Category Archives: teabaggers

Dick Cheney Coward Who Knew?

I’m sure all of the chicken-hawks crowing about Marines and their guns are fully behind Dick Cheney finding Canada too dangerous to visit.


Typical Rick Perry

Given what Jim DeMint* signaled yesterday on This Week about the topics he wanted to pursue with Rick Perry tonight at DeMint’s “Forum,” is it any surprise that Perry is all of the sudden interested in the wildfires in Texas?  For us long suffering Texans, his decision to skip DeMint’s “Forum” is just par for the course.

And with this Perry decision, doesn’t that change the light on the whole dispute over the timing of the president’s address to Congress?  Here’s The Chronicle last week when it all got started:

President Barack Obama will make his long-awaited speech about jobs  Wednesday night to a joint session of Congress at the same time that the Republican presidential candidates are scheduled to debate at the Reagan Presidential Library in California.

While the debate isn’t the first Republican debate of the cycle, it is the first since Gov. Rick Perry entered the presidential contest, and polls have shown him taking a commanding lead in the race for the GOP nomination. Political observers have said that the debate could provide crucial insights into how Mitt Romney’s and Michelle Bachmann’s campaigns plan to deal with Perry’s surging candidacy.

Rush Limbaugh spent the whole day last Wednesday telling John Boehner to refuse the president’s request because this debate was important, especially since it would be the first since Perry, as the new front-runner had gotten into the race.  And that’s exactly what Boehner did.  And the White House said, ok, we’ll do it on Thursday.

Well now.  Perry is up to his old tricks.  Does anyone really think that Perry will show up in California on Wednesday?  Will the wildfires be under control by then?  (The state has been burning all this spring and summer, and Perry made a big stink about a disaster declaration in May.)

I predict that the GOP debate on Wednesday will just be the same old boring candidates that have participated in the previous debates, and they will say the same old things.  The only news will be if one of the candidates slips up and lets out the n-word.

I also predict that all of the usual suspects will be making excuses for Perry about why he skipped DeMint’s “Forum” and the debate.  They just are that predictable.

*The despicable DeMint:  “Frankly I am so tired of his speeches, it’s going to be hard for me to watch.”


These People

The people who brought us the uncomfortable white folks at predominately minority polling stations during the last election are having a “national” convention here in Houston.  They claim to be “sold out” which means they pulled a Palin and suckered a good number of people out of their hard earned money.

They were insufferable at the rally last week and seem to think they are somehow in the majority, having won in an off year election.

Their “movement” is dying and it couldn’t happen soon enough.

So I Went to a Rally

And the predictable happened.  I came up on a dispute between union members and the teabaggers and of course one of them had a spelling-confused sign.  I hadn’t realized that I had captured it right off and so there are two pictures of it.  The teabaggers in this picture behaved much like this cartoon depicts.  They mocked children and accused everyone there of not having a job — despite the fact that it was held after work.

After this ruckus, I moved right in to a place up close to the teabaggers.

Of course, all of the baggers were old white folks.  This old biddy must have been a cheerleader back in the day.

The good guys.

The cautious opposition.  they filtered out in a matter of minutes.

Remember, only “the left” uses children to make their point.  This poor little girl was holding a NoBama sign.

The old guy with the confused sign trundled off by himself — as did I.  My question is:  who is sadder?

I’m Struggling with This

Today, a very promising and successful Democratic, female politician was shot in the head FROM  BEHIND.  She’s alive.  From the last news I read, 5 people are dead, including a nine year old child.  This same Democratic politician had previously pointed out that violent rhetoric in politics has consequences, citing Sarah Palin’s scope targets on a map as an example.

Several blogs, news reports etc. have me wondering.  There seems to be a rush to connect this particular person to something.  I think it’s too soon to know in this particular case, but I do think there has been an increase in political violence and violent political rhetoric since Obama was elected.

During the run up to the Iraq war, I don’t remember any Republican politicians getting harangued at town hall meetings.   During the truly awful time in Iraq of 2006, I don’t remember anyone vandalizing politicians offices or homes.  During the truly awful, deadly surge of 2007, I don’t remember any politician getting SHOT IN THE FUCKING HEAD.  During all that time there were anti-war protests and people writing and advocating against the surge.  Hell, Obama made it his initial point in running for president.

The only people who died in that time period were American service members, Iraqi civilians and military personnel from the coalition of the willing.

There were millions of people angry about that.  But they didn’t threaten or kill any politicians.  Hell, Hillary voted for the AUMF and ran for president, as did McCain.

What has changed?  Why didn’t we have heated town hall meetings with recordings and cellphone pictures and clips plastered all over the news of angry anti-war protesters haranguing their representatives?

