Thursday, March 20, 2008

The Illustrated Daily Scribble

Here's the newest offering of humorous political art. The Illustrated Daily Scribble. This fellow is an astute observer of all things funny on a mostly daily basis, and certainly worth checking out regularly.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Vitters "quibble" is plain ole bullshit

One positive effect of the Eliot Spitzer mess in NYC is that it highlights the hypocrisy of the GOPers in Louisiana, and David Vitter in particular. Vitter and Roger Villere (head LA GOPer) can quibble all they want as to whether or not his "sin" is similar to Spitzer's, but in this case quibble is just another word for bullshit. The bottom line is that Vitter betrayed the public trust, his wife, his family and his public persona just as Spitzer did. Both held themselves out as paragons of virtue and disdainful of all "immoral" behavior; and publicly chastised and prosecuted those who did not adhere to their high "moral" principles. And both did it while publicly courting voters in elections and at the same time betraying the public by their secret behavior.

In one aspect at least Vitter's behavior was more reprehensible than Spitzer's. If, as Vitter claims, his "sin" was in the past and he had reconciled with his wife Wendy and his church, and his family, then his entire campaign for Senate based on his strong "family values" was a lie. And if, as has been reported, his wife and the GOPer leadership were aware of his "sin", then they too were complicit in his campaign of lies. In doing so, David Vitter, Wendy, and the GOPer leaders willingly risked exposing his family - their children in particular - to shame and ridicule solely in order to further their political ambition of establishing a "republican majority" in Louisiana. Shame, shame, shame . . . . . .

This is not going to go away, regardless how much "quibble" theGOPers put on it. Spitzer had the brass to acknowledge his abuse of public trust and resign. Scout Finch has a good piece at DailyKos distinguishing between the two fallen angels.

Something to get angry about . . . .

Taxpayers in Louisiana Congressional District 1 - LA01 - paid $615.1 million for the cost of the Iraq War through December 2007. For the same amount of money, the following could have been provided:

183,500 People with Health Care OR
445,631 Homes with Renewable Electricity OR
17,777 Public Safety Officers OR
12,457 Music and Arts Teachers OR
138,253 Scholarships for University Students OR
56 New Elementary Schools OR
7,391 Affordable Housing Units OR
477,433 Children with Health Care OR
93,379 Head Start Places for Children OR
12,553 Elementary School Teachers OR
10,492 Port Container Inspectors

Notes and Sources Go to Cost of War Counter

Not Bad Being a "Bleeding Heart Liberal"

What about "tax and spend",and "bleeding heart" Liberals?
Conservatives have no problem with government taxing and spending so long as the spending is done on their own businesses and industries, so that they add to their own bottom lines. Liberals, on the other hand, believe in taxing "the haves" -- which often includes themselves -- in order to distribute wealth back to "the have-nots."

They do so in part for perfectly selfish reasons, believing that when poor people do not have reliable and sufficient income, they are much more likely to resort to crime to get what they need to support themselves and their families. But another reason they do so is the inspiration they have gotten from the teaching of the great prophets of the Hebrew Bible on the one hand, and from Jesus of Nazareth on the other. See LiberalsLikeChrist.Org/GODvsGreed.

Conservatives try to intimidate people like me by referring to us as "bleeding-heart liberals", because of the many instances in which we are concerned about the suffering of needy and helpless people. Have we ever seen or heard the media refer to "bleeding heart conservatives"? "What is that?" you ask. Why it's Conservatives who -- instead of commiserating with the suffering of the poor -- "feel the pain" of the super-wealthy.

Conservatives cringe at the thought of multi-millionaires being required to pay taxes on their million dollar income from dividends and capital gains, just like common laborers are required to pay taxes on their income from labor. It's Conservatives who "feel the pain" of the children of those millionaires, who have to pay estate taxes on whatever they inherit from their parents through no merit of their own, after the first million dollars or so is entirely exempted from that tax. The only time we will hear criticism of these views in the media is every two to four years, when a Liberal candidate has paid thousands of dollars to buy a few seconds of air time from the Conservatives who own just about all of the major media in America these days.

A Liberal woman I know told me about a date she had with a Republican: "When I asked this guy why he was a Republican, he said, and I quote exactly, "because I believe that there are the haves and the have-nots in this world, and being one of the haves, I vote to keep that." Rarely do you find such candor, especially from a conservative Republican!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Wendy Vitter to counsel Silda Spitzer

You gotta love it when the self-righteous and mighty get caught red-handed in their own pool of hypocrisy. Eliot Spitzer, the law and order Prostitution Ring buster, caught with his hand in the cookie jar, so to speak. We in South Louisiana can thank him for bringing to the forefront once again the sad tale of our own David Vitter, and his wife Wendy. Recall she threatened to pull a Bobbitt on him under similar circumstances. When interviewed about the Spitzer matter:
She didn't have much to say at first, but the folks in the press kept on pushing.
So now we know the rest of the story. I hope it turns out better for Eliot.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Remember this picture and their GOPer enablers . .

