Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Is the Public Plan DOA?

Not yet.  I say this despite a lot of consternation in the blogosphere today over the NY Times piece titled “Health Policy is Carved out at a Table for 6”, which details negotiations going on by six members of the Senate Finance Committee.

The fate of the health care overhaul largely rests on the shoulders of six senators who since June 17 have gathered — often twice a day, and for many hours at a stretch — in a conference room with burnt sienna walls, in the office of the Senate Finance Committee chairman, Max Baucus, Democrat of Montana.

The senators involved are Democrats Max Baucus, Kent Conrad and Jeff Bingaman and Republicans Micheal Enzi, Charles Grassley and Olympia Snowe.  And, according to the Times, they have already tossed out the public plan and the surtax on high income taxpayers to help pay for it.

OK, very interesting but “the fate of health care overhaul”?  Blue dog dems and Republicans are now dictating the direction of health care reform?  First of all, there are about two dozen total members of the committee who will have to vote on any package before it leaves the committee.  Then it will have to be reconciled with the HELP Committee version.  Then get voted on by the full Senate.  Then get reconciled with the House version.

I prefer to stay optimistic along with Paul Krugman.  But I also think it would be a good thing to continue to make your views known to your duly elected representatives.  Here’s a link to a petition being circulated by Senators Dick Durbin, Patrick Leahy and Chuck Schumer affirming support for the public option.  (h/t allan)  Dropping a line directly to your own Senator can’t hurt either.

Posted by marindenver on 07/28/09 at 06:07 PM
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Thaddeus G. McCotter: Too Crazy for FOX

Even Britney Spear’s lunatic mortal enemy Megyn Kelly appears to think that Thaddeus G. McCotter is a sniveling, time-wasting, counterproductive tool:

UPDATE: I will continue to blog about Thaddeus G. McCotter until I stop giggling about his name, which should occur sometime in September. Of 2010.

Posted by Kevin K. on 07/28/09 at 02:03 PM
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How Now, Peter Daou?

From Peter Daou:

The birther story has been amped up by cable news, and the online community has followed suit. We’ll know we’ve reached a tipping point (still far off) when the media hypes something, the online commentariat hypes something else, and the latter becomes the center of national attention.

Ummm, yeah, except that’s not exactly what happened regarding the current birther feeding frenzy, Mr. Online Expert Man.  It wasn’t until after this YouTube video went viral via the Drudge Report and tons of blogs (including this one) on July 20th that cable news started covering the birther movement (and featuring the video) the following day. The online community “amped up” the birther story and cable news “followed suit,” not vice versa.

UPDATE: More from Dave Weigel who has been writing about the birthers for months a year now and posted the video before Drudge.

RELATED: Patrick at Yes To Democracy deserves credit for tracking the birthers longer than just about anyone.

Posted by Kevin K. on 07/28/09 at 01:22 PM
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William Shatner Jazzes Up Sarah Palin’s Farewell Address

Palinglish is poetry, man.  Dig it.

Posted by Kevin K. on 07/28/09 at 09:13 AM
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Thaddeus McCotter, you dumb bastard

Ha ha, Thaddeus McCotter did itAnd he said “Grabowski” a lot and introduced another resolution about Obama sucking and he still didn’t use his allotted five minutes.  Because he was acting stupidly. And he desperately wanted to get back to his office to have sex with a cantaloupe. The end.

Posted by Kevin K. on 07/28/09 at 04:46 AM
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Monday, July 27, 2009

You Could Almost Feel Sorry for Republicans

From the Urban Dictionary:

Birther
A conspiracy theorist who believes that Barack Obama is ineligible for the Presidency of the United States, based on any number of claims related to his place of birth, birth certificate, favorite birthday, or whether or not he has heard the song Africa by Toto.

Alternatively:

A person who believes that Barack Obama has controversy and/or fraud surrounding his birth, though all theories have been either rejected or proved false.

My definition:

A group of barking at the moon crazy lunatic fringe nutjobs led by Orly Taitz who are managing to embarrass the Republicans into embracing them as actually having a legitimate point.

Case in point:  The Politico details the increasing concerns of Republican politicians over keeping control of their own town halls and other public appearances after Congressman Mike Castle’s embarrassing and now world famous town hall degenerated into lunacy a couple of weeks ago.

And watch below as Fire Dog Lake’s Mike Stark confronts Republicans on Capitol Hill to ask them whether they believe President Obama is a natural born citizen.

What a dilemma!  Admit that you think the birthers are nuts and risk enraging this increasingly vocal base or give the “theory” some credence and look like a barking fool yourself to your sane constituents.

(Thank goodness Mike Coffman, R-CO said he does think Obama is a natural born citizen.  I mean, he was a perfectly terrible Secretary of State but I never pegged him as a lunatic.)

Related: Justlen in the RumperRoom reports that Michelle Bachman has outed herself as a birther  (surprise!) by temporarily at least blocking a resolution commemorating Hawaii’s 50th anniversary as a state because it also declared Hawaii to be Obama’s birth place. 

