"Republicans are feeling good about the midterms — so good that they’ve started saying what they really think. This week the party’s Senate leadership stopped pretending that it cares about deficits, stating explicitly that while we can’t afford to aid the unemployed or prevent mass layoffs of schoolteachers, cost is literally no object when it comes to tax cuts for the affluent." - Paul Krugman
"Twenty years ago, the dawn of the Internet Age gave us Godwin's Law: If an online argument goes on long enough, somebody will eventually invoke Hitler. When that happens, it's basically the end of the conversation, because all rational discussion ceases when one side calls the other Nazis." - Dana Milbank
"I have a warning for Republicans: Don't underestimate Barack Obama." - Charles Krauthammer
"Consider these tallies from Glenn Beck's show on Fox News since Obama's inauguration: 202 mentions of Nazis or Nazism, according to transcripts, 147 mentions of Hitler, 193 mentions of fascism or fascist, and another 24 bonus mentions of Joseph Goebbels. Most of these were directed in some form at Obama -- as were the majority of the 802 mentions of socialist or socialism on Beck's nightly "report." Charles Krauthammer picks up on what I have previously said about Obama's accomplishments and expands on them past 2012. And Joe Klein is softening you up for an upcoming military strike in Iran. In the Israeli papers today are many articles relating to striking Iran, how 56% of the American people would support one, and how the American military is helping with their own missile defense system, called Iron Shield.
Amnesty International has issued a report on the crumbling North Korean health system. They interview people who have defected from NK, and hear horrible stories how dirty the medical facilities are, not sterilizing needles, lacking almost all medicine, performing surgeries and amputations without anesthesia or pain medication, and lacking the kinds of prescription medicine that we take for granted here. Doctors have to be bribed to see patients, and people are so poor that they rely more on folk medicine and therapies than go to a clinic or hospital. Oh yeah, people are starving in the countryside, the only ones who eat well are high cadres in the government. North Korea is going to have to change its name to North FUBAR, as there soon may not be a country for Little Kim's son to inherit, a land inhabited by ghosts...
Then, all donations from lobbyists to Congressmen should be appropriated to pay off the national debt. As public servants, they should not receive such perks, and be given to the General Fund. Whining about repealing the health and finance reform bills is just corporate lobbyists talking. If John Boehner is going to promote ideas like a moratorium on all federal regulations for a year, he should be made to disclose and made to donate the money he was paid to say it. There are ways to get money to help lower our national debt if we are bold enough. A presidential line-item veto would help. If you asked each person working for the federal government the best ways to reduce inefficiency and to save money in their department, you would get thousands of suggestions, probably the bulk of them good ideas that are obvious but no-one has the guts to implement.
Scott McInnis, he of the bad makeover and hair dye, realize how much of a sleazeball he really is. A couple of years ago Scott was given a $300 thousand stipend for producing and article on colorado water rights. This was really to jump-start his campaign for governor by the conservative Hasan Family Foundation. Because they are a non-profit, he had to be paid for some kind of work. He used the written works from 1984 by a lawyer known for his knowledge of Colorado's battles over water rights, and committed plagerism by copying his work and putting his name to it. Everything was fine until it was discovered by the Denver Post on Monday.