Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
I have a theory. And the theory is this: That the Chicago Mafia inside the White House want to keep this crazy controversy going. Because the longer it goes, the better the chance that they will conflate the crazy right-wing fringe with regular conservatives and regular Republicans.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
BLUNT: What I don't know is why the president can't produce a birth certificate. I don't know anybody else that can't produce one, and I think that's a legitimate question. No health records, no birth certificate...STARK: He's produced a certificate of live birth, right?BLUNT: Not that I've...I don't believe so.
Eight Tulsa-area Republican Party leaders endorsed mayoral candidate Dewey Bartlett Jr. on Tuesday night for the GOP nomination in the 11-member primary race.Bartlett said at a news conference in Hunter Park that it is "unprecedented" for such leaders to take sides in a primary election battle, which is set for a vote Sept. 8.Those endorsing him are state Sens. Mike Mazzei of Tulsa and Brian Bingman of Sapulpa; state Reps. Dan Sullivan of Tulsa, Fred Jordan of Jenks and Ron Peters of Tulsa; former Tulsa County Republican Party chairmen Terry Simonson and Don Burdick; and former state House Speaker Todd Hiett of Kellyville, who is now the finance chairman for the Oklahoma Republican Party.
Alaska’s now former Governor is coy about her future political plans, but radio is at least one option she’s leaving on the table. While not exactly shopping the GOP’s 2008 vice presidential candidate, sources say Palin representatives have been quietly testing the waters to see how much interest radio syndicators have for her.Sources say Palin hasn’t committed to radio either, but rather it could be a possible next step for her. It isn’t unusual for a defeated national candidate to turn to radio. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee’s short-form commentaries air on more than 400 stations via Citadel Media. He remains among the names circulated for a potential presidential run in 2012.Coming to radio would be an ironic twist for Palin, whose position on the media is pretty clear. “Quick making things up,” she told reporters in her final speech as Governor last week.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Her divisiveness is not just within the country, it’s divisive within the party, and many fear, as I do, that while she’s very popular with some Republicans … she represents a future that leads the party both to political defeat and then to ineffectiveness in government.”***It is an amazing thing that a governor whose most notable achievement in office was to distribute an extra $1200 a year to every resident in Alaska would include in her speech an attack on government handouts
Sunday, July 26, 2009
It’s no secret that the reaction of a significant number of Republicans to the presidency of Barack Obama has been a bit, well, insane. And don’t start making false equivalences by talking about some video someone once posted on MoveOn’s web site, or some comment someone once posted at Daily Kos. Did any U.S. Senators compare the Bush administration to Germany on the eve of World War II [as South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint did the other day]? I don’t think so.So what’s going on? Is it the fact that Obama is black? Actually, I don’t think so: there was a comparable level of craziness in 1993 — Bill Clinton is a drug smuggler, Hillary murdered Vince Foster. What’s basically going on is that a significant part of the modern GOP can’t accept the idea of a Democratic president.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Mr. Obama said he hoped the case became “a teachable moment” to be used to improve relations between minorities and police officers.The president conveyed his sentiment to the police sergeant, James Crowley, in a telephone call earlier Friday. Mr. Obama said he disagreed that he should not have stepped into the issue, saying it is the job of the president “black or white” to contribute to improving relations.
Our bill is never going to get to the floor, so why confuse the focus? - Roy BluntOur reform plan to lower costs, increase access, and improve quality was released weeks ago and it is well-known. - Roy BluntWe’re continuing to put the final touches on our bill as the Democrats are continuing to put the finishing touches on their bill - John Boehner
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
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Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Coburn finds Sotomayor’s views “extremely troubling.” There’s nothing in Sotomayor’s history remotely as troubling as Coburn’s role in the Ensign scandal. Or as his inability to grasp Al Qaeda any better than he did the Nazis. In 2004, he claimed in all seriousness that the “gay agenda” is “the greatest threat to our freedom that we face today.”
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Even if we agreed with Cole's position on health care (we don't), AT is not going to turn over its website to a politician to say whatever he or she wants to say. That's mere stenography, hardly the role of an independent or thoughtful political blogger.
Question: Don't we, the taxpayers, already pay for congressional flacks to do this job? Sure we do. At AltTulsa, we're not in the political PR business.
Why bother to write a political blog at all if you're giving Rep. Cole (or any other politician) a free ride?
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
With every bogus charge, the GOP looks more and more idiotic:
Watching Lindsey Graham's gotcha grin as he needled Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor with disingenuous and rhetorical questions you had to wonder what was so funny. Does the Republican senator think it is amusing that he and his party's condescending tone toward the Hispanic woman was costing them ethnic votes with each passing hour of Tuesday's Judiciary Committee hearing?
. . . Even if they vote for her, the fallout for Republicans could reach well beyond Hispanic voters. They are coming across as a bunch of snarky and bitter old white men who cannot bear the thought of their kind losing power.
