Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Music: Hellzapoppin’! [Updated X7]

Hit it!

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Posted by YAFB on 10/31/11 at 06:33 PM

Yr Daily Obama Betrayal

Or:  Obummer throws Big Pharma under the bus.  Because he’s basically owned by them, near as I recollect.

Obama is to sign “an Executive Order directing the FDA to take action to help further reduce and prevent drug shortages, protect consumers and prevent price gouging. The White House will also announce the President’s support for bipartisan legislation (S. 296 and H.R. 2245) that will give the FDA new tools to prevent drug shortages,” the White House says.

Which Pro-emo-proggie will lead the pearl clutching brigade this time around?

Not related but worthy of comment:  Since every blog in the country has covered the unfolding “did he or didn’t he and when did he not know anything about it?” Herman Cain sexual harassment story I, for one, have kind of left it alone.  But Josh Marshall is working on a pretty good timeline as events reveal themselves.  Can this be the end of Hermie?


And heeeeere’s who you want on your side in a sexual harassment scandal!  I’m assuming he, maybe, knows of what he speaks?

Posted by marindenver on 10/31/11 at 04:54 PM

Categories: PoliticsBarack ObamaElection '12Health CareNuttersTeabaggery

Hanging on the telephone


It’s tough times over at Conservatives4Palin. After telling every living soul they know that Sarah Palin was totally going to be the next president, after horking up the change in their sofa cushions to send to SarahPAC, after browbeating acquaintances about Palin’s dumb books and movies and posting 10,000 breathless speculations about her Big Announcement, they were made to look like fools when the object of their cult-like devotion offhandedly announced that she wasn’t running after all. To assuage that massive butthurt, this weekend they held a healing ceremony called Grizzly Fest to discuss next steps.

All week long they touted this event and hinted that they would be joined by a Very Special Guest. Well, once again, Palin ripped the bearskin rug right out from under them:

We just wanted everyone to know that Governor Palin tried really hard to call into the Grizzly Fest Summit today. Unfortunately, there is an issue with Blog Talk Radio that we didn’t know about previously. Alaskans cannot get through to Blog Talk Radio shows (which is the format we used for Grizzly Fest) using the normal line that those of us in the lower-48 use. Due to technical difficulties, Governor Palin was unable to join us but it wasn’t for lack of trying. As I said, she did try and for a long time I might add.

Huh. Palin doesn’t know anyone in the “Lower 48” who could have conferenced her in? She couldn’t type a question about the alleged “Alaska Only” line into the chat window?

Oh, but she could have totally managed the financial crisis and complex geopolitical landmines as president, you betcha. God, this is even funnier / dumber than the PUMAPAC crew’s inability to orchestrate a pizza delivery back in 2008.

But you know, the sad truth is probably that Palin didn’t really want to talk to the losers she grifted anyway. They didn’t even merit a Facebook or Twitter shout-out. It would be sad if they weren’t such demented, self-deluding troglodytes.

Posted by Betty Cracker on 10/31/11 at 10:18 AM

Categories: PoliticsElection '08Election '12NuttersSarah Palin

Bachmann tells another big fat whopper


Yeah, I know: Michele Bachmann has about as much chance of becoming the Republican nominee as I do. But her blatherings on the stump are an interesting window into the über-wingnut mind. And that brainpan is as filled with outright lies and absurd distortions as your granny’s email forwards, from whence they most likely originate:

Michele Bachmann told a crowd here that growing tax burdens have undermined the American middle class and forced both parents into the workforce. To support her argument, she said tax rates in 1950 were just 5 percent—a fraction of the overall tax rate today.

“The average amount of taxes that the average family (paid) was 5 percent overall,” Bachmann said. With taxes that low, she continued, her father’s salary from the Air Force was enough to support her entire family. “A sergeant could have a wife and four children and the wife didn’t have to work because you paid 5 percent for your overall tax burden.”

