December 20, 2012 - December 13, 2012
Friday, October 21, 2011
Who forgot about
Beth Phoenix... er... Newt Gingrich?
CIRCLE? So Romney and Perry are slapping at one another like
jealous cheerleaders. Great. Romney was wanting Anderson Cooper (?)
to save him from his Rick Perry confrontation. He was almost stamping
his feet. Rick Perry was in the mode of "I'll say no every time you say
yeah" and "I'lll say yeah every time you say no. And your Mormon mother
wears army boots." Presidential. Right. Bunch of girls gouging each
other with their fingernails.
They think they're carving up the Republican electorate. Herman Cain
thinks he's mopping up the blood they spill between them. How can we be
in this much of a mess? The president is a disaster. All we need is a
credible candidate. But Romney's a liar. Perry's a dunce. (Even I can't stand that mush-mouthed
Texas twang...) Cain's an amateur in a year when, let's face it,
amateurs aren't exactly what the electorate wants.
Which leaves us where we were four years ago. With the only
man who can be absolutely counted on to annihilate Obama in the
Boy, am I depressed.
How to Win
(N at all SFW)
We keep forgetting the "Government by the people" part of the arrangement.
IT'S SIMPLE. Stop pining for a leader. Seriously. Stop. It. This podcast explains what we really need.
You can read a half-reliable transcript after the jump.
MEMORY. Ah. The irony. The man who won the Nobel Peace
Prize before he'd been president even a few months has precious few
accomplishments to brag about. Domestically, he's turned a recession
into what looks to be an FDR-style generational depression. In foreign
policy, he's concluded no peace treaties of any kind and has succeeded
in pissing off such long-term allies as the U.K., Germany, and Israel.
So what's his claim to fame? He's managed to engineer the violent
deaths of three leaders of the muslim world he kowtowed to in his
apologetic "outreach" to Islam:† Bin Laden, Awlaki, and Qaddafi.
And some members of his own party are hopping mad about his kill order
on Awlaki because he was an
American and absolutely in line with the Democrats on matters of
foreign policy. How could Hating America First be a killing offense?
It wouldn't be so funny if he had any
other foreign policy successes. But he doesn't. Just last week, the
Germans told him to piss off and mess out of the E.U.'s ongoing
financial meltdown. "Like we need your
advice, Mr. Deficit...) And we understand the Mexicans are very
understanding about the Fast & Furious program that killed one
Border Patrol agent and 200 Mexicans.
Iranians do appreciate the fact that his sanctions against
an intended act of war on U.S. soil amount to holding their man-purse
in the teacher's drawer until the end of the day's classes.
But with all the sixties nostalgia that's going on, we can't help
thinking of the old chant outside the Johnson White House: ""Hey, hey,
LBJ! How many kids did you kill today?"
Hey, hey, BHO! How many hits are still to go?
No wonder the Republican party leadership is too nervous to point out
that the jobs bill is exclusively about government jobs. I mean, drones
work just as well over the Maryland suburbs as they do over Afghanistan.
We won't know for sure until he announces that his 2012 campaign slogan
is, "I'll be back."
With a pronunciation of the letter "a" that matches
his pronunciation of "Pakistan."
A new survey shows that Americans
overwhelmingly support the self-styled Occupy Wall Street protests that
not only have disrupted life in Lower Manhattan but also in Washington
and cities and towns across the U.S. and in other nations. Some 59
percent of adults either completely agree or mostly agree with the
protesters, while 31 percent mostly disagree or completely disagree; 10
percent of those surveyed didnít know or refused to answer...
When it comes to the question of how to pay for the Democratic jobs
bill, most respondents were more than willing to place a special burden
on the wealthy. Those surveyed were asked about a possible 5 percent
surtax on those earning more than $1 million annually...† A
whopping 68 percent of adults support the Democratic surtax to pay for
the cost of their jobs plan. Only 27 percent opposed the tax, while 5
percent didnít know. Men and women split almost identically on the
issue, and black non-Hispanics were more supportive of the surtax than
white non-Hispanics, with 84 percent supporting the idea...
Throughout the fall, the United Technologies/National Journal
Congressional Connection Poll has revealed an electorate thatís
extremely critical of Congress and wary of embracing any particular
policy prescription for getting the American economy growing more
briskly. The millionaireís surtax has cut through the clutter. Although
it may not be surprising that 90 percent of Democrats support this
Democratic proposal, itís notable that 71 percent of independents do
and even 37 percent of Republicans like this kind of a tax increase.
When it comes to those Wall Street protests, thereís also a populist
streak: Remarkably, nearly one-third of Republicans --31 percent --
completely or mostly agree with their aims. The sour economy has
sparked some class resentments in unexpected places, it seems. Those
stirrings are unlikely to come to fruition in this divided Congress,
but thereís no indication theyíre going away anytime soon.
All those idiot friends and acquaintances of yours whom you blithely
assume have at least some
idea of what's going on don't know anything at all.
Get to work. Do the unthinkable. Talk to them. About politics. The
country you save may be your own.
Serendicity again. Found this critique
of the National Journal poll. No big deal. But then, this afternoon, I
received an honest-to-God local polling call myself about our upcoming
county elections. It was the push poll to end all push polls. Clearly
slanderous statements about the Republican candidates for freeholder
were read off, followed by the bland question, "Does this make you
more, or less, likely to vote for this person?" Even the pollster began
to laugh when I interrupted him to finish the next intended slander by
accusing the Republican of abusing his Pomeranian in the front yard of
his palatial home. At the end, he thanked me for "not blowing up at me
like the lady I talked to last did." I told him it wasn't his fault. At
least he has a job. I guess he'd like to keep it.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
than Rosie O'Donnell or Janeane Garofalo, dontcha think?
What we're up against. The Dems have box office stars like
George Clooney, Matt Damon, Samuel Jackson,† Morgan Freeman, and
Leonardo diCaprio, and we have Bo Derek, Heather Locklear, Shannen
Doherty, Cindy Crawford, Angie Harmon, and Jessica Simpson. Sheesh. And
we've got some of the male braintrust of Hollywood too: Kevin Sorbo,
Nick Lachey, Sylvester Stallone, Stephen Baldwin, Chuck Norris, Adam
Sandler, and, vitally, "The Rock." Sheesh squared.
With the help of a little rounding error, that lot easily adds up to
100 IQ points.
Oh well. Hollywood isn't exactly representative of the whole country,
is it? It's full of people who pretend to be heroes of various kinds
for a living. A very good living, indeed, but can't you imagine how it
galls to make millions only pretending
to be brave and just and fine? If there's any set of millionaires on
earth who are more likely to feel they haven't earned their fortunes, I don't know
where you'd go to look for them.
Before anyone says otherwise, let me hasten to say I'm not looking for Cindy
Crawford to express her political views. Here's what she's good at:
I don't begrudge them their success and wealth. But I just don't give a
damn what their political opinions are. Because, by the nature of their
lives, those opinions have nothing to do with my life or, probably,
the lowercase superscripts. They refer to things todays's kids
can't refer to. Because the kids don't know anything. The rest of the
lesson from a generation ago seems pretty much spot on. Except that nobody's even asked this particular set of semi-conscious losers to sacrifice anything. Unless you count not sexting on your cellphone while driving. Awww. Poor babies.
Am I bitter? Yeah. I've spent my whole life watching half-educated
idiots fooling totally uneducated idiots into destroying my country.
Now I have to face the prospect of somewhat educated idiots finishing the
I finally understand Mark Twain's bit about about Hadleyburg.
And I will not apologize to anyone about anything I've said. I'm right. As I
have been for eight years. Eight? Let's try twenty.