Thursday, June 07, 2012

Up with the Chickens (Open Thread)

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I’ve spent the past week struggling to kick a 20+ year nicotine addiction, which pretty much renders me unfit for anything but sobbing into my hands or rereading familiar books so that it won’t matter that I read the same paragraph three times without comprehending it.

I see intriguing stories that are worthy of comment or outrageous bullshit that cries out for abuse. But I find myself incapable of formulating a response other than “blaarrgh!”

This is SO not fun, except for the bizarre Chantix dreams, one of which involves the chickens pictured above. I dreamed I was riding in the passenger seat of a 1970-something Dodge, and my chickens were driving. Two chickens on the floorboard controlled the gas and brake pedals, and three perched on the wheel steered by shifting their weight to make turns.

In the dream, I was completely unafraid to be the chickens’ passenger (even though they were exceeding the speed limit). I was just impressed that they figured out how to drive. Is that weird, or what?

What’s the most bizarre dream you’ve ever had? (Or talk about whatever…)

Posted by Betty Cracker on 06/07/12 at 04:58 AM
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Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Romney campaign derps again

So, it looks like the Romney campaign can’t be arsed to spell anything correctly, not even the name of the last greatest Republican president, according to most Republicans. This, with the Amercia gaffe, and the “sneak-peak” gaffe, goes a long way to suggest that the Romney campaign just does not give one or even a fractional shit. Nor most probably should they.

If I were an up-and-coming young Republican, I’d rather be arrested for burning a cross on an exorcist’s forehead while spitting green pea soup out of my cranial orifices than be caught dead trying to make sense out of Mitt Friggin’ Romney for president. He’s either a Rockefeller Republican Willy Wonka in a Big Government Candyland, or a small government theocratic zealot, where, surprise, the theocracy is Mormon! Which every Fundegelical is probably too enthused about to even….speak.  Except. In tongues, About. And not always favorably.

If I’m wrong about the ethos here, I’m sure I’ll get told..

Posted by Vixen Strangely on 06/06/12 at 10:22 PM
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Ya wins some, and some you break even.

It’s not necessarily in character for me to be a little Suzy Silverlinings, but in a weird kind of way, I’m looking at the massively asymmetrical spending here as a potentially unsustainable business proposition for the election-buyers consortium that seems to have coalesced in Wisconsin. Think about it. They outspent Dems 7 or 8 to 1 depending on who you ask to help keep Scott Walker employed, until (I’m still hoping) the John Doe investigation gets around to passing out indictments. In the meantime, the senate flipped, which should put a crimp in the speed with which Wisconsin was headed on the path to turning into, like, Mississippi North, Meh. My best guess was that it would be close and that Walker had a even or so chance of winning—as in keeping his own job. It’s probably no comfort to Wisconsinites who worked really hard—but they made him sweat. That counts.

And I’ll reiterate—the exit-polling definitely indicates that this was a local issue, and doesn’t necessarily bear on November at all. There were people who voted against Barrett who will vote for Obama. The thing is, the big money made this mostly about whether the recall itself was legitimate. Yeah, it’s a cop-out to say it was the “will of the people” when the will of the people seems to have followed the money. But I would say it’s of a piece with the advantages of incumbency in general.  And some of the message of course was just bullshit—that Walker’s focus was on jobs.  Whatever—I hear that isn’t necessarily working out so good.

I’m not too put out by the participation (or lack thereof) of the DNC or Obama—but there is one thing that really frigging got on my nerves—NBC calling the election early, while people were still on line waiting to vote. I’m not saying it was impact-refereeing because it turns out they were accurate—it’s just bad form. It left an angry bad taste in my mouth.  “Okay, you clever-clogs.  You go ahead and tell people who got off work late and whose polling-place had to scrounge ballots their vote doesn’t mean shit, just so you can scoop other networks,”

I think that had me more pissed than the results.

Posted by Vixen Strangely on 06/06/12 at 07:34 PM
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Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Terror Pals Serve “Off the Pig” Babybacks to Barry!

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In the most impactful journalistic feat of impacted extraction seen since the late Andy Rooney’s final colonoscopy monologue, Breitbart cub reporter Joel Pollak squirts out another HUGE STORY in his ongoing “Vetting the Bed”* series.

The latest EXCLUSIVE, MUST CREDIT BREITBART.COM story reveals that an assistant professor currently residing in Alabama said on a blog seven years ago that some people at his barbeque said they saw future President Obama over the fence at another barbeque hosted by DOMESTIC TERRORISTS Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn.

