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Early Morning Swim: Special Mind-Numblingy Stupid Spending Freeze Edition - Shadowproof

Early Morning Swim: Special Mind-Numblingy Stupid Spending Freeze Edition - Shadowproof

The reviews are in and President Obama’s hope and changey spending freeze has not been well received.Now I know their favorite game over at 1600 Pennsylvania is “Let’s Screw the DFHs.” But now they’re playing “Let’s Screw the Country.”Heckuva job, Barry.Shadowproof is a financially independent news organization. All of our funding comes from small donations made by readers like you.We use your donations to hire freelance writers and cover our operating costs. Monthly membership subscriptions give us the stability we need to make plans while ensuring our organization does not depend on...

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Early Morning Swim: Rachel Maddow on the GOP's Failed Politics of Terror - Shadowproof

Early Morning Swim: Rachel Maddow on the GOP's Failed Politics of Terror - Shadowproof

And so it .On Tuesday, [GOP Chairman Michael] Steele accused the Obama administration of pursuing an inconsistent policy toward terrorism.Steele said on NBC’s “Today” show the administration is wrong in putting terrorism suspects on trial in civil courts, saying “the public doesn’t view them as having rights in the criminal system.”The GOP chairman also defended former Vice President Dick Cheney’s harsh criticism of President Barack Obama, saying that he, too, believes Obama tries to avoid directly acknowledging a war on terror.Good luck with that 2003 playbook, guys. It worked so well for...

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Jon Kyl's (R-AZ) Brilliant Idea for Health Care Reform: Let's Be Like Texas! - Shadowproof

Jon Kyl's (R-AZ) Brilliant Idea for Health Care Reform: Let's Be Like Texas! - Shadowproof

From Hugh Hewitt’s tongue bath interview with Jon Kyl yesterday .HH: Now doctors call in, and in fact, and Investor’s Business Daily TIPP poll today revealed 45% of America’s doctors will consider quitting or retiring if Obamacare passes. Are you surprised?JK: No, because bear in mind that today, Medicaid reimburses doctors about 60 cents of their dollar of cost, and Medicare, about 70-80 cents out of a dollar. … Physicians are retiring early, they’re not encouraging their kids to get into medicine, there are shortages of doctors, and particularly in my state of Arizona, for example. And by...

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Early Morning Swim - Shadowproof

Early Morning Swim - Shadowproof

Shadowproof is a financially independent news organization. All of our funding comes from small donations made by readers like you.We use your donations to hire freelance writers and cover our operating costs. Monthly membership subscriptions give us the stability we need to make plans while ensuring our organization does not depend on grants or major funders. If you like what you read, support our writers with a donation today.

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Rich Lowry's Starbursts Burst Into Flames - Shadowproof

Rich Lowry's Starbursts Burst Into Flames - Shadowproof

I need some other Germanic language to describe this, because ‘Schadenfreude’ .I think I have pretty well-established credentials when it comes to being charmed by Sarah Palin, but that statement, as a statement, was simply terrible. Rambling and not at all persuasive as an argument for her decision. More Gibson/Couric than GOP convention speech. She shouldn’t have said a thing without getting Matt Scully—or some similarly talented speechwriter—on the case first. As to how this decision plays out ultimately, we’ll see. There’s plenty of time if (as I assume) she wants to run in 2012, and...

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McCain To Put Palin On Chopper, "Raise Hell" In Washington - Shadowproof

McCain To Put Palin On Chopper, "Raise Hell" In Washington - Shadowproof

There’s no other way to put this — .When Sen. John McCain campaigned at a motorcycle rally last month in Sturgis, S.D., he joked that he’d urged his wife, Cindy, to enter the semi-nude "Miss Buffalo Chip" beauty contest.The burly bikers gathered there gunned their engines loudly in appreciation.On Monday, McCain offered to pack his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, onto a custom chopper and drive her to Washington to “raise hell.” The response this time was applause and laughter.…“Sarah and I are going to get on that chopper and ride it right to Washington and raise hell when we get...

