This blog will chronicle my comments and other critical articles, cartoons and videos. Time has come for us to put America first and Party 2nd. This page will have the good, bad and ugly of Republicans, Democrats and Libertarians alike, but will always offer pluralistic solutions effective June 8, 2014

Friday, December 6, 2013

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The GOP might as well be dead

Indeed, Republicans will lose the house majority in 2014. They simply don't get it, they do not listen to the public polls and don't connect with fellow Americans either.  Mike Ghouse

Courtesy: Washington Post


The Growth and Opportunity Project, aka “the autopsy,” was heralded as the Republican Party’s clear-eyed assessment of its 2012 presidential defeat. Autopsies are done on dead things, and ever since its March 2013 release, the GOP has done everything possible to stay dead.

The Republican Party is dead to African Americans. Not that there was much of pulse to begin with. Romney won 6 percent of the black vote to 93 percent for Obama, which isn’t surprising since Romney was looking to unseat the nation’s first black president. But it is also not surprising considering all of the voter suppression efforts around the country.

That the GOP ought to try to appeal to African Americans was recognized in the autopsy. “There are numerous outside groups that are studying the best way for the Republican Party to better reach African American voters,” the report pointed out. “The Republican Party should leverage the best practices identified by such organizations.” You employ that “best practices” nonsense when you and your staff haven’t a clue what to do. And it’s clear that if Michael Steele, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee who is black, were still head of the party, at least two egregious episodes would not have happened.

A tweet from the party’s official Twitter account on Sunday would not have celebrated Rosa Parks on the anniversary of her historic bus-boycott arrest by lauding “her role in ending racism.” Sure, the tweet was later corrected. But, come on, people. The lowest level black person at the RNC could have told them that the tweet as flat-out wrong and offensive. Not that anyone would have listened, assuming there are any low-level black people there.

That RNC tweet was so egregious that when I asked Steele about it via e-mail yesterday, all he could muster was a pitying response. “What can one say about such a gross misunderstanding of the African American experience in America.”

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Sarah Palin and Larry Klayman (r) (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Sarah Palin and Larry Klayman (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Another gross misunderstanding of the African American experience in America took place on Oct. 13. That was when a young man unfurled the menacing Confederate flag in front of the White House, home to a black family, as part of the protest of the government shutdown. And that was after grassy knoller Larry Klayman had called on on the president at an earlier rally “to put the Quran down, to get up off his knees, and to figuratively come out with his hands up.” A rally where Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, also spoke. And nary a peep from the grown-ups of the party about any of this. Not the palling around with conspiracists. Not the Confederate flag. But to continue dabbling in blatant disrespect of Obama — as current RNC Chair Reince Priebus did when he said the president cultivated “a culture of hatred” — is to continue to write off African Americans.


The Republican Party is dead to Latinos. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney won 27 percent of the Hispanic vote compared with 71 percent for President Obama. Therefore, winning back the Latino vote was paramount to the GOP resurrection effort, and changing its tone on immigration reform was a key part of it. “In essence,” the report notes, “Hispanic voters tell us our Party’s position on immigration has become a litmus test, measuring whether we are meeting them with a welcome mat or a closed door.” The Senate put out the welcome mat in June. The House slammed the door hard in November. “We have no intention of ever going to conference on the Senate bill,” Speaker John Boehner told reporters last month. So much for the Latino vote.


Since the truth-telling of the first 12 pages of the GOP autopsy, the Republican Party has energized the black vote for the Democrats, and it’s alienated Latino voters. How it plans to regain national relevance — let alone regain the White House — without the latter is beyond me.
Gov. Chris Christie celebrates his reelection. (Mel Evans/AP)
Gov. Chris Christie celebrates his reelection. (Mel Evans/AP)
Oh, and if you’re tempted to say, as I was, that there was a lesson for the GOP in black and brown in the reelection of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, think again. He won 51 percent of the Hispanic vote because he promised to support the Garden State’s version of the DREAM Act, which is making its way through the legislature. The early front-runner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, who will need the far-right conservative base to win it, flip-flopped on that promise last week.
Follow Jonathan on Twitter: @Capehartj

Monday, December 2, 2013

The Benghazi syndrome

Agree with Mieczyslaw's view on Benghazi. I am sick of my fellow Republicans, looks like we do not have anything good to offer to the country and resort to this - Mike Ghouse

As a Foreign Service officer in Libya, I saw firsthand how politics hurt our interests there and beyond.

