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12 September 2009

So Much Ado About Nothing

It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. William Shakespeare, MacBeth

Lies about President Obama from the right-  Part 2

Barack Obama was hardly the typical candidate for President. People lurking on the far right of the political spectrum are scared of him. Not only is he perceived as a liberal and maybe a socialist as well, he is also the product of miscegenation. Furthermore, his father being a native of Kenya, was a foreigner to this country and because of this his name sounds foreign. His name, Barack Hussein Obama, was passed down to his son. In the South which is the bastion of redneck conservatism, the urge of protecting womanhood from the black man might very well be lurking in the minds of the members of this fringe group. If this is true, then the marriage between a 18 year old woman and and an older black man from Kenya in mid twenties, would be very offensive to their sensibilities. 

Barack Obama is not a real American is the perception of this political element. Considering all of this, it is no wonder that the threat of assassination is up 400% since Barack Obama became President.

The heart of this opposition for the President is in the South which has also ironically become the base of the Republican Party. The party of Lincoln that had fought against the secessionist South has been taken over by the same who remembers the conflict between North and South as the War of Northern Aggression. This is the region that has been historically conservative from the pre-civil war days in which Southerns fought to preserve their way of life in which included slavery to the post civil war days which witnessed the rise of Jim Crow. All of this was justified under the banner of state's rights. Since then, Jim Crow officially died in 1965 with the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The racist elements have since then migrated into the Republican Party of the South, leaving the Democratic Party to the liberals and moderates. Senator Sessions of Alabama had once declared that "civil rights (of black Americans) were being shoved down the throats of (white) Americans". This statement very well sums up the resentment of conservative racists.

The far right cannot except Barack Obama as their President. The controversy of where he was born is proof of this. (See last weeks edition.) For many of these, Barack Obama is not really a Christian but rather he is a secret Muslim. Furthermore, he pals around with terrorists. All of this makes him unamerican in the eyes of the far right.

Beginning with the first claim about him being a secret Muslim, one would have to ask why he attended a Christian church when he lived in Chicago. The very notion that the church was secret mosque is too absurd even to contemplate.

Another claim passed of as truth is that Obama was sworn in to the Senate with his hand on a Koran. This is utterly false! In the official sworn in ceremony all Senators gather in the Senate chambers and are sworn in en masse with one raised without any sacred text involved. The ceremony involving such a book would be private and voluntary.  This ceremony is typically photographed for public consumption. President Obama was sworn in privately using a Christian bible. Besides, if he were truly a "secret" muslim, why would he get caught using a Koran? 

Often cited is Obama's middle name, Hussein. For those people, here is a little history lesson. In the middle ages and a few centuries since, Arabs have sailed along the coast of Africa engaged in trade. One of the things they brought to the region was their language along with their religion. One would expect that some Arab words might be incorporated into the native languages, such as the name Hussein.

As far as his Muslim father is concerned, he left his son to go back to Africa. Shortly afterwards, his parents divorced. Before the death of the senior Obama in 1982, father and son had only met once. It should be obvious from this that Barack Obama Sr. has had little impact on upon the life of his namesake.

It has been raised that Barack Obama had attended a mosque while he lived in Indonesia. He also attended the St. Francis of Assisi School, which sounds suspiciously like a Catholic school. Does that make him a Catholic Muslim? Besides, raising the specter of Islam is pure bigotry.

Insofar as Barack Obama was palling around with terrorists, this refers to primarily to William Ayers of the Weather Underground fame. The link between the two of them is a perfect example of guilt by association. This is a fallacious argument. 

The Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC)* a committee in which both served was funded by billionaire Walter Annenberg, who was known to pal around with Ronald and Nancy Reagan. Other people he had palled around with include  Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Charles, the Prince of Wales and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

*The CAC existed from 1995 to 2001.

The CAC upon which both William Ayers and and Barack Obama served along with dozens more. The founding members of this committee had 23 members. Barack Obama was not one of them. On the final board of directors were 10 people. Barack Obama was appointed the chairman of the board and served as such from 1995-1999. The board met for the first 6 months once a month and afterwards every 3 months.

