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Attempting to repeal insurance reform would be bad enough. Attempting draconian budget cuts during a halting recovery from a deep recession would be bad enough. Making fools of themselves by wasting time reading selections from the Constitution while doing absolutely nothing to create jobs would be bad enough. Launching a war on women would be bad enough. Whining about deficits while proposing policies that would actually increase them would be bad enough. The entire Republican approach of knowing nothing and doing nothing, unless it is to attempt a return to the prevailing values of the Thirteenth Century, is so corrupt and irresponsible that it would defy credulity, were we not already so accustomed to it as to take it for granted. But it's even worse.

Imagine there was an impending global crisis that was estimated to displace up to 200 million people, worldwide, and imagine the geopolitical consequences of dealing with such. Imagine its damage would cost global GDP from 5 to 20 percent. Imagine it was expected to devastate global plant life, including dangerously reducing crop yields and causing devastatingly increased wildfires. Imagine if the very base of the food chain was threatened. Imagine if the scientific evidence was overwhelming, and pretty much every significant scientific body in the nation was warning about it. Imagine if other nations were charging ahead on developing the new technologies it demands, while irresponsible inaction in this country already was costing billions in lost investments. With all that, you'd think responsible politicians might want to do something about it. You'd think they might want to save lives and the economy and ecosystems and the food supply. But that assumes that the politicians themselves were capable of thinking.

When faced with the greatest crisis in known human history, this is how the Republicans are responding:

Republicans on the House of Representatives energy committee on Wednesday aired their proposal to block the Environmental Protection Agency from reducing greenhouse gases and to reverse the agency's scientific finding that climate change is dangerous.

While the plan might be blocked in the Senate or vetoed by President Barack Obama, the comments during Wednesday's hearing were a fresh indication of the depth of opposition in Congress to action on reducing U.S. carbon pollution. Supporters of the measure to revise the Clean Air Act to take away the EPA's authority to regulate this type of pollution said that curbing emissions would be too costly.

Too costly. Compared to a loss of 5 to 20% of global GDP?

The EPA's planned regulations "would boost the cost of energy, not just for homeowners and car owners, but for businesses both large and small," said Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., the author of the legislation. "EPA may be starting by regulating only the largest power plants and factories, but we will all feel the impact of higher prices and fewer jobs."

Higher prices and fewer jobs? Compared to a loss of 5 to 20% of global GDP, the endangerment of the base of the food chain, and hundreds of millions of people displaced, worldwide? Is it possible to think smaller? Is it possible to be smaller? It's not only that Republicans don't seem to understand what's really happening to the climate, it's that they don't even seem to care to find out. It's one thing to be uninformed, it's another to be willfully ignorant-- about the most dangerous crisis humanity has ever faced.

As recently written (firewalled) by Bruce Alberts, the Editor-in-Chief of the leading scientific journal, appropriately named Science:

Over the long run, any nation that makes crucial decisions while ignoring science is doomed. Consider, for example, the decision about how much arsenic should be allowed in drinking water supplies. There is no one “right answer” to this or many other policy questions, but it is critical that national legislation be based on what science knows about potential harm. It is therefore disturbing that so many lawmakers elected to the new U.S. Congress reject the overwhelming scientific consensus with respect to human-induced climate change. It will be difficult to make wise choices with such attitudes. The question now facing the United States is not only how to effectively reinject the facts of climate science back into the core of this particular debate, but also how to ensure that good science underlies all legislative decisions.

And distilling it to the pure political calculation, Andrew Leonard has this:

Bush's EPA refused to regulate greenhouse gases, dragging its feet even after the Supreme Court ruled, by a tight 5-4 margin (with Anthony Kennedy the deciding vote between liberal and conservative justices), that under the terms of the Clean Air Act, greenhouse gases qualified as pollutants. The Court not only found that the EPA had the authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, but would be required to do so if the agency determined that there was scientific evidence that greenhouse gases posed a threat to public health. In November 2009, the EPA determined that greenhouse gases did pose such a threat, and the wheels went into motion.

And he notes that one more Bush appointee on the Court and the ruling likely would have gone the other way. He also points out that a Republican EPA likely wouldn't have ruled that greenhouse gases threaten public health. The manifest irresponsibility of the Republicans on this most critical of issues is, in itself, justification for doing everything possible to ensure they don't soon again have control of the issue.

Leonard:

The Republican drive to rewrite the Clean Air Act so as to make the Supreme Court's ruling irrelevant and shackle the EPA is just the latest skirmish in this primal battle, but all the hollering about job-killing regulations should not obscure the fact that the EPA is proceeding according to plan. The steady rollout of guidelines and standards will not be easy to stop. So far, the courts have generally upheld the EPA's authority -- Texas is 0-3 in legal challenges -- and even if Republicans do manage to get some EPA-killing legislation through the Senate, they'd still face the likelihood of a presidential veto.

Slate's tireless political reporter/blogger David Weigel had the same impression of Obama's speech to the Chamber that I did earlier today -- the president made no concessions and signaled no real shift in policy. He defended his signature legislation, which the Chamber opposed, and even as he made rhetorical gestures on regulatory policy, his EPA is hard at work enforcing limits on greenhouse gas emissions. Environmentalists who want the EPA to continue doing so should be thinking hard about how to re-elect Obama, because if a Republican moves into the White House, it will all come to a screeching halt, again.

Congressional Democrats have been far from perfect, and they and the White House justly have been criticized for not pushing hard enough to pass climate legislation. But the EPA regulation of greenhouse gases is something significant the administration can do on its own. And it is. But the Republicans aren't satisfied with merely killing good legislation, they're also trying to undermine any positive effort the administration attempts. They're not only trying to prevent effective measures from being enacted, they're trying to block any that have been enacted. They could not be more crazed and craven. Given the gravity of the growing crisis, they are not just shockingly irresponsible, they are dangerous. They may be the most irresponsible coalition of politicians ever.

