Saturday, November 3, 2012

A Message from The Greatest Generation

This one's a twofer - Liquid Alert! AND NSFW!

Thanks to karinmoveon.

The oldsters' point is well taken - Obama has to win by enough votes the Repugs can't possibly steal the election without being so blatant someone's liable to notice, and they are trying to by every crook, hook, lie, shenanigan, and crime they can think up. Just like 2008, only way worse. I always kinda wondered how many votes Obama really got.

More shit than light

Yeah, Repugs spend a lot of time staring up the GOP's asshole. They should know that ain't milk and honey coming out but they love it anyway.

Thanks to YubaNet.

Message for white voters

Just ... heh.

Thanks to JimmyKimmelLive.

Saturday Emmylou Blogging

Excellent live version of my favorite Townes Van Zandt tune from 1992.

Thanks to perthamboycafe.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Thursday, November 1, 2012

This is a new "embed whole story" feature from Raw Story. Might be a little unwieldy but I thought I'd try it.

Re:"...it does calculate the estimated aggregated effects on marijuana smuggled in from Mexico, finding that American weed would become cheaper and more available than ever before."

Now yer talkin'!

No word on the effect on the Canadian cartels, but I suspect they will deliver the BC Bud as politely as before. :-)




Study says voters in three states could approve billion-dollar ‘shock’ to Mexican cartels (via Raw Story )

If Washington, Colorado or Oregon legalize marijuana in next week’s statewide elections, the result won’t just be felt in those states: according to a study published this week, American voters appear set to back a massive “structural shock” to the Mexican drug cartels that could sap literally…

FEMA Inc.


Update:

Paul Krugman: Mitt Romney's Proposal To Privatize FEMA Is 'Pathological'
Word.

“Yeah, I guess he found that fucking light switch, huh?”

In case you missed it. The young lady doing the signing for Bloomberg is fabulous and the breakout star of Sandy IMNSHO. Notice she remains 'silent' while Bloomy butchers the Español. Heh.

Via TPM.


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

DON'T EAT THE CANDY!


L.A. Times

That would be the lesser of the ill effects of a Romney win, though. Much worse is that the right wing’s broader onslaught of derision and lies against the president that began even before he took office would have achieved its goal. Barack Obama may, or may not, deserve reelection. But no man with as much decency as Obama exhibits in both his private and public life deserves the contempt that has been dumped on him by arch-conservative ideologues, talk show ranters and Internet goons.

From Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Donald Trump to all the anonymous creators of the wild fabrications that churn out of websites and go viral in emails, the relentless vilification of Obama has been unprecedented. Sure, every president suffers unfair criticism. Many of our most effective presidents, from Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln to Franklin Roosevelt and Bill Clinton, have been slandered and hounded by critics. But Obama’s detractors have plumbed new and revolting depths of mendacity.

The right wing’s eagerness to engage in deceit has distorted credible conservatism and corrupted political discourse. It has turned the Grand Old Party into a rigid and narrow ideological club that tries to purge any Republican who displays even a hint of moderation or willingness to compromise.

The ever-waffling Romney is not their perfect candidate, but, for now, that does not matter. He offers their one and only chance to drive the usurper, Obama, from the White House. That has been the right wing’s objective every minute of every day for four years, and vindication of their dishonest, un-American crusade would be the worst result of Mitt Romney’s election.
Maybe.

A Filthy End to the Filthy Campaign of a Filthy Liar

Rude, you should try to come outta yer shell and say what you really mean.

This election has lasted roughly four years, from the moment it became clear that Barack Obama was going to use John McCain as a dildo to roughly fuck Sarah Palin and take the presidency for the briefly empowered forces of sanity.
That deserves repeating: the briefly empowered forces of sanity.

