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Sunday Morning Coffee (or Tea) – 76

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

BREAKING NEWS: This week’s episode of “Tolerance In Action” features potential GOP candidate for President, Newt Gingrich. Think Progress reports that the Associated Press revealed that one of the cogs in Newt Gingrich’s vast network of business enterprises and front groups, ReAL Action, provided $125,000 to the American Family Association Action, an anti-gay activist organization that has been officially labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The group’s outspoken policy directory Bryan Fischer has “proposed criminalizing homosexual behavior” and has even advocated forcing gays into “reparative” therapy.

THIS JUST IN:  Glenn Beck‘s program on Fox News was mercifully terminated last week and as a result thereof, millions of Americans will no longer be subjected to his vile and racist hate-speak and his on-air mental breakdown. MediaMatters For America has compiled a very comprehensive list of “The 50 Worst Things Glenn Beck Said On Fox News”. Check it out because it is quite eye-opening.

BREAKING NEWS: Think Progress reports Democrats and labor activists are ready to file another recall petition in Wisconsin, as they are expected to submit nearly 24,000 signatures against state Sen. Randy Hopper (R). Only about 15,000 signatures are needed to successfully trigger a recall. It will mark the second time in less than a week that a recall petition has been successfully filed against a Wisconsin Senate Republican, after organizers submitted about 22,000 signatures against Sen. Dan Kapanke (R) last Friday. Among the signatures may be those of Hopper’s former maid and his estranged wife. (Hopper is reportedly having an affair with a former staffer and now lives outside of his district.) His wife has even indicated that she will contribute to whomever runs against Hopper in a recall election. Revenge of course, is best served cold!

THIS JUST IN: Remember all that Republican talk last election season about their focus being on job creation? Well, Republican Rep. Paul Ryan (WI) unveiled his draconian budget resolution bill last week which not only would drastically cut Medicaid benefits and inflict enormous hardship on the most vulnerable populations in society by depriving them of access to basic health care. It would also cause the loss of nearly two million private sector jobs. See this report of The Economic Policy Institute. So much for the GOP commitment to job creation!

BREAKING NEWS: It is nice to see that some Florida voters have finally awakened to smell the coffee. News4Jax.com reports that Republican voters who once favored Gov. Rick Scott said they’re suffering from voter’s remorse. To ease their worries, a group of card-carrying Republicans went to the Duval County Supervisor of Elections office Thursday to switch their party affiliation. In a recent Quinnipiac survey, only 35 percent of registered voters in Florida questioned gave Scott a positive job approval rating. The common reasons given by those who disapprove of Scott’s job so far are Florida’s slumping economy and the governor’s hard-right governing style.

THIS JUST IN: This week’s episode of “Bad Decisions Have Consequences” features the newly elected Teapublican Governor of Maine, Paul LePage. In a bold attack against organized labor, LePage has ordered the removal from a state office building of a large mural depicting the state’s labor history. In response, the U.S. Department of Labor has demanded a refund of the approximately $ 60,000.00 of federal money that paid for it.

BREAKING NEWS: This week’s episode of “Fox News Gets A Pie In The Face” features who else but Fox News. Watch these buffoons try to gloat over the allegation that NBC News (owned by GE) did not report on the fact that GE paid no income tax last year. Continue to watch as they are informed that NBC news did, in fact,  cover the story. At about the 1:30 minute mark the whole discussion breaks down and the story is cut. How embarrassing and amateurish for an allegedly “fair and balanced” news network!