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  •  There Is Nothing Wrong or Unusual w GOP (11+ / 0-)

    If there were, we certainly would be hearing about it and strategies for moving society toward an understanding of it.

    We wouldn't be hearing about how we're going to govern using the many good ideas they have.

    Next someone will be claiming the sky is heating.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 06:04:19 AM PST

  •  Austerity = The New religion (13+ / 0-)

    no matter who gets run over

    "Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." Arundhati Roy

    by LaFeminista on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 06:04:26 AM PST

    •  or crucified. Alberts's editorial (6+ / 0-)
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      TexasTom, 4Freedom, Eryk, JeffW, papicek, whoknu

      is particularly relevant and important, IMHO.

      Remember when the NASA politically appointed managers overruled the engineers and scientists about safety factors and all that other science-y stuff about o-rings, etc., and they televised that teacher's launch to the schools - and the science-y types and engineers were of course correct?

      That's what science denial gets you. The importance Alberts's cautionary note is hard to overstate.

      Fear is the mind-killer - Frank Herbert, Dune

      by p gorden lippy on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 06:23:13 AM PST

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    •  Then I'm a heretic! (8+ / 0-)

      Death to Austerity!

      Redistribute the wealth!

      Or at least return it to where it was before 1980.....


      In 21st Century America, guns are still considered safer than marijuana.

      by xxdr zombiexx on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 06:23:31 AM PST

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      •  Tax Wall Street! Impose a transaction tax (2+ / 0-)
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        on securities trades, especially the volatile trades that crashed the economy. There's the money to run entitlements forever, and to pay down the national debt.

        But no. Goldman has embedded agents throughout our government, and poured money into elections. That has built a bulwark around their interests that their allies in congress won't breach.

        Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. - Abraham Lincoln

        by 4Freedom on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 07:33:52 AM PST

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    •  Greed is the new and old religion (0+ / 0-)

      Make sure the few reap the fruits of society and keep the masses enthralled with a puppet show.  All until the Titanic hits the iceberg.

      "To disturb the environment is to disturb your own nature. . . Our prime task now is to look after the environment. This will become the responsibility of every individual, politician, guru, saint and scientist. Our energies will be spent in making it healthy again. When that happens there will be less suffering, disease and poverty. . . The environment will become the ‘number one’ issue throughout the world."
      - World Teacher Maitreya through an associate as reported by Share International

  •  Been this way for a long time .. (20+ / 0-)

    It's quite obvious the only thing most Republicans stand for is their own political power, and wealth. The few that remain that honestly care about governance are leaving.

    When drowning government in a bathtub is your solution to everything, when your mantra is  the nine most terrifying words are "I'm from the government and I'm here to help", it becomes pretty obvious these people are a threat to democracy, civilization, common English Law, the Constitution, to science, to decency, to ethics .. .. ..  

    I'm still trying to figure our what Republicans stand for, other than finding the next target to paint a bullseye on.

    Republicans totally abandoned conservatism in the 1980s ..

    by shpilk on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 06:07:19 AM PST

  •  The GOP doesn't care (7+ / 0-)

    and has never cared about American society at large just for the top 1%.

  •  everything you say is true... (5+ / 0-)

    ...but  my own meager contribution  this week is about their ability to not only get away with it, but to establish the baseline talking points such as the absurdity that budget deficits are the main economic problem facing a country while anyone with a thought on the subject knows that now is the time to increase government spending.

    Important whining and Red Sox stuff at http://edsbarth.blogspot.com/

    by Barth on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 06:18:43 AM PST

  •  It is maintaining the status quo at all costs (4+ / 0-)
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    Even when that means that America cannot innovate to compete economically, protect vulnerable citizens, or respond to emerging challenges such as dwindling resources or climate change.

    And when crises happen, the Republicans will either claim no one predicted it would happen or blame external forces.  

    Be radical in your compassion.

    by DWG on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 06:19:33 AM PST

  •  global warming deniers... (6+ / 0-)

    Some day, soon (I hope), we will reach a point where the only people who deny global warming will be those paid to.  Today, there was multiple stories in the news showing the effects, like
    http://news.yahoo.com/...
    http://yankton.net/...
    and
    http://topics.nytimes.com/...
    So, the question is, what will those who refute with so much vigor say when there's only the insane, and the professional still have doubts?
    It's all your fault we didn't do something sooner because...

    We really would have responded sooner if you'd not made the message political
    We really would have responded sooner if you'd not resorted to so much hyperbole
    we really would have responded sooner if you'd shown how it would have helped America first.

  •  I have long wondered why (8+ / 0-)

    the Climate Change Deniers manifest their ignorance with almost religious fervor. I mean, they really know nothing about the subject, yet they inject their ignorance into everything that involves the matter to the gross detriment of human safety.

    What is it about this particular topic that makes them play Teh Stoopid more than on almost any other?

    "Bernie Madoff's mistake was stealing from the rich. If he'd stolen from the poor he'd have a cabinet position." -OPOL

    by blue in NC on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 06:21:08 AM PST

  •  GOP is all about power. (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Shocked! (4+ / 0-)

    GomerPyle

    They are running on an ideology that is so far out of sync with reality that they are actively threats to you, your family, and your future.

    Threats.

    It would be interesting, as always, to eventually see a bit more urgency in the Democratic response to our Republican Overlords.


    In 21st Century America, guns are still considered safer than marijuana.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 06:22:13 AM PST

  •  They really are dangerous (6+ / 0-)

    Apparently the Idaho state legislature is trying to nullify the Affordable Care act. All this would accomplish would be to harm Idahoans who need medicaid. Think progress has a very good article on this.

    Excerpt:

    Medicaid is an entirely voluntary program in which the federal government provides generous grants to the states on the condition that the states comply with certain conditions. Yet, by attempting to nullify the ACA, Idaho would be refusing to comply with the voluntary conditions on its Medicaid funding spelled out in the ACA itself. Accordingly, nullification could have the effect of withdrawing Idaho from the Medicaid program altogether.

