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Sunday, April 7th, 2013
4:47 pm
[ershowg]
As Russia sees the USA


I want to talk about the United States from the point of view of Russia.
I want to tell you about Russia as it really is.
I'm not going to lie about Russia. Any Russian will tell as I am.
U.S. looks as aggressive and as a fascist state.
The Americans and the British brought to power in the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev.
Today Russian know that Mikhail Gorbachev a traitor Russia. For what he destroyed the Soviet Union, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union Americans hired Yeltsin.
Russian President Boris Yeltsin continued destruction of Russia.
Russian people demanded a national leader and a miracle happened.
President Putin is a wonderful gift from President Yeltsin.
Putin is not dependent on the U.S. and leads the Russian policy in the interests of the Russian people.
In Russia, the president is not a puppet, but a real head.
Putin's bloody regime is a myth. This myth invented Western forces.
This is cheap propaganda. In the West, people believe in this myth. Our neighbors to the east in this myth do not believe.
Terrorist attack September 11, 2001 was coined by the U.S. Congress. He was made with remote controlled airliners.
Due to the terrorist attacks of September 11, the U.S. came up with the myth of global terrorism. Under the guise of global terrorism the U.S. expand their influence in the East.
Indeed, Europe, Russia and the East, are aware of these crimes the U.S.. Such methods are supported monopoly dollar.
Central banks in most countries are totally dependent on the U.S. Federal Reserve.
Most of the world can not trade in their money. Foreign trade only through the dollar.
But still want to trade through its currency.
If someone decides to do so, the country is attacked by the U.S. Army.
Any country that is independent of the U.S. and Britain, Americans consider totalitarian.
Today, Russia is a strong country. We got stronger after the devastation of the nineties.
Russian government wants to restore the Soviet Union, but in another form.
Russia will have many allies in Europe and the East.
Russia is included in alliances BRICS, SCO and the Eurasian Union. Eurasian Union is an analogue of the Soviet Union.
These alliances have one goal. The purpose of this is to destroy the U.S. dollar as the monopoly.
This fall BRICS began to make external transactions through their own money. BRICS today refused dollars.
For the U.S., this means the beginning of the end.
World domination is based on the U.S. dollar. Printing dollars instead of real work. Very soon, this will not do.
When the dollar collapses, the U.S. could start a civil war.
Individual U.S. states will divide the property. Special services of Russia, Germany, China and other countries, will warm the U.S. population.
So we try to divide the United States. Our share is Alaska. Easy way to get just as easily and take away.
Friday, October 12th, 2012
4:36 am
[mrvetinari]
Details.
Uhhh
Offering PRECISE results without offering precise details on how you will achieve them is called bullshitting
Thursday, February 10th, 2011
5:40 am
[mrvetinari]
Beautiful Things From Unexpected Places
When Soldiers and Hippies work together, it is a beautiful thing.


The Egyptian military has, so far, shown enormous restraint in response to what is likely serious pressure from pro-Mubarak forces. When our Western eyes saw protests flash across their Al-Jazeera web-feeds, many of us had the same thought: "I hope this doesn't turn into Tienanmen Square". And, to our surprise, it hasn't. Sure, there has been brawls and scrapping, but the military has not gunned civilians down.

Part of this is the professionalism of the Egyptian Military officers that were trained in the United States. Thousands of Egyptian Officers have been trained in the U.S. In addition to training on tactics, equipment, theory, and technical skills, they have been trained on the role of the military in a democratic and open society.

We should thank the hippies for some of this. For decades the "School of the Americas" and other programs where foreign military personnel were trained were notorious for cranking out goons for third-world dictators. Survivors brought their stories to American human rights organizations and the reputation led them to push for the shut down of the School of the Americas and other facilities.

