Archive for March, 2010


3rd Rail – Both Hands

March 30, 2010

Larry King had on two leaders of the Tea Party movement — Dana Loesch and Wayne Allyn Root. Dana is a talk radio host and founder of the St. Louis Tea Party. Wayne was the 2008 Libertarian Party Vice Presidential candidate and spoke at last weekend’s Tea Party Express rally in Nevada.

KING: Dana, are you a little concerned about tea partiers who use the word terrorism when talking about the president?

LOESCH: I think perhaps that went — that’s maybe an adjective that is a little bit egregious. But there are things that they —

KING: A little bit?

LOESCH: I mean they do — I mean they do have some valid concerns, though. I mean, we just saw this health care legislation go through. And I’ve mentioned it before. it’s — it completely disregarded the original intent of the commerce clause and the welfare clause and the constitution. I mean for the first time ever in American history just to exist in this country you have to purchase the product now. You have to purchase the insurance. And they can try to make it —

KING: No. Wait a minute. We have — we had to pay social security. That was a socialist concept. Republicans voted against it.

LOESCH: I agree.

KING: Would anyone turn away social security now? Would you do away with it?

LOESCH: I would, yes.

KING: You would?

LOESCH: Yes, absolutely.

KING: Would do you away with it, Wayne?

ROOT: I’d certainly like to. At best, I do away with it because I could find better ways to spend and save my own $15,000 a year.

KING: If you would put it up for a vote in America, what do you think the vote would be on social security in America? Referenda.

ROOT: I think if you put it up for a vote, I think, a majority of people today would want to keep it. But they certainly would want to privatize a small portion of it. I personally think I could do better with my own $15,000 a year any day of the week and I’d like it to be mine. It’s mine. So, I’d like to leave it to my kids and grandkids the way it stands now —

KING: That wasn’t the purpose. When it began, the purpose was you are your brother’s keeper, right?

What percentage of Teabaggers are on SS? Scanning the photos – a lot.

Several GOPers have tried to kill or decimate SS – the last one was Dubby -it was DOA – a non-starter. So the teabagger leadership is for that? Do thier followers know that?


Insurance Company Death Panels to Continue? Bluff called!

March 29, 2010

In reponse to insurance companies attempt to evade the spirtit and intent of the HC Law:

Unfortunately, recent media accounts indicate that some insurance companies may be seeking to avoid or ignore a provision in the new law that prohibits insurance companies from excluding children with pre-existing conditions from coverage.

Health insurance reform is designed to prevent any child from being denied coverage because he or she has a pre-existing condition. Leaders in Congress have reaffirmed this in recent days in the attached statement. To ensure that there is no ambiguity on this point, I am preparing to issue regulations in the weeks ahead ensuring that the term “pre-existing exclusion” applies to both a child’s access to a plan and to his or her benefits once he or she is in the plan. These regulations will further confirm that beginning in September, 2010:

•Children with pre-existing conditions may not be denied access to their parents’ health insurance plan;
•Insurance companies will no longer be allowed to insure a child, but exclude treatments for that child’s pre-existing condition.
I urge you to share this information with your members and to help ensure they cease any attempt to deny coverage to some of the youngest and most vulnerable Americans. For too long, parents across the country have struggled as pre-existing conditions have prevented their children from accessing affordable, stable health insurance coverage. Health insurance reform eliminates this tremendous source of worry and helps ensure children have the care they need.

The insurers have threatened to take their beef over potential regulations “if they went beyond the law or were inconsistent with it.” This letter from Sebelius will likely not be the last word in this particular story.

However anyone who thinks that legislati0n on healthcare is now over is fooling themselves. There are a lot of ways to improve what we have gotten – and that process has started. Public Option anyone?

And a quick backdown:
After nearly a year battling President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats over the health care overhaul, the insurance industry says it won’t block the administration’s efforts to fix a potentially embarrassing glitch in the new law.

In a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the industry’s top lobbyist said Monday insurers will accept new regulations to dispel uncertainty over a much-publicized guarantee that children with medical problems can get coverage starting this year.

Quick resolution of the doubts was a win for Obama — and a sign that the industry has no stomach for another war of words with a president who deftly used double-digit rate hikes by the companies to revive his sweeping health care legislation from near collapse in Congress.

“Health plans recognize the significant hardship that a family faces when they are unable to obtain coverage for a child with a pre-existing condition,” Karen Ignagni, president of America’s Health Insurance Plans, said in a letter to Sebelius. Ignagni said that the industry will “fully comply” with the regulations, expected within weeks.


Keep those Contributions Rolling in GOPers

March 29, 2010

According to FEC reports, the RNC spent $1,946.25 at Voyeur West Hollywood, which the Caller describes as “a bondage-themed nightclub featuring topless women dancers imitating lesbian sex.” Voyeur is an exclusive, expensive club frequented by celebrities and, for example, hosted Heidi Klum’s Halloween party last year.

