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Twitter Battles

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on September 24, 2011

I’ve taken a few days off from cyberspace to reflect…

They say the political battle for 2012 is going to be fought in cyberspace and twitter, we have already seen the impact of the age of information and instant communication.  We have watched the Arab Spring unfold before our very eyes starting with a vegetable vendor in Tunisia lighting himself on fire out of frustration.  The world sat transfixed for 18 days and watched the now world famous Tahrir Square Revolution, and the demise of a tyrant.  Bahrain a tiny country still struggles, they have not given up.  Libyan freedom fighters with the help of NATO are taking back their country.  In Syria, a vicious battle rages, we rely on You Tube Videos and tweets to tell the story since no journalist are allowed.  Finally we watched as the Palestinians took their hopes for dignity, freedom and justice to the UN and asked for statehood.  We also watched Pres. Obama threaten a veto, and did nothing short of wrapping himself in the Israeli flag and dance the Hora.   The US threatened countries who supported the Palestinian bid with cutting off funds, as well as the Palestinians themselves.

What happened to the Barack Obama who was in Cairo a few years ago encouraging the Arabs to embrace democracy, self determination?  He was playing to the the domestic market, he was playing to AIPAC, he was playing to the powerful Jewish lobby and the mis-information that the right has sent out – claiming that Barack Obama didn’t support Israel.  Which was far from the truth.   Winston Churchill said “A lie gets half way around the world before the truth has a chance to put its pants on.”  We’ve seen that with the birther issue.

In the midst of the Arab Spring, the Arab Awakening and the shifting sands of diplomacy and power in the middle east, Barack Obama has chosen to be on the wrong side of history.

One of the dangers in not blindly supporting Israel is one is automatically labelled as anti – Semitic.  The truth is the narrative that most of us have heard regarding the Palestinian issue has largely been framed by the Israelis – with a background always touching the holocaust. In no way do I deny the Holocaust, we as human beings cannot forget the horrors that occurred.   We cannot remain silent when we see ethnic cleansing going on…and that includes when the victim becomes the victimizer.  The situation in the occupied Palestinian territories is at a tipping point.   Nothing short of a slow holocaust has been occurring.   It is no longer a back story in a newspaper as it was 10 years ago, the new information age has made sure we see it all.   9/11 brought the middle east to the forefront.  There is no excuse for us as Americans not to be educated on the entire issues, from the beginning, and here’s a surprise, that is before  1948.

I am absolutely disgusted with Pres. Obama on this issue, when I voted for him I was voting for a change, not the same Bush policies towards the Palestinian issue that did nothing but cause the US to lose credibility in the middle east.  We were making significant headway in restarting our relationships in the middle east until  now…we have just lose the battle at the most crucial time.

Does that mean I don’t support Pres. Obama for re-election?  No.  I support him for re-election, because the alternative is unthinkable.

When I watch a Tea Party audience cheer at an uninsured man dying, in no way can I support that type of mentality.

When I watch a Tea Party audience boo a gay soldier serving his country, and not one Presidential candidate called them on it at the time…in no way can I support that type of mentality.

When I listen to people like Michele Bachmann hype lies on cervical cancer vacines, in no way can I support that type of mentality.

The list goes on..I will support Barack Obama for re-election,  he is the lesser of two evils.  The other evil is so vile and vicious, the founding father’s must surely be turning in their graves.

But what you will hear me tweeting and blogging about more is the Palestinian issue, and it is not anti Semitic to tell the truth.  It is a long complicated history, and there is enough blood on everybody’s hands.  Nobody is innocent,   as one of my favorite people in the twitterverse @ilikewoods in  says in her bio .. I believe the truth is out there, and I am going to spread it like mustard!   That is exactly what I intend to do.  I know I am going to make some people uncomfortable, I know I am going to lose some followers, and I’m ok  with that.  If the truth makes you uncomfortable, then don’t read my blog, don’t follow me on twitter.  If you want to understand, engage in productive dialogue, challenge the  false narrative that has been pounded into you with the truth and facts, then welcome.

Truth is such a rare thing, it is delightful to tell it.  ~Emily Dickinson

(http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2011/09/23/Palestinians-US-bullied-to-get-its-way/UPI-34431316763000/)

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Herman Cain – Why Him? Why Now?

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on May 22, 2011

Conservative Choice - Tea Party Endorsed?

