They Have No Shame

Well, my darlings, the frothing insane fucktards on the right (can’t even call them the extreme right, now that they’ve gone mainstream) are really trying to top themselves for offensive, outrageous bullshit.

Check out their amazing new Christmas carol, “Illegals in My Yard.”  Really shows the reason for the season, doesn’t it?  Talk about putting the Christ back in Christmas – he was a total hater, never showed compassion to society’s undesirables at all.

If you’re wondering what kind of Christmas presents such folks will be giving each other, here’s a sampling.  They’re really in to the violent, assassination-laced “jokes,” aren’t they?

Those kill-Obama-and-Obama-supporter t-shirts should go great with a copy of Sarah Palin’s book, eh?  Why doesn’t it surprise me that there’s such a strong correlation between those who hate Obama and those who love a dumbshit, lying quitter like Palin?

America’s right wing, ladies and gentlemen.

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Global Warming Dumbfuckery Abounds

My darlings, I have the solution to our energy woes.  We can stop global warming in its tracks by tapping into a source of infinitely renewable energy.  All we have to do is tap into the endless dumbfuckery of the global warming deniers.  We can heat our homes with their fevered imaginations.  We can run our industries on with the dynamos of their denial.  We could recharge our electric cars by holding memos and emails just out of their reach on treadmills.  We’ll never need oil, gas or coal again.

They’re so fucking desperate they’ve turned to a life of crime in a pathetic attempt to discredit the science:

Burglars and hackers have attacked the Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, apparently in an attempt to further the “Climategate” intimidation of global warming researchers. The Climategate smear campaign rests on the release of thousands of emails illegally hacked last month from the British Climatic Research Unit (CRU). The National Post reports that the Centre for Climate Modelling, a government institution, is also the victim of repeated criminal attacks:

Andrew Weaver, a University of Victoria scientist and key contributor to the Nobel prize-winning work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, says there have been a number of attempted breaches in recent months, including two successful break-ins at his campus office in which a dead computer was stolen and papers were rummaged through.

As the United States — led by President Barack Obama — prepares to join the world in the fight against global warming, the opponents of reform are resorting to criminal desperation, harkening back to the amoral extremes of Richard Nixon.

Oh, yes.  That certainly adds to their credibility.  That puts them right up there with ALF and murderers of abortion doctors as fighters for truth, justice, and the American way.

But just in case their thefts don’t destroy the science, in case all they can find is evidence for global warming as they rummage through scientists’ effects, they’ve got a backup plan:

“Biased thermometers” are to blame for scientific data documenting a precipitous rise in global temperatures, according to Marc Morano.

Morano was Rush Limbaugh’s former producer and a columnist at the rightwing “news” site, Cybercast News Service, before becoming denialist-extraordinaire Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK)’s top aide on the U.S. Senate Committee on Environmental and Public Works. In 2003, Inhofe described global warming as “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people,” a statement which he stills stands by today.

Morano now runs the climate denialist website ClimateDepot.com and is, essentially, the very heart of the entire climate change denialist echosphere.

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Here’s the too-short debate between Morano and Balog, as hosted by CNN’s Rick Sanchez, where Morano argues that the earth is actually cooling, despite scientific evidence — based on “biased thermometers,” as Morano argues, “placed near air conditioner outlets, near asphalt” — showing this decade to be the warmest on record. We’ll leave it to you to decide whose got their facts straight, the science photographer or Rush Limbaugh’s former producer:

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Wow.  “Biased thermometers.”  That’s novel.  And I suppose the “biased thermometers” are causing the melting of the Arctic sea ice, the drastic loss of Antarctic ice sheets, retreating glaciers, forest fires, droughts, and rising sea levels, because the earth’s just that gullible.  It’s all a psychosomatic effect.  Brilliant!

But “biased thermometer” man and the happy gang of smash-and-grab goobers aren’t the only ones fighting the science of global warming.  Billionaire right-wing fucktard David Koch is pouring tons of cash into the fight:

In an op-ed in the Boston Globe yesterday, I observed that Koch has manufactured a positive image for himself by giving to laudable causes, while at the same time, quietly “funneling tens of millions of dollars to more subterranean efforts that reflect his conservative politics.” Despite his funding of the Smithsonian, Koch has done more to politicize and and undermine the public’s understanding of science than any other single person. Koch has funded the leading groups dedicated to spreading skepticism of climate change:

– Koch’s Americans for Prosperity, the right-wing tea party group which Koch founded in 1984 and continues to finance, has just announced that it will send a team of political operatives to Copenhagen for the United Nations Climate Change Conference. AFP intends to hold a press conference to attack any climate change solution the President promises as a mistake that will “kill jobs here” and “infringe on our personal and national freedoms.”

