Monday, October 31, 2011


Obama's fault!

The untalented Kardasian is getting a divorce already.

No, I cannot narrow it down further than that, so it could be any of them, except it must not be Bruce Jenner because he once had talent (and a working face).

The Next Tact Herman Cain should take

Regarding sexual harassment allegations are those consistent with his campaign...y'know dog-whistles for the Rapture Bridage.

1. "Yeah, I did it, but they were liberals and we all know all they want is sex, abortions, and free crazy bread! They were out to get pregnant with my essence only to kill it."

2. "It is a Muslim terrorist plot."

3.  "They mistook me for Obama as we all look-alike"

4.  "It was the Clenis!"

I'm sure it was just a dispute about toppings

As nothing so crazy as Herman Cain himself could possibly hit the Cain campaign I have to think this will have no negative effect whatsoever.

During Herman Cain’s tenure as the head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, at least two female employees complained to colleagues and senior association officials about inappropriate behavior by Cain, ultimately leaving their jobs at the trade group, multiple sources confirm to POLITICO.

The women complained of sexually suggestive behavior by Cain that made them angry and uncomfortable, the sources said, and they signed agreements with the restaurant group that gave them financial payouts to leave the association. The agreements also included language that bars the women from talking about their departures.

Fill in your own _9-_9-_9 jokes you bastards.


How much time this weekend did FoxNews spend issuing corrections over muffin-gate?

None, you say?

Huh, go figure.

I have to admit

My favorite part of the Denver Broncos game yesterday was when midway through the 3rd quarter the Broncos down to the Lions 45 to 3, the Mile High crowd started yelling out when the offense came on to the field and saw Tebow again returning yelled out, "GIVE US BARABBAS!"

Sunday, October 30, 2011

As a Viking fan

They were really freaking lucky, and Cam Newton is fantastic, but I'll still take the win.

The Mustache of Understanding

Suddenly almost understands #OccupyWallStreet, he must have met a new cab driver.

What does it all mean experts?

Uh, fuck if we know.

Savings Rate Is Dropping, and Experts Are Puzzled

Why don't we cut rich peoples' taxes and find out?

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Time for another edition of Steve Doocey being an idiot

Six inches or more of snow in the Northeast for Halloween means Fox & Friends douchebag on the left will once again declare "What Global Warming?"

Of course, Drudge will have that headline first.

Bear in mind this will be offset by Chuck Todd's declaration that it isn't news.

Let's make the "51st State" much more powerful than any of you fuckers in the actual 50

Romney: U.S. ‘Should Not Play The Role Of Leader’ In Mid-East Peace, ‘Follow’ Israel Instead.

It's right up there with Herman Cain's policy of denying there even are Palestinians.

Friday, October 28, 2011

The Grand Wizardly Theory of Blackness

So Birthers move like mercury (the fastest these predominantly lark-riding roll-supials can move) from he wasn't born in the United States too fake articles and spam-mails saying "he couldn't possibly have merited getting into Harvard ... or Columbia".

i.e. He's black, ergo that must be the ONLY reason Barack Obama could get an Ivy League education.

Yeah, that's some fine logic as always.

Solid job

You cannot include conservative hate groups that kill cops etc. because it will make Republicans mad...but you can spend time worrying about these guys. Juggalos:
The FBI considers the fans of shticky rap group Insane Clown Posse to represent a threat on par with the Crips, Bloods, and Aryan Brotherhood, according to its annual report on gang activity.

Of course it did

What's a little megadose of radiation to our food chain and main oxygen supplier?
Fukushima May Have Dumped Twice As Much Radiation as Previously Thought

Priorities, part 2

Hey, last thirty years...that's "mourning" in America time!
A new study from the Congressional Budget Office shows that the income of America’s richest 1 percent grew 275 percent between 1979 and 2007, compared with a 65-percent gain for the top 20 percent and an 18-percent gain for the bottom 20 percent. The average increase for all households came in at 62 percent.


Last Sunday:  
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Sunday that saving the jobs of police and firefighters was not the role of the federal government.
"Not my job" But what is Mitch's job? This Wednesday:
Earlier this week, the Big 12 conference appeared ready to admit West Virginia into the league—a move so certain that university officials began tipping off members of their current conference, the Big East. But on Tuesday, the Big 12 abruptly backed off its overtures to the Mountaineers, leaving school officials in limbo and wondering what had happened. On Wednesday, West Virginia received a key clue. The New York Times' Pete Thamel reported that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had lobbied officials at two Big 12 schools on behalf of his alma mater, the University of Louisville, which also is vying for a spot in the conference.
Remember jobless persons, Louisville playing Kansas State, it's what makes Mitch McConnell's unique vision of America great.

[cross-posted at Firedoglake]

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Bon Voyage

In the wake of his police force's massive over-reaction in Oakland, the Chief of Police in that city has resigned.

Prelude to the coming Kent State reprise

Guy does a couple tours in Iraq and then comes home to get shot in the face when he dares point out assholes got rich and undertaxed while he was serving his country.

It sounds like a story he should be in, but does not involve Dick Cheney.

"You'll never poop alone"

In a story that shows the rebels that overthrew Gaddafi have gotten a head start on being about as bad as Gaddafi comes this rather distinct picture of his final days.

Bin Laden was a big Arsenal fan.

Bashir Assad, has Wayne Rooney's new hairline...I'm just sayin'.

Ayn Bland

Is there a more easily rewarded person in America than David Brooks (other than every other conservative pundit of course)? Here he is, Bobo Fetid, in all his "glory" circa 2005:
Anybody who has lived in Europe knows how delicious European life can be. But it is not the absolute standard of living that determines a people's morale, but the momentum. It is happier to live in a poor country that is moving forward - where expectations are high - than it is to live in an affluent country that is looking back.
Which is a rather amazingly stupid quote even then, let alone now, for a guy who goes out of his way to cheer-lead Ayn Rand disciple Paul Ryan. They think alike, trickle down uber alles.

