Tuesday, September 20, 2011

I got your class warfare right here

I hear all this, you know, “Well, this is class warfare, this is whatever.”—No!

There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody.

You built a factory out there—good for you! But I want to be clear.

You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for.

You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate.

You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for.

You didn’t have to worry that maurauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory, and hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest of us did.

Now look, you built a factory and it turned into something terrific, or a great idea—God bless. Keep a big hunk of it.

But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.

She’s doing well in the early polls running against Scott Brown for his Senate seat. If she doesn’t get it, can we in the UK have first dibs on her?

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Posted by YAFB on 09/20/11 at 07:48 PM

Former Afghani President Killed By Mad Hatter

Is it just me, or is the world becoming indistinguishable from a Mel Brooks movie?

The former president of Afghanistan - a major figure who was leading peace talks aimed at ending the war - was killed in his home Tuesday by a suicide attacker wearing an exploding turban.

Burhanuddin Rabbani died when he hugged his assassin, who triggered the bomb, officials said.

This is, incidentally, a very bad thing, and not just for Mr. Rabbani.

Posted by StrangeAppar8us on 09/20/11 at 01:21 PM

Categories: NewsPoliticsWar In Error

When Squirrels Collide

The story so far: On an ESPN radio show in Las Vegas, world-renowned brain-case Mike Tyson made some pretty heinous observations regarding Sarah Palin’s alleged date with basketballer Glen Rice. Tucker Carlson posted a clip and transcribed extracts from the show on his Daily Caller news site. Wingnut blogger Dan Riehl promptly accused Carlson of being a sexually-inadequate sissy-boy. Greta Van Susteren followed up by calling Carlson a “pig” on her Fox blog. A frenzy of angry Twittering ensued, culminating in last night’s Greta/Tucker slap-fest.

And, somehow, this is all the fault of media Liberals.

News Hounds kindly points out Greta’s rather spotty record of defending other female celebrities who don’t sign paychecks to her husband.

Posted by StrangeAppar8us on 09/20/11 at 10:59 AM

Categories: PoliticsNuttersSarah PalinOur Stupid MediaPoliblogs

And not a teapot in sight ...

I’ve no idea whether any of our regulars has witnessed or been involved in these Wall Street demonstrations, but they seem to be getting a little MSM coverage. And it makes a change from seeing the Koch-funded Tea Party taking to their deckchairs in protest at their financiers:

“Rage” against Wall Street power clogs sidewalks

(Reuters) - Protesters complaining about the power of the financial industry staged noisy demonstrations that slowed pedestrian traffic on Wall Street for a third day on Monday, vowing to continue “for as long as it takes” to achieve vague demands.

Protestor interviews voicing some “vague demands” and more footage after the fold.

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Posted by YAFB on 09/20/11 at 09:29 AM

Categories: PoliticsElection '12Our Stupid Media

Take Bill-O—please!

O’Loofa threatens to go Galt if his taxes rise above 50%:

This is how the disciples of Saul Alinsky silence political dissent—by cruelly attempting to force multimillionaires to broadcast ignorant pontifications at cut-rate Clinton-era net-income levels and pauperizing Tea Party fast-food moguls. It’s a sad day for America when such outrages are proposed.

[H/T: MediaMatters]

Posted by Betty Cracker on 09/20/11 at 06:40 AM

Monday, September 19, 2011

TP 2.0: Psycho Party, Qu’est-Ce Que C’est?

TPM found this clip of Neil Cavuto interviewing insane lifeform David Lewis, the 2012 Tea Party challenger to House Speaker John Boehner.

From Lewis’ campaign site:

David Lewis is a devout Christian, Tea Party leader, and Pro-Life leader. David has a BS in Information Technology from the University of Cincinnati. David’s goal is to make it a criminal act to kill a child from conception until birth.

David believes that law and human rights come from the only solid foundation, God. The Word of God, including the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount, is the foundation that America and the Bill of Rights rests on.

David puts principle before party. David was recently arrested at both John Boehner’s (R) and Harry Reid’s (D) offices over government funding of businesses that murder children. David’s only allegiance is to God and cannot be swayed by party, individuals, or interest groups.

I don’t know if Lewis is a harmless fluke, or the sort of next-gen mutation you’d expect from a political movement grounded in incoherent outrage and Mystical Founderism. I just hope he’s a reminder to Boehner and the Establishment GOP that empowering the wingnut fringe in the hope of selectively channelling its primal passions to defeat Democrats is a strategic masterstroke that can only be properly celebrated with an exploding cigar.

Posted by StrangeAppar8us on 09/19/11 at 07:18 PM

Categories: PoliticsElection '12NuttersTeabaggery

It’s Not Class Warfare - It’s Math

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It took the Rethugs only seconds to characterize President Obama’s plan to increase taxes on wealthy investors and hedge fund managers* to at least the same rates that are paid by teachers and plumbers as ZOMG CLASS WARFARE!!

