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When Roger West first launched the progressive political blog "News From The Other Side" in May 2010, he could hardly have predicted the impact that his venture would have on the media and political debate. As the New Media emerged as a counterbalance to established media sources, Roger wrote his copious blogs about national politics, the tea party movement, mid-term elections, and the failings of the radical right to the vanguard of the New Media movement. Roger West's efforts as a leading blogger have tremendous reach. NFTOS has led the effort to bring accountability to mainstream media sources such as FOX NEWS, Breitbart's "Big Journalism. Roger's breadth of experience, engaging style, and cultivation of loyal readership - over 92 million visitors - give him unique insight into the past, present, and future of the New Media and political rhetoric that exists in our society today. What we are against: Radical Right Wing Agendas Incompetent Establishment Donald J. Trump Corporate Malfeasence We are for: Global and Econmoic Security Social and Economic Justice Media Accountability THE RESISTANCE

Thursday, February 28, 2013


Gun huggers, consider yourselves on notice! In a gut wrenching way, Neil Heslin told congress yesterday that he has come to speak for his son, Jesse Heslin, who was gunned down in the Newtown massacre.

Speaking about his best friend [his son], Neil Heslin stated that while he approved of the second amendment [you know when muskets and cannons where around], he was adamant about banning assault weapons.

That elder Heslin went on to say:
"Jesse was the love of my life," said Neil Heslin, sobbing as he described his 6-year-old son before the Senate Judiciary Committee. "He was the only family I had left. It's hard for me to be here today to talk about my deceased son. I have to. I'm his voice."

Heslin recounted his last moments with his son when he took him to pick up his favorite, sausage egg and cheese sandwich and hot chocolate before dropping him off at school on the morning of Dec. 14.

"It was 9:04 when I dropped Jesse off. Jesse gave me a hug and a kiss and at that time said goodbye and love you. He stopped and said, I loved mom too." Heslin and his wife are separated.

"That was the last I saw of Jesse as he ducked around the corner. Prior to that when he was getting out of the truck he hugged me and held me and I could still feel that hug and pat on the back and he said everything's going to be ok dad. It's all going to be ok," Heslin said breaking down in tears a second time. "It wasn't ok. I have to go home at night to an empty house without my son."


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I like the idea of female elected officials taking on the bully pulpit [NRA]. If more leaders took this stance, then we could run the gun huggers right out of town!

Roger West

Wednesday, February 27, 2013


Barring a last minute Congressional compromise, $85 billion in automatic across-the-board cuts will go into effect in the next 72 hours as a result of the sequester mechanism included in the 2011 Budget Control Act.

Teapublicans — many of whom voted for the BCA and have for years championed deep spending reductions — are hoping to blame the Democrats and President Obama for the consequences of the cuts, claiming that if “bad things” happen as a result of sequester, “it’s because [Obama] wants them to.” As the nation moves closer to the March 1 deadline, here is your guide to the GOP spin on the sequester:


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We need spending cuts to get the economy going. The GOP claims that government spending is out of control and reason that reducing spending would spur greater economic growth. But government expenditures have grown at its slowest pace since the Eisenhower administration under President Obama and the latest projections from the Congressional Budget Office show that the nation’s deficits have shrunk by trillions of dollars, and the debt is close to being stabilized as a percentage of the economy. Austerity measures have dragged down economic growth in Europe and some economists argue that sequestration won’t actually lead to substantial shrinking of the deficit, since fiscal contraction caused by sequestration is likely to slow economic growth, reducing tax revenue and preventing meaningful deficit reduction.

Agencies need more flexibility to avoid cuts in crucial services. After backing sequestration mechanism — the harmful cuts that were designed to force lawmakers to reach a comprehensive deal to reduce the deficit with additional revenue and spending reductions — Teapublicans are now considering legislation that would leave Obama and federal agencies with the responsibility of carving out waste and unnecessary spending while preserving critical government services. In reality, the problem isn’t one of authority. Programs will see their budgets cut by anywhere between 2 and 10 percent and most will be unable to salvage services and only target inefficiencies. The Republican replacement is just another effort to implement spending reductions without increasing revenues and blame Obama for the consequences.

The federal spending will still be higher next year. This claim is technically true, but only because the sequester target the growth of government programs: they will grow at a slower pace as a result of the spending reductions. This is simply how federal budgeting works. The sequester will reduce spending as percentage of the economy, lowering discretionary spending to historic lows.

These are very modest cuts. The reductions may not mean much for wealthy Congressman, but states will lose funding for education, job training, health care, and a plethora of other services, jeopardizing assistance for low-income and middle class families alike and threatening the economic recovery. The cuts will also undermine everything from border security to the screening of containers. Estimates show that the sequester would reduce 2013 gross domestic product (GDP) growth by half a percentage point, and would cost the economy close to one million jobs in the next two years.

Democrats have rejected the GOP’s sequester replacement bills. Teapublicans in the House passed a sequester replacement bill in the last Congress that doesn’t raise any new revenue and includes cuts in domestic programs like food stamps, Medicaid, and the social services block grant (which, among other things, funds Meals on Wheels). The GOP has not introduced a replacement bill in this current Congress and refuses to compromise on the Democrats’ balanced approach of higher revenues and more spending cuts. Budget deals cut over the last year have already reduced a substantial amount of spending and even with the revenue included in the fiscal cliff deal, there have been $2.50 in spending cuts for every $1 in revenue

When does the American Taliban take ownership for their far share of why this country is going to hell in a hand basket? Hey Johnny, when are the jobs?

