Good morning everyone!
We’ll have a short version of Obsession this morning, as I was blog-and-CSPAN bound yesterday and Friday (as I suspect many of you were).
There’ll be a bonus HCR Obsession up tomorrow (If Ms. A approves) on Freepers’ reactions to this weekend’s vote, but for now, let’s start with something so odious that I cross-posted it to the GOS.
humanity, but this surprised even me.
A freeper posted this from the “Newsbusters” site:
ABC: Anti-ObamaCare Protest ‘Turned Very Ugly’ with ‘Racial and
Newsbusters ^ | 3/20/10 | Brent Baker
Posted on Sunday, March 21, 2010 2:23:54 AM by ICAB9USA
Though by their own count “thousands” of anti-ObamaCare protesters
gathered outside the Capitol building on Saturday, ABC decided to smear
the entire cause by stressing the despicable actions of a handful or
even fewer as anchor David Muir announced in setting up the first story
on Saturday’s World News:
“Protesters against the plan gathered on the streets of the capital
where late today we learned words shouted turned very ugly, reports of
racial and homophobic slurs, one protester actually spitting on a
Did the spitting and gay-bashing make the Freepers uncomfortable?
Um – not exactly.
They seem torn between saying it didn’t happen, that it did happen but
it was done by liberals to make them look bad, and that they had it
Take it away, Freeperati!
2 posted on Sunday, March 21, 2010 2:25:13 AM by Dr. Eckleburg (“I
don’t think they want my respect; I think they want my submission.” –
Thought I was kidding, didn’t you?
re: Late word from Washington tonight about just how ugly the
crowds gathered outside the Longworth office building have become. We
learned that as Congressman Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri was leaving his
office someone in the crowd spit on him. There are also reports of
racial and homophobic slurs, one targeting Congressman John Lewis
Most likely none of this occurred.
3 posted on Sunday, March 21, 2010 2:25:47 AM by ICAB9USA (It’s all
okay. Harkin is busy passing RIGHTS for the American people.)
Anger…denial…wake me up when we get to acceptance.
It’s not the protestors fault that the cowardly public servants
inside the Capitol kept referring to them as “tea baggers”. Those
piggies are the ones who need to apologize to the homosexuals, not the
6 posted on Sunday, March 21, 2010 2:28:28 AM by FlingWingFlyer (How
much did your congressman’s vote go for? Mine got two bits. Her going
They still seem upset about the “teabagger” thing.
Perhaps they should put some more thought and research into their
And of course, it only takes them seven posts to get from zero to
You know what? It has gotten to the point where if it did happen, I
could stand to give a crap. They do not give a crap about our consent
but will get their panties in a wad if they are insulted?They
deserved to get dragged behind a car.
7 posted on Sunday, March 21, 2010 2:30:41 AM by Bad Jack Bauer(Fat
and Bald? I was BORN fat and bald, thank you very much!)
Fat, bald and stupid is no way to go through life, son.
More after the you-know-what…
Next – FearThis!
RNC document mocks donors, plays on ‘fear’
| 3/3/10 4:23 PM EST
| BEN SMITH
Posted onWednesday, March 03, 2010
5:33:22 PM byFormer Military Chick
The Republican National Committee plans to raise money this election
cycle through an aggressive campaign capitalizing on “fear” of President
Barack Obama and a promise to “save the country from trending toward
The strategy was detailed in a confidential party
fundraising presentation, obtained by POLITICO, which also outlines how
“ego-driven” wealthy donors can be tapped with offers of access and
The presentation was delivered by RNC Finance
Director Rob Bickhart to top donors and fundraisers at a party retreat
in Boca Grande, Florida on February 18, a source at the gathering said.
neat PowerPoint pages, it lifts the curtain on the often-cynical terms
of political marketing, displaying an air of disdain for the party’s
donors that is usually confined to the barroom conversations of
The presentation explains the Republican
fundraising in simple terms.
“What can you sell when you do not
have the White House, the House, or the Senate…?” it asks.
answer: “Save the country from trending toward Socialism!”
donors with crude caricatures and playing on their fears is hardly
unique to Republicans or to the RNC – Democrats raised millions off
George W. Bush in similar terms – but rarely is it practiced in such
One page, headed “The Evil Empire,” pictures
Obama as the Joker from Batman, while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and
Senate Majority Leaders Harry Reid are depicted as Cruella DeVille and
Scooby Doo, respectively.