But her figures do not appear to be accurate. According to the nonprofit Tax Foundation, the overall tax rate in 1950 was actually 24.6 percent – almost five times the rate cited by Bachmann and just 3.1 percent less than the 2011 tax rate of 27.7 percent.

“Do not appear to be accurate”? Jesus God, Our Stupid Media: That’s like saying Bernie Madoff “appears to have been an untrustworthy financial adviser.” I know you guys are generally terrified of being branded with a scarlet “L,” but Bachmann’s whopper was worthy of a less mealy-mouthed description, surely, perhaps something like “exponentially incorrect” or “wildly off the mark.” Gah.

The scary thing is that, even though Bachmann will never be president, there are literally tens of millions of our fellow citizens who think she’s perfectly qualified and who would readily believe that ridiculous lie about tax rates. Such people cannot be reasoned with; they can only be defeated, or else we’re fucking doomed.

Posted by Betty Cracker on 10/31/11 at 08:59 AM

Categories: PoliticsElection '12NuttersTeabaggeryOur Stupid Media

Blowhole Awareness

Some anti-seagoing mammalist has stickered most of lower Manhattan with these. Just one of the many things you didn’t think you had to worry about, but if you like paddling about with large gray rubbery bottlenosed mammals, don’t say you weren’t warned!

Either that or it’s just another NYC company trying to sell you T-shirts suitable for that upcoming Thrash concert. They may be unwittingly doing dolphins a favor, even while slandering them: wild dolphins are beginning to turn tail and flee after the umpteen bazillionth encounter with starry-eyed Flipper fanatics.

In any case, I ain’t swimmin’ with ‘em again. Not after that time in ‘96. But I can’t say any more; I accepted a lot of herring to keep my mouth shut.

Posted by Mrs. Polly on 10/31/11 at 08:22 AM

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Rick Perry Unplugged

The “Bad Lip Reading” folks have been outdone by Rick Perry himself, with his off-the-wall performance at the Cornerstone Action Dinner in Manchester, NH.

This clip gives the by turns giggly, lisping, maudlin, meandering, and on occasion downright wobbly “highlights” of his speech. It’s worth bearing with it till the end to witness the touching glee with which he clutches to his bosom a bottle of locally produced “maple syrup” he’s awarded, but it cuts before aides brandishing butterfly nets, a gallon of black coffee, and a funnel bustle onto the stage.

Posted by YAFB on 10/30/11 at 05:47 PM

Herman Cain Can’t Get No Respect [Updated]

CNN reports that Cain was heckled during a speech at an Alabama gathering, his remarks interrupted by a strangely grammatically formal cry of “That is absurd” and whoops from—who else?—Ron Paul supporters in the audience.

The heckle followed Cain’s observation that “this economy is on life support.” CNN doesn’t give any clue why that particular statement of Cain’s might have been singled out for the accusation of absurdity, but when he sought to quiet the crowd and proceed, declaring that “I do not believe we need to end the Fed, we can fix the Fed,” even louder boos and more frantic placard-waving erupted.

A frisk of the comments at some of the RW blogs that have covered this event confirms the lack of love lost between Paul supporters and—well, just about anybody:

Ronbots are the reason I will not support Ron Paul, while I do agree with much of his fiscal policies. Some of the rudest people I’ve seen, not worse than Obots, because Ronbots tend to be somewhat smart in terms of fiscal policy, but they are too cultish.

This was very rude, very rude. They can have their point of view, but heckling someone else so they cannot express their point of view is very rude and disrespectful.

F#ckin Paultards. Figures that Alabama of all places would have a bunch of these nazis.

The paulbots know nothing about respect. They are as bad as the libturds, if not worse, for disrupting speech from those opposed to their tinfoil hat beliefs. Paulbots are a blight on American soil as is ron paul.

Others don’t have a much rosier view of the man himself:

Cain is just a tool having sat on the FED board of governors…

Anyone stupid enough to vote for this clown is just…well, stupid!

