Sunday, July 11, 2010

Because Sunday night isn't complete sans Shatner

From the "reality check" department

Karoli's response to the Eric Altermans and Jane Hamshers. Worth reading.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

We're the ones we've been waiting for, and all that

Via Blue Wave News, Van Jones' speech at the Campus Progress National Conference, which rang true to this cautiously optimistic liberal. More from Mr. Jones, via HuffPo:

We are trying to build a pro-democracy movement in a country that, at least for eight years, was run by [inaudible] authoritarians. And it is not going to be easy. But I tell you, the most important thing I can say is... We feed the fearmongers. We feed the politics of division, by giving it so much attention and letting it fill up the space in our mind. We have to feed the hope. This country is an extraordinary -- I get choked up -- this is an incredible, beautiful country...

That little idiot box off in the corner trying to depress you and make you feel like this is a horrible country and everybody believes evil things about the president... it is just not true. Cut it off, just cut it off and walk down the street and talk to real people in this country. They are sophisticated. They are wise. They don't know exactly what to do but they are open to being engaged. That's the country we live in. and my hope about your generation is that you will take a lot of this chatter a lot less serious.

Question

Next time a teabagger blithers about spending and deficits, won't some nice journalist ask if he supported Bush--and, if so, whether he did anything to speak up against Bush's spending?

But what about the angry stupid white vote?

Some Jan Brewer-type yahoos have come up with a brilliant idea: Deny citizenship to native-born children of illegal immigrants! Screw that 14th Amendment! Who needs it?

Jonathan Blanks has an even better idea.

As you may recall, beginning in 1860, millions of Americans renounced their citizenship and took up arms against their former country. Their deeds, through direct confrontation or diseases brought on by wartime conditions, ended up in the deaths of over 300,000 loyal Americans--100 times the number killed on September 11, 2001. By the logic outlined above, that treason should be recognized and all the descendants of those who took up arms, aided their traitorous comrades, or participated in the government of the insurrectionists should have their citizenship revoked as they are progeny of traitors. They owe their heretofore recognized citizenship to the birthright. That is, of course, unacceptable.

These descendants often still fly the flag of treason and commemorate their forebears' disloyalty in numerous ways. Thus, the combined legislation should include the confiscation and destruction of all property bearing the treasonous flag, including but not exclusive to real estate, monuments, clothing, transportation, and music--so we can once and for all rid the nation of "Freebird."

Blondie break!

Always loved this song and band. Remember "American Bandstand"?

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Terry Savage, Clueless Moron

Chicago money columnist Terry Savage has written the most unintentionally hilarious column of the year thus far.

First a question: What is up with these people named Savage? They think that just because they have a unique surname, they have to turn it into a lame-o brand or slogan. There is Dan Savage, of the Savage Love column. There's Michael Savage and his Savage Nation (which sounds better than Weiner Nation). And Terry Savage, for some reason, ends every single column of hers with "That's the Savage Truth." As if adding her surname makes it truer.

The Savage Truth, alas, is that she is one screwy individual. Okay. You could chalk it up to the heat, which makes people a bit crabby. But the incident I'm about to describe took place in what was presumably an air-conditioned car. So what's her excuse for getting mad at little girls?

See, Ms. Savage was riding along with her brother and his fiancee in a tony Chicago neighborhood. They came upon three girls who, with their nanny, were at a lemonade stand. Ms. Savage's happy fantasies of mini-capitalism were destroyed when the girls announced they were giving the lemonade away. Not selling it. No sir. Giving it away. These aren't little capitalists. They're--gasp!--philanthropists!

"No!" I exclaimed from the back seat. "That's not the spirit of giving. You can only really give when you give something you own. They're giving away their parents' things -- the lemonade, cups, candy. It's not theirs to give."

Earth to Terry. Ever heard of getting your parents' permission to do stuff?

Now, as I mentioned, this was a wealthy neighborhood. These little girls have a nanny. Which means their parents have plenty of money to spend on cups and candy and lemonade. Oh, and Terry? DUH.

Oh, but the fun continues.

"You must charge something for the lemonade," I explained. "That's the whole point of a lemonade stand. You figure out your costs -- how much the lemonade costs, and the cups -- and then you charge a little more than what it costs you, so you can make money. Then you can buy more stuff, and make more lemonade, and sell it and make more money."

