September 30, 2010
If you don't read many comics, I'm here to say that you should read this one:
Keith Knight is consistently funny and seriously intelligent, so if that's your kind of thing, you should be reading more of him.
Just my opinion, of course.
I just happen to have the correct opinion in this case.
Courtesy of Blue Girl and, for blunt honesty's sake, under the fold for full effect.
September 28, 2010
Sorry, but I just realized how laughable it would be to expect honesty from our theoretical corporate overlords now that they can funnel cash into elections without consumer judgment:
Except in Minnesota, thank the FSM...
September 27, 2010
"If" there were more responsible people who cared about the country at large, that is:
I wouldn't mind GOPers so much if they didn't consistently act like there was a definite end to everything.
On a similar note, Anne Laurie points out Krugman's take on our current "structural" problems with unemployment:
That's another example of a great, big effin' IF...
September 25, 2010
Apologies, but there's a lot of stuff to take care of prior to the 6 month freeze.
Doesn't leave much computer time for the weekend...
September 24, 2010
Especially when a jackass of a sheriff's office abuses the state to this level according to a report:
The punchline comes with the real number for Arizona's public to chew over:
I've emphasized the number for effect, of course. I wonder how the Arizona teahadists will react to a report like this? Do they wonder where all of their tax dollars are going? I can only hope so.
So, does the big, tough, fascist jackass have any control over the office that he was duly elected to lead, or will he come out and say that he had no idea this was happening?
Or will his example be used by the teahadists as prime examples of government waste?
Can't trust the government with our money, y'know...
The absolute synchronicity of the GOPers should frighten people:
And, seriously, promising to be the same obstructionists?
But Ben Sargent is kind of making a point here:
How many people are seriously self-sufficient today and NOT living in a Kaczynski shack in the wilderness?
...and there's not enough wilderness for all of'em anymore...
It must be:
That much should be even more obvious now (The study was conducted FIVE years ago!) that the inequality has "ballooned" since then, but the real punchline is later in the article:
So you're probably one'a them EUROPEEN soshulists if you're reading this...
...and so are more than 9 out of the first 10 people you run into today!
September 23, 2010
If you happened to catch Keith Olbermann's Special Report on "small business" last night, you know that small business is more often than not actually a small business, but a tax-lawyer special effect to shield corporate profits from the actual fair taxes some corporate behemoths should be paying.
But I digress.
So...they want to add $700 BILLION to the deficit, give the Koch brothers more money than they will ever need (again), cripple even more food safety rules, and kill any chance of recovery the economy has at this point.
Sounds like a contract hit to me...
New York was one of my first music purchases when I was entering college and this song always brings me back there:
Not that my particular earwig will infect you, but I just had to share...
Just a couple of nights ago, I posed the question via Twitter:
From the review, I'm going to guess that he doesn't:
Yeah, who needs all that...anger & stuff?
September 22, 2010
Something else pointed out in the NYTimes Letters to the Editor today:
Indeed. I think it is a privilege to live in these United States.
A subtle point, but it wasn't lost on everybody...
Posted with extraordinary gratitude to Melissa with thanks.
READ IT HERE because I'm simply providing this slice for effect:
The truth of that era is expanded on in her post, but I feel the need to the children of the people that went off to fight the great war against tyranny and despair came home to raise a generation of people that includes a great many wonderful people.
A lot of whom feel gratitude for the nation they were given a realize that there has to be growth to be built as well as maintenance to be done for the nation to continue to be great.
...and then there are the teahadists...
September 21, 2010
Stealing another topic from The Nightowl Newswrap:
Re-emphasized and enlarged for your convenience.
Get the idea?
You know, the ones that will crush whatever recovery we may be in the midst of?
Funny thing about them:
Anyone arguing about that? I'm not even arguing about that.
It's funny what you can learn from the past if you bother to pay attention:
I would only add that people can buy those goods and services more often when they have (bleep) jobs...
Some of these idiots know how to add? That's surprising:
Actually, I see it as 6+7+5, but I know that's just me.
