Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Limeys Have Wingtards Too

The Guardian, UK.

David Cameron will face pressure to remove the Tory whip from the Conservative MP Aidan Burley after he tweeted that the Olympics opening ceremony was "multicultural crap".

Burley, who was sacked as a ministerial aide last year after he took part in a Nazi-themed stag party in the French Alps, described Danny Boyle's work as "the most leftie opening ceremony I have ever seen".
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In his first tweet Burley wrote: "The most leftie opening ceremony I have ever seen – more than Beijing, the capital of a communist state! Welfare tribute next?"

A minute later Burley tweeted: "Thank God the athletes have arrived! Now we can move on from leftie multicultural crap. Bring back red arrows, Shakespeare and the Stones!"

And motorbikes that leak oil and won't start when it rains. Might as well paint their faces blue and live in caves as well. Their wingnuts are just like ours with a posh accent. Heh.

Heh ...


Pic stolen from Teabonics.

Conversations ...

So, the Mrs. and I are watching the opening ceremonies when the phone rings. Looking at the caller ID, I see it's a number from England. It was a call I'd been expecting for the previous 24 hours. It was my dear old friend Terry, the crazy Welshman.

Me: Hey, mate, just watching the Queen and James Bond. How's by you?

Terry: Who the fook is this bloody fooking Romney character?

Me: He's running for President.

Terry: President? No ...

Me: What, you don't like him?

Terry: Like him? Bloody fooking 'ell, the man is a bloody fooking idiot. You Yanks can't be serious about him, can you?

Me: According to the polls, 40% of us are.

Terry: Didn't you learn from that idiot, Bush? What the fook is wrong with you people? Why did you send this guy here?

Me: He's showing off his diplomatic skills.

Terry: Thinks he's a diplomat, does he? Bloody fool. He comes here, insults my country and my Queen, and violates our security protocols and he thinks he's a bloody fooking diplomat? Now that Mrs. Obama; she's a statesman. You gotta promise me, boyo, you can't elect that fooking idiot. Bloody fooking prick, he is.

Me: I'm doing what I can, brother.

Terry: Do more. So, how's your lovely missus ...

Terry is 65 years old, a successful businessman, and a dyed-in-the-wool Tory; no flaming lib by any measure. He is, however, a man with a lot of common sense. Why is it that only in America can a lying, two-faced turd like Romney be taken seriously? Everywhere else, they see him for the bastard he is.

Saturday Emmylou Blogging

Couldn't find it so I thought I'd make a bogus film with a great song!

Nothing bogus about it, kid. Good job.


Emmylou Harris ~ "Heaven Only Knows"
Thanks to 210DiABLA666.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Reporter Covers Westminster Dog Show While on Acid

Makes TV a little more interesting!

TheFW


Well, that was certainly better than the usual glowing red carpet coverage. What other awards shows would you like this guy to cover? People’s Choice Awards? Golden Globes? Webby’s? Let us know!

The Republican convention. Better yet, dose the attendees. Heh.

Going Green

Pot Legalization Is Coming

Nice thought, but it ain't even breathing hard yet. :-)

Testing ... 1 ... 2 ...

Doing this from my phone.

Idiot ...


Stolen from 1,000,000 Strong to Help Improve Tea Party Patriots' Spelling and Grammar.

How good is this?

Mr. Aravosis compiled screen shots and video of the British media taking a whack at the Mittster. It is a voluminous collection. Heh ...

Quote of the Day

Charlie Pierce:

Give him another couple of days, and the Redcoats'll be back on Lexington Green.

Shoo!


Heh ... again.

Pic stolen from Teabonics.

Charm ...


Heh ...

Pic stolen from MemeGOP.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Romney in Shambles as Britain Proclaims Him Worse than Sarah Palin

Do yourself a favor and go read this about Willard steppin' on his dick in Blighty. The last coupla lines sum it up:

The British opinion of Romney has gone from he might be another Bush to oh my God, he makes Sarah Palin seem prepared.

