Archive for March, 2011

A New Low For Jim Inhofe

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 31, 2011 by rottenart

Sometimes, ignorance is just that. If a person, a US senator, say, wants to remain willfully uninformed on issues that pertain to science and society then I suppose that’s they’re right. It’s no reason for anyone to take them seriously but it’s still a personal prerogative.

This, on the other hand, crosses the line from willful stupidity into outright nefarious. Steve Benen puts it this way:

“With forces loyal to Gbagbo targeting civilians and allegedly responsible for brutal violence, and a refugee crisis unfolding, the international community is rallying in support of the lawful Ouattara government. The U.S., E.U., U.N., and African Union have all called for Gbagbo to honor the will of the people and relinquish power. He’s refused, prompting the U.N. Security Council to place tough sanctions on his regime today.”

Seems pretty cut-and-dried. The Obama administration, along with the rest of the international community recognize that Gbagbo is clearly in violation of a whole host of human rights issues as well as illegally refusing to leave office after a democratic election certified by the AU.

Jim Inhofe feels differently. If this petty tyrant wants to murder and torture his opponents and wage a civil war to remain in power, then all he has to do is throw a few mentions of ‘God’ in his speeches and he’s always got a bed at the C Street house. Remember, the Family takes a vow of secrecy, follows a twisted version of Prosperity Doctrine, supports the murder of gays in Uganda, and regularly helps cover up extra-marital wrongdoing by its members. These are nothing more than a bunch of neo-fascists who believe the country should bow down in fealty to Right Wing Christianism and boast an enormous amount of influence over the governing of our nation. Jim Inhofe is a proud member.

I wonder what the reaction would be on the Right if a secretive, unaccountable Democratic group was offering support to a criminal dictator?

Here’s Inhofe’s DC number –  (202) 224-4721, and the number for his Oklahoma City office – (405) 608-4381. Let’s ask him why he thinks it’s ok to support a murderous criminal and go against his own government and the international community.

How Is This Possible? (Updated)

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , on March 25, 2011 by rottenart

It absolutely boggles the mind. I’m sure they need another tax cut, though, just to be sure.

Update via Think Progress: Irony is truly dead.

Don’t Call it A Comeback

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , on March 24, 2011 by rottenart

Spring Break

Posted in Other Stuff on March 14, 2011 by rottenart

It’s that time of year again and I’m headed to Albuquerque! I’ll have plenty of rants when I get back. Have a good week, everyone!

Welcoming Home the Wisconsin 14

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 13, 2011 by rottenart

Madison Rally
This is what a real populist movement looks like.

The 14 senators who fled the state returned to Madison yesterday to a hero’s welcome. By all accounts, this rally was bigger than anything the Tea Party has ever put together, including their rally in DC. This is what happens when you try and cripple the middle class to curry favor with plutocrats; they tend to fight back. Union-busting has practically become the new national pastime in legislatures across the country and ordinary people whose livelihoods are at risk are standing up and speaking out. Let’s help make sure this momentum isn’t lost from now until November 2012.

The Real Objective

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 11, 2011 by rottenart

Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R) tells us all what the bluster was really about:

“If we win this battle, and the money is not there under the auspices of the unions, certainly what you’re going to find is President Obama is going to have a much more difficult time getting elected and winning the state of Wisconsin.”

Between Fitzgerald and US Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, I’m betting the GOP won’t ever get around to jobs.

Joe Barton, Representative for Exxon

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 11, 2011 by rottenart

I find it funny that in the latest battle over funding for NPR and public broadcasting, the focus seems to be on the fact that these companies could probably do just fine without government help. Of great interest to conservatives is the amount Sesame Street makes from merchandising:

“Shows like Sesame Street are thriving, multimillion-dollar enterprises,” [Jim] DeMint wrote. “According to the 990 tax form all nonprofits are required to file, Sesame Workshop President and CEO Gary Knell received $956,513 — nearly a million dollars — in compensation in 2008. And, from 2003 to 2006, Sesame Street made more than $211 million from toy and consumer product sales. Big Bird will be just fine without his federal subsidies.”

Ok, fair enough. If we want to have a conversation about the free market and the need for government subsidies, then by all means let’s have it. The funny part is when we start talking about the amount of government funding that goes to things other than educational programming. A reporter got some face time with Texas Rep. Joe Barton, already somewhat infamous for apologizing to BP in the wake of the spill in the Gulf, and quizzed him on massive government subsidies for oil companies that, by all accounts, are doing just fine:

ABC’s Jonathan Karl noted that the taxpayer subsidies the oil industry receives are relics, which seem hard to defend in the 21st century. Barton initially argued, “Do you want everything made in China?” I’m not at all sure what argument he was trying to make with this.

So Karl pushed further, asking if there was any credible threat of major oil companies going out of business if they stopped receiving taxpayer subsidies. “Over time if you put so many disincentives against any U.S. manufacturing or production company, or oil and gas exploration company, they’ll go out of business,” Barton said.

Pressed further on whether he has trouble defending subsidies to an oil industry that’s already enjoying enormous profits, Barton said the money we throw at them is acceptable “so long as you believe that you believe in the free market capitalist system.”

If you have a hard time following the logic, you’re not alone. Apparently, it’s the height of wasteful spending to send taxpayer dollars to public broadcasting in the public interest, but it’s an affront to the very free market system itself to suggest that oil companies will probably get by without a government handout. Even if Barton made a cogent argument it still doesn’t make sense. Taxpayer subsidies are the very opposite of the free market. So, that’s not really the issue. Basically, it’s as simple as “handouts for me but not for thee.”

I’m sure lots of us suspected that Big Oil had a stranglehold on some politicians. Here’s the proof.