But it turns out that in economics, like diplomacy, David Brooks is consistently, grossly wrong.

Those poor suffering stagnant Euros couldn't possibly understand the economic, classless dynamism of modern 'murica, right? Wrong:
“Most studies find that, in America, about half of the advantages of having a parent with a high income are passed on to the next generation,” their report concludes. “This means that one of the biggest predictors of an American child’s future economic success — the identity and characteristics of his or her parents — is predetermined and outside that child’s control...There is little available evidence that the United States has more relative mobility than other advanced nations. If anything, the data seem to suggest the opposite.”
But a fantasist destined for the benefits of the welfare state said otherwise in a fictional work written during the Eisenhower Administration it...must...trump...reality.

(pic via monkey_bob99x at

[cross-posted at Firedoglake]

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Next Strategem

Herman Cain's latest attempt to drown out all issues but one centered on vices is working like a charm...

Herman Cain's senior adviser says that a new campaign ad isn't encouraging anyone to take up smoking, but the campaign is "resonating" with nicotine fans.

The image of chief of staff Mark Block smoking in a recent campaign ad has quickly overshadowed any other message the campaign intended to send.

"There was no subliminal message," Block told Fox News' Megyn Kelly Tuesday. "I personally would encourage people not to smoke. It's just that I'm a smoker and as a lot of the people on the staff said, 'Just let Block be Block.'"

"Were you trying to appeal to, you know, folks who are out there, you know, living their lives, working the farm, working in Detroit, that kind of thing as opposed to the East and West Coast elite, people in media circles who shun smoking and, you know, sort of real American things?"
Next up from the Cain campaign.

America needs a man who knows how to drink AND drive!
 America let's get building again...with asbestos!
Porn!  America's greatest artistic achievement.  VHS, DVD, Blu-Ray, or streaming over the internet, Herman Cain is for real american values, like masturbation and recycling old socks!

Thankfully, comes with a side of universal health care...

Oy, eh:

Forget free health care and cool winter hats, the real reason to move to Canada is poutine, better known as french fries smothered in melted cheese and scrumptious gravy. So now that we've heard that Burger King was starting to offer this dish to north-of-the-border customers...

...Burger King has two other varieties: one with bacon and another with jalapenos, crispy onions and "angry sauce."

"We see an opportunity to become THE destination for Canada's favourite dish by reaching the growing demographic of poutine lovers," said the senior marketing manager for Burger King Restaurants of Canada, Inc.
Those mullet-bearing socialists better not have something only the purest capitalists societies can have...the McRib!

It is sort of humorous that an Orange Man

Has made Congress as popular as jaundice, considering how popular it historically is that's still quite an accomplishment to make it monumentally less popular.

Congress has a 9% approval rating.

The latest blot on the Oakland Police

As John Aravosis notes, it's passing strange how those occasions when Teabaggers with guns were within a block or so of President Obama nothing happened, but peaceful leftist protesters get teargas and stun grenades.

But it is the Oakland police force and shit happens in that city that can't be explained innocently...and has nothing to do with Al Davis.

Golly why are all but one-percent of us so angry?

It is so hard to figure out:

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Oh shut the fuck up

Meghan McCain, daughter of a Senator who was born the son and grandson of Admirals as well as the daughter of a wealthy heiress, tries to understand what the fuck Occupy Wall Street is about but cannot get passed the imaginary scent of the hippies.

John Cook sums it up well:
It's impossible to overstate the shock to the system a realization like this has to someone in McCain's position. For the first time in history, people aren't being given the opportunity to be born the son of an admiral who commanded the Pacific fleet or the daughter of one of the richest men in Arizona. Let that sink in for a moment. ("I'm the daughter of one of the most long-standing senators in politics and I have been given every opportunity that anyone could possibly dream of" should be tattooed across her lower back. In fact it's the perfect new name for her Daily Beast column!)

I think you do not understand the definition of the word "Big"

Nice try HuffPo.

Funny, somehow the RNC and Bill Kristol missed this one

Go figure:
Taxpayer-Funded ‘Crisis Pregnancy Centers’ Tell Jewish Woman To Convert To Christianity Or Go To Hell

Petty bullshit is fun!

How "Preznit-dental"
Fun, just like secession.

How it all works...

NPR radio hosts have to step down if there spouses are involved in politics...but this rule does not apply to unimportant government roles, like that of a Supreme Court Justice,

Better cut another school lunch program

We've got to repair those jets we all know we didn't really need:
F-22 Raptor stealth fighters at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia have been grounded after a pilot experienced oxygen loss mid-flight. It’s the second stand-down this year for the U.S. military’s most sophisticated dogfighter, and a foreboding sign for the Pentagon as it struggles to modernize its aerial armada. Problems with the on-board oxygen system have vexed the $150-million-a-copy F-22 for more than a year.

How surprising

Anti-gay marriage advocate and forcibly imposed 'Murican Hero' and greatest QB ever Tim Tebow likes to celebrate victories with his teammates with a nice kiss on the lips. If the Broncos somehow defeat Detroit this weekend I fully expect there to be tongue.

Selective Epistle Reading

The Vatican has expressed an opinion on financial reform, and the Pope is on the side of the 99%...the left side in fact. This may come as a bit of a surprise to some, specifically XTC fans.
the Vatican called Monday for an overhaul of world’s financial systems and a return to a global economy based on ethical behavior and “achievement of a universal common good,” the AP reports.
Why those Godless commies!

The Vatican also has a tendency to oppose wars and occupations too, of course.

But as this does not involve birth control and especially abortion it is not a matter of concern to the Right or the media of this country.

[cross-posted at Firedoglake]

Monday, October 24, 2011

The Man in The Glass Booth

It has become so wretched and constant that the ability of Pat Buchanan to become increasingly prosperous via ever more ridiculous and race-bating statements it is almost performance art.