Not since World War II has London seen a bombing as thorough as Mitt Romney’s.

My sides, they hurt...

Foreign policy cred ...

Or the lack thereof. On the Mittster's first trip put of the country as a candidate, he managed to piss off one of our staunchest allies. Wonder what he's gonna do with our enemies?

Mitt Romney is off to a spectacularly bad start in London, at least according to the British press ridiculing the Republican candidate on his first major foreign trip.

British officials — and the newspapers that cover them — took offense to Romney questioning whether London is well-prepared to handle the security issues ahead of the summer games. Romney called the situation “disconcerting.” British Prime Minister David Cameron hit back, saying there is no doubt “Britain can deliver.”

“We are holding an Olympic Games in one of the busiest, most active, bustling cities anywhere in the world,” Cameron added. “Of course it’s easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere.”

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Dickface.

Cruise News You Can Use

The cruise me'n Fixer have been wanting to take.


We could sign on as instructors on that one. Unlike those guys, we can hit a bull in the ass with a bass fiddle. Heh.

I think that's a Russian 12.7 machine gun. Who but the Russkies would put a shoulder stock on a heavy machine gun?

And now, some squids who know what they're doing. The Royal Navy with some ear candy. Call it "the sound of men working on the chain gun". Gives me goose bumps! Click here to see the "embedding disabled" Reuters version with commentary.



Slow days are fun. :-)

Shh!

Loud Sex Can Lead To Death, Says Science

Another use for duct tape?

I told you it's a slow day. It still is.

Bayarreah Rancid Transit

EssEffChron

When work crews pulled open a broken BART escalator at San Francisco's Civic Center Station last month, they found so much human excrement in its works they had to call a hazardous-materials team.

Holy, er, shit...

An end effect (wince) of All-U-Can-Eat Burrito Nite at the taqueria next door, no doubt.

It's a slow day.

Rs want to return to our roots

If there's any doubt Rmoney and the Repugs (sounds like a really bad doo-wop group) want to take us back to when Old White Men were young, this should dispel it.

Think Progress

Mitt Romney’s campaign often sounds like it still wants to fight the Cold War. Romney himself said that Russia is the U.S.’s “number one geopolitical foe” (a statement that even Colin Powell mocked) and back in April, a Romney adviser criticized President Obama’s “Czechoslovakia” policy. Today during a foreign policy debate at the Brookings Institution, senior Romney adviser Richard Williamson, attacking Obama’s Syria policy, said the Middle East country is “strategically important to the Soviet Union.” Watch the clip:

It's there if you must.

In a Romney administration, watch for a return to Jim Crow and 'Duck and Cover' as well. Some people never got past High School it seems.

Update:

More on the Repug retrograde movement* in the LATimes:

*"Retrograde movement" is mil-speak for "retreat". In this case, from progress.

Clearly, Obama would be doing much worse if he faced a more appealing opponent. No one but Romney's loyal wife is all that crazy about poor Mitt, while Obama is still well liked by a majority of voters. That gives Obama a small advantage. Ironically, though, it may be the folks who detest him and invest in him all their fears who actually are giving him even more of a boost. When middle-of-the-road voters hear the right-wing, paranoid talk about a president they have gotten to know as, if nothing else, a calm, decent family man, they may be inclined to put aside their disappointments with Obama’s first term and give him another four years rather than reward Romney who continues to cater to the crazies.

As out of touch as he is, Willard must think there are more right-wing crazies than there had better be.

Note to Willard: They're loud. And scared of things changing. And really stupid, which is what you are counting on. You know enough accounting tricks, given your business experience and all, to make the Dead End Quarter into a fake majority you can take to the bank as 'leverage' to buy the election. Keep thinking that. Heh.

The money shot:

The president looks far left to conservative Republicans only because they have moved so far right – or, more precisely, so far back in time. They have reverted to an older GOP philosophy – the slavish devotion to wealthy business interests of William McKinley and Warren G. Harding. They have paired that with a fundamentalist religious outlook that used to be found more commonly in backwoods tent revivals and the musty corners of pre-Vatican II Catholicism.

