Archive for ‘On This Day’

May 13, 2012

Bass player Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn of Booker T. and the MGs dies in Tokyo

by Ben Hoffman

Bass player and songwriter Donald “Duck” Dunn, a member of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame band Booker T. and the MGs and the Blues Brothers band, has died in Tokyo. He was 70.

Dunn was in Tokyo for a series of shows. News of his death was posted on the Facebook site of his friend and fellow musician Steve Cropper, who was on the same tour. Cropper said Dunn died in his sleep.

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September 29, 2011

BREAKING NEWS: Congress Takes Group Of Schoolchildren Hostage

by Ben Hoffman

WASHINGTON—Brandishing shotguns and semiautomatic pistols, Republicans of the 112th U.S. Congress took a class of visiting schoolchildren hostage today, barricading themselves inside the Capitol rotunda and demanding $12 trillion dollars in cash.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), who has emerged as spokesman for the right-wing extremist group, informed FBI negotiators this morning that the ransom was to be placed in stainless-steel suitcases and left on the Capitol steps by 4 p.m. sharp. If their demands are not met in full, the 11-term representative announced, “all the kids will die.”

“Bring us the money and we let the children go, simple as that,” said Boehner, appearing in the East Portico with a serrated switchblade held to one of the fourth-grader’s throats. “If you want to play games and stall for extra time, we’re going to shoot one kid an hour, starting with little Dillon here.”

“Tick tock,” he added, vanishing back into the building with the terrified child in tow.

Arlington gun shop confirms Rep. Eric Cantor bought 6 semi-automatic handguns, 3 rifles & 600 clips of ammo last month.

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September 11, 2011

Support America – Not Your Political Party. Watch “9/11: Press for Truth.”

by Ben Hoffman

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May 30, 2011

Eric Cantor: “Help for Tornado Victims Needs to be Balanced With Tax Cuts for the Wealthy”

by Ben Hoffman

On Sunday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) reiterated his position that disaster relief funds for the tornado victims in Joplin, Missouri must be balanced with tax cuts for the wealthy,” Cantor said on CBS’ Face the Nation.

“We live in a country where everyone is equal,” Cantor said. “We are all going through tough times and we should not be singling out people just because their lives have been decimated by an act of nature. If we’re going to hand over 100s of thousands of dollars to tornado victims, that needs to be offset by more tax cuts for the wealthy. It’s only fair.”

The House Republican leader is the first to push for tax cuts for the wealthy as a stimulation for aid related to the disaster that has already claimed over 100 lives. Democrats slammed the Republican leader, saying it amounted to “ransom.”

Rep. Billy Long, who represents the district impacted by the disaster, said Tuesday that he is pushing for federal emergency funding.

“Shock and disbelief best describe the reports from those fortunate enough to have survived the tornado in Joplin,” Mr. Long said in statement after touring the disaster area. “It is comforting to see the strong response from our local, state, and federal authorities and to see the surrounding communities come together and offer assistance during this difficult time.”

Right-wingers responded to Long’s comments with claims of “socialism” and warnings of “big government.”

“It’s time we got rid of the nanny-state,” ranted one right-winger who wasn’t affected by the tornadoes.

Note: This post is a parody.

May 27, 2011

Crazy right-winger arrested in Madison, Wisconsin: Planned to kill an abortion doctor

by Ben Hoffman

Ralph Lang, 63, faces federal charges after he was arrested Wednesday night when his gun went off in his motel room not far from the Planned Parenthood clinic that he planned to attack Thursday.

Lang told a Madison police officer at the Motel 6, 1754 Thierer Road, that he had a gun “to lay out abortionists because they are killing babies,” according to a criminal complaint filed Thursday in U.S. District Court.

Lang said he planned on shooting the clinic’s doctor “right in the head,” according to the complaint. Asked if he planned to shoot just the doctor or nurses, too, Lang replied he wished he “could line them up all in a row, get a machine gun, and mow them all down,” the complaint said.

The complaint charged Lang with attempting to injure, intimidate and interfere with people providing reproductive health services. Lang is scheduled to appear in court Friday.

Lang told officer Angie Dyer he was going to go to Planned Parenthood when it opened Thursday, find out who the doctor was who performed abortions and shoot the doctor in the head.

Lang said he had been in Madison with a gun last week, but was having “spiritual struggles” and was not “100 percent in sync with God” so he did not shoot anyone.

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These right-wingers are crazy. They think God tells them to go out and murder people. George W. Bush thought God told him to invade Iraq and as a result, 100s of thousands of people died.

The ruling by Judge Harry A. Jefferson of Federal District Court yesterday to deny right-wingers the right to vote was 100% correct. We need a little sanity in government if we want to preserve this great nation.

May 25, 2011

New date for Apocalypse

by Ben Hoffman

According to Harold Camping, May 21 was an “invisible judgement day.” It happened but it was just low key. Rather than evoking huge disasters to signal the Apocalypse and six months of hell on earth, God instead will throw a huge party on October 21, full of massive earthquakes and other disasters.

“I was afraid no one would notice,” God said this morning. “It’s only been two months since my earthquake generated the tsunami that wreaked havoc in Japan. I’ve unleashed tornadoes on southern U.S. states decimating several cities and I’m not through with those disasters yet. An Apocalypse at this time might not even make front page news, so why bother?”

Harold Camping made a fortune by capitalizing on the fears of religious nuts and this gives him more time to rake in the money. There’s good money to be made preaching fear and hatred. Just look at the wealth Sarah Palin has amassed in the past few years.