Other contacts include serving together for 3 years on the board of the  Woods Fund of Chicago, which is an anti-poverty foundation. Barack Obama had joined the nine-member board in 1993, and had attended a dozen of the quarterly meetings together with Ayers up to 2002. At that time Barack Obama resigned his position on the board. Laura  Washington, chairwoman of the Woods Fund, described the board of having a collegial "friendly but businesslike" atmosphere. The board met 4 times a year for a half-day. The board mostly approved grants.

The two also appeared together on academic panel discussions, including a 1997 University of Chicago discussion concerning juvenile justice. Another appearance was in 2002 at an academic panel co-sponsored by the Chicago Public Library. One panel discussion in which they both appeared was organized by Michelle, Barack's wife. All of these associations between the two thus far mentioned were business-like and on behalf of a charitable cause. None of this is hardly comparable to going down to the corner bar for drinks.

The only other association of Barack Obama with Bill Ayers is a small gathering in Bill Ayers home in which State Senator Alice Palmer introduced Barack Obama as her successor in the Illinois State Senate. This was one of many such gatherings. The formal announcement for his candidacy for the state senate took place at a Ramada Inn. Furthermore, William Ayers was in no way a mentor of Barack Obama as has been claimed.

Even his wife Michelle has been caught up in this. She allegedly made that "whitey" remark indicating that she was supposedly a racist. The people who have insisted that this is on either a video or audio tape, cannot produce the proof. In regards to her declaring that she's "only recently proud of her country", the negative reaction against this is a reflection that many of those on the far right just do not get it. Michelle Bachman, who is not from the South, is nevertheless of the far right and she certainly does not get it. (See the interview that follows.) These people do not have the memory that African Americans such as Michelle Obama have. They have not encountered the bigotry she had encountered. Being blinded by their hate, those of the far right do not care to make any effort to understand from where she is coming. The truth of the matter is that the true racists are amidst those of the right. There are the ones carrying signs at tea party style rallies, adorned with images of the President with a Hitler-like mustache and swastikas. The irony of the President being a Nazi seems to have escaped them.

The worst part in all of this are the people in respectable positions, such as politicians, have encouraged mistrust of the President. For Republicans in particular, this is an appeal to a part of their base. This and the use of scare tactics, such as the employment of the Big Lie favored by Hitler, seems to be their recipe for victory in 2010 and beyond. (See J'accuse, 13c, 29 August 2009.)

 

An Interview With Representative Michele Bachman of Minnesota (R)*

*The quotes of Representative Bachman are real with only minor changes in which do not distort any of her views in any way although there are a few passages which are not actual quotes, but do reflect Ms. Bachman's opinions. Such passages are italicized. I have however taken the liberty of placing related quotes side by side in which were in reality are found on different websites. Footnotes have been disposed of since this material is on multiple pages.

Glynn- What inspired you to run for congress?

Rep. Bachman- God.

Glynn- God?

Rep. Bachman- Yes, God called me to run for the United States Congress. And I thought, 'what in the world would that be for?' And my husband said, 'You need to do this,' and I wasn't so sure. And we took three days and we fasted and we prayed, and we said, 'Lord is this what you want? Is this your will?'

Glynn- And God told you that it was.

Rep. Bachman- Yes, and after the - along about the afternoon of day two, he made that calling sure.

Glynn- I see.

Rep. Bachman- And it's been now 22 months that I've been running for United States Congress. Who in their right mind would spent two years to run for a job that lasts for two years? You'd have to be absolutely a fool to do that. You are now looking at a fool for Christ. This is a fool for Christ.

Glynn- Well, I guess the good Lord works in strange and very mysterious ways.

Rep. Bachman- Oh yes.

Glynn- What others plans might God have for you.

Rep. Bachman- Given God’s previous encouragement for my political career, if he called me to run for President, I would oblige.

Glynn- So you might run for President?

Rep. Bachman- If I felt that’s what the Lord was calling me to do, I would do it.

Glynn- Do you foresee any obstacles?

