(image found on the BBC website)
That’s right. He was shot. To say that if everyone carried a gun, we would all be protected and bad people would be shot before he/she could kill more people is idiotic. Reagan was surrounded by guys with guns and the shooter was still able to get him along with others who were carrying guns.
Most of the people who were with Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords had no idea who the shooter was. One even walked past Jared Loughner before realizing he was the shooter. Can you imagine if everyone that fateful Saturday morning had all been carrying guns? I can see it now…one guy would shoot at the shooter missing him, and then another person thinking the innocent guy with the gun is the shooter, shoots him, and then so on and so forth! Seriously, not sure the police of our country would have been able to shoot the shooter before he got a 2nd shot in!
But I thought all terrorists had dark skin and were Muslim according to the right wing of our nation! Uh oh! Oh wait, maybe not…
Okay, there are white Christian ones. I may have jumped the gun a bit.
WASHINGTON – A former Michigan congressman and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations pleaded guilty today to charges related to work he did for an Islamic charity linked to terrorist groups including al-Qaida and the Taliban.
Mark Siljander, a conservative Republican who represented a southwest Michigan district from 1981 to 1987, pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and to acting as an unregistered foreign agent and could be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison and fined up to $500,000.
Siljander, 59, entered his plea before a U.S. District Court judge in Missouri, where the Islamic American Relief Agency (IARA) was based.
SIDEBAR NOTE: al-Qaeda is just a death squad created during the Reagan Years if you ask me. The last time our CIA had good viable information on Osama bin Laden’s location was in the early 2000′s. He’s been dead for almost a decade, but hey, at least we have 2 illegal occupations going on to rob America blind with! See? Spit. Funding al-Qaeda is no different than sending Dick Cheney money directly!
Ronald Reagan loved the Freedom Fighters too…
Friends, we have a lot at stake in this nation. A lot of people seem to want to make it the Republican version of the”Year of the Woman.” Others want to make it the “Year of the Conservative.” I’ve got a problem with both.
The first is inserting gender over principles. The second is just used by Republicans like pretty much anyone in the South calls themselves a Christian without actually being one. For me, this is the year of the Freedom Fighter — one last stand to try to get real freedom fighters elected.
Yes, that’s right. Erick Erickson is telling us the Sarah Palin’s and the Nikki Haley’s are just what our nation needs, you know, al-Qaeda and the Afghan Mujaheddin types! See? No wonder Sarah the Leader of the Tea Party and Nikki are so popular right now. Ronald Reagan would be so proud of his underlings…
It appears that THIS POST is the one that has caused the boner in my blog hits! Funny. You’d think it would have been caused by the post I did on the 3,000 Todd Palin emails that were recently released to the public through MSNBC! Nope. *shaking head at the fickleness of the Internet(s)*
Why does the right wing of this country see this tiny little race in upstate New York as the road to the White House and a complete takeover of the country for America’s CEO’s and armed militia types? Because they’re dreaming!!! Yes, they have nothing to run on, so they’re turning to the right wing fringe to make it appear like the republican party is popular or something. So laughable!
Doug Hoffman is today’s Timothy McVeigh. Regarded by the right wing fringe as a complete hero to their cause.
If Hoffman wins today it will be fun to watch the right wing fringe shooting off their rifles like Saddam Hussein used to do, because really, that is the kind of group we’re talking about here: CONSERVATIVES. They’re dangerous to the freedom of our nation and we know that because we watched George Bush screw us over for 8 years while being applauded by these wingnuts. Any policy of George Bush’s that President Obama has kept in place has been met with disgust by these wingnuts. Why? Because they don’t like black people, Jews, Hispanics, women, and all the other colors of the rainbow President Obama has in his Cabinet. See? They only like big fat rich Monopoly Bankers who have an IQ of 26 or lower!
Remember, it was Ronald Reagan (still the Leader of the Conservative Movement) loved the Afghan Taliban….
Nothing has changed. Conservatives are now domestic and foreign terrorists in honor of Ronnie. Awwwwwwww, how cute is that?