  • by Mieczyslaw P. Boduszynski  
  •  Dec. 1, 2013  
  •  original
Sen. Lindsey Graham and others on Capitol Hill are demanding further inquiries into the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, apparently convinced that the Obama administration is withholding crucial information. But I often wonder whether Graham (R-S.C.) and others who exploit the Benghazi issue to attack the president realize that their politicking affects the ability of American diplomats to carry out their work.
I served as a U.S. Foreign Service officer in Libya before, during and after the attack, and I saw firsthand how playing politics with Benghazi directly hurts our interests in Libya and beyond.
At the time of the attack, on Sept. 11, 2012, I was the public affairs officer at the Tripoli embassy, responsible for broadening our relations with the new Libya by forging ties between Americans and Libyans. That kind of bond-building had been virtually impossible during the 42 years of Moammar Kadafi's rule, but I was able to reach out to members of the media, academics, writers and other cultural figures, civil society activists and representatives of women's and ethnic minority groups. They were generally eager to engage.
U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens was a great advocate of such contact, but that didn't mean we weren't careful. Before the attack, we had a range of security protocols in place. They were flexible enough, however, to allow us to meet with Libyans from all walks of life at cafes, restaurants and a variety of institutions. We visited museums and cultural sites and spent hours at the university discussing possible academic linkages between American and Libyan universities. I was scheduled to join the ambassador in Benghazi to open a small American library on Sept. 12.
Successive polls have shown that Libyans hold very positive views of the U.S., thanks to America's support for the 2011 revolution, and Ambassador Stevens was determined to build on that goodwill. That was good foreign policy. As a largely pro-American Arab and Muslim country, Libya represents a tremendous strategic opportunity for the U.S. Building a strong bilateral relationship would help to reduce the appeal of extremism and further American interests in countless areas, security included.
But, in the wake of the attacks, security at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli (630 miles from Benghazi) was tightened immeasurably, programs were canceled and American staff were evacuated. I was one of a small group of people who stayed behind to continue the diplomatic outreach. But we were vastly, almost comically, outnumbered by security staff and prevented from leaving the embassy except on the rarest of occasions. As a result, we were cut off from a regular flow of information vital to both security and diplomacy.
We tried to do what we could, but given their history of living under a paranoid dictator, Libyans were understandably wary about phone conversations. And with such a scaled-down staff, there simply weren't enough bodies to carry out the full range of diplomatic functions.
Diplomatic engagement was reenergized with the arrival of a new ambassador this summer and the announcement of a U.S.-British-Italian plan to provide much-needed military training for Libyan troops. But intense political scrutiny in Washington has continued to prevent the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli from striking the right balance between mission and security.
As we have seen in other parts of the world, once an embassy becomes a fortress, it is hard to change course. Extreme risk-aversion becomes the norm among decision-makers responsible for security in both Washington and the field. As a result, embassies are cut off from their operating environment.
Congress provides crucial oversight over foreign policy. It was appropriate, after the Benghazi attacks, for Congress to examine the attacks and evaluate security shortcomings and failures. This was done, and a report was also issued by the State Department's Accountability Review Board. Since then, there has been no new information, no evidence of conspiracies and no smoking gun. Special hearings called in May revealed nothing new. It's time to move past the tragedy and get back to work.
In November, on what has become known in Libya as "Black Friday," some 40 unarmed protesters were killed by militia members in Tripoli. Focusing on the past events in Benghazi instead of finding ways to help Libya overcome such security challenges is a disservice to the goals of the 2011 Libyan revolution and the support America and its allies provided to it.
Thousands of U.S. diplomats do their jobs every day, conscious of the dangers they face but accepting of the risks that come with the job. Excessive security that interferes with their jobs doesn't serve our interests abroad or make us safer at home. The politicians who play political football with Benghazi should be ashamed of themselves.
Mieczyslaw P. Boduszynski was a Foreign Service officer with the State Department from 2004 to 2013. He is now an assistant professor of politics and international relations at Pomona College.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Shame on Boehner, Cantor, Ayote, McCarthy and Priebus are out of their minds

I hope to keep this as a record, to stick in the face of fellow Republicans for farting from their mouths.

