Saturday, December 11, 2010

Saturday Homebrew Not-So-Crazy Redneck Music Video Blogging

Me'n Mrs. G got this album in the mail yesterday on our way to Reno. When this song came on, lemme tell ya it ain't easy to ROTFLMAO when yer driving but I managed it!

You Ford* fans will get a kick out of the album cover. I know I do:

*Fuckin' Okies Really Dig'em

Inside the album cover is "If it ain't broke, we can FIX that". Heh. My sentiments exactly sometimes.

This song is the way I feel too. Sometimes I think the yuppies dragged the Bay Area up here on a chain behind their Volvo just to fuck with me.

Rodney Dillard & The Dillard Band do "There Goes The Neighborhood" from their 2010 CD "I Wish Life Was Like Mayberry".

As a member of The Dillards way back when, Rodney was the slack-jawed guitar player in The Darlings on The Andy Griffith Show.

Video is a rural road in the Sierra Nevada.

I had to shorten the title of the song due to the character limit of the bargain-basement software that came with my video camera.

Confederacy nostalgia finds disturbing echoes in contemporary conservative politics

From a 'must read' article in The Guardian, UK:

These days, conservatives are the new Confederates. They may not all dress up and play Scarlett and Rhett, but their politics are at least 150 years old. Since Barack Obama was elected president, Fox News apocalypticist Glenn Beck has predicted a new civil war is coming. Senator-elect Rand Paul has expressed distaste for the Civil Rights Act. "Tenthers" – those who believe that the 10th Amendment gives states sovereignty – are increasing in number in state legislatures and in Washington. Recently, a Tea Party leader in North Carolina wrote in his newsletter, "Washington DC has become destructive of our economy and liberty. It is our right and our duty to throw off such a government."

Such language echoes the old southern justifications for secession: a "destructive and overweaning" federal government and a president seen as alien to their values. I guess that makes Barack Obama Abraham Lincoln. It's hardly surprising that the first black president has been an intestine-rocking shock for folks accustomed to power residing only in people who look like them. The coming years of American civil war commemorations will only throw gasoline on the fire already burning in the brains of white America. As William Faulkner famously said, "The past is never dead. It's not even past."

I believe the south will rise again. Shit floats.

"...founding document has ‘jumped the shark.’ "

The Swift Report

Effort to Merge Constitution, Ten Commandments Gains Steam

A growing body of detractors warns that Constitution “goes too far” and “shouldn’t apply” to luminaries of the political right.

Sources close to the Constitution say that its troubles began as early as 1791 with the adoption of the Bill of Rights. While fans praise the Constitution’s “commitment to free speech” and say it’s “unsurpassed” as a “ruling document,” a growing body of detractors warns that the document “goes too far” and “shouldn’t apply” to “criticism of Sarah Palin” and other luminaries of the political right. The Constitution has also seen its fan base shrink due to a persistent Internet rumor that the words separation of church and state appear in its text—a misconception that lives on despite the efforts of Constitutional experts.

While the two governing documents contain essential differences, even contradictions—experts say that reconciling the 2nd Amendment’s right to bear arms with the 6th Commandment, “thou shall not kill,” could prove difficult—they share one essential attribute: Americans are only vaguely acquainted with either. According to recent reports, fewer than a third of Americans have read the entire Constitution. Meanwhile, few Americans were found to be able to name more than five of the Ten Commandments. If Americans are a bit vague on what the two documents actually say, they have not doubt about who authored both the Ten Commandments and the Constitution. Recent surveys have found that patriotic Americans are more likely than their liberal counterparts to recognize Moses’ role in the creation of both documents.

Headline and Quote of the Day

Renewing the Bush Tax Cuts for the Super Rich is Like Celebrating Sobriety With a Cognac and Crack Party

driving your car off the cliff, paying a tow truck twice the price of the car to haul it back up, then driving it back over because your brother-in-law's cousin's friend told you this time it will fly.


Bumpersticker of the Day

A symbol of peace, love, and understanding! Available here.

A tip o' the Brain to Pablo.