The Maine election…
I voted a week ago Monday and voted “No On 1″ (same sex marriage question), because I completely believe all couples should be able to marry AND divorce. See? It’s not fair that only the heterosexual couples get to abuse their spouses, abuse their children, have extramarital affairs, fight over money, and then show us all how holy their marriage is to them by getting a big fat divorce to prove it! All should be able to participate in this social contract. Me? I’ll just continue to date. Marriage is indoctrination and not natural, but hey, all couples in love should be able to give marriage a whirl if they so choose. So Mainers….VOTE NO TODAY TO PUT THE BIGOTS IN THEIR PLACE! You’ll give them a heart attack which surely will be fun to watch from the sidelines.
I also voted YES on the Marijuana Question too. Of course Mainers should have more access to medical marijuana across our state and the state should increase the list of illnesses/diseases for those patients who need this medicine. Duh.
Get out and vote people!
Tom Brokaw is a right wing weenie ass. Is he serious? Thank Reagan and H.W. knowing these two sold arms & made deals with the Iranians, formed death squads, left our nation financially broke, and then proceeded to take credit for the Soviet Union collapsing?
Here’s what Brokaw said in his op-ed piece in the Washington Post:
“Obama might think of inviting former president George H.W. Bush and praising the work done during the Reagan-Bush years in managing the collapse of the Soviet Union and, for example, the reunification of Germany in such an impressive fashion. Former president Bill Clinton and Ambassador Richard Holbrooke deserve mention for the Dayton Peace Accords, which stopped the slaughter in Bosnia.”
At least he mentioned Clinton, but Reagan & H.W.? Oh please! Gag me with my snow shovel for gawd’s sake!
Brokaw, get over yourself. Most of us were a little shocked that President Obama got the Nobel Peace prize, but we all understand now why he did: BECAUSE HE CAME INTO OFFICE AS A BEACON OF HOPE & PEACE FOR THE WORLD. The world sees America differently now in 9 short months. A sigh of relief was breathed. In the meantime, President Obama has been trying to clean up George W. Bush’s messes if you haven’t noticed and if you haven’t noticed too…he’s kept us safer than George Bush did now that the 9/11 marker has come and gone!
Michael Moore said it best as to why President Obama completely deserves the Nobel Peace prize and why he honestly shouldn’t share it with those who have screwed our nation over:
Last night my wife asked me if I thought I was a little too hard on Obama in my letter yesterday congratulating him on his Nobel Prize. “No, I don’t think so,” I replied. I thought it was important to remind him he’s now conducting the two wars he’s inherited. “Yeah,” she said, “but to tell him, ‘Now earn it!’? Give the guy a break — this is a great day for him and for all of us.”
I went back and re-read what I had written. And I listened for far too long yesterday to the right wing hate machine who did what they could to crap all over Barack’s big day. Did I — and others on the left — do the same?
We are weary, weary of war. The trillions that will have gone to these two wars have helped to bankrupt us as a nation — financially and morally. To think of all the good we could have done with all that money! Two months of the War in Iraq would pay for all the wells that need to be dug in the Third World for drinking water! Obama is moving too slow for most of us — but he needs to know we are with him and we stand beside him as he attempts to turn eight years of sheer madness around. Who could do that in nine months? Superman? Thor? Mitch McConnell?
Instead of waiting to see what the president is going to do, we all need to be pro-active and push the agenda that we want to see enacted. What keeps us from forming the same local groups we put together to get out the vote last November? C’mon! We’re the majority now — the majority by a significant margin! We call the shots — and we need to tell this wimpy Congress to get busy and do what we say — or else.
All I ask of those who voted for Obama is to not pile on him too quickly. Yes, make your voice heard (his phone number is 202-456-1414). But don’t abandon the best hope we’ve had in our lifetime for change. And for God’s sake, don’t head to bummerville if he says or does something we don’t like. Do you ever see Republicans behave that way? I mean, the Right had 20 years of Republican presidents and they still couldn’t get prayer in the public schools, or outlaw abortion, or initiate a flat tax or put our Social Security into the stock market. They did a lot of damage, no doubt about that, but on the key issues that the Christian Right fought for, they came up nearly empty handed. No wonder they’ve been driven crazy lately. They’ll never have it as good again as they’ve had it since Reagan took office.
