Monday, November 24, 2008

Color me a realist, too

Our friend Another Donna made a good point in the Contemplating Obama thread:

The two things I expect from Obama are getting us out of Iraq and getting the economy moving in the right direction. He will have a successful administration if he can do those two things. I don’t mind that he is going to former Clintonites for his appointees, because Clinton’s team had a reputation for being policy wonks, that’s what we need now. No more incompetent partisan political cronies.

I would like to see more people of color though, you gotta dance with the one who brung ya. Less than 50% of white people voted for Obama, he’s president because of the overwhelming support of black, latino, asian, and other POC voters. If he wants us to show up for the mid-term elections and to re-elect him then he better not take us for granted. This isn’t about having a tantrum, it’s just reality. Many of the newly registered voters this election were apathetic POC who saw the system rigged against them and saw no point to voting. They will go back to being apathetic and not bothering if they think Obama is all about catering to white people and more of the same - Democratic politicians who want to use them when there’s an election and ignore them the rest of the time. Besides it would be pretty damned pathetic if Bush (and Clinton before him) had a more diverse cabinet than Obama. He needs his administration to look like the convention and the coalition of people who came together to vote for him on Nov 4.



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Posted by poputonian on 11/24/08 at 10:46 AM

Categories: NewsPoliticsBarack ObamaElection '08

The Freak Out That Wasn’t

I’ve been seeing a lot of stuff like this lately:

An unexpected pre-holiday treat has been the freak out amongst the ObamaPod faithful about how moderate Obama’s cabinet picks have been so far. Though, I hold many views that are called “progressive” by The Nation and their ilk (I prefer “liberal”) I am happy and relieved to see so many Clinton hands on the deck of the good ship Barack. And watching the Kos Kidz head’s pop has leapfrogged seeing conservative sexual hypocrites implode for pure delight in my book.

Maybe I’m missing something, but the latest poll the Kos Kids are participating in doesn’t indicate that there’s much of a “freak out” going on:


If “cautiously optimistic” qualifies as a “freak out,” then the entire netroots/progressive community should have been rubber-roomed right at its inception.

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Posted by Kevin K. on 11/24/08 at 10:36 AM

Categories: Geek SpeakPoliticsBarack ObamaElection '08Poliblogs

The Snuggie

My lovely wife Chris and I have been laughing at the infomercial for the Snuggie for weeks now, so, oh boy, did we have a guffaw or two this morning when we saw this.

I also found out, via the googles, that there’s also a similar product called the Slanket. Apparently it’s enjoyed by easily-entertained imbeciles with severe social disorders.  (Yes, that image rotates on the Slanket front page.  No, I don’t get it either.  Halp.)

This is how Slanket creator Gary Clegg came up with the idea:

One subzero night in 1998 during my first semester of college I could not escape Maine’s winter bite. While watching Late Night with Conan O’Brien I decided I needed to tear a hole in my sleeping bag so I could keep my upper body warm as I channel surfed during the commercial breaks.

Something tells me it wasn’t Conan O’Brien he was watching when he decided he needed to tear a hole in his sleeping bag…

I’m just sayin’.

Posted by Kevin K. on 11/24/08 at 08:50 AM

Categories: Knee SlappersSkull HampersTelevision

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Sunday Tidbits

Once again Focus on the Family, always a reasonable and sensible group, has announced their annual defense against the (imaginary) War on Christmas.  Categorizing retail stores as either naughty (says “Happy Holidays” BOOOO) or nice (says “Merry Christmas” Heart, Heart, Heart) a “Christmas Friendly Shopping Guide” has been issued so all good little fundies will know who to take their Christmas bizness too.  Can someone give these people lives for Christmas?

Like cute cat videos?  (Of course you do.  Doesn’t everybody?)  Check out this vid of cats conversing then check out the translation.  Funny stuff!  H/T to kcindenver (yes the daughter has logged on and is now leaving me comments.)

More after the fold.

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Posted by marindenver on 11/23/08 at 07:15 PM


Barack Obama is a misogynistic pig

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

[Obama’s] office also announced he has chosen Ellen Moran, executive director of EMILY’s List, as director of communications. EMILY’s List raises money for Democratic women candidates who support abortion rights.

MORE: From The New Republic...

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Posted by Kevin K. on 11/23/08 at 11:41 AM

Categories: NewsPoliticsBarack ObamaElection '08Hillary Clinton

Contemplating Obama

Glenn Greenwald writes today (emphasis mine):

It goes without saying that there will be Obama policies, both in the foreign policy and domestic realms, that are vastly superior to what we’ve seen the last eight years and to what we would have seen had McCain/Palin won.  And as the second-tier positions begin to fill out, there will probably be appointees whom progressives consider to be one of their own.  And as Digby points out, the magnitude of the financial crisis may compel him to embrace policies that are deemed to be quite progressive (from massive stimulus packages and government intervention in the economy to a diminution of our foreign adventurism).

But Barack Obama is a centrist, establishment politician.  That is what he has been since he’s been in the Senate, and more importantly, it’s what he made clear—both explicitly and through his actions—that he intended to be as President.  Even in the primary, he paid no price whatsoever for that in terms of progressive support.  As is true for the national Democratic Party generally, he has no good reason to believe he needs to accommodate liberal objections to what he is doing.  The Joe Lieberman fiasco should have made that as conclusively clear as it gets.

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Posted by poputonian on 11/23/08 at 11:28 AM

Categories: PoliticsBarack ObamaElection '08

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Since We’re on the Subject of Turkey . . .