Roger West

Tuesday, February 26, 2013


Jon Stewart is poked fun at the lunacy of congress - I know, what' new right? The across-the-board federal spending cuts are expected to hit everything from the military budget to public school expenditures. They have also prompted wryly apocalyptic coverage from "The Daily Show" team, which has launched an ongoing segment, "Sequester 2013: Prelude to the Return of the Barter System."

Roger West

Monday, February 25, 2013



It's looking increasingly like the US Congress is about to impose on its citizenry, a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head of its own Government - to the tune of $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts. So as part of its strategy to pressure the American Taliban into accepting new revenues as part of a deal to prevent the sequester from taking effect, the White House released new reports on Sunday that outline the ugly effects those cuts would have in individual states.

Below are links to each of the White House reports detailing how the sequester will impact individual states:

1. Alabama 

2. Alaska

3. Arizona

4. Arkansas

5. California

6. Colorado

7. Connecticut

8. Delaware

9. District of Columbia

10. Florida

11. Georgia

12. Hawaii

13. Idaho

14. Illinois

15. Indiana

16. Iowa

17. Kansas

18. Kentucky

19. Louisiana

20. Maine

21. Maryland

22. Massachusetts

23. Michigan

24. Minnesota

25. Mississippi

26. Missouri

27. Montana

28. Nebraska

29. Nevada

30. New Hampshire

31. New Jersey

32. New Mexico

33. New York

34. North Carolina

35. North Dakota

36. Ohio

37. Oklahoma

38. Oregon

39. Pennsylvania

40. Rhode Island

41. South Carolina

42. South Dakota

43. Tennessee

44. Texas

45. Utah

46. Vermont

47. Virginia

48. Washington

49. West Virginia

50. Wisconsin

51. Wyoming

Boy howdy, you just have to love how these self-serving trolls continue to hold our country hostage. Remember readers, 2014 is right around the corner, at which time we vote these leaders out of office, for if not, you get what you deserve!

Roger West


Sunday, February 24, 2013



Oklahoma already prevents women from using their insurance plans to help cover abortion services, but Republicans aren’t stopping there. One state lawmaker wants to continue stripping insurance coverage for reproductive health services, advancing a measure that would allow employers to refuse to cover birth control for any reason — based solely on the fact that one of his constituents believes it “poisons women’s bodies.”

Under State Sen. Clark Jolley (R)’s measure, “no employer shall be required to provide or pay for any benefit or service related to abortion or contraception through the provision of health insurance to his or her employees.” According to the Tulsa World, Jolley’s inspiration for his bill came from one of his male constituents who is morally opposed to birth control, and wanted to find a small group insurance plan for himself and his family that didn’t include coverage for those services:
Jolley said the measure is the result of a request from a constituent, Dr. Dominic Pedulla, an Oklahoma City cardiologist who describes himself as a natural family planning medical consultant and women’s health researcher. [...]

Women are worse off with contraception because it suppresses and disables who they are, Pedulla said.

“Part of their identity is the potential to be a mother,” Pedulla said. “They are being asked to suppress and radically contradict part of their own identity, and if that wasn’t bad enough, they are being asked to poison their bodies.”

The bill has already cleared a Senate Health committee and now makes it way to Oklahoma’s full Senate. It is unlikely that either Jolley and Pedulla themselves rely on insurance coverage for hormonal contraceptive services — but if the measure becomes law, the two men could limit the health insurance options for the nearly two million women who live in Oklahoma.

Of course, contraception does not actually poison women. The FDA approved the first oral birth control pill in 1960, and that type of contraception is so safe that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends making it available without a prescription, as it is in most other countries around the world. Furthermore, considering that over 99 percent of women of reproductive age have used some form of birth control, the Oklahoma women who rely on insurance coverage for their contraception would likely disagree with Pedulla’s assertion that it “suppresses and radically contradicts part of their own identity.”

In reality, access to affordable birth control is a critical economic issue for women. When women have control over their reproductive choices, it allows them to achieve economic goals like completing their education, becoming financially independent, or keeping a job. But birth control can carry high out-of-pocket costs, and over half of young women say they haven’t used their contraceptive method as directed because of cost prohibitions. Nonetheless, Republican lawmakers have repeatedly pushed measures to allow employers to drop coverage for birth control.

Might I remind readers of two things; we ask that all tea baggers breed responsibly, and that the best form of birth control is looking at congressional GOPers discussing birth control!

Roger West

Saturday, February 23, 2013

McCarthyism Is A Good Thing?

We posted a blog by thinkprogress yesterday which compares Ted Cruz to Joe McCarthy, which should be a scary comparison in most modern eras.

This is following Cruz’s allegations of possible ties Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel has to radical anti-American groups, and the piece alleges Cruz claimed knowledge of communists at Harvard University.

Ted Cruz is not your normal American Taliban-er readers, no, this dipshit takes stupid to another level, which makes him the dipsy-doodle king of tea baggers for this week. As Michele Bachmann loses her batshit crazy luster within the ranks of teabillie land, there is never a loss for unlettered GOPers to take the helm! In this instance, its Ted Cruz, poster boy for "Brylcreem, A Little Dab'll Do Ya".


Last night Rachel Maddow deconstructed exactly what makes Cruz so much like Joe McCarthy, the man infamously known for his witch hunt against communists in the United States government.