    Were the state to do so, it would have drastic consequences for Idahoans and for their state’s budget. Presently, Idaho receives over $1 billion in federal grants to administer its Medicaid program — an amount that equals approximately two fifths of the state’s overall budget. If the state gave up this money, it would have to chose between eliminating health coverage for the 223,198 Idahoans who currently depend on Medicaid, or implementing similarly draconian cuts such as slashing its public schools budget by 85 percent.

    "Say little; do much." (Pirkei Avot: 1:15)

    by hester on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 06:24:51 AM PST

  •  GOP HAS ALWAYS BEEN DANGEROUS (2+ / 0-)
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  •  It is funny, though, how Democrats (0+ / 0-)

    rail against Bush for running up deficits and rail against the current GOP for wanting to cut the deficit.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 06:26:54 AM PST

    •  Well, Bush ran deficits (2+ / 0-)
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      while the economy was doing fine, for no good reason other than to give truckloads of cash to his rich buds and pump money to defense contractors and oil companies.

      OTOH, cutting spending during a recession is a sure recipe for more recession. We certainly need to balance revenue and outlays, but now is not the time.

      "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

      by happy camper on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 06:33:48 AM PST

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    •  The Bush deficits were due to unfunded wars (2+ / 0-)
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      Not to mention how he made everything he didn't want to expose to Congressional scrutiny "emergency spending". The situations are not analogous. Obama looks like he's spending more money because unlike Bush, his expenditures are on the books. Educate yourself or continue to look foolish. Your choice

      "Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for a real Republican every time." Harry Truman

      by MargaretPOA on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 06:36:10 AM PST

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      •  The Bush tax cuts added a good deal to the (2+ / 0-)
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        Odysseus, Egalitare

        deficit. Cut taxes on the rich by billions.

        Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. - Abraham Lincoln

        by 4Freedom on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 07:39:31 AM PST

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      •  In part, yes. (0+ / 0-)

        He was not willing to fund the wars, and that was fiscally irresponsible.

        However -- if you bought into the need for the wars -- remembering that the current President bought into the need for the war in Afghanistan --

        Bush was presented with a broken economy, too.
        The recession that followed the dot.com bust was just starting to get going when 9/11 hit and torpedoed everything again.

        LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

        by dinotrac on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 03:31:43 PM PST

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    •  consistency is for little people (0+ / 0-)

      An ambulance can only go so fast - Neil Young

      by mightymouse on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 06:40:47 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  deficits in and of themselves (1+ / 0-)
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      Egalitare

      are not bad. for example, using a credit card for medical expenses is not bad compared to, say, a big flat screen TV.

      Bush created huge deficits by giving free money to those who already have mountains of money, and by starting one mismanaged war and one unnecessary war.

      It is also the method of fixing those deficits that is cause for concern, not their (supposed) desire to fix the deficits per se. Instead of re-increasing taxes on the wealthy or ending the wars, they choose to place more hardship on the shoulders of the poor by slashing "entitlements" (read: social safety nets).

      There's nothing funny about that.

    •  There's a huge difference... (1+ / 0-)
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      Odysseus

      ...beteween running a huge deficit during the recovery from the worst recession in 75 years versus running a huge deficit when the economy is relatively healthy.

      So, really, no inconsistency between supporting deficit spending now while opposing it when the economy was better.

      Political Compass: -6.75, -3.08

      by TexasTom on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 08:31:53 AM PST

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    •  There's a huge difference (0+ / 0-)

      ...beteween running a huge deficit during the recovery from the worst recession in 75 years versus running a huge deficit when the economy is relatively healthy.

      So, really, no inconsistency between supporting deficit spending now while opposing it when the economy was better.

      Political Compass: -6.75, -3.08

      by TexasTom on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 08:33:12 AM PST

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    •  Your referents to deficit cutting are not equal (0+ / 0-)

      The Bush deficits were based on a wasteful war killing many innocent people caught up in wars.

      The current deficit cutting the GOP/TPers want is a war on the poor that will kill our own people.

      Ugh. --UB.

  •  The GOP say America comes first (0+ / 0-)

    Yet, Jiminto the (LDP) which is now the opposition party  while opposing Minshuti (DPJ) they are still willing to work with the majority to improve Japan.

  •  It's shocking that we're not shocked. (3+ / 0-)
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    In a nation where facts, science and progress came first, the GOP would be a lunatic fringe party. It's shocking that the can get away with protecting the most vile polluters without being held accountable by the voting public. It's shocking that the public discourse is so degraded that a large minority of Americans believe the scientific equivalent of "smoking is good for you".

    look for my eSci diary series Thursday evening. "It's the planet, stupid."

    by FishOutofWater on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 06:27:39 AM PST

  •  The scary thing is, (4+ / 0-)
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    this diary could have been written with zero reference to global warming (on which I wouldn't give the Democrats much credit, either).  From the debt ceiling to the complete lack of understanding of the Constitution, domestic policy alone, is sufficient to prove the hypothesis.  

    The GOP used to be sane, but I think they went off the deep end the moment they started increasing the number of nuclear weapons we had in the '80s.  Of course, democrats went along with that, so long as there were jobs in their districts.  

    "This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind[.]" -- Robert F. Kennedy

    by Loge on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 06:29:06 AM PST

  •  They wear their ignorance with pride (2+ / 0-)
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    4Freedom, Eric0125

    Secure in the knowledge that they will be long dead before the worst effects of global climate chance affect someone o f their income and social status. Being Republican means being a little bit of a sociopath.

    "Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for a real Republican every time." Harry Truman

    by MargaretPOA on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 06:31:40 AM PST

  •  Hoover's "austerity" led to 25% UNEMPLOYMENT (1+ / 0-)
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    TexasTom

    by 1932 when FDR came in.