You'd think feeling sorry for Hitler would have been enough, but no, it's pretty clear that Pat could wear a white sheet to work exposing his face only through eye-holes and he'd still get a half-dozen three minute segments everyday on MSNBC. I think it's his innate desire for easy money that keeps him from going to FoxNews where they'd make him actually work for his check.

World Series Disappointment

What good is being the alternative "It Girl" if after singing the National Anthem Zooey Deschanel cannot try to take George W. Bush into custody?

I thought you were allowed one free citizens arrest if you had that informal title.

Must have been quite a party night in East Lansing

Posted mostly to get vengeance on Wisconsin as a bitter Viking fan. Could be worse, I could be a Colts fan.

Sucks to be all of us

Well, what do you know, our credit agencies insist your sucky life must get suckier.
The United States will likely suffer the loss of its triple-A credit rating from another major rating agency by the end of this year due to concerns over the deficit, Bank of America Merrill Lynch forecasts. The trigger would be a likely failure by Congress to agree on a credible long-term plan to cut the U.S. deficit, the bank said in a research note published on Friday.
This is clearly the fault of the poor and the middle classes, better make sure they are more severely punished. But it isn't bad for everyone (just almost everyone)

Sunday, October 23, 2011

I wait the announcement of next year's Nobel Prize for Physics

To this man.
Lucky Charms would be one of the finest foods ever created—if only the actual cereal bits weren't pooping on marshmallows' tasty parade. Thankfully, Thingiverse user Tom Lombardi invented a solution for this age old problem. Enter the Lucky Charms Sifter. According to Lombardi, the humble-looking 3D printed cup removes over 90 percent of all the cereal, leaving only the marshmallowy goodness. All the user has to do is pour Lucky Charms into the cup and give it a good shake.
Of course, there's always this.

Now if only next year's Nobel Prize for Medicine is for a diabetes cure...

It will never fucking end

Fuck Americans, spend billions on bombs so we can spend more on another country's infrastructure.
U.S. Senator John McCain says now that NATO military intervention in Libya is ending, military action to protect civilians in Syria might be considered. However, the U.S. administration has made clear it has no appetite for military intervention in Syria — a close ally of Iran that sits on Israel's border.

Meet your next "Joe the Plumber"

Miguel the Knife-Wielder:
After brandishing a filet knife, 48-year-old Albuquerque resident Miguel Aguirre—who is reportedly homeless—allegedly threatened to stab a group of Occupy Wall Street protesters. He also told them to "get a job," according to one witness-protester.
When is Red State's Erick Erickson going to give this man a regular column?

The 99 percent

Or as Herman Cain would call us "looooooooosers":
Fifty percent of U.S. workers earned less than $26,364 last year, and those earning less than $200,000 per year - roughly 99 percent of Americans - saw their earnings fall a collective $4.5 billion. There were fewer jobs, and overall pay was trending down -- except for the nation's wealthiest, who saw a boost. While the incomes of the top 1percent of the country rose slightly in 2010 (from $1,909,874 in 2009 to $2,196,124 last year), their collective wage earnings rose dramatically, by about $120 billion.
It almost makes you think there should be protesters or something. (h/t AmericaBlog)

Saturday, October 22, 2011

He's a brave one

Eric Cantor cancels his "economic equality speech" the basic premise of which is "be nice to rich people" because a few of the proles may be out in the audience and deign him less than satisfactory. I believe it can be summarized thusly: Oh, here's a line in the speech:
"Through his example, you can see that America needs more than a jobs plan. It needs a Steve Jobs plan"

So, America needs to die?

Oh, good plan.

Party of Lincoln

Who could have anticipated two white Alabama Republicans were racists as a matter of law?

Of course, one look at the various Republican voting restriction legislation around the country demonstrates this as well.

Of course he will

Former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford is joining Fox News as a contributor, the Huffington Post has confirmed.
I can hardly wait for him to discuss family issues...and the outdoors with the woodsy Sean Hannity.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Yes, a real intellectual for certain

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has a vendetta against deep-dish pizza. In January, he told California Lawyer that New York pizza is "infinitely better" than the pizza in Chicago and Washington. Back then, he mentioned that he didn't really think deep-dish pizza should be called pizza, and tentatively suggested "tomato pie" as an alternative moniker.
The Ancient Greeks covered their bread with oils, herbs and cheese. In Byzantine Greek, the word was spelled πίτα or pita, meaning pie. The word has now spread to Turkish as pide, Serbo-Croatian and Bulgarian as pita, Albanian as pite and Modern Hebrew pittāh. The Romans developed placenta, a sheet of flour topped with cheese and honey and flavored with bay leaves. Modern pizza originated in Italy as the Neapolitan pie with tomato. In 1889, cheese was added.
Pizza is "tomato pie" you dumbshit.

From the "why do they hate us?" file #37,458

Hey, sorry about that indiscriminate bombing that inadvertently killed so many of you, but y'know our hearts were in the right place and all that shit -- now lie back and try to enjoy this:
Lindsey Graham: There is a lot of money to be made in the future in Libya. Lot of oil to be produced.
Yes, our hearts were pure...pure crude.

Hey, thanks assholes

For wasting several years peddling bullshit, committing petty crimes, and giving talking points to overpaid lying assholes until it was concretized in the mind of the average uninformed voter so that we'll manage not to do anything about it.

Global warming skeptics suspected climate change scientists were hiding data. So the skeptics paid for a new study to find the real truth. The results are in! And they're identical to previous results: Humans are heating up the earth.
Not that you'll see this reported on FoxNews one iota.

Double fuckers.

I pondered for a moment

The irony of New Republic doing a list of over-rated intellects of the Village when they allow Marty Peretz to write editorials.

But then I realized nobody rates Peretz as much of an intellect, so how can he be over-rated?

Besides, it isn't quite like National Review doing one and not listing Jonah Goldberg as an over-rated sentient being and following it up by asking people to Google stuff for them.

It's quite sad that Republicans now hate America so much

They cannot even praise our given talents.

Like killing people.

Maybe, as Josh Marshall noted, they'll just miss the guy.

