“It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into”

Jonathan Swift
"The Democrats have moved to the right, and the right has moved into a mental hospital." - Bill Maher
"The city is crowded my friends are away and I'm on my own
It's too hot to handle so I gotta get up and go

It's a cruel ... cruel summer"

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


John Boehner just said democrats are trying to "stifle debate through the disguise of Civility."

What does Boehner know about civility? Let have no civil debates - curse folks, put cross hairs on their locations, "reload," spit on them, call them derogatory names, obstruct - that's the way toward bipartisanship and getting things done!


Bringing Dignitude Back To Presidenting

Like I needed one more reason to think Dubya is a sociopathic f***, he gets caught on film in Haiti, wiping his hand on President Clinton's shirt after shaking hands with a Haitian.

Seriously, though. . . Dubya is an as*ho** is NOT breaking news . . .

But if Clinton had done this, FAUX would run this video 24 hrs straight, with the headline "Bill Clinton; Haitians Are Diseased?" or some such horse sh**.

-Prodigal Son

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

"Fair and Balanced"

For those of you not familiar with the (cough, cough) Amarillo Globe the headline on Monday the 22nd, the historic day following the signing of the Insurance Reform Bill was "Top Tech execs spend $112k."

Back on page four (at least above the fold!) was "Congress clears historic health bill." Certainly shows who runs the paper. (It goes without saying that Mac "the poor man's representative" Thornberry voted NO.



Here is a wonderful column that you will never see in the (cough, cough) Amarillo Globe.

click here

From the link: "This is the party of trickle down and weapons of mass destruction, the party of birthers and death-panel lunatics. This is the party that genuflects at the altar of right-wing talk radio, with its insane, nauseating, nonstop commitment to hatred and bigotry."

Go read the whole thing - it's worth it. (Written by Bob Herbert)


We Have Overcome

This is a long post. It is ripped COMPLETELY from Russell King at talking points memo.

This must be passed on, communicated, posted everywhere, OVER AND OVER.

Just Read IT ALL, it is manifest.

-Prodigal Son


Dear Conservative Americans,

The years have not been kind to you. I grew up in a profoundly Republican home, so I can remember when you wore a very different face than the one we see now. You've lost me and you've lost most of America. Because I believe having responsible choices is important to democracy, I'd like to give you some advice and an invitation.

First, the invitation: Come back to us.

Now the advice. You're going to have to come up with a platform that isn't built on a foundation of cowardice: fear of people with colors, religions, cultures and sex lives that differ from your own; fear of reform in banking, health care, energy; fantasy fears of America being transformed into an Islamic nation, into social/commun/fasc-ism, into a disarmed populace put in internment camps; and more. But you have work to do even before you take on that task.

Your party -- the GOP -- and the conservative end of the American political spectrum has become irresponsible and irrational. Worse, it's tolerating, promoting and celebrating prejudice and hatred. Let me provide some expamples -- by no means an exhaustive list -- of where the Right as gotten itself stuck in a swamp of hypocrisy, hyperbole, historical inaccuracy and hatred.

If you're going to regain your stature as a party of rational, responsible people, you'll have to start by draining this swamp:


You can't flip out -- and threaten impeachment - when Dems use a prlimentary procedure (deem and pass) that you used repeatedly (more than 35 times in just one session and more than 100 times in all!), that's centuries old and which the courts have supported. Especially when your leaders admit it all.

You can't vote and scream against the stimulus package and then take credit for the good it's done in your own district (happily handing out enormous checks representing money that you voted against, is especially ugly) -- 114 of you (at last count) did just that -- and it's even worse when you secretly beg for more.

You can't fight against your own ideas just because the Dem president endorses your proposal.

You can't call for a pay-as-you-go policy, and then vote against your own ideas.

Are they "unlawful enemy combatants" or are they "prisoners of war" at Gitmo? You can't have it both ways.

You can't carry on about the evils of government spending when your family has accepted more than a quarter-million dollars in government handouts.

You can't refuse to go to a scheduled meeting, to which you were invited, and then blame the Dems because they didn't meet with you.

You can't rail against using teleprompters while using teleprompters. Repeatedly.

You can't rail against the bank bailouts when you supported them as they were happening.

You can't be for immigration reform, then against it .

You can't enjoy socialized medicine while condemning it.

You can't flip out when the black president puts his feet on the presidential desk when you were silent about white presidents doing the same. Bush. Ford.

You can't complain that the president hasn't closed Gitmo yet when you've campaigned to keep Gitmo open.

You can't flip out when the black president bows to foreign dignitaries, as appropriate for their culture, when you were silent when the white presidents did the same. Bush. Nixon. Ike. You didn't even make a peep when Bush held hands and kissed (on the mouth) leaders of countries that are not on "kissing terms" with the US.