    If this generation of Repukes want a fight, they may get a freaking revolution instead, but not from the left...FROM THE ARMED AND DANGEROUS RIGHT WING OF THEIR OWN FREAKING PARTY!

    You notice the smarter creeps are clearing out of Congress and the Senate.

    Stupidity will only last as long as teabaggers' benefits hold out. We are being so sorely misled by our Federal, State & local electeds...read Griftopia from Matt Taibbi.  
     Read Robert Reich:

    Quiz: Which of the 2012 presidential aspirants delivered the following words at the Conservative Political Action Convention, now underway in Washington?

        We have seen tax-and-tax spend-and-spend reach a fantastic total greater than in all the previous 170 years of our Republic.

        Behind this plush curtain of tax and spend, three sinister spooks or ghosts are mixing poison for the American people. They are the shades of Mussolini, with his bureaucratic fascism; of Karl Marx, and his socialism; and of Lord Keynes, with his perpetual government spending, deficits, and inflation. And we added a new ideology of our own. That is government give-away programs….

        If you want to see pure socialism mixed with give-away programs, take a look at socialized medicine.


  •  "Irresponsible" is a euphemism (4+ / 0-)

    To me, "dangerous and evil" better describe their efforts which are not "misguided," but rather, deliberate.

    When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.

    What better demonstrates this than their "Let Women Die Act."

    Don't cry for me, Mr. Boehner. Cry for yourself and the Republican Party. -- psusennes, DK

    by RhodaA on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 06:32:43 AM PST

  •  The Republican plan (2+ / 0-)
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    Eric0125, RhodaA

    is to do nothing that might reflect well on President Obama. If that means they have to drive the economy further into recession, that's fine with them. The only things they are going to push will be teabagger-inspired initiatives to cripple the government's ability to do pretty much anything other than make war.

    "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

    by happy camper on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 06:38:03 AM PST

    •  What worrys me... (2+ / 0-)
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      ...is what happens when Obama is reelected in 2012. The Republicans have no real contenders, and there may be a swing back to a Democratic majority in the House. The teabaggers will scream vote fraud and want their "Second Amendment remedies". The Corporatist Republicans have shown so little inclination to ride herd on their loonier siblings, its like they've swallowed their propaganda about government can do no right, and can't do anything right.

      Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

      by JeffW on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 07:12:25 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  What worrys me... (0+ / 0-)

      ...is what happens when Obama is reelected in 2012. The Republicans have no real contenders, and there may be a swing back to a Democratic majority in the House. The teabaggers will scream vote fraud and want their "Second Amendment remedies". The Corporatist Republicans have shown so little inclination to ride herd on their loonier siblings, its like they've swallowed their propaganda about government can do no right, and can't do anything right.

      Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

      by JeffW on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 07:17:58 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Genetically Engineered Super-Reaganauts (3+ / 0-)
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    is what today's Republicans are...

    Selectively bred, purified and distilled by decades of purging moderates and "RINOs" (and FCINOs), they are so pumped full of religiosity, laissez-faire capitalism and foreign policy paranoia, they're even further to the right than Reagan was. They absolutely are dangerous.

    We all laugh and make posts on Facebook when Glenn Beck weaves a ripping yarn of new world orders and caliphates and whatnot, but these people actually believe this junk.

    When I was going to community college in the fall of '02, when the Iraq war pregame show was starting up, I was talking to my history professor, himself a Vietnam draftee, about it, and he opined (and I quote) that "future historians will consider these dark times in American history". How right he turned out to be.

  •  Newt's parapraxis on Amanpour's program (1+ / 0-)
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    RhodaA

    this morning occurred when he referred to the potential of a Muslim Brotherhood dictatorship lasting for thirty years. He first said "eight". Fortunately we can only have GOP ones for any individual fascist.

    They could not be more crazed and craven. Given the gravity of the growing crisis, they are not just shockingly irresponsible, they are dangerous. They may be the most irresponsible coalition of politicians ever

    Präsidentenelf-maßschach;Warning-Some Snark Above;Cascadia Lives

    by annieli on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 06:39:00 AM PST

  •  This is a very important article. (4+ / 0-)
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    It describes more than the transformation of a political party. People should read it again and understand the important point being made.

    We are in anew era of political and social actors. This ain't your papa's GOP, or even your moma's USA.

    Things have changed:

    They're not only trying to prevent effective measures from being enacted, they're trying to block any that have been enacted. They could not be more crazed and craven. Given the gravity of the growing crisis, they are not just shockingly irresponsible, they are dangerous. They may be the most irresponsible coalition of politicians ever.
  •  House of Democracy is Afire (2+ / 0-)
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    First of all, we have to remember who is behind this ignorant lot. The likes of the Koch brothers, Newscorp, et. al. These Malefactors of Great Wealth, as Teddy Roosevelt referred to them, have absolutely no moral scruples. If maintaining and growing their already obscene wealth means the death of planet earth, then so be it, as far as they are concerned. When a private power threatens democratic government, it must be cut down to size. Right now our house of democracy is afire. It may be too late to save it. The Republican bufoons now in power were chosen because they slavishly adhere to myth and fancy. They serve their corporate masters well. They also prove that the conservative attack on quality public education has succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. Were one of a mind to estabish a dictatorship, he/she would want an ignorant, sheep-like population who would do its bidding. Republican attitude toward science is appallingly ignorant. They would have loved the Roman Inquisition. They probably would have voted to have poor Galileo burned at the stake. What a sad state of affairs.

  •  A matter of survival (1+ / 0-)
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    4Freedom

    for the planet and the human race that we keep the Republicans out of the White House and prevent them from winning any more Congressional elections until such point as they abandon this absurd denial of science.

    At one time there was simply a moral argument between Republicans and Democrats — how much should the state get involved in family affairs (the Republicans "a lot"; the Democrats "not much"), and how obligated should you be to pay taxes (the Republicans "don't penalize rich people for their 'success'"; the Democrats "more if you can afford it").