After decades of pressure, the SOA changes it's name to the "Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation", and more importantly they added mandatory classes in Human Rights and the proper role of the military in democratic societies. An example from the 2004 Course List:

CMS-2 Democratic Sustainment Course Course Length: 6 weeks
To introduce and teach theory and practice of military and civilian leadership in a constitutional nation-state, drawing on the shared traditions of the countries in the Western Hemisphere. This course explores the role of the military within a democratic and constitutionally derived, civilian-controlled government. The American Council on Education (ACE) has recommended three university credit hours for this course based on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Troy State University.


These courses have been mandatory for officers receiving training the the U.S. for years now at the WHISC and elsewhere, thousands of mid-grade officers in nations like Egypt have been through them, and whether this was a genuine act of decency or just something to make the hippies happy, it looks like it might be changing the world for the better.

Imagine that: A program that was the poster-boy for dictators, human-rights abuses and military coups might become a institution of progress throughout parts of the world that need progress very badly. Maybe hippies and soldiers should work together more often.

Current Mood: cheerful
Saturday, July 24th, 2010
7:51 am
[capthek]
The author of this article is a liar. My comments are in ALL CAPS
First Person: A mortgage writer's case against the new rules
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ynews/20100723/bs_ynews/ynews_bs3223;_ylt=Ahf7HqxJgbHQCluZ.Uyzi9cEtbAF;_ylu=X3oDMTJtM2w0Y2o1BGFzc2V0A3luZXdzLzIwMTAwNzIzL3luZXdzX2JzMzIyMwRwb3MDMjQEc2VjA3luX3BhZ2luYXRlX3N1bW1hcnlfbGlzdARzbGsDZmlyc3RwZXJzb25h
Fri Jul 23, 2:09 pm ET

By Ted Rood, Associated Content

Recent Capitol Hill rhetoric about greedy lenders and a Wall Street run amok implies all mortgage lenders are thieves and scoundrels.
NOPE, IT IMPLIES THAT TOO MANY ARE.
I'm insulted at the supposition that my clients are incapable of understanding mortgages, and that I am a predatory con man exploiting potential clients the moment they drop their guard.
I CAN NOT BELIEVE THIS PERSON WORKS WITH MORTGAGES AND CAN NOT SEE HOW THEY COULD BE CONFUSING OR MANIPULATED. AT THIS POINT I AM SUSPICIOUS THEY ARE FULL OF CRAP.
I've been a loan officer in the St. Louis area since 2000. I've worked as a loan broker and a loan officer for a regional bank (First Horizon Home Loans) and now as a mortgage consultant for MetLife Home Loans since September 2008. (These are my opinions -- not those of Metlife Home Loans, where I'm currently a mortgage consultant.)

Writing home loans is not a job to me; it is my vocation. Helping my clients save money and improve their financial situation brings me great satisfaction, at least when regulatory reforms don't delay my closings and confuse my clients.
THAT'S GREAT, BUT IF THEY ARE SUGGESTING THAT NOBODY ELSE IS IN THE BUSINESS JUST TO MAKE A BUCK, HE HAS NEVER TALKED TO ANYBODY ELSE IN THE BUSINESS.
My job seems fairly straightforward: I look for clients who need to refinance or buy a home. I work with them to find a mortgage that fits their needs and then guide them to closing.

It's not quite that easy, however.

Recent federal mortgage reforms have changed lending in America. The most current legislation, the financial reform legislation signed into law by President Obama on Wednesday, will certainly affect the mortgage business, too.
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Friday, July 23rd, 2010
2:32 pm
[liberalgoliath]
Alan Grayson is a common man's man!


This is who we need in Congress. A fighter for our future, for our families. I have only the deepest respect for Alan Grayson. What a congressman! What a Mensch!
1:58 pm
[liberalgoliath]
GOP is suffering of short memory loss
GOP leaders, including Palin, McConnel and others have started the movement to rehab Bush and his administration. Paul Krugman shows us how the public should not and does not want those "good ole times" to return:

"On the economy: Last week Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader, declared that “there’s no evidence whatsoever that the Bush tax cuts actually diminished revenue. They increased revenue, because of the vibrancy of these tax cuts in the economy.” So now the word is that the Bush-era economy was characterized by “vibrancy.”

