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Lamest Coup Excuse

Over the weekend the democratically elected president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, was taken out of power by the military. The AP article that first announced that ousting wouldn't actually call it a coup, and instead only said that the Zelaya was "calling it" a coup. The first sentence in the article also made the point of announcing that Zelaya was an ally of Hugo Chavez, as if that made it ok. So we knew from the beginning that this was going to be a weird one. The Obama administration has denounced the takeover but is also refusing to call it a coup.

A website called BoRev.net (found via Digby) has compiled the weirdest of the coup-deniers and made a contest out of it. You can go there to vote for your favorite, but they're all pretty warped.

  • Candidate 1: Interim dictator Roberto Micheletti describes how he found himself in this new role: "I did not reach this position because of a coup. I am here because of an absolutely legal transition process."
  • Candidate 2: The WSJ's Mary Anastacia O'Grady describes the military overthrow as all part of a country's democratic system of "checks and balances."
  • Candidate 3: Ed Morrissey at Hot Air invents an awesome new concept. This was "less of a coup and more of a military impeachment."
  • Candidate 4: At the Corner, Ray Walser praised the way "Congress, the courts, and the military joined forces" in a "deliberate, bipartisan manner."
  • Candidate 5: Rick Moran at the American Thinker doesn't care if it's a coup, only who it serves: "Does the fact that the coup is in the interests of the United States even matter to our president?"

By fnord12 | June 30, 2009, 12:03 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link

Headline: Jobless benefit rolls drop sharply to nearly 6.7M


But it's not clear whether recipients of unemployment insurance are finding new jobs or simply using up all their benefits, which typically last 26 weeks.

"It is unlikely that new hiring has picked up in any meaningful fashion," Joshua Shapiro, chief economist with MFR Inc., a consulting firm, wrote in a note to clients. "More probable is that long-term unemployed are starting to fall off the rolls."


By fnord12 | June 18, 2009, 10:47 AM | Liberal Outrage | Comments (1)| Link


My takeaway from this is that the plan will work of the public option and mandates are left in, but health care proponents just handed a huge PR victory to their opponents due to their lack of confidence or willingness to stand up for their ideals. My spin on this would be "Look, we tried to take the public plan out and it's just way too expensive without it."

By fnord12 | June 16, 2009, 1:28 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link

Calls for Shepard Smith to be fired

I don't know how he's stayed on at Fox as long as he has.

By fnord12 | June 12, 2009, 4:55 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link

Supporting the Public Plan

MoveOn has a petition to members of Congress supporting the Progessive Caucus' demand that that any healthcare reform include a Public Option.

By fnord12 | June 11, 2009, 1:01 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link

Above all else, let no photos be seen.


Upset that the torture photo suppression amendment he and Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut had jointly offered has now been stricken from the War Suppemental, Senator Graham is saying that a filibuster is on the table. Our dynamic duo are threatening to hold up any and all legislation in the Senate until Congress passes their legislation to prohibit the release of photos showing detainee abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan. Beyond the sheer display of childish petulance, this begs the question, what are they trying to hide?

By fnord12 | June 9, 2009, 10:20 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link

Despite it all, they seem to be doing just fine*

Sadly, No:

Now at this point, I expected the GOP to come up with a list of cuts that involve obscure research grants to study polar bear sex or something along those lines.

Unfortunately for us all, their proposed cuts are even stupider than I'd ever imagined:

Rather than proposing, for example, the elimination of the Education Department, as they have in the past, Republicans are suggesting killing a program that pays for building sidewalks, bike paths and crossing guards as part of the Safe Routes to Schools program. That would save $183 million a year.

Vote Republican: We'll save money by letting your children get crushed by cars!

We need a better opposition party. Is anyone thinking of reconstituting the Whigs?

*If judged by percent of media time devoted to their spokespeople.

By fnord12 | June 4, 2009, 5:42 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link

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