GOP memo reveals anti-Obamacare strategy, its all here on video with Chris Matthews on 11/21/23 http://on.msnbc.com/1dmi8O7


Mike Ghouse

John Boehner signs up for Obama care, this is hilarious!

THIS IS HILARIOUS! SPEAKER BOEHNER HAS SIGNED UP OBAMA CARE... Al Sharpton is having a field day on this http://www.msnbc.com/politicsnation Boehner has been opposing it endlessly... what a hypocrite.

We the moderate Republicans need to speak up before we lose the majority in the house - may be we should sit on sidelines until the radicals among us come to senses, and I am a Republican and I do not approve what the GOP leadership is getting away with.

These dudes have been shamelessly anti-Obama.
Mike Ghouse

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Cry of the True Republican by John Taft

This has been my cry, and screaming to save the party from the extremists Republican Talibans, who will sink the party in 2014. Ted Cruz is bad news for America.
Mike Ghouse

The Cry of the True Republican

  • by JOHN G. TAFT 
  •  Oct. 22, 2013 
  •  original
I AM a genetic Republican.
Five generations of Taft's have served our nation as unwaveringly stalwart Republicans, from Alphonso Taft, who served as attorney general in the late 19th century, through William Howard Taft, who not only was the only person to be both president of the United States and chief justice of the United States but also served as the chief civil administrator of the Philippines and secretary of war, to my cousin, Robert Taft, a two-term governor of Ohio.
As I write, a photograph of my grandfather, Senator Robert Alphonso Taft, looks across at me from the wall of my office. He led the Republican Party in the United States Senate in the 1940s and early 1950s, ran for the Republican nomination for president three times and was known as “Mr. Republican.” If he were alive today, I can assure you he wouldn’t even recognize the modern Republican Party, which has repeatedly brought the United States of America to the edge of a fiscal cliff — seemingly with every intention of pushing us off the edge.
Throughout my family’s more than 170-year legacy of public service, Republicans have represented the voice of fiscal conservatism. Republicans have been the adults in the room. Yet somehow the current generation of party activists has managed to do what no previous Republicans have been able to do — position the Democratic Party as the agents of fiscal responsibility.
Speaking through the night, Senator Ted Cruz, with heavy-lidded, sleep-deprived eyes, conveyed not the libertarian element in Republican philosophy that advocates for smaller government and less intrusion into the personal lives of citizens. but a new, virulent strain of empty nihilism: “blow it up if we can’t get what we want.”
This recent display of bomb-throwing obstructionism by Republicans in Congress evokes another painful, historically embarrassing chapter in the Republican Party — that of Senator Joseph McCarthy, chairman of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, whose anti-Communist crusade was allowed by Republican elders to expand unchecked, unnecessarily and unfairly tarnishing the reputations of thousands of people with “Red Scare” accusations of Communist affiliation. Finally Senator McCarthy was brought up short during the questioning of the United States Army’s chief counsel, Joseph N. Welch, who at one point demanded the senator’s attention, then said: “Until this moment, Senator, I think I never really gauged your cruelty or your recklessness.” He later added: “Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”
Watching the Republican Party use the full faith and credit of the United States to try to roll back Obamacare, watching its members threaten not to raise the debt limit — which Warren Buffett rightly called a “political weapon of mass destruction” — to repeal a tax on medical devices, I so wanted to ask a similar question: “Have you no sense of responsibility? At long last, have you left no sense of responsibility?”
There is more than a passing similarity between Joseph McCarthy and Ted Cruz, between McCarthyism and the Tea Party movement. The Republican Party survived McCarthyism because, ultimately, its excesses caused it to burn out. And eventually party elders in the mold of my grandfather were able to realign the party with its brand promise: The Republican Party is (or should be) the Stewardship Party. The Republican brand is (or should be) about responsible behavior. The Republican party is (or should be) at long last, about decency.
What a long way we have yet to go.
John G. Taft is the author of “Stewardship: Lessons Learned From the Lost Culture of Wall Street.”