Rep. Bachman- Democrats. With women politicians, they want to make sure no women, no woman becomes president before a Democrat woman. And so they're doing everything they can to, I think, sabotage women like Sarah Palin, perhaps women like myself, or similarly situated women, to make sure that we don't have a prominent national voice.

(Pause)

Glynn- Aren't you aware of how unpopular you are in this country?

Rep. Bachman- I am the second-most hated Republican woman in the country.

Glynn- And you are proud of this?

Rep. Bachman- Yes, I am.

Glynn- How is this supposed to get you elected President?

Rep. Bachman- You said it yourself. The good Lord works in mysterious ways.

(Pause)

Glynn- I suppose that like many of your party, you like to cut taxes.

Rep. Bachman- Yes, I do. Many Americans pay more than half their income in taxes.

Glynn- That's not true. The highest rate now is 35%. It has not even been 50% since Reagan was President.

Rep. Bachman- This is slavery. It’s nothing more than slavery.

Glynn- You're comparing having to pay taxes to slavery?

Rep. Bachman- Yes.

Glynn- Taxpayers aren't whipped for trying to run away from the masters.

Rep. Bachman- He had promised the American taxpayers he would not raise taxes 'one dime' on people making under $250,000. However, he has proposed new taxes that will impact every American. For instance, a cap on itemized deductions for mortgage interest and a limit on charitable donation deductions.

Glynn-Those two examples you gave only applies to households in which make over $250,000 a year. As far as those filing as individuals, the increase is for those who make over $200,000. A Republican peer of yours in the House, Representative Eric Cantor, has introduced a bill which he has called the Middle Class Job Protection Act. This bill reduces the corporate tax rate by 25 percent. Do you support this?

Rep. Bachman- I do. I still believe that taxes are too high.

Glynn- The millionaire Warren Buffett would disagree. He is on record of declaring that he was taxed at 17.7 per cent on the $46 million he made last year. He did not even try avoid paying higher taxes. His secretary, who earned $60,000, was taxed at 30 per cent. I even have a quote from him on this subject on my notepad;

 "The 400 of us [here] pay a lower part of our income in taxes than our receptionists do, or our cleaning ladies, for that matter. If you’re in the luckiest 1 per cent of humanity, you owe it to the rest of humanity to think about the other 99 per cent."

Any comment?

(No Response.)

Glynn- Is this bill necessary to stimulate the economy? Many economists say the recovery has already taken hold and they give credit for this to the stimulus bill passed earlier this year. Also, in spite of its name, this bill does nothing for the middle class. Only corporations.

Rep. Bachman- What's wrong with that. Working Americans actually like working long hours. I am so proud to be from the state of Minnesota. We're the workingest state in the country, and the reason why we are, we have more people that are working longer hours, we have people that are working two jobs.

Glynn- So, Minnesotans enjoy working long hours or two jobs just so that the big corporations can get those big tax breaks. Is that your version of the American Dream. Working long hours or two jobs just to get by.

Rep. Bachman- That's not fair. I'm just saying that Americans have pride in work.

(Pause)

Glynn- Working those long hours or two jobs hardly leaves much time for the family. So you are opposed to health care reform as is presently being considered with the public option.

Rep. Bachman- Yes, it would be a national takeover of health care.

Glynn- No, it wouldn't.

Rep. Bachman- Yes, it would. And furthermore it is not within our power as members of Congress, it’s not within the enumerated powers of the Constitution, for us to design and create a national takeover of health care. Nor is it within our ability to be able to delegate that responsibility to the executive.

Glynn- No, it is not a national takeover of the health care system. The question is why shouldn't all Americans be entitled to the same coverage that you and your congressional receive. Furthermore if the current proposals to reform the health care system were unconstitutional, wouldn't that mean that Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare are unconstitutional as well?

Rep. Bachman- But, the public option as we know - government takeover - will eventually crowd out private heath insurers and the government would be the sole provider. I don't think that's the direction most Minnesotans want to go.

Glynn- There is no government takeover considered. Medical decisions would still a matter to be decided by doctor and patient without any interference from the government. It will be just like it is in Medicare. Also, polls have constantly shown public support for the public option nationwide. Quite frankly, I find it hard to believe that in such a blue state as Minnesota it would be any different.

