Forons were all a-twitter about politics this week, lambasting Presidents and ripping into political media. Leave it to tea bag jokes to cut the tension.
Funny and absurd
Re: Madison and the 2016 Olympics
Post by Huckleby Sat Apr 11, 2009 6:08 am
I can't think of a worse idea than bringing the Olympics to Madison. We're WAY too small to make changes to accommodate a giant crowd, which then will disappear.
Set sites on Special Olympics - Obama might even agree to make opening address.
Post by roadkill bill Mon Apr 13, 2009 3:20 pm
Tea bagging and 2M4M.
Either this is a month-long April Fool's joke, or some brilliant leftie has gotten a job doing marketing for the far right groups.
Can you see it: "Guess what. I just managed to convince the wing nuts to form a group called 2M4M. Yeah, they have NO CLUE what that means. No, seriously, I thought I had the ultimate coup when I got them all talking publicly about "tea bagging," but this just gets better and better. Not only that, but they are paying me oodles of money. Right, more money for Sierra Club, Move On, and the Human Rights Campaign, since I pledged a percentage if this all worked out. Just make sure the check comes from your account so it can't be traced back to me."
What the Fox? Oh God here we go...again!
Post by GODDOG Wed Apr 15, 2009 3:54 pm
Wow! FoxNoise is reporting that "right-wing extremists" are being hunted down by Homeland Security. Funny and ironic me thinks. A dept. that Bush $ Co. created is now "profiling" the very people who helped get him into office. See what happens when you give up your freedoms for security there "Righties". Took the Homeland long enough...Oklahoma City and Timmy McVeigh were what four days from 14 yrs. ago?! Get yer guns fellas the Federales are a cummin'!
Re: Down on the Boardwalk
Post by AaronTheSnob Wed Apr 15, 2009 12:44 pm
I think it's a great idea to have a boardwalk and a marina in a city where it's winter 6 months out of the year. I think they should go even further: Giant ferris wheels, maybe a roller coaster that dips in and out of the lake (wear wet suits), a wax museum, maybe a ball park. Hell, throw in a giant neon sign that says something like "WELCOME TO THE MADISON BOARDWALK!"
Smart and sharp
Re: T.Wall: Obama a Socialist
Post by madmatt77 Fri Apr 10, 2009 10:15 am
The word "socialist" is definitely the word du jour in conservative circles. Too bad the lot of them don't see that we have been "socialist" in some sense of the word for a long time, to everyone's benefit. Republicans have nothing better to talk about, have no valid ideas, and so will use a word that is so charged just to get people to pay attention to them.
Without certain "socialist" policies, we would all be living very different lives. A few examples:
1) Social security - republicans have been after this for a while, but there is no denying how crucial this safety net is for our country. I don't know about you guys, but having to foot the bills for my retired parents doesn't sound like a particularly great idea for a strong economy.
2) Disability - Accidents at work happen, especially for our increasingly small number of employees who actually manufacture something. If Repubs had their way, these folks would be SOOL.
I can't blame older Repubs for getting so hysterical about socialism, after decades of right-wing propaganda and Communist fear-mongering, but the post-Cold War people should know better. You know what, it looks like they do:
"The poll found that adults under 30 are evenly divided on which system is better, while adults over 40 strongly favor capitalism."
Re: Is Obama Bush lite?
Post by Daisy Sun Apr 12, 2009 1:47 pm
The fact that the guy is prioritizing the economy and restoring our standing in the world hardly puts him in the company of Mussolini & Hitler. If anything, the fact that the wingnuts on each side can't decide whether he's a "Bush Lite fascist" or the socialist second coming of Karl Marx stands him in pretty good stead among reasonable people.
Re: Vicki McKenna grows a heart
Post by Dangerousman Tue Apr 14, 2009 4:58 pm
I didn't hear the broadcast, but my guess is VM said it with a bit of sarcasm in her voice. I'm sure she has no problem with pirates getting shot, other than perhaps missing the opportunity to do the shooting herself.
I guess if I was going to criticize Obama for his handling of the situation it would be due to the fact that (reportedly) the DOD asked him twice if they could have clearance to take the pirates out. Why would they need to ask twice? Or even once? It's a small point, he did the right thing.
So, I'll just throw this out for discussion, do you think merchant ship crews (at least those operating in pirate invested areas) ought to be armed?
Re: Madison Tea Party particulars
Post by ArturoBandini Wed Apr 15, 2009 2:04 pm
While I don't really understand what the express purpose of these rallies is, I don't think that all of these concerns are without value.
The only comeback I've been hearing is some variation on "Where were you tax protestors during the Bush Administration?", including a few tack-ons about military contractors or the initial stages of the finance/insurance bailouts. This is a political dodge of the real issue, which is something that we shouldn't push aside. The sign that read "Congress is enslaving our children with debt" - that's nonpartisan, and completely true.
You can argue hypocrisy among the partisan rabble that assembled at the Square, but that does absolutely nothing to solve our fiscal problems, which have deep roots in both parties. The Bush administration made the problems much worse, with year after year of record setting deficits (including plenty of terrible military spending). However, has Obama not just taken Bush's fiscal policy and run with it? Obama has expanded spending at nearly every turn - especially when considering the financial bailouts and stimulus. How can Shrub's $70b finance bailout and $150b stimulus package be ignoble projects, while Obama's nearly identical actions (at ten times the price tag) be completely defensible? Are you folks happy with the way that Obama/Geithner/Bernanke are handling things?
How many of you are white men, too? I am a white man. If you took a random photographic cross section of Wisconsin, how likely would a photograph of 20 of these people contain only one or two minorities? 90% of Wisconsin residents are white people. Care to demonstrate how the people in your teabagID photograph are lacking racial diversity any more than a random sample? Gender-segregated, yes (50.3% of WI is female - where are they?)