So far, Obama’s campaign has been all big-spending political hardball and very little inspiration. In that, it is a mirror image of Romney’s campaign. Sadly, the presidential race may not get much more edifying in the three months remaining. As a result, if Obama wins this, it will not be because voters endorse or even understand his vision of the future. Rather, it will be because they do not want to revisit the past with Mitt Romney and his backward-looking party.

I hope they don't figure out that when you're always looking in the rear-view mirror the image is a backwards view of where you've been. Maybe they just see something they don't like gaining on them, but the realistic view is always out the windshield.

Crybabies ...

Wah-wah-wah; if we can't repeal Obamacare, we'll defund it. Fuck them sick people, and everyone else:

In the letter dated July 18, more than 100 GOP lawmakers asked House Speaker John Boehner (OH) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (VA) to stop “any legislation” from coming to the floor that would fund the implementation of the Affordable Care Act — potentially leading to a government shutdown. Congress must pass a funding measure before October 1 to keep the government running, yet a majority of Republicans are willing to risk a shutdown in order to take away coverage from more than 30 million Americans and increase the deficit by more than 100 billion.

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These people are the embodiment of the term "motherfuckers".

All you need to know ...

About the Mittster.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Shove your brolly up his bum, Liz

Thanks again, YubaNet.

So long, Sally

Thanks to YubaNet.

Hiding in Plain Sight

My favorite BTIR* on Willard's ex-Cheney-neocon-inspired lie-o-rama at the Reno VFW convention:

If I closed my eyes, and added a creepy monotone, I could have been listening to Dick Cheney.
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After the speech, Eric Edelman, a Romney campaign adviser, chimed in on ferreting out Obama leakers in a press release; unfortunately, BuzzFeed soon pointed out that Edelman “was implicated in the country’s last major national security leak investigation — the outing of C.I.A. agent Valerie Plame” when he served under former Cheney aide Scooter Libby in W.’s administration.

Romney is so secretive that he’s beginning to make the über-clandestine Cheney look like The Bachelorette.
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So far, Mitt’s casting a shadowy silhouette, hiding his fortune in foreign tax havens, hiding tax returns, destroying and hiding records as head of the Olympics and as governor, hiding a specific sense of where he would take the country.

Americans don’t want to play hide-and-seek with their presidential candidates. Romney should listen to himself: The time for stonewalling is over.

I disagree. He'll have plenty of time for stonewalling after the election when all he'll have to do is ride up and down on his car elevator.

*Big-Titted Irish Redhead

Update:

Joe Conason, with video:

National Memo Editor-in-Chief Joe Conason said that presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney “has no strong convictions of his own” during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” on Tuesday night.

Conason made the comment in response to Romney’s speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, in which the former Massachusetts governor echoed many of the arguments made famous by the George W. Bush administration.

“[Romney] is going to the basket with the same move that Republicans have used for the last ten years or more. Democrats are supposedly weak,” Conason said. “The president has a very easy response to that, which is ‘tell it to Osama bin Laden.’ For that matter, tell it to Moammar Gadhafi.”

“This is someone with no real experience in these matters, who has entrusted himself to a group of people who have been proven wrong,” he added.

Note to Joe: you shoulda been more specific and said "goddam Cheney neocons".

Headline of the Day

Rmoney is on a 3-nation tour to visit his 'base' of ex-pat tax evaders in London and Israel. Must be going to Poland for the ham. It seems to be working for him.

Mitt Romney Soars In Polls After Leaving Country
A tip o' the Brain to our pal Walter K Maier.

A deadly rampage of shocking kindness

If it's Wednesday it must Morford sounding off in the wake of the Aurora murder rampage on human nature and the other kind of 'snap' we rarely hear about.