But — do you ever see them looking all gloomy and defeated? No! They keep on fighting! Every day. Our side? At the first sign of wavering, we just pack up our toys and go home.
So, at least for this weekend, let us celebrate what people elsewhere are celebrating — that America now has a sane and smart man in the White House, a man who truly wants a world at peace for his two daughters.
Many, for the past couple days (yes, myself included), have grumbled, “What has he done to earn this prize?” How ’bout this:
The simple fact that he was elected was reason enough for him to be the recipient of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.
Because on that day the murderous actions of the Bush/Cheney years were totally and thoroughly rebuked. One man — a man who opposed the War in Iraq from the beginning — offered to end the insanity. The world has stood by in utter horror for the past eight years as they watched the descendants of Washington, Lincoln and Jefferson light the fuse of our own self-destruction. We flipped off the nations on this planet by abandoning Kyoto and then proceeded to melt eight more years worth of the polar ice caps. We invaded two nations that didn’t attack us, failed to find the real terrorists and, in effect, ignited our own wave of terror. People all over the world wondered if we had gone mad.
And if all that wasn’t enough, the outgoing Joker presided over the worst global financial collapse since the Great Depression.
So, yeah, at precisely 11:00pm ET on November 4, 2008, Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize. And the 66 million people who voted for him won it, too. By the time he took the stage at midnight ET in the Grant Park Historic Hippie Battlefield in downtown Chicago, billions of people around the globe were already breathing a huge sigh of relief. It was as if, in that instant, one man did bring the promise of peace to the world — and most were ready to go wherever he wanted to go to achieve that end. Never before had the election of one man made every other nation feel like they had won, too. When you’ve got billions of people ready, willing and able to join a cause like this, well, a prize in Oslo is the least that you deserve.
One other thought. The Peace Prize historically has been given to those who have worked to throw off the yoke of racial discrimination and segregation (Martin Luther King, Jr., Desmond Tutu). I think the Nobel committee, in awarding Obama the prize, was also rewarding the fact that something profound had happened in a nation that was founded on racial genocide, built on racist slavery, and held back for a hundred-plus years by vestiges of hateful bigotry (which can still be found on display at teabagger rallies and daily talk radio). The fact that this one man could cause this seismic historical event to occur — and to do so with such grace and humility, never succumbing to the bait, but still not backing down (yes, he asked to be sworn in as “Barack Hussein Obama”!) — is more than reason enough he should be in Oslo to meet the King on December 10. Maybe he could take us along with him. ‘Cause I also suspect the Nobel committee was tipping its hat to all of us — we, the American people, had conquered some of our racism and did the truly unexpected. After seeing searing images of our black fellow citizens left to drown in New Orleans — and poor whites seeing their own treated no better than the black man they had been raised to hate — we had all seen enough. It was time for change.
Thank you, Barack Obama, for giving us the opportunity to redeem ourselves. Now for the tasks ahead. We need you to do all that you promised to do. We need it. The world needs it.
My prediction for the future? You become the first *two-time* winner of the Nobel Peace Prize! Yeah!
Fred (that’s Norwegian for “Peace”),
Gawd, am I sick of these two ‘wars’. We cannot win either ‘war’ and people like Sarah Palin need to shut up about it (troop surge to ‘win’). If we truly can ‘win’ these two ‘wars’ then would someone please lay out what winning in either country looks like! If you can’t, then support a withdrawal from both.
I don’t want to hear, “But Kay! If we leave Afghanistan, al-Qaeda will attack us in America again!”. Bullshit. If we are attacked again, it will be done by the likes of Dick Cheney and his ilk, okay? Seriously, if we are attacked again, it won’t be because of the al-Qaeda bogeymen! We were told by Eric Holder yesterday that the recent Brooklyn arrest: “This alleged plot was one of the most serious terrorist threats to our country since September 11, 2001…There was certainly an Al Qaeda connection.” Doesn’t it make sense to get these assholes on our soil rather than continue to piss off this group overseas by occupying their countries? How many more American soldiers will have to die to keep everyone’s egos in check? Seriously, it’s time to get the fuck out to concentrate on the security of our own country!
