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top10 ADMIN Donating Member (155 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-09-09 11:59 PM
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The Top 10 Conservative Idiots, No. 370


The Top 10 Conservative Idiots, No. 370

August 10, 2009
Super Duper Mega Hyperbole Edition

The madness continues... Teabaggers (1) buy into the idea that threatening people with violence is a winning strategy. Meanwhile, The GOP (2) is slipping, Sarah Palin (3) is sliding, and Orly Taitz (8) has fallen on her ass. Don't forget the key!



Teabaggers batshit crazy extreme Obama hating loser

In the final desperate weeks of last year's presidential campaign John McCain and Sarah Palin decided that their only chance was to whip their already-disgruntled supporters into a frenzy of resentment. And so it was that shouts of "treason!" and "terrorist!" and "kill him!" began to ring out whenever Barack Obama's name was mentioned.

Of course we all know how that strategy turned out. The blue areas of this map are counties that voted more Democratic in 2008 than they did in 2004. The red areas are counties that voted more Republican:


But despite their massive failure last time around, it seems that the GOP has decided to double-down on its "angry wingnut" strategy, this time to thwart the diabolical evil known as health care reform. That's right - if there's one thing worth fighting for in the richest country in the world, it's the right to make sure that millions of your fellow citizens can't have access to a doctor.

Of course that's not why the teabaggers are really rioting. All they know is that somehow a black guy is president, and Rush and Sean and Glenn are whispering terrible things into their ears, and if they don't act now AMERICA IS DOOMED!!! And that makes them easy pickings for people like FreedomWorks, the so-called "grassroots organization" run by former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey, which, on behalf of the health insurance industry, needs an army of pissed-off, clueless shouters to make sure that health care reform is stopped in its tracks.

Unfortunately these teabaggers/birthers/turfers - whatever you want to call them - are the GOP's very own Frankenstein's monster. First it was John Boehner announcing that "...Democrats appear ready to leave town for the August recess with a so-called deal in hand. I think it's safe to say that, over the August recess, as more Americans learn more about their plan, they're likely to have a very, very hot summer." The next thing you know Limbaugh and Hannity are getting in trouble with the Anti-Defamation League and Glenn Beck is talking about poisoning Nancy Pelosi. And it's not long before the conservative base is suggesting, "If ACORN/SEIU attends these meetings for disruptive purposes, and you have a license to carry....carry," and, "If ACORN/SEIU attends these townhalls for disruption, stop being peaceful, and hurt them. Badly."

Is this what the GOP leadership had in mind when they encouraged their base to get active? Can they actually think that this silly season mayhem is going to put them back into power? If the Dems pull out a win on health care and the economy begins to recover, don't be surprised to see them running ads next year which say "We passed health care reform and saved the economy, and this is what the Republican Party has to offer..." followed by video of a bunch of crazed wingnuts screaming "NO NO NO!" So much for "compassionate conservatism."

According to the Washington Post last week a new Gallup Poll reveals that "the most important number in politics today" is...

37.

That's the number of states that are either solidly or leaning Democratic in a series of Gallup tracking polls conducted over the first six months of 2009. Only eight states are solidly or leaning Republicans in that same data.

The numbers, which are based on party identification of adults in national tracking polls, paint a stark portrait of the challenge facing Republicans not just in the 2010 midterm election but also in the 2012 presidential race.

There are currently 29 states in which Democrats enjoy a 10-percentage point (or more) edge on party identification. Compare that to just four states where the Republican edge is ten points or higher (Utah, Wyoming, Idaho and Alaska) and one (Alabama) that leans toward the GOP.

Add up the 29 states that are in the solidly Democratic category, according to Gallup, and you get 350 electoral votes; add up the four states in the solidly Republican category and you get 15 electoral votes.

But don't give up hope, teabaggers - just keep on making death threats and shouting nonsense at the top of your voices, and I'm sure the Republican Party will sweep back into power any day now.



The GOP dumb loser

Allow me to reiterate the point. Sonia Sotomayor was officially sworn in as the nation's newest Supreme Court Justice last week, after a few months of solid, and ultimately pointless, GOP opposition. "She's a racist!" they cried. "She's too emotional!" Or in other words, "She's not a white male!"