    But now it's an argument over reality.  And that's truly dangerous, because when you're arguing over reality with a bunch of powerful and rich morons who deny it, and the stakes are the very survival of the planet, you don't have any margin for error, or for sloth.

  •  We're in the midst of a major extinction event. (1+ / 0-)
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    Pretty much all the result of human activity. We are engaged in a particular kind of industrial civilization that is destroying everything. All this technology and development we love so much comes with consequences that may be too much to overcome in the end. Highways are being built across the Serengeti in Africa and the rainforest in South America. Highways. Where do the animals live when all land is private property? Bob's land? He won't stand for that. Hank's land? He won't stand for that. Jim's land? He won't stand for that. The animals won't live anywhere. The animals won't live at all. They'll all die. Your grandchildren won't know what the fuck a giraffe is.

    "Calls for economic democracy may be painted as anti-business, but that's a bit like painting George Washington as anti-government." - Marjorie Kelly

    by Goodkind on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 06:47:06 AM PST

  •  the inaction on climate change... (2+ / 0-)
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    4Freedom, Mighty Ike

    is just a symptom of what's wrong with Congress: Lobbyist dollars.

    22 December 2010: Democrats have one good day in two years, and what will it cost us?

    by papicek on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 06:47:49 AM PST

  •  They know the Supreme Court (3+ / 0-)

    has now given them absolute power.

    They do not fear the consequences of their actions.

    They are no longer accountable to the electorate.

    They are only accountable to corporations who will fund or defund them at their pleasure.

    Until that decision is overturned, this country is on a collision course with death.

    It's really that simple.

  •  "reverse the agency's scientific finding" (4+ / 0-)

    Again, I just have to repeat this phrase: "reverse the agency's scientific finding".

    That says so much about the GOP -- the idea that a group of know nothing politicians can simply "reverse" science by a vote.

    Meanwhile, we're stuck in the "reality based community" while they "make their own reality."

    •  Truly Orwellian (2+ / 0-)
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      flushing it down the Memory Hole, so they can say "The EPA doesn't consider climate change to be a threat." It's as if the scientific evidence, the facts, never existed in the first place.

    •  Re Massachusetts v. EPA (2007) (0+ / 0-)

      What this case really held was that a state had standing to sue the EPA to act as required under the law.  But this 5-4 decision is all the more striking because the dissent said, essentially, that not even the states have standing to compel the EPA follow its mandate.  Chief Justice Roberts (who should be the most discerning man in our system of government, mind you) wrote that any damage to Massachusetts was merely speculative and that, even if one could show that EPA caused indisputable damage, that redress is only available in our corporate lobbyist-beholden political branches.  In other words, the four-justice minority (Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, Alito) in this case believes that it is not a function of the judiciary to prevent powerful special interests from controlling the government, even to the point of not upholding the law.  I hope Justice Kennedy realizes the impact his planned departure will have on the Court, especially if his retirement is during a Republican administration, as he has supposedly stated..

  •  Insidious Corporatist Influence on Government (2+ / 0-)
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    The modern GOP is a corporate tool.  It does what its corporate paymasters tells it to do.  Repeal of Health Insurance Reform is what Big Insurance pays the GOP to do.  It is incredible that this poisonous idea has any traction at all.

    I fear that corporatism is taking over the Democratic party too.  The Citizens United case, which is leading to boatloads of corporate cash for campaigns, may eventually leave us with choices between Republican Corporatists versus Democratic Corporatists.

  •  This was evident in the last Congress... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...when the Republicans tied everything to their precious upper-2% tax cuts. The Democrat should have let all the damned cuts expire, and let the Republicans face the wrath of their wealthy owners. Now, there's a deepening hole in the deficit, and the Republicans seem to think they can shovel any crap they want onto the American people. Tie that with the teabagger loonies that they've embraced to get their majority in the House, and we're in for some "exciting" times.

    Maybe everyone will wake up by 2012...

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 06:55:59 AM PST

    •  Certainly true (1+ / 0-)
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      The good news is that those people are built for over-reach. Remember the "mandate" Dubya claimed after his one vote decision on the Supreme Court.

      It can't be long before the baggers scare the hell out of normal folks.

      An optimist may see a light where there is none, but why must the pessimist always run to blow it out? Rene Descartes

      by Had Enough Right Wing BS on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 07:27:22 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Certainly true (1+ / 0-)
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      JeffW

      The good news is that those people are built for over-reach. Remember the "mandate" Dubya claimed after his one vote decision on the Supreme Court.

      It can't be long before the baggers scare the hell out of normal folks.

      An optimist may see a light where there is none, but why must the pessimist always run to blow it out? Rene Descartes

      by Had Enough Right Wing BS on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 07:30:30 AM PST

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  •  you can't just blame the representatives... (1+ / 0-)
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    First of all, love the new layout...looks really colonial...the Teabaggers would be proud...;-)

    To the point...you have to lay the craziness of the last year or so at the feet of the ignorant, and quite frankly dissapointing, American populus...they allowed themselves to be stirred up by Freedomworks and the Koch brothers, who had an agenda (destroy Obamacare because it could remove 800,000 people from the work force).

    The people have sit by and let American corporations give hundreds of thousands of jobs to other countries while CEO's and Wall Street got rich...and now the corporations have workers so scared they're working 50-60 hours a week at slave wages....Good luck with that...

    Here's my ultimate storm...

    1.  HCR succeeds and hundreds of health-care slaves no longer have to work for insurance.
    2.  Baby boomers start retiring by the tens of thousands.
    3.  China becomes democratic forcing dramatic wage increases and reasonable working conditions....

    With that loss of power, I think many corporations would shut the doors or sell to foreign interests...fine with me...time for some American young people and new capitalists to step up...

  •  The GOP hasn't had a new idea (3+ / 0-)

    in thirty years and hasn't had a good one in fifty.

