Thursday, June 30, 2011

Shorter Glenn Beck on Obama

Going out as KKKlassy as you'd expect.

Nobody could have anticipated

Quitting might as well be her middle name:

"As opposed to me who is one 24/7"

Your liberal media.

While discussing President Obama's Wednesday press briefing on "Morning Joe," Mark Halperin made a gaffe about President Obama, calling him "a d*ck."

Poor Mark doesn't want to pay a few hundred more dollars in taxes over his seven-figure income.

But Gradma Millie and her medicare can go fuck themselves, if you suggest otherwise you are being a "dick".

Yeah, you bet

I understand he became a real Second Amendment strict constructionist:

John Lennon was a closet Republican, who felt a little embarrassed by his former radicalism, at the time of his death - according to the tragic Beatles star's last personal assistant.

Fred Seaman worked alongside the music legend from 1979 to Lennon's death at the end of 1980 and he reveals the star was a Ronald Reagan fan who enjoyed arguing with left-wing radicals who reminded him of his former self.

Good use of $4 trillion

Makes those medicare and food stamp cuts so worthwhile:

Kabul hotel siege leaves at least 11 civilians dead

The infinite loop of ‘parody’

We all know that a Pulitzer campaign for World Net Daily is around the corner. Just look at this brave editorial stand of a few weeks ago.

Loser pays tort reform
Exclusive: Chuck Norris rallies for law to reduce serial litigants' frivolous lawsuits
Posted: May 16, 2011
1:00 am Eastern

By Chuck Norris

Which leads one to wonder whether Chuck Norris will call up fellow scholar Ted Nugent and discuss their position on this or maybe just the Bowflex:
World Net Daily editor Joseph Farah and author Jerome Corsi have finally made good on their threats and sued Esquire for a satirical article that claimed that they were no longer members of the so-called 'birther' movement...

...the suit calls Corsi a "world renowned author" and says WND "competes nationally and internationally" with Esquire.

Yes, they truly compete. Many are the times Americans debate over buying a copy of Esquire versus opening their uncle's forwarded emails about what recently found Kenyan birth certificates show. Clearly there's no frivolity here.

[cross-posted at Firedoglake]

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Hast thou considered thine own hands and how they doth work?

He hath harshed Shakespeare's buzz -- and I'm out of pot jokes.

A South African anthropologist wants to dig up William Shakespeare's bones to find out if the playwright smoked pot. He got this crazy idea from an earlier study which turned up pipe fragments in Shakespeare's garden that were coated with a marijuana residue.

I once had a scene in Timon of Athens -- and whoever wrote that was under the influence of something -- and it wasn't genius. Though they were obviously less stoned than the person who while deciding which Shakespeare to do that year picked Timon of Athens.

A version only a major drug-dealer could afford

If you buy this, not only with the DEA and ATF be on your ass, but you'll go up against the wall -- eventually -- before the people in the First Class flight-pods.

Scarface will be released on Blu-ray September 6th, but we should mention that the true fans (and cigar enthusiasts) can snag a limited edition copy in its own hand-crafted humidor box. There will only be 1,000 sold and we're sure your imported cigars will appreciate the untreated Spanish cedar and 1,000 coat brilliant finish. You can see a few angles in the pictures here, while the Blu-ray trailer and snaps of winning fan art to be included in the set as collectible cards await after the break. How much will it cost to get your hands on one of these boxes? The MSRP is $999, but Amazon as always is offering them for the low, low price of just $699.

They think there are a thousand assholes who might buy this?

King Corn

The Sweet Corn will be late in Iowa this year because of the lack of sunshine we've had this it will be more like it used to be. But the most shocking aspect of the State's main crop (and in many ways its curse and blessing) is this:

Sweet corn typically amounts to fewer than 6,000 of the state's 13.5 million acres devoted to corn production. The rest of the corn is used for animal feed, ethanol and sweeteners.

Looks like the Pope gets twitter

All of the sudden.

FoxNews says KILL IT!!!

Austerity measures are good for him to poop on!

Loukanikos, a stray who lives on the streets of Athens, Greece, has become an unlikely celebrity... for his dedication to anti-government protests.

The clearly opinionated mutt has been pictured on the front line of protests, dodging tear gas and barking at riot police, for the last three years.

Truly "man's" (and "woman's") best friend. Now, bring on Gorenikos, the Climate Change Spaniel or Spot the Stimulus Hound demanding somebody consider more jobs that involve kibble!

Via Balloon Juice.

Convenient Myths

From "creationism" to "lower taxes for the rich" the GOP is full of them, hell built upon them:

In fact, if you ranked each year since 1950 by overall job growth, the top five years would all boast marginal tax rates at 70 percent or higher. The top 10 years would share marginal tax rates at 50 percent or higher. The two worst years, on the other hand, were 2008 and 2009, when the top marginal tax rate was 35 percent. In the 13 years that the top marginal tax rate has been at its current level or lower, only one year even cracks the top 20 in overall job creation.

Of course, when you are Diane Sawyer, David Gregory, or any of the network or cable news stars making seven figures what possible personal bias would you have about your own tax rate? That Nantucket or Hampton's kitchen needs another new model of stove and a chance to pay Mario Batali to cook with it.

So screw ever reporting this inconvenient fact, just keep on letting me get that new sailboat.

But of course

Medicaid's vociferous opponent and serial-killer enthusiast Michele Bachmann has yet another chit in the hypocrite prize.

While Rep. Michele Bachmann has forcefully denounced the Medicaid program for swelling the "welfare rolls," the mental health clinic run by her husband has been collecting annual Medicaid payments totaling over $137,000 for the treatment of patients since 2005, according to new figures obtained by NBC News.

The previously unreported payments are on top of the $24,000 in federal and state funds that Bachmann & Associates, the clinic founded by Marcus Bachmann, a clinical therapist, received in recent years under a state grant to train its employees, state records show.

Much rather have a Dutch Letter

When last Sarah Palin deigned to visit the lower 48 she had resigned from her bus tour halfway through. Which was only fitting. But the excuse we heard was jury duty, I guess she got out of it for cause -- a profound lack of understanding of the law (or jury duty) -- because she's back just two days later.

