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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Bill Maher as Phil the Flag Guy

Priceless! Great snarks about the Republicans too, especially Joe Wilson. Best Line: The health care plan Joe Wilson doesn't like would get him the prozac he needs.

and here's "New Rules":

I have to agree the White House needs to get tougher with wingnuts.

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  • Thanks for the videos! Maher is 100% right about the administration must stop capitulating to the right wing nuts. If they don't, this will be a one term administration.

    Further the media must stop treating these people like punchlines. Granted the late night hosts are there to make jokes but the pundits and talking heads aren't. Trying to diminish them in such a manner strengthens the support within their base, which then spreads to other people. Case in point - Sarah Palin.

    The most effective manner of dealing with such people is to treat them with basic respect, avoid personal attacks and call them out on their lies, distortions and obfuscation. With Wilson they should have focused on two points:
    the House bill prohibits federal money for health care for people here illegally
    he violated the Republican Rules which specifically prohibit calling the President a liar.

    Remaining above personal attacks and focusing on the truth would do far more to end this sad chapter in politics than all the jokes and rants in the world.

    By Blogger indyvoter, at 8:18 AM  

  • Obama also MUST begin to take bold action to deliver the change he promised. It's been a year since the financial meltdown snowballed out of control but what's changed on Wall Street? Not much. Big salaries and bonuses continue at bailed out institutions. Even the credit default swaps are back.

    Greenspan said he thought the financial industry would police itself and was proven completely wrong. So what's Obama waiting for to demand regulation with teeth to prevent the abuses from continuing and possibly expanding?

    The Democrats are going to pay in the mid-term elections if something doesn't change fast. I agree Obama will pay in 2012, too.

    By Blogger Anonymous, at 12:31 PM  

  • IndyZombie,
    I agree that "the most effective manner of dealing with such people is to treat them with basic respect." I can think of no one who exemplifies this 'basic respect' more than Bill Mahher! Godless Bill always treats others with the upmost respect, especially those who have faith in diety. He is on record as saying we are insane. Now that's the kind of change in dialogue that this country needs!
    It's almost inconceivable that the most liberal, marxist President this country has ever elected is already too moderate for you. Maybe you can naturalize Fidel Castro's rotting corpse before the 2012 primaries to be your next candidate!
    Thanks again for the entertainment. Truly priceless.

    By Blogger TedNugent, at 12:11 PM  

  • TedNugent,
    You are a perfect example of the worst of the right wing. You show zero respect for anyone else - perhaps because you have no respect for yourself.

    Facts and reality are not within your grasp. You do not read others' posts before beginning one of your tirades. (Read the words instead of listening to the voices in your head.) As usual, your rant here does not include a single valid or insightful comment.

    The people inciting violence have their minds firmly closed to everything but hatred. It is those threats of violence that should be frightening not democracy or race or religion or any of the other excuses the right is spouting.

    Just as with your heroes (Beck, Limbaugh, Palin - whose mouth cost McCain an enormous number of votes, O'Reilly, Bachmann, ad naseum), you would be well served to consider the phrase: Better to keep your mouth closed and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt. Or disregard and expose your deficiencies to the world. Your choice.

    NOISE = sound without substance

    By Blogger indyvoter, at 2:00 PM  

  • Oh, TedNugent is a birther! And the aliens create crop circles, the illuminati run the world, the moon landing was faked, Elvis is living on an island with Marilyn Monroe and Jim Morrison, . . .

    Hey, maybe they have room on the island for you, too.

    By Blogger Anonymous, at 5:48 PM  

  • I haven't had this much fun listening to your desperation since Hillary blamed Monica's cigar on our "vast right-wing conspiracy"!!!
    Your posts are immensely entertaining! Nothing beats watching liberals devour their own as they see their vision of utopia slipping away only months after claiming victory forever over the evils of conservatism. That utopia for you geniuses includes a life of minimal work while living a subsidized lifestyle from those who have actually created something.
    Once again, I thank you for allowing me to be in the audience for this blockbuster drama.
    By the way, I could not care less where the ONE was born; I'm much more interested in where he ends up after his own supporters bury him!
    -- NOISE

    By Blogger TedNugent, at 8:03 AM  

  • Ted, Thanks for the acknowledgement that we are geniuses! Remarkable you could figure it out since you are such a fool. Why don't you see if Sarah or Michelle is looking for a running mate in 2012? (Jay Leno is in trouble on the second night of his new show and one of those teams would provide him with a wealth of new material!)

    You'd be the best fit with Sarah since neither one of you listens/reads, has a grasp on reality or can provide an intelligent response to anything directed your way. When a substantive question is asked of either one of you, the best response you have is "I can see Russia from my house." All of you right wing extremists think anyone who isn't so extreme can't be a Republican; hence, the result in the last election for McCain. Plus "noise" describes both of you so well. It would be hilarious if you all weren't so dangerous.

    By Blogger Anonymous, at 10:59 AM  

  • From today's news:
    U.S. District Court Judge Clay Land has thrown out a complaint questioning the president's birth from an Army captain fighting deployment to Iraq and gave a warning to her lawyer, birther maven Orly Taitz.

    Land also put attorney Orly Taitz, who represents Capt. Connie Rhodes and is a leader in the national "birther" movement, on notice by stating that she could face sanctions if she ever files a similar "frivolous" lawsuit in his court.

