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Joe Wilson, Bill O'Reilly and Rush Limbaugh are the horse's asses in the race against time.
And they’re off. The shock jocks, blabber mouths and horses ass’s moths are running out of the gate. For one solitary day, after the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords and the senseless massacre of innocent people, we had a moment, before the staged silence, that felt as though this horrendous event might impact the bloviators who spew hateful rhetoric. It was on Sunday, and I was hoping that all the God-fearing Christians would see this as a sign and shift their evil-doing ways. That they might, perhaps, even be more Christian. One day. That is all we got. Because if you listen up now, the same old crap is being spewed by the likes of Bill O’Reilly, Rush (I need an Oxycontin) Limbaugh and the gun toting gun lobbyists. They’re baaaack! Let’s face it. Republicans are great at dominating the conversation. Heck, they won by a landslide, didn’t they? So, naturally they are not going to cower like the Democrats did for the last two years. No, these mongers are true to their core beliefs. They are bullies from a pulpit…bullying. They are pros at puffing out their chest, banging it like King Kong. Who isn’t afraid of bullies? According to statistics, bullying has increased in the school nationwide. Funny that no one talks about connecting the dots from the political vitriol to the grade school hallways. Well, I am here to do just that. What is heard in the home, most likely is brought to the classroom, like an elementary case of transference, Psych 101. Makes sense to me.
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When Bush pushed CAFTA through Congress, it was a very close win for the GOP's
Big Business allies.
The final vote was 217-215(http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2005/roll443.xml).
Although 187 Democrats voted against it-- only 15 joining the Republicans in
favor-- Boehner, Blunt, Cantor, Ryan delivered for their corporate masters
For the last month Boehner has been running around the country like a bright
orange chicken without a head squawking, "Where are the jobs, Mr. President?"
It's an ironic question coming from one of the engineers responsible for
passing trade policies that have systematically decimated the basis of America's
manufacturing base. Boehner and his cronies-- their wallets fat with gargantuan
payoffs from outsourcers-- have voted for every single bad trade bill that has
ever promised to ship American jobs overseas. For Boehner to publicly ask where
the jobs are is a slap in the face to every American worker and an insult to the
intelligence of every Ohio voter. In the Senate, Obama looked at the exact same
CAFTA bill Boehner and the Republicans did. Then-Senator Obama voted against it.
Several conservative Senate Republicans voted NO as well (John Thune,
Lindsey Graham, David Vitter, Mike Enzi, Richard Shelby...) but voting to send
American jobs to slave wage economies: Jim DeMint, Richard Burr, Mike DeWine,
Chuck Grassley, Blanche Lincoln, John McCain, Ben Nelson and, of course
Miss McConnell. All the Democrats voted against it with the exception of a small
handful of corporate whores who habitually vote with the GOP against
But let's go back to the House for a moment, where every member has to face the
voters in November. Why are Ohio voters thinking of reelecting John Boehner, who
has screwed them on WTO, screwed them on CAFTA, screwed them on NAFTA and has the
temerity to be boosting plans for more unbalanced trade legislation with a
handful of more low-wage countries. I know he wants to destroy the standard of
living of American workers and make them into serfs but who does he think will be
buying American goods and services to keep our consumer-driven economy afloat if
there are no decent jobs? Not everyone can be a caddy or bartender!
Instead of asking Justin Coussoule for another quote about Boehner's record on
jobs and how it has devastated businesses and the economy from Butler County up
through Darke, Miami and Mercer, we took a look at a perfectly framed ad by
Rob Miller, the former marine running against Joe "You Lie" Wilson. Although
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham warned that CAFTA would be disastrous
for South Carolina's textile industry and small businesses (and voted NO),
at the last minute Wilson was persuaded by Boehner's slick blandishments and
voted YES, along with Gresham Barrett and Bob Inglis, both of whom have been
disposed of by tea party activists. Miller's TV ad should leave Wilson reeling:
We caught up with Rob this morning and asked him if Wilson, just one Member of
Congress, really hurt South Carolina with his vote. We knew the answer but we
wanted to see how Rob would put it. He put it well:
> When Joe Wilson went to Congress in December 2001, South Carolina’s
> unemployment rate was 5.7 percent. Today, 10.8 percent of
> South Carolinians are without jobs, including 112,500 people who
> have lost their manufacturing jobs.