Friday, October 18, 2013

Obamacare Is Good for America, Time for Republicans to Realize It

Huffington Post - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mike-ghouse/obama-care-is-good-for-am_b_4082498.html

I am a moderate Republican, and am here to tell you, that neither I, nor the Republicans or the Americans gave permission to Ted Cruz to turn the nation upside down, we cannot break the rules and do what we please. You and I are safe today, and our government remains a model of stability to the world because we are a nation of laws. We have systems to follow, a due process to hang on to, and rules to obey.

This act cannot be approved by conservative Republicans either, who prefer stability over chaos, and are disciplined enough to follow a system. That is how democracies work.

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Ted Cruz sounds like a class room bully who frightens the kids and gets away with it. He is indeed excess baggage of the Republican Party that can be done with. Can the Senate or the president fire him? The answer is obviously no, because we have a due process to do everything, and it is embarrassing that the Republicans got bullied by him, and even the conservatives threw the system of due process out the door. It is not good for the country, it brings chaos.


Shame on me and fellow Texas Republicans for voting him in, but 2018 is not too far, we will do the right thing, but do it respectfully obeying the law of the land.

The prime responsibility of Government is to protect her citizens from external and internal enemies -- the external being other nations attacking us, and we need not worry, we have got the best defense forces in the world. However, we are not defending millions of Americans with our #1 internal enemy; disease, which is crippling productivity of Americans from contributing to the greatness of America.

My fellow Republican need to understand that a healthy America makes us a productive Americans, the health care is an investment in human capital, and not a charity or subsidy. A corporation would rather have productive employees than the ones who get sick frequently and lower its productivity. It behooves for us to invest in the health care, even it were totally paid for by our taxes. Healthy Americans makes a healthy America.

The Affordable Care Act is not a political issue. It is neither Republican nor Democratic, it is an American issue, and it has two dimensions; legal and human.

It is illegal to drive on the wrong side of the road, it is illegal to go 40 MPH in a school zone during the school hours and it is illegal to rob the bank at gun point. It is illegal to bust onto Capitol Hill and stop their proceedings; it is illegal to stop the congressman from doing his duty if we don't like him or her. It is illegal to mess with the established systems.

The Affordable Care Act was passed by the Congress, the Senate and signed by the president and ratified by the Supreme Court. It is a shame that few of the Republicans to claim that no Republican voted for it, that is gross disrespect to our system. We honor all the legislations passed by the elected representatives. This is a dishonorable act on the part of the few and illegal. Shouldn't there be consequences for breaking the law? Shouldn't I be arrested if I block Ted Cruz from entering his office and doing his job just because I don't like him?

The human side of the equation is inhuman, that these nuts continue to be rewarded with a paycheck, and deny the same to 2 million federal workers. I was listening to NPR, some congresswoman said, she has got to have her paycheck because her son goes to college, what about the 2 million Americans, and don't they have kids? Why should you be bloody special?

Then my own story -- I could not afford the expensive health insurance, and was hit by a massive heart attack on July 9 this year and will be indebted for life to pay those bills. Then they say I needed a Quad-pass surgery and I was tense, and did not want to get into debt, no one would sell me the insurance. Thank God for the affordable health care, my wife found me the company to insure me with the pre-existing conditions. I am paying $380/month compared to $800 quotes I had received before. There are millions of Americans out there who can't even afford that. 

What Republicans need is an education in business besides basic biology and mathematics. We need to understand that the economy expands with volume and brings prosperity to everyone. If we make insurance affordable, the enrollment volume will pay for it, there is more money in the piggy bank to even out with the consumption. Then of course, a healthy America is good for the economy, good for business and good for the American spirit.

Video on Youtube

I urge my fellow Republicans and Americans to call on the Congress and demand to reopen the government. I have sent faxes and published the same. Please remember evil exists not because of men like Ted Cruz, but because of men and women like you and I, who do nothing. What are we afraid of doing the right thing? Please pick up the phone and make the call to your representative. You can find his or her number at here.
Mike Ghouse is a speaker, thinker and a writer on pluralism, politics, peace, Islam, Israel, India, interfaith, and cohesion at work place. He is committed to building a Cohesive America and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day

Thursday, October 17, 2013

America's hero Obama, and its Villian Ted Cruz


The Good news as of this morning, Thursday, October 17, 2013, the US Government is back in business.  Thank God for my fellow Republicans – the ranking ones like John McCain, Mitch McConnel and a whole lot of them for taking the action. Its a victory to Obama and victory to a majority of Americans for what he represents; Americans!  I have told Republicans to speak up against the extremists among us, I am glad they finally did.
 
