Friday, July 31, 2009

I'm opposing everything you're doing and it's your fault.

McCain is such a preening jackass.
"Look they've got the votes. We understand that. They had the votes in the stimulus package, in the budget, in the Omnibus, in the SCHIP, all this legislation. And they have picked off, sometimes, two or three Republicans," McCain continued. "But that's not changing the climate in Washington."
The Democrats gave Bush his $1.25 trillion tax cut. The Republicans gave the Obama stimulus the finger.

"Bi-partisan" doesn't mean "do whatever Republicans want" Senator.

Southern Republicans found to be crazy/wrong.

Heh.

Dixie may once have been the so-called land of cotton, but it has become the cradle of creeping Birtherism. According to a new poll from Research 2000 (commissioned by Daily Kos), a majority of Southerners either believe that Barack Obama

was not born in the United States (23 percent) or are not sure (30 percent). Only 47 percent of Southern respondents believe Obama was born in the USA. By contrast, 93 percent of Northeasterns said yes, he was born here, 90 percent of Midwesterners did and 87 percent of Westerners.

Wow.

Notes Allahpundit,

Voinovich 1, Vitter 0.

Indeed.

So Predictable.


In case you were wondering how many comments it took for one of the Althouse regulars to make a Clinton crack, the answer is three.

Send cash now pls kthx

NRO begs for reader dollars to stave off the repo men for a few more weeks. They really went all-out on this t-shirt design.



In other news, company-wide austerity measures at the National Review have resulted in K-Lo's pudding budget being slashed by 80%.

Just a few misguided souls, cont'd.



(via)

Awesome.

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I should very much like to know what sort of props. Cock rings? Butt plugs?

An LP of Cabaret?

Just a few misguided souls.

Yep.
A forthcoming DailyKos/Research 2000 poll found 77% of Americans believe President Obama was born in the United States, 11% do not, and 12% are not sure.

Among Republicans only, 42% think he's an American citizen, 28% do not, and 30% are not sure.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

QOTD.

Putz:

I'm not conservative at all, really...


BT adds...well, we have to post this video. It's so awesome.

(BTW, first badly typed comment below is mine, didn't log in.)


Eric Cantor suddenly opposed to 'Czars.'

Of course he is.


PS
Putz is too.

National Review's Attempt to Distance Themselves from Birthers Fails, Hilariously.

Buckley (left) and McCarthy (right)

Two days ago, The National Review, conservatism's flagship publication, ran an editorial in which they said, rather unequivocally, that Barack Obama was "born in the U.S.A."

Yes, well, a mere 48 hours later, crazy person Andy McCarthy (big macher Senior Fellow of something called "National Review Institute") has written a 3,730 word article on Obama's birth certificate!

One might say, were one feeling particularly expansive, that Grand Inquisitor McCarthy stands athwart Buckley's decaying reputation yelling "POOP!"

Anyway, how awesome is this article? So awesome that McCarthy actually uses Larry Sex Tape Johnson as a source, in the penultimate paragraph -- and does not, somehow, make fun of Larry's haircut.

I poop you not.

Wingnut Sign of the Millennium.


A Wonkette operative offers a theory vis-à-vis teh sign:

-- "Oh I think I get the Holiday Inn thing! He is spending trillions of our dollars, but he is trying to trim the budget by cutting off the fat and staying at Holiday Inns! ... Hahaha, good one fat dude with sign! I bet you really zinged Obama as he sped by you at 40 mph."


I buy it.

[via]

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

SOROS!!!!!

Too many Southerners? Well, you're a doodyhead.

This is getting good.
Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana slammed fellow Republican George Voinovich Wednesday for saying the GOP's problems stem from the fact that it is "being taken over by Southerners," calling the Ohio senator "a moderate, really wishy-washy."

"I'm on the side of conservatives getting back to core conservative values," Vitter told the Washington Times. "There are a lot of us from the South who hold those values, which I think the party is supposed to be about. We strayed from them in the past few years, and that's why we performed so badly in the national elections."

"[Voinovich is…] a moderate, really wishy-washy," he said.

I have to say I find Voinovich's narrative more convincing.

No public option?

I'm really having a hard time processing the notion that the American people gave Democrats control of the House and the Senate in 2006, then gave them even larger majorities two years later while installing a Democrat in the White House -- just so we could get Willard's health care plan.

A few more "misguided souls" for National Review.

But...but...Obama's a racist!

"Rush."

Putz then:

The most telling criticism of the Bush Administration on Iraq, I think, is the one that Bill Quick is always making — that the “rush to war” was in fact too slow, robbing us of surprise and momentum.


Putz now:

We’ll know soon, but the rush to get something out [a health care vote] by Friday seems unseemly.


Perhaps it's best not to speculate why Glenn Reynolds once saw a greater urgency to take lives than he does, now, to save them.

Breaking: McArdle McTarded

Megan McArdle begins "Why I oppose national healthcare" with a moderately funny, self-deprecating intro. Good for her. Then it goes downhill.

I know, most of you have already figured out why I oppose national health care. In a nutshell, I hate the poor and want them to die so that all my rich friends can use their bodies as mulch for their diamond ranches. But y'all keep asking, so here goes the longer explanation.

Basically, for me, it all boils down to public choice theory. Once we've got (sic) a comprehensive national health care plan, what are the government's incentives? I think they're bad, for the same reason the TSA is bad. I'm afraid that instead of Security Theater, we'll get Health Care Theater, where the government goes to elaborate lengths to convince us that we're getting the best possible health care, without actually providing it.