Ronald Reagan loved the Taliban back in the 1980′s…
George Bush made it perfectly clear 8 years ago that going after Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan was never the strategy. He said it was but did he send in hundreds of thousands of troops to get the job done? Nope! Wasn’t honestly important to him. Keeping the Taliban from being in power in Afghanistan was never the strategy either. Making sure al-Qaeda didn’t go into Pakistan to spread itself out wasn’t on the list of things not to allow also!
There’s an oil pipeline in Afghanistan that needs to be completed though. Check. Hamid Karzai’s connection to Union Oil Company of California & Chevron and putting him in charge of Afghanistan. Check.
We’ve been duped.
It’s time to leave Afghanistan and Iraq to stop the bullshit. The next time we are attacked (and I fully expect we will be after 8 years of the Bush Regime’s warmongering & bullying! Besides, Dick Cheney says he knows for sure that it will be nuclear the next time around!), WE SHOULD NOT ATTACK A COUNTRY IN RETALIATION. We should just bury our dead, mourn our dead, and then rebuild. That’s what civilized countries do. Bombing and killing innocent people in other countries under the guise of “we’re working for peace!” is just fueling more rage against us. We look like a bunch of hypocrites. TIME TO LEAVE BOTH COUNTRIES NOW!
Let’s be clear about something….the right wingers of America want a troop surge in Afghanistan, because they hope this surge will create another Vietnam war. They want to be able to say, “See? Under George Bush, the Afghan war was fine. Everything was smooth, and then President Obama is the one who made it horrible!”. THIS IS WHY THEY ARE WANTING MORE TROOPS IN THERE. They want America to lose for political reasons. They don’t give a shit about our troops at all. We need to get our troops home now to save them from this kind of catastrophe!
So, what do you think? Should we stay or should we go now?
He’s right and before you go making fun of Joe’s “illogical” statement, let’s not forget it’s Sarah Palin and other republicans who are saying we need to stop paying the government to increase revenue! Yeah, yeah…receiving less money means it’ll be easier to pay the bills! Spit.
(image created by KayInMaine of White Noise Insanity)
So which statement is right? Does it make sense for our government to continue to receive less tax revenue to fund it or does it make sense to spend more of the stimulus money on the streets to create jobs, which in turn, will create more tax revenue to our government? You decide. I’m going with Joe Biden’s way of thinking because the old business adage of ‘we have to spend money to make money’ is the only way to get our nation out of debt. Creating jobs, reducing the cost of healthcare/insurance, reducing spending (such as NASA!), and taxing the higher tier has always worked!
Been done for years….
Ronald Reagan spent, taxed, and never reduced spending. Same with George H.W. Bush when he was president…and he even tried starting a war in Iraq at the end too in the hopes to jump start the economy (we were in recession under him and Reagan) and to help himself get reelected. During these two presidencies, our nation did not fail. We were already trillions in debt thanks to the Reagan years. Then came Bill Clinton who raised taxes, spent, reduced spending in some areas, but the key to turning the economy around under him was in creating jobs which he did to the tune of 22 million. Our nation had a surplus after the Clinton years and then George Bush came along. George Bush didn’t tax the rich, he spent like a drunken sailor on two wars and for the uber wealthy, he didn’t reduce spending, he increased the size of government, he ignored the signs the banking/housing industry was collapsing, and after 8 years of doing this, our economy is failing. We now have President Obama in office who wants to do what Clinton, Reagan, and George H.W. Bush did which is tax those who can afford it, spend money wisely to create jobs, reduce spending over time, and regulate the banking industry where needed to close the loopholes that are damaging progress.
The next time you hear someone say, “The only way to increase the size of my bank account is to reduce my pay!”, you tell them they’re stupid.
There is good spending and bad spending. Good spending would be in creating jobs. Bad spending would be borrowing trillions from China for two wars and to help America’s wealthy not pay their fair share of the taxes and then telling the rest of America to screw off. The End.