Rick Perry, Galileo Galilei and a Republican Sun Orbiting Earth
At last night’s GOP debate, Politico’s John Harris asked Gov. Rick Perry which scientists he found most credible on the matter of climate change. While no one expected the befuddled ignoramus to actually name a scientist, what would follow was truly extraordinary.
The rather simple query triggered what must have been a significant neurological event as the governor spewed forth one of the most garbled, fatuous run-on sentences ever uttered by a non hydrocephalic. Indeed, it was an electrochemical meltdown of Bushian proportions.
Punctuating his otherwise unpunctuatable sentence was Perry’s pig-shit Texas drawl. Stupidity’s force multiplier …
Rick Perry, Galileo Galilei and a Republican Sun Orbiting Earth
O’s speech tactic was simple: Do nothing which brings about the desired disaster by purposely proposing package that congress won’t pass. Shift blame congress.
And the piece on healthcare in TX is a must read…..His spokesperson says TX encourages independence. Tell that to children, elderly, frail, handicapped….really a cruel statement in the context of TX medical facts.
The piece is a picture of tragedy and folly.
Here’s a video of Rick Perry going all whup ass on Ron Paul during a commercial break at wednesday’s debate.
How come we never get to see this stuff? And they call it the “News.”
How many here know they are currently getting a payroll tax cut?
Congress may be the only thing in Government less popular than Obama right now, so it’s an easy target.
I must admit, I expected him to blame us firebaggers for all his problems.
Boxturtle (Still plenty of time for another round of “Kick the Hippie”)
One of Krugman’s weakest articles ever. He totally misses that the jobs spending (mostly temporary) will be in exchange for cuts to Social Security and Medicare (permanent). As with the Affordable Health Care Act, he is either fooled by the Obama administration or does not wish to acknowledge its failings.
The key line was “How little can we spend and still have a system?”. But keep in mind as you consider spending that we cannot:
1) Reduce the amount we pay drug providors by drug reimportation or bulk buying.
2) Do anything that would result in a reduction of insurance company profits.
3) do anything that might allow an undocumented immigrant access to the health care system prior to unconscienceness, even if it means citizens are also blocked.
Boxturtle (But we can remove all your regulations. Unless you provide abortions)
Krugman is becoming a partisan hack… his credibility is on the outskirts Limbaugh land.
We’re far too insignificant to propagandize as blameworthy. The enmity the admin drops on us is meant as intimidation to get us to shut up.
It was congress’s new low ratings and O’s ranting about congress passing legislation that came together for me last night as his deliberate tactic. O gets to look bold while doing nothing, his plan all along.
Good morning pupses, thank you BT.
Aside from cutting MM and SS, where does Mr. Osterity plan to get the funds for these programs? The only thing I heard was cut tax expenditures. Which seems like a triple-negative doublespeak, but I think it means close tax loopholes. Who in hell believes that is ever going to happen?
I wasn’t going to watch, but it was time to make dinner so suddenly snaking out a drain, putting up storm windows or watching O seemed like decent options. Wish I had chosen the drain :(
Heh. I see commenters are finally catching onto how useless Krugman is. I’m beginning to think he gets paid on the side by the admin to be a mild critic so that everyone will cite Krugman and miss how bad O really is.
I used to like reading Krugman occasionally under the reign of Bush II. That changed under Obama.
He’s sounding like a neo-con here with his call for something a little weirder, or at least somewhat more cryptic than a “Pearl Harbor-type event.”
Yet another tool in the bi-partisan shell game.
O gets to look bold while doing nothing,
I wondering whom he things he’s fooling. Is it all just a show to keep his daughters from knowing what a worm their father is?
Boxturtle (Perhaps he’s worried the eldest might stage a coup….)
I was speculating last night that his daughters are just as rapacious as O is. After all, they need their expensive weddings too, dontcha know. And now that Chelsea has set a new benchmark, they need to get their dad to really rape the poor. After all, there’re two of them and Bill had only one.
I made dinner, Jambalaya. Which means that during O’s speech, I accomplished WAY more than O did. I stimulated the economy (via Krogers) and fed the hungry.
Boxturtle (the dogs got fed too, though they weren’t NEARLY as hungry as they acted)
In O’s defense, he hasn’t offered to trade his daughters to Boehner or Cantor in return for unspecified concessions at a unspecified later date.
Boxturtle (At least as far as I know)
Mornin’, BT, pups
From Krugman’s piece:
For, in the end, nothing will be done until the American people demand action.
We’re workin’ on it Paul, but your milquetoast praise of Osterity’s “boldness” ain’t helpin’. So I’m gonna get maybe another buck a week in my paycheck. Big fuckin’ deal. The private sector isn’t going to create jobs unless they’re in call centers and clerks in retail stores selling junk from China.
