Poll: New Tone Nominees April 23-30

Sanctimonious lefties love to blast conservatives for their “vitriolic discourse”, yet often fail spectacularly to maintain basic civility in their own discourse. The New Tone Award is reserved for liberal notables who wallow in this hypocrisy. You’ll notice some repeat offenders, and familiar odious themes in today’s poll – Palin-bashing, Christian-bashing, and the good old race card is coming back strong.

I’m a bit late with this – I had an out of town trip, and a First Communion, this weekend. Normally the vote starts on Friday, and runs through the weekend. This weekend, it’s starting late Sunday, and running through Monday.

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LA Times Columnist, Meghan Daum, Calls Sarah Palin a ‘Special-Needs Case’

“Even Traister, an unabashed liberal and feminist who writes for the left-leaning online magazine Salon, is evidence of the way thoughtful writers treat Palin as a special-needs case…If there was ever a candidate who brought out the worst in people, who encouraged hollow rejoinders but made honest analysis almost impossible, it is she”.

Maher denounced Tea Party followers as “sad, unfortunate people” because they are “corporate America’s useful idiots” who don’t allow “facts” to “get in that tin foil helmet.”

Then he employed his usual “tea-baggers” phrase, but CBS silenced the “baggers” so viewers heard dead air when Maher spoke that foul term:

I don’t have any respect, no, I don’t have any respect for the tea-(baggers) [word silenced] and I do call them the tea-(baggers) [word silenced again] — even though they hate it. I will stop calling them Tea-(baggers) [word silenced for a third time] when they stop calling it Obamacare, that’s my deal.

Apparently, Jesus is a socialist. And, luckily, O’Donnell doesn’t come across as smug, self-righteous and sanctimonious in this clip.

This is what the Republican Party stands for, though: racism. I think Donald Trump is a racist.

Tavis Smiley on Tuesday said the upcoming presidential race is “going to be the ugliest, the nastiest, the most divisive, and the most racist in the history of this republic.”

One more sign the Age of Civility is over: an MSNBC host urging Dems to be more “vicious” toward Republicans. Oh, and to engage in more “name-calling.”Apparently writing off any career ambitions of succeeding to the Miss Manners slot, Cenk Uygur issued his recommendations last night in the course of disagreeing with a Dem congressman who was insufficiently coarse for Cenk’s taste.

First, bringing up Transcriptism, Clarence Page chuckled that “He [Trump] must have his presidents mixed up,” meaning it must be Bush who needed special help to get into Yale (and Harvard Business).

They both had themselves a laugh at that. How dumb Bush is! They’ve been saying that for ten years, of course.

Then, next segment, still marveling that only a racist could question a president’s academic ability, he said, quote, “They would never say this about a white president!!!”

Um? Didn’t you? Like five minutes ago?

Didn’t you? For ten years straight?

And then, in case you completely forgot about the last ten years, I repeat: Didn’t you just five minutes ago?

I’ll let NewsBusters tell you what happened, but let’s just say it includes Joy Behar calling Sarah Palin “illiterate” while comparing her to “jock itch,“ and also a panel member piling on by making the curious charge that Palin is ”anti-semetic:”

On Wednesday’s edition of the Rosie O’Donnell show, Rosie went after Sarah Palin as an ignoramus as she lamented that Obama had to go through hoops to produce a birth certificate: “[Obama] has just released his actual birth certificate…He asked [Hawaii] to break their law and release it to shut all these idiots up.”

But when you start attacking other people as ignorant, it’s probably a bad idea to start mangling words and getting things wrong: “Sarah Palin has ushered in a whole new level of ignorance as a consumerable quantity.” Consumerable? If Palin said “consumerable,” how many reporters and comedians would rejoice? (See “refudiate.”)

Rosie then said “When she was running, it was almost like a joke that she would say the things that she did, like ‘I can see Russia from my house.’” It wasn’t “almost” a joke. It was actually a joke by Tina Fey — and not something Palin actually said.