The Rude Pundit winces, in a Pavlovian way, whenever he sees news about Mitt Romney's fake concern for storm sufferers. He twitches at the commentators wondering when Obama will head back onto the trail. We have no time for it anymore. We have no time to entertain whether or not the Republican charlatan's long con will work. We have no patience for a press that's unwilling to call a lie a "lie" unless it's done in quotation marks or with fact-checkers' long-nosed Pinocchios with their pants on fire.

On some level, it seems as if the campaign of Mitt Romney is a mad sociologist's experiment in seeing how many lies people are willing to either believe or let pass and still vote for a candidate.
Way too many. It sickens me.

The Rude Pundit had intended to write this on Monday. He had intended to make this a series of questions posed to some mythical rational Romney voter, as in, "How would you feel about a Democrat who ran an ad saying something was factually wrong after being told it was factually wrong?" But if that kind of logic was going to work, it would have by this point. So fuck 'em. Write those assholes off. Their faith in lies is what wrecked us in the first eight years of this terrible century. And this storm is the final nail in Romney's coffin, the sealing of which was a long time coming. President Obama didn't fuck up the response to Sandy, as Romney might have hoped. He made Romney seem like the tiny, insignificant rich dick he is. And even New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has decided he's sick of the effete poseur and tossed Romney under the number 2016 bus.

Right now, the Rude Pundit's power might not be back until the end of the day, Monday, November 5. If that happens, that means that he'll be spending Election Day cleaning out the refrigerator. Oh, he'll vote, even if he has to scrawl an X on a ballot, even if he's in a state that is deep in Obama's tank. Because liars shouldn't be rewarded.
Romney has spent his whole life being rewarded for his lies. It's his way of life. The bigger the reward, and being POTUS is the biggest reward there is in his world, the bigger the lies. The people who will vote for him don't give a shit if it puts a white man - any white man, it seems - back in the White House.

If Willard gets elected, the morons who elected him will get exactly what they deserve from him.

Trouble is, so will the rest of us.

Update:

Romney Camp: Pay No Attention To The Auto Companies Calling Us Liars

I rest my case. Like there was ever any fucking doubt.

All our splendid monuments

If it's Wednesday it must be Morford on weather and humanity.

Let’s just say it outright – there is no better reminder – not death, not illness, not orgasm, not birth or marriage or divorce, not surgery or getting fired or going slightly mad on a cocktail of laudanum and cocaine and savage karmic dread – there is no better reminder that we know nothing, own nothing, and are powerless to do anything about it anyway, than the weather.
...

Behold, the charming folly of men. All our dazzling metropolises, gleaming inventions, churning power grids, information superhighways and devious plans to thwart the gods, all flattened in an hour by nothing more than some fantastically livid wind and rain....

We know, but we don’t want to know. There is no way we can sustain our gluttonous empires at current rates, no way to fully protect from our (at least partially self-wrought) destruction – not to mention how many enduring, unsinkable empires just like ours have been annihilated time and again throughout the ages, every time God and the Devil meet for a poker game.

What a gift! What a joke! We are wired to forget. We shall, very shortly, in a manner of days, go about our lives not in constant, trembling fear of the next hurricane, the imminent big quake here in SF, the next lightning bolt that could at any conceivable moment launch from the hand of Zeus and reduce your bones to smoldering ash. And thank goodness for that.
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Look over there! Sunshine! Whew.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Romney collects supplies in Ohio for storm victims

NBC News

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney collected relief supplies in Ohio on Tuesday in an attempt to strike the right tone after superstorm Sandy.
...

He spoke while standing in front of a bank of tables where campaign volunteers had neatly lined up toothpaste, diapers, canned food and fleece blankets, among other goods. A spokesman later confirmed that Romney's campaign had purchased some of the supplies. Though it was billed as a "storm relief event," the candidate's trademark campaign video was broadcast on large screens set up for the supporters who gathered inside the arena before Romney arrived.

