Why do conservatives hate America? Before you go into screaming hysterics, consider this. When the Bush REGIME (thanks, Rush) was in power, any criticism of the president, his administration or their policies were met with howls of “ANTI-AMERICAN!!!!! You hate America! You hate the flag, you hate the troops. You hate Mom, apple pie, baseball and Chevrolet. We’re at war, you’re giving aid and comfort to the enemy. Why do you hate America?”
What’s different today? We’re still at war but now we have a Democratic president, who happens to be black, btw. But all day, on AM hate radio, starting with the pill popping Junkie, Limbaugh and all day, every day on FAUX NotNews, the president, his administration and their policies are trashed, ridiculed, lied about and slandered. Limbaugh has called Obama everything but the “N” word and even the wife and children of the president have been attacked. (That would be you, Beck).
So, using their own language and reasoning, I ask the conservatives this. Why do you hate America? Why do you hate the flag and the troops? And why, WHY, are you giving aid and comfort to the enemy? Why do you hate America?
Republicans are siding with the insurance and drug companies AGAINST the American people.
Republicans think that this is going to be a winning strategy in the 2010 elections.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell ( R- Chinless Chipmunk ) said yesterday that Republicans will campaign on repealing HCR should they win back the House and Senate in November.
Democrats need to grow some balls ( see Alan Grayson ) and get down and dirty, fighting back against the lies and flat out bullshit ( death panels ) of the Republicans.
Otherwise, we know what will happen.
Los Angeles – The death of a veteran Sea World trainer in Orlando, Fla., Wednesday has spotlighted the campaign of several major animal rights groups to keep marine mammals out of theme parks altogether.
Dawn Brancheau was killed when a 12,300-lb. male orca “killer whale” grabbed her in front of an audience at the Orlando theme park.
Now, animal rights activists say that many questions should be asked in the wake of Ms. Brancheau's death. Sea World has said that the very same orca is responsible for human deaths in 1991 and again in 1999. The Humane Society of the United States has long campaigned for marine mammals to be removed from theme parks.
“These behemoths are denied all of their natural, instinctual inclinations, and we humans tend to think, ‘Well, this is just a bad animal.’ But it is a wild animal, used to running free in an entire ocean, but now confined to a very small space,” says Joyce Tischler, founder of and general counsel for Animal Legal Defense Fund. She compares an orca’s life in captivity in a tank to keeping a human being in a bathtub for his entire life. She says most Americans have romanticized notions of sea life perpetuated by such TV series as “Flipper.” But even dolphins are known to aggressively run their teeth down the backs of humans in hundreds of incidents that are not reported outside the conservation community press, she says.
SeaWorld closed its Orlando park immediately after the tragedy, and suspended its orca show in San Diego. “We've initiated an investigation to determine, to the extent possible, what occurred,” SeaWorld President Dan Brown said in a brief statement to reporters. Ms. Brancheau had worked at the park since 1994. Mr. Brown said no SeaWorld park had ever before experienced a similar incident and pledged a thorough review of all of the park's standard operating procedures. “This is an extraordinarily difficult time for the SeaWorld parks and our team members. Nothing is more important than the safety of our employees, guests, and the animals entrusted to our care," Brown said. “We extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the trainer and will do everything possible to assist them in this difficult time.”
The orca is the largest member of the dolphin family and is known as a favorite at Sea World. Killer whales are a highly social species.
But “the vast majority of the orca whales in captivity would be far better off to be returned to the wild. Orcas are unbelievably ill-suited to life in theme parks and can be successfully returned to the wild. We know, because we have done it,” says David Phillips, director of the International Marine Mammal Project for the Earth Island Institute, who led the effort to rescue, rehabilitate, and release the killer whale Keiko, made famous in the movie “Free Willy.” “Orcas deserve a better fate than living in cramped pools.
Mr. Phillips recalls that Keiko went from languishing in small pool in Mexico City all the way to swimming with wild whales in his native waters in Iceland. He ended up swimming to Norway and living there in a bay with some human care until he died. Phillips says the public would be better served by seeing orcas in the wild and ensuring their protection there.
“This isn’t the first time that stressed-out orca whales have injured or killed people, and unfortunately, it is not likely to be the last,” says Phillips. “It is high time that the marine park industry get out of the captive orca business.”
Tisch takes on the argument most often given by defenders of such captivity: That it is educational and spotlights the need for conservation and protection of such creatures: “The people who run these theme parks are not interested in conservation or protection, they are interested in making money,” Tisch says. “I would be asking, ‘Why was this animal kept after the first death?’ ”
“This is a giant warning sign that society needs to rethink this question of holding large predators in captivity,” says Chris Palmer, author of “Shooting in the Wild,” a book about wild animals in captivity, who also teaches at American University. “Having a trainer killed this way can’t justify whatever benefits we get from conservation or protection.”
During this health care debate, Republicans and Democrats alike cried about forcing people to have health insurance, arguing that young people might not want or need it.
Those who have no health insurance still get treated but the cost goes to those of us who have insurance.
Auto insurance, on the other hand, is a LEGAL requirement in all 50 states, if you want to drive a car. It is forced on people and most have no complaints.
Our politicians who are in the pockets of the insurance and drug companies don't want meaningful health care reform.
If we had a single payer plan option, say a Medicare for everyone, then we could see real reform coming. No more record profits for insurance companies, just more competition.
Last night, KO described Mike Pence ( R-Ind ) as claiming to be Christian, conservative and Republican, in that order.
Nowhere, it seems, do he claim to be American, or that it has any importance.
For instance, I am American, above all else. I put nothing before that, particularly not some invisible cloud creature or any political alliance.
I wonder how many of the connies would answer the question of which comes first?
Serious question, given the danger that the Roberts court has put this country in.
I mean, if a sitting president can be impeached for lying about a blow job, why can't a Justice or several Justices be impeached for an absolutly horrible decision?
When the Bush/Cheney Gang was in office, any criticism of Bush, Cheney, Republicans or their policies was met with screams of "anti-Americanism".
Critics of the Bush Criminal Enterprise were told, in scathing terms, that they hated America, hated the troops, hated the flag, they hated Mom, baseball, apple pie and Chevrolet.
We were told that to speak out against the Idiot Prince was giving aid and comfort to the enemy in wartime.
Yet, every day, the hate mongers on Talk Radio and FAUX NotNews spew the most vile lies and distortions about the current president.
Bill-O, the clown joked about kidnapping the Speaker of the House and waterboarding her.
The Vulgar Junkie PigBoy Limbaugh calls the president "man-child" which is his code word for "boy".
Hannity,,,well there's not enough room here for the filth of Hannity, the wretched little cur Levin, Aryan Ann Coulter, Malkin and the other right wing trash.
Look up "hypocrisy" in the dictionary. It's probably going to say "See conservative/Republican".
"America is a wonderful country. Where else can a Teabagging nude centerfold become a member
of 'the world's greatest deliberative body'? Where else can a half-wit beauty queen come within a
hair's breadth of being a heartbeat away from the most powerful job on the planet? Where else can
a prostitute transform himself into a journalist and gain access to the White House 196 times in two years? On this day, we really should be celebrating the endless possibilities for self-reinvention that our wonderful country offers?"
"Or we should drink heavily."
Compliments to Bartcop.com for this one. It may be borrowed but it's right on the money.
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