Author Archives: Kurt

There Is No Comparison

“I am not going to allow the media and the hacks in the Democratic Party to turn this into something that allows them to do what they always like to do, which is get away from serious issues where you have to make hard choices for things that matter, because they want to have a circus.”

That’s what Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey said as he and the Republican Party reimbursed the state more than $3,300 on Thursday for his use of a police helicopter to travel to his son’s baseball games and to meet with political fund-raisers. Christie insisted that he had done nothing wrong and that he had made the payments – a day after his office said he would not – just to put to rest an issue that suddenly dominated news coverage in the state.

Compare that response to what a fellow Republican had to say about “Weinergate”. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor called Thursday morning for Democrat Rep. Anthony Weiner to “come clean” and give a clear explanation of how a photo of a man’s crotch ended up being sent to a woman in Seattle (though it was deleted before she even got it) through his Twitter account. Cantor complains “There’s a lot of explaining going on without a lot of clarity.”

Christie blamed the media during his non-apology. Anthony Weiner, on the other hand, has nothing to apologize for. He’s the victim, yet he’s the one some have called for to resign? There’s something wrong when the target of malfeasance is painted as the bad guy. Just ask the people who used to work for ACORN. Just ask Mary Landrieu. Just ask Shirley Sherrod.

But don’t even bother to ask Chris Christie, because in his case, there is no comparison.

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What a Joke

John Boehner and Co. have been doing a lot of symbolic things since they took control of the House. The first thing the Gallagher prop gavel-bearer did was have selected portions of the Constitution officially read into the record. They voted on Paul Ryan’s MediCare killing budget proposal. Though they’ve not done a damn thing about jobs, they also voted four separate times on abortion legislation. But all this pales in comparison to what the GOP did yesterday.

House Republicans dealt defeat to their own proposal for a $2.4 trillion increase in the nation’s debt limit Tuesday, a political gambit designed to reinforce a demand for spending cuts to accompany any increase in government borrowing.

The bill “will and must fail,” said Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., the House Ways and Means Committee chairman who noted he had helped write the very measure he was criticizing: “I consider defeating an unconditional increase to be a success, because it sends a clear and critical message that the Congress has finally recognized we must immediately begin to rein in America’s affection for deficit spending,” he said.

And defeat it they did. Not a single Republican voted “Aye” for their very own bill.

And the only “critical message” the GOP sent was to the financial markets. They were told not to worry about the vote, which was doomed to fail – that it was merely a political stunt.

“Wall Street is in on the joke,” said R. Bruce Josten, executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Couldn’t have said it better myself…

Roll On

President Obama returned to the U.S. on Saturday from a six-day European tour of Ireland, Britain, France, Poland; and also the G-8 Summit. After days of focusing on the U.S. relationship with the rest of the world, or as Republicans called it, a vacation; he went to Joplin, Missouri. He visited survivors and the bereaved from the worst tornado in decades, which tore through Joplin a week ago leaving more than 120 dead and hundreds more injured. At least 40 remain unaccounted for, and the damage is massive – or, in the words of A.P. reporter Erica Werner, “apocalyptic“.

“This is not just your tragedy. This is a national tragedy, and that means there will be a national response,” Obama said. He also vowed: “We are going to be here long after the cameras leave. We’re not going to stop `til Joplin’s back on its feet.”

While the President received a heavy dose of criticism for spending hours hugging and consoling survivors, every news agency on the planet was chasing motorcycles.

Yep, that’s right: Momma Grizzly on a hog!

Palin participated in the annual “Rolling Thunder” Memorial Day holiday weekend rally in which tens of thousands of motorcyclists, many driving iconic Harley-Davidsons, ride through the nation’s capital to honor US war veterans. Asked if her upcoming events would be as loud as the eardrum splitting Rolling Thunder rally, Palin responded: “It would be a blast if they were this loud – if they smelled this good. I love that smell of the emissions!”

A massive throng showed up in the hopes of catching a glimpse of Sarah, or by the grace of God, to touch the hem of her garment…

Shameful

So, should it be easier to buy a gun than to vote? Let me make it even more germane to what you’re about to read. Should it be easier for someone who’s mentally ill and had previously made death threats to get a gun than for law-abiding citizens in good standing to be able to vote?

Obvious answer, easier for the crazy guy to get a weapon.

Ralph Lang, 63, of Marshfield, Wisconsin, was arrested after he accidentally discharged his .38 in a Motel 6. When the cops showed up, he told them he bought the gun to kill abortionists. Just like he told the police he was going to do when he was arrested in front of a Planned Parenthood building back in 2007. Lang might be considered mentally incompetent to stand trial, but as far as legally buying and concealing a gun? No problem.

While all this was going on, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed the Voter Suppression Bill into law:

“It is clear that the intentions behind the voter suppression law are to silence large portions of the population who tend to vote against Republicans,” explained Phil Neuenfeldt, president of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO. “Act 22 will deny access to the polls for many legitimate voters who have every right to cast their ballots and have them counted. To make it more difficult for someone to be heard in a democracy, simply because you do not like what they have to say is shameful.”

On Gingrich’s Announcement

“We Americans are going to have to talk together, work together, find solutions together and insist on imposing those solutions on those forces that don’t want to change.” – Newt Gingrich, campaign announcement.

There’s been nearly nothing said or written in criticism of these words by the Republican Party’s Idea Man… “Insist on imposing”? Can you imagine the reaction Fox News would have if those words were uttered by Barack Obama?

Aside from the fact that if you look at Gingrich’s entire body of work he’s been wrong more often than he’s been right, what does this say about the man’s idea of freedom? Liberty? Democracy? Hell, what does this say about his idea of America?