Republicans’ Irrational Hatred of Pres. Obama Skewed Poll That Named Him Worst President

Democrats split their choice for worst president among Bush and Nixon, while Republicans went solidly for Obama

A recent Quinnipiac poll found that 33 percent of Americans believe Pres. Obama is the worst president since World War II, while just 28 percent give that dishonor to George W. Bush.

How could this possibly be? The record overwhelmingly supports the proposition that George W. Bush was easily the most inept president since the war:

Miller to GOP’s Fiorina: Your Study of Medieval History ‘Will Come in Handy Trying to Defend the Republican War on Women’
Stephanie Miller demonstrates how to talk to Republicans, California-style

A pair of Californians squared off on CNN Sunday morning. Watch as liberal radio/TV host Stephanie Miller demonstrates how to talk to Republicans in this exchange with failed U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorini about the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision and Fiorini’s party’s war on women.


Barely Clinging to Life, the American Republic Celebrates Its 238th Birthday

When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.

- A quote wrongly attributed to Sinclair Lewis

Note that this quote, which has been cited in these pages in another context, sets up the arrival of fascism as certain — not “if” but “when” fascism comes. As the United States marks its 238th birthday, that “when” appears to be imminent. The country is under assault from an enemy within, a hodgepodge insurgency of neo-Confederates, Christo-fascists and Ayn Randian anarchists funded and driven by soulless oligarchs who will not stop until the American dream is dead and this once great nation has become a Third World country.

Why I Hate Independence Day, Part 2014

Bonnie says, ‘Please don’t terrorize me with your stupid fireworks!’

Using fireworks near animals is both cruel and inhumane as explosive fireworks cause animals immense fear and stress.
— Voice for the Voiceless

Tell that to Bonnie. She’s our 9-year-old mixed-breed terrier who gets completely freaked by fireworks on the Fourth of July. In Miami on the Fourth the streets and night skies are filled with the sound, fury and cordite stench of illegal fireworks ignited by “patriots.”

Tampa Bay Online describes the legal loophole that allows Floridians to behave like asses on the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Patriotism as pest control: Florida’s weird fireworks law

Tribune/Scripps Capital Bureau
Published: June 29, 2014 | Updated: June 29, 2014 at 10:10 AM

TALLAHASSEE — The coming of Independence Day means fireworks season — and the beginning of the institutionalized charade behind their sale in Florida.

In the Sunshine State, one does not buy a bottle rocket for recreation; one buys it to scare birds away from farms and fisheries.

That’s right: Explosives for pest control.

Fox Anchor Rips Michele Bachmann on Impeachment: ‘An Enormous Waste of Time’

Less than a week after a Foxbot reminded Dick Cheney that, “Time and time again, history has proven that you got it wrong as well in Iraq, sir,” Fox talking head Neil Cavuto blasted tea party Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) on his show last night after she called for impeaching the president:

Contrary to GOP/Tea Party Spin, Pres. Obama Has Issued Fewer Than 200 Executive Orders – Bush, Who Had a ‘Rubberstamp Congress,’ Issued 291
Here are the actual numbers of executive orders Issued by all presidents since 1901

In a gambit to lay the groundwork for impeachment, the GOP leadership has announced plans to sue Pres. Obama on grounds that he has abused his authority by issuing executive orders to implement policies.

In their single terms in office, Republican presidents Theodore Roosevelt issued 1,081 EOs, Calvin Coolidge issued 1,203 orders and Herbert Hoover issued 968. Richard Nixon issued 346 EOs in his five years in office, and tea-party patron saint Ronald Reagan issued 381 executive orders during his two terms.

In support of the lawsuit, the usual suspects on the right have been making outrageous claims about the number of executive orders the president has issued — the most extravagant of which asserts that he’s issued more than 900 so-called EOs. The actual number is much lower, fewer than 200, so far. By contrast, George W. Bush signed 291 EOs.

Not surprisingly, the U.S. president who issued the most executive orders was Franklin Roosevelt, a Democrat who served four terms. Republican presidents have issued more than their share of EOs, too, of course. In their single terms, Republicans Theodore Roosevelt issued 1,081 EOs, Calvin Coolidge issued 1,203 orders and Herbert Hoover issued 968. Richard Nixon issued 346 EOs in his five years in office, and tea-party patron saint Ronald Reagan issued 381 executive orders during his two terms.

The chart below shows the exact numbers for all presidents going back to 1901. To see a complete list going back to Pres. Washington, visit the American Presidency Project.

Why Did Fox Allow Spokesanchor Megyn Kelly to Attack Dick Cheney on Iraq?

