Tuesday, December 04, 2012

The Making of Fiscal Cliff-Hanger: The Movie

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Well! now we’re making progress!  Two “non-offers” sit precariously on the Fiscal Tiff table, both have been summarily dissed, so we can cut right to the political posturing, dog-whistling and bone-throwing of “serious negotiations” and still make it home for the holidays.

President Obama opened with a strong hand based, remarkably, on his campaign promises, stunning Republicans who fully expected him to cower in the face of their totally awesome ability to hold onto the House of Gerrymanderers.  After several days of derision and tsk-tsking the President’s offer, Republicans, true to their work avoidance ethic, dragged the Simpson-Bowles plan out of the recycle bin, gussied it up with a new cover page and submitted it to the White House as a counter offer.

Now, just to refresh our memories on the collossal flop that was the Simpson-Bowles Deficit Commission . . .  it was a noble experiment in bipartisanship, but, at the end of the day, these guys couldn’t gin up enough votes to schedule a formal presentation of their “plan” to Congress.  And calling the Simpson-Bowles artifact a “Plan” is shamelessly gilding the lily because it is lighter on detail than Mitt Romney’s campaign promises. 

Simpson-Bowles failed out of the gate and is best forgotten.  As such, it makes perfect sense that certain Republican pseudo-policy wonks, with the help of a substance-starved media, elevated Simpson-Bowles to a tribal fetish and were bound to resurrect it at their earliest possible convenience.

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Posted by Bette Noir on 12/04/12 at 07:58 AM
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Monday, December 03, 2012

Wingnuttistan in Total Freakout Over White House 54 TREES!!11!!11

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“First Lady Michelle Obama seemed excited over the abundant greenery, saying in her holiday address, ‘We have 54 trees in the White House—54. That’s a lot of trees.’ “

Prompting the usual suspects to enter melt down mode.  Not only, does the White House have 54 trees, notes Winebox Annie Althouse but the first lady “decorously” refrained from CALLING THEM CHRISTMAS TREES!  Double play!  Dig at the big spending, lobster eating Michelle Obama and a gratuitous “war on Christmas” jab for good measure. 

Yes, the Obama’s are going to let the country slide over the fiscal cliff.  They’ll be riding all those Christmas trees while the rest of us just try to grab a branch or two.  It’s always fauxrage day over something in Wingnut Land.

Posted by marindenver on 12/03/12 at 07:00 PM
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Open Your OWN Eyes, Toddy

Sure, Todd Rundgren’s acquaintance with Nazz predated his spectacular solo career as a composer, singer, instrumental powerhouse, and multi-media pioneer. But, geez, did their only music video have to be a slapstick rip-off of the Monkees?

Fortunately for me, Todd keeps doing things until he gets them nice, tight, and RIGHT.

Posted by StrangeAppar8us on 12/03/12 at 04:42 PM
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Use Your Words, Please, GOP

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Well.  We’re not quite a month beyond Republican Obamageddon: The Sequel and it would appear that the GOP’s lip-quivering, angst-y period of brutal self-assessment has been completed, in record time, and—guess what? no changes are necessary, there’s nothing wrong with Republicans, it’s the rest of the world that’s fked up.

That’s right.  They’re going full gonzo doubledown and as Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo predicts: “There Will Be Hilarity . . .”

Roger that.  There already is . . .

For example, we’ve had the week-long Willard “Mitt” Romney National Pity Party including a tear-stained piece in the Washington Post describing a haggard Mitt riding his bike aimlessly through the quiet streets of La Jolla, while Ann stays inside weeping in private.  Evidently, she won’t even budge to hop on her dancing horse (Rafalca, likewise, is said to be sulking in her stall, seriously off her feed).

We have photos of Mitt pumping his own gas, for Pete’s sake, without any Secret Service to take a bullet for him and, then, there’s the sad, sad Cratchitt-y tale of the Romney’s Boston Market Thanksgiving dinner.  (Actually, I would have taken the Romney’s for Chick-Fil-A folks . . .)