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A friend of mine said to me: "The "conservative bubble" resides in the lower backside of Rush Limbaugh".

I would add to this friends comment; that in a cosmological sense, that's just the locus of one of those fecund over-heated birthing areas, just like when we look at rich accumulations of hydrogen gas in space. Big Fat's [Limbaugh] massive ass acts as the event horizon to a black hole for authoritarian misconceptions of reality, farooping them out daily at a highly energized, therefore over-heated, rate.

So what we get in Ted Cruz is someone who's really, really bright and smart on everything that is just wrong. It's like being a notable bible scholar but at the same time actually believing all those religionist myths and bull shit misconceptions.

Roger West

Friday, February 22, 2013



During the confirmation hearing for Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE), Sen. Ted Cruz engaged in guilt-by-association tactics that reminded several observers of former Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R-WI)’s baseless claim to have “a list” of Communists who had infiltrated the U.S. State Department.

It turns out Cruz was even more like McCarthy than previously thought. He believes that “Marxists who believed in the Communists overthrowing the United States government” have infiltrated the Harvard Law School faculty, outgunning the embattled campus conservatives.

Cruz’s Communist comments came in a speech to the Koch-supported group Americans for Prosperity unearthed by The New Yorker‘s Jane Mayer. Mayer attended the speech, and wrote down the text of Cruz’ McCarthyite allegations, which also linked President Obama to the so-called revolutionary Marxists at Harvard:
Cruz greeted the audience jovially, but soon launched an impassioned attack on President Obama, whom he described as “the most radical” President “ever to occupy the Oval Office.” (I was covering the conference and kept the notes.)

He then went on to assert that Obama, who attended Harvard Law School four years ahead of him, “would have made a perfect president of Harvard Law School.” The reason, said Cruz, was that, “There were fewer declared Republicans in the faculty when we were there than Communists! There was one Republican. But there were twelve who would say they were Marxists who believed in the Communists overthrowing the United States government.”

Like McCarthy, Cruz doesn’t name names, and that’s no surprise. As Mayer notes, “Under the Smith Act, it is a crime to actively engage in any organization pursuing the overthrow of the U.S. government.” So Cruz’s allegation could potentially mean he’s accusing a large chunk of the Harvard faculty of engaging in a federal felony.

It’s also extremely unlikely that there were any truly revolutionary Marxists at Harvard. The intellectual cohort Mayer guesses he was pointing to are advocates of Critical Legal Studies (CLS), an intellectual movement with strong roots at Harvard Law. CLS scholars argue that law and legal texts are indeterminate; in greatly simplified terms, that the law can be interpreted in basically whatever fashion judges choose. Taking after a long tradition of leftist thought (including Marx himself), CLS advocates argue that the fact of legal indeterminacy means law ends up reflecting the will and the interests of the powerful (principally rich, white men) rather than neutral adjucations of the principles that are supposed to underpin the law. A more comprehensive introduction, from Harvard Law Professor Roberto Unger, can be found here.

It’s true that this is an extremely left-wing analysis of the way that law works, but that doesn’t mean they actually wanted the Soviets to win the Cold War by overthrowing the US government, as Cruz said. Indeed, as Mayer notes, perhaps the most famous CLS exponent at Harvard, Duncan Kennedy, identifies as a “social democrat,” not a Communist and certainly not a revolutionary Soviet.

A majority of the Supreme Court’s conservative bloc attended Harvard Law School. No Marxists from Harvard have ascended to the Supreme Court.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Yes America, Virginia Law Makers Are Idiots


Virginia State lawmakers have been discussing a proposal to consider whether the commonwealth needed its own currency in the event of the collapse of the United States.
To briefly recap for those just joining us, Virginia Del. Robert G. Marshall (R), sometimes referred to as "Sideshow Bob," wanted a taxpayer-financed study to examine the feasibility of Virginia having its own currency. As Marshall sees it, state policymakers have reason to fear the wholesale collapse of American civilization -- his strange theory has something to do with the Federal Reserve and the Weimar Republic -- and should prepare for the possibility that American currency might someday soon have no value.

Marshall has raised the idea before, but this time, his constitutionally-dubious plan -- states are not supposed to create their own currencies -- sailed through the Virginia House of Delegates, passing by a two-to-one majority earlier this month.
It's only fair, then, that I note that the effort came to an abrupt end few days ago.

Earlier this week, the state Senate, reluctant to make Virginia's legislature the national laughingstock once again, ended this farce before it could go any further.

The U.S. dollar will remain the only legal tender in the commonwealth for now. The Virginia Senate the other day killed a House proposal that would have established a joint subcommittee to study the feasibility "of a metallic-based monetary unit" as an alternative to the dollar.

My thoughts on these law makers whom decide my lifestyle are a plethora, having lived in Virginia for over 35 years, the endless amount of hillbilly redneck style governing is alive and strong! Transvaginal Bob comes to mind.

As Virginia reels from the probing of liberal media, snicker across the country arise from within.
Lest we begin to think these hams are half-baked - that they find the cure for losing their allure as the place for lovers and sisters who marry their brothers. "Let's be less of a joke lawmakers and more like common folk!

Virginian's abound could hear sighs coming from Monticello as the theatre of the absurd bows to the 700 and gets trumped by reality by the sea. I'm a bit rusty at this but - run the steps by me again. The dancers form up in 2 lines facing each other, do some elbow swings, sashay around a bit, and end up in their original positions?

