Friday, February 06, 2009

With Friends Like Pakistan...

Ally in the GWOT Pakistan released "Nukes 'R Us" scientist A.Q. Khan from house arrest...I'll bet Bernie Madoff was green with envy upon hearing the news from his luxury apartment...
If This Be "Partisan Love Fest"...
From 2Millionth Web Log

Then I want more partisan.

Otherwise, this is a start (and it looks like the Rethugs are demanding their pound of flesh in the form of requiring the ailing Ted Kennedy to return to Washington for the vote.) However, I'm worried that it might be too little, which is something Krugman's been warning about for some time. We'll see.
Eliminate THIS Daycare Program
From 2Millionth Web Log

Mitch--known to throw temper tantrums...

OK, maybe eliminating the legislative branch of government is a little much, but given the utter stupidity and lack of understanding as to the very dire circumstances in which the country finds itself, I offer this very modest proposal--NO compensation for Congress until they get their asses in gear and do something beyond preening, whining...and cutting off needed services.


By the way, I single Mitch McConnell out just because (you just know he rooted for Mister Scrooge, and was upset when Ebenezer changed his ways), but there's plenty of blame to spread around...and that includes the idiotic "Blue Dog" Democrats, for whom kneecapping might be too nice a gesture...
From 2Millionth Web Log

I didn't realize there were levels of batshit insanity, but Mitch McConnell (you sure it's "Mitch?"--seems like it should be a "B" at the beginning of his first name), anyway, Mitch McConnell's stench has wafted to the stratosphere of batshit insanity.

Trying to "work with" these nutjobs won't work. The proper response is scorn, ridicule, and marginalization.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Your GOP Opposition
From 2Millionth Web Log

The press pass on the far right, no pun intended, is for Joe Scarborough.

Nuts is putting it mildly.
Note to Senator Vitter
From 2Millionth Web Log

"Honeybee Insurance" isn't what you think.

* and *
Fundie Envy
From 2Millionth Web Log

Texas Representative Pete Sessions demonstrates the adage about a gaffe being a moment of candor:

In an interview with Hotline, Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) said the Republican party will have to become an "insurgency" to counter Democratic majorities in the House and Senate, and added that the Taliban can serve as "a model"

I appreciate the Obama administration's attempt to reach out, but a party that counts Pete Sessions as an honored member might not be worth reaching out to...
Limbaugh: About as Popular as Chlamydia
From 2Millionth Web Log

Given that Limbaugh's overall approval ratings are in the gutter, I'm all in favor of his fat, racist, drug addled face representing Republicanism. It's a good fit.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Rallying the GOP Base
From 2Millionth Web Log

One reason why a scam works is that some people seem to like being scammed. Which might explain a significant portion of the Republican base.
Your Wednesday Moment of Zen
From 2Millionth Web Log

Commenting on the case of a juvenile in Ohio who sent "racy cellphone photos to classmates:"

These cases do pose a dilemma, concedes Wes Weaver, the principal at Licking Valley High School, where the Ohio girl attends school.
I Wonder How They'll POSSIBLY Get By
From 2Millionth Web Log

Pity parties don't get more pathetic than this:

Today, President Obama announced that top executives’ pay at companies accepting TARP funds would be capped at $500,000, with any additional compensation coming only in the form of stock options that could not be cashed until the government had been repaid.

As news of the plan leaked last night, wealthy Wall Street went into panic mode, insisting that the caps would ruin the financial industry. It’s "a nightmare for any financial institution," CNBC host Joe Kernen proclaimed this morning...

Because Ugly Goes Down to the Bone
Plus Equals

Aside from being just plain flat out creepy in his paranoid rantings--Dick must've had some serious issues vis-a-vis monsters under the bed and in the closet as a child--Big Time, perhaps unintentionally, reveals a certain Bush administration consistency:

[on the economic crisis]: I don’t think anybody actually foresaw something of this size and dimension occurring.

Remind you of anything?

"I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees."


No one could have anticipated using airplanes as weapons...

No one could have anticipated the strength of the insurgency in Iraq.


To call the Bush-Cheney regime careless is being generous--criminal negligence is more like it. And Dick's response--defending the obscenity that is Guantanamo--is a slap in the face to the American Justice system that's well-served us far longer than Dick Cheney has waddled or wheeled himself across the face of the earth. In eight years the Bush-Cheney mix of arrogance, ignorance, carelessness and criminal negligence has been demonstrated as utterly toxic in both foreign affairs and economics. Let him suck on that.