And even worse for me, she's near.
Sarah Palin's going to Iowa.

The production and publicity firms behind the new documentary about Palin released a statement today confirming the former Alaska governor and her husband will attend the Tuesday premiere of "The Undefeated" in Pella, Iowa.

The film will be shown at the Pella Opera House at 5 p.m. central time and a "traditional Iowa cookout" will follow.

It is an amusing title for the person on the losing end of the last Presidential election where she was quite "defeated", especially since right now she'd lose badly in Iowa to the "Uncommitted" Michele Bachmann.

[cross-posted at Firedoglake]

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A nation breathes a collective sigh of relief

Or perhaps that's just the collective sound of "ewwwww":

Hugh Hefner is already on the rebound.

The Playboy founder and former E! Entertainment Television reality star, 85, said Monday that he’s dating Miss November 2010.

She's only 58 years younger so it's totally not-creepy.


Hey, the President means what he says he says!

One Democrat who was there said Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) bluntly asked Obama whether he was willing to fight for Democratic priorities amid GOP calls for trillions of dollars in spending cuts.

In asking the question, Waxman said he’d asked several Republicans about their White House meeting the day before and had been concerned by their response.

“To a person, they said the president’s going to cave,” Waxman told Obama, according to his colleague’s account.

“If you’re not going to cave, eliminating that misunderstanding is very, very important to the negotiations,” the lawmaker said, retelling Waxman’s message. “And if you’re going to cave, tell us right now.”

Obama, however, “didn’t answer the question,” the Democrat added. “Obama got in a huff, and he said, ‘I’m the president of the United States, my words carry weight’ — which is not the answer,” the lawmaker said. “That’s not what anyone challenges. It’s whether he is doing this negotiation in the right way.”

And that ladies and gentlemen, is why we now have the Public Option!!!


Musn't accept possible holes in theory...after all I'm still rich!

Who could not have anticipated?

...states that cut the most funding lost the most jobs. And according to the site, in fact, the country is split pretty evenly between the 24 states that cut spending between 2007 and 2010, and the 25 that expanded government outlays.

On average, states that increased spending performed significantly better than cost-cutting states, with their unemployment rates actually dropping by 0.2 percent (as opposed to 1 percent increase in cost-cutting states), private-sector employment increasing by 1.4 percent (as opposed to a 2.1 percent loss) and 0.5 percent "real economic growth" since the start of the recession (as compared to a 2.9 percent economic contraction relative to the national economic trend).

Legal "Scholar"

Ann Althouse is more than just a unending source of material for Thers. She is, rather inconceivably, a Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin. According to the University's website she teaches Constitutional Law and Civil Procedure in Madison, the State's Capitol, literally blocks away from the State's Supreme Court.

She's "taught" at the University for nearly 15 years.

Yet when the matter of State Supreme Court Justice David Prosser placing his manly hands around fellow Justice Ann Walsh Bradley's womanly neck, Althouse found a novel way to defend the conservative from this vile assault upon his hands by a woman's neck:
"From what I have heard, Bradley is significantly larger than Prosser."

To which Wisconsin blogger Illusory Tenant reasonably asks,
What, she's never even seen them?

It's strange that Althouse, who allegedly professes the law in Madison, Wisconsin, has not attended a hearing at the State Supreme Court, which also sits in Madison (just a brief sashay down State St. in fact).

She's only been a Law Professor in Madison for 15 years, how could she possibly know what the State Supreme Court members look like?

Just look at this picture, Ann Walsh Bradley is clearly a well-known bruiser of epic proportions. Crack research as always Althouse.

Although Althouse does know some judges well -- those on American Idol.

[cross-posted at Firedoglake]

Monday, June 27, 2011

Yeah, it's gonna be a close one between she and Palin

Michelle Bachman inadvertently (I HOPE!) compares herself to John Wayne Gacy...a killer clown.

White man's burden

I was pretty sure we already had the Teaparty revision of the revolutionary period with Mel Gibson's "The Patriot" where Mel managed to liberate the American south single-handedly while making all African-Americans both free and isolated on an off-shore location known as "Sugar Tits Island".

But noooooooooooooooo.

James Patrick Riley and Jonathan Wilson, apparently undeterred by the limited success of the last entertainment venture aimed at Tea Partiers, have teamed up to make Courage, New Hampshire, a one-hour drama about Colonial America that premieres Sunday in California.

What Atrios said

We obviously must cut medicare and food stamps and not raise taxes slightly for multi-millionaires...

The amount the U.S. military spends annually on air conditioning in Iraq and Afghanistan: $20.2 billion.

That's more than NASA's budget. It's more than BP has paid so far for damage during the Gulf oil spill. It's what the G-8 has pledged to help foster new democracies in Egypt and Tunisia.

Bitter and over-react much

K-Lo is taking this idea of even more people getting able to be married around her even worse than expected. When one conservative at NRO says "good for New York" it is just too much:

Do not be so quick to dismiss the North Korea comparison, Mike. We are witnessing tyranny today that is fostered by a false sense of freedom, a tyranny that faux tolerance ferments.

Yeah, gay marriage IT'S JUST LIKE NORTH KOREA! That sure sounds like a sane and dispassionate comparison.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Matthew 18:20

So The Usual Suspects are threatening to ban legislators who voted for NY's gay marriage law from Catholic church and parochial school events. No doubt the usual shrieks to withhold communion are imminent.

To the legislators I say, "You don't need them". Remember your Matthew 18:20:
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
And these guys wonder why Catholics are abandoning the church in droves.

So I guess it is time for the "she had it coming" defense

This is going to get ugly, and it is solely because of the ugliness of Judge Prosser.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley issued a statement late Saturday saying that fellow Justice David Prosser choked her and disputing claims that she attacked him first.

"The facts are that I was demanding that he get out of my office and he put his hands around my neck in anger in a chokehold," she said. "Those are the facts and you can try to spin those facts and try to make it sound like I ran up to him and threw my neck into his hands, but that's only spin.

"Matters of abusive behavior in the workplace aren't resolved by competing press releases," she said.

"I'm confident the appropriate authorities will conduct a thorough investigation of this incident involving abusive behavior in the workplace."