Meanwhile, one of the little girls turned to her nanny and said, "Why is the mean lady yelling like this?" And the nanny explains that maybe the mean lady is visiting from one of those homes where people go when they can't take care of themselves very well.

At this point, the brother really should've told Terry to STFU. Instead, he took a strawberry lemonade from the kids and no doubt left Terry seething. See, for Terry Savage, this is a sign of a big, big problem: People want something for nothing. And, like a yoga master on uppers, she's twisted and contorted herself, trying to connect free lemonade to a larger point about there being no such thing as a free lunch.

Terry, Terry, Terry. Let me suggest something that you, in your "Capitalism, HO!" frenzy, didn't consider. The little girls may have been taught to be grateful for the things they have. They may actually have friends whose parents have lost their jobs and whose nice, well-kept homes were foreclosed. Their friends and neighbors may be really hot because they don't have money for air conditioning. So they decided to do something nice by giving their neighbors free lemonade to cool off.

It's called charity, Terry. I thought capitalists were big on charity. Since you're a money expert, you know that charity can be beneficial to rich people since they can write it off on their taxes. Or maybe rich people just want to share the wealth. No offense, Terry, but one of those girls could become the next Brooke Astor or Melinda Gates. I imagine years from now, their names will be emblazoned on plaques in libraries and parks and hospitals, and they'll chuckle over you, the mean, clueless lady who bawled them out for being nice.

Friday, July 02, 2010

This I firmly believe

Forget Bobby Jindal. Lindsey Graham is truly the GOP's answer to Kenneth the Page.

Thursday, July 01, 2010

No. Just NO.

Now, Fox Chicago suggests that Chicago get rid of its public libraries. As a librarian's daughter, I have a two-word response to this: Up yours.

(Via Badtux.)

Crybaby conservative alert!

Wingnuts are mad at Joe Biden for using the word "blitzkrieg." "Waaaaaaah! He's bein' mean an' comparin' us to Nazis!"

On that note, a music break.



Note: I interviewed Tommy Ramone once. Kewl dude. He now plays bluegrass and looks like a hippie. 'Tis true!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Prog blog time!

It's early 1970s German R&B/prog outfit Frumpy, fronted by the incredible Inga Rumpf. Ms. Rumpf has had a nice, long career as a band frontwoman and a solo artist but remains unknown, alas, in the US. Seriously, it's weird being one of six people in the US who've heard of her. Her more recent output is R&B rather than prog. And I love R&B, so...

Friday, June 18, 2010

Some perspective, please

Yes, President Obama isn't perfect. Yes, he should just close Gitmo already. Yes, it would be great if he'd act on his campaign promise of more transparency in government. But c'mon, people, he's not another George W. Bush. A quick comparison of their administrations will show this. Criticize the guy, sure, but let's not pretend it's still 2005, hear?

For those who can't stomach Final Placement and Brokencyde...

...here's William Shatner's interpretation of the Harry Chapin classic "Taxi." How did this clip go unnoticed for so long?

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

A new motto

"Loony left" and "moonbat" are now synonyms for "proven right all along."

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Sarah Palin, Victim Feminist

Sarah Palin's latest quest to find something to stand for has led her to call herself a feminist and talk about "mama grizzlies." Why feminists don't simply laugh their asses off is beyond me. Oh, I know why--it's because somehow Palin's new schtick has earned her a Newsweek cover story, which means that Very Serious Media People are supposed to take it seriously. Jezebel, at least, is having fun Photoshopping said Newsweek cover.

Let's leave aside the part about Palin making Wasilla's rape victims pay for their rape kits. And her stand on abortion. (Here, I should emphasize that I believe it's possible to be a feminist and oppose abortion. It would be really cool, however, if Feminists for Life and their ilk would push contraception, work to make adoption easier, and promote responsible, realistic sex education. It would also be helpful if they'd admit that the days of botched abortions are not an era any woman would want to revisit. But I digress.)

The truth is that if--IF!--you accept that Palin is a feminist, you have to admit that she's exactly the kind of feminist that her fellow conservatives have always claimed to loathe: a victim feminist.

Starting in the 1990s, some would-be pundits--feminist and otherwise--starting dividing feminists into "good" and "bad" camps. And the so-called victim feminists were in the "bad" camp. Women weren't supposed to whine. Women weren't supposed to complain about the patriarchy. Women weren't supposed to discuss sexual assault or similar crimes or misogyny in general, because, uh...that was too victim-y. Or something like that. It was the newest schtick for right-wing feminist-haters: simply howl, "Stop whining!"