It's times like this that I can appreciate being an old fart, because I can remember the first time I heard this bulls#!+...
You may remember it, as well:
That's a neat and tidy 6+6+6 for you teahadists out there.
Still no devil, though, even in my mind.
The devil doesn't exist (in the first place!) and Reagan was just a confused old man (as we would later learn...).
An effective sockpuppet, though.
I will admit that...
Sometimes this stuff annoys me. Jackhandles taking credit where none is due, but hearing the crowd's reaction to Corker's introduction makes the clip worth every second of viewing:
I swear it's pleasurable to hear someone deserving of a Corker getting Corkered...
September 20, 2010
That's just the teaser title of the post. I will say that if you're a fan of great podcastery, you already know the voice bringing life to his Sneetches.
I've already said too much...
September 19, 2010
Atrios provides the random thought:
Pick your answer:
September 17, 2010
The title is a small indication of how full of WIN d r i f t g l a s s is for his post today regarding this stolen pic:
Have you ever read a post that made you feel like this? It's been a while for me.
A great big IF is OK with me because I remain confident in Warren's abilities and to show he humanity she brought a good story:
I've got a good feeling about this.
At least according to some polls:
At this point in the movie, the grifter is usually brought to justice and the audience applauds.
Unfortunately, life rarely resembles the movies...
But Sandy sums it up nicely!
The GOPers are led by who, now?
As if there were any doubt...
Make it this one:
Posted without comment and with gratitude to Todd...
It's about time somebody made the attempt, although what's being attempted may be beyond our reach:
At least it seems a clear choice this time.
I would note that Stephen's is bigger...
September 16, 2010
A Times Opinion piece has amazing advice for the future of pension funds:
Sensible to this point but then it starts to go astray:
There's that hint of the pensioners being parasites here, with their "retirement" and salary manipulation and don't forget that health care spending.
But the last step in the coup de grace for me:
Because the market is perfect and never goes south, right? The "ownership society" has been so good to EVERYONE, isn't that right? I was visibly surprised (take my word on that, I guess!) that privatizing Social Security wasn't his fourth demand, frankly...
I found it especially funny to read this "advice" when I got to the bottom of the page and read this amazing tidbit of a co-author's experience to be giving such advice:
The market remains hungry and ever shall be, methinks.
I guess Mark Fiore got it right:
It's been easy for me to accept the fact of working until I die.
All the signs have been there.
The only constant needed was greed...
Jeff Stahler is trying to tell us something:
Time will tell us whether the point is made...
It's taken me this long to put Media Matters on the blogroll?
Oh, and it's taken a long time for me to mention Tengrain's presence, also.
That's enough mea culpas for the time being...
CBS News reports on their poll:
Did I mention that the poll was to show us that about 83% of us are fraking idiots?
It's not as bad as that, however, since you were already aware of the idiocy of the 27%ers.
September 15, 2010
This morning, Al sent an email:
Silly football reference aside, Russ is one of a handful of reasons to still put up with Wisconsin in the first place.
And then Sam appeared to continue the thought:
So I guess I'm here to continue the thought for Russ today.
If you can, please contribute!
(...and if you can, ask her to not name his fundraisers after cheese, dang it!)
Toles puts his thousand words in:
It's not nice to rubberneck, but we can't help it...
This would almost be the headline I would put on the story:
I would have a bit of trouble choosing between "Teahadists" or "Extremists" in place of "Insurgents," but I imagine you get the idea...
September 14, 2010
The real group of terr'ists that will win in the end...al-Flyeada...HA!
This would be good news:
I won't pretend to know if this will really get her past a BS-laden confirmation process, but I do recall Wilfred's 'stache sitting in the UN as the representative of the United States for a couple of years when it was widely known and accepted that he couldn't be confirmed.
It gets really funny when you consider what the GOPers have to say about it:
Objective he says. Is objective a code word for bought & paid for?