Rep. Bachman- I beg to differ.

Glynn- Just look at the polls. And as far as those cut throat bandits that run the health care industry, I have no compassion for them. If you are healthy, they will gladly take your money. If you get too sick, or are too sick already, it's hasta la vista, baby.

Rep. Bachman- What about those death panels?

Glynn- There will be death panels? (Laughs)

Rep. Bachman - Thank God that Sarah Palin said that. These are true.

Glynn- There will be no death panels. What you are referring is when a doctor consults his patient on what his or her wishes in the event of tragically suffering from trauma in which no hope of recovery is possible. Does that person want to be sustained by artificial means? The patient is the only decision maker. The doctor would then be payed for his services by the government

for advising the patient. There is no death panel involved.

Rep. Bachman- But...

Glynn- I'm not finished. The outcome is called a living will, in which has been around for decades and has never been controversial before. It is also a great benefit for the grieving family as well by sparing them from having to the most difficult decision in their lives for that decision has already been made. I myself had taken part in such a decision when my father was in a coma and had no living will. This is to make much easier having to say goodbye to a loved one if that person does not wish to be kept alive when all hope is gone. It also means that person will be kept alive by artificial means if that person so wishes. I repeat there will be no death panels.

Rep. Bachman- I'm sorry for your loss.

Glynn- Thank you.

Rep. Bachman- We all need to consider that in God’s timing that he may have allowed us, as members of Congress, to be in the position that we’re in just for this specific issue right now. Everything that all of us have worked together and labored for over the years, all of it could be undermined with this one bill. President Obama realizes that. The radicals that are on the proabortion left, they realize that. They could win it all. And the unborn, and the vulnerable, the disabled and those at the end of life could lose it it all.

Glynn- That's nonsense. First of all, the Hyde Amendment prohibits the federal funding of abortions and the proponents of reform have excepted this as long as the status quo is maintained on this issue, which means no further restrictions are imposed. And I gather you are still fixated on death panels which you seem to infer are for the disabled and the elderly. They won't exist. Besides what sane politician who wishes to keep his job would advocate such a thing. What it comes down to is having compassion for the less fortunate.

Rep. Bachman- We are a compassionate society. We will always have that safety net. We have to for people who need that. But let's not destroy what truly is the greatest health care system the world has ever known in order to be able to change this system.

Glynn- Sure, we've got the best health care in the world. The very best. That's if you can afford it. Forty-six million and counting can't afford it. These people do not have safety nets. Charities are simply too overwhelmed to pick up the slack.

Rep. Bachman- If we allowed more competition among insurance companies rather than less competition, we would see more insurance products at cheaper prices, and people could buy what they want, the level of health insurance they want to buy.

Glynn- And how do we do this?

Rep. Bachman- Insurance cooperatives, tax-free health savings accounts, full deductible of all medical expenses...

Glynn- Insurance cooperatives will have no power to negotiate with the big insurance companies. Only the the power of the federal government can do that by forcing these insurance companies to compete with the public option. The public option will be more affordable since the overhead is less. For example, advertising costs and expenses related to lobbying Congress not to pass any changes in the system are not included. Also not included are the big bonuses and pay for CEO'S which is often in the millions of dollars. All of this is in reality a drain on the health care system by adding costs to it without adding any benefits to it. For health insurance corporations the overhead is 35% as opposed to the overhead of Medicare being 4%. And as far as tax free health insurance accounts are concerned- they are not feasible for those just getting by.

Rep. Bachman-We could also allow health insurance providers to be able to do business across state lines. Just erase the boundaries around every single state when it comes to health care and allow consumers to buy health insurance across those state lines.

Glynn- I hardly think that will make any difference as long as there is no monetary incentive to clean up their act. Insurance companies will not compete with each other to provide coverage for those individuals whose care would cut too much into their profits.

Rep. Bachman- It will too make too a difference!

