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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

Sunday, March 31, 2013



No amount of stupidity can be defined by just one GOPer, and just when you think stupid has reached its acme, another republican dipshit steps up and proves us wrong.

And now enters NFTOS' "special kind of stupid" tea bagger of the day.

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) compared universal background checks to the government spying on American eating and reading habits during an appearance on Fox News on Friday.

The conservative Tea Party favorite is part of a growing number of Republicans who have pledged to filibuster any gun safety package that includes the provision. The group claims that requiring private dealers to maintain records of the checks they conduct would lead to the creation of a government database or registry of all gun owners.
“The concern with those is that background checks in and of themselves aren’t going to work unless they are accompanied by some sort of registration system,” Lee said. The American people “are not really comfortable with the idea of the government knowing exactly what firearm they purchase any more than they would be comfortable with the government knowing when or how often they go to church or what they eat for breakfast or what books they are reading from the library,”

But this description is a gross misrepresentation of the legislation. Background check proposals being floated in Congress would require private sellers and buyers “to meet in person with a licensed dealer, where the dealer would check the buyer against the federal database for a fee.” The dealer would retain “a record of the sale” but would not send the information to the government, since current law prohibits the the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives from establishing a national registry.

The dealer record-keeping provision ensures that checks are in fact being conducted and would allow the entire chain of custody to be reconstructed in the event the gun is later recovered in a crime. Currently, 60 percent of gun buyers who shop at licensed gun dealers undergo background checks and the gun stores are “required to keep a basic record of the transaction.”

Roger West

Saturday, March 30, 2013


Would you like to watch human pigs squeal? Watch the below video. Since Jim Carrey released a video mocking the Guns Over People [GOP] - well, they have been like rabid dogs since the release - seething to pummel Carrey with words like, "pathetic", "sad", "Freak", "modern day bigot".

Carrey completely annihilates the GOP gun huggers society in the video, and righty so. As I said in the original blog regarding this story, comedy is truly the sweetest revenge.


Carrey released a statement to the sniveling news group saying:
Since I released my "Cold Dead Hand" video on Funny or Die this week, I have watched Fux News rant, rave, bare its fangs and viciously slander me because of my stand against large magazines and assault rifles. I would take them to task legally if I felt they were worth my time or that anyone with a brain in their head could actually fall for such irresponsible buffoonery. That would gain them far too much attention which is all they really care about.

I'll just say this: in my opinion Fux News is a last resort for kinda-sorta-almost-journalists whose options have been severely limited by their extreme and intolerant views; a media colostomy bag that has begun to burst at the seams and should be emptied before it becomes a public health issue.

I sincerely believe that in time, good people will lose patience with the petty and poisonous behavior of these bullies and Fux News will be remembered as nothing more than a giant culture fart that no amount of Garlique could cure.
I wish them all the luck that accompanies such malevolence.

"Fox News is a media colostomy bag that has begun to burst at the seams and should be emptied before it becomes a public health issue". ~Jim Carrey.

The GOP wonders why the world despises them so, and mocks them so - Oh the poor pitiful white pasty me.

I personally think Carrey is insulting the colostomy bags -as even they are more transparent and less full of shit than 5 minutes of Fox News.

Roger West

Friday, March 29, 2013



I guess that Rep. Don Young (R-AK) failed to read the "GOP AUTOSPSY", as last night this buffoon stood by his use of a racial slur to describe Latinos, saying that he “meant no disrespect” when he told an Alaska radio interviewer, “We used to hire 50 to 60 wetbacks to pick tomatoes”:
“During a sit down interview with Ketchikan Public Radio this week, I used a term that was commonly used during my days growing up on a farm in Central California,” Young said in the statement. “I know that this term is not used in the same way nowadays and I meant no disrespect.”

As the Alaska Daily News notes, Young “stopped short of apologizing.”


The term “wetbacks” is meant to refer to undocumented immigrants who crossed from Mexico into the United States via the Rio Grande river. And the president of the Hispanic Affairs Council of Alaska, Alaska Daily News that she feels his cavalier use of the term points to bigger problems. “He didn’t even pause. It’s like that’s just what he calls migrant farm workers,” she said.

When it comes to immigration issues, Young’s focus is largely on preventing illegal border crossings. He has also voted to end birthright citizenship.

Young’s comments come just days after the Republican National Committee released its “autopsy” of the 2012 election, in which it said the party must work hard to be more inclusive of people of color. Such outreach has had little success so far, and the GOP is still plagued by racial inhospitality.

More interesting than Young's use of the term "wetback" is his admission that his family used to hire those who he now attacks. Don Young, not just bigoted, but a hypocrite as well.

Don Young, you are today's worst person in the world.

Roger West

Thursday, March 28, 2013



During an appearance on a local radio station Thursday morning, Texas Senator John Cornyn (American Talibaner) claimed that people from all over the world are now entering the country illegally through Texas and insisted that any Congressional effort to reform the immigration system must invest in border security.
“You gotta stop the flow of people coming across and my friends and your friends Edd who have places in South Texas tell me, as a matter a fact a guy told me last night, he said we’ve got people coming across our place speaking Chinese, French and basically all of the languages in the world, coming through and across our southern border,” Cornyn said during an interview on KSEV.

While lawmakers agree that border security should be part of any comprehensive immigration reform package, the U.S. border is more secure than ever before. Border crossings are at 40-year low — falling to their lowest level since the Nixon administration — and net undocumented migration is at or below zero. Border agents patrol every single mile of the border every day and the vast majority of the border already meets one of Homeland Security’s highest standards of security.
“People are willing to try to weigh in and try to improve our broken immigration system,” Cornyn conceded. “What we have now is a defacto amnesty when we have 11 or 12 million folks living here who have come in without going through the proper channels.”