Thanksgiving is right around the corner!  Since November days in Colorado are usually mild and fine, the marindenver household roasts the turkey in the backyard on our big covered charcoal grill.  This year I’m trying a dry brine with sea salt and fresh herbs.  (Takes about the same time as a regular brine but less mess in the fridge so why not?)  While cooking, we add a few coals to the fire about every half hour along with a branch from my sage bush for a nice herbal smokiness.  Baste it at the same time with chicken stock and white wine.  Also new on the table this year is an artichoke gratin.  (Some of you will now know I read Martha Stewart.)  Last year we tried miniature pumpkin baked alaskas for dessert but, although delicious, they were a little too rich after that big meal.  So we’re going back to pies - apple and pumpkin.  Rounding out the menu will be traditional bread stuffing, garlic mashers with pan gravy, homemade cranberry relish and I’m still thinking over the veggies.  Open thread follows the jump.


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Posted by marindenver on 11/22/08 at 04:20 PM

Categories: FoodMessylaneousRumproast Related

Curses, foiled again

Obama’s vetting could chase away candidates
David Gergen, a CNN senior political analyst and adviser to four past presidents: “I’ve never seen anything like this at the presidential level before.”
The Obama team is requiring prospective candidates to complete a seven-page questionnaire that requires the disclosure of nearly every last private detail. In addition to the obvious questions ... candidates are asked about ... past blog posts ...


Posted by poputonian on 11/22/08 at 09:43 AM

Categories: NewsPoliticsBarack ObamaElection '08

Friday, November 21, 2008

Joe the turkey guy

Another focal point ...

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Posted by poputonian on 11/21/08 at 06:03 PM

Categories: NewsPoliticsElection '08St. McSameNuttersSarah PalinRelijunSkull HampersYouTubidity

Tim Geithner, President of New York Federal Reserve Bank, Likely Choice for Treasury Secretary

And the Dow rose by nearly 500 in the last hour on the news. so some folks are happy about the choice.  He seems to be a solid pick despite the “stigma” of having been part of the old Clinton team.  Steve Benen references a couple of good discussions of the guy from Noam Scheiber and Robert Kuttner.  In particular he has called for a lot stronger regulation of those stinky derivatives:

Perhaps most importantly, Kuttner noted a speech Geithner delivered to the Economic Club of New York last June, calling for a far-tougher regulatory policy to alter “the level and concentration of risk-taking across the financial system.” He got quite specific, saying regulators “need to make it much more difficult for institutions with little capital and little supervision to underwrite mortgages.” Reassuringly, Kuttner described the remarks as “a blueprint for fundamental overhaul,” which is what’s necessary given the need for a new financial architecture.

Posted by marindenver on 11/21/08 at 06:01 PM

Categories: PoliticsBarack ObamaElection '08

Live from row two

Music from Rumproast Clips on Vimeo.

Posted by poputonian on 11/21/08 at 05:57 PM

Categories: MusicLive Music ReviewsMusic Videos

This morning’s gym listenin’ ....

...Big Black‘s Songs About Fucking. It worked.  Perfectly.

I’m only posting this because yesterday’s music thread made me realize how much happier I am chatting about music these days than bloviating about politics. I need a break. After that grueling and seemingly endless election cycle we all just survived, I’d much rather talk about Pussy Galore and the Dead Kennedys than argue about the imagined motives, rumored cabinet picks and alleged unchange-iness of a president who isn’t going to take office for two more months.

[comments closed—carry on in the other thread]

Posted by Kevin K. on 11/21/08 at 12:56 PM

Categories: MessylaneousMusicPoliticsElection '08

vastleft bugfucker watch: the final collector’s edition

Each day, we see how many items Google finds that include the words: “vastleft” and “bugfucker.”

11/21/08: 122
11/20/08: 131
11/19/08: 69
11/18/08: 50
11/17/08: 24
11/16/08: 23

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First of all, I’d like to thank my research assistant vastleft for expertly tabulating the vastleft bugfucker watch tally for yesterday (midway down this thread) because I totally forgot to do it. Secondly, I’d like to thank the Senior Humanpeoples of the Mighty Rumproast Rib Shack (sorry, the term “Senior Fellows” is horribly sexist) for engaging in a sometimes extremely tense five-hour-long meeting to determine whether to keep the vastleft bugfucker watch going or not.  Had Harold Ickes not shown up at the end to lay some motherfucking “fair reflection” on us I don’t think we would have made it out of there alive. And last but not least I’d like to thank Correntewire commenter amberglow, who had a problem wrapping their head around the term “bugfucker,” for delivering what may be the most unintentionally funny blog comment of 2008:

i’ve never even heard it as an insult before—how is it even possible?

That made shoveling life-giving martyrdom into vastleft’s slop bucket totally worth it. Long live PB 2.0! Embrace the bugfuckery!

Posted by Kevin K. on 11/21/08 at 08:28 AM

Categories: PoliticsBarack ObamaElection '08PoliblogsPolisnarkSkull Hampers

Please, just kill me now

Off-camera the line was hundreds long. One turkey after another waited patiently for slow death rather than listen to Sarah Palin’s extremely grating voice. You have to hear it to believe it.

I wonder if the smell of fresh blood in the air improved the taste of that Starbucks?

[Film courtesy of Big Hairy Balls, Unlimited.]

Posted by poputonian on 11/21/08 at 06:38 AM

Categories: NewsPoliticsElection '08St. McSameRelijunTelevisionYouTubiditySarah Palin

Sarah Palin hires Alaskan public relations firm

The high speed news wire reported overnight that Sarah Palin has retained prominent Alaskan public relations firm Big Hairy Balls, Unlimited to shape her public image over the next four years. Apparently, the deal was finalized over a cup of latte at the Wasilla Starbucks.

Posted by poputonian on 11/21/08 at 06:13 AM

Categories: MessylaneousNewsPoliticsElection '08St. McSamePolisnarkSarah Palin

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