Tuesday, November 11, 2008

John Cleese on Palin

Guess WHICH Palin?

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Some people never fucking learn, Part Deux

Against my better judgment, I checked out Freeperland in the aftermath of 11/4/08. Gawd, is it just me, or is Freeperland one ugly, poorly designed Web site? Anyhow, one of the Freepi (TM Badtux) reposts some helpful advice from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, a.k.a., The Richard Mellon Scaife Money-Losing Wingnut Daily. Scaife and company are trying to lick their wounds following the election and offer some helpful advice for their fellow Freepi, Scaife stooges, and wingnuts. The top of the list? Thin the RINO Herd.

Big question: WHAT RINO herd? Even before Chris Shays lost his re-election bid, you can count on one hand the number of so-called RINOs left on Capitol Hill: Specter from PA, Snowe and Collins from Maine. Never fear, the author has concluded that the GOP is overrun with RINOs and has abandoned Reagan-style conservatism.

The GOP has become an unprincipled, undisciplined, ineffective shell of its former self. It has a party structure controlled by lobbyists and special interests, unable to excite even its own base. Worse, the structure is mired in the politics of the last century, unable or unwilling to take advantage of the modern techniques of organizing and communication.

The good news is this vindicates conservatism. When the Republican Party both talked and walked the conservative line -- think Ronald Reagan -- it enjoyed an unparalleled period of success and prosperity both nationally and within Pennsylvania.

But as Arlen Specter-style moderation took hold, the GOP moved away from those principles with the resulting electoral carnage.

This reminds me of Election Season 2006, when the Democrats won Congress and right-wingers were trying to spin this as a victory for conservatives. "The evil Democrat party is now in charge! See, conservatism works! They won because they listened to Ann Coulter, watched Fox News, and took media relations tips from Rupert Murdoch! Oh, and Dick Scaife wrote a few checks to Jim Webb and Bob Casey."

But really, if they want to get rid of the so-called RINOs, let them. Just don't remind them that with Shays' loss, there are now no Republicans representing New England in the House. Don't mention Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, both the sort of old-school moderates that Freepi love to hate. Snowe and Collins both sailed to re-election while their fellow Republicans were scrambling for votes.

And whatever you do, DON'T remind any of them of Rudy Giuliani, that RINO mayor that so many Republicans pinned their hopes on for president.

These guys have confused "much-needed reform" with "circular firing squad." The results are going to be interesting to watch.

Friday, November 07, 2008

This is really puzzling

All this talk about firsts in black history and black leaders, yet no mention of Thurgood Marshall. NAACP lawyer in the Brown vs. Board of Education decision. One of the guys who helped end Jim Crow laws. First black Supreme Court Justice. And the media ignores him. HELLO? What's going on here?

This is way funny

Courtesy of The Root, some advice for whites and blacks following the election.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Some people never fucking learn

For all the blather over San Francisco as a supposed liberal paradise, the place sure does attract some reactionary freaks. I mean, Michael Savage is based in the Bay Area. Michael. Savage. And now this moron compares Obama's election to...get ready for this...O.J. Simpson's murder trial.

I am not making this up.

Of course, the guy hasn't signed his name, which makes me wonder if The Shock Jock Formerly Known as Michael Weiner hasn't taken to posting anonymously online. Nah, probably not. There really are people stupid enough to write shit like this:

Obama is President, good. I can't wait for all the black people to want their free cheese. The truth of the matter is he being part black will not help you. Get off your asses and solidify YOUR LIVES. Millions of black men will not be freed from prison. Ebonics will not be taught in our schools and basketball will not replace Math as a standard of national education.

And oh goody, another idiot has followed up with more racist bile.

Really, people like this make me embarrassed to be white.

THIS is just too funny

A humble request for the Precious Princess:



Via Accordion Guy.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Another Senate switcheroo

The projected winner in the Oregon Senate race is Jeff Merkley over Gordon Smith. It's a little sad that Smith lost. His cousins Mark and Tom Udall were just elected and the next Congress could've been a big ol' family reunion. Almost, anyway. Except that Smith's a Republican, while the Udalls are Democrats.

Thus far, Georgia, Alaska, and Minnesota are still in vote-counting limbo.

From the Department of Jokes that Write Themselves

Elizabeth Dole's concession speech:



"I urge you also to join me in praying for God to guide and support Kay Hagan."


Gee, Liddy, I thought you said she didn't believe in God.

Just think: this lady could've been America's First Lady at some point. Makes you shudder, doesn't it?

"The end of the monster years."

That's what 2008's Economics Nobel laureate calls it.

Last night wasn’t just a victory for tolerance; it wasn’t just a mandate for progressive change; it was also, I hope, the end of the monster years.

What I mean by that is that for the past 14 years America’s political life has been largely dominated by, well, monsters. Monsters like Tom DeLay, who suggested that the shootings at Columbine happened because schools teach students the theory of evolution. Monsters like Karl Rove, who declared that liberals wanted to offer “therapy and understanding” to terrorists. Monsters like Dick Cheney, who saw 9/11 as an opportunity to start torturing people.