Ted Cruz is the villain of our nation, and the villain of the ordinary Americans. He persisted because good Republicans did nothing about his evil designs. Finally an unprecedented thing happened - 88 out of 100 Senators have passed the bill, still 12 of them did not approve, and that is OK, that is how democracies function, at least some opposition is needed. As long as the majority is sensible and cares about America, we can move forward.

Ted screwed the Republican Party,  “
his act cannot be approved by conservative Republicans either, who prefer stability over chaos, and are disciplined enough to follow a system. That is how democracies work.”  John McCain has rightly called them Wacko birds.

The stupidity in my party is that a majority of them are goats, sheep, and conformists. No one has the balls to stand up against a handful of bullies – now we have learned the lesson. But it’s going to cost the house in 2014. I am afraid my favorite congressman Pete Sessions will be gone, is there any moderate Republican out there to take his place? 

Huffington Post - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mike-ghouse/obama-care-is-good-for-am_b_4082498.html

Action for Republicans by Republicans - http://theghousediary.blogspot.com/2013/10/action-for-republicans-by-republicans.html

http://republicanmoderates.blogspot.com/2013/10/government-shut-down-ted-cruz-and.html


These two are good for now.

Mike Ghouse is a speaker on Pluralism and offers pluralistic solution on issues of the day.  He is a moderate Republican committed to speak up against the tyranny of the extremists among the Republicans.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Government Shut down - Ted Cruz and the Republican Villains of the Nation

Yesterday, I screamed if we have Republican who have the balls to break ranks from GOP and speak up.

Yesterday, I screamed if we have Republican who have the balls to break ranks from GOP and speak up.
Jon Stewart did a good mockery
http://www.mediaite.com/tv/jon-stewart-shreds-gop-over-obamacare-utter-insanity-its-a-fcking-law/

John McCain did his part
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cb-rwXu0TxY

Jimmy Kimmel show the stupidity of the people about the Obama Care They may all be Republicans, stupidity is monopolized by Republicans. http://gawker.com/kimmel-asks-americans-to-choose-obamacare-or-the-affor-1433866673
Hear Congressman Peter King finally broke away from the ranks and oddly spoke sense. http://www.mediaite.com/tv/gop-rep-peter-king-this-shutdown-disaster-is-ted-cruzs-fault/
time for Republican extremists to be punished in 2014.
A few random notes I made on facebook:

MYTH ABOUT CHARITY

As a nation, collectively we are insured. We are protected from external attacks and for that we pay our armed forces, every American pays through Sales Tax or Income Tax. After that insurance, we have mandated auto insurance... and now we have mandated health insurance- this is the for the benefit of all Americans, not just who can afford, but all who want to be healthy and productive Citizens. We "give" billions in aid to other nations, what is wrong even if it were an aid to fellow Americans? Of course, health care is not charity, healthy Americans are good for America and would contribute to the overall well being of the nation.

----------- Obama Care will be appreciated by those average Americans whose loved ones died or were not given much care due to affordability and pre-existing conditions. The primary responsibility of the government is the safety of her citizens, when it can count on productive contributing citizens... Finally, we have a president who had the vision to care about average Americans, Republicans have fought hard on every front =- but their belligerency and fighting the to the end of their life is insane. Obama care is the law.
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There are millions of Americans out there, whose life is precious - my fellow Republicans would them rather die because they cannot afford or pre-existing conditions would prevent them from care... yet they call themselves pro-life, that does not square with.


Tricia I am a Republican and I don't have to be a obedient follower of the party to be a loyalist - I am a loyalist to the principles of the party and not the rogue leadership our party is infested with.
-------- Barry, thanks for the note.
COULD not agree more with you - its a public forum, when we post for the public to see. If it is a private item, we should communicate privately.

