Monthly Archives: January 2011

Palin Crushed By Romney In NH Straw Poll

With every passing day Sarah Palin is assaulted by more bad news. Today, CNN reports Mitt(wit) Romney claimed victory Saturday in a 2012 presidential straw poll conducted by the New Hampshire Republican Party, more than one year before the former Massachusetts governor is expected to be on a real ballot in the state’s all-important presidential primary. Not only did Romney win going away, but he crushed Palin in the process. Romney captured 35 percent of the vote, which surveyed nearly 300 members of the New Hampshire State Republican Committee who gathered in Derry for the organization’s annual meeting. Palin came in a distant fourth with only 7% of the vote.

Not only did he win overwhelmingly, but Romney managed to beat back the conventional wisdom that he has problems connecting with Tea Party activists. He won a vote that canvassed a Tea Party-heavy crowd, which elected one of their own as state GOP chairman – businessman Jack Kimball – on the same day. It would appear that all the recent polls which showed Sarah Palin losing influence with Republicans and Independents alike, were correct.

Spread the butter because Sarah Palin is toast.

Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with today’s topical song parody.

I’m A Loser song link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXHO7hScOCA

SHE’S A LOSER

(sung to the Beatles song “I’m A Loser”)

She’s a loser
She’s a loser
Palin’s just what she appears to be

Of the elections she’s won, more have lost
Tea Party honor has come at a cost
She called both Angle and Miller a friend
But her endorsement hurt them in the end

She’s a loser
And a victim of the Tea Party
She’s a loser
Now she’s hated by the G.O.P.

Sarah P. talks and she acts like a clown
She’s been rejected by nude-boy Scott Brown
The jeers are falling like rain from the sky
She can’t be saved by the wink of her eye

She’s a loser
Like the members of the Tea Party
She’s a loser
And she’s only out to make a fee

(Russia viewing break)

She loves to spread her politics of hate
When she got caught she just quit on her state
Oh yes it’s true, she is in a free fall
Palin is screwed like a fish to the wall

She’s a loser
And she lost again so recently
She’s a loser
For some proof just turn on Fox TV

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Sunday Mid-Morning Coffee (or Tea) – 67

Just a few newsworthy events (and comments thereon) that have been making their way through the political universe this past week. Please ponder and maybe chuckle a bit before enjoying a wonderful day!

BREAKING NEWS: The family of Christina Taylor Green, the nine-year-old girl killed when a gunman opened fire on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords at a “Congress on Your Corner” event, has donated some of her organs, and they are already saving another child’s life. Some of her organs were transplanted to a little girl from Boston.

THIS JUST IN: Speaking of transplants, it has been reported that former Vice President and Torturer in Chief, Dick Cheney may require a heart transplant. Is anyone else out there surprised to learn that he had one in the first place?

BREAKING NEWS:  Joe Lieberman, the sometimes Democrat, sometimes Republican Senator from Connecticut has announced that he will retire at the end of his term. At least this way his dismissal from the Senate will be on his own terms and not those of the Connecticut voters. Hey Joe, don’t let the door hit you in one of your two faces on the way out!

THIS JUST IN: North Dakota’s Blue-Dog Democratic Senator Kent Conrad has also announced that he will not seek re-election. Conrad was one of the Democrats who helped sink the public option during the health care reform debates. Hey Kent, please take note of what we had to say to fellow traitor Joe Lieberman just above!

BREAKING NEWS: Speaking of health care reform, the state of Vermont may be moving towards a single payer system. The Bennington Banner reports that Vermont’s congressional delegation joined Governor Peter Shumlin Tuesday to announce legislation that would allow states to seek federal health care waivers in 2014, and the flexibility to craft their own state-level health care plans. Landmark health care reform legislation signed into law last year by President Barack Obama provides states the option of seeking a federal waiver to opt out of some requirements of the bill as long as certain standards are maintained. That provision was sought by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent. Shumlin, a Democrat sworn in to office earlier this month, promised during the campaign that he would seek a single-payer health care system for the state. Let’s hear it for the progressive state of Vermont!

THIS JUST IN: The polar opposite of Vermont of course, is the backward state of Alabama. Speaking on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the very church where Dr. King once pastored, new Alabama Governor Robert Bentley gave a speech in which he said that those who have not accepted Jesus Christ as their savior are not his “brothers.” How is that for an all inclusive Republican umbrella?

BREAKING NEWS: The Reagan boys may be bickering as to whether or not their father, Ronald Reagan had lost his mind while in office, but former CBS reporter Leslie Stahl knows the truth. In the book she published in 2000, Reporting Live, Stahl recounts a disturbing encounter she had with Reagan in the summer of 1986. Stahl was finishing up a stint as CBS News’ White House correspondent, and she was awarded the customary farewell audience with the president. She wrote,

“…Reagan didn’t seem to know who I was. He gave me a distant look with those milky eyes and shook my hand weakly. Oh, my, he’s gonzo, I thought. I have to go out on the lawn tonight and tell my countrymen that the president of the United States is a doddering space cadet. My heart began to hammer with the import…I was aware of the delicacy with which I would have to write my script. But I was quite sure of my diagnosis.”