On May 21, 2011, the rapture did not occur, but something else did, Herman Cain announced he is running for President of the US.   While  the news in itself is nothing spectacular, and the GOP field of candidates is marginal at best the issue that keeps twitching in the back of my mind is why him? and why now?

First, who is Herman Cain?

His bio shows he is a man who has pulled himself up and done it very well.  He came from  a humble background, his mother was a cleaner and his father was a chauffeur. He was raised in Georgia,  graduated from Morehouse College in 1967 with a BA in mathematics ,  received a  MS degree in computer science from Purdue University in 1971.

His career has included the Department of the Navy, Coca-Cola, VP at Pillsbury, Burger King– managing 400 stores in the Philadelphia area. Under Cain’s leadership, his region went from the least profitable for Burger King to the most profitable in three years. This prompted Pillsbury to appoint him president and CEO of  Godfather’s Pizza one of  their then-subsidiaries. Within 14 months, Cain had returned Godfather’s to profitability. In 1988, Cain and a group of investors bought Godfather’s from Pillsbury. Cain continued as CEO until 1996, when he resigned to become CEO of the National Restaurant Association.  Cain was on the board of directors to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas Cityin 1992 and served as its chairman from January 1995 to August 1996.

His first taste of the limelight of politics came when he publicly opposed President Bill Clinton’s health care bill.  He credits himself, rightly or wrongly with taking down the health care reform in ’94/’95.  In In 2004, Cain ran for the U.S. Senate in Georgia, running as a conservative and opposing the legality of abortion even in cases of rape and incest – he lost.

He has kept himself in the limelight with The Herman Cain Show on Atlanta talk radio station until February 2011 and had served as a commentator for Fox Business and as a syndicated columnist distributed by the North Star Writers Group.

I am not going to say that Cain is not a good businessman, he is, his record shows it.  Much like a teacher who excels in the classroom and then is moved into administration the talent, the calling is lost.  The impact the teacher made may be  washed away in a new career, not all transitions are successful.  The key is being able to recognize where your real talent lies.  A hard, objective assessment of your skills.  The danger comes when you start to believe your own press, whether you are a teacher or a political figure or want to be a political figure.  To listen to Cain talk about his encounter with Pres. Clinton is disconcerting…

As he recalls the moment, Cain is clearly proud. “I almost didn’t go to that town hall meeting that day, but I think it was meant to be,” he says. “The next day, I was on every TV morning news show. I’ll never forget Ted Koppel that night: ‘The pizza man from Omaha stumped the president last night over his health care bill.’ This was surreal.”

The fire had been lit, the ego had been stroked, and so he begins his foray into the political field, and the public field with his radio talk show, and Fox commentator spot.

From a purely human nature view point one can clearly see how Cain has moved to the position he is in today, if for no other reason than ego.

But the real question still is unanswered.  Why Cain?  And why now?  If you look at social media such as twitter are there those Tea Party and “Conservative” supporters who will blindly defend Cain, refusing to acknowledge that he is not the right wing answer to the social agenda they would like to see implemented, and sorely lacks geo-political nuances to the point where he would put the U.S. in harm’s way with his populist rhetoric.

You can already see the Tea Party cannibalism at play, challenging the fact that Cain worked for the evil “big government Federal Reserve Board of Kansas City.   Those on Tea Party enthusiast who remind their fellow patriots that Cain supported the TARP bailout are met with a sound rebuke. Cain himself has said:

Admittedly, these Wall Street bailouts and “special loan arrangements” by the U.S. Treasury and the Federal Reserve seem inappropriate and excessive to the typical citizen, but if the Bush Administration had done nothing, Mike and Mary Mainstreet would have been outraged once the ripple effect knocked on their door.

That sounds dangerously close to President Obama, doesn’t it?  TARP has long been an issue for the right, who pretend to have amnesia that this was a program initiated by Bush.

So why would the Tea Party support Cain after by his own admission he fully supported TARP?  This is the part where it gets uncomfortable.  We have all seen the signs of Tea Party supporters that by any stretch of the imagination are nothing but racists.  We  have seen the former Tea Party Express spokesperson Mark Williams racist letter to the NAACP.  Look a little further on social media (www.viletweets.com ) some of these folks make the KKK look mainstream.  But now they stand behind Herman Cain.  A self-made black man. Why? Is this the Tea Party’s attempt to say “see we aren’t racists, we support a black man!”

