There is a reason that I haven’t blogged much since the election. There has been little need.
Last night was a rerun of Dave Letterman’s 11-14-2012 show, but I was in the bathroom or something, and it wasn’t until late in the monologue that I realized that I was watching a rerun. Because all of the news was pretty much still all the news from two weeks ago, specifically, L’Affaire Doofus, or how it was that Susan Rice killed all those US ambassadors over in Libya and still made it to the UN General Assembly. Continue reading
Congressman Paul Ryan (R Wisc.)
Seems that Congressman Paul Ryan has passed on the hallowed family tradition of killing for sport and not for food to his daughter:
Buck fever: Ryan, 10-year-old daughter bag bucks
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner
… Since their hunt just ended, more details of the size of the bucks weren’t available.
But Ryan, a dedicated bowhunter, earlier said that his daughter had been hunting with him before but this was the first year she could legally hunt alone from her own stand. He added that she was practicing with a Remington 700 .243 caliber he previously bought her. The .243 is one of the most popular calibers for deer hunting because it is accurate at long distances and recoils very little….
It just warms the cockles of one’s heart, don’t it? So, here’s a lovely bedtime story in honor of Ryan family deer slaughter, and in light of Mr. Ryan’s “principled” extreme “life begins at conception” stance:
The Congress of the Forest
A parable, with apologies to Aesop or whomever. Continue reading
I originally began this post as a discussion of the simmering “secession” story, which Ron Paul decided to toss gasoline on, using his House website. But, as Thanksgiving approaches, I cannot help but connect the original Thanksgiving (no, Virginia, not all that Pilgrim bullshit) with the present crisis.
Yes. Crises, as any good bar bouncer will tell you, begin with certain signs and indications. It never comes out of the blue. And the crisis deepened today, as the Speaker of the House, John Boehner — who had already appointed the LOSING Vice Presidential candidate to the team that will attempt to avoid the so-called “Fiscal Cliff” — that selfsame John Boehner decided to demand, well, here it is from his hometown website, which may or may not be attached to a newspaper but is owned by Gannett: Continue reading
Oh look what’s in the news:
This 50-page report outlines concerns about these fully autonomous weapons, which would inherently lack human qualities that provide legal and non-legal checks on the killing of civilians. In addition, the obstacles to holding anyone accountable for harm caused by the weapons …
They’re only four and a half years late to the party, but I welcome them, nonetheless.
Here is the 2009 reprint of March 1, 2008’s “Killer Death Robots”: Continue reading
Providing material aid and comfort to an enemy in time of war is treason. That’s what the law’s been since there’s been law.
By this definition, the congressional GOP is actively engaged in treason. (I know: so what else is new?)
Now, it certainly stands to reason that a party entirely devoted to blocking any aid or assistance to Americans suffering from the deep and lasting effects of a Republican-fueled economic meltdown was already half way down the r0ad t0 treason, but this post-elect0ral corpse-humping has hit the levels of hysteria and pointless finger pointing that the GOP had HOPED to turn into the “October Surprise.” How proud must they be. Continue reading
James Alexander Dewar, creator of the Twinkie, must surely stir in his Eternal Rest.
According to the John Galt benefactors of humanity who run Hostess (Twinkies, Dolly Madison, Ding dongs, Wonder Bread, ad nauseum, literally), their business decisions are not to blame for shutting down the company — 18,500 workers, 33 bakeries, fleets of trucks, etc. etc. — it’s those gosh-darned moocher workers. It’s a scene right out of any Ayn Rand novel:
Twinkies Maker Hostess Going Out of Business, CEO Blames Union Strike
“It’s over. This is it,” Gregory Rayburn tells “Today.” — Hostess, the makers of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Wonder Bread, is going out of business after striking workers failed to heed a Thursday deadline to return to work, the company said.
Because, as we all know, workers have their boots on the throat of entrepreneurs in America, and poor people caused the mortgage collapse, and illegal immigrants FORCE white businessmen to hire them at slave wages and fire their American workers. Continue reading
Like Mr. Ed, I try not to speak when I don’t have anything to say.
Petraeus agrees to testify on Libya before congressional committees
Former CIA Director David Petraeus has agreed to testify about the Libya terror attack before the House and Senate intelligence committees, Fox News has learned. — Petraeus had originally been scheduled to testify …
For the week since the election, the sex life of one David Petraeus has been the Rorschach Ink Blot Test of the American Psyche. And, knowing no more than anyone else, which is to say, exactly nothing, I have been content to observe. The nation and its high military command has been gripped by L’Affaire Doofus. Continue reading
We are least equipped to express those things we most want to express. I am a writer and have been for nearly forty years, and yet, now that I have something that is desperately important to communicate to you, I know most painfully that I cannot begin to accomplish the task. But I must anyway, and so, knowing in advance that my words will fail, I can only do the best I can, because it’s better than nothing, and trying, knowing that failure is inevitable, is always a better choice than not trying.