You can't complain that the undies bomber was read his Miranda rights under Obama when the shoe bomber was read his Miranda rights under Bush and you remained silent. (And, no, Newt -- the shoe bomber was not a US citizen either, so there is no difference.)

You can't attack the Dem president for not personally* publicly condemning a terrorist event for 72 hourswhen you said nothing about the Rep president waiting 6 days in an eerily similar incident (and, even then, he didn't issue any condemnation). *Obama administration did the day of the event.

You can't throw a hissy fit, sound alarms and cry that Obama freed Gitmo prisoners who later helped plan the Christmas Day undie bombing, when -- in fact -- only one former Gitmo detainee, released by Dick Cheney and George W. Bush, helped to plan the failed attack.

You can't condemn blaming the Republican president for an attempted terror attack on his watch, then blame the Dem president for an attemted terror attack on his.

You can't mount a boycott against singers who say they're ashamed of the president for starting a war, but remain silent when another singer says he's ashamed of the president and falsely calls him a Moaist who makes him want to throw up and says he ought to be in jail.

You can't cry that the health care bill is too long, then cry that it's too short.

You can't support the individual mandate for health insurance, then call it unconstitutional when Dems propose it and campaign against your own ideas.

You can't demand television coverage, then whine about it when you get it. Repeatedly.

You can't praise criminal trials in US courts for terror suspects under a Rep president, then call it "treasonous" under a Dem president.

You can't propose ideas to create jobs, and then work against them when the Dems put your ideas in a bill.

You can't be both pro-choice and anti-choice.

You can't damn someone for failing to pay $900 in taxes when you've paid nearly $20,000 in IRS fines.

You can't condemn critizising the president when US troops are in harms way, then attack the president when US troops are in harms way , the only difference being the president's party affiliation (and, by the way, armed conflict does NOT remove our right and our duty as Americans to speak up).

You can't be both for cap-and-trade policy and against it.

You can't vote to block debate on a bill, then bemoan the lack of 'open debate'.

If you push anti-gay legislation and make anti-gay speeches, you should probably take a pass on having gay sex, regardless of whether it's 2004 or 2010. This is true, too, if you're taking GOP money and giving anti-gay rants on CNN. Taking right-wing money and GOP favors to write anti-gay stories for news sites while working as a gay prostitute, doubles down on both the hypocrisy and the prostitution. This is especially true if you claim your anti-gay stand is God's stand, too.

When you chair the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children, you can't send sexy emails to 16-year-old boys (illegal anyway, but you made it hypocritical as well).

You can't criticize Dems for not doing something you didn't do while you held power over the past 16 years, especially when the Dems have done more in one year than you did in 16.

You can't decry "name calling" when you've been the most consistent and outrageous at it. And the most vile.

You can't spend more than 40 years hating, cutting and trying to kill Medicare, and then pretend to be the defenders of Medicare

You can't praise the Congressional Budget Office when it's analysis produces numbers that fit your political agenda, then claim it's unreliable when it comes up with numbers that don't.

You can't vote for X under a Republican president, then vote against X under a Democratic president. Either you support X or you don't. And it makes it worse when you change your position merely for the sake obstructionism.

You can't call a reconcilliation out of bounds when you used it repeatedly.

You can't spend tax-payer money on ads against spending tax-payer money.

You can't condemn individual health insurance mandates in a Dem bill, when the madates were your idea.

You can't demand everyone listen to the generals when they say what fits your agenda, and then ignore them when they don't.

You can't whine that it's unfair when people accuse you of exploiting racism for political gain, when your party's former leader admits you've been doing it for decades.

You can't portray yourself as fighting terrorists when you openly and passionately support terrorists.

You can't complain about a lack of bipartisanship when you've routinely obstructed for the sake of political gain -- threatening to filibuster at least 100 pieces of legislation in one session, far more than any other since the procedural tactic was invented -- and admitted it. Some admissions are unintentional, others are made proudly. This is especially true when the bill is the result of decades of compromise between the two parties and is filled with your own ideas.

You can't question the loyalty of Department of Justice lawyers when you didn't object when your own Republican president appointed them.

You can't preach and try to legislate "Family Values" when you: take nude hot tub dips with teenagers (and pay them hush money); cheat on your wife with a secret lover and lie about it to the world; cheat with a staffer's wife (and pay them off with a new job); pay hookers for sex while wearing a diaper and cheatingon your wife; or just enjoying an old fashioned non-kinky cheating on your wife; try to have gay sex in a public toilet; authorize the rape of children in Iraqi prisons to coherce their parents into providing information; seek, look at or have sex with children; replace a guy who cheats on his wife with a guy who cheats on his pregnant wife with his wife's mother;


You really need to dissassociate with those among you who:


If you're going to use words like socialism, communism and fascism, you must have at least a basic understanding of what those words mean (hint: they're NOT synonymous!)