The sad fact is Cain is not qualified, while he is great at one-liners and zingers, he has absolutely no understanding of geo-politics.  As President Obama pointed out in his speech on the Arab Spring and to AIPAC, the world is changing at an unprecedented pace.  Cain’s response to the Palestinian – Israeli conflict?…

“I was shocked at the president’s position, and I was equally shocked that he would unilaterally suggest that Israel would move the borders back which they acquired 44 years ago. This president threw Israel under the bus, there is no way around it. It demonstrates once again the arrogant disregard of this president for the opinion of the American people who like the relationship we have with Israel, and for Israel having the right to make its own decisions.”

One has to wonder if Cain listened to any of the speech?  If he did listen to it and this is what he came away with, one has to question his ability to comprehend.  He obviously does not know the history of the region, he does not understand that until this conflict is resolved, the U.S. and the rest of the world is at danger.  Gen. Petraus has confirmed that the resolution of this conflict is in our national interest.   The the Arab Spring, foreign diplomats all over the world are coming to the very frightening conclusion, that the landscape is changing at a rate that nobody ever anticipated.  With that change, at some point the influence of the U.S. and E.U. in the middle east is going to wane.  This is the time to push, while there is still influence to be had.  Cain’s response was a child’s response to a parent who is telling the hard truth.

His economic policies are even more frightening, in 2010 he advocated a return to the gold standard.  There are at least three reasons why this is not feasible.  First, the world supply of gold is too small to support a global economy with an annual output of 50tn a year.  Second, the global economy is a lot more diverse than it was in the 19th century, when the scene was dominated by a handful of European nations plus America. Third, pegging currencies to gold would almost certainly prove to be deflationary. Take a lesson from Britain in 1925  Churchill decided to return to the gold standard at the pre-war parity following pressure from the Bank of England governor Montagu Norman, it proved to be one of the great economic blunders of the 20th century. Within six years, deflationary pressure had forced Britain to abandon gold.

The argument that a gold standard would make the economy more stable is a non sequitur, economists say you can’t force currency to be stable—at least not for long.  Economic uncertainty is a fact of life, says J.D. Foster, an economist at the Heritage Foundation.  Advocates of the gold standard want to “legislate certainty,” he says. “It’s like you have a town of declining morals, so you legislate churches. It’s not going to work.”

Without a doubt Cain has business savvy, but the economics of a business compared to the economics of a country, and a global economy are different animals.  The frightening thing is, this is a man who was on the Federal Reserve Board, he of all people should be aware of the dangers and mechanics, yet he offers a populist point of view?  In essence discrediting himself? Why?

What about big government, and the Federal Reserve Board…Cain doesn’t believe that they need to be audited…this is in direct opposition to conservatives who not only believe they should be audited, but probably abolished.

And yet the right continues to endorse him.  He is not qualified, and this is not a time for amateur hour at this critical stage in history.

It is painfully evident that the Tea Party is going to support him, knowing full well he is not going to be a viable candidate.  They are exploiting him as their “black candidate so you can’t say we are racist” campaign.

Perhaps it is because I am a woman,  I have been in the corporate environment and did quite well, as I was acutely aware that my performance had to be 110%, because I was a woman.  It makes me angry that Cain is being used.  He is not a stupid man, so I am going to have to assume he is agreeable to prostituting himself out for the limelight, for the ability to say I ran for President of the United States of America.  Maybe it is just one huge ego stroke.  Or maybe he finds it economically desirable to put himself in this position.  Perhaps there is somebody, some “corporation” like the Koch brother’s bank rolling this ego trip.  Willing to forgo a viable candidate to try to re-brand the Tea Party and their agenda with less racial overtones.  It is fascinating is to watch the people who are pimping Cain out on social media, a bunch of old white guys who like to collect minority friends so they can exploit them and use them as a shield that says…see I’m not racist.

When I was a child, my mother made me believe that I could do anything I set my mind to, and I believed her.  I also learned there are situations where the best thing you can do is admit you are not qualified, as hard of a blow as that is to the ego, it is called the gift of discernment.    It is human nature to seek those people and situations that validate who we are, what we stand for.  It takes a great deal of internal fortitude and honesty to seek out the truth, to objectively look at why we do what we do.  We all have a price –  Mr. Cain what ever the financial or ego payoff is I hope you negotiated a good deal, because you are turning your hard earned legacy into a side show complete with unsustainable right wing rhetoric that does nothing but divide and discredit.