There is always a paranoia when political strategies - are being employed again by another set of American Taliban policy-makers! Instead of showing their fear of and paranoia toward their fellow Americans, these modern radical tea drinkers should wake up and smell the coffee of the common good, otherwise, just like the dear Virginia Commonwealth representative, tea baggers across the country are yet again reinforcing the ["I don't want to go see Uncle Bob again"] agitation felt by innocent young nephews and nieces when the next family outing turns into an urgent plea by the middle class to stop being politically FUBAR!

I'm sure that most logical Virginian's like myself are glad that the state legislature's idea of a metal based monetary unit - is Gone with the breaking Wind.

Roger West

Wednesday, February 20, 2013


Virginia Pizza Boy [Jay laze] Loves Him Some Guns

Local pizza shop in Virginia Beach is discounting it's product and making National news all in the same breath. Yes sir, 15% off your pie. What a deal right, what is required to garner this great deal you ask? Flash your permit to carry or bring you weapon of choice to the store.

Nothing says gun hugging tea bagger like the state of Virginia!


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Congratulations Jay Laze, gun hugging tea bagger extraordinaire of Virginia Beach, you garner two coveted awards, you are today's asshat of the day, and today's worst person in the world!



Roger West

Tuesday, February 19, 2013


This story is compelling, its mind boggling, and disgusting – one third of the pie [housing and banking other two pieces of the pie] – in the tanking of our country; by one G.W. Bush and his deviant underlings. So many plots thickened with this debacle, the outing of a CIA operative [Valerie Plame], the deaths of over 4 thousand soldiers, countless wounded, and a staggering monetary cost unmatched by none, tacked on to this beloved country.

The failings of this President are a plethora, which shall remain unmatched by any of his predecessors, and his followers. This buffoon did everything in his power to undermine the office of the President of the United States, all in one falling swoop, this Einstein lied at every corner and tried to pull the wool over this countries eyes.
“Hubris” - (pron.: /ˈhjuːbrɪs/), also hybris, from ancient Greek ὕβρις, means extreme pride or arrogance. Hubris often indicates a loss of contact with reality and an overestimation of one's own competence or capabilities, especially when the person exhibiting it is in a position of power.

While this word seems to apply to all GOPers, it certainly encapsulates and depicts G.W. Bush and his bland brand of banshees.

The documentary below, narrated by Rachael Maddow; the book written by Michael Isikoff and David Corn, is a great look into this satanic, fiendish administration. Every Tea Bagger, American Taliban-er and GOPer should be forced to watch repeatedly until they understand how their beloved political GOD pooched our country.

So without further ado, below are six clips of the documentary, in its entirety, the fascinating story of how Bush, Cheney and plethora of others bamboozled the citizens of the United States of America.

All clips courtesy of MSNBC, Rachael Maddow, Michael Isikoff and David Corn:


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Monday, February 18, 2013



A list if you will - scenerios where if they apply, you just might be an "American Taliban-er.

You might be an American Taliban-er if you're a white male who thinks Latinos love Marco Rubio.

You might be an American Taliban-er if you're only for abortion in cases of pregnant mistress.

You might be an American Taliban-er if think any type of rape is legitimate.

You might be an American Taliban-er if think the best way to win an election is to violate voter’s rights.

You might be an American Taliban-er if you think more humans are lazy and on welfare than those who actually work.

If you are a pasty white male and hate everything not of your kind, you just may be an American Taliban-er.

If you consider an aspirin between a woman's knees as contraception, you might be an American Taliban-er.

If you fail to believe that G.W. Bush is 100% responsible for tanking our country, you might be a tea bagger.

If you have never been to a dentist, you may be an American Taliban-er.

If you applaud a man for shitting his pants so that he can avoid the draft, you are an American Taliban-er.

If you have never served your country and yet you bitch about that very country, you just might be an American Taliban-er.

If you fail to believe that waterboarding is torture, you just may be an American Taliban-er.

If you think higher education is stupid, you just may be an American Taliban-er.

If you love guns more than your own children, you just may be an American Taliban-er.

When you’re right to carry a weapon out trumps my right to not be shot by your weapon, you just may be an American Taliban-er.

When Science, Math and facts elude you, befuddle you and dumbfound you, you just may be an American Taliban-er.

When your ideals ape those whom trolled the earth some 3000 years ago, you just may be an American Taliban-er.

When your modus operandi becomes 100% hypocritical, you just may be an American Taliban-er.

If gerrymandering is your way of equaling the voting scheme of America, you just may be an American Taliban-er.

If you think sticking a probe in a women’s vagina is good thing, you are an American Taliban-er.

If you think Government is too big and yet in the same breath you think it’s OK to tell a woman what she can and can't do with her body, you are an American Taliban-er.

If G.W. Bush's 10 embassy attacks are less important as Obama's one, you are a American Taliban-er.

If  'taking America back' is your rally cry, you are an American Taliban-er.

If nothing is beyond you’re pale, you are an American Taliban-er.

If you think the “Southern Strategy” is a good idea, you just may be an American Taliban-er.

If denying Americans medical coverage is you’re idea of Christianity, you just may be an American Taliban-er.

If Dana Loesch,, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter and Michelle Malkin are your voice of reasoning, you just may be an American Taliban-er.

You just may be an American Taliban-er if you believe George W. Bush’s redistribution of middle-class tax cuts to the top 1% of tax-payers was good for America, but Obama’s plan to return it to the middle class is ‘socialism.’