Every man and woman of voting age in South Louisiana should remember this picture. It is Messrs. Bush and McWalnuts celebrating McWalnut's birthday on August 29, 2005, while thousands of folks were being washed out of their homes and lives by Hurricane Katrina and broken Corps of Engineers levees. The Smirking Bastards.

And remember that these two GOPers and their family values and disaster capitalists cronies in Washington did everything they could do, and are still doing, to stall and hinder the return of South Louisiana and New Orleans - to preserve it only for their disaster capitalist profiteering friends. The War in Iraq, and the aftermath of Katrina are the worst of the many Bushivik GOPer atrocities, and McWalnuts just wants to keep'em going on forever. In fact he may just turn out to be worse - if that's possible - than Dim Son. Just remember that these two were yukking it up in Arizona while Katrina was bearing down on you and yours.

Remember also that during and after Katrina, the United States Congressman from LA01 was the now Goober Lil'Bobby Jindal, who'd only recently carpet-bagged into Metarie when David Vitter, who slipped into Bob Livingston's LA01 seat when he was outed by Larry Flynt of Hustler, moved to the somewhat more dignified Senate, where he could deal with a better class of whores. And Congressman Jindal - our man in Washington after the storm -wasn't even in Washington most of the time, but rather was in Louisiana making the rounds of the money-men campaigning for his next step up to the big time.

Thus LA01 has a strange history of really meaning nothing to anyone who represents us except as a stop-over point for a better job - padding the resume if you will. Word is that Lil'Bobby Jindal has put his Metairie house on the market, where even in this GOPer induced housing market crisis, it'll be snapped up by some political friend. Now he don't need us no more, so he's returned to Red Stick in Da Big House. Livingston-Vittycent-Jindal - and now, who? Are we gonna get Tweedledum GOPer or Tweedledee GOPer - Scalise or Burns.

Saturday we had primaries for Congress in Louisiana. And here in our LA01, Gilda Reed won the Democratic primary walking away, which most of us knew would happen. And it looks as though finally a strong appealing Democrat is gaining traction in this backwater GOPer lair. But, as in all elections there was a downside - the numbers: LA-01: Special Closed Primary Results

CenLamar provides a complete breakdown of the votes in LA01, and they're not pretty. The Democratic primary, open to Dems & Friends alike, drew about 16,800 votes; and the GOPer primary, open only to GOPer fellow travelers, drew over 34,000. A margin of over 2 to 1. In my own precinct in Mandeville, the margin was 2.5 to 1 for the GOPers.

I asked my son-in-law today if he voted. His answer, "No, it wouldn't have done any good. This is repug country and it's gonna stay that way. I'll vote in May, but why bother now?" [Hell, you better vote, boy, or no more nice in-laws.] Truth be known, that's probably a clear statement about not voting in the primary, it didn't make a difference - but it could have!

The real vote for LA01 is in May, after Messrs. Burns and Scalise have taken distaste for each other and downright hatred for all things liberal to a new level of Dante's Inferno. The attacks on each other should at least provide some humor through their run-off in April, their programed bullshit spoken through shiny white teeth. Southshore versus Northshore. [I say we put'em both out in the middle of Lake Pontchartrain in pirogues with paddles, survivor wins, just like on TV.]

What's troubling about Saturday's two primaries is the 2 to 1 margin of GOPers to Dems who actually voted in their respective primaries. And, since independents and other free thinkers were allowed to vote in the Democrat primary, I was looking forward to some more balanced results in turn out. Maybe there just wasn't a real enough of a contest between Vinny and Gilda.

I've only met Vinny once, and he's a good man, very easy to like and respect. And also, being truthful, I've only met Gilda once, but there was a look me in the eye strength in her that drew me in. She's got it, chrisma, determination, and a complete and utter belief and conviction that she is doing the right thing at the right time for the right reason - the Common Good. Since that one meeting, I read all I could find on her, and I've spoken with others who feel the same way. She is the person we need to represent all the people of LA01, not just the business men, the law enforcement community, the real estate brokers and developers, etc, etc. In other words, we need her in Congress to represent the ordinary folks in this district. The folks that get up early, work long hours for low pay, and are watching daily as the price of food, of gas, of housing, of clothing, rise; the people who are rebuilding their lives and homes, not the contractors and bankers and profiteers; the people who need available personal health care, not the insurance companies and HMOs who make it unaffordable; the folks who actually do the labor and not the corporate bosses who cut jobs, pay and benefits to gorge themselves on more profits.

