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Thursday Blog-o-rama

Here’s what some of our friends in Left Blogistan are talking about

Violet Socks has two new posts up:

Naomi Wolf to serve as new spokesmodel for Ladies Against Feminism

The latest from Naomi The Idiot: a pro-rape anti-woman post from hell that makes her prior essays in favor of hijab and Jesus look like Valerie fucking Solanas. Anglofille has an excellent post on the subject which I highly recommend: Wikileaks and Rape.


Obama has lost the party

Like I said, I don’t know if there will really be a serious primary challenge to Obama in 2012. But I do think that the party is psychologically, emotionally finished with this guy. He’s a backstabber, a liar, a cheat. He’s not the leader of the party; he’s its albatross.

Over at Corrente Tony Wikrent tells us:

Why the Obama tax deal with Republicans is insane

The central premise of U.S. economic policy since the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980 has been that the people in the private sector who know how to invest – the rich – do a much better job allocating society’s financial resources than the federal government. In fact, Reagan told us in his first inaugural address, “government is the problem.”

In order to get as much of society’s financial resources into the hands of the rich – the people in the private sector who supposedly would do a better job investing it – Reagan, the Republican Party, and American conservatives in general developed a simple-minded faith in tax cuts, especially in reducing taxes on the highest incomes.

What are the results of this thirty year experiment low taxes? The Reagan / Republican / conservative theory DOES NOT WORK. For the first time in American history, we now have a generation that has less education and worse economic prospects than their parents did thirty years ago.

Blue Lyon asks:

Did Obama really save the child tax credit?

Well, if you consider giving the Republicans something they wanted to keep all along “saving” it. Sure. Rachel slices and dices what Obama “saved” for the middle class tax payer. Turns out, not so much.

Uppity Woman tells us Why a dog is better than Obama.

From The Smoking Gun we have reports of enraged Palinhaters:

Palin Success Triggered FCC Complaints

In the days after Bristol Palin was voted into the finals of “Dancing with the Stars,” viewers from across the country wrote to the Federal Communications Commission accusing the ABC show of everything from running a “payola type program” to “encouraging and promoting teen pregnancy.”

Many of the complainants, whose letters were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, were upset that, as one Oregonian put it, “the top scores were voted off yet Sarah Palin’s daughter remained on.”

One viewer from Pittsburgh alleged that the show’s voting system had been “fixed by extreme supporters of the Tea Party and Radical Right-Wing. I find that it has become a political platform for Sarah Palin to improve her image and ooze her political slime.” The aggrieved correspondent continued, “Bristol is not a star, what did she do, she had sex and got pregnant. Lets reward her…I made several call to ABC’s complaint line and I hope that their phone lines melt. It has become a political movement, with Tea Party websites instructing on how to vote for Bristol. Ridiculousness!”

Another source of grievances was a hug delivered to the 20-year-old Palin by one of the show’s judges, Carrie Ann Inaba.

Noting that “no other dancer was called over for a hug,” one viewer claimed that the clinch was a “signal for the GOP/Tea Party supporters of Sarah Palin to ‘stuff’ the vote for Bristol Palin, who on both dates had to be dragged over the dance floor.” The writer added, “My 96 year old Mother-in-Law can dance better than Ms. Palin…I want my Government to protect me the viewer from deceptive practices.”

A Cerritos, California resident reported that the “physical contact” made by Inaba “sets the contestant up for thinking the judge will favor them. She was impartial to one and partial to the others.”

Other viewers sought an FCC probe of the show’s voting, since “people are bragging how they ‘gamed the system’.” Two other viewers (one from Indianapolis, the other a Brooklynite) were upset that Palin beat out the R&B singer Brandy for the last spot in the program’s three-person final.

Palin, whose baffling success led one man to blast his own TV set, ultimately finished third behind actors Jennifer Grey and Kyle Massey in the November 23 “Dancing with the Stars” finale. It is unclear whether the FCC received complaints about the outcome of that vote.

Last but not least, via Uppity we have some Christmas cheer-you-up:

62 Responses

  1. I vote that kitten for president.

  2. This whole Tax-Mess proves one thing for certain:

    Mr. Obama is a fighter.

    You just have to pick the right cause — one is, trashing Democrats.

  3. I would vote for the kitten or Mr. Gravel, either one, over President Obama.


  4. Wow, that Maddow piece is great. Also, Barney Frank makes the point we didn’t need a tax deal to pass UI benefits:


    Remember also there is no new tier here. The 99ers are still cooked.

  5. Oh, and the Earned Income Tax Credit that Obama supposedly saved? No. He acts like it would have gone away altogether if he hadn’t leapt to its defense. Hardly. It’s been in place since the 70’s and improved on under every president (D and R) since then. The only thing he kept was the tweak from last year’s stimulus bill. Otherwise, it would have reverted to what it was before last year. That’s no “save.”

