Showing posts from October, 2010

Truth Will Out

Clint McCance. Remember that name. Notable for two reasons, I think.
1) he's a complete raging asshole redneck.
2) there's a small probability that he's trying to stop being a complete raging asshole redneck.

It's pretty amazing that he wanted to talk openly on the air about it and that he seems fairly contrite. We can wonder about ulterior motives, and about his true level of sincerity, but the thing that sticks with me is that he comes off as being genuinely conflicted about the whole thing. It's like he read his Facebook comments afterwards and was himself shocked at what a complete raging asshole redneck he actually is.

There's a kicker, too. The guy's Facebook comments were to the effect that if his own kids were gay, he'd run them off. He'd disown them. He'd refuse to allow them near him. During the interview, he says at least twice that he loves his kids, and that they mean the world to him, and he expands that out to say he'd …

A Joke

From a comment posted at HuffPo, via Balloon Juice:
A woman in a hot air balloon realized she was lost so she lowered her altitude and spotted a man in a boat below. She shouted to him, "Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don't know where I am."The man consulted his portable GPS and replied, "You're in a hot air balloon, approximately 30 feet above ground elevation of 2,346 feet above sea level. You are at 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude and 100 degrees, 49.09 minutes west longitude."She rolled her eyes and said, "You must be an Obama Democrat.""I am,"replied the man. "How did you know?" "Well," answered the balloonist, "everything you told me is technically correct. But I have no idea what to do with your information, and I'm still lost. Frankly, you've not been much help to me." The man smiled and responded, "You must be a Republican."…

The Teabagger Shuffle

If Tea Party candidates believe everybody working for "The Gummint" is stupid and lazy, how come they all wanna work for the government?

Geeks Rock

Benoit Mandlebrot died last week - I think this is a fitting tribute

Dear Ikea,

About those directions...

One From Mr Moon Martin

I actually have this album.

The Mis-Informant

Dylan Ratigan Gets It



More On DADT

So the nice judge in San Diego does a smack-down on DADT, and Obama does nothing.  The only thing coming from the White House is Mr Gibbs saying that DADT will end at some time - he doesn't know how or when, but it will end.  Excuse me sir, but what the fuck is all that?

The only thing I can think of is that somebody in the administration thinks there may be some kind of deal to be made here.  They think they can use the demise of DADT as leverage to get something else done(?)

It's one of the shittiest things about politics - you take an issue that should be a no-brainer and you put together a bill that addresses it, and then you start counting the votes, and since you know it's gonna pass almost no matter what, you can let some of your caucus members vote against it anyway because it's a good opportunity to pander to a certain demographic in their districts blah blah blah.

I just wonder what kind of quid pro quo is happening here.

For me, this is pretty simple.  It…

Almost Gone


Makes Me Wanna Holler

District Judge Virginia Phillips in San Diego has issued a ruling that says the US military has to shit-can the policy of Don't Ask Don't Tell.

I suppose now we can all look forward to the Repubs and TheoCons making lots of noise about "activist judges legislating from the bench", and we can prob'ly expect the Dems to run and hide.

Here's a tho't on what Obama and Reid and Pelosi might try:  "Judge Phillips has done exactly what a good judge is supposed to do, and she did it exactly the way the Founders envisioned it: The Judiciary is there to balance the powers of the other 2 branches.  She struck down an unjust law.  She told Government that you don't treat people that way.  She got the Government off of people's backs".

Is it really that hard?

Things MLK Had To Say To Us

A Librul Dose Of Sarcasm

Coin Operated Politicians

See if you can guess who voted against Finance Regulation Reform.

Senator2010 Wall Street CashCareer Wall Street CashSen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)$1,600,000$4,900,000Sen. Robert Bennett (R-UT)$1,500,000$2,600,000Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO)$333,600$3,300,000Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC)$1,500,000$3,300,000Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)$2,500,000$3,500,000Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK)$451,700$1,200,000Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN)$3,100,000$3,300,000Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)$3,200,000$4,700,000Sen. John Ensign (R-NV)$1,300,000$2,600,000Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)$1,100,000$2,000,000Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH)$233,200$1,100,000Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT)$1,400,000$2,600,000Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX)$1,400,000$4,700,000Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA)$1,500,000$4,200,000Sen. John Kyl (R-AZ)$2,800,000$3,800,000Sen. Dick Lugar (R-IN)$412,200$2,500,000Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)$947,600$34,000,000Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)$4,300,000$5,300,000Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)$268,200$909,700Sen. John Thune (R-SD)$1,600,000$3,900,000Sen. George V…

Where's My Recovery?

The recession "ended" in the summer of 2009 - except it didn't.  GDP Growth has to run ahead of Population and Productivity Growth by a percentage point or two in order to maintain a healthy expansion. +1 or 2% GDP ain't gonna cut it.

Via WaPost, here's a good illustration of why we'll be waiting for a good while before we see anything that looks and feels like a real recovery.

St Ayn Sez

Paraphrasing - Contradiction exists, but it cannot prevail.

Quick Tho't

Trying to make some connections.
There are those who feel the need to keep certain facts of the world away from us - or so it seems when I try to figure out why the Theocons attack something as essential as Evolution.

So here we go:
1) without an understanding of Evolution Theory, you can't make much sense of biology.
2) without understanding biology, you can't do much about cancer (eg).
3) being unable to attack the causes of cancer, you have to be satisfied with a status quo.

Who benefits from the status quo?
Who makes money and holds power now with the way things are?
If we could find cures for diseases - or relatively simple ways to prevent them - would we still support the Pharmaceutical Industry the way we do now?

Who makes it possible for the Theocons to raise doubt and create resistance to science education?

Because Money Talks

Sister Sarah

Here's a load of the usual gag-inducing mutual stroking, but near the end Levin brings up Palin's new book, and I can't help but think she's definitely in the race for 2012 now (she's polling 2nd, just behind Romney).  The book is her attempt to establish herself as the Giver of the National Myth, which is a vital part of a Leo Strauss-type strategy, with a slight Christianist twist.  And that basically goes like this:   She has been to the mountain and she's back now to deliver God's word to His chosen people - and of course, since God has chosen us, and since God has told us this thru her, then it should be obvious that God has chosen Sarah Palin to lead us.

It could also still mean that she's really just making sure she's at the front of line of power brokers and king makers.

Must Read

Matt Taibbi is a curmudgeon, and a contrarian, and royal pain in the ass when it comes to cutting thru the political bullshit; and his conclusions are almost never wrong.

From Rolling Stone:
The individuals in the Tea Party may come from very different walks of life, but most of them have a few things in common. After nearly a year of talking with Tea Party members from Nevada to New Jersey, I can count on one hand the key elements I expect to hear in nearly every interview. One: Every single one of them was that exceptional Republican who did protest the spending in the Bush years, and not one of them is the hypocrite who only took to the streets when a black Democratic president launched an emergency stimulus program. ("Not me — I was protesting!" is a common exclamation.) Two: Each and every one of them is the only person in America who has ever read the Constitution or watched Schoolhouse Rock. (Here they have guidance from Armey, who explains that the problem with "…


Tea Partiers ain't gonna like this one.