Take it back Todd

July 18, 2009

What a stupid wanker.


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Jason –

I wasn't planning on emailing you this morning.

But if you read what I just read, you’d know it’s time for action.

Last night, Republican Rep. Todd Tiahrt crossed the line when he asked on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives whether President Obama’s mother would have “taken advantage of [an abortion].”

Take a stand against divisive politics! Click here to demand Todd Tiahrt apologize to President Obama!

That’s a step too far even for a politician known for his radical, conservative platform.

In fact, he was immediately booed by his own colleagues in the House. 

Look, abortion is an incredibly emotional and important issue that deserves to be debated. But it deserves to be debated by adults; not ideologues seeking to score cheap political points.

This kind of politics is divisive, inappropriate, and disrespectful to the thousands of Kansans he serves.

Click here to demand an apology and tell Rep. Tiahrt his comments have no place in Congress!

While Todd Tiahrt’s colleagues are busy fixing our economy and repairing our broken health care system, he’s appealing to his right-wing base as he seeks the Republican nomination for Senate.

If anything, his comments are proof that he is unfit to serve the people of Kansas as a U.S. Senator.

Running to your base is common practice in politics, but this is one stone thrown too far. If Rep. Tiahrt truly seeks to represent all Kansans, not just far right Republicans, then he’ll apologize immediately.

Take it back Todd! Click here to demand Rep. Tiahrt apologize for his comment to President Obama!

Let’s take a stand against the politics of old.

Join your fellow Kansans and demand our elected officials do better.

Thank you,

Kenny Johnston
Executive Director – Kansas Democratic Party

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Take it back Todd

July 18, 2009

What a stupid wanker.


KDP Logo

Jason –

I wasn't planning on emailing you this morning.

But if you read what I just read, you’d know it’s time for action.

Last night, Republican Rep. Todd Tiahrt crossed the line when he asked on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives whether President Obama’s mother would have “taken advantage of [an abortion].”

Take a stand against divisive politics! Click here to demand Todd Tiahrt apologize to President Obama!

That’s a step too far even for a politician known for his radical, conservative platform.

In fact, he was immediately booed by his own colleagues in the House. 

Look, abortion is an incredibly emotional and important issue that deserves to be debated. But it deserves to be debated by adults; not ideologues seeking to score cheap political points.

This kind of politics is divisive, inappropriate, and disrespectful to the thousands of Kansans he serves.

Click here to demand an apology and tell Rep. Tiahrt his comments have no place in Congress!

While Todd Tiahrt’s colleagues are busy fixing our economy and repairing our broken health care system, he’s appealing to his right-wing base as he seeks the Republican nomination for Senate.

If anything, his comments are proof that he is unfit to serve the people of Kansas as a U.S. Senator.

Running to your base is common practice in politics, but this is one stone thrown too far. If Rep. Tiahrt truly seeks to represent all Kansans, not just far right Republicans, then he’ll apologize immediately.

Take it back Todd! Click here to demand Rep. Tiahrt apologize for his comment to President Obama!

Let’s take a stand against the politics of old.

Join your fellow Kansans and demand our elected officials do better.

Thank you,

Kenny Johnston
Executive Director – Kansas Democratic Party

P.S. I wouldn't have emailed if it wasn't important. Click here to rebuke this offensive comment! 

 

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All apoligies for no posts in the past few weeks. I’ve been busy as hell. Here’s a great song and great video.

This song is on the game Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam for Wii. Can’t believe that. Lyrics are on screen.

Four Missing Words

August 7, 2008

I saw Jim Slattery’s new ad last night. Excellent job on the pushback. Pat Roberts has no problem with big government handouts as long as they are going to his largest campaign contributers. Slattery did a good job of acknowleging the attacks in Robert’s “didn’t show up” ad without sounding defensive or whiny as well.

(problems with embedding video: See it here.)

There were four words missing form the ad that would have made it have more impact. Right before the words “Bridge to Nowhere”, they should have added the words “indicted Senator Ted Stevens’s”. Right now the biggest problem that Republicans at all levels have is that people are in a “turn the bastards out” line of thinking. The corruption and cronyism is starting to bite back and the more we can link Roberts to the way things are being done in Washington right now and the general wrongdoing in the Republican Party, the more he will look like one of the bastards that needs “turned out”.

