D Vowell

“Privatization” is wrecking the US budget

From Say It Ain’t So Already:

Check out how defense spending has skyrocketed since 2001 when Donald Rumsfeld began moving defense contracts to the “more efficient” private sector:

Bush’s term: January 20, 2001 – January 20, 2009 – the budget was more than doubling every year. Looks like ‘private’ sources were either padding more and more or getting half as efficient every year. My guess: both. – FRL

Border patrol shoots 15-year-old

Hat tip to Say It Ain’t So Already and the Huffington Post

Remember when Janet Reno deported  that illegal immigrant, Elian Gonzalez and the righties went nuts?

They claimed Bill Clinton sent  a poor helpless boy into the belly of the communist beast.

How times have changed: Border Patrol Agent Shoots 15-Year-Old Boy at Bridge.

Fast forward 15 years and Republicans, wingers and Tea Partiers say:  GET THOSE BROWN PEOPLE OUTTA HERE!

GOP violence escalating

Hat tip to “Say It Ain’t So Already

An Alan Grayson Fix

This from Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL):

One day, a Republican operative offers $100 to anyone who’ll punch me in the nose.

The next day, I get a death threat.

After Fox News spewed its usual clownish hatred about me yesterday, my office received a call. The caller told our receptionist – a young intern – that “10 people are going to kill the Congressman within 24 hours.” We gave the information to the Capitol Police; they are investigating.

Fox. You’d think that they would have learned their lesson after Dr. George Tiller was killed. And they did learn a lesson: a lesson in killing.

And why? Because I told the truth: the truth that by stalling on unemployment insurance, right-wingers revealed themselves to be heartless, selfish wretches, who have been taking food out of the mouths of children.

Am I the only one who has noticed this? Because if you’re with me on this, I’d like your support. I need your support.

First threatened assault. Then threatened murder. Do you see how they ratchet up the bullying, and try to cow us?

In his poem “The Second Coming,” the Irish poet William Butler Yeats described a time like ours as the “widening gyre.” A time when “the centre cannot hold.”

A time when “anarchy is loosed upon the world.”

A time when “the best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.” Up to, and including, death threats on Members of Congress.

But we have to stand up, and we have to fight back. Because what is at stake is . . . everything.

Hear that Obama?!

Karl at the Crossroads

From ‘Say It Ain’t So Already

Beware Karl Rove’s “Grassroots” Political Organization

This is a must-read – “Grassroots” Rove-Linked Group Funded Almost Entirely by Billionaires.

Here’s a snippet:

[UPDATED]Virtually all of the $4.7 million raised by Karl Rove’s new conservative outfit was contributed by just four billionaires, three of whom are based in Dallas, Texas, and two of whom made their fortune in the oil and gas industry.

The IRS filing of American Crossroad an outside 527 group that was conceived by Rove and ex-RNC chair Ed Gillespie, gives a good taste of who is funding the GOP effort to make big gains in the House and Senate come the fall. The group has already burned through $600,000 on ads attacking Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who is facing a reelection contest against Republican Sharron Angle (see one of the spots below). Chaired by another ex-RNC chair, Mike Duncan, American Crossroads has pledged to raise $50 million to beat Democrats in the midterms and has been seen by some as a competitor to the Republican National Committee itself.

And despite the group’s description of itself as “grassroots,” Salon’s review of its IRS filings show that four billionaires have contributed 97 percent of the $4.7 million it has raised to date. There are no limits on how much corporations, unions, and individuals can donate to 527 groups. Here’s a guide to American Crossroads’ four donors.

A few months ago I read (can’t find it now) that Rove essentially intends to render the Republican National Committee irrelevant and to make “American Crossroads” the dominant Republican organization.  Well, I mean, along with Rush, Fox and Breitbart of course.