That's obviously a criminal assault and Prosser has to go. You sir, are a full grown man resorting to a physical attack during a temper tantrum, that's enough -- that it is against a woman is just another additional helping of loathsome.

Well, time to root for France

The Women's World Cup kicks off this morning with the first match being Nigeria facing France (the French win the National Anthem battle...but then they always do IMO). Nothing against the individuals making up the Nigerian national team, but it's hard to root for a team that has a coach going on a witch hunt.

For the past two years the Nigerian Football Federation has conducted a witch-hunt to kick women off the national team who were suspected of being gay. And the team's coach just bragged to the New York Times that she has dealt with “the big problem” of lesbianism.

This would be even more singularly outrageous but for the fact that one of the more important financial backers of the American men's professional soccer league helps fund anti-gay activism in this country.

Conservative "Patriotism" clearly defined

Wow, now that's some fucked up shit, you go, I guess, Ginger-Asshole:

Go ahead another country, kill some people from my country, because apparently to Mr. Trevino being a good American means letting another even better country have a few free shots at your fellow Americans.

Sociopath may be one description of it, but it is definitely sick.

Happy Sunday, the Prosser Way!!!

I understand Wisconsin Supreme Court Judge and all-star wrestler David Prosser attended mass this morning and managed to take a folded metal chair and use it to beat some non-kowtowing nuns.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Good job Wisconsin

Good thing you kept this asshole on the state Supreme Court...nice judicial temperament.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser allegedly grabbed fellow Justice Ann Walsh Bradley around the neck in an argument in her chambers last week, according to at least three knowledgeable sources...

They say an argument that occurred before the court’s release of a decision upholding a bill to curtail the collective bargaining rights of public employees culminated in a physical altercation in the presence of other justices. Bradley purportedly asked Prosser to leave her office, whereupon Prosser grabbed Bradley by the neck with both hands.

Apparently he failed to bring a club and the rohypnol.

Not taking it well

Poor K-Lo now she has less chance of a sexless marriage than ever.


This man is a Republican.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Yeah, he's a Texas Republican alright

They ooze class:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry made a joke at a Latino convention that an appointee’s name sounds like a bottle of tequila — and it didn’t go over very well...

Perry reportedly joked that he liked how a man named Jose Cuevas had been appointed to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission because his name sounds like Jose Cuervo, a brand of tequila. The joke fell flat.

“Perry struggled to regain his confidence as he described Texas as a land of opportunity,” the Associated Press reported.

Perry next went to a gathering of rabbis and joked about how many of them had "Gold" in their names.

Words to live by

After an unfair review of a Thai restaurant (as in a restaurant in Thailand) a food critic was found to have been unduly harsh...not to have lied...but to have been so mean about it and thereby fined and jailed.

I think Gawker sums this up well:

Let's all now take a moment to savor our freedom to bitch long-windedly about our various dining disappointments on the pages of Yelp. It truly is a wonderful country in which we live.

A message from Planet Chelonia

As budget negotiations broke down over the issue of Eric Cantor and Jon Kyle not getting 100% of what they want as a bipartisan gesture, it is good to look upon the men who have made Washington D.C. the shining beacon of non-accomplishment it has become.

When Democrats have asked for some additional stimulus as part of any budget deal with the hope of y'know making more employees that might pay more taxes --- oh and be happier with their lives, it was met with a stinging rebuke.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday morning … ripped Senate Democrats for calling for more stimulus spending as part of the deal.

“What planet are they on?” he asked.

The Planet Earth perhaps you've heard of it? And upon it in this country the unemployment rate is 9.1% and the underemployment rate is much higher.

But McConnell never has thought much outside of his own little shell.

[Cross-posted at Firedoglake]

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Dear New Jersey,

You voted for him.


Bad couple of weeks for fugitives

They arrested long-time and rather inappropriately famous Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger after seventeen years on the California.

Was he on his way to a teaparty rally?

Natural 20

Instead of flowers will people be leaving their old 4-sided dice and pewter figurines?

The Gary Gygax Memorial Fund has reached a huge milestone. We have been granted land for the memorial site at Donian Park.

Still, sounds better than Jim Morrison's grave in Paris.

It is indeed

The best low-brow food place in 'Murica, as long as you just have dessert*.

Dairy Queen.

*Although perhaps just the second best dessert.

I understand the man is "fat"

And I'm not supposed to listen to liberals more than five pounds overweight, but Al Gore sums up how Americans are the modern Easter Islanders in just over one paragraph:

Maybe it's just easier, psychologically, to swallow the lie that these scientists who devote their lives to their work are actually greedy deceivers and left-wing extremists — and that we should instead put our faith in the pseudoscientists financed by large carbon polluters whose business plans depend on their continued use of the atmospheric commons as a place to dump their gaseous, heat-trapping waste without limit or constraint, free of charge.

The truth is this: What we are doing is functionally insane.

The whole of the article is available online at Rolling Stone, it has gotten some attention because of deserved criticism of President Obama, but it is really an indictment of not just our politics but our media's coverage of climate change.

[Cross-posted at Firedoglake]

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

I Have An Idea

How about Democrats/liberals/progressives/lefties/left-leaning indies spent the next fourteen months fighting each other?

So awesome.

P.S. Did the grand tradition of the left fighting itself begin in 1793 France, or does it go back farther than that?

But of course...

It's her standard operating policy.

Godwin's Campground

I guess from the photographs it does look like an American Berchtesgaden:

The picturesque mountain town of Kalispell, Montana (pop: 19,927) is becoming a haven for extremists after several marquee names from various angry white person groups have set up shop there...

Some of the more well-known figures in the anti-government movement are re-emerging in the Kalispell area, according to news reports and the SPLC.

They include former Aryan Nations member Karl Gharst, who last year screened a movie, "Epic: The Story of the Waffen SS," at the Kalispell library. The showing drew 200 protesters.

White supremacist April Goede and her twin daughters — who once formed the racist pop singing group Prussian Blue — have moved to Kalispell.

Others include patriot leader and former Constitution Party vice presidential candidate Chuck Baldwin, who believes the U.S. is headed for a fight between big-government globalists and independent patriots; Stewart Rhodes, founder of Oath Keepers, which wants law enforcement officers and military personnel to sign an oath against a one-world government conspiracy; and Randy Weaver, whose standoff with federal marshals at Ruby Ridge, Idaho, in 1992 kick-started the modern patriot movement.

