Thursday, October 27, 2011

Occupy: The Othering

The déjà vu from the reaction of certain media to the Occupy series of protests has been utterly predictable. Anyone who was publicly active in the peace movement of the 1980s (I imagine much the same occured in the 1960s but I have no direct experience of that) will recognize the tawdry sensationalist fascination with demonstrators’ toilet habits, their appearance, their projected lack of cleanliness, the focus on supposed hypocrisy in their ranks because they haven’t eschewed every trapping of modern capitalism while existing in a major conurbation, the cries of “Get a job!” coupled with contradictory implications of lack of commitment to the cause.

So it’s no surprise to see my favorite organ of the yellow press, the Daily Mail, trumpeting a “gotcha!” about the Occupy London campaign that’s been gladly seized on by the usual suspects, complete with—you couldn’t make this up—thermal imaging camera “evidence”:

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These are the damning images that prove the anti-capitalist protest that has closed St Paul’s Cathedral is all but deserted at night.

Footage from a thermal imaging camera taken late at night reveals just a fraction of the makeshift camp was occupied.

An independent thermal imaging company, commissioned by the Daily Mail, captured these pictures after similar footage from a police helicopter found only one in ten tents were occupied after dark.

Pah! The youth of today. The Daily Mail has long been the arbiter of what is acceptable behavior among social movements. Get off its lawn! Oh, wait:

Chilly: The images were taken at 11pm on Monday night, when most activists could be expected to have been curled up in their tents keeping warm

Yup. The Daily Mail expects everyone to be in their pajamas and tucked up in their sleeping bags by 11pm, even in the hubbub of a city center during a protest. It’s the British way.

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Posted by YAFB on 10/27/11 at 06:05 AM
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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Taibbi Nails Basis of Occupy Protestors

I have been known to be critical of Matt Taibbi and his viewpoints in the past but I have to say this piece he just put up at Rolling Stone titled Wall Street Isn’t Winning.  It’s Cheating. really hits the mark.  A few choice excerpts:

Americans for the most part love the rich, even the obnoxious rich. And in recent years, the harder things got, the more we’ve obsessed over the wealth dream. As unemployment skyrocketed, people tuned in in droves to gawk at Evrémonde-heiresses like Paris Hilton, or watch bullies like Donald Trump fire people on TV.

Moreover, the worse the economy got, the more being a millionaire or a billionaire somehow became a qualification for high office, as people flocked to voting booths to support politicians with names like Bloomberg and Rockefeller and Corzine, names that to voters symbolized success and expertise at a time when few people seemed to have answers. At last count, there were 245 millionaires in congress, including 66 in the Senate.

And we hate the rich? Come on. Success is the national religion, and almost everyone is a believer. Americans love winners.  But that’s just the problem. These guys on Wall Street are not winning – they’re cheating. And as much as we love the self-made success story, we hate the cheater that much more.

In this country, we cheer for people who hit their own home runs – not shortcut-chasing juicers like Bonds and McGwire, Blankfein and Dimon.

That’s why it’s so obnoxious when people say the protesters are just sore losers who are jealous of these smart guys in suits who beat them at the game of life. This isn’t disappointment at having lost. It’s anger because those other guys didn’t really win. And people now want the score overturned.

He then goes on to detail the many “Cheat Codes” being used by Wall Street bankers to dance around the rules that we ordinary folks must play by.  Go read the whole thing if you’ve got time.  It’s very enlightening.

h/t Balloon Juice

Posted by marindenver on 10/26/11 at 03:21 PM
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Martha Stewart created a monster

And no, I don’t mean a crafty pipe-cleaner, styrofoam ball and black garland spider with candy-corn fangs—I mean her only child, Alexis, appears to be an absolute horror of a human being. At least that’s how she comes across in this painfully awkward Today show interview.

I cannot in good conscious recommend that you spend 15 minutes of your life—that you’ll never get back!—watching this clip. But if you’ve ever wondered how Savannah Guthrie Jenny Hutt would handle the cross-examination of a hostile witness or if you’ve pondered whether it were possible for a real, live person to project less warmth and humanity than Gozer the Gozerian from Ghost Busters, well, here’s your chance to find out.

Jeebus!

[H/t: BuzzFeed]

Posted by Betty Cracker on 10/26/11 at 06:11 AM
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

WTF?: Extreme Right Freaks Out Pat Robertson

That, from a guy who’s said this. My work here is done.

Posted by StrangeAppar8us on 10/25/11 at 12:48 PM
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Your Creepy, Stalking Sarah Palin Fan-Flick Of The Day

Stop lying to yourself, Sarah. We had something special. Something bigger than the pyramids, more irresistible than destiny. Don’t you remember that day in Madison, when you said “Game on!” and we pledged ourselves to each other for all eternity? Do you really think you can just turn your back and walk away from that? WELL, DO YOU? BECAUSE I’M NOT READY TO LET YOU GO.

