The President quoted their heroes: Reagan. Jefferson. The President went to the people, as he’d said he would, asking us to write our Congressmen. The Only Adult In The Room was succeeded by The Only Oompa-Loompa, who came back with a pissy amalgam of talking points.
If there was any honesty expressed tonight, it was the President’s sincere belief in the efficacy of compromise. Perhaps it’s driving us crazy, but since the Republicans are playing to an ignorant collection of yahoos who see conspiracies in carpet patterns and have no compunction in burning down the House, does it matter?
Accused mass-murderer Anders Breivik — who when arrested claimed to be working alone — told an Oslo court a different story, stating that he collaborated with two other “cells” of radicals who share his goal of saving Europe from Islam.
This could be true, or a ruse…or Breivik may simply have flashed on the value of ratting out some casual Crusader acquaintances as a chip in a plea deal. Regardless, Norwegian authorities have vowed to make a thorough investigation, and are presently rounding up all current and former members of Gerry Anderson’s Thunderbirds.
Yes, this is really just an excuse for a totally stupid “Separated-at-Birth” gag, so feel free to treat it as an Open Thread.
The revelations about Mr. Breivik’s American influences exploded on the blogs over the weekend, putting Mr. Spencer [operator of Jihad Watch] and other self-described “counterjihad” activists on the defensive, as their critics suggested that their portrayal of Islam as a threat to the West indirectly fostered the crimes in Norway.
Mr. Spencer wrote on his Web site, jihadwatch.org, that “the blame game” had begun, “as if killing a lot of children aids the defense against the global jihad and Islamic supremacism, or has anything remotely to do with anything we have ever advocated.” He did not mention Mr. Breivik’s voluminous quotations from his writings.
On the deficit crisis, Ezra Klein says the Republicans have already won:
If you take the Republicans’ goals as avoiding a deal in which they have to vote for tax increases and denying Obama a political victory, it looks like they have succeeded. That success has come with costs—they’ve done themselves political damage, are risking a crisis that could do the economy tremendous harm, and have left the Bush tax cuts unresolved, which means they might end up watching taxes rise much higher than if they’d taken Obama’s offer—but it’s still been a success.
The question is, what happens if they don’t stop pushing?
Did he say “if”? Hahahaha! Still, I’m not so sure I’d characterize the above outcome, if it holds, as “winning,” except perhaps in the Charlie Sheen sense. We’ll see what happens, but the Republicans appear likely to come out of it with some “damn’d spots” that are going to be awfully difficult to scrub away.
The Undefeated, the much-hyped Palin documentary, bombed during its second week in theaters, bringing in just $24,000 in ticket sales across 14 screens. The movie’s per theater average, touted as a relative bright spot by promoters, plummeted from $6,513 to $1,713, according to estimates by the industry website Box Office Mojo.
The filthy liberal Norwegians totally deserved Anders Behring Breivik’s Day Out because they’re such filthy liberal Norwegians.
P.S. AlGore - STILL FAT!
Slightly longer American Thinker if you’re hesitant to gather mangoes:
Liberal Norwegians made the beast with two backs with Fat AlGore and spawned someone who gave their liberal Norwegians asses the beating they deserve. And because Norwegians are such liberal frilly girl panties he’ll be back in two decades with an army of skinheads to give them another well deserved beating.
(Note: Still 99% shorter than the linked Skreeeed.)
Plus, he wasn’t really anti-Muslim because he didn’t hunt down and slaughter a bunch of Muslim children!
And if he’s a right winger who hates Muslims, how does that translate into killing a bunch of political youth party Workers’ Youth League. He could easily have found Muslim children to kill if that had been his intention.
Over at Quitting Bull’s cult-hub, Conservatives for Palin, a favorite post-titling strategy is the “Even” gambit, as in “Even Demonic Communist Cow Rosie O’Donnell Admits Sarah Palin Is Attractive.” Or something along those lines. But this may be the most precious “Even” headline evah:
Yep, in a city of nearly three million people, 180 turned up to see “The Undefeated.” EPIC WIN, libtards!
