Sunday, November 23, 2014

Tidbits And Cat Treats: The Two Faces Of The GOP Edition

By Zamboni

Here we are entering a major holiday week, and so much is going on! We cats are taking it easy and catching naps in front of the space heater. But we couldn't pass up the chance to comment on a few items from the headlines:

A Republican-led House committee has issued the umpteenth report on "Benghazi": There's no there there! We just had to check on our right-wing friends over at Free Republic to see how they were handling the news. As always, they were crabby and defiant. Just wait until Trey Gowdy's committee starts investigating! Then the truth will come out!

(Actually, it sounds to us as if the House Intelligence Committee went easier on Benghazi than the State Department itself, which issued 30 recommendations for security and communications improvements, which Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton implemented before leaving office. So there.)

Meanwhile, on the immigration front, yippee! Republicans have decided that Kansas Secretary of State and all-around hater "Kris Kobach" should be the face of GOP outrage over President Obama's recent executive actions on immigration. We could not be happier. Still, we're wondering why the media aren't stampeding to Rancid Pieface's door, asking whatever the hell happened to the Republicans' post-2012 "Growth and Opportunity" report.

Remember that? Here's what it said: "We must embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform. If we do not, our Party's appeal will continue to shrink...We also believe that comprehensive immigration reform is consistent with Republican economic policies that promote job growth and opportunity for all."

What a bunch of lying hypocrites. Which makes us cats PURR.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

JFK 50 + 1

"Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal."

Friday, November 21, 2014

Lest We Furr-get: Republican Lawlessness

By Baxter

We cats were traveling yesterday and only caught the last few minutes of President Obama's address on immigration. But it wasn't long after that that we switched off the cable news talking heads in disgust.

We were already fed up that they offered no recap — why inform when you can go straight to arguing? But when MSNBC brought on a little twerp from the RNC who started his comments with "I'm not a constitutional lawyer" (when the entire Republican argument is based on constitutionality)... well, let's just say we hacked up the world's biggest hairball.

But back to that GOP talking point. We wondered: If what Obama is doing is illegal and lawless, then wasn't it unconstitutional when:
  • Nixon bombed Laos?
  • Ronald Reagan sold arms to Iran to fund the Contras?
  • Karl Rove and "Scooter" Libby outed CIA agent Valerie Plame?
  • The Worst Person Who's Ever Lived invaded Iraq, killed thousands of American soldiers and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians, all on a credit card, and all for weapons of mass destruction that didn't exist?
We're not equating last night's executive orders with those horrendous Republican acts. We're just saying that as always, the hypocritical GOP is silent on such crimes, but invents others for Presidents they don't like. And to make matters worse, the media give them a pass. All of which makes us HISS.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Disenfranchisement By Robocall

By Sniffles

We cats love any opportunity to use the word "hoosegow," and the Conservative Party up in Canada has just given us another chance. Today a little Tory creep named Michael Sona learned that he'll be hauled off to the you-know-what: He was sentenced to nine months in jail and additional 12 months' probation for election fraud.

Yep, fraud. We cats don't know what else to call it when you robocall Liberal Party voters in the 2011 federal election with false alarms that their polling places had changed. It's perverting the election process and a subversion of citizens' most cherished right. Sona actually deserves the maximum — five years — but we'll take what he got, thank you.

Funny how this sort of thing always seems to happen on the conservative side of the spectrum. As we know, here in the land of E Pluribus Unum voter suppression is a cause celebre of the Republican Party, and robocalling is just one weapon in their arsenal. Proof: A flunky for former GOP Governor Robert Ehrlich's campaign was convicted in 2011 for precisely the same thing (except those robocalls were aimed at predominantly African-American neighborhoods in Maryland's Baltimore and Prince George's counties).

What a coincidence! That direct line between Stephen Harper and Karl Rove was busy, yes? But messing with the vote makes us sick. So we cats hack up a hairball and dump our dirty litter boxes over Michael Sona's head. Enjoy the hoosegow, Mikey!

(IMAGE: What a lovely couple!)

UPDATE: Is it just us, or is Michael Sona a dead ringer for Adam Lanza?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Long Shot

By Miss Kubelik

We cats have written more about Mary Landrieu in the last week than we have in six years of blogging — and probably more than we'll ever write about her again, since Pundit World has followed today's Keystone vote by pronouncing her dead.

That may well be. Nevertheless, we have some last-ditch advice for the beleaguered Senator, since we won't see our earlier cunning plan that could not fail — well, fail.

We respectfully suggest that Landrieu, who now has completely nothing to lose, scorch the campaign trail between now and December 6 with raging, flaming populism. She needs to rag without mercy on Bill Cassidy, Piyush Jindal and all the smug Republicans who continually, mysteriously manage to convince their constituents to vote for them against their best interests.

Why shouldn't she? Louisiana is a mess. It scrapes the barrel bottom in health, education, poverty, employment, growth, you name it. Landrieu should just shamelessly tar the Republicans and their mean, wizened, punish-the-poor-and-gut-government policies for letting it get that way.

In short, go Huey Long on their ass. Go ahead, Mary. If you're heading for the exit, you might as well do it telling the truth with your head held high. (And, of course, with spunk.) We cats PURR.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Everybody (Except Rich Republicans) Should Love Obamacare. Here's Why Everybody Doesn't.

By Zamboni

On Saturday, we cats received a cheerful email from Organizing for Action, announcing that Obamacare was "open for business" again. While we are strong supporters of the ACA, that message made us less than cheerful ourselves.

Why? Because it was our first head's up that a zillion more Americans could get something that the Republicans don't want them to have — health coverage. So we'd like to ask "Team Obamacare": Why weren't you guys shouting "opening soon" from the housetops weeks and months earlier?

We said "housetops." Yes, we know that many OFAers — and maybe even people who need health insurance — spend a lot of time on the FaceThing, in the Twitterverse, and in other parts of cyberspace that we cats are too busy to bother with. But we're talking about a full-bore, mainstream hype-the-hell-out-of-it campaign, with speeches and orientations and town halls and TV spots and ice cream and balloons. Something that most of America simply cannot miss.

We know we've HISSED about Obama's lack of communication before. But we get vexed anew when we see stories like this. (Sure, it's Gallup, and Gallup pretty much sucks. But do we really have to point out that the Republicans will take a poll like this and run with it? "See, nobody likes Obamacare. Repeal!")

There's something eerily Carteresque about this administration's reluctance to brag on its good deeds. We can't get into all of the reasons here. But suffice it to say that once again, Americans don't have a clue about the great things a Democratic White House has done for them. Which makes us very sad. We cats SNIFF.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Just Because

Yes, we know that Obamacare is back open for business, and that the website is working great. But before we write any more about that, here's a picture of something else that we like.

(PHOTO: Nyein Chan Naing/European Pressphoto Agency)