How the Village works

You host an NPR show about Opera...that's right, Opera.

You use some free time to go down and take part in Occupy Wall Street. They try to fire your ass.

As James Fallows notes, it's like they tried to blacklist Paul Robeson all over again.

Meanwhile, I image Pat Buchanan just got another raise for wishing their weren't so many "ethnics" outside his gated community.

Oh what could be the motivation?

Why, oh why, would anyone protest the current financial state of this country?
The average individual now has $1,315 less in disposable income than he or she did three years ago at the onset of the Great Recession – even though the recession ended, technically speaking, in mid-2009...the most dramatic drop in the US standard of living since at least 1960? One factor is stagnant incomes: Real median income is down 9.8 percent since the start of the recession through this June
But what of the the 1%?
...median CEO pay jumped 27% in 2010 [to an median of $9 million]
[cross-posted at Firedoglake]

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Ghaddafi allegedly captured and/or dead

Gruesome picture on CNN right now...which is probably more accurate than checking the spelling on his identity papers -- although I'd find Gene Simmons to see if he's still kickin' it just to make sure.

All Classy and Shit

I know hard to believe, in the wake of finding one or two OWS protestors who want a Palestinian State and proclaiming antisemitism we get this:
The Emergency Committee for Israel (ECI) — a right-wing “pro-Israel” pressure group — attempted to paint the Occupy Wall Street protests as anti-Semitic.
Meanwhile, a board member of the organization, Rachel Abrams (that's right Elliot Abrams' wife -- wonder if they hang out with Clarence and Ginny Thomas?) gets to write all the homophobic and racial rants she wants -- for money.

He out Shat us all

It's clearly Bill Shatner's world and we're just here to say, what the fuck I thought this was a joke?

Nobody could have Super-anticipated?

Undemocratic extra-legislative body comprised of Republicans and Democrats evenly divided is incapable of getting anything accomplished...just like the actual legislative body. Huzzah!
With a Thanksgiving deadline fast approaching, a powerful congressional panel devoted to debt reduction is running in rhetorical circles, unable to break the impasse over taxes that has long blocked aggressive action to tame the national debt.
And who could have anticipated the main hang-up would be the same thing as it has been every time before?
Democrats have argued that the trigger would force Republicans to the bargaining table over taxes because the automatic reductions would fall heavily on the Pentagon. But so far, that tactic has not worked. House Speaker John A. Boehner (Ohio) and other GOP leaders have yet to show any appetite for significant tax hikes in advance of the 2012 election, when they hope to campaign against Democrats on the issue.
I did learn something from this article though, in Village parlance "significant" now means "any".

(pic via mikenitro94 at

[cross-posted at Firedoglake]

I admit I'd relegated him to Guttenberg relevance

But voice artist Michael Winslow found an awesome use of his talent, covering most all of Led Zeppelin.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

I have a feeling Mitt Romney can hardly wait

Until he is finally out of the Presidential Race so he can get back to having that undocumented Latina leather slave.
Romney: “You can’t have any illegals working on our property. I’m running for office, for pete’s sake, we can’t have illegals”


A LARPer and a Fundy?   Can be a bad mix.
According to Elwin, on Saturday night Seay found out that his daughter had gone to a party in Puyallup, and he drove there in a rage and picked her up and took her home. Once at home, Seay allegedly told another girl, his stepdaughter, to go out in the yard and gather up several "willow switches" and bring them to him "so he'd have his choice of weapon." Seay then supposedly beat his daughter on the rear end and legs for quite a while. "He forced her down, sat on her back--the dad is about 300 pounds so she was unable to get out from under him--and proceeded to strike her on her backside and legs," Elwin tells Seattle Weekly. After beating the girl, Seay supposedly upped the ante when he told his daughter "now that you're 16, we can fight. Go put on your armor." The girl and the father then each donned a set of "homemade renaissance armor" and "jousted" in the yard from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. "During this, he's beating his daughter with wooden broadsword," Elwin says. "When she finally comes in she collapses and can no longer stand. She's beat all over her body; her head, arms, legs all suffered extensive bruising. Lots and lots of welts." Seay's wife, Julie Seay, meanwhile, had apparently encouraged the father to "beat the smirk off her face" and supported the medieval battle 100 percent. She was later arrested and charged with being an accessory to the crime. After the girl came in from her beating, her parents allegedly made her strip down to her underwear and then watch a "Sunday sermon" on TV by an unknown preacher. Sometime between the beating and the sermon, the girl was apparently able to reach her friend, who then called sheriff's deputies.
Parents of the Year surely, sick bastards.

The More You Know...

Apparently the reason I, as a liberal, oppose capital punishment is the fact that it doesn't involve either crucifixion or Jesus.

I have to admit, I did not know that.

Thanks, Pizza Man.

"Christian Charity"

I wonder how many people Republicans booed the line at the Soup Kitchen during the Depression?

One more down only 283 to go

I didn't watch the Republican Debate, but I'm guessing this summed it up.
Credit: Walt Handelsman at Newsday pic via Crooks & Liars

We present you with this slap across your wrist

Well, well, what's all this then?
NYPD Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna was disciplined Tuesday for pepper-spraying two female protesters in the notorious YouTube video seen around the world. The NYPD found that Bologna violated departmental guidelines and docked him 10 vacation days, or the equivalent amount of pay, police sources said.
Awesome, this guy gets to spend 10 extra days patrolling around NYC being pissed off at protesters that he isn't on vacation. That'll learn him and adjust his attitude for sure. [cross-posted at Firedoglake]

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A sense of humor and an ability to mock themselves

It's liberalism 101 -- as opposed to being unaware of how stupid you look in a Tri-Cornered Hat.

That's not how we'd do it

The Tour de France said it will get even harder:
Tour de France riders will face steeper mountain climbs and longer time trials, making for a wide-open race aimed to give stars like defending champion Cadel Evans and Alberto Contador plenty of challengers.
Bit of a let down, I'd thought they'd add even more of a Mad Max element like last year.
In America the NRA would insist it be toughened up by adding snipers.

