Has Pete Hoekstra Been Beaten Up by Nancy Pelosi’s Militia?

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 12:22 pm

For the past five days, the Iranian opposition has been subject to vicious beatings at the hands of regime goons, with at least eight people killed. Now it’s being told that it can be murdered if it doesn’t shut up, according to The New York Times: “We warn the few elements controlled by foreigners who try to disrupt domestic security by inciting individuals to destroy and to commit arson that the Islamic penal code for such individuals waging war against God is execution,” said the senior prosecutor in the city of Isfahan. This is life and death.

Meanwhile, Michigan Republican Rep. Pete Hoekstra doesn’t have a gavel in his hand, so obviously the two situations are exactly the same. He tweets:

Iranian twitter activity similar to what we did in House last year when Republicans were shut down in the House.

I suppose that makes Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) the equivalent of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in his mind. Oh, and it seems Hoekstra has company. Here’s Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas), via The Hill:

good to see Iranian people move mountains w social media, shining sunlight on their repressive govt – Texans support their bid for freedom

Oppressed minorities includeHouseRepubs: We are using social media to expose repression such as last night’s D clampdown shutting off amends

Now that’s the kind of moral clarity we’re missing from President Obama: self-aggrandizing delusion that insults the people who actually stand up to oppression. They’re like the would-be rappers who want to get shot in order to prove their gritty authenticity.

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40 Comments

Brendan M.
Comment posted June 17, 2009 @ 11:09 am

ZOMG!!1 Repubs + Twitter = Accurate view of their soulless cynicism and breathtaking stupidity #tcot

Kind of like Republicans + Email = A lot of racist emails with photo-shopped pictures of watermelons in front of the White House (with inevitable jokes about whether it is still the “White” House or not).

I'd suggest we actually do treat Republicans like the Iranian regime treats dissidents and cut off their Twitter service, but it'd probably improve their electoral viability.


Jennifer
Comment posted June 17, 2009 @ 12:23 pm

Wow! Amazingly prejudicial remarks. Many of us, non-partisan folks like myself, don't care about the Presidents color, creed etc. Nationality IS important. Protecting our country is the MOST important. Obama fails on both topics!! He is trying to bankrupt us financially and ethically.

Polosi must be stopped as she tries to accomplish that goal. Bankrupting us in every way she and her cronies can think of!


GreyHawk
Comment posted June 17, 2009 @ 12:36 pm

Um, wow — where were you during the Bush/GOP financial free-for-all and resulting free-fall ? …”non-partisan” my a$$.


jandj
Comment posted June 17, 2009 @ 12:58 pm

How so ethically?


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Steve
Comment posted June 17, 2009 @ 2:55 pm

Seriously Jennifer, get your head out of your ass. You are not non-partisan, you are a lying GOPer. And really, really stupid.


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Chris
Comment posted June 17, 2009 @ 4:19 pm

Read this article from the New York Times. Bush tried to regulate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2003. As you can see in the article many democrats were against it and spoke out about how it would keep people from getting affordable housing. I am sure there were plenty of Republicans against this also or it would have been passed because it was brought up when the Republicans had control. The New York Times of course was not writing this as a nice piece on Bush and only trying to show that he was against the little man who could not afford a house without unregulated banking to give them loans. Now look at all the foreclosures and know for a fact that Bush had it right on this. Wake up America!!!!!! Both sides suck so protect yourself for the crap that we are going to have to eat in the future with all these new socialist poilicies.

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/09/11/business/new-…


Exileinusa
Comment posted June 17, 2009 @ 6:24 pm

John Culbertson is from the same ruling elite that stole the 2001 election isn't he. Take the beam from your own eye before you complain etc. etc.


