Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Congratulations Senator Franken

I believe I'll have a couple of homebrews to celebrate tonight. Meanwhile, others have opened a case of whine*. And just to be gracious in victory, thanks to Norm Coleman for only being enough of a sore loser to stretch it out for 8 months.

(W)ith Franken, we're seeing the acccession of the most disgusting fever-swamp partisanship to Capital Hill.

Keeping it classy, Don.

* Truth 101 warning-Do not click!

Stolen from bjkeefe

for no particular reason other than I like lolcats. And who doesn't? Thanks Brendan.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Another Case of Left Wing Extremism *

I'm sure the pardons are in the mail for these left wing white supremacists, since they are so obviously working hand in hand with the Obama administration:

federal prosecutors in Arizona announced that Mahon, 58, and his twin brother, Daniel, had been indicted in the 2004 mail bombing of a Scottsdale city office that promoted racial and cultural diversity.

Also involved was a major Obama campaign contributor:

Also Thursday, agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives searched the Warsaw, Ind., home of Tom Metzger, director of the White Aryan Resistance and an associate of the Mahons.

I'm sure the ATF was just there to cover up any evidence that might have been used against Metzger. I've heard he's tight with ACORN, as well.

*In case Don shows up. This is sarcasm, it may not rise to the level of satire.

New Government, Old Methods

First off, I know nothing of Zelaya in Honduras. He could be a major-league dick. And it sounds like he miscalculated in trying to extend his term where he had little support (certainly when it came to the military. But, here is the president's statement:

In Washington, President Barack Obama expressed concern over the developments on Sunday. "I call on all political and social actors in Honduras to respect democratic norms, the rule of law and the tenets of the Inter-American Democratic Charter. Any existing tensions and disputes must be resolved peacefully through dialogue free from any outside interference,"

I can now hear the right wing noise machine ginning up some hoo-hah about his jumping to the defense of his leftist brethren or some such. I believe "all political actors" would include Zelaya himself, not that he's in a position of strength. This looks similar to the statement on Iran, except I'm too lazy to go look. As with Iran, let's wish all these other countries well as they sort out their own internal problems. Neocons want the poor and sick in this country to fend for themselves in getting employment and healthcare, But, in a heartbeat they want to rush off to get involved in the issues of other countries. It seems unpatriotic.

UPDATE: Argentina shows them how it should be done.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

You're Not Rush Limbaugh

Apparently, Robert Stacy McCain thinks he is, though:

Why give money to the campaign committee whose job is to re-elect these RINO sellouts?

Mary Bono Mack, California
Mike Castle, Delaware
Mark Kirk, Illinois
John McHugh, New York
Frank LoBiondo, New Jersey
Leonard Lance, New Jersey
Dave Reichert, Washington
Chris Smith, New Jersey

Unless and until all eight of these swine announce their retirements -- or are defeated in next year's primaries -- I say the grassroots answer to the NRCC should be NOT ONE RED CENT!

Not that I mind the idea of not funding the NRCC, but I've got a $25 campaign contribution for the first of these eight to tell McLame to piss off.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Rest in Peace, Farrah and Michael

Rather than RIP, it seemed appropriate to write it out in full. These were two people who never seemed very happy in their celebrity. I suppose there are those who are envious of the rich and famous. I will remain thankful for having more happiness than these two souls, despite my relative poverty and obscurity. May Fawcett and Jackson find tranquility in whatever follows our sojourn on Earth.

Up on Housing Project Hill, it's either fortune or fame. You must choose one or the other though neither are to be what they claim.

Who needs Tom Thumb's blues anyway?

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Where in the World is Mark Sanford?

I'm mostly just posting this so I can use that title and my 2012 losers label. So, he wasn't hiking the Appalachian trail for 5 days, in the buff or otherwise. Now, the story is that he was visiting Argentina. Ummm, carne asado. Oops, maybe he was after more than just Argentinian beef.

Also from TPM:

Early morning: Sanford arrives at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta on a flight from Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he says he has been for the last few days. He tells a reporter from The State that he considered hiking the Appalachian Trail, but decided he "wanted to do something exotic" instead. Sanford says he went alone, and that he spent time driving along the coast. He also says he changed his return itinerary to fly in to Atlanta, not Columbia, in order to avoid the media.

I've been avoiding this story until it turned out the governor was unharmed and fortunately, now we can all laugh about it. Well, not Mark Sanford because he's too busy getting this story straight. But, everyone else. I thank you Mr. Sanford and most of all John Ensign thanks you.