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Early Morning Swim - Shadowproof

Early Morning Swim - Shadowproof

Shadowproof is a financially independent news organization. All of our funding comes from small donations made by readers like you.We use your donations to hire freelance writers and cover our operating costs. Monthly membership subscriptions give us the stability we need to make plans while ensuring our organization does not depend on grants or major funders. If you like what you read, support our writers with a donation today.

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Fox News Reporter Spends Time with Tea Party Express, Concludes They're Nuts - Shadowproof

Fox News Reporter Spends Time with Tea Party Express, Concludes They're Nuts - Shadowproof

Here’s the Quitter’s new employer, Fox News, makin’ stuff up .The Tea Party Express has toured state after state trying to kick up a debate about constitutional rights and cast doubt on the legality of the recently passed health care overhaul, all with an eye toward the 2010 elections.But while organizers have held the tour as a way to stay front-and-center as a political force, the rallies have also attracted the kinds of mistruths, exaggerations and conspiracy theories that make Tea Party leaders cringe. Though the movement is still trying to shore up its credentials as a grassroots power...

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Rick Perry's Innovative Educational Model: Students Get to Decide the Right Answer - Shadowproof

Rick Perry's Innovative Educational Model: Students Get to Decide the Right Answer - Shadowproof

Rick Perry by Gage SkidmoreA lot of people are talking about the Secessionist’s response to a question“Here your mom was asking about evolution, and you know it’s a theory that’s out there, and it’s got some gaps in it,” Perry said. “In Texas, we teach both creationism and evolution in our public schools — because I figure you’re smart enough to figure out which one is right.”Let’s put aside the fact that evolution isn’t just a “theory that’s out there,” that there aren’t “gaps” in it — and that Texas . All of that is just factually wrong and crazy, to boot.But the rest of what the...

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Obama, the Spending Freeze, and the Joe the Plumberization of the Democratic Party - Shadowproof

Obama, the Spending Freeze, and the Joe the Plumberization of the Democratic Party - Shadowproof

graphic by twolfJoe the Plumber, .I mean, I cut cable when I realize that I’m not making enough money to cover my bills, I use coupons. Shouldn’t we expect the government to cut some programs?Today’s .The freeze that Mr. Obama will propose for the fiscal years 2011 through 2013 actually means a cut in real terms, since the affected spending would not keep pace with inflation.Sigh.I really have no idea what Obama is thinking. Leaving the economic analysis , he is validating decades of right-wing complaints about “wasteful spending”, that “big government” is really the problem, that defense...

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Bobby Jindal: “Our Way of Life Depends” on Federal Government - Shadowproof

Bobby Jindal: “Our Way of Life Depends” on Federal Government - Shadowproof

For Kenneth Jindal, it wasn’t so long ago that “Washington” and “big government” was .In the end, it comes down to an honest and fundamental disagreement about the proper role of government. We oppose the national Democrats’ view that says the way to strengthen our country is to increase dependence on government. We believe the way to strengthen our country is to restrain spending in Washington and empower individuals and small businesses to grow our economy and create jobs.?“We have been frustrated with the disjointed effort to date that has too often meant too little, too late to stop the...

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Congressional Democrats More Worried about Deficit than Working People - Shadowproof

Congressional Democrats More Worried about Deficit than Working People - Shadowproof

Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA)The unemployment rate is still stubbornly hovering around 10%. Working people are hurting, and desperate for relief. And what are the Democrats in Congress worried about?The emergence of the escalating federal debt and government spending as a defining political issue is complicating Democratic efforts this week to push through a major package of tax breaks and unemployment aid over the reluctance of Democrats wary of being painted as budget busters.House Democratic leaders spent much of Wednesday trying to figure out ways to pare back the measure to attract enough...

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Texas Republican Warns of New Threat to US: Terrorist Babies - Shadowproof

Texas Republican Warns of New Threat to US: Terrorist Babies - Shadowproof

A potential terrorist, by rumpleteaserThe Republicans in my state must be getting tired of being out-crazied by the South Carolina variety, because this just might be the most awesome piece of wingnuttia .State Rep. Debbie Riddle, R-Tomball, was on CNN last night talking about a plot involving pregnant women from other countries traveling to America as tourists to give birth, and then raising the babies as terrorists.Terrorist anchor babies. It’s like a wingnut multi-layer chocolate cake with hot fudge on top.Quick – repeal the 14th!!!! We’ll deal with all them gay atheist pornographers...