That is a concentration camp of crazy.

I think the use of the word "run" might be a bit ambitious

Unless Hefner's Lark is turbocharged and available, I think slowly backaway bride would be more accurate.

The back up plan

I thought Gingrich was done imploding, but maybe he's like the Crab Nebula and we'll be seeing the imploding for several thousand years to come?

Newt Gingrich loves Tiffany & Co enough to have held a $250,000 - $500,000 credit account at the high-end jeweler. But did you know he loves the place so much he had a second, $500,000 - $1 million line of credit?

I wonder if the second account was supposed to be unknown by wife #3?

Start the revolution without me

Because I have to work.

But these statistics at Mother Jones will, as Meteor Blades says make your blood boil (which isn't good for you in my medical opinion).

You sir, are a goddamned fraud

Hey Kent, here's an idea (aside from a solo sex act) for your concern-trolling:

The debt-reduction package emerging in talks between the White House and congressional leaders would not “fundamentally change” the alarming rate of growth in the national debt, the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee said Tuesday.

Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) said the goal of slicing more than $2 trillion from the federal budget by 2021 falls far short of the savings needed to stabilize borrowing, reenergize the economy and avert the threat of a debt crisis.

Maybe you goddamned fraud you should have not been so for saving the Bush Tax cuts.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


Tonight on FoxNews


But of course

Joad Cressbeckler: Homosexuality A Necessity On Cold Mountaintops

Oh yeah, they're all really bright

Beep beep blurb rat-at-tat-tat goes the 9-pin dot matrix of talking points and spits out...

Except y'know they did, eh.

Oh, and also if we are going to discuss Canada's lower unemployment, I guess we can point out that unlike American employers they do not have to factor in health insurance costs in hiring decisions.

So when does that

I'm naive when it screws the little guy

Self-proclaimed originalist and hard-bitten realist has the most naive view of human nature ... when it helps his world view in which the average person MUST get screwed.

...left to their own devices most managers in any corporation—and surely most managers in a corporation that forbids sex discrimination—would select sex-neutral, performance-based criteria for hiring and promotion that produce no actionable disparity at all.

Yes, of course, it SURELY must be true because it just must be SURELY true. SURELY Spoken like a man with a lifetime job and who has SURELY managed not to ever actually listen to what another human being SURELY has said.

Move along there's no candid photographs

It's okay, he's an asshole for God.

Roll Call is reporting Monday that U.S. Rep. Todd Akin spent $3,407 of taxpayer funds from his congressional account to pay for a tea party-backed rally in 2009.

Use of taxpayer money for strictly political events is prohibited by House rules. However, the funds can be used for press conferences, which is how the event was advertised. But Roll Call reporter Paul Singer points out that unlike most press conferences, “no questions were taken from the press and ... it opened with a prayer, the national anthem and a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.”

Endless Summer

It's the first day of Summer so good to know the latest bad news as Republicans try to out strip-mine each other on climate change and Democrats shrug their shoulders while our environment continues to fall apart.
Surface temperatures in the Arctic since 2005 have been higher than for any five-year period since record keeping began in 1880, according to a new report from the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program, an international group within the Arctic Council that monitors the Arctic environment and provides advice on Arctic environmental protection...Temperatures in the Arctic permafrost have risen by up to 3.5 degrees in the past two to three decades

There's a lot of methane in permafrost which is released as it the temperature rises, which only makes climate change awesome. I'm waiting for John McCain to blame immigrants.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Stay KKKlassy asshole

Without any evidence, indeed against the weight of evidence, St. John McCain blames immigrants for setting the Arizona wildfires.

Time for more outdoor barbecuing --- the thing that y'know probably started the actual wildfires.

Oh noz!!

Somebody left "under God" out of the Pledge of Allegiance...JUST LIKE THE AUTHOR INTENDED!! I just hope they didn't also include the salute the author also intended.

Unleash 72 straight hours of FoxNews outrage!

No turning back

If New York State approves same-sex marriage it will effectively break the opposition while simultaneously stick it to California. Win-win.

Meanwhile, I see the ol' bromides are coming out:

New York's Archbishop, Timothy Dolan, reiterated his and the Catholic Church's opposition to gay marriage on Sunday, vowing to oppose "any radical bill to redefine the very essence of marriage."

"One has to wonder why the proponents of this radical redefinition, who claim overwhelming popular support, would not consider" a referendum "on such a drastic departure from traditional values?" he wrote on his blog.

Yeah, and you claim the Almighty's support on all sorts of shit, so why not bring a vote on birth control and if you lose in New York you have to shut up about it? Didn't think so.

He lives precariously by the Sword...everybody else gets the shaft

It is ironic that a quiet and miserable career on the Supreme Court almost derailed twenty years ago by Long Dong Silver will now be quite possibly be saved by another's junk-shot. But such is the lot of Clarence Thomas.

In the late 1960s Abe Fortas a man of no small accomplishment (as a lawyer Gideon v. Wainright as a justice Epperson v. Arkansas) was forced to resign from the Supreme Court when a millionaire began paying Fortas $20,000 a year for advice. An action which was legal, but shameful enough for him to step down in shame.

Enter Clarence Thomas.

Mr. Crow has done many favors for the justice and his wife, Virginia, helping finance a Savannah library project dedicated to Justice Thomas, presenting him with a Bible that belonged to Frederick Douglass and reportedly providing $500,000 for Ms. Thomas to start a Tea Party-related group...
But, if there's one thing we've learned about Clarence Thomas it is that he is in no way affected with a sense of personal shame...just grievances.

The person who was until just recently leading the call to investigate Thomas' ethical shortcomings? Anthony Weiner.

Somewhere Hannah Arendt is missing the banality of it all.

[cross-posted at Firedoglake]

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Sparks Fly on E Street When the Boy Prophets Walk It, Handsome and Hot

RIP Clarence Clemons and also my friend and former boss Michael, who died last Wednesday night.

Take that trip, write that book, kiss that girl, Hegemaniacs. It's later than you think.

