Wednesday, January 28, 2015

It's the Roman Games Circa 2015

It's a shameful thing that as a society we allow our fellow citizens to jeopardize their future for immediate glory.

“That’s what the NFL is banking on these next few years—hypocrisy, basically—as more stories emerge about the tortured lives of retired players. Many of them can’t walk, sit down or remember anything. Some battle debilitating headaches and gulp down pills like they’re peanuts. A few weeks ago, Jim McMahon confessed in an interview that his short-term memory was gone, then admitted he wouldn’t even remember the interview as he was giving it. You hear these things, you sigh, you feel remorse, you forget … and then you go back to looking forward to the next football season.

Seems more important than under-inflated footballs.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Thank You, Mr. Pitts

Leonard Pitts has a wonderful column in my local paper today. I'd just like to point it out and bookmark it.

Tucker Carlson said on Fox more children die of bathtub drownings than of accidental shootings. They don’t.

Steve Doocy said on Fox that NASA scientists faked data to make the case for global warming. They didn’t.

Rudy Giuliani said on Fox that President Obama has issued propaganda asking everybody to “hate the police.” He hasn’t.

John Stossel said on Fox there is “no good data” proving secondhand cigarette smoke kills nonsmokers. There is.

It gets even better from there.

And speaking of things that keep getting better, there's Sarah Palin. She must've been jealous over the Donald getting the Hometown spotlight yesterday. There are no words except the Thank You she got from the DNC to describe her appearance. And as they did fro Trump's idiocy, the audience gave La Sarah a big hand. Go and see the video.

The New York Daily News reports that Palin's teleprompter froze, forcing her to ad-lib some of her remarks.

I thought it was just President Obama that needed a teleprompter.

Conroy also reported that Palin left the stage to a standing ovation and the Taylor Swift song, "Shake It Off."

Not everyone in Iowa is a moron, I hope.

Also, too, thank you Tbogg:

Good news, America!

Two of the most reprehensible people on the Internet — and that is not an exaggeration — are duking it out; revealing Breitbart family secrets, opening up old wounds, and saying things neither of them  will ever regret saying because they are are the kind of people who will say anything for a website click and a buck because they are amoral soulless monsters.

It's a beautiful day as I await Snowmageddon.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

This is Better Than Having Palin Run

Guy who plays a billionaire on TV (not as well as Jim Backus) Donald Trump has declared he might deign to lead our great nation.

"I am seriously thinking of running for president," Mr. Trump said as he took the stage at the Iowa Freedom Summit. "We have a presidential election coming up. We have some good people – nobody like Trump, of course."

He can't be for real. Half of these Republicans are just performance artists. Aren't they? Back in the real world, Trump offered his services as nominee for the Republican Party in its efforts against the evil King Andrew of (New) York. the stipulation was that Teh Donald not have a primary opponent. What's hilarious in the video (go there and see it, you have to) is that he trashes Bush and Romney are the crowd goes wild, as they say.

What may be most telling is that this audience seemed to agree with Trump, especially of his assessment of Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney. 

Nor did Trump stop at criticizing the competition; he slammed Republicans in Congress as well, saying, “I'm very disappointed by our Republican politicians, because they let the president get away with absolute murder.”

Whatever the Democrats are paying him is not enough.

Other speakers at the summit included Republican hopefuls such as former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, former Alaska governor. Sarah Palin, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who received a warm welcome.

I don't know how they all fit in the clown car.

Neither Bush nor Mr. Romney were in attendance.

Good idea? Bad idea?

Go here and see Charlie Pierce write about it:

There were too many groups with too many agendas driven by too many fears and grievances for anyone to unify them all in any meaningful way. There were the anti-immigration people, the goldbugs, the pro-lifers, and the ever-expanding universe of free-range activists driven by the ever-expanding odd-lot of causes and issues.

Yes, today's Grand Old Party. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Say It Ain't So, Nearly Shoeless Joni

And after her rebuttal nearly brought tears my eyes. If I'd watched anyway.

Joni Ernst, the new Republican senator from Iowa who delivered the GOP response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night, called in her address for cuts in government spending and described how her views grew out of her own “simple” upbringing, one in which her family diligently watched ever scarce penny, to the point where she owned only one pair of shoes.

Tears at my heartstrings at least. Of course, my brother and I had breadbags over our socks, too. So, I was really empathizing. Not that I remember that as particularly being a hardship of any kind. Of course, my family never received a half million in government handouts. My parent's were both union papermakers.

But the District Sentinel investigation showed that Ernst’s own father, Richard Culver, received $38,395 in taxpayer handouts, almost all of which went to corn subsidies. The Iowa senator’s uncle, Dallas Culver, made out even better, soaking up almost $370,000 in federal agriculture subsidies.

The total subsidies enjoyed by members of Joni Ersnt’s family came in upwards of $460,000

Ernst failed to mention her own family’s reliance on government assistance in her speech touting the virtues of self-reliance.