So who do they embrace as a new conservative Republican feminist role model? A professional victim who hides behind a "maverick" facade. She lied about threats to her daughters. She whined about Family Guy. She blamed other people for the epic fail that was the Katie Couric interview. She's against everyone. Everyone's out to get her. She is hopelessly thin-skinned. She is, well, victim-y.

Such a figure might find kindred spirits among other right-wingers with delusions of victimhood. However, conservatives are, once again, trying to have it both ways.

And, come to think of it, Palin's victim schtick is kind of strange and pathetic when you consider all the hatred, vitriol, and misogyny faced by Hillary Clinton for decades. Even an anti-Hillary group called Citizens United Not Timid (note the acronym). Marie Cocco breaks down the woman-hating garbage flung at Clinton on the presidential trail. Much, much nastier stuff than a botched TV interview.

There are smart, hard-working, respectable Republican women. Some have, unlike Palin, actively supported women's rights. Case in point: Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. Back in the 1970s, when she was a Texas state representative, she and Sarah Weddington (the attorney in Roe v. Wade) worked to prevent the publication of rape victims' names. Or Maureen Reagan and Betty Ford, who were both outspokenly pro-ERA and pro-choice.

In the meantime, Palin remains utterly devoid of intellectual curiosity. It's cool that she claims to be a feminist. Perhaps now conservatives will stop being afraid of the word. However, Palin should also explain her idea of what feminism is. And if she gets tangled in her words, hopefully she won't blame the interviewer.

Correction: It was Vanity Fair that gave Precious Princess Palin's Newsweek cover the Photoshop treatment, not Jezebel.

Yikes! Something worse than Final Placement!

Seriously, I have finally found one of those bands that's really, truly unlistenable. Besides Nickelback, of course.

The band in question is Brokencyde (it's supposed to be pronounced "broke inside"). The only people who know about this band are commenting on how terrible they are. They're not even lovably bad like Final Placement. For one thing, there probably will never be an online petition to get Brokencyde to play SXSW.

Click if you dare.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Somewhere, a wingnut's head just exploded

GWB's daughter, Barbara, supports health care reform AND is glad the health care bill was passed. Something tells me Chris Wallace won't invite her back any time soon. I have a mental image of Wallace screeching, "Get me Liz Cheney next time!"

Crybaby conservative alert!

The Kentucky Senate race is looking to be fuuuuuuuun. Now, Rand Paul is complaining about liberals. Yes, according to him, liberals are displaying "intolerance."

Just for once, I'm going to dispense some advice to one of these people: Stop whining. Mr. Paul, you were on the Rachel Maddow Show and Ms. Maddow gave you an opportunity to explain yourself. You dodged her questions, and it was really cringe-worthy.

If you can't handle it, go back to eye surgery.

The lighter side of environmental disaster

Saturday, June 12, 2010

The latest installment of Wingnutz Iz Funnee

From Balloon Juice, a story involving a teabagger trying to free another teabagger from jail and conduct a citizens' arrest. Actually, Commander Guy has the whole, complete story. Oh yeah, and the perpetrator of this wingnut jail break informed law enforcement in advance.

I guess it's more exciting than standing around with misspelled signs.

My personal theory re tea partiers

They use "socialist" and "Communist" as euphemisms for "uppity Negro."

Sunday, June 06, 2010

I totally heart this band

Mudhoney, "Good Enough."

Crybaby conservative alert!

"After the last eight years, it’s good to have a president that knows what a library is."

That's Sir Paul McCartney, after accepting a prize from President Obama. All of a sudden, the wingnutosphere remembered that insulting the president (specifically, the one before Obama) is ANTI-AMEHRIKIN!

This is very amusing, given that right wingers have been trying to forget GWB even existed since, I dunno, 2007. They even kept him away from the 2008 Republican convention. After all, Bush-bashing had become a universal past-time, indulged in by everyone from comedy writers to Mayans.

Now, all of a sudden, in a sudden rush of 2003-style faux outrage, right-wing politicians and pundits are mad at McCartney. John Boehner whined to Human Events about it (and lots of commenters joined in the whining). Human Events reporter Connie Hair tried to buff GWB's scholarly credentials by pointing out his Harvard MBA (thank heaven for legacy admissions, eh, Connie?).

