Saturday, October 12, 2013

No, Wait, Wait—Everyone Actually *LOVES* Ted Cruz!!

It’s true! Because wouldn’t you know it, the straw poll at the 2013 Values Voters’ Summit had him as the big winner, should he be thinking about a White House run in 2016 (and you know he is thinking about it dontcha?). And this was after he said some of the most gee-gosh-darn things, too.

You know what? On second thought, maybe it’s because he has said the most gee-gosh-darn things. You know, like joking that the president was going to disappear him and that hecklers were probably paid OFA shills. Because obviously. Nothing succeeds like flaming paranoia. (Unless you are appealing to the fringe, in which case paranoia is best known as “fitting in”.) And amongst the values voters, that enlightened bastion of Godwinning for Goobers, Homophobia for Herp-Derps, and Bible-Banging for Bigots, he actually has a crowd in which he doesn’t stand out. Good going, Ted.

Now, you might have gotten a different impression from more old-school Republican politicians like NY Rep. Peter King (who is a likely contender against Cruz should there even be a 2016 GOP primary with debates an’ all that). He doesn’t like what Cruz is laying down even a little, because by doom saying against Obamacare he kind of is making it look like a quite a reasonable system by comparison of his fantasy-world (inherited from the Sr. Cruz, because the Rev. does believe in death panels) with the affordable care reality. And for what it’s worth, many Democrats find themselves in the odd position of agreeing with Rep. King, because they, too, think Cruz has done quite a lot for making the ACA popular.

So there you go. Honestly, I think I am beginning to have a kind of hate-love thing for him. He could be my new Santorum. Anything is possible.

(X-Posted at Strangely Blogged.)

Posted by Vixen Strangely on 10/12/13 at 11:59 PM
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Friday, October 11, 2013

Had Enough Ted Yoho? You BET!

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Dr. Ted Yoho (R-FL) is the embodiment of what can go terribly wrong when the nation decides to run with “Washington Outsiders.”  Now, I’m the first one to complain about some of the shenanigans that “Washington Insiders” have gotten up to, over the years. 

But let me ask you this: if your racehorse pulls up with a limp are you going to call a veterinarian or your congressman?  See what I’m getting at?

Ted Yoho has never held public office of any kind.  He has been practicing veterinary medicine for 28 years and apparently woke up one morning:

. . .  acutely aware that he is not alone in the concern regarding the state of our nation. He understands the challenges we are all being forced to face and as a result has made the decision that it is his time to Stand Up for America in the hopes that like-minded citizens will support him in this call to action.

And that’s just fine.  I have nothing against second careers or aspiring to take one’s life experience and skills to elected office, to try and make the world a better place.  But, I suspect Rep. Ted knows that, just as the University of Florida doesn’t let their veterinary students carve up someone’s beloved Fluffy unattended, neither should a rookie congressman grab for any available microphone just because it’s there.

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Posted by Bette Noir on 10/11/13 at 12:57 PM
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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Time To Reboot, America

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This past week has reminded me, often, of the words of the late, great Adlai Stevenson who said:

I have been thinking that I would make a proposition to my Republican friends… that if they will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them.

Stevenson was referring to the Republicans of his time: McCarthy, Nixon, Goldwater, etc but I’m sure he’d feel the same about the current crop.

Most of us grasp that the current level of governmental dysfunction is both unacceptable and unsustainable.  Some of us appreciate the fact that a manufactured crisis has blossomed into a constitutional crisis in which President Obama has no real choice other than to refuse to negotiate on the debt ceiling.  To relent would be to gravely damage the office of the presidency.

The 2012 presidential election seriously depleted the leverage of congressional Republicans despite the fact that they read their continuing House majority as some sort of voter mandate that they have become somewhat maniacal about defending.

Unfortunately, maniacs make mistakes and these particular maniacs seem bent on making every mistake in the book. 

Republicans, flying blind without a map or a manual, have launched the country into serious turbulence which, as we are all learning, is much easier to do than to un-do.

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Posted by Bette Noir on 10/10/13 at 12:36 PM
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Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Today in Obama Betrayals . . .

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Wait, what?  He did?  Yes, he did!  Obama nominated Janet Yellen to chair the U.S. Federal Reserve.  Going to be a tough job going forward but she is seemingly a tough lady. 

And speaking of tough - the Prez trash talked the Rethugs for an hour today in his presser.  I’m liking second term Obama more and more.

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Monday, October 07, 2013

Amazing Disgrace

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So.  Apparently, over the weekend, the GOP did just what Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) predicted.  They “. . . figure(d) out they F*ck*n lost,” the government shutdown spin cycle and have executed an impressive grande jeté in the general direction of the debt ceiling.

Do not, however, expect that the change of focus to a far more damaging objective will, in any way, temper the illogical ignorance, silliness and breathtaking incompetence that Republicans brought to last week’s discussions, debates and posturings.

Nope.  This is only Monday and we already have howlers ranging from Sen. Tom Coburn’s(R-OK) belief that there is “no such thing as a debt ceiling” to Rep. Ted Yoho’s (R-FL) hallucinatory vision that not raising the US debt limit would “have a stabilizing effect on global markets.”

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Posted by Bette Noir on 10/07/13 at 02:43 PM
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Hammer Time

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Standing in front of the Department of Homeland Security seal, President Obama looks poised to bring the hammer down on the Tea o’ Pee:

President Barack Obama again pressured House Republicans to put a “clean” government spending bill up for a vote Monday, challenging House Speaker John Boehner’s claim that the funding bill lacks sufficient support to pass.