Man, a couple trolls this early in the mornin’. They musta been up all night with their Cheetos thinkin’ up their little pearls of wisdomshit.
The largest part of America doesn’t have a paying job, let alone getting tax cuts.
Gotta head out to a drs. appt. I am one of the fortunates with good health coverage, and I am damn grateful.
Very best of the morning to you all,
democracynow doing investigate report on new WTC. Just as much a white elephant as the first ones are. I remember the first one and this is really really a replay. Must listen to the report.
Yeah, listen for me too. I’d really like to know the reasons that 9/11 happened.
O gets to look bold while doing nothing, his plan all along.
VERY weak article by Krugman. I guess he realizes that it was basically a campaign speech and he has to get on board.
The report is on the incompetence & graft & fraud going into the construction of a building that will be unconscionably expensive, totally useless when Manhattan has an office glut, token memorial site. All of the commercial aspects are replays of what happened with the construction of the first WTCs. The expose has nothing to do with anything that went into 9/11.
Who’s paying? Drum roll. Since Port Authority is in charge, it’s the commuters (think secretaries, nannies) who come into Manhattan who are paying extraordinary tunnel/bridge/RR tolls. What else is new.
Final segment on democracynow is sicknesses of first responders on 9/11.
First off, it was a speech.
An Obama speech so that means he didn’t mean anything he said(except for those tax cut mentions, of course).
The qualification that the plan “is bigger and bolder” than expected, is a telling distinction. At best, it’s a backhanded compliment, given by someone who most likely has friends in high places.
For a more substantial analysis on the hot air balloon trotted out there last night, check in here and here, otherwise known as two of the many knowledgeable people who’ve been more correct on economics than the Noble Laureate Princeton Prof over the past 3 years.
Then again, all those who dare criticize Preznit Hope/Change are racists.
Who coulda guessed. Data on toxic nature of WTC debris manipulated from the getgo. Whitman, are you pleased with yourself, heh heh heh.
Good morning, all.
Krugman is not saying what needs to be said as, clearly, he neither intends to nor is intended to do.
Krugman makes Casper Milquetoast look a positively heroic and courageous character, SD.
But Krugman is loved by millions who are, by intent from “above”, not even as “far” along as he “isn’t”.
Krugman is the pet “outside” economist of the Masters, and will never say anything really useful in educating or inspiring the many.
If Krugman can happily call Osterity’s pathetic blather, for such it is, “bold”, then may Mother Nature and Father Time protect us all should Krugman ever say anything really “revolutionary” or even casually mentions something like … “class war”?
Krugman is an apologist, pure and simple, with the emphasis on “simple” …
Thanks for linking to Hugh.
Big fan of Hugh.
Always on the backs of the people.
Maybe one day the people will decide they don’t like being ruled by Corporations.
He used to post here, but that’s another story….
For an admitted Keynesian Krugman seems to have forgotten what Keynes wrote in his General Theory. I don’t see Stiglitz or Roubini shouting from the rooftops either. Weak sperm, the bunch of ‘em.
Wow! He is all about those torches and pitchforks. Right up a Peasant’s wheel ruts!
One of the little known facts about WTC & 9/11 is that it wasn’t a center of financial power. It was always a white elephant, never could be profitably rented & had to be filled up with govt tenants, mostly state employees I think. Not sure how the subsidies worked out.
If it had really been occupied by Wall Streeters, a lot more casualties would have occurred. They typically work from 7-7, whereas regular workers are more 9-5ers.
Guardians of the Establishment.
Off to swim in the great capitalist cesspool.
US KIA Afghanistan: 1,760
US KIA Irak: 4,474
Iraki, Afghan and Pakistani casualties: estimates vary to over 1.5M
US MBS 2011: 31,124 and counting
No war but class war
Be good to yourselves, and all other living things
Never. Give. Up.
No shit. Worthless motherfuckers.
Yep. Anywhere you’ve got humans with egos, there’s going to be some politics.
Yes! The worker bodies were the loss, not a CEO!
I ordered both courses last night. Baseball season’s almost over and it’s time to get back to serious learning. Almost like summer vacation in school.
Did they ever finish up the infestigation of the emails that went out to Senators, CEO’s, and Jillianie about not flying commercial on that date?
Last night when sonny boy got home from school we discussed his day as we usually do. He’s taking a Government class. He said mom, do you know the difference between government and politics? He said most people think they’re the same thing. I told him what I thought and he said wow mom that’s almost word for word what the book said.