It's really important to give these crybaby conservatives a reality check--because, seriously, these people couldn't kidnap a clue at gunpoint. From Salon:

It is practically universally acknowledged by objective observers, and by many right-wing admirers of the former president, that George W. Bush is, to put it charitably, intellectually incurious. Being an unintellectual regular-guy was part of his political appeal.

Hippie '60s musician Paul McCartney, whose famous band championed a number of left-wing radical causes, made a joke about how he was glad to have a liberal intellectual as president instead of a conservative anti-intellectual....

"Beatle disrespects conservative politician" is pretty "dog bites man."

Via Balloon Juice, a tantrum from a former Cheney staffer. And Roy Edroso has compiled more hissy fits.

Me, I wish Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachmann would follow up with additional outrage. That would be fun.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Things that make me doubt God's existence

Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church still exist and are still acting like evil, soulless ghouls. No, wait, that's insulting to evil, soulless ghouls. Picketing Ronnie James Dio's memorial service? Well, given that these freaks usually target soldiers' funerals, RJD is in very good company.

I really hope that Ozzy Osbourne is able to outlive Fred Phelps. I hate to imagine what will happen if he goes first.

Of course, if God DOES exist, maybe a bunch of angry Dio fans will kick the crap out of these people. Gah, they're so repulsive.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Reason #905 I miss '90s music

Garbage, "Stupid Girl."

Well, THIS is interesting

Charlie Crist, ex-Republican, now independent, has changed his mind about DADT. He used to support it. He now says it should be repealed.

Mustang Bobby has a theory on the about-face.

So why the sudden switch? A couple of reasons come to mind. First, he's going after the moderate to progressive voters that are not completely sold on Kendrick Meek, the Democrat in the race; second, he sees that DADT repeal is moving through Congress and it polls very well (some give it a 75% approval rating), thereby making it a safe place to be since he's not worried about pissing off the right-wing base any more. And if Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) is in favor of it, that makes it okay to go there.

That it might actually be the right thing to do for gay and lesbian soldiers who want to serve their country without living a lie probably never crossed his mind.


Meanwhile, GOP congresscritter Connie Mack makes a conservative case against Arizona's dumbass immigration law.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Meanwhile, back in Kentucky

The Other Dude Running for Senate, a.k.a. Jack Conway, comments on Randy and Precious Princess Palin. From Edicts of Nancy:

"Rand Paul has this tendency to get in public or get on national cable shows and feel like he wants to give me a lecture on constitutional law," said Conway. "I'm the attorney general of Kentucky. He didn't go to law school. I did. I don't need a lecture on Constitutional law from Rand Paul or Sarah Palin."

The senate debate between these two is going to be fun.

Just a shallow thought

Is it me, or does Jake Gyllenhaal's hair look awful in those Prince of Persia pictures?

The Justin Beibers of really bad Christian rock

It's Final Placement, a group of earnest Christian teens from Midland, Texas. Judging from this video, Midland, Texas is one ugly-looking town. Anyway, despite their best efforts, Final Placement have become a new internet meme. There was even a Facebook petition to get them to play South by Southwest. Their first (and thus far, only) release, "Shine," has been covered on piano and ukelele. And the guitar solo...well, it just has to be heard to be believed.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Like "Born in East L.A.," without the funny

Police arrested a Puerto Rican man and threatened to have him deported. Even AFTER his mother showed up with his birth certificate. Imagine how much fun it's going to be in Arizona if someone doesn't strike down that stupid immigration law. Hispanics can, unfortunately, expect more of this kind of grief in the months ahead.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

My new favorite cover song!

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain performs "Theme from Shaft."

Speaking of Randy-poo Paul...

Elayne Riggs suggested this as his new libertarian paradise.

I'm going to be following this guy for the next few months. Something tells me he'll be the gift that keeps on giving.

Signs of feminism's progress

When female Republicans are just as loopy and dubiously qualified as their male counterparts. More from Balloon Juice.

Bad news for anti-choicers

It seems Americans really do support abortion rights after all.

