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Holy Shit: Michelle Bachmann does something reasonable

April 29, 2009

During her time in the United States House of Representatives Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) has been a laughing stock.  From calling on a violent revolution in the streets to blaming Democrats for swine flu, Bachmann has pushed the limit on reasonable thought.

Put the coke down.

Put the coke down.

But hold all insanity queries until tomorrow because Bachmann has temporarily regained intelligence.  Bachmann, along with Alan Grayson (D-FL), Ron Paul (R-TX), Walter Jones (R-NC), Peter Defazio (D-OR) and Corrine Brown (D-FL) signed a letter today encouraging more transparency in the activities of the Federal Reserve.

Here is the full letter:

Dear Chairman Spratt,

As you meet with fellow conferees to reconcile the House- and Senate-passed budget resolutions, we urge you to adopt the Senate provision regarding the Deficit Neutral Reserve Fund for Increased Transparency at the Federal Reserve in the final version of the resolution. This language calls for the Federal Reserve to identify banks and other financial institutions that have received more than $2.2 trillion in taxpayer-backed loans and other financial assistance since March 24, 2008.

Under Chairman Bernanke, the central banking system has opened a range of extraordinary funding facilities that are providing additional credit to banks, large financial institutions, and primary brokers, as well as guaranteeing commercial paper. All of this activity is happening in secret, with the Federal Reserve disbursing money and credit to the large financial institutions that have put our credit markets and economy at risk. The Federal Reserve has resisted FOIA requests, and will not make public even the terms of payment for the contractors it is using to run these extraordinary programs.

At the very least, Congress and the public should have knowledge about which banks are receiving taxpayer money, what they are doing with the money, and the credit risk taxpayers are taking on through the Federal Reserve. The Senate language encourages such transparency, allowing for audits and public disclosure of secret loans and financial assistance from the Federal Reserve to these large institutions.

We urge you to include the Senate language in the final Budget Resolution.

The Federal Budget today passed the House of Representatives without a single Republican vote.  How’s that for bipartisanship?

RWP Rating: Real Fucking Weird

Arlen Specter switches to Democratic Party

April 28, 2009

Well, there was no way in hell Specter was going to win as a Republican in Pennsylvania.  Republicans had already been preparing primary opponent Pat Toomey for the Senate.  Latest polls in Pennsylvania had Toomey 21 points ahead of Specter among likely voters in the Republican primary.

Like many sane people, Specter was forced out of the Republican Party.

Like many sane people, Specter was forced out of the Republican Party.

After Al Franken is finally seated, Democrats will have a full filibuster-proof 60 seats in the Senate.   Specter released the following statement today:

I have been a Republican since 1966. I have been working extremely hard for the Party, for its candidates and for the ideals of a Republican Party whose tent is big enough to welcome diverse points of view. While I have been comfortable being a Republican, my Party has not defined who I am. I have taken each issue one at a time and have exercised independent judgment to do what I thought was best for Pennsylvania and the nation.
Since my election in 1980, as part of the Reagan Big Tent, the Republican Party has moved far to the right. Last year, more than 200,000 Republicans in Pennsylvania changed their registration to become Democrats. I now find my political philosophy more in line with Democrats than Republicans.

When I supported the stimulus package, I knew that it would not be popular with the Republican Party. But, I saw the stimulus as necessary to lessen the risk of a far more serious recession than we are now experiencing.

Since then, I have traveled the State, talked to Republican leaders and office-holders and my supporters and I have carefully examined public opinion. It has become clear to me that the stimulus vote caused a schism which makes our differences irreconcilable. On this state of the record, I am unwilling to have my twenty-nine year Senate record judged by the Pennsylvania Republican primary electorate. I have not represented the Republican Party. I have represented the people of Pennsylvania.

I have decided to run for re-election in 2010 in the Democratic primary.

I am ready, willing and anxious to take on all comers and have my candidacy for re-election determined in a general election.

I deeply regret that I will be disappointing many friends and supporters. I can understand their disappointment. I am also disappointed that so many in the Party I have worked for for more than four decades do not want me to be their candidate. It is very painful on both sides. I thank specially Senators McConnell and Cornyn for their forbearance.