Tricia, thanks for your note. I don't think any one is questioning your intelligence for you to defend it, I am your friend, and I will defend you. But what they are questioning is the limited understanding of GOP you have to push others to be excluded who differ with you. Neither you own the party nor I. We see GOP from different lenses - I moan the deviation from the principles, you seem to believe deviation is the norm.

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 Just because the GOP is top heavy with Loonies does not make GOP looney - we just have to speak up instead of becoming conformists for the sake of letting it run the the rogues in our party. We have to speak up.. I don't see the need to leave the party because of them. I will stick around and keep speaking...
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Mike Ghouse
A Moderate Republican who cares about America above the stupidity of the party.


Mike Ghouse
A Moderate Republican who cares about America above the stupidity of the party.


 


Monday, September 30, 2013

Republicans Beware - you are in line for slaugther in 2014

I am proud of being a Republican, a true republican to call on the stupidity and disgusting nasty men like Ted Cruz, who I am shamefully voted. Its almost all the front line Republicans that needs to slaughtered by the American public in 2014. They are anti-American.

Very few Republicans have the balls to break ranks from these nerds and straighten them out. At Least John McCain and I are calling the same to distance themselves and save their spot in 2014. 

John Stewart gives it to them.

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/jon-stewart-shreds-gop-over-obamacare-utter-insanity-its-a-fcking-law/

Mike Ghouse, a moderate Republican

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Love Hate for John McCain



LOVE /HATE FOR JOHN McCAIN
When he speaks on his own, he is goof ball, but
when he speaks as Wiseman, you’d love him.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cb-rwXu0TxY

Here he could not have been more honest with American Public.  Ted Cruz needs to go, what an embarrassment he is for Texas, idiot is not in touch with the public.

Do the Republican in the last 8 years, know anything about Americans? None whatsoever!  I am a Republican and hoping for sanity to return to my party, loaded with idiots on the top, but the majority is still sane, I wish they have the balls to speak up and stop Cruz making an ass of himself. I voted for him, I am ashamed.

Obama care is here to stay, and the Republicans don’t need to be villains of the average American people. 

Mike Ghouse
Moderate Republican

Saturday, September 7, 2013

O’Donnell: Reagan let Saddam buy– and use–chemical weapons

Republicans are amazing... they live in their own lies. the moderates like me needs to take over the party from the extremists before the party gets thrown out by the American Public.  Though I have admired Reagan, I have always had doubts about his integrity from the Iran Contra lies. This link has a video-, a shocking video about Reagan. both Bush Jr and Reagan were ruthless men with no value for others lives.
--------- Take a look.

http://tv.msnbc.com/2013/09/05/odonnell-reagan-let-saddam-buy-and-use-chemical-weapons/

Though Ronald Reagan is often touted as a conservative hero, many Republicans have a selective memory about his actual record. Reaganites who object to tax increases of any kind, for example, seem to forget that the man himself actually raised taxes 11 times while in office.


The latest politician to misremember Reagan’s record is Rep. Illeana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, who invoked the former president Thursday on Fox News concerning the Syria debate.


“We have said as a responsible nation that the use of chemical weapons is prohibited,” Ros-Lehtinen said.  ”It is against the norms of international standards and to let something like this go unanswered, I think will weaken our resolve. I know that President Reagan would have never let this happen.”

Except that Ronald Reagan let exactly that happen, repeatedly, when Saddam Hussein used chemical weapons in the 1980s. But there’s more.


“Ronald Reagan didn’t just look the other way when Saddam used chemical weapons–he sold the stuff to Saddam,” said MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell in his Rewrite segment on Thursday. “The President of the United States was Saddam Hussein’s drug dealer.”


O’Donnell cited a 2002 Washington Post article by Michael Dodd that found “the administrations of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush authorized the sale to Iraq of numerous items that had both military and civilian applications, including poisonous chemicals and deadly biological viruses, such as anthrax and bubonic plague.”


As is widely reported, Hussein used these chemical weapons against Iranians in the Iran-Iraq war.
After the 1991 Gulf War, U.N. inspectors “compiled long lists of chemicals, missile components, and computers from American suppliers, including such household names as Union Carbide and Honeywell, which were being used for military purposes” in Iraq.