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Pledge as little as possible, so the rednecks who always demand spending cuts are satisfied.
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Seriously, the Koch brothers who own Georgia Pacific and many other entities, are against federal and state social spending. They created the “tea party movement” with their massive fortunes. Now they should put their money where their mouths are. Each of these brothers own 21.5 billion dollars each. Consider this: each billion is 1000 million, so each of them are hoarding 21,500 million dollars for a grand total of 43,000 million dollars. I’d like to invite these American oligarchs to loosen some money from their purse strings and lead by example. give as much money as possible so that federal and state funds will not be necessary to help the people in the red states (their natural base). Thoughts?
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@NiceDeb How about that global warming? Wait, you neocons don’t believe in that. More witches like you mean more tornadoes.

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Poll: New Tone Nominees For 4/16-4/22

Lefties love to blast conservatives for their “vitriolic discourse”, yet often fail spectacularly to maintain basic civility in their own discourse.   The New Tone Award is reserved for liberal notables who wallow in this hypocrisy.

I had thought that with this being Holy Week, I’d have to scale down my poll to fewer than the usual ten entries, but boy, was I wrong. Nothing can stop the left’s assault on human decency, not even the holiest week on the Christian calendar. One of our nominee’s even used Holy week as a pretext to attack and insult the tea party.

I generally ignore left wing websites because who has the time (or the stomach) to slog through their bile on a daily basis. But Wonkette really distinguished itself, this week, and deserves some special recognition. After this week, maybe I’ll  make Wonkette an honorary all time New Tone winner, so I don’t have to bother with them, anymore.

New Tone Nominees For 4/16-4/22

Paul Krugman on civility Jan 2011: “violent acts are what happen when you create a climate of hate. And it’s long past time for the GOP’s leaders to take a stand against the hate-mongers.” Krugman April 2011: “Civility is the Last Refuge of Scoundrels”

At the beginning of last week, the commentariat was in raptures over the Serious, Courageous, Game-Changing Ryan plan. But now that the plan has been exposed as the cruel nonsense it is, what we’re hearing a lot about is the need for more civility in the discourse. President Obama did a bad thing by calling cruel nonsense cruel nonsense; he hurt Republican feelings, and how can we have a deal when the GOP is feeling insulted?

Krugman last January:

You know that Republicans will yell about the evils of partisanship whenever anyone tries to make a connection between the rhetoric of Beck, Limbaugh, etc. and the violence I fear we’re going to see in the months and years ahead. But violent acts are what happen when you create a climate of hate. And it’s long past time for the GOP’s leaders to take a stand against the hate-mongers.

MSNBC guest David Cay Johnston suggests that Paul Ryan’s admiration for Ayn Rand makes him pro-terrorist.

“You know, Congressman Ryan requires his staff to read Ayn Rand, whose fictional hero, Howard Roark, is a man who blew up a building because it wasn’t built exactly to his specifications as the architect,” Johnston said. “I mean, that’s the kind of society we want where our leaders say, not only are we taking from the sick and poor but we’re going to hold out as a model people who commit felonies like blowing up buildings. We really need to dig into understanding the kind of people who would put forth these ideas.”

Ed Schultz Again Calls Republicans Liars Before Lying Himself

Not surprisingly, the guy that just seconds earlier said, “Republicans have been lying about tax cuts for years” claimed it was Democrats that held spending in check when Clinton was President.

I guess he forgot that Republicans took over Congress in 1995 and that they’re the ones that held Clinton’s spending in check for six of his eight years.

Jack Steuf at Wonkette Makes Fun of Trig Palin, Calls Him “Retarded”

What’s he dreaming about? Nothing. He’s retarded.

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His mom went to a lot of trouble to leak amniotic fluid over 8 states to make sure that he arrived in this world somewhat alive,”

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Enjoy yourself today, Trig. Have fun! Get drunk (on purpose this time)! We can hardly wait for 15 years from now, when you will finally be able to vote and will be sent off by your mother’s junta to fight the Union in the Great Alaska War. It’ll be quite a loss. You’re the smartest one in that family.

