, “I prefer a firing squad, but I’m open to a debate on the method of execution.”

But since the elections, local small towns have seen a much larger rise in these kinds of activities.

Away from the spotlight, many local newspapers around the country have covered recent incidents of racially motivated reactions to last week’s election, from flags hung upside-down to the dangling of nooses and cross burnings. As we noted last week, a couple in northern New Jersey who had an Obama sign on their front lawn woke up to find the charred remains of a cross. Local residents today announced a “unity march” to protest the still-unsolved incident.

A bullet-by-bullet (if you’d pardon the horrible pun) lists a handful of these activities.

The Associated Press revealed today, “Police on eastern Long Island are investigating reports that more than a dozen cars were spray painted with racist graffiti, reportedly including a message targeting President-elect Barack Obama. The graffiti included racist slurs and sexually graphic references. At least one resident in the quiet Mastic neighborhood told Newsday her son’s car was scribbled with a message threatening to kill Obama.”

Parents in Rexburg, Idaho, contacted school officials this week after they learned that 2nd and 3rd graders on a school bus were chanting, “Assasssinate Obama!”

Employees at Hampel’s Key and Lockshop in Traverse City, Michigan, flew an American flag upside down last Wednesday protesting of the new president-elect, the Traverse City Record-Eagle reported. One worker used a racial slur during an interview with the Record-Eagle: “(The inverted flag is) an international signal for distress and we feel our country is in distress because the n—– got in,” said Hampel’s employee Rod Nyland, who later apologized for the comment, according to the Record-Eagle.

Also in Michigan, in Midland, a man dressed in full Ku Klux Klan regalia walked around toting a handgun and waving an American flag. Initially denying it, the man eventually admitted to police that the display was a reaction to the Obama victory. “[The man] had a concealed weapon permit and was walking up and down the sidewalk in front of a vehicle dealership while some motorists shouted obscenities at him and others shouted accolades,” police told The Saginaw News.

One North Carolina man who flew his flag upside-down claimed that voters were racist, electing Obama because of his skin color, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. “The flag is stretched upside-down between two poles in a field, with a black X running from end to end. The X is a reference to the Confederate flag, said flag-owner Tony Heath. It reflects his belief that the Confederate flag has been unfairly targeted for protest by people trying to be politically correct,” the Journal reported.

In Pennsylvania, an interracial couple in Apolacon Township discovered the remains of a burned cross in their front yard. “The couple discovered the remnants of the cross about 8:15 a.m. Wednesday (Nov. 5) when a man knocked at their door. Johnson looked out the front window and noticed charring on the utility pole, then discovered two charred 1-by-3-inch planks, each about 4 feet in length, beneath it,” according to the Star-Gazette. The woman, who is Jewish, lives with her husband, who is black. “The Little Meadows area was the site of KKK rallies several decades ago, and a local woman who worked on Obama’s campaign said Wednesday she heard tales of racist remarks directed at supporters,” the story concludes.

Just today, two men were arrested there: 19-year-old Forrest Ashcraft and 22-yearold Stephen Barret of Friendsville. They’re charged with ethnic intimidation and trespassing.

Authorities in Temecula, Calif., found spray-painted graffiti on a city sidewalk containing a swastika and anti-Obama slogan.

From today’s Los Angeles Times: “Vandals spray-painted swastikas and racial slurs on a house and several cars in Torrance that displayed campaign signs or bumper stickers for President-elect Barack Obama, authorities said Tuesday. The incidents occurred Saturday night in the Hollywood Riviera section of the city, said Sgt. Bernard Anderson. Four separate incidents were reported the next day, he said. No arrests have been made.

“At one house, the phrase ‘Go Back to Africa’ was spray-painted across the wall, in addition to a racial epithet on the garage door, Anderson said. Several parked vehicles on the streets were spray-painted with racial slurs, he said.”

Today, the NAACP called on North Carolina State University to expel four students who spray painted racist messages about Obama. Two of the messages said: “Let’s shoot that (N-word) in the head” and “Hang Obama by a noose.”

Students at Baylor University woke up on Election Day to a rope tied like a noose hanging from a tree outside of Morrison Hall, according to college newspaper The Lariat: “Later, verbal altercations occurred outside of Penland Residence Hall. A group of Obama supporters were walking around shouting ‘Obama’ and then passed a group of white men outside who made threatening and racist remarks, said Emmanuel Orupabo, Arlington senior,” according to the Lariat.