Herman Cain would like you to know

He will only hate Muslims openly as much as the polling allows him to at this time.

"We brought you here to eat fried chicken and dance dammit!"

Apparently, once an Obama impersonator steps outside of the expected minstrel show the Republican Leadership Conference brings out the white version of Sandman Sims.

Fake Obama began to make fun of Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), but then he was suddenly ushered off stage.

Next year, I believe they are getting rid of live entertainment and just showing 'Birth of a Nation'.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Olberman in Rolling Stone

Interesting interview here. The stuff about Russert is a surprise. I don't have cable, so I can't watch The Current unless I go visiting. Which I guess I'm going to have to do.

When considering which of the two political parties are believers in the nation

Ask which one actually tries to keep people from voting?

And in today's story of religious stupidity

Somebody had one too many accidents.

JERUSALEM (AFP) – A Jerusalem rabbinical court condemned to death by stoning a dog it suspects is the reincarnation of a secular lawyer who insulted the court's judges 20 years ago, Ynet website reported Friday.

Will inspire a new website. Dogs that look like Arafat.

Friday, June 17, 2011

So courageous

Paul Ryan bravely wants to get rid of those tax subsidies...except those that will net him millions.

Yeah, but where's your plan?!

I Now Pronounce You ...

The next few days are going to be big ones for marriage equality in New York, which reminds me of this terrific 2009 speech in the New York State Senate by Staten Island Democrat Diane Savino. It's awesome and she rocks.


Now a Republican governor is tweeting pictures of his penis.

What, that's his face?

I dispute the Al-Zawahiri election

Everybody knows the guy was really born in Africa.

I have to tell you....

Getting the 3 a.m. panel gig at Netroots Nation kind of sucks. I mean not even Dan Choi is here to destroy an Obama bobble-head.

ACORN story proven to be bullshit

I'd say film at 11, but we all know that's not going to happen.

Besides this is like 85,000 outrages ago for Steve Doocy, hell the New Black Panthers story was 78,000 ago.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Heard This Morning on the Radio

Arthur Levitt, former SEC chair:

"Dodd Frank was seriously flawed in that it abdicated the responsibility
for rule-making to the regulators".

"Oop against the wall, eh, muutherfuuuckers!"

Canadian Hockey Riot
was not on the top of the list of things I expected to see recently.



With the news that Ayman al-Zawahiri has gotten the top spot in Al Queda, now would be a good time to read Lawrence Wright's 2002 profile of this particular nut. Oh, and by the way, have you read The Looming Tower yet? The profile ultimately wound up as a chapter in that book, and you know how Attaturk and I feel about that book.

Golly wonder what political and economic philosophy predominates in these areas?

The red areas are locations in the nation where women's life expectancy is in decline...decline!

This man has a future in politics

The brainpower is staggering.

A security guard came up with a bizarre remedy to remove a wart - he shot off his finger with a shotgun.

Sean Murphy, 38, from Doncaster, had seen his GP repeatedly about the problem and also tried a variety of traditional ointments and creams.

But when the persistent wart refused to disappear, he opted for the firepower of a 12-bore Beretta he claimed he had found under a hedge a few months earlier.

His technique successfully removed the wart - along with most of the middle finger of his left hand.

I'm pretty sure life has given Mr. Murphy a proverbial middle-finger as a replacement.

I thought he saved his teabagging for trips to the Dominican Republic?

So Rush Limbaugh is pushing some god-awful tea dressed up as Paul Revere?

That poor horse.

What comes up when you google ‘hypocrite’?

Rick Santorum appears to think he's a serious candidate for the GOP Presidential nomination as this occurred yesterday.

Rick Santorum...has quit his post as a member of the board of directors of Universal Health Services Inc., a for-profit mental-health hospital chain

Ol' Ricky was paid a not too measly $168,000 to do things like rubber-stamp the CEO of Universal getting a $10 million compensation package.

But this becomes more interesting considering some of Santorum's policy positions:

Unlike Rep. Paul Ryan and the GOP leadership, which has excluded today’s seniors from their plan to destroy Medicare, Santorum wants “most” kicked off the program, and he said so in a recent interview with Fox News conservative opinion host Sean Hannity.

Pretty bold statement considering how Ricky's just now former employer supported his cushy salary:

Universal relied on taxpayer-funded Medicare and Medicaid payments for 38% of its $5.6 billion in revenues last year, according to the company's annual report.

I'm sure he bravely refused 38% of his check the last four years.

[cross-posted at Firedoglake]

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

I'd much rather see another Weiner junk shot

Than this, Newt Gingrich shirtless in his swim trunks...waiting for the "snorkling" to begin.

NSFW ... if you click on the above, you are being blinded by the white.

We've found the replacement

Apparently Jesus asked Michele Bachmann to run for President ... so she's not running for reelection as a Congressperson.

But we've got an even crazier replacement ready in waiting, Tom Hackbarth, he lives in her district and everything.

In her e-mail to the representative, Robin Seifert wrote: "You have a choice. As a legislator, you could chose to ask the most fortunate among us to pay their fair share or you could inflict severe pain on the middle-class and vulnerable Minnesotans. … Please tax the richest two per cent of Minnesotans. Ask them to pay their fair share." She ended with a "sincerely."

In other words, not an unusual constituent-to-legislator communication.

In fact, public employee unions are urging their members, and others, to send similar letters and emails to their legislators. Hackbarth's response, via email, however, was unusual.


"I can't believe what I'm hearing from folks? All similar letters to yours.

"Are you a Union member? If so, are they the communist giving you this propaganda?

"Do you know the who, what, when, where, why, and how, of Fidel Castro?

"Hitler rose to power using and blaming the jews for the destruction of the German economy. Castro built his army of murderers by blaming the rich bankers and capitalist for destroying Cuba and taking advantage of the Cuban people.


"Representative Hackbarth."

Hackbarth is renowned for more than going full Godwin at the drop of an email. Last year he was the Minnesota moron found waiting in the parking lot of a Planned Parenthood with a gun...because he wanted to talk sense into some woman he met sense with a gun.

It all figures

Best find of the day at Balloon Juice (as of 3:15 a.m.) over an article on Supreme Court justices on good writing:

“The only good way to learn about writing is to read good writing,” says Chief Justice John Roberts.