The group of bipartisan senators drafting comprehensive immigration reform legislation plan to introduce their bill the week of April 8 and have agreed that certain security benchmarks must be met before undocumented immigrants can apply for permanent legal status. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) — the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee who is responsible for spearheading the legislation through Congress — has pledged to “proceed to comprehensive immigration reform with all deliberate speed.”


Wednesday, March 27, 2013


Jon Stewart Dissects The GOP 

Jon Stewart last night focused on a story missed during his hiatus last week: the Republican party’s autopsy report. Stewart was less than impressed, joking, “It is a time of reflection and soul-searching for the GOP, and we’ll let you know if they find one!” 

Stewart mocked the very name “autopsy,” which basically likens the GOP to a “bloated corpse.” He said that the idea of softening tone instead of policy amounts to just tell gay people they are living in sin… with a smile on your face.


Stewart likens the American Taliban's autopsy recommendation of creating pilot programs for conservatives in urban neighborhoods to a Western explorer living amongst natives. Their attempts to engage minority voters and re-tool their message for those markets made the GOP comparable, in Stewart’s eyes, to Kool cigarettes, because both organizations have “seemed indifferent to the overall health of minorities.”


With the American Taliban it's not the messaging that's the problem, it's the message.

The future of the Teapublican Party will depend on how effectively they can reign in the irrational rhetoric of their tea party contingent, and to what extent they continue to embrace the extreme policies that they espoused during the 2012 campaign season, specifically:

- Corporations are people.

- Voting is a privilege, not a right.

- Federal workplace standards and business regulations are unAmerican.

- Women need to be employed to have dignity and self-worth … unless they are mothers, in which case their place is in the home, not the workplace.

- Women who use birth control are sluts.

- A chicken in every pot, and a spy-cam in every uterus.

- Abortions performed in certified medical clinics must be banned, no matter the circumstances of the pregnancy. Much better to have said procedure performed with a wire coat hanger in a back alley, or with a chemical coat hanger provided by a non-accredited physician in a dingy third world doctor's office.

- College students are snobs.

- Students who must obtain federal loans are unworthy of a college education.

- Public education is part of a left wing brainwashing conspiracy.

- Critical thinking leads to heretical and treasonous behavior.

- Gay Americans are an abomination.

- Poor people deserve to be poor.

- Union workers are socialist thugs.

- The unemployed are lazy parasites.

- Latinos are illegal until proven otherwise.

- Naturalized citizens with heavy accents are not true Americans.

- The Bible trumps the Constitution.

- America is a Christian nation.

- Secularism equals Satanism.

- Global warming is a hoax.

- Environmentalism is unpatriotic and an attack on the will of God.

- The U.S. auto industry should go bankrupt.

- Cutting taxes for the ultra-wealthy and subsidizing corporations is patriotic.

- Cutting taxes for the middle class and providing funding for Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and the Food Stamp program is unpatriotic.

- The military desperately needs more fighter jets, tanks, and naval ships -- the Joint Chiefs just don't realize it.

- If you cannot afford to pay for your family's health insurance coverage or preventative health care, then all of you are simply taking up oxygen and deserve to die anyway.

- All progressives are communists.

- Liberal Democrats hate America.

- Secession from the Union is the ultimate expression of patriotism.

- The U.S. President is a Muslim socialist agent from Kenya.

- Slavery was a good thing.

The list of bullshit from the GOP is a never ending saga - but you get the picture.

"Autopsy's" are normally done on the dead, and while I loathe the American Taliban, our country is a two party system - the GOP shows us what's wrong with our society, shows us how not to be, and shows us that the GOP's problems are a plethora, and no amount of autopsy is going to fix that.

Roger West

Tuesday, March 26, 2013


Beginning this morning, the Supreme Court will hear two cases that could recognize the right of everyone, straight or gay, to marry the person they love. The first concerns California’s anti-gay Proposition 8, and could potentially extend the right to marry to same-sex couples in all fifty states. The second challenges the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and could end the federal government’s practice of denying equal benefits to couples who are legally married under state law. Here is everything you need to know to understand these cases:

How The Court Could Rule

– A Broad Decision: The best, and most obvious, decision would be for the justices to follow the Constitution and the clear command of precedent and extend marriage equality to all fifty states. It is fairly likely, however, that at least one member of the majority will be too cautious to require Alabama to follow the Constitution, even if they are prepared to order California to do so. If the justices punt on the Alabama question, the important question is whether they hold that anti-gay laws are subject to “heightened scrutiny,” a skeptical kind of constitutional analysis that will make it very difficult for anti-gay discrimination to withstand court review in the future.

— A One-Off: The Ninth Circuit proposed a way to strike down Prop 8 while leaving most other states free to engage in marriage discrimination (the court said that voters were not permitted to withdraw the right to marry once it had been established by the state Supreme Court). The logic of the ruling was thus confined to California. Similarly, two of the Court’s most important gay rights opinions relied on very narrow reasoning that advanced equality only incrementally. It is possible the justices will repeat this performance.

– Jurisdictional Dodges: In both cases, the Court could potentially rule that it lacks jurisdiction to hear the case, a decision that would cast a cloud of uncertainty over the rights of gay couples.

– A Stealth Attack: Several prominent conservatives are pushing a dangerous legal theory that would strike down DOMA on states’ rights grounds, and potentially endanger Social Security, veterans benefits and progressive taxation in the process.

– A Loss: Ultimately, however, it is important to remember that this is a severely conservative Court, and even so-called swing vote Justice Kennedy is a severely conservative justice. Equality could lose.

What To Expect From The Justices

– The Democratic Appointees: It would be very surprising if any of the Court’s four Democrats vote to uphold discrimination. While some commentators have noted Justice Ginsburg’s critical statements about Roe v. Wade — “It’s not that the judgment was wrong, but it moved too far, too fast” — this statement suggests Ginsburg might take an incremental approach, not that she will vote to uphold discrimination. Chance of pro-equality vote: more than 90 percent.