“My very strong suspicion is there are enough votes there” to pass the government funding legislation, he said during an unannounced stop at FEMA National Response Coordination Center in Washington, D.C. “Hold a vote. Call a vote right now. Let’s see what happens.’‘

Bluff = Called.

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Friday, October 04, 2013

Sunt Lacrimae Rerum

Call me the eternal optimist, but there’s a little part of me that thinks we might just get somewhere with this discharge petition thing, largely because I’ve lost the last bit of faith or patience I’ve had for the Squeaker of the House. Yes, there is the possibility that this kind of move will cause him to play “harder ball” over the debt ceiling—

And I find myself fresh out of fucks. He’s at this point promised Christmas to his Tea Party caucus, implied he would not permit a debt default regardless, but still wants to play games with both the normal functioning of the government and debt ceiling talks while bellowing that this is not “some damn game”.

Well, of course it’s not some damn game. So he might as well stop playing, because as Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell have helpfully and inadvertantly informed us, the White House is at least being privately as well as publically consistent in their message. Boehner can’t even keep his public face on straight. If you don’t have the cards, at some point you have to fold or show, to borrow a gaming metaphor. And then everyone will know.

And yes, there is the possibility that Boehner will lose his Speakership over dealing fairly and in a bipartisan way—and once again, I am out of fucks. He can end doing something correct, or he can end looking for “no disrespect” from the disrespectful Tea Party monster that both got him his speakership, but brought him to this ugly impasse. It can be argued that he might be replaced with someone worse—I would respond that once he became so hollow inside that the arm of freshman Senator Ted Cruz conveniently fit inside and made his mouth work, I no longer thought worse was necessarily probable. I think the ad nicely delivers the blame and points in the direction of what is truly embarassing about this situation. It’s either Boehner’s call what he does about it, or he’s about as weak in that position as we already guessed.

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Posted by Vixen Strangely on 10/04/13 at 04:27 PM
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This Is Still a Democracy and No! Your Ignorance Is Still Not Equal To My Knowledge . . .

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There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that “my ignorance is just as good as your
knowledge.

Isaac Asimov

“. . . if a nation expects to be ignorant & free, in a state of civilisation, it expects what never was & never will be.”

Thomas Jefferson

So.  Here we are in the fourth day of #GOPShutdown and we are almost unanimously agreed that this is a crap idea, marinated in BS and grilled to a toasty, unrecognizable fly-speck of logic.  Except, of course for the handful of mercenary miscreants who are convinced that they are saving America and that, once saved, we will shower them with champagne, rose petals and votes and never vote for a Kenyan, socialist community organizer ever again. Amen!

People who succumb to such fantasies are mentally unbalanced and deserve our sympathy but certainly not our votes.  When we vote for such people, we become enablers.  Unfortunately, in stressful times, obsessive ideologues burst on the scene all flashy, confident and colorful and it is a weakness in our human nature to fall for such devices when we are uncertain or bewildered.

We should be uncertain no longer, though, that these people, while perhaps entertaining, are bad for us, themselves and the country and they need therapy, not greater responsibilities.

Judge for yourselves and see how very important your knowledge and your future votes are . . .

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Posted by Bette Noir on 10/04/13 at 12:52 PM
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Thursday, October 03, 2013

Plum Dumb

One of the big New York Metro Area stories this week concerns Donald Trump’s desire to buy Plum Island, off the eastern end of Long Island.  There is speculation that Mr Trump wishes to build a high end golf course on the island, but I have my doubts about that.

Plum Island once housed the Plum Island Animal Disease Center, an institution with the stated goal of studying animal pathogens, especially pathogens which affect livestock.  The center looms large in conspiracy theory circles, mainly claims that the island was a center for biological weapons programs.  The Animal Disease Center has been moved to Kansas, in the heart of farm country.  What could possibly go wrong?  Some wags opined that the “Montauk Monster” was an escapee from the Plum Island research center.

I think you can see where I’m going with this now… Trump doesn’t want to build a golf course on Plum Island, he wants to discover the unholy origin of that thing on his head.

Post title yanked from an old Dead Milkmen song.  Post cross-posted at my eponymous blog.

Posted by Big Bad Bald Bastard on 10/03/13 at 04:40 AM
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Wednesday, October 02, 2013

House Leadership Suffering From Stockholm Syndrome

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We’ve all gotten pretty used to the awkward and adolescent creative flair of Republican attempts at public relations, campaign materials, logos, banners and direct mail.  We’ve seen the photo-chops, the noir-ish videos and the just plain lame mailers that just tickle some leftover gene for neanderthal art appreciation that hangs on in the ultra-conservative brain.

The photo above is pretty typical.  It features the rather bizarre, recent attachment Republicans exhibit for “empty chair” imagery and the sophomoric poses struck are classic GOP.  You can almost hear the “closed door” conversation that resulted in this brain fart:

Ryan:  Hey guys, guys—how about I look really po’ed at having to wait.

Cantor:  C’mon Libtards, whatcha waiting for?  Wilkommen, bienvenu, welcome!  Let’s solve some American problems!

Of course this photo should be captioned “We refused to do this 18 times since April because LEVERAGE!” 

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