The Republican Party: Are You A “Corporate Dupe”?!


Notice the difference in the stupidity that’s being presented here: Corporate shills stuffing puppets to boon-dogle insane imagry. The political play is adolescent, at best: “We hate government (unless we’re at war in Iraq or Afghanistan”!
“Ah, Duality; Sweet, sweet Duality”….

The bigger question is obvious: “Where will the GOP land?”

FruitFly 6Dead people in the streets without health care? …Or rich people pulling their eye-balls out with chop-sticks because they have to pay more in taxes?

The cartoon, as it stands, is an icon on the American future: Funding for war “freedom”, health care for Americans is “socialism”!

Al Franken Wins!

Ripped from the front page of the Minnesota Supreme Courts:

In the Matter of the Contest of the General Election held on November 4, 2008, for the purpose of electing a United States Senator from the State of Minnesota, Cullen Sheehan and Norm Coleman, contestants, Appellants vs. Al Franken,
contestee, Respondent.

Ramsey County.
1. Appellants did not establish that, by requiring proof that statutory absentee voting standards were satisfied before counting a rejected absentee ballot, the trial court’s decision constituted a post-election change in standards that violates substantive due process.
2. Appellants did not prove that either the trial court or local election officials violated the constitutional guarantee of equal protection.
3. The trial court did not abuse its discretion when it excluded additional evidence.
4. Inspection of ballots under Minn. Stat. § 209.06 (2008) is available only on a showing that the requesting party cannot properly be prepared for trial without an inspection. Because appellants made no such showing here, the trial court did not err in denying inspection.
5. The trial court did not err when it included in the final election tally the election day returns of a precinct in which some ballots were lost before the manual recount.
Affirmed. Per Curiam.
Took no part, Chief Justice Eric J. Magnuson and Justice G. Barry Anderson.

Kinda-Sleazy Norm Coleman (R-Lost) got smoked.
(c/posted over on that Minnesota Progressive Project blog.)

Coleman’s Staff Ditches Him

They’re leaving him to get real jobs.  The RNC has simply soaked them up into their ranks leaving Coleman without any friends.

LeRoy Coleman (no relation), who served as Coleman’s Senate communications director, has now joined the Republican National Committee as director of media affairs. And two weeks ago another top Coleman staffer, campaign manager Cullen Sheehan, became an RNC regional director.

The fact that Sheehan signed up for a new job is pretty telling, even though he’ll still be helping out with the Coleman camp. The reason is that Sheehan is the official co-plaintiff, along with Coleman, in the actual ongoing election lawsuit.

Oops… Maybe Sheehan should have stuck around until AFTER the judges decided that Al Franken won that race fair and square.  Let’s all not tell him and see what happens next, shall we?!

Norm Coleman Has to Pay Al Franken

HA HA!!!

ST. PAUL, Minn. Republican Norm Coleman must pay Democrat Al Franken $94,783 to cover court costs for his appeal of Minnesota Senate election results.

A Ramsey County court administrator entered the judgment Wednesday. It results from the two-month trial that ended with Coleman 312 votes short of Franken

Minnesota law required Coleman to cover some of Franken’s court costs because the race’s outcome didn’t change. The judgment excludes Franken’s attorney fees.

The GOP has to fork over more cash to keep Norm in their pathetic little Senate-race.  Well, if they have the cash – we’ll take it!!

Good on you Senator-elect Franken!

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…

Who is Michael Steele?! (It’s Worth 1,000 words)

gopnosteele2David Patterson (D-NY), governor of New York, appointed Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand to fill Hillary Clinton’s position in the US Senate. He set the election date for March 20th – giving candidates only a few weeks to campaign. Jim Tidesco, (R-NY) is running a campaign that would make Norm Coleman (R-MN) proud: “Slimier than ever!” and Scott Murphy (D-NY) is behind in the polls by about 7 points. (Hint: NY-20th is a heavy Republican district. Trailing 7-points is pretty darned good!)

Conventional wisdom is strongly held that the Republican Party is holding its breath until after that election. The game plan is simple: Hold a “No Confidence Vote” for Michael Steele to make him “go away”…Think “Hudson River and Cement-galoshes”. (The No Confidence Vote was initially floated by SC’s Katon Dawson (R-SC); a man who magically realized that he was a member of a whites-only country club and thought it was naughty and racism was “wrong”.) Apparently, Michael Steele’s ideas of attracting racial minorites, being anti-homophobic and thinking pro-choice thoughtsFruitFly 6 are in danger of attracting Republican-voters that the RNC just doesn’t want.

Obviously, Michael Steele, the Chair of the Republican National Convention won’t be missed.

The picture is hysterical: It only took 0.01 seconds for the GOP.com website to tell you that it’s never heard of a “Micheal Steele”. It’s the antithesis for “cohesion”. I’m going out on a limb here and guess that if you searched “Rush Limbaugh” on that website you’d crash the server in 0.01 seconds…

Sen Coleman: Leaking credit card data of 50,000+ contributers!!