I guess it depends on the meaning of the word “vibrant.” The actual record of the Bush years was (i) two and half years of declining employment, followed by (ii) four and a half years of modest job growth, at a pace significantly below the eight-year average under Bill Clinton, followed by (iii) a year of economic catastrophe. In 2007, at the height of the “Bush boom,” such as it was, median household income, adjusted for inflation, was still lower than it had been in 2000.

But the Bush apologists hope that you won’t remember all that. And they also have a theory, which I’ve been hearing more and more — namely, that President Obama, though not yet in office or even elected, caused the 2008 slump. You see, people were worried in advance about his future policies, and that’s what caused the economy to tank. Seriously.

On the deficit: Republicans are now claiming that the Bush administration was actually a paragon of fiscal responsibility, and that the deficit is Mr. Obama’s fault. “The last year of the Bush administration,” said Mr. McConnell recently, “the deficit as a percentage of gross domestic product was 3.2 percent, well within the range of what most economists think is manageable. A year and a half later, it’s almost 10 percent.”

But that 3.2 percent figure, it turns out, is for fiscal 2008 — which wasn’t the last year of the Bush administration, because it ended in September of 2008. In other words, it ended just as the failure of Lehman Brothers — on Mr. Bush’s watch — was triggering a broad financial and economic collapse. This collapse caused the deficit to soar: By the first quarter of 2009 — with only a trickle of stimulus funds flowing — federal borrowing had already reached almost 9 percent of G.D.P. To some of us, this says that the economic crisis that began under Mr. Bush is responsible for the great bulk of our current deficit. But the Republican Party is having none of it.

Finally, on the war: For most Americans, the whole debate about the war is old if painful news — but not for those obsessed with refurbishing the Bush image. Karl Rove now claims that his biggest mistake was letting Democrats get away with the “shameful” claim that the Bush administration hyped the case for invading Iraq. Let the whitewashing begin! "

They want their promise land, which is pure hell for the rest of us reasonable folks. We better stop them.

Current Mood: amused
Saturday, July 3rd, 2010
6:27 am
[mrvetinari]
The Very Heart and Soul of Conservatism
Arnold Fucking Schwarzenegger.

I think the very heart and soul of Teabagfoxpublican values is on display right now:
Judges approve Arnold's plan to cut 200,000 State Employee's Pay to Minimum Wage from the San Francisco Paper.

Man, the son of the Nazi, who built a body on anabolic steroids, and who played the same fucking character in every movie for twenty fucking years, who has somehow lived in the U.S. of A. for almost half a century but never taken the time to learn how to fucking speak English right... this fucker just agreed to hold up the state to give in to HIS budget demands and is holding 200,000+ State workers hostage.

"Government Employee" Characters Portrayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger in film:
Collateral Damage (2002) - Firefighter
True Lies (1994) - Government Agent
Kindergarten Cop (1990) - Police Detective
Red Heat (1988) - Russian Detective
Raw Deal (1986) - Sherrif
Last Action Hero (1993) - LAPD Detective
Eraser (1995) - U.S. Marshall
Commando (1985) - Retired Special Forces Soldier on a (GASP!!!! THE FUCKING HORROR!!!!) pension.
The Running Man (1987) - Military Helicopter Pilot


Real life Arnold's opinion of bold heroes he portrayed in movies?

"FUCK THOSE GUYS!!! I will destroy the middle class lives of each and every one of them rather than pay a single extra cent of property tax on any of my mansions."

Next time Arnold needs flown over a wildfire area? Kick him out, chopper pilot. Let the fucker burn.
If he is trapped inside of one of his mansions? Let him burn, firefighter.
If someone breaks into his house and holds him at gunpoint? Let them shoot him, policeman.
This goes the same for anyone with a fucking Arnold sticker on their fucking car.