– Koch has funded the Competitive Enterprise Institute, which has been the most aggressive conservative front group heralding hacked e-mails as proof that climate change does not exist.

– Koch funds the “Hot Air Tour,” a campaign led by lobbyists stopping in cities across the country to call into question the science underpinning climate change. The tour also features an actual hot air balloon to illustrate their beleif that climate change science is just “hot air.”

The National Academy of Sciences, the US Global Change Research Program, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have all come to the same conclusion: “that carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel use and the loss of carbon-sink capacity in heavily timbered forests are increasing temperatures and making oceans more acidic.” David Koch’s Koch Industries derives much of its profit from its oil refineries, one of the major emitters of carbon dioxide, and from its George-Pacific timber subsidiary, one of the largest contributors to the loss of carbon-sink capacity.

And if you thought Bush’s gang of nitwits were done fucking the country over when Obama took over the White House, think again.

Why are they all so frantic, you may ask?  Well, it could have something to do with the fact that world leaders are meeting in Copenhagen to hash out a game plan for dealing with the climate crisis.  And it could have something to do with the EPA’s stark findings:

As expected, the Environmental Protection Agency is poised to formally declare that greenhouse gases are a dangerous public-health hazard and must be regulated by the government. The “endangerment finding” is the result of a study ordered by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2007 on the effects of greenhouse gas pollution on human health and welfare.
Whether Congress approves a cap-and-trade measure or not, the conclusion raises the specter of combating global warming through the regulatory process of the Clean Air Act. As you may have heard, business groups, to put it mildly, aren’t fond of that idea.
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Today’s EPA declaration should help crystallize the near-future for polluters: back cap and trade or the EPA won’t have much of a choice. It’s your call.

That’s why they know their only hope is to destroy the science.  Alas for them, there’s too much science.  And even if it weren’t for the science, we’re going to have a lot of Pacific Island nations underwater soon enough who will be happy to put a human face on the cost of global warming.

So, you may ask, what can you, as a person intelligent enough to realize we must do something about global warming, do?  Use your energies wisely.  And some genius inventor needs to get to work on that stupidity-to-energy conversion device.

Invalid Arguments

Deary, deary me.  It seems that Cons, various deniers, and other such idiots have seized upon leaked emails to declare science dead:

The right’s misuse of the old, stolen emails from the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit continues in increasingly foolish ways.
The Wall Street Journal‘s Daniel Henninger, for example, argues today that the CRU materials are evidence proving that “science is dying.” He went on to describe the release of the stolen emails as “an epochal event.”
And people wonder why the WSJ editorial page isn’t taken seriously.

Well, it isn’t taken seriously by people with two functioning neurons, anyway.

Listen up, people.  A few snarky emails among scientists do not invalidate science, just like Newton’s snarky personal letters do not invalidate calculus and laws of motion.  Scientists in East Anglia may have been snarky, but the earth still warms.  A few ill-tempered internet exchanges can’t refute the mountains of evidence from multiple sources.

But I see how it is.  We’re dealing with people who can’t be swayed by science, reason, or evidence.  There’s only one thing to do: speak to them in terms they might, possibly, be able to comprehend.

Alas, I am afraid that even this level of discourse is too sophisticated for these dipshits.  One can but try.

Update: go here for a list of changes since Kyoto.  It ain’t pretty.

Your Daily Dose of Health Care Reform Stupidity

I didn’t blog this over the weekend because it should’ve been a foregone conclusion, and I really couldn’t get excited over it, but Dems managed to stick together just enough to ensure that the Senate health care reform bill could be debated.  Of course, now, Conservadems are posturing against the public option, and making sure we all know they’re still perfectly willing to fuck us over in favor of the insurance companies.  Joyous.

Joe Lieberman has a new excuse as to why he hates the public option.  This month, he’s against it because he says we’ve never done anything like this before.  I somehow doubt that, what with all the public/private competition we’ve got in this country.