Further, the now-professor in Alabama mentioned on his now-defunct blog that it rained at his barbeque, and Pollak found out on the Internet that rain was reported in Chicago that day. So suck it, libtards: This is proof that Obama is a radical leftwing terrorist who was raised jointly by the Black Panthers and Weather Underground and elected to enact their shadowy agenda.

Or maybe it merely proves that the big reveals can get even more lame and obscure as you work your way methodically through all 900M+ Google search results for “Barack Obama” in search of wingnut skree-bait. Either way, this is HUGE, you guys!

*H/T: Different Church Lady

[X-posted at Balloon Juice]

Posted by Betty Cracker on 06/05/12 at 06:17 AM
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Monday, June 04, 2012

Am I Actually Titling a Blog-Post “On, Wisconsin”?

I have no idea what is going to happen in Wisconsin tomorrow, although the recent (I guess, last, except for exit polling) poll showing Walker only up by 3% is heartening.  That’s within the margin of error, and if turnout is significant enough (sounds like it is) there’s a good chance a recall will be pulled off.  There is a gap though in voter enthusiasm according to WSJ (yeah, I know) indicating that GOP voters might actually be more motivated. I’d say I don’t understand that, except I kind of do. Walker has probably got some serious fans because he’s a piece of work and so is the Republican Party in Wisconsin right now (think Paul Ryan, Reince Preibus, Mark Block—chief of staff of Herman Cain’s campaign came out of Wisconsin, and my gosh, they’ve got a Republican history in that state from the birth of the party through Sen. McCarthy right up through Kathy Nickolaus—vote misplacer). And there has been some discussion on yon blogs regarding what the impact of a Walker win/loss would be, and how it might impact the presidential race.

My take is—it doesn’t have a thing to do with the presidential race at all, as the White House has pretty carefully kept itself out of Wisconsin affairs, and some say the DNC support has even been tepid. There’s numerous reasons for this. The cynical but probably dead-accurate cost-benefit analysis on political capital expenditure suggests that a loss would be more of a pain in the ass for the president and the national party than a possible win would offset, so things being roughly even—they’ll just let this one go—keeping in mind of course that grassroots progressive support and the local party organization have been phenomenal to get this far.  But the Wisconsin race is special to Wisconsin, and is more particularly a referendum on whether Governor Scott Walker has gone too far as an aggressive partisan, than a statement on the relative merit of the Democratic organization in WI.

What I do suspect, though, is that the vote in Wisconsin will set an example for other states—as it has been doing. Political reality is what you can get away with. So even if a win for Scott Walker might not mean, for example, that people are less likely to vote Democratic in the fall, it does mean that other GOP administrations in other states might feel more comfortable adopting Walker’s strategies. You know—bastardy.

I’m rooting actively for Walker’s defeat, but I fear it’ll be close and probably contested and/or controversial. And even if Walker wins, I’m still bolstered by the idea that he is the target of the “John Doe” investigation, owing to, most likely, his own self-serving ambition in his previous elected office.  I hope the general rule of right bastards not prospering is an actual thing.  Otherwise, this political season will feel really and truly too long.

Posted by Vixen Strangely on 06/04/12 at 11:05 PM
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Things that come back to bite you in the ass #392

In an article today, Travis Waldren at ThinkProgress lists some of Romney’s legacy from his Massachusetts governorship (and fleshes them out at the link):

1) Ranked 47th in job growth
2) Suffered the second-largest labor force decline in the nation
3) Lost 14 percent of its manufacturing jobs
4) Experienced “below average” economic growth and was “often near the bottom”
5) Piled on more debt than any other state

For all fans of irony, Pema Levy at TPM describes the Romney campaign’s efforts to spin all this:

Romney Camp Defends Poor Jobs Record: He Inherited A Bad Situation

So I guess we’ll hear no more from them about President Obama playing the “blame game” by referring to the mess he inherited when he took office.

Heck, of all the outlets, the Daily Telegraph quoted, of all people, John Bolton in Obama’s defense:

John Bolton, Mr Bush’s ambassador to the United Nations, said it would not be helpful for the Republicans to more vigorously defend the former president’s record, which Democrats have sharply criticised.

Mr Bolton urged Mitt Romney, the party’s nominee to face Mr Obama in November, to focus on the future and resist arguing over whether their last president left behind “a big mess or a little mess”.
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“I think people would agree with Obama that he was left with a mess,” Mr Bolton told The Daily Telegraph. “They’re not arguing about that, and that’s why it doesn’t pay for Romney to argue whether it was a big mess or a little mess.