UPDATE May 24

Right on cue emerges Bryan Fischer.  A brief bio of Mr. Fischer:  Director of Issues Analysis for the American Family Association, (AFA), host of the talk radio program Focal Point: on American Family Radio, and a contributor to the AFA-run blog Rightly Concerned.  For the record the AFA in 2010 was designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group.

Mr. Fischer a  Tea Party supporter gave an interview 9/16/2010 where he explained his vision of the Tea Party and their role in politics:

INSKEEP: Well, let me bring Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association into our discussion here from Mississippi. And Mr. Fischer, what issues have you pressed when you became involved in the Tea Party movement?

Mr. BRYAN FISCHER (Public Policy, American Family Association): Well, the American Family Association, part of why we got involved in this is we believe the country needs not only to be called back to constitutional government, not only back to physical responsibility, but also to the same cultural and social values that were embraced by the founders.

INSKEEP: What cultural and social values are you thinking of that were embraced by the founders, as you put it?

Mr. FISCHER: They said that the first of the inalienable rights that was granted to us by the creator is the right to life. So we believe sanctity of life has got to be central to any genuinely conservative movement, belief in a creator and to defending natural marriage and resisting homosexual agenda.

Mr. Fischer has advocated for the forced removal of all Muslims from the United States,  and that the First Amendment applies only to Christian Americans, and not to practitioners of other religions such as Islam and Judaism.  His positions on homosexuals?  That deserves a posting of its own, suffice to say they are going to burn in hell according to Mr. Fischer.

On May 18, he posted a piece to the AFA blog site where he expressed his opinions with regards to the Republican presidential candidates…

So the 2012 GOP presidential nomination shootout is already turning into a classic battle between ruling class Republicans who want Romney or Daniels and citizen class Republicans who want a Herman Cain or a Michele Bachmann (anybody besides me fascinated by the thought of a Cain-Bachmann ticket?) and could settle for a Pawlenty. I’m betting on the citizen class on this one.

Sounds like he really likes Herman Cain.

Fast forward a few days to President Obama’s trip to Ireland, discovering his Irish roots…this is what Mr. Fischer had to say:

He can’t talk enough about how white he is and how white his heritage is. And you compare that to, say, Herman Cain – you know, Herman Cain was just joking around about being the real Black man in the presidential race and President Obama kind of helping reinforce what Herman Cain has said in jest.

President Obama is half-white, and half-black; Herman Cain is all black; he’s authentically black; he is the real black man in the race.

So we’ll see how all of that plays out. I mean, President Obama celebrating his Irish heritage, I mean there is just something about that I just find, I just find that comical, frankly.

Now somebody tell me I am wrong, I want to be wrong.  What we clearly have here is a Tea Party supporter, a Herman Cain supporter, a “Constitutionalist”  who wrote the following:

You’d think that the Democrats, with all their bloviation about how the Constitution is a living and breathing document that must change with the times, would be ecstatic at Republican recognition of legitimate changes to our founding document.

But no. The grievance industry, represented by Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. and other plantation politicians, is royally hacked off that the original part of the Constitution that dealt with representation in the slave-holding states wasn’t read. News flash for Rep. Jackson: the Civil War ended 146 years ago. Wake up and smell the freedom! Get over yourself and get on up into the 21st century while you’re at it.

So the grievance industry, still stuck woefully in the past, desperately wanted the Republicans to read the “three-fifths” clause. The Republicans didn’t, for one simple reason. It’s no longer part of the Constitution.

And here’s the kicker: while the Democrats wanted that read because they erroneously believe that it says that slaves were three-fifths of a person, the Constitution itself says exactly the opposite. The “three-fifths” clause clearly affirms the personhood of slaves.

Check it out. Here is the relevant portion, with emphasis added:

“Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons.

Bottom line: the three-fifths clause is not a pro-slavery clause, it is an anti-slavery clause.

And the same clause affirms the personhood of all slaves. You could look it up.

…and he just did exactly what I said was being done….he paraded Herman Cain out there for his “blackness”.

It is despicable.