> Manufacturing was the backbone of South Carolina’s economy, until
> unfair trade deals like CAFTA went into effect. CAFTA sent thousands
> of our jobs overseas, and people all across the state knew that
> would happen before the first vote was cast.
> But that didn’t stop Joe Wilson. Joe Wilson voted for CAFTA and broke
> his promise to protect South Carolina’s workers, sending their jobs to
> Central America. The real insult is that Joe Wilson cast the deciding
> vote for CAFTA. If Wilson voted “No” CAFTA would not have passed.
> It was that simple, and Joe Wilson didn’t have the courage to do what’s
> right. South Carolina towns are dying-- people are struggling to put
> food on the table-- and it all comes down to Joe Wilson turning his back
> on South Carolina’s workers by voting “Yes” for CAFTA.
I hope lots of Democrats watch Rob's ad. Similar ones would be especially
effective against Roy Blunt (R-MO), Mike Castle (R-DE), Mark Kirk (R-IL), and
John Boozman (R-AR) four particularly corrupt Wall Street darlings who are all
trying to upgrade from the House to the Senate. It may also be useful for
Democrats in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and New Mexico to keep in mind as Charlie
Bass, Mike Fitzpatrick and Steve Pearce try to slip back into office without
letting voters know they were major players in the battles to pass CAFTA and
similarly toxic trade bills.When Bush pushed CAFTA through Congress, it was a very close win for the GOP's... more
Last week, comedian Joe Wilson wrote a great blog post on this here blog, about how Twitter hacks up jokes before comics can. Are you funny? Do you have interesting things to talk about? Do you want to have your award-winning fart joke published? If you have some interesting insight, or something blog-worthy, let me know, and then you too can be a guest blogger on the Current_Comedy blog.
Send a pitch to me, with the header ATTN: GUEST BLOGGER, and I'll let you know what to do to get that baby running.
Email jheller at current dot com.
Steadybloggin' baby.Last week, comedian Joe Wilson wrote a great blog post on this here blog, about how... more
GUEST BLOG! Comedian Joe Wilson, gives his insight into how Twitter has impacted the comedy game. Enjoy!
I am a comedian named Joe Wilson, which has been less than amusing lately. And by comedian, I mean I have the ability to say words in an order that produces the involuntary reaction known as laughter.
In the past, my name inspired people to ask about my CIA-agent wife, which was fun. But now I have the same name as the nation's most famous heckler, South Carolina congressman, and raging douchebag, Joe Wilson.
My response to Joe Wilson's heckle, which I have offered to the White House just in case – "I don't come down to your district and interrupt you blowing insurance company lobbyists." A little wordy, but it is congress.
I've been watching Twitter since Obama's speech, my name trending hard, awaiting what would top it as Michael Jackson topped Farrah and Billy Mays topped Fred Travalena (we are all famous to a few people).
And just a few days later, there it was – Kanye West.
I thought all the Joe Wilsons of the world, including my dad, would have our belligerent namesake buried by news of Kanye's jackassery. Then the "Kanye interrupting the president" jokes started and Joe Wilson was back.
Then Patrick Swayze shuffled off this mortal coil, the first celebrity death Twitter didn't inform me of in a flurry of hashtags. Instead, it was a text from a friend, "Patrick Swayze starts work on Ghost 2."
I thought celebrity death always trumps celebrity egos gone wild. Then the "Kanye West interrupting Patrick Swayze on his way to heaven" jokes started.