Saturday Emmylou Blogging

Emmylou Harris ~ Mister Sandman

Thanks to SDVideoSD, Санкт-Петербург, Russia.

Friday, December 10, 2010

So ...

You let the bully kick your ass and then get your big brother to convince everybody you won? Plz:

Former President Bill Clinton made a surprise appearance in the White House briefing room Friday afternoon to express his support for the tax cut compromise worked out between President Obama and Congressional Republicans.

Mr. Obama stood next to Mr. Clinton while the latter made a statement of support for the $858 billion bill, which is facing strong opposition from House Democrats who object to a two-year extension of tax cuts for the highest earners and the levels at which the estate tax would be set.



Headline of the Day

Halliburton may pay $500 million to keep Cheney out of prison: report

They'll just take it outta The Dick's next dividend check. Or maybe not. It's just taxpayers' money after all. It's free for nothing and there's plenty of it. The Dick saw to that.

Note to Halliburton: It'd be cheaper to off him. Shit, just stall Nigeria a little. He's damn near dead anyway.

Why the Obama Tax Deal Confirms the Republican Worldview

Robert Reich

Apart from its extraordinary cost and regressive tilt, the tax deal negotiated between the president and the Republicans has another fatal flaw.

It confirms the Republican worldview.

Americans want to know what happened to the economy and how to fix it. At least Republicans have a story -- the same one they've been flogging for thirty years. The bad economy is big government's fault and the solution is to shrink government.

But here's the obstacle. As income and wealth have risen to the top, so has political power. Money is being used to bribe politicians and fill the airwaves with misleading ads that block all of this.

In other words, the problem isn't big government. It's power and privilege at the top.

So another part of the solution is to limit the impact of big money on politics. This requires, for example, publicly-financed campaigns, disclosure of all sources of political spending, and resurrection of the fairness doctrine for broadcasters.

Their blood will run in the streets before the Bigs allow that.

Get it? By agreeing to another round of massive tax cuts for the wealthy, the president confirms the Republican story. Cutting taxes on the rich while freezing discretionary spending (which he's also agreed to do) affirms that the underlying problem is big government, and the solution is to shrink government and expect the extra wealth at the top to trickle down to everyone else.

Obama's new tax compromise is not only bad economics; it's also disastrous from the standpoint of educating the public about what has happened and what needs to happen in the future. It reinforces the Republican story and makes mincemeat out of the truthful one Democrats should be telling.

Make me and Fixer Prez and Veep for a day and we'll bring in a few of our peeps and fix this shit. It won't be pretty but it'll work. All we ask is immunity from prosecution for some of what we will do and pre-signed pardons for the rest. One day. K Street will be a smoking pit and McConnell and Boner and all their henchmen will be on what's left of their knees begging this country for forgiveness.

We won't need any "Second Amendment remedies" either. Maybe a coupla airstrikes, but mostly stuff that goes 'thunk' and 'crunch' and is satisfying to use.

The phony christian haters in the next post have made me a little extra angry today. It's time, has been, to kick wingnut ass. Literally.


Pensito Review

Westboro Baptist Church, a group with a history of staging protests at funerals and issuing anti-gay statements, is planning to picket the Saturday funeral of Elizabeth Edwards.

Lately, decent Americans have been peacefully counter-protesting this hate group by blocking their signs with large American flags.

Peacefully counter-potesting my ass. Mrs. Edwards was a class act and doesn't deserve this treatment by the Westboro Haters.

Note to the bikers that kept this bunch away from some military funerals: take off the biker garb, show up in cars, and beat the crap outta these assholes.


See Montag's and Bustednuckles' takes.

Wow. Us usually normal people are gettin' right up off the peace, love, dope, rainbows, and unicorns shit over this. And rightly so.

Update the Twoth:

From El Rude-o:

Note to Conservative Christians: Your God Is Kind of a Dick

He lays into 'em for a variety of things, but on the Westboro assholes:

1. In its increasing effort to be America's most-loathed inbred idiots, the piles of shit from the Westboro Baptist have declared that, like fags, God also hates Elizabeth Edwards and, as a result, said piles of shit will be protesting her funeral on Saturday. To teach the Edwards family a lesson, according to the inbreds, God killed their child: "When they were visited from the Most High God with the death of their 16-year-old son, they did not humble themselves before His mighty hand." Since we're just making shit up about what a fictional character thinks, how about this: God wants the Westboro Baptist Church to commit mass suicide in order to demonstrate how much they love him. The next move is yours, Phelps family.