You just may be an American Taliban-er if you believe stem cells are living human beings, but thousands of Iraqi children are ‘expendable collateral damage.’

You just may be an American Taliban-er if you believe tax cuts for billionaires is a great idea, yet you wonder why the economy has stalled, your job just got outsourced to India, and oil company executives receive $400,000,000.00 retirement packages.

You believe the surge worked because the violence in Iraq is back to 2006 levels, which is only horrible, compared to what it was in 2007; intolerable. Besides, Brit Hume said so.

You just may be an American Taliban-er if you think trial lawyers are harmful to America, yet you support prosecuting some guy in Muncie Indiana who burned his 99¢ American flag that was made in China by forced child labor.

You just may be an American Taliban-er if you’re all for the ‘rule of law’ when it’s applied to Bill Clinton for lying about his infidelity, but not for prosecuting Karl Rove and Scooter Libby for committing treason.

You just may be an American Taliban-er if you think George W. Bush is actually a really smart guy, but his folksy manner just makes him seem dumber than he really is.

You just may be an American Taliban-er if you believe that those privileged from birth achieve success all on their own, and that those who are born to poverty and never have opportunities for advancement, got what they deserved.

You just may be an American Taliban-er if you believe Ronald Reagan was a great president who had complete control of all aspects of government, but the Iran-Contra Affair was an insignificant scandal that went on without his knowledge.

You just may be an American Taliban-er if you believe Democrats tax and spend, but George W. Bush was a fiscal conservative.

You just may be an American Taliban-er if you believe Oliver North, who was CONVICTED of perjury, obstruction of justice, destroying evidence and accepting bribes, is a patriot. But John Kerry, who saved a man’s life while under enemy fire in Vietnam is a coward.

You just may be an American Taliban-er if you believe George W. Bush kept us safe from terror, and the failure to prevent the 9/11 attacks were Clinton’s fault.

You just may be an American Taliban-er if you actually believe Fox News is fair & balanced.

You just may be an American Taliban-er if you still believe Saddam had truckloads of WMDs, and that he somehow managed to sneak them into Syria, right under our noses.

You just may be an American Taliban-er if you believe Terri Schiavo was sentient all along, and Bill Frist had the ability to diagnose her condition by watching a 5 second video of her sleeping.

You just may be an American Taliban-er if you you’re in favor of stronger prison sentences for drug users, yet your favorite radio personality is Rush Limbaugh.

You just may be an American Taliban-er if you complain about having to press 1 for English, yet you hire undocumented workers to mow your lawn because they’re cheaper than hiring the kid next door.

You just may be an American Taliban-er if homosexuality is abhorrent to you, except when a Republican senator, the president of the National Association of Evangelicals, and a planted White House journalist get caught having sexual affairs with gay men. Then you suddenly feel sorry for them.

You just may be an American Taliban-er if the war in Iraq makes perfect sense to you, but any suggestion by Barack Obama that we target al Qaeda specifically is ‘dangerous and reckless.’

You just may be an American Taliban-er if you don’t mind that president Bush tortured men who were never charged with a crime, yet you’re horrified by the wrath of al Qaeda when they capture one of our guys.

You just may be an American Taliban-er if you believe the 1/10 of 1% of scientists who claim global warming is a hoax, and reject the 99.9% who say it’s real, because Sean Hannity and his friends in the oil industry have convinced you that science is a part of a greater liberal conspiracy.

You just may be an American Taliban-er if you believe patriotism means you should support your government right or wrong … unless a Democrat’s in power, then it’s your patriotic duty to call him a closet Muslim, challenge his birth certificate, expose his sex life and impeach him.

You just may be an American Taliban-er if you support prayer in school, as long as your kids aren’t subjected to Muslim prayers.

You just may be an American Taliban-er if you think Darwin’s theory of evolution is a loony fairy tale, and mankind actually began with two naked teenagers, a magic apple and a talking snake.

You just may be an American Taliban-er if you think $35 billion spent on health care for children is a waste of taxpayer’s money, but $1.7 trillion spent on a catastrophic war that has isolated us from our allies, decimated our economy and made us less safe was money well spent.

You just may be an American Taliban-er if you believe embargoing communist Cuba is sound foreign policy, but trading with China is just good business.

You just may be an American Taliban-er if you believe Bill Clinton was an immoral cad, but Newt Gingrich and Henry Hyde were faithful husbands (and Larry Craig just has a wide stance).

You just may be an American Taliban-er if you fervently defend the Constitution, but when president Bush got caught monitoring 300 million phones without a warrant, politicizing our justice system, hyping evidence for going to war and pardoning a convicted perjurer who just happened to be on his staff, then it’s okay, because he was ‘protecting America.’

You just may be an American Taliban-er if you were outraged when a gallon of gasoline went from $1.29 to $1.40 during the two terms of the Clinton presidency, but you didn’t seem to mind when prices tripled under George W. Bush, the “oil man.”

You just may be an American Taliban-er if you were furious when Bill Clinton pardoned international commodities trader Marc Rich, who was convicted of tax evasion, but applauded when George W. Bush exonerated Scooter Libby for obstructing justice to protect Dick Cheney from a treason indictment.

You just may be an American Taliban-er if you believe Barack Obama should be held accountable for every sermon that Jeremiah Wright ever gave, but John McCain, who sought the endorsement of anti-Semitic, xenophobic, openly racist and homophobic pastors should be given a pass.