Another post-election noose incident happened in Maine. “More than 75 people rallied Sunday against an incident last week in which black figures were hanged by nooses from trees on Mount Desert Island the day after Barack Obama won the presidential election,” according to the Bangor Daily News. At a high school in Gray, a student was suspended after standing up in class, making a racist comment, and saying Obama should not be president, the News reported. Later that day, graffiti making a similar statement was found in a boys’ restroom.

Republican leadership has done nothing to address this. GOP Leadership is far too busy scratching their heads in Miami trying to find a way to save their party.

Put simply: They’re ignoring all of it.

During the McCain/Palin campaign, both candidates ignored people in the audience who cheered “Kill Him!!” and “Terrorist” when Barack Obama’s name was mentioned.

In Lakeville, MN – McCain stopped one audience member’s fear of Barack Obama and went on to defend his colleague from the United States Senate. McCain’s own audience responded and booed McCain.

Just two days ago (11/10/08), the Secret Service confronted Mr. and Mrs. Obam and explained:

The Secret Service warned the Obama family in mid October that they had seen a dramatic increase in the number of threats against the Democratic candidate, coinciding with Mrs Palin’s attacks.

Michelle Obama, the future First Lady, was so upset that she turned to her friend and campaign adviser Valerie Jarrett and said: “Why would they try to make people hate us?”

The revelations, contained in a Newsweek history of the campaign, are likely to further damage Mrs Palin’s credentials as a future presidential candidate. She is already a frontrunner, with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, to take on Mr Obama in four years time.

Details of the spike in threats to Mr Obama come as a report last week by security and intelligence analysts Stratfor, warned that he is a high risk target for racist gunmen. It concluded: “Two plots to assassinate Obama were broken up during the campaign season, and several more remain under investigation. We would expect federal authorities to uncover many more plots to attack the president that have been hatched by white supremacist ideologues.”

The United States Secret Service fingers Sarah Palin for this increased threat, and yet – the former Vice Presidential candidate has not yet been arrested for coercion. Of course she wouldn’t be arrested. But at a minimum, she could go public and call for an end of the rancor she’s caused!

She won’t. McCain won’t. Nobody in the Republican party will. And with gun sales at an all time high right now, we need to hold the Republican Party responsible for every hair on the heads of every member of the Obama family.

Do I think the average Republican voter has gone rogue…plotting terroristic vendettas against President-elect and Mrs. Obama? That would make me guilty of stereotyping – painting a broad brushstroke to explain a narrowly diverse group of my own fellow Americans. But I am deeply concerned by the frenzy that’s boiling up that’s spotting across the country.

Fox News is no help. Like a bellows in a blacksmith’s shop, Fox News seems to be fanning huge amounts of oxygen across the flames already far too hot to contain. And yet, the Republican Party does nothing.

On October 11th, the Huffington Post reported that Congressman John Lewis, a man who (miraculously) survived the Civil Rights movement of the early sixties, complained about the McCain/Palin campaign:

“As one who was a victim of violence and hate during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, I am deeply disturbed by the negative tone of the McCain-Palin campaign,” Lewis said in a statement. “Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin are sowing the seeds of hatred and division, and there is no need for this hostility in our political discourse.”

Lewis said:

“George Wallace never threw a bomb. He never fired a gun, but he created the climate and the conditions that encouraged vicious attacks against innocent Americans who were simply trying to exercise their constitutional rights.”

McCain did nothing. Neither did Palin. Instead of seeing the wisdom (and the horrifying experiences) of Congressman Lewis’ words, McCain simply trotted off and demanded Barack Obama repudiate Congressman Lewis’ remarks.

McCain and Palin both, need to stop this now.

But they won’t. <– Hello! Is anybody listening?!

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Is there anybody out there?

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Two years ago, this same exact week, SurveyUSA interviewed some 30,000 Americas throughout the country on the simple question:

In the 2008 election, who would you pick to be President of the United States if you had to chose between

OBAMA McCAIN

And this is what that map looked like back then:
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What?!?!? You want some philosophical crap to come dribbling out of the world famous Fruit Fly?!

Never!!

MRE: MORE LAWSUITS AGAINST NORM COLEMAN’S SUGAR DADDY

Does anybody out there remember when US Senator Norm Coleman (R-MN) spit on Paul Wellstone’s freshly dug grave and said these words:

To be very blunt and God watch over Paul’s soul, I am a 99 percent improvement over Paul Wellstone,” Coleman said in a front-page story published in Roll Call. “Just about on every issue.