(You know, as long as the CIA is targeting U.S. citizens for assassination, could we just thin the herd around here a bit? No one would even notice.)

Well, we might notice a slight uptick in peace and quiet.

Like Nucks said in his post, I could do this shit all day. The day is young...

Quote of the Day

From Paul Krugman on "Obama's Hostage Deal":

Well, concerns about the tax deal reflect realism, not purism: Mr. Obama is setting up another hostage situation a year down the road. And given that fact, the last thing we need is the kind of self-indulgent behavior he showed by lashing out at progressives who he feels aren’t giving him enough credit.

He set himself up to fail. Big time.

Friday Monster Blogging ...

Ziva, displaying what we call "Zivatude", and Chooch debating whether to bark at the garbage truck.

Happy Friday!

Stupid shit ...

As you know, I'm a big football (soccer) fan. One of my little things is team jerseys. When we travel, I buy a shirt from the local team. I wear 'em instead of t-shirts and they're very comfortable. One of the sponsors on Fox Soccer Channel is World Soccer Shop, who sell all sorts of shirts and equipment, and they have a great commercial up for the holiday season.

World Soccer Shop - The Box Is For Me!

The Mrs. says I have the same look when I get a new shirt. That said, a box came for me yesterday.

England National Team and Chelsea FC home jerseys

Thanks, baby!

And a note: They're also a great way to break the ice with strangers when we're in Europe. Being football is so big over there, it's guaranteed someone will come up to you and say "oh, you like so-and-so?" and a conversation begins, though in Italy a Juventus fan gave me shit for wearing an ACF Fiorentina shirt. Can't please everybody ...

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Once they're dead, they're gold

El Rude-o on the Repugs response to actually helping 9/11 first responders:

Which makes it odd, to say the least, and disgustingly hypocritical, for Senator Enzi, so mournful about the date and so into honoring the memory of the victims, not to mention so into giving tens of billions of dollars away to rich people, to not only oppose the Zadroga 9/11 Victim Health and Compensation Act, but to circulate a letter to other Republicans that the $7.6 billion bill would lead to massive fraud and "job-killing taxes." By the way, the cost of the Zadroga Act, which is pretty much explained in the full name, has already been covered by closing a couple of tax loopholes on foreign corporations. Apparently, the definition of "job-killing" has been dumbed down.

The definition of 'job-killing' is now whatever the Repugs don't want. They don't give a shit about jobs of course, only profit for their organ grinders, but it's a fine repetitive talking point.

You can bet, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that you could go through the websites of every Senate Republican and find canonization after glorification of the mighty 9/11 first responders. Especially the dead ones, because, you know, they don't require any medical care and the living ones are such a nuisance with their "needs" and "illnesses." Compassion is so much easier when you don't have to act. [...]

One final note: Imagine, just imagine, if this whole hostage thing had been taken seriously by the Democrats and the White House. Just imagine the President appearing with sick firefighters and unemployed mothers to hold the line on tax cuts. Imagine that battle. Sadly, it will remain only a fading illusion.


Headline of the Day

MasterCard and Visa cut off Wikileaks, but the KKK is still OK!

It's the Amurikkkan way...

Sleeping dogs ...

Being the master (use a very loose interpretation of the word) of 2 Cattle Dogs, I fully understand the meaning of the adage "let sleeping dogs lie". When my little monsters wake up from a nap, they're full of piss and vinegar and it's best to let them sleep as long as possible. Heh ...

That said, maybe people might not want to wake the doggie:

LONDON — In a campaign that had some declaring the start of a “cyberwar,” hundreds of Internet activists mounted retaliatory attacks on Wednesday on the Web sites of multinational companies and other organizations they deemed hostile to the WikiLeaks antisecrecy organization and its jailed founder, Julian Assange.