Now look at this USA Today story from 2004:

Democrats regard Hispanics as a core element in the party's base. But according to surveys of voters leaving the polling places, Bush raised his share of the Hispanic vote from 35% in 2000 to 44% in 2004. The surveys, known as exit polls, indicated that Hispanics were 8% of the electorate, an increase from 6% in 2000. More than 9 million Hispanics voted, compared with 6 million four years ago.

Now look at this Research 2000 poll taken in April 2009:

LATINO (view of Republican Party)
Favorable: 15%
Unfavorable: 70%
No opinion: 15%

Now look at this Research 2000 poll taken last week:

LATINO (view of Republican Party)
Favorable: 3%
Unfavorable: 86%
No opinion: 11%

No, that's not a typo. But don't panic just yet, GOP! The margin of error in the Research 2000 poll is 2%, so there may actually be as many as 5% of Latinos with a favorable view of the Republican Party.

Or, er, 1%.



Sarah Palin lying fearmongering

Stop exploiting Sarah Palin's children... that's her job! Last week the former governor of Alaska took to Facebook to explain what's wrong with health care reform, and I think you'll find it's suitably insane:

The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama's "death panel" so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their "level of productivity in society," whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.

Why yes, such a system is downright evil. And that's why nobody is proposing anything of the sort. Are you out of your damn mind?

Palin, along with everyone else driving the wingnuts into hysteria, is just making up lies as she goes along. But this may be a case of the dumb being led by the even dumber. You see, she has an impeccable source for this story about how Obama's death panel is going to murder old people and Down Syndrome babies:

Rep. Michele Bachmann highlighted the Orwellian thinking of the president's...

Okay stop right there. I've heard enough.



Mara Liasson dumb

The recent Cash For Clunkers program has been a big success - not only were the stimulus funds expended much faster than predicted, but last week Ford Motor Co. posted its first monthly sales gain in two years.

Sorry, did I say Cash For Clunkers was a big success? My mistake.

Last night, Fox News aired a clip of a woman at a Philadelphia town hall meeting over the weekend berating Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) about health care reform. "What I see is a bureaucratic nightmare, senator. ... And you want us to believe that a government that can't even run a Cash for Clunkers program is going to run one-seventh of our U.S. economy," the woman complained. "I think that there is anger out there, real anger," said NPR's Mara Liasson, responding to the clip. She then called the woman's concern "legitimate" and compared the Cash for Clunkers program to Hurricane Katrina:

LIASSON: "I thought that woman actually asked a pretty legitimate question - especially Cash for Clunkers is like a mini-Katrina here. I mean it's not good to start a program and not be able to execute it."

You heard right! This:


Is comparable to this:


This:


Is very similar to this:


And this:


Is just like a mini-this:


Want the really bad news? Those heartless bastards in the U.S. Senate just approved another $2 billion to continue the Cash For Clunkers program! When will the suffering end?



Michael Steele and John Boehner lame

"Jobs Report An Upside Surprise" announced Business Week last week after job losses declined and the unemployment rate went down slightly.

Another sign the economy has turned came on Aug. 8, when the government reported that nonfarm payrolls declined by 247,000 in July. The number, while still negative, was better than analysts had expected. In addition, the unemployment rate, which some had expected to increase slightly, actually posted a slight decline, to 9.4%, compared with 9.5% in June.

Forecasters had predicted a loss of about 325,000 jobs for the month. The July decline was the smallest since August 2008.

Business Week goes on to note that "Clearly, there is still pain out on the street," but, "the fact that the unemployment rate has been relatively unchanged for two months is a positive sign."

Meanwhile, the AFL-CIO reported that "President Obama's economic recovery package created or saved some 720,000 jobs in the second quarter, according to an analysis by the Economic Policy Institute. Although the economy continued to shrink, the effect would have been much worse without the recovery act, says EPI economist Josh Bivens."

And so, as the Dow Jones climbed to 9370 by close of business Friday (recall it was at 7949 and dropping like a rock the day Obama took office) the GOP had to grudgingly acknowledge that Obama's economic policies may at least have us pointed in the right direction again.

Just kidding! According to CNN:

"While President Obama was taking a victory lap to celebrate the economy's performance, more Americans lost their jobs and the budget deficit soared to a record $1.3 trillion in July. In the month of July alone 247,000 Americans lost their jobs, which means more than 2.8 million Americans have lost their jobs since the president took office," said RNC Chairman Michael Steele in an e-mail.