Hours after the first Kanye West interrupting the president jokes, I saw tweets from people complaining about it being a played out, hack joke. Similar tweets popped up bitching about Kanye interrupting Swayze on his way to heaven jokes, 3 hours after they started.
Twitter hacks up jokes before comedians can!
The speed of topical humor, in both joke and video form, has never been faster. Topical humor is a form of comedy that is inherently temporary in relevance and in its ability to earn laughs. Twitter has become the grim reaper of late-night, and not so late-night, writing rooms.
In hopes of you forgetting Joe Wilson (the other one) and the publicist directed actions of Kanye West, I leave you with a topical joke having nothing to do with either of them:
Ed Hardy Colostomy Bags are just like douchebags in Ed Hardy shirts, except Ed Hardy Colostomy Bags have more content.
That joke dies when all the homeless people living in hipster neighborhoods across the nation are clothed in tigers.
Ladies and Gentleman Joe Wilson! Check out his award-winning short The Swear Police, and some other goodies. He's on the tumblrs, and of course catch him on Twitter at JoeWilsonTV.GUEST BLOG! Comedian Joe Wilson, gives his insight into how Twitter has impacted the... more
I'm very impressed by the speed at which the internet is able to meme.
On Wednesday September 9th, the representative from South Carolina, dissed the President.
Joe Wilson versus Barack Obama
Then on Sunday, September 13th, Kanye West dissed Taylor Swift.
Kanye West versus Taylor Swift
Then within in two hours of this occurrence, Meme-O-Sphere Mash-Up Archivists came up with this:
Barack Obama versus Kanye West
This sort of mashup has happened before. Remember that Bill O'Reilly / Christian Bale mash up? The O'Reilly material surfaced a few months prior. The Bale footage happened on February 2nd, 2009. On February 4th this remix surfaced.
Christian Bale versus Bill O'Reilly
In the first quarter of 2009, it took two days to come up with an obvious pop-cultural mash-up. In the last quarter of 2009 it takes two hours. I can only imagine that in the fourth quarter of 2010, meme remixes will occur in real-time. HYPER!
Check out Mario's post on the Kanye / Swift VMA fiasco and the impact of Twitter over at the Currentdotcom blog.I'm very impressed by the speed at which the internet is able to meme. On... more
It's pretty ballsy to dis the president while he's talking. Joe Wilson, a representative from South Carolina, actually had the balls to yell "you lie!" to Obama.
What kind of future can we expect, when even our legislators don't respect procedure? It seems like we'll be living in an idocracy. Oh wait, it already seems like we are:
Jonah Ray discovered this page in the script from Mike Judge's Idiocracy.
"SOUTH CAROLINA WHATS UP!"It's pretty ballsy to dis the president while he's talking. Joe Wilson, a... more
January 31, 2010
Camus Fired Up
By MAUREEN DOWD
It began as a bit of partisan gamesmanship and ended, surprisingly, as illuminating political theater.
White House advisers thought that if they asked that cameras and reporters be allowed in for the usually closed Q. and A. with the president at the annual retreat of House Republicans, the Republicans might say no and look obstructionist.
But the Republicans realized what the White House was up to, got irritated and opened up the exchange in Baltimore to show they weren’t scared of the smart, facile and newly warmblooded Barack Obama.
And during the next hour and a half, our government did not look quite so lame.
Obama is always at his best when his back is against the wall, and he is perversely content when he has the challenge of the lion’s den.
He may lapse back into his Camus coma at any moment. But on Friday he dropped the diffident debutante act and offered, as he did at the State of the Union, some welcome gumption.
“You know,” he said, halfway through his sparring session with Republicans, “I’m having fun.”
When he was running for president, John McCain said that if he won, he would regularly take questions in the peppering style of the British prime minister in the House of Commons.
But it was Obama who ended up doing just such a Ping-Pong session, standing in a hotel ballroom and giving as good he got, to-ing and fro-ing in a far more vivid way than in the presidential debates.