I look forward to the day when a quiet, reclusive loner finally snaps, leaves his tiny apartment and marches onto an elementary school playground in broad daylight and hands every child a bar of dark chocolate, an awesome pop-up version of ‘Leaves of Grass’ and a $25 gift card for Kiva.org.
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Do not misunderstand. Well do I know we as a culture are fed a steady, gruesome diet of ultra-violence, religious ignorance, marketing chyme, warped sexual messages, hate and corruption and the bottom-feeding vibration that is reality TV. Well do I see the nefarious forces at play, and how many people respond to them by creating even more. I get it.

But that doesn’t mean that’s our nature. That’s just capitalism mating with sensationalism getting bitch-slapped by egomania, minus shrewd education, superlative whisky and the deep tongue kiss that comes from true spiritual investigation. I mean, obvs.
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This sort of “snap” toward the positive, toward changing life for the better, this happens far more than Aurora, or Columbine, or Virginia Tech, or the Iraq war, or any horror you can name, and that includes Penn State and the Catholic church’s coverups and just about anything Pat Robertson has ever said in his entire life.

It happens, actually millions of times per year. Perhaps billions. It is happening right this moment. You rarely read about it. There is no Facebook page or Twitter feed. There is just no way to keep track.

If it don't bleed, it don't lead. Horror sells, random acts of kindness do not.

Asshole ...

Just, asshole ...

Quote of the Day

Dahlia Lithwick:

For Republicans, the truth is almost Nixon-esque now.

Bark, woof ...


My girls have volunteered to take a bite out of the Mittster's ass the next time he comes to Long Island grubbing for money.

Pic stolen from Dogs Against Romney.com.

Heh ...


Pic stolen from Being Liberal.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Mayberry R.I.P.

Daddy Frank only infrequently writes feature articles. They're worth the wait. On "declining America" and "American exceptionalism". Runs to 5 screen pages and is my "highly recommended read" of the day.

In reality, The Andy Griffith Show didn’t transcend the deep divides of its time. It merely ignored them. “Local control” of Mayberry saw to it that this southern town would remain lily-white for all eight years of its fictive existence rather than submit to any civil-rights laws that would require the federal government’s “top-down management” to enforce. [...]
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These declinist authors have in common a paucity of plausible or practical solutions to address the laundry lists of imperatives that America must deal with urgently if it is to save itself from perdition or extinction. But their most revealing shared trait, whatever their individual politics or panaceas, is an authorial demographic—they are all white men of a certain age (my em). It’s not happenstance that the Indian-born Fareed Zakaria, who shares some of the declinists’ complaints, conspicuously stands apart from them by defining his subject, in The Post-American World, as not “the decline of America” but “the rise of everyone else.”
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Samuel Huntington wrote in 1988 that declinist waves “may be better indications of American psychology than of American power,” and that “decline, in short, may be in the eye of the beholder.” That certainly applies now. However serious America’s problems, the declinist panic has been fed psychologically by the advent of Obama: He was vilified for negating American exceptionalism months before he was even inaugurated and had the chance to take any official action that affected the country’s fortunes one way or the other. That Establishment pundits would be fellow travelers in this animus, yearning for an Obama who is not Obama, or for a great white daddy who would bring back the good old days, is a bipartisan indicator of a larger resistance to the onrushing ethnic, social, and cultural change in America of which Obama is only the avatar. It’s a kinder, gentler, and more respectable form of Palinism.

Lost in all our declinist panic is the fact that the election of an African-American president is in itself an instance of American exceptionalism—an unexpected triumph for a country that has struggled for its entire history with the stain of slavery. “Only in America is my story even possible,” Obama is understandably fond of saying, knowing full well that as recently as the year of his birth, 1961, he would not have been welcome in Mayberry, let alone the White House. That his unlikely rise has somehow been twisted into a synonym for America’s supposed collapse over the past four years may be the most disturbing and intractable evidence of our decline of all.

Shorter: The old white men that have traditionally run the joint are pissed that we let The Other in and America is getting browner and that signifies a collapse of the bad old ways of the good old days.