Instead, Mr Bolton said, when faced with the prospect of re-electing Mr Obama, “people are saying OK, you inherited a mess, well what have you done to fix it?”

A reasonable question. And one that can be answered by pointing to a number of efforts, some of them fleshed out by pretty pictures for the hard of thinking.

Now fair’s fair, Mr. Bolton: What have the Republicans done to fix it? Heck, the last Republican to do anything positive on a national scale to try to stave off economic disaster was George W. Bush!

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Posted by YAFB on 06/04/12 at 09:28 AM
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Saturday, June 02, 2012

Along Came Bill

I used to dream that I would discover
The perfect lover some day.
I knew I’d recognize him
If ever he came ‘round my way.
I always used to fancy then
He’d be one of the godlike kind of men
With a giant brain and a noble head
Like the heroes bold in the books I read

Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for.

A few days ago, a frisson ran up and down the spines of a number of the Internet’s more habitually vocal progressives when news broke that Bill Clinton was going to step into the Wisconsin recall race. Much has been made of President Obama’s reluctance to find his comfortable shoes and inject himself into a state matter, and here finally was a champion who could prove a gamechanger. But as ever with Bill—surely one of the most frustrating politicians of my lifetime—he brought along a mixed bag.

On the one hand, he’s been hailed as knocking it out of the park by the AFL-CIO:

Bill Clinton, in his speech in Wisconsin just now, framed the recall election as a stark choice between unity and division, between cooperation and conflict, and between shared prosperity and right wing winner-take-all economics. Democrats on the ground in the state are very satisfied with Clinton’s speech, and think he hit the right note to amplify their closing message.

“Cooperation works,” Clinton said, in a frequently repeated refrain. “Constant conflict is a dead bang loser. And you need to get rid of it.”
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If you believe in an economy of shared prosperity when times are good, and shared sacrifice when they’re not, then you don’t want to break the unions. You want them at the negotiating table. And you trust them to know that arithmetic rules. Show up for Tom Barrett on Tuesday! If you want Wisconsin once again to be seen by all of America as a place of diversity, of difference of opinion, of vigorous debate, where in the end people’s objectives are to come to an agreement that will take us all forward together, you have to show up for Tom Barrett on Tuesday!...

I can just hear it now, on Wednesday. All those people that poured all this money into Wisconsin, if you don’t show up and vote, will say, “see, we got them now. We’re finally going to break every union in America. We’re gonna break every government in America. We’re gonna stop worrying about the middle class. We don’t give a riff whether poor people get to work their way into it. We got our way now. We got it all. Divide and conquer works.”

You tell them no. You tell them, Wisconsin has never been about that, never will be about that—by electing Tom Barrett governor!

HUZZAH! Some old voices from the PUMAburbs took this opportunity to yet again poke away at old enmities and praise the Big Dawg: “Of Bill Clinton, turning worms and the progs.”

On the other, this most seasoned of politicians offered a straw for the ever-opportunistic Romney campaign to clutch in its desperation to take Mittens’ Bain years off the agenda, and clutch it inevitably did:

Mitt Romney thanks Bill Clinton for Bain praise
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On Thursday evening, Clinton had called Romney’s business record “sterling.”

“I don’t think that we ought to get into the position where we say ‘This is bad work. This is good work,’” Clinton said on CNN Thursday. “The man who has been governor and had a sterling business career crosses the qualification threshold.”

In a bravura display of the deployment of the weasel word, Rush Limbaugh got in on the act too: “Bill Clinton Basically Endorses Mitt Romney.”

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Posted by YAFB on 06/02/12 at 11:56 AM
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Friday, June 01, 2012

I Don’t Even Like Blogging About Liar Rose

So, via Huffington Post, there’s a side-by-side comparison of the video released by Live Action purporting to reveal Planned Parenthood personnel “encouraging” gender selection abortion and the full, unedited version:


Planned Parenthood Comparison Sequence

There’s something especially tedious about this kind of exercise, in that, even if honest people concerned with what really took place try to parse each moment and what was said—the video was released as showing Planned Parenthood encouraging sex selective abortion, and that is by-God what people already convinced that abortion is a sin will see. They will be be persuaded, not by “factual statements”, but by confirmation bias.  It won’t matter that the person requesting an abortion of a fetus based on sex was acting—they saw the possibility, however remote, that this is a thing that could happen.

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Posted by Vixen Strangely on 06/01/12 at 11:46 PM
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