Sources

http://new.accessnorthga.com/detail.php?n=172858

http://www.npr.org/2011/05/07/135768988/herman-cain-a-political-outsider-and-proud-of-it

http://004eeb5.netsolhost.com/hc129.htm

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010/nov/08/gold-standard-strong-reasons-against-it

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129901232

http://www.afa.net/Blogs/BlogPost.aspx?id=2147506345

http://www.politicususa.com/en/bryan-fischer-says-unlike-obama-herman-cain-is-authentically-black

http://www.afa.net/Blogs/BlogPost.aspx?id=2147501809

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Saying Goodbye to 2010 … Happy New Year?

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on December 30, 2010

2010 was certainly a year full of trials and tribulations, along with some hard fought victories…leaves one to wonder what 2011 will bring…

A few things occur to me, in particular since I have been conducting a twitter experiment the past few days …we are getting meaner, more vulgar and have a serious desire to promote disinformation.  I ran across this website… www.viletweets.com the owner of the site has simply picked up on some as the name implies “vile” tweets.  Here you will find the best of “conservative, patriotic Christian Americans” – it is disheartening to see what these folks who wrap themselves in the flag and proclaim their undying love  of country, God centered values, twist and pervert everything that is good and right about the USA.

Social media has exploded with Twitter, Facebook and so many other instant ways to engage with one and another, and with anything good there will always be those people who will ruin it and distort it.  Perhaps these folks were always out there, but now they have a way to bond, they become one and other’s  Twitter Groupies, blindly supporting each other, ignoring facts.  They embody animal pack behavior…they look for the weak and stalk them, waiting to take them down.    This animal behavior is not limited to the adversaries,   let one of the herd pull away from the core thinking and the group turns and cannibalizes its own.   Trying to engage in a civil discourse is virtually impossible.  All that being said, I can live with that, let’s be honest, Twitter is not real life, and if it is becoming your real life, you have bigger problems than you realize.  The thing that bothers me the most is the absolute refusal to look at the facts  if the facts don’t agree with your universe.  I cannot understand in this day and age of information overload the refusal to go out, seek a credible source and verify the information you are getting.  Whether it is from social media or mainstream media, evidently we are going to have to seek out the truth on our own.  Hitler said it best….“Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it”.  The conservative right has certainly embraced this motto.

While I am not a big believer in New Year’s Resolutions, at this point my core values have been violated and so I start early on this resolution…

I am tired of people twisting and perverting my religion, calling themselves Christians and then spouting out the most vile, evil ideas known to man.  The irony of tweeting out biblical passages and then following up that tweet with some bigoted ideology. Not going to take it any more.   I am taking back my Christian religion.

I am tired of people lying and saying it as if it is gospel truth, spinning, sound bites, whatever it takes to discredit Pres. Obama.  There are things that Pres. Obama has done that I do not agree with, the man is not the messiah, but he is a hell of alot better than the alternatives.  What has become evident, is that we do not have the language to deal with the racial issues that still exist in our country.  Just because we have elected a black President doesn’t mean we are all holding hands and singing Kumbaya.  I directly attribute the vile behavior of people and the unwarranted attacks on Pres. Obama and his family as race based.  All of a sudden we have this “conservative movement” wanting to “take back our country”…take it back from whom?  The black man in the white house?  Or the ever popular emphasis of Barrack HUSSEIN (that middle name in capitals) Obama.  If you want to be a racist, be a racist, have the balls to own it, say it, don’t hide behind religion, “conservative values”, or political parties.

So yes, even the munky is becoming more evil, but I would like to think of it as a crusade for the truth.

Munky Motto:  I didn’t land on this planet to win a popularity contest, and I won’t prostitute  out my values for the sake of making “friends”.

In closing…my wishes for you in 2011…

May your joys be as bright as the morning,

And your sorrows merely be shadows that fade,

In the sunlight of love.

May you have enough

happiness to keep you sweet.

Enough trials to keep you strong.

Enough sorrows to keep you human.

Enough hope to keep you happy.

Enough failure to keep you humble.

Enough success to keep you eager.

Enough friends to give you comfort.

Enough faith and courage in yourself to banish sadness.

Enough wealth to meet your needs.

And one thing more: enough

determination to make each day a more wonderful day

than the day before.

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Do We Wonder How Rumors Get Started?

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on August 25, 2010

The Rumor Mill

Do we wonder how rumors get started?  The Republican National Committee can clear that up for you with a simple tweet.   Todd Herman,  the new media director for the RNC, tweeted the following on Friday:   “Watch – Is @BarackObama amongst the 20% who think he’s Muslim?”  The tweet The message included a link to an interview taped during the 2008 campaign in which Obama stumbled while explaining his religious views.