– Justice Kennedy: Kennedy is the author of two narrowly reasoned, but very important cases upholding gay rights. His record on gay rights is not perfect, however. Kennedy cast the key vote holding that the Boy Scouts have a constitutional right to engage in anti-gay discrimination, and he’s behaved less and less like a moderate swing vote and more and more like a hardline conservative in recent years. His vote for equality is likely, but not certain, and is more likely than not to rest on very narrow reasoning. Chance of pro-equality vote: 60-70 percent.

– Justice Thomas: Thomas is the Court’s most conservative member, but he once called Texas’ “sodomy” ban an uncommonly silly” law, and he cares a great deal shrinking federal power until it is small enough to be drowned in a bathtub. Indeed, Thomas believes federal child labor laws and the nationwide ban on whites-only lunch counters are unconstitutional on states’ rights grounds. For this reason, it is possible he will be attracted to the claim thatDOMA violates states’ rights. There’s no chance he’ll vote to strike Prop 8, however. Chance of pro-equality vote: 20 percent on DOMA, 0 percent on Prop 8.

– Chief Justice Roberts: Roberts has a lesbian cousin who will attend the marriage arguments as his personal guest, and he once did pro bono work on behalf of gay rights activists when he was an attorney in private practice. Nevertheless, Roberts remains very conservative and has a long record of criticizing decisions that read the Constitution’s promise of equality broadly. If Roberts does vote with a pro-equality majority, it is just as likely that he will do so in order to wrest control of the opinion and narrow it as he would to extend the blessings of liberty to gay Americans. Chance of pro-equality vote: 10 percent.

– Justice Alito: Alito is probably the toughest conservative questioner on the Court, and he has emerged as a strong advocate for whatever outcome conservatives prefer. Chance of pro-equality vote: less than one percent.

– Justice Scalia: In past opinions, Scalia compared homosexuality to murder, drug addiction, bestiality, incest and child pornography. Chance of pro-equality vote: 0 percent. Chance his opinion will accuse pro-equality justices of kowtowing to the “homosexual agenda”: 99.99 percent.

Surging Support For Marriage Equality

– Marriage Equality Has Strong Bipartisan Support: Retired Judge Vaughn Walker, the first judge to strike down Prop 8, is a Republican appointed to the bench by President George H.W. Bush. Three of the court of appeals judges that voted to declare DOMA unconstitutional are Republicans. 131 top Republicans, including six former Republican governors, filed a brief supporting marriage equality.

– The American People Support Marriage Equality: Fifty-eight percent of Americans believe same-sex couples should be allowed to marry. Among adults under 30, support is at 81 percent.

The Constitution guarantees “the equal protection of the laws” — and that includes same-sex couples. As the Supreme Court has explained, this guarantee is most robust when applied to groups that experienced a “‘history of purposeful unequal treatment‘ or been subjected to unique disabilities on the basis of stereotyped characteristics not truly indicative of their abilities.” LGBT Americans undoubtedly fit this description, and thus neither DOMA nor Prop 8 can stand.


Monday, March 25, 2013


Comic actor Jim Carrey riled the Guns Over People [GOP] up pretty good just by tweeting about his new anti-gun musical satire “Cold Dead Hand,” dedicating the then-forthcoming Funny or Die song to the “heartless mother fuckers unwilling 2 bend 4 the safety of our kids.”

The video released early this morning, is as unlikely to dial back the conservative outrage as it is to change any minds, but the real point of the clip seems to be a deliberate terse gesture of defiance towards the gun hugger.


Carrey's “Cold Dead Hand” is full of blunt provocations, from the use of conservative NRA icon Charlton Heston to the trope that gun huggers are compensating for tiny penises. Backed by a three-piece band consisting of gun victims John Lennon, Abraham Lincoln, and Mahatma Ghandi, Carrey’s cowboy crooner taunts Heston on the set of Hee-Haw by explaining that “the angels couldn’t take him up to Heaven as he planned,” because “they couldn’t pry that gun from his cold, dead hand.”

One would think that Carrey's comedic body slam would have fallen on deaf ears, as most intelligent life form would doubt the gun hugger is intelligent enough to grasp the concept that they are being mocked, but from seeing how upset the American Talibaner is with their posts on the dead Breitbart's ghost website, comedy truly is the sweetest revenge.

Roger West

Sunday, March 24, 2013


The Tea Party, one steaming heaping pile of dog poo.

A number of Tea Party activists are turning their back on Fox News, claiming the news network is becoming too liberal. According to The Daily Beast, disgruntled conservatives are boycotting the right-leaning news network, their second such action.
“Particularly after the election, Fox keeps turning to the left,” said 70-year-old Stan Hjerlied to the Beast. After the network dropped its obsessive focus on the raid on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and Fox News CEO Roger Ailes gave an interview in which he said the Republican Party needs to retool its message on immigration, Hjerlied believes that “we are really losing our only conservative network.”

The current boycott was in its third day Saturday, the second such action by the Tea Party this month. Organizers claim that by tuning out, they were able to cost the network 20 percent of its audience in the previous boycott, a claim the Daily Beast dismissed.

According to the Beast’s David Freedlander, “A Daily Beast analysis of the same data showed that the boycott had little effect.”

Nonetheless, the boycotters, led by Kathy Amidon of Nashville, TN, insist that they are having an effect on Fox’s coverage.
“We have seen FOX suddenly get very loud about Benghazi after the 1st boycott, but conservatives are conservative because they are not stupid,” reads the boycott website, Benghazi-Truth. “We recognize, easily, loud noise which is low on substance. In other words, by whining loudly about Benghazi without the kind of hard-hitting investigative reporting that brought down Nixon over Watergate, what we are seeing from FOX IMO is smoke and mirrors; a trick, to fool us into dutifully genuflecting at their alter [sic] of their arrogant hosts who throw us crumbs with one hand while insulting us with the other. If we want FOX to get serious, we’re going to have to keep hitting them hard. And that is just exactly what we’re going to do.”