Do you think people will train on HazMat Chemicals and using the Jaws of Life and Carrying 200lbs bodies wearing full protective gear and tons of other shit we don't even think about for $7.25 an hour? If you are OK with this you kind of deserve to slowly burn to death trapped in your car while the impoverished guy with the Jaws of Life decides it's too risky or difficult to save you.

We pay the real heroes of our society far too poorly and the false heroes far too well. Arnold (just like his "hero" Reagan) IS the very embodiment of this. He said bold words other men had written for him while a camera was pointed at him and we confused this with reality. He should try to act his way out of a chemical fire.

I'm actually proud of the list of government workers Asshole Fuckebitcher has played. I think that should be a meme. Also, Asshole Fuckabitcher should fucking die when an uninspected bridge collapses under the weight of his Hummer.

P.S., if you want to feel fucking sick about the how much American's hate our neighbours who pave our roads, patrol our streets, teach our children and fight our fires, read the comments section on the SF Article. There can be NO dialogue with these teabagfoxpublicans. Let them burn.

Current Mood: angry
Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
3:59 am
[funnygurusdca]
Stacy Taylor
Although Air America Radio is gone, Randi Rhodes is still on the air via syndication on stations around the country.

She's on vacation this week and filling-in for her is Stacy Taylor.

He was on San Diego's Air America affiliate, KLSD. It was a Clear Channel station, so the liberal radio experiment didn't last long.

It's nice to hear Stacy again. He's pretty good and you should tune in or listen online.
Wednesday, June 16th, 2010
6:59 pm
[funnygurusdca]
Prop 8 Final Arguments
The case in Federal court, over the merits of California's Prop 8, wound up today with final arguments.

I don't personally have a dog in this poker game, since I'm not planning to get married again to a person of either gender. I also don't have a clue as to what the ruling will be, but with Ted Olson and David Boies there on behalf of the Plaintiffs, Prop 8 has a pretty decent chance of being overturned.

I do have a prediction, should Prop 8 go away -- There will be a fairly significant quake in California and the religious right and assorted Tea Baggers will proclaim it some angry message from above.

Other than that, people and pundits will oooh and ahhh about it for a while, then things will settle down a bit.

This will come as welcome news to the Wedding Cake Topper industry, who will continue to churn out zillions of little plastic couples of every variety. Divorce lawyers won't be idle either.

And they all lived happily, ever after - until, of course, they didn't.


Lawyers give final arguments in gay marriage case
Saturday, May 22nd, 2010
7:54 pm
[funnygurusdca]
Repuglicans: They Came to Feed on the Body Politic
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Horror and gore have spilled into the monstrous swamp of American politics with Repuglicans: They Came to Feed on the Body Politic.

The art work is the product of Pete Von Sholly who says, “I don’t have anything against conservatives or Republicans or “tea partyers” … per se, but … some people will say ANYTHING in their frothing frenzy of freak out, no matter how insane.”


Watch the slideshow gallery of ghoulish G.O.P.ers
Thursday, May 6th, 2010
5:51 pm
[funnygurusdca]
Sunday, May 2nd, 2010
5:46 pm
[funnygurusdca]
Halliburton in spotlight in gulf spill probe
Investigators look at the company’s role in cementing the deepwater drill hole in the Gulf of Mexico.
Transocean and BP also face questioning


Investigators delving into the causes of the massive gulf oil spill are examining the role of Houston-based Halliburton Co., the giant energy services company that was responsible for cementing the deepwater drill hole, as well as the possible failure of equipment leased to British Petroleum.

Two members of Congress, Reps. Henry A. Waxman (D-Beverly Hills) and Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), called on Halliburton on Friday to provide all documents relating to "the possibility or risk of an explosion or blowout at the Deepwater Horizon rig and the status, adequacy, quality, monitoring, and inspection of the cementing work" by May 7.

Halliburton Chief Executive David Lesar is scheduled to testify before Waxman's energy and commerce committee on May 12, along with top executives Lamar McKay of BP America Inc. and Steve Newman of Transocean Ltd., which leased the drilling rig to BP.