THIS JUST IN: We are happy to report that both Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity had their nationally syndicated radio shows dropped from WPHT in Philadelphia, which is the second radio station to drop both of the conservative commentators. A few weeks ago Beck was dropped from station WOR in New York, and Hannity was dropped from KSL Radio in Utah. Speculation is that poor ratings and an industry-wide advertiser desire to distance itself from the rhetoric spouted by hate radio may have been the catalyst for the cancellations.

BREAKING NEWS: The most recent Washington Post/ABC poll reveals that 52% of Americans now hold unfavorable views of the Tea Party which is a new high. Only 35% like the Tea Baggers which is the same percentage that hold favorable views of Saudi Arabia. Shockingly, more Americans favor Russia (47%) and socialism (36%) over the Tea Party.

THIS JUST IN: Lynnrockets is by no means a fan of Howard Stern, but he uttered one of the more memorable lines about Sarah Palin this week. No, we are not referring to his expletive-laced diatribe against the Queen of Quit. We liked this one simple sentence: “This woman is a vomit.” Short and to the point.

GO PACKERS!!!

Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with today’s song parody which features the whole bunch of conservatives.

California Dreamin’ song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xN9r0bWe78

CONSERVATIVE DREAMIN’

(sung to the Mamas & The Papas song “California Dreamin’”)

All their shirts are brown
(All their shirts are brown)
And their hair is grey
(And their hair is grey)
Listen to them talk
(Listen to them talk)
As they loudly pray
(As they loudly pray)
Scandal is their norm
(Scandal is their norm)
They have one every day
(They have one every day)
Conservative dreamin’
(Conservative dreamin’)
And politics of hate

Members of John Birch
Some won’t admit they’re gay
But when they get down on their knees
(Get down on their knees)
That’s when they like to play
(When they like to play)
These slimy creatures should be told
(Creatures should be told)
Membership’s gone away
(Members gone away)
Conservative dreamin’
(Conservative dreamin’)
Has led them all astray

(musical interlude)

Glenn Beck is a clown
(Glenn Beck is a clown)
What does Limbaugh weigh?
(What does Limbaugh weigh?)
Palin cannot talk
(Palin cannot talk)
She’s no Tina Fey
(She’s no Tina Fey)
Somebody should tell her
(Somebody should tell her)
To just go away
(To just go away)
Conservative dreamin’
(Conservative dreamin’)
Has become so cliché
(Conservative dreamin’)
Has lost all its cache´
(Conservative dreamin’)
Drives voters all away

Can Giuliani Be “Dragged” Into 2012 Race?

Giuliani meeting with his potential Presidential Cabinet members!

At this point, Lynnrockets’ Blast-Off will hold off on commenting upon the Keith Olbermann/MSNBC divorce for two reasons. First of all, we do not yet have a fact-based explanation for the split and therefore, any comment would be based upon mere conjecture (then again, that has never stopped us before). More importantly however, it seems that every other blog is already commenting upon what little we know about the break-up and we do not want to pile-on when we have little original content to contribute. But do not worry Rocketeers, until we learn more about Olbermann, we do have this tasty tidbit…

Add another crackpot to the 2012 Republican list of potential Presidential candidates. Despite his disastrous attempt at running for our nation’s highest office in 2008, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani says he hasn’t ruled out a second try in 2012. Yikes, we can possibly add him to a list of crazies that may include Mitt(wit) Romney, Tim (Good’n) Pawlenty, Bobby Jindel(Bells), Sarah “Death Panels” Palin, Newt “The Serial Philanderer” Gingrich and Mike Huckabee(Hound). What a bunch of rotten bananas.

Once again Giuliani is saying that the door is “absolutely” open to making another run for the White House. “I will take a look at 2012. It’s really a question of: can I play a useful role? Would I have a chance of getting the nomination? Those are things I’ll have to evaluate, you know, as the year goes along,” said Giuliani, in an interview Thursday on CNBC’s “The Kudlow Report.”

Giuliani also told CNN‘s Piers Morgan he’s more likely to run for president if former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin runs. The cross-dressing former Mayor of New York City said running against Palin for the 2012 GOP nomination would show him as a moderate Republican and “The more Republicans in which I can show a contrast, probably the better chance, the better chance that I have.”

This begs the question however, What will Giuliani talk about in the 2012 campaign season? Remember when during the 2008 race, then Delaware Sen. Joe Biden drew laughter and applause when he ridiculed the former New York City mayor during the debate at Drexel University? In response to Giuliani’s comments that no Democratic candidate has enough executive experience to lead, Biden called Giuliani “the most under-qualified man since George W. Bush to seek the presidency”? How about when Biden followed that up with, “There’s only three things he mentions in a sentence: a noun, and a verb and 9/11″? Ahh, those halcyon days of Rudy Giuliani and 9/11.

