Bad Deeds for 5-12-2009

Rep. Pete Sessions Accuses Obama of Deliberately Driving Up Unemployment and Dampening Stock Prices – U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions of Dallas, a member of the House Republican leadership, is accusing President Barack Obama of intentionally driving up unemployment and dampening stock prices in a bid to consolidate power. Sessions told The New York Times that the administration intends to “diminish employment and diminish stock prices” as part of a “divide and conquer” strategy. And he asserted that the Obama agenda is “intended to inflict damage and hardship on the free enterprise system, if not to kill it.”


Limbaugh Mocks the Recession While Clear Channel Employees Get Pummeled – At the President’s Club Dinner Sunday night, Clear Channel’s most famous employee, Rush Limbaugh, mocked the idea that Americans are suffering, noting, “I’ve never had financially a down year” despite the “supposed” recession. Limbaugh said, “I always believed that if we’re going to have a recession, just don’t participate.” That’s easy for him to say while he’s lounging in his 24,000-square-foot Florida estate or motoring in his $450,000 car to the airport to ride in his $54 million jet. But the company he works for corporation that now teeters on the brink and many of it’s employees fear for their jobs.

Does he feel a little guilty? In the twisted conservative mind, if you’re having a problem, it’s your fault.
[The conservative without conscience (CWC) worldview is defined by phrases like: “You’re on your own,” “You deserve what you get.” CWCs do not understand that there are systemic causes for any individual’s situation. CWCs believe everyone is in direct control of their own future. CWCs have no understanding of the “butterfly effect.”]


John Stossel Says We Should Eat Endangered Species if We Want to Save Them – Conservative reporter for ABC, John Stossel, says banning the sale of products from endangered animals doesn’t work. (Sorry, John, it worked great for elephants.) You see, the conservative solution for everything is let business make money off of it, or give it a tax break. Since animals don’t pay taxes, Stossel thinks endangered animals should be farmed and eaten. That might work for a few species like Bison, but not most.


Continued from yesterday…
RNC Chairman Bashes “Empathy”; Shows He Doesn’t Know What the Word Means – RNC Chairman Michael Steele, guest-hosting for radio talk show host Bill Bennett, got all gangsta and up in the grill of them libruls for actually wanting a Supreme Court Justice to be “empathetic”:

Good morning y’all, we’re back in the house. We’re talking a little bit of Constitution and a little bit Supreme Court. And a whole lot of saving America’s judicial system and saving our rights as citizens and not having empathetic judges decide cases, but rather judges who are actually understanding the rule of law and what the Constitution and those laws are all about. And how to apply the facts to the law and the law to the facts. And adjudicate my case. I don’t need some judge sitting up there feeling bad for my opponent because of their life circumstances or their condition. And short changing me and my opportunity to get fair treatment under the law. Crazy nonsense empathetic. I’ll give you empathy. Empathize right on your behind.

Does he even know what empathy means? Empathy is distinct from sympathy, pity, and emotional contagion. Empathy does not necessarily imply compassion, sympathy, or empathic concern. Empathy is the capability to share your feelings and understand another’s emotion and feelings. It is often characterized as the ability to “put oneself into another’s shoes,” or in some way experience what the other person is feeling. It does not mean you have to agree with them.





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Texas A&M Aggie, Retired aerospace engineer, former union member, Vietnam vet, Demcratic Party organizer, husband and father.

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