You can't cut a leading Founding Father out the history books because you've decided you don't like his ideas.

You cant repeatedly assert that the president refuses to say the word "terrorism" or say we're at war with terror when we have an awful lot of videotape showing him repeatedly assailing terrorism and using those exact words.

If you're going to invoke the names of historical figures, it does not serve you well to whitewash them. Especially this one.

You can't just pretend historical events didn't happen in an effort to make a political opponent look dishonest or to make your side look better. Especially these events. (And, no, repeating it doesn't make it better.)

You can't say things that are simply and demonstrably false: health care reform will not push people out of their private insurance and into a government-run program ; health care reform (which contains a good many of your ideas and very few from the Left) is a long way from "socialist utopia"; health care reform is not "reparations"; nor does health care reform create "death panels".


You have to condemn those among you who:

Oh, and I'm not alone: One of your most respected and decorated leaders agrees with me.

So, dear conservatives, get to work. Drain the swamp of the conspiracy nuts, the bold-faced liars undeterred by demonstrable facts, the overt hypocrisy and the hatred. Then offer us a calm, responsible, grownup agenda based on your values and your vision for America. We may or may not agree with your values and vision, but we'll certainly welcome you back to the American mainstream with open arms. We need you.

(Anticipating your initial response: No there is nothing that even comes close to this level of wingnuttery on the American Left.)

Written by Russell King

Monday, March 15, 2010


Absofrakkin'lute GENIUS!

Excerpt. . .

"Study Questions:

1). During a televised 1954 confrontation with McCarthy, Harvard-educated liberal lawyer Joseph Welch melodramatically declared, "Have you no sense of decency, sir?" Do you think this was a case of "shooting the messenger" because liberals were so embarrassed about their woeful record in fighting Communism?

2). Compare and contrast Senator McCarthy and Vice President Dick Cheney. Based on your personal experience, explain why liberals are so reluctant to face up to the dangerous threat from Islamic terrorism.

3). How many card-carrying Communists do you believe are currently in the State Department under the leadership of President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton?"

-Prodigal Son

Update From the Armed State of Jesusstan (Formerly Texas)

OH FU**! Obama is going to INDOCTRINATE our children!!!! Oh . . . IOKIYAR

Seriously, the Texas Board of Uneducation wants to glorify St. Ronnie? Don't forget to include. . .

  • The 29 members of his administration that were convicted of crimes.
  • His quadrupling the national debt.
  • The Iran-Contra scandal.
  • How he thought trees were the cause of air pollution.
  • Ketchup is a vegetable peeps!
  • How he often failed to recognize members of his own Cabinet when he met them in public.
Any other Ronnie Raygun hits from the 80's I am missing?

-Prodigal Son

Tuesday, March 09, 2010


Especially for THIS reason:

Rush Rumproar: I'll leave the US if healthcare passes.

Responding to a caller who asked him where he would go for health care if Congress enacts reform, Limbaugh replied,

"I don't know. I'll just tell you this, if this passes and it's five years from now and all that stuff gets implemented -- I am leaving the country. I'll go to Costa Rica."

Have a listen:

WAIT FOR IT. . . Rushie, we all KNOW how much you love those viagra filled SEX romps in the carribean!

WAIT FOR IT . . . Costa Rica has GOVERNMENT run universal healthcare. LOL

Ahhhh. . . FEEL the irony!

-Prodigal Son

Saturday, March 06, 2010

For those who know Bruce Beck

I have been asked by Tanya Beck to convey to Bruce's friends that his condition is more grave than she thought earlier this week. Bruce had a seizure and fell out of bed last night, breaking his wrist and cutting his left eye. He was admitted to Baptist St. Anthony's Hospital this morning and is expected to go to home hospice tomorrow.

While the oncologist has tried to hold out hope so Bruce would keep fighting, the doctor said today that the brain has shifted, in part due to swelling.

Tanya would like to sell one of their cars, a 2008 Toyota (I think Camry) for $13,900 (23K miles). So, one way you can help is pass the word on a well-maintained car being available.

Otherwise, thoughts and prayers are the only things we can think of now. I will keep folks informed as I finds out more.

Amarillo On Dailykos! Wait. . . .Oh, F***!

Christian 'Army of God' Militia terrorizes Amarillo Texas is the headline, and I think that about covers this unholy Taliban domestic terror group located in yellow city.

Yes, Taliban. Yes, terror group. Terror is a tactic. These supposed Christians use the power of the mob to scare the sh** out of people minding their own business. Just like the Taliban, they believe they are called to repress anyone not of their twisted mindset.

Just look at their website, NO I WILL NOT LINK. It has an overwhelmingly military feel to it. These domestic terrorists showed up in hoodies and fatigues.