Don't worry, you old farts. Eventually the leaders of the 'browning of America' will become just as corrupt and repressive as you are and everything will be normal again.

"the dynamic duo of Republican fucktardery"

El Rude-o sounds off on Crazy Eyes and Louie the Gomer.

So when the dynamic duo of Republican fucktardery, Representatives Michele Bachmann and Louis Gohmert, work together on an issue, they create a deep and powerful void of ignorance, a black hole where imbecilic thought is actually dangerous. [...]
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There's always somebody out there who is fucking things up for Bachmann. Liberal educators, socialist members of Congress, Muslims, all the stealth anti-American Americans who simply won't let Bachmann's view of America come to its fullest fruition. Perhaps the good idiots of Bachmann's district, who keep sending her back to Congress, ought to consider that their representative is the one who has America wrong.

"Bachmann's view of America" is a dark and scary place and thank God (probably not her dark and scary God) it exists only in her head and those of just enough others to have elected enough like-minded scaredy-cat room-temperature-I.Q. throwbacks to have temporarily seized the government and we see how poorly that works. She is going to lose her next election and we will be on the way back from madness.

You know ...

It woulda been nice if one of these Rethugs would have stepped up when that idiot Peter King (R-Long on Stupid) had those anti-Islamic hearings of his. At least they can draw the line between plain ol' stupid and completely batshit crazy ... sorta.

Better late than never but it appears Michele Bachmann's over the top fearmongering is losing her some more friends on the right. Last week it was House Intelligence Chair Mike Rogers. Now we've got her fellow Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner pushing back at her nonsense as well.

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If you have a Facebook account ...

You know all about this because you see it in your news feed from your crazy conservative relatives.

Racism is alive and well on Facebook, despite the social network's policy banning hate speech.

A new study from Baylor University shows how anti-Obama and just plain racist groups use Facebook to spread their messages. And we're not talking about politics, but Ku Klux Klan-style hate speech using old stereotypes updated with do-rags and golden grills.

"Some people have declared the present a "post-racial" era in that U.S. citizens elected a black president, maintaining that policies to address racism are no longer necessary," Mia Moody, Ph.D., who led the Baylor study, said in a statement. "But depictions of minorities in new media show otherwise."

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It's crippling our business!

Not so much:

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Over a four years period from 2008 to 2011, Corning Inc. was one of 26 companies that managed to avoid paying any American income taxes, even though it earned nearly $3 billion during that time. In fact, according to Citizens For Tax Justice (CTJ), the company received a $4 million refund from 2008 to 2010. That didn’t stop Susan Ford, a senior executive at the company, from telling the House Ways and Means Committee this week that America’s high corporate tax rate was putting her company at a disadvantage: [all ems in orig]

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It's all about the greed, nothing more. "More for us and fuck the rest of you" is the 1%ers' motto.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Romney and the White Horse Prophecy

Salon

A close look at the roots of Romney's -- and the Mormon church's -- political ambitions

Upon completion of his foreign mission, he immersed himself in the 1970 senatorial campaign of his mother, Lenore Romney, who was running against Phillip Hart in the Michigan general election. That same year, the Cougar Club — the all male, all white social club at Brigham Young University in Salt Lake City (blacks were excluded from full membership in the Mormon church until 1978) — was humming with talk that its president, Mitt Romney, would become the first Mormon president of the United States. “If not Mitt, then who?” was the ubiquitous slogan within the elite organization. The pious world of BYU was expected to spawn the man who would lead the Mormons into the White House and fulfill the prophecies of the church’s founder, Joseph Smith Jr., which Romney has avidly sought to realize.

Romney avoids mentioning it, but Smith ran for president in 1844 as an independent commander in chief of an “army of God” advocating the overthrow of the U.S. government in favor of a Mormon-ruled theocracy. Challenging Democrat James Polk and Whig Henry Clay, Smith prophesied that if the U.S. Congress did not accede to his demands that “they shall be broken up as a government and God shall damn them.” Smith viewed capturing the presidency as part of the mission of the church. He had predicted the emergence of “the one Mighty and Strong” — a leader who would “set in order the house of God” — and became the first of many prominent Mormon men to claim the mantle.