Here’s one for the Kremlin watchers. Why did Fox News Pres. Roger Ailes decide to go after Dick Cheney’s record of deception and ineptitude about the invasion of Iraq? Sources say that daily talking points are largely determined by Ailes and delivered by his minions in morning meetings to Foxbots like Megyn Kelly. During an interview with Cheney yesterday, Kelly put Cheney on defense about his record of lies and failures about Iraq, which she described in unvarnished and shockingly reality-based terms.

Cheney and his daughter Liz — last seen dropping out of the U.S. Senate race in the Cheney fiefdom of Wyoming after polls showed she was 50 points behind the incumbent, ultra right-wing GOP Sen. Mike Enzi — have launched yet another anti-Obama organization. As part of the rollout, in an op-ed in the Wall St. Journal, which, like Fox, is owned by Rupert Murdoch, Dick Cheney criticized the President, saying, “Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many.”

In response to that, on Fox yesterday, Kelly asked him:

Map Shows Progress on Marriage Equality

Marriage equality is now the law in the Pacific Coast states and Hawaii, the Northeast, New Mexico and four states in the Midwest.

To access an interactive version of this map on the Mother Jones website that provides status and updates on laws state-by-state, click here.

It’s Amazon’s World and We Just Live in It
Why You Should Take a Break from Amazon

I wanted to buy a book a few months ago for a relative who was hospitalized in a city about 40 miles north and who wasn’t a TV watcher. I figured I’d stop off at the mall or a shopping center as I drove up and pick up some books and magazines.

Except there were no bookstores. While I had been floating along, ordering books from Amazon because they were cheap or putting them on my Amazon wish list and waiting for the prices to come down, book shops all around me were going out of business. Instead of finding some cool books and artsy, interesting magazines, I had to stop at a grocery store to buy a lame edition of O Magazine by Oprah. I believe it went unread.

Your reading choices will someday be either 50 Shades of Gray or The Hunger Games…or a copy of O Magazine

If you watch the Colbert Report, you know that the responsible thing to do right now is to boycott Amazon. The massive “Don’t Be Evil” online seller is engaged in a very evil battle with traditional publishers to control pricing and set off a dumbing down process that will likely promote self-publishing as an Amazon work-around.

Tea Party Professor Who Defeated Cantor Flubs Interview on First Day
David Brat also runs a foundation that promotes the fantastical economic theories of Ayn Rand

Note to Prof. Dave Brat, the newly nominated tea party candidate for the Virginia district currently held by Majority Leader Eric Cantor: College professors get to choose topics for discussion in class, but candidates — just like elected officials — must be able to answer whatever questions the media throws their way.

Brat made a poor showing today in one of his first national interviews:


  • 57%

    Of American voters would not want President Obama to campaign with them if they were running for office this year, while 41% said they would, according to a new Fox News poll.

  • 8%

    Amount of the $10 million raised since 2010 by the Conservative Strikeforce that actually went to candidates. More than $9 million of the loot was paid to the fundraisers, Fox Detroit reports.

  • 65% to 33%

    Margin by which a majority of Americans oppose impeaching President Obama and also oppose House Speaker John Boehner’s lawsuit against the president by 57% to 41%, a new CNN poll finds. In addition, a majority disagree by 52% to 45% that Obama gone too far in expanding executive power.

Poetic Justice

Remember when she was armed, dangerous, in flannel?
Well now she’s assumed the news reporter’s mantel.
So we can be perpetually annoyed
By someone who’s actually unemployed.
Just tune in to the new Sarah Palin Channel.

“Poetic Justice, Volume I: The 2012 Presidential Campaign” is Buck Banks' wickedly funny collection of satirical political limericks that were originally published on Pensito Review. While having a decidedly progressive bent, Volume 1 is an equal-opportunity dispenser of poetic justice to both Democrats and Republicans.

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  • All this talk of impeaching the president is the stupidest Republican political strategy so far this century.

    — Charlie Hurt, in an op-ed in the Washington Times.

  • What happens is they’re like an Ebola virus that spreads. And if you can keep it contained with this bunch of people that really hate the government, OK, I respect their position. But when the virus spreads and they then have a bunch of people all nervous that if they vote the way they really think they should vote then bad things are going to happen, that messes up the process.

    — Former Rep. Steve LaTourette (R), quoted by the Wall Street Journal, on the conservative groups that demand ideological purity.

  • It would be one thing if all of this early activity and attention in Iowa resulted in a smarter electorate, better candidates or a more authentic version of democracy. But in general, the quaint ‘retail’ settings of Iowa diners and New Hampshire living rooms are treated mostly as media sound stages, places where reporters report on how many other reporters showed up… As a result, these scenes have become backdrops for set pieces that blur into an anesthetizing noise: So-and-so has been to Iowa five times; some other so-and-so is ‘thinking about’ running for president; and here’s yet another picture of yet another so-and-so looking a voter right in the eyes and telling him the truth about something or other, as the discerning voters here insist.

    — Mark Leibovich, writing in the New York Times.



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