University Prof. Sends Vulgar E-Mail to College GOP: ‘Fu** You!’

When the College Republican club at the University of Iowa sent out a university-approved blast e-mail regarding its “Conservative Coming out Week,” one professor took umbrage with it. And she let the group know it with three some simple words: “Fu** You Republicans!”

Ellen Lewin, a professor of Anthropology and Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies in the Department of Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies, was outraged at the club‘s playful rundown of the week’s events, which included a friendly blood drive competition between Republicans and Democrats “for a good cause.”

Joy Behar: Bill O’Reilly Needs to Be Smacked Around

“Well, he is little bit intimidating as you say,” Behar remarked to MacLaine confirming her . He bullies you a little bit, I think. I felt that.” At the end of the segment MacLaine insisted that O’Reilly needs a motherly figure like Joy Behar to control him. “To smack him around,” Behar added, and MacLaine agreed.

On Faith’ Contributor, liberal theologian Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite,Calls Paul Ryan Budget Supporters to Repentance This Holy Week

Christian evangelicals who support the Ryan budget that hurts the poor and rewards the rich as the ‘Gospel according to Ayn Rand’ have some soul searching to do and Holy Week is a good time to do that.

“I think it’s fair to say that their vision is radical,” Obama told a town hall gathering at the headquarters of Facebook, the huge social network company.

“I don’t think it’s particularly courageous,” he said of the GOP plan to convert Medicare to a voucher program and make big cuts to the federal-state Medicaid program for the poor.

Bonus: Later, at a privaate fund-raiser in San Francisco, Obama scolded and blamed “climate change deniers”

In a tweet, Wonkette announces that their former advertiser, Papa John’s, is not only “shitty,” but “homophobic.”

Homophobic = not giving gays a pass on every nasty thing they say or do. That is the only possible definition of the word he can be using to get to this conclusion.

The site was just as gay when Papa John’s was advertising on it before. The only difference is that they posted that nasty Trig post.

So the only conclusion that can be drawn is that the gentleman scholars at Wonkette believe that only homophobes could ever hold gays responsible for their actions. Truly enlightened people give them a pass on everything.

Because they’re gay.

Homeland Security’s outgoing communications chief, Sean Smith threatened to “f—ing decapitate” the staff at the immigration office press shop.

After some back-and-forth among the staff, Smith sent an email to Nantel and her deputy Richard Rocha with the following:

“I swear to f—ing god I am going to come over to ICE and f—cking decapitate every single person in both the press shop and leg shop,” he wrote. “Not only does Eileen have all this information, she also knows the NYT has it. Only 3-4 people knew that, and most of them are on this email chain.”

He ended the note with, “John, we need to talk about the future of your press shop.” The last part was directed toward John Morton, the director of ICE who was copied on the email along with a few other officials.

Chris Matthews: Tea Partiers Just Want to Cut Funding to the Poor

“Well, the only cuts that they seem to want are the cuts to the poor people….you’re laughing because you know how right-wingers think.”

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When You’re losing, “Shut Up” Is All You Have Left

Via The MacIver Institute:

From using Nazi references to adorning the American Flag with political bumper stickers and using it as a poncho, the full extremism of the left was on display in Madison, Wisconsin this weekend.

Rejecting any attempts at conveying a ‘New Tone,’ pro-labor union activists attempt to drown out speakers at the tea party rally at the State Capitol on April 16, 2011.

Rally speakers included John Fund of the Wall Street Journal, conservative media maven Andrew Breitbart and former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin. However, the protesters did their best to prevent those in attendance from hearing any of them.

Last weekend, we saw the left out in full force – not only in Madison, but Portland, Phoenix, Boston, and elsewhere, trying to drown out the tea party. Not content to respectfully counter protest by displaying their own messages, they aimed to disrupt, and shut down stronger voices.

After losing big in November, and in union reform budget battles  all across the nation, their desperation is clearly showing. Their clanging cowbells sound like a death rattle to me.

See Left-Wing Institute For Civil Discourse for more on the counter protests, last weekend. Start at the top and scroll down.