And in our national discourse, we pretended that these monsters were reasonable, respectable people. To point out that the monsters were, in fact, monsters, was “shrill.”

Four years ago it seemed as if the monsters would dominate American politics for a long time to come. But for now, at least, they’ve been banished to the wilderness.

By "wilderness" you mean Faux News and wingnut-welfare think tanks, right, dude?

Something else I'll miss

The snark. Ah well...a handful of GOP cretins got re-elected: Boehner, Mean Jean, the execrable Michele Bachmann. Poor Michelle Malkin is fuming over the GOP; Ann Coulter is promising to go after the Republicans who supported McCain. Let the right-wing circular firing squad get down to business. And pass the popcorn!

Okay, one thing I WILL miss about the election season

Ann Telnaes does the best Palin caricature I've ever seen.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

YES!

More from Huffpo. Virgil Goode and Marilyn Musgrave have been voted out. Good riddance.

Barack Obama: President-elect

CNN calls it for Obama.

I've waited four years for this day.

A music break

The late, great Curtis Mayfield, with the Impressions, performing "This Is My Country."

More pickups for Obama

New Mexico and Iowa have gone for Obama. If/when he wins California, Oregon, Hawaii, and Washington, he's got it in the bag.

No wonder McCain's headquarters looks like a funeral.

Bye bye Chris Shays

No more GOP New Englanders in the House.

Quote of the night

From a celebrity/pop culture discussion board:

Didn't Palin say she prayed over the election? Well I guess God didn't want her in the White House!!

Checked out Faux News...

The guy on the screen looked really glum. Awwwwwwww....

New Mexico for Obama

WHEEEEEEEEEEEE!

My favorite discussion boards are hoppin' tonight, as is Facebook.

So far, Obama has 200 electoral votes to McCain's 124.

Meanwhile, on Team McCain

On CNN, they're reporting from McCain's Ohio campaign office. It's seriously glum. Meanwhile, outside CNN's office, it's like Christmas has come early.

Me, I'm happy to be following the news on TV with Le Sweetie.

The icing on the cake...

...would be if Mean Jean Schmidt, Michele Bachmann, and Marilyn Musgrave got tossed out of office this year.

OBAMA TAKES OHIO!!!

OBAMA TAKES OHIO!
OBAMA TAKES OHIO!
OBAMA TAKES OHIO!
OBAMA TAKES OHIO!
OBAMA TAKES OHIO!
OBAMA TAKES OHIO!
OBAMA TAKES OHIO!
OBAMA TAKES OHIO!
OBAMA TAKES OHIO!

Mike Murphy on McCain

"There's no prize for second."

Someone actually has a clue.

Another Senate pickup

Tom Udall is projected to win the Senate seat in New Mexico, replacing Pete Domenici. That's four Democratic Senate pickups so far. The GOP gave up on New Mexico a while ago, making things much easier for Udall.

I have to say, I'm fine with Susan Collins winning in Maine.

Dear Liddy Dole

You just lost a Senate seat formerly held by Jesse Helms.

Jesse. HELMS.

You might not want to bring that up in future Viagra commercials. You are planning on more quality time with Bob, aren't you?

PS: YIKES! What the hell is Tom DeLay doing on MSNBC? Tweety, quit inviting that prick onto your show. He's icky and nobody likes him! EW! EW! EW!

More news

Jay Nixon wins the governorship of Missouri. So that's another Dem governorship.

Note to Karl Rove: How does that permanent GOP majority look, dude?

To answer the unasked question

Why, YES I voted. This morning. For Obama. I didn't need to mention that, did I?

A few thoughts

The crowd at Team McCain in Phoenix looks like a gathering of Depressives Anonymous.

If Florida goes for Obama (and he is leading thus far in that state) it would be perfect payback for 2000. To Jeb Bush and Katherine Harris: Suck on it, assholes.

Liddy Dole probably sank her campaign with her sleazy little ad against Kay Hagan. Note for future politicians: Don't run attack ads painting Sunday school teachers as God-hatin' atheists. It could backfire.

Enjoy your retirement, Liddy.

Election night liveblog

The suspense is killing me. Thus far, Obama leads in electoral votes. He's projected to win New Hampshire and Pennsylvania. In a word, OW for McCain.

On CNN, they are reporting from Chicago and Phoenix, AZ. The gathered Democrats are all happy and enthusiastic and they are waving flags left and right. The Republicans in Phoenix are pretty somber. They have a boys' choir performing. Can't they get Charlie Daniels, at the very least.

Le Sweetie is very happy that McCain lost Pennsylvania. "He busted his ass there and he got his butt kicked!"

Hagan won North Carolina, which means soon-to-be former Senator Liddy Dole will have time to appear in Viagra commercials with Bob.

John Sununu lost in New Hampshire; Jean Shaheen is the new senator.

Mark Warner won in Virginia.

That's 3 Senate seats for Democrats.