And:

"Today's unemployment report is yet another reminder that more spending, taxing, and borrowing does not mean more jobs for the American people. Instead of rewriting history on their 'stimulus' promises, Washington Democrats should abandon their job-killing agenda," said Boehner in a release. "Rather than pushing an increasingly unpopular government takeover of health care that will increase costs, drive up the deficit, raise taxes, and destroy jobs, Democratic leaders would be well-served to work with Republicans on real reforms that expand Americans' access to affordable health care and help small businesses create more jobs."

In case you were wondering why Republicans didn't enact any "real reforms that expand Americans' access to affordable health care and help small businesses create more jobs" during all the years that they were in charge of the House, the Senate, and the White House, it's because they were simply too busy CREATING THIS ENTIRE MESS IN THE FIRST PLACE.



John Bolton excessive spin

Bill Clinton swooped into North Korea last week and rescued Lisa Ling and Euna Lee, two American journalists who had been kidnapped by the North Koreans and sentenced to 12 years in a labor camp. The cost to the United States was a somewhat comical photo-op in which an extremely-neutral-looking Clinton had to sit next to a G.I. Joe doll of Kim Jong Il.


A smashing success, right? Not so fast! Former Bush diplomat and professional walrus impersonator John Bolton ran straight to the opinion pages of the Washington Post where he cleared his throat and hocked this loogie:

The point to be made on the Clinton visit is that the knee-jerk impulse for negotiations above all inevitably brings more costs than its advocates foresee. Negotiating from a position of strength, where the benefits to American interests will exceed the costs, is one thing. Negotiating merely for the sake of it, in the face of palpable recent failures, is something else indeed.

Tough words. Tell you what - to settle this, why don't we ask Euna Lee's four-year-old daughter, Laura?


Sorry John, Laura says you're a total asshole.



Oliver North hypocrisy

Speaking of assholes, Oliver North was even less keen on Clinton's successful humanitarian mission:

In principle, there is nothing wrong with democratic governments engaging in secret diplomacy. Ben Franklin's covert negotiations with the government of Louis XVI resulted in the French monarchy's becoming our ally in the American Revolution. President Franklin D. Roosevelt made clandestine arrangements with London to aid the British against Nazi Germany before the United States entered World War II. In those -- and innumerable other cases -- the U.S. has engaged in secret diplomacy with allies to confound common adversaries, and the American people are not told about it until years -- sometimes decades -- later. But when our government conducts a covert contact with an opponent -- even for a humanitarian purpose, such as freeing hostages -- it nearly always blows up in our faces. I should know.

(snip)

In the 1980s, when the Iranians controlled the fate of Americans being bludgeoned and battered in Beirut dungeons, the price was 500 Israeli TOW missiles (actually it was more like 2500 but who's counting? -- EarlG). In this week's case, the ransom may have been the Kim-Clinton photo op, the legitimacy bestowed on the aging dictator by the visit of a former U.S. president, a sub rosa "apology" and an implied commitment to open direct U.S.-North Korea "talks." It may not be as tangible as money, but it's still a ransom.

That's right - because in Oliver North's world, rescuing hostages by holding a brief photo-op and offering the possibility of further diplomacy is almost exactly the same as rescuing hostages by secretly selling anti-tank missiles to the Ayatollah Khomeni, giving the profits to right-wing guerillas in Nicaragua, destroying the evidence, and then lying to Congress about it.



Orly Taitz batshit crazy batshit crazy

Stop the presses! "Is this really smoking gun of Obama's Kenyan birth?" gushed World Nut Daily last week, after one of the leaders of the Birther movement, Orly Taitz, released what she claimed was Obama's Kenyan birth certificate.


And there it is. Or rather, there it isn't. After days of breathless speculation by the Birthers (surely this would force Obama to start packing his bags!) it was revealed that the birth certificate was actually a forgery, based on the birth certificate of an Australian man named David Bomford, which was found online.


Case closed. Or is it? Orly Taitz immediately hit back with a strong response which is excerpted here thanks to Salon (because according to Google and Firefox, Orly Taitz's website will install malware on your computer):

1. Kenya became an independant (sic) country in 1963, not 1964. The seal of Kenya was correct

(snip)

5. Bomford report was created to try to discredit my efforts

6.lastly, I am not supposed to waste my time and money on this issue, Obama us the one who is supposed to provide evidence of legitimacy

7. Kenyan BC provides more info than the piece of garbage Obama posted on the net, which doesn't have the name of the hospital, name of the doctor or signatures.