Are thee Pep Boys? Masters of buggy parts and supplies?

The Amish beard cutting-gang may be my favorite crime ring ever.

By the way, the leaders of this group are, seriously, the "Mullets" -- who must be from a Canadian branch -- and their criminal device is...the ELECTRIC hair clipper.

Which seems so wrong, shouldn't all that Amish technology be confined to making fireplaces?

The coming Republican economic plan for the 99 percent has a test run

Jonathan McGowan, 44-Year-Old UK Man, Lives Off Roadkill For 30 Years

No filter, no logic, no chance, no conscience

The Pizza Man is updating his blood libels.

The Jews Liberals killed Jesus.

Well, in his eyes they do make the best companions in the Dominican Republic

Rusty Limbaugh comes out as pro child murder, rape and child armies.

Sounds to him like a dream vacation.

Ladies and Gentlemen

The One-Percenters! No wonder the remaining 99% are so popular.
By a 67 - 23 percent margin, New York City voters agree with the views of the Wall Street protesters and say 87 - 10 percent that it is "okay that they are protesting," according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Agreeing with the protesters views are Democrats 81 - 11 percent and independent voters 58 - 30 percent, while Republicans disagree 58 - 35 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. Even Republicans, however, agree 73 - 23 percent with the protesters right to be there.
Sure, you'd think the 99 percent would be get a little higher support, but there's a lot of conservatives self-loathing out there. In any case, it could be a lot worse, it is among the most popular political movements in the country, unlike the least popular, tea partiers But child model Eric Cantor has the solution for what ills conservatives -- more of the same.
The Virginia congressman, the most recent and prominent Republican whipping boy for Democrats, is heading to the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania to talk about income disparity and how Republicans believe the government could help fix it, an aide said. The speech will zero in on how Washington could help a "a single working mom…a small business owner…and how we make sure the people at the top stay there," the aide said.
[cross-posted at Firedoglake]

Monday, October 17, 2011

I guess it beats Mitt Romney's version of "Puppy Love"

Or Rick Santorum's cover of "Beat It":


Herman Cain's amazing prescience:
The columns ranged from heavy economic pontification to colorful treatises on topics like why Tiger Woods should run for President in 2016. But a common thread running through much of his writing was a startlingly poor power of foresight – and not just about Woods, whose “character, discipline and leadership” Cain lauded in 2006.

In at least one column, Cain seemed to condemn a proposal that is now a pillar of his highly touted 9-9-9 tax plan. On November 12, 2010, Cain wrote a column about rumors that Democrats would propose a consumption tax called a VAT. “The worst idea is a proposed national sales tax,” Cain wrote. A 9% national sales tax is now one of Cain’s three nines. Read more: The recession officially began in December 2007, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research.

But in a Jan. 21, 2008, column entitled, “Recession? Spare us the National Economic Pity Party,” Cain compared fear of a downturn to a Hollywood script, and stated there was only an “economic correction, not an economic recession.” The damage would be minimal, Cain predicted, and would help downsize “overbuilt” portions of the economy while only “some consumers who have spent too much” would feel the pain.

He took a similar tack in a March 3, 2008, piece. “The media’s factually unsubstantiated claims of an impending recession have been going on for over a year now,” he wrote. “Many news journalists hurt people’s outlook about the economy with inappropriate comparisons and sensationalism.”

The men in the White Shirts

No longer just for the outfit your larping buddy wears at Best Buy during the work week. No it is coming to symbolize Bloomberg's Milice Force.

And now a dose of Right-Wing scholarship

Ugh, crafting their own reality now includes plenty of bad-byes -- just sad:
Yes, how dare they accurately portray him.

I thought I was watching the "Walking Dead" last night

But it turns out it was Donovan McNabb.


Golly, why would people ever protests

We have the Marie Antoinette of the Banking industry: longtime money manager...added that he was disappointed that members of Congress from New York, especially Senator Charles E. Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, had not come out swinging for an industry that donates heavily to their campaigns. “They need to understand who their constituency is,” he said.
In other words, stay bought you fuckers!

Just wondering

We now know Pizza Man Herman Cain is right-wing and crazy. We know the guy who started Dominos is also a big right-wing crazy. Just wondering whether the Papa John guy is crazy too?


What did you all occupy this weekend?

The Whizzinator

While many of us occupied various places around the globe in the name of better government with less influence for people like the Koch Brothers, their chosen candidate spent the weekend making sure his skull was unoccupied. Herman Cain idiocy No. 1: Controlling the U.S.-Mexico border with a fence
“It’s going to be 20 feet high. It’s going to have barbed wire on the top. It’s going to be electrified. And there’s going to be a sign on the other side saying, ‘It will kill you — Warning,’”
Later Cain said this was a joke. He has not said likewise about the following, idiocy No. 2:
“I do not agree with abortion under any circumstance,” he insisted. “Exceptions for rape and incest?” Gregory asked. “Not for rape and incest,” Cain replied. “Because if you look at rape and incest, the percentage of those instances is so miniscule that there are other options.”
"There are other options?" What the hell does that even mean? No explanation forthcoming. And for those wondering why the Koch Brothers love him, listen to idiocy No. 3, his explanation of his 9-9-9 tax proposal:
GREGORY: And you think those people are going to rally around tax reform where the wealthy pay less and middle-class and lower-income folks pay more.

CAIN: Yes.
Good luck with that one Pizza Man.

[cross-posted at Firedoglake]

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Well what a surprise

Herman Cain, Kochsucker:
Cain's economic ideas, support and organization have close ties to two billionaire brothers who bankroll right-leaning causes through their group Americans for Prosperity.

Your FoxNews moment of the day

FoxNews White House correspondent Ed Henry tries out to be Mitt Romney's Press January his newly expanded compound in LaJolla.

