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Above is an image from a Fox News telecast this afternoon about bomb threats at the University of Texas.

Fox seemed uncertain in this image as to where at least 3 states of the union are located.

I don’t watch much Fox News—or really any cable news—but this is so silly that it merits mention.

Maybe the alternate reality stuff has gone so far on the right that they are testing if they can change the most basic facts and get away with it.

I suppose if you have an audience seemingly content with being told that black is white and that day is night, than why not try to move around some of the states?

September 14, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | 1 Comment

Republicans Think The United Nations Directs American Public Policy—When Somebody Tells You They Are Crazy You Should Believe Them

Many conservatives and Republicans in our nation operate under the view that the United Nations is directing a number of  public policy priorities in the United States.

(Above–Example of United Nations sponsored bike trial in the radical hotbed of Granbury, Texas.)

From the New York Times

Across the country, activists with ties to the Tea Party are railing against all sorts of local and state efforts to control sprawl and conserve energy. They brand government action for things like expanding public transportation routes and preserving open space as part of a United Nations-led conspiracy to deny property rights and herd citizens toward cities. They are showing up at planning meetings to denounce bike lanes on public streets and smart meters on home appliances — efforts they equate to a big-government blueprint against individual rights. The protests date to 1992 when the United Nations passed a sweeping, but nonbinding, 100-plus-page resolution called Agenda 21 that was designed to encourage nations to use fewer resources and conserve open land by steering development to already dense areas. They have gained momentum in the past two years because of the emergence of the Tea Party movement, harnessing its suspicion about government power… In January, the Republican Party adopted its own resolution against what it called “the destructive and insidious nature” of Agenda 21. And Newt Gingrich took aim at it during a Republican debate in November.”

Fox News has reported on Agenda 21. Fox says that President Obama and the United Nations want to take over rural America.

Mother Jones magazine wrote about this issue last year.

From Mother Jones-

Tea partiers see Agenda 21 behind everything from a septic tank inspection law in Florida to a plan in Maine to reduce traffic on Route 1. The issue even flared up briefly during the midterms, when Colorado Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes accused his Democratic opponent of using a bike-sharing program to convert Denver into a “United Nations Community.”

Here is the Agenda 21 website of the United Nations.  

You may think that Mitt Romney is some type of moderate or that there remain reasonable people in the  mainstream of the Republican Party.

Yet the Republican National Committee has passed a resolution opposing Agenda 21.

Where are the moderate or reasonable Republican objections to this stuff? There are no liberals or urban planners in this country working or operating under the direction of a United Nations mandate.

These people on the right are paranoid and crazy. They are telling you each day that they are paranoid and crazy.

When somebody tells you who they are–You should believe them.

February 7, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Right Wing Religious Extremist Anders Breivik Is Charged With The Terrorism In Oslo

I heard a brief Fox News radio report a few hours ago about the Oslo terrorist bombing and shooting. The update did not mention that this crime was an act of right-wing Christian extremism. I felt if this terrorism had been conducted by Muslims, that Fox would have reported this fact on the radio.

I want to be certain that people understand who committed the terrorist acts we saw in Oslo this past Friday.

From the New York Times-

The Norwegian man charged Saturday with a pair of attacks in Oslo that killed at least 92 people left behind a detailed manifesto outlining his preparations and calling for a Christian war to defend Europe against the threat of Muslim domination.., Anders Behring Breivik, 32. The police identified him as a right-wing fundamentalist Christian, while acquaintances described him as a gun-loving Norwegian obsessed with what he saw as the threats of multiculturalism and Muslim immigration.”

I’m not suggesting that people either here in America or elsewhere in the world who share the views of Mr. Breivik are going to go out and kill people. I’m simply saying that the Fox report I heard left out an important detail.

You can read what took place and who committed the crime and draw your own conclusions. This is just as you would do in any case after a terrible deed has been committed.

Mother Jones Magazine, a great liberal journal of news and opinion, has more on Mr. Breivik and the motives behind his actions.  Read it and decide what you think.

Here is BBC coverage of the story from Oslo.

July 24, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 3 Comments

I Roll Down The Streets Of Cincinnati In My Cadillac—Turn Off That Fox News

You might wonder how a big time blogger such as myself rolls down our roads and highways.

I roll in style.