One boycotter, former New Hampshire state legislator Kevin Avard, said that he finds it difficult to go without his daily dose of right-wing commentary. “I am having withdrawal. I do like Fox News. I have been going to CNN, and to Headline News just to get some kind of fix. I usually probably only watch them once or twice a year.”

Hjerlied, on the other hand, is staying within familiar ideological waters during the 4-day boycott, which began Thursday and ends on Sunday morning.
“If I want news, I go to Breitbart News and Drudge [because noting says honest news like Breitbart and Druge] and I can find all the news I need, very quickly,” he said, noting that since the first boycott, he has all but “kicked” the Fox News “habit” for good. “I used to have it on all day long, and I probably watched maybe six hours last week,” he said. “The more I looked at it, I have come to the conclusion that Fox is not as fair and balanced as I thought. They shade the truth also.” Boycotters have listed their agenda, that Fox become “the right-wing CBS News: to break stories, to break information, and to do what news organizations have always done with such stories: break politicians.” They have also demanded that the network feature ”at least one segment on Benghazi every night on two of its prime-time shows; that Fox similarly devote investigative resources to discovering the truth of Obama’s birth certificate; and that the network cease striving to be ‘fair and balanced.“We need Fox to turn right,” Hjerlied said. “We think this is a cover-up and Fox is aiding and abetting it. This is the way Hitler started taking over Germany, by managing and manipulating the news media.”

Roger West

Friday, March 22, 2013



The GOP is often infected with EASMS [etch a sketch memory syndrome] and Rachel Maddow opened her show last night noticing an interesting phenomenon in Republican politics: party leaders making surprisingly moderate and candid comments during interviews, only to walk back those comments later after remembering what it is they actually support. Maddow showed how this phenomenon runs the gamut from members of Congress to governors to even the man the GOP put up as its presidential candidate last year.

Maddow took viewers on a trip down memory lane to bring up how this used to be a recurring problem with Mitt Romney, especially on abortion and contraception. She also brought up how Senator Rand Paul is facing a potential double-flip of his own, because despite pushing a bill which would “ban all abortions in America,” he walked back from the very idea and even said there are “thousands of exceptions” in an interview.

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Maddow asked, “Why does this happen so much in teapublican politics? And how does the other party, or the country at large, argue policy with a party that so often does not even seem to know what their policy positions are, let alone actually believe in them?”

Whether it be "bushnesia", "Romnesia, or the dreaded etch a sketch memory syndrome, the American Taliban is often playing games at America's expense, it's time for us to wake the f*ck up!

Wake The Fu&k Up

Roger West

Thursday, March 21, 2013


Continuing on the theme of republicans who meet the criterion of being a special kind of stupid, I can think of none other than Michelle Bachmann.

As the country prepares to celebrate the third anniversary of health care reform, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) insisted on Thursday that the Affordable Care Act will “kill” vulnerable women and children during a speech on the floor of the House.

In a long diatribe against the law, Bachmann predicted that the American people will “pay more” and get less, before suggesting that the provisions of Obamacare will “literally” kill people:

While the main coverage expansion provisions will go into effect in 2014, the ACA has so far saved seniors over $6 billion on prescription drugs, reduced administrative overhead, deterred private insurers from requesting double digit premium increases, kept millions of young people on their parents’ health care plans, and provided 34.1 million people with Medicare preventive services without additional cost-sharing.

Moments after calling for the complete repeal of a law that will extend health care coverage to 30 million Americans, Bachmann claimed that her belief in Christ inspires her to care “for the least of those who are in our midst.” After she completed her remarks, fellow Republican Rep. Michael Burgess (TX) observed that the Minnesota Congresswoman “has a way of stating these things that none of us are capable of.”

Bachmann has since come back to the floor and described Medicaid — a health care program for lower-income Americans — as a “ghetto.” “Here’s the one that no American wants to be in. It’s the Medicaid ghetto,” she said. “And that’s where the lowest possible care, where very few doctors will be available to offer this kind of care.” While the program is not without problems, a study by the Government Accountability Office showed Medicaid beneficiaries were just as happy with their health care as those with private insurance.

Yes, Jesus sayeth "Turn thy backs upon the sick for they do not deserve to be cured unless they haveth the money to pay for their treatments" and the American Taliban said "Amen!"

Roger West

Wednesday, March 20, 2013


 Sheriff Joe McDonald

Joe McDonald is a special kind of stupid. Just one day after many reported that Joseph D. McDonald, Jr. (R), Sheriff of Plymouth County, Massachusetts, told a “joke” at a Republican St. Patrick’s Day breakfast suggesting the nation would be better off if President Obama were assassinated, McDonald stood by his joke and compared his critics to Nazis.

Though McDonald’s office still has not responded to a request for comment, the Plymouth Patch reported Tuesday that Sheriff McDonald defended the “joke” as more than 150 years old and repeated it in its entirety. According to the story, McDonald attempted to spin himself as the victim of Nazi-like tactics: “The irony of it is, it’s perfectly OK for them [liberals] to make those jokes about President Bush or someone from the other side of the aisle. I can imagine what some of this place comes from not 2013 United States, it’s more like Nazi Germany in 1938.”

The report also notes:
“The joke I told was like The Christmas Carol story,” McDonald said Tuesday afternoon." And I want to preface it by saying it’s something akin to a joke I’ve heard liberals tell.”

He said people have made death threats on his Facebook page and have called the joke treasonous. He called people who have complained about the joke and demanded that he resign “hypocrites."