    "(Rhodes) has presented no credible evidence and has made no reliable factual allegations to support her unsubstantiated, conclusory allegations and conjecture that President Obama is ineligible to serve as president of the United States," Land states in his order. "Instead, she uses her complaint as a platform for spouting political rhetoric, such as her claims that the president is 'an illegal usurper, an unlawful pretender, [and] an unqualified imposter.'"

    has presented no credible evidence and has made no reliable factual allegations to support her unsubstantiated, conclusory allegations and conjecture describes the right wing crazies like Ted!

    By Blogger Anonymous, at 12:23 PM  

  • These Health Insurers are the corporations that need protection?

    The extremists don't realize they will be next to face rescission!

    By Blogger indyvoter, at 9:49 AM  

  • I've been accused of not being able to "provide an intelligent response to anything directed your way" by Anon & IndyZombie and yet I've re-read your posts and have yet to find one single question!
    I'm not a "birther" nor a Republican, so if you want to feed me those tired lines, go for it; again, I'm entertained by your exasperation.
    If you do, in fact, have a question or even a defense of your government takeover of yet another industry, then let's hear it already! You've got your campaign one-liners from the Huffington, I've got real-world experience making a living outside the security blanket called government!
    You've got the great Jimmy Carter making intelligent accusations about all who oppose the ONE, I've got thousands of fellow business owners who don't agree with the ONE's claim that the recession is over.
    You ask, I'll answer.
    If you don't ask, then we'll all assume you've got nothing to back up your policy positions but a deep, dark past of insecurity.

    By Blogger TedNugent, at 9:46 AM  

  • Tinman aka TedNugent (figure it out), Are you only capable of making an intelligent argument in response to a question? Here are the truths about the impact of retaining the status quo . . .

    The US spends more on health care than other industrialized countries but has poorer outcomes and doesn't cover all citizens. How does this make any sense much less represent good policy? Health insurance premiums for both employees and employers have doubled in the past decade. Health care costs are expected to outpace inflation and wages in the next decade, too. How much longer do you think you'll be able to afford insurance? What will you do when it isn't accessible to you? Harvard Medical School researchers found 45,000 people die each year due in large part to lack of health insurance. How long do you think it will be before you are one of those 45,000? What will you do when you have no insurance and need health care? Why do you think the for profit insurance companies are looking out for you? Why do you want to protect their profits at the cost of lives - someday maybe your own? Why do you think health care should be a privilege instead of a right? Why should the insurers get to choose who to cover and who to deny or revoke coverage since their only motive is profit so healthy = covered but sick = no coverage or coverage rescinded? What's in it for you to continue the current state, one in which people die needlessly? Why do you support the people condoning violence in the name of maintaining the status quo?

    By Blogger Anonymous, at 6:09 PM  

  • TedNugent,
    You are so attached to the policies and practices of the Geo. W. Bush administration that you want more of it? How do you defend these events?
    • The deaths of thousands of people on 9/11 despite the existence of a PDB titled “bin Laden determined to strike in US” in August 2001. (As of 9/12, Obama exceeded Bush’s record of keeping the country safe.)
    • Bush and Cheney used lies to obtain authorization for and to execute war.
    • Bush and Cheney ordered the commission of war crimes. Even McCain decried systematic US torture.
    • Bush violated the rights of US citizens with illegal wiretaps.
    • Bush’s foreign “policy” was a dismal failure in Iran, North Korea and Afghanistan not to mention earning the disdain of many of our allies.
    • Bush & company abandoned the residents of New Orleans and other areas of the gulf coast. US citizens died on Bush’s watch due to failure to respond to a natural disaster that was predicted days in advance.
    • More incidents of deaths due to failures by the FDA to ensure a safe food supply occurred under Bush than any other administration.
    • Bush presided over the 7½ years leading up to the meltdown of the financial system that has expanded to a global crisis. His administration failed to enforce existing laws and regulations and failed to regulate the new financial products that exacerbated the situation.
    • Americans achieved a negative savings rate by following Bush’s directive to shop.
    • The trade deficit grew exponentially under Bush.
    • Energy prices reached an all time so Bush/Cheney could reward their oil company backers.
    • States had to step in to rescue Bush’s Medicare Drug Program that was harming the very people it was intended to help.
    • More people are living in poverty than before Bush.
    • No child left behind resulted in teaching to a test rather than teaching to educate children.
    • The environmental crisis has continued to grow under the Bush policies.

    There a many other examples of the legacy Bush and Cheney left behind in addition to the health care crisis that is crippling our economy and costing lives. Change can be frightening but why in the world do you want more of these things? What are you afraid of to cling to policies proven to be failures?

    By Blogger indyvoter, at 6:01 AM  

  • Hey TedNugent ("You ask, I'll answer.),
    Lots of questions have been sitting here waiting for you but no response.

    Are you waiting for Glenn Beck to give you talking points? Oops, he says Obama is better than McCain would have been so you can't go there. Sarah? Nope, she's out of the country giving "secret" speeches for big bucks. Rush? Probably to strung out. Joe? Too busy trying to raise money to save his seat. Michelle? Tied up trying to avoid being tied up in a straight jacket and committed on a psych hold for her bizarre statements.

    Or none of these and like all the crazies you can't provide an intelligent response because you have nothing to back up your noise - lies and distortions. Thanks for playing and so long!

    By Blogger Anonymous, at 3:38 PM  

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