Keasleg
Comment posted June 17, 2009 @ 6:50 pm

why dosen't someone hold obama responsible for showing his real birth certificate? what would happen if it should be discovered that he is not an American citizen? according to the Constitution he must prove the he indeed was born in America to parents that met all the requirements in the constitution! Isn't it someones responsibility to over see this ??


doc
Comment posted June 17, 2009 @ 6:55 pm

Bush/GOP financial free-for-all?? Nice liberal talking point. The fact is during the Bush administration spending for SEC regulation grew at a higher rate than during the Clinton years, including adding 33% more staff for enforcement. The only significant financial regulatory legislation passed during the Bush years had nothing to do with de-regulation, it was Sarbanes-Oxley which, as I'm sure you know increased regulatory oversight of public corporations. In fact if you want to blame someone for a financial free-for-all, blame Clinton who signed legislation de-regulating many aspects of the derivatives market just prior to leaving office (that beauty was spear-headed by your current Obama economic advisor Larry Summers)! Insofar as the “resulting free-fall” hyperbole, our GDP has fallen less than half of that of our european friends. Those countries have economic policies steeped in socialism eerily similar to what Obama is pushing us too. But I don't expect the facts to stand in the way of your idealogy or self-righteous, uninformed one-liners!


Malolo
Comment posted June 17, 2009 @ 8:17 pm

The Republican Congressmen have every right to speak their minds, despite whatever the media have to say about the issue. When the shoe was on the other foot, there were plenty of vociferous complaints from the Dems!


Larry Motylinski
Comment posted June 17, 2009 @ 9:07 pm

I agree it took place during the Bush administration, when the congress was a democrat majority.
You do realize that it's the congress who spends the money, not the president. Just like right now it's the congress who spends the money, not Obama. He's just pulling all the strings. That way when the American public has had enough and decides to act he can say “It wasn't me, blame congress, they spend all the money.” with a straight face. At the same time, members of congress will say “Don't blame us, it was Obama pulling our strings” – and they will say it believing it was the honest thing to do.


GEROGE D.
Comment posted June 17, 2009 @ 9:28 pm

IT IS AMAZING THAT YOU NEOCONS ARECRYING NOW THAT DEMOCRATS ARE SHUTTING YOU OUT…….YOU SHUT THEM OUT FOR EIGHT YEARS…..YOU WRAPPED YOURSELVES IN THE AMERICAN FLAG EVERY TIME THEY PROTESTED YOUR EXCESSES….THE FACT IS THAT YOU ARE ALL SELF SERVING RACIST….BIGOTS WHO GRAB EVERY SYMBOL TO OPPRESS AND CHEAT OTHERS IN OUR SOCIETY


debi
Comment posted June 17, 2009 @ 9:49 pm

no wonder our nation is in such turmoil. all i read is bickering,name calling, (cronies? i mean,really) everyone seems to think they know everything that is going on behind closed doors, and inside closed minds of elected officials, many of whom would never vote for anything,no matter how good it would be for the health of our country,if it were proposed by the other party. bipartisanship should lead to balance,and compromise. instead, it serves to re-ignite the nightmarish school days immaturity that they should out grown. jealousy, narrow-mindedness, slander,and downright lies fill the news stories we read each day,along side the doom and gloom that people are so fond of hearing about. and this same shameful behavior is seen over and over again among our citizens. liberals against democrats. left against right. trash talk, name calling,insults, rumors retold as facts, statements taken out of context. this goes well beyond “healthy debate”. or “agree to disagree' i have never seen so much contempt for our fellow citizens as has been demonstrated in the past months.


robin
Comment posted June 17, 2009 @ 11:52 pm

What are you saying? Clear as mud!


robin
Comment posted June 18, 2009 @ 12:02 am

George D. You are so full of s… your eyes are brown….

When was the last time you did anything for this country? If, and I say if you ever did you would not use the term, wrap yourself in the flag. You would be proud to wrap yourself in it; of course unless you happen to go to a certain church in Chicago. (or be a member of it)

If there is such a thing as a racist or a bigot then you just proved yourself to be one.


