Monday, September 3, 2012

Thorium, Indium, Potassium

If any of you who watched any of the Republican convention last week possess even a fraction of a percent of a functional brain, you are fully aware that almost the entire shindig was nothing but lie after debunked lie. Debunked or not, Republicans continue to vomit them from their lie-holes with glee. Politically, people have always tried to argue their point around the edges of reality. That’s expected. But the Republican Party of today has now fabricated an entirely fictitious universe and condemns those who dare expose their lies. This and more.


The Republicans have so thoroughly closed off the bubble they live in from the real world that when a fact-checker exposes their lies, they simply claim the fact-checker must be fact-checked. If you don’t believe their lies, then you are biased. It’s why they believe everyone but FOX “News” is ‘the liberal media.’

Paul Ryan criticized President Obama for not implementing the Simpson-Bowles plan. If someone neutral points out that Ryan neglected to mention he, himself was one of the people who voted it down and that the plan never actually reached Obama’s desk in the first place for the President to even be able to implement it, this neutral, irrefutable truth to them is liberally biased and needs to be fact-checked.

Paul Ryan lied and blamed an automobile plant’s closing on Obama before he even became President. Any reporting about this neutral, irrefutable truth is again simply denied and called liberal media bias. Truth, facts and reality mean absolutely nothing to Republicans.

Frankly, this whole right-wing truth-denying phenomenon is fucked up and I don’t understand it. At all.

“Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.”
                       - Daniel Patrick Moynihan, U.S. Senator 1977 - 2001

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What this new breed of austere Republican governance ideology fails to comprehend is that if the Federal Government cuts spending as drastically as they desire, that simply means the States will have to vastly increase their taxes to make up for the loss. Where do Republicans think money to pay for basic civilized necessities will come from? Yes, of course some spending cuts are valid and necessary, but a certain upper class of income earners will also need to have their taxes raised to be equal with a certain middle class of income earners. That is not punishment. That is equality. That is fairness.

Republicans seem to call for these austerity measures at the same time the Republican State Governors have their hands out for more Federal dole. They seem to want it both ways.

Hypocrite much?

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The Bush Tax Cuts and the Iraq and Afghanistan wars account for approximately TWO THIRDS of U.S. total debt.

Some more details HERE.

The Bush Tax Cuts and the Iraq and Afghanistan wars account for approximately HALF of U.S. public debt.

Some more details HERE.

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Republicans cut programs because they have no vision or foresight. They can only see what's directly in front of them at any given moment. That, and cutting programs allows corporations to take more from the kitty.

Why should the government NOT cut funding to the arts? It might have something to do with education, job creation, a stronger economy and technological innovation. 

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“A lot of people think that Mitt Romney was really in the business of turning companies around — that’s not really what he was doing. He was in the business of extracting value for his investors." — Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi

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Why do Republicans start chanting, "We need to stop spending money we don't have!" the very instant after they have spent billions of dollars of borrowed money (on two unnecessary wars) and caused a massive recession (helped along by two massive tax cuts)? Oh, right. It's only when a Democrat becomes President that we suddenly need to be fiscally responsible.

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There were many wonderful Republican Presidents. Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan. They were responsible for freeing the slaves, building the transcontinental railroad, making college affordable, proposing universal health care, creating national parks, taking on big corporations, fighting for labor rights, women's rights, civil rights, creating income and estate taxes, expanded funding for the Arts and Humanities, created the Environmental Protection Agency, building the Interstate Highway System, NASA, the Panama Canal, were always willing to compromise and wrote the Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan.

All of them progressive.

Almost the entire Republican Party today is Republican in name only.

If you were to believe what they say today, you would be proud to be a Republican. If you were to pay attention to what they actually do today, you would be horrified at their rampant fascism.

Compilation from HBO's "Newsroom"

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On the Republican racism front, THIS is fun. Louisiana never disappoints.

And if you have time, check out THIS handy database.

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Now, to wash out that despicable taste from your brain, please enjoy this:

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No one covered the Republican National Convention better than the Daily Show. Here are links to the full episodes. Just watch them, dammit.

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What? The Republican National Convention workers were paid UNDER minimum wage? How utterly UNsurprising.


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Read this.

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Paul Ryan HATES social programs. ALL of them. This is not a secret. He HATES them and like most Republicans, wants to get rid of them. Social programs stand in the way of rich people taking more money. No matter what he says, why, why, WHY would we believe his Medicare plan is designed to SAVE Medicare and NOT get rid of it? Why?

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So sad when people you admire become old, doddering, multi-millionaires who stutter untruths heard on FOX "News" and believe they're still living during the cold war while talking to people who aren't there. I'm pretty sure Mr. Eastwood can afford the care he needs as the sun continues setting on his mental acuity. At least he had the courage to get up and pander to a crowd that already believes the nonsense he spewed just for some cheap applause.

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Clint's confused rambling made me think of the 80's when we had a sitting President with Alzheimer's. I think that's what Clint was thinking of, too. Either that or a giant rabbit.

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 That's right. Lindsey Graham doesn't think the Republican Party is racist enough.

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Bill Nye: Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children

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If anyone says to you, “Name one thing that Obama has done,” just point them HERE.

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Stan Lee

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I’ve blogged before about the danger that Mitt Romney is to America. Romney’s pollster, Neil Newhouse said: “We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers.” And they most certainly are not. Check out THIS COLLECTION of over 500 lies that the lying liar, Mitt Romney has lied through his lying teeth. Oh, yeah, I almost forgot. He’s a sociopath, as well.