See, three recent polls have indicated a slight majority of respondents consider themselves "pro-life." Except that a recent Slate article breaks it down: Republicans and GOP-leaning independents are more likely to call themselves "pro-life." Gallup editor Lydia Saad told Slate that "Republicans, in particular, may be less willing to identify as 'pro-choice' if they perceive that aligns themselves with the Democrats or Obama." In other words, partisanship is a factor. What else is new?

Meanwhile, Nate Silver shows that support for Roe v. Wade remains high. Sixty-eight percent of poll respondents oppose overturning Roe v. Wade. Meanwhile, an ABC News/Washington poll has similar results: fifty-eight percent said Roe v. Wade should be upheld. Needless to say, it is perfectly possible to oppose abortion on a personal level and still support choice.

Besides, polls are snapshots of certain attitude at a certain point in time, and said attitudes are always open to change. More from Slate:

The upcoming Supreme Court nomination process could potentially shift things back to the pro-choice label. It's not about Elena Kagan per se, but Gallup senior editor Lydia Saad says that when the abortion issue is raised in relation to the Supreme Court, the issue tends to help the pro-choice side—because, in the end, most people don't want to overturn Roe v. Wade.

The article finishes by saying: "At this point, the embrace of the pro-life label appears politically--rather than morally--motivated."

It would make sense for anti-abortionists to support birth control and comprehensive sex education. So far, none of them have shown any interest in this. Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and their ilk should take the lead here and point out this hypocrisy. These organizations should also note that insurance plans often don't cover contraception (when I was on the Pill, I paid for it out of my own pocket). In other words, these organizations should be more proactive, rather than reactive.

Rand Paul and cognitive dissonance

Yes, there are already a lot of media takedowns of Rand Paul. However, Katha Pollitt has an excellent one showing the limits of Rand Paul's libertarianism: Apparently, it doesn't extend to women's reproductive rights. Randy is so anti-choice that he supports laws with doofy names, like the Sanctity of Life Amendment and the Human Life Amendment. Basically, laws saying that life begins at conception and abortion should be outlawed in case of rape and incest. You know, a return to the days of back-alley abortions. Really un-libertarian stuff.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Paul Krugman has advice for Obama

Roosevelt turned corporate opposition into a badge of honor: “I welcome their hatred,” he declared. It’s time for President Obama to find his inner F.D.R., and do the same.


More here.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

A new rule for Republican politicians

Alas, I can't take credit for it.

If you really, honest-and-truly believe that government is the problem, not the solution, then don't run for political office.

Friday, May 07, 2010

Some Friday night music

Dusty Springfield, "People Get Ready."

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Crybaby conservative alert!

Most recent addition to the Whinerpalooza: Stephen Baldwin. And why is Mr. Baldwin whining? Because people have been making fun of him. From his Web site:

He has been publicly ridiculed and insulted by people who think that he has been abandoned by God. A simple search through the internet will reveal that people not only mock Stephen, but mock God.

Oh good gravy. Has Stephen Baldwin elevated himself to demi-godhood? Seriously, this is another right-winger with an inflated persecution complex. Thus, mocking Stephen Baldwin = TEH BLASHPHEMY!!1!1!

He also compares himself to Job. And is soliciting donations so he can be "restored," whatever that means. Can't Alec Baldwin give him a guest spot on "30 Rock" to shut him up about this persecution complex?

Check out the site. It has to be seen to be believed.

Friday, April 30, 2010

And now for some ELO...

Seriously...you can't get more 1970s than this clip:

Sunday, April 25, 2010

A blast from the past

Mike Murphy and Peggy Noonan caught on live mike, dissing Precious Princess Palin.

"We can't spell, but we can write poetry."

Poetry that doesn't scan, that is. From The Stranger, some tea partier channels his/her inner Allen Ginsberg:

I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW
BLIND OBAMA
YOU HAVE WAKEN UP A SLEEPING GIANT
WE THE PEOPLE UNITED WE STAND
AS ONE NATION
TO SAY NO
YOU MUST GO
WE THE PEOPLE SAY
NO YOU MUST GO
IMPEACH OBAMA
AND BRING HIM TO JUSTICE
IMPEACH IMPEACH
BRING HIM TO JUSTICE WITH ALL THE OTHER TRADERS
TO WE THE PEOPLE AND THE CONTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC OF
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WHO STAND TOGETHER AND WILL NOT FALL
PLAY WE MAY BUTT WHEN NEEDED WE COME STAMPEDING PROWD AMERICANS READY
TO FACE ANY ENEMIES FOREIGN OR DOMESTIC
WE THE PEOPLE SAY
THE CONTITUTION IS IN OUR HEARTS
ONLY A TRUE AMERICAN KNOWS ITS TRUE PATH AND WILL DEFEND UNTIL DEATH
YOU SHOULD HAVE KNOW'N FREEDOM WILL STAND FOR THE PEOPLE BY THE PEOPLE

Well, despite the line about bringing Obama to justice "with all the other traders," at least this person can spell "impeach." Then again, perhaps this particular teabagger was complaining about eBay or a baseball card exchange gone bad. Yeah, that's it.