John
Comment posted June 18, 2009 @ 12:06 am

This writer, Spencer Ackerman, ought to change his name. S–T. Hackerman is more appropriete. Talk about putting words into someones mouth and then exaggerating it! Sir, you are an embarrassment to any “Free” media.
There is a better comparison between the Obama run “State” media (Washington/New York media outlets) and those of Irans.
Case in point; Remember the endless stories during G.W.Bush's term on how bad the economy was and the scary growing deficits? Yet, unemployment was 4.7% and the annual deficit was averaging 400 billion.
Now under the rule of this scrawny Kenyan, we only get stories blubbering about how wonderful Obama is and the good times to come. Unemployment is 10% and rising folks. The deficits are in the double digit TRILLIONS. Obama, Reid and Pelosi have effectively destroyed this country. But all we get from the media is orgasmic fawnings over how Obama “CRUSHED A FLY”. Perhaps the flies are smarter than our combined media. The fly could recognize an African born Kenyan when he saw it.


robin
Comment posted June 18, 2009 @ 12:06 am

Hey Doc,

Nice to hear a person speak with authority and knowledge of a subject rather than the usual humdrum dribble that comes from the orfice of liberals. (Which orfice who can tell)


TiredOfGOPBullshit
Comment posted June 18, 2009 @ 12:27 am

Specer's got it right. These guys are assholes trying to steal the glory of dead men, people literally being killed for their beliefs as we speak. What nerve! And why does President Obama's color /ethnic background always work its way into the arguments from pro-GOP people? Fuckin' racists, go to hell.


Exileinusa
Comment posted June 18, 2009 @ 1:24 am

John Culbertson is from the same ruling elite that stole the 2001 election isn't he. Take the beam from your own eye before you complain etc. etc.


Keasleg
Comment posted June 18, 2009 @ 1:50 am

why dosen't someone hold obama responsible for showing his real birth certificate? what would happen if it should be discovered that he is not an American citizen? according to the Constitution he must prove the he indeed was born in America to parents that met all the requirements in the constitution! Isn't it someones responsibility to over see this ??


doc
Comment posted June 18, 2009 @ 1:55 am

Bush/GOP financial free-for-all?? Nice liberal talking point. The fact is during the Bush administration spending for SEC regulation grew at a higher rate than during the Clinton years, including adding 33% more staff for enforcement. The only significant financial regulatory legislation passed during the Bush years had nothing to do with de-regulation, it was Sarbanes-Oxley which, as I'm sure you know increased regulatory oversight of public corporations. In fact if you want to blame someone for a financial free-for-all, blame Clinton who signed legislation de-regulating many aspects of the derivatives market just prior to leaving office (that beauty was spear-headed by your current Obama economic advisor Larry Summers)! Insofar as the “resulting free-fall” hyperbole, our GDP has fallen less than half of that of our european friends. Those countries have economic policies steeped in socialism eerily similar to what Obama is pushing us too. But I don't expect the facts to stand in the way of your idealogy or self-righteous, uninformed one-liners!


Malolo
Comment posted June 18, 2009 @ 3:17 am

The Republican Congressmen have every right to speak their minds, despite whatever the media have to say about the issue. When the shoe was on the other foot, there were plenty of vociferous complaints from the Dems!


Larry Motylinski
Comment posted June 18, 2009 @ 4:07 am

I agree it took place during the Bush administration, when the congress was a democrat majority.
You do realize that it's the congress who spends the money, not the president. Just like right now it's the congress who spends the money, not Obama. He's just pulling all the strings. That way when the American public has had enough and decides to act he can say “It wasn't me, blame congress, they spend all the money.” with a straight face. At the same time, members of congress will say “Don't blame us, it was Obama pulling our strings” – and they will say it believing it was the honest thing to do.


GEROGE D.
Comment posted June 18, 2009 @ 4:28 am

IT IS AMAZING THAT YOU NEOCONS ARECRYING NOW THAT DEMOCRATS ARE SHUTTING YOU OUT…….YOU SHUT THEM OUT FOR EIGHT YEARS…..YOU WRAPPED YOURSELVES IN THE AMERICAN FLAG EVERY TIME THEY PROTESTED YOUR EXCESSES….THE FACT IS THAT YOU ARE ALL SELF SERVING RACIST….BIGOTS WHO GRAB EVERY SYMBOL TO OPPRESS AND CHEAT OTHERS IN OUR SOCIETY