That sentiment is echoed by Breyer, who points to Proust, Stendhal and Montesquieu as his inspirations. Justice Anthony Kennedy loves Hemingway, Shakespeare, Solzhenitsyn, Dickens and Trollope.

Justice Thomas says a good legal brief reminds him of the TV show 24. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says one of the great influences on her writing was her European literature professor at Cornell, Vladimir Nabokov — yes, the same Nabokov who later rocked the literary world with his widely acclaimed novel Lolita.

Somebody is shocked that Ginsburg references Nabokov, but just glosses over Thomas citing writing that isn't actually, you know presented in written form, and who's primarily line of dialog is "RUN!" or "WHO ARE YOU WORKING FOR?!"?

One hell of a charity

Newt Gingrich doesn't just make the old bromide about one's favorite charity, he see's that it lives at home.

A charity founded by Newt Gingrich paid Gingrich's for-profit company $220,000 over two years, ABC News reports. The non-profit, Renewing American Leadership, was meant to spur conversation about restoring Christian principles in Washington, and mostly did that through letters seeking donations. The list of people who responded to those letters with checks was given to Gingrich--something that would be very valuable to a potential presidential candidate building support early in the campaign. ReAL, as the non-profit is called, also paid full-price for Gingrich's books and DVDs. ABC News asked Gingrich for comment ahead of a speech in New Hampshire, but the candidate would only respond, "I'm not concerned about that. The American people aren't concerned about that. Try covering the speech."

The DVD One Night on the Mediterranean with Newt & Calista (and a strap-on) sold some 100,000 copies to the charity I hear.

Class Warfare? Yes please.

Yesterday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court did exactly as predicted and limited public employees collective bargaining rights -- showing their priorities "with unusual speed". So Madison is about to see yet another large demonstration. In addition to guaranteeing his recall, will Governor Scott Walker start off his campaign to do the Koch Brothers bidding by placing provocateurs in the crowd this time?

And so let this new round of protests bring on the fluttering Noonian cries of horrible liberals trying to foment class warfare (maybe Austan Goolsbee will join in too?). After all what could the poor and middle class possibly have to complain about? Charts showing the cliff diving of workers' income is turned into a smile your average CNBC viewer hears because businesses (as opposed to most people, or State governments) are sitting on large piles of cash and not using it to hire people. So somebody is getting wealthy...and it's people like the Koch Brothers.

[cross-posted at Firedoglake]

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Food, Glorious Food (in Grand Junction, CO, and beyond)

Hey, remember I asked if any of you had been to Grand Junction, CO and could recommend some good eats? First of all, thanks for your recommendations. The GC and I didn't get into town early enough for dinner, but we did have a tasty breakfast at a placed called The Dream Cafe. They had a bunch of vegetarian options and the place had a nice cheerful ambiance. If you're ever in Grand Junction, check them out.

I had a couple of other good meals on my trip. In Boulder, I liked the Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant, which served these tasty little dates stuffed with blue cheese that I'm still thinking about. If you're ever in Denver, you need to try WaterCourse Foods. Their biscuits and green chile sauce rocked, and they make a great cup of coffee. When in Salt Lake City, please get to the Red Iguana. I think theirs is the best Mexican food I have ever tasted. And I also had a kick-ass breakfast at a place called Cowboy's Smokehouse Cafe in a little town called Panguitch, Utah. I loved their bacon (The GC is the vegetarian, not me), biscuits, and coffee. We definitely don't have enough biscuits in the northeast.

Oh, in between meals I managed to see Independence Pass, Monument Valley, Bryce Canyon, and Zion National Park among other natural wonders. I wish I could go back to Zion right this minute. No photograph I have seen has ever done it justice.

Stretching the definition

Of breaking news.

Of course he did -- they're both frothy mixtures of humpitude.

Musn't discuss

Right-wing terrorists.

Federal and state agents searched a 30-square-mile swath of rugged Montana forest on Monday for a former militia leader following a shootout with sheriff's deputies, authorities said.

He's armed to the teeth and planned on killing several politicians and if he was a black guy FoxNews would have 30 minutes out of every hour calling him a "New Black Panther" and exploring his ties to Obama...and if he had a muslim name it would be 58 minutes out of every hour all devoted to exploring his ties to Obama.

But as it is, doubtful it will even get brought up.

Maybe somebody should do something?

As Atrios regularly says (and not fondly I would imagine).

Look at these two charts:

Corporate profits bouncing back. How about the workers?

What the ...

How many middle-aged men are posing as lesbians on-line?

I thought this went out the window with AOL chat?

"I was just doing what other media outlets were doing

I only added the racism!"

- Eric Bolling.

I thought he'd save this look for off-stage when the debate ended

And he looked at his competitors.

Gif by Exterminador from here.

"Let's Amend the Constitution...not that it will apply to the States"

I watched as much of the Republican debate last night as I could stand. In other words, it would be better if I analyzed the Stanley Cup finals. Vote Emrick 2012!

But that does not mean I failed to catch the most humorous part of the debate...those gay people and their assault on state's rights by asking for, uh rights. All the candidates, naturally, indicated their disdain for the very concept of same-sex marriage. Though Ron Paul's novel answer involved banning legal marriage all-together...and backing the gold standard. Newly committed, er, confirmed candidate Michelle Bachmann -- declared the debate winner by Chris Matthews' restless leg syndrome and other villagers' trick knees -- handled the question with her usual aplomb. She would demand a constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage while simultaneously not interfering in the states' abilities to make their own decisions. I guess in practice that would mean no same-sex marriages in National Parks, so do not feed, nor marry, the bears*.


*Joke sponsored by Santorum 2012.

[cross-posted at Firedoglake]

Monday, June 13, 2011

Well if these are your standards


Barack Obama is more of an international,” Cain said. “I think he’s out of the mainstream and always has been. Look, he was raised in Kenya

By that standard, since you worked for Godfather's Pizza you have mob ties.

OMG, first they know how to breed

And now they've learned how to hack twitter.

Be afraid...or as Palin might say, "afraider".