Coming soon: The Teabagger Poetry Slam!

(Via Princess Sparkle Pony.)

Saturday, April 24, 2010

A GOP history lesson

Via Tomfoolery, a comparison between the GOP of Barry Goldwater and the GOP of Sarah Palin.

To quote Barry the G:

[T]he use of God’s name on one’s behalf should be used sparingly. The religious factions that are growing throughout our land are not using their religious clout with wisdom. They are trying to force government leaders into following their position 100 percent. If you disagree with these religious groups on a particular moral issue, they complain, they threaten you with a loss of money or votes or both. I’m frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in ‘A,’ ‘B,’ ‘C,’ and ‘D.’ Just who do they think they are? And from where do they presume to claim the right to dictate their moral beliefs to me?

I suspect that if Goldwater were alive today, he'd be an independent or a member of the Libertarian Party.

Dear Blogger

You have some of the most ugly-ass general templates I've ever seen. Can't you design some new ones? Why do you think I downloaded a template from outside? Seriously guys, those templates are eyesores.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Why didn't someone thing of this before?




(Via Balloon Juice)

Some advice...

...care of Badtux:

If your every criticism of Obama starts with "I'm not racist, but..." or ends with "it's not about color"... dude. Quit being in denial and get fitted for your bedsheet and pointy hat ASAP, 'kay?

Blossom Dearie

The wonderful and underrated jazz singer Blossom Dearie passed away last year. To my generation, she's best known as the lady who sang "Unpack Your Adjectives" and "Figure Eight" on Schoolhouse Rock. Here she is, performing in the mid-1980s.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Life's little foot-in-mouth moments

Via Brilliant at Breakfast, a blast from the past: Bobby Jindal scoffs at volcano monitoring.



Can't wait for the Icelandic government's response to this one.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Waterloo: Great song, lousy strategy.

Stephen Bates wonders why the heck Republicans would want to derail financial reform. It's the Waterloo approach: Jim DeMint telegraphed their moves last year, claiming that if health care reform went down in flames, it would be Obama's Waterloo. Of course, health care reform did not go down in flames. Now, the GOP has decided to give the Waterloo strategy another shot. At some point, some wingnut welfare recipient will point out that this is completely nuts and will be shown the door.

"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."

Via Balloon Juice comes this tale of rich conservatives with sour grapes--erm, I mean, right-wing populists:

I stopped by Freedom Plaza on Tax Day to check on the progress of the nation's populist revolt.

On the stage, I saw the great populist leader himself: Grover Norquist, who, after getting two Harvard degrees, developed his common-touch lobbying for the tropical island paradise of the Seychelles. Norquist spoke from a lectern bearing a Tea Party emblem and a simple message: "The people speak."

And which people might those be? The people of the Seychelles tourist industry? Or the people of British Petroleum, Fannie Mae, the Distilled Spirits Council and the Interactive Gaming Council? Norquist represented them all, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

It gets better from there. Seriously, these teabaggers are being played like a cheap kazoo.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

From the cognitive dissonance department

This article at The Nation is a must-read. Basically, Rupert Murdoch is going green while Faux News tries to debunk global warming.

Rush channels his inner Pat Robertson

He blames Iceland's volcano on the health care bill. And claims it's "God speaking."

Ben Domenech, Wingnut Welfare Recipient

Ben Domenech was recruited several years ago as a Washington Post affirmative-action hire: They needed a conservative blogger to balance...uh, I guess to balance journalism that conservatives didn't like. Ben was then revealed as a serial plagiarist and had to resign this position.

So what happened? CBS News hired the guy. They wanted to outdo CNN, I guess. CNN, of course, had hired Eric "Gimme my wife's shotgun and I'll point it at them thar census workers, pardner!" Erickson. How can CBS outdo the conservative crazy? By bringing in a winger with less ethics than Erickson, I guess.