So it’s hard to understand where Rep. Ros-Lehtinen is coming from when she said, “We have to think like President Reagan would do and he would say chemical use is unacceptable.”


“That is what the mythical Ronald Reagan would say,” rebuked O’Donnell. “But the real Ronald Reagan said nothing when Saddam Hussein used chemical weapons, chemical weapons that the real Ronald Reagan actually helped him obtain.”

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Gov. Perry Unable to Find Vagina on Anatomical Doll

I have repeatedly asserted, my fellow Republicans need lessons in Maths and Biology.- Mike Ghouse

Gov. Perry Unable to Find Vagina on Anatomical Doll
http://thelapine.ca/gov-perry-unable-to-find-vagina-on-anatomical-doll/ 

medicaltrainingdoll
In a skirmish at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston about the state’s new ultra-restrictive abortion law, Democratic Senator Wendy Davis angrily told Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry he knows nothing about human reproduction or women’s vaginas.

“You don’t have to own an SUV to know where to pump the gas,” responded Perry, drawing immediate boos from the small lecture hall full of med students and from some of the media in attendance.

As the governor’s press handlers started to interrupt, Perry waved them off and stepped up to an anatomically-correct ‘female’ doll used in medical training that was laying on an examining table in the room.
“I’m not stupid.  Those are the vagina right there,” said Perry, pointing at but not touching the labi majora, the visible protruding edges leading in to the vagina.

As CNN reported, the room went quiet for a very brief second before erupting in “loud, loud laughter and what-the-f’s.”  Over the noise, Senator Davis could be heard repeating over and over, “Are you kidding me?  Are you kidding me?”

Perry has been heavily criticized by large numbers of Texans and other Americans for signing into law House Bill 2 which bans abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy and sets restrictive conditions that will shut down the vast majority of the state’s women’s health clinics that provide the service.  The clinics that will remain in business are owned by United Surgical Partners, a company marketed by Perry’s sister, Milla Perry Jones, who is also a shareholder.

As reporters began shouting questions at Governor Perry, he and security team agents huddled around the medical-training doll with Chief of Staff Billy B. Adair seen talking quietly into Perry’s ear.
“Hell, I was close,” said Perry, shrugging to the crowd in the room as he was shuffled out of the room speaking back over his shoulder.

“It’s all about protecting unborn life not about where some gal’s body parts are.  I knew it was there somewhere…” he could be heard saying as his voice trailed off into the hallway.

Senator Davis, who filibustered the first attempt to pass the abortion bill, said she couldn’t stop laughing because Perry’s comments were so “scary, scary stupid.”

“He just compared women’s bodies to his Chevy Suburban,” said Davis loudly over the buzz of talking in the room.

“Governor Perry couldn’t find a vagina today.  Governor Perry couldn’t find a vagina even if you put a post-it note on it.”

Sue Dunum

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Crazy Republican Liz Cheney's agenda

Our stupidity is all cornered into the cespool called Republican Territory. This is the dumbest campaign agenda, I have seen.

Its hard to understand the people in the Wyoming, if they vote for her. A candidate should bring a sense of safety and not scare the shit out of people. 


This is pathetic, we have to fix our party before it is swallowed by idiots.

Mike Ghouse,
A Moderate Republican


10 Fun Facts About Wyoming Senate Candidate Liz Cheney

http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2013/07/10-important-facts-about-liz-cheney

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Fox Fatwa on Bill Maher - Sin of criticizing Reagan, fountain head of tea party

The fatwa against Bill Maher
Watch this 4 minutes video of Bill Maher criticizing Reagan
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Moderate republican majority does nothing, but the intolerant ones will not watch it. This has got to change. Reagan is not God and must be subjected to criticism like any one else.