In a statement Friday, Halliburton said: "It is premature and irresponsible to speculate on any specific causal issues.… The cement slurry design was consistent with that utilized in other similar applications… [and] tests demonstrating the integrity of the production casing string were completed."

After an exploration well is drilled, cement slurry is pumped through a steel pipe or casing and out through a check valve at the bottom of the casing. It then travels up the outside of the pipe, sheathing the part of the pipe surrounded by the oil and gas zone. When the cement hardens, it is supposed to prevent oil or gas from leaking into adjacent zones along the pipe.

As the cement sets, the check valve at the end of the casing prevents any material from flowing back up the pipe. The zone is thus isolated until the company is ready to start production.

The process is tricky. A 2007 study by the U.S. Minerals Management Service found that cementing was the single most-important factor in 18 of 39 well blowouts in the Gulf of Mexico over a 14-year period.

Halliburton has been accused of performing a poor cement job in the case of a major blowout in the Timor Sea off Australia last August. An investigation is underway.

In its statement, the company said: "Halliburton originated oilfield cementing and leads the world in effective, efficient delivery of zonal isolation and engineering for the life of the well, conducting thousands of successful well-cementing jobs each year."

The company had four employees stationed on the rig at the time of the gulf accident, all of whom were rescued by the Coast Guard. It had completed the final cementing of the well and pipe 20 hours before the blowout April 20.

But at the time of the accident, "well operations had not yet reached the point requiring the placement of the final cement plug, which would enable the planned temporary abandonment of the well," the Halliburton statement said.

Experts were cautious about attributing blame, pending what are expected to be lengthy investigations by Congress and the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the Coast Guard.

"What we do know is that highly pressurized oil is coming out of the wellhead with no control possible at this time," said Richard Charter, a drilling expert with the Defenders of Wildlife. "For that to happen, at least three redundant fail-safe mechanisms on and below the rig had to either fail to operate or not have been properly installed."

Charter said a piece of equipment known as the blowout preventer is required to shut automatically, according to regulations by the Minerals Management Service. "And it obviously did not," he said.

Moreover, he added, a manual acoustic shutoff switch could have stanched the flow but may not have been available.

Joe Leimkuhler, past president of the American Assn. of Drilling Engineers, said it was difficult to speculate about the role of cementing in the accident. "The process to place the cement in the well is very similar from job to job, but the details that make up the risk and challenges are specific to each well. You really need the details of the well design and the formation characteristics." He added that only the companies involved have that information.

Some speculation has centered on methane pockets frozen into crystallized formations beneath the seabed that could be warmed by the cementing process and become unstable. A 2009 Halliburton presentation to the drilling engineers association described the challenges of methane hydrates, asking: "When do hydrates become unstable?" and "Will cement hydration cause this outcome?" The presentation noted that "gas release is a challenge for safety and economics."

A company spokesman declined to comment on whether methane hydrates, warmed by cement curing, may have been a factor in the gulf explosion.

More than two dozen class-action lawsuits have been filed against BP, Transocean and Halliburton. BP spokeswoman Sheila Williams said the company was "taking full responsibility" for the spill and would pay for legitimate claims by affected parties.


Link to Story
Friday, April 30th, 2010
11:13 pm
[funnygurusdca]
When 'Drill, Baby, Drill" Becomes "Spill, Baby, Spill"
Let's see if I understand this correctly.

BP has realized a doubling of first-quarter net profits of $5.60 billion in the quarter, up from $2.39 billion in the same period of 2009, thanks to higher oil and gas prices.

Yet, they couldn't spring for a $500,000 mechanism called an acoustic switch, that could have remotely shut off its ruptured offshore oil well.

Their wells in Norway and Brazil require an acoustic switch, while the one that is now leaking 5,000 barrels of oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico - threatening sea life, birds, people, industry and property - in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, does not.

This relatively cheap safety measure isn't required under U.S. law - a sad legacy of regulatory neglect, left to us all, after eight years under Bush-Cheney Oil Party rule.