Maybe a person looking out for consumers would be a good person to head a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau or is it just me?
I am curious...
Partially the 24-hour news cycle we live in now and the need to make everything count every day but we the "race" being run here is to the bottom and leading us there is the news-like broadcast named fox:
Don't misunderstand me on this point: fox news runs the red meat train 24/7 and they continue to make their money off their narrative.
That does not mean that I have to endorse their idiocy.
September 13, 2010
Thanks to mistermix, I am past that thought today:
I'm sure that answers "feel" right because science is hard.
And I'd like to apologize for the world only having some 40 years left if I'm lucky.
The whole shebang fades away when I quit breathing doesn't it?
Well, it should if my eyes don't work...
September 12, 2010
John Cole gives you a reason to vote:
And he doesn't mean CRAZY in a good way, you know. These guys no longer care about running the government because that would interfere with their GOPer teahadist standings...
September 11, 2010
It was a day.
It was a Tuesday in 2001.
Today is a Saturday in 2010.
There is no point to this post.
If you are sad on this day, I'm sorry.
I hope tomorrow is better for you.
September 10, 2010
While the general consensus seems to look grim this November, I am happy to see this:
I've got Amy, Al, and Jim in congress for me.
The way things should be:
Thanks to some people actually affected by the horrific events 9 years ago tomorrow.
Der Spiegel also knows what some idiots will do on Sept. 11:
If you don't think the grifter and Mr. Goldline are in it for the money by now, there's nothing I can do for you...
The lunatics have always been on the street corners, and Rachel brings us what should be the normal view of sanity in case you've forgotten what sanity looks like:
If my brain allowed me to worship, Rachel would be fairly high of my list of idols, frankly. I think she got me with the "existential angst" line, personally...
September 9, 2010
Lest you think the scammers don't know their prime target demographic, here's how to rally the gullible, according to their (NOT linked for a reason!) website:
It helps to remember how the teahadists see themselves as victims of the Kenyan usurper.
It also helps to read the lines above in the same voice as a bedwetter RWNRadio panic room commercial.
Or magic beans...
Dave Johnson has a point to make with a title like this:
Of course, he uses numbers and shiny graphs to make his point and where's the fun in that? Especially when:
Anyone for a Pam-Geller-inspired freakout over the First Amendment?
How about a book burning? (You know, of course, who else burned books...)
September 8, 2010
An entire This Modern World so true it makes me want to do so, also.
This is as much as I dare reveal to you here:
Little did I realize this at the time I tweeted, frankly. I was just whining about the monsoon-like morning we were experiencing - again - up north.
But then I looked over Andrew's article:
True enough, I thought. My thought, long ago, was that warmer weather brings about more moisture in our atmosphere. That leads to wilder swings in temperature, at least according to my readings about studies of aged ice cores that had taken place as we were learning more and more about our earth in the late '70s and '80s. (Grandma passed along an extensive collection of National Geographics and I took advantage of them. Reading about science, not the pictures, dammit! Perverts!)
Of course, what did I know?
At least this makes sense to me:
And thinking that the tons of greenhouse emissions during our current period of industrialization has no effect, whatsoever, is simply foolish. The earth has been stable long enough for us to evolve to this point, random weather extremes and all, but it could change rapidly for a lot of people in this world...
Just a reminder that fish do live in the sea, the sky is blue, and the GOPers have a plan:
Watch TRMS if you happen to doubt this...
September 7, 2010
...and, inexplicably, things get expensive when time does pass for people condemned to die in prison:
Think things will get better?
Not before they get worse:
The funny (to me!) part of this is that I'm sure 27% of the population at large would simply take any and all healthcare away from the prison system.
'Cuz that's progress!!
Richard Trumka regarding the job President Obama is doing:
It's so easy to forget how deeply into the ditch the GOPers were (ARE) willing to drive this nation's economy. The teahadists are already down there.
I think we need to remember that...
I was barely coherent as his speech in Milwaukee was aired on MSNBC yesterday, but I did get a definite feel for the chants peppered throughout.