A veteran passed away just before election day, and Veteran’s Day, once called “Armistice Day” — a remembrance of the men who fought in World War I (then known as ‘The Great War’ or ‘The World War.’) And, like those forgotten and vaguely honored dead, Mac McFadden was the veteran of a war no one much talks about anymore. A war, that, had we remembered its lessons, would have prevented us from invading Iraq and Afghanistan, wars that Mac was against. Continue reading
The Hill reports:
Florida vote count: Obama wins state
Four days after Election Day, a final count of votes in Florida shows President Obama defeated Mitt Romney, bringing the president’s total count in the Electoral College to 332. — Romney won 206 Electoral College votes. — The Associated Press called Florida for Obama on Saturday.
And, since AP are pricks, Reuters: Continue reading
David Koch, in the end, had no more votes than did I or you. And the people just cost the Richie Richs about a billion dollars. And there is NOTHING that pains a billionaire more than pissing away so much as a quarter. The voice of the people trumped the ads of the rich.
Obama Wins New Term as Electoral Advantage Holds
New York Times
Barack Hussein Obama was re-elected president of the United States on Tuesday, overcoming powerful economic headwinds, a lock-step resistance to his agenda by Republicans …
Joy tonight. Work tomorrow.
[Note: This is a minor reprint of November 4, 2008's eponymous elder post.]
Actually, it’s for your persuadable friends.
Or, rather, for your friends like hvs reader ‘Spanky’ P of Los Lunas, New Mexico, who decided to get “they’re all the same” despairy and angsty and vote for Gary Johnson because Johnson is in favor of pot legalization. (There’s an interesting one-issue take on what’s important in The United States of America today.)\
This is a story about what those votes do for the interests of those voters. And about a pig and what became of him.
When Pigs Fly, or, How to Elect Nixon Again and Again and Again …
8 AUGUST 2012
Post Civil War Cartoon lampooning those who
profited from the bravery of those doing the actual fighting:
caption: ‘THE STAY-AT-HOMES WHO WROTE WAR-SONGS’
TeeVee Funnyman decides that information anarchy would be hilarious and shuts down a potentially useful source of information: Continue reading
Looks like “Mittmentum” trickled down somewhere else, because the well seems empty:
Obama Gains Edge in Campaign’s Final Days
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press
Obama 50% – Romney 47% — OVERVIEW — Barack Obama has edged ahead of Mitt Romney in the final days of the presidential campaign. In the Pew Research Center’s election weekend survey, Obama holds a 48% to 45% lead over Romney among likely voters.
Here’s the numbers that matter, to be fanatically deconstructed by that side that doesn’t accept any facts that don’t support their fantasies:
I realize that this will come as a shock to many, such as local phony “scientist” Art Robinson, who is now in pre-victimhood mode, screeching that Congressperson Peter DeFazio is putting up “illegal” billboards. Continue reading
A ‘hilarious’ right-wing photoshopped mashup
still making the rounds in your grandma’s AOL email
Byron York, ever-faithful acolyte of Karl Rove’s battered fax machine has managed to create one of the last fake kerfuffles of the Fall.
Obama campaign struggles to explain ‘revenge’ remark
Byron York / Washington Examiner
CINCINNATI — A seemingly offhand utterance from President Obama has turned into a major point of contention between the two campaigns, as Team Obama tries to explain what the president meant when he told a crowd of supporters that “Voting is the best revenge.”
I mean why would anyone want revenge on assholes like Bill O’Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, Eric Cantor, Karl Rove, Mitt Romney, and, of course, his tax-deductible dancing horse? I mean, aside from the fact that they’re bullies, thugs and liars? Revenge on a GOP-strangled congress that watched the country struggling to keep its head above water and not only didn’t help rescue it, but actively blocked any lifeguard from the life preservers on the wall around the gene pool? Continue reading
Hunker in for a long week of Karl Rove’s newest election mini-series “Return To Al Qaeda” as the intentional Right Wing plot to Swiftboat Obama’s signal national security achievement– the killing of Osama bin Laden–is kerfluffed by kerfufflers of the Rabid Rupert-owned Roaring Right et al.
The Wall Street Journal attacks the ‘Benghazi scandal’ while the New York Post attacks Mayor Bloomberg in New York for not canceling the New York City Marathon, which, ironically, the Wall Street Journal would attack him if he DID cancel the run: the Murdoch Media franchises neatly bracket the New York Mayor.
Meantime, media outlets across the land are gleefully pocketing all the cash that Shedon Adelson can shill out, along with the Koch Brothers’ Amalgamated Billionaires Local #666 and a few freelance rich kooks. Funny thing is, most of that cash spent on media ads goes right back into the same pockets that originally shelled out the money. The neatest money laundering scheme in history.
But we are being conditioned, like lab rats, like Pavlov’s dog, and they’re going to be ringing that bell all weekend long. (See last December 5’s “Selling the New Nixon – A Clockwork Luntz.”)
The attack ads are just cybermud that no one can smell the stink of anymore. We’re all just sick of the freaking election. The first GOOP debate in the highly successful and ultimately meaningless “Who Wants To Be President?” took place under the wing of Ronald Reagan’s jet in early May of 2011. ENOUGH ALREADY! Continue reading