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Peggy Noonan: These Candidates Suck Because I Can't Tell Where They're From - Shadowproof

Peggy Noonan: These Candidates Suck Because I Can't Tell Where They're From - Shadowproof

(pictured: Ronald Reagan’s boyhood home in Illinois, where he lived until he moved to Iowa, then California, and later, Washington D.C.)Another completely nonsensical column from Nooner today, who invents another completely bogus notion of what "Americans want" in a President. You see, our presidents must embody some regional stereotype, .OK, quick, close your eyes. Where is Barack Obama from?Hawaii. Go on, Nooner.Neither man has or gives a strong sense of place in the sense that American politicians almost always have, since Mr. Jefferson of Virginia, and Abe Lincoln of Illinois, and FDR...

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Michael Steele: Nation's Economic Collapse Is All The Democrats' Fault - Shadowproof

Michael Steele: Nation's Economic Collapse Is All The Democrats' Fault - Shadowproof

Michael Steele’s first appearance on "This Week" as RNC Chair took historical revisionism to new, truly virtuosic heights.GEORGE: Well you heard Larry Summers right there on the stimulus package. He says that after the last 8 years, your party has no credibility on the economy.STEELE: Well, I think that’s laughable. I mean you act like we have spent the last 8 years in the mess that we’re currently in. This is about 18 months old.Let get out my calendar here. Hmmm, 18 months ago would be … August 2007, when, a-ha!, the Democrats controlled both the House and Senate. Sure, Bush was still...

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Late Night: The Submerging of the White Race, Special L. Paul Bremer Edition - Shadowproof

Late Night: The Submerging of the White Race, Special L. Paul Bremer Edition - Shadowproof

From :“Civilization’s going to pieces,” broke out Tom violently. “I’ve gotten to be a terrible pessimist about things. Have you read “The Rise of the Colored Empires’ by this man Goddard?”“Why no,” I answered, rather surprised by his tone.”“Well, it’s a fine book, and everybody ought to read it. The idea is if we don’t look out the white race will be—will be utterly submerged. It’s all scientific stuff; it’s been proved.”And here’s Mark Steyn,It is a fact of history that Europe is based on Judeo-Christian values. But Europe seems unwilling, or perhaps afraid, to acknowledge this...

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CNN's Erick Erickson Blasts Grover Norquist for Being Too Tolerant of "Muslims in America" - Shadowproof

CNN's Erick Erickson Blasts Grover Norquist for Being Too Tolerant of "Muslims in America" - Shadowproof

by DavidAll06As scary as CPAC was, keep in mind: it was insufficiently wingnutty for a whole swath of the right-wing movement, .Are you a loser? If you are the Heritage Foundation, Media Research Center, Family Research Council, Concerned Women for America, the American Principles Project, Jim DeMint, Jim Jordan, Rush Limbaugh (given his comments yesterday on CPAC), and others — you are losers.Grover Norquist says so. Norquist, last week, called those who chose not to participate in CPAC and those who share those views “losers.”Those groups and individuals didn’t attend this year . Can’t...

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Democrats Still Think They Lost the Midterms Because of Poor Messaging - Shadowproof

Democrats Still Think They Lost the Midterms Because of Poor Messaging - Shadowproof

by Candie_NSo apparently, the reason the Democrats got their asses kicked a few weeks ago was people just didn’t know .If Democrats keep losing the message war, they worry, they will be wiped out in 2012.“There was a lot of passion in that room,” one senator said. “The reason is because the public is with us on our policies, but they’re not getting the message.”Yeah, that’s it. It’s a marketing problem!Poor marketing explains why the health insurance reform bill , why , why nearly 10% of the country can’t find jobs and why people are still losing their homes to the banksters.All the policy...