His Presidential run was a joke, but as the saying goes, “you can throw away the poop but not the stink”. Actually, we are not sure if that is truly a saying, but if it isn’t, it should be. Honestly though, Giuliani seems to pop up more than the pesky rodent in the “Whack-a-Mole” carnival midway game. Let’s hope he runs again, if for no other reason than for the laughs.

Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with today’s song parody.

That’s Amore song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69O4PXzAQ5Y

GIULIANI

(sung to the Dean Martin song “That’s Amoré”)

In New York Town on the air-waves
Rudy does have a lot to say

He just sits there and lies but to him we are wise
Giuliani!!!
He appears in prime-time and repeats his tired lines
Giuliani!!!
He was king ding-a-ling-a-ling, ding-a-ling-a-ling
And a wife cheating fella
He can’t see his stupidity, his stupidity
He’s blind like Helen Keller

As he speaks watch the drool, that Rudy is a fool
Giuliani!!!
All his friends on Wall Street think that he can’t be beat
Lord above
He is a cliché machine all of the time he is
Scheming, signore
Scuzza me, but you see, he’s from the G.O.P.
Giuliani!!!

(He just sits there and lies but to him we are wise
Giuliani) Giuliani!!!
(He appears in prime time and repeats his tired lines
Giuliani) Giuliani!!!
(He was king ding-a-ling-a-ling, ding-a-ling-a-ling
And a wife cheating fella) Go to Hell, cheating fella
He can’t see his stupidity, his stupidity
He’s blind like Helen Keller) Sorry fella

Rudy’s angry and cruel and stubborn like a mule
GiulianI!!! (Giuliani)
He is doomed to repeat Presidential defeat
Sure enough
He tells us of his dreams but his words have no
Meaning, signore
Scuzza me, Rudy G., but we hardly knew ye
Cuz you’re boring (so boring)
See, we’re snoring

THIS JUST IN: Palin Drops Below The Mendoza Line

If You're Failing And You Know it, Clap Your Hands1

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, the Mendoza Line is an informal term used in baseball for the threshold of incompetent hitting. The Mendoza Line is said to occur at .200, and when a player’s batting average falls below that level, the player is said to be below the Mendoza Line. It is often thought of as the threshold below which a player’s presence in Major League Baseball cannot be justified. The term is named for former shortstop Mario Mendoza, a flashy defensive player who struggled at the plate. Although Mendoza’s batting average was .215 lifetime, he was known as a sub-.200 hitter whose average frequently fell into the .170 to .180 range during any particular year.

Sarah Palin is now the Mario Mendoza of American politics. According to a CBS News/New York Times poll of registered voters, just 19% now have a favorable view of Palin, compared to 57% who have an unfavorable view. If a 20% approval rating is the equivalent of baseball’s .200 Mendoza Line, then this poll reveals that the former ex-quitting half-term Governor of Alaska’s “presence in Major League Politics cannot be justified.” The poll of registered voters was conducted between January 15th and the 19th.

Examiner.com reports that “at this point it is hard to imagine Palin being able to make a successful presidential run with her current numbers.  President Obama now has a job approval rating above 50% in many polls.  President Obama’s favorability numbers are often higher, as many Americans who are upset with his policies still like the President as a person.” The website goes on to say, “Palin has been introduced and now endlessly exposed to Americans.  It appears Palin exposure over the last two years has worked to her detriment when it comes to her favorability ratings.”

Gee, do you think? The self-professed media-hating Palin cannot find a media outlet upon which she is unwilling to display herself on a daily basis. Whether it be via Facebook, Twitter, guest hosting on Fox News, her un-reality TV series or her most recent dip into the waters of self-produced video speeches, Sarah Palin’s mug is everywhere at all times. And guess what? The American people are justifiably tiring of her constant negativism, combativeness, self-victimization and whining.

If her poll numbers continue to plummet during the campaign season, it is only a matter of time before the Teapublicans cut Sarah Palin from the team.

Now you Rocketeers can probably guess where this is going.

Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with today’s always popular song parody.

Rawhide song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldkxqiosXYY

POLL-SLIDE

(sung to the TV theme of, “Rawhide”)

Fallin’ Fallin’ Fallin’
Fallin’ Fallin’ Fallin’
Fallin’ Fallin’ Fallin’
Fallin’ Fallin’ Fallin’
Poll Slide

Keep movin’, movin’, movin’
People disapprovin’
Sarah’s not improvin’, Poll-Slide!
She cannot understand ‘em,
She hopes results are random,
Soon she’ll be in a double-wide.
There’s no way of definin’
Just why the polls declinin’, declinin’ like a massive
Landslide.