The most important thing to remember about these dumbshit Dems (and the idiot Independent who pretends to caucus with Dems) is not Lieberman’s lengthy history of piss-poor excuses.  No, it’s the fact that Blanche Lincoln was for the public option before she was against it.  In fact, she was for the public option while she was against it:

But as Igor Volsky noted, as recently as yesterday, Lincoln’s own website argued, “Individuals should be able to choose from a range of quality health insurance plans. Options should include private plans as well as a quality, affordable public plan or non-profit plan that can accomplish the same goals of a public plan.”
That was the senator’s official position a day after Lincoln stood on the floor of the Senate, “promising” to join a Republican filibuster of health care reform “as long as a government-run public option is included” in the bill.
After Volsky’s post, Lincoln’s office changed the senator’s official position, scrubbing the page of any references to allowing consumers to choose among competing plans.

Can’t cover your tracks that easily, Blanche.  You are so very, very fucked.  Paging Mike Stark

Greg Sargent thinks Conservadems will realize the urgency of passing health care reform, and will, possibly, ultimately do the right thing.  Color me skeptical.  But perhaps polls showing that not passing reform murders Dem electoral chances will help clarify things for them. Perhaps not.  They’re cunning, but they’re not exactly smart.

They’re certainly not willing to do the right thing.  Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet is.  And he doesn’t care jack diddly shit about the political cost.  I hope he sits the Conservadems down for a long talk.

Let’s hope Sebelius’s state-by-state impact assessment of health care reform will help a few Dems see the light as well.

But enough about Dems.  Let’s talk about Con fuckery.  There’s plenty of it.  In fact, the sheer volume of lies pouring from Cons’ lips is overwhelming:

Looking over the rapid-response list, the efficiency of the DNC operation is impressive, but the key takeaway is more important: Good lord, Republicans sure do lie a lot about health care.
I mean, GOP lawmakers weren’t even close to the truth. Watching the debate as it unfolded, one got the sense that reform’s opponents either know literally nothing about the issue at hand, prefer almost pathological levels of dishonesty, or perhaps both.
Over the weekend, Josh Marshall noted in passing that the congressional GOP lied quite a bit during the 1994 reform debate, but Republicans are now “upping their game … lying even more shamelessly than in round 1.”

That’s because they’ve discovered there are no consequences for endless lying.  Teabaggers love it, and most Americans are too fucking clueless to realize they’re being lied and lied and lied to.

In fact, the GOP has become so shameless that they feel perfectly comfortable claiming a number they just made up as gospel truth.  They’re now saying health care reform will cost $2.5 trillion.  Where did this number come from?  Apparently, Sen. Gregg’s ass:

It appears as if the number comes from a press release from Budget Committee ranking member Judd Gregg (R-NH), written the morning after the CBO released its analysis, which reads “American taxpayers are about to see an unprecedented expansion of the federal government that will cost a staggering $2.5 trillion when fully implemented.”
 The underlying critique has a tiny bit of merit to it. Democrats did indeed diminish the 10 year cost by delaying the tax-and-benefit provisions for a few years after the bill becomes law–they felt they needed to push some key reforms down the road a year to keep the bill’s 10 year cost from exceeding Obama’s $900 billion top line. Hence the caveat “when fully implemented.” But even if you were to start the clock in 2014, and stop it in 2024, the number $2.5 trillion seems to have been made entirely out whole cloth. Perhaps a projection line drawn arbitrarily on a graph cooked up by a Republican Budget Committee staffer.
And, of course, the critique elides the fact that, whatever the federal responsibility for health care becomes as a result of this bill, it’s projected to dramatically reduce the deficit in both the near and long term.

Of course it does, because that’s the truth, which is something Cons seem deathly allergic to.

Here’s something even more outrageous: Gov. Barbour touting Mississippi as a model of health care reform when it “rates 51 (out of 50 states plus DC) in health care ranking.”  Yup.  Sure is a perfect example – of what not to do.

So what are the Cons’ allies up to?  Well, the Chamber of Commerce wants to kill health care reform so they have a better chance at killing climate change legislation later on.  The gun lobby’s trying to kill health care reform because they have some paranoid fantasy that health care reform means all their guns will be taken away.  And Teabaggers are busy laughing at families who have suffered a tragedy:

From Chicago journalist Kristen McQueary, this deplorable story:

As a journalist covering Chicago politics, verifying information is like climbing a mountain of sand. With each step you take, the deeper you sink.

Last week while researching claims from a local Tea Party activist, I found myself asking a family for proof that they had lost an unborn grandchild.

The family, Dan and Midge Hough, of Chicago, spoke in favor of health care reform and in support of U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-3rd) at a Nov. 14 town hall meeting in Oak Lawn.