I am not making this decision because there are no important and interesting opportunities outside the Senate. I take on this complicated run for re-election because I am deeply concerned about the future of our country and I believe I have a significant contribution to make on many of the key issues of the day, especially medical research. NIH funding has saved or lengthened thousands of lives, including mine, and much more needs to be done. And my seniority is very important to continue to bring important projects vital to Pennsylvania’s economy.

I am taking this action now because there are fewer than thirteen months to the 2010 Pennsylvania Primary and there is much to be done in preparation for that election. Upon request, I will return campaign contributions contributed during this cycle.

While each member of the Senate caucuses with his Party, what each of us hopes to accomplish is distinct from his party affiliation. The American people do not care which Party solves the problems confronting our nation. And no Senator, no matter how loyal he is to his Party, should or would put party loyalty above his duty to the state and nation.

My change in party affiliation does not mean that I will be a party-line voter any more for the Democrats that I have been for the Republicans. Unlike Senator Jeffords’ switch which changed party control, I will not be an automatic 60th vote for cloture. For example, my position on Employees Free Choice (Card Check) will not change.

Whatever my party affiliation, I will continue to be guided by President Kennedy’s statement that sometimes Party asks too much. When it does, I will continue my independent voting and follow my conscience on what I think is best for Pennsylvania and America.

Pretty disappointing that his position on EFCA hasn’t changed, but now that Specter will caucus with the Democrats, he may be more easily convinced eventually.  The Democratic Party doesn’t need another Joe Lieberman; the American people need health care reform, energy reform, and reform in the financial sector.  Hopefully, Specter is on board.

RWP Rating: Real Fucking Weird

California Democrat nailed for trying to reduce charges against Israeli spies

April 20, 2009

The National Security Agency is about to release an entire uterus-worth of period blood all over California Democratic Representative Jane Harman’s face.   NSA officials wiretapped Harman and discovered that she was planning to lobby the Justice Department for reduced sentences for two American Israeli Public Affairs Committee officials that are currently being held for espionage.  In exchange for helping AIPAC, Israeli agents offered to lobby then Majority leader Nancy Pelosi to appoint Harman chair of the House Intelligence Committee.

I cannot confirm or deny that Harman also broke the trade embargo with Cuba.

I cannot confirm or deny that Harman also broke the trade embargo with Cuba.

All this shit went down in 2006 after the Democrats seized control of the House of Representatives.   What’s really bizarre in this story is that Harman realized that she may have been wiretapped during the phone call.  Like anyone that has just left a paper bag of dog crap on their neighbor’s doorstep, Harman quickly ran for the proverbial bushes saying:

This conversation doesn’t exist.

And then hanging up the phone.

I suppose this lays to rest the speculation that the New York Times released last week when they said that an undisclosed member of Congress had been warrant-lessly (new word?) wiretapped by the NSA.

Being a deeply cynical asshole, I immediately thought that Bush had wiretapped a congressperson for completely political reasons.  But right now, the report seems pretty legit.  However, this whole thing could end up like the Eliot Spitzer scandal.  The one motherfucker that could have blew the whistle on the shady side of Wall Street just so happens to be involved in a prostitution sting before he can pursue further banking regulations.

Spitzer broke the law, no doubt about it.  But I would bank on the fact that Washington and your local capital is so dense with corruption that the only people who really get “caught” are the ones that are about to lay the hammer on a large business or a political opponent.

Harman is ready for the damage control, releasing a statement immediately:

I never engaged in any such activity. Those who are peddling these false accusations should be ashamed of themselves.

I’m guessing the NSA has some pretty convincing evidence.  Ironically, Harman voted for FISA.  Karma is a bitch.  Expect this ALL DAY on Fox News tomorrow along with veiled allegations waged at Pelosi.

RWP Rating: Real Fucking Weird

Full Story: CQPolitics

Obama expands Bush warrant-less wiretapping defense

April 8, 2009

This was not a story I wanted to write.   It is a story that should disgust every single American that is paying attention.  Our Constitution, systematically, is being chipped away right before our eyes.  New laws that are clearly against everything our forefathers stood for are going unchallenged by our courts and by our judges.  I thought the Obama Administration was going to be different.

Freedom is compliance.

Freedom is compliance.

This is a story that Barack Obama does not want you to see.  In secret, the Obama Justice Department has quietly expanded the warrant-less wiretapping that began during the Bush Administration.  Honestly, I can hardly write this story.  I am so incredibly disappointed.