Benjy delivered the goods, repeating a rumor that potential supreme court nominee Elena Kagan is a lesbian. I'm on Team Who-Gives-A-Shit-If-She's-Gay. The White House denies she's gay. While I don't want to assume anything on Mr. Domenech's part, I'm sure he was aware that his right-wing readers might have certain opinions (possibly negative) about a big ol' lezzo on the Surpreme Court.

Now little Benjy's trying to talk his way out of trouble. As in: "Sure, it was a rumor! But...but...I talked to people! And I care about gay rights. Don't you?"

August J. Pollack:

So, let's recap, CBS. You went ahead and:

1. Hired someone whom you were aware of (proven) allegations he was a liar,
2. Hired someone who was fired by another place to "maintain journalistic integrity,"
3. Hired someone who required another major news outlet to remind itself they have to "verify its news and opinion content is sourced completely and accurately."

And lo and behold, you got someone who offered a shoddy and pointless lie that pretty much places CBS's "journalistic integrity" on the level of TMZ.com.

Walter Cronkite. He used to work for you.

Just... you know, throwing that out there.

I so want to hear what Olbermann and Maddow have to say about all this.

(Via Oliver Willis.)

Oh yay

Tomorrow, I begin jury duty. Time to stock up on paperbacks. This is gonna be soooooooooo fun.

I'm one of those people who keeps getting called while others are called once or twice in their lives. What's up with that?

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Chanteuse blogging

C'est Francoise Hardy, avec "Voila."

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Le Boyfriend made a funny!

On the GOP stripper club visit: "This is their version of a stimulus package."

See, this is one of many reasons I wuv him.

More fun at the RNC's expense here (via Badtux).

Monday, March 29, 2010

Another loon threatens a congressman

Democrats aren't the only ones being threatened. Some wack job has threatened to kill Eric Cantor and his family. This should be condemned against anyone, regardless of party.

I hope that our elected officials are hiring extra security. I'm really nervous someone's going to get killed.

How the GOP tried to boost the economy

By spending donor money at strip clubs. I'm sure this nation's titty bars will thank them. I certainly hope they are good tippers.

Comedy gold of the day:

The Republican National Committee spent about $30,000 in February on private airplanes and limousines. But those charges were overshadowed by the $1,946.25 charge at Voyeur West Hollywood, which was described by The Los Angeles Times last year as a “high-end nightclub” with an interior “reminiscent of the masked orgy scene” from the movie “Eyes Wide Shut.”

Y'know, Jesse James is getting boring. Someone needs to interview the women at this club.

And, in other news, water is wet and Kermit is green

Ricky Martin has come out of the closet, describing himself as a "fortunate homosexual man." I haven't thought about this guy in several years, actually. Does he still do anything?

Monday, March 08, 2010

I LOVE this song!

Heart, "Barracuda"

Monday, January 11, 2010

Return of the bow-tied empty suit

From TBogg:

Having exhausted all of the possibilities of television (due to excessive cancellations), Tucker Carlson has discovered that cool beans internet thingy that all of the kids are getting on their iComputers and stuff...

Yup, Li'l Tucker is trying to launch a rightie HuffPo. Apparently, he found funding for this venture from someone who isn't a family member. (Daddy is a former ambassador and Corporation for Public Broadcasting head--and a big GOP donor to boot. Mommy is a frozen food heiress. If you ever wondered how Li'l Tucker got a foot in the door and where his family money comes from...now you know.) The funder for this [s]money loser[/s] internet venture is named Foster Friess. Yes, that's his name. Foster. Friess.

Anyway, Li'l Tucker has ripped off HuffPo's headline format for the lamely titled Daily Caller. And alas, HuffPo is ragging on the president often enough, so there really isn't much need for this inane venture.

From TBogg's comment section:

I can’t wait to see this thing fail harder than Rush hopped up on viagra and Dominican boys.

Wheeeeeeee! Let the snark begin!

Surprise, surprise

The Disasta from Alaska has a job at Faux News. Can everyone stop taking her seriously now? Please?

Blogger or Wordpress

Which shall it be?

I like Wordpress' templates, but Blogger is so much more user-friendly...Sigh. Decisions, decisions.