Why Tea Party rhetoric fails to resonate outside boomers ( and their parents )


Essentially the vast majority of the Teabaggers are personally old enough to remember the Red Scare. They been propagandized for forty years to think that evil soviets = socialism. The younger generation, largely raised after St. Reagan single-handedly defeated the soviets (by arming the Mujahideen), and raised in a global word, haven’t been so conditioned.

Hence, when teabaggers (erroneously) ladle out the socialist tag to stir up fear and distrust, it falls on more objective ears. Ears that belong to head that has seen the upside of the European model and experienced the downside of capitalism rum amok wreaking havok on our economy (i.e. the 21st century).

This is not, in the slightest, to say that the social model is embraced, merely that one has to have more to their argument than calling someone a “socialist” before that argument resonates. So far, the Tea Party and its backers have utterly failed in this regard, which is why their average age is “retired”.

Republican strategy to fight financial firm reform becomes clearer


Obfuscate, obfuscate, obfuscate.

The SEC is occasionally accused of bending to political whims but maintains that it is an independent agency.

Sources familiar with the matter say the commission voted 3-2 to file suit against Goldman Sachs, split along party lines.

Schapiro sided with the two Democratic commissioners, Luis Aguilar and Elisse Walter, in deciding to file charges, these sources said. The two Republican commissioners, Troy Paredes and Kathleen Casey, dissented.

If it was up to the R’s on the commission, Goldman would have gotten away with it. If it’s left up to the R’s in Congress, they will again.

Sarah Palin Christian Nation Remarks Spark Church and State Separation Debate


Thank all that is good and holy this woman is not, nor ever will be, near the White House.

Without ever mentioning him by name, Palin also took aim at President Obama, repeating an often cited but incorrect claim that Obama said he believed that the U.S was no longer a Christian nation during a 2006 speech.

“And then, hearing any leader declare that America isn’t a Christian nation and

, but politics truly is a topic for another day.”

A written text of the speech posted at BarackObama.com of the June 2006 keynote address at the Call to Renewal Conference indicated that Obama had written that (emphasis added) “We are no longer just a Christian nation, but we are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, a Hindu nation…”

So much stupid, so little time. The one thing I will address is her Israel comment. If what we did was ‘poke them in the eye’, what they did with settlements was spit in our face, and what they did by ignoring the nuclear summit was lie to our face.

A poke in the eye is the least we could do.  Cut off their funding would be a less ingorable gesture.

UPDATE: It was made very clear by the founders of this country (and quickly writ into law via the Treaty of Tripoli) did not believe, nor desire, the government to be considered any particular religion.  The logic that folks like Palin use to reach this (it’s the most checked box next to “religion” in polls), would also lead one to believe this a Female country (they make up the majority).

UPDATE2:  Wow, didn’t notice the curious parsing.  The way this post started was a copy and paste (p1) from the browser on my iphone (with hyper-links), into the email feature on the iphone (p2), sent through gmail’s servers (parsed again, p3),  then posted using WordPress’s post-by-email feature (p4),  which then had to go through WP’s regular posting parser as well ultimately resulting in part of Palin’s quote being replace by a video that contained, well, Palin’s quote (somewhere in that mess.  Anyway, here’s the full quote and a very interesting take on it.

“Hearing any leader declare that America isn’t a Christian nation and poking at allies like Israel in the eye — it is mind-boggling to see some of our nation’s actions recently, but politics truly is a topic for another day,” Palin said.

To which I found I found this response…

In some ways the really noteworthy thing here is that Palin specifically combined her denunciation of religious minority groups with an attack on Barack Obama’s insufficient fealty to Israeli government policies. The two themes were in the very same sentence. It’s an interesting glimpse of a trend I think we’ll see more and more of—a largely post-Jewish brand of pro-Israel politics.


Anyway, that’s all the Palin I can handle for now.  For as much news monitoring as I do, she pops up WAAAAY too often.  At some point you have to do an update on where the crazy meter is now.