Being “in it for the long haul” and why it matters

Like many of you, I am truly frustrated with many of my liberal compadres who hoped for nearly instant gratification after Senator Barack Obama became President Barack Obama. I don’t have to tell you how absurd it is to expect years and years of conservative damage to be repaired, reversed and rejected in just a couple of years, particularly in the face of perhaps the most daunting headwind of political opposition ever experienced by a new president bolstered by an historic use of the filibuster. Add to that the rather surprising (at least to me) hostility from so many vocal people on the left and it’s nothing short of a miracle that President Obama has gotten done all of the things he has achieved.…

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Michigan Militiamen display hilarious lack of knowledge about the Constitution

Hoo boy. THIS is absolutely hilarious.

Most people are aware of the Michigan Militia, a very disorganized group of separatists who believe the government is the enemy and that there’s a conspiracy behind every tree. Timothy McVeigh spent time with them before he blew up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City and they have been in and out of the news since then with their anti-government shenanigans.

Well, there’s a remake of the movie Red Dawn coming out soon and they are PISSED about it. In the original movie, a band of Americans fights back as America is invaded by Russia.…

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Can the GOP win in a hostage situation without vulnerable hostages?

Last December the Republicans in Congress held unemployed Americans hostage in order to secure tax breaks for the nation’s über-wealthy. It was a strategy that worked because Democrats, including President Obama, were unwilling to sacrifice the welfare of our most-vulnerable citizens simply to win a political battle.

Once again the country finds the GOP in a hostage-taking situation. In order to exact draconian, harmful cuts to the budget, they are turning away from big ticket items like defense and away from bringing more revenue into the national coffers by raising taxes on the rich and on corporations that exploit huge tax loopholes to avoid paying their fair share (or anything in the case of General Electric!) Their threat is that they will shut down government until they get their way.…

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GOP aide sends email blast announcing female colleague’s availability, “She’s a dem, but she’s hot.”

A legislative aide to Michigan State Representative Jeff Farrington, Bryan Brandenburg, sent an email this week announcing a female colleague’s recent break-up, saying, “She’s a dem, but she’s hot.” Instead of sending the email to a small group of Congressional associates, he ended up sending it to every member of the Republican legislative staff.

Subject: 25/F/Capitol Building.

“Hey guys,

“I know it’s slow today so I thought I’d help a friend out. [NAME DELETED] broke up with her man yesterday and is now single and looking. She’s a dem, but she’s hot. Go visit her in [HER EMPLOYER'S NAME] office or send her a message on Groupwise.

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In order to form a more perfect union…

Arlo Guthrie totally gets it right:

Back in 1776, a whole new nation was formed.

Thirteen British colonies tried unsuccessfully to have the concerns of their citizens heard or taken seriously by the empire across the Atlantic.

So the colonists formed themselves into a union.

The preamble to the Constitution begins with these words:

“We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union…”

A more perfect union was the very first reason for the founding of the United States of America.

America IS a union. You can’t be anti-Union and pro-America at the same time.

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The Republican “Path to Poverty”

Paul Ryan calls his new budget cause the “Path to Prosperity”. The new head of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (woo HOO!!!) calls it, appropriately, the “Path to Poverty”.

Mr. Chairman, I rise today in support of amendment number 4 which stops reckless and shameful cuts to senior and nursing homes. As a member of Congress representing a large number of seniors in south Florida, I can tell you that this budget would be devastating for seniors and older Americans.

This Republican Path to Poverty passes like a tornado through America’s nursing homes, where millions of America’s seniors receive long-term and end of life care.

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Fox “News” drops Glenn Beck, sentient beings around the world cheer

Well, halle-freakin-lujah.

Glenn Beck to End Daily Fox News Program

Glenn Beck will end his daily Fox News Channel program later this year.

His departure was jointly announced on Wednesday by Fox and Mr. Beck’s company, Mercury Radio Arts. The companies said they would “work together to develop and produce a variety of television projects for air on the Fox News Channel as well as content for other platforms including Fox News’ digital properties.”

And as soon as these other projects bomb, which they will, Beck will be consigned to the dustbin of history except for his radio show. I’m sure you’ll be able to hear him spew his hurtful, hateful, harmful effluvience in the South and in hardcore conservative areas around the country indefinitely.…

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