The ACLU demanded that phone companies release information that they gathered under warrant-less wiretapping program using the Freedom of Information Act.  However, the case was delayed until Obama took office because his campaign rhetoric led many to believe that this practice would be stopped.  Stupid us.

The request was rejected because a government that is supposed to be of, by, and for the people, doesn’t want us to know which laws were broken during the surveillance.  But they didn’t stop there.   The Obama Justice Department created, out of thin fucking air, a new reason why this request was rejected.  The old law said that phone companies like AT&T would not be held accountable for listening to conversations.  Now, the Obama Justice Department is saying that government officials will retain the same immunity.  The government can now monitor your emails, your phone conversations, and your internet browsing habits with complete immunity.

At this point, I’d like to direct your attention to the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Obama is not only protecting his Administration from violating the Constitution, he is protecting all of the Bush Administration as well.  We are losing our liberties.  The personal conversations of American citizens, hell, even calls home from soldiers in Iraq were listened in on by the Government.   Neither of these worthless parties are standing up for the rights of Americans.  What are we letting ourselves turn into?

RWP Rating: Real Fucking Weird

Full Story: Raw Story

Real News of the Day: Blagojevic indicted on Corruption charges, justice rears its ugly mug

April 2, 2009

A federal grand jury indicted former Governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich, his brother, and their top aides on 19 Corruption counts for operating a “wide-ranging scheme to deprive the people of Illinois of honest government.”

PWN'D

PWN'D

Blagojevich drew controversy earlier this year for allegedly attempting to sell Barack Obama’s Senate seat after the Junior Senator ascended to the Presidency.  Blago’s brother Robert, his fundraiser Christopher Kelly, former chief of staff Alonzo Monk, other former chief of staff John Harris, and Springfield political strategist William Cellini were named as co-defendants.

The US Attorney’s Office issued the following statement:

Since 2002, even before he was first elected governor that November, and continuing until he was arrested on Dec. 9, 2008, former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich and a circle of his closest aides and advisors allegedly engaged in a wide-ranging scheme to deprive the people of Illinois of honest government, according to a 19-count indictment returned today by a federal grand jury. Blagojevich, 52, of Chicago, was charged with 16 felony counts, including racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud, extortion conspiracy, attempted extortion and making false statements to federal agents. He allegedly used his office in numerous matters involving state appointments, business, legislation and pension fund investments to seek or obtain such financial benefits as money, campaign contributions, and employment for himself and others, in exchange for official actions, including trying to leverage his authority to appoint a United States Senator, announced Patrick J. Fitzgerald, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.

Also charged as co-defendants in the same indictment are:

John Harris, 47, of Chicago, Blagojevich’s chief of staff from late 2005 until last December after he was arrested along with Blagojevich. Through his attorney, Harris, who is charged with a single count of wire fraud, has authorized the Government to disclose that he has agreed to cooperate with the United States Attorney’s Office in the prosecution of this case;

Alonzo Monk, 50, of Park Ridge, a lobbyist doing business as AM3 Consulting, Ltd., and a long-time Blagojevich associate who served as his general counsel when Blagojevich represented Illinois’ Fifth Congressional District, and later managed his 2002 and 2006 gubernatorial campaigns, was his first gubernatorial chief of staff from 2003 through 2005, and later chairman of his campaign fund;

Robert Blagojevich, 53, of Nashville, Tenn., Blagojevich’s brother, who became chairman of his campaign fund in August 2008;

Christopher Kelly, 50, of Burr Ridge, a businessman and a principal campaign fundraiser who also served as chairman of Blagojevich’s campaign fund from early 2004 until August 2005. The indictment alleges that with Blagojevich’s knowledge and permission, Kelly at times exercised substantial influence over certain activities of the governor’s office; and

William F. Cellini, Sr., 74, of Springfield, a businessman who also raised significant funds for Blagojevich, in part through his role as the executive director of the Illinois Asphalt Pavement Association. Cellini had longstanding relationships and influence with trustees and staff members of the Teachers Retirement System of Illinois (TRS), and he was associated with Commonwealth Realty Advisors, a real estate asset management firm that invested hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of TRS, the indictment alleges.