    The label "profound failure of imagination" should be permanently attached to each and every one of them, right on the forehead.

    "I always found it interesting that people would cast aspersions on failure, as if it were a bad thing." -- Michael Steele, RNC Chairman

    by journeyman on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 07:00:11 AM PST

    •  I fear that label is too imaginative. (0+ / 0-)

      The electorate responds better to shorter soundbites like 'liberal' and 'gay marriage'.

      You would be going too elitist on them.

      Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. - Abraham Lincoln

      by 4Freedom on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 07:47:32 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  The GOP Is Not Only Dangerous and Irresponsible (2+ / 0-)

    they also don't give a damn. Why should they care about climate change? When the shit hits the fan, the present day global warming deniers will be long gone, and some other generation will be stuck with the consequences and cost of their denial.  You can see this same "I don't give a damn" attitude in all of the GOP's positions (for example, they don't care about a social safety net, because their wealthy consitutuency has trust funds and offshore bank accounts, and don't need a safety net, etc.). The GOP's goal is to protect their true constituency, the wealthiest 2%, and keep the rest of their stupid base in line by distracting them with social hot button issues, i.e. gun rights, abortion, homosexual marriage, etc.

    •  They not only don't give a damn but, (0+ / 0-)

      even in the future when the consequences of ignoring reality in our time becomes impossible, they will simply continue to shift the topic: "Look at the monkey."

      Our best hope is for the rest of our fellow citizens to see and hear the truth. Which will cause them to reject the right wing in the voting booth just as they do in poll after poll on the issues.

      Hopefully the new tools on this site will allow us to raise our voices (and to better know how to counter their lies).

      An optimist may see a light where there is none, but why must the pessimist always run to blow it out? Rene Descartes

      by Had Enough Right Wing BS on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 07:13:14 AM PST

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  •  Lawrence Lewis: Amen to your diary, and then ... (1+ / 0-)
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    willkath

    some.

    Hey Boehner and the Republicans: WHERE ARE THOSE JOBS YOU PROMISED????

    by LamontCranston on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 07:03:30 AM PST

  •  Time to brand them "soft on climate change" (0+ / 0-)

    The Pentagon's Quadrennial Defense Review last year finally acknowledged the threat to American interests from Climate Change. The Report also outlined steps the Pentagon is taking to "go green". Democrats need to start framing this debate as the biggest National Security threat the US has ever faced - backed up by the Pentagon's own analysis.

    Instead of trying to feebly debate whether "costly regulation" will costs jobs etc - Republican's should be challenged to explain why they want to "weaken America" (Personally I hate these lines of argument - but its "lizard speak" - the language of GOP communication).

  •  "too costly"??? (1+ / 0-)
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    4Freedom

    We are the richest and wealthiest economic power that has ever existed in all of human history.

    So why is it we can't seem to afford anything . . . ?

    •  Are you rich and wealthy? (0+ / 0-)

      I'm certainly not.

      Another mythic piece of propaganda being foisted on us.

      Our national debt has debased our currency. Rich has become a very relative term.

      Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. - Abraham Lincoln

      by 4Freedom on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 07:49:22 AM PST

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      •  I'm not talking of individuals (0+ / 0-)

        I'm talking about the society as a whole. Only an idiot would dispute that we are the single richest society that has ever inhabited the planet.  No country ever in human history has even come close to our level of economic resources and wealth.

        The majority of that wealth is, indeed, monopolized by a tiny handful of rich fucks at the top who control it.  And that, of course, answers why--even as the wealthiest society that has ever existed in human history--we don't want to spend the money to fix our problems.

        So it's simply NOT that we can't afford it--it's that the tiny minority who control the money, don't want to spend it on such things.

      •  this, BTW, is (0+ / 0-)

        just wingnut paranoid nonsense:

        Our national debt has debased our currency.

        There is a reason why international trade is still based on the dollar.

        The "national debt" bullshit is just a wingnut excuse to "starve the beast" some more.  We could end the national debt tomorrow if we really wanted to, just by taxing the rich fucks and the corporations who currently pay virtually no taxes.

        We are the wealthiest society that has ever existed.  The very idea that we "can't afford" social improvements is laughably idiotic.

        We simply don't want to spend the money on them.

        •  You confuse 'wealth' with distribution (0+ / 0-)

          of wealth. If you speak of distribution, we rank relatively low on the totem pole of wealthy nations.

          In terms of assets, we are also falling behind as more and more of our wealth settles abroad. Halliburton in Dubai is an example. Corporate ownership by foreign entities is growing, as is asset ownership. Many foreign entities now collect tariffs on US bridges and highways. They bought them, and cash-strapped states and municipalities had the narrowness of vision to sell them.

          And our currency has been debased, hence the rising cost of living versus income for many Americans. Wealth is not an absolute, as you seem to be positing. Poverty is increasing in the US, as the 'wealth' of the haves continues to rise.

          The reason the dollar is still the currency of trade is that we have, for the time being, a large, if stagnant, economy, and we have successfully fought off attempts by oil producers to have a euro-based trading system. That will not hold forever.

          Where do you see this great wealth of which you speak? In the electronic funds held by our banks, or the electronic funds held by American corporations? That 'wealth' could be wiped out overnight in with a serious bout of hyperinflation.

          America's present wealth is illusory. It has been in existence for a century, and been being debased for close to half that time.

          Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. - Abraham Lincoln

          by 4Freedom on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 09:24:54 AM PST

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          •  nonsense (0+ / 0-)

            We are far and away the single largest economy in all of human history. No other country even comes close.

            The idea that we "can't afford" this or that, is nonsense.  We simply don't want to pay for it.

            •  I don't disagree with affordability. (0+ / 0-)

              In our federal system, the Fed can just print the money with no underlying valuation.

              But the wealth of our nation has become the electronic wealth of the aether, not the asset-backed wealth that can maintain itself though economic expansion and contraction.