Michael Moody says political success was an institutional value of the LDS church.

“The instructions in my [patriarchal] blessing, which I believed came directly from Jesus, motivated me to seek a career in government and politics,” he wrote in his 2008 book. Moody recently said that he ran for governor of Nevada in 1982 because he felt he had been divinely directed to “expand our kingdom” and help Romney “lead the world into the Millennium. Once a firm believer but now a church critic, Moody was indoctrinated with the White Horse Prophecy. Like Romney, Moody is a seventh-generation Mormon, steeped in the same intellectual and theological milieu.

“We were taught that America is the Promised Land,” he said in an interview.”The Mormons are the Chosen People. And the time is now for a Mormon leader to usher in the second coming of Christ and install the political Kingdom of God in Washington, D.C.”

In this scenario, Romney’s candidacy is part of the eternal plan and the candidate himself is fulfilling the destiny begun in what the church calls the “pre-existence.”

We need that like we need another itchy asshole.

Far fetched? Sure, but you can believe that the Saints have their own brand of radical right-wingers who are working towards this, and I put nothing, but nothing, past wingtard religionists.

The hunt for a mariachi suit in East L.A.

A mural and shrine in Mariachi Plaza de Los Angeles (in East Los Angeles) are dedicated to musicians.

A little light fare for Monday.

Most of us probably think of mariachis as strolling musicians whom we pay off not to play at our table, but they're part of my Los Angeles cultural heritage. Don't have mariachis in your neck of the woods? The demographics are changing. You will.

EssEffChron

My heart sinks when I see the black gate in front of the window. "Lunes cerrado," says a hand-scrawled sign on the door of La Casa del Mariachi. Closed Mondays.

Everything I need is in the window display: the straight-cut pants adorned with silver botonaduras; matching chuleco (vest); the chamarra (short jacket); and the moño, a fluffy bow tie. These items together are called a "traje de charro," which loosely translates as "cowboy suit," and refers specifically to the outfit worn by the lead singer of a mariachi band. Sold separately and equally important: boots, belt, buckle and sombrero.
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I pay Cesar cash, and he hands me a dark blue moño. "I wore that suit when I was in a group called Mariachi Sol de America. You can find them on YouTube," (Aqui - G) he says.

"What instrument do you play?" I ask.

"Guitarra y biguela," he says. As I begin to remove the jacket, Cesar puts his hand on my arm. "If you are going to remain in this barrio, you should keep the traje on."

That's the opposite advice I expect, a white gabacho from Colorado parading around East L.A. in a traje de charro seems like asking for trouble, but Cesar explains: "The thieves, pandilleros and gangbangers, they'll leave you alone. They respect mariachis."

Respect indeed. The pandilleros are afraid that, if approached, los mariachis might start playing!

Headline of the Day

DARK KNIGHT SHOOTING VICTIMS PRACTICALLY SHOT THEMSELVES, SAYS PROMINENT ARIZONA IDIOT

Same wingtard who wrote the "show me your papers" law. Someone needs to beat the crap out of this asshole.

Oh, the irony...

Ironic Times

Bad News: Worst Drought Since Dust Bowl
Good news: more Woody Guthrie

California Legalizes Hands-Free Texting While Driving
Also ventriloquism, psychokinesis.

"Hands free" texting? I don't wanta know...

London: With Olympics Near, Security Breaches at Heathrow Have Authorities Worried
Inexperienced airport personnel allow modern pentathlon team from “Talibania” to enter country.

New Tablet Safe for Christians Introduced
For example, when you search for porn films, it redirects you to Christian-themed porn films.

Snooki Endorses Gingrich
He asked her to wait until after he dropped out.

Heh.

Quote of the Day

From the Rude One's FB page:

In Hell, the demons took a break from anally violating Joe Paterno to let him watch the NCAA news conference.

Mighty nice of them. Heh ...