""ANYBODY WANNA KNOW WHO’S DONATED TO SLIMEY NORM COLEMAN?!?!

ANYBODY?!

The ineptitude of this man is shocking. Hrmmm…Stunning. Umm… RIDICULOUS!

On my PC, I have two files – one which holds over 51,000 names of people who’ve donated to Norm Coleman’s campaigns over the past decade.  The other file, an additional 4,700.

You want to snoop?  Help yourself!  They’re laying wide open on Wikileaks‘ website.

I’ll make it easier for you:  Click here for the big one and click here for the littler one.  You know me; I’m gay…I went right for the big one first!  (…check out the little one in case I get hungry later!)

Joe Bodell, over at MN Progressive Project broke it, near as I can tell.  Joe writes:

Back in January, in what appeared to be a public relations stunt, Norm Coleman’s campaign/recount team accidentally revealed their technical ineptitude and their supporter/donor database for the world to see.

In the ineptitude’s case, not such a big deal. But revealing donor information? Kind of a big deal.

Now WikiLeaks.org is publishing the database, along with a suggestion to those found in it that they cancel the listed credit cards.  The database does not appear to contain full credit card numbers, only the last four digits and the three-digit security code.

Interesting, huh?  Joe goes on to say that two letters were published by Wiki, the first explaining to these “Hapless Republican” contributors that their credit card information been compromised and the second letter going on to say:

Following our earlier email over the Coleman leak, we have discovered that all on-line Coleman contributors had their full credit card details released onto the Internet on 28 of Jan, 2009 by Coleman’s staff.

Senator Coleman was made aware of this yet elected not to inform supporters in violation of Minnesota Statute 325E.61…

We provide proof of here (Windows Excel spreadsheet), which if you are a contributor will provide the last 4 digits of your Credit card and the security numbers on the back.

Nice.  Coleman knew it and he decided he wasn’t going to tell anybody about it.  It’s just nice to know how well Coleman will take care of the public in Minnesota, when he’s willing to throw 56,000 of his own contributors under the buss and just walk away.  Wiki is out there doing the “Lord’s work” by trying to be proactive here – and Coleman…Shoot, if it isn’t money from his buddy Kazeminy – then who the hell cares?!  Hrmm…wait a minute!

Searching both files for Kazeminy’s name  and I come up with zilch.  Aapparently his donations aren’t kept in this file.  This must be the two files Coleman keeps on the “scum” and the “peasant” Republicans.

Anyway – after Team Wiki did everything they were supposed to do and Coleman wouldn’t, Team Coleman came out with a response (wearing fire-engine pajama bottoms with the little feet attached and a white top with little red trucks printed on it, I’ve been told):

“We contacted federal authorities at that time, and they reviewed logs from the server in question as well as additional firewall logs,” campaign manager Cullen Sheehan said. “They indicated that, after reviewing those logs, they did not find evidence that our database was downloaded by any unauthorized party.

“Let me be very clear: At this point, we don’t know if last evening’s e-mail is a political dirty trick or what the objective is of the person who sent the e-mail.

“What we do know, however, is that there is a strong likelihood that these individuals have found a way to breach private and confidential information.”:

The federal government showed up and reviewed the logs on the server as well as the firewall logs?  They didn’t find evidence that their database(s) were download by any unauthorized party?!?! What are you talking about?! Because…the Feds didn’t find anything wrong, then nothing is wrong?!  You left the person and private information of over 50,000 contributors to your campaign, including their credit card information and the three-digit code on the backs of those cards and all you have to say is; “oopsie”?!

Joe Bodell said it so much better than I could – Joe?  …Take it away, please:

Coleman campaign manager Cullen Sheehan is clearly confused in his response to this latest event, since the reason the database was publicly available was precisely because the campaign HAD NO FIREWALLS PROTECTING THAT DATA.

HA!  HA!   In all caps even!!

Aaron Landry over at MNPublius takes it one step farther by noting Sheehan is lying his nasty little ass off:

  1. Firewalls have nothing to do with it. Firewalls do not manage permissions on where this database was stored. In fact, it’s quite possible this database wasn’t even behind a firewall.
  2. If they did indeed review their server logs, those logs would indicate that people were at accessing the directory that contained this database. How do I know? There’s screenshots that prove it.

He’s right! Here it is!

coleman-databaseWe need to do two things:

  • We need to collect all of these email addresses, all 56,000 of them, and put them on a “Jesus Loves You” spammer list.  One of those heavy hitters.
  • And we need to email Laurie Coleman and remind her to keep working really hard because “HER HUSBAND IS A FREAKING IDIOT!!!!”

FruitFly 6I’m keepin these two files for a really long time.  Who needs Open Secrets when you’ve got cybergold like this?

In the immortal words of Bugs Bunny: What a maroon!