Their daughter-in-law, Jenny, and an unborn grandchild died recently due in part, they believe, to a lack of health insurance. They said Jenny was not receiving regular prenatal care and ended up in an emergency room with double pneumonia that developed into septic shock. Her baby died in the womb, and Jenny died a few weeks later, leaving behind a husband and a 2-year-old daughter.

Catherina Wojtowicz, of Chicago’s Mount Greenwood community, an organizer for a Tea Party splinter group, Chicago Tea Party Patriots, falsely claimed that the Houghs fabricated their story. In an e-mail, she called them operatives of President Barack Obama who “go from event to event and (cry) the same story.”

When the Houghs spoke at the Lipinski event, some Tea Partiers ridiculed them. They moaned and rolled their eyes and interrupted. Midge Hough began to cry.

Such a credit to their cause, aren’t they?  Despicable dipshits.

In case anyone else needed any more proof we need reform, check out the results of the free clinic Keith Olbermann helped sponsor. You know, the one where people with diabetes, heart failure, and breast cancer haven’t been able to get any sort of health care until now.

With all of the Con fuckery eagerly aided and abetted by Conservadem fuckery, I haven’t been too hopeful about reform.  But here’s news that makes me hope that something good will come out of this bill: it appears the Senate version strips Congress of its health insurance and throws them into the exchanges.  Kevin Drum reports it was a dirty trick by Grassley that went horribly awry, since Max Baucus decided it was a great idea and happily threw it into the mix.

I haven’t had any inclination to congratulate Grassley or Baucus, but I have to offer them a heartfelt muchos gracias, even though in Grassley’s case the good was unintentional.  Because if this resolution stays in, that means Congress is going to have to ensure that health care reform works, as they’ll be suffering right along with the rest of it.

It’s about fucking time.

Let’s Talk About Boobs

Specifically, the boobs who are throwing a hysterical fit over the new breast cancer screening recommendations:

On Wednesday, a group of women GOP lawmakers held a press conference to denounce a new recommendation by the federal Preventive Services Task Force that women receive mammograms less frequently. “This is how rationing begins,” said Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). “This is the little toe in the edge of the water.”
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As the Washington Independent’s Mike Lillis notes, the concern of the congresswomen about rationed mammograms is especially ironic considering that they oppose legislation that “would require insurance companies that cover diagnostic mammograms also to cover routine, annual breast cancer screenings for all women 40 and older.”

Lessee.  Hypocrisy, check.  Ridiculous fearmongering, check.  Failure to comprehend simple words like “recommendation,” check.  Pure Con dumbfuckery.

But if you’re tempted to fall for a Con, or if you’re just confused over what’s best for your health, or if you want to see a breast cancer researcher take down the bullshit in stunning detail, you can head on over to Orac’s Repectful Insolence blog and read the following:

“Obama’s fixin’ death panels for your mama,” the misogyny gambit, and other idiotic responses to the updated USPSTF mammography recommendations

“Obama’s fixin’ death panels for your mama”: The USPSTF recommendations for mammography used as a political weapon

A two-part takedown that is truly Oracian in scope and insolence.  And if you still want more, there’s always really rethinking breast cancer screening.

Funny how Con talking points and fearmongering just don’t have the same impact when you’re armed with the facts, innit?

Texas Anti-Gay Fervor Screws Homophobes

Happily married in Texas?  Are you sure you’re married, happily or un?

Not according to the Texas constitution:

Barbara Ann Radnofsky, a Houston lawyer and Democratic candidate for attorney general, says that a 22-word clause in a 2005 constitutional amendment designed to ban gay marriages erroneously endangers the legal status of all marriages in the state.
The amendment, approved by the Legislature and overwhelmingly ratified by voters, declares that “marriage in this state shall consist only of the union of one man and one woman.” But the troublemaking phrase, as Radnofsky sees it, is Subsection B, which declares:
“This state or a political subdivision of this state may not create or recognize any legal status identical or similar to marriage.”
Architects of the amendment included the clause to ban same-sex civil unions and domestic partnerships. But Radnofsky, who was a member of the powerhouse Vinson & Elkins law firm in Houston for 27 years until retiring in 2006, says the wording of Subsection B effectively “eliminates marriage in Texas,” including common-law marriages.

And if you don’t think that amendment pertains to you just because one spouse has twig-and-berries and the other doesn’t, and you’re officially married with a license and everything, you’ve got another think coming.  Just ask any lawyer who knows what “legal status identical or similar to marriage” means.

Looks like the homophobes have fucked over their sacred institution rather badly, dunnit?  Excuse me while I go laugh my ass off.  Damn, I love poetic justice.