Within 12 hours of a British judge’s decision on Tuesday to deny Mr. Assange bail in a Swedish extradition case, attacks on the Web sites of WikiLeaks’s “enemies,” as defined by the organization’s impassioned supporters around the world, caused several corporate Web sites to become inaccessible or slow down markedly.


Independent hackers are much smarter than their government counterparts and it seems to me they're ready to put some serious hurt on anybody who dicks with Assange. I'd advise governments (especially ours) to make sure their countermeasures are up to par before pissing these guys off too badly.

Oy ...

Got my painting finished ... mostly ... but then I decided, while I was at it, to rework my desk (I built it about 10 years ago) and build a condo for the dogs. Details later.


Ain't finished but you can get an idea.

Chooch (my supervisor): "Hey, old man, put the roach clip down and quit screwing off. Either that or play with me."

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Thoughts on my morning

The coffee-er I do, the humaner I get.

"Don't move or I'll shoot!"

William K. Black

What Aspect of Dealing with Bullies Did Obama Fail to Learn as a Child?

Bullies play a well known game. Their strategy is to intimidate. Sometimes they threaten us directly sometimes they threaten those we care about. By the age of 14 we have all identified who the bullies are, figured out their strategy, and learned that one cannot "persuade" them to act appropriately. The only way to stop a bully is to "play games" -- to act strategically. They must be confronted and this can, we can all attest from personal experience, be painful. Bullies are cowards and most people hate bullies and will form alliances to stop them. Obama, as is his norm, raged at those who would have been his allies against the bullies. Giving in to bullies guarantees that they will act ever more abusively.

Obama thinks he can "persuade" Senate Republicans who are "playing games" about tax cuts. Their strategic (non)negotiating position is that unless they get tax cuts for the top one percent no American will get tax cuts (or any other necessary legislation). They are holding 99% of Americans hostage to benefit the top one percent. Obama thinks that if the Republicans play games he is helpless to resist them no matter how harmful his capitulation will be to the nation.

Note to President Obama: you misunderstand your position description. An adult who repeatedly gives in to a bully is a coward, not "reasonable." Do you realize that the Republicans have been calling you a coward with regard to your foreign policies for two years and that they hold you in utter contempt? That is why they believed they could get away with bullying you in Congress despite your large majorities in both Houses. I guarantee that they have view your falling for their Blazing Saddles threat to commit suicide as the ultimate demonstration of that your administration has descended into farce.

Yo, O-man - give the bullies your lunch money if that's the way you are. Don't give them mine.

Premature Concession Syndrome

This is a current picture of Mad Kane. She has an old one at her site and I didn't know what she looks like these days until today. Besides enjoying her wit, I think she's gorgeous:

Click to engorge embiggen

She wrote this limerick:

Premature Concession Syndrome — A Remedial Limerick
By Madeleine Begun Kane

Dear Obama, it’s Law 101
That in deal making don’t jump the gun:
Never give stuff away
With the hope that one day
You might get something back — this ain’t done.

Your opponent will simply want more.
He will threaten to walk out the door
Unless you accede
To his limitless greed.
Learn this rule or you never will score.

You claim that you earned a JD.
I’ve got one of my own, so you see
Why I don’t understand
How you fail to demand
Quid pro quo from the damn GOP.

Fixer has accused me of stalking her. I don't even still own shoes with the tread pattern they found in her rose bushes!

What if...?

I've always kinda had the notion that Obama is a Stealth Ninja Jedi.

What if he made this awful tax cut deal with the Repugs giving them more than they wanted at terrible cost, knowing that it would disarm them completely and they would crow over it but that it would cause such an outcry and backlash from the Dems while they are still in the majority in the House that it would never get passed, no how, no way, unh-uh, nada, zip, bupkis like it seems may happen and not leave the Repugs time to do anything about it?

I know this is fanciful and 99.9999% certainly not so, but if it is...

The Bush tax cuts will expire like they were going to all along, the Repugs will have been snookered completely, and Obama will have added 11-layer 3-dimensional chess to his Stealth Ninja Jedi act.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A Matter Of Chance

I can't let 7 December pass without a Pearl Harbor story. Neither can the LATimes.

