Any resemblance to Zell Miller is completely cosmic.
There is something ultimately satisfyingly schadenfreudey about watching Right Wing cranks fight. To wit(less):
Rick Perry Is Dead Wrong
Sen. Rand Paul / Politico
There are many things I like about Texas Gov. Rick Perry, including his stance on the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution. But apparently his new glasses haven’t altered his perception of the world, or allowed him to see it any more clearly….
Stop right there: “his stance on the Tenth Amendment”??
That’s basically the reiteration of the “states rights” notion that lost during the last Lost Cause, and is the resurgent rationalization for the new secessionism — kicked off by Perry himself. Continue reading
Maureen Dowd has decided that, since Chelsea Clinton was NOT fair game while her parents were in the White House, now, as a private citizen and only as much a public figure as libel laws need, attacking a pregnant woman in the pages of the New York Times (out of sheer PMS, I guess) is kosher.
Isn’t It Rich?
Maureen Dowd / New York Times
WASHINGTON — CHELSEA CLINTON never acted out during the eight years she came of age as America’s first daughter. — No ditching of her Secret Service detail. No fake IDs for underage tippling. No drug scandal. No court appearance in tank top and toe ring…
What is Dowd whipping up frenzy and hysteria over, as she famously did in the case of Time Magazine‘s Herpes cover story?*
[* A tale I've told elsewhere. Scroll down to the TIME cover.]
Gee: Continue reading
I cannot shake the feeling of something dreadful on July 13. I realized it as I was saving a leftover screenshot from Saturday the 12th. I remembered sort of half-dreading the date for the last week or so, but it is extremely vague.
I find thirteens generally lucky for me, so I can’t put it down to triskaidekaphobia. Continue reading
BREAKING: WordPress informs me that this is his vorpal sword’s 2001st post.
If TIME say so ….
My favorite headline of the decade just appeared. Not for its grammatical elegance, not for its word choices, but for its sheer Hemingwayesque simplicity and punch:
South Miami Mayor: Marco Rubio Is An ‘Idiot’
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo
Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) views on climate change have apparently not won him any favor in Miami. — Experts say that sea-level rise could easily reach six to ten feet by the end of the century, which would be enough to put most of Miami underwater, The Guardian reported Friday. Rubio is among those Florida politicians, including Gov. Rick Scott (R), who’ve refused to address the warnings of those experts.
Yes. As I’ve noted before, Rubio was the state senator who introduced the Howie Rich gang’s “takings” initiative in 2006, and thence received lots of Koch resources to win his US Senate seat in 2010. Continue reading
UPDATE: WordPress informs me that this is his vorpal sword’s 2000th post since THIS blog began in the summer of 2007. The two prior incarnations form a mass of verbiage longer than the complete Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Dear Mr. Speaker of the House:
Bad Boehner’s bain is the boner of bon juste, not even a bon mot to describe bon ton Boehner’s boor score:
Boehner To Sue Obama For Unilateral Delay Of Obamacare Employer Mandate
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Thursday revealed that he plans to sue President Barack Obama for his unilateral delay of the Obamacare employer mandate, ratcheting up the tension between the White House …
You hold your office in trust to the American People, sir. Make your house of Congress work, as it has worked for 238 years under Declarations, Articles and, lately, the Constitution.
If they refuse to work, and do the job they were sent to Washington to do, then they need not be employed. Any voter with an IQ above that of mud ought to understand that. And no false equivalence.
The HOUSE GOP has “gone Galt,” and now they need to be GONE. Continue reading
More monstrousness from Snowden:
Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On
The National Security Agency and FBI have covertly monitored the emails of prominent Muslim-Americans—including a political candidate and several civil rights activists, academics, and lawyers—under secretive procedures intended to target terrorists and foreign spies.
According to documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the list of Americans monitored by their own government includes
[suppressed by this blog. No need to FURTHER invade their privacy]
Dumbass Sarah Palin screams her hate on Breitbart.
EXCLUSIVE—SARAH PALIN: ‘IT’S TIME TO IMPEACH’ PRESIDENT OBAMA
Sarah Palin / BREITBART.COM
Enough is enough of the years of abuse from this president. His unsecured border crisis is the last straw that makes the battered wife say, “no mas.” — Without borders, there is no nation. Obama knows this…
Sad to realize that the birth of her retarded son actually RAISED the average IQ of the Palin clan and its Wasilliness. Continue reading
Rick Perry showed his true colors today:
Rick Perry to President Obama: No handshake
By JONATHAN TOPAZ | 7/8/14 6:05 AM EDT Updated: 7/8/14 1:13 PM EDT
Texas Gov. Rick Perry and President Barack Obama will meet in Texas on Wednesday to discuss the crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border, a governor’s spokeswoman said Tuesday.