In fairness to the RNC  they did come out and issue the following statement:  “An errant, or sarcastically-intended tweet aside, the RNC has never spoken about the President’s Christianity because it is both crystal clear and a non-issue…”

Uh,huh.  Thanks.

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Sarah Palin Calls Emanuel A Liar Via Twitter – Or The Pot Calling the Kettle Black

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on June 21, 2010

Sarah Knows A Liar When She Sees One

Isn’t it an ironic twist of fate?  Sarah calling ANYBODY a liar, this from a woman who has a trail of lies littering her life.  I think Sarah is starting to believe her own press.

Possessed by the twitter demons Sarah pounded out…RahmEmanuel= as shallow/narrowminded/political/irresponsible as they come,to falsely claim Barton’s BP comment is “GOP philosophy”Rahm,u lie

All of this came about  after Emanuel said on ABC’s This Week that Republican Rep. Joe Barton’s controversial apology to BP last week exposed the political philosophy of the Republican Party.

“That’s not a political gaffe, those are prepared remarks,” said Emanuel. “That is a philosophy.”  And he is right.

Joe Barton’s comments are those of the Republican and Tea Party mentality – a twisted view of capitalism.  Capitalism is not a bad word, but understand what it means.  This is the same group of people who were saying don’t bail ’em out.  Yet, when it comes to BP, the government is being too hard on them by forcing them to open an escrow account for damages they have caused.  The laws of true capitalism imply there is a an inherent risk in business, and with that risk comes rewards, conversely with that risk comes a cost of doing business.   It isn’t a shakedown, it is a cost of doing bad business.  I think they have gotten off fairly light – the true extent of the damage, both financially and to the environment may not be known for years.

Which brings me to my next point, this misguided idea that if you boycott BP then they can’t pay for the clean up.  Sure they can, let that company fail, according to capitalist laws, the company goes into receivership and the assets liquidated, or sold off in smaller chunks. Nature and capitalism abhor a vacuum.

The other things that fascinates me, is the school yard like behavior of this grown woman via Twitter.  It reminds me of the kid that runs up and pulls the hair of the kid next to him squealing out nahh nahh nahh na!  That is about the extent of credibility she holds.  This woman has access to Fox News, why doesn’t she invite Emanuel on and have a live debate, something unscripted.  Something that would require a working knowledge of the facts.  She has the perfect medium, yet she hides behind twitter.  If you want to be taken seriously, act seriously.  Grow a pair!  Make your case if you have one.  140 characters or less isn’t going to cut it.

And finally, The White House spokesman Bill Burton responded to Palin’s tweet Monday in the daily briefing with reporters.

“As a leader of the Republican Party, people would be interested in knowing whether or not she thinks that, as Congressman Barton said, that $20 billion set aside in a fund to pay the claims of people who have been harmed by the BP oil spill was a shakedown. I don’t think that the American people think that,” Burton said.

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Sarah Palin The Gifts Just Keep on Comin’ Or Sarah Palin: Is This Known as Self Hatred?

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on March 23, 2010

Ok, I promise I don’t go looking for these Sarah Palin stories, but the woman is just a cornucopia of disaster, and no human being alive can resist it when she sets herself up so well.  Hence, the above picture, it is my gift to you Sarah, let me know where to send it.

You may recall that Sarah rated #1 with “death panel” hyperbole — which earned her the  award of Lie of the Year from PolitiFact.com.  Evidently Sarah knows a good thing when she sees it and is gunning for that #1 lie again as she tweeted out:  Shocking new questions re:whether military healthcare plans r protected under Obamacare. How will underpaid troops afford their own purchase? [sic]

Here’s the truth:  While Sarah was busy tweeting, absolutely unaware of what was really going on, the House was in the middle of passing legislation, hang on to your hates in a BIPARTISAN bipartisan vote of 403 to 0 – that specifically protected all members of the military from any requirements mandated by the health-care legislation.

John Rowan, head of Vietnam Veterans of America, praised the passage of the House legislation and said that it “ensures that health care programs for veterans, active duty military, retired military, and their families/survivors will not be affected negatively by the pending health care reform legislation.”