Headin’ down, movin’ fast,
Losin’ ground, ship her out,
Headin’ down, movin’ fast
Poll-Slide!
Kick her out,  shoot her down,
Send her home, push her out,
Kick her butt, fallin’ fast
Poll-Slide!

Fallin’ Fallin’ Fallin’
Her eyeballs are ballin’
How come no-one’s callin’?
Poll-Slide!
It looks like stormy weather
And she’s light like a feather
She’ll be swept under by the tide.
She’ll be unemployed soon,
A wolf killin’ buffoon,
And all this resultin’ from her lies

Headin’ down, movin’ fast,
Losin’ ground, ship her out,
Headin’ down, movin’ fast
Poll-Slide!
Kick her out,  shoot her down,
Send her home, push her out,
Kick her butt, fallin’ fast
Poll-Slide!

Fallin’ Fallin’ Fallin’
Fallin’ Fallin’ Fallin’
Fallin’ Fallin’ Fallin’
Fallin’ Fallin’ Fallin’
Poll Slide

SPECIAL NOTICE:

Making a Difference in Anchorage

Alaskans are the people who seem to know Sarah Palin best, and object to her most.  Democrats, Independents, and Republicans are each susceptible to PDS (Palin Derangement Syndrome).  Hope is coming to Alaska.  Malia Litman, blogger at malialitman.wordpress.com and author of The Ignorance Virtues of Sarah Palin: A Humorous Refudiation of the Half-Term Ex-Governor  will be at Borders at 1100 E. Dimond Blvd, Anchorage on Sat. Jan. 22nd at 2:00.  Malia will give a presentation and sign books, guaranteed to provide much needed relief for PDS.  If you are one of the unfortunate Americans afflicted with this disability condition, come to Borders on Saturday.  Together we can find comfort and therapeutic relief for our ailment.  Please join Malia.

Sarah Palin Is Radioactive

She's radioactive!

Another snow-storm in Boston this morning. This of course, means more shoveling. We will get to that after this, however…

Finally someone over at Fox News has gotten it right. This is a near miracle in that anyone who ever “takes one for the team” and watches any Fox News program ends up feeling that they are in some sort of alternative universe where fiction is fact and myth is reality. There is seldom a sentence of truth uttered on Fox.

That is precisely why it was so astounding to hear Brit Hume speak the truth during last week’s edition of “Fox News Sunday.” During a discussion about Sarah Palin’s ill-conceived and poorly delivered video message following the Tucson massacre, Hume attempted to broadly define “The Sarah Palin Problem.” He believes on balance the video didn’t help her and he would expect Palin to be more thoughtful with her public statements. Hume said,

“The Sarah Palin problem really is a problem that she has largely, I think through no fault of her own, become kind of radioactive. And it does mean that when she is in a situation like this where she’s the focus of national attention, she must be extremely careful about how she reacts to it.”

Radioactive. Think about that for a moment. Is there any one word that more accurately describes Sarah Palin? She is indeed, radioactive. She is powerful yet repulsive. She is omnipresent yet poisonous. She is harmless in small doses yet lethal in large doses. Radioactive is the perfect description of Sarah Palin.

But how will Brit Hume be punished by the Fox Network for the unforgivable crime of dissing Sarah Palin? The precedent may have been set earlier this week when Comedian Joan Rivers was banished from an appearance on “Fox and Friends” after having said Palin “is just stupid and a threat.” Fox claims that her appearance was canceled due to the “volume of news topics” that day. The news topics they covered however, included National Penguin Awareness Day, and an assessment of the Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler’s performance as a judge on “American Idol”. Fox said that she should have been rescheduled but was mistakenly canceled. And if you believe that, I’ve got some mudflats in Alaska that I would like to sell you.

Brit Hume’s punishment is likely to be much more harsh because Palin has been described as “stupid and a threat” many times, but being called “radioactive” is going to leave a mark that cannot be covered up with make-up and powder. Ouch! We are waiting with baited breath for the former ex-quitting half-term Governor of Alaska’s knee-jerk retort via Twitter, Facebook or her newest toy, the video-tape presentation. Come-on Sarah don’t sugar-coat it, just tell us how you really feel about these most recent slights.

“Radioactive”, I love it.

With that in mind, we now turn to the 1980’s English supergroup, The Firm. The band was comprised of former Free and Bad Company singer Paul Rodgers, ex-Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, ex-Uriah Heep and Manfred Mann’s Earth Band drummer Chris Slade and bass player Tony Franklin. Their biggest hit was the song “Radioactive” which reached #28 on the U.S. charts in 1985.

Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with today’s topical song parody.