They were barely men at the time, unaware of each other but baptized by the same fire.

Paul Perrault was 21, a naval officer aboard the light cruiser Phoenix, anchored in Pearl Harbor's East Loch. He had just risen from his bunk when cannon-like blasts tore through the morning calm. Scrambling to his post in the gunnery, he saw a sky speckled with Japanese planes.

Across the harbor on Ford Island was Seaman 2nd Class Anthony "George" Mark, 18, who narrowly escaped as a plane strafed his area and bombs plunged into nearby hangars.

Twenty years later, two fathers met on a Monrovia cul-de-sac. One lived in a tan-colored home with his wife and two children. The other was moving his family of five into the house next door. After a month of small talk, the men learned of their shared past.

Chance had saved their lives. Chance made them neighbors.

The two belong to a dwindling fraternity. An estimated 4,000 Pearl Harbor survivors are still alive.

"It was just luck — where you happened to be and how the Japanese planned to bomb," Perrault said. "People say, 'God was with you,' but I think, 'How about the 3,000 that died?' How come God wasn't with them?"

There is little to be proud of when it comes to surviving a war, Mark said. "We got out and we're out, period."

Good story. Please read the rest.

Why do I have little trouble believing this?

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report) December 7, 2010 – In his latest effort to find common ground with Republicans in Congress, President Barack Obama said today that he was willing to agree that he is a Muslim.

Differences over his religious orientation have been a sore point between the President and his Republican foes for the past two years, but in agreeing that he is a Muslim Mr. Obama is sending a clear signal that he is trying to find consensus.

"The American people do not want to see us fighting in Washington," Mr. Obama told reporters at the White House. "They want to see us working together to improve their lives, and Allah willing, we will."

But Mr. Obama's willing to back down on his claim of being a Christian does not seem to have satisfied his Republican opposition, as GOP leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) today insisted that the President must also agree that he was born in Kenya.

While Mr. Obama did not immediately agree to Rep. Bohener's demand, he hinted that yet another compromise might be in the offing: "My place of birth has been, and will always be, negotiable."

Spokespersons of US Right 'In Most Cases Stunningly Ignorant'

Excerpt from an interview in Der Spiegel about the Wikileaks with Zbigniew Brzezinski who's not running for office, has his F.U. money stashed, and can say what he wants:

SPIEGEL: And the American decline. Are Americans aware of that trend or does the fate of Carter await President Barak Obama should he openly address the issue?

Brzezinski: I am very worried that most Americans are close to total ignorance about the world. They are ignorant. That is an unhealthy condition in a country in which foreign policy has to be endorsed by the people if it is to be pursued. And it makes it much more difficult for any president to pursue an intelligent policy that does justice to the complexity of the world.

SPIEGEL: Yet the American right is still convinced of American exceptionalism.

Brzezinski: That is a reaction to the inability of people to understand global complexity or important issues like American energy dependency. Therefore, they search for simplistic sources of comfort and clarity. And the people that they are now selecting to be, so to speak, the spokespersons of their anxieties are, in most cases, stunningly ignorant.

Duh, but thanks for saying it out loud, Zbig.

Compromise After Compromise Is Just Defeat After Defeat

I think it's safe to say that Obama just got our ass kicked to little gain exzcept to the rich. I've been looking around for somebody who says what I feel because other people write better than I do. The Rude Pundit comes as close as anybody.

His first paragraph describes how he'd feel this morning if he was a Democratic congressman who partied with his supposed buddy Barry: a colossal hangover, his head in a bucket, a sore ass, weird stuff written on his forehead, and no memory of what happened. Then he gets to it:

There's writers on the left trying to spin President Obama's deal on extending the Bush tax cuts for two years. They talk about long-term strategy and the potential for 2012. Essentially, what that means is that the President'll re-argue one of the very things that inspired a large majority to vote for him in the first place. In other words, Obama's next campaign would have to say something along the lines of, "Hey, you know how I said I'd let those tax cuts on the wealthy expire last time? Boy, I really, really mean it now." Yeah, man, let's have that soul-searching discussion of American tax rates. Let's see how it goes.