UPDATE: Surprisingly, he was having an affair. Were you guys paying attention during the 90's? It was OK for Bill Clinton because he was a Dem and we are not expected to have morals. Republicans like Newt were not allowed to get away with it because they are expected to be holier-than-thou.

It's likely not the affair that kills his 2012 chances,though, it's all the bad choices that surround it.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Neocons and Flag Desecration

I see that Jules Crittenden and Donald Douglas think it's cool to desecrate the United States flag as long as it's used as a bikini on a hot babe. I suppose it's another instance of neocons making their own rules. The US Flag Code has different rules. According to paragraph 8, section D: "The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery." I don't believe any exception is made for super-nationalist chickenhawks.

Once again, they show their true colors. These people have no regard for true patriotism. They use the flag, the men and women in the military and anything else they get their blood stained hands on, only to suit their own purposes, including the young woman tragically killed in Iran.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Crocodile Tears of Neocon Clowns

Shorter Joe Klein: Neocons don't give a rat's ass about the Iranians; never did and never will.

And it was this sort of thinking by Ron Paul that got him a couple of campaign contributions from the ex-DLB.

when is the last time we condemned Saudi Arabia or Egypt or the many other countries where unlike in Iran there is no opportunity to exercise any substantial vote on political leadership? It seems our criticism is selective and applied when there are political points to be made.

Thanks Dr. Paul. BTW, for those keeping score, he is a real doctor.

And, a nice posting by Steve Benen along the same lines. Why neos have any forums beyond laughable blogs is a mystery.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Newt Gingrich, Chinese Communist Agent?

You have to wonder about your views when they coincide with Dana Rohrabacher. Anyway, he has tossed Newt into the hall of shame:

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., said in his opening statement during a Tuesday hearing of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Human Rights. Democrats and other Republicans also piled on Gingrich for "fear-mongering" and allegedly peddling Chinese propaganda.

The issue, of course, is what to do about the Uighurs who have been wrongfully imprisoned in Guantanamo.

Rep. Bill Delahunt, D-Mass., the committee's chairman, said that Gingrich is either misinformed or intentionally circulating false information about the 17 Uighurs to "appease the Communist Chinese,"

And here I thought Obama was the appeaser. Sometimes I think Newt may not be as sharp as he's made out to be. I realize he's a sleaze, but underneath that he is supposed to be one of the intellectual giants of the GOP. When the right wing of the party says you're spreading ChiCom propaganda, you may want to re-think your position.

"Many if not all of the negative allegations against the Uighurs can be traced back to Chinese intelligence, whose purpose is to snuff out an independence movement that challenges the communist bosses in China," Rohrabacher said at Tuesday's hearing.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Is This the Republican Mainstream?

Unfortunately, it's probably not far off. If you made up this story, it would sound far fetched. It's safe to click, Truth.

UPDATE: Apparently, there are many more where she came from. Thanks, Repsac.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Killing Them to Save Them

I would love to see the neo-con response to this criticism of their position leveled by Greenwald:

Much of the same faction now claiming such concern for the welfare of The Iranian People are the same people who have long been advocating a military attack on Iran and the dropping of large numbers of bombs on their country -- actions which would result in the slaughter of many of those very same Iranian People...

Missing here is a list of genocidal freaks given by Greenwald worth going to his post to see...

Imagine how many of the people protesting this week would be dead if any of these bombing advocates had their way -- just as those who paraded around (and still parade around) under the banner of Liberating the Iraqi People caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of them, at least. Hopefully, one of the principal benefits of the turmoil in Iran is that it humanizes whoever the latest Enemy is.

Monday, June 15, 2009

The Decline and Fall of Neo-conservatism

American Standard

Comes the news that Rupert is shedding some of the dead weight in his media empire. Apparently, he is selling American Standard. Oops, that’s right, they decided on Weekly Standard for some reason. Maybe because neos are so distinctly un-American. Who knows? Piss on it, who cares? 

Will Kristol and Barnes remain at the helm? Or will the magazine turn toward a more traditional conservatism? 

Or will they have to find honest work that doesn’t involve shilling for war and more war. 

The neoconservative movement has recently suffered several blows. The sun has set on the pugnacious New York Sun, which served as a valuable outlet for neoconservative journalists and authors. The American Enterprise Institute has ousted several neoconservatives, including Joshua Muravchik, from its roster of fellows. 

Sad, isn’t it?

But the Standard’s greatest feat was to play a decisive role in shaping the debate during the run-up to the Iraq War, when magazines such as the New Republic followed its lead in promoting the toppling of Saddam Hussein. 