Radioactive song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=di3CLFj6_Ag

RADIOACTIVE

(sung to The Firm song “Radioactive”)

Palin is uptight
And so reactive
Brit Hume got it right
Palin’s radioactive
Radioactive

She’s not too bright
Yes, her mind’s inactive
She’s wound way too tight
Palin’s radioactive
Radioactive

She does not have a clue
They love her on Fox News, baby
She lies each day or two
And Brit wants her to know…

She inspires hate
She’s hyperactive
Palin is a blight
Yes, she’s radioactive
Radioactive

(Blood libel break)

Radioactive
Radioactive

She has guns to cling to
She’s “reloading” also, too
She loves being on Fox News
But, Brit wants her to know…

That the fourth estate
Finds her attractive
Cuz she’s never right
Palin’s radioactive, oh yeah
Oh she’s radioactive
Don’t you stand, stand too close
You might catch it

Don’t stand too close, baby
Radioactive, oh yeah
Radio, radio, radio
Radioactive

 

SPECIAL NOTICE:

Making a Difference in Anchorage

Alaskans are the people who seem to know Sarah Palin best, and object to her most.  Democrats, Independents, and Republicans are each susceptible to PDS (Palin Derangement Syndrome).  Hope is coming to Alaska.  Malia Litman, blogger at malialitman.wordpress.com and author of The Ignorance Virtues of Sarah Palin: A Humorous Refudiation of the Half-Term Ex-Governor  will be at Borders at 1100 E. Dimond Blvd, Anchorage on Sat. Jan. 22nd at 2:00.  Malia will give a presentation and sign books, guaranteed to provide much needed relief for PDS.  If you are one of the unfortunate Americans afflicted with this disability condition, come to Borders on Saturday.  Together we can find comfort and therapeutic relief for our ailment.  Please join Malia.

Will This Palin Saga Have A “Happy Ending”?

Todd Palin enjoys a little R&R

There is nothing like a Republican sex scandal to heat up a cold January afternoon. And, when that scandal involves the Palins, the temperature (among other things) really begins to rise. Lets just say that this story is sure to rub somebody the wrong way.

The National Enquirer is reporting that Todd “First Dude” Palin has been cheating on wife Sarah with an Alaskan prostitute. Allegations of Todd Palin’s affair surfaced on January 4th, when an anonymous source, using the e-mail address thepalinmorals@hotmail.com, sent the sordid story of Todd’s affair to various news outlets.  The e-mails claimed that “a massage therapist and computer technologist, Shailey Tripp, had an affair with Todd Palin that lead (sic) to her arrest March of 2010,”   The source went on to explain that Tripp’s neighbors saw Todd visit the aptly named Shailey Tripp often and they always heard “noises that sounded like someone was having sex.” Tripp was arrested for “maintaining” a house of prostitution in Anchorage on March 4, 2010.  She pleaded no contest to the charges in June and her sentencing is set for June 15, 2011.

Holy Body Lotion, Batman! Does this spell even more trouble for Sarah Palin? What with the unwed pregnant teen daughter, the disastrous television interviews, the quitting as Alaska’s Governor, the crib-noted palms, the ten foot fence, the sniper-sight cross-hairs and now this sex scandal, well, that is certainly more than most under-educated, verbally-challenged reality-television stars could handle. It goes without saying, that if there is any truth to the infidelity, Todd better run from the dim-witted gal with a gun.

As for Sarah Palin, her political aspirations need a sex scandal like they need a “bridge to nowhere.” This time it will be the American voters who say, “Thanks, but no thanks.” In short, they will “refudiate” her.

Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with today’s song parody.

The Ballad Of John And Yoko song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_t3oaPNJieg

THE BALLAD OF TODD AND SARAH (Version Two)

(Sung to the Beatles song “The Ballad of John and Yoko”)

Standing in the airport at Juneau,
Todd sporting his new campaign-bought pants.
But then SarahPac
Said,“They’ve got to go back”,
“You look just like a homo from France.”

Christ you know it ain’t easy,
You know how hard it can be,
To play second fiddle,
To the Caribou-Barbie.

Finally flew into Indiana
Sarah giving a Pro-Life speech
Her decision rejoiced,
As to her Baby Trig choice.
Because she practiced exactly what she preached.

Christ you know it ain’t easy,
Sarah admitted as much.
She did have a choice, though
She would deny one to us.

Meanwhile in his home-state of Alaska,
The First Dude was beginning to cheat.
He had not one fear
That a massage to his rear,
Would be reported in a tabloid broad-sheet

Christ you know they’re so sleazy,
Just watch them on the TV
The whole Palin family
Lives out a life of deceit

Keeping every penny of per-diem pay,
Lying about clothes to charity,
Daughter that’s unwed,
Boyfriends in her bed.
Her chances of  election
Pretty low – Think!

Relatives all getting arrested.
Family dignity in free-fall.
Constituents claim,
“Sarah is to blame”
Not much of a role-model at all.

Christ you know it ain’t easy
You know how hard it can be.
You know where she’s going?
Into the Party of Tea.

How did we choose Sarah to begin with?
She is just a political hack.
A dumb “hockey mom”,
That can’t think and chew gum.
Why didn’t we elect “Joe Sixpack?”