McDonald defended the joke and called complaints about it were ironic. “The basic concept of it has been around since the Andrew Johnson administration,” he said. “The radical Republicans wanted him to take a much harder line on Reconstruction of the South, and the joke was that Johnson should have gone to the theater instead of Lincoln.”

McDonald’s defense of his comments — and his attacks on anyone who dared speak out against them — ignores the fact that as a public safety official who has taken an oath of office, he is held to a higher standard that some unnamed liberals or political activists of the 1860s.

Deputy Dog Joe McDonald, you are today's worst person in the world!

Roger West

Tuesday, March 19, 2013



To commemorate the tenth anniversary of the Iraqi war, we post a letter from a dying soldier to G.W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

To: George W. Bush and Dick Cheney

From: Tomas Young

I write this letter on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War on behalf of my fellow Iraq War veterans. I write this letter on behalf of the 4,488 soldiers and Marines who died in Iraq. I write this letter on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of veterans who have been wounded and on behalf of those whose wounds, physical and psychological, have destroyed their lives. I am one of those gravely wounded. I was paralyzed in an insurgent ambush in 2004 in Sadr City. My life is coming to an end. I am living under hospice care.

I write this letter on behalf of husbands and wives who have lost spouses, on behalf of children who have lost a parent, on behalf of the fathers and mothers who have lost sons and daughters and on behalf of those who care for the many thousands of my fellow veterans who have brain injuries. I write this letter on behalf of those veterans whose trauma and self-revulsion for what they have witnessed, endured and done in Iraq have led to suicide and on behalf of the active-duty soldiers and Marines who commit, on average, a suicide a day. I write this letter on behalf of the some 1 million Iraqi dead and on behalf of the countless Iraqi wounded. I write this letter on behalf of us all—the human detritus your war has left behind, those who will spend their lives in unending pain and grief.

You may evade justice but in our eyes you are each guilty of egregious war crimes, of plunder and, finally, of murder, including the murder of thousands of young Americans—my fellow veterans—whose future you stole.

I write this letter, my last letter, to you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney. I write not because I think you grasp the terrible human and moral consequences of your lies, manipulation and thirst for wealth and power. I write this letter because, before my own death, I want to make it clear that I, and hundreds of thousands of my fellow veterans, along with millions of my fellow citizens, along with hundreds of millions more in Iraq and the Middle East, know fully who you are and what you have done. You may evade justice but in our eyes you are each guilty of egregious war crimes, of plunder and, finally, of murder, including the murder of thousands of young Americans—my fellow veterans—whose future you stole.

Your positions of authority, your millions of dollars of personal wealth, your public relations consultants, your privilege and your power cannot mask the hollowness of your character. You sent us to fight and die in Iraq after you, Mr. Cheney, dodged the draft in Vietnam, and you, Mr. Bush, went AWOL from your National Guard unit. Your cowardice and selfishness were established decades ago. You were not willing to risk yourselves for our nation but you sent hundreds of thousands of young men and women to be sacrificed in a senseless war with no more thought than it takes to put out the garbage.

I joined the Army two days after the 9/11 attacks. I joined the Army because our country had been attacked. I wanted to strike back at those who had killed some 3,000 of my fellow citizens. I did not join the Army to go to Iraq, a country that had no part in the September 2001 attacks and did not pose a threat to its neighbors, much less to the United States. I did not join the Army to “liberate” Iraqis or to shut down mythical weapons-of-mass-destruction facilities or to implant what you cynically called “democracy” in Baghdad and the Middle East. I did not join the Army to rebuild Iraq, which at the time you told us could be paid for by Iraq’s oil revenues. Instead, this war has cost the United States over $3 trillion. I especially did not join the Army to carry out pre-emptive war. Pre-emptive war is illegal under international law. And as a soldier in Iraq I was, I now know, abetting your idiocy and your crimes. The Iraq War is the largest strategic blunder in U.S. history. It obliterated the balance of power in the Middle East. It installed a corrupt and brutal pro-Iranian government in Baghdad, one cemented in power through the use of torture, death squads and terror. And it has left Iran as the dominant force in the region. On every level—moral, strategic, military and economic—Iraq was a failure. And it was you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney, who started this war. It is you who should pay the consequences.

I would not be writing this letter if I had been wounded fighting in Afghanistan against those forces that carried out the attacks of 9/11. Had I been wounded there I would still be miserable because of my physical deterioration and imminent death, but I would at least have the comfort of knowing that my injuries were a consequence of my own decision to defend the country I love. I would not have to lie in my bed, my body filled with painkillers, my life ebbing away, and deal with the fact that hundreds of thousands of human beings, including children, including myself, were sacrificed by you for little more than the greed of oil companies, for your alliance with the oil sheiks in Saudi Arabia, and your insane visions of empire.

I have, like many other disabled veterans, suffered from the inadequate and often inept care provided by the Veterans Administration. I have, like many other disabled veterans, come to realize that our mental and physical wounds are of no interest to you, perhaps of no interest to any politician. We were used. We were betrayed. And we have been abandoned. You, Mr. Bush, make much pretense of being a Christian. But isn’t lying a sin? Isn’t murder a sin? Aren’t theft and selfish ambition sins? I am not a Christian. But I believe in the Christian ideal. I believe that what you do to the least of your brothers you finally do to yourself, to your own soul.

My day of reckoning is upon me. Yours will come. I hope you will be put on trial. But mostly I hope, for your sakes, that you find the moral courage to face what you have done to me and to many, many others who deserved to live. I hope that before your time on earth ends, as mine is now ending, you will find the strength of character to stand before the American public and the world, and in particular the Iraqi people, and beg for forgiveness.

