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Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 09:35 AM PST

Popcorn-passing Schadenfreude

by Parallax857

In 2008, after President Obama was first elected, it looked for a moment like the GOP was going to self destruct in a fit of apoplexy. While Rush railed, guys like Eric Cantor were making quiet noises about the need to moderate. War between the crazies and realists seemed all but inevitable. But then party leaders met behind closed doors to form a strategy and, even before the inauguration, McConnell, Cantor and others had formulated their now infamous total obstruction playbook.  

It was deeply cynical in so many ways. Placing the interests of party over those of the nation and its people, it was predicated upon the public's gullibility. It was also a last ditch, risky, all or nothing, black and white move. They put all their chips in on deceit -- and lost.

When it seemed like this paradigm would last forever, Obama foresaw a shift. He spoke of an end to total obstruction and the coming war within the GOP if he were reelected.

Now, we are there. The eagle has landed.

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Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 07:16 AM PST

Obama Confident for a Reason

by Parallax857

The President used his radio address to make clear that tax rates would be going up on the rich.

Welcome to the post-election political landscape. The Republicans have lost, even if they continue to blow hot air and refuse to recognize reality. At this point, they remind me of Wile E. Coyote, having run off the edge of a cliff but not yet having looked down.

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Sat Dec 19, 2009 at 04:25 PM PST

Let's Say Yes and Work for More

by Parallax857

Just want to put in my two cents because this is an issue on which we've all really worked hard. So much of our efforts to elect more and better Democrats have been with an eye toward our goals for health care reform. That's why so many have been feeling desperate as we've watched piece after piece compromised and then further compromised and then compromised again. I've felt as frustrated as anyone.

Our community is nothing if not politically progressive and, whether we agree of disagree on various tactics, we are all on the same team, wanting the same things; in this case, true health care and insurance reform that makes quality care affordable and available to everyone. We want such care to be a right rather than a luxury that only the wealthy and the fortunate can afford.

In the large picture, I consider this bill an important step forward. Is it everything I would want? No. But it makes no sense to turn up our noses because that's not the way progress occurs.

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Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 04:31 PM PDT

Rock Salt on Snow?

by Parallax857

Erick Erickson over at RedState has posted a call to action for his Neanderthal brethren. His proposal? His readers should send a five pound bag of rock salt to the office of Olympia Snow. Rock salt on snow -- get it? Like water on the witch in The Wizzard of Oz (Argh!, Argh!). Isn't he clever?

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Newsflash! This just in from freerepublic.com:

They now try reverse psychology. They want Americans to think that the liberals want her to run, so Obama can defeat her.

But she WILL run and WILL defeat him.

Yeah the Democrats are rooting for her, that is why they bash her every second of everyday. What do they think, they think by bashing her and smearing her she would want to run. Who do they think they are fooling, ONLY THEMSELVES. Yeah Dems, keep on saying it, if you say it enough times perhaps even you will believe it

And, oh yes, my personal favorite:

Just the fact that they had a freakin PANEL discussion about Sarah Palin, a woman who has not been in the national spotlight for what, 8 MONTHS says A LOT. If they were rooting for her, they would show respect towards her, they would say nice things about her instead of bashing her and demeaning her. All they are showing is that they KNOW she can beat him. I took psychology classes in college, this is the CLASSIC thing that people do when they are terrified of someone, they demean them and smear them, but in reality are scared to DEATH of them

Well, sure, since you took psychology classes in college . . . .

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Politico has an article up today in which Sarah Palin complains about her alleged unfair treatment at the hands of the media and contrasts it with what she characterizes as Caroline Kennedy's free ride. She goes so far as to attribute the difference in treatment to class.

While I would agree, in the sense that Kennedy has class and Palin has none, that's not quite the point Palin is trying to make. Rather, she's asserting that her problems with the media had nothing, NOTHING, to do with the fact that she demonstrated a breathtaking lack of knowledge and insight into the basics of American government, history -- even culture. That she couldn't (for instance) name a single publication, let alone a Supreme Court case or explain the Bush Doctrine.

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Wed Jan 07, 2009 at 08:52 AM PST

Greenwald -- Nail, Head, Bang!

by Parallax857

Glenn Greenwald wrote an amazing piece this morning and, since he doesn't crosspost here, this diary is to make sure everyone gets a chance to see it. It's worth a full read.

Titled, "The DOJ pursues the 'real criminal' in the NSA spying scandal," Greenwald recounts how mid-level Justice Department lawyer Thomas Tamm risked his reputation and career, even his freedom, to expose the illegality of the Bush Administration's warrantless wiretapping and how DOJ has relentlessly gone after him since. Meanwhile Bush, Cheney, Gonzalez and their many Congressional enablers (so many alleged Democrats among them), the very people charged with oversight, have stymied all efforts to investigate and gotten away with burying their misdeeds and complicity behind the FISA wall of retroactive immunity.

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Sun Nov 16, 2008 at 01:19 PM PST

Dick Morris Is At It Again!

by Parallax857

Does anyone else find it scary that Bill Clinton once considered Morris a close adviser? Setting aside what it says about Bill's character, I find Morris fascinating in his utter sleaziness. Never have I seen anyone more eager to betray those who once held him in high esteem.

While his worst vitriol is consistently aimed at the Clintons, Morris has become quite the Republican shill. Here he's pimping for Saxby Chambliss and that dailykos wannabe, GOPtrust, in order to sustain filibusters of "Obama's socialist legislation." Puh-leeaze!

The guy is actually quite funny to observe. Always the schnook, forever falling over himself to put knives in the backs of those who had been his allies, and always screwing it up in one way or another. Don't miss that he thinks we've got a good shot at winning the Senate seats in both Alaska and Minnesota. He's actually right about that. Of course, in typical Morris fashion, he gets his facts wrong, asserting "Republicans are leading in both but, particularly in Minnesota, the margin is too thin for comfort." {Psst, Dick: Alaska is all but in the bag.}

But for the fact that Morris is such a slime, I'd find him rather adorable in his consistent, pathetic ineptitude.

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Sat Nov 15, 2008 at 07:20 PM PST

So What if Obama Really Were . . .

by Parallax857

Uhmm . . . now that Obama's our president, would somebody please tell me what's wrong with being Muslim?

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Fri Nov 14, 2008 at 04:08 PM PST

Wingnuts Gone Wild!!!

by Parallax857

This morning, a friend forwarded an angry message from Ronald Reagan's lunatic son, Michael. The letter, posted below, is worth a read, as entertainment if nothing else.

My friend was all freaked out, worrying that the Republicans are coming after Obama. Personally, I think we can just sit back, grab some popcorn and enjoy watching the wingnuts wet themselves.

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As it turns out, ABC blundered in spurning Obama last night.

If ABC truly hoped that by being only scripted programming on broadcast for 8:00pm-8:30p, it would help out Pushing Daisies, that plan went awry. . . . Daisies scored a 4.2/7, pretty much the identical rating it had a week ago up (4.2/6).

According to Nielsen, 21.7% of households watched the ad. It was reportedly seen by 41% more people than Obama's spectacular Convention acceptance speech.

Poll

The Obama Mega-Mercial was:

23%188 votes
58%465 votes
16%129 votes
1%9 votes
0%3 votes

| 794 votes | Vote | Results

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Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 06:30 PM PDT

Godwin's Law in Action

by Parallax857

According to Wikipedia:

Godwin's Law (also known as Godwin's Rule of Nazi Analogies) is an adage formulated by Mike Godwin in 1990.

Specifically, it states:

As a Usenet discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one.

We've arrived at One:

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