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Poll: New Tone Nominees For Week Of 4/09-4/16

Lefties love to blast conservatives for their “vitriolic discourse”, yet often fail spectacularly to maintain basic civility in their own discourse.   The New Tone Award is reserved for liberal notables who wallow in this hypocrisy. Details about what each nominee said to deserve being singled out for this dubious honor, can be found below the poll.

We are starting to see some repeat offenders, and this week, one individual really distinguished himself by earning two slots in the poll.

Poll: New Tone Nominees For Week Of 4/09-4/15

Ed Markey (D-ranged): GOP “Trying To Destroy The Whole Wide World”

Some choice derangement from his rants about GOP legislation to stop ‘net neutrality” and stop the EPA from regulation greenhouse gases without Congressional authority:

  • the GOP is trying to shut down the Internet
  • GOP stands for “gang of polluters”
  • Republicans are trying to destroy the World Wide Web
  • Republicans are trying to destroy the whole wide world
  • from smokestacks belching massive amounts of dangerous global warming pollution
  • human health (from a trace gas necessary for most life on Earth) should be our priority
  • these two evil legislative twins would pull us in the opposite direction

Tingles: “30,000 People Will Die Because of Paul Ryan’s Budget”…

In an interview with actress Ashley Judd about health issues in Africa, Chris Matthews declares 30,000 people will die because of the Paul Ryan plan.

Bill Maher To Rachel Maddow On The GOP: ‘I Hate Them As Much As You Do’

After spending nearly thirteen minutes venting about the Republicans, in the final few seconds, Maher simply concluded, “I don’t know what to say about these people Rachel, I hate them as much as you do.”

Dem Rep. Loretta Sanchez Says Congressional Tea Party Republicans Are Unintelligent For Caring About The Constitution…

Bonus: Mocks them using bigoted southern accent.

Newsweek: “GOP Views Poor As Parasites”…

News Weak frames the budget debate as a War on the Weak: How the GOP came to view the poor as parasites—and the rich as our rightful rulers.

DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz: GOP Budget Plan Kills Seniors

Republicans’ budget plan would put seniors’ lives at risk, the incoming chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) said Thursday.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Florida congresswoman tapped by President Obama to lead the DNC, said she stood by her characterization of Republicans’ 2012 budget as a “death trap” for seniors.

When pressed on whether she intended to say that the GOP budget put seniors’ lives at risk, Wasserman Schultz doubled down.

“That’s exactly what I’m suggesting,” she said during an appearance on CNN.

Olbermann: S.E. Cupp Should Have Never Been Born, Proves ‘Necessity’ of Planned Parenthood

Olbermann posted this on Twitter: “On so many levels she’s a perfect demonstration of the necessity of the work Planned Parenthood does RT @meow_6 #worstpersons S.E Cupp bashing PP on Joy Behar last nite. http://j.mp/hktGUX”

Jim Wallis Says Paul Ryan Is a Bully & Hypocrite Who’s Never Been Around Poor People and Has No Courage

“Paul Ryan is acting like a bully. Bullies pick on people who have no clout. He’s not picking on the people who have the real money. He’s not asking his rich friends to sacrifice. He’s Acting like a bully.  This has to be said out loud.”

Chris Matthews Mocks Fox News as a ‘Roach Motel,’ Admits He’s Gone Easy on Colleague Donald Trump

Hardball’s Chris Matthews on Thursday slammed Fox News as a “roach motel” for possible presidential candidates, knocking the chances of that network’s analysts, Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin. Yet, the MSNBC anchor, who obsesses daily about the so-called birther issue, admitted he hasn’t been as tough on Donald Trump as he could. (Trump, of course, hosts The Apprentice on parent channel NBC.)

Democrat New Tone: Pa Politician Asks If She Can Kill A Colleague, ‘Blow His Brains Out”

…the debate was about the expansion of the Castle Doctrine in Pennsylvania, an expansion that would give more citizens the right to protect themselves from attack. Representative Davidson was attempting to make a point on how she felt the Castle Doctrine was a dangerous law and to illustrate her point she made reference to Representative Daryl Metcalfe (R, Butler County). Metcalfe is a strong Second Amendment supporter and one of the chamber’s conservative members.