That's not just verbal theatrics. Agencies like Britain's NICE are a case in point. As long as people don't know that there are cancer treatments they're not getting, they're happy. Once they find out, satisfaction plunges.
This might be a little too parochial to be of interest to readers but economists and political scientists tend not to get along. In an effort to heal the divide we devised Public Choice Theory, which manages to combine the worst parts of both disciplines into one useless theory...which Megan McArdle doesn't even understand, from the looks of it.

Howard, Meet Lou.

Here's Howard Kurtz in an interview with Hugh Hewitt, pretending that he doesn't share an employer with the biggest media birther of 'em all, Lou Dobbs:

HH: Now the second story, the birthers. Today, the National Review joined me, Michael Medved, most every center-right responsible conservative I know in denouncing the idea that the President isn’t a citizen. But yet this story continues to have legs. Today, the Hawaii guy came out and said again no, we’ve got his birth certificate. How long does this go on, Howard? And do you sense that the media is, and by that I mean mainstream media, is having fun with this because it has the potential to embarrass some conservatives because of the, in the way that the truthers embarrassed some Democrats?

HK: Probably in some quarters. I applaud the conservative who have stood up and said basically, this is whacko stuff, there’s not a shred of evidence, I don’t want to associate with these folks. I don’t understand why this has gotten so much prominence particularly on cable television in the first place. If we make a judgment as journalists that this is basically a lot of garbage, then why do we have to spend a lot of time flogging this horse? Now the guy who has been flogging it the most, it seems to me, is Chris Matthews on MSNBC. And while I agree with his general point of view on this, which is that it is a load of baloney, he, I don’t think there’s been one show in the last seven where he hasn’t dragged somebody on, G. Gordon Liddy or whoever, in order to beat up on that person.



Ugh. Matthews discusses the birther bullshit in order to puncture it. Dobbs simply wants to propagate it.

Kurtz knows this, of course, so why not mention it? Cowardice?

Taint.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Teabaggers: still racist assholes.

Keep promoting that Teabagging movement, Putz.

Tea Party activists are reacting to the David McKalip setback with defiance and redoubled resolve -- as well as by comparing President Obama's health-care reform plans to slavery, and by attacking TPMmuckraker.

McKalip, a prominent Florida neurosurgeon and conservative activist, announced last week that he would withdraw from the public debate over health-care reform and step down from several medical leadership posts after TPMmuckraker revealed that he had forwarded to other Tea Partiers a racist email showing Obama as a witch doctor.

In a message written Sunday night to that same Tea Party list -- part of a group of emails obtained by TPMmuckraker -- Tea Partier Kathleen Waligore wrote, apparently referring to McKalip: "We lost a great freedom fighter this week," and added that she planned to "double my efforts to make up for our lost patriot." And she ripped the "liberal smear campaign" that exposed McKalip's email.

Birthers going apeshit

Delaware Republican Mike Castle is forced to confront just how batshit insane his party's base has become. There's plenty of room on the other side of the aisle, Mike. When they get too insane for you, come on over.

Go Mike!



Mark Stark is teh awesome.

A few misguided souls.

I kept waiting for Putz to do the obligatory "there's hardly anyone on the right who believes this birther stuff, it's just an invention of the left" post -- but Rich Lowry beat him to it.

The call is from Retarded. Will Bachmann accept the charges?

Of course she will. She will headline/keynote a two-day orgy of birtherism, creationism, hysterical Bircherism, and just about any other flat-earth conspiracy theory embraced by the fringe right - hosted by Phyllis Schlafly and Joseph "Where's the Birth Certificate?" Farah.

Palin farewell speech, read by Shatner

William Shatner reads Palin's farewell speech verbatim, to musical accompaniment (sorry, embedding not working at the moment).

Healing race is about appeasing racist white people

Gary Aldrich, former FBI desk jockey who achieved brief, mocking notoriety in the 90s for writing Unlimited Access* (the book that accused the Clintons of decorating the White House Christmas tree with dildoes, bongs, and crackpipes) leaps into the GatesGatetm fray with an exercise in cop apologism which would need to improve by leaps and bounds to be upgraded to "moronic."


*Note the Amazon page: "156 used copies available starting at $0.01"

Monday, July 27, 2009

Too many Southerners.

Coastal liberal elitist George Voinovich, on the GOP's biggest problem.
“We got too many Jim DeMints (R-S.C.) and Tom Coburns (R-Ok.). It’s the southerners. They get on TV and go 'errrr, errrrr.' People hear them and say, ‘These people, they’re southerners. The party’s being taken over by southerners.

"Obscure."


Oh my.

There are a bunch of people out there who would like to see the tapes of the incident released; I’m one of them, simply because at this point it’s probably the only way to resolve this matter one way or the other. If the material on them is unfavorable to Officer Crowley, best that we find this out now so that we can do something about it; if it’s not, then the sooner Gates can go back to being a moderately obscure Harvard professor.


Obvious nonsense, of course, but the bolded language does take on a certain poignancy when you realize the author is none other than his eminence, Moe Lane.

Mr. Lane, near as I can tell, is best known for being the dumbest former member of Obsidian Wings. [via]

Democrats pull a fast one, Michelle Bachmann takes the bait.

The Democrats had a little fun with the GOP's birther problem this afternoon.

And then Michelle Bachmann walked right into the trap.

Hehindeedy!

Today::

The Obama administration has “released more than a thousand intelligence images of Arctic ice,” following a declassification request by the National Academy of Sciences. These high-resolution spy photos of rapid sea ice loss off the northern coast of Alaska, kept classified by the Bush administration, show “the devastating impact of global warming in the Arctic” ...

The newly-declassified images also reveal the retreat of glaciers in Washington and Alaska. USGS scientist John Crowe tells ThinkProgress that “security issues” prevented the U.S. Geological Survey from launching the Global Fiducials Library website until now, saying he had been “working for some time to get this data to the public.” The same day the images were made public, NOAA anounced that the world’s ocean surface temperature in June 2009 was the warmest on record.

