Friday, August 14, 2009

Friday Cat Blogging With Photoshop
From 2Millionth Web Log

Tigger at the Sistine Chapel...lately I've been reading a lot of Wikipedia entries to pass the time...did you know that while Saint Peter is listed as the "first" Pope, numbers two and three were...Linus and Cletus, respectively. Pope Cletus?!?

Was his popemobile a '68 Camarro 350 painted in primer coat...and propped up on blocks outside of the papal trailer?
Death Spiral
From 2Millionth Web Log

Krugman notes the winger dementia and the GOP attempts to ride it like a wave; Benen points to Sarah Palin whom I'm convinced embodies this sort of lunatic rage.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

A Few More Thoughts (see below)

Following up from yesterday and cross posted at First Draft:

OK, just to state the obvious (and I've been accused of that before) re: the latest eruption of the Crazy Eileens, it's plainly evident that for them it's not about health care. They've lurched about for the last year or so, waddling from Sarah Palin rally to tea party to town hall meeting, at the latter functioning, consciously or not, as a de facto studio audience.

Sure, they're more than capable of causing significant damage. One, they're plain nuts, two, they're the types for whom "Happiness is a Warm Gun" isn't a John Lennon song but a philosophical foundation (well, to the extent that they have a philosophy), they favor apocalyptic rhetoric, tend to believe in lunatic fallacies like the rapture and/or the Left Behind books, etc. etc. So I'm not suggesting they be ignored...

That said, neither should we allow them to intimidate. For all their hollering and moaning about birth certificates, death panels, and socialism, I'm pretty sure they don't command anything approaching a majority or even significant minority. And while, yeah, that's more hunch than science on my part, here's my reasoning:

If these freaks really did constitute a massive group, SOMEONE would already be trying to sell them something:

From 2Millionth Web Log

Anyway, the evident lack of enthusiasm to tap into this "market" suggests it's less a market and more...more a, well, television studio audience: loud, sure, but small and insignificant...provided someone doesn't go bugfuck insane and try to blow things up.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

No, They're Not Winning...
From 2Millionth Web Log

What they're doing in getting on tv for extended lengths of time, which fuels not only the wingnut zanies, but the entire chattering class, etc., etc., ad nauseum. They're actually little more than economic stimulus for a news media negatively affected by the August doldrums. A studio audience.

And anyone who's ever been to a tv show taping knows the size of a studio audience: small.

So, while yeah, these nuts can do some serious damage, and yeah, it's just my .00000000002 cents worth, I don't think anyone should be seriously intimidated by the wingers...wary, hell yes: at least some are openly carrying weapons, and I'd guess more are concealing. But not intimidated.

I'll post a little more roughly on that line of thought here and at First Draft tomorrow.
Out Wingnutting the Wingnuts
From 2Millionth Web Log

It hit me that the next logical step for the Crazy Eileens is to insist that the Obama Death Panels will be comprised of space aliens...who'll take everyone to Guantanamo for the purposes of performing medical experiments...

That aren't covered under your plan.

If Newt Gingrich or Betsy McCaughey said so, the media would report it as fact.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Who Knew...
From 2Millionth Web Log

That diapers came in astroturf.
Things to Come?
From 2Millionth Web Log

Is that a perp walk the crystal ball sees in Mr. Rove's future?

Monday, August 10, 2009

WearingEating of the Green
From 2Millionth Web Log

They're just as insultingly crazy now as they were when engaged in their ugliness over Terry Schiavo.
From the Wayback Machine
From 2Millionth Web Log

On one level I suppose this is very slightly better late than never; however, the passing of four years will no doubt frustrate efforts to achieve justice even further:

An office of the New Orleans Police Department was searched last week in connection with a federal investigation into the shootings of two men on a bridge just after Hurricane Katrina, authorities said...

The bridge shootings occurred September 4, 2005, days after Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast. Two men were killed and four were wounded as they attempted to evacuate New Orleans by crossing the Danziger Bridge over the Industrial Canal in eastern New Orleans...

Ronald Madison, 40, and James Brissette, 19, were killed. Autopsy results showed that Madison, a mentally ill man with no criminal record, was shot in the back. No weapon was found on or near his body.

The report also notes the possibility of additional investigation with regards to Henry Glover (not identified in the article), whose burned remains were found in a car near Algiers Point.

Justice delayed is justice denied.

On a related note, health care reform delayed is also health care reform denied...which wingers freely admit.