Coincidentally, this is also the reason they should burn in Hell.

If the Standard’s success helped push the Bush administration in the direction of pursuing a kind of World War III against Islamic terrorism, it also influenced magazines such as National Review. Formerly redoubts of traditional conservatism, skeptical of nation-building and foes of big government, these publications muted—if not abandoned—much of the original faith, to the distress of conservative founding fathers like William F. Buckley, Jr., who depicted the Iraq War as a dangerous Wilsonian crusade

Once again, why is the word conservative part of the word neo-conservative.

Kristol may simply become bored with journalism and take a post either at a think tank or inside the GOP itself.

Or he could spend the rest of his life repenting for the damage he’s done. Wouldn’t count on that. I’m sure his smirking face will still be seen in countless arenas pushing for the US military to fight new wars against the enemies of William Kristol.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

A Vast Left Wing Conspiracy

Here’s proof that not only is James Von Brunn a left winger, but so was Richard Nixon.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Would the Bottom 30 Look Different?

The advantage I see to this list is that anyone who finishes below Ann Coulter would almost have to quit writing on anything besides a bathroom wall. I can’t imagine the shame of being ranked below a smear mongering, no talent, sensationalist hack like Coulter. Turn in your keyboards fellas. 

30) Brent Bozell</
Jack Kelly
Cassy Fiano
27) Quin Hillyer
26) David Limbaugh
25) Dennis Prager
24) Michael Barone
23) Wes Pruden
22) Tony Harden
21) Melissa Clouthier
20) Larry Elder</A
David Harsanyi
18) Mike Adams
17) Frank Fleming
16) Rich Lowry
15) Tony Blankley
14) Jeff Jacoby
13) Karl Rove
12) Lorie Byrd
11) Charles Krauthammer
10) Victor Davis Hanson
9) Jonah Goldberg
8) Dick Morris and Eileen McGann
7) Burt Prelutsky
6) Michelle Malkin
5) Walter Williams
4) John Stossel
3) Thomas Sowell
2) Mark Steyn
1) Ann Coulter

Monday, June 8, 2009

Torture Scott Roeder

From the Washington Post:

The man charged with murdering a high-profile abortion doctor claimed from his jail cell Sunday that similar violence was planned around the nation for as long as the procedure remained legal, a threat that comes days after a federal investigation launched into his possible accomplices.

"I know there are many other similar events planned around the country as long as abortion remains legal," Roeder said. When asked by the AP what he meant and if he was referring to another shooting, he refused to elaborate further. 

Ve haf ways of making you talk: stress positions, sleep deprivation, temperature extremes, a few hundred waterboard sessions, etc. The iron maiden will loosen his tongue.

That’s the problem, you coddle these terrorists and you’ll get nothing out of them. At least waterboard him. It’s not torture, the Bush legal team said as much.

Yes, I’m kidding. 

Thursday, June 4, 2009

RIP David Carradine

I’m of an age to have been a big fan of the original Kung Fu series. Carradine always seemed a little off, in a good way. He pulled off eccentric well, something I  aspire to myself. Don’t know why he would have hung himself, health problems maybe, who knows. If it is the case that he did commit suicide, it was his choice and so be it.

Go in peace back into the river of the Tao, David.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

So Long, Hummer

This is what I was looking for in the story:

The sale of the Hummer brand to a Chinese company will not impact the production of U.S. military vehicles. Military Humvees are produced by a different company, privately held AM General, based in South Bend, Ind.

A bit troubling that one of the signature vehicles of the US military is now going to be owned by the Chinese, even if it’s not the exact same thing. It’s not troubling for military reasons, but rather as a further indication of our economic slippage.

Start your kids learning Mandarin, they’re going to need it. 

Another Meaningless Top 25 List

Personally, I would have put Xena at the top. Barbarella, Wonder Woman and Storm, as well, would have been higher. For quality of the work, Alien was far above all the rest, though. Sigourney Weaver was incredible in in that whole series.


I feel like I’m intruding on Brain Rage’s territory here. Or worse yet, doing Rule 5 blogging. What can I say, I love campy science fiction.

Monday, June 1, 2009


Here’s Mitt Romney showing why he finished in fourth, possibly fifth, place in the race for the White House. At one point, he spouts some insanity about how the shareholders should run GM. I own shares in a number of companies. I send back my proxies. Do I have a clue who I’m voting for? No. Just like 90 some on per cent of shareholders. How the freakin’ Hell are the shareholders going to run GM?

He’s making Palin look smarter.