Funny how that worked

The National Institute of Health wanted to declare formaldehyde a carcinogen for years, but there was an appointed representative on the board who held it up, when he finally resigned, voila!

That asshole?

Why David Koch, whose company is a giant in the formaldehyde production business.

Of ridiculous myths and worse realities

Oh look, in the midst of the so-called "Arab Spring", there's a rather old democracy we always take for granted.
Near-complete results from Turkey's election show the Justice and Development Party (AKP) of PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won a third term...More than 50 million people, about two-thirds of Turkey's population of 73 million, were eligible to vote in Sunday's election. NTV television said turnout was 84.5%.

Of course, Turkey's AKP party has its roots in Islamic faith. This leads many American conservatives to get the vapors and decry how reactionary they must...just must be.

Meanwhile, later today the Republican Presidential Candidates will assemble to debate whether physicians who perform abortions on victims of rape and incest deserve to be merely hung, or also drawn and quartered. Because they're part of the great non-extremist American political tradition.

[cross-posted at Firedoglake]

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Being a gigantic prick

Not just for non-sports talk radio, some of the biggest are on sports talk -- and not only do they not know sports, they spread their ignorance around like a solid STD because confidently expressed ignorance allegedly makes for 'good' talk radio.

...if you still live in Cleveland at this point, you're bringing unemployment on, couldn't I?"

"If you live in Youngstown, Ohio should I have no sympathy that you're unemployed? You're kinda bringing it on yourself."

"If you live in Ohio or Indiana rurally, you're kinda bringing unemployment on yourself."

Because if there is one thing the unemployed have, it's the money to move for the hopes of landing a job somewhere else.

One brave person

Pictures of Gabby Giffords released.

Much better than other pictures we've had released lately.

Meanwhile in "jobs" news

But of course:

Rep. Peter King announced today he will hold a second round of Muslim radicalization hearings on June 15th, with a focus on U.S. prisons.

Let me guess, Plymouth Rock landed on them?

The IRA approves.


Currently watching one of ESPN's '30 for 30s' on the USFL, seeing the way Donald Trump ran that league into the ground (sitting there at a press conference with Roy Cohn) just sums up what a idiotic jackass the guy is.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Bring on No. 4

The game is afoot, time for Newt to blame wife No. 3 for sinking his otherwise "awesome" chances in 2012.

...officials close to the Gingrich campaign privately pointed fingers at Callista Gingrich as the source of the tension between her husband and his staff. They say she exerted enormous influence on the former House speaker, controlling his schedule and encouraging him to disappear on a luxury cruise in the Greek Isles just weeks after he got into the race. That trip was the final straw, for some, who pleaded with him not to go.

Looks, I know it is all fashionable to completely blame the "woman" because a guy cannot keep a vow worth a shit (because he's so innocent and noble, just ask him), but this strikes me as a bit rich. Cowardly Newt is totally going to blame her and her kneepads for his idiocy.

In a respectable era of politics

This would have made one persona non-grata, but when you're Rich and prop up destructive policies with your billions, your teat is your credit.

...the New American, the official mouthpiece of the John Birch Society, published a piece this morning celebrating Fred and the Koch family’s pivotal role in developing the group

Teleprompt her

We all remember how the party that worships fictional Reagan went after Obama for using teleprompters. One of those people was well-known intellectual titan Sarah Palin.

Naturally, projection is a real karmic kick in the ass.

Just a note for those who enjoy tweaking President Barack Obama for using a teleprompter. (Doesn't every president or governor use a teleprompter for speeches?) On March 20, 2007, Gov. Palin's staff was setting up an interview on natural gas issues with Energy TV from Canada. Here's how the interview was set up: Her aide, Sharon Leighow, asked the questions, and the answers were posted on a teleprompter for Palin to read. Then the fake interview was uploaded by satellite to Energy TV. "You're awesome," the governor told her staff. "You're all awesome. What a day..."

So that means Sarah Palin needs a teleprompter to answer questions in meetings run by her staff.

Real Reaganesque. I guess it beats writing it on your hand.

Friday, June 10, 2011

A Mighty Wind

The alternative reality of the man Mike Huckabee thinks we all need to listen too...even if it is required at gunpoint:

On Wednesday, Right Wing Watch flagged a recent interview Barton gave with an evangelcial talk show, in which he argues that the Founding Fathers had explicitly rejected Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. Yes, that Darwin. The one whose seminal work, On the Origin of Species, wasn't even published until 1859.

I guess we all forgot about Thomas Jefferson's time-machine...the one he built and then has repeatedly used to hit on Halle Berry.

That's a lot of spelling errors

How many of these come from Nigeria?

Alaska is releasing the more than 24,000 pages of emails in paper form only and asking news organizations to pick up several boxes worth of documents in Alaska's capital city, accessible by only air or water. Reporters from several news organizations have already begun arriving in Juneau and are making various plans to disseminate the emails to the public.

I'm willing to bet a lot of them or the spam emails best dealt with by

A Teaparty worse than one with that tri-cornered hat guy

Along with news that the meltdown may have become a melt-through at Fukushima, comes this "delightful" information.

Radioactive cesium exceeding the legal limit was detected in tea made in a factory in Shizuoka City, more than 300 kilometers away from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Shizuoka Prefecture is one of the most famous tea producing areas in Japan...detecting 679 becquerels per kilogram of radioactive cesium. The legal limit is 500 becquerels.

I just hope somehow a member of the Democratic Party of Japan has a candid picture to tweet so that country has something important to be obsessed about rather than something trivial like radioactivity.

In more metaphorical stories of radioactivity, at least Newt Gingrich's former staffers have something to read...and edit.

[cross-posted at Firedoglake]

Thursday, June 09, 2011

It'd be hilarious if they did this after seeing other candidates behind his ample back


In a major blow to Newt Gingrich's presidential hopes, senior advisers to his 2012 campaign resigned en masse today, citing strategic differences.

Here's the fun we had in my town this morning

At least I didn't suffer alone. Although the video doesn't adequately capture how hard the hail came down.

It was like this.

And now it has been raining to beat hell all morning. Not a great thing for our already swollen rivers.

But, of course

Anthony Weiner-inspired condoms on sale.

Where are the David Vitter-inspired Huggies?