Christ she makes us uneasy.
In Yiddish we say, “Oy Vey.”
We’d love to replace her
With our good friend, Tina Fey.
We’d love to replace her
With our good friend, Tina Fey.

Teapublicans Pass Doomed Health Care Law Repeal Bill

It may be the only promise that the Teapublican House majority has kept, but they voted to repeal the recently enacted Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or what the G.O.P. calls “Obama Care”, last night. The G.O.P. bill, dubbed the “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act,” passed 245-189. Three turn-coat Democrats joined a unanimous Republican caucus on the vote.

CNN reports, the legislation is unlikely to make it past the Democratic-controlled Senate, where Majority Leader Harry Reid has said he won’t bring it to the floor for a vote. And even if it did, it would face a certain veto by President Barack Obama. Indeed, most Teapublicans have acknowledged the virtual impossibility of an outright repeal More importantly however, the Teapublicans have not presented an alternative bill to replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In essence, their move is akin to removing a patient’s vital organ without first obtaining a replacement organ. In other words, it is a foolish action.

The nearly $900 billion health-care law passed Congress in 2010 over unanimous Republican opposition. It is estimated to extend health coverage to 32 million Americans when fully implemented — the biggest expansion of federal health care guarantees since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid.

It bars health insurers from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions, eliminates lifetime caps on coverage and allows families to keep children on their policies until age 26.

It requires Americans to obtain health insurance, but also provides subsidies for small businesses and individuals to obtain that coverage. It requires insurers to cover preventive care, and sets up an independent appeals process for people who feel their claims were unfairly denied.

Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon said, “Let’s talk about the insurance industry pre-reform. They could cancel your policy if you got sick, even though you had been paying the premiums for years. They could refuse to sell you a policy if they don’t like the way you look or you had a minor health problem. We changed that.”

And the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says repealing the measure would cost up to $230 billion by 2021. Teapublicans of course, dispute that figure, but they have no real figure of their own and  they have conspicuously exempted their bill from their new House promise that forbids legislation from adding to the federal debt. How’s that for implicitly admitting that their action would add substantially to the federal deficit?

Today’s Boston Globe provides an interesting “fact check” regarding the G.O.P.’s attempts to undermine the health care reform law:

FACT CHECK

‘This is a “government takeover’’ of the health care system’
Republicans repeatedly use this snappy talking point to bash Obama’s crowning legislative achievement — but it is simply not true. In many ways, the health care law resembles the reform legislation that Massachusetts enacted in 2006 under Governor Mitt Romney, a Republican and potential presidential rival of Obama in 2012. It builds on the existing private insurance system, adding requirements and incentives to ensure that most people have some form of health insurance. Under the nation’s new law, the private system has no government alternative — this was a potential provision that was dropped during the congressional tussle. The number of people who qualify for the existing federal-state Medicaid program for the poor will be expanded. States, or the federal government, will run “exchanges,’’ or marketplaces, in which private insurers will sell coverage to individuals and small businesses. But this should mean that more people, not fewer, will get private insurance. Tax credits will also be offered to people who have trouble buying private insurance. The law does bolster government regulation of the system, for example by forcing insurance companies to no longer deny coverage to people who have existing medical conditions. People who do not have insurance will be required to buy it. But the core of the health care system in the United States will remain the private insurance market.
Medicare benefits will be cut — and payments will be cut to Medicare doctors’
This was another GOP attack line during the 2010 midterm campaign, though in many ways it was payback for the Democrats’ effective use of the same charge against Republicans in 1994, when the GOP sought to restrain growth in Medicare spending. The politically radioactive word cut is a misnomer. Under the health care law, Medicare spending will continue to increase year after year, but at a slower pace than anticipated. Both parties, in theory, agree that this is a good thing. Medicare, the venerable government-run health care plan for Americans older than 65, is one of the fastest-growing parts of the federal budget. The health care law will cut projected Medicare spending by $575 billion over 10 years, primarily by lowering projected fees paid to hospitals and other providers and by reducing payments to private Medicare Advantage insurance plans. Benefits have also been added, eating into the overall projected savings, and the effect on the Medicare Advantage plans is unclear.
‘A secretive government committee [‘death panels’] will be created to make end-of-life decisions about people on Medicare’

This claim, first made by former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, has been thoroughly debunked. Yet it persists. A Kaiser Family Foundation poll in September found that 30 percent of seniors still believed it was true and that 22 percent were not sure — meaning that fewer than half those surveyed knew the claim was false. The charge stemmed from a proposed amendment to the bill that would have covered the cost of end-of-life planning discussions. Democrats quickly dropped the provision after the firestorm created by Palin’s assertion, even after it was proved incorrect.

Welcome to the new House of Representatives reality. Republicans passing bills that are ill advised and doomed to failure.

Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with today’s topical song parody.