We're talking about a public that was too stupid to realize that health care reform was not a government takeover of Grandma's feeding tube. We're talking about a public that didn't realize that Obama lowered taxes for 95% of the population, that were dead sure that an evil socialist Kenyan was taking money out of their pockets to pay ACORN to have Black Panthers stare blackly and pantherly at white voters in Crackerville, Pennsylvania. Thumbs up for thinking ahead. How'd that kicking it down the road work out before the midterms?

Yes, compromise supporters are correct that an extension of unemployment insurance for 13 months to those whose benefits are just running out (but not those whose ran out before now) is a good thing. And the only thing one can say to that is that the GOP sure fucking outgunned the Democrats without ever firing a shot. This is the end result of nearly two years of nonstop capitulation. Was there a single speech by the President where he said that Republicans were keeping food from the mouths of poor children in order for rich people to give their kids cars with sweeter rims? No, and that's because the poor are always the pawns, man, readily sacrificed until they're really needed. There were ways to have this fight. Get governors involved because a shift of 2 million people off unemployment would have meant a fuck of a lot of people needing public services mostly provided by overburdened, under-revenued states. Take the fight big and open instead of small and backroom.

Sorry, dear, sweet, strong Obama supporters. But congressional Democrats should rebel. They should tell Joe Biden today that it ain't gonna happen, that Mitch McConnell can shove it up his ass, that the minority leader needs to explain to America why it's more important to give the wealthy several hundred billion dollars in tax relief rather than extend unemployment, which would cost less then five months of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. In fact, Nancy Pelosi should donate some of her spine to the President and tell him to join with them. How many more times does this happen? If Obama is willing to cave so quickly with Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress, what's he gonna do with a Republican House abetting a filibustering Senate minority?

To be sure, Republican bear almost the entire blame for this debacle. However, almost everyone on the left was telling the President that his approach to bipartisanship was going to bite him on the ass. Republicans acted like Republicans. Obama acted like his ass was made of titanium when it was just flesh after all.

We wanted this fight. Even though he had the edge and could've won, Obama didn't. If you don't fight a bully, you lose. End of story.

The guys who defended the Alamo didn't particularly want their fight, but they fought it. This came out about the same without all the bother.

Maybe Congress can save this, but I doubt it. On to our next ass-kicking.

P.S.: If someday Obama decides to fight, he's gonna say "Follow me!" and there'll be nobody behind him.

So ...

It's 2012, a Presidential election year, with the Republican/Conservative/Teabaggers in control of at least one house of Congress, and this "deal" Barry made with the Republicans is back up on the legislative calendar. What are the odds they'll repeal the tax cuts then?


The agreement would extend for two years the 2001 and 2003 income tax cuts at all income levels, continues federal unemployment benefits for 13 months at a cost of $56 billion, and calls for a 2-percentage-point cut in employees' Social Security payroll taxes that would add $120 billion to the deficit.


Yeah, thought so.

Quote of the Day

Rep. Anthony Wiener of New York:


"I think a lot of people are wondering why President Obama doesn't fight for what he believes in a lot more," said Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y. "It seems like it goes from zero to fold in pretty fast time." [my em]


Monday, December 6, 2010

Listen to McCain (Mrs.)

MoDo's got a pretty good column on DADT.

As the troops waited for President Obama to come into the hangar at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan, an Army band serenaded the crowd.

Not with Sousa or the theme from “Patton.” The band — drawn from the 101st Airborne Division and called Nuts after General McAuliffe’s rebuttal to a German surrender ultimatum — jammed to a more resonant tune.

The young female soldier who is the lead singer belted out “I Kissed A Girl” — Katy Perry’s ode to Sapphic smooching.

The lyrics about “the taste of her cherry Chapstick” and “just human nature” offered a cheeky counterpoint to the weighty debate going on half-a-world away as the Senate Armed Services Committee hashed over questions of human nature and sexual tension.