Glynn- No, it won't. The profit motive will always corrupt the system. Like any other capitalistic ventures, the insurance companies will do anything to maximize their profits and minimize their costs. This means finding ways to screw their clients if their clients become too much of a liability for them. This nation's health care system is broken. The proposed health care legislation is needed to fix it. It must pass.

Rep. Bachman- I disagree It's not really needed. This health care legislation cannot pass. What we have to do is make a covenant, to slit our wrists, be blood brothers on this thing. This will not pass. We will do whatever it takes to make sure this doesn’t pass. Right now, we are looking at reaching down the throat and ripping the guts out of freedom. And we may never be able to restore it if we don’t man up and take this one on.

Glynn- How do you propose to stop health care reform by slitting your wrists?

Rep. Bachman- Prayer.

Glynn- Prayer?

Rep. Bachman- Yes, Prayer. That's really where this battle will be won- on our knees in prayer and fasting. Remember that faith without works is dead. So we're asking you to do all of it: pray, fast, believe, trust the Lord, but also act.

Glynn- I'll take a pass on that. (Pause) I understand that you are also opposed to Americorps, which is a national service organization that does a lot of good for this country. Its stated goal for its volunteers is to and I quote "apply your skills and ideas toward helping others and meeting critical needs in the community." Can helping your community be such a bad idea?

Rep. Bachman-I believe when it's all said and done, this service that - I believe that there's a very strong chance that we will see that young people will be put into mandatory service. And the real concern is that there are provisions for what I would call re-education camps for young people, where young people have to go and get trained in a philosophy that the government puts forward and then they have to go and work in some of these politically correct forums. It's very concerning. It appears that there's a philosophical agenda behind all of this, and especially if young people are mandated to go into this."

Glynn- How would you feel if you found out that one of your children had joined the Americorps?

Rep. Bachman- As a parent, I would have a very, very difficult time seeing my children do this.

Glynn- So you would be concerned. An article was published, in what I believe is the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, about a kid named Harrison Bachman who volunteered for Teach for America, which is a part of Americorps. He was described as being a "smart kid, a caring kid" and that he was raised well. Is this kid by any chance related to you? Might he be one of your children?

Rep. Bachman- Yes. That was a hit piece on one of my kids!

Glynn- You're kidding, right?

Rep. Bachman- No, I'm not!

Glynn- Do you disagree that that your son is smart and caring and that he was raised well?

Rep. Bachman- No, of course not. I'm not saying anything of the kind! What I'm is saying is that re-education camps for young people might be set up by the government. I'm afraid that this is mandatory service and is anti-American. This is for politically correctness and there's a socialist agenda behind this. We must protect our liberties. We must protect our children from being brainwashed.

(Pause)

Glynn (Laughs)- The service is not mandatory and there are no brains being washed.

Rep. Bachman- If it isn't mandatory today, it will soon be. Our children will then be indoctrinated.

Glynn- Moving on, do you honestly believe that the supporters of Americorps in Congress would favor mandatory service and re-education camps for America's youth?

Rep. Bachman- Yes I do. The news media should do a penetrating expose and take a look. I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out, are they pro-America or anti-America?

Glynn- Why should the media engage in such an endeavor? It seems like a witch hunt to me.

Rep. Bachman- I think the people would love to see an expose like that.

Glynn- Exactly how might those members of Congress be anti-American?

Rep. Bachman- Many of them have a real aversion to capitalism.

(Pause)

Glynn- Now exactly what is the philosophical agenda you spoke of earlier in which would require re-education camps?

Rep. Bachman- It is to transform our country from a free-market economy to a centralized government planned economy. It is completely different and antithetical to what our founders gave us and I think people should be shocked, they should be stunned with what is happening and the speed at which it's happening.

Glynn- Are you serious?

Rep. Bachman- Yes, I am. We're watching our freedoms slip out the door. We are literally losing our country. We must fight to get it back!

Glynn- Congresswoman, you have literally lost something, but I don’t think it’s your country. Anything else?

Rep. Bachman- What is happening with the G-20 and the transnational aspects of what our President is committing our nation to.

Glynn- You have concerns about the President's foreign policy?