Read it here: Sonia's Kabuki Confirmation.
Oklahomans, in fact, might be interested in the fact that Telegraph Days begins along the Cimarron River out in the panhandle. The Courtrights, Virginia emigrants, have a broken-down ranch near Black Mesa and the fictional town of Rita Blanca.
But the novel soon moves to such legendary locations as Dodge City and Tombstone, as Nellie meets many of the famous characters of the West. These include Buffalo Bill, the Earp brothers, and Billy the Kid.
In McMurtry's story, the talented Nellie Courtright is the link between all of these people and places, giving the reader an exciting and panoramic view of the late nineteenth-century American West.
Some of this tale is a bit unlikely, of course, and we wish McMurtry had slowed down the narrative in places, letting us sweat and scratch a little longer in the hot, dusty streets of Rita Blanca and Dodge City.
Still, Telegraph Days will please a lot of McMurtry fans, and Nellie Courtright is one of McMurtry's most memorable characters.
Indeed, if political figures stand for ideas, victimization is what Ms. Palin is all about. It is her brand, her myth. Ronald Reagan stood tall. John McCain was about service. Barack Obama has hope. Sarah Palin is a collector of grievances. She runs for high office by griping.
This is no small thing, mind you. The piling-up of petty complaints is an important aspect of conservative movement culture. For those who believe that American life consists of the trampling of Middle America by the "elites" -- that our culture is one big insult to the pious and the patriotic and the traditional -- Sarah Palin's long list of unfair and disrespectful treatment is one of her most attractive features. Like Oliver North, Robert Bork, and Clarence Thomas, she is known not for her ideas but as a martyr, a symbol of the culture-war crimes of the left.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
The implication of Sessions' inquisition was that, as a white male with no distinguishing "heritage" to speak of, he and his ilk can make judgments totally free of feelings, belief, or experience, that they are not prone to ever make a judgment that could be clouded by who they are. A Latina woman, however, is a dangerous addition to the Court because her "difference" could shape her judgment.
In fairness, it was Sotomayor's comments on the topic, not her race and sex per se, that prompted the grilling. But the sloppy thinking behind the questions is clear: It's as though genteel white men are the primal mold of the fair and impartial human being, and any mark of racial, gender or class difference from that mold is a fall from the archetype. An "alternative" brain like this, it would seem, threatens to produce a "different" judgment, which, to fearful white men, means partial, incorrect, and not in their favor.
President Obama had a historic meeting with Pope Benedict XVI. … Or, as Fox News is reporting it, 'Obama Caught With Old Man in Dress.'”
U.S. Army Maj. Stefan Frederick Cook is seeking a federal court order to stall and eventually prevent an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.In the 20-page document — filed July 8 with the United States District Court, Middle District of Georgia — Cook's California-based attorney, Orly Taitz, asks the court to consider granting his client's request based upon Cook's belief that President Barack Obama is not a natural-born citizen of the United States and is therefore ineligible to serve as commander-in-chief of U.S Armed Forces.Read more here.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Nobody thinks right-wing blowhard Pat Buchanan is a softie. Yet even for Pat, his statement about Bristol Palin ex-fiance, Levi Johnson, is over-the-top.
For the record, we don't believe in murder. Even as a joke, suggesting the murder of a public person seems to be, well, ill-advised.
Yet good ole Pat can't help himself. Hate, prejudice, and violence—it's the Buchanan way. Here's what he said today on MSNBC's Morning Joe show:
BUCHANAN: “Well, first, with regard to Levi, I think First Dude up there in Alaska, Todd Palin, ought to take Levi down to the creek and hold his head underwater until the thrashing stops.“
Sunday, July 12, 2009
She is not just the party’s biggest star and most charismatic television performer; she is its only star and charismatic performer. Most important, she stands for a genuine movement: a dwindling white nonurban America that is aflame with grievances and awash in self-pity as the country hurtles into the 21st century and leaves it behind. Palin gives this movement a major party brand and political plausibility that its open-throated media auxiliary, exemplified by Glenn Beck, cannot.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Not Dick Cheney, the most honest and transparent man in America! It's not like Congress has any role in government or, say, in intelligence oversight.
The details are here.
More and more thoughtful conservatives are weighing in on soon-to-be-ex-Gov. Sarah Palin. It's not pretty:
In television interviews she was out of her depth in a shallow pool. She was limited in her ability to explain and defend her positions, and sometimes in knowing them. She couldn't say what she read because she didn't read anything. She was utterly unconcerned by all this and seemed in fact rather proud of it: It was evidence of her authenticity. She experienced criticism as both partisan and cruel because she could see no truth in any of it. She wasn't thoughtful enough to know she wasn't thoughtful enough. Her presentation up to the end has been scattered, illogical, manipulative and self-referential to the point of self-reverence. "I'm not wired that way," "I'm not a quitter," "I'm standing up for our values." I'm, I'm, I'm.