It's no small irony that Dubya's upcoming memoir, "Decision Points," (about 14 of his critical and historic decisions as pResident), does not include acting to safeguard our shores from the risks of a massive oil spill, that may well rival the 1989 Exxon Valdez ecological disaster.

Truly, a WHAT THE FUCK?!? moment!


BP Oil Spill Might Have Been Avoided
Thursday, April 29th, 2010
4:49 am
[funnygurusdca]
Speak English
Here's an astounding campaign commercial by Alabama Republican, Tim James.



This yodeling moron wants to be Alabama's governor, and he's hacked off that the exam for a driver's license there is offered in 12 languages.

It would probably surprise him that the U.S. Citizenship Study Guide that my paternal grandfather used, to prepare for his citizenship test in the early 1920s, was in English and Slovak (his native language).

Certainly the good people of Alabama, can do better than to elect this smug, snarky, sanctimonious ass clown!


The Candidate From Xenophobia
Thursday, April 15th, 2010
2:42 pm
[liberalgoliath]
Obama's tax cuts ARE REAL
From the good people of the Citizens for Tax Justice:



Spread the word!

Current Mood: accomplished
Thursday, April 1st, 2010
11:30 am
[mrvetinari]
Your Freedom Under Attack!!!
ATTENTION TRUE PATRIOTIC CONSERVATIVE AMERICANS!!!

This just in, forward and post this wherever you can!!!

Patriots, Brothers in Arms in Militias and everyone else who believes in expressing your god given right to defend yourselves from criminals and government tyranny with the best tools available.

This is something you need to know: There is an legislative action in the works to clamp down on our fundamental right to defend ourselves. This will come as the ratification of the ominous-sounding "INTER-AMERICAN CONVENTION AGAINST THE ILLICIT MANUFACTURING OF AND TRAFFICKING IN FIREARMS, AMMUNITION, EXPLOSIVES, AND OTHER RELATED MATERIALS" from the "Organization of the American States". Do not be fooled into thinking this is some kind of constitutional international action to help combat the fighting south of the border, this is clearly an impending attack on our freedom!

The government is going to use the plots of the Christian Hutaree Militia to both justify a seizure of our precious symbols of freedom AND to drive a wedge between armed partiots and the law enforcement community. Expect evokations of the isolated incidents of Okalahoma City and the Centennial Park Bombing to be used as further justification of clamping down on our rights.

Both the Constitution and the Bible are VERY clear that any American has the right to wield any kind of weapon anywhere at any time, that is the very essense of American freedom that our forefathers fought and died for. However, if the liberals have the votes to jam the socialist takeover of one-sixth of the American Economy down our throats, then they have the votes to pass this freedom-destroying act as well.

Voter registration will be used with other records to narrow down the siezures of our weapons. Nonmilitary-style weapons like hunting rifles and shotguns will not be targeted. Honorably serving and discharged military veterans as well as police will be excluded from the purge, but civilians who own copious amounts military style hardware should look out. If you read deep into the text of the act you will see the coded language of "prevention", "cultural and historical uses", and "sport shooting and hunting" that, put together, communicate a clear targeting of military style weapons in the hands of those who vote for and support freedom-loving candidates.

This is important, if you value your military style guns and are afraid of them getting stolen by the increasingly communist govermnment... do NOT register to vote, and if you ARE registered, DON'T vote. Voting for Republican or Tea Party candidates will be the first method that they use to track who owns weapons that should be seized.

Law enforcement clearly cannot confiscate all the weapons out there, even if they limit it to military-styled hardware, this is why they are limiting it to people registered to vote for certain political parties or movement. Not all of our law enforcement brethren would go along with this, but Patriot Organizations like the Oathkeepers will give the government a convenient list of people they cannot use to fulfill that executive order.

The one thing that a patriotic gun owner who realized that the second ammendment is the only one worth a damn should remember is this, keep off the voter registry. This is how they can identify your political beliefs. Laws forcing the disclosure of donations to the FEC are likely to be misused, so we should be careful about donating money to conservative and tea party candidates as well.

