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Poor, Poor Victims have George Will to Defend Them

Ten days to the election. Eleven days to the announcement. (See yesterday)

James and Eric O'Keefe @ right-online-dinner

James and Eric O’Keefe @ right-online-dinner (relation/no relation?)

Poor, poor Eric O’Keefe. It’s sad enough that he and his family live in fear of me.

But, at least the Koch-connected architect of Term Limits, director of the Wisconsin Club for Growth, founder of the casually-discarded Sam Adams Alliance (formed when Americans for Limited Government was busted slushing dark money into state initiatives coast to coast in 2006 and O’Keefe was President of same), fired Libertarian Party executive director and “Crane Machine” strategist has a champion in George Will. Just hear the crocodile tears flow:

The nastiest political tactic this year
George F. Will / Washington Post

The early-morning paramilitary-style raids on citizens’ homes were conducted by law enforcement officers, sometimes wearing bulletproof vests and lugging battering rams, pounding on doors and issuing threats. Spouses were separated as the police seized computers, including those of children still in pajamas. Clothes drawers, including the children’s, were ransacked, cellphones were confiscated and the citizens were told that it would be a crime to tell anyone of the raids.…

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An Important Announcement

Damned Space People Anowho!

Damned Space People Anywho!

As some know, last spring was the Tenth Anniversary of this blog. However, the REAL tenth anniversary came on Wednesday, November 3rd, 2004, the day after the election. Continue reading


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Surprise! Bristol Palin is no MENSA Candidate

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Bristol the Slut* and her pre-marital impregnator
at the GOP convention in Minneapolis, pretending
that they’ll eventually be “moral.” Hah!

* Not my morality: hers! OK: How about “adulteress” even though she was certainly not an adult.

From her scrofulous ‘blog':

The Truth about the “Palin Brawl”
Bristol Palin

The Media Reveals Its Bias Against Conservative Women Once Again  —  First, the media said Trig was not really my mom’s kid.  —  Then, they claimed my mom said “I can see Russia from my house.”  —  Recently, they said my parents are giving a divorce…

First, there is no “the media.” Second the notion that this monolithic non-entity has a ‘war against Conservative women’ is a Frank Lunz talking point. Third, claiming prior cherry-picked activity as 1) proof of a generalized “truth” and 2) “proof” of a paranoid assertion in the present tense is part and parcel of this teen age adulteresss modus operandi. Continue reading

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The Impotence of Being Ernst

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Anti-Joni Ernst action ad

Iowa hog castrator and GOP senate candidate Joni Ernst lets us know how she really feels:

GOPer Ernst Promises To Use Her Gun If Gov’t Decides Rights Aren’t ‘Important’
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo

During an National Rifle Association event in Iowa in 2012, state Sen. Joni Ernst, now the Republican nominee for Senate in the state, said she carries a 9-millimeter gun around everywhere and believes in the right to use it even if it’s against the government if they disregard her rights.

“I have a beautiful little Smith & Wesson, 9 millimeter, and it goes with me virtually everywhere,” Ernst said during a speech at the NRA’s Iowa Firearms Coalition Second Amendment Rally in Searsboro, Iowa, as flagged by The Huffington Post on Thursday. “But I do believe in the right to carry, and I believe in the right to defend myself and my family — whether it’s from an intruder, or whether it’s from the government, should they decide that my rights are no longer important.” …

Right. Because the mongol hordes are going to invade Iowa and it’s going to be The Road Warrior all over again. Right. Er, I mean the “government.”  Continue reading

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How to Blow An Election You Ought to Win (part iii)

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This illustration is in the Public Domain


Political Polarization & Media Habits

When it comes to getting news about politics and government, liberals and conservatives inhabit different worlds.  There is little overlap in the news sources they turn to and trust.  And whether discussing politics online or with friends …

This isn’t actually news. It’s been known for some time, but it’s a good entrée into part iii.

In Part i. I talked about the ascendance of the political consultant and the conservatism of the shopkeeper that keeps candidates from focusing on any race but their own, and playing it safe as milk even in that. (e.g. “spinelessness.)

In Part ii. I talked about the track record of internet destruction (trolling) that has been historically used to advance the GOP agenda and candidates by relentlessly and mercilessly destroying all discussion, especially things like oh, “Obama has been a good president with a good track record. (They’re STILL trolling the Rolling Stone story by Paul Krugman a week after publication.)

In Part iii, I’m going to talk about how the Democratic Leadership has been aiding and abetting this behavior. And how to turn that idiocy around into intelligent messaging.  Continue reading

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How to Blow An Election You Ought to Win (part ii)


A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.  — Mark Twain (attributed)

Let me open with the follow-up to yesterday’s post:

UPDATE 10:40AM 20 Oct 2014:

Even though Drudge featured the Reuters report (which seems increasingly slanted, ideologically) and the Righties with Magic Eyes™ “saw” the same thing in blog after blog, oddly, the CBS affiliate saw something entirely different:

… the rally drew a huge crowd of thousands waiting to see the president.

There were so many people at the rally that some of them couldn’t even get in. As expected, the president said Anthony Brown was the right man for the job in a rally that was all about revving up energy for the Democrat’s campaign.

They waited for hours in long lines. Nearly 8,000 people packed an Upper Marlboro high school auditorium for a rally in support of Anthony Brown’s bid to become governor….