Perhaps it was because the media, especially talk radio was all for the war, making the arguments and excuses and cheerleading forever on the airwaves?  And when it came to HCR, those same enterprises were on the other side?  And they knew how to whip up their audiences against something just as they had for something (the surge)?

I think the 27% crazification factor has grown.  It’s now at about 33% plus.  People in this category of political activism or just voters have the ability to be moved by simple lies.  They believe authority figures before they believe honest citizens, like me, or like the Democratic representative who was SHOT IN THE BACK OF THE HEAD today.

She made the connection about violent rhetoric.  While some say it’s to soon to make a connection, her father already has.  He named the Tea Party as known enemies.  Over HCR.

I remember reading about her as an up and coming Democrat.  While I don’t agree with her policy opinions completely, I read about her and thought she was a pragmatist — which I admire — Obama, Jordan, Garnet Coleman Jessica Farrar — are all pragmatists that I agree with, among others.  I took note of her.

When we got home from our errands today and I checked on the blogs I follow — my first reaction was why?  Why her?

She was targeted.  It’s that simple.

It seems clear to me that there is more passion about changing the health care system in this country so it helps more people than there is about people — including our own — dying in other countries.  There is more passion about smacking a black president in the face than there is about all of the money wasted through graft and irresponsibility in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  There is more passion about this Teabaggery — something 37% see in a good light, 43% see in a bad light, and 13% never heard of — something only 29% claim to be a part of and a whopping 61% are not — gets all of this time on every channel — even PBS.  It’s just a shiny abject to fill the day’s news.  It wasn’t the same with opposition to the war in Iraq.  Overwhelming public disagreement went unreported for the most part.

But to come back around, a very promising female Democrat, who had been specifically targeted by Sarah Palin is now hopefully recovering in a hospital in Tucson.

Where is the equivalent examples from anti-war protesters?  This HCR fight and the 2010 election is now bloody, and deadly.

Words fail.

Still Trying to Suppress Votes in Harris County

A few months ago, Leo Vasquez, outgoing GOP, County Tax Assessor and Collect — voter registrar, got on the local wingnut radio stations, KPRC and KTRH to whine about people turning in bad voter registration forms.  It appears that wing nut extraordinaire Catherine Engelbrecht (she’s a tenther, fake patriot etc.) and friends are more than a little worried about the November 2010 election and decided to start attacking Houston Votes — I guess since ACORN isn’t around to kick anymore.

I bring this up today because I noticed this item on memeorandum.  The title says it’s an AP story, but it’s not:  It’s just nonsense from Fox News.  (FYI:  memeorandum is a wingnut link aggregator)  The Fox story is even sloppy enough to include a random “voter” photo, which of course is of an African American, but wasn’t taken anywhere in Harris County, much less Texas — we don’t use those types of voting machines and never have in the 30 years that I have been voting.  Idiots.

Here’s more of the back story:

Paul Bettencourt had been the longtime Tax Assessor/collector and had for years been cleansing the voter roles and slow walking new registrations, like any good GOP vote-suppressor.  After winning in 2008 (and settling a lawsuit brought against him and his office), he decided to quit.  The GOP thought they would get a two-fer by appointing a Latino to the office, Leo Vasquez.  Well, poor old Leo got primaried earlier this spring and lost to Don Sumners, a self-proclaimed “tea bagger before teabagging was cool” who stated on an edition of Red, White and Blue:

I’ve been, not actively, but somewhat, involved on the East Side and knew a lot of the Hispanic I guess you would call King Makers or leaders from the East Side and I don’t have a problem with their agenda except for trying to get benefits that may not have been earned.

Then came along the old time GOP activists turn teabaggers, Catherine  Engelbrecht and friends.  The Texas Democratic Party has sued Leo Vasquez for once again sharing information with Engelbrecht and her friends while not sharing the same with the TDP.

It all stinks, but is not surprising.  Republicans want to reduce the voter pool in anyway they can — because it helps them win elections.  Just look at how much importance they give to dinky little races in Alaska and Delaware.

Hopefully, Diane Trautman will win and get the office straightened out.  It will take a lot of work after Bettencourt and Vasquez.

This is What People like Michale Berry Do Not Get

Today, Michale Berry spent his time on the radio crying about how President Obama didn’t go speak to the homophobic Boy Scouts organization.  (The fact that Berry supports Perry for gov and Perry “wrote” a book about the Scouts might have something to do with that.)  Of course he got a dig in at Sheila Jackson Lee and Bill White, but most of the time he was mocking black people.  You can get a pretty good idea of how Berry feels about black people from how he tries to mock the way he THINKS they all talk.

(I has  a SAD.  I couldn’t get my audios file up.  Just listen here and see if you don’t get what I’m talking about.)