During the same trip, the RNC spent $9,099 stop at the Beverly Hills Hotel and $6,596 at the Four Seasons.

The RNC also spent upwards of $17,000 on chartered flights in February and more than $12,000 on limousines.

3/22/2010 Oh. Wow.
Rolled up here with 6 girls around midnight on a Saturday night after we realized that the crowd at Crown Bar had gone drastically downhill.

The girl at the door sent us in right away and told us to go to a table by the bar and get some free Champagne. Seriously. This club is amazing. There are topless “dancers” acting out S&M scenes throughout the night on one of the side stages, there’s a half-naked girl hanging from a net across the ceiling and at one point I walked to the bathroom and pretty much just stopped dead in my tracks to watch two girls simulating oral sex in a glass case.
Really understated elegance here.
Also, Lindsay Lohan was at our table at one point.
Great place to let loose on a Saturday night in Weho…Yelp

“If limos, chartered aircraft and sex clubs are where they think their donor’s money should be spent — who are we to judge?” asked Brad Woodhouse, a spokesman for the Democratic National Committee. “But, this controversy shouldn’t give voters much confidence in Republicans when they say they want to be put back in charge of federal spending — not that their performance the last time they were in charge would have engendered any confidence in the first place.”


The pictures say it all.

March 29, 2010

Any smart protest movement controls it’s members. Martin Luther King’s protesters were trained to be absolutely positivist. The teabaggers and the GOP do not exclude this type – because they fit right in. As long as they are part of the action we can assume nothing else.

This wingbat is running for Governor.


Waco Thwarted

March 28, 2010

According to many sources now it appears that the FBI and HSA put an end Saturday night to what could have been a Waco-type situation. A heavily armed, pipe bomb making, pipe bomb selling, “Christian”, end-of-times, militia cult was apparently overwhelmed and captured in the dark of night.

As long as it is up the cult website is here:
Look around it is freaky.

This is a well known group – and there are plenty more out there. Club Fed will welcome them. It was handy of them to post a mug shot.

Meanwhile a closely related group who has trained with them several times in the past are singing like canaries. The big boys playing cowboy are no match for the feds…

A good summary here:

Apparently they were threatening Muslims. Handy since the largest concentration of Muslims in the US is in Dearborn just up the road. I had a nice Middle Eastern meal in Dearborn just last summer. Nice place.

Detroit — Nine members of a militia group arrested in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Ohio were planning to “levy war” against the United States and “oppose by force” the nation’s government, according to an indictment released this morning in U.S. District Court in Detroit.

The eight men and one woman are members of the “Hutaree,” identified as an “anti-government extremist organization” in the indictment, and each faces three to five charges, including sedition, attempts to use weapons of mass destruction, teaching/demonstrating use of explosive materials and two counts of carrying weapons in relation to a crime of violence.

The Adrian-based group Hutaree says it is training in modern combat techniques for a prophesized battle with the anti-Christ.

The indictment says they were planning to kill a member of law enforcement, possibly after a traffic stop, to “prompt a response by law enforcement.”

The goal: To “intimidate and demoralize law enforcement, diminishing their ranks and rendering them ineffective,” according to the indictment.

The federal indictment charges that the leader of Hutaree, David Brian Stone (known as RD), was plotting to kill an unspecified member of law enforcement. It says the plan was to kill an officer and then attack law enforcement vehicles with improvised explosive devices when officers gathered for that officer’s funeral.

Charged in the indictment released today are:

* David Brian Stone (RD) of Clayton, Mich.
* David Brian Stone Jr. (Junior) of Adrian (the son of David Brian Stone)
* Joshua Matthew Stone (Josh) of Clayton (the son of David Brian Stone)
* Tina Mae Stone of Clayton (the wife of David Brian Stone)
* Joshua John Clough (Azzurlin) of Blissfield
* Michael David Meeks (Mikey) of Manchester Township
* Thomas William Piatek of Whiting, Ind.
* Khristopher T. Sickles (Pale Horse) of Sandusky, Ohio
* Jacob J. Ward (Jake) of Huron, Ohio

All face charges of seditious conspiracy; carrying, using and possessing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence; and attempting to use weapons of mass destruction. Some also face additional charges.

As of this morning, eight of the nine people charged are in custody, while Joshua Stone is considered a fugitive. Seven of them appeared for a 10 a.m. detention hearing in Detroit federal court.

(CNN) — “Captain Hutaree,” his wife and two sons planned with other militia members to kill a law enforcement official to draw the officer’s colleagues to the funeral, authorities say. Then, according to an indictment unsealed Monday, the militia planned to attack the funeral procession to kick off its war against the U.S. government.