Rep. Bachman- Yes, I do. President Obama wants to cede American sovereignty to trans-national global authorities.

Glynn- (Laughs) What else concerns you?

Rep. Bachman- The "Community-Organizer-in-Chief" is orchestrating a conspiracy involving the Census Bureau, which the president will use to redraw congressional lines to keep Democrats in power for up to 40 years.

Glynn- Redrawing the boundaries of congressional districts is the responsibility of the state governments.

Rep. Bachman- It's an anti-constitutional move. We must do everything we can to thwart them at every turn to make sure that they aren't able to, for all time, secure a power base that for all time can never be defeated. I'm also very concerned that he may have anti-American views.

Glynn- You're saying that the president is anti...

Rep. Bachman- I'm not saying that his views are anti-American. That was a misreading of what I said. I'm very concerned that he may have anti-American views.

Glynn- Sorry. So the President may have anti-American views.

Rep. Bachman- Yes. I'm very concerned about Barack Obama's views. I don't believe that socialism is a good thing for America.

Glynn- Barack Obama is not a socialist.

Rep. Bachman- Then what are Barack Obama's policies? Are they for America or will they be against traditional American ideals and values? And I'll tell you what, punishing tax rates, redistribution of wealth and socialized medicine has nothing to do with traditional American values.

Glynn- I have to disagree with you on taxes a subject I had already addressed and as far as socialized medicine is concern, remember we already have it. We just do not have it for everyone. Remember Medicare? And how about the public subsidized health for politicians such as yourself. Why shouldn't the public get as good of health care as their elective representatives.  And I never have heard of any plan to redistribute the wealth. Do you really believe that he might be against traditional American ideals and values, whatever they might be?

Rep. Bachman- Yes, and remember, it was Michelle Obama who said she's "only recently proud of her country".

Glynn- What?

Rep. Bachman- That's anti American.

(Pause)

Glynn- Are you familiar with American history. You know, such as Jim Crow, the Ku Klux Klan, the Scottsboro Nine, redlining, sundown towns, lynchings, Emmet Till, massive resistance, White Citizens Councils...

Rep. Bachman- Uh...

Glynn- Little Rock, church bombings, cross burnings, the Freedom Rides, Bull Conner, Oxford, Selma, the assassinations of Medger Evers and Martin Luther King.

Rep. Bachman- Well...

Glynn- Ms. Bachman, you are the princess of paranoia. It is no wonder that you are discouraging people from participating in the census next year even though it's main objective is reapportionment of the members of the House, such as yourself. If enough individuals in Minnesota are not counted in your state, it could lose a seat and you might very well lose your job.

Rep. Bachman- I was talking about refusing to answer many of the questions on the census forms.

Glynn- So noted. In any case this concludes this interview.

                                               

 Theory of Economics

  It was a week ago when Representative Eric       Cantor of Virginia(R) declared that the stimulus bill has failed and the President should use the remaining 400 million dollars to reduce the deficit. About the same time the Wall Street journal has proclaimed that the stimulus has worked making Eric Cantor look foolish. The truth of the matter Republicans have been saying that the stimulus has failed since late spring. Even a very obscure congressman such as Representative Todd Tiahrt of Kansas (R) has said as much. Such talk is analogous to a doctor telling a patient that the chemotherapy has not worked for the three months it has been tried and therefore it should be discontinued. One might think that Republicans are rooting for failure. After all this is to their political advantage if President Obama fails.

Republicans tend to favor tax cuts which favor the rich. This is, in the words of Archie Bunker, the Tinkle Down Theory of Economics. Give the money to the wealthy and they will tinkle down upon the less fortunate. The reality is that tax cuts for the rich is simply a way for Republicans to pay back a part of their base. If you want to stimulate the economy, you give money to those who would spend it. The wealthy already have plenty to spend. Letting them have more would not make any difference.

What would make a difference is giving money to the classes below those who are extremely well off. These people will spend money out of the necessity of survival. Providing jobs for the less fortunate and unemployed in times of economic distress will indeed stimulate the economy. How can it not be so. The workers of these jobs will spend their income at such places as retail outlets, theaters, amusement parks... thus causing a ripple effect in the economy. Eventually this money will rise to the top, hence creating a percolating effect. This is the Percolator Theory of Economics. This is what Republicans insist will not work.