I can only imagine how GOPers and teahadists will tear something like this apart. Probably accuse the Kenyan of pandering or whatnot.
Of course, John has an idea of the how already.
(On a separate note, I am annoyed at the dog comment since it makes me think of the Walleyworld guard from so long ago! No, not John Candy...)
September 6, 2010
The weekend that was good.
Finally had time to watch A Face in the Crowd and was impressed with Andy Griffith's talent. At the same time, the cautionary tale enclosed therein is a good one.
Again, I have to recommend The Man from Earth. I'm just saying. That one is good enough that I will be listening to it as background dialogue as I work tonight, thanks to being able to stream it from Netflix while I'm on a decent connection.
On another note, I'm currently attempting to figure out how I want to do archiving here, so things may be strange for a little while.
On top of that, this:
I would love to feed the beast more often at this point, but I seem to refuse making it any easier on myself to do so.
September 4, 2010
As I said, a nice thought.
Too bad all unions are evil (now) and American workers are lazier than ever (now). So lazy that they deserve to have their jobs shipped overseas.
As a matter of fact, I'm going to celebrate my Labor Day Holiday by going back to work Sunday night. This is not a complaint. It's a simple statement of fact.
Enjoy your Labor Day and stay safe.
September 3, 2010
In case you have not heard of them, look at this:
Click on it.
Listen to them.
It's enjoyable fun, if I may be redundant.
Mr. Robinson starts off being correct:
My reaction/observations on these learnings are bolded on the list.
A lot of people need to grow up.
You'll be able to tell who they are by the screeching about a column like this.
Because I cannot live with the overwhelming frustration of politics all the time, The Man from Earth was Netflix'd recently.
To be honest, I didn't know what to expect from the mailer:
I can't really say more than that, but the experience was a lot more than that.
Defined with a Yahoo! headline:
While at the same time in our nation, religious minorities are getting their community centers protested.
Read about Aziz while you contemplate this...
How do you keep getting our young men to die in old men's wars once you abandon our damaged soldiers?
That would be an important question in our ever-increasingly-connected world.
But I do appreciate Cenk's vigor:
It's almost as if we can see the end of the little wars our nation has fallen for again and again and again...
September 2, 2010
Anecdotally, from Wikipedia:
Emphasized because President Johnson was a Democrat bemoaning the fact that a lot of racial bigots were going to flee a party that passed the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
And if the bigoted idiots fled, as predicted, from Johnson's party, can anyone figure out where they went to?
Surprising, but I happen to agree with all the thanks KO gives here.
I would add that Dick deserves thanks for thinking that we would be greeted as liberators by a people watching their nation falling apart. I would like to thank Dick for not giving a damn what the American people think.
And I would really, truly, like to thank whomever persuaded Colin Powell to lie to me at the UN. His was the one voice I trusted in that administration.
After that it was all too easy for the bastards.
So here's a clipped version of KO's thanks:
Amanda Marcotte explaining the grifter and why Democrats can't have one:
See? Every once in a while even Slate leads me to a decent article...
September 1, 2010
P***ing Me Off Headline of the Day
There's little I can say without sputtering:
Democrats unlikely to repeal tax cuts for the rich
It's not a good thing for my hypertension to read stuff like this.
Really, it isn't...
To Dream the Improbable Dream...
Roger Ebert looks at some numbers:
Pew finds that 18% of Americans believe President Obama is a Muslim. A new Newsweek poll, taken after the controversy over the New York mosque, places that figure at 24%. Even if he's not a Muslim, Newsweek finds, 31 percent think it's "definitely or probably" true that Obama "sympathizes with the goals of Islamic fundamentalists who want to impose Islamic law around the world."
When the focus is narrowed to Republicans, a Harris poll finds 57 percent of party members believe he is a Muslim, 22% believe he "wants the terrorists to win," and 24% believe he is the Antichrist.