Cain might know how to sell second rate pizzas but as to him running this country???…give me a break.

I guess we can cancel that Cain/Paul 2012 bumper sticker run.

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Posted by YAFB on 10/30/11 at 12:04 PM

Categories: PoliticsElection '12NuttersTeabaggerySkull Hampers

Saturday, October 29, 2011

“It scared me because I knew the dog had been dead a long time.”

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Posted by Hunger Tallest Palin on 10/29/11 at 11:50 PM

Let’s Go Parachutin’ On Tuesday

Still makes more sense than “999”

Posted by Tom65 on 10/29/11 at 06:46 AM

Categories: Knee SlappersPoliticsElection '12NuttersPolisnarkYouTubidity

Friday, October 28, 2011

Things that go thump, thump, thump in the night

Played at the proper volume* this song will keep the ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties at bay.

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Posted by Hunger Tallest Palin on 10/28/11 at 10:59 PM

At Last! An Obama Primary Candidate We Can All ... Er ... Who?!

With electoral registration deadlines looming fast, the tension is all but palpable as we wait to see who will finally answer the call to primary Obama in 2012. That tension has only been tentatively relieved by the entry into the race of advertising manager and financial services consultant Darcy Richardson, from Florida.

You have to dig fairly deep in the media to find much coverage of Richardson’s announcement of his run in the New Hampshire Primary a couple of days ago—like the Boston Globe‘s “Political Intelligence” blog, that’s how deep. And he’s not even the headliner there, ranking behind some of the Republican entry:

“I wanted something out of the ordinary to do this winter,” said Linden Swift, an 81-year-old retiree from Indiana who failed in his effort to plan a vacation to Ireland. “It seemed like running for president was a good second choice.”

Mr. Richardson already has a nascent Web presence, and is prominent enough to warrant his own Wikipedia page, which reveals something of a winning streak:

Although a registered Democrat and elected Montgomery County precinct committeeman at the time, Richardson was nominated to run for the position of Pennsylvania Auditor General in 1980 on the Philadelphia-based Consumer Party’s ballot line. In that race he finished third with 48,783 votes.

In 1988, the Consumer Party again nominated Richardson, this time to run for U.S. Senate. That same year, Richardson was the national campaign manager of former Senator Eugene McCarthy’s presidential campaign. McCarthy was also running on the Consumer Party ticket. Richardson was later a senior advisor to McCarthy’s final presidential campaign, in which he ran as a candidate in the Democratic primaries.

He’s a published author, and other sources reveal he’s not without that all-important media experience:

... Richardson has been quoted in major publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer, and has written numerous articles for a wide range of publications.  He has also been a guest on several nationally-syndicated radio talk shows, ranging from the progressive “Thom Hartmann Show” to Joseph Farah’s conservative “WorldNetDaily Radioactive” program.

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Posted by YAFB on 10/28/11 at 06:49 PM

Tea Party Honcho to Bachmann: GTFO, Crazy-Eyes!


Weh-heh-hell! Michele Bachmann is discovering that it’s sharper than a serpent’s tooth to have a thankless constituency. Wholly-owned Koch Industries subsidiary Ned Ryun of the wholly-owned Koch Industries subsidiary “American Majority” teabagger Astroturf outfit writes the following:

It’s time for Michele Bachmann to go.  For the last two years, I’ve been cautioning about the dangers of individuals or organizations trying to present themselves as leaders of the Tea Party movement.  An individual personality or organization purporting to be a “leader” of what is truly a grassroots movement can hurt the tea party brand by creating false impressions about its core beliefs. 


Since her meteoric rise this summer and win in the Iowa Straw poll, her campaign has been plagued by losses of top staff, lackluster fundraising and a seeming lack of direction. Bachmann’s resulting plunge in the polls is troubling for the tea party, not because “one of their own” is losing her footing, but because the longer Bachmann stays in the race, the more likely we will see her shift to the right.  This rightward shift will come as the campaign works to hold on to its more conservative base of support in advance of the release of Bachmann’s new book next month.