—Tomas Young

While these two heartless souls continue to declare ignorance on the subject at hand, Americans now know that these two bullshitted their way, often and frequently into the Iraqi war.

Read the book "Hubris, the inside story of spin and scandal and the selling of the Iraq war" by Michael Isikoff and David Corn. You can also watch the MSNBC HUBRIS documentary in it's full entirety below:


“Making up a reason to invade a country is the easy part,” Mr. Cheney said. “Sticking to a pretend story for ten years—that is the stuff of valor.” ~ Andy Borowitz.

Roger West

Monday, March 18, 2013


Colorado's Version of Barney Fife to Ignore Federal Law

For months, Colorado local Barney Fife’s have been objecting to federal efforts to stem gun violence in the wake of the Newtown massacre, claiming they violate “states’ rights.” Now, with a package of gun violence prevention measures awaiting the governor’s signature in a state that has seen some of the most deadly and high-profile mass shootings, several Colorado county sheriffs are threatening not to enforce their own state’s measures to expand criminal background checks and limit ammunition magazines if they are signed into law. The Greeley Tribune reports:

Weld County Sheriff John Cooke said he won’t enforce either gun-control measure waiting to be signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper, saying the laws are “unenforceable” and would “give a false sense of security.”
“They’re feel-good, knee-jerk reactions that are unenforceable,” he said.

Cooke said the bill requiring a $10 background check to legally transfer a gun would not keep firearms out of the hands of those who use them for violence.
“Criminals are still going to get their guns,” he said.

Cooke said the other bill would also technically ban all magazines because of a provision that outlaws any magazine that can be altered. He said all magazines can be altered to a higher capacity.

Cooke said he, like other county sheriffs, “won’t bother enforcing” the laws because it will be impossible for them to keep track of how the requirements are being met by gun owners. He said he and other sheriffs are considering a lawsuit against the state to block the measures if they are signed into law.

El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa also said Thursday that several of the laws are unenforceable and that he would willfully ignore the high-capacity magazine limit. And Cooke’s position appears to have the support of a number of other state sheriffs; during testimony calling the law unenforceable, 20 other county sheriffs stood behind him in solidarity.

Sheriffs’ assertions that the laws are simply too difficult to enforce and/or ineffective is the latest in a string of arguments by a contingent of county sheriffs opposed to any new gun violence prevention measures. Other sheriffs, several of whom are part of a fringe militia group whose members believe that sheriffs are the highest law enforcement authorities and vow to defy any law or order that violates their radical view of the Constitution, have argued that federal regulation violates states’ rights and the Second Amendment.

Conservative legislators are also already committing to repeal the ammunition magazine limit if enacted through a 2014 ballot measure.

Other measures that passed both houses of the Colorado legislature include a requirement that firearm buyers pay for their own background checks, a ban on online certification for concealed-carry permits, and a ban on gun purchases by people convicted of domestic violence crimes.


Sunday, March 17, 2013



In case you have not been paying attention, this past week the most lunatic of republicans met in an event called CPAC, where we learned that Kim jung un doesn't hold a candle to the freakishness of the GOPer. Kim jung un's nuclear rants seem tame and welcoming over the gloom and doom rhetoric of the American Taliban. The USA Caliphate unraveled this week at CPAC.

With the 2013 republican, it's still the same ole shit, its just a different day. It's always the pizza box never the pizza with these special patriots.

What can Americans take away from CPAC 2013?

1. Blame Obama.
2. Blame the Dems.
3. Blame the media.
4. Blame whoever it is we have made the new Scapegoat in the GOP party.
5. False Equivalence at an Epic Scale.
6. We need a new message.
7. We need a new overcoat.
8. We need to package our message better.
9. We need to attack the media, liberals, women, gays, unions, teachers, nurses/cops and the poor.
10. We need to Obstruct the government more.
11. We need to tax the middle class and protect the rich.
12. We need to find a way to get corporations to get their hands on that 2 trillion dollars of Medicare, Social Security money.
13 Slavery was good because it provided the slave food and shelter.
CPAC Participant Defends Slavery At Minority Outreach Panel: It Gave ‘Food And Shelter’ To Blacks.
14. The only thing that changed from last year was the T-shirt.
15. That the radical tea bagger is truly more dangerous than the real Taliban.
16. Besides not inviting Chris Christie and Bob McDonnell, CPAC also forgot to invite truth and honesty.
17. We learned that the best way to make Sarah Palin look smart is too let her speak before the orangutans.
18. The eleven most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I think Jesus and Ayn Rand had baby named Ronald Reagan."
19. Ted Cruz, is the only man in America who has ever read the Constitution*. *According to Ted Cruz.
20. Conservatives call Paul Ryan a liberal, they say Grover Norquist is in the Muslim Brotherhood, and they blame the media for making them look crazy.
21. Republicans, tea baggers, GOPers, gun huggers, The American Taliban -these folks are a special kind of stupid!
22. The thesis statement from all speakers, read my book.
23. Rick Perry's war against Planned Parenthood costs Texas $200 million but gives him tons of poor kids to defund later.
24. The Obama Administration must restore the White House tours. Otherwise Republicans will never get to see the White House ever again.
25. Instead of a Paul Ryan version of a balanced budget amendment, we can just not elect Republican presidents.

What you did not hear from the tea bagger:

1. Here is our plan to improve the economy. (Ryan's budget has become a laughing stock in all corners except conservative/corporate media).
2. Here is our plan to create jobs.
3. Here is our plan to work with the Dems to create meaningful legislation.
4. Here is why our plans to fix the economy and create jobs will work.
5. Here is our plan to make the economy and jobs better for the middle class and poor.
6. Here is our plan to fix tax inequity.
7. Here is our plan to fix income inequity.
8. Here is our plan to improve immigration issues.
9. Here is our plan to improve trade problems with other countries.
10. Here is our schedule to work 5 days a week, for 50 weeks a year, instead of only working 126 days a year.
11. Here is our plan for health care reform that will improve what the President has already done.
12. Here is our plan to achieve income equality for women and minorities and our plan to raise the minimum wage, because this will lift our economy.
13. Here is our plan to break up the banks and regulate the finance business.
14. Here is our plan to close Gitmo.
15. Here is our plan to improve the Veteran's Administration.
16. Here are the reasons we don't need to gerrymander districts and commit large scale fraud to win elections, and here is what we are going to do to improve conservative voter attack fraud.