In another age it might not have been terrible, but here and now it was actually rather horrifying.
Friday, July 10, 2009
This is the guy, after all, who said every day in the U.S. senate without Al Franken is a good day.
But this week the former comedian became Sen. Al Franken, the junior senator from Minnesota, effectively ending Coburn's happy reverie.
Even worse for Coburn, he and his pal, Sen. John Ensign, are making headlines, but not in a good way.
Turns out that Coburn and the sexually challenged Ensign have been housemates on C Street in Washington, which gets interesting because the C Street house was home to a group of Christian conservative legislators known as The Family, a group that once included another sexually challenged Republican lawmaker, Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina.
We have no idea what's been going at the C Street house, but the behavior of some of the residents is neither Christian nor conservative.
As we have noted in earlier reports, Dr. Coburn seems to be an honorable man, but his role in advising Ensign is interesting and worthy of further investigation. It doesn't help that Coburn has advanced a bogus claim of "privilege" in advising Ensign or his tendency, expressed today, in blaming the media for the sexual misconduct of his colleagues.
If he's really the honorable politician he presents himself to be, he's going to have to take actual responsibility, which means he's going to have to own up to his actions and stop blaming others.
So it's no great loss to the citizens of Tulsa that Clark dropped out of the race today. He's throwing his support (such as it is) to another long-shot, former city councillor Chris ("I drive a Dodge") Medlock.
The Tulsa World has the story. Read it here.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Oklahoma's straight arrow junior senator, Tom Coburn, was probably trying to do the right thing when he advised Sen. John Ensign to end his sexual relationship with a campaign staffer.
But the exact nature of Coburn's advice has become an issue in Washington, as the following report from the Washington Post makes clear:
In an interview this week, Doug Hampton also alleged that Sen. Tom Coburn, a close friend of Ensign's, urged Ensign to end the affair early last year and suggested financial compensation for the Hampton family.
Coburn's office acknowledged that he counseled Ensign to end the affair but denied suggesting any financial deal.
Yesterday, Coburn told the Roll Call newspaper that he would refuse any attempts to compel him to testify in court or at the Senate ethics committee about his role. Coburn, an obstetrician, claimed a legal privilege against such testimony as his physician and religious adviser.
"I was counseling him as a physician and as an ordained deacon," Coburn said. "That is privileged communication that I will never reveal to anybody. Not to the ethics committee, not to a court of law, not to anybody."
But Melanie Sloan, a former federal prosecutor who is now executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, said that neither privilege would apply to Coburn's case because Ensign cannot plausibly be his patient and because being a deacon does not qualify a person as clergy.
When he made his announcement, Clark said, "I feel as though I'm called to stand up for the morals, the values, and beliefs of the average local citizen."
Like us, Friedman "always cringes when politicians talk about being call to serve. It's the whole hearing-voices thing."
Is it because we're devil-worshipping infidels that God never calls on liberals to run for public office?
Faced with exasperating criticism and the accumulating cares of public office—she quit to cash in. Her admirers can excuse anything, but to the much larger audience of non-admirers, Palin will look a lot like those CEOs who wrecked their banks and the national economy while accepting huge bonuses for themselves. John McCain’s slogan in 2008 was "Country First." Palin’s in 2012? "I seen my opportunities, and I took 'em."
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Still, the current crop of right-wing ideologues seem to have a special affinity for gumming up the facts. Or, to put it bluntly, lying their asses off.
The latest example is Ohio Rep. John Boehner, a GOP House leader who should know up from down. But Boehner's latest effort to undermine the positive effects of the Obama Administration's stimulus package was a genuine "stretcher."
PolitiFact checked out Boehner's claims that North Carolina "used stimulus money to hire one new state worker." The claim is wrong. The fact-checking is here.
Crucially, independent voters aren't in this camp and the GOP will need lots of independents if it hopes to succeed on the national stage.
USA Today has the results of a new Palin poll. Find it here.
Sarah Palin's resignation is an appalling dereliction of duty and a highly cynical move to set herself up for a presidential run for which she is manifestly unqualified.
Monday, July 6, 2009
But even Baptists can have memory lapses. Or maybe they just get confused.
Whatever the case, Huckabee's recent recollection (on Fox News, naturally) about the Bush years didn't add up to the truth.
Think Progress documents Huck's faulty memory here.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Unfortunately for the Tea Party gang, their leaders include the right-wing fundamentalist Randy Brogdon, would-be candidate for governor, and Clay Clark, the Boy Wonder of Tulsa free enterprise and pretend candidate for Tulsa mayor.
With leaders of such tremendous political savvy and intellectual heft, there's a snowball's chance in hell of popular success even in a conservative place like Tulsa.
Nonetheless, the Tea Party folks believe they have real solutions to problems. It's a delusion of considerable hubris.
But hey, it's a free country, and a few zanies probably won't hurt anything.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
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