Both the constitution and the bible are VERY clear that any American has the right to wield any kind of weapon anywhere at any time. This is our most sacred right and duty, and god bless the patriots who do their part to stay off the big-brother, nanny-state databases that Congress will be compiling this fall.

We cannot win this fight by outvoting the other side. Too many American voters have turned traitor and can be convinced that there can be such a thing as "sensible" or "perfectly constitutional" restrictions on what kind of firearms patriotic americans can use to defend themselves against criminals or fascistic law enforcement.

The only defense we have is to make it hard for the liberal/communists/fascists to track our political beliefs, and the only way we can do this reliably is make sure we stay off of the voter databases. Everyone who understands their fundamental right to own military style weapons for their personal defense needs to do their duty and neither vote nor register to vote. Keep big brother out of your politics, and keep your faith in god and your powder dry!

Current Mood: scared
Thursday, March 25th, 2010
2:39 pm
[funnygurusdca]
Republican commentator David Frum loses job after criticizing GOP health-care strategy
Three days after calling health-care reform a debacle for the Republicans, David Frum was forced out of his job at the American Enterprise Institute on Wednesday.

The ouster also came one day after a harsh Wall Street Journal editorial about the former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, which said that he "now makes his living as the media's go-to basher of fellow Republicans" and accused him of "peddling bad revisionist history."

Frum made clear in a letter to AEI President Arthur Brooks that his departure after seven years at the conservative think tank was not voluntary. "I have had many fruitful years at the American Enterprise Institute," he wrote, "and I do regret this abrupt and unexpected conclusion of our relationship." AEI did not comment immediately.

In a brief interview, Frum said "there was no suggestion by AEI" that his sharp criticism of the GOP's health-care strategy was the reason for his dismissal. He declined to say what Brooks had told him.

"They invited me to remain associated with AEI on a non-salaried basis," Frum said, and he declined.

On his Web site, FrumForum, he wrote Sunday that when Congress approved President Obama's health-care plan, conservatives and Republicans "suffered their most crushing legislative defeat since the 1960s."

"A huge part of the blame for today's disaster attaches to conservatives and Republicans ourselves.

"At the beginning of this process we made a strategic decision: unlike, say, Democrats in 2001 when President Bush proposed his first tax cut, we would make no deal with the administration. No negotiations, no compromise, nothing. We were going for all the marbles. This would be Obama's Waterloo -- just as healthcare was [Bill] Clinton's in 1994. . . .

"This time, when we went for all the marbles, we ended with none."

Frum has long been a contrarian conservative. He emerged as a harsh critic of Sarah Palin during the 2008 campaign and resigned from the National Review after Obama was elected. "I think a little more distance can help everybody do a better job of keeping their temper," he said then. "I am really and truly frightened by the collapse of support for the Republican Party by the young and the educated."

Frum has also been at war with much of the talk-radio right. He wrote a Newsweek cover article last year lambasting Rush Limbaugh, calling the host a "walking stereotype of self-indulgence -- exactly the image that Barack Obama most wants to affix to our philosophy and our party."


Link to Story
Wednesday, March 24th, 2010
3:43 pm
[funnygurusdca]
Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010
6:20 pm
[funnygurusdca]
A Ticket For Rush
Two guys from Brooklyn have set up a website to buy a one-way ticket to Costa Rica for Rush Limbaugh.

They're asking for $1 donations and in the first hours of their online efforts, they raised more than $1,100. Now they're asking Rush where to send the ticket.

If ol' Lardass refuses the ticket or doesn't keep his promise to leave, all the money raised will go to Planned Parenthood.


A Ticket For Rush
Monday, March 22nd, 2010
5:36 pm
[funnygurusdca]
Got your boarding pass, Rush?
Not long ago, Rush Limbaugh said that if Healthcare Reform passed, he'd move to Costa Rica.

I'll be interested to see how he fares with the doctors there, next time his heart starts beating like a hummingbird on Ecstasy.

So long, fathead!
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