Themes heard at CPAC:

"You blinded me, with science"
"Sympathy from the devil"
"The lady is a tramp"
"Stuck in the Fifties again"
"I, Me, Mine"
"The Way We Where"

Next CPAC season, make sure you have a keg-O-beer, some hot wings - and sit back and watch, because most definitely, the countries most diabolical circus is in town. CPAC 2013, where douche bags gather to learn how to be bigger douche bags.

Roger West

Saturday, March 16, 2013


Bill Maher in last nights New Rules skewers the fringe of the right - and the "Who's who of what the fuck" lunacy at CPAC.

Maher eloquently suggests that the GOP is a disproportionate influence on the American political landscape considering just how small they are.

From bestiality, to Pat Robertson, to the inconsequential NRA, Maher pierces through the bullshit that is the GOP, those special kind of stupid people that we have come to know and love.

VIDEO Courtesy of HBO:

Episode 275 by BillMaher1956

Roger West

Friday, March 15, 2013


Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) has reversed his position on gay marriage, becoming the only sitting Republican senator to support marriage equality. The senator was a top contender to become Mitt Romney’s vice presidential candidate last year. As he explained to several Ohio newspapers, Portman was inspired by his son Will, who came out in February of 2011.

In a Columbus Dispatch op-ed, Portman explains how he struggled with his faith and his desire for his son to have the same opportunities his other children have:

I have come to believe that if two people are prepared to make a lifetime commitment to love and care for each other in good times and in bad, the government shouldn't deny them the opportunity to get married.

That isn't how I've always felt. As a congressman, and more recently as a senator, I opposed marriage for same-sex couples. Then something happened that led me to think through my position in a much deeper way.

Two years ago, my son Will, then a college freshman, told my wife, Jane, and me that he is gay. He said he’d known for some time, and that his sexual orientation wasn't something he chose; it was simply a part of who he is. Jane and I were proud of him for his honesty and courage. We were surprised to learn he is gay but knew he was still the same person he’d always been. The only difference was that now we had a more complete picture of the son we love.

At the time, my position on marriage for same-sex couples was rooted in my faith tradition that marriage is a sacred bond between a man and a woman. Knowing that my son is gay prompted me to consider the issue from another perspective: that of a dad who wants all three of his kids to lead happy, meaningful lives with the people they love, a blessing Jane and I have shared for 26 years.

Portman’s previous stance on marriage equality was termed “openly hostile” by Michigan Law students who protested his commencement speech just two months after his son privately came out. One hundred students reportedly walked out of the speech. In June 2012, he still opposed the Employee Non-Discrimination Act, explaining that businesses should be able to fire gay people without fear of legal action.

During the vetting process for GOP vice presidential candidate, Portman says he told Romney “everything” about his son and claims that the campaign assured him that his son’s orientation was not the reason why he was not selected.

Log Cabin Republicans greeted the news by celebrating the breach of the “conservative logjam on the issue of civil marriage for committed gay and lesbian couples.” Meanwhile, at CPAC, many of Portman’s colleagues have spoken out against marriage equality. GOP star Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), widely hailed as “the Republican Savior,” enthusiastically endorsed states’ rights to “define marriage in a traditional way” while insisting he was not bigoted against gay people. No sitting Republican senator has supported gay marriage since former Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R-RI) lost in 2006.

Portman’s timing is apt; in less than two weeks, the Supreme Court will hear a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act. Since the law was passed in 1996, 22 senators who voted for it have since called for its repeal. Former President Bill Clinton recently disowned the law he signed and called for the court to strike it down. In his op-ed, Portman stressed that he still thinks marriage should be left up to the states without “judicial intervention from Washington.”

Portman said he will not take a leadership role to bring other Republican lawmakers around to marriage equality. Will Portman tweeted this morning, “Especially proud of my dad today.”

So, let me get this straight, if your a liberal, shame on you for bearing a homosexual kid, and may that kid burn in hell, but if your a GOPer, and your kid is gay, offer them same sex marriage and the Holy Grail.

Roger West

Thursday, March 14, 2013


As Congressional teapublicans again rally around Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) budget and its goal of eliminating the deficit in ten years, many are using an old talking point. They claim that the federal government should model itself on the federal government stop spending more money than it takes in. Recent personal financial disclosure filings reveals that many of the same lawmakers who are urging the nation to balance its books are themselves in debt and have taken out personal and/or business loans.

Government is nothing like a business and cannot be run as one — its aim is to protect its citizens, not to turn a profit. Businesses and individuals often borrow in the short term to make investments for the long term — mortgages, lines of credits, and other sorts of loans are facts of life for millions of Americans and businesses of all sizes. Start-up businesses rarely break even for the first several years and few people can afford to buy their first home outright or pay for their kids to go to college out of pocket.

Still, many politicians who advocate for cuts to vital programs and a dangerous Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution use the argument that government needs to live with in its means because everyone else does — but have debt of their own. These hypocrites include:

House Budget Committee Member Tom Rice (R-SC): Wrote: “At a time when hardworking American families are living off of a budget, the federal government should be no different. My colleagues and I believe it is time for America to change course and get back on a path of prosperity. This begins with a balanced budget plan.” Reported five mortgages totaling over $4 million.

