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."