The president chided his audience for casting his health care plan as a “Bolshevik plot” and for telling folks back home that he’s “doing all kinds of crazy stuff that’s going to destroy America.” But Obama also acknowledged that the Republicans have some good ideas, and that, as it turned out, was what they yearned to hear.
In the end, the Republicans may well go back to being inflexibly inflexible with this president, but for a moment in time, each side realized that the other side had something to say. It was, as The Times’s reporters Peter Baker and Carl Hulse called it, a televised marriage-therapy session “as each side vented grievances pent up after a year of partisan gridlock.”
The Utah Republican Jason Chaffetz picked up on the president’s line in the State of the Union about “a deficit of trust.”
“We didn’t create this mess, but we are here to help clean it up,” the freshman member said, before ticking off a litany of things that have soured many Americans on the president who came in trailing fairy dust.
“When you stood up before the American people multiple times and said you would broadcast the health care debates on C-Span, you didn’t,” he said.
And another good one: “You said you weren’t going to allow lobbyists in the senior-most positions within your administration, and yet you did.”
And another: “You said you’d go line by line through the health care bill. And there were six of us, including Dr. Phil Roe, who sent you a letter and said we would like to take you up on that offer. ... We never got a call.”
And this rousing finale: “And when you said in the House of Representatives that you were going to tackle earmarks and in fact you didn’t want to have any earmarks in any of your bills, I jumped out of my seat and applauded you.”
But that was another disappointment.
Obama hedged on a technicality on the health care question, noting that “overwhelmingly the majority of it actually was on C-Span because it was taking place in Congressional hearings in which you guys were participating.”
When Peter Roskam of Illinois complained that they’d been “stiff-armed” by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the president promised to bring the Republican and Democratic House leadership together for more play dates.
In a way, it was the sort of civic affairs master class that this college-bowl president had wanted from the beginning, before it began to look like W., Cheney and Rove had truly smashed bipartisanship.
But he didn’t hesitate to give Jeb Hensarling a smack-down when the rabid ideologue from Texas asked if the president’s new budget, “like your old budget,” would “triple the national debt.”
Obama crisply told “Jim,” inadvertently (perhaps) mixing up Jeb’s name, “It’s very hard to have the kind of bipartisan work that we’re going to do, because the whole question was structured as a talking point for running a campaign.” Then the president offered a quick math lesson on what Republicans never admit: that it was W. and the Republican Congress who ran up much of our $12 trillion debt and left us pawning our family jewels to the Chinese.
Obama’s advisers must wish they could do this every week for the cameras. It was a lot more elucidating than Joe Wilson shouting, “You lie!”January 31, 2010 Op-Ed Columnist Camus Fired Up By MAUREEN DOWD WASHINGTON It... more
Statements by more than a dozen lawmakers were ghostwritten, in whole or in part, by Washington lobbyists working for Genentech, one of the world's largest biotechnology companies.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/15/us/politics/15health.html?_r=1Statements by more than a dozen lawmakers were ghostwritten, in whole or in part, by... more
A blogger with a grudge against Republicans in Congress made a fake ad this week spoofing the iPhone app commercials. "If you want to refute scientific research by quoting Biblical prophecy...There's a rep for that," it says. In the accompanying blog post the video's auteur explains his claims and sums it up by saying, "The Republican party today has little interest in developing constructive policy. Its reps would rather spend their energy offering up ridiculous claims to see if they can ride a wave of deceit back into power. Hopefully, they'll just catch a riptide and get pulled further out to sea."
There's A Rep For That: Fake Apple Commercial Mocks Republicans In Congress (VIDEO)A blogger with a grudge against Republicans in Congress made a fake ad this week... more
In the days after Joe Wilson shouted "You lie!" at President Obama during his address to Congress last month the South Carolina congressman reached out to several of his longtime confidantes.
A graduate of Washington and Lee University, a school with a strict honor code, and a veteran of the Army Reserves, Wilson was worried he had disappointed those close to him by showing a lack of civility.