8. Chioumi Fukino (sic) and Obama and all their Nazi Brown Shirts in the main stream media need to give it a rest and provide an original hospital BC and the corresponding big thick hospital Birthing file from the Kapiolani hospital. If they dont have such a file, all of them need to resign immediately or they will be prosecuted for massive fraud and treason to this Nation. (in case you didnt know, treason carries punishment of life in prison or death penalty).

So there you have it - random Australian David Bomford is a secret Nazi Brown Shirt and if Barack Obama doesn't immediately fess up Orly Taitz will have him prosecuted and then executed for treason! What a perfectly reasonable and not-at-all-completely-insane response.

Unfortunately it only took another day or two to completely deflate Orly's ballon. According to Talking Points Memo...

It now looks like the forged "Kenyan" Obama birth certificate that was briefly promoted by the Birthers -- actually an altered copy of a decades-old South Australian birth certificate -- was deliberately designed as a prank on the Birther movement itself, Dave Weigel reports.

An anonymous person has put up an Internet posting showing photos of the document, against a bedsheet background that matches the photo promoted by Orly Taitz. One of the photos shows a crumpled up certificate with the following message written on it: "YOU'VE BEEN PUNK'D!"


How embarrassing.



Bobby Jindal hypocrisy

If you look up "chutzpa" in the dictionary, you might find a picture of Lousiana governor Bobby Jindal. Specifically, you might find this picture:


That's Jindal presenting a "a jumbo-sized check to residents of Vernon Parish," according to Think Progress.

The funds included hundreds of thousands of dollars directly from the Recovery Act - at least $157,848 in Community Block Grant money authorized by the Recovery Act and $138,611 for Byrne/JAG job training programs created by the Recovery Act.

Which is odd, because the very next day Jindal wrote an op-ed for Politico in which he called the Recovery Act "stimulus that has not stimulated."

Let me be clear about something: I have no problem conceding that Speaker Nancy Pelosi, with whom I served in Congress, means well, even though I realize some Republicans get mad when I say that. But the simple fact is that House Democrats are determined to try to tax and spend our way back to prosperity. The past six months have made that clear.

Our federal government is currently just flinging stuff against the wall, in trillion-dollar chunks, to see what sticks.

It's okay though - Think Progress notes that in order to make sure nobody in Vernon Parish knew that a big chunk of the money he was handing out actually came directly from the federal government, "Jindal printed his own name on the corner of the massive check."



Bill O'Reilly dumb

And finally, The Falafel Master himself decided to weigh in on the health care debate last week after receiving a letter to The O'Reilly Factor which read, "Has anyone noted that life expectancy in Canada under our health system is higher than the USA?"

C'mon Bill, knock this one out of the park...

O'REILLY: Well that's to be expected Peter, because we have ten times as many people as you do.

I mean, duh. Isn't that why all Canadians live to be 750 years old?

The Top 10 will return in two weeks, on August 24. See you then!

-- EarlG
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 12:09 AM
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1. surely that Bill O'Reilly quote is made up
aw, why the fuck would I even think that? :o
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Wetzelbill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 09:52 AM
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15. I tried thinking about it to figure out what he could have meant
Like maybe because our population is larger we are more likely to die earlier or something along those lines. But nothing even remotely makes sense. At all. I don't even know what that comment is even supposed to mean. That's a total head scratcher, for sure.
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happygoluckytoyou Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 11:58 AM
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22. WHAT O'REALLY is trying to say is --->
If you take the square root of the average age of people who enjoy his program and multiply it by the braincells he still counts as active... and compare it to the average IQ of a Canadian moose.... well, there you have it.... OXY-MORON and the New Math.... please vote Republican....

IF THEY DON'T GET 5% OF THE VOTE, THEY DON'T QUALIFY FOR MATCHING FUNDS..... hahaha
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drmeow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 05:33 PM
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36. He is, and he (rightly) assumes his readers
are, mathematically and semantically challenged and they think "life expectancy" means the actual number of people who die young. Since we have a much larger population than Canada, of course more of us die young - there are simple more of us to die - DUH.