My husband changed it to: Government is the theory and politics is how they screw it up. Had to laugh.
It is a 2% reduction in the rate on the employee side or a 30% income reduction on the employee side. Now they want to add an employer side cut to go along with the employee side. Death by a 1000 cuts.
You can’t say I didn’t do my best to rub his nose into it.
Nope, I remember that.
Then Krugman paused, and said, “It’s fundamentally about the president.” Geithner and Obama are “soul mates, both cautious guys.”
Which as we see, means nothing to the President or Turbo Tax Timmeh.
Geithner = Tiny Tim
Ha! In every way. Especially in his patriotic duty to pay tax. Just plain TINY!
It’s early in the morning but DKos has already started the cheerleading. JHFC on a crutch.
If you FIRST don’t address the systemic rot–ie bank deregulation, corruption, etc–you can’t fix anything and there will never be a recovery. First things first. The banks are insolvent. We know it and Osterity knows it. But if they admitted the truth and stopped being in denial that would mean having to be honest with the American public, verboten in this errant society. So we will muddle through and then sometime in the future–5, 10 years down the road–something worse will afflict us, a total collapse in which there is no ready fix. I don’t know what it will look like but it will be worse than the Thirties. You see, in the Thirties the gov’t seemed to care when the shit was hitting the fan. Now these self-interested, incompetent boomer politicians (sorry boomers!) don’t give 2 shits if the whole thing blows up.
I call this cowardice corruption.
Economists with a license to kill.
It looks like the more pressure we put on this set of idiots beyond rudimentary problems solving the worst they performed. Maybe they all should stay on holiday. There is not a clear thought in none of their muddy water heads, to get us to where we needs to be.There all just better smelling hogs with health insurance.
For once, KOS is right. We’d be better off with what Obama proposed than without it. However, they ignore the fact that the good stuff in Obama’s speech is simply not going to even get out of committee in the House without major changes.
My bet is that it turns into a deregulation bill.
Boxturtle (GOPers say that’ll generate just as many jobs!)
I don’t see one substantive jobs program in Osterity’s bag of tricks. Making the unemployed intern for corporatists like in GA is a jobs program? This is bullshit. Where is the WPA, CCC. etc? This is all smokescreen and once the details become more clear we will see it for what it is: a wily way to kill SS and Medicare. Osterity is smart, very smart–but he can’t fool everyone. That’s why he hates firebaggers and true Leftists. We know, Osterity, that you’re full of shit.
I agree with caleb that Krugman’s article last night was quite weak, but IMHO the weakness was only in his political analysis. While Krugman does not do political analysis well, he is unparalleled at economic analysis and his number crunching was quite good. If preznit’s jobs plan were to actually pass Congress, Krugman thinks it would inject 200B of new stimulus into the economy and generate the proportional “bang for the buck” in jobs that kind of stimulus can produce. But Krugman ended with this quote, which is just wrong, because the American people are already demanding more action to create jobs; preznit & Congress are just ignoring the people:
The good news in all this is that by going bigger and bolder than expected, Mr. Obama may finally have set the stage for a political debate about job creation. For, in the end, nothing will be done until the American people demand action.
I’m sorry to see Krugman end with such lame advice. He’s just wrong. He implies the “American people” did not “demand action” yet; he indirectly accuses “American people” of failing to push their politicians to do the right thing. That’s just stupid to say that.
How do we handle all the robotic cheerleading over at the orange satan?
The elites obviously have to save face, because they are all invested in the system, including the “liberal” punditry. It’s a closed system–and meant to be closed. Again, when will you see a Bob Herbert or John Nichols point to the elephant in the room–which is, we are an end stage of some point? The verities of the past are ineffectual now. No one will allow fresh air to filter through–new ideas, radical ideas! Hence, we will get more stagnation and rot. Our zeitgeist is one of a dearth of imagination–and a collective effort to silence TRULY dissenting opinion which could breathe that fresh air into the wanting ether that we so desperately need.
You say we need “fresh air” and I violently agree. Then I see Super-Congroid (the “Super-Congress Droid”) Chris Van Hollen’s face on CBS teevee news and I feel suffocated. I’m gonna breathe some “fresh air” into his smug face the first time he shows himself at a town meeting in his district, which is just over the DC line from me.
That’ll work. Anything that pisses them off is fine by me. I feel your anger, dude.
Watch out Fractal…
From FDL commenter mikesacola September 8th, 2011 at 5:10 pm
“A 71 year-old made comments at a Paul Ryan $15-a-head town Hall meeting and got taken down and arrested.” Video:
You nailed it!