Glenn Reynolds, a year ago:

Well, thank Gore that the ice is melting just as we need the oil. It’s like divine Providence at work.


It's continues to astound that conservatives make being ignorant such a point of pride.

El Rushbo now opposed to torture.

Because Obama's torturing people, or something.
"[T]here are people in this country, who are Americans, and have the same view of totalitarianism that all the worst regimes in the world have had. They just are a minority -- or have been a minority," Limbaugh said. "And they have to be stealth to get anywhere, because who's gonna vote for torture? Who's gonna vote for tyranny? Who's gonna vote for dictatorship? But we did. We did, and you see it slowly encroaching. And if they could move faster on this, they would."

Archival maintenance, Cheney Style

Given the amount of cash they've siphoned out of Congress and the White House, should Chrysler and GM really be allowed to destroy their archives so that A) the full facts about how stupid and greedy their management was will never be known and B) they can plead ignorance when they do a repeat performance in the future?

Frum kicks Palin on the way out.

Ouch.
Sarah Palin’s most notable achievement as governor of Alaska was to increase the payout from the state’s energy tax take by $1200 per resident. Isn’t it odd then that she would use her farewell address to warn against the danger of government handouts?
It's not socialism when Palin does it, apparently.

America's Most Trusted News Network

Nope.

The logic machine took a shit and died

NRO succubus Heather MacDonald squats over the collective chest of America and pinches off a Cleveland Steamer of pure logical excellence with "The Reality of Black Crime." I had to pick one favorite part, and this is it:

I’ll be ready to concede that “race” — defined, per Obama, Holder, Ogletree, and
Gates, as racism and skin color — remains a significant factor in social outcomes when the same proportion of black children as white children are raised in two-parent, married households without greatly lowering the black poverty rate, or when black crime drops to white and Asian levels without proportionally reducing the black prison population.

The correct number of blacks are convicted and sentenced, as evidenced by the fact that more blacks are arrested and charged with crimes. So more blacks are in prison because black crime rates are higher, and we know that black crime rates are higher because more blacks are arrested and imprisoned.

Why shouldn't you be able to carry guns into the Senate chamber?

Heh:
Isn't it time to dismantle the metal detectors, send the guards at the doors away and allow Americans to exercise their Second Amendment rights by being free to carry their firearms into the nation's Capitol?

I've been studying the deep thoughts of senators who regularly express their undying loyalty to the National Rifle Association, and I have decided that they should practice what they preach. They tell us that the best defense against crime is an armed citizenry and that laws restricting guns do nothing to stop violence.

If they believe that, why don't they live by it?

Putz?

Civil Rights, Putz-Style.

Bayard Rustin, presumably.

Twenty years ago, which was not so long ago, Henry Louis Gates, whilst an esteemed professor in the Duke English Department, was repeatedly mistaken for a servant -- on his own property.

This, it is safe to say, is an intrinsically non-white experience.

A couple of decades later, race relations have not improved as much as Glenn Reynolds, for one, would like to you to think.

Sarah Palin may be gone, but her nativist fanbase remains -- and prospers.

That in mind, here's Andrew Breitbart, implicitly calling Professor Gates -- who, last I checked, is still the Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University, a segregation-era racist:

Whether he likes it or not, Sgt. Crowley is a potent symbol of how the union has managed to become more perfect, a Rosa Parks of rush-to-judgment "reverse racism."


And if Crowley -- who, it's worth repeating, arrested an African-American man on his own property -- is Rosa Parks, that makes Professor Gates...?

[via Putz, naturally.]

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Update.

Given my track record, the fact that things are still going so goddamn well with Knoxville Lady is a miracle. Perhaps it's because, as my dry cleaner Annie says, I'm putting some effort into it.

KL still has no idea who Glenn Reynolds is. (I refuse to give her the url to InstaPutz. "That's kind of a 25th date thing," says I.)

...Why yes, I am whipped! I'm watching Buffy, keeping my bathroom clean and [blech] reading Cormac McCarthy. He sucks! But I will finish the book [The Road] and with luck never speak of it again.

No one cares what Republicans think about health care.

It's true.

Put another way, little exercises like this Putz/PJTV effort are nothing more than political masturbation.

My personal vision of Hell.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Glenn Reynolds: racial tension in America is all Obama's fault.



Putz, at his worst.
HMM: Crowley’s Union Predicts Obama Will Regret Remarks. Still waiting for that post-racial society we were promised during the campaign. . .
Funny thing about that. Because during the campaign, we saw the ugliest racism imaginable from the right, including at McCain-Palin events. But those were totally unremarkable to Putz. And since then, there's been an onslaught of racist ugliness from the Republican party and the Teabaggers, but also -- totally unremarkable to Putz.

But Obama expresses an opinion about the absurdity of arresting a 60 year old black man at his house, and he's suddenly to blame for all of the nation's racial ills.

Remarkable.

UPDATE

Digby echoes the sentiment vp made in comments.
And by the way, if anyone wants to see some real incoherence on this subject, consult the right wingers who are defending the policeman today, but who also believe that anyone has the right to shoot first and ask questions later if they "feel" threatened in their own home.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Jane Hamsher smacks Matt Lewis around.




I love the "Rush is just a commentator so anything he says is okay" spin. I'll remember that the next time wingnuttia freaks out over some random guy somewhere saying something they find objectionable.

The Crazies Hath Twatted Spoken.

Via "professional blogger" John Hawkins, we learn that wingnuts bloggers are crazier than even we had imagined.

2) Do you believe Sarah Palin is still a viable potential contender for the Republican nomination in 2012 after announcing that she will resign as Governor of Alaska?