Another from the IOKIYAR files

Who could have anticipated spying upon this "dangerous" group for the benefit of Mayor Mike's billionaires:
it seems the FBI and NYPD have had help tracking protesters' moves thanks to a conservative computer security expert who gained access to one of the group's internal mailing lists, and then handed over information on the group's plans to the authorities as well as corporations targeted by protesters.
And as Thers notes, conservatives' ability to project themselves upon others never ceases to amaze.

Saturday, October 15, 2011


I continue my trips to Zuccotti Park. As I mentioned last week, there are always a lot of terrific signs. Yes, this one made me laugh, but my favorite so far has been short and sweet. It simply said:


(By the way, in all my visits, that's been the first mention of -- or even reference to -- the President that I've seen.)

On a related note: are there enough unnamed sources in this NYT article for you? I liked this bit, though:

“Who do you think pays the taxes?” said one longtime money manager. “Financial services are one of the last things we do in this country and do it well. Let’s embrace it. If you want to keep having jobs outsourced, keep attacking financial services. This is just disgruntled people.”

He added that he was disappointed that members of Congress from New York, especially Senator Charles E. Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, had not come out swinging for an industry that donates heavily to their campaigns. “They need to understand who their constituency is,” he said.

Don't worry. The 99% understand who their constituency is.

I suppose they will call him a Communist as a matter of fact

Which would be pathetic, and funny as well as par for the course -- as Mr. Pierce predicts:
The fact that Lech Walesa apparently is planning to come to New York to visit the Occupy site is just about the coolest thing that's happened since the movement's reach began to spread. I am looking forward to hearing David Brooks and George Effing Will and the rest of the people react to the presence of a genuine hero without whom the likes of Brooks and Will — and just about every conservative on the planet — would not be allowed to lie all the time about Ronald Reagan's having won the Cold War.

Two headers that demonstrate how fucked up things are...and how they got that way

Two posts from AmericaBlog that together explain a lot:

17 million Americans struggled to feed their family last year

And a bit later

Highest CEO pay in US is tied to Big Pharma and Health Care

Friday, October 14, 2011

Old Man yells at Abacus-Shaped Cloud

Oh incontinent & incompetent McCain which Sunday News Show will you be on this week?
We’d love to see, for example, a vote in the United States Senate on a moratorium on Federal regulations, which are coming out by the thousands, costing businesses billions and billions of jobs.
Hmmm, with an adult population of about 200 million, this does seem a real drag on reducing unemployment to -500%

Who could have not realized?

Handy chart of GOP obstructionism via John Perr at Crooks & Liars:

They really got right on that one

Scientists believe they have found the origin of the Black Death in the 1340s at last. It's pretty much what you thought, but it underlies a more recent theory...there was a reason it occurred when it did because people had been made susceptible for the prior century.
Lanny Davis has been renowned the last several years as the "Pat Buchanan of FoxNews", the Democrat Fox drags out to talk on all manner of things when Joe Lieberman is busy. The key, of course, he actually talks as if he was Pat Buchanan. But when not undermining Democrats Lanny has had other employment. Being the virtual Mouth of Sauron in America for all manner of corporate assholes and international human rights violators willing to pay his fees. Ivory Coast, Pakistan, and Equatorial Guinea to name three of the latter. Lanny's Ivory Coast patron is warm and cuddly lover of humanity Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, known even in a continent that included Mubarak, Gaddafi, Gbagbo (Client) and Mugabe as "Africa's worst dictator". It is hard to believe that two such upstanding people as Mr. Davis and Mr. Mbasogo have run into a spot of bother.
Lanny Davis... is suing the Republic of Equatorial Guinea for stiffing him on a legal bill.
I can only assume Mr. Davis will attempt to make up his losses by representing some investment firm and denouncing #OccupyWallStreet as a bunch of dirty hippies for $1,500 an hour. (photo Kvatch at [cross-posted at Firedoglake]

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Finally a show about Property Law Nuances

I've been watching a bit of Downton Abbey (or as we call it in America "DowntoWn Abbey") on Netflix, because really, who can pull off a better early 20th Century costume drama than the British? It's like Mad Men, only instead of being imbued with the off-screen Kennedy it has the off-screen Kaiser.

Anyhoo, if you've ever wanted to have high-quality dramas about Property & Inheritance Law (and who hasn't am i right?) this is the show for you. I assume first year Property classes in law schools throughout the country are recommending it.

Now we've got the bad Germans

One of the clever remarks I remember from years ago was watching a PBS limited run show called 'Clive James, Fame in the 20th Century' which talked about how the 20th Century was really the dawn of the age of celebrity and went right up through the early 1990s. The show sort of went decade by decade and had a great line about World War II on the subject of Eisenhower...
Even Eisenhower’s name sounded like a reminder to Hitler that the Americans didn’t just have better dance music than the Germans. They had better Germans than the Germans.
Well, no more -- and to think it all centers around not just nationality, but Kansas.
German State Minister: We Can Decarbonize With Renewables Because “We Don’t Have the … Koch Brothers”

Awesome person of the day

The Globe & Mail Caption Writer. Go see the whole gallery.

But what about Glenn Beck University

It is a rich-day for statements that make you say "that's rich": Glenn Beck inadvertently endorses staying in school:
We also have the responsibility to understand we are accountable for each of those choices. You go to school, you rack up a lot of school loans, that was your choice. We also have to understand that those choices have eternal consequences. And consequences that ripple throughout society…If you can’t afford to go to college, go to the free public library. I did it. It works.
Um, yeah...

It's not two wet suits and a dildo, but it will do

As a demonstration of wingnut hypocrisy.
Tennessee Sponsor Of Guns In Bars Law Arrested For Driving Drunk With A Gun | In what is almost too predictable to be true, the lead sponsor of a Tennessee law allowing handgun permit holders to bring guns into bars “has been arrested on charges of drunken driving and possession of a gun while under the influence.” Pulled over in Nashville, Tennessee late yesterday, state Rep. Curry Todd (R) “failed a roadside sobriety test and refused to take a breathalyzer. A loaded Smith & Wesson 38 Special was found in a holster stuffed between the driver seat and the center console.” A spokesman for the House Republican Caucus had no immediate comment on the arrest. Todd, incidentally, is the same official who compared pregnant illegal immigrants to “reproducing rats.”
And, of course, there's a Mug Shot -- and it is like it was choreographed to be as appropriate as possible.