THIS JUST IN: Of course the most important and most widely covered news story of the week was the battle over the fiscal year 2011 budget which culminated in a bi-partisan compromise agreement which will be signed by the President tomorrow. In light of its importance and domination of the news cycle, the budget battle itself probably does not belong in this recap of  weekly events that “may have escaped your attention”. What you may have missed however, was the Tea Party‘s position and reaction both prior to and subsequent to the budget compromise. The Tea Baggers seriously expected that they would either achieve their draconian and unrealistic goal of cutting $ 100 Billion from the 2011 budget, de-funding Planned Parenthood, National Public Radio, the entire health care reform law which they refer to as ObamaCare and taking regulatory authority away from the EPA, or in the alternative, shutting down the government. Indeed scores of  Teapublicans and their servile representatives in the House gathered at the Capitol and chanted “Shut It Down!” for the last several days. Unfortunately for them, the Teapublicans lost on all counts as none of those things were included in the final budget and the government did not shut down. Consequently, the Tea Party’s irrational anger has now turned inward and they are clamoring for the removal of House Speaker John Boehner and every other mainstream Republican that dared to compromise with Democrats. As we have said so many times in the past, there is nothing more enjoyable than watching conservatives eat their young!

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.

Garden Party song link:  http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x89fev_ricky-nelson-garden-party_music

TEA BAG PARTY

(sung to the Ricky Nelson song “Garden Party”)

I went to a Tea Bag party hoping to make some brand new friends
But they became my enemies, those right wing racist men
When I got to the Tea Bag party, they all looked the same
That really surprised me, and no one had a brain

But its all right now, I learned my lesson well
You see, ya can’t please everyone, so ya got to please yourself

Crazies there from miles around, mostly with white hair
Locals brought their shotguns, there was hatred in the air
‘n’ over in the corner, not to my surprise
Sarah Palin sportin’ thigh-high boots while she winked her eyes.

But its all right now, I learned my lesson well
You see, ya can’t please everyone, so they can go to hell

Lot-in-dah-dah-dah, lot-in-dah-dah-dah

Told them they were so wrong, Glenn Beck is insane
Drill Baby, Drill’s stupid,  and Palin is to blame
I said Rand Paul is crazy too, best not drink his tea
Then I told them things about Michele Bachmann they would not believe

But its all right now, I learned my lesson well
You see, ya can’t please everyone, so they can go to hell

Lot-dah-dah-dah (lot-dah-dah-dah)
Lot-in-dah-dah-dah

Someone opened up a closet door and donned a white pointy hood
Punching his railroad ticket to Hell and just the way he should
If you’re goin’ to a Tea Bag party, I wish you a lotta luck
Bring a misspelled sign, use racist slang and drive a pick-up truck

But its all right now, I learned my lesson well
You see, ya can’t please everyone, so ya got to please yourself

Lot-dah-dah-dah (lot-dah-dah-dah)
Lot-in-dah-dah-dah

But its all right now, I learned my lesson well
You see, ya can’t please everyone, so ya got to please yourself

Confused Scott Brown Angers Conservatives By Pursuit Of Pork

Yesterday, The Boston Globe exposed the dilemma that faces a Republican Senator in Democratic Massachusetts. Scott Brown has already been exposed on this blog for changing his position on health care reform. As a state senator, he voted in favor of Governor Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts health care reform law which is essentially a mirror image of the newly enacted national health care reform law. While campaigning for the US Senate last fall however, Brown suddenly changed his tune and vehemently opposed the national plan so as to garner conservative and Tea-Bagger support for all things anti-Obama. Luckily for the nation, Brown never had the opportunity to cast the “41st vote against health care reform”.  Now Brown faces another embarrassing flip-flop of position.

Those of you that followed Brown’s Senate race will recall that he also ran on the conservative mantra of pledging to eliminate unnecessary government spending. The Boston Globe reported yesterday however, that “Senator Scott Brown says he will fight to fund a multibillion-dollar weapons program that could generate jobs in Massachusetts but that the Pentagon insists it does not need, sparking criticism that Brown is breaking his campaign vow to rein in wasteful spending.” It added, “The Pentagon since 2006 has said that the primary engine for the F-35, built by Pratt & Whitney, in East Hartford, Conn., is sufficient, and that producing a backup model will siphon away money that could be spent on other defense priorities.” But, “the Bay State Republican’s support for General Electric’s (of Lynn, MA) bid to build a backup engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter puts the new Senator in the middle of a confrontation over congressional earmarks with the Obama administration, which has threatened a presidential veto.”