"I will devote every waking hour of my energy to getting America strong again. That's what an American president has to do," Romney says in the video.
Don't worry about what a President has to do, Willard. It's never going to be a problem for you. Let Obama worry about that. Secaucus Fats says he's doing fine. (And so begins the '16 presidential campaign. But I digress...heh.)

After he spoke, he stood behind a table full of relief supplies and shook hands with attendees one at a time, taking bags full of relief supplies from many of them. Romney later loaded more relief supplies into a waiting truck as a handful of reporters watched. He loaded bottled water, boxes of diapers and pallets of canned food into the truck, and was joined by Ohio Sen. Rob Portman.
Jesus fucking Christ, Willard. Relief supplies? What, you think New Jersey, Delaware, etc. are fucking Ethiopia?! They've got everything they need right there just like anywhere in the United States. They've got bottled water, plenty of food and things to cook it on, blankets, shelters, etc. They've got WalMarts with the doors blown off that will be empty by nightfall. Americans are resourceful people.

They've also got downed trees and power poles, litter and wreckage all over the place, first, second, and third responders trying to get to places to help folks, all kinds of repair trucks, fire trucks, po-leece cars, National Guard and FEMA vehicles etc. 'til hell won't have 'em, and you're gonna further clog the roads with trucks and your goddam campaign bus to deliver unnecessary cans of pork and beans to make a show of compassion?

Willard, just send money. It transfers easily via modern devices (No pallets of cash needed. This isn't Iraq.) and the Red Cross and other outfits can make better use of it via local sources than you can, and they're not even running for office.

Perhaps you should send a big flock of Mormon missionaries to these devastated areas. The storm-affected folks need shoes and will have their sturdy Mormon missionary shoes off them in a New Jersey minute and wave a thankful good-bye to the barefoot young Mormons. Heh.

No problems voting here

We voted yesterday. My county has two early voting places, one 50 miles away in the county seat and one a mile away at our Town Hall which is in the same building Mrs. G retired from. These goons were not evident at our Town Clerk's office. Mighta been a coupla dead ones in the parking lot. Or maybe they were run-over skunks. Hard to tell.

Thanks to YubaNet.

There's no way to get away from Godwin's Law when Repugs and Teatards are involved in the voting process. Sigh.

Canada Speaks

This is such a good comment on yesterday's post about idiot teatards fleeing northward that I just had to make sure you saw it:

Brian said...

Actually, during the Bush II years a few Democrats did move up here, at least in my area (I'm posting from the Left Coast of Canada). They brought a lot of money with them, contributing to the continuing gentrification of the area.

You can keep your Tea Party toads; along with everything else they aren't particularly wealthy themselves and, given their average age and chronic health problems, will end up as value-minus economic immigrants.

The article is right though, in pointing out that our current Prime Minister is our version of Dubya. We may have no army to speak of, but his government is doing its best to cleave even closer to Israel than yours. It's a curious time, indeed.

Curiouser and curiouser. Thank you, Brian. Personally, I think they should go somewhere where their fever dreams of ineffectual government and lotsa guns can be fulfilled.

Somalia would work.

In the meantime, Canada, keep the goodies flowing southward - BC Bud and "Corner Gas". Heh.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Mysterious Docs Found in Meth House Reveal Inner Workings of Dark Money Group

Probably one more reason the Repugs want to defund PBS. Very interesting.

Frontline

The boxes landed in the office of Montana investigators in March 2011.

Found in a meth house in Colorado, they were somewhat of a mystery, holding files on 23 conservative candidates in state races in Montana. They were filled with candidate surveys and mailers that said they were paid for by campaigns, and fliers and bank records from outside spending groups. One folder was labeled “Montana $ Bomb.”

The documents pointed to one outside group pulling the candidates’ strings: a social welfare nonprofit called Western Tradition Partnership, or WTP.

Trevor Potter, a former federal election commissioner who now runs the Campaign Legal Center, a watchdog group that advocates for more restrictions on money in politics, reviewed the documents found in the boxes.