Oh look, the Republicans Job Plan

[Details and/or Plan not available]


Blame it on the black guy.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

53% doesn't mean what you think it means

Oh well, Erick Erickson can brag about his apparent tenured job at CNN all he wants, he's still a hilariously inept dumbfuck*:
Fifty-three percent of self-identified Republicans back an increase in taxes on households making more than $250,000, a sentiment at odds with the party’s presidential candidates, who will meet tonight in a Bloomberg-Washington Post-sponsored debate focused on economic issues.
*I know, I know, as opposed to all the world's amazingly adept dumbfucks

Fez tip AmericaBlog

Breaking News

In order to demonstrate that he, unlike "actual" white guy Barry Obama (he's really Irish you see), stereotype-pizza baron Herman Cain [number nine-nine-nine](suggested soundtrack) and Louis Farrakhan [number 19-19-19] have gotten together and compromised on their particular infatuations and announced the 14-14-14 plan!

Let me know when Mitt Romney undercuts Cain with his 5-dollar foot long proposal.

Who amongst us

Doesn't recall the American Revolutionary Battles that occurred in the 16th century?

Rick Perry does.

Just think, if the Dukes of Medina and Parma had been more proactive we could all be speaking Spanish and dominating soccer under a whole new magical fictional scenario -- I'm surprise Newt Gingrich hasn't written a terrible alternative history book about it already.

(Of course, this could actually be a point of agreement between he and Mittens Romney's magic underwear)

"MMMMM that's good Oxy!"

Limbaugh proclaims #OccupyWallStreet a plot against the Jews. Which is as factual as usual per these guys.
The directors of Ben and Jerry's ice cream have thrown their support behind the Occupy Wall Street movement sweeping the United States, even if they answer to a European conglomerate. In a statement on the company's website, seen Tuesday, they shared the protesters' anger with inequity within the United States ("simply immoral"), high unemployment and unbridled political spending by big corporations. Ben and Jerry's was founded in Vermont by Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, who sold their company -- built around an all-natural ethos -- to the Anglo-Dutch food and personal care giant Unilever.
I wonder just how much additional self-loathing goes into the already sizable deposits of Rush Limbaugh as he downs another couple pints of Wavy Gravy and Cherry Garcia every night.

"How dare you be intolerant!"

Mitt Romney has declared. "Why can we not go back to hating the Indians Masons Irish Catholics Italians Blacks Suffragettes Wets Evolutionists Socialists Intellectuals Jews Communists India Indians the poor Mexicans Gays, hey did I mention Blacks? Muslims like the good ol' days?"

And on that last note, this looks like a good time for John Bolton (caution link has high "derp" factor) to get back in the race to demand Iran be bombed, it's been like two months since he last demanded it.

Of course, we may have found the ultimate "new hotness" for a potential Republican dream candidate. Literally a 'missing link' that is willing to deny evolutionary theory.

[crossposted at Firedoglake]

(pic via FoggyDave at

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Who could have anticipated

That for some reason the shrimp harvest in the Gulf of Mexico is way down?

He was visiting a salsa factory there!

Somebody call Dawg the Bounty Hunter because James O'Keefe might have skipped bail.

(pic borrowed from Quantum Suicide in the linked articles comments)

[link to video if you don't get the joke in the title]

Bow down!

I just required the rights to "Qwikster"! Now to develop the penile dysfunction drug to sell under the name.

The man was plainly born in Kenya and must be deported forthwith

Justice Stevens just wrote a memoir:
Stevens calls the application[By Bush to stop the Florida Recounty in 2000] “frivolous,” and recalls bumping into Justice Stephen Breyer at a Christmas party where the men discussed the application. “We agreed that the application was frivolous,” Stevens writes. “To secure a stay, a litigant must show that one is necessary to prevent a legally cognizable irreparable injury. Bush’s attorneys had failed to make any such showing.” Nonetheless, on December 9, the Court granted the stay by a vote of five to four. On Dec. 12, the Court resolved the 2000 election. As Stevens puts it, “What I still regard as a frivolous stay application kept the Court extremely busy for four days.”
And shortly thereafter George W. Bush was declared the winner 5-4. Thanks again, Supreme Court.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Happy Holiday No One Ever Remembers Until You Wonder Where Your Mail Is Day!

From here.

Leave me alone to eat cake!

Whether it be Tom Friedman or Robert Samuelson, the brotherhood of the pornstache produces some real bullshit.

Fez tip Balloon Juice.

Not even the crazies love the dipshit anymore

Glenn Beck not packing 'em in even at awful right-wing conventions:

Bachmann isn't exactly packin' 'em in either.

Let them eat heavily taxed cake

Herman Cain is just peachy with taxing a poor person's value meal so the cavier crowd can pay lower taxes. Awesome.
The Occupy movement has spread from Wall Street, to D.C. to other areas throughout the country and even internationally. Who could have anticipated FoxNews saying it is getting too much coverage? Yes, but what is really impressive is when a cable news network literally promotes a movement 24/7. That's journalsim something Chris Wallace can be proud of. [cross-posted at Firedoglake]

Sunday, October 09, 2011

I'm guessing it involves fictional people who think JUST LIKE Tom Friedman

Another Sunday, another series of self-important, self-congratulating, self-serving assholes.
Fareed Zakaria – ... “And, how to fix our problems: with Tom Friedman.”


In related news, I see the more bigoted the speaker, the louder the applause from the right-wing "value voters" -- especially from tri-corner hat guy.