Cecilia song link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5_QV97eYqM

REPEAL YEAH

(sung to the Simon and Garfunkel song “Cecilia”)

Repeal, yeah, they’ll tear it apart
Terrible consequences daily
Oh, repeal, yeah, it’s like a disease
We’re begging them leave it alone

Repeal, yeah, they all have no heart
Tea-Baggers show ignorance daily
Oh, repeal, yeah, it’s just a big tease
A big bunch of sleaze that they’ll own
Yes, they’ll own

Speaking of our health care reform they’ll repeal, yeah
But their move is doomed (they lack love)
Their repeal is a big disgrace
After it’s pronounced dead
They’ll be slapped in the face

Repeal, yeah, it’s no work of art
It screeches like a ukulele
Oh, repeal, yeah, it’s meant to appease
The big business sleaze on their thrones
Throw a bone

(Misspelled sign making break)

Cancellation would surely offend
Only the Tea-Baggers are laughing
Medication would come to an end
Their lack of forethought is quite baffling

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh…

Wednesday Night Music Byte

In light of all the stuff tht has been going down lately, we thought that this might be a good song to listen to…

Lynnrockets loving the East Coast.

Teapublicans To Vote On “Repeal And Replace With Nothing”

Today is the big day, folks. Sometime during the next twelve hours the Tea Party-submissive Republican House leadership is expected to call a vote on the full repeal of the recently enacted Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or what the G.O.P. calls “Obama Care.” The Republicans and their Tea Party masters refer to this charade as their “Repeal and Replace” plan. Problem is however, the Teapublicans have absolutely no replacement legislation in the works. Nothing. Nada. This is akin to removing a transplant patient’s heart before securing the replacement organ. In short, it is a deadly plan.

Additionally, the repeal vote is destined to be merely an action in futility. Such is the case because while the measure is expected to pass the new Republican-led House, it has little chance of clearing the Democratic-controlled Senate or surviving a presidential veto. Indeed, most Republicans have acknowledged the virtual impossibility of an outright repeal, but rather than spend precious legislative time on boosting the economy as they promised, the Teapublicans will push forward on their empty act. How’s that for lying to your constituents?

Furthermore, that is not the only Teapublican lie related to the repeal measure. You might recall that during the campaign season which led up to the mid-term elections, Teapublicans promised not to pass any bill that would add to the nation’s deficit. This promise has also been broken. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report on January 6th which revealed that a repeal of the health care reform law will add $ 230 billion to the federal debt by 2021. So much for G.O.P. truthiness!

The Democrats are doing their best to inform the American populace of the ill advised Teapublican vote. They are warning that a reversal would be catastrophic to small businesses and unfair to millions of Americans depending on the reform to guarantee coverage. They are informing citizens that the Department of Health and Human Services released an analysis warning that almost 130 million non-elderly Americans with pre-existing conditions would be at risk of losing their insurance without the guarantees provided by the health care reform law. Also, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has pointed out that.

“The new law is already helping to free Americans from the fear that an insurer will drop, limit or cap their coverage when they need it most, and Americans living with pre-existing conditions are being freed from discrimination in order to get the health coverage they need.”

Karen Mills, the head of the Small Business Administration, told reporters a repeal would result in countless small businesses losing new tax credits being provided in exchange for expanded employee coverage. Additionally, acting Deputy Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank warns that repealing the law, “will only weaken U.S. businesses and return us to a world of out-of-control costs.”

As mentioned above, the Teapublicans admit that the repeal measure is ultimately doomed to failure but they claim they have a back-up plan. They insist that they will be able to defund the plan and make it virtually unworkable by means of a series of future House votes. Once again however, the CBO analysis casts doubt that Republicans will be able to move ahead with their long-term strategy of defunding the law. The measure includes $106 billion in new spending authorizations that Congress will eventually need to appropriate, according to CBO Director Doug Elmendorf. But $86 billion of those authorizations cover politically sensitive programs that were already in existence before the passage of health care reform. To defund those programs would be to commit political suicide. Then again, political suicide may also be unpalatable to Teapublicans inasmuch as it could be deemed to be some sort of “death panel”!

The Teapublican members of the House of Representatives truly are the “Fools On The Hill” that the Beatles once sang about.

Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with today’s topical song parody.

Lucille song link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jmNe77vces

REPEAL

(sung to the Little Richard song “Lucille”)

Repeal, “let’s undo the health care bill”
Repeal, shout Tea-Baggers on the Hill
It can’t be accomplished but they will try it still

Repeal, their intentions are so wrong
Repeal, is they’re foolish rally song
Those Tea-Baggers are crazy and they are all alone

Despite their dire warnings, repeal is not in sight
When asked to justify it, they’re lips are locked-up tight
Repeal, constitutes a civil wrong
You know it just might maybe, be their final swan song, Ahhhhh

(misspelled sign-making break)

Though all those Tea-Baggers feel that repeal is right
Despite all their best efforts, they’re gonna lose this fight
Repeal, a mistake they all ran-on
They’re a bunch of cry-babies who can’t bear to move-on

Repeal, would drive premiums off the chart
Repeal, proves Tea-Baggers aren’t too smart
They pray for it baby; we need it like a hole in the heart!