Heh. I gare-on-tee ya that some enlisted (wo)man came up with that addition to the play list! Officers ain't got the balls.

Even after a Pentagon report showing that most troops and their families think that allowing gays and lesbians to be themselves would not be a big deal, even after the defense secretary and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff urged the Senate to repeal the law that demands dishonesty, Democrats were still fending off a snarling John McCain and a few unreconstructed Southerners.

In yet another ludicrous bit of goal-post shifting, McCain said it wasn’t enough that the top two leaders of the military, and many of the troops, favored repeal. Now he wants to hold 13 hearings and solicit the views of senior enlisted personnel around the world, even though, as the Army chief, Gen. George Casey Jr., dryly informed the panel, the military is not a democracy. The five service chiefs agreed that, if asked, they could successfully carry out the changes.

It’s unclear why McCain is being so stubborn and stalling, particularly when those closest to him — his wife, his daughter and his cloakroom buddy Joe Lieberman — have all boldly spoken out on behalf of gays in the military.

It's clear as a bell to me - McCain is pandering to what he thinks is his 'base', the same throwback minority that couldn't elect him President, thank you Jesus. They resist change from the 'good old days' of happy straight white intolerance. If homos was bad then, they're still bad now because we're real Amurrikans and never wrong cuz blond-haired, blue-eyed Jesus said it even if he didn't but would've if he'da thunk of the next election in which we gotta get everything back from The Others, like libruls and the darker-hued and reality. And the next one after that. And the next one after that.

Shit, even LIE-berman appears to have seen the handwriting on the wall on this one. The writing on the wall of the men's room is all McCain sees.

The problem is that each individual Senator has the power to gum up the works for the whole country with his own brand of cheap shit. This needs to change.

Quote of the Day dos

From a 'recommended read' on complicity in repression, "Happy As A Hangman" by Chris Hedges:

What is frightening in collapsing societies is not only the killers, sadists, murderers and psychopaths who rise up out of the moral swamp to take power, but the huge numbers of ordinary people who become complicit in state crimes.

Maybe Ugly Paranoia Doesn't Sell So Hot After All

Common Dreams

Hey, some vaguely, slightly, possibly good news! Latest cable ratings show Rachel Maddow's viewership up 20%, and Glenn Beck's - minus his 140 advertisers - down a whopping 36%. So the loonies get the press, but not the viewers? It's a start.

Operative words are "vaguely, slightly, possibly good news". Even down by 36% Miss Becky still gets several times Ms. Maddow's viewers. In other words, less crazies are still more crazies.

Quote of the Day

From "Teabuggering the Constitution" at Politics Plus:

Teabaggers have a rather selective understanding of what the Constitution guarantees, and seem quite ready to trash whatever portions thereof contradict their platform of guns, greed and hate.

Hear, hear.

Oh, the irony...

Ironic Times

Conservatives: Death Sentence For Those Who Leaked Classified Material
Except Scooter Libby.

Congressional Republicans Oppose Funds to Feed Hungry Children
Insist it takes away children's incentive to look for food themselves.

GOP Senators Pledge to Block All Democratic Bills
Result of election mandate to do nothing at all to help economy ever.

Russia, Qatar's Superior Bribes Earn Them 2018, 2022 World Cups
FIFA officials say they received substantially less from U.S., England.

At this point ...

We should just let all the tax cuts expire. If the growing national debt is supposedly the greatest danger to our economy, then we might as well all take the pain. Letting all the cuts expire will reduce the deficit by $3 trillion (as opposed to the relatively meager $700bln if only the top 2% get their taxes raised). Isn't that what we want?

Reporting from Washington — In a rare Saturday session, Senate Democrats and Republicans remained at loggerheads over whether to extend the George W. Bush-era tax cuts to all taxpayers, ratcheting up the pressure on lawmakers to try to reach agreement before the tax cuts expire at the end of the year.

With Republicans unified in opposition, Democrats, as expected, fell short of the votes needed to overcome a filibuster and extend the tax cuts for all but the very wealthy.