You just may be an American Taliban-er if you believe Barack Obama is either a secret Muslim, was actually born in Kenya, and his parents forged a fake birth certificate when he was born – just in case he should ever run for president, or that his father’s nationality disqualifies his son from being president, all because you read that on the Internet.

You just may be an American Taliban-er if you laugh at how much better Barack Obama speaks with a TelePrompTer than without one, yet you never mention the fact that even with a TelePrompTer, every time George Bush opened his mouth, gibberish tumbled out.

You just may be an American Taliban-er if you supported Gov. Sarah Palin, partly because you believed she kept a good Christian home. This, despite the fact that her seventeen year old unmarried daughter was knocked up, her son was accused of vandalizing 44 school buses (cutting the brake lines of school buses – HELLO!!?) and was given the choice of going to jail or join the military, and Palin herself was found guilty of abusing the power of her office. But Barack Obama can’t possibly be a true Christian, because his father was a Muslim, and his middle name is Hussein. (Besides, he’s black, and everybody knows that Jesus was a blond haired blue eyed white man.)

You just may be an American Taliban-er if you believe the only solution to gun violence is to make sure everybody is armed to the teeth. That way, when some crazy person goes on a killing spree, right-thinking people will take out the killer, and tranquility will prevail throughout the land.

You just may be an American Taliban-er if you believe the mainstream news anchors are crazy, biased and filled with hate, but Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity are rational, accurate and informative.

You just may be an American Taliban-er if you defend Rush Limbaugh’s right to wish for Obama to fail, and therefore, the failure of our republic, yet you call Democrats the “blame America first crowd.”

You believe Barack Obama is a “narcissistic megalomaniac,” because you heard Glenn Beck call him that once, but Beck himself is a humble man, concerned only for your welfare (brought to you by Goldline!).

If You've ever referred to the moral fiber of something you might be an American Taliban-er.

If you've ever uttered the phrase, "Why don't we just bomb the sons of bitches", you might be an American Taliban-er

If you've ever called a secretary or waitress "Tootsie, you might be an American Taliban-er.

If you don't think "The Simpsons" is all that funny, but you watch it because that Flanders fellow makes a lot of sense, you just might be an American Taliban-er

If you fax the FBI a list of "Commies in my Neighborhood, you just be an American Taliban-er.

If you don't let your kids watch Sesame Street because you accuse Bert and Ernie of "sexual deviance," you just might be an American Taliban-er.

If you argue that you need 300 handguns, in case a bear ever attacks your home, you just might be an Gun Hugging American Taliban-er.

If Vietnam makes a lot of sense to you, you just might be an American Taliban-er.

If you ever pointed to Hootie and the Blowfish as evidence of the end of racism in America, you just might be an American Taliban-er.

If you've ever said civil liberties, schmivil schmiberties, you just might be an American Taliban-er.

If you've ever said "Clean air? Looks clean to me", you just might be an American Taliban-er.

If you wonder if donations to the Pentagon are tax-deductable, you just might be an American Taliban-er.

If you own a vehicle with an "Mitt Romney: American Hero" sticker, you just might be an American Taliban-er.

If you're afraid of the liberal media, you just might be an American Taliban-er.

If you ever based an argument on the phrase, "Well, tradition dictates....", you just might be an American Taliban-er.

You ever told a child that Oscar the Grouch "lives in a trash can because he is lazy and doesn't want to contribute to society, you just might be an American Taliban-er.

If you've ever urged someone to pull themselves up by their bootstraps, when they don't even have shoes, you just might be an American Taliban-er.

Finally, if you think this list is mean-spirited and biased - even though you privately acknowledge to yourself that it’s all true - you believe the Democrats are just as bad. Here’s a bulletin: Nobody has ever been this bad, except this new breed of GOPer, The American Taliban.

Roger West




Sunday, February 17, 2013


Graham [Dingbat] & McCain [Geezer]: Obstructionists, Liars and Hypocrites

Benghazi-Gate: Yes, Benghazi was a terrible thing, but as you can see below, 10 Benghazi-gate-esk type of attacks happened under the asshat G.W. Bush - in which 60 deaths occurred. Did we hear John McCain or his ogre sidekick Lindsey Graham speaking up in opposition then? No!

Photo courtesy of The Blue Street Journal:


The picture above is why I despise the American Taliban so much. Lie, bullshit, and avoid the facts, these traitors of late - have filibustered a Presidential appointment to the Department of Defense. Why, because one of their own broke ranks and spoke the truth; and hurt their feelings.
And to think that once, Mitch McConnell said that Chuck Hagel was the most trusted figure in DC on matters of National Security; and John McCain had previously said how Hagel would be perfect for defense secretary when McCain was running for President.

 The "Guns Over People" [GOP], rarely take ownership for anything wrong in this country. These political hecklers, McCain and Graham, are living relics, of a time when troglodytes roamed the earth. The new Staler and Waldorf, Geezer and Dingbat, [John McCain, Lindsey Graham] - Nothing is beyond the pale of Mr. Bitter [McCain] and Mr. Un-lettered [Graham]. We are used to Statler [McCain] Waldorf [Graham] heckling the President, but holding our country hostage - it's time to put these cows out to pasture.

Really Geezer and Dingbat? You are going to water board the country over Bengahzi - when you failed to address your own kinds debacle ten times over? In true hypocritical fashion, the GOP shows us yet again why they are the party of ignorance.