SPECIAL NOTICE:

Making a Difference in Anchorage

Alaskans are the people who seem to know Sarah Palin best, and object to her most.  Democrats, Independents, and Republicans are each susceptible to PDS (Palin Derangement Syndrome).  Hope is coming to Alaska.  Malia Litman, blogger at malialitman.wordpress.com and author of The Ignorance Virtues of Sarah Palin: A Humorous Refudiation of the Half-Term Ex-Governor  will be at Borders at 1100 E. Dimond Blvd, Anchorage on Sat. Jan. 22nd at 2:00.  Malia will give a presentation and sign books, guaranteed to provide much needed relief for PDS.  If you are one of the unfortunate Americans afflicted with this disability condition, come to Borders on Saturday.  Together we can find comfort and therapeutic relief for our ailment.  Please join Malia.

New Poll Reveals Americans Want Palin “To Sit Down and Shut Up”

Palin is the Poll Slider

Despite her intention to do the opposite which she expressed last night during her interview with Sean Hannity, a majority of Americans want Sarah Palin “to sit down and shut up.” According to the most recent USA TODAY/Gallup survey, Sarah Palin’s favorable rating has dipped to its lowest level since she joined the 2008 Republican presidential ticket and became a household name. CNN reports that it has dropped to a stunningly low 38 percent while her unfavorable rating has risen to 53 percent. Gallup reports the 38 percent is a new low when it comes to the percentage of Americans who give the former Alaska governor a thumbs up. The 53 percent who dislike Palin is also a new high in Gallup polling. A similar poll in July found 44 percent of Americans viewed her favorably while 47 percent did not. The poll was conducted on January 8th through the 10th.

In contrast, a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday reveals that President Barack Obama’s approval rating is up five points since December as a growing number of Americans consider him a strong leader who is tough enough to handle a crisis. Fifty-three percent of people questioned in the poll approve of how Obama’s handling his duties in the White House, up from 48 percent in a CNN poll that was conducted last month. Obama’s approval rating among independents has grown from 41 percent in December to 56 percent now. The survey also indicates that 59 percent of the public now thinks the president is tough enough to handle a crisis – up six points from last year – and 57 percent now consider him a strong and decisive leader – a four-point gain.

As for Sarah Palin, during her televised interview with Fox News‘ Hannity,  she said, “I am not ready to make an announcement about what my political future is going to be. But I will tell you … I am not going to sit down. I am not going to shut up,” Well, the Queen of Quit may not yet be ready to make an announcement but the American people have done so in a loud and clear manner. Their message? “Sarah Palin has no political future.”

Palin has also just received some sobering advice from other influential Republicans. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says the former ex-quitting half-term governor of Alaska should “slow down.” While on ABC‘s “Good Morning America” Tuesday, Gingrich said a string of Palin’s recent statements indicate she needs to “be more careful and think through what she’s saying and how she’s saying it.” He also said, “There’s no question that she has become more controversial.”

Gingich’e remarks follow closely on the heels of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who told the New York Times Palin needs to engage with the media and voters in settings less staged than those she currently utilizes (i.e Fox News, Facebook and Twitter).

Is that the proverbial “fat lady” that we can hear singing? If so, stick a fork in Sarah Palin because she is toast.

Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with today’s topical song parody.

Low Rider song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ro4yhp9L6Ok

POLL SLIDER

(sung to the War song “Low Rider”)

All my friends know the poll slider
The poll slider is a little liar

The poll slider slips a little lower
Poll slider couldn’t be much slower

Hey!

Poll Slider is facing defeat, yeah
Poll Slider is gonna be beat, yeah

Poll slider is outta gas now
The poll slider is on her ass

Better get a grip, better get a grip
She is not the one to be
Better get a grip, better get a grip
She’s shunned by the G.O.P.

SPECIAL NOTICE:

Making a Difference in Anchorage

Alaskans are the people who seem to know Sarah Palin best, and object to her most.  Democrats, Independents, and Republicans are each susceptible to PDS (Palin Derangement Syndrome).  Hope is coming to Alaska.  Malia Litman, blogger at malialitman.wordpress.com and author of The Ignorance Virtues of Sarah Palin: A Humorous Refudiation of the Half-Term Ex-Governor  will be at Borders at 1100 E. Dimond Blvd, Anchorage on Sat. Jan. 22nd at 2:00.  Malia will give a presentation and sign books, guaranteed to provide much needed relief for PDS.  If you are one of the unfortunate Americans afflicted with this disability condition, come to Borders on Saturday.  Together we can find comfort and therapeutic relief for our ailment.  Please join Malia.