In his speech this morning the President slowly and methodically laid out the need for increased revenues to tackle the deficit, the spending cuts that were also being proposed as well as the cuts that had been agreed to previously.  He outlined plans to raise revenue that included closing loopholes, ending tax breaks for special interests, rollling back some deductions for wealthy taxpayers and not extending the Bush tax cuts for the highest brackets.  The White House has put up a fact sheet which summarizes the American Jobs Act as well as the proposals for paying for it for those who are interested in more detail.

And, as the POTUS said, this is NOT class warfare - it’s math.  Class warfare is calling people who live from paycheck to paycheck, indeed often day to day, who pay no federal income taxes and rely on earned income credits to buy new jackets and boots for the kids, “lucky duckies.”  I mean, how lucky can you get?

The Prez gave a heck of a good speech which should rally everyone on the left going into the campaign.  (Unsurprisingly some of them are already taking credit for it.)

Although I liked pretty much all of the speech, my personal favorite was at the end when he pointed out that dealing with debt and deficit has been an issue for elected officials since the days of George Washington and provided this money quote from the Founding Father himself:

Towards the payment of debts there must be revenue; that to have revenues there must be taxes and no taxes can be devised which are not more or less inconvenient and unpleasant. [Dealing with the debt is] always a choice of difficulties.

Yeah baby!  In YER FACE Teabagger A-holes!

He also took a nice little shot at the Grover Norquist crowd and their “no new taxes, ever, for any reason, at any time, no how” pledge by reminding them that the only pledge they really owe allegiance to is their oath of office and pledge to uphold the Constitution.

Guess I’ll have to take up smoking again.  ;-)  More like that please, Mr. President.

(ETA link I left off originally)

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Posted by marindenver on 09/19/11 at 03:00 PM

Categories: PoliticsBarack ObamaBedwettersBushCoElection '12NuttersTeabaggery

At Last! An Obama Primary Challenger We Can All Get Behind


Given the vast amount of advice for the Democratic Party emanating from rightwingers at the moment and the yearning from some self-described progressives for someone—ANYONE ALREADY!!!!—to primary President Obama, it was only a matter of time before this final solution emerged, which is guaranteed to please them all.

Having so far failed to gain any mainstream traction in his bid to bring down Obama with his long-term birfer campaign, Joseph Farah of WorldNetDaily has a new cunning plan:

How Palin could beat Obama now

Lots of folks are still wondering whether Sarah Palin is going to jump into the 2012 Republican presidential campaign.

But if she really wants to make history, I have a bigger and better idea for her.
Brace yourself for a crazy idea.

Joseph, I’ve seen your columns over the past four years. Consider me braced.

Sarah Palin should reregister as a Democrat and announce her intention of seeking the Democratic Party nomination in 2012 over Barack Obama!

Crazy? I told you it was crazy.

But think about it.

How many Republicans nationwide would reregister as Democrats right along with her – temporarily – to support such a bold, unprecedented political move?

How many independents, who might not otherwise participate in primaries at all, would do the same?

How many Democrats, realizing they made a profound mistake in 2008, would vote for Palin?

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Posted by YAFB on 09/19/11 at 01:27 PM

Near-Infallible Political Strategy Chooser

Find out what this dumb motherfucker is recommending, and do the exact opposite:


I like Hillary Clinton just fine and would have voted for her in the last election had she prevailed in the Democratic primary. But the fact that she paid this idiot millions of dollars and relied heavily on his counsel was self-disqualifying.

Posted by Betty Cracker on 09/19/11 at 05:55 AM

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Flying South

From Vancouver Island to Tierra del Fuego in 62 seconds, courtesy of the International Space Station.

[More at io9.]

Posted by StrangeAppar8us on 09/18/11 at 07:18 PM

Categories: Geek SpeakYouTubidity

Let’s You and Him Fight


Here at Rumproast, we’ve largely ignored the Joe McGinnness exposé on Sarah Palin. This isn’t the result of a behind-the-scenes editorial decision—it appears we independently reached the same conclusion, namely, ewwww.

This hasn’t stopped us (well, ME, anyway) from snickering uncontrollably at other bloggers’ treatment of the topic. I just prefer the low-hanging fruit to the rotting tidbits on the ground, this week anyway.

However, unhinged Palindrone Stacy “The Other” McCain just can’t quit McGinniss. I’m not sure exactly which allegations in the book drove the confirmed white supremacist round the bend. Could be the thing about Quitting Bull snorting coke off a 55-gallon drum. I dunno.

Anyway, McCain has a bizarre history of making vague threats of violence against perceived enemies. Like most internet tough guys, he never follows through.