Yes: 42 (63%)
No: 25 (37%)


This isn't a surprise, really. These are the same folks who told us that ANY DAY NOW Terri Schiavo would snap of her PVS to reenact the "Puttin on the Ritz" number from Young Frankenstein.

Doc who sent racist email is - suprise! - a teabagger.

No one could've predicted...

How many wingnuts have been caught doing this kind of thing? I've lost count.

Shorter Wingersphere:

"There's nothing to see here, folks. Move along..."



You'd think that, given that St. Palin's political career is in the shitter, wingnuts might have something to say about it.

You'd be wrong wrong wrong.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Omissions

The Dow hit 9,000 on Thursday. Putz forgot to mention it. Given his strong belief that the Dow is the best tool for evaluating Presidential performance, I'm sure this was an innocent omission. He will correct it on Friday.

Out for the Day.

As an offering, this clip made me oddly blissful.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Invisible Hand Coldcocks Dan Riehl.

Poor wanker:

Unfortunately, I must also note that back on July 8th I noted that it was my birthday and, if anyone wanted, they could always hit the tip jar. The sum total of that haul was $0. ...

I don't think I've done a bleg a year in about six years out here. Whatever the reason, they never generate anything. Perhaps the blogging just isn't worth enough, or I don't do them well, or do them often enough to encourage tips, or I've never gotten the feel for it, to make it an effective activity. Whatever. I don't even like discussing this in a post.

But I am disappointed to see some would be fans so quick to cut and run.



Yes, shouldn't Dan's readers show at least the same level of compassion that Dan showed to, say, his late brother?


He died alone, probably of aids for all I know and probably in a San Francisco flop house living on the government's dime.


(That, btw, was meant to refute John Cole's charge that Dan is a homophobe.
Mission not really accomplished.)

I'm pretty sure Dan's blog fail confirms the efficacy of capitalism and the genius of Herbert Spencer. Nifty!

Classic Putz.

February 5, 2003:

I CERTAINLY CAN’T VOUCH FOR THE ACCURACY OF THESE REPORTS FROM NORTH KOREA, but if true they suggest that North Korea is indeed close to collapse.


Yep, that's a Freeper link.

Mike Ross, concerned Blue Dog.

Corrupt assholes. All of 'em.

Nice, although generous.

Vanity Fair proofreads Palin's farewell address. It was nice of them to go easy on her.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Eventually, Ann, You Ought to Stop Pleading Ignorance.

Althouse, 5 days ago:

Since I have been given no time to figure it [the Obama health-care bill] out, I will ram through my explanation: They don't want us to see how terrible it is. My working theory must be it's a horror. Therefore, I am vehemently opposed to it. Aren't you?


Althouse, today:

The Democrats have dumped a drastic, complicated health care bill on us and they are ramming it through before we can even figure it out.


At some point, I hope Ann will simply STFU and do a little reading. That, of course, is less convenient than whinging that the bill is just too damn complicated for her beautiful mind.

I don't expect Ann to do this, of course. Crappy bug pics will not take themselves, you know!

Birther Republicans in Congress.

Awesome.

Hissy kabuki.

From Jim DeMint.

Aside from the really badly done faux outrage, does he really think the middle will be moved by "tax cuts and getting out of the way of the market"?

Didn't work out so well when John McCain and Sarah Palin ran on that plan.

OMG PORK!

Turns out the government buys food. Ha ha ha! What is it with these jokers? What next, office supplies?

Monday, July 20, 2009

Putting party before country.

I get that Republicans want Obama to fail, but the degree they're willing to go to see that he does is pretty remarkable.

...TS ADDS: They're not anti-Obama, they're just on the other side!

Do we have any readers who are psychologists?

Not amateur ones. Professional ones. I'd like to know what you'd think of a patient who wrote an elected official a letter (or made a journal entry, etc) like this column from Doug Giles.

One of the positive things that has come about by beholding this American socialistic meltdown has been the passive members of our party becoming more active in keeping up with how our politicos are gang raping us while telling us we should be thanking them and that pillaging our country is good for us...

But they’re showing up, by the hundreds of thousands, at Tea Party protests! Well yippee ki-yay! Now, it’s getting interesting. Oh, I almost forgot: These conservatives have also bought more guns in the last four months than they ever had in the last forty years. God, I love it. I’ll have an S&W model 29 with a side order of 300gr. Hollow points, please.

However, the freshly alert and active amongst us still feel very vulnerable and are not digging the thought of their kids, grandkids, or themselves being on the receiving end of an Obama America. They like the old and superior Superbad America that’s free, militarily strong, economically viable and at least semi-morally upright—not this rat cage, socialistic, Czar-laden, left of left, Tila Tequila, Liberals Gone Wild swill we’re being Jim Jones’d into swallowing by Washingtonians who do not give a rat’s backside regarding our nation’s original intent. So, these newly awakened conservatives sit and yell at the TV as they watch the Obama gang dismantle America while their BS detectors ping more than the metal detectors at Islamabad International Airport.

Now, before you compadres bust a vein in your foreheads, let me help you out with a little Christianity Doug Giles style. To assist you in your efforts to change this SNAFUed situation, you must add to your repertoire of petitions you offer up to God Almighty what I like to call Dirty Harry prayers: radical prayers against the radically unrighteous direction our nation is headed. You heard me right. I said pray against this fetid mess.

Holy shit, Doug Giles. You are pickin'-corn-out-of-shit insane. But at least you're organized enough to keep up the one rape reference per column minimum.

In fairness, there were no child rapists readily available

K-Lo touts a Florida Republican Senate candidate for receiving the coveted endorsement of Dick Armey.

Armey is everything a contemporary candidate could want - relevant, respected, and highly influential.

Dept. of Really Bad Ideas.

Rick Perry seems to be doing okay in his reelection efforts, so his decision to add 'Pajamas Media Correspondent' to his resume is, well, curious.


Yes, that is Rick Perry with Bill Whittle. Why do you ask?

It's a little scary that someone on Perry's p.r. team thought this was a good idea.

Anyway, does the gov match the high standard set by his illustrious predecessor? You make the call!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Putz doubles-down on Assrocket's climate change assclownery.

180px-Glenn_Reynolds.JPGOne of the most amusing genres of wingnut writing is the "it was cool somewhere on the planet today which proves Al Gore is lying" post. Nate Silver had a funny take on this yesterday (also noted by Thers), in response to this Assrocket post.

Silver, unlike Assrocket, actually bothered to look up the temperatures and it turns out that, surprise!, Assrocket was completely wrong about the weather in his own city. Oh well.

Undeterred by that rather embarrassing exchange, the non-partisan liberatarian Putz jumped to Assrocket's defense.

OKAY, I STEPPED OUTSIDE A LITTLE WHILE AGO, and it was actually a bit chilly. In Knoxville, in mid-July. My dad says it hasn’t broken 90 all summer, which may be right. I’m saving real money on A/C bills this year. Could be worse — could be Michigan.

Meanwhile, Nate Silver says it’s all in your mind. Two thoughts: (1) I hope so — better that than living in a John Ringo novel. (2) Just remember Nate’s stuff when the press is yammering on about a hot day, or a hurricane, being “caused by global warming.”

So Nate mocks wingnuts for ignoring hard data in favor of rather shallow, subjective observations, and Putz responds with "Nate Silver is clearly wrong about the weather in Minneapolis because it's chilly in Knoxville today and additionally, my dad said something that I haven't bothered to verify--Heh." Priceless.

And naturally, Father of Putz was wrong -- the temperature in Knoxville exceeded 90 4 times last month.

But why let actual facts get in the way of some good old fashioned climate change denial, gratuitous media bashing and -- wait for it --

My tomatoes aren’t doing well, either. I don’t know that that says much about the global temperature, but you can bet if it were unseasonably hot we’d be hearing that it’s a vindication of Al Gore.

...the obligatory swipe at Al Gore.

"Global warming" is SOOOOO FAKE!1!! Suck it, libtards!

[Cross-posted at FDL.]

Saturday, July 18, 2009

This Is Unbearable.

Goddamn right.

Prompted by his interrogators to give a message to the American people, he says in part: “Please, please bring us home so that we can be back where we belong and not over here, wasting our time and our lives and our precious life that we could be using back in our own country.”

Friday, July 17, 2009

The state of the Republican party, in a screeshot.



My piece on the ACU getting their hand caught in the cookie jar is at FDL.

Don't Fear the Teabaggers.


Number of Raleigh residents who voted for McCain in 2008: more than 180,000

Number of attendees at the latest Raleigh tea party: ~20

On a somewhat serious note, why does Putz keep publicizing this? Isn't the shitty attendance embarrassing? Maybe they should get The Decemberists to play!

Moose of the People.


Sarah Palin, she's just like us!

Sarah Palin is moving to Hampton Bays on August 1. That is the talk of the Hampton Bays Diner on Ponquogue Avenue in that town, where residents gather before work every morning to discuss the latest news.

It's been hard not to notice the dozens of secret service men, clearly from Palin's office, who have also been assembling there for coffee and bagels at 6 a.m. every morning for the last week. They keep to themselves at a back booth, but at the cash register, Doris says that they pay with credit cards with pictures of dog sleds on them and they have tiny Alaskan flags for tie clips, American flags in their lapels and bits of beaver fur on their black hats.



This might be is a joke. (We're not the only skeptics.) But if it's the real deal, can we assume Palin's #1 fan will also make the move? Treach should have no problem making fag jokes from the plush comforts of the Palin's backyard...

...Ah, ya got me. Which is fine, since the Empire State barely survived our all-too-recent Althouse infestation.

Irony.

That a guy who called homosexuality "a destruction of God's work" is now, quite literally, limp-wristed.

BREAKING: Glenn Reynolds uncritically links to total right-wing bullshit.

I'm shocked, shocked.

It's nice to get definitive proof that some bloggers really don't bother to do basic research before posting something, and we got some today. Here's a scary article from Investment Business Daily:

"It didn't take long to run into an "uh-oh" moment when reading the House's "health care for all Americans" bill. Right there on Page 16 is a provision making individual private medical insurance illegal. (...)

Under the Orwellian header of "Protecting The Choice To Keep Current Coverage," the "Limitation On New Enrollment" section of the bill clearly states:

"Except as provided in this paragraph, the individual health insurance issuer offering such coverage does not enroll any individual in such coverage if the first effective date of coverage is on or after the first day" of the year the legislation becomes law.

So we can all keep our coverage, just as promised -- with, of course, exceptions: Those who currently have private individual coverage won't be able to change it. Nor will those who leave a company to work for themselves be free to buy individual plans from private carriers."

That sounds scary! It also sounds completely implausible. So I went and looked at the actual bill, and there that paragraph was, on p. 16, in a section defining the term "Grandfathered Health Insurance Coverage". The fact that it's in a definition might lead readers to conclude that it doesn't mean that you can't buy individual insurance after the bill takes effect, but only that you can't buy such insurance and have it meet the bill's definition of "Grandfathered Health Insurance Coverage". There is a difference.

Here are some bloggers who repeated IBD's claims: Instapundit (he updated after a reader pointed out his mistake), Meredith Jessup at Townhall, No Sheeples Here! (sic), Patterico, Gateway Pundit, theblogprof (sic), Ed Morrissey (he updates with a correction, but completely doesn't get why pooling individuals in an exchange lowers premiums. Hint: large risk pool), Say Anything, Michelle Malkin, Jules Crittenden, Right Wing News, Maggie's Farm, The Astute Bloggers (sic).

To call these wingnuts Pavlovian would be to demean the serious thought process a starving dog goes through when it drools at the sound of a bell.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Go media!


"Joe the Plumber is a dumbass."

Elitist.

In an interview with OUT magazine, Meghan McCain spoke freely on her support for gay marriage -- and her dislike of some conservative mouthpieces.

Unprompted, McCain rails against the man her father's presidential campaign touted as an American everyman and made a showpiece in the weeks before the election. "Joe the Plumber -- you can quote me -- is a dumbass. He should stick to plumbing."
How many interviews did Putz do with that dumbass on PJTV?

(h/t watertiger)

The Pride of Bugtussle.


Don Surber:

47% of the American people are shut out as President Obama is the most graceless president we have had since Richard Nixon. In fact, Nixon is his role model as Obama embraces cronyism, is funded through nefarious means and has an enemies list. The one difference is that where Nixon’s dismissal of democracy stemmed from paranoia, Obama’s stems from a sense of entitlement as he acts as if he were descended from kings in Africa to rule — not govern — the United States.


Nice.

Signs of the Apocalypse.

Tapper:If there is a god, Tapper will choose RedState.

...Nice. He's gone with Our Lady of Internment Camps.

Worse Than the Titanic, Estonia and Andrea Doria...Combined.

Steve Martin's Christmas wish (above)

Oy.

Leaving appropriately enough on Boxing Day, December 26th, and returning to San Diego on January 2nd, 2010, after seven days of cruising the Mexican Riviera on the Holland America line, Emmett of the Unblinking Eye, official movie critic of the Hugh Hewitt Show, along with Tarzana Joe, poet laureate of the Hugh Hewitt Show, and yours truly will join all of the listeners that want a fun and inexpensive getaway. Prices are incredibly reasonable, and you can see the agenda for the trip and get more information by clicking on this link to Sterling Travel.

Can you think of anything more fun than lounging on the back of the boat with us, sipping fruity umbrella drinks, and laughing at Hugh back home saying, "If only I had a producer," and not really having one that week? Come sail with the Hugh Hewitt crew.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Glenn Reynolds' short memory.

True, it's a small thing, but...
OBAMA COMES TO MICHIGAN, TEA PARTY BREAKS OUT. I like the “No Czars In America” sign.
Heh, indeed. No American president ever appointed a "czar."
It is surprising that Rove finds the appointment of czars to be “a giant expansion of presidential power” because he actually served as the “domestic policy czar” in the Bush White House. In fact, President Bush himself appointed numerous czars in order to deal with various public crises and controversies, including a “cybersecurity czar,” “regulatory czar,” “AIDS czar,” “bird-flu czar” and “Katrina czar.”
And that list omitted the war czar. It's a term that's been used since Richard Nixon. I don't recall Putz ever complaining once about it during the Bush years.

But, just like everything else, when the Democrat negro does it, it's a constitutional crisis.

Grassley punks himself.

Hehindeedy!

Sotomayor punks Sessions.

Heh.

Ouch!

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.), seeking to discredit Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s judicial philosophy, cited her 2001 “wise Latina” speech, and contrasted the view that ethnicity and sex influence judging with that of Judge Miriam Cedarbaum, who “believes that judges must transcend their personal sympathies and prejudices.”

“So I would just say to you, I believe in Judge Cedarbaum’s formulation,” Sessions told Sotomayor.

“My friend Judge Cedarbaum is here,” Sotomayor riposted, to Sessions’ apparent surprise. “We are good friends, and I believe that we both approach judging in the same way, which is looking at the facts of each individual case and applying the law to those facts.”

Cedarbaum agreed.

Ouch, indeed.

Cantor: the stimulus has been a total failure, except in my state.

Just like Boehner.

How these guys reconcile "the stimulus sucks but I'm happy it's creating jobs in my state" I'll never understand.

Ann Althouse rejects your reality and substitutes her own

She must make a great lawyer. "I've seen the irrefutable DNA evidence, but I stand by my half-assed speculation about this man's guilt."

O'Reilly and Goldberg discuss how left-wing "Newsweek" is.

And Rick Perlstein is a "far-left zealot."

Also.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Shit News.

The best blogger in America is retiring.

"Blowjob."

3:35 into this clip, MSNBC, with the assistance of Marcy Wheeler, got unexpectedly entertaining for a split second.



Remember where you were on this special day.

QOTD.

I figured I was past that point of being surprised Stacy McCain's racist ramblings, but, well...

I'm watching Sen. Amy Klobuchar singing paeans to the authentic experience of Judge Sonia Sotomayor. One notes that liberals never seemed particularly impressed with the authenticity of the World War II experience of, inter alia, Strom Thurmond or Joe McCarthy.


Riiiiight. But look, Grand Wizard here is already on the record as saying that anyone "believe[s] that slavery is evil" is a "Cultural Marxist."

As Gilliard once observed, "With a tighter haircut, he'd look like an SS Panzer officer."

Exit question: Why does Glenn Reynolds keep linking to an unrepentant white supremacist? Shoot him an e-mail about it, why doncha? -- I hear he doesn't allow comments!


Revising History.

NRO needs fixin'.

Life in the spotlight means that an unwed teenager’s predicament becomes fodder for national talking heads, as happened with Palin’s daughter shortly after her mother achieved immense fame as John McCain’s running mate pushed her into the spotlight.


It bears repeating as many times as necessary: 99.9% of the scrutiny visited upon Palin was a) her fault and b) well-deserved.

Liz Cheney's weird rant.

Last week, Obama was attacked by wingnuts for being too mean to Russia.

Now this week, Obama is being attacked by wingnuts for not sticking it in their face.

Hard to keep up.

It Burns.

Well, lookyhere:

WASHINGTON -- A secret Central Intelligence Agency initiative terminated by Director Leon Panetta was an attempt to carry out a 2001 presidential authorization to capture or kill al Qaeda operatives, according to former intelligence officials familiar with the matter.

[snip]

Ms. Feinstein said Mr. Panetta told the lawmakers that Mr. Cheney had ordered that the information be withheld from Congress. Mr. Cheney on Sunday couldn't be reached for comment through former White House aides.


As Adam Serwer notes, "it looks like Seymour Hersh knew exactly what he was talking about."

Looks like Jules Crittenden and Famous Stalker Dan Collins owe someone an apology...

Really? Really?

The New York Times chose a mere six legal minds to suggest questions for Judge Sotomayor.

It is not to their credit that among them are a guy who until recently was literally unemployable, a guy whose main achievement in life is his complicity in letting an American city drown, and, dear. god., Ann Althouse.

I get the feeling this is the result of a night of heavy drinking, during which a question began with the words, "Hey, wouldn't it be funny if..."

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Pew poll: 6% of scientists are Republicans.

Holy shit.

Yes, I know Republicans have been saying crazy, stupid shit for decades -- global warming is librul scheme to make Algore rich, evolution is librul scheme to undermine God, etc., etc.

But still.

When 94% of an entire class of well-educated professionals has summarily rejected your party, you're in big, big trouble.

Shocking.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Noted without comment.

Embarrassing.

NYT:

LOS ANGELES — The Southern Christian Leadership Conference — the 50-year-old civil rights organization founded by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others — is seeking to remove the president of its Los Angeles chapter in response to his support of same-sex marriage in California.


Way to honor Dr. King's legacy, assholes.

Nooners unloads on Palin again.

I made this point in comments under my FDL post, but I really think it needs to be made again. As undereducated and shallow as Palin is, she's a far more impressive figure than George W. Bush was when Villagers like Nooners discovered his Reaganesque qualities during his first term as governor of Texas.

It's fine for people like Nooners and Frum and Brooks to laugh at Palin now. But they were all marching behind The Boy Wonder 10 years ago, when it was clear to everyone with half a brain that he was a total idiot.

I Got Nothin'.

Watch this. Either put on headphones or turn up the sound.

Give the Anarchist a Cigarette.

This is a couple of days old, but well worth reading.

Sally Quinn has balls.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Jane smacks a Townhall wingnut around.

Obama = Hitler

When Code Pink said this about Bush, it was a national scandal. But somehow when one of the most prominent Republican senators says the same about Obama, it's a big yawn.

Top Five Threads.

It's a pleasant feature of liberal blogs that the comments threads are, perhaps inevitably, at least as entertaining as the posts that precipitate them.

So, inspired by this Balloon Juice thread in which Peter Daou hilariously ignores Lincoln's dictum, and results in such inspired such marvels as

Who the fuck is Peter Daou?

The “leave Britney Hilary Sarah alone” boy?


...I bring you The InstaPutz Top Five! These threads were either madly entertaining, or had unexpected long-term repercussions.


1. Alex Rawls loses his shit (Tbogg)

Post Premise: Alec Rawls, whose father apparently took some bad DNA in college, believed the memorial design was Flight 93 was an "Islamo-fascist shrine."

Thread Reaction: Laughter. Rawls subsequently doubles-down on the crazy.

Sample Gem:

People here seem to be under the impression that a half mile wide crescent, oriented on Mecca, can occur by random chance. I think that is pretty flakey, but don't worry, Murdoch provided plenty of confirmation. Look further into my analysis. There is also an array of crescents of trees in the Tower of voices section of the memorial. These are turned exactly 90 degrees to the large red crescent, so that a line across the tips of the crescents points to Mecca. There are numerous other proofs of intent in Murdoch's plan as well. He obviously anticipated the willfull blindness of people like you tboggers, and put in the multiply redundant proof necessary to make his accomplishment irrefutable once it is a fait accompli. Wake you little brains up. Take a look.

As for whether rotating the whole structure 90 degrees would make it acceptable, not at this point. Once the terrorist-memorial is discovered, obviously no remnant of it can be allowed to remain, because that is a remnant of a terrorist memorial.
# posted by Alec Rawls

The thread immediately attains legend status.


2. Former Penthouse letters editor is aware of all internet traditions (LG&M)

Post Premise: Wingnuts believe Michelle Obama is a racist. Duh?

Sample Gem:

Donald,
I am aware of all internet traditions and also of literary conventions in which placing something in quotes or in a blockquote means that your are quoting that person.

But here you are not.

It seems to me that what your are about is, well, sort of questionable.

Can you please expand on the idea your propose that putting something in blockquotes that does not appear at the linked item is a fair thing to do.

Most people would find it, absent a reasonable explanation, to be very strange.

Van der Leun

3. A short history of cock, as told by Jeff Goldstein (Sadly, No!)

Post Premise: Jeff Goldstein, the proprietor of Protein Wisdom, had an inexplicably good rep within the wingnut community. Until Retardo's cock compendium was published, that is.

Sample Gem:

So, Kevin can suggest I’m a breastfeeding coward (”I never said he was a coward — just that he was hiding under his kid’s crib and needs to go enlist NOW, or at least, as soon as he’s done giving the boy his breast milk”), but when I offer to meet up with him so he can repeat this to my face, I’m out of line?

Must be that old cycle of violence thing. I started it by having no fucking idea who Kevin was, Kevin posts some personal shit about me, and I respond by offering to slap him across the face with my dick. In between breast feedings. Where, you know, milk comes out of my nipples and goes into my son’s throat.

But yeah, I’m the one with issues.


You can pretty much draw a direct line between Sadly, No!'s effort and the fact that Ace of Spades no long returns Jeff's calls.


4. A Kaus meme is born (Matthew Yglesias)

Post Premise: Though Mickey Kaus was later (sigh) vindicated, Yglesias believed the Slate blogger's rationalization for harping the Edwards/Hunter story was weak.

Sample Gem:

Hey, you know what I hear, Mickey Kaus likes to fuck goats.

Micky Kaus blows goats. I read about it on another internet site and has not been refuted yet. Thus, it is true, and, if anything, underestimates how much Micky likes to blows goats.


-

the discussion over at Eschaton is both lively and factual. three independent sources confirm that Mickey Kaus blows goats, the real question is if he swallows or spits.

How many goats do you need to fellate before Jacob Weisberg lets you go all the way with the Slate office dog?


47,000
hits later...


5. A Jarvis/Quick cage match (Bill Quick)

Post Premise: Jeff Jarvis calls bullshit on Pajamas Media. Bill Quick is displeased. The two bloggers, both of whom are among the most loathsome folks on the planet, proceed to bloody each other -- to the immense delight of the left side of the blogosphere.

Sample Gem:

Bill Quick
November 5th, 2005 | #31
Dean, just speaking for myself - I have no privy to PJM plans - I suspect that down the road a piece one of the intentions may be to equip most PJM members with the “Blog reporter’s tool kit” that I, Glenn, and others (including Wretchard) have discussed from time to time, so as to transform the organization into a distributed news network fully capable of doing on-the-scene reporting - and then market the news product to commercial news consumers or display on a portal site of some sort. Something like that most definitely would compete with the likes of NYT. All the major news nets, as far as it goes.


Hehindeedy!

Reminder

Last chance to get aboard the National Review cruise, which is, in every possible way, exactly like that delightful film Boat Trip. And. AND. You might see K-Lo in a bikini.

It sells itself.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Holy fucking fuckballs.

Do you have high expectations for Fox News? Me neither. Nevertheless, this managed to stun me. Brian Kilmeade, one of the John Tesh-wannabe candy-ass empty suits on the 'Fox and Friends' morning show, had this to say while bantering about a study from Sweden suggesting that married people get Alzheimer's Disease at lower rates.

"We are -- we keep marrying other species and other ethnics and other..."
At this point his co-hosts, idiots all but apparently not mentally inert like Kilmeade, tried to talk over him and get him to shut the fuck up. But he wouldn't.

"See, the problem is the Swedes have pure genes. Because they marry other Swedes .... Finns marry other Finns, so they have a pure society."


Brian, maybe you need to sit the next couple of plays out.

Final Exam cheat sheet

Alberto Gonzales is finally off the dole. He'll recruit minority students to Texas Tech University and teach one political science course per semester. Fine, I'll go with the obvious joke: Is writing "I don't know" or "I don't recall" 78 times in two hours an acceptable answer on his final exam?

As a fellow professor of political science, I welcome Mr. Gonzales' insight in a course entitled "Contemporary Issues in the Executive Branch." I hope that the first time a student raises his or her hand to ask Prof. Gonzales a question he freezes with the same oops-I-shit-my-pants smirk he so wantonly used before Congress.

Also, holy shit does Lubbock blow. One of the saddest excuses for a city I've ever seen and a perfect place for Gonzo to be forgotten. When interviewing at TTU, one of the ways they try to sell prospective faculty on living in the middle of nowhere is by touting the excellent burn unit at the University hospital. True story. That's actually in their sales pitch.

Meet UT's Next Constitutional Law Professor.

From Equire's interview with Jeb Bush, we learn that Glenn Reynolds' desire to have sex with robots is not, uh, singular.

Says Jeb:

I'm reading a wild book. It's The Singularity Is Near. [The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, by Ray Kurzweil] The book is about how technology is going to overtake the human mind. There's basically like an L-shaped advancement that's going to take place. There's a convergence of our own intellectual capacities and technology. There's going to be a merger, and we're going to, this guy believes, live in an era of unbelievable intelligence and advancement. It's wild.


I bet.

Ho.

Editor!


In related news, Dan Riehl is the new editor of The Corner.

Biden goes after Boehner.

Again, the reason the GOP's bitching about the stimulus is so outrageous is these are the same people who were advocating doing nothing or worse, in Boehner's case, spending freezes.

The problem for Obama is they can now simply say "It didn't work" -- and they've got a good argument.

Krugman was right. It should've been bigger.

It Burns.

Obama made a funny and the wingnuts are, as is their wont, steamed.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Visiting U.S. President Barack Obama made a pointed quip Tuesday about Russia's sale of Alaska to the United States in the 19th century.

Referring to the long history of Russia-U.S. trade stretching back more than two centuries, Obama told an audience of business people in Moscow:

"Along the way, you gave us a pretty good deal on Alaska. Thank you."

Czar Alexander II's sale of Alaska to the United States in 1867 for $7.2 million in gold, around 1.9 cents per acre, was regarded by Russians as a national disgrace -- particularly once it became clear that the province was rich in oil.

Moscow was short of cash at the time.



Via Putz, the fourth stooge, Moe Lane, writes:

God, I miss the days of the Bush administration, when we didn’t do things like this.


I know! During the Bush administration, the president didn't make lighthearted jokes. He simply informed the fucking United Nations that unless it forced Saddam Hussein to destroy weapons he didn't possess in response to dangers that weren't, in fact, "gathering," the entire institution would abdicate "the purpose of its founding" and be rendered, said Bush, "irrelevant."