Oh, and how the Daily Caller is letting out all of Tucker Carlson's repressed sexuality into giggling headlines.

Meanwhile, in other "ignored stories"

Of unreported income and defeating of all notions of judicial independence...

As for the relationship between the Tea Party and the Republican establishment, Virginia Thomas suggested that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) should be doing more to embrace the conservative movement.

Thomas said that she hopes "the most conservative candidate" will emerge victorious in the GOP presidential primary race in 2012.

Wonder how much money ol' Virginia got paid for this interview and when it will get reported on Clarance's disclosure forms? At his current rate 2025.

Because if there's one thing Clarence Thomas doesn't know, it's the law.

And now back to weiner jokes.

Pointing and laughing

Apparently, the rest of the world pays more attention to our politics than we do...without having to suffer through it...or maybe by this time they just point and laugh?

The social network and dating website asked 30,000 people across 15 countries to name both the "funniest," or best at making people laugh," and "the least funny" nationality.

Americans took the funniest prize

And all this before our latest round of Weiner jokes and tea-wrestling.

Apparently, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and our newest "target audience" Yemen were not allowed to participate.

[cross-posted to Firedoglake]

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

You forgot though, that Al Gore is fat!!!!

Behold the "Mustache of Wisdom" speaks:

All those shopping malls fueling the consumer society that made me rich...have helped to destroy the world, now that I've lost a lot of that stock value, I realize the error of my ways!!!

Why do I have a feeling we'd be reading something different if they were still worth hundreds of millions?

If you're going to tweet your junk

Do it now or you may have to wait a few days.

An unusual solar flare observed by a NASA space observatory on Tuesday could cause some disruptions to satellite communications and power on Earth over the next day or so, officials said.

So get crackin' male celebrities.

The world of intentional contrarianism

Somehow, Slate manages to bring a guy who raped somebody to the same level as politicians who engage in conduct that may not be great, but was at least consensual.

Oh it sounds like a good idea

Until you realize the suggestion is made because the majority of their candidates have never read anything more than four pages long.

I am only going to allow small bills - three pages. You'll have time to read that one over the dinner table. What does Herman Cain, President Cain talking about in this particular bill?

Oh sure

She may think she's a nut. But it will not be too much longer before Palin can meet Margaret Thatcher the way she could meet Jeremy Bentham right now.

Holy Crap

The Chilean volcanic eruption is scary and awesome at the same time.

Beyond Banality

The whole point of the Libya military incursion, helping the rebels, long ago ceased to be particularly relevant it would seem.

That was the point, wasn't it? I cannot remember whether I'm suppose to actually remember.

Yes, Gaddafi is a terrible person, murderous asshole and a flamboyant dresser. His added bellicosity just makes the farce greater than ever [second only to the tragedy].

But one does start to wonder if we're also batting two out of three?

Nato warplanes repeatedly pounded targets in and around [Gaddafi's] Bab al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli. Reporters counted at least 27 air strikes by Tuesday afternoon.

Some of the bombs hit a military barracks near the compound, officials said. Others hit the compound itself, Libyan television reported.

The New York Times said what appeared to be bunker-busting bombs had destroyed six or seven buildings, including a reception house and VIP guesthouse where South African President Jacob Zuma was received last week.

Officials told the newspaper that 10 to 15 people had died in the attack, but the figure could not be verified.

But we don't target specific long as it involves bunker busters.

Because then it's totally moral.

[cross-posted at Firedoglake]

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

not so well-hung

And so timely:

From here.

Proof of Evolution in reverse

Birch was a long-standing Senator and a well regarded man.

His son is a self-serving pig.


Meanwhile in the real world...the world of little interest to our media.

Japan's nuclear safety agency has more than doubled its estimate of the amount of radiation released into the atmosphere from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.

And plutonium believed to have come from the plant has also been found in a town near the facility - the first time plutonium has been found in soil outside the facility.

Now back to all Penis, all the time.

Not buying American

Nothing reminds folks of "expensive jewelry account" quite like a luxury cruise of the Mediterranean instead of visiting scenic Iowa and New Hampshire.

Good job Newtie and Resusa-Annie.

Not as newsworthy as snow in December

One of our media's great obsessions...other than tweeted dick pictures of to look for any snowstorms that occur during any meeting concerning climate change and blurt our "What Global Warming?"

While the village obsesses over the porn-possibilities of the internet (Peggy Noonan must be fainting like a Santorum supporter) somehow this will get scant mention.

BAD news awaits delegates from about 180 countries at the start of two weeks of climate talks beginning on Monday to debate a new global warming accord.

Greenhouse gas emissions are going up instead of down despite 20 years of effort, hitting record highs, according to a new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA).

The meeting is in Bonn, Germany, where it is not snowing so...back to the dick pics.

[cross-posted at Firedoglake]

Monday, June 06, 2011

I don't know about you

But I prefer the old days, when a gentleman had to take a picture of his penis with a Polaroid Instamatic and send it lovingly to the recipient in a brown envelope.


Saving Ryan's Privates

Rick Santorum (GOOGLE HIM!) throws his hat in the Presidential ring. And why, not, it's not like it's necessary to protect his brain.

D-Day Troops Fought For Health Care Freedom

Another fine job by F1

This weekend, the racing circuit that once was run by the nazi-fetishist who was the child of an actual Nazi sympathizer, said they were going to run this year in Bahrain anyway.

So naturally, this comes out.

In March, doctors and nurses in "key US ally" Bahrain were being assaulted by government troops for treating injured pro-democracy protesters. And today, 47 doctors and nurses were arraigned on charges that they tried to topple the government.

Makes F1's powers that be look like the stereotype of NASCAR fans.

One if by hand, two if bi-curious

An amusing post from the Wiki editors on sad efforts to revise history to make it Palinized:

A humble suggestion for Sarah Palin fans

If you want to find a source to work into the article, you should search for sources that agree with what Palin said BEFORE she said it. Sarah Palin doesn't belong in this article, because it's an article about Paul Revere not about Sarah Palin, but if you want to bolster her position retroactively you just need to go back to anything released a week ago or more that counts as a RS and bring that to the forefront. --Opcnup (talk) 00:56, 6 June 2011 (UTC)