McCain and Graham [GEEZER AND DINGBAT]:

John McCain and Lindsey Graham would be doing a much better service for America if they sat in a balcony and just insulted their fellow Muppets.

Roger West

Friday, February 15, 2013



A professor has decided to ban Fox News as a research source for students, according to a West Virginia college syllabus. The professor is now drawing the criticism of some students and parents.

The West Liberty University syllabus allegedly contains instructions banning students from citing Fox News as a source during any research they conduct for their political science course. The document also singles out an openly fictional news organization called The Onion.

According to Fox News, the ban is the work of Stephanie Wolfe, a visiting assistant professor. Wolfe allegedly wrote the following guidelines for her students:

1) The Onion — this is not news this is literally a parody

2) Fox News — The tagline ‘Fox News‘ makes me cringe. Please do not subject me to this biased news station. I would almost rather you print off an article from The Onion”

An article by WTOV News writes that the entry sparked complaints from students and parents. Some feel that allowing the restrictions forces students to lean toward one side of the political fence. Fox News is considered to be politically conservative.

Robin Capehart, president of West Liberty University, spoke about the Fox News ban:
“One of our values at West Liberty is to encourage students to go out and inquire and gather information and look at as many different sources as possible on any side, before you reach your opinion. If students have concerns about these types of issues, they can approach their department chair, they can approach the dean.”

Known Fact: Fox News Viewers are dumber than most - that Faux News viewers are less informed, and that Fixed Noise lies.

Higher education needs more Stephanie Wolfe's.

Roger West

Thursday, February 14, 2013



BREAKING: Senate Republicans Make History, First To Filibuster Defense Secretary Nominee.

Senate Teapublicans today chose to uphold a filibuster against Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel, despite many of them previously pledging that they would be willing to allow him to be confirmed.

Sens. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Jeff Sessions (R-AL), and John Cornyn (R-TX) all voted against cloture, despite their pleas during the Bush administration that a president’s Cabinet nominees should receive an up-or-down vote.

Four Teapublicans, Sens. Thad Cochran (R-MS), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Mike Johanns (R-NE), voted to break the filibuster. The final vote was 58-40, with Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) voting present, Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) not voting at all, and Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) voting “no” as a procedural move so that he can bring another vote to the floor at a later date.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) had originally scheduled the cloture vote for tomorrow morning, but surprised many by pushing it up to this afternoon. Earlier today, Reid took to the Senate floor to lambaste his Republican colleagues for delaying an up-or-down vote on Hagel, the first filibuster of a Secretary of Defense nominee.

Prior to the roll call’s beginning, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) attempted to explain that the vote that was set to take place was the vote “to confirm Chuck Hagel,” rather than merely being a procedural vote. Inhofe also claimed that a 60-vote margin was common practice, rendering the actions of the Republicans not a filibuster. However, the motion was still filed by Reid as cloture — the ending of debate — rather than the actual confirmation of Hagel, as laid out be Levin before voting. This leaves the door open for Hagel’s nomination to remain on the Senate floor and renders the GOP’s actions a filibuster under the Senate’s rules.

While Senate Republicans are opposed to voting on Hagel today, they seem to believe that they’ll change their minds after the Senate returns from its President’s Day recess in 10 days. This morning, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said that he expected to be willing to move Hagel forward at that time, “unless there’s some bombshell that he likes blood sucking vampires.” Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and John McCain (R-AZ) said roughly the same thing today, leaving their votes against Hagel today confusing.

The hope for such a bombshell emerging seems far less than likely. A speech given by Hagel in 2008 that conservatives have long-sought as evidence that Hagel falls far outside of the mainstream was released today, turning out to be a dud. Likewise right-wing implications that Hagel was secretly being backed by a group called “Friends of Hamas” also proved to be utterly false, fabricated on a far-right media outlet.

After today’s filibuster, the Senate will reconsider Hagel after their break. While today’s vote showed that the GOP was willing to obstruct and delay, they ultimately will be unable to do this forever. In the end, Hagel still possesses more than the majority vote needed for final passage.

These tea baggers have held our country hostage for a very long time, the party of do nothings. If you keep voting for these troglodytes - you get what you deserve!

Roger West

Wednesday, February 13, 2013


Despite the fact that Dick Cheney is, by every poll measure, one of the most despised men in America, and rightly so - after "dick" complained yet again, this time about Obama's latest nominees to the administration - Jon Stewart took Cheney to task by ripping his laugh of all things.

Dick will go down in the history books as one of the most despicable humans to ever hold the Vice Presidency. Dick Cheney, a perfect reason why abortion should be legal!

Roger West

Tuesday, February 12, 2013



What you need to know. Before President Obama delivers his fifth State of the Union address this evening, here are six things you should know about the nation’s most pressing issues:

1. We don’t have a spending problem. Republicans love to claim that government spending is out of control and is holding back the economy. But under President Obama, government spending has grown at its slowest pace since the Eisenhower administration. According to the latest projections from the Congressional Budget Office, the nation’s deficits have shrunk by trillions of dollars, and the debt is close to being stabilized as a percentage of the economy. In fact, spending cuts are holding back the economic recovery — what’s needed isn’t more austerity but a plan to create jobs. In fact, the deficit reduction achieved since 2011 has still overwhelmingly favored spending cuts to tax increases, meaning that any budget deal going forward should include new revenue in order to be truly balanced.