On the other hand. . . looking at their map, who knew Amarillo was such a rocking place! Woo! HELLLOOO Vegas east! LOL

The Texas Observer has a great article HERE

WE NEED TO UPDATE OUR RECANT AMARILLO MAP, can anyone please help? Post suggestions in comments please.

-Prodigal Son

UPDATE: Is it wrong to hope that a high profile Rethug gets caught up in this hooha?

Friday, March 05, 2010

Stupak is as Stupak Does

Holy sweet frakkin' Mary mother of God. . . Bart Stupak has reared his Christianist FAMILY approved head as health care reform finally gets close to a wrap.

His beef is that he does not want taxpayers to pay for abortions. HEY BART. . . it is already illegal to do that.

This does not stop the crazy from manifesting itself however . . .

And what is this Family thing? A far-right evangelical house in DC that the "Correct" kind of Christians get to stay in for minimal rent.

Governor "appalachian trail" Sanford, and Senator "Cuckholded husband makes payoff" Ensign were also residents. SEE HERE

This place brings you closer to the message of the Lamb of God by helping you rendezvous with your mistresses, cover up lying and graft, and promoting the belief that you are chosen by God himself to be a political bigwig.

-Prodigal Son

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Thursday Accountability Check

Just googled "Vernon Hunter" and "Amarillo Globe News": Hits?


No mention = acceptance of domestic terrorism for the local bird cage liner. Prove me wrong guys?

Take a sec this AM, and PLEASE READ David Cay Johnston's article in the Huff Post mentioning Mr. Hunter.

It is outstanding.

-Prodigal Son

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Rangel, another corrupt one

George Schwarz wrote:

The Associated Press reported the following Wednesday

The Associated Press reported the following Wednesday, “Rangel, 79 and a member of Congress for the past 39 years, stepped aside just days after being admonished for breaking House rules by accepting corporate-financed travel.

He called his exile temporary. But he still faces inquiries by the House ethics committee over late payment of income taxes on a rental villa he owns in the Dominican Republic, his use of House stationery to solicit corporate donations to an educational institution that bears his name, and belated disclosure of hundreds of thousands of dollars in previously unlisted wealth.”

It doesn’t matter what side of the aisle the person is on, this is what has created a plutocracy in Congress. If every incumbent hits the bricks in November, it can only help us.

America Founded on Christian Principles: Jim Bunning, Horrible Bastard Edition

"Brother Can You Spare A Job?"
From the "Bush in 30 Seconds" Contest in . . . 2004! WTF!

That cartoon is six years old, and it hits home even more NOW.

Can anyone really argue that the senate is not broken when one jackhole from KY (Jim Bunning) can crap on tens of thousands of our most vulnerable American families for 5 days by holding up unemployment and cobra benefits? Shout obscenities on the floor and pay no price?

Why the f*** would someone do that? He stated that any new spending should be paid for. . . . oh, except for Iraq, the irresponsible Bush tax cuts, and eight years of budget busting sh*t he wanted.

If you watched Harry Reid's press conference about it the other day . . . he sounded less like the FRIKKIN LEADER OF THE SENATE's majority party, and more like gramps bitching about the nursing home cafeteria moving Salisbury Steak day to Monday's from Sunday.

How did Texas' . . . ahem. . . representation do? Cornyn voted against American families today, and Kay Bailey Rocket Scientist did not show up. HERE

If we had ANY kind of self-respecting media in this country Bunning would be made a laughing stock.

This comity thing as a virtue in the senate . . . I dunno, this country deserves better methinks.

-Prodigal Son

Gov. Goodhair beats Kay Bailey Rocket Scientist

Reuters calls it a victory due to an "Anti-Washington Message". More like an anti-American one (helloooo secession!)

However you slice it, Perry appealed to the fringe and now wants to be the governor of crazytown, USA. It will be interesting to watch during the election. Does he come back toward the center?

This was a long EXPENSIVE primary for Rethugs. BONUS! There is lots of crazy to use in campaign commercials.

Bill White. has been in campaign mode with no challenger.

The Gov will get some tea-bagger friendlies to newly redistricted congressional seats, this will suck some air out of the election.

Who really gives two sh**s about Perry, though. How do we help get Bill White a victory?

Define Rick NOW before he defines White.

Rick Perry: A DECADE OF FAILURE! He's unstable, divisive, anti-family, unable to lead, and anti-small business.

IMHO, Mark Ames has it about right, "Look, here’s the Cliff Notes version: Americans are mean, and they don’t like losers. " Yeah, and Texans double that.

Republicans are evil bastards, they have embraced their inner crazy, and they play to win.

Lets kick their teeth down their throats in this election.

-Prodigal Son

Monday, March 01, 2010

Monday Quick Poll

I am about to delete and ban all of west-texan (AKA OBB in comments), anyone have a problem with that?

Although, maybe his purpose in life is to act as a bad example, LOL

-Prodigal Son