Posted by marindenver on 07/27/09 at 04:55 PM
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Finish the Palinism: “So how about, in honor of the American soldier…”

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It’s time to play the new game, started in the Rumper Room by Oblomova, that’s sweeping the nation. Yesterday, as you may have heard, Sarah Palin uttered the following during her farewell address in Alaska:

And first, some straight talk for some, just some in the media because another right protected for all of us is freedom of the press, and you all have such important jobs reporting facts and informing the electorate, and exerting power to influence. You represent what could and should be a respected honest profession that could and should be the cornerstone of our democracy. Democracy depends on you, and that is why, that’s why our troops are willing to die for you. So, how ‘bout in honor of the American soldier, ya quit makin’ things up.

So, how ‘bout in honor of the American soldier, ya come up with a new end to that last sentence. Here are some of the ones our snarkologists already came up with in the Rumper Room to help get you going…

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Posted by Kevin K. on 07/27/09 at 12:31 PM
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Rep. Thaddeus McCotter is acting stupidly

Thaddeus McCotter
When you look up the word “snivel” in the dictionary,
this is the picture next to it.

Just when you can’t imagine Republicans acting more mind-numbingly fucktarded, snit happens:

U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, a Republican who represents Michigan’s 11th district west of Detroit, plans to introduce a House resolution today demanding President Barack Obama apologize for remarks he made last week about Cambridge Police Sgt. James Crowley.

“The problem that we have is that the president injected himself in a situation where he admitted bias, admitted a lack of knowledge of all the facts, and nevertheless made a pronunciation that officer Crowley had done something impoper,” McCotter told Steve Courtney this morning on WJR AM-760. [...]

“Unless the President retracts that statement, it could have ramifications potentially towards any legal or professional review that Sgt. Crowley would face.”

It’s an abuse of power, McCotter argued.

“We’ve seen this in Michigan with the power of the presidency used to make the CEO of general motors resign,” he said.

So, apparently, Thaddeus McSniveler is concerned that Obama will just start firing and/or fucking with everyone, except for Skip Gates and, I guess, William Ayers, if he isn’t reined in. I don’t see how this thing doesn’t pass.

Posted by Kevin K. on 07/27/09 at 11:46 AM
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Why would anyone care what Mark Penn thinks about *anything*?

This afternoon on my local NPR station:

Mark Penn, Burson-Marsteller CEO and former campaign advisor to Hillary Clinton, explains the micro-trends he thinks are shaping our culture.

Ha ha. I wonder if Mark Penn has heard about this new microtrend called “caucuses.”

Posted by Kevin K. on 07/27/09 at 10:02 AM
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Blog Post Title of the Day

Givin’ it up early. This one from Steve M. is unbeatable:

PALIN: EVERY TIME ANDREW SULLIVAN BLOGS ABOUT TRIG, A U.S. SOLDIER DIES

RELATED: Gen. JC Christian, Patriot has video of Palin’s final final final “speech” as governor of Alaska here.

Posted by Kevin K. on 07/27/09 at 07:37 AM
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Sunday, July 26, 2009

So Long And Thanks For All The Fish


Seen over Juneau shortly after Palin’s last picnic

Mudflats has a great write-up of the David Lynch-ian picnics held in Her Honor.

So now we can all sit back and relax and watch the snowbillies fade in the rear-view mirror of competent governance and responsible journalism, right? What?

Some days, I pray for the Vogons to come…

Posted by Tom65 on 07/26/09 at 08:15 PM
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Gil Versus the Automated Humor Generator Operating on a Beta Version of the Onion Algorithm

This is twice I’ve mentioned Andy Borowitz here, but I’m sorry, I can’t stop until he does. It is simply unacceptable that this man makes a living in the field of comedy. At least Dane Cook moves around.

Comic-Con Offers Attendees Rare Glimpse of Women

He writes jokes like he’s trying to beat the clock, this guy.

 

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Sunday Morning Music: Furry Lewis’ “When I Lay My Burden Down”

BONUS TRACK: “East St. Louis Blues”

Posted by Kevin K. on 07/26/09 at 06:50 AM
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Saturday, July 25, 2009

An Insider’s View

Oh, wait. Apparently “insider” is not synonymous with “shut-in.”

As a Hobokenite, I should really know more about the NJ corruption scandal, but everybody around here knows this whole area’s just a giant patronage scam with some yuppie condos scattered throughout, so us locals generally respond to such news with a “Wait, I thought that guy got arrested last week.”

The one thing that piqued my interest was the news that an “Anthony Suarez” was among the indicted. Since I heard rather than read this factoid, I assumed they were talking about this guy. I’m glad they weren’t, because I sorta know him through work and he always seemed pretty cool (the linked story confirms this to my satisfaction), but on the other hand, it’s fucking criminal that Peter Dinklage doesn’t get more work.

Peter Dinklage and a bunch of money-laundering, kidney-selling rabbis. Tell me that movie wouldn’t kick ass. Yeah, ya can’t, can ya? Because it so would.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/25/09 at 06:34 PM
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Picnic?

Picnic?!!!

Sounds kinda French, doesn’t it?


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Posted by YAFB on 07/25/09 at 11:05 AM
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