Then she graced us all on Fox TV with Bill O’Reilly, even he couldn’t take it!

Somebody do this woman a favor and close her twitter account! Fox try to save what little credibility you have left and get rid of this woman or put her on a reality show…..

http://palintv.com/2010/03/21/governor-palin-on-oreilly-discussing-health-care-vote/

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It’s Not About Health Care America : It’s About Racism OR Tea Party Conservatives – or Racism is Alive and Well in the USA

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on March 21, 2010

I am absolutely disgusted, and this is coming from a “white woman” for the record!  We are all aware of the vote on Sunday for health care, we have all seen Obama out campaigning for it, we have all seen the Tea Party and Conservative rallies against it, and I am all for rallies, it’s called freedom of speech.

What  every single “conservative” in America -( I’ll take it a step further every single human being on the face of the planet) needs to rally around is calling out the racists.

I will start with this story from CNN (http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2010/03/20/protesters-hurl-slurs-and-spit-at-democrats/?fbid=5YN8rpQDdby#more-95502)

Washington (CNN) – Civil rights icon and veteran Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia, said anti-health care bill protesters Saturday repeatedly yelled the “N” word at him as he left a heath care meeting and walked to the Capitol.

“I haven’t seen heard anything like this in more than 40 years, maybe 45.” Lewis said. “Since the march from Selma to Montgomery really.”

“Yeah, but it’s okay,” Lewis added. “I’ve faced this before. So, it reminded me of the 60’s. There’s a lot of downright hate and anger and people are just being downright mean.”

The incident was confirmed by Rep. Andre Carson, D-Indiana, who was walking with Lewis at the time. Protesters were yelling, “‘kill the bill, kill the bill’ and the ‘N’ word several times,” Carson said.

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Missouri, released a statement late Saturday saying he too was called the “N” word as he walked to the Capitol for a vote and that he was spat on by one protestor who was arrested by U.S. Capitol Police. Cleaver declined to press charges against the man, the statement said.

Protesters also hurled anti-gay comments at Rep. Barney Frank, D-Massachusetts, who is openly gay, as he left the same health care meeting that Lewis attended in a House office building.

A CNN producer overheard the word “faggot” yelled at Frank several times in the lobby of the Longworth building. Frank said he heard someone yell “homo” at him.

“I’m disappointed,” Frank said. “There’s an unwillingness to be civil.”

Frank, who said he rarely hears such slurs anymore, said the health care issue has become “the proxy for a lot of other sentiments. A lot of which are perfectly reasonable but some of which are kind of ugly.”

WHAT IS THIS AMERICA? All of those conservatives who profess to love  American principles, does anybody remember that phrase “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their  Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.  You will note it does not say:  if you ass is lily white like mine and you believe in the same religion as me.

Civil Rights Bill Mr. Conservative?  Remember that one?  Or is that not party of the Conservative ideaology?

Since when do we stand still and let our American principles be raped and abused by people who shout out slurs?   There is freedom of speech/expression and then there is just plain bad taste, and what I believe borders on hate crimes.

Make no mistake this isn’t about Health Care Reform, if you listen to the Republicans, yes we like tort reform, (it’s in the bill), yes we like making sure people with pre-existing conditions are covered by insurance (it’s in the bill) and the list goes on.  The heart of the Republican/Conservative/Tea Party objection to Health Care Reform is based in race,  they can hide behind it costs too much, the deficit is out of control, the bottom line is Mr. and Mrs. Conservative you can put all the lipstick you want on this pig but at the end of the day it’s still a pig.

So after hearing this story about John Lewis I was curious as to what cyberspace and those twittering idiots were up to..here’s a little experiment you too can do…and what I found was appalling.

First I went to http://search.twitter.com

This is a nifty little spot in the twitterdom and I typed in a variety of phrases – go ahead try it yourself.  If somebody caught my eye in their 140 characters of verbal masturbation I clicked on them and looked at their twitters.  Here are a few little gems broughts to you courtesy of those folks who claim to love America…

So after reading a few conservative, tea party blogs and tweets here are some that showcase that freedom fo speech, does not protect us from idiots.