Okay, first of all, Michele Bachmann can’t shift any further to the right unless she outfits her 237 foster children in brown shirts and stages a putsch at the Mall of America Starbucks. Ryun goes on to opine that Bachmann’s desperate attempts to out-Jesus her opponents and express an even more reverent devotion to zygotes might obscure the teabaggers’ true focus, which Ryun claims is “limited government, fiscal responsibility and accountability from our elected officials.”

What a steaming load of horseshit. Ryun wants to dump Crazy Eyes over the side like a crate of imported tea leaves because he doesn’t want her loser cooties infesting his Colonial Williamsburg breeches. But that horse has already sailed.

Posted by Betty Cracker on 10/28/11 at 08:55 AM

Categories: PoliticsBedwettersElection '12NuttersTeabaggery

Things Nature Might Conceivably Abhor More Than a Vacuum, #3

The new Three Stooges movie.

Yeah, I know the Farrellys are behind this. But other than Lenny or Chaplin, when was the last time you didn’t wince at watching a contemporary actor try to recreate classic shtick that’s already perfected in memory? (Man on the Moon, anyone?)

And just in case you were holding out hope that this would be a respectably earnest biopic dramatizing the off-screen lives of the Howard boys and Larry Fine, the IMDB plot synopsis suggests you’re going to be deeply disappointed:

While trying to save their childhood orphanage, Moe, Larry, and Curly inadvertently stumble into a murder plot and wind up starring in a reality TV show.

Sounds like The Blues Brothers meets Hollywoodland in a handbasket to Hell’s Kitchen.

Posted by StrangeAppar8us on 10/28/11 at 06:33 AM

Categories: MoviesMovie NewsSkull Hampers

Thursday, October 27, 2011

“It’s a rattly old night, ain’t it ... ?”

Yea though even a partial list of things that suck is long enough to cover the Valley of Death with enough left over for the Dell of I Thought I Was A Goner That Time, we can still listen to My Dying Bride while the wind tries to remove the windows from their frames.

Posted by Hunger Tallest Palin on 10/27/11 at 11:01 PM

Close, but no cigar

More video surfaced of Marco Rubio relentlessly humping the “son of exiles” theme like a horny shih tzu on your auntie’s shin. The source this time? RedState. Haha!

Rubio says: “Nothing against immigrants, but my parents are exiles,” and claims this as the entire basis for his entry into politics. Even though we all now know Rubio’s parents fled a US-backed, right-wing dictatorship in search of economic opportunity, applying for permanent residency, Rubio is still insisting they were exiles, not immigrants, and asserting against evidence to the contrary that they intended to go back to Cuba.

Why is this issue so important that Rubio would make implausible lies up about it? I mean, aside from the fact that he claims the exile experience as his inspiration to become a lifelong government teat-sucker in the first place?

Because to a not-insignificant faction of the Republican Party, “exile” status means you’re not a common “wetback” like the gardener. That is why Rubio is stretching the meaning of the word “exile” beyond its breaking point and hoping nobody notices.

Well, if he gets to say he’s the descendent of exiles, so do I. My distant ancestors fled the commie potato famine. Oh, I suppose I could return to the Old Country now if I pleased. I hear there’s plenty to eat these days and a vast range of fine whiskey and beer to wash it down into the bargain.

I for one would be glad to support a change in US law that would make it possible for Rubio to freely come and go from his Old Country too. Yeah, Cuba is stilled ruled by a repressive octogenarocracy, but such facts don’t affect US citizens’ ability to travel freely to places like Saudi Arabia and China. It’s high time we got to check out Havana too.

Posted by Betty Cracker on 10/27/11 at 03:50 PM

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