(Curious how few callers he had) — Michale hopes that his listeners accept his excuse that he had so many things to talk about.  But really, Michale is just filling time.  Nobody really calls anymore.  Not even me.

Let’s put this in perspective.  Today a man who was wrongly convicted of rape TWENTY SEVEN YEARS AGO was not released (on bond?  why is there any bond or anything?) as scheduled.  Why?  He got a little pissed off at being shackled hand and foot, so he spends yet another night in jail for nothing.  This is how black Americans have been treated for years.  You behave — even if all of us were wrong and you were right — you BEHAVE!  It’s disgusting.  I’m pretty sure my choice for the inevitable Republican for District Attorney (Jim Leitner) wouldn’t have made this mistake.

It’s a well known, though little talked about fact that the “law and order” Republicans see the justice system as a way to reduce the number of black Americans able to vote.  Their thinking goes along the lines of hit black Americans with everything available and legislate even more ways to make sure a good percentage of blacks get caught up in the penal system.  If a few whites do too, well they represent a larger group and their punishment can be reduced based on the offense.

Just look at how long it took to black farmers to finally (maybe not, sadly, again) to get a settlement from the USDA.  Show me the white farmers with the same grievances.  Oh yeah, they are all of the wealthy farmers living of of government subsidies and bellyaching about the Bush tax cuts expiring.  Right.

I’ve written about this sort of thing before, but not nearly as much as I should have.

This makes me very angry and very sad at the same time.  Listening to Michale Berry today mock black people — while claiming that he didn’t have enough time to get to all of his supposed topics — just made me mad.

And then I realized something.  Michale Berry doesn’t care about black people singularly or in general.  Michale Berry cares about Michale Berry.  Anything he says will not reflect badly on the Republican party because he’s no longer a real player — except to be a handmaiden to Glenn Beck.  In other words, he’s just a tool.  A means to an end.

And so, I don’t feel so angry or mad because you know what?  I can mock him here on my little blog and he links to it and Kevin Whited links to it and every one of their readers turn out to be lame numskull cowards — or paid lackeys.

Here I am.  I support the Innocence Project.  I support the Southern Poverty Law Center.  I support LULAC and La Raza.  And the NAACP.  And Amnesty International and UNICEF.

I don’t support Texas Direct Auto, Gulf Coast Siding, and now IKEA (learn something new every day), or Houston Siding, nor any of the other people who peddle in the hope of making a buck off of the racist audience of Michale Berry.

Gah (vomit) in listening to him to capture the audio I forgot how he falsely accused a Spanish speaker of focusing on Spanish pronunciation.

Happy Earth Day

Unless you live on the Gulf Coast and care about it.

The rig that exploded (I linked to it yesterday) in the Gulf sank today and is spewing an estimated 8 THOUSAND barrels of oil a day.  BP is a part of this disaster.  Nothing new around these parts.

One of the survivors says that the 11 missing were burned up in the explosion.

Like I said yesterday, no one has ever died installing a solar panel.  And had we worked to install solar panels on every house in the country for the last thirty years, we wouldn’t be in this mess now.

But HL&P (now Reliant) couldn’t have made as much money if everyone in this sunny region sent energy back to them; Exxon couldn’t have made so much money if people recharged their electric cars at home with energy they captured from the sun.

Just how many people have died pulling oil out of the ground?  Has it been worth it?  How many people have died in coal mines?  Has that been worth it?

I would love to say today, on this Earth Day, that I only get energy from the sun or wind.  I’m part way there, but that’s not enough.

Will this disaster get nearly the coverage that the tea party people did last week?  Looks like the answer is no.

This is odd

After all of the hype for the tea party people today, memeorandum has passed them by.  It can’t be late because that site always lags just a bit on what is going on.

Since I have a real job that requires me to actually work (unlike Michael Berry or Chris Baker or Rush Limbaugh, who get to fly by the seat of their pants), I couldn’t follow the tea party people so much.  From what I saw on teevee today, they don’t quite know what to do.  Seriously, they are still doing the same thing they were a year ago:  rallies with Republican politicians — don’t even get me started on that Riddle woman — and signs and tee shirts.

And what?

Health Care Reform Passed.

Financial Reform Will Pass.

And finally, Immigration Reform Will Pass.

Here in the supposedly red area of Texas, the Tea Party People couldn’t get their guy elected to the REPUBLICAN PARTY CHAIR.  You’d think they could make their money spent on advocating work in this red state, right?

“So why are those radio and television talk show hosts spending so much time arguing that today’s wealthy are unfairly burdened? Well, it’s hard not to notice that the talk show hosts themselves tend to be among the very wealthy. “

No duh.

And where does that money come from?

Well, a few thousand or more comes from here.