Posted by StrangeAppar8us on 10/25/11 at 12:04 PM
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Your Laugh-a-Minute GOP Candidates

First there was Mitt Romney and his multiple goofy stump stunts and cracks:

Mitt Romney’s pinch of humor falls flat in N.H.

Understanding Romney Humor: “I’m Also Unemployed”

Mitt Romney: Corporations Are People

Then there was Herman Cain and his drive to compel America to either develop a sense of humor or resort to strong drink:

Herman Cain says he was joking about ‘Tiger for President’

Herman Cain’s Terrible Joke About Electrocuting Illegal Immigrants

Cain: My Joke About A Lethal Border Fence Might Be Serious After All

Herman Cain: ‘Race Card Is Now A Joke’ Played By Obama Supporters Who Can’t Defend His Record

Herman Cain’s Foreign Policy Not Going Over Well in Afghani-ghani-ghani-ghani-stan-stan

Cain: ‘May as well get used’ to my sense of humor

We’ll skip Michele Bachmann, as her campaign at this point must surely be some sort of deadpan performance art project with the reveal and punchline scheduled for some time in November. Well, OK, we won’t skip her entirely, but I’m not about to devote a whole blog post to her today:

Bachmann’s campaign starts to fall apart as guru quits

Bachmann’s Town Hall Starring Trump Was News to Trump

Michele Bachmann’s campaign falters as entire New Hampshire team quits

Michele Bachmann denies New Hampshire staff ‘walkout’

And now, Rick Perry wants to get in on the act, with his new birther standup routine:

“It’s a good issue to keep alive. ... I’m really not worried about the president’s birth certificate.  It’s fun to poke at him a little bit and say ‘Hey, how about let’s see your grades and your birth certificate,” Perry said in an interview with CNBC’s John Harwood Monday night.

Yup. Looking around me, I’d say that what the world really, really needs right now is another Republican joker in the White House.

Perry/Taitz 2012!

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Posted by YAFB on 10/25/11 at 07:21 AM
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Monday, October 24, 2011

Herman Cain: A Smoother, Cooler, More Satisfying Blend of Candidate

In this just-released online campaign spot, Herman Cain’s Chief of Staff Mark Block delivers a populist endorsement of his boss that’s so raw and impassioned, he needs a cigarette afterwards. Me, I’d have headed straight for the cold cuts and Letterman.

The key takeaway, I’m guessing, is that — in a Herman Cain administration — the Surgeon General will be replaced by this guy.

[UPDATE:] OK, this Cain spot is 1,000X more fucked up than The Smoking Man. The target demographic is anybody’s guess. [H/T gocart mozart in comments]:

Posted by StrangeAppar8us on 10/24/11 at 10:19 PM
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OK, If We’re Going To Be a Penguin Blog Now…

h/t Daily Squee

Posted by marindenver on 10/24/11 at 03:30 PM
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BREAKING!  BREAKING!  RUMPROAST SCOOP!  PAT BUCHANAN IS A RACIST TURD!

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Oh wait, everybody already knew that.  Never mind.

And if you actually had any doubts but wanted more proof you only have to look as far as his new book.  Or maybe, you’d, you know, rather not.

So I’m happy to report that TPM has ever so kindly waded into that swamp for us and fetched out (carefully bagged and sealed we hope) 12 of the seamiest examples.

I guess a shorter Pat would run along the lines of:

Racist old white men like me will soon die off and the good old days of segregation and subjugation of women and minorities will be gone.  And you’ll all be poorer for it as cab drivers will probably start giving rides to black men.  Leading to the now total destruction of Judeo-Christian values.

Pat’s got a long history of outrageous racist/sexist/classist/homophobic/you name it statements.  Feel free to share your favorite hits in comments so they can be adequately heaped with derision.  Or discuss:  Why in dog’s name does MSNBC still have this ignoramus on its list of *credible* commentators?

Posted by marindenver on 10/24/11 at 02:30 PM
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Here’s yer feckin’ doughnuts!

We generally try to avoid tall images to accommodate our hip, mobile-connected audience, but this one is worth the scrolling:

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[H/T: Sully]

Posted by Betty Cracker on 10/24/11 at 01:27 PM
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Let’s call it what it is

After a recent meeting with short-fingered vulgarian* Donald Trump, Rick Perry is trying to appeal to the birther set. Here’s an excerpt from a Parade interview with Perry, who comes off as too dumb to direct bathroom sanitation operations at the local Texaco station, much less be president:

Governor, do you believe that President Barack Obama was born in the United States?
I have no reason to think otherwise.

That’s not a definitive, “Yes, I believe he”—
Well, I don’t have a definitive answer, because he’s never seen my birth certificate. [huh?—ed.]

But you’ve seen his.
I don’t know. Have I? [wha?—ed.]