"Joe has always operated as a gentleman, and I think for anyone to question if he was continuing to do that is something that concerned him," his friend Ed McMullen said.
But the people close to Wilson assured him that beyond apologizing for the outburst, he did not need to be ashamed for questioning the president's sincerity in the health care debate. Wilson made the outburst after Obama denied his health care plan would cover illegal immigrants, then apologized to the White House later that night.
"Joe knew he had to apologize, he knew it wasn't the right place," McMullen said. "But he was right. He told the truth. He wasn't saying anything that wasn't true."
That sentiment is shared by grassroots conservatives around the country, and his two-word shout has transformed a previously little-known congressman into a full-blown political celebrity, albeit a polarizing one.
South Carolina Democratic Party chairwoman Carol Fowler called him "a do-nothing."In the days after Joe Wilson shouted "You lie!" at President Obama during... more
The Globe cites sources close to the Obama administration.
“Obama is getting strategic guidance from Bill Clinton,” the report states. “Bill has met several times with Obama to discuss how he can counterattack his enemies, the source says. The most recent powwow was a 90-minute session at New York’s trendy Il Mulino restaurant on Sept. 14. As police and secret service surrounded the eatery, Bill sat with Obama plotting various ways to get even with his fiercest critics.” Clinton allegedly urged Obama to draw up an enemies list and “then take them down one by one.”
Wow, Ron Paul didn't make the list!The Globe cites sources close to the Obama administration. “Obama is getting... more
According to a list published by the National Review, there were at least twenty lies told by Obama during his speech to Congress and other statements that came very close to be untruthful.According to a list published by the National Review, there were at least twenty lies... more
On last night's Rachel Maddow Show, Maddow took viewers through what she called a "magic map trick," in which she crunched the numbers on a handful of health-care statistics, such as teenage pregnancy rates, infant birth weight, premature births and infant mortality.
Her findings? At the tail end of all of these quality-of-life measures are various Southern states. And the worst among them? Mississippi and South Carolina! And hey, speaking of South Carolina, isn't that where some of America's Next Top Health Care Reform Obstructionists come from? Why, yes!On last night's Rachel Maddow Show, Maddow took viewers through what she called a... more
Jimmy Carter is 84 years old and three decades removed from the White House, but he still has the power to make Democrats run – Away from him, that is.Jimmy Carter is 84 years old and three decades removed from the White House, but he... more
"Saturday Night Live" premiered its new spin-off show last night, a half hour version of Weekend Update that joins NBC's Thursday comedy block. They opened the program, hosted by Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers, with a typical SNL political sketch that still ended with "Live from New York it's Saturday night," despite the fact that it clearly wasn't.
The sketch centered around Joe Wilson's outburst during a joint session of Congress in which he yelled "you lie" at the president. According to SNL, the outburst was planned by the Republican leadership, but Joe Wilson was left in the lurch after he went to the bathroom while the rest of the representatives reconsidered their plan.
Kristen Wiig appeared as Michele Bachmann, mocking the congresswoman for her rhetorical choices, and Fred Armisen played a Republican playing Obama, making the whole thing as meta as possible.
Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/09/18/snl-on-joe-wilson-how-you_n_291090.html"Saturday Night Live" premiered its new spin-off show last night, a half... more
Republican lawmakers are peeved because President Obama is—try not to laugh—snubbing Fox News. Obama will appear on every political Sunday talk show this week, except Fox News Sunday. “If people are going to be on the Sunday talk shows, they should be on all of them,” opined Joe Wilson, who last week talked to Fox News Sunday, and only Fox News Sunday. He also interrupted Obama's address to a joint session of Congress—which only Fox, among the major networks, declined to air.
Pete Sessions of Texas said Obama had “handpicked” his audience, while Louisiana’s Steve Scalise accused him of “ignoring a very large segment of this country.” “I think that Fox News would ask some realistic questions,” said Sessions. “He’s the one who’s choosing not to take part in that.” Democrats saw no problem with the snub—one New York rep said Obama obviously knew “which networks are really fair.”