Much of the stimulus funds went towards fixing the infrastructure in which is in plenty of places badly need of fixing. This brings an added benefit of doing what needs to be done anyway. The collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis should have been a wake up call. Other than bridges, other projects involve highways, tunnels, railroads, the electric grid, sewer systems, et cetera. Another part of the stimulus bill was the cash for clunkers program in which was panned by Republicans. By providing funds to car dealers as an incentive for the public to trade their less fuel efficient cars for those which more fuel efficient is certainly beneficial for the environment. The Percolator Theory of Economics rocks.

Postscripts

 To Rachel Maddow of the Rachel Show on MSNBC & Air America,

   Congratulations on your 1st anniversary on MSNBC.

To Rush "the drugster" Limbaugh ,

I've heard about that unprescribed Viagra being confiscated while you were re-entering the country. I'm truly sorry for your loss.

To Oily Orly Taitz, a graduate from the uncredited online William Howard University,

  I heard that you have come up with another birth certificate which proves President Obama was born in Kenya, not Hawaii. However, like the previous certificate, this one is also flawed. The first certificate has him born in Mombasa, Kenya as does the second one. The problem is that in August 1961 when Barack Obama was born, Mombasa was not in Kenya, but rather in Zanzibar. Whoever faked this certificate is incredibly stupid. Why you are not disciplined for wasting the courts time is beyond me. (See "So Much Ado About Nothing" in previous edition.)

To Michelle Bachman,

After looking at that picture of yours in this issue, one is left wondering- are you stoned?
Don't you know that speed kills.

To Rush "the drugster" again,

In one of your typical rants on the air, you have  the following declaration;

"It is President Obama who wants to mandate circumcision. We had that yesterday.* That means, if we need to save our penises from anybody, it's Obama."

And to think you called Lawrence O'Donnell a dunce. Rush, get a grip of yourself. The President has more important issues to deal with than your privates. Do you realize how utterly idiotic you come across when you make such utterly moronic paranoid statements as that? Maybe that's why a lot of people tune into your show. It's not because that they are dittoheads. It's because they they have mistaken you for a comedian. Personally, I think Seinfeld is funnier.

*A reference to the speech the President made to Congress on 9 September.

To Ed Schultz of the Ed Show on MSNBC,

Regarding Rush saying that your show was named after a talking horse, what would you expect from the horses behind?

To Representative Lynn Jenkins of Kansas (R),

Are you the Great White Dope seeking the Great White Hope?

To Representative Todd Tiahrt of Kansas (R),

I still think that your name looks like a typo. And by the way, how are things on C Street? Come on, give it up. I want to hear all of those lurid, sordid details about Congressman fooling around with women who are not their wives while getting religion at the same time. 

To ex-governor Sarah Palin,

I understand that you just got tired of being Alaska's governor and so you quit. All of those pesky ethic problems, such as billing the Alaskan people for the expenses of family members traveling with you on official business when the state law clearly states that such expenses should be paid by you or billing the same people for travel expenses from Juneau to your home in Wasilla when you could have very well lived in the Governor's Mansion in Juneau, not to mention the troopergate scandal. All of this is just getting you down. But that was no reason to quit. What you had needed to do was to just get away for awhile to clear your head. Why didn't you just do that. You could always have Tina Fey fill in for you as Governor.

P.S. But seriously, it was one of your responsibilities as the Governor of Alaska to see that the laws of the state were  faithfully carried out. Based upon this, how can you rationalize breaking the laws just because you thought they were "pesky". And to think that you campaigned as a reformer on the national Republican ticket in the VP slot.

To the Keith Olbermann the Evil of Countdown on MSNBC,

How's your cat? Or was that Ben Afflect's cat? For some reason I seem to get you two confused with each other.

By the way, do you know the definition of a "Palin"? It's evil stupidity hiding behind a wink, a smile and a "you betcha".

 

 Glynn Braman

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