Archive for April, 2009

April 30, 2009

Obama Snubs Fox at 100 Day Press Conference

by Ben Hoffman

The Fox Network was invited to air Obama’s 100 day press conference along with all the other major TV networks but they refused. Not important enough to interrupt the regular broadcasting schedule. Instead they aired the TV series “Lie To Me.”

Instant karma got Fox news. Their antics didn’t go unnoticed by Barack Obama. He took questions from every major news media except for Fox news.

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April 28, 2009

Get a Picture of a Dead Guy on Your License Plate

by Ben Hoffman

New Hampshire talked about death on their license plates (Live Free or Die), but now in Florida, you can get an actual picture of a dead guy on your license plate!

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/legislature/story/1020954.html

Talk about cool!

April 28, 2009

Arlen Specter’s Defection is a Threat To Our Country!

by Ben Hoffman

Or so says Republican Leader Mitch McConnell:

I think the threat to the country presented by this defection really relates to the issue of whether or not in the United States of America our people want the majority to have whatever it wants without restraint, without a check or a balance.
http://briefingroom.thehill.com/2009/04/28/mcconnell-specter-defection-a-threat-to-the-country/

Yeah! We don’t want one party to have complete power without any checks and balances, like we had during the Bush administration. Now Obama’s going to start wars with no strategy to win, and he’s going to politicize the justice department, and let industry CEOs set economic policy…

These republicans are too much. It’s like the history of the Republican party began in January when Obama took office. The Democratic party consists of liberals and moderates, so there’s a bit of a balance built in. (We’ll see.) The Republican party consists of radical right-wingers and three — no make that two moderates. Maybe Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins will also decide to join the sane party.

April 28, 2009

Republicans are Now Just Furniture

by Ben Hoffman

Arlen Spector, one of the last moderate Republicans announced today that he is switching parties and will run for reelection next November as a Democrat. Once Al Frankin is seated, which is expected to come later this week, Democrats will have a filibuster-proof majority. This means that the radical-right will be virtually powerless! Republicans have been reduced to furniture. Noisy, and somewhat smelly furniture that moves around, but they are furniture!

Happy days are here again, the skies above are clear again…

April 27, 2009

Republican Partisan Politics Has No Limits

by Ben Hoffman

The world is facing an epidemic with the swine flu — possibly a pandemic, but that’s not a good enough reason to put party partisanship aside and do what’s good for the nation. No, they have their agenda and banning abortion is at the top of the list. Health and Human Services secretary nominee Kathleen Sebelius is pro-choice — thus, republicans have been filibustering her nomination. Tomorrow, there’s going to be a vote and her confirmation will require 60 votes. Word has it that a few republicans are putting country first and will vote with the democrats. We’ll just have to wait and see.

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April 27, 2009

Don’t Worry. The Fox Network Will Protect You From Information

by Ben Hoffman

Obama is marking his 100th day in office by holding a press conference that will be televised by all the major networks. Obama requested Fox air the event but they turned him down.

Instead, Fox will air the Tim Roth drama “Lie to Me.” Kind of fitting. 😉

April 27, 2009

Right-wing Outrage of the Day!

by Ben Hoffman

Right-wingers are revolting! (Yeah, they stink on ice.) They are truly concerned about our country — thus, the incessant outrage. So what are they outraged about today? It seems that Henry Waxman made a confusing statement about the melting of earth’s polar ice caps:

We’re seeing the reality of a lot of the North Pole starting to evaporate, and we could get to a tipping point. Because if it evaporates to a certain point – they have lanes now where ships can go that couldn’t ever sail through before. And if it gets to a point where it evaporates too much, there’s a lot of tundra that’s being held down by that ice cap. PBS Interview

The blog What’s Up With That calls it “the scariest statement on science ever uttered by a Congressman.” The blog, at the time of this writing, received 176 responses, most agreeing with the author and calling Waxman and all Democrats stupid, among other things. The scariest statement on science ever uttered by a congressman? We had eight years of the Bush administration politicizing science, and this is the scariest statement? Hmmmmmm…

Waxman’s statement about tundra being held down by the ice cap doesn’t make much sense, since there is no land under the North Polar ice cap, but the melting of the ice cap is accelerating global warming, so at least he got that part right.

Scientists also worry about the potential release of methane from the arctic region, especially through the thawing of permafrost and methane clathrates, which could be released to the atmosphere and accelerate global warming, as methane is a powerful greenhouse gas. Wikipedia entry on Artic shrinkage

What is it with right-wingers and global warming? The vast majority of scientists agree that human generated pollutants are contributing to the change in climate and warming the earth. I have yet to hear any respected scientists say anything to the contrary. Most skeptics are either complete nut-jobs or have some connection to oil and gas industries.