I apologize if this has already been addressed, so please correct me if that is the case. I can’t stand that Obama’s children are being trashed here. How old are they–10 and 12 or so? As much as I have been critical of Obama and his seeming presidential incompetence, I have no contempt for his children. This just seems hateful to me rather than productive in any way. I don’t want to become hateful even if our political system is in a shambles.
I note that you have not given any example of how the obummer kids have been trashed here, or shown how anyone else has shown contempt for them.
That being said, obummer selling out to his corporate sponsors (seen if you have your eyes open – after all it is blatant now, aint it?) will ensure that his kids will never want for anything, while dooming the futures of a majority of US children.
Isn’t Chelsea Clinton married to an evil corporatist hedge fund criminal? While I agree Osterity’s kids are not fair game now–once they become corporatists then I have no problem with skewering them. I mean, wasn’t Michelle Osterity also a health care corporatist trying to divert poor people from her rich man’s hospital, into inferior neighborhood “clinics”? Stuff runs in the family. But maybe Osterity’s kids will become activists like Amy Carter–you never know.
what were the comments and who did the taking down?
It’s from this thread on FDL–just giving credit for this link to the original FDL poster.
Btw, it was great to see the faces of the committee as they heard the voices of discontent outside the Super Duper Fascist Committee’s Room.
It was a 71 year old man at a Wisonsin meeting with Sonny Boy (“Don’t touch my Congressional benefits”) Paul Ryan.
Apparently, the police shoved the old guy to the ground at the behest of their master.
Ryan thinks it’s pretty comical.
I responded to ECahn at 15. He/she refers to Obama’s children as “rapacious” and wanting big weddings, implying that as children of the president, even if they are only barely tweens, they are looking ahead to their “expensive weddings.” This is not a political statement I am making (maybe it is, in its own way, now that I think about it). It’s a statement about decency toward children even when you believe, as I do, that their father is doing a wretched job as president. Can a 10 or 12 year old really be rapacious? I’m not sure they’re even mature enough to have that in them. Some kids might, but I would definitely give them the benefit of the doubt at this age and because as people, they have the right to not be personally attacked.
I do think that, as adults, children are obvously no longer children and have to answer for their actions. I am glad you brought up both Chelsea Clinton and Amy Carter, each of whom made quite different choices from the other. I would argue about assuming “stuff runs in the family.” I would say people should be judged by their own actions rather than those of their parents or other family members. My dad watches fox news and believes lots of tea partyish things. I don’t, to say the least. Anyone assuming I share any political views with him would be making a serious mistake.
I agree, to a degree. Corporatists seem to breed corporatists, especially if you’re part of our tiny criminal elite. They are not like us. But apparently the American people want to be like them and so we have a mess.
David, who is unfailingly diligent (when does he sleep?) has an important piece this morning on the ‘this will all be paid for’ theme. As has been pointed out here, this is where the ‘goodies’ in the speech hit the fan. Number one, Medicaid and Medicare, and interestingly no mention of Social Security. On another thread there is a discussion about a Republican threat to quit the Super Catfood Commission since at the first meeting defense spending was put on the table. (Gee, are they starting to listen?) No mention of defense spending by Obama, it was ‘entitlements’ plus vague feel good references to taxing the rich.
So, were all of this to have a snowball’s chance in that hell, you can bet the payfor stuff will far outweigh the goodies, just as Obama’s $4trillion Grand Bargain he was prepared to give to the sharks outweighed anything he was going to get from that – and don’t forget, he still loves that package.
Media voices now cannot at all be trusted – they owe their being to the status quo, and that tree of heaven we are already causing to quiver. It’s ‘pull the wool over their eyes – quick!’ time.
I would add, when did FDR ever say ‘This will all be paid for’?
No one seriously thinks that Osterity will be taxing the lazy, unproductive criminal capitalists to pay for it. We’ll foot the bill, as always. Out of our paychecks. That’s how crony capitalism works.
Actually, I would love it if the GOPers quit Catfood Commission II. Anything that causes that pos idiotic idea to implode would make me smile. I want to see Van Hollen cry cuz he lost his chance to make a Grand Bargain (GFB I would call it) cuz Catfood Commission II blew itself up. That would make me happy, making Van Hollen cry. Then un-electing him will make me happiest.
I concede that I missed where you were replying to Ecahn @ 15 where he was speculating.
I think you miss the dark point ecahn was trying to make in his or her search for a reason why obummer would ensure that his kids made out alright while the majority of American kids faced a dark future because of obummer and his selfish actions.
The elite can’t imagine a world that doesn’t look like their world. They don’t do house work, have a 9 to 5, make car payments, raise their kids, or do anything that normal people do. They are fucking weirdos.
eCAHN is a she.
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