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Blanche Lincoln Calls League of Conservation Voters "Extremists" - Shadowproof

Blanche Lincoln Calls League of Conservation Voters "Extremists" - Shadowproof

Yesterday, the League of Conservation Voters designated Blanche Lincoln one of it’s “Dirty Dozen” .LCV gave the moderate Democrat a lifetime score of 49 percent on environmental issues, the second lowest for any Democrat up for reelection this year.“Most regrettable is the fact that Sen. Lincoln is walking away from her previous support for climate legislation — and given the scope, urgency and magnitude of this issue, she has more than earned a spot on LCV’s Dirty Dozen,” said Gene Karpinski, LCV president.Blanche’s response? .“I have built a practical, common-sense record on energy and...

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McCain Pwned By FEC - Shadowproof

McCain Pwned By FEC - Shadowproof

I blame the :The nation’s top federal election official told Sen. John McCain yesterday that he cannot immediately withdraw from the presidential public financing system as he had requested, a decision that threatens to dramatically restrict his spending until the general election campaign begins in the fall.The prospect of being financially hamstrung by the very fundraising system he helped create is the latest in a series of bitter challenges for the presumed GOP nominee, who still faces a fractured conservative coalition as he assumes the mantle of party leadership.The WaPost clearly...

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Feb 22
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Chris Matthews Pwns Reagan-Worshipping Tea Party Leader - Shadowproof

Chris Matthews Pwns Reagan-Worshipping Tea Party Leader - Shadowproof

Good on Tweety.The Teabaggers and their allies in the GOP have been trying to have it both ways. They’ve made deficits and the national debt their raison d’etre while simultaneously dry humping the coffin of St. Reagan, who ran up record debts on the country’s credit card — .If the Teabaggers/Palinites were truly deficit hawks, they would be denouncing the likes of Reagan and the Bushes and hailing Bill Clinton — who left the second Bush a record surplus. But Kibbe didn’t mention Clinton. Wonder why?It’s also telling that Kibbe, when challenged by Matthews, starts babbling about what Reagan...

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Dec 11
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Ho. Ho. Ho. - Shadowproof

Ho. Ho. Ho. - Shadowproof

Merry Christmas from the Blue Texans.Amusingly, the 2 year old still doesn’t quite get the ritual of opening presents, especially since we’ve told him for weeks to leave them under the tree. So he just obsesses over each one after we open it for him. The 9-month old, in Santa helper jammies, is just happy to be here, as usual.Shadowproof is a financially independent news organization. All of our funding comes from small donations made by readers like you.We use your donations to hire freelance writers and cover our operating costs. Monthly membership subscriptions give us the stability we...

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The Republican Brand In Ruins - Shadowproof

The Republican Brand In Ruins - Shadowproof

Though we should do it as loudly and as often, and it’s factually true, it’s almost not even necessary to link John McCain with George W. Bush. All we have to do is say, "Republican.""Please tell me if you think the REPUBLICAN Party or the DEMOCRATIC Party could do a better job in each of the following areas. Which party could do a better job of [see below]?"Foreign policy: Democrats +5Immigration: Demorats + 5Iraq: Democrats +10Taxes: Democrats +12Morality: Democrats +10Economy: Democrats +19Education: Democrats + 29Health care: Democrats +30Reforming government: Democrats +25Energy:...

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Early Morning Swim - Shadowproof

Shadowproof is a financially independent news organization. All of our funding comes from small donations made by readers like you.We use your donations to hire freelance writers and cover our operating costs. Monthly membership subscriptions give us the stability we need to make plans while ensuring our organization does not depend on grants or major funders. If you like what you read, support our writers with a donation today.

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Clap Your Hands, Say "Wha?": DNC Launches New Midterms Ad - Shadowproof

Clap Your Hands, Say "Wha?": DNC Launches New Midterms Ad - Shadowproof

Uninspiring, to say the least.It would be awesome if the Democrats had launched something as ambitious as a nationwide clean energy/infrastructure project, on the scale of Eisenhower’s interstate highways. Instead, the stimulus bill was 30% tax cuts, and Wall Street was made whole at a costMeanwhile, people are still losing their homes, still looking for work and have been reduced to to stay above water.Also, the music sucks.Shadowproof is a financially independent news organization. All of our funding comes from small donations made by readers like you.We use your donations to hire...

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