debi
Comment posted June 18, 2009 @ 4:49 am

no wonder our nation is in such turmoil. all i read is bickering,name calling, (cronies? i mean,really) everyone seems to think they know everything that is going on behind closed doors, and inside closed minds of elected officials, many of whom would never vote for anything,no matter how good it would be for the health of our country,if it were proposed by the other party. bipartisanship should lead to balance,and compromise. instead, it serves to re-ignite the nightmarish school days immaturity that they should out grown. jealousy, narrow-mindedness, slander,and downright lies fill the news stories we read each day,along side the doom and gloom that people are so fond of hearing about. and this same shameful behavior is seen over and over again among our citizens. liberals against democrats. left against right. trash talk, name calling,insults, rumors retold as facts, statements taken out of context. this goes well beyond “healthy debate”. or “agree to disagree' i have never seen so much contempt for our fellow citizens as has been demonstrated in the past months.


robin
Comment posted June 18, 2009 @ 6:52 am

What are you saying? Clear as mud!


robin
Comment posted June 18, 2009 @ 7:02 am

George D. You are so full of s… your eyes are brown….

When was the last time you did anything for this country? If, and I say if you ever did you would not use the term, wrap yourself in the flag. You would be proud to wrap yourself in it; of course unless you happen to go to a certain church in Chicago. (or be a member of it)

If there is such a thing as a racist or a bigot then you just proved yourself to be one.


John
Comment posted June 18, 2009 @ 7:06 am

This writer, Spencer Ackerman, ought to change his name. S–T. Hackerman is more appropriete. Talk about putting words into someones mouth and then exaggerating it! Sir, you are an embarrassment to any “Free” media.
There is a better comparison between the Obama run “State” media (Washington/New York media outlets) and those of Irans.
Case in point; Remember the endless stories during G.W.Bush's term on how bad the economy was and the scary growing deficits? Yet, unemployment was 4.7% and the annual deficit was averaging 400 billion.
Now under the rule of this scrawny Kenyan, we only get stories blubbering about how wonderful Obama is and the good times to come. Unemployment is 10% and rising folks. The deficits are in the double digit TRILLIONS. Obama, Reid and Pelosi have effectively destroyed this country. But all we get from the media is orgasmic fawnings over how Obama “CRUSHED A FLY”. Perhaps the flies are smarter than our combined media. The fly could recognize an African born Kenyan when he saw it.


robin
Comment posted June 18, 2009 @ 7:06 am

Hey Doc,

Nice to hear a person speak with authority and knowledge of a subject rather than the usual humdrum dribble that comes from the orfice of liberals. (Which orfice who can tell)


TiredOfGOPBullshit
Comment posted June 18, 2009 @ 7:27 am

Specer's got it right. These guys are assholes trying to steal the glory of dead men, people literally being killed for their beliefs as we speak. What nerve! And why does President Obama's color /ethnic background always work its way into the arguments from pro-GOP people? Fuckin' racists, go to hell.


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brendanm
Comment posted June 20, 2009 @ 1:49 am

It was the Bush administration that pushed Fannie and Freddie into the sub-prime mortgage market in order to inflate the housing market as part of their reelection effort.


brendanm
Comment posted June 20, 2009 @ 1:54 am

Is “non-partisan folk” code for lunatic wingnut likely-bigots like you? When racist email scandals from various Republican activists and officials aren't a weekly occurrence, get back to me.


brendanm
Comment posted June 20, 2009 @ 1:56 am

It could probably recognize another would-be Holocaust Museum terrorist and paranoid racist a-hole like you.


brendanm
Comment posted June 20, 2009 @ 2:05 am

Exactly. That's why Hoekstra is such a moron, because neither his right to free speech nor to vote has been threatened, yet he compares himself and his colleagues to the brutally oppressed Iranian dissidents.


thepoliticalcat
Comment posted June 21, 2009 @ 8:08 pm

I broke a nail today. Now I understand what it's like to be tortured. Oh, and: To Hoekstra: to whine using grandiose exaggerations and comparisons. Buyt you knew that.


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Comment posted September 3, 2009 @ 4:16 am

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