“Gov. Perry is pleased that President Obama has accepted his invitation to discuss the humanitarian and national security crises along our southern border, and he looks forward to meeting with the president tomorrow,” spokeswoman Lucy Nashed wrote in an email to POLITICO. Nashed said that the meeting will be in Dallas…
Funny thing though: Continue reading
The slide towards inevitable armed conflict can be seen from far away. I even predicted it a long ways out (See “The Rush-ians Are Coming, The Rush-ians Are Coming” December, 1994). Now, a Federal Judge discusses the fundamental madness of this Supreme Court’s 100+ 5-4 majority, The Alter Boys:
Remembering Alexander Bickel’s passive virtues and the Hobby Lobby cases
RGK / Hercules and the umpire
In the Hobby Lobby cases, five male Justices of the Supreme Court, who are all members of the Catholic faith and who each were appointed by a President who hailed from the Republican party*, decided that a huge corporation, with thousands of employees and gargantuan revenues, was a “person” entitled to assert a religious objection to the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate because that corporation was “closely held” by family members. To the average person, the result looks stupid and smells worse…
A Nebraska federal judge’s [appointed by George HW Bush] blog talks about the creeping madness which consumes the Supreme Court. Continue reading
Click for that truth
The New York Post — who are CLEARLY Democratic Party insiders — senselessly slaughter trees today:
This means Warren: Obama backs challenger to Hillary
Edward Klein / New York Post
President Obama has bypassed Hillary Clinton, offering his support to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren if she runs for president. — President Obama has quietly promised Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren complete support if she runs — a stinging rebuke to his nemesis Hillary Clinton, sources tell me …
Right. I believe that piece of unsourced gossip because …?
Because I’m gullible. EXTREMELY gullible. Continue reading
Because nothing quenches your pre-refrigeration-era thirst
like lukewarm flavored water with six cups of sugar in it.
The slick slithery slime of sophistry all but crawls out of George Will’s poisoned pen of its own volition this week:
The Supreme Court reins in government bullies
George F. Will / Washington Post
— Two 5 to 4 decisions this week, on the final decision day of the Supreme Court’s term, dealt with issues that illustrate the legal consequences of political tactics by today’s progressives. One case demonstrated how progressivism’s achievement …
Concluding with: Continue reading
The ‘patriotic’ symbolism of Mississippi, whose state flag is the
original flag of the Confederacy, with its battle flag
substituted for the original circle of stars.
Interesting article, and an interesting take by the New York Times. But first:
Different Kind of Patriotism
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly
Today’s Independence Day must-read is from political scientist Lynn Vavreck at The Upshot, about generational change in how Americans express affection for their country. … But when it comes to substance rather than symbols, the youngsters come across rather differently…
In essence, Millennials value American VALUES (especially equality) while older Americans and “Silents” (ages 69 and up) are obsessed with American symbols as the hallmarks of patriotism.
Thus, the Mighty New York Times’ Geritol® editor comes up with this whopper:
A Survey Says: Younger Americans Are Less Patriotic. At Least, in Some Ways.
Aargh. Continue reading
Welcome to July 2, the REAL birthday of American independence.
Naturally, the Einsteins of the Reicht ate this one up without even b0thering with utensils:
Poll: Obama worst president since WWII
Jonathan Topaz / Politico
A plurality of voters think Barack Obama is the worst president since World War II, a new poll says. — According to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday, 33 percent of voters think the current president is the worst since 1945.
Am I going to analyze this swill? Continue reading
The analogy is not perfect, but it comes damn close. Three Israeli teenagers were abducted while hitchhiking and found murdered after a national search. Three young civil rights workers murdered in Mississippi 50 years ago. Both cases were senseless tragedies born of generations of unyielding and unrelenting hate.
What happened on the night of the kidnapping
The Times of Israel
The teenagers were shot dead in the backseat of the car within minutes of the abduction; the killers believed, erroneously, that the security forces were on their trail — Eyal Yifrach, 19, Naftali Fraenkel, 16, and Gil-ad Shaar, 16 …
Fifty years ago, almost to the day, three other young men were found in Mississippi. Also murdered, and also after a national search.
If LBJ were Bebe Netanyahu, here’s what he would have done: Continue reading