In open debate, right on the floor of the House, Davidson said, “If the gentleman from Butler County stood yelling, knowing that he’s a gun-toter, and I felt threatened, would I be protected under court law if I blew his brains out.”

After this outrageous utterance, the Pilly Inquirer’s John Baer reports that Rep. Davidson was so pleased with herself she “giggled.”

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Poll: New Tone Nominees For Week Of April 2 – April 9

The left loves to blast conservatives for their “vitriolic discourse”, yet often fail spectacularly to maintain basic civility in their own discourse.   The New Tone Award is reserved for liberal notables who wallow in this hypocrisy.

New Tone Nominees For Week of April 2 – April 9

Howard Dean Tells College Students Fox News Lies – Then Lies to Them Four Times

“What Fox News says is often not true, and they know it’s not true and they say it anyway. It is not a news organization. It is a very expensive, incredibly well-funded, right-wing propaganda organization.”

Dean continued to drive this point home claiming that the reason so many Fox viewers believed Saddam Hussein was involved in 9/11 was because “they were lied to every single day on virtually every program on Fox News.”

Video With Cheney Fighting For Breath Leaves Mika Laughing


Today’s Morning Joe played a Letterman clip of a faux-promo for an imaginary TV show called “The Dick Cheney Story.”  As the title song from the Mary Tyler Moore Show plays merrily in the background, we’re treated to images of Cheney wielding a gun, in a wheelchair and undergoing open-heart surgery.  The clip closes with video of Cheney fighting to get a breath of air.Cut to Mika, doubled-over, laughing hysterically, literally to the point of tears.
During the question-and-answer period, Olbermann told a student who identified himself as a College Republican,  that “most conservatives are wildly stupid.”

“Little piggies go to market, and clean up on Aisle 5,” the article’s online headline snarked.”Repulsion may or may not be the show’s ultimate intent, but it stirs up unsettling and complex thoughts, not only about the sins of gluttony and pride, but also about the production and consumption of cheap, processed food,” Stuever insisted. “There’s also something to snack on for those of us fretting over an ever-widening wealth gap amid dwindling resources.”

The path that the Republicans are taking to achieve this is what we call in the media, what I’ve called in the media for a long time, a dead demographic story. What is a dead demographic story? A dead demographic story is it only affects them old folks! And them young folks ain’t gonna be paying attention to it! The 18-to-34, the 25-to-49 crowd. Medicare? What the hell’s that?! I’m trying to keep my job, man! What are you talking about?! That doesn’t catch my attention! But it catches the attention of the almost dead!

Jim Moran Snaps at Veteran: “Sit Down, or leave”:

Moran’s contempt shines through right from the moment he begins speaking, saying, “And if you served your country in the military for 27 years, I thank you for that service, sir.”  Is it so unusual to find a military veteran in Moran’s district that his gratitude has to come with a qualifier?  Does Moran employ the qualifier for veterans who ask questions along the lines of “How can you be so totally awesome and humble at the same time?”  He then insults the constituent by claiming that his question was “caustic” rather than “legitimate,” prompting the veteran to interrupt — and Moran to act like an old schoolmarm when he does.

Rep. Louise Slaughter: GOP Freshmen Came to Washington ‘To Kill Women’

“This is probably one of the worst times we’ve seen because the numbers of people elected to Congress. I went through this as co-chair of the arts caucus,” Slaughter said. “In ’94 people were elected simply to come here to kill the National Endowment for the Arts. Now they’re here to kill women.”

“There is actually a war on women,” the California Democrat said Thursday in Washington, taking aim at House Republicans’ efforts to defund Planned Parenthood and restrict access to abortions, among other measures.

“We are absolutely outraged. This is the functional equivalent of bombing innocent civilians,” she said.

“It’s time that the District of Columbia told the Congress to go straight to hell!”