May 22, 2011

Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. may enter presidential race

by Ben Hoffman

Huntsman, currently Obama’s Republican ambassador to China, staged a political coming-out party in Washington, D.C. over the weekend to test the waters for a presidential run against his boss. That would constitute insubordination in most businesses, but this is politics.

Huntsman is a Mormon and is distantly related to Mitt Romney. He is one of the more moderate Republicans and favors same-sex civil unions, believes in anthropomorphic climate change, and was for cap-and-trade policies to control pollution, although he now claims he’s against it due to the the floundering economy. Those things won’t go over too well with conservatives, libertarians, Tea Party members, and most Republicans in general.
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May 22, 2011

Illinois to pass education reform – Make it easier to fire bad teachers

by Ben Hoffman

The new bill to be signed into law by Democratic Governor Pat Quinn makes it more difficult for teachers to strike by requiring 75% of the teachers to go out on the picket line. But more important, it makes it easier to fire bad teachers. It streamlines the process from the current two years to a more reasonable three months.

The biggest problem with our public school system is teacher tenure. Once a teacher has tenure, it’s almost impossible to fire him or her. Even the most egregious acts of incompetence such as violence against a student or sleeping in the classroom generally aren’t grounds for dismissal because of the power of the teachers unions. We can dump billions and billions of dollars into the school system, but as long as we have bad teachers, student achievement and teacher morale of good teachers will remain low.
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May 22, 2011

Roger Ailes thinks Sarah Palin is an idiot

by Ben Hoffman

[Roger Ailes] thinks Palin is an idiot. He thinks she’s stupid. He helped boost her up. People like Sarah Palin haven’t elevated the conservative movement.”
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Hey, we agree on something!

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May 22, 2011

David Pogue hits wife with IPhone after she bites him

by Ben Hoffman

He told police his wife had bitten his left arm and that she had been filming the altercation with her iPhone camera. Arciola said David Pogue followed Jennifer Pogue into a bedroom and allegedly jumped on top of her and hit her in the head with a phone.

Both had evidence of the alleged assaults: David Pogue had a bite mark on his arm and Jennifer Pogue had marks on her head, Arciola said.
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May 22, 2011

Denver Mayoral Runoff: Michael Hancock turns out to be a pro-life creationist

by Ben Hoffman

Who says there are no pro-life Democrats? Hancock refused to admit that he’s pro-life and doesn’t believe in evolution, but he also refused to deny it. We don’t need a mayor who believes in children’s fairy-tails. Romer takes the reality based approach. Read more…

May 21, 2011

The Rapture has begun: 34 earthquakes reported so far

by Ben Hoffman


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The numbers don’t lie. It’s the end of days. In about another 30 minutes, good Christians in the eastern time zone will begin ascending into heaven. The rest of us (especially us Jews) will begin our descent into hell. AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!

May 20, 2011

George W. Bush: Too busy to honor those who died when he allowed our country to be attacked, but now raking in millions

by Ben Hoffman

When George W. Bush declined President Obama’s invitation to a ceremony at New York’s ground zero after Osama bin Laden was killed, the former president cited his desire to keep a low public profile.

But Bush has been raising his profile in a different, and lucrative, way: He has raked in millions of dollars since leaving office by making scores of speeches that typically earn him six figures a pop.

In the week after Obama’s May 5 ground zero event, the 43rd president made time for three separate speeches to hedge-fund executives, a Swiss bank sanctioned for keeping secret bank accounts, and a pro golf event underwritten by the accounting firm involved in the Tyco International financial scandal.

Bush’s standard speaking fee is reportedly between $100,000 and $150,000.

David Sherzer, a spokesman for the former president, said that since Bush left office he has delivered nearly 140 paid talks, at home and abroad. Those speeches have earned Bush about $15 million, following in the golden path blazed by his predecessor, Bill Clinton.

Almost all of Bush’s speeches are closed to the press. Bush uses the Washington Speakers Bureau to arrange his paid speaking gigs.

To some presidential historians, Bush’s numerous high-priced speaking engagements don’t sit well. “I find it puzzling,” said Stanford University historian Robert Dallek. “He says he wants to keep a low profile. What is he doing except enriching himself? It sounds like it’s self-serving. It’s following the good old American adage to make as much as you can.”

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For right-wingers, it’s all about the money.

May 19, 2011

Why have health care costs gone through the roof?

by Ben Hoffman

We’ve traditionally relied on doctors to make such decisions. But the rise of medical technology means that there are far more ways to spend money on health care than there were in the past. This makes so-called “flat of the curve” medicine, in which doctors call for every procedure that might be of medical benefit, increasingly expensive.

Moreover, the high-technology nature of modern medical spending has given rise to a powerful medical-industrial complex that seeks to influence doctors’ decisions. Let’s hope that extreme cases like the one reported in The Times a few months ago, in which surgeons systematically used the devices of companies that paid them consulting fees, are exceptions. Still, the drug companies in particular spend more marketing their products to doctors than they do developing those products in the first place. They wouldn’t do that if doctors were immune to persuasion.

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May 19, 2011

Harriet Miers, former Supreme Court nominee, is now lobbying for Islamic fundamentalists in Pakistan

by Ben Hoffman

You can’t make this stuff up. There are just too many coincidences between terrorists and the Republican party. Harriet Miers is now representing the same people who sheltered Bin Laden for some ten years and trying to influence legislation in their favor. Here’s her short form registration statement:

Source: www.fara.gov/docs/5856-Short-Form-20080805-22.pdf

A recent story showed Eric Prince is creating a private army for the United Arab Emirates to help put down revolts. God forbid the people get a say in their governments. And don’t forget about the Bush family ties to the Bin Laden family. We have an awful lot of brainwashed people supporting these anti-American terrorist supporters, otherwise known as Republicans.