On a more serious note…
Norwegian Madman’s Creepy Manifesto
Despite right-wingers’ desperate attempts to portray the perpetrator of the appalling atrocity in Norway as a liberal or Muslim, as more becomes known about his motivations, it’s clear he was animated by the same fear and loathing that drive the hard right in the US and abroad.
While we’re waiting under the Heat Dome for international markets to tank, at last some news to gladden the heart—at least for those of us romantic multi-culti moonbats rooting for the destruction of society’s sacred institutions. Finally, same-sex couples are allowed to marry in New York.
At a minute past midnight, weddings took place all across the state, including the wedding of activists Kitty Lambert and Cheryle Rudd in front of a rainbow-washed Niagra Falls. Just a few minutes ago, the New York City Marriage Bureau performed its first same-sex marriage for Phyllis and Connie, who are 75 and 85, and were radiant in blue.
At 150% humidity, it’s amazing how much joy the air was able to hold.
I don’t know if the prospect of rattling Monday’s markets is a genuine concern or just a plausible bogeyman that establishes an artificial deadline and gives Boehner cover for making last-minute concessions, but that’s the sword he’s holding over his caucus:
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) held a conference call with rank-and-file Republicans in which he said he was hoping to forge a deal to wrangle between $3 trillion and $5 trilion in savings and would prefer to avoid falling back on the so-called “McConnell Plan” that would hand over authority to raise the debt ceiling to the President with Congress able to disapprove only with a two-thirds majority vote, according to a breaking news alert from Politico.
During the call, the Speaker also pledged to help avert a crisis in the Asian markets by making a statement within 24 hours about the status of raising the debt limit.
Boehner also said that he was not necessarily looking for a full-blown deal by then, just signs of progress.
So, I guess there’s a looming market panic that could sink the Nikkei and the Hang Seng on its way to kicking Wall Street’s ass, but we can avert it with an actual debt deal…or, failing that, just some encouraging happy talk. 220, 221 — whatever it takes.
Barron says the protests are just making it easier for homophobia to persist. “No rational person can look at that behavior and think that this is actually good for average gay people,” Barron told the DailyCaller’s Matt Lewis. “All it does is reinforce the worst, most negative, nasty stereotypes about gay people.”
Barron has publicly praised Herman Cain’s campaign, and has pushed back on claims that the tea party is bigoted. He told Lewis the glitter attacks—which have been carried out on Newt Gingrich and Michele Bachmann—are a tactic used to cast the tea party as homophobic.
“This is an effort by left-wing forces in this country to undermine the tea party,” Barron said. “They’ve done it on race, they’ve done it on gender—and now their [sic] doing it to sexual orientation.”
Well, that’s bullshit, of course. But this (from the Daily Crawler link at TPM) is just sad:
Rather than dressing up like barbarians and throwing glitter, GOProud has sought to meet with Bachmann. Barron tells me he has been communicating with Bachmann’s office, and that he is very optimistic a meeting will take place.
Check’s in the mail, Mr. Barron.
[*H/T to blog colleague Strangeappar8us for that wonderful phrasing]
As regular Rumproast readers know, I’ve been subjected to several surprise attacks by tree frogs living on my property. Is this froggy living in the bromeliads one of my attackers?
I don’t know. It certainly looks just like the frog that leapt up out of my toilet, pounced from the folds of the shower curtain, launched at me from the mailbox and hurled itself at my face from the trash can lid. But in this warm, humid swamp, there are a lot of frogs.
It would be unfair to jump to conclusions about this particular one.
Don’t Ask Don’t Tell joins the list of things that will make younger generations roll their eyes in scorn [via TWO]:
Top defense officials plan to certify Friday that the Pentagon is ready to end the ban on gays serving openly in the military, officials said, a landmark moment after almost two decades of controversy.
The military now has to resolve crucial questions such as what benefits same-sex couples will receive.
While the military will be free to provide some services to same-sex spouses, such as family support for spouses of deployed service members, federal law blocks it from providing them the full range of health, housing and education available to heterosexual couples.
Please join me by raising a very, very, very cold drink in celebration.
(Note to people in the Pacific “Ooo, it’s soo cold” Northwest - You may drink a big steamy mug of mulled StFu.)