Above you see my black Cadillac parked a few hours ago at a White Castle in Covington, Kentucky.

How am I able to drive such a fine American-made car?

It is a rental.

How did I come to be able to afford to rent such a car?

The rental car company let me have it to get rid of me and my complaints.

The first car I rented on my current trip to Cincinnati, Ohio was a Dodge Charger. That was what they had on the lot that I could tolerate.

It turned out though that the headlights on the Charger only worked in high beam. I can’t go around town with my brights on for the duration of my visit.

I called the customer service number and they said I had to go back to the airport lot to get a new car.

Once back at the airport lot, they wanted to give me a car that I did not like as much as my first car. Also, I dealt with two people who could not offer up a simple apology about how I had to drive back to the airport in the rain to get a replacement car.

I went off the lot and into the car rental place office.

And, of course, the TV at the rental car office check out line was playing Fox News.

I say “of course” because  I have been in that car rental office a number of times in recent years, and every time I am there they have Fox News on that damned TV.

I know I should have said something a long time ago. But when I’ve got some time off and I’m out on the road, I just want some peace. 

This time though I said, in a calm tone because I respect my fellow working people, that I had to drive down to the airport lot in the rain, that  now they wanted to give me  a cruddy replacement car, and that I do not pay money to rent cars from these folks so that I have to look at Fox News for any amount of time.

And just like that they conjured up a nice black Cadillac.

I was so pleased with this car, that I stopped at the White Castle in Covington, Kentucky to celebrate with a cup of decaf and an order of fries.

You might see me any day now rolling down the streets of Cincinnati in my Cadillac. I’ll have the driver’s side  window open, and I’ll be playing my favorite New Order and Joy Division tunes.

March 5, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

We Must Watch Fox News In Harris County Tax Assessor-Collectors Office Because Of Lack Of Maturity To Conduct People’s Business In Proper Fashion—TPA Blogger Round-Up

Here is the weekly posting of the Texas Progressive Alliance round-up. The TPA is a confederation of the best political bloggers in Texas. There are more than 7 member blogs in the TPA, but sometimes they don’t always get to taking part in the round-up. People are busy.

With the round-up this week, is a picture I took a few days ago when I was registering my car at the Harris County Tax Assessor-Collectors office. I often try to do things with real people instead of online so that people can have jobs.

For the people who are waiting in line at this office to deal with their cars, there is a television to help folks pass the time.


What was not okay was the fact that right-wing Fox News was on the TV.

The Tax Assessor, who is also in-charge of voter registration in Harris County, is a Republican.

But the business being conducted each day in his office should be non-partisan.

There is no reason to put Fox on that TV but to annoy people who do not like Fox.

It is a minor matter, but it does give you some sense of  the absence of even a pretense of handling the people’s business in an impartial way that we so often see from Harris County Republicans. You also see here just some of the cheapness in the character of these people.

My friend John Coby at Bay Area Houston has written many posts about the failure of this office to do it’s job in a proper way. Here is one of these posts.

The round-up—

There is no way in hell Txsharon could pick just one post from this hellish week in the Barnett Shale, so she did a recap, at Bluedaze: DRILLING REFORM FOR TEXAS.San Antonio hospitals are dumping seriously ill homeless patients at Haven for Hope.

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme sees Republicans hating health care for the poor. How selfish and cruel can a group of people be?

Off the Kuff examined some data to get a handle on Rick Perry’s performance with Latino voters in the 2002 election. Continue reading

June 27, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 4 Comments

There Will Never Ever Be A Small Government Again In The United States

I’m sitting here in Cincinnati watching TV with my father. He is flipping channels on the TV.

Dad flipped to Fox News. On Fox News there was a reporter for the right-wing magazine The Weekly Standard saying that people want a return to “small government.”

The political fortunes of the right and left will wax and wane, but there will never ever be a small government in the United States. I want all the right-wingers to grasp this fact—No matter what you do, the U.S. government will never ever be small.

Regardless of what the right does, there will be millions of federal employees, hundreds of billions of tax dollars spent each year, and vast tracts of land under federal control.

And when George W. Bush was President and Republicans ran Congress, government got even bigger.

So take that you kooks!