The RNC reacted with alarm to a question about it
Thursday, emailing major donors to warn them of a reporter’s question,
and distancing Steele from its contents.
“The document was used
for a fundraising presentation Chairman Steele did not attend, nor had
he seen the document,” RNC Communications Director Doug Heye said in an
email. “Fundraising documents are often controversial.
the Chairman disagrees with the language and finds the use of such
imagery to be unacceptable. It will not be used by the Republican
National Committee – in any capacity – in the future,” Heye said.
most unusual section of the presentation is a set of six slides headed
“RNC Marketing 101.” The presentation divides fundraising into two
traditional categories, direct marketing and major donors, and lays out
the details of how to approach each group.
The small donors who
are the targets of direct marketing are described under the heading
“Visceral Giving.” Their motivations are listed as “fear;” “Extreme
negative feelings toward existing Administration;” and “Reactionary.”
donors, by contrast, are treated in a column headed “Calculated
Their motivations include: “Peer to Peer Pressure”;
“access”; and “Ego-Driven.”
The slide also allows that donors may
have more honorable motives, including “Patriotic Duty.”
Republican donor described the state of the RNC’s relationship with
major donors as “disastrous,” with veteran givers beginning to abandon
the committee, which is becoming increasingly reliant on small donors.Boy oh boy, if true, how lucky a democrat was in the right place at
the “right” time?
Politico has a photo from the power point slide.
Ok – get your bets down. I have a twenty on “Agent Provocateurs”.
To: Former Military ChickEveryone who has ever worked at fund raising knows that you must
appeal to the ego.
However, it should be done with a bit more class.
We call it – The Aristocrats!!
Ok – who had “They had it coming”?
No big deal.
I would wager money that the Dummies Power point presentation would
make everyone throw up.
None of the big wigs were there, move along nothing to see here.
Big donors have already indicated they are picking candidates to donate
to. In two years the RNC may well be in a store front in D.C handing out
Well, that’s one “True, but who cares”...
To: HereInTheHeartlandSome things should not have hard copies made
thought of let alone acted on.
And one “It’s true, but we look bad when we don’t use the code words“.
To: Former Military Chick
Uh oh – here we go.
To: Former Military Chick
I almost have to wonder if the document was created by a Democrat
to make the Republicans look bad…
div class=”a2″>To: Former Military Chick
Oh please, left in a hotel room?
div class=”a2″>To: Former Military Chick
To: luckybogeyThe .pdf was created at 8:45pm last night and modified at 2:00pm
today, for an event that occurred February 18th. The only significant
security retriction is document assembly, meaning the “finder” could
have added re-written pages.
The RNC should disown this document and
sue Politico for defamation.
Will he? He won’t.
Besides – anyone knows that such crude cartoons of Pelosi and Reid could never represent what the GOP base thinks and feels!
A very good friend of mine has been screaming about the march
toward socialism in this country for years. And while I agreed with most
of what he was saying, I didn’t think we were as close to the brink as
we have come since the Unholy Triumvirate of Obama, Pelosi and Reid
started their revenge tour on the American People. We better all hope
and pray that the Lies and the Arrogance of the Democrats are comin’
home to roost and that Judgment Day is coming in November.
P.S. I LOVE THE GRAPHIC!
I stand corrected.
I notice that there’s some furious revisionism going on in the GOP re: Oedipus Tex.
Frankly, even Freepers aren’t that stupid.
Stick a fork in Dubya’s “rehabilitation”
Texas GOP chairman Tom Pauken blasts Bush, Rove in new book
Dallas News ^
| March 8, 2010
| Wayne Slater
Posted onTuesday, March 09, 2010
3:21:25 AM bymeandog
AUSTIN – As Karl Rove makes the rounds this week with his memoir
burnishing the Bush legacy, another book by another Texas Republican
offers a decidedly different view.
Former state GOP chairman Tom
Pauken, a Dallas lawyer and foot soldier in the Reagan revolution,
offers a sober counterpoint to Rove’s full-throated defense of his
In Pauken’s view, the former president and “Bush’s
Brain” not only hijacked conservatism, they nearly destroyed it.
(Excerpt) Read more atdallasnews.com …
Now don’t forget – these are the selfsame Freepers who used to lick up Dubya’s spittle like it was Ambrosia.