As disappointing as the number of votes in Saturday's primary were, it's gonna get better. All each of us have to do it take one or two new voters with us in May. I for sure am taking my daughter and son-in-law . . . . . and I'll remember that picture of the two GOPers

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Enjoy the 'toons of Pablo at PabloOnPolitics

It's Saturday, and while we're waiting for the results of the 1st Democratic congressional primary since the days of EWE, let's enjoy the 'toons of Pablo at . . . This first is a simple statement on the condition of the economy under the GOPers. Maybe this is what Steve Scalise and his friends at the Club for Growth have in mind for our future. I just hope the folks at BunnyBread are able to keep puttin' out that great sliced white bread.Then of course no 'toonist could overlook the great potential in Johnny McWalnuts. Let's all hope he doesn't make it to the WH, but if he does we can at least look forward to more years of great humor in the finest tradition of George, JEB, Poppy, Babs & Laura, and friends.
Even after he loses in November, old Johnny McW will still be somewhere making funny, maybe feeding bar-b-que to his buddies Russert and Matthews at his Sedona get-away.
Be sure and check out Pablo, and his great archives . . .

Friday, March 7, 2008

LA01 has a chance, don't blow it again . . .

Tomorrow's the day people. For the first time since the days of Edwin Edwards, Louisiana will have separate party primaries for Congressional seats. The recent presidential primaries don't really count for anything here, but these do. And in this district, LA01, it is important. There is a really well qualified progressive Democrat running in the person of Gilda Reed, and she's sure to win the primary and then face off against whoever wins the GOPer primary. And for the first time in many years, there is a very real chance we could end up with a Democrat representing LA01 in Congress.

As of today, it looks as though the GOPer race is between two uber-conservatives, Scalise and Burns, each trying his best to out conservative the other. They're both 100% against everything GOPers are supposed to be against. They hate homos, abortions, taxes, people in general and anything considered liberal. What is it with that hate thing? Most liberals are pretty nice folks.

Is this little reminder from Roget's Thesaurus really true. Well, if you pull up your Roget's, or any other dictionary or thesaurus, you'll find that it is. We're not mean spirited or selfish. In fact, one of our best selling points is that we believe in the common good, e.g. what's good for me is good for you is good for all of us.

Take the issue of taxes for instance. Of course, no one likes to pay taxes, who would. But to hear Messrs. Scalise and Burns take on it, you'd have to believe there's no such thing as a good tax, period, none, no way, no how. Doesn't matter what the tax is for, or who pays it, or how much it is, taxes are bad. So the fight in GOPer circles is who did and didn't vote for TAXES!!!

Then take their so-called family values. GOPers say they want to go to Congress so they can return to family values. Remember this was one of the buzz-word flash points GOPers came up with in the Reagan years. GOPers then couldn't really win by telling folks they were for lower taxes on rich folks, abolition of the social safety network, Milton Friedman trickly-down-your-leg economics, so they came up with the family values scam. It's basically the same fear scam they still use. We'll make you afraid of the other, the homosexuals who're gonna currupt your kids, the abortionists who kill babies, the colored folks who'll ravage your women-folk, and we'll package it all in a nice little kit called family values. Don't be concerned that the schools and the infrastructure are rotting, or that businesses are failing or migrating overseas, or that you can't pay the mortgage because there's no oversight preventing lenders from robbing us blind, we'll protect those unborn cell clusters, and keep them homos out of your lives. Family values my ass.

We just went through 7 long years of conservative family values in Congress, and look at the mess we're in today. What is with these neanderthals in Louisiana. The rest of the country is finally waking up to the fact that so-called conservative values do not work, never did, never will.

We in LA01 actually have a chance to climb up out of the wilderness, up from the dark ages, into the 21st century, and elect someone who can do what is right for the common good. GOPers by their nature are not interested in the common good.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

McCain-Hagee-MSM the "New Axis of Evil"

What is it with this guy? Ole Johnny McWalnuts just keeps on stepping in it, and he's still smelling like a rose to the guys in the MSM - like his blow-buddies Timmy Russert and Tweedy Bird Matthews. He hugs and swoons over the likes of Rapture-Meister John Hagee, and the rightwingnuts who hated him two weeks ago now see him as the second coming; and climb on board so as to not get Left Behind. WTF is this shit all about?

This guy is a certified nutcase folks! Wake up and smell the coffee! It's bad enough that he loves Bush and Family, and is suffered by them so he can hold the WH for Jeb's restoration, but he's also a habitual adulterer, a panderer to lobbyists, a manipulator of the FEC and election laws, a Friedman free-trader, and a war-monger without peer.

Republicans have no shame! And their acceptance and adoration of McCain is the perfect example of their complete lack of morals and judgment in politics.