2. A path to citizenship will lead to economic growth. Obama will repeat calls for comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship, a position that has strong backing from a majority of Americans, including 59 percent of Republicans. While a common conservative myth characterizes immigrants as “takers,” immigrants are essential to strengthening the economy and are no more likely to participate in social programs than the native-born. Legalizing undocumented immigrants would raise the nation’s gross domestic product by $1.5 trillion in the next decade, raise wages for everyone, and lead to between $4.5 and $5.4 billion in increased tax revenue. Conservatives’ answer to immigration reform, which omits earned citizenship, would create “a permanent underclass of workers.”

3. Extreme weather fueled by climate change will cost the U.S. trillions. In his inauguration address, Obama said, “We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.” Without action, the U.S. faces a scary truth of the cost of climate change. A 2012 study found extreme weather, fueled by climate change, shaved off $1.2 trillion, or 1.6 percent, of global GDP. Climate change already affects Americans’ everyday lives, with record extreme weather costing the U.S. at least $126 billion since 2011. In his second term, Obama can take additional action by rejecting the Keystone XL dirty tar sands, cutting carbon pollution, improving resiliency to extreme weather, and advancing clean energy, among other efforts.

4. LGBT people can be fired for being who they are. Obama made history by endorsing same-sex marriage, but in 29 states, employers can still to fire people for being gay, while employees in 34 states can lose their jobs for being transgender. Obama is reportedly considering an executive order protecting LGBT employees of federal contractors and has called on Congress to pass the Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA) banning employers with 15 or more employees from terminating workers on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

5. Most Americans support sensible gun-safety regulations. Obama has offered sensible gun regulations like universal background checks in the speech, underpinning what NBC News calls “the largest effort to pass [sic] federal gun control measures in years.” It’s even backed by some Republicans, including Sen. Mark Kirk and Sen. Tom Coburn, as well as the overwhelming majority of the American population. 32,000 Americans die from firearm wounds every year, 11,000 of which are homicides. 80 percent of firearms used in crimes are purchased privately, meaning the purchaser didn’t have to go through a background check under current federal law.

6. Reducing nuclear weapons stockpiles will not undermine national security. Obama has a long history of aiming to prevent nuclear proliferation and championing further disarmament. Obama is expected to announce a reduction in the oversized U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile during his address and warn of the dangers of proliferation around the world, particularly in states like North Korea and Iran.


Monday, February 11, 2013



Ted Nugent, best known for shitting his pants to avoid the draft - Congressman Steve Stockman (R-TX) has announced that he would be bringing musician and conservative loudmouth Ted Nugent to President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday.

“I am excited to have a patriot like Ted Nugent joining me in the House Chamber to hear from President Obama,” Stockman said on his congressional website on Monday.

Traditionally, State of the Union attendees are given the opportunity to invite distinguished guests or prominent constituents to sit in during the President’s remarks.

And while past honorees include war heroes and selfless public servants, Stockman has instead invited someone who has threatened the President and Democratic officials:
Nugent called President Obama a criminal and denounced his “vile, evil America-hating administration” which is “wiping its ass with the Constitution.” Taking it a step further, he said that “If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year.”

Following his remarks last April at a National Rifle Association annual convention, the Secret Service brought in Nugent for questioning.

Roger West

Sunday, February 10, 2013



California Democrats Propose Strictest Gun Regulations In The Nation:

Last Thursday, a group of California Senate Democrats rolled out a legislative package that would create what would likely be the tightest gun regulation system in the nation, ranging from sweeping prohibitions on semi-automatic rifles to restrictions on guns in the home. The proposal consists of ten points:

1. Ban all semi-automatic rifles that accept detachable magazines. California’s assault weapons ban only restricts the possession of semi-automatic rifles that accept detachable magazines if they have an additional, “military-style” feature like flash suppressors. The new laws would tighten this law by banning all such rifles regardless of external features.

2. Ban possession of high-capacity magazines. California law bans the transfer, not possession, of magazines that can hold over ten bullets. This allows people wanting to skirt the law to buy the constituent parts and make the magazines themselves. The new law would close that loophole.

3. Ban “bullet button” conversion kits. State law defines “detachable magazines” as, in part, magazines that can be released “without the use of a tool.” Bullet button kits allow magazines to be released quickly by pressing a bullet into them, thus creating an end-around the intent of the assault weapons ban. The new provisions would ban such kits.

4. Bans shotgun-rifle combinations. It would ban this class of class of weapon.

5. Universal registration of all guns. The law would create “ownership records consistently across-the-board, ensuring all firearms are recorded” so that the background check system can prevent criminals from getting guns.

6. Background checks on ammunition. This provision requires a “full and complete” background check on ammunition sales, “building on” laws existing in Los Angeles and Sacramento.

7. Regulating gun loans. The legislators propose setting up an as-yet undefined regulatory system for the loan, as opposed to sale, of guns.

8. Prevent prohibited individuals from living in homes with guns. California’s Armed Persons Prohibition (APP) database lists people who can’t legally own weapons (as a consequence of criminal or mental health records) under state law. This addition would prevent people on the list from living in a house that has a gun.

9. Cracking down on people who can’t own guns legally but do anyway. Currently, 19,700 people who are on the APP list own guns. Police estimate that these people own roughly 39,000 firearms. This new law would authorize additional funding to enforce the law in this area.

10. Required safety training for handgun owners. People with concealed carry permits are required under California (and many other) state laws to pass a mandatory safety and firearm instruction course. This provision would require all handgun owners, regardless of permit status, to undergo a similar process.