Mike Ghouse 
 
Politically correct TV executives and advertisers are rushing to censor the talk show host for exercising his right to free speech.

http://www.salon.com/2001/09/24/maher_5/
Since Sept. 11, we’ve been told again and again that our failure to act in a certain way would be the moral equivalent of allowing the terrorists to win. As in: “If we don’t get back to work, they win;” or “If we don’t go ahead and play football this weekend, they win;” or “If this changes the way we think about Arab-Americans, they win.” And, in a way, it’s true — few of us are going to be fighting the battle on the ground in Afghanistan, but there are ways in which we can all do our part. Ways that include resolutely defending values that define our country.
But just as this new military battleground is going to be complicated and risky, so, too, is the one at home. And in the last few days, there is one front where it appears that our enemies might be winning: the First Amendment. To the extent that we give up our fundamental freedoms of expression and dissent, then, yes, “they” have clearly won.
One of those battles is going on right now. It involves Bill Maher, who has been excoriated for what he said on “Politically Incorrect” last week. But excoriation — a valuable form of free speech — is not a problem. Censorship is.
Aren’t “they” winning when three ABC affiliates, including the Washington, D.C. station, cancel the show?
Aren’t “they” winning when networks cave in to rabble-rousing, self-promoting radio shock jocks like Dan Patrick from Houston who started this tempest in a teapot, and who midweek called the show to suggest himself as a guest?
And aren’t “they” winning when major sponsors like Federal Express and Sears put a higher price on their corporate image than on the essential democratic ingredient of free speech by pulling their ads? These companies have no problems defending capitalism, but they shrink from defending the values that make it possible.
When the country just learned with such penetrating anguish what real terror is, how can the corporate logo polishers fear Bill Maher? Particularly when the point he was making was such an important one.
So what, exactly, was his point?
In response to conservative guest Dinesh D’Souza’s assertion that people who are willing to die in service to their cause, whatever else they may be, are not “cowards,” Maher said: “We have been the cowards lobbing cruise missiles from 2,000 miles away. That’s cowardly.”
I was sitting next to Bill when he said this. And not only did I not object, I wholeheartedly agreed. In fact, in the past, I’ve made much the same criticism of a foreign policy that obliges our military to fight at great remove from the theater of battle. It was a mistake when we bombed a pharmaceutical factory in the Sudan, and it was a mistake when we killed the very Albanian refugees we were trying to protect with our indiscriminate carpet-bombing of Kosovo.
President Bush, himself, has been making much the same point that Bill Maher did: “It will not look like the air war above Kosovo two years ago, where no ground troops were used and not a single American was lost in combat.”
Presumably, if Maher had made those same comments on Sept. 10, nobody would have batted an eyelid. But by uttering the same opinion seven days later, he put the very existence of his show at risk.
Have we all gone mad? What becomes of a country when opinions considered perfectly legitimate — and indeed uttered by hundreds of academics, journalists and members of Congress — suddenly become a crime worthy of the media death penalty?
If the attacks on innocent American lives end up making us more like our attackers, don’t they most spectacularly win? And don’t the corporate sponsors, the affiliates, and ABC itself see the inconsistency in the fact that, as a way of showing solidarity against the Taliban, they are using the Taliban’s trademark weapon — the stifling of dissent?
Isn’t freedom what we’re fighting for? And isn’t lack of freedom — including freedom of the press — the hallmark of our enemies?
“Cowardly” was the injurious word uttered by Maher. Well, let me use it now where it really belongs — to describe ABC if it decides to cancel a show that is, after all, called “Politically Incorrect.”
The “Politically Incorrect” episode in question was the first since the attack. At curtain time, the entire studio was electric with anxiety. “Politically Incorrect,” though it deals with serious subjects is, after all, a satirical program. So we all held our breath as Bill stepped onto the tightrope.
Maher’s tone-setting opening comments, which took the place of his usual monologue, were nothing short of brilliant and — in light of the media firestorm that followed — remarkably prescient. “I do not relinquish,” he said, “nor should any of you, the right to criticize, even as we support, our government. This is still a democracy, and they’re still politicians … Political correctness itself is something we can no longer afford. Feelings are gonna get hurt so that actual people won’t, and that will be a good thing.” At the end of the show, the audience rose in a standing ovation.
As well as being the host of the show, Bill is my friend. And, as his friend, at that moment, and throughout that show, I was really proud of him. Proud of how perfect a note he had struck between rallying around the flag, showing grief, and expressing dissent. How he had shown that they are not mutually contradictory. And everything that has happened since has only made me prouder of him — and more disgusted at the politically correct cowards who are trying to stifle him.
We cannot let them succeed, for, as Benjamin Franklin put it, “Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.”