“This is the sort of information that is, in fact, campaign strategy, campaign plans that candidates cannot share with an outside group without making it coordinated,” Potter said.

“You need to know more, but certainly if I were back in my FEC days as a commissioner, I would say we had grounds to proceed with an investigation and put people under oath and show them these documents, and ask where they came from and where they were.”
I would say any podunk District Attorney worth his salt would do the same, but alas, many of them are Repugs.

Go read this. The crux of the biscuit is one of the "comments":

Even with all that money they still have to resort to cheating the process.

That's because they want to rule with ideas that stink like the inside of a meth house and are many times as dangerous.

Right will rage if Obama wins

Gee, ya think? A 'recommended read' by Daddy Frank in Salon.

If Obama wins, Frank Rich says the GOP's fury will intensify, and the party will only get more extreme

So what happens if Obama beats Mitt Romney and the Republicans again, this time after the likes of McConnell made denying him a second term their main legislative mission over the last four years? The earnest-minded might hope that Republicans view Obama’s re-election as a message to cooperate and a sign that their obstruction failed. The sober-minded might look at the number of ridiculous white men determined to make rape victims carry their attacker’s baby and a primary campaign filled with evolution opponents and assume common sense and basic decency, or at least post-Renaissance thinking, might return on social and cultural issues.

But Frank Rich says none of that will happen. The only lesson that will be learned, the New York magazine columnist says, is to head further right. And Rich argues that’s because there simply aren’t any other voices left. The moderate Northeast wing of the party was purged long ago. The primary defeats of conservatives like Bob Bennett in Utah and Richard Lugar in Indiana taught establishment figures that any compromise has its costs. Even a moderate-conservative wing, Rich suggests, would have no leaders, let alone followers, in the national party.
They could have won with Jon Huntsman, but he wasn't batcrap crazy enough the way the Repugs are going. Secaucus Fats could have won, but he and the other relatively sane possible Repug candidates saw which way the wind was blowing early on and wisely sat this one out.

Willard is simply the Wall St. candidate. The Repugs knew - and I mean knew - he was going to be their nominee from the gate and also that he was going to lose. At least he'll be out of politics after this.

Fuck 'em all. I'm going to enjoy watching their heads explode. And if it means the end of an electable Repug party for a few years, I'm down wid dat too.

Oh, the irony...

Ironic Times

Arizonans to Vote on Taking Grand Canyon From Federal Government
State needs a cost-effective landfill.

GOP Senate Candidate: Pregnancy from Rape “Gift from God”
Pregnancy from gang rape “gift from a whole bunch of Gods.”

Harley-Davidson Profit Falls
As aging Hells Angels trade in their Harleys for golf carts.
No more cash out refis, less new Hawgs. Actually, they go through a "trike" stage first, or as us guys still up on two wheels refer to them, "motorized walkers".

Nielsen: 88% of People Watch TV While Using Smartphone
Other 12% trying to keep their eyes on the road.

REMINDER
Ask not what your country can do for you, especially if Romney wins.
Will that mean no more cat food stamps for us seniors?

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sunday Funnies

10 Big Surprises in Store For Tea Partiers Fleeing to Canada if Obama Wins

At least their Prime Minister will be white.

If there's one thing that screams 'patriotism' and love of country, it's fleeing the United States when a Democrat wins an election.

Here are but a few examples of the hundreds, if not thousands of Tea Party types who totally swear they're moving to Canada if the Kenyan usurper and his Zombie ACORN thugs win this thing.
A lot of lefties threatened to leave the U.S. if Dim Son got a second term but I don't think many did. At least lefties are a good fit up there in The Great White Socialist North. Musta been the "White" part that got the Teatards thinking about it. Heh.

I have no trouble at all believing that the Teatards are ignorant enough about Canuckistan to actually consider moving there.

As well, I have no trouble thinking they'll enjoy the civilized advantages of Canadian socialism without ever realizing what's going on.

Note: Beware the poutine!