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What? More Romney lying? I find that easy to believe.

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Then there’s THIS.

Fuck you, Mitt Romney.


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Here is an article about Republican lies and why right-wing disciples unquestioningly follow them. Informative. Please read.

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Yes. I am disappointed with President Obama. Aside from the fact that he leans right of center, my main disappointment is that he has not fought against the complete Republican obstructionism as hard as I would have hoped for. To continue to expect a different result – that at some point the Republicans would work with him after slapping him down again and again and again and again –  is, what do they say… a sign of insanity. Stop playing nice, Sir. They hate you. They will never work with you. That has been their plan from the start.

One of the themes of the Republican convention was that it is OK that you supported Obama last time. But since he has failed, it’s time to switch teams.

Switch to the Republicans? The ones who blocked EVERY SINGLE piece of legislation Obama tried to pass? “We fucked everything up that Obama tried to do. We caused America’s rating to drop. We prolonged the recession. We blocked every jobs bill. We are the reason Obama has not done as good as he promised. Vote for us.”

Eat heaping piles of warm, gushy shit, Fascists.

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And for fuck’s fucking sake, people, the fucking word is fucking PUNDIT. Not fucking PUNDINT.

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Finally, I’ve decided to copy the text on this one instead of posting a link. It was actually on, and I do believe they will eventually scrub it. You will understand why in a moment…

Paul Ryan’s Speech in 3 Words

By Sally Kohn / Published August 30, 2012 /

1. Dazzling

At least a quarter of Americans still don’t know who Paul Ryan is, and only about half who know and have an opinion of him view him favorably.

So, Ryan’s primary job tonight was to introduce himself and make himself seem likeable, and he did that well. The personal parts of the speech were very personally delivered, especially the touching parts where Ryan talked about his father and mother and their roles in his life. And at the end of the speech, when Ryan cheered the crowd to its feet, he showed an energy and enthusiasm that’s what voters want in leaders and what Republicans have been desperately lacking in this campaign.

To anyone watching Ryan’s speech who hasn’t been paying much attention to the ins and outs and accusations of the campaign, I suspect Ryan came across as a smart, passionate and all-around nice guy — the sort of guy you can imagine having a friendly chat with while watching your kids play soccer together. And for a lot of voters, what matters isn’t what candidates have done or what they promise to do —it’s personality. On this measure, Mitt Romney has been catastrophically struggling and with his speech, Ryan humanized himself and presumably by extension, the top of the ticket.

2. Deceiving

On the other hand, to anyone paying the slightest bit of attention to facts, Ryan’s speech was an apparent attempt to set the world record for the greatest number of blatant lies and misrepresentations slipped into a single political speech. On this measure, while it was  Romney who ran the Olympics, Ryan earned the gold.

The good news is that the Romney-Ryan campaign has likely created dozens of new jobs among the legions of additional fact checkers that media outlets are rushing to hire to sift through the mountain of cow dung that flowed from Ryan’s mouth. Said fact checkers have already condemned certain arguments that Ryan still irresponsibly repeated.

Fact: While Ryan tried to pin the downgrade of the United States’ credit rating on spending under President Obama, the credit rating was actually downgraded because Republicans threatened not to raise the debt ceiling.

Fact: While Ryan blamed President Obama for the shut down of a GM plant in Janesville, Wisconsin, the plant was actually closed under President George W. Bush. Ryan actually asked for federal spending to save the plant, while Romney has criticized the auto industry bailout that President Obama ultimately enacted to prevent other plants from closing.

Fact: Though Ryan insisted that President Obama wants to give all the credit for private sector success to government, that isn't what the president said. Period.

Fact: Though Paul Ryan accused President Obama of taking $716 billion out of Medicare, the fact is that that amount was savings in Medicare reimbursement rates (which, incidentally, save Medicare recipients out-of-pocket costs, too) and Ryan himself embraced these savings in his budget plan.

Elections should be about competing based on your record in the past and your vision for the future, not competing to see who can get away with the most lies and distortions without voters noticing or bother to care. Both parties should hold themselves to that standard. Republicans should be ashamed that there was even one misrepresentation in Ryan’s speech but sadly, there were many.

3. Distracting

And then there’s what Ryan didn’t talk about.

Ryan didn’t mention his extremist stance on banning all abortions with no exception for rape or incest, a stance that is out of touch with 75% of American voters.

Ryan didn’t mention his previous plan to hand over Social Security to Wall Street.

Ryan didn’t mention his numerous votes to raise spending and balloon the deficit when George W. Bush was president. 

Ryan didn’t mention how his budget would eviscerate programs that help the poor and raise taxes on 95% of Americans in order to cut taxes for millionaires and billionaires even further and increase — yes, increase — the deficit.

These aspects of Ryan’s resume and ideology are sticky to say the least. He would have been wise to tackle them head on and try and explain them away in his first real introduction to voters. But instead of Ryan airing his own dirty laundry, Democrats will get the chance.

At the end of his speech, Ryan quoted his dad, who used to say to him, “"Son. You have a choice: You can be part of the problem, or you can be part of the solution."

Ryan may have helped solve some of the likeability problems facing Romney, but ultimately by trying to deceive voters about basic facts and trying to distract voters from his own record, Ryan’s speech caused a much larger problem for himself and his running mate.

Sally Kohn is a Fox News contributor and writer.  You can find her online at or on Twitter at

Good day.

*A No-Prize will be given to the first person who figures out the meaning behind the title of this post.

Poor Clint.

Oh, and one last thing before I leave you to your thoughts:

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