Bread, peace and freedom.

The Rebpublican Party here in Barton County just doesn’t know when to quit. Marty Keenan is running for Kansas State Representative in the 112th district this year. He ran in 2004 against entrenched Republican candidate John Edmonds. This district is 57% republican and 21% democratic. He lost the race by 8 points. John Edmonds didn’t run in 2006, instead choosing a replacement by the name of Bill Wolf. The night of the election, Marty went to bed with the heady news of victory in his head, but the next day, his hopes were dashed. A lunchtime phone call from the county election commisioner informed him that 2 precincts had not had their votes counted. Marty had apparantly lost both of these townships by wide margins and lost the election by 41 votes (I still think this is suspicious, but as Marty is still a free man, he got off easier than Don Siegelman).

At a League of Women Voters candidate forum on the 16th of July, Marty made a comment about not wanting to be the Harold Stassen of Barton County, so if he lost this one, he wouldn’t run again. Unfortunately, John Edmonds (now chairman of the Barton County Republican Party) heard this. Like a retarded shark who sees ketchup in the water and thinks it’s blood, Edmonds thought his chance had come. He sent Marty a letter telling him how happy all of the merry fools in the local Republican apparatus are about this “promise” along with an absurd pledge card to sign.

(Click image to see full size letter).

What in the hell is the matter with this people. I know that they are foolish enough to try to beat Marty over the head with this later on down the road, but do they really think he’s going to sign the club? Besides, if you look at the numbers, they have all of the aces. Are they really that worried that Marty will manage to put together a straight flush at some point in the future?

But that’s it isn’t it? Marty has come close once and within an eyelash another time of just whipping their asses. Marty is a populist. A former-Republican who grew tired of the Republican party war on the middle class and turned away from the Dark Side. He is absolutely not going to sign the pledge card and is taking out a quarter page ad in the Sunday Tribune showing this letter topped with the words “Why are the local Republican bosses so worried about Marty Keenan?” They are worried because he has ideas. He has a vision for the Kansas he wants to see and leave for his children. They know that sooner or later, his hope will beat their fear. They are worried and rightfully so. You can get to Marty’s website here. If you can, click the “donations” button and help show the Barton County Republican Party that we are flat done taking their crap.

Bread, peace and freedom.

Anyone else damn near have a heart attack the last time they filled up the grocery-getter? I managed to fill up my car a few days ago for $3.53 a gallon and it was still over $40 to do it. We’ve heard all sorts of reasons that gas is so high, but one of the biggest things pushing it up is speculation.

Energy (including gas) is a tradeable commodity in the U.S. This means that it’s treated by Wall Street like corn, wheat, beef, and many other commodities. How it works is, with enough money and a broker, you can buy, say, wheat from a crop that hasn’t been harvested yet. PJ O’Rourke once said that the commodities market is a place where you can buy 1000 pork bellies and still starve to death because you lost all of your money playing in the commodities market.

Unfortunately, the jokers at Enron gave everyone a graduate level course in how to game the system. Let’s say that I’m a company that produces gasoline. I know that I can produce 100 billion gallons in the next 30 days. I have a smaller company under the same umbrella go and start making offers to buy gas futures for a higher price than the current one. Once this (and other companies under my control) do this, I then instruct them to keep it up. The high level of activity in an upward direction encourages others to do the same. Finally, by the time the gas goes from being a future commodity to a present one (i.e., in the tanks at a convenience store) the price is jacked up to Jesus and I laugh all the way to the bank. If I’m saddened by the plight of the American people that are hurt by this game, I go home and cry into a giant sack of money.

This is, of course, known as “price fixing” and the people who do it are known as “felons”, but as with any other crime, it isn’t a crime until you get caught and convicted. If you can do these transactions at lightspeed over a data network 100 million at a time, the only way you can get caught is if someone is monitoring the electronic transactions. Of course, if someone is monitoring, the jig would be up in no time. So if you are a big energy company wanting to game the system, what do you do? Get congress involved! The Commodities Futures Modernization Act had a loophole slipped in by Phil Gramm that would allow trading on Energy Commodities Markets to be free from government regulation.