Well, I seriously doubt that Paul Wellstone had a Sugar Daddy named Nasser Kazeminy. Kazeminy loves Norm. Like the GOP loves Governor Palin with $4,000 clothing allowances to make her look “pretty”; Kazeminy gives Norm Coleman big shopping sprees to buy him new suits at Neiman Marcus, flies the Coleman Clan to the Bahamas on his private jet and personally leaves little mints on the Colemans’ pillow every night.

(Please Note: I was going to say that Kazeminy personally lights the Colemans’ cigarettes immediately after their “whoopee time”, but I didn’t want to be too…Ummm “Obtuse”. This is a “family friendly” site for God’s Sakes..)

Now if you’re not quite sure what’s going on with this story, I can help. Nothing like a little help from a Fruit Fly when everybody else can’t tell you jack-shit.

Nasser Kazeminy is the CEO of mega-corp NJK Holdings in Houston. According to the Huffington Post, Kazeminy gave $1,300 to Norm Coleman in the first Quarter of 2007, and in the 4th Quarter, $10,000 to the Minnesota GOP.

Paul McKim is the CEO of a company called DMT, Deep Marine Technologies. Kazeminy is the controlling stockholder for DMT and feels it is his duty to give money to the Coleman’s paltry salary income as a US Senator by forcing McKim to send money to a Minneapolis based insurance company Hays Companies, Lauri Coleman’s (US Senator Norm Coleman’s wife) employer.

This is where McKim and Kazeminy get all “testeroni” with each other and McKim points out that he’s the CEO of DMT and that leaves Kazeminy out of the decision making process. Kazeminy thinks that as DMT’s controlling shareholder, that makes McKim his personal tool-job and threatens to have him fired if he doesn’t “help the poor destitute Coleman Clan”. This is where The Nation magazine comes in – They obtained the original lawsuit filed last Monday:

In March 2007, Kazeminy began ordering the payment of corporate funds to companies and individuals who tendered no goods or services to DMT for the states purpose of trying to financially assist United States Senator Norm Coleman of Minnesota. In March 2007, Kazeminy telephoned B.J. Thomas, then DMT’s Chief Financial Officer. In that conversation, Kazeminy told Mr. Thomas that “US Senators don’t make [expletive deleted]” and that he was going to find a way to get money to Coleman and wanted to utilize DMT in the process…Kazeminy told Mr. McKim that he [Kazeminy] would make sure there was paperwork to make it appear as though the payments were made in connection with the legitimate transations, explaining further that Senator Coleman’s wife, Laurie, worked for the Hays Companies, an insurance broker in Minneapolis, and that the payments could be made to Hays for insurance. When Mr. McKim made further objections, Kazeminy repeatedly threatened to fire Mr. McKim, telling him “this is my company” and that he and Thomas had better follow his orders in paying Hays. Subsequently, Kazeminy caused Hays to produce a document entitled “Disclosure of Service Fees” which purported to legitimize the basis of the payments to be made to Hays by DMT.

According to the lawsuit, Laurie Coleman received three $25,000 payments under the alleged “invoice” called “Disclosure of Service Fees”.

…So, will we soon have another six years of Norm Coleman taking money from other Sugar Daddies until he looks just like Alaska’s Senator Ted Stevens?! Oh…wait, that parallel has already been spotted. More on that in a minute.

The lawsuit goes on:

Kazeminy informed McKim and Thomas that Hays would funnel the money from DMT to Senator Coleman through the payment of compensation, to his wife, Laurie, and that there was nothing to worry about. Laurie Coleman never provided any type of services or products to DMT. Furthermore, at no time has Hays been licensed to broker insurance in the State of Texas.

Read the break-down of the entire lawsuit here, courtesy of the Minnesota Independent.

Harpers Magazine recently wrote that Kazeminy and Coleman are extremely close:

Coleman also has a close relationship with Minnesota businessman Nasser Kazeminy, a big donor to the G.O.P. and to Coleman. In 2005, the senator and his daughter jetted down to the Bahamas on a private plane owned by Kazeminy, a trip valued at $3,960. In 2004, he and his wife flew to Paris on Kazeminy’s plane, a $2,870 value.

Laurie Coleman is apparently the Little Darling at her work at Hays Companies in Minneapolis.

Meanwhile, the senator’s own wife, Laurie Coleman, is employed by Minneapolis-based Hays Companies, according to his latest personal financial disclosure form. The Hays Companies offers clients advice on risk management, commercial insurance, and employee benefits. The firm’s executives, their spouses and employees provided Coleman with $20,700 in campaign contributions between 2002 and 2006.