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Posted by Bette Noir on 12/03/12 at 12:19 PM
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Sunday, December 02, 2012

If I Were Half A Man

Many of you, I’m sure, remember Johnny Eck, the sure-handed star of Tod Browning’s film Freaks (as Clark Kent would say, “and they call me Superman!”).

Posted by StrangeAppar8us on 12/02/12 at 04:21 PM
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SuperGrover Raising the Dead Over at Breitbart.com

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Ah! my shadenfreude runneth over!  Poor old Grover Norquist is feeling it all slip away but he’s not going down without a fight.  He’s over at Breitbart mobilizing the Flying Monkeys of the Right squadron for ROUND TWO!!!! you people!

We are about to have a Tea Party second wave that will dwarf the first wave and that is because while ‘spend too much’ brought the Tea Party into existence, we’re about to walk into ‘spend too much, regulate too much, and tax too much,’ all together. It’s going to be a perfect storm of annoying government behavior, which is devastating to the economy, and I think the small business community which is particularly hit by Obama’s tax increases are going to lead the fight bigger, stronger, tougher than the last Tea Party.

And the South shall rise again, also too! This is all going down with predictable results:

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Enjoy the show, Roasters.  You earned it . . . .

Posted by Bette Noir on 12/02/12 at 09:26 AM
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Saturday, December 01, 2012

Bryan Fischer Reports: “Greens” Are Hurting God’s Feelings

On Thursday, Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association met with Calvin Beisner of the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation to further explore the Christian Dominionist basis for America’s energy policy; that goes something like this:  Planet Earth, as we know it is full of strange and wonderful resources—like oil, coal and gas—to make human life on Earth as close to edenic as possible; all we have to do is find ‘em and use ‘em.  Think of it as God’s perpetual Easter Egg Hunt.  And when humans are reluctant to join in the frackalicious fun and Drill, Baby! Drill! well, it’s just rude after God went to all the trouble to kick off that Carboniferous Period just so we’d have lots of fossil fuel. 

Some godless folks call this “protecting the environment.”  “As if,” say the Dominionists.  That’s God’s job—plus, He gave Noah his Word that he wouldn’t destroy the Earth again.  That makes “Greens” pagan nature worshippers who think they know more than God; and the Environmental Protection Agency is their temple to Babylon, the ancient god of weather.  ExxonMobil, the Scaife Family Foundations and the Kochs, of course, tend to agree.

This might seem like just another wacky communique from Planet Xanax but the growing symbiosis between the Republican Party, their corporate sponsors and radical Christian Dominionist theology makes the Climate Change Denial Consortium a force to be reckoned with.

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Posted by Bette Noir on 12/01/12 at 12:05 PM
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Clueless Caucasian Curmudgeons Criticize Korean Cutup

Marindenver’s previous post, with its link to the “Mitt Romney Style” video has convinced me to post a “tightened up” version of a post I put up at my eponymous blog about the appalling, unintentionally hilarious, critique of Gangnam Style by Fox’s Bill O’Reilly and “Pyschology Contributor” Dr Keith Ablow.

Who better to weigh in on an international pop sensation than an angry, stupid old white guy?  I have to admit that my exposure to the song Gangnam Style came pretty late in the game, and was entirely due to a post by Interrobang.  My knowledge of K-pop is slightly more substantial than bubbles but less substantial than rain.  Of course, being ignorant about a particular subject may cause me to eschew criticism of said subject, but Bill O’Reilly has no such qualms about flaunting his dumbassitude.  Yeah, Bill just had to weigh in on Gangnam Style and, in a masterstroke, brought on somebody even more ignorant than himself to contribute his two cents.  Bill could have brought on a smart, perceptive Korean-American to break down this cultural phenomenon, but he’s not really trying to understand it, he’s merely stoking the bigotry of his audience.

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Posted by Big Bad Bald Bastard on 12/01/12 at 05:24 AM
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