He also seems to think that stating an unrelated fact in response to a factual challenge and putting the word "because" in between them makes one the cause of the other and he knows that his listeners will believe it because "well, they're both true!"
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Wetzelbill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 10:23 PM
Response to Reply #36
46. wow that makes so little sense
that I actually get it now.
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drmeow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-11-09 04:14 PM
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50. That's O'Lielly for you!
It both makes no sense and makes a lot of sense. The logic makes no sense. That O'Lielly would think that way makes a lot of sense.
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Wetzelbill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-11-09 10:26 PM
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51. exactly
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Scarlet Begalas Donating Member (2 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 01:36 PM
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24. Numbers 3, 6, and 8
Something to add re: #3: Rethug (naturally) Rep. Virginia Foxx of North Carolina said in a speech in the House something to the effect (sorry, don't have actual quote) that senior citizens would be put to death by their government under Obama's health care plan.

Re: #6: Bartcop.com (Vol 2374, 8/6/09) quotes Rush Limbaugh as saying "Did Bill Clinton hit on those two female journalists on the long flight home from North Korea?" You can always count on the reich wing to smear anything good done by a Dem.

Re: #8: Funny how the wingers refused to believe that Obama's Hawaiian birth certificate was legitimate, no matter how much proof was supplied, yet as soon as they saw one that was allegedly from Kenya, all their critical thinking went out the window.

Keep it up, Earl G. You crack me up!
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 05:31 PM
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35. welcome to DU, Scarlet!
:hi:
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Wetzelbill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 10:23 PM
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47. Welcome to DU!
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GinaMaria Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 03:17 PM
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26. he might have it confused ith gun stats?
Canada has fewer guns (Lower number) than the US because they have fewer people, but per capita they have a similar gun ownership number to the US.... So they live to be older (higher number) than ... No wait. That can't be what he's talking about. I have no idea :shrug:
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JBoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 04:13 PM
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32. No, that's EXACTLY what he said. Video evidence:
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Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 12:16 AM
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2. Kick, kick, kick!
:kick:
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MrModerate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 12:28 AM
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3. Self Delete n/t
Edited on Mon Aug-10-09 12:29 AM by MrModerate
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Kibitzer 2006 Donating Member (78 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 01:49 AM
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7. Re: Kick, kick, kick!
I love your animated jackass. After the 2006 elections I was looking around for the right pieces to make a still of a jackass kicking an elephant end-over-end. I never got it quite right :(. Actually, maybe it should be the Goposaur (a.k.a. "no-no")



instead of an elephant. Maybe both, going in different directions.

--Kibitzer
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Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 02:40 AM
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8. I'ts DU's kickin' donkey. Just type :kick:
Edited on Mon Aug-10-09 02:40 AM by Heidi
The Goposaur is pretty good. :hi:
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Th1onein Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 11:50 PM
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48. Welcome to DU, Kibitzer!
Welcome, welcome! Nice to see you here!
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katkat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-12-09 12:11 PM
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54. I dunno, that dinosaur's kind of cute n/t
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MrModerate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 12:32 AM
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4. "Double Batshit" for Orly Taitz . . . ?
Truer icons have never been posted.

Now Glenn Beck and Michelle Bachmann have something to aspire to.

Palin, of course, has already retired her jersey (but somehow is still playing the game -- please explain).
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moonbatmax Donating Member (290 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 09:11 PM
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45. I think she may be the first to manage it!
I'm not 100% sure, but I don't recall seeing two BSCs for anyone before!

These ought to go into a database for easy searching...
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Kibitzer 2006 Donating Member (78 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 12:56 AM
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5. Simple Answers to Simple Questions (Sarah Palin)
EarlG asks of Sarah Palin:
Why yes, such a system is downright evil. And that's why nobody is proposing anything of the sort. Are you out of your damn mind?
Kibitzer responds:
Yes, she is.
This has been another edition of Simple Answers to Simple Questions. {Appolgies to Atrios.}

--Kibitzer
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Oldtimeralso Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 01:32 AM
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6. K & R
It seems that the last two weeks have now made the top 10 job harder not easier as there are so many to pick from.

Great Job EarlG
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TommyPaine Donating Member (300 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 02:52 AM
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9. The Top 10 Conservative Idiots is my #1 reason for visiting DU. Great stuff, always.
Just wanted to get that out there.

