Politico gets the clicks, but the Austin paper got the story


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…

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Mine Eyes Have Seen the Gory [sic] …

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


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Why Are Rupert’s GOPropaganda Corps. pretending the 2014 election doesn’t exist?

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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


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George Will Exhibit Slick Sophistry (if paid)


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 …

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What is Patriotism in 2014?

mississippi_flagThe ‘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.  

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Remember, these idiots thought Reagan was a good president

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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.

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If LBJ had been Netanyahu


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

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The Horror, The Horror

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The Alter Boys strike agin!

Try as I might, I CANNOT escape the creeping creepy feeling that tomorrow, June 30,  is going to go down as one of the ugliest days in the history of American jurisprudence.

The Alter Boys of the Supreme Court have an opportunity to create nearly infinite mischief in our land via two cases.

I wrote those words at 7:51 pm on 29 June.  This morning, on 30 June they have come true in spades.

Mark Sherman / Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that some corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women….

And the Alter Boys make TWO more decisions in that Creationist Manner of theirs:

  • the outcome is ALREADY decided, by the ideological inflexibility that won the Alter Boys their Court seats in the first place.
  • Rationalize that outcome by any means necessary.

For today’s outcome, apprentice slimeball Alito was chosen to beclown himself to history. Here they are in a nutshell, the nuts being the Alter Boys in two decisions that burnish their Dred Scott credentials as The Worst Court in the History OF the Court: Continue reading

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The National Amnesia of Our Incompetent Press

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Hillary Clinton said that they were damn near broke when they left the White House.

This has led to endless laughter and harangues from, I guess, morons:

Hillary Clinton’s money woes
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post

Dear Secretary Clinton,

Please consider this in the nature of a friendly intervention.  You have a money problem.  It’s time to deal with it before it gets worse.  —  Actually, you have two money problems.  The first is how you talk about it.  The second is how you collect it …

Miss Holier-Than-Thou then “corrects” the former First Lady/Senator/Secretary of State for not being as smart as a Washington Post columnist (a low bar these days, when you think about it). Continue reading

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Take a Moment to Remember Your Death

reading Casteneda's Don Juan

Back in the early ‘Seventies, kids on the  bus to my high school were reading Carlos Casteñeda’s The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge.

Now, given the way that the human mind works, a significant number of readers will have already squirrelled into their hidey-hole to look for their Casteñeda-bashing mallet, and will not hear that whether you “believe” or don’t believe is of ZERO consequence to what is to follow.

I was about to say — before argumentum non  sequiturum decided to pee in the poolthat it was a time when every pop musician had to have their own personal guru — since the Beatles had famously visited the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in India, Pete Townshend of The Who had Meher Baba, for instance, Cat Stevens sort of bounced from guru to guru with each album; Seals and Crofts were the most famous Baha’is in the record stores; Carlos Santana AND John McLaughlin were both fans of Sri Chinmoy, Yes, the Moody Blues and Donovan embraced generic Kosmical Universalism and so on and so forth, scoobie doobie doo wah doo wah diddy doo wah diddy doo. Hail Atlantis! Continue reading


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Today In Teh Right Wing Karazee

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The coveted Republican Confederate trophy

Big day for Right Wing Insanity, if that’s not redundant. (HINT: it is.) First up:

  • Replicants win Okie Election, claims Loon

Congressional candidate feels opponent is a body double

 OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma congressional candidate has announced he plans to contest Tuesday’s primary election of long time Rep. Frank Lucas.  —  In a bizarre letter obtained by NewsChannel 4, Tim Murray says he doesn’t feel Rep. Lucas is qualified for office….

Murray brings it up in his letter announcing his plan to contest Lucas’s election writing, “…it is widely known Rep. Frank D. Lucas is no longer alive and has been displayed by a look alike.”

NewsChannel 4 called Murray numerous times after he sent the letter. He did not return any of our messages.

However, his campaign website  goes into detail about his theory that Lucas was hanged “…executed by the world court on or about jan. 11, 2011…” in Ukraine….

Don’t worry: it’s even crazier than it sounds (from his campaign website): Continue reading


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Fundamental HYPOCRISY from the Mississippi Confederate Party

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I had hoped to have enough time to do the definitive comparison between Confederate and Libertarian ideology. Such is not to be, today. But please note how easily “Neoconfederate” and “Libertarian” ideals melded in Chris whats-hisname.

McDaniel Goes Over the Brink
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly

—  A lot of us spent a good part of yesterday wondering what the basis might be of some Chris McDaniel challenge to the results in Mississippi on Tuesday night.  Would Team McDaniel stick to investigating clear and provable violations of state law (e.g. …

Sour grapes, anyway. Continue reading

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The Absolute Perils of Absolutism

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Hope fades


The Supreme Court Just Made It Harder For Women To Exercise Their Right To Choose

The Supreme Court unanimously struck down Massachusetts’ abortion buffer zone law on Thursday, ruling in favor of anti-choice protesters who argued that being required to stay 35 feet away from clinic entrances …

I will not attempt to second-guess so many first rate minds, except to say that I learned that I was wrong, once.

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How To Fix Dreadful IRS ‘Scandal’ Coverage


Mr. Issa explains the cause of his unending anger …

Again, Darryl Issa pimps another phony scandal (have so few ever considered so much evidence and testimony in pursuit of so little?)

Democrat: IRS chief ‘arrogant’
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill*

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) said Tuesday that IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has done “a terrible job communicating” in the investigation into former IRS official Lois Lerner’s missing emails.  —  “Obviously, I think he is doing a terrible job communicating …

Ahhh, the invertebrate Democrat reminds us that they are DEFINITELY not extinct — even though it is Democratic cowardice that has allowed Republican Confederate bullying to bludgeon governance into a complete halt.

Fortunately, we can fix ALL the coverage of l’Affaire IRS.

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