This one I got by typing in the search box http://search.twitter.com/search?q=obama+kenyan since there seems to be alot of chatter in cyberspace about this…

Linny_Buck: Barack Insane Obama, Fuck you, fuck you, fuck you, fuck you very much! YOU MOTHER FUCKING BI_SEXUAL KENYAN! YOU SORRY SACK OF SHIT!
about 14 hours ago from TweetDeck · Reply · View Tweet
Do you eat with that mouth?  Is this the best you could come up with when you live in a country that offers the best free education in the world?
These folks would be entertaining if they weren’t so scarey:

Here’s one from a nice looking conservative woman, maybe your neighbor, maybe the woman you see in church every Sunday?

Cynthia022: Obama is not just black,he is a black Muslim. http://www.islamoncapitolhill.com/ Wake up America!!!!
about 3 hours ago from web · Reply · View Tweet
What does Pres. Obama have to do for people to understand he is not Muslim?  Here’s a bigger question…so what if he is Muslim?  I think Cynthia022 needs to review that little item about religious freedom, or did she miss that day in history class?  More importantly, Cynthia022 get your facts straight, because somebody understands the Muslim religion does not make them a Muslim – for example I understand what you are saying and I can promise you that does not make me a conservative…

I could go on for hours on these types of conversations, and you know if I had not read them for myself I would have never believed that people were actually saying these things.

If you want to argue the facts argue the facts.  This racist, ignorant rhetoric serves no purpose at all, what it shows is that you are afraid of the US actually becoming a place where all are created equal without regard for race, religion or sex.  It shows ignorance.  I do not fear Islam, I do not fear Osama Bid Laden, what I fear is this  cult, mob, reeking of Nazism group of folks who are perverting American principles.

WAKE UP AMERICA!

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Twittering Idiots or All that Twitters is Not Gold or I’m Just a Voyeur

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on February 24, 2010

After much pressure I have finally joined Twitter – you can all relax, as I am not a Tweeter, but a follower, and a selective one at that.  Prior to joining I did some Twitter surfing and I was in shock…

First, how much information can one really communicate in 140 characters or less?  Is this symptomatic of the fact that we as Americans have such a limited attention span that we cannot comprehend anything over 140 characters?  Just because somebody in one of your “groups” tweeted you with some information does not mean it is accurate, but does that stop people from re-tweeting this disinformation to the entire world?  Does one not have some type of responsibility to verify information in cyberspace whether it is on a blog or a tweet?

Second, do we all want a blow by blow description of  your personal life or do you have the right to tweet another individuals life all over Twitterdom?  I was amazed at the Tweet I found, in a group of “political conservatives” since this person was comfortable tweeting this to the world, why not identify the tweeter of  “Please pray for a woman on Twitter who is currently tweeting live as she aborts her baby.  She is doing a chemical abortion. ” 4:31pm Feb. 20 You will note she does not give the tweeters name etc, so perhaps this person is not having an abortion, perhaps this person does not even exist, but the tweeter just would like some attention.  Does this tweet belong in a political group or would it be more appropriate in a prayer group?  The point of all of this is that nobody seems to thinks that there is any type of responsibility that goes with tweeting, it is the new wild west.

Third, as I surfed thru Twitterdom (or should that be Twitterdumb? ) I noticed that some folks seem to be following literally hundreds of other people.  How?  How does one manage to function in the non-cyberworld, doing things like working for example, maybe you have kids or a husband or wife, hell even a dog or cat and follow 300 people or more?  and respond…and some of the responses are spats.  Some of these took me right back to being in second grade on the playground and a fight broke out, the playground divides, sides are picked and the fight begins.  But you know what?  These are not children, these are adults.  These are voters.  These are political activists.  (And thank God some choose to publish their photos – here is a little experiment for you:  Read some twitters, any twitter will do, but just follow the threads, do not look at the pictures.  Then look at the pictures and ask yourself, if i were sitting in a restaurant with this person who looks fairly average, would they be this much of an asshole in person?

Fourth, why would one waste any of their 140 character on profanity?  (Yes I have been know to let loose with a string of profanities that would make a sailor blush).

I love the internet, I love Freedom of Speech, I am the first to admit I am addicted to information, and  I am not convinced that Twitterers are the most accurate representation of the facts.  One can easily see how disinformation morphs into “fact” for no other reason that it has been tweeted and retweeted ad naseum.

I am all for “Safe Tweets” – meaning if you are going to tweet it, or blog it for that matter, take the responsibility  to verify facts, give a source,  legitimate sources, information is a powerful tool, the internet is a powerful tool – use it all wisely.

Just something to think about….

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