You don’t believe what’s been released?
I don’t know. I had dinner with Donald Trump the other night.

And?
That came up.

And he said?
He doesn’t think it’s real.

And you said?
I don’t have any idea. It doesn’t matter. He’s the President of the United States. He’s elected. It’s a distractive issue.

Two things. 1) People who obsess about—or at this point even question—the president’s birth certificate are racist assholes. 2) Perry might be the only exception to #1 on the planet. He sounds dumb enough to be genuinely confused.

* H/T: Spy Magazine

Posted by Betty Cracker on 10/24/11 at 09:32 AM
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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sirota Enters My Friend’s School Board Race - Loaded With Whoppers - UPDATED

Although I’m a resident of Denver normally I wouldn’t bother to write about local issues, such as a school board race, as this is not a blog focused on any particular geographic location and frankly school board elections are pretty much snooooze newzzz.  However one of the candidates for the Denver School Board in the current election, Emily Sirota, happens to be married to David Sirota.  And on Friday he just put up a piece about the election at Salon titled “W enters my wife’s school board race”.  Yes, “that” W.

He then goes on to conclude that local politics have been totally hijacked by large Republican, corporate interests and that his wife, just trying to run a little neighborhood campaign, is a victim of these nefarious forces.  Well, if Sirota thinks this is worthy of a piece in Salon then I guess it should at least merit a reference at Rumproast, especially since I actually happen to reside in the school district in question, have four kids who’ve graduated from Denver Public Schools and follow DPS issues closely, and have known Sirota’s opponent, Anne Rowe, for years since our kids were in the same elementary school.

Therefore I consider myself uniquely qualified to fact check this pack of lies that Sirota attempts to pass off as some sort of responsible journalism.  Which starts off with the title.  George Bush has, in fact, nothing to do with the school board elections.  He did happen to be in town the other day for a roundtable discussion on education but did not make any reference to the Sirota/Rowe race or the school board election in general.

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Posted by marindenver on 10/23/11 at 03:45 PM
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Occupy Wall Street—bad! Occupy Iraq forever—good!

I’ve always found neocon retread John R. Bolton somewhat fascinating—not only because former President Bush (recess) appointed him US Ambassador to the United Nations after Bolton had explicitly denied the existence of that organization—but because of his weird, carpet-don’t-match-the-curtains cranial hair.

As it turns out, his views on occupations are as contrasting as his forelock and mustache:

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Gyad, what a maroon!

Posted by Betty Cracker on 10/23/11 at 08:07 AM
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Penguin sweaters: The cutest thing ever?

Yes, possibly!

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These poor critters were caught up in an oil slick created by a cargo ship that ran aground off New Zealand. As they await decontamination, they wear knitted sweaters to keep them warm and to prevent them from ingesting toxic oil while attempting to remove the sludgy mess themselves.

It’s sad that they were exposed to the oil, and it sucks that many died. But lord, aren’t the survivors cute in their little sweaters!

Posted by Betty Cracker on 10/23/11 at 06:50 AM
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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Huddled Marco

Thanks to those kooky birthers, new details about the family history of wingnut pin-up squish Marco Rubio came to light that discredit the “son of exiles” shtick the junior senator from Florida rode to national prominence. I’m not sure how it plays outside Florida, but down here, a family connection to anti-Castro Cuban exiles is a very big deal politically and socially, which is why Rubio never fails to allude to it in a speech and flashed that cred so prominently on his senate bio page:

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Well, that was last week. After it came out that Rubio’s parents left Cuba for Florida in 1956—while Castro was in Mexico plotting the revolution that would take place in 1959—Rubio’s minions updated the page:

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Rubio calls the suggestion that he embellished the family story for political gain “outrageous” and renewed his claim to “son of exiles” status by asserting that his parents would have eventually returned to Cuba if Castro hadn’t taken it over after they left. That’s weak sauce, and it smacks of desperation because Rubio knows this is a big deal, even if others, including Andrew Sullivan, don’t:

His official bio is wrong, and it’s worth pointing that out. And the issue is not trivial: there is a difference between assessing one’s options and leaving Cuba before Castro came to power and fleeing his persecution afterward. But the get is underwhelming.

It’s not underwhelming at all, and I’ll tell you why: These revelations transform the Rubio family’s immigration story from a conservative to a progressive morality tale. His parents weren’t fleeing a commie dictator in search of freedom; they were escaping a right-wing oligarch seeking economic opportunity, not unlike the landscaper Mitt Romney fired because Mitt is “running for office, for Pete’s sake.”

I doubt this will knock Rubio off the wingnut Bieber circuit—the GOP brain is remarkably impervious to the intrusion of facts. But Rubio’s carefully constructed political persona may be beginning to unravel. It’s as if “son of a mill-worker” John Edwards’ father were found to be the mill owner.

Posted by Betty Cracker on 10/22/11 at 08:26 AM
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