But now he’s gone beyond fantasizing about himself as some pencil-necked wingnut Walter Mitty to spinning fantasies about Todd Palin repeatedly attacking and hospitalizing McGinness. It’s not just a passing fancy either—McCain spun a detailed yarn (that may owe something to “The Legend of Billie Jean”) about Mr. Sarah becoming the subject of a nationwide manhunt for repeatedly pummeling McGinniss as Mrs. Todd rides a wave of vicarious wingnut testosterone to the top of the polls to become the GOP frontrunner. No, really.

McCain is urging fellow Palindrones to contribute to SarahPAC to defray Mr. Palin’s imaginary legal expenses and fund a documentary to chronicle Palin’s imaginary assaults on McGinness. Now, I’m no lawyer. But wouldn’t encouraging violence—even if your imaginary gladiator ignores the encouragement—and funneling money toward a political action committee in connection with repeated calls to violence enter a legal gray area? Like I said, I don’t know. But I suspect the Roberts Court would enshrine it as a perfectly legitimate fundraising tool.

Posted by Betty Cracker on 09/18/11 at 09:32 AM

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Palin Wisely Still Not Running

Today is Constitution Day, the day America honors the much-amended pamphlet on government, citizenship, guns and alcohol that doesn’t mention God, anywhere, even once, and nowhere states that a Presidential candidate needs two citizen parents in order to be eligible for election. It’s also a day when a lot of people with flags on sticks pose for patriotic photographs that are even creepier than Dennis Hopper in Blue Velvet.

Previously, there had been much online speculation that Palin would announce her candidacy today (the official Constitution Day) or yesterday (the observed Constitution Day)...mostly by people who had previously declared that she would announce on Ronald Reagan’s birthday (February 6) or at her recent Tea Party speech in Indianola (September 3).

But Sarah has not yet announced, because she is the Sun Tzu of not running while appearing to run, the John Boyd of fluidly-adaptable non-runningness, and the Liddell Hart of only running in the minds of her enemies.

Sarah plays Battleship where everyone else plays Uno. She is beyond knowing or second-guessing, and — by most measures — even caring about.

I mean, seriously — does anyone give a shit if she announces between now and the election? I sure don’t. In terms of policy and credibility, she’s indistinguishable from Bachmann or Perry. 

I’m trying like hell to care, because Palin’s parody potential is unlimited. But at this point, Barry Manilow has a better chance of beating Obama in 2012.

Posted by StrangeAppar8us on 09/17/11 at 05:09 PM

Categories: NewsPoliticsBarack ObamaElection '12NuttersSarah PalinTeabaggery

Class Warfare

Michelle Obama’s appearance on the cover of Upscale magazine will no doubt spark waves of outrage from Patriotic White Americans whose wives look like Wilford Brimley and who crack jokes about the White House having been turned into Section 8 housing for big-assed indigent Black AA parasites who take exotic vacations on the public dime.

Oh, wait. Too late.

Posted by StrangeAppar8us on 09/17/11 at 12:50 PM

Categories: NewsPoliticsBarack ObamaElection '12Nutters

Locally produced commercials

Here’s one of the most…interesting in my local market:

If you can beat that, link it in comments.

Posted by Betty Cracker on 09/17/11 at 06:28 AM

Categories: TelevisionYouTubidity

Friday, September 16, 2011

And a wet suit in a pear tree

Editor’s note: The snark settings for this post have been turned way down, lest I accidentally ruin the perfection of this tale (H/T Patrick McKinnon in La Chambre du Rumper).

But first, some background [via TPM]:

...Darren Huff, a former U.S. Naval officer from Georgia ... is a member of the Oath Keepers, the fast-growing group of former military and law enforcement personnel stoking fears that the federal government plans to confiscate guns and to round up American citizens and place them in concentration camps (their motto: “Not on our watch”). On the day last month that Fitzpatrick was set to face trial, Huff got in his truck - emblazoned with the Oath Keepers logo on the side - and drove to Monroe County with a Colt. 45 and an AK-47.

Huff’s nightmare eventually came true when law enforcement agents rounded him up, placed him in House Arrest Concentration Camp and confiscated some of his property, including one of his guns.

The Fed is hanging on to his AK-47. For some unfathomable reason.

But his cries for Founding Father Approved Freedom from Black Presidents must have touched their hearts, because they returned some of his property soon after his arrest [via Scribd. Click on View in Full Screen to see what happens when a TeaBaggish Birfer gets on the last damn nerve of a gubbermint official]:

U.S.A. v DARREN HUFF - 115.3 - Exhibit 3 - 6/11/2010 Receipt for Returned Property - Gov.uscourts.tned.5761…


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Posted by Hunger Tallest Palin on 09/16/11 at 09:21 PM

Categories: PoliticsBedwettersNuttersTeabaggery

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