On a related note, John Bolton is a thoroughly repugnant, heartless creature. That picture of Euna Lee reuniting with her daughter and husband brought tears to my eyes. And Ive cried maybe seven times in the past 10 years.

How about looking at his argument from a logical, rather than emotional perspective? Hmmm...no, still sucks. Id like Bolton and Dick Morris to be captured by the Taliban. See how long their tough guy resolve lasts then.
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badgerpup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 10:19 AM
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18. It was what first brought me to Democratic Underground...
...another blogger would post them...ALWAYS properly attributed, of course!
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SalmonChantedEvening Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 05:44 AM
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10. Kick, rec and facepalm
Industrial Strength Idiocy.

Thank you as always EarlG, you help bring sanity to an insane political world. :applause:
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The Wizard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 06:57 AM
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11. The GOP
Where ignorance is a virtue, stupidity a badge of honor and violent reactionaries are the face and voice of the party.
Maybe Bachmann's reeducation camps are on the horizon. She is an insider with this gang of reprobates and cretins.
And isn't John Boner the guy who was handing out campaign contribution checks from the tobacco lobby to Republican members on the House floor while tobacco legislation was being determined?
At long last Republicans, have you no sense of decency, have you no sense of shame?
There's a couple of questions that didn't need asking.
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sinkingfeeling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 08:24 AM
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12. "..professional walrus impersonator John Bolton ": Best description of Bolton ever!
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Berry Cool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 09:53 AM
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16. Personally, I kinda like "angry Scrubbing Bubble." n/t
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beac Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 01:00 PM
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23. .
:spray: :rofl:

"angry Scrubbing Bubble" is PERFECT!
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katkat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 04:09 PM
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29. possibly someone stole his bucket n/t
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Th1onein Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 08:44 AM
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13. God, I love the Top Ten!
Earl G. has sarcasm down pat!
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lame54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 09:22 AM
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14. Laura is a very smart girl
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badgerpup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 10:16 AM
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17. K & R
Thanks, EarlG! :yourock:




Love me some Top Ten Conservative Idiots, I do.

Even though their 'antics' do get me all :grr: :nuke: :mad: :banghead:, Top Ten helps put them into perspective so's I can :eyes: and :rofl: at them...



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yimmy Donating Member (11 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 10:39 AM
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19. Lists like this don't help us.
It makes us look like as petty as they are.
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unpossibles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 10:44 AM
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20. concern duly noted
I suppose it is a horrible idea to put a spotlight on the ignorant lies put out there by the rightwing. I mean, we would be so much better off if we just ignored their obviously partisan tactics because surely the media will point out that the anti-healthcare crowd are all plants, right? Oh wait - no they didn't.

welcome to DU.
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sheldon Donating Member (197 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 11:31 AM
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21. They have to be exposed
Ask John Kerry how staying above the fray worked out for him....
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AlbertCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 06:07 PM
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37. It makes us look like as petty as they are.
Calling stupid stupid in a clever way is not petty. They don't get the jokes anyway. Having a sense of humor other than fart jokes shows intelligence.

Just because you have no sense of humor doesn't mean you will be taken seriously. "Yimmy" sounds pretty petty to me. Perhaps you should change your user name to something serious, like 'Cinderblock" or maybe "Mesothelioma".


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yimmy Donating Member (11 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-11-09 06:19 AM
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49. Clearly it's worse than I thought.
Count me out.
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ScottLand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 02:48 PM
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25. Always a pleasure to see this column.
Even though it covers events that I've already read about, there's always something fresh and new. Only one drawback - it's so hard to wait two weeks for another one! Isn't there enough material to do a column like this every day?
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katkat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 04:11 PM
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30. yes, but Earl probably has a life n/t
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ScottLand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 04:17 PM
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33. Ah, yes, that's probably true.
I wonder what that's like.
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 03:30 PM
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27. Ahhhhhhh!
Ya gotta love it when there's such rich pickins'!