* * * * * Joe Wilson and Fox News gave an opinion about this? "Democrats saw no problem with the snub." . . No kidding. What's your take on this?Republican lawmakers are peeved because President Obama is—try not to... more
Liars in America , Facts don't matter in the alternate Republican reality where Joe Wilson, Sarah Pa"Ignorance is not merely the lack of knowledge, but self-destructive turning away from truth in all areas of life. Persons develop a taste for ignorance, the predisposition to embrace erroneous beliefs based on presumption or mere authority. The ignorant person believes he knows what he actually doesn't know. He becomes delusional. He is deranged." So declared Plato, unwittingly describing the face of 21st-century American conservatism in the age of Obama. Today, facts and fiction appear more interchangeable than ever before in America's public discourse.
In the most recent example: Republican congressman Joe Wilson, after being officially censured for interrupting and yelling "You lie!" at Obama during last week's healthcare address to Congress, took it as badge of honour. He pledged on his Twitter feed on Tuesday that "Despite Congress' actions today, I will not back down from speaking the truth. Please stand with me," before asking people to donate to his 2010 campaign.
Apparently it doesn't matter to Wilson that his heckling of the president, disgraceful as it was in its decorum, was based on pure fiction. Obama has never advocated insuring illegal immigrants. In fact, his bill explicitly bans it. Regardless, Wilson continues to flaunt his assertion unapologetically – and it has made him a hero among the radical right."Ignorance is not merely the lack of knowledge, but self-destructive turning away... more
President Jimmy Carter was wrong to charge that criticism of President Obama is racist.
Every American President in a furious political fight is going to be criticized, and a black President does not get a pass. It is condescending to think that a man of Barack Obama's intellect and political skills needs to be coddled.
But Carter is right on one big and important point: The pattern of attacks on Obama suggests that there are people who don't accept the idea that this man, the first black man to win the highest office in the land, is really the President.
These critics seem less interested in arguing about health care proposals than in building the case that Obama is not legitimately our national leader.
They charge Obama was not born in the United States, and therefore doesn't meet the requirements that all Presidents be native-born.
They make this argument even when all Hawaiian documents, officials and news stories of his birth conclusively prove he is an American.
There are critics who claim he is Muslim, not a Christian, despite all testimony about his years in the controversial church of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
To even hint that the President is a secret Muslim in an era when radical Muslims have killed thousands of Americans is to suggest a Manchurian candidate who is intent on destroying America.
Then there are claims that Obama is a Socialist who is trying to subvert America by ending the free-market economy. Some of this is explicitly racial, as when the argument is made that Obama's efforts at health care reform are really a plot to get reparations for slavery for black Americans.
Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) ratcheted up the racial heat when he shouted out "You lie!" as the President spoke to Congress. No white President - that is to say all who have come before - has ever had to put up with such contempt.
There is a circumstantial case to be made that Wilson, with a history of membership in the Sons of Confederate Veterans and support for flying the Confederate flag over his state's capitol, is not above playing racial politics.
Wilson has gone so far as to claim that former South Carolina Sen. Strom Thurmond's daughter, born of a black woman, was slurring Thurmond by rightly saying he is her father.
And don't forget that Wilson's outrage was directed at Obama for saying his health care plan will not cover illegal immigrants. As a point of fact, the President told the truth. Wilson's attack suggested not only that Obama was lying, but that he was lying in support of a plan to help fellow immigrants.
At some point, it is hard to ignore the common thread in this criticism: It is an effort to say that Obama is not one of us, not like us. And at that point, it is not crazy to ask the critics if they mean he is not one of them because of the color of his skin.
It is possible to be critical of Obama's health care plan without bringing race into the debate, but many critics are burning to prove that this President, our only nonwhite head of state, is not legitimate.
In a country with a terrible history of racial violence, that is more than a little frightening.President Jimmy Carter was wrong to charge that criticism of President Obama is... more