So the next time you see the new Pat Roberts ad (I’m not linking to it or embedding it; I’ll be damned if that rat bastard gets hits from my blog), remember that gas taxes aren’t what have us in this merry mess, it’s Republicans like Roberts looking out for their corporate buddies to get rich off of our money that really got us where we are now.

And the next time you get that feeling that the news broadcasters like to refer to as “pain at the pump”, it hurts when you’re being screwed by an elephant.

Bread, peace and freedom.

I met Jim Slattery…

July 29, 2008

I went to Marty Keenan’s kick-off party. Didn’t make it until late, but got to speak (very briefly) with Jim Slattery. This guy is a straight-shooter. I got the chance to discuss energy policy with him, and he makes a very strong case for nuclear power. The best part of this case is that nuclear power would be best used to get us off of foreign oil and help to ease the transition to wind and solar power. He pointed out that there are nuclear power plants in France that use 1/10 of the fissable material and put out 1/10 of the waste. No CO2 emissions are also a plus.

The biggest thing is that Slattery has the sort of vision we need. He acknowleges current problems but also makes sure to realize that we need to be somewhere completely different in a decade and is willing to work to make that happen. I plan to cast my vote for Mr. Slattery in the primary next week with pride.

Bread, peace and freedom!

(props to SNL)

I should know by now, that when I’m reading opinion pieces on Yahoo News in the morning, I should just avoid anything written by Maggie Gallagher like I do the rantings of Ann Coulter and Brent Bozell III; pissed-off and eggs is a breakfast that I never enjoy.

So yesterday morning, I was having eggs and made the mistake of clicking an article titled Obama Faking It by the afore-mentioned Ms. Gallagher and immediately had pissed-off as well.

Obama has a problem: What do you do when you’re a lightly accomplished one-term senator, a former state legislator from Illinois, a Harvard law graduate who has no substantive record of accomplishments, and you are running against a war hero whom polls show that Americans overwhelmingly view as far more fit to be commander in chief?

Pose, of course.

First off, every news story for the last 2 months shows how bad Obama is beating the piss out of McCain on every issue that the mindless cretins who call themselves pollsters can think to throw at the public. I don’t know if this is based on a poll conducted by Maggie at a cocktail party hosted by Rush Limbaugh or what, but I digress.

NBC’s Andrea Mitchell was the one journalist with the courage to name what she was actually seeing happen: Obama faking even being interviewed by the press.

“Let me say something about the message management. He didn’t have reporters with him, he didn’t have a press pool, he didn’t do a press conference,” either in Afghanistan or Iraq, noted Mitchell on the air. Instead Obama manufactured “what some would call ‘fake interviews,’ because they are not interviews from a journalist,” Mitchell went on.

Sorry, but when it comes to what happened I agree more with John Amato’s take on this:

Andrea Mitchell actually told MSNBC viewers that Barack Obama gave “fake interviews” because he didn’t cater to her and the traveling road show during his Iraq/Afghan visit.

Most reporters from the MSM now can be fit under one of two categories: Stenographers and Paparazzi. They cover Obama and McCain like they are Brittney and Paris; like they are competing for the next American Idol rather than the job of leader of the free world. I don’t blame Obama (or McCain for that matter) for treating this group of howling jackals like plague rats in a maternity ward. Who wants this group of yammering assholes following you around so they can sniff your pee and tell the world that you like asparagus.

The whole Obama campaign is something we’ve never seen before — at least not executed to this level of perfection with a media willing to go along because, well, so many of them want it to succeed.

This is the part where she falls off of the end of the earth. Really, Maggie? Really the media is going along with this? Last I checked, the media loves McCain. Journalistic bias is something that will be debated long after I die, but in this instance, Maggie Gallagher just sounds retarded.

Bread, peace and freedom.

Marty Keenan is holding the grand opening of his campaign headquarters in Great Bend this Friday from 4 to 5 P.M. at 2015 Forest Suite 105. Refreshments will be served and Jim Slattery will also be putting in an appearance. Unfortunatly, I have to work until 5 on Friday, but hopefully Mr. Slattery will stick around for a little bit after the event gets over, because I have a few questions I’d like to ask him face to face. Click here for Marty’s campaign website and here for Slattery’s.

Update: Just got an email back from Marty Keenan that Jim Slattery will be sticking around in GB until 5:30. I’m going to be there. So excited!!!