It’s not clear why a risk management firm would require the services of Laurie Coleman, an aspiring actress and the inventor of the “Blo & Go,” a hands-free hair drying device (“The whole key to this is the suction,” she has explained of her product’s utility.) Coleman’s financial disclosure form doesn’t list his wife’s job description or salary. LeRoy Coleman, the senator’s spokesman, declined to elaborate; the firm did not reply to a request for comment.

Nice to see the Coleman’s have surrounded themselves with people who share in the true “American Family Values” crowd!

Kazeminy has been swimming in Minnesota politics for a long while. An old City Pages article from 2002 discusses Kazeminy’s involvement with Minnesota Republicans here.

Atypical for Coleman, he filed a Defemation lawsuit against Minnesota’s DFL Senator Al Franken. Such lawsuits are considered frivolous by the courts and are routinely thrown out. But, Norm Coleman files them as a diversion from the subject hoping enough people will feel sorry for him rather than see him as the weasel he really is: This lawsuit against Franken marks the fourth one Coleman has filed throughout his political career.
Screaming and hollering at Franken hasn’t taken grip because there’s nothing to see. Coleman decided to withdraw the defamation suit.

Now all of this information is what’s floating out there in MSM. Turn the page, Baby and catch up with this:

Yesterday, November 1st, 2008, a new lawsuit has been filed in Delaware against Coleman’s Kazeminy!!

A second lawsuit has been filed against Sen. Norm Coleman’s supporter Nasser Kazeminy, accusing him of using a Texas company to funnel secret cash to the senator’s wife, Laurie.

The Coleman campaign says both suits are part of an Al Franken-inspired smear campaign designed to destroy his reputation. The Franken camp says it has nothing to do with the litigation.

This second lawsuit simply adds Paul McKim in an additional suit against Kazeminy:

Both actions allege that Kazeminy told executives at Deep Marine that he wanted to provide financial assistance to the Colemans through an insurance consulting arrangement between Deep Marine and Hays Companies. But the second suit cites a “confidential source.” The lawsuit alleges “gross misuse” of corporate funds at Deep Marine by Kazeminy, who controls a majority share of stock.

The complaint contains a section of allegations related to “improper payments to Sen. Norman Coleman’s wife.” But in a new wrinkle, Deep Marine’s former CEO, McKim, is named as a co-defendant with Kazeminy and several other individuals who were in positions of authority at the company.

Instead of blaming Al Franken for this second lawsuit, Coleman’s campaign manager, Cullen Sheehan blames the Minneapolis Star-Tribune (of course!!) Coleman’s Clan whines:

Coleman’s campaign manager, Cullen Sheehan, said Friday night that the suits are “baseless and false claims … being used to influence the outcome of the election.”

Sheehan also said that the Star Tribune, by reporting on the lawsuits, “is actively participating in the destruction of the reputation of Sen. Coleman and his wife.”

Nice!

You see, don’t you?! Republicans never take responsibility for their own misdeeds. It’s simply not in their DNA!

So, do you still think Norm Coleman has been “99% better than Paul Wellstone”?

Hey Brodkorb! You wanna stop whining about all of this “Seven-Degress of Separation” bullshit about Al Franken? You’re going to pull your freaking hair out trying to unravel “Thirty-Nine Degrees of Separation” once you’ve analyzed this second lawsuit! Actually, watching your tiny head explode while you’re on Fox News (again) trying to defend these disgusting Republicans, might be the fun and entertainment I’m actually looking forward to!

Stay tuned for more updates on this new Republican debacle. Together with Ted Stevens’ (R-AK) help, Norm Coleman will give us the filibuster-proof majority in the United States Senate!!

by Fruit F. Fly

Extra Amusement Credit:

Watch Norm Coleman run his ass-off trying to get away from the press. You just want to yell at him: “Hey Norm! What did Al Franken do to get you to spend all of that campaign donated money claiming he had something to do with it! If he did…Then what was it?!”

Watch Cullen Sheehan, Norm Coleman’s campaign manager bungle up a press briefing on the topic. It’s three and a half minutes of hilarity while Sheehan has his worst Bad-Hair Day ever saying over and over: “Uhhh…The Senator has reported he has ever received.

Laurie Coleman’s interviewin’ about her “Blo and Glo” invention can be heard here. It’s hysterical…truly. About as much fun as countin’ the number of times Sarah Palin can drop the letter “G” from every word ending in “ing”. …Goin’ strong, don’t cha know!