Karl Rove/Donald Segretti-style dirty tricks?  (Or, perhaps a time limit on parking?) Continue reading


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How to Blow An Election You Ought to Win (part i)



How some view the Party of the Spineless®

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama made a rare appearance on the campaign trail on Sunday with a rally to support the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland, but early departures of crowd members while he spoke underscored his continuing unpopularity….

Ah, the agit-prop campaign is working: divide and dispirit Democrats. If you watched it in 2010 you’re probably an idiot not to recognize the SAME media propaganda campaign. But don’t feel bad, bucko, you’re in pretty good company: the entire Democratic party and its allies!

Let’s leave aside the fact that modern Democrats are invertebrates who capitulate to the thugs and bullies of the Right at the drop of a sound bite.’Wussies R Us‘ continues into another blighted campaign season.

I want to talk to you about three crazy ideas that are lying out in plain sight, but nobody’s paying any attention to. And why they OUGHT to.

First up: WHY it APPEARS that Democrats are spineless in this election. Continue reading


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SCROTUS Upholds Texas Poll Tax


They just can’t keep from meddling, when GOP interests are at stake, can they:

Supreme Court Allows Texas to Use Strict Voter ID Law in Coming Election
Adam Liptak / New York Times

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Saturday allowed Texas to use its strict voter identification law in the November election.  The court’s order, issued just after 5 a.m., was unsigned and contained no reasoning…

“Contained no reasoning” is actually a fair description of ALL the recent attempts by the Alter Boys of SCROTUS* to take us back to their dream of a plantation society, circa 1820. Continue reading


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Ebolaphobia Grips an Uninformed Nation


Ebola is on the loose. Quick! Get the Surgeon General on it!  (Whoops! the GOP has filibustered his appointment!)

Ebola is on the loose. Quick! Get the Surgeon General on it!
(Whoops! the GOP has filibustered his appointment!)

One patient dead in USA: Ebola panic completely grips the Blogosphere. But there’s a far more important and less talked-about issue that’s getting short shrift.


“It’s An Object of Gallows Humor for the Staff”
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo

TPM Reader JM on Rick Scott, hospital preparedness and the “Ebola cart” …

but here’s the nut of it: Continue reading

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Fear is What We Need to Fear Most


The latest news suggests that the two health care workers who have been infected with ebola oughtn’t be a great surprise:

Presbyterian workers wore no hazmat suits for two days while treating Ebola patient
Dianna Hunt / Dallas Morning News

Health care workers treating Thomas Eric Duncan in a hospital isolation unit didn’t wear protective hazardous-material suits for two days until tests confirmed the Liberian man had Ebola …

Well, I guess protocols WEREN’T followed, all the Faux Nooz snarking and fearmongering and attacks on the head of the CDC notwithstanding. Facts banish nameless fears, unless, of course, you’re watching Faux Nooz. Continue reading


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Important Announcement

Take a look at Memeorandum today, and consider how hot the water has gotten for us wee frogs.

Insane Gift Giving

Having grown up in the house of a dangerous lunatic, I have developed a great respect for the danger of lunatics (even publicly-seeming-pleasant ones) and, therefore, there will be no blog today.

Please excuse little Hart from today’s news cycle, as he is too well to attend.



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Politicizing Ebola

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I haven’t really wanted to write all weekend, as the festival of the brain-dead has gone into full-on panic and thence into political advantage mode over ONE case of ebola, and now, one nurse infected while treating said case. CDC says protocols were breached. GOPs say somehow it’s Obama’s fault, and even if it isn’t maybe they can hang ebola on him ANYway.

CDC director: Second case of Ebola in US result of ‘breach of protocol’
Fox News

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said a “breach of protocol” caused a health care worker at a Dallas hospital to contract Ebola. The health care worker, a female nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, had “extensive contact” on multiple occasions with Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S., who died last week, Dr. Tom Frieden said in a press conference Sunday.

The health care worker’s case is the first known case of the disease being contracted or transmitted in the U.S.  Frieden said the CDC is evaluating other health care workers who may have had the same breach of protocol as the nurse….

Containing the USUAL “The Associated Press contributed to this report” tag at the end, to cover for Faux Nooz’s rewriting of AP stories to make them “hotter.”

Right, and ‘Gateway Pundit’s pundette parses this puke from her puerile pudenda: Continue reading

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Mister Peepers Strikes Agin!


Nigel Jaquiss, Portland’s Peeper Extraordinaire

Nigel Jaquiss, the untrained “journalist” who wins Pulitzers for peeping into the bedrooms of political figures in Oregon strikes agin!

Oregon First Lady: My sham marriage
Kendall Breitman / Politico

—  Oregon Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber’s fiancée, Cylvia Hayes, admitted on Thursday to entering into an illegal marriage in 1997, calling it a “serious mistake.”  —  “It was wrong then and it is wrong now and I am here today to accept the consequences, some of which will be life changing…

Awww. Nigel must be wanking furiously at this.

I’ve been covering the “uncoverer of sex lives” for a few years now. Continue reading


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Palin Comparison, Lockup Edition


The Wasilla Hillbillies are in the news again:

READ: Anchorage Police Release Report For Palin Family Brawl
Ahiza Garcia / Talking Points Memo

—  Police in Anchorage, Alaska announced on Thursday there are no plans to press charges over the brawl that reportedly involved several members of former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s family….

Oh, those lovable goofballs from Alaska, getting into drunken brawls and lecturing everyone else in America about morality.

Why, that teenage unwed mother herself, Bristol, when not giving out advice on how to hold an aspirin between one’s knees to keep from foaling bastards, likes to punch homeowners in the mouth!

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