Friday, November 12, 2010

WTF?

Just in case you will be gathering around the turkey this Thanksgiving with some in-law who proudly belongs to the Tea Party and who starts channeling Glen Beck, no need to say a word. Just tie them to a chair in front of the computer and surf to the site "What The Fuck Has Obama Done So Far?" launched last week to combat the President's critics on the left and right who claim that he has been an ineffective leader. It gained popularity very quickly, and the sentiment seems to have gained momentum.

If they're particularly prudish there is a PG version.

And, if you want to be "fair and balanced" (nudge, nudge, wink, wink), switch over to this site when your in-law starts screaming.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Government interference? How many syllables, Marco?

"The past two years provided a frightening glimpse at what could become of our great nation if we continue down the current path: wasteful spending, a growing debt and a government reaching ever further into our lives, even into our health care decisions," Florida senator-elect and Tea Party fave rave Marco Rubio said.

Now, I wonder how young Mr. Rubio feels about our phone calls being recorded and our emails being read? Oh, right. That's "keeping us safe." And improving health care policy is ... er... ummm ... DEATH PANELS, yeah, that's the ticket!

The good fight

Our friends at CREDO Action urge all progressives to heed the following ten clarion calls in the wake of the Rethuglican resurgence.

1. Commit to Taking Down FOX News. So long as FOX News has any credibility within the Beltway, it will be a pipeline for malicious material that will poison our political culture. Join our friends at Color of Change: turnofffox.org/landing?credo.

2.Tell the Senate to pass the DISCLOSE Act during the lame duck session. We were able to defeat the Texas Oil Initiative, Prop 23 in California, in part because we knew who the enemy was — having disclosure of corporate contributions brings the enemy out in the open for us to take on and fight. The DISCLOSE Act passed the House and came within a single vote of passing the Senate. One vote. You can join this fight by taking action with Public Citizen at citizen.org/disclose-act-action.

3. Keep fighting to end the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. This issue will get resolved during the lame duck session. Take action at act.credoaction.com/campaign/bushtaxcuts.

4. Sign up for the fight for a constitutional amendment to reverse the Citizens United decision by declaring that corporations do not have the legal rights of humans. This may take years, if not decades, but we should start now. Please join Free Speech for People: freespeechforpeople.org/.

5. Tell the FCC to use its existing authority to establish and defend net neutrality. Our friends at Free Press are leading this charge: act2.freepress.net/sign/put_up/. 6. Demand that the Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service investigate the political organizations set up by Karl Rove to launder millions of dollars in secret cash to change the outcome of elections. Act now at act.credoaction.com/campaign/investigate_crossroads. 7. Defend the EPA from castration by pro-coal interests in Congress. The EPA accomplished almost nothing during the Clinton years because the Gingrich-led Congress used the budget process to prohibit the agency from doing its work. This battle has already started. The Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign is a great way to join this fight: sierraclub.org/coal.

8. Convince the Obama administration to stop appealing progressive court rulings on matters like the Defense of Marriage Act, Don't Ask Don't Tell, and the state secrets defense against torture and wiretapping. Urge the Department of Justice to change its approach at act.credoaction.com/campaign/stop_appealing.

9. Urge Democratic senators to do away with lifetime tenure for committee chairs and open up all chair positions to majority vote elections. This will go a long way towards more progressive legislation. Take action with us at
act.credoaction.com/campaign/end_seniority_system.

10. Demand that the Department of Justice enforce the provisions of the national voter registration law that require state governments to offer to register all voters at departments of public welfare and motor vehicles. Many state governments simply ignore these requirements and this is a cheaper and more inclusive way of registering voters than the campaigns of the now dead ACORN. Urge Attorney General Eric Holder to expand voter registration:
credoaction.com/campaign/enforce_motor_voter.