April 26, 2009

Democrats Refuse to Allow Global Warming Skeptic to Testify!!!

by Ben Hoffman

Okay, global warming skeptics. Here’s your new talking point!


Washington, DC — UK’s Lord Christopher Monckton, a former science advisor to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, claimed House Democrats have refused to allow him to appear alongside former Vice President Al Gore at a high profile global warming hearing on Friday April 24, 2009 at 10am in Washington. Monckton told Climate Depot that the Democrats rescinded his scheduled joint appearance at the House Energy and Commerce hearing on Friday. Monckton said he was informed that he would not be allowed to testify alongside Gore when his plane landed from England Thursday afternoon.

“The House Democrats don’t want Gore humiliated, so they slammed the door of the Capitol in my face,” Monckton told Climate Depot in an exclusive interview. “They are cowards.”

http://www.climatedepot.com/a/429/Report-Democrats-Refuse-to-Allow-Skeptic-to-Testify-Alongside-Gore-At-Congressional-Hearing

So just who is this Lord Christopher Monckton? He must be an important scientist or statesman of some sort. Right? Let’s see. According to The Heartland Institute, he’s a global warming expert, yet his degree is in journalism and that’s the extent to his qualifications. And what is the Heartland Institute? They are nonprofit organization whose mission is (they claim) “to discover and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems”. Sounds good, but they’re funded by the Philip Morris, Walmart, and ExxonMobil, to name a few. Sure, they engage in unbiased research.

As far as his career in journalism, his most noted position as a writer was for the Evening Standard, a British right-wing tabloid magazine. He ran for a seat in the House of Lords and received no votes! Not one! Nada! Zip!

Monckton is the chief policy adviser to the Science and Public Policy Institute. Ooooh, that sounds impressive. The problem with the SPPI is, their only “science” is global warming and the only evidence provided is data cherry-picked to support their anti-global warming stance. Doesn’t sound like real science to me.

So why should this British nut-job be allowed to testify at a U.S. congressional hearing? Beats me.

April 25, 2009

SC Wildfire Started by guy named Torchi?

by Ben Hoffman

A moron in SC named Marc Torchi was torching leaves in his back yard — something he claims he did every week — when the fire got out of control and may have set off the largest South Carolina wildfire in three decades. The fire has destroyed more than 70 homes and scorched 31 square miles, causing an estimated $16 million in damage.

Torchi, thus far, has been fined for burning leaves in his yard and he has been receiving death threats from people who lost their homes and possessions. Torchi blames the firefighters for the blaze. He claims they put it out twice but didn’t come back to check on it after that. Torchi may be a little nutty.

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April 25, 2009

Sean Hannity is a Coward

by Ben Hoffman

Here’s an excerpt from the Charles Grodin guest appearance on the Sean Hannity show:

GRODIN: You’re for torture.
HANNITY: I am for enhanced interrogation.
GRODIN: You don’t believe it’s torture. Have you ever been waterboarded?
HANNITY: No, but Ollie North has.
GRODIN: Would you consent to be waterboarded? We can waterboard you?
HANNITY: Sure.
GRODIN: Are you busy on Sunday
HANNITY: I’ll do it for charity. I’ll let you do it. I’ll do it for the troops’ families.

Hannity said he’d be waterboarded Sunday (tomorrow) for the troops’ families, yet not a mention of it on his website. Obviously, he chickened out. He’s a coward and a liar who doesn’t care about our country or our troops’ families. The only thing he cares about is the right-wing agenda, which has been catastrophic for our country.

[UPDATE] A website has been set up to promote the event: here

April 25, 2009

Obama tells GOP to get f*cked

by Ben Hoffman

Republicans had their chance for bipartisanship and showed that partisan politics is more important than the country. Zero votes in the House for the stimulus bill and only three in the Senate has it’s repercussions. Obama basically told them to get f*cked:

A major overhaul of the health care system, he told the Republican leadership, would be done using a legislative process known as reconciliation, meaning that the GOP won’t be able to filibuster it.

Congress has until October 15 to pass health care or student lending reform under the normal process. If it doesn’t, reconciliation can be used to eliminate the 60-vote requirement.
www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/24/obama-repeatedly-reminded_n_191207.html

Hah!

April 25, 2009

Hello world!

by Ben Hoffman

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