Conservative spending critics say Brown is abandoning his personal pledge to battle pork barrel spending in Washington.

“This is yet another example of how ‘fiscally responsible’ lawmakers have a giant blind spot when it comes to defense spending in their districts,’’ said Laura Peterson, a senior national security analyst at Taxpayers for Common Sense, a nonpartisan budget watchdog group that monitors earmarks. “His support was clearly driven by parochial concerns rather than financial ones.’’

“If Scott Brown helps out GE he will be doing exactly the opposite of what he said he would do when he ran,’’ said Loren Thompson, a defense budget specialist at the Lexington Institute in Arlington, Va., which is supported by multiple defense firms, including Pratt & Whitney.

“We have reached a critical point in this debate where spending more money on a second engine for the [F-35] is unnecessary, wasteful, and simply diverts precious modernization funds from more pressing [military] priorities,’’ William J. Lynn, the deputy secretary of defense, told Congress in a February memo.

Scott Brown now finds himself in a true “catch 22”. If he fights to maintain the funding for the unnecessary back-up engine, he will please the generally Democratic citizens of Massachusetts by bringing jobs to the state, but he will anger fiscal conservatives that supported him as the result of his pledge to rein in government spending. If, on the other hand, he reverses his support for the engine program, the Tea-Baggers will be happy but his constituents will criticize him for depriving the state of needed jobs while his predecessor, Senator Ted Kennedy was able to sustain the program for the last six years. That inability to bring home the bacon will be remembered by Bay State voters when Brown seeks re-election in 2012.

Scott Brown is now in a pickle over pork. Kudos to The Boston Globe for bringing it to our attention.

We would also like to congratulate the Boston College men’s hockey team for defeating Miami of Ohio last night by the score of 7 to 1 and thereby advancing to the NCAA championship game. Boston College will face Wisconsin tomorrow with the national title on the line. Go, Eagles!

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.


Centerfold song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNhnThb8gEw

SCOTT BROWN IS THE CENTERFOLD

(sung to the J. Geils Band song “Centerfold”)

C’mon !
Does he walk? Does he talk?
Is he G.O.P.?
Scott Brown’s a Men’s Room angel
Larry Craig would share his seat

His buns are white like snowflakes
No underwear to stain
He poses like a sweet angel
Naked but with no brain

This sad guy loves posing in those porno magazines
He’s like a nudist angel and he’s pimping out his teens

(CHORUS)
He must be cold
A naked man if truth be told
That Scott Brown is the centerfold
Scott Brown is the centerfold

He must be cold
A naked man if truth be told
Scott Brown is the centerfold

Nude behind his Senate desk
This girlie man should be in a dress
Can he see that Larry Craig
Is giving him the eye

He is naked but for shoes
Much too indecent for the news
You must wear clothes on TV
They told that Scott Brown guy

Wear diapers like Dave Vitter
They do not cover  much
Or simply wear a negligee
That would be a nice touch

(CHORUS)
He must be cold
A naked man if truth be told
That Scott Brown is the centerfold
Scott Brown is the centerfold

He must be cold
A naked man if truth be told
Scott Brown is the centerfold

(na, na, na, na, na, na…..)

It’s okay we understand
Scott’s nudity should not be banned
But while prancing on the Senate lawn
We wish he would keep his clothes on

Take his truck, Yes he will
He’ll take that truck and drive it
He says the cab has lots of room
For his ass and his private

He says that his bod’s really ripped
He loves it when his clothes are stripped
Oh, no, Scott can’t deny it
Oh yeah, it’s time for him to diet!

(CHORUS)
He must be cold
A naked man if truth be told
That Scott Brown is the centerfold
Scott Brown is the centerfold

He must be cold
A naked man if truth be told
Scott Brown is the centerfold

(REPEAT)