  6. Obama will meet with Big Dawg at the WH tomorrow. He has no shame; he has no clue.

  7. I guess we have to remember that one of the reasons HRC was so vilified by the Dem establishment was the lib anger at so called Clinton “triangulation”. Somehow Big Dawg’s governance came across to me as competent and productive. But what do I know.

  8. It does look as though Lieberman is going to get this DADT repeal done. He’s really going to the mattresses on this one.

    • oh, I don’t think DADT will get done… I think it is going to end up having to crawl its way thru the courts…

      which might be better actually then having this weird “compromise” (yes, there’s that word again) bill go via the Congress.

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  10. As to Mike Gravel…why do we allow some politicians to have the microphone constantly,( Gingrich, Huckabee, ) but prevent others ( like Mike Gravel) to be shut down.
    Kucinich is constantly being degraded and ignored. The ones who dare tell some inconvenient truths without money behind them are shoved aside.

  11. O’s always saying
    ” That’s an argument I’d like to have….”
    Except he never does. He gives it away before forced to argue for it.
    (ie single payer)

  12. Everything is all Obama’s fault. If hillary were president there would be no such things as republicans.

    You guys are hilarious.

    • Oh, they’d still be there but she wouldn’t be kissing their asses.
      Hey, are you some kind of masochist? You must find us sexy or you wouldn’t be coming back for abuse.

      • RD–It’s Myiq’s thread. He Who Must Not Be Named probably has warped fantasies involving clowns. 😈

    • And if you imagine that Hillary would have rolled over the way Prez Obama has, you a re kidding yourself.

    • The good captain has a message for He Who Must Not Be Named: 😈

    • Aren’t you late for your Obama fellate?

      I’m a poet and don’t know it.

      • Teresa, in 2008, He Whom We Do Not Name would have needed to get in line behind the entire Corporate Media [except for Faux News, because the fix would have become too obvious if they had converted to Obamalatry.].

        Nowadays, not so much. 😈

    • You’re sounding bitter. That’s progress.

  13. Holy Hemiola, it’s cold in NJ tonight. It’s going down into the 20s next week. I hate winter. It gets dark way too early.

  14. I just saw this. Anyone who voted for Hillary in 08 is going to eat it up.

    • It’s kabuki theater. It’s blame the Republicans and pretend that that it’s impossible to change the vote.

  15. Please watch this!
    February 2008 Tom Buffenbarger attacks Obama

    We all knew what Mr. Buffenbarger said would occur.

  16. Off topic: If you have nothing against anime, here’s a lovely Christmas wallpaper. 🙂

  17. Obama Weighs Tax Overhaul in Bid to Address Debt

    WASHINGTON — President Obama is considering whether to push early next year for an overhaul of the income tax code to lower rates and raise revenues in what would be his first major effort to begin addressing the long-term growth of the national debt.


    “I think it is important to understand that that is not a process that will happen overnight,” Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, said Thursday. “That will take — as it did I think in the last major tax code revision in the mid ‘80s — that will take some time.” But, he added, Mr. Obama and his economic team “certainly believe that it’s good to start that long process.”

    Lower tax rates to increase tax revenue? That is pure Reagan Laffer Curve logic…except when Reagan started his first term, the top marginal rate was 70%, the Fed Fund rate was at 16%, and the large boomer population was entering the workforce. Both rates nose dived during his two terms. Today, the top marginal rate is 35%, the Fed Fund rate is near zero, and boomers are beginning to retire. There is no more room to go lower. And the talk about taking away deductions, credits and exemptions to increase revenue sounds to me like a smoke screen or possibly a dangerous diversion, since these changes would likely hit the middle class. All this is the rhetoric of the Steve Forbes flat tax crowd. People must be teaching Obama about Reagan supply side economics. Like the Fiscal Commission, Obama is a tro-jan horse for the investor class. He is out to shrink government. The rich Obots know it and are happy. The not so rich Obots don’t realize it and are being taken for a ride.

    • There is ZERO difference between this guy and Bush….except I think Bush was a savvier politician.

  18. Ug, Jim Webb loves the tax deal. The most positive view of the deal to date. Very disappointing. He calls it the ultimate stimulus:

    • He says Obama has made a great move. A clear act of leadership. And it’s a move away from the “dwindling base” is a good thing. Sigh.

      • If he runs for anything, he just lost my vote. I’ll never vote for him.

      • Ok, he’s out.
        I don’t like the big orange cheeto either but this tax move is wrawng on so many levels it’s not funny.

  19. Well Christmas is coming early for me. Over at HuffPo tried & true Obama believers are being called “r@cists” for daring to criticize Teh Precious. Seeing those a$$hats get a taste of their own medicine positively warms my cold, bitter, dark heart.
    Of course, it will not last. Obama knows that he can screw the Left because they “have no where else to go.” Sadly, they will all line right back up & vote for him again.

  20. Krugman gets disturbingly defensive in his latest, otherwise excellent column

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