Really? I'm sure her opponent 5 years from now will bring it up.

In news of other right wing loons:

In the wake of international ridicule levied against the ill-reputed network, Fox issued a rare public apology last week for its inaccurate depictions of purported Islamist-controlled communities in Europe.

In one broadcast, self-declared radical Islam expert Nolan Peterson compared areas in Paris to war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan. He claimed that many parts of Paris are under Shariah law where French police will not enter.

“It was pretty scary. I’ve been to Afghanistan, Iraq, Kashmir, India, and at times it felt like those places in the no-go zones,” Peterson said. “You see young men wearing Osama bin Laden T-shirts. In a hookah shop, I saw a speech by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who was leading an insurgency against American troops in Iraq at the time. It just, it seemed very mainstream and very accepted.”

And yet, we have citizens who hang on every word from Fox News and roam our streets freely. They should be in "no-go zones. Ironically.

Love this, from JoanWalsh:

Palin and Ernst have other things in common. The GOP’s answer to feminism, its strategy for winning female votes without changing its anti-female policies, seems to be recruiting sassy frontier gals who hunt and ride motorcycles and, yes, castrate hogs, but do it all in lipstick and (camouflage) pumps. And hey, in Iowa, it worked.

Bella Abzug need not apply.

Never heard of Curt Clawson but he is one boring motherfucker. Congrats on the Implody, Ted Cruz.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

More Victims of the Second Amendment

From my local paper today comes the story of three more of our citizens who have lost their lives so that we may be free to possess firearms. The first was a cardiac doctor in Boston:

A man shot and fatally wounded a doctor inside a leading Boston hospital Tuesday before killing himself.

Authorities said Stephen Pasceri, 55, entered Brigham and Women's Hospital sometime before 11 a.m. and specifically requested the doctor.

Pasceri, of Millbury, shot the doctor twice just outside an examination room on the second floor of the Carl J. and Ruth Shapiro Cardiovascular Center; he then turned the gun on himself, police said.

The second was the shooter himself and the third was a 9 month old:

The boy found his grandfather’s .22-caliber magnum revolver that was being kept on a shelf built into the headboard in the master bedroom, Nodaway County Sheriff Darren White told The Washington Post. The baby was in a crib in the same room when the gun went off, and a bullet struck him in the head.

But rest easy:
Most people are very safe with them and this was just one of those cases where everything went together in the wrong way,”

Yeah, that's why I could pick stories out of the paper like these everyday and post them on my blog.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Are These Guys the Frontrunners?

If they're doing that badly, maybe we can run someone better than Hillary.

According to a NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey released Monday, both  2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) are less popular than they were last year. 

Last September, when Romney was repeatedly insisting he would not run for president again, 32% of Americans and 60% of Republicans viewed him favorably. 

Romney's popularity has since dipped. According to the NBC poll, just 27% of Americans and 52% of Republicans have a positive rating for him. The drop comes after Romney revealed his interest in a potential 2016 run in January. 

Bush's ratings have also taken a small tumble since December, when he announced he was taking a major step toward running for president and forming a leadership PAC. In November, 26% of Americans and 44% of Republicans viewed Bush positively. Now 19% of Americans and 37% of Republicans say the same.

I studied blogging under the auspices of the great Donald Douglas. I went to his den of depravity to see what his feelings were on President Obama's idea of free community college. Thought he might give our Dear Leader a thumb's up. Didn't see it mentioned. Oddly, I did see this

Ms. Fisher has a post up at Facebook about how she was all famous and hot to trot once her Twitter fame exploded. She didn't handle it well and now has gotten back to God and family: 

This is all about someone named Holly Fisher, described by Donald in the post title as "Army Wife and Conservative Hottie." Ooh la la! My god, but he's forgiving when it's a Right-wing hypocrite:

I'll say though, for someone who went viral mocking the hell out of hate-addled leftists, she's fallen pretty hard. But then, we're all fallen. We're human. Owning up to it is the start of getting things back together. Hopefully her husband's going to be forgiving. I'd hate for them to divorce. Their baby would get the worst of it. She's still just a little thing.

Although I know nothing about the woman, I'll mutter a nihilist prayer for her. 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Balancing the Budget on the Backs of Sinners

Here's the latest installment of the Kansas death and/or apocalypse watch.

Kansas would nearly triple its cigarette tax, raise taxes on alcohol and slow down promised income tax cuts to balance its budget under proposals Republican Gov. Sam Brownback outlined Friday.

Eeek! Tax hikes!

Brownback presented detailed recommendations to the GOP-dominated Legislature for eliminating projected shortfalls totaling more than $710 million in the current budget and for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

$710 million? How many smokers and drinkers do they have in Kansas? And do you hope for a lot in order to balance the budget or not a lot in the interest of general welfare?

Why people of Kansas? Why?