You stay classy

Shouldn't these guys be sleeping through the defense of a capital case?
An assistant law professor in North Carolina has filed an ethics complaint against four Crowell & Moring lawyers who suggested that inbreeding could be responsible for Appalachian birth defects chronicled in a study of mountaintop mining.

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Sign Suggestions

Whether you've attended an Occupy Wall Street event or just followed it online, you know there are some terrific signs on display at the various Occupations. They run the gamut from serious to silly, straightforward to sublime, simple to sly, sober to sexy, standard to strange, and everything in between.

If you can't get to an Occupation, but have an idea for a sign, put it in comments. Here's mine:


You stay classy Republicans

Somebody's cult is bigger than someone else's cult
Today at the Values Voters Summit, presidential contender and Texas Gov. Rick Perry was introduced to the crowd by one of his most prominent supporters, Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas. Jeffress is well-known for his bigoted views about gays, Muslims, and Mormons. During his introduction for Perry, he called Planned Parenthood “that slaughterhouse for the unborn.” Speaking to reporters after Perry’s speech, Jeffress reiterated his well-known view that “Mormonism is a cult”
[Attaturk's theory of theology -- Cult plus time = "Religion"]

Good plan

Fourteen straight months of government job losses. If there had been positive government job growth, we'd actually be reducing unemployment AND generating revenue, plus it would have private sector benefits. But no, we can't have that.

Friday, October 07, 2011

The Ol' Paper Bag

Now that they've given up, for the most part, trying to proclaim Obama the Nigerian-born "other" leave it to FoxNews guest-blonde Laura Ingraham to decide that Barack Obama ISN'T BLACK ENOUGH!
Herman Cain, if he became president, he would be the first black president, when you measure it by — because he doesn’t — does he have a white mother, white father, grandparents, no, right? So Herman Cain, he could say that he’s — he’s — he’s the first, uh — he could make the claim to be the first — yeah, the first Main Street black Republican to be the president of the United States. Right? He’s historic too.
Yes, leave it to FoxNews to implement the "Paperbag Test".

Sounds about right

This seems to be an accurate prediction:
In the next few weeks I am betting that we will see some truly bizarre Draft So-and-So campaigns on the internet and in the media. David Petraeus. Dick Cheney. George Bush the Elder. Jeb (again). Sarah Palin (again). Rudy Giuliani. Katherine Harris. Mike Gravel. Ross Perot. John Anderson. Oliver North. Ted Nugent. Baltimore Orioles OF Luke Scott. Sideshow Bob. Gennifer Flowers. WWE superstar John Cena. This inanimate carbon rod.
via Wolcott

Golly, nobody could have anticipated

Bill O'Reilly likes #occupywallstreet far far less than he enjoys a fine butt-plug. Quelle, surprise?

"Help, help, I'm being repressed"

And not in the way you typically think when it comes to Lindsey Graham:
“Rick Perry is not a racist,” Graham said, saying the Texas governor is the victim of an “intimidation” campaign. “You know if you’re a southern white guy, it is part of your life,” Graham complained.
Yes, pity the poor "Southern White Guy", who has been more set upon in history, amongst at least white men of the South, than the Southern White Male? Just ask them.

[cross-posted at Firedoglake]

Thursday, October 06, 2011

I admit, a quick sideways glance at this story

Made me fear that Michael Bey had been awarded the Nobel Prize.

Sorry young assholes

You'll just have to masturbate to FoxNews blondes and buy Lisa Ann videos for a while.

Oh, and in a serenade of tiny violins observe those who against all logic defended the grifter only to discover after she got their credit card numbers that they have been grifted.

Her political action committee, SarahPAC, reported $1.402 million cash on hand in July, the latest records that are available. The report showed that while she spent a considerable sum — $673,000 — raising money, she did little to bolster a staff, instead paying her parents for jobs listed as “correspondence and card mailing.

As the top 1% of the 1 percenters...

Perhaps Bloomberg wants to consider the fact that #OccupyWallStreet only becomes more newsworthy and grows bigger when he has some members of the NYPD go "Tienanmen Light". I'm guessing the white-shirts not only make them stand out in the crowd but probably indicate they are higher-ups in the fitting. They even pepper-sprayed FoxNews for goodness sake.

Worst Parent EVER!

I don't know where it ranks in the list of disgusting, but I'm guessing being a pastor in a Church and telling your congregation to go out in the parking lot and beat the shit out of your gay son and his friend as they arrive for church, is pretty high on the list of awful.

And then back to the living

As many of you know, Steve Jobs died as did civil rights pioneer Fred Shuttlesworth.

Most all of us know the former but if you don't know who the latter is, well let's just say Fred Shuttlesworth was arguably the bravest American of the 1960s.  

There will be a lot of obituaries about Mr. Jobs today. However, the Ms. Shuttlesworth will have some but certainly less prominently. Perhaps the most important remembrance we can give Mr. Shuttlesworth is through noting how easily his life's work is being threatened by the the racist notions of the past creeping back into our discourse (emphasis on "creep"). From laws being passed to restrict voting rights aimed at minority groups and the poor, to modern re-incarnations of Theodore Bilbo (most racist hobbit ever), like Steve King wishing we could go back to the '50s...the 1850s.
As I roll this thing back and I think of American history, there was a time in American history when you had to be a male property owner in order to vote. The reason for that was, because they wanted the people who voted — that set the public policy, that decided on the taxes and the spending — to have some skin in the game.
Steve King looks back fondly to the days when women, the poor and especially people of only one color of "skin" had a say in their government. It would be a fitting tribute to Fred Shuttlesworth if Steve King was no longer part of the government in January 2013.

[cross-posted at Firedoglake]

Wednesday, October 05, 2011


"Oh Tobias, you blow hard!"

AH, everyone's favorite

The non-apology apology:
I am very Sorry if it Offended anyone
I know it's an old story, but if you just leave it alone at the first clause and don't add the second, which puts the burden on the offended person, you are a fuckload better off.

His son Hank the 3rd seems pretty cool though, and also appears to have inherited the talent that clearly skipped the prior generation.