To: meandogYeah, hurray for pragmatism…Rove is and always has been a useless
“From Karl’s perspective, there was nothing wrong with big
government now that he and his cronies were in power.”6
posted onTuesday, March 09, 2010 3:52:10 AM
(“Government is actually the worst failure of civilized man.”
div class=”a2″>To: personalaccts
div class=”a2″>To: lonestarYou believe all Repubs think alike? What a joke!
we mostly have voted alike, and look what we get: 2 Bushes, Steele,
McCain. Total disaster.To: pt17
>The republican party was a disaster for the republican party.
Bush was just lousy frosting on a bad cake.<
not in my opinion
Bush started the Iraq war under false pretenses.
Bush then forced the Republican party to support
Bush’s open-ended occupation of Iraq.
voters punished congressional Republicans in 2006
congressional Republicans had no choice but
tp support Bush in 2007-2008
voters punished congressional Republicans in 2008
Next –Just because he doesn’t care doesn’t mean he doesn’t care.
Let Obama’s Anti-Gun Silence Breed Complacency
American Thinker ^
| March 09, 2010
| Anthony W. Hager
Posted onTuesday, March 09, 2010
2:02:19 AM byneverdem
What should we make of a recenteditorial
arguing that the Obama White House has made no attempt to infringe upon
the Second Amendment and that Obama openly declared his respect for the
right to bear arms during his presidential campaign?
It’s true that President Obama hasn’t advanced the gun control
agenda. He hasn’t even sought a renewed ban on “assault” weapons.
However, the idea that President Obama has more in common with Wayne
LaPierre than with Sarah Brady is misleading. Remember the “bitter
clingers” comment? Therefore, if eternal vigilance is freedom’s price,
then complacency must be its worst enemy. The Second Amendment is under
assault even as the Supreme Court seems poised to recognize the
individual right it protects.Rep. Bobby Rush’s Firearms Licensing and Record of Sale Act (H.R.
45) would require a license to possess a firearm. That license
would also be required to transfer a firearm, and a tracking number
would be assigned to each sale. Most ominous is H.R. 45’s prohibition on
storing firearms and ammunition in any manner that a child could
access.Rep. Rush’s bill assaults the basic notion of a right. Free people
need no government license to exercise a right. This bill would also
create de facto gun registration and render firearms inadequate for
self-defense. Unloaded guns are rather poor clubs.Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee produced the Gun Safety and Gun Access
Prevention Act (H.R. 257).
Section Three in Rep. Lee’s proposal would impose ten-year prison
sentences upon firearm sellers if they have “reasonable cause to know”
that their customers intend criminality. Section Four criminalizes the
sale of a firearm without an approved security device. Section Five
effectively forbids keeping a loaded firearm for self-defense whenever a
child is present, much like H.R. 45. Section Six requires adult
chaperones for minors at gun shows. Under Section Six (b)(8), the
offending parent can be charged with child abandonment.Since a defensive firearm must be kept loaded, and most homes
contain children at least periodically, it’s clear that Rep. Rush and
Rep. Lee intend to abolish the use of firearms for personal defense.
They also require dealers to be clairvoyant. To deny sales opens dealers
to civil rights violations, while approving sales opens them to
prosecution. It’s a catch-22 for gun sellers.Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s Denying Firearms and Explosives to
Dangerous Terrorists Act (S.1317)
denies firearms to “dangerous” terrorists (is there another kind?).
What Sen. Lautenberg has authored is a clever ruse. No one can argue
that denying guns and bombs to terrorists violates the Second Amendment,
right? Let’s see.Section 922A(1) of S. 1317 grants the Attorney General
discretionary authority to deny access to firearms. The AG, under
Section 922B(g)(1), can also withhold information used in the denial
from the aggrieved party. Should gun owners feel secure if Eric Holder
wields such authority?What about Pres. Obama’s stated respect for gun rights? Well,
politicians will say just about anything to get elected. Obama is still
on the record as supporting a ban on “assault”
weapons. Furthermore, his administration is backing a U.N.treaty
the small arms trade worldwide. Don’t scoff. The president can
constitutionally enter such treaties under Article 2, Section 2. Said
treaty would become law under Article 6, at least temporarily.Inaction on gun control doesn’t make President Obama a Second
Amendment loyalist. Inaction doesn’t mean that politicians and
bureaucrats hostile to private firearms aren’t at work. Gun-owners will
benefit from a dose of extra vigilance now, even while the gun control
waters appear still.
Anthony W. Hager has authoredtherightslant.com since 2003.
More than 200 of his commentaries have appeared in a variety of
publications and web outlets.I’m sorry, but I just don’t see any crdible threat for the time
being from a Congress that passes theCoburn Amendment and had 58 votes to pass theThune Amendment in the Senate. Obama has bigger
socialist fish to fry in Congress, and many rats elected since 2006 are
pro Second Amendment, at least nominally. Are the bills mentioned
getting any traction?