House Budget Committee Member Diane Black (R-TN): Wrote: “The state of Tennessee balances its budget, American families and businesses balance their budgets and so should the federal government,” and “Balancing the budget is not extreme; it is what American families across this country do on a regular basis.” Reported four mortgages on three properties, totaling more than $3 million.

House Budget Committee Member Roger Williams (R-TX): Said Wednesday: “We have to have a balanced budget. I have to balance my budget. Everybody in America has to balance their family’s budget or their business’ budget, not every ten years, not even every single year, but every single day.” Reported more than $2.5 million in business debts.

House Budget Committee Member Scott Rigell (R-VA): Boasted that he voted for a balanced budget amendment because: “I know that American families do what they have to do to live within their means; and so too should the government.” Reported $1.5 million in lines of credit, a $500,000-plus mortgage, and over $10,000 in credit card debt.

House Budget Committee Member Bill Flores (R-TX): Wrote: “It’s time Washington was forced to finally live within its means and cut up the credit cards. Every American family and 49 out of 50 states currently abide by some form of a balanced-budget requirement. If they can make the hard choices to pay their bills and live within their means, then Washington should too,” and “American families and businesses must live by this principle every day, and they want Congress to abide by the same rule.” Reported two mortgages on residences totaling over $1.5 million.

House Republican Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA): In a joint editorial with Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), wrote: “Just as any family or business has to do, Washington needs to learn to live within its means.” Reported three mortgages totaling at least $1 million.

House Budget Committee Member Vicky Hartzler (R-MO): Said in a floor speech: “Families I talk to, they say, Every year we balance our budget, how come Washington doesn’t? Every small business I visit says, We balance our budget, how come Washington doesn’t? Every farmer and rancher I visit with says, We balance our budget, how come Washington doesn’t?” Reported five real estate mortgages totaling more than $900,000.

House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (R-WA): Wrote: “Balancing the budget isn’t a liberal or conservative issue. When families in Eastern Washington balance their budgets, they don’t consider it a liberal or conservative policy; it’s just a requirement of life,” and “Families, small businesses and even the State of Washington must balance their budgets. It’s difficult and it forces some hard choices. It’s time for the federal government to do the same.” Reported three mortgages totaling more than $600,000 and a student loan of at least $10,000.

House Budget Committee Member Reid Ribble (R-WI): Explained that he’d backed a bill because “we need to put a stop to the irresponsible deficit spending in Washington. Families across Wisconsin have been forced to scale back their spending and balance their budgets, yet the federal government has failed to do the same.” Reported several mortgages on properties and a home equity line of credit, totaling several hundred thousand dollars.

House Budget Committee Member Rob Woodall (R-GA): Wrote: “A Balanced Budget Amendment is crucial to ensuring fiscal responsibility in our government, not only today, but in the years to come,” Woodall said. “American families and businesses must decide how to spend their money responsibly; it’s time that the folks in Washington do the same.” Reported two mortgages totaling more than $150,000.

House Budget Committee Member Alan Nunnelee (R-MS): Wrote that “businesses, large and small, are working on their budgets for 2012. Each of these groups, local governments, state government, and private businesses operate with a very practical consideration…they must make their budgets balance. This is a concept that American families understand. Thirty years ago, just before I was to be married, a very wise friend taught me a simple but important principle of family budgeting, ‘If your outgo exceeds your income then your upkeep will be your downfall.’ The only entity in America that does not seem to understand this concept is the federal government,” and “Families and businesses in my district have been sitting down, cutting spending, balancing their budgets and making tough decisions. It’s time for the federal government to do the same. A balanced budget amendment will legally force the federal government to only spend what it takes in and start living within its means – a practice Mississippi families and businesses are asked to do every day, yet a practice our own President refuses to participate in. Reported four mortgages on two properties, totaling more than $145,000.

House Budget Committee Member James Lankford (R-OK): Said in a floor speech: “Nineteen years ago my wife and I married. I was still in school, I was working as much as I could, she was also working, but we were barely making it, but we made the decision, we were not going to run up credit card debt and live beyond our means. We paid our school loans, we tied to our church, we ate a lot of peanut butter, and we lived simply. As Dave Ramsey said, we determined to act our wage. It’s a biblical principal for myself and my family; Proverbs 22:7 states, ‘The borrower is a slave to the lender.’ Proverbs 22 applies to families, and Proverbs 22 applies to nations. If we were living within our means as a nation, almost all the debate in the last six months in this chamber would have been different.” Reported that he “is a slave” to Bank of America, with whom he has a mortgage of more than $100,000.

House Republican Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA): Wrote: “In order to make ends meet and plan ahead, hardworking American families and small businesses budget to manage their finances. Why can’t Washington?” and “In the past two years, discretionary spending has increased by 84 percent and our debt has grown by over $3.5 trillion. No family or small business in Bakersfield, or anywhere for that matter, would ever budget like this, and the federal government cannot.” Reported a mortgage of over $100,000.

House Budget Committee Member Sean Duffy (R-WI): Wrote: “Congress must learn what every working family and small business in Central and Northwestern Wisconsin has known for a painfully long time: the path forward to a sustainable and prosperous future is paved by fiscal responsibility and smaller, smarter government. One of the most commonsense measures we can enact is a balanced budget amendment which simply dictates that the federal government must live within its means. This is a lesson well-learned by the hardworking citizens of Wisconsin and there’s no reason why Washington should live by different rules than Wausau, Chippewa Falls or Rice Lake.” Reported two mortgages totaling more than $150,000, a line of credit, and a student loan of more than $50,000.

Though the average U.S. Representative has a net worth of more than $6 million, the House Republican Leader, Republic Whip, and Republican Conference Chair all reported some sort of personal liabilities. Of the 22 Republicans on the House Budget Committee, 18 identified some debt on their most recent forms.

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