              Where do you think the 401ks of the middle class vanished? Poof! Overnight, first they had a secure future, then they did not. That is what I mean by the peril hyperinflation poses, and it lurks just off America's starboard.

              Now if we want to re-pay our debt, re-fund our entitlements, and share prosperity with more Americans, we will raise those funds the good old-fashioned way, through taxation.

              Wall Street stole the wealth of a nation, aided and abetted by a bought and sold congress. We should levy a securities tax on all transactions, especially the speculative ones that vanquished our economy.

              Then there would be no excuse whatsoever to discuss raising the retirement age and cutting benefits to the recipients of our limited federal largesse.

              Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. - Abraham Lincoln

              by 4Freedom on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 12:32:11 PM PST

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  •  Cracker Jack Deja Vu (1+ / 0-)
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    Remember the old Cracker Jack commercial about "The One-Eyed, No-Nosed Nothing?"  America, here's your prize---and no---you do NOT get the candy-coated popcorn and peanuts that should have come with it.

    Mere words will no longer defeat this tyrannical tyrannosaur.  Words are cheaper than Scrooge's darkness that he loved oh-so-well.  The machine you complain about has the ability to all but silence your words.

    When words no longer work, the sole remaining option is action....

    I count even the single grain of sand to be a higher life-form than the likes of Sarah Palin and her odious ilk.

    by Liberal Panzer on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 07:15:45 AM PST

  •  Is it just me, or is the new site damn slow? (4+ / 0-)

    Moving from page to page seems to take 30-60 sec in most cases for me.

    And yah, republicans suck. And water is wet.

    I'm gonna go eat a steak. And fuck my wife. And pray to GOD - hatemailapalooza, 052210

    by punditician on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 07:22:25 AM PST

  •  God's will (2+ / 0-)
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    The saddest thing about this issue will be that Conservative Christians will turn the ensuing catastrophes into God's retribution for our sins. I count myself a Christian, but this has nothing to do with God's retribution, but rather His allowance that we screw things up royally. And yet, you will begin to hear this retribution argument more and more. And it will pass all responsibility to "those libruls who are sinning' all the time! It's their fault!" Sad.

  •  It isn't just global warming (1+ / 0-)
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    Human overpopulation and excessive resource consumption is a huge problem that (IMO) will eventually end up in a huge crash no matter how it plays out.

    Unfortunately, the Republicans are correct that attempts to mitigate these issues will be extremely painful in the short term, and not just to rich people. The American dream of a giant house, consumptive car, and consuming whatever the hell you feel like is coming rapidly to an end... one way or another.

    (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
    Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

    by Sparhawk on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 07:27:10 AM PST

    •  yes and no (0+ / 0-)

      Certainly there are not enough sustainable resources for the entire globe to live the wasteful and indolent lifestyle that many of us in the US enjoy--most people can't live the American dream (heck, even most American don't even live the American Dream).

      But the problem is neither that there are too many people nor that there aren't enough resources for everyone to have a comfortable living. Per capita global production is, IIRC, somewhere around $12,000.  That is $12,000 worth of resources for every man, woman and child on the planet--enough to give every family of four an income of around $48k. The problem, alas, is that these resources are not evenly distributed--a tiny global minority (and usually an even tinier minority within each country) monopolizes most of the wealth, while the rest of us live on crumbs. If global resources were distributed equitably, the standard of living for the vast majority of people on the planet (those who currently live on $200/year or less) would go up, a lot--while the standard of living of a small minority of the world's population (the handful who monopolize the wealth) would go DOWN, a lot.

      Add to that the fact of the "demographic transition--the tendency for birth rates to go down as economic well-being goes up--and we begin to see that the solution really isn't "less people", but "better wealth distribution".

      Equitable distribution of wealth, of course, is a thing that elites everywhere will fight to the death.

  •  Reverse The Agency's Scientific Findings - (4+ / 0-)

    how very GOP that is. Republicans think all they have to do is say it ain't so, and that makes it reality! Of course, the GOP elite knows their stupid base will believe anything they say, which is why they want to "reverse the agency's scientific findings."

  •  The new GOP is this, (2+ / 0-)
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    white, harbors racists ideas, selfish, and are like rabid dogs.  I hope we get a teabagger against Obama because he will eat him/her for LUNCH.

  •  what is it with Republicans? (2+ / 0-)
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    They are always deliberately "misreading" the will of the electorate after elections. They refuse to bend on even their most obnoxious positions...like their never-ending attempts at killing Social Security despite that it's one of the most successful government-run programs not just in American history, but world history, that the American public likes it the way it is, that Republicans never, ever are honest about their intentions regarding Social Security during election campaigns (they are always for it and against "touching" the program in any way until..the day after elections, when the immediately start co-conspiring with their fellow Republicans on new ways to kill it off).

    The only thing worse than the Republicans' blatant dishonesty when it comes to deliberately choosing to "misread" the will of the electorate after elections is the...gullibility of the American public...time after time believing Republicans when they come up with ways to position themselves (i.e. create the illusion about them as being) reasonable, mainstream politicians who merely want to do the "will of the People." Then...like Lucy with Charlie Brown and the football...the day after elections they immediately start showing people that they intend to continue to be the same obnoxious, dishonest, unscrupulous puppets of the powerful elites that they've always been.

    The only thing worst than the disingenuousness of the Republican Party is...how the American public continues to let them get away with it.

  •  F* it... (0+ / 0-)

    If they are going to ignore the facts, why not ban catalytic converters and unleaded gas?

    "The eyes are the windows of your face". - Christopher Walken Lair of the KC Yeti

    by BLUE YETI on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 07:43:36 AM PST

  •  limbaugh could save the planet (1+ / 0-)
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    Black Max

    merely by changing his position on global warming. the GOP would have to follow or claim he has lost it and the we'd have a new situation.

    the opposite is true and points out how critical it is to fix the radio.