Gunowners always had complacency since only five percent of the
eighty million gunowners actually fight for their Rights.
Me: They’re going for a gun ban.
Them: They can’t do that. We have a Second Amendment.
Them: How did they do that??
Me: I told you they were going to do that and you didn’t help stop it.
My ex-Brother in Law went to jail for the weekend because he had a
handgun in his sockdrawer.
div class=”a2″>To: Shooter 2.5My ex-Brother in Law went to jail for the weekend because he had a
handgun in his sockdrawer.
When was this? Where was this? What
were the circumstances? Why we LEOs in his home in the first place? I
don’t know the situation, but your brevity does not impart a favorable
situation for your ex-BIL. First thing in my mind was that he was
arrested on a warrant serve and the LEOs rooted through his stuff to
tack on to his sentence.
div class=”a2″>To: HiTech RedNeck
…like Healthcare Reform? That kind of “unpopular crap”?
Next –the quietest thread of the week:
Party favorite Rubio’s spending habits come to light
(Orwellian Media attacking Rubio)
Miami Herald ^
| Adam C. Smith, Beth Reinhard and Scott Hiaasen
Posted onThursday, March 18, 2010
7:34:33 AM bymgist
Tea Party favorite Rubio’s spending habits come to light
Budget documents show a less frugal side of Florida’s Rubio
Conservatives hail DeMint as he slams Obama for ‘selling socialism’
Rubio’s charges to GOP credit card included $134 haircut Wine,
groceries, car repair: What Florida’s Rubio charged to GOP Senate
candidate Rubio wows conservative audience Charlie Crist, once Senate
GOP favorite, is running scared Poll: Rubio leads Crist in Florida’s
Senate race By MIAMI — Marco Rubio was barely solvent as a young
lawmaker climbing his way to the top post in the Florida House, but
special interest donations and political perks allowed him to spend big
money with little scrutiny.
About $600,000 in contributions was
stowed in two inconspicuous political committees controlled by Rubio,
now the Republican front-runner for the U.S. Senate, and his wife. A
Miami Herald/St. Petersburg Times analysis of the expenses found:
Rubio failed to disclose $34,000 in expenses — including $7,000 he
paid himself — for one of the committees in 2003 and 2004, as required
by state law.
• One committee paid relatives nearly $14,000 for
what was incorrectly described to the IRS as “courier fees’ and listed a
nonexistent address for one of them. Another committee paid $5,700 to
his wife, who was listed as the treasurer, much of it for “gas and
• Rubio billed more than $51,000 in unidentified “travel
expenses’ to three different credit cards — nearly one-quarter of the
committee’s entire haul. Charges are not required to be itemized, but
other lawmakers detailed almost all of their committee expenses.
Rubio’s spending continued in 2005 when the Republican Party of
Florida handed him a credit card to use at his own discretion. While
serving as House speaker in 2007 and 2008, he charged thousands of
dollars in restaurant tabs to the state party at the same time taxpayers
were subsidizing his meals in Tallahassee.
Rubio’s high-roller political spending belies his image as an outsider
riding a wave of anti-establishment fervor and gunning to knock off Gov.
Charlie Crist for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination. A Herald/Times
review of other legislators’ committees shows they typically
contributed far more to other candidates and reported vastly fewer
credit card payments.
“Having expenditures in the tens of thousands of dollars to pay
off credit cards, it’s clear to me it was being used to live off of. The
Rubios were living off it,’ said state Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port
Richey, a strong Crist supporter.
Said Harris: “That’s an absolute flat-out lie. And Mike Fasano
should be ashamed for doing Charlie Crist’s dirty work without any
regard for the truth.’
Altogether, the committee collected
$228,000 in donations, including $30,000 from the Florida Crystals sugar
corporation, $10,000 from U.S. Sugar, and $50,000 from a political
group run by Republican fundraiser Alan Mendelsohn, a Broward County eye
doctor indicted last year on corruption charges, who has also donated
For his last year as speaker, Rubio reported a net worth of less
than $8,400, despite earning $69,000 from Florida International
University, $45,000 from the state and $300,000 from Broad &
Cassell. The father of four had more than $900,000 in debts, including
two mortgages on properties in Miami and Tallahassee, a home equity loan
and a student loan.
div class=”a2″>To: mgist