Roger Ebert points out the obvious that many people refuse to see:
The time is here for responsible Americans to put up or shut up. I refer specifically to those who have credibility among the guileless and credulous citizens who have been infected with notions so carefully nurtured. We cannot afford to allow the next election to proceed under a cloud of falsehood and delusion.
Roger Ebert singles out the blowhard:
Limbaugh in particular must cease his innuendos and say, flat out, whether he believes the President is a Muslim or not. Yes or no. Does he have evidence, or does he have none? Yes or no.
It is a nice thought, I admit.
When the swine realize that their only hope is more discord, they won't stop.
They will accelerate.
The Blathering Idiot Can Leave Now...Please?
Our very own Timmeh can't get out of the state fast enough for my taste:
Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty Tuesday ordered all state agencies to not to submit applications to any health care funding from the federal government related to the health care overhaul.
Because it seems that the "beast" is still alive and not ready to be drowned, I suppose.
As a bonus, Timmeh tried to get some street cred with the teahadists:
“Obamacare is an intrusion by the federal government into personal health care matters and it’s an explosion of federal spending that does nothing to make health care more affordable,” Pawlenty said in a news release.
That's the magic word in my mind. As soon as anyone mentions Obamacare, their words and opinions drop any meaning at all with me.
It's turned into a discussion with an infant in my mind and I'm wondering if someone needs a change since they seem so cranky...
Barack on Iraq
I caught bits and pieces of the speech tonight as it interfered with my normal MSNBC nap and, to be honest, there wasn't much he could say at this point. I'd have to strongly agree with Gene, overall, about the general sense of frustration our president inherited.
Of course, the self-congratulatory was also good:
Tonight marks the end of the American combat mission in Iraq.
As a candidate for this office, I pledged to end this war responsibly. And, as President, that is what I am doing.
Since I became Commander-in-Chief, we've brought home nearly 100,000 U.S. troops. We've closed or turned over to Iraq hundreds of our bases.
As Operation Iraqi Freedom ends, our commitment to a sovereign, stable, and self-reliant Iraq continues. Under Operation New Dawn, a transitional force of U.S. troops will remain to advise and assist Iraqi forces, protect our civilians on the ground, and pursue targeted counterterrorism efforts.
By the end of next year, consistent with our agreement with the Iraqi government, these men and women, too, will come home.
Ending this war is not only in Iraq's interest -- it is in our own. Our nation has paid a huge price to put Iraq's future in the hands of its people. We have sent our men and women in uniform to make enormous sacrifices. We have spent vast resources abroad in the face of several years of recession at home.
We have met our responsibility through the courage and resolve of our women and men in uniform.
In seven years, they confronted a mission as challenging and as complex as any our military has ever been asked to face.
Nearly 1.5 million Americans put their lives on the line. Many returned for multiple tours of duty, far from their loved ones who bore a heroic burden of their own. And most painfully, more than 4,400 Americans have given their lives, fighting for people they never knew, for values that have defined our people for more than two centuries.
What their country asked of them was not small. And what they sacrificed was not easy.
For that, each and every American owes them our heartfelt thanks.
Our promise to them -- to each woman or man who has donned our colors -- is that our country will serve them as faithfully as they have served us. We have already made the largest increase in funding for veterans in decades. So long as I am President, I will do whatever it takes to fulfill that sacred trust.
Tonight, we mark a milestone in our nation's history. Even at a time of great uncertainty for so many Americans, this day and our brave troops remind us that our future is in our own hands and that our best days lie ahead.
President Barack Obama
Sane, sensible, and as reverent as our troops deserve.
If it had been left up to me, however, I would have hired Rachel to deliver this:
Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy
If we had a better national memory, this would be shown repeatedly on every channel for the next 24 hours...
A Spartan look, I admit, but individual posts are available now.
And before I forget:
The Daily Show interviews Kurt Vonnegut:
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
I promised that I would have this video available on my site as long as I have a site. Hopefully, the embedding works this time.
The fun(!?!) part is going to be seeing how long I can keep this thing going this time...