    ?why is it ok with environmental orgs and the dem party and students and faculty and blue communities, for our publicly subsidized institutions of higher education to broadcast sports along with the global warming denial, thereby giving it credibility?

    (note to self- jeez, your first comment on new kos and you still sound like a broken record. maybe you should have skipped the low hanging fruit.)

    the limbaugh megastation here, the one that broadcasts sports for the publicly funded state university,  spent many of the local blowhard hours (mixed in with the 9 or so hours taken by national blowhards who deny global warming) asking the community during the recent deep freeze "so where's your global warming now, eh?" and preemptively making fun of anyone in local TV and print meteorology that they better not say the words 'global warming" or "climate change" or their producers will probably get some town hall treatment.

    and the teabaggers are encouraged to love and request more drilling and nuclear power (the low-freedoms centralized mega biz mega govt solution) because the energy shortages were the result of dabbling in green energy fantasies and tree hugging.

    Progressives will lose all major messaging battles until they picket the limbaugh/hannity megastations and boycott those stations' local sponsors.

    by certainot on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 07:52:23 AM PST

    •  Good article, but the headline (0+ / 0-)

      is a bit misleading. The article focuses on the GOP's attack on climate change initiatives, which is reckless and calamitous (I almost said "potentially calamitous," but the potential is being realized as we speak).

      It's not just global warming. It's every goddamned thing the twisted freaks in the Republican Party are doing. They are despots-in-waiting, ready to destroy every remaining shred of American democracy in their lust to dominate and control for themselves and their corporate masters. They are a clear and imminent danger to American democracy and world stability. Climate change/global warming may be the single biggest piece of the puzzle, but there are other pieces just as devastating on a smaller scale.

      "That kind of ignorant must hurt." -- Mrs. Max on teabaggers

      by Black Max on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 08:22:59 AM PST

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      •  Side note (0+ / 0-)

        This should have been a standalone comment, not a reply to Certainot. Sorry 'bout that.

        "That kind of ignorant must hurt." -- Mrs. Max on teabaggers

        by Black Max on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 08:27:07 AM PST

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        •  and while you're here (1+ / 0-)
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          i would add that EVERYTHING this irrational bunch of authoritarian knuckleheads want to do is MUCH easier for them because they have a radio monopoly that is in large part unchallenged by the Left.

          Progressives will lose all major messaging battles until they picket the limbaugh/hannity megastations and boycott those stations' local sponsors.

          by certainot on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 09:30:17 AM PST

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  •  they celebrate ignorance, mistrust science (2+ / 0-)
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    and logic, and admire those who think with their -colons- guts.

    It is only a matter of time until their gnu and depraved policies lead to death and destruction. Leaving us to
    a) clean up after their mess
    b) reregulate that which they fucked up
    c) health those who were seriously damaged or injured
    d) tell them, We Told You So. (after which they will lie like a filthy shag rug from a frat house basement.)

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 08:23:53 AM PST

  •  well said and 100% true.. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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  •  What did anyone expect (3+ / 0-)
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    Laurence Lewis, Mighty Ike, Raineee

    from a party predominately populated by Neanderthals?

    What would be nice if they cut the Defense and Homeland Security budget, stopped funding wars, brought the troops home from everywhere and closed overseas military bases. I suspect they would have enough money to bail out Main St., fund education through college and give everyone access to health care through single payer. Give a tax credit for installing solar panels. (Yes. They do work very well here in the Northeast)

    Oh, and just stop giving tax credits to ethanol, agri-business and business that out source jobs and manufacturing like General Electric and General Motors.
     Yes, it would be nice.

    BTW. This is my first comment here. I like the recommended button for the front pagers but still no tip jar.

    Even with my glasses, some of the text is blurry, especially in the faded orange.

    I tried posting this earlier but the site crashed

    •  Repubs are NOT Neanderthals (0+ / 0-)

      Neanderthals were dirty socialist commies who looked after their sick and injured instead of leaving them behind to die.

      IMHO Repubs are devolved or defective modern humans who have no conscience.

      If it's
      Not your body
      Then it's
      Not your choice
      AND it's
      None of your damn business!

      by TheOtherMaven on Mon Feb 14, 2011 at 08:16:20 AM PST

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  •  Liberalism (0+ / 0-)

    I suggest the best way to understand the Rs, is the old story from Professor Keynes. It went like this.  The Professor was at a financial conference, and was asked, "Professor, do you think that any Conservative can be intelligent?  The Professor paused, and said, "I have heard that there is one intelligent conservative, but I have never met him."
    This dialog, of course, is very UK, and not that civil. However, it remains something to think about. Just how does one manage a person with feeble intelligence?  Can a blind person see the cliff ahead? Just how do you get a blind person to know there is a cliff ahead.
    In the US, it seems to this observer, we understand that wealth and intelligence are only casually related. This is especially true for the second generation wealthy (and succeeding generations) who tend to assume that their ancestors passed both their wealth and brains along.  Seldom so. Kids of rich people are remarkably average.
    So, I guess our situation is rather like playing on a team that has recruited a one-legged player as full back. Winning requires that fullback to run, just like successful governance requires our leaders to think. Is it unwise to think there is a "safe landing" out of this predicament.

  •  This truly angers me (1+ / 0-)
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    Laurence Lewis

    This should be blaring on every news station and in every newspaper headline. How can they so blatantly disregard science? Climate change is the gravest threat our species has ever faced, and it is terrifying how willing they are to ignore it.

    More disturbing is how they have disseminated this irrational denial of climate science to the public. So many people completely brush aside any mention of global warming, in some nonsensical combination of 'Al Gore' 'communism' and 'conspiracy'.

    It is just horrifying how willing people are to being brainwashed. All for the benefit of a few corporations, and to detriment of the human race, millions of species, and Planet Earth.

    What matters is not wealth, or status, or power - but how well we have loved, and what small part we have played in bettering the lives of others. - Pres. Obama

    by Raineee on Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 08:55:11 PM PST

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