Your legacy--Dick--will be one of loathsomeness and abject failure. No amount of spin can wring that stink out.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

The "Neo-Hooverite" Movement
From 2Millionth Web Log

Again, you'd think opting for the really really stoopid approach on the economy wouldn't be considered the best course; however, with an ignorant media spewing to a detached public...well...

I think it'd be nice if President Obama took to the bully pulpit and explained things. But that's just my .00000000000000002 cents worth.
From 2Millionth Web Log

Mary Landrieu correctly describes herself as being "a bit in the doghouse." No shit: if you're the SINGLE Democratic "No" vote on a VERY important piece of legislation that's exactly where you should be.

Her vote will not win over a single mouth breather from the sticks and backwoods of wingnuttia, but the Gret Stet might well find itself on the short end of the stick when it comes time to put in for desperately needed assistance. Thanks for shooting all of us in the foot, Senator--I'm sure it'll do wonders for your career.

The Bush administration never passed up the opportunity to stick it to Louisiana...I guess Senator Landrieu is hoping this administration will do the same.
From 2Millionth Web Log

Via LG&M, a letter I'd like to see as well.

Tell you what. I’ll make you a deal. I’ll apologize for smoking pot when every politician who ever did drugs and then voted to uphold or strengthen the drug laws marches his ass off to the nearest federal prison to serve out the sentence he wants to impose on everyone else for committing the same crimes he committed. I’ll apologize when the sons, daughters, and nephews of powerful politicians who get caught possessing or dealing drugs in the frat house or prep school get the same treatment as the no-name, probably black kid caught on the corner or the front stoop doing the same thing.

The drug war is an abomination to anyone who is honest about a belief in personal freedom. Period. And I don't care if Michael Phelps--or anyone--smokes pot. It should be legal anyway.
On the Local Front

OK, technically this letter to my local rag comes from Rayne (about an hour and a half west of here) but the fact that it was published speaks volumes, and not in a good way:

This is a letter to thank and congratulate our outstanding Louisiana senator, David Vitter, for his wise and correct vote against the nomination of Hillary Clinton as secretary of state.

I assure you he's not alone around here in being more than a few bricks shy of a full load; indeed, that's not even the only story in today's edition that makes me, well, cringe with embarrassment. But, then again, it's not like we're lacking the same on a larger playing field. Hell, you could call this letter sort of a bush league version of Powerline's famous paean to all things Dubya.


It really is an uphill battle.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Norm Wants a Do-Over
From 2Millionth Web Log

Because personal responsibility only applies to the other guy.
One for the Gippet * *

Salon has an excerpt from Will Bunch's mythbuster about St. Ronald, patron of the Laffer curve. Definitely worth a look.
Hey, if This is Who They Want...
From 2Millionth Web Log

Far be it for me to complain about the curious GOP strategery of offering David Vitter and/or Sarah Palin as public spokesperson/face of the party. I suppose there's something to be said for winning over the batshit insane opinion...although I have a difficult time seeing how it might make for the basis of a winning coalition.

Meanwhile, solely in the interest of political research, and not at all as a matter of voyeurism or a cheap attempt to tap into adult content to bounce, no pun intended, my site meter a bit, I would feel remiss as a Gret Stet resident in NOT linking to a website devoted to ensuring Diaper Dave has a suitable opponent, with credit to CenLamar and YRHT for alerting me to this hot, um hot off the presses story.
Your Combined CEO and Republican Brain Trust
From 2Millionth Web Log

Amazing, isn't it, that again, the very people who've brought about the Mother of All Economic Melt-Downs continue to assume a sense of entitlement for themselves while insisting on more of the same economic epic fail policies that caused the mess...and which, incidentally, would be a disaster for most of us.

Again, they just don't get it--the 'free market' train has long left the station, if it was ever even parked there in the first place. And I've got a hunch that if you really examine the positions of the rabid anti-government so-called free marketeers, you'd find that underneath their blind faith in all-market-all-the-time-and-only-market is...blind faith. Nothing. Nada, zero, zilch.

And no amount of reality--the reality of 50 million Americans with no health insurance, the reality of a crumbling infrastructure that's not been maintained in a generation, the reality of a failed system that originally promised 'private sector efficiency' but has morphed/deformed into 'why should citizens expect government to provide services at all?'--will dissuade them from adherence to a failure of both ideology and its practical application.

And so when Mitch McConnell or Johns Boehner and McCain or Grover 'should be drowned in a toilet full of his own excrement' Norquist whine, bitch and moan, the proper response should be derisive ridicule, at the very least. After all, they thought this horror was a good investment of tax payer dollars:

Iraq's Shocking Human Toll: About 1 Million Killed, 4.5 Million Displaced, 1-2 Million Widows, 5 Million Orphans

All for the low cost of just over a half trillion far.