All six defendants will be arraigned on dates yet to be determined before U.S. District Judge James B. Zagel in Federal Court in Chicago. Blagojevich was charged with 11 counts of wire fraud, two counts of attempted extortion, and one count each of racketeering conspiracy, extortion conspiracy, and making false statements. The specific counts and maximum penalties each defendant is facing are listed separately.

The stiff arm of the law only rears its vicious mug every once in a while in American politics.  Today is a good day.

RWP Rating: Real Fucking Weird

Full Story: Huffington Post

Westboro nutjobs protest at the White House

March 31, 2009

Shirley Phelps-Roper, daughter of controversial Westboro Baptist Church pastor Fred Phelps, and other members of her Church protested at the White House this weekend.  Phelps-Roper contends that Barack Obama is the Antichrist and that the apocalypse is right around the corner.  Campus Progress conducted several interviews during the protest and much larger counter-protest.

Maryland Teenage Republican Chair Rory McShane had some intriguing ideas about the social views of young conservatives.

Check out all the videos at CampusProgress.org.

RWP Rating: Real Fucking Weird

Quick Link: Michelle Malkin writes a loathsome article about death of Natasha Richardson

March 31, 2009

“Well, hello Opportunity!”  thought Michelle Malkin as she leafed through the obituary section in the New York Post.

Apparently, “CanadaCare” is responsible for the death of Natasha Richardson.  Cunt is too kind a word for Malkin.

RWP Rating: Real Fucking Weird

Full Story: MichelleMalkin.com

Ban on Stealing Urine needed in Ohio

March 26, 2009

Ohio is about to pass one of the strangest bills I’ve ever heard of.

Here is the backstory:  Shawn Koser, a firefighter in Ohio, went to a movie theater with his 10 year old daughter.  After the movie, Koser went into the bathroom to take a piss and noticed one Alan D. Patton collecting urine from the urinals with a foam cup.  Koser was floored and went to the theater manager to see what could be done.

Black beans and carrots?

Black beans and carrots?

It turns out that Mr. Patton is a registered child sex offender.  Patton admitted later that he was drinking the urine.  Excuse me while I force the vomit back down my throat.  Patton is clearly fucked up beyond belief, but what he was doing isn’t illegal.

That’s about to change.  The bill on the floor in the Ohio state legislature will make collecting urine or any other bodily substance without privilege illegal.  Blood, bile, semen, pus, saliva, and, of course, urine should be covered by the law.  A vote is expected early next week.

Creating a new law just because of the individual actions of one person is a bit over the line.  But with the advent of the internet and increasingly fucked up pornography just clicks away, these types of activities could actually be on the rise.

RWP Rating: Real Fucking Weird

FULL STORY: Dispatch Politics

Real Fucking Weird: Rolling Stone redeems itself after years of sucking

March 22, 2009

Your favorite Led Zeppelin album?  Rolling Stone trashed it.  And if you have a sister, Rolling and Stone doubled teamed her at a frat party and never called back.

Chuck Basss fortune was not tied up in Credit Default Swaps

Chuck Bass's fortune was not tied up in Credit Default Swaps

But here is where I defend them for fucking your sister.  Rolling Stone miraculously hires the best damn political journalists in the country every few years.   Matt Taibbi has been on the beat with Rolling Stone and has already experienced his share of controversey.   In March of 2005, Taibbi wrote a column on his blog entitled The 52 Funniest Things About the Upcoming Death of the Pope.  Clearly this sparked some outrage in the 25% of the United States that call themselves Catholics.

But you’ve got to hand it to Rolling Stone.  They allow their writers to have ultimate creativity in their articles.   With that freedom comes the best damn Bailout article I’ve read this year.   In its 8 pages, Taibbi outlines each bill that was passed, each new financial avenue that was created, and each misstep by the SEC that led to the current financial crisis.   It is somewhat of a swan song, an epitaph for a country that Taibbi sees as doomed to repeat the same mistakes again and again.

This is real reporting.  This is the kind of stuff we need to see on our mainstream news.   Even if 92 out of 100 pages in the magazine are utter crap, this 8 page article is fucking fantastic.  Ergo, it’s Real Fucking Weird.

RWP Rating: 5/5 Real Fucking Weird

FULL STORY: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/26793903/the_big_takeover/1