On MSNBC, Dem Sanchez Tries To Drown Out Republican With ‘Broke Because of Bush’ Chant

During an interview on MSNBC this morning on the subject of the budget and possible government shutdown, the Dem congresswoman from California tried to drown out her Republican colleague from New York, Michael Grimm, by chanting “broke because of Bush.”

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New Tone Nominees For March 26- April 1

The left loves to blast conservatives for their “vitriolic discourse”, yet often fail spectacularly to maintain basic civility in their own discourse.   The New Tone Award is reserved for liberal notables who wallow in this hypocrisy.

Soros-Funded Media Matters Declares “Guerilla War” on Fox News…

The liberal group Media Matters has quietly transformed itself in preparation for what its founder, David Brock, described in an interview as an all-out campaign of “guerrilla warfare and sabotage” aimed at the Fox News Channel.

Anthony Weiner insults Iowa Tea Party on Twitter:

@RepWeiner:  Perhaps the best thing of the week. The Iowa tea posse stops brushing their tooth long enough to boo me. #ilovehowcrazyimakethem

Bill Maher Calls Sarah Palin a Vagina Again – This Time Beginning With a ‘C’

According to the Dallas Voice, this happened on Sunday while Maher was “performing” at the Winspear Opera House (photo courtesy Reuters):

It’s that fearlessness — he acknowledged that some people would probably be uncomfortable with some of his remarks about religion, not to mention calling Sarah Palin a “cunt” (“there’s just no other word for her”).

Ed Schultz: ‘Are You With The Terrorists, Or Are You With The President Of The United States?’

Republicans are attacking the Commander-in-Chief during a time of war! . . . There should be no debate: we ought to be kicking [Gaddafi’s] ass . . . Whose side are you on? Are you with the terrorists, Sarah, or are you with the President of the United States? . . . And I have to ask the question tonight: where is the patriotism from all of these war-hawks? Where’s the patriotism of the Republican party? . . . What about being a patriot?

(more pathetic than uncivil).
Now, in all fairness, I had been warned about this because if anything can be compared to your 88-year-old Republican mother who raised you Catholic explaining to you how her bird masturbates, I don’t know what’s more disturbing. In my personal opinion, she sort of did what he does with his arms, except she had trouble with the word. She’s like, oh Stephy, what’s the word, masturbate. I was like, oh, I know, wow.

In this universe of unreason, two plus two can equal anything you want and heaven is not only real but anything you want it to be. At age four, the inability to distinguish between fantasy and reality is charming. Among American adults, widespread identification with the mind of a preschooler is scary.

New York Senator Chuck Schumer was caught on tape Tuesday instructing his Democratic colleagues on how to spin the media with regard to “extreme” Republicans and their budget cuts. “I always use extreme…That is what the caucus instructed me to use,” Schumer blurted.


There’s semantic nonsense, really, about regime change, because the fact is it’s almost as if the phrase, regime change, has been tainted by the big, greasy paws of Dick Cheney.

Barney Frank: Bachmann ‘Cuckoo’, Tea Party Doesn’t Understand Constitution

“as with Congresswoman Bachmann and some others – when you’re talking about people who sometimes inhabit cloud cuckoo land and in cloud cuckoo land, yeah that could be the case.” Frank also said “the Republicans are so frightened by the Tea Party, that their leadership has backed away from an effort to compromise.”

 

“The thing that sticks in my mind, I guess, more than anything else — and this is something that has happened. My wife teaches first grade. This past week, one of the kids in her class, a little first grader’s dad is getting sent to Afghanistan. And he was really sad. And she said, ‘Eell, you know, your dad is doing something really good. He’s going to a country where people there are trying to take away the freedoms of other people there, keep them from living a good life. So he’s leaving to do something good.’ And one of the little girls in class just on her own — and this has never been talked about in class, because my wife doesn’t do that — said, ‘It’s kind of like Mr. Cheatham, he left to make our schools better.’ And when I heard that, that gave me a reason —”

(transcript via The Blaze).

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