If Barry had a ball or two, he'd veto any tax cut bill coming out of Congress but that won't happen. The White House has caved already, citing the need for 'compromise' and allowing extension of unemployment benefits to be linked to the cuts. Once again, those looking to 1600 for leadership are sorely disappointed.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Playing in the snow

I finally got to take my machine out on a sunny day! This is my longest time on it yet and I still have no idea how to ride it. The dogs had fun too.

At one point, the first time I ever nailed the throttle, you will hear me invoke Fixer and his 'famous last words' but nothing bad happened. This time. Heh.

1st sunny day after two weeks of storms and gray skies.

I got this Yamaha for FREE from a realtor who wanted it out of the front yard of the house two doors down that was in foreclosure.

It may be an old crapcan but it runs and the price was right. Also, it's probably slower than molasses in January, but I have very little experience with these things and it's scary fast to me!

'Don't ask, don't tell' on the way out

Debra J. Saunders is the conservative columnist at the EssEffChron. 'Conservative' does not have quite the same connotation in Frisco as it does in, say, Bachmann's district.

One gay service member noted that a repeal would "take a knife out of my back." Amen to that. They have our back; we should remove the knife pointing at theirs.

Besides, I have to agree with the gay service member who predicted, "If it is repealed, everyone will look around their spaces to see if anyone speaks up. They'll hear crickets for a while. A few flamboyant guys and tough girls will join to rock the boat and make a scene. Their actions and bad choices probably will get them kicked out. After a little time has gone by, then a few of us will speak up. And instead of a deluge of panic and violence ... there'll be a ripple on the water's surface that dissipates quicker than you can watch."

That doesn't mean that there won't be problems. As Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., noted during Thursday's Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, the review also found that 58 percent of Marines in combat units and 48 percent of Army combat troops feared that repealing "don't ask, don't tell" would have a negative or a very negative impact on the ability of their units to work together. America is at war and Washington has to address the concerns of combat troops.

Besides the fact that the 'concerns of combat troops' are mainly leadership, intel, a good plan, ammo, comm, supporting arms on call, and a little food and water, that one's almost easy to understand: combat troops are generally cockstrong macho young guys, very fit, trained up to the nines, and with a sense of comradeship and invulnerability in their mission, as in "Yea though I walk through the Valley Of Death, I 'm the meanest motherfucker in the valley". Operative word is 'young' which presupposes the modifier 'dumb' - 'gay' does not fit well in their idea of the macho world they inhabit.

That said, the trigger-pullers are remarkably well disciplined and will do what they are told. No one took a poll before Iwo Jima or Normandy. They'll get over it about the time a gay corpsman patches one of 'em up under fire. Or when they are told to. Besides, Marines never leave their buddies' behind anyway. Heh.

What the troops 'think', heh, has never been much of a concern. Still not a problem.

Everyone knows that "don't ask, don't tell" eventually will be repealed. It's only a matter of time. So the question is: Will it be repealed by people who care about the military and the rights of dissenters, or will it be repealed by an arrogant judge with a political agenda? That is the choice before the Senate.

There's the rub. "Activist judges" seem to be OK when they decide that a corporation is a citizen with all the 'free speech' (actually many thousands of times the money 'free speech') of an individual, but not OK when they go against something the right wing wants its Senate lapdogs to be in charge of not doing.

One way or another, DADT is over but for the shouting. Or in McCain's case, the drooling.

Sunday Crazy Redneck 4-Wheel-Drive Music Blogging

Thanks to bucketogrits.

Obama as Patty Hearst

Daddy Frank

THOSE desperate to decipher the baffling Obama presidency could do worse than consult an article titled “Understanding Stockholm Syndrome” in the online archive of The F.B.I. Law Enforcement Bulletin. It explains that hostage takers are most successful at winning a victim’s loyalty if they temper their brutality with a bogus show of kindness. Soon enough, the hostage will start concentrating on his captors’ “good side” and develop psychological characteristics to please them — “dependency; lack of initiative; and an inability to act, decide or think.”

The captors will win this battle, if they haven’t already by the time you read this, because Obama has seemingly surrendered his once-considerable abilities to act, decide or think. [...]

Ooh! Cold shot, Pops!