Members of the Hutaree militia — whose Web site says it is preparing for end times to “keep the testimony of Jesus Christ alive” — have been indicted on five counts, including seditious conspiracy and attempting to use weapons of mass destruction.

Federal authorities allege militia members had declared war against law enforcement and “foot soldiers” of the federal government. They had conducted “military-style training” in Lenawee County, Michigan, about 35 miles northwest of Toledo, Ohio, since 2008, the indictment said.

The group’s Web site outlines the militia’s philosophy: “Jesus wanted us to be ready to defend ourselves using the sword and stay alive using equipment. The only thing on Earth to save the testimony and those who follow it are the members of the testimony, till the return of Christ in the clouds.”

The group’s leader, David Brian Stone — aka “Joe Stonewall” or “Captain Hutaree” — allegedly planned to kill a law enforcement officer to instigate a war against the U.S. government.

“As a consequence of this act, law enforcement officers from throughout the nation would be drawn to and gather in the Eastern District of Michigan for the funeral,” the indictment said. “According to the plan, the Hutaree would then attack law enforcement vehicles during the funeral procession with improvised explosive devices with explosively formed projectiles.”

The federal conspiracy charges say the militia devised several options for killing a law enforcement officer: after a traffic stop, during an ambush in a rural community, or by “luring a member of law enforcement with a false 911 emergency call.” The militia also considered killing a law enforcement official and family members at home, the indictment said.

The intention of the group was that such acts “would intimidate and demoralize law enforcement, diminishing their ranks and rendering them ineffective,” the indictment said.

The militia would then retreat to a rally point where it would “wage war against the government and be prepared to defend in-depth with trip-wired and command-detonated anti-personnel improvised explosive devices.”

Hutaree members believe, according to the indictment, that their fight would “serve as a catalyst for a more widespread uprising against the government.”

The government alleges that, in preparation for such an uprising, the militia acquired firearms, ammunition, explosives, uniforms, communication devices, vehicles and medical supplies.

The militia also conducted military-style drills, including explosives and firearms training, as well as “close-quarter battle drills.” Members also prepared defensive fighting positions, including “ambush kill zones” and storage bunkers, the indictment said.

… anyone who happened upon the exercise who did not acquiesce to Hutaree demands could be killed.

–Indictment detailing planned April reconnaissance exercise
Law Enforcement
On February 6, Stone and several others intended to travel to Kentucky to meet with other militia groups, but weather conditions prevented them from reaching their destination. However, according to the indictment, Stone contacted “a person he believed capable of manufacturing destructive devices to provide him with four anti-personnel improvised explosive devices to take with them to the summit.”

The indictment alleges that Stone identified law enforcement officers near his residence — and one in particular — as potential targets.

Stone announced a covert reconnaissance exercise that was scheduled for next month, the indictment said, adding that “anyone who happened upon the exercise who did not acquiesce to Hutaree demands could be killed.” The Hutaree Web site’s main page, viewed Monday by CNN, announced an April 24 training exercise and asked visitors to “contact headquarters immediately.”

Stone and six co-conspirators engaged in training as recently as February 20, the indictment said, and each used at least one firearm.

U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade explained the federal raid’s timing in a statement announcing the indictment.

“Because the Hutaree had planned a covert reconnaissance operation for April which had the potential of placing an unsuspecting member of the public at risk, the safety of the public and of the law enforcement community demanded intervention at this time.”


It’s not about Healthcare….

March 28, 2010

If Obama’s first legislative priority had been immigration or financial reform or climate change, we would have seen the same trajectory. The conjunction of a black president and a female speaker of the House — topped off by a wise Latina on the Supreme Court and a powerful gay Congressional committee chairman — would sow fears of disenfranchisement among a dwindling and threatened minority in the country no matter what policies were in play. It’s not happenstance that Frank, Lewis and Cleaver — none of them major Democratic players in the health care push — received a major share of last weekend’s abuse. When you hear demonstrators chant the slogan “Take our country back!,” these are the people they want to take the country back from.

They can’t. Demographics are avatars of a change bigger than any bill contemplated by Obama or Congress. The week before the health care vote, The Times reported that births to Asian, black and Hispanic women accounted for 48 percent of all births in America in the 12 months ending in July 2008. By 2012, the next presidential election year, non-Hispanic white births will be in the minority. The Tea Party movement is virtually all white. The Republicans haven’t had a single African-American in the Senate or the House since 2003 and have had only three in total since 1935. Their anxieties about a rapidly changing America are well-grounded.

Read the whole thing here…
Rich is spot on….


Palin/McCain Crowd Beats up a Teabagger.

March 27, 2010

The video is here:

A Hayworth supporter. This internal right wing brawling is going to provide pro-wrestling-like entertainment all year.

Saw a Hayworth interview the other night – making up his own facts as he went along – a total loony. If he gets the nomination it opens up another safe GOP seat to the Dems. Is he really giving McCain any competition?