Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The War for your Mind part 732

OK, perhaps I've missed a couple of installments but...

Watching the Sunday Morning Shows this week I saw an interview with the new RNC Chair Michael Steel on This Week with George Stephanopoulos. You can catch the interview here:

It's worth watching only because I doubt you'd believe me if I just told you.

(I'd normally type out a transcript but I found driftglass did it already... I liked his take:)

On “This Week” George Stephanopoulos asks Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele about Dubya.

Shorter Michael Steele: Bush was awesome. His economic politics were fooking brill. He inherited a recession from the Evil Bill Clinton.

And then came the Stupid Of The Month.

Steele: Government doesn’t create jobs. Only the private sector creates jobs.

Stephanopoulos: What?

Steele: Government jobs don’t count as jobs,

Stephanopoulos: What…squared?

Steele: They don’t count as jobs, because they have an end point.

Stephanopoulos: So people who will rebuild our shitty schools don’t really count as people who have jobs?

Steele: No. Because those jobs will eventually end. They’re just make-work. And private sector jobs never, ever end.

Stephanopoulos: But…but…3.9 million people lost their jobs year? All of those “private sector jobs” ended.

Steele: Sure, but private sector jobs always come back, George. The Majyk Jobs Unicorn brings them.

Stephanopoulos: OMFG. You’re a complete douche, aren’t you?

Steele: I’m a Republican, George; we’re all douches.

Wow. So this is now the official policy of the Party of God.

That cops don’t have “jobs”.

Neither do teachers.

Or firemen. Or sewer workers. Road construction crews. Bridge builders. Snow plow drivers. Bus drivers. Train conductors. Coast guard.

Go on... Read the rest over there... it's awesome in its awesomeness but - it's NSFW.

But my point on this is the War for your Mind. This is a perfect example of how, in this case, the head of the RNC is trying to get the American people to think up is down and black is white. They're not 'jobs', their just work. Really?

Here's another quote that's been thrown around lately - "this isn't a stimulus package - it's a spending bill." See, what you really want America are more tax cuts - nevermind that you just lost your job so your effective tax rate will be 0%. America needs a tax cut.... Look into my eyes... You are feeling sleepy and you want a tax cut...

Insanity is trying the same thing over and over and expecting different outcomes. We've just had 8 years of tax cuts. OMG.

The sad thing is the longer the debate goes on the less people are supportive of something so complex that they can't possibly understand it. I don't. I don't pretend to. But I watch and hear a Noble Prize winning Economist say it's a good idea - minus the tax cuts and I'm thinking to myself... 'should I listen to the Noble Prize winning Economist or Michael Steel'?

Friday, February 6, 2009


Plain and simple. There isn't another explanation.
French, hypocrite, bigot
: a person obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices ; especially : one who regards or treats the members of a group with hatred and intolerance.

I am so sick of the "church" telling us that Prop 8 in California isn't bigotry. It is. Plain and simple. This 'sanctity of marriage' is a load of crap. That same argument was used to prevent interracial marriages. This is marginalizing an entire group of people. And if the passage of Prop 8 wasn't enough? Now the proponents of it are trying to void the legal marriages of 18,000 couples.

"Fidelity": Don't Divorce... from Courage Campaign on Vimeo.

Think they ought to be able to stay married? Then do something about it!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

So much going on ...

A good friend noted I hadn't posted since before the new Prez...

As she said on the 20th...


I think that says it all.

I've started my thesis and that is killing me. I'm sure one day I'll look back and think "wow... that sucked" but for now I'm just trying to keep my head above water.

And watching the news does not help. I saw this little gem on CNN the other day. An actor cussed? HOLD THE PRESSES!!!

This is news? Good God. We're on the brink of a major depression, jobs being slashed left and right. We're still involved in two wars. A 93 year old man froze to death when the utility company decided to cut off his power without checking the home first. People are killing their families in LA and in OH because of the economy.

"Next up CNN, how is the downturn in the economy affecting little Susie's lemonade stand? We'll go live for an interview because there is a little girl crying somewhere in America"

Though I did have to smile at this story: