What America Is Facing In The Tea Party

Every now and again, in the increasingly firehose-like flow of data that is our modern 24/7 internet information-delivery system, I still run across a story that simply demands to be read a second or third time, and remarked upon. This is one of those stories, because it very clearly gives a peek behind the curtain of what America is facing in the tea party: Given how savagely anti-gay the...

GOP Gins Up More Fake ‘Voter Fraud’ Fauxtrage

Cripes, not this fake 'voter fraud' bullshit again. I'll say this for the GOP, they're certainly single-minded. They know what they have to do to maximize their chances of victory (cheat, rig the game), and they pursue it with the unyielding effort of your average zombie pursuing a meal. In this case, it's the old zombie lie of widespread voter fraud, which the GOP has been flogging for years if...

On This Shutdown Morning

The great Charles P. Pierce sums it up exactly: We have elected an ungovernable collection of snake-handlers, Bible-bangers, ignorami, bagmen and outright frauds, a collection so ungovernable that it insists the nation be ungovernable, too. We have elected people to govern us who do not believe in government. We did this. We looked at our great legacy of self-government and we handed ourselves...

When (and HOW) Will Our Manufactured Debt-Ceiling Crisis End?

I will leave this poll up in the sidebar for new votes until the crisis is actually resolved - however (and whenever) it gets resolved. I stopped at seven answers (including the ever-popular "other"), but in truth, I could have just as easily constructed a poll with eleven or fifteen answers, all slightly different. Between the "Grand Bargain" floated by Obama, the McConnell deal (both the...

Wisconsin Thuggery – Wingnut Style

If you go to “Right Network” or (especially) to any of propagandist Andrew Breitbart’s “Big _” sites, you’ll hear the phrase “union thugs” tossed around a great deal. No links, because I’m not interested in giving those guys any traffic, but if you remember the ‘09 health care reform fight, you’ll be familiar with this phrase. Breitbart seems to like such phrases a...

Oh, Yeah, They Mean It

From a t-shirt still for sale at the online store cafepress:Gabrielle Giffords defeated her Tea Party opponent on November 2, 2010 by just barely 2% of the total vote:Because, remember, they always said if they didn’t get 100% of what they wanted at the ballot box, they’d consider “second amendment remedies.”Wonder how the GOTea party will spin this?

Tea and Bullshit

...on the Maryland shore. Steve Benen at the Washington Monthly reads a POLITICO scoop, then exquisitely lays out everything that is wrong with newly-minted GOTea representative (MD-01) Andy Harris's indignance that his government-run health care doesn't start NOW, instead of in February: It (sic) perfectly reasonable for Andy Harris, like all Americans, to want health care coverage. He's a...

Democrats Aren't The Only Ones Engaged In Internecine War

Fascinating. Literally just after I had finished my previous post about Obama and the Democrats blaming various segments of their own base for costing them so many seats in Tuesday’s election, came this news from Politico (via kos), that the GOP is also engaging in open intra-party warfare in public: Long-simmering tensions within the Republican Party spilled into public view Wednesday as the...

About The Real Origin of Those Tea Parties?

One of the things I've been meaning to write about ever since the explosion onto the national political scene of the "tea parties" (Dawn of the Teabaggers, I sometimes refer to it) is the nature of the actual, original Boston Tea Party. As you might expect, the teabaggers of today have the spirit of the the original nearly completely wrong, just like they've mistaken the spirit or intent of just...

Teabaggers Show Their True Colors – Or Their True Whites

Unbelievable Totally believable:Rep. Andre Carson (D-Ind.) claimed Saturday that health care protesters at the Capitol directed racial epithets at Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) as he walked outside. Carson, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus along with Lewis, told The Hill that protesters called Lewis the N-word. Tea Party protesters held a rally outside the Capitol on Saturday, which included...