February 18, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Kos Thinks I’m A Liberal Weenie

Below are two paragraphs from Daily Kos written by Kos himself. They are from a post discussing potential Democratic wins on Election Day that would be highly injurious to Republicans. The post makes the obvious assertion, one all Democrats would agree with, that it would be best if Republicans were to lose in as many places as possible on November 4.  

Who on our side of the aisle could disagree?

Then, somewhat out of context at that point in the post, Kos says the following—-

“I realize there are people uncomfortable with aggressive language and action. That’s the difference between liberal weenies and movement progressives. Liberal weenies sit around thinking that “the truth” is enough for victory, and that if we simply explain to voters why Democrats are better, why, we can’t possibly lose any elections! That’s the crowd that wants to keep the “high ground” and doesn’t want to go down in the gutters and fight the GOP where they live, lest we get a little muddied ourselves.

Movement progressives realize that we must do everything necessary allowable under the law to win because elections have consequences. This isn’t about who is most pure, but about taking the fight to the enemy and aggressively embracing progressivism, offering clear contrasts between us and them, and fighting fire with fire. There’s no ambiguity about where I belong.”

Kos says if you do not feel we should do all allowed by law to win elections, that you are a ‘liberal weenie.” We should conduct ourselves as if we were Republicans.

Gay bashing? Suggesting a candidate has fathered an illegitimate black child as the George W. Bush campaign said about John McCain in 2000? A Willie Horton type campaign? Voter suppression within the bounds of the law?  

We’ve seen in the primaries and in the general election campaign that plenty of Democrats might well respond favorably to such strategies.

I do not think it would be best to proceed in these ways. 

Here is a post where Kos takes on the McCain campaign for being the most negative of the two major campaigns. Is Mr. Obama a weenie? This post was written the same day of the post I quote above.

Written by Kos just 40 minutes before what I excerpt up top here, is a post praising Senator Obama for going after Fox News. The contention , correct in my view, is that Fox News makes a point to exacerbate cultural differences as part of a larger political strategy.

So what does Kos do the very afternoon he rightly takes after Fox News? He looks to promote an internal culture war. Effete liberals are “weenies.”  

Advocating for one of the two mainstream parties, appearing on Meet The Press, writing for Newsweek and being part of the 24/7 campaign industry all make Kos an embodiment of “mainstream.”

Think about it. What is more mainstream than being a partisan of one of the two broad based political parties in a nation of 300 million people? What media outlet or consumer product would not kill for the market share of the political world held by the Democratic and Republican parties?

I think Kos is for most part helpful to Democrats and liberals. If he can make a buck off of all this stuff then more power to him. 

Kos is very good at marketing his brand. You can bet he’ll do “everything allowable under the law” to make sure his market share does not slip.

( Below–A weenie that a liberal or any other person could have for lunch.)

October 17, 2008 Posted by | Blogging, Campaign 2008, Politics | , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Michelle Obama—She Can Define Herself As She Wishes And All Will Go Well

Michelle Obama is going to be a great First Lady.

How do I know this?

Because I’m going to accept her as the person she is and needs to be to survive and suceed in the role of First Lady. I’m going to let her define herself instead of being defined by Fox News as you see above.

These are things going to be said about any prominent black woman no matter how successful she is in life.

The message is that no black family is “legitimate”— Even one soon to be living in the White House.

The good news is that the voting public is paying attention and they will reject this stuff next November.

First Lady is a hard job and it merits great respect.

Some said Nancy Reagan was too adoring of her husband. But Mrs. Reagan had the right to be the person she was. Or, like anybody in public view, Mrs. Reagan had plenty of reason to put forth the image she wished to project. 

Lady Bird Johnson ran LBJ’s business affairs. Eleanor Roosevelt was one of the most famous people in the world for her humanitarian efforts.

Whatever a First Lady—or First Spouse as the case will someday be— wishes to be, that’s fine with me.

All people need to be is who they are. Or who they need to be to survive the attention of being in the shadow of a President and living in the shadow of the physical danger a President always faces.    

Also, I know Mrs. Obama and Mr. Obama are going to rise up the level of people’s hopes and expectations. I’m not sure that the maturity and gravity are there yet. But I have faith it will come.

Michelle Obama is charting a path no one before has charted. I’m fully on board with her as both she and the nation move forward.


June 12, 2008 Posted by | Campaign 2008, History, Political History, Politics | , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments