Monthly Archives: March 2010

Oil’s Well That Ends Swell

Today’s big headline:

John M. Broder / New York Times:
Obama to Open Offshore Areas to Oil Drilling for First Time
—  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is proposing to open vast expanses of water along the Atlantic coastline, the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the north coast of Alaska to oil and natural gas drilling, much of it for the first time, officials said Tuesday.

Shorter: Obama proposes offshore drilling; NOBODY happy.

And so it goes.


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The Small-Minded Bigotry of Pat Sajak

There’s a bit of a nomenclature problem here that needs to be reframed.

Microencephalic Pat Sajak
(head shown actual size)

The righties –that is, the ‘conservatives’ who wish to conserve nothing, but, rather, to radically change everything,  whilst hypocritically harping on “traditional” values, you know, like the Mormons funding anti-gay initiatives in California, because of ‘traditional’ marriage that they have spent a mere century observing, and not uniformly, at that — those righties have been screaming all week that they are NOT racists. Continue reading


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I Know You Are, But What Am I?

What a card that “Turdblossom™” is!

From My Shrill Merkin™ comes this priceless statement of values by that indefatigable champion of civil liberties and human rights, Karl Rove: Continue reading


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What Matters Right Now

I’m going to talk about a coup d’etat, as promised yesterday, but first, nothing so graphically illustrates the fundamentally twisted and psychotic state of the blogosphere and commentary than Memeorandum RIGHT NOW.

What are the big stories? Well, first, nine members of a Michigan “militia” were arrested by the FBI, as a plot to assassinate a police officer and then target his funeral to murder the gathered police officers using assault weapons and improvised explosive devices became imminent. Continue reading


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April Fool’s Day Came Early This Year

The fools in this case being our national media.

“victim” NotSoBreitbart

Listen to Joseph Pulitzer:

“A free press should always fight for progress and reform, never tolerate injustice and corruption, always fight demagogues of all parties, never belong to any party, always oppose privileged classes and public plunderers, never lack sympathy for the poor, always remain devoted to the public welfare,”

– Joseph Pulitzer (That “prize” guy.)

I guess that one’s been tossed overboard. The reporting on this event is DREADFUL. Worse, it’s propaganda and snake oil, and any halfway competent journalist wouldn’t accept ANY of this stuff at face value, but, instead, our corporate shills for the oligarchy swallow it hook, line and sinker.

But first, I need to give you the thesis that I’m going to be carrying around the USA this summer: Continue reading

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Waiting for John Brown, Redux

Seein’ as how Pacific Northwest Howie Rich operative and Freedomworks buddy Ted Piccolo has decided to smear me again, accusing me of creating the current, dangerous, toxic atmosphere, let me redirect your attention to what I said in 2009 and 2007 about all this. (Oh, and note how widespread the tactic is.)

And, as the astroturf “Tea Party Express” and Sarah Palin (perhaps in her black leathers as she was today) are looking for a Saturday “Conservative Woodstock” in their Searchlight, Nevada attack on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in his own hometown, let us recall that this current atmosphere of incipient violence has been carefully nurtured for a long time. From August 23, 2009: “Waiting for John Brown.” I think you may find it more than a little spooky, viewed through the prism of NOW….


Two years and a month ago, I was savaged by the Right Wing blogosmear (who, conveniently, don’t allow for rebuttal on their blogs),  Faux Nooz™ and WorldNutDaily’s editor, Joe Farah in their ‘pages.’ And I wrote this later that month [emphasis added]: Continue reading


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Have been working on a long piece since Wednesday.

But the ODS letter arrived, and there was only one choice. And the piece I was working on was put off. Continue reading

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Thank You, Speaker Pelosi and President Obama!

As Reader’s Digest used to run those articles:  I AM JOE’S HEALTH INSURANCE.

I am an average American in a lot of ways. Nielsen thinks I’m an average American:

Neilsen ratings envelope

And, today, the zeitgeist decided to make me an Average American ambassador: Continue reading


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Who Hates America?

There’s been a lot of “talk” about people who hate America, but I promise you that I can resolve this question with one question that you can answer yourself.

Q: Who hates America? Continue reading

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Media Biass?


(Caveat Lector: Warning, this is long, and intellectual, and if you don’t like reading that kind of stuff, please stop reading now, and don’t snark that it was “tough” for you, or “impossible” for you to get through, later.)

If there were ever a day that the Nixonian saw that the media is filled with “liberal bias” could be finally laid to rest, today is that day.

Nixon, self-proclaimed “Not a crook”

On a day after a historic policy, 90 years in the making, finally passed both houses of Congress, after a year of the ugliest yowling of the mob of unreason supplanted debate, after a year of solid Pravda-style propaganda from the marching in lock-step, goose-stepping of the right-wing blogs, from Faux Nooz™, and from the catamite media of the Washington-New York navel-gazers finally lost, where is any discussion of “our” side? Continue reading


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Looking For Love In All The Wrong Places

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up Dept:

Liberals neurotically seek clouds, while Conservatives psychotically seek silver linings:

New York Times:
Legal and Political Fights Loom for Democrats —  WASHINGTON — The battle over health care is poised to move swiftly from Congress back to the country as Democrats, Republicans and a battery of interest groups race to define the legislation and dig in for long-term political and legal fights.

John / Power Line:
Silver Linings
—  With Stupak’s collapse, passage of the Democrats’ government medicine bill is assured.  This is a dark day in American history; one of the darkest.  But there are many reasons for optimism.  Here are a few:  —  * The health care battle is just beginning.

Life is but a dream.

(Until a brick hits you on the head, that is.)


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Wahoo: Waterloo!

Senator Jim Demented (Batshit Crazy, SC) infamously said, at the beginning of the health care “debate”, “If we’re able to stop Obama on this it will be his Waterloo. It will break him.” (Click on the link for the actual audio/video; h/t The Plum Line)

Uh, didn’t work out that way. Turned out to be a Delphic utterance on the order of the one made to Croesus.  Because, while Waterloo may have undone Napoleon, it most assuredly MADE Wellington.

Whoops. Continue reading

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More On The GOP Minstrel Show

I understand the GOP is starting a new Hispanic Voter Outreach program.

They’re calling it the “Party of No Way José.”


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Davy Crockett, R.I.P.

To a generation of American boys of the 1950s and 1960s, Fess Parker was the symbol of wilderness, first as Davy Crockett and then as Daniel Boone, always with the coonskin hat and the flintlock long rifle.

And now, Fess Parker has passed away at the age of 85 in Santa Barbara, California, owner of a resort and a winery. Here’s the info from his own page:

Beloved American Icon
Fess Parker, Passes Away
March 18, 2010

Fess ParkerSanta Barbara County, CA  – Actor, developer and vintner Fess E. Parker, Jr passed away today, March 18th, 2010, at his home in the Santa Ynez Valley. Mr. Parker was 85 years old.

Born in Fort Worth, TX and raised in San Angelo,  Fess served in the United States Navy during WWII and then returned home to Texas to graduate from the University of Texas-Austin in 1950. He was honored as a distinguished alum of the university in 1969.

A desire to act took Fess to California in the early 50’s where hard work and great good fortune led him to be cast in Walt Disney’s “Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier” co-starring the late Buddy Ebsen. While under personal contract to Walt Disney, Fess made numerous pictures for the studio including the prequel “Davy Crockett and the River Boat Pirates” as well as The Great Locomotive Chase” and “Smoky.”

A successful television career in the 1960’s followed with NBC’s long running “Daniel Boone” show co-starring his friend and neighbor Ed Ames.

The early 70’s found Fess eager to explore the business world as a real estate developer in Santa Barbara, CA. [MORE]

You may not recognize him without his trademark coonskin cap, which every boy of my generation owned at one time or another: Continue reading


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