Yum!
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4_TN_TITANS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 03:42 PM
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28. Best line in the Top 10 -
"and professional walrus impersonator John Bolton". I didn't know he had a real job on the side!
:spray:
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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 04:13 PM
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31. Wow, AZ was a Confederate state? Who knew? nt
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AlbertCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 06:10 PM
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38. Wow, AZ was a Confederate state? Who knew?
So, apparently, was West Virginia!
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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 07:03 PM
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42. WV joins the Confederacy? Damn, you just pegged my Irony meter. nt
Edited on Mon Aug-10-09 07:03 PM by eppur_se_muova
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grantcart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 05:06 PM
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34. due to increase in HBP my Dr doesn't allow me to read this thread

So I just kinda squinted and got an upset stomach instead.
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Initech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 06:37 PM
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39. They seriously compared "cash for clunkers" to Hurricane Katrina? Woooow...
Calling them batshit insane is an understatement for these people. :yoiks:
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Beartracks Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 06:40 PM
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40. Clunker nonsense
When Congress was mulling the addition $2 billion for Cash for CLunkers, someone called into Glenn Beck's program and complained along these lines: "The Cash for Clunkers went bankrupt two weeks after the program started. And these are the people that want to be running our health care?"

:eyes:

Somehow, this caller was of the opinion that when there is a pot of money to be given away, and the money is in fact given away, that somehow that means the program went bankrupt! :rofl:

According to this genius, then, when a college sets aside $100,000 for scholarships, and then gives it all away to qualified students, then the scholarship fund must be "bankrupt," and the school administrators must be socialists.

Amazingly (or not), Beck did not correct him.

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Number23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 06:58 PM
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41. #5 should be stamped to the forehead of every person, Repub or "Dem", denying the recovery
The numbers are there. Right in front of them. And they are STILL saying "recovery my ass."

We still have a long ways to go, but damn. Being flat out dishonest about the situation on the ground helps no one.

Kicked and rec'd. This is another Top Ten that's actually been more informative than funny! And that's a good thing! :)
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SallyMander Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 08:34 PM
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43. K & R -- especially hilarious this week EarlG!

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Staph Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 08:43 PM
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44. I'm a bit late to the party, but ....
in the write-up for Idiot #6 -- John Bolton, Euna Lee's four-year-old daughter is referenced as Laura. Her name is Hana. Laura is the other former hostage.


(I'm sorry--I have this little editor in my head. Sometimes he gets out with his big blue pencil, and won't leave me along until I correct everything in sight! Down, boy! Bad editor! No soup for you!)

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agentS Donating Member (922 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 11:14 AM
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52. Those Latino #s are hideous
Someone's gonna lose a senate seat over that Sotomayor stupidity. Let's hope it's Coryn or Inhoff.
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wave_guide Donating Member (1 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 06:16 PM
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53. If you want to change the world, first you must kill all the freemarketeers
Shakespeare had it wrong. In countries without ruling freemarketeers, you see comparatively few lawsuits. Why? Because people's bad behavior is controlled through the legislative process. Here in the US, where we have far fewer legislative controls (regulations) thanks to the freemarketeers, the problems get dumped on the doorstep of the judicial process instead - in the form of civil suits. The knee jerk reaction then is to legislate limits to civil awards to put a cap on the negative outcome of the legislature not doing its job in the first place.

So now, if Ford wants to bring back the Pinto that incinerated its occupants after minor rear-end collisions, their "amoral calculus" may be correct: it is cheaper to get sued then recall the car. But unless you're a stockholder, you lose. I'm not sure how much Ford stock I'd have to own to feel better about the prospect of burning alive.

So, take out the freemarketeers, and the lawyers will diminish by simple starvation. If I was a lawyer specializing in civil suits, I'd be totally on board with deregulation! Then people would no longer be able to avail themselves of regulatory relief - they'd be on my doorstep instead. Sweet deal.

The same holds true for the current health care mess. The doctors aren't getting rich, instead it's the lawyers and insurance companies that are reaping the benefits of a free market. And just watch what happens if you get REALLY sick! You want to avoid "Death Panels"? Then how are you going to feel when you get that cancellation notice from your insurance company? Small comfort it'll be when you realize it was your private insurance company that killed you instead. How often do THEY run for re-election?

But lets not change anything. We should leave those 50 million people to fend for themselves - while we pay for their health care indirectly in the higher costs for everything that gets passed on to those of us who have insurance. Oh yea, that makes perfect sense.

This is one opportunity to reap some small benefit from citizenship. In every other country that has socialized health care - non-citizens who aren't authorized immigrants are expected to pay in CASH.

Let's hear it for the Establishment and the Status Quo!
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savings Donating Member (3 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 10:40 AM
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55. great
Great post, my sentiments exactly
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