News Geeks are giggling at Mark Leon Goldberg’s latest in the UN Dispatch who’s ruefully wishing UN Secretary General Kofi Annan fly to Minneapolis and demand Norm Coleman’s resignation. The pun is based on GW Bush appointed John Bolton’s complaint who wished Norm Coleman did to Annan three years ago. Kofi Annan had to defend himself against Norm Coleman about money laundering schemes that included his own son. Laurie Coleman becomes the sacrificial lamb in version 2.0.

Update: I was critiqued (quite politely) by another blogger for spelling Kazeminy’s name incorrectly. I corrected the errors of my writings and I hope all is well in the world… Also in the Land of Oz, on the third moon of Endor as well in the micro bacterial terrain on the inside of my boxer shorts.

Boring: Another Prominent Republican Endorses Obama.

Republican controlled Mainstream Media keeps talking about it like it’s something … “stunning”.

So, another prominent Republican has decided to endorse Obama. We thank them for their votes, we share in their excitement and we look forward to a stronger…better and brighter future. It takes a great deal of pride to realize that Obama has been right all along – that our differences are what makes us all too similar to each other. We’re not quite sure why it took them so long to get to the same point in their own lives, but we’re mighty glad they have finally done it!

Fareed Zakaria will be interviewing Former Reagan chief of staff Ken Duberstein tomorrow on his CNN show GPS this Sunday. Mr. Duberstein will promptly endorse Barack Obama and will credit his decision via Colin Powell’s influence by saying:

“Well let’s put it this way – I think Colin Powell’s decision is in fact the good housekeeping seal of approval on Barack Obama.”

Boring!

There are hundreds of stories that are far more interesting than that one:

Did I tell you about the timer on my oven? It’s broke. I swear to Christ; I put a pineapple upside-down cake in that thing six hours ago and I still have liquid goo on my toothpick. My oven-timer went off six times yesterday alone and yet – nothing bakes in it!

Anyway — we were talking about more Republicans who are voting for Obama, or something?!

The McCain Campaign took a swing at Duberstein by saying he had been lobbying as far back as July to head McCain’s transition team in the White House should McCain win. Duberstein said a very naughty word in response to that:

“Absolute, complete bulls***,” Duberstein responded to the charge, when contacted by ABC News.

“Someone outside the McCain campaign approached me and said I’d be the ideal candidate to head the transition,” Duberstein said. “I said, ‘For what?'”

I’ve been told that Lifebuoy doesn’t taste nearly as bad as Irish Spring. The smear is obvious: McCain loses another Republican, so he goes after him and paints Duberstein as a petty and jealous man. “If I can’t work for John McCain, I’ll booty-smooch the Democrats…maybe they’ll give me a job.”

The article continued with an update since the original went to “E-Press”:

UPDATE: A senior McCain adviser tells me that Duberstein in September also reached out directly to McCain after the Republican convention to ask for the job. Duberstein says that’s not true.

Now, they’re just kicking a dying dog in the gut as it lies there along the road. Like a bunch of thugs, the McCain campaign runs around and adds insult to injury. “Because that’s the kind of Presidency you’ll get out of McCain?! God knows, it’s exactly the kind of Presidency we’ll get out of Palin. That poor brother-in-law could only hope for such a light crotch-kicking as that.”

Former Larry Pressler (R-SD), the first Viet Nam veteran to serve in the United States Senate, endorsed Obama last Sunday. Former Senator and Congressman Charles McC. Mathias Jr. (R-MD) endorsed Senator Obama for President last Tuesday. All were welcomed on The Moderate Voice by proudly adding the new names to their “Traitors List“. (It’s a tongue-in-cheek thing…you know.)

The racist slobs over at the Emptywheel criticized Duberstein’s decision in a blog-piece entitled: “Who Knew Ken Duberstein was Black?” I’ll assume they wrote the piece before the lit the lawn cross ablaze and began making marshmallow kabobs in their finest white linens. Is that question to imply that everybody in American who’ll be voting for McCain because he’s white? Or better asked: People who are voting for McCain are simply racist slobs like the folks at Emptywheel?! There’s never enough time for a good old fashioned crotch-kicking contest for a racist slob, even if they are a Lefty.

The ultra-conservative Editorial Staff at the magazine “The Economist” endorsed Barack Obama yesterday. This weekend, we’ll see a watershed of prominent Republican leaders, politicians and CEO come out with their endorsements. And while GOP strategists are sweating it out in hotel conference rooms throughout the United States right now discussing political constructs around the idea Barack Obama will probably pull this election off and win, more conservative media hype will buzz around on who else is endorsing him. Hooray for Obama!! We’re all excited!! But it really does make a boring story these days.

…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.

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!!