Today’s man of the hour, Alan Grayson

 
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  1. Breaking News Alert
    The New York Times
    Wed, September 30, 2009 — 5:26 PM ET
    —–

    Chief Executive of Bank of America Expected to Step Down, Bank Sources Say

    Kenneth D. Lewis, chief executive of Bank of America,
    expected to step down, bank sources say.

  2. dnd

    I was writing a post on this for tomorrow, but as Brian’s beaten me to it, here it is:

    The Battle of the Wingnuts

    Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) went to the well of the health to claim that the Republican’s health care plan was: don’t get sick, and if you do, die quickly. The right quickly got in a snit and demanded an apology. Recall that this is the crowd that so embraced Sarah Palin’s patently false claim that the Democrats plan included “death panels,” that “death panels” became part of the health care rhetoric lexicon. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) went so far as to tell a crowd that the Democrats would “pull the plug on granny.” This is also the crowd that didn’t utter a peep about Rep. Trent Franks (R-IA) telling a crowd at the “How to Take Back America” that President Obama was an “enemy of humanity.”

    So let’s do a little compare and contrast. Grayson’s feeble attempt at sarcasm made an outrageous claim that everyone knows is false. And that he knew everyone would know is false. He said it to make a point about the Republican’s attempt to block health care reform. Palin, Grassley and Franks made an outrageous claim that they knew to be false, but they wanted to persuade their listeners that it was true.

    So in the battle of the wingnuts and the outrage over their statements, the Republicans seem to be winning handily.

    ps. For the record, Grayson is a serious wingnut.

  3. nannymm

    I’m going to send Alan Grayson a nice campaign contribution. I encourage you all to do the same if you are able.

  4. dnd

    Brian, thanks for that Ungar piece. He makes an interesting point about what a nitwit Grayson. A little more research will confirm those who doubt.

    But to answer the question as to “Why no entranc examination for Congress?” I’m reminded of a Groucho Marx statement that he wouldn’t want to join any country club that would admit him. So why no exam?

    1. Those who are qualified don’t want the job.
    2. Those who want the job couldn’t pass the exam.

  5. nannymm

    This is my answer to Unger:

    “Republicans like stupid politicians. How else do you explain their support for Bush? Or their insane enthusiasm for Palin? They also have an affinity for stupidity when it comes to science, as exhibited by their insistence that the earth is only 6,000 years old and their denial of global warming and evolution. My point?
    If one must pass a test to be in Congress, the repugs will scream bloody murder since few of their favorite candidates could pass. Can you imagine Michele Bachman passing any test? Sarah Palin? Hell, GWB would never have passed any exam except perhaps for one written for “My Pet Goat” readers.
    And let’s not forget that the republicans eschew intelligence and education. They prefer candidates they can envision guzzling beer with. Remember how they ridiculed Gore and Kerry?
    So, please, let’s demand competency tests for all candidates. That should significantly increase the democratic majorities at all levels of government. Maybe then we’ll finally see things get done and the needs of the people addressed.”

  6. nannymm

    Nike Resigns from Chamber Board

    Nike announces it is resigning from the US Chamber Board of Directors.

    I guess the Chamber’s desperate attempt to persuade the public and its members of an alternative reality in which the Chamber champions climate legislation didn’t work. Nike’s announcement, coming on the heels of the US Chamber’s newest push to justify its climate position, shows that the Chamber will have to do a lot more than repackage their oppositionist stance if they want to stop the bleeding. The fact is that there are scores of major US companies that want clean energy and climate policy, and the Chamber either has to represent those views or lose its voice completely on this issue.
    http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/paltman/nike_resigns_from_chamber_boar.html

  7. nannymm

    Most Americans would pay higher taxes to fund healthcare reforms that provide the best quality of care, but only a minority expects Washington to deliver it, according to a survey released on Wednesday.
    http://www.reuters.com/article/GCA-HealthcareReform/idUSTRE58T0MY20090930

  8. nannymm

    Thanks, Brian. Those two clips are just more proof of Republican stupidity. Let’s get that testing thing up and running ASAP!

  9. nannymm

    Here is yet another example of right wing stupidity. This one is exceedingly offensive.

    Right Wing Radio Host Blames Census Worker Death On ‘Open Borders’
    http://wonkroom.thinkprogress.org/2009/09/29/rodger-hedgecock-census/

  10. TempeBev

    At least ONE Dem has the courage to stand up to the repugs.

  11. Reality Check: Trying to Turn a Point of Pride into a Moment of Shame

    Last night Fox News continued its disregard for the facts in an attempt to smear the Administration’s efforts to win the Olympics for the United States. In the past, hosting the Olympics has been a source of pride and unity for the country, but once again Fox News’ Glenn Beck program has shown that nothing is worthy of respect if it can be used as part of a partisan attack to boost ratings.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/Reality-Check-Turning-a-Point-of-Pride-into-a-Moment-of-Shame/

  12. I have to say that finally I voted for someone worthy of my vote.

    Yes, I voted for Alan Greyson and I will have to send a few bucks to him when he’s up for re-election.

    And here is a link to a very good post from Booman tribune. Something I have been saying for a long time and others are now starting to say it as well.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2009/9/30/19025/5808

    God Bless.

  13. Military coup fantasy is latest in trend of extremist right-wing rhetoric

    http://mediamatters.org/research/200909300003

  14. nannymm

    Good morning from the FREEZING North Country.

  15. pretty chilly here too, just 50. How’s your arm doing?

  16. nannymm

    29 here; flurries, too. Shoulder is aching; guess I need to get used to it since surgery isn’t until Nov. 10th.

  17. Patsi Bale Cox

    Good morning, sports fans. I plan on sending Alan Grayson the contribution I “might” have sent my congressman, Jim Cooper, if he was not a maroon. The right wing conspiracy theorists are outdoing themselves this season. Just mind numbingly stupid shit.

  18. Patsi Bale Cox

    …and I plan on writing Jim Cooper to explain my action.

  19. OMG as I live and breath! Hey Patsi, sup? And who the dude in avitar? Welcome aboard.

  20. nannymm

    I sent Grayson a contribution last night. At present, my former repug congressman is the new Secretary of the Army. Good riddance! Our gain is their loss.

  21. nannymm

    More right-wing nuttery:

    Bachmann Warns Against “Sex Clinics” In Schools, Providing Abortions For Teenage Girls
    Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) took to the House floor last night to warn against a provision of the House health care bill, which would authorize non-profit entities to operate health clinics in schools — which she said would lead to Planned Parenthood “sex clinics” giving abortions to 13-year old girls without the parents knowing about it.

  22. GOP Opposition To Health Bill Goes Beyond Details, Right To The “Core”

    Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/09/30/gop-opposition-to-health_n_305582.html

  23. White House economic adviser Austan Goolsbee took home the top prize in the 16th annual “D.C.’s Funniest Celebrity” contest on Wednesday evening

    http://www.politico.com/click/stories/0910/austan_goolsbee_takes_the_prize.html

  24. dnd

    Tim Dickinson in the Rolling Stone:

    “The Lie Machine
    GOP operatives are running a secret campaign to kill health care reform, and it’s based on Karl Rove’s old playbook”

    http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/30219673/the_lie_machine

  25. Patsi Bale Cox

    The dude is my late, great friend JohnHartford.

  26. nannymm

    Hi Patsi. How ya been?

  27. dnd

    Happy 85th birthday Jimmy Carter. If we’d adopted your energy policies, we wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in today.

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